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Honor 8X to Launch in India on October 16th

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Last month Honor launched the Honor 8X and the Honor 8X Max last month in China. Today the Chinese manufacturer announced that they will be launching the Honor 8X Max in India on October 16. However, it didn’t mention anything about the Honor 8X Max so it is still uncertain whether it will also be launched in the country.

Honor India made the announced via their official twitter handle. The event will be held on October 16 at 11.30 AM onwards. For those who can be present on the event, they can watch it on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube where it will be broadcasted live. The company is also hosting an event in London the same day where it will be unveiling the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X and Mate 20 Porsche Design smartphones.

The Honor 8X  has a metallic frame and features a 6.5 inch waterdrop IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2244 x 1080p) with a 2.5D curved tempered glass on top. The display comes with a aspect ratio of 19:5:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 91%. The TUV Rheinland certified screen has a blue light protection.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with expandable memory upto 256GB via microSD card. There will be a dual camera setup on the rear with 20MP + 2MP configuration and a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. It supports Face Unlocking though there is a circular fingerprint sensor at the back.

The handset will run EMUI 8.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo but will get an Android 9 pie upgrade later on. It is backed by a 3750 mAh battery with support for fast charging (10W) via a microSD port. Connectivity options include 4G LTE and VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz). Though there is no word about the price, it is expected to be priced around Rs 15,000 in India competing against the Mi A2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the recently launched Realme 2 Pro.

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ASUS ROG Phone coming to India on November 29th!

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ASUS gaming brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) is all set to launch its flagship smartphone ASUS ROG in India on November 28th. The Taiwanese manufacturer today send invites for the launch event where it will be announcing the details of its price and availability.

Take a look at the poster from the brand here:

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ASUS ROG gaming phone was unveiled at Computex 2018 and launched back in June this year with specs designed for mobile gaming. The smartphone looks stunning with a rear logo that lights up.

As for specifications, the ASUS ROG features a 6 inch OLED display with a resolution of FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 18:9,HDR support and a pixel density of 402 ppi. The display support multi-touch upto 10 fingers, 1ms response time and has a refresh rate of 90Hz making it perfect for gaming. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.95 GHz and paired with a Adreno 630 GPU. It is coupled with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device sports a dual rear camera setup of a 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and an 8MP secondary camera with 4 axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF and LED flash. The front offers an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies.

The handset runs on ROG Gaming UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a non removable 4,000 mAh battery which gives 7 hours of gameplay on Wi-Fi and charges from 0%-60% in just 33 minutes. There is a fingerprint sensor in the rear for security purpose. Connectivity options iclude Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, NFC USB Type-C port, a 3.5 mm jack while sensors on-board includes Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor,  Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, and an Ultrasonic AirTrigger Sensor.

However, the specification alone doesn’t define the gaming tag of the smartphone. ASUS has included support for supplementary gaming specific-features like touch sensitive edges that can be individually mapped to various actions even outside games, additional Type-C port, AeroActive Cooler that blows off air from the back panel of the phone improving heat dissipation, GameCool vapour based cooling technology, dual front firing stereo speakers and more. It is still unknown whether the company will bring the gaming dock to India.

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Even without the gaming dock, we can expect the handset to be priced above average. In the United States, it comes at a price tag of $899 which is around Rs 64,000 in Indian currency putting it in the same segment as the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Another gaming smartphone Nubia Red Magic Mars is also scheduled to launch on the same day.

ASUS ROG Phone specifications 

  • 6 inch FHD+ AMOLED display (90hz)
  • Snapdragon 845
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 5MP rear cameras
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4000mah battery with hyper charging
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Nubia Red Magic Mars Gaming Phone to be Unveiled Next Week, Spotted in Benchmarks!

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Nubia today confirmed the launch date of the Nubia Red Magic Mars,  the successor to the Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone launched this year in March. A new Pacific Rim-themed poster in company’s official Weibo account reveals it will be unveiled on November 28 along with confirming the “Mars” name. The launch event will take place at Shanghai VSPN E-Sports Center. The company started a crowdfunding campaign for the smartphone on Chinese e-commerce website JD.com last week.

Though not much of Nubia’s second gaming smartphone is known but it was official teased with 10GB of RAM along with “4D Shock” haptic feedback. It is also rumoured to feature shoulder buttons, giving a gamepad like experience.

The device also appeared in benchmarking sites like GeekBench and AnTuTu with model number ‘NX619J’ where it was seen running on the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, an upgrade from the original Red Magic’s SD 835 chipset. On the Master Lu benchmarking website, it scored an impressive score of 361,730.

Nubia Reg Magic Mars on Master Lu

Nubia Reg Magic Mars on Antutu

On AnTuTu, it recorded a score of 319,781,beating the likes of newly unveiled Nubia X (3,11,781) and  the Kirin 980 powered Mate 20 Pro (311,840), which is the best performance by an Android smartphone in October.

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The GeekBench spec sheet shows the device running on 6GB RAM while the one over AnTuTu shows 8GB RAM. The Nubia Red Magic Mars is yet to be tested with the top variant with 10GB RAM. The display will have the same resolution as the Red Magic: FHD+(2160 x 1080 pixels) with an wide-screen, notch free 4D gaming experience. It will run on the latest Android 9.0 Pie. It will have 7.1 channel along with 3D sound and a RGB LED panel at rear end. There are some speculations about other features like dual cooling solution (liquid + air)  reducing the temperature by 13.2 degrees and price tag of CNY 3,888 (Rs 40,000 approx).

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Realme U1 to launch in India on Nov 28 as an Amazon Exclusive

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Recently, we heard the rumours of Realme working on a selfie-centric U-series smartphone. Now, before leaks could popularise the device, the company has announced the debut date of the same by putting a teaser on the e-commerce giant Amazon.

As per the landing page on Amazon.in, the Realme U1 is touted to bear the “Most Powerful Selfie Camera Ever” backed by a high-res depth engine with accurate AI detection. Furthermore, it will feature a dew-drop notch and also will be the first smartphone to debut with MediaTek Helio P70 SoC. The device is scheduled to unveil on the 28th of November, at 12:30 PM IST.

To recall, Madhav Seth, CEO, Realme India previously confirmed that Realme would be the first one to make use of new MediaTek Helio P70 chipset built on the 12nm FinFet process. This freshly unveiled chipset bears four Cortex A73  performance cores coupled with four low-powered Cortex A53 cores that are clocked at 2.1GHz along with a dedicated co-processor for performing AI tasks, offering significant improvements concerning performance and efficiency over the Helio P60 used on the first gen Realme 1.

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Apart from the dew-drop notch and chipset, we don’t have much information regarding the device. Although, an earlier GeekBench listing suggested the phone to come with Android 8.1 Oreo and 4GB of RAM.

That being said, the Realme U1 will be the fifth smartphone by the company under the third U-series lineup. With just four devices, Realme has witnessed a phenomenal growth regarding sales. They have also expanded to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. Apart from this, the company has gone through certain events like the recent price hike followed by the logo change.

This new Selfie pro might be a game-changer for the company if priced correctly. Given that the launch is around a week to go, let’s wait and watch. Stay tuned.

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