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iPhone XS Max Review: A Stellar, Faster Phone with a Great Camera



iPhone XS Max Review: A Stellar, Faster Phone with a Great Camera

So, it’s been more than a month since the new iPhone released during the Apple’s Keynote event on September 12, 2018. And without any doubt, the highlight has been the most ‘elder version’ that is the iPhone XS Max. There were two other models too, being launched, but here I am just going to talk about ‘the bigger’ one.

There have been many reviews and opinions about this flagship, which you might have read or seen online, but here it will be a more detailed discussion and analytic affair about this latest premium device from Apple.

Design, Display, and Connectivity iPhone XS Max

The biggest improvisation that Apple probably did with the XS Max is the on protection quotient. It’s now officially IP68 water resistant and splash resistant, so no worries for your rainy days if you happen to be out of the house. And yes, it’s also dust resistant too. Other things include a fantastic finish which just looks so exceptionally beautiful (it just beats the Note 9 here, which I praised earlier in a review for that Samsung device).

Yes, there is no home button which has become a thing of the past now, even with the new iPad, so no comments regarding that. But despite that, the XS Max doesn’t stop looking stylish and gorgeous. Why? Just look at that near-all-screen display.

I have to say it officially now, that many other competitors try and even come out with an all-screen design with their phones, but the way Apple implements it is commendable-hands down. You have to give that point to the company for what it does on the design aspect. Seriously excellent.

Still, some downsides are also there and the first one is the omission of 3.5mm audio jack, which has already been left out by Apple but its absence feels just so evident considering the fact that Apple hasn’t provided any 3.5mm audio adapter also! That feels really weird for a company as huge as the Californian tech giant. You just can’t do to your customers like that, that you force them to manage everything by themselves. At least you should have provided the necessary things. The 3.5mm dongle was there till last year, but now that too is gone with the wind!

In the box, you get the phone (obviously) with iOS 12, a USB power adapter, EarPods with Lightning Connector, Lightning to USB cable, and some documentation.

Moving further, there is one positive that Apple finally added to the iPhone legacy which is the support for dual-SIM. Though it basically goes by the name of e-SIM, but thanks to heavens that you can now run two separate numbers on your iPhone.

Other things in the design appear to be similar to last year’s iPhone X. Like the volume rockers, power on/off button, and the switch for putting the phone on silent or on ringing modes.

iPhone XS Max Review: A Stellar, Faster Phone with a Great Camera

The new power button, a bit long. Image Source:

Speakers present on the phone are stereo, with one on the top microphone and other being on the bottom.

Coming on to the display part then, the iPhone XS Max possesses the biggest display among its own predecessors-and also some other flagships in competition-with a 6.5inch Super Retina HD OLED screen, with a resolution of 2688x1242p. The pixel density is 458 PPI. With that, the fantastic looking display also has True Tone, wide color (P3), 3D Touch, and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

The screen looks awesome from any angle, no doubt and Apple has nailed it here, to make it one of the best-looking displays out there in a premium device.

And now, the thing which truly makes this iPhone a flagship beast, it’s the latest processor which is Apple’s own chipset. The 7nm architecture based A12 bionic chip kills it in terms of performance, smoothness, ultrafast gaming, daily tasks or any other thing you throw at it. As Apple itself put it on its website, that it’s ‘the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone’.

The chip with the next generation neural engine gives a stellar and breathtaking performance. There are two cores (now 15% faster than A11) for performance, while other four efficiency cores (using 50% lower power than A11) are for daily tasks. So, all-in-all, the hexa-core architecture works brilliantly whenever a boost is needed.

To complement the A12 chip, there is the Apple-designed four-core GPU, which needs no explanation. The latest graphics performance is 50% extra faster than the A11 chip. And the neural engine does incredibly well, with a might of performing about 5 trillion operations per second. AR (augmented reality) based functions become fun to do and no matter what, this phone knocks it out-of-the-park when it comes to any kind of gaming experience.

