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  1. The budget segment gets the maximum hits in India, and lately, brands have started focusing on it the most. But, the midrange segment still exists, and differentiates itself with premium offerings, at a not-flagship price. With the economy slowly picking up, the segment is bound to get even more popular. We've made a list of the top midrange phones you can buy right now. Considering multiple factors like performance, battery life, camera, and software, this list can cater to every type of user: 1. POCO F1: © MensXP / Shivam Vahia While all other midrange phones are marketed as "midrange", the F1 is actually a flagship. It has all the high-end feature one may ask for, at a significantly lower price. To start with, it is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The brand marketed the phone as the "master of speed", as it also includes liquid cooling. It runs on POCO launcher out of the box and has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup on the rear. The overall picture quality is insanely good and often on par with flagships like the Note 8. 2. Nokia 8.1: © Sree Hari Carrying forward the legacy of Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8.1 is a finely crafted product with the best-in-class design. The aluminium unibody makes it extremely sturdy and ergonomic to hold. It runs on the recently announced Snapdragon 710 platform and comes with 4GB RAM in the base variant. Just like all other Nokia branded phones, it is a part of the Android One program and runs on stock Android. Nokia has a consistent reputation for delivering software updates. On the rear is a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. It has a modest 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging. 3. Vivo V11 Pro: © MensXP / Shivam Vahia This is the cheapest phone to house an in-display fingerprint scanner right now and is a solid offering with balanced specifications in all departments. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor, along with 6GB RAM. The back has a slightly reflective design that mimics a starry night. It runs on Funtouch OS and is heavily inspired by iOS. The back has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera, while the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3400mAh battery that supports fast charging. 4. Samsung Galaxy A9: © YouTube This phone is built for photography enthusiasts. The first thing you'll notice are the four lenses on the back. The four rear sensors are: a 24-megapixel lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with a 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens, and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor. To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 6GB RAM. Obviously, the phone ships with Samsung's own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. It is backed by a 3800mAh battery and supports adaptive fast charging. 5. OPPO R17: © Hardware Zone The phone has a stunning gradient back and a water-drop notch on the front. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 670 processor, along with 8GB RAM. It also sports an in-display fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. The back has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a modest 3500mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash charging. 6. Honor Play: © BCCL The Honor Play was 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. The design is basic and the brand has put in more effort 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.
  2. Smartphone companies have been trying to innovate ever since Apple changed the game with the iPhone X and XS notch. Companies have been trying to incorporate the same or a smaller notch into their smartphones to make the experience less intrusive. Some smartphones like the Vivo Nex have a pop-up selfie camera while the OnePlus 6T has a water drop notch. Samsung introduced a punch-hole selfie camera on one of its smartphones and Honor took the next step by placing it on the top-left corner. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the punch-hole screen may be the star attraction here, the smartphone also packs a punch when it comes to performance. Considering the price, the Honor View 20 has hit the ball out of the park with what all it can do. It's the first major smartphone launch of 2019 in India and what a start it has been. We've been using the Honor View 20 for almost three weeks as our daily device and here's what we think about the smartphone: Design and Display The Honor View 20 has a 6.4-inch punch-punch-hole Full HD+ LCD display and has a wider aspect ratio than other smartphones of the same size. The display has a resolution of (2,310 x 1,080 pixels) and has an aspect ratio of 19:25.9 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The LCD screen is quite impressive given that it's the nearest competitor being the OnePlus 6T features an OLED panel. The only time we faced an issue with the display was when we tried to use it directly under the sun. That's an annoying problem with LCDs in general which is why some people prefer an OLED panel. Majority of the time, the display had great colour representation, viewing angels were strong and have a brightness level of 370 nits. The front-facing camera on the Honor View 20 is also not intrusive when it comes to the viewing experience. It took us a day or two to get used to the punch-hole camera as we often thought there was a smudge on the screen. This was simply because it was the first device we used with a camera setup like this. In time, we got used to the punch-hole camera display and made it harder to switch back to a smartphone with a notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of design, the Honor View 20 is by far our favourite device by the Chinese company. It has a bright blue glass back phone that also as the letter “V” etched in the design. In fact, the V-Shaped pattern at the rear can catch the light and give a unique look