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  1. Ever since PUBG Mobile announced its comeback in India, people have been super hyped for the game. We still don't have any solid info from the official sources, but it looks like the game is coming soon. In fact, if the new reports are something to go by then it looks like the game will first come to Andriod phones. Yes, a few reports online suggest that the new version of PUBG Mobile for Indian users could be released for Android users first. We don't have an official word on this yet but it looks like the iOS version will be available on iOS a few days later. View this post on Instagram As for the Android version of the game, some people claim that the PUBG Mobile's website will have two buttons out of which one will redirect to the Play Store and the other will allow the users to download the APK. That being said, we don't see any of the links right now on the website. The game was rumored to come out on November 20 but that clearly didn't happen and we're still waiting for it. PUBG Corp is definitely making headway into the launch considering how they have promo videos and clips already up on social media. © Reuters Whenever this new version of the game comes out it's worth pointing out that it'll have some India-specific customized content. It'll have a virtual simulation training ground, clothed characters from the start, green hit effects, and more. View the full article
  2. The iPhone 12 lineup is now available to purchase around the world and in our opinion, it is one of the greatest phones made by Apple. In fact, the iPhone 12 Pro Max recently won an award for having the best display in a smartphone and even broke records in the process. Having said that, some iPhone 12 users are reporting issues with the display of the phone for having a green tint. The iPhone 12 Series of smartphones uses an AMOLED display which Apple calls it the Super Retina XDR display. However, displays do tend to have a green tint problem which is quite common in devices that use AMOLED displays. We faced a similar problem with our OnePlus 8T review unit as well and various other phone models that launched with AMOLED displays. However, in the case of the iPhone 12, users are also reporting a flickering issue along with the green tint problem. © Reddit Apple has taken note of the problem, as it appeared in the official Apple forums earlier this week. Having said that, MacRumors obtained an internal document which shows that Apple is aware of the display problem and have also given instructions as to how to deal with the problem. “In the document, shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers this week, Apple says that it is aware of customer reports related to this issue and is investigating. Apple has advised technicians to avoid servicing affected iPhones, at least for now, and instead inform customers that they should keep their iPhone up to date with the latest iOS version. This guidance suggests that Apple may be confident that it can fix the issue in a future software update” as stated in the MacRumors report. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There was a similar problem with the iPhone 11 lineup last year and Apple managed to fix it with a software update soon after. It could be that Apple is already working on a fix and plans to issue an OTA update soon to deal with the problem. From customer reports, the problem appears to occur when the brightness level on the iPhone 12 is set around 90% or lower. The issue is being reported on iOS 14.1 and iOS 14.2 for now. Users beta testing iOS 14.3 have also noticed a flickering or glowing problem with their iPhone 12 displays that disappears after a short time. We will update the story once we know more about the display problem and when it will be addressed by Apple. View the full article
  3. Micromax made a huge comeback with its new sub-brand called 'IN' under which the company plans to sell 'Made In India' phones now. There was a lot of hype surrounding the phones ever since they announced a comeback and they seem like decent phones for the price. While we're still waiting to get our hands on the phone, it looks like people are indeed super excited about it. The new Micromax In 1 and the In 1b were up for pre-orders and they were sold out pretty quick. IN 1b and IN note 1 - ALL BOOKED! We are overwhelmed to see the love and support you have shown for #INMobiles and want to thank you for truly going all #INForIndia! We will be back on sale on the 24th of Nov for IN note 1 & 26th of Nov for IN 1b. We can't wait to see you then. pic.twitter.com/2MFrmSAsN9 — Micromax India (@Micromax__India) November 10, 2020 We expected some excitement around these phones but it looks like people are really excited about them. They are coming in huge numbers to buy them and show their support for a 'Made In India' phone. Both phones are super affordable and they seem to offer a very good value for the money. We're looking at specs like a powerful MediaTek Helio G85 processor, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup on the IN 1. The IN 1b is also looking like a great option under Rs 10,000 price segment with features like a dual-camera setup, a 5,000 mAh battery, and more. View the full article
  4. Although Micromax was off to a great start to its smartphone journey in India, it's safe to say that it truly struggled to keep up with the competition. The company was left behind by the Chinese competitors that swarmed the industry with affordable smartphones. But now that anti-China sentiment is at an all-time high in India, Micromax thought this would be a great time to re-enter the market. And just like that, we have a new sub-brand from Micromax called 'IN'. 