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Watches Galore!: Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE Launched Together With a Bang

Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series 6

Apple has decided to treat its smartwatch fans to a treat with two of its most awaited products. Launched almost back-to-back at Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, these two Apple watches come with some exciting features. Apple Watch Series 6 aimed to be the industry challenging flagship, and the Apple watch SE being the slightly more watered down and affordable smartwatch release. In this article, we will go over the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE in-depth, covering their specs, and also give an estimated price in Nepal.

Apple Watch Series 6:

Talking in terms of functionality, the most boasted feature of this new watch seems to be its ‘revolutionary’ Blood Oxygen feature that tracks oxygen levels in the blood offering more control and monitoring over user’s wellness. In about 15 seconds, the Watch Series 6 can gather important info about your oxygen levels, breathing, blood circulation, quality, etc. through its Oximeter. All other features seem to have gotten updates as well – this watch, after all, flaunt’s Apple’s newest S6 chipset.

Apple Watch Series 6 Oximeter
Apple Watch Series 6 Oximeter

The watch runs on watchOS 7 and has a very intuitive software design. The watch follows the Always-On display design, which keeps the display on while consuming very little power. The phone also comes with features like fall protection and tough water resistance for durability.

Talking about the design, the Apple Watch Series 6 comes with a square watch head that is curved around the edges and very clean and visually appealing to look at. A circular crown knob is present on the right side, which gives this modernistic smartwatch a bit of a classic vibe. The watch is available in standard silver, blue, red, grey, and gold aluminum colors. The bands come in two types: smoothed solo and braided.

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Apple Watch SE:

This is almost a more affordable version of the Watch Series 6 and comes with some compromises. This new release packs all the features that Apple watch lovers know and love into a modern design that looks clean and stylish. It even comes in the same color shades as the Apple Series 6, except for blue and red.

Talking about features and functionality, the Apple Watch SE features the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter used on the Apple Watch Series 6. Complete with the latest motion sensors and microphone, the phone also features essential protective features like fall detection, Emergency SOS calls, international emergency calling, etc. However, unlike the Apple Watch Series 6, this phones comes with the S5 chipset, while using the same watchOS 7 software interface.

Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch SE

One thing, however, that is better than the Apple Watch Series 6 is the display. The Apple Watch SE features the largest Retina watch display, which is 30%* larger than that used in Series 6. The watch display and UI are adjusted accordingly so users can make the most out of this larger display.

Price and availability:

The launch price for the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE is set at $399 and $279, respectively, which translates roughly to NRs. 47,250 and NRs. 33,049. Needless to say, this is pretty overpriced, even for an Apple Watch. Looking at recent trends, the price when it hits Nepal is likely to be quite a bit higher than this due to shipping costs and taxes.

Apple Watch ModelInternational Launch PriceConverted Nepali Price*
Apple Watch Series 6$399NRs. 47,250
Apple Watch SE$279NRs. 33,049
Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE Launch Price and Price in Nepal(Converted)

Bose QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds Launched: Specs and Expected Price in Nepal

Bose QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds
Bose QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds

Although not as popular in Nepal, Bose has quite a name for itself in the accessory market. Founded by Amar Bose in 1964, this company focuses mainly on audio equipment and are well known for their noise-canceling headphones and natural-sounding speakers. Though they come at a reasonably heavy price, they guarantee high-quality sound and durability that not many can boast. The new QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds, which have been launched recently, further go on to prove Bose’s quality promise, with the QuietComfort claiming itself to the world’s most effective noise-canceling earbuds. In this article, we will discuss both of these exciting products, whether they are worth the buck or not, and the expected price in Nepal.

Bose QuietComfort:

Claiming itself to be the world’s most effective noise-canceling earbuds, the QuietComfort promises utter silence – nothing will stand between you and your music. The earbuds produce crisp, clear audio and rich, deep bass over a bed of virtual silence, allowing the listener to hear all kinds of details that typically get lost, like the singer breathing between words, percussion textures, etc.

