Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Spotted on Geekbench, Specifications Tipped

There have been strong rumours that Samsung has been working on a Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite in the past. This smartphone was rumoured to be a slightly toned-down version of the Galaxy S10 but we didn’t have a lot of information about it. A Samsung pho d was recently spotted on Geekbench’s database that bears an SM-G770F model number and is thought to be the upcoming Galaxy S10 Lite. While the database does not reveal the name of the smartphone, the specifications do match previous rumours.

The rumoured Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and was first spotted on Geekbench by Galaxyclub. Samsung ships the Galaxy S10 series with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC in a few regions of the world. The alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has 8GB of RAM, something that is seen in the Geekbench listing. These specifications are in line with the previous rumours which emerged earlier this month. For those curious, the Galaxy S10 Lite scored 742 and 2,604 in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

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Interestingly, the alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is seen running Android 10 and we can expect it to run One UI 2.0 on top. Samsung is working on multiple smartphones at the moment and this alleged Galaxy S10 Lite seems to have similar specifications as the Galaxy A90 5G and the Galaxy A91. The Samsung Galaxy A91 has surfaced online recently revealing key specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It was also rumoured to have a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion.

More details about the Galaxy S10 Lite are unknown at the moment. However, Sammobile speculates that this smartphone could be launched after the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S11 as Samsung usually first ships its flagship series with the latest version of Android.

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India Second Most Sleep-Deprived Nation After Japan, Fitbit Survey Finds

India is the second most sleep-deprived country with an average night sleep of 7 hours and 1 minute, while Japan is the most sleep-deprived nation globally as an average Japanese gets only 6 hours and 47 minutes’ sleep, according to a survey by activity trackers and wearables maker Fitbit, released on Wednesday.

Based on aggregated and anonymised user data analysis from 18 countries — India, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Spain, the UK and the US — Fitbit said Indians get 77 minutes of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the lowest in the world, similar to the Japanese.

The study was conducted between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.

“REM sleep is crucial for emotion regulation, memory and peak protein synthesis, which ensures that multiple processes in the body work properly,” the company said.

People in the 75-90 years age group get the least sleep (6 hours and 35 minutes) compared with other age groups, whereas those in the 18-25 years age group go to bed more than an hour later than those in the 75-90 years age group.

According to Fitbit, Indians are the least active and log in only 6,533 steps a day, which is 3,600 steps less than the average of the most active country — Hong Kong.

2020 iPhone Lineup to Sport 5nm Apple SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem: Report

Apple will reportedly integrate a new chip inside the 2020 iPhones next year, and the chip may be built on the 5-nanometre process. A fresh report suggests that Apple will also equip the next-gen iPhones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem to enable 5G support. The accompanied 5nm chip will most likely be called the A14 Bionic, and it will be the first chip from Apple to use this small process. A recent report also suggests that the 2020 iPhone models will be equipped with 120Hz refresh rate display.

According to a new report from Nikkei, Apple’s 2020 iPhones will integrate a new chip that will be based on the 5-nanometer process. This will enable more processing power in a smaller chip. To recall, Apple has been using the 7nm process since the A12 Bionic chip launched in 2018. The report also reiterates that the iPhone models slated for next year will come with 5G support. The phones will integrate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem, but will use its own 5nm-based processor, which will most likely be called the A14 Bionic.

5G support on next year’s iPhones have been reported on several occasions in the past. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and analyst Dan Ives at Wedbush have both predicted support for 5G on 2020 iPhone models. Kuo has also suggested that 2020 iPhone models will feature a major design change. The next-generation iPhone lineup will include a metal frame while still using glass on the front as well as on the back. The metal frame surface will resemble the design on the iPhone 4. Ives notes that Apple will launch four new iPhone models next year and they will come with a rear 3D sensing imaging system and a ‘motion control’ feature as well.

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Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds, Junglecat Mobile Gamepad Launched

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds, Junglecat Mobile Gamepad Launched

Razer has announced the launch of two new products. The first one is called the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds, which are the company’s first truly wireless earbuds. These earbuds are compatible with both Android and iOS. The second product is called the Razer Junglecat, which is a dual-sided mobile gaming controller (only) for Android, wherein the controllers fit on both sides of your handset, much like the Nintendo Joy-Cons. Both the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless and Razer Junglecat will retail for $99.99 (roughly Rs. 7,100) in the US.

