Huawei P40 Pro, P40 Pro+ unveiled
- Huawei P40 Pro, P40 Pro+ unveiled
- The Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ have been officially revealed as the Chinese company’s 2020 flagship smartphone offerings. Both smartphones are mostly the same and differ mainly in the rear camera department.
- The P40 Pro uses an ‘Overflow Curved’ display which is curved from all 4 sides. The 6.58-inch OLED panel has a 90 Hz refresh rate with a resolution of 1,200 x 2,640 px. There’s also a rather large pill-shaped hole punch on the upper left which houses an IR scanner for face unlock, proximity sensor, and the 32MP selfie camera.
- Powered by a Kirin 990 5G SoC, the phone comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB/ 512GB of internal storage. The battery capacity here is 4,200mAh with 27W wireless and 40W wired fast charging support. The P40 Pro+ scales up the wireless charging speed to an industry-leading 40W.
- The standard Huawei P40 Pro has a 50MP RYYB primary sensor with a massive size of 1/1.28″. It is joined by a 5x periscope zoom camera, 40MP ultra-wide ‘Cine Lens’ camera and a 3D Time of Flight sensor.
- The P40 Pro+ has 5 cameras at the back. The primary, ultra-wide and ToF cameras remain the same, however, the 5x telephoto camera is replaced by two different 8MP zoom units – a 240 mm periscope camera with 10x optical zoom (industry-leading), and another 3x optical zoom camera for portraits and zoom consistency.
- Huawei’s new AppGallery is standard on the P40 series which is supposed to be a replacement for Google apps. Also, there’s a new AI voice assistant called Celia.
- The European rates for the Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ are EUR999 and EUR1,399, respectively. India launch of these phones remains uncertain as of now.
- Samsung has been equipping its 2020 smartphones with big batteries, and the new Galaxy A31 is no different with its 5,000mAh cell. It also supports 15W charging over a USB-C port.
- Samsung has not officially revealed the chip powering the new A31, but it is speculated to be the MediaTek Helio P65, quite unusual for a Samsung phone. The phone has 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB of internal storage.
- The display on this smartphone is a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint reader. However, unlike the A51, there is no display cutout here and this phone has to do with an old-school U-shaped notch for its 20MP selfie camera.
- The Samsung A31 has 4 cameras at the back which consist of a 48MP f/2.0 main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP dedicated macro camera, and 5MP depth sensor.
- Expected to be launched soon in India, the Samsung A31 will go against the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Realme 6 Pro, Poco X2, and its own cousin, the Galaxy M31.
- The Redmi K30 Pro flagship-killer smartphone has gone official in China. Also joining it is the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom, which only differs from the former in one area.
- The price range of the K30 Pro in China is between CNY 2,999-3,99 (~Rs 32,000-43,000), however, it might vary in India. Also, the K30 Pro Zoom might come to India as the Poco F2.
- The K30 Pro uses an AMOLED display of 6.67-inches with FHD+ resolution. However, the refresh rate here remains 60 Hz, which is a bit weird since the cheaper Redmi K30 (Poco X2) gets a 120 Hz LCD display. On the plus side, the display remains truly bezel-less thanks to 20MP pop-up selfie camera.
- Power is withdrawn from the latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 SoC which is hooked with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and UFS 3.1 storage (128GB/ 256GB).
- On the camera front, there are 4 rear sensors on the Redmi K30 Pro which include 64MP Sony IMX686 primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor.
- On the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom, as the name suggests, the macro camera is replaced by an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.
- Both K30 Pro versions feature a large 4,700 mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. Also standard are NFC, IR port and a headphone jack.
- India’s most popular sedan, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, has received an all-new engine as well as an updated design. Its price range now stands at Rs 5.89-8.81 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
- The new engine on this car is a 1.2-litre ‘K12C DualJet’ petrol which debuted on the Baleno last year. This BS6-complaint engine makes 89 bhp of power and comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox options.
- It is worth noting that the diesel engine has been phased out. Also, on the Baleno, the K12C petrol engine comes with SHVS mild-hybrid tech as standard, but the Dzire facelift does not get it to keep costs in check.
- On the design front, the 2020 Dzire facelift gets a new front fascia which is dominated by a large new grille that’s reminiscent of Audis of the yesteryear. It is accompanied by new fog lamp housings and new dual-tone alloy wheels.
- The interiors get Maruti Suzuki’s new SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay support, updated dual-tone upholstery, faux wood trim, colour TFT MID and cruise control.
- Lost track of how many Realme phones have launched in the company’s less-then-two-year history? So have we, and be assured that the company’s launch spree will not end anytime soon.
- Realme has announced new ‘Narzo’ smartphone series and it will launch in India on March 26 with two offerings – Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A.
- Don’t get fascinated by the word though, both Narzo smartphones will be nothing but rebranded versions of the company’s global offerings.
- From the teasers, it is quite clear that the Narzo 10 is a rebranded Realme 6i which went official in Mayanmar a few days back.
