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Nokia X6 [REVIEW]

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Nokia, a famous name, a company that was one of the best and most known. Not only did they create the world-renowned Nokia 3310, they also had their own open source mobile operating system based on GNU / Linux, and had helped to create many cellular network standards we use every day.

The X6 or 6.1 Plus is currently Nokia’s most popular smartphone that has recently emerged in the middle of this year with a very nice set of features and specs. It packs a Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal flash memory. There is also a dual camera setup, a fingerprint reader and a pretty stock Android OS! It’s about time we take a look at this phone more closely, starting with its build.

1. Build quality

Based on the photos of this phone, the back of it looks like the most common plastic, but the reality is very different. The whole thing feels very heavy in hand, and the glass back really helps it. Because of the oleophobic layer on both sides, fingerprints stop being such a problem, and the back retains its dark and deep black appearance.

The edges of the screen are also very rounded, and the notch on the top only pushes that style further. The buttons look nice but unfortunately have a fairly short travel and feel really shallow on click.

On the back we have a dual camera setup with a three-tone flash and a fingerprint reader that’s almost perfectly flush with the phone’s back – all bordered with chrome edges. The glass design of this phone surely increases its chances of cracks, but the glass panels are hard and the edge is made of aluminum, which protects against many usual drop scenarios.

2. Android OS

When it comes to the operating system on this phone, the situation is great! As I’ve mentioned, this phone is running  Android One. What’s Android One? It’s a program that has been launched by Google in order to reduce the fragmentation of their operating system. Because of this, the system on this cell phone is very light, with virtually zero bloat applications and frequent OTA upgrades. The only additional applications you receive are part of the Google Apps package, and can be disabled.

Notch support is not that impressive; imagine you stick some black tape in the middle of your status bar. Bam, you got the notch on this phone. Applications do not even try to use the aesthetic potential of this notch and it’s completely useless in most cases. Even in applications like gallery and Youtube, the content does not go around the notch but has a sudden black limit on top.

Since this is practically stock android, there aren’t many additional functions, if any. In front of you is a platform where you get to build the required functionality by downloading applications which you need yourself.

3. Performance

With its 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor running at 1.8GHz, this device receives 114873 points on the Antutu benchmark. GeekBench gives it 1332 for single core test and 4864 for multi core test. The Renderscript test within GeekBench gives a score of 4497 points. Numbers usually only tell half of the story, but how is this cell phone in normal, day to day use?

As expected, it does not have much trouble with 2D performance in apps and Android interface in general. Microstutters are a thing here and there, but within rational limits. Surfing the Internet and using applications is fast and without any problems.

Performance in demanding graphics games like PUBG Mobile is not perfect, but the game is still very playable, even at the highest options I could set. Less demanding games do not have any performance problems, though. This is a highly energy-saving chip, but it’s still a lot stronger than the well-known Snapdragon 625.

4. Screen

Here, X6 presents a classic IPS LCD panel with a not-so-classic aspect ratio, and the same can be said for this notch at the top. The screen has a ratio of 19:9 and therefore it feels rather small in hand despite its diagonal size of a whopping 5.8″! The FHD+ screen of this ratio has a resolution of 1080×2280, which is more than sufficient considering its size.

Since this screen is IPS, color and contrast are pretty moderate and comfortable even though they cannot reach the absurd results that OLED panels reach these days. Again, the minimum brightness gets very dark and the maximum is fairly bright; you should not have any problems with using it during the day.

5. Cameras

Of course, there’s a configuration with two cameras on the back. We have a 16MP + 5MP configuration where one camera is the main one and the other serves to detect the depth. On the front we have a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, just like the main camera.

All these cameras do not break any expectations. The reproduction of images under various conditions is actually good, but the problem is it’s very limited application which doesn’t even have a proper Manual mode! It does have some cutesy effects, though. The night will cause noise, but within rational levels – just do not expect all the photos from that party last night to turn out perfectly clean and bright.

As far as video is concerned, the X6 can shoot up to 30fps in 2K resolution. For mobile, that’s more than enough. It also supports electronic image stabilization with the help of a gyroscope, but even though the stabilization is excellent, you can see that it’s electronically stabilized.

