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  1. Gaming laptops have gotten a lot better over time. Some of the laptops like the Alienware Area 51m are so powerful, that you can even replace your desktop with them and get stellar performance. But you don't always have to spend a fortune to get a decent gaming laptop. There are a ton of options out there and here are some good ones that are worth checking out: 1) MSI GL63 8RC © YouTube MSI has been making gaming laptops for a long time and they have a lot of options ranging from budget notebooks to really expensive devices. The MSI GL63 8RC, which we have here in this list, falls under the budget category. It's priced at Rs. 55,990, and it's a really good option for those who're looking to dip their toes in gaming. This particular variant of the MSI GL63 8RC is powered by Intel's Core i5 8th-gen CPU and it's coupled with 8GB of RAM. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD TN panel on the front, which is one of the best panels out there. This base variant of the laptop boasts a GTX 1050 Ti, which should be good enough to play even some of the modern AAA titles at medium to high settings. Price: Rs. 55,990 2) Acer Nitro 5 © YouTube Acer's Nitro series is very popular among budget PC gamers, as it offers a decent rig at a reasonable price. Much like the MSI GL series laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 is also powered by an 8th gen Intel Core i5 coupled with 8GB of RAM. It also boasts a GTX 1050Ti GPU, which is a great entry-level GPU. The Acer Nitro 5 also sports a 15.6-inch IPS anti-glare display, which is just about what you can expect from an entry-level laptop. If you can stretch your budget a little, then you can also check out the Acer Predator Helios 300. It's a little more expensive, but it's said to have better thermal management. Price: Rs. 55,990 3) ASUS TUF Ryzen 5 © YouTube ASUS, much like MSI, is known for making some really good gaming laptops. Their new TUF series of gaming laptops are just perfect for gamers who are on a budget. This particular variant which we have here is powered by an AMD Ryzen CPU. The ASUS TUF Ryzen 5, as the name suggests, is powered by a quad-core Ryzen 5-3550H CPU clocked at 3.7Ghz. It has 8GB of RAM and features a Radeon RX 560X GPU to power through your games. This is also the only laptop in the list that sports a 17.3-inch 60Hz IPS panel. So if you are looking for a bigger laptop, then the ASUS TUF powered by the Ryzen is worth checking out. It costs just a little over our set budget of Rs. 60,000. Price: Rs. 60,890 4) HP Pavilion 15 © HP This one, in particular, doesn't have a gaming DNA, at least when it comes to the looks, but it still packs enough power to run modern games at decent graphics settings. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD anti-glare display and it boasts a GTX 1050 GPU. It's an entry-level GPU with 4GB VRAM, but it can still handle most modern AAA titles at decent settings. It is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and it packs 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. The fact the HP Pavilion 15 Core doesn't have flashy RGB and an obnoxious design makes it a very compelling option for most people. Price: Rs. 59, 990
  2. Ever since Google first announced its AR glass as an 'experimental' product, there's been a lot of hype surrounding it. But Google Glass didn't quite catch up with the public due to some obvious reasons. Well, after a few iterations, Google has now released the third-gen Google Glass with a slightly new design and improved internals. Yes, a new version of Google Glass is out now, and here's everything you need to know about it - © YouTube The new version of Google Glass is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR1, which is a chip that's specifically designed for AR and VR. These new pair of glasses also have a USB-C port for faster charging. The new glasses now run on Android and comes with support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management. As you can see, the new Google Glasses also look a little different, thanks to the new frames. Additionally, it also comes with a better camera, because why not? However, all the advancements come at a price and this one costs $999. It's still less than the original one which Google had originally shipped out, but honestly, as an average consumer, it doesn't really matter. Why? Well, that's because it's not meant to be a widespread consumer product. Google is calling it the 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2', and selling it only to business users. That being said, we really hope Google makes a version for consumers too. Like, seriously. We already have a ton of VR and AR headsets and eyewear out there in the market, with a few more slated to arrive soon. In fact, Microsoft's HoloLens 2 and Vuzix' glasses are really popular. Google's current customers and partners include AGCO, DHL Group, HB Fuller, and Sutter Health. So, a lot of people are actively using this product, and so we think it's high time we get a consumer version of this product.
  3. For most men, the contents of their underwear drawer don't hold as much importance as the clothes occupying the rest of their wardrobe. In reality, your innerwear is the unsung hero of every stylish outfit you've ever worn, and we're here to tell you that it deserves a lot more care and attention! After all, it acts as a crucial layer under your clothing, preventing your fancy clothes from being ruined by sweat, all the while keeping your nether regions cool. With that in mind, we've compiled the following list of innerwear for men who value their comfort as much as they prioritise their style. Here's Why Investing In Quality Men's Innerwear Is A Fashion No-Brainer 1. Saxx Men's Ultra Boxer Briefs © Amazon Combining the best features of boxers and briefs, boxer briefs are a recent but well-received addition to the world of innerwear for men, and this stylish multicoloured variant from Saxx showcases exactly why that's the case. Its ergonomic design, patented front support pouch, and internal mesh panels offer unmatched comfort and breathability. Flatlock seaming ensures that they feel smooth against your skin, preventing irritation and chafing, while moisture-wicking technology keeps you dry and comfortable all day long. Fabric Composition: 95% Viscose, 5% Spandex MRP: Rs. 7,728 Buy It Here 2. US Polo Association Men's Printed Boxers © Amazon Boxers are the clothing of choice when you plan to laze around at home, and this pair lets you do just that in grand style! While the rich red colour and the subtle checkered print elevate your style game, the pockets (located conveniently at the sides) offer some much-needed storage space. The pure cotton fabric lends it an extremely soft texture, which enhances your comfort as well. Fabric Composition: Pure combed cotton MRP: Rs. 649 Buy It Here 3. Van Heusen Men's Stretch Muscle Tee © Amazon So you've put in the hard yards at the gym, achieved the physique of your dreams, and want to show it off? This stretch muscle tee, part of the Van Heusen innerwear range, is the ideal garment to help you do that. Its soft, quick drying fabric offers great comfort, also drawing perspiration away from the skin to keep you cool and dry. Its shape retention feature increases its longevity, which also makes it a stylish part of your workout attire for a long time to come. Fabric Composition: Cotton & Elastane MRP: Rs. 439 Buy It Here 4. Under Armour Men's Charged Cotton Stretch 6” Boxerjock (3-Pack) © Amazon The wide variety of quality products has helped Under Armour become one of the premier innerwear brands in India (as well as across the world) when it comes to workout gear. As such, this 3-pack would make for an indispensable part of your gym attire. Why, you ask? Well, the lightweight HeatGear® fabric offers superb performance besides quickly wicking moisture away. Its 4-way stretch construction helps it move better in every direction, making your stretches effortless. When you're done working out, its anti-odour technology prevents the growth of odour-causing microbes, so you don't have to worry about smelling bad either! Fabric Composition: 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane MRP: Rs. 7,365 Buy It Here 5. Tommy John Second Skin Stay-Tucked Undershirt © Tommy John When it comes to innerwear for men, an undershirt is one of the most useful garments you can own. This variant from Tommy John lives up to its name by conforming to your body like a second skin, without being restrictive. The highlight is its patented Stay-Tucked design that stays tucked, dry, and hidden all day long. The long, tapered design eliminates excess material hanging loose underneath your shirt, while the enhanced stretch and recovery ensures that it never loses its shape. Fabric Composition: 90% Non-Pilling Micro Modal, 10% Spandex MRP: Rs. 3,022 (excluding shipping) Buy It Here 6. Gildan Platinum Men's Briefs (6-Pack) © Amazon Briefs are the underwear style that most men start out with, and this six pack from Gildan makes for a great choice. Available in classic shades of grey and black, they feature pull-on closure and leg bands that stay securely in place all day long. Having eliminated the annoying bunching up around the legs that is unfortunately prevalent in so many pieces of men's innerwear even today, they also feature Cool Spire moisture wicking technology, which keeps you comfortable all day long. Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: Rs. 4,571 Buy It Here 7. Jockey Men's Vest (3-Pack) © Amazon There's more to the catalogue of Jockey innerwear for men than those iconic boxers and briefs that we're used to, as this three-pack of vests stylishly demonstrates. Part of the 'Modern Classic' collection, the contoured armhole and deep round neck styling ensures a comfortable fit. The double-reinforced shoulder strap seams enhance their longevity, while the extended length make them suitable for tucking in. Another handy feature is the fact that these are label free, which means no more scratching behind your neck all day! Fabric Composition: Pure Cotton MRP: Rs. 477 Buy It Here
  4. The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched in India today and we've been using the smartphone for a while to let you know how the smartphone fares in 2019. OnePlus is one of those unique brands that have been able to dethrone giants like Apple and Samsung in India by offering flagship-level smartphones for a considerably less price. OnePlus makes smartphones using top of the line components and offer a seamless OS experience that can only be matched by Google's Pixel smartphones. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a complete design overhaul when compared to the OnePlus 6/6T with some new features, a brand new display and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor. Here's what we think about the OnePlus 7 Pro and everything it has to offer: Design And Display © MensXP The OnePlus 7 Pro is beautifully designed and comes with no notches, almost zero bezels and a very vivid screen. At the back, there's a slight curve for better ergonomics and has a reflective glass that catches light from different angles. The colours are not over the top as other smartphones keeping it interesting and alluring at the same time. