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  1. We're only a couple of weeks into 2021 and we're just getting started with the new smartphone releases. Looks like Xiaomi is planning to kick this off very soon. The company is apparently planning on launching the new Redmi Note 10 series and the Mi 11 series in India. This info was shared by the noted industry insider Ishan Agarwal. According to him, the Redmi Note 10 series prices in India will be pretty aggressive. As for the Mi 11 series, it looks like we'll be getting two devices i.e. the Mi 11 and the Mi 11 Lite. © YouTube/Marques Brownlee The Mi 11 is said to come in Gray and Blue color options and will come in 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB configurations. The Mi 11 Lite, on the other hand, will be 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. The Mi 11 Lite will come in Pink, Black, and Blue hues. This is all the new info have and we're still waiting to hear some confirmation on the release date. Moving on to the Redmi Note 10 series, it looks like Xiaomi is planning to bring both the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro to India. Both the regular and the Pro models are expected to be priced aggressively due to the serious competition in this market. Certifications have revealed that both the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro will come in 4G and 5G variants. The Redmi Note 10 is rumored to come with a 120Hz display, Snapdragon 732G SoC, Android 11-based MIUI 12, 64MP primary camera, and more. © YouTube/Marques Brownlee Both phones are certainly going to be very exciting and it'll be interesting to see what they bring to the table. We're also waiting to see what other manufacturers like Realme will launch in 2021. Realme usually goes hard when it comes to smartphone releases, so we know for a fact that the affordable smartphone market is going to have a ton of options this year too. We'll definitely have more to talk about all these new phones when they're officially out. So stay tuned for more info on them. Source: 91Mobiles View the full article
  2. Samsung started rolling out the One UI 3.0 update in the US over a month ago for its flagship phones. The update first started arriving for the Note 20 series and the S20 FE. The same update is now rolling out in other parts of the world including India. Both the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20 FE are now getting the One UI 3.0 update that's based on Android 11 in India. According to Android Central, the devices have already started getting the update, so we highly recommend you check for an update manually even if there isn't a pop-up. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You can go to Settings -> Software update -> Download and install to start manually downloading the stable One UI 3.0 release. One UI 3.0 is a pretty good upgrade and Samsung seems to have done a great job with the build. In addition to these phones, other Samsung devices like the Note 10 series, the S10, S10+, and S10 Lite, and the A-Series phones should also receiving the update soon. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is one of our favorite phones of the year and we think the update will only make it better. The same is the case with the Note 20 Ultra as well. You can check out our review of the Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to learn more about these devices. Source: Android Central View the full article
  3. Samsung confirmed today that its latest Galaxy flagship smartphone will launch next week on January 14th at 8:30 PM IST. The Galaxy Unpacked event will be Samsung’s first major announcement of the year and will take place on the last day of CES. © LetsGoDigital “Over the past year, mobile technology has taken centre stage in everyday life as people are working remotely and spending more time at home,” Samsung’s invitation reads. “The accelerated transition to a mobile-first world brings with it the need for devices that can transform everyday life into an extraordinary experience.” Much like before any event, a lot of information on the upcoming smartphone has already leaked such as features, the design and what we can expect from the smartphone. Samsung has not officially detailed which smartphones are expected to launch, however, it’s all but certain that Samsung will be announced the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra. The company is also expected to announce a new pair of Galaxy Buds and possible a tracker much like the Tile products. © Github While we can expect the usual slew of information about the phone unveiling next week, one particular leak has been rather persistent. It seems like the company will be bringing stylus support to at least one of the models where the device will be able to function similarly to the Galaxy Note series. Samsung is also expected to push “more accessible” foldable smartphones in 2021 and we could expect the company to announce something along those lines at the event. The new range of foldable phones is also expected to have support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus as it was the only missing feature needed for the company’s foldable lineup. Samsung smartphone chief TM Roh has already discussed the possibility openly and we should know more once the event kicks off next week. © LetsGoDigital To know more about the Galaxy S21, check out all of the previous rumours here. View the full article
  4. Samsung is usually among the first manufacturers to launch a new flagship phone every year and 2021 is going to be no different. Although we don't have official confirmation yet, it looks like the company is indeed planning to launch its new flagships under the Galaxy S series line up next month. A leak coming from a reliable source has mentioned January 14 as the launch date for the Galaxy S21 series. It's definitely earlier than usual, but it looks like it's finally happening. Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Invite! The Next Galaxy is coming on January 14. The Live stream will start through Samsung's Official Website at 3PM GMT / 8:30PM IST Excited for the #GalaxyS21 Series? #GalaxyUnpacked #UNPACKED2021 Please credit & link for more: https://t.co/DWl1WBWaDd pic.twitter.com/KJ0YlVVpdD — Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) December 30, 2020 According to the leaked invite, the Galaxy S21 series should be officially launched on January 14 at 3 PM GMT or 8:30 PM IST. If the leaks are something to go by, then it looks like we'll be getting three new devices this year under the Galaxy S series. View the full article
