HTC U11 First Impressions

HTC U11 First Impressions- Is the glossy back enough?

After Launching its HTC U11, also known the “squeezable” smartphone, in Taiwan back this month. Now India is the country where this phone has been rolled out. Means to say HTC has officially launched it in India. Whereas internationally, HTC has shown up two variants, i.e., 4GB RAM/64GB Internal memory, and 6GB RAM/128GB Internal memory, those two variants are only brought to India. While having HTC U11 First Impressions, we taken back awhile as why this smartphone comes with the massive price tag of Rs. 51,990, This we’ll talk about later. However, soon you can purchase it through Amazon India and offline ways springing from the last week of this month in Brilliant Black color options and Amazing Brilliant.

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The Unique merchandising factor in HTC U11’s is its Edge Sense feature, but it also packed with other Going things regarding the spec-sheet – it uses Qualcomm’s very new Snapdragon 835 processor, and has an Efficacious 6GB of RAM. This phone has many impressive features to highlight so Lets hands on the device and here are our first impressions.

The first noticeable thing that you’ll feel about the HTC U11 when you pick it up its glossy back. Alike the HTC U Ultra that been launched back this year, the U11 also comes with the blazing back. It looks great, especially the chosen vibrant colors which make its back much alluring, though the glass is slippery also a fingerprint magnet.

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It measures 153.9×75.9×7.9mm. It’s quite not easy to hold with one hand. Only the people with smaller hands might have issues while managing this phone. It’s rated IP6 for dust and water resistance.

Getting to the ‘squeezable’ part, HTC has brought out a new feature in U11 called Edge Sense. That lets users launch apps, turn on the flashlight, or even supports screenshots by just squeezing the sides of the device. It’s indeed a unique and dominant feature that HTC has added. Pressure sensors allow it to diagnose the intensity and timing of squeezes. Users can assign several functions based on the pattern, e.g., Htc’s digital assistant can be launched by simply using a light press, and if we squeeze it for a little while, then this can help you for taking screenshots.

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HTC claims that in coming months it will be supplementing more functionality to the feature. In our short time with the smartphone, we observed that the Edge Sense feature helpful but didn’t agree on the fact that it adds value to the phone as yet. However, our first impression is not the final verdict about this phone, and You’ll have to wait for our final judgment on the new feature.

Proceeding to the display on the HTC U11, the smartphone carries a 5.5-inch Quad H (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD screen (Corning Gorilla Glass 5). While using this phone, we found the HTC U11 has the impressive display quality, and one can quickly unearth by touching it.

Sadly, this phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it bundles its U Sonic earphones with HTC U11, as well as USB Type-C adapter. The Quality of the audio offered by these earphones to be sublime.

This Dual Nano Handset runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the HTC Sence skin on top. Thanks to its robust 2.45GHz quad-core Snapdragon 835 Soc and impressive 6GB of RAM. In our brief time with this smartphone, It didn’t even lag for a second while launching apps. We would like to say this is our first impression as this is not our conclusion so sit relax till we contain in-depth breakdown of the HTC U11’s performance.

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The HTC U11 is coupled with a 12-MP primary camera with what the company names” ultra-spread autofocus, a BSI sensor, a f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, and a dual LED flash. Video slow motion record and with the 4K resolution support. In the front, we have a 16-MP camera with a BSI sensor, which can record full-HD video. In our short analysis, we found that the pictures coming out with the both cameras were crisp and clear.

You get 128GB of storage, which is expandable using a microSD card slot (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the HTC U11 include 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi at (2.4GHz & 5GHz), and NFC. It also packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.

You get a 128GB internal memory, which can further raise to 2TB using microSD card slot. Connectivity options on the HTC U11 are 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi at (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC. It also enfolds a 300mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0

Carrying a price tag of RS 51,990, the HTC U11 will be battling against premium flagships counting the Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone 7 and LG G6. While it seems fair enough regarding performance, it is to be seen that whether HTC will be able to make this phone stand out from the most Trending and established competitors. We will come with the full summary about the Phone stay tuned to Gadgetor.in

Vivo Y55s Review

Vivo Y55s Review – Just an average phone!

HIGHLIGHTS In Vivo Y55s Review

  • The Vivo Y55s is backed by a Snapdragon 425 SoC & 3GB of RAM
  • Battery life is decent but everything else is strictly average
  • This phone is priced at Rs. 12,490

 

The Vivo Y55s is much related to the Y55L, which officially launched last year.The price of this model is at around the same flat as the outgoing one, and the embossed gold lettering on the box made clear that the Set has 3GB of RAM.

