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Vivo Nex S and Nex A Launched with No Notch & 91% Screen to Body ratio

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After being a matter of talks since the last couple of months, Vivo has finally unveiled two new flagship smartphones namely Vivo Nex and the Vivo Nex S today at an event held in China. As expected, the Nex S is the top end variant of the Nex series and comes with an In-display fingerprint sensor. The smartphone is the market ready version of Vivo Apex– the concept phone showcased in MWC 2018.

The specifications are similar to one leaked earlier. The Vivo Nex S is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 while the Nex ships with Snapdragon 710. There is no difference in terms of design except for the fact that the Vivo Nex S comes with an In-display fingerprint scanner and a motorised pop-up Selfie Camera. Let us have a detailed look at both of the smartphones.

The Vivo Nex S is termed as the flagship edition of Nex series by the company due to the fact that it packs flagship grade internals. Both the smartphones sport a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ (2316 x 1080pixels) resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:3:9.

The Nex A has a physical fingerprint scanner at the back while the Nex S incorporates an In-display Fingerprint scanner which is an improved version of the one seen on Vivo Apex, the front camera is powered by a motorised slider and elevates from the top whenever the front camera is needed.

The Vivo Nex S runs on Snapdragon 845 coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of Onboard storage options while the Snapdragon 710 powers the Nex A which is available in 6GB/128GB configuration.

Both the smartphones sport a similar Dual Rear Camera as seen on the Vivo X21 UD. A 12MP Sony IMX 363 is used as a primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 4 axis OIS, placed along with a 5MP f/2.4 secondary sensor. The cameras are equipped with several AI enhancements including smart scene recognition and Auto HDR.

The earpiece is removed from the usual location and the Screen SoundCasting Technology is used as a counterpart which produces sound by vibrating screen which as per Vivo, delivers enhanced sound quality. All this is powered by a large 4000 mAh battery aided by a 22.5W Fast Charger to quickly charge the battery. It runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

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One interesting thing with the Nex S is that it gets a built-in Jovi Voice assistant which can be activated with a dedicated button similar to the one implemented by Samsung for Bixby. Also, It comes with CS43199 and SSM6322 dedicated audio chips that offer Hi-Fi audio output.

The standard 8GB/128GB version of the Vivo Nex S is priced at CNY 4,498 (roughly Rs.48,000) while the one with 8GB/256GB memory configuration will retail for CNY 4,998 (roughly Rs.52,500). On the other hand, the Vivo Nex is priced at 3898 Yuan which roughly translates to Rs. 42,000. Both the smartphones will go on sale from June 23.

Vivo NEX S Specifications

  • 6.49 inch 19.3:9 FHD+ display
  • Snapdragon 845
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB internal storage
  • 12+5MP dual rear camera
  • 4000mAh battery

Vivo NEX A Specifications

  • 6.49 inch 19.3:9 FHD+ display
  • Snapdragon 710
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 12+5MP dual rear camera
  • 4000mAh battery
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Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20X are now Official

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After a long mill of leaks and rumors, the Chinese giant Huawei has finally unveiled its Mate 20-series flagships i.e. the Huawei Mate 20 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphones at an event held in London. The main highlights of both the phones are the new Kirin 980 SoC, a triple camera setup, and the new AI capabilities coupled with flagship grade specifications and nifty features.

Talking about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro first, it comes with a 6.39-inch OLED display with a Quad-HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio, aided by a regular notch which as reported earlier, packs in a 3D depth-sensing camera system (including IR sensor, dot projector, ambient light sensor, and flood illuminator) on its front that allows for face unlocking. The screen to body ratio here is 86.3%, also, it gets the perks of having an In-Display Fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device.

Under the hood, the device is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC based on 7nm Finfet process and is claimed by the company to provide up to 51 percent faster launch times. For storage expansion, the device bears the world’s first nano MicroSD card slot on a smartphone.

Further, it packs an optically stabilized triple camera set up at the back in a squircle module. The camera specs here include a 40-megapixel main sensor with f/.8 aperture, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor which allows for 3 times optical zoom and up to 5X hybrid zoom, similar to the P20 Pro. The company claims the camera sensor on the primary 40MP shooter of the device to be largest it has ever produced.

