Saturday, 9 December 2017

Redmi 5 amd Redmi 5 Plus

Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus
So finally after so much rumors and leaks, Xiaomi has unveiled Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. And also it has amazed all with the launch of these two devices. The amazing thing which Xiaomi has done with these two devices is with their display. Xiaomi used a 18:9 aspect ratio display for both of these devices. This is the most interesting thing as this is the first phone in it's price segment to come with 18:9 display. And now let's see what other specifications do these phones offer.
The most interesting thing about  Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 plus is their design. As many of the phone companies are preferring 18:9 aspect ratio display for their phones, Xiaomi also got inspired by them and it has provided this kind of display in these two devices. The display looks really good with small bezels. The screen size of Redmi 5 is 5.7" while that of Redmi 5 plus is 5.99". But the size of the phone will not be much bigger, it will fit easily in one hand as the phone's size remain same only bezels get smaller that's why screen size increases. The resolution of the display of Redmi 5 is 720*1440 pixels while that of Redmi 5 Plus is 1080*2160 pixels. The display is protected by corning gorilla glass at the front. 
From back it looks like it's predecessors which has metallic back, fingerprint sensor and primary camera. This type of design is also present on many other phones in this range which looks kind of boring. But we can't complain at this price point.
The camera of both Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus is same. They have a primary camera of 12MP with f/2.2 aperture, this is the same camera sensor as used on Xiaomi Mi A1. It can capture video upto 1080pixels at 30fps. The secondary of the devices is of 5MP which can also capture video upto 1080p.
Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus both have different processors. Redmi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset which is based on 14nm architecture. The chipset is an octa core chipset with eight cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 1.8 GHz. It is powered by Adreno 506 GPU.
Redmi 5 Plus is powered by slightly powerful chip that is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 which is also an octa core chipset with eight vortex A-53 cores cloaked at 2.0 GHz. This chipset is also based on 14nm architecture. This is the same processor which powers the Redmi Note 4 and Xiaomi Mi A1. This is also powered by Adreno 506 GPU. The performance of both the phones will be good with Redmi 5 Plus slightly better in some tasks.
Operating system
Operating System of both the devices is same that is MIUI 9 which is based on Android Nougat. But they will be upgraded to Android Oreo soon. The user interface is same as all other Mi devices which is  typical UI. Also it will be having some unique features which are present on MIUI 9 like split screen, lightening fast and many more. The UI will be lag free and it's speed will be good.
Redmi 5 is powered by 3300 mah battery and Redmi 5 Plus is powered by 4000 mah battery. Xiaomi actually cuts off the battery of the Redmi 5 considering the battery of it's predecessor which has 4000 mah battery. But it is okay, the battery will easily last for a typical day. Also both the devices are powered by chipsets which are based on 14nm architecture, so power consumption will also be less.
Memory and RAM
Both Redmi 5 and 5 Plus comes in two memory options. Redmi 5 comes in 2GB/16 GB and 3GB/32GB. Redmi 5 Plus comes with 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. 
The pricing of both phones is really impressive. Redmi 5 starts at $120 and Redmi 5 Plus at $150 in china. The phones will go on sale in china on 12thDecember. Xiaomi has priced these phones very aggressively and even at this price they are giving so much of hardware and also the displays which have small bezels. Even some of the flagships these days don't have such displays like Google Pixel. So this is a very good step by Xiaomi.  

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Nokia 2 launched with monstrous Battery

Nokia 2

This year Nokia has made a comeback by launching many of it's devices in all price segment like Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 8 and Nokia 7. And now it has launched a new device in the market which is also budget friendly. The new smartphone is called Nokia 2.

Nokia 2 comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 212 chipset. The device is having a 5 inch screen. The resolution of the screen is 720p. The display is of IPS LCD type. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Also the device has nice build, the back is made of polycarbonate and frame is made of aluminum. It comes in three colors that are Black, White and Copper.

 Nokia 2 comes with the monstrous battery that is 4100mah. It is the first smartphone from Nokia this year to have such a large battery. So really good battery life is expected from Nokia 2. The company is saying the battery will last easily for 2 days as chipset is optimized in such a way to consume less battery. The camera of the phone is of 8MP(rear) and the secondary camera is of 2MP.  
The phone is powered by Android v7.1.1 Nougat. The User Interface is very close to stock android. And also the device is promised to get Android Oreo update in future.

