NEW DELHI: Panasonic on Wednesday launched the latest addition of its flagship LUMIX G series—LUMIX G100 in the Indian market. Priced at Rs 58,990 (without grip) and Rs 67,990 (with grip), both kits of LUMIX G100 come with the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S.(H-FS12032) lens and are available at Amazon.in. Encompassed with 20.3MP MOS Sensor without Low Pass Filter and 4K technology, the LUMIX G100 aims to deliver supreme quality and higher resolution images/videos in comparison to smartphones. The 5-Axis Hybrid I.S. (Image Stabilizer) in the camera provides effective shake suppression under wide-ranging situations such as recording while walking or riding on a moving vehicle for stable, easy-to-see video. The camera is packed with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and easy instant image sharing. Enabled with the ‘LUMIX Sync App’, the camera, features an option to instantly upload and share pictures on social media via a smartphone or tablet.
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GALAXY M42 5G: AN AFFORDABLE 5G DEVICE FROM SAMSUNG
Samsung as a brand stands for durability, good products, great after sales. Over the last few years an area where this brand has made its mark is the product range. It has an extremely versatile range where there is something for everyone. A recent addition is the Galaxy M42 5G. Is it just an affordable 5G device or more than that? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is a big smartphone. As you pull it out of the box the first thing you realize is that it is a large device with a 6.6-inch display. It comes with a minimal bezel around with a dew drop notch. The back panel comes with ‘galsstic’ what Samsung calls a glossy finish. It gets an interesting looking back panel. The back has 4 divisions with the topmost being completely black with the camera module sitting on the left. The cameras module has been very set which doesn’t bulge out at all. The remaining 3 divisors have a dotted fashion which gets lighter by each block. Samsung calls this Prim Dot Black and Prim Dot Gray.
Galaxy M42 5G is 8.6mm in thickness and weighs 193g. The SIM tray is on the left of the plastic frame, while the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and loudspeaker are at the bottom. The top only has the secondary microphone.
The device is light and can used easily by a single hand. It might not be very comfortable to hold all the time as the device is wide.
FEATURES & PERFORMANCE
Galaxy M42 5G gets a 6.6-inch AMOLED display sports only an HD+ resolution and has a 60Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy M42 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G processor. Samsung offers the Galaxy M42 5G in two variants, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The storage on both these variants is 128GB. You can expand storage by up to 1TB.
Samsung has picked a capable processor for the Galaxy M42 5G, it surely delivers. I didn’t have face any lag or delay. Multi-tasking was error free. The display feels very comfortable to the eye indoor as well as under bright sunlight.
For gamers the device is a complete bliss. You would enjoy a hazel free gaming session without the phone heating up.
Galaxy M42 5G runs One UI 3.1 on top of Android 11. One UI feels very familiar if you have been using Samsung smartphone, and if not, it is very easy to get used to.
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G comes with a 5000 mAh battery. Which lasts almost a day with regular usage of the device. The device takes around one and half hour to charge fully.
Galaxy M42 has a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, it has a 20-megapixel shooter in the dewdrop notch at the front.
Quality and clarity of pictures clicked by the primary lens have satisfactory results. The ultra-wide camera has a lower resolution.
Be it portrait, close or micro shots the results for all of them have been decent and appealing to naked eye.
Photographs in low light are not as good as the primary lens. Night mode does give some good images with the brightness level being high.
Selfies have beautification enabled by default, so you do see yourself a bit fairer and smoother. You get a good portrait option which can help you get pictures worth posting.
Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps for the primary camera. Super Steady mode uses the ultra-wide-angle camera and provides good stabilisation.
Galaxy M42 5G is an affordable 5G device from Samsung. Which comes with a capable processor, good camera, decent battery life, good performance and design. What it misses out is on a better display but that is why the price of the device has been kept in track. At Rs 21,999 the device does have competition within Samsung and few others but if you are fond of the Korean giant over the Chinese company then this one can be your pick.
‘DARK SHADOW’ EDITION MAKES BMW X7 EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE
The most striking feature on the X7 ‘Dark Shadow’ edition is the special paint finish in frozen arctic grey metallic colour. This high-quality and elaborate body finish is being used for the first time in a BMW X model.
NEW DELHI: The BMW X7 is the flagship SUV of the German luxury car maker. Starting at Rs 95.90 lakh (ex-showroom), it is beyond the reach of most car buyers in the country. But now to make the SUV even more exclusive, the Bavarian giant has introduced its first ever limited-edition model called the ‘Dark Shadow’. Just 500 units of the car will be available for sale worldwide, that’s how exclusive the brand wants this edition to be. The price in India is Rs 2.02 crore (ex-showroom) and it is available in M Sport design scheme. It can now be booked online and the model comes to India as a completely built-up unit (CBU).
