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  1. A few weeks ago when I reviewed Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8, I said it was the best phone to buy under Rs 10,000 in India and nothing comes close. Well, the Redmi Note 8 is still a kickass phone, but it's no longer the only phone we recommend in this price range. Yes, Realme has updated the Realme 5 with new optics and called it Realme 5s. But it's not exactly a bad thing because the Realme 5 itself was a really good phone and it only needed the optics to go head-to-head with Xiaomi's new budget king. So, is the Realme 5s a good phone to buy? Well, let's find out. 1. Design & Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Realme has been making some really good looking phones and the new Realme 5s is no exception. I absolutely loved the design of the Realme 5 when it came out, so I am glad that they decided to stick to the same design. The Realme 5s looks exactly the same. I mean, if it wasn't for the new 48MP moniker on the camera sensor or the new Crystal Red colour, you won't be able to tell the difference between the two. Since we're looking at the same design, we must point out that it's a little unwieldy. I mean, it's a tall phone with a massive display on the front and a huge battery inside. So it's not a easy phone to hold and use, at least not with one hand. But if that's not an issue, then you'll love it. Realme has done a great job when it comes to the build quality. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Realme 5s has the classic Realme diamond pattern at the back. There's also a fingerprint scanner at the back, which is just as fast and reliable as any other physical scanner. It can be a little hard to reach if you have small hands. And since Realme hasn't changed anything else apart from the camera, we're looking at the same micro USB port at the bottom. It's a bummer, considering the fact that other competing phones are now offering a USB Type C port. 2. Display The Realme 5s sports a 6.5-inch LCD display with a waterdrop notch. It's a tall display, but it's only an HD+ panel, which means, it's not going to be as sharp as the displays on some other phones in the same price range. Also, the LCD isn't as bright and colourful as you'd expect, so I'd say the display is one of the weak points of the phone. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad display by any means. But we wish it was at least an FHD+ panel. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Apart from that though, I don't have any other complaints with the display. The bezels are slim, viewing angles are good and even the sunlight visibility is pretty good. It's a perfectly serviceable display for a phone that costs under Rs. 10,000. 3. Performance The Realme 5s has the same specifications as the Realme 5, which means it shares the same specs as the Redmi Note 8 too. It packs a Snapdragon 665 SoC chipset and 4GB RAM, which is a good combo for keeping things quite smooth on a budget phone. During my testing, the phone managed to push through all the day-to-day tasks such as web browsing, social media apps and more. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP However, gaming is not exactly a strong suit of Snapdragon 665 SoC, so you may notice lags and jitters occasionally while playing games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9. But that's the case with most budget phones, so you might want to consider spending a little more if you want a phone to play games. I must point out that Realme's ColorOS based on Android Pie is pretty good. It has gotten a lot better over time and is now one of my favorite Android skins. Yes, it still comes with a ton of bloatware, but you can remove most of them. I just like how smooth the UI is. Software makes a whole lot of difference and I am happy to report that you won't have any issues with the Realme 5s when it comes smooth day-to-day performance. 4. Camera © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yes, the cameras! Like I said, the only reason why this phone exists is the camera. The Realme 5s sports a quad-camera setup which includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The rest of the sensors are the same as what we saw on the Realme 5, so essentially the 48MP is the highlight here. So, how's the camera performance? Well, the 48MP sensor offers a lot of details in daylight photos with ample light. There's a ton of details on the images captured in the 48MP mode and the brightness is also on point. There's also a dedicated night mode on the Realme 5s and it can take some really good shots. Even the images captured using the other modes are really good, so I'd say this is a really versatile camera. Here are some samples - 5. Battery Life The Realme 5s packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery, which is what makes this phone a little bulky. If you're looking for a phone with good battery life, then look no further. The Realme 5s can last you a very long time on a single charge, even if you're a heavy hitter. I usually go hard on phones while testing them and hence they give up very easily. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP But with Realme 5s, I was ending my days with up to 40-percent charge, even on the day when I am using it extensively for watching media, taking pictures, etc. It's that good. But it only comes with a 10W charger, which means it'll take a lot of time to get fully charged. You'll be looking at around 2 hours to get this phone from 0 to 100-percent. 6. The Final Say So, is the Realme 5s worth the asking price of Rs. 9,999? Well, yes. At that price, you're getting a really good phone with a great internals, a massive 5,000 mAh battery and a really versatile camera setup. These are the only thing that matters to budget phone buyers and I think Realme has done a good job. Yes, I would've loved to see an FHD+ panel and USB Type C port, but it looks like, we can't have it all. So, I'll wrap up my review by saying that Redmi Note 8 is not the only phone that's worth checking out under Rs. 10,000. The Realme 5s is also here now and it has a lot going for it. Be sure to check out our detailed comparison between the Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 5s to learn more about them. View the full article
  2. Karan Johar pens emotional note in celebration of 'Kal Ho Naa Ho's 16 years Karan Johar's Kal Ho Naa Ho hit its 16-year mark just a couple of hours ago, and the filmmaker in celebration for the milestone, rejoiced walking down the memory...
  3. Police find 'pessimistic' note penned by Goo Hara SEOUL: K-pop singer Goo Hara left a 'pessimistic' note, police said on Monday, a day after the former member of top South Korean girl group Kara was found dead.?A handwritten note that was...
