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As the hype is now over the arguably cheapest flagship smartphone for the year 2017 is out, let's now take a look at the best and the worst parts of the OnePlus 5.
The combination of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 8GB or RAM and 128GB of internal storage are specifications that no other phone on the planet can deliver at the moment. Consider the fact that the Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which is its closest competitor in terms of specs, costs more than a thousand dollars in China and India. The OnePlus 5 with 2 extra gigs of RAM and a brilliant dual camera setup costs about $539! Say what you will, no other phone can beat the OnePlus 5 in terms of price-to-performance value. Add all of this to the super smooth and ultra useful Oxygen OS and we have an instant winner on our hands.
It looks like an iPhone 7 Plus and that's not a good thing. In a world where a lot of people blame Android smartphones for copying Apple iPhones, the OnePlus 5 took a step backward by copying the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of the design and losing its own unique appeal in the process. Also, there was the initial false claim of 2X optical zoom (it's actually 1.6X as it was found later) and an AMOLED display that needed to be QHD this year.
Should You Buy it?
To be honest, nothing can match the feeling of actually using a Galaxy S8/S8+ and its curved QHD+ Super AMOLED display and bezel-less design, but then again those phones cost twice as much (unless you get it on a deal). Having said that, there is no smartphone in existence today that can match the experience offered by the OnePlus 5 at under $550. If that's your budget, you just cannot go wrong with this one.
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After months of leaks, Vivo Nex 3 is finally released. As expected, the headline feature is its waterfull full view OLED display, which spills over the sides of the Nex 3 and has screen-to-body ratio of 99.6 percent. The 6.89-inch HD+ AMOLED display has very less bezels which leaves no room for physical buttons on the side of the phone. The screen resolution is 1080 x 2256 pixels. Instead, Vivo is adding virtual buttons called Touch sense alongside a port-less and button-less design we saw earlier this year.
The Nex 3 is one of the most advance smartphones today. Vivo is releasing two variants of the phone with 4G and 5G network support, both of which run on the same processing chip - Qualcomm snapdragon 855 plus. To keep the phone cool it uses a vapor chamber cooling system. The battery capacity is 4,500mAh and supports super flash charge 44W fast charging. As for the security, the phone uses in-display fingerprint sensor.
Vivo introduced a circular triple-camera module that Vivo calls the lunar ring. This house a 64-megapixel main camera with another 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. Vivo Nex 3 has again used the pop-up selfie camera. Vivo hasn't said anything about the price factor and the device will be available in only selected country in Asia pacific and other markets. Connectivity options include Connectivity options include 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth v5, NFC, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and GPS + GLONASS.
OnePlus has a reputation for mid-range smartphones but after years of keeping its budget-conscious consumers happy, the company is now moving to premium high-end flagships. OnePlus 8 Pro is its latest premium flagship smartphone starting at $899. It is one of the most expensive phones in the market right now even though it hasn't crossed the $1000 price line yet. OnePlus has been keen on its design, visual changes, and material choices. It even unveiled a concept phone that aims to showcase their evolving proficiency in colors, material, and final look and feel. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company decided to finally go for wireless charging, implementing its new 30-watt wireless warp charge, and finally adding rationality to their decision of using the fragile backing material.
Last year's model, the OnePlus 7 was considerably larger than what any user would consider comfortable. The OnePlus 8 Pro has similar weight and dimensions, but it's slightly narrow and taller. However, the display area is 6.67" diagonally to 6.68". The company opted for a punch hole at the top of the screen at its front side. This is interesting as compared to the last generation when OnePlus 7 Pro has a true full-screen display, free of instructions. Some users might find teardrop cutout in the top-center of the screen less intrusive than any hole punch.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has new display features such as motion processing, adaptive display white balance, and SDR-to-HDR up-mapping. OnePlus partnered with a company called Pixelworks for these features, and there is a dedicated display processor in the OnePlus 8 Pro that handles them. You can read more about these features (as well as with a few others) in our separate OnePlus 8 display tech preview.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 12MP camera that results in very sharp edges, and the image processing favors aggressively high contrast and saturation. The front-facing camera is really good even in low-light conditions. However, the result may not come as the best as compared to the other rival's cameras. The handset comes with the latest OxygenOS addition with a new dark mode.
OnePlus has officially announced that it will be using its fast warp charge technology for the next flagship smartphone. That's to say, the OnePlus 8T will have a 65W warp fast charging adapter in the box. The company has confirmed the news via a press release it recently released and states that warp charge 65 will be able to fully charge the 4,500mAh battery in the OnePlus 8T in less than 40 minutes.
The OnePlus 8T won't be a case of ‘A day's power in half an hour' but would upgrade to a day's power in 15 minutes. A lot of the speed delivered by these fast chargers is achieved in the first 0 to 70 percent of the charge. Specifically, OnePlus claimed that you will be getting from 0 to 58 percent within 15 minutes of charge. That's almost double the speed the warp charge 30 offered with the OnePlus 8.
As we all know that OnePlus' warp charge and Oppo's VOOC charge has been the same charging technology. It is safe to say that this 65W charging is quite similar to the 65W super VOOC charging that is used in the Oppo Find X2 Pro. To achieve such a fast charging technology without heating up the smartphone too much, the company uses a battery that's manufactured using the two individual cells, or rather, its two smaller 2,250mAh batteries to make the total 4,500mAh capacity.
OnePlus has verified that each battery can charge at 30W speeds simultaneously while the design of the adapter and cable ensures that the device doesn't get overheated. It has a built-in temperature sensor to monitor the internal temperature of the phone as it charges and adapts the speed of the phone is about to overheat. The OnePlus 8T is going to be unveiled on 14 October 2020, and you can read more about its leaks and rumors in the upcoming blog posts.
Huawei released the P40 series this year in April with a 5G phone as well. The cutting-edge Kirin 990 5G chip is super-fast and takes the user experience to the entire next level. But Huawei P40 Pro and Pro plus are just too expensive for some users. The Huawei P40 Pro with 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM comes around $900. The higher-tier of smartphones in the series goes even higher in terms of price.
Now, the company decided to launch a new smartphone in the P40 series but that would be a more economical version of P40. The Huawei P40 lite 5G is an upgraded version of the Huawei P40 Lite that the company released in April 2020. The phone features upgraded silicon, a better camera equipped with AI software, and of course, 5G connectivity support.
The phone has a 6.5-inch LCD panel with HDR 10 support at Full HD+ resolution and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The phone is powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G octa-core chipset compared to the Kirin 810 on the previous model. The phone features a quad camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The primary camera is of 64MP and uses Sony IMx582 sensor with f/1.8, the secondary camera is of 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4, the third camera is of 2MP super macro lens with f/2.4, and the fourth camera is of 2MP with depth sensor lens and f/2.4. The front camera can take up to 16MP photos with f/2.0. The phone has 6GB internal storage with 128GB RAM.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery with a 40W proprietary fast-charging capability. This much battery is good enough for an average user to sustain his phone for more than 24 hours with a single full charge. You can charge your phone up to 70% in 30 minutes as per the company's official statement.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and 5G support. The phone comes running EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. The design is similar to Huawei Nova 7 SE that was launched in China last month. The phone comes in three colors - Space silver, Crush green, and Midnight black. If you living in any part of Europe, you can pre-order the phone right now. The phone will go on sale starting on May 29 for a price of $430.