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple camera setup and has the same branding placement as the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes in three colours: Nebula Blue, Almond and Mirror Gray. At the bottom, the smartphone has the USB-C port, a speaker grille and a SIM card slot. OnePlus has removed the headphone jack as well in favour for better water resistance as it was quite expected since it was removed from the OnePlus 6T as well. At the front, the notch has been completely removed and now has QHD+6.67-inch AMOLED display. The display itself is one of the most beautiful panels we've ever seen on a smartphone. This is also the first time OnePlus has included a 90Hz refresh rate panel which results in a smoother experience and better performance on games. Having said that, the battery life of the smartphone does drop considerably when used in the 90Hz mode. Thankfully, OnePlus has given you the option to switch to 60Hz refresh rate in the display settings. © MensXP The display itself is very bright and has a pixel density of 556 ppi. The colour reproduction on the display has been outstanding and gave the Samsung Galaxy S10+ a run for its money. It was a delight to watch TV shows on Netflix that has HDR support as the OnePlus 7 Pro's display is also HDR10+ certified. The blacks look deep and dark, the contrast ratio is on point and has high saturation levels. In order to complement your viewing experience, the OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with dual stereo speakers that were previously missing in the OnePlus 6T. Since there is no fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 7 Pro also has an in-display fingerprint sensor just like the OnePlus 6T, albeit it works far faster and smoother than before. Since the notch has also been removed, OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with a pop-up selfie camera just like some VIVO and OPPO smartphones. Having said that, it is worthy to point out that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a very heavy phone and cause fatigue if you are used to the company's previous lighter smartphones. There were times when our fingers and palm would simply tire out when using the smartphone due to its weight. If you plan on using a cover, then it is even heavier. However, once you start using the smartphone, your palm and fingers will get used to it over time. Performance OnePlus smartphones are known to have great components under the hood and the OnePlus 7 Pro is no exception. The OnePlus 7 Pro is blazingly fast and it's all thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor. The flagship level processor is coupled with 6/8 or 12 GB of RAM and comes with different storage options. We tested the 12GB RAM variant and it exceeded our expectations way too much. We ran a simple Geekbench 4 test and our review unit scored 3509 in the single-core test while it scored a very impressive 11130 score in the multi-core test. That's the fastest Android smartphone we've tested this year and is probably the only device that comes close to the iPhone XS Max's performance. © MensXP While gaming, you can run games like PUBG Mobile on the highest settings and there is no frame rate drop according to our Gamebench test. The smartphone also comes with new Haptic Vibration that amplifies your experience while playing games. The heat management is also up to the mark as the OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with a 10-layer Liquid Cooling system. The OnePlus 7 Pro also has a RAM boost mode which basically means that it will allocate remaining RAM to memory intensive applications such as First Person Shooter games. This means you will be able to load games faster thanks to the new mode in combination with the new UFS 3.0 type of storage. UFS 3.0 is probably the fastest form of storage that basically means it can read and write files at a much faster pace than any other smartphone out there. Overall, the performance of the smartphone was outstanding and it is by far the smoothest Android smartphone we've used till date. This is also partly because of OnePlus' Oxygen OS skin that is bloat-free and comes with new features. Cameras © MensXP In terms of photography, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple camera setup at the back where the primary sensor is a Sony IMX586 48-MP sensor that has an aperture of f/1.6 and pixel size of up to 1.6 μm. The sensor has both OIS and EIS. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16 MP, f/2.2, with a 117° field of view. The third is an 8 MP, f/2.4, a telephoto sensor with 3x zoom. Now that you know the camera specifications, we were left quite disappointed with the camera performance on the OnePlus 7 Pro. Don't get us wrong, it can do a fair job of taking pictures but overall the quality of images felt underwhelming. The portrait images were not accurate at blurring the edges of our subject while there was no noticeable difference taking images with NightScape. The smartphone does a decent job of taking good images in good lighting conditions but did not perform as expected in the darker environments. Images would turn out to be very warm and sometimes lack the detail that one looks for in pictures. Some images were also overly saturated even when we tried our best to turn the levels down. Overall, the imaging on the OnePlus 7 Pro needs a lot of work and tweaking at the moment as most images simply look too soft. We hope a future update could fix these issues in the near future. © MensXP The biggest change on the OnePlus 7 Pro is the placement of the selfie camera. Since it is a pop-up selfie camera, it comes out from the top of the smartphone each time you switch modes or when you need to unlock using facial recognition. While testing, the pop-up selfie camera would take less than a second to arise and around the same time to go back down. The selfie camera has a 16 MP, f/2.0 sensor that is more than enough for taking simple selfies. The pop-up camera works just like it does on the Vivo V15 Pro and other smartphones that have a similar feature. Here are some camera samples for your reference: Battery Life The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh battery that performs well if you know what you are doing. For example, if you are using your display with 90Hz refresh rate and at QHD+ resolution, your battery life will fall considerably. You can turn down the refresh rate or the resolution in order to conserve battery life. Having said that, when you have turned down either one of the options, you can expect an average of 5 hours and 30 minutes of screen-on-time with around 20 percent left. If you tweak either the refresh rate or the resolution, expect the screen on time to fall considerably faster. Having said that, we used the OnePlus 7 Pro extensively for navigation, playing memory and GPU intensive games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt and a lot of internet browsing. The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with the company's new Warp Charge 30 adapter with basically is the same charger that came with the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T. It increases your charging speed by 38% and we saw our smartphone go from 10% to 69% in less than 20 minutes. Software © MensXP When it comes to the software, I would buy a OnePlus smartphone just for Oxygen OS. It is by far the cleanest and most stable skin you find on a smartphone apart from Pixel smartphones. It offers almost a pure Android experience without any bloat or add-ons. This time around OnePlus has added new features such as Zen Mode. It basically lets users turn off almost all features of the smartphone apart from receiving phone calls. It is the company's effort for better smartphone management and digital wellbeing. The feature cuts access to the smartphone for a period of 20 minutes so that you can tackle smartphone addiction in a better manner. It cannot be cancelled once you start Zen Mode and lock all the apps until 20 minutes elapses. You can also use Google's native Digital Wellbeing feature to track your habits and the amount of time you spend on certain applications. The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with a gaming mode where it mutes notifications and let you toggle custom settings such as disabling automatic brightness. Within the gaming mode, you also get a new Fnatic mode which basically takes these settings to the next level. It basically blocks all notifications apart from low battery notification, alarm and timer. It also fine tunes the processor to give gaming priority and disable the secondary SIM to give priority to the Primary SIM card for better signal strength. You will need to enable the gaming mode first in order to switch on the Fnatic mode. The Final Say There's no other smartphone that can perform as well as this beast, has a crisp display that offers vivid colours and gives great battery performance if you know what you are doing. Having said that, if you love to take pictures, the OnePlus 7 Pro still needs to improve a lot, especially because of the price tag. When you charge almost flagship level prices, the camera performance has to be up there as well in order to justify a recommendation. Having said that, the performance outweighs the camera performance for us as there's no other Android smartphone that can match up to the OnePlus 7 Pro at the moment. If you want a premium smartphone that can last long, perform well while gaming and take decent pictures, the OnePlus 7 pro is for you.
  5. Google announced the Pixel 3a and 3a XL this week and if you are looking for an Android smartphone that delivers good performance, a phenomenal camera and not super expensive, it really ticks all the boxes right now. We've been using the phone for a while and simply fallen in love with the smartphone. Pixel smartphones tend to have exclusive features that give it a few advantages over its counterparts. The Pixel 3a delivers computational photography at an unmatched level and offers a pure Android experience just like the Pixel 3. Here are some of the reasons why we love the Pixel 3a: Great Cameras © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The Pixel 3a, in our opinion, takes some of the most incredible shots with its single camera sensor. It still takes pictures today that can outmatch almost every smartphone available today, even flagship level smartphones. For the first time, Google has proved that great cameras are not exclusive to flagship smartphones. It comes with all the exclusive features you get on the Pixel 3 i.e. Night Sight, Super-Res Zoom, Top Shot, Photobooth, Playground and Google Lens built right into the camera app. Google also intruded a new time-lapse mode where you can set your frames to record at various intervals. This essentially will let you record a 20-minute video and condense the final video into 10 seconds. Here are a few camera samples from the Pixel 3a: The Best Android Experience © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Pixel devices have the cleanest stock experience you can find on an Android smartphone and also gets more regular updates. It comes with exclusive features that are not available on other devices such as computational photography, unlimited picture storage and overall smoother experience. The operating system has been fine-tuned according to its specifications and delivers an experience that not many phones can match. Other useful features such as Digital Wellbeing, Night Light and constant updates make this the best Android experience you can have on an affordable smartphone. It Has A 3.55mm Headphone Jack © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Flagship smartphones are now removing the headphone jack in favour of better water resistance however it does render your wired headphones useless. Many people; especially audiophiles still prefer to use wired headphones due to better audio quality. Pixel 3a comes with a headphone jack which makes me want to use my 1MORE Quad driver earphones even more. Overall, its a better experience when it comes to audio quality and Pixel 3a does a phenomenal job. Night Sight © Google Night Sight was one of our favourite features on the Pixel 3 and the same feature comes to Pixel 3a as well. If you love to go out at night like me, this will be the most important feature you want to be looking at. Basically, Google uses “computational photography” to enhance images taken in low-light environments. This will basically eliminate the need to use flash, as Google's algorithms spruce up the brightness, contrast and colour automatically. It takes multiple images and combines them together to give the best final picture that is social media ready.
