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Asus ROG Phone 2 Launched! 120Hz AMOLED Display, SD855 Plus & 6000mAh Battery!

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When we’re talking about gaming laptops, every tech enthusiastic will strike a name i.e Asus, and last year with Rog Phone they’ve entered into the gaming phone segment. The phone was launched surprisingly without any leaks or other rumors.

That phone was packed with decent specifications and other stuff too. It was powered by overclocked Snapdragon 845 and an AMOLED 90hz display. They had also provided, some cool accessories to cool the device. This year, they’ve come with an upgrade to the device i.e the Rog Phone 2.

The ROG Phone 2 has a 6.6 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refreshing rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. It has an aspect ratio of 19:5:9 and a contrast ratio of 10000:1 contrast and 10-bit HDR support. It has an optical in-display fingerprint sensor covered under Gorilla Glass 6.

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ platform, this is the first device to spot this chipset. It has 1 x Kryo 485 clocked at 2.96GHz + 3 x Kryo 485 clocked at 2.42GHz and 4 x Kryo 385 clocked at 1.8GHz. It is built on 7nm Mobile Platform. It is coupled with the same Adreno 640 GPU which is found on Snapdragon 855, but with a higher clock speed i.e 675MHz. It has a 3D vapor chamber that transfers heat away from the SoC and into the body of the device while gaming and there are vents on the back. It coupled with 12GB of RAM and has 512GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage

Talking about optics, it has a dual rear camera setup, wherein a gaming phone camera isn’t important much, but they’ve given good cameras to the device. It has a primary 48MP with 1/2″ Sony IMX586 sensor and 0.8μm pixel size with an aperture value of f/1.79. It is coupled with 13MP 125° ultra-wide camera for wide photos. It can do video recording up to 4K 60fps video recording. It has 24MP camera to front for capturing awesome selfies.

The phone is backed by a massive 6000 mAh battery which supports 30W HyperCharge that can charge upto 4000mAh in just 58 minutes and charge the device fully in 2 hours. The battery is a huge improvement considering the last year’s 4000 mAh battery. The phone runs on Android Pie on top of Rog UI.

The phone has dedicated ultrasonic AirTriggers with faster haptic response rate, and vibration latency of 20ms, which is reduced by 68% from 63ms, and you no longer have to raise your fingers before tapping. Asus still provides the 3.5mm audio jack and has a stereo front-facing speakers with DTS: X Ultra surround sound effect. It also comes with quad noise-canceling microphones. There are also Dual high-end vibrating motors XYZ axis for surround feels. It has support for NFC and obviously, it has type C port. The phone is available in black color.

There are several accessories such as AeroActive Cooler II, Aero Case, TwinView Dock II, ROG Kunai Gamepad, Mobile Desktop Dock, Pro Dock, WiGig Display Dock Plus and ROG Lighting Armor Case. Unfortunately, the company didn’t reveal the pricing, they will reveal it tomorrow on the Tencent-Asus press meet.

ASUS Rog Phone 2 Specifications

  • 6.6 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • 12GB RAM
  • 512GB internal storage
  • 48MP Primary + 13MP Ultra Wide dual rear cameras
  • 24MP front camera
  • 6000mAh battery

This CA student is a tech evangelist and a gadget devotee who works with and talks about latest technologies. Basith, being a techie since childhood is a traveller, foodie and an art enthusiast.

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Xiaomi’s Next Flagships Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro launched in China!

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After weeks of leaks and teasers, Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro at an online-only launch event in China. The event started with a heartfelt speech about the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China after which Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun took the stage to unveil the Mi 10.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 series feature a 6.67 inch FHD+ curved OLED display equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Both the devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of USB 3.0 internal storage. The smartphone packs in a remarkable cooling system with the largest VC heat-dissipating board in any smartphone. The smartphones run MIUI based on Android 10. Connectivity includes dual-mode 5G (SA/NSA), Wi-Fi 6, NFC and Bluetooth v5.0. For charging the devices have a USB Type-C port.

The Mi 10 display has a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch response for improved performance. It offers a peak brightness of 1120 nits and comes with HDR 10+ support. The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108MP camera sensor with a 7 piece lens setup, optical image stabilization, and 8K recording feature. The secondary and tertiary sensors are two 2MP sensors, with one being used for macro images and one for depth sensing. Underneath the camera module, there is a 13MP wide-angle lens with a 123-degree FOV and flicker-free dual-tone LED flash. It is backed by a 4,780 mAh battery with 30-watt fast wired charging, 30-watt fast wireless charging and 10-watt reverse wireless charging.

The Mi 10 Pro features the same display on the Mi 10 but with a peak brightness of 1200 nits. The rear quad camera setup also gets the same 108MP primary sensor but with an 8 piece lens setup and OIS. It is paired with a 20MP ultra-wide sensor with 117-degree FOV and a 6P lens setup, an 8MP telephoto lens with 10X hybrid zoom and OIS and a 12MP portrait lens. Like its smaller sibling, the Mi 10 Pro also supports 8K video recording with OIS and EIS. The MI 10 Pro is backed by a 4,500 mAh battery with support for 50 watts fast wired charging, 30-watt fast wireless charging and 10-watt reverse charging.  

