Mr. Phone https://themrphone.com/tech Latest Tech News, Reviews and Tech Advice Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:46:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.8 Huami Amazfit GTR Titanium and Glitter Edition smartwatches launched in India starting at Rs 12,999  https://themrphone.com/tech/huami-amazfit-gtr-india?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/huami-amazfit-gtr-india#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:46:26 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87670 Huami Amazfit GTR Titanium & Glitter Edition - Feature ImageHuami, a pioneer in smart wearable products has announced its latest set fo smarwatches in India. The new Amazfit GTR Titanium and Glitter Editions, they are 47mm and 42mm smartwatches designed to seek your style. The titanium variant is priced at Rs 14,999, whereas the...

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Huami, a pioneer in smart wearable products has announced its latest set fo smarwatches in India. The new Amazfit GTR Titanium and Glitter Editions, they are 47mm and 42mm smartwatches designed to seek your style. The titanium variant is priced at Rs 14,999, whereas the Glitter variant goes for sale at Rs 12,999. These smartwatches will be available on Flipkart. 

Huami Amazfit GTR – Two New Editions are here!

Claimed to be Masterpieces for fashion and fitness connoisseur, these new smartwatches could offer you a better style statement. The GTR Titanium comes will offer sturdy yet light build. It comes with fluorubber strap, which is comparable to a high-end mechanical watch. The company touts that this edition will be perfect for both, business and sports occasions.

Whereas when we talk about the Glitter Edition, it comes embellished with 60 darling Swarovski Zirconia. It sports an elegant white leather strap offering a chic look for your glamorous outings. Coming to the features, the Titanium version claims to offer 24 days battery life on its 1.39-inch AMOLED display. While the 1.2-inch AMOLED display on the Glitter version offers 12 days battery life. 

With a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 support on both the watches, it offers good durability. The glass is further coated by Anti-fingerprint coating, for smudge-free user experience. As per Huami, the key highlights of the GTR Editions includes BioTracker PPG, heart rate monitoring, reminders, sleep analysis, exercise tracking and more. Note that it can display notifications, reminders, texts, and incoming calls on your wrist. 

The Amazfit GTR smartwatches offer built-in compass and offers on-the-go music as you check the weather information on your wrist. For people looking for fitness features, it offers 12 different sport modes. It can track a variety of activities ranging from running to swimming, cycling to trekking, and more workouts. 

What do you guys think of the new Amazfit GTR smartwatches? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G launched in China; price, specs, and availability https://themrphone.com/tech/xiaomi-redmi-k30-5g-launched?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:16:14 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87649 Redmi K30 5G - Feature ImageXiaomi has launched its new smartphone in China, it is called Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G. The new handset from the brand is priced at Rs 16,000 approximately (1599 Yuan). It will retail in the country in 3 colours variants including Black, Purple, and Red. The...

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Xiaomi has launched its new smartphone in China, it is called Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G. The new handset from the brand is priced at Rs 16,000 approximately (1599 Yuan). It will retail in the country in 3 colours variants including Black, Purple, and Red. The handset will be made out of Aluminium alloy, and Glass. It is a successor to the Redmi K20 launched last year. Let’s talk briefly about the specifications. 

Display

Talking about the display of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G, it is a 6.67-inches display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. This means the pixel density of the screen is at 395 ppi. It comes with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.  The company teases that its display has a Capacitive, Multi-touch, Scratch resistant, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 2.5D curved glass screen, and 120Hz refresh rate.

Camera

As far as the camera department is concerned, it packs a quadruple rear camera setup. Where the primary rear camera is of 64MP and secondary rear camera is of 8MP, which is an ultra-wide sensor. There are two more sensors sporting 2MP resolution and 5MP resolution. Where one is a depth lens and the other is a macro sensor. For selfies, you can make use of the dual cameras selfie setup which includes a 20MP + 2MP setup.

Hardware and Software

The Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. It is accompanied by up to 8GB of RAM and comes in three storage variants including 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It will be running on the MIUI 11 (Android 10). Note that the external storage is not expandable. It comes with a fingerprint sensor. As far as the battery life is concerned, its 4500mAh battery juice claims a day’s life. It will be charged by a 30W fast charger, NFC support, and dual-mode 5G network support.

Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Full Specifications

Take a look at the detail specifications of the new Xiaomi Redmi K30 smartphone in the table below.

Brand Xiaomi
Specs Score 52.5381
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 6GB, 8GB
Internal storage capacity 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Screen size 6.67
Resolution 1080 x 2400
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 
External Storage No
Front camera 20MP + 2MP
Capacity 4500 mAh
Fingerprint It comes with a fingerprint sensor.
Battery 4500mAh
Display 6.67-inches 1080 x 2400 pixels 395 ppi
Other Xiaomi mobiles View Full Specs

Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Price

Here is the launch price of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G smartphone according to the storage and RAM variants. 

  • 6GB+64GB – 1999 Yuan(Rs 20,000)
  • 6GB+128GB –  2299 Yuan (Rs 22,000)
  • 8GB+128GB –  2599 Yuan (Rs 26,000)
  • 8GB+256GB – 2899 Yuan(Rs 29,000)

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Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G launched in China; price, specs, and availability https://themrphone.com/tech/xiaomi-redmi-k30-4g-launched?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:03:48 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87647 Redmi K30 4G - Feature ImageXiaomi has launched its new smartphone in China, it is called Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G. The new handset from the brand is priced at Rs 16,000 approximately (1599 Yuan). It will retail in the country in 3 colours variants including Black, Purple, and Red. The...

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Xiaomi has launched its new smartphone in China, it is called Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G. The new handset from the brand is priced at Rs 16,000 approximately (1599 Yuan). It will retail in the country in 3 colours variants including Black, Purple, and Red. The handset will be made out of Aluminium alloy, and Glass. It is a successor to the Redmi K20 launched last year. Let’s talk briefly about the specifications. 

Display

Talking about the display of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G, it is a 6.67-inches display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. This means the pixel density of the screen is at 395 ppi. It comes with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.  The company teases that its display has a Capacitive, Multi-touch, Scratch resistant, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 2.5D curved glass screen, and 120Hz refresh rate.

Camera

As far as the camera department is concerned, it packs a quadruple rear camera setup. Where the primary rear camera is of 64MP and secondary rear camera is of 8MP, which is an ultra-wide sensor. There are two more sensors sporting 2MP resolutions reach. Where one is a macro lens and the other is a depth sensor. For selfies, you can make use of the dual cameras selfie setup which includes a 20MP + 2MP setup.

Hardware and Software

The Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset. It is accompanied by up to 8GB of RAM and comes in three storage variants including 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It will be running on the MIUI 11 (Android 10). Note that the external storage is not expandable. It comes with a fingerprint sensor. As far as the battery life is concerned, its 4500mAh battery juice claims a day’s life. It will be charged by a 27W fast charger. 

Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G Full Specifications

Take a look at the detail specifications of the new Xiaomi Redmi K30 smartphone in the table below.

Brand Xiaomi
Specs Score 52.5381
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 6GB, 8GB
Internal storage capacity 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Screen size 6.67
Resolution 1080 x 2400
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 
External Storage No
Front camera 20MP + 2MP
Capacity 4500 mAh
Fingerprint It comes with a fingerprint sensor.
Battery 4500mAh
Display 6.67-inches 1080 x 2400 pixels 395 ppi
Other Xiaomi mobiles View Full Specs

Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G Price

Here is the launch price of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G smartphone according to the storage and RAM variants. 

