So, surviving through the tech news drought. Bloggers like me, tech publications, youtubers, basically all of the industry has nothing to talk about. But I thought, hey! it’s only two months till the 2021 iPhones come out so let’s talk about them.

These are leaks from Jon Prosser and Mark Gurman and other leaksters with good track record. Apple and Tim Cook are trying their best to stop the leaks so much so that they’re having Apple employees wear police-grade bodycams to atleast control the leaks. but let’s not get into that right now. there have been a lot of speculation about the specs of new line-up, I don’t the name ’cause Jon Prosser says its 12s but many websites still say its 13.

I have some thoughts on the naming of not just 12s/13 but also the current 12, which I’ll get to in a sec. So, leaks say its a complete overhaul of the current gen, 2021 iPhones are expected to get a smaller notch, 120hz LTPO display, Sensor-Shift Stabilization for the whole line-up, better cameras with bigger lenses and finally, this have very small chance of happening but a return of Touch-ID either under the display or in the power button.

Credit: Forbes

Now, coming back to my point of naming, I think the 2021 line-up deserves a numeric update, seeing the iPhone 12 line-up, that was a ‘s’ update, Apple just squared off the edges and added 5g. I know, they added OLED display to regular iPhone 12 and 12 mini but come on, my $185 Samsung budget phone has that. It was a just a refresh here and there as you would expect in a new phone so I think iPhone line-up should’ve been called 11s but its okay.

The design with the fat notch is still from 2017 and screen is still 60hz. 2021 line-up screams new, and Apple may go portless this year. There also have reports of Apple claiming that the 2021 Pro Max version will be the cheapest 6.7″ iPhone ever. Now, onto the caveats, high refresh rate could be exclusive to the Pro models, camera upgrades also exclusive to the Pros but the Sensor-Shift Stabilization will be available on the whole line-up. Also, after poor sales of iPhone 12 Mini, Apple killed the production of it but they’re still releasing a 2021 Mini.

iPhone 12 Mini

So, after a difficult year, Class of 2021 has graduated. Now I can’t help you pick out which school to go to but what I can do is pick out best tech so let’s get into it. Now, this guide is what you may need the most, you can always add stuff. From gaming to work, its college, you know you want to have fun.

Laptop

Asus Zephyrus G14 2021

You need a computer for those assignments and to play some games in your free time. For this I chose the Asus Zephyrus G14, its a great 14″ gaming laptop which is also thin and light. Now, its not cheap but the specs, which I’ll talk about in a sec, justifies the price. It has the latest Ryzen 9 5900HS with a Nvidia RTX 3060 with 6gb of VRAM, it comes with a 1tb NVMe M.2 ssd and 16gb of memory, which is upgradable to 40gb but I think, I’ve seen the benchmarks and 16gb is enough for most triple A titles and combining the Ryzen 9 5900HS with the 3060, its a pretty suite combo.

You also get a good amount of IO, it has 3x Type-A ports(USB 3.2), 2x Type-C but its not Thunderbolt because of AMD processor, a DC charging port(it can also charge via USB C), 1x HDMI 2.0 port and lastly, a headphone jack. This model will set you back $1499(Rs.150,990) and that’s not cheap but if someone is in the market of a good gaming laptop, they know what they’re getting into. I’ll leave a link down below for everything that I’ll talk about.

Coming to the screen, the model, I’m recommending is the top spec variant so you choose between 1080p 144hz and 1440p 120hz, I suggest you go with 1080p 144hz but it comes down to personal preference. Anyway, its pantone certified, so the colors are pretty accurate. Asus G14 is the direct competitor to the Razer Blade 14, which is also a very good laptop, they both trade blows but overall I prefer the Asus, one of the reasons is that the ram is soldered to the motherboard so you can’t upgrade it and I know its personal preference but I like the design and look of the G14

Backpack

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I chose the Puma Red Bull Racing backpack, I’m biased and I’m a Formula 1 fan. Its a 13cms backpack with 24l of storage inside, and I checked and yes, you can fit Asus G14 in it, in fact a bigger 15″ laptop too. It looks great and light and it fits my stuff. This backpack costs around $30

Gaming Controller

Now, you may or may not need this in your backpack going to college but if I’m buying any kind of gaming laptop, I want to fulfill its primary purpose. So for this I chose the PowerA Xbox licensed wired controller, Its a hybrid of the Xbox One and the Xbox Series controller but its a good start for casual gaming and it also costs just around $30(Rs.2,199) if you fancy spending extra then you can go with the wireless Xbox Series controller, its $59.99(Rs. 5,870) plus if you want to customize your controller then for just extra $20, you can do it on the Xbox website.

