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realme 7 series to launch in India soon

Will it arrive in other markets as well?

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That was fast. The successor to realme 6 — the aptly-named realme 7 — is coming soon on September 3 in India. It’s looking like another set of promising midrange phones with a focus on mobile gamers.

The CEO for Indian and European operations of realme — Madhav Shath — took to Twitter to announce the realme 7. His exact tweet hints at the launching of not just one, but two smartphones under the realme 7 series. These smartphones are the realme 7 and the realme 7 Pro, respectively. Both phones are now available for blind pre-order in realme India’s website.

realme 7 and 7 Pro specs leaks

It is worth noting that Shath’s tweet above references the “world’s first processor.” Multiple leaks indicate that this is the MediaTek Helio G95, which was recently announced for midrange gaming smartphones.  This processor could arrive for both the realme 7 and 7 Pro. However, it’s also likely that realme would reserve this chipset for its Pro variant.

The design of the realme 7 is also drastically different from its predecessor. After all, realme likes to switch things up. On the realme 7, the company is going subtle with a much simpler gradient design. The company also abandoned the notch in favor of a display cut-out. On the back, the camera is now touting a quad-lens setup.

It remains unknown, however, if there is a major design change between the non-Pro and the Pro variant. However, it is very likely that realme will use display cut-outs on the front and a quad-camera setup for both phones.

And as for the specific details of the camera, leaks indicate that realme is going with a much bigger resolution for the main camera. Leaks indicate that realme is going with a 64MP camera sourced from Sony for its main camera. This is seemingly in line with the company’s official post teasing the arrival of realme 7.

And as for charging, realme will introduce a faster 65W wired charging for the 7 Pro. The company is calling this Super Dart Charge. The regular realme 7 variant will also support fast charging, but it will be confined to 30W charging.

Configurations and launch date

Finally, leaks also reveal the configurations of the phone. For the realme 7, it will come in two colors: mist blue and mist white. It will retail in three configurations: 6 + 64 GB, 6 + 128GB, and 8 + 128 GB.

Meanwhile, the realme 7 Pro will come in mirror blue and mirror silver. There are only two configurations for the phone: a 6 + 128GB and a 8 + 128GB variant.

realme will announce both phones on September 3. Before that, however, another launch will take place in China on September 1 in the form of realme X7 and X7 Pro. It is unclear if the company will also launch the phone on other markets besides India and China.  Seeing the popularity of its midrange phones though, it is possible that the realme 7 and 7 Pro could see a launch on many markets before the year ends.

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Samsung Galaxy F22 goes official with 48MP camera, 6000mAh battery

Also gets an AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate

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The affordable segment has been a very competitive price segment for the last few years, and its demand is never-ending in the developing markets. Samsung has launched the Galaxy F22 in India, and its unique selling point is a massive battery, quad cameras, and an AMOLED display.

It has a signature Samsung design that we’ve seen on a lot of other F-branded phones. While the looks are conventional, it aims to cover up by offering as many features as possible. Despite intense competition from players like Xiaomi, realme, and vivo, Samsung has managed to hold onto its fort, unbudged.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a waterdrop notch. The Galaxy F22 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

The rear sports a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front features a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

Backing these internals is a 6000mAh battery with 25W fast charging. Although the charging brick included with the phone is rated for 15W only, so you’ll have to buy a faster charger adapter separately. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side for authentication. It ships with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 out-of-the-box.

The Samsung Galaxy F22 is priced at INR 12,499 (US$ 167) for the 64GB+4GB storage and INR 14,499 (US$ 195) for the 128GB+6GB option. It’ll be available in Denim Blue and Denim Black color options, and sales start from July 13. Online sale partner includes Flipkart and Samsung’s in-house online website.

