The smartphone war just got better towards the end of 2018 when Google finally unveiled its next-generation Pixel versions in the form of Pixel 3 and 3XL, last month. But as is always the case, the priority is always of the higher one, so here too, the focus will remain only on the Pixel 3XL.
Google is surely a great software company and that’s the reason it amazed the world back in 2016 when the first Pixel phone was launched with just a single rear camera, which was capable of taking astonishing and excellent pictures of professional quality! And now in 2018, the Pixel camera is considered a standard for comparison (although Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Note series are also there, with great camera features and breathtaking pictures).
But speaking in a genuine way then a phone should be capable for doing everything, not just photography, right?
And here, it will be interesting to see whether or not Google’s Pixel 3XL is worth what it meant to be, for a day’s tasks and a bit more.
Design, Display, and Connectivity
The flagship phone comes with a huge QHD+ OLED display of 6.3inch, with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, having a pixel density of 523 PPI. It’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, has a super contrast ratio of 100,000: 1, and also comes with the Always-on display feature. And yes, the infamous notch is also there, which is really big, but really not a huge deal.
The whole frame is made of aluminum plus hybrid coating. The phone has a finishing of soft-touch glass on the back which feels extremely, very premium and expensive too, of course. It is glass but you won’t feel it that way; also both the front and back are Gorilla Glass protected. Further, the phone is now IP68 water and dust resistant too, which means no worries for your rainy days, or when you are underwater, or when you get stuck in a heavily polluted area.
On the bottom, there is the USB Type-C port for fast charging, while there are 3 mics located on the bottom and top sides. Interestingly for enhancing the audio, Google has now provided two dual front-firing stereo speakers towards the bottom of the device.
The phone may feel heavy to some, as it weighs around 184kg, but that may not turn out to be a significant distraction or something.
One thing that Google didn’t actually reveal at the time of Pixel 3XL’s (and also Pixel 3) launch was that despite being a Single nano-SIM device, it’s got the functionality of the e-SIM (which was earlier showcased in Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max also). So, this implies that those who are habitual of using two numbers won’t be disappointed with the new Pixel since it offers the option of using dual SIMs.
For keeping the performance durable, there is a 3,430mAh battery with Qi Wireless charging support and is fast-charge enabled.
Now, coming to the big part of the performance itself, then the Pixel 3XL comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset which is blazing fast and can go through the multitasking smoothly. There is also Pixel Visual Core (something added by Google to enhance the performance to a greater extent), and the Titan M Security Module for protecting your personal data.
When it comes to graphics then there is also the latest Adreno 630 GPU inside which when combined with the chipset, can deliver any desired task, especially intensive gaming.
Coming onto connectivity options then the device has USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Google Cast, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou. But there’s a sad news for music lovers as Google has also done away with the beloved 3.5 mm audio jack. So, you will be left a bit dejected, but an alternative has been provided for that in the box.
Sensors on the phone include Active Edge, Magnetometer, Barometer, the Fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone, Proximity/Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Android Sensor Hub and Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response.
The Android platform is of the latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system, and since it’s a Google phone itself, you won’t have to worry about security and upcoming updates at all. Storage options come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal capacity, and another one with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt capacity.
In the box, you will get the phone, with Quick Switch Adaptor, USB-C to USB-C cable, Pixel USB-C earbuds, USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adaptor, SIM tool, and a Quick Start Guide.
Pixel 3XL Camera: Mighty conqueror
Now comes the part for which you have read this article to this point. And without any pinch of doubt, hands down to Google, again. Pixel 3XL camera takes the mobile/smartphone photography to a great level by adding software tweaks, being capable of fantastic image processing.
The phone comes with a 12.2MP single-rear dual-pixel camera, with autofocus + dual pixel phase detection. There is also OIS + EIS, spectral and flicker sensor. The camera has an aperture of f/1.8, so more light can come in the picture, which also means great image quality. Talking about the actual performance of the camera then you might have seen the results online of what it can really do. And that’s factually true about the Pixel 3XL camera. HDR and HDR+ processing has also improved while portraits are having more edge-to-edge details now, and they really look fantabulous.
