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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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OPPO K3 Launched in India. Closely Related to Realme X!

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OPPO K3

OPPO today released the OPPO K3 for the Indian market. The new K-series smartphone was launched in China in May and is the successor to last year’s OPPO K1. It is basically a Realme X with different camera setup and will compete against Vivo V15 and Redmi K20.

The OPPO K3 features a 6.5 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 19:5:0 aspect ratio supplied by Samsung. It lacks a notch or punch-hole leading to a high screen-to-body ratio of 91.1 percent. Like its predecessor, it comes with a next-generation in-display fingerprint scanner which the Chinese manufacturer claims to be 28.5 times faster.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset paired with an Adreno 616 GPU. The phone is available in two configurations: 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. The dual SIM handset runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 3,765 mAh battery with support for the company’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS + GLONASS, and a USB Type-C port.

In the optics department, it sports a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 16MP (IMX471) + 2MP configuration. On the front, it offers a pop-up 16MP camera with f/2.0 for video calling and selfies. The camera module is claimed to have a life of five years and only takes 0.74 seconds to slide up. OPPO has provided an AI portrait mode and AI scene detection. Additionally, it has an Ultra Clear Night View 2.0 feature to brighten dark images using software algorithm.

The OPPO K3 pricing in India starts at Rs 16,990 for the 6GB/64GB variant while the 8GB/128GB variant costs Rs 19,990. The handset will be available in Aurora Black and Jade Black color options. It will go on sale in India starting July 13 via Amazon. Launch offers include Rs 1000 cashback as Amazon Pay balance for all buyers. Customers using Axis bank credit or debit cards will get an instant discount of Rs 1000. Additionally, the OPPO K3 buyers will be getting benefits worth Rs 7050 from Jio, Lenskart gift vouchers and OYO vouchers. There is also a no-cost EMI offer as well.

OPPO K3 specifications

  • 6.5 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 16MP + 2MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,765 mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging
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Samsung Galaxy A80 Launched in India. Unique Rotating Camera, Priced at Rs.47,990!

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Back in April, Samsung launched A70 & A80 in Thailand. Later Samsung launched A70 here in India on April 18th. Now the brand has launched Samsung A80 here in India. The device is priced at a premium segment with almost flagship features. It has a rotating camera setup, so the image quality on both sides is equal.

 

The Galaxy A80 sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED New Infinity display. The device has an aspect ratio of 20:5 as it doesn’t have a notch. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 730G (G stands for better gaming performance). It is an octa-core chipset in which two high-performance cores are clocked at 2.2GHz and 6 power cores are clocked at 1.8GHz. The device comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage onboard which can be expanded up to 512GB via MicroSD card.

Talking about optics it houses a rotating triple camera setup. It has a 48MP (f/2.0) primary camera sensor which is coupled with 8MP (f/2.2) Ultra Wide Angle sensor with 123 Degree FoV and 3D depth camera sensor. The device is capable of features like Super Steady video mode, Scene Optimizer with detection for 30 scenes, and Flaw Detection. By default the camera stays at the rear, if we switch it to the front, the camera will rotate automatically to the front.

Coming to security measures it houses an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device is packed by 3700mAh battery which supports 25W Fast charging. It runs on Android Pie onboard which is based on OneUI. There are some other features like Bixby and Intelligent Performance Enhancer which is used to optimize the performance of the device. It also supports Dolby Atmos to improve the audio quality of the device.

The device will be available in Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black color variants. The device is priced at Rs 47,990. It will be available for pre book, starting from July 22nd to 31st. The customers who books in this period will obtain a one time screen replacement for free. The device will be available for sale on August 1st from Samsung official website.

Samsung Galaxy A80 Specifications

  • 6.5 inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB Storage
  • 48MP + 8MP + 3D Depth Camera Rotating Camera Setup
  • 3700 mah battery
  • Android Pie
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Mi A3 Launched in Spain. Repackaged Xiaomi CC9e, still comes with HD+ Display!

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Xiaomi today launched its latest Android One offering- the Xiaomi Mi A3. The smartphone is a successor to the last year’s Mi A2 but the hardware indicates that it is a variant of the Xiaomi CC9e that was launched in China earlier this month. However, the presence of stock Android gives a breath of freshness on the handset.

The Mi A3 features a 6.08-inch display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels) and 19:5:9 aspect ratio. It is disappointing as its predecessor was launched with an FHD+ resolution display. There is a waterdrop style notch and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is embedded with an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 665 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage that can be expanded further via microSD card.

In the optics department, the device sports a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, an 8MP sensor with a 118-degree wide-angle lens and a 2MP sensor with depth sensing. On the front, it offers a 32MP camera placed on the notch. The dual SIM handset runs stock Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The Mi A3 price in Spain starts at EUR 249 (Rs 19,200 approx) for the 4GB/64GB variant and EUR 279 (Rs 21,500) for the 6GB/128GB variant. It will be available in “Not Just Blue”, “More than White” and “Kind of Gray” color options from July 24. The Chinese company didn’t mention anything about the phone’s pricing or its availability outside Europe.

Mi A3 specifications

  • 6.08 inch HD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 4030 mAh battery
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