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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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Redmi K30 Launched in China. Cheapest 5G Phone Currently, Powered by SD765G & 4G by SD730G!

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Redmi today launched the Redmi K30, Redmibook 13, the first Redmi router and a Redmi speaker in China. The Redmi K30 is the successor to the Redmi K20 that was launched earlier this year and will be available in 4G and 5G variants.

The Redmi K30 features a 6.67 inch FHD+(1080 x 2400 pixels) display with a punch hole display, 20:9 aspect ratio, 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 120Hz Refresh rate. The 5G variant is powered by the 7nm Snapdragon 765G chipset while the 4G variant houses the Snapdragon 730G processor. It has 6GB, 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage options. Both the variants support hybrid microSD card slot up to 256GB for further storage expansion.

In the optics department, the K30 sports a quad rear camera setup arranged in a vertical planner and placed in the top centre of the back panel with an intriguing circle shaped ring around it. The setup consists of a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor with f/1.89 aperture, 5MP macro lens, a 2MP depth sensor and an 8MP wide-angle sensor with 120-degree view. The camera is assisted by features like Mimoji, Super Night, Scene Mode, RAW format support and other AI features. On the 4G variant, the 5MP macro lens is replaced by a 2MP camera.

Both the variant offer a dual selfie camera setup with a 4.38mm cutout placed on the top right edge. There is a 20MP primary camera paired with a 2MP sensor for depth sensing. The phone runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and is backed by a 4,500 mAh battery with 30W fast charging support.  However, the 4G variant gets 27W fast charging. Connectivity options on the 5G variant include dual-band 4G/5G support (SA/NSA) and integration of 5G Multilink and 5G smart features. Other features include NFC, 5G GPS, USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm headphone jack and Hi-Res Audio.

The Redmi K30 5G variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (Rs 20,000 approx) for the 6/64GB variant, CNY 2,299 (Rs 23,000 approx) for the 6/128GB variant, CNY 2,599 (Rs 26,000 approx) for the 8/128GB variant and CNY 2,899 (Rs 28,000 approx) for the 8/256GB variant. It will be available in Deep Sea Light, Time Monologue, Flower Shadow, Purple Jade Fantasy color options. The Redmi K30 4G variant on the other hand is priced at CNY 1,599 (Rs 16,000 approx) for the 6/64GB variant, CNY 1,699 (Rs 17,000 approx) for the 6/128GB variant, CNY 1,899 (Rs 19,000 approx) for the 8/128GB variant and CNY 2,199 (Rs 22,000 approx) for the 8/256GB variant. It will be available in Deep Sea Light, Flower Shadow, Purple Jade Fantasy color options. The phone is listed on Mi.com and JD.com with pre-sale beginning today.

Redmi K30 5G specifications

  • 6.67 inch FHD+ 120Hz display
  • Snapdragon 765G SoC
  • 6GB, 8GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB, 256GB internal storage
  • 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 8MP rear camera
  • 20MP + 2MP front camera
  • MIUI 11 based on Android 10
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 30W fast charging

Redmi K30 4G specifications

  • 6.67 inch FHD+ 120Hz display
  • Snapdragon 730G SoC
  • 6GB, 8GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage
  • 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear
  • 20MP + 2MP front
  • MIUI 11 based on Android 10
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 27W fast charging
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Nokia 2.3 Launched in Egypt! Comes with Android Go like Specs & Budget Phone Price.

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Nokia has announced the Nokia 2.3, a new budget-friendly Android One smartphone. It’s probably the cheapest Android One smartphone right now and in Europe, it is priced at €109. It has everything that a new smartphone consumer needs- quite a large display, neat and clean OS, dual-camera setup and a big battery. The phone will be launched globally very soon, along with a few other new devices.

The phone has a simple yet good looking design. On the front, there is a tall 6.2-inch 720p HD+ 2.5D curved glass display. On the right side, there is the power button and above that, there are the volume rockers. Interestingly, on the left edge of the phone, there is a dedicated Google Assistant button. The back of the phone has a nano-textured cover with micro patterns that offer a better grip. The Nokia 2.0 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio A22 chipset, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded to up to 512GB via a microSD card.

 

In terms of camera, the Nokia 2.3 isn’t any less impressive as the back of the phone houses a dual-camera module- a 13-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is an LED flash on the back as well. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for video calling and selfies. The Nokia 2.3 has got a special feature- Recommended Shot. It automatically captures alternate images before and after pressing the shutter button and it also recommends the best picture. There are features like portrait mode and low-light imaging more for improved photos in low lighting conditions.

Nokia 2.3 comes in three colors

Nokia 2.3 comes in three colors

The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and Android 10 may hit the phone anytime soon! Nokia has already provided a statement that the phone is Android 10 ready. That’s a piece of good news but well, after all, it’s an Android One smartphone, that kind of speedy updates are expected. Also, because the phone is under the Android One program, the phone will receive Android updates for two years and monthly security patches for three years. This is very good news for those jumping onto a smartphone because when it comes to software and updates, most budget phones just suck and Nokia 2.3 is surely very very promising in this case.

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The Nokia 2.3 packs a large 4000mAh battery and Nokia says that the battery lasts for two days. In terms of connectivity, the phone has got 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5.0, micro USB, and headphone jack. The phone will be available in three color variants-  Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal.

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Motorola One Hyper Launched in US & Brazil. Comes with Pop Up Camera & Support for 45W Hyper Charger!

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Motorola might be planning premium phones with 5G connectivity and foldable phones in 2020, but it has one more deal left for 2019. The Lenovo owned company today unveiled its first smartphone with an all-screen design and pop-up camera. The Motorola One Hyper is a stylish phone with a pop-up selfie camera and 64MP main camera.

The Motorola One Hyper is a part of the Motorola’s growing One-series known for its mid-range affordable phones. It features a 6.5 inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution and lacks any black bars, notch or hole. It has an 85% screen-to-body ratio and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone has a water-repulsive coating but lacks any IP rating.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card. It runs on Android 10 and is backed by a 4,500 mAh battery with support for 45W ‘Hyper Charger’. However, the phone ships with an 18W fast charger and customers have to buy the 45W one separately.

The device sports a dual-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64MP camera and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens that has a 118-field of view. The camera comes with Motorola’s Night Vision mode, among others. On the front, there is a 32MP pop-up camera, the first in a Motorola smartphone and has Night Vision mode. There is a fingerprint sensor at the rear while a ring of light around it lights up when you receive a message and alert. You can customize these as per your requirements.

The Motorola One Hyper is launched in Brazil for $400 (Rs 28,000 approx) is expected to launch in US and European markets soon.  Motorola has a good track record in India and we can expect the Motorola One Hyper to arrive in the country soon.

Motorola One Hyper specifications

  • 6.5 inch HD+ IPS LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 64MP + 5MP rear camera
  • 32MP front camera
  • Android 10
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 45W Hyper Charger
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