So, the most anticipated smartphones of the year are here. Its techober and Apple has unveiled the newest range of iPhones, the iPhone 12 series and this time around, Apple gave us four new iPhones. So, there are two non-pro modals and two pro modals. First is the iPhone 12 mini(5.4″ screen size), iPhone 12(6.1″) and the iPhone 12 pro and iPhone 12 pro max with a screen size of 6.1″ and 6.7″, respectively.

So, this year, the whole range is 5G capable with mm-wave exclusive to US and 5G was very important to Apple, the 5G portion of the keynote was quite elaborated and was given major attention. Now, Apple went back to its iPhone 5, boxy edge design, which I’m totally on-board with. It feels so much more premium and helps with grip, too.

Let’s talk about the non-pro modals first. Apple gave us two non-pro modals this year and they both are exactly the same except the screen size and the battery. In 2020, Apple finally gave us OLED screen or Super Retina XDR on the iPhone 12 and the 12 mini. It has a new glass on the front, which Apple didn’t called glass at any point in the presentation, it’s called the Ceramic Shield which is 4x stronger than the one on the iPhone 11 series with aluminum frames all around. There are five new colors, the new blue, white, black, green and the product red. I have to get a hands-on to decide which modal I would go for because I’m a small phone person and last year’s 5.8″ iPhone pro was perfect but I have see how much difference is there on the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

They both have same cameras, with dual camera setup on the back and one front facing camera. The rear consist of a wide 12mp(f/1.6) main lens and a 12mp(f/2.4) 120° ultrawide. The cameras now have the Smart HDR 3 with night mode on all the lenses including the front camera and Deep Fusion. They both can shoot 4k@60fps and HDR video with Dolby Vision at 30fps.

Also, MagSafe is back. There is a ring of magnets inside the back of the phones to help with better 15w wireless charging and new accessories. Apple didn’t talk about the FaceID in the keynote so I suppose there is nothing new with it. They have removed the charging brick and earpods from their boxes to reduce their carbon emissions which also made the new iPhone box a lot thinner plus there is a MagSafe charger, so I say instead of going for the charging brick many people will get that.

Now, the latest, the best of the rest, the ultimate pro phones, the iPhone 12 pro and the 12 pro max. With the camera improvements on these two modals, I think Apple wanted to make video cameras look bad ’cause they went all out with it. So, there are total of four cameras including the front facing camera from last year with a LiDAR scanner. So, the wide 12mp(f/1.6) main lens, a 12mp(f/2.0) telephoto for the 12 pro and 12mp(f/2.2) for the pro max and a 12mp(f/2.4) 120° ultrawide. The iPhone 12 pro has a new 4x optical zoom whereas the 12 pro max has a 5x optical zoom. The pros also have night mode on all cameras with night mode portraits enabled by the LiDAR scanner. The LiDAR scanner also helps in 6x faster autofocus.

The iPhone 12 pros also have the new seven element main lens with sensor shift optical stabilization, it means along with the lens, the sensor also moves to make the video even more stable and the star of the show, Apple announced the Apple ProRAW, which is the full pro video mode along with Dolby Vision can shoot Hollywood standard videos and also shoot night mode timelapse.

The screen sizes for the pro modals are 6.1″ and 6.7″ for the iPhone 12 pro and the 12 pro max, respectively. The iPhone 12 pros start from 128gb of storage upto 512gb. They are available in four colors, the blue, graphite, gold and silver. The whole lineup is powered by the most powerful chip on the planet, the Apple A14 Bionic which is based on the latest 5nm process. It consist on 11.8 billion transistors and has more than double the power of last year’s A13 Bionic.

The prices start from $699 for the iPhone 12 mini, $799 for iPhone 12, $999 for iPhone 12 pro and $1011 for iPhone 12 pro max. Now, if you don’t want the pro camera system then I say save $200 and for with the non-pro 12, they are same size, almost-same wide and ultrawide lens. The pricing isn’t cheap in any way but it’s still very cheap compared to the Indian pricing, they cost almost double in India. Tell me in the comments your thoughts about the new iPhones.

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So, its techtember and techober and with holiday season right around the corner, almost every brand is launching their flagships and upgrades to their other accessories, so Google has launched the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G and also the new Chromecast with Google TV and the Nest Audio Speaker. But the main highlight of the show was the new edition to the top-of-the-line, vanilla Android, Pixel 5.

