Tuesday, 14 August 2018

is Samsung Galaxy Note 9 a worth buying smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung has already launched Samsung Galaxy Note 9 last week and it's time to see whether it's a good deal to buy this smartphone or not. Samsung Note 9 is the eighth phone of the series as company skips on number 6. Samsung Galaxy Note series is a very famous phone series all around the world due to it's unique stylus provided with the phone. This stylus is included from the very first phone in the series that is Samsung Galaxy Note but it has undergone a lot of changes from one generation to other.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is having the same design as that of Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The design is not exactly same but they look very identical. It is having the same glass back with metallic frame on sides. The back is protected by corning gorilla glass. On front this time it has a 6.4 inch tall screen while Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has 6.3" screen. This is the only difference between both of the phone's screen while the display is exactly same on both that is a 2K resolution AMOLED panel. The bezels on this phone are also very slim that's why the aspect ratio of the display is 18.5:9. The screen on front is curved due to 3D glass used. It doesn't go with the notch design which many of the companies are following these days while it goes with it's traditional design that is a single plate on top which houses ear piece, front camera and other sensors. But it depends on personal preference whether you like notch or not.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. This chipset also powers Samsung's previous flagship device that is Samsung S9/S9+. So we already know about the performance of this chipset that is awesome. This is also used on some other flagships that are Oneplus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ. Snapdragon 845 is company's top notch chip for flagships. So it provides fast performance in the device. For specs this chipset is based on octa core processor with four Kryo cores cloaked at 2.7GHz each and other four Kryo cores cloaked at 1.7GHz each. For better graphics this is powered by Adreno 630 GPU. So the phone will handle gaming and other graphic intensive tasks very smoothly. There is one more version of this phone which comes with Exynos 9810. This is Samsung's self made chip for it's flagship devices so the performance of this chip will also be top notch. This chipset is also based on octa core processor with four Mongoose M3 cores cloaked at 2.7 GHz each and other four cortex A-55 cores cloaked at 1.8 GHz each. For graphics there is Mali G72-MP18 GPU.

These two chipsets are among the fastest chips for smartphone in the market. So you shouldn't worry about the performance of the device. The performance of the device will be really fast. They will be able to do each and every task thrown to them smoothly whether it is gaming or rendering video, opening apps quickly or keeping them in memory. Both the chipsets are built on Samsung's 10nm FinFET. So the power consumption of the device will also be very low which will result in better battery life.
Now take a look at the camera of the device. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is having exactly same camera setup as that present on Samsung Galaxy S9+. So the camera performance on the device will be really good. It has a dual camera setup at the back with 12MP,f/1.5-2.4 + 12MP,f/2.4 shooter. In this second one is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. This is the second phone after Samsung s9+ to have a variable aperture which can change between f/2.4 to f/1.5 depending on the amount of light available in the scene. It can also detect itself the amount of light and can change aperture size itself. This camera can also record super slomo videos at 960 fps just like s9+. The camera can record videos upto 2160p @60fps. There is also support for OIS for better stability of the camera.

