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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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Dog Mounted Camera Allows Dogs to Live Stream from Higher Risk Areas

The streaming can also be recorded by the operator

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Brain child of M.Tech students Rajat Chiddarwal and Punit Jain, the technology allows a camera and a speaker to be mounted on a dog's back which could live stream feed from the site to the handler. Pixabay

Two IIT-Mumbai students have developed a technology — Dog Mounted Camera — that allows dogs to live stream from higher risk areas while their handlers monitor the situation from a safe distance.

Brain child of M.Tech students Rajat Chiddarwal and Punit Jain, the technology allows a camera and a speaker to be mounted on a dog’s back which could live stream feed from the site to the handler maintaining a kilometer distance. The streaming can also be recorded by the operator.

The project has reportedly cleared initial test runs and is expected to be completed by the year end. It aims to bring down the risk to human life during the routine surveillance drives in remote areas with high security risks.

The fully functional Dog Mounted Camera will have a set of articles which include a special jacket that can host the device set, including a transmitter and receiver, a camera and a speaker which will help the dog to get instructions from it’s instructor.

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Two IIT-Mumbai students have developed a technology — Dog Mounted Camera — that allows dogs to live stream from higher risk areas while their handlers monitor the situation from a safe distance. Pixabay

“The transmitter will help live streaming the video while the receiver will catch voice commands of the instructor which will later be given out through the speaker. The entire set up will help in guiding the dog and keep a watch on the surroundings of area,” Rajat, who has displayed his equipment at the International Police Expo being held in New Delhi, told IANS.

The project will be go through an induction process after which the armed forces will be able to use these equipments on their already trained dog squad.

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“Currently, the project is in proto-type stage but as of the various test runs and experiments, we are sure that the project will be completed by the year end and will then be ready to face induction phase to clear criteria of Indian Armed Forces,” said Rajat, M.Tech second year students of IIT Bombay. (IANS)