It’s official, smartphones are the new portable gaming consoles.
It wasn’t long before, when Sony and Nintendo were crushing the portable gaming market with PSP and Nintendo DS respectively. Mobile phone gaming back then was limited to snake and bounce on tiny low resolution screens. With the advent of iPhone and Android, smartphone gaming became the new etiquette. Smartphone makers are realizing this and are quickly trying to cash in on them.
Couple of days back my colleague Abhijith reviewed Xiaomi’s new gaming phone “Black Shark” and less than twenty hours back we leaked the news regarding Asus’s new gaming smartphone. Moving forward, ZTE’s sub brand Nubia announced it’s first gaming smartphone, the all new Nubia Red Magic.
The smartphone will come with a 5.99 inch Full HD+ display with an edge to edge 2.5D NEG T2X-1 screen,18:9 aspect ratio and a contrast of 1500:1. Under the belt, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. The use of Snapdragon 835 instead of Snapdragon 845 is probably due to system optimization requirements. But what’s interesting here is it’s competitor Xiaomi’s Black Shark is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, thus giving it a slight edge over Nubia Red Magic.
It might also have to do with the fact that US has banned for ZTE (Nubia’s parent brand) on buying products from US companies including Qualcomm.
The Nubia Red Magic is made of aluminium and has been ergonomically designed for extended gameplay. But what makes it distinguishable is the fact that it uses advanced thermal modeling and is the first smartphone to use an all new air convection cooling system.The cooling system of Nubia Red Magic has been designed in a way that it dissipates heat effectively without compromising on it’s performance. Heating has long been the problem of smartphone gaming and Nubia has addressed the issue to the best of it’s capacity.
On the rear the phone is branded with a RGB LED strip along, thus highlighting their brand in the best way possible. Coming to the camera segment, the device has gone out of bounds with a 24 MP Samsung 5K2X7SX rear camera sensor with 0.9μm pixel size, and f/1.7 aperture. The phone also supports 4k video recording at 30 fps and slow motion 720p recording at 120 fps.
One the front side of the device, it sports a 8 megapixel SK Hynix HI-846 sensor with 1.12μm pixel size and f/2.0 aperture.
Let’s now talk about the most important piece of hardware in a gaming smartphone- GPU.The device is a powered by a Adreno 540 GPU coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB dual channel flash memory. On the software end of things, the phone will run on Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box with additional features like Game Boost Mode, which frees up memory when required and delivers higher frame rates.
To add to the pleothera of features mentioned above, the Nubia Red Magic comes with DTS Technology and Smart Amplifier System thus delivering an immersive sound experience. It will be powered by a 3,800 mAh battery which can provide as much as 7 hours of game play on a single charge.
The Nubia Red Magic will be exclusively available on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for an early bird price of $399 starting from 23rd Aipril, 2018. The company further revealed that information related to availability and pricing will be made public in the coming weeks.
The gaming segment of a smartphone, is a highly untapped market with little or no success in the last few years. But with the improvements in technology, it has been made possible and only time will tell whether we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Red Magic Specifications
- 6 inch Full HD+ Display
- Snapdragon 835
- 6/8GB RAM
- 64/128GB internal storage
- 24MP f/1.7 rear camera with phase detection auto focus
- 8MP front camera
- 3800mAh battery
OPPO A7 launched with SD450, Water-drop notch and 4,230mAh battery
The Chinese smartphone giant OPPO has now unveiled a new sibling of the Oppo A7X, dubbed as Oppo A7 in multiple Asian markets such as China, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The device is basically a toned-down version of the aforementioned and comes with a water-drop notch, glass back design and a large battery.
To be more specific, the China-only variant of the phone bears a glossy finish whereas the non-Chinese edition of the smartphone has a textured finish at back.
Talking of the specifications, the OPPO A7 comes with a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio, aiding to a screen-to-body ratio of 88.3 per cent. The display further incorporates an anti-reflective coating and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB/ 4GB of RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded further up to 256GB using a MicroSD card. (Chinese market will get only the 4GB RAM model).
