Realme V25 Storage Configuration, Realme Buds Q2s Design Teased Ahead of March 3 Launch

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Realme V25 storage configuration and the design of Realme Buds Q2s true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones have been teased by the company. The smartphone and the TWS earphones will be launched in China on March 3. The smartphone is expected to feature a 6.58-inch full-HD TFT display, and it was spotted on the TENAA certification site with the model number RMX3475. As per a report, the Realme V25 is a rebadged Realme 9 Pro for the Chinese market.

Realme posted on Weibo that the Realme V25 will come with a “standard” configuration (translated) of 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. This is in line with the phone’s TENAA listing which claims that the phone will come with up to 12GB of RAM, and has a model number RMX3475. It is expected to feature a 6.58-inch full-HD TFT display, and run on Android 11 with Realme UI 3.0 on top.

The Realme V25 is also tipped to feature a triple rear camera setup, comprising a 64-megapixel primary sensor and two 2-megapixel secondary sensors. The phone is listed to be powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and has a 5,000mAh battery. As per a report by GSMArena, the Realme V25 is expected to be a rebadged version of Realme 9 Pro for the Chinese market with a slightly different triple camera system along with more RAM and storage.

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Realme Buds Q2s will have a transparent case
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Meanwhile, the design of the Realme Buds Q2s TWs earphones have been teased on Weibo. The Chinese company is calling it “transparent capsule design” (translated), and says that the earphones are “super good in appearance”. The earphones are seen in a Green colour option, and will come with Dolby Atmos support as well as offer 30 hours of battery life. There is no further information available on the key specifications of the earphones.

As mentioned, the Realme V25 and Realme Buds Q2s will be launched on March 3.


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Sourabh Kulesh is a Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. He has worked in a national daily newspaper, a news agency, a magazine and now writing technology news online. He has knowledge on a wide gamut of topics related to cybersecurity, enterprise and consumer technology. Write to [email protected] or get in touch on Twitter through his handle @KuleshSourabh.
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MediaTek Dimensity 8100, Dimensity 8000, Dimensity 1300 Chipsets Launched: All Details

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MediaTek Dimensity 8100 and Dimensity 8000 chipsets were announced by the company on Tuesday. The company’s new chipsets are aimed at the flagship segment and will go head-to-head with rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. The launch of the new chips comes four months after the debut of the 4nm MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC, and smartphones with this chipset are expected in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the chip manufacturer also announced the launch of the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, which is an upgraded version of the company’s Dimensity 1200 chipset launched last year.

The company revealed on Tuesday that the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 and Dimensity 8000 chipsets will feature four Cortex-A78 performance cores and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores, along with a Mali G610 MC6 GPU. The performance cores on the Dimensity 8100 offer 2.85GHz speeds, while the Dimensity 8100 offers up to 2.75GHz. The Dimensity 8100 and Dimensity 8000 are built on TSMC’s 5nm process.

Both chipsets feature MediaTek’s HyperEngine 5.0 technology for efficiency and improved frame rates — a maximum of 120fps for MediaTek Dimensity 8100 and 140fps for the Dimensity 8000 SoC. Meanwhile, the chipsets also support LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, according to the company.

The chipsets feature the MiraVision 780 display engine and smartphones powered by these chipsets can support up to 168Hz refresh rate at full-HD+ (1,080×1,920 pixels) resolution, while the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC will also support 120Hz refresh rate at WQHD+ (1,440×2,560 pixels) resolution. The Dimensity 8000 chipsets are powered by a five gigapixel-per-second ISP for fast HDR photo and video capturing, according to MediaTek.

Both the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 and Dimensity 8000 chipsets will feature Imagiq 780 ISP with support for 200-megapixel cameras and HDR10+ video recording support at 4K resolution at 60fps. They will offer dual camera HDR video recording simultaneously on the front and rear camera, or two rear camera lenses.

Similarly, both chipsets will offer 5G connectivity with an R16-ready 5G modem that offers 2CC carrier aggregation, and the company’s UltraSave 2.0 power saving feature. However, like the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC, these chipsets do not support mmWave 5G connectivity. Both MediaTek Dimensity 8100 and Dimensity 8000 chipsets support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, according to the company.

MediaTek also announced the debut of the Dimensity 1200 SoC as a successor to the 6nm Dimensity 1200 chipset launched last year. The chipset features a high-performance ARM Cortex-A78 core clocked at 3GHz, three performance Cortex-A78 cores, and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores.

