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  1. Razer is known for bringing some of the best products at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) every year. Some of their prototype devices like crazy triple-screen laptops have stolen the show previously. So, we were super excited to see what the company brings to the table this year. Since mobile gaming has become so popular in 2019 and it's only expected to grow even more in 2020, it looks like Razer decided to do something for the mobile gaming community. They showcased something called the Razer Kishi gamepad, which is one of the best gamepad we've ever seen for mobile phones. Here, check it out - One of the best things about the controller is that it connects to the phone directly via the charging ports instead of a Bluetooth connection. It's perfect for low-latency gaming, something which is very crucial for competitive gaming. And since the gamepad uses the port, Razer has included a passthrough charging at the bottom right side. That way, you won't have to worry about running out of battery while hitting your targets. This is unique to this gamepad and not a lot of controllers offer that. © Razer Kishi also comes with a "universal fit", thanks to its gamevice belt on the back. With the help of that, it can fit in both small and XL-sized phones very easily. So, let's just say that any new phone with a USB-Type C or a lightning port will work with the Kishi controller. As for the buttons, the controller has the standard shoulder buttons, one D-Pad and four regular buttons basic controls. It's perfect for both current mobile games as well as cloud gaming. Cloud gaming, for those of you who don't know, is said to be on the rise and it looks like we'll soon be able to play our standard console games on our mobile phones. © YouTube/ Engadget So, imagine racing in Forza Horizon 4 or taking down enemies in Gears 5. Yes, it's going to be awesome. We didn't get a chance to play with the controller just yet, but we just can't wait to get our hands on it and play the games. Unlike Razer's laptops and phones, most peripherals make their way to India, so we think the new Kishi controller will also be available soon in the country. We're not sure about the pricing yet, but it should be priced at around $100, which is roughly around Rs. 7,000. View the full article
  2. The Huawei P30 Lite 2020 is coming soon in Pakistan. Huawei P30 Lite 2020 expected retail price in Pakistan will be approximately Rs. 62,999. Below you will find the special features and specifications associated with the Huawei P30 Lite 2020. Huawei P30 Lite 2020 FeaturesHuawei P30 Lite 2020 SpecificationsOperating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)Display6.5 inches (16.51 cm) bezel-less display with waterdrop notchPerformanceHiSilicon Kirin 810 Octa core Processor6 GB RAM128 GB internal storage, expandable upto 256 GBCamera48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP Quad Rear Cameras32 MP Front CameraConnectivityDual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybrid) with VoLTE supportSIM1: Supports 4G, 3GSIM2: Supports 4G, 3GSpecial FeaturesRear Fingerprint SensorFace Unlock3.5 mm headphone jack presentThe Huawei P30 Lite 2020 price mentioned above may be different from actual rates in the market. Please visit your nearest mobile shops to verify the price of the Huawei P30 Lite 2020 in Pakistan.
  3. The Vivo V19 Pro is coming soon in Pakistan. Vivo V19 Pro expected retail price in Pakistan will be approximately Rs. 78,999. Below you will find the special features and specifications associated with the Vivo V19 Pro. Vivo V19 Pro FeaturesVivo V19 Pro SpecificationsOperating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)Display6.5 inches (16.51 cm) bezel-less displayCorning Gorilla Glass ProtectionPerformanceQualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa core Processor8 GB RAM128 GB internal storage, Non-Expandable MemoryCamera64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP Quad Rear Cameras32 + 8 MP Dual Front CamerasBattery4500 mAh battery with Fast ChargingConnectivityDual SIM: Nano + Nano with VoLTE supportSIM1: Supports 4G, 3GSIM2: Supports 4G, 3GSpecial FeaturesOn-screen Fingerprint Sensor3.5 mm headphone jack presentThe Vivo V19 Pro price mentioned above may be different from actual rates in the market. Please visit your nearest mobile shops to verify the price of the Vivo V19 Pro in Pakistan.
  4. The Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus is coming soon in Pakistan. Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus expected retail price in Pakistan will be approximately Rs. 184,999. Below you will find the special features and specifications associated with the Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus. Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus FeaturesSamsung Galaxy S11 Plus SpecificationsOperating SystemAndroid v10 (Q)Display6.9 inches (17.53 cm) bezel-less display with punch-hole displayCorning Gorilla Glass ProtectionPerformanceSamsung Exynos 9 Octa 990 Octa core Processor8 GB RAM128 GB internal storage, Non-Expandable MemoryCamera108 + 13 + 8 + 2 MP Quad Rear Cameras10 MP Front CameraBattery5000 mAh battery with Fast ChargingWireless ChargingConnectivityDual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybrid) with VoLTE supportSIM1: Supports 4G, 3GSIM2: Supports 4G, 3GSpecial FeaturesOn-screen Fingerprint SensorFace Unlock3.5 mm headphone jack presentThe Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus price mentioned above may be different from actual rates in the market. Please visit your nearest mobile shops to verify the price of the Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus in Pakistan.