  4. Xiaomi has been on a roll this year with smartphone launches and the Redmi Note series got a new update two weeks ago. The Remi Note 8 Pro was one of the smartphones launched by the company that features an all-new chipset, quad-camera setup and a premium design - all for Rs 14,999. While no smartphone is perfect and every device comes with its own issues, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a strong contender for being the most reliable smartphones in this category. It offers more features than some of the premium smartphones and is now updated with features that make it a complete smartphone, let alone a budget device. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and why it's the most reliable device you can get right now. Design and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 8 Pro now comes with a more streamlined and premium design than ever before. It has a glass back with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 and has a more subtle design as compared to its predecessor. It is elegant and not too jarring as compared to other smartphones that come with flashy colours or gradient designs. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is also larger than its predecessor which may be a deal-breaker for some or an upgrade for many. At the back, you have a camera module that houses three sensors and the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is right below the last camera sensor in the module and can be a bit confusing to use as you can smudge the sensor. It takes time to get used to it as there isn't much to differentiate between the camera sensor and the fingerprint sensor. Ideally, we would have loved to see some distance separating them, but it seems like Xiaomi prefers a more uniform look. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla At the bottom, you will now find a USB-C port which has been a long-requested feature for the Redmi Note series. Xiaomi was using the micro-USB port for the Redmi Note series until now and this is a welcome change. For Indian audiences, Xiaomi has also included a separate microSD slot for expandable storage. This feature is not available in the Chinese variant of the smartphone, making it an exclusive feature for Indian customers. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three colours i.e. Halo White, Gamma Green, and Shadow Black where the 'Halo White' colour is by far our favourite. The Gamma Green also looks awesome but is an acquired taste. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In the display department, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a bigger 6.53-inch FHD+ display and has a notch at the top that houses the selfie camera. It has a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels and a screen to body ratio of 91.4%. The display itself is good enough for casual video streaming and watching videos in general. The display also supports HDR content which is rare to find on smartphones in this price range. The overall brightness of the display is sufficient enough to use directly under the sun and it can go as high as 635 nits. The panel itself peaks at 460 nits in auto mode which is more than enough for outdoor use. In terms of colour accuracy, the display does deliver reliable contrast levels. However, the colours are not as accurate as we would like them to be. The overall tone of the display is blue where even the white colour has a bluish hue. The cyan levels are also quite over-saturated which can be an issue for fussy people. Apart from these minor issues, the display is reliable enough for gaming and videos as the colour accuracy issues are not too extreme. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup at the back and a 20MP selfie camera in the front notch. The primary sensor is a 64MP shooter co-developed by Xiaomi and Samsung, while other camera sensors include an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. Overall, the camera performs better than expected and takes images with some great detail especially in the 64MP mode. We were also quite surprised by how the smartphone performed in low-light conditions while using the night mode. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does an incredible job at taking pictures. The portrait mode also has drastic improvements while the macro mode needs slight improvement to capture more detail. The camera app also comes with cool editing tools such as replacing the background on portrait images, the sky replacement feature for landscape images and other cool filters you can play around with. For portrait images, you can even adjust the bokeh level post taking the image or add effects such as light trails to make it more interesting. Check out our camera samples below to see for yourself: Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone in the series that comes with a MediaTek chipset rather than the usual Qualcomm SoC. The MediaTek G90T is the first chipset by the company that promises good gaming performance and is clocked at 2.05GHz. It's a 12nm chipset which may not be as efficient when it comes to power efficiency as the 10nm chipsets by Qualcomm. The smartphone comes with 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the model you pick. We were using the 8GB variant during the course of our review and it performed well in all our tests. We would have liked it to be on par with Qualcomm chipsets but unfortunately, that is not the case. The Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 495 (single-core) and 1533 (multi-core) in Geekbench 5 tests. It may not be an impressive score when compared to flagships, but is still reliable enough to use the smartphone as a daily driver. While gaming, we recommend using the medium graphics on PUBG mobile as the smartphone will last longer and not drop any frames during gameplay. In extreme settings, the game is still playable but you may experience some overheating issues. The battery size on the Redmi Note 8 Pro has also been upgraded as it now comes with a 4500mAh battery. That enables the smartphone to last at least one full day on a single charge and up to 1.5 days with moderate use. The battery can also be fast-charged at 18W with the bundled wall charger and takes about 1.3 hours for the same. You can also use any power delivery charger with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and it will charge at the same pace. The Final Say The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good, reliable smartphone that gets the job done for power users. There are minor issues with the smartphone that we can live with as the smartphone delivers more than its worth. It comes with a great camera that can take incredible images and performs well when it comes to gaming and battery life. While the design of the smartphone is premium, we would have loved to see the fingerprint sensor placement to be distinguished from the camera sensor. Overall, if you aren't looking to spend a lot of money on a smartphone and yet want a reliable device, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the one you're looking for. View the full article
  5. 2019 has been a spectacular year for smartphones, especially the budget ones. Between just Xiaomi and Realme, we got more than 15 smartphones in the budget segment, which is absolutely incredible. But as a fan of the Redmi Note series since the Redmi Note 3, I was super excited about the release of the Redmi Note 8 series in India. It's safe to say that every new handset in the Redmi Note series has brought exciting updates while maintaining an affordable price tag. I mean, it's not called the "King Of Budget Phones" for no reason. But I was particularly interested to know what the Redmi Note 8 brought to the table since it hasn't been that long since the Redmi Note 7's launch. Anyway, I've been using the Redmi Note 8 as my primary phone since it was launched in India, and I think it's currently the best phone to buy if you're looking for one under Rs 10,000. Here's why I think so - Design & Build Quality © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I've said this before and I'll say it again - design and build quality is no longer a tradeoff when it comes to budget phones. Xiaomi itself has a lot of budget phones that look just as good as some of the premium flagships out there, if not better. Well, the Redmi Note 8 is no exception. The Redmi Note 8's design isn't a radical improvement like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but it still looks very elegant. I really love what Xiaomi is doing with the "Aura Design". I personally think that the "Moonlight White" is the best color, but I'd say the Neptune Blue which I got for review isn't too shabby either. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The quad-camera module makes it stand out, but I am not a huge fan of the camera bump itself. But I like the fact that Xiaomi hasn't skimped on things like the 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, IR blaster, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner at the back, which is fast and reliable. Overall, I really dig the Redmi Note 8's design and build quality. It's a well-built phone that looks good and has pretty much everything that you'd want in a phone. Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Redmi Note 8 has a 6.3-inch FUllHD+ panel on the front with a waterdrop notch on top. By now, I am used to having a notch on the top, so should you unless you're willing to put up with mechanical parts of the pop-up selfie camera module. But I don't like the "Redmi" branding on the chin. The display itself is an IPS panel, which gets decently bright in direct sunlight. Of course, it's not as good as an OLED panel, but it's solid for the price. You also get the usual set of options to customize the display, and there are things like the blue light filter, etc. on MIUI. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer During my review, I watched a lot of shows on Netflix and YouTube and also did some gaming to see if I had any issues. But I am happy to report that it's a perfectly serviceable display, and you should have no issues with it whatsoever. Performance & Software The Redmi Note 8 is powered by the Snapdragon 665 SoC and it comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The storage, by the way, is expandable via a microSD card slot up to 512GB. Unlike the Redmi Note 8 Pro's Helio G90T, the Snapdragon 665 SoC is a tried and tested piece of hardware. It's also the one powering devices like the Realme 5 and Xiaomi's Mi A3, and I think the SoC with its 11nm architecture is solid for this price range. You'll have no issues using the Redmi Note 8 for basic tasks like web browsing, using social media, media consumption, etc. They all work flawlessly on this SoC, so no worries there. Gaming experience, however, is probably not the best we've seen so far. © MensXP Of course, you can run titles like PUBG Mobile, Call Of Duty Mobile, etc., but you may notice occasional lags and frame drops every now and then. If you're someone who likes to play a lot of games on phones, then you might want to pick up the Redmi Note 8 Pro. I mean, the "G" in Helio G90T stands for gaming, so you can't go wrong with that. On the software side of things, the Redmi Note 8 is currently running on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. It's kind of a bummer that these phones aren't running the new MIUI 11 out of the box, but that update is coming later this year, so there's nothing to worry about. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As for the software, well, it's MIUI so there's a lot of room for improvement. There's nothing particularly wrong with the software, but I hate that I have to clear a bunch of pre-installed apps on a new phone. Also, the ads that keep showing up every now and then. If you're coming from a Xiaomi phone, then you know what to expect. Camera With the Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi now has a phone with quad-cameras for under Rs 10,000. The Redmi Note 8's setup includes a 48MP primary sensor with an f/1,79 aperture, an 8MP Ultra wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the Redmi Note 8 sports a 13MP selfie shooter. Xiaomi's camera app has also improved a lot and it now offers a lot of features. There's a dedicated night mode for taking pictures in low-light, and the phone also lets you record macro videos, which is quite impressive. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The images taken during the day time with good lighting have lots of detail and I like how the ISP tries to maintain the original colours in the scene. The exposure seems to be on point with great textures. I also took a ton of low-light pictures at night with the Redmi Note 8 and found its 'Night Mode' to be really impressive. A few macro shots that I managed to capture also turned out much better than I expected. Again, there's still some room for improvement, but I like the cameras on the Redmi Note 8. Here are some camera samples - Battery Life The Redmi Note 8 packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. In fact, Xiaomi is being super generous by adding the 18W fast-charger inside the box. I think that's really cool, and there's something to learn for every manufacturer. It's the little things like this that make the phone worth recommending. On a single charge, I was getting about 5 to 6 hours of screen on time, which is not bad at all. I consider myself a heavy user, and I go hard when I am reviewing a phone with max brightness and all that stuff. With that, I'd say we have a winner here. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Final Say The Redmi Note 8 starts at Rs 9,999 in India, which if you ask me is incredibly good. In fact, I think the Redmi Note 8 is currently the best phone under Rs 10,000 and that says a lot about it considering the fact that we got some really good budget phones this year. The real competition is coming from none other than Realme in the form of the Realme 5. But all things considered, the Redmi Note 8 seems like a more well-rounded phone and things like 18W fast-charger inside the box makes it an even better deal. You should totally check out the Redmi Note 8 Pro if you can stretch the budget, but the Redmi Note 8 is the real budget king!
  6. Earlier this year, I compared Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro with the iPhone XR to see how their cameras fared against each other. To my surprise, the Redmi Note 7 Pro gave me better pictures in most cases. So now, when I got my hands on the new Redmi Note 8, I wanted to do something different and test its quad-cameras. Lately, I've been trying out street photography and was curious if I'd be able to get some good pictures using the Redmi Note 8. Well, that's exactly what I did and I am happy to report that I got some really good pictures. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Just for the record, the Redmi Note 8 sports a quad-camera setup at the back which includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP Ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The primary sensor has an f/1.7 aperture, which means it can take more light from the subject. This turned out to be helpful while shooting at night and I got some well-lit photos even without using the night mode. I did use the night mode for most of the pictures that you're about to see. I found it to be more reliable and I didn't have to take multiple shots to get a good photo. Of course, a comprehensive review of the camera with more samples of day-time, macro, etc. will be included in my full review of the phone, but for now, here are some pictures that I took at night when I was out for a stroll. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer BTW, I am a complete rookie when it comes to street photography, so please save me the embarrassment. I wasn't planning on taking pictures so I didn't carry any type of equipment. All the images embedded below are straight from the camera and I've not retouched them in any way. What you see is what you get from the camera and I'd say it's damn good. Take a look - As you can see, the images turned out pretty good for a smartphone that costs less than Rs 10,000. It's worth pointing out that most of these pictures were taken in really dark conditions, where there wasn't a lot of light in the scene. I am pretty sure I could've done a much better job if I was fully prepared to go out on a full-blown photoshoot with this phone. But it's good to know that you don't have to be a pro to take good-looking pictures. It can very well be done using a phone that costs as little as the Redmi Note 8. It's a great time to buy smartphones indeed.
  7. Xiaomi's annual update to the Redmi Note series is here, and this time it's the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. These phones were launched in China last month and they've now arrived in India at incredibly affordable prices. Here's everything that you need to know about them - Redmi Note 8 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla First off, we have the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the successor to the Redmi Note 7 Pro with a lot of meaningful upgrades. It sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ panel with a waterdrop-style notch. Internally, it's powered by the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor, making it the first phone to be powered by this particular processor in India. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also has a 4,500mAh battery with support for 18W charging. And yes, it still has the 3.5mm headphone jack and has a USB Type-C port. © Twitter/ Manu Kumar Jain The Redmi Note 8 Pro is also touted to have really good cameras and Xiaomi has been raving about it on social media too. It sports a quad-camera setup which includes a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, which is the same one that's found on the Realme XT as well. Other sensors include an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and another 2MP depth sensor. The phone comes with a bunch of camera features, making it a very versatile shooter. On the front, it packs a 20MP sefie shooter. Redmi Note 8 Next up, we have the Redmi Note 8, the successor to last year's Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 8 may not sound as exciting as the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but it's also looking like an incredibly good phone for the price. It sports a 6.3-inch display with Corning's Gorilla Glass protection and a waterdrop-style notch. © Xiaomi It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This one also packs a generous 4,000mAh battery, which means battery life shouldn't be an issue whatsoever. In terms of the optics, the Redmi Note 8 also sports a quad-camera setup, but it lacks the Samsung GW1 64MP sensor. Instead, it has a 48MP primary sensor. The rest of the sensors are the same as the ones on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. On the front, the Redmi Note 8 sports a 13MP selfie shooter. Pricing And Availability Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India at a starting price of Rs 14,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 15,999. There's also a 8GB + 128GB variant that's priced at Rs 17,999. It'll be available in three beautiful colors i.e Halo White, Shadow Black and Gamma Green starting October 21 exclusively throughout Amazon and mi.com. The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 9,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 12,999. This phone will also be available exclusively via Amazon and mi.com starting October 21.
