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  1. Vivo spokesperson confirms that Enforcement Directorate had raided multiple locations, seized company property
  2. Over the last couple of years, OnePlus has made a mark for itself in the smartphone industry. Their ‘Never Settle’ attitude reflects heavily in their flagship offerings and the OnePlus 10 Pro is a testament to it. With the OnePlus 10 Pro, the smartphone giant is reestablishing itself in the premium market as the go-to smartphone for gaming. And this new title is truly deserving of the brand. If you are wondering why we have all the answers… Hyperboost Gaming EnginePowered by the Hyperboost Gaming Engine, the OnePlus 10 Pro delivers on the promise of offering new gaming features. These features include a GPA frame stabilizer and O-Sync, which are designed to deliver a more responsive gaming experience to the user. What is O-Sync? It is essentially the technology that increases the processing and sync speed by 6 times while gaming. This ensures that the gaming response time is reduced up to 30 milliseconds, offering the users a hassle-free, smooth and more reactive experience like never before. OnePlus Finest DisplayPowered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and the new heat dissipation technology, the OnePlus 10 Pro also features a 120 Hz display that features second-generation LTPO technology. OnePlus 10 Pro sports a 6.7 inch Fluid AMOLED display panel with dual colour calibration. But that’s not all! In a first, OnePlus has launched with a TUV SUV 36-month fluency – a rating certificate that states OnePlus 10 Pro can deliver a smooth user experience for at least 3 years of usage. Renewed Focus on Thermals With a chipset that is 4 times faster than its predecessors, the OnePlus 10 Pro is almost 25% more efficient. What’s more, is that the device comes with a 5 layer 3D Passive Cooling System which is far more advanced than its previous offerings. OnePlus 10 Pro has a cooling area of over 34,100 mm2, which is larger than an A5 sheet of paper and the biggest on any OnePlus smartphone so far. With a large, customized vapor chamber, copper foil, and copper carbon on both sides of the device’s motherboard, along with a new cooling film made of graphene, the OnePlus 10 Pro makes everyday use more comfortable and maximizes performance from its Snapdragon chipset. OnePlus Faster Charging & MorePacked with 5000 mAh2 battery and a dual-cell design, the device offers an increased battery life allowing users to enjoy an extended and uninterrupted gaming experience. Supported by SUPERVOOC fast charging, the new OnePlus 10 Pro can deliver a day’s battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. Still wondering if OnePlus 10 Pro is the ultimate go-to gaming smartphone? Well, we definitely think so! OnePlus 10 Pro 5G starts at a price tag of Rs 66,999 for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage and goes up to Rs 71,999 for the 12GB/256GB storage. You can order your next OnePlus upgrade at the OnePlus Store and Amazon India. View the full article
  3. Accused's parents had fixed his marriage to someone else, after which he demanded the girl returned the smartphone
  4. While every smartphone offers gaming on the move, only a select few promise perks like an impeccable refresh rate, a powerful processor and flagship-grade imaging. Talking of flagship features, the all new gaming beast OnePlus 9RT is out on the prowl and is ready to heat up the battle between gamers. Here’s the complete run-down of features that make it one of the most advanced gaming smartphones in the market today: 1) Hyper Touch 2.0Imagine breaking your all time high score but…bummer…your phone hangs! Well, there’s no room for gaming nightmares when it comes to the OnePlus 9RT, thanks to it’s Hyper Touch 2.0, which unlocks the potential of the 300 Hz response rate and doubles it to an industry-leading 600 Hz. View this post on Instagram A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) With this feature, the OnePlus 9RT 5G has lowered its lowest touch delay of 36ms to just 29ms. In layman’s terms, it’s almost twice as fast as the speed of other gaming smartphones. 2) 4D Intelligent Haptic ImmersionThe OnePlus 9RT brings together powerful visual and audio recognition algorithms and over 150 unique haptic feedback types resulting in an unparalleled immersive experience. The smartphone aims to douse the gamer in an experience so realistic that he/she feels every explosion, bump and heart-pumping chase! 3) A Powerful ProcessorThe backbone of any gaming device is a powerful processor and OnePlus is truly blessed with the best - the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888! Add to that 12GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 256GB of UFS3.1 high-speed flash memory and you have a seamless gaming experience like no other. View this post on Instagram A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) From checking office mails in the morning to turning up the heat with smartphone gaming in the evening, trust the OnePlus 9RT to provide stable speed and incredible consistency always! 4) Tri-eSport Wi-Fi Antenna SystemWith the OnePlus 9RT’s Tri-eSport Wi-Fi Antenna System, you’ll never have to worry about losing a game because of ‘bad network’. The smartphone has bragging rights to a performance enhancing antenna that boosts speed, enhances stability and maximizes reception. OnePlus So whether it is Fortnite or Call of Duty, get ready to rise to the occasion and intensive action (minus the network glitches!) with the OnePlus 9RT. 5) Superior Heat DissipationVirtual gaming often gets competitive and fast-paced. However, you can trust this flagship genius to never lose its cool, thanks to its superior heat dissipation technology. With 5 thermal diffusion layers and an upgraded heat stack design, trust this phone to lead you to the end game without heating up. The OnePlus 9RT is the coolest (literally!) phone by the brand so far, and has set a new record for thermal efficiency by providing 20% better heat dissipation compared to the previous OnePlus 9 series. View this post on Instagram A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) Additionally, the OnePlus 9RT offers warp charge 65T (it goes from 0 to 100% in just 29 minutes!), a newly calibrated nightscape and OIS mode for low light photography and a 120 Hz FHD + All Action OLED display! In a nutshell, the OnePlus 9RT is geared for greatness - for everyday users and gaming enthusiasts alike! Click here to know more about this flagship smartphone. View the full article
  5. Production facility to be operational by January 2022; local partner says it aims to produce up to 3 million handsets per year
