Xiaomi’s says its new mid-range smartphone CIVI is equipped with flagship features

Xiaomi has introduced a new mid-range smartphone  CIVI, which focuses more on design than camera setup.

The phone was first introduced in China with a Snapdragon 778G processor with a X53 5G modem that provides 3.7 Gbps download speed and 2.9 Gbps upload speed. This chipset supports all bands.

The phone also has Wi-Fi 6E support which can increase the internet speed up to 3.6 Gbps.

The Xiaomi CV comes with a 6.55-inch elbow-edged LED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and is the lowest bezel Xiaomi phone ever.

It is equipped with 1080P LED display HDR10 Plus and Dolby Vision support.

Inside the phone is a 4500 mAh battery with 55 watt fast charging support and the battery can be charged in 45 minutes from zero to 100%.

The phone comes with 8 to 12 GB RAM and 128 to 256 GB storage options.

According to the company, the battery will work for 24 hours even when fully used.

The Xiaomi CV features stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support and high resolution audio certification


Realme’s entry level smartphone V11S

V11S – Photo courtesy of Real Me

Realme has launched a new and fast smartphone Realme V11. It is a 5G phone which is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 810 SoC.  This smartphone features a new technology called virtual RAM.

Dimensity 810 provides a network engine which gives you enhanced connectivity. Reliable connectivity is very import for mobile users especially people who play games with their mobile phones.

Realme V11 comes with a smart 5G/4G. The chipset offers efficient call and data concurrency on 5G. It will also allow a gamer player to defer incoming while playing his favorite fame. 

Dimensity 810 is a single chip platform. It features MediaTek 5G UltraSave technologies. This technology offers power efficient 5G connectivity. Unlike MediaTek’s competitors its single-chip design gives more power efficiency.

Realme V11S has 6 GB of RAM, because of virtual technology, it gives you 11 GB of RAM. This technology uses your tiny fraction of storage to support RAM.

In addition, the phone has 129 GB RAM storage which can be further expanded with an SD card.

The phone has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with 88.7 screen-to-body ration. 

The back of the phone has a dual camera setup with a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor camera. There is an 8 megapixel camera on the front of the phone.

This 5G supported phone comes with a 5000 mAh battery with 18 watts fast charging support.

The Android 11 operating system is integrated with Realme UI 2.0.

Vivo Pakistan is launching Vivo Y33s : A practical mobile phone for everyday use

Vivo Pakistan is launching Vivo Y33s on September 28, 2021. I just saw the news on its Instagram account. The question is : Will this smartphone attract common buyers who look for phones for everyday use. 

After reading the specification I can safely say it is a good smartphone for everyday use. If you look around you see that most people like to carry big-screen smartphones which can play their favorite video clips in full HD mode. Nowadays people share a large number of videos with one another. 

Y33s’s 6.58-inch Halo FullView Full-HD + (2,408 x 1,080 pixels) LCD display can satisfy the needs and passion of most mobile users. This smartphone features a drop-style notch for single selfie cameras. This will enable people who like to take selfies to take their photographs smoothly.

The good thing about this display is that it gives you an eye protection mode so can control blue emission and make adjustments in order to relieve eye strain and protect eyesight.

Another important thing is that smartphone users like to have powerful processors and chipsets in their phones. Y33s comes with a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset and 8GB RAM + 4GB expansion RAM. I think it will give you enough power for your processing needs. The smartphone comes with Multi-Turbo 5.0 that optimizes the memory to improve performance.

MediaTek says this chipset has been specially designed keeping in mind everyday gamers. The company says, “a pair of powerful Arm Cortex-A75 CPUs operating up to 2GHz, plus six Cortex-A55 processors in a single, octa-core cluster.’

You can see that this configuration of the G80 with a large L3 cache can give you enough power to fulfill your daily needs and entertainment.

Most users pay less attention to voice quality. Most people do not know anything about 4G VoLTE and how it offers exceptional voice and video quality.  The 802.11ac connectivity  offers you fast connectivity and provides fast Wi-Fi performance. 

Vivo is offering a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W charging. I think this is enough for our everyday use. 

The company has used liquid cooling technology which offers an intelligent heat dissipation management system for keeping the device cool while playing heavy-duty games and watching movies or video chat.

FunTouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11 provides a smooth user experience.

How to configure the new Focus mode in Apple iOS 15?

Focus mode allows users to more easily and conveniently adjust their ‘Don’t Disturb’ mode in Apple products. (Photo: Internet)

Apple has recently introduced a new feature called Focus Mode in the iOS 15 update for its operating system.

This feature has made Donut Disturb mode more functional and improved. In fact, Apple has improved the old DND mode by adding some new features, including the creation of a filter for calls and messages and the auto-reply feature with automatic and multiple customizations in case of your unavailability.

Focus mode gives users more convenience so they can adjust their ‘Don’t Disturb’ mode more easily and conveniently.
Interestingly, Focus Mode will work equally well on Apple Mac, Apple Watch and iPad, let’s see how Focus Mode works and how to configure it.

