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  1. Xiaomi has added two new budget phones to its line up called the Redmi 7 and the Redmi Y3. They both are essentially the same devices, except the Redmi Y3 is a selfie-centric phone, and it has a 32MP selfie shooter as opposed to the 8MP shooter on the Redmi 7. Redmi Y3 will go on sale starting 30th April with a starting price of Rs. 9,999. Let's take a quick look at what these two phones have to offer - Redmi 7 © Mi Redmi phones in the past like the Redmi 5, Redmi 6, etc. have always been best-sellers for Xiaomi. Now, the company has launched the new Redmi 7, eyeing for the top spot in the same segment. The Redmi 7 has a 6.26-inch HD+ 'Dot Notch' display on the front, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Apart from the affordable price tag, if there's anything that should attract you this phone, then it's got to be the looks. Xiaomi is calling it the Aura Smoke Design, and it looks absolutely beautiful. The phone comes in three colors i.e. Eclipse Black, Lunar Red, and Comet Blue. As for the specs, the Redmi 7 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset and it comes in two variants. You can buy it with either 2GB RAM + 32GB storage or 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. You can expand the storage further up to 512GB via a microSD card. Both variants have IR blaster and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. © Mi The Redmi 7 sports a dual-camera setup at the back with 12MP + 2MP lens. On the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter with features like AI Beautify 4.0 and AI Portrait mode. The phone also packs a 4,000 mAh battery. Redmi Y3 As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Y3 is more or less identical to the Redmi 7. It's got the same display, are powered by the same processor, and it looks just as beautiful as the Redmi 7. The only difference, as we mentioned earlier, is the selfie camera. Xiaomi Y series of phones have always been about selfies, and this one's no exception. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Y3 sports a 32MP AI selfie camera. It's got features like EIS, palm shutter, Auto HDR, AI portrait mode, and more. The rear-camera setup, however, remains the same. It's also worth pointing out that the Redmi Y3 comes with more RAM and storage. The base variant of the Redmi Y3 packs 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. You can also choose to get the variant with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Pricing & Availability The Redmi Y3 starts at Rs. 9,999, and you can also choose to spend Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. It'll go on sale starting 30th April on Amazon, mi.com and offline stores. More info on the Redmi 7 is incoming, so stay tuned.
  2. Realme is continuing its efforts to establish a name for itself in the budget smartphone segment in India with the launch of the new Realme 3 Pro. It comes hot on the heels of the launch of Realme 3, which is also a great budget offering from the brand. The phone has been priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant, going head-to-head with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro distinguishes itself from the other phones in this segment with the Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is known to have a few advantages of its own over chips like Snapdragon 675. Specifications As for the specs, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display on the front that's protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The display, as you can see, has a dewdrop design, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Also, as mentioned earlier, the Realme 3 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chip, and it comes in a few variants. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro comes in two variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. You can also expand the storage up to 256GB. As for the optics, the Realme 3 Pro sports a dual-camera setup at the back which houses a 16MP and a 5MP sensor. On the front, you get a 25MP selfie shooter. Realme is offering a bunch of shooting modes with the camera. You get modes like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, Super slow-mo, and more. There's also a fingerprint scanner at the back, but you'll have to make do with a micro USB port. The innards of the phone will be kept powered by a 4,050 mAh battery, and you also get ColorOS 6.0 that's based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. Pricing & Availability © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The base variant of the Realme 3 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999. You can also pick up the variant with 6GB + 128GB storage for Rs. 16,999. The phone will go on sale starting on 29th April Flipkart. Realme C2 In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, the company also debuted the new Realme C2. It's powered by an Octa-core Helio P22 chip and comes in 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variants. The device sports a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a 'dewdrop' notch. © MensXP Other noteworthy specs of the phone include a 4,000 mAh battery, 13MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera, AI Facial Unlock and more. The phone also looks beautiful with its Diamond-Cut Design, which is similar to what we've seen in the past. As for the pricing, the Realme C2 starts at Rs. 5,999 for the base variant. The variant with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage is priced at Rs. 7,999. You'll be able to pick one up starting May 15.
  3. Apple announced a range of services this week that covers finance, gaming and video content for their customers. Apple TV+ will be the company's premier video streaming platform that will host original TV Shows and Movies with A-list actors, directors and producers. The subscription service will be available via a new app which is slated to launch this fall. We were at the launch event hosted by Apple and here's everything we know so far about the streaming platform: Original Content © Apple Apple TV+ currently has over 30 titles in the works with shows or movies from directors like Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams and Oprah. Apple wants it to be the home of the "world's most creative storytellers,” with "inspiriting and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters." How Much Will It Cost © Apple Apple has not announced the pricing details of its video streaming service however we can expect it to cost the same other streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. We aren't sure if Apple will have a different pricing plan for India, however, rumours suggest that Apple plans to make its original content available for free. Rumours may suggest free content for Apple users however it seems highly unlikely. When Will It Launch Apple has not set a concrete date yet, however, the service is scheduled to launch this fall in over 100 countries simultaneously. Can The Service Be Shared? © Apple Yes, the service can be shared with friends and family as long as they are a part of your iCloud Family Sharing plan. This will also be valid for Apple TV channels. Where Will Apple TV+ Be Available © Apple Apple TV+ will be available on a range of devices. Apart from the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, users will also be able to use the service on Samsung smart TVs beginning this spring and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future. You will also be able to use Apple devices to effortlessly play videos and other content from an iPhone or iPad directly to eligible smart TVs with AirPlay 2 support.
