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HP Leads Indian PC Market in Q3 2021, Notebooks Dominate: IDC

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HP maintained its lead in the overall PC category with over a million shipments in the Indian market in the third quarter of 2021, IDC reports. Notebooks continued to dominate the overall PC category in India with more than 80 percent share. The report adds that the enterprise and consumer demand helped the notebook category reach over 3 million units for the first time, and the desktop category also continued its upward momentum as it grew by 30.5 percent YoY in Q3 2021. IDC says a total of 4.5 million PCs were shipped during the quarter, making it India’s biggest-ever single quarter.

The notebook segment had 3.6 million shipments in Q3 2021, IDC reports. In comparison, the desktop segment saw only 0.73 million shipments, and the workstation segment saw only 90,000 shipments in the third quarter. As mentioned, HP maintained its lead in the overall PC category with a reported 1.26 million shipments. It led both commercial and consumer segments with a 28.5 percent share in the overall PC category, while it reportedly maintained over 30 percent share in the commercial segment for the third straight quarter. HP’s share fell to 25.3 percent in the consumer segment despite its consumer shipments growing 22.5 percent YoY in Q3 2021.

IDC says that Dell retained the second position with a 23.8 percent share in the overall PC category, managing 1.05 million shipments in India. It also reportedly overtook Lenovo in the consumer segment to take second place with a share of 19.2 percent. Lenovo came in third with 0.83 million shipments in the third quarter and an overall share of 18.6 percent. Its shipments grew 19 percent YoY in the commercial segment on account of a strong performance in the SMB and enterprise segments. However, IDC reports that Lenovo’s consumer segment saw a marginal 3.4 percent YoY growth during the quarter.

Acer and Asus took the last two spots in the top 5 list of India’s Q3 PC shipments with reported 0.38 million and 0.37 million shipments, respectively. Acer reportedly had a market share of 8.6 percent while Asus was just behind with an 8.5 percent market share. IDC claims that Acer also recorded its biggest quarter as it shipped 381,000 PCs in the third quarter. Asus also reportedly shipped over 300,000 PCs for the first time in the country.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.
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Samsung Galaxy A13 5G Picks Up Bluetooth Certification Ahead of Launch

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Samsung A13 5G, the company’s upcoming smartphone, has been spotted on the Bluetooth SIG certification website, bringing it a step closer to release. The smartphone, which has been rumoured for a few months now, was recently spotted in new renders that suggested it could arrive with triple rear cameras and a waterdrop-style notch design. The device, which is expected to be launched in 4G and 5G variants with four colour options, is tipped to come with a 50-megapixel triple camera unit.

The Bluetooth SIG listing tips four different model numbers of the Samsung Galaxy A13 5G. The listing was first spotted by GSMArena. While the Galaxy A13 has been tipped to launch in both 4G and 5G variants, the report says that the model numbers SM-A136U, SM-A136U1, SM-A136W, and SM-S136DL represent carrier and region versions of the same 5G model of the Samsung Galaxy A13.

The website entries do not list out the specifications of the device, but these have been tipped by multiple leaks in the past.

Samsung Galaxy A13 price, specifications (leaked)

The phone was recently tipped to be priced at $249 (roughly Rs. 18,400). Previous leaks of the Samsung Galaxy A13 suggest that the device will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset and come in 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB RAM and storage options. The device is also tipped to feature a 6.48-inch full-HD+ LCD display and a 5,000mAh battery. The phone was also spotted on Geekbench benchmarking website recently running Android 11.

The Samsung Galaxy A13 5G renders that surfaced online earlier showed off the device in Black and suggested that the device could feature a new design compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy A12, which was launched in 2020. Notably, the Bluetooth SIG website does not mention the 4G variant, although it has been tipped to arrive with the model number SM-A135F.


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The Best Fitness Trackers To Buy in India

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In recent times, with lockdown keeping us indoors, many of us have learnt to value our health more than ever before. Now, with life slowly returning to normal, it is a good time to focus on physical activity. In order to improve your health and put your efforts in the right direction, you’ll need to track your body’s stats constantly. With fitness wearables now available at every price point, getting the right one that suits your needs can be confusing. In this guide, we’ll shortlist some of the best fitness trackers you can buy in 2021.

