Xiaomi Mi 6: Snapdragon 835 and dual cameras

Xiaomi has announced its latest flagship phone, the Mi 6, at an event in Beijing.

The Mi 6 has a Snapdragon 835 processor, the top-end Qualcomm chip only previously seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and announced in the Sony XZ Premium. There’s 6GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch display as seen on the Mi 5, and a 3350mAh battery. Xiaomi is also including a 12-megapixel dual-camera array that takes Apple’s approach of pairing the regular wide-angle lens with one of double the focal length.

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Like the iPhone, the Mi 6 includes a bokeh-style photography option, alongside 10x digital zoom, 2x lossless zoom, and optical image stabilization (OIS) technology. Also on board is an under-glass fingerprint sensor on the front.

The most obvious iPhone comparison is that there is no headphone jack on the Mi 6.

The design is similar to the Mi 5 with its curved glass back and metal frame, though Xiaomi is highlighting a distinctive blue and gold colorway and the rear glass panel that curves along all four edges.

Mi 6 3

Other notable features include dual speakers for stereo audio, improved 2.2 dual Wi-Fi technology, and new screen options that include a new night display and reduce blue ray output.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Full specifications

  • 5.15-inch (1920×1080 pixels) Full HD display with 600 nits brightness, 94.4% NTSC color gamut, 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 64-bit 10nm processor with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB (UFS) internal storage
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with MIUI 8
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Splash resistant
  • 12MP rear camera with 1.25μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP camera with 1.0 μm pixel size, 52mm portrait lens, f/2.6 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Ultrasonic  Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dimensions: 145.17x 70.49×7.45 mm; Weight: 168g / 182g (ceramic)
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3350mAh (typical) / 3250mAh (minimum) battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 18W fast charging

The entry model — featuring 64 GB of storage — comes in at 2499 RMB, that’s around $360, with a 128 GB option (2899 RMB, $420) and ceramic edition (2999 RMB, $435) completing the range.

The device will be available for sale from April 28 in China. International launch will be intimated later.

 

 

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Smartphone Camera: Aperture & F Number are more important than Megapixels

The smartphone camera aperture – not the sensor size or the thing called MP – controls much of your photo’s sharpness, exposure, brightness and focus. Here is why. The f-value is the ratio of the camera’s focal length to the diameter of aperture opening. So the focal length of a camera is another factor to consider when weighing in on the image quality of your smartphone camera. 

Read also Forget about megapixels, your smartphone’s sensor quality is what matters

For comparison, I listed below some high-end smartphones along with their corresponding focal length and aperture:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge: 26mm, f/1.7 (INR 41000 +)
  • Apple iPhone 7/7+: 28mm, f/1.8 (INR 50000+)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: 28mm, f/1.9 (INR 35000+)
  • Apple iPhone 6S: 29mm, f/2.2 (INR 37000)

The recently launched Oppo F3 Plus (INR 31000) and Moto G5 Plus (INR 17000) also have f/1.7 aperture which may be a competitive value add to these mid range devices. 

From this comparison, we can see that the Samsung Galaxy S7 gathers more light than the rest of the competitors. The size of the aperture opening is also responsible for the depth of field, which results in more or less bokeh: the isolation of the subject from the background. 

The f-number of an optical system such as a camera lens is the ratio of the system’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, and an important concept in photography. It is also known as the focal ratiof-ratiof-stop, or relative aperture. The f-number is commonly indicated using a hooked f with the format f/N, where N is the f-number.

A lens with a greater f-number projects darker images. The brightness of the projected image (illuminance) relative to the brightness of the scene in the lens’s field of view (luminance) decreases with the square of the f-number. 

Depth of field increases with f-number, as illustrated in the image here. This means that photographs taken with a low f-number (large aperture) will tend to have subjects at one distance in focus, with the rest of the image (nearer and farther elements) out of focus. This is frequently used for nature photography and portraiture because background blur (the aesthetic quality of which is known as ‘bokeh‘) can be aesthetically pleasing and puts the viewer’s focus on the main subject in the foreground.

