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  1. ASUS has finally unveiled the new ZenFone 7 and the ZenFone 7 Pro smartphone today. These are the company's latest flagships that come with great specs and a flip camera module. Let's check them out - ZenFone 7 Pro © ASUS As for the ZenFone 7, well, it's exactly the same as the Pro version expect that this one comes with the vanilla Snapdragon 865 chipset rather than the overclocked 865+ variant. This one is also just as good as the Pro version. Pricing & AvailabilityThe 6GB+128GB variant of the ZenFone 7 has been launched at NT$ 21,990 which is roughly Rs 55,699. The 8GB+128GB variant has been priced at NT$ 23,990, which is roughly Rs 60,799 in Taiwan. The ZenFone 7 Pro, on the other hand, has been launched at NT$ 27,990 which is roughly Rs 70,899. We're not entirely sure as to when these phones will come to India, but we expect the pricing to change accordingly. View the full article
  2. OnePlus has been away from the news for a while now as the spotlights have turned towards other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Realme, and IQOO. But it looks like OnePlus is ready with its next phone and it has already landed in the hands of some people in China. Earlier this morning, someone from China posted a couple of the OnePlus 8 Pro pictures on Instagram. The images confirm a couple of things. First, we can see the phone from the back and it has a new quad-camera setup instead of the triple camera setup we saw last year. We don't have details about all the sensors yet, but the new addition seems to be a ToF sensor. © Slashleaks It's a vertical camera setup with the three main cameras arranged one below the other. The ToF sensor is right next to the triple camera setup. There's no way to confirm if the images are legit, but the design matches the CAD renders that leaked earlier. Another set of images from the same leaker shows a screenshot of the settings page showing the phone's specs. Looking at the screenshot, it looks like the OnePlus 8 Pro will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and will have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also says that the phone will have a 6.65-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED panel. © Slashleaks Well, that's everything we know about the phone now. As mentioned earlier, there's no way to confirm the specifications just yet, so we suggest you take them with a pinch of salt. But now that the phone has leaked, we think the launch is imminent. OnePlus hasn't uttered a word about these new phones yet, but we think we'll be hearing from them very soon. Source: Slashleaks View the full article
  3. The Realme 5 Series turned out to be a huge success in India. The company ended up selling a ton of Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro devices, and now, they're bringing a new phone in the series today. Called the Realme 5i, it's replacing the Realme 5 and it's more like an upgrade to it. The highlight of the phone is the quad-camera setup and the 5,000 mAh battery. Let's check it out - The Realme 5i, as you can see, has a different design at the back. It doesn't have the crystal design anymore and instead, has a textured back. The Realme 5i sports a 6.52-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600. It also has a waterdrop notch on the front that houses an 8MP selfie camera. It's powered by the Snapdragon 665 SoC, just like the Realme 5. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is a standard thing for budget phones. In terms of the optics, the Realme 5i sports a quad-camera setup which includes a 12MP primary sensor, an 8MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 2MP portrait lens, and a 2MP macro lens. There's a 5,000 mAh battery inside that's keeping the light on and it's running on ColorOS software based on Android. Pricing And Availability © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Realme has launched the new Realme 5i at Rs 8,999 in India. The phone will be available in two colour variants i.e. Green and Blue and it'll be available exclusively through Flipkart starting January 15, 2020. View the full article
  4. OnePlus decided to show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year and showcase a new phone. It's a concept phone so don't expect it to be made available for purchase. Called the OnePlus Concept One Phone, the new phone has a lot of interesting things to talk about. It's no secret that the OnePlus Concept One has a camera that magically disappears. Yeah, the marquee feature of the phone is that it uses a new kind of "electrochromic glass" that makes it look as if there's no camera at the back. What it does, is it essentially tints the lenses to make them blend into the body. Here, take a look at this image - © Twitter/ Austin Evans See how it works? It looks a little gimmicky, but that's what we have. It's also worth pointing out that the camera is not entirely invisible. You can still see it from certain angles, but it does a fantastic job of hiding it. But would someone want a disappearing camera, to begin with? Well, the only logical explanation to that is it'll look very slick on a phone that's completely black. The idea behind the concept is to hide and keep the camera discreet. It's purely aesthetics. The OnePlus Concept One is a big bright phone with O range leather. But imagine a phone with a slick glass body. Using this glass will keep the camera discreet, giving it a neat and clean look. So let's just say that the future OnePlus phones will be a treat to look at. With its industry-first disappearing rear camera, the #OnePlusConceptOne is a testament to our untiring passion for challenging convention. Witness the beauty of the unseen at #CES2020, January 7-10. pic.twitter.com/b5I4ma25pE â OnePlus (@oneplus) January 7, 2020 Also, it only takes 0.7 seconds for the electrochromic glass to turn on and off. According to OnePlus, it's the same time it takes to open the camera, so it'll be ready to go as soon as you launch the camera. The way it works is, the camera remains hidden when it's not in use, and it automatically shows up when you fire it up. What's interesting is that OnePlus says the glass can also be used as an ND filter, which is an absolute treat for photographers. So that's the only thing which makes the electrochromic glass useful beyond just aesthetics. There's an option in the camera software to enable it, which is very neat. © Twitter/ David Immel The OnePlus Concept One, as you can see, has leather. It's the Papaya Orange color, the same one which we're used to seeing from the McLaren edition OnePlus phones. OnePlus says it's the same leather that's being used in McLaren cars for the seat covers. Internally, the OnePlus Concept One has the same internals as the OnePlus 7T Pro. It sports a 6.7-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, is powered by Snapdragon 855+ processor with 12GB of RAM and 4,085 mAh battery. It has the same curved glass and metal sides. It looks pretty slick but it's sad that we won't be able to buy it, at least not anytime soon. We don't know if OnePlus is planning on implementing this tech in its next phone, but we're super excited to see what the brand comes up with. View the full article