The performance also gets boots with the help of an increased 4GB of RAM, with options of varied internal storage. The XS Max comes in three models of 64GB, 256GB and a newly introduced capacity of 512GB of internal storage. And it’s also because the iPhone doesn’t come with a microSD card slot. Just don’t hope for it in any future iPhone too. Apple’s not going to do it, trust me.

The battery capacity has been slightly enhanced now, but the issues are still there with many users (if not everyone) complaining about the durability of the XS Max’s all-day life. For better insight, you can read my detailed iPhone XS Max battery review/performance article here.

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Camera iPhone XS Max : The Boss

There won’t be any hesitation to say that the rear-cameras of the latest iPhone XS Max are really amazing when it comes to giving detailed pictures and quality images. And a newly added Smart HDR function is a king, again hands down. Even the Google’s Pixel 3 can’t compete with the dual-rear setup of the XS Max. Though, the front dual-cameras on the Pixel 3 & 3XL definitely dominate the XS Max’s front lens, but it becomes a totally different affair coming onto the back cameras.

iPhone XS Max Review: A Stellar, Faster Phone with a Great Camera

The dual-cameras on iPhone XS Max. Image Source:

Specifically speaking of the camera details, then there are two lens on the back with both being 12MP+12MP. One is wide-angle (f/1.8 aperture) while the other is a telephoto lens (f/2.4 aperture). The extra optical lens really does wonders for the photos as it makes it easier to capture more zoomed-in snaps. The dual-camera is capable of 2x optical zoom and also digital zoom up to 10x. Another feature which some rival phones are already having is now on the iPhone too. You can now adjust the bokeh intensity on your iPhone even after taking a portrait shot! In simple words it means adjusting the Depth Control.

And the portrait lighting comes with five effects for giving amazing and vibrantly looking shots. The effects consist of Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, and Stage Mono. And now both the rear cameras come with Dual optical image stabilization, with the help of the six-element lens. Panorama is supported up to 63MP. And yes, the option for Live Photos is also there.

When it comes to the front lens then the phone has a TrueDepth camera of 7MP (f/2.2 aperture). It also has got the feature of adjusting the depth control and bokeh, while taking a portrait shot. There is also portrait lighting on the front camera too with the five effects, mentioned above. ‘Animoji’, ‘Memoji’, and ‘Live Photos’ features are also supported.

Coming onto the video recording and shooting extremely vivid moments, then iPhone is the best and stands tall. The XS Max takes it on a whole new level by enabling 4K video recording at an unbelievable 60fps! Along with that it can also shoot 4K at 24fps and 30fps. Full HD (1080p) videos can be recorded at 30 or 60fps, and 720p videos at 30fps. Videos also have OIS. Slo-Mo can be shot in 1080p at 120fps or 240fps.

Coming to the front camera’s video recording then the 7MP lens can shoot 1080p at 30fps or 60fps.

In both the front and back cameras, the smart HDR also plays a big role while also recording videos.

Security is always the priority for Apple iPhones, and the XS Max gives you a fine protection with its trusted Face ID feature in the front camera, enabled by 3D imaging technology. Yes, there is no fingerprint sensor now, but it won’t be missed at all.

There was an issue of ‘beauty-gate’ in the front camera of the iPhone XS Max (and other iPhone also, including last year’s iPhone X) which made the skin look smoother rather than giving detailed, real picture of one’s face. And thankfully, that issue has now been resolved by the introduction of an upgrade in the form of iOS 12.1, in not only the XS Max but in other iPhone models too.

Verdict iPhone XS Max

Yes, it’s true that no smartphone is the greatest in terms of every major department or function, but the new iPhone XS Max gives you the ultimate power of a beast which cannot be matched even by an upgraded Android flagship processor (an obvious reference to the Snapdragon 845 chipset here). And also the cameras too are a treat to use on this one (the dual cameras specifically), with the video recording experience being immensely great.

Overall, it’s really a stellar, faster phone with an incredibly great camera, but with an extended price tag! And I guess, that’s just not justified. Yes, it offers so much, coming with premium design elements, but the rivals are also doing that simultaneously, and still keeping the prices aggressive. So, had it been just a bit less asking for this phone, it would have been so great!