  5. Xiaomi has officially launched the new Mi 11 smartphone in China. It comes with a new design and upgraded specs and it gives a good look at what to expect from high-end flagship phones in 2021. On the front, it sports a 6.81-inch display with support for up to 120Hz refresh rate. What's more interesting is that it has a resolution of 3200x1440 and it's an AMOLED panel too. On paper, it sounds like one of the best smartphone displays, so we can't wait to check it out in person. © Xiaomi The Mi 11 is powered by the new Snapdragon 888 SoC and comes with up to 12GB RAM. As you'd expect, the Mi 11 supports Wifi 6 and 5G. But sadly, the phone will not come with a charger in the box. This was already confirmed by the CEO Lei Jun, so we're not entirely surprised. In terms of the optics, the Mi 11 sports a triple camera setup at the back which includes a 108-megapixel main sensor, a five-megapixel telephoto, and a 13 megapixel ultra-wide. It'll be interesting to see how the camera performs. Lastly, it's also worth pointing out that the Mi 11 supports faster 50W wireless charging for its 4,600 mAh battery. The Chinese version of the phone is available for pre-order today and it starts shipping on January 1. The base model of the Mi 11 is priced at 3,999 Yuan which roughly translates to around Rs 45,000. We don't know the pricing of the other versions, but we're sure they'll be adjusted when it arrives in other markets. Overall, the Mi 11 looks like a very promising phone and we can't wait to check it out. As of now, there's no info about its arrival in India, so we'll just have to wait for more info. In the meantime, you can check out the Mi 10T Pro that was launched not too long ago in India. View the full article
  6. Qualcomm is all set to launch their latest flagship processor for Android devices next year and it seems like it won’t be the fastest processor in the market. In fact, new benchmarks reveal that the Snapdragon 888 processor that will debut in flagship phones from next year can even beat Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset from 2019. Apple has already launched its new A14 Bionic chipset for the iPhone 12 Series which is currently the fastest chipset in the market. However, as revealed by renowned website Anandtech , it seems like Qualcomm has a major hurdle in front of them. © Qualcomm Anandtech reports: “Today Qualcomm is disclosing a set of benchmark results for their new Snapdragon 888 SoC that's set to power next year's flagship Android devices. Usually, as in years past, we would have had opportunities to benchmark Qualcomm's reference designs ourselves during the chipset launch event, or a few weeks later during CES. However, due to obvious circumstances, this wasn't possible this year As an alternative, Qualcomm is instead sharing with the press a set of benchmark results from their new Snapdragon 888 reference design phone. Usually, the point of having the press benchmark the devices themselves is that it adds independent verification of the benchmark scores. This time around we'll have to make a little leap of faith in the accuracy of Qualcomm's numbers – of course, we still pretty much expect the figures to be accurate and be reproduced in commercial devices.” © Anandtech From the graph, we can see the Snapdragon 888 is faster than its predecessor the S865 and 865+ chipset that can be found in smartphones like the OnePlus 8 Series, Xiaomi Mi 10 and other smartphones. However, from the benchmark results released by Qualcomm themselves, one can see that it doesn’t even beat either the A13 or A14 in benchmark scores. © unsplash If you are a gamer, the GPU benchmarks also work in favour of Apple. Qualcomm’s GFXBench Aztec scores revealed that the Snapdragon 888 chipset is slower than Apple’s budget-friendly phone the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE Als uses the A13 Bionic chipset where the report notes Apple as a clear winner in terms of peak performance. However, for sustained performance, the website notes it will depend on the chip’s power consumption which could lead to the Snapdragon 888 surpass Apple’s A14 chipset. Source: Anandtech View the full article
  7. 2020 is about to come to an end and even though COVID-19 ruined it for us, it did not stop smartphone companies from launching smartphones all year long. We’ve seen quite a few smartphone launches in India this past year, however only a few of them qualify as “flagships.” We decided to compile a list of all the best flagship phones you should consider buying if you are looking to upgrade your smartphone soon: 1. iPhone 12 Pro © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro is a testament to what smartphones can do when it comes to photography. Apple managed to deliver a smartphone that comes with everything you need in a smartphone. It’s got the best display on a smartphone ever, great premium design and a very powerful chipset. The iPhone 12 Pro is also a dream to shoot pictures with, thanks to the triple-camera setup and the LiDAR sensor. The smartphone is also capable of capturing incredible videos that can give action cameras such as the GoPro a run for its money. It is also the fastest and most powerful smartphone in the market right now, thanks to the new A14 Bionic chipset that puts every Android smartphone to shame. If you want to know more about the iPhone 12 Pro in detail; check out our full review here. 2. OnePlus 8 Pro © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla OnePlus has been consistently delivering great Android smartphones and this year was no exception. However, this year the company managed to up the ante by bringing features we’ve all wanted for years. For starters, it is the first OnePlus device that supports wireless charging and has an IP rating of 68. The OnePlus 8 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset and runs Oxygen OS11 based on Android 11. It is by far one of the smoothest Android smartphones you will use this year and is incredibly powerful for mobile gaming as well. If you want to know more about the OnePlus 8 Pro in detail, check out our full review here. 3. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is yet another great smartphone to consider if you want a capable Android device that can take great pictures. The Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a gorgeous WQHD+ AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 120Hz. With its 108MP primary camera and a periscope sensor that supports up to 100x zoom, your photography needs will be taken care of. Samsung has also introduced some nifty features with the One UI 2.0 update and is our second-favourite Android skin to use. If you want to know more about the Galaxy S20 Ultra in detail, check out our full review here. 4. Xiaomi Mi 10 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi caught everyone's attention this year with their very own flagship device i.e. the Mi 10. In fact, it is a great alternative to the OnePlus 8 Pro thanks to its superior photography capabilities. It is nearly identical to the OnePlus 8 Pro in terms of specs but offers better camera performance than the competition. The Mi 10 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset and has a 1080 x 2340 pixels display with 90Hz refresh rate. It even supports fast wireless charging but lacks an official IP rating to keep the cost of the phone lower than the competition. If you want to know more about the Xiaomi Mi 10 in detail, check out our full review here. 5. iPhone 12 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 is yet another flagship device to consider if you aren’t willing to pay the premium for the ‘Pro’ models for a few extra features. The iPhone 12 has almost the same specs as its pro brethren and offers everything you need from a phone. Its photography capabilities are still better than almost every Android smartphone on this list. The iPhone 12 is also more powerful and faster than any other device on this list barring the ‘iPhone 12 Pro’ as it is powered by Apple’s latest 5nm A14 Bionic chipset. The iPhone 12 is a great smartphone to consider if you like to game, take pictures and want other premium features such as wireless charging. If you want to know more about the iPhone 12 in detail, check out our full review here. View the full article