  4. Huawei debuted the Watch GT back in October last year alongside its Mate 20 series of smartphones. The company took its time, but the watch has finally been launched in India today. The new Huawei Watch GT Sports edition is priced at Rs 15,990 and the Classic edition is priced at 16,990. It'll be available for purchase via Amazon India starting March 19. The Huawei Watch GT sports a 1.39-inch OLED touch screen with a resolution of 454x454 pixels. The watch has a 46.5mm round dial and it has a stainless-steel body, available in black or metal finishes. It also comes with interchangeable straps and is also water resistant up to 50 meters. © YouTube Moving on to the software, the Watch GT runs on Huawei's proprietary software called LightOS. Only time will tell if it's better than Google's WearOS, but Huawei says the watch can deliver up to 2 weeks of battery life. Yes, Huawei says that you can go up to 2 weeks on a single charge, and should take you roughly about 2 hours to top up the battery. Huawei has also packed the watch with some fitness-centric features such as constant heart-rate monitoring, sleep-tracking and more. The Watch GT has GPS, and it will take advantage of technologies like TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitoring and TruSleep 2.0 to give you accurate measurements. In addition to the fitness-focused features, you obviously get the basic smartwatch features like the ability to check notifications of messages, calls, reminders, and alarms. The Huawei Watch GT also comes with an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, and more. © Huawei The Watch GT supports Bluetooth v4.2 and NFC, however, it lacks the Wi-Fi support. It packs 16MB RAM and 128MB ROM, and it's compatible with smartphones running Android 4.4 or later or iOS 9.0 or later. You can pick up the Huawei Watch GT with either a leather or a silicone strap in a bunch of different colours.
  5. Realme is a very young brand and intends to take over the budget phone segment in India. They've launched a new phone every quarter in an effort to cover up every possible price bracket. The brand has been targeting its phones towards the youth and hence, focuses on performance and design the most. With the Realme 3, the brand wants to lure buyers with its powerful MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. The new processor has performed extremely well in our previous review of the Realme U1, and now it's available at an even better price. (c) MensXP/Shivam Vahia On the front, it has a 6.2-inch HD+ display (1520 x 720 resolution) and comes with Gorilla Glass protection. Realme claims it has achieved 88.30 per cent screen-to-body ratio thanks to a small water-drop style notch. Like we've said, the new P70 processor has four cores clocked at 2.1Ghz and boasts 15 per cent lesser power consumption when compared to previous generation offering. It also has a multi-threaded APU for AI processing. It comes in to two variants, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The internal memory is expandable via a microSD card. (c) MensXP/Shivam Vahia The rear houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the back and it also supports face unlock. For low-light pictures, Realme has included a Nightscape mode that improves the quality of pictures using AI. A Chroma Boost mode also helps in producing better colour by adjusting exposure and dynamic range. For selfies, a 13-megapixel camera has been provided on the front. Backing these innards is a 4230mAh battery. The phone ships with ColorOS 6.0, built on top of Android 9.0 Pie. The software has kept many stock Android elements untouched and added features include Game Space and quick app drawer on the left. (c) MensXP/Shivam Vahia The 3GB + 32GB option is priced at Rs 8,999 and the 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at Rs 10,999 . Sales start from March 12thh via online channels. The phone will be going up against the recently launched Redmi Note 7, Nokia 5.1 Plus, and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2. It'll be interesting to see how the brand is able to continue its steady rise in the country considering the competitive environment.
  6. Samsung and Huawei kicked-off MWC 2019 with their foldable phones and we're still trying to wrap our heads around the groundbreaking technology. Social media and forums are filled with optimists as well as pessimists, and this has become the hottest topic for enthusiasts right now. Companies are ready to mass produce bendable displays, but one question still remains. How are we going to use these foldable phones in real life? How will the software compliment the hardware? It's going to take time to slowly understand different use case scenarios, and develop a finished product. © Nubia But, Nubia is taking this a level further with the launch of Nubia Alpha (styled as α). It's a combination of a watch and a phone, sporting a foldable display and the brand calls this a "wearable phone with a flexible display". To be honest, it's a fancy watch that offers more slightly more features than your regular wearable, but do we really need it right now? It sports a 4-inch 960x192 OLED screen that roughly covers half your wrist. Even though the brand claims it to be a phone, the specs say a different story. It comes with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, and 500mAh battery. There's also a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Nubia suggests the device will last 1-2 days of regular use, or a week on standby. © Nubia Just like the Apple Watch, it has a built-in eSIM which you can use for calls, texts, and all that other stuff SIM cards can do. It is water resistant, has activity and sleep-tracking along with a heart-rate sensor. Well, you can see movies on the watch if you don't mind standing with your arm lifted at the right angle all the time. And, the OS is custom built. Meaning, don't expect kick-ass app support anytime soon. The OS gets voice controls, air gestures, and other intuitive controls, but we're yet to see how smooth they really are. © Nubia On paper, the watch sounds exciting but lacks any practical usage. Yes, it is technically a "phone", but then the same can be said about the Apple Watch LTE as well. The watch costs a whopping €549 (Rs 44,000) in Europe and expected to ship from the third quarter of this year. Brands need to stop blindly following trends and think about delivering a usable product. You may manage to house a foldable display, but will it offer anything substantially better to the user in day-to-day life?
