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Zenfone 3s Max Review – Not that bad!

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Recently Asus launched Zenfone 3s Max and it faced a lot of backlash due to it’s pricing by some tech enthusiasts. So I spent some time using the Zenfone 3s Max to see if it is any good. So, let’s find out if it’s worth your money or not.

Key Specifications

  • 5.2″ 720p display
  • MT6750 Mediatek processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32Gb Internal storage
  • 13MP/8MP camera
  • 5000 mAh Li-Po battery

Read More Logitech X50 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review!

Design & Built

The Zenfone 3s doesn’t follow the design theme of the other Zenfone 3’s. It has the fingerprint scanner at the front and shockingly the buttons are on screen. There is a good amount of space left on the sides of the fingerprint scanner which could have been filled by those buttons. The On-screen buttons though seem good in night but it reduces the screen real-estate especially on the 5.2″ display. Asus could have gone for touch capacitive buttons. The display is a 2.5D display because of which the edges of the phone are curvy.

The rear camera is situated on the upper left side of the phone along with a dual tone flash and a microphone. Under the camera, you get an Asus branding. The bottom side of the phone is made up of plastic to maximize the telephonic signals. There is a speaker grill on each side of the micro-USB port but sadly only the right one is the speaker while the left is the microphone. On the left, there is the Sim card/SD card try( Hybrid slot) while on the right you get the power and volume keys.

Also Read – TVS Jupiter tyre Price

Display

The display of the Zenfone 3s Max is Decent. The low resolution of this phone is a bummer. Even though 720p will be less power consuming than a 1080p panel but still 720p is not acceptable for a phone priced 15,000INR. The panel too is just okayish with low contrast.

Camera

There is nothing fancy in Camera as well. a very medium camera which struggles at low light. The photos in daylight though are good. I was expecting a much better camera from Asus this time. Here are some sample images.

Daylight

Indoor Conditions

Low Light

Performance

The Zenfone 3s Max performs well. The MT6750 is an old but powerfull processor. I was easily able to tp play games like Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas, Real Racing etc and faced no lag at all. It handled ay any task put it very well. To boost the performance further, you can disable some pre-loaded apps which you might not want. Here are some benchmark results-

Antutu benchmark on Zenfone 3s Max – 39430

GeekBench 4 – 599 (Single Core), 2551( Multi-core)

The fingerprint scanner performed well and was able to detect my thumb 90% of the time.

Battery Life

The Zenfone 3s max has 500mAh battery. The MT6750 is not at all a power efficient processor based on 28nm structure. I was able to use the phone for full 2 days and normally I had to charge it every other night. With 500mAh battery and a 720p display, I expected more battery life out of it. This would have been possible if Asus used maybe SD 650 on it. Overall the battery life was good but not something extra order are as the liked of Redmi note 4 has similar battery life and is cheaper than this as well.

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a small phone with great battery life then you can go for the Zenfone 3s Max but If you are fine with 5.5″ then I would suggest you to either buy the Redmi Note 4 or the Honor 6X.

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How to – Root Moto G5s Plus without PC

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Moto G5S plus is an awesome device with some great features and awesome design. The software of the phone is also very fluid and smooth. The software is so simple that you might miss features you get on other phones say Redmi Note 4. So to get the best out of your Android phone here is a tutorial on how to root your Moto g5s Plus without PC or in other words Root Moto G5s Plus.

Attention – Before continuing with this tutorial, it is required to unlock your bootloader. To do so, you have to follow this tutorial here.
Note – The method without PC does not seem to work currently, We would be adding the rooting tutorial without PC soon

This tutorial only works for the phones with Nougat installed, once Oreo comes, we will make a tutorial on how to root with Orreo as well.

Downloads for Root Moto G5s Plus-

ADB folder- https://bit.ly/latestadb
Magisk Zip file- https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps…
Magisk Manager app- https://goo.gl/GkKcgb
TWRP recovery- https://forum.xda-developers.com/moto…

Root Moto G5s Plus without PC

Step 1 – Go to settings, about and tap the build number repeatdy for 6-7 times. After doing this, you will get a message saying you are a developer.

Step 2 – Now go back to settings and just above about us, you will see Developer options. Go to developer options and toggle on USB debugging.

Step 3 – Switch Off the device.

Also, Read – Logitech X50 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review!

Step 4- Once switched off, Turn on the device by holding the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Now you will go into fast boot mode.  Connect your USB cable to the phone and the other end in the PC.

