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Thanks to the arrival of Xiaomi, Vu, Thompson and other brands, the television segment has grown manifolds in India.
We now have a bunch of Smart and Android TVs offering 4K LED screens, newer designs, and latest content.
So, if you are looking for a new TV, these models might be right up your alley.
This list of best-LED TVs contains both Smart and non-smart 43-49 inches LED televisions and they are in the range of Rs 30000 to 40000.  If you are on a tight budget then you can go with the ones near Rs 30000 and if the price is not a problem then you can go for the LEDs from big brands like LG and Samsung which will cost you around Rs 40000.

Best Android TVs - Smart TVs available in India under Rs. 40000 (Top Best LED TVs)

Best Android TVs - Smart TVs available in India under Rs. 40000 (Top Best LED TVs)
Best Android TVs - Smart TVs available in India under Rs. 40000 (Top Best LED TVs)
Here's the list of TOP Best LED TVs Under 40000 in India 2018-2019 (43-49 inch)
  • Samsung 43 inch Ultra HD 4K LED Smart TV, 2 HDMI 1 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • Thomson 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • iFFALCON 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart Android TV, 4 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 16 WW Output
  • Mi 4A Pro 49 inch Full HD Android TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • Panasonic 43 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • Onida 50 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • LG 43 inch Full HD LED Smart TV 2018 Edition, 2 HDMI 1 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • TCL 50 inch 4K Smart LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • VU Premium 55 inch UHD 4K Smart LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 24 WW Output
  • Here are our best picks under Rs. 40,000.

Mi TV 4X Pro 55: Priced at Rs. 39,999

The Mi TV 4X Pro 55 features a 55-inch (2160x3840 pixels) 4K UHD display with 10-bit color depth, HDR10, and runs on Android-based PatchWall UI.

It is powered by a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core processor, paired with Mali-450 GPU, 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.

Further, this model houses 20W stereo speakers and supports DTS-HD surround sound, built-in Chromecast, as well as Google Voice Search.

Samsung 43 inch Ultra HD 4K LED Smart TV: Priced at Rs. 39,999

This is one of the best LED TV from Samsung which comes at the pricing of under 40000. At this price, Samsung used to offer a Full HD Television with old design but this TV comes with great improvements, let us find out.

This is a 43-inch television which comes with a very sleek design and the screen has very thin bezels which add beauty to your room. The display is perfectly bright with wide angles allowing you to enjoy each of the movie or content you watch. Over a great display, this TV supports a resolution of 4K (ultra HD) making it a great value for money product. Samsung has never been more aggressive in pricing for such a featured TV.

Thompson UD9 55-inch 4K LED TV: Priced at Rs. 37,999

Thompson UD9 55 offers a 55-inch LED screen with 4K resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and 20W speakers.

The HDR 4K Ultra HD display of this LED TV  delivers bright and sharp images. The rich detailing of every frame will give you the best viewing experience when you are watching your favorite movies or music videos in high definition. The bezels around the display are thin which makes things even better.

The sound output of this TV is 20W via the dual speakers. The loudness and clarity are decent but not the best of this segment. Still, most of the users will be happy with it. If you need more loudness or bass, you can always attach a sound bar or 2.1/5.1 external speakers.

It is powered by a dual-core CPU and GPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Moreover, the Android-based OS supports several popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Chrome and Skype.

iFFALCON 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart Android TV: Priced at Rs. 37,999

iFFALCON is TCL's sub-brand of Smart televisions. This TV comes with a massive 55-inch display which has a resolution of Ultra HD 4K. The tv comes with plenty of features such like Dolby Audio, True Color, UHD, HDR, and Google Voice Search is also there. The TV has a minimalistic design which looks great. Plus, the elegantly designed metal frame enhances the heat-radiating area while adding a hint of beauty to the overall design.

The display on this LED TV is just gorgeous. It has good brightness and contrast and the picture looks super sharp and crisp thanks to the 4K resolution. The viewing angles are great as well. Feature like HDR and Micro dimming, provide a great watch experience.

On the audio side, we have Dobly audio with Stereo Surround Sound Box Speaker which provides an immersive sound experience. The combined audio output from dual speakers is 16W but it feels much more than that thanks to quality speakers that were used in the tv.

As this is an Android Smart tv, it comes with play store installed which means you can easily install a ton of apps and games. It has 2.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage which makes multitasking and gaming smooth and responsive. You can watch your favorite shows and movies from apps like Netflix with just a click. You can also use Google Voice search to use the tv. The voice search isn't perfect yet though.

Onida 50 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV : Priced at Rs. 45,999

Onida is an age-old brand in India and has been innovating to meet the current trends. This LED TV available for under 50000 has a 50-inch display with Ultra HD (4K) display with beautiful and accurate color reproduction. With 3840 x 2160 pixels, the screen has perfect brightness and contrast and you would enjoy the entertainment content you would watch. The wide-angle view allows you to watch the TV from different parts of the room without the issue of light reflection affecting your view.