  8. When it comes to budget smartphones, users want good performance, an attractive price and a premium design. At least that was the case a year ago, but now even budget smartphones are pushing the envelope by offering good cameras, fast charging and more storage. Xiaomi has now announced the launch of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 in India that offers everything we just mentioned and then some. The two smartphones in the Redmi Note series come with a quad-camera setup, awesome design and the most important thing; an attractive price tag. We got to check out the smartphones for a brief period of time and here are our super early impressions of the two: Design © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to an upgrade from the Redmi Note 7 and 7 Pro, Xiaomi has upgraded every specification and aspect of the smartphone - the major update being the quad-camera setup. Both smartphones get the premium treatment when it comes to the design. The Redmi Note 8 comes in four colours i.e. Neptune Blue, Space Black, Cosmic Purple and Moonlight White, where the white variant is probably our favourite. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The white variant has a gradient finish with a slight blue undertone that makes it stand out from the rest. Similarly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in Halo White, Gamma Green, and Shadow Black colour options, however, the 'Gamma Green' variant is the one you want to look out for. Both smartphones come with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating, both at the front and back, giving it the premium feel similar to flagship smartphones. When it comes to biometrics security, both smartphones have a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back and face-unlocking capabilities. Display© MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Both the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 come with IPS LCD displays while the only difference is the screen size. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a larger 6.53-inch screen while the Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.39-inch display. Both smartphones have a drop-style notch and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio). Another major difference is the 3D curved display on the Note 8 Pro. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla While both smartphones have a quad-camera setup, there are stark differences between the two that set them apart from each other. The Redmi Note 8 Pro variant comes with a 64MP primary sensor while the Redmi Note 8 comes with a 48MP primary sensor. The main difference will be in the resolution of the images. The primary sensor is the only differentiating factor between the two smartphones as the other three sensors remain the same on both models. The additional sensors include an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a field of view of 120-degrees. The third sensors is a 2MP, f/2.4 macro lens while the last sensor is a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. When it comes to video, the smartphones can capture video at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps While the camera specifications look very impressive on paper, we did not get enough time with the smartphone to draw conclusions. We will be testing out the cameras soon to know how they perform in each mode. Processor and Battery Specifications Again, it is hard to know about long-term performance since we have not spent enough time with the two devices. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with MediaTek's new chipset Helio G90T that also has a huge focus on gaming performance. The Redmi Note 8 Pro also comes with liquid cooling in order to prevent any kind of throttling while gaming. Being a new processor, it is hard to draw conclusions about its performance. From what we know, the processor is good enough to come close to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, but we can't be sure until we use it for a longer period. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM depending on the storage option you pick. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm's mid-range processor i.e. the Snapdragon 665 SoC. We've seen this processor in action before on the Mi A3 and we can expect a similar sort of performance. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes from 4GB of RAM to 6GB of RAM depending on the model. In terms of battery capacity, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh unit, while the Redmi Note 8 comes with a slightly smaller 4,000mAh battery. Both smartphones now come with a USB-C port and support 18W fast charging which has been a much-asked-for feature for the Note series. Conclusion The Redmi Note smartphones are the marquee devices of Xiaomi in India and from our initial impressions, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a worthy successor. In our initial impressions, the Redmi Note 8 Pro performs well, has all the right upgrades and is also very affordable. Stay tuned for our full review to know more about the phone and how it performs in real-life situations.
  9. Samsung has been working hard at innovating smartphones and it seems like we may be seeing some new upgrades and a whole new mysterious smartphone. The world's leading Samsung insider has tipped that the South Korean company is working on a smartphone that is more “creative” than the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Note 10. The information comes from Ice Universe and it seems like the new smartphones are expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2019. “Believe me, the most creative Samsung smartphone in the second half of 2019 is not Fold or Note 10, you just have to wait, don't ask me more,” Ice Universe said on Twitter. Believe me, the most creative Samsung smartphone in the second half of 2019 is not Fold or Note10, you just have to wait, don't ask me more. — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 21, 2019 Samsung is expected to release smartphones with new designs that are expected to be radically different from what we are used to. The leaker has said previously that the Note 10 will probably have a “stable and mature” design whereas the A series smartphones are expected to have “radical innovation.” © Slashgear Samsung has already made a 5x optical zoom camera that is only 5mm thick and may be the rear camera for the Galaxy Note 10 or the mysterious new phone. Samsung is reportedly using a similar periscope method for its 5x zoom camera similar to Huawei's P30 Pro. © YouTube The Galaxy A series has been known to bring some innovation to its series as the latest Galaxy A80 has a pop-up rotating camera. It's a first for any Samsung smartphone to have a pop-up rotating camera and there's a good chance we may see something similar on a different smartphone later this year. The Galaxy A series was also the first Samsung smartphone to feature an Infinity-O display which was later seen on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. Another report suggests that Samsung may be making a button-less smartphone, however, we can't be entirely sure as of now. There's no clue as to what this secret Samsung phone will look like, however, if we do take Ice Universe's word, then it will definitely not be a part of the Galaxy Note 10. Source: Slashgear, BGR