  7. The fashion industry happens to be one of the most fast-paced and constantly evolving industries in the world. Fashion trends come and go in the blink of an eye, but if there is one thing that doesn't change, it is the idea and possibility that inspires it. Two friends decided to change India's unfamiliarity with beachwear and herald a bigger change in the Indian fashion scene by reimagining the way swimwear was incorporated into mainstream fashion choices in their home country. What started out as a passion project turned Shivan and Narresh's life around, and soon the duo was christened as “bikini boys” of India. (c) MensXP But there is a lot of history behind their success and raging popularity as India's first luxury beachwear brand. Swimwear as a fashion category was non-existent in the the Indian subcontinent, when Shivan and Narresh first set foot in the industry. Freshly out of college, the NIFT graduates were told that “the big money lay in selling lehengas”. Industry veterans tried to sell the Indian festive wear category as the “it” thing to make their debut with. But research and personal inclination told the duo to explore other avenues and turned out that swimwear was a category they could dig into. (c) MensXP It all started when Shivan and Narresh was had just joined NIFT, New Delhi. While Narresh was specialising with women's wear, Shivan was studying leather corsetry at a prestigious design school. They were introduced by a common friend during their first year, but, it was design competitions that brought them together. Their complementary skills helped them bag most competitions, and they soon realised that sticking together would be best. Yet, when they set out, people around them were apprehensive and discouraging. That plunged Shivan and Narresh into a dark phase when they didn't know the right answers or how to seek them. But eventually it was their passion and creativity that won, and they decided to sell swimwear as a lifestyle. (c) MensXP For the makers of the brand 'Shivan & Narresh' their “constant job and passion is to send people on holidays”. What started off as swimwear, soon morphed into resort wear, followed by menswear. But more recently it is their celebration wear that has got the town talking. But for Shivan, their greatest design invention they lent to the fashion dictionary was the, “bikini saree” which has been adorned by the who's who of the industry and Bollywood divas. Their menswear is equally popular and eye-catchy. And though Shivan and Narresh have personalities that are poles apart, their talents and quirks make them the perfect partners to work with. (c) Shivan & Narresh/MensXP They started out with a sum of Rs 1 lakh that they had won through a competition, and combined it with another 50,000 rupees borrowed from their parents, and bought three machines that would help them breathe life to those killer swimsuits. From their first store in Hauz Khas to their first flagship store in one of India's most expensive malls, Emporio, they have come a long way in the last seven years. (c) Shivan & Narresh/MensXP And when it comes to giving a wise piece of advice to aspiring designers, both Shivan and Narresh believe that “a designer must always represent himself or herself, and bring that to the table. Knowing who they are, what they represent and where they are coming from, and pick your line of work keeping it in sync with who you are. All else will automatically fall into place." (c) Shivan & Narresh/MensXP Learn from these two fashion innovators, as they share industry insights and personal lessons with us, about how to make it in the industry on your own terms.
  8. They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Since fashion is subjective, we don't expect everyone to understand every trend. But when companies create bizarre products that are listed for ridiculous prices, we can't help but be shocked. Gucci's Cruise '19 collection features a pair of 'vintage distressed sneakers' that have us shook. The shoes look pre-dirty and worn and we're just not sure who would actually want to own a pair. Take a look at these babies. © Gucci © Gucci The product detail on the website lists that the shoes are inspired by vintage sportswear patterns from the 70s and is treated for an 'all-over distressed effect'. We don't know about distress but these just look plain dirty and worn out. They look a little too vintage, if you ask us. © Gucci If you're already frowning over the bizarre product, wait till we mention the price of these kicks. The Screener GG Sneaker is retailed at 870 USD which converts to Rs 61,938. That's pretty damn expensive for a pair of old worn-out looking shoes. © Gucci As if the Gucci 'racist' sweater controversy hadn't stirred enough trouble for the brand, this shoe is getting trolled by the internet too. Take a look at what some Twitter users had to say about this product. Gucci is really out here selling the sneakers your mom uses for gardening and Sunday cleaning for $800 pic.twitter.com/Eh5wEBQMSc — camille (@cxmillexxxx) October 30, 2018 The poor try to look rich and the rich try to look poor! ð — BROOKLYNBREAD (@Rinseyjones) November 7, 2018 When ur born rich a f but don't wanna be a called a snobby daddy's boy at school = Gucci's New Vintage Sportswear-Inspired Dirty Sneakers Cost $870 USD #gucci #guccifromthehood https://t.co/ektXQtoKIl — Nadia. K (@nadiakhairinas) November 7, 2018 After the Croc Bag, we weren't ready for another bizarre shoe just yet. On the brighter side, you wouldn't have to wash these sneakers.
  9. `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.
  10. Sachin Tendulkar and a digital entertainment company launched India's first Multiplayer Virtual Reality Cricket Game called “Sachin Saga”. Sachin Saga comes with a limited edition VR headset along with the game. The virtual reality game is set in the middle of the pitch where players will be able to test their batting reflexes facing bowlers at over 150KPM. © JetSynthesys The game is said to have real-time shadows and motion capture by Sachin himself with over 28 unique batting shots. Players will be able to play over 100 matches in the Legend mode and can also compete in head-to-head multiplayer matches with other players. The VR headset also has support for over 3,000 apps that are compatible with Google Cardboard that includes games, videos and exploration apps. The headset has a 100-degree view of field and comes with a custom Bluetooth controller. The entire package with the game costs only Rs 1,499 and is available here. © JetSynthesys Speaking on the launch of Sachin Saga VR, Sachin Tendulkar said, “With VR, for the first time, the lines between gaming and real blur to give gamers an accurately simulated experience of the stadium, with real-time action right on their mobile screens. I thoroughly enjoyed reliving my matches with Sachin Saga VR, and I am sure it will resonate with cricket fans and gamers all over the world.” Would you like to get into Sachin's shoes? Do you like playing VR games? Let us know in the comments what you think about Sachin Saga and whether you will buy this game or not.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Huawei has already launched the Y9 in India and is preparing to get the View 20 soon as well. On the other hand, its sub-brand, Honor, too is gearing up for the upcoming year. The phone was launched in China a couple of months back and it has proven itself in terms of sales globally. The budget smartphone segment has been getting extremely cramped due to a wide range of offerings from various makers. Hence, brands are trying their best to offer more features, at the lowest possible price. For Honor, the gradient design has been loved by many and has become one major differentiating factor for consumers. © Twitter / @Sandeep9sarma The Honor 10 Lite 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. The phone has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. Thanks to the notch, it has a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset that claims to offers a significant improvement in power efficiency and performance as compared to the previous generation chipset. © Honor It comes with the option of 4GB or 6GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage. Both the options support expandable storage via a microSD card slot up to 512GB. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back and it also has Face Unlock authentication. On the rear is a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 24-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The standard Honor UI equips you with HDR, beauty mode, as well as automatic enhancements via AI. © Honor On the software front, the Honor 10 Lite boots Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 out of the box and is powered by a 3,320mAh battery. The phone will be exclusively available via Flipkart. The 4GB+64GB option is priced at Rs 13,999 and the 6GB+64GB variant is priced at Rs 17,999. The Honor 10 Lite will be up for grabs in Midnight Black and Gradient Blue.