This new phone retails for Rs.12,490, which puts it in a copious competitive segment. We already Reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in this price band. Vivo Y55s already seems to be at a deficit side when it comes to specifications, compared to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, but let’s not rule it out as an option just yet.

Vivo Y55s design and build

The Y55s contains a simple Candybar design with 2.5D curved-edge glass on the front, and For the back, it has a soft Gold finish. No doubt it is an iPhone-alike model which isn’t surprising for Chinese manufacturers. In thickness, it’s slim at 7.5mm, and light at just 147.9 grams. The phone is very handy and is easy to grip, and all button are well within reach. You get a dedicated microSD card slot on the top beside the headphones socket. Also, a dual sim functionality backs the phone. The back of the phone appears like metal, but it’s actually plastic.

The 5.2-inch HD display due to a sufficiently high pixel density pointedness around icons and texts isn’t very noticeable. Color reproduction is fairly good, and we didn’t mark any major issues with viewing angles or sunlight legibility. The Vivo Y55s comes with a pre-fixed screen protector, which is good since this phone doesn’t use any reinforced glass.

There is no sign of backlit on the capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom. And there is no notification LED either, but you can use the rear LED flash to the incoming calls, messages and reminders to make you alert when the screen is off. Another missing feature is a fingerprint sensor, which is considerably disappointing assuming the competition this phone is up against

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On the whole, we don’t have a lot of complaints regarding build quality and design of this phone, but we aren’t supremely impressed either. It looks pretty mediocre. At least Vivo hasn’t slobbered on accessories in the box; you get a standard 5W power adapter, a data cable, a handset, a silicone case, and a SIM ejector tray.

Vivo Y55s specifications and features

Under the hood, the phone has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Soc clocked at 1.4Ghz, which is a pretty much an odd choice considering that the Y55L had an octa-core Snapdragon 430. It sports a 3GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal space which can further be expanded to 256GB using the dedicated microSD slot. You also get Bluetooth 4.2, Wifi b/g/n, 4G with Volte, FM radio, USB-OTG and GPS. With the standard collection of sensors, you also get a virtual gyroscope.

Let’s see a software front, The phone (Y55s) still rocking Android Marshmallow as the core for its designed Funtouch OS 3.0. Not drastic change has found relativistic to Vivo V5 Plus. If you haven’t used a Vivo handset before, then there’s a bit of a learning curve as some controls have been shifted around. Users have to swipe up from the button to adjust or get to the brightness, quick toggles, and the volume sliders, while the notifications shade is only worked for notifications.

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You’ll see the settings app which has more options for custom features like motion and one-handed mode, touch gestures, super screenshot, and Smart click, which lets you perform certain functions by holding the volume down key when the display is off. “Smar Split” which is One more useful feature that divides the screen in half, allows you to send an SMS, WhatsApp, or Facebook without having to close the existing application while watching a video. There is Stock apps include Vivo Cloud for backups, WPS Office, UC Browser, WhatsApp, Amazon, and a theme store for adorning your front gesture of screen.

Vivo Y55s performance

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While Vivo Y55s Review, we noticed that the smartphone’s General UI performance is up to the mark, on which we didn’t catch any fault or lags during the 10-day usage. The phone even handles multitasking fairly good. However, the entry-level SoC isn’t a valid decision that this phone has leveraged for high-end games and apps. The phone hits the AnTuTu score of just 35,787 and only 14fps in GFXbech’s T-Rex test. This phone will let you play 3D games, but heavier ones won’t run properly until you turn off the settings. To be concern 16GB of storage isn’t much either, and it will get filled up much fast by downloading lots of songs and videos.

The Vivo Y55s worked with 1080p, and even the high bit-rate video test files came fine. To be honest, the volume and clarity of the loudspeaker aren’t very good, and sound quality is only a satisfactory for alerts. The packaged headset is not the in-ear type so don’t expect much regarding the quality or ambient noise isolation.

It’s coupled with the 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. It handles nice landscapes and macros in sunlight while accurate details look a bit blurred when you zoom in, and the sides around close-up bring lack sharpness. Colors also seem a bit muted, unless you perform HDR forcibly, which makes the things bit better. Without the PDAF, Autofocus is equitably quick. Low-light shots aren’t as noisy as we assumed as long as you use ‘Night mode’ which boosts the shutter speed a bit to capture more light. Still, the phone needs to be put very poised or steady as to make this work well.

