Mr. Phone https://themrphone.com/tech Latest Tech News, Reviews and Tech Advice Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.8 Register now for Netflix StreamFest and watch Netflix shows/movies for free for two days https://themrphone.com/tech/watch-netflix-movies-tv-shows-free-india?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/watch-netflix-movies-tv-shows-free-india#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:42:47 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98736 Netflix is introducing new promotional strategy for its streaming services. The world’s popular streaming platform is aiming for a far reach and expanding its consumer base in India. The company is introducing a new drive — the Netflix StreamFest. It is the streaming platform’s new...

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Netflix is introducing new promotional strategy for its streaming services. The world’s popular streaming platform is aiming for a far reach and expanding its consumer base in India. The company is introducing a new drive — the Netflix StreamFest. It is the streaming platform’s new take to hop in more people to use its service. As part of it, the company will be offering two days of free access to all in the country.

Also read: Netflix introduces Hindi UI in India, here’s how you can change the interface language

How to avail this free benefit on Netflix India

Netflix will be offering 48 hours of its streaming service free to everyone. The free access starts from 12:00 AM on December 5th and ends at 11:59 PM on December 6th. Here’s a step by step process on how to avail it, which is fairly simple.

  • Open up the Netflix StreamFest site.
  • After launching it, you will land on the StreamFest website, wherein you can enter either your mobile number or an email.

  • That’s about it, the streaming service will acknowledge that you have been registered.
  • After which you will need to wait for the reminder to pop up on your email or mobile before December 5th.

  • After receiving the message, users can come back and create an account without any plan or payment selection, which is very delightful.
  • On December 5th, users can open up the account and start watching Netflix shows, movies or whatever for 48 hours, for free obviously.
  • The streaimg service further says that users can either register on the web or its Android app. However, they can later watch it on any device with the same account for two days.
  • Also note, the email or phone provided in the second step above is only for the service to send a reminder, users can register with any other email or a phone number on December 5th as well.
  • Further, users on December 5th might notice a message from Netflix indicating ‘StreamFest is at capacity’. Meaning, the streaming platform would offer this service for limited members; nonetheless, it still promises to deliver two days of free Netflix. 

Netlfix Plans — Post the StreamFest

Post the StreamFest days, i.e. after December 5-6th, users who have enjoyed or are interested in watching more Netflix can start their subscription with plans starting as low as for Rs 199 per month. This StreamFest is indeed a good promotional offer for new consumers to get on this service. This also makes streaming platform take on its competitors like Hotstar, or Amazon Prime Video, for instance, who are the next prominent players of OTT platforms in India.

Did you find this step by step process useful? Are you considering trying out free Netflix for two days? Do let us know. If yes, get ready for some binge-watching for 48 hours and make a list of favourite or top shows to watch.

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Vivo V20 Pro with 44MP dual selfie cameras tipped to launch with exciting cashback offers https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-v20-pro-launch?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-v20-pro-launch#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:04:58 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98724 Vivo V20 ProVivo V20 Pro is the next smartphone in the pipeline that is reportedly launching next month. According to XDA Developers’ Tushar Mehta, Vivo is introducing its next Vivo V series smartphone in India in the first week of December. This adds to the existing Vivo...

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Vivo V20 Pro is the next smartphone in the pipeline that is reportedly launching next month. According to XDA Developers’ Tushar Mehta, Vivo is introducing its next Vivo V series smartphone in India in the first week of December. This adds to the existing Vivo V20 and the Vivo V20 SE smartphones under its V series. The Vivo V20 Pro earlier introduced in the Thailand market — is all set to foray into the Indian market, according to the tipster. While the launch appears affirmative, some deals and discounts are leaked — thanks to the tipster.

Also read: Vivo OriginOS featuring new design overhaul and UI changes launched in China

Vivo V20 Pro — Specs

As mentioned, the Vivo V20 Pro initially launched in Thailand. Assuming the same variant that will be launching in India next month — we can expect a 6.44-inches Full HD+ AMOLED display as we have seen on the recent Vivo S20 smartphone. Both the Vivo V20 and the upcoming Vivo V20 Pro typically share identical specs and design on paper. However, they slightly different when it comes to performance, front camera and as well as connectivity.

Vivo V20 Pro

Under the hood, the Vivo V20 Pro equips Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chipset. The chipset is built on a 7nm process and supports 5G networks. This evidently makes Vivo V20 Pro the first mid-range 5G phone to launch in this country. The device features 8GB of RAM with 128GB of onboard storage. It has a decent 4000mAh battery underneath, which further supports Vivo’s 33W fast charging tech. On the software front, it ships with Funtouch OS 11. For those unaware, Vivo has recently launched a new Android Skin called OriginOS.

Also read: Vivo V20 with Snapdragon 720G SoC and 44MP selfie camera launched in India at Rs 24,990

Vivo V20 Pro — Cameras

The rear cameras on the Vivo V20 Pro happen to match with the Vivo V20 smartphone. Meaning, it attains triple rear cameras with 64MP camera acting as the primary sensor. Further, there’s one 8MP wide-angle camera alongside a 2MP monochrome sensor. On the front, the Vivo V20 Pro carries dual selfie shooters, unlike the solo selfie camera featured on the Vivo V20. The Pro variant hence features a more significant notch than the standard one. The notch comprises a 44MP selfie shooter paired with an 8MP wide-angle for those wider selfies. The wide-angle camera here supports a 105-degree field of view.

Vivo V20 Pro — Leaked Discounts and Cashbacks

Now, let us come back and check the leaked discounts and cashback in India. The tipster suggests that there would be a 10% cashback offer debit and credit cards of ICICI Bank India. Other bank offers include 10% cashback on Bank of Baroda credit cards and as well as ZestMoney Finance. Jio is also offering up to Rs 10,000 cashback, and Vivo itself is offering rewards as part of its upgrade program.

Also read: Vivo V20 SE with Snapdragon 665 SoC and 32MP selfie camera launched in India at Rs 20,990

There are several other EMI offerings including ones from Bajaj Finserve and more. However, tipster points out since this is a leak, the offers are yet to be announced from the aforementioned banks, officially. Also, these offers happen to be pre-book offers, which could change post-launch in early December 2020.

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POCO M3 confirmed to feature 6.53-inches display, Snapdragon 662 SoC, and 6000mAh battey https://themrphone.com/tech/poco-m3-launch?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/poco-m3-launch#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:40:47 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98676 POCO M3Update (23/11/2020):  POCO officially confirms the next POCO M3 design and few of its specifications. These details are met with the leaked renders and expected specifications mentioned below in the story. This update is to confirm those details. The upcoming M3 will be featuring a...

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Update (23/11/2020):  POCO officially confirms the next POCO M3 design and few of its specifications. These details are met with the leaked renders and expected specifications mentioned below in the story. This update is to confirm those details. The upcoming M3 will be featuring a 6.53-inches dewdrop notch display. The phone equips Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 SoC, and it packs in a massive 6000mAh battery. The launch of the new device from POCO will be held as an online-only event on November 24th. So, stay tuned.

POCO M3

Earlier (Published 20/11/2020 : 17:22 hours) POCO M3 is the next smartphone to be released under the POCO phones existing line-up. It will be launching on November 24th through an online-only event. It is the next anticipated device from the company which will be coming as a successor to the POCO M2 smartphone. While there aren’t official details revealed by the company apart from the launch date, several renders and interesting details are popping up on the web.

Also read: POCO C3 with Helio G35 SoC and triple rear cameras launched in India at Rs 7,499

POCO M3 — Renders

The POCO M3 renders first spotted by folks at 91Mobiles reveal the design of the next mid-range smartphone from POCO. The leaked images also reveal the colour options of the upcoming POCO M3. Going by the renders, we can expect the POCO M3 to feature in Black, Yellow and Purple colour variants.

