Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23 Plus and S23 launched in India, check price and availability

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The base variant Samsung Galaxy S23 starts at Rs 74,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 79,999. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, starts at Rs 94,999 and goes all the way to Rs 1,04,999. The S23 Ultra, starts at Rs 1,24,999 and goes up to Rs 1,54,999.

Samsung launched its flagship series for the year 2023 at the Galaxy Unpacked event globally on Wednesday, and on Thursday in India. The series includes three models, namely the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and the top of the line Galaxy S23 Ultra.

As noted in our first impressions, the devices don’t look that different from the previous year’s Galaxy S22 series. However, a closer and deeper look reveals that Samsung has revamped the devices in a subtle but significant manner, focusing on its cameras, performance and build.

We take a look at all three phones, what specifications do they carry, and finally what will the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23 Plus and S23 cost in India, and if there are any special offers

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Specifications and FeaturesThe Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with support for a 120Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate in the Gaming mode, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, and Adaptive Vision Booster. You also get a hole-punch cutout at the top of the display that houses the front facing camera.

Powering the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is an overclocked of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC that has been designed specifically for Samsung, and which has been paired with an Adreno GPU. The device will be available in comes in four variants, with upto 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. The handset boots Android 13-based OneUI 5.1 custom skin out of the box.

As for the camera, the Galaxy S23 Ultra gets a with quad camera set up at the rear, which is headlined by a 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP2 sensor with f/1.7 aperture. Additionally, it gets a 12MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and another 10MP telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom. At the front, there is a 12MP selfie shooter.

The device will ship with Android 13-based OneUI 5.1 custom skin out of the box, and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery which comes with 45W fast charging, wireless PowerShare, and fast wireless charging 2.0. For connectivity, users will have options such as 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, and a USB Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus: Specifications and FeaturesThe Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus has a 6.6-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate in gaming mode, and a Vision booster, whereas the youngest sibling of the S23 family, the Galaxy S23, comes with a a 6.1-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Vision booster, and 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate in gaming mode.

Both the devices are powered by the same overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and the Adreno GPU that power the S23 Ultra. The chipsets for both the S23 and the S23 Plus have been paired with 8GB RAM and up to 512GB storage. Both the devices, again, run on Android 13-based OneUI 5.1 out of the box.

In terms of optics, both the devices are same. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus come with a triple camera set up at the rear, headlined by a 50MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, and OIS, a 12MP sensor, and a 10MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. There is also a 12MP camera on the front of both of these devices.

As for batteries, the Samsung Galaxy S23 packs a 3,900mAh battery with 25W fast charging, whereas the the Galaxy S23 Plus has a much larger 4,700mAh battery with 45W fast charging. There’s Fast Wireless charging 2.0 and Wireless PowerShare support. For connectivity, bioth the devices support 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, and come with a USB Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23 Plus and S23 price in India and availability.All the devices in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will be offered in four colours, that have a matte finish. These colourways include phantom black, cream, green and lavender. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will be available in four different colours – red, graphite, lime and sky blue, but only on Samsung.com.The devices are already available at Samsung stores, and Samung’s e-commerce partners.

As for the pricing, the S23 Ultra’s 12GB + 1TB variant will cost Rs 1,54,999, the 12GB + 512GB variant will cost Rs 1,34,999, and finally, the base variant, 12GB + 256GB variant will cost Rs 1,24,999.

The S23 Plus’ 8GB + 512GB variant will cost Rs 1,04,999 while the 8GB + 256GB variant will cost Rs 94,999

As for the vanilla S23, the 8GB + 256GB variant will cost Rs 79,999 while the 8GB + 128GB variant will cost Rs 74,999

Samsung also has a couple of pre-booking offers. Customers pre-booking Galaxy S23 Ultra can get Galaxy Watch4 LTE Classic and Galaxy Buds2 at a special price of INR 4999. Customers pre-booking Galaxy S23+ will get Galaxy Watch4 BT at a special price of INR 4999. Customers pre-booking Galaxy S23 can get a storage upgrade offer worth INR 5000. Additionally, all consumers can avail of a bank cashback worth INR 8000 on online channels.

