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  1. The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 have finally made its way to India where “P” denotes the meaning for photography. It's definitely one of the salient features of the smartphones and we've been testing the phone for almost a week to find out for ourselves. The P30 Pro has a versatile camera system and has features such as 5x optical zoom, an RYB sensor and also a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. The ToF sensor is capable of delving more accurate bokeh picture. The smartphone also comes with a 32-MP selfie camera. Specifications Roundup © Huawei The P30 Pro has a 6.47-inch OLED Display and a 6.1-inch OLED display. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and has a teardrop design which houses the selfie camera. The smartphone comes with an all-glass finish with a gradient design when it comes to colours. The P30 Pro is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC and runs on Android Pie 9.1 out of the box. The P30 Pro as a 4,200 mAh battery and it also supports reverse wireless charging, just like the Mate 20 Pro and some other devices like the Galaxy S10. With P30 Pro, you also get a 40W USB-C fast charger for rapid charging. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro is also water resistant and has a rating of IP 68 while the P30 has a rating of IP 53. In terms of cameras, the main sensor is a 40 MP 27mm sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second camera is an ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto lens or as Huawei calls it the periscope lens is an 8MP sensor that supports 5x optical zoom. The P30 Pro also supports high ISO levels of up to 409600 (P30 Pro), which basically means it can take awesome low-light shots. Pricing and availability The Huawei P30 Pro will only be offered in one variant i.e. 8GB & 256GB internal storage, and it's priced at Rs. 71,990. You'll be able to pick one up from Amazon India starting 16 April. P30 Lite In addition to the P30 Pro, Huawei has also launched the P30 Lite in India. It's essentially a toned down version the P30 Pro, and it's powered by the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC. Though the P30 Lite has the same design aesthetics as the P30 Pro, there are a few noteworthy differences. The P30 Lite doesn't have an in-display fingerprint scanner and has a physical scanner at the back. It also has a smaller 6.17-inch FHD LCD display. Also, the P30 Lite only has three cameras on the back consisting of a 24 MP primary camera, an 8 MP wide-angle lens and a 2 MP camera for the depth effect. Moving on to the pricing, the P30 Lite will cost Rs. 19,990 for the 4GB + 128GB while the 6GB + 128 GB variant will cost Rs 22,990. You can pick up the phone from Amazon starting 26 April.
  2. If 2018 was all about notches, then 2019 seems like the year when all manufacturers are trying their best to get rid of it. The best full-screen display implementation I've seen so far has got to be Vivo's Apex 2019 smartphone. It doesn't have a front-facing camera though, so I'll let it slide. There's, however, a new smartphone on the block from Oppo, and I've got to say, it has the most unusual-looking notch that I've ever seen on a smartphone till date. Here, see for yourself: © Slashleaks It's not a standard-looking pop-up camera module which we've seen previously with phones like the Vivo V15 Pro. Instead, the Reno's camera appears to come out a triangular-module that pops out. I know, it looks a little weird at first, but honestly, I kinda dig it. It looks like a shark's fin, no? Am I the only one who thinks that? Look, I am not really a huge fan of the Oppo Find X's sliding mechanism. There's too much to deal with, and I want to my smartphone to be a tool for me, instead of a precious commodity that I'll have to pamper while using it. The standard pop-up camera module also looks a little weird. The Reno's wedge-shaped peeking shooter, on the other hand, caught my attention. © Reno I saw it earlier this morning on Twitter, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't staring at it for a good minute. Slashleaks even posted a video showing this module in action. Check it out - Another reason why I like Reno's module is because it also houses the speaker and the front-facing flash. Yes, the module is big enough to fit in all of that and the result is a clean full-screen display. With all that being said, there's still a lot that we don't know about this particular phone. Oppo hasn't confirmed anything so far, so I'll reserve my judgement on the phone for when it's launched.
  3. If you're traveling with company, your journey could swing either way. For instance, your new camera. You're obsessed with your brand new purchase, but the only way to put your camera to test is to take it out for a spin. Now some cameras might leave you smitten during you short-interactions, like during indoor parties, etc. But traveling is another ball-game altogether. With a little research, we found the best travel buddy for you. It is none other than *drumroll* the Canon EOS RP. Here is why it is the best travel buddy for you: 1. You Get To Travel Light Unsplash If you are a photgraphy enthusiast, you know how heavy the camera gear can get. Not with the Canon EOS RP. The new full-frame mirrorless camera inherits the high-performance in a compact and lighter body that weighs only 485 g! So, pack light and travel tight! 2. Use Your Existing Canon Lenses Unsplash The EOS RP can be coupled with RF mount adapter, allowing users full access to Canon's existing range of more than 70 EF and EF-S lenses. So, if you want to save money, to extend your trip by a few days, you can actually do that! New lenses or old, the EOS RP won't disappoint. 3. Shoot Your Videos In 4K Canon Together with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS RP shoots in 4K resolution at 24p/25p video footage allowing you to focus accurately and shoot smoothly. So whether you're making a video of a car on the highway or a Ferris wheel, it's all going to be an easy task! 4. Hassle-Free Sharing Canon You can share your memories with loves ones and family easily! The EOS RP is wifi-enabled, which means you can directly transfer images to your phone on the go with the Canon Connect Camera App! 5. No Need To Get Your Clothes Dirty Canon The vari-angle touchscreen of EOS RP can help you take shots from different angles where your eyes can't reach! This even helps if you want to take selfies with your mirrorless camera! 6. Easy To Capture In Low Light Canon Its native ISO range of 100-40,000, which can be expanded to ISO range of 50-102,400, produces low-noise images with rich details, even in low light conditions. So, no need to carry extra gear with you. Safe travels!
