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Aside from adding “Plus” to its name, the phone has some interesting changes compared to its smaller brother. The phone now has 6GB RAM compared to 4GB which was in Moto G6 and the phone also has a bigger display and this one doesn’t have a notch too.
Other specs of the phone include a Snapdragon 630 Processor and Adreno 508 GPU. In the optics department, the phone has dual rear cameras. The first one in the duo is a 12 Megapixel sensor and the second one is a 5 megapixel with f/2.2 aperture and 79-degree lens. The front of the phone packs a 16-megapixel selfie camera and just like the rear camera, there is a flash on the front of the phone too.
Storage wise, the phone will come with 64GB internal storage and it will support memory cards up to 128 GB in size. The battery pack of the phone is average 3200 mAh and it will cost Rs 22,499 in India.
Considering the phone is popular in the country, it will be interesting to see how it sells compared to the competition.
The phone is basically a mid-range large screen smartphone that comes with a stylus.
On the front of the phone is a 6.2-inch screen which does not have a notch, a huge plus point for people looking for devices like Note 9. The phone is packed with an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM which should be plenty for most users. There is a single 16-megapixel sensor on the back and the phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
But enough about specs, let’s talk about the USP of the phone -the stylus. The phone can record and recognize handwriting even when the display of the phone is off. The stylus can be used to manipulate videos and photos on the phone and just like Note 9, you can create GIFs from Videos.
The phone will sell for Rs 21,999 in India, which is roughly $306. Considering the fact that there is basically no competition on the market, at least in the mid-tier, the phone may be worth picking if you are a hardcore stylus user.
Getting a bit disappointed by the naming and phone design aside, the P30 Note does come with decent specs for its price. The phone has a quite large 5000 mAh battery which should be enough for most hardcore phone users. The phone has a Snapdragon 636 Processor and it will come in 4Gb and 6 GB RAM variants.
Now onto the cameras, the phone comes with a typical dual camera system, on the back is a 16 Megapixel main sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for taking depth data. The front of the phone is equipped with a 12-megapixel camera for taking selfies.
The phone supports dual sim and dual LTE connections and it comes with a USB-C port. At the time of launch, the phone will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo but the company has stated that it will get Android Pie OTA.
P30 Note may be a good phone for you if you dig how iPhone X looks but you don’t want to shell out $1000 for it.
Love them or hate them, it looks like Notches are there to stay, Nokia, a brand that has been behind many unique designs in past is also following it. The last launched phone, Nokia X6 had one and it looked a lot like the iPhone X and the newly leaked Nokia X7 will also come with a notch as it seems.
An image from a Foxconn employee was leaked recently which showed a display panel frame of the upcoming Nokia phone, the X7. The frame shows that X7 will come with a taller than usual aspect ratio and a Notch at the top of the phone.
Also, looking at the photo, we can be sure that Nokia X7’s display will be larger than 6 inches.
The report also stated that Nokia X7 will cost around CNY 2,000 which will be roughly 20,400 in Indian Rupees. Still, it’s pretty early for concrete information, we will have to see how the phone sells compared to other phones in the market.
Its a fairly mid-range device and as such, the phone runs on a Snapdragon 660 SoC which is paired with 6GB of RAM. RAM amount is a bit overkill for the processor, but sure Samsung, why not. Apart from the processor and RAM, probably the biggest USP for the phone is its 6.3 inches Super AMOLED display which has gorilla glass protection.
On the rear, A8 Star comes with an unimpressive pair of dual cameras, one with a 16-megapixel sensor and another with a 24-megapixel sensor. The front camera is also has a 24-megapixel sensor but it comes with some software features such as Smart Beauty and Pro lightning and of course, AR stickers.
The inbuilt storage of A8 Star is 64GB and it can be expanded by added a microSD card with up to 400GB size.
As usual for phones running the Android Go platform, the J2 trades high-end specs for a cheaper price while still providing acceptable performance.
The phone will come with a Quad-core Exynos 7570 SoC and 1Gb of RAM. Under the hood, the phone will run Android 8.1 Oero Go edition with some Google optimized apps including Files Go, Assistant Go, GBorad and Gmail Go.
Probably most interestingly, phones with Android Go get updates directly from the mothership and the J2 Core will also be devoid of bloatware and apps that Samsung installed on its other phones.
Apart from the unimpressive specs of SoC, the phone will come with a 5-inch qHD display and an 8-megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash. Samsung has also added a 5-megapixel sensor on the front.
“The Galaxy J2 Core offers a complete smartphone experience, incorporating some of the key features available on high-end devices with improved battery, storage, and performance that is particularly appealing to first time owners,” said Junho Park, VP of Global Product Planning.
The company has not announced the exact price of the phone yet, but we can expect it to be quite cheap considering its OS and its specs.
Pixel Phones have been a sure shot success for Google. Both OG Pixel and Pixel 2 have received praise from most users and the phones have sold well too. With this, Google is working to launch new Pixel Phones somewhere around October. And, we have some photos of the upcoming phone.
