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  1. The iPhone has been known to be the most water-resistant smartphone ever made and it seems like Apple has made further improvements in this department with the iPhone 12. There have been instances in the past where iPhones have been discovered under lakes and oceans in perfect working condition even after days. The iPhone has been found to survive underwater well over its rated 6-feet certification and it seems like this latest test reveals how good the iPhone 12 is. © Youtube-Nikias Molina The iPhone 12 has an IP68 rating which means it can survive to a maximum depth of 6 metres (19.6 feet) for 30 minutes. However, there have been many cases where smartphones have managed to last underwater for a longer period of time and at deeper depths. YouTuber EverythingApplePro put the iPhone 12, as well as an iPhone 11, in an underwater stress test. It was found that the iPhone 12 and in fact, even the iPhone 11 remained unfazed submerged underwater at 9.1 metres (at least 25 feet) for 21 minutes or so. The test revealed the smartphone worked in perfect order with no issues after drying off the smartphone. The underwater stress test sees both iPhones submerged into a lake in the Pacific Northwest. © Youtube - Nikias Molina “iPhones now, you do not need to worry about freshwater. IP68 at 6 metres is no joke,” says the YouTube channel. “The iPhone 12 truly is the most waterproof iPhone yet,” said EverythingApplePro. Last year, divers found an iPhone X deep underwater at a lake after two days and it was found in working condition. In another case, an iPhone was found in a river after two months and was still in working order. © Apple The iPhone 12 is being touted as Apple’s most powerful and fastest smartphones ever. In fact, a recent benchmark test results show how the iPhone 12 put every Android device to shame with its performance. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will be available to purchase in India from October 30th via e-commerce websites, Apple’s official online store and via authorised resellers. To know everything about the iPhone 12 and its features, check out our coverage here. View the full article
  2. Whether you want to accept it or not, Android smartphones have never been able to catch up with any iPhone’s speed and performance for the past few years. In fact, the only smartphone that even manages to come close to the iPhone 12’s performance happens to be an older iPhone. Apple promised massive performance gains on the iPhone 12 thanks to its latest A14 Bionic chipset. And it seems like the Cupertino giant wasn’t kidding around when they made that claim. © Apple Apple promised a 50% performance and graphics improvement over its competition and from the benchmark and real-life tests we know that those claims are true. We will be testing the phone for ourselves, however if you want a number representation, check out these figures below via TomsGuide: © TomsGuide There’s no doubt that the iPhone 12 is by far the most powerful smartphone launched ever and if you consider performance a great attribute to consider before buying a new smartphone; it doesn’t get better than the iPhone 12. Source: TomsGuide View the full article
  3. Micromax recently announced that the company is making a return in the Indian smartphone market with its new “IN” respires of smartphones. While no other details about the phone were unveiled, a report by The Mobile Indian reveals the specifications of the upcoming smartphones. The series is expected to have at least two models, where one will be powered by the G85 Help chipset while the other is expected to be powered by the Helio G35 chipset. Even the prices for the phones have been leaked where one of the models is expected to cost between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000. © Micromax_Youtube The smartphone that will be powered by the G35 chipset is expected to be the company’s budget-friendly device which will pack a 5,000 mAh battery and have two configurations. The two configurations are expected to be 2GB/32GB and 3GB/32GB RAM models. The phones are also expected to have different cameras, however, it still remains to be unclear whether the differences will remain in the same model of the phone or will be branded separately. The 2GB variant will have three cameras where there will be a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP Selfie camera and a 2MP shooter as well. The 3GB variant will apparently have a triple camera setup at the back with 13MP, 5MP and 2MP sensors. The front-facing camera is expected to be a 13MP shooter as well. © Meditech Micromax used to be the number one smartphone brand in India until it was embarrassingly defeated by Chinese players in quick succession. However, Micromax’s downfall can also be attributed to its shoddy strategy where the company would simply rebrand Chinese smartphones and its software and sell it as its own. You can read all about Micromax rebranding their smartphones here and how it led to its downfall. © Micromax_Youtube Having said that, Micromax is trying to making a comeback banking on the resentment against Chinese products that was caused due to the recently heightened tensions at the northern border between the two countries. In fact, Micromax founder Rahul Sharma cited it as one of the reasons for the new smartphone in a video released last week. The company is now using the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat’ message to promote the new smartphones and is also planning to leverage from the Government’s new PLI scheme to gain incentives for local manufacturing. Having said that, we have not seen the device yet in any of the previews which show Micromax is playing it safe. Usually, we can identify whether the smartphone is a rebranded device or not by simply looking at the design of the device and comparing the technical specifications. We could only hope Micromax does not make the same mistakes as before as it will come under scrutiny especially because of the new stand the company is taking with the “IN” smartphones. Source: The Mobile Indian View the full article
  4. Both Amazon and Flipkart's festive season sale officially starts today. This means you'll be able to pick up a lot of incredibly good products at stellar prices. We'll be taking a look at other electronic items that are on sale too, but for now, let's check out some of the best smartphones deals that are simply too good to ignore - iPhone 11 © YouTube/Marques Brownlee We had to start with the iPhone 11 because the deal is simply too good to be true and it's probably the best time to pick up this phone. It's available for just Rs 47,999 on Amazon during the sale, which is the lowest it has ever been here in India. You can read our full review of the phone here in case you're interested in having a detailed look. It's a "bang for the buck" deal, so grab it as soon as you can. iPhone SE (2020) © YouTube/Mark Linsangan The newly launched iPhone SE (2020) is now available at Rs 25,999 on Flipkart. It's the lowest it has ever been, so we think this is the best time to buy this device if you're tight on budget for an expensive iPhone. You can read our review of the phone here. Redmi Note 9 Pro © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available for just Rs 12,999 instead of Rs 16,999. This is the first price drop for the phone, so we think it's worth checking out. In case you're interested in this phone, then here's our full review with pros and cons. Xiaomi Mi 10 5G © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you're looking for a flagship Android phone then we suggest you check out the Mi 10 5G. It'll be available for just Rs 44,999 instead of its usual price which is Rs 54,999. This is an incredible deal considering the fact that it's a fairly new phone with great internals. Here's our review of the Mi 10 5G. Samsung Galaxy S20+ © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you're not interested in buying a Chinese phone then how about a flagship from Samsung? The Galaxy S20+ is also available at a stunning price of just Rs 49,999 on Flipkart. This is an incredible price for the phone that's much better than most devices on the market right now. You can read our review of the phone right here. View the full article
