A few days back Vivo launched the V17 Pro in India, the phone is a midranger that intends to perform on all fronts. Now, they’re back with another offering that aims to disrput Xiaomi and Realme’s might in the budget segment.
The phone sports a 6.35-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution and a V-shaped notch to accommodate the 8-megapixel selfie camera. The design has been drastically improved and the days of a simple metal finish are long gone.
Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 665 processor paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Software customizations like Multi-Turbo are supposed to offer a better experience while gaming. It comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for authentication.
On the back is a triple camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portrait shots.
The smartphone is backed by a 5000mAh battery which Vivo claims can last up to seven hours while playing PUBG. It ships with an 18W fast charger that can be connected to the phone via a microUSB port.
The base model comes with 3GB+32GB configuration and is priced at INR 8,990, while the 3GB+64GB and 4GB+64GB offerings will be sold at INR 9,990 and INR 10,990, respectively. Sales start from September 29 via Amazon and Vivo’s e-store. Color options include Electric Blue and Thunder Black.
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WhatsApp could go under a government audit
1,400+ users were affected worldwide
A few weeks ago it came to light that spyware named Pegasus had hacked more than 1,400 users worldwide via a WhatsApp vulnerability. A huge chunk of the users were from India and included prominent journalists as well as activists.
Following the revelation, the Indian government wants to conduct a security audit of WhatsApp. The government has also sent a notice to Israeli technology firm NSO Group, which had created the Pegasus spyware.
In response, WhatsApp last month sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, accusing it of helping clients break into the phones. NSO has previously denied snooping allegations and said it sells technology to governments for counter-terrorism.
The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) “sought submission of information from WhatsApp on November 9, 2019, including a need to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp’s security systems and processes,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and IT, told parliament in a statement.
WhatsApp has responded to CERT-In’s queries and patched the vulnerability. However, the government requires further clarification.
According to a report, officials close to the matter said that the government believes that if WhatsApp’s data is stored in the country, it would have helped the authorities to carry out their own investigation related to Pegasus snooping case.
The minister said the government plans to introduce the Data Protection Bill soon, and warned companies of action if they fail to provide cybersecurity to their users.
Realme X2 Pro with Snapdragon 855+, 50W charging launches
The new flagship killer?
Realme has been on a tear in 2019 and the company has no plans of stopping after finally launching the Realme X2 Pro. It’s filled to the brim with latest features and will be going up against Xiaomi’s K20 Pro as well as the OnePlus 7T.
After its official unveiling in China and Europe last month, the Realme X2 Pro has now made its way to India. The phone has a premium design consisting of glass and metal.
On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate and a small water-drop notch on the top. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 855+ processor along with 8GB RAM in the base variant. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been provided along with support for face unlock.
The camera is a major highlight and the flagship phone houses a set of four sensors on the rear: a massive 64-megapixel primary lens, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The front water-drop notch houses a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.
The battery capacity is 4,000 mAh and it comes with support for blazing-fast 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge. Realme claims it can completely charge the phone within 35 minutes.
On the software front, Realme is sticking with Android 9 Pie and ColorOS 6.1 but an update to Android 10 is already in the works.
Realme X2 Pro is priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 417) for the 8GB+128GB option and INR 33,999 (US$ 475) for the 12GB+256GB variant.
The company also launched Realme X2 Pro Master Edition in Red Brick and Concrete color variants with 12GB+256GB configuration costing INR 34,999 (US$ 486). The sale for the Master Edition will start during Christmas.
Vivo Y19 is an affordable phone with triple rear cameras
A phone that gets everything right
The affordable segment has seen a wide range of new phones this year thanks to a raging war between Xiaomi and Realme. While the two are constantly trying to undercut each other, brands are striving to take advantage of the situation.
Vivo has unveiled a new phone dubbed the Y19 and it’s being launched in India as well as the Philippines. The design is rather different and incorporates a 3D design that can mimic a wide range of reflective colors. The phone will be available in Magnetic Black and Spring White color options.
On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD Full HD+ display with a tiny water-drop notch on the top. Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.
In terms of optics, the triple rear camera setup of the Vivo Y19 includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone also gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera at the front.
It has dual SIM support and ships with Android 9 Pie-based Funtouch OS 9.2. For a better gaming experience, an Ultra Game Mode has been provided for optimization.
In India, the phone has been priced at INR 13,999 (US$ 195) and will be available for purchase via all major online as well as offline sellers.
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