  5. Photo: FileCitizens and lawyers in Lahore have approached the Lahore High Court to protect the privacy of individuals and to ensure that security cameras are used responsibly in public places.A joint petition filed by Salman Sufi, an activist and gender reform specialist, with the AGHS Legal Aid Cell and the Digital Rights Foundation, in the Lahore High Court, raises substantial privacy concerns. It argues that the secret filming, recording and photography of individuals in public and private places is unconstitutional. Furthermore, installing CCTV surveillance cameras without signage, to warn the public that they are being recorded, is a breach of privacy, which is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. Also read: A new privacy bill: 'No one should be allowed to film someone without consent'The petitioners have urged the court to direct the ministry of law and justice to recommend necessary legislation needed to curb the excessive use of security cameras. They have also asked the court to constitute an investigation team to probe the sale and quality of security equipment being sold as well as the scale of their use. Sufi also shared a copy of the petition on Twitter. The activist hopes to criminalise the breach of private data. He began drafting a petition back in September after intimate footage of couples at cinema houses and in their cars in Lahore were recorded on security cameras and leaked to public.Earlier in an interview, Sufi told Geo.tv that the petition insists on a new law which bars individuals from recording anyone without their permission, unless a crime is happening or about to happen. “We will propose that only public officials' actions should be allowed to be recorded, when they are on the job, as it is of public interest. Other than that, no one should be allowed to record anyone, publicly or privately, from personal phones or devices,” he said.
  6. Vivo has launched a lot of great phones this year including the Z1 Pro and the Z1x. Now, the company is looking to finish the year strong with the new Vivo V17, a new phone in its camera-centric V-series of devices. Besides the camera, the new Vivo V17 packs a lot of other great features. It's got great internals, a really good display, huge battery with fast charging and a whole lot more. We think it's a really good phone and here's everything that you need to know about it. Brilliance is here! Hold your breath as we reveal all the features of the #ClearAsReal #vivoV17. pic.twitter.com/XF0Yl6GHnG — Vivo India (@Vivo_India) December 9, 2019 Vivo V17 The Vivo V17 sports a 6.2-inch display on the front with the world's smallest punch hole for the camera. It looks very small, so we think it won't really bother while using the phone. The phone also has a really good build quality. The glass body makes it look super premium and I think it looks awesome in both the colour variants. Internally, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 675 processor and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It packs a massive 4,500 mAh battery which supports fast charging. And just like every other Vivo phone, this one also runs on FunTouchOS. As for the optics, the phone packs some really good cameras. There are four cameras at the back, out of which one is a 48MP sensor. The other lenses can be used to take super wide angle shots, super macro photos or portrait images. There's also a 32MP selfie shooter on the front, which is said to take some really crisp selfies. The camera software, of course, comes with a lot of great features like Night mode, Portrait Lighting effects and more. Vivo also talked a lot about the video recording capabilities of the phone, so we're excited to check out that out too. Pricing and Availability Vivo has launched the V17 in India at the price of Rs 22,990, which, if you ask me, is great for everything that it brings to the table. We haven't had the chance to check out the phone and use it extensively just yet, but we think it'll be a solid option for those who are looking to buy a phone under Rs 25,000. It goes on sale starting December 17. View the full article
  7. Drivers using phones while driving is still a major concern in many parts of the world. No matter how strict and efficient the law enforcers are, this still remains and will continue to remain a big issue. But the Australian police seem to have figured out a way to tackle the problem. AI Cameras! Yes, their solution is to use AI cameras to spot the drivers using mobile phones while driving. And it does it automatically, so it significantly eliminates the margin of error. The cameras being used by the New South Wales government uses AI to review photos for signs of phone use. It's the first time such a camera is being put to use to spot the lawbreakers. Once the camera flags a suspect, there are human reviewers to cross-check to prevent any false positives. For the first three times into the initiative, the drivers will get away with a warning. © Transport for NSW After that, however, they'll be imposed a hefty fine of $344 AUD which roughly translates to about Rs 17,000 and five demerit points. The fine can go up based on the zone in which you're breaking the law. The officials are pretty confident that this will lead to fewer incidents. They crunched some numbers from the test and noted that the initiative will prevent 100 fatal and serious injury crashes in the space of five years. Obviously, there's no way to tell if it'll bring down the fatalities for now. We'll know once the initiative picks up pace. That being said, we think it'll definitely keep the drivers in check. As it goes mainstream and the drivers get to know about it, they'll surely try to avoid getting caught paying the hefty fine. We really need a system like this in India where road accidents are still one of the primary reasons for a high death rate. Source: NSW Government View the full article
