Blind camera comparison results: Samsung Galaxy F41 beats Realme 6 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro

Samsung Galaxy F41 is the latest mid-range smartphone that stands out among a crowd of similar-looking smartphones. The Galaxy F41 oozes style and performance with 64MP triple cameras, sAMOLED display, and 6,000mAh battery, all being offered at an extremely competitive price point. The triple camera setup at the rear, with a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and 5MP Live Focus sensor, look great on paper to offer the best photography and videography capabilities in multiple scenarios. To test how good the 64MP triple cameras on the Samsung Galaxy F41 really are, we pitted them against the cameras on the Realme 6 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro, two other popular smartphones in the same price segment.

Thousands of people voted in this ultimate blind camera comparison between 3 of the best mid-range smartphones in the market. The results are now out, and we have a clear winner. Let’s have a look at the category-wise results.

Shot 1 – Primary camera

Winner: Samsung Galaxy F41

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The 64MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy F41 is the talking point, which is why we pitted it against the 64MP camera on the Realme 6 Pro as well as the 48MP main camera on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Considering its prowess in the camera department, the Samsung Galaxy F41 easily took the top spot with a comfortable 41 percent of the votes, making its primary camera one of the best in the market.

Shot 2 – Ultra-wide angle camera

Winner: Samsung Galaxy F41

An ultra-wide angle camera is especially useful when capturing landscape shots, in an attempt to include as much of the view as possible. The Samsung Galaxy F41 managed to deliver extremely well with its wide 123-degree field-of-view that helped it get 42 percent of the total votes, making it the clear winner in this category.

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Shot 3 – Bokeh shot

Winner: Samsung Galaxy F41 and Realme 6 Pro

As we talked about in our blind camera comparison, the level of depth effect and colour accuracy are usually the biggest factors that determine the quality of a bokeh or portrait shot on a smartphone. Both the Samsung Galaxy F41 and the Realme 6 Pro managed an equal 37 percent of the votes considering it clicked an impressive bokeh shot.

Shot 4 – Selfie camera

Winner: Samsung Galaxy F41

Samsung has made sure its 32MP selfie camera is as superior as the 64MP triple camera setup at the back. By clicking a brilliant selfie, with good skin tones and depth effect, the Galaxy F41 managed to secure the top position in this category as well, with 40.7 percent of the total votes across all three smartphones.

Shot 5 – Night mode

Winner: Samsung Galaxy F41

Capturing good quality night mode shots requires a high level of research and development into putting a camera sensor and relevant software onto a smartphone, which is able to capture details in extremely low light conditions. The Samsung Galaxy F41 passed with flying colours, securing 40 percent of the votes, making it the ultimate mid-range smartphone for clicking photos in almost every condition.

Conclusion

Taking the top prize in 4 out of the 5 categories in our blind camera comparison, the Samsung Galaxy F41 is the mid-range smartphone that offers superb value, especially in the camera department. The Galaxy F41 beats the Realme 6 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro, two popular mid-range smartphones, in areas of primary camera, ultra-wide angle, selfie camera, and night photography.

The Samsung Galaxy F41 went official in India last week at a price of Rs 16999 for the base 6GB + 64GB model, while the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant comes in at Rs 17999. It will go on sale for the first time, starting October 16, as part of Flipkart Big Billion Days festive sale. Launch offers that include a Rs 1500 introductory price reduction, and further 10 percent discount with SBI cards on Flipkart, make the Samsung Galaxy F41 the hottest smartphone deal of the season. We don’t see any reasons not to get your hands on the new Galaxy F41 in this year’s festive sale season!

Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max unveiled with 5G, larger screens, improved cameras

Apple has entered the 5G era – all four new models feature both the sub-6 flavor of 5G as well as mmWave. The latter doubles the peak download speeds (up to 4.0 Gbps), but those are limited to Verizon in the US for now.

This year the Pro models come in two sizes, 6.1” on the iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7” on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That is up from 5.8” and 6.5” on the 11-series, Apple has embraced the large screen (while simultaneously going smaller than anyone else with the iPhone 12 mini). Slimmer bezels keep the new models from getting too huge.

As before, both models have OLED displays. And as before, they run at 60Hz – the high refresh rate update will have to wait for next year. Also, the notch lives on, Apple’s commitment to Face ID has not wavered in the wake of in-display fingerprint readers.

The new displays have slightly higher resolution than their predecessors – on the Pro that is 1,170 x 2,532 px, the Pro Max is up to 1,284 x 2,778 px. The peak brightness remains at the impressive 1,200 nits.