Comparison of f/32 (top-left corner) and f/5 (bottom-right corner)

Shallow focus with a wide open lens

Image sharpness is related to f/number through two different optical effects: aberration, due to imperfect lens design, and diffraction which is due to the wave nature of light.The f-number of the human eye varies from about f/8.3 in a very brightly lit place to about f/2.1 in the dark. 

In optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels. More specifically, the aperture and focal length of an optical system determine the cone angle of a bundle of rays that come to a focus in the image plane.If an aperture is narrow, then highly collimated rays are admitted, resulting in a sharp focus at the image plane. 

A device called a diaphragm usually serves as the aperture stop, and controls the aperture. The diaphragm functions much like the iris of the eye – it controls the effective diameter of the lens opening. Reducing the aperture size increases the depth of field.

When it comes to photography, aperture and f number are more important than the mega pixels the companies advertise. Whatever the no. of pixels a camera boasts, image clarity depends mainly on aperture and f number completely.So the next time you choose which smartphone best suits your taste when it comes to photography, look at the full specs of the device and head directly to the f-value.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumors

When was the last time the smartphone market saw a real game-changer as far as features and functionality are concerned? The bad news is that we shouldn’t expect very much from smartphone makers in 2017 either but, we might see some cool new augmented reality features from Apple’s iPhone 8 and other flagships later this year.

We might see big changes in the smartphone market as far as handset design is concerned. LG’s G6, Apple’s iPhone 8, and the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship phones from Samsung will inch closer to making the all-screen smartphones of the future a reality, and new a new series of leaks show us just how impressive Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 really is.

 photo from Instagram user “minu_home” that shows glass faces from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in between a new LG G6 and last year’s Galaxy S7 edge.

miu home

Samsung has ditched the oblong home button from beneath the screen and reworked all of the components inside the phones. As a result, Samsung was able to cram incredibly large Super AMOLED displays into remarkably compact devices.

The latest leaks point to a 4K screen, a mini projector, 6GB of RAM, a 30MP camera, an enormous battery and a supercharged processor. There’s even a chance that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner or a foldable screen, though the latter is somewhat less likely.

QHD, as we have on the Samsung Galaxy S7, is more than sharp enough for using it as a phone, but it’s not quite up to scratch for VR, so it’s likely Samsung will push the resolution up for the Samsung Galaxy S8, perhaps as high as 4K.

n fact, the company has already shown off a 5.5-inch 2160 x 3840 screen, which comes in at a pin sharp 806 pixels per inch. There’s no guarantee the Samsung Galaxy S8 will get this screen, but it’s clearly been designed for premium mobile devices and phones don’t get much more premium than the S8. We’ve also heard rumors from Weibo that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could have a 5.2-inch 2160 x 4096 screen.

Samsung is said to be working on a new camera , which will be between 18 and 24MP and have a wide f/1.4 aperture, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a narrower f/1.7 one. That extra width could allow more light in and the jump in megapixel count could allow for more detailed images, though while Samsung is apparently working on this camera it hasn’t been specifically linked to the Galaxy S8 yet.

A rumor has popped up again , with a Weibo poster claiming that one lens will be 12MP, while the other is 13MP and that lens-crafting duties will be split between Samsung and Sony. The front facing camera could also be in for a change, with the same Weibo source claiming that the Galaxy S8 will have an 8MP camera on the front, up from 5MP on the Galaxy S7.

On the other hand, another Weibo poster claims the S8 will have a 30MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 9MP front-facing one, but we’d be surprised if Samsung pushed the rear camera’s megapixel count up that high.

The only battery rumor so far suggests the Galaxy S8 will have a huge 4200mAh juice pack with support for both wireless and fast charging. We’re not convinced Samsung will squeeze a battery that big in, but hopefully the company won’t reverse the good work it’s done on the S7, which has better life than the S6 before it.

Galaxy S8 could have a 3.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor, which certainly sounds fast. That said, Samsung also makes its own Exynos chips and with the Galaxy S7 some regions got those and others got the Snapdragon 820, so the same is likely to happen with the Galaxy S8. More specifically, the US will probably get a Snapdragon chip, while most of the rest of the world will likely get an Exynos one.

Samsung’s polished the Galaxy S7 to within an inch of its life, so for the Galaxy S8 to stand out it needs a feature to shout about. Perhaps an iris scanner, or a projector, or maybe something so new it’s not even been thought up yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a Strategic Buyer interested in Wine app

Global wine market is unique in many respects.