  8. Now that OnePlus is done with launching phones for 2019, the company has already started work on it successor that will launch next year. The OnePlus 8, 8 Pro are in their initial stages and the design of the smartphones are under development. © Weibo New leaks by TrueTech that showcases the possible design of the OnePlus 8 Pro in the form of a diagram have surfaced online. The diagram may look quite rudimentary, however one feature is distinctively noticeable. Unlike the OnePlus 7T and 7 Series, the OnePlus 8 series is expected to come with a quad-camera setup. Sure, these are based on a set of renders, however previous leaks also suggested the same design change in line with the recent leak. The overall design remains the same apart from a few differences such as the quad-camera setup. © TrueTechh Other minor changes include additional camera sensors that maybe a ToF sensor and a dedicated slot for laser autofocus. The diagrams also show two different variants of the phone where there is a single front-camera cut out at the front and another with dual selfie cameras. If this leak is true, it is possible that OnePlus has ditched the pop-up selfie camera system of the OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro phones. Other rumours also suggest that OnePlus will finally add support for wireless charging and a new 120Hz refresh rate display for the Pro models. We are still quite a few months away from the launch of the next OnePlus smartphone, so you can expect things to change in terms of design. There is a good chance that this may be the final design of the phone, however we advise you take this information with a grain of salt. Source: True Tech View the full article
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  10. Remember we told you about a 'TikTok Phone' which the app's parent company was supposed to launch? Well, the phone is now official. It's not called 'TikTok Phone' as we all expected (although that would've been cool), but it still looks like a decent phone. The phone is called Jianguo Pro 3. It's a Chinese name because the phone is being released under a brand called Smartisan, which TikTok's parent company Bytedance acquired earlier this year. By the way, 'Jianguo' translates to 'Nut' in English, so don't be surprised if you see a phone called 'Nut Pro 3' in the news somewhere. (c) Smartisan Bytedance helped make the Jianguo Pro 3 and hence it comes with a lot of branded features that scream TikTok. Apparently, users can swipe up on the lock screen of the phone and jump directly into the Chinese TikTok app. Yeah, why go through the hassle of unlocking and looking for the app, when you can simply open it from the lock screen and get to business, right? Additionally, it looks like the users will also be able to apply TikTok effects and filter to videos of any length. So if your TikTok doesn't let you record long videos with its effects and filters, then this smartphone might actually be useful to you. So clearly the phone has a lot of fancy camera features that are targetted towards the TikTok users. (c) Twitter Speaking of cameras, the Jianguo Pro 3 actually comes with a bunch of cameras. There are 5 cameras to be more specific. A quad-camera setup at the back and a selfie shooter on the front. The quad-camera setup at the back is pretty decent as it includes a 48MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 5MP macro lens. For selfies, there's a 20MP camera on the front. Other hardware specs are also nice. It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ SoC with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. Jianguo Pro 3 has been launched at a starting price of 2,899 yuan, which is around Rs 29,000. You can pre-order one and import it from China if you want because we doubt if it will make its way out of China. There's no word about it yet, and we'll keep you posted if there is an update. Source: Abacus View the full article
  11. You don't have to be an expert and crunch some numbers to realise that digital cameras are slowly becoming a thing of the past. All you have to do is go out and look around. You'll quickly realise that smartphones have taken over and not a lot of people are carrying around a digital camera to take pictures. Well, if that's not enough, here's a chart that was put together by Statista with the help of the information obtained from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). The offices of CIPA, in case you're wondering, include Olympus, Casio, Canon, Kodak, Sony, and Nikon, and we wonder what do they have to say about the numbers. Just look at those falling numbers. © Statista As you can see, things haven't been looking all that good for digital camera makers since the numbers have significantly gone down after a little spike in 2010. That number, by the way, was the all-time high in camera sales of 121 million units. Putting in simple terms, digital camera shipments have dropped a whopping 84-percent since 2010. Last year, the sales were recorded at 19.4 million shipments, which is the lowest number since 2001. And we're not talking about just the portable digital cameras. The shipments of high-end interchangeable lens camera have also gone down. So, why is this happening? © YouTube Smartphones! Yes, it's a very simple answer. An increasing number of people have now started using smartphones to take pictures. They're more convenient and have gotten a lot better over the years, thanks to all the advancements in the field of smartphone photography. In fact, you don't necessarily have to splurge big bucks to get a good smartphone with a potent camera. Smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, etc. have proved time and again that you don't have to own a flagship phone to shoot great pictures. Of course, things will only get better as you drop more money, and flagship phones like the Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 are some great examples of that. We don't have a fresh chart with new numbers to show, but this one from 2017 does a great job of explaining why the digital camera shipments have gone down since 2010. Just take a look at the number of people using smartphones for photography. © Statista Around 85 percent of pictures were taken from, well, a smartphone. Astounding imagery offered in a compact form factor. And by the way, a smartphone can do a lot more than just make phone calls and take good pictures, so what's there to complain about?