  5. India offers some of the lowest tariff plans for data in the world and there's no doubt that mobile internet has taken off, thanks to these low prices. In fact, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also said that the consumption of data has increased in the country since 2018. © Reuters To put things into perspective, according to TRAI, Indian mobile users consumed around 46,404 million GB data last year. Data consumption by Indian mobile internet users was expected to increase in 2019 and as of September; the total data consumption stood at 54,917 million gigabytes - a growth rate of 36.36 percent since last year. "The volume of total wireless data usage increased from 828 million GB during the year 2014 to 46,404 million GB during the year 2018-19. The wireless data usage in the year 2019 is expected to surpass the previous year's usage by a significant margin as reflected by usage of 54,917 million GB till September 2019," TRAI said in a press release. © Reuters TRAI said that the increase in data consumption was possible because of a new TSP using Long Term Evolution (LTE)/4G technology and is expected to grow even more next year. The growth was also possible because of upgrading mobile networks from 2G to 4G in many parts of the country and access to affordable smartphones for consumers. TRAI also disclosed that the total number of mobile internet users which stands at 664.80 million as of the end of September 2019. View the full article
  6. When it comes to PUBG Mobile's eSports scene in India, "Team SouL" is probably the only name that comes to your mind. But recently, some of the old and popular names in the team left the group and joined a new eSports name. Three of Team SouL's old members Scout, Ronak and Owais left the old group to join one of the most popular names in the esports scene, Team Fnatic. Team Fnatic just entered the PUBG Mobile scene after the growing popularity of the title. Team Fnatic, for those of you who don't know, is an esports giant who already has some world renowned players across different games. Their PUBG Mobile Indian team includes five players - Tanmay "Scout" Singh, Paritosh Sharma, Harpreeth Singh "Ronak" Janjuha, and Mohammed Owais "Owais" Lakhani. View this post on InstagramWE DID IT! Our first championship in PUBG, in India, and we couldnt be prouder of the team. We are you Indian PUBG Mobile All Star Champions 2020. Incredible work by @ig_ronakop @paritosh_plays @scout_pubg @owais_op @ash__pubg @pratik_mehra28 @sangwan_pubg 2020 is our year, so much more to come from Fnatic in india! #ALWAYSFNATICA post shared by (@fnatic) The Indian Fnatic team recently took part in its first tournament in Hyderabad for a cash prize of Rs 20 Lakh. Called the PUBG Mobile All Stars 2019, the tournament witnessed 16 PUBG Mobile teams battle against each other. Team Fnatic had the top spot from the beginning, so it's safe to say that we're not surprised by the result. Overall, they managed to get two "Chicken Dinners" out of the 9 matches they played. They managed to get 46 kills in total and put up a score of 138 on the board. In the end, they walked home with Rs 20 lakh cash prize. The two runner up teams also won Rs 8 lakh and 5 lakh respectively. © Fnatic Instagram Team SouL's main man Naman Mathur aka MortaL isn't actively participating in esports games anymore. He announced that he's staying away from the esports scene to focus on streaming on YouTube and simply enjoying the game for what it is. We wish the new members of Fnatic all the best for all the future games coming their way. View the full article
  7. This 31st December not only marks the end of 2019, but also this decade. And what better time to look back and remember some of the ways in which mobile devices have changed our lives in the last 10 years. Mobile apps played a vital role in changing our lives in a way we couldn't have possibly imagined. If we talk about mobile games, you can say we were lucky enough to witness a revolution. Yes, I said revolution because mobile gaming didn't really pick up until this decade, when some powerful smartphones showed up. Mobile gaming is still very underrated, but there's no denying that this decade marked a major turning point. So yes, it's indeed the right time to look back at the games that truly redefined gaming and set a pace for what's to come in the future that'll put mobile devices at the forefront of gaming. Offline Games Online gaming on phones didn't really pick up until early 2018. Before that, we were all glued to our phones playing titles like Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run, and Subway Surfers. Yes, remember Subway Surfers? © App Annie Here's a fun fact about Subway Surfers - It's the most downloaded game of this decade. Yes, the folks at