Furthermore, customers who pre-book the Galaxy S23 series during Samsung Live on February 2, 2023 will get an additional gift of a wireless charger and travel Adaptor. Customers pre-booking the Galaxy S23 series during the “Samsung Live” event on February 2 at Samsung’s website’s live offers section will get an additional exclusive gift of a wireless charger & travel adapter.

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All Samsung Galaxy S23 devices for Indian customers to be made at India’s Noida plant

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Samsung’s smartphone manufacturing unit in Noida, India, is the largest mobile factory in the world. The factory will make all Galaxy S23 series devices to be sold in India at the Noida plant.

In a significant step that highlights India’s manufacturing prowess and why international electronics want to set up their production facilities in India, Samsung has announced that the all of the devices of the Galaxy S23 series offered in India will be produced in Samsung’s Noida plant in India’s Uttar Pradesh. Samsung currently meets the vast majority of domestic demand in India through its local manufacturing plant in Noida.

The decision by Samsung to sell ‘Made in India’ Galaxy S23 smartphones demonstrates the company’s dedication to India’s manufacturing and growth narrative.

In 2018, Samsung opened the world’s largest mobile factory in Noida, with the goal of making India a worldwide manufacturing base. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated this plant.

The Galaxy S23 series smartphones use a tweaked unit of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC which has been specially designed for the Galaxy S23 series. The slightly tweaked SoC aims to provide a premium experience with AI-powered, future-ready mobile gaming, and impressively sustained gameplay with the world’s fastest mobile graphics. In addition, the new S23 series has more recyclable materials than any prior Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

The Galaxy S23 series sets the bar for sustainbibility in consumer tech. It uses even more recycled components than the Galaxy S22 series, including pre-consumer recycled aluminium and recycled glass, as well as post-consumer recycled plastics acquired from abandoned fishing nets, water barrels, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has Samsung’s most advanced camera technology, which is designed to provide breathtaking detail in virtually any lighting situation. The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s powerful 200MP Adaptive Pixel sensor captures breathtaking moments with incredible accuracy.

Samsung has also emphasised on security and privacy and has therefore included Samsung Knox protection with the Galaxy S23 series, which has acquired more government and industry certifications than any other mobile device, platform, or solution on the market. Knox Vault, which was initially launched on the Galaxy S21 series, safeguards sensitive information on the Galaxy S23 series by separating it from the rest of the device, including the OS, for greater vulnerability protection.

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Samsung Galaxy Book3 Series first impression: More than the hardware, its the ecosystem that impresses

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For the Galaxy Book3 series, Samsung has focussed on the best hardware that is available on the market, like the 13th Gen Intel CPUs and RTX 40 series GPUs. However, their attempt to create an ecosystem of Galaxy devices exclusively, is what’s impressive

Although the Galaxy S23 series, especially the Galaxy S23 Ultra, was at the centre of everyone’s attention at the launch, Samsung also launched their new Galaxy Book3 series, their ultra-portable thin and light notebooks. The series includes three thin and lights, the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360, and the Galaxy Book3 Pro.

Specifications and hardware wide, they are everything that a thin and light note should be – a combination of stellar-looking design with the best hardware that is on the market right now.

The notebooks are powered by Intel’s 13th Gen H-series processors and come with Intel’s Evo badging. The Galaxy Book3 Ultra, for example, is available with either an Intel 13th Gen i9 or an i7 CP, up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and either an RTX 4070 or an RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, depending on how you spec it out.

Similarly, the other laptops get the best Intel 13th Gen i7 or i5 CPU with Intel Xe Graphics and up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM. All four devices get the best of PCIe storage of up to 1TB and you get a quad-speaker setup, tuned by AKG, that supports Dolby. Basically, you get all the bells and whistles that you would hope a top-tier laptop to have in 2023.

What sets the Galaxy Book3 series apart, is the suite of customisations, and features that Samsung has built into the laptop. Samsung wants to create an ecosystem of its own and boy, are they working hard on it.

Firstly, there’s Samsung’s Multi Control feature. Basically, this lets you type and control all your Samsung personal devices, like a smartphone or a tablet using the trackpad and the keyboard on your Galaxy Book3. Basically, you can reply to your messages, emails, and IM messages that you have received on your phone, using your laptop. Not just that you can also “share” stuff such as text and images between your devices, by simply copying it on one device, and pasting it somewhere else, using a completely different device.

