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Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21.

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Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21.
Source: Press Release
             Vivo has been catching a lot of heat lately ever so slightly after the introduction of the In-Display fingerprint scanning mechanism. Right from the concepts of Vivo Apex to the reality in the form of Vivo X21 and Vivo Nex S, the company has progressed a lot in the process. They managed to create vows in the mobile industry and fans have never been more excited about the recent launches. Right after progressing in the direction of a Motorized, Pop-up Front Camera module to the In-Display Fingerprint mechanism, Vivo is now introducing "Halo FullView Display" which is essentially introducing a cuter version of the not so fancy - "Notch." The internet called it the TearDrop/WaterDrop notch; however, it's getting termed as "Halo FullView Display" not so fancy name we guess. Let's find out more about the new Vivo V11 Pro regarding specifications, pricing, and availability. Although to the most part, the Vivo V11 Pro is merely a small upgrade to the Vivo X21.

Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21

Vivo V11 Pro Specifications: 

  • It houses a 2.2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660(4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) chipset which is coupled with Adreno 512 GPU & 6GB RAM. 
  • The V11 Pro comes with 128GB. Whereas expansion is available up to 256GB via a MicroSD memory card slot(Dedicated Slot).
  • It has 6.41-inch Full HD+(1080*2340) Super AMOLED panel which gives it about 402PPI pixel density. This design introduces a new type of Halo notch on the front, in turn, providing much more real estate to the user. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. 
  • The rear panel comes with a dual-lens camera setup with first a 12MP sensor having a F/1.8 aperture with Dual Pixel PDAF. While the second lens is a 5MP shooter with F/2.4 aperture. This configuration also includes a Dual LED Flash. While accompanying it is the Backlight HDR and Low Light photography modes for yielding better shots. Video can be shot at 2160p@30fps and 1080p@30fps.
  • The front camera setup is a single lens setup which houses a 25MP shooter with F/2.0 aperture; it comes with AI Stickers features. It shoots maximum at 1080p@30fps. 
  • It supports Dual Nano SIMs(4G) having a hybrid slot setup.
  • It runs on FunTouch OS 4.5 which is built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. 
  • Regarding connectivity, it comes with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, Radio FM support, 3.5mm audio jack & A-GPS. 
  • Concerning sensors there's the Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Compass and even an In-Display fingerprint sensor. 
  • It houses a non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery with support for fast VOOC charging(5V=4A), however via a MicroUSB 2.0 connection port. Though it's reversible, so that's a bonus. 
  • Comes in 2 different color variants - Starry Night & Dazzling Gold. 
  • It weighs 156 gms.

Vivo V11 Pro Price
Source: Editorial team
         
             The Vivo V11 Pro houses a poly fibre body which is a mixture of both metal and plastic. All in all, the device looks and feels premium, those radiant colors make it look overall appealing. Now it might attract fingerprints; however, the radiant color might be able to hide the smudges more efficiently. The idea of a smaller notch is quite exciting but at the same time, it gets spooky if you think about the Facial Recognition features though Vivo has quoted that it scans 1,024 facial feature points to unlock instantly, even in the dark. It's hard to judge that based upon our first look at the device here at the event. If we get the review unit, we would be sure to put the device through its paces to find out more on it in in-depth. However, as an exception, the V11 Pro marches ahead in the fast charging department which was earlier a disappointment in Vivo X21 due to the lack of Fast Charging speeds(Not support). Recently Oppo was the first to bring the Halo Notch to the mobile market segment with their new Oppo F9 Pro. However, the V11 Pro looks much more appealing concerning being value for money due to the In-Display fingerprint scanning mechanism.



Pricing & Availability:

Vivo V11 Pro: 6GB/128GB ROM:  Rs.25,990. 


             Speaking about the availability, it'll be available in the offline market throughout the chain of Vivo's official & partner retail stores. While it'll be exclusively available on Flipkart starting from Sept 2018 itself. There are several offers as well beginning with Free Screen Replacement, Extra Rs.2000/- for HDFC Card users. etc.

Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21. 

Vivo V11 Pro Specs
Source: Editorial team

             Do you think that the newly launched Vivo V11 Pro be able to compete with the recently announced Poco F1? Regarding cosmetics, the V11 Pro is our pick. However, we know that regarding specifications and benchmarks, the Poco F1 is the king. Would be compromising specifications for the aesthetics? I think we would. Stay tuned to our social channels for more coverage on the device, as our video will be live shortly on the YouTube channel.

Fossil launches their 4th Gen Smartwatches dubbed under Fossil Q lineup.