At front it has a secondary camera of 8MP,f/1.7. This lens has a very large aperture so the low lighting photos will be really good with this. This camera can record videos upto 1440p @30fps.
The main specification of this phone is it's stylus which comes with it. This time there are some changes in the stylus as well. It can do all the tasks which it can do in last years note device. You can write down notes, send written messages and also can draw on phone and apply your creativity to it. You can also trace out cutting with this stylus. This time this stylus comes with Bluetooth enabled, taking power from the phone itself. As it comes with Bluetooth feature it can be used as a remote control with a button provided on the stylus. Long press on button can open up camera, two taps will switch between the front and back camera and one other tap can click photo. This stylus get charged in one minute when plugged to the phone and can last long for an hour. This is a really good feature provided in the stylus this time.
This time Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with a bigger battery that is 4000 mah. So the battery will last for a longer time as phone is powered by processor based on 10nm architecture which is really power efficient. Also there is support of fast charging as well as wireless charging and it comes with fast charger bundled as well. Also there is one more better thing as well that is the base variant of the phone comes with 128GB internal and 6GB RAM while the top version comes with 512GB internal and 8GB RAM. Also there is a dedicated slot for microSD card which supports SD card upto 512GB. So it means you can have around 1TB of storage in your phone. 
Also the phone doesn't skip on any sensor. It has ambient light, heart rate, fingerprint, accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity, barometer, spO2 and barometer. The phone can be unlocked by fingerprint at back of the phone, iris scanning and face recognition. Face recognition is really fast and accurate and can also be used in dark as well. There is also support of Samsung Dex this time in which phone can be used as CPU for the computer, just we have to connect our phone to Samsung Dex and we should have a monitor, keyboard and mouse attached. This is a really good feature of the Samsung flagship devices although performance is not as good as a true computer but still it is good for basic computing.  

This device also packs a new notebook class water carbon cooling system. This will help the device to keep the temperature of the device down and maintain it's performance to peak level. The phone comes in four colors metallic copper, lavender purple, ocean blue, midnight black.
Now it's time to see whether this phone is worth buying or not. First of all there is not much innovation in design of the phone. It comes with more or less same design as that of last year. There is an upgrade in the processor of the phone which is a good thing. Now camera has variable aperture size for different lighting conditions. It can also record super slomo videos. Stylus is also having Bluetooth functionality this year. 

But many of the Samsung flagship owners have complained about the previous flagship phones going slow after 3-4 months of it's usage resulting in lags, frame drops and delays in apps opening. But now you will say that it is equipped with top notch hardware so how can this be possible. Yeah it is equipped with top notch hardware but problem is with operating system. The company is not able to do proper optimization between the software and hardware. This problem is also noticed by many of the renowned reviewers as well. So we can't say anything about Note 9 at this point but till now it's performance is top notch.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is priced at $1000 for 128GB model and $1250 for 512GB model. In India it starts at 67900 INR for lower version and 84900 INR for higher version. So should you buy this phone? It totally depends upon you. It comes with a marvelous design, fast processor, good camera and a large 4000 mah battery. That stylus adds up a lot to your choice. But many other flagships like Google Pixel 3 and Apple iPhone are going to launch in next few months. So I think you should wait for other smartphones to be launched and then decide. And if you already own a Samsung Note 8, you shouldn't even think of upgrading to Note 9 because you will not notice much change.   


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Huawei has shocked everyone with this phone's pricing

Huawei Honor Play

Honor is a sub brand of famous smartphone brand Huawei. Under this sub brand Huawei intends to launch more value for money smartphones. Earlier Huawei has already launched many good phones under Honor but this one seems to be the most interesting. Huawei launched this smartphone last month in china at a starting price of CNY 2000. You will get to know later why is it so much interesting phone at this price. And now the company has launched this in India as well at a price tag of 21000 INR which is also really aggressive. So let's see what specs has company offered in this phone.

Size: 6.3"
Display: IPS LCD Type with 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 1080*2340 pixels
Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970
GPU: Mali-G72 MP2
OS: EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1
Memory: 64GB 4/6GB RAM
Battery: 3750 mah
Rear: Dual 16MP,f/2.0 + 2MP,f/2.4 depth sensor
Video: 1080p@ 30fps
Front: 16MP,f/2.0
SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM
USB: Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
3.5 mm jack: yes
Sensors: Compass, Accelerometer, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Weight: 176 grams

 Honor Play has a very well build design. It has a metallic back. The frame is also made up of metal. It also comes with that trending notch design on front. The screen size is 6.3 inch. This is an IPS LCD type display with full HD+ resolution. This has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 with 1080*2340 pixels resolution. The fingerprint sensor is at the back. The notch on it's front houses front camera, ear piece and sensors. The design of this phone is very good.