  14. Xiaomi has launched two new smart TVs featuring bigger displays with HDR support namely, the Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch and Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43-inch. The company had been teasing the launch for a few weeks with the tagline “The Bigger Picture coming from Mi TV India”. The Mi LED TV 4X Pro comes with a large 55-inch 4K UHD display with a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and a 10-bit colour depth panel that renders support for HDR 10. Powering the screen is a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core chipset with Mali-450 GPU, 2GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. © Xiaomi / Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch The minor difference here is, the Mi LED TV 4 55-inch and the Mi LED TV 4 Pro 55-inch come with a super-slim display panel while the 4X Pro has a thicker finish. The key feature of the TV is that it comes with a Bluetooth remote voice control. It also houses bigger 20W speakers. It is marked at Rs 39,999 and shall be up for sale from January 15, 12 PM onwards. © Xiaomi / Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43-inch On the other hand, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro features a 43-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Powering it is a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core chipset with Mali-450 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. It has a marked price of Rs 22,999 and shall be up for sale from January 15, 12 PM onwards. Both the TVs run on PatchWall UI with Android TV in the background. PatchWall is an AI-enable TV system which classifies content and makes personalised recommendations based on user preferences. PatchWall offers lakhs of hours of content via several content partners like Voot, Sony Liv, Hungama and others. © Xiaomi Xiaomi also announced the launch of Mi Soundbar alongside the TVs. It includes eight drivers, including two 20mm dome tweeters for the highs, two 2.5-inch woofers for the mids and four passive radiators for the lows and enhanced bass. It has five connectivity options including Line-In, AUX, Optical, Bluetooth and S/PDIF making Mi Soundbar compatible with almost any TV. The Mi Soundbar has been launched at an offer price of Rs 4,999 (original price is Rs 5,999). It shall be available for purchase via Mi.com starting from January 16.
  15. Once upon a time, Micromax used to be among the top smartphone makers in India, but the brand is barely even seen today. The Indian company had its days of glory back in 2013 and 2014, but since the arrival of rivals like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Moto, the homegrown company has lost its footing. They did try to make a comeback with a new brand - Yu Smartphones. But the brand just fizzled out within a few months. The primary issue behind Micromax's fall has been ignorance. With the onslaught of new players, the company failed to adapt to users needs. The days of one judging a phone based on just hardware are long gone. Consumers now care about what "skin" is running, and MIUI has been at the forefront. © Micromax Many users have made peace with Stock Android and that's the audience Nokia is trying to grab. With the new Infinity N12 and N11, Micromax has opted the same route. Though we still are pessimistic about timely updates. Both the phones feature a 6.2-inch HD+ (720x1500 pixels) notched display along with an 18.9:9 aspect ratio. The Infinity N series is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2.0Ghz. The N12 has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, with 128GB expandable storage support while the N11 has 2GB RAM, though the total storage remains 32GB storage. © Micromax The two also feature a fingerprint scanner and face recognition for authentication. The phones come with dual LTE and dual VoLTE support and a triple-card slot lets you also use a microSD card along. In the camera department, both the devices boast a dual camera setup with 13+ 5-megapixel depth sensor paired with LED flash on the rear. The N12 has a 16-megapixel wide angle lens while the N11 has an 8-megapixel sensor. The devices come with 4000mAh battery each with 30 hours of talk time being promised by Micromax. © Twitter / Sulabh Puri The N11 is priced at Rs 8,999 while the N12 has been marked at Rs 9,999. Both smartphones will go on sale through major online and offline stores across the country starting December 25.
