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  1. Mi India is all set to launch the next budget smartphone that is probably the most important launch for the company for the year. However, the smartphone in question i.e. the Redmi Note 10 has already fully leaked via a YouTube channel. The leak shows off all the specifications for the smartphone which will make customers quite excited about it. © Xiaomi-Leaks-PH The image that leaked online reveals that the Redmi Note 10 will have Qualcomm’s latest 11nm Snapdragon 678 chipset that was announced by Qualcomm last December. The smartphone will also get an upgrade in another department which has now been confirmed by Mi India official social media handles. BOOOOM! Excited to share that #RedmiNote10 series will feature #SuperAMOLED display - 1st TIME EVER ON a #RedmiNote! Undoubtedly the single-most #10on10 anticipated reveal of all-time! RT and share this epic news! I ️ #Redmi #AMOLED pic.twitter.com/NSlgPAQqSJ — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 2, 2021 The phone will be coming with a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display, with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. This is the first time we’re seeing a Super AMOLED display on a Redmi Note smartphone which some might consider a significant upgrade. However, it remains to be seen how the quality of the display will actually be. © Xiaomi-Leaks-PH The Redmi Note 10 is also expected to come with a quad-camera setup that will include a 48MP primary sensor. Other sensors include an ultra-wide sensor and a macro lens as well. The photos also reveal that the smartphone will support 33W fast charging and will most probably support the Power Delivery protocol. The phone is also rumoured to have a 5,900mAh battery. © Xiaomi-Leaks-PH Mi India is also expected to launch a second ‘Pro’ model which is expected to come with upgraded specs compared to the regular Redmi Note 10 model. For starters, the smartphone is rumoured to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G chipset which we’ve already seen on the Mi10i. A third ‘Max’ model is also expected to launch alongside the two models where it will have a larger screen. Not much else is known about the ‘Max’ model as of now. Mi India will launch the Redmi Note 10 series on March 4th in India and we will know more about the upcoming smartphone on launch day. View the full article
  2. POCO is all set to launch its new phone, the POCO M3. We already got our first look at the phone last week and it looks like the OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk Edition phone. It's an interesting design decision but we'll reserve our judgments for later. The company will be hosting an event to launch the phone tomorrow but they've already revealed some key specs of the phone. According to POCO, the M3 will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 662 processor and it'll have a 6,000 mAh battery inside. In addition to that, the company has also revealed the phone will sport a 6.53-inch display on the front and it'll have a triple camera setup at the back. The official teasers are also in-line with what POCO has revealed. #POCOM3 POP QUIZ What does 662 stand for? A. The number of days you have been in love with POCO. B. The type of processor you get with POCO M3. Like ♥️ = A RT 🔁 = B#POCOM3 Is #MoreThanYouExpect pic.twitter.com/oGsp2N8NHo — POCO (@POCOGlobal) November 21, 2020 Going by the leaks, we can also say that the phone will sport a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and it'll have 4GB RAM. The POCO M3 will also be running Android 10-based MIUI 12 out of the box. Everything you expected but MORE! POCO M3 is here!#POCOM3 Is #MoreThanYouExpect pic.twitter.com/bioDpmb6wi — POCO (@POCOGlobal) November 22, 2020 As for the optics, the triple camera setup is said to include a 48-megapixel primary sensor as well. In case you're wondering, here's what the POCO M3 looks like - © POCO As you can see, the design resembles the OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk Edition. The camera module looks identical but has 'POCO' branding instead of 'Cyberpunk 2077' branding. The POCO M3 will be unveiled tomorrow and we'll know everything about the device very soon. For now, it certainly looks promising but it remains to be seen if/when it'll come to India and at what price. View the full article
  3. It hasn’t even been a week but we’re already hearing about the OnePlus 9 and when it is expected to launch next year. Usually, OnePlus reserves the months April-May for the launch of their flagship smartphones, however it seems like this time around the company may move their plans ahead. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Smartphone cycles don’t seem to stop and that was evident even during the COVID-19 pandemic amidst limited production and output from factories. However, that did not stop companies from launching their latest products including the recently announced iPhone 12. Now, a report from Android Central claims that an insider source tells them that the OnePlus 9 is expected to launch a month earlier than the company’s usual launch cycle. The OnePlus 9 is being planned for a March launch in 2021 according to Android Central’s report which is a month before OnePlus' usual launch date for their phones. OnePlus is not the only company looking to move up their launch schedule as last week reports suggested even Samsung is moving up its launch schedule for the next ‘Galaxy S’ smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There’s no additional information about the OnePlus 9 as of now however we can make an educated guess about the upcoming phone. Much like every other OnePlus device, we can expect the OnePlus 9 to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset which could be the Snapdragon 875. The OnePlus 9 will also use the company’s new 65W Warp Charge feature since it has now launched on the OnePlus 8T and it will be a standard feature for future OnePlus smartphones. Similarly, the OnePlus 8T also comes with a 120Hz display just like the OnePlus 8 Pro and there’s no reason why it wouldn’t make a return on the OnePlus 9. There could be a chance that the smartphone may even come with a 144Hz display on the Pro model since we’ve already seen OnePlus’ competition i.e. ASUS and Xiaomi roll out smartphones with 144Hz refresh rate displays. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla It would be prudent to point out that most of the information above is still very early to be accurate and should be taken with a pinch of salt. In terms of specifications, we’ve speculated based on OnePlus’ past launch trends and weighed in what the competition is offering in order for the company to keep up with the industry. Source: Android Central View the full article
  4. OnePlus recently launched the new OnePlus Nord, an affordable smartphone with killer specs. But now it looks like it's working on a new phone and this time we're looking at an entry-level phone. Yes, OnePlus seems to be working on an entry-level phone. According to a new report, OnePlus is said to be working on a phone that's powered by Snapdragon 460 chipset. This news is coming from an insider who confirmed that the launch is imminent. The phone will apparently be available in the global markets, so we can expect it to arrive here too. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This new phone is codenamed 'Clover' and it looks like it has a 6.52-inch 720p IPS panel, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. We also have info on things like the availability of a microSD card slot, capacitive fingerprint scanner, and more. As for the optics, we're looking at a triple camera setup at the back but the standout feature seems to the 6,000mAh battery. That with a 720p display and we're probably looking a battery life champ here. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If the rumors are something to go by, then this phone will come later this year and it'll be priced at around $200. This looks like an interesting price point to tap into. OnePlus has never launched a phone at this price point, so we'll have to see how it works out for them. We still have no official confirmation on the arrival of this phone, so let's not speculate further and just wait. Source: Android Central View the full article