  • 6GB+64GB – 1599 Yuan – Rs 16,000 Approx.
  • 6GB+128GB –  1699 Yuan – Rs 17,000 Approx.
  • 8GB+128GB –  1899 Yuan – Rs 19,000 Approx.
  • 8GB+256GB – 2199 Yuan – Rs 22,000 Approx.

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vivo U20: Top Five Features That Make It Attractive https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-u20-top-five-features?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-u20-top-five-features#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:07:04 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87625 Vivo U20 - 6It’s no secret that smartphone buyers in India are spoilt for choices, especially in the budget segment where there is an abundance of compelling devices. In fact, it’s hard to pinpoint to one phone which is a cut above the competition around the Rs 10K...

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It’s no secret that smartphone buyers in India are spoilt for choices, especially in the budget segment where there is an abundance of compelling devices. In fact, it’s hard to pinpoint to one phone which is a cut above the competition around the Rs 10K mark. That was, until now. Recently, vivo took the wraps off the vivo U20, which ups the ante in its bracket by offering never-seen-before specs. To know what sets the handset apart, read on.

1 – Snapdragon 675AIE processor

Over the last two years, we’ve seen a massive spike in the number of players tuning in to play Battle Royale titles like PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile. A byproduct of the same was a rise in demand for better, more powerful CPUs powering smartphones in the budget and affordable segment, and that’s exactly what vivo has delivered with the U20. The handset is the cheapest smartphone in India to be backed by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675AIE processor, which works alongside up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage. Suffice it to say, you’ll be bagging chicken dinners willy-nilly with the U20 in your pockets.

2 – 5000mAh battery

Running GPU-intensive games and applications can take a toll on a phone’s battery life and the last thing you’ll want is to hunt for a wall-plug in the middle of the day. Thankfully, the vivo U20 comes with a 5000mAh battery which will easily see you through the end of a heavy work day. Despite its beefy battery, the smartphone retains its sleek profile and is quite pocketable too.

3 – 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charger and Reverse Charging

The vivo U20 is clearly a marathon runner amidst sprinters, thanks to its 5000mAh battery. And, the icing on the cake is that the smartphone charges back up quickly too. You see, unlike most budget phones, the vivo U20 ships with an 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charger in the box, allowing you to get back to 100 percent battery life in a jiffy. What’s more, provided you have the appropriate dongle and some juice to spare, you can even charge other phones using the reverse-charging feature.

4 – 6.53-inch FHD+ display with Widevine L1

It’s pivotal for a smartphone to ship with a top-notch display as a smartphone’s screen is your window to the world. On that note, the vivo U20 features a 6.53-inch FHD+ display, paving the way for quite an immersive media consumption experience. Adding to the list of pros, the display on the smartphone comes with support for Widevine L1, allowing you to stream HD content from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Plus, the U20 comes with Panda MN228 protection glass that is supposed to be tougher than Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

5 – The camera beast

If you were looking for any more reasons to pick up the vivo U20, then you should know that the smartphone features a 16MP sensor for selfies along with an AI Triple Rear Camera setup, comprising a 16MP Sony IMX499 primary sensor, an 8MP Super Wide-Angle camera and a 2MP Super Macro lens. Correspondingly, be it taking a wide-angle shot, getting really close to a subject or clicking gorgeous selfies, the U20 can do it all.

So, what do you guys think of vivo’s latest concoction, the U20? Do you think it has what it takes to emerge as a winner in the budget segment? Do let us know what you make of the phone in the comments below!

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Vivo V17 First Impressions: yet another compelling handset in the mid-range https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-v17-first-impressions?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-v17-first-impressions#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:10:50 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87544 Despite Xiaomi and Realme’s best efforts, Vivo still somehow managed to keep pace with the competition with its Z-series of smartphones launched this year. Smartphones like the Z1 Pro and the Z1X really put the brand on the map this year. And, to end the...

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Despite Xiaomi and Realme’s best efforts, Vivo still somehow managed to keep pace with the competition with its Z-series of smartphones launched this year. Smartphones like the Z1 Pro and the Z1X really put the brand on the map this year. And, to end the year with a bang, the company has announced the Vivo V17 in India, which is a confusing phone, to say the least. I managed to get my hands on the phone ahead of its launch and here are my first impressions of the same.

Design 

Vivo has a knack for making good-looking smartphones and the V17 is no different. The device is available in two different hues, including a black color variant and this stunning glacier-white that you’re seeing in the photos. Now, both the colors look great but trust me, you’ll want the V17 in Glacier White. For one, the finish looks really unique as there aren’t many light-colored smartphones in the affordable segment. But, more importantly, the glacier white finish attracts significantly fewer fingerprints and smudges, so you won’t have to constantly wipe the back of the phone to keep your OCD at bay.

And, if you’re gutted that the phone hasn’t been constructed using premium materials like glass, then don’t be. Plastic phones are more arguably more durable and despite packing in a 4,500mAh battery, the V17 still feels light in the pockets compared to say, the OnePlus 7T with a significantly smaller cell.

From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the V17 draws a lot of similarities from its bigger sibling, the V17 Pro too. In fact, if not for the repositioned camera module at the back, it could be tricky to tell one phone from the other. But, there are quite a lot of changes Vivo has introduced with the newer model. Firstly, there’s no dedicated Google Assistant button on the phone, a feature I absolutely loved on the Pro model.

Secondly, the ports and the buttons on the handset have been rearranged too. And this time around, you’ll get the headphone jack at the bottom, positioned beside the USB Type-C port. The volume rocker and the power button can be seen on the smartphone’s right-hand spine, with the triple SIM tray slot (2 sims + 1 dedicated slot for MicroSD) found on the left-hand side of the phone.

Display

Now, the V17 is a more affordable variant of the V17 Pro and consequently, Vivo had to take steps to bring the price of the smartphone down. To that note, the device in question doesn’t ship with a dual pop-up selfie camera mechanism. Instead, it comes with an in-display camera module on the front. So, while the V17 Pro offered a full-screen display, the V17 comes with a tiny punch-hole notch.

But, no need to fret, as the phone still offers a screen-to-body ratio of over 91-percent, which is still pretty darn good for watching movies on the go. The display measures in at 6.44-inches, and is backed by Super AMOLED tech, making the colors pop. Moreover, there is WideVine L1 support on board too, so you should be able to stream licensed content from apps like Netflix without any fuss.

Now, before I wrap up the design section, let’s talk biometrics. The V17 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor which is pretty responsive. In fact, so far, I could unlock the phone seamlessly in the first attempt itself. There’s also facial recognition this time around, which in the case of the V17 Pro was only meant to act as a failsafe. But, the V17 gets the full treatment and lets you choose facial recognition as a means to unlock the phone.

Cameras

The Vivo V17 features a quad-camera setup at the back, comprising a primary 48MP main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8mp wide-angle shooter with f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP bokeh sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 as well. For selfies, the smartphone features a 32MP front camera with f/2.45 aperture. Now, unfortunately, we don’t yet know which sensor the company is using for its primary camera but I’ll make sure to put the details in the comments below when I have more to share.