In this list, you will find fitness bands that are sleek and almost unnoticeable when worn, as well as watch-shaped devices that give you the feel of a smartwatch. You’ll find wearables from popular brands such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, Amazfit, and more.


Best fitness trackers in India

Best Fitness Trackers in India Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 9 Rs. 3,499
OnePlus Band 8 Rs. 2,499
Redmi Watch 8 Rs. 3,999
Realme Watch 2 Pro 8 Rs. 4,999
Realme Watch S Pro 8 Rs. 9,999
Mi Watch Revolve Active 8 Rs. 9,999
Amazfit GTS 3 8 Rs. 13,990

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 is the latest addition to the Mi Band series. The Mi Smart Band 6 is a budget-friendly fitness tracker that is fairly accurate when it comes to multiple parameters. It can track steps, distance, heart rate, and even SpO2 levels.

Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) tracking is the highlight feature of the Mi Smart Band 6. When enabled, it even works while you are asleep. The Mi Smart Band 6 is small and light enough to be worn all day, even to bed, without any issues. It also tracks sleep accurately, clocking the time you went to bed and the time you woke up. The Mi Smart Band 6 can notify you of incoming calls and messages on your wrist.

Battery life is slightly weaker compared to the Mi Band 5, but it can still last for 8-10 days on a single charge depending on what features you enable. A magnetic charger makes it convenient to charge this fitness band, and it takes a little over an hour to do so.

 

OnePlus Band

The first fitness band from OnePlus, the OnePlus Band was among the first such device to pack in an SpO2 sensor. The OnePlus Band has a 1.1-inch AMOLED display and could only be paired with Android smartphones when we tested it. It is IP68 rated and can handle up to 5ATM of pressure. It’s also quite light and was barely noticeable when worn.

Heart rate, SpO2, and sleep tracking were accurately measured by the OnePlus Band during our review period. Step and distance tracking was slightly off, with the OnePlus band underreporting these metrics.

The OnePlus Band has a smaller battery than the Mi Smart Band 6 and has a lower battery life in comparison. It lasted us six days during testing, but it can be fully recharged in an hour using its magnetic charger.

 

Redmi Watch

The Redmi Watch is a good candidate for those looking for a watch-style fitness wearable. It is affordable and you have a wide range of dial and strap colour options. This square-shaped watch is bigger than most fitness bands and will appeal to those who want a bigger display.

The Redmi Watch packs in a 230mAh battery and weighs about 35g. It can be paired with an Android smartphone or an iPhone without any issues. It is capable of tracking workouts and other metrics using its in-built sensors.

The Redmi Watch can alert you of incoming calls as well as messages. The Redmi Watch is capable of recognising different workouts. Heart rate and sleep tracking were accurate in our experience. Step tracking was also very good and we only found a negligible margin of error when we tested this. The Redmi Watch does not have the ability to track SpO2 levels, which could be a deal-breaker for some buyers.

 

Realme Watch 2 Pro

The Realme Watch 2 Pro is bigger in size and price than the Redmi Watch. It has a 1.75-inch display with a peak brightness of 600 nits, and a large 390mAh battery.

The Realme Watch 2 Pro can be paired with an Android or iOS device and is capable of tracking steps, heart rate, SpO2, sleep, and workouts. In our testing, the Realme Watch 2 Pro could track sleep, heart rate and SpO2 fairly accurately but wasn’t very accurate for step and distance tracking.

Battery life on the Realme Watch 2 Pro was good, and it lasted us eight days with our usage. Charging was quick and easy with the supplied magnetic charger.

 

Realme Watch S Pro

The Realme Watch S Pro is Realme’s first smartwatch-styled fitness tracker with built-in GPS. It has a large 46mm circular dial. It competes with the Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve, which is also a big watch-style tracker.

The Realme Watch S Pro is built well and is compatible with Android as well as iOS devices. It’s capable of tracking steps, distance, heart rate, SpO2, and sleep. Step and distance tracking were slightly off in our testing, and it underreported numbers. Heart rate tracking was up to the mark and you can set the measurement interval on this device. SpO2 tracking also showed results in the acceptable range.