  4. When was the last time you shaved? Was it a pleasant experience? What about a haircut? Was it fun? We got a guy to shave and get a haircut on camera. Here's how it went...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Samsung announced the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e in India today, which are finally available to purchase in the country. It is one of the best Android flagship devices you can buy in India right now and you can read our official review here. © Youtube/Samsung India The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a great triple camera setup where one of the lenses is an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 for night shots and f/2.4 for the day. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor that lets you capture more field of view and lastly a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. © Samsung However, the Galaxy S10/S10 Plus comes with some nifty features such as a “Live Focus” mode which lets users take portrait images. You can adjust the blur after taking images and even add some awesome effects such as spin, colour point and others. The Galaxy S10 camera also has other intelligent features that let users optimise the scene and get on-screen guides to help users line up great shots. These features make it easier for casual users to take professional level looking images (or so they say). © Samsung However, at the launch event today, Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Samsung India said that many of these camera features were developed by engineers in India at Samsung's Bangalore R&D institute. “Over 500 engineers from India worked day and night to design and deliver a superlative camera experience on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus,” Singh said, adding that features like 'Scene Optimiser', 'Live Focus', and AR Emoji are just some of the few cameras features that are “made for the world, right here in India”. © Samsung Samsung has already opened the world's largest mobile phone factory in India and is deeply invested in the 'Make in India' program. It's part of the reason why Samsung enjoys competitive pricing due to local manufacturing. Samsung India is also working on a new and improved version of Bixby Vision for Indian customers, where users will be able to “try and buy” clothes thanks to a local partnership with Myntra. Bixby Vision will also let Indian users find nearby restaurants by simply pointing the camera at a street. This is possible due to Samsung's partnership with Magicpin to provide users with live information on local interest points.
  8. The unannounced OnePlus 7 is the next flagship smartphone to be released later this year and there has been plenty of speculation in regards to its design. Previous leaks have suggested that the OnePlus 7 will have a brave new design that may include a full-screen design. In order to implement a full-screen design, there are speculations that OnePlus may have to implement a sliding mechanism or a pop-out selfie camera similar to what we have seen on OPPO and Vivo smartphones. (c) Twitter That's the same story being told by renders that were published by Pricebaba and OnLeaks. OnLeaks generally has a good track record of leaks based on renders and it shows that the OnePlus 7 may have a design that might not excite everyone. Personally, we love the pop-out selfie camera as we finally saw the innovation being affordable thanks to the Vivo V15 Pro. It might be possible that may see this design on the OnePlus 7 as well however there are a few drawbacks with this design. (c) PriceBaba The OnePlus 7 already uses an in-display fingerprint sensor and it seems like that the OnePlus 7 will take a page from Vivo's book. It is said to have a 95% screen-to-body ratio which will be a first for any smartphone. Having said that, in order to have a design similar to the Vivo V15 Pro, it would come at the expensive of negligible water resistance and fast facial recognition. The OnePlus 6T's facial recognition capabilities were exceptionally fast however a pop-out selfie camera will naturally delay that process. (c) PriceBaba Apart from a pop-up design, the OnePlus 7 renders also show a vertical triple-camera setup at the rear. It's lined up straight at the middle without a fingerprint scanner to give it a more plush look. OnePlus already removed the headphone jack with the 6T and we can see a similar design choice on the OnePlus 7 as well. Needless to say that these renders are based on leaks and are not what the final outcome may look like. We can only be sure when OnePlus announces the OP7 later this year and see how these design choices may affect the practicality of the smartphone, if true. Source: Pricebaba
  9. Ever since Apple announced the iPhone X with a notch, smartphone companies have rushed to copy the design and even use the same tactic to hide its presence. Apple cleverly uses dark wallpapers by default which basically hides the notch when viewed from far. Samsung also uses similar wallpapers to hide the punch-hole gamer at the front of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. © Twitter_Matt B However, not everyone needs to hide the cameras, especially when other wallpapers can embrace Samsung's design choice. Twitter users Matt B (@mattcabb) posted a series of wallpapers that basically flaunt the front-facing cameras with unique characters from Futurama and even Jonny 5 from 'Short Circuit'. Other wallpapers include the NASA Mars Rover and a very cute R2-D2 for the Galaxy S10. © Twitter_Matt B You can have a look at the entire thread of Tweets that feature different wallpapers for the Galaxy S10/S10+. Not so sure about #bender from #futurama. Too much emotions in his original eyes. pic.twitter.com/I5F4kqLlQ3 — Matt B (@Mattcabb) February 27, 2019 The wallpapers are not currently available to download since the Galaxy S10 is not available to the general public yet. However, we do expect these wallpapers to pop up on social media very soon once the smartphone is in the hand of customers. For now, we're just hoping Matt B makes a 'Wall-E' version as well. The wallpapers are not currently available to download since the Galaxy S10 is not available to the general public yet. However, we do expect these wallpapers to pop up on social media very soon once the smartphone is in the hand of customers. For now, we're just hoping Matt B makes a 'Wall-E' version as well.
