One Plus 9 R fares is a good value for money phone. The performance, display, design, built quality, and camera speaks for themselves.
OnePlus has one more addition for you to choose from, OnePlus 9R 5G. Is it just another replica of a previous device in the array or does it have features that make it distinctive? Let’s find out.
OnePlus 9R is very similar to the OnePlus 8T from last year. This I mean it’s the same phone barring the 2 differences — the chipset and the new design. The chipset that you get in the 9R is the SnapDragon 870 compared to the last year’s SnapDragon 865 in the 8T. In the design of the One Plus 9R, the outer shell is metallic aluminium whereas the regular One plus 9 which is Rs 10,000 more they have used a fibre plastic frame
The front and back of this device has the Gorilla glass 5 (benefits are improved drop performance, up to 1.2m high resistance to scratch and sharp contact damage high retained strength after use superior surface quality).
At the bottom of the phone, you get a secondary noise cancellation. The quality of the buttons used is good. They are very tactile like the alert slider given on the side of the phone to change the mode between ring, vibrate mode & silent mode. The haptic on this phone is like the vibration motor which is of very good quality.
On the bottom of the phone, you have stereo speakers which work well. Next to it is the type c port to connect your charger and the dual sim tray. You don’t get an option of expansion of the memory as it does not have a slot for the micro SD card. As we look at the back of the phone we have a Quad camera setup.
You get a 6.55inch 1080p or Full HD plus display. This is the Amoled and 120 Hertz. It’s a 20 to 9 panel with a 402 PPI which is not the sharpest display in the market but again it’s nice as it’s got the support for SRGB (sRGB is a standard RGB (red, green, blue) colour space) as well as the P3 colour gamut (is a common RGB colour space for digital movie projection from the American film). You also have the wide van L1 Certification to give a high-quality video and image viewing on this device. Flanking the display is going to be stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos and you also get an inbuilt fingerprint scanner.
Talking about the display panel experience in itself is amazing in my opinion. You get plenty of brightness whether you’re watching videos or playing games or just scrolling through the Ui. The smooth 120-hertz refresh rate and the 240-hertz touch sampling rate means that this display is going to be smooth and fast.
This is the same camera set up from last year. You get a quad-camera set up on the back and a single 16-megapixel IMX 417 sensor on the front. This is the same camera system from the OnePlus 8T. So if you like the photo results on the One plus 8T you will like the photos on this device and this does not collaborate with Hasselblad. The main feature that you would miss in the One Plus 9R is the 8K video shooting which you get in the One plus 9 and 9 Pro. You also get the 48 Megapixel main sensors with an ultra-wide camera with a depth sensor and a macro sensor. The other two cameras are just there to fill the numbers. The ultra-wide and the main camera do a good job even in low light conditions you can get good shots.
You get an Android 11 of the box and you also get oxygen OS which is pretty much close to stock and there’s no bloatware. It’s smooth. Google features with one plus specific features are added as well. These are hidden in the Ui and are not on your face like you have to use it kind of thing. If you want you’ll be able to find them easily. I felt It’s a very clean, minimal, smooth and fast software experience. If you are into heavy usage or you multitask a lot, the oxygen OS has to be your best bet. You also get speedy Android updates. OnePlus has been really good with that.
PERFORMANCE / SPECIFICATION
The Specs that are powering this display is the Qualcomm™ Snapdragon® Triple 870 Chip. You have an option of 8 or 12 gigabytes of RAM, 128 to 256 gigabytes of storage to choose from.
You get a 4500 MaH battery that supports Warp charge 65. There is no wireless charging.
For me, being a heavy user of the phone after a 100% charge at the beginning of the week the battery did last me a full week on a single charge where my battery came down about 20% by the end of the week before I had to recharge the battery again for the coming week. All in all, the battery life of this device is really good.
One drawback that I noticed is that if you have your hotspot on in this device the battery tends to drain down pretty fast.
The base model 8GB RAM +128 GB storage is priced at Rs 39,999. The Top Variant model you get 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage is priced at Rs 43,999.
One Plus 9 R fares well at the price it is offered. It checks most of the boxes and provides you good value for money and the experience overall is good. The performance, display, design, built quality, and the camera is an experience in itself. The device has barely anything to complain about. This can be a great pick.
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MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 8 WILL HAVE 120HZ DISPLAY, THUNDERBOLT SUPPORT
WASHINGTON: American tech giant Microsoft will be launching a new Surface Pro 8 model next week and a new leak of the upcoming device appears to have revealed exactly what to expect from it.
According to The Verge, a Twitter user recently published a photo of the Surface Pro 8 from what appears to be a retail listing. The account claimed the Surface Pro 8 will ship with a new 13-inch 120Hz display with narrow bezels and two Thunderbolt ports.