 Nokia 2 is launched in budget price segment, so it is priced at 99 euros globally. In India it will be priced something around 6000 INR. With this phone the Nokia is focusing on the ultra budget segment of phones. The company is planning to increase it's market share in the country with this phone. This phone is mainly focused to countries like India.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A suit against Apple for using the name Animojis

A suit against Apple by a Japanese company
Apple is sued by a Japanese company Emonster which holds the trademark for Animojis, which is a new feature in the new Apple iPhone X. The Japanese company is saying that Apple knows about the Animojis as the same named app is available on iTunes and instead of knowing this Apple has used this name for it's new feature in iPhone X.
Animoji is an app which is owned by Emonster which helps user to send moving emojis to the other user. In this, these emojis are send with the help of a code written in Java or Python and thus moving emojis are send to the other person. While Apple's feature is a little bit different, it uses the face recognition technology present on the iPhone X for creating these Animojis. The user has to make the face like what he wants for the Animoji to be look like. So the emoji will be created of the same face which we make in front of our phone.
But as these both have the same name Animojis, both involve moving emojis and both are involved on the same platform that is Apple, according to the lawsuit one should be ruled out of the other.
According to the suit apple knew about the trademark ownership as the app is available on the same platform. Also Apple offered to buy the trademark but when it was turned down it kept on using the same name, and didn't change the name.
Apple has also filed a petition in court this September to cancel the trademark of Emonster, which is under review. Apple said because of filing error, Emonster registered the trademark to a non existent  business and therefore can't actually own Animoji.
Emonster is seeking for unnamed amount of money in damages and also a law order to stop apple using the name Animoji for the new feature available on iPhone X.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Nokia 7: A midranger

Nokia 7
This year Nokia has made a comeback in the smartphone 
 world by launching four of it's devices which are Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8. Among which Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 lie in lower budget segment, Nokia 6 in higher budget segment and Nokia 8 in Flagship segment. But now it's time for a mid ranger smartphone. Nokia on Thursday launched a mid range smartphone which is called Nokia 7. This is the first smartphone from HMD Global to launch in this segment. So let's see what features do Nokia has provided in this.
Nokia 7 is the first smartphone from the company to have a glass back. It has a 3D Gorilla glass on back. This glass is a corning gorilla glass. The frame is of Aluminum which provides a good grip. The design of the phone is really premium. It looks really stunning. But this glass back also makes it slippery as well as fingerprint magnet.
Nokia 7 also has 5.2" IPS Panel on front. This display is of full HD resolution. It's a normal display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Also the phone is splash proof  but it isn't water proof.
Nokia 7 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset which is based on 16nm architecture. The chipset is built on a octa core processor with eight cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 2.2GHz each. The performance of the device will be decent with this chipset. Also for better graphics there is Adreno 508 GPU. So the device will be able to handle all the heavy games without any issues and lags.
The phone is having 16MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixels. The camera can record videos upto 4K @30fps. There is a front camera of 5MP with f/2.0 aperture lens with 1.4µm pixels. The camera setup is supported by Carl Zeiss technology. This also includes a new thing which is also included in Nokia 8 is what called Bothies which captures the back view and front by splitting screen by using both cameras.
The phone comes in two variants 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM while internal storage is fixed at 64GB. It can also take microSD cards for memory expansion. It also has OZO audio recording which records audio from 360 degrees.
Nokia 7 is having 3000mah battery and also supports 18W fast charging. It has a USB Type-C port. It also has 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports NFC. The device is having Android 7.1.1 Nougat which will be upgraded to Oreo in future. And the user interface is stock android, so it will not be having any extra bloatware. Also the device is having all the basic sensors. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back.
There are some shortcomings in this phone which are Ni dual camera setup. In this price segment most of the phones come with dual camera setup which is simply missing in this phone. Also these days, most of the devices are coming with bezelless displays which have 18:9 aspect ratio, but it comes with a simple IPS panel which has 16:9 aspect ratio.
Nokia 7 comes in two colors which are Gloss Black and Matt White. The phone will be available in china from 24 October. It will be priced at $370 for the 4GB model and $410 for the 6GB model.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Potrait mode in camera is coming to more affordable phones

Portrait Mode is coming to more affordable phones as well

These days Portrait mode is becoming very famous in smartphone photography in which only the object gets focused and the background becomes blurry. So the picture looks really great in this portrait mode. But for this portrait mode an extra telephoto lens or wide angle lens is required to produce the depth effect which adds extra cost to the device. That's why this mode is restricted to high range phones only.

But Samsung on Wednesday came up with a new image sensor chip which uses the single lens to produce the portrait mode shots. Actually this is a dual pixel lens and these split pixels helps in generating the portrait mode photos. It's dual pixel are able to offer the slightest shift in the perspective when shot is taken. In a split second it is able to understand from two shots what to be kept in focus and what to be blurred out. This new camera chip is known as Fast 2L9.

