Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme on Monday announced that its X2 Pro Master Edition smartphone has won the ‘Red Dot Design Award.
Founded by German Design Council, the award is an internationally acknowledged global industrial design award with over 60 years history.
Moreover, it is also one of the largest-scale, most influential competition and known as the symbol of high-quality design, the company said in a statement.
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X2 Pro Master Edition features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED Fluid display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ octa-core SoC, paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB (UFS 3.0) storage.
The smartphone has a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 primary sensor with a six-piece, f/1.8 lens. For selfies, the phone has a 16MP Sony IMX471 camera sensor at the front with an f/2.0 lens.
Realme became the top 7th global smartphone brand for the first time in the third quarter of 2019 and continued its previous global ranking of Top 7 in the world in Q1 2020.
Realme said it will soon achieve monthly capacity of 3.5 million handset production at the Greater Noida plant.
The smartphone brand has already entered 27 markets around the world in only two years, including China, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and South Asia, Russia and Africa, and has ranked among the top five in multiple markets. (IANS)
Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has unveiled an improved version of its flagship 5G chipset called Dimensity 1000+ with upgraded features for gaming, video and power efficiency.
The Dimensity 1000+ is based on the same core hardware as the Dimensity 1000 and showcases an incredible, flagship-grade user experience for smartphone users globally.
“The single chip integrates in a suite of world-leading innovations in 5G connectivity and power-efficiency, plus unique display, video and gaming technologies that make it stand out,” Yenchi Lee, Assistant General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit said in a statement.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ supports 144Hz refresh rate screens with resolution maxing out at 1080p+ and up to a 21:9 aspect ratio.
It uses the latest MiraVision technologies to improve per frame picture quality.
Similar to its predecessor, the Dimensity 1000+ is built on a 7nm process and features an identical 5G modem.
MediaTek has added something called “5G UltraSave”, a built-in power saving mechanism that can dynamically switch between different power states to maximize the battery life.
There are also new technology additions to HyperEngine 2.0 to optimise the phone for a more fluid and immersive gaming experience.
It comes with a Resource Management Engine to intelligently manage CPU, GPU and memory resources, an upgraded Networking Engine for call and data concurrency, an intelligent switch between 5G and 4G networks based on application needs. (IANS)
People are more willing to reveal personal information about themselves online using their smartphones compared to desktop computers, says a study.
The study, published in the Journal of Marketing, suggests that the device people use to communicate can affect the extent to which they are willing to disclose intimate or personal information about themselves.
For example, tweets and reviews composed on smartphones are more likely to be written from the perspective of the first person, to disclose negative emotions, and to discuss the writer’s private family and personal friends.
Likewise, when consumers receive an online ad that requests personal information (such as phone number and income), they are more likely to provide it when the request is received on their smartphone compared to their desktop or laptop computer, said the study.
“Writing on one’s smartphone often lowers the barriers to revealing certain types of sensitive information for two reasons; one stemming from the unique form characteristics of phones and the second from the emotional associations that consumers tend to hold with their device,” said the co-author Shiri Melumad from University of Pennsylvania
First, one of the most distinguishing features of phones is the small size; something that makes viewing and creating content generally more difficult compared with desktop computers.
Because of this difficulty, when writing or responding on a smartphone, a person tends to narrowly focus on completing the task and become less cognizant of external factors that would normally inhibit self-disclosure, such as concerns about what others would do with the information.
Smartphone users know this effect well — when using their phones in public places, they often fixate so intently on its content that they become oblivious to what is going on around them.
The second reason people tend to be more self-disclosing on their phones lies in the feelings of comfort and familiarity people associate with their phones.
“Because our smartphones are with us all of the time and perform so many vital functions in our lives, they often serve as ‘adult pacifiers’ that bring feelings of comfort to their owners,” Melumad added.
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The downstream effect of those feelings shows itself when people are more willing to disclose feelings to a close friend compared to a stranger or open up to a therapist in a comfortable rather than uncomfortable setting.
“Similarly, when writing on our phones, we tend to feel that we are in a comfortable ‘safe zone.’ As a consequence, we are more willing to open up about ourselves,” said study co-author Robert Meyer from University of Pennsylvania.
The findings are based on analyses of thousands of social media posts and online reviews, responses to web ads, and controlled laboratory studies.
Initial evidence came from analyses of the depth of self-disclosure revealed in 369,161 tweets and 10,185 restaurant reviews posted on TripAdvisor.com, with some posted on PCs and some on smartphones.
Using both automated natural-language processing tools and human judgements of self-disclosure, the researchers found robust evidence that smartphone-generated content is indeed more self-disclosing. (IANS)