Tech Juice Weekly: Samsung set to launch the Note 8 next month. How’s it going to fare?

I just started this segment called Tech Juice Weekly. In this segment I’ll be sharing my opinions every week on all things hot in the world of tech and also discuss about the latest rumors, leaks  and other info on upcoming electronic devices. So, this week I’m going to discuss about about the release of the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and how last year’s incident might affect the sales this year and how it’s likely to be priced.

 

Release:

For those still wondering, the release is official! Samsung has confirmed the very anticipated launch of the Galaxy Note 8. Well, not technically but earlier this year Samsung said they would be launching the Note 8 somewhere at the end of August – early September. This falls exactly in line with the “Unpacked” event Samsung is holding on the 23rd of Aug in New York. And to clear all doubts, the pic shows “Do better things” in brackets which clearly hints towards the bezeless display of Galaxy devices and the pic also features a pic of the iconic SPen which has always been integral to  the Note devices. So this pretty much confirms the launch date.

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One important thing to note is this release date gives Samsung some serious advantage. Why? Because of the delay in the release of its rival – the iPhone (iPhone 8) which is confirmed to launch at the end of September. This gives Samsung enough breathing time to push out their devices at full capacity and also probably sway the minds of the eagerly waiting Apple fanboys.

 

Media Attention:

If you are a human being who is on the internet then you probably know what happened last year with Galaxy Note 7. I won’t dwell too much into the incident, but those who are unaware, the Note 7 kept exploding in user’s hands and pockets due to certain battery issues. Largely, because of fitting in a huge battery in an extremely sleek device. Samsung had acknowledged the incident and had to recall the devices twice (yes, twice) and they later on officially announced the death of the Note 7. Samsung also claimed that this would also be the end of the entire Note series. But now that’s clearly not the case. Needless to say, this infamous event garnered Samsung huge amount of attention (not in a good way of course!). But you also might be aware of the fact this device was an absolutely brilliant phone and it very easily would have been the best phone of 2016 had it existed for more time. Well, come 2017, Samsung launches the Galaxy S8/S8+. Once again magnificent devices and luckily with a stable battery. This kind of regained the trust of the consumers.160902121639-samsung-galaxy-note-7-fire-front-780x439

Now, with the launch of the Note 8, all the negative publicity from last year might actually turn out to be a  big positive for Samsung. Be it for good reasons or bad, the phone got a lot of media coverage and this made the public acknowledge the fact that this phone existed. So surely, all eyes are going to be on Samsung when the Note 8 launches and IF Samsung plays it’s cards right, they could have a solid phone at hand. This would impress a whole lot of people and Samsung would have a fighting chance at the top tier of the Smartphone market. BUT if they don’t (let’s all hope this doesn’t happen), this would obviously plummet the sales of Samsung and open up the market to Apple and Google who are both launching their flagship devices later on this year.

If you want more info on the Note 7 explosion incident, be sure to check out Cnet’s article on why the phones were exploding

Here’s why Samsung Note 7 phones are catching fire

Pricing:

Just like for any other device, pricing is going to play a major role in the sales of the Note 8 . As of now, nothing is confirmed yet. But various sources are predicting different price points. Some say its going to cost somewhere between $850-950 (roughly between 55,000 – 61,000 INR) just like the Note 5 & Note 7, while some speculate the price might as well shoot over the $1000 mark and cost around $1100 (71,000 INR). If that’s the case the device is going to be a tough sell since the supposed iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 XL are said to be packing even powerful hardware and that too below the $1000 mark. Remember, all these are speculations and we’ll only know for sure when it comes out. Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the price drop in Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ which is bound to come around with the launch of Note 8.

Acer Aspire VX 15: A budget gaming laptop definitely worth your money

Over the last decade or so the term Gaming Laptops has been synonymous with either the Alienware or the Razer Blade. But in the past couple of years, the industry has seen a sudden growth in this category – “Budget Gaming Notebooks” with almost every company having a powerful laptop with quality gaming grade hardware under the $1000 mark in their lineup. And the Aspire VX 15 marks Acer’s entry into this segment. Let’s take a deep look into this device.

