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Can Vivo X80, X80 Pro Give a Tough Fight to Existing Flagship Phones?

Vivo X80, X80 Pro: Worth Buying Over Galaxy S22, iPhone 13, and OnePlus 10 Pro?

Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 — launched in India this week — aim to take on some of the most popular premium models in the smartphone market. Vivo’s new flagships continue the X-series legacy of offering top-notch camera experiences. That means not only do both Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 come with Zeiss optics, they also include Sony image sensors. The regular Vivo X80 is also the first phone in the market to come with the recently launched MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC. Meanwhile, the Vivo X80 Pro carries the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip — the top offering from Qualcomm.

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbitalhost Akhil Arora speaks with Senior Reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy to discuss the Vivo X80 series and how it sits against the likes of the OnePlus 10 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22and the iPhone 13,

The Vivo X80 Pro carries a price tag of Rs. 79,999 for the single 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, while the Vivo X80 starts at Rs. 54,999 for the base 8GB + 128GB configuration, and goes up to Rs. 59,999 for the top-end 12GB + 256GB model. Both Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 will go on sale from May 25,

Vivo X80 Pro First Impressions: A Worthy Upgrade?

If you were to make direct comparisons, the price of the Vivo X80 Pro would seem significantly higher than that of the Vivo X70 Pro that debuted in India at a starting price of Rs. 46,990 for the 8GB + 128GB model. But that’s the wrong comparison to make. The pricing of the Vivo X80 Pro is identical with that of the Vivo X70 Pro+, which came in at Rs. 79,990 for the same 12GB + 256GB variant.

This suggests that the Vivo X80 Pro has been introduced in the Indian market as the successor to the Vivo X70 Pro+ — not the Vivo X70 Pro. The vanilla Vivo X80, on the other hand, seems to be the successor to the Vivo X70 Pro. It’s confusing, I know, but this is what happens when companies try to simplify naming conventions.

As I said before, Vivo offers a list of camera-focused features on the X80 series to attract those in the market for enhanced mobile photography experiences. The Vivo X80 Pro comes with quad rear cameras that include a 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GNV primary sensor, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide shooter carrying a Sony IMX598 sensor, a 12-megapixel portrait Sony IMX663 sensor, and an 8-megapixel sensor with a periscope-shaped lens.

In contrast, the Vivo X80 carries a triple rear camera setup that houses a 50-megapixel Sony IMX866 RGBW primary sensor, along with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 12-megapixel portrait sensor. Both Vivo X80 Pro and X80 also come with a 32-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front.

Alongside the new hardware, the Vivo X80 phones have a list of software tweaks to deliver a customizable camera experience. The Vivo X80 Pro also retains the company’s gimbal technology that is touted to help provide increased exposure and stability.

The Vivo X80 Pro and X80 both come with IP ratings for dust and water resistance. The X80, though, only has an IP53 rating is meant for splash resistance — essentially, you can’t dive with the phone in a swimming pool.

Vivo X80 First Impressions: A Promising Premium All-Rounder

Design-wise, the Vivo X80 Pro and X80 both look almost identical, with the periscope lens on the former bringing a minor distinction at the back. The design is also quite similar to that of the Vivo X70 Pro+. We talk more about the design and performance of both Vivo X80 phones on our podcast.

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Disclosure: Vivo sponsored Sheldon Pinto’s flights and hotel for the pre-launch event in Dubai.


