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Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3+ For Faster Charging on Affordable Smartphones

Global chipmaker Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 3+ which is the next generation of company’s widely used charging technology for affordable smartphones. Quick Charge 3+ will be available first on Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G, followed by other new Snapdragon platforms across tiers.

“With Quick Charge 3+’s faster charging and affordability, there’s now the opportunity to enrich lives around the world with the convenience of Quick Charge technology,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Lite Zoom, powered by the Snapdragon 765G, is the first smartphone with both Quick Charge 4+ and Quick Charge 3+ charging technology,” it added.

The technology promises a 0-50 per cent charge in 15 minutes, promising to be 35 per cent faster and nine degrees Celsius cooler than its predecessors. Qualcomm said it supports any USB Type-A to USB Type-C adapter that has scalable voltage with 20mV steps from Quick Charge 4. It also supports standard USB Type-A to USB Type-C cables as well as accessories that support scalable voltage with 20mV steps from Quick Charge 4.

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TCL C8 Series Android TV Review: Very Close to Affordable Large Screen TV Perfection

Over the past couple of years, there has been a big change in the way we buy televisions. Particularly in India, where we have happily ushered in the changing dynamics of more affordable price points for televisions in general, and also big screen TVs are no longer only reserved for the rich. What has worked best is how the quality and experience has not only improved, but innovation hasn’t been scarified at the altar of more attainable price tags. The latest chapter in that happy trend is the new TCL C8 Android TV series. Spoiler alert: It is brilliant!

The TCL C8 Android TV series gives you the choice of a 55-inch and a 65-inch display size. The 55-inch one, if that is good for your home, is priced at Rs 49,990 while the larger 65-inch version costs Rs 69,990. Really, why wouldn’t you put together a few more pennies and go for the 65-inch TCL C8 Android TV? Honestly, if you can, budget and space permitting, it is worth the experience that it delivers. For perspective, the most inexpensive 55-inch LG ThinkQ TV is priced at Rs 84,990 (55UK6360PTE) while the 65-inch version will set you back by Rs 1,31,990 (65UM7300PTA). Then there is the absolutely brilliant OnePlus TV 55Q1 which is priced at Rs 69,900, but remember, that is available in just the 55-inch screen size (We wish there was a 65-inch option, and we shall continue to hope). There is a whole lot of noise around the built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and voice controls in the TCL C8 Android TV, but really, what matters is that TCL has got the 4K ELED panel spot on, and that means it delivers on HDR as well.

Taking reliable display tech, and making subtle tweaks

Let us start with that exactly. The ELED display panel. But what is an ELED panel? It is essentially an edge-lit display wherein there are LED strips are placed at the top and bottom or even on the left and right side of the display panel to illuminate the screen. The advantage of this, compared with a full grid of LEDs behind the display is that the TVs can be thinner and with the newer light guiding tech at play, can also dim certain parts of the display better than Direct-LED TVs. The only possible drawback of this technology is that black levels aren’t always the purest—but that is a small tradeoff for the overall picture quality improvements across the board.

In case of the TCL C8 Android TVs, the display panel is made by the TCL-owned China Star Optoelectronics Technology company. The basic specs include 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution and support for HDR standards. If you instead go for the 55-inch screen size option, the specs remain the same all through. The TV also gets micro-dimming, which makes it quite adept at adjusting the illumination of different zones—it has virtually been divided into zones, or areas, where a cluster of LEDs work in conjunction to either brighten that part of the screen or make it darker, and that dictates how good the detailing and contrast is that you see on the TV. This is great news for movie buffs, because the darker scenes don’t look unnaturally bright or grey.

On a TV as large as the TCL C8 Android TV 65-inch, there is always the trepidation about how standard definition (SD) content would look—and mind you, that is most of our channels and the live sports streams on the Sony Liv app are no better, to be honest. Most big TVs struggle here. The image processing and upscaling tech on this TV does a fine job of making this really low quality content look more than acceptable on this massive canvas. Yes, you will see noise, some distortions in the millions of animations that news channels like to run simultaneously on the screen and colour won’t always be the most accurate—but it is watchable. And that itself is a big achievement.