Design: 

The VX 15 looks exactly how a gaming/business laptop should look like. It looks like a toned down and a more socially acceptable version of the Acer Predator laptop. The first thing you’ll notice when you look a the laptop are those huge dark red dual air vents (Acer’s new cooling solution; individual vents for the GPU and CPU). Aspire-VX-15_overview_design_largeSome might find that as an overkill but to me – they look incredibly good.The top is made up of brushed metal-like plastic and has the Acer branding in the centre and is surrounded by two red accents. One more thing that stands out to me is the silver central hinge. Imparts a really good look to the device.

Hardware:

Coming to the hardware department, you’ll find that Acer has packed quite a lot of hardware for a quite a reasonable price. You get an Intel i7 7700HQ – A Quad Core processor clocked in at a healthy 2.8 Ghz(Turbo BOost up to 3.8GHz), 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, 1 TB of HDD Storage and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.acer-notebook-original-imaeshfrcfdk8dgc Thanks to the latest Pascal Technology, companies can now incorporate the GPUs into the laptops in such a way that there is ALMOST no difference in the performance from their desktop counterparts which unfortunately wasn’t the case with the earlier generations of GPUs. Speaking of the GPU, the 1050 Ti is quite an able one. It definitely is a bang for buck graphics card and can take on any of the latest games at 1080p extremely well.

Battery:

The VX 15 uses a 55 Wh battery. Acer could have packed in a larger battery since it’s thicker and bigger than other notebooks of its kind and most of them actually have a larger battery. It gives about 6 ½ hours of general usage and around 1 hr of gaming just like any other gaming notebook in this price segment.

The I/O:

This is where the VX 15 trumps its competition. The VX 15 has almost every port you could ask for. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 Ethernet jack, an SD Card Reader, a Headphone/MIcrophone Jack and the best of all, a USB Type-C port which is sadly missing from its competitors like Dell Inspiron 15 and the HP Omen 15.Aspire-VX-15_gallery-07

 

Display:

Meh……..Not exactly great but not too bad either. Definitely better than its direct competitor – Dell Inspiron 15. It is a 15.6 inch 1080p IPS panel. The screen is a little dull and is not so colour accurate either (65% Adobe RGB). It’s perfectly fine for 1080p gaming (since it’s the sweet spot for GTX 1050 Ti) and media consumption. But not recommended for photo or video editing purposes. One more thing to note are those really thick bezels. They are the first things you’ll notice when you open the lid. Just like the average display even this is another cost cutting measure.

Configurations:

This is where Acer falls short. Here in India, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is available only in a single configuration of i7, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM and 1TB of HDD storage and retails for around INR 89,000/- while in other countries, it is being sold in various options ranging from an i5, GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD (at a jaw dropping $800 USD) to an i7, GTX 1050 Ti, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD(for $1200 USD). So, for those of you on a really tight budget it’s better to look elsewhere.

Keyboard and Track-pad:

Good news here. The keyboard and track-pad are very good. The extra thickness of the laptop gives the keys added travel distance (1.6 mm) and keys are actually fun to use. Aspire-VX-15_gallery-06They have a good feel and are also spaced well; thanks to the larger body of the laptop.  The WASD keys and the track-pad have a red outline and even the back light is also of red colour. Acer makes sure you won’t forget you’re using a gaming machine even for a second. The track-pad also feels good. Luckily, it’s using native Windows Drivers. So, there won’t be any problems with it.

 

  • In conclusion, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is a really powerful entry-level gaming notebook and is clearly one of the best in this segment because. I would strongly recommend this device to anyone who wants a gaming laptop under the INR 1,00,000/- price point. Sure like I mentioned earlier, there are many other options like the Dell Inspiron 15, Lenovo Legion Y520 and HP Omen. But all of them are a bit too mainstream and generic in my opinion. Acer brings in a lot more character with the VX 15.  And with the all new hardware it is bound to last you for a while and serve you well.