  5. ASUS has finally unveiled the new ZenFone 7 and the ZenFone 7 Pro smartphone today. These are the company's latest flagships that come with great specs and a flip camera module. Let's check them out - ZenFone 7 Pro © ASUS As for the ZenFone 7, well, it's exactly the same as the Pro version expect that this one comes with the vanilla Snapdragon 865 chipset rather than the overclocked 865+ variant. This one is also just as good as the Pro version. Pricing & AvailabilityThe 6GB+128GB variant of the ZenFone 7 has been launched at NT$ 21,990 which is roughly Rs 55,699. The 8GB+128GB variant has been priced at NT$ 23,990, which is roughly Rs 60,799 in Taiwan. The ZenFone 7 Pro, on the other hand, has been launched at NT$ 27,990 which is roughly Rs 70,899. We're not entirely sure as to when these phones will come to India, but we expect the pricing to change accordingly. View the full article
  6. Weâve been speculating about the OnePlus 8 Series for a while now and it seems like many of those speculations have been confirmed by the company. On the OnePlus forum, company CEO Pete Lau confirmed some of the specifications of the upcoming phones in a deep dive. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We had already assumed that the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8 would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset and it was confirmed in the forum post by Lau. This is the same chipset that powers some of the flagship phones of 2020 including the Realme X50 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 in the United States. Xiaomi was also supposed to launch the Mi 10 in India that is powered by the flagship chipset, but was delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Snapdragon 865 chipset already offers impressive performance on other phones and OnePlus claims it will be 25% more energy-efficient than previous handsets. The processor is also more powerful at handling raw processing power which makes it ideal for gaming, video and image editing. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Lau also confirms that the phone will have LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 flash storage which will enable the phone to have faster read and write speeds. This, in turn, will enable the phone to launch apps and files faster than ever before. For users who like to use processor-intensive apps and multi-task at the same time, the new flash storage system will help in making the process smooth and power-efficient. The OnePlus 8 Series is already sounding like a great phone with almost every specification leaked before its official launch. While the smartphone is launching soon, currently we do not know how OnePlus plans to get their smartphones in the hands of their customers during the lockdown period. View the full article
  7. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak outbreak may have stalled things worldwide, it's safe to say that 2020 has seen kickass smartphones. We've already seen a ton of new phones that have come out so far this year, and the new OnePlus phones are next in line. While we don't exactly know when these new OnePlus phones will come out amidst all the chaos, we do have the specification details of the phones. Thanks to a tipster, we now have the complete specs of both the OnePlus 8 as well as the OnePlus 8 Pro. Here's everything that you need to know - OnePlus 8 Pro The OnePlus 8 Pro is said to feature a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It'll be powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC and will have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. As for the optics, the OnePlus 8 Pro is said to sport a quad-camera setup with two 48MP sensors, along with an 8MP and a 5MP sensor. © Twitter/ Ishan Agarwal In terms of the battery, the OnePlus 8 Pro is said to pack a 4,510mAh unit with support for up to 30W Warp Charging. This time around, the OnePlus 8 Pro is also said to have wireless charging and an IP rating. OnePlus 8 The OnePlus 8 will also be powered by the same processor and is expected to come with the same amount of RAM and storage. As for the display, the OnePlus 8 will obviously be a little smaller and hence it'll sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. © Twitter/ Ishan Agarwal As for the cameras, the OnePlus 8 is said to sport a triple-camera setup which will include a 48MP sensor, a 16MP sensor, and a 2MP sensor. It'll have a 4,300mAh battery with support for 30W Warp charging, but there's no mention of wireless charging. It looks like the OnePlus 8 will also miss out on the IP rating. All this is making the OnePlus 8 Pro look like a way better phone with major upgrades. Also, Oppo's Find series phones usually give us a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming OnePlus phones. So looking at the new Oppo Find X2, we think the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8 will indeed be something to look forward to. Exclusive: They're coming! Here is the full specification list of the #OnePlus8 & 8 Pro. Seems like #OnePlus8Pro is gonna be a beast with 6.78" 120hz QHD+ Display and 48+48+8+5MP Camera Setup. Will have 30W Wireless Charging & IP68 Rating too. I'm so excited! #OnePlus8Series pic.twitter.com/j1AAo19q4J â Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 25, 2020 As mentioned before, we don't know when these phones will hit the market. There's a global pandemic going on right now, so it's safe to say that these phones won't be arriving anytime soon. Note: The header & social images are for representation only. That's not the final design of the upcoming OnePlus phones. View the full article
  8. Microsoft decided to take the wraps off its upcoming gaming console, the Xbox Series X, and detailed everything that we needed to know about it. It looks like Sony had a FOMO after Microsoft's reveal, and it decided to give out some of the details of its upcoming console too. Yes, we finally know exactly how powerful the PlayStation 5 is going to be. I sat through the entire keynote last night to filter out all the unwanted (read mostly boring) details and give you just the exciting things that you need to know about the PS5. So, let's dive into it - PS5 Is Incredibly PowerfulFirst of all, I'd like to point out that Sony didn't really reveal the console itself. They just wanted to talk about the architecture and give a glimpse as to what they've been cooking behind the scenes. So, the PlayStation 5 will be using AMD's Ryzen, featuring 8x cores at 3.5GHz. The GPU will also be provided by AMD and it'll be a customized version of the AMD RDNA 2 featuring 36 CUs capped at 2.23GHz. It'll also support ray-tracing on the hardware level, which is fantastic. © Sony The PlayStation 5 will be able to deliver 10.28 teraflops at its peak performance, which is a significant step up over the current-gen console. Sony said the console will also be able to support 8K, although they didn't go into specifics as to what we should expect. The PS5 will have 16GB GDDR6/256-bit RAM and we're looking at a memory bandwidth of 448GB/s. Sony is also using a custom SSD for its console. The company is claiming