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  1. The iPhone 12 Pro is turning out to be a great smartphone, if we go by the latest leaks, as the company is planning to overhaul the design of the smartphone. The notch design of the upcoming iPhone was leaked on Twitter and it shows that the notch is finally getting smaller, thanks to Apple moving some components around. © Apple Insider Jon Prosser, the Apple insider who leaked accurate information of iPhone SE 2020âs launch has now taken to Twitter to reveal more details about the iPhone 12 Pro or whatever Apple decides to call it. The notch has now been moved to the top bezel of the phone and not at the centre of the notch, giving Apple the freedom to shrink down the size. Here you go, internet. pic.twitter.com/REfSw28KSX â Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 20, 2020 In fact, Prosser tweeted an image with detailed hardware changes in the notch and also clarified that the microphone is embedded in the speaker itself. While many iPhone fans have wanted a notch-free design, it seems like Apple is going to stick with the design for now. Apple apparently does not want to drop FaceID on flagship iPhones and the TrueDepth 3D sensor that is essential for facial recognition security. © Twitter/Jon Prosser A smaller notch is still an upgrade where the display gets more real-estate but the biggest upgrade also comes in the form of the display quality. The iPhone 12 Pro is rumoured to feature a 120Hz refresh rate display which has been used on the iPad Pro, previously. Even the design of the phone is expected to change as it is rumoured to have flatter sides and a thinner body. There have been rumours that the iPhone 12 will have a similar design as the classic iPhone 4. © Twitter/pro-technizio-concept In terms of the camera setup, the iPhone 12 Pro is expected to have a LiDAR depth sensor similar to the new iPad Pro and a new 5G modem for better connectivity. The smartphone will also be powered by Appleâs most powerful chipset yet i.e, the A14 Bionic SoC. Thereâs no word when the new iPhones are expected to launch but there is a good chance the launch of the phones will be delayed to October this year. Apple usually launches new iPhones every September, however, with the COVID-19 situation, we can expect the launch to be delayed as it is extended testing periods for the upcoming phone. Source: Jon Prosser View the full article
  2. Sony finally decided to give us a glimpse of the PS5 hardware starting with the new DualSense controller. In case you missed it, you can learn everything about it right here. As you can see, Sony has redesigned the controller and it now looks a little different from the DualShock controllers that we're used to. Depending on whether or not you liked the previous controllers, you probably have a strong opinion about this one. Well, the controller has been getting some mixed reactions, but a lot of people don't seem to like it all that much. And of course, they've made memes on it. Here are some of the hilarious ones that we could find on the internet. Lol when xbox controller meets the new #PS5 controller pic.twitter.com/2sR4NwcC25 â WolFDââ ï¸ (@WolfDb12) April 7, 2020We don't think they care Sony: âHere is the new #DualSense PS5 Controller!!â Us: âIt looks like an Xbox controller.â Sony: pic.twitter.com/wfn7LfmqKX â insecure Al (@insecure_al) April 7, 2020 Is this how they made it? How Sony made the PS5 Dualsense controller pic.twitter.com/HLlHAOX57y â Pixelbuster (@Nitomatta) April 7, 2020 Hahaha pic.twitter.com/T2t8p2D1Kj â Devañte Walker (@DevanteWalker3) April 7, 2020 No way The PS5 DualSense Controller Looks Like Teeth of a Carnivore pic.twitter.com/rSDj1HURH1 â Video Game Humour (@VGHumour) April 8, 2020 Cannot be unseen now. Itâs been seen and cannot be unseen...#PS5 #DualSense pic.twitter.com/xrfYwQUwCW â ð¹ððð ð¸ðððððð (@JackIreland_200) April 8, 2020 View the full article
  3. A new leak which shows off a new design of the Galaxy Buds that resembles an actual bean, is more bizarre than any truly wireless earphones weâve seen so far. The recently launched Galaxy Buds+ already comes with upgrades that improved upon the first iteration, however, this new design that has surfaced on the internet looks quite... abnormal. © winFuture Leaked renders of the new Galaxy Buds show a smaller and perhaps an improved design as the Galaxy Buds+ largely used the same design with incremental upgrades. The leak of the new Galaxy Buds come from WinFuture who have an incredible track record of Samsung leaks. It shows a compact design that will apparently have a better fit and will be easier to use. The new buds seem to be designed for people who have small ears and ear canals, however, we can only be sure once we use it for ourselves. The bean-shaped earbuds apparently go by the model number SM-R180 and will have two smaller speaker units each. The earbuds will also have numerous microphones for better call quality but there is no information as to whether it will have any noise cancellation features. © winFuture Other specifications are also not known i.e. the battery size and the shape of the charging case. We also donât know whether it will sweat/water-resistant. Having said that, rumours suggest the wireless earphones will be compatible with a preferred digital voice assistant. Since these Galaxy Buds are not official yet and are still in its early development stage, we recommend taking these rumours with a pinch of salt. Samsung could change the design by the time it officially launches or scrap this design entirely if it doesnât work as intended. It is quite encouraging to see Samsung experiment with the design of wireless earphones and if these earbuds turn into reality, it sure would be interesting to see how it works. Source: WinFuture View the full article
  4. I've been using Pixel 3a as my secondary phone, mainly for its cameras, ever since it released in India. It's one of my favorite camera phones of all time, and most of the images in the phone reviews that you see here on MensXP have been shot on the Pixel 3a. So it's safe to say that I am super excited about the Pixel 4a which will most likely launch in India since Pixel 4 didn't make it here. But I'd be lying if I said my excitement went down a little today when I saw the leaked image of the Pixel 4a prototype. Here, check it out - Google Pixel 4A Again Credits - @raude2210 pic.twitter.com/jDzWCXsIQd â TechDroider (@techdroider) March 8, 2020It looks kind of bad, right? Well, it's too early to judge the phone's design because this is a "prototype" as mentioned by the leaker. So the final design of the phone could be a lot better. Even if this is the final design, it might look a lot better in person. As you can see, there's a fingerprint scanner at the back and a single camera setup as well. The phone shown in the image is very dirty, but we don't see a dual-camera setup, either on the front or the back of the phone. As for the back design, we're looking at a single shade, possibly a matte finish instead of the dual-tone design seen on the current Pixel 3a phones. Again, it looks just okay-ish on the images, but it may look a lot better in person, especially when the phone is brand new and not covered in smudges and dirt. © Akshay Bhalla/ MensXP The images don't reveal any specification of the phone itself, but it's expected to be powered by a mid-tier Snapdragon processor and a 5.7-inch - 5.8-inch display. Google's Pixel phones are known for their camera and software experience, so it'll be interesting to see what Google has done here. View the full article
