Samsung Galaxy M31s: design
Samsung Galaxy M31s has a slightly updated design, which makes it a little standout compared to other phones in the Galaxy M series. It gets a 6.5-inch Infinity-O display, which is located in the center at the top. That’s why the Galaxy M31S looks first class. The size of the frame is acceptable for the price, but the opening of the camera in the center can be a little distracting for some people.
Samsung Galaxy M31s has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is located on the right side along with the volume buttons. It is not difficult to reach these buttons while holding the smartphone in your hand. We would like to place the volume buttons on the left side, where there is only space for the SIM tray of this phone. The USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and speaker are at the bottom, while the secondary microphone is at the top.
The phone has a plastic back, which Samsung calls the Glassstick. It comes with a glossy finish and very easy to catch fingerprints. We had to wipe it often to keep it shiny. Samsung Galaxy M31s has two gradient coverage options – Mirage Black and Mirage Blue. We had the Mirage Black version for this review and we liked it.
The Galaxy M31S has a four-camera rear module that is similar to the Galaxy M31, but the location of the sensors has changed. The module also has a single LED flash. Galaxy M31s has a battery of 6000 mAh, which makes it weigh 203 grams. Holding this phone in your hand for a while, you will feel the weight. The ends of the back are curved, which makes the phone easy to hold.
Samsung Galaxy M31s: Specifications
Samsung uses its Exynos 9611 processor to power the Galaxy M31. So far, we have seen this processor in many Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy M21, which cost less than Rs 15,000. The Exynos 9611 chipset is a capable processor, but we expected Samsung to use something new and more powerful. The Exynos 9611 is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. The smartphone is available in options with 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM, but the storage space comes with 128GB. You can expand the memory up to 512 GB with a microSD card.
There is support for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi ac and GPS, as well as dual 4G and VoLTE. Samsung has included a 25W USB Type-C charger in the box, which is the first for the Galaxy M series phones. You also get a USB Type-C to Type-C cable that can be used to recharge other Galaxy devices.
Samsung Galaxy M31s gets OneUI 2.1 based on Android 10. Our review unit includes the July security patch for Android. The user interface is similar to other Galaxy M series smartphones we reviewed earlier, such as the Galaxy M31 and Galaxy M21 smartphones.
The Galaxy M31s also has the Galaxy Store app, which is an alternative to the Google Play Store. The phone has Glance screen lock stories, so you’ll see commercials and lock screen stories. You can turn it off if necessary. From time to time I see some notifications from the My Galaxy app.
The Galaxy M31S also comes with other useful software features, such as Dual Apps, which allows you to run two clones of the same application. You get the digital well-being feature of Android. There is also a game toolbar that allows you to block notifications and gestures in full screen, as well as a function to save the screen in the game.
Samsung Galaxy M31s: performance and battery life
Samsung Galaxy M31s has a slightly older processor, but it handles everyday tasks very well. We didn’t find any delay in this as we scrolled through the menus. We had a version with 6 GB of RAM, so the phone worked without problems. However, loading heavy applications took longer than usual.
We found that the side-mounted fingerprint scanner quickly unlocks the device. The phone could also easily recognize a face, but we didn’t find it very quickly. The display of the Galaxy M31s was clear, had good viewing angles and was bright enough on the outside. The camera aperture may be distracting while watching videos, but you can get used to it after a while.
We played PUBG Mobile on the Galaxy M31S and the game runs with a preset high default setting, with the graphics set to HD and the frame rate set to High. We played the whole game in the same settings without any delay. After playing for 20 minutes, the device was slightly warm to the touch, which was bearable.
Galaxy M31s provides decent battery life and lasts for two days when I use it. In our HD video loop test, the smartphone lasted 24 hours and 2 minutes, which was impressive. However, when the brightness of the battery drops below 15 percent, it automatically dims.