Mice

Razer DeathAdder Essential

Finally, if you’re not comfortable with the trackpad or you wanna game better then you need a mouse. For this I chose the Razer DeathAdder Essential, its a Razer product, so its very optimized for gaming with a peek DPI of 6400. It has great ergonomics and 6 custom mapped buttons. Its minimalist with a touch of that gamer feel. For just around $20(Rs. 1599), it offers some nice value.

Now, I’ll leave all the links for things that I talked about below.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2021 Puma RBR Lifestyle Backpack Galaxy Blue PowerA Xbox Gaming controller Razer DeathAdder Essential

So, EVs, The future, saving the planet and more stuff like that but as they become more and more mainstream, there are options. Tesla has four cars on sale right now and Cybertruck and Roadster is still in hype and being anticipated by people, almost every brand has an EV already on sale or will be in the near future.

Ford, after rolling out the Mustang Mach E and disappointing many Mustang fans, they made history and I mean literally. Ford’s F-150 trucks are most selling and most popular vehicle on the market in US, I saw a documentary in which they said that almost every 53 seconds, a F150 rolls out the assembly line, and that’s a pretty good number. So, now you know the importance of the vehicle in Ford’s lineup and turning that electric is a big step in electrifying the human race.

I’ll get to the practicality in a second but right off the bat, it looks fabulous. Initially, when it came out, I preferred the Cybertruck(I still do) but other than the fact that Cybertruck is made by Elon and me worshipping him, F150 really grew on me. the front lightbar, running across the whole front and same at the back. Since it’s electric, it doesn’t have an engine under the hood, so it also doesn’t need a grill. Absence of the engine made a huge space in front, hence the frunk is bigger than most cars’ boot. It has the ports you may need for your tools or devices, 2 full size wall plugs, a USB Type-C port and a USB type-A port along with a light.

Ford F-150 Lightning Frunk

Coming around the side, it’s still a five-seater with a unibody design. It retains the classic F-150 design, so nothing too crazy *coughs* Cybertruck. That’s what a F150 buyer wants and that’s why they have been buying it for so long. On the inside, It carries the conventional F150 design with some tweaks, like the new 15-inch portrait touchscreen with a physical volume dial, a digital driver’s display. The practicality is also in ample amounts, now as a person who has never seen a F150 in person ’cause its not on sale in India, so bare with me. One of the best features of the cabin is the folding armrest, the gearlever folds flat with a touch of a button and the armrest unfolds into a small table, you can use it eat in the car or put a laptop for your work and things like that. One more thing, in case of a blackout, if its charged, it can power your house up to 3 days. Because it has something called bi-directional charging, it can be charged or return it while being plugged in.

Dash layout of the F-150

That was the interior, you get futuristic interior in almost every car, so what’s the different? Well, its a pickup and it does live up to its name. The F-150 Lightning can tow 10,000 lbs. of weight behind it and can carry 4,000 lbs. on the loading bed. You may ask with this much weight, that must take toll on the range? Well, I can’t say for sure, Ford didn’t released numbers for this and it’ll hit the market next year but the computers in the vehicle monitors the weight and calculates the range based off of it. Now, this may not be relevant to a practical pickup truck but electric cars in general are fast from 0-60 and F-150 Lighting is no exception. It can go from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds, that’s faster than many muscle cars.

Now, let’s talk some numbers, the F-150 Lightning will come with 426hp, 775lb-ft and this will give 230 miles of range but the extended battery pack will give out 563hp, 775lb-ft which will give 300 miles of range. Now what’s the damages gonna be? It starts just under $40k, and this doesn’t include the $7500 federal tax credit, so sounds a pretty sweet deal to me to go electric.

