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  1. So far we have no idea on what the PlayStation 5 will look like, but it has been confirmed that the toilet seat-like design doing the rounds of the Internet is indeed the design of the devkit. Devkits are prototypes of an upcoming console that house all the hardware developers need to know about, to develop games for the new console. In the past, production versions of the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 or any other console for that matter haven't ended up looking like their devkits. © Youtube_ZoneofTech Up until now, we've mostly seen renders of the PlayStation 5's devkit. However, an actual photo of the devkit was leaked on Twitter and YouTube. It looks almost identical to the renders we've seen so far, but that's not indicative of the actual product gamers will be able to buy next year in any way. We all know what the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation looked like but these devkits tell a different story. While they look bulky just like the PS5 devkit, the final product borrowed only a few design aspects from the devkit. Here are some images below that you can see for yourself and identify the design aspects that were borrowed for the final product. PlayStation 3 © Reddit PlayStation 4 © Reddit Similarly, the PS5 may not look exactly like the leaked devkit, but we do think that the final design may incorporate the “V” design in some way. It may be used to signify that this is the fifth PlayStation console as “V” also stands for five in the roman numerical. Interestingly, the upcoming PS5 will be compatible with older-gen games and won't come cheap. © LetsGoDigital We aren't sure when Sony will reveal the PlayStation 5 to the public as the company did not attend E3 this year. The PlayStation 4 was revealed at E3 2013, a few months before its launch and we could see something similar this year. Sony may show us the new console either on E3 next year or at their own “State of Play” event a few months before the launch of the console.
  2. Who said your job has to be monotonous, and that you should tolerate a drab and dull day at work? Humans are known to be innovators and we always find ways of changing things around us to serve our purposes better. Take the example of this Sikh traffic cop, for instance, who not only took care of his duty but also made it musical and fun. A video featuring a Sikh traffic cop from Chandigarh has gone viral on social media, where he can be seen delivering lessons on traffic rules and regulations through a Punjabi song. This can only happen in India and that too by a Punjabi cop.pic.twitter.com/7jdhZaakaO — Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) October 18, 2019 And the tunes of this cop's anthem is not just any random combination of musical notes, but inspired by our OG Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi's memorable 90s song Bolo Ta Ra Ra! The only difference being that the lyrics no longer talks about a woman, but instead, reminds people on the road about traffic rules that must be followed to avoid any unnecessary hassles. The cop urges people to park at the appointed spots and avoid getting their car towed or stolen in the process. The cop seems to be enjoying this part of his job, and we're sure commuters wouldn't have complained either. People online cannot stop enjoying themselves and laugh along with the video. Gaddi nu crain le gayi.. bolo Tara Ra Rað¤£ðð¤£ð — (((Deepak chauhan))) (@Deepu8412) October 18, 2019 Lyrics are LIT. Traffic police tere car chak le gaiððð awsum sardar ji nailed the performance ððð — karnica Chaudhary (@karnica56) October 18, 2019 How can we forget Daler Paji? Bolo tara ra ra.... ð¹ð¹ðð»ðð» — Soniyoo (@singhpsoniyoo) October 18, 2019 Swag se swagat? So much swag ð@tabibmadrid — ð¸ð½ (@pooja_RD95) October 18, 2019 So much swag ð@tabibmadrid — ð¸ð½ (@pooja_RD95) October 18, 2019 Proud Punjabis put your hands up. Jithe Punjabi, Othe raunaka. â¤ï¸ — Gobind Setia à¨à©à¨¬à¨¿à©°à¨¦ ਸà©à¨¤à©à¨ (@GobindSetia) October 18, 2019 Wah re Wah.... chak de punjabi .... it happens only in India — Umesh (@umesh_narasimha) October 18, 2019 Music lessons for Delhi Police? @DelhiPolice surely needs to lear n decency and genuine intention of creating awareness from @PunjabPoliceInd ð — Arminder Rekhi (@Arminderrekhi) October 18, 2019 YAS! Awesome. Similar things needs to be done. No stress, all fun — Anwar Hussain (@1954anwar) October 19, 2019
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To whoever needs to hear this today, you're doing okay. You'll be fine. You will survive. This isn't a story about that prodigy in school who could solve calculus at the age of 10. This is neither about that boy who fought against all odds to become successful. This isn't about the over-achievers. It's about the rest of us. The rest of us who struggle every day with comparisons and self-doubt. Ankush Bahuguna TED Talk Our societal conditioning forces us to believe that there's only one way to live life – to run the race, race past everyone else and be the most successful person this world has ever known. I've hated myself for most of my life for not being able to keep up with constant competition with my peers, for not meeting the unrealistic standards I set for myself. But the last few months have been different. I've slowly come to terms with the fact that my idea of success may be different from the rest of the world and how comparing my journey to someone else's is unnecessary mental stress. That's why when DAV College, Chandigarh invited me to give a TEDx talk, I just knew what I was going to talk about. Because I know, there are many more people out there, who constantly struggle with the idea of ambition and competition just like me. People who may need reassurance that I never got in my formative years. Give this a watch. Even if it helps a handful of you to see your future in a new light, I'd consider this talk successful. Now, don't misunderstand me when I say being average is absolutely alright. I don't mean to deride hard work and hustle. That's all that has got me where I am. What I would definitely say is that it is okay for people to not be the best and more importantly, to not have aspirations to be the best at what they do. We decide what we make of our lives and it's alright if it's not monumental. The one important thing to remember, I'd say, is to be financially independent. Don't take decisions that you think are right, take decisions you really believe in. Everything else will fall into place, eventually.
