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Amazon Echo Auto Review: Alexa Steps Out of Your Home And Is Liking The Long Drives

Amazon Alexa and the Echo line-up of smart speakers and smart displays are now an integral part of my life. There is one in every room at home. The kid loves it. Everyone loves Alexa. Gotten quite used to it too. Of simply speaking out a query or a request, and voila! But somehow, that experience was missing in the car. Not to say that Apple CarPlay or Android Auto were a hardship, but that seamless and familiar voice-based interaction to get navigation, music and more was missing. Infotainment systems, primarily designed to let you stay focused on the road, actually proved to be counterproductive. You’d probably spend more time trying to find the music you are in the mood for, or to get the thing to play back a message that has just landed in your phone. That is set to change now, with Alexa now a passenger in your car. The first-generation Amazon Echo Auto is now on sale for Rs 4,999 and that is probably what your car needs if you are already used to conversations with Alexa at home and you spend a sizeable amount of time commuting every day.

Whether this works for you or not totally depends on the sort of usage trends you intend. And a lot has to do with the car you may already own, and whether that already has a smart infotainment system in place. For starters, you really wouldn’t want a complex setup process, would you? I have to say that Amazon has really gotten it spot on in the sense that the Echo Auto is pretty simple to set up, and really only takes a couple of minutes to get going. And it works with pretty much any car that has a built-in audio system or infotainment system. For the set-up, Amazon has bundled an air-vent mount, an in-car power adapter that plugs into what is traditionally known as the cigarette lighter, a 3.5mm audio cable and a USB-C cable. I didn’t use the mount, and instead placed the Echo Auto on the top of the dashboard—and it has enough grip to stay put. Now, you plug in the power adapter and then power up the Echo Auto with the USB-C cable. The Echo Auto pairs with your phone with Bluetooth and you set it up via the Alexa app on your phone.

No Complications Getting it Going

Now comes the important second part of the connectivity chain. While the Echo Auto connects with your phone via Bluetooth, a lot will depend on what audio system your car has to allow the connectivity that will actually get the sound of Alexa stream through the speakers in the car. If it is an older generation system, then you might have to use the 3.5mm audio cable and connect the Echo Auto to the audio system using the AUX input. If it’s a newer generation system and your phone pairs to it via Bluetooth, then you really don’t need to worry about any additional steps. Think of it this way—you say something to Alexa, the Echo Auto connects back to your phone to generate a response or access information, and then the resulting conversation is sent through to you via the speakers in the car. Depending on the audio system you are playing with, it is either via Bluetooth from your phone or the audio cable via the Amazon Echo Auto. I tried both methods, half expecting the audio quality (particularly for music playback) to be better via the wired route, but actually, there is no discernible difference compared with Bluetooth. And that’s a very good thing.

You can choose to use the mounts that attach to the zircon vents, or place it on to of the dashboard (Image: Vishal Mathur/News18)

You can choose to use the mounts that attach to the zircon vents, or place it on to of the dashboard (Image: Vishal Mathur/News18)

Play My Favourite Tunes

Chances are, you’ll likely use this a lot for music. And it is incredibly convenient to simply ask for music that you want to listen to. In my case, it is quite useful, purely because my music library is massive and inevitably, I’m in the mood to listen to a track that I’ve probably been hearing for the past decade—and it’ll be buried deep in the aforementioned library. That means sifting through screen after screen on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And that means either taking your eyes off the road or being distracted. Not done. With Alexa, simply call out the song (admittedly, sometimes it needs additional handholding with the artist name or album name), and that gets the job done. Incidentally, you can choose between services such as Amazon Music, Apple Music and JioSaavn as the default music playback post.

Navigation, But Without One Eye on a Map

The next most popular task you’ll probably use it for is navigation. It is quite fun to simply say “Hey Alexa, navigate to office” or “Hey Alexa, navigate to Khan Market”. It works well for most landmarks and popular places. However, try to go a bit deeper with more complex addresses or locations off the beaten path, and Alexa-based navigation may struggle. A lot of that could also be because of gaps in the navigation app it links up to—on the iPhone, I could choose between Google Maps and Apple Maps. Somehow, the Alexa app on your phone doesn’t have “navigation” as a menu in settings, but instead this option is buried inside the “Traffic” option -> Default Navigation App. Coming back to the navigation, the voice guidance is well in time and to the point. Nevertheless, there will probably be that feeling that you are missing a visual cue, something we are used to when navigation using apps on the phone or even via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The ability to see a map of what is around you and be able to make a change in your course basis that knowledge, may come in handy at times. That could be the difference between you getting stuck in a traffic jam you see ahead or taking an alternate exit just in time.

