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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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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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