First, let’s talk specs, it has a 6.0″ 90hz OLED display with 1080×2340 pixels and 432 ppi density. It comes HDR10+ certification and for protection, it has Corning Gorilla 6 with aluminium frame all around. It comes with Android 11 out-of-the-box and powering this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, which I’ll come back in a sec. Like the Pixel 4a, it also comes in one varient of 128GB of storage with UFS 2.1 8GB of RAM.

Now, the Pixels are known for their software and their cameras. So, it has a 12.2MP(f/1.7) with OIS and finally, a 16MP(f/2.2) ultrawide lens with 107° field of view. It can shoot upto 4k@60fps from the rear and 1080p@30fps from the front. The front camera is 8MP(f/2.0) shooter embedded in the tiny hole punch cutout on the screen. It has a 18w fast charger powering the 4080mAh cell with wireless charging and reverse wireless charging to charge your Pixel Buds or something like that. It is also IP68 water and dust resistant.

Now some might say that how’s the Pixel 5, the flagship without the flagship Snapdragon 865+? Well, unless you’re a techie like me or used to the flagship performance then only you can notice the difference but a average consumer would worry about it. The Snapdragon 765G is a great chip, it is the upper-midrange processor and its 5G ready, if you live in that region. The Pixels are the best still image shooter and combining it with an ultrawide angle lens, it will kill its competition. Also, all the radar stuff is gone, so the bezels are very small all around with a hole punch for the front camera and because there is no 3D face scanner anymore, Google gave us back the classic rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It’s really fast and secure than a optical in-display scanner.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this is, for me, is the best android phone of 2020. Now, please don’t start on that the best flagship android is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I know it has all the bleeding edge tech with everything twice as premium as the Pixel 5 but it costs twice as the Pixel 5 and if can buy that, I’ll not stop you, it is a great phone but if you don’t have $1300 and still want that pure stock android with best photo shooter, this is the phone. I know the iPhone 12s and the OnePlus 8t are coming very soon but leaks shows that iPhones this year are not going ProMotion with the same notch as the last 3 generations, so this seems a pretty good deal. I did hope for a Clearly White or Purple-ish color but the green, sorry Sorta Sage is quite good

Now, comparing this to the direct competitor, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, which has more cameras, flagship chipset and higher refresh rate. Well, both have their pros and cons, the Pixel will get faster updates but the FE is made from plastic whereas the Pixel 5 is made from more premium aluminium all around. At last, it comes down to personal preference. I say 90hz is a major jump from 60hz but 120h is not from 90hz, so most people won’t notice the difference but I personally would pick the Pixel 5 because of the pure, vanilla, stock android, faster updates and more reliable physical fingerprint scanner along with better low light camera. Also, both phones are priced at $699(~₹51,237).

I’ll be doing a full comparison of the Pixel 5 with the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition and Apple’s latest iPhone and OnePlus’s 8t whenever they come out, so stay tuned for that one. Now, if you liked any of this above, then like, subscribe and share and also follow me on Instagram scuderiavedang.

So, it’s been quite a while since a huge change came to the form factor of mobile devices, So Samsung decided,” Okay, we’ll give a tablet that fits in your pocket.” And gave us the first ever Galaxy Fold, a tablet with a folding screen. It raised many eyebrows and was supercool to think that you can actually fold the screen of your phone but it was a first-gen product, so it had many issues, like the screen blacking out after people removed the screen protector and the cover display being too small and it was too fragile and also very expensive. Samsung took the whole batch back, fixed it and tried to sell it again.

Now, even though it was a bust but the Fold started a revolution and many brands started making their own different folding phones with different philosophies. Like the Huawei Mate Xs was a outward folding phone, the Motorola Razr is a clamshell folding, the LG Velvet is phone with a secondary screen cover case, etc. But now, Microsoft made one and Samsung is back with second-gen. So, which one is better?

First, let’s talk specs, so the Microsoft Suface Duo has a total 8.1″ dual AMOLED screen taped together with big bezels housing the 11mp 2k camera and a extremely sleek look. It weighs at 250g and Gorilla Glass 5 all around and powering this is the last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with 128gb storage and 6GB RAM. The camera can shoot upto 4k@60fps. It also has a 3577 mAh cell. That rounds pretty much the Surface Duo.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5g, that name is a mouthful, kills the Surface Duo when it comes to specs. It’s has the Samsung’s super AMOLED 7.6″ 120hz display with 373 ppi. It has 4500 mAh battery with 6.2″ super AMOLED 60hz screen with slim bezels all around on the cover display. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. Coming to the cameras, it has five in total, 3 on the back, 1 on the cover display and 1 on the main screen. The main triple camera consist of a 12mp(f/1.8) main shooter with 12mp(f/2.4) 3x telephoto and 12mp(f/2.2) 123° ultrawide angle lens and 10mp(f/2.2) selfie camera on both the cover and main screen. It also stereo speakers tuned by AKG. It comes with two storage options 256gb with 12gb RAM and 512gb with 12gb RAM.