The Realme Watch S Pro does not have a mic or a speaker for you to answer incoming calls, like you can on a full-blown smartwatch. The in-built GPS was also a little slow to establish a connection when we tested it.

 

Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active can be considered a fitness-oriented version of the Mi Watch Revolve. This device has a circular AMOLED display and is available in a single case size only. The case is made of fibre-reinforced polyamide, which makes it light and durable, though plasticky to the touch.

You can pair the Mi Watch Revolve Active with an Android smartphone or an iPhone using an app. This wearable can show you notifications and incoming calls, and it tracks different health metrics. The Watch Revolve Active also has SpO2 tracking, which the Mi Watch Revolve missed out on.

In terms of fitness tracking, the Mi Watch Revolve Active tracks steps and distance well, and is also accurate with sleep and SpO2 tracking. It even has Alexa support, which is convenient if you want a virtual assistant on your wrist. The Mi Watch Revolve Active does have a few shortcomings; it is slow to charge, heart rate tracking during workouts isn’t accurate, and it is available in a single dial size only.

 

Amazfit GTS 3

The Amazfit GTS 3 is the newest fitness wearable on this list and builds on the success of the GTS 2. This new wearable has a navigation crown instead of a push button, which can be helpful. It has a big 1.75-inch AMOLED display and a rectangular case with rounded corners.

Just like the other watch-style wearables on the list, this one too is capable of tracking multiple fitness parameters including SpO2. It can be paired with an Android as well as an iOS smartphone using the Zepp App.

The bright AMOLED display and the fluid UI are major advantages of the Amazfit GTS 3. It is also capable of tracking steps, distance, SpO2, and heart rate accurately. However, sleep tracking isn’t the best we have seen. The Amazfit GTS 3’s battery will last anywhere between three and five days on a single charge depending on the features you have enabled.

 



Aditya Shenoy reviews smartphones, wearables, headphones and speakers for Gadgets 360, out of Mumbai. Aditya is a reviewer for Gadgets 360 and has written extensively about smartphones, software updates, and upcoming devices. Aditya is available on Twitter at @adishenoy, and you can mail him at adityashenoy@ndtv.com, so please send in your leads and tips.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Live Image Leak Shows a Familiar Design

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has appeared in live images on Twitter, showing off a familiar design and a plastic build on the company’s much-rumoured smartphone that is expected to launch early next year. The images have surfaced nearly a week after specifications and marketing images for the Galaxy S21 FE leaked online. The device, which many expected would arrive this year, is rumoured to arrive at CES 2022 in January; it could feature Samsung’s in-house Exynos 2100 SoC, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, according to reports.

According to images shared by a user on Twitter spotted by GSMArena, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appears to have a plastic build. The device looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, including the rear camera bump. The image shared online shows off the device in Black, with a triple camera setup. According to previous leaks, the Galaxy S21 FE is expected to come with a 64-megapixel primary sensory, along with an ultra-wide sensor and a depth sensor.

We have previously reported that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was thought to have been spotted on Geekbench with the Exynos 2100 SoC, while Samsung is expected to sell the upcoming device in White, Lavender, Cream, and Black colours. Meanwhile, the images shared by the Twitter user suggested that the Galaxy S21 FE could sport a similar screen to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, with a punch-hole camera. A screen showing a setting to allow reverse wireless charging can also be seen, which suggests the device could retain its predecessor’s ability to charge accessories wirelessly using the built-in 4,500mAh battery.

The user has also shared more information regarding the Galaxy S21 FE specifications, much of which has appeared in previous leaks online.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specifications (expected)

Based on previous leaks regarding the device, the Galaxy S21 FE is expected to launch with either the Exynos 2100 SoC or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, depending on the market. The device could be equipped with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The device is tipped to feature a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and could come with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. On the camera front, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could come with a 64-megapixel triple camera setup, including an ultra-wide angle sensor as well as a depth sensor.