In mid-February, the premiere of two flagships Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro was released in an online event. But due to Coronavirus outbreak company decided to delay the launch. The flagships have top-end characteristics, an attractive design and many functionalities, but it seems that the company is planning for more.Until today, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro was a high-end phone of the premium category and occupies a leading position in the portfolio of smartphones of the company. But it may happen that it won't be the able to hold the same position for long time, and all because of the release of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro +.
Rumors have confirmed the upcoming announcement of the plus version. The phone has a slogan "Look beyond the world". The ultimate flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ should have a 100 megapixel sensor in the main camera, support for 12x optical zoom, a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the top-end Snapdragon 865 platform and fast 65-watt charging.
The authenticity of this news remains to be verified. According to rumors circulating in the network, in the second half of the year, Xiaomi plans to show five more flagships based on the Snapdragon 865. There are also predictions that the company will release a device with 6.67-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio HDR10 + display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone will be powered by Octa Core (1 x 2.84GHz + 3 x 2.42GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz Hexa) Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 650 GPU. Xiaomi Mi 10 may feature a high-quality 108MP rear camera with 1/ 1.33″ Samsung sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.69 aperture, OIS, 8P lens LED flash. 13MP 123° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture. 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8k at 30fps, 4k 60fps, 960fps at 720p.
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OnePlus used an untraditional platform to announce a feature pack of its next device. Usually, phone manufacturers use Twitter to share news, leaks, or updates about their mobile phones or products. But recently OnePlus uploaded a new teaser on Instagram. The new revelation comes just before a few days of the launch of the next OnePlus phone. As per the Instagram post, OnePlus Nord will come with preloaded with Google's Duo, Messages, and phone apps. The company has already revealed that the OnePlus Nord uses an Android-based Oxygen OS. Some of its key specs have already been leaked or confirmed previously. The company called it a flagship killer phone as it will notably the most affordable phone by the company.
As per the teaser video posted on Instagram, the OnePlus Nord has to offer the smoothest experience possible due to these integrated Google apps. Some of the other phones including the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are using the proprietary alternatives to Google apps and come with the company's software used for dialer and SMS messaging instead. The latest flagships, however, seems to stick with the default options to offer an improved user experience.
The OnePlus Nord will be running OxygenOS, which is known for providing an almost bloatware-free, Android-like experience. With the default Google apps, the OnePlus Nord will be able to offer rich communication services functionality to users. In another video on Instagram, OnePlus has highlighted that the OnePlus Nord would have a tough build that would resist drop, shock, and water. The phone will, however, not come with an Ingress Protection (IP) certification, as confirmed by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).
The recent teasers have also highlighted the earlier rumors that the OnePlus Nord will feature a quad-camera system at the rear side, with a 48-megapixel primary camera that also comes with optical image stabilization. The phone features a 90Hz AMOLED display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. The device will be powered by a reasonably huge 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. For the front camera, you get a 32-megapixel primary sensor. The OnePlus Nord launch is scheduled for 7:30 pm IST on Tuesday. Alongside the new smartphone, OnePlus is launching its first truly wireless (TWS) earbuds that are called the OnePlus Buds.
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The new iPhone 12 Pro is here and it comes with a wave of new features and cool stuff. But what we like most about it, is its upgraded and super fast processor. The phone has Apple's latest processor - the A14 Bionic. It allows you to load apps and games much faster than ever before. It can also do really fast software and hardware processing to create a stunning photography experience without any glitch.
If you are many iPhone users who love to take photos and shoot videos with their phones, you are going to love the auto-focus feature that comes with the iPhone 12 pro model. The phone has three 12-megapixel cameras on the rear side of the phone with a 12-megapixel camera on the front side and a LiDAR scanner. All three cameras together can take intelligent photo features like smart HDR 3, Deep fusion, Portrait mode, as well as night mode for letting you take pictures in low-light conditions. And because of the LiDAR scanner, the auto-focus of the camera is super fast too.
Apple has also redesigned its phone's exterior this year. Which means you are getting a four-times tougher phone. This is partially due to the new material Apple has used to manufacture their phone - called a ceramic shield. This new material isn't even glass, but nano-ceramic crystals that are transparent. The result is a phone that is super tougher even without a case.
The new iPhone 12 pro has the new MagSafe charging accessory which makes the charging process a lot easier and faster. All you have to do is to snap the wireless charger onto the backside of the phone and it starts to charge the batteries. MagSafe charges at twice the speed of standard wireless charging pads.
Last but not the least, the iPhone 12 Pro has support for the 5G network. That's right. The latest iPhone is future proof. Whether you are watching a movie, playing an online game, or downloading files, you can do it at a much faster speed. This feature may not be exciting for everyone because support for 5G is still limited and we may not have it in every part of the world in a couple of years. But you can benefit from it if you are living in an area that has a 5G network.
In recent years we saw a trend of expensive and bigger smartphones being manufactured by smartphone companies but now companies are moving back to more affordable devices. Smartphone users are becoming more smart and deliberate with their purchase choice now and choose features over brand names. Chinese smartphone manufacturers have played a great role when it comes to introducing affordable smartphones with premium-like features. OnePlus has always been a leading name in the affordable category - including the OnePlus 8. Now, big names like Samsung and Apple are following the trend and coming up with more affordable versions of their phones.
If you think that a cheaper phone is of less quality, think again. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus 8 come with the same Snapdragon 865 processor. Galaxy S20 FE has 6GB RAM whereas the latter has 8GB RAM. But surprisingly, the OnePlus 8 cost less than S20 FE. It's just not the processing power, but the OnePlus 8 offers a better software experience too. It runs on the light Oxygen OS that is optimized to deliver a faster and smoother user experience. You can also choose to customize the look and feel according to your personal preference to match your style.
OnePlus 8 is a light and thin smartphone, specifically designed for people who prefer beautiful phones. The phone supports 30w wrap charging, which can do a full charge in just 30 minutes. The phone has slightly slimmer bezels and a punch-hole camera on the top-left side. As per camera, the phone features a 48-megapixel as a primary camera, 16-megapixel, and a 2-megapixel camera sensor. OnePlus 8 is available as low as $599 and eligible Verizon users can get the OnePlus 8 as low as $10 a month. The phone has a premium glass finish that makes it a really stylish phone to keep in hand. So, what do you prefer on a phone? Its brand name, features, or price tag? Do let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
Smartphone photography has somewhat influenced amateur photography for a few years now, at least, Apple and Samsung have won the appreciation of photographers and youngsters in general with software enhancements and DSLR-like photos. Recently, we have seen smartphone manufacturers are emphasizing greatly photography sections and bringing larger and sensitive camera sensors. Having a 108MP camera sensor isn't shocking news anymore.
When smartphone companies are competing with each other, Xiaomi decided to join the trend. The company announced its latest development through a Tweet. The company's official Twitter feed shows a short clip of a new 120mmm retractable camera lens that is built specifically for smartphones, taking the ultrawide lens that users are now getting used to, and giving it a major power-up. The tweet says, "Inspired by traditional camera designs, we now introduce you to the 120mm-equivalent retractable-wide aperture lens! Optimized with a bigger aperture and upgraded stabilizer, you can now capture better portraits and low light images.
If you have ever used a traditional camera, you must be familiar with the concept of retractable design. These lenses when pressed and rotate, get the extended length. In some cameras, it automatically starts the camera as well. The retractable camera lens has been absent from smartphones due to several reasons, including fragility and issues like waterproof. Those hurdles remain, which it is likely which Xiaomi is only showing off this bet of technology. Still, we can expect and hope for bigger steps in the future in terms of mobile photography.