Shooting modes include face beauty, professional, panorama, time-lapse, slow-motion video, and ultra HD. The interface is simple to navigate, and all functions are fairly approachable. This phone has a 5-MP camera on the front with the same f/2.2 aperture. Which is responsible for capturing decently detailed selfies in the presence of good lighting. However, the screen flash does seem to be a slightly low that means your face evenly won’t illuminate while confronting the screen.

We got an astonishing result when we could sip out of the 2,730mAh battery. In the Test, it yielded out the 12 hours and 12 minutes of continuous playback, which is not an ordinary. The phone also managed a full day’s worth of real-world usage. On the other hand, the phone may take few hours to get fully charged.

Verdict

In the same price segment, this phone simply isn’t powerful against its current competitions. There are lots of strong Phones Like The Redmi Note 4, Moto G4 Plus and Honor 6X which are much better options that will assist you a lot better. The Vivo Y55s has some striking qualities like a convenient form factor, dedicated microSD card slot, decent battery life and 4G VoLTE support, but it requires a more robust SoC, a fingerprint sensor, a higher resolution display, and better cameras.

Y55s could have been priced at around Rs 7,000, it would have been well worth considering, there are much better options to consider at Rs.12,490.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review – What’s the real difference?

Now you are reciting a Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review is the xiaomi’s newest model in the mid-Rs. 10,000 segment. Unlike premium smartphones like Mi, budget phones seem to produce shorter life cycles, and the Redmi series is the perfect symbol here.
In Last Year back in August the Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S prime have been launched in India, and the company claims that both are the highest selling phones in the online mainstream, after having sold four million units in just nine months. Notwithstanding, the all-new Xiaomi Redmi 4 will soon take on the hot Redmi 3S & Redmi 3S Prime).

Xiaomi has as of now seen a chain of successes with its Redmi range, with most models finding a place in our periodical lists of the best budget phones. This new Xiaomi Redmi 4 will not only have to win over the competition, but also live up to its predecessor in a many of ways, and it surely appears like an improvement when it comes to specs and designation. Let’s find out whether the phone is worth your money and time in our Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review:

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Xiaomi Redmi 4 design

Xiaomi Redmi 4 offers a metallic back more polished and make this handset look more premium than its predecessor. Whereas this phone is quite a slippery and you might feel a juggling experience couple of times while shooting photos. Though, the phone gives an attractive back with a glossy finish.
As there is not much change has seen to the primary Redmi formula. Similar to the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch screen. Although, This new model is somewhat thicker at 8.65mm and bulkier at 150 grams. Collectively the increase in thickness or its weight doesn’t affect much for the Redmi 4 as the phone is still very usable with just one hand, and to be more precise it clasps better in hand than the most ongoing Smartphones.

As there is not much change has seen to the primary Redmi formula. Similar to the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch screen. Although, This new model is somewhat thicker at 8.65mm and bulkier at 150 grams. Collectively the increase in thickness or its weight doesn’t affect much for the Redmi 4 as the phone is still very usable with just one hand, and to be more precise it clasps better in hand than the most ongoing Smartphones.
We faced no difficulty moving to the Redmi’s 4 fingerprint sensor at any time. There is one Mi logo on the rear, but there’s also a text ” Designed by Xiaomi/ Assembled in India” remark embossed in mini letters. We admired the attention detail, such as a protective ring encompassing the lens of the camera.

On the right, there is a Power and volume buttons and which are easily approachable while using a phone with just one hand. On the bottom, we see a Micro-USB port for charging, and data transfer pin on the bottom, with grills on either side, but one of them is a speaker. The audio socket of 3.5mm and an Infrared emitter can be observed on the top.

Navigation buttons of Redmi 4’s are located right below the screen though they aren’t backlit, which implies finding them in the dark is tough. The notification LED is right below the Home button and is bright enough to alert users about incoming notifications. On the right below the Home button, we can see the notification LED and which is bright sufficiently to alert users regarding incoming notifications.

Alike other Redmi smartphones, the current Redmi 4 also has a hybrid dual-SIM tray, which allows you to use 2 cards whether you can select both the sim cards or insert one MicroSD card with any single sim of your choice. This handset will be available in two color variants Champagne Gold and Matte Black.

