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  1. Ever since the infamous Pulwama terror attack, former Indian cricketers and other sports officials have been talking about boycotting the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales in June. With Punjab Cricket Association removing the photos of iconic Pakistani cricketers from the Mohali stadium and now BCCI doing the same from the head office, the rage in the cricket fraternity is burning deep against our neighbours. A couple of days ago, former Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh voiced his displeasure against Pakistan. "Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces,” said the cricketer. “Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking.” On Wednesday, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly echoed his ex-teammate's opinion when he basically said that Team India is strong enough to be a success at the World Cup even if they do not play against the match Sarfraz Ahmed and his men. But amidst all the chaos there are all but four decisions that the Board of Cricket Control in India can choose to take and all of them are bound to cause multi-fold consequences: Decision 1: Complete Boycott Of Pakistan During The World Cup © Reuters A complete boycott would involve forfeiting every game against Pakistan during the World Cup. In a relatively shorter tournament of the top 10 teams in the world, every side is going to play at least one game against the nine others during the points round. Without a doubt, India is more than capable to making it to the semis even if they give up some points but what if the two teams meet in the knockout rounds or worse yet, in the final? Will BCCI be willing to up give the chance of winning the World Cup? Decision 2: Forfeiting Just The Points Round Match © Reuters If India decides to boycott the Men in Green during the points round, they still have eight matches to cover up. Sure, the burden on Virat Kohli and team's shoulders would be a tad bit more than the others but it's nothing they can't handle. Say, the Men in Blue do meet them in the semis of the final and decide to play them, then does that not defeat the whole purpose of the protest? Doesn't it feel like a facade, an act to show revolt against Pakistan? Decision 3: Campaign To Ban Pakistan From The World Cup © Reuters According to a report by News 18, the Committee of Administration (CoA) has ordered BCCI to push the International Cricket Council (ICC) into banning the Pakistani cricket team from participating in the 2019 World Cup altogether. There is no denying the fact that India is the major revenue source for ICC and if BCCI puts them in a situation to choose between the two teams, the council is likely to tilt in favour of India. However, if things were to go south and ICC rejects BCCI's 'Ban-Pakistan' campaign, not only will it play against the public image of the Board but it will also lead to people questioning India's ability to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup. Decision 4: Play Pakistan Regardless © Reuters This may turn out to be upsetting to a lot of us but this is the most likely decision BCCI is going to take. The attack has left a deep impact in the heart of every Indian citizen but all the hard work put in by Team India must be rewarded. The revolt against terrorism is not disregarded but the World Cup is important too. It is easy for people to suggest the boycott but even if there is a slight chance of this measure leading to a sad end to India's world cup journey, BCCI will act against it. In such times of distress the need for rational decision-making is of utmost importance. Loud noises and anger looks dramatic, sure, but what impacts would take leave on BCCI and the Indian cricket team in the long run must be taken into consideration. The ultimate authority lies in the hands of the Indian board.
  2. It seems like Samsung is all set to take on the iPhone XR with its own affordable version of the Galaxy S10. The Galaxy S10E boasts flagship level specifications but costs less than its bigger brother. It has almost every feature as the Galaxy S10/S10+ but with a few features stripped out. The Galaxy S10E is priced at $750 which is the same price as the iPhone XR and will naturally compete with Apple's affordable version of the iPhone. Having said that, there are some noticeable differences between the two smartphones such as the processor, camera setups and display size/quality. An affordable flagship smartphone is what makes a smartphone a huge success in India. It's a formula that has been working for OnePlus and Poco Phone for now and it seems like Samsung wants a slice of the pie. The Galaxy S10E will be the more affordable variant in the entire Galaxy series of 2019 and here are some of the key areas where it will challenge the iPhone XR. Cameras © Twitter The Galaxy S10E has a slight advantage over the iPhone XR in this department as it has a dual camera setup where one of the lenses is an ultra-wide lens. The primary sensor has dual aperture f1.5/f2.4 whereas the iPhone XR has a single 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide) sensor. The Galaxy S10E will be able to do everything the iPhone XR can with the additional ability to take wide angle pictures. In terms of picture quality, that remains to be seen when we get to take it for a spin ourselves. However, the iPhone XR is capable of taking some awesome pictures which you can have a look in our review here. The Processor © Samsung The Galaxy S10E is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset in the US whereas the Indian variant will come with Samsung's own Exynos 9820 chipset. Apple has an advantage here as the iPhone XR is powered by the A12 Bionic chip which blows Qualcomm's 855 chipsets out of the water. Even though Qualcomm is catching up with Apple's A12's performance, it's still slower in performance. The story remains the same with Samsung's Exynos 9820 chipset. Apple's A12 Bionic Chipset is the first chip that uses the 7nm architecture and has three important components. It has the CPU, GPU and Apple's own Neural Engine. The Exynos 9820 uses the 8nm architecture which is not quite up to the mark when it comes to battery life and performance when compared to the A12 Bionic SoC. Display © BCCL Samsung is known for its displays and the Galaxy S10E has a 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels panel. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, has a 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792x828 pixels which are not in the same league as the S10E. Even though the iPhone XR has one of the most beautiful LCD screens we've ever seen, it still cannot beat Samsung's AMOLED display with higher pixels and resolution. The S10E's display even has a higher pixel density at 522ppi. It Has Reverse Charging © Samsung Both smartphones have wireless charging support but the Galaxy S10E takes it a step further. Then new Galaxy smartphones have a new feature called PowerShare. It lets the smartphone charge other devices wirelessly. We've already seen this feature on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro; however, Samsung has brought this feature to a more affordable device.