After putting them in a ring together, it’s clear that Galaxy Fold wins, so what’s the point of this comparison? Well there’s more to that than it seems. The Fold will set you back $1999(₹149,999) whereas the Surface Duo will cost you $1400(₹99,999). Now, $1400 is also not cheap by any means in which you can get the ultra premium, the best of Android, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra but if you’re in the market for a foldable, these are your best choices.

Now, you might be skeptical about its durability of the hinge, as its gonna be most used part of the device, the Fold can stand on any position as unfolded and has tiny brushes to keep out the dust from entering whereas the Surface Duo is two separate screens with two top and bottom, 360° hinge. So, it can withstand your daily use but I suggest you to not push it too much. Both phones support fast charging 18w and 25w for the Surface Duo and Fold 2, respectively but only the Fold supports fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

I have to talk about their looks because it’s worth talking about in Surface Duo’s case. The Fold, when folded, is really thick like a brick with still a little gap between the screen but the Surface Duo folds flat and it’s really, really sleek looking. When unfolded, it’s almost as thick as a USB type-C port and the camera bump of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But there’s a bit of a trade off, the Fold might be thick but its narrow, so it can fit in your pocket and hand, easily. The Surface Duo has quite a width so it’s hard to use one-handed and you have to use both your hands to adjust the pocket and put it in.

I didn’t compared the Moto Razr 2 or Galaxy Z Flip 5g because they are not the devices you would multitask on and the LG Velvet is not a folding phone, rather it comes with a accessory which you have to buy separately. Apple is also working on this form factor so stay tuned for that one.

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Its 2020 and people don’t have much money lying around to spend on a $1400 flagship. So, the race to the middle is on, with more and more brands launching $400 mid range phones and they’re quite good.

So far, we have OnePlus going back to its roots with the Nord, Google, after a billion years of leaks, coming with the Pixel 4a and, in all weirdness, Apple with the new 2020 iPhone SE. Now, let’s dive into specs.

OnePlus Nord

So, first up we have the Nord, deriving it name from the direction North, it’s pretty great. It has a great display, many cameras, fast charging and a great packaging. Talking about numbers, for the display we have a 6.44″ FullHD+ 408 PPI 90hz AMOLED screen with a pill shaped hole punch camera in the top left corner. It has edge-to-edge display which is on par with 2020 standards. The screen resolution is 2400×1080 with 20:9 aspect ratio with HDR10+ support.

Now, the cameras, six, that’s right, it has six cameras in total, four on the back and two on the front. The main shooter is 48mp(f/1.8) with OIS, an 8mp(f/2.3) 119° ultrawide, 5mp(f/2.4) depth sensor and 2mp(f/2.4) macro lens, the front has a 32mp(f/2.5) main lens and a 8mp(f/2.5) 105° ultrawide. I said many cameras and not great ’cause they aren’t. The main lens is good, when you give it well lit conditions, it will give you a good and sharp images. Things go south when we check out the other lenses, the ultrawide is good at capturing more into the shot without making you go further back but the sharpness takes a hit, the images are a bit too soft shifting from the main lens and the depth camera is absolutely useless because even if you cover the depth sensor with your finger or anything else, it will still the portrait shot and the macro lens is just bad. Coming at just 2mp, even if you shoot in sunlight, it will struggle to focus and because of that low rez camera, the photos does not have any sharpness.

So what if the cameras not as good but it still has many great stuff. The Warp Charging 30T is fastest charging in its competition. It has on-screen fingerprint sensor which is really fast to unlock along with face unlock which also very fast. Its future-proof with 5g. It does not a official IP rating but it has rubber rings on every opening of the phone. With the 4115 mAh battery, it should last you a whole day but if it doesn’t then the Warp Charge can give it 70% juice in 30 minutes. It is a Corning Gorilla 5 sandwich with metal buttons but plastic frame. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G which is a pretty good processor for mid range phone and it starts from €399 or ₹27,999 for 8GB+128GB.

