fbpx
Home Blog

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Launched: Specification and Price in Nepal

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020

Samsung‘s A-series for tablet phones has been a big market grabber since back when it was first released in 2019. While it is no flagship S-series stunner, the A-series has captured the hearts of a broader audience due to its affordable budget range. Their latest release, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020, is an especially good one, so it is only natural that a lot of people are excited that this mid-range marvel is finally available in Nepal. But is this tab really worth it? How does it compare to other choices in its price range like the S6 Lite?

Let’s find out, as we will dive to review this tab device, and find out whether the Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) price in Nepal makes it a worthy choice for those hunting for a new tablet device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Overview:

Design and Display:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has the classic A-series look, but with front camera on the right-side frame instead of the top. With a spacious 10.4-inch TFT display and 2000 x 1200 px resolution, this tablet sports a premium feeling metallic build. The display peaks at 329 Nits, which might be an issue for outdoor-use, and the sRGB coverage stands at 102%. This makes the colors seem pretty natural – not too saturated nor too bleak.

Measuring at 9.8 x 6.2 x 0.3-inches in size and around a pound (0.45 kg), the quality doesn’t feel cheap at all as many budget and mid-range models often do, largely owing to the fact that this is the priciest A-series model that Samsung has released yet.

Cameras:

As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020 edition houses a front camera setup on the side-bezel instead of the top. This 5MP camera makes it so that users will have the tilt the device and use it in landscape mode whenever they want to video-call someone. Seeing as how most people who use tabs generally already prefer landscape mode for video calls, this might actually be a good call on Samsung’s part.

On the rear we have an 8MP shooter – not the best lens on a tab device in this price range but good enough to get most things done. This is the same camera setup that you get with the Tab S6 Lite too, which is another great choice for this price point.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: The Ultimate Note Experience?

Performance and Battery:

This tab device runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC chipset, with 32 solid gigs of internal storage and 3 GB onboard RAM. While this might not be the best for say, serious mobile gaming, it runs most heavy apps without much lag. Office and note-taking apps that most people use tabs for, runs like breeze and multi-taking performance in this tab isn’t that bad either. The tab runs Android v10 with OneUI 2.1 on top, which makes for a smooth and intuitive user experience as well.

Battery wise, the tab stands at a solid 7040 mAh. With a reliable non-removable Li-Po battery, the device supports fast charging and USB Type-c 2.0 connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020) Full Specifications:

Release Date2020, September 11
Display10.4 inches, 307.9 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Rear Camera8 MP, AF
with 1080p video @30fps
Selfie Camera5 MP
with 1080p video @30fps
ChipsetQualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
Internal Memory32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM
Dedicated SD card slot
OSAndroid 10, One UI 2.1
BatteryLi-Po 7040 mAh, non-removable
Fast Charging support
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Color and BuildDark Gray, Silver, Gold
Metallic frame
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Full Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020) Price in Nepal:

The launch price for the Galaxy A7 stands at Rs. 34,999. Only the 32GB+3GB variant is available for sale across multiple color options through any of Samsung’s retail stores across the country.

Samsung Tab ModelPrice in Nepal (in Rs)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020)Rs. 34,999
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020) Price in Nepal

Xiaomi Patents New Fold Design: Finally An Affordable Folding Phone In 2021?

Xiaomi Foldable Phone
Xiaomi Foldable Phone

The story of folding smartphones hasn’t been a particularly very successful one – although very cool to look at from a distance, they don’t perform as well for general day-to-day use. After a small Chinese OEM company by the name of Royole Corporation launched the first commercially available true folding smartphone under the name of FlexPai, industry giants leaped into the game. With Samsung leading the first successful folding phone with its Galaxy Fold, other companies like Huawei, Microsoft, and even Motorola joined the game. But even though the quality of each new model of folding phone has gotten better, one thing has been constant: a heavy price tag… something that the Chinese tech giant Xiaomi is eyeing to solve.

First Xiaomi Folding Phone Expected to Launch In 2021:

While Xiaomi had already displayed a [somewhat] working prototype back in 2019, they hadn’t given any further updates on this new concept, that is, until very recently. In a bold move by the Beijing based electronics manufacturer, Xiaomi has patented designs for a foldable phone that looks pretty similar to the Huawei Mate XS.

Also Read: Samsung Launches New Galaxy Z Flip Folding Smartphone

Dutch online platform LetsGoDigital discovered recently that Xiaomi filed a patent for the design in early January this year.

Even calling it a folding ‘phone’ would be a bit of a misnomer: the phone opens up to a square tablet-sized touchscreen. However, while folded it still seems compact enough for daily smartphone use. The phone seems to take heavy inspiration from the Huawei Mate XS’s design, even following the thick design on the device’s edges. The design includes four cameras, an LED flash, and what looks to be an extra button or a sensor.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Patent Images
Xiaomi Foldable Phone Patent Images

It’s pretty safe to expect that Xiaomi will inspire a breakthrough in making folding phones more accessible and affordable to their customers. Seeing as to how the folding phone market is dominated by very expensive models, it definitely makes sense for Xiaomi to try to break into this space.