Smartphone enthusiasts will not have to wait for long as the MediaTek Dimensity 8100, Dimensity 8000, and Dimensity 1300 chipsets are set to debut on smartphones in “the first quarter of 2022” from some of the “world’s biggest smartphone brands,” according to the company.


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TCL Ultra Flex to 150W Fast Charging: Most Interesting Phones and Tech Announced at MWC 2022

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MWC 2022 is live this week in Barcelona, Spain. While the event will continue for the next couple of days, most participating companies have already held their keynotes to announce a list of distinct offerings that are coming to the market this year. MWC has been a big event for mobile phones. However, this year’s conference has seen not just mobile phones but other technological developments that were debuted globally. These include new Windows laptops from companies including Samsung and Lenovo, Android tablets, and wearables. The mobile phones that were launched at the MWC 2022 also included new form factors, including foldables and gaming phones.

Here’s a list of 10 most exciting phones and technologies launched at MWC 2022.

1. TCL foldables

One of the most interesting announcements at MWC 2022 included the latest foldables from Chinese manufacturer TCL. These are namely the TCL Ultra Flex and TCL Fold ‘n Roll. The TCL Ultra Flex comes with a 360-degree hinge mechanism that lets users fold the phone both inward and outward. When unfolded, it gives a tablet-like experience on its 8-inch PLP AMOLED display.

Unlike the Ultra Flex, the TCL Fold ‘n Roll has a unique display on one side that can be extended to broaden the screen area to up to 10 inches. The phone can also work as a regular foldable phone where users can have a tablet-like 8.85-inch display when unfolded and a normal 6.87-inch screen when folded.

The TCL Fold ‘n Roll was first unveiled in April last year.

Both TCL Ultra Flex and Fold ‘n Roll are currently at their prototype stage. It is, therefore, unclear whether these new designs will be made available to end consumers by the company anytime in the coming future.

2. 150W charging from Realme and Oppo

As phones are becoming quite important in our daily lives, manufacturers are racing to cut down their charging time. BBK Electronics subsidiaries Realme and Oppo joined the competition this time around, and brought their 150W charging solutions. Realme announced that the Realme GT Neo 3 will debut with its in-house 150W UltraDart Charge technology. Oppo, on the other hand, mentioned that its 150W SuperVOOC charging will be available first on OnePlus phones in the second quarter of 2022.

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Realme GT Neo 3 will be amongst the first phones to come with 150W charging
Photo Credit: Realme

 

Realme and Oppo (or OnePlus) plans to give a tough fight to Xiaomi that introduced its phones, including the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G, with 120W fast charging earlier this year.

3. Lenovo’s new gaming phone

At MWC 2022, Lenovo Legion Y90 debuted as the company’s latest gaming phone. The smartphone comes with a 6.9-inch Samsung E4 AMOLED display that carries 144Hz refresh rate. The Legion Y90 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, along with up to 18GB of RAM and vapour-chamber cooling. The top-end variant of the phone also includes a RAID 0 storage strip that brings 128GB of SSD storage.

The Legion Y90 supports Dolby Atmos. The phone also has a dual X-axis linear motor and packs a dual-cell 5,600mAh battery with 68W fast charging.

Lenovo is initially bringing the Legion Y90 to China at a starting price of CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 47,900) for the base 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. The top-of-the-line 18GB + 512GB model, on the other hand, is priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 59,900).

4. Honor flagship

Honor Magic 4 Pro was launched at this year’s MWC as the brand’s latest flagship. It comes with top-notch specifications that include a 6.81-inch Flex OLED quad-curved display with a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and a triple rear camera setup which comprises a 50-megapixel primary sensor and a 64-megapixel secondary sensor with a periscope-shaped telephoto lens. The Honor Magic 4 Pro also includes 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 4,600mAh battery with 100W wired and wireless SuperCharge fast charging support.

The Honor Magic 4 Pro price is set at EUR 1,099 (roughly Rs. 93,000). It will be available in various colour options as well as a special Orange (Vegan Leather) version.

5. Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptop based on ARM architecture

At this year’s MWC, Lenovo brought the ThinkPad X13s as its latest ThinkPad laptop based on ARM architecture. The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is powered by Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC, along with Adreno GPU and up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM as well as up to 1TB of PCIe SSD. The laptop also includes a 13.3-inch WUXGA display and carries connectivity options including 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth v5.2, two USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports, and a SIM card slot. It weighs 1.06kg and has 13.4mm of thickness.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s price is set at EUR 1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,18,400). The laptop will initially be available in Europe starting May and will go on sale in the US through AT&T and Verizon carriers later in 2022.

6. Huawei e-reader

Huawei MatePad Paper debuted at MWC 2022 as the company’s first e-reader. The device carries a 13.3-inch E-ink display that has a pixel density of 227ppi. The display supports touch inputs as well as works with a bundled stylus called Huawei M-Pencil. Under the hood, the Huawei MatePad Paper has a hexa-core SoC, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The device also includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB Type-C connectivity.

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Huawei MatePad Paper features a 13.3-inch E-ink display
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The Huawei MatePad Paper will debut in Europe at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 42,200). It would compete against Amazon’s Kindle Oasis.

7. Samsung’s Windows 11 laptops

At MWC this year, Samsung did not bring any new phones to showcase but introduced its Galaxy Book 2 Pro, Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360Galaxy Book 2 360, and the Galaxy Book 2 as its four new laptops that all run on Windows 11. The new laptops come with the latest Intel Core processors and have up to 32GB of RAM as well as discrete graphics options. The machines also have up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage and touchscreen versions to choose from.

On the pricing part, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 starts at $899.99 (roughly Rs. 68,100), while the Galaxy Book 2 Pro at $1,049.99 (roughly Rs. 79,500) and the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 at $1,249.99 (roughly Rs. 94,600). The pricing details about the Galaxy Book 2 are yet to be revealed. Moreover, all new models will debut in markets including the US starting April.

8. Huawei AiO with an UHD display

Huawei MateStation X was launched by the Chinese company as a part of its lineup at this year’s MWC. The All-in-One PC comes with a 28.2-inch UHD touchscreen that has an IPS panel under the hood. The machine also includes AMD Ryzen 5 5600H or AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor with integrated AMD Radeon graphics, paired with 16GB of RAM. It includes two 5W speakers and a 10W subwoofer as well as a 720p camera for video calls.

In terms of connectivity, the Huawei MateStation X has two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The AiO PC seems to take on Apple’s iMac with its sleek design. Moreover, it runs on Windows 10.

The Huawei MateStation X has debuted in Europe at EUR 2,199 (roughly Rs. 1,86,000). Details on its availability in other markets including India are yet to be announced. However, the device with a 23.8-inch display did launch in China last year.

9. Affordable Nokia C-series

Although this year’s MWC included some unique phones and Windows laptops, Nokia brand licensee HMD Global used the conference to showcase its new affordable Nokia C-series phones. The latest range comprises Nokia C2 2nd Edition, Nokia C21, and Nokia C21 Plus. All three phones have basic specifications to please people looking to upgrade from a feature phone.

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Nokia C21 is one of the company’s latest affordable phones
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The Nokia C2 2nd Edition is the most basic option in the series, while the Nokia C21 and Nokia C21 Plus are the company’s new budget models. The Nokia C2 2nd Edition comes with a regular FWVGA display of 5.7-inch size, a single 5-megapixel rear camera, and a quad-core SoC. In contrast, the Nokia C21 and Nokia C21 Plus both have 6.517-inch HD+ displays with waterdrop-style notch design and octa-core Unisoc SC9863A SoCs. The Nokia C21 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup, while the Nokia C21 has a single camera at the back.

In terms of pricing, the Nokia C2 2nd Edition starts at EUR 79 (roughly Rs. 6,700), while the Nokia C21 and Nokia C21 Plus start at EUR 99 (roughly Rs. 8,400) and EUR 119 (roughly Rs. 10,100), respectively.

10. New Poco phone with a 108-megapixel primary camera

Making its debut at MWC 2022, Poco X4 Pro 5G comes with features such as a 108-megapixel primary camera sensor, 120Hz AMOLED display, and a Snapdragon 695 SoC. The Poco X4 Pro 4G also includes up to 8GB of RAM as well as maximum 256GB storage. The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging.

Poco X4 Pro 5G price starts at EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 25,300) for the 6GB + 128GB storage model and goes up to EUR 349 (roughly Rs. 29,500) for the 8GB + 256GB option. It will be available in the European markets starting March 2, though details about its arrival in India and other regions are yet to be announced.


