Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Redmi series has always been Xiaomi’s bread and butter. Combining good design, features, and reasonable performance at a very attractive price, the Redmi series has redefined for many what a good budget smartphone should be like.The latest in the series is the Redmi Note 3. The phone is the successor to last year’s Redmi Note 2 and improves upon several key aspects, such as a metal body, fingerprint sensor, brand new chipset, and a larger battery. It’s especially improved over the original Redmi Note Prime, which would be a big deal for people in India who never got the Redmi Note 2.
Today, the company is launching the Redmi Note 3 in India. And even though we already have the smartphone reviewed, it was based on a Mediatek chipset. The new release comes with Snapdragon 650 and since we’ve had the chance to play with it for the past few days, we’d gladly share our impressions.
Redmi Note 3 at a glance
5.5-inch, 1920×1080 IPS LCD
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650; 2x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 + 4x 1.2GHz Cortex-A53; Adreno 510
2GB RAM with 16GB storage/3GB RAM with 32GB storage; microSD support
Dual SIM, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, IR, microUSB
16 megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f2.0 aperture, dual LED flash
5 megapixel front camera, f2.0 aperture
Android 5.1.1 with MIUI 7
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
Samsung’s J-lineup may be following the Galaxy S and A-series from a respectful distance – but is in perfect lockstep in terms of upgrades. While the flagship pair and the upper midrange A-series are understandably grabbing the global headlines, the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) was first announced for a number of Asian markets.
The affordable J-series are betting big on India – where the big-screened ringleader has been a popular choice. However, we found the original Samsung Galaxy J7 quite capable of making a splash in Europe too, and it didn’t disappoint.
Less than a year later, the new generation is out and it looks perfectly happy with simply putting a proven formula to work.The Galaxy J7 (2016) gets a new metal finish, a bigger battery and Marshmallow on top of a more recent, and slightly more capable, chipset. All welcome upgrades for the most prominent of the J-series but that’s all Samsung could afford and stay on budget.
Just like the original, the 2016 model is offered in two versions on different markets: you can get either a Snapdragon or an Exynos chipset. The difference is negligible though, considering they both have eight Cortex-A53’s.
Here go the rest of the specifications at hand.
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby capability, microSIM
5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen of 720p resolution and 268ppi
Exynos 7870 ; octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53; Mali-T830 GPU
2GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage, microSD slot (up to 128GB)
13MP main camera with f/1.9 lens, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording
5MP front camera with LED flash, f/2.0 lens, 1080p@30fps video recording
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
LTE Cat.4, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth v4.0; NFC, GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0 port, USB host
3,300mAh removable battery
Plastic back, metal frame
Motorola Moto G4 Plus
The Moto G is one of Motorola’s most popular phones in recent years. As such, coming up with the next model every year sure must be a challenge.
On one hand, Motorola has to come up with something new to interest people – and that’s in a price segment where we are seeing a lot of action from traditional Chinese brands and where it’s hard to stand out unless you are really pushing the envelope in some way or the other.On the other hand, they can’t mess with a proven formula so they continue to deliver what people have come to expect from the Moto G series.
Moto G4 Plus key features
5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53; Adreno 405 GPU, 2 or 3GB RAM)
16 or 32GB storage expandable with a microSD
16 megapixel rear camera, f/2.0, phase detection and laser assisted autofocus, dual tone LED flash, 1080p video recording
5 megapixel front camera, f2.2 aperture, screen flash, 1080p video recording
Dual SIM, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps, dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, microUSB
Water-repellent nano coating
3000mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow