OnePlus 7 Pro receives exclusive update that improves camera, fixes other bugs

The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched earlier this month.

ONEPLUS 7 PRO CAMERA IMPROVEMENTS: OnePlus 7 Pro has started receiving OxygenOS’ newest update that fixes some camera issues and ambient display problem. The OxygenOS 9.5.4 is exclusive to OnePlus 7 Pro, meaning other OnePlus devices would not receive this update. The update is being rolled out in stages so it might not be available on every OnePlus 7 Pro device at the moment. You may expect it in the coming weeks.

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 Pro earlier this month. The smartphone was praised for the features it brings at a reasonable price tag, but some users complained about its camera quality. The company promised an update in about a week’s time to fix the issues.

According to the official changelog, the v9.5.4 update fixes issues like unnatural smoothness in beauty effect, lack of details, smudgy areas in telephoto images and more. The update also fixes white balance issue in pictures as well as focus issue in several scenarios.

Apart from this, the update also improves system optimization. That includes a fix for the ambient display, double tap to wake the screen, audio delay with the Bluetooth headset during gameplay and other general bug fixes.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is currently available in two variants – 6GB/128GB priced at 48,999, 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 in Mirror Grey colour. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available in an all-new Nebula Blue colour in 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 and 12GB/256GB at 57,999 from May 28, 2019 on Amazon.in.

It features a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display panel with a QHD+ resolution and refresh rate of 90Hz. The display is notch-less and has curved edges, much like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro. It is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with three RAM and storage configurations that max out at 12GB/256GB. It comes with a “RAM Boost” mode that allows app to load from RAM memory instead of ROM, hence reducing app load times. It is also the first smartphone to ship with UFS 3.0 memory which offers speeds up to 79% faster than the previous UFS 2.1 standard.

At the back it sports a 48MP+16MP+8MP combination. The 16MP and 18MP sensors have wide angle and telephoto lenses respectively. The front facing pop-up mechanism houses a 16MP camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Starts Receiving Android 9 Pie Beta Update in India

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 Starts Receiving Android 9 Pie Beta Update in India

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is now receiving the Android 9 Pie beta update in India, revealed the Taiwanese company on Saturday. The update, which is now available to the beta programme participants, is notable only recommended to the users, who know what they are doing and have experience dealing with the pre-release software. Unlike the stable update, which will be released by Asus on a later date, the beta version of the Android 9 Pie update is likely to include bugs and other issues since it is still in testing. The company is hoping to get feedback from the actual users of the phone before rolling out the final version for everyone.

“ASUS unveils the Beta Power User Program giving access to early updates for feedback and testing so that the official Android Pie update is served as delicious and stable,” the company said in a statement.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 owners, who are interested in trying the update, can head over to the company’s website for the beta programme. The company says the interested users of the phone should be willing to share their phone’s IMEI information, serial number, and current firmware details to be eligible for participation in the Beta Power User Program. You can submit your application on the website and if you are selected, the company will email you with the details.asus update beta Asus update

“Please keep in mind that this is beta software program, the beta software updates are sometimes not as stable as our official Software Updates. By installing this update, you accept the potential risks,” Asuswrites on its website.

The official changelog of the update is unavailable at the moment, but the users can expect to see the base Android 9 Pie features like Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Actions, and more.

The news of the Android Pie beta for Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes just days after the Taiwanese company had released a stable software update for the phone, which included the January security patch and advanced AI-scene detection. The same update was also rolled out to the Asus ZenFone Max M2 phone.

 

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iOS 12.1.3 Update With Bug Fixes for iPhone, iPad Pro (2018), and HomePod Released

iOS 12.1.3 Update With Bug Fixes for iPhone, iPad Pro (2018), and HomePod Released

Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 as a new software update for all the compatible iPhone and iPad models. Similar to the previous iOS 12 update, the latest software version doesn’t bring any noticeable changes on board. It, however, addresses some minor bugs to enhance the user experience. The iOS 12.1.3 update also fixes some known vulnerabilities. The Cupertino giant has also brought watchOS 5.1.3 with bug fixes. Apple’s HomePod has also received a couple of improvements to address the existing issues.