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Top Phones Launched and Reviewed in India in January-February 2022

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Only two months of 2022 have passed but there have been multiple high-profile smartphone launches already, and we at Gadgets 360 get to cover nearly all of them. Major brands including Samsung, OnePlus, Motorola, Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Vivo, and Asus have refreshed multiple models catering to a variety of price points. Of the dozens of smartphones launched in 2022 so far, we have reviewed several interesting models, covering a wide array of price points. Some of these have introduced new design elements, camera features, and processors. The fight for your wallet continues. To help you make the best buying decisions, here are the top smartphones launched in India in January and February 2022 which have earned Gadgets 360 review ratings.

Phones launched and reviewed in January – February 2022 in India

Phone name Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate 9 Rs. 79,999
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G 9 Rs. 54,999
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G 8 Rs. 26,999
OnePlus 9 RT 9 Rs. 42,999
Realme 9i 7 Rs. 13,999
Vivo V23 Pro 8 Rs. 38,999
Moto G71 5G 8 Rs. 18,999
Oppo Reno 7 Pro 8 Rs. 39,999
Oppo Reno 7 8 Rs. 28,999
Xiaomi 11T Pro 9 Rs. 39,999
Realme 9 Pro+ 9 Rs. 24,999
OnePlus Nord CE2 9 Rs. 23,999
Vivo T1 8 Rs. 15,990
Motorola Edge 30 Pro 9 Rs. 49,999

 

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

The Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (Review) is a big smartphone with a big 6.78-inch display. You get ultrasonic triggers at the back and an additional USB Type-C port on the side to charge the phone while gaming. It has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the front and Gorilla Glass 3 at the back. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate feels bulky given its size, and it weighs 238g You get a clip-on AeroActive cooler and a 30W charger in the box.

Asus has picked the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and paired it with 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It packs a 6,000mAh battery and comes with a 30W charger. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate runs Android 11 with Asus’s own ROG UI on top.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Review) has a vibrant 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz peak refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for protection. The Galaxy S21 FE 5G gets the same Exynos 2100 SoC as seen in the flagship Galaxy S21 series. It also features Dolby Atmos, an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and wireless charging.

It’s a no-nonsense value flagship that does everything you ask of it, and does it well. The low weight makes it comfortable to carry. The overall camera experience is similar to that of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which is to say, very dependable. However, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will make more sense once its price drops, as it is very similar to the Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

 

 

Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G

Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G as India’s fastest charging smartphone. Capable of 120W fast charging, this phone’s battery is supposed to be able to fill up completely in just 15 minutes. This is a large phone with a new design. It has flattened sides and glass on the rear. It’s available with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and both variants have 128GB of internal storage. It sports a 6.67-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, peak brightness of 1200nits, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Xiaomi has picked the MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC to power the 11i HyperCharge 5G.

Daylight photos taken with the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G were good but it tended to boost sharpness and contrast. Low-light photos taken with bright light sources nearby turned out well, but colours were off. The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G commands a premium for its 120W fast charging technology, and other phones offer better performance at this price.

 

 

OnePlus 9RT

The OnePlus 9RT (Review) has a good in-hand feel despite its hefty 198.5g weight. The rounded edges of the aluminium frame make it comfortable to hold. It has a relatively large 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a full-HD+ resolution. The OnePlus 9RT uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC making it equal to the OnePlus 9.

The in-display fingerprint sensor is lightning quick. Switching between apps was seamless. The 4,500mAh battery lasted for 20 hours and 16 minutes in our internal test, which runs an HD video clip on loop till a phone shuts off. The camera app on the 9RT has been lifted straight from sister company Oppo’s ColorOS. Image quality is good but low-light performance could have been better.

 

 

Realme 9i

Realme has been pushing 5G phones for over a year now, but the Realme 9i (Review) is a 4G-only model. It’s an entry-level offering in the brand new Realme 9 series and is available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 13,999, or with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 15,999 in India. The Realme 9i has a 6.6-inch full-HD+ display with a 90Hz peak refresh rate and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC. It offered good performance and did not show any signs of slowing down during the review period. Stereo speakers and 33W charging are nice to have. However, camera quality is sub-par.

 

 

Vivo V23 Pro

The Vivo V23 Pro (Review) is a slim and light smartphone with a tricked-out back panel, which should appeal to fashionistas. It offers a capable set of cameras but falls a bit short when it comes to the basics. Its colour-changing design is unique and the build quality feels premium. However, it lacks stereo speakers and has a medium-sized notch on the display, which looks a bit dated.