The 4K HDR experience on the TCL C8 Series Android TV is miles ahead of most of its rivals. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

The 4K HDR experience on the TCL C8 Series Android TV is miles ahead of most of its rivals. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

4K HDR is when the TCL C8 Series Android TV really shines

Mind you, the reason you bought this TV would most likely be for High Definition and Ultra High Definition (also known as 4K) content, which includes streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Zee5 and even HD channels on cable TV and DTH services such as Tata Sky. That is where the TCL C8 Android TV really shines through. Crisp, bright, natural and well detailed visuals are what you see. That is particularly true for 4K content, which looks absolutely gorgeous. If we are to look at TVs in this price range, The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video and Money Heist on Netflix don’t look better on any other TV than the OnePlus TV (which uses a QLED display) and this TCL C8 Android TV. This is a pretty rich panel as far as the colours are concerned, so you’ll have to probably dial down the colour settings a bit. Once that is done, the separation is good and no colour is overbearing—a lot of affordable TVs suffer from inaccuracies here, including reds that are too bright. That is not the case here, and in a way, the TCL C8 Android TV performs well above what its price tag may suggest or what you may expect. It is not just a large screen TV at an affordable price point—it is truly a premium television that delivers the sort of performance that you would expect from TVs well above the Rs 1,00,000 price point.

The magic of Onkyo’s secret ingredients cannot be missed

Sound is what many TVs struggle with—expensive and not so expensive, they all struggle alike with tinny sound and completely inadequate detailing. The TCL C8 Android TV gets the Onkyo soundbar integrated within its beauty. It merges effortlessly with the TV near the base and the fabric finish has a high quality look about it. Onkyo is a Japanese audio brand well known for premium audio equipment, including home cinema products. They surely wouldn’t want their brand attached to a mediocre audio experience, would they? And the very fact that it has Onkyo credentials plastered on it, makes a world of difference as far as the user confidence is concerned. My observations come from two very distinct standpoints—the first is the observation that the audio hardware packed in the OnePlus TV 55 Q1 Pro does a very good job as far as detailing and bass is concerned, so much so that I have kept my trusty soundbar aside; and also that I prefer Denon and Yamaha sound signatures more than Pioneer, for example. So where does Onkyo fit in all this?

From the very outset, the sound that emerges from this soundbar is wider, more detailer and richer than the tinny speakers that televisions otherwise offer. There are two 10-watt audio drivers and 2 5-watt audio drivers working together. This is the sort of power that ensures this TV can go really loud, so be careful on that front. Dialogue clarity is extremely good (if you like watching stand-up shows, you’ll love this), the often missing details in a soundstage are replicated well (such as the sound of bullet shells dropping to the floor in the Netflix show You Cannot Hide) and last but not least, there is good amount of lower frequency that is audible. Usually, the movie experience on televisions seems to involve anaemic sound that doesn’t acknowledge the existence of lower frequencies completely. It is impressive how the TCL C8 Android TV delivers pretty wholesome sound. And if you are viewing content that has the Dolby Atmos audio, then it just goes up a notch or two.

The full-fledged Google Android TV platform is one of the slickest in the smart TV ecosystem. The good thing is, TCL doesn’t have any arguments with anyone, and that means you get the full range of video streaming apps available on the TV—Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Zee5, Sony Liv, Voot and more. In fact, this Onkyo Soundbar is so good, you may even want to download Spotify on the TV and use it to play music from time to time. In case you haven’t checked it out, the Spotify app for Android TV looks absolutely gorgeous. The big add-on to the smart TV system is the voice commands capabilities—you can simply call out to the TV to invoke Google Assistant and direct it to play certain content, change the volume and update you on the weather for instance,. Then there is the TCL AI layer which allows you to control compatible smart home gadgets, for instance. Those could either be smart home devices that work with Google Assistant, or those that are compatible with TCL Home app. Basically, TCL wants you to invest in their new line of ACs too, which work with voice commands.

The remote of the TCL C8 Series Android TV is quite compact, but the button layout isn't very intuitive (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

The remote of the TCL C8 Series Android TV is quite compact, but the button layout isn’t very intuitive (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

Is there anything really wrong with the TCL C8?

