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  1. A gaming mouse is easily one of the most recognizable gadgets in the world. From an exaggerated design with sharp corners to flashy RGB lighting, they're distinctly visible. Buying a gaming mouse, however, isn't an easy task. There are tons of factors to consider. Well, don't worry. We've gathered together some of the best gaming mice that are out there. No matter what kind of games you're into, we're sure you'll find the best gaming mouse for your needs here on our list. Logitech G502 Hero © YouTube The Logitech G502 Hero, as you can see, clearly screams gaming from any angle you look at. It's got RGB lighting, a ton of customizable buttons, 1ms latency, a jaw-dropping 16,000 DPI sensor, etc. However, this is one of those gaming mice, which you can comfortably use even when you are not gaming. Yes, it comes with adjustable weights, which you can swap out anytime when you're, say, doing a more casual task like browsing the web. Just like the Logitech G402, this one's also not for users with big hands though. But other than that, the Logitech G502 Hero is extremely popular and it's easily one of the best gaming mice out there. Price: Rs. 4,295 HyperX Pulsefire Surge © YouTube This particular gaming mouse from HyperX, a brand that's known for its headsets and other gaming accessories, is definitely worth considering if you're on the lookout for a new gaming mouse. It's a well-designed mouse that's packed with a ton of awesome features like the 16,000 DPI sensor. As we said in our review, it's very comfortable to use, both while playing games or otherwise. It natively supports Windows shortcuts and comes with cool RGB lighting. Above all, the HyperX Pulsefire Surge is easy on the pocket compared to the ones that cost upwards of Rs. 10,000. Price: Rs. 4,799 Razer Deathadder Elite © YouTube The Razer Deathadder Eite is an all-rounder when it comes to gaming mice. It comes in a simple and fantastic shape that's perfect for all sorts of grips and hand sizes. Be it for playing games, editing photos, or simply browsing the internet, the Razer Deathadder Elite won't let you down. Like, seriously. It uses a 16,000 CPI optical sensor which has 99.4% resolution accuracy and a 450 IPS rating. All the technical terms aside, it just means that this mouse will provide flawless tracking at all times. It also comes with two perfectly placed, generously sized thumb buttons. They prove to be good for all types of grips, be it palm, claw, or tip. Price: Rs. 3,899 Steelseries Sensei 310 © Steelseries The Steelseries Sensei 310 is an ambidextrous mouse, which means it's good for both left and right-handed users. It's also grippier than most other mice, which is always good for playing games. Just like its predecessor, the Sensei 310 comes with really good sensors, so you don't have to worry about any tracking issues. Since the Sensei 310 is ambidextrous, you'll get a pair of identical thumb buttons on the left and the right. Don't worry though, the shape and size of this particular mouse has been tweaked since the last one to avoid any accidental clicks. Overall, the Steelseries Sensei 310 is a really good small, light and ambidextrous mouse, which you can rely on. Price: 4,599 CORSAIR M65 Pro © YouTube The Corsair M65 Pro is a fantastic mouse for competitive FPS gaming. The highlight of this particular mouse has to be the 'Sniper' button, which essentially lowers the DPI while holding it down. Lower the DPI, the more easily you'll be able to maintain your aim at the target. It's really great for users with a claw grip, but even palm grip users will find it very compelling. The Corsair M65 Pro, just like some other mice in our list, comes with tunable weights, which can be accessed by removing the screws on the bottom. You can dislodge between one and three 6-gram weights, giving the mouse an overall mass that's between 97 grams and 115 grams. Price: 3,599
  2. Dieting is tough. Losing fat and getting lean is tougher, and getting shredded is the toughest. If it were not, everyone on the streets would be walking around shirtless with shredded abs. But, that is not the case. One reason why people miserably fail on their road to get leaner is that they do not know how to track progress. Yes, you read it right. If you think you are not making progress, you stop trusting the process and give up altogether. You see a little bit increase in the weight on the scale and you lose your mind and go all guns blazing and stuffing your mouth with everything that comes your way. © Getty Images Now, let's talk about how to one's track progress? First thing, understand that checking your weight and trusting that or using it as the only tool to measure progress is outright stupid. Partly because you do it wrong all the time. Yeah, checking your weight before and after your training session to see how much weight you have lost that day is idiotic. What are the tools you should trust to help you with gauging the progress? 1. Your pictures 2. Your measurements 3. Your average weight Let's discuss all of them in detail: 1. Your Pictures When you start your diet, or in general if you want to track your progress year-round, your pictures would be the best tool for that. When you gain a pound of muscle or lose half a pound of fat, you will not see it until you compare your pictures. Another thing about pictures, screw your gym selfies. If you want pure progress picture, get naked (almost naked) and take a front/side/back relaxed and flexed pictures. Invest in a goddamn mini tripod for the same. Click pictures weekly and compare them. 2. Your Measurements © Getty Images Again, take these once a week. At times, especially if you are a beginner, you may be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. Say you have gained two pounds of muscle and lost one pound of fat, the net result on the scale would be a one pound gain. Not the direction you would be expecting during losing fat. You are actually making better progress here and you should be continuing with this. Instead, you check the scale and cut your calories and thus undo the process by not keeping room for your muscle to grow. Start taking measurements, at your chest, waist, and hip circumferences once a week. If the scale shows up but you are looking better in pictures and losing inches, who cares what the number on the scale is? 3. Your Average Weight Firstly, your weight is essential for your relationship with gravity. Unless you are an MMA fighter or a weight-restricted athlete or going bungee jumping or skydiving, your weight does not mean much. It is merely a number. Add to that, your weight can fluctuate 1-3% day-to-day due to sleep, hydration, food, sodium, fiber intake, how well did you poop, etc. And it changes throughout the day as well due to these reasons. So, first things first, stop checking your weight when you go to the gym at 7 pm in the evening. Nor should you check it when you leave. Check it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and with minimal clothing on. Along with that, do it around 3-4 times in a week and take an average. Mainly to cancel out the day-to-day variance. Do the same for next week and compare. If the trend is downward, you are doing good. If not, then make adjustments. Not the day to day should I change my diet or should I change my training confusion you create for yourself. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  3. The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 have finally made its way to India where “P” denotes the meaning for photography. It's definitely one of the salient features of the smartphones and we've been testing the phone for almost a week to find out for ourselves. The P30 Pro has a versatile camera system and has features such as 5x optical zoom, an RYB sensor and also a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. The ToF sensor is capable of delving more accurate bokeh picture. The smartphone also comes with a 32-MP selfie camera. Specifications Roundup © Huawei The P30 Pro has a 6.47-inch OLED Display and a 6.1-inch OLED display. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and has a teardrop design which houses the selfie camera. The smartphone comes with an all-glass finish with a gradient design when it comes to colours. The P30 Pro is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC and runs on Android Pie 9.1 out of the box. The P30 Pro as a 4,200 mAh battery and it also supports reverse wireless charging, just like the Mate 20 Pro and some other devices like the Galaxy S10. With P30 Pro, you also get a 40W USB-C fast charger for rapid charging. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro is also water resistant and has a rating of IP 68 while the P30 has a rating of IP 53. In terms of cameras, the main sensor is a 40 MP 27mm sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second camera is an ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto lens or as Huawei calls it the periscope lens is an 8MP sensor that supports 5x optical zoom. The P30 Pro also supports high ISO levels of up to 409600 (P30 Pro), which basically means it can take awesome low-light shots. Pricing and availability The Huawei P30 Pro will only be offered in one variant i.e. 8GB & 256GB internal storage, and it's priced at Rs. 71,990. You'll be able to pick one up from Amazon India starting 16 April. P30 Lite In addition to the P30 Pro, Huawei has also launched the P30 Lite in India. It's essentially a toned down version the P30 Pro, and it's powered by the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC. Though the P30 Lite has the same design aesthetics as the P30 Pro, there are a few noteworthy differences. The P30 Lite doesn't have an in-display fingerprint scanner and has a physical scanner at the back. It also has a smaller 6.17-inch FHD LCD display. Also, the P30 Lite only has three cameras on the back consisting of a 24 MP primary camera, an 8 MP wide-angle lens and a 2 MP camera for the depth effect. Moving on to the pricing, the P30 Lite will cost Rs. 19,990 for the 4GB + 128GB while the 6GB + 128 GB variant will cost Rs 22,990. You can pick up the phone from Amazon starting 26 April.
  4. Powerbeats Pros is now official and was announced recently by Apple and will be the company's other true wireless earbuds. The new earbuds are said to have a better fit and sound quality when compared to the AirPods. The earbuds will be available this May; however, the new earbuds have already been spotted in the wild. © Twitter/Complex Lebron James was spotted sporting the new Powerbeats Pro at an event in Los Angeles. The picture was taken by Adam Pantozzi, a photographer based in Los Angeles. Apple has been known for giving out some of their products to athletes for better visibility. The Cupertino giant followed a similar strategy during the FIFA World Cup as many athletes were pictured sporting AirPods and Beats headphones. What's cool is that the company won the brand wars during the world cup without ever shelling out a single penny. You can read all about how Apple won the brand wars during the World Cup here. We can already see Apple following a similar strategy with the Powerbeats Pro as the wireless earbuds are targeted towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts. If you want to know more about Powerbeats Pro you can read all about it here. © Apple The Powerbeats Pro is expected to last longer than before and comes with Apple's new H1 chip that can also be found on the new AirPods. The H1 Chip enables the new AirPods to fire up Siri by simply saying the command “Hey Siri”. The better fitting design is also supposed to reduce sound leakage which has been a known issue with AirPods. The Powebeats Pro is expected to last for up to nine hours or up to 24 hours of playback time with the charging case. The charging case also has a fast-charging feature that can give the earbuds an additional 1.5 hours of usage after five minutes of charge.