A. While it is a USD 200 billion dollar plus market annually, there is no dominant brand or brands leading to ‘long tail’ brand-wise sales with some small spikes.

B. Wine is one of the only growing sectors in the alcoholic beverages market, with over 50 countries producing wines. Women consumers are a growing segment of the market with the USA having 55% wine drinkers as women.

C. There are about a million different variants of wine – based on varietal (grape/blend), country, region and vintage. This creates confusion in the minds of consumers as to what to buy.

D. Merchants are also unsure about what to stock, given the number of wines on offer, leading to many wines being on sale due to inventory buildup.

E. Most wine producers are small establishments with wine making know-how but low funds, marketing reach and consumer knowledge for selling into different markets and demographics.

F. Globally most wine is purchased in a store rather than online or in restaurants/bars. Even the biggest wine market USA has 85% wine purchase in stores while its even higher in other countries.

G. Wine drinkers are also the most social of the alcoholic beverage consumers and exchange opinions and experiences with fellow drinkers.

The wine market is ripe for social and data driven technology solutions for greater efficiencies in the system – right from wine producers to wine consumers.

We have attempted to bring some order to this business via a social commerce wine platform with a roadmap for a bigger play in the global wine market. Over the past 3+ years, we have developed software – in the form of a Consumer app running on Google Play and Apple App stores and on HTML5 web browsers as well as in-store Merchant Kiosk app running on dedicated tablets in wine stores.

The USA is still the world’s biggest wine market but the fastest growing markets are China and other parts of the world. Our database has top selling wines in the leading USA wine consumption regions, Singapore, Australia, India etc.

The promoters of this app owing to changed priorities are looking to sell the software on an as-is where-is basis along with a product and market roadmap to entrepreneurs who can storm the markets in China and elsewhere. A handover period of up to 3 months with specific feature addition and task completion are additionally available as part of this acquisition to enable to enable easier transition for the acquiring company.

The key features of the app suite are below and more details are available on interest.

If you are interested, please write to us at rexofblr@gmail.com to take this further.

Key Features

The consumer product suite is a social wine app and website with commerce features meant for casual wine drinkers everywhere.

It helps users to find most popular wines meeting their preferences and budget in a store or online, using the unique text chat searches feature or the GUI version of this. The chat and GUI search are designed to help lay users search for wines the way they think viz. “USA, California, Chardonnay, Fruity, 20” so they get a set of most popular matching wines rather than only one wine to choose from. This is unlike other search options which show only one wine at a time using name or label. Matching wines are ordered in descending order of peer votes across the system. Nearby merchant stores with their offers are automatically shown during wine results, if required permissions are set by the user. It also allows a user to search by its name or part of it as well. The label image search logic and GUI are ready and tested with an image search engine so can be quickly implemented.

User’s wine actions are: Vote Up or Down, add to Wish list, Cellar and Shopping List, Recommend to followers, Share with social network. Using camera action, user can share a wine label image with vote and review to his own app profile, social networks in FB, Twitter etc as well as by email and messenger. The cumulative number of Votes and other counts help users make purchase decisions. The user can see little or more detail on wine from Wine Summary and Detail respectively. He can also see offers/deals from registered wine merchants and to find suitable merchants, both offline and online, and see their wine catalogs.

Its social features include people search, follow, and invite friends to the app from social, email and messenger networks. *Groups and events can be implemented quickly as there is existing software for an earlier version and latest GUI’s for them. Wine results can be seen across the entire system or only within My Network. Notifications show My Network’s wine and other actions since last login. User Profile shows all past wine and people actions. Permissions can be set at a granular level for each activity as Share or Private viz. Votes, Wishlist, Purchases, and Cellar etc. The IdeaXchange Q&A forum allows users ask to wine related queries to the entire network of app users and has suggested topics like Wine Buying, Storage and Handling; Food and Wine, etc which can be added or changed by administrator.

Currently the database has top selling wines in California, New York, Florida, New Jersey; Singapore, India, Australia with more wines being added daily.

