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LeEco Le Max 2 in 2017 | Huge price drop!

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LeEco has set a new record in the smartphone market by selling over 78 million units. Their latest offerings are Le 2 and Le 2 pro in the budget segment, and Le max 2 in their flagship segment.

They say they are targeting the premium Samsung galaxy S7 edge with their flagship, which costs significantly less than Samsung's child. But does it stand a chance against the Korean giant? Let's find out.

Design: The le max 2 stands out to be LeEco's most premium offering , with near bezel less design and smooth chamfered edges. A big camera on the back with a fingerprint sensor. The phone weighs about 180gm and is 8mm thick. It's almost the same which we saw on the earlier Le Max, and though the camera is slightly protruding, when they make it look this great, why would anyone complain?😃



Display: The display on the Le Max 2 is a 5.7" QHD AMOLED panel, with brilliant saturation and excellent viewing angles, as expected from a 2K display. This phone beats out it's compe…

Smartisan T2 | An awesome phone that you won't buy!

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This is probably the best Android phone I've seen, which nobody has probably heard of. This is the review of Smartisan T2.

Smartisan is a Chinese company well known for its elegantly designed products. But it's not a global player, so not very popular in Indian and American soil. Their earlier Smartisan T1 had caught my eye, but it seemed to be lacking in some departments. But this time with the T2, they've pretty much nailed it in almost every department possible.




Design: the phone is an absolute pleasure to hold, with its carbon powder coated body made out of brushed aluminium. The entire phone is a complete piece, without any antenna cut outs and plastic frames in sight. Even the sim tray is hidden under the volume buttons. If you were proud of your current all metal smartphone, you'll be blown away with the attention to detail on the T2😉.

What's interesting is that there are two customizable volume rockers on the phone; on left and right side. One can be progra…

[Smartphone review] | Panasonic Eluga Note

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Panasonic Eluga series hasn't exactly been the most popular one yet. But they want to change that with their latest stream of smartphones. This is a review of the Panasonic ElugaNote.

Design: the eluga note has a unique build. It had a large form factor, hence the name; it's 8.1mm thick and surprisingly light at 149gm weight. It's made our of a metal unibody and is quite elegant, though not the most beautiful that I've seen at this price.

Display: the display is a 5.5" 1080p IPS LCD panel with 401ppi. It uses LTPS ( low temperature poly silicon) display technology. So display panel doesn't hold CPU temperature at a single place, but dissipates it and maintains constant temperature at all times.

Performance: it runs on a Mediatek MT6753 1.3GHz octacore processor and 3GB of DDR3 RAM along with a Mali MP- T720 GPU. Not a beast when it comes to performance, but it has good amount of RAM for everyday tasks. It also comes with 32GB of onboard storage expandable to ano…

[Smartphone review] | Reliance LYF Earth 2

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Reliance Jio have their own smartphone series called LYF. They've released a couple of phones on lower end, mid range and flagship levels. The LYF Earth is their flagship series. They are thorough with the earth 1. This is a review of the 2nd offering on the series, the Earth 2.


Design: the earth 2 is very well built, with aluminum an frame around the phone and very thin side bezels. The phone is 7.2 mm thick and 140 gm in heft. Design is quite ergonomic, allowing ease of use.

Display: the phone has a 5' 1080p IPS LCD display with 445 ppi. The display is not great in terms of saturation and colors produced, but viewing angles are really good, as expected from an IPS LCD panel. They say it has 172° viewing angle. Though you won't hold your phone at such extremities, it's good to have anyway😅.

Performance: I was frankly a bit disappointed in this area. The phone runs on a Snapdragon 615 octacore chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz with 3GB DDR3 RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. There is …

[Smartphone review] | UMi Max | Is it better than the Redmi note 4?

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UMI is a newbie in the smartphone game. Just like anybody else, they want to make a name for themselves and have come up with a smartphone, UMI Max, to help them with it. How does it compare against the competition and what makes it hold its own ground? Let's find out in this review.