'IN', in case it isn't too obvious, is short for India. Micromax will start selling new phones under this new brand in India and today we got two new phones with which the company plans to re-enter the market. Let's check them out - Micromax IN Note 1This particular phone is priced under the Rs 15,000 mark, which means it'll go head-to-head with the likes of Redmi Note 7 and Realme 7. At this price, the phone features a 6.67-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD with thin bezels are the bottom and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. © Micromax It's powered by the MediaTek Helio G85, which is the same chipset that's found inside Redmi Note 9 and Realme Narzo 20. You'll get up to 4GB RAM and 128GB storage with the IN Note 1. There's also a 5,000 mAh battery inside the phone with support for 18W fast-charging. At the back, the Micromax IN 1 sports a quad-camera setup which includes a 48MP primary sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there's a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone appears to have a decent set of cameras but it remains to be seen exactly how they perform in the real world. Micromax IN 1BThe Micromax IN 1B is an entry-level smartphone that we think will compete with the Redmi 9 and the Realme C-series. It sports a 6.52-inch HD+ IPS LCD display on the front with support for up to 60Hz refresh rate. A MediaTek Helio G35 is at the heart of this phone, which is also found inside some other phones in this price range. It also comes with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. © Micromax In terms of the optics, the Micromax IN 1B sports a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter. The phone also comes equipped with a 5,000 mAh battery with 10W fast-charging via USB Type-C port. Pricing & AvailabilityThe Micromax IN 1B has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the base variant that comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The 4GB+64GB variant has been priced at Rs 7,999. It'll be available in three color variants i.e. green, purple, and blue, and it'll go on sale starting November 26 exclusively via Flipkart and Micromax's official website. The Micromax IN 1, on the other hand, has been launched for a starting price of Rs 10,999 for the base variant. You can also get the 4GB + 128GB variant for Rs 12,499. It'll be available in two color variants i.e. a white matte finish and a green variant with an 'X' gradient at the back. It'll go on sale starting November 24 on the same platforms. View the full article
  5. We’ve already covered how fast and powerful the iPhone 12 can be when compared to other smartphones. We even covered how great the phone is underwater, thanks to its water resistance rating. However, one feature Apple touted as the new “Ceramic Shield” display, protects it from dings, scratches and screen shattering more than ever. While many assumed it’s just another marketing gimmick, turns out it’s way more than that. The iPhone 12’s durability was tested with multiple drop tests and the results were quite intriguing. © Yotube_EverythingApplePro Both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro were dropped from different heights i.e. waist and head level. These heights are probably the most likely scenarios where most drops can occur. The glass did not experience any cracks, however one can expect damage to the metal frame on both phones depending on the angle the phones can fall at. It is worth pointing out that even though the outer screen did not experience any damage, drops can cause internal damage to displays, especially OLED screens. No matter how sturdy and durable the iPhone 12 might be, it is not indestructible and it is still recommended to use the phone with a case and a screen protector. Having said that, the drop test proves that the iPhone 12’s Ceramic Shield is not just a marketing gimmick. Having said that, the video does show the Ceramic Shield can crack when dropped from higher levels. In the video, we can see the screen glass and the back panel would break when dropped from a height of 10 feet. View the full article
  6. Officially, the iPhone 12 Pro is set to launch in the US this coming Friday, however, we already have unboxing videos that show off the phones in all their glory. The video of the phones being unboxed was first posted by a Twitter account called DuanRui and it gives us a closer look at the iPhone 12. © Twitter The first thing you will notice is its new flat-edge design and the graphite colour variant of the iPhone 12 Pro. The video was later uploaded to YouTube and here are the videos below: From the videos, we can see the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro up close and how the colours look like in real life. The graphite colour, in particular, looks quite impressive, however, we can’t get over the flat-edge design inspired by the iPhone 4. It also shows the edges on both devices have somewhat of a glossy/shiny effect when put under light. Other videos have also surfaced online that show off the silicon cases and the clear case that can be purchased separately for the phones. Apple will be selling five different colour options for the silicon cases namely: Navy, Plum, Pink Citrus, Cyprus Green, and Kumquat The silicon cases show that it covers the entire body of the iPhone, however, the clear cases leaves the bottom edge of the phone exposed. Similarly, other accessories, such as the MagSafe charger were also featured in a separate video that shows it is compatible with older iPhone models as well, albeit it won’t snap on like the iPhone 12 series. © Twitter We can’t wait to get our hands on the new iPhone devices ourselves, however, the phone will launch in India on October 30th. Stay tuned for our official review of the phone when it launches in a few weeks. The iPhone 12 series is powered by Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chipset and comes with nifty new features as well. You can read all about the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro here. Source: DuanRui View the full article
  7. There are a lot of studies and theories out there on the harmful radiation from mobile phones and how they affect humans. You may be familiar with the SAR values on cell phones and the whole debate around that topic. Well, the whole conversation around that topic just took an unexpected turn because there's now a mobile chip that claims to reduce radiation from mobile phones. What's more interesting here is that the chip is said to be made out of cow dung. Yes, the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (RKA) chairman Vallabhbhai Kathiria unveiled the chip and said it'll help reduce radiation from mobile handsets and safeguard against diseases. Here, check out what he has to say - #WATCH: Cow dung will protect everyone, it is anti-radiation... It's scientifically proven...This is a radiation chip that can be used in mobile phones to reduce radiation. It'll be safeguard against diseases: Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog Chairman Vallabhbhai Kathiria (12.10.2020) pic.twitter.com/bgr9WZPUxK — ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2020 He spoke at the nationwide campaign ''Kamdhenu Deepawali Abhiyan'', which is aimed at promoting cow dung products. We're all for cow dung products but we wouldn't have thought about a mobile chip made out of cow dung to protect from harmful mobile phone radiation. Nope, never in a billion years. The chip, he says, is named Gausatva Kavach and is apparently manufactured by Rajkot-based Shrijee Gaushala. As you can see in the video, he says that it's been scientifically proven to work and it reduces radiation. There's no way for us to prove it and tell you guys if it actually works. So we're not going to comment on whether or not it works or stop people from buying it. © Karthik Iyer/MensXP Vallabhbhai Kathiria further appealed to people to avoid using China-made diyas this Diwali and said they're launching a new campaign to boost the ''Make in India'' concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. View the full article
