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Samsung Galaxy M30 offers a triple-camera setup at a budget price

Flooding the market with options

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Just last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy M10 and M20 in India, the first set of phones under the newly established M-series. The South Korean giant is now getting aggressive in the budget segment and intends to take back its lost turf from Xiaomi.

In line with its blitzkrieg strategy, the brand has launched the Galaxy M30 in India today. The phone is an elder sibling of the Galaxy M20 and shares the same design language. Though, it comes with a set of new features as well as improvements.

The phone sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display along with a water-drop style notch that the brand prefers to call “Infinity-U.” Powering it is an Exynos 7904 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the base variant. The second option comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, and both the offerings support expandable storage via a microSD card.

The Galaxy M30 sports a triple-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, 5-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth detector. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the camera app supports background blur as well as face filters.

Another unique selling point of the phone is its battery. Just like the M20, it gets a huge 5000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. But, the M30 also comes equipped with a 15W in-box charger that provides faster charging speeds. Like its siblings, it runs on Samsung Experience UI out of the box.

It will go on sale starting March 5 from Amazon.in and Samsung.com. The 64GB version has been priced at INR 14,990 (US$ 210) and the 128GB option is priced at INR 17,990 (US$ 253). The phone will be available in dual-tone black and blue colors.

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Motorola One Macro is an affordable phone with triple-rear cameras

Also sports a 5000mAh battery

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While Xiaomi was launching the Redmi 8 today in India, Motorola was busy showing-off its new offering. Called the One Macro, it’s an affordable phone that’s packed to the brim with features. This segment is very crowded with multiple offerings from Xiaomi, Realme, and Nokia. How is One Macro different?

For starters, it has a triple-rear camera setup that consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Yes, the phone is named after its macro lens and Motorola is hoping this will be enough to sell the phone in such a competitive market.

Motorola claims it can focus from as close as 2cm and the macro shot automatically generates a natural bokeh effect in the background.

On the front is a 6.2-inch HD+ display. A small notch is located on the top that houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. You can expand storage via a hybrid card slot — you’ll have to choose between two nano-SIMs or nano-SIM + microSD.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear along with face unlock support. The One Macro is backed by a 4000mAh battery with support for 10W fast charging. The fast charger is included in the box and connects to the phone via USB-C. Lastly, the phone ships with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

The phone is available in one configuration only and the 4GB+64GB combo costs INR 9,999 (US$ 140). Even color option has been restricted to Space Blue. Sale starts from October 12 via Flipkart.

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Redmi 8 with dual cameras, 5000mAh battery now available

Comes with a special launch price

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A couple of weeks back Xiaomi launched the Redmi 8A in India, now the brand is back with a slightly upgraded offering, dubbed the Redmi 8. These phones are extremely crucial for Xiaomi because they account for a majority of the sales.

Being a developing market, demand for affordable phones is maximum. Taking advantage of this, the brand has successfully ruled the segment for quite some time and the Redmi 8 is expected to continue this legacy.

It features a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a tiny notch on top. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and the body consists of P2i splash-resistant coating. The corners have been reinforced to offer better drop protection and extended usage-life.

The phone shares its processor with the Redmi 8A — Qualcomm Snapdragon 439. The base option comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and even face unlock has been included.

Coming to the cameras, the rear sports a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The software comes preloaded with AI-backed portrait mode and auto-scene recognition.

A key highlight of the phone is its massive 5000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging via USB-C. A 3.5mm headphone jack has also been included and the phone will be available in Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue, and Ruby Red color options.

The 3GB+32GB base option costs INR 7,999 (US$ 112) and the 4GB+64GB variant costs INR 8,999 (US$ 126). Though, the first 5 million buyers will be able to get the 4GB+64GB option for INR 7,999. Sale stars from October 12 via Flipkart and Mi.com.

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Mark Zuckerberg admits TikTok is bigger than Instagram

Definitely, something to be worried about

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TikTok is a wildly popular app in India, with over 100 million monthly active users in the country. It’s quite similar to Vine (RIP), but comes with a host of video editing features that are easy to use and creative.

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that TikTok has grown bigger than Instagram in India. According to the audio recording leaked by The Verge, it’s very evident that Zuckerberg clearly knows what’s happening and how popular TikTok is in developing countries.

Analysing the secret to TikTok’s success, Zuckerberg added that the Chinese company has “married short-form, immersive video with browse. So it’s almost like the ‘Explore Tab’ that we have on Instagram, which is today primarily about feed posts and highlighting different feed posts.”

Further, in order to capitalise on the growing short-video browsing trend, Facebook is said to be trying out new approaches with Instagram, including changing its interface so that ‘Explore’ is more focused on Instagram stories, which are essentially short-video content made by users.

However, he also added that TikTok is growing but it is also spending a huge amount of money in promotions.

In India, TikTok is said to have 120 million monthly active customers, according to last public statement from Bytedance, the parent. Instagram, on the other hand, is believed to have 70 million users. That’s a significant difference, which is definitely something to worry about.

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