App Annie just confirmed it, and it's not all that surprising, to be honest. I remember playing Subway Surfers on my phone all the time and having a friendly banter with my friends about the high score. It was huge at one point and the same goes with Temple Run too. We're talking about games that made people step away from handheld consoles of the time and switch to smartphones to fill that gaming void. Gaming on-the-go was only a thing among people who could afford handheld consoles at that time. © Kiloo If devices like GameBoy and Nintendo 3DS defined mobile gaming last decade, then it's safe to say that they were replaced by smartphones. Candy Crush Saga released in 2012 and sent huge waves around the industry. It's still one of the most popular mobile games, even after eight years. That's definitely something for the makers to be proud of. It's also hard to not mention classic titles like Hill Climb Racing, My Talking Tom, and Fruit Ninja. If your phone was able to run these games without any issues, then you were the real MVP. Online Games © Supercell When you think about online gaming on mobile phones, the first few titles that come to mind include PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, etc. But that's not what truly defined online gaming on phones. It's games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and 8 Ball Pool that sparked the fire. Can you think of someone who's not played these games? Probably not. Then Pokemon Go entered the scene mid-way through the decade and disrupted the whole industry. I've said this in the past and I'll say it again, but Pokemon Go wasn't the first in just the AR space, but also the first one to make people obsess over a game in a way only a handful of titles in the past have been able to do. © Niantic Pokemon Go literally made people step out of their homes, meet new people in real life and have a healthy competition. The community was so strong and committed that it was simply hard to ignore it. I am very positive that you'll still find people who're very committed to catching new Pokemons every day. Battle Royale Yes, PUBG Mobile is the first name that comes to mind when you hear the word Battle Royale. Well, that's because it was the first to popularize the genre on not just mobile phones, but also on PC. The popularity just happened to skyrocket on phones because it was a free-to-play game. © Tencent PUBG Mobile is probably the only game of the decade that raised gaming addiction concerns. There were numerous reports of people losing lives because of the game, which is quite insane if you think about it. But at the same time, the game also made people aware about gaming addiction, which is a glaring issue today. PUBG Mobile is also one of the first mobile games that made Indians take esports seriously, in a way which not many games have managed to do. One of the world's most popular PUBG Mobile players/streamers spoke to us in detail about his journey and you can read all about it right here Well, those are the games that we think truly defined mobile gaming this decade. As far as the future is concerned, we're super excited to see where cloud gaming takes us because we believe it'll truly propel mobile phones to the forefront. Cloud gaming is particularly exciting because you'll be able to play even the most demanding AAA titles on your phone, which is simply mind blowing. View the full article
  8. Anand Mahindra took to his Twitter and shared a picture of a shayari (couplet) to explain the importance of mobile phones in everyone's life today. However, he committed one mistake thinking that the couplet was actually written by Gulzar. Turns out, Gulzar didn't write it and the internet pointed it out soon after Anand Mahindra shared it. He shared an image that said, "Khud se zyada sambhal kar rakhta hoon mobile apna, kyunki rishtey saare ab isi mein kaid hain (I care more about my phone than myself because all my relationships are trapped in it).” Thank you Gulzarji, for giving me the logic for remaining wedded to my device! ððð½. (Even if this was a tongue-in-cheek comment, it's true that mobiles help us stay connected!) pic.twitter.com/P3NTrQ0Z16 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 9, 2019 He also wrote a caption saying, "Thank you Gulzarji, for giving me the logic for remaining wedded to my device!” Now, this isn't a line by Gulzar and netizens have flooded Mahindra's post soon after it was shared online. Here's what they have to say: This one is already listed in #NotByGulzar database #NBG @ThePuccaCritic https://t.co/7LxSrAkCg8 pic.twitter.com/XE4IluUCeY — Pavan Jha (@p1j) December 9, 2019 @anandmahindra -Incorrect credit and interpretation too . The quote is a sarcasm and not endorsement of the utility of mobile phones. — Rahul Ekbote (@rahul_ekbote) December 9, 2019 It's so true [not sure if he actually said it though :) ] — Rohit (@RohitMishraa) December 9, 2019 Are you sure that these lines are from Gulzar saab?? Seems has his name on credits only. — Vjdorby (@Aazaad_Hind1857) December 9, 2019 A very beautiful quote @anandmahindra sir. But just want to point out that I couldn't find any reference of Gulzar sahab making this shayari, so unsure of its verification. Sometimes people make a quote with popular figure's name and their picture and people tend to believe it. — the_millennial (@kunal_kaklij) December 9, 2019 Gulzar may not have written these lines. #WhatsappUniversity — Prithvi (@The_BeardMan_) December 9, 2019 Gulzar has penned the lyrics for a lot of Bollywood films such as Parichay, Mausam, Aandhi, Masoom, Maachis, Slumdog Millionaire, Omkara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Raazi. He is one of the most celebrated writers and lyricists of our nation. While Anand Mahindra committed a mistake by sharing the couplet but whoever wrote it, did write the truth. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  9. PUBG Mobile has been a phenomenon ever since it launched for free for smartphones. In a rather major development, PUBG Corp. revealed today that the game has now hit 600 million downloads across the globe, making it one of biggest mobile games on the planet. 600 million players from all over the world have downloaded PUBG MOBILR! A special thank you to all our players for your ongoing love & support â¤ï¸we could not have done it without you! pic.twitter.com/uILCHekBN1 — PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 2, 2019 The game gained major popularity in India and other Asian countries due to the free-to-play model. As of last July 2018, the game had 400 million downloads and grown by 200 million downloads since then. PUBG mobile may not be the top downloaded game right now as that title is still being held by Pokemon Go with over 1 billion downloads. To put things into perspective, the PC version of the popular Battle Royale game had around 50 million players as of July 2018. © MensXP The game is likely to grow in download counts and player base as the game expands to more regions in the coming year. As of now, it is the third most downloaded smartphone game and it looks like it won't be slowing down anytime soon. PUBG Mobile has also announced its plans for 2020 by announcing an esports tournament that will have a total prize pool of $5 million. View the full article
  10. Photo: Reuters SHANGHAI: China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud.The...
  11. India has billions of mobile phone users and all of us will be paying up to 40-percent more to make calls and use data from this month. And the price is not limited to one or two carriers but includes all the major players including Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. This particular price hike will increase the tariff prices for the first time since 2016. Vodafone and Airtel have been incurring losses for a long time now and they have a January end deadline to pay up thousands of crores in additional statutory dues. Jio, however, is stepping in, to help sustain the industry and has hence confirmed that it'll be increasing the prices too. The telecom industry in India is burdened with over Rs 7 lakh crore of debt and the world's lowest average revenue per user, as noted by the Economic Times. © Reuters Analysts have predicted that this would be the biggest price hike in India's telecom industry and we'll even have to start paying for voice calls which is now being given to us for free. Both Vodafone and Airtel will increase the rates for only prepaid customers starting December 3. There's no word about the prices and it remains to be seen as to what'll happen with the postpaid subscribers. Jio will increase its prices starting December 6. Vodafone Idea says the charges will be in line with our commitment to provide simple, convenient and affordable products. Airtel said the tariff increase will range from 50 paise a day to up to Rs 2.85 per day. Jio also noted that its new prices will be up to 40-percent higher, although it has promised to provide up to 300-percent more benefits. © Reuters We'll soon be curating a list of all the new tariff plans and the best ones to choose from. We doubt if the new prices will significantly the data usage for its subscribers, although you'll certainly be paying more than the current rates. Source: Economic Times View the full article
  12. Reyan Reynolds took to Twitter to share that he has become the "owner" of Mint Mobile, without disclosing much details."Newst @_MintMobile customer. Also, owner of the company," said the Deadpool star, adding that he would be paying himself $15 a...