Fitbit Price in Nepal [Updated November 2020]

Fitbit Price in Nepal
Fitbit Price in Nepal

Fitbit is like the Apple of smart bands: a pioneer company with pretty heavy price tags. With over 23 million people actively using Fitbit bands to track their activity levels and well being, Fitbit hasn’t gained much popularity in Nepal yet because of its unavailability. However, this seems to be changing soon as Barun Group, an authorized distribution company under the Nepali industrial conglomerate Sharda group and will be available for purchase on various online and offline platforms. In this article, we will be sharing the latest Fitbit price in Nepal

Also Read: Mi Band 5 launched in Nepal: Is the New Mi Band Worth It?

1. Fitbit Inspire 2

fitbit inspire 2
fitbit inspire 2

This will probably be the cheapest Fitbit product to be launched in Nepal. With a light, slim design and durable build and battery life of up to 10 days, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is worth every rupee you pour over it.

Features

  • 10 Day battery life
  • 24/7 Heart rate monitoring
  • Sleep tracking with sleep stage and sleep score monitoring
  • Neat streamline design, lightweight and durable

Price: Rs. 17,999

2. Fitbit Charge 4

fitbit charge 4
fitbit charge 4

Features

  • Battery life up to 7 days
  • Built-in GPS and tracking system for real-time distance tracking
  • Sleep tracking with stage monitoring and sleep score
  • Guided breathing sessions and Female health tracking
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition
  • Swimproof

Price: Rs. 24,999

3. Fitbit Charge 4 Special Edition

This is a special edition variant of the Charge 4 that comes with a different design and wrist-straps.

fitbit charge 4 special edition
fitbit charge 4 special edition

Features

  • Advanced heart rate monitoring
  • Battery life up to 7 days
  • Built-in GPS and tracking system for real-time distance tracking
  • Sleep tracking with stage monitoring and sleep score
  • Guided breathing sessions and Female health tracking
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition (20+ modes)
  • Swimproof
  • Stylish design

Price: Rs. 27,999

4. Fitbit Versa 2

We have now entered the realm of smartwatches. The product showcase kicks off with Fitbit’s budget-king, the Versa 2.

Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2

Features

  • Clean and premium looking design
  • AMOLED Screen
  • Spotify integration and seamless music control
  • Advanced sleep tracking with sleep score and sleep mode monitoring
  • 6+ Day battery life

Price: Rs. 29,999

5. Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition

Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition

Features

  • Memory: Saves 7 days of detailed motion and health data
  • Clean and premium looking design
  • AMOLED Screen
  • Spotify integration and seamless music control
  • Advanced sleep tracking with sleep score and sleep mode monitoring
  • 6+ Day battery life
  • Water resistance up to 50 meters

Price: Rs. 32,999

6. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa 3

Features

  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring
  • AMOLED screen and Always-on display with low power consumption
  • Built-in GPS and tracking system for real-time distance tracking
  • 6+ Days battery life
  • Fast Charging

Price Rs. 39,999

Conclusion

Fitbits are a great way to track your activity levels and have something with you to keep you accountable for your wellbeing, while also looking stylish and set yourself apart from the crowd.

Daraz brings 11.11 ‘Single’s Day’ sale for the third year

Daraz 11.11 Sale Day
Daraz 11.11 Sale Day

Backed by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Daraz has finally announced its next ‘11.11’ sale. Well, what’s so special about the 11th of November though, you might ask. Celebrated on the 11th of November(11/11), this is a sale day that is quickly spreading from its origins in China to a global phenomenon. The Chinese sales festival ‘Single’s Day’ not only outsells Valentine’s Day in terms of numbers but also eyeing to outsell the previously undisputed sales festivals like Black Friday, Cyber Monday End-of-the-year. And with a big day like this looming close forward, Daraz has finally announced the details for this next mega-event, with over 6k sellers, 160+ global and local brands, and more than 5 lakh unique products.

11.11: The New World’s Biggest Sales Day

Daraz is no stranger when it comes to sales campaigns. They hardly ever miss an opportunity to promote their platform and services. Proudly boasting the new Single’s Day campaign as “Nepal’s Biggest Sale Day,” there is no doubt that there is a lot Daraz is looking to offer for this new campaign.

Single’s Day Daraz Offers:

The Single’s Day sale will feature much of the programs and events that Daraz normally hosts in its sales days, along with a few exclusive events to make this day all the more special. This sales festival will present customers with several opportunities to save through exclusive Mega Deals, Prepayment Discounts, Flash Sales, Bundle Offers, Free Shipping, Flat Discounts from various sellers and brands, and much more. During this 24 hour sale, customers can get 20% discounts on their deliveries(up to Rs. 3000), which, needless to say, is pretty impressive.

As always, Daraz will also be providing exclusive discounts to those that order via Daraz’s official banking partners. These 11 banks include Nabil Bank, NIC Asia, Sanima Bank, Global IME Bank, NMB Bank, Mega Bank, Nepal Bangladesh Bank, Kumari Bank, Laxmi Bank, Century Bank, and Himalayan Bank. However, users do need to make sure to activate their bank cards for online payments beforehand. They can also verify if their card is activated by participating in the Daraz 1 Rupee Game, which offers customers a chance to win select products by paying Re.1 via card or eSewa starting from the first of November.