  6. Fans finally got to see the video game adaptation of 'Avengers' when Square Enix revealed the trailer of the upcoming game. While the majority of fans were excited, we got to see a trailer with characters that did not resemble any of the stars from the movies. The game was revealed at E3 this week and the game is set to release on May 15th 2020. © Square Enix While we are quite excited about the game, fans of the franchise weren't too pleased to see their characters having a very generic look. Fans on Twitter reacted with a very disappointed tone and noted that the characters neither sounded or looked like some of their favourite characters. None of the characters in the game share a likeness or even a similar voice to the superheroes we are used to in the big screen. The trailer was met with instant mockery and here are some of the memes that got us cracking up: live look at me watching Square Enix's AVENGERS game trailer at the precise moment where I realized they didn't get likeness rights for any of the actors pic.twitter.com/FMAGpV7c9p — Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) June 11, 2019 MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game. AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48 MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019 Well, they finally announced the avengers games, oh boy, that announcement was something else, haha#SquareEnixE3 #Avengers pic.twitter.com/JdCw44Bidw — Eriksson (@MedinaEriksson) June 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/2GS6kW5gxr — Brian (@Protodude) June 11, 2019 the Avengers i ordered vs. the Avengers i got at #e3 pic.twitter.com/V9eY4XRM21 — cait petrakovitz ð (@misscp) June 11, 2019 Marvel's Avengers (Dev. Crystal Dynamics.) pic.twitter.com/VrbnlM4zE1 — Matt Kim (@LawofTD) June 11, 2019 MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game. AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48 MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL — Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019 Fixed the new Avengers game #SquareEnixE3 pic.twitter.com/xvmMQbJ7A2 — Superfight (@superfight10) June 11, 2019 The good news is that the game is a live service game that is expected to receive content for years. The other good news is that the game will not have any loot boxes and most of the new characters will be free. New locations to play the game will also come as a part of a free update. Sure, the game does not have the actors we love, however, the game does have voice actors such as Nolan North, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker. The game is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC.
  7. They say free goodies always taste better than the stuff we have to pay for. That isn't always true, though. When life gives us lemons, no matter how costless they might be, the lemonade still tastes like shit. So, earlier today when the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that women in the national capital will be 'entitled' to free rides on Delhi Metro, DTC and cluster buses, the announcement left a sour taste in our mouth (pun intended). A large number of female commuters who use public transportation on a regular basis are thrilled by this news, while others are also concerned about the chaos this would unleash, with problems stemming from overcrowding and people management on buses and metros. © Twitter However, that being said, at first glance, it does seem like a great move to encourage more women to use public transportation, but we fail to fathom how this is going to better the pressing issues related to women's safety in the state? Giving every woman free access to metro and buses in no way helps ensure that women will really be safe from abuse, molestation or rape. In fact, it only makes them more vulnerable to other kinds of inconvenience such as theft and difficulties that arise from overcrowding. Women might still get stalked, cat-called and assaulted once they get off the metro and buses, so, sorry, but Kejriwal's reasoning behind this 'free ride' move does nothing to endure women's safety. © Twitter Yet, the major question still remains: Are 'special' privileges the only way of ensuring women's safety? “I remember when the women's compartment was introduced on metros, men seem to hate the special treatment women received, and have often lashed out at women who travel in the general compartments 'despite having an entire compartment to themselves'. Thanks, but we can pay for our rides, spare us the chaos,” says 28-year-old Dutee. The overarching sentiment shared by women who can afford to pay for the tickets is that this step is unnecessary for a number of reasons. However, for those who may not be as privileged, this surely comes as a great relief and there is no denying that fact. Regardless of the money in their pockets, women will now be able to get from one place to another without being bothered by the monetary aspects (especially in times of dire need). Now women can travel free of cost in Delhi metro and DTC bus...there was already reserved seats everywhere for women....I don't understand what kind of equality is this between men and women?..Then why everyone said that लडà¤à¤¾ लडà¤à¥ à¤à¤ समान?? — pranav sangal (@pranavsangal4) June 3, 2019 34-year-old Neetu, who works as a house help in South Delhi, wasn't even aware that something of the sort is in the pipeline for Delhi women. But once she was informed, she was beyond relieved and said, “I avoid taking the metro unless I really have to, and the same goes for AC buses. But if this new rule really comes to pass, I won't have to think twice before taking them when I am travelling long distances within the city. It would make life so easy. I hope they can make it happen.” These are two diverse sets of female commuters who hit the roads every day and have different standpoints on Kejriwal's proposal, which will reportedly take another three months to get implemented. While there are genuine pros and cons to this proposal presented by the AAP government, there is no denying that another segment of women are still questioning why women 'always' have to be given special benefits for their “safety”, which again takes away from the larger movement towards equality. © Twitter “This will set back womenfolk and the feminist movement in the country yet again. We need better and stronger ways of safeguarding women's security. Special incentives do nothing more than make men loathe women for “all the things they get easily” and “get away with” simply because they belong to a particular gender,” observes Snigdha, a college student who regularly uses public transport. On certain levels, this somehow also reeks of vote-bank politics by the AAP government. After failing to bag even a single Lok Sabha seat in the recently concluded elections, this almost seems like a desperate move by the Kejriwal government to get into the good books of the female population in Delhi. What for? Are we Delhi Women not considered capable enough to pay for tickets? Is this empowerment in your understanding??! Delhi Metro, bus rides likely to be free of cost for women - India News https://t.co/cdAX2YVXlu — Pragya Rathore (@pragsrats) June 2, 2019 We certainly wish the Kejriwal government could come out with more concrete ways to deal with the vital issue of women's safety in the city. While this might help to a certain extent, the impending chaos is almost palpable. We wonder if this move to warm up to women in the region will help AAP in salvaging its sorry state of affairs, ahead of the State Assembly Elections in 2020.
  8. What do you think is going on, when you realise that someone broke into your house while you were away? Of course, you will think it was burglary. I am sure no thief will break into your house to clean your bathroom or bedroom, right? But, that's exactly what happened with Nate Roman, a guy from Massachusetts. 44-year-old Nate, who lives with his 5-year-old son, returned home one day to realise that someone had broken into his house. Reportedly, the back door of his house was open or as he feels he might have forgotten to lock it. Scared of what he will find inside his house, Nate walked inside silently and got one of the biggest shocks of his life. Getty Images Turns out, the stranger who broke into his house didn't steal anything. Instead, the burglar cleaned the whole house. From making the beds, vaccuming the rugs, scrubbing the toilets, cleaning the bathrooms, bedrooms to arranging his son's soft toys, the thief brought the home back to its perfect condition. What's more, the intruder even left toilet paper roses for the owner. Honeslty, this kind of burglar is every desi mom's dream intruder. While this entire incident turned out to be a case of 'no stealing just cleaning for free' service for Nate, it's still very creepy. But, Nate has a theory. He feels it must have been a housekeeping service that may have gone to the wrong adress (maybe because of the perfect toilet paper rose origami). It kind of does make sense because no thief will waste his time cleaning the whole house for free, and leave a toilet paper rose too. Reportedly, the cops are looking for this mystery house cleaner. Seriously, this is a bigger plot twist than 'Game of Thrones' finale. Let's be honest, we all want a burglar like him in our lives. I mean, things can't get any better than this.