Google Pixel 4a

After months and months of leaks and rumors, its finally here and it checks all the boxes while costing $50 less than iPhone SE at $349(~₹25,914). First let’s look at the thing you will look at the most, the display, it is a 5.8″ OLED panel 60hz with 443 PPI and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Pixel’s display is also very 2020 with minimum bezels and a single hole on top left corner of the screen and 2340×1080 screen resolution.

Google’s Pixel is known for it’s still and low light photography even in the budget range and the 4a keeps tradition going with exceptional camera. It has only two cameras, one on the back and one in the front. The rear has a 12.2mp(f/1.7) with OIS and a 8mp(f/2.0) front camera. You expect a ultrawide angle lens but that really, really good camera makes up for it. I shoot many stills and low light photos and it’s really good at that. The front camera is, although a not very high rez but clicks decent shots.

It comes Google’s stock android with a promise of at least 3 years of software updates. It has stereo speakers who quite loud. This time Google kept the Pixel extremely simple with no XL version and only one color, Just Black, and only one storage option at 128GB of ROM and 6GB of RAM. It get a mid range processor I.E. Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, which might not be 5g or a gaming processor but snappy in day-to-day tasks and would not give you trouble. It comes with an 18w fast charger out-of-the-box *Coughs*Apple.

iPhone SE 2020

Apple finally went to the drawing boards and designed an iPhone and 3 years later, we have the iPhone SE. I won’t go in-depth ’cause I already wrote a whole blog on that. If you wanna read that just Click here.

Comparison

Now, stacking them up against each other, which will come out on top?

Display

The OnePlus Nord is the only phone with a high refresh rate at 90hz, the other two are maxed out at 60hz. Both the Nord and Pixel has a OLED screen but the iPhone has a LCD, sorry, Super Retina Display, but the highest pixel density is in the Pixel, but it is very difficult to pick out pixels on the trio. iPhone might be LCD but has Apple has the LCD panels in the industry, you see the difference in high contrast content and blacks of the content. For me, the winner in the display department is the OnePlus Nord, because the OLED display and a high refresh rate.

Build Quality

Breaking down each of the phones, not literally, the Pixel 4a is all plastic build and Google didn’t tried to hide it, which is good, it will not break if it falls off your hand and much more durable than glass. The OnePlus Nord is a glass sandwich with metal buttons but a plastic frame, so it feels more premium than the Pixel but then iPhone SE enters the room with most premium in-hand feel among these, it is a metal and glass sandwich with full metal front and back with aluminium frame. So, the iPhone SE takes this one.

Cameras

Even with the most numbers of cameras, the Nord lags behind the Pixel and the iPhone. First, lemme give you the video specs, the OnePlus Nord can shoot upto 4k@30fps at the rear and 4k@fps on the front. The Pixel 4a can also shoot 4k@30fps at the rear but only 1080p@30fps at the front. The iPhone SE is the only phone which can shoot 4k@60fps from the rear but only 1080p@30fps from the front. Now, iPhone is the only one who does not have a night mode, there’s Night Sight and Nightscape on Pixel and Nord, respectively. Pixel has one more trick up its sleeve, that is the Astrophotography, if you don’t know what that is, if you put it on a tripod and click the shutter button then it captures light in most darkest areas and can shoot the stars clearly. So, in stills and low light, the Pixel wins, but when it comes to video, iPhone takes it home with highest resolution and high dynamic range. The Nord is still not lost, it has the most versatility.

Performance

When it comes to performance, I don’t even have to say who is the winner ’cause the iPhone SE has the chip which runs ahead of both OnePlus and Google flagship, the A13 Bionic is world’s most powerful processor. The Nord has the Snapdragon 765G which is a upper mid range chip and the Pixel has the Snapdragon 730G which totally mid range and should able to handle your daily tasks with ease.

Battery Life

While winning by miles in performance the iPhone lags way behind in battery with just 1821mAh which is lot smaller than Pixel’s 3140mAh and Nord’s 4115mAh, now even though the A13 Bionic is very power efficient processor but the battery is just too small even for that and Apple bundles a whopping 5w ultra fast charger*sarcasm*. The Pixel gets a 18w fast charger and the Nord has the 30w Warp Charger. So, among these Nord wins.