Disclaimer: Now, F-150 has never been on sale in India and I don’t it will be in the near future so these are my thoughts based on the info available publicly. I don’t know pros and cons of the F-150 lineup, its a new car which is electric, looks good and practical and that’s what I saw.

So, Apple’s annual developers conference keynote just ended and it was meh… I’m not complaining, except that I am. Its just that I expected more after the mind blowing-Mission Impossible-Tim Cook jumping off the roof Spring Loaded event. Apple did announce many amazing new features though, which I’ll get into a minute. As always, Apple just announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8 and MacOS Monterey.

iOS 15

So, right off the bat, Apple started with FaceTime. It now supports Spatial Audio with machine learning cutting out any ambient noise that might interrupt you. Facetime also has SharePlay, so you can watch movies with your friends and family while still on call. Obviously, I haven’t used this feature now but as smooth as Apple is with software this could really eliminate the lag of screen share if you’re trying this on Zoom. They didn’t share us if this is screen share or FaceTime plays it at the same time on everyone’s phone with the respective app. Oh and FaceTime is now available on android, Psych! Not exactly, people with iPhone or Apple devices can share their FaceTime link with people with android to join, ngl I was hoping for iMessage for android.

Apple is really emphasizing on going fully digital, already your credit card and payment is digital but Apple along with third party brands is turning locks, car keys, hotel keys and many more on your phone. BMW and other manufacturers will ship cars with UWB from late 2021. There is also cool new animations for the whether app and more precise graphics for Apple Maps.

iPadOS 15

iPad OS got a fairly new redesign with iOS App Gallery coming to iPad. There is a whole new multitasking interface, so the you can finally take full advantage of the big screen. Also, there is a new Focus mode on iOS and iPadOS 15, its a mini DND mode for when you’re at work or home, it helps you focus on the stuff you’re doing where you’re doing. Live Text is basically does what Google Lens does, sry Apple. It takes text from photos or screenshot and help you look it up or remember it. There’s also a Quick Note so you can now make a memo, its kinda like a digital Post-It. SwiftUI is also now present on the iPad so you can build apps and post them on App Store directly from an iPad.

WatchOS 8

There’s really not much to talk about in WatchOS ’cause don’t be mad at me but as I said above the keynote was very underwhelming. They talked about health, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing but I’m 17 and I don’t want my to judge my walk, I have parents for that. Anyway, it has a cool new live wallpaper that changes as you rotate your digital crown. There’s the new Breathe app and that’s it.

Audio

As I mentioned above, There’s Spatial Audio for FaceTime but its exclusive to AirPods Max and AirPods Pro. AirPods now gets built-in AirTags and just like the AirTags, you can find your lost AirPods via Find My app with sound and proximity view. They come with a handy new feature called Conversation Boost, it helps people with mild hearing lose to hear what the other person is saying, just like the FaceTime, software analyzes the voice of a person and amplifies so that you can hear it.

MacOS Monterey

MacOS, neck and neck running on the hype train with iOS. First, hats off to Apple marketing team on coming up with this name. So, this has to be my favorite feature of the new MacOS, Universal Control. This lets user to use their iPad, Mac and MacBook to seamlessly use the cursor across the devices exactly like a dual or triple monitor setup except its wireless. You could be using your MacBook and want to bring a photo over to edit, you just swipe to the iPad drag it back to your MacBook. Shortcuts are now available on Macs.

Safari got a major redesign, you can now group your tabs with labels, like you can open emails, PDFs on the work Tab Group and photos of last road trip on family Tab Group. AirPlay is also now available, so you can use your iMac’s powerful speakers for your music playing from your iPhone.

Now, to the disappointments, 16″ MacBook Pro was rumored but we didn’t got, there have been memes instantly uploaded on the internet but WWDC is never about hardware so we can’t complain much.