  6. Police rescue the wife, 26, from the south-eastern Rajasthan district of Baran after facing ?great difficulty?
  7. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are the next iterations of smartphones by Apple that pack a punch and offer everything you need in a smartphone. While neither of the 13 Pro smartphones reinvents the wheel of smartphones, it does it better than anybody else. The successor to the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max may not seem much of a big deal on paper, but the changes Apple has made under the hood make all the difference. Apart from unbeatable performance, Apple has introduced new features such as the ProMotion Super Retina XDR display and new camera features that take the photography game of the iPhone 13 Pro to the next level. Here’s what I think about the 13 Pro and 13 Pro max after using them for a week: iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apart from having a slightly larger camera bump and a thicker body design, Apple has opted to use the same squared-off design of the iPhone 12 series. I loved the design on the last iPhone and I love it on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max series as well. The phone has a glossy stainless steel frame that gives it a very premium look, much like its predecessor. The display size on both the 13 Pro and Pro Max remain the same i.e. 6.1-inch (iPhone 13 Pro) and 6.7-inch (iPhone 13 Pro Max). However, this time around the front-camera array that houses the Face ID has been reduced in size. While the size of the notch has been reduced, it still interferes with the overall experience especially since many apps have not adjusted to the extra space around the smaller notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This time around, the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max comes in Sierra Blue, Gold, Graphite, and Silver where I particularly fell in love with the blue colour. It’s not as bright or gaudy as other smartphones you may have seen and instead uses a very subtle tone that’s very classy in my opinion. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apart from the obvious design influence from the iPhone 12 series, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max also come with other features such as MagSafe magnets, IP64 water resistance and a Ceramic Shield coating. When taking all of the design aesthetics and features into account, both phones feel as if you’re holding a luxury product in your hand. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, Apple has finally brought its ProMotion technology to the iPhone from the iPad Pro lineup. The ProMotion Super Retina XDR displays on both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are amongst the best we’ve seen yet. Both displays have the ability to push frames up to 120Hz which you can also turn off if needed from the accessibility menu. Much like the iPad Pro and previous Samsung smartphones, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can also adjust the refresh according to what you are doing. The iPhone 13 Pro automatically detects when you’re consuming content that requires a higher or lower refresh rate. By utilising this method, the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max is able to conserve as much battery life as possible. © Unsplash/jeremy-bezanger As for the quality of the display, Apple has always been at the forefront of calibrating displays for the best experience and the case remains the same here. The OLED panel used in the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is sharp, vibrant and supports HDR/Dolby Vision content. Both phones have one of the best quality panels I’ve ever seen on a smartphone and are ideal for all sorts of activities. However, if you like to play games, watch movies and just prefer a larger canvas, the iPhone 13 Pro Max should be your only choice here. iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max’s camera prowess may have sounded like jargon to you during the launch event but after using them, I have to say that the revamp is unparalleled. This time, all three sensors have sensor-shift optical image stabilisation which makes a lot of difference in capturing both photos and videos. The ultra-wide sensor is by far the most fun to use as it is the most versatile sensor out of the three. The ultra-wide camera is capable of capturing photos of both landscapes and minute details of a flower from the same lens. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla As for the main wide sensor, there is a noticeable difference in image quality in terms of capturing detail and colour balance. However, this time around, Apple also gives you the option to pick your photographic style from a few set profiles. You can use the default profile or switch to another style such as rich contrast, warm, cool and vibrant. I prefer using the Vibrant setting as it tends to capture images that look more social media worthy, especially if you like to capture moments in the golden hour. The iPhone 13 Series now also has a new cinematic mode where it somewhat turns the phone’s video capturing capabilities closer to professional video capture cameras. In this mode, the camera can automatically change focus from subject to subject either in the foreground or the background. If you’re not happy with Apple’s solution, you can even manually shift focus between subjects in post. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla ProRes video is yet another new feature that videographers might be interested in. It effectively lets users capture videos in true 4K format with outstanding quality. Think of it as if you’re capturing lossless video footage or a RAW image which you can use in professional software like Premiere Pro and Final Cut. Here are some samples captures using the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, using all of its sensors and cinematic mode: iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max Performance and Battery LifeAll of the camera capabilities I’ve mentioned above wouldn’t have been possible without the new A15 Bionic chipset. Now, every year I say that Apple makes the most powerful chipset for smartphones and I’m happy to let you know the case remains the same this year as well. While the chipset is still 5nm in size, it packs a lot more transistors that make it even more efficient than last year’s A14 Bionic. I was shocked to see how efficient the chipset was during my usage as I never saw any form of battery drain or throttling ever since I started using it. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Both models were able to effortlessly multitask between 20 or more apps, edit videos/photos and run graphic-intensive games without being affected in a drastic way. On the iPhone 13 Pro, I could easily run it throughout the day with my daily workflow and still have 20% battery left towards the end of the day. On the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the case is entirely different as the phone runs even longer than that. The battery performance on both phones is outstanding where the larger Pro Max was a clear standout even amongst phones that boast 5,000 mAh batteries. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla As for benchmarks, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max blow the competition out of the water. In Geekbench 5, the iPhone 13 Pro Max scored 1729 (single-core) and 4661 (multi-core) that exceeds any smartphone that has launched in 2021. Qualcomm and other competitors are still playing catch up with Apple’s silicon from last year so this was expected. In 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited, the iPhone 13 Pro scored 8,919 while the Pro Max scored 8,845. In 3DMark’s WildLife unlimited test, both phones registered an average frame rate of 68.7 FPS. The Final Say The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are the pinnacles of smartphone advancement where both phones are capable of delivering exemplary performance in almost every department. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are two phones that set a benchmark for smartphone design and display technology that I expect many others to imitate. However, if you want the best photography, gaming and display experience from a smartphone right now, nothing beats either the iPhone 13 Pro and the 13 Pro Max. View the full article
  8. As the festive season approaches us at full speed, it’s time we change the gear to “merry” and get in the celebratory zone. For starters - sprucing up our homes, sending holiday invites to la familia, and my favourite - deciding which smartphone to upgrade to this season (don’t we all do that?). iStock With Flipkart’s Big Billion Days around the corner, It’s the ideal time to bring a new smartphone home - we need the best camera to capture the festive fervour, crystal clear video calls to our loved ones, upgraded storage, and whatnot. While we’re on the subject, here’s why we’d 10/10 recommend Flipkart as the go-to destination for smartphone shopping: 1. You’ll be spoilt for choice! Buying a smartphone is a big decision for most of us. It’s only obvious that we should scout for all possible options and decide what suits our needs best. MensXP With great offers on both premium and affordable smartphones, you can get a smartphone starting from as low as Rs. 5999. 2. Shop with a tech expertLet’s be honest - most of us aren’t tech experts and require solid advice when it comes to shopping gadgets. MensXP 3. Get smart with your upgrade! MensXP Flipkart Smart Upgrade plan is the best way to buy a premium phone where you can pay just 70% of the value of the smartphone.What’s more, you no longer need a credit card to enjoy these benefits. - Flipkart Smart Upgrade is currently available to select Flipkart shoppers. It’s mandatory to submit your KYC to avail Flipkart Smart Upgrade benefits. - You can share your Aadhar, PAN Card Details and Bank Account Detail or UPI ID to complete the KYC. These details are safe with Flipkart and are used only to complete your KYC. - The product page of eligible Smartphones will have a Flipkart Smart Upgrade Section. - This plan is applicable to a wide range of models like realme 8s, Motorola Edge 20 series, OPPO Reno6 series, OPPO F19s, realme GT ME 5G, and more. 4. Unparalleled benefits: Smartphone Exchange Program MensXP Want to trade your old phone for a new phone? Flipkart has you covered. The Smartphone exchange program in Flipkart lets you exchange your old smartphone in any working condition, for a new smartphone, at its best price. Of course, the better the condition of the phone, the higher the exchange value. 5. Life made easy: With multiple payment options for your new smartphone MensXP What’s more? Flipkart’s No Cost EMI option can be availed at 0% interest, and no processing fee at all. This applies to all major banks including HDFC, ICICI, and Bajaj Finserv. Flipkart is also launching ‘Flipkart Pay Later EMI’ for select customers, wherein they can avail EMI with tenure from 3 to 48 months. ICICI and Axis Bank account holders can claim an additional 10% discount on debit and credit cards during the Big Billion Days sale (Oct 3, 2021-Oct 10, 2021) 6. Delivery speed - Unparalleled! MensXP Flipkart’s quick 90-minute delivery is available in more than 12 cities - Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Panchkula. 7. Post-Purchase PerksPost-purchase maintenance is one of the most important factors while buying a smartphone. Flipkart offers best-in-class post-purchase perks which help us buy smartphones worry-free. With Flipkart’s Warranty Assistant, Complete Mobile Protection and Buyback Guarantee - you can be assured that your smartphone is in safe hands. MensXP From Accidental Damage, broken screens, liquid-related damage and all manufacturing defects and issues, Flipkart’s Complete Mobile Protection covers it all. Quit waiting (& risk shelling out big bucks) with this protection plan that truly has you covered. Under this scheme, Flipkart offers unlimited pick-ups and drops, combined with great cost-saving. Additionally, Flipkart Warranty Assistant offers doorstep pick up and drop for any in-warranty services. Flipkart’s Buyback Guarantee offers an assured buyback value on your phone. By providing an exhaustive list of products paired with unparalleled offers and features Flipkart consistently puts customers first. What are you waiting for? It’s time to brighten your canvas by upgrading your smartphone on Flipkart during the Big Billion Days from 3rd to 10th October! View the full article
  9. Every smartphone manufacturer might be forced to remove the charger from boxes by 2024. The new rule may come into effect as the European Commission is presenting a legislative proposal for a common charger today. The common charger would work with every electronic device including smartphones and other peripherals. © Unsplash/salman-majeed According to a new report by Politico, the proposal will be discussed later this week and the European Commission plans to make it into law by 2024. The proposal also contains a clause where manufactures will have to stop including chargers inside the box of the smartphones, at least the ones sold in the European Union. © Unsplash/steve-johnson Companies like Apple and Samsung have already started removing the charger from the box of the iPhone 12 Series and Galaxy S21 series onwards. Much like the legislation, both companies removed the charger to cut down on e-waste. The new legislation will impact a variety of gadgets such as smartphones, e-book readers, wireless chargers, wireless earbuds, portable speakers and anything else that requires a charger. © Unsplash/martin-sanchez There’s a good chance that in the effort to reduce e-waste, Apple might be forced to ditch the Lightning charger in favour of a USB-C port. Apple has opposed the idea of replacing the Lightning port with the USB-C port but it seems like the European Commission is going ahead with its plans. It May Not Affect India There is a good chance that if this law comes into effect, chargers will still be included in boxes of smartphones that are sold in India. This legislation will force smartphone OEMs to remove the charger from the box of their smartphones however in regions like India, a charger might still be included. It’s also worth pointing out that the legislation has not become law yet and may require time to iron out finer details. However, we can expect more companies to drop the charger out of smartphone boxes to reduce cost and e-waste. It will be interesting to see if smartphone companies would also remove chargers from budget smartphones as those sell in higher numbers. Would you buy a smartphone if it didn’t come with a charger? Or are you fine with the removal and would purchase the charger separately if needed? Let us know in the comments what you think. Source: Politico View the full article
