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Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg
APPLE MACBOOK AIR 2018 PRICE IN INDIA


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The MacBook Air 2018 features Intel’s 8th gen Core-i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a gorgeous retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600 and it packs all this into a smaller and lighter chassis than its predecessor.

Tech Magg Rating ➝ 70/100


Our Prospective

The Apple MacBook Air 2018 refresh improves on what was already considered the best ultrabook, but at the same time, also brings in a significant price bump. The earlier MacBook Air was one of the most affordable and powerful ultrabooks one could buy and while the 2018 MacBook Air continues to be powerful, it is no longer the best value for money device. It is still a great device for work which is guaranteed to last you a few years. It is perfect for watching movies as well, but if you’re looking for a photo or video editing machine, this is definitely not it. For everything else, its great.


PROS CONS
  • Weighs lesser than before
  • Weighs lesser than before
  • Great battery life
  • No 16GB RAM variant available in India
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports not enough



Apple MacBook Air 2018: Detailed Review

For years, the MacBook Air was the best ultrabook available, period. For the price, it was the lightest laptop available. It was also one of the most reliable machines available, delivering consistent performance day after day, for years. However, by the time 2017 started coming to a close, people started to wonder when Apple would refresh the world’s most loved ultrabook. Apple finally announced the much-wanted refresh earlier this year and we’ve had plenty of time with the new MacBook Air to figure out if the new laptop lives up to the legacy of its predecessor.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : What’s in the Box

MacBook Air
USB-C to USB-C cable
30W Power Adapter
Warranty paperwork
Apple Stickers

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Specifications

Processor: Intel Core i5 – 8210Y
Core Count: 2
Clock Speed: 1.6GHz
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB PCIe based
Display Resolution: 2560×1600
Display Size: 13-inch
Thunderbolt Ports: 2



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Build and Design

The 2018 MacBook Air has received a design refresh, but it isn’t as radical as one. Would expect it. To be. The chassis is now slightly slimmer, the overall body size is smaller, all thanks to the display coming with a slimmer bezel. Its not just the bezels around the display that have slimmed down, but also the space around the keyboard has been cut down in thickness. There is no TouchBar on the 2018 MacBook Air, which allowed Apple to accommodate a bigger touchpad on the MacBook Air. The pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Air can be found on the left side of the machine, leaving the headphone jack all alone on the right side.

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When you take out the MacBook Air out of its box, 
the first thing you are likely to notice is how light it really is. Apple says the MacBook Air has become lighter, and we verified their statement by weighing the old and the new. Sure enough, the MacBook Air is a whole 100 grams lighter and it only took the laptop three years to shed the weight. This is now how slow you want to lose weight. Apple has also incorporated TouchID into the MacBook Air as a square button and not the round one we’ve seen on the iPhone for so many years. The TouchID also doubles up as the power button.

When we look at the new MacBook Air, it’s hard not to see the Macbook influence here. The slimmed down sides, the thinner bezels on the display and not to mention the same gold finish. The other two colours are Space Grey and Silver, both of which look equally stunning. When Steve Jobs pulled the original MacBook Air out of an A4 envelope, no one would have thought it would be possible to refine the design further, but here we are, typing this review on a thinner, lighter and more visually appealing MacBook Air.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Keyboard and Trackpad

The new 2018 MacBook Air features the second-generation butterfly mechanism for the keyboard. The original design was highly criticized for its being completely crippled by a single grain of dust. Apple worked on that vulnerability by introducing a membrane under the keycaps that prevents dust from getting in there. Additionally, it raises the keycaps a little higher than the original Butterfly mechanism. The result is slightly higher travel in the keys, which feels pleasant to type on. We also have a late 2016 MacBook Pro with the older Butterfly mechanism and those keys are practically one with the keyboard island, offering little to no feedback. On the new MacBook Air, typing is a far more enjoyable experience, especially given how eerily quiet the keys can be, unless you’re the kind who likes to take out their frustration on the keyboard as a means of cathartic release. For those with gentle fingers, this is for sure a pleasant keyboard to type on.
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Moving onto the trackpad, there is a generous slab of capacitive glass lying on top of Apple’s Taptic Engine. On either side lie force sensors which translate to the feedback you receive when you click on the trackpad. There’s no actual physical movement here, but it definitely feels like it. We had someone who had not used a Mac in the last 5 years have a go at the MacBook Air, they genuinely thought the trackpad was moving up and down. The feedback is that real. If you’re a seasoned Mac user, you’d be familiar with all the gestures one can use to get more out of the MacBook Air and for years, Apple has implemented this flawlessly. Every single gesture register with incredible ease. Spend some time with the MacBook Air and even if you’re a first-time user, you’ll get used to the gesture-based navigation very quickly, mostly because they’re intuitive and because the trackpad does not fail even a single time in registering them right.




Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Display

One of the biggest upgrades to the MacBook Air is the display. It was somewhat disappointing to see Apple carry its MacBook Air into 2018 with a 1440×900 resolution display. Well, the company is sure closing the year with a bang of pixels and colours. The new MacBook Air brings you a retina display with the resolution of 2560×1600 and a higher than sRGB colour gamut coverage. Apple continues to use IPS panels on their MacBook Air for its incredible colour accuracy. The MacBook Air is factory colour calibrated for sRGB and right out of the box, has colour reproduction accurate enough to be used as a professional photo-editing display. The display also gets really bright, hitting almost 800 nits on the top-side and going as low as 2 nits on the lowest visible setting.


Specs aside, the IPS LCD panel Apple has used continues to be an industry-leading display, with colours that have true-to-life representation and a level of crispness that is often missing on Windows-based machines. Pair that with MacOS Mojave’s dark theme and it is nothing short of a visual treat. Watching movies on his display whether from own source material of from various streaming services like Netflix is absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, unlike its bigger and more expensive MacBook Pro brethren, the MacBook Air is not capable of reproducing colours from the DCI-P3 wide-gamut colour, meaning it does not support HDR content playback. This is probably the only downside of the MacBook Air’s display, but honestly, its not something you could tell when looking at this display. What Samsung’s OLED is to smartphones, Apple’s IPS LCD is to the laptop world and the MacBook Air comes equipped with one amazing panel.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Ports and I/O

There’s only two Thunderbolt 3 ports here, one of which is taken up by the charger. On the other side, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s it. That’s all you get.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Performance

The 2018 MacBook Air is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 processor, but this is a Y-series chip. The Intel Core i5-8210 is a low power dual core CPU with a base clock speed of 1.6 GHz and a boost clock of 3.6GHz. Accompanying the processor is 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 2133MHz and 128GB of PCIe based storage. IF you’re having an eerie sense of déjà vu, you’re so not alone. There are a few things that feel very underwhelming in regards to the specification set. First, Apple used a low-power CPU for this machine. Second, for some reason, the company continues to use DDR3 RAM instead of DDR4. Lastly, 128GB of PCIe storage just feels too little, especially when you consider the number of smartphones available today with this much storage. If you do end up buying your MacBook Air from abroad, you may get lucky with more RAM, but you’re still stuck with 128/256GB storage and the low-power CPU. Interestingly, when we measured the read/write diskspeed on the MacBook Air in comparison to our 2016 MacBook Pro, the Air’s storage came out notieably slower. 
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Let’s now move to how the MacBook air performs in real life. One of the reasons the original MacBook Air became so popular was its battery life. Since PCMark doesn’t have a MacOS benchmark for the battery, our best way to figure out the capabilities of the MacBook Air’s battery was to use the machine without the charger for as long as possible. It started with a fully charged MacBook air and a whole day of editorial work ahead of it. Turns out, the MacBook Air managed to last a solid 8 hours of use with the brightness set to half and Wi-Fi turned on. The day involved writing roughly 3000 words in MS Word for various stories and some photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Typically, most ultrabooks will give 5-7 hours of battery life provided the activities are limited to basic use. But with the MacBook Air, 8 hours was a given even with a multitude of browser windows open in both Chrome and Safari, some photo editing and a little bit of YouTube. That’s Apple for you!


While my usual work machine is a 2016 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 chip and 16GB of RAM, I figured it would be a good idea to switch to the MacBook Air for a few weeks and see how it holds up to my needs. A significant part of my work involves extensive photo editing, large RAW files with 45-megapixel resolution are commonplace. Running a Lightroom Catalog with close to 13,000 photos was no problem, but editing individual high-resolution RAW files did see the machine stutter a little bit. For example, when switching from the library to the develop module, the image not only took a good 6 seconds to load, but the preview itself loaded in parts. Additionally, moving the adjustment sliders around wasn’t a smooth experience. This isn’t a photo-editing machine, so it is unfair to ask of it to be capable of editing 45MP RAW files.