from different angles. We love the bold blue colour as it is eye-catching and looks distinct from other smartphones. Build quality of the smartphone is also quite good as it has an aluminium frame with a premium finish. It has a 3.5mm jack (yay!) And a super fast fingerprint scanner at the back. Performance and Specifications The Honor View 20 is packed with quite a few components that make it Huawei Mate 20 Pro's younger brother. It is powered by the same Kirin 980 chipset (octa-core: 2x 2.6GHz, 2x 1.92GHz, 4x 1.8GHz) and is coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. We got the 6GB/128 GB variant for review and it still managed to perform like a beast. The Kirin 980 chipset has primary and secondary cores that perform different tasks. These cores are complemented by 'mid' cores that help in conserving battery life and balance the workload. During our tests, the Honor View 20 scored 9588 in the multi-core test and 3308 single-core score test, respectively. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla That's even faster than the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T that has 10GB of RAM. It proves that RAM is not the only factor that contributes towards the speed of a smartphone —a common misconception in India. In terms of security, the Honor View 20 has a fingerprint scanner at the back that works blazingly fast and also has facial recognition. It works in a very rudimentary manner as it uses a punch-hole camera for scanning. Since it does not use has IR tracing, the Facial recognition feature is not as accurate as the Mate 20 Pro. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We used the Honor View 20 to play games like PUBG, Command & Conquer Rivals and Asphalt and faced no issues in regards to gaming performance. We didn't experience any frame rate drops, connectivity or over-heating issues. In fact, we prefer using the Honor View 20 for our gaming needs over any other smartphone right now. That's simply because the punch-hole display provides more immersive experience. As for battery life, the Honor View 20 has a 4,000 mAh battery that easily manages to last more than a full day on moderate use. While gaming, the battery life would drop down to 16 hours which is quite impressive in our opinion. It is bundled with a 5V fast-charger which is fast enough to phone going in under an hour. It's not as fast as OnePlus' warp charge, but it's still fast enough to get regular top-ups. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Honor View 20 turns it up a notch in the camera department as well since it has a 48-megapixel snapper paired with a large sensor and an extremely quick f/1.8 aperture. It also has a TOF 3D stereo camera. It's the only smartphone in India that has resolution of that scale and the second smartphone in the world to do so. Sony's new IMX586 sensor is truly a beast and it often takes detailed and sharp images. Honor has also included an AI feature called “AI Ultra Clarity” which we are yet to test when Honor releases the update for Indian handsets. If you want a reference point, the View 20 outmatches the OnePlus 6T by a mile. Even the 25-MP selfie camera does a good job; however, we found some images to be a bit over-exposed and inaccurate with the bokeh effect. Here are some camera samples for your reference: View this post on Instagram Images shot using the #HonorView20. #smartphones #technology #technews A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:00am PST The Final Say The View 20 is by far the most powerful and beautiful smartphones ever made by Honor. It's the jack of all trades that can do everything a midrange flagship is supposed to do. It beats the OnePlus 6T in performance and photography and the punch-hole screen is a dream to use. It includes a headphone jack which is always a plus but lacks any form of water resistance. If you are looking for a smartphone that looks awesome but can also perform like a dream, the Honor View 20 is your purchase of the year.
  3. Huawei has been teasing the Y9 launch for a few weeks and after a couple of delays, it has finally made it to India. The phone is among the first ones to be launched this year and with intensifying competition, Huawei wants to stay on the cutting edge. The Huawei Y9 is the latest addition to an elaborate line-up of smartphones from the Chinese giant, also the first Y-series smartphone to launch in India. The midrange Huawei phone has been official outside of India for a few months now and shall be exclusively available via Amazon in the country. © Huawei The main highlight of the phone is its design. The brand has brought down its P20 Pro's design language, and the Y9 has an eerily similar look. Even the rear camera setup is identical in position and the glass back gives it an uber-premium look. It features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution along with a tiny notch on the top. The display has a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Powering the device is a Huawei octa-core Kirin 710 12nm processor coupled with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU for graphics. © Huawei Huawei Y9 comes in two variants, the first one has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the second one has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. But only the 64GB variant is coming to India. Both options are supporting expandable storage via a microSD card. The back of the phone sports a 16-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front of the smartphone also has a dual camera system consisting of a 13+2-megapixel setup. For authentication, it has a fingerprint scanner on the back and also runs Face Unlock. © Huawei Like every Huawei phone, it runs on EMUI 9 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that supports fast charging via a micro-USB port. The starting variant with 64GB internal storage is priced at Rs 15,999. The phone goes on sale starting from 15th January in Midnight Black, Blue Swarovski, and Aurora Purple colour on Amazon exclusively.