  10. Apple announced the latest iPhone 13 series earlier this week and now the benchmark results for the new smartphone are out. The new iPhone is powered by Apple’s latest silicon i.e. the A15 Bionic chipset that is said to be faster than any other mobile SoC in the market. The A15 Bionic chipset is Apple’s latest 5nm SoC with 15 billion transistors where it is powered by 2 high performance and 4 efficiency cores. The top Android flagship smartphones of the year such as the ASUS ROG 5 scored 1112 (single-core) and 3703 (multi-core) in a simple Geekbench 5 test. The ASUS ROG 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC which is currently the chipset most Android flagship smartphones use. © Twitter/Ice Universe Now, the Geekbench 5 results for the iPhone 13 have surfaced online and it shows how powerful the new chipset really is. According to the results shared by IceUniverse, the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic chipset scored 1734 (single-core) and 4818 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. That’s considerably higher than any Android flagship smartphone that has launched this year. Apple promised a 30% performance and graphics improvement over its competition and it seems like the results back the company’s claims. © Apple This does not come as a surprise though as Apple’s chipsets have been beating the best SoCs from the likes of Samsung and Qualcomm. Even last year, the iPhone 12 beat every Android device in benchmarks and performance by a huge margin and it seems the case remains the same with the iPhone 13 as well. It’s also worth pointing out that Apple has not increased the onboard RAM on the iPhone 13 and it continues to be powered by 4GB of RAM. The iPhone 13 Pro gets a slight bump though as it currently has 6GB of RAM. Apple tends to have faster and more efficient performing smartphones than its competition simply because of the software optimisations the company does. It’s no secret that Apple develops its silicon keeping iOS in mindand that results in the most powerful and efficient smartphone of the year. Having said that, performance could be different in the real world and we can't wait to see how the iPhone 13 performs in real life. View the full article
  11. Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio announced that the company will be delaying the roll-out of JioPhone Next. The smartphone was expected to launch on September 10. However, the phone will now be available on or after Diwali. © BCCL JioPhone Next was being developed by Reliance Jio in partnership with Google and was being touted as one of the most affordable 4G smartphones. The phone would have been perfect for users who were looking to upgrade from 2G to 4G phones. We still don’t know how much the phones are going to cost but it could be different now that the phone has been delayed due to a helpless situation. Reliance Jio and Google "have made considerable progress towards launching the much-awaited JioPhone Next, the made-for-India smartphone being jointly designed by the companies," the statement said. "The device and the operating system will offer premium capabilities that have until now been associated with more powerful smartphones, including voice-first features that enable people to consume content and navigate the phone in their own language, deliver a great camera experience, and get the latest Android feature and security updates," the statement added. While both companies have begun the testing of JioPhone next, the smartphone still needs time for improvements and bug fixes. However, the main reason why the phone has been delayed is because of a worldwide ship shortage. "This additional time will also help mitigate the current industry-wide, global semiconductor shortages," it said. © Reliance Jio Chip shortages have affected a wide range of industries such as the automobile sector, gaming consoles, smartphones and smart home devices. It seems like the JioPhone Next has also suffered delays in development and manufacturing due to the shortages. Having said that, the delay isn’t as colossal as one would assume. The phone will now launch sometime in November which is about a two-month delay The JioPhone Next is expected to feature Google Assistant, automatic language translation, and smart camera features with India-centric filters. We will know more about the JioPhone Next closer to its launch around Diwali including its price and availability details. View the full article
  12. Smartphone companies have become better at offering security updates to smartphones for at least three years but it seems like that won’t be enough. It’s a massive problem that plagues Android devices where users are often forced to buy a new smartphone every three years because their old devices don’t have the necessary security update to run apps. © mika-baumeister-unsplash However, the European Union is now taking the fight to smartphone companies and wants to force longer periods of security updates for smartphones. Now, Germany has gone a step ahead of the EU and wants seven years of updates for smartphones and spare parts. If this comes into effect, smartphone companies will be legally required to offer these services for each model they sell in Germany and possibly the EU. This means that if you bought a smartphone in 2021, you could receive an Android 18 update under these regulations. It would also require smartphone companies to keep replacement parts for the devices. This new rule is being proposed in an effort to reduce electronic waste. When taking other gadgets into account, seven years of updates for desktop operating systems is now a standard. While Google, Samsung and even OnePlus have set a standard of three years of security updates, Germany’s proposal goes above and beyond what the EU is hoping for. Both the EU and the German government want to extend the life of smartphones, increase their reliability and maintainability to improve environmental conditions. This will effectively increase the life cycle of each smartphone sold in the region without having the need to purchase a new smartphone every few years. © mika-baumeister--unsplash The EU’s proposal might come into effect in 2023 and it’s worth pointing out that 40 percent of Android users are still running Android 9 Pie. In fact, no further security updates are also the main reason why Android users switch to the iPhone. New security updates will not only help Android smartphone companies retain customers for longer, but they will also help in protecting their devices from malware and hackers. Longer security updates will prevent attackers from targeting older Android smartphones that could be open to exploits. What do you think of Germany and the EU’s requirement of minimum security update requirements of five or seven years? Do you upgrade your smartphone as soon as the security update period runs out or would you rather use your smartphone for longer? View the full article