Then there is Samsung’s own way to implement something as basic as a mobile hotspot. With Samsung’s Phone Link, you turn on the hotspot of your mobile device and connect it to your Galaxy Book3, all in just one click – no other step is required to set the system up. The best feature of Samsung’s Phone Link, however, is that it lets you continue browsing the internet from the same web page, even when you move between devices. For example, suppose you are reading a Wikipedia entry on your phone about something really quirky as you make your way up your apartment towards your home. You then sit down to start working on your laptop. Now, instead of having to look that Wikipedia entry up again, you can simply continue on your laptop.

Finally, there’s expert RAW auto share, a feature that will prove to be a boon for content creators, especially photographers. Now, users will be able to transfer RAW files from their Galaxy devices to their Galaxy Book3. What’s more is that users can then directly proceed to edit the images on their favourite software, straight away, without having to wait.

There are a bunch of other features and neat little tricks as well, that just work seamlessly between Samsung’s different personal devices. For example, you can share and extend your screen with other Galaxy devices, wireless, which allows you to use your Galaxy Tab as an additional display.

Samsung has realised that what users want, is a seamless experience between multiple devices, and this is evident with what they have done with the Galaxy Book3 series. It will be interesting to see what other inter-device features they will be bringing next.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra first impressions: Familiar, and yet worlds apart

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Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra on the surface looks and feels a lot like the outgoing S22 Ultra. However, beneath the surface, the S23 Ultra is a completely different smartphone, one that will set the benchmark for all flagships released this year.

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series is a major event not just for Samsung, but the entire smartphone industry. Tech experts are usually divided on whether the introduction of the Galaxy Z Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip series, has meant that the Galaxy S series is no longer their flagship device. However, even they have to agree that the Galaxy S series, year after year sets the tone, and more often than not, the bar, against which flagships from all other manufacturers will be compared to.

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Furthermore, Samsung has also scaled up its OIS, and doubled it. That along with their Enhanced Noise control, means that photography and filmmaking in the dark, shouldn’t be a challenge anymore.

Unbridled PerformanceSamsung says that with the S23 Ultra, they have a renewed focus on gaming. In fact they say that the S23 Ultra will provide users the ultimate gaming performance. Now that is a tall claim, but at least on paper, it seems that they have done everything they could to stand true to their claims.

First and foremost is the SoC. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is a rather capable SoC and performs very well in managing even the most demanding of tasks. Samsung, however, went on step further. In the S23 Ultra series, Samsung is using a variant of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that has been specifically designed and tweaked for them.

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Restrain, not Ban: How Twitter’s account suspension policy will change

From 1 February, Twitter will allow any user to appeal account suspensions. Reuters File Photo

Elon Musk-owned Twitter will ease its accounts suspension policy from Wednesday (1 February).

The company informed about the changes that will come into effect on its Twitter Safety account last week. This comes as the microblogging site has already started lifting the ban on several accounts suspended previously.

What is Twitter’s new account suspension policy? Whose accounts have been restored since Musk took over the company? Let’s take a closer look.

Revisions in Twitter’s suspension policy

Starting 1 February, Twitter will take “less severe actions” against accounts that violate its rules.

This includes limiting the reach of such tweets or asking the user to take down the tweet before allowing them to get back to the site.

Only those accounts will be suspended from now on that engage in “severe or ongoing, repeat violations” of the company’s policy.

“Severe violations include but are not limited to: engaging in illegal content or activity, inciting or threatening violence or harm, privacy violations, platform manipulation or spam, and engaging in targeted harassment of our users,” Twitter said.

Moreover, anyone can now appeal an account suspension which will be “evaluated under our new criteria for reinstatement”, the company announced on 28 January.

In December last year, Twitter said it had identified various policies where the permanent suspension was a “disproportionate action” for breaking its rules. It said it has started reinstating such accounts that were suspended for violation.

In its statement on Saturday (28 January), the company claimed that it did not “reinstate accounts that engaged in illegal activity, threats of harm or violence, large-scale spam and platform manipulation, or when there was no recent appeal to have the account reinstated”.

The Verge noted that this stands in contrast with the company recently restoring former US president Donald Trump’s account which Twitter had permanently banned in 2021 citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

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Accounts restored since Musk’s takeover

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk who calls himself a “free speech absolutist” has maintained that he believes that all content allowed by law should be permitted on Twitter, reported AFP.