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  14. One of the biggest, unanswered question for years has been 'Whattis mobile number?' but looks like we finally have the answer, well actually, an answer. First, I'm just going to leave this here, just because - So, Ranveer Singh asked a simple question with a not so simple picture and it has even the police interested in it. "Whattis mobile number? Whattis your smile number? Whattis your style number? à¤à¤°à¥à¤ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ dial number?" Whattis mobile number? Whattis your smile number? Whattis your style number? à¤à¤°à¥à¤ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ dial number? pic.twitter.com/REfiqSTS95 — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) November 6, 2019 Perfectly goes with the picture, for sure. We all know how quirky Ranveer actually is, his tweets won't be boring, of course, but just wait, it gets funnier. People had some hilarious replies to his question, like this - pic.twitter.com/qOZQKnE7bP — Vishal (@Aadha_CA) November 6, 2019 And, this - ð pic.twitter.com/9neXm7zDjF — Naina (@nainakehndi) November 6, 2019 I don't even know what this is - Dial anyone get cashbackð Dear Ranveer,#BSNL_dega_5pe6 â¤ï¸enjoy longer conversations with your dear ones and earn rewards of upto Rs 50 p/m â¤ï¸6 Paise for every call made of more than 5 Minute duration.Offer valid from 1st Nov 2019 to 31st Dec#SWITCH_TO_BSNL @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/8rTBZRIy5d — Naman (@Naman_BKN) November 7, 2019 But, the one that takes the cake came from a police department. Nagpur City Police has the perfect answer for Ranveer, and it's so funny, I think even the actor would be impressed. 100 â https://t.co/CENlaH0F6n — Nagpur City Police (@NagpurPolice) November 6, 2019 This picture probably sums up Ranveer's reaction to this tweet - © Twitter For the last few years, police departments of various cities have invested in something extremely important - a social media presence. Every now and then we get some of the best tweets we've seen from official Twitter accounts of police departments from all over India. I think, there's been like an unspoken competition among the cities, but I'm pretty sure Nagpur Police just defeated them with these three digits. I'm not the only one who's impressed. Nagpur police in full speedððð — Shailesh Malpande (@svmalpande) November 6, 2019 Give that person a raise! Nagpur city police rocks Atleast on Twitter Kudos to the man handling this — Akhandanand Tripathi / Kaleen Bhaiya (@godoftrolls1) November 6, 2019 What is this picture, but yep. Ranveer : pic.twitter.com/63ZF6cxAZr — Srikanth (@srikanthbjp_) November 6, 2019 Century. . 100 out of 100 marks for this! LOL! . . — One Of Four (@charlogdude) November 6, 2019 Get on it, bro. @RanveerOfficial डायल à¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾?ð — Praveen Ghule (@GhulePraveen) November 6, 2019 Uhh. Nagpur police be like: pic.twitter.com/gnoPi6GfuK — Alok Hota (@AlokN_Hota) November 7, 2019 Oh, for sure. Nagpur police is lit 𥠗 Karansingh Rathour ð®ð³ (@alpha_ksr) November 6, 2019 View the full article
  15. Everybody wants to be good at mobile photography and Adobe is making it easier for everyone to take impressive pictures. The software company announced a mobile camera app that will be coming to iOS and Android devices soon. The final version of the app will launch in 2020, however, it is currently available as a preview. © Twitter Adobe has been bringing mobile versions of its popular desktop applications to mobile phones as the company already has a camera pp called Lightroom CC. However, the Photoshop Camera will work in a different way as Lightroom will use Adobe's artificial intelligence engine, Sensei. With the application, mobile photographers will be able to take and create stunning images and use Photoshop features powered by AI. The app will let users take an image, edit and export images from the app itself. There will also be preset filters and different editing options that will adapt according to the style of the image. The Photoshop Camera app will be able to automatically detect portraits, food, landscapes and other subjects. For example, users will be able to change a photo taken in the day as if it was taken at night. Similarly, in Landscape images, users will be able to change the lighting, colour and even replace entire skies. © Adobe To be fair, we've seen some of these features on smartphones where users can replace entire skies or recognise subjects using AI. What Photoshop Camera does is integrate all of these features into one single application. The standout feature is that the application will have creative “lenses” that adds animated and 3D objects to an image. We will be using the app soon to find out if it is any good or exceptional as a photography app. It could be a game-changer for many smartphone users or could just be a gimmick like any other third-party camera app. View the full article
  16. “Aaj khush toh bahut hoge tum, haiiin?” Sorry, we couldn't help but throw that dialogue at you (all with Big B's iconic intonations and voice modulations for that added feel), for all the happy details we have to share! As per the latest developments and a report by HT, it is being said that the Yogi Aditya government hasn't banned mobile phones in colleges and universities across Uttar Pradesh after all. Last evening, following an update from IANS, we had reported that the Directorate of Higher Education in Uttar Pradesh had issued a circular which stated that no student or teacher will be allowed to carry or use mobile phones inside college and university premises. © Twitter/Samachar However, another recent report from HT claims that the Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma has denied any such developments, and stated that no such order of ban has been issued by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath or his government. “Yes, the students are expected to keep their phones on silent or switch off mode during classes so that teaching is not disturbed. That order already exists,” Sharma said. © Facebook Even the Director of Higher Education in UP Dr Vandana Sharma has denied that any such order has been passed by her office. “No order has been issued by my office till date to ban cellphones in universities and degree colleges,” she told HT. Whew! We are very happy for our UPwallah students because they will no longer have to suffer from any withdrawal symptoms now that it has been confirmed that no mobile phone ban exists in the first place.
