The festive season is on the horizon and Raksha Bandhan kickstarts the season of gifting. Despite a troublesome beginning in 2020, the smartphone market has come back stronger, hence bringing exciting gifting options. Be it across any price point, there is a new exciting smartphone waiting to be wrapped up for spreading smiles on your loved ones’ faces. Hence, we couldn’t stop ourselves from having a look at the best smartphones to check out.
Whether you have a budget of less than Rs 10,000 or are ready to splurge it all on your sibling, there are some great smartphones to pick up right now. The recent bunch of smartphones from Realme, Xiaomi, and Poco, excel in camera performance on a budget. If your sibling games all day, there are a couple of gaming smartphones available to spice up their Chicken Dinners. If classy is the way you want to go, Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus are there to help.
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Therefore, without wasting words, we have a look at some of the best phones you can gift across five price categories.
Best smartphones to gift for Rakshabandhan
Under Rs 10,000
The Realme C3 is easily the best smartphone you can consider purchasing under Rs 10,000. The phone looks unmistakably stylish with its matte textured back and solid colors. You also get a big 6.5-inch display with slim bezels. Inside, the Realme C3 uses the MediaTek Helio G70 chipset. This gives it more than enough power for gaming as well as decent multitasking. The 5000mAh battery is massive enough to keep up for an entire day even for pro users. At Rs 9,999, you cannot get anything better.
Under Rs 20,000
The Poco X2 is easily the all-rounder when it comes to features. Not only does it look stylish but it is built for geeks and gamers. You get a massive 6.7-inch 120Hz display that delivers a smooth gaming experience. The Snapdragon 730G chip inside can handle all games and tasks easily without sweating. The 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 main camera offers amazon photo quality in all lighting conditions while the selfie camera is impressive too. Starting at Rs 17,499, this is almost an unbeatable smartphone deal.
Under Rs 30,000
Whether you are a geek or not, the Realme X3 is appealing, unlike any other phone. It features an industrial design that appeals universally. The Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset has all the performance one needs from an Android phone in 2020. The 120Hz 6.5-inch display makes the viewing experience smooth while the 4200mAh battery keeps it going for an entire day easily. You even get a high-res 64-megapixel main camera as well as a 2x optical zoom camera. The selfie camera has a secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle camera too. At Rs 25,999, it is easily the best smartphone in its class.
Under Rs 50,000
OnePlus knows how to make great premium phones and the OnePlus 8 is another fine proof of that. Equipped with the Snapdragon 865, this is one of the fastest Android phones you can have today. The 90Hz 6.5-inch display is a great way to view content and Oxygen OS adds into the refined user experience. The cameras are good enough for casual photography while the 30W fast charging tops up the 4300mAh battery quickly. That said, the phone stands out with its style quotient with its curved edges and stunning colors. Starting at Rs 41,999, it is the best smartphone in its category.
Above Rs 50,000
Apple iPhone 11
The iPhone 11 has been around for a while but there’s yet to be another phone to outsmart it. Apple’s superior build quality and design impress highly. The A13 Bionic chip offers all the performance a modern-day smartphone user is capable of throwing at it. The 12-megapixel main camera, as well as the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, take stunning photos with realistic colors. Additionally, the video shooting capability on the iPhone 11 is unmatched. For most users with moderate usage, the iPhone 11 easily lasts more than a day. Starting at Rs 68,300, this is the best you can gift your sibling.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chip could launch in multiple variants, suggests leak
Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will reportedly have multiple versions. These versions could be possible ‘Lite’ variants of the upcoming flagship 875 chipset. The leak that provides the information on the new Snapdragon chipsets also mentions the Snapdragon 960 SoC. The leak comes from Digital Chat Station and also mentions the presence of two Oppo executives Liu Bo and Li Zi Gui at the meeting. There was also Liu Zuohu whom we all know as OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.
Why multiple Snapdragon 875 variants make sense
Some time ago it was revealed that the upcoming Snapdragon 875 chipset would come with a pretty big price hike over the Snapdragon 865 from 2020. The big price bump comes from the inclusion of the bundled 5G-enabling modules. We also saw this with the Snapdragon 865, which costed a lot more than the Snapdragon 855 did in 2019. This resulted in the price of 2020 flagships soaring much higher than people expected, butting them out of reach for many buyers who could have otherwise afforded these phones at SD 855-like prices.