Last November, he said Twitter will begin restoring most of the previously banned accounts.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk had tweeted on 25 November.

The development had come after he held a poll on Twitter asking his followers if he should grant “general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.”

Twitter had already reinstated Trump’s account six days before Musk’s amnesty tweet. Musk had run a poll where users – by a thin majority – voted for the former US president’s account to be brought back.

However, Trump has not posted on Twitter and had said earlier he does not see “any reason” to return to the platform.

Twitter has already lifted ban on many suspended handles. AP (Representational Image)

The site had suspended the Republican leader’s account in the aftermath of the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

So far, Twitter has lifted the ban on several high-profile accounts including Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, controversial British-American former kickboxer Andrew Tate, US comedian Kathy Griffin, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and The Babylon Bee.

Twitter also reinstated the account of “prominent white nationalist” Nick Fuentes last week, only to ban it again within a day, noted Insider.

Last October, Musk – who took over Twitter the same month – had also welcomed the restoration of the account of Ye, the rapper earlier known as Kanye West.

However, Ye’s account was again suspended in December for flouting the platform’s rules against incitement to violence. The controversial artist had shared a picture that showed a swastika symbol inside a Star of David.

Replying to a user who said “Elon Fix Kanye Please”, Musk wrote last month, “I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended”.

In December, Musk was widely criticised for suspending accounts of a group of tech journalists for publishing publicly available data about his private jet’s movements. He re-platformed these accounts a day later after carrying out a poll where 58.7 per cent of the polls voted in favour.

Meanwhile, a recent report by Bloomberg has claimed that the Twitter CEO personally ordered the suspension of a left-leaning activist, Chad Loder, last November.

Citing a leaked internal Twitter message, Bloomberg claimed on 27 January that it has seen a screenshot of the note which read, “Suspension: direct request from Elon Musk”.

As per Independent, the accounts of many left-leaning activists and commentators have been suspended since Musk took over.

“Since the acquisition, the company’s only actions have been to silence critics of Elon, to expose journalists and others to harm, and to violate basic ethical standards and privacy laws,” a former Twitter executive was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

With inputs from agencies

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Best phones under Rs 25,000 (Jan-Feb 2023): Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, Realme 10 Pro+ 5G to iQOO 7 5G

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A list with an interesting mix of new phones and slightly older more powerful phones under Rs 25,000 this month.

A budget of Rs 25,000 gives you access to a handful of high-end features, if not in the new phones, then in some slightly older ones that were launched for a much higher price but are now available within this price bracket. Be it extra processing power or impressive cameras with optical image stabilisation (OIS) or even some fancy displays, we have it all here. And of course, all of them are 5G ready. Let’s get down to business and take a look at the top 5 phones you can buy under 25K this month.

Best phones to buy under Rs 25,000 in India

iQOO 7 5G

Speaking of more expensive phones currently available under 25K, the iQOO 7 5G tops that list. That makes it arguably the best all-round phone in this price range, and a great option to spend your money on while the stocks last. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chip, and you can buy its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage variant in this budget. It has a 6.62-inch HDR10+ compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1300 nits.

The rear camera department is impressive too, starting with a 48MP primary camera with OIS. Giving it company are a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Its 4400 mAh battery lasts over a day of moderate use, and the bundled 66W fast charger promises to charge it fully in less than half an hour. The iQOO 7 5G launched with Android 11 and FunTouch OS 11 UI, and the company has promised two more major Android updates in the future for this device. The Android 12 update should already be available by now.

iQOO 7 5G price in India: Rs 24,990 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Motorola Edge 30

The Motorola Edge 30 is another great phone to consider in this budget. This phone is powered by a Snapdragon 778G chip, which is more than decent for this segment, and you get up to 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. It flaunts some truly impressive features starting with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and the capability to display over a billion colour shades. The screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches.

The photography department on the Motorola Edge 30 boasts of two 50MP cameras, with the primary offering OIS and the secondary camera letting you capture some high-quality ultra-wide shots. There’s also a 2MP depth sensor (if you care). The 32MP front camera is bound to impress selfie enthusiasts. Its 4020 mAh battery lasts for a little over a day of moderate use and supports 33W fast charging. This phone runs Android 12, and like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and near-stock user interface.

