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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Nokia 400 4G Android Feature Phone Could Soon See the Light of Day

Nokia might launch a new feature phone powered by Android, next month at MWC 2020.

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Nokia might launch a new feature phone powered by Android, next month at MWC 2020.

HMD Global, the Finnish firm that manufactures Nokia phones, may soon roll out a new feature phone that will run on Android. Speculations started after the Nokia 400 4G phone was spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance website. What drew the attention of tech enthusiasts was the operating system it was said to run on -GAFP.

According to XDA Developers, it is not clear what GAFP implies, but the acronym was last seen on a leaked feature phone in 2019 and could stand for Google Android for Feature Phones. It was revealed by 9to5 Google when the phone had originally appeared on Wi-Fi Alliance website back in August 2019. The full video was removed from both Vimeo and YouTube but a snippet exists that suggests that the simple feature phone might come with Google Assistant.

The listing was updated recently with more information which points to one thing, HMD is working on a more pocket-friendly alternative for Android users. The report by XDA Developers added that HMD Global might unveil its Nokia 400 4G at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020, which is going to be held in Barcelona. The GSMA MWC 2020 will begin from February 24 and continue till February 27. HMD is also expected to launch the Nokia 8.2 5G, Nokia 5.2 and Nokia 1.3 at MWC 2020.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite vs OnePlus 7T: Which Android Phone Should You Buy For Rs 40,000

Samsung has just launched the Galaxy Note 10 Lite in India which seems like a bid to compete with OnePlus. Priced under Rs 40,000, the new Note 10 Lite brings the full experience of the S-Pen and a triple camera setup at a more affordable budget. OnePlus on the other hand, has been dominating the affordable-flagship segment for years, and currently, the OnePlus 7T is a highly recommended smartphone.

So does the new Galaxy Note 10 Lite have what it takes to dominate the sub-Rs 40,000 segment?

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.

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

Which One Should You Buy?

Well, if you can about core performance and a smooth 90Hz display, then the OnePlus is a clear winner. Besides, the OnePlus 7T also offers Warp Charge 30T fast charging, and a close to stock Android experience with OxygenOS.

Samsung does offer an interesting package with the Note 10 Lite. You get Samsung’s pristine Super AMOLED panel and then there is the S-Pen which is great if you love doodling or prefer writing notes instead of typing. Buy the Galaxy Note 10 Lite if you truly love Samsung and want to make full use of a stylus.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Foldable Phone May be Priced Under $1000

The Samsung Galaxy Z flip phone is likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, a 3,300mAh battery, and support 15W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Foldable Phone May be Priced Under $1000
Samsung Galaxy Z flip phone

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Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, which is scheduled to be launch on February 11 at the company’s Unpacked Event may come at a less than expected price. The phone was earlier rumoured to come at a price of $1000, but now a report claims that the phone might cost somewhere between $860 to $1300. As per an insider, the price of the device has not been ascertained, added the report.

The upcoming device is being seen as a comeback of flip phones alongside the recently announced Moto Razr. Certain reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will probably not have the thinnest bezels around the display and when it comes to design it will not be ‘revolutionary.’ In terms of camera, the smartphone is likely to house two exterior cameras and a single front-facing unit.

Some reports suggest that the phone will be powered by last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and has apparently made its way to China’s 3C certification database, disclosing that it will come with a 15W charger in the box, which could also imply that the device could support 15W fast charging. The phone will most likely house a 3,300mAh battery.


Google Phone App to Add Call Recording Support

Post Android 6 Marshmallow, Google has not provided an official call recording API forcing users to rely on OEMs.

Google Phone App to Add Call Recording Support
Google Phone App

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The Google Phone app, the pre-installed dialer application on Google Pixel smartphones and devices in the Android One program, will soon be getting call recording support. As per a report, the Version 43.0.289191107 of the Google Phone app has been rolled out for the Pixel 4 recently. After decoding the resources of the update it was found that Google added a new layout, icon, and other assets pertaining to call recording in the dialer app.

Furthermore, new strings also reveal that there could be an in-call button to start a new recording. However, the in-call button for call recording has not yet surfaced in the latest version of the app. The feature to record a phone call was available in Android phones before Android 9 Pie. After Android 9 Pie, Google closed the workarounds that developers used to enable recording the audio in phone calls.

The company has not provided an official call recording API since Android 6 Marshmallow, as a result, users are forced to rely on OEMs to enable call recording support. The report asserts that Google is apparently working to bring back call recording APIs in a future version of Android which will basically mean that people can expect this to be available in the future but as of now the users will have to find other means to record calls.