Reading, Reminders, Shopping, All While Driving

If you utilize your driving time to catch up on audiobooks, the Echo Auto fits in perfectly there. “Alexa, resume my audiobook” is as simple as it gets. Audible is the world’s largest library of eBooks, and chances are you will find what you want to read, err, listen to. This is a Rs 199 per month subscription, and Amazon Prime members get a 90-day free trial too.

Even with the Amazon Echo speakers at home, we have often found it incredibly convenient to set a reminder simply by telling Alexa what we need to be reminded about and at what time on whichever day it is required. No need to scribble something on a piece of paper which you’ll inevitably misplace or pull out your phone and jot something down in a notes app. Alexa via the Echo Auto never missed any reminders about getting the nitrogen top-up in the car’s tires, getting fuel on a particular evening or even when I had to do something after getting home. Alternatively, while driving, my mind is often a pop-up of things that I mustn’t forget—most of which I inevitably forget. Now, the moment there is a pop-up, on goes a voice command telling Alexa to remind me about it. Even if I am not in the car at the time, Alexa will remind me through the Echo speaker at home or via the Alexa app on the phone—all possible options are deployed to ensure I don’t get away scot-free.

And it isn’t just reminders. You can add stuff to your Amazon shopping cart, turn on the smart lights as you are about to reach home and pretty much set up an elaborate geofencing thing that switches on or switches off smart devices in your home based on your location or connectivity to the home Wi-Fi.

<em>The Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone helps you set up Echo Auto, but the options and settings can be a bit overwhelming initially</em>

The Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone helps you set up Echo Auto, but the options and settings can be a bit overwhelming initially

I Do Not Use My Phone While Driving, But You Do

I have a persistent habit of putting my phone in the Do Not Disturb (DND) mode while driving. First, I don’t like the distraction and secondly, I don’t want to knowingly break rules that define us as road users and as society in general. My apologies to those whose calls I may have missed while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and advance apologies to those whose calls may be rejected till the day I finally hang up my driving boots. But for the rest of us, the Amazon Echo Auto allows voice-based management of calls from your phone. No need to take your eyes off the wheel. Simply tell Alexa the contact name you would like to speak with, and the Echo Auto will make the call for you. Alternatively, for incoming calls, you can simply tell Alexa to receive or disconnect the call. Alexa is able to do this by getting access to your phonebook, and if you are someone who likes to catch up on calls while driving, Amazon Echo Auto lets you be a bit more considerate to other road users.

Alexa in Echo Auto can also send a text message—you need to dictate what you’d have otherwise typed on the phone and send it out. But just as it is, that’s where I draw a line when it comes to trusting virtual assistants with accuracy. I do not want person Y with a similar sounding name receiving a message meant for person X in the first place.

Amidst All The Noise

You are probably wondering how well the Echo Auto does in detecting and understanding your voice. After all, a car cabin can be a noisy place. The ruckus from the outside could include the honking of other fairly obdurate road users, the noise from the road surface, or the crackle of heavy rain as you drive along. On the inside, you could have music playing back at a decent volume and people chatting amongst themselves. All that means there is enough for the Echo Auto to get distracted by. There are 8 microphones placed on the top panel of the Echo Auto which zone in well on the voice that calls out to Alexa. It didn’t fail for me at any time, whether windows rolled down or not.

Its Still a Long Road Ahead, be Sure of That

But I do feel that the Echo Auto, even though it’s a great start, still has some way to go before a voice-based control system can replace the familiarity and comfort of managing a display and touch interface. But then again, it is also about getting used to the new way of using your phone for music, calls and navigation, and everyone takes their own sweet time in becoming comfortable with a newer method. To make this change smoother, perhaps Amazon would want to look at revamping the settings menu in the Alexa app for smartphones, specifically for managing your Echo Auto. It needs to be a bit simpler, to be honest, because at this time, I find some wider options in Settings and some specific options in Device Settings in the app.

That being said, the Echo Auto needs to grow up hardware wise too. At the moment, it is completely reliant on the 4G/3G connectivity in your smartphone. If that connectivity happens to be inconsistent, which is often the case while traveling, the experience gets hampered. Music playback will be a stop-start, and you aren’t always sure if the reminder you asked it to save was actually saved or not. Amazon has the answer sitting within its family of devices—the Kindle with cellular connectivity built-in. Perhaps Echo Auto could offer a cellular version, with an embedded e-SIM for those who would prefer that. I certainly would.

Secondly, there is the small matter of powering up the Echo Auto. The power socket with dual USB ports works just fine. But if you don’t like another wire adding to the clutter in your otherwise clean car, a built-in battery in the Echo Auto could be ideal. Something with around 4 hours of battery life would be ideal for most combined daily commutes in most Indian cities—and you don’t have another device adding to the wires snaking around the center console and perhaps in between the seats.

Get One, You’ll Love it

All said and done, Alexa is fun when it steps out of your home. Alexa is incredible fun for kids, in the car, in particular. But this still poses a question—does it do anything extra that Apple Siri and Google Assistant may not already do when you call out to them? The answer is not really, except perhaps managing your Amazon shopping cart. The idea here is more about adding a voice interface to your interactions with your phone while you drive. The fact that Alexa has 30,000 skills means your favorite apps can link up well with this. ESPN Cricinfo for cricket scores and updates, TED for some knowledge and more. It is not revolutionary, but the seamless experience makes it fun to catch up on the news, the weather, sports scores, your audiobooks and discover new music as you drive along. Its simply practical. And that’s its strongest pitch.

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Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitor Detects Another Undiagnosed AFib Case

A Kentucky woman’s Apple Watch notified her that it had detected Atrial Fibrillation, prompting her to seek medical help and thus, saving her life.

Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitor Detects Another Undiagnosed AFib Case
Heart Analyzer app on the Apple Watch

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Rosemary Stiles, a Kentucky woman has credited the Apple Watch for saving her life, after the device’s heart rate monitor notified her of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). Stiles, who asked for an Apple Watch for Christmas in 2018, now says that the device accurately detected the heart condition while she was sleeping, the local newspaper WHAS11 reported recently.

“I felt tired, I was run down,” said Stiles. “I had no energy. I would get up in the mornings and I could do a little bit of stuff around the house but then after a few minutes, I would have to go sit down in a chair, and it wouldn’t be long before I would fall asleep,” the report quoted Stiles.

After falling asleep one day last year, she woke up to a notification from her Apple Watch that it had detected Atrial Fibrillation and she rushed to the doctor at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. “I feel like I was blessed. I think someone upstairs was trying to keep me alive a little while longer. I’ve got more of a purpose here of something later on down the road,” she added.

There have been several examples where Apple Watch saved lives. A US doctor recently saved a person’s life by using Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation at a restaurant.

Another Apple Watch user in the UK was recently alerted about his low heart rate by the device. It revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in surgery to fix the problem.

The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 are both capable of taking an Electrocardiogram and also monitors your heartbeat in the background, which helps detect an irregular heartbeat.

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Amazon Web Services Asks Judge to Stay Microsoft's Pentagon Project

 

Amazon filed a motion to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract from Feb 11.

 

 

Amazon Web Services Asks Judge to Stay Microsoft's Pentagon Project
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Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retail giant’s Cloud arm, has asked a US judge to force a stay of work on Microsoft’s $10 billion Cloud contract until the court can rule on Amazon’s protest over the Pentagon awarding JEDI to Microsoft. Amazon had sought ‘preliminary injunction’ from the court to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on the billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project. In a statement shared with Fast Company, an AWS spokesperson said that it is common practice to stay contract performance while a protest is pending.

“It’s important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed. AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the DoD’s modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,’ the spokesperson added.