  4. Last week, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 8.1 globally and now the company is all set to bring the device to India. The phone belongs to the premium midrange segment and the main highlights of the phone are its premium design, PureDisplay screen, and the new Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Nokia 7 Plus was a stellar phone with an unmatchable design. It was rock solid and had subtle premium queues like a copper line around the phone and very compact metal build. The Nokia 8.1 follows the same design language and brings the addition of an all-glass back. © Sree Hari It features a two-tone design, is built out of 6000-Series aluminium that has diamond cut edges, and has been through two anodising processes. On the front is a 6.18-inch display with Full HD+ (2246x1080) resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The screen comes with PureDisplay technology that essentially offers higher contrast of 1:1500 and a sharper display along with HDR10 support. The screen also has up to 500 nits of brightness and 96 percent colour gamut. Powering the phone is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset clocked up to 2.2GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The phone has 64GB internal storage along with the option of expansion via a microSD card. © Sree Hari On the back are Zeiss powered 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 13-megapixel secondary lens. The primary sensor supports optical image stabilization while the secondary offers depth sensing. The front camera is an AI-enabled 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Nokia's camera app has a Pro Camera UI that lets you use several manual camera options to capture the perfect picture. The phone has a 3500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging via a USB-C port. Nokia says the phone can deliver up to 22 hours of talk-time and 11 hours of video playback on one charge. For authentication, the fingerprint scanner is located on the back. © Sree Hari It ships with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box along with Google ARCore support. Just like other Nokia branded phones, this phone is also a part of the Android One program, meaning software updates are faster to roll-out. In India, the phone will be available from 21st December 2018 in Blue/ Silver, Steel/ Copper, and Iron/ Steel colour option. The 4GB+64GB variant is priced at Rs 26,999.
  5. Yesterday, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India and releasing the device so soon wasn't really expected. If we consider Xiaomi's launch pattern for the Note series so far, the Note 4 was launched in Q1 2017 followed by the Note 5 in Q1 2018. We were expecting the Note 5 Pro's successor to come early next year. Instead of launching one phone per year, it has decided to go with two phones per year in the same series. This is in line with industry trends like OnePlus releasing two every year. In the midrange segment, this makes even more sense because the competitors are constantly launching new phones with better offerings. © Xiaomi Earlier, the difference between the incumbent and the successor used to be major. We'd see specs bump, software upgrades, as well as design changes. Now with the new launch flow, we see the phones have minor upgrades. So, what's new in the Redmi Note 6 Pro? 1. The design remains the same on the back, but you'll see a notched display on the front. The display is now slightly bigger at 6.26-inches instead of 6-inch. Due to the notch, the aspect ratio has been changed from 18:9 to 19:9. The slightly larger display area means the screen-to-body ratio too has been bumped to 81 percent. 2. The phone ships out of the box with MIUI 10 and brings in gesture support, picture-in-picture mode, new recent menu, Android Pie like volume slider, and AI performance enhancements. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is already receiving the update OTA (over the air). © Xiaomi 3. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has a slightly better dual camera setup on the rear consisting of a 20-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.9 and a 5-megapixel secondary lens with f/2.2. The front too now has a dual camera setup with a 20+2-megapixel combo. 4. The rear camera comes with dual pixel phase detection autofocus, AI scene detection, studio lighting, adjustable bokeh, and improved portrait mode. Using AI, not only can the phone add a bokeh effect but also completely change the background into 6 presets. After a preset is applied, you can also further change the type of lighting overlay. This opens up the option of having much more customization and using the same depth sensor, newer edits can be applied. One neat feature on the #RedmiNote6Pro, you can remove unwanted things from the background. pic.twitter.com/mBhhj3iCMq — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 22, 2018 5. The processor remains the same at Snapdragon 636, which powered the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. Everyone expected the phone to get a processor bump, but is it really needed? The chipset is powerful enough to fuel a midrange phone and it becomes easier for Xiaomi to roll-out updates. The base hardware configuration of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Note 6 Pro remains the same, and both can receive timely updates. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Now, obviously, if a company is launching a "new" product, we naturally expect it to boast new features. And, the Redmi Note 6 Pro does bring quite a few. Xiaomi hasn't removed any of its features from the Note 5 Pro, and has just added new ones on the top. The notch's existence has always been controversial and it depends on one's choice. The deal is even sweeter when we consider the launch price. The base variant with 4GB+64GB configuration starts at Rs 13,999 and the second option with 6GB+64G configuration costs Rs 15,999.
  6. This year has been all about the Pixel 3, we saw a million leaks months before the launch and there was also a rumour about Google working on a Pixel Watch. While the Pixel Watch was soon ditched in a confirmed statement, there were rumours of a Pixel 3 Lite as well. Reports in the first half of the year indicated Google may launch a cheaper Pixel smartphone in India. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL debuted in October and we thought that's the end of it for now. But, a new leak from Rozetked confirms Google indeed could be working on a midrange Pixel phone. The blogger claims to have the first leaked image of the phone and for now, it appears to have a similar design language as the Pixel 3. © Rozetked The main difference is that the Pixel 3 Lite has larger bezels and a headphone jack. Google omitted the headphone jack from Pixel 3 and the change hasn't actually received a warm welcome. The Pixel 3 Lite is expected to be launched in developing markets like India, and the nifty headphone jack is almost a must-have feature for users in the region. According to the leak, the phone will sport a 5.6-inch display with a resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels. Powering the phone shall be a Snapdragon 670 chipset coupled with the Adreno 615 GPU and 4GB RAM. The rear is expected to have a 12-megapixel camera while the front shall house an 8-megapixel sensor. © TechCrunch It isn't clear how a midrange offering like the Pixel 3 Lite fits in Google's long-term strategy. The company has targeted the Pixel line-up to be premium, and its Head of Hardware Rick Osterloh said in March 2017 “Pixel stays premium.” Even with the current Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the phone maker has been trying to craft a photography niche for itself and never intended to quickly grab market share and improve numbers. © Mashable Google hasn't officially confirmed the prospects of a third Pixel 3 phone even though the leak looks convincing, the back has a C-shaped logo, instead of Google's G. Hence, it's always recommended to consider these leaks with a pinch of salt. Source: Rozetked
  7. 2018 has been one of the most interesting years for mobile technology, not because we saw mind-boggling flagships with groundbreaking features, but also these features slowly trickled down to the midrange segment. Companies have long focused only on developing markets like the USA and Europe, now it's time for the developing regions. It's no surprise that budget and midrange segments constitute a majority of the sales in markets like India, now that we've seen aggressively priced phones for the last few years, what more can makers do to lure buyers? Add new features, even if they are just a gimmick. The notch is a prime example, but many worthwhile additions like the in-display fingerprint scanner and top-of-the-line processors have made their way to the midrange segment. While we've seen companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei go all-out in terms of pricing and features offered this year, Samsung has been oddly silent. Not for long though, with the A7 (2018), things are changing, and the behemoth is finally feeling the heat from the competition. The triple camera lens setup on the rear is the A7's forte, and also the most marketed feature. The Huawei P20 Pro also has one, and it has created a storm in the mobile photography world. Is the A7's setup able to actually perform, or just a gimmick? Let's find out: 1. Design and Hardware: © MensXP When you first look at the phone, it has an eerily similar design to we've seen on all other Samsung phones. But, it all changes when you look closely. The back is made of glass and has a mirrored finish, giving it a very premium yet subtle feel. The front has an average chin and top, but the bezels are huge by Samsung standards. For years, Samsung has stressed on its Infinity Display technology, no mention of that here. I wouldn't complain though, in the end, the bezels are tolerable and the 18.5:9 notch-less display is stunning thanks to a 6-inch Super AMOLED panel. While the company did cut corners in the front design, the back makes up for it. The display is class-leading, colours are perfectly saturated, brightness is sufficient, and viewing angles are exemplary as well. © MensXP Ergonomically speaking, the device has a solid feel but is very slippery thanks to the glass back. The power button cum fingerprint scanner has been shifted to the right side and is perfectly located for your thumb to reach quickly. There's a minor indent in the body to help you find the scanner easily and the volume rockers sit just above it. You may end up pressing the volume rockers at the beginning instead of the power button, but you'll have a hang of it soon. Even though the scanner is a lot thinner now, it is fast and accurate. The speaker, a micro-USB port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack sit on the bottom, while the SIM card and microSD card slot are on the left. The triple camera set up on the back is slightly protruded and barely wobbles the phone. 