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Update 18-7-2013: Xiaomi Mi3 doesn’t come with Gorilla Glass 3 as initial reports suggested. We are still waiting for official confirmation. We have received our review unit and it doesn’t mention Gorilla Glass 3.

Xiaomi has unleashed its flagship Mi3 (Quick Review) in India for only 13,999 INR (1K Lesser than what was initially announced). The price tag is same as that of Moto G which presently dominates in this price range, and hardware is far more premium. We got to get our hands on Mi3 at the New Delhi Launch event, today. Let’s take a look.

Xiaomi Mi3 Quick Specs

Display Size: 5 Inch  IPS LCD, 1920 X 1080p Full HD resolution, 441 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection

Processor: 2.3  GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU clocked at 320 MHz

RAM: 2 GB

Software Version: Android 4.4 KitKat based MIUI ROM

Camera: 13 MP, 1080P Video recording

Secondary Camera: 2.1 MP, 1080p video recording

Internal Storage:  16 GB

External Storage: No

Battery: 3050 mAh

Connectivity:  HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS,  Micro USB 2.0, GPS, USB OTG

Xiaomi Mi3 Video Hands on Review

Design, Build and Display

Xiaomi Mi3 is one of the best build phones you can find below 20,000 INR. It looks like a meticulously crafted slim Lumia device at first glance, perhaps because of the rounded side edges which also help with a firm grip. Mi3 is very sturdy and once you hold It in hand, it feels much different and nicer than what you would expect.

Xiaomi Mi3 is built from A Aluminum- Magnesium chassis and is only 8.1 mm thick. Outside is mostly plastic and vertical bezels on the front are slightly taller than what we like, but nothing that will upset you. The weight is also very well balanced.

Processor and RAM

Processor used is Snapdragon 800 quad core clocked at 2.3 GHz. This is one of the best chipsets available and packs enough might to handle high end gaming and day to day tasks smoothly and in a power efficient manner.

Recommended: How Snapdragon 800 Makes Your Smartphone Special and Different From Others

Camera and Internal Storage

The details and color was pretty good in low light condition but the brightness didn’t seem too great. Overall, it’s not the best when you compare to flagship phones, but it is one of the best in this price range and won’t disappoint casual photographers in anyway. The camera App is loaded with options which we will test in our full review. The front camera is also more than decent for selfies and video chat.

User Interface and Battery

Xiaomi Mi3 Photo Gallery

Conclusion

Xiaomi Mi3 is definitely a great value for money device and is one of the best you can hope for in this price range. Only downside is non expandable storage. Well, nothing is perfect but Mi3 comes very close.  We really liked what we saw with Xiaomi Mi3. The device will be available for purchase for 13,999 INR on 22nd July, same day Xiaomi announces Mi4. Only those who register on flipkart till 21st July will be eligible for purchase on launch day.

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Lg G4 Hands On Review, Photos And Video

LG G4 Quick Specs

Display Size: 5.5 Inch Quantum IPS LCD Display with  1440 x 2560 QHD and Gorilla Glass 3

Processor: 1.8 GHz Hexa Core Snapdragon 808 (2 Cortex A57 cores at 1.8 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 Cores at 1.44 GHz) and Adreno 418 GPU

RAM: 3 GB

Software Version: Android 5.1 Lollipop with  LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI

Primary Camera: 16 MP AF camera with Dual LED Flash, F1.8 Lens, 4K recording

Secondary Camera: 8 MP, 1080p Videos

Internal Storage: 32 GB

External Storage: up to 128 GB

Battery: 3000 mAh battery, Removable

Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB OTG, NFC, Infrared port, GPS, GLONASS

LG G4 India Unboxing, Quick Review and Comparison with Galaxy S6 [Video]

Design, Build and Display

Most notable change which you first notice, is a curved display. This didn’t interfere with the way we use our phone, and you don’t have to worry about not liking it at all. Does it add any value? well, in my first day of usage, the curved design makes using the rear key so much better (you can even take screenshots using just one finger). The curved design and display tends to grow on you.