  8. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 is now official and it delivers some great improvements over the existing flagship SoC. We can expect a host of high-end phones to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 next year and beyond. That being said, we already a lot of phones that are confirmed to come out with the new processor. List of manufacturers confirmed to launch a phone with Snapdragon 8888 - View the full article
  9. Qualcomm is probably the only name that comes to most people's minds when it comes to mobile chipsets. They're the best in the game when it comes to SoC and they just announced a new flagship mobile chipset. It's called the Snapdragon 888 and it'll be the one powering major Android flagship phones in 2021. The new Snapdragon 888 is the successor to the Snapdragon 865, so it'll be bringing some meaningful upgrades to the table. Sadly, Qualcomm hasn't released much about the processor yet but we'll learn more about it next week. View the full article
  10. The iPhone 12 Pro is easily one of the best smartphones ever made by Apple and it can be attributed to several features on the phone. From its design to camera capabilities, the iPhone 12 Pro truly is a flagship phone in every sense even when considering the competition. We decided to pick out all the top features we love on the iPhone 12 Pro that makes it one of the best phones to buy in 2020: 1. Premium Design © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There’s no other phone out there that truly feels like a luxurious premium phone like the iPhone 12 Pro. With its brushed glass back, the stainless steel frame and the squared-off design make it one of the most unique smartphones in the market. When you are holding the phone in your hand it feels like a cold piece of steel instead of a frail smartphone that could break at any moment. It is by far the only smartphone that truly redefines smartphone design with clever usage of materials and an overall plush look. 2. Ceramic Shield © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We’ve tested all of the iPhone 12 smartphones without a tempered glass and were astonished to see the durability of the screens on every phone. The iPhone 12 Series comes with an additional coating of protection which Apple calls ‘Ceramic Shield’. Apple has embedded ceramic crystals that make the screen four times more durable than ordinary glass screens on smartphones. We drop tested all four smartphones from waist level and all four devices were unscathed. The Ceramic Shield doesn’t necessarily prevent scratches but it does add an additional layer of durability that wasn’t present before. 3. Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The display on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are among the best we’ve seen on smartphones yet. It even won DisplayMate’s award for the best display on a smartphone and broke 11 records in the process. Video, photos and games look gorgeous where colours are vibrant, thanks to the highly accurate contrast ratio. 4. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro smartphones are truly meant for users who want the absolute best when it comes to mobile photography. The iPhone 12 Pro is particularly awesome at capturing images in low light and thanks to the wider f/1.6 aperture, the iPhone 12 Pro is easily one of the best smartphones to use for night photography. We’ve managed to capture some incredible images at night during Diwali. Having said that, the new LiDAR sensor also aids in taking faster and more accurate images in low-light. Thanks to the new sensor, users can now capture Portrait images in the dark with more accuracy and have a faster camera running in darker environments. The LiDAR sensor truly does take Night Mode capabilities to the next level, thanks to which we can now use it in the ultra-wide mode as well. Check out our gallery from our reviews to know more about how good the cameras can be on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. 5. A14 Bionic © Apple Apple made the world’s first 5nm SoC in the form of A14 Bionic which is currently the most powerful chipset in the world. Not only is the chipset more powerful, but it is also the fastest and most efficient in its class. Geekbench 5 results are more than impressive and in real-world usage, the iPhone 12 Pro is easily one of the fastest phones we’ve ever used. It can run games like Genshin Impact, Samurai Jack and online multiplayer games at 60 frames per second without any dips or stuttering problems. The phone can also edit and transcode 4K videos without using too much power or by draining battery life. Even with heavy usage, the iPhone 12 Pro manages to last 14- 15 hours on a single charge. 6. MagSafe Charging © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla One of our favourite features on all of the iPhone 12 smartphones is the ability to attach MagSafe accessories. From cases to wireless chargers to even a leather wallet, Apple has truly expanded the use of accessories in its ecosystem. You can attach a MagSafe case or a leather wallet to the back of the phone without having to worry about it falling off. Each time you attach a MagSafe accessory, the iPhone 12 makes a sound and displays an animation. Similarly, using magnets also removes the problem of not having wireless chargers properly align with the coils in the phone. The MagSafe seamlessly attaches to the back of the phone and charges it using Qi wireless technology. Since the MagSafe charger attaches to the back of the phone, you can use your iPhone normally while having it charge wirelessly as well which is not the case with other wireless chargers. View the full article
  11. What makes a smartphone great? Is it the performance? Its build quality or it's the ability to take incredible pictures? Usually, you would settle for one of these features but what if I told you can get all of them in one phone that doesn't cost a lot? Don't believe me? The Pixel 4a is here to prove you wrong. We've been using the phone for a week to play some casual games, browse the Internet and click photos; a lot of photos. It was by far our favourite thing to do with the Pixel 4a and here's what we think about the recently launched smartphone. Design And Display When you look at the Pixel 4a, you won't find any flashy design or a glossy back that most smartphones have started to adopt in 2020. Instead, you will find a design that looks like it came out of the German art school 'Bauhaus'. The bezels have been slimmed down considerably, the camera sensor is on the top right corner and it's got that polycarbonate finish that hides smudge and fingerprints. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 4a is not particularly big as compared to any recent smartphone launched in the past three years and only comes in black. The phone measures around 5.7 (h) by 2.7 (w) by 0.3 inches (d) which makes it one the smallest and thinnest smartphones of the year. The smartphone can fit in almost every hand and feels kind of cute to operate. The back of the phone borrows the design from the Pixel 4 including the square camera module. However, it only houses one sensor. There's also a fingerprint sensor at the back that lands perfectly on your index finger when using the smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The smartphone also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging. The left side of the phone has a distinct mint colour power button and the volume rocker. The design is quite standard here apart from the fact that it doesn't have any water and dust resistance. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 4a has a 5.81-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,340 by 1,080 pixels and 443ppi density. The display is easy to use in closed environments; however, the brightness could be better as it gets particularly hard to read the text under sunlight. We also noticed some issues with the auto-brightness feature as some of the shifts were too aggressive and not appropriate to the environment we were in. We instead chose to use the brightness slider manually. The display on the Pixel 4a is decent overall; however, we did notice a slight blue hue and colour than what we're used to with OLED displays in general. Having said that, the pixel density of the display is quite impressive and is a dream to watch video content in general. Camera The marquee feature on the Pixel 4a is its photography capabilities, thanks to Google's computational photography algorithm. While it uses the same 12.2 MP Sony IMX 363 that was used in Pixel 3; Google's computational photography makes it one of the best camera smartphones to own in 2020. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We tested the camera in multiple lighting conditions and we have to say that phone did not falter in delivering great results. The algorithm gets the colours right most of the time. However, you will notice a bit of oversaturation after the image has been processed. In good lighting conditions, the Pixel 4a can take some incredible shots, especially when capturing portrait images. The portrait mode worked incredibly well on my hairy dogs and even objects. Many phones can't do portrait shots of objects well but the Pixel 4a delivered every single time. Sure, sometimes it can get the details wrong since it isn't perfect; but we would pick the Pixel 4a's portrait mode over the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy devices any day. If you want a comparison with OnePlus phones, let's say it's not even worth doing because the recently launched OnePlus 8T doesn't even come close in almost every photography mode. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 4a can even take some incredible night mode shots with its Night Sight feature. The phone excels in this department. When you are clicking a night-mode image from the Pixel 4a; you will find a lot of grain, noise and light flare which disappears after the Pixel 4a is done doing its magic. Check out some of our camera samples below to get a better idea about Pixel 4a's photography capabilities: Performance The Pixel 4a is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G chipset and has been coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. In our usage, the overall performance was quite impressive, although there were a few jitters when opening apps. However, that was quite rare and even when it happened it wouldn't hinder your overall experience. The smartphone also comes with 128GB of internal storage and cannot be expanded since it doesn't come with a MicroSD slot. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The other time you will notice some delay is when you click images on the smartphone. Expectedly, it takes a tad bit longer to process the image in the gallery which we weren't bothered by since the final result was quite impressive. In terms of gaming, the Pixel 4a performs on the same level as smartphones priced at the same category. We didn't notice any problems while playing Asphalt 8. However, with games with large environments such as Genshin Impact, we did notice some frame drops when the world was populated with multiple enemies. The chipset yielded a score of 469 (single-core) and 1179 (multi-core) in our Geekbench 5 benchmark test. The Pixel 4a has a 3,140 mAh battery that can be fast-charged using the supplied PD-charger or any other power delivery adapter. The smartphone can last longer than you would expect it to. We streamed video content in full HD on Netflix and it lasted about 7.5 hours on a single charge at full brightness. That's quite impressive given the size of the phone and it's battery. However, it's not the best when compared to the other options available in a similar price range. Software © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Pixel 4a ships with Android 11 out of the box and it delivers the pure Android experience Pixel smartphones are known for. Having said that, OEMs have spoilt Indian smartphone users with features that might make the Pixel 4a seem bland. Having said that, you get all the improvements Android 11 offers on the Pixel 4a and will keep getting the latest updates by Google for the next three years. The most loveable features on the Pixel 4a are the Android 11 features such as live captioning, voice note captioning and better texting experiences via the messages app. Live Captions comes most handy when you are listening to podcasts or watching videos and even phone calls. As of now it only works for the English language but we expect Google to add other languages soon. The Final Say If you're looking for a smartphone that can take incredible photos, isn't too big and gets all of Android's latest updates; then the Pixel 4a is a great option to consider. We particularly like the photography features and its performance that even puts 2020 flagship phones to shame. The Pixel 4a comes with Google's unparalleled image processing capabilities that nobody has been able to match yet. For Rs 29,999, you simply can't pass up this great smartphone. View the full article
  12. Samsung announced a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S20 in the form of a ‘Fan Edition’ which is slightly toned down than its flagship siblings. The phone was the worst kept secret this smartphone season and we have all the features that one might want to know about the phone. The smartphone comes with a triple-camera setup at the rear and follows a similar design language as the Galaxy Note 20 series. It comes in six colours albeit with a less premium design than the Galaxy S20 series. © Samsung The display on the Galaxy S20 FE comes with a 120Hz refresh rate panel and works the same way it does on 2020 Samsung flagship phones. The phone is available in both 4G and 5G versions which are powered by different chipsets. The phone is priced at $6000, however Indian pricing for the device is still not available at the moment. The phone will come in different configurations i.e. 6GB RAM + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB. The six colours include Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy and Cloud White. The phone is expected to go on sale on October 2 in select markets and the Indian launch date will be revealed soon. © Samsung The Galaxy S20 FE has a 6.5-inch fullHD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) AMOLED display that also has a punch-hole camera. The display has a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 407ppi pixel density. Much like other Samsung flagship devices, the S20 FE also has an in-display fingerprint sensor that can be used for fingerprint biometric security. The 4G variant of the phone, the one that will likely sell in India is powered by the Exynos 990 chipset while the 5G variant is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC. © Samsung The camera setup on the S20 FE is in line with other phones launched by the South Korean giant earlier this year. It has a 12MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens and supports optical image stabilisation (OIS) and dual-phase detection autofocus. There is also a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a field of view of 123-degrees. There is also an 8MP telephone lens that has an aperture of f/2.0. For the front-facing camera, the S20 FE comes with a 32MP selfie camera sensor at the front and has support for autofocus. © Samsung The phone supports UBS-C PD and PPS fast-charging capabilities and has a 4,500mAh battery. The phone also supports Qi-wireless charging and can be used to charge other devices such as the Galaxy Buds via the PowerShare feature. And finally, the S20 FE has an IP68 rating which means the phone can withstand dust, dirt and sand, and is resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes. View the full article