Still camera performance is quite good and the phone takes good selfies. Low-light camera performance is not bad either, but the competition offers better. Battery life for a slim and light smartphone is quite good but don’t expect multi-day battery life with it so power users can steer clear of this one.

 

 

Moto G71 5G

The Moto G71 5G (Review) is available in a single configuration, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s smaller than most other smartphones in this segment. Apart from its compactness, Motorola has paid attention to ergonomics. The Moto G71 5G sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution, scratch-resistant glass, and 60Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695. It packs in a 5,000mAh battery and you get a 33W TurboPower charger in the box.

The Moto G71 5G has a capable processor, good battery life with fast charging, and decent cameras.It will especially appeal to those who prefer a no-frills design and stock software experience. Low-light camera performance is one area in which the Moto G71 5G falls short of being the perfect all-rounder.

 

 

Oppo Reno 7 Pro

Design has always been a big talking point for the Reno series and it’s no different with the Oppo Reno 7 Pro (Review). Oppo says it has used a new laser process to create hundreds of diagonal micro-etches on the new back panel, which are visible at certain angles. The 6.5-inch full-HD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen delivers very good colours and contrast, and there’s Corning Gorilla 5 for scratch protection.

The new MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Max SoC has special optimisations made for the Reno 7 Pro. You get ColorOS 12 but this is still based on Android 11. Gameplay was smooth even with all graphical settings cranked up. The flat display, stereo speakers, and improved camera sensors are all welcome features. Battery life is solid, and it doesn’t hurt to have super-fast charging. If fashionable looks and quirky camera features trump sheer performance for you, you should be happy with the Reno 7 Pro.

 

 

Oppo Reno 7

The new Oppo Reno 7 (Review) has a rounded frame and curved edges, giving it a sleek aesthetic. The Reno 7 has the same laser-etched pattern on the back as the Reno 7 Pro, which looks good and does’t attract fingerprints. The 6.4-inch AMOLED display has a full-HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.

The Reno 7 has the same MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC as its predecessor, along with has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Day-to-day performance was solid. The SoC is powerful enough to handle the usual productivity and social apps. The battery capacity is 4,500mAh. This is a good phone overall but some competitors offer more bang for your buck.

 

 

Xiaomi 11T Pro

The Xiaomi 11T Pro (Review) is a solid offering that’s hard to ignore at the lower end of the premium smartphone segment. While it’s not high on design, it makes up for this with raw performance and is almost a good all-rounder. It has a polycarbonate mid-frame, sandwiched between two sheets of glass. Its AMOLED display showcases accurate colours and is also Dolby Vision certified. You get stereo sound with Dolby Atmos support, which makes for an immersive video streaming experience.

Performance is not a problem thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, and the same goes for gaming. Battery life is also top notch and this phone lasts for up to two days of casual use on a single charge. What’s more impressive is the charging speed when using the 120W fast charger that comes in the box. Camera performance and video recording quality are quite good, and you get HDR recording options. However, selfies in low light were well below the mark.

 

 

Realme 9 Pro+

The Realme 9 Pro+ (Review) is priced higher than the 9 Pro and offers some added features such as optical image stabilisation (OIS) in the camera. It is available in a colour-changing Sunrise Blue finish. The back panel transitions from blue to red upon exposure to UV light if you choose this. It has a slim profile overall and is also quite light, which makes it comfortable for one-handed use. The phone offers enough grunt with its MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC and it can easily handle demanding 3D games as well as take care of day-to-day tasks. Battery life is also quite good and it charges quickly using its bundled 60W charger.

Still camera performance is quite impressive. The primary camera with its OIS system captures clear and crisp photos in daylight and performs well in low-light conditions too. Android 12 also makes it here with Realme UI 3.0 and it brings most of its highlight features with it.

 

 

OnePlus Nord CE 2

OnePlus has now launched the successor to the Nord CE, simply called the Nord CE 2 (Review). While it has a relatively low entry price, it also has a bunch of little improvements that add up to a better user experience. It still has a plastic frame but the back panel is now made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and feels premium. This phone shares most of its design and specifications with the Oppo Reno 7. It features the MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC which supports eight 5G bands in India.