The 5.5 Inch display is a gorgeous panel with great vibrant colors and Quad HD resolution. LG says this is a ‘Quantum IPS LCD display’, with better contrasts and brightness. In our opinion, it is an awesome display close to perfection. The double tab to wake and sleep gesture also works noticeably better on LG G4 then it does on Zenfone 2 (though both lie in completely different league).

Processor and RAM

LG chose Snapdragon 808 instead of Snapdragon 810 in this new flagship phone, as the 810 was bad mouthed, predominantly because of heating issues involved. Was it a wise choice? Yes. The LG G4 is blazing fast even with several apps open simultaneously. Is the heating gone for good? It does get warm time and again, but we haven’t encountered any excessive heating in our one day usage. There is 3 GB RAM on board and since multitasking and performance is smooth, you don’t need to lust for more.

Benchmark Scores

Benchmark Standard Score

Quadrant 16618

Antutu 48323

Nenamark 2 61 fps

Camera and Internal Storage

Internal storage is 32 GB and around 22 GB is available at user end. For more demanding users, there is a MicroSD card slot which supports up to 128 GB expansion. USB OTG is also supported

User Interface and Battery

As expe 5.1 Lollipop based LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI is loaded with features and the LG Keyboard, which is one of the best out there. We like the UI design and aesthetics, but that remains more of a matter of personal taste. As mentioned, there is much to like here including Dual Windows (2 Apps on one screen), smart settings (automation based on location and other context) and more.

The 3000 mAh battery overcomes the primary flay of LG G3 and renders great standby time and on screen time.  You can comfortably last one day on a single charge. Quick charge is supported, but there is no wireless charging. The proposal for QHD display with great performance AND great battery backup seems too good to be true, but if reviews surfacing on the web and our limited experience is to be considered, LG has managed to accomplish this.

LG G4 Photo Gallery

Conclusion

Lava Magnum X604 Unboxing, Hands On Review And Overview

Lava Magnum X604 Quick Specs

Display Size: 6 Inches IPS LCD, 5 Point Multi Touch with 1280 x 720 resolution, 245 PPI

Processor: 1.3 GHz BCM23550 Quad core with Videocore IV GPU

RAM: 1 GB

Software Version: Android 4.4.2 kitkat

Primary Camera: 8 MP camera with LED flash

Secondary Camera: 2 MP

Internal Storage: 8 GB

External Storage: 32 GB MicroSD

Battery: 2800 mAh battery Lithium Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth  with A2DP, aGPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: Dual SIM – Yes

Sensors: Gravity, proximity, light

Lava Magnum X604 Unboxing, Full Review, Camera, Gaming, Benchmarks, Features and Overview[Video]

Design, Display and Build

Lava Magnum X604 is huge at 6 inches in size with substantial vertical bezels, but thanks to gently curved rear back (around the edges), it’s comfortable to hold in hand. The leather flipcover is good in quality and Lava has also bundled a scratch guard in the box for display protection. Considering the large footprint, it is slim enough but feels slightly heavy in hand. Power button is easily accessible on the right edge and headphone jack is present on the top.

Processor and RAM

The processor used is 1.2 GHz quad core Broadcom chipset with VideoCore IV GPU and 1 GB RAM (more than 500 MB free). The chipset is the major negative factor in this device. UI lags were noticeable right from the start and this is expected to worsen in the long run. Antutu score is 14557 and nenamark score is 30.7 fps.

If you are interested in basic usage like watching some Youtube videos, basic social networking apps, basic games like temple run,etc, you wouldn’t be irked much. This device is not meant for high end or moderate gaming or other demanding tasks.

Camera and Internal Storage

Internal storage is 8 GB out of which arround 850 MB is available for apps. Apps can be transferred to SD card as well. USB OTG is also supported and this allows you to store media files on a flash drive.

User Interface and Battery

The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 kitkat, and the UI is mostly stock android. It comes with some standard set of preloaded apps but nothing much.

The battery capacity is 2800 mAh and the battery backup is good. You can get more than 5 hours of onscreen time. With moderate usage, you can comfortably last one day. We did see some unexpected battery drain with 3G on, but on WiFi the battery backup was good.

