Realme X50 Pro Player gaming phone revealed
- Realme X50 Pro Player gaming phone revealed
- The new Realme X50 Pro Player has gone official in China and it’s the gaming-focused version of the regular Realme X50 Pro.
- Having the same Snapdragon 865 chipset with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage like the standard X50 Pro, the Player version brings HyperBoost 3.0 which can allocate all the memory, chipset and battery power to increase the gaming performance.
- HyperBoost 3.0 can also switch between Wi-Fi to LTE or 5G with zero lag so that online gaming performance is not compromised.
- The Realme X50 Pro Player also features graphite sheets between the battery and the back panel for superior cooling performance.
- While most other specs remain the same as the standard X50 Pro, the Player compromises on cameras – its main camera is 48MP (down from 64MP), it replaces the telephoto camera by a macro camera, and the front 8MP ultra-wide camera is replaced by a depth sensor.
- Further expanding its portfolio to challenge Xiaomi, Realme has launched its first TV in India. The 32-inch version is priced at Rs 12,999, while the 42-inch version will set you back by Rs 21,999.
- The 32-inch Realme Smart TV is HD-ready and the 43-inch version has FHD resolution. Realme’s Chroma Boost feature from smartphones is also there which helps boost up the brightness to 400 nits.
- Realme has partnered with Mediatek for a customised SoC with a quad-core CPU for these new TVs. For both variants, the on-board RAM is 1GB with internal storage is 8GB.
- The TV has two speakers – one is a full-range speaker and one tweeter. Combined, these bring a total output of 24W.
- For connectivity, there are three HDMI ports, two USBs, one LAN port, and one tuner port. The WiFi support is limited to 2.4GHz but there is the latest Bluetooth 5.0 on-board.
- Running on Android TV 9 Pie, the Realme Smart TV gets certain apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube pre-installed on it.
- The all-new Realme Watch carries a price tag of Rs 3,999. It will go on sale from June 5 via Flipkart.
- Realme’s first smartwatch features an Apple Watch like squarish dial with a 1.4-inch touchscreen that’s protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3. However, like the latter, the display on the former is not bezel-less.
- The Realme Watch comes with 14 sports tracking modes like yoga, badminton, treadmill, cricket, elliptical, table tennis, etc. Furthermore, it also has a 3-axis accelerometer and PPG sensor.
- Connecting to your phone via the Realme Link app, this watch can notify you about voice calls, SMS and chat messages. It can also control music or be used as a camera shutter.
- There’s IP68-certification on-board. Also available is Realme Watch fashion straps which are sold separately for Rs 499 each.
- Packing a 160 mAh battery, the smartwatch can deliver a claimed 7-day battery life with continuous heart-rate monitoring enabled. There’s also a Power Saving Mode which can extend that to 20 days of usage on a single charge.
Realme Buds Air Neo
- The new Buds Air new is priced at Rs 2,999 in India and will be sold via Flipkart beginning today.
- Positioned below the Realme Buds Air, the Neo version lacks wireless charging and uses a dated micro USB port instead of USB-C. The earbuds can last up to 3 hours on a single charge and when combined with the case, the battery life goes up to 17 hours.
- Interestingly, the Realme Buds Air Neo has a larger 13 mm driver with LCP multi-layer composite diaphragm. In comparison., the more-expensive Buds Air has a 12 mm unit.
- Using Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, the Neo also comes with low-latency gaming mode as well as Google Fast Pair protocol.
Realme 10000mAh Power Bank 2
- The Realme 10000mAh Power Bank 2 is priced at Rs 999 and it will also be sold via Flipkart from today.
- The device comes 18W two-way quick charge support with dual-output USB Type-A and a USB Type-C ports. It’s compatible with both QC 4.0 and USB-PD standards.
- The high-density Lithium-polymer battery comes with thirteen layers of circuit protection that is claimed to improve safety when charging at high speeds.
- The Renault Captur facelift has been revealed in Russia. This SUV is sold as the Kaptur in that market and it is not be confused with the European Captur which is a different SUV altogether.
- As confusing as it sounds, it is this Kapur that is sold in India as the Captur, not the European model. And therefore, expect the India-spec version to get the same updates very soon.
- Subtle changes on the outside include new chrome embellishments on the grille, new 17-inch alloy wheels and new colour options.
- On the inside, the Renault Captur gains a new steering wheel, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Bose audio system, and improved material quality all-around.
- When launched in India, the Captur facelift will for sure gain the powerful 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine which recently debuted on the Nissan Kicks and is also soon to arrive on the Renault Duster.
- The new Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite has been launched in India at Rs 8,999. It will be sold via Flipkart from May 29.
- It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Only one variant of this phone is on offer with the aforementioned storage.
- As the name suggests, the G8 Power Lite has a huge 5,000mAh battery. However, given its budget-oriented price, there is no fast charging on offer. So, the phone can only recharge at 10W over a dated micro USB port.
- The Moto G8 Power Lite has a big 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with 20:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop-style notch for its 8MP front camera.
- The primary rear camera setup on this Motorola phone consists of 16MP main, 2MP macro and 2MP depth-sensing cameras.
- BMW Motorrad has launched two new superbikes in India. The F 900 R is priced at Rs 9.90 lakh, The F 900 XR is priced at Rs 10.50-11.50 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).
- Both bikes share the same platform and engine, but the BMW F900 R is a streetfighter, while the F 900 XR is an adventure tourer that’s offered in two variants – Standard and Pro.
- The fuel tank on the BMW F 900 XR is 15.5-litres, while on its street sibling its 13-litres. Being an adventure tourer, the former has 170 mm of front and 172mm of rear suspension travel, while on the latter its 135 mm and 142 mm, respectively.