The in-store merchant app is a new initiative which allows walk-in customers to use a tablet available in the store (currently provided by us) with a dedicated version of the wine app to allow them to search for wines only within merchant’s catalog based on GUI criteria (as above) to easily find wines to buy. This app module is globally unique and has an exciting feature roadmap to make it a worldwide success.

A Business Offer for a unique Wine software product suite

Looking for a strategic investor, partner or buyer for a unique wine app

Global wine market is unique in many respects.

A. While it is a USD 200 billion dollar plus market annually, there is no dominant brand or brands leading to ‘long tail’ brand-wise sales with some small spikes.

B. Wine is one of the only growing sectors in the alcoholic beverages market, with over 50 countries producing wines. Women consumers are a growing segment of the market with the USA having 55% wine drinkers as women.

C. There are about a million different variants of wine – based on varietal (grape/blend), country, region and vintage. This creates confusion in the minds of consumers as to what to buy.

D. Merchants are also unsure about what to stock, given the number of wines on offer, leading to many wines being on sale due to inventory buildup.

E. Most wine producers are small establishments with wine making know-how but low funds, marketing reach and consumer knowledge for selling into different markets and demographics.

F. Globally most wine is purchased in a store rather than online or in restaurants/bars. Even the biggest wine market USA has 85% wine purchase in stores while its even higher in other countries.

G. Wine drinkers are also the most social of the alcoholic beverage consumers and exchange opinions and experiences with fellow drinkers.

The wine market is ripe for social and data driven technology solutions for greater efficiencies in the system – right from wine producers to wine consumers.

We have attempted to bring some order to this business via a social commerce wine platform with a roadmap for a bigger play in the global wine market. Over the past 2 years, we have developed software – in the form of a Consumer app running on Google Play and Apple App stores and on HTML5 web browsers as well as in-store Merchant Kiosk app running on dedicated tablets in wine stores.

The USA is still the world’s biggest wine market but the fastest growing markets are China and other parts of the world. Our database has top selling wines in the leading USA wine consumption regions, Singapore, Australia, India etc.

The promoters of this app owing to changed priorities are looking to sell the software on an as-is where-is basis along with a product and market roadmap to entrepreneurs who can storm the markets in China and elsewhere. A handover period of up to 3 months with specific feature addition and task completion are additionally available as part of this acquisition to enable to enable easier transition for the acquiring company.

The key features of the app suite are below and more details are available on interest.

If you are interested, please write to us at rexofblr@gmail.com to take this further.

Key Features

The consumer product suite is a social wine app and website with commerce features meant for casual wine drinkers everywhere.

It helps users to find most popular wines meeting their preferences and budget in a store or online, using the unique text chat searches feature or the GUI version of this. The chat and GUI search are designed to help lay users search for wines the way they think viz. “USA, California, Chardonnay, Fruity, 20” so they get a set of most popular matching wines rather than only one wine to choose from. This is unlike other search options which show only one wine at a time using name or label. Matching wines are ordered in descending order of peer votes across the system. Nearby merchant stores with their offers are automatically shown during wine results, if required permissions are set by the user. It also allows a user to search by its name or part of it as well. The label image search logic and GUI are ready and tested with an image search engine so can be quickly implemented.

User’s wine actions are: Vote Up or Down, add to Wish list, Cellar and Shopping List, Recommend to followers, Share with social network. Using camera action, user can share a wine label image with vote and review to his own app profile, social networks in FB, Twitter etc as well as by email and messenger. The cumulative number of Votes and other counts help users make purchase decisions. The user can see little or more detail on wine from Wine Summary and Detail respectively. He can also see offers/deals from registered wine merchants and to find suitable merchants, both offline and online, and see their wine catalogs.

Its social features include people search, follow, and invite friends to the app from social, email and messenger networks. *Groups and events can be implemented quickly as there is existing software for an earlier version and latest GUI’s for them. Wine results can be seen across the entire system or only within My Network. Notifications show My Network’s wine and other actions since last login. User Profile shows all past wine and people actions. Permissions can be set at a granular level for each activity as Share or Private viz. Votes, Wishlist, Purchases, and Cellar etc. The IdeaXchange Q&A forum allows users ask to wine related queries to the entire network of app users and has suggested topics like Wine Buying, Storage and Handling; Food and Wine, etc which can be added or changed by administrator.