  17. Before we start, solve this riddle. What's the thing you first set your eyes on every morning and before calling it a night? It always remains within an arm's reach and blinks animatedly a number of times throughout the day. You can eat, shop and discover the unknown with its help, and for most humans, life depends on this complexly easy parallelogram that is reborn every time it dies. (Answer at the end of this article) © Twitter/Yogi Adityanath Now, while you rake your brains for an answer to that one, let us tell you that all the UPwallah students are in for some sorry days ahead, because the Yogi Adityanath government just announced a blanket ban on the use of mobile phones inside all the colleges and universities across Uttar Pradesh. Hours ago, the Directorate of Higher Education in Uttar Pradesh issued a circular to make the announcement which states that no student or teacher will be allowed to carry or use mobile phones inside college and university premises. © Facebook The reason being cited, for this move, by the UP Directorate of Higher Education, is that the decision has been taken to ensure "better teaching environment for students across all colleges and universities in the state." Apparently, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his ministers noticed a lot of teachers and students 'wasting time' on mobile phones, and thus, this move has been taken. If you remember, a few months ago Yogi Adityanath had also banned the use of phones during his official meetings, for similar reasons. © Facebook People, young and old are pissed at this new development and are voicing their reservations online. Mobile phones were the only thing stopping yogi govt to provide better facilities in schools and colleges. — Khan Saabð (@CanadianSaab) October 18, 2019 Valid point. DU wifi de rha hai ki bache pade online se, video download kre, content access kr ske idhar inko dekhoð knsi desh ki university me mobile ban hai, and sab india se upar rank ki hai, kya correlation theory pad liya hai inhone — sagar sameer (@sagar_sam9630) October 18, 2019 That's the real concern. Only allowed inside jail for prisoners ð¤ð¤ð¤ — The-Ly-Mama (@Sanjay_0112) October 18, 2019 Could this be one of the reasons? so no one makes the video what ABVP goons are doing in colleges — Maneesh Agarwal (@ManeeshMAgarwal) October 18, 2019 Even parents are against it. How come How will the students converse with their parents or peers when in need What's the use of providing Wifi in all campuses then Most of the studies are done on mobiles and laptops Ridiculous decision. I, as a parent of PG girl student and UG boy student, disprove of it — VK Sharma (@vinoks) October 18, 2019 Now ban books too. Kudos. The most regressive government, how will their kids ever compete with those from metros who enjoy all facilities and know how to multitask??? — Meetendra Kumar (@meetume2) October 18, 2019 Well now a days mobile phone is not only a technology or accessories. it's became part of our life.i am not denying the part of misuses of it but why we are not focusing on how it can support students specially girls for their safety. — k@sumant (@ksumant2) October 18, 2019 Verbose. Or not. @DayaYaduvanshi @Ank_Twisted @_amitkatiyar @Anshit20 à¤à¤°à¥, CM à¤à¥à¤¨à¥ हॠया à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾à¥¤ — Shubham Singh (@bot_Askay) October 18, 2019 Makes sense, but we hope this is not the real reason. Sahi hai, they dont want any girls to record videos of crooks like #chinmayanand — Gaurang Patel (@gaurang_patel) October 18, 2019 Bohot bada balidaan hai. balidan dena hoga — Abhijeet (@abhijeetwa) October 18, 2019 Answer: The same bloody phone which has been banned by the Yogi government!
  18. PUBG Mobile has had its fair share of controversies in India. But there's no denying that the game has a strong e-sports presence in the country too. PUBG Mobile just wrapped up the regional finals of the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 esports tournament, and the Indian PUBG Mobile team, 'Team SouL' claimed the victory after six long matches. PUBG Mobile's regional finals were held in Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi on the 14th and 15th of this month. After a few hard-fought battles, 'Team SouL' won the contest to become the India champions of the Spring Split segment. Congratulations "Team SOUL" on winning the PUBG MOBILE Club Open India Finals! Also, Team IND and Team Indian Tigers who have advanced to the Prelims of PMCO Global Finals! See you guys at BERLIN! And a BIG THANK YOU for all in making this event a huge success! pic.twitter.com/AoyT0qCBvN — PUBG MOBILE INDIA (@PUBGMOBILE_IN) June 16, 2019 The winning team came out on top amongst 15 other competitors with a total of 256 points. Their victory also helped them grab a $60,000 cheque as the winning prize money along with tickets to Berlin where they'll be representing India in the PMCO Global finals. It's worth pointing out that 'Team SouL' was on the second position trailing behind 'Team IND' after match 11 on day 2. The winning team managed to push their score by a huge margin in the final match of the day 2. 'Team IND' then managed to get the second position with 246 points whereas 'Team Indian Tigers' came third. © Twitter In addition to the winning team, the second and third place winners also received Rs. 0.95 lakh and Rs 12.9 lakh, respectively. The stakes are as high as they can get right for 'Team SouL' as they now stand a chance to win a massive prize pool of $2.5 million i.e. Rs 17.48 crore. The dates for the finals are yet to be finalised, so stay tuned for more info.
