Redmi Note 11SE With Dimensity 700 SoC, 5,000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

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Redmi Note 11SE was launched in China on Wednesday during an event, which also saw the arrival of the Redmi Note 11T Pro+ and Redmi Note 11T Pro. This is an affordable 5G smartphone with dual-SIM support and dual 5G capabilities. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC paired with a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. The handset is fitted with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The Redmi Note 11SE also sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with AdaptiveSync technology.

Redmi Note 11SE price, availability

The Redmi Note 11SE is available to pre-order in China on the official Xiaomi China site. It will go on sale on May 31. It is priced at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 13,000) for the 4GB RAM + 12GB storage model and CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 16,000) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. This Redmi smartphone offers Deep Space Blue and Shadow Black colour options.

Redmi Note 11SE specifications, features

This smartphone sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) display with AdaptiveSync technology that can automatically switch between 30Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, and 90Hz refresh rates for reduced power consumption. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 11SE packs a MediaTek Dimensity SoC coupled with a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. It houses up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. It runs on Android 11-based MIUI 12.5.

For optics, the Redmi Note 11SE has a dual rear camera setup headlined by a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.79 aperture. There is also a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front, this smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. Both of these camera setups are capable of recording full-HD videos at 30 fps.

This handset has a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. It is a dual-SIM (5G + 5G) smartphone that comes with Bluetooth v5.1 and dual-band Wi-Fi. The Redmi Note 11SE features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The smartphone measures 161.81×75.34×8.92mm and weighs about 192g.


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Nothing Phone 1 Launch Date, Price Leaked Online; Said to Feature Transparent Design


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Nothing Phone 1 Launch Date, Price Leaked Online; Said to Feature Transparent Design

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Nothing Phone 1, the first smartphone from the UK-based electronics company, could launch soon. The date is yet to be officially confirmed by the brand backed by OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei, but a fresh leak suggests the Nothing Phone 1 is set to launch on July 21. Price details of the smartphone have also been tipped. The Nothing Phone 1 is expected to arrive as a mid-range offering. The smartphone is teased to have wireless charging support and is said to feature a transparent back.

As per a report by German publication All Round PC, Nothing Phone 1 is set to launch on July 21. According to the report, the smartphone could be priced around EUR 500 (roughly Rs. 41,400). However, the colour options and RAM and storage configurations of the device are not known at this moment.

Separately, a new tweet by Pei suggests that the Nothing Phone 1 may arrive with support for wireless charging. Like the Nothing Ear 1 truly wireless earbuds, the phone is expected to have a translucent case revealing the internal components.

However, Wallpaper reports that Nothing’s head of design, Tom Howard and founder Pei in an interview confirmed the phone’s design and a few of its specifications. “There are over 400 components in a smartphone, assembled in layers. We wanted to celebrate the ‘good ones’, the things we thought were really interesting to emphasise,” the report quoted Howard as saying. Howard described the manufacturing process of the phone as a “jigsaw puzzle” highlighting cameras, charging coil, and other elements. The smartphone is expected to offer bespoke wallpapers, widgets, sounds, and Nothing OS, which comes with a custom launcher.



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Oppo Reno 8 Pro India Launch Tipped for Mid-June, Colours, Storage Configuration Revealed

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Oppo just released the Oppo Reno 8 series in the Chinese market, which comprises the vanilla Reno 8, Reno 8 Pro, and Reno 8 Pro+ smartphones. And now, these Oppo phones are reportedly making their way to the Indian market in mid-June. The report, however, also suggests that the Oppo Reno 8 Pro+ is not going to be a part of this launch in India. Instead, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro is said to carry the specifications of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro+ and the Chinese version of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro will reportedly debut in India as the vanilla Oppo Reno 8.

As per a report by Passionategeekz, suggests that the Oppo Reno 8 Pro smartphone will debut in two different storage variants, 8GB+256GB and 12GB+256GB in India, in mid-June. Buyers in India will reportedly get an option to purchase the smartphone in three colour options, Glazed Black, Glazed Green, and Glazed White. And as mentioned above, the report also says that the Indian launch of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro+ and the Reno 8 Lite may get paused as of now.

On the other hand, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro is said to be launched under Rs.40,000 price mark for the 12GB storage variant, as per the report.

The Reno 8 Pro is said to pack the same configuration as the Oppo Reno 8 Pro+ and the vanilla Reno 8 as Oppo Reno 8 Pro in India.

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro will come with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC. The vanilla Reno 8, on the other hand, could feature a 6.62-inch Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display that will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset.