6. Audio capabilities

The audio output of this cell phone is not that spectacular. Although the frequency response is very flat, the THD is higher than usual and there’s some stereo crosstalk. With all that, there is also a weak amplifier.

For earbuds this should not be a problem, but whoever plans to use some proper cans with this phone will probably not have the best results. The sound was very quiet on my 55Ω AKG cans. Fortunately, the 3.5 mm headphone jack looks good and the connector will retain a good contact with your headphones.

The speaker, on the other hand, has a very clear and pretty loud sound! Deep sounds do not resonate too much through the chassis as they should, but that’s nitpicking. Distortion is in average levels which is nice to see. You’ll hear the your ringtone perfectly and it can even be used for music when you just forgot to take that Bluetooth speaker.

7. Battery

This cell phone has a 3060mAh battery which is quite the fair number for such a mid-ranger. With the chipset that this cell phone has, you should easily get a full day of proper use. I played Smash Hit for 10 minutes and in those 10 minutes the battery has been depleted by 2%. In the Lab501 battery benchmark application, I launched the most demanding “Gaming” test in which the battery fell by only 3% during 10 minutes of testing at maximum brightness.

By these numbers you should be able to play games for about 7 hours if you recharge the battery before. Pretty satisfactory results and it’s not strange to see that since this is a pretty efficient 14nm chipset!

8. Additional functions

When it comes to additional functions, there’s a fingerprint reader and an FM radio receiver. As I’ve said, the fingerprint reader is practically completely flush with the rest of the back so sometimes it’s a bit of a problem to find it, but thankfully it’s pretty fast! Even when my finger was wet or dusty, the reader could identify the fingerprint and unlock the cell phone.

FM reception is average but the application is great, with advanced support for RDS, named lists and FM Stereo. The GPS is also not too fast since it takes about half a minute to get my location.

9. Conclusion

In the first few days of use, this phone did not impress me. It does everything good, but never great. Again, this is one of the few mobile phones that are a part of the Android One program and this is one of its most important features. After all, I realized that this was a mid-range phone and that it was pretty good deal for about $180. There are many modern things like the notch, double cameras and a new efficient chipset from Qualcomm. Looking at all of this, I congratulate Nokia on another proper smartphone – Good to see you back, old friend.

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OnePlus Announces Partnership With Epic Games To Provide The First-Ever 90FPS Fortnite Smartphone Experience

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OnePlus, a global mobile technology company, today announces a partnership with Epic Games, designed to create an unprecedented Fortnite mobile user experience for its device owners. With the rollout currently underway, the OnePlus 8 Series is now the first line of smartphones able to run Fortnite on the Unreal Engine at 90FPS, which is the fastest frame rate ever available for Fortnite on a smartphone.

“OnePlus and Epic Games have created one of the best Fortnite experiences ever on a smartphone. The OnePlus 8 Series delivers a smooth, high framerate Fortnite gameplay experience – that even current generation console game systems can’t match,” said Pete Lau, Founder & CEO, OnePlus. “OnePlus creates the best devices for mobile gaming through our industry leading display, speedy performance, and overall user experience designed with power-users in mind.”

The partnership, rooted in technological innovation, was driven by both Epic Games and OnePlus’ desire to take Fortnite to a higher level on Android. The entire endeavor to bring 90FPS to Fortnite on the OnePlus 8 took months of development. To kick off the launch in India, OnePlus users (OnePlus 6 and newer) are now able to download Fortnite via “One-touch” easy installation of the Epic Games App exclusively through the “Game Space” application. As the leading premium smartphone company in India, OnePlus is bringing Fortnite to its fervent fanbase for easy gameplay across the board.

“Easy installation with ‘One Touch’ really simplifies the process of installing software, and removes friction usually found on other Android devices,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. “This is a big step forward, and alongside the performance improvements the teams have made regarding FPS, Fortnite on a OnePlus device is going to be an awesome experience.”