How to configure Focus mode in iOS 15?

First make sure to update iOS 15 to your iPhone or iPad, then go to ‘Settings app’ and select ‘Focus’ option. Here you will see some of the existing options. These include Do Not Disturb, Driving, Sleep and Work. Along with these options, the ‘+’ button will appear on the right side. You can create a custom focus mode by touching the ‘+’ button.

Then you have to find the Share Across Devices option, which is below it. In which you will see the Focus Status and Phone Calls options, through which you can determine which application should be given access to Focus Mode and how to manage calls while Focus Mode is enabled.

You can see the fitness, gaming, mindfulness and reading options by tapping the ‘+’ button. From here, you can customize them by adding them to the Focus Mode list.

Creating custom focus mode

Select Custom by tapping the ‘+’ button to create Custom Focus mode. Then choose a color and icon by giving it a name. Then you have to select the people in your phone book who you want to be able to receive your notifications while still in focus mode.

Select the Calls From option and select one of the given options Every One, Nine One, Favorites and All Context. And then tap the Allow button. And if you don’t want to allow someone, then tap the Allow None button.

In the next step, you need to select the app that you want to allow to display notifications. Tap the ‘+’ button to add apps from the list provided, you can tap the Allow button by activating the Time Sensitive option. Like contact notifications, here you can choose not to allow any app to be notified.

Once you have completed these settings, your focus mode will be ready.

Huawei launches Nova 9 for gamers

Two beautifully designed mid-range smartphones have been launched by Huawei. These two phones have an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC.

The company claims that Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform will offer cutting-mobile gaming. It comes with enhanced AI.

Qualcomm  says this chipset is specially designed to enhance the entertainment experience of users. Huawei mentions three important features of this chip. It says it can capture three videos at once due to Qualcomm Spectra 570L ISP. This chipset can transfer data between all at a high speed. 

For gamers, it offers features like Variable Rate Shading (VRS) for fast, efficient gameplay. During the game, it preserves high visual fidelity. 

It is evident from the specification these smartphones will be liked by people who love gaming and love to shoot videos.

It is a dual-sim phone and is powered by  HarmonyOS 2 which is based on Android Open Source Project

Nova 9 has a 6.57-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) OLED display. Its 20Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate will give users an amazing experience in watching content. 

The phone comes with  a 4,300mAh battery that supports 66W Super Fast Charge.

Long queues of people in different countries to buy the iPhone 13 series

The iPhone 13 went on sale in various countries around the world on September 24 and thousands of people lined up in front of Apple stores in different cities.

Hundreds of people lined up from Singapore to New York to take the lead in buying this phone.

After being introduced on September 14, it went on sale in most countries of the world on September 24 at 8 am (local time).

In that sense, it is the first time in Australia that people have had the opportunity to buy this phone.

So look at the crowds and phone buyers in front of the Apple Store here around the world.

According to various reports, a record number of people booked iPhones in pre-order in China this year.

Apple introduced the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max with the new Apple Watch and iPad Mini.

The iPhone 13 Mini has a 5.4-inch display, the iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch display, the iPhone 13 Pro has a 6.1-inch display and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display, meaning the display size of all four phones is similar to the iPhone 12 series.

This time all the iPhones are equipped with A15 bionic processors and according to the company its performance is 20% higher than last year’s A14 while the utility is 30% higher.

All four phones have 5G support.

There was a lot of rush outside the Apple Store, photo courtesy of Apple
For the first time, the company has also given a display with 120 Hz refresh rate in 2 iPhones (Pro models) and they also have the option of TB storage.

There has been no increase in the price of iPhones this year, but the prices have been kept the same as last year’s models.

In terms of design, these phones are the same as last year’s models, only the notch on the front was slightly reduced and the rear camera module was redesigned.

But what is special about this year’s phones is that they have more batteries than before, which will last longer than last year’s models.

In Singapore, too, several people lined up outside the Apple Store in the morning to buy an iPhone. As far as the camera setup is concerned, the iPhone 13 has a dual camera setup on the back. In fact, the biggest change this year has been in the camera system.

The setup features last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max’s optical image stabilization system, as well as a new 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera (47% larger than the previous one with sensors). The phone’s second camera is also 12 megapixels.

Both the iPhone 13 Pro models have a brand new 3 camera setup.

The wide camera performs much better in low light due to its large sensor while the ultra wide sensor has also been significantly improved with the help of wide aperture.

All three cameras have night mode and a new macro mode has been added which helps in taking pictures of small objects up to 2 cm.

The iPhone 13 Mini is priced at 6 699, the iPhone 13 at 7 799, the iPhone 13 Pro at 99 999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max at 10 1,099.

iPhone 13 users have reported bugs

Few iPhone 13 users have reported bugs on a Reddit thread.  These users received the error message ‘Unable to communicate with Apple Watch’. This error was generated when they tried to unlock their iPhones with their Apple Watch.

