Asus has finally launched their much awaited flagship gaming phone, the ROG Phone 2 in India earlier today. The gaming centric smartphone was launched at and event in New Delhi. It will be available at a starting price of Rs.37,999 for the base model. From the pricing it is evident that Asus has finally learned their own mistake of launching smartphones at high prices and then later reduce the price.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 brings a lot of upgrades when compared to it’s predecessor, the ROG Phone 1. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC coupled with upto 2 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 512GB UFS 3.0 internal storage. One of the notable features of the ROG phone 2 is it’s display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Other than that the phone comes with upgraded ultrasonic Air Triggers 2 for gaming, stereo speakers with DTS: X Ultra support, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Air Triggeres 2 is an upgraded version of the Asus ROG Phone’s ultrasonic shoulder buttons for a console controller-like gaming experience.
The ROG Phone 2 runs the latest version of ROG UI, based on Android Pie. It packs a 6.59-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and 10-bit HDR support. Apart from that, the display also offer a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and touch latency of 49ms, while being protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
In the camera department, it boasts a dual camera setup in the rear, with 42MP primary camera coupled with a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 125-degrees field of view. In the front there is a 24MP shooter for taking selfies. The ROG Phone 2 is powered by a 6000 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0.
The ROG Phone 2 is priced at Rs.37,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage base model. The retail box of this model will include 10W QC 4.0 charger and the AeroCase cover. It will go on sale starting September 30 via Flipkart. The higher end version of the ROG phone will retail for Rs.59,999. The retail box for this model includes 30W ROG Charger, AeroActive Cooler, and the Aero Case.
Along with the ROG Phone 2, Asus has also launched a set of accessories such as TwinView Dock which is priced at Rs. 19,999, while the Mobile Desktop station and ROG Kunai Gamepad will be available at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 9,999 respectively. The ROG 30W charger will also be sold separately priced at Rs. 1,999.
Flipkart will be giving a 10% discount as launch offer, which is making the ROG Phone 2 a really good deal compared to its competitors.
Rog Phone 2 Specifcations
- 6.59 inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 855 Plus
- 8/12GB RAM
- 128/512GB internal storage
- 48MP Primary + 13MP ultra wide camera
- 13MP front camera
- 6,000mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy M31 Launched in India! Comes with 64MP Quad Camera, AMOLED display & 6000mAh Battery.
Samsung today launched the Galaxy M31 in India. The mid-range smartphone is the successor of the highly popular Galaxy M30 launched last year. While Samsung has mostly made minor changes compared to the M30 and the M30s, it has added a polycarbonate back making a departure from the all glass panel design look that other competitors follow in the segment.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 features a 6.4 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Under the hood, it is powered by an Exynos 9611 chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which can be further expanded to 512GB. The smartphone runs Samsung One UI based on Android 10. The UI brings some interesting features the company claims are tailored to users in India.
One of the main highlights of the phone is the quad camera setup at the rear. It consists of a 64MP primary camera that uses pixel binning technology to produce sharp 16MP images which consumes less storage. It is paired with an 8MP secondary wide-angle sensor, a 5MP tertiary macro sensor and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front there is a 16MP sensor housed on a water-drop notch. Samsung has added a dedicated Night Mode and 4K recording support on both the front and rear cameras along with hyperlapse and slo-mo videos.
The phone also boasts a massive battery of 6,000 mAh battery that Samsung claims to help users last more than one day on a single charge. It comes with support for 15W fast charging through a USB Type-C port. Other features include Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack and a square-shaped capacitive fingerprint sensor at the rear.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 pricing starts at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant while the 6GB/128GB variant is priced at Rs 15,999. It will go on sale on March 5 at 12PM via Amazon’s India’s website in Ocean Blue and Space Black color options. It will be competing against the likes of Poco X2, Realme X2 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro in its segment.
Samsung M31 specifications
- 6.4 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
- Exynos 9611 chipset
- 4GB, 6GB RAM
- 64GB, 128GB storage
- 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP rear
- 16MP front
- Samsung One UI based on Android 10
- 6,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging
iQOO 3 Launched In India! Comes with SD865, in Both 4G & 5G Variants!
iQOO is the first brand actually to announce a 5G smartphone in India. But right after the company announced that on February 25th, the iQOO 3 would be launched in India, Realme went ahead to launch their flagship Realme X50 Pro 5G. Today, iQOO launched the iQOO 3 and with that, the brand officially entered the crowded and ever-expanding Indian smartphone market. However, there is a 4G variant of the phone as well.