OnePlus users with the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro can play Fortnite at a maximum of 60 FPS, the previous highest performance for the mobile game. OnePlus is committed to bringing the best mobile gaming experiences to its users and is continuously taking steps to bring major firsts to the category.

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REDMI 10X SERIES DEBUTS IN MAINLAND CHINA

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Today, global technology leader Xiaomi officially announced the Redmi 10X for Mainland China – the first phone in the new Redmi X series. Standing at the forefront of the industry, Redmi 10X is the first smartphone to ship with the MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC while also supporting dual 5G standby, achieving top-of-the-line performance with an AnTuTu score of over 410,000. The series also offers a Samsung AMOLED display and 30x digital zoom camera.

Leading performance with MediaTek Dimensity 820

Powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 820 processor, Redmi 10X series is currently the highest performing mid-to-high-end smartphone on the market. Thanks to its flagship-level four-core architecture (4X ARM Cortex-A76 cores and 4X ARM Cortex A55 cores), MediaTek 820 provides a blazing clock speed of up to 2.6Hz, enabling Redmi 10X to achieve an AnTuTu score of over 410,000, ranking first in its price range.

To ensure stable and uninterrupted performance during prolonged gaming sessions, Redmi 10X series is kept cool with a liquid cooling system that surrounds a suspended heat pipe, and multi-layered graphite to disperse the heat.

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Non-stop connectivity with world’s first dual 5G standby

Redmi 10X series adopts an integrated 5G solution which supports dual-mode SA+NSA to cover mainstream Mainland China 5G frequency bands. When connected to two 5G networks simultaneously, the device can intelligently switch between the two networks to ensure optimal 5G connectivity at all times.

To continually provide peak performance with the best power consumption rate, Redmi 10X also leverages the MediaTek 5G UltraSave energy management function and smart switching technology to intelligently select optimal and sustained signal quality at lowest power.

Redmi 10X series also has targeted optimization capabilities for different usage scenarios such as elevators, basements, and high-speed transport. It is able to monitor network signals throughout popular transit routes to constantly optimize network parameters and pathways, greatly reducing the rate at which calls drop or data connectivity is lost, ensuring a stable and fast 5G connection across all locations.

Celebrate creativity with unparalleled camera capability

Users can get creative with light photography thanks to Redmi 10X series’ outstanding camera capabilities that can capture intricate and experimental scenarios such as crowds, night scenery, running water, light painting, and starry skies. With this dynamic camera, users don’t need to fiddle with complex parameter setups in order to take playful images of light.

Redmi 10X series also boasts the industry’s first handheld low-light timelapse camera. Thanks to the low-light registration algorithm, interest point screening and 10ms nightscape alignment, users can take stunning night time photos and videos without the need of a tripod, providing a much simpler way of upgrading photography skills and video quality.

Redmi 10X series is fitted with a 48MP ultra-high resolution main camera. Redmi 10X Pro sports a 30x digital zoom with optical image stabilization (OIS), which significantly increases the stability while taking pictures.

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Flagship-level features that revamps your mobile experience

Redmi 10X series sports a 6.57’’ Samsung AMOLED display that boasts 2400×1080 resolution for bright and clear image. The display supports HDR10+ and adjusts brightness and contrast in real time based on the content being played, ensuring optimal image details. With DC dimming, it minimizes stroboscopic effects in low lighting and ensures a comfortable viewing experience in the dark.

Redmi 10X series features an in-screen fingerprint sensor and customizable Always-on Display. The new Dark Mode 2.0 allows non-compatible third party apps to obtain dark mode coverage in all scenarios which ensures comfortable viewing at night, and saves 50% more power compared to LCD Dark Mode.

Redmi 10X series puts an end to the hassle of daily charging. Equipped with a 4,520mAh (typ) large capacity battery, it offers the hardware required for long lasting battery life. Redmi 10X Pro also supports 33W PD fast charge to quickly regain a sufficiently charged battery level.

Designed with a full 3D curved screen glass body, Redmi 10X series comes in four colors: Twilight Purple, Deep Ocean Blue, Starlight White, Lunar Gold. The Lunar Gold variant adopts the AG craft commonly seen in flagship phones, which is designed with a matte finish that exudes quality and is resistant to finger smudges. Both sides of the device are built with the highly durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, giving it smash and drop-proof qualities. Redmi 10X series sports IP53-level for dust and splash protection, offering resistance to light rain and other unexpected mishaps of daily life.