Well, there are no deal-breakers. But I do have a gripe with the remote that comes with the TCL C8 Android TV. The layout isn’t great and somehow, the fingers never really remember where the buttons are—you need to look down to figure out. There might be some inspiration waiting in the brilliant aluminium remote that OnePlus made for the OnePlus TV, which really takes that interface experience a couple of notches higher every time you pick it up.

Then there is the TCL Home app for smartphones—it is available for Android and iOS. For what should be a companion app to complement the TV, it seems a tad confused in what it is truly meant to do. First, it never remembers the TV that has been registered on it. I have to manually scan and add it every time to do the simplest of tasks such as change the volume. If feels as if TCL is using it more to push the shop functionality than actually the companion functionality.

The Last Word: I am Glad I Had This During The Coronavirus Lockdown

With a really good audio visual experience to build on, the TCL C8 Android TV is one of the very best among the big screen TVs around the Rs 50,000 price point, both screen sizes considered. The 4K performance is great, HDR looks gorgeous, Android TV is silky smooth and this also takes away the one sore point among TVs—the sound. I have to say the Onkyo sound system disguised as a soundbar works brilliantly, and puts even more expensive TVs to shame. Really, whatever your budget is, this 55-inch and 65-inch TCL C8 Android TV series is absolutely worth your money. Remember, you won’t need to buy a soundbar separately too.

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TicPods Free Review: Are These Affordable & Cool Wireless Earbuds Trying to do Too Much?

The earbuds market is getting very serious now. On the one side, there are the challengers to the Apple AirPods throne. And then on the other, it is a race to democratize the sort of wireless experience that more expensive earbuds offer, at lower price points. There have been some very capable examples thus far. The Samsung Galaxy Buds and the 1More Stylish True Wireless have, in their own unique ways, made the wireless earbuds experience quite premium without actually charging a premium for it. And now we have the TicPods Free, throwing down the marker again, slightly lower down the price band. This is made by the Chinese company Mobvoi, better known for the TicWatch smartwatches based on Google’s Wear OS platform. These buds started out in life as a Kickstarter crowdfunding project, and believe me when I say this, I’m glad Mobvoi got the funds they needed to make this real. These are priced at around Rs 8,499 but we would recommend scouting for some discounts before splashing the cash.

Setting these up is a breeze and the Bluetooth connectivity is up and running in a few seconds. The pairing with iOS, iPadOS, Android and Windows is slick, with no unnecessary complications rearing their ugly head during our testing. Open the charging cradle, take these buds out, wear them and by the time you pick up the phone or tablet, you would find these are paired and ready to stream whatever it is that you want to listen to. The in-ear detection works every time without fail and there are no connection dropouts. A lot of its rivals, particularly the more affordable ones, tend to struggle with weird connectivity issues, such as no audio in one earbud. The TicPods Free delightfully don’t have any such eccentricities.

Dressed for the task at hand

Earbuds have to look good. That is a fact. You don’t want to be seen in public wearing buds that don’t look the best. The TicPods Free are the sort of design which will grow on you. The colours help—Lava, Ice and Navy. I quite like Lava, but then again, I like most things in red. These are also IPX5 rated, which means it is dust and moisture resistant. Even if you are caught in heavy rain, these buds will not complain. Mobvoi have done well to give these buds a slightly more grippy finish, compared with the more slippery glossy finish that a lot of its higher priced rivals also have. Basically, they won’t slip out of the grasp of your fingers as you are taking them out of the charging case, for instance. That is good. I don’t like my earbuds ending up on the dirty floor. The silicone ear tips help them sit better in-ear, and anyone who plans to go jogging or running with these will like the secure fit. The extensions are a tad longer than I had hoped for, but that’s a very AirPods-esque thing to do. That is absolutely not to say these resemble the Apple AirPods, but I quite like the chunkier form factor in comparison.