  13. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is my favourite phone of the year so far. I can end the review right here and call it a day but it is worth talking about the most exciting phone that will launch this year. The clamshell foldable smartphone is all set to go mainstream, thanks to its slightly affordable price and practicality. As smartphones keep getting boring each year, Samsung has managed to deliver a smartphone that may give us a glimpse of the future. After spending three weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, here’s why I think it is the most exciting smartphone of the year. Design The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is by far the most practical phone to use and it’s all thanks to its foldable design. You can fold it up and slip it into your breast pocket and unfold the screen to get a normal smartphone experience. There’s even an outer display that shows you notifications, weather updates, time, voice recording and other features. This essentially removes the need of unfolding the main display for checking non-priority notifications. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The folding design is all thanks to its vertical hinge which Samsung claims can flip open 2 lakh times. I’ve used the smartphone for almost everything and found the hinge to be very durable. In fact, I never felt as if any of the two sides would snap off any minute. I regularly opened and closed the smartphone much like any flip phone and did not notice it getting loose either. The hinge also protects the foldable display from any dust or debris which shows that Samsung has learned from its previous mistakes as well. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla I do have to say that I never got tired of unfolding the phone and thoroughly enjoyed using it each time. I even prefer the form factor of the phone as it easily fits in your palm and doesn’t really feel uncomfortable to use. I could also easily use most of the unfolded display with one hand. It reminds me of how I used to interact with flip phones from the 2000s and I got the same nostalgic feeling every time I used this phone. Other notable design features include an embedded fingerprint sensor on the power button. Because of the narrower design, your right thumb sits naturally on the power button and the fingerprint scanner. You can easily unlock the smartphone without moving your thumb. Display When it comes to the display, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 measures 6.7-inches and has a resolution of 2640 x 1080 pixels. The AMOLED display also has a refresh rate of 120Hz and supports HDR10+ content. When using the smartphone to play games or viewing video content, I felt right at home. By that, I mean that I never missed using my OnePlus 9 Pro or any other phone for that matter. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Since it is a foldable display, you can notice the crease when seeing content with white or bright backgrounds. However, the crease is barely noticeable even from up close when using it as a smartphone. The crease is only noticeable from acute angles and doesn’t really hamper the overall experience. After a week, I didn’t even take notice of the crease which is something you will also get used to after a while. Just because it is a foldable display, it doesn’t mean Samsung used an inferior panel for this phone. Much like most Samsung flagship phones, the display is fantastic with colour accuracy, vibrancy and calibration. I expect the best displays from Samsung and I’m happy to let you know that the company has carried their legacy forward with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 as well. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla I do have to say that it took me time to get used to the phone’s 21.9:9 aspect ratio, however with time you start to appreciate it as well. Due to its narrower design, the smartphone is easier to operate for actions such as texting, web browsing and sending emails. The only time you might find it awkward is when you’re trying to watch video content. Having said that, I got used to that with time as well. There’s also an additional 1.1-inch display on the outer shell of the smartphone that you can use for various purposes. Apart from checking notifications and weather, you can also use it as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the main sensor. This is a recurring feature from previous iterations as well, however this time around the larger screen helps a lot more in better framing. Performance and Battery Life The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is powered by the best hardware Android smartphones can get in 2021. Even in India, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 uses a Snapdragon 888 chipset that has been coupled with 8GB of RAM. In almost every scenario, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 performed as well as any Snapdragon 888 Chipset that has launched this year. Even with 8GB of RAM, I did not notice any app crashes or throttling of any kind. I did notice some overheating, especially on the upper half of the foldable display when trying to play games. When playing Dead Cells, I did not notice any frame rate drops and in fact, it took full advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate as well. However, this was also when the device got the warmest which could be a cause for concern if you like to game a lot on your smartphone. On Geekbench 5, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 scored an impressive 2,984 in multicore which is at par if not better than 2021 flagship phones. The one drawback you will face with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the battery life. Since it has a 3,300 mAh, the phone doesn’t last as long as other smartphones. With moderate usage, the phone would last about 7 hours in total which is quite troublesome. The Z Flip 3 also does not support any form of fast charging as it only draws 15W when using a wired PD charger. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 also supports wireless charging but even that is capped at 10W. Cameras The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is outfitted with a 12MP (f/1.8) wide-angle shooter and a 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens. The phone even has a 10MP front-facing camera as a punch-hole sensor in the display. Samsung opted not to include a telephoto sensor on this device which is slightly disappointing. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla However, using the main sensor on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was as good as using it on the Galaxy S21. Some of the images look absolutely stunning while there were times when some of the images had oversaturated colours. There were times when colours looked slightly washed out and there were times when it captured colours with accuracy. The overall camera performance on the Z Flip 3 can be very inconsistent which may not be ideal for photography enthusiasts. Having said that, the camera on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is still better than that on most Android smartphones from 2021. I just wish Samsung didn’t oversaturate colours and use face smoothening effects for selfies. If you want to see some camera samples from the Galaxy Z Flip 3, have a look at the gallery below: The Final Say The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is my favourite smartphone of the year so far for being different, innovative and practical. Even with its shortcomings such as its short battery life, I will still personally purchase this smartphone. At a slightly affordable price, you can get the novelty of owning a practical foldable smartphone. If you want to stand out from the rest and have new tech in your pocket at the same time, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the perfect starting point. View the full article
  14. It is hard to stand out from the plethora of smartphones that keep flooding the Indian smartphone market. Realme has also contributed towards the wide selection of budget smartphones in the country but at least the company is now trying to differentiate itself. Smartphones are getting boring, there’s no doubt about that. The only thing we now care about is the hardware specifications and if the camera is decent enough to capture memories. However, what if you did something different with the design that literally makes a smartphone unique. That’s the Realme GT Master Edition. I’ve been using the Realme GT Master Edition for about three weeks and here’s what I think about the smartphone that might turn a few heads. Design and Display By far, the main attraction here is the design Realme has chosen to use at the back of the smartphone. Realme says it has used “vegan leather” at the back of the phone to give the smartphone a different texture feel. I have to say that Realme has successfully managed to do that as the leather-like texture is surely a delight to feel when using the smartphone. I even love the grey colour as it isn’t gaudy and very minimalistic to look at. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The unique design of the smartphone comes from the mind of designer Naoto Fukasawa, who also designed the two previous Realme Master Edition smartphones. In this case, the design has tried to emulate the touch and feel of a travel suitcase which on its own is quite unique. Since the smartphone uses somewhat of a “concave” design, it does a great job of giving it some layered 3D characteristics. Sometimes I wish more companies took risks like this instead of using the same glass body design that eventually gets covered up by a protective case anyway. With the Realme GT Master Edition, I never felt like using a protective case with the smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apart from the unique back, the smartphone follows the standard design where you will find the camera module on the top left corner, volume rockers on the left edge of the phone and the lock screen button on the right edge of the phone. Apart from that, the smartphone is fairly light which was surprising as I expected the device to be heavier due to the fake leather back. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the Realme GT Master Edition has a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display has a peak brightness level of 1000 nits and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. Overall, the display’s quality is fairly similar to other Super AMOLED displays. It does accurately represent colours and has sharp visuals. However, it still isn’t the highest grade AMOLED display out there in this price range. For watching movies and TV Shows, the Realme GT ME gets the job done, however you should keep your expectations in check when comparing to other Realme devices. Performance The Realme GT Master Edition is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset and my review unit came with 8GB of RAM. While the 8GB of RAM is sufficient for daily tasks such as web browsing, email and social media, it won’t perform as fast or efficiently as the 800 series chipsets. In my usage, I also experienced slight overheating especially when I started to use the camera or while playing games like Super Mario Run. The case remained the same when we played other games such as Genshin Impact and BGMI. I do have to point out that there were noticeable frame rate drops in some of the more graphic-heavy titles, however it didn’t render any of the games unplayable. I advise playing the game in medium settings so that it can maintain 60FPS in competitive games like BGMI. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In our benchmark test, the Realme GT Master Edition scored 776 (single-core) and 2675 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. That’s a respectable score for a mid-budget smartphone but I feel the smartphone was ultimately held back due to 8GB of RAM. There is a mode where you can slightly overclock the CPU or the GPU for better results in games, however, it does have an adverse impact on the battery of the phone. The Realme GT Master Edition has a 4,300 mAh battery which is fairly smaller than the competition. It can last up to an entire day with moderate usage, however the battery life does suffer when using CPU/GPU intensive apps. The battery can be fast-charged using the 65W SuperDart charger where it can get fully charged in 33 minutes. Camera The Realme GT Master Edition has a 64MP main sensor that is coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP Macro sensor. In my usage, the cameras weren’t exactly fun to use as many of the colours looked washed out or oversaturated. In some cases, the images also lacked enough detail even when using the 64MP mode. The macro lens is utterly useless as I always prefer a telephoto sensor over a sensor you will barely use. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The lack of a telephoto lens really does hamper the overall photography experience as you can clearly notice noise when using digital zoom. In my opinion, a telephoto lens is always preferable over a macro lens as it comes in handy in taking pictures of objects that are far away. I don’t remember the last time I used macro-lens to take pictures of a bug or a flower and it seems like Realme missed the memo. If you like to take pictures to share on social media, the Realme GT Master Edition will not give you the best possible results. It does a great job at taking images with enough light, however falls flat when you’re in a dark room. Realme still needs to work a lot on its imaging quality, especially on the Realme GT Master Edition. The Final Say The Realme GT Master Edition is fairly unique looking and offers an interesting design choice to make it less boring than its competition. It offers decent performance, super-fast charging speeds and a memorable design to make it stand out from the crowd. However, the phone still needs improvement in the camera department to make it a viable option to consider. For Rs 27,999, Realme has managed to deliver an exciting product that could become a great smartphone to own in the future if the company supports it with meaningful software updates. View the full article
  15. A smartphone caught fire in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight that landed in Seattle last night. Passengers on the plane were forced to evacuate as soon as the fire was discovered. According to a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle, the smartphone was a Galaxy A21. © Samsung “After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition,” Cooper said in an email to The Seattle Times. “However, during an interview with one of our Port of Seattle Police officers, the passenger volunteered the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, we could not confirm it by looking at the remains of the device.” There was enough smoke and fire in the flight that the flight crew had to initiate an emergency evacuation. The cause for the smartphone bursting is not known, however, it could be possible that the pressurisation in the cabin may have caused the lithium-ion battery to explode. Just talked with a passenger on Alaska Airlines flight 751, where a fire broke out in the plane after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. A passenger’s cell phone caught on fire, an Alaska Airlines official tells @KIRO7Seattle . We’re live at SeaTac at 11. pic.twitter.com/qeNHq4g17Z — Kevin Ko (@NewsWithKevin) August 24, 2021 The incident happened right after the flight landed in Seattle where the phone caused a small fire in the plane. The flight crew had to use fire extinguishers to contain the fire and evacuated the plane soon after via the evacuation slides. The passengers were evacuated “due to hazy conditions inside the cabin.” One of the passengers on the plane described the smoke as if it was coming out of a smoke machine. © Unsplash/miguel-angel-sanz The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said in a tweet that passengers from the plane were transported to a bus terminal. Some passengers have reportedly suffered minor injuries such as bruises and scrapes. As of now, there have been no serious injuries reported and it has not affected airport operations. This particular situation may remind people of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco where devices were unexpectedly exploding all over the world. The incident forced the company to cancel the phone as it was deemed unsafe by most airlines. Samsung later found out that the explosions were caused due to overheating and faulty batteries. Source: The Seattle Times View the full article
  16. Pakistan sends out first consignment of 5,500 4G unit smartphones carrying ?Manufactured in Pakistan? tag
  17. Xiaomi has now become the world’s fastest smartphone company in the world after dethroning the likes of Samsung and Apple. The smartphone manufacturer reached the milestone, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. The most surprising bit was that the company’s flagship phone i.e. the Mi 11 Ultra managed to capture 17.1 per cent of the global smartphone market. © Unsplash/mateusz-tworuszka The company managed to grow by 26 per cent despite the COVID-19 pandemic and was also the world’s number two smartphone brand for Q2 2021. The company has now shipped over 800 million smartphones in the last decade. Xiaomi currently leads the global smartphone sales charts followed by Samsung at second place and Apple at third. “Ever since the decline of Huawei commenced, Xiaomi has been making consistent and aggressive efforts to fill the gap created by this decline. The OEM has been expanding in Huawei’s and Honor’s legacy markets like China, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In June, Xiaomi was further helped by China, Europe and India’s recovery and Samsung’s decline due to supply constraints,” Tarun Pathak, research director at Counterpoint, said in a press statement. The company’s growth has been attributed to aggressive offline expansion in China and India, where products such as the Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9 and the Redmi K series have been most successful. Samsung suffered the most due to supply constraints in Vietnam which helped Xiaomi dethrone the South Korean giant. In order for the South Korean tech giant to reclaim its top spot, Counterpoint Research says that the situation in Vietnam needs to improve. © Reuters Apple, on the other hand, has now slipped to the third position even though the company has enjoyed massive growth thanks to the iPhone 12 series. It is worthy to point out that both Samsung and Apple are gearing to launch new smartphones in the coming days and months. Samsung is expected to announce two new foldable smartphones that will be the replacement of the Galaxy Note series. Xiaomi has been a leader in the Indian smartphone market for a while and now the company is also the top smartphone company in Europe after a remarkable June quarter. Xiaomi is also expected to launch its latest smartphone i.e. the Mi Mix 4 a day before Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event. Source: Counterpoint Research. View the full article
