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Mi Play Launched in China. Comes with 5.84 inch Waterdrop Notch Display & Helio P35!

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After almost two weeks of teasing Xiaomi has finally unveiled their new phone, Mi Play. The Mi Play seems to be the first device in a new series, Play. The smartphones are expected to be less powerful and less expensive than the Mi series phones.

Mi Play comes with a more elaborate design that makes it stand out from the rest of the Redmi series. So instead of metal/plastic body the device has a Gorilla Glass on both sides of the device, the rear also comes with a gradient design, much like the recent Huawei/Honor phones.

As for the specs, the Mi Play features a 5.84 inch display with a waterdrop notch with resolution of FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels), 432 PPI, 1500:1 contrast ratio and a eye protection mode. It is only slightly bigger than the Mi 6 which has a 5.15 inch display. Under the hood, it is powered by a brand new MediaTek Helio P35 chipset which has a 12nm octa-core chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz. It comes with a CPU/GPU dual turbo technology and is superior to the Snapdragon 625 based on AnTuTu scores. It has a PowerVR IMG GE8230 GPU that is clocked at 680 MHz.

It is coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage but the company may soon release a new variant with higher storage configuration. In the optics department, the handset sports a dual camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor with 1.2µm and a 2MP secondary sensor to capture depth for bokeh images. The cameras come with a bunch of features like HDR, EIS and AI support. The front offers a 8MP camera with HDR, Face recognition, portrait mode and more.

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The handset is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery with no support for fast charging so you are left with a 5V/2A charging. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and USB Type-C port. The dual SIM (nano) handset lacks an 3.5 mm headphone jack and support for microSD.

The Mi Play is priced at ¥1099 (Rs 11,000 approx) and will be available in three color options: Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue and Black though the first two will likely to be available at launch. The phone is priced well, but the Chinese manufacturer itself has multiple devices at same price range that offer better specs. The company is also offering 10GB high-speed data for 12 months which is worth between ¥828 (Rs 8,000 approx) and ¥1296 (Rs 13,000 approx) per year depending on the network operator. In paper, if you were to subtract the cost of data from the cost of the phone your are getting the device for free. However, this offer is only limited to the Chinese market. The phone will go on sale at 10AM from December 25.

Mi Play specifications

  • 5.84 inch FHD+ display
  • MediaTek Helio P35 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 2MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery

 

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LG ThinQ V40 Silently Launched in India, Priced at Rs.49,990!

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LG today launched its V40 ThinQ  flagship smartphone in India. The smartphone was launched back in October last year in New York and comes with 5 cameras. The South Korean manufacturer unveiled the LG G7+ ThinQ in India last year with dual camera and now a smartphone with a ‘3 + 2” camera setup.

As for the specifications, the LG V40 features a 6.4 inch P-OLED FullVision display with a QHD+ resolution (3120 x 1440 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It has a top notch and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass on top. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with an Adreno 630. It is coupled with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 2TB via a microSD card.

In the optics department, the device sports a horizontally stacked triple camera setup on rear of which two of them is a telephoto and a wide angle lens.  It consists of a 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture and 1.4µ pixel size, a 16MP wide angle lens with f/1.9 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size and third 12MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size, AI CAM, Portrait Mode and a LED flash. On the front the V40 offers a dual camera setup of 8MP + 5MP configuration.

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The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a non-removable 3,300 mAh battery with Qualcomms’s Quick Charge 3.0 and fast Qi wireless charging support . Additional features include Quad DAC, Boombox Stereo Speaker and an IP68 rated water and dust resistant body. There is a circular fingerprint sensor at the rear placed below the triple cameras.

The LG V40 comes at a price tag of Rs 49,990 and is available exclusively from Amazon India in New Moroccan Blue and New Platinum Gray colours. The price will stay the same for the duration of Amazon’s Great Indian Sale from January 20 to January 23. Prime subscribers will be able to order the device a day before on January 19. Launch offer includes 10% instant discount on HDFC Bank credit/debit cards, Rs 1,000 Amazon Pay Cashback for Prime members and one-time screen replacement that is valid for six months and an additional discount of Rs 5,000

LG V40 specifications

  • 6.4 inch QHD+ P-OLED FullVision display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 12MP + 16MP rear camera
  • 8MP + 5MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 3,300mAh battery
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OPPO Showcases 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom & a Bigger UD Fingerprint Scanner

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OPPO in an event today showcased a 10X camera setup implementing three sensors along with a bigger in-screen fingerprint scanner area. The event didn’t include any smartphone launch or demo of some sort but the Chinese manufacturer promised more in the MWC 2019 event next month.

The 10X hybrid optical zoom technology works by combining its 5X optical zoom with a wide- angle lens that combines to give a 10 times zoom. There is a third camera sensor in the middle for regular snaps but it doesn’t affect the zoom range. The company representatives’ reveals that the module covers the 35mm equivalent of 15.9-159mm focal length. To give you an idea, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera boasts 16mm to 80mm in 25mm terms.

The new OPPO camera module includes Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for the main camera and telephoto lens. To build this camera setup, 100+ R&D patients were used and was drop tested 28,000 times. The first samples will be made available in the MWC event in Barcelona. The company promised that this tech will ship to manufacturers this year.

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OPPO has also made developments in its display technology with the announcement of a bigger under-display fingerprint scanner similar to the one Lin Bin of Xiaomi introduced earlier today. The new sensor boasts an area 15 times larger than the current one in OPPO R17 and can detect two fingers at same time. Though there was a similar technology with the Vivo APEX concept last year it was not market ready.

A senior OPPO executive calls the technology the new “biometric experience” and is expected to hit the markets and smartphones by the end of this year meaning the company might showcase an early OPPO R19 at MWC 2019 to be held from February 25 to February 28.

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Vivo Y91 Launched in India. Dew Drop Notch, Helio P22 & Dual Cameras!

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Vivo today silently launched its Vivo Y91 smartphone in the Indian market. The Chinese manufacturer launched the budget smartphone in the Philippines last year in November and in Pakistan last month. It is also just a downgraded Vivo Y93, which launched earlier last year (just the difference in RAM!).

Coming to the specifications, the Vivo Y91 features a 6.22 inch Halo FullView display with a waterdrop notch, a resolution of HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) and an 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It is available in 2GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage variant that can be further expanded up to 256GB.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup in the rear of a 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering an 8MP on the front for selfies and video calling. The front camera supports Portrait mode and Face Unlock though there is a rear fingerprint sensor. The dual SIM handset runs on Fun Touch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery supported by a smart power management feature. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GOS and GLONAS and a micro-USB 2.0 port.

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The Vivo Y91 comes at a price tag of Rs 10,999 ($155 approx) for the single variant but it might be a introductory pricing and may sell at a Rs 11,990 ($169 approx) later on. It is currently available for purchase through the official Vivo online store in Ocean Blue and Starry Black color options. It comes bundled with a free pair of Bluetooth earphones.

Jio is offering benifits worth Rs. 4,000 along with 3TB data while Airtel subscribers on the other hand will get instant cashback of Rs 2,000 and 240GB of data. There is also an exchange offer but only for old Vivo smartphones, no-cost EMI and 15 days replacement with the purchase of the phone.

Vivo Y91 specifications

  • 6.22 inch HD+ Halo FullView 19:9 display
  • MediaTek Helio P22 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 2MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • 4,030 mAh battery
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