This is the strongest aspect of Honor Play. Honor Play is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset which also powers Huawei P20 and P20 pro which are also flagship phones. So this is really strong chipset which has performance more or less same as Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. And Qualcomm snapdragon 845 powers most of the flagship phones of this year. Hisilicon Kirin 970 is based on octa core processor with four cortex A-73 cores cloaked at 2.4GHz each and other four cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 1.8GHz each. For better graphics it is powered by Mali-G72 MP2 GPU. So gaming and other graphic intensive tasks will also run fine. Also Honor Play is having GPU turbo technology known as revolutionary graphic processing acceleration technology. With this honor have achieved a key technological breakthrough of improving graphics processing efficiency by 60% while reducing the SOC energy consumption by 30%. It also improves the gaming performance on the device. Till now only two games are compatible with this feature among which one is PUBG. But in future more games will be compatible with this as it really enhances the gaming performance.


Huawei Honor Play is equipped with dual camera setup at back which includes 16MP,f/2.2 + 2MP,f/2.4 shooter. Here 2MP lens is just for depth sensing. In camera we get a full fledged manual mode. It also has portrait mode for good background blur shots. This camera can capture videos upto 2160p @30fps. But we don't know about the stabilization. This camera is powered by NPU, Kirin's AI core. There is a  shooter on front for selfies and here also portrait mode is given. This lens has an aperture size of f/2.0 and a pixel size of 2.0µm. Also it can capture 3D portrait lightening shots like iPhone X. This camera can capture videos upto 1080p @30fps.


Honor Play is having a 3750 mah battery which is a quite a decent amount. It is also having fast charging of 18W. Also it is bundled with a fast charger within the box. The processor used on this is built on 12nm architecture so it will be very power efficient as well. For charging it is having a USB Type-C port.


Honor Play comes in two memory configurations that are 4GB,64GB and 6GB, 64GB. You can also increase it's memory by microSD as it has a hybrid SIM slot. On software part it comes out of the box with EMUI 8.1 which is based on Android 8.1. The phone comes in three colors that are Midnight Black, Navy Blue and Violet. The 4GB RAM model is just priced at 20000 INR and 6GB RAM model at 24000 INR which translates to $290 and $349 respectively. It also has 3.5 mm jack which many of the companies are skipping these days.


Huawei Honor Play is must for grab phone at this price. It is having a Kirin 970 chipset which has performance same as Qualcomm snapdragon 845 chipset. At this price this is the cheapest phone to have so much performance. Also the camera seems to be quite decent on this. Xiaomi has also launched Mi A2 at 17500 INR. But Honor Play is far value for money than Mi A2. It doesn't mean Mi A2 is not decent. So if you are in very tight on budget at 17-18k, then only go for Mi A2 but if you can spend 2-3k more you should definitely go for Honor Play. But keep in mind Mi A2 doesn't have a 3.5mm jack and also has a 3000 mah battery.



Monday, 6 August 2018

Blackberry launched two new phones you shouldn't buy

Blackberry Evolve and Blackberry Evolve X

 Blackberry along with it's Indian manufacturing partner Optiemus has unveiled two new smartphones few days back that are Blackberry Evolve and Blackberry Evolve X. Both the phones have a lot of things in common like design, display, battery and many other features. Both these phones don't come with any keyboard for which Blackberry is really famous for. They are just touchscreen phones. With these phones blackberry is trying to do something different. So let's see which features Blackberry has offered in this smartphones.

 Blackberry Evolve and Blackberry Evolve X have exactly same design. They have same dimensions and weight as well. The phones come with a screen size of 5.99" which is an IPS LCD screen. This display has small bezels and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. The resolution of this display is 1080*2160 pixels. But there is no notch on the display of the phone. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front. Back of both the phones is textured. So the grip of the phone seems to be really good. It will be really solid to hold in hand.

