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Sunday, September 16, 2018

iPhone XS vs. Note 9: Which $1,000 phone should you buy


The new iPhone of 2018 is out. And with it’s launch, the comparison to other maker especially with Samsung is out in open. This happens each year and users always want to know who takes the crown this year. For many of us a $1,000 phone may not be as flabbergasting when iPhone first broke the barrier with 2017's iPhone X. But one would wonder, if it is worth spending so much of money when all you need phone in 80% of cases to make calls (voice/video), take picture and surf internet & associated apps. The newly announced iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9 both start at niche price range but do these phones have to justify the $1,000 price tag? Let’s spill some beans around it.

Key Things To Know About iPhone XS vs Samsung Note 9

a) Display: Note 9 has the larger OLED screen is a clear winner. The iPhone XS and even larger iPhone XS Max are Apple's second and third phones sports OLED display (the iPhone XR still uses an LCD screen). OLED technology known for delivering vibrant contrast and color, which gives phones using the display some premium cache. Note 9’s offers larger curved 6.4-inch display rather than the iPhone XS' 5.8-inch screen. 


Also Read: World's first ChromeOS based 10" tablet




b) Camera: Surprisingly iPhone XS camera look the same as the iPhone X on paper, but Apple says it's enhanced the phone's dual 12-megapixel setup with software smarts that can automatically fix red-eye and pump up shadows and detail for improved HDR that Apple calls Smart HDR. In addition to that Apple has also supplemented more portrait lighting effects to the iPhone XS, and thus portrait selfies gives a greater depth. In addition a new slider adjustment that lets you edit the amount of blur you put on a Bokeh selfie after it's taken, a similar feature which Samsung already had for the last two years.



While Note 9's comes with a dual 12-megapixel camera setup and has an automatic scene recognition tool that utilizes AI to automatically select the "best" settings for your photos. The main camera's dual-aperture lens automatically changes to bring you better, brighter low-light shots, but the nature of the technology means that if subjects move, the picture may blur.

Hence camera wise, iPhone still leads the way. 

In terms of video shooting, the Note 9 is loaded with super-slow motion video as well as slow motion (the latter is higher quality), while the iPhone XS has slow-motion video only -- this is a minor feature for most.
c) Hardware & Built: Apple's new A12 Bionic chip offers stiff competition to the Galaxy Note 9's Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The chipset is the phone's powerhouse and is made up of range of processors -- including the CPU, GPU for graphics and coprocessors such as the image signal processor for photography thus everything from loading apps and running daily tasks, to photo processing and power efficiency is handled with such an ease. 



Apple promises apps will load up to 30 percent faster than they did on the iPhone X and that the entire phone will be 15 percent faster. Thus the iPhone is going to be more battery efficient and AR capabilities are top notch. Apple's new A12 chip uses a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, which helps in reducing space inside the phone to make place for a larger battery. 



On other hand, the Snapdragon 845 processor performed extremely well since this chip is also made with the same 7nm process, and will also be ready to support 5G data connection speeds, something that Apple never mentioned in its presentation. We still feel, iPhone with its hardware offers better package in performance. 

d) Battery: Note 9 is clear winner here.  Apple doesn't share battery capacity figures like the rest of the industry instead states that iPhone XS is expected to last 30 minutes per day longer than the iPhone X  i.e. about 11.5 hours, a work day. The Galaxy Note 9, meanwhile, run over 19 hours on a single charge with it’s 4,000mAh battery with so much ease. 



e) Storage: Note 9 offer mores storage for the price. For $1,000, you get 64GB of iPhone XS storage and 128GB of storage on the Galaxy Note 9. That's double the space for photos and videos on Samsung's phone. 


Also Read: Tata Tiago NRG - India's first most affordable & safest cross-over car


f) OS & Security updates, aka Android versus iOS 12: iPhones have always beaten Android in security updates and software upgrades in general. Apple updates all it phones at the same time. For example, iPhones receive their iOS 12 upgrade on Sept. 17. Google  makes its software available for new phones or its nexus series only. The Note 9 shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo and its upgrade to Android Pie may take a while. 



General Observation & Verdict:

The tussle between loyalists of iPhone and Note devices is always on. Since iPhone comes with a brand value it is still perceived as rich man’s phone where as Android is perceived for masses. Most of the corporates & firms prefers iOS ecosystem over Android (after Blackberry disappeared). So Android still has to catch-up. At the end, its your pocket & utility what should determine a choice. 




