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Realme 2 Pro is an upgrade we’ve long been waiting for

Power-packed to the brim

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After launching the Realme 2 last month, the company is back with another phone and this time it’s actually an upgrade. The Realme brand was established a few months back as a sub-brand of OPPO but has since then spun around and now acts as an independent phone maker.

With the Realme 2 Pro, the company intends to take on Xiaomi’s Mi A2 and the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The brand has been known for its focus on providing maximum value and targets the youth of the country as its core user base.


Three versions of the phone was unveiled and priced as follow: INR 13,990 (US$ 192) for the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of storage, INR 15,990 (US$ 220) for the 6GB variant also with the same storage space, and INR 17,999 (US$ 250) for the 8GB variant, this time with 128GB of storage. They will all be available exclusively via Flipkart. While the competing phones from Xiaomi and Nokia are part of the Android One program, Realme intends to differentiate itself in its own skin.

Coming to the specifications, the phone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display that comes with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The addition of a notch has let the brand achieve a higher screen-to-body ratio compared to the Realme 2.

Because the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC, the Realme 2 is being targeted towards the performance-hungry audience in the midrange segment.

Coming to the camera, it has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 16-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front has a 16-megapixel sensor that supports AI-powered beauty mode and smart HDR. The phone can click portrait pictures with a bokeh effect along with automatic scene recognition.

The phone is powered by a 3500mAh battery that charges via a micro-USB port. It ships with Android 8.0 Oreo along with a customized ColorOS skin on top.

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Xiaomi launches selfie-focused Redmi Y3 with 32MP front camera

Capturing selfies like a pro

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After launching the highly anticipated Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi is back with another successor. Following the success of Redmi Y2 in India, the brand has launched the Redmi Y3 today in India.

The phone features an upgraded front camera setup, improved design, and a more powerful processor. Xiaomi has been fairly vocal about its offering and even compared the phone’s front camera with midrange contenders like the Vivo V15 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30.


In a nutshell, the phone is built for selfie lovers. The front has a dot-notch design and houses the front camera. It’s a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with a significantly large sensor to capture more details. 4-in-1 pixel technology merges the four pixels into one, bringing in better details even in low-light.

In terms of software, the camera app now comes with Beautify 4.0, smart HDR, as well as auto scene recognition. For group selfies, the field of view has been bumped to 80 degrees.

The rear has a 12- and 2-megapixel dual camera setup for portrait pictures. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the back and the phone also supports face unlock.

The front has a 6.26-inch HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In line with the Redmi Note 7 Pro design, even the Redmi Y3 has a gradient back, but with a plastic build.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 632 processor along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery which can deliver up to 40 hours of talk time. For added comfort, the ports and buttons of the phone are sealed and can offer basic splash protection.

The Redmi Y3 starts at INR 9,999 (US$ 143) with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option costs INR 11,999 (US$ 172). It will be available for purchase starting April 30 via Redmi.com, Mi Home Stores, and Amazon.

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Realme 3 Pro with Snapdragon 710 and VOOC fast charging is now official

The Redmi Note 7 has tough competition again

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OPPO’s sub-brand Realme has launched more than half a dozen phones in less than a year and is back with a new offering. The Realme 3 Pro is the successor to the Realme 2 Pro and intends to take on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro.

The phone adopts a similar design from the Realme U1 and sports a shiny plastic back that imitates glass. On the front is a 6.3-inch Full HD LCD, a water-drop notch, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It also features splash and dust resistance, though an IP rating hasn’t been mentioned.


The phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage in the base variant. Obviously, the storage can be expanded via a microSD card.

On the rear is a 16-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. Realme added an Ultra HD mode that can capture detail-intensive pictures up to 64 megapixels by stitching multiples frames together. The front gets a 25-megapixel shooter for selfies and the Camera app supports auto scene recognition, beautification, nightscape mode, as well as smart HDR.

To improve the user experience, the phone comes with a VOOC 3.0 charger for quickly charging the 4000mAh battery. Added software functionality like GameBoost 2.0 will improve the overall experience by implementing FrameBoost and TouchBoost . It runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

The Realme 3 Pro is available in Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple color options and shall go on sale from April 29 via Flipkart and Realme.com. The 4GB option retails for INR 13,999 (US$ 200) and the 6GB option is marked at INR 16,999 (US$ 242).

Alongside the Realme 3 Pro, the brand also announced the launch of the Realme C2, an upgraded version of the Realme C1. It houses a 6.1-inch display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The rear has a 13- and 2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery and ColorOS 6.0 out of the box.

The phone is priced at INR 5,999 (US$ 86) for 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, and INR 7,999 (US$ 114) for 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It will be available starting May 15 via Flipkart and Realme.com.

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Video sharing app TikTok has disappeared from India

The company has challenged the ban in court

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The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned TikTok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.

The Tamil Nadu state court had on April 3 asked the federal government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and made younger users vulnerable to sexual predators. Its ruling came after an individual launched a public interest litigation calling for a ban.


In accordance with the ruling, the government asked Google and Apple to remove the app from Google Play and the App Store, respectively. Both companies have complied with the ruling.

TikTok is one of the most popular mobile apps in India and had been trending on app stores for quite some time. Bytedance, the company that runs the app, says it has more than 500 million users worldwide and 120 million of them are from India.

The app allows users to make and share short videos and it can still be used by those who have already downloaded it on their smartphones. Lip-syncing, jokes, Bollywood music, and memes have been a massive hit with the audience. With a 15-second time limit, the app is competing against behemoths like Instagram and even YouTube.

Bytedance has declined to provide a comment, stating the issue is still in court. The company has challenged the court’s decision and the next hearing is set for April 24.

Last week, a 19-year-old was shot dead by a friend in New Delhi as they posed with a pistol to make a video to show on TikTok. These incidents have fueled criticism for the app and unmoderated videos of minors are rampant.

This wasn’t the first time TikTok had been under scrutiny. In February, The US federal trade commission slapped a fine of US$ 5.7 million on the app to settle allegations of child privacy law violations.

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