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  1. The OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to launch earlier than its usual time next year which means we’re already starting to see leaks of the phone surface online. A new leak via @OnLeaks shows off what the upcoming phone can look like based on CAD renders. Along with the design of the phone, details about its camera and other specifications have also leaked which are both good and bad news. © Twitter_OnLeaks This time around, the OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to have a camera module similar to the OnePlus 8T. Instead of being centered, the camera module will be mounted on the left side. The camera module is expected to have four lenses according to leaks and will have metal rings around the two primary lenses. According to @OneLeaks, the phone is expected to have a 6.7-inch curved display panel and the back of the phone will be made of glass on top of a metal frame. The phone will have the OnePlus staple design ethos i.e. a power button, volume rocker and an alert slider. © Twitter_OnLeaks It’s worth pointing out that the design is based on a CAD render and could change before launch as the design has not been finalised yet. Having said that, OnLeaks added that while the vast majority of the design is set in stone,“ there’s still a good chance small changes could be made before the launch of the phone. 91Mobiles also detailed what the phone’s camera module might entail. OnePlus is expected to use a 48MP primary camera that will have a focal length of 6mm. The second primary lens is expected to be a 48MP ultra-wide sensor and a third sensor that has not been identified yet. © Twitter_OnLeaks Previous leaks from Geekbench’s website also hinted that the OnePlus 9 series will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 875 chipset. The results were quite impressive from what we’ve seen so far, however it could be different at launch provided all the optimisations OnePlus might do before and after the launch of the phone. We will know more about the OnePlus 9 series closer to the launch when updated leaks will start to appear. Having said that, we advise taking this piece of information with a pinch of salt as it has not been confirmed by OnePlus yet. Source: @OnLeaks, 91Mobiles View the full article
  2. The iPhone 12 Pro Max might seem like the bigger version of the iPhone 12 Pro but it comes with camera upgrades that no other iPhone 12 comes with. It sets itself apart from the rest of the lineup with phenomenal photography capabilities and the largest display Apple has ever used on an iPhone. Fundamentally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a lot in common with the rest of the lineup - it has 5G support, uses an OLED display, and a squared-off design, similar to the rest of the phones in the lineup. The phone supports MagSafe charging, has the same ceramic shield coating and is powered by Apple's 5nm A14 Bionic chipset too. Here's what we think about the iPhone 12 Pro Max and why it's the best smartphone Apple has ever made: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the same design ethos as the iPhone 12 Pro, albeit in a larger chassis. The phone has the same squared-off design that has been influenced by the iPhone 4/5. While the design aesthetics remains the same, the Pro Max comes with a 6.7-inch OLED display making it the biggest iPhone Apple has ever made. When you first use the phone it does take some time to get used to the size due to its squared-off design. This design change also makes it harder to wield the phone at first until your muscle memory kicks in and you know how to exactly hold the phone. I can grip an entire basketball with one hand and still felt the 12 Pro Max was quite large. Apart from the big design, the iPhone 12 Pro Max uses the same design aesthetics as the iPhone 12 Pro. It has the same matte coating at the back and a stainless steel frame to give it that premium feel. The phone also has magnets inside like the other phones in the lineup which let accessories snap on to the back of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The 6.7-inch OLED screen is the main attraction here as it not only makes the phone a bit taller, it also seamlessly fits with the large design of the phone. The display on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is probably the best we've used on a smartphone and the folks at DisplayMate also agree. It has already won the award for having the best display in a smartphone and broke 11 records at the same time. The display is probably the most vivid screen we've used with high image contrast accuracy, highest contrast ratio ever in a smartphone, and highest visible screen resolution. It really is a dream to use the display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and it stands out the most when watching content on Netflix, Crunchyroll and other OTT platforms. The big display is also rated for HDR10 and Dolby Vision content which not many phones support at the moment. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera setup is largely the same as the iPhone 12 Pro but there are some differences that need to be pointed out. It has the same ultra-wide-angle sensor and selfie cameras. The main 12MP sensor has the same f/1.6 aperture lens for faster photography and better low-light performance. However, the main sensor is a bit different from the iPhone 12 Pro's as it has sensor-based optical image stabilisation instead of lens-based OIS that is found on the iPhone 12 Pro. This helps in better low-light imaging and capturing video with better focus than the iPhone 12 Pro. Even the Telephoto lens is a bit different on the iPhone 12 Pro Max as it is capable of 2.5x optical zoom as compared to 2x optical zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro. These small differences may not sound significant on paper, but in reality, it does result in better pictures and videos. Apple made the iPhone 12 Pro Max with one goal in mind i.e. the best camera smartphone on the planet. In our testing, we did find the iPhone 12 Pro Max's performance to be amongst the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. It takes incredible images in low-light compared to the smaller iPhone 12 Pro. Night Mode images from the iPhone 12 Pro Max have incredible balances and we managed to capture some awesome images this Diwali in Delhi even with all the smoke in the air. Our favourite shot happens to be a firecracker that we managed to capture without any warning. It also proves how fast the iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera really is even in low-light. Images captured indoors also look incredible with enough details and colour accuracy. Check out our gallery below to get more context: Performance The iPhone 12 Pro Max is powered by Apple's latest 5nm A14 Bionic chipset which also has a direct impact on the performance of the phone. It's currently the most powerful chipset for a smartphone and on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, we get to see its true potential. Even amongst all of the iPhone 12 Series phones, the Pro Max scored the highest in our benchmark tests. The phone scored 1592 (single-core) and 4096 (multi-core) in our Geekbench 5 test. It's faster than any of the new iPhones making it the fastest and most powerful amongst the lot. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Gaming performance on the iPhone 12 Pro Max remains largely the same where it can handle most of the graphic intensive games from Apple Arcade and the App Store. There were barely any frame-rate drops even when we played some of the games with the highest settings. The large screen is also a dream to use when playing games. The most impressive feat on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is its battery life which Apple doesn't really detail much. However, in our usage, the 12 Pro Max lasts about 19 hours on a single charge which is quite impressive when compared to Android smartphones that come with high capacity batteries. You can fast-charge the battery using any 18W PD charger and the UBS-C to lighting cable. Alternatively, you can use the wireless MagSafe charger that attaches to the back of the smartphone magnetically. The Final Say © unsplash/martin-sanchez The iPhone 12 Pro Max is perfect for photography enthusiasts who are looking for the extra edge. However, the highly expensive price tag is not for everyone and the cheaper iPhone 12 or the 12 Pro are still great options to consider as they are highly capable phones as well. However, if you want to capture the best images and video for social media and professional purposes, and have the best battery life in an iPhone, the 12 Pro Max is a great option to consider. View the full article
