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  1. Whether you look at the latest flagship phones by Apple, Samsung, Huawei or even Xiaomi, there is one thing common amongst these devices - wireless charging. OnePlus has been avoiding this feature up until now but it looks like the company may just bring that feature for the OnePlus 8 Pro variant. Charge like a pro. pic.twitter.com/Fqnkpsa0mT â Max J. (@Samsung_News_) January 21, 2020 A tweet by tipster Max J. Suggests that the upcoming âProâ variant of the OnePlus 8 may come with the new feature. While the tweet didnât really clearly say that the smartphone will come with the feature, it does drop a huge hint that point towards the same. He tweeted a second image of a smartphone being charged by a wireless charging pad that looks somewhat similar to a OnePlus smartphone. Of course, he clears the air in a second tweet by saying that the image is just a concept image for illustration purposes. There have been previous rumours that suggested OnePlus would bring wireless charging to one of the models but nothing concrete has confirmed the information yet. © BCCL If the feature does make its way to a OnePlus smartphone this year, it would truly be the complete flagship smartphone OnePlus has been striving for. OnePlus has avoided wireless charging as it prefers the faster wired charging that comes in the form of warp charge which charges the OnePlus 7 and 7T series at 30W. Having said that, there is nothing preventing OnePlus from implementing both features apart from the obvious rise in cost. This also means that if wireless charging is a major feature on the next OnePlus phone, you can expect the price to be higher than 2019âs OnePlus Pro smartphones. © YouTube/Techdroider Of course, it is obvious that none of this is confirmed information and is purely based on speculation. We advise you to take this with a pinch of salt until OnePlus makes it official closer to launch of the next smartphone. View the full article
  2. The Vivo V19 Pro is coming soon in Pakistan. Vivo V19 Pro expected retail price in Pakistan will be approximately Rs. 78,999. Below you will find the special features and specifications associated with the Vivo V19 Pro. Vivo V19 Pro FeaturesVivo V19 Pro SpecificationsOperating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)Display6.5 inches (16.51 cm) bezel-less displayCorning Gorilla Glass ProtectionPerformanceQualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa core Processor8 GB RAM128 GB internal storage, Non-Expandable MemoryCamera64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP Quad Rear Cameras32 + 8 MP Dual Front CamerasBattery4500 mAh battery with Fast ChargingConnectivityDual SIM: Nano + Nano with VoLTE supportSIM1: Supports 4G, 3GSIM2: Supports 4G, 3GSpecial FeaturesOn-screen Fingerprint Sensor3.5 mm headphone jack presentThe Vivo V19 Pro price mentioned above may be different from actual rates in the market. Please visit your nearest mobile shops to verify the price of the Vivo V19 Pro in Pakistan.
  3. The Nintendo Switch has been having a very successful run ever since it launched in 2017 and the console will probably dominate in 2020 as well. Even in India, the console has managed to outsell the Xbox One, even though the Nintendo Switch does not officially sell in India. According to the MakoReactor, “Industry estimates peg the Nintendo Switch lifetime to date sales to be above 50,000 in India” and this is based on a conservative estimate. © Dbrand/Youtube However, in 2020, both Microsoft and Sony will be launching their next generation of consoles by Christmas and Nintendo will have to introduce a new updated console to keep the competition heated. It has been long rumoured that Nintendo has been working on a “Pro” and “Lite” model where the latter launched in late 2019. The analyst who accurately predicted the “Lite” model of the Nintendo Switch believes the “Pro” model will launch sometime in 2020. "Switch will again be the best selling console during the year," says Piers Harding-Rolls of IHS Markit Technology, who has been speaking to gamesindustry.biz. He went on to say that "2020 is also set to be Switch's best hardware sales performance since launch. The Switch Lite will launch in mainland China.” © Youtube It is currently uncertain when the Pro model of the Nintendo Switch will launch, however, we can expect to see upgraded hardware for better performance in games. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will launch a "Switch Pro" in 2020, my guess is at $399,” said Harding-Rolls. "More specifically, I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year - along with a first-party, system-seller game. I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year - along with a first-party, system-seller game” he said. © Nintendo The more powerful Switch Pro could deliver games at 4K resolution at 30 FPS with upscaling and boosted performance for older games. At the moment, Switch's Tegra X1 processor can't really keep up with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One due to which the “Pro” model might be in the works. The Switch model will be able to even out this difference with better hardware. Having said that, it is possible that the next console may be a dedicated console-only box and not offer the portability feature. Sure, it may not suit the “Switch” name but the Switch Lite already breaks the branding as it cannot be docked. It remains to be seen when Nintendo plans to launch the new console or whether these are all rumours and it simply does not exist. As of now, we can only speculate what the console could be and wait for the official announcement later this year. Source: gamesindustry.biz View the full article
  4. Apple's new Mac Pro desktop machine just recently went on sale in India and it can cost you as much as Rs 38 Lakh. If that's not enough to leave your eyes wide open, then wait till you hear about the new Pro Display XDR. In case you remember, Apple also launched a new monitor to go along with the new Mac Pro machine. It's called the Pro Display XDR, and it's one of the best displays Apple has ever made. After the Mac Pro machine, Apple has now started selling the new Pro Display XDR in India, and it's just as expensive as we thought it would be. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Pricing and AvailabilityApple is going to sell the base variant of the Pro Display XDR for Rs 4,49,900. Yes, it's a monitor that costs Rs 4.5 Lakh. The base variant of the monitor comes with a standard glass on the front. If you want the one with a nano-textured glass, then it'll cost you Rs 5,29,900. It's also worth pointing out that the Pro Display XDR will not ship with a stand. Yes, you'll have to buy it separately and it'll cost you another Rs 91,900. We are trying very hard to resist kidney jokes here! But jokes aside, both the Mac Pro machine and the Pro Display XDR are made for professionals. Both the Mac Pro and the 6k monitor, as you probably already know, is overkill for an average user. Whereas for professionals and artists working on movies, shoots, music, etc. it's an ideal system that's going to keep up with their workload for a very long time. View the full article
  5. Remember Apple's new Mac Pro machine? Yeah, the one which people started calling a "cheese grater". Well, in case you remember, it was estimated that a fully decked out version of the Mac Pro with all the bells and whistles will cost around $45,000, which is roughly around Rs 35 Lakh. Guess what? Apple started accepting pre-orders for the Mac Pro yesterday in the US and we finally know how much it'll cost to buy the most powerful Mac Pro. Turns out, it's more expensive than what was estimated earlier. © Apple If you head over to Apple's website and configure one with the most powerful pieces of hardware, then it'll add up $52,599. Yes, the most powerful Mac Pro costs over $50,000. That's just insane because it roughly translates to about Rs 38 lakh. The price tag makes it most expensive Mac ever. The base price of the Mac Pro starts at $5,999. That'll get you an entry-level machine with an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, 32GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X graphics, and 256GB of SSD. But if you keep adding on better components, like a 28-core 2.5GHz (turbo boost up to 4.4Ghz) Intel Xeon W that costs $7,000, the price naturally goes up. Top of the line GPU add-on, for instance, will add another $10,000 and so on. So you add all of that and the fully decked out Mac Pro will cost you $52,599. It's worth pointing out that the new Pro Display XDR isn't included in this price. That'll be an additional $5,999. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Well, you can't pre-order one in India just yet. Apple's website clearly tells you to check back later for availability details. But looking at the pricing in the US, we won't be surprised to see a super-premium price tag here too. We'll be back with India-specific details very soon, so stay tuned. Source: TheVerge View the full article