  13. 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
  14. The OnePlus 8 Series is going to launch next week but we canât help ourselves to speculate about its features. While OnePlus has been making great phones for the past few years, some features are lacking that don't help it's devices in qualifying really as âtrueâ flagships. Personally, I like their phones a lot, mainly because of the software experience and build quality, however, there are a few features that fans have been requesting for many years. The great thing about OnePlus is the company actually listens to their users and brings features they need albeit after thoroughly testing them and making sure it works well on their devices. However, leaks have been pointing that the OnePlus 8 Pro will have most of the features we will list down below but it is still not certain. Here are some of the features we want to see on the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro to make it the best flagship smartphone of the year: 1. Wireless Charging © BCCL While this feature is not really necessary, most flagship phones have support for wireless charging. Apple, Samsung and Huawei have all made wireless charging a staple feature on their flagship smartphones and we would love to see this feature on the OnePlus 8 Pro as well. Rumours suggest that at least one model will feature 30W wireless charging and it could possibly change the landscape of OnePlus phones in the future. 2. Water Proofing Rating © Oneplus While OnePlus 7, 7T do have water-proofing, it would be nice to see an official IP rating this year. Sure, it may increase the cost of the phone as certifications cost extra money, but having that official rating will make it easier for the uninitiated to understand better about waterproofing and the limits of the smartphone. 3. Faster Wired Charging © Oneplus The OnePlus 7 and 7T series already support 30W Warp Charging, however weâve already seen 60W charging support on smartphones from a company which is part of the same group as OnePlus. OnePlus smartphones have always been known for supporting fast charging and it would be awesome to see the company taking the same leap as Realme. 4. Working OS at Launch © MensXP/Akshay Bhall When the OnePlus 7T series launched with OxygenOS 10, based on Android 10, it was quite buggy at launch which made the experience unbearable. However, OnePlus was quick to fix the bugs for their users which has resulted in the best Android experience right now. We would like to see the same sort of performance on OxygenOS at launch for the OnePlus 8 Series as well. 5. Better Camera Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The only field where OnePlus phones are lacking is the photography department. It is not particularly bad but when compared to other flagships in the same price segment, OnePlus devices fall short in performance and quality. It isnât like the hardware isnât capable as one can easily install Gcam and get some spectacular images however we would like to see a similar performance on the native camera app as well. View the full article
  15. The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus launched in India recently and weâve been using the smartphones for a while to determine some of its best features. We reviewed the Galaxy S20 last week, and this article is more of a follow-up feature detailing specific features we love on the smartphone. 1. The Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Cameras are probably the most used feature on any smartphone and the Galaxy S20 excels in this department. It packs a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 10MP selfie camera and a ToF (time of flight) sensor for better portrait imaging. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is also capable of 30x zoom that lets you get closer to your subject. You can even capture 8K video from the smartphone and derive high-resolution pictures from the video. Other neat software tricks include 'Single-Take' where the camera is able to use all of the sensors to capture moments that are too fast for you to realise when taking images. It uses the ultra-wide sensor, live focus, AI filter, video forward or reverse, fast forward, normal video and smart crop to deliver the best content from the camera. 2. The Best Display on a Smartphone Ever © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy S20 probably has the best display youâve ever seen on a smartphone. The S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch display while the Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display. Both screens are AMOLED panels that deliver deep blacks and accurate colours. If you are also looking for a smooth experience, the Galaxy S20 has a refresh rate of 120Hz and the user interface on OneUI 2.0 has been fine-tuned to support this feature. The display has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and supports HDR content on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The display is perfect for people who like to consume video content on-the-go. 3. Wireless And Reverse Wireless Charging © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Not many smartphones offer wireless charging, but you can rest assured flagship Samsung smartphones have this feature by default. It supports 15W wireless charging and can also reverse charge your devices at 9W. You can use the reverse charge feature to charge accessories like the Galaxy Buds. 4. Great Battery Life The Galaxy S20 Plus has an incredible battery, considering this phone has a 120Hz refresh rate. Both the S20 and the S20 Plus have massive batteries and support 45W fast charging. The 45W fast charging means it takes less time to fully charge your phone. It was one of the most requested features for the Galaxy S series and Samsung finally offered buyers what theyâd asked for. 5. Quick Share © Samsung Samsung has finally introduced a feature that works like AirDrop on iPhones and lets users transfer files with other Galaxy phones easily. It uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between connected devices. It helps in transferring files faster and more effectively without compressing them. It is a great way to transfer large files, pictures and videos without losing the quality of the image/video. Quick Share allows you to temporarily upload files to Samsung Cloud. These files can be streamed to Samsung SmartThings devices and downloaded locally. View the full article