  10. Realme is still a fairly new brand in the market that's yet to make a significant dent in the industry with its smartphone lineup. Of course, we've seen some really promising devices from Realme in the past like the Realme U1, the recently launched Realme 3, and more. But they come with their fair share of annoyances, often steering the consumers away to other established alternatives. Now yet again, Realme is trying to take a slice of the pie with its latest smartphone, the Realme 3 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro goes all out as an affordable mid-range smartphone with an edge-to-edge dewdrop design, a powerful Snapdragon 710 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and a lot more, all at a price starting at just Rs. 13,999 The Realme 3 Pro has a lot going for it, but does it pack enough goods to beat the like of Xiaomi at its own game of making a phone that ticks all the right boxes? Let's take a look. Design & Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Honestly, I haven't been a huge fan of Realme phones' design. It might be an unpopular opinion, but they all looked kind of dull and subdued to me at first glance. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, looks really nice. If you look closely, you'll see a subtle pattern across the back, which reflects light in a unique way. Realme says the pattern is inspired by 'racecourse'. Their slogan for this phone is 'Speed Awakens', so it's the 'Pattern of Speed'. Geddit? I am not too sure about how the visual pattern would look on the other two colorways, but the Carbon Grey variant, which I've been using for the past few weeks, has a unique visual appeal to it. Other noteworthy design elements on the back of the Realme 3 Pro includes a vertical dual-camera setup with some yellow accents, and the 'Realme' branding which gives the phone a sporty look in my opinion. There's also a fingerprint scanner, but that's pretty much it for the back. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The front of the phone is mostly occupied by the 6.3-inch FHD+ display with minimal bezels on the sides. Also, thanks to the 'dewdrop' notch, the Realme 3 Pro boasts a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, and the display looks gorgeous. The display is certainly one of the biggest plus points of the phone. It's sharp, gets adequately bright even under direct sunlight and is just beautiful to watch videos on or play games. It's a great IPS panel and it's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making it quote durable too. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As an overall package, the Realme 3 Pro feels well built and snug in hand. All three buttons on the sides are well-placed and I personally had no issues reaching them. It still sports a micro USB port instead of USB Type C, but hey, that's not really a deal-breaker. Plus it makes up for it with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Performance & Software As for the performance, let me get it out of the by saying that performance on the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely a breeze. It's fast, snappy and very reliable when it comes opening and loading pretty much any app you throw at it. It's powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-cpre processor after all, so I wasn't expecting anything less of it in terms of the real-life usage. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The variant which I have for review packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, but you can also choose to go with 4GB + 64GB or 6GB + 64GB configurations. I am sure, the performance won't take a huge hit. Really, the Realme 3 Pro did well during my testing, and it was a delight to use. Running games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Asphalt 9 is smooth sailing, and you'll be able to play them without any noticeable stuttering. Yes, the phone gets a little warm to touch after extended hours of gaming, but it's nothing to worry about as it won't get uncomfortably hot. The Realme 3 Pro ships with Android 9 Pie with Oppo's ColorOS v6.0 on top. Again, I am not a huge fan of custom skins on Android, let alone Oppo's heavy ColorOS. However, I enjoy using some of the customization features like 'Swipe-Up Gestures', 'Smart Sidebar', 'Assistive Ball', etc. Although one of the things which I absolutely hate about ColorOS is that ships with a ton, and I mean a TON, of bloatware. Yes, you can get rid of most of them, but seriously, I hate looking at those many apps on a phone which I just pulled out of the box. I really hope Realme does something about it in the future. © MensXP Since we're talking performance, let me touch base on the phone's biometric features too. The fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone is at the right spot in my opinion, and it's super snappy and accurate. The Realme 3 Pro also offers Face Unlock, which is just as fast as the Fingerprint scanner, but I ended up using the physical scanner for, you know, some added security. The speakers, however, are something which I am not a huge fan of. Realme 3 Pro has a single bottom firing speaker, which is very easy to cover with your while using the phone in, say the landscape mode. The audio experience was decent with good audio output, but I found myself reaching out for a pair of headphones. I am glad that Realme didn't get rid of the phone 3.5mm headphone jack. Good job, Realme! © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Camera The Realme 3 Pro comes with two cameras at the back. One is a 16-megapixel IMX519 shooter whereas the one one is a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2,4 aperture. And on the front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Before we jump into the camera samples, I'd like to point out that I really enjoyed shooting pictures with this phone. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I was recently in Mumbai for a couple of days, and I carried the Realme 3 Pro along with some flagship phones like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e. Well, I must say that I ended up pulling out the Realme 3 Pro more often than I thought I would, which definitely says something about the camera quality. The camera app is also fairly straightforward and easy to use. There are a bunch of modes to shoot like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, etc. Realme has also introduced a new mode called 'Ultra HD', which essentially uses software to create a 64MP image with bigger size and, of course, more details. Overall, I'd say that Realme has a commendable job with both the camera hardware and the software. I did say that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras impressed me, but I think this one's equally good, if not significantly better. Yes, the Realme 3 Pro struggles to keep up in low-light, but I guess you can't have it all at this price, really. I'll let you take a look at the images and decide for yourself - Battery Life The Realme 3 Pro packs a beefy 4,05 mAh battery inside which in my opinion is a pretty decent size. It's slight smaller than the 4,230 mAh battery found inside the Realme 3, but I have no complaints with the battery life here. The Realme 3 Pro can easily last a day wit heavy usage, which includes the basic day-to-day tasks like web browsing, social media, usage, etc. and some intensive tasks like media streaming and gaming. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I've noticed good battery life on almost all the smartphones running on the Snapdragon 710 chip, and the Realme 3 Pro is no exception. If you're not a heavy-hitter like me, then you can push the phone and get through even two days without charging since the phone has really good standby time. The Realme 3 Pro also ships with VOOC 3.0 20V charger inside the box, which can charge the phone from 0% - 100% in about 80 minutes, which is not bad at all. So overall, I'd say the Realme 3 Pro scores good marks in the battery life department too. On an average, you can get about 5-6 hours of screen on time, and charge it fairly quickly thanks to VOOC 3.0. The Final Say © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It appears to me as though Realme is gaining more confidence with each product it's bringing to the market, and the brand's effort is clearly reflecting on the Realme 3 Pro. No wonder, the brand is leaving no stones unturned while going after Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro. After using it for an extended period of time, I can confidently say that it ticks all the boxes to make up for a worthy competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. Of course, the Realme 3 Pro is not the perfect mid-range phone, but it has a lot going for it for Rs. 13,999. You get a great FHD+ display, a powerful Snapdragon chipset, amazing battery life, and some capable cameras. The only area where I'd say it falls short is the software. And maybe some minor annoyances like the speaker position and a micro USB port. Well, if you are someone who can look past these qualms, then you'll be very happy with the Realme 3 Pro. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro, if you'll ask me, is a phone which I'll be happy to recommend to anyone who's looking for a phone under Rs. 15,000. It's a great Redmi Note 7 Pro alternative, and I think I'll start recommending the Realme 3 Pro more mainly because of how hard it is to get hands on a Xiaomi smartphone these days. So, if you are on a budget, and can't get your hands on a Redmi Note 7 Pro, go ahead and buy the Realme 3 Pro.
