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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 The software is a bit outdated as it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box but the brand has stated that Android Pie will come to the device on a later stage.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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Vivo V15 Launched in India. Comes with Helio P70, 32MP Selfie Camera & Triple Rear Cameras!

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Vivo launched the Vivo V15 smartphone in Thailand earlier this month. It is the watered-down version of the Vivo V15 Pro that has already been launched in India. However the standard Vivo V15 hadn’t made it to the country until now. Vivo officially launched the Vivo V15 in India today.

The Vivo V15 features a larger 6.53 inch 2.5D curved display with a FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Like the Pro version, it misses out a top notch and punch hole and comes with a pop-up mechanism for the front-facing camera.

Under the hood, it houses a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 256GB via a microSD slot. It is a bit different from the Thailand variant which comes with 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device sports a triple camera setup at rear with a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.78 aperture, 8MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a third 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front gets a 32MP pop-up selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with lot of camera modes and features like wide-angle mode, AR stickers, body shape adjustment and scene recognition.

The handset runs FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with Dual Engine fast charging support.  There is a rear fingerprint sensor for security. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual band, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/GLONASS and MicroUSB port.

The Vivo V15 is priced at Rs 23,990 for the single 6/64GB variant. It will be available in Royal Blue, Frozen Black and Glamour Red color options. The phone will be available for pre-orders from March 25 and will start shipping from April 1 from various online and offline channels.

Vivo V15 specifications

  • 6.53 inch FHD+ display
  • MediaTek Helio P70 chipset
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 8MP + 5MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with Dual Engine fast charging
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Honor 10i Launched in Russia! Comes with Triple Cameras & SD710 SoC.

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Honor quietly introduced the new Honor 10i in Russia. It comes with a waterdrop style notch and a 3D gradient finish on the rear. It joins the Chinese manufacturer’s other smartphones like Honor 10, Honor 10 Lite in Honor’s Portfolio.

As for the specifications, Honor 10i features a 6.21 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP secondary sensor and a 2MP ultra-wide sensor. On the front, it offers an AI-powered 32MP sensor. The handset runs EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. It houses a 3,400 mAh battery. Among other specifications, the phone features 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Honor is yet to reveal the pricing of the Honor 10i while the availability of the phone is listed as ‘coming soon’. Looking at the specs, it is likely a mid-range device that will compete against the likes of Samsung M30. It will be offered in three color options with the Red and Blue variants to sport a 3D gradient finish while the Black variant will have 3D finish without any gradient. The company has also not confirmed if it plans to launch it outside Russia

Honor 10i specifications

  • 6.21 inch FHD+ 19:9 display
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 32MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,400 mAh battery
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Samsung A20 Launched in Russia. Comes with 6.4 inch AMOLED Infinity-V display & 4000 mAh battery

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Samsung has launched a new smartphone in the A-series in Russia. Dubbed as the Galaxy A20, it is launched alongside the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones. The device sports a 3D Glass build and a waterdrop notch.

The Galaxy A20 features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Infinity-V display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7884 paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 512GB via a microSD card slot.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup at the rear comprising a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It offers a 8MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. The handset runs Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery. It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and support for Samsung Pay.

As for the pricing the Samsung A20 is priced at RUB (Rs 15,000 approx) for the single 3/32GB variant. As for now, the company is yet to announce the device’s availability in India.

The company is also expected to launch the Galaxy A60 on April 19. From recent rumours, it will have a 6.7 inch Infinity-U FHD+ display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and powered by a SD 6150 chipset which is yet to be announced. It will be paired with 6/8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It will have a triple camera setup of 32MP + 8MP + 5MP configuration and offer a 32MP sensor on the front. It will likely run Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Samsung A20 specifications

  • 6.4 inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V display
  • Exynos 7884 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery
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