The iPhone 13 user reported that both his iPhone 13 and Apple Watch SE had iOS updates.  He said that he tried to fix the issue by rebooting booth devices and pairing both devices.

It has been reported by users that they experience bugs in their storage devices when they were updated with iOS 15. Users hope Apple will try to release and new updated iOS 15 after fixing the bugs.

Another problem reported by large number of iPhone users is that they experienced ‘iPhone Storage Full’. Most users complained that they cannot remove the error. What annoyed users most is they could not dismiss the warning.

Some users have reported that after the iOS 15 update their devices are showing more storage than the available storage on iPhones.

Itel A26 – A good entry-level smartphone

Itel Pakistan has been offering entry-level smartphones for a long time in Pakistan. The company has made a name in Pakistan because of its good quality entry-level smartphones. I had bought one from Jazz and found the smartphone very good. It never gave me any problem. It never hanged during operation. The voice quality was very good.

Today I watched their post on Instagram about Itel A26. It is basically an entry-level for a common man. I think this budget friendly smartphone will attract buyers due to its price and specification.

Itel A26 is powered by Unisoc SC9832e  1.4GHx quad-core processor. UNISOC is one the leading maker of chips. Their UNISOC SC9832E is regarded as integrated Quad-core LTE chip platform.

Unisoc SC9832e  is basically and entry level CPU but it seamlessly works with 4G network and allows a user to download and upload data at a speed 150 MBit/s and 50 MBit/s.  The ARM Mali-T20 GPU gives you enough processing power to satisfy your daily needs.

The smartphone A26 has 2GB RAM and comes with 32GB storage. It is enough to satisfy most users.

 The 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display is amazing.

It comes with a 5-megapixel AI sensor and a VGA sensor. At the front, it has a 2-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls which is enough to give the experience of good video communication.

It is powered by Android 10 (Go edition) and comes with face unlock capabilities. User will like its social Turbo feature. This will allow them to record WhatsApp calls, save statuses, and more.

Itel A26 packs a 3,020mAh battery and also gets face unlock capabilities

People must pay attention to Google Account setting

Google Account setting

Google has become an integral part of our life. However, it is unfortunately most of us do not explore the tools, apps and systems offered by the company. The information collected by Google is very sensitive. Activities we perform while surfing the Internet are highly sensitive and personal in nature but Google collects them and stores them.

Most of us have been using Gmail and our android based smartphones without realizes the risk involved and how our digital information is collect and exploited by companies and hackers.

I advise people to spare some time and explore the Google tools and information it asks and setup required to use tools.

People must pay attention to Google Account setting and try to protect their Gmail and other data.

Google regularly reminds us to perform ‘Privacy Checkup’.  These reminders enable us to check basic settings of our Google account.

Google is known for its search Engine. We all use it regularly to find information on the Internet. When we search our search history is maintaining by Google. The company collects our search and browsing activity. Google searches can tell can the tell the company a lot of information about our illness, reading and buying habit, activities performed on the Net. It collects information about travelling. In short it collects a lot of information.

The good thing is that Google allows us to control and manage data collection. You can go to http://myaccount.google.com and go to Data & Privacy and then to Web & App activity and turn off the option if we do not want Google to collect our surfing data.

Apple’s iOS 15 Update

Apple users wait for annual iOS update this update give them new features. Now it is reported that it will start offering update to its users from Monday.

Beta testers have been using this update for month. Before making a decision to update users are advised to check list of bugs reported by these beta testers. 

Apple has made a lot of big and small changes in the new OS. 

I would like to tell you about an important feature. Apple users will now be able to connect with their friends who do have iPhones. Now you can make a FaceTime call to your friend who do not have iPhones. Now can you can send a Zoom-like link to your friends or family members. They will be able to join you using their browsers. 

We have now a Focus tool which is an enhanced version of your Do Not Disturb Option. This tool can you block communications from people and app. We all receive hundreds of notifications from websites and friends. Sometimes we are busy and are not in a position to respond them or watch updates from websites. This tool helps us to create some healthier boundaries in our life with new tools like Focus. 

We all know that Apple has unveiled Focus tool at this year’s WWDC. Apple has made some impressive tweaks. Apple has introduced new Focuses. Now we can control notification when we are at work or driving. 

Apple has moved the Safari address bar at the bottom. In my opinion, it will be difficult for people to adjust to the new Safari feature because we are accustomed to use address bar at the top of the screen.

Map has made some changes in the Map app. Now we can see the air-quality maps. Considering the weather changes across the globe this new feature will be useful for people who are health conscious. Travelers can now find the wind direction and visibility information in areas where they intend to travel in foggy weather.

Like Facebook and Google, Apple has introduced a Legacy Contact in IOS 14 update. This is an important feature for families. 

Now you will be able to use Siri without internet connection for limited number of things. 

You can now hide your IP address, location from email senders. 

The Photo can recognize objects in images. I think this is an useful feature. 

Apple has not introduced any features in the new OS update  which could be described has breakthrough. The good think about this update is that Apple does not force you to update. 

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