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           Even though the smartwatch market might be pretty fragile when it comes to innovations, there are a couple of brands like Apple, Mobvoi, Huawei, Xiaomi & Samsung that like to stay ahead of the curve. Fossil as a brand has also stayed ahead in the competition however in terms of offering beautiful cosmetics. However today Fossil extended their portfolio by launching 4th Generation of their already popular smartwatches as an attempt to target the tech-savvy audience or let's even say they're no focusing on ergonomics. The key highlights of these smartwatches are that they feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, Heart Rate scanner, Untethered GPS, NFC, & more. These new smartwatches would allow the user to customize the straps & even help in personalizing the dial from the available collection of more than 36+ dials. Whereas the best part is that, it runs on Android Wear OS 2.0 powered by Google. Now let's find out in detail about the new Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR.


 Fossil Q EXPLORIST HR SMOKE STAINLESS STEEL
      Image Source: Press Release. 


Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR Features & Specifications: 

  • It features a Stainless steel case (Venture HR: 40mm / Explorist HR: 45mm) with interchangeable straps and bracelets (Venture HR: 18mm / Explorist HR: 22mm). 
  • Support Bluetooth, Wireless syncing & Magnetic charging.
  • Battery life is expected to be more than 24+ hrs.
  • Comes equipped with  Heart Rate(Automatic tracking via Google Fit), NFC, GPS, Altimeter, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light & Microphone.
  • Has Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset onboard, while runs on Wear OS platform. 
  • Compatibility: Android KitKat 4.4+ & iOS 9.3+. 




       Steve Evans, EVP of Fossil shared his thoughts on the launch, "Since our entry to the smartwatch market, it has always been our priority to be nimble & adapt quickly to innovations-both in technology & design. We know a lot of watch wearers have both a traditional watch & some activity tracker — by adding significant features regarding technology, without compromising our design standards, this new generation of smartwatch will provide consumers with one device that fits all of their needs. Ensuring the best possible experience for our customers has always been important, which drove the innovation of this product; we cannot wait to see the consumer response around the globe.’’




Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR: 

                These new smartwatches will now have unique fossil dials that'll have heart rate tracking integrated so that users can get a glimpse of their health status without any additional taps. NFC unlocks the capabilities for wireless payments, which might be likely convenient during your daily office transit. Google Pay has been made exclusively available for the same. It also adds a security layer as it allows users to set up a unique lock code of their choice for privacy-related issues. Untethered GPS will enable users to tacks their steps, calories burnt via Google Fit app or any other 3rd party app available on Play Store. This feature is standalone and doesn't require the user to carry his phone along with himself during workouts. The new Venture and Explorist edition watches will also provide the user to track his swim workouts, hop in to shower or tap a dip in the pool as it's waterproof. Users can even save music offline on the internal storage to enjoy the music, whenever they're not carrying their phone around. These new generation watches retail for $255-$275 and would be soon available by the end of Q4 2018(October) in India. For it seems Fossil as a brand has been well aware that their customers shouldn't sacrifice productivity for novelty. If you want to learn more, visit here: Fossil Q  

Image Source: Press Release. 

Movavi Video Converter Review: Convert Video Formats Quickly and Easily

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             If you’re watching videos on a computer you normally don’t have to worry much about the format, it is in – but the same can’t be said of many other devices. Often you’ll face compatibility issues when watching certain formats on mobile devices, DVD players, and set-top boxes, and may not be able to view some content. In some cases, you may be able to get around compatibility issues by downloading special players or apps, though that isn’t always possible. That is the main reason why a video format converter like Movavi Video Converter (http://www.movavi.com/videoconverter/) could be a big help – as it will let you convert videos to the formats you need and avoid any compatibility issues.

Movavi Video Converter Review: Convert Video Formats Quickly and Easily


Easily Convert Videos To Different Formats:

              While there are numerous converters out there, Movavi Video Converter sets itself apart due to how easy it is to use. If you want to convert any video with it all you need to do is add the video, choose the format that you want, and click on the ‘Convert’ button. The simple and clean user interface will ensure that you have no problem doing any of that, and it should take a minute or so at most. If you aren’t sure what format you want to use you can try out the presets in Movavi Video Converter that will automatically use the best format and video settings for specific devices and platforms.


Important Features of Movavi Video Converter:

             Aside from being able to convert videos into various formats, Movavi Video Converter has a lot of other important features that you should know about:
  • Convert media files including audio files and images between different formats.
  • Cross-convert files to different types of media to create animated GIFs from video clips, extract audio tracks from videos, or save screenshots of video frames.
  • Compress video file size by manually adjusting the bitrate or setting the desired output file size and automatically having the bitrate adjusted to match.
  • Resize the frame of videos and images by a percentage, to a specific size or to fit into a frame using several different methods.
  • Adjust and edit videos to enhance their quality, stabilize shaky videos, add customizable text elements, trim out unwanted parts, and more.


