Tuesday, 31 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.


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Best Flasghip Phones

Best Flagship Phones till Q2 of 2018

 Phones have become an integral part of human life these days. Smartphones play a very important role in the day to day work like calling, mailing, messaging, photography, gaming, you tubing and many more. So we can say that we can do each and every work with a smartphone which we can do with a PC but with less power and on a smaller screen.
In market various kinds of smartphones are available. Smartphones are mainly categorized in three segments that are Budget, Mid range and flagship. In this article we are going to discuss about some good flagship phones. Flagship phones are the best and most expensive phones from a company. These phones generally have the best processors, best cameras, best displays, so we can say that these phones come with the best technology available in the market.
In 2018 we have a lot of flagship phone choices such as Samsung Galaxy S9+, Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, OnePlus 6, HTC U12+, LG G7 ThinQ, Huawei P20 pro, Asus Zenfone 5z, Xioami Mi 8 and many more. So I am going to pick some of the best phones from these and put their pros and cons in front.
Apple iPhone X

 Apple, everyone must have heard this name. Apple is really famous for giving some of the best flagships to the world. Apple is among one of the first companies to start making smartphones. It is the only company which launch only flagship phones. Apple launched it's first iPhone in 2007 which has changed the whole smartphone era. And last year it was 10th anniversary of Apple's iPhone in which it launched Apple iPhone X.
iPhone X comes with some of the best specifications in the market. It is powered by Apple A11 Bionic chip which is the fastest chip available till date for a smartphone. Performance of iPhone X is v
really good, It does all the tasks faster than any other smartphone such as Samsung Galaxy S9+ and even Google Pixel 2 XL. So it is the fastest phone till now in the market.
iPhone X has a 5.8" screen size which is an OLED type display. The display has a resolution of 1125*2436 pixels. This is the first phone which is having a notch design but now each and every phone launching has that notch design. The display has an aspect ratio of 19:9 that reduces the bezels of the smartphone a lot. This display in iPhone X is supplied by Samsung and all of us know about the best displays of Samsung. So the iPhone X has one of the best displays available.
iPhone X is among one of the best camera phones. It has a dual camera setup at back with 12MP,f/1.8+ 12MP,f/2.4. Among these two, second one is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Also there is support of Optical Image Stabilization in the phone. The secondary camera is a 7MP,f/2.2 lens. These are just figures now let's talk about their real life performance. The camera of iPhone X is really good. Samsung Galaxy S9+, Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X don't have much difference in the camera quality. They all have their goods and bads and the image quality depends upon personal preference.

iPhone X comes with iOS 11.1.1 and we already know about the performance of iOS operating system. The phone is very snappy, there isn't any lag in normal usage of phones. The company has done optimization between hardware and software so well, like it always does, that it has become the fastest smartphone in the market. Also the updates on iPhones are really stable, there are not many bugs. So iPhone X comes with one of the most stable and fast user interface.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung is also very famous for it's flagship phones but Samsung has smartphones in every price segment. It's mid range and budget segment is not so much famous these days. But the flagship line up is really strong in Samsung phones. Samsung Galaxy flagship phones are always known for their design, display, cameras and performance.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with Qualcomm's snapdragon 845 chipset which powers many other smartphones like Google Pixel 2 XL and Oneplus 5. Snapdragon 845 is the 2018's flagship chip from Qualcomm. This is one of the fastest chip in the market. Galaxy S9+ is also very fast device. The performance of the device is really good. But it is not as fast as Apple iPhone X or Google Pixel 2 XL. Yeah but it doesn't mean it is slow, it is just a little bit slower than these two devices.

Samsung Galaxy line up is always famous for it's design. Samsung Galaxy S9+ has a very attractive design. S9+ follows the same design as Samsung Galaxy S8 line up. They have the same infinity displays. It has the same glass back design. The bezels on this display is also small giving more space to screen and hence it has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The screen size of Samsung Galaxy S9+ is 6.2" and it's display has resolution of 1440*2960 pixels and it is obviously of AMOLED type. I have to say that Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with the best display ever in a smartphone. The display curves under edges of the smartphone which looks really good. Now if we talk about design it comes on personal preference but I will preferably pick Samsung S9+ among other flagships if design is the only criteria.
As I have already mentioned that three smartphones Pixel 2 XL, S9+ and iPhone X have very less difference in camera quality, so S9+ is also among the best camera smartphones. It has dual camera setup at the back. And this setup on the pone is really unique, the main lens at back has variable aperture to control the amount of light entering in the sensor. It is a 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm + 12MP,f/2.4, 52mm setup. The second lens is telephoto lens which provides 2x optical zoom. The phone can also record slomo videos upto 960fps, which is really amazing. The front camera is a 8MP,f/1.7 shooter.
Samsung comes with it's typical UI which is based on Android. It's not stock android, it is Samsung's self built UI. The UI is good, the phone feels very fast. But with Samsung the updates are a bit slower as it is Samsung's self built UI. Also there are reviews that at first the Samsung S9+ feels really fast but with time it gets slower, you will notice app launch delays and even some frame drops when switching between apps. And there not many fans of Samsung UI. Samsung is famous for it's design, display and hardware.
Google Pixel 2 XL