Moreover, Oppo unveiled its Reno 8 series in China on Monday.

The Oppo Reno 8, Reno 8 Pro, and Reno 8 Pro+ smartphones feature a similar design, a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 50-megapixel sensor, and 80W fast charging technology.


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Tecno Pova 3 With 50-Megapixel Triple Rear Camera, 7,000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

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Tecno Pova 3 was launched in the Philippines on Wednesday. The company’s latest addition to the Pova lineup is equipped with a 6.9-inch LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, along with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone features a 50-megapixel triple rear camera setup. It runs on Android 11-based HiOS out of the box and packs a 7,000mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging.

Tecno Pova 3 price, availability

Tecno Pova 3 pricing starts at PHP 8,999 (roughly Rs. 13,300) for the 4GB + 64GB storage model, while the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at PHP 9,399 (roughly Rs. 13,900). The smartphone is available in Eco Black, Electric Blue, and Tech Silver colour options, and will go on sale starting May 31. Tecno is yet to reveal when the smartphone will be available in other markets, including India.

Tecno Pova 3 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Tecno Pova 3 runs on Android 11-based HiOS. It sports a 6.9-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,460 pixels) LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, paired with up to 6GB of RAM. The handset also comes with support for “memory fusion” to expand the available memory up to 11GB by utilising unused storage.

For photos and videos, the Tecno Pova 3 is equipped with a 50-megapixel primary camera, and unspecified secondary and tertiary cameras. The smartphone features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with dual flash for selfies and video chats.

The Tecno Pova 3 comes with up to 128GB of inbuilt storage. Connectivity options on the handset include a 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, e-compass, proximity sensor, along with a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. The handset packs a 7,000mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging, along with 10W reverse charging support. It comes with a 33W charger in the box. The smartphone measures 173.1×78.46×9.44mm, according to the company.


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Vedanta to Finalise Location for $20 Billion Chip, Display Plant by Mid-June, Confirms Chairman Anil Agarwal

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Vedanta will finalise a location for its $20 billion (roughly Rs. 1,55,273 crore) semiconductor and display plants in India by mid-June and will have the first chip product ready in two years, its Chairman Anil Agarwal said on Wednesday.

Oil-to-metals conglomerate Vedanta said in February it will diversify into chip manufacturing and announced plans to form a joint venture with Taiwan’s Foxconn to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to make India a semiconductor manufacturing hub.

Vedanta has a total planned investment outlay of $20 billion for two separate units for chip and display manufacturing.

“Foxconn is our technical partner. We may not take equity partner for the fab,” Agarwal told Reuters in an interview in Davos, adding that the Apple contract manufacturer will have technical responsibility for the operation, from providing the tech to making semiconductors.

Vedanta is seeking incentives from Modi’s government and is also in talks with several Indian states on the unit’s location.

Agarwal said on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum the first phase of Vedanta’s project will entail an investment of $2 billion (roughly Rs.15,523 crore).

Private equity wants to be part of India’s semiconductor expansion and there was no shortage of funds, he said, while adding that Vedanta was yet to hold talks with PE firms.

India estimates its semiconductor market will reach $63 billion (roughly Rs. 4,89,004 crore) by 2026, compared with $15 billion (roughly Rs.1,16,431 crore) in 2020.

“You have to create another Taiwan in India,” Agarwal said, noting that India will have to focus on bringing the entire semiconductor ecosystem locally for it to be a global powerhouse.

The Indian government has said it will expand incentives beyond an initial $10-billion (roughly Rs. 77,621 crore) plan for those investing in semiconductor manufacturing, as it aims to become a key player in the global supply chain for chips.


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Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro Display Specifications Tipped, May Sport Same Screens as Pixel 6 Series

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Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro — Google’s upcoming flagship smartphones — display specifications have surfaced online, well ahead of the launch of the handsets later this year. The smartphones are tipped to feature the same displays as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro that debuted last year. The company teased its next generation handsets at the annual Google I/O developer conference earlier this month and revealed that they will be powered by an updated Tensor SoC, and will run on Android 13 out-of-the-box.

According to code in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) spotted by 9to5Google, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be equipped with the same Samsung displays as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, respectively. The display driver for the Pixel 7 which is codenamed Cheetah is tagged C10, while the driver for the Pixel 7 Pro codenamed Panther is tagged P10. Both files reveal the specifications of the upcoming handsets, according to the report.