POCO M3 renders

On the other hand, there are few more renders revealed by MySmartPrice in conjunction with the tipster Ishan Agarwal, which show us a closer look of the POCO M3. Valuing the two leaked renders, we can expect the POCO M3 come in three colour variants. The rear panel of the device appears to be coming in a textured finish instead of a glossy or matte finish.

However, the interesting part of these renders showcase a new camera module on the back. The module features triple cameras and fairly resembles the OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition smartphone’s camera module. While the latter had 2077 Cyberpunk engraved on it, the new POCO M3 renders expose its ‘POCO’ branding imprinted on it. Reports claim that these triple cameras could feature a 48MP primary sensor.

Also read: OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition launched in China at Rs 44,600 approximately

Further, the MySmartPrice report indicates that on the POCO M3, the power button features on the right side of the device equipping a fingerprint scanner within. The volume rockers also align with the power button and the other side of the POCO M3 will be featuring a SIM card slot. On the front, there’s a traditional dewdrop display that hosts a selfie camera. This could be a shortcoming for POCO M3 as many of the budget to mid-range smartphones are now featuring a punch-hole display.

POCO M3 renders

POCO M3 — Expected Specifications

The reports indicate the device will equip a 6.5-inches Full HD+ IPS LCD display. And, underneath, the device could be coming with a Snapdragon 662 SoC. The storage options could start from 4GB of RAM. The 91Mobiles report further points out that it would feature a massive 6000mAh battery with 18W fast charge support. On the software front, the device could ship with Andoird 10 based MIUI 12 out of the box.

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OnePlus 9 Pro renders spotted showcasing a punch-hole display and a new camera array https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-9-pro-leak?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-9-pro-leak#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 05:54:30 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98702 OnePlus 9 Pro renderThe OnePlus 9 Pro is the next anticipated flagship from the smartphone maker, which could be launching as early as March, next year. The OnePlus 9 series will be the mighty successors to OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro series, launched early this year. It is...

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The OnePlus 9 Pro is the next anticipated flagship from the smartphone maker, which could be launching as early as March, next year. The OnePlus 9 series will be the mighty successors to OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro series, launched early this year. It is not so difficult to expect when it comes to specifications; it will naturally possess all the top-of-the-line specifications including the next flagship Snapdragon 875 5G chipset. However, the interesting part apart from specs would be its design. And, thanks to leakster Onleaks (aka Steve Hemmerstoffer), who has recently put up the prototype versions of the next flagship — the OnePlus 9 Pro.

Also read: OnePlus Charging Stations: A new service to keep your device charged on the go

OnePlus 9 Pro — Renders

The OnePlus 9 Pro will stick around to its popular punch-hole display on the front, according to the latest renders. The display is said to be a curved display like the predecessors. The leakster mentions that these prototypes would most likely be the final products that will be launching this year. However, it is safe to assume that there would be minor design tweaks, regardless.

The leakster further confirms that the display on the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro will measure a larger 6.7-inches display, which is familiar with the OnePlus 8 Pro launched this year. He further states, and the renders also reveal that this OnePlus 9 Pro appears to be a mix of the company’s latest models.

For instance, the OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a new rectangular camera array on the rear, which we have witnessed in the previous OnePlus models like — the OnePlus Nord and the OnePlus 8T. Leakster also points out that these rear camera arrays could still change in the final stages, but he assures that there would be four rear cameras.

Also read: OnePlus Nord N100 reportedly comes with a 90Hz refresh rate display

Furthermore, these renders also point out the back is made of glass. And, we can witness the alert slider button and the power button on the right. The volume rockers are on the left side of the device. The tipster confirms that the speakers are housed at the bottom of the device; these are predictably to be stereo speakers nevertheless. Unfortunately, that’s all we could expect and witness about the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro. We could expect more of it in the coming weeks.

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Lypertek Levi TWS earbuds with up to 48 hours playback time launched in India at Rs 4,999 https://themrphone.com/tech/lypertek-levi-launch?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/lypertek-levi-launch#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:07:15 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98688 Lypertek LeviLypertek Levi is the latest offering from the audio equipment maker. The company first forayed into India with Lypertek Tevi — the sibling to these new true wireless earbuds. Tevi had performed remarkably well in our review. And, the new Levi promises to deliver the...

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Lypertek Levi is the latest offering from the audio equipment maker. The company first forayed into India with Lypertek Tevi — the sibling to these new true wireless earbuds. Tevi had performed remarkably well in our review. And, the new Levi promises to deliver the equivalent at a more affordable price range.

Also read: Lypertek Tevi review – phenomenally good sound, unbelievably low price

Lypertek Levi — Design and Specifications

The new Levi earbuds are in-ear buds that come with a charging case. The charging case looks familiar, and when compared to the Tevi, it is surely a reversal. Unlike the Tevi (came with fabric coating on top), the charging case here happens to attain a matte-plastic finish build. The earbuds in the case come with silicone tips in addition to double tangle tips with different size formats.

Lypertek Levi (3)

The true wireless earbuds on the inside come with 6mm Neodymium Dynamic drivers featuring frequency response ranging from 20Hz to 20kHz. Since Levi tends to go under affordable range, the company is dropping Qualcomm AptX codec support (featured in Tevi) in favour of AAC and SBC codec support on the new earbuds. These earbuds promise a snug fit and offer an ambient sound mode, which can allow outside sound to go through. This makes them safer to use in the outdoor environment.

The Levi wireless earbuds support Bluetooth 5.0 when it comes to connectivity, and besides, they also feature IPX5 rating. This should save the earbuds from water/sweat splashes during an intense workout. There’s a multifunctional button placed on the earbuds with which a user can control music or volume or can access respective digital assistants of their smartphones as well.

Also read: LYPERTEK TEVI truly wireless earbuds with up to 70 hours of battery life launched in India at Rs 6,999

Moreover, the Levi earbuds support an 8-hour battery backup on a single charge, and the wireless charging case claims to provide an additional 40 hours. This accumulates to a total of 48 hours of music playback, which is quite significant — furthermore, the charging case charges via USB Type-C. A fifteen-minute quick charge provides a two hour playback time, additionally. 

Lypertek Levi — Pricing

The Lypertek Levi, as suggested earlier, is an affordable earbud from the company with Tevi in comparison. While the latter retails at Rs 6,999, the Levi comes in at Rs 4,999. And, it will be available across all online and offline stores.

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New Google iOS 14 widgets including Gmail, Google Drive and Fit roll out to iPhone/iPad https://themrphone.com/tech/google-ios-14-widgets?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/google-ios-14-widgets#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:40:45 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98659 Google iOS 14 widgetsGoogle iOS 14 widgets now expand to a few more apps. In a recent blog post, the company has showcased new widgets for its Gmail, Google Drive, as well as Google Fit apps. To recall, iOS 14 alongside iPadOS 14 was a major design overhaul...

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Google iOS 14 widgets now expand to a few more apps. In a recent blog post, the company has showcased new widgets for its Gmail, Google Drive, as well as Google Fit apps. To recall, iOS 14 alongside iPadOS 14 was a major design overhaul for Apple devices. It had opened up a lot of app developers to make widgets for their iOS apps just like for Android. Google initially introduced a few new widgets for Google search app, Google Photos, YouTube music apps. And now, it expands to a few more.

Google iOS 14 widgets — For Gmail, Google Drive and Google Fit

In its blog post, Google showcases new Gmail widget and what to expect from it. The interface on the new widget appears relatively simple. The widget will allow iOS 14 users to search, compose and check for new unread emails. Users must be aware that iOS 14 widgets are not interactive widgets. Meaning, clicking on the search, for instance, on the new Gmail widget would open up the app and allow you to search and not from the widget within.

