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Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro 6GB RAM, Launching on 8th September

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Poco has been very selective about its smartphone portfolio. It was spun off from Xiaomi and launched the Poco X2, more than a year after the Poco F1. Rather than releasing ‘flagship killers’ such as the F1, the company is now focusing more on the budget segment. With the new Poco M2 pro, it aims to take on the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment. Poco says it has seen tremendous success with the X2 and hopes to replicate that formula.

The Poco M2 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999 and looking at its specifications, it seems like it could be a strong opponent to the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Realme 6, which are two excellent offerings with similar pricing. However, numbers on a paper aren’t always an accurate depiction of actual performance. It’s time to put the Poco M2 Pro to the test, to see if it’s as good as it’s made out to be.

As for the colour options, the Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro 6GB RAM smartphone comes in Two Shades of Black, Out of the Blue, Green and Greener colours.

Poco M2 Pro design

The Poco M2 Pro has an attractive design and is built well, but it also looks very similar to the Redmi note 9 pro.On examining both phones side by side, they appear to have the exact same body. Everything, including the buttons, ports, hole-punch in the display, and the rear camera bump, lines up perfectly. Poco has used a new angular striped pattern on the bottom three-quarters of the phone. The camera module has also had some cosmetic changes. The M2 Pro features a P2i water-repellent coating, which is said to make it splash-proof.
The Poco M2 Pro feels a little hefty and large in the hand, but I got used to the weight after a few days. A fingerprint sensor is embedded in the recessed power button, on the right side, and it authenticates you with a simple tap. I do wish the volume buttons were on the opposite side, as they are a little hard to reach. The SIM tray on the left supports two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. The headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker are at the bottom, while on the top, we have a secondary microphone and an infrared emitter.

Poco has used a 6.67-inch full-HD+ LCD display, with a cutout for the selfie camera. You also get Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, back, and the rear camera module. I usually find pre-applied screen protectors really annoying, but the one on the M2 Pro is not intrusive. The display gets bright, colours are punchy, and the Settings app lets you tweak the colour profile.

Poco M2 Pro software: MIUI with Poco launcher

The similarities to the Redmi Note 9 Pro continue with the software. The Poco M2 Pro runs on MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10, and my unit had the June security patch. Apart from having the Poco Launcher as a default, the features and functionality are very similar to what you get on Redmi devices. The full suite of Mi apps is present, including Mi Music, Mi Video, Mi Browser, etc, and most of them can’t be uninstalled. There are also plenty of third-party apps such as Helo, Facebook, and some basic games, and all of these can be uninstalled.

Despite all the stock MIUI apps, I was surprised to not see any spam messages from them in the notification shade. Certain sections of some apps still push random promoted content, but this can usually be disabled.

Poco M2 Pro performance: Reliable

MIUI and app performance were superb throughout our review. This is largely thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. It’s the same one used in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 Pro. I’m testing the middle variant of the Poco M2 Pro, which has 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage and is priced at Rs. 14,999. There’s a lower variant with 4GB of RAM and the same amount of storage, which costs Rs. 13,999, and a top-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 16,999

Navigating through MIUI’s interface felt snappy, multitasking worked well, and apps in general were quick to load. Gaming performance was very good too. I played the usual heavy-hitters and all ran smoothly with good graphics. I didn’t notice any heating issues either, even after playing for long stretches at a time. Game Turbo is a handy utility that gives you shortcuts for screen recording, etc, while playing games.

Videos looked good on the Poco M2 Pro’s display. However, the single speaker isn’t very impressive. You can enable software enhancements for audio if you use wired headphones, but there’s nothing to boost the volume of the speaker.

Poco M2 Pro cameras: Good, but not great

The Poco M2 Pro has four rear cameras, which include a primary 48-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. You get a 16-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera. The M2 Pro has the same version of the MIUI camera app as the Redmi Note 9 Pro. From what I could tell, the only real difference between the two phones in terms of functionality is that you can use Night mode for the selfie camera on the M2 Pro.

The New Poco M2 Pro – Highlights

Features and options

There are some interesting features such as the ability to record full-HD video with the macro camera, and the results were surprisingly good. Pro mode also supports video recording, allowing you to manually set the exposure for a shoot and also the ability to record in LOG format, which can be colour graded later. For what it’s worth, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has the exact same features now.

