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  1. Alongside the new Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has also announced the new Galaxy Z Fold 2, the successor to the original Galaxy Fold. The new Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks like a really good upgrade, so let's check it out. This time around, Samsung has offered a bigger display upfront instead of the smaller one seen on the predecessor. It's a 6.2-inch display that looks super clean, making it look like a proper phone even when it's closed, allowing you to do more without unfolding the device. © Samsung But you might want to open up and check out the display inside because it's an impressive panel. We're looking at a 7.6-inch panel inside which supports up to 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a tiny punch-hole on the top instead of an ugly notch like the last phone. Internally, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 865+ processor and comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It packs a 4,500 mAh battery, but we'll have to see how long it'll last, given the fact that there are multiple displays to power. As for the optics, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 sports a triple-camera setup at the back which includes a 12MP sensor, a 64MP telephoto camera, and another 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. On the front, that punch-hole includes a 10MP selfie camera and there's another 10MP selfie sensor on the cover display. © Samsung Pricing & AvailabilitySadly, Samsung didn't tell us how much it plans to charge for the Galaxy Z Folds 2 and when it'll be made available. So think of this just as an announcement. We expect Samsung to give us more details about the pricing and availability next month, which is also when we'll know if or when it'll come to the Indian market. View the full article
  2. Today at the 'UNPACKED 2020' event, Samsung has finally announced the annual upgrade to the Note series. We now have the new Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as the flagship face of the Note series. Both devices look absolutely stunning and have some powerful internals with great features, so let's check them out. Galaxy Note 20 View the full article
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  4. Samsung is also looking to remove chargers in boxes of some of its smartphones from 2021, according to a report by ETNews. The company is looking to not supply the charger as many of their customers already have chargers, reduce costs and also help the environment, according to the report. © YouTube/Technical Ejaz Not including a charger in the box of a phone is already being considered by Apple for future iPhones and it seems like Samsung will also follow suit. However, Apple may remove the charger from their phones starting this year with the iPhone 12 launch, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple will be phasing out the 18W and 5W chargers that come with iPhones depending on the model. In Samsungâs case, most of their phones support 18WPD and PPS charging which means you can use any third-party âPower Deliveryâ charger with the phones. Samsung like Apple will also sell chargers separately which customers can buy and only include a USB cable in the box along with the phone. USB C has come a long way as more devices are now supporting the port and becoming the industry standard. From laptops, phones, power banks to even the Nintendo Switch; it seems like USB-C is here to stay and will become the norm for most devices this year. Samsungâs move to remove the charger from the box not only lets them cut costs; but also help conserve the environment as there will be less electronic waste. © Amazon Samsung has not officially confirmed the news; however, it looks like this move will cut costs for smartphones that have already been facing skyrocketing prices in the past few years. It could also serve as yet another business for Samsung where the South Korean giant can upstart accessories as a viable business for future smartphones. What do you think of Samsung removing the charger in the box for some of their smartphones? Do you think it will help Samsung cut costs and help the environment? Let us in know the comments section whether this is a good move by both Samsung and Apple. Source: ETNews View the full article
  5. We've seen a ton of reports about how Apple is planning to not include earbuds in-box with the next iPhone. Well, if you found that annoying then you'll absolutely hate the latest iPhone 12 reports. According to Kuo, a popular analyst for all things Apple, it looks like Apple will not be including even the power adapter inside the box. This means that folks who will be buying the iPhone 12 may have to purchase the adapter separately. Well, that's something new, isn't it? © Reuters Apparently, Apple wants to keep selling the iPhone 12 at a similar price to the iPhone 11. And one way to do it is by removing the cost involved with the in-box accessories. That's one way to sell a cheaper 5G iPhone, right? And since Apple is expecting to ditch the accessories, it looks like the box packaging for the iPhone 12 will also be considerably smaller. So, it's technically a feature. No? Okay. At this point, it's not entirely clear if the box will come with lighting cable or not. We think it'll still be included because Apple's other products like the Apple Watch and the AirPods don't ship with an adapter either, but they do come with the cable. So, maybe, Apple is just trying to keep things uniform. © Reuters As for the charger, it looks like Apple will only be selling a 20W adapter this time, which means it'll be more expensive than what's available today on the Apple website. This decision is, obviously, going to spark outrage among new iPhone buyers. However, it is expected that this will help Apple to see an increase in the sales of its AirPods range in the longer run. Source: 9to5mac View the full article
  6. OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8 in India after a few delays caused by the lockdown and a very serious problem at the factory. However, we got our hands on the phone last week and took our time testing the phone in various scenarios. Even though the phone seems like an upgrade, it is more of the same from last year's OnePlus 7T series. There are only minor changes in terms of design and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. Having said that, the phone does offer the best Android experience on any phone right now mostly because of OxygenOS. The OnePlus 8 may not seem like a big change to people who bought last year's OnePlus phones, it does, however, pack a punch under the hood. Here's what we think about OnePlus' affordable flagship smartphone: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When looking at the OnePlus 8; you will notice that it doesn't look much different than its Pro counterpart or even the OnePlus 7T Pro from the back. While the phone has been positioned as the more affordable model, the design itself is premium enough to classify it as a flagship phone on its right. It has an all-glass design at the back with a triple camera module, the logo and the new hideous logo. The old logo was just fine and looked great on OnePlus phones. It complimented the design language whereas the new logo simply looks out of place. It looks like someone left the caps lock button on and just typed the brand's name. It is quite jarring and doesn't fit the overall minimal design of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the front, you have a 6.55-inch full HD AMOLED display which is more than enough for viewing content on your phone. The first thing you will notice is a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the phone which we've seen earlier on Samsung Galaxy S devices. While the punch-hole camera doesn't interfere with the visual experience, we still preferred the pop-up design on the OnePlus 7T Pro. Although, without the pop-up camera module, the phone is significantly lighter and easier to hold. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The display is also a bit different from previous OnePlus phones as it now has a curved design that wraps around the edges of the display. The curved display makes it easier to grip the phone as compared to flatter devices. Having said that, it does come with its disadvantages as well as the curved display also causes accidental touches. The OnePlus 8 also has a 90Hz panel meaning it runs smoother and faster than most phones. This is partly because OxygenOS has been fine-tuned for the higher refresh rate and in comparison, the scrolling speed was faster and smoother than the Galaxy S20's 120Hz panel. You don't even have to reduce the resolution to enjoy this feature which is still a caveat on the Galaxy S20 series. Having said that, the faster refresh rate does affect your battery life as smoother scrolling and increase the tick rate of the display requires more power from the CPU. Finally, the display is good enough for most users but certainly does not beat Samsung's display quality. There is a slight blue cast when watching movies with darker scenes. Blacks are not as well represented which can be annoying if you are particular about your viewing experience. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The one department OnePlus has always been lacking is the camera department and the case remains the same for the OnePlus 8. The smartphone has a 48-megapixel main shooter with its f/175 aperture, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro lens. You will only end up using two camera sensors as macro-lens are not that important. As far as the picture quality is concerned, the main camera sensor has a lot of blurs which will not be noticeable to you on the phone's screen. Most images from the wide camera are fairly dull and tend to ignore bright colours. Once you view your pictures on a larger screen, you will notice the blur and the saturation levels which don't meet up to smartphone camera standards in 2020. Even the colours tend to be off at times as there was more saturation than we expected. As for the ultra-wide shots; let's just say you won't have a good time taking images with the phone for the time being. Having said that, the phone has improved in low light images and even the night mode works better than last year. If you like to take selfies, the OnePlus 8 is not the phone for you as we could not get the phone to take one decent picture without any blur. It looked like the image was captured by a phone from a decade ago. The overall camera experience isn't that great and can expect to be improved once fixes are rolled out via an update. Performance and Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla OnePlus is known for delivering performance on their smartphones with utmost priority and the OnePlus 8 lives up to that ethos. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset and is more efficient than any chipset made by Qualcomm ever. Our review unit came with 12GB of Ram and 256GB internal storage. The 12GB RAM certainly played a crucial role in delivering a smooth and stable experience. It ran games and did everything at the highest setting possible with no frame rate drops whatsoever. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In our Geekbench 5 test, the OnePlus 8 scored 911 in the Single-Core test and 3239 in the multi-core test. That is faster than the iPhone 11 in the multi-core test and outperforms the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10 as well. OnePlus 8 is the only phone out there that can match up to the iPhone 11's performance and at times be faster. Similarly, the OnePlus 8 also fared well in the GPU test where it scored 1324 in the GFX Bench Aztec Ruins Vulkan test. The OnePlus 8 performed fairly well for its 4,300 mAh battery where the phone lasted for around 11 hours in our extreme stress test. For moderate users, you can expect the phone to last significantly more. However, the battery life does drop by two hours if you turn up the refresh rate to 90Hz. The phone does support 30W wired charging and can charge the phone to 70% from 0 in about 34 minutes. In short, the OnePlus 8 fast charging method is second to none and is amongst the fastest charging phones today. The Final Say When considering a flagship phone to buy this year, one can't ignore the OnePlus 8. The phone offers an extremely fast and reliable performance that can't be matched by any Android phone apart from its bigger brother right now. Having said that, the OnePlus 8 does need some major improvements in the camera department to make it a complete flagship smartphone. If you don't mind sacrificing the picture quality, the OnePlus 8 is a viable option to consider for an upgrade. View the full article
  7. If you have upgraded your phone recently and still have your previous phone lying around somewhere, then instead of selling it at a cheap price, you can always use it for alternative purposes. Smartphones are extremely versatile and can be used for so many things at home that you probably donât realise or donât know how to do it. Here are some things you can do with your old smartphone instead of wasting its potential. 1. Dedicated Webcam © Youtube/BoxDesire Ever since the pandemic hit the world, every meeting has now switched over to video calls and in case you donât have a decent webcam, you can use your old smartphone to fill that void. You can plug in the phone with your laptop and use a third-party app that will enable the camera to be used as a webcam. You can even use the smartphone as a face cam for streaming games on popular websites like YouTube and Twitch. 2. A Dedicated Gaming Device © Razer If you love to play games on your phone you can easily convert your smartphone to a portable gaming device by getting a Bluetooth controller for the phone. You can emulate old games like Mario on the phone or even use the phone to play your favourite battle-royale game. You can even play hundreds of offline games on the phone and not get distracted with notifications. 3. TV Remote © Youtube/My mate Vince Many phones come with an IR blaster or use WiFi to communicate and control Smart TVs today. Most TVs now come with a companion app that can be installed on your phone to control the TV, provided you are on the same WiFi network. If your phone has an IR blaster, you can even use it like a traditional remote without having to worry about getting new batteries. 4. MP3 player © Unsplash/william-iven Every smartphone can now play music either via streaming or by accessing local files on your microSD card. Instead of buying a dedicated MP3 player or an iPod, use your old phone to serve your music listening needs. Some phones even have support for Quad-DAC and aptX HD support for a better audio experience. 5. E-Book Reader © Unsplash/efren-barahona Donât want to invest money in a Kindle? Thatâs perfectly fine as you can read plenty of E-Books on your phone without spending a rupee. There are plenty of e-book reading apps that will let you read almost every format possible. You will have to find your own E-books though or buy books from the official Kindle App. Many phones today have a dedicated reading mode that puts less strain on the eyes and is more comfortable for users who like read on digital screens. View the full article