The phone comes with a charger for 25 watches, which can charge it up to 34 percent in 30 minutes and up to 65 percent in an hour. It took an hour and a half to fully charge the phone. Overall, the battery performance is excellent, and recharging is also a nice feature that can charge your other devices with a 6000 mAh battery on the Galaxy M31s.
Samsung Galaxy M31s: Cameras
Samsung Galaxy M31s comes with a four-camera setup. It has a 64-megapixel main camera that has an aperture of F / 1.8. The second is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view. A 5-megapixel macro camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor are also available. The camera app is very similar to other Galaxy smartphones. It also includes the Single Take feature, which takes photos with pre-applied filters, as well as Hyperlapse and Boomerang video effects instead of capturing a simple video. In general, you will receive photos and videos taken in different modes with one click. There is also a professional shooting mode that allows you to take full control of the settings.
The Galaxy M31s takes 16-megapixel photos by default with its 64-megapixel main sensor. In daylight, the phone reads the light accurately and the AI quickly detects the scene. The photos taken in daylight were sharp and had enough detail. The text in the photos is still readable even after cutting to 100 percent. You also have the option to take photos at full 64-megapixel resolution, but we preferred the 16-megapixel resolution feature by default.
The wide-angle camera captures a wider field of view, but there is a slight distortion and the edges of the picture are drawn. The resolution is high enough for you to crop these photos, but the level of detail is low compared to photos taken with the main camera. There were good details up close and the background was good too. The Galaxy M31s has Live Focus mode for portraits, which allows you to set the blur level before taking a picture. The macro camera allows you to get quite close to the subject, but is not able to capture colors well.
Galaxy M31s took good photos in low light and kept noise under control. However, the wide-angle camera did not perform well. There is a slight crop when taking photos at night. The result was not very bright, but there were a few finer details.
For the selfie, the Galaxy M31 gets a 32-megapixel sensor and accepts 8-megapixels by default and 12-megapixels if you want a wider frame. In daylight, the phone captures good detail, but for clear photos you will need to keep the phone steady after pressing the shutter button. It allows you to take a portrait photo using live focus mode. Details similar to daylight were not visible in the low light selfie.
Samsung’s Galaxy M-series is becoming increasingly popular and the company is launching new models one after another. The Galaxy M31s is an upgrade over the existing Galaxy M31 (review) and comes with a new Infinity-O AMOLED display. It also comes with a fast charger with a power of 25 W. However, it retains the same 6000 mAh battery and an old processor, which may prevent buyers from investing their money.
Its camera performance was very similar to the Galaxy M31. While the new Single Take feature delivers interesting results, the low-resolution output spoils the fun.
If battery life is your priority, there are very few phones that can come close to the performance of the Galaxy M31s. However, in such a situation, you can save money by choosing the Galaxy M31, but if you do not mind the old-style water drop. If you want better value at this price, the Motorola One Fuison + (review) and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (review) are decent options.
OnePlus 10RT to come with 50MP camera, 120Hz display, seen here ahead of launch
According to the recent report, OnePlus 10RT may be launched in India soon. The smartphone is said to have been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification database. Citing a tipster, the report gives information about some specifications of the smartphone. The OnePlus 10RT camera specifications were reported earlier with the same model number. The OnePlus 10RT may get a 50-megapixel primary sensor with a triple rear camera setup and a 16-megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
According to a report by 91Mobiles, a new OnePlus smartphone is likely to be launched in India soon. The smartphone has been spotted with model number CPH2413 as approved in the BIS India certification database. According to an earlier report by 91Mobiles, a new OnePlus smartphone is likely to be launched in India soon. The smartphone has been spotted with model number CPH2413 as approved in the BIS India certification database. A previous report suggested the same model number for the OnePlus 10RT.
OnePlus 10RT expected specifications
A report by 91Mobiles has shared some of the specifications of the OnePlus 10RT, citing tipster Mukul Sharma. For color options, this smartphone can be available in black and green color options. As a display, it can get an AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. This triple rear camera setup is expected to come as a camera setup. As for the memory, it can be offered in two variants like 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB internal storage. As an operating system, it can run on OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12.