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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Google Home Speaker (India Edition) - 10 Key Things To Know

Google has finally revealed its smart speakers in India and will be available exclusively on Flipkart. Google Home costs Rs 9,999 while the Google Home Mini is priced at Rs 4,499. The AI-enabled smart Google speaker will take directly on Amazon’s Echo range currently getting popular in India. Let’s discuss key things about this new product and if it makes sense to invest in this gadget.



Know 10 Key Things About Google Home Speakers

1. Google Home comes with a power adapter and weighs about 477 grams. The speaker stands tall at 142.8 mm and 96.4 mm in diameter.

2. The speaker comes in white color base slate fabric, which can be changed in different colors.

Also Read - World's first Chromebook OS based Tablet - A preview


3. The speaker supports iOS (9.1 and higher) and Android (5.0 and higher) operating systems.



4. Like it’s rival Echo, the new Google Home is a voice-enabled speaker and relies completely on Google Assistant.

5. Device can be turned on by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” before giving a command and the Assistant springs into action.

6. Google Home does not comes with an inbuilt battery and hence it relies on a power socket. 
Wi-Fi connectivity is a must to run Google Home.



7. Google Home allows you to play music and it understands Indian accent very accurately. It can play from various sources including Google Play and third-party apps like Gaana, Saavan etc.

8. Google Home also aims to make your home smarter as long as you have smart lights.

9. The other options includes smart Navigation: Get traffic alerts, routes etc with a commands and to update any errands or Things-to-Do.

10. But not the least, it can perform whatever Echo is capable of doing and not limited to playing Youtube Videos, telling you a funny joke or new briefings etc.

Final Observations & Verdict

Both Echo and Google Home are welcome addition to AI enabled gadgets category and are very similar products. The advantage with Google Home is that you can sync all your devices as long as you are on Android ecosystem something which Amazon fails to struggle at this stage. However, Echo is a more matured device with huge capabilities while Google home is still at nascent stage.
       

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

World's first ChromeOS based 10" Tablet - Acer Chomebook Tab 10: A Preview



The first Chrome OS tablet is here and you heard it right. Traditionally Chrome OS has  been around for quite sometime now mostly on laptops, desktops, convertibles, and all-in-ones, but never on a tablet. However this loop is also closed now. The new tablet is called  Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet to run Chrome OS. Let’s get into it’s hood to know more about what it has to offer. 


Know Key Things About Acer Chromebook Tab 10:

a) Display: 9.7-inch IPS (2048×1536)

b) Processor: OP1 dual-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex-A53

c) Memory: 4GB LPDDR3

d) Storage: 32GB eMMC with Micro SD slot for expansion

e) Connectivity: 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac WIFI, Bluetooth 4.1

Also Read: Most Powerful Redmi Smartphone


f) Stylus: Included Wacom EMR pen (garaged)

g) Camera: Front-facing 2MP, rear-facing 5MP

h) Ports: Single USB-C 3.1

i) Audio: Dual speakers with headphone jack

j) Battery: 34Wh – up to 9 hours

k) Weight: 1.21 lbs. (550 grams)

l) Dimensions: 6.78(W) x 9.38(D) x 0.39(H) inches [172.2(W) x 238.2(D) x 9.98(H) mm]

Observation and Verdict:

In nutshell, Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 is aimed at the new iPad version however we feel iPad has a clear advantage. On other hand, Tab 10 has a stylus support; like the  Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. It is basically a Wacom-branded stylus, and it doesn’t require a battery or any additional charging.



In terms of pricing, this tablet will sell for $329, and it may become popular with schools as Google’s operating systems currently lead the sales of classroom computers due to their low cost and extensive cloud maintenance tools. However if you are still looking for a cheaper version, we strongly recommend to consider Fire HD10 Tablet from Amazon. 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Xiaomi 's Most Powerful Smartphone Launched- Mi Mix 2S with dual AI-powered cameras: A Preview

Xiaomi's has launched all new smartphone Mi Mix 2S on Tuesday which is an inception to new generation smartphone. This model is a revamp of last year's Mi Mix 2. The phone boasts of new dual 12-megapixel rear cameras at the back, featuring an AI-powered wide angle and a telephoto lens combo. So what is AI-powered lens all about? Lets get to know more about this smartphone.