  5. Xiaomi has dabbled with the idea of making flagship phones in the past but it's safe to say that the response hasn't been anything close to what they wanted. But that's not stopping them from making new flagship phones and bringing them to India. In fact, the new Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro seem like the best phones Xiaomi has launched in India in a while. Mi 10T & Mi 10T ProBoth phones sport a 6.67-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 144Hz refresh rate. This is one of the highest refresh rate numbers we've seen on any smartphone display so far. It's got an aspect ratio of 20:9 and comes with a resolution of 2400 x 1080-pixel. The display on both phones is protected with Gorilla Glass 5. One of the most interesting things about the display here is that it comes with 7-stage Intelligent AdaptiveSync technology. This essentially means that the panel can identify the kind of content that's playing on the screen and adjust the refresh rate accordingly. So if you're, say, watching a TV Show that's typically shot in 25fps, then the panel will adjust itself accordingly instead of running at a super high refresh rate. The Mi 10T and the MI 10T Pro's display units support the 7 refresh rates i.e 30Hz/ 48Hz/ 50Hz/ 60Hz/ 90Hz/ 120Hz/ 144Hz. © YouTube/GSMArena Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor is at the heart of these phones and it's backed by up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Both the phones also run Android 10-based MIUI 12 out of the box. Now let's talk about the camera because that's where the two phones show some sort of a difference. The Mi 10T sports a 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor as its primary camera, whereas the Mi 10T Pro sports a 108MP Samsung HMX sensor. It's the same 108MP sensor that was found on the Mi 10 too. But besides that, everything else remains the same. Both phones have a triple-camera setup and the other two sensors included here are a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP macro camera. There's also an ambient light sensor on top of the flash and that'll be used for brightness control of the display. On the front, there's a punch-hole cutout on the display and it houses a 20MP selfie shooter. © YouTube/GSMArena The Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro, both are equipped with 5,000 mAh batteries which support 33W fast-charging via the USB Type-C port at the bottom. Pricing & AvailabilityXiaomi has launched the Mi 10T in India for a starting price of Rs 35,999 for the 6GB+128GB base variant. You can also get the 8GB+128GB variant for Rs 37,999. It'll be available in two colors i.e. Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black. As for the Mi 10T Pro, it'll only be available in one variant i.e. 8GB+128GB and it's been priced at Rs 39,999. They'll be up for pre-order from 15th October at 11:59 PM on Mi.com, Flipkart, and other offline retailers. View the full article
  6. Apple announced the iPhone 12 series of smartphones last night and also detailed features and capabilities of their new chipset, the A14 Bionic. It is the world’s first 5nm process and is touted to be the fastest and most efficient SoC in the world. Apple claims that the CPU and GPU performance has been increased by almost 50% compared to the fastest competing smartphone chips. What Apple is trying to say is that the A14 Bionic chipset is 50% faster than Qualcomm’s 865/865 Plus chipset and blows it out of the water. © Apple To put things into perspective, the A14 Bionic has 11.8 trillion transistors and is capable of doing 11 trillion operations per second which no other chipset can do at the moment. It can even handle some of the most intense machine learning models. What this means is that the chipset is probably more advanced than anything you’ve ever used before. © Apple For gamers, the iPhone 12 is probably the most ideal smartphone to get simply because of the boost in GPU performance. The A14 Bionic pays a special emphasis to multi-core performance and in the case of playing games, that’s exactly what you need. Apple has already invested a lot in gaming on their platforms, thanks to Apple Arcade and the A14 Bionic chipset can truly run console-level games on the new iPhone and the 2020 iPad Air. © Apple If you need more convincing, the A14 Bionic has a new four-core GPU making it the fastest mobile GPU on a smartphone yet. This results in the faster rendering of environments, character models and high draw-distances that was previously reserved for games on platforms like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One. Now, the iPhone 12 can potentially run games that you see release on current-gen consoles at the moment. We’ve already seen a major chunk of Nintendo Switch’s third-party library appear on the App Store or on Apple Arcade and the future looks bright for iPhone and iPad gamers. © Apple What’s even more impressive is that the A14 Bionic is even more efficient than any other SoC Apple has ever made. From what we understand, it has 8% lower power draw and promises the same battery life performance as previous models. The A14 can preserve as much battery life as possible while also providing great sustained and peak performance. We can also see Apple using the A14 SoC in the future for their planned ARM-based laptops, simply because of its impressive performance. We’re going to test the A14 Bionic chipset ourselves when we get our hands on the iPhone 12 series soon and give you more details about how the phone performs in games and other CPU intensive processes. View the full article
  7. Apple has finally announced the new iPhone 12 series of smartphones and the wait is finally over. Unlike previous iPhone launches, the iPhone 12 launched a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was aptly named “Hi-Speed” thanks to the new chipset and 5G connectivity on the new phones. Apple announced four new iPhone 12 models today that range from 5.4-inches to 6.7-inches in screen size. The smallest model has been aptly named iPhone 12 mini while others follow the usual iPhone nomenclature like the 11. The new smartphones are a bit different from the previous models and take inspiration from the iPhone 4 and iPad Pro instead. The new iPhones are now squared off around the sides instead of using the blended design we are used to since the iPhone 6. The design of the new iPhones is a bit boxier than before and has flatter edges as well. (c) Apple The good news this year is that all models now use OLED displays which was previously only reserved for the Pro models. Apple is no longer going to use LCDs in their lower-end models except future iPhone SE models. Apple calls these displays “Super Retina XDR” however it is a standard OLED display you may have seen on other phones before. Having said that, Apple does use a higher quality of OLED displays than most budget-flagship devices out there. The new displays also come with something called 'Ceramix Shield' that adds four times better drop performance and more durability. All four models also support 5G connectivity, however, in India, the phones will only support the sub-6Ghz 5G protocol. The phones also have a new 'Smart Data Mode' that allocates 4G/5G according to application bandwidth. This means the phone will only use 5G when required and help in improving the battery life. The iPhone is capable of doing 4 GBPS network speeds in ideal situations and 1 GBPS in normal