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So, Samsung launch phones almost every minute and they are particularly focusing on the Indian market with India exclusive M series and the new F series. To sum it up, Samsung has their S and Note flagship lineup, Z Foldable lineup, A budget-midrange lineup and M and F India exclusive budget lineup. So, what’s the difference between the M and F line? Well, there isn’t. The Galaxy F41 shares it chassis with the Galaxy M21 which shares it with the Galaxy M31 which shares it with 2019’s Galaxy M30s, their practically the same phones even with the same aged Exynos 9611 chipset(which by the way is also in the global Galaxy A51, the most popular android phone of 2020) with few trade offs to justify their prices.

First, let’s talk specs. So, it gets a 6.4″ sAMOLED FHD+ display with a notch housing the front camera. It has a triple camera setup with a 64mp(f/1.8) main lens, a 8mp(f/2.2) 123° FOV ultrawide lens and a 5mp(f/2.4) depth camera along with a 32mp(f/2.0) front camera. It can shoot upto 4k@30fps from the main lens and the front camera. The body is made up of plastic, sorry polycarbonate. For security, you have 2d face unlock and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It has 6000mAh battery. Thankfully, it still comes with headphone jack and a 15w fast charger out-of-the-box. It comes in two variants, 64gb and 128gb with 6gb RAM as standard along with MicroSD card which can expand your storage up to 512gb.

Now, I do think the design is a bit outdated, with a notch and a thick chin but the display is too good for its segment, none of the competition offers an OLED display, I had absolutely no issues with it, it can go up to 425 nits of brightness, it maybe not too bright but I didn’t had problems in direct sunlight. I talk about the cameras with some samples in the end. Talking about battery life, I charge it overnight with fast charging off(to not overheat the phone) and it has amazing battery, I get up with 100% and go to sleep with minimum 25%, Usually I get left with more than 35%, I couldn’t kill this battery in a day.

Touching at the performance, I’m a mild user with mostly using social media. I game few times a week, so its been fine but I recently started playing Call Of Duty Mobile, whenever I play that, the phone heats a bit but nothing to serious. There have been hiccups in the UI while opening and closing apps or just while surfing through them. I definitely want a faster processor but the Exynos 9611 has been fine, not great, fine. Samsung confirmed second phone in the F series, Galaxy F62 which is set to rock the flagship Exynos 9825, chip which powered the Galaxy Note 10 lineup.

Software, It came with OneUI 2.1 based on android 10 but got upgraded to OneUI 3.0 based on android 11 in late-January. Samsung gives 3 generation android updates to its flagships but I still don’t know how much Samsung will hold onto this phone. The software is also a stripped down version of the flagships, so that’s disappointing because it takes away many useful features like native screen recorder and many more.

As this phone shares it chassis with the many more phones but the camera bump is shared only with the Galaxy M31, they both also share cases. I use a case on my phone because I drop it lot but if you’re thinking of going commando, keep in mind that it is a fingerprint magnet. It is a bit heavy and thick because of the big battery but the thickness is almost same as the galaxy S21 Ultra and you’ll get used to the weight.

It comes in three colorways, Fusion Black, Fusion Blue and Fusion Green. It also has Dolby Atmos whenever earphones are connected, wired or Bluetooth, it kicks in and sounds are noticeably improved. The Galaxy F41 is gonna set you back 15,999(~$220) for 64gb variant and 16,499(~$227) for the 128gb model but with cards and deals, you can get it for much cheaper than that. I have put some camera samples down below, it’ll give you an idea what’s all the fuss is about and also Amazon links of the Galaxy M series, so do check that out, it really helps the blog.

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Galaxy M31s Galaxy M31
This clip is shot at 4k 30fps on a bic and at that resolution, you do miss out stabilization. I noticed that it constantly struggled for white balance, if take a look at the sky, sometimes its blue and other times completely blown out.
This clip is shot at that Super Steady mode and while you get much more stable video and all this is without OIS, you lose many details of the video because it is shooting from the inferior ultrawide angle lens with much lower rez sensor.