Vivo V17 daylight 1
Vivo V17 daylight 2
Vivo V17 daylight 3
Vivo V17 daylight selfie
Vivo V17 lowlight
Vivo V17 night mode 2
Vivo V17 night mode
Vivo V17 wideangle

Now, while you’re flipping through the camera samples, allow me to talk about my initial impressions of the cameras. So, the Vivo V17 feels like an extremely capable shooter and the smartphone can easily click good images during the day or at night. But, the problem lies with each of the sensors color science and from the shots, you can clearly tell that the V17 is boosting the saturation quite a bit. That said, the phone does offer a lot of versatility to photographers and I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time clicking photos with the V17.

Performance and Software

Driving the cores on the Vivo V17 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 processor which works alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in, user expandable storage. Now, if you’re wondering why the company decided to go with a Snapdragon 6-series processor, and not a 7-series chip like the one on the Vivo Z1 Pro or the Vivo Z1X, then I am just as lost as you are. But, it is the processor we have to work with, so let’s look at some benchmarks.

In Antutu’s 3D Benchmark and Geekbench, the Vivo V17 secured 227972 and 1635 points respectively, which are consistent with other phones using the same processor. I did play some games on the phone and titles like PUBG can be run on the V17 on medium settings. The game did lag occasionally, especially when I was interacting with doors or jumping out of a window but for the most part, it was a playable experience.

As for software, the Vivo V17 runs a skin of FunTouch OS v9 on top of Android Pie. The custom skin does offer some interesting features like a system-wide dark mode and intuitive navigation gestures, but it also comes with its fair share of bloatware too which eats up a lot of storage. 

The Vivo V17 comes with a massive 4,500mAh battery. Which, funnily enough, is bigger than the 4,100mAh cell on the V17 Pro. I am confident that the battery on the V17 will easily last me a full workday. And, should the battery level dwindle to single digits, the phone offers 18W fast charging to quickly refuel the cell.

Closing thoughts

As of writing this article, I don’t really know the price of the Vivo V17, but, I’m guessing it’ll be priced around the Rs 20K mark. For that sum, the phone goes up against formidable competition from the likes of Redmi K20 and Vivo’s own Z1X smartphone. Now, the V17 is clearly the least powerful of the lot but, it does offer beautiful design and a total of five cameras. So, do you think the phone will be able to hold its own in the affordable segment? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Vivo V17 launched in India; price, specs, and availability https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-v17-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:06:19 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87594 Vivo V17 - Feature ImageVivo has launched its new smartphone in India, it is called Vivo V17. The new handset from the brand is priced at Rs 22, 990. It will retail in the country in 2 colours variants including Glacier Ice and Midnight Ocean. The handset will be...

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Vivo has launched its new smartphone in India, it is called Vivo V17. The new handset from the brand is priced at Rs 22, 990. It will retail in the country in 2 colours variants including Glacier Ice and Midnight Ocean. The handset will be made out of Aluminium alloy, Plastic. It is said to sport an 8.68mm thickness and Weight at 186 grams.

Display

Talking about the display of the Vivo V17, it is a 6.44-inches display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. This means the pixel density of the screen is at 409 ppi. It is a Super AMOLED panel, which comes with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body ratio of the device is at 83.72%. The company teases that its display has a Capacitive, Multi-touch, Scratch-resistant.

Camera

As far as the camera department is concerned, it packs a quadruple rear camera setup. Where the primary rear camera is of 48.0MP and the secondary rear camera is of 8.0MP(ultra-wide). It comes with a Touch-to-focus, Phase Detection AF Autofocus technology. There are two more sensors of 2MP resolution each, where one is a macro lens and the second is a depth sensor. The rear camera is supported by an LED flash. For selfies, you can make use of the 32.0MP front camera.

Hardware and Software

The Vivo V17 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, which comes with 8 Cores and clocks at 2.0 GHz. It is accompanied by an 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage capacity. It will be running on the Funtouch 9.2 OS (Android 9.0 Pie). Note that the external storage is expandable. It comes with an under-display fingerprint sensor. As far as the battery life is concerned, its 4500mAh battery juice claims a day’s life.

Vivo V17 Full Specifications

Take a look at the detail specifications of the new Vivo V17 smartphone in the table below.

Brand Vivo
Specs Score 79.76305
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM 8GB
Internal storage capacity 128GB
Screen size 6.44
Resolution 1080 x 2340
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
External Storage Yes
Front camera 32.0
Capacity 4500
Fingerprint It comes with an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Battery 4500mAh
Display 6.4-inches 1080 x 2340 pixels, 409 ppi
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Vivo V17 Price

The launch price of the Vivo V17 smartphone is at Rs 22,990. It will retail in the country on Amazon, Flipkart, and other leading online brands. The new vivo smartphone is all set to go on sale starting December 17, 2019 at 12 noon. 

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Xiaomi Redmi K30 retail packaging leaked in full glory ahead of December 10 launch in China  https://themrphone.com/tech/xiaomi-redmi-k30-leaked?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/xiaomi-redmi-k30-leaked#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2019 08:58:47 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87534 Redmi K30 - Feature ImageXiaomi is all set to stir its Redmi flagship ship to the next level as it is set to launch the Redmi K30 smartphone on December 10 in China. The handset lately has been getting a lot of attention as the leaks have started to...

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Xiaomi is all set to stir its Redmi flagship ship to the next level as it is set to launch the Redmi K30 smartphone on December 10 in China. The handset lately has been getting a lot of attention as the leaks have started to increase. Yet another leak has popped up online on Weibo, which gives us a live look at the retail packaging of the phone. 

Xiaomi Redmi K30 – What do you expect? 

The leaked live images of the Redmi K30 show a dual selfie camera set up in a punch-hole display design. While the rear is occupied by the quadruple-camera setup, which is further surrounded by a ring sporting some writing on it. The leaked phone colour is said to be called cherry-pink, which is in line with official renders we saw earlier this month. 

What more do we know about the Redmi K30? Well, it is said to have a 3.5mm audio jack and dual-frequency GPS support for better location tracking. The official Redmi Weibo account has been sharing some information about the Redmi K30. The headphone jack has been officially confirmed, alongside the USB type-C and speaker grille. 

Redmi K30 - Posters

The Weibo post mentions that Redmi K30 will be offering a 1,217 ultra-linear speakers to deliver a loud and clear sound output. Whereas the other poster confirms dual-band GPS for advanced positioning, thus offering better navigation. 

Alongside K30, Xiaomi is set to bring a range of other new products including router, Bluetooth speaker, and a Laptop. Plus, expect Xiaomi to introduce a 5G variant of the K30 smartphone at the launch event. Stay tuned to Mr. Phone website for more updates on this.  

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OnePlus is finally making a mid-range smartphone and it looks like this https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-finally-making-mid-range-smartphone-looks-like?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-finally-making-mid-range-smartphone-looks-like#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:33:00 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87520 Leaks surrounding the upcoming OnePlus 8 series of smartphones have started hitting the rumour mill. According to sources, the company is working on a mid-range smartphone dubbed the OnePlus 8 Lite, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2020 alongside the Pro...

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Leaks surrounding the upcoming OnePlus 8 series of smartphones have started hitting the rumour mill. According to sources, the company is working on a mid-range smartphone dubbed the OnePlus 8 Lite, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2020 alongside the Pro model.

What to expect? 

The renders for the upcoming OnePlus 8 Lite handset were sourced through 91Mobiles who’ve collaborated with OnLeaks to put a face to the name. As per the renders, the OnePlus 8 Lite will reportedly feature a flat display measuring in a 6.4 to 6.5-inches. The panel will come with a hole-punch notch, positioned at the centre akin to Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 10+ smartphone. Towards the bottom, the smartphone renders showcase a USB Type-C port albeit no headphone jack, which could upset prospective buyers who were itching for a mid-range offering from the Chinese brand.