  8. Android phone users can hate Apple's iOS and iPhones all they want, but there's no denying that there are certain things that the iPhones are really good at. No, we are not saying that Android phones are bad. In fact, here are 5 things that make an Android phone better. But today we're going to check out 5 cool iPhone features that Android users can only dream of having. So, call out friends, grab some popcorn, and let's get started: 1. iMessage FTW © Apple iMessage is one of the main reasons why most iOS users don't even think about switching to an Android phone. iMessage is just better than anything that Android has to offer. It's one of those features that Android users don't have, and likely never will. Yes, there's RCS Messaging in Google Messages on Android phones now, but let's be real for a minute and agree that nobody uses it and it's nowhere close to what iOS offers. 2. Memoji Is Just Better Than Emojis © Apple Apple introduced animated emojis and broke the internet in 2017. And in 2018, they launched the expansion of Animoji called Memoji that became even more popular. With Memoji, anybody could create animate emojis that looked like them. That's a simple yet genius feature and it works flawlessly to date. While a few Android OEMs tried their hands on making their own version of Animoji, they end ended up looking really bad. 3. All iPhones Get Updates At The Same Time © YouTube/ Mark Linsangan Software updates have been an issue for Android phone users for a very long time now. And with the number of Android phones and new software versions coming out every year, it only seems to be getting worse. Apple, on the other hand, manages to send software updates to all the iPhones at the same time. Irrespective of whether you have a 5 years old iPhone 6 or the brand new iPhone SE 2020, you'll get the update at the same time. It's crazy how Apple manages to do that time and again. 4. No Bloatware © YouTube/ Mark Linsangan Speaking of software, it's hard not to acknowledge the fact that iPhones have absolutely no bloatware whatsoever. That's simply not the case with Android phones unless you are buying the Pixel phones. Almost every other Android phone is filled with a ton of unnecessary apps and random features that you'd probably never use. A lot of Android OEMs have started going a better job at staying away from bloatware, but there's still a long way to go. 5. Siri Shortcuts © Apple Perhaps the most underrated feature on iOS is the Siri Shortcuts app, which now comes pre-installed on new iPhones. You can create custom shortcuts and use voice commands to have Siri do all the work for you. There are a lot of creative ways in which you can use Apple's Shortcuts app, but there's no way to actually do it natively on Android without having to download a separate app. And even then, you can't use Google Assistant to execute those shortcuts. View the full article
  9. Remember the HTC Exodus 1S smartphone? Yes, the entry-level blockchain phone from HTC that we asked you to stay away from? Well, the phone is back in the news again. It looks like the phone is capable of turning into a money-making machine, thanks to a cryptocurrency mining app. Yes, the phone is said to be getting an app called DeMiner that will be able to mine cryptocurrency when the phone is plugged in and idle. The app is being developed by Midas Labs and is scheduled to launch every soon. © HTC If you're good at math, then you may have figured out that at that rate, you'll be looking at just over a dollar a year i.e. $1.38 a year. That's like making roughly Rs 100 a year, which means the phone can't even make enough cryptocurrency in over 100 years to pay for its price. And on top of that, you're looking at additional expenses like electricity costs and more. Even if you're planning to buy it to use a phone that can also mine cryptocurrency while it's charging, we still think it's a bad idea. It's definitely not worth the asking price and it's probably not going to last long enough with those basic entry-level specs. This is just to tell you how bad the phone really is and we're yet to have seen anything useful from the folks over at HTC. Source: TheVerge View the full article
  10. If youâve been missing watching YouTube videos at full resolution on your phone we can understand your pain. Youtube and Google recently restricted video quality on mobile devices to 480p to protect the internet infrastructure thanks to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of us are stuck at home, we want to catch up on our favourite channels and documentaries on our phones at the best quality possible. © Unsplash While you can still watch YouTube videos at full quality on your TV, Chromecast, Apple TV and even browsers, smartphones tend to be the most used device to consume YouTube content. If youâve been wanting to watch YouTube videos at full quality, follow our guide below. Do note this method on works for Android devices as it uses an open-source app that is not available on the Play Store. It is worthy to note that the YouTube restriction is temporary and will roll back to the way it was once the COVID-19 situation improves. Follow These Steps: © New Pipe 1. Download NewPipe from the official website here 2. Install the APK on your Android phone 3. Go to settings> Video and Audio> Select default resolution to max Once youâve selected the right options in the app settings, NewPipe will automatically play the best resolution of the video according to your internet speed. If you want more control, you can switch the resolution of the manually once the video starts playing. You can even adjust the playing speed from more options if you like to adjust that feature as well. © New Pipe NewPipe is an open-source YouTube client that lets you stream content without any ads. You can even follow your favourite YouTubers and manage subscriptions from within the app. You can even download your favourite videos and create your own playlists in the app. While it does not emulate nor provide the full Youtube experience, it is a great temporary solution for users right now who want to watch videos in full resolution until Google lifts the COVID-19 restrictions in the near future. View the full article