The most striking feature on the X7 ‘Dark Shadow’ edition is the special paint finish in frozen arctic grey metallic colour. This high-quality and elaborate body finish is being used for the first time in a BMW X model. This paint finish in body columns, exterior mirror bases, a black chrome finish on the frame and the bars of the kidney grille create a subtle contrast to the matt shimmering body of the car. Another exclusive feature is the 22-inch M light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design with a jet-black matt finish and fitted with mixed tyres. The M-Sport model also gets the highly advanced BMW Laserlights for a clearer view.
This flagship is loaded with a lot of features. The driver and front passenger get electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory function. These seats also get active seat ventilation that promises to reduce stiffness and fatigue by continuously adjusting the seat surface. The edition gets an M leather steering wheel while the large sky lounge panoramic glass sunroof extends all the way till the third row. The car has five-zone air conditioning with captain seats on the second row and soft close function for doors. Another highlight in the interior is the use of exquisite glass that embellish the insert of the gear selector, the iDrive control wheel, the audio control button, and the start/stop button.
The car gets BMW Individual merino full leather upholstery which comes in ‘night blue/black’ two-tone with contrasting seams, as does the BMW Individual roof liner in night blue with alcantara finish. The upper part of instrument panel and door armrests are covered with nappa leather in night blue. Black merino leather is used in the lower section of the instrument panel and on the front backrests. The centre console sees the use of piano black finish bearing and bears an edition logo. Some cool tech on the SUV includes gesture Control, a display key, wireless charging and wireless apple carplay and android auto. There are two 12.3-inch screens doing the job of instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system. The luxury SUV also gets a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers.
The BMW X7 M50d is powered by 2993 cc three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine which produces an output of 400 hp and a maximum torque of 760 Nm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 5.4 seconds. This is accompanied by the sweet sound of the M Sport exhaust system. The eight speed steptronic sport automatic transmission does its duty on the car. The car comes as standard with the M Sport differential and a model-specific chassis set-up to sharpen its agility and steering precision. The adaptive 2-axle air suspension enables raising and lowering of vehicle at the touch of button and automatically adjusts the height of the car to suit any given driving situation. The SUV also gets an auto start-stop, ECO PRO mode and brake-energy regeneration for better fuel efficiency which is claimed to be 12.04 kmpl.
The X7 gets a host of driver assistance systems which includes a head-up display which uses full-colour graphics to provide information to the driver without having to divert their eyes from the road. Parking assistant plus with surround view camera makes parking in tight spots easier by taking over acceleration, braking as well as steering. electronically controlled ‘automatic differential brakes/locks’, extended ‘dynamic traction control’, hill start assist and hill descent control have been provided to take on difficult terrains. Some more safety features include six airbags, attentiveness assistance, dynamic stability control including cornering brake control, electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
VIVO X 60 PRO: MORE THAN JUST A PREMIUM CAMERA SMARTPHONE
Premium smartphone segment in the last one year have seen a lot of new entries not just by prominent brands but also brands which have tried to expand their lineup. Vivo is one such brand we did witness X50 Pro last year, and it make it to the list of disruptive devices. This time around it is the X60 Pro which looks more impactful with its collaboration with German lens maker Zeiss. Let’s find out if the device is just a premium camera smartphone or more than that?
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Vivo X60 Pro feels premium as you pull it out of the box. The device takes its cues from its predecessor but is way lighter and feels way sleeker in your hand. I am extremely impressed by the back of this device. It is clean with AG glass with a frosted glass finish and anti-fingerprint coating prevents it from picking fingerprint and smudges. The camera module is well set at the back. Unlike high end premium devices, the smartphone is not bulky neither is the camera module bulging out. This really helps keeping the device cover free even though you get one in the box.
As for its display, the phone sports a 6.56-inch fullHD+ resolution AMOLED screen of 120Hz refresh rate. It is a two-side curved screen with fine contrast, ample brightness, and smooth touch response. The display and the rear panel are protected by Gorilla Glass 6.
Weighing 177g, the phone is lightweight and easy for single-handed use. The device is available in two colors- Midnight Black and Shimmer Blue.
The Vivo X60 Pro is a photographers delight device. It has number of filters and features to make the experience even better. You get the stablisation which makes the process way more fun.