  16. While 2017 was believed to be a stellar year for smartphones, it's just stupefying how the benchmarks have been raised way higher in 2018. In 2018, great smartphones were released in plenty and again redefined what we could expect from these pocket machines. From the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's triple camera setup to the in-display fingerprint scanner in the Vivo X21, innovations saw no bounds. But with an increase in the availability of good phones, the decision process of buying a phone has become that much more complex. Because if one phone has a stunning camera, the other one has outstanding software support. So if you're out and about to get your hands on a new phone here's a list of the top 9 smartphones of 2018. 1. Apple iPhone XS and XS Max © MensXP The iPhone XS is an 'S' upgrade over the wildly popular iPhone X released last year. The XS has a 5.8-inch Super Retina AMOLED panel that pans across most of the front screen while the notch at the top houses the highly-secure Face ID sensors. The XS Plus got an even bigger screen that measures 6.5-inches but in the body size of the last-gen iPhone 8 Plus. The only external change you'd notice is the new Gold colour that was lacking in the iPhone X. Internally, both phones get an Apple A12 Bionic chip that makes the phone blazingly fast at whatever it does. The GPU also gets an upgrade which makes for an even better gaming experience. While the iPhone XS and XS Max still have a combination of a primary 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 12-megapixel telephoto sensor like the iPhone X, there are a bunch of software improvements like Smart HDR & Depth Control to better the camera experience. Both devices are IP68 water resistant, have a 7-megapixel selfie-camera and support 3D touch. Buy from Amazon.in 2. Apple iPhone XR © BCCL While everyone had their eyes on the iPhone XS, Apple caught everyone unaware by releasing the iPhone XR in a rainbow of colours. The iPhone XR maintains the same body language as the iPhone XS, but with some difference in body materials. The phone has a 6.1-inch Liquid LCD display and the Face ID mechanism as Touch ID is officially dead on Apple's line of iPhones. To make the iPhone XR cheaper than its expensive sibling, there is only one 12-megapixel sensor at the back which is still capable of taking portraits & Smart HDR shots. Internally, the iPhone XR packs the latest A12 Bionic hexa-core chip which makes it blazingly fast too. The iPhone XR is available in colours of Black, White, Blue, Red, Coral, and Yellow. Buy from Amazon.in 3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 © Reuters The Galaxy Note 9 happens to be one of the most versatile phones out there that is a great choice for no matter who the buyer is. The phablet has a gorgeous 6.4-inch QuadHD AMOLED panel that is undoubtedly one of the best screens in the market. In terms of camera, the phone has a dual-camera setup at the back comprising of two 12-megapixel sensors, one of which has an adjustable aperture for better photography. The S-Pen in the Note 9 now has its own battery and is connected to the phone via BLE because of which you can use it for more features like controlling music or capturing pictures from up to 30 feet away! The phone is powered by the very capable Exynos 9820 processor and coupled with 8GB of RAM for 512GB of internal storage. The Note 9 also features an all-new copper cooling system to keep the phone running without any hitches during intense gaming sessions. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Huawei Mate 20 Pro © Mashable Huawei's recently announced Mate 20 Pro is an absolute beast of a phone. The Mate 20 Pro rocks a 7nm Kirin 980 processor with 8GB of RAM that ensures top-notch performance. The 6.4-inch QuadHD display upfront that supports HDR10 offering crisp visuals. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, unlike others on this list, has a triple-camera setup at the back comprising of a 40-megapixel wide-angle sensor, 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and an ultra-wide 16-megapixel sensor that helps you great shots with the help of AI. While the Mate 20 Pro is capable of being charged wirelessly, the Mate 20 Pro has the capability of charging other phones are accessories that support wireless charging without any external connector or dock. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is available in colours of Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, Black, Pink Gold, and Twilight and ships with EMUI on top of Android Pie. Buy from Amazon.in 5. Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL © BGR While this is just Google's third attempt at making a phone, the Google Pixel 3 & 3XL are still one of the best phones out there. While most phones offer exceptional hardware, the software has been a hard thing to nail by most. This is where probably no other phone beats the Google Pixel 3. Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 845 with 4GB of RAM & either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Apart from the display and capacity, the Pixel 3 & the 3XL are very similar phones. While the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch FullHD display with a battery capacity of 2915mAh, the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch QHD display with a battery capacity of 3430mAh. Also, the Pixel 3 XL features a huge notch upfront while the Pixel 3 doesn't adopt the trend of 2018. The Pixel 3 & 3XL, arguably, still boasts the best cameras of any smartphone. Night or day, Google's prowess in machine learning & artificial intelligence gives the Pixel camera an edge over the other phones in most situations. The Pixel 3 & 3XL are available in Just Black, Clear White, and Not Pink colours. Buy from Amazon.in 6. OnePlus 6T © Pocket Lint With the company's attitude to never settle, it prepared a victory speech even when it was an underdog. Its 7th-gen flagship has again proven to be a runaway hit, thanks to the marriage of wonderful hardware with convenient software. The OnePlus 6T packs a 6.41-inch FullHD AMOLED panel that houses an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 with 6GB/8GB of RAM & 128GB/256GB/512GB of internal storage. In terms of cameras, the OnePlus 6T features a dual-camera setup that is capable of taking some great portraits. Unfortunately, to make space for a bigger battery, the 6T misses out on a headphone jack. To put a band-aid on the cut OnePlus includes a 3.5mm jack to USB Type-C dongle. The OnePlus 6T is available in finished of Midnight Black (matte) & Mirror Black (glossy). You can also grab a limited edition Thunder Purple variant that looks drop-dead gorgeous. Buy from Amazon.in 7. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus © EOTO Tech The Samsung Galaxy S series has always caught eyeballs of people worldwide for their amazing designs & stellar cameras. While the S9 Plus is outshone by its elder sibling the Note 9 or the recently launched Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it is still a great choice for people who'd like to shell-less without compromising on any of the flagship shenanigans. The S9 Plus is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 with 6GB of RAM & 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card slot. The phone's outstanding design is graced by the even more gracious 6.2-inch Quad HD display. The S9+ has a dual-camera setup at the back with a very distinct feat of having the first dual variable aperture in a phone. The S9+ takes some wonderful shots thanks to its incredible cameras & functional software. The S9+ also boasts of an Iris Scanner to securely unlock your phone apart from using your fingerprints and your face. The S9+ is available in colours of Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Sunrise Gold, and Coral Blue. Buy from Amazon.in
  17. Xiaomi has been proactively launching new phones in India and trying to cover up a maximum number of price brackets. The company already has the Redmi Y2, Mi A2, Redmi 6, and Redmi 6 Pro in the midrange segment. Taking another step ahead, the company has launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro today and here's everything you need to know about it. The Redmi Note 4 Pro and 5 Pro have been best-sellers in the country, thanks to their near-perfect balance of specifications. Every type of user is satisfied with the offering, and undoubtedly the line-up has helped Xiaomi gain enormous traction in the market. © Xiaomi The most significant difference in the new phone is visible upfront -- the display now has a notch on the top. It also has a slightly bigger display and runs on MIUI 10 out of the box. On the front, it has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement as far as the processor is concerned and the phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro. © Xiaomi The phone comes in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The memory can be expanded via a microSD card. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and also supports Face Unlock authentication via an infrared sensor. Coming to the camera, the rear has a 12 + 5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20 + 2-megapixel dual camera setup. The sensors are assisted by a dual-LED flash and are capable of shooting pictures with a bokeh effect. The portrait mode is AI-assisted and the software includes HDR support, automatic scene recognition, and a pro mode. © Xiaomi The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and comes with dual-SIM VoLTE support. It will be competing against the Honor 8X, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Realme 2 Pro, and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Just like previous launches, it will be exclusively available online via Flipkart and Mi.com along with offline Mi Stores from tomorrow onwards. The 4GB+64GB variant costs Rs 13,999 and the 6GB+64GB variant costs Rs 15,999.