               Overall it should be clear that the features in Movavi Video Converter aren’t limited to just converting video formats – but are designed to help prepare all types of media files. In short, it is more of an all-round utility to manage media files.


Final Verdict:

               Considering how frequently most people watch videos and handle media files in general, having a format converter is definitely a good idea – and Movavi Video Converter will fulfill that role with gusto. It’s simple, and user-friendly approach will ensure that you’re able to convert videos and take advantage of all its other features without any difficulty. Suffice to say it is well worth trying it out and seeing just how much it could help you on a day to day basis.


Note: This is a sponsored post.

Here are all the Tech Deals of the Amazon Prime Day 2018!

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Amazon Prime Day 2018


             So Amazon is starting it's Prime Day bonanza offers by introducing a plethora of offers to begin with their "Amazon Prime Day 2018" exclusively for Prime members. Now's your chance to become an Amazon Prime Member to extract all the benefits in their Prime Day 2018. Today the company is planning to begin with over 200 exclusive product launches across all genres which includes Oneplus 6 Red edition launch,  Intel's 8th Generation gaming laptops, Nestlé NesPlus breakfast cereals, Season’s Iconic Styles by Marks & Spencer, Bosch Microwave oven, ASICS shoes, LEGO Taj Mahal & much more exclusively to it's Prime members.

Here are all the Tech Deals of the Amazon Prime Day 2018


      So to make everything organized, we have made a list of all the available offers as follows which start today at 12:00 PM IST:

- OnePlus 6 Red Edition available in the 8GB RAM + 128GB Memory variant for INR 39,999; extra up to INR 2000 off on exchange.
- Moto E5 Plus is available for INR 11,999 with extra INR 1000 off on exchange.
- Members who buy a TCL 139.7 cm (55 inches) 4K Smart TV get a TCL 81.28 cm (32 inches) TV for INR 1.
- Activity Tracker with BP & Heart Rate monitor from GOQii, with personal coaching.
- Best-ever savings on Amazon Echo including a 45% discount on Echo Dot. Watch out for a flash sale on Echo Spot at 3 PM (IST) today. Also, save big on the latest smart home products such as  Alexa enabled smart plugs, lights, cameras & more.
- Flat 25% off on the bestselling Kindle Paperwhite WiFi, 20% discount on the All-New Kindle, best discount of 15% on the Kindle Oasis.
- Best-ever savings on Fire TV with Amazon Pay discount of up to 100% cashback when purchased along with select TV brands. Or avail INR 300 cashback via Amazon Pay when bought with any TV during Prime Day. 30% discount on Fire TV Stick only.
- Prime members who use at least four skills will get INR 200 Amazon Pay Cashback. Alexa has over 15,000 skills. To explore a few ask, “Alexa, help me relax,” “Alexa, let’s play a game” or “Alexa, I want to meditate.” Skills excluded from the offer – Smart home, News & Flash briefing, Music (Prime Music, Saavn, and TuneIn). View complete T&Cs at www.amazon.in/alexaoffers.
- Alexa enabled devices Eufy and Jabra to offer a minimum INR 1500 discount for purchases made on Prime Day. Eufy to offer 40% discount, Jabra Elite 65T will be available at 11% discount and Jabra Elite 65T Active at 10% discount.
-Prime members get 50% back through Kindle Credits on purchasing of eBooks on Prime day, subject to max INR 100 worth of credits per customer.
- Subscription available for (INR (2388) 1388) only for Prime members on Prime Day.
- Samsung: Up to INR 10,700 off on Samsung smartphones; extra up to INR 10,000 off on exchange, first time on Amazon.in. no-cost EMI options up to 9 months
- Huawei: First time on discount, up to INR 5,000 off on Huawei smartphones; no-cost EMI options up to 12 months available.
Moto G6 starting INR 13,999; extra up to INR 2,000 off on exchange; Moto E5 Plus (3GB + 32 GB) - INR12, 999 for INR 11,999; extra up to INR 1,000 off on exchange.
- Up to INR 3000 off on all Vivo smartphones; extra up to INR 6,000 off on the exchange.
-  Up to INR 4000 off on all OPPO smartphones; extra up to INR 3,000 off on the exchange.
Redmi Y2: Prime-only flash sales at 1 pm on 16th and 12 noon on 17th July.
10.Or smartphones start at INR 4,999.
Mi 10,000 mAH Power bank for 1199 INR 899.
-  Flat 50% off on select headphones from Bose and Sennheiser.
- Select deals on DSLRs from Canon and Nikon.
- Up to 55% off on hard drives from Seagate and WD.
- Select deals on i3 and i5 laptops from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
- Premium TV (including OLED) offers from LG, Sony, and TCL.
- Up to 50% off on extension cords.
- Minimum INR 2,000 off on latest gaming consoles.
- Up to 40% off latest games and accessories.
- Up to 70% off on Kaspersky Antivirus Software.
- Minimum 25% off on Office and Tally.
- 50% off on select headphones from Bose and Sennheiser, Up to 40% off on air conditioners, Minimum 60% off on UCB, Lee and top fashion brands, Up to 45% off on toys and more Biggest discounts of the year on Amazon Devices including the lowest price ever on Amazon Echo Dot.