For selfies, it gets a 24-megapixel front-facing shooter. The camera app also comes with an Underwater mode to optimize the shots taken while submerged in water and users also can also click macro shots as near as 2.5cm.

Powering the phone is a 4,200mAh battery which supports a whopping 40W Huawei SuperCharge technology, claimed to be 440% faster than the iPhone XS stock charger and juicing up 70% of charge in just 30 minutes. Interestingly, the device also supports Wireless Charging and is capable of charging other wireless devices as well using the Reverse Wireless Charge feature (world’s first smartphone to do so).

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On the software front, the device runs on new EMUI 9 software over Android 9 Pie which new incorporates the iPhone X-like gesture-based navigation system.

While the software and the processor remain the same on the sibling Mate 20, it differs in quite a lot of ways as far as the other terms are concerned.

The Huawei Mate 20 comes with a water drop notch display having a Full-HD+ resolution of 2240 x 1080 pixels in an 18:7:9 aspect ratio. The display bears a screen to body ratio of 88.08% and the brightness maxes out at a 820nits.

For photography, the handset features a three-camera design on its rear, consisting of an ultra wide-angle f/2.2 lens with a 16-megapixel sensor, a wide-angle f/1.8 lens with a 12-megapixel sensor, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, aided by OIS and advanced AI features.

The battery here is a slightly smaller 4000mAh power cell coupled with the Huawei SuperCharge technology (no 40W, the one on this is the same from old Mate 10).

Other major difference is the lack of In-display FP, instead, it relies on software-based Face Unlock and the physical fingerprint scanner at the back. It is also worth noting that the Mate 20 Pro comes with an IP68 water resistance rating, while the Mate 20 doesn’t have any water resistance.

Further, the Chinese giant has launched the Porsche Edition Mate 20 RS and the productivity-centric Mate 20X. The Mate 20 RS is a beefed up Mate 20 Pro with 8GB RAM/256GB and 8GB RAM/512GB storage options, available in Red and Blue color options. Its back is made of leather and glass and it lacks triple camera setup.

The Huawei Mate 20X, on the other hand, comes with a large 77.2-inch OLED display at a 1080p resolution and supports the Huawei M-Pen that is a stylus which can detect 4036 levels of pressure to make drawing and taking notes more convenient. Further, it comes with 40MP Ultra wide angle Triple Cameras, a 5000mAh Battery, IP53 Water & Dust resistance and Graphene Film + Vapor Chamber Cooling system.

The Huawei Mate 20 is priced at €799 (roughly Rs. 67,800) for the 4GB/128GB variant while the one with 6GB of RAM is set at €849 (roughly Rs. 72,000), while the Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a price tag of €1050 (roughly Rs. 89,000) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option. The gaming Mate 20X is pitted at €899 (roughly Rs. 76,00) for the 6/128GB model.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Specifications

  • 6.39 inch 2k Display 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Kirin 980 SoC
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 40-megapixel primary sensor with f/.8 aperture + 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture + 8 megapixel telephoto sensor
  • 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4200mAh battery
  • 40W Super Charge fast charging

Huawei Mate 20 Specifications

  • 6.53 inch FHD+ Display 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Kirin 980 SoC
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/.8 aperture + 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture + 8 megapixel telephoto sensor
  • 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 22.5W Super Charge fast charging

Huawei Mate 20X Specifications

  • 7.2 inch FHD+ Display 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Kirin 980 SoC
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 40-megapixel primary sensor with f/.8 aperture + 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture + 8 megapixel telephoto sensor
  • 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 22.5W Super Charge fast charging

Huawei Mate 20 RS Porche Design Specifications

  • 6.39 inch 2k Display 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Kirin 980 SoC
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256/512GB internal storage
  • 40-megapixel primary sensor with f/.8 aperture + 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture + 8 megapixel telephoto sensor
  • 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4200mAh battery
  • 40W Super Charge fast charging
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Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5 Launched in India!