  10. Vivo has been one of the most innovative company in the past year and has been trying to achieve a full-screen experience with its pop-up camera mechanisms. It was first introduced with the Vivo Nex last year and it had features that were not seen in a smartphone before. It had an in-display fingerprint sensor and pop-up selfie camera. We've now seen that tech trickle down to a more affordable smartphone that makes innovation available to everyone. The Vivo 15 Pro packs a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 32-MP pop-up selfie camera. It's the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset which strikes a perfect balance between performance and battery conservation. We've been using the smartphone for a while and here's our review of the smartphone. Design And Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Vivo has managed to deliver a product that stands apart from anything else you've seen in the market. It has a near bezel-less screen and has a triple camera setup at the back. The camera module protrudes a bit as it houses both the camera sensors and the pop-up camera mechanism. The Vivo V15 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Topaz Blue and Ruby Red and has a plastic body at the back which may not be the best for people who want a premium finish. Vivo also supplies a case with the smartphone which protects the smartphone from scratches and drops and has a strategic cut-out to accommodate the pop-up camera. The smartphone also comes with a dedicated button on the left that can be used for launching Google Assistant. The Vivo V15 Pro also comes with an audio jack and has micro USB port for charging. In terms of display, the Vivo V15 Pro sports a 6.39-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Display and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The display itself is similar to what you've seen before however, it has the feature of an in-display fingerprint sensor. The screen itself is vivid with accurate colour representation. The deep blacks are a delight as it accentuates other colours when watching videos. The near bezel-less display is also a delight to use while gaming as we can see more information on the screen and have more real-estate as compared to a smartphone with a notch. The in-display fingerprint sensor has also been improved upon since we first saw it on the Vivo Nex. The sensor is more accurate and faster at unlocking the smartphone. You will need to place your thumb on a specific part of the smartphone that reads fingerprints. Camera 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. Having said that, the Vivo V15 Pro basically combines four smaller 0.8μm pixels into one large 1.6μm pixel, effectively giving a final result of 12MP pictures. You can, however, shoot in 48MP by adjusting the resolution from the settings. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The triple camera setup on the Vivo 15 Pro can let the smartphone take portrait shots and even 120-degree wide angle shots to get a bigger perspective in images. The camera has different modes where you can adjust different portrait lighting like you can on iPhones. The rear camera was able to take some awesome shots especially when it came to portraits. It even performed well in night mode which was kind of unexpected. The camera captures the right details without overexposing the images or without any noise. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The selfie camera is also a delight to use even though it may sound like a gimmick at first. The 32-MP selfie camera uses the same method as the primary camera to capture images that are accurate. Selfies were extremely accurate and captured everything we expected. There are some interesting filters and effects you can use for selfies where our favourite was the rainbow effect. The pop-up mechanism works fast and it takes about 0.5 seconds to start. The selfie camera can also be used for the face unlock feature. View this post on Instagram Images shot using the #VivoV15Pro A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Feb 22, 2019 at 1:50am PST Performance When it came to performance, the smartphone exceeded our expectations as it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. It even comes with 128GB of internal storage which is more than enough to store media. The phone runs rather smoothly and we did not face any bugs or lag while trying to use multiple apps at the same time. Having said that, we aren't a big fan of FunTouch which may have caused a few app crashes and glitches. While gaming, we could run PUBG Mobile on the highest settings possible however there were a few noticeable drops in frame rates. In terms of benchmark scores, the Vivo V15 Pro scored 2394 in the single-core stress test whereas it scored 6502 on the multi-core test (Geekbench 4). The Vivo V15 Pro also has a 3,700 mAh battery that can easily last 1.5 days on moderate use. However, when combined with gaming and heavy navigation usage, you can see the battery life drop down to 17 hours. The Final Say The Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of for Rs 28,990 as it has innovative features and a good camera to back up the price tag. It performed well during the course of our review and offers awesome battery life for a power user. We particularly don't like FunTouch OS however that can be customised according to your liking with a compatible launcher. If you are looking for a smartphone that screams innovation and backs up its claims, the Vivo V15 Pro is a great mid-budget smartphone.
  11. `Last year, Vivo launched the NEX and it was among the first few phones to sport a pop-up camera. The brand was also the first one to bring an in-display fingerprint scanner. Today, Vivo announced its first phone of 2019 in India, the V15 Pro. The V15 Pro brings in all the various trends from 2018, and clubs it into one. Having multiple rear cameras on the rear is the latest trend, and Vivo has decided to join the bandwagon as well. Amazon and Flipkart have been teasing the phone for quite some time now and here's everything you need to know about it. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It has a glass back with a colour gradient and a notch-less display with smaller bezels. Vivo boasts that it has further cut down the chin, offering a better screen-to-body ratio of 91.6 percent. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. It comes with a Snapdragon 675 processor along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For authentication, it features an in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as face unlock. A dedicated Smart Button activates Google Assistant and the phone also ships with Vivo's Jovi assistant. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The V15 Pro includes a triple rear camera setup consisting of: a 48-megapixel primary sensor with Quad Pixel technology, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Quad Pixel technology can combine four pixels into one large pixel to deliver a high-quality 12-megapixel picture. This comes handy in low-light pictures when details tend to get blurry. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The pop-up module houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera and Vivo is confident it's sturdy enough to withstand daily wear and tear. The hardware is assisted by AI Portrait, AI Beauty, and AI Super Night Mode for even better output. The phone ships with Android 9 Pie based Funtouch OS 9 and is backed by a 3700mAh battery. For fast charging, the phone also supports dual-engine charging. Lastly, Game Mode 5.0 ensures better gaming performance by prioritizing resources and slightly overclocks the CPU to reduce frame-drops. It has been priced at Rs 28,990 for the 6GB+128GB and shall be available via all major retailers as well as online sellers starting Feb 20th.