  6. 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.
  7. A gaming mouse is easily one of the most recognizable gadgets in the world. From an exaggerated design with sharp corners to flashy RGB lighting, they're distinctly visible. Buying a gaming mouse, however, isn't an easy task. There are tons of factors to consider. Well, don't worry. We've gathered together some of the best gaming mice that are out there. No matter what kind of games you're into, we're sure you'll find the best gaming mouse for your needs here on our list. Logitech G502 Hero © YouTube The Logitech G502 Hero, as you can see, clearly screams gaming from any angle you look at. It's got RGB lighting, a ton of customizable buttons, 1ms latency, a jaw-dropping 16,000 DPI sensor, etc. However, this is one of those gaming mice, which you can comfortably use even when you are not gaming. Yes, it comes with adjustable weights, which you can swap out anytime when you're, say, doing a more casual task like browsing the web. Just like the Logitech G402, this one's also not for users with big hands though. But other than that, the Logitech G502 Hero is extremely popular and it's easily one of the best gaming mice out there. Price: Rs. 4,295 HyperX Pulsefire Surge © YouTube This particular gaming mouse from HyperX, a brand that's known for its headsets and other gaming accessories, is definitely worth considering if you're on the lookout for a new gaming mouse. It's a well-designed mouse that's packed with a ton of awesome features like the 16,000 DPI sensor. As we said in our review, it's very comfortable to use, both while playing games or otherwise. It natively supports Windows shortcuts and comes with cool RGB lighting. Above all, the HyperX Pulsefire Surge is easy on the pocket compared to the ones that cost upwards of Rs. 10,000. Price: Rs. 4,799 Razer Deathadder Elite © YouTube The Razer Deathadder Eite is an all-rounder when it comes to gaming mice. It comes in a simple and fantastic shape that's perfect for all sorts of grips and hand sizes. Be it for playing games, editing photos, or simply browsing the internet, the Razer Deathadder Elite won't let you down. Like, seriously. It uses a 16,000 CPI optical sensor which has 99.4% resolution accuracy and a 450 IPS rating. All the technical terms aside, it just means that this mouse will provide flawless tracking at all times. It also comes with two perfectly placed, generously sized thumb buttons. They prove to be good for all types of grips, be it palm, claw, or tip. Price: Rs. 3,899 Steelseries Sensei 310 © Steelseries The Steelseries Sensei 310 is an ambidextrous mouse, which means it's good for both left and right-handed users. It's also grippier than most other mice, which is always good for playing games. Just like its predecessor, the Sensei 310 comes with really good sensors, so you don't have to worry about any tracking issues. Since the Sensei 310 is ambidextrous, you'll get a pair of identical thumb buttons on the left and the right. Don't worry though, the shape and size of this particular mouse has been tweaked since the last one to avoid any accidental clicks. Overall, the Steelseries Sensei 310 is a really good small, light and ambidextrous mouse, which you can rely on. Price: 4,599 CORSAIR M65 Pro © YouTube The Corsair M65 Pro is a fantastic mouse for competitive FPS gaming. The highlight of this particular mouse has to be the 'Sniper' button, which essentially lowers the DPI while holding it down. Lower the DPI, the more easily you'll be able to maintain your aim at the target. It's really great for users with a claw grip, but even palm grip users will find it very compelling. The Corsair M65 Pro, just like some other mice in our list, comes with tunable weights, which can be accessed by removing the screws on the bottom. You can dislodge between one and three 6-gram weights, giving the mouse an overall mass that's between 97 grams and 115 grams. Price: 3,599
  8. Apple has officially cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat, however, the demand for the product is still quite high. The charging mat was a bold wireless charger by Apple that would charge an iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch by placing them anywhere on the mat. Currently, devices have to be placed on wireless chargers with a specific orientation in order for it to work. However, many companies have figured out a way to charge multiple devices at once ever since AirPower was announced. Just because you can't get your hands on the AirPower doesn't mean you can't enjoy wireless charging for multiple devices. Here are the best AirPower alternatives you can buy in India right now: 1. Baseus Smart 2 In 1 Wireless Charge © Basues This 10-watt wireless charging mat can simultaneously charge two smartphones and an Apple Watch. It's available in all white and is compatible with any Qi-certified device. It comes with Overload protection which means you don't have to worry about overheating. 2. Samsung Wireless Charger Duo © YouTube The Wireless Charger Duo consists of a stand and a pad, allowing you to charge two devices at once. Both spots support fast-charging which is always a plus to have. It is also Qi-certified which means it can charge any device that supports Qi wireless charging. 3. Boost Up Charging Dock By Belkin © Belkin The new wireless charging dock by Belkin can wirelessly charge your smartphone, Apple Watch and has additional USB-A port to charge other devices. It comes with a 45W AC adapter and can charge all iPhone models at 7.5W. The Apple Watch will be carted on 5W/1A via the USB port. 4. Nillkin Gemini Dual Fast Wireless Charger Charging Pad © Nillkin The Nillkin Gemini wireless charger can juice up two devices at the same time and has support for wireless charging. It can charge the iPhone with an output of 7.5W whereas, for Qualcomm devices, it goes up to 10W.
  9. Cameras, as we all know, have become the distinguishing feature for phones. In fact, the camera quality and specs are usually the front and centre of a smartphone announcement these days. Last year, we literally got to see smartphones with as many as 4 cameras on the back. So, it's pretty obvious that OEMs are constantly trying to market something new and interesting. On the same lines, it looks like the word “48-megapixel” is going to be tossed around a lot. We already have a bunch of smartphones with a 48-megapixel camera in the market and I am sure a lot more are on their way. Well, if you are on the lookout for a smartphone with 48-megapixel cameras, then are some of the options that are worth checking out - Honor View 20 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Honor View 20 attracted a lot of eyeballs at its launch mainly due to its design. It was the first smartphone to arrive with a hole-punch display in India, and it was the star attraction. But do you know what else was it popular for? The cameras. The Honor View 20 was also the first smartphone to launch with a 48-megapixel camera in India. The 48-megapixel camera was paired with a large sensor and an extremely quick f/1.8 aperture. In our review of the smartphone, we called it a beast when it comes to the camera quality, as the Sony IMX586 sensor often managed to take detailed and sharp images. You can check out the full review of the Honor View 20 along with some camera samples right here. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla With the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi decided to make the 48-megapixel camera more accessible in India. The phone's 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor is quite impressive and manages to take some stunning shots. During our review, we found that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras are capable of capturing pictures with right colours and crisp details. I even compared the Redmi Note 7 Pro's camera to iPhone XR's camera myself and found it to be surprisingly good. You can also read our full review of the phone here. Vivo V15 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Vivo V15 Pro has a lot going for it. The phone is known for its innovative design, reliable battery life, stunning display, etc. It even has great cameras, which makes it easier for us to recommend it. The Vivo V15 Pro has a triple camera set up at the rear which consists of a 48MP primary sensor, 5MO depth of field sensor and an 8MP wide angle lens. The result? Well, let's just say it takes good photos. The Vivo V15 Pro also has a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, which is just as delightful as it sounds. The selfies have a lot of details, and we found to be extremely accurate as well. You can check out the camera samples in our full review of the phone right here. Oppo F11 Pro © Oppo Oppo recently launched the F11 and the F11 Pro in India, and both of them have a 48-megapixel camera. The Oppo F11 Pro, which I've recommended in this list, sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor along with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait photos. Much like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Oppo F11 Pro also shoots pictures at 12-megapixel by default, but you can turn on the “Ultra-HD” mode shoot images natively at 48-megapixel. Also just like the Vivo V15 Pro, the Oppo F11 Pro also has the fancy pop-up selfie camera, which can help you step up your selfie game. Oppo is popularly known for making phones with good selfie cameras, so I am sure you can count on this one too. Just don't go heavy on the filters, though. Well, that wraps up this list of smartphones with a 48-megapixel camera you can buy in India. Like I said in the beginning, we'll be seeing a lot of new devices with a 48-megapixel camera throughout the year. We'll be updating this list as and when we get to see more phones, so keep an eye on this list.