Thankfully, the brand will allegedly retain the alert slider on the OnePlus 8 Lite. The renders also shed light on the smartphone’s curvy back, along with a vertically aligned camera module with what looks like a massive bump. The camera specs of the smartphone aren’t known at this point, however, the pictures do show an LED flash module along with what seems to be a ToF sensor.

Coming to the dimensions, the OnePlus 8 Lite will measure in at 159.2 x 74 x 8.6mm and based on the renders, the handset might ship with an in-display fingerprint reader. Correspondingly, we can speculate that the OnePlus 8 Lite will sport an AMOLED display. It’s also quite possible that the phone will feature a 90Hz display, as the brand committed to equipping all upcoming phones with a high refresh rate panel during the OnePlus 7T launch.

OnePlus has toyed with the idea of a midrange phone as in 2015, the brand took the wraps off the OnePlus X. However, the company quickly discontinued the smartphone and announced that it’ll only be focussing on the flagship category going forward. However, with Xiaomi and Realme reaping the benefits in the budget and mid-range, it may have issued a clarion call for OnePlus to launch an affordable smartphone too. We’ll have more details on the OnePlus 8 Lite on our blog very soon, so stay glued to your seats.

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Garmin Venu smartwatch with AMOLED display and 5 days battery life launched in India https://themrphone.com/tech/garmin-venu-smartwatch-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/garmin-venu-smartwatch-details#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:56:30 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87506 Garmin Venu Smartwatch - Feature ImageGarmin is all set to take the Indian smartwatch market with its all-new fitness smartwatch. The popular GPS equipment manufacturer who has also made name for itself in the fitness wearables has come up with its first AMOLED screen smartwatch. The Garmin Venu is the...

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Garmin is all set to take the Indian smartwatch market with its all-new fitness smartwatch. The popular GPS equipment manufacturer who has also made name for itself in the fitness wearables has come up with its first AMOLED screen smartwatch. The Garmin Venu is the first watch in its category to offer a range of fitness-focused features. We will talk about specs, features, pricing, and availability below. 

Garmin Venu – Features & Specifications

Starting with its features, this fitness-focused smartwatch offers 20 preloaded apps to accompany your workout activities. Introducing the workout animations to make it easier for you to understand the exercises. It’s 1.2-inch AMOLED display is said to offer a detailed and beautiful look to your activities. 

This stunning display is said to roll heads. Speaking about the highlight of the Garmin Venu, it can carry your music playlist on its in-built storage. It’ll keep up with your health data in real-time ranging from your heart rate to blood oxygen. It will track your stress, tell your body energy meter, and help you with your water intake measurement.

Introducing Menstrual Cycle tracking, it can track cycle, log physical, and emotional symptoms so you can better plan out your time. It will also tell you about training and nutritional intake in each phase of the cycle. There is a respiration tracking feature, which helps you track your brickwork and yoga activities. Start your breathwork activities with Garmin Venu.

Garmin Venu

Advanced sleep monitoring will let you know of all the three facts – light, deep, and REM cycle of your sleep. It’ll also understand how many turns you took while sleep. Thus, helping you understand your sleep behavior. You can enjoy the Garmin Coach service, which will offer a personal running coach on your wrist for free. 

With the Garmin Connect app on your phone, you can install more workout apps and create your custom workouts as well. Plus, the animated workouts on-screen are a great way to start workouts. It’s loaded with features, offering safety tracking, smart notifications, music on the go with Spotify support, and Garmin Pay, which is probably not available in India.   

Garmin Venu – Price & Availability 

The Smartwatch will be available in four variants, Granite Blue with Silver Hardware, Black with Slate hardware, Light sand with Rose Gold Hardware, and Black with Gold Hardware.  The Amazon India-exclusive smartwatch will be available for purchase for Rs 37,490. Post-December 15, it can be purchased on off-line stores at multiple brands showroom across India. 

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Realme XT 730G and Realme True Wireless for Android coming on December 17 https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-xt-730g-and-realme-true-wireless?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-xt-730g-and-realme-true-wireless#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:48:26 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87493 Realme True Wireless for Android - Feature ImageRealme is all set to stir the market this December as it is set out to introduce the most powerful mid-premium flagship smartphone and the best true wireless earbuds for Android. Yes, that’s the word from the brand itself. The young brand is all set...

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Realme is all set to stir the market this December as it is set out to introduce the most powerful mid-premium flagship smartphone and the best true wireless earbuds for Android. Yes, that’s the word from the brand itself. The young brand is all set to announce the new Realme XT 730G edition smartphone and the Realme True Wireless Earbuds for Android on December 17. Let’s talk more about this below. 

Realme XT 730G – What to expect? 

The new XT 730G as the name suggests will be sporting Qualcomm’s latest mid-range processor. The Snapdragon 730G is the gaming dedicated chipset, which is set to shell out higher performance numbers compared to any other chipsets in this category. The 8nm process based processor offers Kryo set-up. It’s an Octa-core SoC with Adreno 618 GPU. 

Built on the original Realme XT, the primary difference will be the processor. Where the Oz sported Snapdragon 712 with Adreno 616 GPU. Further, we expect the company to introduce a 6GB + 128GB model, which was earlier absent. Speaking of the additions, Realme is expected to introduce a higher 30W fast charging technology with its new smartphone. 

Realme XT 730G and Earbuds

As far as display, and camera, we may see a similar setup. A 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The rear camera setup would include a 64MP primary sensor followed by three more sensors, making it a quadruple setup. The front will be powered by a 16MP lens. 

Expect features like Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth 5.0, under-display fingerprint sensor, and new colour variants. While talking about the pricing, at this point your guess is as good as mine. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comment section below. 

Realme True Wireless for Android – What to expect?  

A truly wireless earbud from the house of Realme is all set to arrive on the same day as 730G. If you remember it correctly, Madhav Seth, CEO of the company teased these the upcoming earphones on stage before signing off at Realme X2 Pro launch event last month. Earlier today morning, the brand official posted on Twitter and has sent out media invites for the same. 

So far we know there will be three colours, Black, White, and Yellow. If you talk about the design of these new realme wireless earbuds. They strikingly look similar to the Apple AirPods. Plus, if you look at the charging case, it also reminisces of the AirPods charging case. We don’t know what’s happening there, but we shall know it soon on the launch date. Stay tuned to Mr. Phone for live event updates on Twitter and Instagram. 

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Nokia 2.3 launched; price, specs, and availability https://themrphone.com/tech/nokia-2-3-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:49:18 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87479 Nokia 2.3 - Feature ImageNokia has launched its new smartphone in Europe, it is called Nokia 2.3. The new handset from the brand is priced at Euro 109, roughly Rs 8,699. It will retail in the country in 2 colours variants including Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal. The handset...

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Nokia has launched its new smartphone in Europe, it is called Nokia 2.3. The new handset from the brand is priced at Euro 109, roughly Rs 8,699. It will retail in the country in 2 colours variants including Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal. The handset will be made out of Polycarbonate. It is said to sport an 8.68mm thickness and weight at 183 grams.

Display

Talking about the display of the Nokia 2.3, it is a 6.2-inches display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It is an IPS panel, which comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The company teases that its display has a Capacitive, Multi-touch, Always-On Display, and has a Selfie-notch. 