First Look - Xiaomi Mix 2S

Know 10 Key Things About Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S:

a) Camera - The major USP of this smartphone is it's dual 12-megapixel rear cameras at the back, featuring an AI-powered wide angle and a telephoto lens combo. In addition to same, phone also includes a front 5-megapixel selfie camera at the bottom right corner of the phone.

b) Lens -Mix 2sS sports Sony's new IMX636 sensor, featuring larger 1.4um pixels and dual-pixel technology, which allows for better low-light shots.

Also Read - All new foldable iPhone set to launch in 2020: A report


c) Display - Mix 2S comes in all-screen 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display (2,160x1,080 pixels).

Hey, it doesn't have a top notch.


d) Processor - Phone is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor, and has dual nano-SIM card slots. 

e) Memory- 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.

f) Battery - 3,400mAh, wireless charging.

g) Colors -  The phone will come in two colors variants, black or white.  

h) Pricing - The base model will be available for 3,299 Chinese yuan ($530, £370 or AU$680) , mid-variant costs about 3,599 yuan (about $575, £405 or AU$745) and top end model will cost about 3,999 yuan (about $640, £450 or AU$830).

Rear-View

i) USP: With inbuilt AI (machine learning), the Mix 2S has a camera with an ability to detect stray hair or accessories to ensure they don't get blurred when taking portrait-mode pictures. In addition to same, phone can proficiently take five different shots and combine them together to reduce noise in low-light photos.

j) Other Features - This phone also showcases feature called optical character recognition (OCR). It can detect when you're taking a picture of a presentation and use OCR to transcribe Mandarin or English text, so when you zoom into the picture, the text remains clear.

Caveat - Only top-end model supports all global LTE bands.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Foldable Apple iPhone Set To Launch in 2020: Report

There is some good news for iPhone lovers - Bank of America Merrill Lynch, suggested that Apple is working with its Asian partners to launch the potential foldable iPhone in 2020. This revolutionary new design is expected to enable phone to transform into a tablet. Let’s get into more what this means to all Apple fans around the world.

ZTE ATOM/ iPhone in 2020 might on similar lines
10 Key Things to Know About iPhone 2020 Edition:


1) Apple in 2017 said to be working on the new design in partnership with LG Display.

2) To achieve this a special task force had been assigned to develop foldable OLED panels for a new iPhone model.

3) If rumors are to be believed, LG Innotek was also reportedly working with Apple engineers to create flexible printed circuit board aka RF PCB for the foldable model.

4) In chain of same sequence patent application was additionally spotted in November that was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2014.

5) Patent showcased some diagrams of Apple's foldable design. 

Current iPhone X

6) The new layout will sport a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded and the device may have a flexible display. 

7) Even LG and Samsung are also testing their respective version of foldable devices.

Read More: VIVO V9 - All you need to know 


8) The technology behind flexible displays — called AMOLED — is really only made by two major players, Samsung and LG, and a handful of other suppliers.

9) If launched, it is going to be a huge arsenal for Apple and will instantly become popular with corporate users and consumers who are looking for a larger display on iOS devices.

10) Apple wasn't immediately available for comment. LG Display declined to comment as per reports from CNBC

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Vivo V9 with Apple iPhone X-like notch unveiled: Know 10 Key Things

Vivo India confirmed that iPhone X look alike Vivo V9 would be unveiled in India on March 23. The major usp of this phone is its design which is heavily borrowed from iPhone X especially the similar display. The pricing has however not been shared.

VIVO V9 - iPhone X inspired Android Smartphone


10 Key Things To Know About Vivo V9.


a) Design – Phone is quite identical to iPhone X which will sport vertical dual rear camera setup and a bezel-less display (with notch).

b) Display – V9 will come with a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) AMOLED (FHD+ FullView Display ) display.



c) Processor – V9 will be powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU.

d) Storage – Phone will offer 64GB of inbuilt storage.

Also Read: 10 Key Things To Know about India's cheapest smart TV Mi TV 4A series 


e) Camera – V9 offers a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensor.

f) OS -  Phone will run FunTouch 4.0 OS on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.

g) Other Features – V9 will be loaded with 24-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera, Face Unlock, fast charging support, and fingerprint sensor.

Vivo V9 | Launching in India on March 22, 2018


h) SIM – It is a dual sim phone.

i) Battery – Phone comes loaded with 3250mAh battery.

j) Pricing – TBD ( should be in range of INR 24,000).