  11. Last year, Irrfan Khan shared some really terrible news with everyone on Twitter, the news of him being diagnosed with Neuro-Endocrine tumor, which came as a shock to him, us, the entire country. Now, it's been a year and one month and we finally got some good news - he's healthy and he's back! Ever since everyone knew about him battling such a serious illness, he's received nothing but love and support from people and he's extremely grateful for that and he said that even “soothed him in his process of healing.” Sharing a heartfelt and emotional message on his Twitter, he thanked everyone and announced he's back. pic.twitter.com/d4Osol3NvP — Irrfan (@irrfank) April 3, 2019 Well, it's great to have you back! In this entire year, he's opened up about his journey only a couple of times and it's great because he got his privacy and space while receiving treatment and healing. But, now he's back in India and people couldn't be happier that he's here. Welcome! Missed you! Welcome! ♥ï¸ https://t.co/U2kS7Uevpm — Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam) April 3, 2019 It will be soon. We look forward to cherish your enigmatic persona and talent on screen. can't wait for the wait to get over. — Abhishek Jain (@cinemanabhishek) April 3, 2019 Yes. Welcome back brother!!! @irrfank ð¤ð¤ð¤ — KayKay Menon (@kaykaymenon02) April 3, 2019 Soon. So glad! You are healthy now, can't wait to see your next work — Sandy (@Sandy94170181) April 3, 2019
  12. Mesut Ozil might not have been as influential as he once was in recent times, but there is no shortage of fanfare for the German footballer. Often labelled as one of the best midfielders in the world, Ozil continues to be a vital cog for Unai Emery's Arsenal as the Gunners chase a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. Even if he didn't get enough starts for Arsenal this season, Ozil continues to enjoy a strong fanbase, especially in India. The 30-year-old shares a special bond with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh. And he's often seen engrossed in friendly banters with our 'Gully Boy' which has taken his fanbase to a new high in India. Mesut Magic is a global phenomenon! :) India loves you, Mesut Bhai! — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) March 5, 2019 But, for someone who is used to being chased by fans for autographs and selfies, Ozil had a fanboy moment recently when he met 'Bollywood Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan. What a lovely evening @Arsenal congratulations. Thx @MesutOzil1088 & #AmineGulse for your warmth love & hospitality. See u guys soon in India. pic.twitter.com/4rtBJXZ5uW — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 1, 2019 The Arsenal star played host to 'King Khan' at the Emirates stadium before their clash against Newcastle in the ongoing Premier League season. Shah Rukh shared his photos alongside Ozil and his fiancee Amine Gulse with his fans that had the social media buzzing. "What a lovely evening @Arsenal congratulations. Thx @MesutOzil1088 & #AmineGulse for your warmth love & hospitality. See u guys soon in India," Shah Rukh wrote Twitter. It was a big honour to have you as my special guest during yesterday's match! ðð¼ðð®ð³â½ Thanks for coming! @iamsrk || Kal ki match mein aapka swaagat karna mere liye ek sammaan ki baat thi. ðð¼ðð®ð³â½ Aane ke liye dhanyavaad. #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/QKI52C2Sb8 — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 2, 2019 With Shah Rukh in attendance, Ozil produced a spectacular performance to help Arsenal beat 'The Magpies', taking them to the third spot in the points table. After the match, he was also adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for his efforts. As Arsenal fans celebrated their rise to the third spot (for the first time since April 2017), Ozil thanked Shah Rukh, in Hindi, for attending their game as a special guest. Here's a look at how Indian fans reacted to Ozil's touching 'Thank You' note for 'King Khan': I see two kings. — LACANATION (@Fedup_Gooner) April 2, 2019 So much greatness in one frame! ð Ek hi dil h kitni baar jeetoge yaarrr ⤠— à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤°à¤¾ Õ°ÖÖÕ² ð´‍âï¸ (@TheCheeky_Krati) April 2, 2019 King of Bollywood meets the King of Assists. ððð½ð¥ — S A D I A ♥ï¸ (@TheGoonerette) April 2, 2019 Goats — â½Vignesh Gunner â½ (@AmGunnerkid) April 2, 2019 INDIAN GOAT AND GERMAN GOAT ♥ï¸♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/pEfb20Fy6G — WizardOfÖzil (@Obsessive_Ozil) April 2, 2019 My favorite actor alongside my favorite footballer — Sean ââ (@GoldenBoySean) April 2, 2019 2 legend single frame — Mahboob (@iMahboob9) April 2, 2019
  13. Alright, I know the Galaxy Note 7 jokes are a thing of past now, but I couldn't help it. Samsung's subsidiary brand has made a flower vase that also doubles up as a fire extinguisher? Seriously, how can this not remind you about the Note 7 debacle? Called 'Firevase', the vase essentially works as a fire extinguisher when you throw it at a fire. The outer chamber is filled with potassium carbonate that quickly cools and suppresses oxygen when the vase is thrown at the fire like, well, a grenade. Don't worry, it also has an inner chamber to hold water for your flowers, so it works fine both ways. According to architecture and design magazine Dezeen, only 100,000 firevases were originally produced to promote the use of home fire extinguishers in South Korea, where having at least one home fire extinguisher per home is mandatory since 2017. © firevase - YouTube But since the promotional campaign was a success and it helped increase the number of homes with an extinguisher by 8 per cent, the company decided to produce more.
  14. There's been a lot of banter about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's camera prowess. My colleague reviewed the phone earlier this week and found it to be really good, but I wanted to test it out myself before passing my judgement, if any. So I decided to borrow our review unit and took it out for a spin. And boy, was I in for a surprise! I use an iPhone XR as my daily driver and I really like that phone, its cameras included. In fact, it has been one of my favorite phones to shoot pictures with lately. Given how much I like the iPhone XR's cameras, I wasn't expecting the Note 7 Pro to take me by surprise. But trust me, I was wrong. At first, I started capturing random pictures with the Redmi Note 7 Pro to get the hang of the camera and Xiaomi's camera app. Even when I wasn't really putting much effort, this phone managed to produce shots like this: © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Yes, it was at this point that I decided to pull out my iPhone XR out of curiosity to see how they compared. It was somewhat a gloomy day here in New Delhi, which I thought was just perfect to push these cameras to their limits. So, I did. Just take a look: Note: All photos captured from the Redmi Note 7 Pro have a watermark. The images used for comparison were shot on an iPhone XR. Also, none of these images have been edited in any way whatsoever. The images, which you see below, were shot from a metro station. Both phones did a really good job here, but I personally like the Redmi Note 7 Pro's photo mainly because of the colors. They're natural, and the overall image look a lot presentable with lots of detail. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Next up, I decided to go with a shot which, honestly, even a lot of flagship smartphones struggle with. As we all know, it's pretty hard to expose the subject when there's a strong source of light right behind or around the subject. But both the phones did great in this case. The fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro managed to make it just as good as the iPhone XR did, is truly impressive. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another one. The Redmi Note 7 Pro's image is the clear winner for me here. The focus on the subject is on point, and there's a ton of detail. Not that the iPhone's image is bad, but it's not something I would post on social media without doing a bit of tinkering unlike the Note 7 Pro's image. It's truly a stunning shot, is it? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Even as I was losing the light and things started getting more gloomy, the Redmi Note 7 Pro didn't fail to impress me. This is one of those images, which truly made me question the point of buying an expensive phone to get good cameras. Great dynamic range and really good exposure. Just take a look - © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another shot taken in low light/ artificial lighting. This restaurant is better known for its food than lighting, but the pictures aren't too shabby, are they? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer I can keep throwing in more images here from my gallery, but I think we've established a point here. No, I am not trying to pick a winner and justify my opinion. However, I must say that Xiaomi has done a phenomenal job with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. I mean, just Rs 13,990 for a smartphone that's capable of competing with big dogs like Apple's iPhone? Sign me up. Of course, I am not ready to ditch my iPhone, at least not yet, but the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a star. If you like taking pictures on your phone among other things and you don't want to burn a huge whole in your pocket, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a no-brainer. It's truly the budget king that everyone needs to beat. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Well, that wraps up just about everything. Again, most of this is subjective since not all people tend to prefer the same kind of images. But as someone who loves taking pictures for Instagram and craves a bit of a self-validation, I really enjoyed my time shooting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. If you're looking to check out more camera samples or want to learn more about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's overall performance, then be sure to check out our review of the phone.