Last week, the outlet has reported that the Surface Pro 8 would ship without USB-A ports, in favour of USB-C and Thunderbolt. They also reported that Microsoft has been testing 120Hz displays for the Surface Pro lineup. The leaked image and specs line up with what was heard from sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans.
The leak also revealed that Microsoft is moving towards removable SSDs on the Surface Pro 8. This matches with the Surface Laptop 4, Surface Pro X, and the business-only Surface Pro 7 plus and will henceforth make it easier for businesses to swap out drives.
The company has planned a Surface hardware event on September 22, 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT onwards, where it’s expected from the company to announce the Surface Pro 8, a Surface Go 3, a newly designed Surface Book 4, an updated Surface Pro X, and the successor to the Android-powered Surface Duo, as per The Verge.
GOOGLE MIGHT HAVE SECOND FOLDABLE PIXEL SMARTPHONE IN THE WORKS
WASHINGTON: Tech giant Google appears to be internally testing a second foldable Pixel smartphone.
As per The Verge, the device is said to be under development with the codename ‘Jumbojack’, that’s referenced in a future version of Android 12 identified as ‘Android 12.1’. This is the latest foldable codename we’ve heard about at Google, following reports of another device called ‘Passport’.
Not much is known about what form Jumbojack could take, but The Verge has a couple of key details.
It seems to have two screens, with one that deactivates when the device is folded. That suggests we’re looking at a similar design to Samsung’s foldables, which combine a small external screen with a larger internal folding display. However, there’s no word on screen sizes or internal specs, reported The Verge.
Interestingly, there’s speculation that the Jumbojack codename could be a reference to Jack in the Box’s Jumbo Jack cheeseburger, an implication that the phone will fold ‘hamburger style’ like a Z Flip as opposed to ‘hotdog style’ like a Z Fold.
But, much like the foodstuffs, that speculation is best taken with a good pinch of salt. Unlike Passport, which reliable leaker Evan Blass reported is still scheduled to launch before the end of the year, there’s no indication about when or even if Jumbojack will see a commercial release.
There’s a possibility it might just be an internal prototype, designed to help build foldable functionality like improved multitasking into Android itself.
AMAZON SETS DATE FOR ITS BIG FALL HARDWARE LAUNCH EVENT
Washington: American multinational company Amazon has officially announced the date for its upcoming big fall hardware event. The tech giant has set the launch event to take place on September 28 at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT.
According to The Verge, the invite for the event does not disclose any further details regarding what to expect from it, though it did state that there will be “news about our latest Amazon devices, features, and services.” The event will be an invite-only one; hence there won’t be any public live stream.
During the past years’ events, Amazon has announced new Echo speakers, updates to Alexa’s software, new Eero routers, updated Ring cameras, and more. The company also tends to announce its more unique and experimental products at its fall event.
In the previous years, they have announced the Echo Loop ring, the Echo Frames glasses, and the Ring drone (which has yet to make a reappearance since its initial debut last year.) Some people may have gotten an early look at Ring’s dashcam as well, when its images leaked out this June, as per The Verge.
APPLE LETS USERS ADD COVID VACCINATION CARD TO WALLET
WASHINGTON: American tech giant Apple is all set to bring verifiable Covid-19 vaccination cards to Wallet application as part of a future iPhone software update. According to TechCrunch, the latest feature will take advantage of the international SMART Health Cards standard (already in use in several states) to produce proof of vaccination, sign it with a private key and create a public key to verify your information. Also, the just-released iOS 15 already allows users to store verifiable vaccination and test results in the Health app using the same standard. One will receive their records through QR codes, downloadable files or healthcare providers who use Health Records on iPhone. The company has also promised that there will be strict privacy for the user’s data. Apple would not have any access to the imported or shared records of the users, and users have also been told that all information must be encrypted and it should be securely stored when transferred elsewhere. Apple also would not be able to see vaccination cards or how the users have used them. However, the company has not revealed when it will release the card update.
SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FOLD 3 REVOLUTIONISES THE WAY ONE LOOKS AT FOLDABLE DEVICES
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the 3rd generation of foldable device from Samsung and in the market still in the forefront of foldable smartphones. The device has revolutionized the way one looks at foldable devices. The way Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been worked on and updated it has for sure cut a niche for itself in the market. Using the device for the last couple of days has made me change my opinion about foldable devices completely.
DESIGN & DISPLAY
Design for the device remains the same. The dual screen with the smaller screen in the front and the book style design opens to the larger screen. The hinge on the screen which was the biggest hitch with its predecessor seems to have been worked on well. The phone feels easy to open and use. The design is what gives it the oomph factor. You have a device in hand and fold it open you experience a 7.6-inch tablet like display. The Ultra-Thin glass makes the device certainly sturdier and gives the durability confidence which was not there with its previous model.