Amazon filed a motion asking a federal judge to block Microsoft from working on any substantive tasks for the JEDI project while the court considers the matter. The motion makes good on Amazon’s previous pledge to try to pause work on the contract while the legal challenge is underway. Amazon last year filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the decision.

“AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the Department of Defense (DoD’s) modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,” the AWS spokesperson said.

Microsoft is set to start its work on JEDI Cloud contract from February 11. The US government in October awarded the much-anticipated $10 billion Cloud contract for Pentagon to Microsoft.

In its complaint against the government decision, Amazon alleged Trump abused his position to put “improper pressure” on decision-makers for personal gains and show his hatred towards Bezos who owns The Washington Post.

 

 

 

 

 

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Five WhatsApp Features That We Are Waiting For

WhatsApp, which is certainly one of the most commonly used messaging apps, unsurprisingly crossed the one billion downloads benchmark. There are some highly anticipated features that will soon make its way to the app some of which include Dark Mode, self-destructing messages among others. Here’s a quick look at them:

1. Dark Mode

Available for other Facebook-owned apps like Messenger and Instagram, dark mode has not reached WhatsApp yet. With this feature, the interface of the app appears in a dark colour, which is usually black. One of the biggest benefits of this mode apart from being less strenuous on eyes is that it saves the battery. The feature has made its way to the beta version, which means that it won’t be long before it is rolled out for all users.

2. Bigger group capacity:

Till date WhatsApp only allows its users to add up to 256 members in a group, while its rival offers a capacity of adding 5000 members in a group. Hopefully the company will soon expand the number in the coming updates.

3. Own Storage:

Chat backups including text messages and media files is usually done on Google Drive or iCloud for Android or iOS users respectively. If a user switches from an Android device to an iOS device there is no way in which he or she can retrieve their backup.

4. Self Destruct Messages:

This feature primarily allows users to set a timer on the messages after which the message will automatically delete itself. Once the message is deleted it is expected that it will leave no trace of its existence.

5. Secret Chat

This privacy-centric feature could be a great addition to the messaging app. Offered on Telegram, a conversation that takes place in this mode cannot be traced or recorded. The company has claimed that the exchange of messages in this mode does not leave any trace on its servers. Furthermore, if a screenshot of the chat window in Secret Chat mode is taken, then both the parties of the conversation are notified.

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Realme is Bringing its Fitness Band to India Next Month, Confirms CEO Madhav Sheth

The Realme fitness band will take on Xiaomi’s Mi Band series as well as Honor and Huawei’s own fitness trackers

Realme is Bringing its Fitness Band to India Next Month, Confirms CEO Madhav Sheth
Realme Fitness Band

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Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed the first fitness band from the company will be launched in February. An exact launch date has not been announced yet but the company is expected to start teasing the arrival of the product by the end of this month, said Sheth in the latest Episode of ‘AskMadhav’ show on YouTube. The Realme fitness band will take on Xiaomi’s Mi Band series as well as Honor and Huawei’s own fitness trackers.

When asked about the potential launch date of the Realme X50 smartphone in India, Sheth said that something ‘much more powerful’ was lined up for India and have to wait till MWC Barcelona 2020 for the announcement. Additionally, he revealed that the yellow and black colour variants of the true wireless earbuds will be available next month and Android 10 for the Realme 5i will arrive in May 2020.

Recently, a new smartwatch from Realme was spotted on the Indonesian certification website. Though the certification ‘Brand’ section mentions the device as the Realme Band, the ‘Name’ section clearly puts in under the smartwatch category.


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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Press Renders Reveal Camera Details

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, likely to be the top variant, will house a 108-megapixel, a 48-megapixel telephoto and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide along with periscope zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Press Renders Reveal Camera Details
Samsung Galaxy S20 series press renders
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Samsung is going to launch its much-awaited Galaxy S20 series phones at the Unpacked Event on February 11, 2020. Ahead of the release, the official press renders of all the three phones including Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have been leaked online. According to the leak, all three of these devices will be available in 5G variants.

As per tipster Ishan Agarwal, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ will sport a 2.5D curved glass instead of a 3D glass that was put on the previous phones. According to reports, Samsung Galaxy S20 will house three cameras on the back, which will include a 12-megapixel wide, a 64-megapixel telephoto, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide paired with an LED flash. The upcoming flagship is expected to be available in two variants, one of which will support 4G connectivity while the second variant will support 5G connectivity.

The Samsung Galaxy S20+, which is expected to be available in 4G and 5G variants, is likely to have four cameras on the rear. According to the information accessed by Agarwal, the cameras will include a 12-megapixel wide, a 64-megapixel telephoto, a 12 megapixel ultra-wide, and a time of flight sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which will come in a 5G-only varient, is expected to be the most expensive phone out of the three. In terms of camera, this phone as per the leaked information will house four cameras, out of which the main sensor will apparently be a 108-megapixel sensor, with a 48-megapixel telephoto and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide along with a periscope zoom system. The South Korean tech giant could advertise the periscope zoom feature on the device as 100x zoom.

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Google I/O 2020 Scheduled From May 12 to May 14

Google is expected to launch the Pixel 4a at the upcoming developer conference.

Google I/O 2020 Scheduled From May 12 to May 14
Google is expected to launch the Pixel 4a at the upcoming developer conference.

US-based search engine giant Google on Friday revealed that its next I/O developer conference will take place from May 12 to 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which is in Mountain View near Google’s HQ.

“Cosmos aligned. We will be back at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View for this year’s #GoogleIO on May 12-14,” tweeted Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Last year, Google announced the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at I/O. This year, the company is expected to launch the rumoured Pixel 4a at the event. The upcoming Google Pixel 4a, which is expected to be the successor of the budget Pixel 3a, is likely to have a punch-hole display.

Google launched the Pixel 4 in October, but it decided not to release it in India. According to the new leaks, the Pixel 4a has tried to match the design of the standard Google Pixel 4 very closely. But unlike the Pixel 4’s dual sensor at the back, the budget 4a is likely to have a single camera sensor, in addition to a rear fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the same USB-C port and bottom-facing speakers. The 5.7- or 5.8-inch display of Pixel 4a utilises the punch-hole for the front-facing camera sensor in order to make the bezels appear much slimmer compared to its predecessor Pixel 3a, suggest the leaks.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs OnePlus 7T: Sub-Rs 40,000 Smartphone Showdown

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note 10 Lite in India soon followed by the Galaxy S10 Lite. Now both the handsets seem to be an attempt to take on OnePlus since they are priced around Rs 40,000. While the Note 10 Lite brings the full experience of the S-Pen and a triple camera setup at a more affordable budget, the Galaxy S10 Lite is claimed to offer a top of the line camera experience. OnePlus on the other hand, has been dominating the affordable-flagship segment for years, and currently, the OnePlus 7T is a highly recommended smartphone.

Here’s a comparison of the two new Samsung handset with the OnePlus 7T

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specifications

The Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. The handset is powered by the Exynos 9810 octa-core processor. You get 6GB or 8GB of RAM options along with 128GB of storage with an expandability option of up to 1TB.

The Note 10 Lite comes with a triple rear camera setup sitting inside a squarish module. The main camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, an f/1.7 lens, and OIS paired to a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and OIS for stabilisation. At the front is a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

Of course, the Note series means an S-Pen stylus, which connects with the phone via Bluetooth Low-Energy and offers all the features that you would expect like Air Commands, taking a picture, controlling multimedia and so on. Rest of the features include a 4,500mAh battery with support for Super Fast charging technology, 3.5mm audio jack an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication as well as face unlock. The handset will be offered in Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Red colour options.

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is priced at Rs 38,999 for 6GB variant and Rs 40,999 for 8GB variant.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Specifications

The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. This is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10 Lite as both feature similar dimensions, a centrally-positioned hole-punch for the front camera, and slim bezels. The Galaxy S10 Lite is powered by the 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is paired with 8GB of RAM. Samsung hasn’t announced the 6GB RAM variant in India. There is 128GB of internal storage with the option of adding a microSD card of up to 1TB.

At the back, there is a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 lens along with Super Steady OIS for stabilisation. This is paired with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 123-degree field of view along with a 5-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 lens. At the front, there is a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 lens. Other features include a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support, an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as face unlock. Samsung will be offering the handset in Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Blue colour options.

The Galaxy S10 Lite is priced at Rs 39,999.