Sound, Video Playback and Connectivity

The headphones that come in the box are not of very good quality. The loudspeaker was not too loud and the mesh is present on the rear side as well, which muffles the sound when the phone is resting on its back. You can play HD and full HD videos, but there was some lag while jumping the navigation bar when we were testing full HD videos. GPS locking takes slightly more time.

Lava Magnum X604 Photo Gallery

Conclusion and Price

Lava Magnum X604 is a well built device with decent display and good battery backup- an important parameter in 6 inch devices, but unfortunately, there is some noticeable lag in all aspects which leaves a bad taste. The device is meant for first time android users new to the ecosystem with basic usage requirements. The handset is available for 11,199 INR, a price where several big guns like Moto G and Zenfone 5 are retailing and which you can consider if you are willing to settle for a smaller screen size.

Coolpad Mega 2.5D Hands On & Quick Review

It is launched at a price of Rs. 6,999 which directly puts it against the recently launched Redmi 3s and its own sibling Coolpad Note 3 Lite. The highlight of this smartphone is the front camera which claims to capture the selfies you need. Before wasting any more time, let’s have a quick look at the design and build.

Coolpad Mega 2.5D Specifications

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Coolpad Mega 2.5D Photo Gallery Coolpad Mega 2.5D Physical Overview

Something that I found good about this phone is the design and builds quality for the price. When I first saw the device, I was impressed with the way Coolpad Mega looked in the hand. It felt really light and one could feel it the moment you take it in hand. Out of curiosity, I immediately revised the specs to check the weight and I was impressed to see that the 5.5 inch smartphone weighs just 140 grams.

The front of the phone has the 5.5 inch display with 2.5D curved glass, which makes it look impressive. Just above the display, you will find the ear piece with the front camera on its right and the ambient light sensor to the left of the ear piece.

On the bottom, you will find the three on-screen buttons for navigation. Coolpad branding is placed at the bottom bezel which looks good.

The Volume rocker is placed on the left side.

Power button and SIM tray is on the right hand side of the phone.

The bottom of the phone houses the microUSB port and a mic.

The top of the phone has the 3.5 mm audio jack.

The back of the phone features the Camera sensor, LED flash and the secondary mic on the top.

And the loudspeaker grill is at the bottom.

Display Overview

The Coolpad Mega 2.5D comes with a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The good thing about the display is the colour accuracy, crispness and brightness, but the viewing angles are just decent. It is worth noting that the Mega 2.5D does not come with a Gorilla Glass.

Camera Overview

The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a selfie-focused smartphone as it sports 8MP camera sensors on the front and the back. Front camera comes with an f/2.2 aperture, an 83.6-degree field of view, and a ‘smart beautification’ feature to enhance your selfies. The rear autofocus camera boasts of an f/2.0 aperture with a Sony sensor.

Price and Availability

Coolpad Mega 2.5D is priced at Rs. 6,999. It will be available in its first flash sale via Amazon India at 2PM from August 24th. Registrations are already started from 5PM onwards.

Conclusion

The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a good device in itself. Although it has some flaws like small battery and missing fingerprint sensor, but it still is a good choice for those who use their smartphone more often for multimedia. It has a decent processor, a good display, very impressive look and feel, a good front camera and 5.5 inch HD display that looks good. Moreover it has the latest version of Cool UI on top of Marshmallow, so its on you what do you prefer.

Wondershare Video Editor Review And Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to edit a video only to find that you don’t have the right tool to do it? While there are plenty of video editors out there, some of the basic ones are lacking in features and are not up to the mark. Those complicated ones used by professionals do cost a lot and could be overkill for your needs. This is where Wondershare Video Editor comes in. It is an incredibly easily-to-use video editor with plenty of features that are only available in the expensive software. And the good thing is, we have a giveaway for it.