Google iOS 14 widgets

Nonetheless, it still reduces your effort to find the Gmail app from the app library — opening it up — and doing a search. The process is familiar with search and compose buttons on the new Gmail app. Google might consider adding or adopting more functionality to its Gmail widget. For instance, adding a preview of unread emails like the Spark email app does. Or considering to integrate Calendar or a shortcut to glance through attachments, all these usage scenarios might be beneficial, and users have more options to consider using the new Gmail widget.

Google iOS 14 widgets

Also read: Google Photos is killing its free unlimited storage option starting June 1, 2021

The new Google Drive widget also happens to be familiar to the Gmail widget. Users can search or glance at recent documents by clicking the individual sections on the new widget.

Google iOS 14 widgets

On the other hand, Google Fit widget on an iOS 14 screen seems more pleasing than the other two in the lot. Google Fit app, in general, comprises primarily two sections which are — the steps and heart rate points. The new widget does an excellent job in showcasing that and also it provides your current week graphs. This makes users get the right info just by glancing and eliminates the need to check the tracking info by opening the app.

Google iOS 14 widgets

Also read: How to effectively backup and export your Google Photos storage

Google iOS 14 widgets — For Calendar and Chrome Coming Soon

Google has more widgets in the pipeline. The important one appears to be to its Calendar app. It showcased how the future Google Calendar app widget would look like in its blogpost. The widget includes essential information like showcasing appointments, your noted daily tasks, and the current essential date, which is pretty obvious.

Google iOS 14 widgets

Further, there’s Google Chrome widget, which is pretty much identical to Google’s Search widget released earlier. The upcoming Chrome widget will allow users to do a general search, a voice search, an incognito search, and also a QR/Bar code scan. If you’re a Google Chrome beta tester, you can try it right away. For those who are not, they will have to wait till next year for the new Chrome widget as well as Google Calendar widget.

Google iOS 14 widgets

Also read: Apple M1 SoC, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro launched in India; price, specs, and availability

If you’re an iOS 14 user and not familiar with adding these widgets, here are the steps you need to follow — unlock your screen — enter jiggle mode by holding the app drawer screen — select the ‘+’ icon on the top left — scroll through the list of widgets — select any of the widgets mentioned above — swipe through for different sizes — select one and tap ‘add widget’ and hit ‘done’. That should add up your preferred Google widget on your iPhone or on an iPad.

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How to use new WhatsApp disappearing messages feature on iOS, Android, Web and KaiOS https://themrphone.com/tech/whatsapp-disappearing-messages?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/whatsapp-disappearing-messages#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:37:04 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98616 WhatsApp disappearing messagesWhatsApp disappearing messages is the new anticipated feature introduced by the messaging platform. The messages sent using this feature will be deleted after seven days. Facebook-owned messaging service has started rolling out this feature across all platforms. These include Android, iOS, WhatsApp Web and also...

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WhatsApp disappearing messages is the new anticipated feature introduced by the messaging platform. The messages sent using this feature will be deleted after seven days. Facebook-owned messaging service has started rolling out this feature across all platforms. These include Android, iOS, WhatsApp Web and also for KaiOS users. 

According to the company, this new interesting feature is supposed to be utilised for messages/media that need not be everlasting. For instance, if you want to share an address with contact or in a group for the time being — you can turn on disappearing messages and share it. It will be deleted automatically after seven days, giving you one less thing to worry about. However, users can still access that message by copying it or taking a screenshot of it within seven days.

Also read: WhatsApp UPI payments now live, here’s how to enable and use it

The disappearing messages can include photos or media, documents, location, alongside texts as well. After seven days these will get deleted for both parties on either end. This is a one-to-one chat feature and assuming you are the group admin you can utilise this in groups too.

WhatsApp disappearing messages — across platforms

While the feature works across all the platforms mentioned above, here’s a step by step process on how to enable/disable it.

How to use WhatsApp disappearing messages feature

Firstly, this feature is relatively identical across all platforms, and the process of enabling it is also fairly the same.

  • Users need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp according to their respective App or Play Stores.
  • Since it’s a one-to-one chat feature, users need to head over to the individual contact to enable this feature. After selecting, tap beside the contact name, wherein you will get to enter the contact profile.
  • Scrolling down, you can find the new Disappearing Messages category. Click on it and enable the feature by selecting ‘on’.

WhatsApp disappearing messages

  • After doing that head over to the individual contact’s chat section, and you’ll find a new icon on the display profile indicating the feature is on for further conversations. The messaging platform also shows within the conversation that the disappearing messages is turn on for both individuals.
  • Note, the previous chat and media doesn’t include in this new feature despite enabling it — only the new chat and media post enabling the feature will be deleted after seven days. 

WhatsApp disappearing messages

  • Following that users can now send any texts or media within the chat, which gets automatically deleted after seven days. 
  • Disabling the feature is relatively similar — head over to contact profile – select disappearing messages– you can turn it off. And, this step by step process works for groups, again, assuming you are the admin. 
  • Lastly, this step by step process works across all platforms like iOS, Android, Web or Desktop, and KaiOS as well.

WhatsApp disappearing messages — rollout

It will be interesting to see how the whopping two billion users utilise this feature as it has started to roll out users globally. Users who forward messages more regularly could use this feature to save some storage for the person on the other end. Speaking of storage, WhatsApp has recently rolled out a new storage management tool as well. It helps in deleting unnecessary media in a go.

Also read: WhatsApp rolls out new advanced storage management tool

Would you utilise this feature? And, did you find the step by step process useful? Do let us know.

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Realme Watch S with up to 15 days battery life announced, starting at Rs 6,600 approx. https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-watch-s-launch?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-watch-s-launch#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 06:45:45 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98607 realme Watch Srealme Watch S is the new smartwatch announced by the handset maker in Europe. The company has held an online-only event catered to the European market for the launch of its products including realme 7 5G and Buds Air Pro. The new smartwatch from realme...

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realme Watch S is the new smartwatch announced by the handset maker in Europe. The company has held an online-only event catered to the European market for the launch of its products including realme 7 5G and Buds Air Pro. The new smartwatch from realme is fitness and feature-focused by incorporating multiple sport modes, health assistant modes, and is also giving a longstanding battery life claim.

Also read: Realme 7 5G with MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC launched in Europe, starts at Rs 24,500 approx.

realme Watch S — Design

The new smartwatch is a traditional-looking watch featuring a circular dial with a 360 x 360 resolution. The touch screen measures 1.3-inches and is a 2.5D curved display. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection as well as an anti-fingerprint coating on top. This display also offers a wide amount of interchangeable watch faces — a 100 in total.

Further, like a traditional smartphone, the realme Watch S offers auto-brightness feature as well. It can achieve up to 600Nits of peak brightness and comes with five different brightness levels. The display is further enclosed in an aluminium alloy casing, which is further attached to straps made of silicone gel. realme claims that these straps tend to be durable, lightweight, skin-friendly, and offer elasticity.

realme Watch S

realme Watch S — Fitness features

As the realme Watch S is a fitness tracker at its heart. It indeed comes with essential fitness modes. The realme Watch S claims to have intelligent activity tracking solutions. These include the traditional running, cycling and more — there’s new stationary bike mode alongside a rowing machine mode.

Further, there’s 24×7 health assistant mode which includes — real-time heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen level monitoring besides the 16 sports modes as mentioned above. The other activity monitoring features include meditation, idle alert, step tracker, sleep monitoring, and also drinking water reminder.

realme Watch S — Connects to your smartphone

As the Watch S connects to your smartphone, it combines smart features when it comes to app integration. Users will be able to connect to their essential apps through the watch that includes Facebook, WhatsApp, Gmail, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger and more.