  16. Whether you look at the latest flagship phones by Apple, Samsung, Huawei or even Xiaomi, there is one thing common amongst these devices - wireless charging. OnePlus has been avoiding this feature up until now but it looks like the company may just bring that feature for the OnePlus 8 Pro variant. Charge like a pro. pic.twitter.com/Fqnkpsa0mT â Max J. (@Samsung_News_) January 21, 2020 A tweet by tipster Max J. Suggests that the upcoming âProâ variant of the OnePlus 8 may come with the new feature. While the tweet didnât really clearly say that the smartphone will come with the feature, it does drop a huge hint that point towards the same. He tweeted a second image of a smartphone being charged by a wireless charging pad that looks somewhat similar to a OnePlus smartphone. Of course, he clears the air in a second tweet by saying that the image is just a concept image for illustration purposes. There have been previous rumours that suggested OnePlus would bring wireless charging to one of the models but nothing concrete has confirmed the information yet. © BCCL If the feature does make its way to a OnePlus smartphone this year, it would truly be the complete flagship smartphone OnePlus has been striving for. OnePlus has avoided wireless charging as it prefers the faster wired charging that comes in the form of warp charge which charges the OnePlus 7 and 7T series at 30W. Having said that, there is nothing preventing OnePlus from implementing both features apart from the obvious rise in cost. This also means that if wireless charging is a major feature on the next OnePlus phone, you can expect the price to be higher than 2019âs OnePlus Pro smartphones. © YouTube/Techdroider Of course, it is obvious that none of this is confirmed information and is purely based on speculation. We advise you to take this with a pinch of salt until OnePlus makes it official closer to launch of the next smartphone. View the full article
  17. All the Samsung fanboys out there are probably waiting for the big announcement to see the next phone in the highly anticipated Galaxy S series. The company has been updating this line up for 10 years now, so let's just say it's something that we all are looking forward to. But it looks like Samsung has some different plans this year. The company appears to be re-branding the series and the new name is said to be Galaxy S20. The same has been confirmed through a series of leaked images showing the phone. The images were obtained by the folks over at XDA Developers. Here, take a look at it yourself - S20+ 5G looks absolutely insane pic.twitter.com/0vppZ65wys — Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020 As you can see, the phone's startup screen confirms the name. Why did they change the name? Well, nobody knows that for now. Perhaps they are naming by year now? Anyway, we can also see a punch hole on the front for the selfie camera, which is similar to the Galaxy Note 10. The phone seen in the image is a Galaxy S20+ 5G, so it's the larger variant. If XDA's source is something to go by, then it looks like we'll be getting more than a few variants this year. Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G — Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020 On the back, we can see the large camera array that's rumored to include a regular wide angle lens, an ultra-wide angle lens, portrait, and even a macro lens. It's funny how the sticker at the back specifically says "Do Not Leak Info". For those of you who are interested, Samsung will be unveiling all the phone at its Unpacked event on February 11. We'll definitely be bringing you all the updates from the event, so stay tuned. Source: XDA Developers View the full article
  18. Samsung usually launches a new Galaxy flagship every year in February and we are only months away from the official release of the next Galaxy S series smartphone. Most people would assume that the next smartphone would be called “Galaxy S11”, however it seems like Samsung is going to ditch the annual nomenclature and instead call it the Galaxy S20. © MensXP/Akshay-Bhalla This information comes from renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe on Twitter who tweeted "Galaxy S20, Next year is 2020, and 20 is a new beginning." Ice Universe has been accurate with leaks in the past and this new naming scheme could turn out to be true given the reasons behind it. It seems like the start of the new decade would also mark the inception of the Galaxy S20. Next year is 2020, and 20 is a new beginning. — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 24, 2019 Smartphone companies tend to jump numbers when naming their smartphones as Apple never released an iPhone 9 and instead jumped straight to the iPhone X. Similarly, Samsung also never released the Galaxy Note 6 and jumped to Galaxy Note 7 even though it didn't work according to the plan in the end. © MensXP/Akshay-Bhalla Having said that, skipping to Galaxy S20 might be confusing to many consumers if the messaging is not on point by Samsung. Regardless of what it is called, the Galaxy S11 or S20 will be packed with powerful specifications if the rumours are to be believed. It is rumoured to come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G capabilities. In terms of cameras, the next flagship is expected to come with 108MP primary sensor and other cameras for different modes. Sooner or later, these specifications will be confirmed when the smartphone launches in February. It remains to be seen whether Samsung will call it the Galaxy S11 or Galaxy S20. View the full article
  19. AMD announced a new chipset at Computex in Taipei today which is said to challenge Intel's top of the line Core i9 9920X chipset. It's called the Ryzen 9 3900x chip that has 24 threads and 12 cores making it one of the top gaming processors today. Another impressive feat about the new processor is its price, AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900x chipset will sell for $499, which is half the price of Intel's offering. © YouTube Currently, Intel's Core i9 9920X chipset costs t $1,189 and upwards. Even when adding import duties for Indian customers, AMD's offering is very much more affordable and may just become the preferred choice amongst gamers. Here's an exclusive #COMPUTEX2019 look at the newest edition to the Ryzen family, the 12 core/24 thread 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. https://t.co/OgLHoqWv9T pic.twitter.com/75FzfpdiKx — AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) May 27, 2019 The 3900x is clocked at 4.6 GHz boost speed and has a total cache of 70 MB. In fact, it even uses less power than Intel's i9 9920 x as it has a 105 watts of thermal design power whereas the i9 uses 165 watts. AMD claims that in a Blender demo the 3900x is 18 per cent faster than Intel's offering. To say the least, AMD has also launched more affordable chips from the same family i.e. a 6-core, 12-thread 3600 for $329 and an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3700x (with 4.4 GHz boost, 36 MB of total cache and a 65-watt TDP); for $329 and an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3800X (4.5 GHz, 32MB cache, 105w) for $399. The pricing on the new AMD processors are not only aggressive but makes it more affordable for PC gaming markets such as India. © AMD AMD also announced the next foundational gaming architecture i.e. RDNA. RDNA will power the upcoming 7nm Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards, which feature high-speed GDDR6 memory and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface. Currently, the pricing has not been revealed yet but we expect it to be cheaper than Nvidia's offering.