Wondershare video editor is available for Windows and Mac OS X and the version we are reviewing today is for Mac OS X. The good thing that I like about Wondershare video editor is that it comes with plenty of features, like trimming, cropping, text overlay, transition effects, voiceover, etc., without making the software difficult to use or navigate. In fact, the user interface is so simple that anyone, even if you have no prior video editing knowledge, can use it.

To get started, download a copy of Wondershare video editor from its webpage (you can give the “Free Trial” version a try) and install it in your Mac/Windows. On the start screen, it will ask if you want to open a recent project or create a new movie. Notice that you can also choose between Widescreen (16:9) or Standard (4:3) movie size for a new movie.

You can also do a live capture of yourself using your computer’s camera and microphone, or do a screencast of your screen.

Next, you can drag the media to the timeline.

If you are adding photos to create a new movie, you can create the icon at the bottom left of the screen to change the timeline view to storyboard view.

After you have set up your timeline, you can proceed to add effects to your movie, which include text, animation, transition, intro/credit effects, etc. There are tons of things that you can add here, and it is up to your imagination to make your movie great.

If you are editing a full length movie, you can also split the movie into smaller parts or simply crop it to the portion you want. There is also a Power tool that allows you to add tilt-shift, mosaic and face-off effects to your movie.

Exporting your video

When you are done with your movie, you can export it as a file to your Desktop, or convert it to a format compatible with different devices, like iPhone, Apple TV, etc. There are also options for you to upload directly to YouTube, Facebook, etc., and even burn it directly to a DVD.

You can change the Export options, including the resolution, codec, frame rate, bit rate, etc.

Conclusion

Being a Linux user who has access to a good selection of free video editors, I have yet to find one that works well for my needs. Most of them are either too basic and lacking some features or are too complicated to use. Wondershare video editor, though it is only available for Windows and Mac, has done a good job in making a complicated feature-rich software user-friendly and easy to use.

Wondershare Video Editor

Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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Samsung Galaxy A71 Review: Hands

Our Verdict

The A71’s appeal will depend heavily on price, but if it’s similar to the A70 then Samsung will be onto a winner. The core spec here is really solid, and the compromises – plastic back, HD display, no wireless charging or waterproofing – are all on points that are less important to most users. If you can ignore the appeal of the S-series branding on the S10 Lite, the A71 looks like the phone to beat in Samsung’s mid-tier offering.

It may be Samsung’s flagship S and Note phones that grab the headlines, but the company’s mid-range A-series has been getting better and better over the last few years as the Korean giant responds to growing competition from more affordable Chinese brands.

Even so, it was some surprise when the company launched not one but four mid-range phones at CES 2023: The affordable Galaxy A71 and A51, and the almost-flagship S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite.

The A71 arguably looks poised to give the biggest bang for buck out of the lot, packing the same display, battery, and storage as the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, with a camera setup that’s comparable – and arguably better – all for a likely lower price.

To caveat that: we don’t know how much the A71 will cost. We know it will be on sale in the UK from 7 February, but pricing is still unconfirmed.

The 2024 Galaxy A70 launched at £369/$449 though, and with the A71 poised as an upgrade it’s likely to cost a little more than that – we’re expecting something around £450/$500.

That sort of price won’t compete with comparable offerings from Chinese brands like Xiaomi or Oppo, but would make the A71 a decent option for anyone keen to buy a Samsung without dropping a grand – though if that’s you, check out our ranking of the best Samsung Galaxy phones because there are plenty to choose from.

Design and build

One of the first compromises you’ll hear about with the A-series is the use of a plastic back rather than glass, but don’t let that bother you. The finish may be plastic but it certainly doesn’t look cheap, and the extra durability of plastic is an added perk.

It helps that Samsung has opted for a range of colourful options – including white, black, pink, and blue – along with an angular, prismic finish that’s reminiscent of the panelled rear of last year’s A90 5G, but tilted to a 45-degree angle. Each section of the rear catches the light in a slightly different way for a really striking overall effect that you don’t get even in Samsung’s top-tier devices.

The trade-off is a very pronounced camera unit, with a quad-lens setup (more on that later) in a chunk rectangular cut-out at the corner of the phone. Big camera units are getting more and more common as lens counts go up, so it’s hardly unique, but I still don’t love the look.