  9. When social media became a 'thing', it was hailed as one of the biggest discoveries of modern times. People could re-trace their long-lost friendships, virtually reconnect with family separated by distance and 'keep-in-touch with friends and acquaintances by putting a personal piece of their life out there for the world to see, comment and sometimes, gain sadistic pleasure out of, at the expense of each other's pain and humiliation. © Getty Images Take for instance the recent disturbing incident in Kuala Lumpur, wherein a 16-old-year girl suffering from depression, jumped to her death after 67% of her Instagram followers voted for her to choose death over life, in a poll she held on her account. She had posted the poll with the headline, “Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L” where D reportedly stands for death and L for life. © Getty Images Can we please take a moment and acknowledge what has just happened here? A bunch of careless, sadistic individuals who felt all powerful when asked for an opinion pushed a young girl to her own death. We should cry bloody murder against all those who had the gall to participate in the poll, instead of actually reaching out to her and talking her out of it, or at least informing people who could have helped her out. People simply could not give two fucks about a person contemplating life and death, so please help me understand that if this isn't messed up, what is? © Getty Images People have become so insensitive on social media, that they never bother to step back and consider how their callous remarks can potentially destroy someone's life, their self-esteem and their very will to live. It's not a brand new development that this has been happening for a while now. So many people come under the bus because a bunch of people think they are entitled to an opinion (mostly unsolicited) which is best and unquestionable. © Getty Images These trolls, who are mostly faceless with fake usernames, sit in their dingy rooms and push a few buttons day in and day out to say things that gratify their personal sense of being, and bring down their target, one cruel word at a time. How long before we do something about how social media is quickly taking over our lives, to the point that we have come to associate our very existence and happiness to the number of likes or hate comments we receive from an unknown audience online? © Getty Images Sure, the 16-year-old was also at fault to have trusted her “followers” with something so precious as her life, but we must come forward debunk the belief that “our followers are Gods”. No, they are not. They are just individuals who simply come online to take a peek into our life and happiness. Some simply live off it as they are bereft of any joy in their own daily existence. Now, the Malaysian government is considering charging the participants in the girl's poll with the charge of “abetment to suicide”, and I feel they absolutely deserve it. People must be held accountable for their actions under all circumstances, and going virtual should not allow anyone to get away with all the painful things they say and do online. They are equally responsible as those doing and saying the same hurtful things in the real world. © Getty Images I am looking at all of you out there who love to dole out rape and death threats casually, sadistically cheer for online lynching and provoke online hate at random stangers simply because you don't “like” what someone is saying, doing, eating or wearing. Better look back and have some remorse about all the lives you have possibly destroyed in the time you've spent online as a hateful troll.
  10. Have you ever wondered how sparkling wine is brewed? Or how Rosé could be different from Red Wine? Ever thought about what it's like to go to wine tastings and experience different wines, fresh from the barrels? How long do you reckon would it take to get drunk on these little sips of wine that you keep taking every 5 minutes? I got to experience exactly that last week. © MensXP/Simran Arora Grover Zampa Vineyards unveiled a new centre for wine tastings and sales at their winery in Bangalore last week, and I got to visit them and experience wine tasting for the first time. © MensXP/Simran Arora From my experience, the tour was very different from how I had imagined it. I mean, I had pictured the tasting bit right, but not the endless but breathtaking vineyards or the ginormous stainless steel barrels that take up most of the space, of what would normally be an average seating hall with the height of two floors. © MensXP/Simran Arora And barrels that give the aesthetics of vintage films I'd seen growing up. © MensXP/Simran Arora There were also enormous sorting machines and crushing machines imported from countries like Germany, promising maximum efficiency in the initial stages of berry sorting and crushing, all the factors that are necessary for the production of good wine. © MensXP/Simran Arora The tour guide informed us that the harvesting time is crucial in determining the kind of wine it'll produce. For example, berries picked from old vines that aren't ripe yet, make for the most premium of vines if aged properly, while the ripest of berries make for a good dessert wine batch. © MensXP/Simran Arora A dessert wine is a kind of sweet wine usually paired with desserts, but a good sommelier ( a wine waiter/steward) will tell you that the high sugar content in a dessert wine comes from the ripe berries and can sometimes go up to 133 grams per litre, which as a number can be intimidating and I agree. However, at the right temperature in Summer evenings, it could be a refreshing sip and also a wonderful choice to get initiated with, if you want to start exploring wines because it's easy to get adjusted to it and even enjoy the drink. © MensXP/Simran Arora In a masterclass with Sonal Holland, she pressed on the importance of pairing dessert wines with anything and everything that isn't sweet because the dessert wine, in all its glory, has been quite underestimated. The Vendanges Tardives (my favourite amongst the lot) a new launch of Grover Zampa Vineyards, is a sweet wine. There is a long-standing analogy of the similar taste notes of dessert wines and gulab jamun, but unlike gulab jamun, the Vendanges Tardives doesn't stay put on the palate and it clears itself, as Sonal Holland notably pointed out. The dry wines take an experienced palate to appreciate, and while you may brush this off quickly, because I too consume wine occasionally and feel I know it all, a brand of wine like La Reserve Royale Brut, which is fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months at a go and has intricate notes of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche, can only be dissected to the T by an experienced connoisseur. On the palate, the wine is elegant and you can see tiny persistent bubbles when you swirl it in your glass, something that Sonal Holland made us notice. In all honesty, after learning the minute details, I started to put more emphasis on my sips. But here's how I learned to sniff wine: you near the cup to your nose and sniff with the utmost concentration and then finally take a tiny sip that has to be gargled and taken in. The interesting part is that you can even sniff wine through its cork. Checking things like acidity also has a similar process of swirling it around the glass and gargling but also has the addition of leaning forward and checking for a tingling sensation at the back of your throat which signifies acidity. And here's an interesting thing I learnt from Sonal Holland's masterclass: acidity to white wine is like cheese to pizza. A fellow Sommelier, Kriti Malhotra talked about how in the workshops that she conducts, she likes to take her attendees to a world of familiarity to explore the unfamiliar notes of the wine. For example, she said, "a wine high on MLF, also known as a malolactic conversion, would have an aroma akin to your mother boiling milk in the kitchen". It would also have a "buttery taste" which on careful observation of more than three sips, I could sense and very excitedly confirmed that it did, in fact, have a milky tinge to it. Similarly, notes of citrus are sometimes mingled with vanilla and the barrel of wine it is aged in, in this wine's case, it was Oakwood. Finally, we were made to taste the Grover Zampa's most premium label 'Insignia', which is fermented in French oak barrels for 24 months which is equivalent to the ageing of average champagne production, this intensifies the richness of Shiraz grapes from a single vineyard. Insignia is a dry wine that leaves a trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper that blends into a smooth finish. A wine like that is made to be aged even after being bought and needs someone well-initiated to appreciate its nuances, which is probably why I think if I would've had a developed palate like the connoisseurs around me, I would've learned to appreciate it better. And that's the thing about wine in general, while it's not everyone's cup of tea, I've learned that in order to enjoy a good glass of wine, you need it to be at the right temperature, you need an experienced palate and a couple of swirls before taking a sip. And those are exactly all the things I'm beginning to enjoy after this illuminating experience.