 The main difference between two phones is their chipset. Blackberry Evolve X is powered by Qualcomm snapdragon 660 chipset which is an octa core chipset with four kryo cloaked at 2.2GHz each and other four kryo 260 cores cloaked at 1.8 GHz each. For better graphics there is Adreno 512 GPU. This chip is really good but at this price blackberry should go with some better chip. But the performance of the smartphone will still be really good.
Blackberry Evolve is powered by Qualcomm snapdragon 450 chipset which is an octa core chip with eight cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 1.8GHz each. Here the case is also same as that with Evolve X. For graphics there is Adreno 506 GPU. Blackberry comes with 64GB,4GB memory configuration while Blackberry Evolve X comes with 64GB/6GB.

 Camera specs of these two phones is also different. Blackberry Evolve X comes with dual camera setup with 12MP,f/1.8+13MP,f/2.6 shooter. Here the secondary lens is telephoto lens. This camera can record videos upto 1080p @30fps. The front camera on this is a 16MP shooter.  
Blackberry Evolve also has dual camera setup but this has different setup. It has 13MP,1/3.1"+13MP,1/3.1" shooter. Here the setup is RGB + monochrome. Here also the front camera is same 16MP,f/2.0 shooter.

Both the phones comes with fingerprint scanner and also there is face unlocking feature on both of these. Both of them come with 4000 mah battery and they have USB Type-C port to power it up. There is support for Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Blackberry Evolve X also has wireless charging. The phones are powered by Android 8.1 and it comes with company's in house DTEK security platform. Blackberry Evolve is priced at around 24990 INR and Evolve X is priced at 34990 INR which translates to around $365 and $510 respectively. Blackberry Evolve will be available in late August and Evolve X will be available from mid September.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Huawei Nova 3i : Decent phone at $300

Huawei Nova 3i

 Huawei has launched it's first phone in the market with Kirin 710 chipset that is Huawei Nova 3i. It is a lighter version of Huawei Nova 3 which is also a lighter version of Huawei P20 lite. Huawei Nova 3i comes with some good specifications at a good price. Earlier in this price segment there weren't any phones to be considered as money for value phone but with Huawei Nova 3i it seems that things are going to be changed. Also Xioami Mi A2 is going to launch in this price segment which is powered by Snapdragon 660. So Mi A2 will give a tough fight to this phone. Let's see what are the specifications of Huawei Nova 3i.

Size: 6.3"
Display: IPS LCD Type with 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 1080*2340 pixels
Weight: 169 grams
Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 710
GPU: Mali G54-MP4
OS: EMUI 8.1
Battery: 3340 mah
Sensors: Fingerprint, Ambient Light sensor, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer
USB: microUSB 2.0
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Back: Dual 16MP,f/2.2 + 2MP,depth
Video: 1080 @30fps
Front: Dual 24MP + 2MP,depth

 Huawei Nova 3i is powered by the new Hisilicon Kirin 710 chipset which is based on octa core processor with four powerful cortex A-73 cores cloaked at 2.2GHz each and other four cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 1.7GHz each. This new chipset by Huawei is built on 12nm architecture. This is a fast chip as it has four powerful cores. The performance of this chip will be really good. The performance of this chip will be as good as Snapdragon 660 that's what reports say. For better graphics it is powered by Mali G54-MP4 GPU. So the phone will handle gaming and other graphic intensive tasks without any issues. As it is built on 12nm architecture so the battery life of the phone will also be really good. Overall the performance of the device will be really good. It will handle all the tasks without any issues.

 The design of Huawei Nova 3i is also very well built. It comes with the most common design these days that is notch display. This notch houses an earpiece, dual camera, and other sensors. On front there is a 6.3" IPS LCD screen which is a full HD+ screen. The bezels are really thin on this phone and the aspect ratio of the display is 19.5:9. The resolution of this display is 1080*2340 pixels. At the back it has a glass build which looks really premium. It's back has dual tone colors which looks really good. The back glass is a 2.5D glass. There is also a fingerprint sensor at the back which is quite responsive. This phone looks more or less same as Nova 3 in design. The build of this phone is really good, it looks not less than any flagship. Huawei must be awarded full marks in it's design.