  5. Earlier this week, the Powerbeats Pro were spotted in an iOS update and has now been made official by Apple. The company's Beats division is now making its mark in the true wireless earphones market and will be available to buy from this May. The Powerbeats Pro is going to be more expensive than the AirPods i.e. $250 (Rs 17,200 Approx) and reportedly offers better sound quality. The Powerbeats Pro is also expected to last longer than before and comes with Apple's new H1 chip that can also be found on the new AirPods. The H1 Chip enables the new AirPods to fire up Siri by simply saying the command “Hey Siri”. The wireless earbuds also offer a more secure and comfortable fit as compared to the AirPods. © Apple Beats This reduces sound leakage which has been the only known issue with AirPods. It works similar to the AirPods with the ability to control volume and tracks with any of the two earbuds. The earbuds also automatically play/pause when they are removed from your ear. © Apple The Powebeats Pro is expected to last for up to nine hours or up to 24 hours of playback time with the charging case. The charging case also has a fast-charging feature that can give the earbuds an additional 1.5 hours of usage after five minutes of charge. As of now, there is no word whether we will get to see the Powerbeats Pro launch in India.
  6. Even though Apple announced an updated version of the AirPods, the company accidentally revealed a brand new true wireless earphone that is expected to launch soon. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the company is expected to launch its second true wireless earphones. Apple mistakenly left animations and images inside the iOS 12.2. update which shows off the new Powerbeats wireless earphones. © 9to5Mac The new earphones will be called 'Powerbeats Pro' and will replace the Powerbeats 3 which has better sound quality than the AirPods. It will have a tight seal which is a major missing feature of the AirPods and also has swappable tips. These tips will add better water and sweat resistance for the earphones and keep them in place. The new AirPods come with Apple's H1 chip which could also be included in the Powerbeats Pro. The new chip enables the new AirPods to have an always-listening feature which simply allows users to activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” © 9to5Mac The Powerbeats 3 offered 12 hours of battery and we could only guess what the Powerbeats Pro is expected to offer. The pricing of the unexpected wireless earphones is also unknown but could be a bit more expensive than the AirPods. The Powerbeats are also expected to launch in two colours i.e. white and black which should be a saving grace for many users. Black AirPods have been one of the most requested product by Apple Fans, and we may just see it on a different set of wireless earbuds for now. We can only be sure of the price and battery life once Apple announces the Powerbeats Pro officially. Source: 9to5Mac
  7. There's been a lot of banter about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's camera prowess. My colleague reviewed the phone earlier this week and found it to be really good, but I wanted to test it out myself before passing my judgement, if any. So I decided to borrow our review unit and took it out for a spin. And boy, was I in for a surprise! I use an iPhone XR as my daily driver and I really like that phone, its cameras included. In fact, it has been one of my favorite phones to shoot pictures with lately. Given how much I like the iPhone XR's cameras, I wasn't expecting the Note 7 Pro to take me by surprise. But trust me, I was wrong. At first, I started capturing random pictures with the Redmi Note 7 Pro to get the hang of the camera and Xiaomi's camera app. Even when I wasn't really putting much effort, this phone managed to produce shots like this: © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Yes, it was at this point that I decided to pull out my iPhone XR out of curiosity to see how they compared. It was somewhat a gloomy day here in New Delhi, which I thought was just perfect to push these cameras to their limits. So, I did. Just take a look: Note: All photos captured from the Redmi Note 7 Pro have a watermark. The images used for comparison were shot on an iPhone XR. Also, none of these images have been edited in any way whatsoever. The images, which you see below, were shot from a metro station. Both phones did a really good job here, but I personally like the Redmi Note 7 Pro's photo mainly because of the colors. They're natural, and the overall image look a lot presentable with lots of detail. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Next up, I decided to go with a shot which, honestly, even a lot of flagship smartphones struggle with. As we all know, it's pretty hard to expose the subject when there's a strong source of light right behind or around the subject. But both the phones did great in this case. The fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro managed to make it just as good as the iPhone XR did, is truly impressive. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another one. The Redmi Note 7 Pro's image is the clear winner for me here. The focus on the subject is on point, and there's a ton of detail. Not that the iPhone's image is bad, but it's not something I would post on social media without doing a bit of tinkering unlike the Note 7 Pro's image. It's truly a stunning shot, is it? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Even as I was losing the light and things started getting more gloomy, the Redmi Note 7 Pro didn't fail to impress me. This is one of those images, which truly made me question the point of buying an expensive phone to get good cameras. Great dynamic range and really good exposure. Just take a look - © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another shot taken in low light/ artificial lighting. This restaurant is better known for its food than lighting, but the pictures aren't too shabby, are they? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer I can keep throwing in more images here from my gallery, but I think we've established a point here. No, I am not trying to pick a winner and justify my opinion. However, I must say that Xiaomi has done a phenomenal job with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. I mean, just Rs 13,990 for a smartphone that's capable of competing with big dogs like Apple's iPhone? Sign me up. Of course, I am not ready to ditch my iPhone, at least not yet, but the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a star. If you like taking pictures on your phone among other things and you don't want to burn a huge whole in your pocket, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a no-brainer. It's truly the budget king that everyone needs to beat. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Well, that wraps up just about everything. Again, most of this is subjective since not all people tend to prefer the same kind of images. But as someone who loves taking pictures for Instagram and craves a bit of a self-validation, I really enjoyed my time shooting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. If you're looking to check out more camera samples or want to learn more about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's overall performance, then be sure to check out our review of the phone.
  8. When it comes to budget smartphones and the Indian market, Xiaomi has managed to build a brand name that delivers smartphones with aggressive pricing. It's not only the pricing that matters, but smartphones also need to work and need to work well. Redmi, now a sub-brand of Xiaomi has managed to do just that, deliver great smartphones with an attractive price. However, Xiaomi steps up the game with the Redmi Note 7 Pro with upgraded specifications and a camera that can challenge even some of the top-tier smartphones. Xiaomi has also upgraded the design with captivating colours for users who prefer to be trendy and fashionable. It retails in India for Rs 13,990 and comes in different configurations. It has a 48-megapixel primary camera paired with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots at the rear and a 13-megapixel sensor selfie shooter. We've been using the smartphone for a while to find out whether it's still the king of budget smartphones. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design And Display Xiaomi has completely overhauled the Redmi Note series with a beautiful gradient design that catches the light. It's something similar to what we've seen on other smartphones. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro stands out from the crowd thanks to its bold colours. What's cool about the design is that the smartphone has an all-glass design both at the front and the back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This makes the smartphone a tad bit heavier than the previous iterations; however, we like the solid feel to the smartphone. We particularly like the Nebula Red colour which we got to see at the launch event. At the front, Xiaomi as a dewdrop notch display that removes the additional bezels you may have seen in previous models. The design of the smartphone feels very premium and very similar to what you would find on the iPhone XR. It feels solid and does not feel like a budget smartphone from any angle. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi also retains the headphone jack which is always a plus in our books and has now added Type-C support. We can finally transfer files faster and charge a Redmi smartphone quicker than ever before. In addition, the Redmi Note 7 Pro also has a p2i nano-coating which protects the smartphone from accidental spills. It's not water-resistant, but it will protect your smartphone from water spills in your bathroom. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display with a resolution 1080x2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 15,000, the display is quite sharp and accurate for an LCD. Sure, it's not the best you find as compared to flagship level smartphones but it does a fair job at colour reproduction and brightness. The colours on the display do not look oversaturated and look close to real-life. The brightness is also solid as it comes in handy when viewing it directly under sunlight. It has a brightness level of 477 nits which is quite impressive for an LCD panel. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 7 Pro's star attraction is its 48 MP rear Sony IMX 586 sensor that delivers some of the most amazing pictures we've seen on a budget smartphone. We've seen this sensor on the Honor View 20 before and it manages to deliver some great details and clarity in images. It captures the right colours and delivers some of the most beautiful pictures in HDR mode. In fact, sometimes we couldn't believe we shot these images with a budget smartphone. Most of these pictures were shown in 21MP however you can always take the full 48MP images by toggling the feature in the settings. Budget smartphones tend to struggle in low-light photography however Xiaomi has introduced its new Night Mode in MIUI 10. The new model does manage to take brighter images in low light which the budget smartphone was unable to do previously. The dynamic range also plays a crucial role in delivering these shots. It works very similar to Google's Night Shot as it combines different a series of images taken in different contrast levels to give you a better low-light image. Overall, we were quite pleased with the camera performance and even raises the question for the need of flagship level smartphones. Sure, flagship smartphones have great cameras but the gap is being closed quite rapidly thanks to smartphones like Redmi Note 7 Pro. Gallery View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #redminote7pro. Loving the night mode and it's quite decent from a phone that doesn't break the bank. #xiaomi #smartphones #gadgets #techie #technology #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Mar 10, 2019 at 11:44pm PDT Software Performance The Redmi Note 7 Pro ships with MIUI 10 and we would like to address the elephant in the room. MIUI 10 does have advertisements and if you wish to disable them you can do it by following these steps. Having said that, these advertisements are a bit annoying especially when you install a new application. Xiaomi has a security app that scans newly installed applications that have advertisements embedded within it. You can easily turn off the feature however it is a bit jarring when you kept getting bombarded with advertisements. If you want a seamless, experience, we suggested you follow the steps above. If you look beyond the ads, MIUI 10 looks quite clean and visually appealing with satisfying animations and overall stability. You have usual functions like dual apps and a new gesture navigation system that is easy to use. It's quite similar to what we've seen on the new iPhones but with slightly different animation and multi-tasking layout. Performance Equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers a great overall experience when it comes to performing tasks daily usage. While it works great with less CPU intensive apps, it lacks in processing graphics for fluid gaming. On PUBG mobile, the smartphone would often have massive frame rate drops in high settings and has the rubber-banding effect too. We would recommend you play GPU intensive games with lower settings. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro does heat up a bit when playing games which were expected as it does not have a dedicated cooling system like the POCO F1. Regardless, the smartphone is good enough for casual games like Temple Run and can handle games like Asphalt 9 in medium setting. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of Geekbench scores, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored 6520 in the multi-core test while it scored 2380 in the single core test. In our opinion, that's quite a respectable score for a smartphone that costs only Rs 13,990. The Redmi Note 4 Pro comes with 4,000 mAh battery which has remained unchanged from previous models. Battery life on the Redmi Note 7 Pro is exceptional with moderate usage as we had almost 6.5 hours of screen-on-time. We tested the smartphone with navigation, gaming and communication. In addition, it also supports QC4 however you need to buy a compatible charger separately. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was able to last almost two days on a single charge which is quite impressive for any smartphone. The Final Say If you are looking for a smartphone that can take awesome pictures, last 2 days on a single charge and can delivery awesome battery life, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is your best bet. The new smartphone has stepped up its game in the photography department and can perform well with moderate usage. Starting at Rs 13,9990 the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the king of budget smartphones right now.