Special Features

Each of these phones has unique to themselves. Like the Astrophotography in the Pixel, 90hz refresh rate in the Nord. So, the SE is only one who has an official IP rating and wireless charging. Both the Pixel and iPhone has stereo speakers. Only the Nord has a in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Now, you wouldn’t be wrong going with any of these devices. Like, if you want OLED screen but not too big, you got the Pixel 4a. You want an iPhone and the A13 Bionic but wanna spend a $1000, get the iPhone SE. You want good value for money phone, get the OnePlus Nord.

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So, the ultimate super spec, “Phablet” is finally official. The Galaxy Note 20 series is here and its packing some serious stuff. Along with the Note 20 series, Samsung launched four other devices, that are, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, the Galaxy Beans, sorry, the Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Tab S7 and Tab S7+ at the Galaxy Unpacked event.

So, first up, Specs. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is rocking a gigantic 6.9″ Quad HD+ super AMOLED 120hz curved display with, I think, thinner than human hair bezels and tiny punch-hole for front camera. The screen resolution is 3088×1440 with 496 ppi, so the every content you watch is gonna be crisp and very clear but there’s a asterisk, you still can’t use 120hz with Quad HD resolution or vice versa. There’s new adaptive refresh rate, so what it does is, whenever you’re not using the phone, it can drop down to just 1hz and that helps in saving the battery life.

The Note 20, however, gets a 6.7″ Full HD+ 60hz flat screen and the bezels and the punch-hole is much bigger than the Ultra. The screen resolution is 2400×1080 with 393 ppi. I’ll be giving my thoughts on the Note 20 later down the blog.

Now, coming to the cameras, the Note 20 Ultra has a triple camera setup with main shooter being a 108mp(f/1.8) with OIS, an ultra-wide 12mp(f/2.2) with a 120° field of view and a 5x 12mp(f/3.0) tele-photo and also a laser auto-focus sensor. The Samsung realized there mistake and ditched the 100x space zoom down to 50x and with the new laser auto-focus sensor the focusing of the subject is super fast. Now, the dynamic range is also improved, so basically, all the problems of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is fixed. So, the talking about the video, both the Galaxy Note 20s can shoot upto 8k 24fps.

And the Galaxy Note 20 also has a triple camera setup, the main shooter is a 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS, a 12mp(f/2.2) ultra-wide with a 120° field of view and a 3x hybrid zoom with 64mp(f/2.0) and super zoom going max at 30x. There’s no laser auto-focus sensor in the Note 20. Both the Note 20s have the same 10mp(f/2.2) front facing camera.

Like every other Note, the Galaxy Note 20s get the best ever S pen. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s S pen latency which was 42ms has come down to 9ms and combing that with the 120hz refresh rate, the writing is gonna ultra smooth, the Note 20 Ultra’s S pen has reached the best Apple Pencil smoothness level. The Galaxy Note 20’s S pen is still has 26ms latency, so it’s not gonna just as smooth. The Ultra gets upto 12gb of UFS 3.1 RAM and 256 or 512gb of on-board storage which is expandable and a 4500mAh cell which maybe small but with the new adaptive refresh rate, it can get you through the day.

The Note 20 has a max of 8gb of UFS 3.1 RAM and only option of 128gb of storage with no expandable memory. The battery size is 4300mAh. Both the new Notes have same S pen functionality and comes with a 25 watt fast charger out-of-the-box(I’m talking to you, Apple), they both support wireless charging and wireless powershare with 5g and have a IP68 water and dust resistance.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with the first ever Gorilla Glass 7 aka Victus which is shatter resistant from a 2m drop. Both the Note 20s comes with the wireless DeX so you can connect your TV or laptop wirelessly and make them your computer on-the-go.

When the Galaxy S20s launched, Samsung, like always, gave the world 2 phones, Exynos and Snapdragon. Snapdragon 865 came to US, Canada and their hometown South Korea and the rest of the world got the Exynos 990. Like always there was a performance and battery life gap but it was massive this time. Consumers got furious and started a petition to ban the Exynos chipset but I think Samsung didn’t saw that and went again with the same Exynos 990. The Qualcomm regions got the new Snapdragon 865+ and other regions, including me, got the Exynos 990 and because of that Snapdragon upgrade the gap is seriously increased between the two chips. If you want my whole thoughts then click here.Samsung vs Samsung. Samsung, if you’re reading this, please stop.

For security, both Note 20s get the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with 2d face unlock. This time, Samsung put in an Ultra Wide Band chip which basically helps to transfer and share files easily and fast.