  12. Lady Gaga has always stood out, no matter what, and her performance at the Grammys obviously couldn't help but be memorable, and apparently meme-able as well. As usual, she set the stage on fire with her solo rendition of 'Shallow', the emotional ballad from her Oscar-nominated film, 'A Star is Born', but little did she know that one moment from her incredible performance would make her the only Grammys meme that matters. She won three Grammys this time - Best Song Written for Visual Media for 'Shallow', Best Pop Solo Performance for 'Joanne', and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Bradley Cooper for 'Shallow' - but the most important award was Twitter's seal of approval for her deathly stare at the end her performance. At the end of the song, she pulled this pose - Twitter It doesn't look that bad from here, right? It's a little terrifying and uncomfortable, that's it. But, it looked like this in the camera. Twitter Yikes. And thus, a meme was born. What my food sees when I check on them in the oven #Grammys pic.twitter.com/jWzozNUVLJ — Akafi Ali (@AkafiAli) February 11, 2019 We've all been there. Amazon: Your order has shipped. Me waiting at my door: #GRAMMYsâ â #ladygaga pic.twitter.com/4BG303IqOh — Aquacheese (@aquacheeseplz) February 11, 2019 Why do people have private profiles? Trying to look at the profile picture of someone on private who adds you on Instagram #Grammys pic.twitter.com/9lrH8ypiBA — Individual - Not the 1 (@MikeJBruno) February 11, 2019 Card or die? Me when the restaurant is cash only #grammys pic.twitter.com/BXF11lgxw1 — Andy Kenareki (@AndyKenareki) February 11, 2019 Exactly. “per my previous email” pic.twitter.com/nkAJOEkkaG — ryan carey-mahoney (@thegoodcarmah) February 11, 2019 Who did it? Me checking outlets to see who stole my charger. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/hkQTqlidBo — Kari (@karidigg) February 11, 2019 All Lady Gaga stans be like. Anyone: *talks shit about Lady Gaga* Me: pic.twitter.com/q902GhPyGS — Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) February 11, 2019 Umm. Me when the bar has last call 30 mins before 2am. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/49KbH1BjT5 — Andy Kenareki (@AndyKenareki) February 11, 2019 Every single Sunday. When someone tells me tomorrow is Monday...#GRAMMYs @ladygaga pic.twitter.com/WcFzLGTq5d — Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) February 11, 2019 Is she peering into our souls? Lady Gaga staring in the camera I'm sitting here like: #Grammys pic.twitter.com/XQ0QoO3Uyl — Errol Nicholson (@errol_nic) February 11, 2019
  13. POCO F1 was launched last year and has been in the news quite a lot, thanks to its pricing and offered features. It is still the cheapest phone to house a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with minor additions like liquid cooling. Xiaomi's POCO initially pushed the F1 as a performance phone, built for those who want speed. Slowly, the brand improved the camera output via multiple software updates and even gave out many new features in the POCO launcher. This made the phone have a good balance of features over time. © YouTube DxOMark is regarded as a formidable benchmark to test camera performance. They tested the POCO F1's rear cameras in terms of quality, and the device performed at the same outstanding level as the iPhone 8. The POCO F1 got a score of 91, at par with the iPhone 8 and very close to the Note 8. Taking a look at the results of the tests, DxOMark praised the device for fast and accurate autofocus while shooting both photos and videos. The camera also recorded “pleasant” and “vivid” colours in photos and videos “in all lighting conditions”. The POCO F1 shines in capturing stills with its fast autofocus, eye-pleasing colours and accurate white balance. © DxOMark The phone scores 90 points in the video department which is the same score that's awarded to the iPhone 8. Thanks to Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), the POCO F1 is able to reduce focus time significantly. We must keep in mind that the iPhone 8 costs two times more than the POCO F1. The POCO F1 sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. The iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. © Reuters This isn't the first time POCO's camera has been appreciated. In a blind camera test last year, it scored the second position, beating even the likes of iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3. Considering the price, the POCO F1 is turning out to be a no-nonsense package that can deliver on performance, as well as above average camera. We're already hearing rumours about the POCO F2, and hope it'll continue forward the same legacy. Source: DxOMark
  14. Honor has been actively launching new phones every couple of months and this time, they've got a premium phone up for grabs. A few weeks ago, the Honor 10 Lite was launched in India, and now the View 20 is finally debuting. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The phone was recently announced globally in Paris and is now set to become the first major flagship launch in India this year. It brings a unique design language for the company as it is the first phone to sport a new punch-hole display. The punch-hole helps in increasing the screen-to-body ratio of the phone, without a notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The glass back sees a unique chevron design with V-shaped pattern running down the back. Apart from that the phone pretty much appears to be bezel-less save for a tiny chin at the bottom. The phone has been up for pre-order on Amazon.in for quite some time now. It has a 6.4-inch LCD Full HD+ display with over 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by the flagship SoC from HiSilicon, the Kirin 980, which has four high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, four power-efficient Cortex-55 cores, and Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. It is available in two configurations, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla On the rear is a 48-megapixel sensor, coupled along with a 3D ToF sensor. It is an optical radar system and is able to identify faces even from comparatively long distances. ToF 3D Sensing Technology offers an advanced experience by enabling 3D mapping at up to three metres. The front gets a 25-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cut-out. It supports 960fps slow-motion video recording, AI HDR, and auto scene detection for picture enhancements. The View 20 houses a 4000mAh battery that supports fast charging and ships with Android 9 Pie-based Magic UI. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The dual-SIM Honor View 20 is being offered in two colours, Charm Blue and Midnight Black. The 6GB+128GB variant costs Rs 37,999 and the 8GB+256GB option costs Rs 45,999. Considering the price range, it'll be closely competing with the OnePlus 6T.
  15. The Pixel 3 is probably the best camera smartphone out there, thanks to cutting edge software and AI. It manages to take awesome pictures using a single lens as compared to Apple's iPhone. Google has now taken a jab at Apple with a new campaign that basically pits the Pixel 3's 'Night Sight' mode against the iPhone XS. © Twitter Of course, in the picture in says 'Phone X' however, it is revealed in a smaller font below to be Apple's latest iPhone. The image was posted by Google's Vice President of marketing Marvin Chow which shows a colourful low-light picture taken by the two smartphones. The difference between the two images is quite apparent. The subject in the image is the model rather than its foreground and it shows that the model is rendered entirely in shadow by the iPhone XS. The Pixel 3 image, on the other hand, looks rather closer to what you would see in real life. In fact, it looks like the picture was taken by a professional photographer. © Google Having said that, the image shot using the Pixel 3 loses some detail and also changes the hue of some colours in the background. Regardless, the Night Sight shot reveals more about the scene than the iPhone XS. We can clearly see the model's clothes and even some facial features. However, it's impossible to know what it really looked like at the time and the lighting conditions for both images. Some users on Twitter complained to Chow about Night Sight's tendency to over saturate and overexpose a shot. The Pixel 3's picture does look awesome, and would be the image most would instantly share online. The iPhone XS's picture requires some editing to make it more shareable. Both have their merits and downsides. Which do you prefer?