The camera’s notable on the front of the phone too, with a move from the A70’s notch to a punchhole camera cut-out in the centre of the 6.7in AMOLED screen. The screen itself is beautiful, and other than being limited to HD (1080 x 2400) rather than 4K this really is comparable to the experience you’ll get from the company’s top phones.

At 7.9mm the A71 is impressively slim, and light too at 179g – another benefit of the plastic back. Despite that Samsung has still managed to fit in a headphone jack alongside the USB-C charging port, though there’s no waterproof rating.

Specs and features

The A71 delivers an impressive range of important features for what should be a lower price point. You get face unlock and an in-screen fingerprint sensor (though it uses an optical sensor, rather than Samsung’s fancier ultrasonic tech), along with the aforementioned headphone jack and a MicroSD slot for expandable storage.

You’ll want that, because the built-in storage is fixed at 128GB for the UK model – which is good, but not great if you want to take a lot of photos or video. It comes with 6GB of RAM and an octa-core Snapdragon 730 processor, which between them should deliver really solid performance for everything except the most demanding mobile games.

The battery also impresses. The 4,500mAh capacity is well above average and should comfortably last well over a day for most users, while 25W charging over USB-C is also faster than many rivals. There’s no wireless charging option sadly, but that would be a big ask for a mid-range phone like this.

Finally, let’s talk camera. The front-facing camera is the same 32Mp, f/2.2 selfie shooter you’ll find in all four of the new phones Samsung unveiled at CES 2023, and it should be a pretty capable little camera.

It’s the rear that’s more exciting though. Here you’ll find a quad camera setup, led by a 64Mp, f/1.8 lens – making this only the second Samsung phone to use such a high resolution sensor, and the first to release outside of India (the India-only A70s variant used the same lens).

Higher pixel counts don’t always count for a lot, but we saw good results from the 48Mp camera in the A90 5G, so we’re confident that Samsung knows how to tune this thing, and it should be capable of some crisp, detailed shots with a little bit of pixel-binning.

Surprisingly, it’s arguably a better lens than what you’ll find in the (probably pricier) S10 Lite, which has a lower pixel count at 48Mp, and a smaller aperture at f/2.0. It’s not quite that simple, as the S10 Lite is bolstered by optical image stabilisation (OIS), which will help with photo clarity and low light shots in particular.

The other three lenses are a 5Mp depth sensor for portrait shots, a 5Mp macro lens for close-up photography, and a 12Mp ultrawide, so it’s a really versatile setup. The only thing you’re really missing is a telephoto/zoom lens, but otherwise this will suit most circumstances and should take some solid shots.

Early verdict

The A71’s appeal will depend heavily on price, but if it’s similar to the A70 then Samsung will be onto a winner. The core spec here is really solid, and the compromises – plastic back, HD display, no wireless charging or waterproofing – are all on points that are less important to most users.

The phone’s strengths are especially clear when you stand it up against the S10 Lite, which is likely to cost a good chunk more. Both phones have the same display, storage, battery, and core features. The S10 Lite has slightly faster RAM and processor, plus OIS for the camera, but the A71 gets more megapixels, a snazzier design, and a headphone jack – likely for at least £100/$100 less.

If you can ignore the appeal of the S and Note series branding, the A71 looks like the phone to beat in Samsung’s mid-tier offering.

Related stories for further reading Specs Samsung Galaxy A71: Specs

Android 10.0

6.7in Full HD+ (2400×1080) 20:9 AMOLED

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core processor

6GB RAM

128GB storage, microSD support up to 512GB

64Mp f/1.8 rear camera with autofocus

12Mp f/2.2 ultra-wide

5Mp depth sensor

5Mp macro

32Mp f/2.2 selfie camera

In-screen fingerprint sensor

Headphone jack

Dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0 LE

GPS

NFC

Dual-SIM

USB-C

4500mAh battery

25W fast charging

163.6 x 76.0 x 7.7mm

179g

Available in Pink, Black, White, Blue

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