Vi Rs. 151 Prepaid Add-On Pack With Disney+ Hotstar Mobile Subscription Launched

Vi Rs. 601 Prepaid Recharge Plan Reintroduced With Reduced Validity of 28 Days

Vi (formerly known as Vodafone Idea) is offering a new prepaid add-on pack along with three months of Disney+ Hotstar mobile subscription. The data plan costs Rs. 151 and offers 8GB of data. It has 30 days validity. Similarly, the telecom company recently announced an Rs. 82 add-on with SonyLiv mobile access for 28 days. Vi’s major rival in the space, Airtel recently released two new prepaid plans bundled with a free three-month subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile. The two new plans cost Rs. 399 and Rs. 839 and come with a validity of 28 days and 84 days, respectively. The new plans will benefit fans of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

As per Vi’s website, the new Rs. 151 prepaid add-on pack brings access to a total of 8GB of data along with three months of Disney+ Hotstar mobile subscription. The plan’s validity is 30 days. It doesn’t have any service validity. It was first spotted by Telecom Talk,

Like the Rs. 151 plan, Vi recently released a data add-on plan worth Rs. 82 with access to an OTT platform. It comes with the SonyLiv mobile subscription for 28 days. The plan also includes 4GB of data with a validity of 14 days.

Since the Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun, major telecom service providers are busy introducing prepaid recharge plans that come with Disney+ Hotstar access. Earlier this month, Airtel released two new prepaid plans for its users. The plans are priced at Rs. 399 and Rs. 839 and come with a free three-month subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile. They offer unlimited voice calling support and a daily limit of 100 SMS messages. The Rs. 399 plan has a validity of 28 days and includes a daily data limit of 2.5GB. The Rs. 839 plan has a validity of 84 days and a daily data limit of 2GB. Similar to Vi and Airtel, Reliance Jio also has prepaid recharge plans with Disney+ Hotstar Mobile subscription.

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The Best Phone You Can Buy Under Rs. 30,000

The Best Phone You Can Buy Under Rs. 30,000

We’ve added the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G to our latest list. We’re in the process of reviewing the Motorola Edge 30 and in all likelihood, it should make be making the list too. If you want to spend less than Rs. 30,000, you can now get a variety of very capable smartphones with premium features, modern hardware, and versatile cameras. Demand has picked up in the sub-Rs. 25,000 and sub-Rs. 30,000 segments in India. In addition, it’s also true that prices in general, across markets and industries, have risen over the past year or so, and so even value-conscious buyers are looking at higher budgets than before.

Here are Gadgets 360’s picks of the top phones under Rs. 30,000 in India, in no particular order. We have reviewed all the phones on this list and have tested them in depth, including their raw performance, camera capabilities, software and ease of use, physical design, battery life, and charging speed.

Best Phone under Rs. 30,000 to buy in India

Phone under 30,000 Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G 8 Rs. 26,499
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G 8 Rs. 26,999
Realme GT Master Edition 8 Rs. 27,999
Oppo Reno 7 5G 8 Rs. 28,999
OnePlus Nord 2 8 Rs. 27,999
Poco F3 GT 8 Rs. 26,999
Mi 11X 8 Rs. 29,999

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

The Galaxy M53 5G now sits at the top of Samsung’s M series, which now spans a wide range of prices. Samsung’s latest smartphone boasts of some interesting hardware such as a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC with vapor cooling, and a 108-megapixel primary camera. One of the main things working in favor of the Galaxy M53 5G is the guarantee of Android OS and security updates, which should keep it relevant longer than some of its direct competitors. In our opinion, the 6GB RAM variant offers much better value for money than the 8GB variant, and is the one to get.

Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G

Xiaomi certainly knows how to stand out – the 11i Hypercharge 5G lives up to its name with 120W fast charging, which means its 4500mAh battery can get from zero to 100 percent in about 20 minutes. Of course you’ll need to carry its rather bulky charger around with you if you need that quick charge outside. Beyond this, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G looks smart with its matte glass rear panel, but is relatively heavy at 204g.

You get the MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on which variant you choose. There’s 128GB of storage, a 6.67-inch full-HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, and an IR emitter. You get MIUI 12.5 running on top of Android 11. The Xiaomi 11i without 120W charging costs a bit less and is otherwise nearly identical, so you would be paying a premium for this feature, if you think it’s important enough.