The other highlights include unlocking your connected smartphone with the Watch S. Users can control music from their wrist, and they can click pictures on their smartphone too wherein — the Watch S acts as a camera shutter button. Lastly, there’s a call rejection feature with a tap on the new smartwatch as well. From this December, realme Watch S owners can pair their smartwatch to iOS devices, confirms realme.

realme Watch S

realme Watch S — Battery

The Watch S packs in a 390mAh battery beneath. It promises a 15-day lasting battery life. It supports magnetic charging and claims to be fully charged in two hours.

Also read: Realme becomes world’s first fastest brand to hit 50 million shipments: Report

realme Watch S — Pricing

The realme Watch S will be available for sale in the European market starting December 3rd. It comes only in Black colour variant and costs €74.99 (Rs 6,600 approx.).

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OnePlus Charging Stations: A new service to keep your device charged on the go https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-charging-stations?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-charging-stations#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 06:40:06 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98626 OnePlus Charging StationsOnePlus is introducing a new service for its device owners — the OnePlus Charging Stations. It is pretty much self-explanatory as it will supply charging services for its OnePlus devices. The company will be providing beacons of the charge stations at public places in India...

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OnePlus is introducing a new service for its device owners — the OnePlus Charging Stations. It is pretty much self-explanatory as it will supply charging services for its OnePlus devices. The company will be providing beacons of the charge stations at public places in India and airports, to begin with.

Also read: OnePlus Nord N100 reportedly comes with a 90Hz refresh rate display

OnePlus Charging Stations — How it works

The exciting part of the new service is that it integrates with OnePlus devices’ OxygenOS. It will notify the customers whenever they are near to a beacon or a charging station at an airport, as suggested earlier. Firstly, users need to enable the new feature when it pops up on their OnePlus device. After enabling, users can now have an idea where the charging station is located at the airport. Do note, the service requires you to enable your device location to find the precise location of the charging station.

OnePlus Charging Stations

It will further enable users to track step by step to the charging device nearby. OnePlus is providing multiple beacons to help you identify the nearest charging station on your device with notification pop-ups. To elaborate, OnePlus also indicates the approximate distance between your device and the charging station. And, further suggests whether it is nearest to the boarding gate as well.

OnePlus Charging Stations

For users who are halted at airports for longer journeys or more extended halt times, they have an option to mute these notifications within the service settings on their devices. For instance, they can mute up to 24 hours, OnePlus implies. Lastly, users have to bear in mind, OnePlus has not indicated which versions of the OxygenOS support this new feature.

Also read: OnePlus Nord SE is reportedly the next budget phone to support 65W Warp Charge

OnePlus Charging Stations — Bengaluru Airport

OnePlus confirms the implementation of its first charging station(s) at Bengaluru airport in India. It further suggests the capital region Delhi’s airport will be next in line following other cities in future.

This is a welcoming feature for OnePlus device owners who will often be travelling once the pandemic numbers reduce and the new norm starts. Till then keep updating your wanderlust lists.

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iGear Ensemble 20W true wireless soundbar launched in India for Rs 1,699 https://themrphone.com/tech/igear-ensemble-launch?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/igear-ensemble-launch#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:34:16 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98583 iGear EnsembleiGear Ensemble is the new true wireless soundbar introduced in the country. The smart accessories maker has come up with this new soundbar which has a built-in woofer. It is said to be portable and provides extra bass when it comes to audio, according to...

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iGear Ensemble is the new true wireless soundbar introduced in the country. The smart accessories maker has come up with this new soundbar which has a built-in woofer. It is said to be portable and provides extra bass when it comes to audio, according to the company.

iGear Ensemble — Tech Specs

Firstly, the iGear Ensemble features a rectangular, boxy design with a brown polished wooden finish on the outside. The company indicates that the soundbar utilizes recycled wood for its outer finish. Also, the wood finishing on the speaker could offer better audio experience than a regular ABS plastic finish, claims iGear.

iGear Ensemble

The soundbar on the inside comprises four front-facing speakers, which are 5W each. This makes it a 20W speaker on the whole including a subwoofer for better bass output. This true wireless soundbar connects through Bluetooth 5.0. The company recommends it to connect to televisions in the living rooms to get better audio experience. iGear also indicates if the users buy two of these, they can pair together to create a stereo experience in the living room.

The Ensemble acts as a default music output device when connected to a phone, tablet or a laptop. The other connectivity options of the Ensemble include FM Radio, and there’s support for external storage devices like a Pendrive or SD card, for instance. The Ensemble also consists of a 2400mAh rechargeable battery, which claims to provide 3-5 hours of playback on a single charge.

Also read: iGear iLumi lamp with seven colour options and hand gesture support launched in India at Rs 699

iGear Ensemble — Pricing

The iGear Ensemble costs Rs 1,699 in the country. However, it is available for sale on Amazon India and Flipkart for Rs 1,499 only.

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Realme 7 5G with MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC launched in Europe, starts at Rs 24,500 approx. https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-7-5g-launch-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-7-5g-launch-details#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:33:18 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98588 realme 7 5GRealme 7 5G is the new 5G entrant device for the UK market. The company CEO Madhav Sheth has revealed the new 5G device through an online-only event. Alongside, he has also introduced Buds Air Pro and the new realme Watch S. While the realme...

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Realme 7 5G is the new 5G entrant device for the UK market. The company CEO Madhav Sheth has revealed the new 5G device through an online-only event. Alongside, he has also introduced Buds Air Pro and the new realme Watch S. While the realme 7 5G appears similar to the realme 7 on the outside, they internally differ. The realme 7 5G features the latest MediaTek’s 5G chipset, a 120Hz refresh rate display, and quadruple cameras.

Also read: realme Watch S with 16 sports modes and 15-day battery life announced, starting at Rs 6,600 approx.

Realme 7 5G — Specs

The new 5G phone features a 6.5-inches Full HD+ 120Hz refresh rate display with 180Hz touch sampling rate. The display has a punch hole to hop in the selfie camera. And, on the whole, the display achieves a screen to body ratio of 90.5%.

The realme 7 5G, as the name suggests is a 5G phone for the European market. The MediaTek’s 5G capable Dimensity 800U chipset powers the new 5G device. It is an octa-core processor that can hit clock speeds of up to 2.4GHz. The 7nm built processor is the latest mid-range processor offered by MediaTek.

realme 7 5G

In terms of storage, the realme 7 5G offers a single storage option. It features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. However, there’s microSD expansion for up to 256GB. For gaming enthusiasts, the 5G phone claims to be offering a smoother and faster gaming experience alongside a dedicate competition mode as well.

A massive 5000mAh battery powers the realme 7 5G with support to 30W Dart Charge. This fast charging tech from realme delivers 100% charge in 65 minutes. Further, it offers reverse OTG charging and also supports to charge wireless earphones and smartwatches.

Realme 7 5G — Cameras

The Realme 7 5G equips quadruple cameras on the back. The 48MP f/1.8 aperture camera acts as the main camera. It has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera followed by a macro and B&W lens. These rear cameras support a bunch of different modes that include — chrome boost mode, Super Nightscape Mode, 119-degree field of view and a cinema mode (21:9) for video recording.

The front in-display panel features a 16MP selfie shooter. It also highlights Bokeh mode, AI beauty mode, HDR and Super Nightscape mode.

The other highlights of the device include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor coupled with Face Unlock, for authentication. There’s support for Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res when it comes to audio.

Also read: Realme becomes world’s first fastest brand to hit 50 million shipments: Report

Realme 7 5G — Pricing

The realme 7 5G retails at €279 (Rs 24,500 approx.) in the Europan market. However, as part of Black Friday deals, the company is offering it for €229 (Rs 20,100 approx.) for select dates (November 27th-30th, 2020) on Amazon. The realme 5G will also be available in Baltic Blue colour variant.