  18. We are not sure about 'achhe din', but it seems like the popularity of moral policing around porn consumption in the country is really gaining momentum. Recently, The Indian Express carried a report that talked about how a neurology professor from the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) launched an app that blocks porn sites and plays bhajans instead. © Google Playstore Called the 'Har Har Mahadev' app, it was created under the aegis of professor Dr. Vijay Nath Mishra from the Department of Neurology at IMS. Created with the aim to help curb people's addiction to porn and violent content online, the app blocks over 3,800 porn websites. What it does instead is, play devotional songs and inspirational speeches by personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela when one tries to open a porn site. Talking about his intention behind this move, Dr. Mishra was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “When I decided to develop this app, I had my children and family in mind and my patients who come in with behavioural problems. Devotional songs praising God will play if anyone tries to open a porn site. Addiction to pornography cannot be treated but this is a humble attempt at changing one's behaviour.” © Twitter/mishravijaya25 Dr. Mishra belongs to the family of head priests at Varanasi's Sankat Mochan Temple and seems to have undertaken this initiative to “cure” patients who are addicted to “social evils” such as watching porn by introducing them to religious songs. We're not sure if that would work, but just to get it out of the way, will you download this app?
  19. Just a few days ago, we reported that the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the country to ban a list of porn websites after a directive from the High Court of Uttarakhand came through. The list includes more than 800 websites, and Jio was the among the first ISPs to put the ban in action. People are scrambling to get their fair share of porn by accessing these blocked sites via a VPN (Virtual Private Network). But Pornhub has made it even easier, they've just created a mirror website on a new domain -- pornhub.net. Like I've previously said, the attempt to block porn is futile as the ISPs need to manually block a domain, and a general category of "porn" websites cannot be just blocked. In response to Pornhub getting censored and blocked in India, our fans there can now fully access the site at https://t.co/xWrwXOE5sX — Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) October 26, 2018 The current list has 827 domain or URLs, and the site operators will simply change the address or create numerous mirror sites. "In response to Pornhub getting censored and blocked in India, our fans there can now fully access the site at Pornhub.net," the company said on Twitter. "This is apparent by the fact that they only banned large sites like Pornhub's, and didn't block thousands of risky porn sites that may contain illegal content," VP Corey Price of Pornhub said in a statement. © Reuters The High Court decided to ban these websites after reports of a gangrape in Dehradun where the perpetrators were schoolchildren allegedly influenced by porn clips. Back in 2015, the DoT had directed ISPs to block more than 800 websites, including Pornhub that is legal in the US, for showing porn or face the risk of losing their licenses. But the last attempt never really materialized, obviously. So far not all internet service providers have blocked the popular porn websites with the same zeal. On many networks in India, Pornhub remains accessible. But it seems that Jio has been most thorough in applying the ban. © Google Trends It isn't a huge task for the authorities to add up the new domain as well in the ban list, but users still continue accessing these websites via a VPN. For those who aren't aware, a VPN encrypts the connection from your device to the server and acts as a middle person in the process. Hence, even if you are trying to access a website that is blocked in India, the VPN requests the data from another region like Singapore or the US and then transfers the content to you. According to Google Trends, searches for a VPN solution have gone up drastically in the last few days. The ban has been brutally mocked on social networking sites and it's not surprising. Pornhub says the people of India are among “largest connoisseurs of adult content,” which is also quite apparent from the company's 2017 insights, where India is listed as the third country in terms of traffic.
  20. Every few months we have a new device being launched in the midrange segment by almost every company. The mobile technology world is rapidly advancing and with more options, the number of features and pricing is the core factor for consumers. Joining the bandwagon, Honor has launched the successor of Honor 7X and here's everything you need to know about it. The Honor 7X was among the first phones to bring a dual rear camera setup in this price range, but it had a very basic metal construction. With the Honor 8X, the back is made of glass with a double textured design and 15 layers of aurora glass. The front has a notched display and a claimed screen-to-body ratio of 91 per cent. © Honor On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the base variant. The second variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage and the third one has 6GB RAM along with 128GB storage. Both feature expandable storage via a microSD card as well. The rear of the phone consists of a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The camera incorporates many AI-powered features like AR stickers, Portrait mode, HDR, and Super Night Scene. While the phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, it also supports authentication via Face Unlock. © Honor The phone is powered by a 3750mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging and an AI-powered battery saving option. Unlike many other phones out there, the Honor 8X has a triple slot tray, meaning it can run two SIM cards as well as a microSD card for memory expansion. The smartphone boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI out of the box. The base variant is priced at Rs 14,999, the second variant with 6GB+64GB configuration costs Rs 16,999 and the 6GB+128GB variant is priced at Rs 18,999. They will be available in India starting October 24, exclusively via Amazon, in Black, Red, and Blue colour options.