Motorola Edge 30 price in India: Rs 22,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage; Rs 24,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Realme 10 Pro+ 5G

At launch, we were a little disappointed with the company for dropping OIS from the Realme 10 Pro+ 5G’s primary camera, which was present in its predecessor, but at the end of our thorough test process, we didn’t miss it as much. The 108MP primary camera captures some great images across varied lighting. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The 16MP front camera is more than decent for selfies and video calls. Camera aside, this phone offers a lot of cool elements, starting with the display.

The Realme 10 Pro+ 5G has a 6.7-inch curved Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate. A curved display is extremely rare in this budget, and on top of that, it is HDR10+ compliant and can display over a billion colour shades. The curved display also adds oodles of style to the design. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC, which is decent enough for the segment. You get the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage variant in this budget.

The battery life of this phone is quite impressive too. Thanks to some neat power management and an efficient SoC, its 5000 mAh battery lasts longer than usual even under heavy load. The company bundles a 67W fast charger that manages to juice it up fully in about 50 minutes. The phone runs the latest Android 13 with Realme UI 4.0.

Realme 10 Pro+ 5G price in India: Rs 24,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G

The new Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G is another solid all-round option in this budget. Just like the Realme phone above, this too is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC and is equipped with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. It has a 6.67-inch 10-bit Full HD+ OLED display, and though it is not curved, it is compliant with Dolby Vision as well as HDR10+. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate and is protected against scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Photography is handled by three cameras at the back, and interestingly the 50MP primary camera here does have OIS. You also get an 8MP ultrawide snapper and a 2MP macro camera to support it. There’s a more than decent 16MP selfie camera up front. This phone too has a 5000 mAh battery and a 67W fast charger that claims to charge 50% of it in just 15 minutes. The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G runs Android 12 with MIUI 13.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 24,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

Redmi K50i 5G

Last but by no means least, the Redmi K50i 5G is a great choice for gamers looking for powerful processing hardware under Rs 25,000. It is powered by a flagship-grade Mediatek Dimensity 8100 SoC that is found in much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 10R. You get its 6 GB RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 internal storage variant under 25K. The photography department isn’t bad either with a combination of a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP macro camera. A 16MP front camera takes care of selfies and video calls pretty well.

The Redmi K50i 5G has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ Liquid FFS display that’s HDR10 and Dolby Vision compliant. It is protected against scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and supports 144 Hz refresh rate for a smooth experience in compatible apps. A 5080 mAh battery keeps the phone running for close to a day and a half of moderate use, and the bundled 67W turbo charger claims to charge half the battery in just 15 minutes. This Redmi phone runs Android 12 with MIUI 13.

Redmi K50i 5G price in India: Rs 23,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

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Samsung Galaxy A14 5G review: A solid smartphone full of surprises, that gets the job done

Pros- Battery life- Aesthetics and design- Lower-specced variant one of the cheapest 5G phones in the market- Impressive main camera- 3.5mm jack- Expandable Storage and virtually expandable RAM- Vibrant LCD display

Cons- Mono speaker- No OIS in any of the cameras- No IP rating- 15W charging, with no charging brick in the box- Bezels and bottom chin

Price: Rs 20,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant

Rating: 4/5

Although smartphone manufacturers tend to focus most of their resources in hyping up their flagship devices, it is the mid-range segment where they face some of their fiercest competition. The first smartphone that Samsung launched this year, the Galaxy A14 5G may look rather simple and plain on the surface. However, considering that it costs Rs 20,999 for the top, 8GB + 128GB variant, and can be had for cheaper after discounts and offers, we have to say that the device has the potential to shape up to be one of the best 5G devices under Rs 20,000. There’s also a 4GB + 64GB variant as well as a 6GB + 128GB variant which costs even less.

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Samsung Galaxy A14 5G review: The displayThe bezels of the display of the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G will have you believe that the display isn’t something to write home about. That, however, couldn’t be far from the truth. The Samsung Galaxy A14 comes with a 6.6-inch FHD+ PLS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×2408 pixels, set in an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display supports a refresh rate of up to 90Hz, which gives users a buttery smooth experience.