Through a combination of patented active and passive noise cancellation innovations, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds bring all the noise-canceling performance of their best over-ear headphones in the TWS earbuds category. It uses both active noises canceling like internal and external microphones to cancel out sound using opposite sound waves, and passive noise canceling through its soft airtight ear nozzle.

The noise cancellation is highly adjustable, meaning you can adjust the amount of noise cancellation that you’re getting as per your requirement. If you’re chilling out on your couch or working out, you can drive the noise cancellation to the max, but if you were, say, walking on the street, you could lower the noise cancellation to be safe.

Also read: Xiaomi launches Redmi Earphones in Nepal at Budget Price

Bose Sport Earbuds:

The Sport earbuds promise more than a sportier design: these earbuds are designed, keeping in mind everything you want in a pair of workout earbuds. Seeing how TWS earbuds are becoming increasingly popular among fitness enthusiasts, the Sport Earbuds are uniquely designed to provide a quality sound experience even in the most challenging workout sets.

The Bose Sport Earbuds are specially designed in a way that allows the sleek earbuds to sit closer to your ears. They are built for comfort and snugly fit in the ear even in the most intense of exercises. The StayHear® Max tips create a tight seal with the ear canal, which is critical for hearing the deep low notes that add impact and emotion to your music and block the ambient noise around you so you can focus on your workout more intensely.

Although the Sport Earbuds come at a lower price than the QuietComfort ones, they don’t compromise on sound quality in the least. Using acoustic port design and premium, high-efficiency drivers, the earbuds delivers “big” sound-spacing and accurate frequencies. Using Bose’s signature Volume-optimized Active EQ, the earbud automatically boosts the lows and highs so that music, videos, and voices always sound balanced at any listening level.

Instead of buttons, Bose Sport Earbuds feature a capacitive touch interface. The button surface acts as a touch-screen, allowing users to start/stop music, answer or reject incoming calls, adjust volume, etc.

Launch price and Expected price in Nepal:

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds and the Bose Sport Earbuds are available for pre-order at $279 and $179. The expected price in Nepal for these two audio beasts stands at Rs. 35,000 and Rs 23,000, respectively, although this can change due to various factors like shipping costs and taxes.

Bose TWS Earphone ModelInternational Launch PricePrice in Nepal(Estimated)
Bose QuietComfort$279Rs. 30,000
Bose Sport Earbuds$179Rs. 23,000
Bose QuietComfort and Sports Earbuds price in Nepal

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

Mi Band 5 Price in Nepal
Mi Band 5 Price in Nepal

Mi Bands have become very popular lately for bringing premium smart band features into an affordable price range. The Mi Band 4C and Mi Band 4 were released some time ago and was leading smart band sales in Nepal. As 2020 rolled in, fans were very excited for the latest in the line: the Mi Band 5. With a larger display, upgraded accuracy, and a cool new charging style, the Mi Band 5 has officially hit the Nepali market and comes at a splendid price point. In this article, we will look over this newly launched product – it’s design and features and the official Mi Band 5 price in Nepal.

Mi Band 5

Design and display:

Mi Bands have made a name for itself for its simplistic yet effective design. The Mi Band 5 looks pretty similar to the Mi Band 4; however, it comes with a bigger screen. Equipped with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display, the band has five brightness levels, which add a lot of usability in bright sunlight. The band is touch-based, and a 2.5D glass protects the screen.

There are over a hundred new watch faces themed on characters from popular animated series’ like Neon Genesis Evangelion, good ol’ Spongebob Squarepants, Case Closed, and even everybody’s favorite virtual popstar: Hatsune Miku. Wrist straps come in a variety of different colors as well. Users can go crazy by customizing their own unique smart band.

Also Read: Mi Smart Band 4C: Best Affordable Smart Band Yet?

