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  1. HMD Global has been launching a lot of new Nokia phones in India lately. Recently we saw the new Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 making their way into the Indian market, and now, we have the new Nokia 2.2 as well. The new Nokia 2.2 is an entry-level budget phone which comes with a trendy waterdrop notch display on the front and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the right. Let's check it out. © Nokia Nokia 2.2 sports a 5.71” 19:9 HD+ display on the front with a waterdrop notch. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 processor and is coupled with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage with support for up to 400GB storage via a microSD card. As for the optics, the Nokia 2.2 has a 13MP f/2.2 rear-facing camera with a single LED flash. On the front, there's a 5MP selfie shooter. Camera features include HDR, panorama, low light enhancement, timelapse, Beautify, Google Lens, etc. Nokia 2.2 sports a 3,000 mAh battery inside which should keep the running for at least a full day on a single charge with moderate usage. And just like the other Nokia phones, this one is also a part of Google Android One program and it's running on Android 9 Pie out of the box. HMD Global also says that it'll get Android Q update in the future, which is a good thing. © YouTube Other noteworthy features of the phone include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Face Unlock and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side. Pricing & Availability The new Nokia 2.2 will be available in Tungsten Black and Steel color variants at an introductory starting price of Rs. 6,999. You'll also be able to pick up the 3GB + 32GB variant for Rs. 7,999 till June 30th. After that, both variants will be retailing for Rs. 1,000 higher i.e Rs. 7,999 for the base variant and Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant. The smartphone will be available pan-India across top mobile retail outlets and online on Flipkart and Nokia.com/phones starting 11th June 2019.
  2. The wearables space is populated with a ton of fitness bands. Obviously, the best fitness trackers from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin, etc. is going to cost you a lot, but you know what? You don't necessarily have to spend that much to get in shape. We've handpicked a few affordable options from around the internet, and these are the ones which we think are worth checking out: 1. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 © YouTube If you are in the market to buy a fitness band and if you're on a budget, then Xiaomi's Mi Band 3 is your best option. Carrying a price tag of Rs. 1,999, the Mi Band 3 is probably the best one you can get your hands on. For starters, it comes with a battery life that should last you around an entire month if you're going easy on it. It doesn't have GPS, but it comes with a bunch of other useful features like a heart rate monitor, tracking tech to count the steps you've taken, and more. It'll also show the incoming calls and message notifications, which a lot of other fitness bands don't offer. Seriously, there's a lot to like about the Mi Band 3, and the price tag only makes it better. 2. Honor Band 4 © YouTube Honor's range of fitness bands have gotten a lot better now and the new Honor Band 4 is a really good option. From a large 0.95 AMOLED Touch screen to features like Scientific Sleep Monitoring and Heart Rate Monitoring, the Honor Band 4 has everything. The Honor Band 4 is also water resistant for up to 50 meters, and it comes with a battery that can last for over 2 weeks. Just like the Mi Band 3, the Honor Band 4 can also show you notifications, so it's always a good thing. 3. Huawei Band 3 Pro © YouTube If you're looking for something a bit more sophisticated than the Honor Band 4, then you can check out the Huawei Band 3 Pro. Just like the Honor Band 4, the Huawei Band 3 Pro has a 0.95-inch AMOLED display with which you can interact with the band. The Huawei Band 3 Pro is also the only band in the list which has a built-in GPS along with a heart-rate tracker. The 24-hour real-time heart rate monitoring will take a toll on battery life, though. With Huawei Band 3 Pro, one can also get personalized exercise tracking, in addition to features like Trusleep scientific sleep tracking, and more. 4. Amazfit Bip © YouTube Amazfit Bip is the only tracker in the list which has a large screen that makes it look like a smartwatch. Some may even call it an Apple Watch clone because it looks very similar. However, it's not just the display that you should be attracted to. It features a battery that can last you for over 40 days on a single charge. It's simply amazing considering the fact that it has a lot of other features like GPS, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, ppg heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer for activity, sports and sleep tracking, and more. It can also show you notifications, so you won't find yourself reaching out for your phone.
  3. HMD Global has launched the new Nokia 4.2 in India. The device was first shown off at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and they'll go head-to-head with other entry-level budget phones in the country. Nokia 4.2 Specifications © MensXP If you have a bit more money to splurge, then you can check out the new Nokia 4.2. It's a slightly more premium phone that sports an all-glass design with a polycarbonate frame. On the front, the Nokia 4.2 features a 5.71” HD+ LCD panel with a teardrop notch. Again, the front of the phone looks very similar to the Nokia 3.2 or any Nokia phone for that matter. (c) HMD Global Nokia 4.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 439 SoC and it comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It also runs a stock version of Android 9 Pie out of the box and has a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side. As for the optics, the phone has a dual camera setup which includes 13MP + 2MP sensors. There's an 8MP front-facing selfie camera as well. It also packs a 3,000 mAh battery and has a 3.5mm headphone jack too. Pricing & Availability Nokia 4.2, as mentioned earlier, starts at Rs. 10,990 for the 3GB/32GB variant. Nokia 4.2 consumers get free six-month screen replacement worth INR 3,500 covered under Nokia phone screen protection insurance, brought to you by our partner, Servify. T&Cs apply Consumers purchasing Nokia 4.2 using HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards on EMI and regular transactions done through Pinelabs terminals in offline stores, will receive a 10% cashback. Consumers can also avail 10% cashback when they use HDFC consumer finance. This offer is available at retail outlets till 10th June '19. T&Cs apply Vodafone and Idea subscribers will receive INR 2,500 instant cashback by way of 50 vouchers of INR 50 each. These vouchers can be redeemed on recharge of INR 199 and above. T&Cs apply.
  4. HMD Global has put up some great numbers on board in the last two years. In a market that's as saturated as it is today, selling as many as over 70 million phones is no easy feat. But I'd say HMD has done a phenomenal job of reviving the Nokia brand and offering phones sprinkled with memories of Nokia brand. In India, Nokia is currently selling over 10 Android phones. From Nokia 1 to Nokia 8, the company has a lot on offer, and there's definitely something for everyone. But there hasn't been a Nokia 4 before. Yes, there's Nokia 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8, but no 4. Well, that's changing now with the launch of the new Nokia 4.2. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer That's right, Nokia has finally decided to fill the gap between the Nokia 3 and 5 with the new Nokia 4.2. It's an entry-level budget phone that starts at Rs. 10,990. But does it makes a decent fist of its pricing? Well, let's find out. Design & Display As soon as you pick up the Nokia 4.2 and hold it in your hands for the first time, you'll quickly realize that it's not that different from other Nokia phones with an all-glass design. That, however, is not a bad thing at all. I am a huge fan of Nokia phones, especially, the design. They all look very premium and give other phones in the same price segment a run for their money. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Nokia 4.2 also manages to impress with its sleek design. I'd say the phone is a bit curvier than other Nokia phones that I've used in the past, but it's a joy to hold it in one hand. It sports 2.5D glass on both the front as well as the back. It literally feels like you're holding a premium phone in your hand. Seriously, it's that good. At the back, you get the dual camera sensors along with an LED flash and a fingerprint scanner. The Nokia branding is accompanied by the subtle 'Android One' mark, which is always a good sight. The Android One branding is quite subtle on the Black variant which I've been using since the past few days. I am sure the 'Pink Sand' variant of the phone looks equally premium. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Nokia 4.2 comes with a micro USB port for charging and data syncing, and you also get a 3.5mm headphone jack for charging and data syncing. Interestingly, the phone also has a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left along with the standard power button and the volume rockers. Oh BTW, the power button lights up whenever you get a new notification. That's cool, I guess? The front of the phone is dominated by the 5.71” HD+ LCD panel. It's got a teardrop notch, but it's not entirely a bezel-less display. There's a thin black bezel running on both sides and the top, and the bottom, as always, has a thick chin with the Nokia branding. Like, I said, the phone is very similar to most other Nokia phones from the front. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The display gets adequately bright outdoors, and it shows nice and punchy colors. It's obviously not winning any awards for being the best in the business, but I did enjoy watching videos and playing some casual games on it. So, I think any casual user will be more than satisfied with the display. Overall, I'd say the Nokia 4.2 scores good marks when it comes to the design. It looks very similar to other Nokia phones on the market, which means the Nokia 4.2 makes other budget phones look downright ugly. Seriously, if you hand over this phone to someone and ask them to guess it's price, you'll be surprised. Trust me, I've done it. Cameras As for the optics, the Nokia 4.2 sports a 13MP f/2.2 sensor along with a 2MP f/2.2 secondary sensor at the back. And on the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter. The UI, again, is very much similar to what we've from Nokia in the past. There are a bunch of shooting modes like Auto, Pro, Bokeh, Panorama, etc. You can also use Google Lens from right within the camera app, which is great. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer During my usage, I sadly found the cameras on the Nokia 4.2 to be below average. Or maybe just average at best. First of all, there's a huge shutter lag while taking pictures, which is not something I've experienced in budget phones for quite some time now. I am not sure if it'll be fixed via an update, but it's not looking good at this point. Nokia 4.2 takes decent-looking images during the day with enough light, but things start falling apart when you start shooting at night. There's a ton of noise in the images and the shutter lag only gets worse at night. Even the bokeh mode is a hit or miss. I'd say Nokia still needs to work on the cameras on its budget phone, but I'll let you check out the samples and be the judge - Performance Well, this is the part that keeps reminding me that I am not dealing with a premium/ flagship phone. For its processor, Nokia has gone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, which is a 1.9Ghz octa-core chipset. Using the Nokia 4.2 was my first time checking out this processor, and so I was open to surprises. Spoiler alert: I wasn't. © MensXP Nokia 4.2's performance is just about what you'd expect from an entry-level phone that's powered by a Snapdragon 400 series chipset. The Nokia 4.2 variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and you can add more storage through an SD card, but that's just asking for more money to be spent. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer During my testing, the Nokia 4.2 managed to push through the day-to-day tasks with ease. I didn't face any issues while doing things like browsing through social media, web-browsing, etc. However, when you start doing some resource-intensive tasks like editing photos for social media on apps like Snapseed or play some games like PUBG Mobile, the chipset will start showing it's true colors. Yes, I do understand that's it's an entry-level phone, so it can't really handle all those tasks well. However, it's tough to let it slide when there are other phones in the market that cost just about the same and can do pretty much anything you throw at them. © MensXP I am glad that this phone, just like every other Nokia Android phone, comes with a pure stock version of Android. You get Android 9 Pie and you're guaranteed to get major Android updates for two years, and security updates for three. Yes, all thanks to the Android One program. Overall, I'd say the Nokia 4.2 is a decent performer. It's not exactly a snappy experience, but the casual users will find plenty to like here. That being said, it's not really acceptable considering the fact that there are other phones that offer a far more superior performance in or around the same price. Battery Life © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Nokia 4.2 packs a 3,000 mAh battery. Does that last long enough? Well, that will completely depend on your usage, but I can say that it'll last you through an entire day without any issues. On days with heavy usage, I used to get around 3 - 3.5 hours of screen-on-time, whereas on days with light or moderate usage, you can expect it to last for over 4 hours. I found the phone's standby time, in particular, to be very impressive. When you run out of juice, you can charge the phone from 0 to 100 percent in just over 2.5 hours. The Final Say Nokia 4.2 is one of those rare budget phones that feels pricier than it actually is. It's a really good phone that comes with a stylish design and a clean Android interface. It's not going to blow you away with its performance or by taking breathtaking pictures, but it'll definitely get the job done. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer HMD Global will be selling the Nokia 4.2 in India at a starting price of Rs 10,990 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage varaint. The Nokia 4.2 is competing with the likes of Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2, etc. and it's a tough competition there. Even if you're hell-bent on buying a Nokia phone, then you can pick up something like, say, the Nokia 6.1 or even the Nokia 5.1, both of which are great devices around the same price point. Yes, there are a ton of devices in this price bracket, so we suggest you choose wisely.