Realme GT Master Edition

Realme’s GT Master Edition comes in at a competitive price with a unique suitcase-like design. This Master Edition model in the first GT series packs a punch even though it’s not quite an all-rounder. The high-quality 120Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display is good for gaming and watching movies on. You don’t get stereo speakers but this phone does have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Powering the gaming experience on the Realme GT Master Edition is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, which is a worthy upgrade over the 768G and is on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200. Camera performance is quite good in daylight but low-light performance is only saved by the Night mode. Battery life is quite good for a slim mid-range smartphone, and it charges quite quickly too, going from zero to 100 percent in about 35 minutes.

Oppo Reno 7 5G

Although very similar to its predecessor, the Reno 6, the new Oppo Reno 7 5G does have some updates that keep it on our list. It’s slim and light, and the new laser-etched pattern on the back looks good, but the entire body is made of plastic. The Reno 7 uses the same MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC as the Oppo Reno 6, and this phone is only available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 4500mAh is slightly larger than the one in the previous model. It runs ColorOS 12 based on Android 11. The 64-megapixel main camera, 8-meagpixel ultra-wide-angle camera and 2-megapixel macro camera are also much the same as those on the Reno 6. This is a good phone overall and it performed well in our review, but some others at this price level do offer better features, and the nearly identical OnePlus Nord CE 2 starts at a lower price.

OnePlus Nord 2

The OnePlus Nord 2 is the successor to the OnePlus Nord. It sports a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It packs in a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W Warp charging. The Nord 2 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI processor and is available in 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options. Like most other OnePlus smartphones, the Nord 2 runs OxygenOS.

The camera performance of the Nord 2 is good for its price. Daylight photos are sharp but shots taken with the ultra-wide-angle camera aren’t great. The Nord 2 manages close-ups and portrait shots very well. Low-light camera performance is also good, especially with Nightscape mode. Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 is a good pick for someone on a budget.

Poco F3 GT

The Poco F3 GT is designed around gaming features and performance. This new model has a premium body with a metal frame and a glass back. There are “maglev” trigger buttons which can be engaged using sliders on the side. You get a big 6.67-inch HDR10+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of up to 480Hz in Game Turbo mode. Poco has picked up the Dimensity 1200 SoC to power the F3 GT and you can get this phone with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

The Poco F3 GT has a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and 2-megapixel macro camera. It captured average quality photos in daylight as well as low light. On the plus side, the Poco F3 GT delivered a great gaming experience for the price.

Mi 11X 5G

The Mi 11X 5G is priced starting just under Rs. 30,000, and it’s very powerful thanks to the near-flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. We like the fact that the Mi 11X 5G looks refreshingly plain, with no elaborate flourishes and no over-the-top branding unlike some of its competitors. General and gaming performance is great, and content looks very good on the 120Hz AMOLED display. Small touches such as fast charging, an IP rating, and stereo speakers add to the overall pleasant experience.

MIUI showed lots of spam notifications during our review period. We also noticed that the Mi 11X would get unusually hot when charging. Camera quality on the whole was rather average, though its “telemacro” camera is capable of delivering some great shots. Ultimately, the Mi 11X 5G is not the best all-rounder but it’s a strong contender, especially if you’re after an SoC that’s powerful enough for gaming.


iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro Max Top Most Sold Smartphones List for Q1 2022: IDC

iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro Max Top Most Sold Smartphones List for Q1 2022: IDC

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max reportedly took the top two spots on the most sold smartphones list for the first quarter of 2022. This information comes from IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo who shared a top-five list of the best-selling smartphones in Q1 2022 . Another Apple handset found its way into this list at the fourth position. The remaining two spots at third and fifth were secured by handsets from Samsung. However, the information shared by Jeronimo does not include the actual number of units sold for these smartphones.

Jeronimo posted this information on Twitter which says that the smartphone market was dominated by Apple in Q1 2022 with the iPhone 13 sitting in the top spot. It is followed by the iPhone 13 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display in second. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro with a 6.1-inch screen was able to secure the fourth place which might suggest that Apple customers were willing to pay extra for a slightly larger display.

