NEW DELHI: Smartphone maker OPPO on Wednesday launched a new A-series smartphone ‘OPPO A15s’ for Rs 11,490 in India. The smartphone will be available across all mainline retail channels and Amazon starting 21 December in three vibrant colour variants—dynamic black, fancy white as well as rainbow silver. The smartphone features a 6.52-inch waterdrop display with an 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio and an HD+ resolution and 720 x 1600 pixel. The phone has a square-shaped AI triple-rear camera setup of 13MP, 2MP (macro), and 2MP (depth) sensors. For selfies, there is 8MP camera on the front with AI beautification mode. The device runs on ColorOS 7.2 that supports features such as system-wide dark mode, Icon Pull-Down Gesture feature.
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A NEW LOOK AND ADVANCED TECH DEFINE THE 2022 HYUNDAI VENUE FACELIFT
The new Venue is based on Hyundai’s global design language of sensuous sportiness and gets an almost new face. Hyundai is also offering a range of 47 accessories and three accessory packs with the car.
The Hyundai Venue has been an extremely successful car for the Korean carmaker in the Indian market. Barely 3 since it was first launched in the market, the subcompact SUV have breached the 3-lakh sales mark and now the company has launched the 2022 facelift of the car. Apart from some significant design changes, the car also gets many more features and tech than before. Hyundai says it offers 11 first-in-segment and best-in-segment features.
The two-tone black and greige seat upholster
The new Venue is based on Hyundai’s global design language of sensuous sportiness and gets an almost new face. The dark chrome front grille reminds you of the much bigger SUVs from the brand like the Tucson, while the car now also gets LED projector headlamps with LED DRL and positioning lamps. The bumpers, along with 16-inch alloys, are also new on the car. The connecting LED tail lamps are a highlight on the rear. Hyundai calls them H-shaped lights. For the first time, the brand is offering a dual-tone colour option on the car, called Fiery Red with a Phantom Black Roof. Hyundai is also offering a range of 47 accessories and 3 accessory packs with the car called the Basic pack, the Advance pack, and the Supreme pack.
The two-tone black and greige seat upholstery are new inside the cabin, while the car now gets an integrated air purifier along with an all-digital instrument cluster which can be customised. The new Venue features a 1st in segment power driver’s seat with 4-way adjustment and a 1st in segment 2-step rear reclining seat that ensures some more space in the 2nd row.
The car also gets a wireless phone charger along with front & rear Type-C USB chargers which is segment-first. The new Venue now comes with more than 60 connected features, including location-based services, Over-the-Air navigation updates, vehicle diagnostics, and voice assistance.
The 8-inch touch screen system comes with 10 Regional + 2 international languages, which offer great utility. It is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and many variants get wireless connectivity. Then there are embedded voice commands, which are the first in the segment and come with a host of features. The Home-to-Car (H2C) with Alexa and Google voice assistant is a great addition as well and gives access to a lot of features using voice commands remotely. Hyundai has also added the ambient sounds of nature feature, which makes for a stress-free drive in pressure situations.
The heart remains the same in the new location. There are 3 engines to choose from, of which one is diesel, and one of the 2 petrol mills is a turbo that comes with the popular iMT and DCT gearbox options. The 2 remaining engines just get a manual gearbox option. The new-gen DCT on the Venue feels quicker than before and aids in better acceleration. The SUV also gets 3 drive modes in the DCT model called Normal, Eco, and Sport. There is a perceptible difference in the pick-up in the Sport mode, while the Eco mode helps in getting better fuel efficiency. Hyundai is claiming up to 18.5 kmpl on petrol and around 22 kmpl on the diesel variants of the car.
The new Venue gets more than 30 safety features, the being 6 airbags, albeit only in the top variant. You also get features like vehicle stability management, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill assist control, electronic stability control, and Isofix mounts.
Prices for the new Venue start at Rs. 7.53 lakh, ex-showroom and go up to Rs. 10.69 lakh for the 1.2-liter Petrol version. The Turbo models are priced between Rs. 9.99 lakh and Rs. 12.57 lakh. Finally, the Diesel range starts from Rs. 9.99 lakh and goes up to Rs. 12.32 lakh. Dual-tone exterior colour option is available at Rs. 15,000. The company is offering 3 years/unlimited kms basic warranty, 3-year roadside assistance, and 3 years free Bluelink subscription as a standard on the car.