So, 2020 is about to end in a few days time and I(people) had some thoughts and the topic for this blog is people’s thoughts on smartphones these days. Everyone is saying that all the smartphones look the same and are boring with no major upgrades from one generation to the next. Well, there can be a debate on this, its true that all the smartphones of today are pretty similar but that’s the beauty of it, now you can pick up any phone and wouldn’t be disappointed, plus there’s so few differences in feature set of the flagships and the mid-range or even the budget range. The Pixel 4a can shoot stills which much more expensive offerings can’t.

That was the one side of it but on the other hand, phones like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 108MP main sensor, with 8k video recording, from a smartphone. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can shoot in Dolby Vision HDR, its at that quality that most devices doesn’t support it. The OnePlus 8T can charge at 65w fast charging or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra which can charge at 120w, these kind of devices keep things interested in the industry. If this wasn’t enough, brands came out with folding phones, like the 2nd gen Galaxy Z Fold2 5G or the Moto Razr 5G, every manufacturer has their own philosophy of multitasking and fitting a bigger screen in your pocket, like with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung folded the tablet sized display is half or the Galaxy Z flip and the Moto Razr folds in a clamshell making a normal phone more pocketable or the Microsoft Surface Duo which has two displays glued together with a 360° hinge.

In today’s world, every brand is trying to web you in their ecosystem, like Apple, a ecosystem which is becoming more and more exclusive to its products each day or Samsung, which may not be as exclusive but has a much more wide range of products ranging from smartphones to TVs to refrigerators to smart home appliances like Ballie and there are rumors of an OnePlus smartwatch in partnership with Google.

In the end, buying a phone is a very personal decision, if not the most and I and in fact, every tech youtuber or blogger is trying to show you the best deal for your hard-earned money. I can tell you which is the best but I cannot influence your preference or choice, like a iPhone user will not change to an android phone because its their choice, while the phones in that price point provide much more on paper but the user wants to buy the new iPhone and doesn’t care about the spec sheet.

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So, its finally december and a fullstop to the year 2020 and while this might not be great for everybody, its been awesome for tech. We had many launches/unveiling ranging from smartphones to tablets to the new Next-Gen consoles. A bit of disclaimer, the choices below are my personal preferences and what I think might be the best for your buck. So, let’s get into it, I’ve divided the categories into six parts, Budget, Mid-Range, Flagship, the best overall package, the most innovative and the bust of 2020. I’ll be sharing my personal favorite in the end.

Budget(~$400 or less)

The participants for this round are the OnePlus Nord, Google Pixel 4a and iPhone SE. I’ll not dive too deep here, if you want to see the comparison just click here, The Midfield Battle. Anyway, for me the Pixel wins the battle because it has the vanilla android with first in line for updates, a killer still camera without any useless 2mp lenses, stereo speakers and its the best of both worlds, the compact form-factor as the iPhone SE and a great OLED display like the Nord. Now, I know that the Nord got a high refresh rate, glass back and faster charging but most people will slap a case on the back, so it doesn’t matter and iPhone SE, in the same category, has got the 5w ultra slow charger in 2020, this makes the 18w decently fast charger of Pixel look pretty good.

Mid-Range($500 to $800)

In the ring for this round are, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, OnePlus 8/8T, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 5. Now, this segment has been the most tricky one, because the S20 FE and 8T are value kings and the iPhones are more of a premium devices. So, I choose the iPhone 12 Mini as the winner, its a massive refresh to see a phone, at this price point, as small as this, with a screen size of just 5.4″, the phone, physically, is smaller than the iPhone SE but has a much larger display. The features are exactly same as the OG 12 but just smaller in size. To read in detail, just click here, iPhone 12 series.

Premium Flagships(~$900 or above)

Now, this is where things get interesting, this is the bracket where brands doesn’t hold back and give us everything their R&D teams can squeeze out of the technology available. The contenders are the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, OnePlus 8 Pro and the Motorola Edge. Now, Apple says that the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets a 47% larger sensor than the 12 Pro but its still quite small compared to the Note 20 Ultra, it still gets a new Sensor Shift Stabilization which can stabilize a footage 5k times per second than the usual 1k times in normal OIS, pretty impressive, but the winner of this round is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra because it has a much faster refresh rate at 120hz, a 9ms latency S pen, much bigger main camera sensor at 108mp and a fast charger included in the box(*last point is just for humor).