  15. When it comes to budget smartphones and the Indian market, Xiaomi has managed to build a brand name that delivers smartphones with aggressive pricing. It's not only the pricing that matters, but smartphones also need to work and need to work well. Redmi, now a sub-brand of Xiaomi has managed to do just that, deliver great smartphones with an attractive price. However, Xiaomi steps up the game with the Redmi Note 7 Pro with upgraded specifications and a camera that can challenge even some of the top-tier smartphones. Xiaomi has also upgraded the design with captivating colours for users who prefer to be trendy and fashionable. It retails in India for Rs 13,990 and comes in different configurations. It has a 48-megapixel primary camera paired with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots at the rear and a 13-megapixel sensor selfie shooter. We've been using the smartphone for a while to find out whether it's still the king of budget smartphones. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design And Display Xiaomi has completely overhauled the Redmi Note series with a beautiful gradient design that catches the light. It's something similar to what we've seen on other smartphones. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro stands out from the crowd thanks to its bold colours. What's cool about the design is that the smartphone has an all-glass design both at the front and the back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This makes the smartphone a tad bit heavier than the previous iterations; however, we like the solid feel to the smartphone. We particularly like the Nebula Red colour which we got to see at the launch event. At the front, Xiaomi as a dewdrop notch display that removes the additional bezels you may have seen in previous models. The design of the smartphone feels very premium and very similar to what you would find on the iPhone XR. It feels solid and does not feel like a budget smartphone from any angle. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi also retains the headphone jack which is always a plus in our books and has now added Type-C support. We can finally transfer files faster and charge a Redmi smartphone quicker than ever before. In addition, the Redmi Note 7 Pro also has a p2i nano-coating which protects the smartphone from accidental spills. It's not water-resistant, but it will protect your smartphone from water spills in your bathroom. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display with a resolution 1080x2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 15,000, the display is quite sharp and accurate for an LCD. Sure, it's not the best you find as compared to flagship level smartphones but it does a fair job at colour reproduction and brightness. The colours on the display do not look oversaturated and look close to real-life. The brightness is also solid as it comes in handy when viewing it directly under sunlight. It has a brightness level of 477 nits which is quite impressive for an LCD panel. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 7 Pro's star attraction is its 48 MP rear Sony IMX 586 sensor that delivers some of the most amazing pictures we've seen on a budget smartphone. We've seen this sensor on the Honor View 20 before and it manages to deliver some great details and clarity in images. It captures the right colours and delivers some of the most beautiful pictures in HDR mode. In fact, sometimes we couldn't believe we shot these images with a budget smartphone. Most of these pictures were shown in 21MP however you can always take the full 48MP images by toggling the feature in the settings. Budget smartphones tend to struggle in low-light photography however Xiaomi has introduced its new Night Mode in MIUI 10. The new model does manage to take brighter images in low light which the budget smartphone was unable to do previously. The dynamic range also plays a crucial role in delivering these shots. It works very similar to Google's Night Shot as it combines different a series of images taken in different contrast levels to give you a better low-light image. Overall, we were quite pleased with the camera performance and even raises the question for the need of flagship level smartphones. Sure, flagship smartphones have great cameras but the gap is being closed quite rapidly thanks to smartphones like Redmi Note 7 Pro. Gallery View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #redminote7pro. Loving the night mode and it's quite decent from a phone that doesn't break the bank. #xiaomi #smartphones #gadgets #techie #technology #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Mar 10, 2019 at 11:44pm PDT Software Performance The Redmi Note 7 Pro ships with MIUI 10 and we would like to address the elephant in the room. MIUI 10 does have advertisements and if you wish to disable them you can do it by following these steps. Having said that, these advertisements are a bit annoying especially when you install a new application. Xiaomi has a security app that scans newly installed applications that have advertisements embedded within it. You can easily turn off the feature however it is a bit jarring when you kept getting bombarded with advertisements. If you want a seamless, experience, we suggested you follow the steps above. If you look beyond the ads, MIUI 10 looks quite clean and visually appealing with satisfying animations and overall stability. You have usual functions like dual apps and a new gesture navigation system that is easy to use. It's quite similar to what we've seen on the new iPhones but with slightly different animation and multi-tasking layout. Performance Equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers a great overall experience when it comes to performing tasks daily usage. While it works great with less CPU intensive apps, it lacks in processing graphics for fluid gaming. On PUBG mobile, the smartphone would often have massive frame rate drops in high settings and has the rubber-banding effect too. We would recommend you play GPU intensive games with lower settings. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro does heat up a bit when playing games which were expected as it does not have a dedicated cooling system like the POCO F1. Regardless, the smartphone is good enough for casual games like Temple Run and can handle games like Asphalt 9 in medium setting. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of Geekbench scores, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored 6520 in the multi-core test while it scored 2380 in the single core test. In our opinion, that's quite a respectable score for a smartphone that costs only Rs 13,990. The Redmi Note 4 Pro comes with 4,000 mAh battery which has remained unchanged from previous models. Battery life on the Redmi Note 7 Pro is exceptional with moderate usage as we had almost 6.5 hours of screen-on-time. We tested the smartphone with navigation, gaming and communication. In addition, it also supports QC4 however you need to buy a compatible charger separately. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was able to last almost two days on a single charge which is quite impressive for any smartphone. The Final Say If you are looking for a smartphone that can take awesome pictures, last 2 days on a single charge and can delivery awesome battery life, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is your best bet. The new smartphone has stepped up its game in the photography department and can perform well with moderate usage. Starting at Rs 13,9990 the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the king of budget smartphones right now.
