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Nubia Red Magic Gaming Phone Launched! Powered by Snapdragon 835 & Packed with Features.



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

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OPPO Showcases 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom & a Bigger UD Fingerprint Scanner



oppo hybrid 10x zoom

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.

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!



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.

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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ITel A44 Air Launched in India. Comes with Android Go & Dual Rear Cameras!



Itel Mobile, one of the youngest player in the Indian smartphone market today unveiled a new entry level smartphone in the sub Rs 5,000 category, Dubbed as iTel A44 Air, it offers features that are offered in the Rs 10,000 price segment and above. And it is an addition to the A44 lineup from iTel (iTel A44, A44 Pro & A44 Power was launched last year in India).

As for the specifications, iTel A44 Air features a 5.45 inch full-screen display with a resolution of 480×960 pixels and 81% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood it is powered by a 1.4GHz chipset and is coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 32GB via a microSD card.

In the optics department, the iTel A44 Air sports an entry-level dual camera setup of 5MP camera paired with a 0.08MP camera for depth sensing. The company claims that the cameras use AI to enhance the final output. On the front, it offers a 2MP camera with Face Beauty mode that analyses different lightning conditions for improved camera output.

Additional cameras include AI Super Night Shot mode, AI HD video recording and portrait bokeh effect. The handset runs on Android 8.1 Android Go edition and is backed by a 2,400 mAh battery. There is support for dual SIM 4G VoLTE across all the operators in the country.

ITel A44 Air comes at a price tag of Rs 4,999 and will be available in Blusher Gold, Elegant Blue and Slate Grey across offline stores across India. The smartphone offers features like Face Unlock and AI dual cameras seen on the higher priced smartphones making it a viable option for the price conscious consumers. ITel is also offering a 100 days replacement warranty on the smartphone.

ITel A44 Air specifications

  • 5.45 inch full-screen display
  • 1.4GHz chipset
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5MP + 0.08MP rear AI cameras
  • 2MP front with Face beauty mode
  • Android 8.1 Android Go edition
  • 2,400 mAh battery
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