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OnePlus Nord N100 reportedly comes with a 90Hz refresh rate display https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-nord-n100?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oneplus-nord-n100#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:15:23 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98565 OnePlus Nord N100OnePlus Nord N100 debuted in the European market as part of OnePlus Nord series. The Nord N100 is the first attempt from the company making it the entry-level smartphone in its lineup. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC powers the device, making it a OnePlus device...

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OnePlus Nord N100 debuted in the European market as part of OnePlus Nord series. The Nord N100 is the first attempt from the company making it the entry-level smartphone in its lineup. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC powers the device, making it a OnePlus device on a budget. It comes at £179 (Rs 17,600 approx.). For those unaware, the OnePlus Nord N100 came with a 6.52-inches HD+ IPS LCD display featuring the standard 60Hz refresh rate display. 

Also read: New OnePlus Nord N series launched in Europe, price starts at Rs 17,200 Approx.

Well, that might not be the real deal according to folks at Android Authority. They just figured out that the OnePlus N100 does feature a 90Hz refresh rate display.

Does OnePlus Nord N100 feature a 90Hz display?

This came as a surprise as OnePlus hadn’t mentioned it during the launch. Android Authority considers that the company had done it on purpose, and they have a theory for that too. The OnePlus Nord N100, as suggested earlier, is an entry-level smartphone that comes with the not so powerful Snapdragon 460 chipset. For example, the OnePlus Nord comes equipped with a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which can handle 90Hz refresh rates quite comfortably rather than a Snapdragon 460 chipset.

OnePlus Nord N100

The screenshot was taken on OnePlus Nord N100 Source: Android Authority

Folks at Android Authority suggest that this could be the cause for the company not to promote the device as a 90Hz refresh rate display phone. They point out these weak specs on the OnePlus Nord N100 would prevent high refresh rates from running smoothly and effectively when compared to the actual Nord. 

They have confirmed with OnePlus that the Nord N100 does have a 90Hz refresh rate display. The statement from the company denotes out that the Nord N100 does possess a 90Hz display, but actual refresh rates depend on settings, applications used and processing limitations. Folks above further point out this isn’t surprising since the Nord N100 is a dubbed version the OPPO A53, which came with a 90Hz refresh rate display.

OnePlus Nord N100Also read: OPPO A53 with 6.5-inch 90Hz display and Snapdragon 460 processor launched in India at Rs 12,990

OnePlus ‘Fluid Display’

Furthermore, last year, OnePlus had announced that every OnePlus phone would feature a ‘Fluid Display’ which translates to a high refresh rate display starting from the OnePlus 7T. Yet, the Nord N100 became the first device ditching that to its budget constraints. However, the new findings from Android Authority certainly don’t suggest so.

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OPPO Find X2 with Snapdragon 865 SoC gets Rs 16,000 discount on Amazon India https://themrphone.com/tech/oppo-find-x2-amazon-india?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oppo-find-x2-amazon-india#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 06:40:59 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98554 OPPO Find X2 is available for a discounted price on Amazon India. The e-commerce giant is offering a Rs 16,000 discount coupon for those who are willing to buy an OPPO Find X2 smartphone on its platform. There are other beneficial cashback and discounts for...

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OPPO Find X2 is available for a discounted price on Amazon India. The e-commerce giant is offering a Rs 16,000 discount coupon for those who are willing to buy an OPPO Find X2 smartphone on its platform. There are other beneficial cashback and discounts for various payment options. 

Also read: Oppo Find X2 with Snapdragon 865 SoC and triple rear cameras launched in India at Rs 64,990

OPPO Find X2 — For Rs 48,990 only

The OPPO Find X2 came up with a launch price of Rs 64,990 for its 12GB RAM and 256GB of onboard storage in India. However, it is now available for Rs 48,990 on Amazon India with the promotional discount. The additional discounts or cashback include —

  • Up to Rs 13,300 off on exchange
  • A 10% instant discount for AU Bank Debit card users
  • A 5% discount for Amazon Pay ICICI Credit Card users 

 

OPPO Find X2 — Specs

The OPPO Find X2 launched as a flagship smartphone from the company along with the Find X2 Pro smartphone. The Find X2 is a 5G capable smartphone featuring a 6.7-inches QHD+ OLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate. 

The Find X2 equips a Snapdragon 865 SoC, which is a 5G capable flagship chipset from Qualcomm. The OPPO Find X2 features triple cameras on the back with 48MP acting as the primary camera. Followed by 12MP ultra-wide-angle, and a 13MP telephoto camera. The device features a punch-hole display and hosts a 32MP selfie shooter.

Also read: OPPO Find X3 to come with new 10-bit colour depth and DCI-P3 wide gamut support in 2021

The flagship smartphone packs in a 4260mAh battery that supports OPPO’s 65W Super VOOC flash charging. The OPPO Find X2 ships with ColorOS 7.1 out of the box.

 

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Vivo OriginOS featuring new design overhaul and UI changes launched in China https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-originos-launch-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/vivo-originos-launch-details#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 14:36:44 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98536 Vivo OriginOSVivo OriginOS is the new operating system introduced with a design overhaul by Vivo for its smartphones. This comes as a revamped version of its original FuntouchOS. Vivo has unveiled this new skin at an event organised in Shenzhen, China. The OriginOS runs on top of Android...

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Vivo OriginOS is the new operating system introduced with a design overhaul by Vivo for its smartphones. This comes as a revamped version of its original FuntouchOS. Vivo has unveiled this new skin at an event organised in Shenzhen, China. The OriginOS runs on top of Android on Vivo phones, which brings noticeable changes to visual interface mostly on Home screen (which the company calls it desktop) and lock screens. Let’s delve right in.

Also read: Vivo V20 SE with Snapdragon 665 SoC and 32MP selfie camera launched in India at Rs 20,990

Vivo OriginOS – Top Features

Vivo expects that this new OriginOS would bring changes to match user expectations when it comes to its design. According to the company, OriginOS focuses on delivering good user experience as per their daily use scenarios. The primary focus of the new skin is said to be familiar — with recombing elements in the UI with modern design aesthetics.

Vivo OriginOS

To achieve that, Vivo has first started with Homescreen design; there’s now a ‘Huarong Grid’. ‘Huarong’ here is a popular sliding blocks game. This grid resembles the blocks in the UI, which further eliminates older home elements to a much cleaner and simpler rectangular widgets. At a glance, it reasonably resembles Apple’s iOS 14 home screen widgets paired with app icons. The rectangular widgets here are customisable to show app info, like calendar events or music controls, for instance.

And for those who are not curious in using these new OriginOS revamped icons or widgets, the skin also provides a ‘one-click option’ called ‘Deformer’. Clicking on it would allow users to shift back to the traditional layout any Vivo phone user is accustomed to, which appears flexible.

Vivo OriginOS

There’s an ‘interaction pool’ — a new intuitive control centre that hides at the bottom of the home screen. Further, Vivo introduces ‘super card pack’ which creates customised cards for a user with prominent functionalities. Like scanning a barcode or capturing a screenshot, for instance. Vivo says that these cards can be pulled out of any screen including — home screen, app interface, or lock screen interface, for that matter.

Vivo OriginOS

Vivo OriginOS – New Weather and Wallpaper Features 

With OriginOS, Vivo showcases weather and other environmental changes synchronised in the background as live wallpapers. This comes as part of its ‘original view window’ in the OriginOS. For example, a user can view 16 different (sunrise to sunset) scenarios in the background be it a wallpaper or on the lock screen with changes in colours, light and temperature. To encourage fitness enthusiasts, there are flower blooming scenarios, which changes accordingly to the steps taken by the user. 