  9. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India and its first sale is scheduled for March 13. We've been using the phone for a few days now and it sure gives the competition a run for their money. The Note 7 Pro's starting price has been fixed at Rs 13,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs 16,999 for the 128GB variant. What's so special about this phone? We've made a list of things we love about the phone. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 1. Near Perfect Camera: Xiaomi has been teasing the 48MP camera for months and it is the main highlight of the phone. The rear has a Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Thanks to the high resolution, pictures have an incredible amount of detail. For low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one and a 12-megapixel picture is created that has lower more detail and sharpness. 2. Camera Software: Using AI, not only can the phone add a bokeh effect but also completely change the background into 6 presets. After a preset is applied, you can also further change the type of lighting overlay. This opens up the option of having much more customization and using the same depth sensor, newer edits can be applied. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 3. Stunning Design: The Redmi Note 7 Pro has an all-glass design with a gradient finish. The company says it has used a 6-layer process to add the gradient finish and it is available in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. Not only has Xiaomi built the phone like a beast from the inside, but also equally stunning from the outside. 4. MIUI 10: The phone ships out of the box with MIUI 10 (Android Pie) and brings in gesture support, picture-in-picture mode, new recent menu, and AI performance enhancements. Thanks to the faster processor, the experience is even more smooth and refreshing. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 5. Better Display: The phone has a 6.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and features a smaller notch on the top. Xiaomi has further cut down on bezels and it also gets a 2.5D curved glass. The screen-to-body ratio has been improved to 81.4 per cent. 6. Faster Processor: © Qualcomm It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor built on TSMC's 11nm manufacturing process. The device comes with an Adreno 612 GPU. The new SoC employs software “gaming enhancements” that promise up to 90 per cent fewer stutters. Qualcomm enables the hardware and software to support both bokeh (portrait modes) and HDR shots in a single shot. 7. Battery: It has a 4000mAh battery and the phone finally ships with USB-C. The phone supports Quick Charge 4 but it comes bundled with a 10W charger. The battery is sufficient to get you through a day's heavy usage.
  10. Vivo has been one of the most innovative company in the past year and has been trying to achieve a full-screen experience with its pop-up camera mechanisms. It was first introduced with the Vivo Nex last year and it had features that were not seen in a smartphone before. It had an in-display fingerprint sensor and pop-up selfie camera. We've now seen that tech trickle down to a more affordable smartphone that makes innovation available to everyone. The Vivo 15 Pro packs a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 32-MP pop-up selfie camera. It's the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset which strikes a perfect balance between performance and battery conservation. We've been using the smartphone for a while and here's our review of the smartphone. Design And Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Vivo has managed to deliver a product that stands apart from anything else you've seen in the market. It has a near bezel-less screen and has a triple camera setup at the back. The camera module protrudes a bit as it houses both the camera sensors and the pop-up camera mechanism. The Vivo V15 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Topaz Blue and Ruby Red and has a plastic body at the back which may not be the best for people who want a premium finish. Vivo also supplies a case with the smartphone which protects the smartphone from scratches and drops and has a strategic cut-out to accommodate the pop-up camera. The smartphone also comes with a dedicated button on the left that can be used for launching Google Assistant. The Vivo V15 Pro also comes with an audio jack and has micro USB port for charging. In terms of display, the Vivo V15 Pro sports a 6.39-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Display and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The display itself is similar to what you've seen before however, it has the feature of an in-display fingerprint sensor. The screen itself is vivid with accurate colour representation. The deep blacks are a delight as it accentuates other colours when watching videos. The near bezel-less display is also a delight to use while gaming as we can see more information on the screen and have more real-estate as compared to a smartphone with a notch. The in-display fingerprint sensor has also been improved upon since we first saw it on the Vivo Nex. The sensor is more accurate and faster at unlocking the smartphone. You will need to place your thumb on a specific part of the smartphone that reads fingerprints. Camera The Vivo V15 Pro has a triple camera set up at the rear which consists of a 48MP primary sensor, 5MO depth of field sensor and an 8MP wide angle lens. Having said that, the Vivo V15 Pro basically combines four smaller 0.8μm pixels into one large 1.6μm pixel, effectively giving a final result of 12MP pictures. You can, however, shoot in 48MP by adjusting the resolution from the settings. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The triple camera setup on the Vivo 15 Pro can let the smartphone take portrait shots and even 120-degree wide angle shots to get a bigger perspective in images. The camera has different modes where you can adjust different portrait lighting like you can on iPhones. The rear camera was able to take some awesome shots especially when it came to portraits. It even performed well in night mode which was kind of unexpected. The camera captures the right details without overexposing the images or without any noise. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The selfie camera is also a delight to use even though it may sound like a gimmick at first. The 32-MP selfie camera uses the same method as the primary camera to capture images that are accurate. Selfies were extremely accurate and captured everything we expected. There are some interesting filters and effects you can use for selfies where our favourite was the rainbow effect. The pop-up mechanism works fast and it takes about 0.5 seconds to start. The selfie camera can also be used for the face unlock feature. View this post on Instagram Images shot using the #VivoV15Pro A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Feb 22, 2019 at 1:50am PST Performance When it came to performance, the smartphone exceeded our expectations as it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. It even comes with 128GB of internal storage which is more than enough to store media. The phone runs rather smoothly and we did not face any bugs or lag while trying to use multiple apps at the same time. Having said that, we aren't a big fan of FunTouch which may have caused a few app crashes and glitches. While gaming, we could run PUBG Mobile on the highest settings possible however there were a few noticeable drops in frame rates. In terms of benchmark scores, the Vivo V15 Pro scored 2394 in the single-core stress test whereas it scored 6502 on the multi-core test (Geekbench 4). The Vivo V15 Pro also has a 3,700 mAh battery that can easily last 1.5 days on moderate use. However, when combined with gaming and heavy navigation usage, you can see the battery life drop down to 17 hours. The Final Say The Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of for Rs 28,990 as it has innovative features and a good camera to back up the price tag. It performed well during the course of our review and offers awesome battery life for a power user. We particularly don't like FunTouch OS however that can be customised according to your liking with a compatible launcher. If you are looking for a smartphone that screams innovation and backs up its claims, the Vivo V15 Pro is a great mid-budget smartphone.