Just like the Pixel 6, the upcoming Pixel 7 will sport a full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) display with a 90Hz refresh rate, as the code points to the use of Samsung’s S6E3FC3 panel. While the specifications of the display remain the same, the display is tipped to be slightly smaller than the Pixel 6 — with height and width lowered by 2mm and 1mm, respectively.

Meanwhile the Pixel 7 Pro will be equipped with the same QHD+ (1,440×3,120) pixels display with a 120Hz refresh rate — the same as the Pixel 6 Pro that was launched in 2021, using the same Samsung S6E3HC3 panel, according to Google’s driver code. Unlike the Pixel 7, the Pro model will offer the same screen size as its predecessor.

The drivers for the Pixel 7 Pro display also suggest that the high-end model could offer users the ability to display content in 1080p mode via a recently spotted setting on Android 13. While this will downgrade the viewing experience on the smartphone, it can help conserve battery — a feature offered on other smartphones with high-resolution displays. Meanwhile, Google is yet to officially reveal the complete specifications of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, ahead of their expected debut later this year.



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Oppo Reno 8 Series, Oppo Pad Air India Launch to Take Place by July: Report

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Oppo Reno 8 series and Oppo Pad Air India launch could take place by July, according to a report. The company’s latest Reno series smartphones and midrange tablet made their debut in China earlier this week. The Oppo Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro is equipped with a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max processor, respectively. Both handsets come with 50-megapixel triple rear cameras, and pack 4,500mAh batteries with support for 80W fast charging. Meanwhile, the Oppo Pad Air is powered by a Snapdragon 680 SoC and is equipped with a 7,100mAh battery with 18W charging support.

The Oppo Reno 8 and Oppo Reno 8 Pro are currently being tested in the country alongside the Oppo Pad Air, and will be launched in late June or early July, according to a report by 91Mobiles citing tipster Yogesh Brar. Previous reports have tipped the smartphone to launch in mid-June.

According to the report, the tipster claims that the Oppo Reno 8 will be launched in India with the specifications of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro that made its debut in China, while the Oppo Reno 8 Pro will offer the specifications of the Chinese Oppo Reno 8 Pro+ model. It is worth noting that Oppo is yet to announce plans to launch the smartphones and tablet in India, or details of their specifications.

Oppo Reno 8 specifications

The Oppo Reno 8 that was launched in China earlier this week runs on Android 12-based ColorOS 12.1. The handset sports a 6.43-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, along with up to 12GB of RAM.

For photos and videos, the Oppo Reno 8 is equipped with a 50-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens. For selfies and video chats, the handset features a 32-megapixel front facing camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens.

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The Oppo Reno 8 offers up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 inbuilt storage. Connectivity options on the smartphone include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.The handset comes with an under-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. It packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 80W Super Flash Charge fast charging.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro specifications

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro launched in China also runs on ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12. It features a 6.62-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC, paired with up to 12GB of RAM.

The handset is equipped with a triple camera setup that is comprised of a 50-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens. The Oppo Reno 8 comes with a 32-megapixel front-facing camera, for selfies and video chats. It also features Oppo’s MariSilicon X chip for improved video and still imaging.

The handset offers up to 256GB of UFS 2.2 inbuilt storage. Connectivity options on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. It is equipped with an under-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication, and packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 80W Super Flash Charge fast charging.

Oppo Pad Air specifications

Launched in China alongside the Oppo Reno 8 series, the Oppo Pad Air runs on Android 12-based ColorOS for Pad. It sports a 10.36-inch 2K (2,000×1,200 pixels) display, with a peak brightness of up to 360 nits. The Oppo Pad Air is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC, paired with up to 6GB of RAM.

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For photos and videos, the Oppo Pad Air is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens. It also features a 5-megapixel camera sensor at the front with an f/2.2 aperture lens, for selfies and video chats.

The Oppo Pad Air offers up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 inbuilt storage that can be further expanded (up to 512GB) via a microSD card. It is equipped with quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth v5.1, and a USB Type-C port. The tablet packs a 7,100mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.


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Redmi 11 5G India Launch in June, Specifications to Include Dual Cameras, 5,000mAh Battery: Report

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Redmi 11 5G India launch could take place in June, according to a new report. The smartphone is expected to debut as a successor to the Redmi 10, and the first handset in the series to feature 5G connectivity. The smartphone will reportedly be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC and pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. It is also said to sport a 90Hz LCD display and feature a 50-megapixel dual camera setup.

Redmi 11 5G price in India, availability (rumoured)

Redmi 11 5G price in India could be set at Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage model, according to a report by 91Mobiles citing retail sources. The handset could be launched in Q2 2022, or the end of June. However, the company is yet to officially announce plans to launch the rumoured Redmi 11 5G or details of its specifications.