As per the official changelog, the iOS 12.1.3 update fixes a bug that was impacting scrolling through photos in the Messages Details view. The new iOS version also addresses the problem that was bringing striped artefacts to photos after being share from the Share Sheet. There is also a fix for the issue that was causing “certain CarPlay systems” to disconnect from the new iPhone models, including the iPhone XR₹ 72,484, iPhone XS₹ 91,131, and iPhone XS Max.

Specifically for the iPad Pro (2018) models, the iOS 12.1.3 update fixes an issue that was causing audio distortion with some external audio input devices. The latest iOS release also has some fixes pertaining to the HomePod. It essentially addresses a random restart issue and fixes a bug that was causing Siri to stop listening to your commands.ios 12 1 3 update gadgets 360 iOS 12

Notably, Apple hasn’t detailed in the official changelog whether the iOS 12.1.3 update fixes the cellular data connectivity issues that were reported for the iOS 12.1.2 update last month.

Aside from the latest iOS update, Apple has released watchOS 5.1.3 for Apple Watch Series 1 and above models. The update carries unspecified improvements and bug fixes, as noted in the official changelog.watchos 5 1 3 update gadgets 360 watchOS

You can read about the security content of iOS 12.1.3 by visiting the official support page. Apple has also detailed the security content of watchOS 5.1.3 on its support page.

How to download iOS 12.1.3, watchOS 5.1.3

The iOS 12.1.3 update is compatible with all the iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12. To download the latest version on your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Your device should be using a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. Also, it is recommended to back up your data, and ensuring your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.

The watchOS 5.1.3 update is compatible with all Apple Watch models running watchOS 5. To download the update, go to the Apple Watch app on your iOS device and then visit General > Software Update.

The Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent of the battery charge to enable the installation process. Also, it is recommended to keep it on the charging dock while installing the new update. Your iPhone will also need to be in close proximity to the Apple Watch and will need to be on Wi-Fi. The Apple Watch should restart twice before the update is completely installed, and you need to enter the Watch passcode if prompted, after beginning the update and then follow the prompts from your iPhone.

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New Apple iPad Pro review roundup: not quite ready to replace laptops

The early reviews of the Apple iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) are out, but they are a little reluctant to render a final verdict. The tablets (the big one especially with 1TB of storage) can cost a ton of money and they feature several fundamental changes, so more time is needed for definitive conclusions.

Here are some of the early impressions that agree on some points, though not all. The new Pencil and keyboard, the USB-C port and the new chipset are almost universally praised, but Apple’s new tablet still falls short of perfection in some cases.

Engadget points out that USB-C can be a game changer – the accessories you use on your Mac (e.g. a USB microphone can be used in Garageband) now work on the tablet with no adapters. Speaking of accessories, Engadget’s review was written on the Smart Keyboard Folio.

The Verge is similarly excited by USB-C, but highlights a flaw – iOS doesn’t support USB storage out of the box. Also, the port can only do one thing at a time, so you need Bluetooth headphones if using the speakers isn’t an option. The magnetic charging system of the new Pencil is great, the double tap gesture less so. Apparently artists are more used to having a button on the side.

TechCrunch disagrees and says that the double tap gesture feels natural. The keyboard proved stable and was “approved for lap use”, which is something to consider when looking at the new MacBook Air. The Pencil and keyboard were rated so highly, that TechCrunch believes your’e not getting the full iPad Pro experience without them.

LaptopMag wasn’t impressed with the 64GB base storage, the lack of a touchpad also impacts the Pro’s ability to replace a laptop. That said, that the A12X Bionic chipset is so powerful that it outperformed Core i7-based laptops in some tasks (while being thinner and lighter and offering great battery life to boot).

Wired sees the new iPad Pros as a possible but limited replacement for laptops. Multitasking, even on the larger screen, still isn’t up to par. Wired found the keyboard to be wobbly, counter to other reviewer’s impressions.

CNET also sees the accessories as necessary, but bemoans how quickly the costs add up. Software limitations and having a single port make the price harder to swallow. Face ID performance was described as “scary fast”.

Pocket-Lint found that iOS 12.1 is holding the new iPad Pros back from being proper MacBook replacements. User experience can vary quite a bit – e.g. connecting an external hard drive is possible, but unless you have the right app, you can even access the file directory. Multitasking is not on Mac OS X level yet, despite support for external 5K monitors.

Mashable is impressed by Face ID’s ability to work in any orientation (and questions why the new iPhone’s can’t do that as well), but notes a potential issue – depending on how you hold the tablet, you can cover up the TrueDepth camera with your hand.

