Xiaomi just completed its 10 years in the industry and took advantage of the celebration event to launch a few interesting products along with the Mi 10 ultra. The Redmi K30 ultra is a flagship smartphone by the company and looks almost similar to the K30 Pro. However, there are a few hardware upgrades that make it worth buying. The Redmi K30 Ultra features a 6.67-inch large Samsung AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The display is charge and comes with great contrast to create a vivid and colorful experience for the user. The display supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The device has no notches at the front side and comes with a pop-up camera for the selfie pictures.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek 5G processor and supports outstanding AI functionality with six-core independent APU 3.0 that enables accuracy for more application scenarios. The device can balance computing power with power consumption. Redmi K30 Ultra has been ranked first in the ETH Zurich AI-benchmark ranking. The phone runs on dual hyper engine 2.0 and game turbo optimization engines that make it a perfect tool for playing games and responsive multi-app functionality.
The Redmi K30 ultra features a quad-camera system at the rear side, consisting of a 64MP primary camera, a 13Mp ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP portrait depth camera. The primary camera supports four-in-one large pixels, allowing the hardware to combine smaller pixels to final results for an ultra-clear image. For videos, it uses zoom support, three microphones for clear audio recording during filming. The phone has a big 4,500mAh battery that is good enough to keep the phone alive the whole day. There is also support for 33W fast charging that allows the phone to get fully charged from zero to 100% within just one hour. The phone is available in three colors - moonlight white, midnight black, and mint garden.
Two months after Redmi K40's release, the company has come up with its gaming variant - the Redmi k40 Gaming Edition. This is the first phone by the company specifically designed for playing video games. Usually, gaming phones are ugly and heavy. But this phone is really thin and lightweight compared to other gaming phones available in the market. The overall body is made of metal whereas the back panel is made of glass instead of plastic.
Redmi K40 Gaming edition features a 64MP primary camera sensor with 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. The phone uses optical glass in the phone lens that improves picture quality even better. The K40 uses the MediaTek Dimensity 1,200 with a new type of thermal material to prevent the possible overheating of the phone due to continuous video gaming. While you play any video game on K40, it can run the game at a nearly full frame rate of 90fps with smooth graphics.
The phone comes with a charger and charging cable, and for unknown reasons, these are now in yellow and black color instead of the usual white. It is also a slightly smaller charger. The charging cable uses the L-shaped charging head for the first time, The 67w charger takes somewhere from 43 to 45 minutes to fully charge the smartphone but it also gets your phone charge up to 51% in just 15 minutes. Although the phone isn't bulky, it still features a 5,065mAh battery. Another attractive feature of this phone is the physical triggers that make it possible for gamers to have the ultimate gaming experience. As the triggers are physical, you might get addicted to its usage which many gamers won't mind.
A company called ecoATM recently conducted a survey of 1,050 Apple iPhone owners age 18 or older.
This survey revealed that most of the respondents are very loyal to their current iPhone. When asked what new feature would make them switch from their current handset to the Samsung Galaxy S6, 26% said that nothing could get them to swap their current handset for the new S6 flagship. 32% said that a lower price point for the Galaxy S6 could entice them to switch.
What would it take for an Apple iPhone owner to switch to a Samsung phone?
According to the same survey, 24% would do it if it were a free swap, and 16% would make the trade if the Samsung handset was offered to them at a lower price point. Outside of pricing, 21% would swap their iPhone for a Samsung branded smartphone based on the latter having a longer battery life. 18% would do it for a larger screen-size and 3% would make the change if they saw a celebrity using a Samsung phone. By the way, 16% of iPhone users surveyed said that they would never exchange their iPhone for another smartphone under any condition.
So what is it that prevents iPhone users from switching to a new phone?
A quarter of the respondents with an iPhone said that the fact that their friends and family have one is a reason not to switch. 21% cite the better features on the device as the reason why they stay with it, while 19% say they exclusively use Apple products.
Did you find the regular Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to be too modest? If so, then there is a way by which you can make your new S7 Edge stand out from the rest. Karalux is a Vietnamese company that specializes on luxury and if you have the money and the will to do so, they will gold-plate your latest Samsung smartphone for you. This may not come as a surprise to many because Karalux offered the same 24K gold-plating services for the S6 and S6 Edge last year as well.
According to the Vietnamese company, the process which allowed them to gold-plate the S6 series isn't the same anymore as Samsung has changed its aluminum grade from A7000 to A6000. This has somewhat complicated the procedure and as a result, it now takes 6 hours to complete it instead of the 3-hours timeframe from 2015. There are 10 stages involved in the process, at the end of which, your smartphone will never really lose all of its value.
If you are in Vietnam, you can own a 24K S7 for $1570 and a 24K S7 Edge for $1705. If you are an international buyer however, you will need to pay $1730 and $1930 for the gold-plated S7 and S7 Edge respectively.
Nick Lee from Tendigi came into the lime light recently, after he managed to run Windows 95 on the Apple Watch and he has come forward once again with another hack. Apparently, Lee has managed to run Android Marshmallow on an iPhone with the help of both software and hardware. Lee modified the Android build found on the Nexus 5X expertly enough to stream it on to an iPhone. We say "stream" because this isn't a custom ROM that you can just flash on to your iPhone. Instead, the Android OS runs after you put your iPhone into the 3D-printed custom case, that has a micro-SD card slot, a micro-USB slot, an USB slot, a HDMI slot and of course, a lightning plug to connect to the iPhone.
Do you want to do this? If you do, then you better know what you are getting into because this isn't one for the layman. For starters, you will need to install an app on your iPhone and put it in the 3D-printed case, which isn't up for purchase. We could see a prominent lag in the video that Tendigi posted on YouTube, but it's still a tremendous breakthrough. Check out his instructions to know more if you are interested.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The new iPhone 12 hasn't been announced yet but we are expecting it really soon. That's just a rumor for now, but we might expect to see it in an event on October 13. The rumors suggest that there will be iPhone 12 max, iPhone 12 pro, and iPhone 12 pro max, with the entry-level iPhone 12 mini in the series. In such a case, you will have more choice than ever this year, especially with the iPhone SE that was launched in the beginning of this year. Apple's September 15 event focused on the Apple watch 6, iPad Air, a new iPad, and the Apple One subscription services.
Another report on the release date, which comes from "multiple suppliers in China", suggests that the iPhone 12 range won't be announced until late October, with the 4G models hitting stores shortly after, while the 5G iPhone 12 models won't go on sale until November. There are some clouds on the release date, but the most leaks suggest October 13 as the expected date.
We are expecting some big changes from Apple this year, including the 5G network support. With 5G networks rolling out in different regions of the world, the iPhone 12 will be more future-proof than its predecessor. The iPhone 12 series display will be starting from a tiny 5.4 inches to big 6.7 inches. The latest A14 Bionic processing chip will be another upgrade in power and will have a positive impact on the battery life too. For the price tag expect $649 / £700 / AU$1,200 or more.
A recent benchmark suggests that A14 Bionic single-core and multi-core performed better than the Snapdragon 865 that was used in almost all Android flagships in 2020. The overall score is also higher than the iPhone 11 pro max. That said, the scores are pretty good, and the iPhone 12 series is to be much faster than many existing flagship smartphones. The iPhone 12 series is also going to have a slight bump in the RAM area and might go from 4GB to 6GB though the standard phone might stick with 4GB. A few leaks suggest that iPhone 12 will not have a bigger number in battery and might rely on the processing chip for the speed. The phone will be using a lighting cable instead of USB-C.