  6. Apple's AirPods Pro is the company's biggest upgrade in the wireless earbud portfolio ever since the regular AirPods were launched alongside the iPhone 7. The AirPods Pro comes with one important and necessary feature: active noise cancellation (ANC). While most earbuds face the issue of blocking out ambient noise around you, only a handful of wireless earbuds can achieve ANC and AirPods Pro are the only ones available to buy in India right now. We reviewed the AirPods Pro with a brief background on how the feature works but there are different ways to turn on or control the feature. The AirPods Pro uses a set of two microphones to block ambient sound. This comes handy when you are around noisy people, on an aeroplane or at taking the metro to work. The feature works the moment you plug your AirPods Pro in your ears, however you do much more. Here are the different ways you can control the ANC feature on the AirPods Pro and make the experience even better. But before we get started, you must do the ear tips test from the Bluetooth settings to find the best ear tip fit and seal for your ear canal. The process doesn't take too long and it uses a short snippet of music to determine the right seal for you. After you've done that, you're ready to start using the AirPods Pro and these are some ways you can control the feature: Use The Force Touch Sensor © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Using the sensor on the stem of the AirPods Pro is the most convenient way to fire up the Noise Cancellation feature. There's a slight grooved flat surface which you can hold to cycle through the three different modes i.e. noise cancellation, transparency mode and off. If you hear a chime when holding the stem, it means the Noise Cancellation mode has been turned off. You can do it on either of the stems. However, if you wish to customise one of them you can do so in the Bluetooth Settings by tapping “i” next to the listing for your AirPods Pro. Use Siri The other convenient way to turn on noise cancellation is by simply asking Siri. Since the AirPods Pro come with the H1 Chip, you can simply call for Siri to switch on or off the mode. You can say, “Hey Siri, turn on/off noise cancellation" or "Hey Siri, turn on/off transparency” to use the feature. Using Control Center © Apple The third best way to control the noise cancellation settings is using the Control Centre on your iPhone. After opening the Control Center, look for the AirPods Pro icon and tap to get into the settings, At the bottom, you can toggle between the three modes according to your liking. The Long Method © Apple This is by far the longest and most inconvenient method to toggle between the three different settings. You need to go into the Bluetooth Settings and then tap on “i” next to the listing for your AirPods Pro. There will be a “Noise Control” menu where you can choose one of the three modes you want to pick. This is not the most convenient way to do it, but it is one of the methods to use. View the full article
  7. Apple has revolutionised wireless audio ever since the company removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and instead started offering AirPods. The most common issue with wireless Bluetooth earphones is that they are unreliable and pairing can be a tedious process. Apple made it easier for iPhone, iPad and MacBook users as we can connect AirPods seamlessly with Apple products. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla However, it was launched in December 2016 and needed a much-required redesign for users who wanted more from their wireless audio devices. Apple recently launched the AirPods Pro that comes with active noise cancellation (ANC); a feature that has been a staple on headphones but only a handful offer them on earbuds. Even though Apple introduced a newer version of the classic AirPods, the new AirPods Pro is the real upgrade everyone has been wanting. I've been using the AirPods Pro in various scenarios to test its sound quality and noise cancellation abilities. Here's what we think about the new AirPods Pro and why I can't go anywhere without them for a single day. Design The biggest difference one will notice is the major difference in design when compared to the AirPods. It now comes with a silicon tip that makes the fit in the ear canal much more tighter and gives a better seal than the regular AirPods. The overall shape of the earbud is now more oval than before and the stem is now shorter as well. The stem of the earbuds now also comes with a sensor that is also flat and can be used to control playback, switch between ANC, transparency and ANC off modes. The new AirPods Pro's design is a bit more subtle than the regular AirPods but is still quite distinctive. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla For people who didn't know, the regular AirPods aren't meant for use while working out, will love the fact that the AirPods Pro is sweat and water-resistant and make a great gym accessory. It comes with an IPX4 rating which means you can use them without worrying about damaging them in the gym. The AirPods Pro are also perfect for runners who want the better sound quality and want a tighter seal so that it doesn't fall off while running. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The AirPods Pro also come with a different charging case; i.e. larger, wider and shorter than the AirPods' charging case. Like the newer version of the AirPods, the Pro variant also supports wireless charging. The case itself may be bigger than the original AirPods, it is still small enough to fit in your pocket. I personally own the new Sony WF-1000XM3 and in comparison, it is much smaller in size. When comparing the two earbuds sizes, the AirPods Pro are less bulkier than its Sony counterpart. How It Works Like the AirPods, the Pro variant also connects and pairs with your phone as soon as you open the lid of the charging case. As soon as you are paired and connected, you can find additional features in the Bluetooth settings of the iPhone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The AirPods Pro comes with three different silicone tip sizes and in order to find the right size for your ear canal, you need to do an ear tip test. The AirPods Pro has two microphones to adjust the ANC level for the earbuds. It uses the one microphone on the outside to detect ambient noise and the other microphone detects any other remaining noise to calibrate the optimum noise cancellation level using the on-board software. This way, the AirPods Pro can always monitor your environment and adapt the noise-cancellation level. Apple says that the AirPods pro scans and adapts the ANC level 200 times per second. The AirPods Pro also comes with the H1 Chip that uses 10 audio cores to make the adjustment in real time. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Using these techniques, the ear tip test scans and tells you if your seal is good enough to use ANC on the AirPods Pro. If the seal isn't good enough, the test will ask you to adjust the earbuds or change the tip altogether. The test is carried out by playing a small portion of Tycho's “Awake" track. However, what we would have liked to see is a prompt of this test as soon as you connect the AirPods Pro to your iPhone for the first time. If you don't know what you are doing, you may completely miss the ear-fit test if you don't go digging into the Bluetooth settings. Performance and Sound Quality © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla I used the AirPods Pro in various scenarios to test the noise-cancellation ability. I tested them in our office where it can get very loud especially during heated debates. I tested the AirPods Pro in one of the busiest markets in Delhi, India surrounded by traffic, street vendors and loud music blasting from speakers in stores. I even tested the AirPods Pro at a busy Delhi Metro station to test out the noise cancellation features. In all scenarios, we can confidently say that the AirPods Pro can block out most of the sound in each of these scenarios. The AirPods Pro cannot block everything and I think that is by design so that you have at least some sense of your surroundings. Having the ANC work like advertised and also helped us in keeping the volume lower. This is, in turn, reduces the risk of ear damage in the long run and you can still enjoy your music by blocking out nearby noise. What we found impressive about the ANC feature was that it was also effective for Podcasts. While music can generally block out a lot of sounds, when listening to the spoken word, the AirPods Pro did a really good job in blocking out the ambient noise as well. You can still hear some ambient noise, but we were quite surprised to see them perform well even when hearing radio shows. I mentioned earlier, one of the modes that can be controlled by the Force sensor on the AirPods Pro is the Transparency Mode. This mode basically lets you switch off the ANC mode and let the ambient noise come through the earbuds. It is a very handy feature to have if you want to talk to someone face-to-face or just want to get a sense of your surroundings. I would recommend people to use this feature when running on the street so that you are aware of oncoming traffic. This mode can be activated by simply holding the force sensor on the stem to switch between the different modes. When it comes to sound quality, you will instantly notice the difference from the regular AirPods the moment you hear the first track. The vocals sound punchier while the sound stage makes you feel closer to the music than ever before. The AirPods Pro mid-range frequency is probably the star here as the lower frequencies (bass) also sound a lot clearer and more impactful. This is partly because Apple employs Adaptive EQ which tunes these frequencies according to your ear. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While sound quality preference can be subjective, the AirPod Pro probably offer the most balanced sound you can get from wireless earbuds. The kick drums on any Hip-Hop track sound much more defined and you can even visualise it if you've ever seen a music producer's arrangement window or a mastering mixer. For electronica, the synths, panning automation and different filter effects feel very much lively. To test the AirPods Pro, I listened to Synkro's “Images” and “Realize” tracks that have all the elements an electronica track needs. The soundscape is way more layered when listening to a proper mastered track. Most new-age Hip-Hop tracks are shabbily mastered due to which the sound experience can differ on differ headphones. However, Synkro is known for making tracks that are generally better mastered and have enough room in the layers for you to notice every instrument and effects. After listening to the two Synkro tracks, I can confidently say that the AirPods Pro is the current king of mid- and low-range frequencies in the wireless earbud segment. The last thing we need to mention is the average battery life on the AirPods Pro. With ANC turned on, you can expect it to last around 4 to 4.5 hours, however, when turned off it can last up to 5 hours. When using the AirPods Pro for making calls, you can expect the battery to dip down to 3.5 hours. With a fully charged case, you can use the AirPods Pro for up to 24 hours in total listening time. The Final Say If you are looking for wireless earbuds that can block out outside noise, deliver great sound quality and aren't very bulky, the AirPods Pro is the best ANC device you can get right now. It may not be perfect but it sure comes close. If you are an iPhone user, this is a must-have accessory that will probably come in handy more than you can imagine. After using the AirPods Pro, I can confidently say I cannot go a day without using these wireless earbuds no matter where I am. View the full article
  8. Fast charging has now become the norm for smartphones and it seems like Realme is taking it a step further. We've already been accustomed to the 30W charger on the OnePlus 7 Series, however Realme's upcoming X2 Pro smartphone comes with a whopping 50W charger. © Weibo Currently, only the Huawei Mate 30 Pro offers 40W charging and the Galaxy Note 10+ does support up to 45W charging but it needs to be bought separately. The Realme X2 Pro comes with a 50W charger out of the box and we've been testing the charging speeds on the phone. So far, the fastest full charge we've achieved from 0 to 100% has been in 32 minutes. The Realme X2 Pro uses OPPO's Super VOOC charging technology that offers 10V/5A charging. Then VOOC rapid charging technology works a bit differently from the traditional Power Delivery protocol. To put things into perspective, Super VOOC can charge a two-cell battery in parallel. Super VOOC is also the same technology that has been licensed to OnePlus to use as “Warp Charge.” Realme claims that the 50W charger can fully charge the X2 Pro in 35 minutes. However, in our tests, we got it to charge even faster than the company's claims. You can use OnePlus' 30W charger too, but it does not charge it as fast as the supplied charger. You will be able to get it to about 65% in 30 minutes, about the same time you can fully charge the X2 Pro with the Super VOOC 50W charger. © Realme So far, Realme's 50W charger has been really convenient as we were able to top-up the smartphone whenever needed. Sometimes, we would forget to charge the phone at night but we could still get almost 60% charge in 20 minutes in the morning and it would last an entire working day. Currently, the Realme X2 Pro supports the fastest charging speed on a smartphone in India and is the marquee feature of the smartphone. We will bring you more details about the Realme X2 Pro in our official review once the embargo lifts soon. View the full article
  9. Smartphones that are priced under Rs. 30,000 are extremely popular in India. People prefer these phones over the flagship devices mainly because of all the value it offers for the money. You'll probably end up spending way less money and get some really powerful specs, great cameras, etc. Well, if you are planning to buy a new smartphone under Rs. 30,000, then these are the ones which we think are worth buying. 1. OnePlus 7 © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yes, OnePlus has already launched the OnePlus 7T but doesn't make the OnePlus 7 a bad phone by any means. In fact, it received a price cut after the launch of OnePlus 7T, making it an even better offering. You can now pick up the OnePlus 7 for less than Rs 30,000, which is awesome. You'll get a 6.4-inch FHD+ panel, Snapdragon 855 SoC, a 48MP camera sensor and more. If you're interested, then you can read our full review of the OnePlus 7 right here. 2. Redmi K20 Pro © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Redmi K20 Pro is another great phone that's worth checking out in this price range. The phone looks stunning, sports an AMOLED panel, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and has a triple camera setup with a 48MP sensor. It also has a great battery life. You can check out our review of the Redmi K20 Pro right here. 3. ASUS 6Z © YouTube/ GSMArena The ASUS 6Z has now received a significant price cut in India and is now available for just Rs. 25,999. At that price, it's a great device and is absolutely worth checking out. It's powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. The highlight of the phone, however, is the rotating camera module, which includes a 48MP sensor. 4. Google Pixel 3a © YouTube/ Android Police Lastly, we have the Google Pixel 3a. Yes, Google has already launched Pixel 4, but it's not coming to India. So your best bet to get Google's camera under Rs. 30,000 is by buying the Pixel 3a. We use the Google Pixel 3a to shoot most of the pictures for our reviews and features, so we can confirm that it's a great phone and totally worth buying. View the full article
  10. Apple finally unveiled the new 16-inch MacBook Pro that comes with powerful specifications and one of the biggest requested change ever. Apple has finally gotten rid of the butterfly switch keyboard and replaced it with a new "scissor-switch” keyboard. Apple calls it the Magic Keyboard — the same nomenclature used for the iMac keyboards. © Apple Previously, the butterfly switch on the MacBook Pro wasn't as reliable as the keys would either stick or would be non-responsive. Sometimes, due to the sticking issue, it would yield double or even triple letters. That has now been fixed with a new keyboard design delivering a better typing experience ever since Apple changed the keyboard design to the butterfly switch. © Apple Apart from the keyboard change, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is targeted towards filmmakers, music producers, photographers, scientists and users who need a powerful laptop for creative projects. It comes with 8GB of VRAM, 64GB of RAM and a new six-speaker system for a better sound experience. In terms of the processor, Apple says it comes with the latest 6- and 8-core 9th generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz. The speed boost will let photographers do complex edits to photographs 1.7 times faster in Photoshop, according to Apple. In the graphics department, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M GPU. It can be paired with GDDR6 video memory and with an 8GB VRAM option for the first time. The Radeon Pro 5000M series is made using AMD's new RDNA architecture and is made using a 7-nm process. It is capable of delivering up to 92 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In order to power these powerful specifications, the MacBook Pro comes with a 100Wh battery and has an additional hour of battery life for up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing or video streaming. In terms of storage, the base variant comes with a 512GB SSD and 1TB configurations. However, if you require more, it can be expanded to 8TB of additional storage, the largest SSD configuration on a laptop ever. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available through Apple Authorised Resellers and will be available in India for Rs 199,900. View the full article
  11. Apple recently announced the AirPods Pro that comes with new features and capabilities which were not available on the original AirPods before. While the AirPods are still available to buy, the Pro version comes with unique features that are exclusive to them. Today, Apple has made the AirPods Pro officially available in India for Rs 24,900. © Apple Currently, the AirPods Pro are available via Apple Authorised Resellers across the country. It comes with noise-cancellation features that use special microphones which can detect external sound and cancel the noise appropriately. Apple says that the noise cancellation can be adjusted to 200 times per second. This new mode is called transparency mode and requires Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later. The ambient noise can be cancelled out by using the transparency mode which in turn is activated by “force sensor.” This sensor can be used to control music playback, fire up Siri and a host of other features that will be detailed in our review later this week. The AirPods Pro also come with “Adaptive EQ” that “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.” © Apple The AirPods Pro offers three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that provide a better seal to cancel ambient noise. Unlike the AirPods, the Pro model is sweat and water-resistant which comes in handy for gym enthusiasts. If you want to know more about the features on AirPods Pro, you can read about it here. View the full article
