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Asus Zenfone Max Shot and Max Plus M2 Launched in Brazil. Debuts Snapdragon SiP 1!

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Last week, we had witnessed some live images and user manual leak for the upcoming devices Asus Zenfone Max Shot and the Asus Zenfone Max M2 Plus. Now the brand has officially announced both of the devices in Brazil which revealed the entire specifications.

The major change to be noted in both these handsets is the presence of a brand new chipset which Qualcomm calls Snapdragon SiP 1. This processor is made possible through a collaboration between Qualcomm and the Brazilian government.

The SiP in the name stands for System in Package. It packs all the major components into a single package which essentially means that the processor, modem, RF front end, audio codec, RAM and storage is now available in one-piece.

This integration would result in smaller motherboards which in turn will make it possible for manufacturers to bring out thinner devices. Furthermore, reports state that the RAM and storage can be changed in the SiP. This is a step in the right direction as far as modularity is concerned. The Snapdragon SiP 1 will be equivalent to the currently available Snapdragon 450 which is a 14 nm chipset.

Coming to the devices, the Zenfone Max Shot has a 6.26-inch FHD+ notched display. There will be two variants- one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage while the other one will pack 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

In terms of optics, there is a triple camera setup of which the primary sensor is a 12 MP Sony IMX486 f/1.8, while the second and third lens are 8 MP 120° ultra wide-angle and 5 MP depth sensor respectively. The LED flash is mounted right below the triple cameras. For selfies, there is an 8 MP sensor along with LED flash. AI features are also incorporated into the camera.

The rear also houses the fingerprint scanner. The software is a bit outdated as it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box but the brand has stated that Android Pie will come to the device on a later stage. It draws juice from a 4,000 mAh battery. The port used is micro USB which is quite disappointing. It will be available in Red, Blue, Silver, and Black color variants to choose from.

The Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 has similar specifications to the Max Shot. However, there will only be a single variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. On the rear, there will be a dual rear camera setup comprising of 12 MP Sony IMX 486 primary sensor and 5 MP depth sensor. A physical rear-mounted sensor is also present. Apart from these, all other specifications are similar. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner too. The selfie camera is also the same as that of the Zenfone Max Shot and so is the battery capacity.

As far as pricing is concerned, the Zenfone Max Plus will retail at BRL 1299 (~Rs.23,000) while the Zenfone Max Shot is priced at BRL 1,349 (~Rs.24,000) for the 3GB RAM variant and BRL 1,699 (~Rs.30,000) for the 4GB RAM variant.

Asus Zenfone Max Shot Specifications

  • 6.26-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
  • 3/4 GB RAM
  • 32/64 GB internal storage
  • 12 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP triple rear cameras
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4,000 mAh battery

Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Specifications

  • 6.26-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • 12 MP + 5 MP dual rear cameras
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4,000 mAh battery

 

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Realme X & Realme 3i Launched in India. Starts at Rs.16,999 & Rs.7999!

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After all the teasing and leaks, Realme has finally launched the Realme X in India. This is the priciest Realme phone till date, and it’s like that for a reason, as they mention, this phone is a “Leap to Premium”. The phone was launched earlier this year in China, alongside Realme X lite, but that one is not launching here as it’s already available in India with a different name.

The Realme X is the first phone from Realme to come with a pop-up selfie camera. The pop-up camera means the phone comes with a 6.53 inch Full HD full-screen display.

The phone comes with a dual camera setup of a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. And on the front, there is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor.

The phone is powered by the tried and tested Snapdragon 710 SoC, which is the same SoC used by them in Realme 3 Pro. Now, the phone comes with various RAM and internal storage variants including a 4/128GB and 8/128GB variant.

Talking about the battery, the phone comes with a 3765mAh battery, which supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.

The phone is priced at Rs.16,999 for the 4/128GB variant and Rs.19,999 for the 8/128GB variant.

Realme X Specifications

  • 6.53 inch FHD+ AMOLED Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 4/6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage
  • 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera
  • 16MP front pop-up camera
  • 3750 mah battery with VOOC support

Realme 3i

Realme 3i is like a mash-up of Realme 3 & Realme C2. For starters, it’s back design reminds us of Realme C2, but with a gradient. It is powered by Mediatek Helio P60 SoC, which is the same SoC they used in Realme 1 & Realme 3 global variant.