Also read: Vivo X50 series with Snapdragon 765G SoC and Gimbal camera setup launched in India

Vivo OriginOS Lastly, OrignOS also brings several other user interface enhancements like timeline design, atomic notifications that show notifications in chronological order. To conclude, Vivo hasn’t mentioned how or when the new OriginOS ships to its smartphones. But, it certainly commits to change the user experience with this new Android-based skin. Also, the company is encouraging for feedback from the customers to improve the OriginOS design for its final release.

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Realme becomes world’s first fastest brand to hit 50 million shipments: Report https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-50-million-shipments?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/realme-50-million-shipments#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:01:38 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98523 realme shipments hit 50 million up until the end of the third quarter of 2020. This makes the first fastest brand to achieve this mark since its inception, suggests Counterpoint Research. The industry analytics firm has put out new data, which includes global smartphone shipments...

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realme shipments hit 50 million up until the end of the third quarter of 2020. This makes the first fastest brand to achieve this mark since its inception, suggests Counterpoint Research. The industry analytics firm has put out new data, which includes global smartphone shipments of Q3, 2020. The data indicates that shipments in the third quarter grew by 32% QoQ (Quarter-on-Quarter) and dropped by 4% YoY (Year-over-Year). Since the coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic hit worldwide, there’s been a significant drop in smartphone shipments in Q3 (around 380 million units), suggests the report.

realme shipments — 50 Million

The research confirms that top OEMs, including Apple, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and LG, have undergone declines in Q3 due to the pandemic. But realme has seen the other end of the spectrum with 45% YoY growth including 132% growth QoQ in the third quarter of 2020. This growth in numbers suggests total cumulative shipments of 50 million until the end of Q3, 2020. This makes realme the first youngest and fastest brand to achieve the milestone since its inception.

Realme shipment sales

The report further reveals that it has surpassed top brands like Samsung, Apple, Huawei and its competitor Xiaomi to achieve this mark. realme, since its inception in 2018, has grown up to be an online-centric smartphone brand globally. According to counterpoint’s research, the realme’s focus on budget centric smartphones with cutting edge technologies, and targeted market strategy has made the smartphone to achieve this milestone.

realme shipments — 30 Million from India

realme has further clarified its shipments numbers for India. The company claims that it has managed to sell 30 million units in the country out of its 50 million units achievement globally. realme also points out that it had sold 6.3 million units out of 8.3 million units in India only during the ‘realme’ festive days of 2020. This marks a 20% growth from last year, confirms realme. It suggests that their creative marketing strategies indeed helped claim these numbers even during this pandemic scenario. Also, realme further claims to be the world’s fastest-growing brand for five consecutive quarters as per Counterpoint’s Q3 2020 report.

Realme shipment sales

The report also points out that realme has seen a 300% growth in QoQ, in India, with its 15% share. Research analyst of Counterpoint Research also suggests realme’s aggressive product launches during the pandemic has made the company achieve this milestone. The products included realme 6/6 Pro/6i series, realme x3 series and also the new budget centric Narzo series as well.

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It appears realme has also made significant achievements in its newly launched wearable tech. The company confirms that it has also achieved 22.1% market share when it comes to its wearable category in India. This makes them sit on top, according to IDC India Monthly Wearable Device Tracker — September 2020 data release report.

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Timex iConnect fitness-focused smartwatch launched in India, starting at Rs 6,995 https://themrphone.com/tech/timex-iconnect-launch-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/timex-iconnect-launch-details#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:37:30 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98511 iConnectTimex Group has come up with yet another fitness product — the iConnect active premium watch. We say another because, last week, the famous wrist watchmaker announced a fashion-focused fitness band for Rs 4,495. This new smartwatch also falls under the same category but falls...

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Timex Group has come up with yet another fitness product — the iConnect active premium watch. We say another because, last week, the famous wrist watchmaker announced a fashion-focused fitness band for Rs 4,495. This new smartwatch also falls under the same category but falls under the premium segment. There are two variants of the iConnect smartwatch — one with a silicone strap and other with a stainless steel band, prices differ accordingly.

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Also read: Timex fashion focused fitness band with 0.96-inches colour display launched in India at Rs 4,495

Timex iConnect smartwatch — tech specs

The latest smartwatch from Timex features a familiar rectangular display. It is a touch screen display measuring around 1.4-inches and has a plastic case covering the top. Timex claims that this latest smartwatch is built ergonomically and yet featuring a lightweight design, on the whole. One of the highlights of the new iConnect smartwatch is it has an IP68 rating, which should tackle water and dust resistance for up to 1.5m.

The smartwatch arrives with all the essential features that a fitness-focused smartwatch has to offer. The list comprises activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep rate tracking, and a sedentary reminder, which alerts if a user has been inactive for more extended periods. The iConnect additionally comes with music controls as well.

iConnect

Like the traditional smartwatch, the iConnect also connects to a smartphone through Bluetooth. Users can install the Timex 2 app from their respective app stores, which opens up additional benefits on the smartwatch. These include the ability to get notified for texts, calls and also calendar events, for that matter. The battery capacity of the smartwatch is unspecified; however, it claims to deliver a five-day battery life on a single charge.

Timex iConnect smartwatch — pricing

The smartwatch features in two variants — the Silicon Strap variant pricing starts at Rs 6,995, and the more premium iConnect featuring Stainless Steel mesh band costs Rs 7,295. These are available for sale in India on the company’s website and other offline retailers as well.

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OPPO Find X3 to come with new 10-bit colour depth and DCI-P3 wide gamut support in 2021 https://themrphone.com/tech/oppo-find-x3-2021?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oppo-find-x3-2021#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 06:37:01 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98493 OPPO Find X3OPPO Find X3 is the next flagship series smartphone from the company, which will debut in 2021. While there is not much information about it at the moment, OPPO has confirmed that it would feature its — Full-path Color Management System. The company has introduced...

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OPPO Find X3 is the next flagship series smartphone from the company, which will debut in 2021. While there is not much information about it at the moment, OPPO has confirmed that it would feature its — Full-path Color Management System. The company has introduced this new system at its OPPO INNO DAY 2020, wherein it also showcased its first rollable display smartphone — the OPPO X 2021.

Also read: OPPO X 2021 with rollable display technology introduced at OPPO INNO Day

The new colour program is said to be the very first colour management system coming to Android, which brings full support to DCI-P3 wide gamut alongside 10-bit colour, including capture, storage, and display. This on the whole claims to deliver better colour reproduction on upcoming OPPO smartphones.

OPPO Find X3

OPPO Find X3 — First phone to feature new colour management system

OPPO Find X3 will be the first phone to arrive with this new full-path colour management system next year. With keeping OPPO Find X2 Pro colour command in mind, the company has developed this new colour management tool to achieve this 10-bit image capturing and HEIF format support. For those unaware, earlier we had an 8-bit image capturing system on the Find X2 Pro.

OPPO Find X3

OPPO says the latest colour management system will be focusing on better colour reproduction by enhancing the underlying structure and hardware. The company says it developed this management system by taking future wide gamut and high colour depth trends into consideration. The new system will be covering all the significant steps including — image acquisition, computation, encoding, storage, decoding, and display, end-to-end. In addition to HEIF image support with 10-bit high colour depth and DCI-P3 colour gamut.

This full path colour management system relies on new hardware and algorithms to record more colour while capturing. These algorithms work on distortion correction, noise correction, and extreme perceptual super-resolution. OPPO also brings Digital Overlap (DOL) HDR mode supported sensors. This mode allows capturing better colours even taken against bright light.

Calibration

After developing the new hardware, OPPO’s next focus is on calibration, which is a significant aspect on any screen. As part of this system, the company is bringing colour accuracy to 0.4 JNCD (just noticeable colour difference). This is a significant achievement indeed. For those unaware, JNCD is an indicator to showcase or measure the colour accuracy of a display. Usually, if the reading of it measures <1, it is considered as most reliable — as the colours on display would be indistinguishable. Also, the 10-bit colour depth here brings in improvements to colour gradients which improves the quality of an image captured.