Touch controls are best ignored

That being said, some of the touch controls on the buds rarely work smoothly. You can slide up and down on the TicPods Free bud to adjust the volume, long press to activate whatever virtual assistant you have set up on the phone (Hey Siri or Okay Google) and double tap to skip to the next song. Except for the third gesture, which is to skip to the next music track, I noticed that the swipe gestures don’t always respond and the long press duration to invoke an assistant isn’t always the same duration. Perhaps a lot has to do with the pressure of the touch, but believe me, I tried everything.

The companion app isn’t much of a companion

What also doesn’t help is the fact that the Mobvoi companion app for the smartphone (free for Android and iOS) doesn’t really offer much in terms of device settings, tweaking the audio quality and more. It feels like Mobvoi has the same app for some its other smart home devices, because there is the “Add Routine” option in the app, but that is of no use for me as a TicPods Free user. I’m quite sure that I didn’t miss out on some other app, because a search for “TicPods” on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store lists the Mobvoi app, and then a bunch of apps with names in Mandarin—but surely, they aren’t what we need. In all the time I have had to review the TicPods Free, there has not been a single software update for these earbuds, at least the app hasn’t notified me of any. That just seems odd, at a time when regular software updates are sent out by companies to constantly improve performance issues or add new features, for existing users.

Sound, just works for most music and usage scenarios

Let us get to the business end of the TicPods Free. The sound, and how they compare with the rivals in general. The snug fit, thanks to the silicone ear tips, helps in isolating much of the noise around you. These aren’t noise cancelling earbuds, but with the right sizes tips, you can actually block a considerable amount of din. The TicPods Free start from what is a fairly neutral sound signature and that makes it versatile for a variety of music genres and listening environments. This isn’t the peppiest sound you’ll find on earbuds, but it is instantly likeable. The vocals are crisp and clear and the mids remain well separated all through. Bass isn’t the most powerful, but it is more than adequate for a pleasant listening experience. The lower frequencies do not overshadow the mids at any point, even on lazy interludes and trance tracks. If your music playlists are filled to the brim with classic rock, then the TicPods Free are exactly what you need. And that goes for pop, remixes, blues, jazz and trance genres. But just to illustrate the strong and the not so strong points of the TicPods Free, these probably do not have the lower frequency focus that hip-hop music perhaps deserves, or the excitement at the other spectrum of the frequencies of you listen to heavy metal. All in all, this is versatile and ticks off most of the music checklist.

let this troubleshooting tip be our little secret

Weirdly enough, sometimes, the left earbud refuses to work. No matter what, it remains unresponsive. The trick to make it work is wear the TicPods Free buds, connect it with the phone, laptop or tablet you want to use it with and then tap both earbuds five times. It in a way resets the sensors and the bud starts working. Till the next time it doesn’t, and you repeat this.

Strong battery life

No surprises on the battery life front. This lasts a bit more than 4 hours on a single charge, and the charging case can top this up to offer as much as 15 hours of additional usage. It is perplexing that the charging case has the micro-USB port for charging, in an era when one would expect USB-C. Honestly, that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker though.

The Last word: TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH, BUT THE BASICS ARE FINE

The thing with the TicPods Free is that they are incredibly lovable. I kept going back to it even though I have other earbuds in for review as well. The overall package, comfortable sound, a well-designed case and good battery life are exactly what you need from your next wireless earbuds, and the TicPods Free deliver on that. No nasty surprises, though there are certain niggles with the TicPods Free. That being said, none of those are deal-breakers. Irritants and niggles, but nothing you will sacrifice the experience because of. The price tag is certainly quite interesting, but it does face a still battle from Samsung and its decidedly brilliant Galaxy Buds and also the 1More buds, which offer less complication and therefore lessrough edges so to speak of.

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Your Cable And DTH Bills Will Be More Affordable Now: Check if You Are on New Tariff Plans

Your cable TV and direct to home (DTH) subscriptions should now be a bit more affordable. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finalized the second amendment of the new tariff order earlier this year, called NTO 2.0 and that is now applicable. The previous tariff order had been implemented early last year. Broadcasters have to now offer revised prices of the ala-carte channels and bouquets and the Distribution Platform Operators (DPO) have to notify consumers to switch to these tariffs, if they haven’t already. Consumers who have cable TV subscriptions or have an active DTH connection from Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish tv, d2h or Sun Direct will benefit from the new subscription prices.