 Huawei Nova 3i comes with dual rear camera setup at the back. It is a 16MP,f/2.2+2MP,depth shooter. Huawei has given AI support to this camera. So the performance of this camera will be great. The camera can record videos upto 1080p @30fps. Huawei has provided a great selfie camera to the front. It is a dual setup of 24MP+2MP. This is same as that on Huawei Nova 3. It also has portrait mode and studio lightening modes as well. There is also HDR support in the front camera. The camera of this phone seems to be really interesting but the real picture will only come out after the usage of phone.
Other features
Huawei Nova 3i comes out of the box with EMUI 8.2 built on Android 8.1 Oreo. The battery on this phone is of 3340mah. The phone comes in three colors Black, pearl white and iris purple. There is no fast charging on this phone, it comes with normal 10W charging. It comes in two memory specifications 6GB,64GB and 4GB/128GB. There is also microSD slot for increasing the storage upto 256GB but this is a hybrid slot.
Final verdict

 Huawei Nova 3i seems to be really interesting device by seeing it's price of $300 or 21000 INR. It has a perfect design, good processor, notch display and a good camera. But there is no fast charging and also it is not having USB Type-C port. But it's chipset is built on newer 12nm architecture so the power consumption will be lower. So at this price the phone seems to be a really good deal. Earlier at this price there were not many good phones to purchase but it seems that with this phone the story is going to be changed. And also it is going to give a tough competition to Xioami Mi A2.



Monday, 30 July 2018

Nokia X5: Great Specs, Affordable Price

Nokia X5: Another value for money Phone by Nokia

After Nokia X6, HMD Global has unveiled another value for money smartphone with some great specs. This is Nokia X5. Nokia X5 is among one of those affordable smartphones which comes with powerful Mediatek Helio P60 chipset. Nokia X5 is the second smartphone of it's X series. So let's see what other specs company has offered in Nokia X5.
Size: 5.86"
Display: IPS LCD type with 19:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 720*1520 pixels
Chipset: Mediatek Helio P60
GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
OS: Android 8.1
Weight: 160 grams
Back: Dual 13MP,f/2.0 + 5MP
Video: upto 1080p @30fps
Front: 8MP,f/2.2
Sensors: Compass, Gyro, Proximity, Accelerometer, Fingerprint
Battery: 3060 mah
USB: USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Nokia X5 comes with the same design of that of Nokia X6 that is notch display design. These days most of the smartphones are coming with this notch display. The phone has a glass back which gives a premium look to the smartphone but our fingerprints will be easily visible as it is a glass back. The screen size on this is 5.86" which is little bit larger than that on Nokia X6. This is having a notch design with 19:9 aspect ratio but the resolution is just HD+. The resolution is 720*1520 pixels on a IPS LCD screen. There is no mention of any protection  on the screen. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back. The design of the device looks really good but it's display is just HD+. The phone is available in three colors that are night black, glacier white and Baltic sea blue.


Nokia X5 is powered by Mediatek Helio P60 which is a really fast chipset that also powers Realme 1 and Oppo F7. Helio P60 is based on octa core processor with four cortex A-73 cores cloaked at 2.0 GHz each other four cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 2.0 GHz. The performance of the phone will be really good. This chipset is even better than Snapdragon 636 which is present on Nokia X6. For better graphics there is Mali G72-MP3 GPU. So the gaming and all other tasks will be smooth without any lags and frame drops. Overall the performance of the phone will be really great considering it's price range.


