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iQOO launches its first monstrous flagship at attractive price

Check out those specs!

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Last month, Vivo launched a promising sub-brand, iQOO. Breaking away from its parent company’s targets, iQOO will aim for a more premium market. Initially, the brand launched without unveiling any hints of its future lineup. iQOO was an empty brand for weeks.

Eventually, rumor mills started speculating on the company’s first phone. The most prominent rumor featured a foldable phone, curiously featuring iQOO’s only known graphic. Based on the available information (or lack thereof), iQOO’s phones fervently remained in the dark.


Now, almost a month after the brand’s launch, iQOO has finally launched its first phone. Simply named the iQOO, the brand’s first offering lives up to its premium hype. The self-titled debut is a monstrous gaming phone for only a fraction of its expected price.

The iQOO comes with a 6.41-inch OLED with an under-display fingerprint scanner. Within its sleek body, the phone sports a high-end Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage. For less power-heavy users, the phone’s lowest variant has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

From the most premium to the lowest-specced variant, the iQOO offers a surprising amount of capability in today’s heavy-hitting standards.

Additionally, this gaming phone will have a vapor chamber, offering liquid cooling for gaming purposes. With performance-enhancing software inside, the phone will have 30 percent faster startup time and 70 percent improved frame rate in games.

For shooting, the iQOO carries a triple rear camera setup. The combination includes a primary 12-megapixel dual-pixel shooter, a 13-megapixel wide-angle shooter with Sony’s IMX263 sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

For power, the iQOO has a sizable 4000mAh battery. Further, the phone supports 44W fast-charging capabilities. From an empty tank, the battery will fully charge in just 45 minutes. The lowest variant will come with only 22.5W charging, which isn’t too shabby either.

The iQOO will come in either Electric Blue or Lava Orange. The cheapest variant will cost CNY 2,998 (or around US$ 447). An 8GB RAM variant will start at CNY 3,298 (or around US$ 491). Finally, the most premium variant will cost CNY 4,298 (or around US$ 640). The phone’s first sale will start on March 6.

SEE ALSO: Vivo V15 Pro is a midrange phone trying to redefine mobile photography

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A government portal will let you find lost phones

Have you ever lost a phone?

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India is a very happening market for mobile phones right now. Every week we’ve seen a new phone launch in the country and every brand has flooded the markets with options. So far, there are no signs of a cooldown and a vast chunk of the population still hasn’t moved to a smartphone.

With hundreds of millions of phones around us, imagine how many phones would be lost every day. The government of India wants to make it easier for you to find a lost phone and is working on a new project.


Since 2017, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has been working on the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), a database for storing IMEI numbers. International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a 15-digit unique number that identifies mobile devices. India has over a billion wireless subscribers.

Every device with a SIM slot has an IMEI number. In case of a dual SIM phone, each tray has a separate number. These are used to establish a unique identity and help to trace phones via a wireless connection.

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the web portal to report a theft in Maharashtra on Friday. If your mobile phone is stolen or lost, you will have to file a police report and inform DoT via helpline number 14422.

After the police complaint, DoT will blacklist the IMEI number which would result in the handset being blocked from accessing any mobile network in the future. For now, the project is having a pilot run in the state of Maharashtra and will be opened up to the rest of the country soon.

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OnePlus Music Festival: Everything you need to know

Featuring Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, and more

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OnePlus has a significant fan-following in India and the brand has successfully developed a devoted community. While launch events are usually reserved for the media to interact and cover the company’s offerings, OnePlus always lets its followers experience the unveiling live and passes are sold out within minutes.

The company has slowly forayed into the premium segment and intends to establish a brand name. OnePlus is hosting a music festival on November 16 in Mumbai and it’ll be headlined by pop stars Katy Perry and Dua Lipa.


Apart from Katy Perry and Dua Lipa, fans will be able to groove to the rhythm of diverse musical minds like Amit Trivedi, Ritviz, The Local Train and Aswekeepsearching.

More acts part of the music festival

Amit Trivedi has composed numerous hits for movies like Dev.D, Udta Punjab, and Queen. He is a familiar draw for those aware of mainstream Bollywood music. The Local Train is a rock band popularly known for their singles like “Aaoge tum kabhi” and “Choo lo”.

This is the first time OnePlus is hosting a music festival in the country. Previously at the OnePlus 6T launch event in Mumbai, the brand had artists like Brodha V and DJ Ishani performing live.

“We are super excited that Katy Perry will be starring in our first-ever OnePlus Music Festival in India! We decided to host this festival to share our passion for music with our community, who are at the heart of everything we do. With Katy on board, this is sure to be a one of a kind experience,” said Carl Pei, Co-Founder, OnePlus.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Paytm Insider. The price starts at INR 2,000 and OnePlus users can avail 10 percent cashback after authenticating their phone’s IMEI number.

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Samsung Galaxy M30s launches with a 6000mAh battery

Forget your charger for days

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After a successful launch of the Galaxy M10 and M30 in the beginning of 2019, the brand has unveiled their successor. Dubbed the Galaxy M10s and M30s, the phones are meant to take on the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi A3 and Realme XT.

Samsung completely revamped its strategy for the affordable and midrange segments this year. Xiaomi has been leading the race for quite some time and Samsung decided to follow a similar pattern to protect its market share.


The Galaxy M30s continues the same design language with a fingerprint scanner located on the rear and a small water-drop notch on the front. Though, it has considerable upgrades from within.

On the front is a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and the water-drop notch houses a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The rear has a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel portrait sensor.

Samsung says the camera is equipped with AI-backed Scene Optimizer and intelligent Flaw Detector features for perfect shots. It also gets automatic scene recognition and a dedicated Night Mode for low-light shots.

Powering the phone is an Exynos 9611 octa-core processor that supports the recording of 4K as well as Super Slo-Mo videos. Lastly, backing these internals is a humongous 6000mAh battery that can fast-charge up to 15W.

Pricing and availability

The 4GB+64GB option costs INR 13,999 (US$ 196) and the 6GB+128GB variant costs INR 16,999 (US$ 238). Sales start from September 29 via Amazon.in and Samsung.com. Color options include Opal Black, Sapphire Blue, and Pearl White.

The M10s, on the other hand, gets a 6.4-inch HD+ AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 7884B processor. On the rear is a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens, while the front gets an 8-megapixel selfie snapper.

The 3GB+32GB configuration costs INR 8,999 (US$ 126) and will go on sale alongside the M30s.

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