The MacBook Air isn’t a sprinter, but instead, it’s the slow-and-steady marathon runner. It’s great for office goers and even the college student who lives an affluent lifestyle as the MacBook Air can easily handle the day-to-day tasks of keeping you entertained and also being your trusty work companion, as long as your work doesn’t involve photo or video editing.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Battery Life

The Apple MacBook Air comes with a 50.3Whr Lithium Polymer battery that Apple says should last you about 12-13 hours, depending on the use case. While we continually clocked a solid 8 hours, we also know that had we eliminated photo editing from our day, the machine would have easily clocked 10 hours of use. The topping up of this battery takes closer to two and a half hours with the provided charger, which is a 30Watt Power Delivery charger that charges the machine over USB-C. what this means is that while you’re charging the MacBook Air, you lose one of the two charging ports, which is a bummer for sure.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Bottomline

Every Apple loyalist is going to love the MacBook Air. Everyone who has loved using their older MacBook Air is going to love the new MacBook Air. However, if you’re not an Apple loyalist, you’re not going to be very impressed with the MacBook Air’s offerings, in comparison to what the Windows counterparts have to offer. For example, The Asus Zenbook S which costs Rs 15,000 more, comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, far more storage, one additional USB-C port and not to mention, a dongle in the box.


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition | Review | Tech Magg

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition | Review | Tech Magg


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition | Review


Celebrating its 5th anniversary, OnePlus recently announced a collaboration with Formula 1 giant, McLaren, launching the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition priced Rs 50,999. “Salute to speed” is the justification for it, and for the most part, the two complement e


ach other perfectly. Both brands are icons of speed — One on the race tracks and the other, in the hands of people. While many thought the collaboration would simply mean another sexy colour variant, OnePlus took us by surprise, packing the most amount of RAM in the phone ever. 10GB worth of memory is the highlight of the device, apart from the 30W fast charging which OnePlus rechristened as Warp Charge.


A word about the tests

The tests we used to measure the performance of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition are a combination of synthetic and extreme real-world scenarios. There’s nothing out there in the smartphone space that can really leverage so much RAM. Even Android 9 Pie’s resource management doesn’t have the provision for so much RAM and as a result, even if you keep 50 apps open (hypothetically), it won’t make any difference as Android will start killing the apps after say, the tenth app you launch.

With that in mind, here’s how the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition performed in our tests:

Test 1: Synthetic Benchmarks

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition was made to pass through the usual rounds of benchmark tests. The results were a little surprising and we spent some time figuring out why. Turns out the 8GB+128GB OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple edition performed better than the 10GB OnePlus 6T McLaren edition on all the three popular mobile benchmarks — AnTuTu 7.0, 3DMark Slingshot and Geekbench Single Core and Multi Core tests.



While the difference weren’t all that big, it dampened our expectations from the McLaren branded phone. On AnTuTu 7.0, the McLaren edition scored 293811 while the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T scored 295197, a difference of around 1386 points.



On Geekbench Single Core, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition scored 2302 against the regular OnePlus 6T’s 2375, a difference of 73 points. Even on multi-core tests, the McLaren edition charted 8691 as compared to the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T’s 8856, ahead by 165 points.



Even on 3DMark Slingshot, the OnePlus 6T McLaren gave a score of 6198 against the 8GB OnePlus 6T’s 6359, a difference of 161 points.

The difference, even though negligible, was quite baffling. Everything in the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is the same as the regular variant, save for the RAM under the hood. At least, that’s what OnePlus advertised. It was also easy to figure out that even the benchmark apps couldn’t put so much RAM into use. However, investigating deeper into the scores, we figured the RAM module on the McLaren edition, despite having a larger memory, is slower than that on the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple.



On AnTuTu, the RAM score of the OnePlus 6T McLaren came up to 3381 while the 8GB OnePlus 6T scored 3390, a difference of just 9 points. That’s just an arbitrary number you can say, but that difference in score was corroborated by Geekbench’s findings.