  11. `Last year, Vivo launched the NEX and it was among the first few phones to sport a pop-up camera. The brand was also the first one to bring an in-display fingerprint scanner. Today, Vivo announced its first phone of 2019 in India, the V15 Pro. The V15 Pro brings in all the various trends from 2018, and clubs it into one. Having multiple rear cameras on the rear is the latest trend, and Vivo has decided to join the bandwagon as well. Amazon and Flipkart have been teasing the phone for quite some time now and here's everything you need to know about it. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It has a glass back with a colour gradient and a notch-less display with smaller bezels. Vivo boasts that it has further cut down the chin, offering a better screen-to-body ratio of 91.6 percent. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. It comes with a Snapdragon 675 processor along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For authentication, it features an in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as face unlock. A dedicated Smart Button activates Google Assistant and the phone also ships with Vivo's Jovi assistant. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The V15 Pro includes a triple rear camera setup consisting of: a 48-megapixel primary sensor with Quad Pixel technology, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Quad Pixel technology can combine four pixels into one large pixel to deliver a high-quality 12-megapixel picture. This comes handy in low-light pictures when details tend to get blurry. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The pop-up module houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera and Vivo is confident it's sturdy enough to withstand daily wear and tear. The hardware is assisted by AI Portrait, AI Beauty, and AI Super Night Mode for even better output. The phone ships with Android 9 Pie based Funtouch OS 9 and is backed by a 3700mAh battery. For fast charging, the phone also supports dual-engine charging. Lastly, Game Mode 5.0 ensures better gaming performance by prioritizing resources and slightly overclocks the CPU to reduce frame-drops. It has been priced at Rs 28,990 for the 6GB+128GB and shall be available via all major retailers as well as online sellers starting Feb 20th.
  12. While it's safe to say that an average man is most likely to sport a printed shirt just on a tropical getaway, a recent trend boost may make you think twice. Over the last couple of years, prints on men have been making their way to the mainstream fashion world. Ranveer Singh may be the king of prints, but that doesn't mean prints have to be as maximal as he is. As more and more men embrace this trend, there is a whole world of possibilities emerging with this look. Prints can add a whole new level of edge and make your basic outfit exciting. Here's a definitive guide on what pants to wear with all kinds of printed shirts: 1. Minimal Print © instagram @vickykaushal09 Not all prints have to draw attention, you can go classic with paisley, gingham or polka dots. A printed shirt can even elevate a basic jeans and sneakers look, if styled well. If you're opting for print for the first time, go easy on the colour scheme. © instagram @ishabhansali Keeping it monotone and building your outfit around one colour is advisable. Keep the accessories and layers basic with either black or brown when it comes to formal wear. For casual, a basic white or black jacket and white sneakers should do your outfit justice in the most minimal way possible. 2. Hawaiian Print © instagram @diljitdosanjh Just because Hawaiian shirts are associated with being on a holiday doesn't mean these babies can't be rocked all-year round. As prints go for a modern upgrade, so do the age-old classics. Major fashion houses took a spin on Hawaiian shirts in grown-up colour schemes of black, forest green, and sand offset by pops of colour making it super trendy. © instagram @naheedee Choose a Hawaiian shirt in a slim cut, contrary to the older boxier version for a more structured fit. Pair your shirt with chinos and oxford boots for a spin on casual Friday or well-fitted jeans and sneakers for a relaxed fit. Evoke holiday vibes all through the year! 3. Floral Print © instagram @vickykaushal09 Not everyone dares to pull off this supposedly 'feminine' print, but it's 2019 and we need to get over these outdated gender norms for good. One can rock a floral printed shirt with a pair of rugged denims or shorts and sneakers for a casual brunch look or pair it with a solid coloured suit for understated elegance. © grazia If you can't find any other way to pair your floral shirt, black jeans will be your saviour. It's also important to pair the textures right in terms of look and feel. For example, a shiny or leather bottom won't flatter a cotton dress shirt. Go for a smaller print size or minimal colour scheme if you are a little hesitant to wear bright florals. Your style will blossom, anyway! 4. Animal Print © viral bhayani When we say animal print, Ranveer Singh's all leopard print suit comes to mind, doesn't it? As daring as it was, pulling off animal print doesn't have to be a very difficult task. Considering that these animal prints are super bold, it's best to keep the rest of your outfit understated. Sticking to basic silhouettes and pieces like chinos, classic denims and blazers are key to make your shirt the centre of attention. © instagram @ishabhansali For an understated yet classy way to pull off animal print, opt for monotone prints like zebra and pair with bold solid coloured separates. This contrast will definitely act as a welcome change from your usual take on animal print, which mostly involves warmer tones. Now go out there and rock prints like a pro!
  13. Anyone who's ordered the wrong cocktail knows the pain of having to fake a smile while pretending to love the drink. With experience comes wisdom. Or sometimes, the eagerness to know how not to fall back into that trap. It's International Scotch Day today and nobody deserves a drink they don't like. Scroll away to turn into a pro at selecting the best Scotch whisky for yourself. Step 1: Ponder Look around. Read. Ask the regulars and the ones whose choices you've liked in the past. Do not hit the shop right away. But eventually, do. Collect all your browsing wisdom and clock it in your cart. What do we do next? © Ernest Reid - Brand Ambassador, Dewar's India Step 2: Get Nosy While we don't advise it all the time, this is just the moment to do it. Breathe the aroma in from the rim. But don't travel too far with the scent, come back, there's more to find out. Identify the flavours and if you like them, dive deeper. Step 3: Challenge Science, Chew it Did you go 'Aye really?' Yeah, you read that right. Take a sip and chew the liquid. It will release the alcohol and bring out all the flavour and smoothness that the Scotch has to offer. Pro tip: double aged will always be smoother. © Ernest Reid - Brand Ambassador, Dewar's India Step 4: Like It Bruv? If you like it, pick it. Simple. You might just be on the verge of entering the devotional Scotch lovers' cult. Step 5: There's A Lot In The Name, Sorry Shakespeare Unlike the bard's belief, there's a lot in a Scotch's name. The flavours, the origin, the ageing can all be gauged from the name and label. Step 6: How Much Alcohol Can You Take? Duh…. Uh!? If it's all for yourself, caution! But if you plan on sharing it with the gang, get cautious about not leaving a guest without a drink. Slàinte! Now that you are well-versed in picking the perfect Scotch whisky, you totally deserve a Dewar's Highball. Better yet, two! #DoubleIsBetter.
  14. Xiaomi's new TV segment kicked off with a bang last year and it seems like the company isn't slowing down anytime soon. The Chinese company launched a new iteration of the already popular 4K TV called the “MI LED TV 4X Pro”. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It follows the same philosophy as some of Xiaomi's other products i.e. high end specifications at an affordable price. In fact, the Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch is the only 4k TV you should be investing in 2019 because of all it can offer. It costs only Rs 40,000 and is probably one of the most affordable 4K TVs out there. Here's our review of the Mi LED TV 4X Pro: Design In terms of design, the MI LED TV 4X Pro is thicker, heavier and has a larger footprint than the Mi LED Smart TV 4 which was launched last year. Due to the larger footprint, the TV now houses the 20W stereo speakers that offers better sound output than its predecessor. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The panel itself as a metallic grey finish and has noticeable bezels are in line with other 4K TVs out there. You might miss the bezel-less/frame-less design from the Mi LED Smart TV 4, however we prefer a better sound output than a kickass design. The enhanced sound output improves the viewing experience which was one of the caveats on the previous model. Display And Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The display off the Mi LED TV 4X Pro is 55-inches in size and has a 10-bit panel which supports HDR 10 content. In fact, this may just be the cheapest 4K UHD TV in the market that has support for HDR 10 content. The new panel also has better colour representation and can produce 1,056,964,608 more colours than an 8-bit panel. The panel also as a refresh rate of 60Hz which is great for console gaming on the Xbox One X. However, the TV has a response time of 6.5ms which is not great for online gaming but is more than enough for playing single player titles. HDR 10 content looks absolutely mind-blowing when keeping the price tag in mind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Viewing angles have also been improved than the previous model as we didn't see any black patches when viewing content from various angles. This was an issue with the Mi TV Smart TV 4 that has now been resolved with the Mi LED TV 4X Pro. Having said that, in order to watch 4K content, you will either need an Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra or a 4k Fire Stick TV. The TV does not have native support for apps like Netflix/Amazon Prime who also happen to be the only 4K content providers in India. The new 20W speakers at the back also improved the sound quality when compared to the previous iteration. The sound is now louder, clearer and refined which was our only complaint from the Mi Smart TV 4. In case you want to have an even better experience, you can always pair it with the Mi Soundbar and you can read our review here. The Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X Pro is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex A53 chipset, which is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 GPU. There is also 8GB of internal storage for you to store files locally. The remote that comes with the TV is identical to the one you get with the Mi LED 4A Pro. It uses Bluetooth for transmitting signals and doesn't need to be used in the line of sight of the TV. However, we still wished it came with a mute button as it really needs that support in case you get many phone calls or are having a conversation in the same room as the TV. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Xiaomi TV OS or better known as Patchwall is what powers all the smart features in the TV. It works the same way as it does on other Xiaomi TVs but it also has the additional interface of Android TV. The UI itself is very reminiscent of Apple TV with tiles that automatically fetches your favourite TV shows or sporting events from your DTH. It's easier to find content on Xiaomi's PatchWall OS rather than browsing TV channels from the set top box. Having said that, Netflix and Amazon Prime are not available on PatchWall at the moment so you will need a device such as an Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or a gaming console that has support for native 4K content. There's also Chromecast built-in however it doesn't support Netflix either and Amazon has blocked Prime on any Google product altogether. If you want use a device, we recommend the Apple TV as it has every app you need to be a true cord-cutter. Ports In terms of ports, there are various choices you can use to power your home entertainment system. The Mi LED TV 4X Pro has 2 USB ports, 1 AV Input, 1 S/PDIF Out, 3 HDMI Portsï¼1 contains ARC), ethernet port and also has Wi-Fi support. The ports are on the left side at the back of the panel and can be easily accessed when not using the wall-mount brackets. You can use these ports to power a home theatre system using one of the output ports however we recommend using the S/PDIF Out for the best audio experience. The Final Say To be honest, the Mi LED 4X Pro offers more than it should for Rs 39,999. In fact, I personally own two Samsung 4K TVs that doesn't even have Bluetooth support. The Mi LED 4X Pro is only the 4K you should be buying if you want the best value for your money. It has multiple output ports, offers a 10-bit panel and a great OS experience. Yes, you will need to buy device like an Apple TV to watch 4K TV but even then it turns out to be a cheaper offering. Overall, we can confidently offer a 4X Pro to anyone who is looking to upgrade to a 4K TV and also wants to save money,
  15. Xiaomi has been constantly launching new phones in the Indian market and its aggressive stance has already won it the number one spot in terms of sales. The brand has managed to create a name for itself in the budget and midrange segment and now intends to double down on its efforts. 2018 witnessed the launch of new phones from every brand, every couple of months. The Redmi Note X Pro line-up has been extremely successful in the country, followed by Android One powered Mi AX series. Now, we're looking forward to the Redmi Note 7, and Note 7 Pro. The company also has a third device in the making, more on that later. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 Redmi is now a separate sub-brand of Xiaomi and its first phone is the Redmi Note 7 that has already been launched in China. The Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options along with 32GB and 64GB storage options. On the rear is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 13-megapixel shooter for selfies. It's powered by a 4000mAh battery along with Quick Charge 4 support. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 The Redmi Note 7 Pro hasn't been officially announced yet, but we do know it'll pack a 48-megapixel lens on the rear and will be powered by Snapdragon 675 SoC. There is a possibility Xiaomi may use an AMOLED panel on this phone. Lastly, a third phone dubbed the "Redmi Go" shall be launching along with the other two. According to leakster Ishan (https://twitter.com/ishanagarwal24/status/1086550767014760448), the three phones shall be launched together in the first quarter of 2019. While the information on Redmi Go's specifications is scarce, it's sure to be an entry-level phone running on Android Go. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 Android Go is a highly optimized OS built for phones with less than 1GB RAM. The Go edition also comes with a flurry of new optimized Google apps that are light on both memory and storage. These include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, and Files Go, among many others. Google Go redesigns Google Search, reducing the search-as-you-type app to its bare essentials; this Lite version weighs in at less than 5MB in size. © YouTube The Redmi Note 7 currently retails for CNY 999 (Rs 10,500) in China for the 3GB+32GB variant and CNY 1,199 (Rs 12,000) for 4GB+64GB option. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 16,000 and the Redmi Go is expected to cost around Rs 5,000. Keep in mind, these are early reports and not the official pricing
  16. Saqib Saleem has always been on the style radar for his bold, unapologetic and quirky fashion choices. As his new web-series, 'Rangbaaz' reaches new heights, his style game hasn't been that far along either. He has been sporting unique patterns, shades and trendy accessories throughout the show's promotions and we are digging it. Here are 3 unique ways Saqib Saleem has styled stripes that are sure to jazz up your outfit to fit any occasion: © saqibsaleem 1. All Hail The Turtleneck A classic turtleneck should be a wardrobe staple in every guy's closet. Being such a versatile piece of clothing, a turtleneck in a solid colour, when paired with classic stripes is a win-win combination. © saqibsaleem Saqib Saleem is seen in a well fitted blue striped waistcoat and pants number with a mustard turtleneck and we're so here for it! (Plus, his adorable dog gets him brownie points.) © saqibsaleem 2. The Striped Tee Saqib Saleem has given a new spin to another wardrobe classic- the striped polo t-shirt. Teamed up with a pastel blue suit, the spunky coloured striped tee looks super cool. © saqibsaleem Add white sneakers and this look is a match made in heaven! © saqibsaleem 3. Joggers For Days Best way to stay comfy and look awesome, you ask? One answer. Striped joggers. The athleisure trend has been around for a while and every celebrity has their own way of channelling it. © theanisha Saqib paired his striped Topman joggers with a white tee, a funky colour detailed denim jacket with a classic white tee, blue tinted sunnies and basic white slip-ons. Perfection. © theanisha You see? There are numerous ways to wear stripes without looking like you just escaped jail or robbed a zebra. You sure are a 'Rangbaaz' IRL too, Saqib!
  17. The OnePlus 6T was among the most anticipated phones of 2018, thanks to a strong fan base and equally worthy predecessors. The OnePlus 6T has the same processor and specs as the OnePlus 6 but came with minor improvements like the in-display fingerprint scanner. A lot of work went into the software as well and this, in return, delivered a more stellar experience. On the camera front, the hardware remains unchanged and consists of a 16-megapixel primary sensor along with a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. On the software end though, OnePlus added Nightscape and Studio Lighting. Here's how you can use the camera's to the fullest and get the possible shot every time! 1. Trust Nightscape: © Fossbytes Nightscape is one of the big new features on the OnePlus 6T. In a nutshell, it lets you take better pictures in low-light surroundings without any manual inputs. The feature is easily accessible from the camera app by swiping to Night Mode or turning on Automatic Scene Recognition. Once turned on, the system will take multiple shots of the same frame and merge them together, to create one stabilised picture. 2. The Portrait Mode: © Standard UK The dual camera setup is meant for THE best possible depth detection, and this feature comes in extremely handy when clicking portraits. Thanks to Studio Lighting, a bokeh or blur effect is very accurate and lighting is well managed by the new addition. The portrait mode has become a standard offering in all dual camera phones and with these little optimizations, the OnePlus 6T gets an edge. 3. Two In One: © Digital Camera World Up till now, you could either click a picture with bokeh effect or without it. You'd have to normally swipe between the two modes and this can often get annoying. To make things easier, head into the camera options and select "Save normal photo", this way the phone will save two copies of the same shot, one with the bokeh effect, and one without. 4. Shoot In Raw: © CNET When pictures are captured in JPEG format, they tend to lose out a lot of detail thanks to compression and memory management. Toggle the raw mode from camera options and the output will carry a lot more details about each pixel. This helps immensely when you need to edit the picture later using professional software like Photoshop or Lightroom. 5. Slow & Steady: © OnePlus The OnePlus 6T has optical image stabilization, meaning your videos will be a lot smoother and sudden jerks won't be a hassle. This also comes in handy when taking low-light shots since the exposure is high and shutter speed is low, hence even slight movement can spoil the picture. You can also switch on the grid option that shows a line in the middle of the shot. When it turns green, you are shooting straight.