Features and Activity Modes:

The Mi Band 5 comes with 11 different activity modes, compared to 5 on the Mi Band 4. These new activities include:

  • Outdoor Running
  • Treadmill
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Freestyle
  • Pool swimming
  • Jump rope *
  • Elliptical *
  • Rowing Machine *
  • Indoor Cycling *
  • Yoga *

The Mi Band 5 reportedly comes with 40% better accuracy in sleep tracking compared to the Mi Band 4. With a brand new Sleep Monitor that tracks REM sleep levels and sporadic naps, users can now view their sleep cycles neatly on the Mi Fit App. The heart-rate monitor also comes with an upgrade. Irregular heart rate monitoring is 50% more accurate and the phone notifies the user when irregularly fast heartrate is noticed.

The Mi Band 5 has also added features for women, including menstruation tracking, monthly ovulation tracking, etc.

These new features add on top of the already existing features like Step-counter, activity level counter, etc.

Charging:

The Mi Band 5 comes with a cool magnetic-attach charger that directly fits on the rear of the band. Due to this, users will no longer have to remove the head of the band from the strap every time they need to charge it.

The battery capacity stands at 125mAh, which can last upto 14 days of normal usage with a single full-charge.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Full Specs:

  • Display: 1.1″ AMOLED display, touchscreen, 126 x 294 resolution, 450 nit Max Brightness
  • Weight: 11.9g
  • Materials: TPU(band), Aluminium(Buckle)
  • Sensors: PPG Optical Heart-rate monitors, 6-axis-motion-control-sensor (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope motion sensor)
  • Features: Advanced Sleep tracker, activity tracker, heart-rate monitor, music playback controls, notifications, alarms, reminders, etc.
  • Water resistance: 5ATM (50m/164ft for 10 minutes)
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 5.0+ or iOS 10.0+
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery: 125mAh
  • Charging: Magnetic

Mi Band 5 Price in Nepal:

The launch notice states the Mi Band 5 price in Nepal to be NRs. 4,499. It will soon be available to purchase in Nepal across Mi’s various stores throughout the country and the company’s online partners.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Launched: The New Mid-range Monster

Samsung M51 Price in Nepal
Samsung M51 Price in Nepal

Following a long wait, the new Samsung Galaxy M51 was finally unveiled to the world on the 31st of August. Marketed as the “Meanest Monster,” this phone has a lot of hype surrounding it due to its monstrous 7000mAh battery, blazing-fast processors, and 64MP quad-camera setup. In this Samsung Galaxy M51 review, we will look in detail into the new beast of a phone – its performance, design, battery, etc. and also its international price and the estimated price in Nepal.

Samsung Galaxy M51: The “Meanest Monster”

Display and Build:

Samsung M51 Display
Samsung M51

With a motto of “Go big or go home,” the screen of the Galaxy M51 comes at a massive 6.7-inches. This immersive Infinity-O sAMOLED+ Display is reportedly 43% slimmer and 28% lighter(compared with IPS LCD of Samsung Galaxy A21s). With a cinematic aspect ratio of 20:9 and a contrast ratio of 78960:1, this AMOLED screen produces vivid colors with clear contrast and deep dark blacks.

The design of the M51 is entirely on the minimalist side. Samsung has always been one to embrace simple monochrome(single color) designs. Despite coming with a massive 7000mAh battery, it manages to arrive at a sleek(relatively) 9.5mm thickness. The whole phone weighs 213 grams, which is quite a bit heavier than traditional phones of this size, however considering the ginormous battery, this isn’t that much of a surprise.