Also Read: Daraz Partners with Visa: “Online Payments in Nepal Now a Necessary Step”

Daraz Games: Play and Win

Like previous campaigns like Daraz First Games, customers will, of course, have the option to engage in various other challenges and games besides the Daraz 1 Rupee Game. These include but are not limited to Add to Cart and Win, Mission 11.11., and probably the most-awaited, DFG Ludo Tournament. This Ludo tournament will be held from the 11th of November until the 13th and will feature participants from Daraz International countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. With awards, including gifts like Daraz voucher cards worth Rs. 15000, exclusive discounts, and more, you’ll need to be quick as the registrations end on the month’s 8th.

Register for the DFG Ludo Tounament here.

“COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives significantly, ” says Lino Ahlering, Managing Director for Daraz Nepal. “After some challenging months, we are excited to bring Alibaba’s 11.11 Shopping Festival for the third time to Nepal. It will not only offer shoppers across the country access to exclusive deals and huge discounts across various categories, but it also gives Nepali sellers the chance to recover faster and boost their sales online during times where many of them see significantly less footfall due to the pandemic.”

The Daraz Team further assures the customers that while over 5 Lakh users are estimated to take an active part in this sales day, there will be no compromise on service level. To gear up for Nepal’s largest online sale day, Daraz has hired close to 900 delivery riders and customer care agents to ensure fast delivery in 27 cities. Along with hygiene rules like daily temperature checks of every employee, regular deep cleaning, and strict shift planning to reduce occupancy in every location, all delivery riders are further equipped with protective masks, gloves, and sanitizers, says Daraz Team.

Top 5 TV and Movie Streaming Apps in Nepal

Top five Streaming Apps in Nepal
Top five Streaming Apps in Nepal

With high-speed internet access tucked away in everyone’s pockets these days, video streaming has become a particularly lucrative business. Most users can now stream HD video with little to no lag, which would’ve been a far off dream 15 years ago. Platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, etc provide rich high-quality video streaming services where anyone can create and “broadcast” themselves. Giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc have capitalized on this in a different way by providing paid video streaming for content like series, movies, documentaries, etc. As cheaper and faster internet facilities are improving in Nepal, many movie streaming apps in Nepal have popped up as well.

In this article, we will go in-depth over the Top 5 movie streaming apps in Nepal. Here, you can watch movies and series in Nepal without having to use Paypal, Mastercard, Credit Cards or any other inaccessible payment options, and in cheap prices that can be easily afforded by users.

Note: We will not be counting international platforms like iFlix or Netflix Nepal in the main list, though we will have a section within this article that will focus on this.

Top 5 TV and Movie Streaming Apps in Nepal

1. NetTV

NetTV is one of the oldest OTT(Over-the-Top) streaming service providers in Nepal. This handy app provides a Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) TV feed directly to your mobile, smart tv or web browser. With a wide selection of national and international channels to choose from, it has little below over 100k users already.

Released just a bit over a year ago, this number shows the massive growth opportunity for streaming platforms in Nepal. NetTV was the first OTT/IPTV in Nepal to get a Nepal Government-issued license to operate IPTV(TV feed over the Internet). Currently, NetTV supports Web TV and mobile app streaming.

NetTV promises a wide selection of over 200 channels to choose from, including channels like Kantipur HD, AP1HD, AL-Jazeera HD, Zee Tv HD, Sony Ten 1 HD, etc. Different channel packages like Nepali, Hindi, English, Kids, Sports, Infotainment, etc are available for users. What’s more, users can also buy on-demand movies or series, and pay for view. WorldLink, Vianet, etc users can log in using their ISP provided info, or one can make an account from their email, google mail account, or Facebook account as well. eSewa, Khalti, and IMEpay are the accepted payment methods.

Also read: Daraz & eSewa Partner to Power Online Payments

NetTV aims to develop an open platform where anyone can host and sell their content. According to them, the distribution cloud is through local ISPS, which ensures quality and full HD delivery without any internet traffic-related lags. However, there does still seem to be problems while streaming, especially in high traffic times (like football matches, popular TV show broadcast times, etc). Nonetheless, it is one of the better movie streaming apps in Nepal for Nepali and international content.

2. WOWtime

WOWtime is the underdog of this list that is slowly but steadily gaining popularity for itself. This streaming service is backed by Nepal Telecom, and aims to bring OTT services to Nepali customers. Not only does it support live TV, but also on-demand movies, radio channels, and more.

Registration for WOWtime is done through Nepal Telecom phone number exclusively, meaning that you will need a Nepal Telecom number to register for an account. However, you can then use this service through WiFi or any other data network after that.

Also read: NTC’s e-Shiksha Pack: Study more for a lot less

The great thing about WOWtime is that while you can enjoy this service over WiFi, you can buy also subscription, as you would for mobile data, exclusively for WOWtime. This is a great thing if you experience problems like load shedding, unstable cable connection, poor WiFi, etc, and can’t wait to watch your favorite club’s match or the episodic answer to the all-important question: “Rasodi mein kaun tha?“.