  3. Once a unified nation, India and Pakistan have gone on to become arch-rivals following the hurtful partition in 1947. Since then, the cross-border tensions, political differences and the prolonged issue of Kashmir have all fuelled the rivalry between the two neighbouring countries. However, despite the differences in opinion on numerous matters between India and Pakistan, the cricketers from both the countries share mutual respect and admiration. Virat Kohli was probably the first individual to praise Mohammad Amir after he returned to cricket following his match-fixing saga. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also sent a signed Team India jersey to Shahid Afridi upon his retirement from cricket. Then, Afridi struck a chord with Indian fans after showing respect to the tri-colour during an ice cricket tournament in Switzerland. But, it seems times have changed. © AP The dastardly Pulawama attack that claimed the lives of more than 40 CRPF personnel has got everyone on the edge with the ties between the two nations reaching an all-time low. The suicide terror strike carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has enraged India and its citizens who are now calling for a complete boycott of Pakistan. And, amid all the backlash, Afridi did his reputation no good after he was seen spewing venom on India during an interview on a Pakistani news channel. Lauding Pakistan PM Imran Khan's recent statements, Afridi blamed India for targeting Pakistan under the garb of the Pulwama attack without any proof. Pakistani Cricket Star @SAfridiOfficial endorsing the message of @ImranKhanPTI sent to India through a speech and saying Pakistan want friendly relations with all neighbours “Indians should behave like a well educated nation” watch tonight in #CapitalTalk on Geo News at 8 PST pic.twitter.com/2PxkesHmzq — Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) February 20, 2019 "Without any proof they are putting all the blame onto Pakistan straight away. PM Imran Khan has once again spoken on this matter in a positive & clear way to explain that Pakistan wants to have good relations with not only India, but also Afghanistan, Iran & China," Afridi was heard saying on the show. In the wake of the ghastly attack, IMG Reliance recently pulled out as the main broadcaster of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is currently in progress. Reacting to that, Afridi once again took a dig at India by claiming that educated people don't behave in this manner. "You find out who your friends are at difficult times. What are they trying to show the world that they are educated? Educated people don't behave in such a manner," Afridi said. While the Indian government has already taken measures to isolate Pakistan, the BCCI is also mulling the idea of boycotting Pakistan at the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, later this year. Amidst all that, Afridi, rather than behaving like an ideal sports icon, has got Indian fans up in arms. Hahahahahaha zahil and fixer quom of the asia .giving lecture on education ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð — बà¥à¤¨ kumar..ð®ð³ (@valorbharat) February 20, 2019 It's obvious how crude the Pakistani cricketers thinking is...... — Sid Gautam / సిధారà±à°¦ à°à±à°¤à°®à± (@SidGaut22547984) February 21, 2019 Abe Lala @SAfridiOfficial, lost ur respect totally. World knows who's educated and who's terrorist. — Muthuraj M (@MMuthuraj1980) February 20, 2019 Who told that ediot that we are your friend,,,ð¤ð¤ð¤­ð¤­ — Harshit Kumar (@Er_kumarharshit) February 20, 2019 Speaking of educated people... pic.twitter.com/Yf95m0eD1b — Kaustubh Pathak (@KPathak93) February 20, 2019 Says a guy who couldn't write crystal clear in one attempt — ashwin agarwal (@ashwinguru) February 20, 2019 Pakistan harboring the Osamas and the Masood Azhars of the world, talking about EDUCATION? — Bhupesh Sahu (@Nazgul_BS) February 21, 2019 Zahil.of the century spotted pic.twitter.com/0RcBJjToBU — बà¥à¤¨ kumar..ð®ð³ (@valorbharat) February 20, 2019
  4. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team have been on a roll ever since the beginning of 2019. Having won the Test and ODI series in Australia and the ODI series in New Zealand has not only led to a number of individual awards for the Men in Blue but also gave a confidence boost to the team. Kohli himself has been on a tear with 2018 being his year without doubt. For his brilliance as the captain of a very capable Indian side and his exceptional skills with the bat, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to honour the athlete with three of the most prestigious awards during the ICC Awards last month. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 Currently ranked number 2 in the ICC Ranking for ODI teams, India consists of some very talented batsmen in Virat Kohli (World Rank 1), Rohit Sharma (World Rank 2) and Shikhar Dhawan (World Rank 10) and bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah (World Rank 1), Kuldeep Yadav (World Rank 4) and Yuzvendra Chahal (World Rank 5) who have helped immensely in restricting the opponents to lower totals. There is no doubting that the Indian cricket team is one of the greatest sides in today's era and is considered to be one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. However, there is another team that has been having one of the most iconic runs in the modern age. The England cricket team has literally been on top of their game throughout 2018. Ranked number 1 on ICC ODI team rankings, Eoin Morgan's team might as well be the greatest team England has ever cheered for. While hitter Joe Root (World Rank 4) and one of the finest English all-rounders in Moeen Ali (World Rank 5) have contributed heavily towards keeping their side on top, players like Adil Rashid (World Rank 8) and Chris Woakes (World Rank 12) have been a terror for the rival batsmen. In the latest display of their brilliance, during the first of five ODI games to take place against the Windies, England chased down a massive score of 360 runs with extremely ease nullifying Chris Gayle's heroic comeback innings in which he scored his 24th ODI century while hitting 12 long sixes. What an incredible victory for England! They've chased down 361 – it's England's highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket! Jason Roy and Joe Root have led the way with centuries to help England go 1-0 up in the series. #WIvENG | SCORECARD â¬ï¸ https://t.co/pQbWOWuEQM pic.twitter.com/xnc1hAiLlA — ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2019 Opener Jason Roy and middle-order powerhouse Joe Root, both scored centuries at supernatural strike rates while skipper Eoin Morgan also contributed to the win with 65 runs. Winning with an over and a half and 6 wickets in hand, England get the world know that they are already world cup-ready. While teams like New Zealand and South Africa along with a replenished Australian side (with in return of Steve Smith and David Warner) will make for some tough competition, it will be Morgan's men who will surely pose the greatest threat to Virat Kohli's dream of lifting the world cup as the captain of the Indian cricket team.
  5. `Last year, Vivo launched the NEX and it was among the first few phones to sport a pop-up camera. The brand was also the first one to bring an in-display fingerprint scanner. Today, Vivo announced its first phone of 2019 in India, the V15 Pro. The V15 Pro brings in all the various trends from 2018, and clubs it into one. Having multiple rear cameras on the rear is the latest trend, and Vivo has decided to join the bandwagon as well. Amazon and Flipkart have been teasing the phone for quite some time now and here's everything you need to know about it. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It has a glass back with a colour gradient and a notch-less display with smaller bezels. Vivo boasts that it has further cut down the chin, offering a better screen-to-body ratio of 91.6 percent. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. It comes with a Snapdragon 675 processor along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For authentication, it features an in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as face unlock. A dedicated Smart Button activates Google Assistant and the phone also ships with Vivo's Jovi assistant. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The V15 Pro includes a triple rear camera setup consisting of: a 48-megapixel primary sensor with Quad Pixel technology, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Quad Pixel technology can combine four pixels into one large pixel to deliver a high-quality 12-megapixel picture. This comes handy in low-light pictures when details tend to get blurry. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The pop-up module houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera and Vivo is confident it's sturdy enough to withstand daily wear and tear. The hardware is assisted by AI Portrait, AI Beauty, and AI Super Night Mode for even better output. The phone ships with Android 9 Pie based Funtouch OS 9 and is backed by a 3700mAh battery. For fast charging, the phone also supports dual-engine charging. Lastly, Game Mode 5.0 ensures better gaming performance by prioritizing resources and slightly overclocks the CPU to reduce frame-drops. It has been priced at Rs 28,990 for the 6GB+128GB and shall be available via all major retailers as well as online sellers starting Feb 20th.