In the single-core tests, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition had a memory latency higher than the 8GB OnePlus 6T. Anyone remotely familiar with how computers work will know a higher latency is never a good thing. Furthermore, the memory bandwidth on the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is lower than the 8GB variant. All this, despite having a larger amount of available memory. The difference was the same in the multi-core tests as well, and we presume, that’s the reason behind slightly lower scores on synthetic benchmarks.

Let’s simplify the concept of RAM for you guys. To begin with, the software available for the device needs to be able to exploit it, which in the case of Android smartphones isn’t available. However, let us understand why the higher capacity and slower speed of the RAM isn’t a good thing. Think of RAM as the size of a room and the speed of the RAM as the number of doors in that room. RAM as the name suggests is Random Access Memory which means data comes in and out of RAM as and when you use the phone. Keeping our room and door analogy in mind, a large room with more doors (the 8GB RAM variant of the phone) will always be more efficient than a larger room with fewer doors. Remember, data needs to go in and out of this room as fast as possible and even though the size of the room is important (8GB or 10GB RAM), so is the speed at which it can enter and exit the room.

Winner: 8GB OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple

Test 2: Batch edit JPEG files

Synthetic benchmarks, as the name suggests, are artificially induced scenarios that run the same instruction set on every device to offer a standardized measurement. While it helps in comparing two similar devices, real-world usage isn’t always taken into account. That’s why we devised a performance test of batch editing JPEG files. It’s a good measurement of RAM performance as more available memory is always good for such tasks.

We divided the test into four parts — One batch with 40 images, another with 80, then with 120 images and finally, with 150 images. For every batch, we applied a preset Cross-Process filter to the images and batch processed them, and recorded the time it took for both the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and the 8GB variant to complete each set.

Here are the results:

In this case, it’s clear that the 10GB RAM on the OnePlus 6T McLaren has some impact on the processing. The higher memory allows the phone to store more data in real-time for the processor, and as a result, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition completed each test round, around 3 seconds faster than the 8GB variant.

Winner: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max

Two of the most expensive flagship devices of the year 2018 is all set to compete out. Let’s find out which premium device is the best?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB, 128GB) 

Apple iPhone XS Max (Gold, 64 GB)


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a successor to the Galaxy Note 8. The iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9 are a lot different from each other yet fall in the same segment. The Galaxy Note 9 has been launched with some cool upgrades in its S stylus pen, while the iPhone XS Max with its edge-to-edge OLED display made the phone a bit better than its previous version. They are big, powerful, stylish at the same time expensive. So if you are willing to spend this a lot of money on buying a smartphone then which one you should go with? Let’s just begin. 

Display

The iPhone XS Max features a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display that offers a resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels, while the Galaxy Note 9 Sports a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display. However, the panel on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 has a higher resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels compared to the iPhone XS. if you’re a fan of notch then the iPhone XS sports a notch on top of the display, which gives you more viewing area and a higher screen to body ratio in comparison to the Galaxy Note 9. 

Processor 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset. The phone is available in India in two variants 6GB/128GB and 6GB/512GB. On the other hand, the iPhone XS Max is powered by the Apple latest A12 Bionic chipset, which is coupled with 64GB, and 512GB storage options. 
However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offers more RAM at up to 8GB compared to the iPhone XS 4GB’s RAM. 

Camera

Both smartphones are equipped with a dual 12MP sensors at the back – 12MP wide-angle lens and 12MP telephoto lens. On paper, it looks almost the same as their previous versions. However, both the companies have done some upgrades that are not major but yet an improvement. 

At the front, the Galaxy Note 9 has an 8MP unit. This time, the Samsung has even given a control on their Bluetooth enabled S Pen that allows you to click a selfie by pressing a button on the S Pen. 

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone XS Max comes with a 7MP sensor for clicking selfies. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 67,990 for the base 8GB/128GB model, while the iPhone XS Max 64GB storage model is available for Rs 1,09,900.