Currently the database has top selling wines in California, New York, Florida, New Jersey; Singapore, India, Australia with more wines being added daily.

The in-store merchant app is a new initiative which allows walk-in customers to use a tablet available in the store (currently provided by us) with a dedicated version of the wine app to allow them to search for wines only within merchant’s catalog based on GUI criteria (as above) to easily find wines to buy. This app module is globally unique and has an exciting feature roadmap to make it a worldwide success.

S7 & S7 Edge – Samsung flagships

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Everyone of us are be damn crazy about one or the other smartphones, either iPhones, Samsung galaxy devices, Lg G series devices, etc. This craze never ends until we hold our dream in our hand for ourselves, atleast. Its obvious our craze upgrades itself once the companies announce their upgraded versions of devices.

The latest Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge are our topics in this blog.

Physical overview:

S7 comes with 5.1 inches IPS LCDalways on display” with Gorilla glass protection, 1440×2560 resolution and a pixel dentsity of ~577ppi, while S7 edge comes with 5.5 inches Super Amoled curved edgealways on display” with Gorilla glass protection, 1440×2560 resolution and a pixel dentsity of ~534ppi. The S7 edge display is IP68 certified – dust & water resistant upto 1.5mtr & upto 30 minutes. It also has Gorilla Glass back panel.

Physical dimensions of the S7 are 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and the device weighs ~152gms. The dimensions of S7 edge are 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and the device weighs ~160gms.

S7 edg3

Software:

Both S7 & S7 edge run on Android 6.0 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top

Processor:

The heart of these devices are powered by the latest powerful Qualcomm Snapdagon 820, dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo cpu coupled with adreno 530 GPU or Exynos 8890 Octa, quad core 2.3 Ghz cortex A 53 & quad core 1.6 Ghz cortex A 53 coupled with Mali T880 MP12 GPU.

Storage:

Both these devices have 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal memory and can be further expanded upto 200GB via dedicated memory card slot in single sim variants and hybrid slot in dual sim variants.

Camera:

In the camera department these smartphones come with 12MP (f/1.7) primary camers with OIS, phase detection auto-focus, led flash, and a 5MP (f/1.7) front camera.

Sensors:

Both these smartphones support fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate sensors, SpO2, bluetooth 4.2, NFC.

Battery:

The non-removable battery compartment of S7 has 3000mah Li-Ion battery while S7 edge has 3600mah Li-Ion battery and both these devices come with Quick Charge 3.0 via USB 2.0 connector. The phones also support wireless charging.

Variants:

These phones will be available in 2 variants – single & dual sim with 4G LTE connectivity and 4 colors – silver, white, gold and black.

Verdict:

These 2 flagships have excellent specifications & build quality. It will sure attract all the Samsung fans. I believe these devices will be priced around 50-60k in India targeting the high class market.

Xiaomi Mi 5 – much awaited flagship

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I read somewhere that the total number of mobile devices has exceeded the total population of mankind. I was really shocked. Also there is another statement saying still more than 50% of world population doesn’t own a mobile device, which means most of us have more than one device. Crazy right! Just think if everyone of us have a mobile in hand, then many industries would have a boom in sales, information can be passed in seconds or minutes, jobs would be filled within hours or days. Hope one day this happens.

In this blog, we are going to analyze Xiaomi Mi 5 – the company’s much awaited flagship.

Physically the phone seems to resemble samsung galaxy curved display devices. But the company claims the panel is made of glass, metal and ceramic.

Physical overview:

This 4G LTE device comes with a 5.15 inches IPS LCD screen with Corning Concore glass protection (which is yet to be confirmed), 1080 x 1920 resolution and a pixel dentsity of ~428ppi. Physical dimensions of the device are 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 and the weight is ~130gms.

Mi 5

Software:

Mi 5 runs on Android M 6.0 with MIUI 7.0 on top.

Processor:

The heart of this smartphone is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdagon 820 – dual core 2.15 Ghz Kryo & dual core 1.6 Ghz Kryo coupled with Adreno 530 GPU for other editions and 1.8Ghz Kryo & dual core 1.6 Ghz Kryo coupled with same Adreno 530 GPU for standard edition.