  6. The Pulwama terror attack has left the entire nation in a state of horror and shock. Over 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the terrorist attack and a state of grave remorse and grief has struck everyone. © Twitter In the aftermath of the Pulwama attacks, a lot of Kashmiri students across the country have been under threat of verbal and physical violence and even though communal hatred is not something that is preached in a democracy, it is sad to know and witness that something like this can still fall upon us. As a result, many Kashmiri students are trying to run back home but it is not possible to be dislocated for something they are not even responsible for, right? In North India, Delhi and Dehradun have reported a big number of retaliation attacks on Kashmiri students. Khalsa Aid organisation has come forward to offer help to all distressed students and is even helping students go back home. In the midst of angst & hatred @Khalsa_Aid stands out for love & humanity This pic showing transportation of Kashmiri students by Khalsa Aid volunteers from Dehradun & Chandigarh @BDUTT @Nidhi @ReallySwara#Pulwama #PulwamaAttack #Kashmiri #KashmirTerrorAttack pic.twitter.com/YBihZ90Dh5 — Angad Singh (@Angad_Pb) February 19, 2019 We are all kashmiris thanks to @Khalsa_Aid proud on you #seikhcommunity help our students provide shelters foods.. Alhamdulillah all kashmiris feel safe in #Gurudwara Really Singh is king Humanity example Brotherhood pic.twitter.com/7yVD0eys4x — Liaquat Tanha (@liaquat_tanha) February 19, 2019 Besides providing transportation and helping the students relocate, the good Samaritans at Khalsa Aid are ensuring that they are provided with all sanitation needs and food as well. There are so many Muslim organisations in India be it Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Owaisis, Madnis and all. Nobody came to the rescue of Kashmiri students But Sikh organisations @Khalsa_Aid did... Sikh friends in Punjab did a commendable... Allah bless you all pic.twitter.com/X73WeprKi8 — Liaquat Tanha (@liaquat_tanha) February 19, 2019 More than 20 buses have been arranged and funded for Kashmiri students to travel from Punjab to Kashmir. Kashmiri Students : Our India team continues to assist the Kashmiri students with safe evacuation. We have so far funded 20 buses from Panjab to Kashmir. Our Tnx to all the amazing volunteers who assisted @amarpreet1313 with this task...@RisingKashmir pic.twitter.com/UDO2tQYK0r — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) February 19, 2019 Needless to say, nothing at all is done to earn goodwill or prove a point. The point here is simple: humanity is the biggest religion of them all. If we can learn from this example and do our bit, then we succeed as humans. For all @Khalsa_Aid has done for Kashmiri people in the past few days deserves our utmost respect. The Sikh brethren has come to our aid when we needed them the most. They represent the difference between the educated people and the literate people. — Sheikh Hamzah (@sheikh_hamzah) February 19, 2019 This is creating the real goodwill, brotherhood. The Kashmiris can only offer â¤â¤â¤ @Khalsa_Aid https://t.co/4FkoQBwm0M — Ishfaq Tantry (@ishfaqtantry) February 18, 2019 I am thankful to all Sikh Community @Khalsa_Aid behalf of me, behalf of Whole Kashmiries for protecting our sisters and brothers in India.. our prayers and love will remain with you.. thank you so much. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/IcPZXrEXDw — Liaquat Tanha (@liaquat_tanha) February 19, 2019 Let's try to unite and deal with the problem at hand like a nation should. Driving away students in the name of communal hatred gives no results. The Khalsa Aid has always proved to be a stellar example of humanity and the organisation consists of true heroes who believe in the concept of 'seva'. Kashmiri students,who studies in punjab,dehradun nd other states,came to gurudwara singh shaheeda bcoz of insecurities faced.all facilities provided to them nd @Khalsa_Aid provided them transportation to j&k nd assured security frm punjab police#PulwamaAttack#Prabhas pic.twitter.com/VI8Wij43VE — Harpreet Kaur Narwal (@HarpreetPrabhas) February 19, 2019 Fixed my heart, restored my faith in humanity and said my thanks. Zindabaad @Khalsa_Aid Khudayas Hawale! ð pic.twitter.com/rKS57xQqwR — Javid Parsa (@parsa_javid) February 18, 2019 Together we can and we will make a difference, if only we truly want it.
  7. The Indian Army deserves all the respect in the world. Here we have Vicky Kaushal offering a heartfelt tribute to them on behalf of the entire country.
  8. The average selling price of smartphones in India is Rs 12,000 according to IDC's Q4 2018 report. A majority of the smartphone sales are in this segment, and this is the core reason why companies have flooded this bracket with as many phones as possible. For the end user, more options are better since you can get exactly what you want. Xiaomi has multiple devices like the Mi A2 and Redmi Note 6 / 5 Pro, Realme has the U1 and 2 Pro, and Samsung's just getting started with the M-series. Here are our top picks for the best phone you can get in this price range: 1. Samsung Galaxy M20 (Rs 12,990): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Samsung is adopting a competitive stance against online sales to take on Xiaomi, and the M20 is supposed to be a forerunner for the M-series. The brand wants to bring a high-end experience to the budget segment via software, and it has been kind of successful in doing so. It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor. The top variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, with an option for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup (secondary being the wide angle), while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery. 2. Nokia 5.1 Plus (Rs 14,499): © TelecomTalk Nokia branded phones are known for their solid build quality, and this device feels extremely premium and sturdy for its price. It has a unique ergonomic feel in hand and thanks to Android One, you'll never have to worry about software updates as well. It has a 5.86-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P60 chipset. The top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The rear has a 13+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a decent 3060mAh battery, that charges via USB-C. 3. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs 13,999): © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The Mi A2 was one of the most sought smartphones of 2018 thanks to the legacy of Mi A1. The phone is a part of Google's Android One initiative and comes with a Stock Android interface. It has a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 77 per cent. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. On the rear is a 12+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. The rear camera is capable of clicking amazing pictures in daylight and even the low-light output is decent. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery. On the flip side, it lacks a microSD card slot as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. 4. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Rs 14,999): © Android Authority This is another phone that ships with a near stock Android UI, but isn't a part of Android One. The design is shiny thanks to a glossy back panel and the front has a wide notch. ASUS has marketed the phone towards performance and it definitely scores well in this department. It has a 6.26-inch display and powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 chipset. The top variant currently gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while a 6GB RAM variant is awaited. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. It is backed by a huge 5000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. 5. Realme U1 (Rs 12,999): © MensXP / Shivam Vahia Realme has been consistently launching new phones, and this one is targeted towards performance. The U1 has a shiny back panel and a tiny water drop notch on the front. The back has a slight colour gradient, giving it some premium aesthetics. The front has a 6.3-inch display and the phone is powered by a MediaTek P70 processor. You get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant, along with expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, and the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that charges via 10W.
  9. India was shaken to its core on February 14 2019, when a JeM suicide bomber rammed his car, laden with over 350kgs of explosives into a bus carrying CRPF jawans, in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. In the wake of one of the worst terrorist attacks ever in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, not just the families of the martyred jawans, but the whole nation is filled with rage and weeping over the loss of these bravehearts. AP In this dark time, people from across the country have proved to be a ray of hope as they are coming forward to provide financial help to the families of the martyred jawans. People are doing everything possible to show that they stand strong with the jawans' families, even if it means cancelling their wedding reception at the last minute. Pexels Meet the Surat-based couple, Ami and Meet, who chose to donate Rs. 11 lakh to the families of martyrs, instead of hosting a lavish reception. The couple, together with their families, gave Rs. 5 lakh to various NGOs working towards the welfare of jawans and their families. After #KashmirTerrorAttack in #Pulwama, Surat families got together and canceled elaborate wedding in #Surat. The families to donate Rs 11 lakh to families of the martyrs and another Rs 5 lakh to welfare organizations. Wedding on Feb 15 to be low-key. #Gujarat Respect. ð pic.twitter.com/bGoPhIxGo3 — Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) February 15, 2019 Reportedly, the girl's father is a diamond businessman from Surat called Dewashi Manek. The couple's families mutually decided to go for a simple wedding and informed their respective relatives about the same and donated the money to the families who lost their loved ones in the terror attack. Other than that, organisations like 'Bharat Ke Veer', and 'Milaap' and even Paytm have started fundraisers to urge people to donate money to the martyred jawans' families. More than 40 jawans were killed in the terror attack and the death toll is on a constant rise as soldiers are succumbing to their grave injuries.