3. Fopi

Fopi is the newest kid on the block that demands attention. Developed by Aaviskar Technology, it has a comparatively lighter customer-base than NetTV or WOWtime. However, it has a number of great features that aren’t available on the other two platforms.

Fopi provides online viewing, as well as offline saving feature, for its content. Fopi is a piracy-free platform, meaning that this content is likely protected under DRM(Digital Rights Management) even when downloaded offline. Customers can enjoy on-demand movies, TV series, regional movies, songs and videos directly from their viewing device. Fopi claims to include almost 70% of Nepali media content, and also the largest content of authentic Nepalese media. The company seems to be expanding its horizons to international content as well.

Content on Fopi is very affordable, with prices ranging from Rs 30 – Rs 50 for new movies and Rs. 15 for an audio album. Payment options for Fopi include Fopi Balance (a top-up balance that can be directly loaded onto Fopi), eSewa, NTC balance, or from payment to an offline Fopi Pasal. Although in a toddler stage right now due to a low customer base, we can see clear potential for this platform skyrocketing in popularity in the future.

4. Nepal Television:

Nepal Television is one of Nepal’s largest broadcasting organizations in-studio and transmission infrastructure, established in 1983. Nepal Television currently provides a total of 4 channels and recently has also expanded its reach to mobile and online service through the official Nepal Television App.

Customers can enjoy HD content from all of NTV’s four television channels:

  • Nepal Television (General Entertainment and News)
  • NTV Plus (focuses on Sports and Entertainment)
  • NTV News (News)
  • NTV Kohalpur (Regional news and entertainment)

Backed by NITV, a leading OTT/IPTV development and consulting firm based in Japan, the app aims to provide international coverage for its different channels.

The features for this app include DVR/Catch-up TV for up to 1 week (all 4 channels), Electronic Program Guide(EPG), On-Demand content, Online Newsfeed, Featured old video Library for VOD and offline viewing. Although the lack of variety (only Nepali content) might put some people off, this is still a solid app for its genre.

5. DishHome GO:

DishHome GO, as the name might suggest, is an app for DishHome cable TV subscribers. Customers of DishHome can install this app and enjoy content from the comfort of their smartphones.

However, a major con for this platform is its lack of content. The content for this platform is severely limited, and it doesn’t seem to provide much more than a handy mobile experience for TV streaming. You can give it a shot if you are a DishHome customer since this service is available for free. Users can log in using their customer ID. In addition to general TV streaming, you can also contact support team, check balance, add or remove channels, etc.

Honorable mentions:

The popularity of Netflix in Nepal has skyrocketed recently. Netflix Nepal aims to expand Netflix services to Nepal, given the amount of Indian content it has been putting out lately.

If you look on the internet, you can find numerous people selling Netflix plans that accept eSewa, Khalti, etc. While a good share of these is legit, there might also be different things going on under the hood: selling hacked accounts, carded accounts, etc… stuff that you want to avoid. We advise you to buy from reputed sellers only, or buy through someone you know who lives abroad. (Protip: One way of finding out reputed sellers is through referral from already long-time users, or by looking up past customer experiences).

iFlix Nepal attempted to expand its horizons to Nepal too and backed by NCELL, the second-largest mobile provider in Nepal, it had an okay-ish run. Customers could recharge their iFlix subscription using NCELL balance. However, NCELL announced the termination for their iFlix support since June 2020. Since then, this platform has pretty much nosedived in popularity in Nepal.

Also read: Prabhu TV to provide a month of free streaming for Ncell users

Conclusion:

While there are a lot of promising stars in the game, we would not be kidding if we told you that the review stars in these apps are fewer than what you could see on a cloudy night. Many Nepali streaming apps don’t even cross the 2-star rating: and none seem to come even close to the 4-star mark. This could be influenced by early versions of the app where the service was not very usable, but there are still numerous performance issues in almost all of them, including the ones on the list.

However, there is no doubt when we say that the content streaming market in Nepal has a bright future. As movie producers, freelance videographers, and indie creators continue to grow, it’s inevitable that they will need a platform to monetize their efforts. This is still a pretty new stage for Nepali streaming apps though, but we are bound to see developments in this field in the future.

What are your thoughts on this article? Did we miss your favorite /OTT provider? What are some issues you’ve faced while using streaming services? Put your thoughts in the comments section below!

[email protected]: Sastodeal Announces Eyecatching Dashain Sale (Ends 17th of Oct)

SastoDeal BigDeal Dashain Offer
SastoDeal BigDeal Dashain Offer

When you think about the e-commerce scene in Nepal, there are two main names that pop into your mind: Daraz and Sastodeal. Backed by the Alibaba group, Daraz has pretty much been top dog in Nepali e-commerce for a while now, but other platforms are also itching to step up their game. Following a huge partnership with Flipkart and MYNTRA, Sastodeal has been getting a lot of attention, and with a new Dashain sale campaign on the way, things look tons better for this made-in-Nepal shopping platform.

[email protected] – Scratch your Dashain Shopping itch!