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Top 5 most sold smartphones in 1Q22
Photo Credit: Twitter/ Francisco Jeronimo

The tweet also mentions that the iPhone 13 sales were around $42 billion (roughly Rs. 3,26,224 crore) for this quarter. This figure reportedly accounted for up to 84 percent of the iPhone sales in this period. Apple has kept its momentum going after recording Its most profitable holiday season (October to December) last year, despite facing supply shortages. During this period, the Cupertino company reported iPhone sales of $71.63 billion (roughly Rs. 5,56,393 crore).

On the other hand, Samsung also made its way onto this list with the Galaxy A12 and Galaxy A32 low-end smartphones that came 3rd and 5th, respectively. The combined sales of these smartphones for Q1 2022 supposedly generated $3.6 billion (roughly Rs. 27,963 crore) for the South Korean tech giant.

This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss iPhone 13, new iPad and iPad mini, and Apple Watch Series 7 — and what they mean to the Indian market. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.


New State Mobile May Update Now Live on Android, iOS

New State Mobile May Update Live on Android, iOS; Brings New Map, Weapon, More

New State Mobile May update is currently live on Android and iOS, the game developer Krafton announced on Friday. The list of new things the update adds include a new map, a new weapon, combat leveling system, action feature, and Survivor Pass. The new map is called Underbridge and can be found in the Round Deathmatch mode. A new combat leveling system is also being added to the Round Deathmatch mode. The new gun being introduced is a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR). The update also brings the Survivor Pass Volume 7. The update also brings a slew of bug fixes for the mobile game with the update.

There are a number of new additions in the New State Mobile 0.9.32 release. The new update brings a new map called Underbridge to the Round Deatchmatch mode. The map has been built for mid-to-long range battles and features two watchtowers so that players can spot the enemies from a distance. Care Packages will not spawn in the new map, unlike in the previous map Arena.

The Round Deathmatch Mode also gets a new combat leveling system in the update. In the new system, players can earn combat experience points based on the outcome of the Team/Round Deathmatch including win, loss, kill, and damage. Players who abandon the match and their team mid-game will not be eligible for the points. After reaching a particular combat level, players will receive a gun customization kit for the Round Deathmatch preset.

New State Mobile new update also brings a new gun to the game. The weapon, M110A1 is a new Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) that uses 7.62mm ammo. The developers claim that it has the fastest bullet velocity among DMRs in the game. “The M110A1 balances strong damage output with stable recoil and includes a diverse set of equipable accessories, including a scope, magazine, muzzle, and cheek pad slot,” added the developer.

krafton has also added a new action feature called Piggyback in the game. This feature lets players piggyback knocked-out players and carry them to safety. Players can piggyback allies as well as enemies. While using the Piggyback action feature players will not be able to use other actions.

The May update also introduces the Survivor Pass Volume 7 with Paul Rubin from the New State fact coming to the mobile version of the game. Players will be able to earn Paul Rubin’s costumes and appearance by completing all the story missions that roll out each week.

New State Mobile is also getting slew of bug fixes in the latest update. The crash related bug fixes include an issue where a smartphone would shut down while waiting to enter the starting island in Troi, another issue where the game would randomly close after parachuting, and the issue where the client would force close while entering a vehicle. Other aspects of the game like the gameplay, sound, and graphics also received bug fixes.


Amazfit GTR 2 New Version With 11 Days Battery Life Launched

Amazfit GTR 2 New Version With 11 Days of Battery Life Launched: Details

Amazfit GTR 2 New Version smartwatch with battery life of up to 11 hours with typical usage launched. The smartwatch has been launched at Rs. 11,999 and is exclusively available on Flipkart and Amazfit official website. The new smartwatch will go on sale in India on May 23 and for the first day the company is offering the smartwatch at a special launch price of Rs. 10,999. The smartwatch features an HD AMOLED touchscreen display and offers Bluetooth calling. The company is offering the smartwatch in two colors, Black and Grey.