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Realme 2 Pro Video Teaser Shows Waterdrop Notch Display, Dual Rear Camera Setup

Realme 2 Pro Video Teaser Shows Waterdrop Notch Display, Dual Rear Camera Setup

Realme 2 Pro video teaser claims a “game-changing” experience

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Realme 2 Pro has been teased in a video
  • The video teaser shows a waterdrop notch design
  • It also confirms a matte back version

Realme 2 Pro, the next model from the house of Realme, is set to debut on September 27. But ahead of its formal launch, the smartphone has now been teased in an official video. The teaser video, titled “Proud to be Young”, confirms the presence of a waterdrop notch design as well as a vertically-placed dual rear camera setup. The video also suggests more power and better performance on the upcoming handset than that of the Realme 2. Further, it highlights a “game-changing” experience. The Realme 2 Pro is expected to come with a new SoC to could help deliver faster results than the Snapdragon 450-backed Realme 2 that was launched in the country late last month.

As per the shots featured in the teaser video that lasts for over a minute, the Realme 2 Pro has a waterdrop notch that already came on various handsets by Oppo and Vivo, including the Oppo A7X and Vivo V11 Pro. This is unlike the Realme 2 that has a regular, rectangular notch, similar to the one arrived on the iPhone X last year. Also, there are thinner bezels and a slimmer chin than what Realme 2 presently has.

In addition to showing the front panel, the teaser video shows the back of the Realme 2 Pro. The back panel seen in the video doesn’t have the company’s notable diamond-cut design that was a part of the Realme 1 and Realme 2. Instead, there is apparently a simple glass panel that has curved edges and includes the Realme branding. The rear view of the Realme 2 Pro also highlights its all-new rear camera setup that is likely to include two sensors larger than the ones on the Realme 2. Plus, you can easily spot the LED flash module as well as the rear fingerprint sensor. There is a circular fingerprint sensor instead of the oval fingerprint sensor featured on the Realme 2.

Apart from the glossy back version, the teaser video also highlights a matte back variant of the Realme 2 Pro. The smartphone also appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack that sits alongside the USB port and the loudspeaker grill. Furthermore, it is safe to expect some new colour options, too.

We can speculate that since the launch date of the Realme 2 Pro is still some days away, the company could bring new teasers. Price of the new Realme handset hasn’t been revealed formally, though it won’t be as affordable as the Realme 2 that starts at Rs. 8,990.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Specifications Tipped in Leaked Live Images

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Specifications Tipped in Leaked Live Images

Redmi Note 6 Pro might sport a 6.26-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 1080×2280 pixels resolution

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two live images of the phone and its box have been leaked
  • The phone is expected to sport four cameras in all
  • It might get a 19:9 display with a notch on top

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is expected to be the Chinese phone maker’s next offering in its affordable Redmi smartphone series. We have heard a lot of chatter around the smartphone in the rumour mill in the past, but now have a closer look at its details thanks to alleged live images of the smartphone and its retail box. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is expected to sport a 6.26-inch Full Screen display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and possible 1080×2280 pixels resolution, which could mean that the Redmi Note 5 Pro could end up sporting a display notch.

Other specifications listed on the smartphone’s protective film, as spotted on Reddit, reveal a dual selfie camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. At the back, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will allegedly sport a 12-megapixel primary camera sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary unit. The handset is expected to get a 4,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for some sort of fast charging – our bet would be on Quick Charge 4.0. Additionally, we could expect USB Type-C on the smartphone, but Xiaomi might just stick with Micro-USB as it has with all of its recent Redmi-branded handsets.

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Yet another leak, this time courtesy GlobeMobiles, gives us a look at what is supposed to be the back of a retail box of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. The box lists the above-mentioned specifications along with mentioning that the phone will be made available in a Black colour option and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage configuration. A report from last month however claims that there will also be an entry-level 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage option for users to choose from.

The same report from last month had alleged that the Redmi Note 6 Pro would be priced anywhere between EUR 200 and EUR 250 (Rs. 16,900 to Rs. 21,100) for European markets, and be launched with a cheaper price tag in other markets like India where the predecessor Redmi Note 5 Pro has a starting price tag of just Rs. 14,999. The Redmi Note 6 Pro could get a premium 6GB RAM variant in India and China, and be sold in Black, Blue, and Gold colour variants.