Other notable features include: Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 12 software1,multifunctional NFC for swift payments and door access, linear motor for haptic feedback, 1217 ultra-linear speaker for loud playback, IR blaster for quick remote control, and an in-screen fingerprint sensor for quick unlock experience – a powerful configuration rarely seen in other products in a similar price range.

Redmi 10X series comes in two editions, Redmi 10X and Redmi 10X Pro. The core hardware configuration of the two devices maintains a high degree of quality and consistency.

Redmi 10X comes in four variants: 6+64GB, 6+128GB, 8+128GB, and 8+256GB, priced at RMB 1,599, RMB 1,799, RMB 2,099, and RMB 2,399 respectively.

Redmi 10X Pro comes in two variations: 8+128GB and 8+256G, priced at RMB 2,299 and RMB 2,599 respectively. The two devices are currently available for purchase through all official Xiaomi channels.

Xiaomi also revealed the Redmi 10X 4G edition. Sporting a MediaTek Helio G85 processor, Redmi 10X 4G has a 6.53’’ full screen display with a tiny in-display camera and a 48MP rear quad camera, a large 5,020mAh (typ) battery and an ultra-large 128GB storage capacity. It comes in three colors: Skyline Blue, Forest Green and Frost White. Priced at RMB 999 for 4+128GB, it is currently available for purchase through all official Xiaomi Mainland China sales channels.

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HONOR Launches HONOR X10, the First 5G Smartphone in its X-series

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HONOR announced the new HONOR X10, the first 5G smartphone in the X-series for the Chinese mainland market. The HONOR X10 features the 5G 7nm Kirin 820 SoC that supports nine 5G frequency brands, and a triple camera setup that is equipped with a RYYB sensor. The smartphone has a 92% screen-to-body ratio and will come with a 90Hz refresh rate display and a 180Hz touch sampling rate for a superior viewing experience. Packed full of HONOR’s newest technology, the HONOR X10 is well-positioned for the 5G era and promises to deliver next-generation performance in gaming and photography for its users. At the launch event, George Zhao, President of HONOR also announced that the total global shipment of the HONOR X-Series had exceeded 80 million units and received countless accolades.

Available online and from major HONOR retailers from 26 May in mainland China, the HONOR X10 will be available in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Titanium Silver and Fiery Orange. Prices start at RMB1899 for the 6GB + 64GB version, RMB2199 for the 6GB + 128GB version and RMB2399 for the 8GB + 128GB version.

All-round upgrade: Enhanced 5G experience with the 5G 7nm Kirin 820 chipset

As the first 5G smartphone in the X-series, the HONOR X10 has set a high bar for a flagship 5G experience. Its 5G 7nm Kirin 820 chipset can support both non-standalone and standalone modes and support nine 5G frequency bands that will provide an extensive range of coverage, allowing the HONOR X10 to enjoy more stable and reliable 5G connectivity. Equipped with a smart antenna, the HONOR X10 is able to receive send and receive signals effectively even when the user moves between areas of differing 5G coverage.

Prior to the launch of the HONOR X10, HONOR also announced the opening of the HONOR 5G Laboratory. According to a representative of the HONOR 5G Laboratory, the company invested over RMB300 million into research and development of the HONOR X10, spent over 500,000 man-hours testing the smartphone’s 5G capabilities and made 250,000 test calls on the smartphone. To mark the 60th anniversary of the historic ascent of Mount Everest, HONOR collaborated with the Chinese National Mountaineering Team to make the HONOR X10 the designated smartphone for the team. On 11 May, the national mountaineers scaled Mount Everest with the HONOR X10 and tested its 5G capabilities at more than 6500 meters above sea level. The result was astounding: the HONOR X10 recorded a maximum download speed of 1617Mbps, proving that it is a high-performing smartphone even in harsh environments.