Cameras:

The M51 comes with a mean quad-camera setup housed on the left side of the rear body. The rectangular panel that houses this setup consists of three camera lenses aligned vertically, and one camera placed beside the bottom lens below the LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Camera
Samsung Galaxy M51

The primary camera comes at an impressive 64MP. Apart from this powerhouse of a primary camera, the camera setup also includes a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. The Sony IMX682 Sensor lenses support some powerful features like My Filters(Up to 99 custom filters), Night Hyperlapse, Hyperlapse, Best Moments, Smart Crop, etc. The 12MP ultra-wide camera comes with a 123-degree field-of-view and still retains natural-looking colors. The Macro lens supports close-distance shots with great detail, and the 5MP sensor allows for smart Bokeh effects using Samsung’s proprietary AI-photography algorithms.

On the front, we have a powerful 32-MP camera with powerful color correction and face detection that supports features like Smart Angle Selfie. Your selfies with this bad boy are going to end up crispy, clear, and cute. The Single Take – Multiple Outputs modes and custom filters are on standby to ensure this.

Also read: Full Samsung Mobile Price In Nepal [UPDATED: September 2020]

Hardware and performance:

The M51 sports the powerful Snapdragon 730G processor, with 8nm power-efficient architecture. with an Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) CPU and a powerful Adreno 618 GPU, it provides godlike gaming performance with AI game booster and numerous software optimizations. The phone is available in two memory options: 6GB RAM + 128GB internal memory or 8GB RAM + 128GB internal memory.

On the software side of things, we have the company’s OneUI 2.1 on top of Android 10. The OneUI cover is optimized for user friendliness and also supports one-handed use.

Battery:

This is the real meat of the sandwich folks. Recently, we’ve seen companies like Gionee pump out a 10,000mAh battery phone, although it was for more of a budget price. The M51 is battery-focused too, bringing 7,000mAh battery capacity in a mid-ranged phone for probably the first time.

This massive battery suppors 64 hours of talk time, 24-hours of talk time, 34-hours of video playtime and upto 182-hours of continuous music playback.

The phone supports 25W fast-charging – the fast charger is also included in the box. Courtesy of its massive 7000mAh battery, reverse charging with this phone is pretty useful. This way the phone can also be used as a powerbank. The Type-C to Type-C charger, we’re happy to say, comes included in the box too.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Full Specs:

Release Date2020, September
Display6.7″ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Rear Cameras64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
with LED flash, panorama, HDR; video [email protected], [email protected]
Selfie Camera32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm with HDR
ChipsetQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
GPUAdreno 618
Internal Memory128GB 6GB RAM
OSAndroid 10, One UI 2.1
BatteryLi-Po 7000 mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
Reverse Charging
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Color and BuildBlack, Dark Blue
Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame
Samsung Galaxy M51 Full Specs

Price and Availability:

Samsung Galaxy M51 is available for pre-order for a price of €360 (in Euros). Delivery for phones starts from Sept 11. Although an official launch for the Galaxy M51 hasnt been declared for Nepal, it is expected to hit the Nepali markets eventually too (although this may take a bit of time). The expected price for the Samsung Galaxy M51 is around NRs. 45,000.

Samsung Phone ModelPrice in Nepal(Estimated)
Samsung Galaxy M51NRs. 45,000

Vivo Y20 To Hit Nepali Markets Soon: 5000mAh Battery and Side-mounted Fingerprint Sensor

vivo Y20 Price in Nepal
vivo Y20 Price in Nepal

The Vivo Y-series has gained quite a name for itself with its feature-rich affordable choices smartphones. Promising long-lasting battery life, speedy performance, and irresistible camera specs, the Y30, Y50, Y19, Y12, etc all were highly sought after phones in their respective price range. Following a delay after the coronavirus pandemic, Vivo has finally confirmed that the latest smartphone in the Y-series line, the Vivo Y20 will hit the Nepali market this week. Equipped with an enormous 5000mAh battery and a trendy side-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Y20 seems geared to capture a fair spot in the mid-range market for itself. Let’s dive into the full specs, price in Nepal, and availability regarding the Vivo Y20 in this article.

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, but it looks quite clean and stylish nonetheless. The colors on this IPS LCD capacitative display look quite vivid and clear, although the colors don’t look as deep as they would on an AMOLED panel.