The pricing starts at $1,299 for the Note 20 Ultra and $999 for the Note 20.

Now, let’s talk about Note 20, I think Samsung made this phone to make their A series to look good. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great phone but I never said Note series to be overpriced but this time, it is. You get a 1080p 60hz screen with comparatively big bezels and a plastic body and that’s not a way to justify the price. There might a very small group of people who want a flat screen Samsung flagship or the new S pen but can’t afford the Ultra, they would go for this but everyone else should look right-left, like the Oneplus 8 pro or the upcoming iPhone 12 series or even the S20 series. These phones feel more premium and comes with more features. The Note 20 Ultra is still justifies the price and still is the ultra premium phone.

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As smartphones prices goes through the roof with Galaxy S20 ultra starting at $1399, and not everybody has a kidney to sell. So, for past few years the mid-range market has become popular, with many brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and many big boys like Samsung and Apple, too. As weird as it is to see Apple on that list, it’s true, back in 2016 they launched the iPhone SE, which was a mid-ranger at $400.

In 2020, this market is making the most profit than any other segment and Oneplus slowly drifting away from this but there are rumours of a Oneplus Z, stay tuned for that one, but for now let’s look at the options we have, first up, we have the Galaxy A51 which is priced at $400(25,250 INR) is a really good option.

The Galaxy A51 is a very 2020 looking phone, with a punch-hole selfie cam, quad cameras at the rear, fast charging and a great display.

Coming to the specs, the display is a 2400×1080 resolution FHD+ screen with 405 ppi and a 20:9 aspect ratio with a screen size of 6.5″. Under the hood we have the in-house Exynos 9611. A 4000 mah battery and in-display optical fingerprint reader. Now, cameras, it has a quad camera setup with 48mp main shooter(f/2.0), an ultra wide angle lens(f/2.2) with 123° of view, a 5mp depth camera(f/2.2) and also a 5mp macro lens(f/2.4) and 32mp (f/2.2) front camera. For video, we can record upto 4k@30fps and from the front 1080p@30fps. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In the other corner of the ring, we have the iPhone SE 2020, It has 4.7″ IPS LCD Super Retina Display with a resolution of 1334×750, 326 ppi, and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has only a single rear facing camera of 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS and a 7mp(f/2.2) selfie camera. For videos, it can shoot 4k@60fps from the rear and 1080@30fps from the front. It doesn’t have a headphone jack but it does stereo speakers. It also has the most powerful smartphones chip, the A13 Bionic, which is also used in the iPhone 11 series. If you want read the full review just click on the link here. iPhone SE 2020 Full Review

Now, stacking them up against each other, we see some pros and cons of each of these phones, so first talk about display and it’s a clear win for A51 as it has a 1080p AMOLED display whereas the iPhone has a 720p LCD display, so the everything is more clear, the blacks are deeper and colors are also bright and A51 also has a bigger display at 6.5″ compared to 4.7″ of the iPhone, which is personally too small for me, and the A51 is more 2020 with a punch-hole and minimum bezels but the iPhone has the big chunky bezels, which houses the Touch id, shouts old.

Coming to the cameras, you have more versatility of the Galaxy with quad rear cameras against just one on the iPhone, the specs are above if you wish read them, the photos are more or less are the same but there are some differences. The photos of flowers and food are better because Samsung offers a Scene Optimizer which makes the colors to pop out a bit more and make them over saturated, which is good but iPhone pulls ahead when cropping in, it has more details compared to A51(if you’re shooting in default 12mp mode) but if you shoot in that 48mp mode you get a bit more detail while cropping in.

Talking about video, both phones can shoot 4k but the SE can shoot upto 60fps and it also OIS which makes a huge difference in stability of the video, the A51 also has Super Steady mode but it’s totally depending on software to phase out the shake in a video but you can shoot in ultra wide angle mode which captures way more into your video.

With the 4k, you the a processor that can handle your videos and photos, so going under the hood, we have the Exynos 9611 in the Galaxy A51 and the most powerful chip ever the A13 Bionic in the iPhone SE and it more clear than a 8k video who is the winner in this department (sorry for the bad joke).

Let’s talk about the in-hand feel of these devices, Samsung says that the A51 has a ‘glastic’ back, which is a mixture of glass and plastic but it still feels cheap in hand whereas the iPhone feels more premium with the aluminium sides and glass back. iPhone SE 2020 also has IP68 water and dust resistance rating, A51 doesn’t.