  18. OnePlus Nord 2 is finally official and has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 27,999. The new smartphone is the direct successor of the OnePlus Nord, soon after the launch of the OnePlus Nord CE. The smartphone will be available to purchase from 28th July from Amazon and OnePlus’ official website. © OnePlus OnePlus Nord 2 Cameras The OnePlus Nord 2 comes with a more premium design than the Nord CE and has the signature notification slider as well. The smartphone also has a triple-camera setup at the back with the primary lens being a 50MP Sony IMX 766 primary sensor. The smartphone also comes with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP mono-lens at the back. © OnePlus The Nord 2 also has a 32-MP front-facing Sony IMX 615 camera that also has the ability to take group shots. Camera features such as Night-cap Ultra, AI photo enhancement, Portrait Mode, Night Portrait Mode, ProMode and Panorama mode will also be available for Nord 2 users. © OnePlus The Nord 2 comes with a 6.43-inch AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, the Nord 2 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI chipset and comes with up to 12GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Nord 2 will be available in configurations up to 256GB. © OnePlus The OnePlus Nord 2 has a 4,500 mAh battery that can be fast-charged using the WarpCharge 65W charger. In terms of connectivity, the Nord 2 also supports 5G, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC. Out of the box, the OnePlus Nord 2 is flashed with OxygenOS 11.3 and comes with all the essential features such as Zen Mode, Dark Mode and always-on display. OnePlus will also be offering two years of software updates and three years of security updates as well. © OnePlus The OnePlus Nord 2 will be available in three colours i.e. Gray Sierra, Blue Haze and Green Wood. For full prices and different variants, check out the full pricing table below: OnePlus Nord 2 India Pricing 6GB + 128GB : Rs 27,999 (Blue Haze Available from August 2021) 8GB + 128GB: Rs 29,999 (Blue Haze and Gray Sierra Available From July 28th 2021) 12GB + 256GB: Rs 34,999 (Blue Haze and Gray Sierra Available From July 28th 2021, Green Woods variant available from August 2021) OnePlus Buds Pro: Features and Pricing © OnePlus OnePlus also announced its latest TWS earbuds that offer active noise cancellation (ANC) that actively filters out noise levels of up to 40dB. The OnePlus Buds Pro feature two 11mm dynamic drivers and Dolby Atmos support. The wireless earbuds can last up to 38 hours along with the charging case on a full charge and 10 hours with just a brief 10-minute charge. The charging case also supports Qi-wireless charging. The earbuds also have a low-latency mode that can go as low as 94ms with Pro Gaming mode turned on. The OnePlus Buds Pro will be available in white and matte black variants at launch which will be available via Amazon and OnePlus' official website. View the full article
  19. At its annual general meeting, Reliance announced the world’s cheapest smartphone that will be available in India from 10th September 2021. The smartphone has been made in collaboration with Google that will feature all of the key Google and Jio apps pre-loaded on the smartphone. It will be the world’s cheapest 4G smartphone according to Mukesh Ambani. © Reliance Jio "JioPhone NEXT is powered by an optimized version of Android OS jointly developed by Jio and Google. It is ultra-affordable and packs cutting-edge features. It will be available in the market from Ganesh Chaturthi i.e.10th September” Mr Ambani said during the launch event. The smartphone features an optimised version of Android which will support the entire suite of apps from Google and Jio. The smartphone will also feature the Play Store for users to download other applications. The smartphone will also have support for a voice assistant and augmented reality filters in the camera. © Reliance-AGM Google CEO Sundar Pichai also made an appearance at the digital event and said that the phone will have support for the latest Android updates, translation features and a smart camera. The smartphone has been designed specifically for users who will be going online for the very first time. © Reliance-AGM The price of the affordable 4G smartphone has not been announced yet but we do know that the ‘JioPhone Next’ will be available on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The company also announced that over 37.9 million new customers joined the Jio network and has now amassed over 425 million subscribers in the country. The company also registered a 45% growth in data usage in India and the company is expecting to add 200 million new customers. As of now, it is not known whether the ‘JioPhone Next’ will be locked to the Jio network or whether it will be accessible to users who are currently subscribed to competing network providers. We should know soon about the upcoming smartphone in the coming months as we get closer to the launch date of 10th September. View the full article
  20. India has started to test its 5G rollout in key test areas and it seems like it will be the next advent for mobile connectivity in the country. According to a report by telecom manufacturer Ericsson, India is likely to have 330 million 5G users in the next five years. The report also says that data consumption is expected to grow 3-fold to 40 gigabytes per smartphone. © Reuters Currently, data consumption per smartphone in India stands at 14.6 GB, the second-highest in the world according to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2021. "In the India region, 4G subscriptions are forecast to rise from 680 million in 2020 to 830 million in 2026. 5G will represent around 26 per cent of mobile subscriptions in India at the end of 2026, estimated at about 330 million subscriptions," it added. The company found that 42 per cent of users living in metro cities, who use 4G as a form of home internet connection, are interested in using 5G fixed wireless access connections. "50 per cent consumers in India are willing to pay 50 percent more for 5G with bundled digital services compared to just 10 percent premium for 5G connectivity. 40 million users could take up 5G in the first year when it is made available,” Nitin Bansal, MD, India & Head-Networks, South East Asia, Oceania and India at Ericsson. © jackson-david-unsplash The report added that 5G will represent about 26% of mobile subscriptions in India by the end of 2026. 4G subscriptions are also expected to rise from 680 million in 2020 to 830 million in 2026. “COVID-19 has accelerated India’s digital transformation as consumers increasingly rely on digital services – be it digital payments, remote health consultations, online retail or video conferencing – to fulfil their business or personal needs,’’ said Nitin Bansal. © Reuters The total mobile data traffic in India has grown from 6.9EB/month to 9.5EB/month in 2020 and is expected to soar to 41EB/month in 2026. It seems like India is gearing for the deployment of 5G services in India according to the Ericsson report. “The key trends are showing the need for 5G in India and the fact that people are very interested and they are actually waiting for 5g to be deployed in India. Based on the surveys, what we found was that 21 per cent of smartphone users that we surveyed already have a 5G capable device,” Bansal added. Are you looking forward to 5G networks in India? Do you already own a 5G enables smartphone? Let us know in the comments what you think. Source: Ericsson Mobility Report View the full article
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