The 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.

On the side, we have the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, placed on the top of the power button. According to Vivo themselves, this side-mounted sensor is capable of unlocking the phone in as little as 0.22 seconds, which is really handy as all you have to do to then unlock your phone is to press the power button.

Also read: Vivo Mobile Price in Nepal Full Price List 2020 [Updated: September]

Cameras:

Marketing itself time and time again as a “Camera Phone“, Vivo has never been one to compromise on camera quality or specs. The rear of this phone houses a camera panel with 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.

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 wide selfie mode and Selfie Light Effects.

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 mid-range beast on par with most of the other phones in this price range.

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 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 estimated price for the Vivo Y20 is Rs 21,999, and will be officially available for sale very soon. Although it has been confirmed as releasing soon by Vivo itself, the launch price has not been confirmed officially. Guess we will just have to find out at the time of the official launch!

Vivo Phone ModelPrice in Nepal (estimated)
Vivo Y20Rs. 21,999
Vivo Y20 Price in Nepal

Xiaomi launches Redmi Earphones in Nepal at Budget Price

Redmi Earphones Price in Nepal
Redmi Earphones Price in Nepal

Xiaomi Nepal has been aggressively expanding into the non-smartphone section lately. As part of its Phone Plus strategy, they have introduced new products ranging from routers to smart bands. Aiming to bring more audio accessories to the Nepali market, Xiaomi released the Redmi Earbuds S just a month ago, which brought wireless stereo experience for everyone at a very affordable price. The new Redmi Earphones aim to now fill the hole for wired earphones. With clear and crisp audio and a super affordable price point, there are few things you can complain about in this newly introduced pair of earphones. Let’s go over our review for the release of Redmi Earphones in Nepal.

Redmi Earphones: High-Quality Audio Experience at an Affordable Pricepoint

Design:

The Redmi Earphones come in a neat white box that has a very Apple-esque design. Inside, we have the earphones, as well as a couple pairs of replacement tips housed inside a plastic pouch.

At first glance, the Redmi Earphones look like your typical budget in-ear earphones. Coming in at a super light-weight 13 grams, the earphone sports rubber wires and a golden 3.5 mm audio jack that is bent at the base. The Y-type wire measures at 1.25 meters. It’s a bummer that the cables are not braided, but seeing as to how this is a budget earphone, this isn’t really that much of a surprising compromise.

The tips of the earphone are slightly bent and capped with comfortable silicone tips. They are designed to fit into the ear very snugly, given the bent design and squish-able silicone tips. If the tips don’t fit your ears, two replacement tips are available in the box as well.

Build and Features:

The earphone tips hold two powerful 10mm sound drivers, certified by Hi-Res Audio to provide a more natural and realistic listening experience. At the base of the Y-intersection of the wires, we have an in-line mic to facilitate hands-free calling. There is also a single button present, which serves as a multi-functional button for call and music control. Due to the single button design, you can’t really control the playback volume using the headphones, which is a slight negative point for this pair of earphones.

The Redmi earphone is internally crafted from high-quality precision aluminum alloy. The 1.25 meter cable, although rubber, is durable under most circumstances, and ends at a standard 3.5 mm tip.

Also read: Redmi Earbuds S Launched in Nepal: Beastly Sound, Budget Price

Sound Quality:

Although there have been some compromises on design and build, the sound quality is where this phone really shines. The 10mm sound drivers bring dynamic bass, clear vocals, and refined treble. There is a slight boost to the bass, but this should be a positive point for most people. Unlike any other earphones falling into this price range, the Redmi Earphones have a surprisingly clear mid-range. Vocals and instruments are very clear and crisp and don’t sound muddy at all. The treble, or the high end, is where the earphones lack a bit.

