Putting a full stop to the mill of leaks and rumors, OnePlus has today launched its next half-yearly flagship i.e. the OnePlus 6T at an event held in New York. The new phone packs in a few major upgrades over its predecessor, while being mostly similar for rest of the part. Let’s see what has changed and what has not!
The OnePlus 6T packs in a glass body design which seems a lot more reminiscent to the OnePlus 6, the back houses similarly stacked dual cameras along with an LED flash. There is no fingerprint at the back due to the in-display implementation, furthermore, as leaked previously, the phone bears a water-drop notch at the front. There are no major changes in terms of design.
As for the specs, the 6T comes with a 6.24-inch Full Optic AMOLED screen with a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, protected by the layer of the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on top. Also, it will have five calibration settings including adaptive mode, custom color and more for a better and immersive experience.
Under the hood, it is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC found on the OnePlus 6, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It comes in three configurations, namely 6/128GB (yes, no 64GB option), 8/128GB and 8/256GB variants. Interestingly, OnePlus has improved gaming performance with the new Smart Boost feature which uses RAM as storage for an improved gaming performance. Users will experience up to 20% faster loading times with graphics-heavy games like PUBG etc.
In the Optics department, the OnePlus 6T gets the same dual camera setup from the 6, featuring a 16MP (Sony IMX 519) as its primary shooter clubbed with a 20MP (Sony IMX 376K) secondary shooter, both having an aperture of f/1.7. The camera also supports OIS along with EIS and slow-mo video recording at 480fps. The camera app has gone through some major changes with the inclusion of new features like the Studio Lighting mode similar to what we saw in the iPhone X, followed by the Nightscape mode (coming to OnePlus 6 soon) for better low light photography along with HDR, noise reduction, and more. For selfies, we again have the same 16MP f/2.0 shooter housed in the front Notch.
Furthermore, the phone makes the use of an In-Display fingerprint scanner as the unlocking method, it is termed as “Screen Unlock” by the company and is claimed to unlock the phone in just 0.34 seconds which will improve more over the time. Digging into detail, the company said that its compatible with the screen protectors (suggested official screen protectors) and will work even if the display gets small cracks.
On the software front, the new flagship runs on latest Android 9 Pie with Oxygen OS layered on top. It draws its juice from a sufficiently large 3,700mAh battery that as usual supports OnePlus’s Dash Charge. There is no headphone jack, no IP rating and no Wireless charging though.
As far as the pricing and availability is concerned, the OnePlus 6T’s base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at $549 (roughly Rs. 40,200), while the 8/128GB and 8/256GB versions will retail for $579 (roughly Rs. 42,500) and $629 (roughly Rs. 46,200), respectively. Lastly, it will first go on sale in Mirror Black and Midnight Black color options at T-Mobile Times Square Signature Store starting 5PM on October 29 along with OnePlus Type C Bullets earphones which carry a price tag of $19. The Indian pricing will be revealed during the Indian launch, tomorrow. Stay tuned for that.
OnePlus 6T Specifications
- 6.41-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 6GB/8GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB Storage
- 16MP + 20MP (f/1.7) Rear Camera
- 16MP f/2.0 Selfie Camera
- Android 9.0 Pie
- 3,700mAh Battery
Honor 10 Lite unveiled in China, comes with SD710 and Dual Rear Cameras
Just a while ago, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor was found teasing its upcoming Honor 10 Lite smartphone after which we saw the leaked TV commercial that defined the phone as a Youth Edition. That being said, the company has now finally unveiled the device in China, putting a full stop on leaks and rumors.
The all-new Honor 10 Lite comes with a glass sandwich design, aided by an aluminum frame and a little water-drop notch upfront. As for the specs, the device sports a 6.21-inch IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels in a 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass on top.
Under the hood, it is powered by the 12-nm based Kirin 710 SoC coupled with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, dedicated NPU for AI tasks and GPU Turbo 2.0. Moreover, the phone comes in three different RAM and storage configurations including 4/64GB, 6/64GB, and 6/128GB with expandable memory up to 256GB via microSD card.
In the Optics department, the Honor 10 Lite gets a vertically stacked pair of cameras at the rear, featuring a 13-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture alongside with a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. Whereas, on the front, we have a 24-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The camera app is well-equipped with nifty AI features including AI-based portrait mode and smart scene detection which can recognize and enhance between up to 22 different scenes.