This [email protected] campaign is aimed as a festive offer for Dashain and will include various offers like Scratch to win, Festive Coupons, Exclusive discounts, and much more. The sale offers starts from the 13th of October all the way to the 17th, guaranteeing plenty of shopping time and discount offers for interested customers.

Also read: 5000+ Flipkart and Myntra Products Now Available In Nepal Following Cross-Border Partnership with Sastodeal

Scratch to Win:

Nothing is more classic to a festive sale than a Scratch card offer. During the entirety of this festive season, Sastodeal will be including a free scratch card with every delivery sent to customers. The grand prize for the coupon event is a grand MarQ 49” TV(market price: Rs. 49,999). Customers also stand a chance of getting up to Rs. 10,000 in cash prize, Rs. 100 in coupon prize being a sure shot for everyone.

Discount Coupons:

Sastodeal has brought a whole selection of discount coupons on every major shopping category you can think of. From general products to home appliances, Sastodeal pretty much guarantees a discount deal for every order you make on the site.

See the official promotion page on the SastoDeal website here.

General Coupons:

Coupon CodeMinimum PurchaseDiscount
BIGDEAL5000Rs. 99,999Rs. 5,000
BIGDEAL3000Rs. 50,000Rs. 3,000
BIGDEAL1750Rs. 25,000Rs. 1,750
BIGDEAL900Rs. 10,000Rs. 900
BIGDEAL600Rs. 5,000Rs. 600
BIGDEAL325Rs. 2,500Rs. 325

Discount offers on TVs:

Coupon CodeMinimum PurchaseDiscount
TV4000Rs. 75,000Rs. 4,000
TV3000Rs. 45,000Rs. 3,000
TV2000Rs. 25,000Rs. 2,000
TV1000Rs. 10,000Rs. 1,000

Discount offers on Home Appliances

Coupon CodeMinimum PurchaseDiscount
LHA4500Rs. 60,000Rs. 4,500
LHA3500Rs. 40,000Rs. 3,500
LHA2500Rs. 20,000Rs. 2,500
LHA1000Rs. 8,000Rs. 1,000

Bank and Online Wallet Discounts:

Customers paying through debit/credit cards from any of Sastodeal’s partner banks can get exclusive discounts on top of the already redeemed cashback as well. These banks (and online wallets) include:

Partner Bank/ online walletDiscountPayment Method
NIC ASIA20% up to Rs. 2000Debit & Credit Cards
Sanima Bank25% up to Rs. 2500Scan & Pay
NMB Bank25% up to Rs. 2500Debit & Credit Cards
Nepal Investment Bank10% up to Rs. 1000Debit & Credit Cards
Himalayan Bank25% up to Rs. 1000Credit & Pre-Paid cards
IME Pay25% up to Rs. 2000E-Wallet

Conclusion:

With the COVID pandemic still wreaking havoc on our daily lives to a large extent, one can never be safe enough. Online shopping platforms like Daraz, Sastodeal, ePharmacy, etc have stepped up amid this crisis to provide safe and sanitary deliveries to their customers. If you’ve been itching to start your Dashain shopping but don’t want to risk catching the coronavirus, online platforms are a great way to get shopping done… and the awesome discount offers really make it worth it as well.

Google Pixel 5: This Might Be The Best 5G Smartphone Made So Far

google pixel 5
google pixel 5

Google Pixel 5, the phone branding itself as the “Ultimate 5G Phone”, has become the talk of the town recently. Google’s Pixel lineup of smartphones has always been an attention-grabber and with a mid-range monster like Pixel 5 taking the throne next, things are looking brighter for the future of 5G smartphones. Despite these chipsets reportedly costing double the cost to make than their non-5G counterparts, Google has somehow managed to pack in more RAM, better cameras, and fast wireless charging into the phone. But is this new Pixel really live up to its hype? In this article, we will go over the new Google Pixel 5, and see if it really could be the best 5G smartphone made so far, considering its price.

Google Pixel 5: The Best 5G Smartphone Yet?

5G at less than a G:

One of the main concerns for 5G phones is the price tag that comes along with it. As numerous sources have indicated, making 5G phones IS NOT CHEAP. But with 5G technology spreading across more areas, it’s inevitable that smartphone companies will have to figure out something smart to hop onto the 5G bandwagon.

With the Pixel 5 (and the Pixel 4A 5G), Google has officially taken the plunge to 5G technology. Although Google’s own Pixel 4A 5G promises the 5G experience at less than $500, it’s clear that many corners have been cut to make the phone as cheap as it is. The Pixel 5 is a perfect compromise and comes with the best of both worlds. While it doesn’t best the Samsung A71 5G in terms of price, it definitely comes with a lot of extra features and upgraded performance. We can easily see this phone being a top competitor for mid-ranged 5G phones under $1000.

Also Read: OnePlus Mobile Price in Nepal [UPDATED October 2020]

Cameras:

Pixel cameras and its proprietary Google Lens software are hot names when it comes to mobile photography. Even though they come relatively lightweight, hardware-wise, the software optimizations on the powerhouse make each photo sport crystal clear details and vivid colors. The Pixel 5 doesn’t let go of this but seeks to improve on it further.