The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds somewhat resemble the design of the AirPods, but they do offer a pair of silicone earbuds sleeves inside the box for providing a better fit in the ears. They also come with an Ultra-Low Latency Connection, that promises to deliver an extremely low 60ms input latency. This means that users won’t hear stutters in audio while watching videos or listening to songs, and it will also be a huge advantage for gamers, allowing for a truly immersive experience. Also, these earbuds are touch-enabled and voice-assistant compatible, meaning they can be controlled using your smartphone’s virtual assistant.

The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 that requires less power and auto-pairing seamlessly connects the earbuds to its last paired device. Other than this, they also feature a water-resistant IPX4 design and come with custom-tuned 13mm drivers for a quality listening experience. The claimed battery life is 3 hours for the earbuds and an additional 13 hours with the included charging case, which itself charges via a USB Type-C cable and takes 1.5 hours for a complete top-up.

Moving on to the Razer Junglecat, which is a portable dual-sided controller, aimed for a comfortable handheld mobile gaming experience. Do note, this portable gamepad only directly works with four phones at the moment — Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US only) and Huawei P30 Pro (International). So, there’s a custom case that comes inside the box in which you can attach one of the four phones we just mentioned, and the controllers can then be attached on both sides of the custom case. Just in case, you don’t have any of these four aforementioned devices, then there’s a separate adapter included in the box, which makes the whole thing work as a standalone gamepad controller that pairs with other Android devices and Windows PCs.

There’s a Razer Gamepad app for your smartphone specifically designed for the Razer Junglecat, that lets you find the best games supported by the gamepad, and also lets you create your own button layout for other supported titles. Other features include low-latency connection, Bluetooth low energy and sensitivity adjustment function. The Razer Junglecat charges via USB Type-C and at the moment is not supported on iOS. You can check out the complete list of compatible games here.

Nokia Hires 350 Workers to Speed Up 5G Development

Telecom network equipment maker Nokia has hired hundreds of engineers in Finland this year to speed up its 5G development, the company said on Wednesday.

The Finnish company, rival to Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei, slashed its 2019 and 2020 profit outlook last week, saying profit would come under pressure as the company spends more to fend off rivals in the fast-growing 5G networks business.

Nokia has recruited 350 staff in Finland this year, 240 in its mobile networks unit and many dedicated to developing SoC (system on chip) integrated circuits – a key element for its 5G equipment, a Nokia spokeswoman said via email.

“It is true that we have hired 5G development personnel lately, not only in Oulu but also in Tampere and Espoo,” the head of Nokia’s networks unit Tommi Uitto was quoted saying in Finland’s largest daily Helsingin Sanomat.

The company has sped up its hiring since he started in his position a year ago, Uitto added.

Nokia shares plunged 21 percent last Thursday after the company posted disappointing third-quarter results and slashed its outlook. Nokia shares are down 30 percent this year.

Nokia reshuffled its management a year ago, replacing former head of mobile networks Marc Rouanne with Tommi Uitto, a Finn described by the company as an “expert in radio technologies”.

“Roughly a year ago I made a change in the networks unit’s leadership. With that I wanted to ensure that we have the right understanding and aim on how we will proceed with 5G. I am convinced that we now have it,” Nokia’s chief executive Rajeev Suri wrote in an emailed statement to the paper.

Nokia’s key customers in its biggest 5G market – North America – have limited their spending due to proposed mergers.

Last week, Nokia warned about losses from mergers such as T-Mobile US proposed $26.5 billion tie-up with Sprint, which in October won formal approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

Nokia is a key supplier to both telecoms companies, which have slowed spending as their potential merger faces court challenges.

Nokia’s performance is in sharp contrast with that of its Swedish rival Ericsson which last week beat quarterly earnings expectations and lifted its market forecast for this year and its sales target for 2020.

© Thomson Reuters 2019

Samsung Releases Fix for One UI 2.0 Beta Device Lockout Issue, Starts Rolling Out November Security Patch: Report

Samsung Galaxy S10 users running the beta build of One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 recently started experiencing a serious issue when they were locked out of their device, and it simply refused to accept any form of password or biometric input. Samsung has taken cognisance of the problem and has reportedly begun the rollout of a corrective update to fix the issue. Additionally, the company has also started rolling out the November Android security patch for two of its latest flagships – the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10.

