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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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Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Launched in China! Comes with 108MP Penta Lens Camera!

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The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is finally official, after a lot of speculations and hype build-up. It is the first smartphone to feature a 108-megapixel camera and also, the second commercial smartphone after the Nokia 9 PureView to feature a Penta camera setup on the back.

Yes, there are five cameras on the back, including the primary 108-megapixel camera. Interestingly, as of now, we know that the phone will be sold as Mi Note 10 Pro outside China so, if we refer to the phone as either Mi CC9 Pro or Mi Note 10 Pro, don’t get confused. It’s a single phone, but the Mi Note 10 Pro will be launched soon.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro features a Full HD+ 6.47-inch edge-to-edge curved AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch with and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display offers a breathing light which illuminates the edges of the phone when it receives a notification. The Mi CC9 Pro also features an in-display ultra-thin optical fingerprint sensor that offers a larger fingerprint recognition area. Also, it makes it possible for users to unlock the phone using dry or wet fingers.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 730G processor, paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 storage. The base variant has 6GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage and is priced at 2799 Yuan (Rs. 28,000 approx.).  The Mi CC9 Pro has the 8GB RAM and 128GB variant which has a price tag of 3099 Yuan (Rs. 31,000 approx.) and the top-variant comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB onboard USF 3.0 storage. The top model comes with a price tag of 3499 Yuan which is almost Rs. 35,000 when converted directly.

Now, in terms of camera, which is the highlight of the phone, the Mi CC9 Pro comes with a whopping 108-megapixel camera. Along with that, there are four other lenses on the back of the phone. There are three distinct camera sections. The first one is houses three lenses, and below that there are two lenses set apart.

Now, coming to the different lenses, the first one is a 5-megapixel super-telephoto lens that offers 5x optical zoom and up to 50x hybrid zoom. Next is a 12-megapixel portrait sensor for bokeh shots which is said to be basically another telephone lens. The third sensor is the main highlight of the phone- The 108-megapixel sensor made by Samsung with f/1.7 aperture and 4-axis OIS. These are the first three lenses placed in a vertical camera module. The fourth lens is set apart, below the main section and it’s a 20-megapixel ultrawide lens with 117-degree field-of-view. The fifth and the last one is a 2-megapixel macro lens with a focal length of 1.5 cm, one of the smallest on a smartphone. Along with the Penta camera system, there is a dual-tone Quad-LED flash on the back. On the front, there’s is a 32-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The company boasted about Mi CC9 Pro’s capabilities a lot by throwing DXOMark scores as it has toped the DXOMark list, jointly with Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro.

The Mi CC9 Pro packs a huge 5,260mAh battery, the biggest on any phone from Xiaomi. Also, the phone supports 30W fast-charging. The company claims that the phone can be fully charged from 0%-100% within 65 minutes. The Mi CC9 Pro runs Android 9 Pie, but with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 11 skin on top. in terms of connectivity, the phone has got 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Navigation (Using A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou), IR blaster, USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack. Pre-orders for the phone have already started in China and the phone will be available in purchase from November 11.

In terms of availability in the international market, it will be available in international markets at Mi Note 10 Pro. The phone will be launched tomorrow in Spain and then in other nations.

Mi CC9 Pro Specifications

  • 6.47 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 730G
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB internal storage
  • Samsung ISOCELL HMX 108MP sensor, aperture f/1.7.
  • 5mp 5x optical telephoto lens, support for 10x Hybrid zoom & 50x digital zoom.
  • 20MP wide angle camera with field of view of 117°
  • 12MP dedicated portrait lens with dual PD autofocus.
  • Dedicated macro lens for upto 1.5cm.
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • 5260mAh battery with 30W fast charging
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Moto G8 Play & Moto E6 Play Launched in South America!

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Motorola recently launched its Moto G8 Plus smartphone with a 48MP camera. The Lenovo-owned company launched two more smartphones alongside it, the Moto G8 Play and the Moto E6 Play. Both the smartphones come with HD+ Max Vision displays and a gradient back.