  5. If you have been an Apple Watch user, you may have gotten bored with the design of the smartwatch as it has remained unchanged for years. There was an old rumour that showed off renders of the upcoming Apple Watch 6 and someone made a video featuring the Apple Watch in a different avatar. © YouTube/Phone Industry The video was made by a YouTube account called Phone Industry and in the video, we can see the Apple Watch re-imagined as a round-faced smartwatch instead of the traditional square shape we all know. The video looks incredible as it showcases all the details that could feature on the Apple Watch sometime in the future. If you look closer, the design of the smartwatch has a fabric-like material around the bezels and a new digital crown that doesnât really look like a crown anymore. The new digital crown design is based on recent leaks that Apple might ditch the iconic dial for a new design. Having said that, the rounded design comes with its own problems. © YouTube/Phone Industry Due to the small footprint of the rounded case, Apple will not be able to fit in a larger battery due to which this design doesnât look feasible. Apple has been wanting to improve the battery life on the App Watch for sleep tracking features and due to this reason, we may not see a circular design anytime soon. The video claims that the Apple Watch could have 48 hours of battery life with the circular design, however we recommend you take this information with a pinch of salt. At the moment, it doesnât feel like Apple can achieve that kind of battery life especially since batteries have not advanced when it comes to efficiency. The Apple Watch Series 5 can run for 18 hours on a single charge and the Cupertino giant plans to use microLED displays in future devices. It could fundamentally result in a more efficient design, however we can only know that once Apple actually puts the new display to test on a smartwatch this year. Source: Phone Industry View the full article
  6. Apple changed the iPhone design a few years back with the launch of iPhone X. It introduced the notch with the iPhone X, which was then adopted by various manufacturers and we started a whole bunch of similar-looking phones. But now, if the rumours are something to go by, it looks like Apple is looking to change things once again. Apple's next iPhone, which will most likely be called the iPhone 12, will have a design that's inspired by the iconic iPhone 4. The reports of the same came out after several design illustrations showed up online. The illustrations were spotted by the folks over at LetsGoDigital. The patents were published by the Japanese Patent Office on December 23. © LetsGoDigital As you can see, the images show a few notable changes, especially when it comes to the design. The notch is clearly gone. But that also means Apple will now have to put the selfie camera under the display along with all the facial recognition tech. We can't see those things on the design illustration, but since Apple can't eliminate them, our guess is that they'll find some way to hide them under the display. If not that, then we'll at least see an in-display fingerprint scanner. Perhaps the TouchID will make a comeback? Another thing to note is that the display now has sharp rectangular corners instead of rounded ones that we've been seeing for a couple of years now. That's also a major design, and it'll be interesting to see how handles the bezels too. Here's a rendered image to give you an idea of what the phone may look like - © Ben Geskin Obviously, the final design of the phone when it actually arrives in the market will look a lot more refined. That's usually the case with the phone design seen on these patents and renders. So, we now play the waiting game and see what Apple has cooked for us. The iPhone, as usual, won't arrive before September, which means we have a lot of time to reflect on these renders. Source: LetsGoDigital View the full article
  7. It hasn't been that long since Samsung launched its first folding phone, the Galaxy Fold. It was plagued with a lot of issues at first, but Samsung did the right thing by delaying the launch to fix them. While the original Galaxy Fold was received well in the market after getting fixed, it looks like Samsung has decided to switch things up a bit. The company appears to have cooked a new design, and it looks similar to the classic RAZR phone. Here, take a look - In Chinese social media, Samsung's next-generation Galaxy Fold phone was leaked. Source: @ ç å¥ å® pic.twitter.com/f69FAbYGxX — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 19, 2019 The images of the new foldable phone that you see above, were spotted on Chinese social media. There's no confirmation whether these are Samsung phones, but the UI quite evidently says that it's a Samsung-made phone indeed. Even then, we don't know if these phones will actually make it to the market as the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, if at all they ever release. For all we know, it could just a prototype device or even worse, a fake unit. Anyway, these are the images we have, for now, so we can't really tell for sure. © Twitter/ @UniverseIce As you can see, the phone in the pictures only has two primary cameras. That's less than what we've been seeing on the flagship phones these days. We even have phones with five cameras, so that's something to make a note of. But it's possible that one of them could be a 108MP sensor, although there's no way to confirm that either. If the reports are something to go by, then the next Galaxy Fold phone will be much more affordable than the one they launched earlier this year. We're looking at prices that are less than half of what the original Galaxy Fold launched at, so it's could be a really good phone. © Reuters It'll be an interesting year for Samsung as the company has a lot planned for 2020. They'll kickstart things with the Galaxy S11 at the beginning of the year, and we'll see what else they have in store for us. View the full article