lightning-fast speeds, thanks to the PCIe 4.0 connection. Apparently, the console will be able to transfer a 2GB file in just 0.27 seconds. That's an insane number and it means we literally won't have to worry about loading times at all. The PS5 will also feature an NVMe SSD slot for expandable storage, in case you're wondering. Next-Gen Experience © Sony Sony says the console will also feature Tempest 3D audio. A huge part of the keynote was spent talking about the audio experience. In simple terms, it looks like PS5 will offer an immersive audio experience, unlike anything we've experienced so far. Lastly, we'd like to point out that the PS5 will be backward compatible which means you'll still be able to play PS4 games on it. Also, the PS5 won't be digital-only, meaning you'll still be able to purchase digital copies of the game if you want. Well, that's all we got for now. We thought Sony would give us a glimpse of the console, but it looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer to see what they have in store for us. Note: The thumbnail images of the console are for representation only. That's not the final design of the console. View the full article
  9. E3 may not be happening this year, but that's not stopping Microsoft. The company just decided to make it official and fully reveal the specs of the upcoming Xbox Series X. There's a comprehensive blog post detailing everything from specs to some of the highly anticipated features in action. The blog post has a lot of jargon and numbers in the name of specs. For instance, the upcoming Xbox Series X is powered by a 3.8GHz 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and 1.825GHz RDNA 2-class GPU with 12 teraflops of power. They're coupled with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and 1TB custom NVME SSD. The Xbox Series X is looking like a very promising device on paper. However, it's not just about the numbers. Microsoft has also talked about a lot of features that actually matter to the users. There's a video in which Microsoft compares the loading times for State of Decay on Xbox One X versus Xbox Series X. The new Xbox manages to load the game in just 7-8 seconds compared to the Xbox One X which takes about 50-51 seconds. You're looking at over 500% faster loading times, which is absolutely insane. Microsoft says the faster loading times have been made possible because of more memory and faster storage. Xbox Series X can almost instantly access games (up to 100GB). We really think this will allow open-world games to be much more immersive with less loading times. Another killer feature that Microsoft showcased is "quick resume". As the name suggests, you'll be able to resume a game even after rebooting your console. And from what we got to see, you'll be able to resume multiple games and move back & forth between them with little to no loading times. That was pretty crazy too. If you're into numbers and like to geek out on specs, then here's the full list - CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU Die Size: 360.45 mm2 Process: 7nm Enhanced Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block) Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly) External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS The Xbox Series X is releasing during the Holiday season this year, which means we're still quite a few months away from the launch. It'll be interesting to see how it performs against new the PlayStation 5 which is also slated to launch around the same time. View the full article
  10. The on-going coronavirus threat isn't stopping the smartphone makers to drop new phones in the market. After the launch of Realme's new 6 series phone, Xiaomi has today launched the new Redmi Note 9 series in the country. Xiaomi's Redmi Note series is extremely popular in the country and the new Redmi Note 9 Pro Series is just taking things to a whole new level. We got two new phones today, but let's check out the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max first - Redmi Note 9 Pro Max #RedmiNote9ProMax definitely exceeds expectations with #ProCamerasMaxPerformance! RT if u agree. * @Qualcomm #Snapdragon 720G * #64MP Quad #Camera * #32MP in-display #Selfie * 5020mAh battery * 33W fast charger in-box * 16.9cm (6.67) Dot Display * Aura Balance Design #Xiaomi pic.twitter.com/yVDwTcKCvq — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 12, 2020 The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max sports a 6.67-inch IPS panel on the front with a punch-hole cutout for the camera. The display is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The phone, just like the Realme 6 Pro, is powered by the Snapdragon 720G processor and comes with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Both the new Redmi phones come with Aura design and they both look pretty cool. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also sports a quad-camera setup at the back which includes a 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there's a 32MP selfie shooter as well. There's a 5020 mAh battery inside the phone which supports fast-charging at 33W with the included charger in the box. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a unique design that looks different from any other Redmi Note series phones we've seen in the past. It'll be interesting to see how it competes with the Realme 6 Pro, its closest competitor. Redmi Note 9 Pro #RedmiNote9Pro is #ThePerformanceBeast! Hit RT if you agree * Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G * 48MP Quad Camera * 16MP In Display Selfie * 5020mAh battery * 18W fast charger * 16.9cm Dot Display * Aura Balance Design#ProCamerasMaxPerformance #ILoveRedmiNote #Xiaomi pic.twitter.com/yfa5uumb0w — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 12, 2020 The Redmi Note 9 Pro is very similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, except for the the camera. Instead of the 64MP sensor, the Redmi Note 9 Pro sports a 48MP sensor. Everything else is very similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. In terms of the variants, the Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, whereas the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Pricing & Availability The Redmi Note 9 Pro has been launched in India for a starting price of Rs 12,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant of the phone will cost you Rs 15,999. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, on the other hand, has been launched at a starting price of Rs 14,999 for the base variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant of the phone is priced at Rs 16,999 whereas the 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 18,999. The phone will be available to purchase in three colors i.e. Aurora Blue, Interstellar Black and Glacier White from Amazon and mi.com starting. The Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available starting March 17th whereas the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will be available starting a week later that i.e. March 25. View the full article