Samsung Galaxy M12 is due to an exceptional release next year, but the phone is already making waves in the tech industry due to its exceptional features that include a 7,000mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy M12 is going to have the same battery as the M51. The phone belongs to the budget-category phone series and even fell into the entry-level in the category as well.
Recently, we have seen a leaked video uploaded by onLeaks, that is supposed to showcase the 360 views of the Galaxy M12. They had uploaded the graphical renders earlier and now they have come up with a short video that shows M12 from different angles. Due to the angles, the video was shot from, you can easily see a two-texture rear side that reflects light.
The Galaxy M12 will be 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, a fraction narrower and thinner than the M51's 163.9 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm. Like it, it will have a plastic frame, which will help keep the weight down (but we're probably still looking at 200+ grams phones). As per rumors, the device will have a 6.5-inch diagonal display screen. The tech giant is working on two different models - one would be the global version and the one will target more of the Indian market.
Samsung Galaxy M12, as per leaks, has the waterdrop style notch to feature the front camera. On the rear side, the phone has a square model that comprises four sensors and a flash. The phone contains a side-mounted fingerprint sensor whereas Samsung Galaxy A42 5G has an in-display fingerprint sensor. There would be a speaker grille and a 3.5mm audio jack that sits alongside the charging port. According to reports, we can expect the phone to be released somewhere in the first quarter of 2021.
This year we witness a few affordable 5G smartphones but the cheapest one is yet to come. The latest Realme 7 will hit the market on November 30 and while it costs only $370, Amazon has an introductory price starting at $300. This makes it the cheapest phone with 5G network support in the UK. The Realme 7 has a 6.5-inch display with 1080 x 2400 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset. The phone will be available in two models for 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM with a 128GB internal storage option for both.
As per the listing, the phone has a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging. The phone has an advanced 7nm Gaming Processor, delivering high-quality gaming experiences. It supports advanced 5G+5G DSDS technology, enabling seamless network switching. The phone has a 30W dart charge that brings an unparalleled charging experience. With a massive 5,000mA battery, you can watch movies, play video games all day long without getting worried about the battery. With a 5,000mAh battery you get 17 hours of YouTube, 25 days standby time, 35 hours call time, and 9 hours gaming time condition to fair usage.
With additional support for OTG reverse charging, you can charge your IoT device anytime, anywhere. Realme7 also has a super power-saving mode to kick-in when you fall below 10% battery. With this option, you can last up to 28 hours on standby with just a 10% battery. The phone has 48Mp primary camera lens, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a macro lens with a 4cm focus distance. The front camera has a 16MP in-display selfie lens with AI and beauty modes.
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Xiaomi is ready to launch the upcoming Mi 11 series in China this month. An exclusive leak suggests that the company will unveil the devices in the last week of the year. And we are already getting some leaks ahead of its launch. The leaks regarding Mi 11 have been floating all over the internet, mainly because it's going to be the first flagship series with Snapdragon 880 processor. The series will include Xiaomi Mi 11 and Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro just like its predecessor Mi 10 series launched in 2020. Although, there are also some rumors about another possible device called Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro. Xiaomi is known for releasing amazing devices with a premium design and no-compromise on specs or features. The device might have a rear glass body with a metal mid-frame for rigidity. All devices are tipped to feature a four-curved screen.
The standard Mi 11 is expected to feature a four-curved display with a top-left punch-hole display. From the front side, it looks almost similar to the Mi 10. Although dimensions aren't known yet, it is likely to feature an FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate display. The Mi 10 however, had a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone will like to have a UFS 3.1 storage with a triple camera setup along with an LED flashlight. The cameras are horizontally stacked inside a square-like housing. As per renders and leaks, the phone will have a blue gradient color with a chamfered bump. The phone will have a 108MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor.
So far, there isn't much information on Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro but it might have an identical design in the series with a quad-camera on the rear side. A leak by a user on Weibo suggests that the pro will feature a large 6.76-inch display. It will have a similar four-curved display with a top-left punch-hole but will feature a QHD+ resolution and 120Hz. Under the hood, it will feature the same Snapdragon 888 SoC as the Mi 11. There will be a 48MP OmniVision sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide camera sensor, a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom. There might be an additional periscope lens for higher-zoom up to 10X. A report also suggests that the series will be powered on a dual-battery system.
Nova Series is one of the most profitable series of Huawei. The company launched the smartphone series earlier this year and it included Nova 7i, Nova 7 SE, Nova 7, and Nova 7 Pro. In October, the last member of the Nova 7 series came which was targeted towards Youth. It also had support for 5G connectivity. The Chinese manufacturer unveiled the Nova 8 SE last month that was powered by Dimensity 720 and Dimensity 8000U processing chips. Today, Huawei unveiled the Nova 8 series consisting of Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro. These two smartphones feature a 120Hz refresh rate display, Kirin 985, and many other exciting features.
Huawei Nova 8 features 6.57-inch OLED display panels and Nova 8 pro has a larger 6.72-inch OLED panel. The Nova 8 features 1080x2430 pixel full HD+ resolution, up to 90Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 pro has 1236x2676 full HD+ resolution up to 120Hz refresh rate, and 300 touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 series features 8GB of RAM and 128GB and 256GB of internal storage but does not support external storage. The phone comes with EMUI 11 preinstalled based Android 10 operating system. The same chip has been previously used on phones like Nova 7, Honor V30, and Honor X10.
The standard Nova 8 has a 64-megapixel primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens with 120-degree FOV, a 2-megapixel macro camera with 4cm focal length, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Nova 8 has a 3,800mAh battery that supports 66W super-fast charging technology by the same vendor whereas the pro model gets a bigger 4,000mAh battery. The Nova 8 supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS. Huawei Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro models will be available in black, purple, green, and white that come in gradient shade. Both phones are up for pre-orders in the home market and are scheduled to go on sale on Dec. 30.
Today POCO organized an online event to reveal its latest smartphone in India. The company announced the POCO M3 smartphone which was already revealed for the global market in the last year. Only a few backs in November, POCO released M2 for the Indian market and now they have come up with its successor. The POCO M3 falls in the mid-range smartphone category and features a tall aspect ratio screen with a massive 6,000mAh battery. The best part about the phone is its price which is roughly starting from Rs. 9,999.
The phone has an IPS LCD panel of 5.3-inches. POCO didn't try anything crazy with the refresh rate and keep it to the usual 60Hz which helps the company to produce a lower-cost smartphone. The phone has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device has a Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the front panel. The device comes with support for Widevine L1 for playback of streaming content from OTT platforms. The phone has a unique large-sized rectangle-shaped camera housing on the rear side of the phone that has a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.79 aperture and two 2-megapixel camera sensor for creating depth effects and taking macro shots without compromising the quality of the pictures.
The POCO M3 also supports photography features like AI beautify, AI scene detection, night mode, portrait mode, panorama, and time-lapse, etc. You can shoot 120fps slow-motion video on the phone along with 1080p video at 30fps. The POCO M3 has a snapdragon 662 processing chip under its hood along with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 21 and 2.2 internal storage options. The POCO M3 comes with other features such as dual stereo speakers, an IR blaster, dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone will be available in two variants in India with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage configurations. You can purchase the phone in Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black colors. The POCO M3 will go on sale starting from Feb 9 at 12PM local time in India on Flipkart. ICIC bank card owners would get a flat discount of 1,000 on the device.