In terms of hardware, the iQOO 3 has flagship chipset, UFS 3.1 storage and more. The iQOO 3 features a 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display and the display is HDR10+ certified. The display has a 180Hz Super Touch Response rate, which is 50% higher than most phones. The phone comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and the back.
The iQOO 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and Adreno 650 GPU. The 8GB variant of the phone comes with 128GB onboard storage, while the top variant of the phone with 12GB RAM comes with 256GB onboard storage. However, on the top variant of the device, there is UFS 3.1 storage, which is significantly faster. Also, only the 12/256GB variant is capable of 5G, rest of the variants are 4G only.
In terms of camera, the phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back, which may sound pretty standard for 2020. But, the implementation and choice of lenses are quite different from others. There is a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor as a primary camera. Along with that, there is a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, another 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Quad-camera setup on smartphones is standard these days. But iQOO has focused on a significant concern raised by many, i.e., improving the wide-angle and telephoto lens. Instead of 8-megapixel wide-angle lens iQOO 3 uses a 13-megapixel lens, which offers higher levels of sharpness. Also, the 13-megapixel telephoto lens provides up to 20X zoom so that capturing distant objects in great detail is never an issue. There are features like Super Anti-shake that use the EIS algorithm with an ultra-wide-angle lens. While recording a video, it can perform real-time image stabilization processing by cutting and processing the edges of the screen.
The phone runs Android 10 out of the box with iQOO UI 1.0 skin on top, packed with various gaming-centric features. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G VoLTE, and other typical connectivity options like dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1. The phone uses a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The iQOO 3 packs a large 4400mAh battery, which supports charging speeds of up to 55 Watts, making it possible to charge the phone from 0%-50% in just fifteen minutes. iQOO calls it Super Flash Charge, and yes, it’s speedy and one of the fastest in the industry right now.
iQOO 3 is a flagship gaming phone with various features that are intended for gamers. iQOO 3 comes with a Carbon Fiber Vapor Cooling System for faster heat dissipation so that the phone stays cool during intense gaming. There are two pressure-sensitive buttons on the side of the phone, called Monster Touch Buttons. These buttons let users use quick multi-finger operations in the game. There is Monster Mode, which lets users allocate all the resources for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like gaming or video rendering.
In terms of pricing, the base variant of 8/128GB is priced at Rs.36,990. The next variant of 8/256GB is priced at Rs.39,990, and the highest-end 5G capable 12/256GB is priced at Rs.44,990!
Realme X50 Pro 5G Launched In India
Realme has once again launched a flagship phone just to beat iQOO and Xiaomi so that the company can proudly claim that it’s the first brand to offer a 5G smartphone in India. Yes, Realme has just launched the Realme X50 Pro 5G today in India. The Realme X50 Pro 5G comes with flagship hardware and 5G connectivity options. Right after the launch, however, war has already started on Twitter as C Manmohan, GM of POCO went on to claim that his company doesn’t provide anything consumers need.
Now that we have your attention. Just letting you know – we're here to give you everything you need, nothing you don't. pic.twitter.com/wdWYQMduON
— C Manmohan (@cmanmohan) February 24, 2020
Leaving all the social media fights behind, let’s talk about the Realme X50 Pro 5G itself. The Realme X50 Pro 5G features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone is powered by Qualcomm‘s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC, coupled with Adreno 650 GPU and up to 12GB of RAM. In terms of RAM and ROM, there are three variants- 6GB RAM+128GB storage, 8GB RAM+128GB storage, and 12GB RAM+256GB storage. However, in all the variants, there is the UFS 3.0 storage.
In terms of the camera, the package is quite usual. There is a quad-camera setup on the back. There is a primary 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. Along with that, there is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. On the front, there is a dual-camera setup as well with a primary 32-megapixel Sony IMX 616 sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens.
Connectivity options on the phone include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, A-GPS, and USB-C. The phone runs Android 10 out of the box with Realme’s own (Really?) Realme UI skin on top. The phone packs a 4200 mAh battery with support for up to 65W fast charging. Realme calls it as SuperDart Charging.
In terms of pricing, the starting price for Realme X50 Pro 5G is Rs. 37,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 39,999 while the top variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB RAM is priced at Rs. 44,999. In terms of colors, there are two variants- Mass Green and Rust Red. The Realme X50 Pro 5G is going for sale at 6 PM on Flipkart and Realme’s official website.