  5. Xiaomi has established itself as the company that offers smartphones that are considered to be the best option for people who're looking to buy an Android phone on a budget. The company is currently selling as many as 7 smartphones in India that are priced under Rs.10,000. And you know what? They seem to be getting better with each product over time. Take the newly launched Redmi 7, for instance. Honestly, it's one of the most beautiful-looking budget phones that I've seen till date. Not just that, it appears as though Xiaomi has learned a thing or two from the not-so-impressive Redmi 6 from last year. So, has Xiaomi managed to get everything right and make a desirable Redmi phone after all this time? Well, I've spent a little over a week testing the Redmi 7, and here's what I think - Design & Display © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The Redmi 7, as I said before, is one of the most beautiful budget phones that I've ever seen. The gradient finish, especially this Nebula Red variant which Xiaomi sent us for review, is an absolute head-turner. I haven't had a chance to check out the other color variants, but I am sure they look just as good as this one does. In order to cut down the cost though, Xiaomi has used plastic for the back instead of glass. It's more prone to fingerprints and feels a little cheap while holding it in the hand. It's not exactly a deal breaker, but it's hard not to point out especially when you can get the Redmi Note 7 with an all glass-design for just an additional Rs. 1,000. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Look past the plastic body, you'll certainly find a lot to like about the Redmi 7 design. The curved back design of the phone nicely blends into the matte black frame of the body and makes it really easy to hold. It's not particularly a slim handset, but I kinda like the chunky build, as it gives me more confidence to hold it in my hands instead of sliding it in my pockets. At the back, the phone has dual cameras, a fingerprint scanner, and the Redmi branding. I'll talk more about the cameras later, but let me say that the fingerprint scanner is at a convenient spot and it works great. The phone also has face unlock, but I prefer using the physical scanner whenever there's an option. The Redmi 7 has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB port at the bottom along with the speaker grills. I would've loved to see a USB Type-C port, but hey, it's a budget phone, so I am not really complaining. The volume rockers and the power button on the right are nice and clicky, and there's also a notification LED at the bottom on the chin. On the front, the Redmi 7 looks, well, just like any other Redmi phone. It's got a 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a water drop notch and sizeable bezels, so there's nothing new here, really. It's an HD+ display which gets adequately bright and shows nice colors. The viewing angles are also great, and I really enjoyed watching movies and playing games on this display. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Overall, I'd say the Redmi 7 is a gorgeous phone with one of the displays money can buy in this price range. Performance & Software To take care of the performance, the Redmi 7 is powered by a Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Yes, you can't go more than the 32GB internal storage, but there's an option to expand it via a microSD card. Oh, there's also Adreno 506 GPU onboard for graphics. As for the battery, the Redmi 7 packs a 4,000 mAh cell, which is a significant upgrade from the 3,000 mAh battery found inside last year's Redmi 6. © MensXP Well, I tested the 3GB + 32GB variant of the Redmi 7, and I had a great time using the phone. I must say that the Snapdragon 632 is a snappy performer, as it showed no signs of slowing down or had any trouble hopping between apps during my testing. MIUI 10 being a bit heavy skin, I did notice occasional stutters, but nothing that would hinder day-to-day usability. As for the gaming performance, well let's just say that it's not a heavy hitter when it comes to that. Yes, it can run titles like PUBG Mobile, but my experience was a bit unsatisfactory even on the lowest graphics settings. So if you were hoping the Redmi 7 would be a gaming powerhouse, then you'll be in for a disappointment. You can run other casual games without worrying about any performance issues though. © MensXP The Redmi 7 runs Android Pie and it comes with all the bells and whistles of MIUI 10. There are a ton of features to play around and customize the phone with. There's an option to turn on the navigation gestures, hide the notch, and all that good stuff. And since it's MIUI that we're talking about here, so you'll also have to go through the pain of disabling ads. Seriously, just that for your own sake because there are ads literally everywhere. They're on the lock screen, notification shade, app installation page, and who knows where else. © MensXP Camera The Redmi 7 sports a combination of a 12MP primary shooter with a 2MP depth sensor to form a dual camera setup. I, honestly, wasn't expecting the camera performance to be all that impressive, but I must say that I underestimated this phone. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The images taken during the day time with ample lighting, as you can see, are all nice and detailed. One can choose to turn off the AI enhancements to get natural-looking images, however, I found myself using it to get images that are social media ready. I mean, seriously. Who has the time to capture images and edit them before updating your stories, right? The low-light performance of the camera was also great, and I was truly impressed by the Redmi 7's camera. Yes, it's not going to fetch you DSLR-like image with sharp details and stunning quality, but hey, it's a budget phone that cost under Rs. 10,000, and it's adequately good. Here, check out the camera samples and gauge the performance yourself - Battery Life As I had mentioned earlier in this review, the Redmi 7 has a 4,000 mAh battery, which is higher than that of the Redmi 6. And how's the battery life? Well during my testing, the phone easily lasted over a full day of usage. In fact, if you're not a heavy hitter, I think you can easily get two full days of usage out of this phone. The standby drain of the battery at night is minimal, and that's where it excels. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Xiaomi is bundling the phone with a 5V 2A or 10W charger inside the box. With the included charger, I managed to charge the Redmi 7 from 0 to 100-percent in around two and a half hours, which is not really that bad. The Final Say In a way, Xiaomi started the wave of affordable smartphones several years back with the Redmi series, and it's safe to say that the Redmi 7 continues that trend. Granted it's not the fastest phone out there on the market and it lacks some features like a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, etc., but it's a stunning looking phone that's incredibly cheap and performs day-to-day tasks well. And yes, we suggest you buy the variant with 3GB RAM over the other. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer It is, however, worth pointing out that you can choose to shell out an additional Rs. 1,000 and buy the Redmi Note 7. With that phone, you'll get things like an all-glass design, a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 660 processor, a better display, and more. But hey, if you're on a tight budget and you can't spend that extra Rs. 1,000, then the Redmi 7 is the phone to own. It's still great for what it offers and more than enough for a casual user.