The Vivo X60 series has already been launched in its home country - China, and now Vivo is getting ready for the global launch. Vivo X60 series is going to include three devices - X60, X60 Pro, and X60 pro plus. Vivo launched X50 series in India in July last year that was a premium smartphone from the company with a focus on the photography section and sleek design. Now, the company has launched the refreshing variant of X50, probably with a few minor upgrades. The Vivo X60 is likely to be unveiled in April.
Ahead of the launch, Vivo X60 and X60 Pro were seen on a various certification websites, including India's Bureau of Indian Standards that further confirm its early launch in the Indian market. The Vivo X60 series should be released in three different models just like China. The design of Vivo X60 and X60 Pro looks similar to its predecessor that was launched previous year. It features the same gradient glass design with a rectangular housing on the rear side. However, there's a small change on the front display. The vanilla Vivo X60 gets a flat display whereas the Vivo X60 Pro will feature a curved screen.
All three devices feature a 6.53-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. The best part is that the display is specially designed for power intensive devices and takes less power when compared to other similar panels. In addition to this, the panels come with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification. The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are powered by Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC. However, a new report suggests that these devices might ditch Exynos in favor of Qualcomm chipset. These two devices bear model numbers V2045 and V246.
Last year's Vivo X50 Pro got lots of attention because of its Gimbal camera feature that was entirely a new concept introduced in smartphones. This year, it's bringing a triple camera system including a 48-megapixel primary Sony camera sensore with four-axis optical image stabilization feature, a 13-megapixe telephoto sensor, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with 120-degree FoV.
The Vivo X60 comes in three configurates - one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for CNY 3,498 (Rs 40000), an 8GB/256GB model for CNY 3798 (Rs 43000), and the third one has a 12GB / 256GB version for CNY 3,998 (Rs 45500). There's only one Vivo X60 Pro model, with 12GB/256GB versions priced at CNY 4,498 (Rs 51000). Finally, the Vivo X60 Pro will ship in two variants, 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB, which should be priced at Rs 56,000 and Rs 59,000, respectively.
Xiaomi released the Mi 11 a few months ago in December, with an internal release event following in January this year. The company didn't didn't release any premium model at that point, however, today, it introduced two new additions to Mi 11 series that are called Mi 11i and Mi 11 lite. This year's Mi 11 ultra is the high-end premium smartphone that is an upgrade of its predecessor Mi 11 ultra.
According to the leaks, the main selling point of the phone is an 11-inch OLED screen on the rear side of the device to preview selfies, while allowing you to take pictures with the ultra-wide and standard camera sensors. But the screen also provides always-on functionality and display message or phone notifications. The device also comes with a power saver mode that allows you to use the rear display alone. A rear screen isn't just a great design feature, as the phone offers an IP68 rating for the first time.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 888 Soc, features a 6.81-inch QHD+OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla glass protection. The phone comes with a massive 5,000mah battery with 67W wired and 67W wireless charging. The phone charging goes from zero to 100% only in 36 minutes.
Mi 11 Pro is powered by the same processor as Mi 11i, features a 6.67-inch QHD+OLED screen but has IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The phone comes with the same battery and charging capacity as Mi 11i. Xiaomi's Pro model also delivers a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5x 8MP periscope camera. You can also shoot a 1,920fps slow-motion video on the Pro and Ultra models. Other two phones included in the series are simply 4G and 5G variations of Mi 11 lite that features a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, a 4,250mAh battery, and 33W wired charging. The two phones share the same 64MP primary camera sensor specs, with 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and 5MP telephoto macro lens. All of these phones come with Android 11 and MIUI 12 out of the box.
OnePlus 9 Pro is the premium flagship smartphone of the series and carries a trademark camera by Hasselblad. Let's talk about its design specifically. To be honest, as a premium smartphone, the device hasn't done any experiment with the design and comes with a slightly heavier body as compared to the other competing devices available in the market.
But the good news that the phone features a great build quality with OnePlus' unique AG-glass processing. The phone comes in three different colors, and among these three options, Pine Green variant is the most impressive one. The only cons we could find is the placement of the fingerprint scanner, which is too close to the bottom and may require you to stretch your thumb a little bit to access it.
One Plus Pro features a display made of LPTO O-Led, a new display material that helps phones to reduce power consumption even at an excellent high-refresh rate display. But that doesn't mean you get any longer battery life. OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the devices that don't overheat easily. The company has come up with a pretty conservative energy strategy to protect the phone from being overheated. If you continue to play video games for a long period of time, and the phone gets hotter than 47C, you might experience a performance degradation.
OnePlusl 9 Pro is using hybrid focus technology that enables you to take pictures with really quick focusing speed. Most of the samples taken by the primary camra are impressive and show a natural richness of colors that is pleasant to watch. The night photography also shows stunning photography and has an improved noise control over its predecessor. Along with the primary camera, you also get an ultra-wide angle lens. Both camera sensors support up to 8k video shots at 30fps. As a final verdict, we would call it a good catch for anyone interested in mobile photography alone, but if you are into video games, probably this isn't the phone for you.
Recently, Oppo Reno 6 pro appeared on the Intertek certification website which confirms its near-to-launch status. The listing confirms that the phone is using a battery with fast charging capability of 65W. The phone is expected to be launched somewhere towards the end of May 2021 in mainland China. Earlier reports suggest that the phone will be using a 4,4000mAh battery with a dual-cell configuration.
Oppo Reno 6 series is expected to include three smartphones - the vanilla Reno 6, the Reno 6 Pro model, and Reno 6 Pro+. Some of the specifications of these phones have already been leaked thanks to their listing on TEENA and MIIT certification websites. The Pro model is reported to be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1,200 processing chip whereas the Pro plus variant is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor.
The Chinese tipster with the username Digitalstation has also shared TENNA listings of the phone on Weibo. The Pro model is seen to be listed with the model number PEMPPOO and Reno 6 Pro+ is listed with the number PENMOO. Oppo Reno 6 Pro features a 6.55-inch screen and runs on the Android 11 operating system and might pack a 4,500mAh battery that is good enough to keep your phone running the whole day. You can play games, browse YouTube for a longer duration of time without getting worried about battery drainage.
Other reports suggest that the Pro model will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone will be powered by a powerful Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) processor so that you can enjoy a seamless performance. The phone is expected to come with a 5G connectivity option and might include Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth - Yes, v5.0, and 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G. Moreover, sensors on the smartphone might include Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass. The Pro model is likely to be available for purchase for less than 30,000 INR and might come in Luminous black, Ocean blue, and Sunset pink colors.
Xiaomi is famous for bringing top end specs to their smartphones and sell them at half or even less than the similarly powered smartphones from the big boys like Samsung, HTC or Sony. However, all of its smartphones are usually available via online retailers and their own websites only. Xiaomi is about to change that trend with the Redmi 3S+, which according to the company, is going to be an offline-only device. What this means is that the mid-range smartphone priced at Rs 9,499 ($140 approximately) is not going to be sold online anywhere, but will only be available in actual brick and mortar stores under the Make in India initiative.
The decision was apparently taken by the Chinese OEM in order to reach Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in the country, where online shopping is not very feasible or popular yet. We can clearly see that it is actually a pricier variant of the Redmi 3S/3S Prime without any real improvements. The higher price is obviously a result of offline retailing expenses, but the phone still offers decent value for the price. Check out the major specifications below.