On the front, the device is expected to sport a 32-megapixel camera sensor located in the centre-aligned hole-punch. Previous reports have suggested that Samsung could add an in-screen fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. The device is expected to support 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.1, and Wi-Fi 6 support. The device was previously expected to be launched during the company’s Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 event on October 20, but is now tipped to arrive in time for CES 2022 in January.


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Twitter Brings Tipping Feature for Android Users, Rolls Back AMP Support

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Twitter is bringing its tipping feature that allows users to send money to their favourite content creators to Android devices. The microblogging platform introduced the Tip Jar functionality earlier this year to the iOS platform to let creators, journalists, and nonprofits monetise their tweets in the form of tips. Users can share links to their Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo accounts for receiving tips from their followers using this feature. In a separate development, Twitter is reportedly withdrawing support for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on both iOS and Android.

Twitter on November 19 announced the rollout of the tipping feature on Android via a tweet. Users can add the Tips icon to their profile from the Edit Profile button. Although, currently, a limited group of creators, journalists, and nonprofits can receive them. Twitter introduced the Tip Jar feature in May this year, then in September, it released it for all iOS users over the age of 18. The social-networking platform is said to be working on the ability to let users receive tips in Bitcoin through the tip jar feature.

Separately, Twitter has updated its AMP guidelines page on its Developer website to show that it is stopping support for AMP. The support page, first spotted by SEO consultant Christian Oliveira (@christian_wilde) reveals that Twitter is in the process of discontinuing support for this feature and it will be phased out by the fourth quarter of 2021. Previously, when a mobile user clicked on a link to the site, Twitter would redirect them to the AMP version of that page if an AMP version was available. With the call-off of this feature, the navigation will not happen and users may have to load the mobile or native version of the website.

To recall, Google introduced AMP back in 2016 in order to provide compatible content faster to users of its Search product on mobile. AMP shows a lighter version of a website so that it can load faster.




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Microsoft Edge Is Getting a Leaked Password Tool and Efficiency Mode

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Microsoft Edge is getting three features that will improve their browsing experience while safeguarding their information as they browse the Web. The first feature will try to automate the process of changing a leaked password; the second feature is an efficiency mode that will help users conserve power while on battery power. The third feature announced by Microsoft is an improved price tracker that will alert users to discounts online, as part of an improvement to the browser’s shopping feature.

The company explained in a Windows Experience Blog post that it was updating two Microsoft Edge features, Password Health Dashboard and Password Monitor, with the ability to quickly update compromised passwords. The new “easy update” feature will allow users to change their password on a site where their passwords have been leaked, with a single click inside the password settings. Users can click the three-dot menu > Settings > Passwords on Microsoft Edge and click on Change next to the affected password. Clicking this button on supported websites will take the user to the relevant password change screen where Edge can suggest a new password and save it to the user’s account.

The second feature announced by Microsoft is a price tracking feature that will be built into Edge, and keep an eye on products that users view as they browse the Web. The price-tracking feature will then monitor these product listings for price changes and send out an alert when a discount is detected. Edge already supports the ability to check for discounts and coupons on webpages, including Microsoft’s own store, on both Android and on desktop browsers, and the tracking feature has been introduced right in time for the holiday season, according to the company. Microsoft hasn’t specified if the feature will be turned on by default, but users might be able to disable the feature if they do not want to be tracked as they browse the Web.

Microsoft Edge can be a resource-intensive browser, especially when working with several tabs on a laptop that is not plugged in. The company has now introduced a new efficiency mode on Edge, which will scale down the system resource usage like CPU and RAM, saving precious battery life. Users will definitely see a performance hit due to the lowered resource usage while using the new efficiency mode, but the feature could come in handy when using laptops off the charger. Microsoft says that the feature will be turned on when a device’s battery is low, but users who do not want the feature can turn it off by clicking the three-dot menu > Settings > System and performance and toggling the Turn on efficiency mode option on Microsoft Edge, according to the company.