Step 5 – Now download all the files mentioned above except the App. Now extract the folder named platform-tools-latest-windows to any folder on your PC.

Step 6 – Now rename the twrp file to technokick.img

Step 7 – Now copy the other two files, that is the Maicisk file and the technokick file to the extracted folder.

Step 8 – Now in the folder, Press shift and press right click on your mouse. Now you will see an option called Open Powershell window here. Enter the following code in the window

fastboot devices 
fastboot flash recovery technokick.img

Step 9 – Now go to TWRP and backup your data. After that go into Wipe, Select format data. Now reboot your phone.

Step 10 – Now you should land on TWRP again. Connect your phone to the PC and copy the Magisk zip file into your internal storage.

Step 11– Now in your phone, Open TWRP, go to install and select Magisk zip file and select swipe to flash.

Step 12 – Now Reboot your system to the system. After you have set up your phone, Install the app, Magisk manager apk on your phone. You can find the link above. After that, your phone should be successfully rooted. Now you have successfully Rooted Moto G5s Plus.

If you are facing any issue in Root Moto G5s Plus, let us know in the comment section below. We would help you to resolve it ASAP.

Source – Dhananjay Bhosale

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InFocus Launches Snap 4 and Turbo 5 Plus Smartphones Featuring Dual Cameras

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New Delhi – InFocus launched two new phones for the budget Indian market, The InFocus Snap 4, and InFocus Turbo 5 Plus on Wednesday, 13th September. Today, we are going to take a closer look on both of phones and discuss the specifications of the smartphones.

InFocus Snap 4 Specifications, Design, and Price

The InFocus Snap 4 is a camera-centric smartphone with its main USP being the dual front camera as well as a dual rear camera. The rear features an 80-degree 13-megapixel and 120-degree wide-angle 8-megapixel camera. On the front side, we get similar sets of 8MP sensors. With the front dual camera, great selfies with blurred background, which none of the other competitors in this range do.

The Snap 4 features a unique 5.2” 2.5D curved display with a resolution of 720X1280. This makes the phone very practical as the low resolution will help to conserve the battery and will give the user a higher SOT. On the performance side, it comes with an MT6750 MediaTek processor, which is more than adequate for daily use. The Snap 4 comes only in a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). Out of the box, it comes running on InFocus’s custom UI based on android 7.0. The Snap 4 also comes with a fingerprint scanner which company claims to be super-fast and can unlock the phone within half a second.

The phone would be sold exclusively on amazon.in for 11,999 from 21st Sept, 12:00 am onwards.

GENERAL
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Device typeSmart Phone
SimDual Sim (Nano + Nano)
ANNOUNCED
StatusAvailable from September 26
Global Release Date2017, September
Indian Release Date2017, September 13
BODY
Dimensions147.6 x 72.7 x 7.99 mm
Weight162 g
DISPLAY
Screen size5.2 inches
Form FactorTouch
Screen resolution720 x 1280 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type)IPS LCD
PROCESSOR
CPUOcta Core (Quad x 1.5GHz + Quad x 1.0GHz) Cortex A53
GPUMali T860
ChipsetMediaTek MT6750N
STORAGE
Internal Storage64 GB Storage
RAM4 GB RAM
External Storageup to 64 GB
Card SlotmicroSD Card
PhonebookUnlimited
MessagingYes
Call RecordsUnlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera13 MP + 8 MP Dual Camera
Front Camera8 MP + 8 MP Dual Selfie Camera
Video RecordingYes
Camera FeaturesGeo Tagging, HDR

InFocus Turbo 5 Plus Specifications, Design, and Price

The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is the cheaper of the two but still, comes with loads of features. It comes with a dual rear camera set, with the main unit, a 13MP f2.0 sensor, while the secondary sensor being 5MP f2.2. The camera captures sharp and detailed images, far better than the competition. Talking about the Selfie camera, it comes with a not so impressive 5MP unit, but keeping the price in mind, it still feels great.

The Turbo 5 Plus features a 5.5” HD display with a PPI of ~268. The Turbo 5 Plus, comes with the same processor as the Snap 4, the MT6750 which is a great processor for this price category. It also comes with 3GB of RAM< 32 GB Internal memory which is again expandable but just up to 64GB. The Snap 4 and the Turbo 5 Plus, comes with an identical UI, the only difference being the camera App.

The main USP of the phone, however, is the humongous 4850mAh battery while still maintains a weight of just 174gms. When holding the phone, it no way feels as if it has such a large battery.

