Year: 2018


vivo NEX Dual Display Edition arrives with 2x AMOLEDs and three cameras

The name of vivo’s latest phone – the NEX Dual Display Edition – is pretty self-explanatory. The key feature here is the fact that the phone has two active displays – one on the front and another one on the back. But that’s just the start of the long spec sheet.

The main display sitting on the front has almost bezel-less design and fits in a 6.39-inch diagonal. It’s a Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and extra tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. According to vivo, the display covers 91.63% of the phone’s front.

The back panel is also Super AMOLED, but it’s significantly smaller standing at 5.49″ in diagonal and uses the old-school 1080 x 1920 resolution with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.

Under the hood, the new NEX boasts a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 10GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.

As for the camera setup, there’s no front-facing shooter, so the front panel looks pretty clean while the back panel houses three sensors. The main one is 12MP with OIS and f/1.79 aperture lens while the secondary is just 2MP with f/1.8, which is probably used only for depth sensing. The third camera is a Time of Flight type (ToF) and it’s primary use is for distance measurement and for advanced face unlock. But that’s only if you are unlocking the phone while facing its back.

If you choose to unlock the phone from the main screen, you’d have to rely on the in-display fingerprint instead.

Vivo says that the phone has plenty of features in the camera menu – from AI scene recognition to Body and Face Shaping. There’s a lot to play around with.

Anyway, the handset is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery and supports fast charging at 10V/2.25A. It ships with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Funtouch OS 4.5 on top.

The vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is already up for pre-order in China with December 29 being the release date. However, pre-orders outside of China will begin soon. The price tag of the handset is CNY 4,998 ($720).

Being Bhoomi was torture: Aditi Rao Hydari

Actress Aditi Rao Hydari had a harrowing time playing a rape victim in Bhoomi, and says it was disturbing to be part of such a movie.

“Being #Bhoomi was torture! One of the most disturbing experiences I’ve had,” Aditi expressed in a Twitter post on Saturday.

Omung Kumar’s drama revolved around a father who takes revenge after his daughter is gang-raped. The film was Sanjay Dutt’s comeback vehicle after he was released from the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2016.

“But I found a rainbow every day, thanks to Sanjay Dutt Sir my BFG… Thank you for the laughter and my favourite food. Thank you Omung Kumar and Vanita (his wife) for your patience and guidance… This was tough, but special,” she added.

The film explored a sensitive subject, but failed to appeal to the critics and the audiences.

Images: Instagram/Twitter
Text: IANS

Week 38 in review: Samsung, Xiaomi and Meizu bring new smartphones

A few interesting announcements took place in week 38 and three of those came courtesy of Samsung – the first mid-ranger with a triple camera Galaxy A7 (2018) and a couple of entry-level devices in Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+.

Meanwhile Xiaomi gave us two more members of the Mi 8 family – the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro, while Meizu gave us four new handsets – the 16X, the X8 and the V8 duo.

Meanwhile OnePlus was a prominent feature in our rumor mill with its 6T flagship, along with Xiaomi and its upcoimng Redmi Note 6 Pro mid-ranger. .

We are also still feeling the aftermath of the iPhone XS and XS Max launch – the duo went on sale and we got to learn more about their hardware through reviews and teardowns.

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The sale begins tomorrow at 12 noon in India at Amazon and Xiaomi’s stores.

It’s the company’s first triple camera smartphone.

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