Design: The phone is a typical size for the modern day and did not amuse me in any way. It's completely made out of an aluminum alloy. The phone is 8.5 mm thick and weighs 185 gm. The volume rocker and power/wake button are on the right side and on the left side had a sim tray. There's a flush camera in the back and the antenna bands which we all love😒. There's a red home button on the front similar to the ZTE Nubia line up. But it's not just a red button, it also doubles up as a multicolor notification LED! The volume and power buttons are clicky with excellent tactile feedback.

​There's a USB type-C port on the bottom and again, NO headphone jack. You'll have to use the USB p…

A bezel-less smartphone that you never heard of!

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Elephone is one of those companies that are still setting their base on Indian soil. They've had several successful devices in the past and they want to get into the most popular budget segment too, with their Elephone S3 smartphone. So what exactly are you getting for your money here? Let's find out in the Elephone S3 review.

Design: Gorgeous. That's all I have to say about it. Just gorgeous! Look at the pics, that phone like like a stunning 50K flagship, and feels nice on the hand as well. It's made out of magnesium, weighing 169 gm and 8.3mm in thickness. The design and build quality is just too good for the price, trust me. You'll love what you get here and others will also adore what they see. Volume rocker and power/sleep key are on the right, both very well finished and clicky. The phone comes in 4 color variants: grey, gold, silver and rose-gold.



Display: The phone is ticking a 5.2' 1080p IPS LCD panel at 424 ppi. The screen is made of 3D curved glass, so…

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro

Samsung released another phone in their popular mid-range J-series on 6th june. The galaxy J3 Pro is the successor of somewhat biker-oriented galaxy J3 which was released for 8,990 INR. This phone is an upgrade of some sort..😧

The construction on this phone is of a beautiful metal unibody, coming in at a thickness of 8mm.

This phone offers a quad core snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Display is a 5-inch 720p AMOLED panel. Supports upto 4 point multitouch. It houses a 2600mAh battery.

The rear camera is an 8mp CMOS sensor and front camera is a respectable 5 mp shooter with f/1.9 aperture each.

​This phone retails for a price of 10,300 INR. In my opinion, the phone is a bit expensive judging by the performance that you get.

​For the fans of that Samsung metal unibody, go for it. For everyone else, and I literally mean EVERYONE else, there are far more powerful phones out there for this budget



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[Smartphone review] | Yu Yunicorn

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The Yu Yunicorn was set out to be the redefining factor of what a flagship should be. Well, I dont think it redefined anything at all. This is more like the company's approach on making a competitive mid-ranger instead of a flagship that isn't good. But its definitely safe to say that this is the best of YU out there right now.😀

​Available at about 9800 INR, the phone runs on a Mediatek MT6752 octacore processor clocked at 1.8 Ghz. It has 4GB DDR3 RAM and a massive 4000 mAh battery. Its design language follows the present day trend of a metal body and looks quite impressive for the budget.


​The screen is a 5.5" 1080p IPS LCD panel , below which you can find the relocated fingerprint sensor. As every other chinese smartphone offerings out there, the sensor works with acceptable accuracy😞.

Software wise, Yu has been busy. They've made their own custom UI, instead of using the Cyanogenmod OS, like they did with their earlier releases; Yureka, Yunique and Yuphoria.

​Th…

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

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This is the new flagship from the house of Asus. The Asus Zenfone 3deluxe promises to stick to its title of a 'deluxe' experience and I would say, definitely delivers it.

It's construction is gorgeous as it showcases a metal unibody design and all the antenna bands have been cleverly hidden within the edges of the phone😃! There is not a single antenna cut in sight. That's what I call engineering brilliance. Well done Asus👍!

Performance is also what you'd expect from a premium device like this. The device houses a powerful 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 820 octacore SoC with 6GB DDR4 RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU.
The phone has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor with upto 5 fingerprint capacity and app compatible gestures, as we've seen on a few Huawei devices.


​Its 5.7" full HD super AMOLED display is perfect for media consumption and gaming.