Microsoft Confirms Edge Is Switching to Chromium, and Coming to Windows 7, Windows 8 as Well as macOS

Microsoft Confirms Edge Is Switching to Chromium
Microsoft Edge is ditching the existing EdgeHTML browser engine by switching to Chromium


Microsoft Confirms Edge Is Switching to Chromium


Highlights

  • Microsoft has confirmed its plan to use Chromium engine for Edge browser

  • The company is also set to bring Edge to macOS

  • It will also support development of the Chromium project


Microsoft has officially announced that it is bringing Chromium engine to Microsoft Edge. The open-source Web rendering engine is already available to the masses through Google’s Chrome browser. The Redmond-based giant also wants to become a “significant contributor” to the Chromium project. Alongside switching to Chromium engine, Microsoft has revealed that it is expanding its Edge to Apple’s macOS. A Chromium version of the Edge browser is also reaching previous Windows platforms, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.

“Ultimately, we want to make the Web experience better for many different audiences,” says Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows, in a blog post. “People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all websites while getting the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices. Web developers will have a less-fragmented web platform to test their sites against, ensuring that there are fewer problems and increased satisfaction for users of their sites; and because we’ll continue to provide the Microsoft Edge service-driven understanding of legacy IE-only sites, Corporate IT will have improved compatibility for both old and new web apps in the browser that comes with Windows.”

By switching to Chromium, Microsoft is finally ditching the existing EdgeHTML browser engine. The company is set to align Microsoft Edge simultaneously with Web standards and with other Chromium-based browsers. This will help Web developers easily test their new projects, without making any tweaks to make them compatible with the Edge browser. Microsoft is also committing to improve the Chromium project by working on features such as ARM64 support, Web accessibility, and touch support.

For the end users, the switch is vital as it will help Microsoft Edge address the ongoing compatibility issues with a large number of websites. Support for browser engines such as Blink and V8 JavaScript will also come to the Edge as these are a part of the Chromium project that has Adobe, Google, Intel, Opera Software amongst its key contributors.

“Over the next year or so, we’ll be making a technology change that happens ‘under the hood’ for Microsoft Edge, gradually over time, and developed in the open so those of you who are interested can follow along,” adds Belfiore.

Aside from opting for Chromium engine, Microsoft is set to bring the Edge browser to other platforms including macOS. This is something big if you’re among the developers who want to have the Edge browser on your Mac machine to test your Web projects. Microsoft hasn’t announced any specific schedule around the Edge support for macOS, though it’s likely to be sometime next year.

Microsoft has also revealed that it is bringing the Edge browser to Windows 7 and Windows 8. This means the browser will no longer be exclusive to Windows 10.

The arrival of Microsoft on the board of supporters of the Chromium project could indirectly help Google bring new changes to Chrome, which is currently the most popular Chromium-based browser. Also, it will give the Windows maker a chance to once again attract the open source community.

A preview build of the Edge browser based on Chromium engine is expected to debut in early next year. Meanwhile, you can join the Microsoft Edge Insider community to receive updates around the new development and continually get new preview builds to set the stage for the refreshed Edge experience.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro


Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro



Highlights

  • Both smartphones are powered by Snapdragon 636 SoCs
  • Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch 19:9 display panel
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro bears a 5.99-inch 18:9 display

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro ₹ 14,078 is the company’s latest affordable smartphone that has been launched in Thailand. Key highlights of the new Redmi Note 6 Pro include a 19:9 display with a notch up top, a Snapdragon 636 SoC, dual cameras at the back as well as the front, and AI-based camera functionality. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro ₹ 12,869 was launched in India back in February this year alongside its younger sibling, the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first smartphone in the Indian market to sport the Snapdragon 636 SoC. Let’s find out the difference in price and specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price is set at THB 6,990 (roughly Rs. 15,700) for the lone 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. The phone will be sold in Black, Blue, and Rose Gold colour options in Thailand from September 27. Other variants, if any, and their pricing have not been announced yet. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage, and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model. Colour options include Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. It is available across Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Home stores, and Xiaomi offline partners.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS LCD panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a display notch. On the other hand, Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with a tamer 18:9 aspect ratio. Both of these smartphones run custom MIUI ROMs on top of Android Oreo.

Both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC. While only a 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has been unveiled yet, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is sold in 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage models. Storage on both phones is expectedly expandable via microSD cards.

Once again, a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup is common among the two smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with features like Dual Pixel autofocus, AI portrait 2.0, and 1.4-micron pixel size. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, sports a similar setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor that has f/2.2 aperture and 1.25-micron pixel size, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size.

As for the selfie cameras, the Redmi Note 6 Pro features a dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary unit, both paired with 4-in-1 super pixel and AI face unlock. The Redmi Note 5 Pro only has a single selfie camera with a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor, accompanied by an LED selfie light and Beautify 4.0 mode.