APPLE WORKING ON ‘MIXED REALITY’ HEADSETS THAT COMBINE AR WITH VIRTUAL REALITY
Reality isn’t always what it seems. Apple is said to be working on mixed reality (MR) headsets that combine augmented reality (AR) with virtual reality (VR).
Apple is rumoured to be working on augmented reality spectacles, which will be accessible in the second half of 2024, according to Mashable. Due to design constraints, AR glasses are said to be significantly reliant on the iPhone. The MR headgear will be available in early 2023, according to Apple. In the third quarter of 2022, it plans to commence EVT testing of its AR/VR headgear.
Luxshare will remain one of Apple’s major suppliers for devices expected between late 2022 and 2024, according to a letter obtained by 9To5Mac from Haitong International Tech Research researcher Jeff Pu. Apple items such as the Apple Watch Series 8, the iPhone 14, and Apple’s AR/VR headset are said to have been mentioned by the expert. Apple may release new AR glasses in the second half of 2024, according to Pu. Although nothing is known about the rumoured Apple AR glasses, it is expected that, due to design constraints, the glasses will be heavily reliant on the iPhone.
Apple has yet to reveal anything about an augmented reality (AR) headset or glasses. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is said to have claimed that the rumoured Apple Glasses will be used as an iPhone display in 2019. Apple has already started development on the second generation of AR/VR headgear, which will be released alongside AR glasses in late 2024, according to Pu. According to Mashable, the first-generation AR/VR headset will be launched in early 2023, according to the expert.
Apple is slated to begin EVT testing for its rumoured AR/VR headset in the third quarter of 2022, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and to debut it following a special media event in January 2023. Two to four weeks after the announcement, Apple may provide the developer tools.
ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN ODYSSEY 2022: A RIDE TO WORLD’S HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD
The event will be flagged off from Delhi and traverse towards Umling La—the world’s highest motorable road.
The Himalayan Odyssey for long has been considered an iconic ride up in the Himalayas organised by the cult bike maker Royal Enfield. For bikers around the country, wanting to ride to Ladakh and see it as an ultimate riding destination, the Himalayan Odyssey has been the preferred option as it offers all the adventure to them with peace of mind. Now after a 2-year break due to Covid-19, the fortnight-long ride is back and this time it is special, as the participants are getting ready to scale the highest motorable road in the world, Umling La in Ladakh.
The Himalayan Odyssey 2022 will see over 70 participants traversing the mighty Himalayan terrain, covering a distance of close to 2,700 kilometers in 18 days on their Royal Enfield motorcycles. To be held in July, it will bring riders from across India together and provide them with an unlimited supply of breathtaking views of intimidating terrain throughout the journey. The 18th edition of the Himalayan Odyssey will be flagged off from Delhi and traverse towards Umling La – the new highest motorable road in the world at 19,024 feet above sea level.
The expedition will follow two routes and while both the groups will be flagged off from Delhi together, each will ride on different routes before finally converging at Leh. Through the ride, the participants will traverse across the picturesque and challenging regions of the Himalayas in Ladakh as well as Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. While both the regions will throw hostile challenges at the riders in terms of weather and terrain, the riders will also get to experience an adventure like no other.
Started in 1997, the Himalayan Odyssey has been the ultimate motorcycling experience in the Himalayas and continues to challenge the riders at every step with numerous mountains passes and natural obstacles. A journey like the Himalayan Odyssey is a life-changing experience and over the 18 days, the riders will face each challenge together that will strengthen the sense of camaraderie amongst them and in the end, leave every rider with memories that will remain deeply etched in the mind forever.
To reduce the impact on the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas, this edition of the Himalayan Odyssey will continue to bring awareness towards the Royal Enfield journey of sustainability. While traversing through some of the roughest terrains, and highest mountain passes in the world, navigating through empty stretches of pristine landscape and rock-strewn pathways, this year the Himalayan Odyssey contingent will also be strongly propagating the concept of a sustainable motorcycle journey.