Designed for gaming enthusiasts: 90Hz refresh rate display

The 5G 7nm Kirin 820 chipset, a successor to the Kirin 810 chipset, features an innovative octa-core design with one high-performance A76 big core, three balanced A76 middle cores, and four energy-efficient A55 small cores. With this configuration, the chipset can operate up to a speed of 2.36GHz. Built on the Huawei’s Da Vinci NPU architecture, the 5G 7nm Kirin 820 chipset achieves superior performance and ultra-low power consumption, allowing it to perform 5G and AI tasks seamlessly and effectively.

In order to improve the gaming performance of the HONOR X10, the hardware of the smartphone underwent several optimizations. Firstly, the GPU of the HONOR X10 is a Mali-G57 with six cores and has a Smart Cache feature that implements flexible switching of bandwidth resources to reduce power consumption. In addition, compared with the last generation, the HONOR X10 has an additional six antennas. Finally, the HONOR X10 features the Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 with brand new AI frequency modulation scheduling technology that achieves a sweet balance between gaming performance and power consumption. It is also equipped with the latest GPU-Turbo to provide more high-performance support for most popular games.

The HONOR X10’s 90Hz refresh rate for its display is a win for gamers looking to experience buttery-smooth gameplay. Compared to most smartphone displays that have a 60Hz refresh rate, the HONOR X10 will feature noticeably smoother scrolling and users will experience lesser eye fatigue. Furthermore, the HONOR X10 boasts a 180Hz touch sampling rate, significantly reducing touch lag and speeds up the overall experience. Finally, the HONOR X10 is equipped with a 4,300mAh battery that supports 10V 2.25A fast charge, allowing all-day uninterrupted usage.

RYYB sensor enables superior night photography on the HONOR X10

The HONOR X10 features a 40MP triple camera setup and an industry-leading image sensor that is equipped with an exclusive RYYB filter that increases the light intake by up to 40%. With the enhancement of light sensitivity brought by RYYB, the HONOR X10 is able to support an impressive ISO of up to 153,600. The 5G 7nm Kirin 820 chipset has ISP 5.0 that supports BM3D for professional-level noise reduction while the improved AIS Super Night mode will enable the HONOR X10 to synthesize multi-frame images and support exposure up to 30 seconds. Together, these upgrades will allow the HONOR X10 to capture ultra-clear night shots with heightened brightness and better color preservation even in dimly lit environments.

The HONOR X10 camera also allows users to capture crisp pictures even when there is fast movement. Through a series of optimization processes and AI, the HONOR X10 is able to synthesize different layers to form a perfect picture. The HONOR X10 also supports 4K Ultra-HD video shooting capabilities. In terms of its front-facing camera, the HONOR X10 has a 16MP Selfie camera. Working together with enhanced AI capabilities, selfies will not look over-processed and are more natural.

Immersive audio and visual experience

The HONOR X10 has a screen resolution of 2400 x 1800 and a screen-to-body ratio of 92%, providing users with an unobstructed viewing experience. The TÜV Rheinland-Certified blue light filter in the HONOR X10 effectively reduces the harmful blue light emitted by the screen, minimizing eye fatigue for smartphone users. The custom-built components and HONOR’s self-developed algorithm optimize the screen’s visibility under bright sunlight, presenting every detail with optimal clarity and sharpness.

In the audio department, the HONOR X10 is equipped with an HONOR-developed amplifier that enhances the audio quality. Coupled with the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound feature, users can indulge in an immersive audio experience that mirrors a cinema environment.

The ever-changing hues on the glassback of the HONOR X10 are due to its 21-layer glass technology. To appeal to the global youth, the HONOR X10 comes in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Titanium Silver and Fiery Orange.

Magic UI 3.1 brings technology and aesthetic enhancements to HONOR X10

The HONOR X10 will be pre-installed with the Android-based Magic UI 3.1 that delivers an aesthetically arresting UX design coupled with improvements in software. With this latest upgrade, users can expect a slew of user-friendly smart features such as seamless cross-device connection, multi-screen collaboration and smart travel. Users can also enjoy next-level upgrades in smart office, photography, performance and security.

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