situations. Here are some other details of every iPhone 12 model that was announced today: iPhone 12 mini: (c) Apple - 5.4-inch AMOLED Display that supports HDR10 content. - Black, white, Product Red, blue, and green colours - 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB - Dolby Vision video recording - Dual camera, 12MP wide-angle + ultra-wide angle, 1.6 aperture 6.1-inch iPhone 12 (c) Apple - 6.1-inch display - black, white, red, blue, and green - 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB - Dual camera, 12MP wide-angle + ultra-wide angle, 1,6 aperture - Dolby Vision video recording iPhone 12 Pro: (c) Apple 6.1-inch display - gold, silver, graphite, and blue - 12MP wide-angle, ultra-wide angle, telephoto + LiDAR, wide-angle of the new 7P lens, 1.6, 52mm focal length telephoto, 4x optical zoom - Dolby Vision video recording - 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB iPhone 12 Pro Max- 6.7-inch display - gold, silver, graphite, and blue colours -12 MP wide-angle, ultra-wide angle, telephoto + LiDAR, wide-angle of the new 7P lens, 1.6, 65mm focal length telephoto, 5x optical zoom, “Expanded” ultra-wide capabilities - Dolby Vision video recording - 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB All four iPhones are also powered by Apple’s latest SoC i.e. the A14 Bionic. We already know about the chipset, thanks to Apple’s event last month as it is also being used in the 2020 iPad Air. The A14 Bionic chipset is the worlds’ first 5nm SoC with 11.8 billion transistors that also makes it more power-efficient and faster than any other mobile SoC in the market. Game performance is boosted by upwards of 50%, thanks to a special emphasis on multi-core performance. The chipset has a new four-core GPU that makes it the fastest GPU on any phone. The chipset is also capable of 70% faster ML processes. In the camera department, Apple has improved on Night Mode by using computational photography and also bringing the feature to the front-facing camera. The 1.6 aperture on the primary camera also enables the phone to take better images low-light. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will also be getting a new feature called Apple ProRAW. It will come to the Pro models later this year. The feature puts multi-frame smartHDR into a RAW format. Elements such as sharpening, white balance, can be adjusted in post within the photos app itself. Third-party apps will also be able to take advantage of this feature and we can't wait to see how developers implement this feature in their own apps. For video enthusiasts, the iPhone 12 Pro can record video in Dolby Vision HDR and in 10-bit HDR. This feature alone shows how powerful the A14 Bionic chipset is and the results looked quite impressive from the demo video shown by Apple. iPhone 12 Pro is the only phone that will let users capture and edit Dolby Vision content right on the phone. The new iPhone 12 Pro's LiDAR scanner also helps in photography and augmented reality. The scanner can detect objects, scan rooms and also supports the Pro camera system. It will also be used for autofocus in low-light for both photos and videos. The scanner makes the iPhone 12 Pro cameras six times faster for focusing in low-light and for depth detection in night mode portrait shots. The new iPhones also come with additional magnets for wireless charging that helps the phone to snap-on to supported wireless chargers. Apple also announced its wireless chargers that use the “MagSafe” branding from the MacBook chargers. Apple announced a new wireless charger where it has a dual charging pad that can charge the iPhone and accessories like the AirPods Pro as well. The MagSafe magnets can also be used for other accessories like wallets that simply snap-on to the back of the iPhone 12. To many people's disappointment, Apple has also removed accessories from the box such as the headphones and power adapters for environmental reasons. It also results in a smaller retail box and helps Apple reduce its carbon footprint. HomePod Mini (c) Apple Alongside the iPhone 12, Apple also announced a bunch of accessories and one of them happens to be a smaller version of the company’s smart speaker. The new Siri-powered speaker costs only $99 and measures at 3.3-inches. The smart speaker is powered by Apple’s S5 processor which you can also find on the Apple Watch Series 5 and the newly announced Apple Watch SE. The smaller HomePod is about half the size of its bigger brother and has been designed to compete with Amazon’s Echo lineup and Google’s Nest mini devices. The speaker has a somewhat half-sphere design that kind of represents an eyeball. At the top, you will find a touch-capacitive that can be used for controlling the volume and play/pause music. It uses computational audio and automatically tunes the music in real-time according to its environment. It can adjust the loudness, frequencies and dynamic range by measuring the room 180 times a second. The HomePod Mini will sell in India for Rs 9,990. (c) Apple The speaker also utilises Siri for sending messages, request information, control smart devices and play music from services like Apple Music, Amazon Music, TuneIn amongst others. As with the larger HomePod, the mini also uses the handoff feature where you can transfer music from your iPhone to the smart speaker seamlessly. Users can also use an intercom feature to communicate with friends and family amongst iPhones, CarPlay devices and other HomePods as well. The HomePod Mini will be available from November 16th for $19. If you want to know more about it and how it works, you can read our full review of the bigger HomePod here. Price and Availability The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 are priced at $699 and $799 respectively. In India, the two phones will retail starting at Rs 69,900 (mini) and Rs 79,900 for the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 Pro will cost $999 with 128GB while the 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099. For Indian customers, the iPhone 12 Pro will retail starting at Rs 119,900 while the 12 Pro Max will retail for Rs 129,900. All four models will be available in India starting October 30th from Apple.com and authorised resellers. View the full article
  8. Itâs always a sight to see whenever a new teardown video by JerryRigEverything shows up on Youtube, but this time, it is special. The OnePlus 8 Pro launched recently and in case youâre not aware, the smartphone comes with new hardware and features like wireless charging. While the smartphone is yet to launch in India, it is still exciting to see what the phone is actually made of. The OnePlus 8 Pro also comes with an IP 68 rating which means the innards of the phone have to be tightly packed as well. © JerryRigEverything The smartphoneâs teardown shows the OnePlus 8 Pro has a very neat and almost artistic design even from the inside. It shows that OnePlus designed the inside of the smartphone keeping everything in mind and with good planning. The smartphone was not easy to open because the back panel was helped by a strong adhesive, something OnePlus may have decided to use for the IP 68 rating. The phone is rated for water resistance which means the design of the smartphone cannot let any water seep in that can potentially damage the motherboard and other hardware components. There are even rubber caps on the SIM card tray to prevent water from getting in. © JerryRigEverything Once the panel is opened, the first thing you notice is the massive golden copper coils. These coils are used for wireless charging support which was a long-demanded feature by fans. The OnePlus 8 Pro supports 30W wireless charging via their proprietary charging stand. You can also see the massive camera sensors being used in the OnePlus 8 Pro which includes a 48MP main camera sensor in the middle, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and an additional macro sensor. The OnePlus 8 Pro also did well in JerryRigEverythingâs durability test where the smartphone was not easy to bend and did not crack in the process. The smartphoneâs display was also exposed to flame for 30 seconds that left permanent damage but was still usable after the test. If you are interested in seeing the full test for yourself, check out the video below: View the full article