Performance is certainly not a pain point with the Nord CE 2. You get OxygenOS 11.3 out of the box. Photos taken during the day had good detail and colours. Landscape shots had decent dynamic range and exposure was handled well. However, the cameras struggled to capture finer details in landscape shots in low light unless I used Night mode.

 

 

Vivo T1 5G

The Vivo T1 (Review) is aimed at Gen Z buyers who look for good specifications at attractive prices. It sports a 6.58-inch full-HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Panda glass. However, it has a dewdrop notch that looks dated. Powering the Vivo T1 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, and the phone is offered in 4GB RAM, 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM options. All variants have 128GB of storage. The phone runs Android 12 with Vivo’s Funtouch OS skin on top. It also has a few bloatware apps preinstalled. The Vivo T1 5G has a 5,000mAh battery which offered good battery life. It has support for 18W fast charging which is slower than the competition.

 

 

Motorola Edge 30 Pro

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Review) is a huge upgrade over the Edge 20 Pro (Review) but competes in a much higher price segment. The highlight of the Edge 30 Pro has to be the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC which is currently the best you can get in an Android smartphone. It is only available with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It sports a 6.7-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with HDR10+ certification and a 144Hz maximum refresh rate. This panel has good viewing angles and does get bright enough when used outdoors.

Camera performance is good, except in low-light conditions. Motorola has managed to undercut a lot of the competition by pricing this smartphone at Rs. 49,999, which makes it quite tempting. However, it heats up easily under load. Casual usage was trouble-free, but playing demanding 3D games did cause the phone to get warm.

 


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India’s Semiconductor Roadmap Entails Big Investments Due to Geopolitics: Minister of State for Electronics and IT

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The government’s roadmap for the semiconductor sector entails big investments due to geopolitical circumstances but it is giving equal importance to design and innovation, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Monday.

Speaking at 35th International VLSI and Embedded Systems Conference, Chandrasekhar said India’s performance during the COVID-19 pandemic has placed the country among experts in the technology space.

“Our ambitions specifically in the semiconductor space are very clear. Our ambition and our roadmap to semiconductor space involves obviously a big investment. It is natural given the geopolitics of the world in fabs (semiconductor fabrication) but as importantly as that is the ecosystem around innovation, design and systems.

“We are essentially investing government capital in creating skill…from the research side to the design engineering and testing and packaging workforce side,” the minister said.

The government has received proposals from five companies for setting up electronic chip and display manufacturing plants with investment of Rs. 1.53 lakh crore.

Vedanta Foxconn JV, IGSS Ventures, and ISMC propose to set up electronic chip manufacturing plants with $13.6 billion (about Rs. 1.02 lakh crore) investment. They have sought support of $5.6 billion (around Rs. 42,000 crore) from the Centre under the Rs. 76,000 crore Semicon India Programme.

The government is providing financial support of up to 40 percent for chips above 28 nanometre to 45nm, and up to 30 per cent for setting up manufacturing units for 45nm to 65nm wafers.

Vedanta and Elest have proposed to set up display manufacturing units that are used in mobile phones, laptops etc with projected investment of $6.7 billion (about Rs 50,000 crore). They have sought support of $2.7 billion (around Rs. 20,000 crore) from the Centre under the scheme for setting up of display fabs in India.

The Centre is also providing incentive on chip design, design infrastructure support, product design linked incentives, among others.

The incentives include reimbursement of up to Rs. 30 lakh per application for multi-project wafer fabrication for design, and 6-4 per cent reimbursement on net sales of designed semiconductor goods for five years starting financial year 2022-23.

“We in India today through a combination of polices, leadership vision are at an unprecedented inflection point in terms of growth and expansion of our technology sector. We have had a very long history of doing very well in technology services, outsourcing…,” Chandrasekhar said.

He added that India has created unicorns in the startup segment faster than any other economy in the world.

“If you take that as starting point and take the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘techade’ as the next point and look forward, it is clear that we today have runway of opportunities in the ESDM (electronics system design and manufacturing) space, in embedded design space and of course in semiconductor space.

“We are investing capital and encouraging entrepreneurship in startups in the design and innovation ecosystem. It is clear that our ambitions are real,” the minister said.


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Redmi Note 11E Pro With 120Hz AMOLED Display, Snapdragon 695 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications

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Redmi Note 11E Pro was launched on Tuesday as Xiaomi’s latest model in the Redmi Note series. The new Redmi phone that has debuted in China is essentially a rebranded version of the globally launched Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G that debuted in January. Some of the key highlights of the Redmi Note 11E Pro include a 120Hz AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, and 67W fast charging. The phone is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC and has up to 8GB of RAM.