The biggest change is the reduction of the network capacity fee (NCF) charge that is levied on each subscription, for every pre-defined bundle of channels. According to the new rules, the NCF charges for 200 channels can now be a maximum of Rs 130 plus taxes per month. Earlier, it was Rs 130 plus taxes per month for 100 channels. You will continue to pay Rs 25 for every bundle of 20 additional channels you add to your subscription. Also, the new guidelines clarify that the channels mandated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which include the Doordarshan channels, will not be counted towards the channel count for NCF charges.

At the time of writing this, Tata Sky and D2h have updated the policy documents to reflect the changes. D2h, owned by Dishtv, clarifies that its subscribers need to pay Rs.153.40 including taxes per month for the first 200 channels and every additional bunch of 10 channels will be charged at Rs 10. Also, if you happen to own multiple connections (as in multiple STBs) under the same user account details, d2h will charge a flat NCF of Rs 50 plus taxes—and a subscriber can choose their own set of channels for this STBs. Tata Sky says their customers need to pay Rs.153.40 per month for the first 200 SD channels, inclusive of all taxes and a flat charge of Rs.188.80 per month for more than 200 SD channels, including all taxes. Multi-TV users on Tata Sky have to pay Rs 61.36 for the first 200 channels and Rs 75.52 for more than 200 channels. Both companies consider 1 HD channels as 2 SD channels, which means for every HD channel you choose, it takes up the slot of 2 SD channels in the NCF computation.

TRAI also has finally clarified what the NCF charges for secondary TV connections must be. “TRAI has decided that in case of multi-TV home where more than one TV connection is working in a home in the name of one person, will charge maximum 40 per cent of declared NCF for second and additional TV connections,” say the new guidelines. Till now, if you had more than one active TV subscription at home, the NCF charges for all were roughly the same—unless your Cable TV or DTH company offered a discount.

The second amendment of the new tariff order also reintroduces the option of offering discounts for long term subscriptions, which in this case is defined as six months or more. DTH and Cable TV companies will now be able to offer discounted prices for long duration packs. In the new tariff order last year, TRAI had significantly curtailed the ability of the Cable TV and DTH companies to offer discounts on subscriptions, irrespective of duration of package. That resulted in a lot of DTH companies offering some extra viewing period if you subscribed to a long duration pack, but no discounts. It will be interesting to see how DTH companies configure the long-term tariff plans and roll these out in the coming days and weeks.

TRAI has also reemphasized that the pricing of ala-carte channels has to be in accordance with their pricing in a bouquet. “The sum of the a-la-carte rates of the pay channels (MRP) forming part of a bouquet shall in no case exceed one and half times the rate of the bouquet of which such pay channels are a part,” say the new guidelines. Interestingly, TRAI also says that only channels that have an ala-carte price of Rs 12 or less will be a part of a bouquet offered by broadcasters—this could mean some serious price revisions for individual channels. All in all, your TV subscription should become a tad more affordable than before. Which can be roundly celebrated as good news.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Review: Trying to Fit in The ‘Affordable Flagship’ Space

The Galaxy S10 Lite is a solid effort by Samsung to compete with the range of affordable flagships

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Crossbeats Pebble Review: Suave, Reliable Yet Truly Affordable Wireless Earbuds

Crossbeats is not quite the first name that springs to mind when you’re looking for buying earphones. However, you may have come across the brand’s page on Instagram ads, which is how I discovered them. The Indian brand has been around since 2015, according to their website, and specialises in making wireless personal audio products. Fast forward to now, and I’ve spent about a month, give or take, listening to their latest product — the Crossbeats Pebble. What I found during this time has been pleasantly surprising, but not without a few quirks.

Design

Straight off the bat, the Pebble is immediately noteworthy. It comes in a smooth, matte rubber casing that isn’t really small, but not disruptively large either. This isn’t a wireless charging case, but thankfully, features a USB-C port and also charges quite swiftly. Its opening and closing mechanism has a satisfying ‘click’ to it, but over the past one month, with frequent usage, does feel a bit loose already.

