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Honor announces Launch Event on July 24, Honor 9x Expected.

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Huawei‘s sub-brand Honor has recently launched two new budget smartphones including the Honor 7A and Honor 7C. Now, it seems that the brand is paving the way to launch a new mid-range smartphone i.e. Honor 9X in India.

Honor has scheduled a launch event in India on July 24 and press invites for the same have been already sent. Though we don’t see any specific hints from the invite, it mentions #NOORDINARYBEAUTY in Blue and Purple colours, indicating the colours of the upcoming smartphone. Also, the two O’s indicate the presence of dual cameras.

The device is not yet revealed by the company. As per the recent speculations, Honor might launch the Honor 9i (2018) as Honor 9X in India. the Honor 9i (2018) was recently launched in China as a successor to the last year’s Honor 9i. It packs a similar hardware but comes with a notched display.

Honor 9X

The Honor 9X aka Honor 9i (2018) will succeed the Honor 7X in India. The device comes with a glossy glass back design, rounded corners and a notch on top, maintaining a design profile similar to the recently launched Honor 10.

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Coming to the specifications, the device comes with a 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2280×1080 pixels) and 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by same outdated HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC coupled with MaliT830-MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes in two storage options including 64GB and 128GB which can be expanded further up to 256GB using a MicroSD Card.

In the optics department, the device packs a 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera setup at the back and a single 16MP shooter at the front that comes with AI portrait mode. The back houses a fingerprint scanner as well.

On the software front, the device runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, backed by a 3,000mAh battery. In China, the base variant retails for CNY 1,3999 (roughly Rs.14,300) while the higher 128GB variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs.17,400). We expect the device to be priced similarly in India. Let’s wait for the official launch for exact information. Till then, Stay tuned.

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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:

Asus Rog Phone

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
ASUS ROG Phone coming to India on November 29th!
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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.

Nubia Reg Magic Mars on Geekbench

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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