  12. New rumours surrounding the OnePlus 8 are already hitting the internet and a new leak suggests that the display for the pro variant is going to get a major upgrade. Currently, the OnePlus 7T series and the OnePlus 7 Pro both come with a 90Hz refresh rate display and the company has already confirmed future OnePlus phones will have at least a 90Hz display. However, the new rumour suggests that the OnePlus 8 Pro will come with a 120Hz display. © OneLeaks This is not the first time we're seeing a smartphone that comes with a 120Hz display as it is already present on a number of gaming smartphones. The ASUS ROG II phone is the latest device that comes with a 120Hz display that helps out users in gaming. Having said that, if this rumour (via PhoneArena) is true, the OnePlus 8 Pro will be the first non-gaming smartphone that will come with a 120Hz display. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The rumours come from tipster Max J who revealed via Twitter that the pro variant will come with the 120Hz display while the OnePlus 8 will launch with a 90Hz display. This rumour seems quite believable especially since most smartphones are expected to come with a 90Hz display nowadays. Be a "pro". pic.twitter.com/h4UwnOXn8H — Max J. (@Samsung_News_) November 7, 2019 OnePlus 8 rumours have been floating for a while and one of them suggests that OnePlus is going to ditch the pop-up selfie camera system and instead opt for a hole-punch camera on the screen. These are based on CAD-bases renders that were shared by renowned tipster @OnLeaks. The OnePlus 8 Pro is expected to come with a triple camera setup, a 3D ToF sensor and a 6.65-inch display. Source: PhoneArena View the full article
  13. Xiaomi has been on a roll this year with smartphone launches and the Redmi Note series got a new update two weeks ago. The Remi Note 8 Pro was one of the smartphones launched by the company that features an all-new chipset, quad-camera setup and a premium design - all for Rs 14,999. While no smartphone is perfect and every device comes with its own issues, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a strong contender for being the most reliable smartphones in this category. It offers more features than some of the premium smartphones and is now updated with features that make it a complete smartphone, let alone a budget device. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and why it's the most reliable device you can get right now. Design and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 8 Pro now comes with a more streamlined and premium design than ever before. It has a glass back with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 and has a more subtle design as compared to its predecessor. It is elegant and not too jarring as compared to other smartphones that come with flashy colours or gradient designs. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is also larger than its predecessor which may be a deal-breaker for some or an upgrade for many. At the back, you have a camera module that houses three sensors and the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is right below the last camera sensor in the module and can be a bit confusing to use as you can smudge the sensor. It takes time to get used to it as there isn't much to differentiate between the camera sensor and the fingerprint sensor. Ideally, we would have loved to see some distance separating them, but it seems like Xiaomi prefers a more uniform look. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla At the bottom, you will now find a USB-C port which has been a long-requested feature for the Redmi Note series. Xiaomi was using the micro-USB port for the Redmi Note series until now and this is a welcome change. For Indian audiences, Xiaomi has also included a separate microSD slot for expandable storage. This feature is not available in the Chinese variant of the smartphone, making it an exclusive feature for Indian customers. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three colours i.e. Halo White, Gamma Green, and Shadow Black where the 'Halo White' colour is by far our favourite. The Gamma Green also looks awesome but is an acquired taste. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In the display department, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a bigger 6.53-inch FHD+ display and has a notch at the top that houses the selfie camera. It has a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels and a screen to body ratio of 91.4%. The display itself is good enough for casual video streaming and watching videos in general. The display also supports HDR content which is rare to find on smartphones in this price range. The overall brightness of the display is sufficient enough to use directly under the sun and it can go as high as 635 nits. The panel itself peaks at 460 nits in auto mode which is more than enough for outdoor use. In terms of colour accuracy, the display does deliver reliable contrast levels. However, the colours are not as accurate as we would like them to be. The overall tone of the display is blue where even the white colour has a bluish hue. The cyan levels are also quite over-saturated which can be an issue for fussy people. Apart from these minor issues, the display is reliable enough for gaming and videos as the colour accuracy issues are not too extreme. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup at the back and a 20MP selfie camera in the front notch. The primary sensor is a 64MP shooter co-developed by Xiaomi and Samsung, while other camera sensors include an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. Overall, the camera performs better than expected and takes images with some great detail especially in the 64MP mode. We were also quite surprised by how the smartphone performed in low-light conditions while using the night mode. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does an incredible job at taking pictures. The portrait mode also has drastic improvements while the macro mode needs slight improvement to capture more detail. The camera app also comes with cool editing tools such as replacing the background on portrait images, the sky replacement feature for landscape images and other cool filters you can play around with. For portrait images, you can even adjust the bokeh level post taking the image or add effects such as light trails to make it more interesting. Check out our camera samples below to see for yourself: Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first smartphone in the series that comes with a MediaTek chipset rather than the usual Qualcomm SoC. The MediaTek G90T is the first chipset by the company that promises good gaming performance and is clocked at 2.05GHz. It's a 12nm chipset which may not be as efficient when it comes to power efficiency as the 10nm chipsets by Qualcomm. The smartphone comes with 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the model you pick. We were using the 8GB variant during the course of our review and it performed well in all our tests. We would have liked it to be on par with Qualcomm chipsets but unfortunately, that is not the case. The Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 495 (single-core) and 1533 (multi-core) in Geekbench 5 tests. It may not be an impressive score when compared to flagships, but is still reliable enough to use the smartphone as a daily driver. While gaming, we recommend using the medium graphics on PUBG mobile as the smartphone will last longer and not drop any frames during gameplay. In extreme settings, the game is still playable but you may experience some overheating issues. The battery size on the Redmi Note 8 Pro has also been upgraded as it now comes with a 4500mAh battery. That enables the smartphone to last at least one full day on a single charge and up to 1.5 days with moderate use. The battery can also be fast-charged at 18W with the bundled wall charger and takes about 1.3 hours for the same. You can also use any power delivery charger with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and it will charge at the same pace. The Final Say The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a good, reliable smartphone that gets the job done for power users. There are minor issues with the smartphone that we can live with as the smartphone delivers more than its worth. It comes with a great camera that can take incredible images and performs well when it comes to gaming and battery life. While the design of the smartphone is premium, we would have loved to see the fingerprint sensor placement to be distinguished from the camera sensor. Overall, if you aren't looking to spend a lot of money on a smartphone and yet want a reliable device, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the one you're looking for. View the full article