  20. Xiaomi's Redmi phones have been a huge hit for the company. So much so that 'Redmi' is now a separate sub-brand. So far the Redmi has been limited to the budget segment, but the company is about to change that with its upcoming flagship device - the Redmi K20. The Redmi K20, in case you don't know, is a flagship phone, and Xiaomi officials have been calling it the 'flagship killer 2.0'. We still have to wait for it to launch officially to see if it's really a flagship killer, but we do know quite a bit about the phone already, including a picture of it. Rumored Specs That We Know So Far The Redmi K20 has been confirmed to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which means the phone will enjoy its space as a flagship phone alongside the Mi 9. As a flagship phone, it's safe to say that it'll carry a minimum of 6GB of RAM, although you can also expect an 8GB RAM variant. © Weibo As for the optics, the Redmi K20 will feature triple cameras on the back. You can clearly see all the three cameras in the render. Here', take a look. © Twitter Furthermore, the primary sensor of the phone is said to be a Sony IMX586 with 48MP resolution. It's the same sensor that's being used by OnePlus for the OnePlus 7 Pro phone, and we're quite optimistic about the picture quality. As of now, there's no info about the other two sensors, so we'll wait for more rate than speculating. And if you're a sucker for slo-mo videos then make a note that the Redmi K20 will also support 960fps slo-mo videos. A few other things we know about the phone is that it'll have a Notchless display, it'll have a pop-up camera and there'll be an in-display fingerprint scanner. Redmi K20 Launching in India Soon Here's the best part - The Redmi K20 is said to be coming to India very soon. The same has been confirmed by Xiaomi India's head Manu Kumar Jain. Most amazing & awaited flagship device launch of the year - #Flagship #Killer 2.0! ð I am in China to attend the launch event next week - on 28th May. Only one week to go! ð Mi Fans! Can not wait to show this incredible device to all of you guys.. ð#Xiaomi â¤ï¸ #Redmi pic.twitter.com/eFTRf7P9xF — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) May 22, 2019 Well, we don't have an official date for the phone's arrival in India, but we think it'll happen as early as next month.
  21. Finally! The OnePlus 7 Pro is officially here in all its glory. This time around, OnePlus went out of its way to build an ultra-premium smartphone that comes fully loaded with powerful hardware like Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12GB OF RAM, a 90Hz refresh rate display, 48MP Triple camera setup, and more. From its awesome new bezel-less design to the cool new pop-up camera, here's everything you need to know about the new OnePlus 7 Pro. © OnePlus The new OnePlus 7 Pro sports an awesome bezel-less design with nothing but just the display on the front. It's a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. OnePlus managed to eliminate the notch by using a pop-up camera module. So, the selfie camera will now pop-up only when you need it. Internally, the OnePlus 7 Pro packs some really powerful internals. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It's running OnePlus' OxygenOS based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. The device also has an in-display fingerprint scanner for unlocking and a USB Type-C port at the bottom that supports OnePlus Warp Charge 30. The OnePlus 7 Pro also packs a 4,000 mAh battery inside, and it also sports Dual stereo speakers, an upgraded vibration motor, and more. All the tech is packed inside a beautiful body that's protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front as well as the back. © OnePlus Moving on to the optics, the OnePlus 7 Pro features a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor at the back with an f/1.6 aperture, OIS, and EIS. The main sensor is supported by an 8MP Telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture, along with a 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens with an f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree field of view. There's dual LED flash and 3x optical zoom with which you can close in to your subject. On the front, there's a 16MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. OnePlus 7 In addition to the OnePlus 7 Pro that literally stole the show, we also got the new OnePlus 7. Unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, the OnePlus 7 isn't a radically different from the last year's OnePlus 6T. In fact, it looks very similar to the 6T in terms of the design and it even packs the same display with a notch design. The changes have been made internally. The OnePlus 7 is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC just like the 7 Pro and it comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. In terms of the optics, you're looking at a dual camera setup just like last year. It's a 48MP + 5MP combo at the back, and there's a 16MP selfie shooter on the front. The phone will also come with 20 watts fast charge support. The OnePlus 7 will be available in two color variants i.e Red and Mirror Gray. Pricing & Availability The OnePlus 7 Pro will go on sale in India starting May 17, and you'll be able to pick one up from Amazon India or OnePlus retail stores in the country. The base variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro with 6GB RAM + 128GB storage will start at Rs. 48,999. You can also pick up the variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for Rs. 52,999 or you can go all in and purchase with 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant for Rs. 57,999. As for the OnePlus 7, the base variant is priced at Rs. 32,999. You can also pick up the 8GB + 256GB variant for Rs. 37,999. The OnePlus 7 will go on sale starting the same day. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 © OnePlus Lastly, we also have the new Bullets Wireless 2 earphones. These new pair of earphones come with a slightly new design and a superior sound quality according to OnePlus. The company says you can listen to over 10 hours of music on a single charge and they also support the OnePlus Warp charge. The new OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 will be available starting XX and they'll cost Rs. 5,999.
  22. 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.