  10. The stunning diva, Alia Bhatt, who just celebrated her 26th birthday in style, did something mighty philanthropic and we couldn't be more proud of her. She has reportedly gifted Rs 50 lakh to her domestic help Anmol and her driver Sunil so that they can buy a house in Mumbai. © Instagram The two have been there with her since the start of her career in 2012 and for Alia this gesture was rather pertinent and imperative because she wanted to return the help they've been giving her since so many years. The two have already booked their houses in Juhu and Khar Danda, respectively and will start building soon enough. We believe this is a grave lesson every other celebrity should carry back from this young house-of-talent. More often than not, we seldom forget the people who've supported us through thick and thin and stuck through time to render their services without giving up, need a day or two in the sun to shine bright too. Gratitude towards the support staff is extremely important and if it can be shown in any good way possible, it definitely should! Kudos Alia, you did good! © Twitter Apart from initiating funding for the houses for her support staff, Alia herself has purchased a rather posh house in Juhu, for over Rs 13 crore. It's close by to her family house so she can see them often. Alia wishes to run her new production company Eternal Sunshine Productions from her new space. On the work front, Alia will next be seen in 'Kalank' with Varun Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt, 'Bramhastra ' with Ranbir Kapoor of course and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Inshallah' with Salman Khan. © Instagram She recently tweeted upon being asked to take up 'Inshallah', by Sanjay Leela: Dream with your eyes wide open they said and I did. Sanjay sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can't wait to join them on this beautiful journey called "Inshallah" Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can't wait to join them on this beautiful journey called “Inshallah” â¤#Inshallah #SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982 — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) 19 March 2019 The actress has her hands full this whole year and she's doing one good Samaritan deed after the other. Here's wishing more celebrities emulate her kindness towards their support staff with immense gratitude.
  11. Choosing the best camera smartphone can be a tiring task especially when there's an influx of devices. Camera technology has gotten a lot better over the years, and it is safe to say that it has come to a point where one can confidently carry a smartphone and not worry about missing a moment in search of professional cameras. Currently, there are a lot of smartphones out there with good cameras. In fact, some smartphones which we have on this list are best known for their camera prowess more than anything else. So if you're planning to buy a new smartphone with a promising camera, then here are some great options - 1. Google Pixel 3 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Google Pixel 3, much like its predecessor, only has one camera at the back. However, it's arguably one of the best camera smartphones out there on the market right now. Although the Pixel 3 is competing with phones that have 2 or more cameras, there's no denying that the pictures which come out of this phone are simply fantastic. The single 12.2-megapixel rear f/1.8 dual-pixel camera coupled with Google's software makes this one helluva camera smartphone. The Pixel 3's Night Sight mode is also something that's worth a mention as Google has revolutionized low-light photography with it. Night Sight is essentially a camera mode, and it can help you take some stunning pictures even in pitch-black conditions. Overall, the Pixel 3 is, without a doubt, one of the best camera smartphones that money can buy right now. You can learn more about the Pixel 3's cameras and the phone itself in our full review here. 2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with its unique camera array, has won our hearts when it comes to smartphone photography. Its triple camera setup includes a main 40 megapixels sensor, an ultra-wide 20-megapixels sensor and a third eight-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera support 0.6 to 5x optical zoom and you can go crazy with up to 10X digital zoom. One of the things which we really like about the images taken from the Mate 20 Pro is that they have a lot of details. The images also have great colour accuracy, which is always a good thing. The Mate 20 Pro also shines when it comes to low-light photography, especially when used with the dedicated night mode. We have a lot of camera samples in our full review of the phone, so be sure to check it out here. 3. iPhone XS © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla iPhones have always been promising when it comes to photography, and the new iPhone XS and the XS Max are no exception. The iPhone XS camera is a powerful dual 12-megapixel shooter with one being an f/1.8 sensor and other being an f/2.4 sensor. Both have OIS and they can produce some stunning shots. The photos captured from the iPhone have natural colours, and the telephoto lens helps shooting imaging with great details even from a distance. Other camera features like Smart HDR and Depth control are just icing on the cake. Again, we've discussed the cameras and the phone itself in our detailed review, so be sure to check it out here. 4. Samsung Galaxy S10 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Samsung's latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus, have amazing cameras. Unlike the last year's devices, the S10 and the S10 Plus have three cameras. The setup includes an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor, and the last sensor is a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto one. Be it landscape, portraits or low-light photos, the Galaxy S10 can do the trick for you. The “Live Focus” mode works like a charm as it accurately blurs the background. You can also capture some stunning HDR shots with this phone, like the ones which we've added in our full review of the phone here. 5. Nokia 9 PureView © YouTube HMD Global finally unveiled the Nokia 9 PureView at the MWC 2019 this year, and oh boy, were the leaks real. This smartphone has five 12 megapixel f/ 1.8 sensors at the back, which are clearly the main selling point here. Two of these sensors can take colour images, whereas the other three sensors can capture monochrome images for things like contrast, depth, and exposure data. With so many sensors at work, the Nokia 9 PureView is said to be capable of taking some stunning portrait shots. Nokia has also worked with Light, Qualcomm, and Carl Zeiss to make this penta-cam setup possible, so we're counting on it to be one of the best camera smartphones out there.
  12. Finding the right sized pants is like finding a unicorn. The prospect looks so damn appealing except the chances of spotting one in a lifetime are next to none. But if you are blessed with the knowledge of what works and what to stay away from, you can cut it pretty damn close. Here's a definitive guide that can help you figure out if you're wearing the wrong sized pants. In order to hunt for the right sized pants from the market, here's what you need to keep in mind. So, while you're in the trial room, be on the lookout for pants with: 1. A proper inseam length, A pair of trousers that are neither too short nor too long. A slight break is great, however, a big break definitely means that the pants are too long. © Getty Images 2. Obviously, if they are too loose and baggy, or alternatively skin tight, look for another more appropriate size that fits you well. © Getty Images 3. While wearing the pants, try walking around and jumping to see if the fitting remains snug, also to see if the pants are allowing you to be mobile. A pair of comfortable pants go a long way. 4. Here's a fact: lightweight fabric trousers wrinkle more quickly and look like they do not fit well as opposed to a pair of pants cut from a heavier fabric like wool or tweed fabric that drapes and hangs well and is long lasting. © Getty Images 5. Besides the fit, over the course of the day, the pants will move around. A belt and side-adjusters will help to keep it in place, but only a pair of suspenders can guarantee a great fit all day long. © Getty Images Here are other things you should look out for in the fitting of your pants: 6. If you see wrinkles like these, your pants are too tight in the crotch area. Have the seat seam opened up in case you have enough fabric reserved. © MensXP 7. When you sit, if you end up with bunching rolls of fabric in the fly area and lap and feel there is too much material in this area, consult with an alterations tailor. © MensXP 8. If you can see these wrinkles in pants, chances are the pants were not adjusted properly for him. You may also see that the trousers may cling to the wearer's legs in the back. This definitely signals that you need to wear the right size. © MensXP 9. The reason for the creases is tightness in the seat seam. It has to be let out and reshaped with a heavy iron. Also, it could be your suspenders/braces pulling too hard. Loosen them a little first to see if that fixes the issue. © MensXP 10. A horseshoe fold takes place if the underside of the trouser is cut too close to the wearer's thigh. Diagonal creases on the inside of your thighs and your pants that stick to the calves are also visible. In such a scenario, you need more length in the front of the trouser, in order for the back to look normal. © MensXP 11. If you see wrinkles when you are seated, chances are your pants have the wearer in the area of the knee when walking. You will definitely have to consult a good alterations tailor. © MensXP 12. If you get creases that start in the crotch area and continue vertically left and right, the trousers are definitely too big for you. Have them adjusted in the seat, crotch and side seams. © MensXP
  13. If you want to make the best of this new season, you should be trying the hot stuff in the market RN. Men's fashion is continuously evolving and becoming bigger and better. In 2019, MensXP would like to recommend a list of quirky brands that you should definitely check out. All the cool kids around the block are definitely wearing these clothes. 1. **** Your Bad Vibes, Haut De Gamme © haut de gamme An everyday T-shirt with the emotions that you normally wouldn't project written with pride. You need this in your life. 2. Amsterdams Blauw Ditsy Print Button-Down Shirt, Scotch & Soda © Ajio A breezy baby blue printed shirt will help you survive the transitional weather without keeping you cold. 3. adidas, Nite Jogger © adidas adidas Originals' the Nite Jogger combines traditional motifs with modern features. It is crafted to stand out and light up its surroundings by using its reflective details: laces, 3-stripes branding, heel patch, and highlight overlays. 4. Tan Dual Zip Laptop Bag, Nappa Dori © nappa dori A bag handcrafted in genuine leather with two zipper compartments, sandwiching a third open compartment secured by a magnetic clasp. Nappa Dori bag come along with a tag of authenticity and luxury along with them. 5. Patterned socks, H&M © H&M The quirky socks have taken over the internet and subsequently they should take over your life too. Take cues from these cute H&M socks or scour on the internet for quirky finds.
