Google has been teasing the Pixel 4 for months and thanks to all the leaks, we already knew a few things about the new Pixel lineup. But today, Google has officially revealed the all-new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. These 4th Generation Pixel phones come with some of the latest and best features, developed by Google.
The new Pixel 4 devices get a few new features while lacking on a few that are essential to many. The Pixel 4 devices have a display this time without a huge bathtub notch, which seems great but on top, there are sensors and front-facing camera. The display corners are rounder, the volume rockers along with the power button are placed on the right edge. The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch display while the bigger Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch display. The Pixel 4 gets a full HD+ OLED panel while its bigger brother has got a Quad HD+ OLED display. Interestingly, both the phones have a display with a high refresh rate of 90Hz this time. There is also HDR 10 support for playing HDR supported video content from popular streaming services.
On the back, there is no fingerprint scanner this time as Google has moved to facial recognition. There is the square camera module, which protrudes a bit and houses the main camera, a telephoto camera, an LED flash, and the flicker sensor. This time, there is no dual-tone back. Users get to pick from three color variants- White, Black, and Orange. There is no headphone jack, instead, the bottom has only the USB-C port along with a bottom-firing speaker. On the front, above the display, there is the front-facing camera. There are a lot of sensors as well for facial recognition and a Soli radar chip for Motion Sense Gestures. Pixel 4 still has stereo speakers, thanks to that bezel on top where there is another speaker.
In terms of processor, again Google has gone for the best chipset available right now- The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This time, we get 6GB of RAM, finally, along with 64GB or 128GB storage onboard the new Pixel 4 devices. In terms of camera, both the Pixel 4 devices come with a pretty ‘not-so-interesting’ setup. Despite having a huge square bumpy camera module, there is just a dual-camera setup that houses the main 12MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 sensor along with a 16MP Telephoto Sony IMX481 lens that offers two times optical zoom. This is pretty underwhelming, to be honest. On the front as well, there is an 8MP Sony IMX520 sensor. In terms of camera hardware, the Pixel 4 seems pretty underwhelming, but Google has got some tricks under the sleeves that we will talk about later.
The Pixel 4 packs a 2800mAh battery and the Pixel 4 XL comes with a 3700mAh battery. Both the phones, however, support wired 18W USB Power Delivery and 10W Qi Wireless Charging. The phones run Android 10 out of the box and are guaranteed to receive three years of OS and security updates. The phones come with IPX8 which means that the devices can withstand more than 1 meter of immersion in water, so basically Pixel 4 owners need not worry about water splashes and all, but taking the phone into the swimming pool might not be a good idea.
The Pixel 4 devices come with a Titan M security chip, which verifies that the device isn’t running tampered or outdated software. It also protects the device against unwanted attempts of data decryption, and secure transactions in third-party apps. The new Pixel 4 features Motion Sense, which is powered by the Soli radar on the front. Motion Sense gestures let users control music, silence alerts, or even check notifications.
Though the new Pixel 4 devices seem pretty plain, at least as per the specs, Google has a lot of software tricks, computational photography features and more, thanks to the unique software crafted by Google. Google Pixel 4 comes with an Astrophotography mode that lets users take shots with up to 15 seconds long exposure. Live HDR+ is something very helpful which will show how the photo will look with HDR+, right in the viewfinder. There are dual exposure controls, quick video, and social share. Portrait mode has been improved and now users can take photos of large objects, pets too using the portrait mode. Dual Exposure Controls let users independently adjust the brightness and shadows of their compositions as per their taste to achieve the best lighting.
New and improved Google Assistant is also here on Pixel 4, and Google claims that the Assistant can process speech with nearly zero latency, transcribe speech in real-time and operate without network connectivity. The new Google Assistant can integrate with other apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Photos. The Pixel 4 gets Live Captions as well which lets you see captions from an audio or video playing, in real-time.
As of now, the Pixel 4 devices have been announced only in the US. Pixel 4 starts at $799 for the 64GB variant while the 128GB variant is priced at $899. The Pixel 4 XL starts the same price as that of a 128GB Pixel 4, i.e. $899 with 64GB storage. The Pixel 4 XL with 128GB storage is priced at $999. Pre-orders have already started and the phones will be available starting from October 24. This time, there is no news regarding the availability of the devices in India, because it has been confirmed that Google won’t be launching the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in India.
Realme 6 & 6 Pro launched in India with 64MP Quad Camera, 90Hz display & 30W Flash Charge!
Realme today launched the Realme 6 and the Realme 6 Pro in India. The Chinese manufacturer has included significant updates over their predecessor despite coming just five months later like new chipsets, 90Hz display and 30W fast charging. The Realme 6 Pro is also the first smartphone in the country that out-of-the-box supports Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The Realme 6 Pro features a 6.6 inch FHD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Ultra Smooth display with 90Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90.6 percent screen-to-body ration and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 720G SoC paired with Adreno 618 GPU. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X dual-channel RAM and 64GB and 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage options that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
The device sports a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 64MP Samsung GW1 primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor with f/2.3 aperture, 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.5 aperture and a 2MP macro shooter with f/2.4 aperture. There is support for 4K video recording at 30fps frame rate and 20X hybrid zoo. At the front, there is a dual-hole selfie punch camera setup with a 16MP Sony IMX471 primary sensor with f/2.0 lens and a 8MP secondary wide-angle sensor with an field-of-view (FoV) of 105 degrees.