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Realme GT Neo 2 Review: Great Gaming Performance at the Right Price

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High-end gaming smartphones don’t come cheap – take a look at Asus’ ROG Phone 5, which has everything a gamer might want, but comes at a price. Asus’ ROG Phone 5 (First impressions) is available in three variants priced between Rs. 49,999 for the base version and a whopping Rs. 79,999 for the top-of-the-line ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

But most casual gamers don’t necessarily need that kind of hardware, so Poco came up with the F3 GT (Review), which is currently a solid contender in the mid-range gaming space with prices starting from as little as Rs. 26,999. Now, we also have a smartphone from Realme that’s priced similarly but does not scream ‘gaming’ like the Poco F3 GT. It has no trigger buttons and no RGB lighting, and is available in bold as well as subtle colours. So, without the gaming thrills, does it fulfill the needs of the mobile gamer? And, does it go a step further to become an all-rounder?

Realme GT Neo 2 price in India

The Realme GT Neo 2 is available in three finishes: Neo Green, Neo Blue and Neo Black. As for variants, there are just two to choose from. The base 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 31,999, and the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 35,999 in India. Both options are priced competitively against the competition which includes the Poco F3 GT and Xiaomi’s Mi 11X. What’s missing though is a 6GB RAM variant, which would have made the GT Neo 2 more accessible.

Realme GT Neo 2 design

The Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2 unit that I received for review has a unique dual-tone glass back panel. The green part has a soft, matte-finished texture, while the two black stripes that run all the way down the panel are glossy. Being made with multiple sheets of glass, the back panel does not pick up fingerprints and makes this device quite easy to grip, which is good for a smartphone that’s mostly going to be used by gamers. The Neo Blue and Neo Black options don’t have such stripes, and while the former has a gradient, the latter is completely plain.

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The Neo Green Realme GT Neo 2’s back panel is made of dual-tone glass

 

The mid-frame is made of polycarbonate even though it looks like metal, and has a matte finish. There’s also a matte grey silicon case in the box, but it makes the phone a bit slippery. The camera module protrudes by about 3mm from the back panel and looks a bit like the ones on the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) and Oppo Reno 6 Pro (Review). This phone will wobble quite a bit when placed on a flat surface.

While I like the unique colourways (each of them looks different) that Realme has come up with for the GT Neo 2, the bright green Neo Green finish is quite loud and will grab a lot of attention. It might be best to go for the smoky Neo Blue or the satin-like Neo Black if you don’t want to stand out.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s AMOLED display has a thin bezel

 

The bezel around the display is quite thin. The 6.62-inch display is quite broad (which is good for gaming) compared to ones on the Realme GT Master Edition and the GT, and you will need two hands to use this phone. In terms of weight, the Realme GT Neo 2 feels lighter than it appears, at around 200g. There’s no IP rating but you do get stereo speakers.

Realme GT Neo 2 specifications and software

The Realme GT Neo 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. The phone is offered with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, but there’s no microSD slot for memory expansion. There are two Nano-SIM slots, and this phone supports dual 5G standby as well as several SA and NSA 5G bands. Communication standards include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the usual satellite navigation systems. The Realme GT Neo 2 packs in a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged using the 65W charger that comes in the box.

The software is the typical Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. It looks very similar to Oppo’s ColorOS, and has several customisation options, which include the ability to change and modify the shapes of icons, customise the always-on display, and even change the weight of the Adaptive font. What I did not like were the annoying notifications from the Theme store. Thankfully, these could be switched off in Settings. The phone also comes with several preinstalled third-party apps which include Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat, and Josh. Save for the FinShell Pay app, all of these apps can be uninstalled.

Realme GT Neo 2 performance and battery life

The GT Neo 2 features an AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The display also offers up to 600Hz touch sampling, which is said to be useful when playing games. The display showcased slightly punchy colours so I used the Gentle screen colour mode for most of the review period. What I missed is HDR support, which would have been a nice addition given the large size of this screen, and would have made it much better for streaming video. The phone also has stereo speakers that get quite loud and make for an immersive experience while playing games.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s AMOLED display has a 600Hz touch sampling rate

 

The Realme GT Neo 2 pulled some impressive numbers in our benchmark tests. It did better than its competition, with scores of 7,19,508 in AnTuTu, and 1,005 and 3,152 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor has enough grunt to run the most demanding 3D games smoothly. What’s more, the GT Neo 2 remained cool even during long gaming sessions, which is mainly thanks to its large stainless steel cooling system and a new “diamond thermal gel” that’s used as a layer of heat dissipation, as per the company.