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Vivo V11 Pro Specifications, Press Renders Leaked Ahead of September 6 Launch

Vivo V11 Pro Specifications, Press Renders Leaked Ahead of September 6 Launch

Vivo has already teased Vivo V11 Pro launch in the past few days.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It will be an affordable option with in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Design elements and specifications have been leaked
  • Vivo V11 Pro launch in India is scheduled for September 6

Vivo V11 Pro is the Chinese phone maker’s next smartphone slated for launch in India on September 6, at a launch event in Mumbai. Except a few teasers on social media, Vivo is keeping its mouth shut over the details of the Vivo V11 Pro. Despite that, a report has surfaced that claims to have access to the press renders, specifications, and features of the upcoming smartphone. The Vivo V11 Pro might be one of the more affordable smartphones in India to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor.

All of the below specifications come to us courtesy a leak by Android Pure, and as we can’t verify these details, the information should be taken with a pinch of salt. Let’s get into the details now.

Vivo V11 Pro rumoured specifications

As per the leak, the dual-SIM Vivo V11 Pro will sport a 6.41-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch on top similar to the one seen on the Oppo F9 Pro. Of course, this was also reported to have been teased by the company itself. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC with an AI engine, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone comes with a triple card slot, including a dedicated microSD card slot with storage expandable up to 256GB.

The leak suggests that the Vivo V11 Pro will sport a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary lens, paired with AI scene recognition. On the front, the smartphone is expected to sport a 25-megapixel AI selfie camera with face unlocking capabilities even at night. There is expected to be a 3,400mAh battery under the hood with dual-engine fast charging capabilities. As per the renders, the smartphone will get a Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone will sport an in-display fingerprint sensor. Pricing for the Vivo V11 Pro has not yet been revealed by the brand but we could expect the handset to be priced around the Rs. 20,000-Rs. 25,000 price segment, keeping the Vivo V9 in mind.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A India Launch Set for September 5

Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A India Launch Set for September 5

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A were launched side-by-side in June
  • The Redmi 6 Pro was launched later that month
  • Xiaomi Global VP and MD Xiaomi India teased the launch on Twitter

Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A all may see a launch in India soon. Manu Kumar Jain, XiaomiGlobal VP and Xiaomi India Managing Director, on Thursday shared a tweet that hinted at the imminent launch of these smartphones. To recall, all three smartphones in the Redmi 6-Series were launched in June in China, with the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A launched by Xiaomi side-by-side, and the Redmi 6 Pro being unveiled a couple of weeks later. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5A, the predecessors of the smartphones, were both very popular models in India, and the arrival of the new series is sure to be hotly anticipated. A separate invite was also shared, confirming the September 5 launchd ate.

In his tweet on Thursday, Jain said, “#DeshKeNayeSmartphones! Mi fans! We’ve got more than one for you! Coming very soon.” While this does not imply the launch of the Redmi 6-Series of smartphones, the tweet contains a video that shows the number 6, with three smartphone outlines behind it. Two of the smartphones feature no display notches, while the third one does – clearly pointing to the Redmi 6 Pro, which is the only one amongst the three to sport a display notch.

No launch date beyond “very soon” was been hinted at by Jain, however, the company sent media invites alongside, showing the same three smartphones and revealing a September 5 date for a launch event in New Delhi. Let’s run through the three smartphones’ specifications, to give you a better idea of what’s arriving in the Indian market in the near future. As for pricing, the Redmi 6 price in China is set at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 8,400) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, and CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,500) for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.

On the other hand, the Redmi 6A price is set at CNY 599 (roughly Rs. 6,300) for the lone 2GB RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage variant. And finally, the Redmi 6 Pro price is set at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,400) for the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant, CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,500) for the 4GB RAM, 32GB storage variant, and CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,600) for the 4GB, 64GB variant.

The Redmi 6 is a dual-SIM smartphone and runs MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio; an octa-core 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 SoC (clocked at 2GHz); a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 3,000mAh battery, as well as expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB) with dedicated slot.

A more basic variant of the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A is also a dual-SIM phone that runs MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. Other specifications include a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio; a quad-core 12nm MediaTek Helio A22 SoC; a single 13-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front camera; a 3,000mAh battery, expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB) with a dedicated slot.