Redmi 11 5G specifications (rumoured)

The Redmi 11 5G will reportedly run on an unspecified version of MIUI and will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC under the hood, which is said to be paired with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone will sport a 6.58-inch full-HD+ LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate, according to the report.

For photos and videos, the Redmi 11 5G is said to feature a dual rear camera setup comprised of a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The handset will also feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, for selfies and video chats.

The Redmi 11 5G is tipped to offer 64GB of inbuilt storage. The smartphone will feature a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and is said to pack a 5,000mAh battery, along with support for 18W fast charging, as per the report.


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OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) Review: Identity Crisis

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OnePlus recently launched its 10R 5G in India. The new phone is the successor to the the OnePlus 9R (Review) and is priced just below this year’s OnePlus 9RT (Review). However, it looks very different from anything the Chinese smartphone maker has designed so far. On one hand, it does look unique, and newcomers to the OnePlus brand might find it attractive, but on the other hand existing OnePlus customers might be a little disappointed. The 10R 5G has some interesting hardware that OnePlus has put together, and this is especially true for the 150W Endurance Edition of the phone that I received. So are OnePlus’ new design approach and hardware choices good enough to warrant that Rs. 43,999 sticker price in India?

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) price in India

The OnePlus 10R 5G is available in two models with either 80W or 150W charging. The 80W model has two variants, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 38,999, and the other with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 42,999. The 150W Endurance Edition model is priced at Rs. 43,999 and offers 12GB of RAM plus 256GB of storage. The 150W charging model also has a smaller 4,500mAh battery compared to the 5,000mAh battery in the 80W model.

In my opinion, it makes more sense to get the Endurance Edition rather than the 12GB variant of the regular model, unless you favour a higher capacity battery over faster charging. The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is available only in a Sierra Black finish and you don’t get the Forest Green option that you do with either variant of the regular model.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) design

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) looks identical to the regular model and even weighs the same 186g, despite having a slightly smaller battery. This is quite light for a mid-range premium smartphone, mainly due to its polycarbonate frame and back panel. The 10R 5G series does not feature wireless charging, like some other smartphones in this segment, which also contributes to these phones’ 8.2mm slim bodies. There’s also no official IP rating, which could be a dealbreaker for some people, as smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) and the Apple iPhone SE (2022) (Review) do have this.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) looks identical to the regular OnePlus 10R 5G model

 

The design of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) looks very contemporary, with flat sides, straight lines, and sharp edges. It looks unique and definitely stands out from the company’s other offerings. I think the only other OnePlus smartphone that has stood out from the rest of the lineup as much as this one was the OnePlus X (Review) from 2015.

The rear panel of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) has a matte finish, just like the frame, but there’s also a pinstripe pattern on the left half, which can be seen through the glass portion of the rear camera module. While the back panel and the frame are excellent at resisting fingerprints, the camera module is a smudge and dust magnet and gets very messy after a few minutes of use. It isn’t easy to clean up either.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G 150W Endurance Edition has three rear-facing cameras

 

While the OnePlus 10R 5G looks unique and is built well, it’s not the most comfortable to hold because of the frame’s edges. The use of polycarbonate definitely makes it light, but it lacks a certain premium feel. This is especially unfortunate given that the OnePlus 9R and the 9RT both have metal frames and glass backs. The 10R 5G’s display is made using Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and is also prone to fingerprints. Lastly, this phone is missing the all-important Alert slider, which is used to change sound profiles and has been a signature feature on every other premium OnePlus smartphone.

There’s a OnePlus logo in the bottom right corner of the back panel, and this is the only design element that a OnePlus fan might associate with, as the rest of the design is a big departure from nearly every design aspect of previous smartphones from this brand.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) specifications and software

The OnePlus 10 5G (150W) has the same specifications as the regular model, except for the battery capacity and charging speed. Both models share the same SoC, which is the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max. Just like the Dimensity 1200-AI SoC in the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review), the company has customised a few algorithms for the 10R, which is what the ‘Max’ suffix denotes. According to OnePlus, the customised Dimensity 8100-Max SoC is supposed to help with better AI performance, more stable gaming performance and improved Nightscape video. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and the usual satellite navigation systems.