The Realme 6 on the other hand, features a slightly smaller 6.5 inch FHD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Ultra Smooth display with 90Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90.5 percent screen-to-body ration and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G90. It is paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB and 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage options that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
On the optics, it sports a quad camera setup consisting of a 64MP Samsung GW1 primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 8MP secondary ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, a 2MP tertiary sensor with f/2.4 lens and a 2MP quaternary macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front there is a single 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with features such as Portrait Mode, Timelapse, Panoramic View, AI Beauty, HDR and Bokeh Effect.
Both the smartphones runs on Realme UI based on Android 10. The Realme 6 Pro gets a 4,300 mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 fast charging support while the Realme 6 packs the same size battery with 30W Flash Charge tech. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-FI 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/A-GPS and USB Type-C port.
The Realme 6 Pro pricing in India starts at Rs 16,999 for the 6/64GB variant while the 6/128GB and 8/128GB variant is priced at Rs 17,999 and Rs 18,999 respectively. It will be available in Lightning Orange and Lightning Blue color options from 12MP (noon) IST on March 12 through Flipkart and Realme site. The Realme 6 is priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4/64GB variant, Rs 14,999 for the 6GB/64GB variant while the high-end 8/128GB variant comes at a price tag of Rs 15,999. It will be available in Comet Blue and Comet White color options. The sale will start from 12PM (noon) IST on March 11. Launch offer include Rs 1,000 instant discount for Axis Bank customers on purchasing the phone through Flipkart.
Realme 6 Pro specifications
- 6.6 inch FHD+ Ultra Smooth display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
- 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB/ 128GB UFS 2.1 onboard storage
- 64MP + 8MP + 12MP + 2MP rear
- 16MP + 8MP front
- Realme UI based on Android 10
- 4,300 mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 fast charging
Realme 6 specifications
- 6.5 inch FHD+ Ultra Smooth display
- MediaTek Helio G90T
- 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB/ 128GB UFS 2.1 onboard storage
- 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear
- 16MP front
- Realme UI based on Android 10
- 4,300 mAh battery with 30W Flash Charge
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Launched In India
Oppo had launched the Oppo Reno 3 in China, back in December last year. In China, the company also launched the Reno 3 Pro with support for 5G. Today, in India, the company has launched the Reno 3 Pro. However, this Reno 3 Pro which is the international variant comes without support for 5G. However, it’s a flagship from Oppo and packs quite powerful hardware and some features that may be useful for many.
In terms of hardware, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro is powered by MediaTek’s latest Helio P95 chipset, coupled with 8GB of RAM. As per MediaTek, Helio P95 has a 60% increase in performance when compared to Helio P90. The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a tall aspect ratio of 20:9 and a high screen-to-body ratio of 91.5%. There is a peal shaped cutout on the top-left corner of the display that houses the dual-camera setup for selfies and video calls. There is a fingerprint scanner under the display as well.
Oppo is known for its camera-centric approach and the Reno 3 Pro is packed with cameras. On the back, there is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. Along with that, there is a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a FOV of 119.9º. There is also a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor for depth sensing, which is to be used while taking portrait shots. The primary camera on the back offers 5x hybrid zoom and up to 20x digital zoom.
On the front, as mentioned earlier, there is a dual-camera setup with a 44-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In terms of camera features, there are many features like Multi-frame composition, AI-based Noise Reduction, Ultra Night Selfie Mode, Video Bokeh, Video Zoom, and AI Beauty Mode. On Reno 3 Pro as well, we can find Oppo’s proprietary Soloop Smart Video Editor which lets users edit and share their videos on social media.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro runs Android 10 out of the box with Oppo’s own cartoony Color OS 7 skin on top. There are two variants of the phone in terms of onboard storage- 128GB and 256GB. However, there is also a MicroSD slot for memory expansion. Connectivity options on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro include 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, A-GPS, and USB Type-C for charging and data transfer. The phone packs a 4025mAh battery with support for VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 30W fast charging.
Coming to the pricing, the Oppo Reno 3 is priced at Rs. 29,990 for the 128GB variant, while its 256GB variant costs Rs. 32,990. There are color options like Auroral Blue, Midnight Black, and Sky White. The 128GB storage variant is up for pre-orders and will be going on sale starting from March 6, while the availability of the 256GB variant is still unknown. Launch offers on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro include a flat 10% cashback on HDFC Bank cards on purchase of the phone. This offer will be valid for the first three days at offline stores as well. There are cashback offers and zero down-payment options. The offline purchase of Reno 3 Pro will include a complete damage protection. Pre-orders on Amazon and Flipkart will reward customers with a flat 10% discount on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards and Yes Bank credit cards.
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