A gaming mode called ‘GT Mode’ is available on the Realme GT Neo 2. As we saw on earlier GT-series models, it cranks up the processor’s clock speed and the display’s touch sampling rate (the display is capable of up to 600Hz), but I did not notice anything vastly different in terms of responsiveness, compared to when GT Mode was switched off. The usual Game Space app also has a slide-out console which let me customise swipe and touch sensitivity, but these are not per-game optimisations, so they will need to be adjusted between games.

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The Realme GT Neo 2’s mid-frame is made of polycarbonate

 

The Realme GT Neo 2’s 5,000mAh battery is the biggest in a GT-series smartphone so far. Battery life with casual use is quite impressive, and the phone easily lasted a day and half, even with some gaming. The GT Neo 2 lasted an impressive 28 hours and 56 minutes in our standard HD video loop battery test. Charging was also quite quick for a 5,000mAh battery. The phone managed to go from a dead battery to a 100 percent charge in just 44 minutes.

Realme GT Neo 2 cameras

The Realme GT Neo 2 features three rear-facing cameras – a 64-megapixel primary, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie duties are handled by a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera app interface is similar to what we have seen on other Realme smartphones with Realme UI 2.0. The most important controls are a tap away, and a neat slide-out tray on the left side gives you access to more advanced functions such as the tilt-shift mode, frame selection, and a timer for the shutter.

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The Realme GT Neo 2 has three rear cameras

 

Photos taken in daylight came out quite saturated in general but showcased decent detail and dynamic range. There’s a noticeable shift in colour and tone when switching between the primary camera and the ultra-wide-angle camera. Colours in general shift quite a bit from scene to scene so there’s no consistency between shots, with some showing natural colours while others look wildy saturated. Shooting pets and people indoors resulted in soft and textureless images with super saturated colours. The ultra-wide-angle camera reproduces even less detail and shots also had noticeable purple fringing in brighter areas.

Realme GT Neo 2 daylight camera samples. Top: Primary camera, bottom: Ultra-wide angle camera (tap to see full size)

 

Selfies taken with the front-facing camera showed good detail and decent dynamic range but tended to be overexposed. Edge detection when using the front-facing camera in Portrait mode was decent at best. Using the Portrait mode with the rear camera did however result in good edge detection and dynamic range.

The fixed-focus macro camera takes decent photos, but with a 2-megapixel resolution, they don’t pack in enough detail. Close-ups shot with the primary camera looked much better with more detail.

Realme GT Neo 2 close-up camera samples. Top: Primary camera, bottom: Macro camera (tap to see full size)

 

In low light, details were on the lower side with some photos appearing murky. The Night mode bumped up contrast and increased saturation and sharpness, making for some dramatic landscape shots, but you have to wait for 3-5 seconds to shoot each one, so this mode definitely cannot be used to shoot people or pets in dim lighting.

Realme GT Neo 2 low-light camera samples. Top: Auto mode, bottom: Night mode (tap to see full size)

 

Video quality in daylight was decent at best. You can shoot at up to 4K at 60fps but the camera offers no stabilisation at these settings, so videos come out quite shaky. 4K footage at 30fps came out fine, with good detail and stabilisation, but like 1080p videos, tended to be overexposed. In low light, video shot at any resolution looked murky and dreamy at best.

Verdict

After using the Realme GT Neo 2 for more than a week, it’s clear that it’s not an all-rounder. This is mainly down to its unreliable camera performance, which fell short of expectations, given its price tag. Simply put, you can get better camera performance from Realme’s own GT Master Edition (Review), which is priced a lot lower, starting from Rs. 25,999.

What you can’t get anywhere else is the hardcore gaming performance that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC and this phone’s cooling system enable. It’s missing dedicated trigger buttons and RGB lighting, which you’d get with the Poco F3 GT (Review), but instead, this phone gives you a high-quality AMOLED display and excellent battery life.