The display comes with an HDR10 certification is vibrant, sharp and very clear, even under direct sunlight. We had no problem reading off the screen or playing games, even under the sun, although, the dark portions of videos do get a little difficult to deal with.

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OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus Buds Pro 2 in India: First look at the upcoming products

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No leaks, no renders, no rumours – these are how the new OnePlus phone and TWS earbuds actually look.

The official release of the OnePlus 11 5G smartphone and OnePlus Buds Pro 2 TWS earbuds is still a good 10 days away. While we are bound by a non-disclosure agreement at the moment when it comes to sharing our opinion and other insights on the upcoming OnePlus products, we are officially allowed to show you what the products look like, as well as their packaging.

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The box is more compact than that of its predecessor.

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Best phones under Rs 20,000 (Jan 2023): Motorola G82 5G, Realme 10 Pro 5G to iQOO Z6 5G

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Smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chip took up 60% slots in our previous sub-20K phone list. This month, that figure has gone up to 100%, which goes to show the popularity of that 5G-ready SoC among phone manufacturers in this segment. Also, every phone in this list is equipped with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Though the processing power is similar, you get a variety of features on different handsets in this list.

We have phones with 108MP cameras, one even with optical image stabilisation (OIS); a feature that is extremely hard to find in this budget. In addition, you also get high refresh rate LCD or AMOLED screens, fast charging, 5G compliance and more. Time to look at what one can get their hands on under Rs 20,000 this month.

Best phones to buy under Rs 20,000 in India

Motorola G82 5GThe Motorola G82 5G is our top pick in this segment this month. It flaunts certain features that are near impossible to find collectively in a single smartphone under Rs 20,000 at the moment. To begin with, it has a 6.6-inch 10-bit Full HD+ pOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate that is capable of displaying over a billion colour shades. Another rarity in this segment is the availability of optical image stabilisation (OIS) on its 50MP primary camera.

Support cast consists of an 8MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP macro camera at the back, along with a 16MP selfie camera at the front. The phone design is quite sleek, and an IP52 rating for dust and moisture resistance adds a degree of sturdiness. The Motorola G82 5G has a 5000 mAh battery that keeps it powered for close to a day and a half of moderate use, and is accompanied by a 33W fast charger. The phone runs Android 12, and like most Motorola phones, you get a near-stock user interface.

Motorola G82 5G price in India: Rs 18,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

Poco X4 Pro 5GPoco X4 Pro 5G comfortably retains its place in our list thanks to a nice mix of features and performance, and now at an even better price. The second of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 based phones has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1200 nits and 120 Hz refresh rate. The screen is protected against scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A 16MP camera is located in a punch-hole at the top of the screen.

Speaking of cameras, the Poco X4 Pro 5G has three at the back with the combination of a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide snapper and a 2MP macro camera. This phone too has a 5000 mAh battery that lasts over a day and a half of moderate use. But you get a faster 67W charger here that promises to take it from 0 to 100% in less than 45 minutes. The phone runs Android 11 with a layer of MIUI 13. Android 12 update is expected soon.

Poco X4 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 16,499 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5GThe Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G is similar to the Poco X4 Pro 5G in many ways but with a more appealing camera. Its 108MP primary camera will have the photography enthusiasts interested. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The 16MP front camera is good enough for selfies and video calls. This Xiaomi phone too launched with Android 11 with MIUI 13, and the Android 12 update started rolling out late last year.

The rest of the specs are similar to the Poco above. You get a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display that can get up to 1200 nits bright and supports 120 Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps. It is protected against scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A 5000 mAh battery keeps it running for close to a day and a half of moderate use, and the bundled 67W turbo charger claims to charge it fully in under 45 minutes.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G price in India: Rs 19,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

Realme 10 Pro 5G The fairly recent Realme 10 Pro 5G is another phone in this list with a 108MP camera. The primary camera has to do all the heavy lifting as it only has a 2MP depth sensor for company. You do get a 16MP camera up front for selfies and video calls. You already know about the chipset that powers it and the amount and RAM and storage, as it remains the same for all the phones in this list. But what makes it stand out from the rest is that it is the only phone in this bunch that runs Android 13 out of the box. You get Realme UI 4.0 on top.