  23. Last year, Apple introduced the iPhone XR, an 'affordable' iPhone that shared many of the same hardware features as the more expensive XS and XS Max. The iPhone XR turned out to be our favorite iPhone of the bunch last year, and you can read our review here. Now, Samsung has launched the new Galaxy S10e which follows the same footsteps. The Galaxy S10e is a compact phone that shares a lot of hardware advancements added in the standard Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus. So, we decided to compare them & find out which one's a better affordable flagship. Here's how they compare: Display © YouTube Samsung's Galaxy S10e features a 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 OLED display, whereas Apple's iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 LCD display. Both, on paper and in the real world, the Galaxy S10e is a better-looking display. Samsung's OLED is crisp, bright, and vibrant, just like any other flagship phone's display. That's not to say that the iPhone XR's display is bad by any means. It's one of the best LCD panels around, but it can't quite match the OLED display. When it comes to the cutouts, the Galaxy S10e has a punch-hole design, which Samsung likes to call an 'Infinity-O' display. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, uses the same notch as the iPhone XS and the XS Max as it packs the same FaceID system. Both are equally intrusive when it comes to content consumption like videos, etc. but again, the Galaxy S10e display's looks more modern and just better in person. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10e Performance © YouTube The iPhone XR is powered by Apple's A12 bionic chip, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S10e model, which we used, is powered by an Exynos 9820 SoC. Apple's iPhones typically beat Samsung's when it comes to processor performance. Even the Snapdragon 855 SoC is no match. Of course, you won't find much of a difference in everyday tasks, but the A12 Bionic is a beast. As for the RAM and storage, the Galaxy S10e is equipped with 6GB RAM, double the RAM in the iPhone XR. It sounds like a small number of paper, but Apple is traditionally known to make better use of low RAM, thanks to the deep integration between hardware and software. When it comes to the storage options, the base variant of the Galaxy S10e comes with 128GB storage & the iPhone XR's base variant comes with 64GB. BTW, you can also expand the storage via a microSD card on the Galaxy S10e, but you can't do that with the iPhone XR. Winner: iPhone XR Biometrics © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Apple's FaceID system is the best in the business, and seriously there's no match to it. Even the Galaxy S10e has a facial recognition system, but Apple's system is more reliable and secure. But thankfully, the Galaxy S10e has a physical fingerprint scanner on the side. Yes, it's a deviation from Galaxy S10 devices that have an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, but that's better because the Galaxy S10e's scanner is more fast and reliable than that of the standard S10 variants. Both phones, however, have strong points when it comes to biometrics. With the Galaxy S10e you get a physical scanner, whereas the iPhone XR has the reliable FaceID. So, you can't go wrong with either of them. Winner: It's a tie. Camera © YouTube Both the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e have scaled back on the rear camera to, you know, cut down on cost. However, the iPhone XR uses a single-lens camera while the Galaxy S10e has a dual-lens camera. The S10e features both wide and ultra-wide lenses, while the iPhone XR sports only a single wide-angle lens, with which it can also do portraits. We found both cameras to be equally good. With iPhone XR, you're looking at a typical iPhone camera with a very familiar interface. The images look very crisp, natural and true-to-life, which is always something we all can appreciate. With the Galaxy S10e, you'll get a typical Samsung camera which captures, you know, more vibrant and saturated (sometimes over-saturated) images, which one may or may not necessarily like. Unlike the iPhone XR which has a software portrait mode that doesn't work pets, food or anything but people, the Galaxy S10e can handle it all. It doesn't have any limitations. Add an ultra-wide lens to that, you have a very capable camera in your pockets. Winner: It's a tie, again. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Both the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e, as you can see, have ups and downs of their own. Apple is offering FaceID, the powerful A12 Bionic chip, great software/ hardware integration, etc. while Samsung is offering a dual-lens rear camera setup, a great OLED display, and expandable storage. However, there are other things to consider like the fact that the Galaxy S10e is a more compact phone, it runs Android instead of iOS, etc. So, at the end of the day, it comes to personal preference. But if you want to an affordable device that packs all the modern day tech, then you really can't go wrong with either of them.
  24. The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e are now finally available to buy in India and we had called it one of the best flagship smartphones in our review. The smartphone has an updated design, however, there are some nifty features that make the S10 one of the most dependable flagship smartphones in 2019. It has a phenomenal camera, supports reverse wireless charging and has one of the most beautiful screens on a smartphone ever. We've been using the smartphone for a few weeks and here are some of our favourite features on the Galaxy S10 that make it stand out from the crowd. The Dynamic Display Is Awesome © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We all know Samsung makes some of the best displays out there and even Apple uses their display tech on the flagship iPhones. The Galaxy S10 has a dynamic AMOLED display that has been voted as the best screen on a smartphone by DisplayMate. You can read all about Samsung's display here. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have 6.1 and 6.4-inch AMOLED screens respectively and support HDR10+ content for users who like to consume videos. The dynamic range of the screen is exceptional and makes viewing images/content an awesome experience. Massive Storage Options © Samsung No longer will you have to worry about deleting your favourite images, videos or applications. Samsung now offers the Galaxy S10 smartphones in various storage options, one of them having 1TB of internal storage. What's cool is that the Galaxy S10 also supports storage expansion of up to 512 GB as it has microSDXC support. If you want to know more about Samsung and how the company has managed to support high storage options, you can read all about it here. Awesome Primary Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a triple primary camera setup that consists of an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 for night shots and f/2.4 for the day. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor that lets you capture more field of view and lastly a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. It comes with awesome portrait effects such as colour spin, colour point and others in the 'Live Focus' mode. The wide-angle sensor is also a dream to work with as it has a field of view of 77Ë. When it comes to video, the Galaxy S10/S10 Plus can capture 4K UD videos with the selfie camera, a perfect feature for video bloggers. It also uses the Ultra Wide sensor and software to give your steady videos similar to action cameras like GoPro. The Galaxy S10 can also record videos with Dynamic Tone Mapping for accurate colours and also supports richer colour contrast of HDR10+ in recordings. PowerShare © Samsung The Galaxy S10/S10 Plus now supports reverse wireless charging similar to what we've already seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It can charge other smartphones and even the Galaxy Buds. One has to simply put any Qi-compatible device and the S10 will do the rest.
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