  11. Indian Fitness YouTube channels are no less than any comedy show these days. Well at least most of them, if not all, as you will find all kinds of bro science on these channels, which are even beyond your wildest imagination. The problem with social media platforms is that you can post literally anything without any legitimate evidence to back your content. One such advice that you will often get from certain 'Fitness YouTubers' and 'Desi Gurus' is that applying Tiger Balm on your abdomen area will help you burn more fat when you workout. They claim that if you apply Tiger Balm and workout immediately after that, it will produce more heat and will ultimately help you in achieving a six pack easily. © Amazon India Let's find out how much truth is there in this statement: How Does Your Body Burn Fat? To understand if Tiger Balm is actually going to help you or not in your fat loss journey, it's important to understand the mechanism which your body goes through to burn the stored fat. Your body will only feel the need to utilize that stored adipose tissue when it feels that the current calorie intake is falling short of the maintenance calories. Maintenance calories are the calories that your body needs to maintain its current weight. Thus, when you consume less than the maintenance calories, your body taps into the adipose tissue that is stored in the various parts of your body, including the abdomen area. Heat & Fat Loss The logic that's given behind the use of Tiger Balm is that it produces heat and thus helps in melting the fat in the abdomen area. Well, if that held an ounce of truth, then all of us would just have to sit next to a bonfire and burn all the stored fat in our body. Any kind of external gel or massage oil cannot stimulate any form of fat loss in the human body. If you ask what about those people who do claim that they have actually experienced the results? Well, it's because they were working out and were following some form of calorie deficit diet, and not just lounging on the couch with Tiger Balm on their bellies. However, their superstition leads them to believe that it's Tiger Balm that's doing the trick but the truth is that it's all about the workout and diet that's actually helping them lose weight. A portion of this belief can also be attributed to the placebo effect that such statements have on people who believe them wholeheartedly. Do Not Believe Every Random Advice Coming Your Way You will hear a lot of random advice from the people who are in very good shape. Just because a guy is ripped or is in decent shape, it does not mean that he has extensive knowledge of exercise science and nutrition too. © Getty Images You will see lots of social media 'Influencers' making useless claims for various supplements like fat burners and testosterone boosters too. The reality of which is that they do nothing except burn a hole in your pockets. Thus, it is better you approach a guy who has decent qualification and credentials and can help you with genuine advice than to waste time in applying balms and gels. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  12. Huawei launched a new smartphone that defies everything we've known so far about smartphone cameras. At first, we didn't believe in the hype ourselves until we got to use the smartphone for ourselves. The P30 Pro can take pictures in almost every environment and can even take detailed images of the moon. The P30 pro is not only about offering great cameras, but it also features great design, awesome performance and impressive battery life. The P30 Pro may just be the perfect smartphone every company has been trying to make in the past decade. So, let's find out why the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the only smartphone you want to look at this year: Design & Display When it comes to the design of the smartphone the first thing you will notice is the gradient colours. We have seen the Chinese company breathe new life to smartphones with their Honor branded smartphones and the Mate 20 Pro, and it seems like the company is looking to continue that tradition. We got to use both the Aurora Blue and Breathing Crystal variants and they both looked absolutely stunning. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When you look beyond the colours, the Huawei P30 Pro is not particularly a small device. It has a 6.47-inch display and has curved edges similar to the Mate 20 Pro. The edges on the back of the smartphone also have a curved profile giving it a much ergonomic feel that its predecessor. Overall, the design is impressive, however, the P30 Pro is quite prone to scratches on both sides. We would recommend you use the supplied cover to protect the phone from any damages you may incur overtime. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro as it does not have the same sensors for facial recognition. Face unlock does work on the P30 Pro but it isn't as reliable as the Mate 20 Pro or the iPhone XS. The display is also used as a loudspeaker instead of having a traditional grille for audio output. You may find it weird at first, however, we got used to it in a matter of days. The AMOLED display quality is excellent where the colours are vibrant and have balanced contrasts. The sharpness is also quite impressive if you like to watch movies and play games. Having said that, we did find the hue on the display on the cooler side which could be annoying for some users. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset that is particularly fast and works in tandem with Huawei's EMUI. Having said that, EMUI is a quite bloaty skin that is particularly not clean. Even though we've not been fond of EMUI in the past, the P30 Pro comes with some cool AI features such as an AI video editor (similar to Google Photos), scene detection features for the camera app. It even comes with digital well-being features such as a downtime feature for applications. When you reach your limit for a particular app, the screen turns grey preventing you from doing what you were meant to stop. The P30 Pro also comes with another nifty feature i.e. a Digital Car Key. Basically, you can use the P30 Pro to use as a key for select Audi cars. You can even start the engine with your smartphone. Alas, we did not get to test this feature, however, you can read up more literature about this on Audi and Huawei's website Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The star attraction of the Huawei P30 Pro is its impressive camera setup. It's touted to have incredible digital photography capabilities and for good reason. The array on the back has a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens. The zoom lens on the P30 Pro is one of the most impressive sensors we've seen as it can do image stabilisation even when zoomed in well over 10x. The P30 Pro uses OIS + EIS at the same time to achieve this feat. Of course, the quality does drop down a bit when you exceed the zooming parameters, however, it is still the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. We could even capture some very accurate and detailed shots of the moon with 50x zoom. You can see the clarity in the photo samples below. Huawei has partnered with Leica to make some of the most impressive we've ever seen. The new sensors are called SuperSpectrum sensors that use RYYB instead of the