  18. We don't know 'Gully Boy' ka time kab aayega but Ranveer ka time definitely aa gaya. 'Gully Boy' has taken over the country ever since the first trailer announcement dropped. Ranveer rapping is something we didn't know we needed so badly until now and the trailer just increased the anticipation for the movie even more. The movie is obviously about music - more specifically the underground rap scene in India - so the songs are an essential part of the promotion. We got a little snippet of 'Asli Hip Hop' before but now the first full song from 'Gully Boy' is also here. 'Apna Time Aayega' released today and it has been getting so many great reactions since then. People have been talking about the song since morning and everyone can't stop talking about how Ranveer never fails to surprise the world with every new movie. I don't know if I should even be shocked anymore but I am. I'm gobsmacked. What the **** was that! What is @RanveerOfficial up to! What... I mean...can I borrow a heartbeat ð­ #ApnaTimeAayega pic.twitter.com/66iKQUxsTe — Rujooz (@Rujooz) January 14, 2019 He can do everything, apparently. Yaas!!! #Simmba aka #GullyBoy aka my bradda @RanveerOfficial's new song from GullyBoy #ApnaTimeAayega drops today! Is there anything this guy can't do? What about @aliaa08 killing it in a whole new avatar? #SidK @ZeeMusicCompany @FarOutAkhtar #ZoyaAkhtar @VivianDivine pic.twitter.com/bSF9XM4zhU — Siddharth Kannan (@sidkannan) January 14, 2019 By the looks of it, it definitely won't. This is rare that a song is released and it immediately becomes an obsession. Can't stop listening to it, watching the video. I will be very, very mad if the film disappoints! #ApnaTimeAayega — Aseem Chhabra (@chhabs) January 14, 2019 So many kind words. Going through comments on ranveer's Instagram posts is a joy ðð» #ApnaTimeAayega ð¤ pic.twitter.com/jDKyvvl29R — Ranveer's Surbs | #GullyBoy (@surabhi207) January 14, 2019 Killed it, for sure. #ApnaTimeAayega Already hooked on to this song ððð Ranveer has killed it again.... pic.twitter.com/tUkAEzFkFh — Vinesh Prabhu (@vinshyprabhu) January 14, 2019 Yep. Class apart #ApnaTimeAayega https://t.co/D0czVaHFzz — Prosit (@prosit_roy) January 14, 2019 It suits him. Murad is wearing surmað Kill me nowð­ð­ð­ #ApnaTimeAayega pic.twitter.com/3FpDccxiXd — ShaznaFO (@shaznaFO) January 14, 2019 Better, definitely. Awesome. Even better than #AsliHipHop. Looking forward to the film @RanveerOfficial - looks intense, raw and real. #ApnaTimeAayega @VivianDivine https://t.co/oacy6DK64k — Rajiv Nema Indori (@RajivNemaIndori) January 14, 2019 That was quick. #ApnaTimeAayega crosses 1 million views on YouTube with 145K likes in just over four hours!!! ð¥ðð¥ #GullyBoy Watch the song: https://t.co/CRYk8Db0Zf pic.twitter.com/CwLWA2hw2k — #Simmba ððªð½ð®ð½‍âï¸ð« ka Cafe âï¸ (@ranveercafe69) January 14, 2019 Everyone loved it, no surprises there. Insta Updates | @iHrithik , @TheRajaKumari , @deespeak and more left a comment on Ranveer Singh's #ApnaTimeAayega post - Hrithik: Insane Stuffðð pic.twitter.com/UB2x1NrcS5 — RanveerSingh TBTð (@RanveerSinghtbt) January 14, 2019 Everyone's looking forward to Valentine's Day for a change. #ApnaTimeAayega — zaroor aayenga, lekin iss ka time toh aa gaya. ð Ranveer's out there rapping like a boss and I'm loving every second of it. Is it Valentines Day yet? #TigerBaby #GullyBoy pic.twitter.com/65M1cHZLpZ — BollyBrit® (@BollyBrit) January 14, 2019 Anup Jalota approves. .#ApnaTimeAayega ranveer singh blasts the floors with his class apart rapping skills...there is only one like him none like him.#GullyBoy — Anup Jalota (@anupjalota) January 14, 2019 Insane, indeed. This is INSANE baba!! You are so freaking good. GOOSEBUMPS!! Do you even realise what you have done ufff!! #ApnaTimeAayega — Ranveer's Surbs | #GullyBoy (@surabhi207) January 14, 2019 That's a good point. What's good is that Bollywood is finally encouraging the trend for actors to sing their own tracks. #ApnaTimeAayega looks and sounds great - mainly because of the authenticity brought in by Ranveer Singh. — Rajat Tripati (@RajatTripati) January 14, 2019 Nothing. Ranveer Singh's rapping is so dopeð¥ Is there anything that boy can't do?ð­â¤ï¸#ApnaTimeAayega pic.twitter.com/FfKr0aPSVY — ShaznaFO (@shaznaFO) January 14, 2019
  19. Apple's AirPods have been a huge success even after having a hefty price tag. The wireless earbuds are extremely easy to use and can be exclusively used with Apple products only. Continuing the tradition of keeping a closed eco-system, the AirPods are compatible with iPhones only. No other brand has managed to even come close to the AirPods output and sales, the success even prompted Google and Samsung to come up with a pair of their own. Apple did remove the headphone jack but made sure users have a better alternative, that's obviously after ignoring the price. © Xiaomi via MySmartPrice Now, Xiaomi has launched the AirDots Pro. It comes with designs nearly identical to the AirPods, including a Bluetooth-friendly carrying case that doubles as a charger to keep the AirDots charged. Like Apple's earphones, AirDots offer touch controls for music, calls and activating voice assistants -- and they work with both iOS and Android. Xiaomi actually released its original AirDots last year–but they looked nothing like Apple's AirPods. With its new AirDots Pro, that's all changed, however. Xiaomi is expected to host a press event on Jan. 11. The company will likely unveil the AirDots Pro there and provide details on availability. © Xiaomi via MySmartPrice The earbuds are being marketed with multiple names like the AirDots Pro, Freedom Buds Pro, as well as Mi Air. It is possible the product could have a different name depending on the market. They can function independently of each other, and can reportedly run for up to 10 hours on a single charge. According to MySmartPrice, "The Mi Air Bluetooth earbuds utilize a 7mm neodymium driver with a titanium sound chamber for impressive audio quality. Xiaomi's latest earbuds also support the AAC codec and come with ENC noise reduction technology to suppress environmental noise." The earbuds are lightweight at only 5.8 grams and support IPX4 water resistance. It comes with a USB Type-C charger and boasts support for AAC codec. They have Active Noise Cancellation for improved sound and call quality. While the AirPods cost Rs 12,900 in India, the Xiaomi AirDots Pro are priced at CNY 399, that is approximately Rs 4,000. The company has launched them only in China right now, and there's no word on a local launch.
  20. Lenovo has been out of the smartphone game for a while, especially since the company's 2018 portfolio looks less than impressive. But that all will seem to change with Lenovo's latest offering that will turn some heads in the coming months. The smartphone in question is the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT that has some stellar specifications and even a greater design. © Lenovo The first thing you will notice is the display with zero bezels. Lenovo has opted to use a similar sliding design as the Honor Magic 2 where the front-facing camera and the earpiece is hidden in the body. The selfie camera and the earpiece will slide up whenever a user requires to use it. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT will also be one of the first few smartphones that will have Qualcomm's 855 processor under the hood. The only other smartphone to feature the new chipset is probably going to be the OnePlus 7. The Z5 Pro GT is taking the game up a notch though as it will have 12 GB of RAM. That's the most amount of RAM we've ever seen on a smartphone yet. © Lenovo At launch, the Z5 Pro GT will come with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with support for Android 9.0 Pie in the near future. Lenovo's move to launch a smartphone in 2019 with Android Oreo is definitely disappointing however we don't know yet how Android 9.0 Pie performs in tandem with the Qualcomm's new chipset. In terms of display, the Z5 Pro GT has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 Full HD. The smartphone has a 3,350 mAh battery powering it which is more than enough for full day use. The primary camera at the back has a dual lens setup with a 16-megapixel primary lens and a 24-megapixel secondary lens. There are also two front-facing camera lenses i.e. a 16-megapixel primary lens coupled with an 8-megapixel infrared lens for facial recognition. The Z5 Pro GT also has an in-display fingerprint sensor that can be used as an alternative way to unlock the smartphone. © Lenovo The smartphone will available to purchase in China from January 15th with two variants. The 6GB RAM version with 128GB of internal storage will cost 2,698 yuan (Rs 27,500 Approx). The 12GB RAM variant with 512GB storage will be way costlier as it will retail for 4,398 yuan (Rs 45,000 Approx). As of now, it isn't certain whether the smartphone will see a release in India but keep a lookout for MenXP Tech for more news on the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT.
  21. We've been using the new iPad Pro for a while and it has replaced most of the functions we would carry out on a laptop. We can type stories like this, edit images with ease and watch video content without any hiccups. It's powered by Apple's latest A12X Bionic processor and has a brand new Apple Pencil as an accessory. It starts at Rs 71,900 for the 11-inch model and can go up to Rs. 1,71,900 for the top model with 1TB storage. Sure, it's a costly gadget to purchase especially when you combine the smart keyboard cover and Apple Pencil, but I can truly be an ultimate machine to own. Here are five Reasons why you should consider investing in the 2018 iPad Beautiful Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The new iPad Pro comes with the prettiest and most vivid screens on an iPad ever. It has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps and can adjust it automatically depending on the work you're doing. Apple has taken a cue from the iPhone X and iPhone XS and sports a very thin bezel that improves the viewing experience. It has a resolution of 2732x2048 and with accurate colour representation and P3 wide colour display, it makes it addictive to consume video content on Netflix and other streaming platforms. It even as Face ID incorporated which works from both landscape and portrait modes. 2. Fastest Tablet Ever © Apple The 2018 iPad Pro is powered by the A12X Bionic processor that is probably the fastest chipset on any gadget ever. It is even capable of beating some Intel Core i7 powered laptops in some instances. It is capable of transcoding a 4K video to Full HD in under 10 minutes while an i7 computer can take more than 30 minutes. In the benchmark tests, the iPad Pro scored 4,965 in single-core and 18,092 in multi-core on Geekbench 4, a score that leaves even the Microsoft Surface behind. 3. Superb Audio © Youtube Even though Apple has removed the headphone jack, the new iPad Pro now has excellent stereo sound. Apple has outfitted four hidden speakers on the iPad Pro with a woofer and tweeter in every corner. This results in a very impressive and loud sound that delivers stereo audio no matter how you hold it. This accentuates the experience when consuming content on the iPad. 4. Unbelievable Battery Life The chipset under the hood is also responsible for delivering superb battery. Due to the efficiency of the A12X Bionic processor, the tablet is capable of lasting more than 12 hours on a single charge. This included consuming content on Netflix, browsing the web and playing Civilisation 6. In comparison, The Dell XPS 13 with 1080p display lasted just over 11 hours. 5. Improved Apple Pencil Features © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The new Apple Pencil is now redesigned to be more ergonomic and can be charged wirelessly via attaching it to the iPad Pro magnetically. It also means that it is harder to lose the Apple Pencil as it is always accessible. The new gestures on the Apple Pencil 2 (exclusive to iPad Pro 2018) are also handy if you like to work on the fly. You can double tap on the Pencil's body to activate the eraser.