  6. Xiaomi has added two new budget phones to its line up called the Redmi 7 and the Redmi Y3. They both are essentially the same devices, except the Redmi Y3 is a selfie-centric phone, and it has a 32MP selfie shooter as opposed to the 8MP shooter on the Redmi 7. Redmi Y3 will go on sale starting 30th April with a starting price of Rs. 9,999. Let's take a quick look at what these two phones have to offer - Redmi 7 © Mi Redmi phones in the past like the Redmi 5, Redmi 6, etc. have always been best-sellers for Xiaomi. Now, the company has launched the new Redmi 7, eyeing for the top spot in the same segment. The Redmi 7 has a 6.26-inch HD+ 'Dot Notch' display on the front, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Apart from the affordable price tag, if there's anything that should attract you this phone, then it's got to be the looks. Xiaomi is calling it the Aura Smoke Design, and it looks absolutely beautiful. The phone comes in three colors i.e. Eclipse Black, Lunar Red, and Comet Blue. As for the specs, the Redmi 7 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset and it comes in two variants. You can buy it with either 2GB RAM + 32GB storage or 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. You can expand the storage further up to 512GB via a microSD card. Both variants have IR blaster and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. © Mi The Redmi 7 sports a dual-camera setup at the back with 12MP + 2MP lens. On the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter with features like AI Beautify 4.0 and AI Portrait mode. The phone also packs a 4,000 mAh battery. Redmi Y3 As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Y3 is more or less identical to the Redmi 7. It's got the same display, are powered by the same processor, and it looks just as beautiful as the Redmi 7. The only difference, as we mentioned earlier, is the selfie camera. Xiaomi Y series of phones have always been about selfies, and this one's no exception. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Y3 sports a 32MP AI selfie camera. It's got features like EIS, palm shutter, Auto HDR, AI portrait mode, and more. The rear-camera setup, however, remains the same. It's also worth pointing out that the Redmi Y3 comes with more RAM and storage. The base variant of the Redmi Y3 packs 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. You can also choose to get the variant with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Pricing & Availability The Redmi Y3 starts at Rs. 9,999, and you can also choose to spend Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. It'll go on sale starting 30th April on Amazon, mi.com and offline stores. More info on the Redmi 7 is incoming, so stay tuned.
  7. When it comes to budget smartphones and the Indian market, Xiaomi has managed to build a brand name that delivers smartphones with aggressive pricing. It's not only the pricing that matters, but smartphones also need to work and need to work well. Redmi, now a sub-brand of Xiaomi has managed to do just that, deliver great smartphones with an attractive price. However, Xiaomi steps up the game with the Redmi Note 7 Pro with upgraded specifications and a camera that can challenge even some of the top-tier smartphones. Xiaomi has also upgraded the design with captivating colours for users who prefer to be trendy and fashionable. It retails in India for Rs 13,990 and comes in different configurations. It has a 48-megapixel primary camera paired with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots at the rear and a 13-megapixel sensor selfie shooter. We've been using the smartphone for a while to find out whether it's still the king of budget smartphones. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design And Display Xiaomi has completely overhauled the Redmi Note series with a beautiful gradient design that catches the light. It's something similar to what we've seen on other smartphones. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro stands out from the crowd thanks to its bold colours. What's cool about the design is that the smartphone has an all-glass design both at the front and the back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This makes the smartphone a tad bit heavier than the previous iterations; however, we like the solid feel to the smartphone. We particularly like the Nebula Red colour which we got to see at the launch event. At the front, Xiaomi as a dewdrop notch display that removes the additional bezels you may have seen in previous models. The design of the smartphone feels very premium and very similar to what you would find on the iPhone XR. It feels solid and does not feel like a budget smartphone from any angle. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi also retains the headphone jack which is always a plus in our books and has now added Type-C support. We can finally transfer files faster and charge a Redmi smartphone quicker than ever before. In addition, the Redmi Note 7 Pro also has a p2i nano-coating which protects the smartphone from accidental spills. It's not water-resistant, but it will protect your smartphone from water spills in your bathroom. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display with a resolution 1080x2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 15,000, the display is quite sharp and accurate for an LCD. Sure, it's not the best you find as compared to flagship level smartphones but it does a fair job at colour reproduction and brightness. The colours on the display do not look oversaturated and look close to real-life. The brightness is also solid as it comes in handy when viewing it directly under sunlight. It has a brightness level of 477 nits which is quite impressive for an LCD panel. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 7 Pro's star attraction is its 48 MP rear Sony IMX 586 sensor that delivers some of the most amazing pictures we've seen on a budget smartphone. We've seen this sensor on the Honor View 20 before and it manages to deliver some great details and clarity in images. It captures the right colours and delivers some of the most beautiful pictures in HDR mode. In fact, sometimes we couldn't believe we shot these images with a budget smartphone. Most of these pictures were shown in 21MP however you can always take the full 48MP images by toggling the feature in the settings. Budget smartphones tend to struggle in low-light photography however Xiaomi has introduced its new Night Mode in MIUI 10. The new model does manage to take brighter images in low light which the budget smartphone was unable to do previously. The dynamic range also plays a crucial role in delivering these shots. It works very similar to Google's Night Shot as it combines different a series of images taken in different contrast levels to give you a better low-light image. Overall, we were quite pleased with the camera performance and even raises the question for the need of flagship level smartphones. Sure, flagship smartphones have great cameras but the gap is being closed quite rapidly thanks to smartphones like Redmi Note 7 Pro. Gallery View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #redminote7pro. Loving the night mode and it's quite decent from a phone that doesn't break the bank. #xiaomi #smartphones #gadgets #techie #technology #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Mar 10, 2019 at 11:44pm PDT Software Performance The Redmi Note 7 Pro ships with MIUI 10 and we would like to address the elephant in the room. MIUI 10 does have advertisements and if you wish to disable them you can do it by following these steps. Having said that, these advertisements are a bit annoying especially when you install a new application. Xiaomi has a security app that scans newly installed applications that have advertisements embedded within it. You can easily turn off the feature however it is a bit jarring when you kept getting bombarded with advertisements. If you want a seamless, experience, we suggested you follow the steps above. If you look beyond the ads, MIUI 10 looks quite clean and visually appealing with satisfying animations and overall stability. You have usual functions like dual apps and a new gesture navigation system that is easy to use. It's quite similar to what we've seen on the new iPhones but with slightly different animation and multi-tasking layout. Performance Equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers a great overall experience when it comes to performing tasks daily usage. While it works great with less CPU intensive apps, it lacks in processing graphics for fluid gaming. On PUBG mobile, the smartphone would often have massive frame rate drops in high settings and has the rubber-banding effect too. We would recommend you play GPU intensive games with lower settings. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro does heat up a bit when playing games which were expected as it does not have a dedicated cooling system like the POCO F1. Regardless, the smartphone is good enough for casual games like Temple Run and can handle games like Asphalt 9 in medium setting. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of Geekbench scores, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored 6520 in the multi-core test while it scored 2380 in the single core test. In our opinion, that's quite a respectable score for a smartphone that costs only Rs 13,990. The Redmi Note 4 Pro comes with 4,000 mAh battery which has remained unchanged from previous models. Battery life on the Redmi Note 7 Pro is exceptional with moderate usage as we had almost 6.5 hours of screen-on-time. We tested the smartphone with navigation, gaming and communication. In addition, it also supports QC4 however you need to buy a compatible charger separately. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was able to last almost two days on a single charge which is quite impressive for any smartphone. The Final Say If you are looking for a smartphone that can take awesome pictures, last 2 days on a single charge and can delivery awesome battery life, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is your best bet. The new smartphone has stepped up its game in the photography department and can perform well with moderate usage. Starting at Rs 13,9990 the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the king of budget smartphones right now.
  8. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India and its first sale is scheduled for March 13. We've been using the phone for a few days now and it sure gives the competition a run for their money. The Note 7 Pro's starting price has been fixed at Rs 13,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs 16,999 for the 128GB variant. What's so special about this phone? We've made a list of things we love about the phone. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 1. Near Perfect Camera: Xiaomi has been teasing the 48MP camera for months and it is the main highlight of the phone. The rear has a Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Thanks to the high resolution, pictures have an incredible amount of detail. For low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one and a 12-megapixel picture is created that has lower more detail and sharpness. 2. Camera Software: Using AI, not only can the phone add a bokeh effect but also completely change the background into 6 presets. After a preset is applied, you can also further change the type of lighting overlay. This opens up the option of having much more customization and using the same depth sensor, newer edits can be applied. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 3. Stunning Design: The Redmi Note 7 Pro has an all-glass design with a gradient finish. The company says it has used a 6-layer process to add the gradient finish and it is available in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. Not only has Xiaomi built the phone like a beast from the inside, but also equally stunning from the outside. 4. MIUI 10: The phone ships out of the box with MIUI 10 (Android Pie) and brings in gesture support, picture-in-picture mode, new recent menu, and AI performance enhancements. Thanks to the faster processor, the experience is even more smooth and refreshing. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 5. Better Display: The phone has a 6.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and features a smaller notch on the top. Xiaomi has further cut down on bezels and it also gets a 2.5D curved glass. The screen-to-body ratio has been improved to 81.4 per cent. 6. Faster Processor: © Qualcomm It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor built on TSMC's 11nm manufacturing process. The device comes with an Adreno 612 GPU. The new SoC employs software “gaming enhancements” that promise up to 90 per cent fewer stutters. Qualcomm enables the hardware and software to support both bokeh (portrait modes) and HDR shots in a single shot. 7. Battery: It has a 4000mAh battery and the phone finally ships with USB-C. The phone supports Quick Charge 4 but it comes bundled with a 10W charger. The battery is sufficient to get you through a day's heavy usage.