The rear camera can shoot videos in 1080p (Full HD) at 30fps, 60fps, and 120fps, while 720p (HD) can be shot at 30fps, 60fps, and 240fps. It can also shoot 4K video at 30fps. Google should have included 60fps option for 4K also since the feature is there in other flagships already. iPhone XS Max is the best to do that.
Coming towards the front, then Google has done something impressive by adding dual-cameras. The best thing is the wide-angle feature that allows you to have more people while taking a selfie. Both the cameras are of 8MP each, with one being a telephoto lens. The wide-angle lens’s aperture is f/2.2 while the telephoto lens’s aperture is f/1.8.
The dual-front cameras also support portrait shots and which are impressive, no doubt and also support AR stickers, and VR functionality too.
The front cameras can shoot videos in 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 30fps, and 480p at 30fps.
In many online video comparisons, the Pixel 3XL beat the hell out of many premium phones by delivering exceptional photo quality.
And yes, one feature which just got officially added recently is the Night Sight mode, which needs no further introduction since its impressiveness has been seen by everyone, worldwide. When you switch to this mode in very low light and it’s just not possible to find anything, then the Night Sight creates magic by giving you the picture which looks like you captured it in a normal lighting condition!
It has made a huge and vast difference to low-light photography. Well, the Night Sight mode has been made available on previous Pixel 2 phones too now and also, many mobile developers have come up with Google Camera’s Night Sight ported app. You can literally take the same low-light pictures by any other phone’s camera by installing the ported Google camera’s latest modded app.
Because it’s the software that enables the Pixel 3XL’s camera to take mindboggling pictures, so many developers are able to create their own Google camera-based software; although they are ported.
Google has definitely increased the level of details as far as the cameras are concerned and the Pixel 3XL also comes with the latest Android OS too with all the features. Though it’s not guaranteed that everyone will be going for it, it’s evident that those who will, won’t be thinking twice because it’s simply too good, while still looking elegantly simple.
The slightly good thing, if not very good, is that it costs less than the new iPhones, but still being a flagship device it’s only for those who really want to have a Googe phone experience. If you’re already having Pixel 2XL, then you won’t find it actually necessary to upgrade to Pixel 3XL.
Price in India
Pixel 3XL is now available in India also and especially on the online portal Flipkart. It will be available in three color variants of Just Black, Clearly White and newly introduced, Not Pink.
The 4GB model with 64GB capacity is available right now for Rs.83,000, while the 4GB variant with 128GB of internal storage will be available for Rs.92,000 since it’s not there in the stock yet.
Apple Has Lost $450 Billion of Revenue Since October 2018!
Just about three months ago, the California tech-giant was enjoying a smooth ride with profits coming in, constantly; considering the fact that it was also the most valued company on the planet, last year. But since October 2018, the freefall of its revenues has generated a lot of ‘negative buzz’ among the analysts, the investors, the consumers, and also those who are the admirers of Apple Inc. in one or the other ways.
Apple has so far lost $450 billion of revenue since October, which is more than even the ‘overall value of social networking giant Facebook’. The total value of Facebook is about $383.76 billion. Well, FB’s total worth is also more than the total GDP of some countries like Iran, Norway, and Austria!
Now, you can imagine how big the loss is for Apple, even taking into account that it’s still got a lot of money and will probably make up for the losses very soon.
On Thursday, the iPhone maker’s stocks fell by 9.96%.
Way back, three months ago, on October 3rd, 2018, when Apple hit a peak of $232.07 per share, it gained a market cap of $1.16 trillion. But now, it just dropped to a low of about $142.19 per share (new results may vary from the article’s figures), clearing out a massive amount of $450 billion from its revenue. And on Thursday, January 3rd, Apple’s market cap was standing at $710.97 billion, as per the reports of Macrotrends.
And now Apple has also lost its position as world’s third most valuable company to Google’s Alphabet.
Apple has been struggling to maintain its aura for a while now and many experts are saying that to boost the revenues further and by a large number, Apple should also try to enter the budget-flagship or budget range of smartphones, as per the current trend. But that, for now, seems unlikely since Apple is a luxury phone making brand and always keeps the priority very high for the value of its products.
But it needs to understand the changing scenario in the markets currently, across the globe. If it keeps going like this then brands like OnePlus and Xiaomi will eventually end up becoming the true ‘smartphone profit makers’.
It looks like a state of a ‘slight’ emergency for Tim Cook and his team to sustain the company’s growth, just like it was moving three months ago.
Even the famous tech YouTube channel Unbox Therapy also came up with a video recently, discussing how Apple should move ahead if it has to live up to the fast-growing trends. Lewis Hilsenteger, who runs the channel, also talked about Apple’s recent decision to make the iPhones in India, in 2019.
Source: Business Insider
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT Announced with 12GB RAM and upcoming Flagship Processor from Qualcomm
Lenovo is also not far behind when it comes to putting out some beasts in competition to other heavyweights. And continuing this streak, it unveiled its new flagship model, Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, on Tuesday, in China. The biggest highlight of the newly announced phone is that it will be the first phone, in the world, to come up with a 12GB of massive, huge RAM! Yes, you read it correctly.
Not only this, but it will also be the first smartphone in the world to possess the upcoming highest flagship chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855 SoC, based on 7nm architecture.
The phone will be running on latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system, skinned with Lenovo’s own ZUI 10.0 theme. The Z5 Pro GT will go on sale in China from January 24th, 2019.
Specs and Price
Talking of the phone itself then the Z5 Pro GT comes with a big 6.39inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a screen resolution of 1080x2340p. The protection is of Corning Gorilla Glass.
But the selling point of this premium Lenovo phone is the Snapdragon 855 chipset which was just announced earlier this month by Qualcomm. But Lenovo became the first one to truly come out with a phone actually running on that ultrafast chip in the world.
For keeping the performance levels top notch and without any halts, no matter what, the flagship processor combines with a huge and unprecedented 12GB of RAM, which is insane, seriously. Apart from it, the Z5 Pro GT will also be coming in variants of 6GB of RAM and 8GB of RAM.
For photography, the Z5 Pro GT has a dual-rear camera setup, with one being a 16MP SONY IMX519 sensor (with f/1.8) and other being a 24MP SONY IMX576 sensor (with f/1.8). There is also a dual-tone LED flash on the rear.
On the front too, there are dual cameras for taking even better pictures. There is a 16MP sensor (with f/2.2), and an 8MP IR sensor also for unlocking the phone via ‘Face Unlock’ in very dark conditions also.
For those who don’t know yet, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT also has the now trending ‘sliding camera functionality’ which makes it an almost clear, all-screen phone from the front. So if you want to use front cameras, you can just use the slider that has about six parallel slides, double-helical structure, and AI enabled smart antennas. The antennas are touted to intelligently detect the position of the user’s hand grip to dynamically adjust the signal.
For storage purposes, the phone has massive capacity options of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. While the connectivity includes Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/A-GPS, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (Nano), Wi-Fi, NFC, and also USB Type-C. The phone also comes with nearly all the necessary sensors, like ambient light sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, e-compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and of course the fingerprint sensor under the display itself!
For ensuring a good and durable performance throughout a day, the phone also has a decent 3,350mAh of a battery.
Now ultimately coming to the price tag of this brilliant beast from Lenovo. Well firstly, it will only be coming in China, and that too next year towards the end of the first month.
In China, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will be sold for CNY 2,698 (translating to about Rs.27,700), the 8GB/128GB model will be available for CNY 2,998 (translating to about Rs.30,800), the 8GB/256GB model will be sold for CNY 3,398 (translating to about Rs.41,100) and lastly the 12GB/512GB variant will be available for CNY 4,398 (translating to about Rs.45,100).