traditional RGB. Yellow has been used in place of green as it can take in both red and green lights. The sensor is capable of capturing more information and clearer images. Having said that, not everything is peachy here as when you take images of flora, there is considerable saturation which is entirely accurate when it comes to real colours. The Huawei P30 Pro is also incredible at taking low-light images, especially in the night. The light sensitivity ISO goes up to 400,000 which is completely unheard of on a smartphone. You can take some incredible night shots using the Night Mode, which works similar to what you find on Google Pixel 3. It basically takes multiple frames at different levels of exposure and then combines them into a single image. The ToF sensor basically comes in handy when you want to capture the depth or take portrait images from your smartphone. It can read objects and gets a better idea of the subject in front of the camera. The ToF sensor records how long it takes for the light to hit the object in front of the smartphone. This resulted in some awesome portrait images, however, did not work as advertised in dark environments. P30 Pro Camera Samples Performance The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset which is also the Chinese company's flagship processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for gaming. We encountered no issues when it came to the smartphone's performance and gaming was a breeze as there were no noticeable frame rate drops. We managed to play PUBG in high settings but we enjoyed playing Fortnite more due to the smooth graphics. The P30 Pro also comes with a proprietary file transfer system which basically is faster in reading/write speeds than anything we've seen so far. In terms of benchmark tests, our review unit was able to achieve a score a respectable 3292 in the single-core test while it scored 9657 in the multi-core test. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery and we managed to get 8-9 hours of screen-on time. The smartphone supports 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Much like the Mate 20 Pro, you can even turn on the reverse wireless charging feature to charge other devices such as the new AirPods or the Galaxy Buds. The battery life on the P30 Pro is probably one of the best we've seen on an Android smartphone. The P30 Pro easily lasted more than 17 hours on a single charge and our usage included heavy gaming, GPS navigation, texting, internet browsing and even reverse wireless charging at times. The Final Say As smartphones get increasingly saturated, there are only a few fields left where it can be improved upon. Companies keep trying to improve mobile photography or performance or battery life but often sacrifice at least one of these key features. Having said that, the P30 Pro offers all of these features and do them well. The Huawei P30 Pro does offer the best camera on a smartphone right now and is genuinely a jack of all trades. In some cases, it's even a master of one such as low-light photography. When it comes to competition, only the Pixel 3 comes into mind that can stand up to the P30 Pro when it comes it mobile photography. For Rs 71,9990; you get the latest tech with awesome performance and extraordinary cameras.
  13. Rajkummar Rao is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors in the current crop of Bollywood, and with each movie he is proving his mettle to the world. Last year the actor, who is now basking in the success of 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga', gave another blockbuster performance in Dinesh Vijan's 'Stree'. © Instagram Starring Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana and Pankaj Tripathi; 'Stree' was a great attempt at bringing the horror-comedy genre back in an unusual and unique way. After an unexpected, but well-deserved victory at the box-office, there were rumours that the movie will be turned into a trilogy series. While it's not confirmed whether it's a sequel or not, but reports suggest that Rajkummar and Dinesh Vijan are coming together once again for their second horror comedy, 'Rooh Afza'. The film was announced earlier, but the name was not known back then. © Maddock Films According to reports, the movie will revolve around a ghost, who always comes around the wedding season to capture newly-wed men. The film will also star 'Fukrey' actor Varun Sharma, and might go on floor later this year. View this post on Instagram This one's gonna Be one of a horrifying Comical ride!! Can't wait to get started!!ðâ¤ï¸ @rajkummar_rao #dineshvijan @mriglamba @gautam.m1 @maddockfilms A post shared by Varun Sharma (@fukravarun) on Dec 17, 2018 at 12:00am PST People say your past can come back to haunt you when you least expect it, and this movie 'Rooh Afza' is the perfect example for it. A drink we loved in our childhood is now coming back on the big screen as a horror movie and to be honest, there's nothing sweet about it. But, to be honest, we're quite excited for this one.
  14. What started out as a democratic debate on live TV for Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) professor Madhumita Ray, soon turned into a war of words and might, when she went on national television to say that India should opt for peace and not war when it comes to dealing with Pakistan, post the deadly Pulwama terror attack. Following the debate on Kanak News on 18th February, which also featured Colonel Purna Chandra Patnaik (retd.) of the Indian Army, where she urged that India shouldn't resort to war against Pakistan post the Pulwama attack, the Development Theory & Practice and Sociology professor at KIIT was asked to hand in her resignation. (c) KIIT/LinkedIN Social media erupted after the programme was aired and under the pressure of public scrutiny and wrath, the KIIT management asked Madhumita to quit. “On February 20, I was ordered by the management to resign and leave the university within 24 hours. I did so on the next day.” Madhumita told Odisha Sun Times. However, KIIT has said that public complaints led to this action against Madhumita. However, regardless of what her statement brings her way, Madhumita has stood by her words and beliefs. She told Odisha Sun Times, “I feel what I said is right and stand by my words. War is not at all a solution.” We believe that Madhumita's comment should have been received with graciousness and a liberal approach, expected of a democratic nation where every individual is allowed to keep their point and express their personal opinions, just like how others who disagree with a said opinion are allowed to express their dissent. I know Madhumita Ray too, & I hope better sense prevails in Kalinga Institute. https://t.co/QEeVbbA86E — arkajasingh (@arkajasingh) February 26, 2019 At a time when hate and intolerance come easy, we need to look for ways that ensure that innocent lives are not treated as collateral damage, when it comes to dealing with matters of border security and geographies, as far as possible. But to take away someone's means of livelihood for sharing their opinion, and one that is rooted in experience and concern, is unjust and unfortunate. Considering that Madhumita wasn't even given a notice period goes on to show that KIIT has not just been unethical, but also unprofessional in handling the matter.