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mi TV 4A (43-Inch and 32-Inch) Models: 10 Key Things To Know

Xiaomi after successfully penetrating Indian market in smartphone space is set to disrupt Smart TV market with its two new Mi TV models known as 4A series. Xiaomi has officially unveiled the 43-inch Mi TV 4A in India, alongside the 32-inch model. These 'smart TVs', sports Xiaomi's India-centric AI-powered PatchWall UI. 

Xiaomi 4 A Series Smart TV

10 Key Things To Know About Xiaomi 4 A Series Smart TV:

a) The 43-inch Mi TV 4A has been priced aggressively in India for a price of Rs. 22,999 while the 32-inch Mi TV 4A is priced at just Rs. 13,999. 

b) Both televisions sold from Tuesday, March 13, via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores. 

c) The 43-inch model carries a full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) display while the 32-inch model has an HD (1366x768 pixels) display.

d) Both variants comes with a 178-degree viewing angle and 60Hz refresh rate. 

e) Mi TV 4A models are powered by an Amlogic quad-core SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. 

f) TVs comes with 8GB of internal storage.



g) Connectivity options on the 43-inch 4A model include Wi-Fi, three HDMI (one ARC) ports, three USB 2.0 ports, one Ethernet port, one AV component port, one S/PDIF audio port and a 3.5mm headphone jack port.

h) The 32-inch model comes with two USB 2.0 ports and misses out on the S/PDIF port, with the rest of the connectivity options being the same. 

i) Mi TV 4A models come with Rs. 2,200 instant cashback with a JioFi connection and offer over 500,000 hours of content, of which 80 percent will be free content from partners like Hotstar, Voot, Voot Kids, Sony Liv, Hungama Play, Zee5, Sun NXT, ALT Balaji, Viu, TVF, and Flickstree. Content in 15 Indic languages will be available.

j) Xiaomi is also flaunting the presence of DTS-HD, which will augment the audio experience of the televisions, apart from two 10W speakers. 

Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for upcoming launches. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Infinix Zero 5 & Zero 5 Pro: 10 Key Things To Know


Infinix is new range of smartphones introduced by Hong-Based company which plans to take on Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo by storm. The new models are christened as  Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro and will be soon launched in India starting at a price of Rs. 17,999.  However will it really dent market of Koreans and Chinese Branded phones in India, lets check it out.


10 Key Things To Know About Infinix Zero 5 & Zero 5 Pro


1) Processor & RAM: Both the variants are powered by a MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core SoC paired with 6GB of RAM.

2) Display:  Smartphone features 5.98-inch 1080p display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass and boasts of great viewing angles.

3) Storage: While Zero 5 comes with 64 GB RAM, the Pro variant comes with whooping 128 GB storage. In addition, you can increase the storage capacity upto 256 GB via micro SD card.



4) Camera: This is major USP of the phone. Both the variants sports  a dual-camera setup, which is combination of 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and 13-megapixel telephoto lens. You can expect DSLR kind of pictures like iPhone 8 Plus.

In the front, 16-megapixel selfie camera comes with the standard beauty mode offering great presence of a portrait mode.

Also Read: Detailed review of Redmi YI


5) OS: The smartphone runs on Android Nougat, wrapped under Infinix’s XOS Hummingbird UI. Infinix has promised one OS upgrade to Android Oreo to it’s devices.

6) Battery: The phone include a 4,350mAh battery with fast charging feature.



7) Other Connectivity options: Phone also features a fingerprint sensor at the back, and connectivity options like dual-SIM support, 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port.

8) Comparison: Infinix will compete directly recently launched Moto X4, the Honor 9i, and Xiaomi Mi A1.

9) Pricing: Zero 5 priced at Rs 17,999 and Zero 5 Pro priced at Rs 19,999 and will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting November 22, 2017.

10) Overall Verdict: The phone offers a great features however at this price range you can get Snapdragon powered smartphones with similar features. The USP of phone is storage, RAM and camera. However since it is a new entrant, we are unsure about its after sales services etc.

Stay tuned to ReviewsToday on more updates on upcoming gadgets and automobiles. 

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Redmi Y1 Smartphone Decoded: Quick Review

Xiaomi is all set to launch its new product line in the country christened as Redmi Y. These are going to be a lineup of selfie-focused smartphones. The first model in the series is the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and we are sharing our first impressions.


10 Key Things To Know About Redmi Y1

1. Processor & RAM: Y1 will sport Snapdragon 435 SoC which is coupled with 3 GB RAM.

2. Display: The smartphone will feature 5.5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and non-backlit capacitive touch buttons for Android navigation.