Finally, the Redmi 6 Pro is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display; an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked up to 2GHz; a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor; a 5-megapixel front camera; expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB) with a dedicated slot, and a 4000mAh battery.

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Redmi 6

Redmi 6

  • KEY SPECS
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Display5.45-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera5-megapixel
Resolution720x1440 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage32GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh
Also See
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Dark Grey, 32GB, 3GB RAM) – 
    Rs.9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Black, 32GB, 3GB RAM)
    Rs.10,998
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
Display5.84-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera5-megapixel
Resolution1080x2280 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid
Storage32GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel
Battery Capacity4000mAh
Also See
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Dark Grey, 32GB, 3GB RAM) – 
    Rs.9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Black, 32GB, 3GB RAM)
    Rs.10,998
Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
Display5.45-inch
Processor2GHz quad-core
Front CameraYes
Resolution720x1440 pixels
RAM2GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage16GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh
Also See
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Dark Grey, 32GB, 3GB RAM) –
    Rs.9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Black, 32GB, 3GB RAM)
    Rs.10,998

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Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Honor 9 Lite: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Honor 9 Lite: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

Redmi S2 price starts at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,600)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Redmi S2 has been launched as the first Redmi S series model
  • The Redmi Note 5 is available in India with a starting price of Rs. 9,999
  • The ZenFone Max Pro M1 features pure Android experience

Redmi S2 debuted in China on Thursday after much anticipation. The new Xiaomi smartphone, which is the first Redmi S series handset, is claimed to be the “best Redmi selfie phone”. The Redmi S2 also has a bunch of artificial intelligence (AI) features that are aimed at distinguishing the experience. These features help enhance shots and enable Xiaomi’s proprietary Xiao Ai voice assistant. Also, the handset includes a thin-bezel display and a Face Unlock feature that both are currently in trend. But interestingly, the price of Redmi S2 brings it to the segment that already has Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5. That same segment also has the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 as a strong contender. Similarly, there is the Honor 9 Lite that is facing heat from the Redmi Note 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 but competing against various other models available under the ultra-popular sub-Rs. 15,000 price bracket in India.

Here’s a comparison of the Redmi S2 with that of the Redmi Note 5, ZenFone Max Pro M1, and Honor 9 Lite.

Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5 vs ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Honor 9 Lite price

The Redmi S2 price starts at CNY 999 (approximately Rs. 10,600) for the 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage variant, while its 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,700). Both variants will go on sale in China on May 17 via Suning.com in three colour options, namely Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver, and Rose Gold. Details about the price and availability of the Redmi S2 in India haven’t yet been revealed.

The Redmi Note 5 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant, while its 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 11,999. Both Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 variants come in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options and are available for purchase in India via Flipkart, Mi Home, and Mi.com. It will also soon go on sale through Xiaomi’s offline retail partners.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage variant, whereas its 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available at Rs. 12,999. The handset comes in Midnight Black and Grey colour options. It is available for purchase exclusively through Flipkart.

Lastly, the Honor 9 Lite price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant, while its 4GB RAM, 64GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs. 14,999. Both are available for purchase via Flipkart and the Honor India Store. The ZenFone handset comes in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Glacial Grey colour options.

Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5 vs ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Honor 9 Lite specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Redmi S2 runs Android-based MIUI 9 and features a 5.99-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with 70.8 percent NTSC colour gamut. Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with either 3GB or 4GB RAM – depending on the model purchased. The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup that comprises a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. There is an LED flash, and the camera setup supports features such as AI Portrait mode, HDR, and facial recognition. On the front, the Redmi S2 has a 16-megapixel sensor that has 2-micron pixel size – combining four pixels into one pixel. The front camera also supports AI Portrait Mode, AI Smart Beauty, Front HDR, and Face Unlock.

For storing content, the Redmi S2 has 32GB and 64GB storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) via a dedicated card slot. The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, infrared, and a proximity sensor. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3080mAh battery and measures 160.73×77.26×8.1mm.

The dual-SIM Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 and features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 84 percent NTSC colour gamut. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with either 3GB or 4GB RAM. For taking pictures and recording videos, the Redmi Note 5 has a single, 12-megapixel camera sensor on the back with an f/2.2 aperture lens and an LED flash. The front of the smartphone bears a 5-megapixel sensor that has an LED selfie-light module. The front camera supports features such as Beautify 3.0 beautification tech.