  14. The average selling price of smartphones in India is Rs 12,000 according to IDC's Q4 2018 report. A majority of the smartphone sales are in this segment, and this is the core reason why companies have flooded this bracket with as many phones as possible. For the end user, more options are better since you can get exactly what you want. Xiaomi has multiple devices like the Mi A2 and Redmi Note 6 / 5 Pro, Realme has the U1 and 2 Pro, and Samsung's just getting started with the M-series. Here are our top picks for the best phone you can get in this price range: 1. Samsung Galaxy M20 (Rs 12,990): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Samsung is adopting a competitive stance against online sales to take on Xiaomi, and the M20 is supposed to be a forerunner for the M-series. The brand wants to bring a high-end experience to the budget segment via software, and it has been kind of successful in doing so. It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor. The top variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, with an option for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup (secondary being the wide angle), while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery. 2. Nokia 5.1 Plus (Rs 14,499): © TelecomTalk Nokia branded phones are known for their solid build quality, and this device feels extremely premium and sturdy for its price. It has a unique ergonomic feel in hand and thanks to Android One, you'll never have to worry about software updates as well. It has a 5.86-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P60 chipset. The top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a decent 3060mAh battery, that charges via USB-C. 3. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs 13,999): © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The Mi A2 was one of the most sought smartphones of 2018 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 and a screen-to-body ratio of 77 per cent. 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. The rear camera is capable of clicking amazing pictures in daylight and even the low-light output is decent. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery. On the flip side, it lacks a microSD card slot as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. 4. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Rs 14,999): © Android Authority This is another phone that ships with a near stock Android UI, but isn't a part of Android One. The design is shiny thanks to a glossy back panel and the front has a wide notch. ASUS has marketed the phone towards performance and it definitely scores well in this department. It has a 6.26-inch display and powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset. The top variant currently gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while a 6GB RAM variant is awaited. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. It is backed by a huge 5000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. 5. Realme U1 (Rs 12,999): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Realme has been consistently launching new phones, and this one is targeted towards performance. The U1 has a shiny back panel and a tiny water drop notch on the front. The back has a slight colour gradient, giving it some premium aesthetics. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P70 processor. You get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant, along with expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, and the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that charges via 10W.
  15. The price slab of Rs 15,000 to 20,000 is among the most competitive right now, and thanks to rapid advancements in technology, a lot of high-end features are now available at a cheaper price. This range also gives you a high value since it isn't very costly, but will give you an edge for at least a year. Thanks to increasing focus on software, these phones can even get you through two years of smooth usage in most cases. Here are our top recommendations in the sub-20,000 price segment! 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro (Rs 15,999) © YouTube The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country and the Redmi Note 7 is just around the corner. This doesn't mean the phone has lost its charm though. It has a perfect balance in all segments and is pretty much a winner. Sporting a 6.26-inch display, it is powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. For multitasking, the top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage along with expandable option. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. It runs on MIUI and has tonnes of added features and customization options. 2. Nokia 7.1 (Rs 18,990) © YouTube The recently launched Nokia 7.1 is a solid offering if you're looking for stock Android experience. All Nokia branded phones are a part of Google's Android One initiative, ensuring software and security updates on time. The stock experience also ensures smooth performance over an extended period of time. The phone has a 5.84-inch display and is powered by a slightly underwhelming Snapdragon 636 processor. But, thanks to near-perfect optimization, you'll barely see any lags or stuttering. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant and is backed by a modest 3060mAh battery. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. 3. Honor 10 Lite (Rs 17,999) © Twitter / Sandeep Sharma This was the first phone to be launched in India this year and Honor is back with its premium glass design in the budget segment. The glass build also adds a slight colour gradient, which is unmatchable in this segment. The phone also has a smaller water-drop style notch for a better screen-to-body ratio. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant and has support for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. These internals are backed by a 3400mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. 4. Vivo V9 Pro (Rs 16,990) © YouTube The Vivo V9 Pro is a close sibling of the V11 series and in fact has a similar design. The front has a wide notch and the back sports a fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. Just like all other Vivo phones, it ships with Funtouch OS out of the box. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor. The base variant gets 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage and expandable storage option. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera with support for portrait shots and AI beauty enhancements. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the phone is backed by a 3260mAh battery. 5. Honor Play (Rs 16,999) © YouTube The Honor Play is technically India's first gaming phone and is among the cheapest. It is powered by Huawei's high-end Kirin 970 processor, along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. The phone also gets Honor's GPU Turbo technology, that systematically overclocks the processor and optimizes performance for the best output. The design is basic and the brand has put in more efforts on the inside. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery that supports 18W quick charging.
  16. Ever since the revolution of computer games, it has been an expensive activity or hobby to maintain. Whether you play on the PC or consoles, buying a proper machine and then games have always been pretty expensive. Now, we're witnessing a major revolution in the world of gaming with the addition of mobile phones as a platform. Sure, mobile games have existed for almost decades, but the industry is progressing to a whole new level. Thanks to the improvement in mobile OS architecture and hardware, a tiny mobile phone is capable of playing a 2GB Battle Royale game. PUBG, Fortnite, Asphalt etc. are just starting points and we're already seeing massive new titles coming soon. If you're looking for a new phone for gaming, we've compiled a list of top phones for gaming, available in India: 1. OnePlus 6T © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla This is pretty much a perfect Android offering, thanks to best-in-class hardware and well-polished software experience. The phone comes shipped with OxygenOS and is among the most stable skins out there. You won't have to cut corners anywhere with this device, thanks to its well-balanced spec sheet. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication. The body is built from premium metal and houses a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel lens for selfies. It also comes with a Gaming Mode that basically mutes all notifications to provide a distraction-free experience. 2. POCO F1 © MensXP / Shivam Vahia It's a flagship-grade phone that comes with an extremely lower price tag. The POCO F1 was built for performance, and the brand has constantly focused on making it faster. Housing a Snapdragon 845 processor, it also comes with a liquid cooling chamber for enhanced performance over longer durations. The front has a 6.2-inch LCD display, with a wide notch on the top. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup and is capable of clicking surprisingly good low-light pictures. The front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery and the phone ships with POCO Launcher by default. 3. Honor View 20 © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The phone was launched just a few weeks back in India and has managed to come with its own unique set of 2019ish features. The build quality is exceedingly premium and the front has a punch-hole camera, delivering better screen-to-body ratio. The phone comes with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that optimizes the phone's performance when gaming. Powering the View 20 is the latest Kirin 980 processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a massive 48-megapixel sensor along with a Time of Flight sensor that helps in 3D modelling and interactive gameplay. The front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter and these internals are backed by a 4000mAh battery. 4. Nokia 8.1 © BCCL This is the only phone on this list to ship with stock Android and is part of Google's Android One program, ensuring timely updates. It continues the legacy of Nokia branded phones and has a significantly premium design and strong build quality. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's latest midrange, yet highly capable Snapdragon 710 platform. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 20-megapixel lens for selfies. It comes with a modest 3500mAh battery but supports 18W fast charging. 5. Honor Play © BCCL It's been quite some time since the phone was launched, but it still manages to kick-ass thanks to a flagship processor. This was technically India's first gaming-centric phone and is equipped with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that intelligently optimizes processes to improve performance while gaming. The phone has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Kirin 970 processor. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a mediocre 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. 6. iPhone XR © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla We've listed ultra-premium phones towards the end of this list and the iPhone is often regarded to be the best gaming phone one can buy. iOS has maintained an edge over Android for years in terms of game development, and thanks to Apple's insanely fast processor, the gap widens even further. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch display and is powered by an A12 processor. The chipset has a hexa-core dedicated GPU and graphics have never been smoother. The rear has a single 12-megapixel sensor and the front has a 7-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these specs is a quite large 2942mAh battery. 7. ASUS ROG Phone © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Arguably the only dedicated gaming phone in India, the ROG Phone is expensive, but won't disappoint in terms of performance. The design is very refreshing and has an RGB logo on the back, along with mappable air triggers for better FPS experience. The 6-inch AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate and supports HDR. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with an Aeroactive cooler accessory for long duration performance support. Even a Twinview dock is separately available and the phone has an internal 4000mAh battery.