Everyone today is concerned about privacy, the iPhone gives the same old Touch id which really secure but no face recognition whereas A51 here too gives you more versatility and gives an optical fingerprint reader and also a 2d face scanner, the Touch id is more secure than an optical reader but it’s nice to have options. Galaxy A51 also comes with faster 15w charging out of the box than a tiny 5w charger of the SE, it charge with 18w but you have buy that separately, it also have wireless charging which the Galaxy A51 lacks.

All that above is the hardware, the software is equally important, so the iPhone SE 2020 comes with iOS 13 and the Galaxy A51 comes with OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10.

Now, if you get into the Apple ecosystem but don’t want to spend a $1000 and also want a great in-hand feel, longevity, wireless charging, IP rating and that iOS experience but also don’t care about the way it looks, then buy it, you’ll not be disappointed but if you want that 2020 vibe in your phone, Android experience, a great display and don’t care about the wireless charging, IP rating, then get it. Personally, I would take the A51 because I want a up-to-date, high res display and I’m not a heavy user, so the Exynos 9611 would be fine for me.

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Samsung Galaxy A51 (Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

When someone talks about android smartphones, the first name which comes to mind is Samsung. The Korean tech giant has a hand in your home in one way or another. Whether it is in the form of your iPhone screen or your refrigerator or your living room TV etc. It contributes to 17% of total GDP of South Korea. Samsung is the innovator of most of the “firsts” in the market like foldable phones, curved displays, a 108MP camera and many other things.

Samsung holds two major launches in a year, first for the S line-up and second for the Note line-up and now for the Fold line-up too. They always have the most cutting edge technology with the most premium design ever but there has to be a catch, there’s always a catch. Samsung releases two variants of their flagship phones. One Qualcomm’s Snapdragon version and other their in-house Exynos chip.

This year too, Samsung brought to market their new S20 series with the same tradition as ever. The US, Canada and now their home, South Korea got the Snapdragon whereas the whole world got the Exynos and Exynos has been the inferior cousin to the Snapdragon. Previously, there was a gap in performance and it grew substantially in 2020.

The Galaxy S20 series starting at a $999 price tag and the S20 Ultra priced and $1399 is not at all cheap. This year, the S20 got either the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos 990. While paying that premium you know that there is a person also paying the same but getting a better phone with 5g, while being the same phone.

People started to have major issues and bugs with their S20 devices, like screen turning green in black background of the display, problems with cameras and many more like that. Chipset is the brain of a smartphone and when things in the brain goes south, every component will slow down or have some kind issue with it.

Snapdragon version also captures better pictures, now you would ask that with the same hardware how is that possible? But software is equally important in a perfect shot and with better ISP or Image Signal Processing, the Snapdragon pulls ahead. It is also smoother during those long or gaming sessions and heat up less. When a chip starts to heat up, the Thermal Throttling starts to dial down the performance and when the chip heat less, it doesn’t need to bring down the performance, which is the case in Snapdragon but not in Exynos.

The community lived with it for a long time but not anymore. There was a petition for Samsung to stop selling inferior Exynos phones to us. It had over 40k signatures, 44,843 to be exact, which may not sound a lot but these are not actual numbers as these are the tech savvy people in their own circles, like one person from a family or friends group. They are the people whom others come to when they have a tech related question. So, you can think of the estimated number of they are connected to.

Leaked rumours say that Samsung is working on the Exynos 992 based on a 6nm process which could be a major improvement over the 990.

Leaks also say that Samsung will partner with AMD for their S21 series to improve their Exynos chip and to bring to Qualcomm’s level but it is not going anytime soon. But if they pull this off with AMD, they could be back in the game.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Cloud White, 12GB RAM, 128GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy S20 + (Cosmic Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

In the era of smartphones, where price tags are sky rocketing comes a brand named Oneplus. The brand is built on a name of “Flagship Killer”. The Generation Z wants everything to be fast and smooth and that’s what Oneplus fundamentally based upon. This brand is focused on all groups of people, weather you are a heavy user or casual gamer, they’ve got you covered. So…

In 2020, Oneplus introduced the Oneplus 8 and the Oneplus 8 pro and they went all out with the 8 pro. It now gets all the stuff it’s been lacking like the official IP68 rating, wireless charging and a great camera but this is only the case with the pro version, the standard 8 still doesn’t have all things mentioned above but it still is a great phone, it still ticks most of the boxes.