How to be prepared for the Amazon Prime by making the maximum savings: 


  •  10% cashback on loading Amazon Pay balance 10% instant discount on purchases made through HDFC Bank credit and debit cards, Up to INR 10,000 cashback on purchases above INR 50,000 made through HDFC Bank cards. 
  • Prime members can collect & use over 4500 exclusive coupons to get additional discounts. Coupon discounts can be clubbed with deal discounts to get the lowest price ever on a particular product. Furthermore, Prime members who have watched a video on Primevideo.com between 3rd & 13th July for the first time are eligible for top discount coupons on brands like Fossil, Ustraa, Milton, Davidoff and more


    On this auspicious day, Mr. Akshay Sahi, Director & Head of Prime, Amazon India shared, “With Prime Day, we are excited to bring to our members over 200 exclusive launches, great deals & blockbuster entertainment with new titles from Prime Video & playlists on Amazon Prime music. Our teams have been working for months to source these unique offers & we welcome members who will join us as we celebrate our biggest Prime Day ever!
     

International deals (start at midnight)
- Up to 30% off on Seagate hard drives and Sandisk storage devices
- Up to 40% off on Tommy Hilfiger clothing & accessories
- Up to 30% off on Garmin wearables
- Up to 60% off on Invicta premium watches
- Up to 30% off on 3D printers by Flashforge
- Deals by start-ups on Amazon Launchpad
- Over 250 deals by 180 cool products listed under Amazon Launchpad
- Over 70% off on TAGG products
- Up to 65% off on CrossBeats Raga wireless Bluetooth earphones
- Over 25% off on Gods backpacks


       Additionally Prime users in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai can enjoy ultra-fast 2-hour delivery.  

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI.

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TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI.
Source: Editorial Team

                So on 9th June 2018, Mumbai witnessed a global phenomenon in the form of a programming contest formerly known as TechGig Code Gladiators. This year's event was the world's most significant coding event to be ever held in the country, and that to one of it's kind. Therefore TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 made headlines all over the world as the event concluded to felicitate the winners in the respective categories. India's tech community has been excited to witness the result of this competition ever since it's announcement back in February 2018 due to a considerable number of participants from across the country. Therefore 9th June 2018 marked the day; Winners got crowned at the TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 Awards Ceremony which was held JioTalks Auditorium at Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai. Not to be forgotten that this competition was a 110-day long journey for the participants who have made it to the top. Therefore to congratulate all the participants and winners, the ceremony hosted top global leaders from the technology forefront; so that they could share their experiences among the youth.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IoT & AI. 

So let's first understand, what is TechGig? 
             
               So Techgig is necessarily a big technology platform which exposes IT Professionals to latest industry trends, facts, information and lets them showcase it to the world in a much more creative manner. Techgig, in a way, helps creators by providing them a platform to connect with like-minded individuals which could potentially help them out in getting their dream jobs & understanding cutting-edge technologies, insights from the current trends in the IT industry.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI.
Source: TechGig

               Just like every other year since it's inception, Techgig Code Gladiators has been making records to bring in a massive number of participants consistently every year. As a result of which last year, they managed to grab a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The year 2017 marks their victory in Guinness Book of World Records as the "TechGig Code Gladiators 2017" event was the world's largest programming event in the history. They managed to beat China's Baidu Online Network Technology event record by an 81,641 staggering unique entries. Baidu's Online Network Technology received just 30,634 entries. This year marks a step even further ahead as the participation count this year was even more significant than the earlier. The 2018 edition of the TechGig Code Gladiators event had been focused on new themes such as AI, IOT, Amazon Alexa SKills, Blockchain & Cloud computing. Best three teams got crowned as the winners in respective categories from the above themes.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 Award Winner
Source: Techgig

             Out of the total 2,28,880 India's best coders, "Vineet Paliwal" was crowned as the 'Code Champion' of the 2018 edition of the event. He received a massive amount of Rs. 2,50,000 followed by a certificate and a trophy. He is a based out of Noida and currently works as a director in a leading technology company heading a team of 160 individuals. Apart from Vineet, numerous awards have been given to the runner-ups, here are their names as follows:
  • First runners-up: Akashdeep Nain.
  • Second runners-up: Naveen Reddy.
  • Third runners-up: Vikram Singh Panwar.
  • Fourth runners-up: Aneesh D H.