  17. The budget segment gets the maximum hits in India, and lately, brands have started focusing on it the most. But, the midrange segment still exists, and differentiates itself with premium offerings, at a not-flagship price. With the economy slowly picking up, the segment is bound to get even more popular. We've made a list of the top midrange phones you can buy right now. Considering multiple factors like performance, battery life, camera, and software, this list can cater to every type of user: 1. POCO F1: © MensXP / Shivam Vahia While all other midrange phones are marketed as "midrange", the F1 is actually a flagship. It has all the high-end feature one may ask for, at a significantly lower price. To start with, it is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The brand marketed the phone as the "master of speed", as it also includes liquid cooling. It runs on POCO launcher out of the box and has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup on the rear. The overall picture quality is insanely good and often on par with flagships like the Note 8. 2. Nokia 8.1: © Sree Hari Carrying forward the legacy of Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8.1 is a finely crafted product with the best-in-class design. The aluminium unibody makes it extremely sturdy and ergonomic to hold. It runs on the recently announced Snapdragon 710 platform and comes with 4GB RAM in the base variant. Just like all other Nokia branded phones, it is a part of the Android One program and runs on stock Android. Nokia has a consistent reputation for delivering software updates. On the rear is a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. It has a modest 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging. 3. Vivo V11 Pro: © MensXP / Shivam Vahia This is the cheapest phone to house an in-display fingerprint scanner right now and is a solid offering with balanced specifications in all departments. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor, along with 6GB RAM. The back has a slightly reflective design that mimics a starry night. It runs on Funtouch OS and is heavily inspired by iOS. The back has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera, while the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3400mAh battery that supports fast charging. 4. Samsung Galaxy A9: © YouTube This phone is built for photography enthusiasts. The first thing you'll notice are the four lenses on the back. The four rear sensors are: a 24-megapixel lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with a 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens, and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor. To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 6GB RAM. Obviously, the phone ships with Samsung's own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. It is backed by a 3800mAh battery and supports adaptive fast charging. 5. OPPO R17: © Hardware Zone The phone has a stunning gradient back and a water-drop notch on the front. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 670 processor, along with 8GB RAM. It also sports an in-display fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. The back has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a modest 3500mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash charging. 6. Honor Play: © BCCL The Honor Play was technically India's first gaming phone and is among the cheapest. It is powered by Huawei's high-end Kirin 970 processor, along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. The phone also gets Honor's GPU Turbo technology, that systematically overclocks the processor and optimizes performance. The design is basic and the brand has put in more effort on the inside. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery that supports 18W quick charging.
  18. 25-year-old Wang Shangkun will never forget the fateful year of 2011 when he took a life-altering decision that would leave him bedridden within the next eight years. When Shangkun was 17-years-old, he decided to sell his kidney in order to get his hands on the latest iPhone that was launched in the market. He hawked his kidney in the black market for $4,500 AUD (Rs. 2,29,357.89) and used this amount to purchase two Apple gizmos, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4. At that time, Shangkun had reportedly said, “Why do I need a second kidney?” One is enough." © Asiawire,Australscope However, such is the irony of life, that today even his remaining kidney is failing him and Shangkun might be looking at a life tied to his bed. He was recently diagnosed with renal deficiency and has to undergo daily dialysis to function, since his remaining kidney can't work efficiently to clear his blood of toxins. Back in the day, when Shangkun had wanted to get his hands on the gadgets, the Anhui province resident of China didn't have enough money to afford the high-end products. However, it was in an online chat room that a possible opportunity presented itself. Shangkun was approached by an organ harvester in an online chat room who assured that selling one of his kidneys could fetch Shangkun 20,000 Yuan. © Asiawire,Australscope In no time afterwards, Shangkun underwent illegal surgery and finally got himself the Apple products he had been lusting after. However, it was his mother who thought something was fishy when she found him in possession of such expensive gadgets and made him confess. In the following months, Shangkun developed an infection in his remaining kidney, and ultimately suffered organ failure. As of today, his condition is so severe that he is in need of daily dialysis and has been left bedridden. Doctors have also suggested that he might need a kidney transplant of his own to get better. Talk about irony.
  19. Smartphone companies have been trying to innovate ever since Apple changed the game with the iPhone X and XS notch. Companies have been trying to incorporate the same or a smaller notch into their smartphones to make the experience less intrusive. Some smartphones like the Vivo Nex have a pop-up selfie camera while the OnePlus 6T has a water drop notch. Samsung introduced a punch-hole selfie camera on one of its smartphones and Honor took the next step by placing it on the top-left corner. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the punch-hole screen may be the star attraction here, the smartphone also packs a punch when it comes to performance. Considering the price, the Honor View 20 has hit the ball out of the park with what all it can do. It's the first major smartphone launch of 2019 in India and what a start it has been. We've been using the Honor View 20 for almost three weeks as our daily device and here's what we think about the smartphone: Design and Display The Honor View 20 has a 6.4-inch punch-punch-hole Full HD+ LCD display and has a wider aspect ratio than other smartphones of the same size. The display has a resolution of (2,310 x 1,080 pixels) and has an aspect ratio of 19:25.9 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The LCD screen is quite impressive given that it's the nearest competitor being the OnePlus 6T features an OLED panel. The only time we faced an issue with the display was when we tried to use it directly under the sun. That's an annoying problem with LCDs in general which is why some people prefer an OLED panel. Majority of the time, the display had great colour representation, viewing angels were strong and have a brightness level of 370 nits. The front-facing camera on the Honor View 20 is also not intrusive when it comes to the viewing experience. It took us a day or two to get used to the punch-hole camera as we often thought there was a smudge on the screen. This was simply because it was the first device we used with a camera setup like this. In time, we got used to the punch-hole camera display and made it harder to switch back to a smartphone with a notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of design, the Honor View 20 is by far our favourite device by the Chinese company. It has a bright blue glass back phone that also as the letter “V” etched in the design. In fact, the V-Shaped pattern at the rear can catch the light and give a unique look from different angles. We love the bold blue colour as it is eye-catching and looks distinct from other smartphones. Build quality of the smartphone is also quite good as it has an aluminium frame with a premium finish. It has a 3.5mm jack (yay!) And a super fast fingerprint scanner at the back. Performance and Specifications The Honor View 20 is packed with quite a few components that make it Huawei Mate 20 Pro's younger brother. It is powered by the same Kirin 980 chipset (octa-core: 2x 2.6GHz, 2x 1.92GHz, 4x 1.8GHz) and is coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. We got the 6GB/128 GB variant for review and it still managed to perform like a beast. The Kirin 980 chipset has primary and secondary cores that perform different tasks. These cores are complemented by 'mid' cores that help in conserving battery life and balance the workload. During our tests, the Honor View 20 scored 9588 in the multi-core test and 3308 single-core score test, respectively. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla That's even faster than the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T that has 10GB of RAM. It proves that RAM is not the only factor that contributes towards the speed of a smartphone —a common misconception in India. In terms of security, the Honor View 20 has a fingerprint scanner at the back that works blazingly fast and also has facial recognition. It works in a very rudimentary manner as it uses a punch-hole camera for scanning. Since it does not use has IR tracing, the Facial recognition feature is not as accurate as the Mate 20 Pro. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We used the Honor View 20 to play games like PUBG, Command & Conquer Rivals and Asphalt and faced no issues in regards to gaming performance. We didn't experience any frame rate drops, connectivity or over-heating issues. In fact, we prefer using the Honor View 20 for our gaming needs over any other smartphone right now. That's simply because the punch-hole display provides more immersive experience. As for battery life, the Honor View 20 has a 4,000 mAh battery that easily manages to last more than a full day on moderate use. While gaming, the battery life would drop down to 16 hours which is quite impressive in our opinion. It is bundled with a 5V fast-charger which is fast enough to phone going in under an hour. It's not as fast as OnePlus' warp charge, but it's still fast enough to get regular top-ups. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Honor View 20 turns it up a notch in the camera department as well since it has a 48-megapixel snapper paired with a large sensor and an extremely quick f/1.8 aperture. It also has a TOF 3D stereo camera. It's the only smartphone in India that has resolution of that scale and the second smartphone in the world to do so. Sony's new IMX586 sensor is truly a beast and it often takes detailed and sharp images. Honor has also included an AI feature called “AI Ultra Clarity” which we are yet to test when Honor releases the update for Indian handsets. If you want a reference point, the View 20 outmatches the OnePlus 6T by a mile. Even the 25-MP selfie camera does a good job; however, we found some images to be a bit over-exposed and inaccurate with the bokeh effect. Here are some camera samples for your reference: View this post on Instagram Images shot using the #HonorView20. #smartphones #technology #technews A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:00am PST The Final Say The View 20 is by far the most powerful and beautiful smartphones ever made by Honor. It's the jack of all trades that can do everything a midrange flagship is supposed to do. It beats the OnePlus 6T in performance and photography and the punch-hole screen is a dream to use. It includes a headphone jack which is always a plus but lacks any form of water resistance. If you are looking for a smartphone that looks awesome but can also perform like a dream, the Honor View 20 is your purchase of the year.