  21. The Pixel 3 series is definitely one of the most anticipated phones of the year. Details about the duo have leaked a million times in the last few months and we pretty much knew everything before the launch, but now that it's official, things are different. The Pixel series by Google is supposed to be a benchmark for the true capabilities of Android, hence the software comes straight from Google and is closely knit with the hardware for maximum performance. The predecessors of the Pixel 3 have received a lukewarm response in terms of sales, but have managed to carve a niche for the company in the photography segment. Coming back to the Pixel 3, the phone follows the same signature Google design on the back that includes a aluminum frame with hybrid coating, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on the front and Soft touch glass (Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5) on the back. The new Pixel phones are also IP68 water and dust resistant. The fingerprint scanner is located in the centre at te back, while the front has a fairly large top and chin thanks to the stereo speakers. The Pixel 3XL has the same design on the back but brings in a tall notch at the front. Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display FH+(FHD+ (2160 x 1080) flexible OLED with an aspect ratio of 18:9 while the 3 XL has a 6.2-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440) flexible display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Google has definitely put the OLED display panels to test after last year's burn-in scare, to make sure there are no reliability issues. Powering the duo is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC along with 4GB RAM in the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. The two now also support wireless charging, which was very well expected since the iPhone too incorporated the feature. The main forte of the Pixel series has always been the camera, and only time will tell how much smarter has Google's AI gotten. Like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google is sticking to a single rear camera setup on the Pixel 3 series. The rear shooter is a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel 1.4μm sensor, while the two front shooters on both have an 8-megapixel lens — one of them being a wide-angle lens. © YouTube The Pixel 3 XL has a 3430mAh battery while the Pixel 3 has a 2915 mAh battery. A new accessory is also coming along called the "Pixel Stand", it is a first party wireless charger that keeps the phone upright and kicks it into a special software mode that seems like something close to a Google Smart Display. The Pixel 3 is available in three colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink and is priced at US$ (approx. Rs) while the Pixel 3 XL is available in xxx variants and is priced at US$ (approx. Rs). In India, it will be priced as follows: â¹71,000 (Pixel 3 64GB), â¹80,000 (Pixel 3 128GB), â¹83,000 (Pixel 3 XL 64GB), and â¹ 92,000 (Pixel 3 XL 128GB). All variants will be available from November 1st 2018.
  22. Xiaomi released the Mi Band 3 in China way back in June, now the company is finally bringing it to India. Its predecessor, the Mi Band 2 has been a raging success in the market thanks to its aggressive pricing, and it looks like the streak is going to continue. The Mi Band 3, despite its low price, is a full-featured fitness band. It comes with sensors that track physical activity of users along with passive features like notifications. But beyond counting how many steps you took, the Mi Band 3 also offers tracking of the heart rate as well as sleep tracking. © Xiaomi The screen is touch-sensitive and supports several gestures like swiping and long press — that will help users navigate the UI and use the Band 3. Swipe up, down, left, right, and push the button to easily navigate all the menus with a touch. As far as the specifications go, the Mi Band 3 sports a 0.78-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 128 x 80. The new display panel shows incoming calls and text message alerts as well as the current time, steps taken, and real-time heart rate count. © Xiaomi The Mi Band 3 also packs a 110mAh battery, which is larger in terms of capacity over the 70mAh battery available on the Mi Band 2. The battery life is rated at 20 days that is similar to that of the Mi Band 2 though. The band is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above, or iOS 9.0 and above. Just like the Mi Band 2, the wearable can auto-unlock associated MIUI smartphones for the wearer. Xiaomi also claims the pedometer has been drastically improved to accurately detect movement. The band is also water resistant up to 50 meters. The Mi Band 3 will now also let you reject calls with just a tap. © Xiaomi Mi Fit is the companion app that takes care of the sleep analysis and full historical data of all measurements. The capsule is easily removable, thus allowing you to change or clean the straps easily. The fitness tracker has been priced at Rs 1,999 and will be available exclusively Mi.com and Amazon.in starting tomorrow.
  23. When it comes to looking for premium sneakers for men, that happen to be fashion-forward, stylish, comfortable and get a 10/10 on quality, Adidas as a brand is pretty much unrivaled. After all, there's a reason why they are considered to be the go-to brand for men's sneakers. Most of Adidas' collection comprises of some of the most trendy, modish and uber cool sneakers out there, but they've recently launched a new pair of sneakers in India that has pretty much grabbed all of our attention and taken our excitement to the next level - the Adidas Originals Atric sneakers. © Amazon The Atric sneakers, that feature an intricate and colourful design on their bespoke Merino wool upper, are built with the template of what would happen when the specifications of trekking shoes clashed with the style trends of an urban lifestyle. As Merino wool ends up acting as a perfect tool for moisture-wicking and water resistance, along with harbouring anti-microbial properties as well, these sneakers won't make you compromise on breathability or comfort. And if all of that wasn't enough, the CONTINENTAL rugged sole that it comes equipped with gives it the type of durability that is mostly seen in trekking shoes. Additionally, these shoes also implement Adidas' Primeknit technology with suede patches, an incredibly soft and comfortable PU midsole, and a heel pull tab for easy entry. © Amazon But it's not just their specifications that make these sneakers so damn special - just one look at their effortlessly stylish design and you know they'll make for a pretty modish and fashion-forward accessory for your attire. You can pretty much team them up with any pair of solid joggers or checked trousers for a party-ready ensemble. You could also team them up with a pair of washed jeans and a simple tee for a casual yet stylish ensemble. Simply put, with these bad boys in your sneaker collection, you'd be taking your style game to the next level. © Amazon So if you too want to get your hands on these kickass Atric sneakers from Adidas, click here. Additionally, you can check out the latest sneakers from Adidas by clicking here.