Xiaomi has provided 32GB and 64GB storage options on the Redmi Note 5 that both are expandable via microSD card in a hybrid dual-SIM format. On the connectivity front, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery and measures 158.5×75.45×8.05mm.

In contrast, the dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs pure Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is claimed to receive Android P and Android Q upgrades. The handset features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS FullView display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with Adreno 509 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB RAM. The smartphone has a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 13-megapixel primary Omnivision sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensing sensor. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, 85.5-degree wide-angle lens. Both camera setups have an LED flash.

In terms of storage, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The smartphone has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. Besides, it packs a 5000mAh battery and measures 159x76x8.46mm.

Contrary to the Redmi S2, Redmi Note 5, and ZenFone Max Pro M1, the dual-SIM (Nano) Honor 9 Lite runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 and features a 5.65-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone has an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC, coupled with 3GB or 4GB RAM. Asus has provided four cameras on the Honor 9 Lite that sit on the front and back as dual camera setups. Both have a 13-megapixel primary camera sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. On the back, there is also an LED flash and a PDAF lens.

On the storage front, the Honor 9 Lite has 32GB and 64GB storage options – both of which are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. Sensors on the handset include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer (digital compass), and a proximity sensor. At last, the Honor 9 Lite packs a 3000mAh battery and measures 151×71.9×7.6mm.

XIAOMI REDMI S2 VS ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M1 VS HONOR 9 LITE VS REDMI NOTE 5COMPARISON

Xiaomi Redmi S2

Xiaomi Redmi S2
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 Lite
Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5
Rs.11,527*

Buy

Rs.12,490

Buy

Rs.12,999

Buy

Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date May 2018 April 2018 December 2017 February 2018
Dimensions (mm) 160.73 x 77.26 x 8.10 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 151.00 x 71.90 x 7.60 158.50 x 75.45 x 8.05
Weight (g) 170.00 180.00 149.00 180.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3080 5000 3000 4000
Removable battery No No No
Colours Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Gray, Silver Midnight Black, Grey Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Glacier Blue Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
SAR value 1.06
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.99 5.99 5.65 5.99
Resolution 720×1440 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 428
HARDWARE
Processor 2GHz octa-core octa-core 1.7GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 636 HiSilicon Kirin 659 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 3GB 4GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 64GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 2000 256
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 12-megapixel
Rear Flash LED Yes Yes LED
Front camera 16-megapixel 8-megapixel 13-megapixel 5-megapixel
Front Flash Yes No LED
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Android 7.0
Skin MIUI 9 EMUI 8.0 MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.20
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
NFC No No
USB OTG Yes Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 64GB Review

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro is essentially a Redmi Note 5 Pro running on stock Android 8.1 Oreo.

ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M1 64GB RATING 78100

Our Verdict

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro can take on the best in the market with ease. Like most Asus phones, the spec-sheet is maxed out with the best mid-range hardware. That includes latest stock Android and a 5,000mAh battery, two features which solve the biggest pain points people tend to have when making a purchase at that price range. The phone even manages to take on the formidable Redmi Note 5 Pro, save for the imaging prowess, but the pros easily outweigh the cons. In all, it’s always good to have a choice of clean stock UI without compromising on the performance.

PROS

  • Latest stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box
  • Two-day long battery

CONS

  • Shoddy camera
  • Generic design

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 64GB: Detailed Review

The mid-range market is now dominated by Xiaomi. There’s one Redmi phone for every price point in that segment and the consumer is essentially spoilt for choice. However, Redmi phones are notorious for getting sold out in seconds. Getting your hands on one is a matter of pure luck. But then again, we have always recommended  our readers to wait and try their luck because no other phonemaker has been able to match up to the quality Xiaomi assures in its products. That is, until now.