  20. The budget segment in India has been exceedingly crowded and with so many brands offering a multitude of options, choosing the right one for you can be a tough task. We've made a list of the top budget smartphones in India according to every user's requirements. Taking into consideration multiple factors like camera, performance, battery life, and user interface, this list is all you need to pick the right one. 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro © Awaqa The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country. Xiaomi has finally managed to overcome the flash sales and they are abundantly available in stock now. The phone has a perfect balance in all segments and pretty much a winner. It has a 6.26-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 635 platform. For multitasking, it has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant along with expandable storage. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus © BCCL This phone runs on stock Android like every other Nokia branded phone and this is what gives it an edge. The brand has been consistent in pushing out timely updates and the UI is immensely smooth. The design gives a very premium feel in hand and the compact nature of the phone is confidence inspiring. It has a 5.8-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 636 platform. The base variant gets 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel camera set up while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. A slightly smaller 3060mAh battery powers the phone and will get you through a day's usage. 3. Huawei Y9 © Huawei The recently launched Huawei Y9 is the first Y-series smartphone to launch in India. The main highlight of the phone is its design and the brand has brought down the P20 Pro's design language, and the Y9 has an eerily similar look. If you're looking for a premium design with flaunt-worthy elements, this one is built for you. It has a 6.5-inch display and is powered by Huawei's midrange Kirin 710 processor. The phone has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. On the rear is a 16+2-megapixel camera setup, while the front has a 13+2-megapixel setup for selfies. The phone runs on a 4000mAh battery that is equipped with fast charging. 4. Realme U1 © MensXP The Realme U1 is another phone with a good balance of specifications across all departments. It is built from composite plastic that does a significantly good job of imitating plastic. Realme has also added a waterdrop notch to further increase the screen-to-body ratio. It borrows ColorOS UI from OPPO, and it has been drastically improved. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by the latest MediaTek P70 processor. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The rear dual cameras capture sharp pictures in daytime and the front has a huge 25-megapixel shooter for selfies. It is back by a 3500mAh battery that is more than enough to get you through a day and a half. 5. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 © ASUS ASUS is another brand that provides a stock Android experience on its phones and the M2 kills it. Coupled with a midrange Snapdragon 660 processor, it is blazing fast and gets every task done smoothly. The design has been drastically improved and it looks distinctly premium now. The phone has a 6.26-inch display and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. In the base variant, you get 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear gets a 12+5-megapixel camera while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery that'll get you through days of usage on a single charge. 6. Honor 10 Lite © Honor For Honor, the gradient design has been loved by many and has become one major differentiating factor for consumers. It touts an attractive design with a glass-like 3D rear panel that sees dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the rear. The front has a small semi-circular notch along with a heavy front camera. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by Huawei's midrange Kirin 710 chipset. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera set up while the front has a huge 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Powering these internals is a 3230mAh battery. 7. Motorola One Power © Motorola This phone is built with one purpose, to offer maximum battery life. Motorola has opted to give with a simple design, and thanks to the huge battery, the phone weighs a lot. It has a 6.2-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor. The base variant gets 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel camera setup, while the front has a 12-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, it has a 5000mAh battery with support for fast charging.
  21. The disappearing 3.5mm jack is the reason these headphones have come to represent the epitome of convenience. Not to mention, the aspect of their portability. While audiophiles continue to prefer a wired analogue connection, for a vast majority of users, it won't make a difference. With so many options available across all budgets, it often gets daunting to choose the right one. We've compiled a list of the top wireless headphones one can buy in India right now. 1. Sony WH1000XM3 © Sony Sony has built them from the scratch, adding more comfort and a better headband along with a larger driver. These are the only ones that can match the quality of wired headphones and also sport a new QN1 chip for noise cancellation. They can deliver 32-bit audio, matchable by none in this segment. In terms of sound quality, they can deliver very accurate lows and mids. The sound is crystal clear with balanced bass for the perfect listening experience. You can further customise the output via the mobile app's equaliser. You can also customise the noise cancellation according to your environment. It can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge and support fast charging. 2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II © Pocket Lint If you're looking for best-in-class noise cancellation, these are for you. The new headphones have a dedicated button to activate Google Assistant and can read your smartphone's notifications. Connect them to the Bose app and they'll notify you with a chime. If you're into electronic or ambient music, these are a pleasure to use. The mid-range sound is great along with flawless bass output. For long flights, these are a must-have and can run on a single charge for more than 20 hours. The addition of assistant support is another perk. 3. Sennheiser PXC550 © Sennheiser Offering amazing sound quality in conjunction with the adaptive noise cancelling, the Sennheiser PXC550 Wireless Headphones propose exceptional performance. Being extremely lightweight, these comfy and feature packed earphones perform really well. It has ideally balanced lows and mids along with best-in-class treble. Their low-frequency extension is at 26Hz, which is very good. However, it's not as low as some other over-ears' like the QuietComfort 35 II. It has a battery rating of up to 30 hours. 4. 1MORE Triple Driver © 1More While all other selections are full-fledged headphones, these are among the best earphones you can buy right now. Two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver deliver a very balanced hearing experience. They have an extended frequency range up to 40,000 Hz to reproduce high-resolution audio and also come with an in-built DAC. The earpieces are made of aluminium and have a 5-in-1 controller for making calls, adjust volume, and easily change tracks. The armatures are uniquely inset with durable silicone covers for lasting performance and resilience. 5. Sony MDR-XB650BT © YouTube Significantly cheaper than the other selections, if you're looking for something that's light on the pocket and delivers top-notch music output, these are the ones you should grab. They have a good balance of lows and mids, while the bass is significantly high. If you like bass, these are definitely made for you. Though, they can be easily optimized using an equaliser. They are light in weight, extremely comfortable to wear, and have an umatchable battery life. On a single charge, they'll easily last you more than 20 hours. 6. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Wireless © CNET The amount of attention given to details while making them is unprecedented. The audio distribtuion is exciting and perfectly balanced for all types of genres. The design is trendy and they're sure to make you look unique as well as a little old school. Delivering a battery life of 17 hours of wireless playback between charges. P5 Wireless charges via USB and if you want to save your battery, it also comes supplied with a cable. The diaphragm is designed like a traditional speaker, providing more precise movement and amazing sound quality. 7. Jabra Move Wireless © Jabra If you want a pair of wireless headphones without breaking the bank, your next best bet is the Jabra Move Wireless. These headphones may look like a budget buy, but don't let that fool you: this set of on ear Bluetooth headphones is nothing but an all-around stellar product. Music from most genres retain a fair punch, and a clean, uncluttered design is sure to impress most. It is well-suited for listeners who are not too keen on overpowering lows, but want a balanced bass output. It has a battery output of up to 12 hours on a single charge.
  22. Whether you are building a new gaming PC or just looking to upgrade, you will eventually face the same roadblock as I did- 'what keyboard should I buy?' Gaming keyboards are profusely different from keyboards you use in your office, school or college. You will first want to get yourself a mechanical keyboard because membrane decks are a thing of the past. Mechanical switches are the go-to preference for gamers and we're even seeing some awesome new technologies being incorporated. Some have textures right on top for a better grip that some reduce actuation delay. The design of a keyboard is also another essential factor when it comes to buying a top class gaming keyboard. Whether you want a keyboard that offers super quiet switches with no tactile feedback or a mechanical switch that is heavy and has that accentuated clicks sound. You also want some sort of RGB elements with backlit switches. Keep in mind this list has the top-of-the-line gaming keyboards and doesn't feature budget-friendly keyboards. We'll be doing another feature on that real soon. So here's our full list of the top gaming keyboards you can buy in India right now: 1. HyperX Alloy Elite RGB (Rs 10,800) © GumTree It's by far the cleanest looking keyboard out there that packs everything you want from a gaming keyboard. It comes in your choice of Cherry MX Brown, Blue, and Red. It has USB passthrough if you want to power other gadgets from your setup. It's a premium keyboard that comes with an affordable price tag. It has dedicated media control buttons, detachable wrist rest and red backlighting. We prefer the RGB variant as you can customise it to your liking. However, if you are on a budget, you can get the non-RGB version for Rs 6,999. 2. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum (Rs 15,499) © YouTube The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is the best of the best at the moment, and is probably the Ferrari of keyboards for us right now. It's a big keyboard that will require some good amount of space on your desk. It has a metal volume wheel, dedicated media controls, USB pass-through, RGB lighting. It even has an extra set of textured WASD keys if you want a better grip while gaming. It's also one the more expensive options you can get, however, you can always look at a cheaper alternative by Corsair i.e. the K70 RGB Mk.2 which costs Rs 11,400. 3. Razer Blackwidow Elite (Rs 12,081) © YouTube The Blackwidow Elite is Razer's top of the line model of gaming keyboards and has all the bells and whistles a gamer would need. It has a standalone 3.5 mm audio passthrough and is probably the best feature for people who like to use premium headphones. You can even use Razer Hypershift in order to add a secondary function for each key or better explained, any key can function as a macro key. 4. Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Rs 4,999) © RAZER This is one of the more affordable and simple looking gaming keyboards on our list. However, it has everything you need for your gaming needs. It has a USB pass-through port to its own input for 100% power throughout and data speed. Function (FN) keys let you control volume, play and pause, skip track, mute, toggle lighting, enter game mode. It has great tactile feedback and RGB lifting options through Logitech's gaming software. 5. HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown) [Rs 9,300] © Logitech This mechanical keyboard was made with keeping FPS players in mind. It is compact in size and a minimalistic tenkeyless design. Since it does not have a number, the smaller footprint is ideal for FPS players who require that extra space. The compact space and supplied mesh travel pouch also makes it transportable which means you can take it anywhere with you, especially LAN parties.