  11. The new OnePlus 8 Pro is probably the best OnePlus phone we've seen till date. It's got a really smooth display, a great design, and a powerful set of internals along with support for 5G. There's hardly anything to complain about, at least by looking at the specs sheet. And now that we know exactly how much it costs here in India, we think it's a good time to compare it with last year's OnePlus 7T Pro and see if it's worth upgrading. Let's take a look. Note: This comparison is purely based on the specs of both devices. We'll dive deep into a detailed comparison once we get our hands on the new OnePlus 8 series phones. Design © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee The OnePlus 8 Pro looks more or less the same as the OnePlus 7T Pro, however, there are some key differences. First off, it's worth pointing out that OnePlus has ditched the pop-up camera module for a punch-hole cutout on the front for the selfie camera. And now that there are fewer moving parts on the phone, it comes with IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Great move. At the back, you'll also notice that the phone now comes with an additional camera sensor. Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro is noticeably larger in size than the OnePlus 7T Pro, but it's both thinner and lighter, so we'll see how it feels in the hand. DisplayOnePlus had a lot to say about the new display on the OnePlus 8 Pro. It's apparently the best display they've ever put on an OnePlus phone. Experts say that it's currently among the best displays on the market too. It's a 6.78-inch panel with a resolution of 3168 x 1440 pixels on the 8 Pro as compared to the 6.67-inch panel on the 7T Pro. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Both panels are AMOLED, so you should be able to see rich colors and deep blacks. The OnePlus 8 Pro's panel, however, is a bit more advanced, so you might see a noticeable difference when compared side-by-side. It's also worth noting that the 8 Pro's display supports a 120Hz refresh rate compared to the 7T Pro's 90Hz refresh rate. Both panels also have an in-display fingerprint scanner. Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro seems to have a better panel here, but we'll reserve our judgments for now. CameraCameras have been a huge talking point when it comes to OnePlus phones as they haven't had the best optics in the game. The 8 Pro, however, aims to change that with its quad-camera setup which includes two 48MP sensors, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 5MP color filter camera. It certainly sounds like an upgrade from last year's OnePlus 7T Pro, but we'll do a detailed comparison later when we have both the devices. As for the selfie shooter, we're looking at the same 16MP sensor with fixed focus and 1.0µm pixels. Internal HardwareAs is the case with every other new OnePlus phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro also comes with the latest and the greatest set of hardware. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC and comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The OnePlus 7T Pro, in comparison, is powered by the Snapdragon 855+ SoC. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee On top of that, the OnePlus 8 Pro is 5G enabled, which the OnePlus 7T Pro isn't. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has a bigger battery coming at 4,510mAh compared to OnePlus 7T Pro's 4,085mAh unit. Both phones support the 30W Warp charge, but the OnePlus 8 Pro also supports wireless charging, which is great. The Final SayAs you would've already guessed, the OnePlus 8 Pro offers a lot of upgrades over last year's OnePlus 7T Pro. We're looking at a better display, upgraded internals as well as a new camera setup. Other things like 5G support and a larger battery with wireless charging make its case even stronger. The OnePlus 8 Pro is clearly a superior device, at least on paper. That being said, the OnePlus 7T Pro is still an exceptional phone and we think it's worth holding on to if you already have one. But if you're planning on upgrading from an older device, then clearly the new OnePlus 8 Pro is the way to go. View the full article
  12. The OnePlus 8 Series is going to launch next week but we canât help ourselves to speculate about its features. While OnePlus has been making great phones for the past few years, some features are lacking that don't help it's devices in qualifying really as âtrueâ flagships. Personally, I like their phones a lot, mainly because of the software experience and build quality, however, there are a few features that fans have been requesting for many years. The great thing about OnePlus is the company actually listens to their users and brings features they need albeit after thoroughly testing them and making sure it works well on their devices. However, leaks have been pointing that the OnePlus 8 Pro will have most of the features we will list down below but it is still not certain. Here are some of the features we want to see on the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro to make it the best flagship smartphone of the year: 1. Wireless Charging © BCCL While this feature is not really necessary, most flagship phones have support for wireless charging. Apple, Samsung and Huawei have all made wireless charging a staple feature on their flagship smartphones and we would love to see this feature on the OnePlus 8 Pro as well. Rumours suggest that at least one model will feature 30W wireless charging and it could possibly change the landscape of OnePlus phones in the future. 2. Water Proofing Rating © Oneplus While OnePlus 7, 7T do have water-proofing, it would be nice to see an official IP rating this year. Sure, it may increase the cost of the phone as certifications cost extra money, but having that official rating will make it easier for the uninitiated to understand better about waterproofing and the limits of the smartphone. 3. Faster Wired Charging © Oneplus The OnePlus 7 and 7T series already support 30W Warp Charging, however weâve already seen 60W charging support on smartphones from a company which is part of the same group as OnePlus. OnePlus smartphones have always been known for supporting fast charging and it would be awesome to see the company taking the same leap as Realme. 4. Working OS at Launch © MensXP/Akshay Bhall When the OnePlus 7T series launched with OxygenOS 10, based on Android 10, it was quite buggy at launch which made the experience unbearable. However, OnePlus was quick to fix the bugs for their users which has resulted in the best Android experience right now. We would like to see the same sort of performance on OxygenOS at launch for the OnePlus 8 Series as well. 5. Better Camera Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The only field where OnePlus phones are lacking is the photography department. It is not particularly bad but when compared to other flagships in the same price segment, OnePlus devices fall short in performance and quality. It isnât like the hardware isnât capable as one can easily install Gcam and get some spectacular images however we would like to see a similar performance on the native camera app as well. View the full article