This technology is already present on Google Pixel 2 which also uses the dual pixel to generate the portrait shots. Samsung came up with this chip because it wants to cut the extra cost for the extra depth sensor at the back and also to make the phone sleeker. So in future we will see affordable phones with this Portrait mode in their cameras.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Honor 7x goes official with 18:9 screen

Honor 7x
These days most of the smartphone companies are decreasing the side bezels of their phones and launching the phones at a higher aspect ratio particularly 18:9. Honor also come up with a phone that is Honor 7x with the same screen which is a mid ranger device. Earlier Honor launched Honor 9i with this type of screen and now it's time for Honor 7x.
Huawei has finally unveiled Honor 7x in the market. The most interesting feature of this phone is that it is a budget smartphone and has this display which has very small bezels and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is among one of those rare phones in this price segment which comes with this type of display. The display looks really good with very small bezels. The size of the screen is 5.5" with resolution of 2160*1080 pixels. Also there is 2.5D glass at front. The phone has a full metallic body and weighs 165 grams. 
Also this phone comes with dual camera setup which looks same as that of Honor 9i, that is 16MP main lens along with 2MP lens. But front camera is a single 8MP shooter unlike Honor 9i which has dual camera setup on front as well.
The phone is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 659 chipset which has eight cortex A-53 cores grouped in two clusters. For graphics the phone is having Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Honor 7x is having 4GB of RAM but it has three storage options which are 32GB 64GB and 128GB.
The phone will come with Android Nougat based EMUI 5.1. The device is priced at around $200 for 32GB, $260 for 64GB and $300 for 128GB. The phone will be available in china from October 17.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Xioami Mix Mix 2 launched in India

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

So finally Xiaomi launched it's flagship phone of 2017 in India that is Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Yes, Mi Mix 2 launched in India as a flagship phone of 2017 after Xiaomi drops plan to launch Xiaomi Mi 6 in India. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is successor to last year launched Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Xiaomi actually didn't launch Xiaomi Mi Mix in India as it was launched as a concept phone. The phone is also based on the same concept as that of Xiaomi Mi Mix that is bezelless display. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has very thin side bezels as well as top bezel. While there is still a thick bezel at the bottom which holds a secondary camera and navigation keys. So let's see some of the specs of the phone.

Size: 5.99"
Display: IPS LCD Full HD display
Resolution: 1080*2160 pixels with 18:9 aspect ratio
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Chipset: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset
GPU: Adreno 540
Weight: 185 grams
Primary: 12MP with phase detection autofocus, OIS(4-axis)
Video: 2160 @30fps, 1080 @30fps, 720p @120fps
Secondary: 5MP
Battery: Non-removable Li-ion 3400 mah
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
3.5 mm jack: No
Memory: 128GB
Colors: Black, White

The design of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is very cool. The most interesting feature of this phone is it's display. It is having a bezelless display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is having a full HD IPS LCD type display. The display of the phone looks really great. It not only makes the display much enjoyable to watch but it gives a premium touch to the phone. It is having a full ceramic back which further makes it more premium. Actually the back is really shinny but it is also a fingerprint magnet. Also it makes the phone a bit slippery but we can use the phone with supplied cover. There is an aluminum rim which runs around the sides of the phone. So overall the design of the phone is very premium. Also Xiaomi Mi Mix was having a piezoelectric speaker but this time Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is having a physical speaker in a thin slit above. But it retains the ultrasonic proximity sensors beneath the display.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset about which we already know. The performance of the phone will be really good. It will be able to do any task thrown on it. So there is nothing to worry about the performance of the device as it is having one of the fastest mobile chipset of 2017.

 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has just single camera at back which is little bit disappointing as many of the flagships these days have dual camera setup for better photography. The phone is having a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture size, 4 axis OIS, 1.25 micron pixels. On front it has a 5MP secondary camera. The placement of this camera is at the bottom of the display which is a very awkward position for the front camera as it creates a lot of difficulty for user to click selfies. The camera appears to be little bit disappointing as it is having a single lens at back.

Xiaomi is powering Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 with MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat. This device is having a 3400 mah battery. Also the phone is supplied with a fast charger. Due to 18:9 aspect ratio, most of the apps won't run in the full display because most of the apps still runs on the 16:9 aspect ratio. So there will be black bars around some apps and videos as well.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is priced at 36000 INR which appears to be high by seeing it's competition in market. It is in direct competition with OnePlus 5 which has sort of same specifications. OnePlus 5 has many better features than Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 such as dash charging, dual camera setup and many more. So Xiaomi should have priced this device lower in market. The phone will be available from 17th October to buy.


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