  14. While most of us are feeling the Post-Diwali hangover and missing the festivities, there are still some brands out there that are keeping the celebration going and OnePlus is leading the bandwagon. OnePlus recently launched two new phones, OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro that have seen great responses from the consumers like any other OnePlus launch. The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro are fantastic smartphones in every way. If you want the fastest and smoothest Android phones, these are the ones that are instantly recommendable. And starting at Rs 37,999, these two can be considered great deals which, apparently, get better now. OnePlus' Diwali Bonanza Diwali saw a huge surge in sale for both the phones, so in order to keep the momentum going, OnePlus decided to give further discounts. The sale started on October 26 and will go on till November 16. During this time, you can get up to Rs 8,000 off on the new OnePlus 7T series phone. View this post on Instagram May your light always make you stand out and dazzle. #HappyDiwali #ShotonOnePlus by @waakeupsid and @yogesh.manhas A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) on Oct 26, 2019 at 9:33pm PDT OnePlus is offering a host of extra benefits on its latest flagship phones and customers can get up to Rs 5,500 off on the OnePlus 7T. All the combined benefits on the OnePlus 7T Pro bring down the price of this flagship by Rs 8,000. The same benefits are also applicable on the OnePlus 7 Pro. With the OnePlus 7T, you can avail a price benefit of up to Rs 2,000, thanks to the OnePlus Referral Program. The OnePlus Referral Program requires you to receive a referral code from an existing OnePlus user, thereby saving Rs 2,000 on the original price. On top of that, you can also save an additional Rs 2,000 in exchange with an old phone. View this post on Instagram Covered in our signature matte frosted glass, the OnePlus 7T exudes sophistication and elegance through confident, minimalistic design. Get it now on Amazon.in (link in bio) A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) on Sep 30, 2019 at 10:23am PDT That's not all, if you happen to have an HDFC Bank card, you can get an extra Rs 1,500 off on the overall price. Hence, the base variant of the OnePlus 7T with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can actually be bought for as low as Rs 32,499. OnePlus is also offering a no-cost EMI offer for the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro. If these offers don't bring back your festive spirits, there is nothing else that will work. So, keep the spirit of Diwali shopping high and grab these dealson Amazon. View the full article
  15. Apple surprised everyone by dropping a new version of AirPods called the AirPods Pro. The new AirPods Pro, as you can see, looks quite a bit different from the older ones. The new ones are a little bit smaller, they now have silicone ear tips to keep them in place, unlike the old ones which won't stay inside most people's ears. The new AirPods Pro is also quite expensive when you compare them with the older ones. In India, the new AirPods Pro will be available for a whopping Rs 24,900. Whether or not they're worth it is a question that we'll only be able to answer once we test them. But for now, we're here to tell you about all the new features of the AirPods Pro. © Apple Note: This isn't a review of the AirPods Pro. We're just comparing its feature with the second generation AirPods to tell you what's new. Physical Differences The first thing you'll notice about the new AirPods Pro is the physical difference. The charging case itself is short and squat, which makes it immediately noticeable. Well, that's because the stem of the AirPods Pro itself is short. That's how people will know if you're wearing the old AirPods or the new AirPods Pro. It's also worth pointing out that the case is slightly heavier, but you probably won't notice it all that much. © Apple The shape of the buds is also different and Apple has now included silicone tips that can be switched between three different sizes for proper fit. This is a welcome move because a lot of people had trouble keeping the original AirPods in place. Also, the ear tips will also provide the required seal for Active noise cancellation. Besides the ones we mentioned above, there's hardly anything that's different from the outside. They'll still play/ pause media as you put them on and off, you still have to throw them inside the case to charge them, and they probably sound the same, which is great. Main Differences © Apple Besides the physical differences that are mentioned above, the biggest change this time around is the Active Noise Cancellation. The new AirPods Pro can detect external sound to determine the environmental noise and create an equivalent noise to cancel it out before it reaches your ear. So the new AirPods Pro includes an additional microphone that faces inward and cancels out any remaining noise. Additionally, the AirPods Pro also offers something called "Transparency Mode" with which users can hear the environment while still listening to music. The AirPods Pro has a new 'Force sensor' which is used to switch between the full ANC and Transparency mode. © Apple Apple has also introduced Adaptive EQ which promises to make music better for its users. It'll automatically tune the low and mid-range frequencies of the music to the shape of the ears. The Adaptive EQ, combined with a custom high dynamic range amplifier and a high-excursion, low distortion speaker driver, makes us believe the AirPods Pro will offer superior audio quality. The older AirPods don't have any of these features. Battery Life As is the case with any other Apple products, we don't exactly know how big or small the AirPods Pro batteries are. But Apple says that the AirPods Pro will last you for 5 hours on a single charge, which is similar to the older AirPods. However, with ANC, you'll be looking at 4.5 hours instead of 5. With charging cases, Apple says both models offer "more than 24 hours of listening time" in total and "up to 18 hours of talk time". For AirPods Pro, Apple says 5 minutes of charging will result in around an hour of listening time, but that's similar to the older AirPods since Apple used to say they'll last for around 3 hours with just 15 minutes of charging. © Apple Sweat Proof This time around, Apple is boldly claiming that the new AirPods Pro offers a level of sweat and water resistance with an IPX4 rating. There was no such mention of a rating with the regular AirPods. The silicone tips are probably helping here to seal the openings and making it more suitable for activities like running. A Worthy Upgrade? Well, this isn't our full review of the AirPods Pro, so we'll save our verdict for later. But the ANC was the only missing feature in the regular AirPods and we're glad Apple has added it. The other features like the Transparency mode and Adaptive EQ are also there in addition to the existing ones like wireless charging support, Siri support and more. In India, the AirPods Pro will be available from tomorrow for Rs 24,900. You'll be able to pick one up online from popular e-commerce platforms or from the authorized Apple resellers. View the full article
  16. The next set of AirPods have been long rumoured to launch and some sources speculate that it may launch sooner than expected. We've seen some leaked images before, but those images looked like they were shot using a potato. A new leak has finally surfaced that shows us a clearer picture of the charging case and what it will store inside. © Slashleaks Previous rumours have suggested that the new AirPods will have noise cancellation feature and will be called AirPods Pro. The new leak from Slashleaks shows the charging case that will come with the AirPods Pro. It is larger and wider than what you get with the AirPods that are currently on sale. The charging case is larger than before, probably because the new design of the AirPods Pro will require the additional space. The AirPods Pro case is also probably going to support wireless charging like the new case on the refreshed traditional AirPods. The case also comes with the markings “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China” that is also see on iPhones and other Apple products. © Slashleaks The launch of the new AirPods is imminent and some retailers have already started selling protective cases for the charging case. The new AirPods are probably going to be a little bit more expensive than the current generation due to the new noise cancellation feature. Will you be getting the new AirPods? Also, how important is noise cancellation for you and when will you use it the most? Let us know in the comments what you think about the AirPods Pro. Source: Slashleaks
  17. It's no secret that Apple has been rumoured to be working on the next iteration of the AirPods. It was reported earlier that the new AirPods will launch sometime next year. Now, however it seems like it will come sooner than that. The new AirPods are rumoured to be called the AirPods Pro and will have a noise-cancelling feature as reported earlier. © SlashLeaks A new report by China Economic Daily suggests that Apple will be releasing the AirPods Pro later this month. It is expected to cost $260 (~Rs 18,500) and will also have basic water resistance for gym use. Earlier, the design of the upcoming AirPods was leaked and it shows that the overall design language will remain the same with subtle changes. It was also disclosed in the iOS 13.2 beta and the same update also had a tutorial about how users can adjust the noise cancellation on the new AirPods. © Twitter/RieplhuberGD The new AirPods will compete with Amazon's newly announced Echo Buds and the upcoming Pixel Buds. The noise cancellation feature on truly wireless earphones is expected to work similarly to the Sony WF- 1000XM3. It will adapt the sound in the earphones according to your surroundings and will block out ambient noise when needed. Sony uses its own 'Headphones' app to enable the feature and it will be interesting to see how Apple will implement its version of noise cancellation on the AirPods Pro. Of course, there is no certainty whether the earphones will launch later this month even though there are have been rumours of Apple hosting an event in October. Having said that, we are now approaching the end of the month and it looks highly unlikely. Source: China Economic Daily