At this price point, it’s hard to recommend anything else to a mobile gamer. For the non-gamer, there’s the Xiaomi’s Mi 11X (Review) which also has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and an IP53 rating, but dials down the display specs, battery life, and charging speed in favour of a slimmer design. So, the GT Neo 2 still offers good value at Rs. 31,999, provided you are okay with its average camera performance.


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Flipkart Acquires Sastasundar, Plans Healthcare Foray With Flipkart Health+

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Flipkart on Friday announced its entry into the healthcare segment and said it has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Sastasundar Marketplace, an online pharmacy.

The Walmart-controlled e-commerce firm said it entered into the sector through the launch of Flipkart Health+ and as part of this development, it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority share in Sastasundar Marketplace.

The Kolkata-headquartered online pharmacy owns and operates SastaSundar.com. It offers a digital healthcare and pharmacy platform supported by a network of more than 490 pharmacies and is backed by investors from Japan, namely Mitsubishi Corporation and Rohto Pharmaceuticals.

Flipkart, Senior VP and Head – Corporate Development, Ravi Iyer said, “We are excited to enter this space through this investment in SastaSundar.com, a company that has established itself as a trusted partner for lakhs of consumers through genuine products, a technology-powered platform, and a wide network.”

Flipkart said its aim is to give the people of India affordable and quality healthcare. Flipkart Health+, the company said, will start with e-pharmacy and add new healthcare services including e-diagnostics and e-consultation in the future.

“Flipkart Health+ will leverage the combined strengths of the Flipkart Group, which includes its pan-India reach and technology capabilities, with SastaSundar’s deep expertise’ to provide consumers end-to-end offerings in the health-tech ecosystem,” the company said in a prepared statement.


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Ghostbusters Afterlife: 2 Post-Credits Scenes, Explained

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife — out now in cinemas worldwide — serves as a direct sequel to the original Ghostbusters movie from 1984, and its (thankfully) forgotten 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. It brings back Bill Murray and Co. for a limited time, though for the most part it’s about a new generation of ghostbusters. This isn’t the first time. We had that all-female-led reboot in 2016 that didn’t work with critics or audiences. Ghostbusters: Afterlife completely ignores its characters and story though, shifting focus to the family of an original member in small-town America. That said, it does keep one tradition of the 2016 reboot: post-credits scene. In fact, there are two of them. To be fair, post-credits scenes are a Marvel tradition at this point, so credit where it’s due.

Warning: major spoilers ahead for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Proceed at your own risk.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife ending, explained

The new Ghostbusters movie ends where it began, at the Summerville farmhouse that Callie Spengler (Carrie Coon) moved to with her two kids, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace). With the help of the ghost of Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and the original gang — Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) — they put a stop to the main villain Gozer (Olivia Wilde).

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Following the fight, the original crew share words with Egon’s ghost (who never speaks by the way, limited I suppose due to the fact that they used archival footage of Ramis who passed away in 2014). Ray apologises for not believing him, Winston says he will do good by his friend, and Venkman just nods. Egon then turns around to face his estranged daughter Callie who runs up to him and embraces him. Trevor and Phoebe join the emotional goodbye, before Egon’s spirit floats away.

As the camera pans up and away, Ghostbusters: Afterlife closes with the words “For Harold”. It then jump cuts to New York City, where we see the Ecto-1 being driven into the city. Winston promised he would take care of it, which explains why the car is being taken back.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife mid-credits scene, explained

The mid-credits scene of the new Ghostbusters movie appears after the names of the main cast members have rolled in big font. The last name is Sigourney Weaver, which is very odd for anyone who’s just seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife since the actress is nowhere in the film. Well, not yet anyway. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife mid-credits scene opens with Weaver’s face — she played Venkman’s love interest Dana Barrett back in the ‘80s.

They are still together it seems, what with a wedding ring on Weaver’s finger. The mid-credits scene riffs on the original Ghostbusters movie’s ESP machine test — the one that Peter used with students at Columbia University. But this time around, it’s Dana who is controlling the machine not Peter. She holds up a card and asks him to guess the shape on the other side. After Peter gets it right, she tries another one. He gets that right too.

