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Redmi 8A Dual Launched in India, along with Redmi Powerbanks!

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Redmi 8A arrived a couple of months ago. But now, it has been upgraded a bit and launched in India as Redmi 8A Dual. The keyword ‘Dual’ here doesn’t indicate dual SIM connectivity like ‘DUOS’, a nomenclature used by Samsung a few years ago. Redmi rather has added that to indicate that the phone comes with a dual-camera setup on the back.

Apart from that, the Redmi 8A Dual has pretty modest specs. The phone comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ LCD display, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s entry-level Snapdragon 439 SoC, paired with 2GB or 3GB RAM. There is 32GB onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB using the dedicated microSD slot.

As mentioned earlier, the Redmi 8A Dual comes with a dual-camera setup on the back. There is a 13-megapixel primary camera and along with that, there is a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera for video calls and selfies. Though there is just a single camera on the front, there is still portrait mode using the software.

The Redmi 8A dual packs a huge 5,000 mAh battery, with support for 18W fast charging. However, in the box of the phone, only a 10W charger is supplied. Despite being a budget phone, the Redmi 8A Dual comes with a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The Redmi 8A Dual also supports reverse charging so that users can use it to charge other phones. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers the typical options, along with support for VoWiFi for making calls using WiFi for those who are on Jio or Airtel.

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In terms of pricing, the Redmi 8A dual is priced at Rs. 6,499 for the base model with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, whereas the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 6,999.

Along with the Redmi 8A Dual, two new power banks have also been launched. The newly launched Redmi power banks come with two capacities- 10000mAh and 20000mAh. The 10000mAh power bank can offer a charging speed of up to 10W whereas the 20000mAh power bank has 18W fast charging capabilities.

Both of these power banks use Lithium Polymer cells, instead of Lithium-Ion which results in higher density. Both the power banks will go on sale starting February 18. The 10000mAh power bank is priced at just Rs. 799 while the 20000mAh model is priced at Rs. 1499.

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Samsung Galaxy M31 Launched in India! Comes with 64MP Quad Camera, AMOLED display & 6000mAh Battery.

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Samsung today launched the Galaxy M31 in India. The mid-range smartphone is the  successor of the highly popular Galaxy M30 launched last year. While Samsung has mostly made minor changes compared to the M30 and the M30s, it has added a polycarbonate back making a departure from the all glass panel design look that other competitors follow in the segment.

The Samsung Galaxy M31 features a 6.4 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Under the hood, it is powered by an Exynos 9611 chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which can be further expanded to 512GB. The smartphone runs Samsung One UI based on Android 10. The UI brings some interesting features the company claims are tailored to users in India.

One of the main highlights of the phone is the quad camera setup at the rear. It consists of a 64MP primary camera that uses pixel binning technology to produce sharp 16MP images which consumes less storage. It is paired with an 8MP secondary wide-angle sensor, a 5MP tertiary macro sensor and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front there is a 16MP sensor housed on a water-drop notch. Samsung has added a dedicated Night Mode and 4K recording support on both the front and rear cameras along with hyperlapse and slo-mo videos.

The phone also boasts a massive battery of 6,000 mAh battery that Samsung claims to help users last more than one day on a single charge. It comes with support for 15W fast charging through a USB Type-C port. Other features include Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack and a square-shaped capacitive fingerprint sensor at the rear.

The Samsung Galaxy M31 pricing starts at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant while the 6GB/128GB variant is priced at Rs 15,999. It will go on sale on March 5 at 12PM via Amazon’s India’s website in Ocean Blue and Space Black color options. It will be competing against the likes of Poco X2, Realme X2 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro in its segment.

Samsung M31 specifications

  • 6.4 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Exynos 9611 chipset
  • 4GB, 6GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB storage
  • 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • Samsung One UI based on Android 10
  • 6,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging

 

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iQOO 3 Launched In India! Comes with SD865, in Both 4G & 5G Variants!

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iQOO is the first brand actually to announce a 5G smartphone in India. But right after the company announced that on February 25th, the iQOO 3 would be launched in India, Realme went ahead to launch their flagship Realme X50 Pro 5G. Today, iQOO launched the iQOO 3 and with that, the brand officially entered the crowded and ever-expanding Indian smartphone market. However, there is a 4G variant of the phone as well.