The new HEIF format introduced in the original colour management system is said to be 50% lower than a standard JPEG image size. The HEIF format here also supports multimedia, including static images, Exif, depth information, and dynamic videos. These HEIF formats can further assure compatibility with this 10-bit high colour depth as well.

Color Correction 2.0

OPPO’s Full-path Color Management System is also bringing a complete colour correction solution for users facing colour weaknesses. The company has upgraded the colour correction to next-gen naming it — Colour Correction 2.0.

OPPO Find X3

To achieve this solution, OPPO is teaming up with Zhejiang University along with potential users for testing as well. The company is planning to bring an optimal solution with Colour correction 2.0. Which in future phones makes the colour correction settings more user friendly and adjust them accordingly. This makes the colour correction and calibration more personalised with colour palette instead of relying on default options on your smartphone.

Lastly, as mentioned above, this Full-Path Color Management System from OPPO will debut with Find X3 series, which arrives in 2021.

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Microsoft Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 launched in India, starting at Rs 42,999 https://themrphone.com/tech/microsoft-surface-go-2-surface-book-3-launch?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/microsoft-surface-go-2-surface-book-3-launch#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:34:17 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98480 Microsoft Surface Go 2Microsoft has come up with two Surface products in India — the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3. These are the new productivity-based laptops from Microsoft, which are 2-in-1 products as well (can be used as a laptop and a tablet). These...

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Microsoft has come up with two Surface products in India — the Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3. These are the new productivity-based laptops from Microsoft, which are 2-in-1 products as well (can be used as a laptop and a tablet). These are two-in-ones ’cause they come with detachable keyboards. While the Surface Go 2 claims to be the smallest and lightest laptops, the Surface Book 3 assures to be more performance-driven laptop. Let’s delve into what they got to offer.

Also read: Microsoft Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3, Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds launched

Microsoft Surface Go 2 — Design and Specs

The Surface Go 2 is a tablet-looking laptop featuring a 10.5-inches PixelSense Display. The touchscreen display offers a 1920 x 1280 resolution and comes with Microsoft’s typical 3:2 aspect ratio. This display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and it attains a magnesium casing on the outside.

Microsoft Surface Go 2

The Surface Go 2 comes in two models, meaning, two different processors underneath. One of them features Intel’s Pentium Gold processor 4425Y, which is the cheapest model in the lot. And, the other comes with an eighth-gen Intel Core m3 processor. Overall, the Surface Go 2 promises a 64% improvement in performance when compared to its predecessor.

In terms of memory, there are two different storage variants as well. Both of them either come in 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The internal storage options include either 64GB eMMC drive or 128GB of solid-state drive (SSD). On the software end, it ships with Windows 10 Home S edition, out-of-the-box.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 — Cameras

The Surface Go 2 has built-in cameras, dual studio mics, and as well as speakers. The cameras include a single 8MP rear camera that can record up to 1080p. On the front, there’s a 5MP camera with 1080p HD Skype video support. It further supports Windows Hello face authentication. The speakers here are of 2W capacity with Dolby Audio support.

On the connectivity front, it supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, and a Surface Connect port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. 

Lastly, the Surface Go 2 weighs around 544g without including the case cover. The company claims it can run up to 10 hours on a single charge with typical usage scenario when it comes to its battery life.

Microsoft Surface Book 3 — Design and Displays

Surface Book 3, on the other hand, comes with two different displays and resolutions. There is a 13.5-inches display model and 15-inches display model of the Surface Book 3. Both are PixelSense displays with 3:2 aspect ratios. The resolutions also differ, the 13.5-inches model has 3000 x 2000 resolution with 267ppi. The 15-inches model comes with 3240 x 2160 resolution with 260ppi. These displays also feature in Magnesium housing on the back. 

Microsoft Surface Book 3

Under the hood, the 13.5-inches Surface Book 3 comes in two — tenth-gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 and Intel i7-1065G7 processors. These are backed by Intel Iris Plus and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics respectively. The 15-inches model, on the other hand, comes with tenth-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB of GDDR6 graphics memory.

The other memory options of these Surface Book 3 variants go along with either 8GB/16GB/32GB of RAM coupled with 256GB/512GB/1TB of internal storage (SSD) options for the 13.5-inches model. The Surface Book 3 15-inches model features in either 16GB or 32GB of RAM and 256GB/512GB/1TB of SSD variants. Both Surface Book 3 laptops run on Windows 10 Home edition. 

Microsoft Surface Book 3

The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 also there’s Xbox Wireless built-in for the 15-inches model. On the I/O, the laptops come with two USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack; two Surface Connect ports, and a full-size SD card reader.

Microsoft Surface Book 3 — Cameras

These Surface Books come with an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording support. There’s a 5MP selfie camera with Skype HD 1080p video calling support. For security, the front camera comes equipped with Windows Hello face recognition.

The laptops further come with dual far-field microphones underneath. And, there are front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support for both these Surface Books.

The batteries on these laptops claim to give a 17.5-hour battery life on typical device usage, according to Microsoft.

Also read: Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and Surface Pro X launched, price starts at Rs 1,49,999

Microsoft Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 — Pricing

  • The Microsoft Go 2 pricing starts at 42,999 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with Intel Pentium Gold processor. 
  • The Microsoft Go 2 pricing starts at 57,999 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with Intel Pentium Gold processor.
  • On the other hand, the Microsoft Go 2 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with eighth-gen Intel Core M3 processor starts at Rs 47,599.
  • The Microsoft Go 2 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage with eighth-gen Intel Core M3 processor costs Rs 63,499.
  • The Surface Book 3 starts at Rs 1,56,299 for the 13-inch model with 8GB RAM and 256GB of onboard SSD storage.
  • And, the top tier amongst the Surface Book 3 15-inches display models lot goes all the way up to Rs 3,40,399 for the 15-inches screen, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

All official pricings of all the models are available on Microsoft’s official website. The Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3 models feature in only single colour variant, i.e. Platinum. These two-in-one laptops are now available for sale in India.

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OPPO X 2021 with rollable display technology introduced at OPPO INNO Day https://themrphone.com/tech/oppo-x-2021-launch-details?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/oppo-x-2021-launch-details#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:18:00 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98461 OPPO X 2021OPPO X 2021 is the new innovative smartphone, which can expand its display from 6.7-inches to 7.4-inches. The Chinese smartphone maker has come up with yet another futuristic smartphone — the OPPO X 2021 after Find X, which was announced in 2018. While it featured...

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OPPO X 2021 is the new innovative smartphone, which can expand its display from 6.7-inches to 7.4-inches. The Chinese smartphone maker has come up with yet another futuristic smartphone — the OPPO X 2021 after Find X, which was announced in 2018. While it featured a rollable camera, the 2021 OPPO X comes with a rollable display. The company has announced this new concept phone in China as part of its three concept devices unveiled at its OPPO INNO Day 2020.

OPPO X 2021 — Design

The OPPO X 2021 comes with a variable OLED display. The significant part of this new technology is that it doesn’t rely on hard folding tech, as we have seen on Galaxy Fold or Fold 2. Hence, there’s no crease settled, which is a laudable achievement on the new OPPO X 2021 smartphone.

Also read: OPPO K7x 5G with Dimensity 720 SoC and 90Hz display launched at Rs 16,700 approximately

As suggested, the latest OPPO X 2021 has a 6.7-inches OLED display, similar to any big sized phone out there. It can be expandable for up to 7.4-inches; however, the company suggests these aren’t the precise measure figures. In terms of width, the display measures from 17mm to 107mm. This rollable flexible display promises to be seamless when transitioning.