If you use a Mi device, you can connect the earphone with its recommended settings using the Mi Sound Enhancer. Select the Youth Edition or Mi In-Ear Pro option for the best results. The trebles are much crisper this way, and the settings seem to have a positive effect on the overall listening experience a bit. Of course, you can always tweak your connected device to increase the treble a bit if you don’t use a Mi device, and the treble part sounds very weak to you.

Price and Availability for Redmi Earphones in Nepal:

Currently, the Redmi Earphones will be available in Black, Red, and Blue color shades in Nepal. This pair of earphones retail for NRs 749/- and will be available across all Authorized Mi Stores, retail partners and online channels very soon

Model NamePrice in Nepal
Redmi EarphonesNRs. 749

Gionee M30 Phone with Monstrous 10,000 mAh Battery Announced At a Competitive Price-point

Gionee M30
Gionee M30

Gionee has just announced the newest addition to its smartphone line: the Gionee M30. It comes in a massive 10,000 mAh battery and a mid-range price tag. To put this into perspective, most of the phones marketing themselves as “Battery Kings” only barely touch the 5000 mAh capacity mark. In this article, we talk in-depth about the new battery beast Gionee M30’s design, performance, and hardware.

Gionee M30: Dare to Double!

Display and design

Although Gionee is mostly known for its low budget compact phones, this one pushes the boundaries a bit. Coming in at a solid 6-inches of IPS LCD, this isn’t quite as large as most modern smartphones, but just compact enough so that the entire size of the phone (keeping in mind its thickness), doesn’t come off as too bulky. The screen supports HD+ resolution.

While you’d expect a phone with double the battery of most smartphones to look like a complete brick, Gionee has made some pretty creative design decisions to ensure that this phone doesn’t look too out of style. Weighing in at 305 grams, the body of the phone tapers inwards on the rear side of the design. With aluminum frame and body, a leather-like surface is present in the back, the rear of the phone houses a creatively place shield-shaped panel, which houses the camera and fingerprint sensor.

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

Cameras:

The Gionee M30 consists of only a single camera setup at the rear. The lens, which comes around at 16-megapixels, is located just above the LED flash. It doesn’t support features like depth sensor or macro shots, but video capture [email protected] is possible.

On the front, we have an 8 MP primary lens placed at the top right of the screen.

Performance and hardware:

This battery bonanza comes packed with the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset(12 nm). While this isn’t the latest cutting-edge processor, far from it, it performs pretty well for most normal tasks. It consists of an octa-core Cortex (A73+A53) CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz and the Mali G72 GPU. The battery life makes this an ideal gaming device, though this chipset might not support very heavy games well. If you’re willing to compromise a bit on frame rate or graphics, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.

The memory section is where this phone shines. Housing 8gigs of RAM and 128GB internal memory, this phone has ample space. Running multiple apps and multitasking shouldn’t be much of a problem, either.

Battery:

Ah, yes, the batteries. As we said before, this battery bomb comes in with a massive 10,000 mAh battery, twice or more than twice what most phones in this price range even come close to offering. The phone comes with 25W fast charging, something you don’t see very often unless on high-end phones. Courtesy of reverse charging, users can also use this phone to charge other devices – sort of like a multifunctional power bank.

Gionee M30 – Full specifications:

  • Display: 6.0″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • OS: Android(undisclosed)
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)
  • CPU and GPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53); Mali-G72 MP3
  • Memory: 128 GB internal and 8GB RAM, with microSDXC slot
  • Camera: Single, 16 MP, (wide), AF with LED flash and video [email protected]
  • Front camera: 8 MP with video [email protected]
  • Sound: Loudspeaker (stereo sound), 3.5mm audio jack
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • Sensors: Face unlock, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
  • Battery: Li-Po 10000 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging: Fast charging 25W; Reverse Charging

Pricing and availability:

The phone is set to release on the 31st of August, starting sales in China. It comes at an initial price of 1,399 Yuan, which translates roughly to Rs. 24,000. This price might be affected by taxes or shipping charges.

As Gionee targets Asian markets primarily, its safe to say that it might be launched in Nepal eventually.