It was reported a day ago that some Galaxy S10 users who were testing the One UI 2.0 beta based on Android 10 were getting locked out, and even the Remote Unlock feature is proving to be ineffective. Samsung has apparently heard the complaints of affected users and reportedly released an update to fix the issue. As per a report from SamMobile, Samsung has rolled out a new beta update for Galaxy S10 users that carries the build number G970FXXU3ZSL. The update, which is 135MB in size, has been released in India and Germany so far and will soon reach users in all regions where the One UI 2.0 beta programme was underway.

However, the update won’t fix the issue for Galaxy S10 users who are already locked out, since installing the update would require them to unlock the device in the first place. The only solution for such users is to revert back to Android Pie by using the Samsung Smart Switch tool, set up their phone anew without any password and then install the One UI 2.0 beta based on Android 10 again.

Additionally, Samsung has reportedly begun the rollout of a new update for the Galaxy S10 trio in Switzerland that brings the November security, but no additional features. The smartphone maker has released a new update for the Galaxy Note 10 duo as well, which also brings the November security patch, says a SamMobile report. If you currently own a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10 series phone, you can check for the new update by following this path: Settings > Software Update > Download and install.

Microsoft Xbox Console Streaming Preview Launched, Allows Users to Stream Any Game to an Android Phone

Microsoft started a public preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service earlier this month. While everyone waits for the company’s Google Stadia rival, Microsoft is now letting Xbox One testers try out a new feature called Console Streaming. The new feature lets users play Xbox One games on a mobile device via their own Xbox One console. The feature is now available in preview for Android users. Console Streaming will let gamers leverage their existing gaming devices to remotely access their existing games.

Console Streaming works with all Xbox 360 and Xbox One game titles while Project xCloud preview is currently limited to four games. You can stream just about any existing game installed on your Xbox One console. The preview is currently available to all Xbox Insider members in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings, based in the US and UK. Microsoft claims it will expand the preview program to more rings and regions soon.

An Android 6.0 and higher based smartphone or tablet is required along with an Xbox One controller. Other requirements include an Internet connection with 10Mbps (download) and 4.7Mbps (upload), NAT type: Open, and network latency of less than 70ms. Microsoft has released an Xbox Game Streaming app on the Play Store to set up the feature.

Jonathan Hildebrandt, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, wrote on the company’s official blog, “We set out on this vision for game streaming earlier this month by beginning the public preview of Project xCloud, allowing you to play games directly from the cloud. And now we’re delivering on our second streaming option by kicking off the preview of Console Streaming so you can remotely play your full Xbox One library from your own Xbox.”

The feature will enable users to play their games on-the-go but it will be limited in terms of functionality since it depends on the existing hardware. It closely resembles Sony’s PlayStation 4 Remote Play feature that also uses a user’s existing hardware.

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Jio Takes Issue With COAI Letter Over Telecoms Catastrophe

Jio Takes Issue With COAI Letter Over Telecoms Catastrophe

India’s telecoms sector and leading players Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will face an “unprecedented crisis” if the government refuses to relax its demand for $13 billion in outstanding dues, a lobby group says.

Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been spooked by the Indian Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold a government demand that will force the companies to pay the bulk of Rs. 92,000 crores (roughly $13 billion) in overdue levies and interest.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) lobby group has joined the fray, seeking the intervention of India’s telecoms minister in a letter dated October 29, arguing that such payments will lead to a crisis at the companies and cause distress for the sector as a whole.

“Investments could be curtailed, services could deteriorate, jobs could be lost and investor confidence will most definitely be shattered,” COAI Director General Rajan S. Mathews said in the letter seen by Reuters.

“The impact of this crisis could exacerbate the stress in the industry and potentially be catastrophic for the nation.”

The government’s telecoms department did not respond to a request for comment.

A person with direct knowledge of the matter said Bharti and Vodafone both backed COAI’s views in the letter. But Reliance Industries-owned rival Jio, a COAI member, said the lobby group’s letter does not represent industry views.

Reliance “completely disagrees with the intent, tone, contents and connotations of the COAI letter”, it said in a letter to COAI, which it released to the media.