The camera of Nokia X5 also seems to be really promising considering it's specifications. The phone has dual camera setup at back. There is a combination of 13MP,f/2.0 + 5MP depth shooters at the back. We are getting dual camera at this price which is really good. So the camera quality should also be really good in it's price range. This camera can record videos upto 1080p @30fps. There is a 8MP,f/2.2 shooter at front for selfies. Also there will be Portrait mode for front camera as well. These camera specifications is very rare in this price range so HMD Global is really giving a lot of attention.

User Interface

Here comes the thing for which HMD global is really good. The user interface of Nokia X5 will be stock android when it will be launched globally. Nokia X5 comes out of the box with Android Oreo 8.1 and this will be stock android. The user interface in Nokia X5 is really good and also there are very less frame drops and lags whatsoever in it's previous phones. Also HMD pushes updates really fast and they are bug free as well. You will never hear anybody complaining about the operating systems in new Nokia phones. Also the experience is really smooth. The UI runs fine without any lags and frame drops. So we are expecting the same from HMD Global for Nokia X5.


Nokia X5 will be priced less than Nokia X6 in the market even it has a better processor. Nokia X5 comes with a notch display which is very rare in this price segment and it comes on personal preference whether you like notch or not. It has really good camera in it's price segment. It comes with a really stable Operating system. The phone will be priced at around $150 which is really good. At this price this phone can be purchased with eyes closed. This will be really a great deal if the phone will be priced at this price.    

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Nokia X6

Nokia X6 or Nokia 6.1 plus
Nokia is all set to launch Nokia X6 globally which was announced in china in May. Nokia X6 seems to be a perfect value for money phone by seeing it's price and specifications. HMD global will launch Nokia X6 as Nokia 6.1 plus globally. The global launch is going to happen on 19th May. So let's see what company has to offer in this Nokia X6.
Size: 5.8"
Display: IPS LCD type notch display with 19:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 1080*2280 pixels
Weight: 153 grams
Chipset: Qualcomm snapdragon 636
GPU: Adreno 509
OS: Android 8.1 stock android
SIM: Hybrid SIM
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Battery: 3060mah
Primary: 16MP,f/2.0+ 5MP,f/2.2, EIS, PDAF
Video: 1080p @30fps
Secondary: 16MP,f/2.0
Card slot: Yes
Memory: 64GB,6/4GB RAM or 32GB, 4GB RAM
Sensors: gyro, proximity, accelerometer, compass, fingerprint
Nokia X6 comes with the same design which each and every smartphone is coming with these days that is notch display. Yes, this phone is having a notch at top which houses the earpiece and front camera. There is a glass back behind the phone which makes it look premium but at the same time it makes it a fingerprint magnet. It has an aluminum frame on sides. The build quality of the phone is good like it's other phones launched under HMD global. The screen size of phone is 5.8". The display is an IPS LCD type display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Also the bezels are thin on this phone which gives increase the screen to body ratio. The resolution of this display is 1080*2280 pixels.
The screen is protected by Corning gorilla glass 3 on front. Overall the design of the phone is really good, there is no complaints in it's design.
Performance of Nokia phones are always good and this is the same case with Nokia X6. This is powered by powerful Qualcomm snapdragon 636 chipset which is an octa core chipset with eight kryo 260 cores cloaked at 1.8GHz each. This is the same chipset which powers Redmi Note 5 pro. The performance of the chipset is top notch. There are no lags or frame drops whatsoever. RAM management is also really good. For better graphics it is powered by Adreno 509 GPU. So the gaming performance is also really good. Here also Nokia X6 has all things positive.
Nokia X6 has one of the best cameras in the price segment. It has dual rear camera setup with 16MP,f/2.0 + 5MP,f/2.2 shooters. This camera is an EIS stabilized camera. The main lens has a pixel size of 1µm and the other one having 1.2µm. The camera has phase detection autofocus for better focusing. The secondary lens is just a normal lens for depth sensing. The camera can record videos upto 4K and 1080p. There is no option for slomo video recording.
The front camera which is present on notch is a 16MP,f/2.0 shooter. This has a pixel size of 1.0µm.
User interface
Nokia X6 will launch globally under android one, so the user interface will be stock android in the device. All other phones of Nokia under HMD Global all came with stock android. So there is no bloatware or Junk apps in these devices. Also the performance of the devices is buttery smooth. So Nokia 6.1 plus will also come with stock android. The updates also come faster in these Nokia phones. The optimization is also done very well by Nokia in it's devices which further makes the performance of the phone great whether it is opening up apps or jumping between apps. All tasks are handled by it's phones without lags and frame drops. So Nokia 6.1 plus is also expected to be same with the user interface.
Other features
Nokia X6 doesn't have stereo speaker setup like Nokia 6. The device comes with a battery of 3060mah. It also supports Quick charge 3.0 which is really good. It also doesn't skip any sensor as well it has all the spastic sensors. It comes in three colors black, blue and white. There is also 3.5mm jack in the phone. There is also hybrid slot solution available so you need not to worry about the storage expansion. Nokia X6 has a fingerprint sensor at back and also it has face detection unlocking which works pretty well.
Nokia X6 or Nokia 6.1 plus will be priced something around $250 all over the world. At this price this is a great value for money smartphone. It has premium design, great performance, good build quality, stock android, decent camera and many more. But it comes with just 3060 mah battery which is a little bit less but I think that the battery will end up for a whole day as it comes with a chipset which is built on 14nm architecture that means it is very power efficient. At this price point Nokia X6 will compete directly against Redmi Note 5 pro. So let's see at how much HMD will price Nokia 6.1 plus.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Asus Zenfone 5z head on head with e OnePlus 6