The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is priced at just Rs 8,99 which is a steal for such a phone and will be available at Amazon starting 21st September 12.00 am onwards.

GENERAL
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Device typeSmart Phone
SimDual Sim
ANNOUNCED
StatusAvailable From September 21
Global Release Date2017, September
Indian Release Date2017, September 13
BODY
Dimensions154.5 x 76.6 x 8.95 mm
Weight176 g
DISPLAY
Screen size5.5 inches
Form FactorTouch
Screen resolution720 x 1280 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type)IPS LCD
PROCESSOR
CPUOcta Core (Quad x 1.5GHz + Quad x 1.0GHz) Cortex A53
GPUMali T860
ChipsetMediaTek MT6750
STORAGE
Internal Storage32 GB Storage
RAM3 GB RAM
External Storageup to 64 GB
Card SlotmicroSD Card
PhonebookUnlimited
MessagingYes
Call RecordsUnlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera13 MP+ 5 MP Dual Camera
Front Camera5 MP Camera
Video RecordingYes
Camera FeaturesGeo Tagging, HDR

 

InFocus is known for releasing phones at a low price with great features, but this time I feel they have gone one step ahead providing absolute value to money phones for the Indian market.

So what are your views on the Snap 4 and Turbo 5 Plus? Let us know in the comment section below!

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How to ROOT the OnePlus 5 using a Mac

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OnePlus 5 is a great device when it comes to the hardware and performance but it lacks many great features and the device optimization is pretty average too. The OnePlus 5 does not have any special water protection and it does not support wireless charging. Talking about the design, the OnePlus 5 looks like a twin brother to the iPhone 7 Plus. The device has a metallic body and is 7.5 mm thin. OnePlus 5 looks and feels great because of its round edges. Most of the phones now feature QHD display and some have 4k too, but unfortunately the OnePlus is still behind with FHD 1080p 5.5-inch AMOLED panel display. Though the device is inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus, and luckily it still has an Earphone Jack.

Why root the OnePlus 5? – Root OnePlus 5 on a Mac

It’s pretty common to get bored with the same UI and same software features. Rooting the OnePlus 5 allows you to replace the OxygenOS with some other Custom ROM. You can even unlock many modifications which are not possible with a non-rooted device.  So, lets get started! The whole procedure contains three steps;

1. Unlocking the Bootloader
2. Installing TWRP Recovery
3. Rooting the OnePlus 5

*** Please read each step carefully and follow them precisely. Making a mistake can end you up with a dead OnePlus 5 *** 

Rooting a device using a Mac is almost similar to that of rooting using a Windows PC

Also Read- OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – Which one to buy

Unlocking the bootloader of OnePlus 5- Root OnePlus 5 on a Mac

This will wipe all data on your device, make sure you take a backup before proceeding
  1. You need to first install device drivers and ADB on your computer.
  2. Enabling USB Debugging and OEM Unlock
    Go to Settings >> About Device >> Tap Build Number 7 times to get Developer Options and now in Developer Options Select USB Debugging and OEM Unlock.
  3. Boot your OnePlus 5 into Bootloader/Fastboot mode by pressing Power and Volume UP buttons.
  4. Connect your device to your computer and allow all driver installations
  5. Open Terminal
  6. Type ./fastboot devices and press enter to ensure your device is ready
  7. Now to unlock the bootloader use ./fastboot oem unlock  and press enter.
  8. Type ./fastboot oem device-info, to make sure that the bootloader is unlocked it should say ‘Device unlocked: true’

Installing TWRP Custom Recovery on the OnePlus 5

  1. Enabling USB Debugging and OEM Unlock
    Go to Settings >> About Device >> Tap Build Number 7 times to get Developer Options and now in Developer Options Select USB Debugging
  2. Download latest TWRP from here
  3. Boot your OnePlus 5 into Bootloader/Fastboot mode by pressing Power and Volume UP buttons.
  4.  To flash TWRP, use the command ./fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  5. To boot into the new recovery, unplug the device and press Power and Volume Down buttons.

Root the OnePlus 5

  1. Download SuperSU or Magisk on your device ( SuperSU Preferred )
  2. Boot into the recovery by pressing Power and Volume Down buttons.
  3. Click Install
  4. Select SuperSU or Magisk and swipe to confirm flash.
  5. Once flash is complete restart your device. This time it may take time to boot, don’t worry.
  6. Now you have a ROOTED OnePlus 5!

So by now you should have succesfully rooted your OnePlus 5. If not then comment below and we will help you further in Rooting OnePlus 5 without PC.

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