  10. The price slab of Rs 15,000 to 20,000 is among the most competitive right now, and thanks to rapid advancements in technology, a lot of high-end features are now available at a cheaper price. This range also gives you a high value since it isn't very costly, but will give you an edge for at least a year. Thanks to increasing focus on software, these phones can even get you through two years of smooth usage in most cases. Here are our top recommendations in the sub-20,000 price segment! 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro (Rs 15,999) © YouTube The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country and the Redmi Note 7 is just around the corner. This doesn't mean the phone has lost its charm though. It has a perfect balance in all segments and is pretty much a winner. Sporting a 6.26-inch display, it is powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. For multitasking, the top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage along with expandable option. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. It runs on MIUI and has tonnes of added features and customization options. 2. Nokia 7.1 (Rs 18,990) © YouTube The recently launched Nokia 7.1 is a solid offering if you're looking for stock Android experience. All Nokia branded phones are a part of Google's Android One initiative, ensuring software and security updates on time. The stock experience also ensures smooth performance over an extended period of time. The phone has a 5.84-inch display and is powered by a slightly underwhelming Snapdragon 636 processor. But, thanks to near-perfect optimization, you'll barely see any lags or stuttering. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant and is backed by a modest 3060mAh battery. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. 3. Honor 10 Lite (Rs 17,999) © Twitter / Sandeep Sharma This was the first phone to be launched in India this year and Honor is back with its premium glass design in the budget segment. The glass build also adds a slight colour gradient, which is unmatchable in this segment. The phone also has a smaller water-drop style notch for a better screen-to-body ratio. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant and has support for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. These internals are backed by a 3400mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. 4. Vivo V9 Pro (Rs 16,990) © YouTube The Vivo V9 Pro is a close sibling of the V11 series and in fact has a similar design. The front has a wide notch and the back sports a fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. Just like all other Vivo phones, it ships with Funtouch OS out of the box. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor. The base variant gets 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage and expandable storage option. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera with support for portrait shots and AI beauty enhancements. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the phone is backed by a 3260mAh battery. 5. Honor Play (Rs 16,999) © YouTube The Honor Play is technically India's first gaming phone and is among the cheapest. It is powered by Huawei's high-end Kirin 970 processor, along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. The phone also gets Honor's GPU Turbo technology, that systematically overclocks the processor and optimizes performance for the best output. The design is basic and the brand has put in more efforts on the inside. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery that supports 18W quick charging.
  11. Yesterday, on February 14, the nation was painted red with blood as more than 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were martyred in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The death toll is on a constant rise as the injured soldiers continue battling for life. © AP From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood celebrities to commoners; the nation is mourning the death of these bravehearts. The families of martyrs have sunk in deep shock and no amount of words can ever console those hearts that are weeping for their loved ones, who were killed in Pulwama. Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019 However, no matter how tough the times have been, people from across the country have always stood in solidarity with each other and this time too, they are paying their tributes to the martyrs by coming forward to provide financial help to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives. In 2017, actor Akshay Kumar along with the Central Government launched 'Bharat Ke Veer', an initiative to pay homage to the bravehearts who lost their lives in the line of duty. In this initiative, one can help the families financially, by donating either using the app or the website bharatkeveer.gov.in. © YouTube Apart from 'Bharat Ke Veer', the organisation 'Milaap' has also started a fundraiser to help the families affected by the terror attack. Actor Kunal Kapoor too posted on social media about his campaign 'Ketto', urging people to come forward and support the martyrs' kin. My heartfelt appeal to people, to come forward & support @ketto for their campaign to rehabilitate the families of @crpfindia martyrs. India, lets stand up for those who gave their lives for our safety. Jai Hind ð®ð³ — kunal kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) February 15, 2019 You too can contribute to these fundraisers and prove that nothing can break the nation's spirit in these dark times.
  12. A month ago, during India's visit Down Under, we got to see some A-Grade matches, batting and bowling performances by Cheteshwar Pujara, and Yuzvendra Chahal along with Shaun Marsh and the others from the Australian's roster and some brilliant sledging in good faith between the two wicket keepers in Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine during the five-Test series. It seems as if we have developed quite the taste for competitive match-ups as with a few days left in hand for Australia's tour to India for the two-match T20I and five-match ODI series, one of India's all-time great opener, Virendra Sehwag pokes fun at the beast the Australian Cricket Team is eventually going to become with the return of their star-performers in Steve Smith and David Warner before the 2019 World Cup begins. In a television commercial promoting the upcoming series, Sehwag turns into a babysitter taking care of little infants as they make their way into an Indian locker room in their tiny little Yellow Australian cricket jerseys. “Aley aley aley, dekho kaun aaya idhar…? Australia ki paltan aa gai hai,” says the very lovable sitter in Viru. This commercial is obviously the product of the small trash-talking session that took place between Pant and Paine during which Australia's Test captain asked Pant if he would like to babysit his kids. Later, Pant actually posed with Paine's wife and kids for the iconic picture. Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: "You babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night, you'll look after the kids?" *Challenge accepted!* ð¶ (ð¸ Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT — ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019 And now, cricketer turned announcer, Matthew Hayden reached out on Twitter to respond to the sly jab with an apt comeback. #BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy https://t.co/yRUtJVu3XJ — Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 11, 2019 "#BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy," Hayden tweeted. The Aussies' tour of India begins on 24th February 2019 with first of two T20I matches at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, while the ODI series will begin on 2nd March 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.
