If 2017 was all about that dual-camera setup, then 2018 is about that notch. Before MWC 2018, many expected this year’s smartphones to focus on AI and machine learning. However, the iPhone X set the trend of the notch in motion. The OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Mi 8 are two 2018 flagship devices that have implemented the notch but, in two completely different ways.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a wider notch but, it also houses all the tech required for 3D facial recognition. After the iPhone X, the Mi 8 is the first smartphone to feature 3D facial recognition technology, similar to Apple’s Face ID. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, features a narrower notch which helps the [...]
Xiaomi has been on a roll since the turn of the year. The company has constantly launched either a budget or a flagship device in China and other markets like India. Honor, as well, has launched a few impressive budget smartphones in India in the past few months. The Honor 7X was a great device and so was the Honor 9 Lite. The company recently launched the Honor 7A and Honor 7C in India.
The Honor 7A is the more affordable of the two and is priced at Rs 8999 (3GB RAM) in India. The Xiaomi Redmi 5, even though starts at a price of Rs 7999, is priced at Rs 8999 for the 3GB RAM variant. While the Honor 7A is available via Flipkart and HiHonor.com, the Redmi 5 retails via [...]
The budget smartphone category in the Indian market is seldom short of great offerings. In 2017, devices like the Mi A1, Moto G5 Plus and the Honor 7X were the popular budget smartphones. Honor kicked off 2018 with the Honor 9 Lite which has a great build quality and a dual-camera setup on the front and back. Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the first-ever smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro with the same chipset at a more affordable price. Recently, OPPO launched its sub-brand Realme and unveiled the Helio P60-running Realme 1 in India.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro retails for a starting price of Rs 14999, while [...]
OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6 in India at a starting price of Rs 34999. The base model has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. One day before the OnePlus 6 launch, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor launched the Honor 10 at a price of Rs 32999. Both the smartphones have flagship specifications and interesting design language. Both the devices also have a notch, however, the OnePlus 6 has a thinner chin while the Honor 10 has a thick chin but, also features a front-facing ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The OnePlus 6 has a bigger display and a smaller notch along with an all-glass design. Both the front and back of the smartphone is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 [...]
OPPO has unveiled its new sub-brand in India, Realme. Under the brand, the first smartphone, Realme 1 was launched on May 15th. The smartphone will be available in three variants, one with 3GB RAM/32GB storage, second with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and the third with 6GB RAM/128GB storage. It is an Amazon-exclusive device and the first sale will be on the 25th of May and commence at 12 noon. The smartphone has a starting price tag of Rs 8990 for the 3GB RAM variant.
At the launch event, the Realme 1 was constantly compared to a few Redmi devices such as the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The company’s name itself sort of resembles Redmi and that cannot be a coincidence. [...]
Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi 6X in China as a successor to the Mi 5X, which was a highly popular smartphone in both China and in India launched as the Mi A1. The pricing will start at CNY 1599 (Rs 16800 approx.) for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. The 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant will be priced at CNY 1799 (Rs 19,000 approx.), while the 128GB storage model will retail for CNY 1999 (Rs 21,200 approx.). As was evident from previous teasers of the smartphone, the Mi 6X will be available in Cherry Pink, Flame Red, Sand Gold, Glacier Blue, and Black colour variants.
In India, if it happens, the Xiaomi Mi 6X will be launched as the Mi A2 or the Mi A1 (2018) with stock [...]
Asus has launched its latest budget offering for the India market, the Zenfone Max Pro. The newly launched smartphone will go on sale via Flipkart on the 3rd of May at a starting price of Rs 10999. The Zenfone Max Pro, in the beginning, will be available two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the other one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The company also announced that a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant with improved camera capabilities will also launch soon in India.
At such a price range, the Zenfone Max Pro directly competes with the Redmi Note 5. However, in terms of features and hardware, it stacks up against the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Xiaomi Redmi [...]
HMD Global recently launched their flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 Sirocco in India for Rs 49,999. Nokia 8 Sirocco is a successor to the Nokia 8, which comes with a premium all-glass design. Samsung’s last year flagship, the Galaxy S8 currently retails in India for Rs 49,990, which is a head to head competitor to the Nokia 8 Sirocco.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the first smartphone from HMD Global to have a curved display with wireless charging capability. The smartphone is also IP67 rated for water and dust resistance. However, the Nokia 8 sirocco does have some shortcomings. The smartphone is powered by the last generation processor, the Snapdragon 835. Also, for a 2018 [...]
Apple recently launched the 6th Gen Apple iPad 2018 at an educational event in Chicago. The iPad 2018 is a successor to the company’s cheapest 5th Gen Apple iPad 2017. In terms of design and aesthetics, both iterations of the iPad have a same metal unibody design. The cellular LTE models have a plastic antenna band and the Wi-Fi only models have a complete metal unibody design. However, both models miss out on a laminated display, which creates an air gap between the display and the touch panel.
The Apple iPad 2017 currently retails for Rs 25,990 for the 32GB storage variant. Similarly, the Apple iPad 2018 will be available from late April for a price of Rs 28,000. So, [...]
The budget segment of smartphones in India has seen an influx of some great devices. In 2017, the Xiaomi Mi A1, Moto G5s Plus and the Honor 7X were some of the best budget Android devices. 2018 did not have a bad start either, the Honor 9 Lite with its all-glass design and quad-camera setup turned some heads. However, in February, Xiaomi launched the smartphone to beat in this segment, the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Now, HMD Global has launched the Nokia 6 2018 in India at a price of Rs 16999 which will be sold offline only.
In our review of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, we expressed that this was the true successor to the Redmi Note 4. However, Xiaomi also launched the Redmi Note 5 which has [...]
27th of March was one of the busiest days in the smartphone industry. Huawei and Xiaomi launched their flagship smartphones and Apple launched its most affordable iPad. Huawei in total launched three new smartphones. The P20, P20 Pro and the Mate RS Porsche Design. Similarly, Xiaomi launched its flagship Mi MIX 2s. These devices have top of the line specifications with premium build quality. The Huawei P20 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s are those devices, which offers the best camera, best design and best hardware without a premium price tag. However, the 899 Euros price tag of the P20 Pro is much more than the 3299 Yuan (423 Euros) price of the Mi MIX 2s.
The display is one of [...]
Xiaomi officially launched the Mi MIX 2s in China, which is the first Chinese smartphone to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The smartphone has an almost bezel-less design. The entry-level model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at 3299 Yuan (~Rs 32,999). The one smartphone that can challenge the Mi MIX 2s is the OnePlus 5T. Which is priced at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The Mi MIX 2s has a 5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 px IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The smartphone has no bezels on three corners. However, it has a noticeable bezel on the bottom, which houses a front-facing camera. Similarly, the OnePlus 5T has a [...]