  16. The iPhone XI is expected to launch later this year, however, rumours are shaping it up to be one of the biggest phone launches by Apple. Rumours are hinting at a few features that may just be game-changing and others that have been long awaited for the iPhone. © Twitter A new patent application with the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) was filed yesterday and it reveals what Apple has in store for the next iPhone. There will be a feature where the camera app will launch the moment you pick up the device making it instantly available to users. It was first spotted by Apple Insider where the patent describes it as “automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in a locked mode based on detecting that the user of the mobile device intends to capture a photograph.” Adding to this rumour, a post from C Technology or better known as “iCTech," lists five more features that are rumoured to be in the works. For instance, a previous rumour suggested that the iPhone XI will have a triple rear camera setup, however, C Technology adds that there will be a 3x telephoto lens. Other new features include a 4,000 mAh battery, 15W wireless charging, reduced TrueDepth camera notch and a 90 to 120Hz screen refresh rate. © YouTube ICTech has been known for some accurate and some dodgy leaks which means you should take this rumour with a pinch of salt. iCTech does not specify any sources, however, the account has previously leaked Apple's iPhone 5c Quick Start guide accurately. In terms of battery size claims, the iPhone XS and XS Max are currently powered by 2,658mAh and 3,174mAh batteries, respectively. Bumping it up to 4,000 mAh would be a massive overhaul for Apple and it would be hard for the company to fit this battery in the existing form factor. © Twitter Other recent rumours have suggested a smaller TrueDepth notch and the same was echoed by iCTech. The TrueDepth notch is expected to have a 10-megapixel selfie camera which will be an upgrade from the current 7MP found in the iPhone XS and XR. Finally, the 90 to 120 Z display is expected to be identical to what we have already seen on the 2019 iPad Pro. A higher refresh rate results in better animation and smoother experience which works best when playing games. Apple already uses something called ProMotion which basically means it has a variable display rate. The display automatically pushes the refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz depending on the activity you are doing on your phone. Source: Apple Insider
  17. The OnePlus 6T was among the most anticipated phones of 2018, thanks to a strong fan base and equally worthy predecessors. The OnePlus 6T has the same processor and specs as the OnePlus 6 but came with minor improvements like the in-display fingerprint scanner. A lot of work went into the software as well and this, in return, delivered a more stellar experience. On the camera front, the hardware remains unchanged and consists of a 16-megapixel primary sensor along with a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. On the software end though, OnePlus added Nightscape and Studio Lighting. Here's how you can use the camera's to the fullest and get the possible shot every time! 1. Trust Nightscape: © Fossbytes Nightscape is one of the big new features on the OnePlus 6T. In a nutshell, it lets you take better pictures in low-light surroundings without any manual inputs. The feature is easily accessible from the camera app by swiping to Night Mode or turning on Automatic Scene Recognition. Once turned on, the system will take multiple shots of the same frame and merge them together, to create one stabilised picture. 2. The Portrait Mode: © Standard UK The dual camera setup is meant for THE best possible depth detection, and this feature comes in extremely handy when clicking portraits. Thanks to Studio Lighting, a bokeh or blur effect is very accurate and lighting is well managed by the new addition. The portrait mode has become a standard offering in all dual camera phones and with these little optimizations, the OnePlus 6T gets an edge. 3. Two In One: © Digital Camera World Up till now, you could either click a picture with bokeh effect or without it. You'd have to normally swipe between the two modes and this can often get annoying. To make things easier, head into the camera options and select "Save normal photo", this way the phone will save two copies of the same shot, one with the bokeh effect, and one without. 4. Shoot In Raw: © CNET When pictures are captured in JPEG format, they tend to lose out a lot of detail thanks to compression and memory management. Toggle the raw mode from camera options and the output will carry a lot more details about each pixel. This helps immensely when you need to edit the picture later using professional software like Photoshop or Lightroom. 5. Slow & Steady: © OnePlus The OnePlus 6T has optical image stabilization, meaning your videos will be a lot smoother and sudden jerks won't be a hassle. This also comes in handy when taking low-light shots since the exposure is high and shutter speed is low, hence even slight movement can spoil the picture. You can also switch on the grid option that shows a line in the middle of the shot. When it turns green, you are shooting straight.
  18. OnePlus has been refreshing its design at a rapid pace where we saw the OP6 with a notch similar to the iPhone followed by a teardrop notch on the OP 6T. The OnePlus 6T has already been selling like hot cakes for the past few months; however, it's already time to speculate about its successor. The new leak showcases a new OnePlus smartphone that is presumably the OnePlus 7. A picture surfaced on a Chinese social media website and later of slashleaks which shows the new device alongside the 6T. Both these devices are in pre-release cases that hides its final design and the new device on the left does not have a visible notch. In fact, there's only a hint of the earpiece at the top edge. The fact that the rumoured OnePlus 7 has a seamless notch-less design, the ultimate question arises regarding the front-facing camera. Since there is no noticeable cutout on the case for the selfie-camera, it can be assumed that the OnePlus 7 may have a sliding camera. The sliding mechanism will also house other sensors that will be behind the display. There's also an alert slider on the right side above the power button which is in the exact same position as the OnePlus 6T. The only noticeable difference here is the colour of the button. We've seen sliding cameras on a smartphone before i.e. the OPPO Find X which is manufactured by a company owned by BBK Electronics. BBK Electronics also happens to own OnePlus and it wouldn't be far-fetched to assume that a similar design would be incorporated on the OnePlus 7 as well. #OnePlus7 Concept Render | based on leaked photo pic.twitter.com/zSiO62TsLw — Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) January 12, 2019 As it goes with leaks, this OnePlus 7 image has not been confirmed and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Based on the leaks above, Ben Geskin put out a 3D render of the smartphone that would give you a better idea about the smartphone.