  15. I'm sure that most reading this blog are running an up-to-date Invision Community and enjoying all the benefits of a modern community platform. Little things that get taken for granted now, like being able to view your community on a mobile phone without pinching and zooming just to read a few posts and having multiple automated tools to deal with community toxicity and spam. However, a little wander around the web soon uncovers some really old forum systems still somehow creaking along. Amazingly, most of these communities are still used daily, often with millions of posts in the archives. It might be tempting to ask why keep upgrading and investing in new versions of the software? After all, if the community is still running just fine and getting daily visitors, then it's ok to do nothing, right? But there is a hidden cost in doing nothing. Security This is the main one for me. Old platforms often have several published security vulnerabilities. Often these vulnerabilities are exploited by scripts that are shared around hacker communities. This means exploiting a website running an old version of a forum system is as simple as running a script and pointing it at your site. Older forums are also less sophisticated. They rely on unsafe hashing methods to store passwords and lack vital features like two-factor authentication. Also, consider that the server environment has to be maintained with out of date PHP and MySQL versions. It's a recipe for disaster. Could your community survive a major exploit where data is downloaded into the hands of a hacker? The cost could be fatal to your community. Declining engagement Even the most ardent of fans on your community will eventually tire of struggling to access your site on mobile devices. I think back to 2002 when we created the first version of our software. We only had to focus on how it looked on a computer, so naturally, that influenced the design of the forum. It's not so simple now. More and more of us are using mobile phones to access the internet. A recent statistic showed that mobile internet access outstrips desktop use 2 to 1; and for some countries, mobile internet access is almost the only way people get online. It's just a matter of time before new members stop registering and engagement tails off. Competition At the end of 2018, there were 1.8 billion websites (I Googled it). The competition for attention has never been as fierce. Your community may be the go-to place for your niche, but what if another community popped up running the latest version of a platform with all the features your members have been desperately asking for? It may not take long until there is a massive drain from your community. I'm sure there's a dozen reasons to make sure you're always re-investing in your community by upgrading to a modern platform. This blog merely scratches the surface. For those of you that do invest and upgrade? You reap the benefits daily by ensuring you are doing the very best for your community by keeping it secure and accessible for most. If you are on an older platform, now is the time to put some serious thought into making the move to something better. I put together a little downloadable guide that might help too. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
  16. Yesterday, on February 14, the nation was painted red with blood as more than 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were martyred in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The death toll is on a constant rise as the injured soldiers continue battling for life. © AP From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood celebrities to commoners; the nation is mourning the death of these bravehearts. The families of martyrs have sunk in deep shock and no amount of words can ever console those hearts that are weeping for their loved ones, who were killed in Pulwama. Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019 However, no matter how tough the times have been, people from across the country have always stood in solidarity with each other and this time too, they are paying their tributes to the martyrs by coming forward to provide financial help to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives. In 2017, actor Akshay Kumar along with the Central Government launched 'Bharat Ke Veer', an initiative to pay homage to the bravehearts who lost their lives in the line of duty. In this initiative, one can help the families financially, by donating either using the app or the website bharatkeveer.gov.in. © YouTube Apart from 'Bharat Ke Veer', the organisation 'Milaap' has also started a fundraiser to help the families affected by the terror attack. Actor Kunal Kapoor too posted on social media about his campaign 'Ketto', urging people to come forward and support the martyrs' kin. My heartfelt appeal to people, to come forward & support @ketto for their campaign to rehabilitate the families of @crpfindia martyrs. India, lets stand up for those who gave their lives for our safety. Jai Hind ð®ð³ — kunal kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) February 15, 2019 You too can contribute to these fundraisers and prove that nothing can break the nation's spirit in these dark times.
  17. Baba Sehgal is one of the most talented people out there but he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. I'm offended for him. Who else can come up with so many great rhymes all the time? Whose Twitter account is just in rhymes? Everyone is raving about 'Gully Boy' and Ranveer Singh right now but we're going to celebrate the OG Baba Sehgal because let's be real, even Gully Boy ain't got nothing on him. Fun fact, 'Apna Time Aayega' is about Ranveer waiting to reach Baba Sehgal's level. Okay all jokes aside, we know Baba Sehgal's pretty outrageous and it's not just limited to his songs; his Twitter account is genuinely hilarious with so many unexpected rhymes and it's just so much fun to read. So, I thought I would get everyone to enjoy and appreciate this man's tweets with me. Here are the best ones: Here's a message for the weekend. Andey ka omellete banao ya ladki ke saath date manao, worry ko karo bury aur weekend ko great banaoð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 25, 2019 PSA. You can CHILL but drugs KILLð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 24, 2019 Don't be a duffer. Zindagi ka safar hai yeh kaisa safar, Koi hai sayana toh koi duffer ðð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 19, 2019 Friday night plans. Dil mein mohabbat keep karo, Peg patiala maar key sleep karo.. — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 11, 2019 He also has a special message for Rihanna. good night @rihanna, Dagubatti is rana, defeat is harana, when you come to India next, ghar zaroor aanað — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 5, 2019 And, Beyoncé. Aur sunao @Beyonce, naye gaane aa rahe hain kaun kaun se, you know 86 calories milti hain 100 gram corn seð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 6, 2019 Even Madonna. Hello @Madonna, sleep is sona & gold is sona, khaaney ke baad haath achhe sey dhonaðâ¤ï¸ — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 12, 2019 The saddest thing. Kya hua tera vaada, I asked for masala dosa & you got me saada ð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 7, 2019 Another PSA. Scooter kharido ya SUV 6 seater, Baby paani piya karo roz 6 litreð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) January 1, 2019 Never. Khao jalebi khao dosa, Don't break anybody's bharosað — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) December 22, 2018 A toad? Singapore mein orchard road hai, Tere garage mein SUV ford hai, Mere dil ke garden mein, tere pyaar ka toad haið — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) December 17, 2018 This seems like something our parents would send on the family group on Whatsapp. Bolo is tell, becho is sell, Kuan is well, ghanti is bell, Darling your karmas will get u heaven or hellð — Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) December 8, 2018
  18. Life is not a bed of roses for someone in love, and while people are ready to walk the extra mile for their lover, the gripping and tragic tale of Hamid Ansari's love story will give you an incredible perspective on just how much a human can possibly suffer in love. You have heard and probably read about the man who spent the last few years in Pakistan's jail, but what is his life story though? © Twitter Hamid was leading a normal life in India with his family when he met a girl on the internet. They connected and in no time, love blossomed between the two. They wanted to get married and Hamid was ready to commit with all his heart. His lover was from Pakistan and that did not deter his plans of uniting with her. Hamid then applied for a Visa to visit the country but while the wait took longer, his lover was being forced to marry someone else back home. Hamid met another guy online, became friends and then the guy promised to help him meet the girl and advised him to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan. Yes, that was illegal and a way paved with dangers unknown, but that did not stop Hamid. However, luck had other plans and it turned out that the 'friend' was not helping him but instead, got him arrested and thus began Hamid's nightmare. © Twitter He tried to explain to the authorities that his intentions were not malicious and that he was not a spy but things were already in motion against him. Hamid thought he was being swallowed into oblivion and while he longed to meet his parents, regret took over and he almost gave up on hope. In a recent interview, he revealed that he couldn't bathe for days, he was barely given food and the torture he endured was beyond the measures of what he could possible express. Years later, a string of lawyers and the determination of Sushma Swaraj ensured that justice was delayed but not denied to Hamid. Today, he was released and he entered his homeland after more than six years. He obviously cannot stop thanking Sushma Swaraj for her efforts and has a heart full of gratitude. #WATCH Indian National Hamid Ansari who came to India after being released from a Pakistan jail yesterday, meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi. His mother tells EAM "Mera Bharat mahaan, meri madam mahaan, sab madam ne hi kiya hai." pic.twitter.com/FQEzz99Ohm — ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2018 Hamid lost many years from his life but he is not going take this second lease of life for granted. Hamid now wants to find a job, get married and a have a family of his own. He's home! Delighted that #HamidAnsari has returned to his family this evening after six agonising years in Pakistani jails. @IndiainPakistan pic.twitter.com/KvvWTLM5Ao — Ajay Bisaria (@Ajaybis) December 18, 2018 Normalcy is what was lacking from his life and that is exactly what he wants now. When asked if he ever wondered what happened to the woman for whom he took this major step for, Hamid said that he found out that she was married and was well settled, and that is exactly what he craves for himself as well. Let's hope his life is full of light and hope from now onwards.