  11. Realme has been churning out phones after phones, most of which have been budget-friendly devices. But, nobody expected Realme to launch a 5G smartphone in India this soon, that too with flagship-level specifications. Realme has managed to overtake some of the biggest smartphone players in the Indian market with smartphones that appeal to every type of user. And their latest product, the Realme X50 Pro offers everything you can expect from a flagship smartphone in 2020. It offers a great chipset, 5G connectivity, decent camera and out of this world fast charging features. Here's our review of the Realme X50 Pro after using the smartphone for over two weeks since its launch. Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The design of the smartphone is, by far, the marquee feature of the smartphone with a brushed matte finish for the back. It comes in two colours i.e. Moss Green and Rust Red where both colours are not too bright and have a slight black tint to them. The brushed finish feels ultra-premium and in our opinion, is one of the finer feeling smartphone body frames out there. It feels more premium than the Samsung Galaxy S20 and does not have that cheap plastic feel since the frame is made out of aluminium. The phone is a bit heavy in the hand due to the additional internals for 5G connectivity. These antennas need more reinforcing than most 4G phones due to which there is some added weight. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack which means you will not be able to use your wired headphones and even though there is no headphone jack, the phone does not come with an IP rating. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The smartphone has a 6.44-inch display with a camera cutout on the top left corner that houses the two front-facing cameras. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz and is certified for HDR10+ content. Having a 90Hz refresh rate display can result in faster and smoother scrolling, and animations. However, it doesn't feel as fast or smooth as a OnePlus phone at the moment. The display quality, meanwhile, is up to the mark as other flagship smartphones. It has the right colour balance and deep blacks when watching content on streaming platforms. The colour accuracy could be a bit better as we noticed some differences when compared to other AMOLED panels. Lastly, the display has an in-built fingerprint scanner that is fast enough to unlock the smartphone even with the pre-applied screen protector. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The camera arrangement on the X50 Pro is at par with modern-day standards too as it comes with a 64MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle camera with 119-degree field of view, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and 20x hybrid zoom and finally a 2MP mono portrait lens. What's interesting is that the 8MP wide-angle camera can also be used as a macro sensor which lets you get close to subjects as close as 3cm. At the front, the X50 Pro comes with a 32MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP ultra-wide lens, giving users the flexibility of taking group selfies shots. Like other Realme smartphones, the X50 Pro comes with a night mode as well that lets people take brighter images in the dark. In terms of camera performance, the X50 Pro was not really on the level of most flagship phones, but was still able to capture some decent images. In daylight, the camera performed well up to expectations, however it struggled in the night imagery. While using night mode, we noticed the software took an awful amount of time to process the image and the results were not consistent. When using the ultra-wide camera, the image feels more like it was captured with a fish-eye lens. It seems like the final camera software will be updated in the near future and we might see an improvement in that department all across the board. Performance The Realme X50 Pro comes with flagship-level specifications such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. Since there are no 5G towers in India yet, we could not test the 5G features of the phone. The smartphone comes with WiFi 6 capabilities and India's new NaviC GPS system. During the course of our review, the Realme X50 Pro managed to perform well with efficient battery life and no app crashes or bugs. With multiple apps running in the background, we used the phone for navigation, capturing images, streaming music and movies and playing Battle Royale games. We were able to run PUBG mobile on max settings and there were no frame rate drops during our short time playing the game. The phone did overheat a bit, but did not cause any worries. The marquee feature of the smartphone is its fast charging capabilities as it is capable of charging at 65W. We were able to fully charge the smartphone from 2% to 100% in about 30 minutes. The Realme X50 Pro comes with a 4,200mAh battery which is quite remarkable when considering the fast charging speed of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Snapdragon 865 Chipset is also quite efficient when compared to its predecessor and on the Realm X50 Pro, it lived up to our expectations. In a simple Geekbench 5 test, the X50 Pro scored 882 on the single-core test and 3317 in the multi-core test. The Final Say © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Starting at Rs 37,999, the Realme X50 Pro is a great value proposition when considering what you get in return. It comes with the latest of all hardware and 5G connectivity for a price that won't be matched by most other smartphone companies. While the camera performance is not as reliable, everything else works great on the smartphone. With a premium design and great hardware, the X50 Pro offers the best of both worlds. View the full article
  12. 2020 is off to a great start when it comes to smartphone launches. There's a healthy competition going on among the brands to put their best step forward and decimate the competition. Besides some of the familiar names like Realme, Xiaomi, and Samsung, there's a new brand in town called iQOO. iQOO, for those of you who don't know, is a Vivo's sub-brand that's looking to step into the battle with the idea of offering an affordable flagship phone. The iQOO 3 5G is the first phone to come out of iQOO's doors, which I've been using as my primary phone for quite some time now. There's a lot to discuss about the phone, so let's not waste any more time and jump right into the review where I tell you if this phone is worth dropping your money on. Design & Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design, I'd say the iQOO 3 doesn't bring anything new to the table. But that's not saying that it looks bad. It has an all-glass construction that comes in three color variants, all of which look equally good and premium. I, personally, have a leaning towards the Orange variant of the phone, but that's sadly not what we have here for review. Despite being a gaming-centric phone, I like the fact that iQOO doesn't have a flashy and jarring look for most gaming devices. It's a simple design that screams "Vivo" from any angle you look at it. Yes, iQOO has definitely taken some cues from Vivo when it comes to the design. The colored power button on the left and the "Monster Touch Button" are the highlights for me here. The air trigger buttons combined with the phone's great haptics, you're in for a solid gaming experience. It is, however, worth pointing out that iQOO 3 is one heavy phone. It's probably not that bad, but I thought it's worth mentioning because it's been a while since I've such a heavy device. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The rest of the stuff about the phone is pretty standard. You get a USB Type C port at the bottom along with the speaker grille, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a dedicated AI button on the right side. There's a punch-hole cutout on the display for the selfie camera as well. Overall, I'd say the iQOO 3 is a decent looking phone. On one hand, I am glad that iQOO decided to stay away from an obnoxious "gaming" design, but on the other hand, I think the phone leaves you craving for more when it comes to the design. Don't get me wrong, the fit and finish of the phone is pretty solid. It's just that the design is probably not what I'll talk about if I am asked about iQOO 3. Display © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's 2020 and most smartphone makers are hellbent at throwing in a high-refresh-rate panel on their phones. But it's interesting and rather disappointing to see just a 60Hz panel here on the iQOO 3. I mean, a 60Hz panel is absolutely usable and this one also has a 180Hz touch response rate. But it's definitely something to consider when you have other phones on the market with high-refresh-rate panels. That being said, the 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display on the iQOO 3 is really good. It's a high-resolution display with punchy colors and deep blacks. It also gets bright enough to be used outdoors. It has a punch-hole cutout for the camera as mentioned earlier, but it's nothing to complain about. It's on the top-right side of the phone and it's not really going to bother you all that much. Performance iQOO is one of the first brands to bring a phone that's powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 SoC to India. And let me tell you that this chipset is a beast. Also, it's paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. To top it all off, the Snapdragon X55 modem makes it a 5G capable phone too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP With all that hardware in toe, the iQOO 3 performs exceptionally well. The performance is top-notch and I encountered no stutters or hiccups either while simply using the phone for my day-to-day activities or while gaming. It won't give up even when you're using the phone to do some resource-intensive stuff. As for the gaming performance, I did a separate story on that in which I explain everything about the phone's gaming experience and why I think it's one of the best gaming phones. You can read that story right here if you want a deep dive into the phone's gaming performance. You'll also be able to check out all the benchmark performance of the phone in there. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the software, the iQOO 3 runs no its own iQOO UI. I'd say it's a little bit cleaner than what you get to see on Vivo's phones, but it's still far from something that I'd use on a day-to-day basis. The reason why most manufacturers have all those features and in-built apps in their phones is because they say most people like it that way for convenience. It apparently makes it easier for an average user to open the box, boot the phone and start using it with everything that's already there. I personally don't like having a ton of bloat on my phone, so it's a big no for me. But I'll say this that there are some really useful features in there to boost your phone's performance as well. I definitely see a lot of people use those features. That being said, I really think the software needs to be more optimized because there are times when you just feel like even Snapdragon 865 isn't enough to keep it going. Camera © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As is the case with most phones these days, the iQOO 3 also comes with a quad-camera setup on the rear. It includes a 48MP primary shooter, two 13MP sensors and a depth sensor for portraits. The images taken from the iQOO 3 turned out very good. The images taken on the daylight turned out pretty good with a good dynamic range and a ton of detail. I'd say they were also pretty color accurate from what I was seeing with my naked eyes. The ultra-wide images were also pretty good. As for the images taken during the night, well, that's where this camera felt a little lacking. Here, take a look at the images to see what I am talking about. To sum up the camera experience, I'd say the iQOO 3 has a versatile and a reliable set of cameras. If you're not someone who's going to take a ton of pictures at night, then I doubt you'll have any issues using this phone for photography. Battery Life One of the marquee features of the iQOO 3 is its battery and charging tech. The phone packs a 4,440 mAh battery is which just about what we've come to expect from any other phone these days. As per my usage, although I thought I won't be able to kill it within a day, I actually managed to do it very easily. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, at best, I'd say this is a phone which you'll be charging every night to make sure you have enough juice for the next day. Honestly, that's not really a surprise because this is a gaming phone, after all, so you will probably find yourself playing a lot of games on it as I did. But don't worry, because the 55W charger that's included in the box will charge it up pretty quickly. The charging is so fast that it'll hardly take more than 45 minutes to charge it from a dead state to a full charge. And on top of that, the phone also comes with a capsule-shaped connector which will let you play games even while charging and not come in your way. That's pretty cool. The Final Say So is the iQOO 3 worth buying? Well, the phone starts at Rs 36,990 for the base variant which comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. If you want to the top-of-the-line variant with 12GB RAM and 5G support, then you're looking at a price tag of Rs 44,990. Honestly, even at price, the iQOO 3, in my opinion, brings a lot to the table. Yes, the phone's design is not going to turn any heads or you're not getting any exceptional features that make people go bonkers over it. However, I think the phone is definitely worth the asking price. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP You're essentially looking at one of the best performing phones on the market right, both on paper and otherwise, and a very reliable set of cameras. The battery life isn't something to complain about either, so I don't see a reason not to recommend this to anyone who's looking to buy a powerful phone. Yes, there's no 5G network here in India yet, but I don't think this phone will die on you by the time 5G finds its way here. Unless you're hellbent about having a high refresh rate panel on your phone, then I think the iQOO 3 would be a solid pickup. 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  13. OnePlus has been away from the news for a while now as the spotlights have turned towards other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Realme, and IQOO. But it looks like OnePlus is ready with its next phone and it has already landed in the hands of some people in China. Earlier this morning, someone from China posted a couple of the OnePlus 8 Pro pictures on Instagram. The images confirm a couple of things. First, we can see the phone from the back and it has a new quad-camera setup instead of the triple camera setup we saw last year. We don't have details about all the sensors yet, but the new addition seems to be a ToF sensor. © Slashleaks It's a vertical camera setup with the three main cameras arranged one below the other. The ToF sensor is right next to the triple camera setup. There's no way to confirm if the images are legit, but the design matches the CAD renders that leaked earlier. Another set of images from the same leaker shows a screenshot of the settings page showing the phone's specs. Looking at the screenshot, it looks like the OnePlus 8 Pro will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and will have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also says that the phone will have a 6.65-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED panel. © Slashleaks Well, that's everything we know about the phone now. As mentioned earlier, there's no way to confirm the specifications just yet, so we suggest you take them with a pinch of salt. But now that the phone has leaked, we think the launch is imminent. OnePlus hasn't uttered a word about these new phones yet, but we think we'll be hearing from them very soon. Source: Slashleaks View the full article