  24. ISRO's workhorse, PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) has once again proven why it is among the most sought launch vehicles in the industry. Codenamed the C42 launch, the rocket has successfully placed two British satellites in their respective orbits. The two satellites belong to Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and were placed in orbit after 17.5 minutes of lift-off. Right now, the NovaSAR and S1-4 are orbiting around the planet in a sun-synchronous orbit, at a height of 583kms. © ISRO The NovaSAR is an S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use & ice cover monitoring, flood & disaster monitoring. The S1-4 is a high-resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for the disaster monitoring. This mission marks the 44th launch for the PSLV rocket system. As of now, the vehicle has launched 51 Indian satellites and 237 for customers from 28 countries. Following the successful launch, ISRO plans to launch eight missions carrying 10 satellites in six months. Update #4 Chairman Dr K Sivan (centre) with team from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, UK, after final site inspection ahead of today's scheduled 10:08 pm (IST) launch of #PSLVC42 carrying NovaSAR & S1-4 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota#ISROMissions#PSLV pic.twitter.com/B4UiLmWIp3 — ISRO (@isro) September 16, 2018 These for-profit launches are handled by ISRO's commercial arm, Antrix Corporation Limited. Sources close to the launch have said that the two UK satellites shall bring in more than Rs 200 Crore. The organisation is aiming a total of Rs 980 crore in revenue via commercial launches by 2020. This isn't the first time India has launched satellites for the British. Back in 2015, the PSLV-C28 mission carried five satellites that were also built by SSTL. ISRO's PSLV has a very good track record in terms of cost and reliability, it currently carries a 94 per cent rating, failing only thrice. © ISRO The PSLV was first tested in 1993 and has been at the front-line of ISRO's operations ever since. It is capable of carrying up to 3,800kg of payload to Low Earth Orbit and consists of four stages. © ISRO ISRO has lined 19 missions till March 2019, informed Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairperson of the ISRO. The organisation is also working on sending its first manned space mission by 2022, dubbed the Gaganyaan, it will put India in the same league as countries like the US, Russia, and China.
  25. The day we've all been waiting for is here. Apple has launched the new iPhones that shall be the flag bearer of what mobile computers are capable of, for the next one year. Apple's iPhone has been the best selling product of 2017, and we see no end to this trend. In a special event, Apple not only unveiled the new iPhones but also gave us a deeper insight into iOS and Apple Watch. Coming back to the new iPhone, Apple has launched the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max today. The new series will also mark Apple's 2 billionth iPhone since inception. With the new line-up, Apple is now making last year's X-design language a default, this includes the notch, edge-to-edge display, and Face ID. Not only do they look futuristic and elegant, but also get a huge bump in terms of performance thanks to the new A12 processor. Apple Let's take a deeper look at each one of them! The iPhone Xs and the Xs Max are the successors of the iPhone X, though there isn't any major change in its design. The iPhone Xs has a 5.8-inch display while the Xs Max has a 6.5-inch display. Both the panels are OLED and Apple says it has used the toughest glass available out there on a phone. Apple is calling the display "Super Retina" and refreshes at 120hz, the company has also emphasized on its capability of a wide colour gamut and DolbyVision HDR10. The two phones are now IP68 rated, meaning you can easily take them for a swim and shoot underwater videos. Apple The two phones are powered by Apple's new A12 Bionic chipset (the name has been carried forward from last year), it is made on a 7nm process, has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an 8-core NPU. The NPU (Neural Processing Unit) is responsible for quick data processing of Face ID facial recognition and the company says its technology is the most secure facial recognition system on phones. With the bump in specifications, Apple has also stressed on the phone's capability to run extremely complicated games like Bethesda, even Blades is coming to iOS this fall. Apple Coming to the camera, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max sport a dual camera setup on the rear that consists of a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The front has a 7-megapixel sensor along with a special infrared blaster that senses depth and optimises the picture accordingly. Apple has also improved facial and scene recognition by using the A12's NPU along with an advanced Image Signal Processing system. The phone also has AI-assisted "Smart HDR" that automatically senses the scene and adds up HDR. The iPhone Xs Max has the biggest battery Apple has ever used. It comes with eSIM technology for dual-SIM support, this is the same technology that is being used on the cellular iPad and Apple Watch. The China variant will be having a separate SIM slot for dual standby. Apple Lastly, Apple has launched a new iPhone Xr that is supposed to be a slightly cheaper version for this year. From the front, it looks very similar to the Xs, but the back is similar to that of the iPhone 8. It sports a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls "Liquid Retina Display". The notch has the same Face ID array we see on the other two siblings along with haptic feedback for shortcuts. It has a 12-megapixel single wide angle lens on the rear while the front has a 7-megapixel sensor. It runs the same A12 Bionic chipset and brings in all the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence features. The battery life has been increased by an hour and a half when compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple The iPhone Xs and Xs Max are available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB variant along with three colour options, starting at Rs 72,000 and Rs 79,000 respectively. The Xr, on the other hand, comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variant along with six colour options, starting at Rs 54,000. The iPhone 7 has been reduced to Rs 32,000, and the iPhone 8 starts at Rs 39,500.
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