To keep the display safe, Apple once again partnered with Corning to create the Ceramic Shield material. This has 4x the drop resistance of previous the glass.

The company also updated the design language of its phones, bringing it closer to the iPad Pros. This means that the sides are squared off, echoing the glory days for the iPhone 4. As before, the chassis is made from stainless steel. Pacific Blue is the new hero color alongside classics such as Gold, Gray and Silver.

The new generation has best-in-class water resistance, being able to dive down to 6 meters underwater for an hour. The 2019 generation could only go down to 4 meters.

The two Pro models are not equal when it comes to the camera. The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max starts off with a larger 1/1.7” sensor (1.7 µm pixels) that is 47% larger than the 12 Pro and the older 11 Pro Max. Combined with the f/1.6 aperture, this allows 87% more light to reach the sensor. Also, Apple changed the image stabilization to use sensor shift instead of moving the optics lens to counteract movements. This allows it to react faster, making 5,000 adjustments per second.

The Pro Max also features a longer focal length on its zoom camera, allowing for 2.5x magnification. The OIS on this cam sticks with the usual lens-based approach.

The iPhone 12 Pro gets the brighter lens, f/1.6, but keeps the old sensor with lens rather than sensor stabilization. That sensor still gets 27% more light. The vanilla Pro also gets the old telephoto camera, with an f/2.0 lens with 52 mm focal length (meaning 2x magnification over the main cam) and, again, classic OIS.

Now all cameras support Night mode, including the selfie camera and ultra wide (the 11 Pro only had it on the main cam). This is in part thanks to the new chipset does have more number-crunching power, but we’ll get to that.

The ultra wide cam is unchanged with an f/2.4 lens with 120° field of view (13 mm focal length).

This year the iPhone Pros adopt the LiDAR system of the iPad Pros. This enables Night mode portraits. This also reduces the time to get an autofocus lock in the dark by the impressive 6 times.

The iPhone 12 Pro are the only phones on the market to record Dolby Vision video. The faster chipset color-grades every frame of 10-bit video for best quality. The new ProRAW feature records all the data you expect from a RAW format while also saving the image processing decisions that the phone made on the spot, making quick touch ups faster as you have a solid base to work from.

The new iPhones are smart about how they use their new 5G connectivity. When they don’t need the extra speed, the Smart Data mode switches to 4G automatically to preserve battery.

The big innovation in battery charging is an old one – the MagSafe that you loved on MacBooks is back. This time it’s used for wireless charging and it delivers 15W of power (up from 7.5W for regular Qi charge). Also, this uses magnets to grab onto a snap-on wireless charging. This also enables MagSafe accessories, which uses the magnetic holding power to keep them semi-permanently attached.

Wired charging got faster too, the new models support up to 20W. However, you’ll have to buy the charger separately as Apple removed the in-box charger and the headset. You only get a USB-C to Lightning cable that (finally!) lets you connect the iPhone to your MacBook. Apple presented this as a move to reduce carbon emissions, a step on its path to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Apple A14 Bionic is at the heart of the iPhone 12 Pro duo – the first 5nm chipset in the world, featuring a whopping 11.8 billion transistors, 40% more than the A13. It features 2 big CPU cores and 4 small cores, which together deliver a 50% higher performance than its predecessor. Similarly, the 4-core GPU is good for a 50% increase over last year’s iPhone. Machine learning has seen a 70% increase in performance as well to handle the ever-growing applications of AI.

Besides the zoom cam, another reason to buy into the Pro models is more storage. Apple doubled the base storage to 128GB, with 256GB and 512GB upgrade options.

The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $1,000 and will be up on pre-order this Friday and available next week. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1,100 and will be available to book on November 6 with sales starting a week later – November 13.

Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C with 14.2mm Drivers to Launch on October 15

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Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C will be launched in India at 12pm (noon) on October 15, right around the time Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale kicks off for its Plus customers. Xiaomi teased the earphones saying that they will have will have up to 20 hours of battery life. Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C have been listed on Flipkart already, and will be available in a white colour option. The earphones will be launched by Xiaomi alongside the Mi 10T 5G and Mi 10T Pro 5G smartphones.

Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C Price in India

Xiaomi took to Twitter to announce October 15 as the launch date for the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C. Xiaomi’s website has also been teasing the upcoming launch of the earphones. Meanwhile, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C have been already listed on Flipkart for Rs. 3,499. However, the final launch price could differ.

Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C specifications

The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C have 14.2mm drivers. As mentioned, they will have a battery life of 20 hours and will take around 1.5 hours to charge. The earphones have a dual mic for noise cancellation and voice control. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C also come with Bluetooth 5.0 and are compatible with Android and iOS devices. The earbuds weigh 4.7 grams each and come with a USB-Type C charging case.