  12. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been getting a lot of slack on social media for making some wild claims one after the other. After the 'Cloud theory' that went viral across social media platforms yesterday, our PM is back under the radar for saying he was one of the first people in the country to use a digital camera and some other tech gadgets. Yes, a clip from his recent interview with News Nation has now gone viral. In that video, PM Modi is seen claiming that he was among the first people in India to use a digital camera in 1988. He said he used the camera to click a photograph of LK Advani. Adding on to that, PM Modi also claimed that he was one of the early adopters of e-mail, back in 1988, and used an iPad-like tablet with a stylus in the early 90s. Well, you don't have to be a genius to find out that neither the digital camera nor e-mail services existed in the timelines he mentioned. So, people were obviously not going to keep quiet. A lot of people decided to call our PM out on social media. Economist Rupa Subramanya, for instance, pointed out that e-mail was available only to a select few in West in 1988. Well, can't really argue with that. In 1988, even in the developed west, email was available to a few academics and scientists but Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995. ð³ https://t.co/cq3nhRLEQJ — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 12, 2019 A lot of others decided to pitch in too. @PMOIndia ke paas batwa nahi tha (kyunki paise nahi the!) lekin 1988 mein digital camera aur email tha? All of this would be really funny if it weren't so embarrassing. A PM who'll literally say ANYTHING that comes to his mind can't possibly be trusted with our national security https://t.co/pmoGNQQtHi — Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 12, 2019 Ahem... iPad in 1990, a digital camera in 1987. Does Modi live in the same dimension as us? — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) May 13, 2019 I went to the US in 1993. AOL was the dominant player. It started as an internet service provider in early 90s. We used to go to university to use email (DOS based). 1988? This is so embarrassing for India. #Feku https://t.co/KQfdYGGmmG — Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 12, 2019 Internet in India in 1995 and digital camera in 1990 but Modi hai to 1988 mein bhi email pe digital photo transfer mumkin hai. https://t.co/C1BV00VLzp — Panini Anand (@paninianand) May 12, 2019 “The first commercial production digital camera went on sale in 1990.” The first commercial production digital camera went on sale in 1990. In 1987, Modi had a digital camera. Surely must have been this prototype. pic.twitter.com/H7b8FMclha — Divider Preð¤ Verde â (@PresidentVerde) May 13, 2019
  13. When you are looking to buy a new smartphone, the first thing people ask me is, “How's the camera?” That's a question I have to answer for budget and flagship smartphones. With mobile photography becoming more popular thanks to social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat, users need smartphones that can take great pictures, last long and deliver a smooth experience. Google answered that question with the Pixel 3, however, it really isn't affordable for everyone. Google announced the much more affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL that delivers the same computational photography advantage as its flagship counterpart. It's got some key differences but overall offers a great value for money. Here's what we think about the new Pixel 3a XL and how our experience has been with the smartphone: Design & Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the design, the Pixel 3a Xl is very similar to the Pixel 3 in terms of looks but has some key differences. The body is now made of polycarbonate that feels very premium even though it isn't supposed to. The back has the same design as the Pixel 3 with single camera setup, a fingerprint sensor and a small Google logo at the bottom centre. It has the same minimalistic ethos as the Pixel 3 and overall has a very alluring vibe. Since the Pixel 3a is made out of polycarbonate, the device does not support wireless charging. It isn't necessary for the device however we do miss the convenience of charging it wirelessly on our bedside. The phone also has stereo speakers and the bottom audio speaker has now been moved from the chin to the bottom of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the front, the display is where the differences come to light as it does not have a notch design as the Pixel 3 XL. There are thick bezels at both top and bottom which gives it the classic Pixel look we've seen earlier on the smaller Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 devices. The display itself is a fullHD+ gOLED panel that is 6” in size. It has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Overall, the experience on the display was extremely satisfying especially when we would watch videos on Youtube and Netflix. In fact, the colours very vivid and the blacker shades were represented well. The viewing angles were also on point, however, were a bit disappointed with the brightness levels. The brightness level is just over 400nits which isn't enough for outdoor settings with bright sunlight. Apart from the brightness level, the display was sharp and overall a great OLED panel. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of other design aspects, the Pixel 3a also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack for people who still like the option of using their own wired headphones. This also means that the Pixel 3a is not water resistant which is not a big deal if you ask me. Our senses are now naturally trained to keep our smartphones away from water and we can live without any water resistance unless you want to pay a premium for it. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Pixel smartphones are known to offer computational photography that visibly blows the competition out of the water. It uses AI and algorithms to make it easy for the average user to take some phenomenal shots. The camera on the Pixel 3a XL works the same way it does on the Pixel 3. However, it does take a bit longer to process images due to the underpowered chipset when compared to the Pixel 3. The Pixel 3a XL can take some spectacular Portrait shots that were even better than our DSLR in many instances. Pixel 3a XL also comes with Google's Night Sight feature where it takes multiple images with different exposures and contrast levels. Google's algorithm then gives the best shot with unbelievable results. Other camera features such as Top Shot, Photobooth, Playground, Super Res Zoom, Google Lens and more are built right into the app. The Pixel 3a XL has a single 12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 primary camera with an aperture of ƒ/1.8. The camera sensor has a field of view of 76° and 1/2.55" Sensor Size. The primary sensor has autofocus with dual pixel phase detection and optical + electronic image stabilisation. As for the selfie camera, the devices have an 8MP with an aperture of f/2.0. It has a field of view of 84° for wider selfie shots. Google also intruded a new time-lapse mode where you can set your frames to record at various intervals. This essentially will let you record a 20-minute video and condense the final video into 10 seconds. This is a handy feature for people who like to tell visual stories via video. It can be used to show more information or video content for users who love to use Instagram's story feature. We've seen this feature on other smartphones before but it's a first for Pixel devices. Camera samples from Pixel 3a XL: Software © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 3a runs Android Pie out of the box and will receive an Android Q update later this year. In terms of software, Google is running the same build as Pixel 3 and offers a similar experience. However, the only caveat is that it is slower than the Pixel 3 due to the processor. Having said that, the Pixel 3a XL can handle every feature such as AR navigation, reliable Google Assistant performance and overall offers a smooth pure Android experience. It even comes with Active Edge that basically lets users squeeze the side of the phone to access Google Assistant. Pixel 3a and 3a XL also come with unlimited storage for images at high quality, however, it does not store images of the original quality unless you are subscribed to additional storage on Google Drive. Other useful features such as Digital Wellbeing, Night Light and constant updates make this the best Android experience you can have on an affordable smartphone. Performance The Pixel 3a and 3a XL both come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 670 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and 1.7GHz and has been paired with 4GB of RAM. It's an underpowered chipset when compared to the Pixel 3's Snapdragon 855 processor but in order to offset this difference, Google has optimised the software for Pixel 3a. To be honest, when it came to performing basic tasks such as communication, navigation, internet browsing and emails, the phone did not falter once. In fact, we did not notice any slowdown during our testing period. Having said that, we did notice some underperformance while playing games like PUBG and when it came to processing images. The benchmark tests show the Pixel 3a has a good performance score considering the processor it's being powered by. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There is some improvement when it comes to battery life as the Pixel 3a XL comes with a 3,700 mAh battery. The device lasted us for approximately 14 hours on a single charge and can be fast charged thanks to the supplied Power Delivery or PD charger. In just 15 minutes our review unit would go from 5% to 45% and add an additional 6 hours of battery backup. Having said that, we expect the battery life to improve over time with future updates and remains our only concern in the performance department. The Final Say We live in a country where it gets harder to recommend smartphones because of what it has on offer. The Pixel 3a XL offers the best photography you can find on a smartphone for its price. The Pixel 3A XL is priced in India for Rs 44,999 which is a bit hard to recommend when considering other options in the same price bracket. Having said that, if you look beyond the price you get a great smartphone that delivers amazing photography at a reduced cost. In fact, with the Pixel 3a, Google just proved that great imaging on smartphones is not reserved only for flagship smartphones.