 

Microsoft Surface Pro: Promises versatility but with a heavy price tag

October 26 2012: Microsoft launches their first ever laptop-tablet hybrid – The Microsoft Surface. Fast forward to almost 5 years, they present us with the Microsoft Surface Pro – their fifth take on the breed of laptops they themselves pioneered. Funny enough, they’re not calling it the Surface 5 or anything like that. Just Surface Pro. Messing with the product numbering – classic Microsoft. But now, the market is just flooded with fresh breed of hybrid laptops and many devices like the Huawei Matebook, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S ,  Lenovo Miix and of course the newly launched – Eve V  are really giving Microsoft a run for their money. But can Microsoft really hold up against them in spite of the heavy price tag? The Surface Pro does come in with some cool new features but still has a few kinks like the previous models. Let’s check em out!

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What’s New:

The Processor:

Obviously. The Surface Pro comes with three CPU options – Core m3, Core i5 & Core i7(All Kaby Lake Chipsets). What’s new is the cooling solutions for these processors. The Core m3 and i5 models are completely fanless, making them extremely quiet. This also means no fan vents on the device, which just adds to the beauty.The Core i7 model comes with a hybrid cooling system. While the core m3 and Core i5 come with Intel HD Graphics, the i7 comes with Intel Iris Graphics which would help a great deal for editing, multitasking & productivity tasks and dare I say even some light gaming!

The Design:

No huge changes in the design department. And I’m not even complaining. The Surface Pro is very easily one of the most well crafted “laptops” in the world. But now, the new Surface Pro has slightly rounded edges, taking down the boxy feel a notch. pcw-surface-pro-hub-100723810-origIt also comes with an all new 165-degree hinge which goes all the way down for what Microsoft calls “Creator’s Mode”, similar to the one found on the  Surface Studio.

Surface Dial and Pen:

The Microsoft Surface Pro comes with support for the Microsoft Surface Dial out of the box. The Dial, aided by the 165-degree hinge is targeted towards to the content creators who constitute a large chunk of the Surface users. Remember, the Surface Dial doesn’t come along with the Surface Pro. You’ve gotta shell down an extra $100 for it.Surface_H_Brightblue_FrontView_HeroPdp_Panel_V2  Microsoft also stated that the Surface Pro 4 would also be able to support the Surface Dial after a firmware update which would roll down later this year.

Microsoft also launched the new Surface Pen. The pen has 4,096 pressure points. It also has a new “tilt” functionality by which it accurately shades based on the pen’s tilt. microsoftsurfacedial-0041024The top of the pen also acts like an eraser. Neat. The pen is more responsive than ever and Microsoft has claimed to have reduced the input lag with this new pen. The Surface Pen is a must have if you’re an artist buying this device.  

LTE support:

Microsoft mentioned that later this year, the Surface Pro would come with LTE support too. This is the first Surface device to do so. Definitely you’ll pay extra for the slot. But at least it supports 5G Network which is good.

Battery :

One of Microsoft’s biggest selling points for this device is the incredible new battery. Microsoft claims this device should give 13.5 hrs of battery life which is just amazing. In comparison, the earlier model- The Surface Pro 4 gave just 9 hrs of battery life. 4 ½ hrs (50%) increase in battery life is quite commendable. Since, the Surface Pro in its purest form is actually a tablet, a 13.5 hrs of battery life would be great for media consumption.

Keyboard:

This is not exactly part of the Surface Pro since it doesn’t come with the device just like its predecessors (not so new). You’ve gotta spend at least $130 more to get yourself the keyboard. But, then again this is one of the MOST ESSENTIAL things you’ll need to call it a “laptop”.dsc00143-2-100723326-orig Most of the competitors like Samsung and Eve V provide the keyboard with the laptop.

