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redmi k30

 

Redmi K30 has some impressive specs for a phone that costs only $230. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor from Qualcomm, a 4500mAh battery with 27W fast charging. For display, it uses IPS LCD with 120Hz refresh rate. This is one of the cheapest 5G phones you can buy right now, but of course, this 5G supports depends on the availability of the 5G network in your area. With a 4500mAh battery, you can expect to deliver an incredible battery life. But due to a higher refresh rate, you may found yourself charging after a half-day. On an average day, it can get about six hours. If you degrade the refresh rate to 60Hz, it will surely save some battery life.


The display is a 6.67-inch 1080 pixel display panel. You won't get the pure black and white if you go for less display but that doesn't mean the screen is bad. The Redmi K30 has four cameras on the rear side, and the two on the front. There's the new 64MP Sony IMX686 - a direct successor to the popular 48MP IMX 586, an ultrawide 8MP sensor, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. For the front camera, you get a 20MP lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera produces sharp pictures in good light, but the flat color profile doesn't look natural on skin tones. If you are a big selfie person, you may want to apply some kind of filter before sharing these online. In low light circumstances, you will see a decent amount of smearing. Although the phone has a decent portrait mode that produces much sharper pictures.


The Redmi K30 is running MIUI 11, based on Android 10. MIUI is fairly customizable, but many Western users probably won't like it as much, especially if you're used to stock Android, as it tries to act like iOS in a lot of ways. By default, there is no app drawer, though you can turn it on in settings. The most annoying thing for me is the fact that you need to press a settings button to get into the settings. There is a cool feature on the Redmi K30 called Mi Share, which allows you to seamlessly transfer files between other Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme, and Oppo devices. This is effectively Apple's AirDrop, so it's nice that these manufacturers have worked together to make file transfer a lot easier.


Tik tok


Who hasn't heard about TikTok? It is one the most popular streaming apps right now. Its parent's company - a Chinese IT firm is planning to take a step into the smartphone manufacturing industry as well. ByteDance, whose $75 Billion valuation ranks it one of the world's biggest start-up plans to launch a phone pre-loaded with its own apps - which include newsfeeds, video and gaming apps to reach out more global audience. This move is seen by many as an initiative by Chinese companies to rely on their own services, software, and hardware after the US ban. ByteDance is one of very few companies from china who has global audience in Asia and west, other than its home country.


Earlier than this, Amazon has tried similar effort but it was pulled a year after launch due to its disaster failure. Analysts predict ByteDance phone could have a similar outcome. Analyst Jia Mo said, there is basically no space for them in the mass market. They lack experience and advantage in supply chain, in channels, so their likelihood of being successful is very low, he further added. If they target only the niche market, may be they have a chance by attracting niche customer groups through certain pre-installed software.


Bytedance's own international expansion has helped the company to acquire its lip-syncing Musical.ly app in 2017. But despite racking up huge number of downloads- it was fined by the Federal trade commission for illegally collecting personal information from users younger than 18 years. Wang Xi, research manager said that may be they could have a chance if they offer something new and at lower price. He said, So if they really will go down this path, I think they will probably let hardware lose money in the beginning and try to make up through their service later.


vivo

 

Today vivo launched a new smartphone called Vivo Y3. The Y3 is a mid-range smartphone but it is packed with high-end hardware specs and sleek design. Perhaps, the brilliant feature is the triple AI camera that adorns the back. The device is powered by 5000mAh battery. Since the smartphone is a budget phone, it has LCD HD+ display with a 720 x 1544 pixels resolution.


The Vivo Y3 has a water drop notch which features the selfie camera. The device has 6.35-inch screen with narrow bezels on all sides, leaving it a screen ratio of 89%. At the rear side, the Y3 uses a new nano-scale coating process. The device is available in three different color variants; peacock blue, peach pink, and ink bule. The handset has a 16MP HD front camera for taking selfies. There are three AI cameras at the rear side comprised of a 13MP primary camera. The secondary sensor is a 120-wide angle, with the third lens is a depth of field camera. For security, device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the device. As an extra security layer, the Y3 also feature a face unlock.


The Y3 has a MediaTek MT6765 processing chip paired with 4GB of RAM while there is 128GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB with microSD card. Y3 equally comes with 9V/2A flash charging and support OTG reverse charging. It is great smartphone anyone who play video games as it has built-in game box which provides an immersive gaming experience such as built-in e-sport made 2.0. The device runs Android 9 Pie as its OS. The connectivity options are a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

 

 


oneplus

 

OnePlus 7 Pro & OnePlus 7


OnePlus is expected to launch for 14 May. As the Indian market is big, OnePlus is going to launch the phone immediately after the launch in two variants - OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 pro. Reports suggest that phone will get complete redesign and premium features. It will have triple camera system with rear camera, and 3x optical zoom. Oled display with in-screen fingerprint sensor and will be powered by snapdragon 855 processing chip.


Oppo Reno


Oppo announced two new devices for 2019 - Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x this month. This is the first smartphone to feature a new shark-fin style pop-up camera. The device is equipped with a rear 48MP primary sensor + 8MP ultra-wide sensor + 13 MP periscope lens which has 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processing chip. It has 6/8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. It will have 4,065mAh battery.


Honor 20i


Honor is bringing 3 models of 20 - Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, and the budget variant Honor 20i. It has a 6.2-inch full HD display and is powered by its own Kirin 710 processor. The device will run over a 3,400mAh battery and has 4/6GB RAM. The phone has a triple camera setup: 24MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle +2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has used a 32MP selfie camera.


