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Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9 hailed as best selfie phones by DxOMark

DxOMark now rates selfie cameras

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After setting itself as a go-to source for checking which camera, lens, or mobile phone takes the best photos and videos, DxOMark finally jumped to the selfie craze. The new scoring system aptly called DxOMark Selfie will professionally and objectively test the front cameras of smartphones.

For the scoring system of selfies, DxOMark applies its expertise and protocols to over 1,500 photos and more than two hours of video taken by the test device under various real-life and lab environments.

To kickstart this new test category, DxOMark ranked the first 12 phones that were tested. As expected, it’s a mix of the latest flagship phones and a couple of selfie-centric devices. Out of the 12 phones, the Google Pixel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are tied for the top spot with a score of 92.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Apple iPhone XS

DxOMark finds both phones to have excellent front cameras, but they have their differences. The Pixel 3 takes textured and detailed selfies, which makes it susceptible to noise. The Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, shoots a cleaner photo but sacrifices fine details.

Interestingly, the Mi Mix 3 from Xiaomi takes the next top spot with 84 points. It easily beats Apple’s iPhone XS Max and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Speaking of the Mate 20 Pro, it’s surprising to see it lag behind the older Galaxy S9+ and Pixel 2 despite having the best main camera in the business. Even dedicated selfie phone Meitu V6 didn’t fare well with only 59 points.

To read all the new 12 selfie camera reviews, you may head to DxOMark’s website. You can also read more about their selfie testing process to understand how they score these phones objectively.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro receives highest DxOMark score yet

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Amazon to invest $1 billion in India’s small businesses

Jeff Bezos is convinced it’s time to double down

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Jeff Bezos is visiting India and Amazon has organized a conference to announce their plans and goals for the regional market. Dubbed “Smbhav”, it’s a collaborative event for small and medium businesses and will see the participation of senior industry executives.

Bezos said the global online retailer will invest US$ 1 billion in digitising India’s small and medium businesses. He also said the company is eyeing scaling locally produced products from India — in line with the Make in India program — to be of US$ 10 billion size on Amazon platform by 2025.

“We are doing this now because it is working. And when something works you should double down on it,” Bezos said.

The news comes just after the Competition Commission of India (CCI), started an investigation into anti-competitive practices of Amazon and its Walmart-owned rival Flipkart earlier this week.

An Amazon executive said the company has amassed over 500,000 sellers in India and thousands of merchants in the country who are selling on 12 Amazon marketplaces around the world.

India is a lucrative market for internet companies because of extremely cheap data rates and easy availability of affordable smartphones. With a population of 1.3 billion people, the potential is unmatchable. Especially because China’s markets are closed by an internal firewall and the developed markets are highly saturated.

The country is Amazon’s largest bet outside its home market and currently at the cutting edge of digital payments. In India, Amazon is able to set up a highly scaled operations unit, ensuring lower costs and better reach.

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POCO is now officially an independent brand

No longer affiliated with Xiaomi

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Xiaomi has announced it’s spinning off POCO as an independent brand. This means the brand will now operate on its own. POCO started in 2018 as a sub-brand of Xiaomi and the parent company has decided to bring in structural changes.

POCO branding is active in India while all other markets get Pocophone. The brand is famous for its POCO F1, an affordable phone that packs a flagship-grade processor. The phone’s arrival created a completely new category of smartphones that are built to be inexpensive, yet offer unmatchable speed.

However, POCO took the backseat in 2019 while Xiaomi rained the markets with Redmi branded phones. Fans have been asking about POCO F1’s successor ever since and the parent company consistently stayed silent about the sub-brand’s future.

Rival brand Realme was also formed as an independent company but is able to leverage OPPO’s infrastructure as “partners”. Having complete independence, the company can operate on its own and decide its own strategy. This structural divide let Realme form a new identity and within no time, it reckoned with Xiaomi as India’s leading mobile vendor.

There were reports in the second half of 2019 that suggested Xiaomi might ditch the POCO brand completely. It’s safe to say that isn’t happening anymore. POCO’s social media handles have been actively announcing discounts and deals on the POCO F1, suggesting a new product could be on the way soon.

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Hisense partners with NBA icon Dwyane Wade

It’s a multi-year deal

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Hisense has been one of the fast rising brands especially in the television department. The company is now partnering with three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade to attract the sports-consuming market.

Wade will serve the as the company’s US Ambassador and will be prominently featured in premium product launches, in-person event appearances, and other upcoming marketing campaigns. He will be joining Hisense’s list of sports partners that include NASCAR, FIFA (2018) and UEFA (2016 and 2020).

The retired NBA star says he sees the company’s dedication to producing quality products and he’s excited for the partnership.

Hisense offers several value-for-money products especially with televisions. In CES 2020, the company launched the L5 laser TV and XD9G — the first dual-cell technology TV on the market. They also offer various other products like home appliances including refrigerators, wine coolers, portable air conditioners, and more

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