The previous report on the OnePlus 10RT said it will come with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.88 aperture with an 84.4-degree field of view and optical image stabilization. It is said to have an 8-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.25 aperture and 119.7-degree field of view. The third rear camera on the OnePlus 10RT is expected to come with an f/2.4 macro lens along with a 2-megapixel lens. It is said to feature a 16-megapixel Samsung S5K3P9 camera with f/2.45 aperture, 82.3-degree field of view and EIS.
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iQoo Neo 6 Review: A Powerful Phone at a Reasonable Price!
iQOO Neo 6 Price in India
The iQoo Neo 6 is priced at Rs 29,999 in India, which comes with the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. Its top model comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which costs Rs 33,999. The iQoo Neo 6 can be purchased in Dark Nova and Cyber Rays colors.
iku neo 6 design
The iQoo Neo 6 phone is a rebranded model of the iQoo Neo 6 SE that was launched in China earlier this year. Neo 6 is a large smartphone in terms of dimensions and weighs 190 grams. The phone has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole design at the top for the selfie camera. Display bezels are thin. The frame of the phone is made of plastic and is kept flat on top and bottom.
iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter that sits near the secondary microphone on the top. At the bottom there is a slot for a USB Type C port, a speaker and a SIM tray. The back panel is made of plastic with curved sides. The phone is quite comfortable to hold. Its right side is narrow and carries a thin power button and volume rocker.
The dark new color of the phone looks quite elegant. It has a gradient finish that shows a mixed shade of dark blue and bright blue. If you want a flashier phone, then you can also check out its Cyber Rage variant. The phone’s camera module will grab your attention. It has a two-tiered design on which the Neo branding is placed, which is seen separately.
The company has also provided a transparent case inside the phone box. The back panel has a matte finish, so fingerprints don’t fall off so easily. You also get a USB Type C to 3.5mm audio adapter, which is a good thing.
iQoo Neo 6 Specifications and Software
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC is provided in iQoo Neo 6 which is the most powerful processor for this price range. The Mi 11X competes directly with this phone, which has a similar chip. iQoo says it has included a liquid cooling system in the phone to keep the processor cool.
The Neo 6 has a Full HD Plus E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a 360Hz touch sample rate that can go up to 1200Hz in some games. The display is also HDR10+ certified and its brightness is 800 nits. iQoo has also provided stereo speakers in the Neo 6, but the phone does not have an IP rating.
This iQoo phone supports Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, four 5G bands, dual 4G VoLTE and five satellite navigation systems. You don’t get NFC in this. iQoo Neo 6 has a 4700mAh battery and supports up to 80W fast charging. You also get a compatible charger in the box.
Talking about the software, it runs on Funtouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12. The company has promised two years of Android updates and 3 years of security updates with the phone. Its user interface is almost similar to Vivo X80 which I reviewed recently. Too bad I have the same experience with bloated software in this as well. Some applications may be uninstalled. The browser keeps sending spam notifications throughout the day which is quite annoying.
iQoo Neo 6 performance and battery life
iQoo Neo 6 has a powerful processor and there is no lag in the phone even with prolonged use. I had its 12GB variant on which I could multitask, switching between apps very comfortably. I didn’t see any apps reloading at any point. The phone has an extended RAM feature and can use up to 4GB of system memory as RAM.
I enjoyed watching videos on the phone’s AMOLED display. Stereo speakers make the experience even better. The refresh rate is high, so scrolling is smooth in apps and menus. The company has set the Smart Switch refresh rate as the default. It runs at 120Hz most of the time at this setting.
iQoo Neo 6 has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is quite reliable and never gets damaged during use. FaceUnlock also works in a similar way. The phone scored well in benchmarks. Its AnTuTu score is higher than the OnePlus Nord 2 with 729,331 points. In Geekbench 5, it scored 983 and 3074 points in single and multi-core. In the GFXBench graph, it scored 50fps in the Car Chase test. Users who want good performance, this phone will not disappoint in terms of results.
