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Week 36 in review: iPhone rumors intensify as vivo V11 and nubia Z18 debut

The week after the IFA show was always going to be a bit slower, but it still brought enough so we didn’t get bored until next week’s big iPhone announcement.

There were a announcements too – the Motorola P30 Note as a ZUI 4.0-powered variant of the One Power, the ZTE nubia Z18 and the vivo V11.

Leaks made for interesting reads too. The projected pricing of Apple’s iPhone 9, iPhone Xs and Xs Max was revealed – the entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone will cost as much as an iPhone 8 does now, the updated 5.8-inch iPhone Xs will cost as much as a current iPhone 8 Plus and the flagship 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max will start at the same price as an iPhone X.

In related news we saw a bunch of 6.1-inch iPhone 9’s in different colors and even what looks like the dual SIM tray of the entry-level 2019 iPhone.

The Google Pixel 3 XL was once again subjected to an unauthorized hands-on. Also this week we learned that Google will unveil its next Pixel phones at a special event in New York on October 9.

An interesting leak was a purported Nokia 9 with a penta camera

Blend-Off: Vitamix vs. Blendtec

By Lesley Stockton

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Vitamix and Blendtec are the two biggest names in high-powered home blenders. In our testing, we’ve always preferred Vitamix. We still get asked about Blendtec, though, maybe thanks to its popular “Will It Blend?” campaign, which features a Blendtec pulverizing iPhones and other objects that would taste bad in smoothies. The image of a phone turned to dust is a compelling demonstration of raw power, but pulverizing a phone and making a good smoothie are two very different tasks.

To prove it, we pitted the Blendtec Designer 675 against the Vitamix 5200 (our top-pick blender) in a series of tests, and the Vitamix won every time. The Vitamix was much better at smoothies, soups, nut butters—the things you’d need a kitchen blender for, in other words.

We chose to compare those two models because they offered roughly similar features and control schemes. The 5200 is Vitamix’s original variable-speed model, and it offers the power and performance Vitamix blenders are known

Promoting Pixel 2 photography from an iPhone is the ultimate Android humiliation

We’ve seen it happen a thousand times: Android device makers hire stars to promote their latest devices, and those influencers tweet their endorsements from the device they actually use, which is Apple’s iPhone. But when it happens to Google’s latest Pixel, and when it involves photography, which is one of the best things about the Pixel, it’s the ultimate humiliation for Android as a whole.

In a matter of weeks, Google will unveil the Pixel 3 series and the phones’ photography skills will be put on display. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature dual-lens selfie cams, and single-lens main cameras, which already has us puzzled. Google will surely explain its camera decisions, and will probably tell us how the new Pixels will deliver a camera experience that’s unparalleled.

In the meantime, Google is still promoting the Pixel 2 XL around the world, with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma having inked a Pixel advertising contract for India. She posted the following images on Twitter making sure the message that those pictures were taken with the Pixel is clear. Just check out all the Google and Pixel hashtags. Little did she know that well-known tech reviewer Marquess Brownlee will

Kritika Kamra makes Bollywood debut with 'Mitron'

Well-known to Hindi television viewers as Arohi of Kitani Mohabbat Hai and Nidhi of Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, actress Kritika Kamra is now taking the Bollywood plunge with Mitron. She says she has been on the verge of making a film debut a couple of times, but somehow things didn’t work out then.

Set in a Gujarati milieu, Mitron also features Jackky Bhagnani, and is a slice-of-life film directed by Nitin Kakkar of Filmistaan fame. It is a remake of the Telugu film Pelli Choopulu.

Is Mitron the kind of launchpad Kritika hoped for?

“Can I be honest? I have been close to making a debut a few times in the past now. I had signed things, we had almost gone on floors and the films did not happen… Sometimes the film did not take off… And they were all, according to me, logical decisions. I was very cautious that I wanted to do a film with a good director, with a great script, with a production house wherein you would know the film won’t get canned… But I found that even films with big studios sometimes don’t literally take off.

“But I had my own journey, and when I got to do this film Mitron, it happened very fast. I signed the film and in 15 days we were shooting. There was prepping up, reading… I was so engrossed in that process. But now when I look back, I am very grateful that this happened to be my first film because I can very proudly say that I am doing a film I believe in,” said Kritika.

“Films are very male-centric unlike TV, which is very female-centric, but even in a male-centric medium, I am getting to do a very good female part. So I am really happy that my film debut is this (‘Mitron’),” said the actress, who was also loved for her role as Ananya in Reporters.

Images: Kritika Kamra on Instagram
Text: IANS