The company will also be launching the Mi 10T 5G and the Mi 10T Pro 5G smartphones in India on October 15. Both phones are expected to come with a triple rear camera setup, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, and 5,000mAh battery. They will also have identical hole-punch display designs with a 144Hz refresh rate.

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Mumbai University Exams 2020: All UG/PG Exams for today cancelled, to be conducted on Oct. 18 instead

All UG/PG Exam for today cancelled

Mumbai, Maharashtra is facing a major power cut issue after many years on uninterrupted electricity supply. There is no update yet on the issue resolving anytime soon. Mumbai University final year exams that were scheduled to be conducted today have been shifted to October 18, 2020, now following the crippled status of electricity in the city.

As per Dr Hemlata Bagla, Principal KC College, Cluster Head university Examinations 2020 “all students are hereby informed that due to massive power breakdown all over Maharashtra and as the extent and time of power outage can’t be assessed, All UG and PG examination are being rescheduled to Sunday, 18th October 2020. The timings will remain the same.

The students are hence informed that the timings of the exams would be the same. The final year exams in the varsity have begun from October 1, 2020. The exams were being conducted in an online mode and the questions are multiple-choice, MCQs. The online exam is of one hour and the paper is of 50 marks. As many as 2,47,500 students are appearing for the examinations this year.

As per the latest circular issued by the varsity on exams, the colleges had been asked to give grace marks in the online exams in MCQ format whenever required and in consultation with the lead colleges in their clusters. The statutory grace marks would be given to students only if they clear the exams after giving it. The grace marks are not more than 1 per cent of the aggregate marks and not more than five marks in any subject. Moreover, participants of NSS, NCC, and other inter-university cultural or sports programs would also be eligible for grace marks.

The power outage has impacted all day to day activities including Mumbai suburban train services in the city. Efforts are underway to restore power supply in the city at the earliest, an official from the Energy Department said.

Realme could launch world’s first Snapdragon 875 phone under 7 series

Realme 7 Pro+ is said to launch early next year, which makes sense because the chipset itself will launch at the beginning of December.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Realme could launch the first Snapdragon 875-powered phone.
  • It could be called the Realme 7 Pro+ and come with 125W charging.
  • Xiaomi is also in the race to call the dibs on the Snapdragon 875 SoC.

Qualcomm will likely introduce the Snapdragon 875 chipset at its December event. This will be the top-of-the-line chipset that will feature on a range of premium Android smartphones. But this time, it could be the other way around. Realme is said to be the first brand to use the upcoming Snapdragon 875 SoC on an unannounced Realme 7-series phone.

In a Weibo post, Realme’s vice president Xu Qi hinted at a possible tie-up between the company and Qualcomm for the Snapdragon 875 chipset. This chipset will probably go inside a Realme 7-series phone, which might finally see a premium price sticker. We already have the Realme 7, Realme 7 Pro, and Realme 7i smartphones under the series but there have been rumours on more models under the series.

We are not sure what it is going to be called but the bet is on the Realme 7 Pro+. This smartphone is said to launch early next year, which makes sense because the chipset itself will launch at the beginning of December. This chipset could also find use in an alleged gaming phone that Qualcomm is working on in partnership with Asus.

Realme 7 Pro+, as we are calling the alleged model, might feature the ambitious 125W UltraDart fast charging technology. This smartphone is also said to come with a punch-hole display. Obviously, there will be support for 5G connectivity on the smartphone, at least for the supported markets.

Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship processor will feature on a range of devices, the first few of which could belong to Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Oppo on their premium-range devices. Xiaomi is poised to launch Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro early next year but Realme might be planning to beat it in the race.

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Good news for CSGO fans

A new CSGO operation may be coming after new code changes

A new CSGO operation may be coming after new code changes

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s new operations have traditionally arrived after Valve cleans its code, and someone on the CSGO development team is doing just that right now.

Before adding new things, Valve has a habit of cleaning up what’s old. Normally, changes to CSGO’s non-English languages are something the CSGO team does regularly. Every update contains several of these, many contributed by community members who send translations of item descriptions and game warnings to Valve directly. But the past several updates have contained many translations updates. They’ve covered the majority of CSGO’s languages, and filled in many missing item descriptions and translations that hadn’t been covered.