Gionee Phone ModelPrice in Nepal (Expected)
Gionee M30Rs. 24,000

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

SastoDeal partners with Flipkart and Myntra
SastoDeal partners with Flipkart and Myntra

Nepali eCommerce firm Sastodeal has recently entered into a deal with Flipkart and Myntra to distribute a wide selection of international products in Nepal.

The lakhs of sellers registered on Flipkart can now choose to not only sell products on the Flipkart platform itself but on Sastodeal as well. Following this partnership with the Indian eCommerce giant, Sastodeal is now the exclusive provider for a growing list of over 5000 Flipkart products. These new products are available for purchase on the Sastodeal website under a separate drop-down menu labeled “Flipkart”.

“Although we have started with just 5000 products, we look to gradually increase product offerings with Flipkart and Myntra and also to shorten the delivery time and narrow the price differences,” reports the company in a public Facebook post. “Capable teams on both sides are working hard to make this happen.”

The Bengaluru headquartered platform Flipkart reports that this is the first instance of a partnership like this. The priority will be for Made In India products, as the company will gradually introduce more and more products into the Sastodeal platform as the cross-border trade gets less complicated. Then there will be a primary focus on categories like electronics, home appliances/decor, and furnishings, etc, the primary focus being to provide products generally not accessible in Nepal to its growing eCommerce audience.

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

Fashion Family MYNTRA Joins the Game:

This should be no big news since Flipkart effectively owns MYNTRA. Founded in 2007, this company was acquired by Walmart-backed Flipcart in 2014.

Although Flipkart has a separate section for its fashion products, featuring scores of local as well as international brands like Puma, Fabtag, Adidas, etc., MYNTRA focuses solely on fashion eCommerce. MYNTRA promotes its own family of 17 brands, which include the Indian fashion company Rangriti, Anouk, W for Women, Aurelia, Shree, Fabindia, and much more.

These new fashion products are available for purchase on the Sastodeal website under a separate drop-down menu labeled “MYNTRA.”

What this may mean for Nepali sellers:

While these new products are great news for customers, this may create a lot of competition for Nepali sellers. With over 2 lakh independent MSME(Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises) selling on Flipkart and MYNTRA, this will undoubtedly create pressure on Nepalese sellers to distribute products at a lower price by making their trade process simpler and more effective to reduce costs. Right now, the cross border taxes might make Flipkart and Myntra products a second opinion for online customers. However, in the future, there might be a severe threat to incompetent sellers that don’t make the cut or don’t deliver what they promise.

Oppo A53 Launched: 90Hz Refresh Rate and Beastly Performance

OPPO A53 launch featured
OPPO A53 launch featured

While the pandemic has created many problems for the smartphone industry and sales, it seems to be recovering decently and making lemons out of the lemonade handed to it. Rather than a high-priced flagship phone with breakthrough features and performance, there is still a considerable need for budget and mid-range phones at this time. As companies like Apple and OnePlus, which were previously seen as high-end geared manufacturers, have shifted their sights to this market, the competition seems to have grown. More and more ‘premium’ features are making its way to this market section.

Oppo‘s newly launched A53 is an excellent example of this. With 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 460 processor, and giant 5000 mAh battery, Oppo A53 is something to set your sights out for. In this article, we’ll look over this new oppo smartphone; it’s specs, price range and availability, and whether or not it is truly worth investing in.

Oppo A53: Overview

Design and display:

The A53 has just been freshly introduced in the Indonesian market, with little to no forewarning. For a mid-range price tag, this phone brings a 90Hz display on the table. The display, which has a resolution of 720p, contains a neat little punch-hole display at the top left of the screen. With a size of 6.5″ and cinematic aspect ratio of 20:9, this is pretty standard looking and follows the minimalistic punch-hole display, so many new releases are adopting nowadays.