Camera

As far as the camera department is concerned, it packs a dual rear camera setup. Where the primary rear camera is of 13.0MP and the secondary rear camera is of 2MP. It comes with a Touch-to-focus Autofocus technology. The rear camera is supported by an LED flash. For selfies, you can make use of the 5.0MP front camera.

Hardware and Software

The Nokia 2.3 is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 (MT6761) chipset, which comes with 4 Cores and clocks at 2.0 GHz. It is accompanied by a 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage capacity, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. It will be running on the Android 9.0 Pie. Note that the external storage is expandable. It does not come with a fingerprint sensor but instead relies on the FaceUnlock. As far as the battery life is concerned, its 4000mAh battery juice claims a day’s life. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button. 

Nokia 2.3 Full Specifications

Take a look at the detail specifications of the new Nokia 2.2 smartphone in the table below.

Brand Nokia
Specs Score 46.33424
Chipset MediaTek Helio A22 (MT6761)
RAM 2GB
Internal storage capacity 32GB
Screen size 6.2
Resolution 720 x 1520
Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP
External Storage Yes
Front camera 5.0
Capacity 4000
Fingerprint It does not come with a fingerprint sensor.
Battery 4000mAh
Display 6.2-inch 720 x 1520pixels
Other Nokia mobiles View Full Specs

Nokia 2.3 Price

The launch price of the Nokia 2.2 smartphone is at 109 Euro, which translates to Rs 8,699 approximately

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Mr. Phone Awards 2.0 (2019): introducing the categories, nominees, and the jury https://themrphone.com/tech/mr-phone-awards-2-0-2019-introducing-categories-nominees-jury?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/mr-phone-awards-2-0-2019-introducing-categories-nominees-jury#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:47:45 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87425 In 2018, smartphone brands were only clamoring to find a way to cut down the notch. In comparison, 2019 was the year of refinement. To add to that, 2019 saw the emergence of foldable phones and 5G. Thereby, clearly signaling that we are the cusp of smartphone technology...

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In 2018, smartphone brands were only clamoring to find a way to cut down the notch. In comparison, 2019 was the year of refinement. To add to that, 2019 saw the emergence of foldable phones and 5G. Thereby, clearly signaling that we are the cusp of smartphone technology innovation becoming mainstream. Well, to commemorate all such great achievements in 2019, Mr. Phone Awards is back for its second edition. 

Welcome, to Mr. Phone Awards 2.0. It is bigger, better, and definitely more exciting this year. 

Introducing the Jury

Mr. Phone Awards 2.0 has been officiated by an esteemed panel of jury members from tech publications we all know and love. They had to go through a tough grind to finalize the winners. 

Ali Pardiwala

Ali Pardiwala is a Senior Reviewer at India’s most popular gadgets website – Gadgets 360. His TV reviews are so detailed that sometimes you won’t have to go to any other destination to know more. This is all thanks to the years of experience he’s had in doing this day and day out. His expertise came in handy for adjudging the winners in the TV categories. 

Akshay Bhalla

As the Technology Editor of one of India’s most popular lifestyle websites – MensXP – Akshay has his job cut out. His stories are always spicy and hot, yet deep with insight. Akshay is a fearless Editor who doesn’t hold back on his opinions and that makes him unique in today’s tech journalism space. 

Dhruv Bhutani

Dhruv is possibly one of India’s most prolific smartphone critics. His hot takes are always backed by solid data and concrete proof that you will not be able to win any argument against him. Dhruv is currently the Editor for Android Authority and covers the Indian market extensively for the blog. 

Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda single-handedly covers the Indian handset market for one of the biggest tech blogs in the world – Android Central. In his role as the Asia Editor for the blog, Harish writes long, incisive and extremely well-received reviews on the most prominent smartphones that are launched in our country. 

Shlok Shrivastava

Shlok aka Tech Burner is a YouTube sensation whose meteoric rise to success can be attributed partly to his quirky yet affable persona. But, don’t let his persona fool you, Shlok knows his tech and takes a look at certain nuances that quite a few of us might miss out on. 

Tushar Kanwar

When it comes to smartphone reviews in India, Tushar Kanwar’s perspectives are second to none. Tushar is a Technology Columnist for The Telegraph and The Huffington Post.  He is one of the very few reviewers in the country who can pack an abundance of information about a phone in just under 500 words; a talent that he has honed meticulously over the years.

User Choice: Pick Your Favourite Phone and Brand to Win Amazon Gift Vouchers

Before we move on to the critic categories, we want to introduce the User Choice categories. We have a couple of categories this year. One for the Best User Choice Smartphone of the Year and another for the Best User Choice Brand of the Year. And, to adjudge the winners in this category, we need your help. 

All you need to do is head to this link and vote for your favorite phone and brand. But, to make it even more appealing, we will pick 5 lucky winners who will get an Amazon Gift Voucher of Rs 500 each. 

Critic Categories

This year, we have 11 critic category awards. Each and every single category is a tightly contested one. Let’s start by introducing the new TV categories first. 

Important note: Only phones and TVs launched in India till November 21, 2018, were eligible to be nominated for the awards. 

Best Budget TV

The budget TV category of TVs priced under Rs 50,000 exploded exponentially this year. We had more than a couple of new brands and brand partnerships too. Let’s take a look at the nominees. 

Nominees

Mi TV 4X
Vu Ultra Android TV
MarQ 43SAFHD
TCL 40S62FS
Shinco S55QHDR10

Best TV

This category decides the best TV out there. One that has no compromises. From excellent display quality to good sound, the winner of this category has it all. 

Nominees

Sony A9G OLED
OnePlus TV Q1 Pro
LG C9
Philips 55PUT6103S
Samsung Q90R

Most Improved Smartphone Series

This is a unique category that takes a look at the efforts of smartphone brands to bring massive changes to a very popular series of smartphones. For example, the ROG Phone II was a massive jump from the ROG Phone with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, a more streamlined design, better software, and more. With that context, we’ve selected the appropriate phones to fill in the nominations. 

Nominees

OnePlus 7T
iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max
ROG Phone II
Redmi 8A
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 

Best Operating System

Yes, the hardware is important but no phone is complete without the operating system. The Best Operating System award will honor the mobile operating system with the cleanest, most intuitive user interface of all. 

Nominees

One UI
iOS 13
Android 10 (Stock)
Oxygen OS 10
MIUI 11

Most Innovative Smartphone

These phones are the trendsetters. From folding displays to a 5-camera array, we saw manufacturers change the face of smartphone design this year. Essentially, these are the phones that dared to innovate and are ideal nominations for the Most Innovative Smartphone category.

Nominees

Mi Mix Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Huawei Mate X
vivo Nex 3
Nokia 9 PureView

Best Gaming Phone

There has been a massive explosion of gaming phones this year. All the nominees in this category are the ultimate phones when it comes to landing headshots in PUBG. 

Nominees

nubia Red Magic 3s
Black Shark 2
ROG Phone II
iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max
OnePlus 7 Pro/7T Pro

Best Camera Phone

This category needs no explanation. The winning phone has to have the best set of cameras. Period. 

Nominees

iPhone 11 Pro/ 11 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Huawei P30 Pro 
Pixel 3a/3a XL

Best Budget Smartphone

The Best Budget Smartphone category includes phones under Rs 10,000. This category has exploded with great options this year and the fight is absolutely intense. 