Redmi Note 11E Pro price, availability

Redmi Note 11E Pro price has been set at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 20,300) for the base 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone also comes in an 8GB + 128GB model at CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 22,700) and the top-end 8GB + 256GB option at CNY 2,099 (roughly Rs. 25,100). The Redmi Note 11E Pro features Black, Blue, and White colours and is available for pre-orders in China, with its sale starting from March 4.

In January, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G was launched in some global markets with a starting price tag of $329 (roughly Rs. 24,800) for the 6GB + 64GB model, $349 (roughly Rs. 26,300) for the 6GB + 128GB option, and $379 (roughly Rs. 28,500) for the 8GB + 128GB variant. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is also expected to come to India as the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G on March 9.

Redmi Note 11E Pro specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 11E Pro runs on Android 11 with MIUI 13 on top and features a 6.67-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Samsung AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 120Hz refresh rate. The display also has a 360Hz touch sampling rate and a peak brightness of 1,200 nits. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 11E Pro has the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, along with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The phone also comes with the triple rear camera setup that houses a 108-megapixel primary sensor, along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 2-megapixel macro shooter.

For selfies and video chats, the Redmi Note 11E Pro comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.4 lens.

On the storage front, the Redmi Note 11E Pro comes with up to 256GB of UFS 2.2 onboard storage that supports expansion through a microSD card (up to 1TB). Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, infrared (IR) blaster, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone has stereo speakers and is Hi-Res Audio certified. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The Redmi Note 11E Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery with a 67W fast charging support (supported charger in the box). Besides, the phone measures 164.19×76.1×8.12mm and weighs 202 grams.


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TSMC, Other Taiwanese Chip Companies Complying With Russia Export Controls Amid Ukraine Attack

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Taiwan’s semiconductor companies are complying with government export controls to Russia, put in place as part of sanctions on Moscow for invading Ukraine, the Economy Ministry said on Sunday.

Taiwan, which announced it was joining international sanctions against Russia on Friday, is a major chip manufacturer, home to the world’s largest contract chip maker and Asia’s most valuable listed company, TSMC.

The Economy Ministry said it was following the Wassenaar Arrangement on export controls for weapons and dual-use goods and technologies, signed in 1996 by 42 countries, to strictly scrutinise products sent to Russia.

“Domestic semiconductor manufacturers have also expressed that they will abide by the laws and closely cooperate with government measures,” it added, without elaborating.

TSMC said last week it would comply with all export control rules. It declined further comment on Sunday.

Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory and so excluded from most international bodies and agreements, is not a signatory to the Wassenaar Arrangement.

But the government likes to show they are a responsible member of the international community in following measures such as United Nations sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests.

Taiwan’s exports to Russia are minimal.

Taiwan expects little impact from the war in Ukraine on the supply of key raw materials for semiconductors, the government said on Saturday.

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Flipkart Big Bachat Dhamaal Sale to Begin on March 4: Deals on Realme, Redmi Smartphones, Wearables Teased

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Flipkart Big Bachat Dhamaal sale is set to kick off on Friday (March 4) and will last until March 6. During the sale, the e-commerce platform will be offering deals and discounts on smartphones, wearables, as well as TVs. The event will also host sales of various smartphones, including Motorola Edge 30 Pro and Realme 9 Pro, and will bring in attractive deals on the iPhone 12 series. There will be up to 80 percent off on electronics and accessories as well as up to 75 percent off on TVs. Customers will get bank discounts and no-cost EMI options as well.

As per a dedicated webpage on Flipkart, the Big Bachat Dhamaal sale offers a sneak peek into the upcoming offers on smartphones. There are some teasers announcing the percentage of offers on smartwatches, TVs, large electronics, and home appliances that will go live later this week.

Flipkart will unveil new deals, including combo offers, at 12am, 8am, and 4pm every day during the Big Bachat Dhamaal sale. There is also a Loot Bazaar, wherein the products will be available at lowest prices from 12pm to 10pm, Flipkart says.

Flipkart Big Bachat Dhamaal sale: Deals, discounts on smartphones

Flipkart will offer up to Rs. 1,000 off on UPI transactions, and 10 percent instant discount on the use of IDFC First Bank credit cards, and Yes Bank credit cards. There will be no-cost EMI plans, deals on exchange of old smartphones, Flipkart Smart Upgrade option, and Mobile Protection offers to choose from.