  14. Okay, letâs not beat around the bush with this one. The Hummer line of SUVs were the most iconic offroaders that we have ever come across. Such has been the appeal of the American offroader, that everyone who had a massive influence on pop culture and sports, bought one. © GMC Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh had one customised, and so did Captain Cool. A number of Punjabi pop singers as well like Mika Singh and Jazzy B, painstakingly got the SUV imported, at a time when getting a car imported in India meant jumping through hoops after hoops and running one gauntlet after the other. © GMC But the sad reality is, all the three Hummers, the H1, the H2 and the two H3s were atrocious in every way imaginable. The driving experience was abysmal, the fuel economy was a joke at best, and if your country did not have an authorised dealer, finding spare parts outside the US was a nightmare. This wouldnât have been a problem, had the carâs drivetrain not been as fragile as a glass figurine. © GMC It shouldnât come as a surprise that as iconic as the car was, it never really took off commercially outside the US. And therefore, in 2010, the brand shut its door, just after 12 years of commercial operations. All that remained, was their military side of things, which had started in 1992. © GMC; The Humvee, Hummerâs predecessor, as commissioned by the US Armed Forces Cut to 2020 and it seems that the poster boy for Sports Utility Vehicles is all set to make a resounding comeback. And, if General Motors actually deliver what they say they plan to, it may very well turn out to be the comeback of the millennium. © GMC First, there are the numbers that it boasts of. GM claim that the Hummer EV will have an output of 1000 bhp, which is a figure eerily close to the original Bugatti Veyron. As for the torque figure, GM claims that the powertrain driving the Hummer EV will have 11,500 lb-ft or just about 850 Nm of torque, which puts it in eerily close to the Lamborghini Urus, the fastest SUV that we have. Now, all of these figures come with a gigantic asterisk and are not set in stone. So, it should be interesting to see what GM actually offers us when they finally reveal the Hummer EV in May this year. However, given where we stand today, a few things stand clear. Firstly, even if Hummer misses out on these numbers by 10 per cent, they still have an engine thatâs close to 1000 bhp. That, coupled with the fact that they end up with a torque figure of about 800 Nm, should make them unbelievably fast. © GMC; The Hummer HX Concept Car by GM Also, their target of hitting 100 kmph in about 3 seconds means that acceleration is a priority. Now, like most electric cars, Hummer EV should be able to put the power to the road the moment someone touches the accelerator, which should make it go off like a stabbed rabbit. With that being said, it is imperative for GM to keep the EVs light, which has been a chink in GMâs armour and can prove to be even more bothersome, considering how electric vehicles tend to weigh a lot more because of their batteries. © GMC; Digital Rendition of The Hummer HX Concept Car It will be actually interesting to see how GM & Hummer play this out. Thereâs also the fact that Tesla has a much more solid version of the Cybertruck in works; Ford too, has an electric pick up truck in the works. As for us, like most millennial petrolheads who grew up fantasising about driving down a mountain in our bumblebee yellow Hummer H2s, we too will be waiting for May this year with bated breath. View the full article
  15. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are going to kickstart a new generation of gaming in 2020 and the only thing we know so far are the names and what the next Xbox looks like. However, new leaks have surfaced online that paint a clearer picture of both consoles. These leaks are not yet official but it gives us a better look at the power of each console. © Twitter/The-Driun According to a report by Digital Foundry, the PS5 will reportedly have a 9.3 teraflop GPU. The report was published by Eurogamer and it also details the GPU specifications of the Xbox Series X. The PS4 is capable of maximum 1.84 teraflops which means the PlayStation 5 will be leaps ahead in graphics prowess. The report also said that the PlayStation 5 will feature GDDR6 RAM, identical to what you can find on AMD's RX 5700 GPU. © Youtube Apart from these specifications, the report also claims that the PS5's GPU will be able to switch between three modes for backward compatibility. It will be compatible with PS4 and PS4 Pro tiles while a “gen2” mode is reserved for PS5 games. The other modes have been referenced as “gen 1” and “gen 0” modes to allow backward compatibility. The “gen1” mode runs on the same clock speed, GPU draw power and other metrics of the PS4 Pro: 36 compute units, a 911MHz core clock, and 218GB/s of memory bandwidth and 64 ROPs. © Microsoft In the same report, it was detailed that the Xbox Series X GPU is able to achieve 12 teraflops, however Digital Foundry describes it as “frankly ginormous, with signs pointing to a possible target of 12 teraflops.” If these leaks are to be believed, the Xbox Series X sounds a bit more powerful than the PS5, at least on paper. While the leak details both consoles and its components well, it is still unofficial information and needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Source: Eurogamer View the full article
  16. Even though Huawei has been having a tough time selling smartphones because of the ban on US companies doing business with the Chinese company, it is still making smartphones that push the envelope. Huawei already launched the Mate 30 Pro recently, but the launch was only limited to China. The next smartphone to launch is the P30 Pro's successor that will come with new battery technology according to rumours. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla A tweet listed some details about the features on the P40 Pro and specification that are planned for the upcoming phone. The rumour may not be entirely accurate as the source is not Huawei but it does detail some interesting new technology it will be implementing. If the rumour is to believed, Huawei is looking to include a new graphene technology that will increase battery capacity drastically. The new graphene will also increase the battery speed while keeping it cooler than the widely used lithium-ion batteries. The Huawei P40 Pro is rumoured to come with a 5,500mAh graphene battery than can be fully charged in 45 minutes with a 50W charger. That's quite impressive considering the capacity of the battery and the speed at which it charges. Graphene battery technology is relatively new, however many companies are already working on it. Graphene batteries help in reducing the temperature of the battery and also increases its lifespan. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Of course, there is no guarantee whether the Huawei P40 Pro will use graphene batteries in the final version of the device. And we can only know for sure when the smartphone is made official. Other rumours have suggested flagship-level specifications for the Huawei P40 i.e. a 6.5-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and dual punch holes for the selfie camera. At the back, the P40 is expected to come with a Penta-camera setup that will use sensors by Leica. The main sensor is expected to be a 64-megapixel shooter while other sensors include a 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a macro lens and ToF (time of flight) sensor. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As of now, it looks like the P40 will launch sometime in the first quarter of 2020, however the ban on American companies doing business with Huawei has still not been resolved. If the ban is not resolved by the P40's launch, it means that like the Mate 30 Pro, the P40 may not come with Android and Google Play services and the launch may be limited to China only. View the full article