  8. Elon Musk took to the stage last month to unveil the new Tesla Cybertruck, a polarising EV. It has a unique trapezoidal design that's unlike anything that at least I've seen before outside of sci-fi movies. Some people even started saying that it looks like something Elon would've approved when he was high. Well, I don't blame them. The design speaks for itself and it made a hell of an impact, but I am not too sure if I like it. Sure the launch event was fun to watch. In fact, I'd say it was hilarious, really, because of how the window glass shattered. I am just not too sure about how the vehicle itself looks. Don't get me wrong, I like weird and crude automotive designs, but the Cybertruck? Nah. Turns out, Elon Musk or his team at Tesla didn't actually come up with the design from scratch. It looks like Cyberduck's design is an inspiration, and it's a heavy one at that. Here, I present to you, a 40-year-old concept by Curtis Brubaker. © Tesla Motors Club Curtis Brubaker, for those of you who don't know, is a very prominent kit car designer who has some marvelous designs to his name. So recently when I was scratching my head to figure out just how Musk would've come up with such a striking and raw design, I came across this. Look, I am not directly saying that Elon Musk and his super talented team have ripped off an old design. But I won't blame you for thinking so. The resemblance is uncanny, right? It's not futuristic, it's a clear ripoff of legendary automotive kit car designer Curtis Brubaker, who made that design over 40 years ago. Source: @JasonTorchinsky pic.twitter.com/k6hAexd8jI — Dan Mosqueda (@Mosqvich) December 8, 2019 So the design that you see above is a 40-year-old kit car concept. Brubaker churned that one out back in 1978, which, as you can see was clearly way ahead of its time. It's actually the predecessor of "UrbaCar", a very unique kit car that was even featured in a 1975 Mechanix Illustrated magazine. I mean, just look at it. It looks like a scaled-down version of Cybertruck in Yellow. © Mechanix So Brubaker's original design shows a car that transforms into a truck. It's similar to how the Cybertruck can have a sliding cover. Heck, his design even included a ramp that slides down from below. If you don't believe me, then you can check out the page of the Penthouse magazine from 1978. Look, there were a lot of problems with the original concept design and we can see most of them being reflected on the new Cybertruck design too. We did a detailed story on that a while ago and you can read that one right here. But as weird as it may look, there's no denying that the Tesla Cybertruck is quite something in its class. I mean, the specs are impressive and it has a lot going for it, like the armoured body, windows, and what not. Elon even confirmed that a modified version of the vehicle will be the official Mars truck. View the full article
  9. Apple finally unveiled the new 16-inch MacBook Pro that comes with powerful specifications and one of the biggest requested change ever. Apple has finally gotten rid of the butterfly switch keyboard and replaced it with a new "scissor-switch” keyboard. Apple calls it the Magic Keyboard — the same nomenclature used for the iMac keyboards. © Apple Previously, the butterfly switch on the MacBook Pro wasn't as reliable as the keys would either stick or would be non-responsive. Sometimes, due to the sticking issue, it would yield double or even triple letters. That has now been fixed with a new keyboard design delivering a better typing experience ever since Apple changed the keyboard design to the butterfly switch. © Apple Apart from the keyboard change, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is targeted towards filmmakers, music producers, photographers, scientists and users who need a powerful laptop for creative projects. It comes with 8GB of VRAM, 64GB of RAM and a new six-speaker system for a better sound experience. In terms of the processor, Apple says it comes with the latest 6- and 8-core 9th generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz. The speed boost will let photographers do complex edits to photographs 1.7 times faster in Photoshop, according to Apple. In the graphics department, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M GPU. It can be paired with GDDR6 video memory and with an 8GB VRAM option for the first time. The Radeon Pro 5000M series is made using AMD's new RDNA architecture and is made using a 7-nm process. It is capable of delivering up to 92 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In order to power these powerful specifications, the MacBook Pro comes with a 100Wh battery and has an additional hour of battery life for up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing or video streaming. In terms of storage, the base variant comes with a 512GB SSD and 1TB configurations. However, if you require more, it can be expanded to 8TB of additional storage, the largest SSD configuration on a laptop ever. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available through Apple Authorised Resellers and will be available in India for Rs 199,900. View the full article
  10. So far we have no idea on what the PlayStation 5 will look like, but it has been confirmed that the toilet seat-like design doing the rounds of the Internet is indeed the design of the devkit. Devkits are prototypes of an upcoming console that house all the hardware developers need to know about, to develop games for the new console. In the past, production versions of the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 or any other console for that matter haven't ended up looking like their devkits. © Youtube_ZoneofTech Up until now, we've mostly seen renders of the PlayStation 5's devkit. However, an actual photo of the devkit was leaked on Twitter and YouTube. It looks almost identical to the renders we've seen so far, but that's not indicative of the actual product gamers will be able to buy next year in any way. We all know what the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation looked like but these devkits tell a different story. While they look bulky just like the PS5 devkit, the final product borrowed only a few design aspects from the devkit. Here are some images below that you can see for yourself and identify the design aspects that were borrowed for the final product. PlayStation 3 © Reddit PlayStation 4 © Reddit Similarly, the PS5 may not look exactly like the leaked devkit, but we do think that the final design may incorporate the “V” design in some way. It may be used to signify that this is the fifth PlayStation console as “V” also stands for five in the roman numerical. Interestingly, the upcoming PS5 will be compatible with older-gen games and won't come cheap. © LetsGoDigital We aren't sure when Sony will reveal the PlayStation 5 to the public as the company did not attend E3 this year. The PlayStation 4 was revealed at E3 2013, a few months before its launch and we could see something similar this year. Sony may show us the new console either on E3 next year or at their own “State of Play” event a few months before the launch of the console.