  13. While mobile gaming has been on the rise and insanely trending right now, nothing can take away the experience a PC can deliver. Even laptops have made phenomenal improvements in the last few years and offer top of the line specifications. Instead of a full-fledged PC, a laptop also provides the comfort of portability. Brands have been working on integrating desktop grade GPU's in laptops, and they can now deliver on par performance. In fact, Nvidia has also released special GPUs for laptops and this, in turn, has not only brought down the price of owning a gaming laptop but also offers a complete package. Based on multiple metrics like display size and quality, processor, GPU, additional gaming-centric features, and battery life, we've compiled a list of the top gaming laptops one can buy in India (they're sorted according to price). 1. Acer Nitro Ryzen 5 (Rs 53,990) © YouTube Acer's launched multiple laptops last year and the Nitro series has been an instant success. While most other machines are powered by Intel's processor, this one is the only exception. It has a 15.6-inch display and is powered by a quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 chipset clocked at 2.0Ghz with 8GB RAM. The laptop has a dedicated Radeon RX 560X GPU with 4GB memory and ships with a 1TB hard drive for storage. It comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and weighs 2.7Kg. If you're looking for a budget gaming rig, this one should be your first consideration since it has all basic necessities and doubles up as a gaming machine. 2. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (Rs 68,000) © HP There are various configurations available in the series, but we recommend the BC406TX since it has a balanced spec-sheet and is much more portable than the Nitro 5. It has a 15.6-inch display that refreshed at 60Hz and distinct under keyboard lights make the design look very modern. HP claims the battery can charge from 0 to 90 per cent within 90 minutes. Powering the laptop is an Intel Core i5 8300H chipset, clocked at 2.3GHz along with 8GB RAM. The GPU consists of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB dedicated memory. This variant comes with a 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 pre-installed. It is significantly lighter and weighs 2.1Kg. 3. ASUS TUF FX505 (Rs 89,990) © YouTube The new TUF gaming laptops offer an ultra-slim profile and feature a NanoEdge display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The laptop can remain cool for an extended period of time thanks to Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system, fan overboost technology, and dual-fan cooling CPU and GPU. The laptop has a 15.6-inch display and is powered by Intel's Core i7-8750H processor with 8GB RAM. It has an Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. Storage options include a hybrid of 1TB hard-drive and 256GB SSD. 4. Lenovo Legion Y530 (Rs 91,990) © YouTube The Legion series offers a significantly better design with tiny bezels and thin body construction. Only one variant of the laptop is officially available in India and it has a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Lenovo says it has a dual channel thermal system that offers best-in-class performance output and minimal noise. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H processor that comes with up to six cores and 12 threads for high-end gaming. Alongside is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. Even though the laptop is fairly thin, the keyboard offers 1.7mm of travel and the speakers are powered by Harman. Lastly, it has a dual storage system consisting of a 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD. 5. ASUS ROG Strix SCARII (Rs 139,990) © Trusted Reviews ASUS's ROG lineup has been immensely popular and the brand has been doubling down on its presence in India. The SCARII comes with a 15.6-inch 144Hz super-narrow-bezel display. It has a HyperStrike Pro gaming keyboard for better controls and HyperCool Pro technology for longer performance endurance. It is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, coupled along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 GPU and 16GB RAM. Additionally, with ROG Overstroke technology, it enables earlier key actuation and has a longer overstroke distance. 6. MSI RTX Series (Starts at 79,990) © YouTube MSI launched the new RTX offerings in India this week and multiple configurations are available. Ray Tracing technology is a major stand-out feature for the series and keep in mind, these machines are built for serious gamers only. The GL73 comes with a 15.6-inch display that refreshed at 144Hz and is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor. The laptop comes with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA drive. For graphics, it has Nvidia's RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB dedicated memory. The GL75 comes in two display sizes, 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch.
  14. Ever since the revolution of computer games, it has been an expensive activity or hobby to maintain. Whether you play on the PC or consoles, buying a proper machine and then games have always been pretty expensive. Now, we're witnessing a major revolution in the world of gaming with the addition of mobile phones as a platform. Sure, mobile games have existed for almost decades, but the industry is progressing to a whole new level. Thanks to the improvement in mobile OS architecture and hardware, a tiny mobile phone is capable of playing a 2GB Battle Royale game. PUBG, Fortnite, Asphalt etc. are just starting points and we're already seeing massive new titles coming soon. If you're looking for a new phone for gaming, we've compiled a list of top phones for gaming, available in India: 1. OnePlus 6T © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla This is pretty much a perfect Android offering, thanks to best-in-class hardware and well-polished software experience. The phone comes shipped with OxygenOS and is among the most stable skins out there. You won't have to cut corners anywhere with this device, thanks to its well-balanced spec sheet. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication. The body is built from premium metal and houses a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel lens for selfies. It also comes with a Gaming Mode that basically mutes all notifications to provide a distraction-free experience. 2. POCO F1 © MensXP / Shivam Vahia It's a flagship-grade phone that comes with an extremely lower price tag. The POCO F1 was built for performance, and the brand has constantly focused on making it faster. Housing a Snapdragon 845 processor, it also comes with a liquid cooling chamber for enhanced performance over longer durations. The front has a 6.2-inch LCD display, with a wide notch on the top. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup and is capable of clicking surprisingly good low-light pictures. The front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery and the phone ships with POCO Launcher by default. 3. Honor View 20 © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The phone was launched just a few weeks back in India and has managed to come with its own unique set of 2019ish features. The build quality is exceedingly premium and the front has a punch-hole camera, delivering better screen-to-body ratio. The phone comes with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that optimizes the phone's performance when gaming. Powering the View 20 is the latest Kirin 980 processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a massive 48-megapixel sensor along with a Time of Flight sensor that helps in 3D modelling and interactive gameplay. The front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter and these internals are backed by a 4000mAh battery. 4. Nokia 8.1 © BCCL This is the only phone on this list to ship with stock Android and is part of Google's Android One program, ensuring timely updates. It continues the legacy of Nokia branded phones and has a significantly premium design and strong build quality. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's latest midrange, yet highly capable Snapdragon 710 platform. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 20-megapixel lens for selfies. It comes with a modest 3500mAh battery but supports 18W fast charging. 5. Honor Play © BCCL It's been quite some time since the phone was launched, but it still manages to kick-ass thanks to a flagship processor. This was technically India's first gaming-centric phone and is equipped with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that intelligently optimizes processes to improve performance while gaming. The phone has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Kirin 970 processor. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a mediocre 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. 6. iPhone XR © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla We've listed ultra-premium phones towards the end of this list and the iPhone is often regarded to be the best gaming phone one can buy. iOS has maintained an edge over Android for years in terms of game development, and thanks to Apple's insanely fast processor, the gap widens even further. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch display and is powered by an A12 processor. The chipset has a hexa-core dedicated GPU and graphics have never been smoother. The rear has a single 12-megapixel sensor and the front has a 7-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these specs is a quite large 2942mAh battery. 7. ASUS ROG Phone © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Arguably the only dedicated gaming phone in India, the ROG Phone is expensive, but won't disappoint in terms of performance. The design is very refreshing and has an RGB logo on the back, along with mappable air triggers for better FPS experience. The 6-inch AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate and supports HDR. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with an Aeroactive cooler accessory for long duration performance support. Even a Twinview dock is separately available and the phone has an internal 4000mAh battery.
  15. First, in Australia, and now, in New Zealand. The Indian cricket team has been busy creating history on their journey away from home. On the back of three consecutive wins, the Indian cricket team had already recorded their first ODI series win in New Zealand in 10 years. And, on 3rd February, the 'Men in Blue' capped off the five-match ODI series with a 4-1 win. Having suffered a rare flop-show in the 4th ODI that resulted in a massive loss, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade ticked all the boxes in the fifth and final game to end the series on a high. Riding on the back of a responsible middle-order batting performance which was backed by their impressive bowling unit, the visitors romped their way to a 35-run win at the Westpac stadium. In a bid to test their batting on a moist Wellington track, India elected to bat first and quickly found themselves in trouble. The visitors lost four wickets for just 18 runs as the hosts fancied another opportunity to bowl India out for a mediocre total, like the last game. Twitter/@BCCI But, an impressive middle-order performance in testing conditions revived India's innings from 18/4 to eventually reach a competitive total of 252 runs. Ambati Rayudu (90) led India's revival, while the likes of Vijay Shankar (45) and Hardik Pandya (45), too, played their part. In reply, James Neesham (44), Kane Williamson (39) and Tom Latham (37) tried to keep the hosts in contention of finishing strong, but it eventually proved to be a tough ask for the Kiwis. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal (3) bagged the most wickets, followed by Mohammed Shami and Pandya who bagged two wickets apiece. Following their series win, the Indian team was presented with the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony where Kedar Jdhav was heard shouting, "How's the josh?" before his teammates responded, "High sir". Jadhav was reciting the, now, popular dialogue of Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood flick 'Uri'. Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR" ð£ï¸ ð¢ 'HOWS THE JOSH' - @vickykaushal09 ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBd — BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019 The video of their celebrations was also shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter. "Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR". 'HOWS THE JOSH'," read the caption of the tweet.