  17. Apple finally unveiled the new 16-inch MacBook Pro that comes with powerful specifications and one of the biggest requested change ever. Apple has finally gotten rid of the butterfly switch keyboard and replaced it with a new "scissor-switch” keyboard. Apple calls it the Magic Keyboard — the same nomenclature used for the iMac keyboards. © Apple Previously, the butterfly switch on the MacBook Pro wasn't as reliable as the keys would either stick or would be non-responsive. Sometimes, due to the sticking issue, it would yield double or even triple letters. That has now been fixed with a new keyboard design delivering a better typing experience ever since Apple changed the keyboard design to the butterfly switch. © Apple Apart from the keyboard change, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is targeted towards filmmakers, music producers, photographers, scientists and users who need a powerful laptop for creative projects. It comes with 8GB of VRAM, 64GB of RAM and a new six-speaker system for a better sound experience. In terms of the processor, Apple says it comes with the latest 6- and 8-core 9th generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz. The speed boost will let photographers do complex edits to photographs 1.7 times faster in Photoshop, according to Apple. In the graphics department, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M GPU. It can be paired with GDDR6 video memory and with an 8GB VRAM option for the first time. The Radeon Pro 5000M series is made using AMD's new RDNA architecture and is made using a 7-nm process. It is capable of delivering up to 92 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In order to power these powerful specifications, the MacBook Pro comes with a 100Wh battery and has an additional hour of battery life for up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing or video streaming. In terms of storage, the base variant comes with a 512GB SSD and 1TB configurations. However, if you require more, it can be expanded to 8TB of additional storage, the largest SSD configuration on a laptop ever. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available through Apple Authorised Resellers and will be available in India for Rs 199,900. View the full article
  18. Realme has finally made its version of the “flagship killer” official in China today and the smartphone boasts of some impressive components. Realme has been known for making smartphones that offer great performance for a budget-friendly price, but this will be the Chinese company's first smartphone with flagship-level specifications. © Weibo When looking at the specifications, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2400x1080) Super AMOLED 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, and 50W SuperVOOC charging. The display comes with a waterdrop notch that you can also find on the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7. The display has support for HDR10+ video content and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Realme X2 Pro starts at CNY 2,599 (~Rs 26,000) for the 6GB RAM/64GB internal storage variant. The 8GB/128GB variant costs CNY 2,799 (~Rs 28,000) while the 12GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 3,199 (~Rs 32,000). The 12GB + 256GB variant also comes with UFS 3.0 Storage which will result in faster app loads and file transfer speeds. © Weibo In the camera department, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 20x zoom, an 8-megapixel macro lens and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor. There is also a 16-megapixel selfie camera at the front. The Realme X2 Pro features a 4,000mAh battery that can be fast charged with OPPO's 50W SuperVOOC charger. It can essentially charge the smartphone to 100% in under an hour. Other notable features include support for Hi-Res audio which is also present in the Redmi K20 Pro. © Realme The Realme X2 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Ocean Blue and Midnight Silver and will also launch in India this December. We can expect the smartphone to be a bit more expensive than the Chinese variant and it may start at Rs 28,000.
  19. Huawei's budget sub-brand Honor has been launching some amazing phones lately. Honor's phones usually go easy on your pockets, but offer great value for money. On the same lines, the company has now launched three new phones under the new 'Honor 20 Series'. Let's check them out: Honor 20 & Honor 20 Pro Both the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are more or less the same phones. They both look stunning and offer some really powerful internal specs. You're looking at a 6.26-inch IPS hole-punch display just like the Honor View 20. It comes with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 on both devices. They both have the same screen-to-body ratio i.e. about 91.6 per cent, and they simply look stunning from the front. © Twitter In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are powered by Huawei's flagship Kirin 980 chipset with oodles of RAM and storage to go along with it. While the Honor 20 tops out at 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, the Pro variant has 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Besides the RAM and storage, both the devices also have a slightly different camera setup. Both devices have a 48MP f/1.4 main camera, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera, a 2MP f/2.4 macro and a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera with a punch hole on the front. The only difference is that the Honor 20 Pro comes with an additional 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera, whereas the Honor 20 comes with a 2MP depth sensor. With 30x digital zoom and a large 1/2-inch Sony sensor, the telephoto camera's Handheld Moon Shot allows you to capture the moon's beauty with no extra equipment. #HONOR20Series #CaptureWonder pic.twitter.com/Dd60ZWnRgO — HONOR (@Honorglobal) May 21, 2019 The Pro variant of the phone also has a slightly bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, while the regular variant has a 3,750 mAh battery. Rest of the stuff is the same. You get a side mounted fingerprint scanner, fast-charging support, etc. The Honor 20 Pro will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colour variants, whereas the regular variant comes in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue shades. Honor 20 Lite © Twitter Next up, we have the Honor 20 Lite, which is more of a budget option for people who are not looking to splurge a lot of cash. The first and the most obvious difference here is the waterdrop notch on the front, instead of a punch hole display. It's a 6.21-inch FHD+ screen with a 32MP selfie shooter tucked inside. The Honor 20 Lite also packs a triple camera setup on the back, which includes a 24MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree FOV, and a third depth sensor. In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710 chipset, coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It's got a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and the phone will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, and the classic Midnight Black shades. Pricing & Availability The Honor 20 has been priced at 499 Euros for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, whereas the Honor 20 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage will cost you 599 Euros. The Honor 20 Lite, which is a budget option, will set you back 299 euros.
