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Meizu 15, 15 Plus and 15 Lite Launched in China, 16:9 Displays are still the Way to Go?

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Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has finally taken the cover off three new smartphones – the Meizu 15, Meizu 15 Plus and Meizu 15 Lite. All three of them will come with Meizu’s new mEngine and won’t come with a notch, despite 2018 being the unofficial year for notch. Both Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 plus come with dual cameras on the rear whereas the Meizu 15 Lite has stuck with just one camera thus highlighting the ‘Lite’.

Starting with the display, the Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Plus feature Super AMOLED display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ration instead of adopting the full screen 18:9 ratio. Also, the Meizu 15 comes with a 5.46 inch full HD display whereas the Plus variant comes with a slightly larger 5.95 inch QHD display.

Coming to the processor, the Meizu 15 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa core SoC  processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage options depending on the variant you decide to go with. While the Meizu 15 is powered by a Snapdragon processor, the Meizu 15 Plus is powered by a Samsung Exynos 8895 octa core SoC made on 10nm process.

Also, the Meizu 15 plus will come in two variants, 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage or 128GB of storage. It’s the same chipset that powered Samsung’s flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

On the imaging front, both the Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Plus come with dual cameras on the rear. Of the two, one comes with a 12 MP sensor with wide angle lens and the other with 20 MP sensor with telephoto lens giving you as much as 3X lossless zoom. To add to that, the Meizu 15 Plus comes with a OIS and EIS whereas the smaller one comes with just OIS. According to Meizu, the cameras come with multi-frame noise reduction and HDR algorithms just like Huawei P20. On the front, both of them feature a 20 MP camera to help you click vivid selfies.

The Meizu 15 Plus will be powered by a 3500 mAh battery coupled with fast charging. The Meizu 15 on the other hand will come with a slightly smaller battery of 3,000 mAh. Both of them comes with USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.

Now talking about the Meizu 15 Lite, phone comes with a 5.46 inch full HD, 1080 display but has ditched OLED for a LTPS LCD display. Under the hood, the Meizu 15 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa core SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Coming to the imaging side of things, the Meizu 15 comes with a 12MP single camera at the back with aperture f/1.9 and a 20MP front facing camera. The device will be powered by  a 3,000 mAh battery along with fast charging capabilities.

Speaking of fast, the smartphone will come with Android Nougat 7.12 which is quite disappointing as Android Oreo is already out. All three devices will come with Meizu’s new mEngine, a haptic feedback system similar to the one seen on iPhones.

Meizu 15 is priced at 24999 Yuan (almost INR 26K) for the 64GB variant and 2799 Yuan (almost INR 28K) for the 128GB variant. Meizu 15 Plus is the pricier variant with pricing starting at 2999 Yuan (almost INR 31K) for the 64GB variant and 128GB variant being priced at 3299 Yuan (almost INR 34K).

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Infinix Smart 3 Plus Launched in India. Cheapest Triple Camera Smartphone

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The triple-camera trend has gripped the mid-range smartphone segment. We have previously seen triple camera setup in phones like Samsung M30 or upper mid-range like the Vivo V15 Pro. Now, Hong-kong based manufacturer Infinix will launch a triple-camera setup smartphone for the Indian market. The Infinix Smart 3 Plus is the chrapche triple camera smartphone in the country.

As for the specs, the Infinix Smart 3 Plus will come with a large display measuring 6.4 inches and a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. It will sport a water-drop notch which together offers full cinematic viewing experience. It is powered by Mediatek Helio A22 chipset, which we saw first on Redmi 6A.

The device’s USP is a triple rear camera setup of 13MP normal sensor + 2MP depth sensor, and a third unspecified low light sensor. On the front, it will offer an 8MP camera for selfie and video calling.

The handset runs on Android 9 Pie and backed by a 3,500 mAh battery. For security, there will be a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the back.

It is priced at Rs.6,999 for the 2/32GB model. It will be a Flipkart exclusive.

Infinix Smart 3 Plus Specifications

  • 6.21 inch HD+ Display
  • Mediatek Helio A22 SoC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13+2MP + Low light sensor (unspecified)
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3500mAh battery
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Lenovo Z6 Pro Launched in China! SD855 & Quad Cameras, but no slider this time!

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Lenovo today launched the Lenovo Z6 Pro at a press event in China. The Chinese manufacturer has been teasing the smartphone for quite some time. It is the successor to the Lenovo Z5 Pro launched in November last year with a slider design. However, with the Z6 Pro, the company has decided to go for a water-drop notch style instead of a slider. It comes with a 3D curved glass back and Gorilla Glass protection on both front and rear.

The Lenovo Z6 Pro features a 6.39 inch AMOLED display with support for DC dimming and HDR 10. . There is a water-drop shaped notch and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with Adreno 640 GPU. It comes with 6GB/ 8GB/ 12GB of RAM and 128GB/256/512GB of on-board storage. Lenovo has included a PC-grade Coldfront liquid cooling system in the handset for better heat dissipation and management.