In the last held edition of the Odyssey in 2019, the Chennai-based brand initiated the #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter campaign which aimed at a zero ‘single-use-plastic-ride’ by discouraging participants from using bottled water and facilitating purified water by employing dispensers along the way. To cut down the use of single-use plastic bottles, community water purifiers were set up along the route. Six purifiers were installed across strategic locations in the popular Manali-Leh route. These included Keylong in Lahaul valley, Sarchu on the Himachal-Ladakh border, Leh, Nubra valley, Pangong Tso, and Debring near high altitude. 3 additional water purifiers were used throughout the journey for the participants. Pure and filtered water was made available to riders traversing this route, thereby negating the need to purchase single-use plastic water bottles.
The first-ever Himalayan Odyssey for riders in was held 1997 where 40 motorcycles climbed to Khardung La, the then world’s highest motorable pass. Though the road conditions in Ladakh are a lot better now, courtesy of the Border Roads Organisation, the challenges of high altitude and extreme weather conditions remains the same. The motorcycles too are more technologically advanced now and are better equipped to take on the obstacles that will come in their way. Royal Enfield’s latest product in the market, the Scram 411 will surely make its presence felt during the ride. It will be interesting to see how the motorcycle takes on the mighty Himalayas.
ONEPLUS 10R 5G COMES WITH 150W BATTERY
OnePlus launched OnePlus 10R 5G. 10R 5G comes with some powerful features an all-new MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX and a whopping SuperVOOC 150W fast charging support. You get a 50 MP OIS camera and 120 HZ fluid AMOLED display. The device is a successor to 9R. It does come with some high specs and features but is it good enough let’s find out.
• Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED 10-bit color display, Full HD+ resolution (2,412 x 1,080 pixels), 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate, 360 Hz touch sampling rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front)
• Software: OxygenOS 12.1 interface, Android 12 operating system
• CPU: 5nm MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX octa-core SoC clocked at 2.85 GHz (Cortex-A78 processor), AI APU 5.0
• GPU: Mali-G610 MC6 Graphics
• Memory: 8 GB OR 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
• Storage: 128 GB OR 256 GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
• Main Camera: Triple cameras (50 MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 OIS camera + 8 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera + 2 MP f/2.4 macro camera), Optical Image Stabilization, 4K Video Recording, dual-LED flash
• Selfie Camera: 16 MP f/2.4
• Others: In-display fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
• Cellular: 5G network, dual SIM, dual 5G standby support
• Battery: 5,000 mAh battery (2x 2,500 mAh, non-removable)/ 4,500 mAh battery (150W model)
• Charging: 80W fast charging, 150W SuperVOOC fast charging (12 GB + 256 GB model)
• Price: Rs 38,999 (8 GB + 128 GB), Rs 42,999 (12 GB + 256 GB), Rs 43,999 (12 GB + 256 GB + 150W charging)
DESIGN & DISPLAY
The design language for smartphones seems to have changed from curved to flat. You see a way flatter design when it comes to 10R.The back and the side frames are plastic/polycarbonate built. You miss out the glass and metal design. The device is light and has a slim design but doesn’t feel premium enough.
I got the Sierra Black model which has a dual-tone design with one being textured and one matte-finished. You get the device in Forest Green color as well.
You get a 6.7-inch fluid AMOLED and 10-bit color depth. The resolution is Full HD+ (2412 x 1080 pixels, 394 ppi) along with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and an aspect ratio of 20.1:9. The screen is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display feels premium you get a bright and well-balanced screen.
The right side has only a power button while the left side has two separate volume controls. The bottom side has a USB Type-C port for fast charging, data transfer, and audio output, as well as a loudspeaker (stereo), microphone (one more at the top), and dual SIM tray. The tray supports dual 5G SIM cards with dual standby, no microSD slot is available on the phone.
HARDWARE & PERFORMANCE
OnePlus 10R 5G is powered by the all-new 5nm MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX. The Dimensity 8100-MAX is a flagship SoC. The performance of the SoC seems faster than its predecessor and appears to be quite like the Snapdragon 888.
Gaming would be a delight for users on this device. They can experience high graphic games with lot of ease. The device in terms of performance & gaming will a big winner for me.
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G runs on OxygenOS 12.1 based on the Android 12 operating system. The OxygenOS 12 is the latest custom UI from OnePlus and packs a whole lot of features on top of the native Android 12 ones. The OxygenOS is currently one of the best Android interfaces free from bloatware and offers better customizations and features.
