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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The hoodie is back! The once forgotten Winter essential is making headlines again. Ranveer Singh loves the hoodie (with his recent White Gucci venture), so does Arjun Kapoor! With some really cool hoodies out there, team MensXP has corroborated a definite list of affordable hoodies that look breezy, are comfy and look great with almost anything. A great Avengers white hoodie to lounge in if you absolutely love Marvel. © ZARA Price: 2,890 Buy it here This hoodie is a great tumblr aesthetic for the E.T fans out there. © H&M Price: 1,999 Buy it here A cool graphic hoodie that is so warm, you wouldn't feel the need of a blanket even when you're at home. © H&M Price: 2,299 Buy it here This H&M White/Joy Division hoodie indulges in Freudian slips with its graphics. © H&M Price: 2,299 Buy it here Just a regular hoodie with a huge chest pocket, incase you pack heavy every time you travel. © Facebook Price: 2,299 Buy it here A perfect hooded jumper to play basketball in. Pair this with shorts and you won't feel the cold, trust us. © Facebook Price: 1,999 Buy it here © Mango Hoodies in offbeat colours are the new thing. If want to experiment with different colours, this one's for you. Price: 2,990 Buy it here A statement piece when you feel the need to go extra for a party. This Orange hoodie is sure to get you compliments. © shein Price: 1,236 Buy it here This colour blocked hoodie also experiments with a cool font. It's great for a regular day to college/ work. © Ajio Price: 1,999 Buy it here A nike sweatshirt for the no-pain-no-gain days. Wear it to the gym to instantly find the motivation to work out. © Ajio Price: 2,895 Buy it here A crew-neck minimalist jumper for people who don't prefer making a loud statement. © Ajio Price:1,899 Buy it here This blue hoodie with striped panels is known to a be staple of the dancing crews around the world. © Ajio Price: 1,250 Buy it here For men, who won't deviate from black. This one's for you so that you can express your love for the colour even more eloquently. © Ajio Price: 1,999 Buy it here For the post-modernist nerds out there, a hoodie that gets your dilemma like no one around you. © Ajio Price: 2,299 Buy it here We all owned a GAP hoodie as kids. So here's a GAP hoodie to bring back childhood nostalgia. © NNOW Price: 1,799 Buy it here For the closeted vigilantes out there, this Batman sweatshirt will give you the symbolic expression that you were looking for. © NNOW Price: 2,799 Buy it here A black sweatshirt with stripes on the side for a groovy vibe. © Koovs Price: 1,699 Buy it here
  21. We've been testing Apple's new iPad Pro for a few weeks and it was time to let our audience know why we've fallen in love with this tablet. We've tested the tablet in numerous scenarios such as meetings, press conferences and even used it for editing images. The 2018 iPad Pro is the all-in-one device for creativity, gaming, business owners and even journalists like me. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla After using the tablet for a few weeks, I've been wondering the same question as every tablet owner- do I really need a laptop for my daily work? Whether you are a college student or a graphic designer, the new iPad Pro fits everybody's needs. Here's our review of the new iPad Pro, where we tell you how it performed and what tasks it could perform: Design Right off the bat, you will notice the beautiful design of the 2018 iPad Pro. In fact, it's the prettiest tablet we've ever seen. The iPad has seen the biggest design change in years where Apple has removed the home button, gotten a full-screen design and beautifully curved corners that you are accustomed to seeing on newer iPhones. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We've been using the 12.9-inch model where the size is now dramatically smaller than its predecessor, thanks to the new design. The bezels are gone and now it feels good to hold it in the hand. It's also lighter than its predecessor and weighs only 631g, making it easier to carry it in your backpack. The new Apple Pencil is now magnetically attached to one of the sides of the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly. Apple has now made the change that everyone wanted, as you no longer have to stick the Apple Pencil into the charging port of the new iPad. The magnets are strong enough to hold the Apple Pencil in place and you won't have to ever worry about it falling off. This also means that you do not need to store the Apple Pencil separately- making it more accessible for users. Naturally, this resulted in us using the Apple Pencil more often than usual, especially when we needed to edit images or write down notes. You can even use the Pencil to unlock the iPad straight into the notes app if you want to jot down some of your thoughts. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Speaking of the new Apple Pencil, it's more ergonomic to hold as the design mimics the design of a traditional pencil. It works pretty much the same, with pressure and tilt sensing. The flat edge on the Apple Pencil makes it easier to place it on a table as it doesn't roll down like the previous Apple Pencil. You will need to buy the Apple Pencil separately and it costs Rs. 10,900 in India, which is probably a necessary purchase if you intend to use the iPad Pro for creative purposes. Display, Speakers & Face ID © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, Apple has provided one the prettiest and most vivid screens on an iPad ever. It has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps and can adjust it automatically depending on the work you're doing. For example, if you are gaming on the iPad Pro, it will automatically push the refresh rate to the max for optimum performance while reducing it to 24fps if you're reading an ebook or comics. Apple calls this technology the ProMotion screen and is probably the most useful feature of the display. It has a resolution of 2732x2048 and with accurate colour representation and P3 wide colour display, it makes it addictive to consume video content on Netflix and other streaming platforms. The True Tone display technology also helps the user in better readability, just like you would experience it on an iPhone. It basically matched the listing temperature of your environment to reduce the strain on your eyes. The new iPad Pro also uses the same technology as the iPhone X to unlock the screen. Now that the home button has been removed, the iPad Pro will scan your face to unlock the device. There's only one face-scanning camera, however, it works very effective unless the camera is covered. What's cool is that the unlocking feature works both in landscape and portrait mode without you ever having to adjust the orientation of the display. To complement the excellent display, Apple has outfitted four hidden speakers on the iPad Pro with a woofer and tweeter in every corner. This results in a very impressive and loud sound that delivers stereo audio no matter how you hold it. This accentuates the experience when consuming content on the iPad. The only disappointment you will face is the removal of the 3.5mm jack. Apple has now opted to provide a USB-C port and you will need to use a Lightning for USB-C dongle in order to use your own headphones. Performance & Usability Now that the iPad Pro has a USB-C port, you can use SD card readers for transferring images and videos. You can even use the port to output videos to 4K displays. It was a much-wanted feature by designers that would enable them to see their work on the bigger screen. The iPad Pro now also supports Hubs which can be used by musicians to plug in their MIDI instruments for DAWs like Logic Pro and Abelton. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new iPad Pro is powered by Apple's latest processor i.e. the A12X processor. It basically outperforms Intel's six-core processors you see on many laptops. The iPad Pro was able to perform exceptionally well when it came to editing images and videos. In fact, we didn't see the iPad Pro slow down even for a second, a feat even most laptops can't boast about. In the benchmark tests, the iPad Pro scored 4,965 in single-core and 18,092 in multi-core on Geekbench 4, a score that leaves even the Microsoft Surface behind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of usability, we used the iPad Pro in numerous scenarios. We used it to type this review, edit the images and even edit a basic 4K video. From our experience, the iPad Pro can easily replace your laptop for daily work however there's a catch. The last statement is only true if you're already deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem. This means you already own a MacBook with your files shared on the iCloud drive. It's the only way to access files across systems in case you need to pull up an old document or image from your laptop. iOS has not developed a way to access storage to transfer, back up, or find existing files which can be a drawback for non-Mac users. The Files app is not comprehensive enough to replace the flexibility and workability of a laptop. This will probably affect only 1% percent of iPad users, however, for the sake of this review it had to be mentioned. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In order to use the iPad Pro as an office or college laptop, you will face no issues as you can use the Smart Keyboard cover to type notes and carry out daily mundane tasks. We used it to type this review and faced no issues whatsoever. Keyboard shortcuts are also growing in various apps such as Affinity, Pages and others which makes it useful for people who are still used to using a keyboard. The smart keyboard cover only needs a trackpad so that we could move the text cursor with much more accuracy and finesse. The Final Say The 2018 iPad Pro is a brilliant device and is probably our favourite gadget from Apple's 2018 portfolio. It is the best tablet in the world as it leads in performance, design and usability. Having said that, it cannot replace the laptop for everyone unless you're already on the Apple ecosystem. It's more powerful than the MacBook Air or even some Intel-powered laptops, however, it still needs a comprehensive file management system to become the ultimate tablet. But if the iPad Pro fulfils your need at work or college, it is the device to own in 2018/2019.