TechCrunch shared some photos of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL recently. And let me tell you, if you are not a fan of Notches, this one is going to be a big disappointment for you.
Sure, other Android phones have come with Notches in past even Google added support for Notches on the latest release of Android Pie, but Pixel 3 XL’s notch seems to be one of the deepest we have seen. Almost twice as thick than iPhone X’s and the phone still has a sizable chin at the bottom.
But all the news is not bad, probably the smaller Pixel 3 will come without a notch and the phone will also have some new colors. Apart from that, the phone will probably have the best cameras at the time of launch as Google has done in the past two years.
Still, I long wait for the days when Notches will be gone as a tread just like Flip Phones, Qwerty phones and Plastic back phones have.
Galaxy Note 9 has a dedicated Bixby button on the left side of the phone which can be disabled so that users don’t open it accidentally. Before Note 9, on earlier devices with dedicated Bixby buttons such as Galaxy S9, Note 8, users could remap the Bixby key for other actions or apps.
But a user reported on XDA forums that the app bxActions, which is used to remap Bixby on Note device is no longer working. As it makes it clear that Bixby will stay assigned to the button even when users may want to change it to launch -often much useful- Google Assistant.
This is especially disappointing for users living in countries like India where many of Bixby’s features are disabled to making it the lame duck of AI assistants.
Sure, Bixby is not completely terrible, but Samsung is already charging almost one grand for the phone and it feels sad to see a company like Samsung desperately trying to force users to use an inferior product.
Only time will tell if someone could figure out another way to remap the Bixby kee on Galaxy Note 9 and other Bixby 2 equipped devices.
Sure, online video usually takes most of the content consumption time for us but there are still plenty of cases where having a great video player for your Mac is important. We did talk about some good Video Players for Windows a couple months ago, it would only be fair that we talk about some of the best free video players for Mac too. So, here is a compiled list of some of the best video players that are available for your MacBook and Mac Pro.
VLC is probably the best for you
VLC is one of the most popular media players for any platform at the moment. Sure, it’s not the best looking and sure, it may not have all the features related to videos on earth. Still, VLC has a very snappy user interface, almost all common features someone may expect, and it plays anything you throw at it.
Among all other features, wide format support is one of the strongest suits of this Open Source video player for Mac. Apart from that, gesture support for the touchpad is also excellent and you can customize almost all aspects of the software including skins and keyboard shortcuts.
Its shortcomings include a fairly average media library and its tendency to eat your battery. Still, if all you are looking for is an ad-free, simple yet powerful video player for Mac, VLC should be your pick.
While not entirely the best video player for mac, sometimes, what is included just works. If you need a media player with best battery optimization possible, Quick Time player is the video player you should be going for.
Frankly, Quick Time sucks for a wide video format support especially, it can’s play MKV files. Still, if most of your media is Apple ecosystem generated, you should be good to do. It comes preinstalled on all MacBooks and Macs and is one of the few apps that support Apple Airplay.
In case you did not already know, MPV is the fork of the popular mplayer. Just like VLC, MPV is a free and open source video player that supports hardware decoding and OpenGL video options. MPV also has a very minimal UI only showing you controls when needed and it stays out of your way unless needed.
These features alongside with a wide file format support make MPV is great video player for Mac OS X. If you don’t like VLC for some reason, the free price and good feature set of MPV make it worth looking at.
Pick Kodi if you want a full flagged media center video player
Kodi was previously known as XBMC. The open source application is not only a video player with a wide format support, it also has a UI that makes it one of the best to use on a home theater PC.
Kodi is made with a 10 foot UI and if you have your PC in a living room, Kodi makes it really easy to watch video on your Mac from a couch. Alongside being an excellent video player, Kodi proves itself among the best free video players for mac by having impressive library creation and management features. It also supports a large number of online channels and if you have a TV tuner, you can enjoy watching TV on your mac too.
5K Player is probably the best video player for your MacBook or Mac if you have a ton of High-resolution videos. While the format support is not as strong as VLC or MPV, 5K Player will still support most common video formats.
While 5K Player is impressive for high-res video playing. What struck me most was its support for watching and downloading video from sites such as YouTube and Dailymotion. 5K Player also supports online radios such as BBC, iHeartRadio and if you want, you can download tracks from sites such as SoundCloud too.
So, which one do you think is the best free video player for Mac?
I prefer VLC about all because it just works. Among the 5 apps, I talked about, which one is your favorite? Is there any other app that I should have listed here? Share with others in the comments below.
The phone, which was originally launched at Rs 25,900 ($370), now costs Rs 21,900 or $315. On Samsung’s official site, Amazon and PayTm mall.
For the price, the Galaxy A6+ comes with a large 6-inch super AMOLED display and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC and comes in a single 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant.
Onto optics, the phone has a dual rear camera setup, the first one is a 16-megapixel setup with f/1.7 aperture and the other one with a f/1.9 sensor with 5-megapixel resolution. The selfie camera of the phone has a rather large 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture. Probably more interestingly, both cameras come with LED flashes.
The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and it has a 3500mAh battery under the hood.