OnePlus 7T Specifications

The OnePlus 7T was launched back in September 2019 and comes with a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. It has a tiny waterdrop notch and comes with 90Hz refresh rate. The resolution is FHD+ or 2400×1080 pixels and it also supports HDR10+ along with sRGB and DP3 colour gamuts. The display also houses a fingerprint scanner.

The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 855+ processor which is a slightly tweaked version of the Snapdragon 855. You get up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. In the camera department, there is a triple camera setup which includes the same setup as the OnePlus 7 Pro, but in a horizontal arrangement in a round module. The primary camera includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS, EIS and an f/1.6 aperture lens. The second camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture ultra-wide lens. The camera offers 2x zoom and can shoot 4K videos at 60fps and up to 960fps at 720p. The front camera includes a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and fixed focus and EIS. The camera also brings in a macro mode.

The battery size has been increased to 3,800mAh and now support Warp Charge 30T which is said to offer 70-percent charge in just half an hour. The handset also comes with Android 10 based OxygenOS right out of the box and is offered in two colours- Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue. As for the price, the OnePlus 7T was launched with a price tag of Rs 37,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 39,999 for the 8GB + 256GB variant

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite With Snapdragon 855 Launched in India: Price, Features and More

After bringing the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Samsung has now introduced the Galaxy S10 Lite in India.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite With Snapdragon 855 Launched in India: Price, Features and More
After bringing the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Samsung has now introduced the Galaxy S10 Lite in India.
A day after launching the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Samsung has now brought the Galaxy S10 Lite to India. The company first showcased the two ‘Lite’ versions of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 earlier this month, both having similar looking designs and some common features. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with a triple rear camera along with a Super AMOLED Infinity-O panel.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Specifications

The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. This is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10 Lite as both feature similar dimensions, a centrally-positioned hole-punch for the front camera, and slim bezels. The Galaxy S10 Lite is powered by the 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is paired with 8GB of RAM. Samsung hasn’t announced the 6GB RAM variant in India. There is 128GB of internal storage with the option of adding a microSD card of up to 1TB.

At the back, there is a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 lens along with Super Steady OIS for stabilisation. This is paired with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 123-degree field of view along with a 5-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 lens. At the front, there is a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 lens. Other features include a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support, an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as face unlock. Samsung will be offering the handset in Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Blue colour options.

Price and Availability

The Galaxy S10 Lite is priced at Rs 39,999. Consumers can pre-booking the handset starting January 23 till February 3 via Flipkart, Samsung.com and leading retail stores. Customers pre-booking the handset get a one-time screen replacement at Rs 1,999 covering accidental screen damage within 1 year of purchase. There is also an additional Rs 3,000 cashback with ICICI Bank Credit Cards. The handset will be going on sale from February 4.

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PUBG Mobile: Season 12 Leaks Confirm 2nd Anniversary Royale Pass Theme

Here is an early look at the next season of PUBG Mobile that will be themed around the 2nd anniversary of the game.

PUBG Mobile: Season 12 Leaks Confirm 2nd Anniversary Royale Pass Theme
Here is an early look at the next season of PUBG Mobile that will be themed around the 2nd anniversary of the game.
As season 11 of PUBG Mobile progresses, we are getting closer to the second launch anniversary of the popular mobile game. Just like last year, we are expecting the game to get an overhaul to celebrate the milestone. PUBG Mobile officially launched in March 2017 which means that the next season is going to be all about the second anniversary.

The next season is going to be titled ‘2GETHER WE PLAY.’ This information comes courtesy a video posted by Mr. Ghost Gaming, who is known to be pretty accurate when it comes to leaks around PUBG Mobile. The theme is going to be all colourful and as with every new season, expect a variety of outfits. Since this is an early leak, we have only a handful of expected in-game items that will make their way to season 12.

Some of these include a new colourful skin for the QBZ and a matching outfit as a Royale Pass purchase bonus. There are also some outfits that users will get through a lucky draw and they seem to be inspired by playing cards. Apart from that, there are a variety of backpack, helmet and gun skins besides avatars and avatar frames.

There is also a possibility that the BP to UC subscription might make a comeback which was first seen in season 5. For more, check out the video below: