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MSI GF65 Thin Review: The Light Heavyweight

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The MSI GF65 Thin is all about gaming. It’s neat, understated and solid. In many ways this is a gaming laptop you can consider if you are buying your first one.

Gaming laptops are different beasts entirely. If you are not a gamer, you can stop reading the review right now because what this laptop, the MSI GF65 Thin, offers, won’t really change your life. You might as well invest that ₹1,34,990 in something else.

The MSI GF65 Thin comes with a 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics chip and a 15.6-inch 1080p display with 120Hz refresh rate. So, straight off the bat you know that graphics and display are in place. For almost all purposes, these configurations should work just fine. However, there’s only 8GB of memory on this, so you might want to add on some more eventually. For someone like me, that didn’t seem to be a matter of concern, but like I said, I am not this laptop’s intended audience.

Compared to how gaming laptops are expected to look – sharp lines and RGB lights everywhere – the MSI GF65 Thin is rather understated with its reds and blacks – which is rather refreshing to be honest. With its all-black metallic lid, black plastic body and the dragon logo in red along with the red backlit keyboard, this laptop looks like a no-nonsense beast that’s just on your desk to get the work done.

It’s a solid, sturdy laptop that would have been heavier than 1.8kg had its body not been made of plastic. I was using this laptop after using the HP Elite Dragonfly, so the significant change in weight threw me off a little initially. But over time, everyone gets used to everything.

As did I – to the spread-out keyboard where I made many a typo till my hands got used to the keys, the ports on the right and the charging port and HDMI output on the left (which is a little awkward and uncomfortable because the wire gets in the way. But then, this laptop is not meant to be used while placed on the lap either.

However, assuming that you are going to plug in additional accessories like a gaming mouse (for sure), it’s understandable why all the ports are on the right.

While it took me a while to get used to the big keyboard, it’s a relief that the WASD keys were not made to stand out in any way, I find that grossly distracting, gamers will think otherwise. There is also no number pad here, which is going to be a problem for some games.

I faced an issue with the absent number pad when I tried to play the ancient Need For Speed Most Wanted. The Num 6 key seemed to be THE ONLY key that could start a race, so I had to pull up the on-screen keyboard to run that command.

Whatcha watching?

The 15.6-inch screen is bright and big enough for your games and also for daily work and content you might want to watch. The bezels on the top and bottom are thick but to be very honest, given the all-black body, they don’t really hinder things much. Particularly the bottom bezel that also houses the MSI logo.

MSI could really have pushed for more screen real estate on this, which would have made things better. But, they aren’t bad as they stand.

The audio is loud enough for most purposes, assuming you are in a quiet environment. But since this laptop is meant to be used for games mostly, headphones will fix what’s missing.

It’s getting hot in here

Gaming laptops heat up quite often. Not just while gaming but also through the work day where I was primarily working on Chrome. The heat vents are on the right side and that end gets particularly uncomfortable – don’t even think about using it placed on the lap like I often did and realised my mistake almost instantly.

However, I found the laptop dissipating heat fast enough as well, so that’s a pretty big plus.

The laptop started heating up about 45 minutes into my hands-on session with Anno 1800 (a city-building real-time strategy game, in case you haven’t heard of it before), which went on for another three hours. I found it heating up about 30 minutes into Age of Empires and about the same time with Fall Guys.

With Resident Evil, things started getting warm, much faster.

But all the games loaded without any hitches, the graphics were intense and bright and my rather untrained eye could spot no frame rate drops. All the games I played on this were not as graphic-intensive as many others out there, but as far as my usage with the MSI GF65 Thin was concerned – it all went smooth, albeit a little hot.

The fact that the MSI GF65 Thin comes with the RTX 2060 under the hood, means that this laptop is pretty much equipped to take on any game, even those with Ray Tracing. So, no matter what you intend to throw at it, you can best believe that the MSI GF65 Thin will pull through.

Not enough juice

However, intense performance capabilities mean that the battery life is nothing to write home about. I was using the laptop through the day as my main work driver and post that to play some games.

As I have said, all my work happens on the battery-guzzler called Chrome so I cannot entirely blame the battery performance here, but even then the results were not great. This laptop will not last you half a workday, even less if you are gaming.

Also, battery performance is never a face card with gaming laptops, which are mostly used plugged-in and set up with other accessories. So, if you are planning to get this one, be prepared to be wired to your desk, literally.

Sheldon Cooper might be gaming on battery, but in real life, sorry, that’s not how things work for these gaming machines.