Nominees

Redmi Note 8
Realme 5/5s
vivo U10
Redmi 8
Realme 3i

Best Mid-Range Smartphone

Mid-range phones are essentially the middle-ground between budget and flagship phones. A mid-range phone offers users a no-nonsense smartphone experience with some stand-out feature worth talking about. It could be the camera, the design, or even the RAM. This is the category of phones that a lot of folks are buying this year.

Nominees

Redmi K20
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Realme XT
vivo Z1X
Samsung Galaxy A50/A50s

Best Budget Flagship Smartphone

The Budget Flagship Smartphone is a new category that has taken the Indian market by storm. It includes phones priced under Rs 40,000 with high-end specs. Essentially, these phones have a few compromises but make up for it by offering a flagship-grade performance at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Nominees

OnePlus 7T
Redmi K20 Pro
ASUS 6Z
OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
Realme X2 Pro

Best Flagship Smartphone

The crème de la crème of smartphones – the flagship smartphone. It is the showcase phone for any brand. This phone includes the best technologies — cameras, display, design, and more — crammed into a single shell of aluminum and glass. 

Nominees

iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
OnePlus 7 Pro/7T Pro
Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+
Huawei P30 Pro

May the Best Phone/TV Win

So, that concludes our categories and nominations for the year 2019. We have three new categories. And, we are super excited to find out the winners across all the 13 categories. So what are you waiting for? Go voting and keep waiting for the results. 

We declare the Mr. Phone Awards 2.0 open!

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Nokia 55-inch 4K Smart TV with JBL Sound launched in India at Rs 41,999 https://themrphone.com/tech/nokia-smart-tv-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/nokia-smart-tv-details#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:55:04 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87455 Nokia Smart TV - Feature ImageNokia has announced its first-ever smart TV in India in partnership with Flipkart. We already knew that Nokia is coming up with its new Android TVs in India. A couple of weeks ago, we learned that when Flipkart and HMD Global announced a strategic partnership....

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Nokia has announced its first-ever smart TV in India in partnership with Flipkart. We already knew that Nokia is coming up with its new Android TVs in India. A couple of weeks ago, we learned that when Flipkart and HMD Global announced a strategic partnership. Today, Nokia and Flipkart have taken up online to announce its first-ever Smart TV. Let’s talk about the specs, price, and availability below. 

Nokia Smart TV – Features 

Running on the stock Android experience, its new Nokia Smart TV comes in-built with Google Assistant and Chromecast. Thus, allowing you to use voice commands and stream your mobile content on to the TV. Currently, only one variant has been launched, which comes with a 55-inch screen. It’s a 4K Ultra HD resolution display.

The most significant feature of a Television is not which apps it playing, but how it is its sound quality. Which is why Nokia Smart TV comes powered by JBL Sound. It claims to offer harmonic sound, deep bass, and clear vocal tones. All this will be heard on 24W speaker output. Talking more on the audio part, it comes with Dolby Audio support, which further improves the audio experience. 

Dolby support is extended to visuals as well. The Dolby Vision makes sure you have a mesmerizing viewing experience. The brightness, contrast, and color reproduction on the Ultra HD screen is said to be outstanding. The DTS Truusound further adds to home theatre experience with 5.1 Channel support. 

Now if you are someone who likes inspirational design, then you’d like this one. The Nokia Smart TV comes with Geometry inspired the design and comes with a stylish Art Deco stand, which will add to the style quotient of your living room. Speaking more on the screen technology, the wide colour gamut makes sure you see lifelike colours. 

The Intelligent dimming makes sure the contrast and brightness levels are optimized according to the light present in the room. Thus, offering accurate darker shades and highlights. In case you’re concerned with specifications, it is powered by a Quad-core processor, have 2.25GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 2USB ports, 3, HDMI ports, Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi support.   

Nokia Smart TV – Price & Availability 

The Nokia 55-inch Smart TV is launched in India at Rs 41,999 and it will be available for purchase from December 10th at 12 noon. There will be no cost EMI offers, Prepaid instant discounts and more. You can head over to the buy page from the below button. 

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Huawei Watch GT2, FreeLace earphones and Bluetooth Mini speaker launched in India https://themrphone.com/tech/huawei-watch-gt2-freelace-earphones-bluetooth-mini-speaker-launched-india?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/huawei-watch-gt2-freelace-earphones-bluetooth-mini-speaker-launched-india#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:58:13 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87428 Huawei recently took to the stage and announced a slew of smartphone accessories in India. The company has announced a brand new smartwatch in the form of the Huawei Watch GT2, a pair of Bluetooth earphones dubbed the Huawei FreeLace and a tiny Bluetooth speaker...

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Huawei recently took to the stage and announced a slew of smartphone accessories in India. The company has announced a brand new smartwatch in the form of the Huawei Watch GT2, a pair of Bluetooth earphones dubbed the Huawei FreeLace and a tiny Bluetooth speaker aptly named Huawei Mini speaker.

Huawei Watch GT2

Coming to the specs of the smartwatch, the Huawei Watch GT2 is backed by the company’s Kirin A1 processor which promises impressive compute without trading blows with battery life. The smartwatch can reportedly last two weeks off a single charge, comes with support for Bluetooth calling and lets buyers store and play up to 500 songs as well. The wearable also comes with an intelligent heart rate monitor, and can even track a users’ sleep pattern accurately.

As far as the rest of the features of the Watch GT2 are concerned, the device ships with a Super AMOLED display and can help monitor 15 different activities, including cycling and trail running. Interested buyers should know that the GT2 starts at Rs 14,990 for the 42mm sports variant. The company is also offering a 46mm Sport variant, and 42mm/46mm metal variants for Rs 15,990, Rs 17,990 and Rs 21,990 respectively.

The smartwatch will go on sale on December 19th, however, as part of an ongoing promotion, you can preorder the smartwatch between December 12th and 18th and stand a chance to win the FreeLace Bluetooth earphones along with a trip to Goa.

Speaking of which, the FreeLace Bluetooth earphones will also sell as a standalone product for Rs 6,990. The key USP of the headset comes in the form of a built-in USB Type-C port, which should pave way for a seamless charging experience. The company also claims that the USB connection can be used to instantly pair the headset to a Huawei smartphone.

Lastly, the company also took the wraps off the Huawei Mini Bluetooth speaker which carries an asking price of Rs 2,990. For more information on everything tech, stay tuned to our blog.

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Lenovo Smart Display, Smart Bulb, and Smart Camera introduced in India; price, specs & availability   https://themrphone.com/tech/lenovo-smart-home-devices?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/lenovo-smart-home-devices#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:37:52 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87409 Lenovo Smart Devices 2 - Feature ImageLenovo has introduced an entirely new range of smart devices in India today. The Chinese technology products manufacturer has come up with a range of new IoT devices for smarter homes. The list includes Lenovo Smart Display, Lenovo Smart Bulb, and Lenovo Smart Camera. Let’s...

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Lenovo has introduced an entirely new range of smart devices in India today. The Chinese technology products manufacturer has come up with a range of new IoT devices for smarter homes. The list includes Lenovo Smart Display, Lenovo Smart Bulb, and Lenovo Smart Camera. Let’s take a look at the specifications, price, and availability of all the devices launched today in India. 

Lenovo Smart Display

The 7-inch Smart Display from the house of Lenovo will come to your house. The large screen display brings a range of features. Plus, it brings the best of the Google Assistant with the enhanced visual experience. You can control 5,000 smart home devices from a range of smart brands. 