  19. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  20. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  21. PUBG Mobile hype is causing some serious trouble in countries like India where a lot of people are currently dealing with gaming addiction. While some people have been arrested, others have even lost their lives or ended up with broken marriages. But PUBG Mobile developer Tencent Games, on the other hand, is enjoying by cashing in on all the hype. According to a new report from intelligence firm, Sensor Tower, Tencent has crossed $4.8 million a day in May. Yes, the company literally made $4.8 million a day i.e. over Rs. 33 Crores a day from PUBG Mobile and it's clone called Game For Peace that it launched in China. © PUBG Mobile With that, Tencent is now said to own the world's highest grossing mobile app and the highest grossing mobile game, which is just insane. Do make a note that these are just estimates, but even the exact value is expected to be somewhere in the same ballpark. The total amount is said to be 126-percent higher quarter on quarter in comparison to the $65 million that PUBG Mobile grossed in April 2019. It's also worth pointing out that the estimate excludes Android revenue from China. Of the total revenue earned by Tencent from PUBG Mobile and the new Game for Peace, over $101 million came from Apple's App Store and $45.3 million from Google's Play Store. The revenue from both games, when put together, is about 17-percent more than $125 million made by Honor of Kings, which is yet another smash hit title published by Tencent. © PUBG Mobile Sensor Tower's Head of Mobile Insights, Randy Nelson, who shared all this information, said, “App Store and Google Play users worldwide spent an average of $4.8 million per day last month between both PUBG Mobile versions. The chief rival to both of Tencent's titles, Fortnite from Epic Games, had its best month so far in 2019 on iOS, but its total player spending of $43.3 million was only about 43 percent of Game for Peace and PUBG Mobile's combined take for May.”
  22. Battle Royale games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, as we all know, hit mobile gamers hard. With over millions of active players, these titles are still going strong even after all these years. Well, if you're tired of playing the same old battle royale titles, or if you're planning to get aboard the battle royale hype train, then we've got some amazing options. Let's check them out - 1) Crossfire Legends If you like PUBG Mobile, then you'll most likely enjoy Crossfire Legends too. It's a fantastic game and it's developed by Tencent, the guys who made PUBG Mobile. Just like PUBG Mobile, Crossfire Legends' BR mode also lets you dive into a solo, duo or a squad game. Crossfire Legends got great weapons and amazing visuals, so it's definitely worth checking out. In addition to the BR mode, this particular game also offers a few different modes such as Team Deathmatch, Mutant mode, and more. Availability: Android & iOS 2) Call Of Duty: Mobile This one's a fairly new game. Heck, it's not even available for all users, but it's still worth adding to the list. Call of Duty: Mobile, though it's only available for select registered users, has gained a lot of traction. It's got a Battle Royale mode, Team Deathmatch, etc. Call of Duty: Mobile differentiates itself as a tactical shooter, making it one of the very titles out there offering a tactical shooting experience. We've already put up a detailed write up explaining about the key differences from PUBG Mobile and you can check it out right here. In case you haven't tried the game yet, here's how you sideload the game and play it right now. Availability: Android & iOS 3) Fortnite Fortnite is in-part responsible for creating the battle royale hype, so we had to add this to the mix. Unlike PUBG Mobile, this one's a super stable game and a lot of fun to play. Although Fortnite is a battle royale title, the gameplay is slightly different. The only downside to the game is that it's not available on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to get it from the Epic Launcher. It's available directly from the App Store though. Availability: Android & iOS 4) PUBG Mobile Well, lastly we have PUBG Mobile. Yes, the game that popularised the Battle Royale genre. The game lets you jump off to an island with 99 other players and get into an epic battle to get the 'Chicken Dinner'. The game has a bunch of different weapons, looks great, and even works on phones with not-so-powerful specs. One of the best things about this game is that it's constantly updated with new skins, items, etc., so there's always something to look forward to. Give it a try if you haven't already, but keep your play time in check. Availability: Android & iOS