  16. There exists a specific set of skills which is required to be mastered by one to actually qualify as a true basketball enthusiast. You need to know the game in and out, be it Russell Westbrook's extremely jazzy jackets or Gerald Green's new 'Spiderman' hairdo. You've got to get in sync with the league's culture. Next, you must practice the essentials of playing the game. In order to shoot that hoop like 'Black Mamba', Kobe Bryant or move around the court like 'The Flash', Dwyane Wade, you must work on your craft. And finally, and probably the most important criterion of the all (are you ready for this?)... Have fun and enjoy the sport while doing all of the above! Basketball is all about fast-paced action which is a unique blend of brute force and finesse, at the epitome of which, is the National Basketball Association or the NBA. The NBA has never been more popular in India, expanding exponentially through cities and towns alike. The league has led to making LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden some of the biggest household names in recent times. Indian fans are not only getting up early in the morning, sometimes, even before the sun is out, to watch their idols compete against each other, but also seem be to extremely interested in getting to know more about them, their lifestyle on and off the court, their history with the league and even their nicknames! But the guys at NBA India expect more from the Indian loyalists and see a lot of potential here. They believe that all the knowledge the league fans have garnered through days and months, should not go to waste. As a means to provide an opportunity to the basketball fans from all over the country to prove their loyalty to the game, a new all-NBA show, Jabong Hoop Wars, is coming to India. Hosted by the absolutely stunning Benafsha Soonawalla, Jabong Hoop Wars will see some of the most influential online celebrities like Nidhi Singh, Shantanu Maheshwari, Priyank Sharma, Aly Goni, Karishma Sharma and Prince Narula make special appearances in every episode. The show is all about churning out the best fans from the lot that the Indian audience has grown to become. If you have what it takes to be called a true basketball enthusiast who has the skills and the knowledge about the league and the sporting culture that revolves around it, Jabong Hoops Wars is meant for you. Great athletes like Lebron James and Kevin Durant had to go through so much of grit and grind and all the challenges put in front of them before actually being worthy of achieving the greatest glory of them all, the NBA championship. Likewise, the show puts forward some of the most creatively thought-out challenges that bring out the best in the contestants by testing their knowledge and skills related to the game and all the fun that happens throughout the year around the NBA, and believe us when we say that the rewards are worth it. The NBA fans in India are no less dedicated to the sport than those anywhere else in the world. All they need is a platform to show their love, support and respect for the game and it seems that their search is finally over.
  17. Priyanka Chopra is back to work after a month-long hiatus courtesy her lavish wedding to Nick Jonas. She was on Ellen De Generes' popular show where she announced that her next big project will be a biopic on Ma Anand Sheela, which will be a very exciting project for sure. Currently, she is awaiting the release of her next Hollywood movie 'Isn't It Romantic' which stars Rebel Wilson and Chris Hemsworth. The romantic comedy follows the story of Natalie, an architect who tries very hard to get noticed at her job. Priyanka is playing the role of a Yoga ambassador in the movie. The movie is hitting theatres in February but there's some good news for Indian fans, because this will be her first movie which will release on Netflix directly on 28th February. In terms of Bollywood releases, Priyanka will be seen in 'The Sky Is Pink' opposite Farhan Akhtar.
  18. We are living in very interesting times where literally anything and everything is capable of stopping a game or a match. From a naked dude streaking across the field to elements in nature, no one can expect where the next obstacle in a match can come from. A few days ago, the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand went on a halt because of sun outrage. And yesterday, another old mate came back onto the field to halt yet another match, none other than our beloved bees. © PTI Over the years we have seen many 'bee attacks', the most memorable one was witnessed in South Africa two years ago, when the host were playing against Sri Lanka. Something similar happened yesterday during the fourth one day match between India A and England Lions in Trivandrum, where the play came to a standstill for 15 minutes when a swarm of bees attacked the spectators at the stadium. An unexpected and painful turn of events took place at the Green Field International Stadium, as the match was just in its 28th over when the bees began to charge at the audience and left a lot of spectators in the stadium injured. All of this was captured in a video which went viral after the incident. Fortunately, none of the players at the stadium were seriously injured at the scene, as the bees did not enter the field. But the India A coach, Rahul Dravid, who was around the stadium at that time, had to run for his safety. A few spectators were taken to the hospital immediately because of the bee attack and the crowd at the stadium was shifted from the west side of the stadium to the east. The Chief Operating Officer of Sports Facilities Ltd told The Indian Express: "It was an unfortunate incident. We had ensured that the gallery where the spectators who sit for watching the match was cleaned ahead of the match. But it were some spectators who went upstairs where they were not supposed to go in the normal circumstances and stirred the hive unknowingly or mischievously." Though India won comfortably by 6 wickets, in which the recently named ICC Emerging player of the year, Rishabh Pant scored a blistering knock of 73 of 76 balls, and with Shardul Thakur assisting in the bowling department, team India safely secured the fourth straight win in the series.
  19. 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.
