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  • Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle launched

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    • Domestic startup Ultraviolette has launched the F77, a high-performance electric motorcycle. It will be sold in 3 variants which are priced between Rs 3-3.25 lakh (on-road) and will be sold only in Bengaluru as of now.
    • The Ultraviolette F77 has impressive power and torque output of 33.4 bhp and 90 Nm, respectively. This has been made possible thanks to its 25 kW BLDC motor which is powered by three removable lithium-ion battery packs.
    • Claimed performance is quite impressive. The motorcycle can do 0-100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds and can attain a top speed of 147 km/h.
    • The F77 is claimed to last for around 130-150 km/h on a full charge. Then, the battery pack can recharge up to 80 per cent in just 50 minutes via DC fast charging. A CCS Type-2 Charge Port which supports AC and DC charging will be provided with the motorcycle.
    • Other equipment on the Ultraviolette F77 includes a steel trellis frame, USD front forks, preload adjustable monoshock, 320 mm front & 230 mm rear disc brakes, and a TFT display with a dedicated app.

     

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  • Hyundai Aura may replace Xcent

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    • Hyundai has announced the upcoming Aura sedan, which will either sit above or completely replace the Xcent.
    • The South Korean company hasn’t revealed anything about the upcoming car, well except for the fact that it will “be an amalgamation of comfort, style, technology and safety.”
    • Anyhow, we speculate that the Hyundai Aura will be a compact sedan which will be a three-box version of the new Grand i10 Nios.
    • Just like the Nios is positioned slightly above the older Grand i10, it is possible that the Aura will follow a similar strategy. However, since the Xcent has never been a very strong seller, we cannot overrule it being completely replaced by the former.
    • When launched, the Hyundai Aura will lock horns with the Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor, and India’s best-selling car, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
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  • Realme 5s to likely launch alongside Realme X2 Pro

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    • While the much-anticipated Realme X2 Pro will launch in India on November 20, it will also be accompanied by the Realme 5s.
    • The teaser page of the X2 Pro on Flipkart briefly mentioned: “Realme 5s coming soon”. However, no teaser image or specs of this phone could be seen. The text teaser has now been removed.
    • Going by Realme’s super-quick update cycles, don’t expect the 5s to be much different than the Realme 5. The latter will likely only have a refreshed design and more storage.
    • At the same launch event, Realme is also expected to expand its portfolio to further challenge Xiaomi. The Oppo-backed company is expected to launch a smartband as well as a pair of truly wireless earbuds.

     

    • Update: The dedicated teaser page of the Realme 5s is now up on Flipkart and it confirms that this phone will have a 48MP quad-camera setup at the rear. The 5s’ updated rear diamond-cut look has also been revealed.

     

     

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  • Samsung A51 leaked with hole punch display, 4 rear cameras

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    • The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A51, which will succeed the A50s, has been exposed in new images.
    • If these leaks are to go by, the A51 will be the first A-series phone to have a hole punch display. The location of the camera is in the top centre, just like the Note 10/ Note 10+.
    • At the rear, we can see that the phone’s camera housing is like that of the M30s. Reports suggest that the 4 cameras present here will include a 48MP primary, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP depth, and a new 12MP telephoto modules.
    • Other rumoured specs of the Samsung A51 include a 4,000mAh battery, USB-C port and a headphone jack (yes, this counts as a feature nowadays).
    • We can also expect the Galaxy A51 to run on Android 10 out of the box. More specs will unfold as the launch nears.

     

    You can watch our Samsung A50s review:

     

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  • 2020 Skoda Octavia unveiled

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    • The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia has been revealed. It’s now bigger than its predecessor, and for the first time, comes with a plug-in hybrid option as well.
    • Now 19 mm longer and 15 mm wider, the 2020 Octavia follows Skoda’s latest design language. It features slim new headlamps with optional Matrix technology, a bigger grille and a brand new rear look with longer tail lamps. The side profile, interestingly, has an Audi A5 vibe with its sweeping roofline.
    • The interior of the car features a dramatic new look with its minimalist design and a heavy focus on infotainment. The main infotainment screen is now a floating 10-inch unit that’s accompanied by a 10.25-inch driver’s display. There’s also a funky new 2-spoke steering wheel.
    • Coming to engines, there are three TSI petrols with power ranging between 108-187 bhp. It must be noted that the popular 1.8-litre TSI has been phased out. Coming to diesels, the 2.0-litre TDI will be sold in 3 states of tune ranging between 114 bhp-197 bhp.
    • That’s not all, for the first time, there’s also a plug-in hybrid which combines a 1.4-litre TSi engine with an electric motor to generate a total system output of 201 bhp. Finally, a CNG variant of the 2020 Octavia, called G-TEC, will also be on offer.
    • The 2020 Skoda Octavia is expected to launch in India sometime later next year. India, obviously, will not get all engines on offer in Europe, and it remains to be seen what options Skoda offers here.