With a 12.2 MP wide camera, Google has also decided to top things off with a 16 MP Ultra-wide camera. Coming with features like dual pixel PDAF, Night Sight, Auto-HDR, panorama, 4K [email protected]/60fps, etc, this definitely earns a point for the Pixel 5 camera wise. Google has also added an extra super-smooth panning feature for video capture, aimed to give a very Hollywood-esque vibe to its videos.

Battery:

The Pixel 5 comes with 4080 mAh non-removable Li-Po batteries. With Adaptive Battery that learns your favorite apps and reduces power to the ones you rarely use, the charge on this gizmo easily exceeds a day after some use. What’s more, the Extreme Battery Saver mode allows users to stretch out their battery life to up to 48 hours when they really need it.

What’s most cool about the Google Pixel 5 is the new fast wireless charging feature. Using the Pixel 5’s, not only can you also fast charge your phone at 18W, but you can also use Battery Share to wirelessly charge your Pixel Buds. Additional features like Reverse Charging and USB Power Delivery 2.0 are also available.

Google Pixel 5 Specs:

Release Date2020, October 15
Display6.0″ OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Rear Cameras12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
with LED flash, Auto-HDR, panorama;
video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
with Auto-HDR; video [email protected]
ChipsetQualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPUAdreno 620
Internal Memory128GB 8GB RAM
with no microSD slot
OSAndroid 11
SIM SlotNano-SIM and/or eSIM
BatteryLi-Po 4080 mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging
Wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Color and BuildJust Black, Sorta Sage
Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum back, aluminum frame
Google Pixel 5 Specs

Price and Availability

This launch price for the Google Pixel 5 is set at $699, which is honestly a steal considering everything that it packs inside. It is currently available for pre-order and will be available starting from the 15th of October.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: The Ultimate Note Experience?

samsung galaxy note 20 ultra price in nepal
samsung galaxy note 20 ultra price in nepal

Samsung‘s Note series of smartphones has always been redefining the smartphone game since the original Galaxy Note released in 2011. With kick-ass performance and stunning cameras, each new Note brings something new to the table. Add more product variations like Pro, Plus, Lite, and Ultra, and you have a family of phones to choose from. In this article, we will look at the “Ultra” variant of the newest Note phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, its price in Nepal, and see whether the hype surrounding this “Ultimate Note” lives up to reality.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Overview:

Design and Display:

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is sleek and clean, very minimalist to look at but a complete beast inside. The phone houses a giant 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen protected under the loving care of Gorilla Glass Victus on both front and rear. The phone’s front looks simple, with a small circular hole-punch notch that houses the Note 20 Ultra’s 10MP selfie snapper. On the rear, we have a monochrome finish. A rectangular camera panel that sticks out on the left of the back panel that houses the phone’s prized camera setup.

TheNote 10 Ultra’s Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O screen is one of the best to be fitted on the phone yet, period. The wide cinematic screen displays accurate colors with brightness adjusted to very dark or very bright. The brightness range itself is a huge plus point for this phone, as it best many others in its price range. The screen has a 120Hz frame rate option, which provides a smooth experience when turned on. Granted, it takes away some display features, and you can’t view videos on FullHD+, but with a seamless experience like this, you’ll be more than ecstatic to look over this.

As mentioned before, the screen, as well as the rear, is protected by Gorilla Glass. The Cornering Gorilla Glass Victus provides great resistance against accidental drops and scratches… and trust us, you’ll need it since the rear of the phone can get quite slippy.

Cameras:

Note 20 Ultra Camera
Note 20 Ultra Camera

The cameras are the main selling point of this phone. Housed on a raised rectangular panel, the triple camera setup consists of a 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm primary wide lens, 12 MP periscope telephoto lens and, to top things off, a 12 MP ultra-wide lens.

The 108MP primary camera produces such crisp, natural and detailed pictures that your mouth will open wide in awe. Critics and reviewers all across the tech scene are hyping up the Note 20 Ultra’s cameras, and that’s for a good reason. The cameras and AI photo optimizations produce crystal clear and attention-to-detail clicks that you’ll be surprised that they were captured in a smartphone.

Apart from the primary camera, we have the periscope telephoto lens and Ultra-wide lens. The Periscope Telephoto lens comes with 5x optical zoom and 50x hybrid zoom. Although this isn’t something you will be using every day, this does come pretty handy from time to time. Handy enough to overlook the massive bump that the camera panel has to fit this on the phone body (but hey, nothing a cover can’t fix!). The ultra-wide camera is pretty awesome as well, and the shots come out with natural looking colors and attention to detail.

Looking at the front, we have a 10MP selfie snapper. Although this isn’t as ‘megapixel-heavy’ as some other phones that come within this price range, it produces some crispy cute selfies that highlight your features and fix your flaws, courtesy of Samsung’s AI optimizations.

Also Read: Samsung Mobile Price In Nepal [UPDATED: October 2020]

Hardware and Performance:

As beautiful as the Note 20 Ultra looks, it’s an equal beast in terms of raw performance. This phone utilizes the Exynos 990 (7 nm+) chipset, which although notorious for its power consumption, is a great choice performance wise and a total bang for your buck. A Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) variant is available as well, although it will only be available for sale in the USA.