  8. Apple is all set to unveil its shiny new iPhones tonight along with some other products. Apple's product launches, just like their products, are usually great and they get a respectable nod from enthusiasts. But as always we don't expect the iPhones to be perfect, at least when it comes to the specifications. If the new rumors are something to go by, then it looks like the new iPhones won't have high refresh-rate panels. That's right, even the new iPhone 12 series users will miss out on high refresh rate panels on their phone and will probably have to wait till the next batch of iPhones come out. I’m told that 120hz not being implemented in iPhone 12 Pro is 100% about battery life. Hardware was more than capable — but it just eats through battery, and 5G drains enough battery by itself. It was basically a choice between 120hz or 5G, and they picked 5G. Rightfully so. — Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 11, 2020 From what we've learned, it looks like Apple had to make a decision and choose between adding either 5G support or 120Hz high refresh rate panels on the new iPhones. It looks like Apple decided to go with the 5G support because all the new iPhone models, including the rumored iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, and both the iPhone 12 Pro models, will ship with 5G support out of the box. Why did Apple have to choose between the two? We think battery life is the biggest bottleneck here. Yes, Apple's A-series processors are quite efficient when it comes to battery life but there's no denying that the new iPhones are going to take a hit because of the 5G support. We can only imagine what it would've been with a 120Hz panel too. View the full article
  9. Over the years, Samsung has worked with a lot of people on special edition phones. Samsung is one of those companies that has created unprecedented products by collaborating with cultural icons -- from prominent musicians to popular movie characters. Here are 5 of our favorite special edition Samsung phones of all time. Beyoncé (2007) – ‘B Phone’ © Samsung This is one of the iconic phones of all time and it came out in 2007. This was the ultimate music phone that featured a dual-face design with an MP3 player on one side and a phone on the other. The 'B' in the name obviously refers to Beyonce's nickname and her mascot bee. Iron Man (2015) – ‘Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Edition’ © Samsung 2015's Iron Man Galaxy S6 is still arguably one of the best superhero phones we've seen. It had a classy design that was made to resemble Iron Man. Only 1000 of these were ever made and we're sure they flew off the shelves real quick. Batman (2016) – ‘Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition’ © Samsung Not an Iron Man fan, then how about the Batman Injustice Edition? Yes, this particular phone came out a year after the Iron Man phone was released. The special package for the Galaxy S7 Edge included the phone, Gear VR, a Batman emblem badge, and a special case designed to resemble Batman’s iconic suit. Star Wars (2020) – ‘Galaxy Note10+ 5G Star Wars Edition’ © Samsung This limited-edition Galaxy Note 10 came out to celebrate the release of the franchise’s 9th episode, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’. Both the device and the S Pen were redesigned for this particular unit and it looks really good. The force is really strong with this one. BTS (2020) – ‘Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition' © Samsung The global superstars BTS collaborated with Samsung for a limited edition Galaxy S20+. You already know it's special. The phone comes in matte purple and features a haze effect that makes the tones shift depending on what angle the phone is viewed at. View the full article
  10. Almost all the powerful flagship Android phones are powered by the processors made by Qualcomm. They make some of the best SoC out there and are rightfully dominating the space. The company is now gearing up to announce their new Snapdragon 875 SoC later this year, but we have a new report which says that they're working on a gaming phone. Yes, it looks like Qualcomm is working on a gaming phone. The report claims that Qualcomm will partner with ASUS to make these new phones. This first product in this lineup is expected to as early as the end of this year. © Reuters “Qualcomm reportedly will team up with Asustek Computer to develop and launch its own-brand gaming smartphones at the end of 2020 at the earliest, according to industry sources,” says the report. This new gaming phone is expected to be the first phone in the world to be powered by the upcoming new Snapdragon 875 SoC. We don't have much info on the processor itself, but you can expect it to be one of the fastest processors out there on the market, going head-to-head Apple's new processors for the new iPhones. © MensXP At this point, it's not entirely clear if we'll get a new ROG Phone under this partnership or we'll see a new line up altogether. We're hoping to learn more about this partnership and these new phones in December during the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020. The Tech Summit is going to be a virtual event this year due to the pandemic and it'll take place on December 1 & 2. Source: Digitimes View the full article
