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LG Q7, Q7+ and Q7α Launched. Comes with DTS Sound & optional Quad DACs!

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LG today unveiled the LG Q7 trio (Q7, Q7+ and Q7α) smartphones which is sure to appeal customers that can’t afford a G or V series phone (the audiophiles!). The new smartphones are an upgrade to the LG Q6 equipped with serious audio power! And yes, it does appear to confirm the previous leaks.

The LG Q7 comes with Hi-Fi audio with DTS:X 3D Surround sound that can emulate 3D surround sound over headphones. The technology can simulate the 3D environment of any audio to produce 12 channels of binaural surround sound creating an immersive cinematic audio experience. The LG Q7+ variant also features Quad DAC’s like in LG G7 or V30.

The LG Q7 sport metallic bodies which are MIL-STD-810G-complaint and also IP68 rated water protected. The front houses a 5.5. inch Full Vision 2.5D LCD display with an resolution of FHD+ (2,160 x 1080 pixels) and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, they are powered by an unknown Octa-core chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz or 1.5 GHz. The LG Q7 and the Q7α  have a 3GB RAM + 32GB internal space configuration while the Q7+ comes with  4GB RAM + 64GB internal space. All three models have memory expandable options through microSD card. There is Smart rear fingerprint sensor which doubles as a shutter button, click screen shots and drag notification bar.

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In the optical configuration, the Q7+ sports a 16MP rear camera while the Q7 and Q7α have a 13MP one. In the front all the smartphones have 5MP super wide angle (100 degree) selfie camera. But you may also get an 8 MP front camera depending on the region. The latest feature in the Q7 is the Portrait effect that allows users to take Bokeh effect photographs with blurred background. There is also PDAF, which is touted to be 23% faster than traditional auto-focus. The Q7 also gets the QLens which uses AI tech for recognising objects in image and efficiently search online.

They are all backed by a 3,000 mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Fast Charge which the company claims charges from 0% to 100% in just 30 minutes thanks to an USB Type-C port. The company is yet to officially announce the pricing of the smartphones.

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Mi 9 SE Launched in China. Comes with SD712 & 48MP Sony IMX586 Sensor!

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Along with Mi 9, Xiaomi also launched a younger sibling for the phone in China, the Mi 9 SE. It is the successor to Mi 8 SE launched earlier last year.

The Mi 9 SE comes with a 5.97 inch AMOLED display, and the front cam sits in a v shaped notch compared to the U shaped one from it’s siblings. As a surprise, the phone comes with an in display fingerprint scanner like that of it’s elder siblings.

This phone is the first one to come with a Snapdragon 712 SoC, which is basically an overclocked Snapdragon 710. It also comes with two variants, which comes with 64GB & 128GB internal storages. Both of them comes with the same 6GB RAM though.

The phone also has the triple camera setup like the Mi 9, but with a different camera sensor array. The main sensor remains the same though, the same 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor which is an f/1.8 one. The other two sensors are a 13MP ultra wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The front camera app remains the same from Mi 9, a 20MP one.

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The phone does however has a downgrade in the battery, which is a 3070mAh one, with support for 18W fast charging.

The phone is priced at 1999 Yuan (21K INR approx) for the base variant and 2299 Yuan (24K INR approx) for the 6/128GB variant.

Mi 9 SE Specifications

  • 5.97 inch AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 712
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB internal storage
  • 48MP primary + 13MP wide angle + 8MP telephoto triple back camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3070mAh battery
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Mi 9 & Mi 9 Transparent Edition Launched in China!

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Xiaomi has finally launched the Mi 9 series in China. Yes, I said Mi 9 series because there was a surprise launch alongside Mi 9 & Mi 9 Explorer Edition, the Mi 9 SE. Which is the successor to Mi 8 SE, which was launched last year.

Mi 9

Coming to Mi 9, it’s the blockbuster we expected from Xiaomi. It comes with a 6.39 inch AMOLED display, with a u shaped notch on top. Xiaomi claims 90.7% screen to body ratio with this phone, with one of the smallest chins in the industry, 3.6mm thickness. The glass is a Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and back.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, Snapdragon 855. It comes with 6 & 8 GB RAM variants and the internal storage is 128GB for both the models.