Anyways, taking a look at the keyboard, this thing is very easily one of the most beautiful pieces of tech. It looks absolutely gorgeous! This is made from what Microsoft calls Alcantara material. It really does impart a luxurious look. It’s not all looks, Microsoft nails the mechanics too. The keys are evenly spaced, have good key travel and the keys are back-lit. This keyboard would be an absolute delight to someone who types a lot. But one major issue though, since this is made out of fabric it might be more prone to wear & tear than other standard keyboards. Only time will tell. The other issue like I mentioned is the $130-160 price you gotta pay.Surface_C_5_FeaturePanel_V2

Also, this Keyboard doubles up as a cover for the device and is connected to the Surface via the Surface Connector pins.

What’s Not So New:

Lousy Ports Selection:

Microsoft continues its poor run in the ports department with the Surface Pro. It almost looks as if it’s taking inspiration from Apple. You just get a USB 3.0 port, Mini Display Port, Micro SD slot,3.5 mm headphone/microphone jack and the cover port. It’s 2017 and it’s extremely shocking to see that Microsoft hasn’t included a single USB type-C port given the premium price tag.  If you’re the kinda guy who keeps various devices connected to your laptop then this device isn’t for you.  

The Display:

Microsoft is sticking to the same 12.3 inch  screen. But this device comes with Pixel Sense display technology. It also has the same screen resolution of  2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) and the same 3:2 aspect ratio. Surface_J_Overview_12_MultiFeaturePivotCenteralign_Image1_V2_editedThis is not exactly a bad thing, in fact it’s a great display but it looks like we’ll have to wait for a few more years to get a 4K Surface device.

Pricing and Same Configurations:

Microsoft isn’t planning to sell this device at any lowered rates. The prices are high with this device. It starts at $799 for the under-powered Core m3 model. A $200 dollars extra would get you an i5 model(best option for students, imo) and goes all the way up to a whopping $2,700!! This comes with a Core  i7 and maxed out storage and RAM. And remember, you’ll still have to pay extra for the keyboard. At Least Microsoft gives around $100 discount for students.  

Here are all the various configurations:

Price     (In USD) Processor RAM Storage
799 Core m3 4 GB 128 GB
999 Core i5 4 GB 128 GB
1.299 Core i5 8 GB 256 GB
1599 Core i7 8 GB 256 GB
2199 Core i7 16 GB 512 GB
2699 Core i7 16 GB    1 TB

Verdict:

The Microsoft Surface Pro is not everyone’s cup of tea. While some just don’t need a touch-screen laptop, it’s quite an essential for some. If you really need the kind of portability or the premium experience that Microsoft promises, and you have the cash for it, then this is the absolute best your money can buy. But if availability of ports is a deal breaker for you…… bad news. Also, if you’re on a budget, you might wanna consider its alternatives like I mentioned earlier. But if you ignore the price, this beautifully crafted piece of tech is a very powerful and a versatile laptop. Looks like this should seat Microsoft at the top of the category for a while now. 

Ultimate 50,000 INR AMD Gaming PC

With the PC world being taken over by the launch of AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs and then with the low-key launch of the RX 500 GPUs, I decided it was time to put together an AMD powered Gaming PC under 50,000 INR . This Build can handle all the latest games like Battlefield 1, DOOM, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Injustice 2 and others maxed out at 1080p easily over 60fps. This can also handle other productivity and video editing tasks thanks to the Quad Core CPU and a pretty capable 4GB Graphics Card. So, let’s dig right into the parts!

 

CPU: Ryzen 5 1400                    (Rs.12,799)

For the processor, I’m going with the entry level Ryzen 5 1400 since it fits the budget perfectly and is an outstanding processor. As for performance is concerned, it absolutely thrashes its direct competitor- The Intel Core i3 (7th Gen) and also goes head to head with the i5 (7th Gen). The Ryzen 5 1400 is a Quad Core CPU with hyper threading (#8 threads) with a base clock speed of base clock speed of 3.2Ghz and turbo boost upto 3.4Ghz. It also has a TDP of just 65W. With the cherry on top being, it comes with Wraith Stealth Cooler which is by far one of the best stock coolers in today’s market.

 

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/amd-ryzen-5-1400-3-2-ghz-socket-am4-processor-wraith-stealth-65w-cooler/

 

RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR4 8GB  (RS.4,848)

This RAM stick from Corsair is very reliable and surely gets the job done at the right price. At this price point, an 8GB RAM config would be perfect. The Vengeance LPX 8GB is a DDR4 RAM module which runs at 2133Mhz. Also, it is available in Red which adds to the over-all AMD theme of this build.

http://www.amazon.in/Corsair-Vengeance-2400Mhz-Chipset-CMK8GX4M1A2400C16R/dp/B01ARHCZYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1493796525&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+vengeance+8gb+ddr4

 

 

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS B350M-A  (Rs.7,110) 

The B350M-A as the name suggests is a Micro ATX Motherboard and is based on the new AM4 platform to support Ryzen CPUs. This Mobo comes with a slew of features including, 4 RAM slots which is nice, 2 USB 3.1 ports(not Type-C though) also has an M.2 slot!! The motherboard also has a reinforced PCle slot with an LED Indicator to hold your GPU.

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/asus-prime-b350m-a-socket-am4-motherboard/

 

ROM: WD Blue 1TB HDD (Rs.3,565)

As for storage, 1 TB should be enough to hold all games, movies, songs, documents etc. Selecting the hard drive was quite simple, I went with the WD Blue 1 TB HDD. It runs at 7200 rpm which is nice. But keep in mind, the first upgrade you do for the PC should be an SSD and since the Motherboard of our choice has an M.2 slot, an M.2 SSD would be a great upgrade.

https://www.theitdepot.com/details-Western+Digital+Blue+1TB+SATA+Internal+Desktop+Hard+Drive+(WD10EZEX)_C12P24121.html

GPU: Asus ROG Strix RX 570 4GB (Rs.16,849)

Ah the Graphics Card, the most interesting part of the build! Since this is an AMD powered PC, The newly launched RX 500 series GPU was the obvious choice. I decided to go with the Asus ROG Strix RX 570 4GB Graphics Card. It has a base clock speed of 1244 Mhz and can be overclocked further. The card has the patented Wing   Blade 0dB Fan Design and also the Asus Aura RGB Lighting. The card has 2 x DVI Ports, 1 x HDMI 2.0 Port and 1 x Display Port and as mentioned, has 4GB of memory. Though this card is officially not launched in India, it is available on many online shopping websites. It wouldn’t be tough to get your hands on this one.

 

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/asus-rog-strix-rx570-4g-gaming-rx-570-4gb-graphic-card/

 

 

 

PSU: Thermaltake Litepower 450W (Rs.2,199)

To power this PC, a 450W Power Supply Unit should be more than sufficient. The Thermaltake Litepower 450W PSU does it for us. It is has certified 70+ efficiency and comes with a 120mm fan for the air flow. Since its not modular a power supply, we need to deal with those extra ugly cables. But it’s something we can compromise on given the Rs.2,200 price point.

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/thermaltake-litepower-450w-lt-450p-power-supply/

 

CASE: Corsair Carbide Spec-01 (Rs.4062)

 Finally, to house all these parts we are using a Corsair Carbide Spec-01 Micro ATX Case. The case comes included with a red LED 120mm fan at the front and another 120mm fan at the back. and has plenty of space for decent cable management. The Red accents and the fan just fit right into the theme of the build and also gives off an aggressive gamer vibe. The top panel has 1 USB 3.0 header and 1 USB 2.0 header, headphone/microphone jacks and Power,Reset Buttons. The case has an acrylic glass side-panel so that you can admire your work while Windows boots up!

