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HONOR 20: Great Design and Camera Steal the Show (Tech Review)

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy

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FILE - A member of the media tries out new Huawei Honor 20 series of phones following their global launch in London, UK, May 21, 2019. VOA

By Krishna SinhaChaudhury

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei and its sub-brand HONOR have been putting up a brave fight against the ban imposed by the US. The handset player confirmed rolling out the next upgrade to Android OS “Android Q” for several of its devices last week that includes the newly-launched HONOR 20 series and Huawei’s flagship P30 Pro.

Huawei captured a double-digit share in the highly-concentrated premium market in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 on the back of impeccable camera quality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and superior-build quality of its flagship mate and P series that drove the growth, according to Counterpoint Research.

Its sub-brand’s HONOR 20 was launched alongside the premium HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20i which has relatively toned down specs than the other two devices in the series.

The HONOR 20 features top-line specs, including the proprietary Kirin 980 chipset (which fuels the flagship P30 Pro) alongside 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space for Rs 32,999. After using the smartphone for a few days, here is what we think of it.

The glass rear looked beautiful when it caught light; however, there wasn’t much difference between the Pro and the HONOR 20, albeit for the fact that the latter houses a smaller 3,750mAh battery than HONOR 20 Pro.

There’s a 6.2-inch screen with a punch hole selfie camera instead of a conventional notch. The front and rear are both glossy with an aluminium frame. The device feels comfortable, enough for single-handed use.

A refreshing change is the fingerprint scanner that’s placed on the side of the phone.

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Honor consists of the first in class dual camera with 16MP+2MP rear lens and 8MP front lens. Flickr

Camera performance was one of the high points of the device that makes use of 48MP primary sensor with a 16MP ultra wide lens, a dedicated depth-sensing lens and 2MP macro unit.

The camera picks up enough details on the subject with good dynamic range. It beat the beats out the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera in terms of colour and saturation.

While shooting in low light, the camera used “Night mode” which is works like Google’s Night Sight that is use of software to brighten up the picture taken at night.

The 32MP selfie camera produced detailed and vivid portraits.

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For those accustomed to the company’s proprietary EMUI OS (based on Android) it won’t be a problem but fans of vanilla Android (Google Pixel) or OxygenOS (found in OnePlus phones) may find the software somewhat overwhelming.

The rear camera bump made the device wobbly when placed on a flat surface. The absence of water resistance was another disappointment.

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy. (IANS)

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Latest Samsung Smartwatch “Galaxy Watch Active 2” is a Perfect Blend of Fitness and Style (Tech Review)

The smartwatch comes with an updated 'Running Coach' that provides access to seven different running programs and lets users monitor their running pace in real time

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The smartwatch comes with e-SIM connectivity, helping consumers stay connected and allows them to make and take calls freely from the watch itself without having to keep their phone around. IANS

With a strong millennial base and rising disposable income, India now offers immense growth potential for the smartwatch players like Apple, Samsung, Huawei and more.

In order to expand its presence in the wearable market, the South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its latest smartwatch Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G for Rs 35,990, which makes it one of the most expensive smartwatches in the country.

The leather strap makes the smartwatch more visually appealing and comfortable to wear it for long hours. The smartwatch is available in 44mm steel dial along with silver, black, and gold finishes. It sports a 1.4-inch Super-AMOLED ‘Always On Display’ with maximum resolution of 360×360 pixels.

As expected, the touchscreen worked extremely fast. In terms of brightness, the display performed well in various light conditions.

The Super-AMOLED display covers the screen edge to edge and comes with a touch bezel that ensures a smooth experience while navigating through apps.

Underneath the hood, the smartwatch is equipped the Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE with an Exynos 9110 dual-core processor ticking along at 1.15 GHz. The chipset has been paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G runs Tizen OS 4.0 with ‘One UI’ 1.5 on top. Samsung claims that this watch is IP68 rated, which means it should be water-resistant up to 5ATM or 50 metres. Just like the Galaxy Watch 4G, the Watch Active 2 4G uses an eSIM for uninterrupted flow of data as well as receiving calls directly from the smartwatch.

Once connected to your phone, Galaxy Watch Active2 4G allows users to easily take photos, start recording a video, preview video clips, switch between front and rear lenses, set a timer and then check the final photo or video – all from the wrist. Users can also charge their Galaxy Watch Active2 4G in an easy and intuitive way using Wireless PowerShare on their Galaxy smartphones.

The smartwatch comes with e-SIM connectivity, helping consumers stay connected and allows them to make and take calls freely from the watch itself without having to keep their phone around. Due to carrier limitations, only Jio and Airtel users can make use of the e-SIM functionality in the country to date. The LTE support works pretty much exactly the same way like the Galaxy Watch 4G.

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In order to expand its presence in the wearable market, the South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its latest smartwatch Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G for Rs 35,990, which makes it one of the most expensive smartwatches in the country. Wikimedia Commons

Users can access social media apps, especially WhatsApp with just the tap of the finger, even while away from the smartphone. The smartwatch comes with advanced sensors which track up to 39 distinct activities with auto tracking for popular activities such as walking, running, cycling, rowing and more.

The smartwatch comes with an updated ‘Running Coach’ that provides access to seven different running programs and lets users monitor their running pace in real time. In terms of battery backup, the watch performed quite good with around two days usage in a single charge.

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Conclusion: The smartwatch has distinctive qualities in terms of design and performance and will appeal the young buyers but will face some competition from Huawei Watch GT 2 as well as Honor MagicWatch 2. (IANS)