In terms of battery capacity, both of these smartphones get the same 4,000mAh unit. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a rating of 5V/2A or 10W, Xiaomi has not yet specified power output for the Redmi Note 6 Pro. Both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors and software-based face unlock capabilities.

Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also offers 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, a Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map, snowmobile, snow weather and more

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map, snowmobile, snow weather and more


The Vikendi Map for PUBG Mobile will be available for download from 0:00 UTC (5:30 AM IST) on December 20 and will be available for matchmaking 24 hours later.

It looks like the newly announced Vikendi map will be making its way to PUBG Mobile sooner, rather than later. The new map will be available as a part of the 0.10.0 update to the game. Other new additions include a new weather mode called snow and the new map also gets an exclusive vehicle – the snowmobile. Instead of Apples, Players will be able to engage in snowball fights on Vikendi’s spawn island. The new map will be available for download from 0:00 UTC (5:30AM IST) on December 20 and will be available for matchmaking 24 hours later. It should be noted that the PUBG Mobile beta v0.10.0 is already available, but does not include Vikendi yet.

Besides this, the 0.10.0 update for PUBG Mobile also brings a whole host of new features. It will bring a new control layout for players with large hands. Additionally, there will be a display for Crew Challenge Winners on Erangel’s Spawn Island and the name of Season 1’s winning team will appear on the Spawn Island in their respective servers and modes.

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map


There are also some new thematic changes made to the game like a snow theme for the main menu. Further, players will be challenged to collect bells from all Classic Mode matches and then exchange them for rewards. Matchmaking has been changed as well and cross-server match-making gives players a chance to be matched with others of the same tier on other servers. Further, those who repeatedly exit matches right after starting will now be banned from playing for a short time. 

For the complete list of what you can expect with PUBG Mobile v0.10.0, check out the patch notes below.

New Map and In-game changes:

Vikendi, a 6km x 6km snow map
Will be available for download at 0:00 UTC on 20 DEC 2018, and available for matchmaking 24 hours later
New weather mode added: Snow
Vikendi-exclusive vehicle: Snowmobile
Snowball Fight added to Vikendi’s Spawn Island
Added layout for players with large hands
Added a display for Crew Challenge winners on Erangel’s Spawn Island. Season 1’s winning teams will appear on the Spawn Island of their respective server and modes (Season 2 registration starts at 0:00 UTC on 18 DEC 2018)
Players’ best results in Crew Challenge will now be shown on their Crew pages and can be shared with other players

Thematic Changes:

Added a Snow theme to the main menu. Collect bells from all Classic mode matches and exchange them for rewards at the event center
Shop’s front page has been tuned to emphasize themes of each major update

Matchmaking Changes:

Added cross-server matchmaking. After enabling, players have a chance to be matched to players of the same tier on other servers.
Players that repeatedly exiting matches right after starting will now be banned from finding matches for a period of time.

Security Improvements:

Players may now report suspicious behavior while spectating after dying.

Reward Improvements:

Players now can collect all daily mission awards at once.
Added Firearms Finish Upgrade System, where players can use materials at the Lab to upgrade certain weapon finishes to get additional kill effects, unique kill broadcasts, and death crate appearances.
Added Lucky Treasure, a feature that gives players a chance to get upgradable weapon finish Glacier – M416 when they finish daily missions.
Added Season spending rewards. Spend different amounts to get excellent rewards and steep discounts on firearm finishes

Other Improvements:

Added Arabic support
Players now do not need to select a second language for matchmaking and chatChat system now takes up less memory and stores more messages
New commands added to Quick Chat


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PUBG Mobile gets a new live-action trailer, watch here

PUBG Mobile gets a new live-action trailer

PUBG Mobile gets a new live-action Trailer

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that PUBG Mobile is one of the most famous battle royale games since there are well over 20 million daily active players. Developers of the game recently announced the new Vikendi snow map for the title, which is currently playable in PC test servers of the game and will soon roll out for the game on Mobile, Xbox and PS4 as well. The battle royale gaming title was also recently announced for the PS4 and the live action trailer for it was showcased, which was well made. Now, the company has released a similar live-action trailer for PUBG Mobile, which is titled #TheRealBattleground Live-action Trailer.