 

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/corsair-carbide-series-spec-02-red-led-mid-tower-gaming-cabinet/

 

* Try purchasing the parts from your nearest computer hardware store since you tend to get them for a cheaper price in the local market *

             

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Source: http://www.amd.com

 

  • For more benchmarks:

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/amd-radeon-rx-580-and-rx-570-review/1100-6449402/

http://www.in.techspot.com/reviews/cpu/cpus/amd-ryzen-5-1400-review/articleshow/58382209.cms?page=2

 

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The Moto g5 Plus is a well crafted phone with some solid specs.

The Mid Range Phones (Rs.12,000-Rs.17,000) are the most thriving segment of smartphones in countries like India and China. And Motorola was one of the pioneering companies in this category; garnering huge success with the original Moto g which had some really impressive specs and features at affordable prices. And now, Motorola has dropped its latest mid range phone – The Moto g5 Plus; available exclusively on Flipkart. And here are 5 things you should consider before buying the phone:

1. The Build:

Motorola finally debuts the popular uni metal design in its G lineup. The Moto g5 Plus features a full Aluminum back and so far it has been a love/hate relationship with the masses.That’s predictable given last year’s Moto M which had a similar metal design, which for me, was a strange device and didn’t seem like a compelling buy. IMG_20170316_210542Now Moto has carried forward the same design language but with some changes. The most glaring one, the camera hump( I’ll get back to it). Apart from this, nothing much has changed from the Moto g (4th Gen). You get the same 3.5mm headphone and the micro USB slot, which is kinda disappointing since it’s 2017 and clearly USB-C is the future. But unfortunately, we’re still stuck with the micro USB port

2. The Hardware:

The Moto g Plus (5th Gen) comes with the very efficient Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor clocked in at 2.0 GHz and is paired with the Adreno 506 GPU. The Snapdragon 625 being a very popular choice among the sub 20,000 smartphones is extremely reliable and can handle multitasking and regular usage very well.

The phone comes in two variations – a 3GB RAM /16GB Storage model priced at Rs. 15,000 and a 4GB RAM /32GB Storage model priced at Rs.17,000.  The phone has support for dual SIM and also a provision for storage expansion with a microSD card slot (upto 128GB).IMG_20170316_210528

My only other qualm with this phone is the battery, it houses a very mediocre 3000mAh. Given Motorola’s history, battery life isn’t exactly Moto’s strong suit. Motorola claims this should last more than day on regular use, but not sure how true though. But not everything is grey, at least it supports Fast Charging and comes with the Turbo Power Charger. It also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0; with this you can get 6hrs of juice on just 15 min of charging.

3. The Software:

The software is one of the major selling points for this phone, since Motorola phones are the only ones in the Mid Range category to give you near stock Android experience. What does this mean you ask? This means you won’t have any heavily skinned UI found on the other OEM phones and no excessively pre-installed apps. You get shear Android goodness with a few extra features like the iconic Moto Display and the gesture controls. The phone also supports NFC, which is sadly missing on its direct competitors like Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Lenovo Z2 and Samsung Galaxy J7

4. The Display:

With the Moto g Plus(5th Gen), Motorola opted for a 5.2 inch 1080p LCD display against the standard 5.5 inch display for reasons unknown. However, this means more ppi( pixels per inch) and better screen clarity. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.

IMG_20170316_210610Motorola introduced this new feature where the touch buttons at the bottom of the screen can be disabled altogether and their actions can be performed by home button (which also houses the fingerprint scanner) by swipe and double tap actions. Pretty neat Motorola. This gives the phone a slightly more screen real estate. That’s nice because it has just a 5.2 inch screen as mentioned earlier.

 5. The Camera:

Motorola is really riding big on the camera here.Like I said, first thing you’ll notice on the back of the phone is the camera hump. This is to house the beast of a camera. The phone features the same 12MP f/1.7 sensor found on the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge sans the Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). But to compensate, it comes with PDAF(Phase Detection Autofocus). Since, the S7’s camera was pretty much the benchmark for mobile cameras in 2016, expect it to take some pretty great photos. It also comes with the regular 5MP f/2.2 front camera with flash. And finally, the Moto g Plus(5th Gen) can now shoot sweet 4K footage at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps.     