Samsung has added IPX8 water resistance on the device which is a technological achievement.
The device is designed in a beautiful aluminium & glass body which gives it the premium feel but at the same time makes the device a lot heavier.
Display is what largely defines this device. The entire dual screen aspect which folds makes the device path breaking.
On the inside, the Fold 3 has a 7.6-inch tablet display with a wide 5:4 aspect which is meant for all your work, social media, viewing content & even reading. The crease in the middle no longer bothers one’s eye. It is something one would expect for now in a foldable device.
The screen gives a great viewing experience & would be a delight for gamers. It was very easy & comfortable for taking Zoom meetings & webinars as well.
The AMOLED gives it perfect blacks and vivid colours, while Eco2 helps it get brighter without increasing the power consumption. You get Gorilla Glass Victus & UTG on top avoids scratches.
The screen outside you get a 6.2-inch AMOLED panel, which also runs at 120Hz . Its 25:9 aspect ratio. The front feels nice & tall and is great to use with a single hand. The screen is good enough for all your basic work.
PERFORMANCE & SOFTWARE
The device is powered by Snapdragon 888 SoC. The chipset is phonemical and works wonders. You will have no battery or heating issue with the device. Multi-tasking is breeze and there is no hitch or lag in the device. The device runs on Android 11, One UI 3.1.1. With the number of functionalities, the software handles the device very well. The software meets the hardware just as you would expect from a high-end device like this.
Just like its predecessor, the rear camera setup comprises a 12MP f/1.8 main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP telephoto shooter with 2x magnification. The only upgrade is the inclusion of OIS on the zoom camera.
Camera might not be the biggest highlight for this device but non the less the images are good might not be at par with the flagship devices. The images that you get from this device are as good as any. The color and vibrant effect are on point. Just for those who look at the nitty-gritty in a photo might find a bit of a disappointment.
Space Zoom gets a 2x lens here. The 4MP under- screen camera might not give the best output but is good for video calls and webinars. The 10MP front camera is the one you would prefer to use.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 battery is 4,400mAh which takes close to 2 hours for a full charge heavy full day usage would get you 16 hours of work time. Normal usage you can use the device for the entire day.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in India is priced at 256GB: Rs 1,49,999 | 512GB: Rs 1,57,999 the device is a great pick for someone who has the money for it most importantly it is a great aspirational device as well. If you want the coolest looking device which is real conversation starter with great tech inbuilt then this is for sure your pick. But if you are looking for a device with a battery camera than Samsung has a lot more to offer from its array of products. This device is a tech revolution which is totally worth a shot.
JAIPUR-BASED CARTIST GIVES A SECOND LIFE TO AUTOMOBILE JUNK
The key to survival of our planet for much longer is sustainability. Tonnes of junk that comes out in our daily lives if treated well, can-do wonders. This has been proven by a Jaipur based Himanshu Jangid who runs Cartist – India’s first automobile art platform that promotes youth, artists and society as a whole creating an automobile art ecosystem.The idea is to promote upcycling of auto parts and curating designer furniture through utilizing old car parts and automotive waste. Inspired by elements of nature, crafted by hand, Sustain by Cartist aspires to create a sustainable auto-art ecosystem through leasing a second life to old automobile by adopting upcycling automobile parts to create sustainable furniture and bring them mainstream by reducing costs of recycling/ scraping, ultimately reducing waste, carbon footprint, and protecting our resources.
Showing concern about the impact of climate change, ultimate goal of Cartist is to accelerate the transition of the automobile industry towards a circular economy. Upcycling is one of the most significant ways one can lower their impact on planet earth, whether one is buying clothes, home items or even home furniture. Founder, Cartist, Himanshu Jangid said that climate change is a burning issue in the world. Around 20 million cars are scrapped and there is no way to know where these old cars can be taken and disposed. ‘Sustain by Cartist’ is a solution to this issue by Cartist. Local artists and their talented craftsmanship has been incorporated to create these stunning art pieces and also provide them with employment opportunities.
All curated furniture made by upcycled auto parts have been assigned a unique Indian name to connect with our culture. The idea is to help people easily adopt a sustainable way of living. For example, ‘Stambh’ means ‘pillar’ that stands upright in its glory. Side table is handcrafted from crankshaft, flywheel, wood plank and incorporates miniature art form. ‘Chowki’ means a low seat or stool, staple utility seating used in traditional Indian households. The seat is upcycled by using shocks absorber and hand weaving by local artisans. ‘Gaddi’ symbolized the throne, a royal affair of seating of kings and Queen. Chair is handcrafted from pillars of car and gold leafing work is done by craftsmen.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
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