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With prices set to go higher next year, the multiple variants of the Snapdragon 875 will make a lot of sense for users. Power users who want the best of performance will be able to purchase the top variant, while those with more modest needs will not have to pay as much for a cheaper variant of the chipset. Since the new chipsets are still in the 800 series, we can still expect them to perform at flagship speeds. Areas, where they may be toned down, might include GPU performance and 5G capabilities.
Should Qualcomm stick to its usual schedules, we should see the next flagship chipset, likely the Snapdragon 875 at the end of this year. That doesn’t leave the US-based company a lot of time to develop a bunch of new processors. It remains to be seen if the rumored Snapdragon 875 ‘Lite’ and Snapdragon 865 Plus end up being different chipsets after all, and if so, then how different.
Poco X2 users start getting MIUI 12 stable OTA update in India
Xiaomi sub-brand Poco has started rolling out the MIUI 12 stable update for the Poco X2 in India. A number of Poco X2 users on Twitter have confirmed the update coming to their phones. Users of Poco’s second smartphone in India had been waiting for the MIUI 12 update since the release of the software, as the device was aligned to get it.
The new Poco X2 MIUI 12 build has the version number MIUI 18.104.22.168 QGHINXM. It will come to users as an 813 MB Over-The-Air (OTA) update. The changelog of the new build suggests it is a stable build. However, it is as of now unclear if this is a soak test. We still do not know if Poco has rolled the update out to everyone. Major updates like these are usually rolled out in small batches first so that people can report any critical bugs or issues. A mass rollout usually begins once the update has passed as a stable build and has no major issues.
However, the fact that some Poco X2 users have been receiving the MIUI 12 update will come to a lot of users as a piece of good news, laying the pathway for an eventual mass rollout. The new MIUI 12 update will bring in new animations, dynamic window technology, and other features including a visual overhaul of the control center and the performance improvements.
Poco X2 specifications
The Poco X2 is a design-centric smartphone that features an aluminum frame with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front as well as rear. It weighs around 208 grams and is 8.8mm thick. The highlight of the device is the 6.67-inch display with Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, HDR10 support, and 20:9 aspect ratio. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate and has a dual punch-hole setup as well. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile platform with Adreno 618 graphics processor, the Poco X2 comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
For imaging, there is a quad-camera setup on the back. The main camera uses a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor with f/1.9 aperture and phase-detect autofocus. It is paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There are also dual 2-megapixel sensors that act as depth and macro sensors.
There are dual 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors housed in a pill-shaped cutout for selfies. The smartphone runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and supports hybrid SIM slots. It packs a 4,500mAh battery and supports 27W fast charging. Poco is bundling the 27W fast charger with the smartphone. It supports WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port.
Realme C11 update rolling out with August 2020 security patch
Realme is rolling out a new software update for its newly-launched Realme C11 smartphone. The latest software update for the device brings the August 2020 Android security patch along with some bug fixes and overall system stability to the phone. The update is reportedly rolling out for the users based in India, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
The latest update carries the software build version RMX2185_11_A.67 and is about 3.0 GB in firmware size, RealmeUpdate reports. The software runs on the latest Android 10 OS, with realme UI 1.0 custom skin on top. It brings the usual bug fixes and security enhancements with the August 2020 security patch.
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The company is rolling out the new update via OTA (Over The Air) in a staged manner. Thus, it may take a while to reach all Realme C11 units gradually. Users will receive a push notification for installing the firmware. Alternatively, the update can also be checked by going to Settings > About Phone > System update.
As per the Android bulletin changelog, the August 2020 security patch fixes a host of security bugs. It mentions fixes for 10 high vulnerabilities in the framework build and 4 high issues in the system component. One of these flaws could have exploited the smartphone’s data file security. The update also addresses the security issues in the Kernel components.
Realme C11 features, specifications
The Realme C11 flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1560 pixels) resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a dual-camera setup at the back that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. At the front, it has a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
The Realme C11 has a Mediatek Helio G35 SoC and PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It packs a 5,000-mAh battery with dual-sim support. In connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port for charging.
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