  3. he iPhone 12 Pro Max is arguably one the most expensive smartphones launched by Apple and the basic variant starts at around $1099 depending on where you are. A delivery man who was asked to deliver 14 iPhone 12 Pro Max units, fled with the consignment after the shipment was handed over to him for delivery. © Reuters (representational purposes only) The delivery man, whose name was Tang, worked for a Chinese shopping platform called Meituan-Dianping. According to the report, the devices were picked up from an Apple authorised store clerk in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province of China. Meituan Delivery was given the order to deliver a package containing 14 brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max devices to a different Apple store. Instead of delivering the package, Tang cancelled the order and paid 10 yuan for defaulting. He then vanished with the phones costing 10,000 yuan (around $1,500). The store clerk was unable to contact him after the delivery was cancelled. However, Tang was apprehended within a short time with ten unopened iPhone 12 Pro Max boxes. He had already opened four boxes from the total order where one was opened for personal use and the other was given to a friend to pay off a debt. The third unit was mortgaged to a pawn shop at 9,500 yuan and the fourth unit was sold to a mobile phone dealer at 7,000 yuan. Tang, with his newfound cash went on a spending spree as he bought a new dress and rented a BMW for fun which cost him 600 yuan a day. The four units that were sold or pawned were subsequently recovered by the police. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The delivery company Meituan has since banned Tang from its network for life and has issued an industry-wide blacklist preventing him from getting work at any other courier company. Tang will likely also face criminal prosecution by the Chinese Government. This is not an exclusive incident as delivery persons have been found stealing gadgets, smartphones and other valuable items in India as well. Often, delivery personnel would replace these items with bricks, soap bars and other heavy items to fool customers when they deliver orders. View the full article
  4. The iPhone 12 Pro Max recently launched all over the world and the phone's display was put to test by DisplayMate. In the highly detailed testing, it was found that the iPhone 12 Pro Max earned “DisplayMate’s highest ever Display Performance Grade of A+” and “Best Smartphone Display Award.” In fact, the phone not only won the two awards but also matched or surpassed records set by its predecessor the iPhone 11 Pro. © Unsplash/hendrik-morkel If you are interested to know about the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s display, you can check out DisplayMate’s detailed review of the display here . The phone garnered the highest rating ever i.e. an A+ and also broke a few records in the process. For comparison purposes, iPhone 11 Pro set 9 records last year which has now been surpassed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s Super Retina XDR OLED display. From DisplayMate’s review, here are some of the accolades achieved by the iPhone 12 Pro Max: “Note that Numerical Performance Differences that are Visually Indistinguishable are considered Matched and Tied Performance Records. · Highest Absolute Color Accuracy (0.9 JNCD) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Highest Image Contrast Accuracy and Intensity Scale Accuracy (2.19 Gamma) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Smallest Shift in Color Accuracy and Intensity Scale with the Image Content APL (0.2 JNCD) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Smallest Shift in Image Contrast and Intensity Scale with the Image Content APL (0.00 Gamma) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Smallest Change in Peak Luminance with the Image Content Average Picture Level APL (1 percent) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Highest Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones (825 nits for 100% APL). · Highest Full Screen Contrast Rating in Ambient Light (172 at 100% APL). · Highest Contrast Ratio (Infinite). · Lowest Screen Reflectance (4.8 percent). · Smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle (27% at 30 degrees). · Highest Visible Screen Resolution 2.8K (2778×1284) – 4K Does Not appear visually sharper on a Smartphone.” © Unsplash/hendrik-morkel From DisplayMate’s review, the tests show that the display looks great in almost every lighting scenario. “To be usable in high ambient light a display needs a dual combination of high screen brightness and low screen reflectance – the iPhone 12 Pro Max has both,” the review said. DisplayMate also found the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s reflectance (where a screen tends to act as a mirror) to be one of the lowest it’s ever seen. Other accolades include the highest contrast ratio, highest brightness for OLED panels, highest absolute colour accuracy amongst others. Source: DisplayMate View the full article
  5. The iPhone 12 is the smartphone everyone should get, period. However, if you have a slightly higher budget you really can't ignore the iPhone 12 Pro. From afar, not much looks different between the two smartphones that's because the differences are found under the hood. It has a powerful camera and other upgraded features that justify its “Pro” nomenclature. I've spent over a week with the new iPhone 12 Pro and tested the smartphone for gaming, photography and multi-tasking performance. It's by far the only smartphone this year that is near-perfect. The phone excels in every department which makes the iPhone 12 Pro one of the best smartphones to buy in 2020. Design and Display The iPhone 12 Pro uses the same squared-off design as the iPhone 12 and is the same size. However, the main difference here is the materials used for the chassis. The phone looks smart, modern and easy to use, thanks to the new design change. The edges of the phone are made of stainless steel rather than aluminium giving it the extra luxurious feel you can't find on any other smartphone. The phone is also much lighter than previous models and is easier to pick up from a flat surface than we expected. Even though the phone has a squared-off design and it hugs a table when kept flat, it really isn't a problem to pick it up with one hand. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When holding the phone, you will also notice that the back has a textured matte finish similar to the iPhone 11 Pro. The combination between the matte finish and the stainless steel edges feel extremely good and you really have to hold the phone for yourself to understand what I'm raving about. The front of the phone also has a larger display, thanks to slimmer bezels and a slightly smaller Face ID notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The other main difference you will notice between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is the fact that it comes with an additional camera lens and a LiDar sensor. The phone is available in a range of colours but the Navy Blue variant feels most pleasing to the eye. The phone also uses Apple's proprietary lightning port for charging that is compatible with UBS-C PD chargers. Finally, the iPhone is rated for IP68 water and dust resistance meaning it can withstand water up to a maximum depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes. The display on the iPhone 12 Pro is the same as the iPhone 12 where it uses a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED panel. It's rated for HDR10 and Dolby Vision content as well which is always great to have if you like to watch a lot of video content on your phone. The display has a resolution of 3,200 x 1,400, a slight upgrade from the previous model. The display is great for portraying true black tones and incredible colour accuracy. It's one of the best displays you will find on a smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You will instantly notice the vibrant colours, great contrast ratio and the picture quality no matter what type of video or picture you are viewing. We have the same criticism for the display as we did for previous iPhone models. Even though the Face ID notch is slightly smaller than before, it still interferes with the overall viewing experience. Another complaint we have is the fact that iOS still does not support any form of always-on features which can be a bit frustrating if you don't want to unlock your phone every time to see a notification or the time. Camera The biggest upgrade you will notice here even in comparison to the iPhone 12 is the camera performance. It is easily one of the best smartphones we've used for photography so much so we even used it to capture images of the Xbox Series X. For people who are interested, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with a 12-MP primary sensor, a telephoto sensor and an ultra-wide sensor. Thanks to the telephoto sensor, the iPhone 12 Pro can now zoom into objects with more detail than ever before. You can get a closer look at objects which comes handy when you want to capture images from afar. It still isn't as sharp as the primary wide sensor, but it's good enough to capture memories and get a closer perspective. The iPhone 12 Pro can do 4x optical zoom and 10x zoom digitally. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The main camera's performance is also quite similar to the iPhone 12 at least in daylight. However, you will notice the biggest difference in low-light photography. That's because the LiDAR scanner helps in capturing images in the dark faster. The LiDAR sensor also helps in improving portrait images, especially when using it with night mode. Portrait images look surprisingly sharp and the background is accurately blurred even with night mode. In addition, Apple has also extended night mode photography to the ultra-wide and the selfie camera as well. However, when you throw the term “Pro” next to a smartphone's model name, you really have to back it up and that's precisely what Apple is trying to do this year. For professional photographers, Apple will be introducing the ProRaw mode for the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max later this year. It will help in capturing details like dynamic range, colours and sharpness with the help of computational photography. When it comes to video capabilities, the iPhone 12 Pro can capture Dolby Vision video and that too at a higher frame rate. You can capture video at 4K 60 FPS with the implementation of smart HDR. If you are interested in capturing the best possible video from a smartphone, there's nothing that can beat an iPhone's video capturing capabilities. The iPhone 12 Pro in many ways is better at capturing videos than your regular action camera and has the ability to support multiple formats. Most smartphones can capture decent video quality, but they often lack the audio quality to go along with it. Thanks to the LiDAR scanner, videos in low-light condition also look fantastic and you can see our example below: @DhruvBhutani's live reaction to the #XboxSeriesX pic.twitter.com/u5QQTzUa0v — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 11, 2020 This example is perfect to showcase the image stabilisation capabilities of the iPhone 12 Pro even in low-light conditions which we could not replicate on any of the flagship Android smartphones. If you are interested is seeing what the image quality can be like from the iPhone 12 Pro, check out our gallery full of camera samples below: Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the iPhone 12 Pro uses the same SoC i.e. the A14 bionic, there is a big leap in performance and benchmark numbers. That's because the Pro models come with 6GB of RAM and yield better performance than the iPhone 12 Pro. In our Geekbench 5 test, the iPhone 12 Pro scored an impressive 1579 (Single-core) and 3930 (multi-core). That's significantly higher than the iPhone 12 especially when it comes to the multi-core score. Games run fantastically on the iPhone 12 Pro and it even offers better battery life for some reason. After 15 hours of non-stop use, it still had around 39% of battery life remaining. Accessories The iPhone 12 Pro also has magnets at the back that enables the phone to snap on to accessories such as the MagSafe wireless charger, the leather MagSafe wallet and other MagSafe compatible accessories such as Apple's new protective case. You can wirelessly charge and use the phone at the same time, thanks to this new innovation which you cannot do on other smartphones that support wireless charging. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Similarly, you can also use the leather wallet which attaches to the back of the smartphone or the MagSafe case for the phone. Each time you attach a MagSafe accessory, the iPhone will make a sound and trigger an animation on your phone's screen. It uses the NFC chips on the accessories and the iPhone to deliver this functionality and we can expect Apple to make use of this tech with other accessories in the future. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Alternatively, you can also get regular cases from third-party manufactures such as Mujjo who make some incredible leather cases for all the iPhone 12 Series. You can get these cases from e-commerce websites or their official website as well. MagSafe accessories by third-party vendors are also expected to arrive soon by companies like Belkin amongst many others. The Final Say The iPhone 12 Pro is by far the best choice for users who expect great photography from their smartphones. It offers longer battery life than the previous model and delivers exceptional performance that is currently unmatched by the competition. If you are upgrading from the iPhone XS or earlier, a new world of smartphone experiences are waiting for you. View the full article
  6. Apple launched two new MacBooks yesterday - a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro, both powered by their new M1 chip. Yes, Apple is officially making moves to ditch Intel and its processors and it has started with these two MacBooks and a Mac Mini for now. Apple made some very big claims when it comes to the performance of the new M1 chip and it looks like these new notebooks are really powerful. Of course, we need to test and compare them with the existing models, but there's no denying that it looks very interesting. © Apple That being said, there's one thing which we think everyone should be aware of. The biggest difference between the two laptops is a fan. Yes, the biggest difference between the new MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro is just the fan. So this fan is exclusive to the MacBook Pro. We don't know how much of a difference this fan is going to make as far as the thermals are concerned. No doubt there's going to be some parity but it remains to be seen how much of a performance boost will we get. Also, the fan is not the only difference. The MacBook Air comes with seven GPU cores instead of eight on the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro also has a slightly bigger battery and Apple quotes two additional hours of battery life compared to the MacBook Air. Lastly, the MacBook Pro also has a slightly brighter screen coming in 500 nits vs the 400 nits on the MacBook Air. © Apple But as you can probably already tell, we're not looking at a huge difference here between the two and the biggest one seems to be the inclusion of a fan on the MacBook Pro. Let's just wait for a detailed analysis of how much of a difference it makes. View the full article