The triple-camera system includes a 48-megapixel (Sony IMX598) primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP portrait sensor. At the front, there is a 32MP sensor for selfies and videos. The camera system is co-engineered with the German optics maker Zeiss.
You experience with the device’s camera for a day-to-day usage is commendable. You get desired results from the primary lens with such great detailing. What makes the experience even more fun is the Gimbal Stabilisation 2.0. This new stabilisation technology detects horizontal and vertical shakes, providing blur and shake free imaging experience without the need of any addition support – like that of gimbal. You can record 4K 30fps, 4K 30fps videos with standard stabilisation; the camera allows ultra-stabilisation only for 1080p videos.
Portrait photography on the device is worth an instant Instagram post. You have multiple filters making the edit way easier and more social media friendly.
The low light photography experience is good too. You again have multiple features to make the picture a perfect memory.
The selfie lens does the work which is needed but the problem that have always had continues it softens the tone and makes the image look too filtered and unreal. This does work well for a lot of people.
The Vivo X60 Pro powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 system-on-chip, paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, the smartphone is no less than a beast while handling multi-tasking. For all gamers you get the Ultra Game Mode which helps you have your single concertation only on the game with no class and updates.
For heavy games this device is of no issue at all. You can easily enjoy your high graphic games without any lag and trouble.
The Vivo X60 Pro ships with Android 11-based FunTouch OS 11.
The Vivo X60 Pro is powered by a 4,200mAh battery, supported by 33W fast charging. Full charge takes an hour and last over a day. With normal day usage if you are using the camera a lot more than the battery life might differ for you.
The Vivo X60 Pro has mostly everything going right for it. Priced at Rs 49,990 (12+256GB) the device has a lot going for it. It has more to it than just a good camera set up. It is a fully rounded device with great design elements and up to date features. Someone who is spending around 50,000 on a device now also has a multiple-choice option where X60 Pro fits in for a true camera lover who does want other premium features.
NEW-GENERATION MERCEDES-BENZ GLA ARRIVES ON INDIAN SHORES
Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mercedes-AMGGLA 35 launched in India. The good thing is that both these cars will be assembled locally at the Mercedes-Benz plant at Chakan, near Pune.
The most affordable SUV from Mercedes-Benz, the GLA has been launched in the market after facing some delays owing to the second wave of Covid 19. Along with the GLA, the AMG or performance version of the car, the GLA 35 has also been introduced in India. The good thing is that both these cars will be assembled locally at the Mercedes-Benz plant at Chakan, near Pune. While the GLA range starts at Rs 42.10 lakh (ex-showroom) the AMG GLA 45 will set you back by Rs 57.3 lakh. The German car maker has also clarified that these are only introductory prices and starting July 1, 2021 they will go up by Rs 1.5 lakh.
When compared to the previous generation, the new GLA has larger dimensions. The car has been launched in progressive line and AMG line versions with the most notable differentiating factor between the two being the single horizontal slat grille which is flanked by a new generation of headlamps. Inside too while the progressive line gets beige/black upholstery and a multi-functional steering wheel, and the AMG line gets Artico dynamica combination along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Mercedes says the new GLA gets a segment best wheelbase of 2,729 mm and more headroom than before.
The GLA now gets the Mercedes-Benz user experience MBUX system which makes it a connected car. The “Hey Mercedes” voice command powered by AI makes life easy for the occupants in many ways. There are 43 features in all and along with a new generation navigation system, the Mercedes me connect gets over the air updates. Some notable features are live traffic Information, remote engine start and Alexa and Google voice integration.
Some other features in the car include easy Pack tail gate, panoramic Sunroof, ambient Light with 64 colours, 2-zone automatic climate control, charcoal and HEPA filter, wireless charging and smartphone Integration (Apple Car Play and Android Auto). The car also gets energising seat kinetics which support orthopaedic changes in the seating posture.
The SUV gets both Petrol and Diesel engine options. The GLA 200 Petrol runs on a 1,332 cc, 4-cylinder mill that churns out 163 horsepower along with 250 Nm of torque. The 220 D Diesel which runs on a 1,950 cc, 4-cylinder engine is much more powerful at 190 horsepower and delivers a peak torque of 400 Nm. While the former gets a 7-speed DCT gearbox the latter is mated to an 8G-tronic Automatic. THE AMG line, offered with the Diesel is the only trim that gets a 4-wheel drive system. Depending on the variant the top speed ranges between 210 kmph to 222 kmph.