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It has been a long time since Lenovo launched a smartphone in India. After they are done with bringing Motorola back on the track with the recently launched Motorola One Power, the company has now launched two mid-range smartphones in the country namely the new Lenovo K9 and the Lenovo A5.

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Lenovo K9

The Lenovo K9 comes with a Notchless design with bezels on top and bottom and a fingerprint scanner at the back. The device features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D glass protection on top.

Under the hood, it is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHZ, coupled with Imagination’s PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded further up to 128GB using the hybrid microSD card slot.

In the optics department, the phone gets a 13-megapixel primary shooter along with a 5-megapixel secondary shooter at the back, while we have another dual 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup at the front for selfies. Both the front and rear cameras come with Flash.

On the software front, the Lenovo K9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ZUI and draws its juice from a 3,000mAh battery which is a downgrade over its predecessor K8 which came with a 4000mAh power cell. Furthermore, it carries LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, etc as connectivity options.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the Lenovo K9 is priced at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage and will be sold exclusively via Flipkart in Black and Blue color options.

Lenovo K9 Specifications

  • 5.7 inch HD+ display
  • Mediatek Helio P22 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13+5MP dual rear cameras
  • 13+5MP dual front cameras
  • 3000mAh battery

Lenovo A5

The Lenovo A5 is an entry-level budget smartphone which bears a similar Notchless design and a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS LCD display in an 18:9 aspect ratio.

The handset powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 SoC clocked at up to 1.5GHz, in 2/16GB and 3/32GB RAM and storage variants with a MicroSD card slot for further expansion.

For photography, it comes with a single 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture and auto-focus at the back followed by an 8-megapixel f/2.2 snapper at the front for Selfies.

The Lenovo A5 runs ZUI 3.9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a larger 4,000mAh battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm jack.

The smartphone is priced in India at Rs. 5,999 for the 2/16GB version while the higher end 3/32GB variant is priced at Rs. 6,999, like the K9, this too will be sold via Flipkart in Black and Fine Gold colour options. This phone was launched earlier in China along with Lenovo Z5.

Lenovo A5 Specifications

  • 5.45 inch 18:9 IPS HD+ display
  • MediaTek MT6739
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
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Honor 8X Launched in India. First Kirin 710 Powered Honor Phone, Prices starts from Rs.14,999!

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Honor had launched the Honor 8X and 8X Max a month back in China. Since then, there were leaks and speculations about the global launch of these devices. A few weeks back, Honor had officially confirmed the global launch dates of these new handsets.

The company had teased the Honor 8X’s Indian launch on its official Twitter handle a couple of days back. Today, Honor has finally launched the Honor 8X in an event held in India.

The Honor 8X sports a large 6.5-inch screen with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. The smartphone features a notch on the top of the display. The screen to body ratio of the device is 91% with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is the first smartphone to feature a TUV Rheinland certified display. This certification indicates that display is safe to look at and has passed several tests thrown at it. Honor-8X-color-variants

The rear side of the device is covered in a 15-layer glare 2.5D glass which has two different textures. Under the hood, it is powered by Kirin 710 processor. The handset packs sufficient 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

In terms of optics, It features a 16 MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera has 20 MP + 2 MP sensors with AI capabilities like scene recognition. As far as the software is concerned, it has Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top. The handset draws juice from a 3750 mAh battery.

The 4 GB RAM variant coupled with 64 GB of internal storage is priced at Rs. 14,999 while the higher 6 GB RAM variant with 64 GB internal storage is selling for Rs.16,999. The highest variant with 6GB of RAM & 128 GB internal storage is available to buy at Rs.18,999. Both the variants will be available to purchase from 24th October on Amazon India & HiHonor store.

Honor 8X Specifications

  • 6.5-inch notched display
  • Kirin 710 processor
  • 4/6 GB RAM
  • 64/128 GB expandable storage
  • 20 MP + 2 MP dual rear camera
  • 16 MP f/2.0 front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
  • 3750 mAh battery
Honor 8X Launched in India. First Kirin 710 Powered Honor Phone, Prices starts from Rs.14,999!
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