Therefore, if gaming is not your requirement, you will not even be considering this device so effectively, a dismal battery performance is nothing to lose sleep over. You can eke out some more juice if you dim the screen, but that’s not how any of us really use laptops so it doesn’t really matter.

There is MSI’s Dragon Center app that helps you keep tabs on the performance and customise profiles so you can conserve power for work or push the laptop to the hilt for gaming – so feel free to tinker around.

Should you buy it?

Given it’s clean, understated looks and pretty solid performance, the MSI GF65 Thin seems to be a laptop you can consider if you are looking to move from a non-gaming one to a gaming one.

This is a good laptop to flex your skills on before you decide to throw in some more money and buy a more expensive device.

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Apple iPhone 12 Vs iPhone 12 Mini: What’s Different?

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Apple has launched the Apple iPhone 12 Mini smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is priced starting at Rs.69900 for the base model and comes in different variants. In the same segment, Apple also recently launched the Apple iPhone 12 smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 is priced starting at Rs.79900 for the base model and comes in different variants. Check out our head-to-head comparison between the Apple iPhone 12 Mini and Apple iPhone 12 across design, display, internal specifications, camera performance and price to determine what phone is the best for you. Also Read – India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Price in India

The iPhone 12 carries a starting price of Rs. 79,900 in India or $799 in the US for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 84,900 or $849, and the 256GB storage option is at Rs. 94,900 or $949. In contrast, the iPhone 12 mini comes at Rs. 69,900 or $699 for the 64GB variant, whereas its 128GB and 256GB storage models are priced at Rs. 74,900 or $749 and Rs. 84,900 or $849, respectively.

On the availability front, the iPhone 12 will be available for pre-orders from October 16, while its availability is scheduled for October 23. The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, will go on pre-orders from November 6, with its sale beginning from November 12. India availability has only been detailed for the iPhone 12, and that’s October 30.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Specifications

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both run on iOS 14 and come with the A14 Bionic SoC, paired with a fourth-generation Neural Engine and a new four-core graphics architecture. Both iPhone models also come with a notch that houses the True Depth Camera system for Face ID support. However, on the part of a major difference, the iPhone 12 carries a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina display (1170×2532 pixels), while the iPhone 12 mini features a smaller, 5.4-inch OLED Super Retina display (1080×2340 pixels).

For photos and videos, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.6 lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with an f/2.4 aperture as well as 120-degree field of view. Both new models also retain optical image stabilization (OIS) support that has been a part of the iPhone family for some time. The rear camera setup is also capable of recording 4K videos. For selfies, video chats, and FaceTime calls, there is a 12-megapixel camera sensor at the front of both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, with an f/2.2 lens.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have storage options going from 64GB to 256GB. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a Lightning port. The iPhones also come with an Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip that debuted on the iPhone 11 models last year. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, three-axis gyro, and a proximity sensor.

Apple has provided a rechargeable lithium-ion battery on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini that supports fast as well as wireless charging (MagSafe up to 15W and Qi up to 7.5W). The new iPhone models also include magnets at the back to support the newly launched MagSafe charging accessories. The iPhone 12 battery is rated to deliver up to 17 hours of video playback, and the iPhone 12 mini battery is said to deliver up to 15 hours of video playback.

The iPhone 12 measures has a height of 146.7mm and width of 71.5mm (2.82-inches), while the iPhone 12 mini measures 131.5mm (5.18-inches) in height and 64.2mm width (2.53-inches). Both phones are 7.4mm (0.29-inches) in depth. Besides, the iPhone 12 weighs 164 grams. This is heavier than the iPhone 12 mini that is 135 grams in weight.

Apple unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone 12 series on Tuesday. The new series comprises four new iPhone models, namely the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Max. However, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are likely to grab the most attention — thanks to their cheaper pricing over the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both new iPhone models come in four different colour options and are powered by the same A14 Bionic SoC. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini also included dual rear cameras. Nevertheless, there are some major differences between the two that you should consider while making your buying decision.

With this we compared, iPhone 12 price in India and specifications with those of the iPhone 12 mini to help you decide the best option for you.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) Redefine Concept Introduction

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Samsung Galaxy S21, the next flagship series from the South Korean tech major, is expected to launch in January next year, and the phones could go on sale by the end of the month. In the latest leak, tipster Jon Prosser has revealed the launch, sale, and pre-order dates of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 phones on Twitter. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra launch will take place on January 14, 2021 and pre-orders will start on the same day. The tipster also claims that the devices will go on sale on January 29.