All these four variants of the Z5 Pro GT will be available to pre-order from January 15th, 2019, in China, while the sale of the phone will begin from January 24 onwards. The phone will be available in a Carbon Black colour option with carbon fibre finishing on the top.
There’s no chance however of it arriving in India lately since Lenovo hasn’t announced anything regarding that yet. But it’s a great phone and considering the prices in China, it will really turn out to be a great competitor to any premium and expensive phone currently being available in the Indian market, like OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Apple iPhone XS Max/XS and Google Pixel 3/3XL.
The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT deserves to be in India considering the fact that it will just knockout the very-very costly flagships out-of-the-park by its own very aggressive pricing.
Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a triple camera setup on the back
The Galaxy S10 may be months away from its first and official reveal but the speculations and rumors never cease to pop up. And now, according to yet another new report by PhoneArena, the Samsung flagship of 2019 may have a rear triple camera setup. But only the higher-end version, that is, the S10+ is rumored to have three cameras on the back.
The report by PhoneArena claims to have received an anonymous tip on Galaxy S10+’s back camera placement. But it is also believed that not only the S10+ but the regular S10 will also be having a three camera setup on the rear. Some newly leaked videos and reports have also suggested that there will be an ‘Infinity-O’ display in the upcoming Galaxy S10 phones and that they will also have a ‘punch hole’, in the screen itself towards the top right corner, for the front cameras.
The Infinity-O display was unveiled last month during the Samsung Developer Conference, and it had already debuted on the Galaxy A8 models, being launched recently in China. According to PhoneArena, the Infinity-O display is also another kind of AMOLED display which offers 2K+ screen resolution.
Many design leaks of the S10 suggest that the phone will be ultrathin with curved round edges, and possessing very minimum bezels.
Some image renders are claiming that the new S10 phones by Samsung will be having bigger displays too. While the speculation is that the S10 will be having a 6.1inch display, the S10+ is rumored to have a 6.4inch display. And the very good thing is that phones will be keeping the traditional 3.5mm audio jack too, implying that the users won’t be disappointed.
The premium S10 smartphones may arrive during the next year’s MWC 2019, according to strong predictions. And it will be the perfect timing also, as the year will only be just beginning.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launched in India
OnePlus 6T’s new variant, the McLaren Edition has arrived in India and since it’s a flagship, the pricing is also super high. The McLaren Edition will be available in the country for Rs.50,999. With this, OnePlus has also crossed, for the first time, the mark of Rs.50,000 for any of its phones. The 6T McLaren Edition will go on sale in India on December 15th, 2018, via Amazon India portal, and also on OnePlus India website.
The phone’s new Edition was unveiled in Mumbai, yesterday evening. The big difference is definitely of the looks and how the 6T McLaren Edition feels in your hands. It is very premium looking with design and colours inspired by the McLaren racing car itself. And on top of it, the phone’s superfast performance itself makes it a superphone, with speed being the priority.
Speaking about the phone’s design specifically then there is a brand logo of McLaren on the back, towards the bottom. The edges and borders of the phone are in Papaya Orange colour (again, just like the McLaren racing car).
Not only this, but the colour of the phone’s USB Type-C cable has also changed to orange which looks fantastic. Plus, this time OnePlus has also provided VOOC charge technology for the 6T McLaren Edition (for the first time), unlike its previous phones where there was the regular Dash charging support. The only difference is that the VOOC charge technology will enable the phone to get a quick boost in very less time.
Talking about the technical specs then the biggest upgrade to the 6T McLaren Edition is the mammoth 10GB of RAM, as compared to the 8GB variant of the usual OnePlus 6T. The phone has a 6.41inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Other things are mostly similar like Snapdragon 845 and the 3,700mAh battery. The internal storage is also huge at 256GB.
The camera optics are also similar to that of the OnePlus 6T regular model, with dual-rear lenses and front selfie camera.
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