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a breath of fresh air in a market that is otherwise inundated with Xiaomi phones. Asus’ offering matches Xiaomi’s most premium mid-range offering feature-by-feature and for the most part, can be considered an equal. Except, the Max Pro runs on stock Android UI while the Redmi Note 5 Pro is of course powered by MIUI. There’s nothing wrong with using MIUI, but there’s a certain simplicity and comfort in using stock Android. It’s familiar to anyone who has used an Android device and is efficient enough to not tax the processor. Considering how the UI is the most frequent aspect of the phone a user will interact with, it counts a lot, and in this case, Asus’ choice makes the Zenfone Max Pro a force to reckon with. What’s better is that the phone is much cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro and will be available more easily than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The question then remains, did Asus finally crack the formula to make a reliable mid-range phone? With the Zenfone Max Pro, it certainly seems so. It has everything you can ask for at the price — The latest mid-range chipset, tall 18:9 display, dual cameras and a massive 5,000mAh battery. In this review, we find out whether all the features work as advertised, and more importantly, does it make sense to buy this over the Redmi Note 5 Pro? Read on.

Design

Taller displays aren’t new anymore and neither is the metal unibody design most mid-range smartphones like to sport. The Zenfone Max Pro is yet another iteration of the same design philosophy. The display takes up most of the real estate up front while at the back the dual camera module is vertically aligned at the top left corner. The fingerprint sensor is conveniently placed in the center where the finger can easily reach it. The form factor with a thinner display is naturally ergonomic and the rounded corners makes the phone sit plush in the hand.

Like most other mid-range phones, the Zenfone Max Pro also deploys a 2.5D curved glass that bends ever so slightly to meet the metal frame. Asus has polished the rear plate to give a soft matte finish that does tend to get dirty when used with sweaty hands but isn’t a fingerprint magnet. There are two colour variants to choose from — Meteor Silver and Deepsea Black. Both look equally good and you’ll be hard pressed to make a choice. There’s colour-matched polycarbonate antenna lines to enhance network reception.

I particularly liked the fact that the dual camera module is flush with the body and there’s no camera bump, which has become an eyesore in most smartphones. There’s also no need to make a choice between a second SIM card and a microSD card as the phone houses dedicated slots for all three. In the mid-range market, that counts as a lot since most users tend to use a secondary SIM card and rely on expanded storage.

The design of the Zenfone Max Pro isn’t going to get points for being innovative, but it does comes across as well-built and functional. The added heft, thanks to the massive 5,000mAh battery provides a good grip and the minimalist body makes the display the center of attraction.

Display

The Zenfone Max Pro could have been easily lost in a sea of smartphones with an 18:9 display, if not for the superior quality of the panel. Like most other mid-rangers, this too relies on a 6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel, housed in a 5.5-inch body. While the idea isn’t as innovative as before, the usefulness remains. There’s less scrolling while browsing the web, while gaming on the widescreen allows for easier controls. Split-screen on the display is particularly useful as the screen gets divided into two equal halves.

For bedtime use, Asus offers a blue-light filter as well as a slider to adjust the colour temperature.

Asus claims to have used Qualcomm’s TruPallette and Ecopix display technology  to render a higher contrast ratio of 1500:1, which shows when you watch something on the screen. The blues and the greens look saturated with high contrast while skin tones are made more accurate. It’s still no match for an AMOLED panel though in terms of contrast ratios, but the colour are more vibrant than its closest competitor — The Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Performance and UI

Asus’ choice of using the latest hardware and stock Android will keep this phone in the limelight for some time to come. The Zenfone Max Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset, the one introduced by Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid-range segment which effectively blew the competition away.

The 14nm chipset builds on top of the popular and reliable Snapdragon 625, offering a 50 percent jump in performance over its predecessor. That’s possible even after the max clock speed has been reduced to 1.8GHz from 2.0GHz in the SD625. It’s because the SD636 uses Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores which is also used in the flagship 8-series chipsets, allowing the CPU to provide more power for longer without compromising on battery efficiency.

 

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro is essentially a Redmi Note 5 Pro running on stock Android 8.1 Oreo.

ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M1 64GB RATING 78100

Our Verdict

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro can take on the best in the market with ease. Like most Asus phones, the spec-sheet is maxed out with the best mid-range hardware. That includes latest stock Android and a 5,000mAh battery, two features which solve the biggest pain points people tend to have when making a purchase at that price range. The phone even manages to take on the formidable Redmi Note 5 Pro, save for the imaging prowess, but the pros easily outweigh the cons. In all, it’s always good to have a choice of clean stock UI without compromising on the performance.