  19. The mention of Diwali evokes glorious images of multi-hued Chinese lights dotting every building in the vicinity, a mixed array of lamps and candles gracing all the flat surfaces along the way, and of course the loaded plateful of sweets and the sparkling new clothes which complete the prep for the celebrations. What? You think I forgot to mention something? Yes, the puja, right? Of course, no Diwali celebration can begin without the blessings of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi, on this auspicious occasion. What else? You certainly aren't hinting at those loudmouthed elements that wreak havoc on Diwali, are you? © Wikipedia Well, seems like you are talking about the firecrackers after all. Well, given Delhi's current air quality and its inhabitants' constant struggle to take the next breath of air, besides of course the Supreme Court's ban on everything except green crackers, I'd say that petitioning for free-use of firecrackers at this point is a little ill-timed. The national capital is literally choking on its own air even as you read this. The latest CPCB data on Tuesday states that the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 394, which falls in the 'very poor' category, and warning has been put out that the situation will only get worse. Yet, here you are questioning my decision to do away with the mention of firecrackers on a Diwali post, and challenging the wisdom of the SC judges who called for the partial ban and even gave a free pass to bursting of green crackers between 8 pm to 10 pm tomorrow, in the spirit of the celebrations. © Tipping Points Film Anyhow, before you go any further to bash me over my cause to discourage you from bursting crackers, maybe you'd like to know that bursting crackers on Diwali has never been a part of ancient Hindu tradition. It simply happened to be a result of social interactions with China, which were adopted by Indians. Don't believe me? But history has proof. History shows that firecrackers were first invented in China, which made their way to India and other neighbouring countries due to trade movements. Historian P K Gode talks about the existence of gunpowder in 1400 AD and the first evidence of which could be found in the Tang dynasty in his 'History of Fireworks in India between 1400 and 1900'. © Flickr According to Chinese belief system, loud sounds and bright light helps to ward off evil, and therefore it was a popular practice in that part of the world. However, higher price initially prevented commoners from accessing it easily, thus was usually the royals who made use of fireworks for their personal entertainment. Numerous travelogues by ancient travellers validate this fact, as can also be seen in Marathi chronicle text 'Peshwayanchi Bakhar'. But the Chinese belief soon made its way to India and found acceptance as the signifier of victory of good over evil. Thus, people chose to light crackers during Diwali to mark their celebration of Ram and Sita's return from exile, after having defeated the evil Ravana. © Wikipedia Diwali was always meant to be a celebration of lights, the crackers came much later. Apart from deafening sounds and loads of air pollution, is only brings you smog (and a little more closer to your death). So go green this Diwali, it'll help us all in the long run.
  20. This one time in mid-August, I woke up to a third day of what seemed like a never-ending downpour. Detesting the sight of gloom peeking through the sheer curtains in my room, I deliberated ditching the comfort of my bed, as the remnants of sleep continued to lull my mind. I was slowly drifting back to sleep, when the sound of a sizzling frying pan sought me out of sleep's convincing lullaby. The very next moment, the tantalising aroma of not-so-unknown spices tickled my senses. I lay wide awake on my bed, as the strong aroma filled every inch of my room, and my memories alike. © Thinkstock Images I was no longer in my rented flat, thousands of miles away from home. Somehow 'home' had found its way into the rented flat in a faraway city. My mother had come over to spend time with me, and in that moment she was the one eliciting the many scents of home, and my childhood. Breakfast followed soon after, Ma's special aloo'r dom and luchi (dum aloo and puri) - the perfect Sunday brekkie anyone could ever ask for! Every bite beckoned to the nostalgia of taste. Taste, that did a lot more than make me go “yummmm”, it evoked happy memories, and made my heart sing! And that's exactly what we're going to talk about today. The nostalgia of taste - the real reason why we'll never find a match to “ma ke haath ka khana” no matter what we try. If you don't understand what I mean by it, then consider this. © Thinkstock Images You visit home and get pampered with all your favourite dishes by your mom. Everything tastes heavenly, and each bite reminds you how badly you're going to miss this rajma chawal when your holiday gets over. But, it's not as if you've never had better rajma chawal away from home. Rather, you've tasted a better version plenty of times. Yet, nothing ever tasted anything like how your mother makes it. Not even an Indian Accent could pull it off. Know why? Because your mom's rajma chawal is more than the mere recipe itself. It is a reminder of all the good times that are attached to its taste. Perhaps, that day before your finals when you skipped lunch in a rush to revise your syllabus, and mom came along bearing a plateful of rajma chawal, which she fed you between your revisions. Another time your school friends dropped by during lunch...how all of you devoured this same rajma chawal together, and had one helluva time after. There may have been numerous other incidents such as these, and perhaps featuring many other mom-made dishes. © Thinkstock Images You see, it isn't as much to do with the food, as it is to do with the nostalgia it is capable of evoking. Your personal pool of happy memories. Research shows that happy memories associated to food has profound impact on us. Right from affecting how good we think food tastes, to how good it makes us feel, it's all connected. It's a lot like Proust's “little madeleine” effect - when a (food) product takes you back to happy childhood memories and fills your heart with joy, or at times leaves a bittersweet taste in your mouth. Thus, nostalgia becomes a yearning for yesterday and in this case, it's food that serves as the vector. A study by researcher Chelsea Reid found that “nostalgia can be evoked in different ways, but scents may be particularly likely to evoke nostalgia due to the strong link between scents and memory. The smell of pumpkin pie might bring all those holidays with family flooding back, or the smell of a familiar perfume might arouse memories with your partner”. © Thinkstock Images Similarly another 2015 study conducted by Jordan Troisi and his colleagues showed that people associate such “comfort” foods with close relationships or people who take care (or have taken care) of them. That's how the feeling of comfort (and happiness) gets attached to foods. That's the reason, no matter how many times I gobble up plates of dum aloo and puri in my city of work, or you devour mounds of rice with rajma prepared in the best commercial kitchens, it'll never match up to the magic your mother's cooking can sprinkle on your tastebuds. That's something which works beyond your palate, it thrives in your memories. Besides, the cup noodles can never be a match to the taste of your mom's khichdi on a sick day, can it? © Thinkstock Images Like Joydeep Gupta from Mumbai says, “nothing seems better than a cup of tea that tastes like home on a rainy afternoon. There isn't quite a better nostalgia to get to drenched in”. So here is to the many tastes that are powerful enough to transport you to better days, pull you out of the gloom, and propel you to take firmer strides towards a happy and calmer you, each bite at a time.