Inside the retail box, you get the standard manuals, a data cable, charger, and a sim ejector tool with the handset itself.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 specifications and software

Xiaomi Redmi 4 highlights a 5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved-edge glass with a resolution of 720×1280. That appears to be the first time that Xiaomi is practicing 2.5D glass on a Redmi smartphone valued below INR. 10,000. It packs in a Non-removable 4100mAh battery of the same capacity as the Redmi 3S’s battery has, and is being promoted as one of this phone’s highlights. The phone is clocked at 1.4GHz and powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. There are three exceptions of the Redmi 4: 2GB/16GB of RAM and storage; one with 3GB/32GB of RAM and storage; and finally 4GB/64GB of RAM and storage. To be more clear we are currently reviewing 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage’s handset. The Redmi 4 supports up to 128 GB of expandable memory with the help of a microSD card.

It is backed by a 13 MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash and a PDAF along with a 5-MP selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture. The new Redmi 4 will support 4G and VoLTE together with extra connectivity options. Only the first sim card when used in a sim tool will allow 4G calls and data while the secondary card helps you with 2G calls only.

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The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), including Xiaomi’s MIUI 8.2 skin. This is a stable model which is equal to what we saw on the Redmi Note 4 & Redmi 4A. This indicates that the Redmi 4 has a bunch of software features that we have already witnessed, including Dual Apps, which lets you build a second instance of any app and supports Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and more. The Quick Ball feature allows users specify shortcuts for features. One-handed mode shortens the display to one edge of the screen so that everything’s simpler to reach. The phone also offers a scrolling screenshot feature to take you a screenshot of a whole Web page. Child-Mode lets you lock the apps anytime, and Second Space forms a separate profile to aid users to manage the business and personal information on the same Phone.

This version of MIUI got improved than previous versions that become cleaner and more polished.

In keeping with former Redmi phones, the Redmi 4 also carries lots of preinstalled apps such as Music, Mi Community, Mi Picks, News, Notes, Security, Weather, and Recorder. The Themes app lets users pick themes of choice along with ringtones, wallpapers, and fonts from a store. Preinstalled Dedicated Mi Store App on the device through which users can buy Xiaomi products & accessories. We assume that the MIUI interface could become lighter with the removal of a couple of this bloatware, But totally they can’t be deleted, neither they cover up the valuable storage space on the device. We also get a couple of preinstalled third-party apps including Amazon, Flipkart PhonePe Wallet, SwiftKey, and Facebook.

Up to 5GB of Mi Cloud storage, users can use for free only when they sign in with a Mi account, That is additional to the 15GB of free cloud storage Just like the Google offers with every Gmail sign-in.

One of major shortcoming of Redmi 4 is that it does not run Android 7.0 Nougat, nor did it support Google Assistant. After pressing the HOME button for a while, the Now on Tap feature for context-based searches is triggered. Xiaomi says that the Redmi 4 will receive an update to Nougat soon, and we might get Google Assistant before Nougat. But there is no time-period from the companies side.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 camera

The 13-MP back camera is smart quick at focusing So the credit goes to the phase-detection autofocus feature. There is also a face recognition feature on the camera app that can come in handy compared to the Redmi 3S prime, Compared to the Redmi 3S Prime, we have noticed that Redmi 4’s autofocus was a bit faster. We received Detailed and sharp Camera samples with colors which were vibrant and fairly popped. For the most parts, the Landscapes had accurate colors as well as reasonable detail.
Little dampness was there in a Macro or close-up shots when seeing full-size on a desktop monitor, though HDR mode can help to some space.

 

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While turning HDR mode on made image capturing and processing. And this is one of our major complaints with the Redmi 4. While When the HDR is on, To get a good shot, users need to be steady for a few seconds else, photos coming out looking lousy.

The primary camera has a tendency to capture low-light pictures when there is no direct light source. When some sample camera shots were taken in the dark had too much motion blur and were poorly recognizable. At night, the device had managed to capture good images only when we were close to the external source such as a streetlamp.

The camera app of Redmi 4 is minimalistic and easy to use, It’s occupying small sections of the screen including controls for multiple settings and features. The HDR mode is just an inch away, as are the live filters. The phone can manage to record video at 720p and 1080p, and the videos appeared decent overall.