What I particularly like is the olive green finish, which actually looks quite classy. The earbuds themselves sport the same colour, but the central control button on each bud has a muted bronze finish, which accentuates the overall finish even further. The earbuds have a no-fuss design approach, which is yet again appreciable. On overall terms, the Crossbeats Pebble scores quite highly in terms of its design, and both the case and the buds feel well built. In fact, if the branding is hidden, this can very well be passed off for a pair of inexpensive Sennheisers.

Fit and comfort

What impressed me the most is how comfortably the Pebble fit into the ears. The earbuds, with the default eartips, have a nice heft that makes them sit well on ears. While this will likely vary, the design of the earbuds make it easy for you to get a good fit and find a comfortable angle to wear the earbuds for longer hours. It stays in place when you go out running, and is not too heavy to be intrusive. That said, you do feel its heft in your ears, which may make you feel like taking them off every now and then, before plugging back in. For the average user, though, the Pebble fits just right.

It is also quite easy to use — drawing them out of the charging case is not too tedious. When done, simply bring each earbud close to their housing, and they snap back in with a snap. This, coupled with the matte, rubberised build, actually encourages you to use the Pebble without being too careful about it.

Sound and calling

The Pebble actually sounds good, too. However, there are a few quirks here. In terms of audio performance, the Pebble produces decently clear highs and a strong bass line, but as you would expect from most mainstream products, the mids sound a bit muted. What this means is, in most tracks with a clear bass line, you will likely hear more of the instruments and the booming bass, over the vocals. This can be fixed by a tweak of the equaliser if your phone has one, but if it does not, the audio signature will not please you if you like a more neutral audio balance.

That said, the bass response is impressively clean and well detailed for its price. This is well complemented by the highs, which sound quite clean. The good bit about the sound is that the level of clarity is quite decent, and you will not face too many issues until you push the volume level beyond 80 percent. The Pebble is also impressively loud, so the good bit here is that you do not need to push the volume level that high, most of the time. In essence, the Pebble’s sound signature and timbre works well for casual listening during your commutes, which is what its target objective is. It also works for most genres, but bass-heavy genres such as funk, hip-hop, EDM etc sound a bit too booming, and somewhat take away from the experience.

The Pebble offers a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to phone calls. Being in relatively quiet environments means you can make calls without much hassle. However, out on the road, the calling performance is inconsistent. It does appear to pick up more of the ambience, and in-call audio is not too good. You may also need to yell to be heard on the other side, which makes matters worse considering that you’d look like you’re yelling at your neighbour’s cat, for no apparent reason.

Price and verdict

Despite these few quirks, at Rs 4,999, the Crossbeats Pebble is actually a fairly impressive package. It became my de facto commute partner over the past one month, and actually sounds much better than many of its competitors out there. It also offers excellent battery life — after about five hours of listening to music every day, I’ve only had to charge it once, for about an hour, every Sunday. If you’re looking for a reliable pair of true wireless earbuds without breaking your bank, the Crossbeats Pebble is definitely worth considering.

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Poco X2 Launched in India at Rs 15,999, Becomes Most Affordable Phone With 120Hz Display

The Poco X2 is finally here. After almost 18 months, Poco has also finally launched its second handset. After announcing that it will no longer be a Xiaomi sub-brand, Poco is now revamping its strategies and has formed a new team headed by C Manmohan. As reported earlier, the new Poco X2 is not a direct successor to the company’s original Poco F1. Also, rumours did stand correct about the fact that the handset is a rebranded Redmi K30 which launched in China last month.

The Poco X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G SoC, which makes it a direct competitor to the Realme X2. It features a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) hole-punch LCD display with 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The reason for not choosing an AMOLED panel was because it would have bumped up the cost. Also, this is the second phone in India to offer 120Hz refresh rate apart from the Asus ROG Phone II.

At the back, there is a quad-camera setup including a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 1/1.7-inch sensor, with a 6P lens system offering an f/1.89 aperture. This is paired to a 5-megapixel macro lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide-angle lens. At the front, there is a dual selfie camera setup with a 20-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Just like the Redmi K30, there is a 4,500mAh battery with support for 27W fast charge support. The company is bundling the high-capacity charger in the box, and it is the same as the company previously launched alongside the Redmi K20 and K20 pro. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, NFC, dual-SIM slots, IR blaster, P2i water repellant coating, USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10.