The Bust of 2020

This does not come as a surprise, the worst smartphone of 2020 is the regular Galaxy Note 20, while its big brother is best android phone on the planet(if you can afford one), it does not live up to any standards of a $1000 phone. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a better spec sheet and is still cost less. It has a 1080p 60hz display which is exactly the same as Samsung’s own budget smartphone, the Galaxy A51/A71. The back is made up of Plastic, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with plastic but at that price, I would want my phone feel a bit more premium. It has faster S pen than the last gen at 26ms latency but still slower than 9ms of the Ultra.

The Best Overall Value

It was a close call but the best value smartphone of the year is the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. The only two phones in the race were S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T. Both trade blows in features and also cost around the same price. The S20 FE doesn’t support the crazy 65w charging of the 8T but the S20 FE has more pros, it has wireless and reverse wireless charging, an official IP rating and better cameras. The third camera on the S20 FE is a telephoto lens than a useless 5mp macro and 2mp monochrome lens as the 8T. The OnePlus 8T is a bit more premium because it has a glass back but the S20 FE has a plastic back. Both the phones have a 120hz refresh rate and have a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, in the case of S20FE including European regions, too but not India and other international markets.

The Most Innovative of 2020

Most people are saying that smartphones are all the same and boring now, well, Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Motorola has just the answer for you. Last year, Samsung started the trend of folding phones and it caught on fairly quickly. This year Samsung and Motorola is back with their 2nd generation as the Z Fold2 5G and Razr 5G but this year Microsoft and LG also threw their hats in the ring as the Surface Duo and Wing, respectively. Now, all the Fold, Surface Duo and Razr and a folding phone but the LG Wing is a device that I’m out of words to explain the mechanism on paper, basically the main screen swivels revealing half a screen and forming a T-shaped device but it still a 1st gen product, so while being great, developers still need to optimize apps to work with it. The winner is this category is the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G because Samsung really took customer’s feedback on-board and improved it from the OG Fold. It now gets a bigger cover display, shrunk the cut-out on the inner display to just a tiny punch hole, made the inner display 120hz, now it might not be as durable as a mainstream smartphone but seeing that the tech is still improving, I’m gonna let that slide.

My Personal Favorite

As you’ve seen in the above image, its the iPhone 12 Pro, not the Pro Max, just the Pro. Now, there’s a reason why this is my favorite, the flat edges, the cameras and the colors. Apple’s decision to go back to the flat edges really makes the new iPhones feel much more premium plus the stainless steel makes it the durability champ. I know the 12 Pro Max has the jump in cameras but its really not that much and the they both the LiDAR sensor which really helps in AR, depth mapping and low light portraits. I do miss the Sensor Shift Stabilization but considering, both the Pros can shoot Dolby Vision HDR, I’m not too worried. Now, colors might not be a big advantage in terms of use but I’m in love with the Pacific Blue. This year all the new iPhones upgraded to 5G so this plus Apple’s track record of 5-year updates really makes it future proof.

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iPhone 12 Mini Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Mystic Bronze, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Mystic Blue, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Galaxy S20 Fan Edition Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G

So, it’s the end of 2020 and starting with techtober, we had almost every tech brand announcing something with a million keynotes. Apple held 3 events, Samsung coming out with the best and most expensive Android smartphone aka the Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. OnePlus with their 8T and finally, Google with their Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

But, it’s the year we see the refresh in the gaming department. So, both Sony and Microsoft gave us the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series consoles. Both are very capable pieces of machinery. They both support 8k gaming at HDR and 4k 120 frames per second but which one is better?

The Series X packs an 8-core 3.8-GHz AMD Zen 2-based CPU while the PS5 has an 8-core, 3.5-GHz AMD Zen 2-based CPU. Both systems have 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. The Series X has a leg up on GPUs and storage with a 12-teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units (CU) and a 1TB custom NVMe SSD for storage but the PS5’s CPU is AMD Zen 2-based CPU, 8 Cores / 16 Threads, up to 3.5 GHz and GPU is RDNA2-based GPU, 36 CUs up to 2.23 GHz, 10.3 teraflops. So, on paper the Xbox is running ahead of the Playstation. The Xboxes are backwards compatible even with the OG Xbox while the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games.