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is pricing starts at CNY 3999 (Rs 40,500 approx) for the 8/128GB variant while the 8/256GB and 12/256GB variant are priced at CNY 4,299 (Rs 43,500 approx) and CNY 4,699 (Rs 48,000 approx) respectively. It will be available in Ice Blue, Titanium Silver Black and Peach Gold color options. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, is available at a starting price of CNY 4,999 (Rs 51,000 approx) for the 8/256GB variant, while the higher-end 12/256GB and 12/512GB variants are priced at CNY 5,499 (Rs 56,000 approx)and CNY 5,999 (Rs 61,000 approx) respectively. It will be available in Starry Blue and Pearl White Color options.

Mi 10 Specifications

  • 6.67 inch FHD+ OLED 90Hz display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • 8GB, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB, 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
  • 108MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP rear
  • 20MP front
  • MIUI based on Android 10
  • 4,780mAh battery with 30 Watt fast wired charging, 30 Watt fast wireless charging and 10 Watt reverse wireless charging.

Mi 10 Pro Specifications

  • 6.67 inch FHD+ OLED 90Hz display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • 8GB, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 256GB, 512GB UFS 3.0 storage
  • 108MP + 20MP + 12MP + 8MP rear
  • 20MP front
  • MIUI based on Android 10
  • 4,500mAh battery with 50 Watt fast wired charging, 30 Watt fast wireless charging and 10 Watt reverse charging.  

 

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Galaxy S20, S20+ & S20 Ultra Launched! Starts from $999!

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Samsung has been teasing the Galaxy S20 flagship series for weeks and has been subjected to multiple leaks. The South Korean manufacturer finally showed off the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra at the recent Galaxy Unpacked event at San Francisco. All three smartphones are powered by the same chipset, Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 depending on the location.

The base Galaxy S20 is the successor of the last year’s Galaxy S10e. It features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (3200 x 1400 pixels) and a 120Hz refresh rate. The slightly larger Galaxy S20+ on the other hand sports a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution and refresh rate. The top-of-the-line Galaxy U20 Ultra packs a 6.92-inch display and again with the same resolution and refresh rate.

On the optics, the Galaxy S20 has a triple camera rear setup of a 12MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 64MP 3X telephoto camera and a 10MP selfie shooter. The Galaxy S20+ packs the same camera configuration as the Galaxy S20 while the Galaxy S20 Ultra features a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 48MP periscope telephoto camera with 10X optical zoom and a 40MP selfie shooter.

To handle the 108MP camera, Samsung has included up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM on the highest-end unit. This makes the Galaxy S20 Ultra the only smartphone with 16GB of RAM. It will be the first smartphone to feature 16GB of RAM, but not for long. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi will be announcing its flagship Mi 10 line-up just a couple of days from now and the devices are expected to come with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The three device pack in different sizes of batteries with 4,000 mAh on Galaxy S20, 4,500 mAh on the Galaxy S20+ while the Galaxy S20 Ultra is rated at 5,000 mAh.

Galaxy S20 specifications

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990
  • 12MP + 12MP + 64MP rear
  • 10MP front
  • 4,000 mAh battery

Galaxy S20+ specifications

  • 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990
  • 12MP + 12MP + 64MP rear
  • 10MP front
  • 4,500 mAh battery

Galaxy S20 Ultra specifications

  • 6.92-inch AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990
  • 16GB RAM
  • 108MP + 12MP + 48MP rear
  • 40MP front
  • 5000 mAh battery
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Redmi 8A Dual Launched in India, along with Redmi Powerbanks!

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Redmi 8A arrived a couple of months ago. But now, it has been upgraded a bit and launched in India as Redmi 8A Dual. The keyword ‘Dual’ here doesn’t indicate dual SIM connectivity like ‘DUOS’, a nomenclature used by Samsung a few years ago. Redmi rather has added that to indicate that the phone comes with a dual-camera setup on the back.

Apart from that, the Redmi 8A Dual has pretty modest specs. The phone comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ LCD display, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s entry-level Snapdragon 439 SoC, paired with 2GB or 3GB RAM. There is 32GB onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB using the dedicated microSD slot.

As mentioned earlier, the Redmi 8A Dual comes with a dual-camera setup on the back. There is a 13-megapixel primary camera and along with that, there is a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera for video calls and selfies. Though there is just a single camera on the front, there is still portrait mode using the software.

The Redmi 8A dual packs a huge 5,000 mAh battery, with support for 18W fast charging. However, in the box of the phone, only a 10W charger is supplied. Despite being a budget phone, the Redmi 8A Dual comes with a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The Redmi 8A Dual also supports reverse charging so that users can use it to charge other phones. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers the typical options, along with support for VoWiFi for making calls using WiFi for those who are on Jio or Airtel.

In terms of pricing, the Redmi 8A dual is priced at Rs. 6,499 for the base model with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, whereas the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 6,999.

Along with the Redmi 8A Dual, two new power banks have also been launched. The newly launched Redmi power banks come with two capacities- 10000mAh and 20000mAh. The 10000mAh power bank can offer a charging speed of up to 10W whereas the 20000mAh power bank has 18W fast charging capabilities.

Both of these power banks use Lithium Polymer cells, instead of Lithium-Ion which results in higher density. Both the power banks will go on sale starting February 18. The 10000mAh power bank is priced at just Rs. 799 while the 20000mAh model is priced at Rs. 1499.

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