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Realme 3i: Impressive Look in a Budget Smartphone (Tech Review)

Conclusion: Realme 3i comes with premium features like fingerprint sensor and face unlock. This phone has good battery backup, better camera and stylish design

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Realme 3i: Premium features in a budget smartphone. (Representational image). Pixabay

By Bharat Upadhyay

To give some competition in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment aiming at Redmi 6A, smartphone player Realme recently brought a budget device 3i to the Indian market.

Realme 3i comes in two variants — the 3GB RAM+32GB model priced at Rs 7,999 and 4GB RAM+64GB at Rs 9,999.

Realme 3i is the first smartphone in the new Realme “i” series and is available in three colours — Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red.

We tested 3GB+32GB device (Rs 7,999) in Diamond Blue. Let’s see how it fares.

The overall look is impressive. The use of 3D blue diamond-cut design gives it an aesthetic feel.

The fingerprint sensor, placed at the back, was fast. On the lower-left corner at the back, Realme logo is placed vertically in style.

The left edge of the device hosts a dual-SIM slot. The SIM tray hosts a dedicated space for SD card and the users can expand in-built 3GB memory up to 256 GB. The lock button is placed at the right edge of the phone.

Realme 3i features 6.2-inch touchscreen HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection to increase the level of protection. We had no trouble in accessing the device with the face unlock feature.

On full brightness, the display worked well both indoors and outdoors; colours on the screen appeared brighter even under direct sunlight.

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While Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like Huawei and OnePlus provide fast charging with their flagship smartphones such as the P30 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro, handset makers like Realme provide it in its mid-tier Realme X. Pixabay

The 13MP+2 MP dual rear camera is placed at the upper left corner alongside the LED flash.

The rear camera has some interesting image-enhancing features like Artificial Intelligent (AI)-filters, AI scene recognition, slow motion and time-lapse photography, among others.

The “Nightscape Mode” helped capture detailed and quality pictures even in dim-light conditions. The camera app also comes with “Chroma Boost” mode that produced good images.

The 13MP front camera was also decent.

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Powered by MediaTek Helio P60, the device runs ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie.

Helio P60 brings a significant improvement in the device, making sure that the power consumption drops by 15 per cent, thus resulting in better performance and user experience.

The smartphone houses 4,230mAh battery — outpacing premium ones like OnePlus 7 Pro and Redmi K20 Pro that offer 4,000mAh battery. On a full charge, the phone lasted for a day and a half.

The good thing about the device was it did not heat up during use and charging. While playing video games like PUBG mobile and streaming videos, the device worked OK.

Conclusion: Realme 3i comes with premium features like fingerprint sensor and face unlock. This phone has good battery backup, better camera and stylish design. (IANS)

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OnePlus 7T: Blazing Fast All-rounder (Tech Review)

Those looking for a better camera phone should consider Pixel 3a which also has a small form factor. If camera is not the priority, then everything else about OnePlus 7T should tick

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By Krishna Sinha Chaudhary

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus broke its two-phones-a-year strategy this year with launching two devices in the OnePlus 7 series in the first half and the OnePlus 7T now.

However, like every year, the handset maker has unveiled the ‘T’ iteration with an additional upgrade. The firm has been following this strategy since the launch of OnePlus 3 in 2016.

The OnePlus 7 has a form factor that is smaller than the 7 Pro but larger than the ‘7’. It is also heavier than OnePlus 7 and weighs a little less than 7 Pro.

We used the Glacier Blue OnePlus 7T with a configuration of 8GB+256GB that was launched for Rs 39,999 in India and here’s our verdict of the smartphone.

OnePlus has brought quality handsets for a relatively cheaper price (when compared to other flagship Android phones) and this phone follows suit.

Talking about physical appearance, the handset sports a big 6.55-inch screen and an aspect ratio of 20:9 with a small tear drop notch that sits at the top.

The Fluid AMOLED screen has a 90Hz refresh rate that translated into smooth scrolling and switching between apps. Contrast and colours were good but they looked way better in the ‘vivid’ mode.

The display is inferior when compared to the pricier 7 Pro and were a little warmer in tone as well.

The rear circular camera module does not sit flush. In fact, the huge bump makes it quite wobbly when placed on a flat surface. It is prone to scratches and damage if used without a protective cover.

The frosted rear was better than most glossy phones and had better resistance against fingerprint smudges.

Despite having curved edges, this is definitely not very ergonomic and operating it with single hand would be a difficult task.

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The under-display fingerprint sensor was reasonably fast.

There’s no official IP rating against water and dust resistance which is a big disappointment.

The physical slider for tweaking the alert modes is still on the right but OnePlus has done away with a standard 3.5mm jack in favour of a USB Type-C.

The triple camera set up is a combination of a 48MP main sensor, a 16MP sensor and a 12MP lens.

All images came out nice in bright light but the camera struggled to produce detailed results. A little noise in the photos was always there. Also, the background blur looked a bit artificial at times.

Battery capacity is 3,800mAh which is supported by Warp Charge 30T and according to the handset maker, it is faster than Warp Charge 30. Once again, there’s no wireless charging.

Despite a slight increase in the battery capacity from the 3,700mAh battery on OnePlus 7, the 90Hz screen and energy consuming Qualcomm Snapdragon’s latest 855+ chipset let this phone deliver average battery life at best.

OnePlus’ proprietary “OxygenOS” based on Android 10 made zipping between apps and multi tasking impressively smooth. Gaming was super easy too, thanks to an upgraded processor.

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Conclusion: The OnePlus 7T competes directly with Asus’ new ROG Phone II which, interestingly, is available in the same configuration and has a higher 120Hz display.

OnePlus 7T looks good, has fluid performance and a sharp screen. However, in the camera department, we think it could be a bit better.

Those looking for a better camera phone should consider Pixel 3a which also has a small form factor. If camera is not the priority, then everything else about OnePlus 7T should tick.(IANS)