The Smart Display can be used to make video calls, you can also monitor the kids’ room, as well as check who’s at your door. This all can be done without lifting a finger. It has dual microphones and a full-range speaker. This allows you to control Smart Display across from the room. It’s an always-on display! 

The Lenovo Smart Display will be available for purchase at Rs 8,999 across Flipkart, Croma, and Lenovo online and offline Exclusive stores. 

Lenovo Smart Bulb

What’s a smart home with a smart bulb? Exactly. This is why Lenovo has also announced a new Smart Bulb, which can be controlled using Google Assistant and Alexa. You can change color, temperature, and brightness levels can be adjusted using voice commands. The lights can be set to warmer hues for bedtime. It can be operated using the Lenovo Link app. The pricing and availability for the Smart Bulb are not yet shared by the brand. 

Lenovo Smart Camera

Lenovo finally has a smart camera in its segment. The Lenovo Smart Camera is said to keep your home secure. It will give you a wide field of view, offering better visibility. It can scan the area up to 355-degree FOV from the side by side. It has a 120 degree up and down capability as well. It has a built-in mic and speaker. It offers remote location controls, which is great way to interact with someone at your house or scare them as well. The voice commands are also applicable to this device.

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Skullcandy’s first wireless active active noise cancelling headphones launched in India at Rs 7,999 https://themrphone.com/tech/skullcandy-method-anc-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/skullcandy-method-anc-details#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:40:31 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87397 Skullcandy Method ANC - Feature ImageSkullcandy has launched its latest wireless headphones in India priced at Rs 7,999. The all-new wireless headphones from the house of Skullcandy brings Active Noise-canceling technology to its segment in India. Dubbed as Method ANC, these new headphones bring the lightweight design to sub Rs...

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Skullcandy has launched its latest wireless headphones in India priced at Rs 7,999. The all-new wireless headphones from the house of Skullcandy brings Active Noise-canceling technology to its segment in India. Dubbed as Method ANC, these new headphones bring the lightweight design to sub Rs 10,000 price segment. Let’s talk more about the features below. 

Skullcandy Method ANC – Features 

Equipped with ANC technology, these new wireless earphones will block noise and distractions. This will allow them to create their own space, which is much needed, especially if you’re living in a fast-paced city. Anywhere you go, these Skullcandy Method ANC headphones will block out the noise for your ears. 

Speaking of the features, the Method ANC comes with what and water-resistant rating (IPX4). With the FitFin gel, Skullcandy ensures adaptable and secure in-ear fit for any ear. Talking about the security, these headphones come with added security offering Tile tracker. It will allow users to locate the earbud. Further, the magnetic lock ensures the earbuds get secured on your neck while you’re wearing them and they are not in use. 

Coming to the battery life, the Method ANC comes with up to six hours of battery life. It offers Rapid Charge technology, which tends to provide two hours of playtime from just a 10-minute charge. The in-line remote makes all the media control features accessible on fingertips. It makes it easy and intuitive to interact with the connected device and the assistant featuring inside the device. 

What do you guys think of the new Skullcandy Method ANC headphones? Let us know in the comment section below.     

 

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Sennheiser IE80 S BT review: fits and sounds like a warm hug https://themrphone.com/tech/sennheiser-ie80-s-bt-review?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/sennheiser-ie80-s-bt-review#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:44:22 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87350 Just like Bose, Sennheiser has an excellent brand recall when it comes to high-end audio gear. The latest in Sennheiser’s repertoire is the IE 80 S BT, a pair of neckband style Bluetooth earphones with supposedly ‘audiophile-grade’ sound. In fact, Sennheiser calls it the ‘first...

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Just like Bose, Sennheiser has an excellent brand recall when it comes to high-end audio gear. The latest in Sennheiser’s repertoire is the IE 80 S BT, a pair of neckband style Bluetooth earphones with supposedly ‘audiophile-grade’ sound. In fact, Sennheiser calls it the ‘first audiophile Bluetooth earphones.’ Now, I’m not so sure if we can define the audiophile sound in absolute terms, but I can definitely tell you if the IE 80 S BT sounds good or not. 

Design and fit

The IE80 S BT has a simple, tried-and-tested neckband design that works primarily because it is fuss-free. You get a black rubber neckband that terminates at two plastic housings. Connected to the housings are two thin insulated wires that then connect to the ear-hooks. The neckband is really comfortable around the ears most because it is lightweight. Also, the fit is damn snug. I could wear it for 3-4 hours at a stretch without feeling the itch to take them off. This matters because most neckband style earphones don’t offer this level of comfort. 

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Also, read: Jays x-Five review: my favorite Bluetooth headphones under Rs. 5,000

Additionally, I like the flat profile that you get when you insert the earphones in your ears. You can wear it inside a helmet or even sleep on your sides without it jutting out. To add to that, you also get multiple tips including Comply Foam ones inside the box, which is great. Although, I have one gripe with the design: Sennheiser hasn’t given you the option for the housings to connect magnetically and automatic pause/play as a result. You get this feature in wireless neckband-style earphones that are cost only a fraction of the price of the IE80 S BT. 

As far as sturdiness is concerned, I feel these should easily last you for a while even with rough usage considering the quality of the materials used. That said, for the asking pricing, I would have liked it if Sennheiser had added a metal housing instead of plastic. 

Sound signature and battery life

Sennheiser uses a couple of 9mm dynamic drivers inside the housings to deliver the so-called ‘audiophile-grade’ sound. After long listening sessions, all I can tell you is that the Sennheiser IE80 S BT has a warm doctored sound that is meant to make you feel comfortable, just like the fit. Yes, the treble has a nice shine to it but the bass is a little bloated for my taste. And, I’m sure audiophiles would want a low end that has a bit more bite, a bit more attack to it. 

But yes, the mids are pretty good and vocals sound great. And, the one reason why the IE80 S BT sounds audiophile-grade is that it has pretty good imaging and you can distinguish between different instruments clearly. On the flip side, the tonality is not that great because of the slightly colored sound. Thankfully, you can tweak the sound using Sennheiser’s Smart Control app and it responds to equalizer settings very well. You can immediately tell the difference, which is great. 

Also, read: Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC review: the noise-canceling headphones for audiophiles!

So, is this the best sounding pair of BT earphones? I think not. For example, even Sennheiser’s very own Ambeo sounds excellent plus you have earphones like the RHA MA750 wireless/T20 Wireless and the 1More Triple Driver BT that are much more affordable with a great sound signature. Additionally, at around the same price, you also have the Planar magnetic RHA CL2 Planar that sounds incredible. And, if you ask me, all these earphones are more audiophile-grade than the IE 80 S BT. The Sennheiser IE 80 S BT strictly works well for casual, laid-back listening which works well if you are on-the-go.

Now, there’s another issue. The battery life of the IE 80 S BT is low, pretty low. It lasted for 5 hours in my testing and that is not good when compared to its competition. For example, the CL2 Planar lasts 11 hours and 30 minutes on a single charge easily. 

Should you buy the Sennheiser IE80 S BT? 

So, the Sennheiser IE80 S BT priced at Rs 39,990. That’s super steep but that’s the price you pay for a quality sound signature. It is a crowd pleasing sound more than audiophile-grade if you ask me. And therefore, it could sell well.

Also, read: 1MORE Triple Driver BT review: better than the RHA MA750 Wireless and BeatsX?