When it comes to the main thing that connects you to the consoles and games, it’s the controller. The PS5’s new DualSense controller is major redesign and also comes with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, which Sony claims that make you feel the water and air in the game, but the Xbox’s new controller is 99% same to the last generation, the new controller gets a new share button in the middle and textured grip on the back for better grip, Microsoft is going “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” and I agree with them, it’s a really comfortable controller to hold but, in 2020, it still powers by 2 double A batteries. The PS5 controller, now also has an integrated mic to have little chat without using any headset but the thing to note is that unless developers use the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, they’ll not work as well.

There’s one more thing, both Sony and Microsoft also launched a cheaper versions of their consoles i.e the Playstation 5 all-digital and the Xbox Series S. Talking about the digital PS5, the only major difference from the flagship PS5 is that there’s no Blu-Ray disc drive so you’re gonna need to download all the games on the internal storage which is 825GB exclusive of the OS, so you’ll get about 700GB to 750GB free. When it comes to the Series S, it is almost a different console, it has the same processor but has only 4 teraflops of processing power, it has 512GB with OS, so about 400GB. Seeing that games like Call Of Duty and GTA can take upto 100GB to 150GB, storage might be an issue but Xbox with Seagate provides a proprietary hard drive but it costs $219 which adds the Series S more than the Series X. Series S game at 1440p at 120fps which I’m not complaining about because many people don’t own a 4k TV and you can’t use your console to its full potential unless you have one, so acceptable resolution with high frame rate is the perfect combo. The Series S is also 60% smaller than the Series X.

Microsoft is also giving a subscription based service called Xbox Game Pass, it’s basically Netflix for gaming, you can play almost 150 titles on any android or windows device, just connect a Xbox controller and play. Game Pass gives a major edge to Microsoft over Playstation because now, you can just buy a Series S and play all your games on your phone or laptop anywhere.

Now, let’s talk price, both the Xbox Series X and Blu-Ray Playstation 5 cost $499(49,990 INR), the Digital Playstation 5 costs $399(39,990 INR), Xbox Series S costs $299(35,990 INR). Now, if you want to just get into next-gen consoles and don’t have a 4k monitor then Series S is perfect for you, if you have a 4k monitor but wanna stay all-digital then go with the digital PS5. Now, if you have the money and the monitor then if you want those haptics and adaptive triggers then its Playstation 5 but if you want more power then the Series X is for you. I would recommend that if you can push to the flagships then please do, these consoles come out in 6-7 years and won’t get out-dated for a long time and the storage of the digital consoles will run out really quickly. In India, if you don’t want the best then I suggest, go for the digital PS5 because it supports everything in the Blu-Ray PS5 and the Xbox Series S has less storage and it doesn’t support 4k, which would come in handy if you upgrade to 4k TV in the next few years. I would personally make a hybrid of the Series X and the DualSense controller but since I can’t do that, I’ll choose the Xbox Series X because of the Game Pass and the more comfortable controller and more horsepower.

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First of all, Happy Diwali. Sorry, I’m a little late to the party but better late than never. So, Techtober rolls on to Techvember, sorry Marques. Apple held their 3rd major event in two months, One More Thing. First, they came out with the Apple Watch Series 6 along with the new iPad Air and the budget iPad, then the iPhone 12s with Homepod Mini and finally, a few days back they released the Apple Silicon Macs, transitioning from the Intel chips to their in-house chips.

Apple is making serious claims about these M1 chips based on a 5nm process with 16 billion transistors. They gave us some serious numbers. First, let’s talk about what is the new lineup. So, they renewed the whole MacBook lineup along with the new Mac Mini. The MacBook pro 13″ and 16″ with the Mac Mini has fans for active cooling but the MacBook Air has thermal cooling, so no fans. They also removed two Thunderbolt ports from the MacBook Pro, earlier they had two on each sides, now its only on one side.