While previous live-action trailers of the game that were released in Chinese have been gritty, with a more serious approach, the new trailer adds a light spin to it. The new PUBG Mobile highlights the basic gameplay for anyone who has not yet tried their hands to win the chicken dinner and sums up the entire battle royale experience in short sequence of clips that are stitched well. The one minute clip digs into the PUBG Mobile experience from dropping down with the parachute to gearing up and taking on enemies as soon as you land (in war mode, we presume).


PUBG creators are well versed on how to market the game in an enticing manner so that one who hasn’t tried the game might also be tempted. We really liked the Vikendi Snow Map CG Announcement Trailer that starts in a sublime manner but soon reveals that the new map will not only be full of new places to explore, but also require better tactics. The PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring the Vikendi map for players and alongside the new weather mode called snow, the map also gets an exclusive vehicle – the snowmobile. There are many new features and improvements to the game and you can go through the patch notes here.

ECG Sensor on the Apple Watch Series 4 saves a life within days of launch

ECG Sensor on the Apple Watch Series 4 saves a life within days of launch

The ECG feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 arrived in the US just earlier this week and has reportedly already saved a life.

When Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 4, one of the main highlights of the device was its ability to record Electro-Cardiogram or ECG readings. This was achieved by an additional sensor embedded in the Digital Crown. However, it was also announced that the ECG feature would be a US exclusive for some time to come due to relevant approvals. Additionally, when the watch went on sale, the feature was missing, that is until last week, when Apple rolled out WatchOS 5.1.2 which brought the feature to the Apple Watch. Within less than a week of release, the ECG feature has already saved a life.

According to a Reddit user who had just enabled the feature on his new Apple Watch Series 4, he received an abnormal heart-rate notification on the watch. This prompted him to take a quick ECG reading which showed him that he was experiencing an atrial fibrillation event (Afib). He took the readings several times and arrived at the same conclusion. The user’s post further says that he drove himself to the hospital and as he walked into the ER said, “Ok so there is a new watch feature….hahaha….I’m silly but can we check this?” And when a technician checked his heart on a monitor, he was alarmed enough to get a doctor to come right away. After an examination, the doc tells him, “You should buy Apple stock. This probably saved you. I read about this last night and thought we would see an upswing this week. I didn’t expect it first thing this morning.”

The ECG feature along with Fall Detection were the two major features of the new Apple Watch Series 4, both of which have received positive feedback from customers who have benefitted from their real-life use cases. In the days leading up to the WatchOS 5.1.2 release, there had been reports that users outside the US could get the ECG feature by changing the region on their Apple Watch and paired iPhone to U.S., but we can confirm that this method will not work. Apple has also clarified that the feature only ships on devices that were slated for sale within the United States of America. The ECG feature, given its medical relevance, requires approval from each country’s competent medical authorities before it can ship within that country. In the US, Apple received FDA approval for the same and is working with the relevant medical authorities of various countries to expand the availability of the feature.

Here’s a quick look at Dell Latitude 2-in-1 7390 Laptop

Dell Latitude 2-in-1 7390 Laptop


The Dell Latitude 2-in-1 7390 sports a simple design with a black rubberised finish, and a silver Dell logo in the middle. However, don’t let the laptop’s subtle looks fool you.
If you are on the lookout for a office laptop with a minimalist design, then check out the Dell Latitude 2-in-1 7390. The laptop sports a simple design with a black rubberised finish, and a silver Dell logo in the middle. However, don’t let the laptop’s subtle looks fool you. The device sports a 13-inch Full HD touchscreen display with narrow bezels. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. For security, the laptop comes with Windows Hello face recognition, and it also  sports a fingerprint reader. 

Coming to the keyboard, the laptop features slightly elevated keys with a contoured design, which helps to make the keyboard comfortable to use for long durations. The keycaps are larger, which ensures that the laptop can maintain ISO compliance. Underneath is the trackpad, that offers palm rejection and multi-finger gestures. 

The hinge on the Dell Latitude 2-in-1 7390 lets you rotate the display by 360-degrees, which lets you use the laptop in tablet mode or tent mode. The device also comes with an Active Pen stylus, that can magnetically attach to the device.

The Dell Latitude 2-in-1 7390 is available with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. In terms of ports, users get headphones-mic combo jack, microSD card slot, a SIM card slot, one USB 3.1 port and the Kensington lock on the right. The left of the device has two thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI out, one USB 3.1 port, and a Smart Card reader.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX announced, designed specifically for ARM-powered Windows PCs with “extreme” performance



Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX announced, designed specifically for ARM-powered Windows PCs with “extreme” performance


On the third day of Qualcomm’s third annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, the focus shifted to ARM-powered Windows PCs. Qualcomm announced the second-generation Snapdragon chip for Always-Connected PCs, called the Snapdragon 8CX. The platform is based on a 7nm process node, a first for a processor designed for Windows PC. It won’t replace the Snapdragon 850 that Qualcomm launched at Computex earlier this year.

The Snapdragon 8CX touts a heterogeneous architecture, much like Qualcomm’s mobile platform. The CPU, GPU, DSP and the ISP along with the LTE modem are all integrated in the chip and will work without needing fans in thin-and-light designs. The entire presentation though was filled with snarky comparisons with Intel’s processors, especially in the thin and light space. Qualcomm claimed the Snapdragon 8CX is twice as powerful as a 7W Intel Y-series CPU and offers the same performance as a 15W Intel chip, but with higher power efficiency. The performance metric is probably measured through synthetic benchmark, most likely in single-threaded performance. The number is interesting because the new MacBook Air is powered by the 7W Intel chip, and going by the tall claims by Qualcomm, it’s apparently twice as fast. The performance boost is most likely for the 7nm process node as Qualcomm is able to pack more transistors even though the company had the choice to increase power efficiency here.


The Snapdragon 8CX will use Kryo 495 CPU cores in a big. LITTLE arrangement. Four performance cores based on the Cortex-A76 and four efficiency cores based on the Cortex-A55, that will divide the load up depending on the intensity. Each core will get a private L2 cache and a shared L3 and system cache. While Qualcomm didn’t specify the individual size of the cache, save for the fact that there’s a total 10MB of cache memory. Qualcomm did not officially disclose the clock speeds and the RAM limit of the Snapdragon 8CX, but the reference design laptop that the company had in the demo rooms was running at 2.75GHz with 8GB of RAM and 250GB SSD.


The CPU is paired with the new Adreno 680 GPU which Qualcomm claimed to be the most powerful graphics unit they ever made. It’s reportedly twice as fast as the Adreno 630 in the Snapdragon 850 and 3.5 times faster than the Snapdragon 835 that powered the first-generation ARM-powered Windows PCs. The big metric to note here is that the GPU on the Snapdragon 8CX is 60 percent more efficient than the previous generation. Interestingly, Qualcomm showed off the graphics processing capabilities of the new chip with a demo of Asphalt 9 which is more popular in smartphones than PCs. Nevertheless, the Adreno 680 has twice the number of transistors and twice the memory bandwidth and supports DirectX 12 and can output to two 4K HDR monitors simultaneously.


The Snapdragon 8CX will support Windows 10 Enterprise with collaboration with Mozilla to develop a dedicated browser for Always-Connected PCs. Windows on Snapdragon can now come with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM and support NVMe SSD and UFS 3.0 storage, although it will ultimately depend on the OEMs to ship the laptops with faster and more memory.There has been no increase in the battery-life in the Snapdragon 8CX SoC. It will still deliver over a day of battery life, which in my opinion, is the real reason one should get a Snapdragon-powered PC. It also sports the same Snapdragon X24 LTE modem Qualcomm announced in the Snapdragon 855 that can deliver peak download speed of 2Gbps. The company even teased that they will be ready with a 5G-powered Snapdragon chip for Windows in 2019. That’s certainly something to look forward to in markets where 5G will be deployed next year. Qualcomm Senior Vice President, Sanjay Mehta said the first wave of Snapdragon 8CX-powered PCs will hit the market in the second half of 2019 and IFA in Berlin is when we can expect the new PCs to come out. More importantly, he said the PCs will be coming to emerging markets including India in the second or third quarter of 2019.


While we will reserve our verdict about the Snapdragon 8CX till we get our hands on a PC powered by the new chip, the Snapdragon 8CX certainly sounds impressive in the tall claims Qualcomm made at the presentation. It’s the first SoC Qualcomm has designed that is dedicated to PCs, and safe to say, Intel should be a little scared right now.