Another major downgrade from Realme 3 is the use of a 6.22-inch HD+ display on the device instead of a Full HD+ one. The phone comes in two variants, 3GB RAM 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM 64GB internal storage.

Now, coming to the camera, it comes with a 13+5MP dual camera setup on the back and on the front is a 13MP shooter.

Like Realme 3 & C2, the phone is powered by a 4230mAh battery, but with no support for fast charging of any sorts.

The phone is priced at Rs.7,999 for the 3/32GB variant and Rs.9,999 for the 4/64GB variant.

Realme 3i Specifications

  • 6.22 inch HD+ display
  • Mediatek Helio P60 SoC
  • 3/4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB internal storage
  • 4230mAh battery
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Tecno Phantom 9 Launched in India. Comes with Triple Cameras, In Display FP & Dual Front Flash!

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Tecno has launched a new smartphone for the Indian market. Dubbed as the Tecno Phantom 9, it is a mid-range smartphone with key highlights like under display fingerprint sensor and triple rear cameras. Techno has partnered with Flipkart for selling the device in the country and also renewed its partnership with Premier League’s Manchester City.

The Techno Phantom 9 features a 6.4 inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 600 nits brightness. The display has a waterdrop notch leading to a screen-to-body ratio of 84.54% and is equipped with an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that is further expandable up to 512GB via microSD card.

The device sports a triple camera setup at the rear with a 16MP primary camera with f/1.85 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle secondary sensor and a 2MP tertiary depth sensor. The cameras come with a proprietary Night algorithm 2.0 and quad LED flash module. There are additional features like AI HDR, AI Scene Detection, Animoji, Google Lens and Backlight portrait. On the front, there is an AI-powered 32MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and 79.4-degree view. It is aided by dual LED flash and has support for AI Face Unlock.

The dual SIM handset runs on HiOS 5.0 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 3,500 mAh lithium-polymer battery. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/A-GPS, Micro USB and a 3.5m headphone jack while sensors on board include accelerometer ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer and proximity sensor. It measures 158.52 x 75.3 x 7.85 mm and weighs 164 grams.

The Tecno Phantom 9 pricing starts at Rs 14,999 for the 6GB/128GB variant and will be available on a single Lapland Aurora color option. It will go on sale in Flipkart from July 17.  Techno offers its “111” offer with the purchase of the smartphone like its previous devices in which consumers are entitled to a one-time screen replacement for six months, 100 days free replacement and one-month extended warranty.

Tecno Phantom 9 specifications

  • 6.4 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • MediaTek Helio P35
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 16MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • HiOS 5.0 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,500 mAh battery
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Lenovo Z6 Launched in China. Comes with SD730, Sony IMX576 Primary Sensor & 4000mAh Battery!

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Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has launched its Lenovo Z6 smartphone in China. The latest Z-series smartphone comes after the launch of the Lenovo Z6 Pro and the Z6 Youth Edition earlier this year.

The Lenovo Z6 features a 6.39 inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels) and 19:5:9 aspect ratio to give a high screen-to-body ratio of 93.1%. The display has a water-drop notch and has HDR10 support with DCI-P3 Color Gamut.  There is a sixth generation in-screen fingerprint sensor with built-in black and white photosensitive element and 3P achieving 0.13 seconds unlocking speed.

Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset built on the 8nm process and uses the same 4-series Kyro core as the SD 855. It is clocked at 2.2 GHz which is 35% higher than the previous generation. It is available in three configuration: 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage which is further expandable to 512GB via microSD card.

In the optics department, it sports an AI-powered triple rear camera setup consisting of a 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture for 2X loss-less zoom and a 5MP depth of field lens with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, it offers a 16MP front camera for selfies and video calling.

The handset runs on ZUI 11 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,050 mAh battery with 15W QC3.0 fast charging. There is also support for Dolby Atmos.  It measures 157 x 74.5 x 7.97 mm and weighs 159 g. Connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, and a USB Type-C port.

The Lenovo Z6 is priced at 1899 Yuan (Rs 19,000 approx) for the 6GB/64GB variant,  2099 Yuan (Rs 21,000 approx) for the 6GB/128GB variant and 2499 Yuan (Rs 25,000 approx) for the 8GB/128GB variant. It will be available in a single Blue color from July 9 in China.

Lenovo Z6 Specification

  • 6.39-inch FHD+ OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 24MP + 8MP + 5MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • ZUI 11 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,050 mAh battery with 15W QC3.0 fast charging
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