  13. After so many years, the NASA picture of India on Diwali finally has gotten a glow up! The best part is that the picture is not even from Diwali; although yesterday, it really seemed like a lot of people thought it was. But, even on fake Diwali, we cannot escape those stupid Whatsapp forwards about what India looked like during PM Modi's 9pm-9 minutes drill. Even Amitabh Bachchan fell for it and shared a picture of India completely lit up from yesterday. The World sees us .. we are ONE .. https://t.co/68k9NagfkI â Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 5, 2020 The internet collectively after this tweet: I honestly love this new picture, it's so clearly fake that it's hilarious. And of course, Twitter is brutal when it comes to trolling and even someone like Big B is not immune to it. Well, it doesn't help that this isn't the first time he's shared this Whatsapp forward-esque stuff online and a repeat offender gets trolled even more. I seriously wonder whether he was always this stupid? https://t.co/p7NaHPU9LV â Dwai (@BujMit) April 6, 2020Oh no. Ye kheer kha lijye sir pic.twitter.com/92hWHnYtsR â Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) April 5, 2020 Fake news is dangerous. And the #KingOfFakeNews is back appreciating a Whatsapp forward. Request @TwitterIndia to suspend him and save us the daily embarrassment. â Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) April 5, 2020 Great edit. Saar, NASA has Recorded Sound of #Corona begging for Mercy after UNESCO certified Master Stroke by Modi Ji. https://t.co/swohAQuHJJ pic.twitter.com/rldxHv6ch8 â Vin Kerosene ⢠(@DesiVinDiesel) April 6, 2020 Ouch. Amitabh Bachchan in 1970s Angry Young Man Amitabh Bachchan in 2020 Stupid Old Manhttps://t.co/98SRPkabxP â Vinay Kumar Dokaniað®ð³ | विनय à¤à¥à¤®à¤¾à¤° डà¥à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ (@VinayDokania) April 5, 2020 #FakeNews And this is FAKE, sojao sir â Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) April 5, 2020 Deadly combination. Boomers with smart phones and dumb brains are the worst. https://t.co/Zn7YwbWTSh â AB (@a_bsays) April 6, 2020 Good meme. Whatsapp university be like pic.twitter.com/qlW6PhIOdq â डà¥.à¤à¥. (@itsdhruvism) April 5, 2020 For sure. Amitabh Bachchan has fully taken to the role of 'family unkle' spouting nonsense at every gathering https://t.co/U069GCdLU0 â Raghav Chopra (@RaghavChopra_) April 6, 2020 People are not holding back. Some grow wiser with age and some end up like the Big B... https://t.co/Kn93A6FgSh â Noah (@indyraprap) April 6, 2020 So proud. UNESCO announces @SrBachchan as the Most Vulnerable person for Fake news. Proud Moment! https://t.co/B8vbCs910u â திர௠(@thirumarant) April 6, 2020 Maybe both? Is he seriously this dumb or is he doing it for Modi? https://t.co/lcilM3xDp7 â Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) April 5, 2020 Yes please. Your parody accounts all fall short. U r the legend. Next time release mars image also. https://t.co/DJEuOBo2Z1 â Hari Prasad Srinivasan (@HariTVT) April 6, 2020 View the full article
  14. HMD Global announced a bunch of new Nokia phones this week that include their new 5G phones and some budget-friendly phones using Android Go. However, the company also announced a feature phone from the past that taps into our nostalgia. For people who only need a phone to make calls, send SMS and listen to music, Nokia launched the 5310 which may sound familiar as it was launched back in the day under the Xpress music brand name. © HMD Global In terms of specifications, thereâs nothing really special going on here since it is a feature phone and does not have the Android operating system. It doesnât even have a touchscreen and uses the classic keypad for typing out text messages or dialling numbers. It uses the old T9 keypad and has a D-Pad for navigating menus. Finally, it has physical buttons which allows you to answer or reject calls. © HMD Global At the back, it has a VGA camera which might be used for taking pictures but in our opinion is mostly useless unless you really need to take a picture of something important. Being a feature phone, it doesnât have a front camera but it does come with 16GB of internal storage to store music. If you donât think that is enough, you can expand it to 32 GB. HMD Global The phone may not be your first choice when purchasing a new one but it does have features that appeal to music lovers. For starters, it comes with dual front-facing speakers and support for wireless FM radio. It even has dedicated music playback buttons to control music from the music player. The Nokia 5310 costs around Rs 3,100 and there isnât much to consider if you are intending to use it as a secondary phone or a dedicated music player. The feature phone will be available to buy in Europe, later this month and is expected to launch in other regions soon after. View the full article
  15. Realme has been churning out phones after phones, most of which have been budget-friendly devices. But, nobody expected Realme to launch a 5G smartphone in India this soon, that too with flagship-level specifications. Realme has managed to overtake some of the biggest smartphone players in the Indian market with smartphones that appeal to every type of user. And their latest product, the Realme X50 Pro offers everything you can expect from a flagship smartphone in 2020. It offers a great chipset, 5G connectivity, decent camera and out of this world fast charging features. Here's our review of the Realme X50 Pro after using the smartphone for over two weeks since its launch. Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The design of the smartphone is, by far, the marquee feature of the smartphone with a brushed matte finish for the back. It comes in two colours i.e. Moss Green and Rust Red where both colours are not too bright and have a slight black tint to them. The brushed finish feels ultra-premium and in our opinion, is one of the finer feeling smartphone body frames out there. It feels more premium than the Samsung Galaxy S20 and does not have that cheap plastic feel since the frame is made out of aluminium. The phone is a bit heavy in the hand due to the additional internals for 5G connectivity. These antennas need more reinforcing than most 4G phones due to which there is some added weight. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack which means you will not be able to use your wired headphones and even though there is no headphone jack, the phone does not come with an IP rating. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The smartphone has a 6.44-inch display with a camera cutout on the top left corner that houses the two front-facing cameras. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz and is certified for HDR10+ content. Having a 90Hz refresh rate display can result in faster and smoother scrolling, and animations. However, it doesn't feel as fast or smooth as a OnePlus phone at the moment. The display quality, meanwhile, is up to the mark as other flagship smartphones. It has the right colour balance and deep blacks when watching content on streaming platforms. The colour accuracy could be a bit better as we noticed some differences when compared to other AMOLED panels. Lastly, the display has an in-built fingerprint scanner that is fast enough to unlock the smartphone even with the pre-applied screen protector. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The camera arrangement on the X50 Pro is at par with modern-day standards too as it comes with a 64MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle camera with 119-degree field of view, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and 20x hybrid zoom and finally a 2MP mono portrait lens. What's interesting is that the 8MP wide-angle camera can also be used as a macro sensor which lets you get close to subjects as close as 3cm. At the front, the X50 Pro comes with a 32MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP ultra-wide lens, giving users the flexibility of taking group selfies shots. Like other Realme smartphones, the X50 Pro comes with a night mode as well that lets people take brighter images in the dark. In terms of camera performance, the X50 Pro was not really on the level of most flagship phones, but was still able to capture some decent images. In daylight, the camera performed well up to expectations, however it struggled in the night imagery. While using night mode, we noticed the software took an awful amount of time to process the image and the results were not consistent. When using the ultra-wide camera, the image feels more like it was captured with a fish-eye lens. It seems like the final camera software will be updated in the near future and we might see an improvement in that department all across the board. Performance The Realme X50 Pro comes with flagship-level specifications such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. Since there are no 5G towers in India yet, we could not test the 5G features of the phone. The smartphone comes with WiFi 6 capabilities and India's new NaviC GPS system. During the course of our review, the Realme X50 Pro managed to perform well with efficient battery life and no app crashes or bugs. With multiple apps running in the background, we used the phone for navigation, capturing images, streaming music and movies and playing Battle Royale games. We were able to run PUBG mobile on max settings and there were no frame rate drops during our short time playing the game. The phone did overheat a bit, but did not cause any worries. The marquee feature of the smartphone is its fast charging capabilities as it is capable of charging at 65W. We were able to fully charge the smartphone from 2% to 100% in about 30 minutes. The Realme X50 Pro comes with a 4,200mAh battery which is quite remarkable when considering the fast charging speed of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Snapdragon 865 Chipset is also quite efficient when compared to its predecessor and on the Realm X50 Pro, it lived up to our expectations. In a simple Geekbench 5 test, the X50 Pro scored 882 on the single-core test and 3317 in the multi-core test. The Final Say © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Starting at Rs 37,999, the Realme X50 Pro is a great value proposition when considering what you get in return. It comes with the latest of all hardware and 5G connectivity for a price that won't be matched by most other smartphone companies. While the camera performance is not as reliable, everything else works great on the smartphone. With a premium design and great hardware, the X50 Pro offers the best of both worlds. View the full article
  16. A couple of months back, a new product showed up online from none other than the drug lord Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria. It's a foldable phone and you probably already know about it. Honestly, it was a little sketchy, but what you may not have known is the fact that it's a scam. I mean, it's just a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Fold phone but that's not the only reason why we say it's a scam. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Furthermore, Marques Brownlee suggests that the company is using a Cameo service to hire celebrities to add ads for them. If all this isn't enough to convince you not to drop your money on the phone, let me just say it out loud that it looks like a scam and you're better off not buying one. View the full article
  17. Realme has been doing some amazing work behind the scenes to bring some of the phones in the market. Last year, the Realme 5 series was a hit for the company, and now they're back with the Realme 6 series, with major upgrades across the board. Today, I'll be talking about the Realme 6 Pro and tell you why I love this phone. I've been using the Realme 6 Pro as my primary phone for quite some time now and I think it's currently the best phone to buy in the market if your budget is under Rs. 20,000. 1. Design & Build Quality I've said this in the past and I'll say it again - Realme makes some of the most beautiful looking phones in the market right now. The Realme 6 Pro doesn't have a glass back, but it looks absolutely stunning. It's a mixture of glass and plastic. So it's not the most premium-feeling material in the world, but it'll definitely attract some eyeballs. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As you can see, I've been using the "Lightning Blue" variant of the phone and it's got this crazy lighting design at the back. The orange variant also looks equally stunning in my opinion. The phone has got a decent weight to it and it has all the necessary features that you'd expect from a phone like a USB Type C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and more. There's a quad-camera setup at the back with minimal Realme branding. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the side of the phone, and I think it's a great move. The Realme 6 Pro has a single firing speaker at the bottom and it supports Dolby Atmos hi-res audio quality. You can also add a micro SD card to expand the storage, which is great. Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about the Realme 6 Pro's design and build quality. Good job, Realme! 2. Display The display is one of my favourite features of the Realme 6 Pro and I think that's what kept me from switching to a different device even after my testing period. You're looking at a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS panel with support for a 90Hz refresh rate. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Yes, it's not an AMOLED panel like the one found on the Galaxy M31. So you're probably going to miss seeing deep blacks and punchy colors on the screen. That being said, the high-refresh rate, especially in this price range, will definitely make up for it. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and it also has a punch-hole cutout for the dual selfie cameras. The display looks modern thanks to the punch-hole cutout and low bezels, and the high refresh rate is just icing on the cake. During my usage, I found that the panel manages to hold a high refresh rate without any issues. It also gets decently bright to use outdoors. If you've never used a high-refresh-rate panel before, then you must check this out. It's a feature that we don't see often in mid-range phones, and it's a great way to make more people experience the 90Hz refresh rate. I am sure you'll love interacting with the phone using this display. 3. Performance The Realme 6 Pro is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G processor which is specifically built for phones in this price range. I am not going to throw in some crazy numbers and specs of the processor, but I'll just say that it's a great processor. The processor is coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. I've been using the high-end variant of the phone for testing and the performance is pretty impressive. You absolutely don't need to worry about the performance. This is one of those phones that can handle anything you throw at it. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Mid-range phones have gotten a lot better over the years and the Realme 6 Pro with the Snapdragon 720G is pushing it further at this point. This is currently the phone powered by this particular processor, so we'll have more comparisons when other phones drop in the market. Realme has also optimized the software on this phone very well. Together, both the hardware and the software manages to give you a solid performance while using the phone. The Realme 6 Pro runs Realme UI out of the box that's based on Android 10. This is the latest version of Andriod out there on the market, so it's good that you're getting the best in the business. I did notice some glitches from time to time while the phone though. For instance, the software would just freeze on me while using a particular, forcing me to close the app altogether and start over again. I think this is something that they can fix with future updates, but I think I should mention that in the review. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As for gaming, I did play a couple of games of PUBG Mobile and Call OF Duty Mobile on the Realme 6 Pro and it was pretty good. The 90Hz display definitely helps with gaming on supported titles. But it's safe to say that the phone can handle almost all the titles without any stutters. 4. Camera The Realme 6 Pro sports a quad-camera setup at the back which includes a 64MP primary sensor made by Samsung. It's coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12MP telephoto lens, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front, there are two cameras for selfies. One is a normal 16MP wide-angle lens, whereas the other one is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens. As you can see, the phone has a pretty versatile set of cameras. So how's the performance? Well, here are some samples that I managed to shoot while testing the phone over a few days- I'd say the images shot during the day with enough light turned out pretty well. There's a lot of details to zoom into thanks to that 64MP sensor and the dynamic range is also good. You can also use the ultra-wide lens to get more of the scene into the frame, but it's not as good as the other sensors. Thanks to the new 2X and 5X zoom modes, you can close in on the subject like never before on a Realme phone. It comes handy but I won't recommend using the 5x zoom mode unless you have a tripod. As for the nigh mode pictures, they're pretty decent. The images will definitely come out better at night while using a tripod, but I managed to get some sweet shots even without one. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Overall, I think the Realme 6 Pro has really good cameras. Obviously, it's not competing with the flagships out there, but I think it's one of the best sets of cameras that you can get in this price range. 5. Battery Life The Realme 6 Pro packs a 4,300 mAh battery under the hood that keeps the lights on. The battery also comes with 30W Flash Charge support, which is great. During my usage, believe it or not, I was getting over 7 hours on screen-on time on a single charge, which insane. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Even if moderate to heavy usage, I think this phone will last easily for a day. And as I said, it comes with fast charge support, so you don't have to worry about charging times too. I was able to charge the phone for just an hour and get a lot of juice. 6. The Final Say The Realme 6 Pro starts at Rs 16,999 for the base variant and goes all the way up to Rs 18,999 for the high-end variant. So even if you're going for the high-end variant of the phone with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, you'll be shelling out less than Rs 20,000. At that price, you're essentially getting a beautiful-looking device with great features like a 90Hz panel, good performance (thanks to Snapdragon 720G SoC), impressive battery life, and a versatile set of cameras. It's crazy how you can get so many cool features on a phone that costs less than Rs. 20,000. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Realme 6 Pro is directly competing with the Poco X2. While there are a lot of good things to say about the Poco X2 as well, we like what Realme has done with the Realme 6 Pro to make a well-rounded phone. I am just going to wrap this up by saying that the Realme 6 Pro is one of the best mid-range phones I've used in a while, which is why I am not going to hesitate to recommend it to anybody who's looking to buy a phone under Rs. 20,000. View the full article
  18. I've been using Pixel 3a as my secondary phone, mainly for its cameras, ever since it released in India. It's one of my favorite camera phones of all time, and most of the images in the phone reviews that you see here on MensXP have been shot on the Pixel 3a. So it's safe to say that I am super excited about the Pixel 4a which will most likely launch in India since Pixel 4 didn't make it here. But I'd be lying if I said my excitement went down a little today when I saw the leaked image of the Pixel 4a prototype. Here, check it out - Google Pixel 4A Again Credits - @raude2210 pic.twitter.com/jDzWCXsIQd â TechDroider (@techdroider) March 8, 2020It looks kind of bad, right? Well, it's too early to judge the phone's design because this is a "prototype" as mentioned by the leaker. So the final design of the phone could be a lot better. Even if this is the final design, it might look a lot better in person. As you can see, there's a fingerprint scanner at the back and a single camera setup as well. The phone shown in the image is very dirty, but we don't see a dual-camera setup, either on the front or the back of the phone. As for the back design, we're looking at a single shade, possibly a matte finish instead of the dual-tone design seen on the current Pixel 3a phones. Again, it looks just okay-ish on the images, but it may look a lot better in person, especially when the phone is brand new and not covered in smudges and dirt. © Akshay Bhalla/ MensXP The images don't reveal any specification of the phone itself, but it's expected to be powered by a mid-tier Snapdragon processor and a 5.7-inch - 5.8-inch display. Google's Pixel phones are known for their camera and software experience, so it'll be interesting to see what Google has done here. View the full article
  19. 2020 is off to a great start when it comes to smartphone launches. There's a healthy competition going on among the brands to put their best step forward and decimate the competition. Besides some of the familiar names like Realme, Xiaomi, and Samsung, there's a new brand in town called iQOO. iQOO, for those of you who don't know, is a Vivo's sub-brand that's looking to step into the battle with the idea of offering an affordable flagship phone. The iQOO 3 5G is the first phone to come out of iQOO's doors, which I've been using as my primary phone for quite some time now. There's a lot to discuss about the phone, so let's not waste any more time and jump right into the review where I tell you if this phone is worth dropping your money on. Design & Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design, I'd say the iQOO 3 doesn't bring anything new to the table. But that's not saying that it looks bad. It has an all-glass construction that comes in three color variants, all of which look equally good and premium. I, personally, have a leaning towards the Orange variant of the phone, but that's sadly not what we have here for review. Despite being a gaming-centric phone, I like the fact that iQOO doesn't have a flashy and jarring look for most gaming devices. It's a simple design that screams "Vivo" from any angle you look at it. Yes, iQOO has definitely taken some cues from Vivo when it comes to the design. The colored power button on the left and the "Monster Touch Button" are the highlights for me here. The air trigger buttons combined with the phone's great haptics, you're in for a solid gaming experience. It is, however, worth pointing out that iQOO 3 is one heavy phone. It's probably not that bad, but I thought it's worth mentioning because it's been a while since I've such a heavy device. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The rest of the stuff about the phone is pretty standard. You get a USB Type C port at the bottom along with the speaker grille, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a dedicated AI button on the right side. There's a punch-hole cutout on the display for the selfie camera as well. Overall, I'd say the iQOO 3 is a decent looking phone. On one hand, I am glad that iQOO decided to stay away from an obnoxious "gaming" design, but on the other hand, I think the phone leaves you craving for more when it comes to the design. Don't get me wrong, the fit and finish of the phone is pretty solid. It's just that the design is probably not what I'll talk about if I am asked about iQOO 3. Display © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's 2020 and most smartphone makers are hellbent at throwing in a high-refresh-rate panel on their phones. But it's interesting and rather disappointing to see just a 60Hz panel here on the iQOO 3. I mean, a 60Hz panel is absolutely usable and this one also has a 180Hz touch response rate. But it's definitely something to consider when you have other phones on the market with high-refresh-rate panels. That being said, the 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display on the iQOO 3 is really good. It's a high-resolution display with punchy colors and deep blacks. It also gets bright enough to be used outdoors. It has a punch-hole cutout for the camera as mentioned earlier, but it's nothing to complain about. It's on the top-right side of the phone and it's not really going to bother you all that much. Performance iQOO is one of the first brands to bring a phone that's powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 SoC to India. And let me tell you that this chipset is a beast. Also, it's paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. To top it all off, the Snapdragon X55 modem makes it a 5G capable phone too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP With all that hardware in toe, the iQOO 3 performs exceptionally well. The performance is top-notch and I encountered no stutters or hiccups either while simply using the phone for my day-to-day activities or while gaming. It won't give up even when you're using the phone to do some resource-intensive stuff. As for the gaming performance, I did a separate story on that in which I explain everything about the phone's gaming experience and why I think it's one of the best gaming phones. You can read that story right here if you want a deep dive into the phone's gaming performance. You'll also be able to check out all the benchmark performance of the phone in there. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the software, the iQOO 3 runs no its own iQOO UI. I'd say it's a little bit cleaner than what you get to see on Vivo's phones, but it's still far from something that I'd use on a day-to-day basis. The reason why most manufacturers have all those features and in-built apps in their phones is because they say most people like it that way for convenience. It apparently makes it easier for an average user to open the box, boot the phone and start using it with everything that's already there. I personally don't like having a ton of bloat on my phone, so it's a big no for me. But I'll say this that there are some really useful features in there to boost your phone's performance as well. I definitely see a lot of people use those features. That being said, I really think the software needs to be more optimized because there are times when you just feel like even Snapdragon 865 isn't enough to keep it going. Camera © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As is the case with most phones these days, the iQOO 3 also comes with a quad-camera setup on the rear. It includes a 48MP primary shooter, two 13MP sensors and a depth sensor for portraits. The images taken from the iQOO 3 turned out very good. The images taken on the daylight turned out pretty good with a good dynamic range and a ton of detail. I'd say they were also pretty color accurate from what I was seeing with my naked eyes. The ultra-wide images were also pretty good. As for the images taken during the night, well, that's where this camera felt a little lacking. Here, take a look at the images to see what I am talking about. To sum up the camera experience, I'd say the iQOO 3 has a versatile and a reliable set of cameras. If you're not someone who's going to take a ton of pictures at night, then I doubt you'll have any issues using this phone for photography. Battery Life One of the marquee features of the iQOO 3 is its battery and charging tech. The phone packs a 4,440 mAh battery is which just about what we've come to expect from any other phone these days. As per my usage, although I thought I won't be able to kill it within a day, I actually managed to do it very easily. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, at best, I'd say this is a phone which you'll be charging every night to make sure you have enough juice for the next day. Honestly, that's not really a surprise because this is a gaming phone, after all, so you will probably find yourself playing a lot of games on it as I did. But don't worry, because the 55W charger that's included in the box will charge it up pretty quickly. The charging is so fast that it'll hardly take more than 45 minutes to charge it from a dead state to a full charge. And on top of that, the phone also comes with a capsule-shaped connector which will let you play games even while charging and not come in your way. That's pretty cool. The Final Say So is the iQOO 3 worth buying? Well, the phone starts at Rs 36,990 for the base variant which comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. If you want to the top-of-the-line variant with 12GB RAM and 5G support, then you're looking at a price tag of Rs 44,990. Honestly, even at price, the iQOO 3, in my opinion, brings a lot to the table. Yes, the phone's design is not going to turn any heads or you're not getting any exceptional features that make people go bonkers over it. However, I think the phone is definitely worth the asking price. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP You're essentially looking at one of the best performing phones on the market right, both on paper and otherwise, and a very reliable set of cameras. The battery life isn't something to complain about either, so I don't see a reason not to recommend this to anyone who's looking to buy a powerful phone. Yes, there's no 5G network here in India yet, but I don't think this phone will die on you by the time 5G finds its way here. Unless you're hellbent about having a high refresh rate panel on your phone, then I think the iQOO 3 would be a solid pickup. 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