3. Camera: Since the major USP of Y1 Smartphone is the selfie camera - 16-megapixel selfie shooter gets a diffused selfie flash while a 13-megapixel camera with a single-LED flash is featured at the back, and a fingerprint scanner positioned in the centre.

4. Storage: The phone comes with a 32GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable by up to 128GB using the microSD card slot.



5. Battery: Y1 is powered by all powerful 3080 mAh non removable battery and has been provided with a 10W charger with quick charging capabilities. 

6. OS:  Smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9 Beta out of the box.



7. Scanners & Ports: The Y1 also features an updated Fingerprint Scanner at the back; There is Micro-USB port at the bottom, while the top has 3.5mm headphone socket, an IR emitter, & a secondary microphone. 

8. Weight & Dimensions: Y1 Smartphone just weighs 153 gms, and comes in two color variants- Gold and Dark Gray.



9. Other Features: Selfie App is very user friendly and Beautify mode is enabled by default for the selfie camera.

10. Pricing: The Redmi Y1 is priced very competitively at Rs. 8,999. 

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nokia 7: Should you buy one?

Nokia has returned with a bang with its new model called Nokia 7. Nokia phones were always known for their durability and sturdiness. The major USP of Nokia 7: Its half the price that of Nokia 8. The smartphone features aluminum body, Corning Gorilla Glass and has used 3D glass thermoforming technology for casting and features with rounded corners. However does it have capabilities to dethrone other smartphones in the same category, let’s check it out.

ReviewsToday: First Look of Nokia 7


10 Key Things to Know About Nokia 7: 

a) Advance Shooting: Smartphone packs an f/1.8 aperture lens and comes with 'bothie' camera mode, the feature also known as "Dual-Sight mode" which uses both front and rear cameras simultaneously. Phone can shoot 4K video with Nokia OZO audio technology that supports 360-degree recording.

b) Revamped Live Video Streaming: The phone offers live video streaming to Facebook and YouTube from the built-in camera. With the Nokia 7, users can go live on Facebook from within the camera app and use the "Dual-Sight mode."

c) Powerful Processor: Nokia 7 sports new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 clocked at 1.8GHz complemented by 4GB and 6GB RAM options.

d) Enhanced Display: The smartphone offers 5.2-inch IPS 2.5D display with screen resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Phone is 141.2x71.4x7.9mm in overall dimensions.

e) Decent Storage: Nokia 7 arrives with 64 GB inbuilt storage which is further expandable upto 128 GB via micro-SD card.

f) Enriched Camera: The smartphone features 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture lens and dual tone flash. At the front, there's 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.

g) Latest OS: Nokia 7 runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and comes with timely software update.

h) Connectivity Options: Nokia 7 comes with USB Type-C port and also supports NFC connectivity options. It also has a finger-print scanner.

i) Battery Life: The phone packs 3000 mAh non-removable battery.

j) Pricing: The phone has been launched in China only in two variants: 4GB RAM priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) and 6GB RAM at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 26,500).

Final Observation and Verdict:

Nokia smartphones were responsible for mobile revolution around the world. However with these new Android based phones, it is desperately trying to gain fair share of its lost legacy. We do not know when this phone will be launched in India, however with current pricing it is going to face a stiff competition with Xiaomi, Oppo and Samsung. We think, it is not the best of the pricing, and should have been in range of Rs. 15000 to Rs. 20,000. Additionally, we think battery is big turn-off since we would have expected something in range of 5100 mAh. We will have to watch how phone performs in China market before it is unleashed in other parts of the world.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: Moto G5S, Moto G5S Plus With Android 7.1 | Truly Smart

Introduction

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus has been officially unveiled.  'S' in the product names stands for special edition, and starts from EUR 249 ((roughly Rs. 18,900) for G5S and from EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 22,700) for G5S Plus variant. The two smartphones will become available across most countries this month.



Getting to Know More About Moto G5S & G5S Plus

The major USP of new Moto smartphones lies in the camera which sports a 16-megapixel primary rear sensor with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a 5-megapixel camera at front with wide-angle lens and LED flash support. Moto G5S Plus comes with a dual camera setup at the back, with two 13-megapixel sensors, and an 8-megapixel front camera with wide-angle lens and LED flash support.