- Then, the Narzo 10A is a rebranded Realme C3 – the Thai-spec version, India gets a different C3. The former gets an additional 2MP macro rear camera and a fingerprint scanner over the former.
- The new premium smartphone from Nokia uses a 6.81-inch FHD+ display with which can adjust contrast depending on the surrounding light. On the upper left corner of this display is a 24MP front-facing camera.
- The quad-rear camera setup of the Nokia 8.3 has Zeiss optics for its quad-lens setup. The main camera is a 64MP module with ‘Zeiss cinematic effects’ and the ability to shoot videos in LOG format. It is accompanied by 3 additional cameras – 12MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor.
- Power comes from the 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 64GB/ 128GB ROM. On the software front, the Nokia 8.3 is Android One-certified and comes with Android 10 out-of-the-box.
- The battery capacity here is 4,500mAh it can be charged at 18W fast charging speed.
- The Nokia 5.3 has a notched 6.55-inch HD+ IPS display. The notch holds its 8MP selfie camera.
- Powering this device is a Snapdragon 665 chipset with 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM options and 64GB of expandable internal storage. The battery capacity of this device is 4,000mAh and it does not get fast charging support.
- At the back, the Nokia 5.3’s quad-rear camera setup consists of 13MP primary, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth-sensing units.
- Running on Android 10, the Nokia 5.3 comes with a promise of at least 3 years of regular Android updates.
- The Android Go-powered Nokia 1.3 is a barebones budget smartphone with a 5.71-inch IPS HD+ notched display for its 5MP selfie camera.
- The chipset here is the entry-level Qualcomm 215 that’s paired with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The 3,000mAh battery of this phone charges at just 5W over a dated micro USB port.
- The single 8MP rear camera of the 1.3 emphasises on low-light and portrait performance using Google’s new ‘Camera Go’ app with AI capabilities.
- As stated before, this phone runs on Android 10 Go edition with Android 11 Go edition update also promised.
- The Samsung Galaxy A41 has gone official in Japan. At this point, there is no confirmation if this phone will make it to India or not since its predecessor, the A40, never made it here.
- Anyway, the highlight feature of this smartphone is its IP68 water and dust resistance, which is quite uncommon on a lower mid-range smartphone.
- Up front, the Samsung A41 boasts a 6.1-inch FHD+ Infinity-U AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio. The notch holds the smartphone’s 25MP selfie camera.
- The primary rear camera setup of this phone consists of a 48MP f/2.0 primary sensor, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with 123-degree field of view, and a 5MP depth sensor.
- The A41 is powered by an unnamed octa-core SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is fueled by a 3,500mAh battery with support for 15W charging.
- Xiaomi’s 2020 flagship phone, the Mi 10, is confirmed to launch in India on March 31.
- The Mi 10 will be the second smartphone after the Galaxy S20 Ultra to launch in India with a 108MP primary camera sensor. This camera has an aperture of f/1.8, and it takes 27MP 4-into-1 pixel binned photos.
- Joining this main camera will be three other sensors – 13MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. There is no telephoto camera on offer here.
- The display on this smartphone is a curved FHD+ AMOLED unit of 6.67-inches. It also has a hole punch on its upper left corner for its 20MP selfie camera.
- Providing horsepower to the Mi 10 is the flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC with 8GB/ 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
- Finally, the battery capacity is also pretty large at 4,780mAh. While 30W fast charging comes standard, the Xiaomi Mi 10 also supports 30W wireless charging – which is fastest in the business.
- The 2020 iPad Pro 11 and iPro 12.9 have been digitally revealed. The former starts at Rs 71,900 while the latter’s starting price in India is Rs 89,900.
- While the new iPad Pro models look very similar to the 2018 models from the front and their display specs remain unchanged but at the rear houses an iPhone 11 Pro-like camera island which consists of a regular camera, ultra-wide camera, and a LiDAR scanner for AR.
- Under the hood is a new ‘A12Z Bionic’ chipset with an eight-core GPU. Apple claims this to be the most powerful SoC on any tablet.
- The official keyboard has also been completely revamped and now its called Magic Keyboard’. It now has an embedded trackpad, and the unit unfolds and elevates the iPad for a better viewing position.
- Apple will also release iPadOS 13.4 update on March 24 which will include the new trackpad support feature for all iPad models which get this update.
- The Volkswagen T-Roc SUV has been launched in India. It is imported into the country via the CBU route and is priced at Rs 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
- The T-Roc is made for the European market and it features a bold yet funky design with its broad shoulder lines, big wheel arches and VW’s characteristic clean design elements.
- The only engine on offer on the India-spec model is a brand new 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbo-petrol unit which makes 148 bhp and 250 Nm. This engine features cylinder deactivation tech which can shut off 2 cylinders when not required to save fuel. It comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox as standard.
- The single-spec, fully loaded trim of the VW T-Roc in India offers an 8-inch infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control Vienna leather seats, etc as standard.
- It also comes with a decent safety kit – 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, tyre pressure monitoring system, and rear parking camera.