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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is an improvement over its predecessor, but it’s not enough of an improvement to seek an upgrade from last year’s Note 3. It is also behind competitors.

The metal back also feels sturdier this time. It feels like a thick slab of metal unlike last time, while you get the same glossy plastic on the front as before. The phone is also reasonably compact for a 5.5 inch device. To be clear, it’s not perfectly suited to single-handed usage, but close enough that you won’t complain when you really need it.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is fast, lasts long, has a functional display and an improved camera. That makes it a decent smartphone to buy. However it is neither the best value at this price, nor a true upgrade to the Redmi Note 3. What you actually may want to buy this phone for is storage. The 4GB/64GB variant costs Rs. 12,999 and that makes it a very good deal. The 2/32GB and 3/32GB should also turn some heads.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra ZU680KL

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra ZU680KL
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The Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra is a decent smartphone, but it doesn’t make sense at Rs. 49,999. The Xiaomi Mi Max is pretty much as fast and a more colourful screen. The Zenfone 3 Ultra does have a better camera, but it still doesn’t belong in the premium range.

For one, the volume rocker on the back sits flush with the body. The material feels pretty much the same as the metallic back panel, making it hard to identify by touch.

Next, the capacitive buttons on the front and fingerprint sensor cum home button are too small. While that’s fine for the fingerprint sensor, the surface area available for using the back and recents button is too little for a phone this size. As a result, there are often a few too many missed touches here.

Lastly, and most importantly, the build itself is questionable. While the metal build feels premium, our particular unit came with a minute chip on the bottom, out-of-the-box. Further, the paint seems to be wearing off on the back and recents buttons.

When using a premium device, one wants no compromise. Unfortunately, the Zenfone 3 Ultra isn’t without compromises. While it is indeed a decent smartphone, the price is simply outrageous.

You can get the same performance and a better looking display from the Xiaomi Mi Max, which costs less than half of this. The Zenfone 3 Ultra does offer a better camera, but whether that’s enough for you to spend 50k on this is a decision we leave up to you.

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Nokia 6 announcement leaves a lot of questions unanswered

Nokia 6 announcement leaves a lot of questions unanswered
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We’ve all pictured it. Arto Nummela comes on stage, puts up a slide of all Nokia phones of yore, and then puts an ‘A’ in front of them, signifying that they’re all now on Android. Why not, right? The phones that made Nokia the legend could very well be the ones that bring it back into the market. Right? Right? Wroong.

The first Android phone sold under the Nokia brand is going to be the Nokia 6. We all know that now. The metal clad smartphone that runs on a Snapdragon 430 has received mixed reactions from the public, why? Let’s discuss.

midst all the specifications, you may have missed a crucial bit of information about the Nokia 6. According to HMD Global, the phone has dual-amplifiers that produce dB louder sound than regular amps. That, in our opinion, is a very Nokia thing to do. Such an enhancement can indeed be useful to the user. It may be apparent only when tested side-by-side, but it may also be one of those features that you can’t let go of once you use it.

Nokia’s “legendary” status may end up being an issue in its revival. The company is known for innovation, it is known for making products that others didn’t think of. When people think Nokia, especially one that isn’t aligned with Microsoft, they can’t help but expect something that no one else is giving them. Looking at how saturated the industry is today, that may be a major issue.

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