  11. After a lot of leaks and rumours, Google finally decided to launch the Pixel 5 last night at an online event. The company also launched a bunch of other products yesterday, but we'll be checking out the two phones in this particular story. Let's get started. Pixel 5Pixel 5 is Google's main phone this year. It's not a high-end phone, at least in terms of the specs, but it seems like a really good device for the price. It sports a 6-inch FHD+ OLED 90Hz Smooth Display on the front with very minimal bezels. This is, in fact, one of the very few phones that have no chin at the bottom of the display, so that's something to be excited about. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 765G processor with 8GB of RAM. This, as you probably already guessed, isn't a flagship processor, but it supports 5G. We're not too happy about the fact that the Pixel 5 only has 128GB storage, even on the top-of-the-line variant. Meet the new Google Pixel phones From our latest AI and Assistant features, to the biggest ever battery we’ve put in a Pixel, to industry-leading camera features, the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 provide more help at a more helpful price. https://t.co/Gioak2AGE6 — Google (@Google) September 30, 2020 In terms of the camera, we're looking at a dual-camera setup at the back which includes a 12.2MP sensor and a 16MP wide-angle lens. The 12.2MP primary sensor is the same one that's used in Pixel 3. On the front, the Pixel 5 has an 8MP sensor for selfies. Pixel 5 also has a 4,080 mAh battery and it also supports wireless charging. You can also charge other accessories with the help of the Pixel 5 because it also supports reverse wireless charging. The Pixel 5 runs of Android 11 out of the box, although it's not the first phone to do that. Pixel 4a 5GThe Pixel 4a 5G is more or less similar to the Pixel 5. The Pixel 4a 5G sports a 6.2-inch panel instead of the 6-inch panel on the Pixel 5, and it's also capped at 60Hz, unlike the Pixel 5's 90Hz panel. In terms of the specs, the Pixel 4a 5G is also powered by the same processor, however, it only has 6GB RAM. It also packs a smaller battery, coming in at 3,080 mAh. But besides this, both phones are the same. You get 5G support, the same set of cameras, and even the same design. The display on the 4a 5G has a chin at the bottom though. © Google Pricing & AvailabilityPixel 5 will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia, and it'll cost $699. You'll be able to pick one up in these countries starting October 15. The Pixel 4a 5G will be available for $499, which isn't too bad. In India, Google has confirmed that it's only going to launch the Pixel 4a. No, not even the 5G variant. In fact, we don't even know how much the Pixel 4a will cost, so let's just wait. View the full article
  12. Arguably one of the most successful off-spinners India has ever produced, Harbhajan Singh appears to be ageing like fine wine. At the age of 40, Bhajji might no longer be in fray for Team India selection, but there is little doubt over his importance in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years. But, at a time when his Chennai teammates are busy sweating it out in training sessions ahead of the thirteenth edition of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the right-arm spinner is back home with his family, killing his time on social media. Following in the footsteps of Suresh Raina, the Indian cricketer had recently withdrawn from the IPL 2020 season due to personal reasons. Modern thali with space for phone orders urs pic.twitter.com/jRfW7REH9M — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 10, 2020 Though he didn't join the Chennai camp in Dubai, Bhajji continues to keep the fans entertained through his social media activity. More recently, the star bowler shared a hilarious post on Twitter where he introduced the concept of a 'modern thali'. Sharing a hilarious photo on Twitter, Harbhajan wrote: "Modern thali with space for phone, order urs". A typical 'thali' is a meal, full of a variety of dishes, that is served in Indian households and restaurants. But, its meaning is derived from the utensil, a thali also known as a plate, that is used to serve the meal. There are different spaces made available on the 'thali' to serve several food items. But, as Harbhajan pointed out in the tweet, its evolved version might come equipped with a space for keeping mobile phones. This is the best innovative solution for a real problem of current world. — Dr.Deepa Sharma (@deepadoc) September 10, 2020Hahahahahahaahahahah hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahshhahshahaha🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 bc kya tweeet hai🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 epic legendary — अनन्या (@Ananyaa__18) September 10, 2020Bhajji sir the meme is very funny sir. I can't stop laughing sir. When you retire, please become a meme creator sir — Thani Oruvan (@thani_oruvan_) September 10, 2020This is funny as well as saddening... Respect your food and have it with dedication — SHAYAN GHOSH (@imShayanGhosh15) September 10, 2020Bhajji Bhai! Aisa hi raha to phone IP68 ke saath India Masala, sambhar, dal resistance bhi ayenge — Thoughtfull (@82Vikram) September 10, 2020Space for phone, but the dahl is in another bowl lol — Ghost Singh (@GhostSingh7) September 10, 2020Chawal replaced with phone, daal bhi dal hi lo paaji — Ravi Varujana (@RaviVarujana) September 10, 2020Charger kidhar rakhne ka re baba !!! — Gaurav Patil (@gauravpatil2000) September 10, 2020While there was a laugh riot on social media, things got pretty serious for Harbhajan recently as he filed a police complaint against a Chennai-based businessman. According to a TOI report, the off-spinner has been duped of Rs 4 crore by a businessman named G Mahesh. Despite his efforts to reclaim the funds, Bhajji couldn't get the money back from Mahesh which, in turn, has forced him to take legal action against him. View the full article
  13. We’ve been featuring quite a few phones from the past but nobody can forget the great megapixel war amongst phone companies at the time. Phone companies tried to outdo each other with the camera on their phones and would boast about how many megapixels they had over each other. While this was simply marketing jargon at the time, there were some incredible camera phones that launched in the 2000s which directly led to innovation in smartphone cameras today. Smartphones have now replaced digital handheld cameras but the revolution started a long time ago and here are some of our favourite camera phones from the past that we still consider iconic: 1. Nokia N90 © Wikipedia Commons Back in 2005, camcorders were a big deal and Nokia designed a phone that looked very similar to handheld recording devices. The Nokia N90 launched in the same year for having a very unique design where the screen could rotate. This rotating screen also helped in capturing images from its 2MP camera lens made by Carl Zeiss optics. The phone had its autofocus feature and an LED flash which made this phone very revolutionary for its time. 2. Sony Ericsson K750i © Flickr/Claudio Montes Before the Nokia N90, Sony Ericsson K750i was considered one of the best camera phones that Nokia tried to compete with using the N99. It had a solid 2MO camera and dual-LED flash which was unheard of at the time. The phone boasted 9 hours of talk time and had a memory card slot for storing images. The phone also had a dedicated lens slider, a feature Sony borrowed from their Cyber-Shot cameras. 