  14. OnePlus is all set to debut the new OnePlus 7 series of phones on May 14. However, it looks like there's no stopping the flood of leaks about the phones that are hitting the shores. Following the OnePlus 7 Pro box packaging, the official renders of the OnePlus 7 Pro have now leaked online. The renders have been obtained by the folks over at Android Central from a noted leaked Ishaan Agarwal, and it shows off the phone in all its glory. © OnePlus 7 Pro As you can see, the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro will have an all-screen design on the front and a triple camera set up at the back. These cameras, in case you don't know, have 3x optical zoom too. The renders apparently feature the Nebula Blue and Mirror Grey variants and we gotta say that the phone looks absolutely gorgeous. Just look at that display! We can also see the alert slider on the right side of the phone along with the power button, whereas the volume rockers are on the left. The device also looks very slim, but we can't really say if it's slimmer than the OnePlus 6T just yet. © OnePlus 7 Pro The back design of the phone is largely unchanged, and the front is where it's at. As you can see, the front is almost entirely covered with the display. It's said to be a 90Hz QHD+ resolution panel, so we're really excited to see what it looks like in person.
  15. Do you remember the time, not so many moons ago, when an air of excitement and curiosity took over the entire household at the mention of newly-developed pictures, brought home straight from the photo studio? © Getty Images The process of clicking pictures was much more personal and cathartic back in the day. What with having to choose every shot wisely (and sparingly) unlike the senseless clicks we have become accustomed to nowadays. Along with the rolls of films we had to keep handy, the spare batteries we guarded with our life during long vacations, and the negatives we held so dear, the entire process was more involved, more meaningful somehow. © Getty Images Yet, the best moment lay in holding physical copies of the pictures taken a lifetime ago. Yes, it really felt that way at the time. After waiting for months, the film roll would finally be all used up, and we could pester the elders to drop the film at the nearest studio, and get the photographs developed. © Getty Images But nothing quite beats the thrill of setting our eyes on the final product and see for ourselves how every shot came out. You see, with old film cameras we couldn't know how good, bad or entirely pointless a picture turned out to be, until we got it developed and had it right before your eyes. At that point, one could either admire the pictures or break into a collective laughter riot over how “funny” the photograph is. © Getty Images Gone are the days when photos came out of tiny, dark rooms, filled with red light, and lined with rows and rows of freshly prepped photographs dripping with chemicals that magically brought the subjects to life on a piece of glossy paper. With changing times, even the simple old film camera has undergone tremendous changes. The advent, and then the explosion of digital cameras, followed by SLRs, DSLRs and more recently the top-notch smartphone cameras, completely replaced physical photographs with digital copies that hardly ever make it beyond our social media feeds. © Getty Images However, one man living in the pristine hills of Dehradun saw the worthy heritage the old cameras hold and decided to keep the legacy alive for future generations to appreciate, by collecting 250 different kinds of cameras. A businessman by profession, Amar Dhunanda told ANI what inspired him to take up this unique task. “I have collected other antique materials also. This is my hobby & an effort to preserve the legacy so that new generation would be able to learn how their ancestors used to operate,” Dhunanda told ANI. Dehradun-based businessman Amar Dhunanda has a collection of over 250 different cameras; says, "I have collected other antique materials also. This is my hobby & an effort to preserve the legacy so that new generation would be able to learn how their ancestors used to operate." pic.twitter.com/LR0gzOqK9K — ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2019 These pictures of Mr Dhunanada's collection are nothing less than a marvel for those of us who haven't laid our eyes on more than half the cameras on display here. Mr Dhunanda's efforts in trying to preserve the legacy inherent in the composition and functioning of these various cameras, is surely commendable. Maybe a day will come when we shall come to relive the magic of good ol' cameras, and the thrill physical photographs brought to life. Just like the Polaroid cameras have made a comeback recently?