PROS

  • Latest stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box
  • Two-day long battery

CONS

  • Shoddy camera
  • Generic design

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 64GB: Detailed Review

The mid-range market is now dominated by Xiaomi. There’s one Redmi phone for every price point in that segment and the consumer is essentially spoilt for choice. However, Redmi phones are notorious for getting sold out in seconds. Getting your hands on one is a matter of pure luck. But then again, we have always recommended  our readers to wait and try their luck because no other phonemaker has been able to match up to the quality Xiaomi assures in its products. That is, until now.

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a breath of fresh air in a market that is otherwise inundated with Xiaomi phones. Asus’ offering matches Xiaomi’s most premium mid-range offering feature-by-feature and for the most part, can be considered an equal. Except, the Max Pro runs on stock Android UI while the Redmi Note 5 Pro is of course powered by MIUI. There’s nothing wrong with using MIUI, but there’s a certain simplicity and comfort in using stock Android. It’s familiar to anyone who has used an Android device and is efficient enough to not tax the processor. Considering how the UI is the most frequent aspect of the phone a user will interact with, it counts a lot, and in this case, Asus’ choice makes the Zenfone Max Pro a force to reckon with. What’s better is that the phone is much cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro and will be available more easily than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The question then remains, did Asus finally crack the formula to make a reliable mid-range phone? With the Zenfone Max Pro, it certainly seems so. It has everything you can ask for at the price — The latest mid-range chipset, tall 18:9 display, dual cameras and a massive 5,000mAh battery. In this review, we find out whether all the features work as advertised, and more importantly, does it make sense to buy this over the Redmi Note 5 Pro? Read on.

Design

Taller displays aren’t new anymore and neither is the metal unibody design most mid-range smartphones like to sport. The Zenfone Max Pro is yet another iteration of the same design philosophy. The display takes up most of the real estate up front while at the back the dual camera module is vertically aligned at the top left corner. The fingerprint sensor is conveniently placed in the center where the finger can easily reach it. The form factor with a thinner display is naturally ergonomic and the rounded corners makes the phone sit plush in the hand.

Like most other mid-range phones, the Zenfone Max Pro also deploys a 2.5D curved glass that bends ever so slightly to meet the metal frame. Asus has polished the rear plate to give a soft matte finish that does tend to get dirty when used with sweaty hands but isn’t a fingerprint magnet. There are two colour variants to choose from — Meteor Silver and Deepsea Black. Both look equally good and you’ll be hard pressed to make a choice. There’s colour-matched polycarbonate antenna lines to enhance network reception.

I particularly liked the fact that the dual camera module is flush with the body and there’s no camera bump, which has become an eyesore in most smartphones. There’s also no need to make a choice between a second SIM card and a microSD card as the phone houses dedicated slots for all three. In the mid-range market, that counts as a lot since most users tend to use a secondary SIM card and rely on expanded storage.

The design of the Zenfone Max Pro isn’t going to get points for being innovative, but it does comes across as well-built and functional. The added heft, thanks to the massive 5,000mAh battery provides a good grip and the minimalist body makes the display the center of attraction.

Display

The Zenfone Max Pro could have been easily lost in a sea of smartphones with an 18:9 display, if not for the superior quality of the panel. Like most other mid-rangers, this too relies on a 6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel, housed in a 5.5-inch body. While the idea isn’t as innovative as before, the usefulness remains. There’s less scrolling while browsing the web, while gaming on the widescreen allows for easier controls. Split-screen on the display is particularly useful as the screen gets divided into two equal halves.

For bedtime use, Asus offers a blue-light filter as well as a slider to adjust the colour temperature.

Asus claims to have used Qualcomm’s TruPallette and Ecopix display technology  to render a higher contrast ratio of 1500:1, which shows when you watch something on the screen. The blues and the greens look saturated with high contrast while skin tones are made more accurate. It’s still no match for an AMOLED panel though in terms of contrast ratios, but the colour are more vibrant than its closest competitor — The Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Performance and UI

Asus’ choice of using the latest hardware and stock Android will keep this phone in the limelight for some time to come. The Zenfone Max Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset, the one introduced by Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid-range segment which effectively blew the competition away.

The 14nm chipset builds on top of the popular and reliable Snapdragon 625, offering a 50 percent jump in performance over its predecessor. That’s possible even after the max clock speed has been reduced to 1.8GHz from 2.0GHz in the SD625. It’s because the SD636 uses Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores which is also used in the flagship 8-series chipsets, allowing the CPU to provide more power for longer without compromising on battery efficiency.

 

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