     

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  • Snapdragon 865 to launch on December 3; key specs leaked

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    • Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC, Snapdragon 865, will go official on December 3 at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. This chipset will power most Android flagship and flagship killer phones of 2020.
    • According to a new leak, the Snapdragon 865 will have an octa-core setup just like its predecessor. It will also use the same 1+3+4 core arrangement as the 855.
    • The upcoming chip’s CPU is said to have 1 x 2.84 GHz Cortex-A77 core, 3 x 2.42 GHz Cortex-A77 cores, and 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. Cortex-A77 is claimed to be 20 per cent better in performance when compared to Cortex-A76.
    • Furthermore, the GPU here will be the new Adreno 650 clocked at 587 MHz, which, again, is said to be around 20 per cent better than its predecessor.
    • The Snapdragon 865 will be a 7 nm mobile SoC which is also expected to have an integrated 5G modem, which will likely be the Snapdragon X55.

     

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  • China’s Great Wall Motors registers Indian subsidiary

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    • Great Wall Motors, one of China’s largest carmakers, has registered its Indian subsidiary, which indicates its imminent arrival in the country.
    • Great Wall owns multiple car brands, and the company has chosen to bring Haval to India, thereby forming Haval Motor India. For those unaware, Haval is Great Wall’s SUV-only brand.
    • A media report claims that the company has written to the Prime Minister’s Office for an appointment for its chairman Wei Jianjun with Narendra Modi. An official statement on the brand’s India plans will be revealed post this meeting.
    • Great Wall Motors is said to be planning to invest around Rs 7,000 crore in India. The company is looking for manufacturing sites in multiple states which include Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

     

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  • Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, XL6 performing really well

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    • Despite the ongoing recession, Maruti Suzuki’s recent car launches, the XL6 crossover and the S-Presso micro-SUV, are performing rather well in India.
    • Last month, Maruti managed to dispatch 10,634 units of the S-Presso to its dealers which indicate that this budget-oriented model has been well received by the market.
    • The S-Presso officially entered the top 10 best-selling car list within just a month from its launch. In comparison, the recently facelifted Renault Kwid, which rivals the former, managed to move 5,384 units.
    • The XL6, which is a premium derivative of the Ertiga, saw 4,328 dealer dispatches in October 2019. This is quite an achievement since this car is only sold with a petrol engine.
    • Maruti remained India’s best-selling automaker last month with 8 out of the top 10 best-selling cars of the month belonging to its stable! These models include Dzire, Swift, Alto, Baleno, WagonR, S-Presso, Brezza and Eeco.
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  • iPad Air 3 (with iPad OS) review

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    What is it?

    The ideal iPad, which, after the iPad OS update, makes a strong case for itself.

    Design & Construction

    • There is nothing extraordinary or ground-breaking about the iPad Air 3. It’s based on Apple’s previous-gen design language, but that’s a good thing actually because the bezels really help with gripping this big tablet.
    • Then, the fingerprint scanner is still here. It’s not as fast the new Face ID but much more practical to use nonetheless. And of course, let’s not forget that this iPad Air is that rare new Apple mobile device which still comes with a headphone jack.
    • The rear of this device is made from aluminium which feels quite premium. Its overall weight is reasonably light and balanced.
    • The iPad Air 3 also has pogo pins which means that it supports Apple’s smart keyboard accessory. However, that has to be purchased separately and it does not come cheap.