  23. What, according to you, does a day in a billionaire's life look like? Thanks to Jordan Belfort from 'Wolf of the Wall Street', we can imagine most of it. But, that is reel-life. In real life, people who are rich beyond our imagination live just like us. There are days when they crave a burger, coke and fries; so they head to their favourite restaurant to grab one. No, they don't fly in their private chopper to get them airlifted from the restaurant, they stand in queue and patiently wait for their chance to come, JUST like any of us. Sounds impossible? Then maybe, it's just Bill Gates. © Reuters Microsoft founder, Bill Gates was spotted waiting in a line at Dick's Drive-In in Seattle over the weekend, for a burger meal that costs roughly around $8. Gates was standing casually in queue just like anyone else. If you thought he was some neighbourhood uncle waiting for his burger, trust me you won't be alone in thinking so. There was no celebrity air around him, and probably that's the reason why people around him couldn't identify him, or were in disbelief that the man standing in front of him is worth more than $95 billion. The picture was posted on social media by a man named Mike Galos, who mentioned that it was clicked by an ex-Microsoft employee and was originally posted on a closed Microsoft alumni board. He wrote, "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000, run the largest charity in the history of the world and stand in line for a burger, fries and Coke at Dick's like the rest of us...THIS is how real rich people behave unlike the gold toilet seat wannabe poser in the White House." People say, "A picture is worth a thousand words", but this picture of Bill Gates is a priceless souvenir of humility and modesty we all need to learn from.
  24. Benchmarks in the smartphone industry are rising every month, and it is at its peak right now. With a plethora of options to choose from, it becomes a daunting task for the end consumer to pick one. Brands have been increasingly getting aggressive in terms of pricing and to differentiate themselves from the rest, they have spent billions on research. The ultimate winner of this conflict is the end buyer. Every aspect of the phone is being improved upon, this includes the display, cameras, design, as well as processor. Companies are also doubling down their efforts on improving long-term software support and battery life. So if you're out and about to get your hands on a new phone, here's a list of the top smartphones right now. 1. OnePlus 6T © MensXP The OnePlus 6T has a perfect blend of elegant design and top-notch specifications. Not only is the phone having a better screen-to-body ratio thanks to the water-drop notch, but also incorporates an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone is also available in Thunder Purple as well as Limited Edition McLaren variants. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant while the top option has 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. On the back is a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It runs on OxygenOS that's based on Android 9.0 Pie. Full Review 2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro © MensXP Huawei stunned us with the P20 Pro in the first half of 2018, followed by the Mate 20 Pro in the second half. The main forte of the phone is its rear camera setup, consisting of a Leica 40-megapixel RGB camera, 20-megapixel wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The setup redefines mobile camera photography and is best suited for landscapes. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. It comes with 128GB internal memory in the base variant and has a nano-memory card slot for expansion. Under the display is a fingerprint scanner and it's the fastest in-display fingerprint scanner we've ever used. Backing these internals is a huge 4200mAh battery that's more more than sufficient to get you through a day of heavy usage. Full Review 3. POCO F1 © MensXP The POCO F1 is the cheapest phone to feature a Snapdragon 845 chipset and it's all about performance. It has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and also sports a small infrared scanner for facial recognition. It also has liquid cooling technology for higher processor efficiency and the company claims the addition makes the processor perform 30 percent faster than the competition. On the back is a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor while the front houses a 20-megapixel shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. The phone is also available in a special Armour Edition that features Kevlar backing. Full Review 4. Honor View 20 © Huawei Honor announced this phone last week globally and it's expected to arrive in India soon. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ panel that has a punch-hole camera and premium design on the rear. Honor View 20 uses a reflective laser etched “V” pattern on the back of the phone accompanied by a gradient. The rear camera setup consists of 48-megapixel primary shooter along with a secondary 3D Time of Flight sensor. The front fact punch-hole camera has a 25-megapixel shooter. It is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset and comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage in the base variant. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and supports Honor's Turbo Link Technology. 5. iPhone XS © MensXP The iPhone XS continues the same design language of the X, but is completely revamped from the inside. It has a 5.8-inch OLED display that Apple calls "Super Retina" since it refreshes at 120Hz and supports DolbyVision HDR10. The phone is IP68 rated, meaning it has water and dust resistance. Powering the phone is Apple's new A12 Bionic chipset that has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an 8-core NPU. With the bump in specifications, the phone is blazing fast and can run intensive games like Bethesda and Blades. On the rear is a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens while the front has a 7-megapixel selfie shooter. Full Review 6. Honor 10 Lite © Honor The phone has been globally announced and shall be coming to India soon. It'll be a successor of last year's Honor 9 Lite and sports Huawei's premium design line-up. It has a 6.2-inch LCD display with a higher screen-to-body ratio thanks to the water-drop notch. The phone will be placed in the budget segment and go up against the likes of Redmi 6. Powering the phone is a Kirin 710 chipset along with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage in the base variant. The back sports a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. The battery is rated at 3400mAh and it runs on EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. 7. iPhone XR © MensXP Alongside the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Apple also announced a slightly cheaper iPhone 10R. From the front, it looks very similar to the Xs, but the back is similar to that of the iPhone 8. It sports a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls "Liquid Retina Display". The notch sports a similar Face ID array along with haptic feedback for shortcuts. It has a 12-megapixel single wide angle lens on the rear while the front has a 7-megapixel sensor. It runs the same A12 Bionic chipset and brings in all the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence features. Compared to the iPhone 8, the battery has been bumped by an hour and a half. Full Review 8. Samsung Galaxy A9 © Samsung This is the world's first phone to feature a four-lens setup on the rear and is capable of clicking portrait, monochrome, as well as ultrawide pictures. To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The four rear sensors are -- a 24-megapixel lens with f/1.7 aperture, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens with f/2.4 aperture and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that supports facial recognition.
  25. SUVs are built for the harsh unforgivable terrain, but they've transformed into much more than just off-roading. The uber rich love huge cars and these huge cars not only offer top-notch performance, but also the epitome of luxury. So, what happens when you make a well-crafted car and power it with a beast's heart? The SUV segment has been slowly picking up in India and sales have been steadily rising since the entry of domestic players in the last decade, even though, the luxury segment is a tiny minority. We've listed the most powerful SUVs that are currently available in India: 1. Lamborghini Urus © Lamborghini This is the first SUV from sports car maker Lamborghini. It comes with a starting price of Rs 3 crore and is a spiritual successor of the Lamborghini LM002 SUV from the 1980s. It shares the MLB platform with other high-end performance-oriented SUVs from Volkswagen Group such as the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7, and the Porsche Cayenne. The Urus features a front-mounted 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that puts out 641 bhp of max power and 850 Nm of peak torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It sprints from 0 to 96 kmph in merely 3.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 305 kmph. 2. Bentley Bentayga © Bentley With a base price over Rs 3.75 crore, the Bentley Bentayga is the most expensive one on the list. It's also one of the quickest. Bentley says the Bentayga can do 0 to 96 kmph in 4.0 seconds. Behind its chrome grille is a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The unique engine makes 600 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm of torque. Bentley says the Bentayga weighs 2,439 kgs and can hit 300 kmph, which is the highest top speed of the bunch. 3. Maserati Levante Trofeo © Maserati This car is based on the Kubang concept and shall be coming to India in the next few months. It has a 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that can generate 590 bhp at 6,250rpm. The car is capable of going from 0 to 96 kmph in just 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is 304 kmph. The all-wheel-drive system comes with an improved Integrated Vehicle Control system for better driving dynamics. While the car is mightily powerful from the inside, it has the distinctive Maserati engine grille and elegant styling. 4. Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 © Autmobile Magazine One of the few seven-seaters on this list is the Rs 2 crore Mercedes AMG GLS 63. It's also the largest SUV here at 203.2 inches long. Under the hood is a hand-crafted 5.5-litre V8 with twin-turbos making 577 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 760 Nm of torque. It's backed by a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The SUV also has AMG Ride Control sports suspension with roll stabilisation which helps to provide high-level driving dynamics and comfort at the same time. 5. Range Rover Sport SVR © Land Rover For 2018, the Land Rover has turned up the boost on its competition, literally. The Range Rover Sport SVR gets an extra 25 bhp from its familiar supercharged 5.0-litre V8. The output is now 575 bhp and up to 600 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Land Rover ever. The SUV's bold design pattern remains the same, and it exacts a look of prominence and authority with its muscular profile. Land Rover says the SUV, which uses an 8-speed automatic transmission, can hit 96 kmph in 4.5 seconds and top out at 280 kmph. The base price is Rs 2.5 crore. 6. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S © CarAndDriver Porsche's most powerful SUV is the Cayenne Turbo S, it packs 50 bhp than the Cayenne Turbo model. It's powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission. For 2018, the Cayenne Turbo S is rated 570 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 800 Nm of torque and Porsche says it can accelerate from 0 to 96 kmph in 3.8 seconds and touch 283 kmph. Base price is Rs 2.5 crore. The company has given it a lot of comfort features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. Some of them are Porsche Car Connect, which allows you to control certain functions of this SUV remotely with the help of a smartphone. 7. BMW X6 M © BMW The X6M is an extremely fast car despite its gargantuan proportions. Get in the driver's seat of this 2-tonne plus behemoth and you can break inertial physics by blasting from 0 to 96 kmph in 3.8 seconds. Using a similar 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to the outgoing M5, the X6 M produces a 567 bhp. It has a starting price of Rs 2 crore and other features include 6-speed M Sports automatic transmission with aluminium pull-style paddles on the steering wheel.
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