  21. We've all seen the biggest Marvel Cinematic Movie ever – 'Avengers: Infinity War', of course – and we all have been personally victimized by the ending, but it's time to get through that painful ending in a new language. The Hindi version of the biggest movie of the year has released today and obviously it's worth a watch. I mean, every Hollywood movie when dubbed in Hindi gets even better, even more hilarious and it's not like Infinity War needed any improvement but everyone needs a little bit of Tony Stark calling Spiderman 'Chhotu'. Here's the entire scene in Hindi: Rocket Racoon gets even sassier in Hindi. If Spider-Man is 'chhotu', then Tony Stark is Gurudev, obviously. This line sounds even better in Hindi, tbh. 'Prithvi ka shutter down hai' is way better than 'Earth is closed today'. 'Daaku aur haseena' is like an almost literal translation but it still sounds better than the original. Here's the Hindi trailer if you haven't seen it yet! When you have funny dialogues, you obviously have some memes about it. 'Infinity War' meets 'Sacred Games'. No one knows! Exactly. Yes, kaun ho? Yep. Anushka makes an appearance, obviously. 'Avengers: Infinity War' is re-releasing in Hindi today, so don't forget to check it out!
  22. The Xiaomi Mi A2 and POCO F1 have taken the Indian market by storm, and every brand is trying to catch up with the hype. Last month, Realme launched the Realme 2 which wasn't the successor everyone was expecting it to be. Today, the brand has unveiled the Realme 2 Pro, that intends to take on the midrange segment of the market. Unlike the Realme 1's beautiful pattern back panel, the Realme 2 Pro has a polycarbonate build and looks cheap. While the brand has lowered down on the looks of the phone, it has equally amped up the internals. The phone is being targeted towards the youth and even the launch was done at a University. Trying to offer maximum value for the buck, the Realme 2 Pro will go up against Android One devices like the Mi A2 and the Nokia 6.1 Plus. © MensXP Coming to the specifications, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone has a water drop notch and in effect, boasts a higher screen to body ratio than the Realme 2. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor and comes in three variants. The first one starts with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, the second one offers 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage while the third offers 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone also includes a microSD card slot for memory expansion. © MensXP The Realme 2 Pro features a dual camera set up at the rear, comprising of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera. An 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling is present on the front. The camera units come with AI-powered features like intelligent-scene-detection, portrait mode, and more. Backing the phone is a 4,350mAh battery that charges via a micro-USB port. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1 skin out of the box. The Realme brand was earlier a sub-brand of OPPO but now changed paths and runs as an independent brand. The 4GB variant costs Rs 13,990, the 6GB variant costs Rs 15,990, and the 8GB variant costs Rs 17,990. The phone will be available exclusively via Flipkart.
  23. In 2009, three friends Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) came into our lives and changed it for good. Thanks to them, we realised the true meaning of friendship; and figured out that following our dreams and passion may be tough indeed, but it's definitely a path worth treading on, because what waits at the end is success. © Vidhu Vinod Chopra film '3 Idiots' is one of the best movies ever and while we all loved the trio's unique friendship, there was one more character who was equally loved for the most part of the movie. Although he was a supporting character, we thoroughly loved his hilarious antics and his passion for learning. © Vidhu Vinod Chopra film We're talking about Millimetre (Rahul Kumar), a young errand boy in the Engineering college who used to run chores for students like laundry, getting groceries and even finishing their assignments. © Vidhu Vinod Chopra film If you're a '3 Idiots' fan like me, then this dialogue has to be fresh in your memory to this day, "Millimetre ab Centimetre ban chuka hai". The same dialogue that Phunsuk Wangdu's assistant says in front of Rancho's friends, when they meet him after 10 years. 9 years on, the real Millimetre is all grown up, but he looks nothing like the Centimetre we saw in the movie. Looks like we've been living a lie all these years. And the RANCHO and MILLIMETER reunites... !! Time to partyâð A post shared by Rahul Kumar (@isthis_rahul) on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:32pm PDT The kid has now turned into a handsome 22-year-old, who has several movies and television serials in his credit. And you think you own it? Naah you don't !! âð»â¤ï¸ A post shared by Rahul Kumar (@isthis_rahul) on Jul 3, 2018 at 11:40am PDT Rahul was all of 3, when he started acting in theater. Apart from '3 Idiots', he's been a part of movies like 'Omkara', 'The Blue Umbrella' and 'Zoo'. Jungle jungle âð¼â¤ï¸ð !! A post shared by Rahul Kumar (@isthis_rahul) on Aug 8, 2018 at 12:24pm PDT Rahul has also acted in a lot of TV serials in supporting characters and his performance was appreciated by all. Zoo housefull first day at MAMI. Thankyou guys for those sweet comments and appreciationâð A post shared by Rahul Kumar (@isthis_rahul) on Oct 15, 2017 at 11:59am PDT While Rahul may have moved on from his '3 Idiots' character, for us, he'll always be Millimetre.
  24. The world is aware of the fact that our Indian soldiers are known for their bravery, fearlessness, courage and selflessness. Honestly, no amount of words can express our gratitude towards them, for putting their lives in danger to protect us from external threats. But, on days when they are not risking their lives to protect us, they are just like any one of us, who love singing and dancing. Watching them showcase their skills is a treat for us indeed. Wikimedia (For Representation) Recently, we came across a dance video of an Indian soldier, which is now going viral and it speaks volumes about his exceptional talent and amazing dance moves. In fact, this jawan's hip-hop moves are so good, he can give most of our Bollywood actors a run for their money. As he danced to the beats of a popular song from the movie 'Aloo Chaat', his fellow soldiers were seen cheering for him and so will you, once you start watching the video.
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