Samsung’s flagship lineup sees the S series launch in the first half of the year, while the Note series comes in the second half. While some reports are claiming the brand will launch the phones with Samsung Galaxy S30 name label, others are saying Galaxy S21 will be the official name.

Prosser in his tweet also revealed the colour variants of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. These are black, white, grey, silver, violet, and pink. While the features of the devices are yet to be revealed, several leaks have already suggested what could be the possible specifications of the new phones. Here’s everything we know so far.

Samsung Galaxy S21 price (expected)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is expected to start from $999, which is around Rs 74,640 in India. The Galaxy S21 Plus could cost $1,199 (around Rs 89,580), whereas the Galaxy S21 Ultra $1,399 (approximately Rs 104,529).

Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Specifications

As per the leaks, the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 phones will sport a punch-hole display design. The cutout will be placed on the upper right side of the display. The handsets will also have slim bezels. The design of the phones will be almost similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.

The leaked renders showed that the volume rockers and power button will be located on the right edge. The standard version is expected to come with a compact 6.2-inch flat display. The screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra could measure between 6.7 and 6.9 inches. It is expected to come with a slightly curved display and could include support for the S Pen, which would be a first in the S series. However, the device might lack any slot for the brand’s signature stylus.

The phones will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 processor in some markets. Samsung is expected to announce its own Exynos 1080 processor on November 12. This chip is based on the 5nm process. But this is not going to power the S21 series, according to a report on Sam Mobile. The devices will run the Exynos 2100 chipset, depending on the region.

The most premium version in the series is rumoured to pack a 108-megapixel primary camera and a 40-megapixel snapper for selfies. The Galaxy S21 series could also see the introduction of a new under-display selfie camera. Again, Samsung could limit this new technology to the most premium flagship in the series, which would be the S21 Ultra.

On the software side, the Galaxy S21 will ship with One UI 3.0, which will be based on Android 11. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series was recently spotted on 3C certification. The site hinted that the standard version will offer a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is tipped to feature a 4,660mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly have a 5,000mAh battery. All three phones are expected to ship with a 25W fast charger.

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WhatsApp New Exciting Features (2020) November

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New features on WhatsApp

WhatsApp the messaging platform is at the helm of social media applications. Run by Facebook one of the four Big Tech companies, its features complement those of its sister platforms like Instagram and Facebook. So if any feature exists on one of these platforms, expect it to show up on all eventually. For instance Stories. By imitating the Snapchat model of quick short-lived stories, Instagram mastered it, further emulating it on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In a big to keep the app updated and fresh, new features are introduced every once in awhile. Take a look at what to expect!

WhatsApp regularly updates the app with new features. It also tests unreleased features on its beta app for Android and iPhone. Recently, WhatsApp has been focusing on privacy and control of spam on the platform. It has rolled out features to help curb these issues on WhatsApp.

In terms of UI change, the app will soon roll our dark mode on Android and iPhone. WhatsApp dark mode is expected to arrive with iOS 13 and Android Q update. While we wait for that, there are other features available now on WhatsApp. If you’re a frequent WhatsApp user, these are some features you can use right now. WhatsApp has confirmed its new exciting disappearing messages feature which, once enabled, will make new messages sent in individual or group chats disappear after seven days.

As per the information provided on the support page, enabling the settings will not affect the messages previously sent or received in chat. While the users can themselves turn disappearing messages on and off for individual chats, in a group chat, only the admins will get to use the feature. With this, if a user does not open WhatsApp in the seven-day period, the message will disappear, but its preview might still be displayed in notifications until the App is opened. The feature, as per the App, will not work if the disappearing message is forwarded, and in case the user creates a backup, however, when the user restores from a backup.

As per the settings for media download, if auto-download is turned on the receiving phone the images, videos will be automatically saved on the device. There, however, is no option of customizing the time frame after which the messages will be deleted.

WhatsApp is hard at work making its hugely-popular app even better. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the launch of disappearing messages which, as the name suggests, makes text messages self-destruct after a week, coupled with the introduction of a new storage setting designed to allow users to quickly find and remove content filling up their precious memory.

And now, it seems WhatsApp is working on two more updates – one aimed at Android users, and another designed for those with an iPhone.

The first change that’s coming to Android looks set to allow users of this Google-powered operating system to access more exciting wallpapers than what’s currently available.

As spotted by the team at WABetainfo it appears that there will be a total of 32 bright wallpapers and another 29 designed for dark mode. It seems you’ll even be able to set unique background patterns for different chats and adjust exactly how they look to suit your tastes.

This upgrade is currently in the beta phase of testing but a launch could come soon.

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