  20. Last month, a few details about Sony's next PlayStation were revealed in a Wired article where Sony dropped some specs as well. So far, the specifications look quite impressive and there's a lot of excitement about the upcoming consoles from gamers and developers alike. We got to know that the next console will have far faster load times and even have support for ray-tracing. How effective that would be on next-gen games, remains to be seen though. While speaking to Gaming Bolt, founders of Okomitive Don Schmocker and Goran Saric revealed that they are quite impressed with PS5's specifications. They were impressed in particular with the Zen Z processor. “It will definitely bring console performances closer to PC / desktop settings, which means less optimizations for ports," said Schmocker and Saric. This means that future games would require fewer optimisations for its PC versions and there will be more ports of the games made. It also means that some PC exclusive games can also release on future consoles if the performance is at par or close enough. For gamers, they will see more cross-releases than ever before which is always healthy for the gaming industry. Sony PS5 is not expected to launch any sooner than 2020, however, the Japanese company has provided an early look at what the next console is capable of. During a meeting in Japan today, Sony showed off load times of a scene on both the PS4 Pro and next-gen hardware. The results look quite impressive as you can see for yourself from the video below: Sony's official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 21, 2019 Sony's PS5 is expected to have a very powerful GPU and CPU that will be based on AMD's eight-core Ryzen chips. The new cores will be built on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture and a custom Navi board. The custom board will have support extremely high-end graphics and features like ray tracing. Other improvements include 3D audio that will be most noticeable when playing on headsets. The other major hardware upgrade would be the inclusion of SSDs. The consoles will be shipped with in-built SSDs that will reduce load times considerably. The SSD on the PS5 is said to be different from what's available in the market right now and is said to be even faster. Source: Gaming Bolt
  21. The most-anticipated console of the next generation is going to be the PlayStation 5 and even though it won't launch in 2019, Sony has confirmed many specifications already. Sony may have decided to skip E3 this year, however, PlayStation 4's lead architect Mark Cerny has delivered some of the details that we've been speculating for months. © Youtube ps4 In an exclusive report by Wired, Cerny detailed some details that will make the PS5 super powerful. There are some key hardware upgrades that will make the PS5 one of the most anticipated consoles in the next generation. The console will have a very powerful GPU and CPU that will be based on AMD's eight-core Ryzen chips. The new cores will be built on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture and a custom Navi board. The custom board will have support extremely high-end graphics and features like ray tracing. The powerful CPU will let games run smoothly and better in terms of frame rates. It will also result in shorter load times and a better overall experience than the PlayStation 4. The improved CPU will also play a vital role in ray tracing support. Ray tracing is basically a feature that was first unveiled by Nvidia on their latest 20 series GPUs. It enables better lighting effects, shadows and reflections. If you want to know more about ray tracing, you can read our detailed guide here. Other improvements include 3D audio will be most noticeable when playing on headsets. Cerny confirmed that even television speakers will take advantage of this feature as the upgrade is on the hardware level. The other major hardware upgrade would be the inclusion of SSDs. The consoles will be shipped with in-built SSDs that will reduce load times considerably. The SSD on the PS5 is said to be different from what's available in the market right now and is said to be even faster. © Pexels In terms of hardware, Cerny did not mention anything else, however, he did mention something in terms of software. Cerny confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have backward compatibility which means you will be able to play your PS4 games on the console. The console is also said to have support for PS VR and will get a next-gen upgrade at some point. With the confirmations, we can confidently say that Sony has now set the bar for next-gen consoles. We will know more about the PS5 closer to its launch and that won't be until 2020. What remains a mystery now is how Microsoft will respond with the next Xbox console. Source: Wired
  22. Xiaomi's several social media accounts and executives have already revealed much of the Mi 9's design and hardware specifications. The phone will be launched on February 20 and the company is planning to showcase the device at MWC 2019 as well. CEO Lei Jun has highlighted that the screen-to-body ratio of the upcoming Mi-series flagship will be higher than what was featured on last year's Mi 8. It is also reported to have a Samsung made AMOLED display panel with Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The display shall also house an integrated fingerprint scanner that Xiaomi says will be 25 per cent faster. © Xiaomi / Weibo The company has also given a sneak peek at the Mi 9's display, highlighting its thin bottom bezels. The phone is also confirmed to carry an eye protection mode to reduce blue light impact. Additional specs include a 90.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio, a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, and a smaller water-drop style notch. It shall also sport the third generation ultrasonic proximity sensor for better accuracy. Obviously, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset along with a 3500mAh battery. © Xiaomi / Weibo On the rear, it shall have a 48-megapixel primary wide angle sensor, 12-megapixel secondary telephoto sensor with PDAF and lastly, a 16-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor. The front shall have a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The device will use pixel binning technology to output 12-megapixel images in low light conditions for improved image quality. Xiaomi claims that the ultra-wide angle camera supports 4cm macro photography. Additionally, the company has also revealed that the triple rear camera module is protected by a layer of sapphire glass that is claimed to be extremely durable and resistant to scratches. © Xiaomi / Weibo Jun has also confirmed that the Mi 9 will come with reverse charging technology, something we expect to see onboard the Samsung Galaxy S10 as well. The phone shall ship with MIUI 10, based on Android 9 Pie. The top variant could come with 512GB internal storage as well as 10GB RAM. The Mi 9 is expected to come with a starting price of CNY 2,999 (Rs 30,000). Colour options currently include Black, Blue, White, and Gold.
  23. Last month Samsung showed off a brand new concept phone that has a foldable screen and closes just like a book. The current smartphone market has become extremely saturated and demands a unique offering. This is the core reason why brands have been trying new things like edge-to-edge displays, sliding cameras, and dual display setups. Dubbed the "Galaxy F" or "Galaxy Fold", it was shown-off for a very short period under dimmed lights to protect its design aspects. Samsung is calling its display technology "Infinity Flex" and claims it can be folded to fit inside a pocket. The display will measure 7.3-inch with a 1536 x 2152p resolution and 4.2:3 aspect ratio in an unfolded state. © LetsGoDigital Now, a recent report by a Korean market research group has perfectly detailed interesting bits of specs about Samsung's foldable smartphone. It is expected to have a total battery backup of 6000mAh and will consist of two batteries, one for each half of the chassis, and the suggested battery size combines the capacity of both batteries It will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 9820 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, depending on the market. Along with the beefy processor, it shall house 8GB of RAM along with 128GB internal storage. The handset is also expected to feature a dual 12MP primary camera setup paired with an 8MP front-facing selfie camera. © YouTube The report claims that all the information has been verified with the component suppliers and further adds it will have two cameras on the back with 12-megapixel sensors and an 8-megapixel on the cover. Suppliers of OLED screens, flexible printed circuit boards, and batteries are expected to benefit the most from the new form factors. Samsung is the leader in display technology and is expected to maintain supremacy over competitors like LG until 2020. © Reuters However, the cost of all this technology and flexibility is not going to be cheap. The phone will cost almost 70 percent more to make than the Galaxy S9+ at a whopping US$ 636.70 (Rs 45,500). The firm claims that it will carry a 65 percent markup and sell for a whopping US$ 1,800 (Rs 1,30,000). The price of foldable phones is expected to go down till US$ 1,300 (Rs 93,000) by 2022. Source: LetsGoDigital
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