  11. When developing websites, global global trends in web design, which modernity imposes, cannot be ignored. Somewhere it may be fleeting bursts in the design of fonts or icons, and somewhere the development of technologies in the form of various sizes of devices leads developers to adapt to the changes taking place in order to remain in demand in the market of services. Most trends are dictated by events and the direction of the industry development in the previous period. After analyzing them, we have compiled a list of 10 major trends that will be relevant in the coming 2015. 1. Responsive design This moment has already become the standard of web development, as this trend is repeated from year to year and we are seeing more and more websites adapted for various screen extensions. Funds for adaptive design are also being improved. If at first it was just a rubber layout, now it is a responsive web design leadconcept(.)com/custom-website-development-services.html, a separate mobile version of the site , and an adaptation for retina display. Simplified and technical aspects in the implementation of adaptability: for example, the global platform for wordpress sites allows you to connect just one plug-in to get the finished version for mobile devices. 2. Flat design or mosaic of rectangles Flat design has firmly entered the web thanks to such global giants Microsoft, Google and Apple. But this is not just a tribute to the leaders of the industry: many had time to appreciate its lightness, simplicity, brevity and speed. Although opponents of this design also have something to say in defense of their point of view. 3. Scrolling and scrolling animation With the emergence and popularization of such types of sites as landings and longreads, pages with a long vertical scroll began to develop and means for their convenient viewing. Users are becoming more and more accustomed to scrolling down sites, rather than concentrating on the first screen. In order to make long pages as light and readable as possible, information is conveniently structured, visual accents are made on important content, smooth loading of site blocks is carried out - scrolling animation. Increasingly, on such sites scrolling is used instead of clicks as a site navigation, and the menu turns into a barely noticeable small icon. 4. Distribute web graphics It has long been proven that graphical images are perceived faster and easier by network users, which is why this type of information presentation, like infographics, has received tremendous distribution. To create it, it is not necessary to mess around in Photoshop for a long time - there are many online services that allow you to create it based on templates using simplified schemes. The second trend is web graphics - it is also aimed at a graphical presentation of information, but it also uses interactivity, which allows the user to practically interact with information. Its spread and development is what can be expected in the long term. 5. Automation layout More and more funds are emerging to make the layout process less routine and allow web designers to expand their boundaries professionally. For example, most recently the Americans announced the development of a new language - Ur / Web , which combined the capabilities of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. All web developers know such a tool for website development as Bootstrap , which allows you to use flexible settings for marking sites and simplifies working with styles. Drawn on the grid in Photoshop layouts can be turned into code without even owning it. As you can see, the tools for developing the site are increasingly automated, but this does not take away the work of programmers, but only allows you to delve into the work of the back end. 6. Graphics: subtlety, transparency, centering Now let's go directly to the elements of websites: fonts, text, links, buttons and icons. Here the trends are as follows: Thin fonts Outline Icons and Buttons Circles Big leading Text centering Non-underlined links Graphics Trends 2015 7. Large images It seems that quite recently images tried to be lighter in weight and to limit their size. But with the development of the Internet, the need for this has disappeared. Now you can find sites with a large image in the header more often. Against the background of this image, as a rule, the same centered text, transparent buttons and calls to action. As for the images themselves, the trend here is the use of professional photos to which filters are applied. For example, blur, the famous Instagram filter and toning of images. 8. Menu: hidden, as in applications and sticky Talk about trends in layout and menu image. Here in 2015, several trends are planned: Adaptation of sites to mobile devices led to the unification of menu icons, which left an imprint when designing sites for standard screen resolutions. With the development of minimalism in web design leadconcept(.)com/custom-ecommerce-website-development.html, we increasingly find the menu hidden behind certain icons. The sticky hat is another trend of 2015. When scrolling side menu disappears and for easy navigation remains sticky up. 9. Video on background Instead of large images in the header, you can increasingly see video. It is important that this video be high-quality, bright and fit to the site. It is not always appropriate to play it immediately after the page loads, it is better that the user can control this process. 10. Micro-interactions This item stems from the need to increase the conversion of sites. When the number of users in the network grows at a lower rate, and the quality standards and requirements of search engines become more and more rigid, the focus is not just to bring visitors to the site, but also to retain them and encourage them to perform a targeted action. It is here that micro-interactions appear - dialog boxes for talking with the user. However, it is also important to keep balance in mind. This is perhaps all that I would like to single out structurally, but not everything that I would like to talk about. The trends of 2015 in web design can also include parallax effect, timeline , lively blue, notification, discharge, long shadow , polygonal art , diagrams, personalization of the interface, download speed , etc.
  12. It's a known fact that stress rules our lives. We're always stressed because of work, family issues, relationships not working out or anything else minor or major under the sun. It's like stress has become an inherent part of our lifestyle and there is no way to do away with it, unless, of course, there is a proper outlet to release it. © Pintrest More often than not, physical exercise is the best way to release any latent stress that's inbuilt. It's a tried and tested way to take out one's aggression, sadness or even anxiety and most youth, on a daily basis, are more oriented towards a healthy lifestyle with adequate physical work. Sometimes though, our work hours don't permit us to engage in physical exercises, by heading to the gym or joining any other activity and we learn to cut our losses and figure out another way to release stress. © BoxFit But New York City believes that you don't really need to join a gym or a boxing class to release your stress and they've got you covered to release every ounce of aggression you may have garnered through the day. How, you ask? Well, Manhattan district of New York have installed punching bags on the road for frustrated, stressed out commuters and it's certainly doing them a world of good. dtttww public punching bag at NYCxDESIGN from designboom on Vimeo. Many times, the city noises, pollution, traffic and crowd add to our stress and make us frustrated with the slow progression of city life. If you don't have an outlet to release it, New York has given you a fair chance to do so, without feeling guilty for anything! It's a perfect venting space, and you can punch that yellow bag, without being judged, as many times as you wish! This quirky initiative was launched by the Savannah, Georgia based studio called 'donttakethisthewrongway', and it was a part of the NYCxDESIGN or the New York Design Week 2019 and it was launched as a public initiative as catharsis, to release any pent up frustration and stress. © Pintrest View this post on Instagram A design concept for the public that explores designing common spaces for the frustrations we all face. Frustrations that go beyond designed systems and happen, well, because we are human. The public punching bag offers an outlet for these emotions as a means to maybe develop a healthier way to address personal and collective issues in a public setting. (may 15 -21, 2019) #nycdesignweek A post shared by donttakethisthewrongway (@studio_dtttww) on May 16, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT Now, you may wonder why am I talking about something that's happening halfway across the world. Well, maybe because we can, through this article, ask some likeminded people to initiate this form of catharsis for us, here! With the terrible pollution and the crowd, work stress and, of course, traffic, all over our cities, we need these punching bags to make our lives and lifestyles a bit more bearable. Of course, they should be installed in places where they can't be tampered with, like near office buildings. Since not everyone can afford a gym membership or boxing classes, these yellow boxing boards can come in handy quite majorly in the metropolitan cities of India and become a haven for a healthy outlet! Worth a thought, don't you think? © Pintrest For now, I am sure most New Yorkers are practising safe stress-release, by boxing their frustrations away!