Jio began operations in late 2016 and is least affected by the Supreme Court ruling because it has only $2 million in charges to clear.

The COAI letter also said that the $13 billion demand could also place in jeopardy the Rs. 60000 crores ($8.5 billion) of annual payments Bharti and Vodafone Idea make to the government and threaten their ability to service existing debt.

“Such an adverse outcome will trigger a chain of events which will result in disruption to the entire business chain,” the letter said, with the COAI seeking a two-year moratorium on payments for airwave spectrum from 2020 to 2022.

India’s crowded telecoms sector once had more than a dozen mobile operators but consolidation has resulted in only three private players – Bharti, Vodafone and Jio – and two other debt-ridden state companies.

A government source said on Monday that a panel of bureaucrats had been formed to suggest ways to alleviate financial pressures on the sector.

© Thomson Reuters 2019

Best Mobile Phones Under 10000: November 2019 Edition

The sub-Rs. 10,000 market has seen some of the trendiest smartphone launches this year. From Samsung Galaxy M20 in January this year to Realme 5 just two months ago, we have had some great phones under 10000 released in 2019. If you don’t have the budget to spend over Rs. 10,000, these two phones and several other options make sure that you don’t get a sub-standard experience. In this article, we have compiled our top picks for best mobiles under Rs. 10,000 available right now.

As always, every phone that we are recommending has gone through our usual battery of tests. For this guide, we have restricted ourselves to the phones priced over Rs. 8,000 and under Rs. 10,000. If you are have budget less than Rs. 8,000, make sure to check out our updated guides on best phones under Rs. 8,000 and best phones under Rs. 7,000.

Best phones under 10000

Phone under Rs. 10,000 Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
Realme 5 8 Rs. 9,999
Redmi 7 8 Rs. 8,499
Samsung Galaxy M20 8 Rs. 9,999
Nokia 5.1 Plus 8 Rs. 8,999
Redmi Note 7S 8 Rs. 9,999
Realme U1 8 Rs. 8,999
Redmi Note 8 7 Rs. 9,999


Realme 5

The latest entrant in this list, Realme 5 is one of the latest camera-focussed smartphones from the Chinese smartphone maker. It looks nice, however, the size of the phone does make one-handed use quite cumbersome. It offers good performance with no issues with day-to-day performance.

Realme 5 is the only smartphone with a quad camera setup under Rs. 10,000, making it an interesting preposition. The primary shooter on the phone takes pleasing landscape photos however they lack detail in distant objects. Wide-angle shots have less details but provide an interesting perspective. The close-ups shots is one area where Realme 5 really shines. The low-light images had weak details.

The smartphone dominated our HD video loop test and lasted for a solid 22 hours and 31 minutes, which is the best in this price segment.

Realme offers three variants of the Realme 5 – 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB, 4GB + 128GB – however, only the base variant is available in this price segment.



Redmi 7

It should come as a surprise to no one that Xiaomi knows how to make good budget smartphones. Thanks to such smartphones the company has managed to grab the top spot in the Indian smartphone market. This success hasn’t gone to the company’s head as it still continue to release good and affordable phones in the country. Redmi 7 is one such phone. Released earlier this year in the country, Redmi 7 offers a great performance and good battery life, and it’s one of our picks in this list of best mobile phones under Rs. 10,000.

In our review, we found the Redmi 7 to capable of providing a good experience, however we did face minor lag when calling up and scrolling through the app switcher. The phone lasted an impressive 17 hours and 9 minutes in our HD video loop test.

The camera performance of the Redmi 7 is also decent and we like how our sample photos turned out. The photos taken under bright sunlight had sharp focus and subtle details within the focused area, though anything more than a few feet away looked a lot poorer. Low-light photos were also not a complete disappointment.

Xiaomi offers two variants of the Redmi 7 in the country and both of the versions can be purchased under Rs. 10,000. However, we will recommend going for 3GB RAM variant of the Redmi 7 for a better overall experience. Do note that though Xiaomi has released a successor to the phone in the form of Redmi 8, and it features in our list of best smartphones under Rs. 8,000.



Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung started this year with a pretty aggressive approach and brought its India-first Galaxy M-series to target the online smartphone buyers. The strategy seems to have been pretty successful for the company, as most of the Galaxy M-series phones have found favour with not only the reviewers but the consumers as well. Samsung Galaxy M20 is not different.

Samsung Galaxy M20 offers a decent experience and we didn’t have any trouble using the phone for day-to-day tasks. The phone’s display is bright and crisp with good viewing angles. It, however disappoints on the camera front. The photos taken with Galaxy M20 didn’t lacked realistic textures and finer details. On the positive side, all shots were all in focus and colours were fairly vibrant.

Samsung Galaxy M20 lasted 12 hours and 53 minutes in our HD video loop test, which isn’t too bad, but we were even more impressed with the phone’s real-life battery performance.

Samsung offers two variants of the Galaxy M20 – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB – however, only the 3GB RAM can be found under Rs. 10,000.



Nokia 5.1 Plus

Although HMD Global has struggled with some of its latest launches, the company’s 2018 lineup is still going strong, including that Nokia 5.1 Plus that recently completed one year of its availability in the country. Like the Realme U1, Nokia 5.1 Plus excels in pretty much all areas, except the cameras, which may not be great but still offer decent experience, making the phone enough of an all-rounder to feature as one our picks as the best phones under Rs. 10,000.

In our review, we found the Nokia 5.1 Plus to be sporting a stunning design with a good display. While the screen’s HD+ resolution may not be appreciated by everyone, the display itself is not bad any means. The phone also provides good performance during day-to-day talks. The phone’s rear cameras capture good details in landscape shots, however they don’t always get the exposure right, even with Auto HDR. In low light situations, focusing speeds of the cameras dip and landscapes shots suffer the most.

Phone’s battery is its strong point and it went on for 14 hours and 36 minutes in our HD video loop test.

HMD Global offers two variants of the Nokia 5.1 Plus in the country – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB – however only the 3GB RAM variant is available under Rs. 10,000.



Redmi Note 7S

Released as a variant of the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi Note 7S brings the 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor from the Chinese variant of the Redmi Note 7 with rest of the innards from the India version of the same phone. In our review, we found the Redmi Note 7S to be a capable smartphone that can handle day-to-day tasks with ease. As it keeps the same design as the other Redmi Note 7-series phones, the phone looks premium in hand, however, it is a fingerprint magnet.

The Redmi Note 7S also delivers good battery performance and it ran for 13 hours and 17 minutes in our HD video loop test. The dual camera setup on the back of the phone takes decent photos with good colour reproduction. The low-light imaging performance is also decent, however, we were able to spot fine grain in the captures.

Xiaomi sells two variants of the Redmi Note 7S in the country – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB – however, only the 3GB RAM variant of the phone is available under Rs. 10,000.



Realme U1

Even though Realme U1 is getting close to the one-year-anniversary of its India debut, the smartphone is still worth considering for anyone looking to buy a smartphone under Rs. 10,000. The phone impressed us in pretty much every aspect, except its cameras, which are also not a complete downer.

The smartphone’s rear camera setup manages to take good photos under decent lighting conditions, however it struggles in poor lighting situations. The auto-focus is also not the quickest on the phone. The 25-megapixel selfie shooter that is one of the highlights of the phone captures detailed selfies with good colours, however, like the rear shooters, it also performs poorly in badly-lit situations.

Realme U1 manages to get through the day-to-day tasks without issue and even games perform great. Battery life is another positive for the phone and Realme U1 lasted 14 hours and 56 minutes in our HD video loop test.

Realme sells three variants of the U1 in the country – 3GB + 32GB, 3GB + 64GB, and 4GB + 64GB, however only the 3GB RAM variants can be purchased under Rs. 10,000.



Redmi Note 8

Part of Xiaomi’s much touted Redmi Note 8-series, Redmi Note 8 is a decent option for anyone looking to buy a new phone under Rs. 10,000. While the phone doesn’t sport an eye-catching design, Redmi Note 8 packs a crisp full-HD+ screen that is bright enough for outdoor use. It is also good for entertainment experience.

In our review, we found the Redmi Note 8 to be capable of providing a decent experience without any hiccups. The phone also offers a decent battery performance and it can easily get through the day. Redmi Note 8 lasted 13 hours and 10 minutes in our HD video loop test.