Can Asus Zenfone 5z replace Oneplus 6 from it's affordable flagship designation?

 We all know about Oneplus, which has given the world some of the most affordable flagships in last few years. Oneplus 6 is one such phone from the company and also it's the latest device from Oneplus. Oneplus 6 is really a great phone, it has great performance, good camera, Superfast dash charging, buttery smooth user interface and many more. It even beats some of the flagship smartphones like Samsung S9 in some of the aspects. It is the best smartphone in $500-$600 price segment.
But now one more such smartphone is in the market. This smartphone was unveiled at MWC 2018 and now it is launching in various countries all around the world. This smartphone is Asus Zenfone 5z. This has many specs similar to Oneplus 6 and also it is priced somewhat around the same price segment. So does Asus Zenfone 5z a better smartphone than Oneplus 6? Let's check out in this article.

 Qualcomm's snapdragon 845 is the high end chipset from the company which powers many of the flagship phones like Samsung S9/S9+, LG G7 ThinQ, HTC U12+ etc. This is an octa core chipset which four kryo cores cloaked at 2.7GHz each and the other four kryo cores cloaked at 1.8GHz each. The performance of all these devices is top notch, they all are among the fastest phones in the market. Both Oneplus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5z are powered by the same chipset. So the performance of these two phones will also be top notch. They both do all the tasks very fast like launching apps, rendering video and gaming is also lag free.

 The design of both the smartphones is quite similar as well, they both come with notch displays just like iPhone X. But just like every other smartphone with notch you can hide it with software. Both the smartphones have a glass back which gives a premium build to the smartphone but at the same time it makes them a fingerprint magnet. The build quality of the two smartphones is really good. Oneplus 6 has a 6.28" AMOLED display while Asus Zenfone 5z has a 6.2" IPS LCD panel. Oneplus 6's display has a resolution of 1080*2280 pixels while Zenfone 5z's display has a resolution of 1080*2246 pixels. So it is obvious that the display is better on Oneplus 6 which is an AMOLED display. But the IPS LCD display on Zenfone 5z is also among the best LCD displays.