  22. We are at the end of 2018, where all laptop manufacturers put their best foot forward to give us a complete portable experience and try to become as our only workstations. We saw classics like the MacBook Air make a return, and others make gaming laptops with no holds barred. Here are the best laptops of 2018, which deserve your attention. 1. Apple MacBook Pro © Engadget No laptop roundup would be complete without a MacBook. You get a very well optimized software to take advantage of the equally capable hardware inside. You also get a touchbar above the keyboard for additional functionality at all times. Professionals will love the fact that the Macbook has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can add a bunch of extra accessories, external displays and charge via each of them. The 2018 MacBook Pro 15 is powered by the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, with 16GB of RAM and Radeon Pro 555X graphics with 4GB of RAM. You get a 15.4-inch display in a package that weighs 1.8 kgs. Buy from Amazon.in 2. Dell XPS 13 © BCCL The XPS 13 and 15 were the first laptops to sport a bezel-less display, like what we see on smartphones. The 2018 upgrade continues the beautiful compact design, with an upgraded processor, faster PCIe storage, yet weighs just 1.2 kgs. One of the most compact laptops around, with those specs, and a must have for professionals who need to carry their computer around. It is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i7, up to 16GB of RAM, integrated graphics and a screen of 13.3-inches in the footprint of a smaller laptop. Buy from Amazon.in 3. HP Spectre x360 © CNET If any of these laptops didn't pique your interest yet design-wise, then the HP Spectre x360 might just do. A part of HP's new professional series of thin and light laptops, the x360 has a classy black and gold metal design, and a 360-degree hinge and support for the HP Active Pen. You get a couple of USB Type-C ports with another full-sized USB port, with a quoted battery life of over 10 hours. The HP Spectre x360 is powered by an 8th gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM and Intel UHD 660 graphics.The display is a 13.3-inch touchscreen. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Huawei Matebook X Pro © Laptop Mag The Huawei Matebook X Pro has a staggering 91% screen-to-body ratio, in an all metal construction and yet houses powerful components and dedicated graphics to keep you going. The display is a touchscreen panel with a 3K resolution. the webcam is hidden under the keyboard, for added privacy. You are paying for the design here, and the Matebook X Pro is definitely an eye-catcher. You get an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with 16 gigs of RAM and Nvidia MX150 graphics. The display is a sharp 13.9-inch panel, and the chassis also houses 2 USB Type-C ports, with a full sized USB port. A dongle is included in the package for additional display ports. Buy from Amazon.in 5. ASUS Zenbook Pro 17 © ASUS For those who need raw performance, without looking too good, this one is for you. The ASUS Vivobook Pro has a big Full HD screen, a ton of ports and dedicated graphics. A well rounded device for those who are looking for a desktop replacement. You get an Intel i7-8550U chipset with 16 gigs of Memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 graphics and 1TB HDD with a 256GB SSD for optimum speed. It is a little heavy, at 2 kgs, but should serve the purpose for someone ;looking for a big display. Buy from Amazon.in 6. ROG Zephyrus M © CNET ROG is ASUS's gaming sub-brand, and the Zephyrus M is one of their best laptops this year. It looks like a gaming laptop through and through, with red and black accents, RGB logo and a unique air ventilation system under the keyboard which also raises the keyboard for a better typing experience. The battery life is a little worse than expected, and the complete laptop is definitely bulky, but so are most other gaming laptops. The ROG Zephyrus M is powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i7 with 16GB of RAM, and a powerful Nvidia GTX1060 graphics card. The display is a 15.6-inch panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz. Buy from Amazon.in 7. Acer Aspire V15 Nitro © Acer If you are looking for a gaming laptop without breaking the bank, the Acer Nitro is what you need. It is not the prettiest design, but the performance capabilities will leave you amazed. It is also fairly bulky at 2.7kgs. This is one of the cheaper laptops with an i7 processor, with 8 gigs of RAM, an Nvidia GTX 1050Ti graphic card and 1TB of storage. Buy from Amazon.in 8. Lenovo Ideapad 330S © CNET Lastly, the Lenovo Ideapad 330S is for those who do not need the most powerful specs, but something that still looks well designed. It has a bezel-less display, a thin and light construction and a good port selection with USB Type A, type C and an SD card reader. Internally, this laptop is powered by the AMD A9 processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for storage. With a 14-inch display, it tips the scale a comfortable 1.4kgs. Buy from Amazon.in