Display: 5-inch 720p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (1.4GHz) Octa-core 64-bit processor
Internal Storage: 32GB
Rear/front camera: 13mp/5mp
Misc: Fingerprint scanner, VoLTE, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Smartphones are blurring the line between them and desktop computers nowadays and Xiaomi is about to blur that line even further with their upcoming Mi Note 2 Pro. According to a screenshot posted by AndroidPure, the upcoming handset from the Chinese manufacturer will sport beyond flagship grade specs like 8GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU, clocked at 2.6GHz! The superphone will also have an in-built storage of 256GB and Google's latest and greatest Android OS Nougat will be running on it right out of the box. However, the only catch is that this "screenshot" could very well be a fake, much to our dismay.
As we now know that the previously rumoured launch date of the Mi Note 2 Pro (September 24) turned out to be wrong, it still is a bit of a mystery as to when it will actually be released. Since the Mi5s and Mi5s Plus was just launched in China, the date for the Mi Note 2 Pro's launch could be further away than rumors had originally predicted. In case you are not aware, these two are also packing the Qualcomm SD 821 chipset and enhanced camera capabilities that the OEM has declared to be better than even those sported by the flagship grade Samsung and Apple smartphones. Considering that the smartphones also cost about half of what an Apple iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would cost, things are getting really tight for the big boys.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A photo has been leaked online that shows a phone sporting a display that's not curved on the sides but right at the centre. The concave design may remind one of the LG G Flex, but this one is a Xiaomi. It looks like the Chinese brand has recently decided to explore all aspects of a smartphone's display. The beautiful Mi Mix was not only the first true bezel-less phone of the year, but it also sold faster than any phone ever did in China. The Mi Note 2 was unveiled at nearly the same time and it was the company's first phone to feature a dual curved panel. The Mi Note 2 took 50-seconds before going out of stock during its first sale.
As you can imagine Xiaomi's two experiments went very well for them and therefore, it would be quite interesting to see how this concave design fares, when and if it comes out. The image was spotted by GizmoChina on Weibo and from what we can see here, it's running on the Chinese version of the MIUI. As far as we can tell, the curve is limited to the centre of the phone only, as no curved edges can be seen in the picture.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Xiaomi is new to smartphone paradigm but its making progress really fast and has definitely damaged the sales of major smartphones worldwide. Redmi is Xiaomi's budget smartphone but the company is ready to bring the flagship smartphone as well. The premium Redmi will be called as Redmi K20. The company has launched multiple teasers already ahead of its official launch in China on May 28th. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, clearly indicating that it will be a part of Xiaomi's premium smartphone series. K20 has codename Raphael. Redmi hasn't said anything about the memory size of the device but we can assume that it is perhaps around 6GB and 8GB variants, if not higher.
Weilbing has recently shown its latest render, and based on which, we can say that the Redmi K20 will feature a triple camera on its rear side. In other Weibo post, it was suggested that the primary sensor among these will be a Sony IMX586 with 48MP resolution. This is the same sensor on the Mi 9, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and also the OnePlus 7 duo. Rumors suggest that one of these will be a wide-angle module while the other a telephoto setup. This is because the Mi9 features a similar specification including a 12MP telephoto sensor with 2X zoom and a 16MP super-wide-angle sensor with 117 degree field of view.
The device is going to use the pop-up cameras - which hinted at the use of a pop-up selfie camera on the smartphone. Weibing noted in a Weibo post that the slider can open and close for up to 300,000 times without any issue. Along with this, the device will have an in-display seventh generation fingerprint scanner from Synaptics which is going to improve the unlock success rate, compared to previous generation scanners. The device will be powered by 4000mAh battery. It will be available to India perhaps till next month.
Are you the one who look for the specification of the camera when buying a new smartphone? There are a huge percentage of smartphones buyers who think about camera more than any other feature when making a purchase decision of a new smartphone and Xiaomi seems to know this. Xiamoi is developing four smartphones with 108MP camera sensor. Surprisingly, the camera sensor is developed by the Samsung but the Korean tech giant hasn't use this sensor itself for any of its smartphone. In fact, Samsung kept selling its next-generation technology to other smartphone brands instead of using itself. Recently, Xiamoi has revealed that its Mi brand will get the 108MP sensor for its rear camera.
XDA developers have used the reverse-engineering decompiliation tools only to discover that the MIUI Gallery app will now support viewing full resolution images from the 108MP sensor. However, as noted by XDA, the support to view full resolution image is only being added to four smartphones for the time being. These phones are codenamed as - tucana, draco, umi, and cmi. These will be first phones to feature such a high resolution camera as their primary camera.
The strange thing about a high-resolution camera phones is its inability to zoom into the picture when view in the gallery app. This changed with the 48MP camera sensors got into the paly and with it came the ability to zoom in the gallery app. Going by that logic, the cameras with 108MP resolution will also have 108MP full resolution view to support the high-resolution zoom in capability. In addition, XDA Developer said that they belive that Mi Mix 4 isn't among these four phones in development phase. Though earlier the phone was rumored to had a 108MP camera sensor with Snapdragon 855+. The four cameras will be added to Xiamoi's Mi range or Redmi lineup.
Xiaomi has officially announced that the company will launch the world's first 108MP with five cameras at the rear side. One of those cameras will be a periscope lens capable of 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. The company has also released a video teasing the phone's zooming capabilities in action. It shows Mi Note 10 mounted on a tripod on one side of the road while on the other side of the road, 5 meters away, is an eye chart.
Xiamoi Mi Note 10 features a glossy finish with jade green color. It will feature the world's first fice camera system. The main sensor sport a 108MP Samsung ISOcELL bright HMX sensor. There will be also a 20Mp ultra-wide-angle, a 12MP portrait camera, and 1.5cm camera for macro-level photography. According to the leaked images, it shows a curved display, a waterdrop notch, and a hint at a tall aspect ratio. For the front camera, it uses a 32MP camera lens.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, paired with 6GB RAM. The device has a large 6.47-inch screen and powered by 5170mAh battery. The company also teased its first smartwatch which is due to be launched on November 5 in an event. The launching event may also have Mi TV 5 series. The watch looks similar to Apple's watch from the design perspective. But we don't know the other features yet.
Last year's Redmi K20 Pro was inarguably one of the best flagship smartphones from the company. The device offered high-quality hardware at a very affordable price, making it one of the most popular smartphones of the year.
Xiaomi has officially confirmed on Weibo that the Redmi K30Pro will arrive in March, although we don't have a specific date yet. It also uploaded a poster showing a phone without a punch-hole camera in the top corners. The Redmi K30 Pro has expected the company's latest smartphone belongs to the flagship category, just like its predecessor K20 Pro.
We have heard a lot about the phone so far, and now we know that it is coming next month. The poster and the leaks also give hint that Redmi K30 Pro will feature a pop-up selfie camera instead of the K30's punch-hole cute-out. The picture doesn't show the whole display but it doesn't make any sense for having the selfie camera the bottom of the device. But it is far more likely that Xiaomi is reverting to the K20 family's pop-up camera.
A few rumors suggest that the device will feature a 64MP quad rear camera system. Other leaks suggest that the K30 Pro will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 and will support the 5G network connectivity. The device has a 4,700mAh battery that is sufficient enough to keep it on charge for a whole day even for the heavy user. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't offer wireless charging. We have to wait till next month to see what else the phone has to offer.