  9. After a successful 2019, studded with flagship killers, a music concert and pop-up events, OnePlus is now in the news for being the first smartphone manufacturer to have 5G support across a full product line up. On 12th March 2020, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that its next product series will include a full lineup of 5G devices, further solidifying OnePlus as a pioneer in ushering in the 5G era. We're going all in on 5G. You in? pic.twitter.com/liO2wVIsf9 â Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 10, 2020 This development stands extremely relevant to todayâs customer base where thereâs a rising demand for data communication â be it for streaming movies, music, playing online games, conference calls, and other data-intensive services. OnePlus Phones & 5G Currently, the company has two 5G compatible phones in the market â OnePlus 7 Pro which was launched in the UK and US last year, and a special McLaren edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro. Apart from this, the next-gen phones - OnePlus 8, Oneplus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite which are slated to launch in mid-April this year will be centred around 5G. The upcoming OnePlus 8 series will be equipped with Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon X55 modem. New mid-range OnePlus phone leaks, could be OnePlus 8 Lite https://t.co/qSYEeP6jrQ â Android Authority (@AndroidAuth) December 7, 2019 With futuristic technology coming to our fingertips, itâs only natural to worry about soaring prices. But, while Pete Lau did mention that weâre likely to see a more expensive âProâ version, the regular OnePlus 8 will be manufactured at an affordable price with relatively modest tech specs. Massive Investments In The 5G Sector True to its motto of âNever Settle,â the brand has been investing in 5G since 2016 now, and is working on developing application scenarios like cloud gaming, cloud videos, and cloud storage services which would be a big boon for tech-savvy customers of today. The OnePlus 5G labs are located in Taipei and Shenzhen where research is carried out in areas of radio frequency (RF) circuits, antennasâ¯and multi-media (camera, audio, and display). The labs also conduct software research for communication protocol, optimization, performance, power, stability and user scenario testing. Games on demand âï¸ð® Eye-popping UHD streaming ð Lightning-quick downloads â¡â¬ï¸ Unlock the power of #5G with OnePlus. pic.twitter.com/nv6TzWdBmO â OnePlus (@oneplus) March 12, 2020 OnePlus is also conducting 5G testing efforts in the R&D center, Hyderabad, India, which was established last year. "âWeâve been investing in 5G for several years and we see this as the direction going forward and one weâre very much committed to", Lau said. One can look back and smile at the days when â5G compatible phonesâ were a far-fetched thought. Rumours are rife that OnePlus will roll out the 5G compatible â8 seriesâ around 16th April 2020. For regular updates on the same, visit the OnePlus community page. View the full article
  10. The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus launched in India recently and weâve been using the smartphones for a while to determine some of its best features. We reviewed the Galaxy S20 last week, and this article is more of a follow-up feature detailing specific features we love on the smartphone. 1. The Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Cameras are probably the most used feature on any smartphone and the Galaxy S20 excels in this department. It packs a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 10MP selfie camera and a ToF (time of flight) sensor for better portrait imaging. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is also capable of 30x zoom that lets you get closer to your subject. You can even capture 8K video from the smartphone and derive high-resolution pictures from the video. Other neat software tricks include 'Single-Take' where the camera is able to use all of the sensors to capture moments that are too fast for you to realise when taking images. It uses the ultra-wide sensor, live focus, AI filter, video forward or reverse, fast forward, normal video and smart crop to deliver the best content from the camera. 2. The Best Display on a Smartphone Ever © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy S20 probably has the best display youâve ever seen on a smartphone. The S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch display while the Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display. Both screens are AMOLED panels that deliver deep blacks and accurate colours. If you are also looking for a smooth experience, the Galaxy S20 has a refresh rate of 120Hz and the user interface on OneUI 2.0 has been fine-tuned to support this feature. The display has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and supports HDR content on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The display is perfect for people who like to consume video content on-the-go. 3. Wireless And Reverse Wireless Charging © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Not many smartphones offer wireless charging, but you can rest assured flagship Samsung smartphones have this feature by default. It supports 15W wireless charging and can also reverse charge your devices at 9W. You can use the reverse charge feature to charge accessories like the Galaxy Buds. 4. Great Battery Life The Galaxy S20 Plus has an incredible battery, considering this phone has a 120Hz refresh rate. Both the S20 and the S20 Plus have massive batteries and support 45W fast charging. The 45W fast charging means it takes less time to fully charge your phone. It was one of the most requested features for the Galaxy S series and Samsung finally offered buyers what theyâd asked for. 5. Quick Share © Samsung Samsung has finally introduced a feature that works like AirDrop on iPhones and lets users transfer files with other Galaxy phones easily. It uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between connected devices. It helps in transferring files faster and more effectively without compressing them. It is a great way to transfer large files, pictures and videos without losing the quality of the image/video. Quick Share allows you to temporarily upload files to Samsung Cloud. These files can be streamed to Samsung SmartThings devices and downloaded locally. View the full article