  20. Swearing by living life king size, Hardik Pandya's beliefs and ideology find expression in his brutal hitting in the middle order and brisk seam bowling. Ever since making his international debut in 2016, Pandya has established his reputation as one of the most effective allrounders in modern-day cricket. A vital cog in the Indian line-up, Pandya's exploits on the field also earned him comparisons with the great Kapil Dev, as many labelled him as the country's next big allrounder. But, for a cricketer who was busy rising through the ranks, Pandya came across his worst nightmare earlier this month when his demeanour on a popular chat show sparked nationwide outrage. There was a lot of backlash, filled with expletives, on social media. Fans and former cricketers all combined in slamming the youngster for his remarks on the chat show. Then, there was a suspension from the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) that forced him to return from Australia where his teammates were busy etching their name in the history books. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Falling from grace, Pandya was disappointed, sad and alone. Pandya was cornered and left to face the demons on his own as he shut himself at home. While there is no doubt that it was Pandya's own doing, but, let's be honest, people have committed worse crimes (if his is one) than him. He's just 25 and his remarks, arguably, shouldn't overshadow his capabilities, especially after being punished enough. With his back against the wall, Pandya had a sigh of relief after the Indian cricket board ended his suspension and asked him to join the team in New Zealand. But, none really cared as Pandya's comments about women still echoed on the social media with the fans still not ready to move on from the controversy. Taking the field at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Pandya had a point to make. He seemed possessed to right his wrong, win back his fans and remind everyone how crucial he is for this Indian team. When you're pushed back against the wall, the only way is forward. And, that's exactly how Pandya saw his return to the Indian team in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand. © AP Unfazed by the criticism levelled against him, the Baroda cricketer delivered impressive figures of 2-45 in his bowling spell and choked the run flow during the middle overs. He bowled 37 dot balls, more than any of his teammates, and conceded just three boundaries as India romped their way to a seven-wicket win that also sealed the five-match series in their favour. If his bowling performance impressed everyone, Pandya's determination to make a strong return was also in full display in his fielding efforts during the game. In fact, the young gun helped his teammate Yuzvendra Chahal in getting a wicket on the back of a sensational catch. Hardik pandya come back super catch pic.twitter.com/Bl83rckpO8 — Kanai Kumar (@KanaiKumar9) January 28, 2019 In the 17th over of New Zealand's innings, skipper Kane Williamson chipped down the track to hit Chahal's delivery towards deep midwicket. While Williamson was looking to whip the ball off his pads through to the boundary ropes, an alert Pandya - who was fielding at midwicket - produced an acrobatic effort, diving to his left and pulling off an absolute blinder, to send the opposition captain packing. That was a fielder's wicket, absolutely stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. #NZvInd — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2019 Though he didn't get a chance to showcase his power-hitting with the willow, Pandya, still, had his effect on the game - thanks to his majestic bowling and electric fielding. After enduring all the hate lately, Pandya, with a positive body language, looked determined to make the most of the opportunity and eager to contribute to his team's requirements.
  21. Last year, we witnessed the rise of Xiaomi in India, and the rate at which they've disrupted the market is unprecedented. The brand dethroned Samsung as the number one smartphone maker in the country based on units shipped. In fact, Xiaomi has clearly been the leader these past few quarters when it came to market share in India. Samsung has been far less aggressive in terms of competition, but now the tides are slowly changing. The South Korean giant is going all in to protect its market share and changing its product line-up massively. They've announced the launch of M-series smartphones today, a completely new line-up to cater the budget segment. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The M10 and M20 are the first phones in the new series and the first thing you'll notice about them is the design. These are also the first phones from the company to sport a notch. Samsung was among the very few major brands to not equip their phones with a notch just for the sake of it. The brand is calling the display notch as "Infinity-V Display", in line with their Infinity Display branding. The M20 is the elder sibling and comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display. Powering the phone is a Exynos 7904 octa-core processor, clocked at 1.8Ghz. It ships with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant, while the second option has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. A microSD card slot has also been included for expansion. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla On the rear, it has a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The secondary sensor is a wide angle lens, similar to what we've seen onboard the Galaxy A7. The front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, the phone comes with a huge 5000mAh battery that supports fast charging. The M10 has a 6.2-inch HD+ display and is backed by a Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset, clocked at 1.6Ghz. The base variant gets 2GB RAM along with 16GB internal storage. The second option comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. On the back is a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Even here, the secondary sensor consists of a wide angle lens. The front has a 5-megapixel lens for selfies. Lastly, it has a 3400mAh battery. Galaxy M20 will be priced at INR 12,990 for the 4GB+64GB variant, while the 3GB+32GB variant will cost INR 10,990. Galaxy M10 is priced at INR 8,990 for the 3GB+32GB variant and INR 7,990 for the 2GB+16GB.
  22. After the ban on the Indian cricketers was lifted, things are looking to be on a rise for pace bowler, Hardik Pandya, who has been included in the main Indian cricket team for their tour to New Zealand and has proven himself to be crucial during the two matches that he has played in, while his partner in crime, KL Rahul continues to find a dark cloud hovering above his head. 2019 has not been kind to the Indian batsman who has experienced one adversity after another. Even before the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administration (CoA) put up sanctions on the opener, Rahul was amidst a bad form during the four-match Test series against Australia. During the first Test Down Under at the Adelaide Oval, after scoring a decent 44 of 67 balls in his first innings, Rahul's ill-formed stint started in the second innings, when he got caught out on the eighth ball on a Josh Hazlewood delivery. Ever since, the Mangalore-born has not spent a lot of time at the crease. In the second Test, in Perth, Rahul was sent back to the dressing room on a duck and on 2 runs in the first and second innings respectively. After being dropped by the team in the third match, Rahul was brought back for the fourth and final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The fact that this match was extremely important for India to finally win a Test series on Australian soil played a huge role in the selectors facing a lot of hate online for Rahul's re-entry. People were sceptical of Rahul as he had disappointed the team with his consistently bad performances and their scepticism was bang on as yet again, Rahul was dismissed cheaply. A few days ago, when the CoA decided to put an end to the suspension, they asked Rahul to join Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane in the India A team for a five-match one-dayer series against the England Lions. With the 2019 World Cup approaching, the BCCI is trying to bring back Rahul's lost confidence as he is considered to be a key role-player for the WC roster. Alas, Rahul is seemingly nowhere close to his glory days as he looked uncomfortable against the Lions from the get-go and got caught out by Zak Chappell off Jamie Overton after scoring only 13 runs, albeit scoring two boundaries. KL Rahul - What Happened to him , Not Form , Nor Class Visible in him. 3rd Match vs England Lions Inspite our Batsmen Faliure Credit Goes to Deepak Chahar when India on110/7 He took the Final Score to 172 with his 39RunsContribution. Even thanDefeated England Lions on 112 all Out pic.twitter.com/6thp1RpdWz — k kumar rao (@kkrao3107K) January 27, 2019 Although India A have won the first three unofficials to book the series in their favour, Rahul's bad form is a matter of huge concern for the cricketer. In a country where literally thousands of extremely talented cricketers are standing in the line, hungry to get that one opportunity to show their worth, a dark stint like Rahul's can lead a career down to the ground, no matter how remarkable it once used to be.