Storage:

Mi 5 has 3GB/4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of internal memory in pro editon devices and 32GB & 64GB of memory in standard edition devices. Memory is non-expandable as there is no memory card slot.

Camera:

In the camera department this smartphone comes with 16MP (f/2.0) primary camera with phase detection auto-focus, OIS, dual tone led flash, and a 4MP – it may be 4UltraPixel (f/2.0) front camera.

Sensors:

The phone supports fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, bluetooth 4.2, GLONASS.

Battery:

The non-removable battery compartment has a massive 3000mah Li-Ion battery with Quick Charge 3.0 via USB Type C reversible connector.

Variants:

The phone will be available in 4 colors – black, white, gold and ceramic.

Verdict:

After a long delay Xiaomi has announced their latest flagship Mi 5. Phone has a new design, fast & powerful processors, improved cameras, a fingerprint sensor compared to the previous flagship Mi 4. Xiaomi seems to target high end customers and may add a higher price tag this time. Apart from that phone seems to have good specs and excellent build quality.

Xiaomi Mi 4s – an upgrade to 4c & 4i

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Mobile devices help us in fulfilling most of our needs from the place wherever we are at. But the task of choosing one good device is the hardest thing.

In our last blog, we saw about the G5 – latest flagship from LG. Phone was unique in its look and feel and also had mesmerising dual primary cameras, fingerprint sensor, quick charge 3.0 and many other exciting features. After a much delay Xiaomi has come up with 2 devices: Mi 5 – the company’s flagship and Mi 4s – a budget device with powerful features.

Mi 4s – upgraded version of Mi 4c & Mi 4i is our topic in this blog

Physical overview:

This 4G LTE device comes with a 5 inches IPS LCD screen with Corning Concore glass protection (which is yet to be confirmed), 1080 x 1920 resolution and a pixel density of ~440ppi. Physical dimensions of the device are 139.3 x 70.8 x 7.8mm and the device weighs ~133gms.

Mi 4s

Software:

Mi 4s runs on Android M 6.0 with MIUI 7.0 on top.

Processor:

The heart of this smartphone is powered by previous generation Qualcomm Snapdagon 808 coupled with adreno 418 GPU.

Storage:

Mi 4s has 3GB of RAM and massive 64GB of internal memory which can be further expanded upto 128GB via 2nd sim slot which is a hybrid one.

Camera:

In the camera department this smartphone comes with 13MP (f/2.0) primary camera with phase detection auto-focus, dual tone led flash, and a 5MP (f/2.0) front camera.

Sensors:

The phone supports fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, bluetooth 4.1, GLONASS. 

Battery:

The non-removable battery compartment has a massive 3260mah Li-Ion battery with Quick Charge 2.0 via USB Type C reversible connector.

Variants:

The phone will be available in 4 colors – black, white, gold and pink.

Verdict:

We would have seen 4i and 4c last year. 4c was the upgraded version of 4i and now 4s seems to be the upgrade to 4c with fingerprint sensor, Android M, expandable memory and may be metallic built too. All the Mi devices seem to perform pretty descent and the company has really improved a lot since their first device way back in 2010/11. Processor should have been atleast 810 as 808 seems really old. Display, camera & battery back up are the key features of these Mi 4 series devices. I assume 4s also satisfies us in the same way.

The latest flasgship from LG – G5

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Myself, a computer science engineer by education, a tech geek by passion and a content management professional. The advancements in the field of mobile communication & devices is booming right now. Everyday someone is coming up with a new technology which at-least helps a particular target segment. I believe in a few days everything will be mobile. Computers and Laptops may have a downfall asap.

For the first time from LG, a different look and feel has been boasted to their flagship.

Physical overview:

The device comes with a 5.3 inches IPS LCD “alway on display” with Gorilla glass 4 protection, 1440 x 2560 resolution and a pixel dentsity of ~550ppi. Physical dimensions of the device are 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm and the device weighs ~160gms.

Lg G5 2

Software:

G5 runs on Android 6.0.1 with LG Optimus UX 5.0 on top.