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Mi Watch Revolve Active is a premium fitness tracker with 14 days battery

Has more than 100 workout modes

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The Mi Watch Revolve was launched last year, and it sits in a comfortable spot — not too expensive, but loaded. Now, the brand’s expanding its offering and bringing in a much more fitness-oriented product dubbed the Mi Watch Revolve Active.

As the name suggests, the watch is designed to keep you outdoors as much as possible. Or in the new normal, as active and fit as possible. It has a far more sturdy build and continues the premium design language.

It has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display with an always-on display, eliminating the need to touch the screen just to view the time or other essential details. In addition, the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and weighs just 32 grams.

The fitness front comes equipped with LifeQ Health algorithm, which analyzes more than 30 key data points like blood oxygen, stress, heart rate, sleep quality, energy levels, calories burned, and more. All these data points are leveraged to process your lifestyle, fitness regime, and overall performance.

Together, these data points deliver more accurate blood oxygen levels (SpO2), sleep cycles, real-time heart rate, stress levels, body’s oxygen consumption (Vo2 Max), and calories burned. In addition, more than 117 workout modes are supported, including triathlons, swimming, HIIT, Boxing, Water sports, and Yoga.

GPS tracking features an Airoha GPS chip that supports GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BDS navigation systems.  Simple operations will be far simpler when you summon Alexa, as the watch supports the voice assistant for reminders, alarms, and other instructions.

The Mi Watch Revolve Active is water-resistant up to 50 meters and comes pre-installed with basic apps like alarm, timer, stopwatch, weather, find my phone, flashlight. It connects to the phone via Xiaomi’s Wear App and has a mini-store for watch faces, which has more than 100 options right now.

Lastly, Xiaomi says the watch can deliver up to 14 days of battery life on a single charge. If you toggle the long battery mode, it can stretch up to 22 days. While these numbers may seem inflated, Xiaomi has an irrefutable history of delivering solid numbers in the real world.

Price and availability:

The Mi Watch Revolve Active is priced at INR 9,999, and sales start from June 25. It’ll be up for purchase via Amazon, Mi.com, and other partner stores. It comes in Beige, Black, and Navy Blue watch case options, with six strap color options, including Black, Blue, Green, White, and Purple.

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Mi 11 Lite launches with Snapdragon 732G, triple-rear cameras

The lightest phone to launch in 2021 so far

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The second wave of Coronavirus has eased in India, and the country is gradually opening up. A few brands decided to avoid any new launches amid the raging pandemic, creating a vacuum in an otherwise fast-paced industry. Thankfully, Xiaomi has returned with a new offering, and it’s called the Mi 11 Lite.

The Mi 11 series is designed to offer a more premium experience without making a huge dent in your pocket. It follows the same design language as the Mi 11X but is far more thinner and light. At just 6.8mm thickness and 157g weight, it’s touted to be the lightest phone of 2021 so far.

On the front, its got a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In addition, to make the phone lighter, Xiaomi incorporated a “flat flexible OLED” and a redesigned circuit board that is 35 percent smaller than conventional ones.

Powering the Mi 11 Lite is a Snapdragon 732G processor with up to 8GB RAM and expandable storage. A side-mounted physical fingerprint scanner is included for authentication, and there are dual speakers with Hi-Res Audio support.

The rear sports a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel telephoto sensor. There’s a 16-megapixel selfie camera that is housed in a punch-hole cut-out. The software supports AI Beautify, Night mode, Time burst, and much more.

Backing these internals is a 4250mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The brand claims the battery has an endurance rating of more than 100 hours, and the compatible fast charger is bundled along. The Mi 11 Lite is IP53-certified for minor dust and water splashes.

The Mi 11 Lite is priced at INR 21,999 (US$ 300) for the 6GB+128GB option and INR 23,999 (US$ 325) for 8GB+256GB. It’s available in three color options — Jazz Blue, Tuscany Coral, and Vinyl Black. Pre-orders start from June 25, and the sale starts from June 28 via Flipkart, Mi.com, and partner physical stores.

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