  16. Huawei, as we all know, has focused on delivering some of the most powerful cameras on its flagship, especially the P series phones. Well, the newly launched P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones are no exception. If anything, the company has taken them to a whole new level. As always, both new phones announced today are 2019 updates to the series. It means they have better internal specs, cool new features, and incredible cameras to slay the competition. The highlight of the phones, however, has got to be the new SuperSpectrum camera sensor, which can readjust how it records the light coming into it. © Huawei Specs Under The Hood The P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones have beautiful 6.1-inch and 6.47-inch OLED displays with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Huawei has decided to stick to the teardrop notch design for the display instead of opting for a hole-punch design. Both of them also feature glass back with colorful gradients, so you can expect them to be just as premium as the previous flagships. Before I talk about the cameras, let's take a quick look at the specs powering these devices. Both the P30 and the P30 Pro smartphones are powered by the company's Kirin 980 SoC, and runs Android Pie 9.1 with Huawei's EMUI custom Android user interface. While the P30 has a smaller 3,650 mAh battery, the P30 Pro sports a 4,200 mAh battery. In addition to the 40W USB-C charging, Huawei is integrating wireless charging for the first time in the P series. The P30 Pro is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, whereas the P30 is rated IP53 resistant. Also, both phones don't have speakers in place because Huawei has decided to vibrate the screens and turn it into a speaker for you. Cool, isn't it? Other noteworthy features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, reverse wireless charging, dual-SIM capability, etc. © Huawei The Cameras Both the P30 and the P30 Pro, as I said, seem to have incredible cameras. They look extremely promising on paper. The P30 Pro now features not one, not two, not three, but four sensors at the back. Here's what each of them can do - First off, the main camera is a 40 MP 27mm sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. There's also a 20MP ultra-wide angle lens (16mm) with an f/2.2 aperture. Next up, there's an 8 MP telephoto lens, which provides nearly 5x optical zoom compared to the main lens (125mm) with an f/3.4 aperture and optical image stabilization. Lastly, there's a new time-of-flight sensor below the flash, which projects infrared light and captures the reflection. Since the launch of #HUAWEIP20, we've had the highest industry rating from @DxOMark. With the #HUAWEIP30Pro, we've been awarded a record-breaking overall score of 112. #RewriteTheRules pic.twitter.com/xskqGf3Avi — Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) March 26, 2019 The P30, in case you're wondering, has three sensors. Yes, it's falling short one sensor, but it still sounds better than most other smartphones out there. Check it out - First up, there's a 40 MP main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second one is a 16 MP ultra-wide angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. And lastly, there's an 8 MP telephoto lens that should provide 3x optical zoom. As for the front cameras, both phones have a 32MP sensor. Without getting into too much technical details, I'll simply say that these new phones have amazing cameras with features like an enhanced Night Shot mode, Super HDR Shot and Super Low Light Shot, and more. Huawei also noted that these new phones support high ISO levels of up to 409600 (P30 Pro), which should help you get some great shots in low light. © Huawei Pricing & Availability The Huawei P30 with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is priced at €799. The P30 Pro, on the other hand, starts at €999 for the base variant i.e. 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. Well, if you want more storage, then you can choose to splurge upto €1249 on the P30 Pro and get the variant with up to 512GB storage. Both phones are already available on sale in Europe, and they're expected to launch in India very soon.
  17. HMD Global, the Finnish company that currently sells Nokia brand smartphones has launched a brand new device for photography enthusiasts. It's called the Nokia 9 PureView and has an array of 5 rear cameras and Nokia claims it is the next step in computational photography. © HMD Global The Nokia 9 PureView was announced ahead of MWC alongside other budget smartphones such as the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 1 Plus and a feature phone called the Nokia 210. The Nokia 9 PureView uses all five sensors at the same time to combine a number of images into one. MD Global claims that each lens shoots simultaneously in order to capture the perfect saturation, brightness and details. All five sensors on the Nokia PureView have 12MP sensors where three are monochrome sensors and the other two are RGB sensors with PDAF focus. The Nokia 9 PureView takes images in RAW by default and can be changed to different formats according to a user's preference. The camera setup was developed in collaboration with Light, a camera company known for making portable cameras with multiple lenses. The Nokia 9 PureView's comer setup is very reminiscent of the Light L 16 camera but with fewer lenses. All five camera lens on the Nokia 9 PureView is certified by Zeiss. Even though the Nokia 9 PureView has a Penta-camera setup, it does not have optical image stabilisation or OIS. Nokia is also partnering with Adobe for the Nokia 9. Lightroom will come preinstalled on the device and will have specific presets tuned to the lenses on the Nokia 9 PureView. © Reuters In terms of components, the Nokia 9 PureView is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor which is a bit outdated now that Snapdragon 855 is available. The Nokia 9 PureView has a 5.99-inch 2K pOLED display with noticeable top and bottom bezels. The chipset is complemented by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which may not be enough to store RAW images. The Nokia 9 PureView is probably the most expensive device by HMD Global yet and will cost $699 (roughly Rs 49,674). Nokia 9 PureView is expected to launch in India soon and we will know the India pricing details when the smartphone gets launched.
