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Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL is Here! And it’s not Launching in India!

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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.

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Honor 9X Launched In India! Too Little, Too Late.

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Huawei’s subsidiary brand Honor has launched the all-new Honor 9X today, in India. The Honor 9X launched in India is, however, a bit different compared to the variant that was launched in China a few months ago. First of all, this Global Variant of Honor 9X comes with Google apps and services, so that users don’t need to worry at all about losing any Google services or functionalities offered by Google. Also, the Honor 9X Global Variant comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, whereas the Chinese variant of Honor 9X comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The phone sports a 6.59-inch full-HD+ display with a pixel density of 391ppi. The screen-to-body ratio is pretty impressive here at 91%. The phone is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC paired with up to 6GB of RAM. The Chinese variant comes with a better Kirin 810 7nm SoC. There are two variants based on RAM- 4GB and 6GB. However, both the variants have 128GB onboard storage and the memory can be expanded up to 512GB using a microSD card.

In terms of camera, the Honor 9X comes with a triple camera setup on the back. There is a 48-megapixel main shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and AIS Super Night mode support. Along with that, there is an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 120° field of view, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portrait shots. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel pop-up camera for selfies and video calls.

The Honor 9X runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with Huawei’s EMUI skin on top. The phone packs a 4000mAh battery with pretty regular, 10W charging via a USB-C port. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS, and GLONASS. The 4GB RAM variant of Honor 9X is priced at Rs. 13,999 whereas the 6GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 16,999. The Honor 9X is available in two colors- Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue.

Honor 9X will be available for purchase, exclusively on Flipkart starting from midnight on January 19. On the first day of sale, buyers will get a flat Rs. 1000 discount on the purchase of the 4GB RAM variant of Honor 9X. ICICI Bank credit card and Kotak Mahindra debit or credit cardholders can avail 10% discount on purchases made between January 19 and January 22, 2020.

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Realme X50 5G Launched in China. It’s almost a Redmi K30 5G!

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After many posters and leaks, Realme has finally launched the Realme X50 5G smartphone in China. The brand has also launched Realme UI in the event and Realme X50 5G is the first phone to run on the new Android 10-based software. Realme has also introduced X50 5G Master Edition created by renowned Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa in Black and Gold versions.

The Realme X50 5G sports a 6.57-inch FHD+ LCD punch-hole display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a screen to body ratio of 90.4%. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This time there’s no in-display fingerprint scanner instead we have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Realme X50 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G SoC paired with Adreno 620. It is paired to work with 8 and 12GB of RAM. It has two internal storage options i.e 128 and 256GB. This time there’s no microSD card slot for further storage expansion.

Talking about optics, the Realme X50 5G has a quad rear camera setup, which is aligned vertically and placed on the left corner of the back panel. The quad rear camera includes a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with an aperture value of f/1.8 which offers up to 78.6-degree field of view, which is coupled with a secondary 12MP telephoto sensor with an aperture value of f/2.5 which offers up to 20x hybrid zoom, a tertiary 8MP ultra-wide sensor with a field of view of 119-degree with an aperture value of f/2.25, and finally a 2MP macro sensor with an aperture value of f/2.4. To the front, it has two sensors, which include a primary 16MP Sony IMX 471 sensors with an aperture value of f/2.0 which is coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with an aperture value of f/2.2 and a field of view of 105 degrees.

The Realme X50 5G is backed by a 4,200mAh battery with support for 30W VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge support. The company claims to charge the phone up to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. The device runs on Realme UI which is based on Android 10. The phone comes in Polar White and Glacier Blue color options. Realme X50 5G is priced at 2,499 Yuan (approx. Rs 26000 ) for 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option, 2,699 Yuan (approx. Rs 28,000) for 6GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, 2,999 Yuan (approx. Rs 31,000) for 12GB RAM + 256GB storage option. This master edition is priced at 3099 Yuan (approx. Rs 32,000) for 12GB + 256GB storage option.

Realme X50 5G Specifications

  • 6.57inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with 120hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • 8 / 12GB RAM
  • 128GB and 256GB storage options
  • 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 16MP + 8MP front
  • Realme UI based on Android 10
  • 4,200 mAh battery with 30W VOOC 4.0
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Oppo A91 & Oppo A8 Launched in China!

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OPPO has launched 2 new under the “A” series in China; the OPPO A91 and the OPPO A8. Both the devices are launched under 2000 Yuan. There is no information regarding when it will launch in India or not.

OPPO A91

The Oppo A91 sports a 6.4 FHD+ AMOLED waterdrop notched display with an in-display fingerprint scanner. It has a screen to body ratio of 90.7 and in the aspect ratio of 20:9. OPPO claims that the in-display fingerprint scanner can be unlocked in 0.22 seconds. The display is protected under Corning Gorilla Glass. The device is powered by an octa-core Helio P70 processor which is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Talking about optics, the Oppo A91 has a quad rear camera setup. It has a primary 48MP sensor coupled with an 8MP ultrawide lens with a 119-degree field of view and a tertiary 2MP macro lens and finally a 2MP depth sensor. To the front, it has a 16MP sensor with an aperture value of f/2.0.

The Oppo A91 is packed with a 4,000mAh battery which charges via type c and has support for VOOC 4.0 flash charge technology. The device runs on Colour OS based on Android Pie. The device comes in in Red, Blue, and Black color options. All with gradient color options. Oppo A91 is priced at 1,999 Yuan, which is approximately Rs 20,306 in India.

OPPO A91 Specifications

  • 6.4 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • MEDIATEK Helio P70
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 30W VOOC 4.0

OPPO A8 Specifications

The OPPO A8 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ waterdrop notched display. It has a screen to body ratio of 89%. The OPPO A8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The internal storage can be expanded using a microSD card up to 256GB.

Talking about optics, OPPO A8 has a triple rear camera setup. It has a primary 12MP sensor which is coupled with a 2MP macro sensor and finally a 2MP depth sensor. To the front, it has an 8MP sensor.

The device is backed by a 4,230mAh battery. The device has a rear-facing fingerprint reader instead of the in-display fingerprint scanner. The device runs on Colour OS 6.1 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. The Oppo A8 is priced at 1,199 Yuan, which is around Rs 12,160 in India. Right now, it is unknown whether both the phones will be launched in India or not. Both the phones will go on sale from December 26 in China.

OPPO A8 Specifications

  • 6.5-inch HD+ display
  • MEDIATEK Helio P35
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 12MP + 2MP + 2MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,230 mAh battery
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