Which, in turn, is good for Sennheiser. If you want a warm, comforting sound with a clear soundscape then the IE80 S BT is perfect for you. It helps that these are also very comfortable to wear for longer durations. But, is the high price tag justified? I am not so sure.

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Exclusive: OPPO Reno 3 Pro launch slated for February 2020 in India https://themrphone.com/tech/exclusive-oppo-reno-3-pro-to-come-to-india-in-february-2020?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/exclusive-oppo-reno-3-pro-to-come-to-india-in-february-2020#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:51:19 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87378 OPPO Reno 3 ProChinese tech giant OPPO has been on somewhat of a launch spree in India. The brand announced a slew of handsets under its all-new Reno series in the subcontinent this year. Now, per our sources, the company is all set to unveil the Reno 3...

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Chinese tech giant OPPO has been on somewhat of a launch spree in India. The brand announced a slew of handsets under its all-new Reno series in the subcontinent this year. Now, per our sources, the company is all set to unveil the Reno 3 Pro in the month of February in India. 

OPPO Reno 3 Pro – What to expect?

OPPO’s VP of Global Sales, Allen Wu announced the Reno 3 Pro during the ongoing Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii. At the event, Wu confirmed that OPPO will launch a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765-powered Reno3 Pro somewhere in Q1 of 2020. However, per our sources, the smartphone in question will be launched in India with a MediaTek processor. Coincidentally, MediaTek too announced a 5G-capable SoC in the form of MediaTek Dimensity 1000 a while ago which could see its way on a Reno 3 Pro variant to be launched in India.

As for the rest of the specs of the phone, we have been informed that the Reno 3 Pro will ship with a quad-camera setup at the back, comprising a main 64MP sensor. Our best guess is that the phone will utilize Samsung’s GW1 sensor, which was found on the MediaTek Helio P90-powered Redmi Note 8 Pro. While we don’t have any concrete information on the rest of the camera specs, you can expect the Reno 3 Pro to feature a wide-angle lens, along with a telephoto lens and a macro/depth sensor.

In terms of design, while pop-up camera smartphones are currently in-vogue, the Reno 3 Pro will reportedly ship with a notched display. The smartphone is expected to feature the company’s 50W SuperVOOC charging tech as well.

That’s all the information we have on OPPO’s upcoming handset right now. Do let us know in the comments below if you’re excited for the phone to launch in India. For more details on the smartphone’s pricing and availability, stay tuned to our blog.

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Here are the most popular apps Indians downloaded on Google Play Store in 2019 https://themrphone.com/tech/best-of-google-play-in-2019?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/best-of-google-play-in-2019#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:05:07 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87356 Best of Google Play in 2019 - Feature ImageIt’s December and it’s time for yearly wrap-ups! Today, Google India has released a list of apps, games, movies, and books that were popular in 2019 on Google Play. Indians loved Ayushmann Khurana this year, there’s no doubt about that, but what they also loved...

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It’s December and it’s time for yearly wrap-ups! Today, Google India has released a list of apps, games, movies, and books that were popular in 2019 on Google Play. Indians loved Ayushmann Khurana this year, there’s no doubt about that, but what they also loved is playing games. And the games they downloaded a lot. But which is the most downloaded mobile game in India? Let’s find out about this and more below. 

Best Apps on Google Play in 2019

Speaking of the User’s choice of 2019, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is the most downloaded movie of the year. Which is then followed by Andhadhun. Whereas talking about the e-Books/audiobooks, The Magic of Thinking Big, and the Sky is the Limit is one of the most top-selling e-books and audiobooks respectively. 

For some obvious reasons, Call of Duty was voted as the best game of 2019, and Ablo being the best app of the year. This year Indians really loved those much-hyped curated playlists on Spotify, as the app made to the list as the most loved app of 2019. The user choice winners also included Everything Is F*cked: A book about Hope as the most popular eBook. 

Below you can find the complete list of popular apps Indians have download this year. 

Users’ Choice 2019

●     App: Spotify

●     Game: Call of Duty: Mobile

●     Movie: Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame

●     Ebook: Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope

Best App of 2019

●     Ablo

Best Game of 2019

●     Call of Duty: Mobile

Top-Selling Movies of 2019

●     Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame

●     Andhadhun

●     Badla

●     Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War

●     Aquaman

Top-Selling Ebooks of 2019

●     The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J Schwartz

●     The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

●     You Were My Crush, by Durjoy Datta

●     Zero to One, by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel

●     The 5 AM Club, by Robin Sharma

Top-Selling Audiobooks of 2019

●     The Sky is the Limit, by James Allen Khalil Gibran, Napoleon Hill, P.T. Barnum, Benjamin Franklin, Orison Swett Marden, Florence Scovel Shinn, Wallace D. Wattles, Russell H. Conwell

●     The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

●     A Brief History Of Time, by Stephen Hawking

●     Atomic Habits, by James Clear

●     Zero to One, by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel

You can also visit this Google Play Store LINK to check out the Best of 2019 Collection. Let us know if your personal favourite application made it to the list of not. 

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Huawei Watch GT 2 is all set to arrive in India on December 5 https://themrphone.com/tech/huawei-watch-gt-2-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/huawei-watch-gt-2-details#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:54:29 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=87338 Huawei Watch GT 2 - Feature ImageHuawei is all set to launch its new edition of the smartwatch. Expect Huawei to unveil its second-generation Watch GT 2 on December 5. The new Huawei Watch is going to come in two variants; 42mm and 46mm dial sizes. Further, the company claims up...

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Huawei is all set to launch its new edition of the smartwatch. Expect Huawei to unveil its second-generation Watch GT 2 on December 5. The new Huawei Watch is going to come in two variants; 42mm and 46mm dial sizes. Further, the company claims up to 30 hours f battery life on its new upcoming smartwatch.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Features – What to expect? 

Boasting its new chipset, the Huawei Watch GT 2 will be powered by a Kirin A1, first in its series. This proprietary processor is developed to power wearables. As far as the chipset is concerned, it comes with an advanced Bluetooth processing unit. There is a powerful audio processing unit and an ultra-low power consumption unit, plus a separate power management unit. These all unit work in tandem to bring best in class performance on the Watch GT 2. 

Huawei teases that its GT 2 Watch will support both wireless audio devices and smartwatches. The new watch will be sporting a 1.39-inch OLED display with a 454 x 454-pixel resolution display, it’s for the 46mm watch. Whereas the 42mm watch will be offering a 1.2-inch OLED display with 390 x 390-pixel resolution. 

Speaking of durability, it offers 5ATM water resistance. What it means is that it can withstand water resistance at a depth of 50 meters for up to 10 minutes at a time. There are many connectivity options including Bluetooth 5.1v and in-built GPS. Other highlighting features include optical heart rate sensors, fitness tracking, and stress monitoring features. 

Huawei Watch GT 2 – Battery Life

It comes with the claim of 30 hours of battery life while using GPS mode. Whereas if the GPS mode is off, the typical day battery life is said to be up to 2 Weeks for 46mm, and 1-week fo 42mm mode. Note that it has a built-in mic and speaker, which allows you to enjoy calls from your wrist as long as the distance with the phone is within 150 meters. 

Coming to the fitness activities, the Watch GT 2 offers 15 workout mode. The list includes running, walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, gym machines, free-weight training, and more. As far as the compatibility goes, it has iOS and Android compatibility with devices running, versions 9.0 and 4.4 and above, respectively. 

What do you guys think of the all-new Huawei smartwatch coming to India? Let us know in the comment section below.   

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