  11. When it comes to power banks, you need to get the right one that fits your needs and doesnât take enough time to charge your gadgets. Weâve seen power banks that offer some form of fast-charging but normally come at premium prices. Some offer fast-charging equivalent to QC 2.0 and some can go up to offering 18W Power Delivery fast charging for smartphones and other gadgets. Xiaomiâs subbrand Redmi has launched both but for now, we will be talking about the Redmi 10,000 mAh model. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The power bank offers more or less the same charging speed as a QC 2.0 wall charger i.e. it can fast charge your smartphone for 10W. If you are looking for faster charging speeds, Redmi offers a 20,000 mAh variant that supports 18W PD charging. It kind of makes sense that Redmi opted to not support PD fast charging on the 10,000 mAh model, as it would reduce the capacity of the power bank to 7,200 mAh when using 18W fast charging and the kind of connection you have with a particular gadget. Most power banks list their capacity (milliamp hours or mAh) as a sum of the lithium-ion cells inside. This is based on their nominal voltage: 3.6-3.7V. But that does not show how much energy a gadget would actually get out of the power bank. For that, we have to find âactual capacity.â For example, a 10000mAh power bank that has to boost to 5V for fast charging will result in 10000mAh * 3.7V / 5V = 7200mAh USB capacity. In order to avoid a lower capacity on the power bank, Redmi did a smart thing by not supported PD charging on this particular model. It ensures that you have enough juice left on the power bank to charge your smartphone more times by using a lower voltage. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The power bank has 2 x USB Type-A Output (5.1V-2.4A / 5.1V-2.6A), USB Type-C / Micro-USB Input (5V-2.1A). Having two input ports ensures that you can charge the power bank with both Micro-USB and Type-C port, however, we recommend using the Type-C port if you want the power bank to get charged quickly. The Redmi 10,000 mAh power bank also supports pass-through charging, which means you can charge your device and the power bank at the same time. It also comes with protection from overcurrent, over-power, short circuit, and two-way fast charging. The power bank also supports low power mode charging for devices like smart bands, LED lights and USB Fans. You can simply tap the power button twice to enter this mode. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the design, the power bank has a dimension of 150.5 x 73.6 x 15.1mm making it easy to slip into any backpack or back pocket. It isnât as slim as Realmeâs power bank but it isnât too big for people to use on a daily basis on the go. Having said that, there are skins available online for the power bank and we opted to use a skin that imitated leather. There are various other options like wood, camp and other designs to make your power bank look more unique than everything else out there. When it comes to charging smartphones, the 10,000 mAh model can charge the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi K20 (4,000 mAh) almost two times. Both these smartphones have massive battery capacity and its impressive to see it charge the smartphone almost twice given the output connections you get from the ports. You can expect the smartphones to charge at 10W however if you require faster-charging speeds, we recommend you get the 20,000 mAh model. The Redmi 10,000 mAh power bank costs only Rs 799 which is far less than the competition out there. It offers more value for money thanks to all the features and protective precautions that you may not find on other power banks. It has multiple input ports giving you the freedom to use a USB-C or micro USB charger to juice up the power bank. View the full article
  12. Yesterday, Realme launched India's first 5G phone. You can learn more about the phone here, but there's a new brand in town called IQOO and they're the next one to launch a 5G phone in the country. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer So IQOO's new phone is called IQOO 3 and here's everything that you need to know about it. The IQOO 3 5G sports a 6.44-inch display, but surprisingly it's not a high refresh rate panel. We're looking at a 60Hz panel with a 180Hz touch sampling rate. But apart from that, we're looking at a phone with really powerful internals. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC, which is currently the best chipset that Qualcomm makes. It's coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The IQOO is also a gaming phone and it even has pressure sensitive buttons on the top to act like air triggers. As for the optics, we're looking at a quad camera setup which includes a 48MP sensor, two 13MP sensors and a 2MP camera. On the front, there's a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone has a bunch of camera features like night mode, pro mode and more. It packs a 4,400mAh battery with support for fast charging which is more than welcome. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Pricing & AvailabilityIQOO has launched the phone for a starting price of Rs 36,990 for the 8GB, 128GB variant, Rs 39,990 for the 8GB, 256GB variant and Rs 44,990 for the top-end 12GB, 256GB 5G variant. It'll be available starting March 4 on Flipkart. View the full article
  13. German professors based out of Heidelberg University used brain MRI scans of 48 people, out of which, 22 people were addicted to the phones, while the rest weren't
  14. Samsung has already teased a foldable smartphone that will use the classic clamshell design we used to have in the 2000s. Samsung has been developing the smartphone and it now appears that the smartphone actually exists and should be launching soon. The company reportedly discussed and revealed the device in secret at CES this week and from the leaked picture we also got to know the name of the smartphone. It was revealed that the folding clamshell smartphone will be called âGalaxy Bloomâ and hereâs the picture below that got leaked via AjuNews.com: © Twitter/Ice Universe Currently, the only information we have is the leaked picture from CES and concept images that were revealed by Samsung a few months ago. The clamshell design is already being used by Motorola Razr for its folding smartphone and it wouldnât be surprising to see Samsung to use the clamshell design for their smartphones as well. View the full article
  15. If you ever thought you needed a second display for a smartphone, your prayers may have just been answered. We've seen a new wave of foldable smartphones that offer a similar sort of convenience, however these smartphones are still quite expensive and in early stages of foldable screen technology. However, there is a way to add a second screen to your smartphone with an inexpensive solution that gives you some of the same abilities such as using multiple applications at once, better multi-tasking capabilities, access files and photos from dual screens and more. © castAway The smartphone case is called castAway and can connect with any iOS or Android phone and also works when detached from your smartphone. It comes with a dual boot option where you can turn the second screen into a keyboard, a trackpad or even use it for playing PUBG. In addition to these features, the case comes with an SD slot to expand storage and WiFi, Bluetooth, front and back-facing cameras & an audio jack. The battery in the case can also be used as a power bank to extend your smartphone's battery life. © castAway The second screen of the smartphone uses a hinge design that makes it easy to support various smartphones. The smartphone side of the case is a custom fit for each major model type. The case currently supports smartphones with below screen sizes: one/S with a 5.8” screen for smartphones with screens of similar size one/L with a 6.3” screen for smartphones with screens of similar size one/XL with a 6.9” screen for smartphones with screens of similar size If you are interested in getting this case, it is currently up for crowdfunding and you can find more details on their website here (https://castawaycase.com/). The castAway case is being showcased at CES 2020 and will soon become available for commercial sale. View the full article