As for software, there’s OxygenOS 12.1 which is based on Android 12. While it has all the OnePlus elements (Shelf, Canvas lockscreen, OnePlus Sans font, etc), it looks very similar to RealmeUI as we’ve seen on the Realme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), especially the Settings app. This is primarily due to OnePlus’ new management structure and its decision to merge OxygenOS with ColorOS. RealmeUI is a derivative of ColorOS too, which explains the similarities.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) runs OxygenOS 12.1 which is based on Android 12

 

The theming engine in OxygenOS 12.1 works as expected, matching the accent colours of the system, widgets and keyboard to the selected wallpaper. With the new and useful Android 12 widgets, such as conversations, screen time, etc. that can be pinned to the homescreen, I found the OnePlus Shelf feature distracting at best so I disabled it after accidentally activating it a few times when attempting to pull down the notifications tray.

I liked the fact that this phone had only two preinstalled third-party apps out of the box. Both Netflix and Spotify turned out to be useful, but can be uninstalled if not needed. There are, however, several OnePlus-branded defaults such as Clone Phone, Community, Recorder, and Zen Mode which cannot be uninstalled. All said and done, OxygenOS still manages to look clean and is easy to use despite having multiple OnePlus customisations.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) performance and battery life

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)’s software performance was smooth and fluid with regular use. I experienced no lag when opening apps and while multitasking. Its 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel has a 120Hz refresh rate. It showcased punchy colours and was legible clearly even under sunlight. Streaming movies on the OnePlus 10R 5G was a good experience but the phone did not allow HDR streaming on Netflix when I tested it. Regular content looked just fine and the stereo speakers sounded loud and balanced.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) has a 6.7-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display

 

As for benchmarks, OnePlus’s customised MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC performed on par with the competition. In AnTuTu, the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) managed to score 6,95,094 points. It also achieved 881 and 3,567 in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests respectively. The 10R 5G Endurance Edition scored well in GFXBench’s graphics benchmarks, managing 60fps and 44fps in the T-Rex and Car Chase scenes respectively. However, these scores do fall short when compared to the Xiaomi 11T Pro (Review) or the iQoo 9 SE (Review), both of which feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC and are priced similarly.

Gaming performance was quite good overall. The phone did not get too hot even when playing games such as Call of Duty: Mobile or Asphalt 9 Legends at the highest graphics settings. Indeed, performance wasn’t as fluid as what I’ve experienced on competing devices, but this phone was capable enough. For a premium smartphone, Asphalt 9 Legends’ 60fps mode was missing, a feature that is available on devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. The 120Hz display’s touch sampling rate (up to 720Hz) was adequate after tweaking some settings in the Games app.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) comes with a large 160W charger in the box

 

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) ships with a 160W charger, which managed to charge the device from a zero to 100 percent in 19 minutes. This is very close to OnePlus’ claimed charge time of 17 minutes. The rapid charging mode has to be enabled in the phone’s battery settings, since it is switched off by default. Enabling this will show a warning on the screen, stating “Your device will charge faster, but may get a little warmer during charging.” In my experience the phone did warm up but did not get too hot to the touch.

To make sure that the phone and its battery remain in good condition when charging, OnePlus has included a Battery Health Engine feature which is exclusive to the 150W model. According to OnePlus, this is designed to extend the battery’s lifespan so it’s able to hold the same level of charge in the long run.

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) lasted about a day and a half even with gaming-heavy usage. The phone managed 18 hours and 9 minutes in our HD video loop test, which was quite good for a premium smartphone.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) cameras

The main camera of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) features Sony’s tried and tested 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor which has optical image stabilisation (OIS). The sensor is identical to the one in the OnePlus 9RT (Review) and was also used in the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) and OnePlus 9 (Review) for their ultra-wide-angle cameras. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera in the OnePlus 10R 5G seems like a downgrade from the 16-megapixel camera in the 9RT in terms of resolution. The 2-megapixel macro camera is also the same as on the previous model. Selfies are handled by a 16-megapixel camera.

As for the camera interface, it looks typically OnePlus with all important controls on the left side, along with the three-dot button, which slides out to reveal more options.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) daylight camera samples. Top to bottom: Close-up primary camera, primary camera, ultra-wide-angle camera (Tap to see full size)

 

The OnePlus 10R 5G’s primary camera captured crisp and clear photos in daylight. Dynamic range and detail were good too. Close-ups of plants looked sharp and a bit saturated. The ultra-wide-angle camera managed decent pictures but dynamic range in daylight along with colour tones looked quite different from those of the primary camera. There was a noticeable loss of detail towards the edges of the frame, along with some barrel distortion.