  13. In an effort "to make aviation more sustainable", KLM Airlines has revealed a new design for an aerodynamic 'Flying-V' plane. It's a radical new aeroplane design that puts passenger seats inside the plane's wings, and it could decrease the amount of fuel needed for flights by a substantial 20 percent. Electric planes too have been in the works with multiple prototypes making round-the-globe trips. But, the technology hasn't been very promising for aeroplanes because of multiple challenges. © KLM The V-Shaped design, on the other hand, was conceived by designer Justus Benad and is being further realised by a team of researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology. It's claimed the plane will use 20 percent less fuel than the Airbus A350-900 while carrying a similar number of passengers -- the Flying-V will seat 314, while the Airbus A350 seats between 300 and 350 depending on the configuration. One of the features the Flying-V will share with the A350 is an identical wingspan of 65 meters. © Reuters / Airbus A350 "Aviation is contributing about 2.5 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the industry is still growing, so we really need to look at more sustainable aeroplanes," Pieter Elbers, CEO and president of KLM, said in a statement to CNN. The plane's increased fuel efficiency is largely a result of its aerodynamic design, Vos explained, although its reduced weight also contributes. He also further added electric planes are too heavy and can't fly with hundreds of passengers over the Atlantic. The design and technology to operate an electric plane is rather inferior at the moment, and decades away. © KLM The plane also uses the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that exist, according to KLM. While the current model still uses kerosene, it can be adapted to use electric turbofans in the future. Although we'll have to wait a while to see the Flying-V in its full glory, KLM announced that a "flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October.
  14. 2019 has been an amazing year for gaming laptops. Seriously, the world of gaming laptops has never been better than this year's batch. From thinner gaming notebooks to beastly desktop-replacements, we've got everything. And as someone who has seen and even tested some of these gaming laptops personally, I've noticed that a lot of OEMs have decided to step away from “gaming aesthetics” and make laptops that have a more work-acceptable design. I was really pumped to see that. But that's when the ASUS Strix Scar II (GL504GV) showed up at my desk for review. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Oh boy! This laptop, let me tell you, screams “gaming” from every possible angle. It's got RGB lighting, a flashy ROG logo, and there are camo patches on the body. It's something a gamer, and only a gamer, would carry around. But you know what? The ASUS Strix Scar II has grown on me over course of my testing period. Not just the design, but its performance, display, etc. That's exactly what I am going to discuss in this review. Design & Build Quality The ASUS Strix Scar II weighs 2.4 kgs and measures 2.61 cms in height. So, it's certainly not a thin and light gaming laptop like the company's Zephyrus GX531, which I reviewed recently. But I am not really complaining because it packs a full mobile RTX 2060 GPU inside. Yes, it's not a Max-Q design laptop. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer But coming from a thin and gaming laptop and that too after a using some beautiful notebooks like Zephyrus GX531 and the Alienware m15, I'd say I found the boxy chassis of the Scar II a bit of a yawn. I am glad that it's got a subtle camouflage pattern and flashy RGB lighting to back an otherwise boring design. Some would say the lights are a little too much on your face and I won't argue with that. There's a light bar right in front of the touchpad, the keyboard has four-zone customizable RGB lighting and then there's a glowing ROG logo on the lid. It's definitely not a laptop which you can carry to your workplace without attracting some eyeballs. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Overall, I'd say the Scar II has a striking design and it's built like a tank. Seriously, it's a full-bore heavyweight champion with absolutely no chassis flex whatsoever. Not a lot of gaming laptops have the superior and sturdy build quality, so I'll have to say that ASUS has done a great job with this one. Display The display of the Scar II is simply stunning. It's a 15.6-inch non-glare Full HD IPS panel that takes full advantage of its 1920×1080 resolution display and 144Hz refresh rate. Regardless of whether you're watching a video or playing some games, this screen makes everything look top notch. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer It's capable of delivering a bright, vivid and smooth visual experience and it has tiny bezels. Tiny bezels on laptops are still very underrated in my opinion. Trust me, it makes a huge difference in how immersive media consumption can feel on this laptop. Just like on the Alienware m15, which also has a 144Hz panel, the Scar II's RTX 2060 is powerful enough to make use of all the extra FPS headroom while playing competitive games. Again, if you've never experienced a 144Hz display yet, then you've got to check it out. Keyboard & Touchpad As I mentioned earlier, Scar II's keyboard has RGB backlit keys with plenty of customisation options. Not just that, it's great to type on. In fact, I'd say this is one of the best laptop keyboards I've used in a while and it literally took me just a couple of keystrokes to realise that. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The keys on this full-sized keyboard offer great travel and sharp key presses. The keyboard deck also has dedicated volume control, mute, and “Gaming Center” keys on top above the function key row. I am happy that ASUS decided to go with a traditional keyboard deck layout, instead of going with the one found on the Zephyrus GX531. It wasn't my favorite keyboard to use, to be honest. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer As for the touchpad, well, there's not much to complain about it either. It's a decent-sized touchpad that uses Windows precision drivers, so it's just about what you'd expect from a premium gaming laptop in 2019. It also has individual left and right click buttons, which is always good to see. As a gamer, you'll mostly be using an external mouse of a controller to play games, but it's still a very touchpad that works as intended when you need it. Ports © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Most of the ports on this laptop are located on the left-hand side, but you do get a good mix of all the essential ports. You get an HDMI 2.0 output, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, a USB Type C port, an SD card reader, two USB 3.1 Gen port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Performance & Thermals The ASUS Strix Scar II packs an Intel i7-8750H clocked at 2.2 GHz coupled with 16GB of 2666MHz RAM and Nvidia's new RTX 2060 GPU. Nvidia's new RTX series of GPUs, as we all know, are very much capable of delivering solid performance. And in Scar II's case too, it's exactly what you'd expect. You'll easily get over 60 FPS in most of the modern AAA titles even while running on max graphics settings. However, you'll have to make do with the fans that kick in as soon as you boot up a game. The fans, mind you, get very loud, so much so that it gets annoying to listen to in-game audio via the built-in speakers. I highly recommend you grab a pair of headphones. But the fans do keep the laptop cool, so there's hardly anything to complain about. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Both while playing games or running benchmarks, the temperature remained well under 80-degrees. Having used some thin and light gaming laptops before reviewing this, it was quite refreshing to play games on a laptop without having to worry about temperature spikes. BTW, I was on 'Balanced' mode throughout the testing period, because that's what most people will be using the most. Overall, I'd say ASUS has done a great job of taking care of thermals on the Scar II. As for the performance, I'd say I was very much satisfied with the FPS I was able to get. The first title that I happen to install on this laptop was Bethesda's new Rage 2. It's a fun game with lots of guns and shooting, which means it was a perfect testing ground for me. I set my graphics settings to 'Ultra' and saw frame rates between 59-72 FPS. I am pretty sure if you whack down the settings a bit, you'll easily be looking at frames above 100. That's quite impressive for a new title like Rage 2. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Another new game that I played on this laptop was 'A Plague Tale: Innocence', which to my surprise was a visual treat. Again, I set everything to 'Max' settings and I was able to get as high as 75FPS in an open forest scene where there are a lot of entities to render. Similarly, other demanding titles like Battlefield V and Far Cry: New Dawn produced a lovely smooth range of 55-75 FPS on Highest settings. Also, did I tell you how awesome it was online multiplayer titles like Apex Legends and Fortnite on a 144Hz panel? Pure bliss! Oh yes, I also ran a couple of standard benchmark tools like 3DMark and PCMark 10, and you can check out those results along with a detailed FPS graph below - Battery Life The Scar II is putting itself as a 'gaming-first' laptop, so I am guessing ASUS is expecting you carry the charger around all the time. You'll obviously be plugged in while playing games for the best results. Pull the charger out, and you'll be good for around four hours before the laptop puts itself to sleep and wait for the charger to be connected. That, I'd say is not bad considering the fact that it's running a full-sized mobile GPU instead of the Max-Q variant. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The Final Say So, the ASUS Strix Scar II - Is it worth the asking price of Rs. 1,64,990? Hell yes! It's hands down one of the best gaming laptops you can get in this price range. Flashy RGB lights aside, it's built like a tank and it can run even the modern AAA titles with solid frame rates, thanks to the powerful RTX 2060 GPU. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer This, however, isn't really thin and gaming notebook. So, if you're on looking that then I'd say you check out ASUS' own Zephyrus S notebook which has a Max-Q design. But if all you want is a machine that's capable of playing games at respectably high frame rates then the Strix Scar II is the way to go. Trust me, you won't regret it!