  16. If there's one industry that has seen tremendous growth and significant changes in the last 10 years, then it has to be smartphones. Looking back at the best of such an industry before bidding your final goodbyes to the decade is not only a strenuous task, we think it's also a little unfair. So, instead of checking back the best phones from the last ten years, we decided to celebrate the most influential phones. We're talking about the ones that dared to be different and helped push major developments across both hardware and software. So here's our list of the most influential phones or, perhaps, the ones that truly made a difference and left their mark on the industry forever - iPhone 7 © YouTube/ BubVisuals Apple's iPhones have always left a long-lasting mark in the industry, but what the iPhone 7 brought to the table completely supplanted the wired audio media in the audio industry. Yes, the removal of the headphone jack was baffling at first, but it also changed the way we look at wireless audio products. Soon after Apple's announcement, a range of the other OEMs started removing the headphone jack. Some were doing it to make room for other things like batteries, haptic motor, etc. but others were just "copying" Apple. Apple also announced AirPods the same year after removing the headphone jack and now everybody owns a pair. There are clones too, but you get the point. So Apple launching the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack is a much bigger deal than it looks. You can make fun of it all you want, but what Apple did back then was truly courageous. Vivo NEX © MensXP Vivo has launched some really amazing phones this year. But what helped them grab the attention is the pop-up selfie camera module, which they first introduced with a smartphone called NEX. This phone came out in 2018, which is a year when Chinese phone makers really started making a difference in the industry, in both, the premium segment or otherwise. The Vivo NEX is the world's first smartphone to come with a pop-up selfie camera, a popular trend that we're seeing in phones today. It gave us a glimpse into the future of smartphones. Samsung Galaxy Note Series While talking about Samsung's Note series, we can't help but add the entire series because it has a cult following of its own. The Note series has always remained more of an excuse for Samsung to flex its engineering muscles, as they tend to pack as many features as possible in one of those phones. © MensXP The Galaxy Note Edge was the first product with a flexible OLED panel. A lot of phones have curved OLED today and the Note Edge is what kicked off the trend. Similarly, there's a lot to talk about other Note phones in the series as well. They're the only phones that ship with a stylus that's evolving every year. It has become an annual tradition to see what Samsung has cooked for us every year with the Note series. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 How can one possibly forget the crisis of the Galaxy Note 7 that shook the world? Soon after it's worldwide release, a bunch of them started exploding around the world. And we're not talking about just one or two faulty units. A lot of them across various parts of the world started reporting the issue, following which Samsung confirmed that there's some sort of a manufacturing issue that's causing the phone to overheat and react in a way that it's not supposed to. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Well, Samsung did the right thing and decided to recall the product and put it to rest once and for all. The cataclysmic scenario wasn't only just a PR nightmare, but it also cost them a lot of money. The mishap itself made people more aware of their purchase decision. Fast-charging Phones It's safe to say that fast-charging on phones is something that was popularized by OnePlus. OnePlus' "Dash Charge" technology, which is now called "WARP charge", was more than just a marketing term. We now have phones that can give you enough charge to last for a day in just about 15 minutes. That's quite crazy if you think about it. There are still phones that don't ship with a fast charger but we really hope that changes this year. Foldable Phones 2019 was the year of foldable phones, which automatically makes this the decade the one that changed the future of mobile computing. This decade will be remembered some years down the line as the one that kick-started the foldable phone wave. © YouTube/ Tim Schofield It's safe to say that not all foldable phones are worth a mention because some of them are just bad devices. But as is the case with any other first-generation product, we're sure foldable smartphones will also pick up soon. We really enjoyed using the Galaxy Fold this year, so we can't wait to see what Samsung does with the next foldable phone. Bezel-Less Smartphones © Getty Images This decade has been about delivering a seamless experience on smartphones by removing bezels that would interfere with the overall viewing experience. Many smartphone companies had solutions to this problem by either using pop-up selfie cameras or punch-hole displays. However, the first company to achieve this feat was Xiaomi with the Mi Mix phone. It sported a 6.4-inch 2040x1080 display and had moved the selfie camera to the bottom bezel. It was the first time we got a smartphone that looked like an all-screen unit. The rest is history as companies have now come up with innovative solutions for removing bezels on smartphones. Smartphones With Awesome Cameras © MensXP At the start of the decade, smartphones weren't really used primarily for taking pictures. However, everything changed with the iPhone 6 and Pixel smartphones that made photography their marquee feature. It paved the way for companies to experiment with smartphone camera sensors and today we have budget smartphones that can deliver great pictures thanks to the advancement in hardware and software manipulation. Google introduced computational photography to Pixel smartphones that completely changed smartphone photography forever. Similarly, Huawei's P30 Pro also managed to change the industry with multiple camera sensors for different purposes combined with AI to deliver great images. Thanks to the camera smartphone revolution, point and shoot cameras are now a thing of the past and today we judge smartphones based on their camera performance more than ever. The Notch and Facial Recognition © Unsplash/Melvin Thambi Nobody expected smartphones to evolve this fast in the past decade that we would be using our faces to unlock our smartphones. It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, however the iPhone X changed the industry forever with its infamous notch and Face ID feature. Apple had already revolutionised the smartphone industry with the fingerprint scanner on iPhones, however thanks to Apple's implementation of facial recognition on the iPhone X, we can unlock our smartphones without even touching them now. Budget Smartphones © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If it weren't for companies like Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola and Samsung, the smartphone revolution would have been far slower than what we experienced this decade. Budget smartphones are now the most important category in India and China due to which new technologies get cheaper to implement and easier to democratise. Due to budget smartphones, India now has over 600 million smartphone users and that number is expected to grow even more in the near future. However, budget smartphones just can't be affordable for the average user, it needs to deliver the right balance of performance, photography capabilities and overall experience in order to survive. This has been the mantra for companies like Xiaomi, Realme and others due to which we can expect budget smartphones to get as good as flagship phones in the next decade. Affordable Flagships © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Thanks to budget smartphones, we also got to see smartphones such as OnePlus 5, Realme X2 Pro and Poco F1 dominate a new segment of affordable flagship smartphones. We got to see smartphones offer flagship-level specifications for a fraction of the price of an iPhone. These affordable flagship smartphones kickstarted other phenomenons such as mobile gaming, great photography and watching video content on your smartphone. Thanks to powerful processors that power these smartphones, it has made it easier for the masses to get a flagship-level experience on smartphones without breaking their bank. Gaming Smartphones © MensXP With the rise of affordable flagship smartphones, we saw a rise in mobile gaming, thanks to games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty. For some users, a normal smartphone simply wasn't enough and it led to the birth of gaming smartphones like ASUS ROG, Nubia Red Magic and the Razer Phone. These smartphones come with powerful processors, dedicated gaming accessories, aggressive designs and new leaps in smartphone technology. Gaming smartphones are the reason why we are seeing a higher refresh rate on smartphone displays and a new rise in retro gaming, thanks to emulators available on the Android ecosystem. Gaming smartphones might be great for competitive online play but these smartphones truly shine at emulating SNES, NES, PS1, PSP, Sega Genesis and countless other retro gaming platforms. View the full article