Safety features on the car includes 7 Airbags including a knee airbag, pre-safe, active brake assist pedestrian safety and attention assist. While the Progressive line is available in 5 colours with 2 upholstery offerings, the AMG Line is being offered in 5 colours with black dinamica microfiber upholstery and aluminium trim.Mercedes is offering an 8-yearengine and transmission warranty with the new GLA and a a service package for the SUV starts at Rs 61,200 for 2 years.
There is a lot that differentiates this more more powerful version of the car when compared to the regular GLA. The AMG grille with vertical chrome plated lamalle and the AMG front bumper with flics on the air intakes really stand out while you also get bigger 19-inch AMG spoke wheels. The rear adaptive LED tail-lamps are new too and are complimented by rear spoiler, two twin diffusers for better aerodynamics and chrome laden twin round exhausts. AMG GLA 35 is being offered in 5 colours plus “on special request” Patagonia Red. All the cars would be with Black Dinamica Microfiber upholstery along with Aluminium trim. Also on offer are a Burmester surround sound system and AMG Suspension.
The 4-cylinder 1,991 cc Petrol engine on the car makes a whopping 306 horsepower along with a peak torque of 400 Nm. The car accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 5.1 seconds which is much faster than other GLA variants. Along with an 8-speed DCT gearbox, the car also gets the Mercedes 4-wheel drive system called 4Matic. A fuel consumption figure of 13.47 kmpl is being claimed here. The 8-year engine and transmission warranty has been offered with this AMG as well and the service package for 2 years starts at Rs 63,600.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
ONEPLUS WATCH’S BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT IS ITS BATTERY
OnePlus when entered the Tech space it made a unique space for itself. They distinguished themselves by giving a premium product at an affordable price. Now for sure you can debate about its smartphones not being as competitively priced as they use to be. Now it is time for another offering and that is a smartwatch. I was expecting them to enter space much earlier but then better late than never. Is the OnePlus watch as unique as their smartphones use to be or is it just another addition in the array of products? Let’s find out.
DESIGN & DISPLAY
The very first look of the watch is beautiful. I got the Silver variant with a steel grey strap and the watch looks dainty the very first instance doesn’t give a regular smartwatch feel. The all black would be a more unisex option.
While the watch id big it is not uncomfortable to wear. The only downside is the strap. It is way too big and stiff and is not uniformly designed. Being a 22mm strap the good part is it can be easily replaced.
Comes with a 46mm watch face with a 1.4-inch screen, making it one of the biggest smartwatches around. The display is surrounded by a curved black bezel and offers a comfortable smooth touch.
The display is nice and bright. It responds well and quick. The display being large helps you read well on it. It is crisp.
Along with the touch screen, there are two physical pushers on the right side. By default, the top one is to open the app while the one on the bottom starts workouts. Its function can be customized from the settings.
The touch response is great, and the OnePlus Watch has been further optimized to run at over 50Hz on most occasions being better than the rest in class.
HEALTH & FITNESS
The 2 main reasons for someone to get a smartwatch is ease and fitness. Health & fitness being the most common reason for people in indulging into smartwatches. OnePlus watch is bang on in this section. It is a complete fitness watch.
It might not appeal to the real hard-core trainer but would appeal to the mass at large.
Currently, the watch has some 14 workout-tracking modes included, with a future OTA update taking that to over 110. For now, it has running, cycling, walking, swimming, badminton, cricket, mountaineering, yoga, and freestyle training.
With in-built GPS, you can leave your phone behind while going on a run to continue tracking the data.
Details of each exercise can be viewed on the watch as well as the companion app. I have personally been wearing a smartwatch for years now and this one has left me pleasantly surprised how well the OnePlus watch monitored and calculated the entire workout and how accurate it was.
The auto-detection features are also effective as soon as it senses you walking longer than a minute it asks if you want to start the workout.
It also has the usual set of sensors to keep an eye on the vitals. Heart-rate tracking and SpO2 readers. You can also track your sleep well through this watch. Once you get up in the morning you will have a detailed information about your sleep cycle which is very useful.
The OnePlus Health app is the hub for all things OnePlus Watch. You’ll be able to add devices, set your fitness goals, track vitals and workouts in real-time and a lot more. It is well-designed and easy to navigate.
The watch is IP68 and 5ATM which means it can be used in all conditions.
OnePlus Watch works on Real-time operating system (RTOS) with customizations enabled with help from Google.