  18. ASUS already made a convincing case for dual-screen laptops with the ScreenPad on the ZenBook Pro last year. A cool idea indeed, but it didn't excite me in a way the new ZenBook Pro Duo did when I saw it for the time. Like, do you ever see a piece of technology that's so thoughtful and innovative that it literally makes everything look old? Yeah, it belongs to that breed. Although I was wowed by and drooling over the ZenBook Pro Duo's retina-searing 4K OLED panels and its futuristic looks, I wasn't completely sure if it's actually a good laptop. I mean, yes, it makes the Apple MacBook Pro's Touchbar look silly and all, but I wanted to know if and how it really affects the rest of the laptop experience. And that's exactly what this review is all about. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer ASUS let us use the top-of-the-line variant of the ZenBook Pro Duo for a couple of weeks to see if we like it. Well, here's everything that you need to know about this laptop before dropping your money on it. Let's Talk About The Screens It's best if I start talking about the displays first because that's what's running the show here. Both the screens, I must say, have crazy specs. The main 15.6-inch touchscreen OLED panel will serve you 4K resolution worth of pixels that's aplenty for anything you can possibly imagine. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer ASUS is pushing this laptop as a creative tool, so as expected, the display has good brightness, great contrast ratio and produces vibrant and sharp images. It's just perfect for all kinds of creative work and then some. The secondary display, i.e. the ScreenPad Plus is where the real magic is happening. It's a 14-inch IPS Touchscreen that uses a 32:9 aspect ratio. It's not quite the 4K resolution, but it's super sharp and looks great as a display for the top half of the keyboard base. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer However, I must point out that there's a difference in quality between the main and the secondary screen. In comparison to the main screen which handles sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts with equal skill, the secondary screen is dimmer and has a slightly poor contrast ratio. The difference isn't obvious when you first look at it, but you'll definitely notice it once you use it for an extended period of time. By the way, you also get a stylus with the ZenBook Pro Duo and it works just as advertised. Fast and responsive, it's super handy to edit videos and move things around. ScreenXpert Software I was more interested in seeing how this second screen would benefit someone who's not necessarily in the field of creative work. You know, someone who just wants a good laptop for multitasking and maybe for casual gaming. So I started carrying this to work for my every day needs. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer ASUS' ScreenXpert Software that manages the second screen was surprisingly useful for me. I was able to set up clusters of apps and browser windows which I could open with just a tap. For instance, I had set up one of the shortcuts to open the Google Chrome window on the main screen and a window of Chrome on the second screen along with the notes app and Spotify. So all I had to do was tap the shortcut whenever I reach the office. Just one tap and everything is ready for you. The ZenBook Pro Duo also lets you do other things like extending the window on the main screen to the second screen or swap the windows and more. I wasn't a huge fan of the software on the normal ZenBook Pro laptops with the ScreenPad, but I must say that ASUS had done a kickass job here with the ScreenPad Plus. Design © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Enough about the screens, what about the design? Has ASUS made any compromises? Well, yes, there are a few. For starters, this isn't a slim and light notebook like some other ASUS notebooks that we've seen in recent times. You'll feel the weight in your backpack, so I won't recommend carrying this around if you're not used to carrying heavy laptops. That said, the ZenBook Pro Duo is a well-built machine. It feels super premium, thanks to the brushed aluminum and dark panels. The visible cooling vents on the sides also give it a nice personality. And although this notebook has a webcam, unlike the ROG Scar 3, I have to say that ASUS has indeed taken a step back when it comes to I/O. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It has one Thunderbolt 3 USE port that supports USB-C, an HDMI port, a single headphone jack, and two full-size USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. That's about it. There's no card reader, which I think is a must for creators, no Gigabit Ethernet, etc. And speaking of disappointments, I think it's a good segway to the keyboard layout and the trackpad. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Keyboard and Trackpad Since the ScreenPad Plus takes most of the space on the deck, both the keyboard and the trackpad have been pushed towards the bottom of the deck It's very similar to ASUS' Zephyrus S, except here, space is being used for a screen instead of cooling. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The keyboard itself is solid, though. The buttons have a decent amount of travel and it feels good to type on. It's the kind of premium keyboard that you'd expect from a laptop like this. It's just I don't like how the keyboard is pushed towards the bottom. To make things easier, ASUS is giving wrist-rest with the laptop for free inside the box. It helps a lot when you're using the laptop on, say, a table. But it's hardly of any use when you're using the laptop on, you know, your lap. Similarly, the trackpad is not bad per se. It has a smooth surface and it's very responsive. In fact, I really like the buttons on it. It's the trackpad's position that irks me. It doubles as the number pad, so that's cool, I guess. Performance & Thermals © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Remember how I mentioned this laptop is a bit chunky and how difficult it is to carry it around? Well, that's because of the internals. My unit here is packed with an Intel Core i9-9980HK, which happens to be one of the most powerful mobile chipsets out there. It's coupled with 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, an RTX 2060 GPU, and other components for things like Wi-Fi 6. I don't know about you, but if I see those numbers on a specs sheet, I dare not to question the capabilities of the laptop. I did use some resource-intensive photo and video editing apps to put it to test, and I wasn't surprised by the performance at all. It can handle pretty much everything with ease, including gaming. © MensXP Geekbench scores returned some crazy numbers like 5,421 on single-core and 26,262 on multi-core. It's about as high as it gets. Believe it or not, I also played and reviewed Borderlands 3 on this laptop. I was comfortably running it at 1080p resolution with graphics settings set to high. And besides all the powerful components, ASUS has done a commendable job of handling the thermals. Yes, the fans do kick in every time you start the laptop and use it for, say, an hour, but it never bothered me. The fans aren't loud, so I wasn't getting distracted. It does get warm to touch at times, but overall I'd say the thermals are well under control. Battery Life Two high-resolution screens, powerful internals to drive, like Core i9 and RTX 2060 - what do you think the battery life is going to be like? Well, if you are like me who are running both the displays at peak brightness at times, then you'll probably be looking at around 3 hours of battery life. Even if you disable the ScreenPad Plus and use just the primary display, you'll still be looking at around 5-6 hours. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer And if you're running some heavy application and making the cores kick in, then take out some more numbers off of that. Look, the point that I am trying to make is that the ZenBook Pro Duo doesn't have the best battery life and you'll definitely be needing a power source almost all the time. The Final Say The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, as I mentioned, is a thoughtful piece of technology that rethinks what a laptop can be. With those beautiful displays, powerful internals and a well-built chassis, the ZenBook Pro Duo is nothing short of a complete package. But there's a price for everything, and in this case, we're looking at a starting price of Rs 2,09,990. Is the ZenBook Pro Duo worth buying at that price? Well, that depends on the kind of use that you're looking to get out of it and how much you're going to be using those screens. If not, then you'd be better off buying something like a MacBook Pro which makes up for the lack of ScreenPad Plus with a Touchbar and a slimmer and lighter body. But with all that being said, I am glad that the ZenBook Pro Duo exists and I have nothing but respect for ASUS for pushing the boundaries and coming up with innovative products like this. Like it or not, you have to admit that the ZenBook Pro Duo is one of the coolest pieces of technology that you may have ever seen. If this is what the future of laptops look like, then I just can't wait to get there
