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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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5 Reasons To Buy New Mi 10

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This week Xiaomi has presented new flagship smartphone models Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The presentation was in an unusual online format because of coronavirus in China. But the company prepared for it on a really high level making the video stream on different online platforms.

So, let’s talk about the new models and 5 reasons why you should change your smartphone to the new one Mi 10.

Reason 1 – Display

Mi 10 features really best 6.67 inches SuperAMOLED display with resolution 2340*1080 pixels. As you can see the frames are really small which creates the effect of total bezel-less display. The model has rounded edges, but all the display is protected with durable Corning Gorilla Glass.

Reason 2 – Top configuration

The model is equipped with a Snapdragon 865 eight-core processor. The performance was increased by up to 20 percent compared with the previous generation.

Reason 3 – Updated Memory

The model uses the LPDDR 5 memory standard which is high-tech and modern. Xiaomi is the second brand after Samsung who implements this decision into smartphones. Also, the model uses Wi-Fi 6 technology.

Reason 4 – Cool camera

The model has four camera sensors situated on the rear panel. The most powerful sensor is 108MP which is supplemented with one 13MP sensor and two sensors with 2MP resolution.

Thanks to the AI algorithms the user can work with original photo testing different effects.

Another interesting feature is text recognition. Sometimes when you should take a photo of documents or book pages the shadow of the smartphone can ruin the photo making some zones not visible for reading. But thanks for AI algorithms it’s not a problem anymore.

Reason 5 – A powerful battery

In order to keep the necessary level of performance, the model has a 4780 mAh battery. Thanks to the cooling system the model can be fully charged in 56 minutes. Moreover, it supports wireless charging.

The global launch date is currently unknown. So stay tuned.

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The Google Assistant-powered “Ambient Mode” is rolling out to OnePlus devices

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By partnering with Google, OnePlus is excited to bring the Google Assistant-powered “Ambient Mode” to your OnePlus device (available onOnePlus 3 and above).

Ambient Mode is a “proactive” Google Assistant experience that is available whenever the device is being charged. You can access proactive information and suggestions on weather, agenda, entertainment, reminders, and more. The feature can also be used to turn a phone into a digital photo frame or as the interface to control smart home devices, such as lights, or music players. Check out this video made by Google to learn more:

To opt-in this feature, please connect your OnePlus device to the charger, click the notification and follow the guidance to finish the setup process, or you can enable this feature in Google App Settings > Assistant > Devices (Phone). Please note that this is a staged rollout, which might take up to a week to a full release, your patience will be appreciated.

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10 things to know about Android 10

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Android 10 is here! With this release, Google focused on making your everyday life easier with features powered by on-device machine learning, as well as supporting new technologies like Foldables and 5G. At the same time, with almost 50 changes related to privacy and security, Android 10 gives you greater protection, transparency, and control over your data. This builds on top of their ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading security and privacy protections on Android. Google also built new tools that empower people of all abilities, and help you find the right balance with technology.

Here are the 10 things you should know, centered on innovation, security and privacy and digital wellbeing:

Simpler, smarter, and more helpful

1. Smart Reply now suggests actions. So when someone sends you a message with an address or a YouTube video, you can open and navigate in Google Maps or open up the video in YouTube—no copying and pasting required. And Smart Reply now works across all your favorite messaging apps.

2. Come to the dark side… with Dark Theme. You can enable Dark Theme for your entire phone or for specific apps like Photos and Calendar. It’s easier on your eyes, and your phone battery too.

3. Take advantage of larger, edge-to-edge screens with the new gesture navigation. With simple swipes, you can go backwards, pull up the homescreen, and fluidly move between tasks. After switching, you won’t want to go back to visible buttons.

4. With a single tap, Live Caption will automatically caption videos, podcasts and audio messages across any app—even stuff you record yourself. Live Caption will become available this fall, starting with Pixel.

New privacy and security features put you in control

5. You can choose to only share location data with apps while you’re using them. You’ll also receive reminders when an app that you are not actively using is accessing your location, so you can decide whether or not to continue sharing.

6. In a new Privacy section under Settings, you’ll find important controls like Web & App Activity and Ad Settings in one place.

7. With Google Play system updates, important security and privacy fixes can now be sent to your phone from Google Play, in the same way your apps update. So you get these fixes as soon as they’re available, without having to wait for a full OS update.

Find the right balance with technology for you and your family

8. You have greater control over where and when notifications will alert you. Mark notifications as “Silent” and they won’t make noise or appear on your lockscreen, so you’re only alerted by notifications when you want to be.

9. Now Family Link is part of every device running Android 10, right in settings under Digital Wellbeing. Parents can use these tools to set digital ground rules like daily screen time limits, device bedtime, time limits on specific apps, and more. They can also review the apps children install on their devices, as well as their usage.

10. Want to be in the zone but not off the grid? Digital Wellbeing now brings you Focus mode. Select the apps you find distracting—such as email or the news—and silence them until you come out of Focus mode. Sign up for the Beta to try it.

There’s lots more in Android 10, including a new enterprise feature that lets you use different keyboards for your personal and work profiles, app timers for specific websites so you can balance your time on the web, new gender-inclusive emoji, and support for direct audio streaming to hearing aid devices.

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