Xiaomi has a quite diverse range of phones, even more variety in its home country - China. This diversity allows the company to access a wider range of customers with different budgets and design preferences much more effectively. The company already has its premium phones Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro available in China for a few months now, but both of these smartphones fall into the premium category with the Snapdragon 865 and doesn\'t cost heavy on your wallet. Now, the company is expanding its product portfolio further by adding Mi 10 Youth Edition 5G in China.
The device has a 6.57\" full HD AMOLED display with a 180Hz touch response rate. The phone uses corning Gorilla glass 5 with a waterdrop notch. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The phone comes with 6GB RAM/128GB storage, 8GB RAM/128GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage. The phone is powered by a 4,160mAh battery that supports Qualcomm\'s quick charge 4+. Earlier, the Chinese company posted some teaser on its official Weibo page. The company is teasing a diamond pixel arrangement to deliver diamond quality. The factory is working on each unit for color accuracy. The display comes with a slight color difference noticeable less than 0.7.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition will come with the dewdrop notch featuring the front-facing camera. Under the hood, the phone will support 5G connectivity. In terms of photography, the phone is supporting the quad rear camera module with a 48MP primary sensor, and an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a periscope lens. The periscope lens will allow up to 50x digital zoom and optical image stabilization. The new phone is light-weight and weighs only 192g. You can purchase the phone in a variety of color options such as blue, black, green, pink, red, and white as disclosed by the Chinese company. The phone can create video up to 4k at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps/120fps. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
It took some time for Xiaomi to ship its latest Mi 10 5G smartphone in India because of the coronavirus situation in the country and all over the world but, finally, it was launched today. The main selling key of the phone is its extraordinary 108Mp camera, which the company takes lots of pride. The phone was already in the news for its camera specification but other highlights are its super-fast Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, and a 4780mAh battery which comes with wireless and wired fast charging feature.
The devices come with a 3D glass back design with corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection available in coral green and twilight grey colors. The Mi 10 features a 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz display refresh rate. The smartphone has a multi-layered cooling chamber to cool down the device while you are playing video games on it. To supplement the hardware specs, the phone comes with much better software and apps integration. Google apps such as the Dailer, messages, and contact app will replace Xiamoi's apps to speed up the whole Android experience for the end-users.
The phone features a 108MP camera sensor that is much larger than the 48MP and 64Mp sensors that have been trending recently. There is also a 13MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP portrait camera with auto-focus, and a 2MP depth sensor as part of the camera system. The Mi 10 can capture up to 8K video at 30fps and 4K video at 60fps. The phone has 128GB and 256GB storage. The phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack and has a USB Type-C audio interface instead. The company also launched the Mi 30W wireless charger that is available at Rs. 1999 for a limited period and will go back to the regular price at Rs. 2299 after the discount periods end. The price in India starts at Rs. 49,999 for the 8GB and 128Gb version while the other variant is priced at Rs. 54,999. The pre-orders have already started today.
Xiaomi owns one the cheapest 5G phone yet in the Redmi 10x series, starting just from $224 in China. But the company is already looking ahead for future projects in terms of connectivity technology. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun told the news agency Xihuan News that they have already started to invest in the preliminary research on 6G technology. The executive didn't reveal much detail about the research plans, but probably, they'd be joining the likes of Huawei and Samsung in confirming work on 6G.
It looks like the Chinese company isn't stopping at mobile technologies, as Jun says Xiamoi is already started to conduct research on satellite internet and how they can integrate it in smartphones. Satellite internet is a key technology that can make internet accessible for people living in rural areas, where traditional mobile networks and fixed-line infrastructure failed to fulfill the desired range. Xiaomi offers several internet-based series in China, so increased internet penetration via satellite internet should ultimately benefit the company.
The executive also apparently stated that Xiamoi has cleared its 4G smartphones in China to make way for 5G technology. It is unclear that if this means Xiaomi is solely offering 5G phones in China, as the company just released the Redmi 10x 4G alongside the 5G series. And chipset manufacturers haven't revealed truly low-end 5G processors just yet, which means Xiaomi could likely still release 4G phones in the sub-$150 tier in China. Nevertheless, the firm's focus on 5G phones makes sense at home, as all the major networks in the country have switched to the new connectivity standard. But with the likes of India and several other markets yet to switch to 5G, 4G devices are still clearly important for the brand outside China.
Xiaomi has taken the lead in the budget category smartphone once again by introducing the entry-level phones Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia with a starting price of less than $100(RM 360). Both phones feature a large-sized display screen, reasonably big batteries, and up to three rear cameras. The phones are equipped with an IPS LCD panel of 6.53-inch. The dot-drop notch display produces an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Both devices come with large 5,000mAh batteries. These devices have 2 GB of LPPDR4x RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.
For additional storage, these devices come with a microSD card slot. The Android operating system along with MIUI 11 comes preloaded on the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones. The Redmi 9A is powered with the powerful Helio G25 octa-core processor that works at 2GHz whereas the Redmi 9C has Helio G35 octa-core SoC that ticks at 2.3GHz. Both smartphones house a 5-MP camera for selfie and front videos.
The Redmi 9A has a single rear camera of 13-MP whereas the Redmi 9C has a triple-camera system module that includes a 13-Mp primary camera lens, a 5-MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor with LED flashlight. The 9C features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security but the Redmi 9A doesn't have this security feature. The Redmi 9A and 9C come with other common features like dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, IR blaster and 3.5mm audio jack.
Are you running into the iOS 14 bugs and glitches after the latest OS update? If yes, keep reading this article to help you fix the issues and experience the latest upgrade. Recent OS updates caused a few issues related to broken WiFi, draining battery life, and spontaneously reset settings. To fix these, Apple rolled out the iOS 14.0.1 patch that pretty much solves these problems. This situation isn't new for people who signed up for the beta version, and while some issues have been resolved, some bigs persist. These issues are not probably a serious one but annoying ones. So, let's try to resolve these annoying issues. To update the latest version, head to settings > general > software update > download and install, and click install now when the option becomes available on the screen.
If you are not on the iOS 14 yet, make sure that you have an iPhone 6s or newer before trying to download the OS. You will also need enough space on your phone to download it. If you have previously installed the beta version, you need to delete that version in Settings > general > profiles.
If you find it difficult to add or edit widgets, this is certainly an iOS 14 problem. New apps you download may not allow you to add widgets as well. To solve this, open up the app and browse it a little bit, then close it, you may find that it appears within the widget list after hitting the plus icon now.
If you have to reconnect to WiFi manually every time you put your iPhone into sleep mode, then you need to download the new system update iOS 14.0.1 that aims to fix WiFi network connectivity issues. Likewise, you need this update if the Top stories section appears blank for you in the Apple News widget, or the iPhone camera app viewfinder has turned completely dark for you. The update patch that was rolled just after one week solves the issues mentioned above.
Some users are experienced that after installing iOS 14, their batteries are draining fast. What happens that the battery drain might be temporary until your iPhone gets used to the new update. There are other things you can do if your battery continues to drain at an alarming speed. Open your settings app and go to Settings > battery > battery health to check if your battery is doing okay. There are many ways you can extend your battery life, like turning off the auto-brightness on your screen and manually keeping it at a low setting. You can also turn off apps refreshing the background by going to settings > general > background app refresh.
Xiaomi has recently unveiled a new smartphone called the Xiaomi Mi 10S in China. The device looks somewhat similar to the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra in terms of design, but at the core, the device has entirely different specifications. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 870 chipset, the Mi 10S has borrowed few specs from the Mi 10 5G that was released last year in February. The phone has arrived with a starting price of $500 or 3,299 Yuan.
Xiaomi Mi 10S features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with curved edges and a hole-punch placed at the upper-left corner. The display offers a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. The screen features 1120nits brightness, a 5000000:1 contrast ratio, and 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and shielded by Gorilla Glass 5 panel.
The Snapdragon 870 device powers the device and has 12GB RAM with 256 internal storage configurations. The phone is powered by a 4.780mAh battery with 33W wired fast charging. You can charge the device from zero to 100% in just 56 minutes. The phone has 30W wireless charging that takes slightly more than usual and 10W wireless reverse chagrin.
The phone features an under-display optical fingerprint scanner, an accelerometer, and a compass. The phone will be available in Titanium Black, Ice Blue, Pearl White for the starting price of 430 EUR. The phone runs on Android 11, MIUI 12 out of the box with Adreno 650 GPU. Under the hood, the phone is equipped with vapor chamber liquid cooling technology to save the device from overheating when playing video games or watching movies for a longer period of time.
The Xiaomi Mi 10S features a 20MP selfie camera. At the rear side of the phone, it features a quad-camera system within a camera housing that looks similar to one that exists on the back panel of the Mi 10 Ultra. The vertically ranged camera module has a 108MP primary camera sensor with optical image stabilization feature and f/1.69 aperture, a 13MP ultra-wide camera lens with a 123-degree FOV, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth of field lens. The camera also supports dual-LED, dual-tone flash, HDR, and Panorama features. You can shoot a video up to 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps. The front camera allows you to shoot 1080p video at 30fps or 270p@120fps.
The POCO X2 was released last year, but it has consistent growing demand even today. When compared against the specs and price of the recently launched similar phones, it wasn't possible to find any shortcomings in the device. The one thing that really stood out was its rear camera which allows users to shoot some really decent photos at a maximum resolution of 64 megapixels.
However, recently multiple users have not been able to do that. The app tends to freeze pretty often or displays a black screen altogether. Some users also reported the ‘can't connect to camera' error message that appears when opening up the camera app. Trying to access the macro or the ultra-wide camera feature was also inaccessible. These issues were later on acknowledged and marked as software-related by the phone manufacturers.
In a press release statement shared on Twitter, the company said that almost 0.2% people have reported the camera issues. Nevertheless, they apologize to those affected. They also shared a picture of a step-by-step solution to this problem. So, here is how you can work around.
Clean Camera app data - to do this, Open Settings > Search Manage apps > Search Camera > Clear Data > Clear all data
Reboot the phone
Check if the camera is working
If the solution doesn't work for you, the company wants you to report it on the services and feedback app, and upload the device logs under the camera section. The services and feedback app is amongst the pre-installed apps and located in the app drawer. The user can also visit the nearest service center with the feedback generated ID to get the issue fixed by the engineers and support at the center.
The next flagship smartphone from Huawei is coming and if the rumors have any truth to them, it's going to be a very capable device. Leaks on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Huawei Mate 9 will be powered by the manufacturer's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core 64-bit processor and six gigabytes of RAM. There will allegedly be different versions of the Mate 9 and the 6GB RAM version will sport 256GB of internal storage to go with all that memory and processing power. There could also be a more modest version of the smartphone that will sport the same chipset, but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. All versions might also be powered by a big 4,000mAh battery.
Camera has been the highlight of the Mate 9 in all recent rumors since they have partnered up with Leica, the German camera maker for providing a rumoured dual camera setup at the back. The two 20-megapixel sensors from Leica will supposedly work together to provide stunning details even in low light, thanks to the f/2.0 aperture. The 5.9-inch (QHD resolution) metal-clad phablet will run on Android 7.0 and the OEM will make sure that customers get a LOT of colors to choose from while buying the smartphone. Apart from the 256GB/6GB version ($700/4700 yuan) and the 128GB/4GB version ($580/3899 yuan), there will also be a more affordable 64GB/4GB version ($480/3199 yuan) as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Huawei has unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the Mate 9 and not without a "customary" dab at the Galaxy Note 7's battery disaster by stating that they have been monitored "to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life." There is no denying that the Mate 9 is an impressive smartphone with enough tricks up its sleeves to warrant it a position among the best in the business. Take a look below to check the specs and some of the functionalities that it offers.
Display: 5.9-inch Full High Definition (1080p) IPS LCD panel
SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 960 (Mali G71 MP8 GPU)
Storage: 64GB with support for micro-SD cards of up to 256GB (hybrid slot)
Rear camera: 20-mp + 12-mp Leica sensors with OIS, laser autofocus, phase detection, f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash
Front camera: 8-mp with f/1.9 aperture
Battery: 4,000mAh with "SuperCharge" fast charging
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 on top
Colors: Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Ceramic White and Graphite Black
Price: $777 for the regular version with 64GB storage and $1500 for the "Porsche Design" edition with 256GB storage
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google has decided to suspend its license to Android operating system to Huawei. Trump administration's action has started to impact Chinese smartphone makers Huawei already. Google has decided to stop licensing its Android OS to Chinese Telecommunication Company, in order to comply with U.S trade blacklist rules. The company however can continue to use open-source version of Android but won't be able to get the security and OS updates, along with usage restrictions on Google's apps like Gmail, Play store etc.
The move will have significant effect on millions of Huawei users and the company's global ambitions. Android operating system powers more than 80% of the world's smartphones. Huawei said they will continue to support existing customers. But if this problem isn't solved, the device will not have access to new version of Android OS called Q. "The revocation of its Android license will mean that it won't be able to provide core Google services to its smartphones," Richardson said.
"The current devices will continue to support Google services and Google updates," Francisco Jeronimo, associate vice president for European devices at IDC, told CNBC by telephone. "I think it's more of a long-term impact than very short term." In China, the story is a different. Consumers there have a limited version of the OS which doesn't come with the pre-installed Google's app like Gmail etc. For Chinese consumers, the impact is almost NILL. Many people suggest that U.S and China will reach a trade deal, and Google will resume its licensing to Huawei. In that case, things will come back to normal. However, if it is a long-term impact, the sales of Huawei will drop as well as its resale value. There won't be any consumers outside the Chinese if this situation continues.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is testing a smartphone with a new operating system Hongmeng, the company's OS developed in-house. This device can go on sale by the end of this year, as Chinese state-media Global times reported. Earlier this year, Huawei had to face trade sanctions from Trump administration which forces to cancel all trades with the company. This led to an international crisis for the Chinese company. While the Huawei band only came into effect this year. The company choose to develop its own operating system after Google refused to continue its license for Android OS. The company has also contributed to develop Android operating system.
We don't have much information about the new OS - Hongmeng. But Huawei executives has referred it as an operating system designed for interconnecting the internet-of-things products. An upcoming Honor TVs is expect to have the Hongmeng as its operating system. The company is using Android as its preferred operating system in the mobile devices so far, but the switch could happen in the near future, bringing Hongmeng to more devices.