Realme C11 will be available at a starting price of Rs. 7,499. Poco C31 can be purchased at a starting price of Rs. 7,999, and Realme C21Y can be bought at Rs. 7,749 after a Rs. 1,750 discount on prepaid purchase. Flipkart Big Bachat Dhamaal will also see sales of smartphones such as Motorola Edge 30 Pro, while Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+ are already available on the platform.

The iPhone 12 mini price will start at Rs. 40,999 (down from Rs. 59,990) during the sale, iPhone SE will be available for Rs 28,999, and iPhone 12 can be purchased at a starting price of Rs. 53,999.

The deals and discounts on wearables, true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones, and games are likely to be revealed at a date closer to the start of the Flipkart Big Bachat Dhamaal sale.


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Poco M4 Pro 4G India Launch Today: How to Watch Livestream, Expected Specifications

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Poco M4 Pro 4G India launch is taking place today (February 28). The new Poco phone will be a 4G variant of the Poco M4 Pro 5G that debuted in India earlier this month. The Poco M4 Pro 4G will come with a hole-punch display design, the company teased last week. Specifications of the Poco M4 Pro 4G are also teased to include triple rear cameras, octa-core MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, and 33W fast charging. The phone will debut in three distinct colours and have a splash-resistant build.

Poco M4 Pro 4G India launch event livestream: How to watch

Poco M4 Pro 4G India launch event will begin at 7pm and will be livestreamed online through the Poco India YouTube channel. You can watch it live from the video embedded below.

Poco M4 Pro 4G specifications (expected)

Poco M4 Pro 4G specifications have been teased quite extensively . Poco India recently shared that the new phone will come with a design similar to that of the Poco M4 Pro 5G. The phone appears to have triple rear cameras this time, though. It is also seen to have a 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display and an octa-core MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, along with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. The phone is also teased to have a liquid cooling technology for thermal management.

The Poco M4 Pro 4G will come with a triple rear camera setup that will have a 64-megapixel primary camera, according to the teaser. The phone is also teased to have an IP53-rated build that will have 8.09mm thickness and 179.5 grams of weight. The phone will come in Cool Blue, Poco Yellow, and Power Black colours and feature stereo speakers, teasers suggest.

In addition to the teased details, tipster Yogesh Brar recently suggested some details about its global variant that is likely to be identical to the one coming to India later today. The Poco M4 Pro 4G is said to have Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 for Poco and a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front. It could also include a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at [email protected] Please send in your leads and tips.
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OnePlus Smartphone With MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC, 150W Fast Charging Tipped

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OnePlus will launch a smartphone that will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC, a tipster has claimed, revealing key specifications of the unidentified handset. The tipster says that the smartphone will come with a hole-punch display with a cutout in the centre of the display, a 50-megapixel primary sensor, and a 4,500mAh battery with support for 150W fast charging. The specifications of the OnePlus phone are very similar to the Realme GT Neo 3 smartphone, which has also been tipped to come with the same specifications. The Realme phone is said to have model number RMX3560.

The information about the OnePlus smartphone was shared by tipster Digital Chat Station on Weibo. The tipster says that the OnePlus smartphone in question will sport a 6.7-inch full-HD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is claimed to be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC. For photography, the phone is claimed to pack a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor. The handset is also tipped to pack a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery with support for 150W fast charging.

These specifications are identical to those leaked of the alleged Realme GT Neo 3 smartphone. Interestingly, specifications of the GT Neo 3 were also shared by the same tipster a few days ago.

However, another tipster, Steve Hemmerstoffer, tipped different specifications of the Realme smartphone.

Hemmerstoffer says that the rumoured Realme GT Neo 3 smartphone will sport a 6.62-inch Super AMOLED display. It is tipped to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM. Hemmerstoffer says the Realme smartphone will get a 64-megapixel primary sensor and pack a 5,000mAh battery. The rumoured Realme GT Neo 3 was also spotted on the TENAA website last month.


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Sourabh Kulesh is a Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. He has worked in a national daily newspaper, a news agency, a magazine and now writing technology news online. He has knowledge on a wide gamut of topics related to cybersecurity, enterprise and consumer technology. Write to [email protected] or get in touch on Twitter through his handle @KuleshSourabh.
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