  15. HMD Global has put up some great numbers on board in the last two years. In a market that's as saturated as it is today, selling as many as over 70 million phones is no easy feat. But I'd say HMD has done a phenomenal job of reviving the Nokia brand and offering phones sprinkled with memories of Nokia brand. In India, Nokia is currently selling over 10 Android phones. From Nokia 1 to Nokia 8, the company has a lot on offer, and there's definitely something for everyone. But there hasn't been a Nokia 4 before. Yes, there's Nokia 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8, but no 4. Well, that's changing now with the launch of the new Nokia 4.2. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer That's right, Nokia has finally decided to fill the gap between the Nokia 3 and 5 with the new Nokia 4.2. It's an entry-level budget phone that starts at Rs. 10,990. But does it makes a decent fist of its pricing? Well, let's find out. Design & Display As soon as you pick up the Nokia 4.2 and hold it in your hands for the first time, you'll quickly realize that it's not that different from other Nokia phones with an all-glass design. That, however, is not a bad thing at all. I am a huge fan of Nokia phones, especially, the design. They all look very premium and give other phones in the same price segment a run for their money. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Nokia 4.2 also manages to impress with its sleek design. I'd say the phone is a bit curvier than other Nokia phones that I've used in the past, but it's a joy to hold it in one hand. It sports 2.5D glass on both the front as well as the back. It literally feels like you're holding a premium phone in your hand. Seriously, it's that good. At the back, you get the dual camera sensors along with an LED flash and a fingerprint scanner. The Nokia branding is accompanied by the subtle 'Android One' mark, which is always a good sight. The Android One branding is quite subtle on the Black variant which I've been using since the past few days. I am sure the 'Pink Sand' variant of the phone looks equally premium. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Nokia 4.2 comes with a micro USB port for charging and data syncing, and you also get a 3.5mm headphone jack for charging and data syncing. Interestingly, the phone also has a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left along with the standard power button and the volume rockers. Oh BTW, the power button lights up whenever you get a new notification. That's cool, I guess? The front of the phone is dominated by the 5.71” HD+ LCD panel. It's got a teardrop notch, but it's not entirely a bezel-less display. There's a thin black bezel running on both sides and the top, and the bottom, as always, has a thick chin with the Nokia branding. Like, I said, the phone is very similar to most other Nokia phones from the front. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The display gets adequately bright outdoors, and it shows nice and punchy colors. It's obviously not winning any awards for being the best in the business, but I did enjoy watching videos and playing some casual games on it. So, I think any casual user will be more than satisfied with the display. Overall, I'd say the Nokia 4.2 scores good marks when it comes to the design. It looks very similar to other Nokia phones on the market, which means the Nokia 4.2 makes other budget phones look downright ugly. Seriously, if you hand over this phone to someone and ask them to guess it's price, you'll be surprised. Trust me, I've done it. Cameras As for the optics, the Nokia 4.2 sports a 13MP f/2.2 sensor along with a 2MP f/2.2 secondary sensor at the back. And on the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter. The UI, again, is very much similar to what we've from Nokia in the past. There are a bunch of shooting modes like Auto, Pro, Bokeh, Panorama, etc. You can also use Google Lens from right within the camera app, which is great. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer During my usage, I sadly found the cameras on the Nokia 4.2 to be below average. Or maybe just average at best. First of all, there's a huge shutter lag while taking pictures, which is not something I've experienced in budget phones for quite some time now. I am not sure if it'll be fixed via an update, but it's not looking good at this point. Nokia 4.2 takes decent-looking images during the day with enough light, but things start falling apart when you start shooting at night. There's a ton of noise in the images and the shutter lag only gets worse at night. Even the bokeh mode is a hit or miss. I'd say Nokia still needs to work on the cameras on its budget phone, but I'll let you check out the samples and be the judge - Performance Well, this is the part that keeps reminding me that I am not dealing with a premium/ flagship phone. For its processor, Nokia has gone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, which is a 1.9Ghz octa-core chipset. Using the Nokia 4.2 was my first time checking out this processor, and so I was open to surprises. Spoiler alert: I wasn't. © MensXP Nokia 4.2's performance is just about what you'd expect from an entry-level phone that's powered by a Snapdragon 400 series chipset. The Nokia 4.2 variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and you can add more storage through an SD card, but that's just asking for more money to be spent. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer During my testing, the Nokia 4.2 managed to push through the day-to-day tasks with ease. I didn't face any issues while doing things like browsing through social media, web-browsing, etc. However, when you start doing some resource-intensive tasks like editing photos for social media on apps like Snapseed or play some games like PUBG Mobile, the chipset will start showing it's true colors. Yes, I do understand that's it's an entry-level phone, so it can't really handle all those tasks well. However, it's tough to let it slide when there are other phones in the market that cost just about the same and can do pretty much anything you throw at them. © MensXP I am glad that this phone, just like every other Nokia Android phone, comes with a pure stock version of Android. You get Android 9 Pie and you're guaranteed to get major Android updates for two years, and security updates for three. Yes, all thanks to the Android One program. Overall, I'd say the Nokia 4.2 is a decent performer. It's not exactly a snappy experience, but the casual users will find plenty to like here. That being said, it's not really acceptable considering the fact that there are other phones that offer a far more superior performance in or around the same price. Battery Life © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Nokia 4.2 packs a 3,000 mAh battery. Does that last long enough? Well, that will completely depend on your usage, but I can say that it'll last you through an entire day without any issues. On days with heavy usage, I used to get around 3 - 3.5 hours of screen-on-time, whereas on days with light or moderate usage, you can expect it to last for over 4 hours. I found the phone's standby time, in particular, to be very impressive. When you run out of juice, you can charge the phone from 0 to 100 percent in just over 2.5 hours. The Final Say Nokia 4.2 is one of those rare budget phones that feels pricier than it actually is. It's a really good phone that comes with a stylish design and a clean Android interface. It's not going to blow you away with its performance or by taking breathtaking pictures, but it'll definitely get the job done. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer HMD Global will be selling the Nokia 4.2 in India at a starting price of Rs 10,990 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage varaint. The Nokia 4.2 is competing with the likes of Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2, etc. and it's a tough competition there. Even if you're hell-bent on buying a Nokia phone, then you can pick up something like, say, the Nokia 6.1 or even the Nokia 5.1, both of which are great devices around the same price point. Yes, there are a ton of devices in this price bracket, so we suggest you choose wisely.