  19. In September, Apple launched the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR. The three phones were in-line with Apple's iPhone X design language and featured major internal changes only. Though, the smartphone industry underwent some vital changes in terms of design with companies trying their luck with everything. Huawei's P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro have definitively taken over the mobile photography department and Google's Pixel still kicks ass with a single lens. In this polarised environment, we sure expect Apple to bring in radical changes to the iPhone. Last week, Apple stock dipped massively due to poor iPhone sales owing to their battery replacement program. © BCCL Users just aren't upgrading to a new iPhone thanks to easy and cheap battery replacements. In such a scenario, Apple needs more than just a design change. It needs to be prepared to take on aggressive competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Google. OnLeaks has shared a render that gives us our very first look at Apple's next smartphone – the iPhone XI 2019. The image shows only the rear of the device but it is a big reveal nonetheless. The rumour reveals that Apple will go out of its way to make the upcoming iPhones much special and better than ever before. © Digit x OnLeaks The leaked picture of the iPhone XI reveals that the new iPhone will come with triple rear cameras paired with LED flash. The three camera lenses are located in a squircle manner in the top left corner and the LED flash on the right corner, in an awkward, asymmetric location. At the moment, the exact details of each sensor remain unclear. If we're to guess, one of them shall be the primary lens accompanied by a telephoto sensor. The right lens could be a Time of Flight lens that is more accurate over long distance and can be used for 3D modelling. © Digit x OnLeaks It's being said that the 2019 iPhone models are currently in the Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, meaning it's still in early design and how the end product will look isn't finalised yet. The current design we see is very "un-Apple" because the company is known for its attention to detail, and we really hope such an asymmetric design doesn't make it to the finals. Source: Digit
  20. Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei has officially unveiled its latest smartphone of 2019 which has a punch-hole display and a 48MP primary camera. The smartphone also has a new glass pattern at the back which gives it a distinct yet beautiful look. © Honor The display on the Honor View 20 has as 6.4-inch FHD+ panel that has a punch-hole giving it a full display look. The punch-hole has a 25MP selfie sensor and a 48MP Sony IMX 586 primary shooter, that also as a 3D ToF sensor. Other key highlights include Link Turbo technology, Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC, 4,000 mAh battery and up to 8GB of RAM. It runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with the latest version of EMUI. Since the smartphone sports an LCD panel, it cannot use an in-display sensor and instead, has a fingerprint sensor at the back. In terms of design, the Honor View 20 uses a reflective laser etched “V” pattern on the back of the phone. It gives the smartphone a unique look and looks beautiful from the back as the pattern is lit up when the light hits the surface. It comes in two colours i.e Blue and Red. © Honor In terms of other specifications, the Honor View 20 will be available in two variants i.e. with 6GB and 8GB RAM. Internal storage will be offering in128GB and 256GB options. The phone will be powered by Huawei's proprietary Kirin 980 SoC with the 4 (2+2) Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.6GHz and 1.92 GHz respectively. The other 4 A55 cores will be clocked at 1.8GHz. © Honor The smartphone is expected to debut globally in January and will also be coming to India around the same time. The Honor View 20 will sell on Amazon.in exclusively. The smartphone will retail in India for CNY 2,999 ( Approx. Rs. 30,400) for the 6GB/128GB variant whereas the 8GB+128GB variant will retail for CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 35,500).
  21. Pictures of the upcoming Galaxy S10 have been leaked on social media yesterday and it includes some details about its design. These pictures cannot be verified as the final design of the Galaxy S10 but it does give us a closer look at the final product. © SlashGear From the pictures it can be assumed we are seeing the larger Galaxy S10+ and from what we can gather it has a triple camera setup. Previous leaks have suggested that the base model i.e. Galaxy S10 will have a dual camera set up while the larger brother is expected to have a triple camera setup. The images leaked show the back of the rumoured Galaxy S10+. Both devices are somewhat unique as there is a noticeable difference in the lens size. This is indicative of the fact that either Samsung is working on multiple variants or the Galaxy S10 or the final design has not been decided yet. © Weibo An image from other sources i.e. a certain å¨-Mr强 from Weibo was sent to website SlashGear. This image may depict the accurate final design of the Galaxy S10 as it is in line with CAD drawings. There have been quite some changes in the design and renderings over the past week based on CAD drawings which makes it harder to pinpoint the leaks accuracy. © SlashGear The release date for the next Galaxy device by Samsung is set for March 2018. Samsung is also planning a massive event for Mobile World Congress 2019 and is usually the time when Samsung hosts the big Unpacked event. There's a high chance Samsung will reveal most of their smartphones of the year and Galaxy S10 is expected to be amongst the smartphone revealed. For now, we can only take these leaks with a grain of salt as the final product will only be confirmed closer to the event. Source: SlashGear
  22. Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy A7 in India and it brought in a triple rear camera setup to the midrange. Not only can it click portrait pictures, but it also sports a wide angle lens for ultrawide pictures. The phone was placed in the midrange segment, which has been extremely aggressively lately. Now, the company is back with the launch of the Galaxy A9. This phone brings in four camera sensors on the back, has a glass-metal build, and Samsung's flagship display. The phone was launched last month internationally and has finally made its way to India. © Samsung To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. This gives it an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a pixel density of about 392ppi. Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with Adreno 512 GPU and 6GB RAM in the base variant. The second option has 8GB RAM while the internal storage remains the same for the two at 128GB. It also has expandable memory support via a microSD card. © Samsung Coming to the optics, 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. Similar to the A7 design, the four lenses are housed in a vertical casing, but the fingerprint scanner is located on the back. The front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that supports facial recognition. Obviously, the phone ships with Bixby and Samsung Pay out of the box runs Android Oreo 8.0 with Samsung's own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. © Samsung Backing these internals is a 3800mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port. The company has incorporated adaptive charging that charges the phone slightly faster. The phone will be competing against the recently launched OnePlus 6T that has been leading this price segment. The phone will be available exclusively online via Flipkart starting 28th November. The 6GB variant costs Rs 36,990 while the 8GB variant is priced at Rs 39,990