The smartphone will be offered in three variants with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and a top of the line 8GB RAM with 256GB storage variant. All variants come with microSD card expandability. The phone will be offering three colour options- Matrix Purple, Pheonix Red and Atlantis Blue. Pricing starts at Rs 15,999 for the base variant, with the 6GB RAM + 128GB variant will be available at 16,999. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 19,999. Poco will be offering Rs 1,000 discount for ICICI Bank card users. The handset will be available starting February 11 at 12pm exclusively on Flipkart.

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MWC 2020: Nokia 8.2 5G Alongside Affordable Phones Expected From HMD Global

Nokia is likely to unveil a type of wearable fitness tracker, complete with NFC and Google Pay, and the Nokia 5.2 at MWC 2020.

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The upcoming Mobile World Congress 2020 is expected to witness the launch of a couple of new devices from HMD Global. As per a report, the brand may come up with the Nokia 8.2 5G and an all-new original series Nokia device. Till now, no details about the device are known. Further, it is also rumored that the company might unveil a type of fitness tracker wearable complete with NFC and Google Pay. It is likely that the Nokia 5.2, which was expected to launch at last year’s Mobile World Congress will finally be released in 2020.

The phone may house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 3GB RAM along with 32GB storage. However, an expensive variant of it will have 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. In terms of camera, the phone is expected to house a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel depth sensor at the back. In terms of display, the device should have a 6.2-inch notched LCD panel which comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Probably, the cheapest smartphone that Nokia has in the MWC lineup, the Nokia 1.3 is likely to have a 6-inch LCD screen along with an unspecified MediaTek chipset. In terms of storage, the device is expected to come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Further, it is being expected that the phone will have a 3D nano-textured plastic cover on the back. The camera is most probably will be of 13-megapixel at the rear and 5-megapixel at the front.

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Vodafone Prepaid Recharge: New Affordable Rs 99 Pack And Long validity Rs 555 Pack

The Vodafone Rs 99 prepaid recharge pack is currently available in Kolkata, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP East, UP West and West Bengal circles.

Vodafone Prepaid Recharge: New Affordable Rs 99 Pack And Long validity Rs 555 Pack
The Vodafone Rs 99 prepaid recharge pack is currently available in Kolkata, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP East, UP West and West Bengal circles.

After the complete reconfiguration of the prepaid recharge packs just a bit more than a month ago, Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea have been adding new recharge options since. What once felt like a much-needed clean-up of the fairly confusing recharge options, Vodafone Idea has reverted to type since. The operator has now added two new prepaid options for its subscribers. The first is the Rs 555 prepaid recharge option which offers 70 days validity, the one and only pack in the Vodafone line-up to offer this specific validity period. And at the same time, there is a new Rs 99 pack as well, which offers 18 days validity.

If you recharge with the Rs 555 pack, you’ll get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice calls, as well as 1.5GB data per day. Bundled with this pack are also the Zee5 subscription and the Vodafone Play subscriptions. This plan is available only in select circles, though we won’t be surprised if Vodafone makes this available across India in the coming weeks. The Vodafone Rs 555 prepaid recharge sits between the Rs 449 plan with 56 days validity that offers 2GB data per day as well as unlimited national voice calls and the Rs 599 recharge pack that has 84 days validity offering 1.5GB data per day and unlimited national voice calls.

The Vodafone Rs 99 prepaid recharge pack is currently available in Kolkata, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP East, UP West and West Bengal circles. The validity period for this is 18 days, and what you get are unlimited national voice calls as well as a total of 1GB data for the validity period.

The competition between Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea is tough. Reliance Jio has the 2020 Happy New Year Offer that allows users one-year service validity at Rs 2020 with 1.5GB data per day and a 12,000 minute FUP on calls outside the Jio network. Airtel also is offering a cashback on the purchase of a new FASTag with certain prepaid recharge packs.