  23. Black Shark 2, the gaming phone that we've been waiting to get our hands on for a long time, is finally here in India. It packs pretty much everything that you'd expect from a gaming phone in 2019 like a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and more. Let's check it out. To start with, the Black Shark 2 packs a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340×1080 pixels resolution. It's doesn't have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the display takes advantage of features like “Fast Finger” and “Magic Touchh”, and has a 43.5ms response time. The “Magic Press” tech, in case you're wondering, works like Apple's 3D display, meaning you'll be able to press down harder on the display to actuate different functions. © Black Shark Internally, the Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also features Liquid Cooling 3.0 for even improved heat dissipation. There are 2 vapour chambers and a copper plate inside the phone to keep things cool while gaming. As for the optics, the Black Shark 2 sports dual rear cameras with a 48MP (f/1.75) primary sensor and 12MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor. On the front, there's a 20MP (f/2.0) selfie shooter. The phone also comes equipped with a huge 4,000 mAh battery for which Black Shark is also including a USB Type-C 27W fast-charger. © YouTube All these beefy internals are packed inside a body that looks kickass from the outside. The company says the phone's ergonomic design resembles that of a sports car. Seriously, the Black Shark 2 looks like a true gaming phone with its curvaceous build and metal+glass design. Oh BTW, the phone also comes with LED strips on the edges and a glowing Black Shark logo at the back. Black Shark 2 Accessories In addition to the phone itself, the company also showcased a bunch of accessories to go along with it. There's a fancy cooling fan attachment and switch-style dual controllers. Lastly, you can also get an HDMI to USB Type-C cable and use the “console mode” to hook it up to, say, a TV. Pricing and Availability The Black Shark 2 gaming phone has been launched at Rs. 39,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM & 128GB storage. You can also get your hands on the 8GB+128GB variant for Rs. 49,999. The phone will exclusively be available for sale on Flipkart from 4th June.
  24. 'Gaming Addiction' is something that we've been hearing a lot lately, thanks to the influx of popular online multiplayer titles like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and more. But if you find yourself locked in a room gaming all the time ignoring the world, then you have a serious illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That's right, WHO has revised the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), and it now, for the first time, includes 'Gaming Disorder' as an addictive behavior disorder. The revision takes effect on January 1, 2022. © Pexels The International Classification of Diseases is a system for classifying diseases and disorders for purposes of epidemiological research, health care management and billing, and clinical treatment. There's a chapter that's set aside for “mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorders,” and gaming is listed there now. You'd be surprised to find out that 'Gaming Disorder' is now listed right after 'Gambling' in ICD-11 and uses the description word-for-word, replacing “gambling” with “gaming”. It says, “Gaming Disorder is a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior ('digital gaming' or 'video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline.” The proposed disorder manifests in three different ways - © Pexels Those with gaming disorder may show “impaired control over gaming,” “increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” and “continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences.” In response to WHO's decision, a lot of industry experts from around the world called out the organisation and asked to rethink its decision. “It's not based on sufficiently robust evidence”, the experts said. Well, we don't know about the experts, but we do believe that we all should collectively do something about “gaming disorder” and the growing concerns around it. We can't let games like PUBG Mobile mess up relationships and put people's lives in jeopardy. It needs to be stopped.
  25. The good folks over at Tencent Games have been working hard to bring some of the most popular games to mobile phones. They first started off with PUBG Mobile, which turned out to be a staggering success. The company also worked with Activision to bring 'Call of Duty' to mobile phones. Now, if the new reports are anything to go by, then it looks like Tencent is working with its US unit Riot Games to develop a mobile version of 'League of Legends', the world's most popular game. That's right, it looks like you'll soon be able to play 'League of Legends' on your mobile phones, and it's a huge deal. © Riot Games According to Reuters, multiple sources have confirmed that the mobile version of 'League of Legends' is Tencent's next big project. In fact, the company is said to have been working on the game for over a year now. The sources noted that Riot Games had declined Tencent's proposal to make the mobile version of 'League of Legends' years ago, following which the developer made multiple similar offerings like 'Honour of Kings', 'Arena of Valor', etc. The 'Honour of Kings', in case you don't know, was launched back in 2015 and became the world's highest grossing multiplayer online battle arena game. © Riot Games 'League of Legends' is nearly ten-years-old and is said to be the most popular title with a long history. “'League of Legends' is like the World Cup, whereas 'Honour of Kings' is just the Asia Cup,” one of the sources said. Right now, we're not entirely sure when this mobile version of the game will launch. However, it'll most likely bring in more Asian players, who're known to play more mobile games over desktop or console. Needless to say, it'll also pour in more revenue. 'League of Legends' brought in $1.4 billion in revenue last year, which is just insane. Source: Reuters
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