- Powering both bikes is new 895 cc, inline-twin engine which generates 104 bhp of power 8,750 rpm and 92 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-speed transmission.
- On the equipment front, both bikes feature Road & Rain riding modes, traction control, 6.5-inch TFT screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and LED headlights as standard. However, the top-spec F 900 XR Pro also features cruise control, bi-directional quick-shifter and Dynamic ESA.
- The Hyundai Verna facelift, whose launch had been delayed due to the lockdown, has now been launched in India at Rs 9.30-15.09 lakh (ex-showroom).
- The updated Verna brings with it 3 all-new engines, two of which are carried over from the new Creta, and one from the Venue.
- The 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol produces 113 bhp of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. The 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel makes 113 bhp/ 250 Nm, and is offered with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
- Then, there’s the 1.-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol from the venue which makes 118 bhp and 172 Nm. This engine is exclusively mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. With paddle shifters. Also, this engine is only available in the top-end SX(O) trim.
- Aesthetically, the Verna facelift’s highlight features include new headlamps, a much-sportier) new hexagonal grille, new bumpers, updated tail lamps and new alloys.
- On the inside, the dashboard gets a minor makeover. New feature additions include semi-digital instrument cluster, Arkamys music system, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, and an all-black cabin with red accents (for turbo-petrol version).
What is it?
Samsung’s Snapdragon SoC powered upper mid-range smartphone.
Design & Construction
- The A71 undoubtedly looks very cool in this blue shade and the reflective prism design only makes everything better.
- The build is ‘Glasstic’, which is basically plastic. So, while the phone while it may not be very premium, but it feels quite sturdy nonetheless. The in-hand feel is pretty good as well thanks to the slim profile.
- The Samsung A71 features a fantastic 6.7-inch AMOLED display with bright colours and great outlook legibility.
- The centrally-mounted Infinity-O hole-punch is a bit too large for my liking. The amount of screen space it takes isn’t much less from a traditional U-shaped notch.
- The display’s refresh rate is only 60 Hz, but that’s not surprising since Samsung is usually the last one to bring premium features to its mid-range phones.
User Interface & Performance
- The Galaxy A71 is also one of the few Samsung phones on sale in India to have a Snapdragon processor, as most of the brand’s phones feature home-brewed Exynos chips.
- The Snapdragon 730 on this phone is quite a good midrange chip and it shows. The overall performance is decently smooth as well and 8GB of RAM ensures good multitasking.
- You can occasionally play heavy games on the Samsung A71, but the Snapdragon 730 is not designed for commanding games, so you’d be better off playing casual games instead.
- On the software front, you have android 10 with One UI 2.0. The UI is pretty familiar for anyone who has used a Samsung phone in the past. A disappointing aspect is that the A71 did come with a lot of pre-installed bloatware, though.
- You get a quad-rear camera setup here. The 64MP main camera produces generally good photos with great dynamic range and punchy colours. The 12MP ultra-wide camera also gives usable results, even though the images are softer and a bit distorted around the edges.
- However, the performance of both these sensors does dip in low light. There is a night mode on-board, but low lights pics and always noisy and quite underwhelming in general, both from main and ultra-wide cameras.
- Both the main and ultra-wide cameras also take good videos in daylight impressive dynamic range and good electronic stabilization. But, turning on Samsung’s much-hyped Super Steady mode just amps up the saturation levels abnormally.
- The third 5MP macro camera on the A71 can take interesting phots, but the problem is that there’s no autofocus here, so unless you keep your hands really stable, you’d end up with a blurred photo.
- The fourth camera is a 2MP depth sensor, and if you take a lot of portrait mode pics, then you’d be happy with its performance.
- The hole-punch up front houses a 32MP selfie camera and given enough light, it does a pretty good job as well.
- This is an impressive aspect of the Galaxy A71. The 4,500mAh cell on this phone can easily give you between 6-7 hours of screen on time depending upon your usage.
- The phone also comes bundled with a 25W fast charger which delivers power via a USB-C to USB-C cable. It takes you from 0-50 per cent in 30 minutes.
- The optical in-display fingerprint scanner on the A71, like most Samsung smartphones, is pretty inconsistent.
- You still get a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the Galaxy A71.
- Priced at Rs 32,999 (as tested, after the GST hike) for its sole 8GB RAM/ 128GB ROM variant, the A71 is quite an expensive smartphone.
- It is a kind of phone that does not excel in any particular area but is more of an all-rounder. Plus it’s a Samsung, and that holds more brand value than the equivalent Chinese competition.
- However, for a couple of grand extra, you can go for the OnePlus 7T, which is a far better phone. Or, you can save some money and consider either the Realme X2 Pro or even the last year’s Redmi K20 Pro, both of which have superior chipsets than the A71.
- All things considered, while the A71 is a good phone, it’s pricing more or less ensures that only Samsung fans will consider buying it.
Check out our video review of the Galaxy A71
- To create some buzz around its first smartwatch, Realme has revealed the design and features of the Realme Watch before its May 25 launch.
- Featuring a now-familiar square dial, the Realme Watch will feature a 1.4-inch colour touchscreen. The display will not be edge-to-edge though, and the brand’s logo will be present on the bottom bezel.
- The Watch will feature 14 sports tracking modes, most notable of which include aerobic capacity, badminton, treadmill, elliptical, and even table tennis. You’ll also get music control and camera shutter control for the connected smartphone.
- Real-time heart rate and SpO2 monitoring will also be on-board which measures blood oxygen level. It goes without saying that basic features like step-tracking and sleep monitoring will also be there.
- The upcoming Realme Watch will also be offered with two types of straps – Classic and Fashion, but only the former will be available at launch.