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VERDICT:

The Moto g Plus(5th Gen) isn’t anything groundbreaking; in fact it seems to be the most conventional phone from Motorola yet with a metal uni-body design and traditional specs. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it ticks all the right boxes. So, whom is this phone for ? For anyone on the lookout for a phone under 20,000 price range, the Moto g(5th Gen)is quite a compelling buy. If camera and stock android experience is a priority, then you might definitely want to consider this. However, if you are looking for a phone with long lasting battery, then you might want to look elsewhere. Apart from the battery and a slightly heavier price tag, this is a great phone and can very well be regarded as the ultimate mid range phone of the year.

 

The G6 is the LG phone we’ve all been waiting for.

Recently, at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017, LG announced their latest flagship phone. It should come with no surprise that LG has changed quite a few things compared to G5 in an attempt to stand-out from the over saturated smartphone market. Come on, let’s dig deeper and find out if this is the one to beat.

THE  HARDWARE & THE SOFTWARE:

The LG G6 comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor and 4 GB of RAM. Though this won’t be the most powerful processor of the year, it should hold up pretty well to whatever you throw at it. And coupled with 4 GB of RAM; multi-tasking and heavy gaming is going to be a breeze. It comes with two options for internal storage – 32 GB and 64 GB. It can also be expanded up to 2 TB via micro SD (And yeah, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still present). The phone comes with Android Nougat out of the box with LG’s latest UX 6.0 skin on top of it. The phone has Google Assistant built into it for the ultimate Android experience. 

 

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THE DISPLAY:

This is where things get interesting. The G6 sports a 5.7 inch QHD (2880 x 1440) display in a 5.2 inch form factor with those ridiculously tiny side bezels.The screen also comes with Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Well, the year is 2017 and HDR is the name of the game. With HDR technologies being the focus point for many devices at CES 2017, it has made its way into the smartphone market as well, with LG being the first to take advantage of it. The G6 supports both – HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. The phone is also the first to have a 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio as opposed to the conventional 16:9 ratio. The larger screen paired with Android 7.0 promises to deliver seamless split-screen multi tasking. 

 

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LG G6 (to the left) and the Pixel. Courtesy: The Verge 

THE DESIGN AND BUILD:

LG is finally ditching the plasticy  build quality in favour of the metal-glass combo, which has been the go-to for most of today’s flagship smartphones. It has Gorilla Glass 4 protecting the lenses and Gorilla Glass 5 for the back. It comes in two colours – Astro Black & Platinum Silver. And right below the camera setup is the fingerprint sensor. 

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The phone houses a 3,300 mAh battery (non-removable) and also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. LG claims that this should last for more than a day. Finally, the phone is dust & water resistant (IP68 certified). More good news for the US customers, since the US version of this phone supports wireless charging.

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THE CAMERA:

Looks like LG has upped its camera game. It has the popular dual camera setup, similar to the one in G5. But this time, it’s A 13 MP f/1.8 lens with a 13 MP wide-angle  f/2.4 lens. And on the front is a standard 5 MP selfie camera.screenshot_20170227-131356

LG came up with a new camera app called the Square Camera. The Square Camera mode takes advantage of the dual cameras and the huge screen. With this, we can have a live preview of the gallery and the pics just clicked on one half of the screen with the camera still open on the other half. So that you get just the right photo. This camera is bound to satisfy the craving for a perfect shot for all the Instagram addicts out there. There are also some pretty other neat features packed into the app too like Snap Shot, Grid Shot, Guide Shot, Match Shot, 360 degree panaroma and many more.

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CONCLUSION: 

To sum it all up, the LG G6 looks promising. This phone nails all the basics of a good phone- Camera, Display, Design and Battery and builds on top of it by including some really exciting features. Pricing which isn’t announced yet, will certainly play a major role in its sales. But do not expect it to be cheap either. But with the right pricing it could soar to be the one to beat. One thing is for sure, this is LG’s best chance to get back into game.