Samsung Galaxy A80


Samsung has released it's a series to break-in the competition. Galaxy A80 is the first smartphone by Samsung that uses a pop-up rotating camera which works as front and back camera. The camera has 48MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a TOF 3D camera sensor - it moves up and rotates to front. This has enabled device to get a full 6.7-inch display without a notch. It is powered by Snapdragon 730 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage. The devices has 3,700mAh battery. For security, it has an on-screen fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, fast-charging support.


Nubia Red Magic 3


Red Magic is a phone for people who loves to play games on their devices. The latest in the series is red magic 3. It has a 6.6-inch display and powered by Snapdragon 855 with 12GB RAM and comes with an internal fan to cool the phone. The battery is huge up to 5,000mAh with fast charge support, a 48MP rear camera with 8K video recording, 16MP front-camera and fingerprint scanner for security reasons.


iphone-xs-max-vs-note-9


If you're in the market for a large-screen phone that can handle your extensive usage then there are two names that you must have come across - the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9. Both giants offer magnificent super-sized screens, powerful processing and beefed-up specifications.


But when it comes down to it, which one do you actually choose? We bring you an iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9 comparison that might help you make a decision.


iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9: Design


The iPhone X, with its all-new bold and attractive design, changed the smartphone game when it came out in 2017. And the iPhone XS Max, which is Apple's largest phone to date, just makes it bigger and better. The new handset retains the all-glass look of its predecessor with an edge-to-edge display, surrounded by negligible bezels and a small notch on the top, and a beautiful glass-covered back. The device is bordered by a stainless steel frame that adds to the appeal.


The Galaxy Note 9 by no means looks any less elegant. The bezel on each side of the screen remains thin, although the top and bottom chin are a bit wider than the iPhone XS Max, with Samsung still not choosing to adopt the controversial 'notched'-design. The screen merges smoothly with the glass back, giving the phone a curved feel as compared to XS Max's boxed look.


The iPhone XS Max houses a dual-camera on the top left of its rear side while the camera on the Galaxy Note 9 is placed centrally. Below it is the fingerprint sensor, something which is missing from the iPhone XS Max altogether. Another differentiating design factor is the presence of a headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 9.


Just to give you an idea of the actual dimensions, the iPhone XS Max measures at 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm and weighs 208 grams while the Galaxy Note 9 has dimensions of 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weighs 201 grams. Both phones are also IP68 water resistant.


One thing to note is that both the phones' heavy reliance on glass do leave them vulnerable to damage and it only makes sense that you invest in a good phone case to help prevent that.


iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9: Display


It would be fair to say that both smartphones sport a magnificent display and it would be tough to pick one over the other. Despite being smaller in size, the iPhone XS Max packs in a larger display size of 6.5-inches. The AMOLED screen has a resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels and a density of 458 ppi. It has True Tone colour output and supports HDR 10 as well as 3D touch.


The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen but offers a better resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels and density of 516 ppi. Boasting of 16 million colours and HDR 10 support, the display is sharp, bright and accurate.


iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9: Camera


The iPhone XS Max comes equipped with a dual-lens rear camera comprising of a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with ƒ/2.4 aperture and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with ƒ/1.8 aperture. Both feature optical image stabilisation while supporting 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.


Apple's new A12 processor has made the camera system smarter with standout features like Smart HDR, that lets the system capture multiple shots and merge them into one to give better highlights and shadows, and depth control, that lets you change the depth of the field after you've taken the shot.


The Galaxy Note 9 also sports a 12-megapixel dual lens system with one snapper having a fixed aperture of ƒ/2.4 while the other one has a variable aperture between ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4. Similar to XS Max, both lenses support optical image stabilisation as well as 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.


The Note 9 camera is especially adept at shooting in low-light conditions while the company claims that the AI-enabled features such as the noise reduction algorithm make it impossible to take a bad picture.


On the front, the iPhone XS Max has a 7.7-megapixel camera with TrueDepth capabilities used for the Face ID unlocking and Animoji. The Note 9 comes with an 8-megapixel front camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture.


iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9: Hardware and Software


Battery life is a bone of contention in any smartphone comparison and its imperative we touch on that. The Galaxy Note 9 has the larger battery of the two, measuring at 4,000 mAh, as compared to the 3,400 mAh battery of iPhone XS Max. Both phones should easily last a day of regular usage. Wireless charging and fast charge are supported on each phone.


The iPhone XS Max is powered by the Apple A12 processor, one of the first 7nm chips. Processing capabilities have been Apple's strong point and it carries over to the XS Max which runs as smooth as silk. The Galaxy Note 9 will come with the Snapdragon 845 processor if you're in the US or China while it will run on the Exynos 9810 if you buy it outside of the two countries. To make the performance better, Samsung has included a special water carbon cooling system in Note 9.


Talking about RAM, the iPhone XS Max features a 4 GB one while the Note 9 offers two options of 6 GB and 8 GB. But this doesn't necessarily translate to faster speed in the Note 9 since iOS and Android devices manage memory differently.


The Galaxy Note 9 comes with Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box and you'll have to wait till January 2019 to update the OS to Android 9 Pie. The device also supports the S Pen. The iPhone XS Max operates on the iOS 12, which features improved notifications and battery management as well as augmented reality support.


iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9: Price


Both smartphones are one of the most expensive ones. The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099 (£1,099) for the 64 GB model and goes up to $1,449 (£1,499) for the 512 GB model. The Galaxy Note 9 is comparatively cheaper - $1,000 (£899) for 128 GB model and $1,249 (£1,099) for the 512 GB model.


As we can see, it can be really hard to choose between the phones with each device offering excellent specs. It will eventually boil down to what features you prefer and how much you're willing to pay for them.

 

Mo Cheng

Editor-In-Chief

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