It is one of the only watches of its kind to be able to initiate, accept, reject and conduct entire calls where most others only allow for rejecting or silencing an incoming call. You can add up to 30 contacts on the watch from the app and use contact directly. The microphone and speaker are good and do the job well.
Music is also under your control through your watch and so is messaging. But the response via the message is limited. We would have preferred more reply to options.
With the recent update you do get an addition on watch faces.
The biggest highlight for this watch is the battery. For me a single charge went as far as one week. This was for sure before the update. Now that they have the always on option the testing shows a drop of 50%. Which honesty is still very good as it gives you around 3- 4 days on a single charge.
OnePlus watch is meant for those who are looking for a smartwatch with a good battery life good fit and finish with a bright display and screen. It is for sure meant for someone who appreciates its calling features. Someone who enjoys a lot of watch faces and is looking for a multi tracking fitness watch then this wouldn’t be your pick. Priced at Rs 14,999 OnePlus watch is surely a good smartwatch option.
LOCKED DOWN? HERE’S HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR IN GOOD SHAPE
Tata Motors has rolled out an awareness campaign on easy car care steps during lockdown. The idea is to keep customers safe and well-informed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Locked down in your house? Well do not forget that your car also is locked down during this time and therefore it requires some special care so that it is ready to run perfectly when the time comes. Not taking good care of your vehicle when it is immobile could result in a visit to the nearest service centre and you could end up paying huge service bills. As the second wave of COVID-19 injects fresh uncertainties, Tata Motors has rolled out an awareness campaign on easy car care steps during lockdown. The idea is to keep customers safe and well-informed amidst the pandemic. Below are some easy-to-follow, car care guidelines, which should have vehicles covered till the end of this lockdown.
The car should ideally be parked in a safe spot in the house or your building premises. A covered parking spot always works better for a vehicle when it comes to wear and tear. Moreover, it is also important to preserve the functionality of the car’s internal components. The car should also be shielded from changing weather by using a cover.This will protect the vehicle from getting affected by external factors and will also avoid the layering of dust on the exterior of the vehicle. It will also ensure in protecting the paint job and chrome elements on the car.The wiper arms should also be in an uplifted position.
The tyres are very critical to ensure smooth functioning of your car. The idea should always be to avoid flat spots on them and maintain the right pressure. As far as possible one should move the car forwards and backwards to keep it from remaining immobile for too long and avoiding flat spots on tyres.Periodic checks of tyre pressure are imperative to prevent cracking of the rubber and the side spots. Many portable electric air pumps can help you maintain the right tyre pressure using the 12V charging socket in your car. Another integral check that needs to be done is that of the air valves which will ensure that once the car needs to go out the tyres are in perfect condition.
During the lockdown when the car is not being driven it is still extremely essential to leave its ignition on periodically. You can do this once every week for around 20 mins. This will help in keeping the battery of the car always charged and it will not exhaust itself. In electric cars like the Nexon EV, this can be done by starting AC remotely as well. You can also remove the negative terminal of Aux Battery andkeep the state of charge (SOC) between 40% to 60%.To restart the electric vehicle after long storage, refit the negative terminaland charge the vehicle up to 100% SOC on slow charger before using the vehicle on road. In many modern-daycars, you also start the engine remotely by using the connectivity applications. In case of any emergency assistance or if the car is not starting due to prolonged parking/battery discharge, you always can contact 24X7 assistance team of your respective brands.
HANDBRAKE AND FUEL TANK
Keep the handbrake dis-engaged is also a wise thing to do when the car is parked for a long time. Instead of applying the handbrake keep the car parked in reverse gear if parked on a downhill slope, or on neutral on a flat surface and in first gear if it is on an uphill slope.It is important to provide wheel support through the medium of chocks/ bricks available at home. This is an absolute must in case of a vehicle that has an Automatic transmission. When it comes to protecting the fuel tank, the aim is to reduce the effect of changing weather on the vehicle. For this the fuel tank of the car should be kept full to avoid moisture from settling in.
Regular sanitization and periodic checks of the interior and car parts such as the steering wheel is important to maintain regular hygiene and ensure that the components are functioning well.Interiors can be kept clean by vacuuming the carpets and mats as well as wiping car parts such as door handles with regular cleaning solution or disinfectant. It is recommended that one maintains the cleaning solution -mixture of car shampoo/soap and water in 30:70 ratio. While using a shampoo solution, apply it on the specified surface using microfiber cloth. Avoid spraying the solution directly. This becomes critical on components such as the infotainment system.
The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com
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