  22. We've been testing Apple's new iPad Pro for a few weeks and it was time to let our audience know why we've fallen in love with this tablet. We've tested the tablet in numerous scenarios such as meetings, press conferences and even used it for editing images. The 2018 iPad Pro is the all-in-one device for creativity, gaming, business owners and even journalists like me. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla After using the tablet for a few weeks, I've been wondering the same question as every tablet owner- do I really need a laptop for my daily work? Whether you are a college student or a graphic designer, the new iPad Pro fits everybody's needs. Here's our review of the new iPad Pro, where we tell you how it performed and what tasks it could perform: Design Right off the bat, you will notice the beautiful design of the 2018 iPad Pro. In fact, it's the prettiest tablet we've ever seen. The iPad has seen the biggest design change in years where Apple has removed the home button, gotten a full-screen design and beautifully curved corners that you are accustomed to seeing on newer iPhones. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We've been using the 12.9-inch model where the size is now dramatically smaller than its predecessor, thanks to the new design. The bezels are gone and now it feels good to hold it in the hand. It's also lighter than its predecessor and weighs only 631g, making it easier to carry it in your backpack. The new Apple Pencil is now magnetically attached to one of the sides of the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly. Apple has now made the change that everyone wanted, as you no longer have to stick the Apple Pencil into the charging port of the new iPad. The magnets are strong enough to hold the Apple Pencil in place and you won't have to ever worry about it falling off. This also means that you do not need to store the Apple Pencil separately- making it more accessible for users. Naturally, this resulted in us using the Apple Pencil more often than usual, especially when we needed to edit images or write down notes. You can even use the Pencil to unlock the iPad straight into the notes app if you want to jot down some of your thoughts. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Speaking of the new Apple Pencil, it's more ergonomic to hold as the design mimics the design of a traditional pencil. It works pretty much the same, with pressure and tilt sensing. The flat edge on the Apple Pencil makes it easier to place it on a table as it doesn't roll down like the previous Apple Pencil. You will need to buy the Apple Pencil separately and it costs Rs. 10,900 in India, which is probably a necessary purchase if you intend to use the iPad Pro for creative purposes. Display, Speakers & Face ID © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, Apple has provided one the prettiest and most vivid screens on an iPad ever. It has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps and can adjust it automatically depending on the work you're doing. For example, if you are gaming on the iPad Pro, it will automatically push the refresh rate to the max for optimum performance while reducing it to 24fps if you're reading an ebook or comics. Apple calls this technology the ProMotion screen and is probably the most useful feature of the display. It has a resolution of 2732x2048 and with accurate colour representation and P3 wide colour display, it makes it addictive to consume video content on Netflix and other streaming platforms. The True Tone display technology also helps the user in better readability, just like you would experience it on an iPhone. It basically matched the listing temperature of your environment to reduce the strain on your eyes. The new iPad Pro also uses the same technology as the iPhone X to unlock the screen. Now that the home button has been removed, the iPad Pro will scan your face to unlock the device. There's only one face-scanning camera, however, it works very effective unless the camera is covered. What's cool is that the unlocking feature works both in landscape and portrait mode without you ever having to adjust the orientation of the display. To complement the excellent display, Apple has outfitted four hidden speakers on the iPad Pro with a woofer and tweeter in every corner. This results in a very impressive and loud sound that delivers stereo audio no matter how you hold it. This accentuates the experience when consuming content on the iPad. The only disappointment you will face is the removal of the 3.5mm jack. Apple has now opted to provide a USB-C port and you will need to use a Lightning for USB-C dongle in order to use your own headphones. Performance & Usability Now that the iPad Pro has a USB-C port, you can use SD card readers for transferring images and videos. You can even use the port to output videos to 4K displays. It was a much-wanted feature by designers that would enable them to see their work on the bigger screen. The iPad Pro now also supports Hubs which can be used by musicians to plug in their MIDI instruments for DAWs like Logic Pro and Abelton. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new iPad Pro is powered by Apple's latest processor i.e. the A12X processor. It basically outperforms Intel's six-core processors you see on many laptops. The iPad Pro was able to perform exceptionally well when it came to editing images and videos. In fact, we didn't see the iPad Pro slow down even for a second, a feat even most laptops can't boast about. In the benchmark tests, the iPad Pro scored 4,965 in single-core and 18,092 in multi-core on Geekbench 4, a score that leaves even the Microsoft Surface behind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of usability, we used the iPad Pro in numerous scenarios. We used it to type this review, edit the images and even edit a basic 4K video. From our experience, the iPad Pro can easily replace your laptop for daily work however there's a catch. The last statement is only true if you're already deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem. This means you already own a MacBook with your files shared on the iCloud drive. It's the only way to access files across systems in case you need to pull up an old document or image from your laptop. iOS has not developed a way to access storage to transfer, back up, or find existing files which can be a drawback for non-Mac users. The Files app is not comprehensive enough to replace the flexibility and workability of a laptop. This will probably affect only 1% percent of iPad users, however, for the sake of this review it had to be mentioned. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In order to use the iPad Pro as an office or college laptop, you will face no issues as you can use the Smart Keyboard cover to type notes and carry out daily mundane tasks. We used it to type this review and faced no issues whatsoever. Keyboard shortcuts are also growing in various apps such as Affinity, Pages and others which makes it useful for people who are still used to using a keyboard. The smart keyboard cover only needs a trackpad so that we could move the text cursor with much more accuracy and finesse. The Final Say The 2018 iPad Pro is a brilliant device and is probably our favourite gadget from Apple's 2018 portfolio. It is the best tablet in the world as it leads in performance, design and usability. Having said that, it cannot replace the laptop for everyone unless you're already on the Apple ecosystem. It's more powerful than the MacBook Air or even some Intel-powered laptops, however, it still needs a comprehensive file management system to become the ultimate tablet. But if the iPad Pro fulfils your need at work or college, it is the device to own in 2018/2019.
  23. Huawei launched a smartphone that has been touted as the best smartphone of the year. On a personal note, I've fallen in love with this smartphone, in fact, it's the only device this year that got me genuinely excited. It looks sexy, has an insane camera and does more things than any other flagship smartphone out there. The wide-angle lens on the triple camera setup is simply mind-blowing, while it can charge super fast in under an hour. Its processor rivals Apple's A12 Bionic Chipset and delivers an exceptional gaming experience. We called it a near-perfect smartphone in our review too. Here are five detailed reasons as to why I love the Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 1. Superb Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Mate 20 Pro has one of the best smartphone cameras we've used all year and also gives the Pixel 3 a run for its money. It is outfitted with Leica's 40MP RGB camera, 20MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera. This translates to capturing more details with a wider field of view, making it perfect for landscape shots. You can capture an entire valley as we did during the course of our review. The Mate 20 Pro could also manage to take a beautiful portrait shot which you can have a look at below. What is this camera!! #HuaweiMate20pro pic.twitter.com/5JX7q195GM — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) December 4, 2018 We've got purple skies here, the #HuaweiMate20pro did an incredible job capturing it. pic.twitter.com/xO8XsgUpYI — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) December 4, 2018 In the middle of nowhere. pic.twitter.com/IDD0DhR78X — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) December 3, 2018 2. It Has A Massive Battery The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a mammoth of a 4200mAh battery. That's more than any other flagship device out there. It lasted at least 19 hours on a single charge during the course of our review and this included heavy gaming, voice calls, video consumption and hours of listening to music over Bluetooth. What makes it extra special is the 40W charger included in the box. We were able to charge the phone to 70% in 37 minutes and got fully charged in almost an hour. We even used the device to wirelessly charge the iPhone XS Max using reverse cate and still had enough juice left to use the phone. 3. The Fastest In-Display Sensor © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Even though you won't end up using this feature thanks to the 3D IR face-scanning system on board, it's still a useful feature. I often used the in-display fingering scanner at a nightclub when it's too dark for the 3D IR face-scanning system to work. It's also the fastest in-display fingerprint scanner we've ever used which makes it easier to use. 4. The Powerful Kirin 980 Processor © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new chipset by Huawei packs some serious punch when it comes to performance. It beat Snapdragon 845 processor with much ease when comparing the benchmark scores. In terms of performance, it is one of the fastest Android smartphones we've used this year and sometimes beats the OnePlus 6T as well. The chipset has been coupled with 6GB of RAM which is more than enough for Huawei's platform. Gaming on the smartphone was a delight and gave us the extra power we needed to get that chicken dinner. 5. 3D Face Scanning System © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Huawei has also included a 3D Face unlock feature that essentially works as it does on the iPhone XS. It projects IR dots onto your face to recognise every single facial feature and works extremely well even in low light conditions. In fact, it is the fastest 3D Face Scanning System that you don't even realise the device has already scanned your face. It doesn't even give you an opportunity to use the in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a false match rate below one in a million making it one of the most secure phones on the planet. Huawei has managed to release a smartphone that is truly near-perfect. It has the right combination of innovations, sexy design and performs like a beast. It looks beautiful and is one of the most unique looking smartphones out there. There are however a few things that can be improved upon. The fact that the headphone jack is missing made us quite disappointed as we couldn't use our own headphones. We're also not big fans of the user interface as EMUI needs more refinement. Apart from these two caveats, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is probably our favourite smartphone of 2018.