2. Performance: © MensXP The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7885 SoC clocked up to 2.2Ghz. It is accompanied with 4 or 6GB RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. In simpler terms, the processor is on-par with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series and supports 4K video recording as well. Honestly, this is where the phone disappoints. Even if we don't consider the POCO F1 and its Snapdragon 845 SoC, the A7 lags and struggles a lot more than the Nokia 7 Plus and its Snapdragon 660 SoC. While it did get regular tasks like browsing, social media, and entertainment pretty well, you open Snapchat and the skirmish begins. Playing games like PUBG is even more disappointing, as the frame drops are frequent and the overall experience is rarely smooth. I'd say the issue isn't just because of the chipset, as the Samsung UI on top of stock Android is also to be partially blamed, although more on that later. © MensXP For a normal joe, the phone is perfectly fine. But if you intend to have above average multi-tasking, keeping multiple browser tabs open, or gaming, you shouldn't consider this phone. The phone has a 3300mAh battery that does a fabulous job of getting you through a full day of heavy usage with data connectivity switch on all the time. While the phone takes almost 2 hours to fully charge, it makes up for the long charge time by heavily optimising background apps and the standby time is insane. 3. Software: © MensXP The phone ships with Samsung Experience 9.0, built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It brings a host of new features like gesture navigation, always-on display, smart view, biking mode, multi-window, and Bixby. While I do appreciate the addition of many of these features, the company hasn't been able to make sure that these don't hinder with the day-to-day running of the phone. The UI often stutters and pushing out updates for such a heavily customized skin is going to be a daunting task for the company. To add to this, the phone ships with a list of bloatware apps like Amazon, Microsoft Office apps, and Samsung's own version of all utility apps. Ultimately, the UI is a very subjective thing. Many prefer the clean UX of stock Android, while many do appreciate the add-ons Samsung Experience has to offer. 4. Camera: © MensXP This is the most interesting part of the phone and Samsung has cut no corners. The rear has a 24-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. They are vertically located and are fully operational via the Samsung Camera app only. The primary lens is able to capture sharp pictures that tend to look slightly oversaturated, but that can be toned down. The white balance is perfect and auto-focus is quick. To capture pictures with a bokeh effect, just switch to the Live Focus mode and you can control the depth of the picture, even after you've clicked it. The phone comes with a plethora of modes like Beauty, Scene Optimiser, Hyperlapse, and Slow Motion. The portrait mode is very well exported when clicking in well-lit conditions, but often lapses when the person is wearing a headgear, or the surrounding isn't easily distinguishable. The Live Focus feature though is just one part of the story. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP This is the first phone in the price segment to feature a wide-angle lens, and it's too good to be true. The wide-angle lens has a 120 degree field of view and can be toggled with just one click. The pictures captured are sharp, the colours are sublime, and the amount of details it can capture is fascinating. If you travel a lot and are looking for the best way to capture the maximum amount of landscape, this phone can be your best friend. In low-light, the focus tends to be too slow, and the pictures often come out blurry. The LED flash has a slightly warmer tone, giving the images a more natural look. HDR can be set to auto and it does a pretty good job as well. On the front, the phone has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that works splendidly in daylight but fails miserably in even slightly dim areas. This is definitely not a selfie phone and has been made for the photography enthusiasts out there, who'd like to play around with the fisheye effect of the wide-angle lens. Overall, no, the triple camera setup isn't just a gimmick. It works, and the Ultra Wide pictures are mesmerizing. Even though the Live Focus feature disappoints sometimes, when it works, it's flawless. And for the artists out there, the Pro mode is going to come extremely handy. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP 5. The Final Say: © MensXP For a starting price of Rs 23,990, the A7 is a very well balanced phone. The wide angle lens is something that helps it stand out, while all other features come with a set of their own pros and cons. Compare this phone to the POCO F1, except for the raw processing power, and the A7 excels at all other departments, including design, display, and camera. The phone gets everything right for the normal joe. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack, fast fingerprint scanner, excellent battery life, expandable storage, and dual-SIM setup. The software is something the end user needs to thoroughly think about. Are you actually going to like the Samsung Experience or are you better off with an Android One like Nokia 7 Plus?
  8. Samsung has been slowly losing market share in India this year and even after launching a wide range of products, the company has been unable to recapture the lost share. While the recently launched OnePlus 6, ASUS ZenFone 5Z, and Xiaomi's POCO F1 have been selling like hot cakes, the A7 (2018) is Samsung's answer to the midrange demand. Launched today in India, the phone's unique selling point is its triple camera setup on the rear. We've seen a similar setup previously on the Huawei P20 Pro, but that is a top-tier flagship. While Vivo and OPPO are working around sliding camera mechanism and testing out various notch sizes, Samsung wants to amp up the photography department in midrange phones. © MensXP Starting off with the design, the A7 (2018) follows the same Samsung design language that feels premium, thanks to the glass backing. The first major change you'll notice is the absence of the fingerprint scanner from the back, it has been shifted to the side and integrated with the power button, something we've seen in Sony Xperia phones in the past. The phone has a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display that has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor that is clocked at 2.0Ghz along with 4 or 6GB of RAM, depending on variant. The internal storage has a 64GB and 128GB option that is expandable via a microSD card. © Samsung Coming to the cameras, the rear setup consists of a 24-megapixel autofocus f/1.7 sensor, a 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel wide angle f/2.4 sensor. Samsung says the three in tandem produce some of the best pictures in the segment. The front of the phone has a 24-megapixel sensor for selfies along with a LED flash for low-light pictures. Backing the phone is a 3300mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port. The onboard sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and an RGB light sensor. The phone is available in Blue, Black, Gold, and Pink colour options and will be sold exclusively online via Flipkart. It is priced at Rs 23,990 for the 64GB variant and Rs 28,990 for the 128GB variant.
  9. Xiaomi is comparatively new in the Indian market and in the bigger picture a very young company, but this hasn't stopped it from grabbing a huge chunk of the market. In a span of two years, the company has managed to take over the number one spot in India, surpassing behemoths like Samsung. This year itself the company has established itself as an unchallenged leader with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the demand is still so high that the company has to sell it via flash sales even after 6 months of launch. Now, Xiaomi has announced the Mi A2, the successor of the equally popular Mi A1. © MensXP While the Redmi Note 5 Pro and other devices in their portfolio are powered by MIUI, the A series is a part of the Android One program. Meaning, software is pure Android and almost directly shipped from Google. There are many out there who prefer a clean and simple UI, so pure Android is built for these users. Coming to the specifications, it has a 6-inch IPS LCD Full-HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with Adreno 512 GPU. In India, one variant is available with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Unfortunately, the storage is not expandable. © BCCL On the rear, it sports a 12 + 20-megapixel dual-camera setup that is capable of recording 4K videos at 30FPS. Both the rear cameras have an impressive aperture of f/1.75. The front has a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 snapper with beautify and portrait mode features. The phone is backed by a 3010mAh non-removable battery and also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back, the phone also supports Face Unlock for authentication. Xiaomi has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack here, though they are shipping a Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter for free. © MensXP The Mi A2 runs on stock Android 8.1 Oreo and is assured to receive regular software as well as security updates thanks to the Android One program. The phone is priced at Rs 16,999 and is exclusively available on Amazon.in and Mi.com from August 16. The pre-order starts from August 9 though.
  10. Huawei and its sub-brand Honor have been extensively launching new products in the country and have covered every possible price point. This week Honor launched the lower midrange Honor 9N in India, and today the company announced the launch of Nova 3 and Nova 3i as well. The two phones follow Huawei's recent design language, a combination of multi-layered glass and metal. The design has been stunning on the P20 Pro and the company is now slowly bringing down the top-tier design to midrange phones. In fact, the Nova 3 looks very similar to its elder sibling from the back, except for the missing third lens, obviously. © Huawei Coming to specifications, the Nova 3 has a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen is notched on the top and has thinner chins and bezels. The Nova 3 is a premium device among the two and boasts the flagship Kirin 970 chipset found on Huawei P20 Pro. It comes with 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of inbuilt storage. The phone sports 16+24-megapixel dual camera set up at the rear while the front has a 24+2 megapixel dual lens arrangement. Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC has a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) that can handle AI tasks natively. The phone thus includes features like AI scene recognition while the front camera setup supports Face Unlock and 3D Qmoji. © Huawei The Nova 3i, on the other hand, sports a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This one is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Nova 3 and 3i run Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 out-of-the-box and are backed by a 3750mAh and 3340mAh battery, respectively. It supports charging via a USB Type-C port and both the phones feature expandable storage as well as a microSD card. © Huawei The Nova 3 also comes with Huawei's GPU Turbo technology that can increase 60 percent more graphics processing efficiency. A few games also come pre-installed on the phone. The Nova 3 is priced at Rs 34,999 for the 64GB 6GB/128GB variant. The Nova 3i, on the other hand, is available for Rs 20,990 for the 4GB/128GB variant. Shipping is exclusive via Amazon.in and starts from August 23rd for Nova 3 and August 7th for Nova 3i.
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