  23. Over the last few years, televisions have seen vast improvement and advancements and this has not only brought in newer offerings but also made them cheaper. With new companies coming in and the behemoth's fighting out for supremacy, the end user is benefiting the most. With rising internet speeds, even streaming has increased drastically and watching Netflix or Prime Video on a kickass display is always enjoyable. If you're buying a TV right now, Full HD is a thing of the past and it's time to move on to 4K! 1. Xiaomi Mi TV 4: © Xiaomi Xiaomi has taken over the market by storm thanks to its aggressive pricing. It has a frameless design that offers an immersive viewing experience. The brightness is balanced and output is rich and crisp. The TV runs on PatchWall UI that also works with your standard set-top boxes and incorporates apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, and more. This way, analog content, as well as digital content, is synced in one UI. For the best sound quality, the TV also has Dolby Audio and DTS-HD engine. Buy from Flipkart 2. Samsung 7 Series 43NU7100: © Samsung This is among the best TVs you can buy right now, it comes with a UHD panel that is compatible with HDR, has Samsung's PurColour technology and UHD Dimming. The LED panel is enclosed in a very sleek frame that looks exceedingly stylish. The best part is, it is a Smart TV, meaning apps like Netflix and Prime Video can be installed directly and controlled. You can also connect your phone to the TV via mirroring. A smart TV not only increases the capabilities but also brings in ease of use. Buy from Amazon.in 3. Sony KD-43X7500F: © Sony This TV pairs 4K clarity with the brightness, colour and detail of high dynamic range (HDR). Combined with 4K ultra HD resolution, HDR video content delivers exceptional detail, colour, and contrast, with a far wider range of brightness. It also has Sony's X-Reality Pro engine to enhance every pixels output. It has a compact speaker box with intense, focused sound and ClearAudio+ enhancement for an immersive experience. The TV also runs Android TV OS and includes apps like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and more. Even voice searches via Google are supported. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Panasonic TH-49FX600D: © Panasonic The TV has an IPS panel that provides high light transmittance and a wide viewing angle, with an LED backlight that efficiently increases brightness. Panasonic's Hexa Chroma Drive technology provides natural, beautiful colors with '6 color reproduction'. It manages colors by adding 3 complementary colors (CMY) to the primary color axes (RGB). It also supports HDR along with 20W speakers for a surround sound experience. The TV supports content mirroring via mobile phones and runs on proprietary Home UI. Buy from Amazon.in 5. LG 49UK6360PTE: © RTINGS LG's IPS 4K Display yields a more accurate and lifelike picture from a wider viewing angle and along with 4K Active HDR, the details are lifelike and colour contrast is increased. LG has incorporated AI ThinQ technology that intuitively controls your TV through voice recognition. The DTS Virtual X sound processing technology provides an immersive, multi-dimensional sound experience. Buy from Amazon.in
  24. 2018 has witnessed numerous budget phone launches and the market has never been this competitive. Within a very short period, we've seen flagship trends like the dual camera setup, notched display, glass design, and facial recognition in the budget segment. While more choices mean brands have to work harder to make the near-perfect product, it also makes it difficult for the consumer to select one. Here's our list of the top budget smartphones launched this year in India: 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro: © Smartprix The recently announced Redmi Note 6 is definitely among the best budget phones to be launched this year. It has a notched 6.3-inch display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone has a metal build and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset along with 3GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20+2-megapixel dual camera setup. The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery that is capable of getting you through two days of usage on a single charge. It ships with MIUI 10 out of the box and also supports facial recognition via an infrared scanner. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus: © Akket All Nokia branded phones are a part of the Android One initiative and HMD Global has been quick in releasing software as well as security patches. This phone has an excellent build quality and sports a 5.8-inch LCD display with a high screen-to-body ratio of 82 per cent. Powering it is a Snapdragon 636 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. It has a microSD card slot for memory expansion and also supports Quick Charge 3.0. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera array while the front has a single 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and the phone is backed by a 3060mAh battery. 3. Xiaomi Mi A2: © MensXP The Mi A2 was one of the most sought smartphones of the year thanks to the legacy of Mi A1. The phone is a part of Google's Android One initiative and comes with a Stock Android interface. It has a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. On the rear is a 12+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery. On the flip side, it lacks a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 4. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1: © MensXP The phone was launched six months back and in this ever-evolving industry, it is a long period for a budget phone. But, the phone is still able to kick-ass thanks to its powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset. The phone comes with 3GB RAM in the base variant and has a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera set up in the base variant while the top option has a 16+5-megapixel sensor. The front has an 8-megapixel camera in the base variant while the top option has a 16-megapixel sensor. Backing these internals is an enormous 5000mAh battery. The phone ships with Stock Android UI and ASUS has guaranteed software updates till Android Q. 5. Honor Play: © Tom's Guide Honor Play is technically India's first gaming-centric phone and brought in a high-end processor to the budget segment. It has a very generic metal build but packs a Kirin 970 chipset underneath. On the front is a 6.3-inch LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone has 4GB RAM in the base variant along with 64GB internal storage. It has a microSD card slot for memory expansion and a 3750mAh battery. The rear sports a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It runs on EMUI out of the box and incorporates GPU Turbo technology for enhanced performance while gaming. 6. Realme 2 Pro: © Realme Realme made its debut this year and has been on a roll ever since. The Realme 2 Pro has a 6.3-inch display with a water-droplet notch that gives it a high screen-to-body ratio of 84 per cent. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, that is much more powerful than the competing 636 chipset. The base variant has 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage and expansion support via microSD card. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging. 7. Samsung Galaxy J8: © Yuga Tech Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is often preferred by many due to the Samsung Experience UI. It has a 6-inch AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone houses an underwhelming Snapdragon 450 chipset along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone comes with Bixby smart assistant and Samsung Pay out of the box and is backed by a 3500mAh battery.
  25. Diwali is almost upon us and it's also that time of the year when we want to upgrade our smartphones or gift one to our loved ones. Smartphones are the most essential gadgets to own in 2018 and there are some extremely viable options that don't cost a bomb. Here are some of our favourite picks for this Diwali season: 1. Xiaomi Redmi Y2 © MensXP The Redmi Y2 is a great gifting option for your loved ones as it only costs Rs 9,999/12,999. Don't let the price tag fool you, as it is packed with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and has a 5.99-inch HD+ display. It has Qualcomm's 625 processor and has a really long battery life thanks to the 3,080 mAh battery. It has dual rear cameras and a great 16-MP selfie sensor. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus © MensXP It is one of the better-looking budget smartphones out there and is powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 636 processor. It comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM and a dual camera setup with a 16MP autofocus sensor and a 5MP monochrome sensor. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a similar battery to the Redmi Y2 as it has a 3,060mAh battery and also supports fast charging. 3. Xiaomi Poco F1 © MensXP Not every smartphone that has specs of a flagship smartphone needs to be expensive. The Poco F1 is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 device you can buy that also has LiquidCooling technology that helps in delivering better performance. The Poco F1 offers 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of internal storage across its variants. In terms of camera specs, the Poco F1 is outfitted with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup that also has AI feature for computational photography. During this Diwali, Xiaomi is offering the device for Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB variant, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is available for Rs. 21,999 and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model of the Poco F1 is available at Rs. 26,999. 4. Honor Play © MensXP If you love to game on the go, Honor has the perfect smartphone for you. It features a 6.3-inc Full HD+ display and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 970 processor. The smartphone has other features such as facial recognition, face unlock and an AI-powered camera. It has a dual camera setup at the back with a 16-megapixel (f/2.2) primary sensor and a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary sensor. 5. Xiaomi Mi A2 © MensXP The Mi A2 has a vertical dual camera setup and has a refreshed design from its predecessor. The Mi A2 has a 5.99-inch FHD+ LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160 X 1080. The Mi A2 is equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor and is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For the GPU, Xiaomi opted to include the Adreno 512 chipset which is more than enough for casual gaming. It has a 12-megapixel (Sony IMX486) + 20-megapixel (IMX 376) primary cameras with both lenses having an aperture of f/1.75.
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