  16. 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.
  17. I've been planning to buy a car since the past couple of months. And that's ensued a series of events – browsing through different car models, comparing them, booking test drives and flipping through my bank account to make sure the budget is intact. Every time I mentioned I'm buying a car, even the person eavesdropping on my conversation would leave the pretense and add his input to it. On a normal day, I ignore this extra flow of information, but today I heard the best news – a car designed specifically for design and style seekers is going to hit the Indian markets. If you are into cars or have spent the last couple of months learning all about them like me you'd have heard about the Seoul, Korea based automobile giant Kia Motors. After making a great impact in Global markets, their next destination is India. They've recently announced their launch and their estimated time of arrival on the Indian roads have been pegged in the later half of 2019. Kia Buzz If you're still not jumping up and down with excitement at this news, let me break down the good, the very good and the most exciting elements of the Kia cars. When it comes to design and style, no one quite does it like them. They believe small things make a big difference and since 2006, Kia has primarily focused on its design and has got the best names on board for the same. Kia's globally renowned Design team & state of the art design centers have given Kia a distinct design identity in the international market with their iconic grille design, also known as the Tiger Nose. With Kia it's always about the unique design and they are here. These are some Kia models that have been global trendsetters. Kia Sportage Built for life's adventures, the Sportage is a modern compact crossover with distinguished exteriors. It stands out with its sweeping curves, sleek lines and contemporary features. Its dynamic and unconventional styling is designed for the bold. It flaunts the trademark KIA Tiger Nose grille with elegant side contours, prominent wheel arches, coupe-like roof and extended wheelbase. The front exterior boasts of elongated headlights that sweep gracefully in the body and quad LED fog lights. The Sportage promises to take you on an unforgettable journey. Kia Stinger Centennial Auto Group The Stinger took the centre stage in 2018, where it stole the spotlight from American auto companies and made its debut. Stinger is a premium performance car, something that was a big surprise from the Kia brand. It is also something typical of the Kia personality – a car that only Kia can do. The Stinger is an explosion and not just in the way it looks. It's a smooth drive all the way. It channels the spirit of the gran turismos of the 1970s with its level of elegance and athleticism. The design team has placed a strong emphasis on the balance and proportions of the body. Kia Stinger has won numerous designs & performance awards globally since the launch like The Red Dot designs awards in 2018 and best performance car of the year UK 2018. Kia ProCeed The Kia ProCeed is one of their Ceed variants with a stylish body. The most striking element of the ProCeed body is its design detail on the coupe-like roofline that gives it a more rounded silhouette. It has a more aggressive exterior along with an equally powerful interior working engine that includes a 1.4 liter turbo-four and a 1.6 liter turbodiesel I-4, both of which can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Kia ProCeed also comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Another notable aspect is their triple win at the Red Dot Awards for the three Ceed variants - The five-door Kia Ceed hatchback and Kia Sportswagon models, and the new Kia ProCeed five-door shooting brake. With the new entrants in the Indian market, I for sure am ready to wait out my purchase to lay my hands on the premium Kia models.
  18. 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
  19. Samsung and Huawei have both announced their iterations of a folding smartphone but differ from each other in design — from the ground up. The two companies showed off the foldable smartphones a few days apart from each other, however, Huawei's CEO of mobile business just took a dig at Samsung. Talking to Business Insider, Richard Yu said that Huawei had originally developed a folding smartphone similar to the Galaxy Fold. However, the Chinese company decided to kill the smartphone because the design was "not good.” “I feel having two screens, a front screen and a back screen makes the phone too heavy," Richard Yu said about the Galaxy Fold, speaking to Business Insider. Huawei's Mate X is fundamentally different from Samsung's offering as a foldable smartphone. It has a single flexible display that folds and unfolds to become a smartphone or a tablet. Samsung's Galaxy Fold has a dedicated screen on the front of the device and separate larger screen to turn it into a tablet. However, Huawei's Mate X is quite slimmer than the Galaxy Fold which makes a bit more practical as it can fit easily in a pocket. Having said that, some also believe that Mate X is more susceptible to scratches as it is more delicate when compared to the Galaxy Fold. Both the folding smartphones cost a lot of money as the Mate X costs a staggering €2,299 ($2,600) while the Galaxy Fold costs €2,000 ($1,980). As of now, both smartphones only appeal to early adopters who are willing to spend money on the latest piece of tech.