  16. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India and its first sale is scheduled for March 13. We've been using the phone for a few days now and it sure gives the competition a run for their money. The Note 7 Pro's starting price has been fixed at Rs 13,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs 16,999 for the 128GB variant. What's so special about this phone? We've made a list of things we love about the phone. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 1. Near Perfect Camera: Xiaomi has been teasing the 48MP camera for months and it is the main highlight of the phone. The rear has a Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Thanks to the high resolution, pictures have an incredible amount of detail. For low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one and a 12-megapixel picture is created that has lower more detail and sharpness. 2. Camera Software: 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. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 3. Stunning Design: The Redmi Note 7 Pro has an all-glass design with a gradient finish. The company says it has used a 6-layer process to add the gradient finish and it is available in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. Not only has Xiaomi built the phone like a beast from the inside, but also equally stunning from the outside. 4. MIUI 10: The phone ships out of the box with MIUI 10 (Android Pie) and brings in gesture support, picture-in-picture mode, new recent menu, and AI performance enhancements. Thanks to the faster processor, the experience is even more smooth and refreshing. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 5. Better Display: The phone has a 6.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and features a smaller notch on the top. Xiaomi has further cut down on bezels and it also gets a 2.5D curved glass. The screen-to-body ratio has been improved to 81.4 per cent. 6. Faster Processor: © Qualcomm It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor built on TSMC's 11nm manufacturing process. The device comes with an Adreno 612 GPU. The new SoC employs software “gaming enhancements” that promise up to 90 per cent fewer stutters. Qualcomm enables the hardware and software to support both bokeh (portrait modes) and HDR shots in a single shot. 7. Battery: It has a 4000mAh battery and the phone finally ships with USB-C. The phone supports Quick Charge 4 but it comes bundled with a 10W charger. The battery is sufficient to get you through a day's heavy usage.
  17. Xiaomi has been teasing the launch of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro for more than a month, and the brand has finally launched the phone in India today. It was first unveiled in China and since then, anticipation around its India launch had been on the rise. With Samsung launching a host of new budget and midrange phones, the Redmi Note 7 has a lot of expectations to meet. It's predecessor Redmi Note 6 and Note 5 have been the best-selling phones in the country, thanks to a perfect balance of features. The phones have proved to be an apt offering for every kind of user, right from performance enthusiasts to photography nerds. © Xiaomi Keeping the same in mind, the Redmi Note 7 intends to be another deal buster. Unique offerings of the phone include a 48-megapixel rear sensor, a large 4000mAh battery, and fast Snapdragon 660 processor. It's the first phone under the new "Redmi by Xiaomi" branding. On the front, the phone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display along with a water-drop style notch. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, is a Snapdragon 660 processor, paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant. The other options include 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB configuration. The Snapdragon 660 chipset was seen in midrange phones like the Nokia 7 Plus last year is a tried and tested platform. © Xiaomi The Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, the front has a 13-megapixel sensor. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0 technology. It'll charge via a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack has been included as well. For authentication, the fingerprint scanner is located on the back and face unlock option is also supported. © Xiaomi The base variant of the Redmi Note 7 with 3GB + 32GB configuration costs Rs 9,999. The second option with 4GB + 64GB memory costs Rs 11,999. For the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the 6GB + 128 GB variant costs Rs 16,999. The 4GB + 64GB variant costs Rs 13,999. It shall be available via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Amazon.in. The Redmi Note 7 will be available from 6th March and Note 7 Pro will be available from 13th March.
  18. The Redmi Note 7 was launched earlier this month in China, and the phone's biggest feature that has been advertised is its durability. In order to prove their claims, the company released a video where the smartphone was put through a bunch of stress tests. The video shows employees stomping on the Redmi Note 7, throwing it down the staircase and also a man used it as a skateboard. © YouTube The first video below shows Redmi CEO Lu Weibing throwing the Redmi Note 7 down a staircase and it suffered multiple tosses yet did not suffer any bumps or scratches. Another user used the smartphone as a skateboard by sticking wheels with duct tape. Even in this scenario, the Redmi Note 7 did not suffer any scratches or any other form of damage. This was possible thanks to the phantom grade double-sided Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body that protects the smartphone from such ordeals. In terms of other specifications, the Redmi Note 7 has a dual 48-megapixel camera set up at the back, 4,000 mAh battery and a teardrop notch display. Redmi is now a separate sub-brand of Xiaomi and its first phone is the Redmi Note 7 that has already been launched in China. The Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options along with 32GB and 64GB storage options. © Redmi For more information on the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro, you can check out all the details here.
  19. Xiaomi has been constantly launching new phones in the Indian market and its aggressive stance has already won it the number one spot in terms of sales. The brand has managed to create a name for itself in the budget and midrange segment and now intends to double down on its efforts. 2018 witnessed the launch of new phones from every brand, every couple of months. The Redmi Note X Pro line-up has been extremely successful in the country, followed by Android One powered Mi AX series. Now, we're looking forward to the Redmi Note 7, and Note 7 Pro. The company also has a third device in the making, more on that later. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 Redmi is now a separate sub-brand of Xiaomi and its first phone is the Redmi Note 7 that has already been launched in China. The Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options along with 32GB and 64GB storage options. On the rear is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 13-megapixel shooter for selfies. It's powered by a 4000mAh battery along with Quick Charge 4 support. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 The Redmi Note 7 Pro hasn't been officially announced yet, but we do know it'll pack a 48-megapixel lens on the rear and will be powered by Snapdragon 675 SoC. There is a possibility Xiaomi may use an AMOLED panel on this phone. Lastly, a third phone dubbed the "Redmi Go" shall be launching along with the other two. According to leakster Ishan (https://twitter.com/ishanagarwal24/status/1086550767014760448), the three phones shall be launched together in the first quarter of 2019. While the information on Redmi Go's specifications is scarce, it's sure to be an entry-level phone running on Android Go. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 Android Go is a highly optimized OS built for phones with less than 1GB RAM. The Go edition also comes with a flurry of new optimized Google apps that are light on both memory and storage. These include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, and Files Go, among many others. Google Go redesigns Google Search, reducing the search-as-you-type app to its bare essentials; this Lite version weighs in at less than 5MB in size. © YouTube The Redmi Note 7 currently retails for CNY 999 (Rs 10,500) in China for the 3GB+32GB variant and CNY 1,199 (Rs 12,000) for 4GB+64GB option. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 16,000 and the Redmi Go is expected to cost around Rs 5,000. Keep in mind, these are early reports and not the official pricing
  20. 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.
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