OPPO X 2021

Levin Liu, Vice President, Head of Research Institute at OPPO briefing about the OPPO X 2021. Source: OPPO

OPPO X 2021 — Expandable Display

To achieve this expandable display, OPPO is utilising Roll Motor Powertrain, underneath, suggesting — it uses electric motors with constant output force to achieve smoother/seamless transition. There’s a pulley underneath the display which uses a 6.8mm scroll diameter reel. This reel pulls the screen, or you can say it expands the screen to up to 7.4-inches. OPPO further clarifies rolling the display at diameter mentioned above (6.8mm) makes the screen crease unnoticeable, which is a good thing for a display in motion.

 

If you’re wondering how the moving display rests when in expansion, there’s a 2-in-1 plate developed by OPPO. The plate features two segments, which slide out and slide in simultaneously. It supports the display underneath when moving and claims to deliver no segment gaps or whatsoever.

Also read: OPPO A33 with Snapdragon 460 SoC and 90Hz display launched in India at Rs 11,990

Since it’s a moving display/screen, the strength of it should be significant. To tackle that, OPPO brings Warp Track, which is a lamination to the OLED display. It laminates the screen with 0.1mm thickness.

OPPO X 2021

Levin Liu, Vice President, Head of Research Institute at OPPO briefing about the OPPO X 2021. Source: OPPO

Bigger screens bring aspect ratios, but moving displays bring multiple aspect ratios. Yes, OPPO X 2021 comes with various aspect ratios. It includes a definite aspect ratio for video watching (16:9), gameplay, features specific ebook aspect ratio (4:3) and a split interface aspect ratio. The last one, as the name suggests, converts the display into a split-screen mode wherein users can perform multitasking as well.

OPPO X 2021

Levin Liu, Vice President, Head of Research Institute at OPPO briefing about the OPPO X 2021 Source: OPPO

OPPO X 2021 — Cameras

The company hadn’t put out specifications of the OPPO X21 smartphone since it’s a concept, as of now. However, on the back, the non-movable part on the corner features a camera array featuring quadruple cameras and a flash. The other piece on the back holds the screen up front, which makes it the movable back panel as well. However, both sides feature flat surfaces, which appear convenient as well.

OPPO X 2021

Levin Liu, Vice President, Head of Research Institute at OPPO briefing about the OPPO X 2021 Source: OPPO

OPPO AR Glass 2021

The other concept device unveiled at OPPO INNO DAY 2020 is the AR Glass 2021. Its a pair of glasses with AR built-in. These glasses feature a split design form factor, which claims to be ultralight. The weight happens to see a reduce for up to 75% with the predecessor, in comparison. The glasses can be personalised to achieve an ergonomic design as per a person’s requirement. The Birdbath tech underneath the AR glasses claims to deliver a 53% increase in contrast.

OPPO AR Glass 2021

Moreover, the AR Glass 2021 on the inside brings a 90-inch TV watching experience within three metres. There’s also 94 sq. mm Amplitude speaker for better audio experience in conjunction with the video. Further, it comes with a bunch of sensors and fisheye cameras, which work together and make hand gestures more interactive in the AR experience. The AR Glass 2021 also features real-time space localisation system (has multiple, binocular fish-eyed cameras) to capture surroundings.

Lastly, the AR Glass 2021, also brings several features for gaming, education and entertainment sectors.

OPPO CyberReal

OPPO has introduced a new AI application — OPPO CyberReal. It is a real-time spatial calculation application developed by OPPO. This application allows to capture real-world cities or landscapes or street signs and convert them into virtual worlds. This works together with AR to bring the virtual world close to the real-world scenario in every detail possible.

The application uses a smartphone’s camera to capture the real world, like a mall, for instance. After filming the mall entirely, the AI application can then convert it to a replica in the virtual world of AR. It further utilises high precision positioning to make the transition from real to virtual more swiftly. It further gathers and uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS positioning to maker the virtual experience more realistic and accurate.

Currently, this CyberReal application is designed for smartphones. OPPO later plans to spread this across various other devices as well.

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Western Digital My Passport SSD (2020) review: Good things come in small packages https://themrphone.com/tech/western-digital-my-passport-ssd-2020-review?utm_medium=Feed&utm_source=Syndication https://themrphone.com/tech/western-digital-my-passport-ssd-2020-review#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 07:40:57 +0000 https://themrphone.com/tech/?p=98322 The digitization of data has led to a rampant rise in the need for reliable storage devices. Although portable hard drives have been a viable option for donkey’s years now, SSDs or Solid State Drives have become the go-to for most out there, enamouring buyers...

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The digitization of data has led to a rampant rise in the need for reliable storage devices. Although portable hard drives have been a viable option for donkey’s years now, SSDs or Solid State Drives have become the go-to for most out there, enamouring buyers with their sleek designs and rapid data transfer speeds. Case in point, Western Digital’s My Passport SSD (2020), which adds a fresh spin (pun intended) to the company’s compact storage solutions. Here’s everything you need to know before you buy one. 

Design

Let’s kick things off by talking about My Passport SSD’s design. Believe it or not, WD went back to the drawing board and envisioned its latest SSD from scratch. Consequently, the 2020 model sent to me for review features a brand-new metallic chassis, which trades its predecessor’s boxy design in favor of a curvier, pebble-shaped silhouette. I quite like this approach as the newer drive is void of any sharp corners, making it that more pleasant to use and transport on a day to day basis. 


The company has also introduced some stylistic changes, including a wavy textured groove that envelops the back as well as the front of the unit. You’ll also get the choice of four different colours as the drive is available in a red, blue, gray, or gold hue. All things considered, the latest incarnation of My Passport SSD looks and feels the part of a premium product. 

Before I wrap up this section, allow me to give you a physical overview of the SSD, as well as its I/O. Firstly, the all-new My Passport SSD measures in at 3.94 x 2.17 x 0.35in and weighs just 45.7g, making it compact enough to not take too much space in your backpack. The SSD features a single USB Type-C port, however, ships with a Type-C to Type-A adapter in the box, on the off chance you want to pair it to a machine with USB Type-A ports only.

Furthermore, the My Passport SSD is not just shock and vibration resistance, but the unit can also survive a drop from up to 6.5 feet, making it a godsend for anyone with a case of butterfingers. 

Performance and Software add-ons 

Of course, not all changes introduced with the new My Passport SSD are cosmetic and the company has improved the performance of its latest SSD by quite a margin, thanks in no small part to the drive’s NVMe protocol. The drive is available in three storage options, including a 500-gig model, along with a 1TB and a 2TB SKU. Unsurprisingly, the unit fared really well in our synthetic tests too. Starting with Crystal Disk Mark, WD’s My Passport SSD plateaued at around 850MB/s for sequential read and write tests, which fall in line with the company’s advertised “up to 1,000MB/s” claim. 

In a similar fashion, the drive performed adequately well in ATTO Disk Benchmark too, netting read and write speeds north of 800MB/s. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite test the drive’s potential in BlackMagic’s Disk Speed Test owing to hardware limitations imposed by my 2016 MacBook Air. I’d also like to add that even during sustained workloads (migrating video footage over 50GB to and from the drive’s internal storage), the WD My Passport SSD didn’t get too warm to the touch. 

I’d also like to bring to your attention the bundled utilities one gets should they opt for the WD My Passport SSD including 256-bit AES encryption. The software utility can be found in the root directory of the drive under the name of WD Discovery. Once installed, you can encrypt the SSD and keep your valuable data away from prying eyes. Pretty nifty stuff, if I say so myself. 

Verdict 

So, is the WD My Passport SSD worth it? Absolutely, provided you can stomach the unit’s pricey MRP. The SSD starts at Rs 8,999, however, the 1TB variant sent to me for review will set you back Rs 15,999. With that said, the pricing is fairly competitive when pit against other NVMe-based storage solutions, so if you have the need for speed, WD’s My Passport SSD is undoubtedly a stellar option. 

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