Selfies on the Redmi 4 can be a matter of concern if you want a fair one, again because image processing is delayed. We ended up with a quirk of blurred selfies just because we wanted to take one fast. Other than this problem, the sample images which we took in a decent light thrown a good amount of detail and accurate color tone. In low light, we struggled a lot, and faces came out staring too grainy.

Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi 4’s cameras are unquestionably an improvement over those of the Redmi 3S Prime, regarding focusing and results. There are few faults like poor low-light shots and slow processing in HDR mode, which we believe can be improved with updates.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 performance

Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a decent General performance; it managed to handle most tasks well. Sometimes MIUI interface felt bit sluggish, whatsoever, this doesn’t affect performance within apps as when playing games, i.e., Cut the Rope 2 and Asphalt 8. We felt not significant downgrades during the entire review period. We also not found any remarkable overheating.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a decent General performance; it managed to handle most tasks well. Sometimes MIUI interface felt bit sluggish, whatsoever, this doesn’t affect performance within apps as when playing games, i.e., Cut the Rope 2 and Asphalt 8. We felt not significant downgrades during the entire review period. We also not found any remarkable overheating.
Our review has 3GB unit RAM, and we get about 1.2GB free at given time, which means 2GB RAM variant of this device might strive with multi-tasking on their units. Notwithstanding roughly 1GB of free memory on our unit. We didn’t have to encounter with any lag or slowdowns, still, then, we would recommend opting for the 4GB variant of RAM if you can afford little more expenses.

We found a decent Voice call quality, and the phone supports VoLTE. The device has no headphone, to be honest, so we checked the sound quality using our portable earphones, and were quite fascinated. There are various option to tweak music with the Mi Sound Enhancer feature that phone has while using earphones. The Device Redmi 4 was also able to execute our variety of test videos with ease.

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The display (5-inch) is bright, and text appears sharp and vivid. The screen is crisp with proper viewing angles. But, this isn’t the best HD display we’ve seen on a Redmi phone. Colour reproduction is satisfactory, however, in our opinion, the Redmi 3S was quite better. The screen was appealing to read and usable under direct sunlight. Games and Movies look decent on the 5-inch display, although some might fancy a bigger screen.
The device has a Reading mode that reduces background glare.
Colors and saturation on the device can be controlled manually with the help of settings apps.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a score of 43,677 in ANTuTu and 22,996 in Quadrant. After running in 3DMAark Ice Storm Extreme and GFXBench, it set a score of 5,890 points and 25fps individually. These numbers are on a level with those of other devices powered by the chip Snapdragon 430 processor.

The Redmi 4 endured for 14 hours and 20 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is interesting. We can somewhat credit the battery loop test performance to the low-impact HD screen resolution. Battery runs over a day with regular use. The device also has power saving modes to help juice up more life out of each charge. Though it doesn’t support fast charging adapter but Xiaomi’s Jai Mani told us that it comes with fast charging.
As optional accessory Redmi 4 can sell a fast charging adapter this, we can expect from Xiaomi soon or later; else we can buy it from retailer store.

 

Verdict
In the past, Mi Redmi models have set the standard for other devices in the corresponding price segment and also showed just how much a budget smartphone can be capable of. The All-new Redmi 4 holds the same listing. The Redmi range succeeds to beat all the right bases when it comes to battery life, performance, and design. Camera quality is one of the shortcomings that this phone lacks in, but then again we can’t expect to get better than this at these prices

We can assume that the Xiaomi Redmi 4 will take on both the models of the Redmi 3S (&Redmi 3S Prime) over time, and will become the company’s main offering in the under-Rs. 10,000 space. It is coming in 3 variants ranging from RAM to Storage with different prices. Rs. 6,999 for 2GB/32 RAM and storage; and Rs. 8,999 for 3GB/32GB Ram and storage; and Rs. 10,999 for 4GB/64GB Ram and storage. To consider, We have reviewed the middle version which had roughly 1.2GB of memory free at any time, as we have already preferred people to go for the slightly more expensive one if they can afford. The Redmi 4 tops up against the Lenovo K6 Power, Galaxy J2 (2016), and Oppo A37, but its biggest rival might be Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 4 for the features like a SoC, larger screen, and an enhanced kit of cameras.

One significant factor that lasts from the start of the Xiaomi’s models is the Unavailability of the phones depite being listed on the large merchant website Flipkart and its own Mi online store. Previous mobiles Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 have been very laborious to find in stocks on many sites and including its official one.

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