             Fun Fact, did you know that about 2,28,880 coders participated this year out of which merely 15,000 were selected for the semi-finals, while only 300 out of which made it to the finals?. Regarding the records, this year received by far the most substantial number of participants the contest has ever got. The participants included undergrad students, IT professionals and even mothers who were proficient at coding. It proves that Indian community is extremely passionate about programming and exploring new opportunities all the time. Mr. Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head of TechGig & TimesJobs commenced the event with a welcome speech.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 Award Winner
Source: Editorial Team

          During the awards ceremony, Mr. Sanjay Goyal, VP, and Head- Product & Tech at TimesJobs & TechGig congratulated the winners by quoting,TechGig as a platform enables country’s young tech professionals to learn, compete & test their skills. Code Gladiators is a testament to that commitment. I believe technology can no longer be a discrete industry. So, we are planning to go international and create a global innovation exchange for the Indian & International coding fraternity. We would also like to create opportunities where Indian coders can partner with their global counterparts & explore innovations around new and emerging technologies.
Techgig Code Gladiators 2018
Source: Editorial Team

           Even Mr. Vishal Sharma, Managing Director in Consulting at Deloitte Consulting India Private Ltd said,At Deloitte, our focus is to provide an excellent growth opportunity to our professionals to cultivate their talent. We help them leverage their unique strengths to contribute, innovate, & unlock their potential while solving our client’s biggest challenges. TechGig Code Gladiators is one such platform for our professionals to innovate & hone their skills. Last year, we won the ‘Coding Powerhouse of India’ title & this year, we have come back with a much stronger participative spirit. This championship is a great way to assess & identify our caliber in an ever-evolving marketplace, especially for our professionals who can shine among their peers in the industry and be competitive.

          To get a detailed glimpse of the event visit the TechGig website, whereas you can even find the video below to get a small glimpse of the entire show.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI. 



Image Source: Editorial Team. 
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However views and opinions are our own. 

Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.

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Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.
Source: Xiaomi
Xiaomi has been in talks due to the success they have achieved in the fitness wearable space, as a result of which more of their fitness products from the globe are now seen in their Mi-Home spaces present across India. It's been weeks that the officials have been teasing about the launch of their newest devices getting the fans hyped. Well, the hype is real, a total of 6 new products have been announced today. Some of which consists the announcement of Mi 8 SE, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi VR Standalone, Mi Band 3 & Mi TV 4 75-inch. So let's focus on the Mi Band 3 for the moment, a successor to it's already popular Mi Band 2. It keeps all the bells and whistles of the original band and brings in more delicacies to the table. Now let's find out all the details about the Mi Band 3.


Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.

Specifications:

  • Features a 0.78 Inch OLED touch panel having 128 x 80 resolution.
  • Comes on-board Bluetooth 4.2 support.
  • There are two variants available - With/Without NFC support. The NFC variant will enable wireless payments, and this is going to be a significant hit.   
  • Has 110 mAh Battery, which is almost double than the Mi Band 2. Battery life is expected to last around 20 days as quoted by Xiaomi. 
  • 50 meters waterproof which includes swimming. 
  • Comes with Heart rate sensor, Step count support & Sleep monitoring. 
  • Offer support for answering incoming calls.  
  • WeChat messenger and other supported apps would show their notifications along with the content on display.
  • It would support interchangeable straps which would be available in different colors, and you can even expect some third party straps to join the league soon.

Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.
Source: Xiaomi

The Mi Band 3 overall looks promising and looking at the fact that it gets the most requested feature(NFC) is just icing on the top of the cake. The company even claims that they have improved the band straps to provide a secure fit on the wrist. For those who're fond of wireless payments may very well go for the NFC variant, which will cost for CNY 199 or 31.04$. While those who want an update to their existing smart bands, & want the essential features for the fitness tracking can go with the Non-NFC variant. That variant would be available for CNY 169 or 26.36$. It'll be available starting June 5, 2018, in China. There's no word yet on its availability worldwide.
Source: Xiaomi Chinese

Also See: 1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.

Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India For Rs.35,990.

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Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team

        So Vivo is a smartphone brand that quickly managed to grab media's attention worldwide at MWC 2018 by giving a quick glimpse of the future by showing their Vivo Apex Concept phone. The Apex Phone had no notch, the camera was hidden under a retracting mechanism, whereas the fingerprint scanner was present inside the display. Even though this concept was mind-blowing, the company stated that production of such devices wouldn't be possible on a large scale due to cost cutting problems & in general it won't be affordable. However bringing in some caveats the company launched Vivo V9 earlier this year, which gave them an entry into the so-called "Notch" ecosystem. It still wasn't groundbreaking up until now, today Vivo launched their new Vivo X21. It is the first commercial phone to be launched by the company in its entirety when it comes to the smartphone ecosystem. To be honest, I was surprised that it wasn't Apple, it wasn't Samsung, but it indeed was Vivo. Now instead of creating much more fuss, let's find out more about the specifications, availability, and pricing about the new Vivo X21.

Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India For Rs.35,990/-

Specifications: 

  • It comes with a 2.2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660(4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) chipset coupled with Adreno 512 GPU & 6GB RAM. 
  • Internal storage available on-board is 128GB. Whereas expansion is available up to 256GB via MicroSD memory card slot(Hybrid layout).
  • It has 6.28-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED panel which gives about 402PPI pixel density. The display provides up to 85% of the screen to body ratio. 
  • The rear side has a dual lens setup with first a 12MP sensor having F/1.8 aperture with Dual Pixel PDAF. While the second lens is a 5MP shooter with F/2.4 aperture. The configuration also has a Dual LED Flash. The video quality maxes out to 4K@30fps. There's introduction of Shot Refocus & AI face beauty mode.
  • The front camera setup is a single lens setup which houses a 12MP shooter with F/2.0 aperture. It shoots maximum at 1080p@30fps. 
  • It supports Dual Nano SIMs having a hybrid slot setup. 
  • It runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 which is built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. 
  • In terms of connectivity, it has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, Radio FM support, 3.5mm audio jack & A-GPS. 
  • In terms of sensors there's the Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Compass and even an In-Display fingerprint sensor which we'll talk in a bit. 
  • It has a non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery with support for fast charging however via a MicroUSB 2.0 connection port. 
  • OTG is supported.
  • Comes in a single color variant - Black.
  • It weighs at 156.2 gms.



Design & Build: 

Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team

          The Vivo X21 features an aluminium built on the back, while on the front you've got an all-glass display. Then depending on the unit you have you can witness the glossy finish of the back, which is both attractive but at the same time messy with fingerprints. But nonetheless, if you keep the fingerprint smudges aside, it just looks gorgeous. The 19:9 aspect ratio speaks for itself, while equally providing the phone an almost bezel-less look. Now regarding one-handed usability, it's not a fair choice but then again all the phones that launch these days don't fit well in that criteria. The device screams quality, and I liked the way it looked. Though I wish that the phone had a USB Type-C port, I mean come-on Vivo it's 2018 already. Also if you observe the rear side of the Vivo X21 model, it looks like a beautiful, clean slate prop; courtesy to the In-Display fingerprint scanner.


In Display Fingerprint Scanner - What's the fuss about? 

Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team

               So Vivo X21 is currently the first phone to be commercially launched with a fingerprint sensor that resides beneath the front display. Now don't get your thoughts wrong, the scanner won't bother you at all as it's almost entirely invisible. I said almost because you can spot a glimpse of it under direct sunlight, according to various reports online. Though no matter what the pixels are residing-in, the fingerprint scanning area will always light up. That's readily applicable when the phone is being held after keeping it stationary for a while. This is primarily made so that the user gets a bright idea about the sensor's location. Upon using it for the first time, I was both surprised and intrigued by the fact of its accuracy and speed. It takes a split second to unlock, but trust me it won't bother anyone that much. It seems like Vivo together with Synaptics has finally opened a whole new dimension of possibilities. Even though the technology that gets implemented on this phone is first generation tech, there have been years of research that has taken place to achieve something incredible at this level. While the most surprising part is Vivo, a Chinese manufacturer is leading on this spot rather than the Tech giants. This excites the inner geek in me with the number of possibilities of how a future smartphone might look like and the fact that we're reaching that almost "bezel-less" look on the front.

Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team

Quick Note: There's no need of pressing harder on the screen for fingerprint detection, simply tap gently as we usually do while selecting any specific portion of the screen. 



AR Stickers & IR Based Facial Scanning:
Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team




             
                 A whole range of AR Stickers has been introduced with the new Vivo X21, which is necessarily a rival ecosystem ripoff. I was expecting these all to work with the front camera, which I hoped might not be a pleasant experience, but to my surprise, these AR Stickers provided me with mixed feedback. Speaking about more wonders, I expected the face unlock to be based upon the front camera. However, I was shocked that a dedicated infrared scanner has been implemented here, which helped in unlocking the phone in a jiffy. So just in case if you might have untidy hands, the IR based face unlock is here to your rescue. I'll let you know more on that in my upcoming review.



Pricing & Availability:

Vivo X21 (In-Display FP):
6GB/128GB ROM:  Rs. 35,990 (Flipkart)

Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team

              Speaking about the availability, it'll be available in the offline market throughout the chain of Vivo's official & partner retail stores. While it'll be exclusively available on Flipkart starting from 29th May 2018 itself. There are several offers as well beginning with Extra Rs.3000/- off-exchange value over your regular device, Instant 5% cashback, while No Cost EMI for 12 months, etc.



Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India.
Source: Editorial Team.

          So overall it's a good start for the company launching something new going all in with a new concept. Would these specs be comparable when it comes down to the pricing, when compared to the OnePlus 6 or even the Honor 10? Would you instead comprise specifications for Novelty? Given the fact that the In-Display fingerprint variant of the Vivo X21 comes at Rs.35,990/- only? Let us know on our social channels, while stay tuned for our full coverage on this device coming shortly.

Fujifilm brings GFX50s and Fujinon GF Lenses to the Indian market

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Fujifilm India announced the launch of its medium format mirrorless camera, the GFX50s at an event in Mumbai. It adopts a 43.8x32.9mm medium format (FUJIFILM G Format) sensor, which is larger than full frame found on other cameras. Fujifilm is also unveiled FUJINON GF Lens series, which  includes seven interchangeable lenses- GF23mmF4 RLM WR, GF45mmF 2.8R WR, GF63mmF2.8 R WR, GF110mmF2 R LM WR, GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR macro, GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR and GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR.



Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Haruto Iwata, Managing Director, Fujifilm India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are excited to launch the much awaited GFX50s and G-mount lenses for our esteemed customers in India. Fujifilm’s X Series system has been appreciated by professional photographers and photo enthusiasts around the world, due to its excellent image quality and mobility across a wide range of genres including landscape, commercial and fashion photography. Taking forward our promise for developing innovative technology, and to strengthen our commitment towards mirrorless segment, we have introduced this range to offer even higher image quality. As we complete 10 years in India, we continue to bring the best of technology and innovation to our consumers at the best possible price point.’’



The newly announced device is equipped with a 43.8mm x 32.9mm, 51.4 MP CMOS sensor, boasting approx. 1.7x the area of full frame sensors. This helps in achieving better quality images compared to full frame DSLRs with similar megapixel count. The camera comes with the latest X-Processor Pro which enables user to experience the highly acclaimed Film Simulation. It supports movie recording up to FHD resolution at 30fps.

It features a 3.69 million dot detachable electronic viewfinder and 2.36 million dot touchscreen panel with support for three directional tilt. All these features come in a package weighing just around 1230 grams with a GF63mm F2.8 lens, which is just 60% of a medium format DSLR camera.

Price


Fujifilm GFX 50S (Body Only) - INR 511,999/-
GF23mmF4 RLM WR - INR 204,999/-
GF45mmF 2.8R WR - INR 133,999/-
GF63mmF2.8 R WR - INR 119,999/-
GF110mmF2 R LM WR - INR 219,999/-
GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR macro - INR 209,999/-
GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR - INR 353,999/-
GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR - INR 179,999/-


Also See: Vivo X21 - First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Phone launched in India For Rs.35,990.

1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.

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1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.
Source: Press Kit

      Recently we received the 1More's iBFree Bluetooth earphones for review in our labs. Generally, we have been testing quite a lot of headsets lately and looking at the fact that these are 1More's first entry into the wireless ecosystem of earphones, it excites us. The company has been on a string of producing quality earphones, and this is a result that they have managed to build a brand in the saturated and robust ecosystem of significant earphone makers. To make it clear we have done a couple of headphone reviews here on our blog, and we're always looking forward to reviewing more, especially the Bluetooth ones. Surprisingly the 1More iBFree come with Apt X codec support, which enhances the overall lossless coverage. As a bonus, it's even water resistant. We have used these earphones for well over three months and here is the dedicated review of the 1More iBFree Bluetooth earphones.

1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec. 

Design and Built: 
1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.
Source: Press Kit
           Speaking about the visual aesthetics, the 1More iBFree usually check all the check marks for any typical user. The comfy neckband style, plastic, and rubber built are some of the appealing points resembling its design which is a lot suitable for users, the day of whose strongly relies on intense workouts. The provided ear tips and ear-fins snug in tightly within the ears, provided you use the correct pairs fitting your ear size. However, as we move down through the cable, we can find the In-Line mic remote, the design of which seems useful but somewhat clumsy in my opinion. The flap that reveals the Micro USB 2.0 port is hard to access almost every time, and i usually found myself using a pin or a sharp object to untuck the flap. But I guess this also stands as a significant point when it comes to Water Resistance, though I'll give them credit for that. Although i wish accessing the charging port was a tad bit easier. The buttons provided on the remote are also a tad bit mushy, however once you get used to it the functioning will be a breeze. On the contrary, swapping the ear tips and ear-fins is easy, and there's no need for hassle here. The cable which is about m long is quite rigid, and it would easily survive rough and tough usage. 