    Display & Media Consumption

    • The 10.5-inch LCD on this iPad is really bright and colour accurate. It also has Apple’s True Tone tech to adjust the colour temperature as per the ambience.
    • While the Air does not have the quad stereo speaker setup of the iPad Pro series, its single speaker is still very loud and clear. So, for media consumption, which is very important on a tablet, by the way, the Air is pretty perfect.
    • If you take notes or are a creative professional, then the Air also has support for Apple Pencil (1st-gen). However, the display here is not 120 Hz as that on the Pro, so there is a slight latency when you use the Pencil, but it’s not bothersome.

    iPad OS & Performance

    • Power here is supplied by the A12 Bionic SoC with 3GB of RAM. Basically, it’s the same specification as the iPhone XR, and just like the XR, the performance here is fantastic as well. The only time you’ll miss the A12X from the iPad Pro is if you do heavy video editing or rendering.
    • Now, this brings us onto the iPad OS. Don’t get confused, iPad OS is basically iOS 13 with a few more practical features to utilise the iPad’s big screen to its full potential.
    • On the home screen, you can now have a lot more app icons. Not just that, you can also have your widgets on the left-most screen as well.
    • A very important addition here is that Safari is now desktop-class, which means that it will now load full desktop-grade websites instead of mobile versions. You can also open multiple windows of Safari if you want. Sadly though, if you use a third-party browser like Chrome, you won’t get any of these features.
    • Coming to multitasking, you can now have two windows like before, but with iPad OS you can also have multiple floating windows on top of them. These setup remains in memory if you wish to use it again, pretty neat.
    • With iPad OS, there now finally official support for external hard drives and memory cards. This also means that the native Files app is significantly improved with a lot more options to manage/move/rename your files.
    • You can also plug in a mouse/keyboard now. But keep in mind that iPad OS remains a touch-based operating system so scrolling and all with an external mouse won’t be super smooth.

    Battery Life

    • Like all iPads, the battery life of the iPad Air 3 is amazing. You can extract 10 hours of backup from this device on medium-to-heavy usage. Standby times are pretty phenomenal as well, it can last you weeks! Please note that our test unit is the WiFi-only variant.
    • We wish that Apple has ditched the proprietary Lightning port on the iPad Air 3 in favour of USB-C, but sadly, that’s not the case!

    Is it a laptop replacement?

    • No, it’s not! First up, the base storage variant is still 64GB, definitely not enough to replace your laptop. Upgrading to the higher 256GB variant demands a steep additional Rs ~15,000 over the former!
    • Then, neither the smart keyboard nor Apple Pencil, come bundled with the iPad Air (or any iPad, for that matter). So, depending on your profession, you’ll probably have to invest in either one or both of them, and none of them come cheap!
    • For keyboards, there are third party alternatives available, but most of them won’t connect via pogo pins to give you that seamless experience.
    • The lightning port also poses a big problem. Finding good dongles with a lightning connector is hard, and most of them are priced on the higher side. Remember, Apple takes a commission for every certified lightning accessory!
    • You also cannot overlook the learning curve associated with iPad OS, which can be frustrating at times. And then, compatibility with Android phones is pretty poor as well. So, if you use an Android phone, transferring files onto the iPad can be a bit annoying.
    • Either way, a reasonably-spec’d iPad Air 3 with all required accessories will cost you over Rs 70,000, and at that price, you can get an i7-powered Windows 10 laptop with a dedicated graphics card!

    What else?

    • The iPad Air 3 has an 8MP f/2.4 rear camera and a 7MP f/2.2 selfie shooter. The former takes average photos in good light, while the latter is decent enough for Facetime calls.

    Verdict

    • The iPad Air 3 is the best iPad as of now. It merges Apple’s iconic design with very powerful hardware, excellent battery life and a decent price tag.
    • While the new iPad OS brings some fantastic additions to the generally-restricted iOS. However, an iPad with iPad OS still best serves as a supplementary device which should be primarily used for media consumption and occasional work.
    • Apple’s profit-driven approach of not bundling the smart keyboard or the Apple Pencil with any iPad remains annoying. With all accessories purchased, the iPad Air 3’s price jumps into the powerful laptop category, which works against it.

     

    Watch our iPad Air 3 video review:

     

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  • Okinawa Lite electric scooter launched at Rs 59,990

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    • The Okinawa Lite is a new slow-speed electric scooter which has been priced at Rs 59,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
    • The scooter uses a detachable 40V, 1.25kWh lithium-ion battery which powers its 250W BLDC electric motor. It can attain a maximum speed of 25 km/h
    • The Okinawa Lite comes with a claimed range of 50-60 km on a full charge. The battery back can be fully recharged in around 4-5 hours for a full charge. The good thing is that this scooter comes with a 3-year warranty on its motor as well as on its battery.
    • Coming to the underpinnings, this scooter comes with telescopic front forks and hydraulic rear shock absorbers. It also has a disc brake up front.
    • Talking of features, the Lite sports regenerative braking, all-LED lights, anti-theft battery lock mechanism, LED speedometer, auto handle lock, USB charging port and remote boot opener as standard.
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