  20. OnePlus 7 is expected to launch in a few months if we take the company's recent product launch cycle into consideration. The OP 7T is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2019 and it seems like the company is about to adopt a brave new design for OnePlus smartphones. We've seen something similar with the OPPO Find X before and it seems like OnePlus may implement something similar. © Twitter It may seem too soon for a OnePlus leak; however a previous leak suggests the same design choice when an image leaked a concept phone in a protective case. OnePlus 7 Leaked#oneplus7 #OnePlus pic.twitter.com/Rb8SzTm8Ix — ä¸æ³æµç§°ä¹å«å°è (@Steven_Sbw) February 13, 2019 The leak came from a twitter account that has no previous record of accurate rumours and cannot be verified at the moment. The account does not explain the origin of the image, which makes the leak a bit sceptical. The image in the tweet, however, is in line with a previous leak where the device does not have a notch or even a punch-hole selfie camera. This implies that the smartphone may use a sliding mechanism similar to what you have seen on the OPPO Find X. OPPO, Vivo and OnePlus are owned by the same holding company i.e. BBK Electronics which makes this claim a bit plausible. Vivo and OPPO both launched a smartphone with a sliding mechanism or a pop-out camera last year. So it doesn't seem far-fetched that OnePlus may borrow the same design from its sister companies. What remains to be seen is the durability of a sliding mechanism and phones in the past have been known to wear down with use. It's a problem with any smartphone that has moving parts which make this a brave design choice for OnePlus if this rumour is to be believed. © Twitter From the image above we can see clearly that the device has a noticeable bezel possibly because of the sliding mechanism. It seems to be thicker than the rest of the phone which is very reminiscent of the OPPO Find X. Since this is a rumour based on an unverified tweet, the picture cannot be corroborated at the moment. We will know more about the smartphone closer to its launch but for now, this leak should be met with scepticism.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Huawei has been teasing the Y9 launch for a few weeks and after a couple of delays, it has finally made it to India. The phone is among the first ones to be launched this year and with intensifying competition, Huawei wants to stay on the cutting edge. The Huawei Y9 is the latest addition to an elaborate line-up of smartphones from the Chinese giant, also the first Y-series smartphone to launch in India. The midrange Huawei phone has been official outside of India for a few months now and shall be exclusively available via Amazon in the country. © Huawei The main highlight of the phone is its design. The brand has brought down its P20 Pro's design language, and the Y9 has an eerily similar look. Even the rear camera setup is identical in position and the glass back gives it an uber-premium look. It features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution along with a tiny notch on the top. The display has a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Powering the device is a Huawei octa-core Kirin 710 12nm processor coupled with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU for graphics. © Huawei Huawei Y9 comes in two variants, the first one has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the second one has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. But only the 64GB variant is coming to India. Both options are supporting expandable storage via a microSD card. The back of the phone sports a 16-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front of the smartphone also has a dual camera system consisting of a 13+2-megapixel setup. For authentication, it has a fingerprint scanner on the back and also runs Face Unlock. © Huawei Like every Huawei phone, it runs on EMUI 9 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that supports fast charging via a micro-USB port. The starting variant with 64GB internal storage is priced at Rs 15,999. The phone goes on sale starting from 15th January in Midnight Black, Blue Swarovski, and Aurora Purple colour on Amazon exclusively.
  24. Sony has established a name for itself and has already tried its luck with every type of speaker. Whether they're big, small, gesture-activated, or flashy, Sony's covered everything. Now that you've covered almost every type of possible challenge, what's next? For Sony, it's party and chill, literally. The company has launched a new speaker at CES 2019 and it's perfect for outdoor parties. The GTK-PG10 is high on power and comes with a dedicated outdoor party mode. But, the most interesting aspect of the speaker is its design. © Sony / GTK-PG10 The speaker has foldable top panels that house the tweeters along with four cupholders to fit Solo cups in while you get your dance on. It features a built-in battery and is rated to offer up to 13 hours on a single charge. The built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) can adapt to the outward-facing design and adjust the output accordingly. It also features an FM tuner and support for Sony's Fiestable Android app. Among other things, the party speaker also has a microphone input for karaoke and a charger for recharging mobile devices. The GTK-PG10 is priced at US$ 249 (Rs 17,500). © Sony / GTK-PG10 On the flashy side, Sony launched the XB32 that is supposed to be a midrange speaker. It has an IP67 rating, washable fabric, and dust/shock resistance. However, this model has longer battery life of up to 24 hours per charge, as well as support for charging USB devices. The XB32 is also Fiestable compatible with colours and motion control. It also has an inbuilt strobe light just for the fun of it. The speaker is priced at US$ 150 (Rs 10,500). © Sony / XB32 Sony also launched a small fist-sized speaker XB12, currently the most inexpensive of company's new speaker lineup, priced at US$ 60 (Rs 4,200). It has a cylindrical design and IP67 water- and dust-resistant rating. Sony says the speaker is also "completely party-proof". In addition to the portable party speaker, Sony has announced refreshed versions of its Extra Boom Bluetooth speaker lineup, including the XB72 and XB22. Sony has not confirmed exact availability but has stated all three XB models will hit store shelves sometime in the Spring.
  25. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have already made it to the list of biggest newsmakers of 2018 for the kind of love that the couple share, one that they don't shy away from overtly expressing either. © Viral Bhayani We have witnessed Ranveer Singh up the ante with his every romantic gesture for his lady love, and the two don't seem to be calling quits on their PDA anytime soon either (Psst..check out Deepika comment on Ranveer's latest Instagram post). © YouTube While Ranveer has always found a way of making Deepika feel utterly special, the man outdid himself when he specifically requested for a custom mehendi design for his wedding ceremony. For those of you who may not have known/noticed, Ranveer was seen sporting a diya with three stars, and Deepika's name written in Devnagari for his mehendi design. © Viral Bhayani Now, if latest reports are to be believed, Ranveer put in a lot of thought behind choosing this specific design. It is believed the diya signifies Deepika, while the three stars around it symbolise her mom, dad and sister. That was such as cool and thoughtful thing to do for your bride and her family! We are pretty sure this gesture must have surely gotten Ranveer some added brownie points from his wife and in-laws. We suppose it wouldn't be wrong to call him Jamai No. 1 of B-town, would it?
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