  18. Residents of many parts of India are aware of the hazardous smog we live in. Delhi and Mumbai have repeatedly crossed extremely hazardous levels of air pollution and we've done nothing to curb this. In fact, a majority of the people don't realise how unhealthy the air around us is. When was the last time you looked up and got awed by a crystal clear blue sky? © Reuters In the last decade, mobile phones have evolved from machines that can make a call to portable swiss knives that can do everything. One smartphone today is capable of replacing a camera, MP3 player, television, radio, and even a PC. We've slowly managed to add complex measuring instruments like a gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, and proximity sensor in them as well. Now, according to a patent filing by Apple, they are considering adding a poison sensor that would be capable of detecting carbon monoxide (CO) and other harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, breathing unhealthy air has become an inevitable part of daily life for many of us. Microscopic particles too small for the eye to see are released into the air from cars, trains, power plants, factories and other sources. © Via Patently Apple CO is a poisonous gas that kills many people every year. Being colourless and odourless, it is impossible to detect by humans. If Apple can actually materialize such a sensor, it'll be a vital life-saving tool. Having a miniature gas sensor built into an iPhone or Apple Watch will be able to notify a user that they could possibly be in a dangerous environment at home, at work or in the public. The process of making this feasible includes producing robust miniature gas sensors with features like improved stability, enhanced poisoning resistance, and reduced signal interference. © Via Patently Apple In terms of a long-term solution, the sensors can become part of a larger system that monitors environmental and health hazards and will be a core part of IoT (Internet of Things). Apple Watch has already saved numerous lives thanks to improper heart rate detection, thus predicting diseases and long term health issues. Even the new "trip" function onboard the Series 4 has saved many who couldn't communicate due to an accident. Source: Patently Apple
  19. Nokia 9 PureView has now been leaked via a press render which shows the design of the smartphone and a crazy camera set up at the back. The press render shows the Nokia 9 PureView sporting s five-camera setup at the back and is the first Nokia phone to have a Penta-lens setup. HMD Global is tipped to launch the smartphone sometime in January 2019 and will also have an in-display fingerprint sensor. © Twitter The press render was leaked by renowned tipster Evan Class via his Twitter account. The render shows the Nokia 9 PureView with a thin-bezel, no notch and a metal frame covered with glass at the back. The Penta-lens camera setup is expected to have five Zeiss-branded camera sensors and a proximity-sensing dual sensor. Previous rumours have also suggested that the Nokia 9 will come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. © Twitter At the front, we can see noticeable bezels at the top and the bottom of the phone. The bezels have reduced in size and are considerably thinner. The in-display scanner is also embedded underneath the screen and will work similar to phones such as the OnePlus 6T and Vivo Nex. Nokia 9 PureView "Beholder." HNY pic.twitter.com/x4Kh3anP46 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 31, 2018 It will be the first Nokia phone to have an in-display sensor which is a common feature on flagship level smartphones. In terms of the processor, the Nokia 9 PureView will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor and will not have the latest Snapdragon 855 SoC. © Twitter Previous reports have suggested that the Nokia 9 PureView was delayed because of the complicated manufacturing process of the Penta-camera setup. The Nokia 9 PureView is expected to have a 4,150 mAh battery and will offer some sort of water and dust resistance.
  20. Online shopping has now become an integral part of our life with Amazon leading the way. Whether it's a Rs 100 coffee pouch or Rs 1,00,000 smartphone, everything is available online. With urban life getting even more stressful due to a population boom and crumbling infrastructure, more and more people are opting to do their holiday shopping online instead of walking into a brick and mortar store. This explosion in online shopping has led to "porch pirates" and "stoop surfers" who swipe holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. In the USA, the courier delivery is often left on the porch or mailbox when someone isn't present to physically accept it. © Reuters To counter these thieves, Police in Jersey City have been placing fake Amazon packages outside people's homes to catch thieves. These Amazon packages are insight of cameras near the home and also equipped with GPS devices to track the robber's movements. Police and Amazon picked locations for the sting operation using Jersey City crime statistics and maps of theft locations provided by Amazon. Jersey City police captain James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission, told the AP it only took three minutes for one bait package to be stolen earlier this week. “We thought it was a mistake at first,” he said, adding that the suspect was caught. © AP News Exact figures on porch thefts are hard to come by though. Amazon uses its own logistics network as well as relies on UPS and FedEx for last-mile delivery. Unfortunately, all the concerned companies have declined to share figures. Amazon is offering the necessary equipment for free to the Jersey City program. “Most of the package thefts we've made arrests on revolving around (closed-circuit TV) or private surveillance cameras that give us a still image,” Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said. “With the bait packages, some will be under video surveillance, and some will have GPS.” © Reuters The Jersey City police hope to catch thieves before they snatch up someone's holiday gifts. The program has undergone legal review and was approved by the local prosecutor. To prevent theft, users also have the option of purchasing a parcel box that allows only the owner and delivery person access. Amazon Key Smart Lock is one such product and has proven to be useful on most occasions. Source: AP News
  21. This year, we saw a lot of brands coming up with a sliding design. The addition of moving parts has never been a bright idea for a portable device like a mobile phone, but companies still went ahead and added sliding camera modules to eliminate the notch. The elimination of the notch meant a better screen-to-body ratio, and we gotta say, the automatic pop-up camera did look cool. Vivo was among the first few to come up with a sliding camera phone, and the NEX was one of them. Now, the brand is back with the successor of the phone, and the idea of a sliding camera module has been completely eliminated. We expected the successor to be called NEX 2 but instead, it has been dubbed the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition. © Vivo Now, Vivo wants to try something new and has added a huge display on the back of the phone a well. While we've seen a similar concept onboard the Russian Yotaphone, the NEX stands apart thanks to its 3D TOF stereo camera. The front has a 6.39-inch bezel-less display while the rear has a 5.49-inch screen and both have an AMOLED panel and Full HD resolution. As expected of a flagship device, the Vivo NEX Dual is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and will be available in 10GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of non-expandable storage. © YouTube/Engadget The back has some space on the top where the camera module, consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor backed with a 2-megapixel secondary lens, is located. A "Lunar Ring" on the back of the device is functional as well and acts as a soft flash for low-light selfie shots. The ring also changes colour to signify app notifications. Another unique addition to the phone is a time of flight (TOF) 3D module. It maps objects by firing pulses of light and then measuring the time taken for that light to return, which will allow for accurately modeling your face for more secure facial recognition, as well as for personalized beautification. © Vivo The phone runs on Funtouch OS 4.5 that's based on the latest Android 9 Pie. The phone is also equipped with an in-display fingerprint reader and the phone is expected to go on sale in various regions soon. In China, it is priced at CNY 4,998 (Rs 52,000).