In daylight, the Poco M2 Pro’s primary camera captured good-looking photos. Details were generally sharp in landscape shots, and colours were vivid. The Pro colour toggle lets you capture more saturated colours, if needed. Close-ups looked good too, although the camera app brightened colours a bit more than they were in the actual scene. The wide-angle camera produced noticeably weaker colours and details, compared to the main sensor. Portrait mode worked well, and the level of background blur could be adjusted.

In low-light situations, the main and wide-angle cameras struggled with exposure and details. The camera app did a good job of suppressing noise, but the photos generally looked underexposed and zooming in revealed weak details. Night mode wasn’t too effective either, barely doing anything to improve the image.

Selfies shot under bright light looked good. Details and skin textures were generally well represented. Shots were decent, as long as there was enough ambient light around.

The M2 Pro supports video recording at up to 4K 30fps. Videos shot at this resolution had a very warm colour tone, and colours looked quite exaggerated. There’s no stabilisation at this resolution. Stepping down to 1080p, videos looked better thanks to stabilisation and colours had a more natural tone. Low-light performance wasn’t great, and videos generally looked a bit underexposed and grainy.

Overall, the cameras of the Poco M2 Pro performed decently under good light but struggled to deliver satisfactory results in low light.

Poco M2 Pro battery: Long-lasting
The battery life of the Poco M2 Pro to be very good. The 5,000mAh capacity easily lasted for an entire day, even with lots of gaming and camera usage. With lighter workloads, I was able to use the phone well into the second day. The phone also ran for a little more than 17 hours in our HD video loop test, which was good. The bundled 33W fast charger does a good job of quickly charging the battery. I was able to charge this phone to about 95 per cent in an hour.

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Budget Smartphone selection for 2021 January

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Best economic mobile phones for January 2021

Nowadays mobile phones are used for several purposes. Some of them are important and some of them for time pass.

What are the main use of mobile phones?

  1. Make calls
  2. Send Messages
  3. Surf Websites
  4. Capture your best moments
  5. Enter into online and offline applications.

To fulfill this, and average person only need a phone with price around 10,000 RS. Selecting a phone with maximum features is a himalayan task for few. Here are my list of budget phones for the month of January 2021.

5. Realme C15 3GB 32 GB

Realme C15 only have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. You might be wondering why this phone entered into my top 5 budget phone list for the new decade.

Following are key elements making the Realme C15 in my favorite list.

  • 6.52 inch HD Display
  • 13MP AI Quad Camera
  • 6000 mAh battery

Realme C15 can be preferred for those who are looking for a good photography experience and huge battery backup.

4. Redmi 9 Prime 4GB 64GB

Redmi 9 Prime outperformed Realme C15 with its 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.

Other few features are

  • A descent 5020 mAh battery
  • 6.53 full HD Display
  • AI Quad Camera

3. Oppo A5 2020 3GB 64GB

Oppo A5 beaten Redmi 9 Prime with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa core processor. I personally like Qualcomm processors over MediaTek.

Key other features include

  • 64 GB internal memory
  • Snapdragon 665 Octa Core Processor
  • 5000 mAh battery

2. Samsung Galaxy M11 3GB 32 GB

Even though the Galaxy M11 comes with 3GB RAM 32GB internal memory, the position of the selfi Camera given rank 2 in my list. Most of the under 10K range Smartphones comes with water drop Camera. Hence the punch hole Camera in the Galaxy M11 making it favorable for many. Moreover Samsung has more brand value than the other phones in the list. At least from my point for view. There is no need for an argument at this time.

Here are some of the other key features

  • Expandable memory support upto 512GB
  • Qualcomm octa core processor
  • 5000 mAh battery

1. Redmi 9 4GB 128 GB

While seeing the heading itself you might have noticed the heavy internal memory. Getting a Smartphone with 128GB under 10K is the only reason making Redmi 9 in the top of my list. 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory gives enough room  for us store and capture whatever we wants.

Other Key features are

  • 5000 mAh battery
  • 6.53 HD display

Note: I have checked our main online ecommerce websites prior to writing this article. There might be small variations in the price when you check the price online. Sellers keep changing in Flipkart and Amazon. I’m sure that these phones can be purchased within 10000RS. If you see the price above 10000RS, please visit the site on a later point so that the seller with less price shows again.

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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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