  17. Realme has been on a roll in 2019 and the Chinese company is going to close the year with yet another smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000. Even though there are other alternatives that cost less than Rs 20,000, few can be classified as a good choice as many compromise on features or specifications. The Realme X2 is not one of those phones and comes packed with features which will soon become the norm in the price segment. We've been using the smartphone for a while as a daily driver and here's our full review of the smartphone and the features we feel are great for an everyday user: Design and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It is quite apparent that the Realme X2 draws inspiration from the Realme XT and X2 Pro in terms of design. The back of the smartphone is probably the first thing you will notice when looking at the phone. The smartphone comes in three colours i.e. Pearl Green, Pearl Blue, and Pearl White. The Pearl Green variant is probably our favourite out of the three colour variants. Much like other smartphones from 2019, the back of the phone has a gradient pattern that refracts light at different angles. The back of the smartphone has a glossy finish which also comes with its own caveat of being a fingerprint magnet. At the back, you will also notice the quad-camera system and the logo branding at the bottom left corner. The camera module protrudes from the body which means it would be better to use the in-box case to offset the camera protrusion. At the front, a 6.4-inch notched display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and slightly thin bezels. It looks like any other smartphone that launched in 2018/2019 from the front and doesn't really have any significant identifying features. Overall, the smartphone looks great from the back, being the marquee feature of the smartphone in the design category. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display quality of the smartphone, you will not be disappointed by using it to watch videos on OTT platforms and YouTube. The water-drop notch can be a bit of a hindrance in the viewing experience, but overall, it was fun to watch content on this phone. Having said that, the colours on the display are not entirely accurate and this is expected from a smartphone that costs less than Rs 20,000. The brightness levels peak at 417 nits which is good enough for indoor use. The display itself in a Super AMOLED panel and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. Performance The Realme X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G, a chipset targeted for mid-range smartphones that can also handle a bit of gaming. The performance of the smartphone during the course of our review was good enough for an everyday user. The chipset performs as expected and we did not see the smartphone falter in any situation. In terms of gaming, the Realme X2 managed to run popular battle Royale games at 60 FPS at high graphics which is more than what an average user needs. The software itself is also stable enough and there wasn't any lag, forced app crashes and general bugs. The smartphone does heat up a bit while gaming but that is normal for any smartphone today. There is no throttling present or faster battery drain due to heavy usage. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of benchmark results, the Realme X2 scored a single-core score of 546 and a multi-core score of 1737 during our tests. To put things into perspective, the Realme X2 scores were a bit better than Redmi Note 8 Pro's 495 and 1533 Geekbench 5 scores. For gaming purposes, we ran a simple 3D mark test and the phone scored a respectable 2405 points. Battery and Charging The Realme X2 comes with a 4,000mAh battery that can last easily a day with heavy usage with uses like navigation, web browsing, gaming and content viewing. If you are a moderate user, expect the smartphone to easily last 1.5 days. Realme smartphones also boast quick charging speed than any other smartphone as it uses OPPO's VOOC 4.0 protocol. The Realme X2 supports 30W fast charging and operates at 5 V/5 A. It is capable of charging the Realme X2 to 100% in a little over 70 minutes. Having a fast charger that can fully charge the smartphone in a little over an hour that costs less than Rs 20,000 is always going to be an advantage. Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Realme has been including multiple camera sensors for their smartphones and the X2 is no exception. It comes with a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64MP primary f/1.8, 8MP ultrawide f/2.2, 2MP macro f/2.4 and, 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4. We used the smartphone's camera in numerous settings for our camera test. From the primary sensor, we were able to capture some good shots with accurate colours that were later sharpened by the software for a cleaner look. Details were captured well and in comparison, did a better job than the OnePlus 7T Pro. Using the night mode was a delight when we used it to capture some images at a local bar in the after hours. The ultra-wide sensor has a field of view of 119-degrees, however the quality of the image falls when using the mode. The dynamic range falls considerably and in low-light, you will notice a lot of noise that interferes with the details of the image captured. The macro lens is also good enough to capture details when close to the subject. It isn't the best, but does a fairly good job for a smartphone in this segment. Similarly, we were quite happy to use the portrait mode that uses the main sensor in tandem with the depth sensor. The Realme X2 generally can take great images apart from some obvious issues in the ultra-wide mode. The camera app is easy to use with all the different modes can be accessed easily. The highlight of the Realme X2's camera is the night mode and the 64MP primary camera that will handle all your photography needs easily. Have a look at some of the images we shot with the smartphone below: The Final Say When considering everything about the Realme X2 and in comparison to even some budget flagship smartphones, it is hard not to recommend this phone. It does a great job at delivering good gaming performance, amazing battery life and can be fast charged to full capacity in a little over an hour. For photography enthusiasts, the Realme X2 has everything you need to take quality images, thanks to the different modes available. Shooting in low-light has always been a struggle with smartphones but the Realme X2 tackles that problem well with the dedicated Night Mode. The Realme X2, in our opinion, is an all-rounder device that does not break your bank. View the full article
  18. Escobar Fold 1 foldable smartphone. Photo: Escobar Inc.Drug lord Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto De Jesús Escobar Gaviria gave Motorolla Razr, Samsung galaxy fold and Huawei Mate X a run for their money after he released the Escobar Fold 1 on...