Processor:

The heart of this smartphone is powered by the latest powerful Qualcomm Snapdagon 820 – dual core 2.15Ghz Kryo & dual core 1.6Ghz Kryo  CPUs coupled with Adreno 530 GPU.

Storage:

LG G5 has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory and can be further expanded upto 200GB via dedicated memory card slot .

Camera:

In the camera department this smartphone comes with 16MP (f/1.8) + 8MP(f/2.4) dual primary camers with OIS, laser auto-focus, led flash, and a 8MP (f/2.0)front camera.

Sensors:

The phone supports fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum sensors, bluetooth 4.2, NFC, infrared, fm radio, USB-OTG.

Battery:

The removable battery compartment has 2800mah Li-Ion battery with Quick Charge 3.0 via USB 3.0 Type C reversible connector. The way of removng battery is different from what we have been doing so far. You must remove it by pressing and dragging the LG logo at the bottom. Different color panels can be used only for bottom layer that is removable.

Variants:

The phone will be available in 2 variants – single & dual nano-sim with 4G LTE connectivity and 4 colors – silver, titan, gold and pink.

Awards:

FYI, LG G5 has been awarded the best upcoming smartphone 2016 by GSMA

Verdict:

G5 seems to have all the features required for a phone to be called a ‘flagship’. Removable 2800mah battery may not be enough for a powerful smartphone like this as many other devices like Asus zenfone, Xiaomi Mi have increased their battery capacity to 3000mah or more. But G5 stands out from other smartphones in its look and feel for sure. Camera department is another booster for this device. Considering all these specs, this phone may have to be priced higher but not as much as the latest 6s or 6s+.

Lg G5 hands onhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MobVwMNUa2w

Unique & amazing smartphones 2015

Unique & Amazing Smartphones 2015

Greetings! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wishes  to all of you reading this blog. Apologies to those who missed my blogs, for not posting consistently.

2015 was another year of technology advancements, especially in the smart devices segment. We saw the increase in sales of Chinese devices and a mild decrease in sales for the giants ruling the market. Indian smartphone maker Micromax replaced Samsung in India as the lead in market share for the 1st time. Sales of Chinese brands increased around the globe especially in Asia and European markets. People changed their mindset and stopped believing in brand names and started buying best ones even if it is from a unknown brand. I believe this is a good move.

For you people I have selected 5 amazing smartphones from around the world those you may not have heard till date. If you have heard you are awesome. Also I have mentioned only their unique features and not the regular technical specs.

Sesame Touch Free Smartphone for people with disabilities

Sesame touch free phone

Hats-off to the first ever phone Designed for people with disabilities, specifically for the mobility impaired – Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI), Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis and more. Sesame’s technology was made for people who have limited, or no use of their hands and are able to make small head movements.

Sonim XP7 – A ultra-rugged smartphone for adventurous people

Sonim XP7

The phone features a touch screen that can be viewed in direct sunlight as well as a numeric keypad that can be easily used with gloves. An extra loud speaker, noise cancellation, powerful battery, resistance to drops and water and a 3-Year comprehensive warranty are other features of this solid smartphone.

Nextbit Robin – Never run out of storage

Nextbit Robin

A unique smartphone whenever it’s plugged in and on Wi-Fi, it backs up your apps and photos. And when you need space, it archives the things you use least, so you always have space for what you want most with 100 GB of cloud storage for free. There’s always a thumbnail for everything archived, and with one click it’s back on Robin. You don’t have to log back in and you never lose your data. Robin has the cloud integrated right into Android OS, and its perfectly tuned hardware is optimized to take every advantage of it.

Ubik Uno – No bezel smartphone

Ubik Uno

A smartphone with No Bezel unique design with one piece aluminium frame. The phone looks stunning and premium as you can see in the picture.

 

 Icase – Transform your smartphone into a full functional tablet

Isocase

Just insert your phone into the case and use it as a tablet. This also serves as a expandable memory for smartphones whose memory can’t be expanded. The external case that serves as a tablet has features like: 10,000 mah external battery with fast charging, Gorilla glass protection, microSD card slot upto 128GB, armor shell & impact resistant soft core, water proof, dust proof, shock proof, etc.,

Thank you for reading this blog and see you in my next post. Have a wonderful time. Cheers!