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OPPO Reno2 launches with 20x zoom, quad-camera setup

Does it have any considerable upgrade?

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OPPO announced the Reno lineup just a few months back and the brand has already launched the second iteration. Dubbed the Reno2, it features the same shark-fin notch that houses the front camera and a quad-camera setup on the rear. The Reno2 is also accompanied by Reno 2Z and Reno 2F.

The Reno2 uses a 3D curved Gorilla Glass on the back with rounded corners for a premium look. The front houses a 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. An in-display fingerprint sensor is also located within the display.

Less power but more cameras and more zoom

The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. OPPO has included software features like TouchBoost, FrameBoost, and GameBoost for a superior gaming experience.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup that consists of a 48-megapixel primary shooter, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. It is capable of 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The camera app comes with an Ultra Night Mode, a portrait mode, and a macro mode.

Backing these internals is a 4,000mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support via USB Type-C port. The phone runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1 on top out-of-the-box.

The Reno2 is priced at INR 36,990 (US$ 515) and will be up for sale from September 20 via Amazon, Flipkart, and other retail partners. It’ll be available in Ocean Blue and Luminous Black colors.

Reno powered by MediaTek

The OPPO Reno 2Z and Reno 2F sport a 6.53-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, 8GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery. However, Reno 2Z gets a MediaTek P90 SoC and 256GB of onboard storage, whereas Reno 2F packs 128GB of built-in storage with MediaTek P70 processor.

Both phones get a rear quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary shooter, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel mono sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Instead of a shark-fin, the front camera is located in a rectangular pop-up module.

The Reno 2Z is priced at INR 29,990 (US$ 417), though there is no word on the Reno 2F’s pricing at the moment. The former will be up on sale from September 6.

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Samsung starts making smartwatches in India

Includes an entire range of 18 smartwatches

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G Aluminium edition in India. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been available in the country for quite some time, but there’s something special about the Aluminium edition.

It’s the first Samsung smartwatch to be built in India. The brand said it has started manufacturing its entire range of 18 smartwatches in India as part of the Make for India program. The company has been making phones in India for years, but wearables were usually imported.

Samsung has a huge production facility in Noida, India. Smartphones are also built for export and the plant can be expanded further depending on demand. Amid the call to avoid foreign goods, Indians are actively looking for options that are made or designed in India.

Coming to the watch, it’s priced at INR 28,490 (US$ 378) and shall be available in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold color options.

It sports a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass DX+ for protection. The smartwatch is IP68 certified and rated to work at a maximum pressure of up to 5ATM. It runs on Tizen OS with 1.5GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

Once connected to a phone, it can also access the smartphone camera, videos, and use Wireless PowerShare to transfer data quickly.

It has e-SIM connectivity that enables calls, messages, and notifications on-the-go. Lastly, it’s equipped with a heart-rate sensor, ECG sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and ambient light sensor.

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POCO M2 Pro launches with Snapdragon 720G, quad cameras

A Redmi Note 9 Pro look-alike?

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After becoming an independent brand, POCO has focused on the affordable segment and is gradually expanding. Today, the brand launched the POCO M2 Pro in India and it’s the most affordable phone to sport a Snapdragon 720G chipset.

The phone looks eerily similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In fact, the new phone directly undermines Redmi’s offering. It’s no surprise the two brands are leveraging Xiaomi’s supply chain perfectly.

Coming back to the phone, it has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a punch-hole cut-out and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone has a P2i coating that enables dust and water resistance.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, a 16-megapixel selfie shooter is located on the front.

It ships with POCO Launcher 2.0 out-of-the-box. Powering the phone is a 5020mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging.

The phone is available in three configurations. The first one with 4GB+64GB costs INR 13,999 (US$ 186), followed by 6GB+64GB at INR 14,999 (US$ 200), and lastly, the 6GB+128GB options goes for INR 16,999 (US$ 226). Color options are called Out of the Blue, Green and Greener, and Two Shades of Black. The phone will be up for purchase via Flipkart from July 14.

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India launches app innovation challenge after Chinese apps ban

Encouraging local developers and building an ecosystem

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India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has announced a new program to encourage local developers and bridge the gap left behind by banned services like TikTok. It’s officially called “Aatma Nirbhar App Innovation Challenge” and was unveiled by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Atma Nitrbhar means “to be independent” or “self-sufficient” in one of India’s widely used languages, Hindi. A few days ago, the Indian government announced a blanket ban on a few listed Chinese apps. Within no time, they were off the Play Store and many services like TikTok and Mobile Legends voluntarily stopped service after the ban was announced.

The App Innovation Challenge includes the promotion of existing apps as well as the development of new apps. The program is split into two tracks. The first one includes already released apps that have the potential to scale and become world-class in their segment. The second track aims to identify companies as well as individuals who can build next-generation apps for the country.

Tthe government is looking for alternative apps of the ones that remain banned. Companies will have to submit their entries by July 18 and a jury for each of the tracks shall evaluate the entries.

The challenge is available in eight categories, ranging from office productivity or work from home solutions to news and games.

The government has allocated INR 20,00,000 (US$ 26,780), INR 15,00,000 (US$ 20,085), and INR 10,00,000 (US$ 13,390) for the first three winners, respectively. Adding to this, Each sub-category winner will also be rewarded.

India has suffered high casualties amid an ongoing border dispute with China. The Coronavirus pandemic has further fueled the anti-China sentiment and the Indian government is exploring options to reduce its trade deficit with the neighboring country.

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