On the software front, it runs latest Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0.1 layered on top. Fueling the handset is a sufficiently large 3,400mAh battery. The device also packs in Facial recognition for unlocking in addition to the fingerprint scanner given at the back.
Connectivity options onboard include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASS.
As for the price in China, the Honor 10 Lite starts at CNY 1399 (roughly Rs. 14,400) for the 4GB/ 64GB variant while the 6/64GB model is tipped at CNY 1,699 (approximately Rs. 17,500). The top-end model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage has been priced at CNY 1899 (around Rs. 19,500). It will go on sale starting from Nov 22 in Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black color options.
Honor 10 Lite Specifications
- 6.21-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD
- Kirin 710 SoC
- 4/6GB RAM
- 64/128GB Internal storage
- 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP Rear Camera
- 24MP f/2.0 Front Camera
- Android 9.0 Pie
- 3,400mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) launched in India, comes with SD660 and Quad Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2019) debuted as world’s first quad rear camera smartphone last month in Kuala Lumpur after which the Korean smartphone giant officially teased the Indian launch. Following the same, the company has now launched the phone in India, as scheduled for today, at an event held in Gurugram.
Coming to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) comes with a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. It further boasts an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, marketed as Infinity display by the company.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded further up to 512GB via a microSD card.
As mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets a Quad-camera setup at the back, featuring a 24MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP wide-angle lens with a f/2.4 aperture which is further accompanied by a 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto sensor for 2X optical zoom. Whereas, the front bears a 24MP shooter for selfies and video calling. The camera app is equipped with nifty features like customizable Live Focus, AI scene optimizer, AR emojis and more.
On the software front, the handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UX layered on top. Moreover, it is backed by a massive 3,800mAh battery clubbed with fast charging. It also packs in Face unlock feature in addition to the fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include dual-SIM slots, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, as well as a 3.5mm jack.
As for the price, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2019) starts at Rs. 36,990 for the base variant with 6GB RAM whereas the top-end model with 8GB RAM model costs Rs. 39,990. As expected, the Indian pricing is a lot less than the global one.
The device will go for pre-orders in Bubblegum Pink, Caviar Black, and Lemonade Blue color options starting from Nov 28 across all major online stores including Amazon, Flipkart, Samsung Shop, Paytm Mall and Airtel online Store in addition to the offline outlets. An additional cashback of Rs.3000 will benefit people having HDFC credit or debit cards, while the ones using EMI as a payment option can avail Airtel postpaid plan bundle benefits like unlimited voice calls, national roaming, and a free Airtel TV subscription.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Specifications
- 6.30-inch display
- Snapdragon 660 processor
- 24 MP + 10 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP quad rear cameras
- 24 MP front camera
- 6/8 GB RAM
- 128 GB internal storage
- 3800 mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
Black Shark goes Official in Europe! Starts from EUR 469.
Xiaomi backed Black Shark‘s global website going live last month hinted at an imminent launch outside China. It was reported earlier that the smartphone will launch in Europe on November 16 and finally it is up for sale in the official website of Black Shark. The Black Shark global website has listed the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming smartphone for the European market with different configurations and color options.
The Black Shark Gaming smartphone was launched in April this year in China and features a 5.99 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) which contains support for DCI-P3 Wide colour gamut that goes up to 97 percent and has brightness up to 550 nits. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with Ardeno 630 GPU. The Black Shark is available in two configurations: 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage.
In the optics department, the smartphone sports a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 20 MP sensor and a 12 MP sensor both with f/1.75 aperture and LED flash. The front offers a 20 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calling. The handset runs on Android Oreo and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 support. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass while sensors on-board include Gyroscope, geomagnetic, Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient Light Sensor.
The European variant is listed in Black and Grey colours. As for the price, the company is offering an EUR 30 (Rs 2,500 approx) discount as part of introductory launch offer bringing the price of the 6GB variant to EUR 469 (Rs 38,500 approx) and the 8GB RAM variant to a discounted price of EUR 519 (Rs 42,500).
Black Shark Specifications
- 5.99 inch FHD+ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 6/8GB RAM
- 64/128GB internal storage
- 20MP + 12MP rear camera
- 20MP front camera
- 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
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