  23. The budget segment in India has been exceedingly crowded and with so many brands offering a multitude of options, choosing the right one for you can be a tough task. We've made a list of the top budget smartphones in India according to every user's requirements. Taking into consideration multiple factors like camera, performance, battery life, and user interface, this list is all you need to pick the right one. 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro © Awaqa The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country. Xiaomi has finally managed to overcome the flash sales and they are abundantly available in stock now. The phone has a perfect balance in all segments and pretty much a winner. It has a 6.26-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 635 platform. For multitasking, it has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant along with expandable storage. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus © BCCL This phone runs on stock Android like every other Nokia branded phone and this is what gives it an edge. The brand has been consistent in pushing out timely updates and the UI is immensely smooth. The design gives a very premium feel in hand and the compact nature of the phone is confidence inspiring. It has a 5.8-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 636 platform. The base variant gets 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel camera set up while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. A slightly smaller 3060mAh battery powers the phone and will get you through a day's usage. 3. Huawei Y9 © Huawei The recently launched Huawei Y9 is the first Y-series smartphone to launch in India. The main highlight of the phone is its design and the brand has brought down the P20 Pro's design language, and the Y9 has an eerily similar look. If you're looking for a premium design with flaunt-worthy elements, this one is built for you. It has a 6.5-inch display and is powered by Huawei's midrange Kirin 710 processor. The phone has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. On the rear is a 16+2-megapixel camera setup, while the front has a 13+2-megapixel setup for selfies. The phone runs on a 4000mAh battery that is equipped with fast charging. 4. Realme U1 © MensXP The Realme U1 is another phone with a good balance of specifications across all departments. It is built from composite plastic that does a significantly good job of imitating plastic. Realme has also added a waterdrop notch to further increase the screen-to-body ratio. It borrows ColorOS UI from OPPO, and it has been drastically improved. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by the latest MediaTek P70 processor. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The rear dual cameras capture sharp pictures in daytime and the front has a huge 25-megapixel shooter for selfies. It is back by a 3500mAh battery that is more than enough to get you through a day and a half. 5. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 © ASUS ASUS is another brand that provides a stock Android experience on its phones and the M2 kills it. Coupled with a midrange Snapdragon 660 processor, it is blazing fast and gets every task done smoothly. The design has been drastically improved and it looks distinctly premium now. The phone has a 6.26-inch display and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. In the base variant, you get 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear gets a 12+5-megapixel camera while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery that'll get you through days of usage on a single charge. 6. Honor 10 Lite © Honor For Honor, the gradient design has been loved by many and has become one major differentiating factor for consumers. It touts an attractive design with a glass-like 3D rear panel that sees dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the rear. The front has a small semi-circular notch along with a heavy front camera. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by Huawei's midrange Kirin 710 chipset. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera set up while the front has a huge 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Powering these internals is a 3230mAh battery. 7. Motorola One Power © Motorola This phone is built with one purpose, to offer maximum battery life. Motorola has opted to give with a simple design, and thanks to the huge battery, the phone weighs a lot. It has a 6.2-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor. The base variant gets 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel camera setup, while the front has a 12-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, it has a 5000mAh battery with support for fast charging.
  24. The disappearing 3.5mm jack is the reason these headphones have come to represent the epitome of convenience. Not to mention, the aspect of their portability. While audiophiles continue to prefer a wired analogue connection, for a vast majority of users, it won't make a difference. With so many options available across all budgets, it often gets daunting to choose the right one. We've compiled a list of the top wireless headphones one can buy in India right now. 1. Sony WH1000XM3 © Sony Sony has built them from the scratch, adding more comfort and a better headband along with a larger driver. These are the only ones that can match the quality of wired headphones and also sport a new QN1 chip for noise cancellation. They can deliver 32-bit audio, matchable by none in this segment. In terms of sound quality, they can deliver very accurate lows and mids. The sound is crystal clear with balanced bass for the perfect listening experience. You can further customise the output via the mobile app's equaliser. You can also customise the noise cancellation according to your environment. It can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge and support fast charging. 2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II © Pocket Lint If you're looking for best-in-class noise cancellation, these are for you. The new headphones have a dedicated button to activate Google Assistant and can read your smartphone's notifications. Connect them to the Bose app and they'll notify you with a chime. If you're into electronic or ambient music, these are a pleasure to use. The mid-range sound is great along with flawless bass output. For long flights, these are a must-have and can run on a single charge for more than 20 hours. The addition of assistant support is another perk. 3. Sennheiser PXC550 © Sennheiser Offering amazing sound quality in conjunction with the adaptive noise cancelling, the Sennheiser PXC550 Wireless Headphones propose exceptional performance. Being extremely lightweight, these comfy and feature packed earphones perform really well. It has ideally balanced lows and mids along with best-in-class treble. Their low-frequency extension is at 26Hz, which is very good. However, it's not as low as some other over-ears' like the QuietComfort 35 II. It has a battery rating of up to 30 hours. 4. 1MORE Triple Driver © 1More While all other selections are full-fledged headphones, these are among the best earphones you can buy right now. Two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver deliver a very balanced hearing experience. They have an extended frequency range up to 40,000 Hz to reproduce high-resolution audio and also come with an in-built DAC. The earpieces are made of aluminium and have a 5-in-1 controller for making calls, adjust volume, and easily change tracks. The armatures are uniquely inset with durable silicone covers for lasting performance and resilience. 5. Sony MDR-XB650BT © YouTube Significantly cheaper than the other selections, if you're looking for something that's light on the pocket and delivers top-notch music output, these are the ones you should grab. They have a good balance of lows and mids, while the bass is significantly high. If you like bass, these are definitely made for you. Though, they can be easily optimized using an equaliser. They are light in weight, extremely comfortable to wear, and have an umatchable battery life. On a single charge, they'll easily last you more than 20 hours. 6. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Wireless © CNET The amount of attention given to details while making them is unprecedented. The audio distribtuion is exciting and perfectly balanced for all types of genres. The design is trendy and they're sure to make you look unique as well as a little old school. Delivering a battery life of 17 hours of wireless playback between charges. P5 Wireless charges via USB and if you want to save your battery, it also comes supplied with a cable. The diaphragm is designed like a traditional speaker, providing more precise movement and amazing sound quality. 7. Jabra Move Wireless © Jabra If you want a pair of wireless headphones without breaking the bank, your next best bet is the Jabra Move Wireless. These headphones may look like a budget buy, but don't let that fool you: this set of on ear Bluetooth headphones is nothing but an all-around stellar product. Music from most genres retain a fair punch, and a clean, uncluttered design is sure to impress most. It is well-suited for listeners who are not too keen on overpowering lows, but want a balanced bass output. It has a battery output of up to 12 hours on a single charge.
  25. Ahead of the second of the five ODIs, the Indian cricket team reached the city of Tauranga earlier today and were received with a warm welcome by the Maori Community of Mount Maunganui. In a traditional ceremony, the members of the historically prestigious community greeted the Men in Blue and the rest of the staff including the head coach, Ravi Shastri, with a wonderful performance which was later acknowledged and praised by the official Twitter handle of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). #TeamIndia received a traditional welcome at the Oval Bay from the Maori community. Full video coming up soon on https://t.co/CPALMGgLOj pic.twitter.com/FEbSuwHEZ8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2019 Shastri, who was elated to be a part of the punctilio, also showed his appreciation. Great to be welcomed and blessed by MÄori pÅwhiri from Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku, the manawhenua for the Bay Oval area ð@BayOvalOfficial #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/g8ZbsMpkdI — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 25, 2019 “Great to be welcomed and blessed by Maori powhiri from Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku, the manawhenua for the Bay Oval area,” expressed the former cricketer. According to the New Zealand Immigration, the Maori culture runs deep in the day-to-day lives of a great portion of the Kiwi population. For centuries, it has influenced the cuisine, language and even the attitude of the people living there. Coming back to the ODI series between India and New Zealand, Virat Kohli and his boys have had a remarkable start with a dominating performance by the bowlers led by the Man of the Match, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav while Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli managed to seal it after an initial bump to the batting order with an early Rohit Sharma wicket. With the Indian side pondering over a couple of changes in their middle order, a new addition to the squad is being considered. After the Committee of Administration (CoA) under the BCCI lifted the ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their controversial comments on Karan Johar's show, 'Koffee With Karan', Pandya is on his way to the Kiwis' paradise to join the rest of the team on the Board's order.
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