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Honor View 20 is now available in India

A perfect combo of looks and performance

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Honor announced the View 20 at the end of December and is now launching the phone in markets like India. The brand has established a decent amount of recognition in the last few years and with offerings across all price segments, they’ve also managed to get a fair share of the market.

The Huawei sub-brand intends to lead the midrange and premium midrange price brackets and the View 20 occupies the gap perfectly. A couple of weeks back, the company also launched the Honor 10 Lite in India.

Coming to the phone, the first thing you’ll notice is a missing notch. Instead, Honor has equipped the View 20 with a punch-hole camera on the front. This eliminates the need for a notch and doesn’t compromise on the screen-to-body ratio.

Secondly, the design has been improved massively. The back features a slight gradient, along with an upward arrow pattern that is visible only at certain angles. The sandwiched glass panels give it an exceedingly premium look.

It has a 6.4-inch LCD with a whopping screen-to-body ratio of 91.82 percent. It boasts Huawei’s brand-new Kirin 980 chipset, coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. There’s 128GB storage in the base variant and the higher-end one gets 256GB.

Housed in the cutout is a 25-megapixel selfie camera and the rear has a generous 48-megapixel sensor. Thanks to the new processor, the phone is capable of shooting slow-motion video at 960fps. Lastly, it has a 4000mAh battery that supports Honor’s 4.5V/5A FastCharge technology.

Pricing goes like this: INR 37,999 (US$ 535) for the 6GB+128GB variant and INR 45,999 (US$ 645) for the 8GB+256GB model.

The phone will be competing with the OnePlus 6T in India and can practically rule the segment since there aren’t many options available for purchase right now.

See Also: Honor View 20 Review

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Ten university students arrested for playing PUBG in India

Because it’s too violent and distracting

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Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

That’s something ten university students didn’t adhere to when playing PUBG on their mobile phones, which led to their arrests. The incident happened last Wednesday in the state of Gujarat in India, where this specific game is banned.

The report by Channel News Asia says that they were released on bail with a warning shortly after. According to the account of one officer, the students were so “engrossed in playing” that they didn’t notice the police walking toward them.

PUBG was banned from being played a week ago after several authorities, as well as parents and educators, felt the game is too violent and distracting for the youth. A local minister went as far as calling it a “demon in every house.”

As of now, Gujarat is the only state that has outright banned the game in fear of it harming the development of children. Although similar titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends have been cited as being equally detrimental, only PUBG is part of the current ban.

However, to PUBG‘s credit (or rather discredit in this instance), it’s been around longer as a battle royale-style game and has been free to download on mobile devices since its launch.

There’s no word yet if other Indian states will follow suit. Outside of India, PUBG is still experiencing worldwide attention as part of several esports tournaments such as the Predator League.

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OPPO launches F11 Pro with pop-up camera and near bezel-less display

Can OPPO gain back its lost share?

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While Realme is going all out in an attempt to capture the budget segment, OPPO is focusing on taking over the midrange. The price bracket is exceedingly competitive and with the recent launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, every brand wants to outdo the other.

OPPO has launched the F11 Pro today in India and the company has ensured the phone suits every user. To increase the screen-to-body ratio, a pop-up camera has been included and the design gets a makeover as well.

Two gradient color options are available: Thunder Black and Aurora Green. The design is similar to what we’ve seen on the high-end R17 Pro, and it’s coming at a significantly cheaper price now. The 64GB option comes with 6GB RAM and is priced at INR 24,990 (US$ 355). Sale starts from March 15 via all major sellers.

It gets a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor and it comes with ColorOS out of the box. New features of the custom skin include Hyper Boost that can enhance the performance for day-to-day apps as well as games. Special optimizations are included for 11 games, including PUBG.

The rear has a 48-megapixel primary camera along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For improved low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one to produce a more detailed and sharp photo. The camera app includes automatic scene recognition and an Ultra Night Mode for AI-backed enhancement.

Lastly, it has a 4000mAh battery coupled with OPPO’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. The brand claims it can charge the battery from zero to 100 in just 80 minutes. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and expandable storage is supported via a microSD card.

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Realme 3 is a budget phone with new design and fast processor

Another budget contender aiming to be the best

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Just last week Xioami announced the launch of the Redmi Note 7 in India. The series has been a blockbuster in the developing market, and every brand has tried to replicate its success. Realme started out as a sub-brand of OPPO and has been doing exceedingly well with an online-only sales model.

Just a few months back, Realme announced the launch of the Realme U1, a budget phone powered by the powerful Helio P60 processor. With the Realme 3, the brand intends to continue the performance legacy with better design and improved cameras. The phone also comes with outstandingly aggressive pricing.

The first option comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and is priced at INR 8,999 (US$ 125). The second variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and comes with a marked price of INR 10,999 (US$ 155).

Unlike the previous phones, the Realme 3 has a gradient back design and comes in Dynamic Black as well as Radiant Blue option. The front has a 6.2-inch HD+ resolution with Gorilla Glass protection and a tiny dew-drop notch.

Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, a new chipset with significantly better performance and battery efficiency. Backing these internals is a 4230mA battery that supports fast charging.

On the rear is a 13- and 2-megapixel dual-camera setup while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. This is the first phone from Realme to support Nightscape. It improves the quality of low-light pictures with the help of AI processing. It helps in saving detail as well as reducing noise. The camera app can also optimize selfies by detecting skin tone, eyes, and hair.

It ships with ColorOS 6.0 out of the box, based on Android Pie. It brings a much-needed app drawer and adopts a borderless design language. In addition, the included Game Space app improves gaming performance with resource optimization and a do not disturb mode.

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