  9. Realme is a fairly new brand, but this hasn't stopped it from giving established brands a headache. It has launched a plethora of phones in a very short span of time and intends to become a top contender in the longer run. The company's target audience is the youth and has always marketed its phone's as an all-rounder. With the launch of Realme 3, the brand will be directly competing with Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7. Within a strict price bracket, they need to offer as much as they can, and it should go well with every type of user. This includes the design, performance, camera, software, and battery life. While we used to forgo minor cost-cutting measures, intense competition has left no space for mistakes. The previously launched Realme U1 also has a P70 processor, so what's new on the Realme 3? A lot. Not only does it come with a cheaper price tag, but it also incorporates a host of improvements in all departments. Ultimately, everyone has just one question - can it become the best budget offering? Design & Display: © MensXP/Shivam Vahia The first thing you'll notice about the phone is its design. The Realme 3 feels exceedingly plastic and basic. It doesn't even feel very solid to hold and this is the primary segment where costs have been cut massively. The Realme U1 too had a plastic construction, but it was well-built and you'd even assume the back is made of glass thanks to the reflection. On the flip side though, a plastic construction means the phone is lighter and very comfortable to hold. We have a Gradient Blue with the upper three-fourths being black and the bottom being starry blue. A slight curve on the back edges also makes it very ergonomic and the phone is built from a utilitarian point of view. © MensXP/Shivam Vahia The SIM card tray has a separate microSD card slot and the front screen is protected by Gorilla Glass. The bottom of the phone has a micro USB port for charging along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Lastly, the back has a circular fingerprint scanner that is sufficiently fast and reliable. The front sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 1520 x 720 resolution, and Corning Glass 3 for protection. The display is adequately bright but thanks to 720P resolution, sharpness goes for a toss. The colour production feels extreme, it is too saturated sometimes and often very washed out. The viewing angles are great though and it has a high screen-to-body ratio because of the water-drop style notch. Camera: © MensXP/Shivam Vahia The Realme 3 has a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear camera setup and it has two conclusions to it as well. For the average user, the setup performs just like we expect it to. There's nothing exceptional about it and we don't see any major drawbacks. The camera app has an updated UI thanks to ColorOS 6.0 and also brings in a few new modes like Nightscape and Chrome Boost. Nightscape helps in optimising low-light pictures by using multiple frames and AI-backed processing. The results were much better than we expected because it cuts down on noise and retains sharpness. The primary lens has an f/1.8 aperture and it's good to see even budget phone's taking advantage of it. Chroma Boost mode helps in increasing saturation as well as dynamic range and gets the job done perfectly. © MensXP/Shivam Vahia The portrait mode can detect edges very well and it's supported on both, the front and back cameras. Macros are wonderful and look perfectly saturated. With a landscape background, the blur or bokeh effect does tend to get too aggressive though. As I said, the camera has two conclusions: for the general user, it'll get the job done quickly. For the pro users, Realme has also added support for Google's camera 2 API, meaning you'll soon be able to use the Google Camera app and produce Pixel-like pictures. The front has a 13-megapixel sensor and obviously, there's support for AI-backed beautification. But, you can control every aspect of the edits like nose width, blush, and eye size. In broad daylight, both the cameras score well and there's no major point to crib about. © MensXP/Shivam Vahia © MensXP/Shivam Vahia © MensXP/Shivam Vahia © MensXP/Shivam Vahia © MensXP/Shivam Vahia © MensXP/Shivam Vahia © MensXP/Shivam Vahia Performance & Software: A major selling point of the phone is its octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. It comes in two variants: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Our unit comes with the latter and you can see a major point of improvement in the overall experience thanks to well-optimised software. The processor is clocked at 2.1Ghz (four cores) and is blazing fast. © MensXP/Shivam Vahia You'll never see any delay in day-to-day usage and RAM management has been relatively improved as well. I was able to use Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Spotify, and one Chrome tab at a given point of time and for a budget phone, this is significantly good. Games are even more enjoyable thanks to a 720P display (a drawback becomes a benefit) and PUBG is playable at medium graphics without any considerable frame drops or stutters. Following the recent trend, it has a dedicated "gaming mode" that enhances performance on-demand and even PUBG has been deeply optimized. You also get the option of deciding between a battery saver mode, normal mode, and aggressive mode (consumes more battery). And lastly, the P70's NPU comes in very handy. With so many AI-backed features, the NPU has become a critical requirement now and it even helps in faster face unlock. © MensXP/Shivam Vahia Coming to the software, it runs on ColorOS 6.0 and is massively improved. To start with, you finally get an app drawer and many major aspects of stock Android have been retained. The notification centre looks neat and the overall running of the UI is smooth. This enables the phone to offer the goodness of pure Android and added benefits of the skin. There is some bloatware, but it's easily removable. The phone has a 4230mAh battery and is more than enough to get you through a day's heavy usage. There is no "fast charging" as such, but the 10W charger can get you to 50 per cent within an hour. The Final Say: © MensXP/Shivam Vahia Yes, Realme has cut corners with the design and display. But these are minor drawbacks that won't actually hamper your day-to-day usage. And with budget phones, the focus is always more on utility. We expected the Realme 3 to be a superior all-rounder, and it hasn't disappointed. Performance is kick-ass, the camera has some unique offerings, software is cleaner, and battery life is perfect. When compared to the competition, it can easily take on Samsung's Galaxy M10 in terms of performance and camera. The Redmi Note 7 has a better design, subjective software, and a slightly better processor. If you are on a tight budget, the 3GB version makes sense to go with. And we're glad Realme is directly taking on Xiaomi, after all, competition is healthy for the end user and provides more options to choose from!
  10. Realme is a very young brand and intends to take over the budget phone segment in India. They've launched a new phone every quarter in an effort to cover up every possible price bracket. The brand has been targeting its phones towards the youth and hence, focuses on performance and design the most. With the Realme 3, the brand wants to lure buyers with its powerful MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. The new processor has performed extremely well in our previous review of the Realme U1, and now it's available at an even better price. (c) MensXP/Shivam Vahia On the front, it has a 6.2-inch HD+ display (1520 x 720 resolution) and comes with Gorilla Glass protection. Realme claims it has achieved 88.30 per cent screen-to-body ratio thanks to a small water-drop style notch. Like we've said, the new P70 processor has four cores clocked at 2.1Ghz and boasts 15 per cent lesser power consumption when compared to previous generation offering. It also has a multi-threaded APU for AI processing. It comes in to two variants, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The internal memory is expandable via a microSD card. (c) MensXP/Shivam Vahia The rear houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the back and it also supports face unlock. For low-light pictures, Realme has included a Nightscape mode that improves the quality of pictures using AI. A Chroma Boost mode also helps in producing better colour by adjusting exposure and dynamic range. For selfies, a 13-megapixel camera has been provided on the front. Backing these innards is a 4230mAh battery. The phone ships with ColorOS 6.0, built on top of Android 9.0 Pie. The software has kept many stock Android elements untouched and added features include Game Space and quick app drawer on the left. (c) MensXP/Shivam Vahia The 3GB + 32GB option is priced at Rs 8,999 and the 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at Rs 10,999 . Sales start from March 12thh via online channels. The phone will be going up against the recently launched Redmi Note 7, Nokia 5.1 Plus, and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2. It'll be interesting to see how the brand is able to continue its steady rise in the country considering the competitive environment.
  11. Xiaomi is set to start 2019 with a bang as the company announced the Mi 9 in China today that has some impressive specifications and design. The Mi 9 is the first flagship smartphone by the Chinese company that has a very attractive price i.e. $445 (Approx. Rs 31,660). © Twitter The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset i.e. Snapdragon 855 that offers better performance than its predecessor i.e. the Snapdragon 845. It's Qualcomm's first chipset that has been fabricated on TSMC's 7nm process. It features four Kryo 485 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.8 GHz along with three high-performance Kryo 485 Gold operating at 2.42 GHz and another higher-performance Kryo 485 Gold core operating at 2.84 GHz The Snapdragon 855 processor is complemented by the Adreno 640 GPU and has a Game Turbo mode that will start running automatically when a game is launched. This helps the game run on higher frame rates due to better performance when the mode is active. © Xiaomi The Mi 9 also features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a water drop style notch that houses sensors and the front-facing camera. The panel itself has a layer of Gorilla Glass 6 and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. In terms of photography, the smartphone comes with a triple camera setup where the primary sensor is a 48MP f/1.75 camera complemented by a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto sensor. The front facing camera has a 20MP sensor and has support High Dynamic Range. © Xiaomi The Xiaomi Mi 9 also has support for fast wireless charging up to 20W and has a 3,300 mAh battery. It runs MIUI 10 based on run Android 9.0. Mi 9 comes in violet, blue, and black colour options and also has a transparent limited edition. The limited edition version of the Mi 9 comes with 12GB of RAM and has 256GB internal storage. It's the most expensive version of the Mi 9 and will cost roughly $600. Other variants include a base model that comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will retail for $445 whereas the 8GB + 128GB variant will cost $490 (Approx Rs 34,900).