  7. Apple’s new iPhone 12 series is now launching all over the world including India and we’ve got our hands on all four devices for reviews and features. While our reviews for the four smartphones will go live this week, this first impression is all about iPhone 12 Pro Max. We haven’t used the smartphone for too long to give a full verdict yet, but we’ve used it enough to give you a fair idea about what to expect. In the past two days, we’ve used the iPhone 12 Pro max for taking pictures, playing games, and watching video content. It is probably the most different iPhone we’ve ever used, thanks to its new design and its massive size. Here’s what you can expect from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The design of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is similar to the other smartphones in the series, however it is the biggest iPhone ever made. It has a 6.7-inch display which makes the squared-off design a bit wider than previous “Pro Max” models. However, the squared-off design is probably the first thing you will notice about this phone and how it helps in gripping the phone better. Even though it is the largest iPhone ever made, it doesn’t feel too heavy in the hand. It also feels very sturdy, thanks to the steel frame and its sheer size. It feels like a solid smartphone that redefines luxury and premium build quality. We haven’t held a smartphone that feels this good to hold since the iPhone 4. Thanks to the bigger size, Apple is also taking advantage of that extra space and putting a whole new camera system. The sensor is far larger and it comes with a new telephoto lens which is better at performance and quality than the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Speaking of cameras, the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a 12 MP, f/1.6 mains sensor, a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto sensor, a 12MO f/2.4 ultra-wide sensor and an additional LiDAR scanner. The primary lens also has a new sensor-shifting mechanic for better optical image stabilisation. I used the primary sensor to record some dog videos and I could clearly notice the difference in video quality while recording and viewing the footage in the gallery app. The LiDAR scanner also helps in photography, especially when shooting portrait images and using it with night mode turned on. Similarly, Apple has also extended night mode photography to the ultra-wide and the front-facing camera as well. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max also comes with a Super Retina XDR OLED display that is rated for HDR10 content and has a peak brightness level of 1200 nits. With confidence, we can say it is the best display we’ve used on an iPhone ever and in fact is better than most Android devices out there with the exception of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The display has a resolution of 1284 x 2778 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In our initial usage, video content looks extremely vivid, with great colour accuracy and enough brightness to use the phone under direct sunlight. The display also has a new coating of protection that Apple likes to call “Ceramic Shield.” Apple says it is four times more resistant to drops and we will elaborate more about iPhone 12 Pro Max’s durability in our full review. Conclusion © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest iPhone we’ve ever used with a design ethos that is currently unmatched by another smartphone except for its smaller brother, the iPhone 12 Pro. We’ve only used the phone for two days and our initial impressions of the phone are definitely positive. The display is absolutely beautiful and the images from the camera were quite impressive as well. We will let you know more about the iPhone 12 Pro Max and its performance result in our full review later this week. View the full article
  8. Ten years ago, only the ones who stepped into a bar or a fancy party could think of drinking cocktails. Now, we all do. Such is the power of growing trends. One day you’re overthinking about ordering *** On The Beach and the next day, you’re sipping Whiskey Sour in the comfort of your home. You can thank Jimmy’s Cocktails Premium Mixers for that, by the way. Premium Mixers For The New Generation © Jimmy’s Cocktails Millennials are developing more and more interest in cocktail trends as we speak because this group is not drinking as much alcohol as the generations before did. That’s good news, right? But the better news is that cocktail mixers aka mocktails are still saving the party nights. The next-gen is into healthier alternatives. Always on board with the idea of cutting sugar, ditching plastic straws, upcycling the citrus peels and drinking something Instagrammable. That’s exactly why Jimmy’s Cocktails Premium Mixers feature the highest quality ingredients, natural flavours, fewer calories and zero artificial sweeteners. Not just that, these mixers are crafted by India’s top mixology experts, so you can be sure that the complexities and balance of flavours are already taken care of. So, no taking 2 shots this, 1 shot that anymore. Just pour the mixer over your favourite spirit and ice and garnish it or enjoy straight up as a mocktail. By the way, did you know Jimmy’s Cocktails also has a Party Pack? It’s limited edition and you’ll love it because it has all four mixers, two premium quality crystal glasses, a stirring spoon cum garnish fork and a jigger. You can gift it to yourself on Diwali or to a buddy you love. Excited Much? __ECOMPRODUCT__833__ Let’s Unwrap Jimmy’s Cocktails Limited Edition Party Pack *** On The BeachThe taste of *** On The Beach is fruity with just enough tartness to keep it from being too sweet. It’s a tropical blend of finest Nagpur oranges, Egyptian peaches and Danish cranberry with a dash of triple sec. Best served with vodka, you’ll enjoy its dancing flavours in your mouth. __ECOMPRODUCT__850__ CosmopolitanCosmopolitan is a mix of Danish cranberries, Persian limes with a dash of orange and triple sec. Don’t let that pink colour fool you, Cosmo is a perfect mix of sweet and sour. __ECOMPRODUCT__851__ Whiskey SourAs the name implies, Whiskey Sour is sour in taste rather than sweet. It’s an absolute blend of finest Indian lemons, Persian limes, cane sugar spiced up with cinnamon and perfectly balanced with bitters. __ECOMPRODUCT__768__ Mango Chilli MojitoBest served with rum or vodka, Mango Chilli Mojito is a blend of Indian Alphonso mango, Persian limes, mint, cane sugar with a hint of red chilli. So if you’re missing mango cocktails in winter, you know what to do. __ECOMPRODUCT__852__ Crystal Glasses, Stirring Spoon Cum Garnish Fork & Jigger © Jimmy’s Cocktails No cocktail party is complete without a premium set of crystal glasses and the essential bar tools. Use the jigger to measure your spirit for the cocktail, stirring spoon to mix the drink and garnish fork to make your glass look Insta-worthy. Go on, get your Party Pack! You deserve it. View the full article
  9. The iPhone 12 Pro is the first smartphone to feature a LiDAR sensor which is capable of measuring distances and mapping the environment. Apple has talked about how the sensor can do wonders with depth information, however there is a new application for the sensor that will soon roll out to the iPhone 12 Pro. The LiDAR sensor can help blind and visually impaired users move around safely as it will protect them from bumping into objects in a new and unfamiliar environment. © Unsplash People with visual impairment usually help themselves with a walking stick and a trained ear to get around, however the iPhone 12 pro can now help them even further. In the latest beta version of iOS, a new feature will be rolled out that uses the LiDAR scanner to measure the distance to people and objects. It will be able to detect humans and inanimate objects as well which can then notify blind users of obstructions in their path. © Unsplash The new feature will be part of Apple’s ARKit and it will be called “People Occlusion.” It will allow users to put virtual objects and people in augmented reality applications. However, the new feature will also be implanted in the iPhone’s magnifying glass app. When launched, the phone will use the ultra-wide camera and measure distances using the LiDAR sensor. It will then inform users by voice how far away the iPhone is from the object. It will also relay information in a stereo format to connected devices such as the AirPods. If you want to see how the feature will work, check out these videos below: Here’s how people detection works in iOS 14.2 beta - the voiceover support is a tiny bit buggy but still super cool https://t.co/vCyX2wYfx3 pic.twitter.com/e8V4zMeC5C — Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 31, 2020iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are https://t.co/1eCPoHgk19 This is a crazy cool implementation using iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max LiDAR sensors to read the visual world and communicate it to people who need assistance pic.twitter.com/kenD4ibdK0 — Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 30, 2020What do you think about this feature and Apple’s creativity when it comes to using the LiDAR sensor to help visually impaired users? iPhones are quickly becoming the most impactful smartphones in the world, thanks to features that can help make life easier for people with certain conditions. We can expect this feature to roll out in the next iOS 14.2 update once it has been thoroughly tested by beta users. View the full article