In terms of hardware, the iQOO 3 has flagship chipset, UFS 3.1 storage and more. The iQOO 3 features a 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display and the display is HDR10+ certified. The display has a 180Hz Super Touch Response rate, which is 50% higher than most phones. The phone comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and the back.

The iQOO 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and Adreno 650 GPU. The 8GB variant of the phone comes with 128GB onboard storage, while the top variant of the phone with 12GB RAM comes with 256GB onboard storage. However, on the top variant of the device, there is UFS 3.1 storage, which is significantly faster. Also, only the 12/256GB variant is capable of 5G, rest of the variants are 4G only.

In terms of camera, the phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back, which may sound pretty standard for 2020. But, the implementation and choice of lenses are quite different from others. There is a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor as a primary camera. Along with that, there is a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, another 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Quad-camera setup on smartphones is standard these days. But iQOO has focused on a significant concern raised by many, i.e., improving the wide-angle and telephoto lens. Instead of 8-megapixel wide-angle lens iQOO 3 uses a 13-megapixel lens, which offers higher levels of sharpness. Also, the 13-megapixel telephoto lens provides up to 20X zoom so that capturing distant objects in great detail is never an issue. There are features like Super Anti-shake that use the EIS algorithm with an ultra-wide-angle lens. While recording a video, it can perform real-time image stabilization processing by cutting and processing the edges of the screen.

The phone runs Android 10 out of the box with iQOO UI 1.0 skin on top, packed with various gaming-centric features. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G VoLTE, and other typical connectivity options like dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1. The phone uses a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The iQOO 3 packs a large 4400mAh battery, which supports charging speeds of up to 55 Watts, making it possible to charge the phone from 0%-50% in just fifteen minutes. iQOO calls it Super Flash Charge, and yes, it’s speedy and one of the fastest in the industry right now.

iQOO 3 is a flagship gaming phone with various features that are intended for gamers. iQOO 3 comes with a Carbon Fiber Vapor Cooling System for faster heat dissipation so that the phone stays cool during intense gaming. There are two pressure-sensitive buttons on the side of the phone, called Monster Touch Buttons. These buttons let users use quick multi-finger operations in the game. There is Monster Mode, which lets users allocate all the resources for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like gaming or video rendering.

In terms of pricing, the base variant of 8/128GB is priced at Rs.36,990. The next variant of 8/256GB is priced at Rs.39,990, and the highest-end 5G capable 12/256GB is priced at Rs.44,990!

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Realme X50 Pro 5G Launched In India

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Realme has once again launched a flagship phone just to beat iQOO and Xiaomi so that the company can proudly claim that it’s the first brand to offer a 5G smartphone in India. Yes, Realme has just launched the Realme X50 Pro 5G today in India. The Realme X50 Pro 5G comes with flagship hardware and 5G connectivity options. Right after the launch, however, war has already started on Twitter as C Manmohan, GM of POCO went on to claim that his company doesn’t provide anything consumers need.

Leaving all the social media fights behind, let’s talk about the Realme X50 Pro 5G itself. The Realme X50 Pro 5G features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone is powered by Qualcomm‘s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC, coupled with Adreno 650 GPU and up to 12GB of RAM. In terms of RAM and ROM, there are three variants- 6GB RAM+128GB storage, 8GB RAM+128GB storage, and 12GB RAM+256GB storage. However, in all the variants, there is the UFS 3.0 storage.

In terms of the camera, the package is quite usual. There is a quad-camera setup on the back. There is a primary 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. Along with that, there is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. On the front, there is a dual-camera setup as well with a primary 32-megapixel Sony IMX 616 sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

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Connectivity options on the phone include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, A-GPS, and USB-C. The phone runs Android 10 out of the box with Realme’s own (Really?) Realme UI skin on top. The phone packs a 4200 mAh battery with support for up to 65W fast charging. Realme calls it as SuperDart Charging.

In terms of pricing, the starting price for Realme X50 Pro 5G is Rs. 37,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 39,999 while the top variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB RAM is priced at Rs. 44,999. In terms of colors, there are two variants- Mass Green and Rust Red. The Realme X50 Pro 5G is going for sale at 6 PM on Flipkart and Realme’s official website.

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