The phone comes with a triple camera setup of 48MP primary camera, which is a Sony IMX586 sensor. It also has a 16MP Sony IMX481 wide angle camera and a 12MP telephoto lens, which is a Samsung sensor.

The phone also performed very well in the DXOMark benchmark, it scored 107 in total scores and 112 for photo score and 99 in the video scores. The video score is the highest for any phone for phones from DXO.

The phone is powered by a 3300mAh battery, and it comes with Charge Turbo fast charging tech, a shift from Qualcomm’s Quick Charge fast charging tech. It supports upto 27W fast charging, but the charger provided in the box is an 18W one. It also has support for 20W fast wireless charging, they’re just calling it Charge Turbo too. It is the fastest wireless charging standard available in the market for a phone. Also the adapter of the wireless charging pad has a rating of 27W, which you can use to charge the phone, i.e, their Charge Turbo fast charging. Also, the Charge Turbo has also been certified by TÜV for safety.

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Like the previous version, this phone also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner on the front. This is an improved version they say.

The phone is priced at 2,999 Yuan (31.5K INR approx) for the base variant and 3,299 Yuan (35K INR approx) for the 8/128GB variant.

Mi 9 Specifications

  • 6.39inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 855 SoC
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 16MP ultra wide + 12MP telephoto triple back cameras
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3300mAh battery

Mi 9 Transparent Edition

Now, talking about the Mi 9 transparent edition, this is basically the same phone, but with an enhanced almost transparent back, showing off the fake internals inside the phone (yeah, just like Mi 8 Explorer Edition).

The Transparent edition bumps up the RAM to 12GB and the internal storage to 256GB. Other than that, the phone is basically a normal Mi 9. The phone is priced at 3,999 Yuan (almost 42K INR).

Mi 9 Transparent Edition Specifications

  • 6.39inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 855 SoC
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 16MP ultra wide + 12MP telephoto triple back cameras
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3300mAh battery

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Vivo V15 Pro launched with Snapdragon 675 & 32 MP Pop-up Selfie Camera!

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Chinese smartphone giant Vivo has unveiled its latest device, the Vivo V15 Pro in India. There were leaks coming out in the past few months and the device got finally unveiled now. The handset is a mid-range offering from the brand. Nipun Marya, director of the brand strategy at Vivo India confirmed that this is also the global launch for the Vivo V15 Pro.

The display is a 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Ultra FullView one with  91.64% screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the latest octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset making it the first ever smartphone to feature this new processor.

The handset comes with 6 GB or 8 GB RAM variants to choose from coupled with 128 GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 256 GB with the help of a micro SD card.

The Vivo V15 Pro flaunts a triple rear camera setup with its primary sensor being a 48 MP one that uses pixel binning technique. It is accompanied by an 8 MP wide-angle lens and a 5 MP depth sensor. The usual AI camera features like AI Face Beauty, AI Portrait Framing, AI Super Night Mode, and AI Body Shaping features are available in the camera app.

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The front camera, which Vivo calls the “Elevating Front Camera” is packed with a 32 MP sensor which uses the same pop-up mechanism seen on the Vivo NEX. The device equips fifth-generation in-display fingerprint scanner.  In terms of battery, the device draws juice from a 3,700mAh with 22.5W Dual-Engine fast charging.

Coming to the software, the device will run on Funtouch OS 9 which is based on Android 9 Pie. Topaz Blue and Ruby Red are the color variants available. As far as the pricing and availability are concerned, it will be available for pre-booking from the 6th of March at Rs. 28,990 for the 6 GB RAM + 128 GB variant exclusively on Flipkart.

Vivo V15 Pro Specifications

  • 6.39-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Ultra FullView Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
  • 6/ 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal storage
  • 48 MP +8 MP + 5 MP triple rear cameras
  • 32 MP Elevating Front Camera
  • 3,700mAh battery with Dual-Engine Fast Charging
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
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