The Moto G8 Play features a 6.2 inch Max Vision HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70M chipset. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage that can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card.

In the optics, it sports a triple camera rear setup consisting of a 13MP primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide angle secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree field of view and a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front it offers an 8MP camera that has Face Unlock.

The phone runs Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi v, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C and a 3.5 mm jack. Sensors on-board include an accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, proximity and a fingerprint sensor.

Moto E6 Play

On the other hand, the Moto E6 Play features a smaller 5.5 inch Max Vision HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 295 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, it is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739. It is paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage that can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card.

For optics, it sports a single 13MP sensor with flash and f/2.2 aperture at the back while offering a 5MP sensor at the front with Face Unlock support. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/A-GPS, microUSB and a 3.5 mm jack. Sensors on-board include an accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, proximity and a fingerprint sensor. It weighs 140 grams.

The Moto G8 Play is priced at BRL 1,099 (Rs 19,300 approx) for the lone 2/32GB variant and will be available in Black Onyx and Magenta Red color options. It is currently limited to Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Peru while it will reach Latin America in the coming months. The Moto E6 Play price is set at EUR 108 (Rs 8,500 approx) for the 2/32GB variant and has Ocean Blue and Steel Black color options. It is currently available in Brazil and Mexico with future planning to bring the phone to Europe starting late November. The company is yet to give any information about the Indian launch.

Moto G8 Play

  • 6.2 inch HD+ Max Vision display
  • MediaTek Helio P70M 
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB on-board storage
  • 32MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery

Moto E6 Play

  • 5.5 inch HD+ Max Vision display
  • MediaTek MT6739 
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB on-board storage
  • 13MP rear
  • 5MP front
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 3,000 mAh battery
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Moto G8 Plus Launched in India Silently. Comes with Action Camera, SD665 & 4000mAh Battery!

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Motorola‘s most popular smartphone lineup (Probably) G-Series was kinda dead, due to overpriced phones and mediocre hardware on them. The Moto G6 and G7 lineup received a quite lukewarm response from consumers as well as many guys who were disappointed by just looking at the price tag and the specs sheet. But now, it looks like Motorola is back on track with the new Moto G8 Plus. The Moto G8 Plus is improved in quite a few aspects, mostly in terms of camera, chipset, and battery.

The Moto G8 Plus comes with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a tiny waterdrop notch. The right edge houses the power button which is textured and above that there are the volume rockers. At the bottom, there is the USB-C port, primary mic, and a speaker. Interestingly, there is another speaker. The earpiece doubles as a speaker and hence the phone provides a stereo experience.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and Adreno 610 GPU, coupled with 4GB of RAM. Finally, Motorola got rid of the bottlenecked chipset for a G-Series phone. In terms of the camera as well, there are quite a few interesting improvements and implementations.

The Moto G8 Plus comes with three rear cameras- A 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 117-degree field of view. Along with this camera triad, there’s also a laser autofocus sensor on the back. The rear camera comes with features like PDAF, up to 8x digital zoom, burst shot, auto HDR, live filter, portrait mode, manual mode, RAW photo output, slow-motion video and much more.  On the front, there is a 25-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls with features like Auto HDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Portrait lighting, Group selfie, Spot color, Live filter, Active photos, Gesture selfie, etc.

The phone has 64GB onboard storage which can be expanded up to 512GB using a hybrid card slot, so users can either choose between using two SIM cards or use one SIM card along with a microSD card. The phone packs a 4000mAh battery and as usual, there is 15W Turbo Charging support. Motorola bundles a Turbo Charger along with the phone as well. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with very subtle Moto exclusive customizations and the user interface is one of the closest to Stock Android. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and Wi-Fi (both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz). The phone is priced at Rs. 13,999 and will go on sale on the Indian e-commerce portal Flipkart.

Moto G8 Plus Specifications

  • 6.3inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
  • Snapdragon 665 SoC
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 48MP (Samsung ISOCELL GM1) primary + 16MP Ultra wide action camera + 5MP depth sensor.
  • 25MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
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