  10. A new video uploaded to YouTube shows the iPhone 12 Pro and its capabilities via a real-world speed test. PhoneBuff uploaded the speed test comparison video where they compared the iPhone 12 Pro to the US Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to see how fast it can load apps. The U.S. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ chipset and is the fastest Android smartphone of 2020. © unsplash According to PhoneBuff, it’s been two years since the iPhone has been the fastest smartphone in this specific test. “PhoneBuff notes that it's been 20 months since an iPhone was the fastest smartphone in his tests. And the A14 Bionic chip that is Apple's first built on the 5nm process brings the performance gains to put the iPhone 12 Pro (same chip on all four models) ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.” © Youtube_PhoneBuff What’s interesting is that the iPhone 12 Pro manages to beat the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with just half the RAM. It shows that having control over the hardware stack, its own operating system does yield in a far more optimised smartphone. Android smartphones often have bloatware and no control over the Android ecosystem apart from putting their own skin and added features on top. This results in smartphones becoming slower than Apple’s offering every year and the case remains the same in 2020 as well. PhoneBuff said, “For example, Apple's iPhone 12 Pro beat the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by a touch over 17 seconds across the two rounds of testing and has 6GB RAM compared to the Note's 12GB RAM. The tight integration Apple can do with the new A14 chip, the rest of the iPhone 12 hardware, and iOS remains a strong advantage.” If you are interested in watching the speed test for yourself, click on the video below that shows both smartphones opening the same apps at the same time. However, the iPhone 12 Pro gets a significant lead over the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra thanks to the new A14 Bionic chipset. View the full article
  11. Apple has updated nearly all of its products including the iPad Air, the new iPhone, smart speakers and the Apple Watch categories. However, it seems like one category is still in need of a refresh i.e. Apple’s personal audio category which includes the AirPods and AirPods Pro. A new report by Bloomberg suggests Apple is planning to launch new wireless earbuds in 2021. © Unsplash/Howard Bouch The report details Apple is currently in the process of developing the third-generation AirPods and a second-generation AirPods Pro. There have also been rumours in the past where it is suggested Apple has been working on over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation as well. The report suggests the new AirPods is expected to have a similar design as the AirPods Pro i.e. replaceable ear tips and a shorter stem. However, in order to keep the TWS earbuds affordable, it will not come with active noise cancellation as it is expected to be reserved for the AirPods Pro lineup. However, the AirPods Pro is expected to get a massive overhaul where Apple is said to be removing the stem entirely and make it smaller than the current generation. The design of the prototype is comparable to other TWS earbuds out there such as Samsung’s Galaxy Buds which fit entirely inside a user’s ear. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla. However, Bloomberg also reports Apple has been facing issues when it comes to integrating wireless antennas, microphones and noise cancellation in the new design. These problems could change the overall look of the new AirPods Pro. Apple has also hinted at launching the AirPods 3 sometime in the first half of 2021 while the Pro model is expected to launch at a later date in 2021. It seems like Apple is all geared up to launch a range of new AirPods products in 2021. There have been rumours of the over-ear headphones called ‘AirPods Studio’ to launch as well. However, problems related to the headband have forced Apple to push the production by a few weeks as the company wanted it to be interchangeable. Apple also wanted to use big touch panels on the cups of the headphones but rumours suggest the size has now been reduced. Bloomberg reports that interchangeable cups could still be a feature but has no clarity as to when it is expected to launch. Source: Bloomberg View the full article
  12. While Apple would like you to believe that the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are different from each other, a teardown video shows that the two smartphones are nearly identical to each other. In fact, they are so similar, it’s quite hard to differentiate between the two. © YouTube When we look closely, both devices have the same L-Shaped printed circuit board (PCB) with the only difference being the additional LiDAR connector on the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 does not come with a LiDAR sensor and logically the connector is also missing from the PCB. What’s weird is that the PCB on both phones are so identical that there are plastic fillings for the missing LiDAR and telephoto sensors in the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro also have the same battery capacity i.e. 2815mAh, however it could have been possible for Apple to house a bigger battery for the iPhone 12, but instead it opted to use the same battery on both devices. Apple probably chose to use the same batteries in order to cut costs. This also means that both devices will more or less have the same battery life. Most of the components used in both phones are the same which means these components could be interchangeable. This could also be a way for Apple to reduce repair costs for the iPhone, however one can never know if these components are interchangeable. © Unsplash It’s been long suspected that the only difference between the two models happens to be only in the camera department and this teardown shows exactly that. What’s astonishing is that the two models have a huge price difference especially when there is only a difference in the camera and RAM capacity. Most of the components such as the Taptic Engine, the TrueDepth camera system, display and even Qualcomm's X55 modem chip are all in the same place. What do you think about the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro being nearly identical but having vastly different prices? Let us know in the comments if this changes your decision for which iPhone 12 to get. View the full article
  13. It seems like Apple has overtaken the tech conversation this month with various new products launching all over the world. Thanks to the interest, even new leaks are coming up online and yesterday we reported about what to expect from the iPhone 13. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Apple has been reportedly working on expanding its portfolio and new leaks have emerged about an upcoming update for the AirPods Pro. The second generation of AirPods Pro is expected to retain all the existing features such as active noise cancellation, water-resistance and even the silicon tips. However, the newly added feature as suggested by leaks may not be an upgrade you would have been expecting. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Leaks from Twitter user LeaksApplePro emerged today who claims that the next generation of AirPods Pro will not only have all the features mentioned before but also new ambient light sensors. The AirPods Pro 2 will also have improved battery life and is expected to sell for the same price as the current AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro gen 2 -249$ -Better battery life -A bit better of noise cancelling. -Ambient light sensors. Overall, a not so great update, more of like the AirPods gen 2 over AirPods gen 1. Expect them to release in Q4 2021 or Q1 2022. — LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) October 19, 2020 While it may not seem like a huge upgrade on paper, it would be worth pointing out what these ambient light sensors will be used for. It may seem like an odd choice at first however the new sensors will help the AirPods Pro to track health and fitness-related data. The new AirPods won’t be the first wireless earbuds to have this feature but it will be a first for Apple. Needless to say, the new AirPods Pro will have some functionality with the Health app as well where all the data will be stored for users to access later on. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla There have been previous rumours that suggest the AirPods Pro 2 will also be able to support air gestures via optical sensors, however that seems a bit far-fetched right now. If this feature is included in the AirPods Pro 2 for some reason, it would mean Apple has much bigger plans for their TWS earphones in the near future. Here comes the bad news though, the leak suggests the new AirPods Pro 2 will not launch before Q4 2021 alongside the next iPhone or Q1 2022. Which means we have at least one full year to wait and possibly even more. Apple is also reportedly working on new over-the-head AirPods Studio headphones about which you can read in detail, here. View the full article