  19. When it comes to budget smartphones, users want good performance, an attractive price and a premium design. At least that was the case a year ago, but now even budget smartphones are pushing the envelope by offering good cameras, fast charging and more storage. Xiaomi has now announced the launch of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 in India that offers everything we just mentioned and then some. The two smartphones in the Redmi Note series come with a quad-camera setup, awesome design and the most important thing; an attractive price tag. We got to check out the smartphones for a brief period of time and here are our super early impressions of the two: Design © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to an upgrade from the Redmi Note 7 and 7 Pro, Xiaomi has upgraded every specification and aspect of the smartphone - the major update being the quad-camera setup. Both smartphones get the premium treatment when it comes to the design. The Redmi Note 8 comes in four colours i.e. Neptune Blue, Space Black, Cosmic Purple and Moonlight White, where the white variant is probably our favourite. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The white variant has a gradient finish with a slight blue undertone that makes it stand out from the rest. Similarly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in Halo White, Gamma Green, and Shadow Black colour options, however, the 'Gamma Green' variant is the one you want to look out for. Both smartphones come with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating, both at the front and back, giving it the premium feel similar to flagship smartphones. When it comes to biometrics security, both smartphones have a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back and face-unlocking capabilities. Display© MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Both the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 come with IPS LCD displays while the only difference is the screen size. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a larger 6.53-inch screen while the Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.39-inch display. Both smartphones have a drop-style notch and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio). Another major difference is the 3D curved display on the Note 8 Pro. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla While both smartphones have a quad-camera setup, there are stark differences between the two that set them apart from each other. The Redmi Note 8 Pro variant comes with a 64MP primary sensor while the Redmi Note 8 comes with a 48MP primary sensor. The main difference will be in the resolution of the images. The primary sensor is the only differentiating factor between the two smartphones as the other three sensors remain the same on both models. The additional sensors include an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a field of view of 120-degrees. The third sensors is a 2MP, f/2.4 macro lens while the last sensor is a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. When it comes to video, the smartphones can capture video at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps While the camera specifications look very impressive on paper, we did not get enough time with the smartphone to draw conclusions. We will be testing out the cameras soon to know how they perform in each mode. Processor and Battery Specifications Again, it is hard to know about long-term performance since we have not spent enough time with the two devices. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with MediaTek's new chipset Helio G90T that also has a huge focus on gaming performance. The Redmi Note 8 Pro also comes with liquid cooling in order to prevent any kind of throttling while gaming. Being a new processor, it is hard to draw conclusions about its performance. From what we know, the processor is good enough to come close to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, but we can't be sure until we use it for a longer period. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM depending on the storage option you pick. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm's mid-range processor i.e. the Snapdragon 665 SoC. We've seen this processor in action before on the Mi A3 and we can expect a similar sort of performance. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes from 4GB of RAM to 6GB of RAM depending on the model. In terms of battery capacity, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh unit, while the Redmi Note 8 comes with a slightly smaller 4,000mAh battery. Both smartphones now come with a USB-C port and support 18W fast charging which has been a much-asked-for feature for the Note series. Conclusion The Redmi Note smartphones are the marquee devices of Xiaomi in India and from our initial impressions, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a worthy successor. In our initial impressions, the Redmi Note 8 Pro performs well, has all the right upgrades and is also very affordable. Stay tuned for our full review to know more about the phone and how it performs in real-life situations.
  20. Realme has finally made its version of the “flagship killer” official in China today and the smartphone boasts of some impressive components. Realme has been known for making smartphones that offer great performance for a budget-friendly price, but this will be the Chinese company's first smartphone with flagship-level specifications. © Weibo When looking at the specifications, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2400x1080) Super AMOLED 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, and 50W SuperVOOC charging. The display comes with a waterdrop notch that you can also find on the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7. The display has support for HDR10+ video content and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Realme X2 Pro starts at CNY 2,599 (~Rs 26,000) for the 6GB RAM/64GB internal storage variant. The 8GB/128GB variant costs CNY 2,799 (~Rs 28,000) while the 12GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 3,199 (~Rs 32,000). The 12GB + 256GB variant also comes with UFS 3.0 Storage which will result in faster app loads and file transfer speeds. © Weibo In the camera department, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 20x zoom, an 8-megapixel macro lens and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor. There is also a 16-megapixel selfie camera at the front. The Realme X2 Pro features a 4,000mAh battery that can be fast charged with OPPO's 50W SuperVOOC charger. It can essentially charge the smartphone to 100% in under an hour. Other notable features include support for Hi-Res audio which is also present in the Redmi K20 Pro. © Realme The Realme X2 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Ocean Blue and Midnight Silver and will also launch in India this December. We can expect the smartphone to be a bit more expensive than the Chinese variant and it may start at Rs 28,000.
  21. Apple decided to knock it out of the park with the new Mac Pro. It's one of the best and the most powerful pieces of hardware that Apple has ever put out. But with a starting price of $6,000, the Mac Pro, needless to say, is a pricey affair. That $6,000 price tag (roughly Rs 4.15 lakhs), by the way, is for the base variant of the Mac Pro. Apple decided to remain tight-lipped when it comes to the price of a maxed-out Mac Pro, which sort of makes it pretty obvious that it's not going to be cheap. Nope, not happening. In fact, the folks over at TheVerge decided to play around the number a bit and came up with an estimated figure. They shopped around for equivalent part that Apple announced during the keynote, and turns out, it's going to cost you a lot of money. Like, a lot. Well, before we tell you how much it'll most likely cost, let's check out how powerful a fully maxed-out Mac Pro really is. Once Apple puts it out on the market for purchase, you can configure a Mac Pro with a 28-core Intel Xeon W processor, to begin with. That's significantly more powerful than the 18-core iMac that they launched last year, which is already a beast of a machine. In addition to that processor, you can configure the Mac Pro with, wait for it, 1.5TB of RAM. No, that is not a typo. You can actually get a Mac Pro with 1.5 Terabytes of RAM. Also, you can get up to 4TB SSD and four AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs. That is, of course, if you can afford even one. © Apple As you can see, Apple's new Mac Pro is one of the most powerful computers out there on the market right now. The amount of performance you can get out of this machine is something that's almost impossible to comprehend. So, how much is it going to cost? According to TheVerge, a fully maxed out Mac Pro i.e. the top-of-the-line Mac Pro complete with a 28-Core Xeon processor, 1.5TB RAM, and all that good stuff will cost you at least $33,000, which roughly translates to about Rs. 22 lakhs. But wait, we haven't even added GPUs yet, which could easily bump the price up to around an eye-watering $45,000 i.e. roughly around Rs. 32 lakhs. Now, this isn't an iMac Pro we're talking about here, so you have to buy a monitor separately. Lucky for you, Apple also introduced a new 6K display called Pro Display XDR monitor. As the name suggests, it's basically the best monitor has ever created and it's apparently comparable to reference monitors out there that cost upwards of $40,000. © YouTube So, if you add that to the price to make it a fully maxed-out Mac Pro setup with Apple's best display, then you're looking at at least $50,000 which is roughly Rs 35 lakhs. Oh, you know what? Apple is not including the stand for the display inside the box, so please add that as well. That'll cost you an additional $1,000. Go figure! Do make a note that these are just estimates based on the prices of the components that are already out there on the market. We still don't know how much Apple is going to charge you for a fully maxed-out Mac Pro. But looking at Apple's history of pricing, you can expect it to be more than the market standard. And if you're planning to buy one in India, then you'll also have to factor the import duties, which is only going to make it more expensive. That being said, the new Mac Pro's, at least a fully a maxed-out Mac Pro, isn't meant for average everyday users anyway. By the word 'Pro', Apple is targetting the 'true' professionals like cinematographers and filmmakers. We can totally imagine the folks over at some film studio using a fully maxed-out Mac Pro to edit huge chunks of files.