  24. When it comes to smartphones, you can never find the right blend that does almost everything perfectly. Either a smartphone has a great camera and lacks in performance or it does not have adequate battery life. There are only a few smartphones out there that deliver an all-around experience and Huawei's Mate 20 Pro is amongst them. We've been using the smartphone for a few weeks and can only describe the smartphone as 'near perfect'. The Mate 20 Pro is a marvel that brings new features that makes a smartphone exciting. It looks beautiful and performs like a beast when it needs to. Let's find out why the Mate 20 Pro is the almost perfect smartphone of 2018: Design Language and Display MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to design, the Mate 20 Pro has a similar vibe like other Huawei smartphones that have launched this year; however, it does resemble the Galaxy S9+ in terms of look and feel. It as curved edges and an all screen design with a rather small notch. It's striking in terms of looks and is narrower than other smartphones we've used this year. It fits snug in your arms and can easily fit your pockets thanks to the 6.39-inch display that isn't too overbearing. The smartphone also has atlas back with “hyper-optical pattern” that makes it easier to hold and prevent fingerprint smudges. This pattern at the back makes it less slippery than other all-glass smartphones; however we still recommend you use the supplied case for better protection. MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Huawei has removed the headphone jack and instead uses the USB-C port for transmitting Digital audio. The phone also does not have any visible speakers as it channels the sound through the same USB-C port. At first, you will feel weird listening to music or making a loudspeaker call however in time you get used to the sound. The Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39-inch OLED display that has Quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is by far one of the prettiest screens we've used. It has a resolution of 1,400 x 3,120 resolution with a very sharp 539 PPI. Naturally, anything we viewed on the smartphone looked extra lush and vivid. The contrast on this panel is perfectly marked when watching HDR content and the colour reproduction was accurate as one would expect from a high-grade OLED panel. Performance The Mate 20 Pro is also a beast when it comes to performance. It has Huawei's proprietary 7nm Kirin 980 processor. The new SoC has some drastic improvements in performance that is well reflected in the Mate 20 Pro. In terms of performance, it is one of the fast Android smartphones we've used this year and sometimes beats the OnePlus 6T as well. The chipset has been crippled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We experienced no lag while launching apps and multi-tasking. Gaming on the smartphone was a delight and gave us the extra as we did not experience any frame rate drops or even battery life issues. MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Speaking of battery, the Mate 30 Pro is outfitted with a 4,200 mAh battery that lasted at least 19 hours on a single charge. We used the smartphone for gaming, internet voice calls, Youtube Videos, Navigation, Social Media and hours of listening to music over Bluetooth. Huawei has also included a 40W fast charger in the box that essentially charged the phone to 70% in 37 minutes. In about an hour, the smartphone gets fully charged and is ready to go again. You can even use the smartphone to wirelessly other smartphones. A near feature we used during our travels to the U.S. We used the Mate 20 Pro to wirelessly charge our iPhone XS Max and still had enough juice left to use the phone for another 4 hours. Biometrics The Mate 20 Pro comes with two ways to unlock the device i.e. with face recognition and the in-display fingerprint sensor. The 3D IR face-scanning system works exactly as it does on the iPhone X/XS. It basically projects IR dots onto your face to recognise every single facial feature. The facial recognition feature works as advertised and works even in low-light environments. In fact, it is so fast that you don't even realise the device has already scanned your face. It doesn't even give you an opportunity to use the in-display fingerprint sensor. MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The in-display fingering sensor is embedded underneath the screen just like on the OnePlus 6T and Vivo Nex. It lights up the area where one needs to place their thumb in order to unlock the smartphone with this method. We used this unlocking method in a completely dark environment when the 3D IR face-scanning system could not recognise our face or while driving. It's a neat feature to use when you are distracted and don't want to look at your phone when unlocking. You will also end up using this feature for authentication on certain apps like PayTM. You need to be a little more precise when placing your thumb; however, it still works as fast as the OnePlus 6T. Camera MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This is the marquee feature of the Mate 20 Pro that made us fall in love with the smartphone. It has a triple camera setup that has arranged in a 4x4 matrix along with the LED flashlight. The main camera is 40 megapixels, the ultra-wide is 20-megapixels and a third eight-megapixel telephoto camera. The cameras support 0.6 to 5x optical zoom and can go up to 10X with digital zoom. In terms of camera quality, the camera is capable of taking pictures with copious amounts of detail and has impeccable colour accuracy. Low-light performance is out of this world especially when we used the dedicated night mode. The camera can also identify objects using Huawei's AI mode called HiVision. We used it to identify a Christmas tree and it worked like a charm. It does, however, identify a few things incorrectly which will probably be fixed in the next update. Having said that, the Mate 20 Pro can sometimes take over saturated pictures when it uses Master Ai to tweak pictures. You can always disable this mode if you prefer taking natural looking shots. Here are some of our camera samples that will give you a better idea: The #HuaweiMate20pro is a beast when it comes to night photography. Shot this at 4 am outside my hotel. pic.twitter.com/2CuxkMwVrU — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 28, 2018 Damn I'm loving the camera on the #HuaweiMate20pro pic.twitter.com/ndKIoQrmIu — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 28, 2018 Some more images I shot using the #huaweimate20pro pic.twitter.com/CHHR6iwGKv — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) December 2, 2018 The Final Say The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is by the only smartphone we've used this year that delivers everything it advertises. The only thing we did not like about the smartphone was it's UI and gestures. Having said that, it's subjective according to one's taste and one can even use other launchers on top to give it a more refined experience. Having said that, the Mate 20 Pro is everything you expect from a flagship smartphone; it delivers amazing photos, performs like a beast and has amazing battery life. It has a very accurate 3D face recognition system and a powerful processor. The display on the smartphone is a delight to use and consume content and it can even charge other phones wirelessly. The Mate 20 Pro is the smartphone we wanted all year and Huawei has finally delivered a device that is near perfect. It retails in India for Rs 69,990 and is certainly not cheap but it is packed with features that justify the high price. If you are an Android lover and want the ultimate phone of 2018/2019, the Mate 20 Pro should be your next purchase.
  25. When it comes to Android smartphones, not many can show off flagship level photography, design and functionality at the same time. We've been using Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and so far the smartphone has been a delight to use apart from a few caveats. The smartphone will retail in India for Rs 69,990 and will be available to buy via Amazon from December 4th. Here are our first impressions of the upcoming smartphone Design © YouTube The Mate 20 Pro has a unique yet exciting design that boasts a premium feel to it. It as a curved display which makes it easier to hold and fits perfectly in the palm of our hands. It has a glass body and comes in two colours i.e. Emerald Green and Twilight Blue. The Twilight Blue variant basically changes colour each time we tilt the phone in front of light from different angles. The top half has a blue tint while the bottom has a black tint. Huawei has now removed the headphone jack and has opted to go the USB Type-C route channelling audio. The port is also used to channel out audio in case you want to make a loudspeaker call. Display, Specifications and Other Features The Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39-inch OLED display that has Quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is by far one of the prettiest screens we've seen since the Galaxy Note 9 and we will a detailed opinion in our official review. © YouTube The smartphone has Huawei's proprietary 7nm Kirin 980 SoC and is quite powerful when it comes to performance. In fact, it is probably the fastest chipset we have used on an Android smartphone and a detailed analysis of the smartphone will be given in the official review. Since this is our first impression, we can only say that it performs like a beast. Huawei claims that the Kirin 980 chipset offers 20 percent improves performance and 40 percent improved efficiency over 10nm chipsets. The Mate 20 Pro comes with up to 6GB of RAM which is more than enough for the chipset to use and carry out daily tasks and gaming. © YouTube The Mate 20 Pro is outfitted with a massive 4,200mAh battery that outlasts most Android smartphones out there. It also has 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging which can be used to charge other devices. This is a nifty feature we used to charge our iPhone XS Max and still had enough battery left to use the Mate 20 Pro for the rest of the day. The Mate 20 Pro also has support for 40W SuperCharge technology which means it gets fully charged in a very short period of time. The Mateo 20 Pro also has an in-display fingerprint sensor and works like a charm in the little time we've used the smartphone. It also has 3D facial recognition in the notch that aides in unlocking the smartphone. It works just like the iPhone X/Xs and uses IR dots for unlocking the phone even in dark environments. The Mate 20 Pro also has an IP68 certification which means it is water and dust resistant. Cameras © YouTube The Mate 20 Pro comes with a triple camera setup at the rear and is probably the most exciting specification of the smartphone. The cameras are arranged in a 2X2 grid where one spot is being occupied by the LED flash. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a 40-megapixel f/1.8 standard lens, 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS. We've been using the camera exclusively in low-light conditions and some of the pictures look impressive. The Mate 20 Pro has a night mode similar to Google Pixel's Night Sight that tweaks images shot in dark environments with AI. We will give our detailed review of the camera in the official review but for now you can see some samples below: The #HuaweiMate20pro is a beast when it comes to night photography. Shot this at 4 am outside my hotel. pic.twitter.com/2CuxkMwVrU — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 28, 2018 Final First Impressions Overall, the smartphone is a beast from what we've used so far. It can take some impressive features in low-low-light and performs faster than any other Android phone we've sued. With nifty features like reverse wireless charging and in-display fingerprint scanner, the Mate 20 Pro looks like the ultimate Android flagship smartphone.
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