  19. As you probably already know, foldable phones out there are quite fragile. I mean, Samsung even had to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold after it got a lot of flak for making a phone that was breaking with just a couple of days of usage. And just when we thought things could not get any weirder than they already are, a new foldable phone has showed up online which is unlike anything we've seen before. The electronics company TCL recently showcased a new prototype foldable phone with three folds. Yes, you read that right. TCL's prototype has two hinges and it folds in three parts. It opens into a huge 10-inch tablet, which is cool, but three folds? Really? Just look at this thing - © CNET It looks extremely fragile, right? The two hinges, as you can see, create a zig-zag shape as you open and close it. It creates a very cool looking 'Z' shape, and the way it folds makes it look like an accordion. Once you completely fold the phone, it looks as if you've stacked three huge phones on top of each other. The part of the screen that's exposed outside once it's completely folded, becomes its 'outer' screen. The best part, however, is that it opens up to showcase a single uninterrupted screen. © CNET Foldable phones are cool and all, but the way these manufacturers are pushing the limits is just making things crazier by the day. We already know how delicate these foldable phones can be. In fact, we don't think any of even the existing foldable phones are ready to be used as daily drivers. And making a triple-folding phone as the one TCL has showcased here is just asking for more trouble. Yes, the prototype sure makes it look like multi-tasking will be a joy, but we wonder at what cost? More moving parts on a phone means more chances of breaking it or wearing out over time, doesn't it? It definitely looks cool, but we're not sure if we want that to be the future of foldable. View the full article
  20. 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
  21. Apple has a fair lead over Qualcomm and other chipset manufacturers that have been powering Android smartphones for years and this year is no exception. In our review, simple Geekbench tests showed how far ahead Apple's A13 Bionic chipset really is even when compared to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ chipset. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla However, AnandTech, a publication known for breaking down CPUs and GPUs for comprehensive reviews and comparisons just published their report on the performance of the A13 Bionic chipset. The website is highly revered for testing out CPUs and GPUs in detail, and their report shows that the A13 chip is up to 30% faster than the A12 chipset. In fact, AnandTech reports that Apple's A13 maybe 2-3 years ahead of competing processors. In their report, AnandTech said, “Overall, in terms of performance, the A13 and the Lightning cores are extremely fast. In the mobile space, there's really no competition as the A13 posts almost double the performance of the next best non-Apple SoC. The difference is a little bit less in the floating-point suite, but again we're not expecting any proper competition for at least another 2-3 years, and Apple isn't standing still either.” © AnandTech When looking at AnandTech's benchmark scores, it is quite apparent that the ASUS ROG II that comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ chipset is nowhere close to the iPhone 11. In fact, the fastest Android smartphone right now doesn't even beat the iPhone X which was launched in 2017. AnandTech also found that the A13 chipset is twice as powerful as the latest Qualcomm or any other chipset found on Android smartphones. If you are a gaming fan, it is worth noting that the GPU in the A13 chipset has 50-60% higher sustained performance scores than last year's iPhone XS according to AnandTech's GFXBench graphics benchmark results. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you want to read the report for yourself and check out every benchmark results in detail, you can read AnandTech's detailed review here. Source: AnandTech
  22. Google officially launched the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event in New York today however the smartphone is not going to be launched in India. At the launch event today, the company announced the two smartphones and all the new features that will be available exclusively on them. © YouTube The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the first smartphones by the company that come with multiple cameras at the back in a square module. It comes with a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor and an additional 16-megapixel telephoto sensor. Google has also added the ability to unlock the smartphone with facial recognition and will use the front camera and the Soli chip for scanning a face. The Soli chip can detect when you reach out for your phone and prepare it beforehand for faster face unlocks. © YouTube The Pixel 4 also comes with a dedicated Soli chip that can motion sense gestures. These gestures can be used to control certain application by simply waving in front of the screen. Other camera features also include previous features such as Top Shot, Night Sight, Super Res and HDR+. The HDR+ has now been improved upon and is now called 'Live HDR10+'. This feature uses machine learning to appromiximate HDR+ images and adjusts the exposure of your frame in real-time. The Pixel 4 comes with dual exposure controll which means you can lower the brightness of the capture, the shadow slider can be used to adjust the tone mapping. Google has also improved its marquee camera feature i.e. "Night Sight" where Google has added the “astrophotography” feature that enables the phone to take pictures of celestial objects in the night sky. Other specifications of the two smartphones include a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display for the Pixel 4 while the larger XL variant comes with a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display. The refresh rate on the Pixel 4 adjusts itself to conserve battery life and kick in the higher refresh rate when needed. Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and come with 6GB of RAM. © YouTube Like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 also comes with an 18W PD fast charger and wireless charging and has a battery capacity of 2,800mAh (Pixel 4) and 3,700mAh (Pixel 4 XL) respectively. The Pixel 4 comes in various colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The Pixel 4 starts at $799 and will be available from 24th October. While the Pixel 4 will be available in select markets, the smartphone will not be making it to India as the Soli Chip uses the 60Hz mmWave frequencey that is not available for general use for the public. The 60Hz mmWaave frequency is used by the Soli chip for recognising gestures. As this is one of the main feautres on the Pixel 4; the smartphone will not be launching in India at the moment. "Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
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