In terms of the cameras, Redmi Note 8 takes impressive photos and we were able to capture crisp and bright shots with very good detail. The low-light photos, on the other hand, turned out to be noisy and blotchy. Further, we had trouble with autofocus in poor lighting situations.

Xiaomi offers two variants of the Redmi Note 8 in the country – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB – however, only the 4GB RAM variant is available in this price bracket.



Best phones under Rs. 10,000 — bonus picks

Phones under Rs. 10,000 Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
Samsung Galaxy M30 8 Rs. 9,999
Motorola One Macro 7 Rs. 9,999

Samsung Galaxy M30

When Samsung launched the Galaxy M30 earlier year, the company had released the phone in only two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and the other with 6GB of RAM, neither of which was priced under Rs. 10,000. However, thanks to Samsung’s recent launch of a new 3GB RAM variant of Galaxy M30 in the country, we now have a variant priced under Rs. 10,000. Samsung Galaxy M30 had impressed us in our review with its crisp Super AMOLED display and a solid battery life. The phone lasted 19 hours and 23 minutes in our HD video loop test.

The phone’s day-to-day performance was also decent with no lag or stuttering. Having said that, we reviewed the 4GB RAM variant of the phone, so there might be some degradation in the performance of the 3GB RAM variant, and which is why this phone is not part of our main picks as one of the best phones under Rs. 10,000.

Samsung Galaxy M30 also takes sharp photos with good detail in daylight, however the shots taken in low-light situations came out average. The photos didn’t have much noise but there was fine grain.

As mentioned, only the 3GB RAM variant of the Galaxy M30 is available in this price segment.



Motorola One Macro

One of the latest phones from Motorola’s stable to reach India shores, the Motorola One Macro is a decent option for anyone looking to buy a stock Android smartphone. Although the phone isn’t a part of Android One programme, unlike other Motorola One-series phones, the phone comes with a clean version of Android.

We also liked the phone’s performance and battery life in our review. The phone runs smoothly without any stuttering or lag and even the multitasking experience is good. It also offers great battery life and ran for 17 hours and 30 minutes in our HD video loop test.

The photos taken from Motorola One Macro come out average and the distant objects lack detail in our sample shots. As the name suggests, Macro camera is one of the highlights of the smartphone and the phone takes good Macro shots with more detail than the primary shooter.

Motorola only sells one variant of the Motorola One Macro with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage in the country.



Apex Legends Crosses the Mark of 70 Million Players Globally, Takes Centre Stage in EA’s Plans

EA has announced its quarterly earnings report for second quarter of the fiscal year 2020, and if there is one game that stood out, it was Apex Legends. The free-to-play battle royale game, which was released in February this year, has already amassed a player base of 70 million worldwide. Thanks to the success of Apex Legends, EA is positioning it as one of the key growth drivers for the fiscal year 2021, and will back it actively as the game comes to mobile devices and other platforms as well. In its latest earnings report, EA also shared details of a few upcoming projects.

In the report, EA’s COO and CFO, Blake Jorgensen mentioned that Apex Legends is a major long-term franchise for the studio, and that they have significantly expanded the team working behind the curtains to create more content and experiences that will be rolled out soon via new seasons. Apex Legends has indeed blossomed into a marquee franchise that currently has a global player base of over 70 million. But the signs of it being a major hit could be seen from the beginning, as it crossed the mark of 25 million players in just a week following its release.

EA has already confirmed that Apex Legends will come to the mobile platform, and in its latest financial report, the studio made it clear that they see Apex Legend’s arrival on mobile devices as a major growth opportunity, both in terms of player count and revenue. The studio also mentioned that it is investing in Apex Legends as its target IP for fiscal 2021, and believes that it will yield positive results driven by the addition of new content and expanded reach.

Another area where EA reaped benefits in the latest fiscal quarter were live services that set a new Q2 record and brought in $493 million (roughly Rs. 3,498 crores) in net bookings, primarily led by titles like Apex Legends, Ultimate Team in Madden, FIFA and NHL, The Sims 4, and FIFA Online. Talking about future plans, the EA executive revealed that a new Battlefield title will arrive in fiscal 2022, Medal of Honor VR will come out in fiscal 2021, alongside remastered versions of a few classic titles.

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