  23. When it comes to smartphones, people tend to look at specifications with more importance than what's actually working behind the scenes —especially in India. Sure, there are smartphones out there with specifications that can rival an entry level laptop, but what if you could do more with less? That's exactly what Google has implemented with the new Pixel 3 and 3 Xl, a strategy similar to Apple. The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have a new edge-to-edge display and also a new camera system, that utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to improve image quality. It houses the Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood and is coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone does not have 10GB or 8GB of RAM to function because it simply does not require it. Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 come with Android 9 Pie out of the box and has some nifty features that are exclusive to these handsets. Let's find out how the smartphone performed during our tests and will it be able to compete with other flagship devices in the market: Design & Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Both Pixel 3 smartphones look similar to their predecessors apart from a bigger 6.3-inch display with QHD+ resolution. The screen looks more colourful and vivid when compared to the previous generation and has a massive notch on the XL variant. At the back, the smartphone has a glass back with some sort of matte finish that basically helps in holding the smartphone more securely. The matte finish is also a great way to avoid fingerprints at the back which I detest on other smartphones from this year. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We got the Clearly White variant for review which looks elegant, minimalistic and alluring to the eye. Both smartphones definitely have a distinct look which can be spotted from a kilometre away. At the back, you also have the fingerprint sensor in the middle which can also be used to scroll down notification panel if you like to use the smartphone with one hand. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla You will be happy to know that this year the Pixel 3 XL has a better and more colourful OLED panel. In fact, a recent teardown of the smartphone revealed it is a Samsung OLED panel which is considered to be the best in the industry. We used it to watch an episode of 'Stranger Things' and all the darker tones were represented accurately on the screen. The colourful 80s vibe in the episodes looked plush and we faced no discolouration issues during the course of our review. The brightness, on the other hand, could have been better as we got a reading of 359 nits which is far less when compared to iPhone XS' 600 figure. The Best Smartphone Camera On The Planet © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Whether you want to accept it or not, the primary use of a smartphone in 2018 is taking kickass pictures followed by communication. Sure, people use their smartphones to game and listen to music, however, our research shows otherwise. Google also knows this fact and managed to deliver us arguably the best smartphone camera on the planet. Google managed to achieve this with a single 12.2MP f/1.8 aperture lens and some super cool AI computation. A new feature called 'Top Shot' is probably our favourite feature, where the Pixel 3 takes a burst of images and selects the best one for you. You can even adjust the depth of field after taking a picture which has been previously seen in Samsung smartphones. At the front, Google has opted to go with a dual camera setup where one lens is wide angle. The other lens is an 8MP selfie shooter that works like you would expect it to. The wide-angle lens causes more interest here as we can now fit in more people in a selfie picture than ever before. Other features like Super Res Zoom also manages to capture details that we didn't expect from a single rear camera. Here are some sample images for you to drool on: View this post on Instagram #Pixel3 making my wife look prettier than any Bollywood actress. #madebygoogle #teampixel A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 12, 2018 at 5:07am PDT View this post on Instagram Portrait mode on the #Pixel3 works like a charm on puppies too! #puppy #technology #dogsofinstagram A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 12, 2018 at 11:28pm PDT View this post on Instagram I'm not a big fan of selfies but damn the #Pixel3 can take some awesome pictures. A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 17, 2018 at 10:51pm PDT That's a low light shot on the #Pixel3. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/3pqPHVL8eF — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) October 13, 2018 Low-light photography on the #Pixel3 #noedit pic.twitter.com/IZ0euJdi0d — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) October 12, 2018 Testing out the Super Res Zoom on the #Pixel3 in New York. pic.twitter.com/eGtEKWhQMh — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) October 12, 2018 Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As mentioned before, the Pixel 3 XL has a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM which results in a very smooth experience thanks to Google's custom stock Android experience. Having said that, the benchmark scores weren't as impressive, as the phone only managed to score 2382 in single-single-core and 8343 in multi-score Geekbench 4 test. In the 3DMark Slingshot Extreme test the Pixel 3 XL reached 4,342, which is less when compared to the iPhone XS Max (4,370). © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The biggest disappointment with the Pixel 3 XL will be its battery life. It's enough to get you through the day however if you like to game or are a heavy user, you will end up charging it more than once in a day. We used the smartphone for instant messaging, web browsing, navigation and some gaming and the battery was already at 35% by 4:00 PM. Sure, it comes with a fast charger that will juice up the battery to 60% in 30 minutes, it's still inconvenient to have a smartphone that does not have enough battery life if you're a heavy user. The Final Say The Pixel 3 XL starts at Rs. 83,000 for which you're getting the best smartphone camera on the planet and some awesome Ai features. It may not be the best-looking smartphone camera out there, but look at some of the pictures you can take with this beast and it will definitely drop jaws. Pixel 3 also offers the best software experience you can expect from an Android device. We would have loved to see a larger battery so that it could last longer, however, Google's latest offerings still classify as a flagship for us. If you love to take awesome pictures, this phone is a no-brainer.
  24. 2018 has been one of the most interesting years for mobile technology, not because we saw mind-boggling flagships with groundbreaking features, but also these features slowly trickled down to the midrange segment. Companies have long focused only on developing markets like the USA and Europe, now it's time for the developing regions. It's no surprise that budget and midrange segments constitute a majority of the sales in markets like India, now that we've seen aggressively priced phones for the last few years, what more can makers do to lure buyers? Add new features, even if they are just a gimmick. The notch is a prime example, but many worthwhile additions like the in-display fingerprint scanner and top-of-the-line processors have made their way to the midrange segment. While we've seen companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei go all-out in terms of pricing and features offered this year, Samsung has been oddly silent. Not for long though, with the A7 (2018), things are changing, and the behemoth is finally feeling the heat from the competition. The triple camera lens setup on the rear is the A7's forte, and also the most marketed feature. The Huawei P20 Pro also has one, and it has created a storm in the mobile photography world. Is the A7's setup able to actually perform, or just a gimmick? Let's find out: 1. Design and Hardware: © MensXP When you first look at the phone, it has an eerily similar design to we've seen on all other Samsung phones. But, it all changes when you look closely. The back is made of glass and has a mirrored finish, giving it a very premium yet subtle feel. The front has an average chin and top, but the bezels are huge by Samsung standards. For years, Samsung has stressed on its Infinity Display technology, no mention of that here. I wouldn't complain though, in the end, the bezels are tolerable and the 18.5:9 notch-less display is stunning thanks to a 6-inch Super AMOLED panel. While the company did cut corners in the front design, the back makes up for it. The display is class-leading, colours are perfectly saturated, brightness is sufficient, and viewing angles are exemplary as well. © MensXP Ergonomically speaking, the device has a solid feel but is very slippery thanks to the glass back. The power button cum fingerprint scanner has been shifted to the right side and is perfectly located for your thumb to reach quickly. There's a minor indent in the body to help you find the scanner easily and the volume rockers sit just above it. You may end up pressing the volume rockers at the beginning instead of the power button, but you'll have a hang of it soon. Even though the scanner is a lot thinner now, it is fast and accurate. The speaker, a micro-USB port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack sit on the bottom, while the SIM card and microSD card slot are on the left. The triple camera set up on the back is slightly protruded and barely wobbles the phone. 