More: When Apple meant ‘Steve Jobs’: Remembering the man who ‘thought different’

Price in India iPhone XS Max

Talking just about the Indian models, since it’s now arrived in the country, then the iPhone XS Max is available online via Amazon and Flipkart. But in India, only its two storage variants are available as of now. The 512GB model is getting out of stock quickly, so it’s not usually there in the stocks. Maybe it will be there now if you check.

On Flipkart, the 64GB model is available for Rs.1,09,900 (without any discounted price), but after discount, it comes at Rs.1,04,900. While the 256GB variant is available for Rs.1,24,900 (without any discounted price), and after discount, it comes at Rs.1,14,900. The 512GB variant is out of stock on the portal at the moment,  and costs around Rs.1,44,900 (without discounted price), and after discount, it comes at Rs.1,34,900.

On Amazon too, the prices are kind of similar but slightly increased. The 64GB model is available for Rs.1,09,900 (without any discount), but after discount, it comes at Rs.1,04,999. And the 256GB model is available for Rs.1,24,900 (without any discount), but after a discounted price, it comes at Rs.1,19,999.

If you want to go for the 512GB model, then its there on Amazon for Rs.1,44,900 (without discount), and after discount, it comes at Rs.1,34,900, same as Flipkart’s price tag. The color options available are Gold, Space Grey, and Silver.

More: The Note 10 will come with a bigger 6.66” screen than the iPhone XS Max

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Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?



Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

In a time where Oppo, Vivo, Samsung etc. are bringing top notch phones in high range and prices, Oppo’s subunit Realme is something different. It would not be wrong to say that in the generation of high range telephonic devices, Realme has stormed the market by launching highly specified phones in mid range prices or in our budget.

It all started with the launch of the Realme 1, but the game changed after Realme 2 was launched. At that time, Vivo and Oppo were giving notch phones at an approx. rate of ₹ 26K. And, Realme entered the market with its notch phone at only ₹ 9K. Just look at the difference. Since then, there is no stopping for Realme.

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

And now, it is back with another smartphone, better than the previous ones. At least, rumours say that the phone will be launched in India by March 2019. But, we have brought you some leaked information about the flagship phone.

Display and Configuration

Coming to the phone, the Realme 3 Pro flaunts a 6.3 inch FHD+ IPS LCD display, with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels with a pixel density of 409 PPI. This screen size and specs is enough for users to watch movies or videos and play games on a large, bezel-less clear screen with reality colour. And the aspect ratio of 19:5:9 is really trendy to look on. When it comes to performance, it is powered by an Octa-core (2GHz quad-core, Cortex A73 + 2GHz quad-core, Cortex A53) processor which combines with the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset to give high performance. And the graphics department is led by Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

According to rumors, the phone gives you one variant in terms of RAM, which is 6 GB and internal memory of 64 GB which is expandable up to 256 GB, but there are two phone color variants – Black and Gold.

Read More: ASUS ROG PHONE : Ultimate Gaming Phone For Hardcore Gamers

Camera and Battery

We know both Oppo and the sub unit Realme focus well on their camera (except Realme 1!). And Realme 3 Pro confess with dual rear camera setup which gives you one 16 MP primary camera and one 2 MP secondary camera, and both of then allow you to take great photos. The single camera setup in the front has a 20 MP camera, suitable for clicking mesmerising selfies. The Li-ion battery has a capacity of 4100 mAh, which is claimed to provide you ample power to last for one day.


Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

Storage and Connectivity

When the case is about storage, you are provided with 64 GB of in-built internal storage. If it is not enough for you, then the external memory slot allows you to expand your storage up to 256 GB.

For the connectivity, it comes with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, microUSB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS etc.

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?

Price and launch date

The price in India is rumoured to be about approximately between ₹ 14,999 to ₹ 18,999. And the release date is not confirm, but the estimate is between Jan 2019 and March 2019.