Also Read: InFocus Turbo 5 - Quick Review in 60 Seconds


Build And Quality:


1) Processor & RAM: G5S comes with a octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC clocked at up to 1.4GHz and coupled with 3GB of RAM offered coupled with 32 GB Storage, while G5S Plus is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at up to 2.0GHz and is offered in 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. Both variants are explandable upto 128 GB with SD card.

2) Display: G5S comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display while Plus variant comes with a bigger 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display.



3) Connectivity: G5S offers options including 4G LTE connectivity, Micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and 3.5mm headphone jack while G5S Plus come simliar specs too.

4) Battery: Both phones comes with 3000mAh battery and however G5S Plus sports a TurboPower feature that provides users with 5 hours of power with just 15 minutes of charging.

5) Scanner: Only Plus variants come with Fingerprint scanner embedded in the front-mounted oval-shaped home button.



6) OS: Both the phones runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.

7) Camera:  G5S  features a 16-megapixel primary rear sensor with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a 5-megapixel camera at front with wide-angle lens and LED flash support. G5S Plus features a dual camera setup at the back, with two 13-megapixel sensors, and an 8-megapixel front camera with wide-angle lens and LED flash support.

8) SIM: Both the phones will be made available with dual-SIM configuration in select markets.

9) Body: The Moto G5S will be made available in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colours.

General Observation & Verdict:


Moto Phones are sturdy and powerful. They have always impressed us. However, we will have to wait for their official India launch. Pricing needs to be more competitive now on since there is a stiff competition will likes of Lenovo, Nokia, Samsung, Oppo and Vivo.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

InFocus Turbo 5 - Quick Review in 60 Seconds


The affordable smartphone space is heating up in India – thanks to cheap mobile internet availability with launch of Jio few months ago, leading to other key players to drop their prices drastically. Hence now, everyone wants to own a smartphone – majorly for music and videos.  Younger millennials wants to be live on social media all the time and now even tuitions are conducted via apps such as BYUJU. This has led to steep development of high end smartphones yet under affordable bracket to tap the market.

Another mobile company - InFocus unveiled its newest smartphone named Turbo 5 for India.  The phone is powerful as it sports massive 5000mAh battery and  will be exclusively available via Amazon India from July 4 in Mocha Gold and Pure Gold colors. But should you really consider this smartphone – check our quick verdict:

Know 10 Key Things About InFocus Turbo 5:


1) Processor & RAM: The smartphone is powered by  quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC (clocked at 1.3GHz) coupled with Mali T720 MP1 GPU and is powered by 3GB/ 2GB of RAM

2) Storage: Turbo 5 comes in two variants – 16 GB and 32 GB which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB)

3) OS: The smartphone runs on latest Android 7.0 Nougat



4) Display: Turbo 5 sports 5.2-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass on top

5) Camera: The smartphone brings on a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 apertures

6) Battery: This is the usp of the phone - 5000mAh battery pack that may last upto two days on a single charge, deliver up to 34 days of standby time, 50 hours of continuous music playback, & 23 hours of video calling

7) Unique Features: Smartphone can be utilized as a power bank for charging other devices, thanks to its reverse charging feature; it also offers 4G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio



8) Body & Design: This dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) smartphone comes in an all-metal design with a fingerprint sensor on the back which unlocks the smartphone in 0.5 seconds and it can also be used as shortcuts for selfies and flashlight

9) Vital Stats: Phone is 8.95mm thick, weighs 164 grams, and sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and range sensor

10) Pricing: The phone is priced very competitively at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant

Overall Verdict:

This is a very good smartphone at this price considering that it has a very large battery and running on latest Android OS. This can act as your back-up phone especially when you travel frequently – without worrying about recharging it again and again. We rate this phone at 4.5/5 !

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

iPhone 8 Updates- Photos, Specs & Verdict

iPhone 8 is most awaited gadget of 2017. Rumors are strong that smartphone will showcase spectacular specs and features of iOS11. The iPhone will  potentially launch in or after September 2017 however few leaks are already in public domain reflecting what to expect from the new avatar.



10 Key Things To Know About iPhone8


a) The new leak brings re-imagined extracts of the iPhone running on the newly announced iOS 11 and has Bezel-Less Display, Facial Recognition Features which was spotted in HomePod Firmware.