  22. Besides all the kickass software, Apple wowed everyone by unveiling a glorious new Mac Pro at the WWDC 2019 keynote. We've been waiting for a new Mac Pro since 2013 and Apple has packed this piece of hardware with high-end specs like a 28-core Intel Xeon processor and an Afterburner movie-editing graphics card. As good as it is from the inside, well, we sadly can't say the same for its exterior design. It features a boxy silver case with matching feet and handles. Alright fine, let's just admit it, the new Mac Pro looks like a cheese grater! Seriously, just like the mesh panel on the front and back. You can't unsee it now. And as always, Twitter was quick enough to welcome Apple's shiny new design with some freshly made memes. Here are a few of them that'll make you hungry for more cheese grater memes: Oh yes! We can't wait for the videos. So who's the first YouTuber that's going to ACTUALLY grate cheese on their new @Apple Mac Pro just for the views? ð§ð§ð§ #MacNCheesePro #MacPro #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/hYz3t1O6AP — Brian Tong (@briantong) June 3, 2019 28 Chedderflops of memory? What? Here's my new iMac pro #WWDC #AppleEvent #MacPro pic.twitter.com/MZ5nQPdJT3 — Andrew Fagan (@thebluehalf) June 3, 2019 Can't wait for someone to legit do this on camera! Grate job! #MacPro #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/27Bc5tmdA8 — Noam (@noamliss) June 3, 2019 Mac n' Cheese Pro? I'm sorry, I had to do it. #MacPro #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/fMlRbASQwJ — Mario Gonzalez (@mario0357) June 3, 2019 Let's talk about that bank account tho! New Mac Pro looks like a cheese grater cuz is gonna shred all the funds in ur bank account (ð¥bu-dun-skið¥) ...yes I'll leave now... pic.twitter.com/Q4Pzv4Xfkl — Dillon Francis (@DillonFrancis) June 3, 2019 BRB! We're setting up our new desk! I'm really feeling the new Mac Pro design.#MacPro #MacPro2019 #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/Pc40rOqsl9 — Mikko (@pikkmikk) June 3, 2019 Trash can or Cheese grater? Who did it better? Trash Can or Cheese Grater? ð #WWD2019 #MacPro pic.twitter.com/mOGMPl7BYy — Safwan AhmedMia (@SuperSaf) June 3, 2019 Apple always has a purpose - The revolutionary new Mac Pro looks like a cheese grater because it's going to cost you a ton of cheddar to buy it. ð pic.twitter.com/dskB23rBbV — ᴺᴼᵠJony Ive (@JonyIveParody) June 3, 2019 We've been testing our Mac Pro too. Works great! Testing out the new Mac Pro. #WWDC2019 pic.twitter.com/P7rTNuqZnM — Ade Thompson (@apt) June 3, 2019 Release the Mac Pro Air already, Apple! In 2030...Introducing the new Mac Pro Air...#WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/K32UYkZAIA — Brian Tong (@briantong) June 4, 2019
  23. Apple's Touch Bar implementation on the MacBook Pro received a lot of flak for not exactly being the most useful hardware feature. No doubt, it comes handy at times, but it's not really the most practical piece of hardware. But what if the Touch Bar is replaced with a 14-inch 4K screen, which can essentially act as a secondary display? Well, that's exactly what ASUS has pulled off at Computex 2019 with its new ZenBook Pro Duo notebook. Before we talk about the laptop and all its features, let's take a moment to appreciate how good it looks. Yes, it looks incredibly cool, right? Well, it's ought to, because you're looking at two 4k screens there. There's a 15-inch 16:9 OLED panel, which is just like what you get on most other laptops. But in addition to that, the ZenBook Pro Duo offers a 32:9 IPS “ScreenPad Plus” screen right below it. Yes, it's just like Apple's MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, except it's bigger and appears to be much more functional. The notebook's keyboard deck looks very similar to the one seen on ASUS' Zephyrus S, which we recently reviewed. It's got a touchpad on the right side that also doubles up as the Numpad with just the press of a button. © YouTube Internally, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo can be configured with up to an octa-core Intel Core i9 processor and with an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. It's got a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and an HDMI port. It's a bit on the heavier side, coming in at 2.4 kgs. But if you want a smaller, slightly lighter one, then you can choose to go with the 14-inch variant. ASUS hasn't announced the pricing or the availability of the notebook, and it looks like ASUS is going to keep us waiting for a while.
  24. It's true, hard workouts equal hard results and it takes lots of effort to get a great body. Your entire hard work means nothing if you can't recover from your killer sessions. © Getty Images The faster you can recover, the more intensity you can keep up in your sessions. If you are looking to speed up your recovery so you can get bigger and stronger, then follow these 5 guidelines: 1) Embrace Your Post Workout Meal: You need food to be energized. Many of you are hungry and are low in energy after a workout. You get energy from food and beverages. Ergo, you need to eat some carbs and protein post-exercise. How much? That's subjective. A good range would be 40-80g of carbs and 30-40g of protein. 2) Short Naps: In addition to a good night's sleep (if your schedule will allow it) get in at least one 15 to 20-minute nap during the day. These little short naps help to aid in recovery. Small naps are good for your heart, blood pressure, stress levels and even weight management. When you sleep your body recovers. 3) Hydration And Caffeine: Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you to flush out toxins from your muscles. your body needs water to function; a small two per cent dehydration will result in a 10 per cent reduction in strength. © Getty Images Proper hydration also helps to keep our joints lubricated. Drinking water will lead to improved gym performance and fuller muscles. Caffeine has shown to suppress fatigue and might help you to boost you after your workout. Have a cup of coffee pre-workout if you like it. 4) Active Rest Recovery Is Your Friend: Rest days give your muscles a hard-earned break from yourself beating at the gym. If you feel up to it, some light movement like grocery or clothes shopping, an easy bike ride, watching a movie, or even doing mobility drills could help in recovery-promoting effects as well. These strategies come under active recovery. Light cardio after a heavy strength training session will help relieve soreness by stimulating blood flow and improving circulation to the muscles. If you experience muscular tightness, then foam rolling can be an excellent way to fight this for flexibility but don't expect any wonder to happen via foam rolling, a new meta-analysis on foam rolling says its a complete waste of time just helps in some flexibility. 5) Reduce Overall Stress: Acute stress-which comes from training is a good thing. Chronic stress from other sources like work, relationship, inadequate sleep, etc can significantly affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis as well as how quickly you recover. Too much stress can drastically delay your recovery time between workouts. When hard workouts are tossed into the volatile combination of high chronic stress and an already tired body, you are asking your body to finally break down in the form of dull results or, worse. © Getty Images Any form of stress in your life is going to take a toll on your overall well-being and your body's capacity to take on anything further. Take steps to reduce your stress level to ensure you can jump back faster. Do something you really enjoy, make yourself happy, and surround yourself with people who love you and support you. Recovery is a crucial part of any fitness-related goal. No recovery = no results! Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
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