  12. If you are looking to get on the ray tracing train and want to own the latest piece of hardware by Nvidia without spending a lot, the RTX 2060 is probably your only option. It's based on Nvidia's new Turing architecture and is the least expensive version from Nvidia's latest lineup. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Founder's Edition of RTX 2060 retails in India for Rs 31,000 and is a worthy upgrade of its predecessor i.e. GTX 1060. Sure, it's a bit more expensive from the previous variant, however, you get to take advantage of the new Ray Tracing feature on a budget. It even has support for DLSS which lets the card render more realistic lighting in real-time. We used the card to test out two games that take advantage of this tech i.e. Metro Exodus and Battlefield V. In our test, the RTX 2060 easily matched the performance of equally priced GPUs with the added bonus of future-proof ray tracing support. It's the perfect choice for gamers who want to play games at 1080p resolution without shelling out a lot of money for an updated GPU. If you want to know our PC setup for the test, you can have a look at all the specs here. We substituted our RTX 2080 ti with the RTX 2060, while the rest of the setup remained the same. Specifications © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Founders Edition 2060 is basically based on the same TU106 processor that can be found on the RTX 2070. It has a single 8-pin power connector and two fans to keep it cooled. At the back, it has two DisplayPorts, a USB-C port and HDMI 2.0 input. In terms of CUDA core count, it has the same count as the GTX 1070 i.e. 1920 but has 5 Giga Rays/s. It also has 6GB GGDR6 of VRAM which basically increases performance and reduces power consumption at the same time. It's definitely an upgrade considering the previous iteration had the older GDDR5X configuration. The RTX 2060 also has a boost clock of 1680 MHz which is at par with the GTX 1070. CUDA cores are basically the workhorses of a GPU that is responsible for handling all the heavy computing. It works alongside the VRAM to offer clear differences in FPS counts with or without ray tracing. If you want to know more about ray-tracing and DLSS, you can read all about it here. Performance © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla At the moment, there are only two games out there that supports DLSS and ray tracing i.e. Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. Regardless of game support, the RTX 2060 is a solid card when it came to 1080 performance. We ran it through some benchmarks to see how it fared in certain games: 3D Mark First Strike Test We used 3DMark, as it can simulate different types of games and is one of the more demanding benchmark tests a GPU can be put through. It also tests out the GPUs power consumption and the average temperature in gaming conditions. The RTX 2060 scores a respectable score in each department. Here's what the RTX 2060 managed to score: It was efficient when it came to cooling and managed to run at a peak temperature of 64ºC. Power consumption, on the other hand, was a tad bit higher than the 1070 but shouldn't be a major concern. RTX 2060 Firestrike Extreme Score © MensXP RTX 2060 3DMark Heat © MensXP RTX 2060 3DMark Power Consumption © MensXP Ray Tracing and DLSS Ray tracing and DLSS is the one feature that is exclusive to RTX cards and it is also the primary reason for the increase in price. Sure, there aren't many games out there that support these two features but the future looks bright thanks to numerous developers have already announced support for future games. At the moment, we could only test Metro Exodus and Battlefield V that has support for both features. When both features are turned on, the difference in graphics and lighting fidelity is noticeable. It breathes new life in Battlefield V however we would only recommend running RTX with DLSS switched on. Here are the results for both games in terms for Frames Per Second in 1080p with RTX on and Off Battlefield V (Frames Per Second) © MensXP Metro Exodus (Frames Per Second) © MensXP It's clear that RTX 2060 is capable of handling good FPS in 1080p and we could push it even higher when would turn down the RTX settings. In fact, it would boost the frame rate past 60fps easily. With DLSS turned on, we achieved the frame rates mentioned above but it noticeably looked better. The lighting was much warmer and had a better representation of shadows with DLSS. The Final Say Not everyone can afford a top-of-the-line graphics card for 4K gaming. Especially when you live in India and gamers are looking for more affordable options. For someone who wants to game 1080p and doesn't want to spend a lot on a new GPU, the RTX 2060 is your best option right now. It supports ray train and DLSS and is also future proof for Full HD gaming. It takes advantage of Nvidia's new Turing tech and costs only Rs 31,000. This is the GPU for the masses and an affordable option in 2019.
  13. Having a sense of style is not just about a closet full of clothes or shoes. It's not even about expensive staples or that expensive pair of leather boots. Think of your closet as a building block. It's your accessories that make the big difference- the hard-to-find hats or sunglasses, all paired together, that make you, you. Accessories are the true storytellers. And here are all kinds of accessories you can invest a small amount of money in, which will make you go a long way: 1. Dress Socks Unsplash Get rid of your boring white socks. Opt for vibrant socks for all occasions! Whether you're trying to impress your boss or keep your feet from turning into ground beef during a half-marathon, colourful socks should be your go-to. And how expensive do you think fancy socks are anyway? Not much to be honest! 2. Scarf Unsplash Whether you're trying to provide a pop of colour to your outfit or sober it down, scarves are a very large accessory in the game! They come in a variety of styles and prints and should definitely have a big spot in your vanity! And a nice scarf will set you back about Rs. 3000, but will make you look like a million bucks. 3. Hat Unsplash I hear you- hats can often be very difficult to wear properly. But let's break it down for you. Wear the classic fedora or trilby, to keep it casual. Keep the wool hat for when you wear a suit. For very casual wear, beanies, baseball caps, or bucket hats are more appropriate. And hats will normally cost you around Rs. 1000-2000. 4. Watches Myntra Sure, your phone can tell time, but a great-looking timepiece shows a little extra effort. And even in 2019, watches are timeless. Almost every man owns a watch, and if not, what are you waiting for? You're lucky that there's a bomb of a watch launching soon! The TRYST Collection by MyntraXFossil is something you will want to get your hands on, or should we say get it on your hands! Tryst is a perfect blend of fashion, backed by technology and the finesse of a fine watchmaker. Tryst, derives its name from people's tryst with time, during everyday routines and the heartiest of moments and connects it metaphorically with the classical wrist watch, as it transcends those moments. The collection comes under three sections- Fashionista, Wanderlust and Athleisure, targeting millennials, like you and me. And these beautiful pieces will be available on Myntra at prices starting Rs 4,500! Isn't that a great deal? 5. Bags Unsplash Style doesn't stop with things you wear. Things like backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, and even kits do a lot of the same work of telling the world a bit about who you are as your blazer, shirt, or pants. And a decent, good-looking bag will cost anything between Rs. 3000-5000. So there you have it! Let us know in comments if this helped!
  14. When most of us were busy working in office or travelling to work, the interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal was deciding most of our finanicial fates, in the Union Budget 2019 that was presented today. While people were waiting with bated breath to see what's going to happen, there was something that none of us saw coming - announcement of tax breaks. People's happiness knew no bounds after Piyush Goyal announced full tax rebate for those whose annual income is up to Rs 5 lakh. Reuters Further, people earning up to Rs 6.5 lakh may also be relieved from the tax burden if they can show investments of Rs 1.5 lakh. Looks like Mr. Goyal's briefcase was actually a Pandora's Box that unlocked the ultimate happiness for the middle class public. After the budget was announced, people started having 'Lagaan' feels. Just like Aamir Khan and co. breathed a sigh of relief after they won the match and did not have to pay "Dugna Lagaan", people on Twitter too lost their calm after the tax rebate was announced. No tax up to income of RS 5 lac Indian middle-class to @PiyushGoyal #Budget2019 pic.twitter.com/vQ2z73BLLW — Ganesh Shelke (@ganeshshelke272) February 1, 2019 Piyush Goyal to opposition after increasing the exemption slab of #incometax to 5Lakh p.a #Budget2019 #BudgetForNewIndia pic.twitter.com/hnqgcse2fs — CA à¤à¤¿à¤à¤à¤ªà¥à¤à¤²à¥ (@LordOfTheWinks) February 1, 2019 Middle class salaried people watching #Budget2019 from start to finish. pic.twitter.com/rTPxqXf4JN — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) February 1, 2019 Middle Class and Farmers after listening #Budget2019 #BudgetForNewIndia pic.twitter.com/R9mrZwjfRf — Snehil Singh ð®ð³ (@snehils1994) February 1, 2019 When you see people being happy about the income tax slab rising but you don't have any income. #Budget2019 pic.twitter.com/H2EsfRh3My — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) February 1, 2019 #Budget2019 After hearing that good news , middle class ppl right now : pic.twitter.com/hrYriG8cEJ — Amar pal singh bhalla (@SARDARpirate) February 1, 2019 Love modiji for thisð pic.twitter.com/ZqxjRtulNe — Mukesh Dube (@mukeshdube5) February 1, 2019 Honest tax-payers after hearing about full tax rebate upto 5 lacs #Budget2019 pic.twitter.com/fvVLJnvvOk — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) February 1, 2019
  15. Last year, we witnessed the rise of Xiaomi in India, and the rate at which they've disrupted the market is unprecedented. The brand dethroned Samsung as the number one smartphone maker in the country based on units shipped. In fact, Xiaomi has clearly been the leader these past few quarters when it came to market share in India. Samsung has been far less aggressive in terms of competition, but now the tides are slowly changing. The South Korean giant is going all in to protect its market share and changing its product line-up massively. They've announced the launch of M-series smartphones today, a completely new line-up to cater the budget segment. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The M10 and M20 are the first phones in the new series and the first thing you'll notice about them is the design. These are also the first phones from the company to sport a notch. Samsung was among the very few major brands to not equip their phones with a notch just for the sake of it. The brand is calling the display notch as "Infinity-V Display", in line with their Infinity Display branding. The M20 is the elder sibling and comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display. Powering the phone is a Exynos 7904 octa-core processor, clocked at 1.8Ghz. It ships with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant, while the second option has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. A microSD card slot has also been included for expansion. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla On the rear, it has a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The secondary sensor is a wide angle lens, similar to what we've seen onboard the Galaxy A7. The front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, the phone comes with a huge 5000mAh battery that supports fast charging. The M10 has a 6.2-inch HD+ display and is backed by a Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset, clocked at 1.6Ghz. The base variant gets 2GB RAM along with 16GB internal storage. The second option comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. On the back is a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Even here, the secondary sensor consists of a wide angle lens. The front has a 5-megapixel lens for selfies. Lastly, it has a 3400mAh battery. Galaxy M20 will be priced at INR 12,990 for the 4GB+64GB variant, while the 3GB+32GB variant will cost INR 10,990. Galaxy M10 is priced at INR 8,990 for the 3GB+32GB variant and INR 7,990 for the 2GB+16GB.
