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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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Ten university students arrested for playing PUBG in India

Because it’s too violent and distracting

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Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

That’s something ten university students didn’t adhere to when playing PUBG on their mobile phones, which led to their arrests. The incident happened last Wednesday in the state of Gujarat in India, where this specific game is banned.

The report by Channel News Asia says that they were released on bail with a warning shortly after. According to the account of one officer, the students were so “engrossed in playing” that they didn’t notice the police walking toward them.

PUBG was banned from being played a week ago after several authorities, as well as parents and educators, felt the game is too violent and distracting for the youth. A local minister went as far as calling it a “demon in every house.”

As of now, Gujarat is the only state that has outright banned the game in fear of it harming the development of children. Although similar titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends have been cited as being equally detrimental, only PUBG is part of the current ban.

However, to PUBG‘s credit (or rather discredit in this instance), it’s been around longer as a battle royale-style game and has been free to download on mobile devices since its launch.

There’s no word yet if other Indian states will follow suit. Outside of India, PUBG is still experiencing worldwide attention as part of several esports tournaments such as the Predator League.

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OPPO launches F11 Pro with pop-up camera and near bezel-less display

Can OPPO gain back its lost share?

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While Realme is going all out in an attempt to capture the budget segment, OPPO is focusing on taking over the midrange. The price bracket is exceedingly competitive and with the recent launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, every brand wants to outdo the other.

OPPO has launched the F11 Pro today in India and the company has ensured the phone suits every user. To increase the screen-to-body ratio, a pop-up camera has been included and the design gets a makeover as well.

Two gradient color options are available: Thunder Black and Aurora Green. The design is similar to what we’ve seen on the high-end R17 Pro, and it’s coming at a significantly cheaper price now. The 64GB option comes with 6GB RAM and is priced at INR 24,990 (US$ 355). Sale starts from March 15 via all major sellers.

It gets a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor and it comes with ColorOS out of the box. New features of the custom skin include Hyper Boost that can enhance the performance for day-to-day apps as well as games. Special optimizations are included for 11 games, including PUBG.

The rear has a 48-megapixel primary camera along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For improved low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one to produce a more detailed and sharp photo. The camera app includes automatic scene recognition and an Ultra Night Mode for AI-backed enhancement.

Lastly, it has a 4000mAh battery coupled with OPPO’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. The brand claims it can charge the battery from zero to 100 in just 80 minutes. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and expandable storage is supported via a microSD card.

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Realme 3 is a budget phone with new design and fast processor

Another budget contender aiming to be the best

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Just last week Xioami announced the launch of the Redmi Note 7 in India. The series has been a blockbuster in the developing market, and every brand has tried to replicate its success. Realme started out as a sub-brand of OPPO and has been doing exceedingly well with an online-only sales model.

Just a few months back, Realme announced the launch of the Realme U1, a budget phone powered by the powerful Helio P60 processor. With the Realme 3, the brand intends to continue the performance legacy with better design and improved cameras. The phone also comes with outstandingly aggressive pricing.

The first option comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and is priced at INR 8,999 (US$ 125). The second variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and comes with a marked price of INR 10,999 (US$ 155).

Unlike the previous phones, the Realme 3 has a gradient back design and comes in Dynamic Black as well as Radiant Blue option. The front has a 6.2-inch HD+ resolution with Gorilla Glass protection and a tiny dew-drop notch.

Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, a new chipset with significantly better performance and battery efficiency. Backing these internals is a 4230mA battery that supports fast charging.

On the rear is a 13- and 2-megapixel dual-camera setup while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. This is the first phone from Realme to support Nightscape. It improves the quality of low-light pictures with the help of AI processing. It helps in saving detail as well as reducing noise. The camera app can also optimize selfies by detecting skin tone, eyes, and hair.

It ships with ColorOS 6.0 out of the box, based on Android Pie. It brings a much-needed app drawer and adopts a borderless design language. In addition, the included Game Space app improves gaming performance with resource optimization and a do not disturb mode.

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