The Realme 3 Pro is a mid-range device that comes with a powerful configuration that shows no sign of a glitch. The display is excellent which will allow the user to watch movies and play games with a natural colour reproduction. For the camera performance, the device has maintained its position. Overall, the backup is also very reliable which makes it a perfect handset at its range. Overall, it is expected to PERFORM LIKE A PRO!



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ASUS ROG PHONE : Ultimate Gaming Phone For Hardcore Gamers



ASUS ROG PHONE : Ultimate Gaming Phone For Hardcore Gamers?

Asus has built for itself a great market in the smartphones sector. May it be the mid-range phones or higher ones, the quality and quantity is enough to make one happy. Previously, the phones that Asus brought were not si compatible and didn’t give the performance as expected from the price they cost.

But in recent times, Asus has improved a lot to say. Be it the processor, or the memory or the camera and display, the improvements that Asus has made are notable ones. And the performance has also managed to impress users.

When it comes to Android smartphones, Asus is now a prominent competitor of Xiaomi, Samsung, Moto etc. But, recently Asus has also entered the gaming market.

It has introduced the Asus ROG Phone which is solely about gaming besides the basic smartphone uses. T phone has great specifications and is an awesome choice when it comes to gaming. If you don’t know what ROG phone is, ROG stands for Republic Of Gamers, and this will be first smartphone of Asus targeted only for games. Asus has built this as a completion against Razer Phone.

In this article, I am going to discuss about the specifications of the ROG phone and we will see if it really is the ultimate gaming smartphone as claimed by the company or not.
Let’s start.


So, basically this is the first smartphone of Asus made solely for gamers; Asus phones are built for gaming too but this one is a proper gaming console phone.
Let’s get to the specifications –

Its device name is ZS600KL.

CPU – The processor of ROG has been made to beat Razer, and I think it has been successful as well. The processor is basically Kyro 285, but there are four 2.96 GHz Kyro 385 Gold ones and four more 1.85 GHz Kyro 385 Silver ones. It us an Octacore processor keeping in mind the ultimate experience of gaming.

According to a prominent comparison site, Asus has been able to best Razer phone and various others, both of its own and also other brands. The study says that the CPU frequency of other Asus has been revolving around 2200 MHz to 2500 MHz, with the previous best being 2800 MHz of the Zenfone 5Z, but the ROG gives 2960 MHz of CPU frequency. Composing with other brands, others like Vivo NEX S, Razer Phone 2, Xiaomi Pocophone, Sony Xperia XZ2 etc.

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Display – The ROG phone has an amazing display features. The screen is of a 6-inch size having aspect ratio 18:9. It is an FHD+ (Full HD +) display and an AMOLED panel with 2150×1080 pixels. It supports High Dynamic Range imaging (HDR)and has 90 Hz refresh rate. Just one thing you don’t get is a notch display. By the way, is that needed after you get so much?

Speakers – It has a dual front-facing speaker to give you a realistic gaming experience. Also, a 3.5 mm headphone jack is present.

Camera – ROG gives you dual rear camera setup and a single front facing a camera. The dual cameras are – one is a 12 Mega Pixels camera with aperture (f/1.8, 1.4um) and another 8 Mega Pixels camera with an aperture (f/2.0,1.12um). It supports PDAF and has Gyro Executive Information System (EIS).
The front camera is of 8 Mega Pixels with an aperture (f/2.0, 1.12um). Overall in this price, it’s a good camera set up.
Battery, Storage, and Security – It’s a gaming phone, do we need a good battery backup. Hence, ROG gives you a 4000 mAh battery. And want to know about charging? Don’t worry. You get fast charging support, a ROG has Quick Charge 4.0 and Hypercharge. So no need of sitting for a long time to charge your phone. And yes, the charging port is USB type – C.

Coming to storage, you are having a gaming phone, right? So you get a humongous 8 GB of RAM and the internal storage depends on you; you get two variants, 128 GB or 512 GB. Yes, one con is that you can’t use an external memory card. But the question is, you get 128 or 512 GB of storage, do you still need a memory card?
As security, you get the basic pattern, pin, and password system along with a stylish Fingerprint scanner on the rear side.