Amazfit GTR 2 New Version price, availability

The company has launched the smartwatch at Rs. 11,999, but the smartwatch will be available for a special launch price of Rs. 10,999 for the first day. The Amazfit GTR 2 (2022) new version will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart and Amazfit’s official website on May 23.

Although Amazfit is marketing the smartwatch as the ‘New Version’ there is little to no difference between the one launched in 2020 and the one being launched now. The Amazfit GTR 2 (2020) is currently being sold for a higher price of Rs. 12,999, whereas the Amazfit GTR (2022) has been launched at a lower price

Amazfit GTR 2 New Version specifications

The Amazfit GTR 2 (2022) features a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display protected with 3D Corning Gorilla curved glass that gets an anti-fingerprint coatings to keep the scratches away from the touchscreen. The screen of GTR 2 New Version is fully rotatable to cater to both left and right-handed users. It offers over 50 watch face options and comes with an always-on display.

Amazfit is offering heart-rate monitoring and BioTracker 2 PPG optical sensors for monitoring health on the GTR 2 (2022). The BioTracker also supports OxygenBeats to track blood-oxygen saturation. It also provides stress level monitoring, sleep quality monitoring, and PAI health assessment. The smartwatch also includes over 90 built-in sports modes and is also waterproof to 5 ATMs.

The new smartwatch from Amazfit offers 3GB of local music storage that allows users to listen to music without their phone. The Amazfit GTR 2 (2022) also features a wear detection function that locks the watch to protect it from security threats.

Amazfit GTR 2 (2022) Classic model weighs about 39g without strap, whereas the Sport model is lighter at 24.7g without strap . The smartwatch is packed with a 471mAh battery, which is claimed to run for 11 days with typical usage and 6 days under heavy usage. The battery can fully charge in about 2.5 hours. The smartwatch will come with Zepp OS and will support devices running Android 5 or iOS 10 and above.


Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV Series With Dolby Atmos Debuts in India

Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV Series With Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio Support Launched in India

Sony Bravia X80K smart TV series has been launched in India on Friday. The company’s latest 4K smart TV lineup is available in five display options— 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 50-inch, and 43-inch sizes. The new offerings support HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision. For sound, the Sony Bravia X80K models pack dual 10W speakers with support for Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital Surround. It runs on Google TV and comes with support for Google Assistant and Alexa. The TV includes Chromecast built-in as well as support for Apple AirPlay.

Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV price in India

Price of the Sony Bravia X80K smart TV in India starts at Rs. 94,990 for the 55-inch model (KD-55X80K). The company is yet to announce the pricing details for the 43-inch (KD-43X80K), 50-inch (KD-550X80K), 65-inch (KD-65X80K), and 75-inch (KD-75X80K) models. The 55-inch model is currently available for purchase in the country and the remaining variants in the new series will be soon available across all Sony Centers, major electronic stores, and e-commerce portals in India.

Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV specifications, features

The newly launched Sony Bravia X80K smart TV lineup is available in five screen sizes with a 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) LCD display with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats. The Triluminos Pro display by the company is claimed to enhance the colors on the screen. The bezel has a black shade and the panel refresh rate is 50Hz.

The smart TV models are powered by the Sony 4K HDR processor X1. The processor is said to adapt the picture to the surroundings to ensure optimized viewing experience. The Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV models pack 16GB of inbuilt storage and run-on Google TV (based on Android TV). Users can access the Google Play store with a wide range of supported apps.

Audio on the Sony Bravia X80K smart TV models are handled by two 10W speakers with support for Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, and acoustic auto-calibration. The television models have a dedicated low-latency mode in HDMI 2.1 for gaming.

Connectivity options on the new series include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, four HDMI ports, built-in Chromecast, an audio jack, and two USB ports. The included remote supports voice commands. There are built-in microphones on the smart TV models that allow users to control the content hands-free through voice commands. The smart TV models also support Apple AirPlay and HomeKit, which enables content streaming from Apple devices like iPads and iPhones.