2. Performance: © MensXP The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7885 SoC clocked up to 2.2Ghz. It is accompanied with 4 or 6GB RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. In simpler terms, the processor is on-par with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series and supports 4K video recording as well. Honestly, this is where the phone disappoints. Even if we don't consider the POCO F1 and its Snapdragon 845 SoC, the A7 lags and struggles a lot more than the Nokia 7 Plus and its Snapdragon 660 SoC. While it did get regular tasks like browsing, social media, and entertainment pretty well, you open Snapchat and the skirmish begins. Playing games like PUBG is even more disappointing, as the frame drops are frequent and the overall experience is rarely smooth. I'd say the issue isn't just because of the chipset, as the Samsung UI on top of stock Android is also to be partially blamed, although more on that later. © MensXP For a normal joe, the phone is perfectly fine. But if you intend to have above average multi-tasking, keeping multiple browser tabs open, or gaming, you shouldn't consider this phone. The phone has a 3300mAh battery that does a fabulous job of getting you through a full day of heavy usage with data connectivity switch on all the time. While the phone takes almost 2 hours to fully charge, it makes up for the long charge time by heavily optimising background apps and the standby time is insane. 3. Software: © MensXP The phone ships with Samsung Experience 9.0, built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It brings a host of new features like gesture navigation, always-on display, smart view, biking mode, multi-window, and Bixby. While I do appreciate the addition of many of these features, the company hasn't been able to make sure that these don't hinder with the day-to-day running of the phone. The UI often stutters and pushing out updates for such a heavily customized skin is going to be a daunting task for the company. To add to this, the phone ships with a list of bloatware apps like Amazon, Microsoft Office apps, and Samsung's own version of all utility apps. Ultimately, the UI is a very subjective thing. Many prefer the clean UX of stock Android, while many do appreciate the add-ons Samsung Experience has to offer. 4. Camera: © MensXP This is the most interesting part of the phone and Samsung has cut no corners. The rear has a 24-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. They are vertically located and are fully operational via the Samsung Camera app only. The primary lens is able to capture sharp pictures that tend to look slightly oversaturated, but that can be toned down. The white balance is perfect and auto-focus is quick. To capture pictures with a bokeh effect, just switch to the Live Focus mode and you can control the depth of the picture, even after you've clicked it. The phone comes with a plethora of modes like Beauty, Scene Optimiser, Hyperlapse, and Slow Motion. The portrait mode is very well exported when clicking in well-lit conditions, but often lapses when the person is wearing a headgear, or the surrounding isn't easily distinguishable. The Live Focus feature though is just one part of the story. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP This is the first phone in the price segment to feature a wide-angle lens, and it's too good to be true. The wide-angle lens has a 120 degree field of view and can be toggled with just one click. The pictures captured are sharp, the colours are sublime, and the amount of details it can capture is fascinating. If you travel a lot and are looking for the best way to capture the maximum amount of landscape, this phone can be your best friend. In low-light, the focus tends to be too slow, and the pictures often come out blurry. The LED flash has a slightly warmer tone, giving the images a more natural look. HDR can be set to auto and it does a pretty good job as well. On the front, the phone has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that works splendidly in daylight but fails miserably in even slightly dim areas. This is definitely not a selfie phone and has been made for the photography enthusiasts out there, who'd like to play around with the fisheye effect of the wide-angle lens. Overall, no, the triple camera setup isn't just a gimmick. It works, and the Ultra Wide pictures are mesmerizing. Even though the Live Focus feature disappoints sometimes, when it works, it's flawless. And for the artists out there, the Pro mode is going to come extremely handy. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP 5. The Final Say: © MensXP For a starting price of Rs 23,990, the A7 is a very well balanced phone. The wide angle lens is something that helps it stand out, while all other features come with a set of their own pros and cons. Compare this phone to the POCO F1, except for the raw processing power, and the A7 excels at all other departments, including design, display, and camera. The phone gets everything right for the normal joe. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack, fast fingerprint scanner, excellent battery life, expandable storage, and dual-SIM setup. The software is something the end user needs to thoroughly think about. Are you actually going to like the Samsung Experience or are you better off with an Android One like Nokia 7 Plus?
  25. Ever since the iPhone XS and XS Max launched, the smartphone is being tested for various features. One of those features that were tested is the dual camera setup on the iPhone XS Max. DxOMark, a digital camera testing lab just classified the iPhone XS Max as one of the best mobile cameras ever tested. What should be pointed out is that the iPhone XS Max was not able to secure the top spot which is being occupied by Huawei's P20 Pro. © Apple The Huawei P20 Pro scored a 110 score which is just a tab bit higher than the iPhone XS Max that scored 105 in the same test. DxO engineers passed their judgement on the iPhone XS Max based on over 1,500 images and at least two hours of video. The test included capturing images in every environment and lighting condition. If you're interested in reading the full report, you can read DxO's analysis here. iPhone XS Max Camera Specifications Dual-camera setup 12Mp main camera with 1/2.55″ sensor (1.4µm pixels) and six-element f/1.8-aperture lens, 26mm equivalent focal length 12Mp secondary 2x tele-camera with 1/3.4″ sensor (1.0µm pixels) and six-element f/2.4-aperture lens, 52mm equivalent focal length Optical image stabilization on both lenses Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) Quad-LED dual-tone flash 4K video at 30/60 fps, 1080p at up to 240 fps In DxO's test summary, the report had this to say “If we had to pick one aspect of the camera that could be improved, it's zoom performance,” the DxOMark report summary said. “While zoom has been slightly improved compared to last year's iPhone X, the iPhone XS Max zoom images showcase luminance noise and less detail than some high-end rivals, such as the Huawei P20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.” © DxOMark DxOMark said that the iPhone XS Max had excellent video quality with a wide dynamic range in bright light. It had “spot on” exposure in outdoor images and the Portrait Mode had “very good subject isolation.” The iPhone XS Max performed exceptionally well apart from a few key areas where it could not beat the P20 Pro. Huawei may just use this report to troll Apple as the Chinese company has been doing so ever since the iPhone XS' launch. Recently, Huawei gave out power banks to Apple fans waiting in line for the iPhone XS and it seems like Huawei may just continue the dissing after this report.
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