3. Nokia N95 © Flickr/NRKBeta Nokia N95 was the first 5-megapixel camera phone from the company that was considered a marvel in 2007. The phone used a Carl Zeiss lens and was capable of recording video at 30 frames per second. In fact, the 5-megapixel camera lens became a standard after the launch of the Nokia N95. However, the smartphone world changed as the first iPhone was launched a few months later with a 2MP camera, even though it did not have any autofocus or video capture capabilities. 4. Sony Ericsson K800i or K790 © OLX A follow up to the K750i, the K800i was launched in 2006 with a 3.2-megapixel camera lens and dominated the phone market for taking incredible pictures and for its “BestPic” feature. We use these features on smartphones today where the phone takes multiple snapshots of a subject in quick succession and allows you to choose the best shot. This feature was first introduced in 2006 with the Sony Ericsson K800i and the K790. The phone also had autofocus capabilities, 32X zoo, a Shutter button, red-eye reduction feature and a Memory Stick Micro slot to store images and music. 5. Samsung INNOV8 © Flickr/James Nash Right after the first iPhone launch, Samsung launched the i8510 or INNOV8 which was the first phone in the world to feature an 8Mp camera. While the phone could take great pictures, the phone didn’t really sell well since Samsung decided to copy the Nokia N series instead of the iPhone. The phone used a lens from Schneider-Kreuznach optics that had the ability to take auto-panorama shots. The phone could detect a face, smile and blinks which is quite impressive for the time. So, that’s our list of five phones from the 2000s that came with an incredible camera, however, your list may look different from ours and we would love to know your list of old phones that had incredible cameras according to your opinion. Let us know in the comments. View the full article
  14. As soon as the anti-China movement began to see some interest in India, there were some rumours about the arrival of Micromax. Well, now, it looks like the brand really wants to make a comeback in the country, as they have teased the arrival of a new phone on their Twitter handle. The company is going all-in on the anti-China movement. They're stressing on the 'Aatmanirbhar' initiative that was introduced by our PM Narendra Modi that calls for local manufacturing and boost the 'Make In India' initiative. Here, check out the teaser - 73 years of independence or being in dependence? On our 74th Independence Day, let's stop being doosron pe nirbhar and become truly Atmanirbhar. Are you ready to join the revolution with us?#AtmaNirbharBharat #JoinTheRevolution #IndependenceDay #स्वतंत्रतादिवस pic.twitter.com/7O5Y8JrbAM — Micromax India (@Micromax__India) August 15, 2020 As you can see, Micromax is clearly hyping up its arrival to make it look like a huge comeback. Well, only time will tell what they have in store for us. As of now, we don't have any confirmation on a launch or any details about the phone that they're planning to launch. But if the rumours are something to go by, then it looks like we'll be getting some budget phones from the brand, especially targeting the Rs 10,000 price segment. © Reuters With all that being said, we really hope Micromax is not planning on selling any rebranded Chinese phones. We say that because Micromax has been caught doing that in the past and that's part of the reason why the company stopped doing business in India. Right now, Chinese makers like Xiaomi, Realme, etc are still on the top when it comes to the overall smartphone sales in the country. Samsung is also doing great but there aren't a lot of options when it comes to 'Made In India' phones. If Micromax manages to do something big here with their new phones, then we might truly have a winner here on our hands. View the full article
  15. Mobile phones were not what they used to be back in the day. With very limited features and availability, it's safe to say that it wasn't a saturated market like it is today. It also encouraged a lot of manufacturers to come up with different, bold, and unique designs for their phones. Well, some of them were better than the others, of course. But we recently came across some very weird looking phones that made us wonder why do they even exist. On top of that, they turned out to be super expensive too. So, here are 5 ugly yet expensive phones - 1. Siemens Xelibri 6 © Siemens This particular phone was announced back in 2003. As you can see, it was targeted at women. The phone, well, it looks like a makeup case and sports two mirrors for makeup on the go. The keys were weirdly placed and the screen was just too small. Also, a version of this phone was priced at a whopping $300,000, which is absolutely insane. 2. Motorola StarTac Rainbow © YouTube/Nathan Barnatt Umm, this one looks like a kid's phone that you'd get for free, doesn't it? Yes, some people are into lively colours, but this legit looks like a toy rather than a phone. It looks super cheap but it was launched at over $1,000 back in the day. For the same price, you'd now get an iPhone 11 Pro. 3. F88 Wrist Phone © Ideaholic Do we even have to say anything after looking at this? So, it's a phone that you wear on your wrist and it's got a number pad that's integrated into the strap. There's also an antenna on the top. It was launched at around 8,888Yuan which roughly translates to around Rs 96,000. 4. Goldvish Le Million © YouTube/Goldvish Le Million We featured this phone in our list of the most expensive phones too, but just look at it. It looks very fancy with all the crystals, but isn't it ugly? Why would anyone in their right minds use it today? It was valued at $1.3 million, so there was clearly something about it that made people go crazy. 5. Motorola V100 © Motorola Last but not the least, we have the Motorola V100. It's not the first time we're seeing a design like this, but it's definitely the first time we're seeing a phone with this design. It looks like a toy calculator with a QWERTY keyboard that's uncomfortable to type. It also had a transparent body that made it looks worse. View the full article
  16. 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