The Best Phone You Can Buy Under Rs. 25,000

The Best Phone You Can Buy Under Rs. 25,000

The only new addition to our latest list is the Samsung Galaxy A52, which has recently dropped in price. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is still one of the most affordable OnePlus smartphones currently available and replaces the original Nord CE on our list as it offers much better value and features. The Realme 9 Pro+ is yet another power-packed smartphone which offers really good stereo speakers and a flagship-grade main camera.

Here are Gadgets 360’s top picks of the best phones under Rs. 25,000 in India, in no particular order. We have reviewed all the phones on this list and have tested them in depth, including their raw performance, camera capabilities, software and ease of use, physical design, battery life, and charging speed. There’s also the Xiaomi 11i 5G which we haven’t tested, but is virtually identical to the 11i HyperCharge ,Review), so it makes it onto our list because of its price.

Best Phone under Rs. 25,000 to buy in India

Phone under 25,000 Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 8 Rs. 23,999
Realme 9 Pro+ 9 Rs. 24,999
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion 8 Rs. 21,499
iQoo Z5 8 Rs. 23,990
Mi 10i 8 Rs. 23,990
Xiaomi 11i 5G , Rs. 24,999
Samsung Galaxy A52 8 Rs. 24,999

OnePlus Nord CE 2

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is good update to the original and is basically a lower-priced Oppo Reno 7 5G ,Review) without the spammy apps, which is not a bad deal. The Nord CE 2 offers a premium design, good performance, solid battery life, very fast charging, and decent cameras for still photography. Video recording is not its strongest suit, but other than that, it’s hard to complain. OxygenOS remains one of the best Android skins and is one of the reasons that OnePlus smartphones are easy to use. While not everybody is in favor of Oppo’s influence over the brand these days, the fact that OnePlus promises two years of Android updates even for its most affordable phone is even more of a reason to consider it.

Realme 9 Pro+

If you’re looking for a bonkers value-for-money offering under Rs. 25,000, it’s really hard to beat the Realme 9 Pro+ at the moment. Besides having the expected features such as a current-gen 5G SoC, great display, and very fast charging, the 9 Pro+ is one of the very few (if not only) smartphones in this segment to have a flagship camera sensor (Sony IMX766) along with optical stabilization. The result is fabulous-looking pictures and video when shooting during the day and at night. The only real annoyance, if you ask us, is that Realme UI ships with way too many apps, most of which you’ll probably never use. On the whole, the Realme 9 Pro+ is a high-quality smartphone that’s priced very aggressively.

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion

The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion strikes a good balance between performance and software. It sports a 6.7-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a dedicated Google Assistant button, and even an IP52 rating. This smartphone packs in powerful hardware, plus a clean near-stock Android UI which will appeal to Android purists. There’s very little to complain about here, other than its relatively average low-light camera performance. The Edge 20 Fusion is built well, performs well, and is capable of good battery life.

iQoo Z5

The iQoo Z5’s design is a slight improvement over that of its predecessor, making it more comfortable to hold and use. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC which performs very well in games and when multitasking. You get a 6.67-inch LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate as well as stereo speakers, which worked well both for watching movies and playing games. Camera performance is decent in daylight but not great in low light. Battery life is excellent and this phone supports 44W fast charging, which is fairly quick. The iQoo Z5 might not be a major improvement over the iQoo Z3, but it’s still a decent step up and something you should consider.

Mi 10i

The Mi 10i from Xiaomi is a little over a year old now, but it’s still on sale and still quite a popular phone. There are currently two variants on offer, and both are priced under Rs. 25,000. The specifications of the Mi 10i are still very competitive. You get a decently powerful 5G SoC, a 108-megapixel main camera, and a 120Hz display. The phone only supports 33W fast charging, which while still quick, isn’t as attention-grabbing as what the competition offers today. This is a good-looking phone too and is available in some interesting colors.