In the optics department, the device sports quad camera setup at the rear. The camera setup consists of a 48MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens, a 16MP secondary sensor with a wide-angle lens, an 8MP with a telephoto lens, and a 2MP sensor. Additionally, it packs a ToF (Time of Flight) camera as well as PDAF sensor. The camera is aided by OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and has a number of AI-powered features like Super Night Scene, Super Macro, Super Body, Super Wide-Angle, Dual Scene and more. It offers a 32MP sensor at the front for selfies and video calling.

The Lenovo Z6 Pro runs ZUI 11 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging as well as reverse charging. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-frequency GPS, a USB Type-C port. The dual SIM (Nano) handset also comes with support for LDAC, AAC, and aptX HD audio codecs as well as Dolby Atmos.

The Lenovo Z6 Pro price starts at CNY 2,899 (Rs 30,000) in China for the 6/128GB variant. The 8/128GB, 8/256GB and 12/512GB is priced at CNY 2,999 (Rs. 31,000 approx), CNY 3,799 (Rs. 39,000 approx), and CNY 4,999 (Rs. 51,000 approx) respectively. Lenovo will also launch a 5G variant in partnership with three major Chinese telecom operators. However, the exact availability and pricing details are unknown as of now. The phone is up for registrations with the first sale to start from 10 AM local time on April 29. It will be available in Black and Blue color options. There is no word on the global launch of the smartphone.

Lenovo Z6 Pro specifications

  • 6.39 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
  • 6GB/ 8GB/ 12GB RAM
  • 128GB/256/512GB  on-board storage
  • 48MP + 16MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera
  • 32MP front camera
  • ZUI based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 27W fast charging and reverse charging
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Realme 3 Pro & Realme C2 Launched in India!

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After months of teasers and rumours, Realme has finally launched the Realme 3 Pro. The phone was first announced in the Realme 3 launch and is a direct competitor to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Chinese manufacturer also launched a budget smartphone called Realme C2.

Realme 3 Pro

The Realme 3 Pro looks very similar to its predecessor Realme 2 Pro both in the front and rear. However, it does have a few aces up its sleeve. The rear panel is curved which blends with the side frame and helps in a strong grip. The back is made from injection-moulded plastic while the display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5.

The device features a 6.3 inch IPS display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and a waterdrop notch on top. Realme decided to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 compared to the SD 675 on the Redmi Note 7. The SD 675 may be a latest and slight powerful chipset than the SD 710 but the later makes it up in graphics power and efficiency as indicated by the benchmark scores. There are two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. You don’t have to worry about replacing a SIM card as it comes with a dedicated microSD slot which can be expanded up to 256GB.

The Realme 3 Pro might lack the 48MP large sensor on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and packs a decent 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor with f/1.7 aperture which is the same sensor used in OnePlus 6T. It is paired with a 5MP depth sensor for Portrait mode. On the front, it offers a 25MP camera up to f/2.0 aperture. There is HDR support and can shoot videos up to 4K resolution but no stabilization. Shooting modes include Time-lapse, Expert, Pano, Slo-mo and a Nightscape mode for low-light photography. It does offer a 960fps which is likely a marketing gimmick and aided by software.

The Realme 3 Pro runs ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie with some third party apps like ShareChat, NewsPoint, Webnovel etc. The handset draws power from a massive 4045 mAh battery with support for Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging standard (20W). There is no USB Type-C port and we are still stuck with a microUSB port. However, unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, it ships with a fast charger.

The Realme 3 Pro does bring some uniqueness in its own. It is the only smartphone in its range with Fortnite support. It has Widevine support for online streaming, dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, FM radio, and a bunch of other connectivity options.

Realme C2

The Realme C2 features a 6.1 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of HD+ (1570 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It houses a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset and comes in two configurations 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. Realme C2 comes with a Plastic body with Gorilla Glass 3 on front.

The device sports a dual camera setup of 13MP + 2MP with LED while offering a 5MP on front. It runs on ColorOS 6.0 Lite based an Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include Dual SIM, Wi-Fi b/g/n. Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, FM Radio, microUSB and a 3.5 mm jack.

Realme 3 Pro, Realme C2 Price and Availability

The Realme 3 Pro comes at a price tag of Rs 13,999 and Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. It will be available in Nitro Blue, Carbon Grey and Lightning Purple variants. The first sale begins on April 29. As for the Realme C2, it is priced at Rs 5,999 and Rs 7,999 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants. It will be available in Diamond Black and Diamond Blue color schemes.

Realme 3 Pro specifications

  • 6.3 inch IPS FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internals storage
  • 16MP + 5MP rear
  • 25MP front
  • ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4045 mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 20W fast charging

Realme C2 specifications

  • 6.1 inch IPS HD+ display
  • MediaTek Helio P22
  • 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage
  • ColorOS 6.0 Lite based an Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery
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