  16. In the last year, the smartphone industry has drastically changed in India. Xiaomi has been on a blitzkrieg to grab market share and everyone has been trying their best to catch up. In this chaos, we witnessed the launch of a new brand called Realme. At first, the company focused on making budget phones and rapidly changed its focus to the midrange as well. The Redmi series has been ruling the segment, and the Realme U1 was launched specifically to challenge the incumbent. Realme is a very young brand and has always wanted to attract the younger audience. The Realme U1 has a premium-ish design, huge cameras on paper, and a brand new processor. Realme also has OPPO's backing in terms of development experience and readily available technology. While the Redmi Note 6 Pro was massively trolled for using the same processor of the predecessor, Realme grabbed the opportunity. But, specifications mean nothing if they can't deliver an equivalent experience. Let's see whether this phone has what it takes to be a segment leader. Design & Display: © MensXP The phone looks strikingly similar to the Realme 2 Pro, in fact, the two have the exact same design, display, physical dimensions, weight and even the camera and loudspeaker grille placement. The Realme U1 comes in three colour variants—Ambitious Black, Brave Blue and Fiery Gold. The device is extremely light to hold and sports a glass-like back with a reflective surface. The back cover is made out of a transparent acrylic composite and not glass. The Realme U1 has a plastic frame around the display that bulges out on all four sides, giving the rather flat device a rounded appearance around the edges. I prefer the curved edges as it makes the phone ergonomic and more resistant to drops. The backing isn't easily prone to scratches and the camera bump is barely noticeable. © MensXP The left side houses the volume rocker and a SIM tray, while the right side has the power button. A micro USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack sit at the bottom. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear which is sufficiently fast and extremely easy to locate. Yes, the reflective backing makes the phone slippery and prone to smudges. When compared to the competition, the phone has a cleaner design and the composite material does an excellent job at imitating itself as glass. © MensXP On the front, it has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2340x1080. Thanks to the waterdrop notch, it has a whopping 90 per cent to body ratio. In terms of looks, yes, the front looks stunning due to the small bezels and chin. For indoor usage, the display is bright enough and has well-saturated colours. But it lacks contrast and visibility under direct sunlight is poor. Camera: © MensXP Realme U1 comes with a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear camera, and a 25-megapixel front camera. The rear camera has the Portrait mode, where you can create a shallow depth of field. The rear camera does deliver well, even if the details might not be as sharp in low-light. It also supports facial identification point via AI for faster authentication. In good lighting conditions, the rear camera has exceedingly sharp pictures with ample detail. In low light, the phone often fails to adjust proper shutter speed or exposure and messes up the image. Same goes for the front camera. Obviously, it comes with an AI Selfie mode to beautify pictures and you can turn it off. © MensXP It supports video recording in 1080p and the quality is as we expected. The auto-focus is quick to respond and the frame rates are solid. While the camera app can work well most of the time, there are times where it lags a bit. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP Performance & Software: Under the hood, the Realme U1 is very different from the Realme 2 Pro. It features MediaTek's Helio P70 processor clocked at 2.1GHz and paired with ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU clocked at 900MHz for better image processing. In simpler terms, the overall performance and AI tasks are much better than the P60 and it's unarguably one of the best in the price range. The phone's performance did not show any glaring problems. There is no noticeable lag during gaming with titles like PUBG on "medium" graphics, and there's no heating issue or massive frame drops. There's also a DND for Gaming mode making it a delight for intensive gamers. Our unit had 3GB RAM, and it was more than sufficient for light multitasking. © MensXP The phone runs Android Oreo out of the box along with ColorOS 5.2 UI. ColorOS on this phone does have some new tweaks and features making it more stable and optimized for heavy usage. There are a few bloatware apps, but they can be easily removed and additional features include gestures for navigation, taking screenshots, and enabling split-screen mode. The UI still doesn't have an app drawer, and like every other phone, the notch can be disabled. Overall, the UI does tend to stutter sometimes, but they aren't long enough and won't actually affect you for more than a second. It comes with a 3500 mAh battery which lasted me well through the day, and even more on lighter usage. The screen on time is almost 14.5 hours and the phone comes bundled with a 10W charger. The Final Say: © MensXP Starting at Rs 12,999, the Realme U1 is a worthy phone that delivers well on all fronts. In fact, performance-wise it's often better than its much more expensive counterparts like the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The phone is built for users who want performance, good selfies, and a sturdy design. If you're looking for a photography-centric phone, this isn't built for you. The Realme U1 starts at Rs 11,999 for the 3 GB RAM model and the 4 GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 13,999. Considering, that the Realme U1 has a powerful processor and delivers a decent battery life, the 3 GB variant is actually a must grab.
  17. Setting up LED light strips is not something new as gamers have been using this technique for their setups for a while. However, with home automation becoming more accessible and IFTTT is advancing at a rapid pace to make it more affordable. You can control lights from your smartphone and change colours with infinite possibilities. You can setup different moods, lighting effects and scenes straight from the palm of your hand. Currently, the only two reliable brands that sell smart LED light strips in India are Phillips and Yeelight. I chose the latter to set up my room because it costs exactly half as much as the Phillips Hue light strip. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Yeelight Aurora Smart LED Light strip costs Rs 3,200 in India while the Phillips equivalent costs Rs 6,000. Of course, I would end up using the cheaper option because it does the same exact job for cheaper. You can always use other light strips from other brands; however, we aren't sure about whether their ecosystems or even their apps are reliable. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla A smart LED strip can be used for various purposes, such as lighting up the back end of a TV/Monitor so that it reduces eye strain. We can even use these light strips for indoor decorations during parties or for festivals like Diwali. What's cool is that you can even sync the Yeelight Smart LED Light strip with some of their other lighting products to get that uniform look. The Yeelight lightstrip supports 16 million colors and goes up to 140 lumens, which results in better illumination at a really affordable price. How To Set It Up Setting up the Yeelight Smart LED light strip is quite simple and straight forward. You will need to follow these steps below to get started: 1. Download the Yeelight app on your Android/iOS device. 2. Launch the app to see your listed products i.e. the Yeelight Smart LED Light strip. 3. Follow instructions to pair your device and light strips using Wi-FI and Bluetooth 4. If you need to reset your Yeelight LED Light strip, follow this instructional video below: 5. You're now ready to use the light strip How To Customise Colours And Set Scenes Once you're all setup, you can change the colours of your light strip according to your liking. I chose the colour red as all my PC components were also using the same hue and I like uniformity in my workspace. All you need to do is go to the device page, tap on your product and then select your colour to your liking. You can even change the brightness level to your liking, this comes in handy when you're watching a movie or having a date night. © Akshay Bhalla If you don't want to manually change colours every single time, you can also setup scenes so that you don't have to manually tap on a colour each time. You can also add lighting effects/moods in scenes such as a sunrise effect or night mode. In my party scene, I've setup a yellow light that would flicker like a candle. You can also customise the number of times you want the light to flicker and the duration in the customisations tab. As we said before, lighting effects are limitless if you know what you're doing. Automation The great thing about the Yeelight Smart LED that is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Echo. It even works with Siri Shortcuts if you are an iPhone that works similarly to aforementioned voice assistants. Here's how you set it up with Google Assistant Open the Google Home app and tap on the Add icon. Select Set up device Works with Google and search for Yeelight. Tap on it to open the Xiaomi login page. This action will link your Xiaomi account and your Google Home account. Sign in using the same credentials that you used to sign-in to your Yeelights app. Assign the Yeelight Smart Light strip to a room Give a nickname if you want to use your own phrase Siri Shortcuts © Akshay Bhalla Siri Shortcuts work only after you setup a scene on the Yeelight app. After setting up you can add a Siri Shortcut straight from the Yeelight App and it will ask you record your phrase. Since I have two scenes setup, I've recorded my phrases as “Turn on Gaming Lights”or “Turn on Party Lights”. So there you have it, you can now have super cool looking room that is completely automated. You can always use cheaper LED light strips that come with a remote to change colours. However, since these aren't compatible with Digital voice assistants or have IFTTT support, you will be limited to using single colours and lack customisation options.
  18. Everyone knows that if you have a big Bollywood star in a movie, it's going to easily cross the 100 crore club, the 200 crore club or the 300 crore club, and it doesn't matter if it's even a good movie or not ('Race 3' and 'Thugs of Hindostan', I'm looking at you) But, all that usually happens after the movie. However, things are different in the case of '2.0', as you need some real star power to recover almost the entire budget before the movie has even hit the theatres. Yep, it seems like only Rajinikanth has the power to do that, and adding Akshay Kumar in the equation has its benefits as well. lyca productions '2.0' is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and apparently the costliest movie as well. With a budget of about 530 crores, the Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer is the most expensive movie to come out of India, surpassing even the two 'Baahubali' films. lyca productions With a crazy budget like that, forget profit, you would think that it's going to be an enormous task to just recover all the money back, but nope, the makers didn't even have to wait for the release of the movie to earn mone Reportedly, the movie has already earned about 490 crores. Yep, that means only about 40 crores to go, which seems no big deal at all. #2Point0 TN Pre-release Theaterical total advance is valued the highest in Tamil Cinema.. Nearly â¹ 120 Crs.. A First in Tamil Cinema to cross â¹ 100 Crs.. pic.twitter.com/sAGp6PFxxf — Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) November 19, 2018 Along with breaking records, here's also a little technical breakdown, if anyone's interested: Satellite Rights: Rs 120 crore (All Versions) Digital Rights: Rs 60 crore (All Versions) North Belt Rights: Rs 80 crore (Advance Basis) Andhra Pradesh/Telangana Rights: Rs 70 crore Karnataka Rights: Rs 25 crore Kerala Rights: Rs 15 crore Total: Rs 370 crore So yeah, the movie we all knew would obviously do well at the box office is already earning more money than any other movie and even breaking records.
