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.
- 5.2″ 720p display
- MT6750 Mediatek processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32Gb Internal storage
- 13MP/8MP camera
- 5000 mAh Li-Po battery
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OnePlus introduces new Thunder Purple Colour for OnePlus 6T
The new Thunder Purple edition will go on sale on Amazon.in, oneplus.in, Reliance Digital and Croma stores and all OnePlus exclusive offline channels starting 16 November, 2018
Bangalore, 12 November 2018: Taking design inspiration from ‘lightning strikes at dusk’, the limited edition OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple will be coming to India starting November 16, 2018.
The special edition of the much-lauded OnePlus 6T comes with a gradient back that fades from black to purple under the frosted glass-backed OnePlus 6T, with the evocative ‘S’ curve racing across the back and highlighting the depth of colour. OnePlus has paid meticulous attention to detail to craft the perfect look, with a focus on how light reacts to the glass’ haze, roughness, gloss, transparency and reflective qualities.
“The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple is a stunning combination of power and beauty – the black-to-purple fade is like a thunderstorm on a summer night,”Pete Lau, Founder and CEO, OnePlus, said. “We experimented extensively to test how light interacts with the colours in order to give people what might just be our most beautiful design yet.”
The OnePlus 6T is the company’s most futuristic flagship till date with Screen Unlock on the immersive 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display, class-leading hardware and meticulous industrial design to create the industry’s fastest and smoothest smartphone experience. It features the latest, most powerful platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with up to 8GB of RAM that creates an experience that continues to set the standard for performance.
The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple edition will be available from 16 November on Amazon.in, oneplus.in at 2 pm, and in Croma outlets, Reliance Digital outlets and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores starting 11 am. It comes packed with 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage, with the same price tag as the OnePlus 6T Midnight Black and Mirror Black, at INR 41,999.
For images of the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple, click here.
For the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purples official product video, click here.
INR 1500 cashback on all HDFC Bank Credit and Debit Cards
Reliance Jio and OnePlus have come together to offer OnePlus 6T Unlock The Speed Offer that gives users an instant cashback of INR 5,400 in vouchers on the first prepaid recharge of Rs 299 on www.jio.com, Reliance Digital stores, MyJio Stores, Jio retailers and the MyJio app. The plan will entitle them to 3GB 4G data per day with unlimited voice calls, SMS and access to Jio’s premium applications. Effectively, the offer will bring a total of 3TB of 4G data to the users over 36 recharges
3 months of no-cost EMI on Amazon.in and OnePlus exclusive offline stores
Free damage protection for 12 months from Kotak Servify
Discounts up to INR 500 on Amazon Kindle on Amazon.in
How to Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9+ [No Root]
Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best phones available in the market. It has the flagship specs, great camera and one of the best displays a phone ever had. Fortnite, A battle royal game which has been very popular on iOS devices was also launched for S9. The S9 gives the best fortnite experience you can have on a mobile device. Now to show some of your fortnite skills, having a screen capture will be better compared to a screenshot so today we will show you how you can screen record on a Galaxy S9 or S9+. There are different methods to record screen on your phone, we will be showing you the best one. We will also show how you can then edit the video easily. So we will show you Methods to Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9.
How to – Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Go to this link
- Install the app
- It will ask for permission, grant it.
- Now you will get a floating circle on the left side of your screen of the Galaxy S9. Just press the Red button which has a Video Camera Icon. Refer to the image below-
- Now once it has started, you can do all the stuff you want to show in your video and to stop it, You need to pull down the notification bar and press the stop icon on it.
- Now you will get a pullout with the video, to save it just simply touch the back button on your Note 9 and that’s it.
How to – View Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Go to gallery
- There should be a folder by name A-Z if not it could be inside the Collections folder.
- Now from here, You can either view it or share it across different platforms like Whatsapp or Instagram.
How to – Edit the Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Go to Playstore and download this app.
- Now just select your video and start editing it!
Specs of S9+
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels|
|CPU||Quad core, 2.7 GHz + Quad core, 1.7 GHz, Samsung Exynos 9 Octa|
|Internal memory||64 GB|
|External memory||Up to 400 GB|
|Capacity||3500 mAH, Li-ion, Non removable|
|Talktime||Up to 25 Hours (3G)|
|Primary camera||12 MP|
|Secondary camera||8 MP|
|Network support||Dual SIM 4G|
|Other options||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo|
So were you able to screen record? Let us know in the comment section below!
E-Sim is the way to go!
I was just going through my email and found an email from a certain brand claiming that their phone is superior in Dual Sim technology, So I quickly opened it to see what new have they done, well all it was trying to say was that E-Sim is not supported by every telecom company and our phones uses conventional technology so we are better than apple. That got me thinking, I researched a bit and tried to look into all the carriers that support E-Sim. So here is my conclusion on E-Sim and if it is better than the conventional way.
E-Sims, Are they any Good?
So when we look at the list of carriers, almost all major US carriers support E-Sim. A few in Europe and a handful in India, namely Airtel and JIo. This state is right now when the new phones are not in the market, Once they get in, I expect more number of Companies getting into this boat. So what this means is that the chances are your carrier will provide E-Sim, If not now, then they will very soon.
To switch a sim from One phone to another is very simple, all you need is a small pin to open the bracket, take the sim and transfer it to the other one. For E-Sim, If your phone to say is non-functional, You will need to go to the nearest store of your carrier and get a sim or register a new E-Sim for your new phone. Well, this is not as easy as the previous one and for me, I like to change my phones very often.
A nano sim may seem pretty small but is very big compared to the internals of a phone, I recently disassembled a OnePlus 3 and got to know just how much space both the sims take, So having an E-Sim will definitely save that space and for that space, you can get upto 20% more battery.
It will take another year or so before the E Sims become less of a hassle but it is the future and the ideal way to go. It creates a lot more possibilities and No Doubt E-Sims will take over and Now as Apple has done it, more and more companies will try to do so as well.
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