Audio Output and Ergonomics: 
1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.
Source: Press Kit
   
           Superior sound quality is typically the most astounding expectations of any user buying an earphone, most cases in which it doesn't matter how the device feels or looks. But it matters how well does it sound?. So to validate that statement, I did use these earphones as my daily drivers for about 2-3 months, and in that usage, I did run out on exciting conclusions as I had tested them in the different environments. The vocals sounded crisp, so does the highs and lows. I enjoyed its low-frequency response as it was amazing to listen to the minute details of the chords that were played on several soundtracks. However when it comes to hearing bass-heavy soundtracks, I was disappointed, but I was able to achieve somewhat suitable environment after playing within the EQ settings. During my busy day, these earphones were staying up to the mark. However, these were not quite capable of holding or providing an accurate level of active noise cancellation support while traveling through the local trains. I used them during my workouts, but it wasn't producing the bass-heavy output due to which it soon got ditched from my day to day usage.  I preferred using the Brainwavz BLU 200 or Infinix Quiet 2 Earphones in its place, which I hadn't planned on using until I would complete my review. Speaking about the battery life, I was able to get about one day of juice on casual usage, while about 6-7 hours of backup on non-stop music playback which is relatively an intense usage. The three buttons present in the In-Line mic remote are quite helpful as they can be used to trigger several functions for music playback. So overall I've mixed feelings about it audio performance.


Added Accessories & Warranty Info:

  • There are three extra set of Silicon ear tips, & Ear fins.
  • You will also find a Micro USB cable present inside the box. 
  • It comes with one year of warranty, make sure to keep the warranty card safe. 

1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.
Source: Press Kit
Links To Buy(Rs.3500):
- Amazon,
Flipkart.


1More iBFree Specifications: 

  • In-Ear type earphones. 
  • Standby time is 240hrs, Talking time: 10hrs, Music Playback: 8hrs, Charging time: 2hrs(5V/1A).
  • Bluetooth 4.1 & AptX Audio codec support.
  • Wireless connectivity up to 10m. 


1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec. 

Final Verdict: 

1More iBFree Earphones Review - Supports Qualcomm's AptX Sound Codec.
Source: Press Kit
           So it boils down to this, is the new 1More iBFree earphones worth your money? Well, it falls short for the ones those who prefer to stay in the bass-heavy environment. But it stands out in the vocals department, an audience that prefers solid highs and lows. However the price segment it's currently sold at as several competitors offering better value for money such as Brainwavz BLU 200, Infinix Quiet 2 Wired and if you ask me, I'll skip this product because I prefer the bass-heavy side. I'm eagerly waiting for the second generation of these earphones, are you too?. Let me know in the comments section below or on Twitter.


Also See: Brainwavz BLU 200 review. 

OnePlus 6 launched in India | Price, Availability and Launch offers

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OnePlus has launched their latest smartphone, the OnePlus 6, in India at an event in Mumbai. The Chinese manufacturer had launched the device globally yesterday in London.



Design, Specifications and Features


The OnePlus features a glass sandwich design, which replaced the metal design used by the manufacturer since a long time. To the front, the device sports a 6.28 inch Optic AMOLED display with a small notch at the top, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The notch houses the necessary hardware, taking up the least amount of space possible. Face Unlock via the front camera is supported, with a claimed unlocking speed of 0.4 s.



It features the latest Qualcomm chipset, the Spandragon 845 and Adreno 630. Memory options available are 6+64 GB, 8+128 GB with no expansion options. The limited Avengers edition OnePlus 6 will come with 8+256 GB memory. The cameras used are similar to OnePlus 5T, with a dual rear camera setup of 16+20 MP combo and a 16 MP front camera. Video recording up to 480 fps at 720p, 240 fps at 1080p and 60 fps at 4K are supported.

It will be running on Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo 8.1. Powering all these is a 3300 mAh battery with support for fast charging (Dash Charge) via the Type-C USB port.



Price, Availability and Launch Offers


The OnePlus 6 will be available for purchase on OnePlus.in, Amazon.in, OnePlus Experience store as well as all other OnePlus offline sales channels. For Amazon Prime members, sales begin on May 21, while the open sale will begin on May 22.


  • Customers can avail a discount of INR 2,000 on SBI Credit and Debit card transactions during the first week. They will also be eligible to avail No Cost EMI for upto 3 months on all popular banks.
  • Complimentary 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify
  • INR 2,000 cash back and Device Insurance for Idea subscribers
  • Gift card worth INR 250 for all Amazon Prime Video consumers and discounts up to INR 500 on Amazon Kindle
  • Benefits up to INR 25,000 on flight and hotel bookings from ClearTrip
The detailed pricing of the latest 'flagship killer' is -

6+64 GB : ₹ 34,999
8+128 GB: ₹ 39,999
8+256 GB : ₹ 44,999 (Avengers Edition)

Also see: Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board. 

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