The HomePod's firmware revealed a face unlock feature for the iPhone It has references of "BKFaceDetect," which stands for BiometricKit The codebase also mentions infrared camera.

b) The latest leaks showcases the new Control Center, Lock Screen and Apple Music along with the Messages apps on a bezel-less display.



c) The phone will have no Home Button in the front, and sports a small lip at the top edge to place the earpiece, and front camera sensor.

d) iPhone 8 may also feature a front laser and infrared sensor to bring facial recognition capabilities.



e) Touch ID, will be embedded underneath the display.

f) iPhone 8 is expected to introduce wireless charging capabilities.



g) Camera is going to be major highlight of iPhone 8 – at the back, the vertical dual camera setup is going to be essential for AR capabilities.

h) Apple has almost confirmed that the iPhone 8 will come with AR features, (ARKit released with iOS 11).

i) The new iPhone will have an integrated OLED display, an Apple A11 chip, and a 3D front camera as well.

j) Leaked iPhone 8 dummy models show a stainless steel trim around the edge of a black device. A recent report said that Apple was planning to include an infrared camera for scanning the face of users as well.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nubia N1 Lite - 10 Key Things To Know

ZTE is all set to launch its much awaited brand Nubia in India today – The new smartphone has been christened as Nubia N1 Lite. It is to be noted that the Nubia N1 Lite was first launched in MWC 2017 this year. However, should you really buy this smartphone with many similar smartphone available in the Indian market today? Here our quick review…



10 Key Things To Know About Nubia N1 Lite.

a) The new Nubia N1 Lite from ZTE is a HD (720x1280 pixels) 5.5 inch smartphone.

b) N1 Lite is powered by a quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM.

c) The phone sports 16 GB inbuilt storage and runs of Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.




d) N1 Lite draws power from 3000 mAh battery.

e) Phone features 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture tagged with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera at front with LED flash.

Also Read: 60 Seconds Review of Redmi 4A - Cheapest VoLTE Smartphone from Xiaomi


f) Smartphone also present a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device capable of unlocking the Nubia N1 lite in 0.3 seconds.

g) N1 lite comes with a textured coating and inward-sloping sides, thus it fits comfortably in the user's palm.

h) This dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone accepts two Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM at ease.



i) Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.

j) The pricing of phone is not out however it may be well under Rs. 8000.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Things to Know About Redmi 4A - Cheapest VoLTE Smartphone from Xiaomi

With advent of Reliance Jio and other 4G players in Indian market, the race for affordable VoLTE smartphone have been on rise. VoLTE smartphones segment is majorly dominated by TCL, LYF, Spice, Intex and Lava etc at an entry level. However, the status quo is being challenged by very new, powerful brand – Xiaomi and will be launching Redmi 4A for just Rs. 5,999 and will be available through Amazon starting March 23, 2017. However, the larger question – should you buy Redmi 4A. Let’s check it out:


10 Key Things to Know about Redmi 4A

1. Redmi 4A is the most affordable VoLTE smartphone from house of Xiaomi.

2. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display with the pixel density of 294ppi.

3. 4A is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM.



4. The phone runs on MIUI 8 version over Android Marshmallow OS out of the box.

5. Redmi 4A comes with excellent camera capabilities – i.e. 13MP primary camera with an LED flash and in the back it flaunts 5MP camera and can record videos of 1,920 x 1,080 resolution @ 30fps.

6. The phone comes with an internal storage of 16 GB expandable up to 128 GB.

7. Smartphone also come with massive non-removable battery of 3100 mAh.



8. In terms of connectivity phone is loaded with dual SIM, 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with A-GPS, Glonass and microUSB 2.0.

9. The phone is available in two color options viz. Dark Grey and Gold version.  The exclusive ‘Rose Gold’ aka pink phone will be launched on April 3.

10. At Rs. 5999,  the smartphone has no fast-charging, fingerprint scanner and the phone doesn’t ship with headphones in the box.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tips & Tricks: 10 things to consider while buying a new laptop

We all know that latest smartphones are capable of performing many computing activities however laptops are never out of work. You still need a laptop for more 'serious' computing capabilities at work, gaming or for leisure.



In case you are planning to buy or upgrade to a new Laptop, below are some key things you should consider.

Also Read: Detailed review on Xiaomi Laptop - Macbook Air look alike with Intel processor, 16GB RAM for $480


10 Key Things To Know When You Upgrade Your Laptop/Notebook

 

1) Screen Size:


This is one of the major selection criteria if you are planning to buy any laptop. Screen sizes may vary from lightweight 12 to 14-inch and even 15.6 / 17 inches. However with designs do come some trade-offs like – with smaller screen, the keyboard might be smaller or battery life and performance may be impacted. Most popular screen sized laptops are 15.6-inch which are suitable for graphics video editing, gaming and designing. The powerful laptops are typically of 15.6-inch or 17-inch sizes. For frequent travelers or mobile users, 12-14 inch laptop fits the bill due to light weight.