Now, let’s talk numbers, they have a 8-core CPU consisting of the 4 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores with an integrated 8-core GPU with 16-core Neural Engine and also, integrated RAM. So, the RAM is built into the chip so its not user-upgradable, if you want more RAM then you have pay Apple more to get it but everything is in one place so its easier for the chip to communicate and give you a faster experience.

Apple also made pretty big claims about the M1 chip, like it has 3.4x faster CPU, 5x faster GPU with 2x faster storage and they made huge improvements on the battery life of the MacBooks, the MacBook Air can do 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video playback, which is 6 more than the previous one. The MacBook Pro can do 2.8x faster CPU, 5x faster GPU, 3x faster than the best selling windows laptop(even I don’t know which one) and for the battery, it can do 17 hours of wireless web browsing and 20 hours of video playback, which is twice than the last MacBook Pro.

They also did a refresh to the Mac Mini which now supports external 6k display, it has 3x faster CPU and 6x faster GPU along with USB 4. The whole lineup comes with Rosetta 2 which helps M1 and MacOS Big Sur to run apps which haven’t yet transitioned to the Apple Silicon and speaking of transition, Apple still sells the Intel Macs on their website. You can buy all the new Macs right now and the MacOS Big Sur is also available now to upgrade. But, how much does this all gonna cost? Well, the MacBook Air starts at $999(₹92,900), the MacBook Pro starts at $1,299(₹122,900) and the Mac Mini starts at $699(₹64,900).

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We have the Pixel 5, the new iPhone 12 non-pro models, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus’ own 6 month old flagship, the OnePlus 8. Now, the OnePlus is back with their 6 month refresh cycle and gave us the OnePlus 8T.

So, during the first half of 2020, brands were racing towards the mid-range market or the $400 price point and this race gave many good smartphones from Samsung’s A series, the OnePlus Nord, the Google Pixel 4a and also Apple’s iPhone SE but they are now coming to the middle of mid-range and flagship category which is the semi-flagship or the $600-$700 price range.

First, let’s talk specs, it has a 6.55″ 120hz Fluid AMOLED FHD+ flat display with 402 ppi, so the curved edges are gone. It has a quad camera system, a 48mp(f/1.7) main wide lens with OIS, a 123° FOV 16mp(f/2.2) ultrawide and a 5mp macro and a monochrome sensor. It has a 16mp(f/2.4) wide lens on the front. It can shoot upto 4k@60fps. Powering this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, so its 5G enabled and it comes two storage variants, 128gb with 8gb RAM and 256gb with 12gb RAM with UFS 3.1 storage. Also, I didn’t understand the use of two flash on the back.

It comes in two colors, Lunar Silver which is matte and a glossy Aquamarine Green which changes between blue and green depending upon how light hits it. It two 2250mAh battery combining to a 4500mAh cell, now OnePlus split the battery to keep the phone cool during charging because the 8T comes with a insane 65w charger out-of-the-box, they call it the Warp Charge 65. Talking about keeping the phone cool, the new vapour chamber is, according to them, 285% bigger and it is,after Google, to come with Android 11 out-of-the-box.

As the OnePlus 8, there is no wireless charging and a official IP rating and OnePlus also confirmed that there will be no OnePlus 8T pro this year, and the OnePlus 8 pro is still the best among them. Putting this against its competitors, it really comes down to personal preference because all the phones in this price range trade blows, if you have a preference for iPhones then you’ll go for the iPhone 12s or the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition or the Pixel 5 but the Pixel 5 has a lower 90hz refresh rate as compared to 120hz of the S20 FE or the 8T and it also comes with the upper mid range chip, the Snapdragon 765G but both the 8T and S20 FE come with the flagship Snapdragon 865 and 865+, respectively.

It is gonna set you back $749(₹42,999) but it’s still good run for your money but in India, its almost half the price of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini and $100 cheaper than the Galaxy S20 FE, also Pixel 5 is not coming to India, so it seems like a no brainer.

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