About the pre-installed apps, only the essential Google apps, Netflix, and a few OnePlus apps came with the phone, the rest is just clean, no third-party apps are installed as you see on certain smartphones. You have will have no complain and have a smooth and lag free experience with the device. The interface is clean.
OnePlus 10R 5G comes with a 3 rear camera setup. OnePlus 10R 5G has a 50 MP camera utilizing the Sony IMX766, 8MP ultra-wide-angle and 2 MP macro cameras on paper. You get a 16MP selfie camera.
The camera supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), EIS, 4K video recording (at 30 fps), 1080p slow-motion recording, along with a dual-LED flash.
The primary lens is a better than the predecessor and you get desired results in day and low light conditions.Due to its OIS and newer IMX766 sensor, the results are bright and crisp. The camera set up is great for the primary and selfie lens.
One thing to like about this device is its 150W SuperVOOC fast charging which is available only with the 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variant and comes in a battery size of 4,500 mAh while the other two variants i.e. 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage offer 80W fast charging.
4,500 mAh battery can be charged in 10 minutes and you will get the full day of power, as per OnePlus India. The 80W charger charges the phone from 1% to 100% in about 32 minutes. You can expect to charge the phone in less than 18-20 minutes via its 150W chargers per OnePlus India.
OnePlus 10R 5G is a device which would be a hot favorite for any OnePlus lover. The device gives you a great display, excellent primary camera, good performance and excellent battery.
KIA EV6 IS THE FIRST ELECTRIC CAR FROM THE KOREAN BRAND IN INDIA
The Kia EV6 is being offered in India in two variants—GT-Line and GT-Line AWD. It is the first Kia to be rolled out under the brand’s new design philosophy of ‘Opposites United’.
The Indian car market is slowly but surely moving towards electric mobility, and many options are now available with the buyers at various price points. Barely a few days after BMW launched the i4 electric sedan in India, Korean carmaker Kia has joined the bandwagon with the EV6. The electric crossover is the brands’ fifth car in India, but is its first electric offering and comes loaded with features and tech. The Kia EV6 is being offered in India in two variants—GT-Line and GT-Line AWD. It is the first Kia to be rolled out under the brand’s new design philosophy of ‘Opposites United’. The crossover design is aerodynamic and specially the rear with is tail lamp cluster really stands out. The profile is also quite attractive and the flush door handles do add their charm. The EV6 is being offered in five colour options – Moonscape, Snow-white pearl, Runway Red, Aurora Black Pearl, and Yacht blue.
Inside there’s lots of tech and features, something we associate generally with the brand. Two 12.3-inch curved screens are a highlight and are apart of a single unit. The centre console is quite unique and practical at the same time and comes with many features. There’s also a Meridian Sound system along with a sunroof that add to the appeal of the EV6. The seats offer good bolstering, and the more surprising part is availability of good space. With a flat floor you can make 3 people sit here with a lot of comfort.
The Kia EV6 is the first BEV built on Kia’s dedicated EV platform, the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). It features an 800-volt ultra-fast charging capability, with a 10-80 percent charge taking only 18 minutes using a 350-kW charger. The car is introduced in India with a long-range (77.4 kWh) battery pack and provides up to 528 kilometres of range on a single charge (RWD model).It gets the latest generation of Kia’s regenerative braking system that recuperates kinetic energy to maximize driving range and efficiency. There are four regenerative braking levels, where the‘i-PEDAL’ driving mode allows the car to halt without needing to push brake pedal.
The EV6 starts at Rs. 59.95 lakh (ex-showroom) for the RWD model while the AWD model will set you back by Rs. 64.95 lakh. It is available in 15 select dealerships across 12 cities which will be equipped with charging infrastructure. Kia will be installing 150kW chargers across all these EV dealerships. The car will come with a smart charger that gives a peak power output of 22Kw, as standard for all customers. It gets a warranty of 3 years, unlimited kilometres, and additional battery coverage for 8 years / 1,60,000 kilometres. As of now only 100 units of the car are on sale in the country. Deliveries of the AWD variant of the vehicle will commence this September.