In the past, no smartphone manufacturer has attempted such a bold attempt. Android has been the best alternative for non-iPhone users. People are not sure about the future of the company or its operating system but still they are excited to see something strong as Android's rival. It will take a lots of research, support of open-source community and devlopers by the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer to be able to break-in to the system. Even with this global crisis, Huawei managed to grow by 23% in the first half of 2019. Another information was about the price. The device is expected to be priced around 2,000 yuan ($288). The company hasn't refer any name for this device so far.
Huawei has started rolling out a new EMUI update for its new flagship P30 and P30 Pro smartphones, which adds a night mode feature for the 32MP selfie camera. The update is currently being rolled out only to the Chinese variants of the two smartphones. According to GizmoChina, the feature is referred to as "super night mode" which enables users to capture high-quality images even in low-light conditions. So far, there are no official photos that describe the quality of the camera. So we need to see how long we have to wait just to wait how effective the new feature is.
We don't know how this super night works or how it is different than the usual night mode photography. It is not similar to the night mode feature which is already available for the rear side cameras on both handsets. The existing night mode in the devices has long-exposure which combines several images into one image to create a brighter image with lower noise. The update is called version 126.96.36.199, and it also has packed August security patch and a few other changes. These include optimizations for the in-display fingerprint sensor, activation of VoLTE calling for China Telecom subscribers, and a new video editing feature for the default Gallery app.
Since the update is for the Chinese market only, it may take some time for the super night mode to reach to other users in other regions. Huawei has confirmed that a beta for the P30 will be coming on September 8, and along with the P30, Huawei shared a list of devices slated to receive the EMUI 10 update as well.
Huawei released its much-anticipated smartphone - Huawei Y9s - A new entry-level smartphone just before the start of the year 2020. In some areas, it has already broken the pre-order records. To compete with rivals and current consumer's diversity, the Huawei Y9s has released with premium features including a pop-up camera and a 6.9-inch full view display, giving the user a truly immersive viewing experience. The device is crafted with a high sense of design and stylish look. It has unique textures at the surface to give a truly unique look to the handset.
The main selling feature for the device is an ultra-wide-angle camera lens, an AI triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera with outstanding photographic capabilities. Users can take high-quality pictures with sharp details and colors even in low-light situations. Night photography is a rare feature when it comes to the budget-category smartphone.
Huawei has targeted young consumers with this phone. The new device offers a long battery life even with heavy usage while using the camera and other apps all day long. It has improved camera features through hardware and software integration, giving users a reason to upgrade their phones.
The HUAWEI Y9s is equipped with an AI Triple Camera setup, which comprises an ultra-clear 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera. The 48MP Main Camera features a 6 Plastic (6P) lens with a large aperture of f/1.8, which effectively increases the quality and clarity of images. You don't have to use professional photo editing tools for slight to medium touches.
Additionally, the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera offers a 120-angle field of view for photo and video shooting, almost doubling the view angle of 78-degree that a routine lens can offer. With a wider field of view, you can capture more scenery. The HUAWEI Y9s comes with a 16MP front camera paired with remarkable AI algorithms to enrich portraits with flare effects, AI Backlit Imaging and new AI Beauty for the ideal selfie.
Honor is a leading smartphone brand affiliated with Huawei Group. Despite being an independent series, it is common to see Honor models sharing a similar design with their Huawei counterparts. The Honor 30 Lite 5G (Youth) is expected to launch under that flag name. The phone will be rebranded as Honor 30 5G lite for the rest of the world. Recently, we have seen some real-life images of the Honor 30 5G lite online that give us a glimpse of the rear design. The design look somewhere similar to Huawei enjoys Z 5G's design.
As per leaked images online, the device will feature a triple camera system housed inside a rectangular module placed at the top-left corner of the rear panel. The backside of the phone has an impression of sunbeams radiating from the bottom-left corner. As per rumors, the device will feature a 6.5-inch display which may likely hold a punch-hole design. The Honor 30 Lite 5G has a display with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, Full HD+, and a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate of the display is rumored to be 90Hz.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek MT6873 SoC. So, far we don't know anything about RAM or storage configuration. The device holds a 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. The phone runs on the latest version of OS - Andriod 10 out of the box. For the front camera, the device features a 16MP camera. The rear camera setup is made of a 48MP primary camera sensor teaming up with an 8MP and 2MP sensor.
Yesterday, Honor launched its large screen premium smartphone, the Honor X10 max in China. This is the only smartphone by the company which offers such a massive 7.09-inch display screen, ideal for watching movies or playing games. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Density 800 chipset, making it the third such Huawei/Honor device in the past few weeks. The phone follows a similar design as the Honor X10 was announced early in May. This includes a rectangular camera like the Honor X10. The Max variant features a traditional waterdrop display on the display. Thanks to the design team, the company decided to retain the 3.5-mm headphone jack as well as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and power button, similar to its smaller variant.
The Honor X10 max comes with an RGBW color display replacing the traditional RGB. The additional W stands for white sub-pixels that are supposed to reduce the power consumption of the panel when white color is the display. The company claims that by using RGBW that have successfully reduced the power consumption. The panel also filters out harmful blue light that emits from the mobile phone screen especially at night time.
The Honor X10 max comes with 6GB RAM and 8GB Ram and has up to 128GB internal storage. To keep the prices of the handset, the company decided to skip the 256GB ROM option. The phone features a three-camera system at the rear side including the primary camera on the phone that it 48MP paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth sensor lens. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP selfie shooter housed in a waterdrop notch. Given the display screen size, the phone needs a large battery as well. You get a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. The X10 comes with a 4,300mAh battery. The Honor X10 max uses 1217 linear stereo speaks with smart PA for amplifying its sound. The phone comes in three colors - Racing blue, black, and silver. The honor X10 max will go on sale from July 3 across all major retailers in China.
The ASUS ZenFone AR has been confirmed at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas and it's a beast in every sense of the term. The ZenFone AR is made with virtual reality and augmented reality in mind; therefore it has built-in support for Google Tango & DayDream as expected. Apart from the insane 8 gigs of RAM, the smartphone is powered by multiple other absolute premium-end hardware specs as well.
A customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with vapour cooling system for AR and VR functionalities
5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440x2560 pixels) edge-to-edge display with a screen to body ratio of 79%
23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, continuous-focus and 4K video recording
8-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens
128GB/256GB of internal storage with hybrid nano SIM/micro-SD card slot
USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree app support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle applications
Everything about the Asus ZenFone AR is premium and up to date, except may be the SD 821 chipset. Make no mistake, it is still the most powerful Qualcomm chip till date, but given that the Snapdragon 835 has already been announced and it will be better than the SD 821 in both power-efficiency and performance, Asus may have missed a trick there.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Now that we all know that the LeEco Le Pro3 is on the verge of release, LeEco seems to be all set to unveil two new phones once again. The company has been really at it in 2016 with new releases hitting markets around the world every few months or so. Nevertheless, one cannot disagree that they do bring absolutely top end hardware at unbelievable prices. For example, the LeEco Le Pro3 is coming with a Snapdragon 821 SoC but is expected to cost only around $340 or less. Unfortunately, we don't have much info about the two mysterious upcoming phones from the Chinese OEM, except the image that you see above.
The good thing is that the image does reveal a curved display and if it is truly that then we could see the first curved screen LeEco smartphone in November. On the other hand, rumors around a LeEco smartphone with 8GB of RAM have been flying around a lot lately. Could it be that the rumoured Le 2S with 8 gigabytes of RAM is about to make an appearance next month with a curved display? We certainly hope so!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)