  14. 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
  15. Apple has finally made its iPhone 12 series official and we know exactly what we'll get for our money instead of eye-balling things based on the leaks and rumours. We got four new iPhones this year, two of them being the standard iPhone 12 models whereas the remaining two models come under Apple's 'Pro' line up. The iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max both come with a dizzying amount of camera tech. In fact, more than anything, we think the cameras are what truly make them 'Pro' variants. So we decided to take a look at the camera tech that's baked into the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Three CamerasSo the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, both come with three cameras at the back along with a LiDAR sensor. You get a 12MP primary lens with a 7 element lens and an f/1.6 aperture. You also get a 12MP f/2.4 ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view, a 5-element lens, and a 13mm-equivalent focal length. Lastly, you also get a telephoto camera which is the same as the one found on the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. © Apple Apple is also betting big on the various photography modes that are meant to take advantage of the hardware power and give you better user experience. For instance, Apple's Deep Fusion computational photography system can now be used on either camera. Apple also noted that it runs faster on the iPhone 12. Night Mode can also be used on the iPhone 12 regardless of the camera you're using. Additionally, Apple's Smart HDR 3 system will automatically adjust things like white balance and contrast in photos to make them look more natural. And lastly, there's the ability to shoot HDR video with Dolby Vision at 30 fps. iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera View the full article
  16. Apple's AirPods Pro has been one of those products that have continued to become better since its launch. The company has been constantly pushing updates, improving the audio quality, and more. Now, there's a new feature for the AirPods Pro that turns them into a home theater for your ears. With the arrival of iOS 14, the AirPods Pro get virtual surround sound that's surprisingly impressive. It's called Spatial Audio and it looks Apple has managed to pull it off quite well. Instead of hearing everything in stereo, Spatial Audio will make you feel like you're in the middle of the action. A lot of apps support the spatial audio feature, so you're not going to miss out on the content too. © Apple Apple says it uses an algorithm to convert surround sound (5.1, 7.1, or Dolby Atmos) into spatial audio. From there, the company is relying on directional audio filters and adjusts the frequencies going to each ear to achieve the immersion effect. This is one of those things which you truly have to experience for yourself. Here's a list of devices that support spatial audio with AirPods Pro - iPhone 7 / 7 Plus and all later iPhones iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (third generation and later) iPad Pro 11‑inch iPad Air (third generation and later) iPad (sixth generation and later) iPad mini (fifth generation) © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla It's also worth pointing out that your device needs to be updated to the latest iOS/iPadOS version for this to work. Source: Cnet View the full article
  17. Whether it’s the slick furniture or minimalist art, modern home decor elements are one of the most functional ones out there. They stand as a complete contrast to the traditional Indian home decor, which is mostly maximalist and bright. While we love the traditional home decor, we can’t deny that premium wooden accents are a bit heavy on the pocket. From lamps to bookshelves, choosing bulky wooden pieces is also an impractical idea, especially for youngsters. So, as an alternative, we have sought some amazing modern home decor tips to turn your space into a beautiful fusion of traditional and modern decor which is functional and affordable: __ECOMLOOKS__1603__ __ECOMLOOKS__1604__ __ECOMLOOKS__1605__ __ECOMLOOKS__1606__ __ECOMLOOKS__1607__ Start decorating.On a concluding note, we would just like to say that fusion decor can actually look pretty chaotic when not done right. These simple tips are great for anyone who is new to the world of home decor. Follow them and you will see how decorating a home can actually be a fun task. Explore More View the full article
  18. Realme has been launching a lot of smartphones lately and it's honestly getting a little difficult to keep a track on all of their launches. The Realme 7 Pro, however, immediately caught our attention because it's one of those devices that seems to offer a lot of value for money, at least on paper. Realme has been raising the bar of what we can expect from their phones. The 7 Pro doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary but there are a few noteworthy features here. In case you're wondering if you should buy the Realme 7 Pro or not, then we think this review should give you a bit more clarity. Design & Build Quality Realme has been pretty consistent at delivering some really good looking phones with solid build quality in the past and we're happy to see that the 7 Pro is no exception. Design and build quality is usually a hit or miss on devices at this price point but they've never been an issue with Realme's phones. The Realme 7 Pro has a polycarbonate body that's made to look and feel like glass. It's got a smooth matte finish that lends it a very premium feel in hand. There's a vertical line running at the back that splits shade of color into two. Realme has managed to pull off some crazy designs in the past and we love what they've done here with the 7 Pro. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer At the back, as you can see, there's nothing but the camera module and the Realme branding. The fingerprint scanner is embedded into the display. The power button sits on the right side of the phone and the volume buttons are on the left. At the bottom, you'll see a USB Type-C port and speaker grille. Overall, we think the Realme 7 Pro super classy and feels quite premium in the hand. It's also not a heavy phone to hold, making it very comfortable to use. Realme has done an incredible job when it comes to the design and the build quality of the phone and it shows. Good job, Realme. Display The Realme 7 Pro sports a 6.4-inch OLED display that offers FHD+ resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and support 60Hz refresh rate. Yes, the supported refresh rate is a bit of a downgrade here since the Realme 7, which is cheaper than the Realme 7 Pro, offers a 90Hz panel. Heck, even the Realme 6 Pro had a 90Hz refresh rate panel. Realme wanted to go the OLED route this time, which we why the refresh rate had to take a hit. Of course, higher refresh rate OLED panels exist, but they're expensive. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer So is it really a downgrade? Well, it depends on how you look at it. If you want a higher refresh rate panel and you don't care about the quality of the display itself, then it's a downgrade for you. But this is an OLED panel, which we think is much better than an LCD. OLED panels are great for a number of reasons, so we have absolutely no complaints here. The Realme 7 Pro's display gets bright enough to be used under direct sunlight and it's got great viewing angles too. The colors are vibrant and the blacks are deep, just like the displays found on flagship devices. This is a really good display and we don't think the lower refresh rate count should stop you from picking up this phone. Performance The Realme 7 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G and it comes with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 720G is a really good processor and we've used phones of other devices that are powered by the same SoC. It's not the fastest processor out there on the market but it's definitely good enough to power through pretty much anything you throw at it. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Day-to-day tasks and even gaming shouldn't be an issue either. We did run a lot of games and we're happy to report that it doesn't have any heating issues as well. The company's Realme UI also plays a huge role in keeping everything smooth while using the phone. We prefer it over other custom skins and we can't wait to see what they've done with the Realme UI 2.0. Camera The Realme 7 Pro sports a quad-camera setup at the back which includes a 64MP Sony IMX682 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP mono lens which the company is calling the B&W Portrait camera. On the front, you get aa 32MP sensor for selfies. There's no dual selfie camera setup on the front, unlike the Realme 6 Pro. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer So, how's the camera performance? We think it's pretty good. The Realme 7 Pro can take some really good shots during the day when there's enough light. Photos under artificial lighting also look pretty good, but things start to the south when it comes to low-light photography. We couldn't manage to get good at night, especially when there's no very little light. Here are some samples to help you understand what the camera can capture - Battery Life The Realme 7 Pro sports a 4,500 mAh battery, which isn't the largest battery that we've seen in this segment. That being said, it does support super-fast charging thanks to the company's 65W SuperDart charging solution. With the help of the charger that's included in the box with the Realme 7 Pro, you can charge up its battery from 0 - 100-percent in just around 35 minutes. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Believe it or not, but you can charge half of its battery in just 10 minutes, which is absolutely insane. The 4,500 mAh battery won't give up that easily either. We were able to comfortably use the phone for a day without any issues whatsoever. The Realme 7 Pro is truly a champ when it comes to the battery life and the 65W charging solution is just too good to let go off. The Final Say The Realme 7 Pro starts at Rs 19,999 in India, and at that price we think you're getting a solid phone with really good build quality, great display, an incredible battery life with super-fast charging support. It's safe to say that Realme is going the extra mile to deliver some features found on the mid-range devices on its budget phones. If you're in the market to buy a phone under Rs 20,00, then we think the Realme 7 Pro should definitely be on your list. Realme 7 is also a great option if you want to save some money or you can check out the Galaxy M31s, which is yet another incredible phone. View the full article
  19. ASUS has finally unveiled the new ZenFone 7 and the ZenFone 7 Pro smartphone today. These are the company's latest flagships that come with great specs and a flip camera module. Let's check them out - ZenFone 7 Pro © ASUS As for the ZenFone 7, well, it's exactly the same as the Pro version expect that this one comes with the vanilla Snapdragon 865 chipset rather than the overclocked 865+ variant. This one is also just as good as the Pro version. Pricing & AvailabilityThe 6GB+128GB variant of the ZenFone 7 has been launched at NT$ 21,990 which is roughly Rs 55,699. The 8GB+128GB variant has been priced at NT$ 23,990, which is roughly Rs 60,799 in Taiwan. The ZenFone 7 Pro, on the other hand, has been launched at NT$ 27,990 which is roughly Rs 70,899. We're not entirely sure as to when these phones will come to India, but we expect the pricing to change accordingly. View the full article
  20. Microsoft’s hardware division has started to churn out some incredible devices that were missing for quite a few years. Then the company announced the Surface series of laptops which not only combines great design but also explores the future with new chipsets, a stylus and a more integrated design. The new Surface X Pro is amongst one of those laptops from the Surface series that comes with a custom ARM chipset that may just be future of laptops and Microsoft tablets. This time around, Microsoft has made a more comprehensive laptop for everyday users who are always on the move. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla While many have opinions about netbooks/tablets/laptops that are targeted towards “mobile workers”; the landscape has changed ever since the COVID-19 pandemic. People are working from home and not everyone needs a full-blown laptop for emails, basic image editing and using Microsoft office. Surface Pro X is the perfect offering for Windows users who are looking for the most portable laptop that can last all day, has a sexy design and can always stay connected with mobile internet connectivity. Here’s why we think the Surface Pro X may just be the future of portable computing machines: Design If you are looking for something sexy, beautiful and eye-catching, you cannot go wrong with the Surface Pro X. We’ve tested quite a few laptops at MensXP and the Surface Pro X may just the most gorgeous laptop we’ve used all year. The laptop has extremely thin bezels on the sides, a curved aluminium body and a beautiful 13-inch display. It looks very much similar to the Surface Pro 7 however there are some design aspects that make the Surface Pro X stand out. While the entire body is made of metal, the back of the laptop is a major fingerprint magnet. A laptop with a design that is more in-line with a tablet; you will be holding this laptop quite a lot and subsequently have a lot of fingerprint at the back. You can’t really avoid this problem unless you use some form of skin to cover up the back of the laptop. As we mentioned earlier, the Surface Pro X has a very tablet-like design, you can draw comparisons with Apple’s iPad Pro. It is 7.3mm thin and has a premium feel to it similar to the iPad Pro. It is particularly light and weighs only 775 grams which is lighter than most laptops you can buy today. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In order to give a more of a laptop vibe to the Surface Pro X, the laptop comes with a keyboard cover that is at par with modern keyboards on laptops. We loved the fact that the keyboard case is quite lightweight and doesn’t make the total weight of the laptop as heavy as the iPad Pro. There are magnets to keep the cover in pace and doesn’t come out even if you try aggressively shake it off. Additionally, the outer layer of the keyboard cover has a black Alcantara fabric that has a very similar texture as suede. Additionally, the keyboard cover also comes with the Surface Slim Pen and is not sold separately unlike the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla For people wondering about the ports and connections, there aren’t many on offer as the design resembles more of a tablet than a laptop. Due to space constraints, the Surface Pro X comes with two USB-C ports that can be used for charging, data transfers and display out. Having said that, we couldn’t ignore the fact the Surface Pro X does not have a headphone jack and neither a microSD slot to expand storage. You can use a USB-C to 3.55mm dongle for audio output if you’re not a fan of Bluetooth audio but we would have loved to see that flexibility. Having said that, you can install a physical SIM card for LTE connectivity or alternately use the e-sim feature via Windows 10. If you plan to use e-sim; do note that currently, only Airtel and Reliance Jio have support for the new form of connectivity. You will find the SIM tray below the kickstand that can be popped and is highly accessible making it easy to switch SIM cards if you are always travelling internationally. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Finally, in order to use the Surface X Pro, there is a small wedge at the back from which you can take out the metal kickstand that lets you rest the Surface Pro X on the table. While this the kickstand design is great to use practically anywhere; it isn’t comfortable to use on your lap. If you don’t use your laptop on your; you know lap; using the Surface Pro X won’t be an issue. However, if you want to relax and work at the same time let’s say on a bed or a recliner; you will find it difficult to use as the laptop needs a flat surface for the kickstand to rest on. Display As we mentioned earlier, the touchscreen display on the Surface X Pro is absolutely gorgeous and has a resolution of 2880 x 1920. However, the display does not have a few features that are now part of modern laptops and tablets. For example, the display does not have support for high-dynamic-range (HDR)/Dolby Vision or wide-colour gamut. The display also does not have any anti-glare which could be disadvantageous for using outdoors or brightly lit areas. Having said that, the display does have an “enhanced” colour mode for boosting contacts and correcting sRBG colours whenever needed. We would recommend turning on the “enhanced” display mode if you intend to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix and other video streaming platforms. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In our tests, the display on the Surface X Pro had a brightness level of 410 nits, which is higher than most laptops and in line with the more premium offerings. Watching movies and TV shows is an absolute delight on this display however with no support for HDR/Dolby Vision; you really don’t get the full experience, especially since the iPad Pro, does both those things flawlessly. Surface Slim Pen The Surface Pro X also comes with a new slim pen that can be stored in the keyboard cover. The dedicated storage space of the Pen is a nice touch and holds the pen firmly with magnets. The Slim Pen also charges in the storage space wirelessly which was a smart move on Microsoft’s part. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The pen works very similarly to a stylus and the back end of the pen can be used as an eraser. The same back end also functions as the Bluetooth button for paragon purposes. The stem of the pen has two buttons that can be assigned certain functions. The Microsoft Surface Slim pen can also be used when tilted and has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Having said that, the pen is not really meant to be used by artists for graphic design work as it has a jittery effect when drawing straight lines. It seems Microsoft made this particular pen for more rudimentary purposes such as taking notes, making annotations and navigation. Keyboard and Trackpad The keyboard, trackpad and camera have a direct impact on the overall experience of a laptop and it wasn’t disappointing on the Surface Pro X. The keyboard feels quite familiar and is very similar to previous Surface laptops. The keys feel great to type on and has ample key travel to make you feel right at home. The keyboard also has three different levels of backlighting which is always good to have when working in dimly lit environments. The keyboard is as good as any previous Surface laptop and other offerings in the same price category. In fact, this is the closest thing Apple’s magic keyboard cover for the iPad Pro. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The trackpad is also large enough to use so that you don’t feel fatigued when using it for navigation and other actions. It is probably the most used part of any laptop and the glass-topped trackpad makes using it a breeze. It’s smooth and does not have a rough texture that could add any friction when using the trackpad repeatedly. Performance When it comes to the performance, the Surface Pro X is powered by Microsoft’s custom SQ1 professor based on ARM64’s architecture. Most recent laptops have been based on the X86 architecture either from Intel or AMD, however, this is the first time we got to check out something based on ARM by Microsoft. The most impressive feat of this laptop would be the fact that it runs Windows 10 Home. Even though the ARM64 architecture may not sound capable of handling traditional 32-bit apps, in our tests they ran without any hiccups. In fact, most of the time this app ran fine however there was a slight hit in performance. Native apps built for the ARM architecture ran flawlessly however if you plan on using apps that were developed for the X86 architecture, you will not get the optimum experience. If you plan on using Adobe’s suite of applications like Photoshop, you may have to wait a bit as the Surface X Pro simply emulates the X86 app versions. Adobe has said they are in the process of making or porting the apps optimised on ARM64 chipsets. Having said that, if you need a comparison, the SQ1 chipset does outperform i5-8250U CPUs and did fairly well in our benchmark tests. The Surface Pro X has 8GB of onboard RAM that cannot be upgraded, however, it was more than enough for launching heavy apps and carry out basic tasks. As for SSD, our tests showed it is capable of 2,019 MB/s of reading speed and 832 MB/s write speed. That’s more or less in line with modern laptops that come with NVME SSDs and is even higher than previous Surface laptops. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In our Geekbench 5 test, the Surface Pro X managed to score 752 in the single-core test and 2,980 in the multi-core tests which easily beats other ARM-based laptops in the same category. As for graphics, the Adreno 680 GPU is good enough to emulate mobile games and console games from previous generations but do not expect it to run modern PC games. Having said that, we can expect the Surface Pro X to run Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service quite well which could be great for portable gaming. That’s kind of expected with the ARM63 architecture but it was still impressive to see score 7,065 in 3DMark's GPU-intensive Night Raid 1.0 benchmark. The Final Say If you’re in the market for a laptop that offers decent battery life, LTE connections, modern design and something more portable, the Surface X Pro is probably the perfect laptop for you. Based on an ARM64 chipset, the Surface Pro X gives us a glimpse into the future of portable laptops that will become the norm for most professionals. The Microsoft Surface Pro X is available at a starting price of Rs 1,01,990.00 while if you want to get the keyboard along with it; it is currently available for Rs 1,14,180.00 on Amazon. View the full article
  21. Itâs always a sight to see whenever a new teardown video by JerryRigEverything shows up on Youtube, but this time, it is special. The OnePlus 8 Pro launched recently and in case youâre not aware, the smartphone comes with new hardware and features like wireless charging. While the smartphone is yet to launch in India, it is still exciting to see what the phone is actually made of. The OnePlus 8 Pro also comes with an IP 68 rating which means the innards of the phone have to be tightly packed as well. © JerryRigEverything The smartphoneâs teardown shows the OnePlus 8 Pro has a very neat and almost artistic design even from the inside. It shows that OnePlus designed the inside of the smartphone keeping everything in mind and with good planning. The smartphone was not easy to open because the back panel was helped by a strong adhesive, something OnePlus may have decided to use for the IP 68 rating. The phone is rated for water resistance which means the design of the smartphone cannot let any water seep in that can potentially damage the motherboard and other hardware components. There are even rubber caps on the SIM card tray to prevent water from getting in. © JerryRigEverything Once the panel is opened, the first thing you notice is the massive golden copper coils. These coils are used for wireless charging support which was a long-demanded feature by fans. The OnePlus 8 Pro supports 30W wireless charging via their proprietary charging stand. You can also see the massive camera sensors being used in the OnePlus 8 Pro which includes a 48MP main camera sensor in the middle, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and an additional macro sensor. The OnePlus 8 Pro also did well in JerryRigEverythingâs durability test where the smartphone was not easy to bend and did not crack in the process. The smartphoneâs display was also exposed to flame for 30 seconds that left permanent damage but was still usable after the test. If you are interested in seeing the full test for yourself, check out the video below: View the full article
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