With that note, let’s talk about the displays. The Oneplus 8 pro has a 6.78 inch display and what I think is the best display in the market right now, as it is a 120hz, QHD+, fluid AMOLED display with a 3168×1440 screen resolution and 19.8:9 aspect ratio and it can do 120hz with QHD+ at the same time as compared to the S20 series which only allows you to go full on either refresh rate or screen resolution at a time. Its display can go upto 1300 nits of brightness which is really good.

The Oneplus 8’s display is a 6.55 inch FHD+, 1080×2400, 90hz panel and it’s not as good as the sibling but it not bad by any means, you still get the buttery smooth feeling of that 90hz refresh rate with bright colors and deep blacks of an OLED display. It can go upto 1100 nits of brightness, which can be useful when used in direct sunlight.

Now, coming to cameras. The Oneplus 8 pro has a quad camera setup containing the main camera of 48mp with Sony IMX 689 sensor, f/1.78 aperture and OIS. The second camera is a 48mp ultra-wide angle lens with a 117° field of view. The third lens is a 8mp 3x telephoto camera with OIS and the final lens is a color filter camera and compared to previous years, the camera is bang on a flagship level camera. It has better dynamic range, punchy colors but it still tend to lose focus if the object is small or thin. It can shoot upto 4k 60fps and also has a macro mode.

With the Oneplus 8, you still get the last year camera setup. It has a triple camera setup of 48mp with f/1.7 aperture primary lens with OIS, the ultra-wide angle lens of f/2.2 16mp lens and a third 2mp macro camera and it’s not great. In daylight, it can capture awesome shots but in low light or macro shots, the quality can deteriorate. Both phones have the same f/2.2 16mp front cameras which shoot only 1080p videos.

Both phones are future-proof because both comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 with the X55 modem which is 5g ready. Both phones support the warp charge 30t out of the box which can charge your phone 50% in 23 minutes but the pro can do insane 30w wireless charging which can get you 50% in 30 minutes. The Oneplus 8 and 8 pro comes with UFS 3.0 storage and LPDDR4X and LPDDR5 RAM for Oneplus 8 And 8 Pro, respectively. They both also come with a base storage of 128gb with 6gb of RAM. Both have stereo speaker setup with Dolby Atmos.

The Oneplus 8 comes with a 4300 mah capacity battery whereas the Oneplus 8 pro comes 4510 mah battery.

Now, if you’re in the market looking for a new phone which is fast and smooth then you can buy these with your eyes closed.

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OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro

2020 is not a good year for any industry than just tech world but rather than having proper launch of a device with press and media, it’s going online on youtube, facebook, etc. .

Then, there’s Apple, who dropped the new iPhone SE 2020 on their website late april of 2020. Soon after it was announced, it came to India and while being priced at $399 in the US, it sat on 42,500 INR in India which translates to about $550 and if we pay just 2,500 rs. more, we can have the Oneplus 8, which wins in most of the criterias. I’m not saying it’s a bad phone but if you’re looking for 2020 design and better battery, then I suggest you stay away from this but if you really want an iPhone but on a serious budget then it’s for you.

It still has the industry leading Apple’s A13 bionic chipset, which so powerful and has a built-in GPU plus its battery friendly.

The camera is a 12 mp shooter which captures amazing shots but due to the single camera there’s no night mode and no ultra-wide angle lens. The front camera is a 7 mp camera which is also pretty good. The rear camera can do upto 4k 60fps but front can do only upto 1080p. This phone is for people who are upgrading from iPhone 6 to 8 who doesn’t want a big phone or android users on a tight budget.

The screen size is 4.7″ which is a IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1334×750 and it’s not the brightest display and it doesn’t have the bright colors and deep blacks but Apple’s Super Retina Display is best in the industry and is very color accurate. Well, you can splash it with water as it gets IP68 water and dust resistance, so it can submerge 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

There’s no face id like the big brothers but it does get the classic touch id and in these times, with all the masks and stuff, face id is struggling and touch id can be very useful. With only 1,821 mah, which is tiny in 2020 will not get through the day and if you think you can put it on charging and get going in a short time, then I’ll have to break your bubble because it comes with a 5w charger out of the box, it can charge with 18w but you’ll have to buy it separately but it also have wireless charging so you can place it on a dock and charge it.

Now, if you want the latest and greatest then I say go with Oneplus but if you really want an iPhone and you don’t care about the chunky bezels then get it.

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