Special mention

Xiaomi 11i 5G

The Xiaomi 11i 5G gets a special mention because even though we haven’t reviewed it, we did review its nearly identical sibling, the 11i HyperCharge ,Review, For all intents and purposes, both phones should be identical when it comes to software, general performance, gaming, and camera quality. The main difference lies in the fast charging speed: the standard 11i supports up to 67W fast charging, while the 11i HyperCharge supports 120W. Battery capacity is also slightly different but the company still promises good battery life. If you’re okay with slightly ‘slower’ charging, then at Rs. 24,999, the 11i packs in a lot of features for the price. There’s a 108-megapixel main camera, 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, a powerful 5G SoC, and a classy design.

Samsung Galaxy A52

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has dropped in price which is why we’ve moved from our sub-Rs. 30,000 list to here. Samsung officially lists the 6GB variant for Rs. 24,999, but you can find it for lesser on platforms such as Amazon. The phone still looks youthful and, dare we say, fashionable. It also offers excellent features such as an IP67 rating, stereo speakers, and a 90Hz AMOLED display — a combination that’s hard to come by in this segment. We found its overall performance to be solid, even though it uses a lower-tier Snapdragon 720G SoC. There’s a bit of bloatware to deal with in OneUI, which we are not big fans of. The cameras, while solid during the day, tended to fall a bit short in low light. Barring these issues, the Galaxy A52 is still a compelling offering as you get a good set of features.


The Best Smartphones You Can Buy Under Rs. 20,000

The Best Smartphones You Can Buy Under Rs. 20,000

The new additions to our Rs. 20,000 smartphone buying guide include the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G and the Realme 9 5G Speed ​​Edition, The Vivo T1 5G, Moto G71 5G and the Redmi Note 11T 5G continue to be some of our top recommendations. There are still a few older models that continue to deserve your attention. This includes the iQoo Z3 which focuses on all-round performance and 5G, but still offers great value.

Here are Gadgets 360’s picks of the top phones under Rs. 20,000 in India, in no particular order. We have reviewed all the phones on this list and have tested them in depth, including their raw performance, camera capabilities, software, ease of use, physical design, battery life, and charging speed.

Best Phones Under Rs. 20,000

Phones under Rs. 20,000 Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G 8 Rs. 19,999
Realme 9 5G Speed ​​Edition 8 Rs. 19,999
Vivo T1 5G 8 Rs. 15,990
Moto G71 5G 8 Rs. 17,999
Redmi Note 11T 5G 8 Rs. 16,999
Realme 8s 5G 8 Rs. 17,999
iQoo Z3 8 Rs. 19,990

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G

A lot of fans have been waiting for a sub-Rs. 20,000 OnePlus phones, and in 2022, we finally have it. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is a more affordable version of the Nord CE 2 5G for the most part, but it does offer slightly better specs in some areas. The phone has a crisp 120Hz display, and runs the latest Android version with little to no bloatware. It delivers excellent battery life plus decently quick charging, and good all-round performance for the price. If you have your heart set on owning a OnePlus smartphone or if long-term software updates rank high on your ‘must-have’ list, you should consider the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G.

Realme 9 5G Speed ​​Edition

The Realme 9 5G Speed ​​Edition is a more powerful and certainly a more appealing model than the Realme 9 5G. With prices starting just under Rs. 20,000, this phone packs a powerful SoC, a 144Hz refresh rate display, and a big 5,000mAh battery. It also supports 30W fast charging, which is convenient. The base variant, which is the one to get in our opinion, does not have many direct competitors and offers the maximum bang for your buck if you’re looking for good performance in this segment. One thing to keep in mind that this phone does not have an ultra-wide camera and video stabilization isnt the best.

Vivo T1 5G

The first smartphone in Vivo’s T series, the T1 5G ,Review), is a solid contender at an impressive price of Rs. 15,990 for the base variant. You get a 120Hz display and a 5G-ready Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, all packaged in a body that’s just 8.25mm slim. The dewdrop notch at the top of the display may feel a bit outdated, but this display packs a 240Hz touch sampling rate, which should be good for gamers. The Vivo T1 5G lacks an ultra-wide-angle camera and comes with a relatively slow 18W charger, but for those focussed purely on performance, it should be a good purchase.