 Google Pixel phones are famous for their hardware, cameras and user interface. Earlier they have their nexus series and now they came up with pixel which is more or less same as nexus series but with a higher price. Last year Google launched Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Company launched Google Pixel 2 which is a flagship device with traditional display's aspect ratio that is 16:9 during that time when even some budget phones were launching with 18:9 aspect ratio. Due to this there is no point of discussing Google Pixel 2 here, we will only discuss about the bigger brother that is Pixel 2 Xl which comes with modern 18:9 aspect ratio.
Pixel 2 XL comes with Qualcomm's snapdragon 835 chipset. This chipset is little bit older but still it is a very fast chipset and it's performance is top notch. Samsung S9+ comes with snapdragon 845 which is one version ahead of  snapdragon 835. But I have seen their speed tests and Google Pixel 2 XL even beats Samsung S9+ in these tests. That is due to Samsung's heavier UI while Pixel comes with much lighter stock android. And also there is one more thing optimization, Google works a lot on optimization. Samsung you also have to work a lot on optimization to beat Google.
By reading all this you must have concluded that Samsung is slow and Google Pixel is really fast but this is not so. S9+ is slow, but it is a little bit slower, like few seconds behind of Pixel.
Pixel 2 XL comes with a single camera setup at back but still it beats S9+ and iPhone X in results. Yes it is the best camera phone of the year. But there is not much difference in their quality. Pixel 2 XL has a 12MP,f/1.8 camera at back. This is just a single lens but it can still capture images in portrait mode where it blurs the background. And the dynamic range of the device is just amazing, it's best in class. This is due to it's special HDR+ mode. But this camera can only record slomo videos in 240fps. It has a front camera of 8MP,f/2.4 aperture. Also OIS on it's primary camera is amazing, it's really smooth, so it helps a lot in video capturing.
Now it's time to discuss about the design of Google Pixel 2 XL. Pixel phones are never famous for their designs. Pixel 2 XL comes with a normal metallic and glass design. It's back is made up of metal and glass with glass on the upper side covering around 1/4th of back while rest is metal. The built quality of the phone is good but it doesn't look as pleasant as Samsung's S9 or Apple iPhone X design. Pixel 2 XL comes with an IPS LCD display made by LG. This display has 2K resolution. But the display also compete with the OLED displays provided in S9 and iPhone X. The display on Pixel 2 XL has some quality control issues like when you tilt the phone it's screen gives some blue tint which is not acceptable in a flagship device.

Here comes that aspect for which pixel phones are known that is it's User interface. Pixel 2 XL comes with Android 8.1 out of the box and this is stock android which means it won't have any bloatware or junk. Also whenever the new version of new Android comes firstly it comes to Pixel phones. So pixel phones are first to get the android updates. User interface of Pixel 2 XL is super fluid. The optimization is done so well that it is the fastest android device till date even faster than Samsung S9+ but it is not as fast as iPhone X.

OnePlus 6

And here comes the most affordable flagship of the year that is OnePlus 6. Oneplus is the company which mainly gives most of the flagship specifications in a smartphone in an affordable pricing. Due to it's affordable pricing and great performance Oneplus is famous in the whole world now.

Oneplus 6 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset which also powers Samsung S9+. The performance of the chipset is top notch and it is built on new 10nm architecture. But all these are just specifications, let's talk about it's real performance. Oneplus 6 is also among one of the fastest phones available in the market right now. Oneplus 6's performance is top notch, it's even faster than Samsung S9+. The performance of Oneplus 6 can be considered same as Google Pixel 2 XL.

Oneplus 6 comes with a notch design like iPhone X. The size of screen is 6.2". It has an AMOLED display which has full HD resolution. The aspect ratio of the display is 19:9. The quality of display on the phone is really good. Oneplus 6 has a glass back which makes the phone to look really premium but at the same time it makes this a fingerprint magnet. The built quality of the phone is really premium for it's price.

Oneplus 6 comes with a really good camera. It has a dual camera setup at back with 16MP,f/1.7 + 20MP lens. Oneplus 6 has the best camera performance in it's price segment. The camera also supports OIS for better photography. It can also record slo mo videos in 420fps for whole one minute. No smartphone can record slow mo videos upto so long. It has a front camera of 16MP,f/2.0 shooter. The camera performance is not as good as any other flagship smartphone discussed above but it's still better than any smartphone in $500 segment.

And now let's talk about the user interface of Oneplus 6. Oneplus 6 has a really good UI that is Oxygen OS. Oxygen OS is more or less same as stock android. It also doesn't come with lot of bloatware and also it looks like stock android. It has many functionalities same as stock android. Also the updates by Oneplus is fast, they are not as fast as Google Pixel phones but still they are fast. Also the optimization on this phone is really good which makes the User interface of the device buttery smooth. So the performance of the device is really good.

Now let's talk about the dash charging in Oneplus devices. Dash charging in Oneplus 6 is really fast, it's faster than any other smartphone in the market. It can charge the phone fully from 0 to 100% in just like 1hr 15 minutes which is fastest in the market till now. Dash charging a very unique feature on Oneplus 6.


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