2) Design: Conventional or Hybrid


Many modern days laptops comes with flex mode, tablet convertibles/ hybrids, 360 rotatable and keyboard detachable (touch enabled). However these new laptops comes at a price tag – again if you need laptop for generic need – conventional laptops are good, however if you are too much into travel and presentations, reading on the go – than convertible laptop can be used.

3) Connectivity Options:


Many older laptops models comes with several ports like S-video, VGA, Firewire, multiple audio jacks, USB ports and so on. However, modern day laptops are so much smaller, you mostly get a very less USB ports, limited HDMI and a card reader slots. Some ultra-thin designs have even fewer USB ports and collapsible Ethernet ports. The latest tech fad is to dump Ethernet and video out entirely and go for USB type C ports (which will be universal and multipurpose).

Hence if you have connectivity issues at home or work and would need LAN cables, you may go for conventional Laptops. However if your home/ work place is fully WiFi enabled, 4G or Bluetooth compliant, you can go for ultra-thin laptops.

Also Read: Review of Lenovo Air 13 Pro

4) Drives:


Optical drives are bulky, so they've been dropped away within most models today. However, you'll still find 15.6-inch laptops with optical drives if you need one. The major trend is a shift to flash-based storage (SSDs) as compared to hard drives (HDDs). Flash storage is more costly but can be much smaller, lighter and offers better speed.

5) Touch Enabled Laptop:


These devices does reflect a lot of benefits especially for digital users who are more touch-savy, it will be easier to scroll through webpages, reading eBooks, large folders, photos and long documents. Windows 10 interface is optimized for touch and you can download many touch-optimized apps. However for traditional users, you can still opt for keyboard and mouse, you'll save money by dropping the touchscreen.

6) Battery Life:


This is one of the serious selection criteria. Old school Laptops had a battery life of 2 to 3 hours. However in today’s world, bare minimum battery life of 5 to 6 hours is desirable however for a full-workday without plugging in, you need 8 to 10 hours of battery life, for which you still have to pay a premium. Specially in India, where 24 hours electricity is still an issue, long battery life is always key consideration.

7) Graphic Cards:


Laptops can come with 3 kinds of graphics cards viz. Cohesive graphics chips, discrete graphics cards and some which have switchable graphics (to auto switch between internal and discrete graphics).

For regular use of documents, web, multimedia and basic games, integrated (cohesive)graphics are going to do just fine. If your main purpose is gaming or professional graphics video editing, then you should get a notebook with dedicated graphics card. Switchable graphics will conserve power if you're only doing basic use.

Also Read: Exclusive Review of  Hybrid Notebook - HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2


8) Operating System: 


The OS impacts the overall cost of any laptop – You can buy a laptop without an operating system as it is a major cost saving – and run it on Linux or other open-source alternatives if you are familiar – Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Puppy Linux are few to name.

However for easy usage, Windows is still the most popular OS used by Corporate and Home users and is cheaper to buy a laptop bundled with an operating system rather than buying a standalone operating system later.

For niche users, you have an option to select Mac OS which comes at a premium and runs only on Mac Devices. These laptops are most expensive in today’s market.

10) Configuration (Processor - RAM - HDD):


Today, users can select from two processors – Intel and AMD. Intel still rules 90% of laptop world. For conventional users, they should go for Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (Dual or Quad core), with minimum 4GB/8GB RAM and 500 GB HDD. These laptops starts from Rs. 35,000 upto Rs. 1.5 Lacs.

We would not recommend, Intel Celeron M; i3 as they are slowly fading out.

However if you want very basic version, you can get a laptop on Atom Processor, 2/4 GB RAM and 256/500 GB HDD and is available from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000. You also have an option to buy a Chrome Laptop - which runs on Google's Chrome OS ( Cloudbased ) and is available for as little as Rs. 15,000.

Even Macbooks come in similar configuration but are very expensive due to hardware durability and UI. Macbooks are lightest of all laptops and comes with very long battery life.


Hope our post intrigued some questions and made you better informed today. Feel free to reach out should you have any questions and feedback on ReviewsToday.




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