After working on its Blockchain-powered smartphone Exodus for months, HTC has finally announced it will introduce the device as early as October.
The company indicated the launch on its Instagram page.
According to the company Vive Founder, Phil Chen, Exodus previously asserted that a smartphone like Exodus with a crypto-currency wallet will provide the most secure wallet on the market, tech website Smarthouse reported on Monday.
However, he added that the device will initially target a “niche” audience and will be priced similarly to the world’s first Blockchain powered smartphone, Sirin Labs’ Finney, at around $1,000, the report added.
The HTC Exodus is the brainchild of Chen, who was also the driving force behind the Vive virtual reality (VR) headset and forms the start of a major blockchain push as the company looks to return to the smartphone industry.
After launching a highly successful Reno 2 series, Chinese handset maker OPPO has brought A9 2020 to bring some competition in the mid-segment market in India.
The Oppo A9 2020 comes with quad-camera setup with 5,000mAh battery as its USP. The device is available in two variants — 4GB RAM+128GB ROM priced at Rs 16,990 and 8GB RAM+128GB ROM at Rs 19,990 in two colours, Marine Green and Space Purple.
An upgrade of Oppo A9, the A9 2020 also features a 3D gradient design.
We tested 8GB RAM+128GB device (Rs 19,990) in Space Purple. Let’s see how it fares.
In terms of design, the device scores decent marks. The back looks attractive with glass-like finish which gives it an aesthetic feel.
The quad rear camera is placed vertically alongside the LED flash, which adds extra charm.
The fingerprint sensor, placed at the back, was quick. The OPPO logo is placed vertically in centre.
The left edge of the phone hosts the dual-SIM card tray and the volume buttons and the SIM tray hosts a dedicated space for Micro-SD card which helps users expand in-built 8GB memory up to 256GB.
The volume rockers are at the left and power button at right, quite easy to operate. The lower edge of the phone houses speakers, Type C charging slot with fast-charging support and an audio jack input.
The smartphone features 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1,600×720. The device’s screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The front of the device has dew-drop notch design that looks good.
The automatic brightness feature on-screen worked fine both indoors and outdoors.
The quad rear camera (48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP) is placed at the upper centre vertically alongside the LED flash.
The rear camera has basic panorama, HDR and video modes, along with some interesting image-enhancing features like AI-filters, ultra-wide mode, slow motion and time-lapse photography.
The camera produced some good snaps in daylight. However, it didn’t work good in low-light conditions.
The 16MP front camera features AI beautification and portrait mode, that gave sharp and good selfies.
The device has fingerprint unlock sensor as well as face unlock feature and both functioned smoothly.
The Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers worked well.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, the device runs Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.1.
Snapdragon 665 provides faster performance while simultaneously lowering power consumption by 20 per cent.
The 5,000mAh battery kept the juice for almost a day.
However, despite having the “gaming boost 2.0” software, the device experienced lags while playing.
The phone competes well against Realme 5 Pro and Vivo Z1X at this price point.