I played Call of Duty: Mobile on it, which by default was running on very high graphics and had the frame rate set to high by default. I played the game for 20 minutes in which the battery dropped by 5%. The phone didn’t heat up, which explains its liquid cooling capability.
I loved the battery performance of this phone and it lasted comfortably for one and a half days. In the HD video cycle test, the phone lasted 21 hours and 17 minutes, which is quite impressive. Its 80W fast charger charged the phone 83% in 30 minutes and the phone was fully charged within 50 minutes.
iQOO Neo 6K camera
The iQoo Neo 6 features a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary lens with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 116-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The camera app is very easy to use and looks similar to the Vivo X80 app. The main camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default, but you can click full-resolution photos if needed.
His daylight landscape photos were accompanied by detail and subjects were easily recognizable even from a distance. Words written on distant buildings can also be read. AI optimization is available in the phone which improves the contrast in the output. The ultra-wide camera has a wider field of view and gets the same color profile as the main camera.
The phone takes close-up photos with clear and full details. This creates a natural bokeh effect between the background and the subject. Edge detection was good in portrait mode. The macro camera also captured extremely close-up shots.
The phone proved to be very fast when shooting a low-light scene, for which it held the shutter open for a long time. Thanks to this, the image was captured with a clear and detailed picture. In very dark areas, the phone itself suggested switching to night mode.
The phone’s sensor captures the selfie in full resolution. The app adds a beautification filter by default, but it can also be adjusted or disabled if needed. In daylight, the skin tone is accurate to the photo. In low light, the screen flash is activated automatically for better results. Edge detection was good in selfies taken in portrait mode and the level of background blur was also adequate.
Its primary rear camera can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. Its selfie camera can also shoot videos at this resolution and frame rate, which is rare. Footage was fairly stable in daylight, but motion in low light was a bit shaky. The camera app has a dual video mode so that the main and selfie cameras can record videos at the same time.
If you are looking for a 30k budget smartphone then you can keep this phone high on your list. The phone’s performance is pretty good, as you’d expect from a device with a Qualcomm chip. The promise of Android and security updates makes it future proof. In my opinion, its base 8GB variant seems better value for money.
I don’t have many complaints about it other than the pre-installed bloatware on the phone. If you pick up the phone for video recording purposes, then be aware that it doesn’t perform as well in low light.
If you want pure software, you can look at the Motorola Edge 30. If you can’t compromise on performance, go for the Mi 11X and OnePlus Nord 2, which are good alternatives in the same price range.
Nokia G11 Plus budget Android smartphone introduced with 50MP camera
HMD Global introduced its budget Android smartphone to the market a few months ago under the name Nokia G11. The company has sold millions of smartphones so far. Now the company has announced the new model of this smartphone, Nokia G11 Plus. However, the addition of the Plus to this Nokia smartphone isn’t really an upgrade over the original model when it comes to specs.
Nokia G11 Plus features and specifications
Talking about the features and specifications, the Nokia G11 Plus features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. Talking about the processor, the company has not yet said which processor is in this phone, but it could be the 1.6GHz octa-core Unisoc T606 SoC.
In terms of storage, the smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that supports expandable storage up to 512GB. Talking about the camera setup, a dual camera setup is given on the rear side of the smartphone which houses a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. At the same time, an 8-megapixel camera is placed on the front of this smartphone for selfies and video calls.
Talking about the operating system, this smartphone runs on the out-of-the-box Android 12 operating system. The company has confirmed that this phone will get the operating system upgrade for 2 years and security update for 3 years. Talking about battery backup, it will get a 4000 mAh battery. Talking about the color option, this smartphone comes in two color options like Charcoal Gray and Lake Blue.
Talking about the price, as of now the company has not revealed the price of Nokia G11 Plus but the price of this smartphone is expected to be around $150 ie. around Rs 11,842 in Indian currency. Speaking of availability, it will soon be available for purchase in select regions.
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