This is good news for CSGO fans. While the translation updates that happen after patches are typical and consistent, large efforts to complete it usually precede something bigger on the horizon. From September to November 2019, Steam.db recorded many of these changes in its database. Every CSGO player knows the next part of the story. When Shattered Web released in November, CSGO’s ninth operation fit into a neat and tidy spot prepared for it by the men and women that work on the inside of CSGO’s hefty codebase.

CSGO’s fall code cleanup might come before next operation

That’s not all. As WIN.gg has previously noted, CSGO has stuck to its update schedule from 2019 all the way through 2020, even though many companies have struggled to finish games. For example, both Cyberpunk 2077 and World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion were delayed by their respective studios. Valve, however, is relentless. Since January, Valve has created new features for both developers and players on the Steam client, updated classic games like Team Fortress 2 and the original Counter-Strike, and added big-name publishers and subscription services like EA Play.null

CSGO’s latest updates have included something that seems unimportant but actually hints at future additions to the game. Each line of code is numbered, and when code is changed, it usually stays on the same line as in the example above, while new code is added to its own line. Developers use a blank line like a paragraph break, but these are less common. Adding them between snippets of code that are directly related is like splitting up a paragraph between every word.

In the past, these blanks have acted like placeholders, saving room for where more code will go in the future. As the rest of Valve’s games have been updated recently, it’s likely CSGO will see its annual Halloween event soon. But Valve could also be using this time between events to tody up CSGO for the next CSGO operation, so if players see another case drop in October, signs look good that Valve is on pace for another November operation for CSGO.

Poco C3 Price in India Allegedly Tipped via Leaked Retail Box Images

Poco C3 retail box image shows the front and the side of the packaging with the front clearly mentioned the Poco C3 name.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Poco C3 said to be priced at Rs. 10,990 in India
  • The phone may be offered in a 4GB + 64GB variant
  • Xiaomi has not shared a release date for the Poco C3

Poco C3 Price in India Allegedly Tipped via Leaked Retail Box Images

Poco C3 retail box image shows the front and the side of the packaging with the front clearly mentioned the Poco C3 name.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Poco C3 said to be priced at Rs. 10,990 in India
  • The phone may be offered in a 4GB + 64GB variant
  • Xiaomi has not shared a release date for the Poco C3
Poco C3 Price in India Allegedly Tipped via Leaked Retail Box Images

Poco C3 may be offered in a Mattel Black colour option

Poco C3 price in India has been tipped through leaked images of an alleged retail box, as shared by a tipster on Telegram. As per the leak, the Poco C3 will be priced at Rs 10,990 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The box shows a couple other details about the Poco C3 but key specifications are still unknown. However, the phone is believed to be a rebranded Redmi 9C and will likely carry the same or slightly tweaked specifications. Back in July, the Poco C3 appeared in a Bluetooth SIG listing with multiple Redmi 9 series phones showing similarities in the model numbers.

Poco C3 price in India (expected)

The images of the alleged retail box have been shared by tipster LeakerBaba on Telegram and show the front and side of the box. On the side, it mentions the RAM and storage variant, colour variant, and the price, along with some other details like the SAR value and model number. The Poco C3, as per the leaked retail box, will be priced at Rs. 10,990 for the 4GB + 64GB storage variant and offered in a Matte Black colour option. The model number mentioned on the box is M2006C3MI.

Poco has not shared a release date for the Poco C3 yet.

MIUI[Updated] Xiaomi is developing MIUI 13, could release global MIUI developer ROM soon

September 26, 2020:

Recently, Xiaomi has released a statement about the Global Developer ROM project through the official Mi Global Community Group on Telegram. According to the statement, the company is not taking a guarantee that the Global Developer ROM will be resumed.

Xiaomi also stated that every unofficial telegram channel and unofficial social media platform is saying that the global developer ROM project will resume so let me clear you that it is not 100% sure yet. Mi Engineers said that they will think about it and discuss about global developer ROM resumption. The decision is not taken yet so don’t believe on false information.

September 24, 2020:

Xiaomi is currently rolling out the stable MIUI 12 update to more Redmi, POCO, and Mi phones. The company also announced that it has already started working on MIUI 13 just after MIUI 12 launch.

As per the latest report, the MIUI 13 is under development and MIUI engineers are focusing on optimizing the animations to run more smoothly. This information is confirmed by Xiaomi engineers.

Recently, we also reported that new Power Off animations two-way slider for restarting and switching off the device to be added in the later MIUI 12 or MIUI 13. However, the latest information about animation optimization is sufficient to believe that Xiaomi is actually working on the MIUI 13 update.

Apart from that, the MIUI Global Developer ROM Project might be back soon but the number of tests might be limited. Xiaomi may release the MIUI 13 update on top of Android 11 by next year.

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