Now let's take a look at the cameras of both the smartphones. Oneplus 6 has a dual rear camera setup with 16MP,f/1.7 + 20MP,f/1.7 shooters. Asus Zenfone 5z also comes with dual rear Camera setup that is 12MP,f/1.8 + 8MP,f/2.0 shooters. The secondary lens on Oneplus 6 is just a normal lens for depth sensing while on Asus Zenfone 5z it is a wide angle lens. So the field of view on Zenfone 5z will be more when image is clicked in wide angle mode. This wide angle mode on Zenfone 5z makes a lot of sense as compared to other dual camera setups such as monochrome lens, telephoto lens and simple lens like on Oneplus 6. The camera on Oneplus 6 can capture videos upto 4k @ 30/60fps. It can also capture 720p slow mo videos @480fps.
Zenfone 5z's camera can capture videos upto 4k @30fps and 720p slow mo videos @240fps. 

But these are just specifications, real world performance always comes different. Oneplus 6's camera is better than Zenfone 5z's camera in every aspect whether it be day light photos, portrait mode photos or low light photos. But the wide angle mode on Zenfone 5z is really cool it helps in capturing some really good pictures. Oneplus 6 has both EIS and OIS for better photography and stable video capturing while Zenfone 5z just has EIS. Oneplus 6 has a front camera of 16MP,f/2.0 while Asus Zenfone 5z has a front camera of 8MP,f/2.0. Clearly from all this Oneplus 6 seems to be a clear winner in camera department.

Oneplus 6 comes with oxygen OS which is more or less same as stock android along with some additional features. This oxygen OS is really light user interface. The optimization between the software and hardware is done very well by Oneplus. The performance of the phone is really smooth, opening up apps, jumping between the apps and transitions are really smooth. There are not any sort of lags and frame drops.

On the other hand Asus Zenfone 5z comes with ZENUI which is also based on Android Oreo. This is the best ZENUI version till date but still it is slightly heavier than oxygen OS. But the performance of this device is also very good. There are no frame drops or lags whatsoever. The apps open up quickly and the ram management is also very good. So the optimization is also done very well on this.

The sound department is where Asus Zenfone excels. It comes with stereo speakers which increases the sound. Also the quality of the sound is really good and really immersive. While the sound output on Oneplus 6 is through just one single speaker but that is also not bad. But the sound output on Oneplus 6 can't match that on Zenfone 5z due to it's stereo speakers.

Oneplus 6 comes in three versions that are 64GB,6GB, 128GB,8GB and 256GB,8GB. You can't expand the storage in this as it doesn't have any microSD slot. Asus Zenfone 5z also comes in three versions 64GB,4GB, 128GB,6GB and 256GB,8GB. Also it comes with hybrid SIM slot so the second SIM slot also doubles as a SD card slot.

We are already familiar with the fast charging technology on Oneplus phones that is dash charging which can charge the phone from 0% to 100% in like 1hr 10 minutes which is the fastest in the market. Asus Zenfone 5z also comes with quick charging 3.0 but it is not as fast as dash charging still it charges the phone from 10% to 100% in 1hr 30 minutes. Dash charger bundled with Oneplus 6 has rating of 5V 4A that is 20W while the fast charger with Zenfone 5z has rating of 9V 2A that is 18W.

Now lastly let's take a look at the pricing of two of the phones. Here in India Oneplus 6 64GB,6GB model is priced at 35000 INR that converts to around $550. Asus Zenfone 5z 64GB, 6GB model is priced at 30000 INR which converts to around $470 that is around $80 less than Oneplus 6. We have already seen all the aspects of the two smartphones, so it will be clear to us which phone is better. If it is still not clear, let's make it clear.
Oneplus 6 is a better smartphone than Asus Zenfone 5z considering all the aspects, maybe there will be a little bit difference but still it is better.
So now you must be thinking is it worth enough to spend $80 more for just little bit difference. This depends upon you.
If your budget is strictly around $450-470 you can simply go for Asus Zenfone 5z but up if budget is not a barrier you should definitely go with Oneplus 6 due to it's better UI, camera, display, promised updates etc.


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