  19. 2018 has witnessed numerous budget phone launches and the market has never been this competitive. Within a very short period, we've seen flagship trends like the dual camera setup, notched display, glass design, and facial recognition in the budget segment. While more choices mean brands have to work harder to make the near-perfect product, it also makes it difficult for the consumer to select one. Here's our list of the top budget smartphones launched this year in India: 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro: © Smartprix The recently announced Redmi Note 6 is definitely among the best budget phones to be launched this year. It has a notched 6.3-inch display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone has a metal build and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset along with 3GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20+2-megapixel dual camera setup. The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery that is capable of getting you through two days of usage on a single charge. It ships with MIUI 10 out of the box and also supports facial recognition via an infrared scanner. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus: © Akket All Nokia branded phones are a part of the Android One initiative and HMD Global has been quick in releasing software as well as security patches. This phone has an excellent build quality and sports a 5.8-inch LCD display with a high screen-to-body ratio of 82 per cent. Powering it is a Snapdragon 636 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. It has a microSD card slot for memory expansion and also supports Quick Charge 3.0. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera array while the front has a single 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and the phone is backed by a 3060mAh battery. 3. Xiaomi Mi A2: © MensXP The Mi A2 was one of the most sought smartphones of the year thanks to the legacy of Mi A1. The phone is a part of Google's Android One initiative and comes with a Stock Android interface. It has a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. On the rear is a 12+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery. On the flip side, it lacks a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 4. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1: © MensXP The phone was launched six months back and in this ever-evolving industry, it is a long period for a budget phone. But, the phone is still able to kick-ass thanks to its powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset. The phone comes with 3GB RAM in the base variant and has a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera set up in the base variant while the top option has a 16+5-megapixel sensor. The front has an 8-megapixel camera in the base variant while the top option has a 16-megapixel sensor. Backing these internals is an enormous 5000mAh battery. The phone ships with Stock Android UI and ASUS has guaranteed software updates till Android Q. 5. Honor Play: © Tom's Guide Honor Play is technically India's first gaming-centric phone and brought in a high-end processor to the budget segment. It has a very generic metal build but packs a Kirin 970 chipset underneath. On the front is a 6.3-inch LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone has 4GB RAM in the base variant along with 64GB internal storage. It has a microSD card slot for memory expansion and a 3750mAh battery. The rear sports a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It runs on EMUI out of the box and incorporates GPU Turbo technology for enhanced performance while gaming. 6. Realme 2 Pro: © Realme Realme made its debut this year and has been on a roll ever since. The Realme 2 Pro has a 6.3-inch display with a water-droplet notch that gives it a high screen-to-body ratio of 84 per cent. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, that is much more powerful than the competing 636 chipset. The base variant has 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage and expansion support via microSD card. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging. 7. Samsung Galaxy J8: © Yuga Tech Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is often preferred by many due to the Samsung Experience UI. It has a 6-inch AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone houses an underwhelming Snapdragon 450 chipset along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone comes with Bixby smart assistant and Samsung Pay out of the box and is backed by a 3500mAh battery.
  20. India is a price-sensitive market and budget smartphones have contributed to making India the second largest market in the world. Part of that growth can be attributed to Xiaomi's Redmi Note series and it seems like the company is not ready to get dethroned anytime soon. The Redmi Note 5 and 5 Pro were one of the most successful smartphones in India and it seems like Xiaomi plans to continue that dominance with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 6 Pro follows the same ethos as previous devices in the family--a smartphone that offers a quality experience for a fraction of the price. So let's dive straight into the smartphone's key features and how it performed during the course of our review. Design And Display The Redmi Note 6 Pro now has an updated design and a brand new edge-to-edge screen. It has a 6.26-inch display and has an aspect ratio of 19:9. Xiaomi has refined the design of the smartphone from the Redmi Note 6 with a slightly curved back that makes it easier to hold. It has a rear fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup that looks very reminiscent of its predecessor. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the camera on the Redmi Note 6 protrudes far less and the camera bump is less noticeable. You will have to use the supplied cover if you want to protect the lens from scratching and other damages. The power button and the volume button have now been moved to the right edge of the phone and are not hard to access even if you have small hands. The smartphone even has a P2i coating for protection against everyday spills and splashes. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the bottom, there are two speaker grills and a micro USB slot for charging. We would have loved to see a USB-C port instead as it just works better when it comes to fast charging. Sure, the MicroUSB port is more accessible amongst users for charging purposes. However, it's time to see the port get updated to the norm. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The 6.26-inch Full HD+ display has now been updated with a notch design giving more room for users to consume content. The notched design gives the smartphone more real estate and also allows the smartphone to have face unlock capabilities. There is a noticeable difference in the quality of the screen from its predecessor as it looks better, has brighter, vivid and accurate colours. The display is a delight to use if you love to watch content in HHD and works as advertised for being an LCD display. It is bright enough to see details and notification under bright sunlight. Camera This is one department where we see some major improvements as the company has now implemented a sensor that has a wider aperture and bigger micron pixel. The smartphone has been outfitted with a dual camera setup featuring a 20-megapixel primary sensor, paired with a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor. The primary sensor has a larger 1.4micron pixel and an aperture of f/1.9. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The bigger pixel and wider aperture enable the camera to let in more light and in turn, take better clearer pictures. This also translates to better low-light images as compared to its predecessor. The dual camera setup also lets the Redmi Note 6 Pro take portrait shots which blurs the background. The portrait mode works well enough to blur the subject. However, we would have liked to see a little more accuracy around the edges. Having said that, this is a budget smartphone that delivers a far better imaging experience than any other device in this segment. You can even adjust the blur after taking the image which is a plus for people who love to take portrait shots. The star feature of the portrait mode are the various effects you can use. We particularly like the light trails and studio lighting effects that make the images look outstanding. You can even remove objects from the background which you can see from our samples. View this post on Instagram Images shot using #RedmiNote6Pro A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Nov 21, 2018 at 9:08pm PST Performance And Software We don't see much difference here because “why fix something when it's not broken”. The Redmi Note 6 pro has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and is coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. For graphics, Xiaomi is using the Adreno 509 GPU which is good enough for light/moderate gaming. The SoC performs as well as it did on the Redmi Note 5 pro as we did not experience any lags. We've been using the device for over a week and it performed well during the course of our review. We used it for streaming content on Netflix, play PUBG/Asphalt and take numerous images. It scored 1329 on Geekbench 4 for the single core test whereas it scored 4898 on the multi-core test. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note series has always been known for providing great battery life and the same can be said about the Note 6 Pro. It has a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood and can easily last 2.5 days with moderate to high usage. Sure, it would have been awesome to see a USB-C port for faster charging as the massive battery can take some time to get fully charged. The Final Say Starting at Rs 13,999, the Redmi Note 6 pro is one of the more reliable budget smartphones of this year. It performs well and delivers extremely good battery life that cannot be matched by any other budget device at the moment. The camera on the device is a delight to shoot and there are some nifty features on MIUI 10 to make them stand out with cool effects.
  21. Xiaomi has been proactively launching new phones in India and trying to cover up a maximum number of price brackets. The company already has the Redmi Y2, Mi A2, Redmi 6, and Redmi 6 Pro in the midrange segment. Taking another step ahead, the company has launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro today and here's everything you need to know about it. The Redmi Note 4 Pro and 5 Pro have been best-sellers in the country, thanks to their near-perfect balance of specifications. Every type of user is satisfied with the offering, and undoubtedly the line-up has helped Xiaomi gain enormous traction in the market. © Xiaomi The most significant difference in the new phone is visible upfront -- the display now has a notch on the top. It also has a slightly bigger display and runs on MIUI 10 out of the box. On the front, it has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement as far as the processor is concerned and the phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro. © Xiaomi The phone comes in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The memory can be expanded via a microSD card. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and also supports Face Unlock authentication via an infrared sensor. Coming to the camera, the rear has a 12 + 5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20 + 2-megapixel dual camera setup. The sensors are assisted by a dual-LED flash and are capable of shooting pictures with a bokeh effect. The portrait mode is AI-assisted and the software includes HDR support, automatic scene recognition, and a pro mode. © Xiaomi The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and comes with dual-SIM VoLTE support. It will be competing against the Honor 8X, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Realme 2 Pro, and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Just like previous launches, it will be exclusively available online via Flipkart and Mi.com along with offline Mi Stores from tomorrow onwards. The 4GB+64GB variant costs Rs 13,999 and the 6GB+64GB variant costs Rs 15,999.