  22. It seems like Samsung is going all out with its upcoming Galaxy S10 with features that would outshine quite a few flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9 looked like a small upgrade from its predecessor however it seems like Samsung is turning up the heat with the S10 this time. © Twitter According to Wall Street Journal, Samsung is preparing to launch four different models of the Galaxy S10, out of which one will have a massive 6.7-inch screen, have support for 5G and also pack six cameras. The six cameras will include a quad setup at the back and two selfie sensors in the front. Samsung has already launched the Samsung A9 in India yesterday that has a similar setup however the Galaxy S10 is reported to have even better sensors. © Twitter The other three smartphones from the lineup are expected to be smaller and have a screen size ranging from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches. These models will also have different camera setups as some are expected to have three to five cameras in total. It is also being reported that the new Galaxy S10 device will incorporate reverse wireless charging similar to Huawei's Mate 20 Pro. In previous rumours we've covered that Samsung may not have a notch and instead have something entirely different. The Galaxy S10 is also expected to have chips dedicated for AI functionality and high-resolution cameras. Samsung is trying to experiment and push the envelope with their new smartphones especially since the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 are considered to have incremental upgrades. 5G support on smartphones is the next big step in communication and Qualcomm's new 8150 chipsets will be all about the new capabilities. The Snapdragon 8150 chipset will have the X50 5G modem with is already being utilised by companies such as OnePlus, Xiaomi and LG for 2019 smartphones. Source: Wall Street Journal
  23. China has officially opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge, a 55-km-long structure linking mainland China to the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau. The travel time via the bridge has been reduced to just 30-45 minutes and the megastructure is being celebrated as an engineering marvel. The project cost about a whopping US$ 20 billion and while it holds the record of being the longest sea bridge, it also has a few unique additions that include cameras to detect yawning, forcing drivers to wear heart rate monitors and access restricted to the political elite and charity donors. © SCMP To start with, driving across the bridge will force you to wear their heart rate and blood pressure sensors and all the information will be sent to the bridge's control centre. According to local media in Hong Kong, "yawning cameras" will be constantly monitoring the driver, and if one yawns more than three times in 20 seconds, an alert will be raised. In China, people drive on the right side of the road, while Hong Kong drives on the left, hence a “flipper bridge” called the Pearl River Necklace was chosen, where cars stop, change sides at a specially built merge point and then drive onto Hong Kong. © SCMP The bridge is not open to the general public though, as only the wealthy and politically connected are permitted to drive. The authorities shall be issuing 10,000 licenses for Hong Kong-based private cars, while the capacity for Macau is capped at just 300. If you don't have a permit, you'll have to use public transport to reach the bridge and then shift to a private bus that runs on the bridge. The whole project is not just a bridge though, as to facilitate passing of large ships through the area, a four-mile-long section of the bridge dips down beneath the water. © SCMP While engineers have hailed the project to be a marvel, political watchdogs have criticized the project, because this is considered to be to an agenda to connect Hong Kong and Macau with the rest of mainland China. The bridge's opening also comes a month after the inauguration of a new high-speed rail link from Hong Kong to mainland China, that runs along a different, shorter route.
  24. The Mate 20 series, as it turns out, now consists of four brand new phones, the Mate 20, the Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X, and the limited edition Mate 20 RS Porsche Design. All of these phones pack something unique, but at their core, lie varied degrees of notch design, a Kirin 980 chipset and Leica-tuned triple rear cameras. The most interesting phone is the Mate 20 RS though. It borrows most of its specs from the Mate 20 Pro but has an "uncompromised design" with an added bit of luxury. The Huawei Porsche Design Mate 10 RS is just over six months old, but the company is already back with a successor, the Mate 20 RS. © Huawei Instead of the glass rear, the Mate 20 RS has a premium leather. There is a vertical strip of glass at the centre that runs from the top to the bottom of the back panel of the Mate 20 RS. It is equipped with a 6.4-inch AMOLED QHD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Powering the phone is Huawei's homebred Kirin 980 chipset, the world's first 7nm technology SoC with 6.9 billion transistors. Apple's A12 Bionic chipset is the only other equivalent that is built using the 7nm process. © Huawei It borrows the same triple camera setup from the Mate 20, consisting of a 40-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 wide-angle lens, a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 telephoto camera. On the front is a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. It is packed with a 4200mAh battery, that supports 40W SuperCharge fast charging and 15W wireless charging. It comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage and is also IP68 dust and water resistant. When it comes to security, the Mate 20 Porsche Design offers both the in-display fingerprint scanner and 3D face unlock. © Huawei Reverse fast charging allows the Mate 20 RS to charge other wireless charging capable devices including smartphones by simply piggybacking them to phone. The phone is priced at €1,695 (Rs 1,45,000) for the 256GB variant and €2,095 (Rs 1,77,000) for the 512GB variant. It will be available in the European markets starting soon.
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