On the rear we have the fingerprint sensor, that is laid adjacent to the triple camera + LED rectangular panel

Also Read: New Oppo Band Launched: Price and Availability

Cameras:

The rear of the phone houses a triple-rear camera setup, which includes a 16MP primary sensor, paired with a 2MP secondary sensor and another 2MP tertiary sensor. Since the phone has just been freshly released without a lot of pomp, we can’t say much for the picture quality, however, given that it runs a pretty reliable processor, it’s safe to say that it might outplay other phones with similar 16MP sensors.

On the front, we have a neat 16MP selfie camera nested inside the hole-punch display.

Processor and Performance:

The A53 is the first phone to adopt the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor. While rumors have been flying about the Nokia 3.4 adopting it too, Oppo takes the cake on being the first company to utilize this beastly new processor. With an Adreno 610 GPU to handle graphics, the performance of this phone is pretty great for this price point, and Qualcomm promises impressive mobile experiences using this chipset – with gigantic performance leaps, first-in-tier AI, and feature-packed camera experiences. Coupled with 4GB RAM and 64 gigs of onboard storage (with no storage variants), there is little that the Oppo A53 leaves unchecked.

On the software side of things we have the ColorOS 7.2 on top of Android 10.

Battery and charging:

The Oppo A53 packs a solid 5,000mAh battery. With support for 18W fast charging and software optimizations, it’s pretty safe to say that this phone checks all the standard battery life needs.

The A53 comes in two shades: Fancy Blue and Electric Black

Oppo A53 Price and Availability:

As of right now, the phone is only available in Indonesia for 2.499 Million Indonesian Rupiah. This roughly translates the Oppo A53 price to around $169, which amounts to NRs 20,300. But as always, there are bound to be some price bumps due to shipping costs and taxes, so the estimated price is more accurately somewhere around NRs. 22,500.

Being a mid-range phone, there’s a high chance that it will be available in Nepal soon. It is set for launch in India on August 27, after which it may be launched in the Nepali market also.

What are your thoughts on this new phone? Are you excited for it to launch in Nepal? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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

daraz and visa partners
daraz and visa partners

Last month, we wrote an article about Daraz bringing eSewa payment options to its platform. Founded in 2012 by Muneeb Maayr & Farees Shah, this online platform has been integrating more and more facilities to improve customer experience and seller accessibility ever since its early days of establishment in Nepal. Seeing as to how online shopping and eCommerce have exploded in popularity recently, Daraz has been quite active in providing more and more remote payment options to its customers in this time of the pandemic. Partnering with Visa to power online payments in Nepal, this is another big step for this leading online shopping store in this goal.

Visa Payments: Get exclusive discounts using your Visa card

It is no secret that the Daraz team promotes online banking and online payments. There are various discounts and cashbacks that you can take advantage of by using online payment methods such as debit cards from any of its partner banks.

However, for a limited time, customers who use Visa Payments can secure upto 15% discount on any of Daraz’s 450,000 products. Standing till September 30 2020, customers can save upto Rs. 500 using prepayment through Visa cards, Debit cards or any other Prepaid cards issued in Nepal.

“A collective effort is necessary in order to drive the development of the online card payment ecosystem in Nepal, and so, we are thrilled to collaborate with Visa,” boasts Lino Ahlering, MD at Daraz Nepal. “With this initial offer, we want to provide our customers [with] an added benefit for choosing the already more convenient and safe method of making online payments.”

Also read: Daraz Brings Two New Exclusive Smartphones to Nepal: Infinix Note 7 and Infinix Hot 9

Online payments in Nepal: No longer a second-option but a necessary one

Digital payments and online shopping have become crucial in recent times, given the current need for social distancing. The demand for online shopping is growing rapidly in Nepal, and the rate of adoption for online payments is growing in a steady manner as well.

The use of a secure and safe payment medium, as provided by Visa in this context, can go a long way to provide shoppers with a sense of convenience and security while shopping through online portals like Daraz.

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