In the optics department, the phone bears an AI-powered dual camera set up at the back, featuring a 13-megapixel primary sensor (f/2.2 aperture) and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.4 aperture), along with an HDR-enabled 16-megapixel selfie shooter at the front. It can capture studio-quality portrait shots with bokeh effect through AI beauty technology and also supports multi-frame image stabilization technology for recording vivid videos.
The Oppo A7 runs on ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and gets its fuel from a large 4,230mAh battery. Connectivity options include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB with OTG support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors included onboard are the accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Lastly, the phone measures 155.9×75.4×8.1mm and weighs 168 grams.
Coming to the price, the handset is tipped at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,500) for its sole 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant and will be available in Fresh Powder, Lake Light Green, and Amber Gold colour options starting from Nov 22 as of Chinese market. On the other hand, it is priced at NPR 35,790 (roughly Rs. 22,200) for the 3GB RAM +32GB storage configuration with an option to choose from Glaring Gold and Glaze Blue colours, in Nepal. As far as the rumours go, OPPO might launch this phone in India on Nov 22, the day of Redmi Note 6 Pro launch. Stay tuned for further updates.
OPPO A7 Specifications
- 6.2-inch HD+ IPS display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC
- 3/4GB RAM
- 32/64GB Internal storage
- 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 Rear Camera
- 16MP Front Camera
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 4,230mAh Battery
Vivo Z1 Lite Launched in China. Comes with 6.26 inch Display & SD626!
Vivo today expanded its portfolio by launching the Vivo Z1 Lite smartphone in China. The device was up for pre-orders since November 1 and is a more affordable version of the Vivo Z1 launched this year. Though it sports similar looks, it comes with lower specifications to make up for the cheaper price tag. It was speculated that the phone is going to be launched as Vivo Z1 Youth.
As for the specs, the Vivo Z1 Lite sports a 6.26 inch LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (1080 x 2290 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of a top notch. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded up tp 256GB via microSD card.
In the optics department, the Vivo Z1 Lite features a rear dual camera setup of 16MP + 2MP with LED flash while offering a 16MP at the front with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with modes like Pro mode, Panorama, beauty, AR shoot, backlight photo, blur photo, slow mo, filter and more. The handset runs on FunTouch OS on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,260 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Dual SIM and GPS while sensors onboard include accelerometer facial recognition, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor and a fingerprint sensor at the back. It measures 154,81 x 75.03 x 7.89 mm and weighs 149,3 grams.
The Vivo Z1 Lite comes at a price tag of CNY 1,098 (Rs 11,500) and is available in Aurora Purple, Black and Red color options from the Chinese Vivo official online store.
Vivo Z1 Lite specifications
- 6.26 inch FHD+ LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- 16MP + 2MP rear camera
- 16MP front camera
- FunTouch OS on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
- 3,260 mAh battery
Vivo Y95 Announced in Philippines Silently. Comes with SD 439 & 6.22 inch Halo Notch Display
Vivo today silently launched the Vivo Y95 smartphone in Philippines. The retail box of the device was leaked earlier. It comes with a small waterdrop notch similar to the recently launched Vivo V11 and V11 Pro.
The Vivo Y95 features a 6.22 inch Halo FullView display with a resolution of HD+ (1520 x720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with an Adreno 505 GPU. It is coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be further expanded by microSD card.
In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup in the rear of 13MP + 5MP while offering a 20MP at the front. The cameras come with AI features first seen in the V11 series which can determine the age, gender, tone and texting of the skin and lightning and automatically improves the facial features with the algorithm.
It runs on FunTouch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with an updated AI Game Mode, Jovi AI and Google Lens. The advance game mode combines with artificial intelligence to save popular functions such as pop-up notifications, background calls and gaming keyboard. It is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery supported by an exclusive power management system. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.
It is available in Star Black and Red Dawn colour variants and comes at a price tag of $265 (Rs 18,500 approx). It is currently available only in Philippines but is expected to launch soon into other markets including India.
Vivo Y95 specifications
- 6.22 inch HD+ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 13MP + 5MP rear
- 20MP front
- FunTouch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo
- 3,040 mAh battery
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