Must Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: Detail Price, Design,Camera, Performance

Other Contents in the box – When you’re coming to the box part, let me inform you that you’re getting a really stylish boxing system, entirely different from other phones. The box looks really amazing.

Now let’s come to other bid contents you’ll get. If you’re a PC gamer switching to mobile gaming, then ROG is perfect for you. You’ll get two different accessories. First is an actual gamepad made by Gamevice that clips on both the sides of the phone. The gamepad has the basic physical buttons and analog sticks. The gamepad also works with a WI Gig dock to wirelessly stream gameplay to a connected TV.

Second is a clamshell accessory that turns the ROG Phone into a dual screen phone. Dual screen gaming phone! Awesome, right? But the most amazing fact is that the second screen is itself a 6-inch screen and has its own battery capacity of 6000 mAh. It also brings for you four front-facing speakers, shoulder buttons, and more cooling. Aye claims these would prove necessary for extended gaming sessions. Oh, did I forget to tell you about cooling? ROG phone has vapor cooling and an externally attachable fan accessory. So thinking about extra gaming? Don’t think, just go for it because your phone won’t heat up.

Full Specifications –

Release date June 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 158.80 x 76.20 x 8.60
Weight (g) 200.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000
Fast charging Quick Charge 4+
Colours Black
Screen size (inches) 6.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 18:9
Processor 2.96GHz octa-core (4×2.96GHz + 4×1.7GHz)
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Internal storage 512GB
Expandable storage No
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 8-megapixel
Rear flash LED
Front camera 8-megapixel (f/2.0)
Operating system Android 8.1
Skin ROG Gaming UI
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes

So this was all about Asus Republic Of Gamers Phone. It’s expected launch date in India is estimated to be between 18th to 22nd October this year and expected price is around ₹ 59K to ₹ 60K. It is expected to be available on Amazon India.

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Must Read: 10 Best Gaming Smart Phones 2018[UPDATED]

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Amazon Prime: Leading electronic house appliances to purchase this prime day sale



Amazon Prime: Leading electronic house appliances to purchase this prime day sale

The 2nd edition of the Amazon Prime Day, which will begin tomorrow at 12 pm, is poised to see a surge of lots for brand names in all classifications, consisting of as much as 50% off electronic devices and devices.

Prime members are used enormous deals and discount rates such as as much as 40% off TELEVISION and about 30% off devices such as washering, fridges, ac system, microwave as well as water cleansers and heating systems.

Televisions available would consist of TCL, Sanyo, BPL, Panasonic, LG, while fridges consist of Haier, Whirlpool, Samsung and Hitachi. Washering would consist of brand names like Bosch, Whirlpool, Samsung, IFB and LG.

Amazon Prime:

Electronic devices like laptop computers are cost as much as Rs. 25,000 Some fascinating deals in this classification consist of an extra Rs 17,000 on Surface area Pro laptop computers in addition to electronic cameras and speakers at half the cost.

Tablets can be bought at a beginning cost of Rs. 4,999, computer system devices as much as 60% off, earphones will see a drop of around 60%, smartwatches around 30% and hard disk drives will see a rate cut of as much as 60%. Smartwatches that begin the marketplace would consist of the Samsung Equipment series.

Curved displays and trimmers and razors appreciate 40% off, A/cs get 35% off and printers get up to 30% off. Popular printers consist of HP, Canon and Samsung.

Kitchen area chimneys will see a rate drop of about 50% and a few of the popular brand names will consist of Sunflame, Faber and Hindware.

In addition, for the very first time, Amazon is offering an ultra-fast, two-hour supply of customer electronic devices and daily products to Prime members by setting up Prime Prime. This suggests that buyers in Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Hyderabad will have the ability to get picked prime-day offers prior to Prime Day ends.

Members can get desktop notices on the top offers throughout the 36- hour sale by setting up Amazon Assistant. You can likewise conserve 10% immediate refund with HDFC debit or charge card in addition to 10% cashback on Amazon Pay Balance.

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