Monday, February 17, 2020

POCO X2 Review - Value for Money



The POCO X2 is  a rebranded Redmi K30 that was unveiled in China last year. The POCO X2 is not a true successor to the POCO F1 but the X2 brings a lot to the table at a starting price of INR 15,999.


Build and Outlook

In terms of design and build quality,the POCO X2 is flashy in terms of oulook. The phone is a glass-and-metal sandwich  and makes use of Gorilla Glass 5 on either side where the sides of the back curves into the edges. But  the POCO X2 is definitely not a light phone and it weighs 208 grams. The bottom of the phone houses a 3.5m headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and a single speaker. Interestingly, the X2 brings back the IR blaster. The back of the X2 features a glossy finish and comes in three color variants Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, and Phoenix Red.

Display

The phone has a massive 6.67-inch FullHD LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate of 120Hz makes the user experience really smooth. It comes with the LCD display. The FullHD+ display does a good job and is quite legible in sunlight too. Additionally, the display has support for HDR10 content and also has Widevine L1 certification that will allow you to stream content in HD on Netflix or Prime Video amongst others. The X2 has a dual punch-hole setup which makes it premium. The fingerprint sensor now resides on the side within the power button. But in terms of accuracy and speed, the fingerprint sensor is quick.

Performance :

The poco x2 comes with Snapdragon 730G, probably the best you could get in this price range and the 730G brings improvements to camera processing and artificial intelligence performance. The phone does get a bit warm while gaming, but liquid cooling ensures that it doesn’t get out of control and keeps the performance good throughout. With up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1, app opening speeds and RAM management is quite good too.

Camera:

 The phone employs a quad-camera setup that takes centre-stage at the back. Headlining the setup is a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor which is actually the first on a smartphone in India. There’s an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor to add versatility. The Sony IMX686 sensor does a wonderful job in capturing detailed daylight shots that boast of good dynamic range and natural-looking colours. Night mode does a good job in taking low light shots.the 2MP depth sensor, even the one on the front, does a great job in separating the subject from the background.The phone can shoot up to 4K@30fps and has support for EIS which lets it produce better videos. Although, the video output does suffer in low-lighting conditions.

Battery :

 The Poco X2 comes with a 4,500mAh battery, despite setting the refresh rate at 120Hz, the phone manages to last for an entire day with medium usage. With more hours of gaming, it might get a bit difficult to reach the end of the day.

Verdict 

While the POCO X2  might not be the POCO phone you were expecting it to be, a flagship, it’s still a great smartphone to buy in the sub-20k segment. The 120Hz display, enjoyable quad-camera setup, great performance, and 27W fast charging really give the phone a well-rounded appeal.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

iQOO 3 Will Be The First Phone In India With 5G Support



iQOO has confirmed that it’s upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered 5G phone in India will be called the iQOO 3.  The confirmation comes after previous reports that the phone would be launched in India on February 25. The iQoo 3 is also scheduled to arrive in China on February 25.

The iQOO 3 is said to flaunt a 6.44-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with 1,080 X 2,400 pixels resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio.  The iQoo 3 also suggested a hole-punch display design along with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

 It is also claimed to become India’s first smartphone offering the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC upon its launch. As per the company, the IQOO 3 will be the perfect combination of smartphone performance, offering future-ready 5G capabilities. 

It is tipped to feature quad rear cameras at the back consisting of a 48MP/64MP primary sensor, dual 13MP lenses and a 2MP unit. It could have a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies. Lastly, a 4,370mAh battery with 55W fast-charging support fuels the handset. Since the company is emphasising on gaming, the phone could come with some game-centric features on board. 

Further, the smartphone is likely to have as much as up to 12GB of RAM and could come with 55W fast charging support.

It also confirmed the phone will be online exclusively via Flipkart.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Realme C3 Launch in India On Feb 6th - Everything We Know So Far





Realme is gearing up for the launch of the third phone in its budget C series. The Realme C3 will be unveiled in India on February 6. Although we are still a week away from the launch of Realme C3,  several specifications have already been confirmed through the phone’s dedicated launch page in Flipkart

According to Flipkart, the Realme C3 features a 6.5-inch display, comes in Corning Gorilla Glass with a mini-drop notch with an 89.8-percent screen-to-body ratio.  We also expect the device to feature an HD+ resolution.. It is also confirmed to come with two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Among other specifications, Realme C3 will pack octa-core MediaTek Helio G70 SoC,The handset is expected to run on Android 9 Pie with the ColorOS 6 Skin. The Realme C3 offers certain improvements over its predecessor, including a larger battery of 5000 mAh.

In terms of Camera, the Realme C3 gets a dual-camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and  a depth sensor. The poster also confirms the camera-setup will support features like Chroma Boost, Slow-motion Video and Panorama Selfie and will also get an HDR mode.

The device is also largely expected to retain the same price tag, which means it should launch at Rs 6,999.