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Asus Zenfone live Review – Nice concept, bad implementation

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Alright, So Asus has launched yet another phone for a specific niche, this time it’s for all those people who like to go live on social media platforms. I was not very sure about what Asus wanted from their phone, it has been more than 2 months since launch, and I wonder about the sales figure of the phone. Well, t is my duty to test the phone thoroughly so I made the phone as my primary device for 1 week and It wasn’t so pleasing. Let me tell you about it.

Design

Just like any other budget phone from Asus, Zenfone live has a metallic build with the camera on the top left. It looks good and seems a well expensive phone. It’s fairly light and very compact as well. THe unit I got has white front and gold back. THe phone feels well finished.

Performance

It comes with a Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM. The price to performance ratio is low and they could have used a much better processor from the lines of Snapdragon 65X. You can play basic games on it and is fairly cable of doing day to day tasks. But, here is the thing, I have used Asus phone is past and they tend to slow down after a couple of months. So don’t expect some mind boggling value from this phone.

Camera

Now being a phone to be live, you would expect a great sensor but sadly no, Asus is trying to improve their camera quality by software but they actually should focus on the hardware first. The images have way too high contrast and are over saturated. Same goes for the selfie camera as well. For the selfie cam, you get an additional flash which well is useful when going live.

Going Live!

Asus is marketing this phone as a go to phone for all those who love to go live. They claim that the app inside the phone can do live beautification of your face so that you look good while live but I doubt how many people would use beautification mode when live. It isn’t as polished as you would want to and say you go out of the frame and when you come back, they viewers can distinguish between your real face and the software enhanced look.

Well, I might not be the best person commenting on this, I hardly go live. So I asked one of my friend who loves to go live almost every day and he liked this feature. He told me that even though he might not use the feature as well but if further polished many social media sensations can start using it so that they don’t have to do a lot of makeup just to go live :p

Daily usage

THe phone performed well in daily usage and it can be a good daily driver especially for those who are looking for a smaller form factor phone. It also comes with the support of micro SD card so all those entertainment junkies can store their music and movies onto it. DO note that you have to give your second sim slot for the SD card support.

Final Verdict

If you are especially looking to buy a phone to go live with then go ahead and buy this phone but If you are not interested in the Live feature and just want a normal day-to-day phone then there are far better alternatives available in the market.

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OnePlus introduces new Thunder Purple Colour for OnePlus 6T

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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.

On purchase of the OnePlus 6T, users will receive additional benefits starting 16 November including:
  • 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

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How to Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9+ [No Root]

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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+

Method 1

  1. Go to this link
  2. Install the app
  3. It will ask for permission, grant it.
  4. 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-
    Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9

Source: cnet

How to – View Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S9+

  1. Go to gallery
  2. There should be a folder by name A-Z if not it could be inside the Collections folder.
  3. 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+

  1. Go to Playstore and download this app.
  2. Now just select your video and start editing it!

Specs of S9+

Display
Size6.2 Inch
Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels
Performance
CPUQuad core, 2.7 GHz + Quad core, 1.7 GHz, Samsung Exynos 9 Octa
RAM6 GB
Storage
Internal memory64 GB
External memoryUp to 400 GB
Battery
Capacity3500 mAH, Li-ion, Non removable
TalktimeUp to 25 Hours (3G)
Camera
Primary camera12 MP
Secondary camera8 MP
Connectivity
Network supportDual SIM 4G
Other optionsWi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Others
Battery Capacity3500mAh
Operating systemAndroid 8.0 Oreo

 

So were you able to screen record? Let us know in the comment section below!

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E-Sim is the way to go!

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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?

Availability

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.

Functionality

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.

Benefits?

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.

Verdict!

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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