  22. “Senorita, bade bade deshon mein aesi choti choti baate hoti rehti hai…” via GIPHY An iconic dialogue from the movie 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', immortalized on screen with the scenic backdrop of Europe. And all I wanted to do was go on a Euro trip; see the scenic Swiss Alps, soak in the culture of France or roam through the legendary Roman streets. What was at the top of my list? Paris! There's something truly charming and dreamy about Paris, which is considered the romantic capital of the world. via GIPHY All my delusions were disillusioned when I saw the cost of travelling and staying there; romantic dreams be damned. It seems like the perfect romantic destination (if you overlook the cost :P); pretty, quaint sidewalks littered with cafés, everyone speaking in French, sharing a soufflé with your S.O. while enjoying the view of the scenic Eiffel Tower. © Thinkstock/Getty Images © Thinkstock/Getty Images Or walking down the spectacular Champs Elysées or being teased by Mona Lisa's beatific smile at the Louvre Museum. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Or being mesmerized by the gorgeous and elegant architecture. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Unfortunately, every one of us is not that lucky (read rich) to go and spend an insane amount of money on a trip to Paris, which is also one of the most expensive cities to live in. Well, we are happy to tell you that now you can get the feel of Europe in Asia itself. Yes, you heard it right. The beautiful City of Lights has been replicated in China (where else :P) and by God, it is an unbelievable doppelgänger of Paris. Right from the quaint walkways, the old school charm, the quintessential arc lamps and the monumental Eiffel Tower; an incredulous feat in itself. All this in a neighbouring country, which is known for its cheap products and a knack for knock-offs! This time they have gone big and replicated a whole part of another country. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Situated in a town called Tianducheng, located in the suburb of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China, the town boasts of a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Standing tall at 354 feet, nearly one-third the length of the original, the tower rivals the one in Paris in its grandeur and grace. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Quite near to Shanghai, Tianducheng is an hour away via train. A framed Champs Elysées, a version of the Versailles Neptune Fountain, various statues exactly like the ones in Paris, other fountains, the beautiful gardens, Haussmannian buildings, the avenues, the walkways and the graceful Parisian architecture which has charmed everyone for centuries. With meticulous detailing, the town is set to give one the feeling of being in Paris or at the very least, make you think of it. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Just look at it! Can you differentiate between the real and the fake? © Thinkstock/Getty Images © Thinkstock/Getty Images The real one is the first image. Could you tell? (I couldn't, at first glance!) Its uncanny resemblance is easy to fool even the stringent of observers. Interestingly, French photographer Francois Prost has an entire photo series, aptly titled “Paris Syndrome” which compares the photographs of both cities; their architecture, the people and the entire vibe of both cities. He has tried to capture the essence of the overlapping cultures. He says, that even though he is French, he was enamoured and pleasantly surprised by the eerie similarities between the two cities and was impressed with the attention to detail given to the buildings in Tianducheng. You can check out his work here: Unbelievable, isn't it? Though the original will always remain the best thing to behold, as is the case with originals every time, this dwarfed twin is a great example of imitation being the best form of flattery. China is notorious for copying other places around the world and providing people with an alternative travel destination, an Eastern variation of cities of the West if you will. Unfortunately, most of the cities turn to ghost towns; Tianducheng being one of them. © Pinterest What was anticipated to be a famous tourist destination and a bustling metropolis buzzing with people did not turn out to live up to its potential; its projected population density was never fulfilled. It was created in 2007 with hopes of turning it into a multi-million-dollar housing estate. Nearly empty, it hardly saw any tourists; a city which was Parisian in its appearance but wasn't good enough for people to inhabit. With hardly 2.000 occupants as of 2013, the city was thought of to be a massive failure. But it seems to be changing now, as per new reports of 2017; owing to the mounting curiosity among travellers across the world for ghost cities. The count of inhabitants has come to be around 30,000, giving its real estate a chance to see growth in a long time. The upliftment can also be a result of the growing economy of China (though it may be at a slow pace). © Thinkstock/Getty Images Most tourists come here to take a picture with the Eiffel Tower in the background, living the dream of seeing it firsthand (even though it is a fake), just for the novelty of it or for fooling people back home (:P). © Thinkstock/Getty Images Wedding photography is quite prevalent with the famed city tower in the backdrop. Who wouldn't want to be married in Paris and have a photoshoot under the beautiful sculpture? In fact, musician Jamie XX used the city's ghost town status to his advantage by shooting his music video for “GOSH” here; where else would you get a deserted Eiffel tower or an empty Paris? :P Why you should visit? For the thrill of seeing one of the most magnificent monuments in the world in a place which you couldn't have imagined it to be. And a cheaper trip to see the fascinating Eiffel Tower without travelling all the way to Europe! So, what's stopping you? Go, travel to China, say Ni hao to the Eiffel Tower, click pictures and make your friends jealous! Till then, au revoir! The Eiffel Tower awaits!
  23. Diwali is almost upon us and it's also that time of the year when we want to upgrade our smartphones or gift one to our loved ones. Smartphones are the most essential gadgets to own in 2018 and there are some extremely viable options that don't cost a bomb. Here are some of our favourite picks for this Diwali season: 1. Xiaomi Redmi Y2 © MensXP The Redmi Y2 is a great gifting option for your loved ones as it only costs Rs 9,999/12,999. Don't let the price tag fool you, as it is packed with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and has a 5.99-inch HD+ display. It has Qualcomm's 625 processor and has a really long battery life thanks to the 3,080 mAh battery. It has dual rear cameras and a great 16-MP selfie sensor. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus © MensXP It is one of the better-looking budget smartphones out there and is powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 636 processor. It comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM and a dual camera setup with a 16MP autofocus sensor and a 5MP monochrome sensor. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a similar battery to the Redmi Y2 as it has a 3,060mAh battery and also supports fast charging. 3. Xiaomi Poco F1 © MensXP Not every smartphone that has specs of a flagship smartphone needs to be expensive. The Poco F1 is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 device you can buy that also has LiquidCooling technology that helps in delivering better performance. The Poco F1 offers 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of internal storage across its variants. In terms of camera specs, the Poco F1 is outfitted with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup that also has AI feature for computational photography. During this Diwali, Xiaomi is offering the device for Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB variant, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is available for Rs. 21,999 and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model of the Poco F1 is available at Rs. 26,999. 4. Honor Play © MensXP If you love to game on the go, Honor has the perfect smartphone for you. It features a 6.3-inc Full HD+ display and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 970 processor. The smartphone has other features such as facial recognition, face unlock and an AI-powered camera. It has a dual camera setup at the back with a 16-megapixel (f/2.2) primary sensor and a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary sensor. 5. Xiaomi Mi A2 © MensXP The Mi A2 has a vertical dual camera setup and has a refreshed design from its predecessor. The Mi A2 has a 5.99-inch FHD+ LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160 X 1080. The Mi A2 is equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor and is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For the GPU, Xiaomi opted to include the Adreno 512 chipset which is more than enough for casual gaming. It has a 12-megapixel (Sony IMX486) + 20-megapixel (IMX 376) primary cameras with both lenses having an aperture of f/1.75.
  24. Diwali is here, and that means apart from the lit Diyas, everyone will also be looking forward to gifts that are 'lit'. Herein lies the problem, because gone are the days when dry fruit boxes and son-papdi boxes used to make the cut. Now, people look forward to gifts that are thoughtful, useful, and most importantly, not run-of-the-mill. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 8 unusual and impressive gifts for you to choose from, that will definitely impress your loved ones. 1. GoPro HERO7 Black © Amazon If you want to go all out and don't mind spending, this can be the perfect gift. This GoPro HERO7 is a waterproof digital video camera, with hyper smooth video stabilization, voice control, live streaming, and amazing picture quality. Price: INR 59,999/- Buy it here 2. TIGI BED HEAD For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax © Amazon If you want to gift something that's super useful and cool, the Bed Head matte separation workable wax for men is just the perfect choice. Every man wants a hair wax that's strong and glossy, but not greasy. Price: INR 935/- Buy it here 3. Rohit Bal Oudh Silk Perfume For Men © Amazon If you're absolutely clueless about what to gift and want something that is safe, but extremely classy, a perfume is your best best. The Rohit Bal Oudh Silk perfume is a masculine perfume with sophisticated woody, rose, and spicy undertones. Price: INR 4500/- Buy it here 4. Crossloop Designer Series 3.5mm Universal In-Ear Headphones © Amazon Designer earphones that can also be used as a fashion accessory is an amazing Diwali gift. The fact that they are decorative & wearable, and can be used as a hand bracelet when not in use, makes them a unique accessory that every man will cherish. Price: INR 899/- Buy it here 5. Princely Blue Printed Jacket With White Kurta Set © Manyavar One gift that fits the bill of a rushed Diwali can be a last minute Kurta Pyjama arrangement. We always have that one friend who doesn't have anything new to wear on the occasion because they didn't plan ahead. Well, this is your chance to show your love! Price: INR 6999/- Buy it here 6. Daniel Wellington Classic Analog Black Dial Men's Watch © Amazon Some gifts will always be classy, no matter what, and a classy black watch will always be one of them. Check out the sleek construction. Price: INR 11,069/- Buy it here 7. Kama Ayuvreda Madhurai Candle with Brass Holder © Amazon It's Diwali, and a candle perhaps is the only gift that's perfect in an almost poetic manner. Enriched with a beautiful mogra scent, this candle comes with a festive brass holder. Price: INR 2,500/- Buy it here 8. Balenzia Men's Anti Slip Loafer Socks © Amazon If you're on a budget, but want to gift something small and cozy to a special friend, these 'card party' socks are ultimate gift. Price: INR 199/- Buy it here
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