  17. We’ve been compiling the greatest smartphones from each company from an era when phones used to be bold and experimental with their designs. It was a time when healthy competition resulted in great phones from every company, and one of them was Sony Ericsson. We’ve featured some of these phones in the past for being ., however, the company deserves its own list for having produced some of the greatest phones of all time. This article is all about remembering the legacy of Sony Ericsson and how it gave Nokia tough competition: 1. T68i © Sony Ericsson This was the first phone in the world that had support for tri-band compatibility, which means it could be used anywhere in the world. Countries tend to use different bands in network connectivity in different countries and this was the first phone to support it. It set a precedent for every other phone that has launched ever since, as users could use their phone in any part of the world. The phone did not even have an on-board camera, it was sold separately and could be attached for taking pictures. It was also the first phone to support two-way MMS, use an email client and compose their ringtones. The T68i was also the first phone in the world to feature a colour screen which was unheard of in 2003. 2. Sony Ericsson P-Series © YouTube/Cortado Sony Ericsson made the first true smartphones of our time that directly resulted in how smartphones are being made today. These series of PDAs were amongst the first open-source devices where third-party software could be installed. It has a full-screen design that covered with a keypad and could be used with a stylus as well. For other navigation purposes, the phone also came with a jog wheel at the top-right corner which could be used for selecting and launching applications. ' The phone also supported wireless email services using RIM (Research in Motion) technology that was later used in every Blackberry phone. The phone also had other features such as Bluetooth, GPRS, and MMS in 2003. 3. W-Series or Walkman Series © Wikipedia Commons Walkman has been Sony’s long-time brand for portable music players since the 1970s. And we got a glimpse of what the company was capable of when it came to combining music and phones. The W800 is, by far, the most notable phone with the series where it came bundled with in-ear headphones, a 512MB memory stick and a dedicated music button. The phone managed to sell 15 million units to date and remains one of the more popular phones from the company. 4. Sony Ericsson K Series © Wikipedia Commons The K-series was targeted towards photography enthusiasts where the K750 is probably the most popular phone from the series. The camera was easy to use as one just had to slide open to camera cover to turn it on. The phone even had a dedicated camera button similar to Sony’s Cybershot digital cameras. The phone later got the Cybershot branding with the K800i with better camera performance and an industry-first xenon flash. 5. Sony Ericsson T610 © Sony Ericsson The T610 was probably the most stunning phone ever made at the time, which resulted in this phone being a major success for the company. The phone had its infrared port that could be used to control TVs, vibrating alerts, polyphonic ringtones and a built-in GPRS modem. The phone looked incredible for its time and was celebrated for the curve that was divided vertically with thin metal or aluminium halves. These halves were also coloured and were available in silver, blue and red. So, these were our five best phones Sony Ericsson ever made, however, there are plenty more which were not possible to feature in one article. However, your list of the best Sony Ericsson phones can be very different from ours; let us know in the comments section which was your favourite Sony Ericsson phone of all time. View the full article
  18. Phone charging speeds are getting faster with each year and soon, it will become a thing of the past where we have to wait for hours. In fact, OPPO has been making huge strides in fast charging technology and even licenses their tech to other brands like OnePlus and Realme. Last year, the company announced a 65W charger that could charge some of their phones in 30 minutes. © iQoo_Weibo This year, OPPO has improved the charging tech and now claims that their new 125W charger will be able to fully charge a smartphone in 15 minutes. Vivo has already shown off 120W charging tech for their sub-brand iQOO and can charge the phone’s 4,000 mAh battery in 15 minutes. The company did post a video of the demo, however, we could not see it for ourselves since Weibo is blocked in India at the moment. So far, we’ve already seen companies like Realme and OnePlus bringing faster charging speeds for their phones and in some cases; even wireless charging. It is worthy to point out OPPO and the subsequent brands do not use power-delivery charging protocols and instead, use their own proprietary method called SuperVooc. If you don’t like waiting to charge, the wait is almost over. #FlashForward pic.twitter.com/Uq54uJEphQ — OPPO (@oppo) July 13, 2020 However, it remains to be seen whether OPPO will be able to roll out 125W chargers in mass in the near future. Currently, OPPO will be officially announcing the 125W charger on 15th July and may just be called "super flash charge”. © OPPO Fast charging on phones does not only depend on the higher wattage as it also depends on the device you are using and how much electricity the phone’s circuitry is designed to take in. There are also different types of fast charging and if you want to know more about how it works, check out our guide here. What do you think about a 125W charger that can fully charge your smartphone in 15 minutes? Would you be interested in getting one for yourself or are you concerned that the fast charger may affect the battery life? Let us know in the comments. View the full article
  19. 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
  20. Nokia, in the early and late 2000s, made some incredible phones with designs that can be described as iconic. We instantly recognise them even if we saw it twenty years later. However, there were some equally cringe phones launched by Nokia that were just an eyesore. While this is our list of the weirdest phones launched by Nokia in the past, do let us know in the comments whether you liked these phones or have suggestions of your own: 1. Nokia 3650 © Wikipedia Commons The Nokia 3650 wasnât particularly an ergonomic phone neither pretty to look at. It was just weird and the phone was supposed to be a âbusinessâ phone as well. It was also very heavy because of the larger battery and had a very weird rounded bottom. The keypad layout is by far the strangest thing weâve seen by Nokia that resembled a rotary landline phone. Using this phone wasn't particularly fun nor easy which makes this phone a part of this list. 2. Nokia 3200 © Youtube_Adria_n Alco_n Z_urawka Yet another phone that had a strange keypad design and awful colours that didnât really appeal to everyone. The keypad was laid out in a square sequence where two buttons were joined together which wasnât a great idea. Thankfully, you could get rid of the weird colours with an interchangeable cover to make the phone look more presentable 3. Nokia 5510 © Wikipedia Commons The Nokia 5510 was meant for people who loved to text and stay connected with their friends and family. It had a QWERTY keyboard that was present all over the phone which, in turn, made it look extremely ugly to look at it. Ergonomically, the phone did not have any grooves or curves for the fingers to rest and was quite heavy to use. Users would also have to hold the phone flat to their face as the ear speaker was placed at the bottom right of the device when holding in landscape mode. 4. Nokia 7600 © Wikipedia Commons The Nokia 7600 was particularly an odd phone by the Finnish company as it didnât really adhere to any phone design. The teardrop-shaped phone was more like a small box and make it impossible to use with one hand. Calling was always difficult and the keypad layout was very unconventional. Nokia definitely missed the mark with this one. 5. Nokia N-Gage © Wikipedia Commons Although weâre big fans of the second iteration of the phone, the original N-Gage was a disaster because the phone design was not completely thought through. The phone was targeted towards Gameboy Advance users who wanted a gaming phone. The odd thing about this phone was that the phone had to be held on its 90-degree edge to make calls that made everyone look like an idiot in public. This led to Nokia redesigning the phone and launching the N-Gage QD later on. View the full article
  21. Windows Phones are no longer available to buy now, but there was a time when these phones were huge. People went crazy for these phones because of the whole idea of being able to enjoy Microsoft's Windows OS on a phone. Sadly, we can't get our hands on a new one right now, but we still have a special place for those phones. There were a lot of things we loved about the Windows and here's a quick look at some of them: 1. Live Tiles © Microsoft A lot of people hated Live Tiles, but that's also one of the reasons why others wanted to own Windows phone. The beauty of Star Screen is that the Live Tiles can be resized and moved around to suit your own needs. You could change the aesthetics and make it look however you want. 2. PerformanceIf you've ever used a Windows Phone, then you'll know exactly what this means. The software was so well-optimized that these phones used to be snappy. We're talking smooth animations with solid frame rates even on the lower end models. You'd hardly notice any stutters or lags while using them. Impressive performance indeed and it was a joy to use them. 3. Action Center © Reuters Windows had something called the 'Action Center' where all your recent notifications would sit. It also had a row of customizable settings shortcuts at the top to provide quick access to useful features like switching to Wi-Fi, adjusting screen brightness and more. It's similar to how we have the drop-down notification centre on Android phones now, but it was a breath of fresh air back in the day. 4. CortanaBelieve it or not, Cortana was actually a lot of fun to use back then. Of course, we're also talking about a time when the Google Assistant was exactly as powerful as it is today, but still. Cortana was able to monitor particular topics for you and suggest content that's worth checking out. All this was way ahead of the time for Windows Phone users. We probably won't be able to use a Windows Phone as a daily driver today without proper updates. That being said, we miss these phones a lot. Picking one of them up and using it even for a while now makes us want to go back and use a Windows Phone. View the full article
  22. All the 80s and 90s kids would agree to the fact that 'Music Phones' were big when they first started coming out. Everybody wanted to get their hands on one of them because of just how popular they were. Obviously, they don't get enough love these days given how a smartphone can do pretty much anything and everything now. But it's safe to say that a lot of those good old music phones were better at playing music than most of the smartphones that come out these days. Seriously, there are no dedicated music features these days. Even the speaker quality, besides on the high-end phones, is just okay-ish at best. So here's a quick look at some of the best music phones from the past that we'd love to have today - Nokia XpressMusic 5310 © Nokia This is the phone that probably comes to a lot of people's minds because of how popular it was back in the day. It came out in 2007 and had dedicated media controls on the side of the display. The speakers on this phone were louder than what you get on most smartphones these days. Nokia has now announced a new version of the XpressMusic and we can't wait to check it out. Nokia XpressMusic 5800 © Nokia After the success of the original XpressMusic feature phone, Nokia came up with the XpressMusic 5800 with touchscreen. It was one of the very first touch screen phones to go mainstream. This phone also had dedicated music controls and was running on Nokia's Symbian OS. What a great phone! Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman © Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson had some really cool phones on the market back in the day and this was definitely a big hit. A walkman for listening to music that's also a phone? People went crazy for this particular phone and rightfully so. This phone had some cool music features like a dedicated key that allowed you to get a quick preview of the chorus of a song. Awesome, right? Moto Rokr E1 © YouTube Clip In a world where the iPod was dominating the music industry, Steve Jobs was worried about a cellphone company taking over the attention with multimedia features. So he decided to team up with another company to get an Apple-sanctioned phone into the marketplace first. He picked Motorola and the Moto Rokr E1 was released with Apple's iTunes. These were some of the great music phones from the past that were some of our favourites. In case you think we missed any of your favorite cellphones from the past, do let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  23. The very first initial build of Android started developing sometime in 2003 when feature phones were still mainstream. While today we know it as the most popular operating system for smartphones, it wasnât the case in the early/late 2000s when the operating system was still in its nascent stages. While it was still being developed in secret, the operating system catered to popular phones at the time, albeit for phones that physical buttons and keypads. In fact, Android did not support touch screen interactions until the first iPhone launched in 2007. © Wikipedia Commons We know this thanks to documents made public from Apple and Samsungâs patent trial which detailed how Android worked at the time. In the specification sheet from the trial, Google clearly stated that âTouch screens will not be supported.