Subjects in selfies looked a bit overexposed and I noticed a ‘dream-like’ effect when shooting during the day. They also weren’t as sharp or detailed as I expected. Switching to Portrait mode on the selfie camera resulted in a similar level of detail but with good edge detection. Using the macro camera was tricky and getting a good shot was mostly a hit or a miss. The results were average at best.

When using Auto mode in low light, the camera automatically took slightly longer exposure shots when needed. Photos taken with the primary camera looked quite good. Noise was under control but some minor highlights near strong sources of light weren’t exposed properly. Nightscape mode took longer exposures and captured brighter images with even more detail and dynamic range, which brought the exposure of brighter areas under control. The ultra-wide-angle camera captured blurry and fairly unusable photos with odd colour tones in low light. Selfies in low light had average quality and Portrait mode captured really noisy photos.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) low light camera samples. Top to bottom: Selfie camera (Portrait mode), Primary camera (Auto), Primary camera (Nightscape) (Tap to see full size)

 

Videos captured with the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)’s main camera at 1080p looked decent in daylight, with good dynamic range for the most part but detail was on the lower side. I tried using the AI Highlight feature (works only at 1080p 30fps) in brighter scenes, but I noticed a lot of flickering, so the footage was not really usable. Videos captured at 60fps (1080p or 4K) appeared slightly smoother but seemed to lack stabilisation. Selfie videos came out looking sharp at 1080p 30fps (maximum resolution) but had blown-out backgrounds when shooting against the light.

In low light, video quality was impressive with low noise, but had the same stabilisation issues I noticed when shooting in daylight. The AI Highlight feature did brighten up night video but added plenty of noise in the process. I preferred the output of the regular mode.

Verdict

There’s plenty to like about the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition), provided you aren’t a big OnePlus fan. Those new to the brand or wanting to upgrade to a OnePlus phone for the first time will probably not miss the iconic Alert slider. The 10R 5G has a crisp 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display, enough processing power to run demanding games, a main camera that’s capable in low light, good battery life, and a 150W charging system that works as advertised.

To a OnePlus fan, the missing Alert slider and the familiar OnePlus hand-feel will feel strange. Whether the phone’s design looks good or bad is highly subjective but I did not like its sharp edges, as it wasn’t very comfortable to hold. It also does not feel premium for a smartphone priced at Rs. 43,999. Indeed, it appears that OnePlus has cut quite a few corners.

There’s plenty of competition to choose from, many of which offer better value. iQoo’s 9 SE (Review) offers better performance (with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC) and equally good cameras starting at Rs. 33,990. Xiaomi’s 11T Pro (Review) (from Rs. 38,999) also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, capable cameras (108-megapixel sensor), a larger 5,000mAh battery with 120W charging, and also Dolby Vision playback for streaming video. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) (at Rs. 39,999) seems to offer great value for a premium smartphone, with wireless charging and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. And then there’s the Realme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), which has pretty much identical hardware to the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W), but costs Rs. 1,000 less.


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Infinix Note 12 India Sale Begins Today: Price, Specifications, Launch Offers

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Infinix Note 12 India sale begins for the first time today. The smartphone was launched in India on May 20, alongside the Infinix Note 12 Turbo. The handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, paired with up to 6GB of RAM. It sports a 6.7-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 180Hz refresh rate. The smartphone runs on Android 12 with the company’s X OS 10.6 skin on top, and packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging.

Infinix Note 12 price in India, availability

Infinix Note 12 is priced at Rs. 11,999 for the base 4GB + 64GB storage model, while the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 12,999. The handset will be sold in Force Black, Jewel Blue, and Sunset Gold colour options. The Infinix Note 12 will go on sale at 12pm (noon) today via Flipkart.

Customers can avail of a 10 percent instant discount (up to Rs. 1,000) on Axis Bank credit card and debit card transactions, and a 10 percent instant discount on RBL Bank credit and debit cards, according to the Flipkart listing.

Infinix Note 12 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Infinix Note 12 runs on Android 12-based X OS 10.6 out of the box. It sports a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, paired with up to 6GB of RAM.

For photos and videos, the Infinix Note 12 is equipped with a triple rear camera setup comprised of a 50-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture lens, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and an unspecified AI lens. The smartphone features a 16-megapixel front facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens, for selfies and video chats.

The Infinix Note 12 comes with up to 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded (up to 512GB) via a dedicated microSD card slot. Connectivity options on the handset include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Infinix Note 12 packs a 5,000mAh battery and offers support for 33W fast charging. It measures 144.43×76.66×7.90mm and weighs 184.5 grams.


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