The phone has a 3000mah battery and supports Qualcomm quickcharge 3.0 for shorter charging time ( 0% to 60% in 35min).

Camera …

[Smartphone review] | Xiaomi Mi Max | Taking a look back!

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Xiaomi has already released their Mi max 2 for roughly the same price as the original mi max. But now, prices have dropped and you might still be interested in the gigantic behemoth of a phone, the older mi max. Should you bother with it in 2017? Let's take a second look at the original Xiaomi Mi Max.

Design: The phone is a huge one to be held in hand mainly due to its large display. The build quality though, is top notch.
It's made out of magnesium, just like it's younger brother redmi note 3. It feels great in the hand, but one handed use is totally out of the question here.   It's 7.5mm in thickness and weighs a hefty 200g.

Display: The phone is rocking a huge 6.4' 1080p IPS LCD panel at 364ppi with gorilla glass 4 protection on top. The display produces excellent colors and is sufficiently bright outdoors thanks to Xiaomi's sunlight display technology. But the pixel density is rather disappointing over such a huge display as this. Not that you will notice th…

[Smartphone Review] | ZTE Nubia Z11

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ZTE is one of the top players in the Chinese market, but lesser known in the European and south Asian countries, especially India. Some of you geeks out there might have heard about them, if not, visit them👉here

Nubia is a sub-brand of ZTE, well known for their Nubia Z9 and it's variants, with bezel less displays and intense Red themed design language.
More about them here
This is their recent approach towards the modern flagship market, with the Nubia Z11.



Design: I did say it was a flagship device, so build quality is undoubtedly top notch. Made it of a magnesium alloy with nearly machined edges, gives it a very pleasing and premium look. It's body is 7.5mm thick and weights about 160gm, so it should please the design fanatics among you.

Display: The Nubia Z11 has a 5.5" FullHD IPS LCD display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection. The display is curved and continues down to its edges, just like Samsung galaxy S7 edge or S6 edge last year. Colors and brightness are …

Two displays on one phone! | Yotaphone 3

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Remember the Yotaphone? You know, the one with displays on the front and back?! Well, we had seen 2 iterations of the Yotaphone, now we have a third one. The Yotaphone 3.
Just like it's predecessors, the Yotaphone 3 has an E-ink display on the back, which is targeted more towards the readers among the masses.
It was unveiled back in June, but now has finally launched in China for about $450. Considering the Yotaphone 2 was a but if a let down at its price, what about the Yotaphone 3?
Truth is, we'll have to see. But the initial specs seem solid. The phone has a 5.5 inch AMOLED display on the front and a 5.2 inch 720p E-ink display(monochrome) on the rear.
It's powered by the Snapdragon 625 and 4 gigs of RAM. There are 2 variants: 64 GB and 128 GB. The battery has also been beefed up to a considerable 3300 mAh capacity.
The Yotaphone 3 also has a 13 mp rear camera and a pretty big 12 mp front snapper. Yotaphones were never known for camera specs, but maybe that'll cha…

The Galaxy S8 has a brother! | UMiDIGI S2 pro

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UMiDIGI is admittedly a lesser known name in the vast realm of smartphone devices. But their upcoming smartphone is going to change all that.
The UMiDIGI S2 pro is its name. If you haven't noticed yet, it looks gorgeously similar to the galaxy S8. And that's not a bad thing at all!
The phone sports a 5.9 inch display, but sadly, it's isn't the cinematic 18:9 display. It's a regular 1920x1080 IPS LCD panel. But you can't deny the looks though.
UMiDIGI says that this is the world's first phone that lasts 2 days with a full display on the front. It seemingly will be true, given its huge 5100 mAh battery.
Other specs include a 2.6 GHz Mediatek Helio P25 octacore CPU, coupled with 6 gigs of RAM and 64 GB onboard storage. It also houses a 900 MHz Mali T880-MP2 for graphics.
Other notable feature of the S2 pro is the dual camera setup on the rear. One is a 13 mp sensor and the other one is a 5 mp one, for added depth information.
It also houses a super bright…