â This document by Google was distributed to potential hardware manufacturers including Samsung that stated: "The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.â The document was shared prior to the first iPhoneâs launch in 2006. âHowever, there is nothing fundamental in the product's architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future,â Google added. The iPhone Effect © Apple The very first iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs in January 2007 which showed a radical new phone that was mostly made up of screen and metal. The phone was aptly called âiPhoneâ and it was Appleâs way to showcase its version of the touchscreen control. Touchscreen phones existed before the first iPhone however the experience was not as cohesive as the iPhone. It was the first phone that was fully controllable by the touch screen thanks to Appleâs custom operating system for the device. © EverythingApplePro At the same time, Android prototypes looked nothing like the iPhone as they resembled BlackBerry smartphones with small screens and a QWERTY keypad. The first commercially available Android smartphone i.e. the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 launched in 2008 with physical buttons and no touchscreen support even though it had a 3.2-inch touchscreen display. However, as soon as the first iPhone became a great success, we saw Android transform its interface and basic functions to support touchscreens. If it werenât for the iPhone, we would have never really seen Android-based touch screen phones as early as we did. View the full article
  24. We all love to get the hottest tech every year and the newest smartphone that launches from your favourite brand. However, there is one problem that is making the smartphone game even more boring than ever before. Lately, most smartphones across all budgets look identical to each other with slight differences that donât really matter. Innovation in design is also very incremental where most smartphones just look like a slab with screens that can only be differentiated by their branding. However, this was not the case back in the 2000s as we saw phones with innovations both in terms of functionality and software. Whether you were a Nokia user or a Motorola user, it doesnât really matter because they all looked different from each other. The competition was stiff back in the day, and it made companies innovate in terms of design that canât be replicated by phone companies today. Hardware is more or less commoditised today, which limits companies from experimenting as much they did in the early and late 2000s. There was a phone for almost every type of phone user and really do miss those days. There are plenty of phones that fit this category, but we decided to compile a list of five phones that pushed the envelope and embodied real innovation when it came to the design: 1. Nokia 3310 © Wikipedia Commons Youâve probably seen this phone before and heard many stories about its durability. In fact, the phone looked quite basic but its high durability factor was the reason why most people bought this phone; and to play Snake. The phone took the world with storm, thanks to its smaller form factor and the fact that it can last longer than your average phone during its period. The phone also upgraded the text limit to 459-character, three times longer than any phone at the time. No wonder it sold more than 125 million units. 2. Motorola Razr © Wikipedia Commons We still consider this the sexiest phone of all time as it was the coolest looking phone anyone can get. It was featured in movies, music videos and even in cartoons making it one of the most innovative designs of flip phones. It was sleek, it had a colour screen and the flip closing sound was addictive to hear. The phone also pushed boundaries with its ring tone selection and it even came with a camera that was not available on every phone. The phone was first launched in 2004 and the company tried to give a modern twist to the Razr with a foldable screen but that was a massive failure. 3. Nokia N-Gage QD © Alophone We all dreamt of playing proper games on our phones and Nokia N-Gage was the first phone to deliver on this promise. It was an attempt by Nokia to capture the Nintendo Gameboy Advance audience. The second iteration of the phone i.e. âNokia N-Gage QDâ had ironed out all the design flaws from its predecessor. However, the phone wasnât as successful as we would have liked it to be. Having said that, this phone shows that Nokia wasnât afraid of experimenting with phone designs and actually deliver a phone that can also play some awesome games. Some say Nokia N-Gage QD is the inspiration for many gaming smartphones we see today, albeit none of them are as impressive as Nokiaâs design. 4. Sony Ericsson P900 © YouTube/Cortado In a way, the Sony Ericsson P900 was the first smartphone that supported third-party Java applications, had a touch screen and a flip design all in one phone. The keypad could be flipped open to access an entire display that could be used with a stylus. The phone also had a jog-wheel on the top right corner for easier navigation. It was a great successor to the Sony Ericsson P800; however, it was the P900 that challenged the status quo in 2003. 5. Nokia Communicator © Wikiepdia Commons The first phone to infuse a laptop design into a phone was the Nokia Communicator and the phone is still considered quite legendary by many. You can say the Nokia Communicator is the Godfather of the modern smartphone as many features introduced on this phone are now being used in smartphones today. The phone looks normal from outside but when opening the clamshell front, the phone had access to a full-blown QWERTY keyboard and an LCD display that was almost as big as the phone. The phone also had internet connectivity for people to email documents that could be typed on the phone itself. 6. Apple iPhone © Reddit The most revolutionary phone of our time is no doubt the first iPhone which was introduced by Steve Jobs on stage in 2007. It was nothing like the competition and is responsible for the demise of the feature phone as we know them. It had a sleek metal and glass design and had only one main button. Instead of using a stylus, you could use your fingers for using the screen and it came with apps that were far superior to anything we had seen. The iPhone paved the way for modern smartphones in a way that we havenât really been able to go back to where phones came from. View the full article
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