Moto G71 5G

Priced at Rs. 18,999 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the Moto G71 ,Review) offers a near-stock Android 11 software experience, with an Android 12 update expected soon, Those who prefer stock Android will find this phone to be a better choice over the rest of the devices in this list. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, it also features 5G, making it more future-proof than the older Moto G60, With a decent camera and good battery life, the Moto G71 is one of our top picks for the 5G-conscious buyer who simply cannot do without stock Android.

Redmi Note 11T 5G

Powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 810 SoC, this 5G-enabled budget smartphone from Xiaomi packs in good performance for gamers along with good battery life. Shutterbugs may not be too happy with the Redmi Note 11T 5G‘s ,Review) two rear cameras and their average performance. At the same time its 90Hz LCD panel with 240Hz touch sampling rate makes it a capable budget smartphone for gaming. There’s also a large 5,000mAh battery which can be charged quickly using the 33W charger provided in the box. The device is IP53 rated for dust and water resistance, so it can survive light splashes of water.

Realme 8s 5G

The Realme 8s 5G ,Review) looks nearly identical to the Realme 8 5G, except for a slightly thicker display chin. It’s powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G SoC and comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on the variant you choose. Battery life is one of this phone’s strong suits, and the 5,000mAh battery easily lasts for more than a day of typical use.

The 64-megapixel main camera managed good photos in daylight in our tests but the lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera makes the 8s 5G less versatile than some of the competition. Low-light camera performance was average, though Night mode helped improve the output. Overall, the Realme 8s 5G is only a mild improvement over the 8 5G, but an improvement nonetheless.

iQoo Z3

The iQoo Z3 ,Review) has been replaced by the pricier iQoo Z5 and more recently, the iQoo Z6 5G, but this older phone still offers a lot of CPU power thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G SoC. Its starting price is just under our budget cutoff. The 6.58-inch full-HD+ screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, and the 4,499mAh battery can be charged quickly using the included 55W adapter. The plastic back may not appeal to everyone and camera performance could use some improvement, but the features and specifications are hard to pass up at this price level.


Researchers Develop Photonic Materials for Efficient Light-Based Computing

Researchers Develop Topological Insulators That Could One Day Allow Efficient Light-Based Computing

Photonic materials are the ones that emit, detect or manipulate light. These materials play a crucial role in various sectors such as telecommunications, data processing and storage, and solar cells. Because of their vast usage, there is a continuous need to make them efficient. Researchers, at the University of Central Florida (UCF), are developing new photonic materials that could one day enable ultra-fast, light-based computing. Known as topological insulators, the unique materials are like wires that have been turned inside out, meaning they carry the current on the outside while the interiors are insulated.

The researchers believe topological insulators hold importance as they could be used in circuit designs with more processing power without generating heat. This would remove a big problem in today’s devices — overheating.

The UCF researchers have published their findings in the journal Nature Materials, In the study, they have detailed a new approach to create the materials, using the chained, honeycomb lattice design.

Researchers have said the new photonic materials they developed overcome drawbacks of contemporary topological designs, offering more features and control. It also minimizes power losses. They have confirmed their findings using advanced imaging techniques and numerical simulations.

The group hopes that their design will lead to a departure from traditional modulation techniques, bringing light-based computing one step closer to reality.

“Bimorphic topological insulators introduce a new paradigm shift in the design of photonic circuitry by enabling secure transport of light packets with minimal losses,” UCF’s postdoctoral researcher and the study’s lead author Georgios Pyrialakos said in a statement,

Researchers added that topological insulators could allow the use of faster photonic computers that use less energy and could also one day lead to quantum computing, thus allowing processing power hundreds of millions of times faster than today’s computers.

The development of new photonic materials plays a vital role in the growth of information technology in the 21st century.

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