The phone is powered by an Octa-core Mongoose+Cortex CPU that assures nothing but the best performance. A Mali-G77 MP11 GPU handles all graphics and gaming processes smoothly and won’t give you any lags or glitches even while multitasking or running heavy games. An Octa-core Kryo CPU and Adreno 650 GPU variant is available too, but this is comes with the Snapdragon 856+ variant in the USA.

S Pen and PC integration:

The Note brought us the S Pen, and we’re glad it did – the S Pen revolutionized the “Note” aspect of smartphones, after all. The S Pen in the Note 20 Ultra is as powerful and handy as the phone itself. With added features like air gestures and write prediction, the S Pen experience is more responsive than ever before.

The Note 20 Ultra also pairs seamlessly with PCs. Courtesy of its PC integration, using the smartphone will feel like keeping a PC in your pocket. You can turn notes into text or even PowerPoint presentations with incredible ease. Of course, you can also transfer your data from your Note device to your PC or vice versa with as little as a drag of a folder.

Battery:

Note 20 Ultra Battery
Note 20 Ultra Battery

Top-shelf phones usually aren’t the best in terms of battery. The Note 20 Ultra comes with average battery life. Though it is touted as the “best battery ever on a Note”, the power-hungry Exynos processor takes quite a toll on the 4500 mAh battery.

That being said, the battery life is still quite decent: you can run it with moderate use throughout the day without any battery problems. If you have a charging option available then the battery life should pose no problems to you at all. The fast-charging enables more than 50% charge in 30 minutes, which is no joking matter. The 25W Super Fast Charger is included in the box so when you do run low, it’s not for long.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Specs:

Release Date2020, August
Display6.9″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Rear Cameras108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/3.0, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm
with LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama;
video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+,
stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS
Selfie Camera10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
with Dual video call, Auto-HDR; video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]
ChipsetExynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global
CPUOcta-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – Global
GPUMali-G77 MP11 – Global
Internal Memory256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM
with shared microSD slot
OSAndroid 10, One UI 2.5
SIM SlotSingle SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
BatteryLi-Ion 4500 mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
SensorsFingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Color and BuildMystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), stainless steel frame
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Specs

Price in Nepal:

The official price of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in Nepal is रू 1,39,999. This covers the 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage variant, which is the only one available in Nepal at the moment.

Samsung Phone ModelPrice in Nepal
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultraरू 1,39,999
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Price in Nepal

Learn How to Subscribe To NTC eLearning Data Pack in 10 Minutes

NTC Happy Learning Data Pack
NTC Happy Learning Data Pack

Following the Coronavirus outbreak and numerous failed attempts to move education online, Nepal Telecom launched its Happy Learning Data Pack and eShiksha Learning Pack to provide cheaper and more accessible mobile data connections to students. Previously, students had a hard time keeping up with online learning — frequent electricity cuts throughout the country and slow internet service providers made online classes next to impossible for many. To tackle this problem, cell service providers like NTC started offering cheap alternatives, like the NTC eLearning data pack, to students with the help of aid from the government.

Although only certain services like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams can be used with this data pack, the NTC eLearning data pack is much cheaper than ordinary data packs. This has been a great boost to students and many that had to struggle before can enjoy cheap eLearning data packs from the comfort of their own rooms.

In this article, we will be going in detail about how you can subscribe to the NTC eLearning packs by yourself, without the help of your college or institution. This removes much of the difficulty that students and faculty had to deal with to buy eLearning datapacks, and now students can get one with ease if they need to. Let’s get started!

Data Pack Options and Price:

Students get to subscribe to one of two data options: 24 GB data or 35 data. They cost रू 315 and रू 500 respectively and include most popular learning platforms like Zoom, Midas (Zoom), Google Meets and Microsoft Teams.

Also Read: New NTC e-Shiksha Pack: Study more for a lot less

Process:

If you are the student of a registered educational institution, you can get access to the eLearning packs by following the given simple steps:

  • Go to the NTC Student KYC Form on your desktop or mobile browser
  • Fill up all necessary details like Name, Mobile Number(NTC only), Citizenship or Passport Number (use your Parent’s or Guardian’s if you don’t have one), Name of College/School, Level, Student ID number, and finally a clear picture of your student ID card.
  • You will now need to make a Self-care account for NTC. You will need to enter a password for your Sefe-care account, after which you will get an OTP(One Time Password) will be sent to your given mobile number.
  • Now select and pay for any data pack to your liking. Alternatively, you can also call *1441# on your phone.

Using this simple method, students can easily get access to cheap eLearning packs that NTC offers without having to send an official letter through their school or college to NTC. Did this article help you? Are you stuck somewhere? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below or send a message to our Tawk chatbox.