Kia India is evaluating other EVs for the Indian market and confirmed its plans of developing an India-centric EV in RV body type to be launched by 2025. Globally too, the brand plans to accelerate its EV transition, aiming to be the world’s leading EV maker with plans to expand its BEV line-up to 14 models by 2027. Furthermore, Kia Corporation aspires to sell 1.2 million BEVs by 2030. Kia is targeting a 6.6% global EV market share and 25% share of its sales from eco-friendly vehicles by the end of 2025.
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com
BEST MOBILE ECOMMERCE PRACTICES TO FOLLOW
Streamline the checkout process
The checkout section of your app is the most critical part where many things can go wrong. Keep in mind that app users are impatient and unwilling to wait, so if your app is slow, they’ll likely abandon it in favor of one that is faster. Because the checkout is such an important part of any e-commerce application, you need to make sure it’s quick and easy to use.
Include a progress bar
As per an ecommerce web development company, including a progress bar is one of the most significant Mobile Ecommerce Best Practices.
Mobile shoppers want to know where they are in the buying process and where they are headed next. A progress bar makes it easy to explain these data and shows how long they’ll have to stay in your app before their purchase is complete.
Include descriptive text
Do you know what the most common reason is for customers abandoning their shopping carts? They don’t finish the form.
That’s why it’s critical for app developers to make usable forms that reduce the danger. This is when descriptive text comes in handy. You can use the informative text to show how to correctly fill out the form and streamline the entire process.
Apply recognition patterns
Human brains quickly adapt to patterns. When people come across a broken pattern, they may have a negative reaction. The UI design of mobile commerce apps is influenced by such human behaviors.
You must use the most widely recognized recognition patterns to provide intuitive navigation. The cart icon, for example, is one of these common features that customers are familiar with from other e-commerce programs.
It doesn’t rule out the possibility of adding custom elements to your program. However, pay attention to the patterns of recognition and include familiar features alongside new ones so that your consumers can quickly learn how to utilize your software.
Test and optimize your UX assumptions
The ideal way to approach the creation of an e-commerce mobile app is to release it in iterations. Testing and optimizing your UX assumptions on a regular basis is a good idea. For example, you might do A/B testing or roll out improvements and then monitor how users react.
That’s why so many businesses start with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and test their user experience assumptions with each iteration. They use the MVP to receive input from their target market and fine-tune their product before releasing the full version.
Add Call-to-Action Buttons
CTA buttons are peppered throughout a successful mobile commerce application, and they are put in the most convenient spots. CTA buttons are important for converting visitors into paying clients. They must be clear, convincing, and provide direction to your customers in order for them to make a buy.
Consider one-handed input
Mobile devices are used in a variety of ways by consumers. When creating your app, think about how users will handle their smartphones or tablets. Fortunately, there are a plethora of research studies on the subject that offer potential remedies.
According to UX Matters, nearly half of all users navigate mobile apps with just one hand. And 15% of them use both hands at the same time.
When building your app, keep one-handed input in mind. It’s preferable if users can enter critical information and navigate your app with one hand. All of the important layout elements should be positioned in areas where they are easy to reach. That’s why the main navigation components of many m-commerce apps are located at the bottom of the screen.
Ensure that your design fits the smallest screen
Mobile commerce apps must be scaled down to accommodate the tiniest screens of mobile devices. You’ll get the best results if you develop your app for a larger device with a mobile-first strategy.
Streamline the sign-up process
Some mobile commerce apps make the error of requiring users to fill out a lengthy registration form. But consider this: it isn’t required to collect all of the user’s personal information right away. You can persuade them to complete their profile later, such as at the checkout. You only need basic information at this phase, such as their name, email address, and phone number.
Optimize your images
Optimizing your photos is one of the most important practices according to an ecommerce SEO company. Even if your product photographs are only going to be seen on small displays, you should still optimize them for quality. Keep in mind that internet buying relies heavily on high-resolution photos and other visualization tools.
Simplify the User Interface (UI)
Apps for mobile commerce are typically exhibited on smaller screens. That’s why, even if all you want to do is talk more about your product and show more photographs, you should make sure your User Interface (UI) is as basic as possible. You won’t be able to sell additional things if you have too much material. In fact, it may drive customers away.
Build a consistent navigation
Navigation is crucial when it comes to mobile app design. When viewing on a mobile device, keep in mind that you’ll only have about 2-3 inches to display the most critical information. This necessitates effective space utilization. It’s also why so many app designers use symbols rather than text links in their apps.
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