The Realme 10 Pro 5G has a 6.72-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and slim bezels. The phone design is quite attractive too, drawing a bit of inspiration from Apple. The battery backup is similar to other phones in this list with a 5000 mAh battery keeping it powered for a day and a half of moderate use. The company bundles a 33W SuperVOOC charger that can charge 50% of the battery in less than half an hour.

Realme 10 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 18,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

iQOO Z6 5GThe iQOO Z5 5G used to be our top pick in this segment for a considerable amount of time. But sadly, it is no longer available. While its supposed successor, the iQOO Z6 isn’t as powerful as the Z5, it is not a bad option either in this budget. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC has been replaced by a Snapdragon 695, but the price is also significantly lower. This phone has a 6.58-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with 120 Hz refresh rate.

Battery capacity stands at 5000 mAh and lasts for a day and a half of moderate use. Photography is mainly handled by a 50MP primary camera. A 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor make up the numbers. You get a neat 16MP selfie camera though. The iQOO Z6 5G runs Android 12 with FunTouch UI 12. If you can find a Z5 5G in this budget, we would recommend that over the Z6 5G without a second thought.

Pro tip: At the time of writing, the iQOO Z6 Pro 5G with a faster Snapdragon 778G SoC, AMOLED display and better cameras can be purchased for Rs 19,999 effectively on Amazon India if you have access to a HDFC or ICICI bank credit card. That is pretty much the Z5 5G with a better display, which makes it the best of the three iQOO phones mentioned here, and a great buy for this budget.

iQOO Z6 5G price in India: Rs 16,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage

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OnePlus 11R and OnePlus Pad set to be launched alongside OnePlus 11 on Feb 7 Cloud Event

OnePlus 11R and OnePlus Pad set to be launched alongside OnePlus 11 on Feb 7 Cloud Event- Technology News, Firstpost













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OnePlus has a bunch of products lined up for its upcoming Cloud Event, including the OnePlus 11, OnePlus 11R, OnePlus Buds Pro 2, the OnePlus Keyboard, a new OnePlus TV and the OnePlus Pad.

Although OnePlus has already launched its flagship device for the year, OnePlus 11 in China, they are yet to launch the device in India and the rest of the world. OnePlus has confirmed that the global launch of the OnePlus 11 will take place in India on February 7. However, it seems that OnePlus may be launching a bunch of other devices as well.

OnePlus has a bunch of products lined up for its upcoming Cloud Event, including the OnePlus 11, OnePlus 11R, OnePlus Buds Pro 2, the OnePlus Keyboard, a new OnePlus TV and the OnePlus Pad.

OnePlus will also launch the OnePlus 11R along with the OnePlus 11. The OnePlus 11R hasn’t been launched anywhere else and was actually expected to be launched sometime in March or April.

Amazon India pushed a notification prompt via its app yesterday, which said that the OnePlus 11R 5G will also launch on February 7th, 7:30 PM in India. OnePlus though is yet to make any such announcement.

OnePlus has a bunch of products to offer during its upcoming February 7th Cloud Event, including the OnePlus 11 5G, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, its first-ever Keyboard, and the new OnePlus TV 65 Q2 Pro. It only makes sense that OnePlus, instead of just launching one of their premium smartphone devices at the event, may choose to launch the entire series on the same day.

A rumour has also surfaced which says that OnePlus may launch the OnePlus Pad as well at the event. Rumours of the OnePlus Pad have been going around since 2021 with more recent speculation suggesting a launch in 2023.

There isn’t much information out there about the OnePlus Pad. However, given the close ties that OnePlus has with Oppo, the OnePlus Pad may be a rebadged Oppo Pad or Oppo Pad Air.

Coming back the smartphones, the global version of the top tier OnePlus 11 is expected to with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC, a 6.7-inch E4 QHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 50MP primary camera sensor with two additional cameras, 48MP and a 32MP unit, all of which have been tuned by Hasselblad, up to 512GB storage, and a large 5,000mAh battery which supports 100W fast charging. The OnePlus 11 is expected to be priced around the Rs 50,000 mark for the base variant.

The OnePlus 11R, on the other hand, is expected to come with a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which will likely be paired with up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB storage. As for the cameras, the OnePlus 11R 5G is tipped to come with a 50MP + 12MP + 2MP triple rear camera setup and a 16MP selfie snapper. Lastly, the device will reportedly feature a 5,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging support.

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