Dana wonders if Peter has marked the cards. He lies he hasn’t, but then after Dana shocks him with the ESP machine, he admits he did mark the cards. Dana then starts shocking him over and over. To defend himself and get some sympathy, Peter says that he only ever shocked the male students at Columbia, never the women. Dana then shocks him again one more time, before the scene cuts away. As you can tell, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife mid-credits scene is an extended gag really.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credits scene, explained

Unlike the mid-credits scene, the post-credits scene in the new Ghostbusters movie is all business — as it tries to set up the future of the beleaguered franchise. It begins with a vintage (deleted) scene from the original movie, involving Egon (Ramis) and Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) who gave him a coin — her lucky coin from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York — before he went up the building to save the world. Egon says no, but she insists saying she has another at home.

We then cut to present day with Janine admiring her lucky coin. Did she get it back from Egon afterwards? Or is this the second one? Anyhoo, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credits scene jumps again to a meeting between Janine and Winston (Hudson) at the latter’s office. Winston talks about how he has had a successful life — he’s a billionaire now — thanks to the time he spent with the Ghostbusters crew. It was there he discovered he had the talent to be better.

Winston then reveals that not only did he pay Egon’s bills, he hasn’t let their old firehouse headquarters be turned into a coffee shop, as Ray had claimed earlier in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credits scene cuts to the abandoned headquarters, where Winston is waiting for the Ecto-1 to roll in, having made the journey back from Summerville to New York City. Winston says that he will aways be a Ghostbuster.

As the car rolls into the Ghostbusters’ former HQ, the camera turns to a red box on the wall: the containment unit. A light is blinking red, which is naturally ominous, signalling that it’s about to burst. What does that mean? Well, that’s a clear and obvious setup for another Ghostbusters sequel — and it seems it will bring the franchise back to home territory. Will it still involve the next generation of Spenglers? That depends on Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s box office, I’d imagine.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now playing in cinemas in India and around the world. It’s available in 2D and IMAX 2D.

  • Release Date 19 November 2021
  • Language English
  • Genre Comedy, Fantasy
  • Duration 2h 5min
  • Cast

    Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Oliver Cooper, Bokeem Woodbine, Marlon Kazadi, Sydney Mae Diaz, Tracy Letts, Josh Gad

  • Director Jason Reitman
  • Music Rob Simonsen
  • Producer Ivan Reitman
  • Production Sony Pictures Releasing


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Telegram Launches Sponsored Messages, Promises User Privacy

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Telegram has announced the launch of Sponsored Messages on its platform — a tool that will allow anyone to promote their channels and bots. Sponsored Messages will be visible to in public channels on Telegram that have more than a thousand subscribers. It will be limited to 160 characters as well. Currently, the feature is in test mode. Telegram says once they are rolled out and allow it to cover basic infrastructure costs, the app will share ad revenue with the admins of the channels in which Sponsored Messages are displayed.

Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov on November 19 announced the launch of Sponsored Messages via a blog post. He confirmed that Sponsored Messages would not appear in your chat list, private chats, or groups. Also, there will be no ads in chats on Telegram. The Sponsored Messages will appear based only on the topic of the public channels they’re shown in, the company has said.

Telegram CEO has stressed that user privacy will not be compromised with this new feature, saying that no user data is mined or analysed to display ads.

“User data will not be used to target ads. As with everything we do, our main priority is protecting the private data of our users. That’s why unlike other apps we will not use your private data to display ads”, said Durov.

Every user viewing a particular channel on Telegram sees the same Sponsored Messages. As mentioned, the Sponsored Messages can be seen on public channels with more than 1,000 members.

The Sponsored Messages functionality is still in the testing phase and not available to everyone. Once it becomes live, and Telegram is able to balance its basic costs of equipment and data centers, the company is planning to share revenue with the admins of the channels where Sponsored Messages are displayed.

Pavel Durov claimed that Telegram is more ad-free than its major rival WhatsApp saying the Meta-owned platform shares user data with advertisers, even though they don’t show ads themselves.


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