Vivo Y20 Launched Exclusively Through Daraz: Specs and Price in Nepal

vivo Y20 Price in Nepal
vivo Y20 Price in Nepal

The Vivo Y-series has always prized itself on bringing feature-rich smartphones at affordable price points. Promising long-lasting battery life, speedy performance, and irresistible camera specs, the Y30, Y50, Y19, Y12, etc. were highly sought after phones in their respective price ranges. Following a delay after the COVID pandemic, Vivo was finally able to launch its latest smartphone in the Y-series line somewhere around late August. A little over a month after its international release, it has made its way to the Nepali market as well. Vivo Y20 equipped with an enormous 5000mAh battery and a smart side-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Y20 seems geared to capture a fair spot in the Nepali mid-range market for itself. In this article, we will see the new Vivo Y20 smartphone and figure out whether or not it’s worth the rupee you drop on it.

Vivo Y20: More Power More Fun

Display and design:

The Vivo Y20 comes with a solid 6.51″ Halo FullView Display. With an elongated 20:9 cinematic ratio and HD+ resolution, the screen features a V-shaped notch instead of the much-in-trend punch-hole notches blazing in popularity right now. This might be due to their choice in using an IPS LCD panel instead of an AMOLED one, but the front design looks very neat nonetheless. The colors on this display look quite vivid and clear, too although the colors (especially the blacks) don’t look as deep as they would on an AMOLED panel.

The rear design of the Vivo Y20 is clean and minimalistic, while still retaining the “Vivo sparkle” in its design. The polished 2.5D body is specially curved to refract light in an angle that makes it look like light rays are shooting out of the camera panel. The rear comes shaded with a single color only – without any dual-color gradient color design like so many other Vivo phones. The color options Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue will be available through Daraz.

On the side, we have the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, placed on the top of the power button. According to Vivo, this side-mounted sensor is capable of unlocking the phone in as little as 0.22 seconds. If this really performs as snappily as they promise then this is going to be real handy, as all you have to do to then unlock your phone is to press the power button.

Cameras:

Vivo has never been one to compromise on camera quality or specs, after all, it is a Camera Phone. The rear of this phone houses a camera panel with an AI-powered triple camera setup. With a 13MP primary wide-angle camera, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens to top things off, the camera setup supports a wide range of features like Face Beauty, Portrait Light Effects, Close-up capture, etc. While this might not be as megapixel-heavy as some of the other phones in its price range like the Redmi Note 8, the photo optimizations that Vivo uses never fail to make pictures look natural and crystal clear.

The 13MP primary camera clicks elegant shots with an emphasis on face detection and filters.The depth sensor lens delivers pretty accurate and sophisticated results, thanks to Vivo’s bokeh algorithm. The macro lens opens up an entirely new close-up world for the mobile photographer, delivering quality shots from as close as 4cm. On the front, we have a 8 MP camera with various modes like wide selfie, Selfie Light Effects, etc.

Hardware and Performance:

The Vivo Y20 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor(11nm). With an octa-core Kryo (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.6 GHz) CPU and a majestic Adreno 620 GPU handling graphics, the Y20 can handle most games and heavy apps with relative ease. Add 4 solid gigs of RAM and 64GB internal storage on top, and you have a pretty decent smartphone, however seeing as how many other phones in this price range boast better chipsets we’re a bit disappointed in the choice to use the Snapdragon 460 as it doesn’t bring much better performance on the table.

The overall feel and performance of this phone is very smooth. Running Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Android 10, multi-tasking and gaming are amazingly smooth, thanks to numerous software optimizations and the Multi-Turbo 3.0 mode: a responsive AI Turbo that predicts and resolves system abnormalities (often caused by third-party apps) before they happen. This can help the phone deliver better network performance, rapid cooling when needed, to smooth AI functions and gameplay, etc.

Battery:

The Vivo Y20 comes equipped with a large 5000mAh battery that provides 16-hours of online HD movie streaming, or up to 11 straight hours of intensive gaming*, thanks to its AI power-saving optimizations. The phone comes with an 18W FlashCarge fast charger as well, providing as much as 70% charging (from 0%) in as little as 69 minutes. Reverse charging is also supported, so you can charge other phones if need be. However, reverse charging requires an appropriate OTG cable, which unfortunately needs to be purchased separately.

Vivo Y20 Full Specifications:

Release Date2020, August
Display6.51″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Rear Cameras13 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
with LED flash, HDR; 1080p video @30fps
Selfie Camera8 MP, (wide)
ChipsetQualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 240 & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 240)
GPUAdreno 610
Internal Memory64GB 4GB RAM
Dedicated SD card slot
OSAndroid 10, Funtouch 10.5
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Fast Charging 18W, Reverse charging
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
Color and BuildObsidian Black, Dawn White
Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
Vivo Y20 Full Specs

Price in Nepal and Availability:

The Vivo Y20 price in Nepal at the time of launch has been set at Rs 20,990 and comes in two sparking color shades: Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue. It will be available for sale exclusively through Daraz starting from the 25th of September. As this is an exclusive sale, it won’t be available for sale through any other portals, although they will begin hitting shelves for Vivo showrooms starting from the 2nd of October.

Vivo Phone ModelPrice in Nepal
Vivo Y20Rs. 20,990
Vivo Y20 Price in Nepal

The Vivo Y20 is set at a very bargain price. If you want a phone that focuses on cameras and you’re willing to accept a slight compromise on performance, the Vivo Y20 is definitely something you should consider the next time you’re out looking for a phone.

Recent Posts

Popular This Week