There are narrow bezels along the sides of the LED TV and has a Brush steel finish with a slim design which looks attractive. One of the other important aspects of this Onida LED TV is that it is a Smart LED TV which runs on an Android Oreo 8.0 Oreo and is a Google Certified Android TV. This LED TV is powered by a Quad Core ARM processor with 2.5 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. You can run all the apps from the Google play store and the TV has inbuilt Chrome cast to share your screen on the TV.

You can play many games, customize the home screen to show your preferred content and apps for quick access. The Onida Remote is also a smart remote through which you can talk and on basis of your command, it will perform an action on the TV. Your voice acts as a source to change channels, start an application or perform any other operation.

The speaker on this LED has a strong 20 W output and comes with Dolby sound technology that offers perfect speaker output and loudness. Apart from the WiFi, you also get 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports which will be used by the set top box, external speakers if required, pen drive etc.

At the cost of under 45k, you get most of the features in this 50-inch television as seen in TVs in the range of 50000 to 60000. Onida also has 300+ service centers to ensure that you get proper service in case you ever face any issue.

Vu Premium Android 4K TV 50-inch: Priced at Rs. 36,999

The Vu Premium Android 4K TV 50-inch model offers a 50-inch 4K (3840x2160 pixels) LED display with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio with 24W sound output.

Based on the official Android TV platform, it is backed by a quad-core chipset, Mali-450 MP GPU, 1.75GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

This Vu TV also offers the latest connectivity options.

TCL 50-inch 4K LED Smart TV: Priced at Rs. 32,290

TCL's 50-inch 4K LED model sports a 50-inch A+ LED screen with 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.

It runs on a Linux-based operating system along with dual-core CPU and GPU.

The TV also comes with support for Dolby Audio, HDR 10, TCL App store with T-launcher UI and T-cast app (for streaming content from smartphone onto the TV).

The display panel is sharp, vivid and has beautiful colors. You won't be disappointed by the picture quality of this tv. The display panel has 4K resolution and delivers crystal clear images. The HDR Pro produces dazzling images with accurate reproduction of light and dark shades. The HDR 10 full support allows you to experience HDR content via HDMI, USB, TV, VoD. It also has Dynamic Picture Enhancement which ensures colors are depicted like real natural environment and makes images more detailed. There's a Sports mode which tweaks sound and picture settings to provide a better watching experience.

The audio is delivered through dual speakers which have an output of 20W. It has Dolby audio which creates a rich, clear and powerful surround sound with Dolby decoder.

Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49: Priced at Rs. 29,999

MI has launched the first 49 inches LED TV in India as the Mi LED TV 4A PRO which is an Android TV and is available exclusively on Amazon. It comes with a Full HD resolution so that the movies and videos appear very crisp to you. MI has been known to provide a great quality product at the best price and this product very well qualifies on the same line.

The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 sports a 49-inch full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) display with 8-bit color depth and runs Android-based Patch UI.

This model is also powered by a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core processor, paired with Mali-450 GPU, 8GB storage and 2GB of RAM.

For the connectivity, MI had provided 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports to connect external peripherals like a set-top box, gaming consoles, Pendrive, laptop etc. The speaker has a powerful 20 W output with DTS-HD sound quality feature and outputs a strong volume for you to enjoy the movies.

Further, it has DTS-HD audio, 20W speakers, built-in Chromecast, and Google Voice Search.

LG 43 inch Full HD LED Smart TV 2018 Edition : Priced at Rs. 40,999

Looking for a 43 inch Smart LED TV with all the latest features? This might be the one for you. This TV is 2018 series LED TV from LG with a 43 inch IPS display. It is a Smart TV and comes with a lot of new features.

The 43-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 Full HD which means you get high-level details. The refresh rate is 60 Hz which is good for a blur-free picture quality. The TV has an Active HDR feature which provides delicate detail and lifelike colors. It also enables this LED TV to support multi HDR formats like HDR10 Pro and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Pro. Display wise, this is one of the best 43 inch TV you would see.

The TV comes with Magic remote which means you don't have to use multiple remotes. You can also share the content on your phone to this TV. It also supports Bluetooth audio so you can play songs on TV from your smartphone. With Cloud Photo and Video app you can share pictures and videos on a large screen.

One interesting and important feature of this LED TV is the ThinQ AI. It offers an enhanced and interactive experience by employing Natural Language Processing. With this, you can control the TV with voice commands. It is similar to Apple Siri and Google Assistant which are common on smartphones these days.

Go for it if you are looking for a latest 43 inch LED TV with new features, excellent performance and great after sales service of LG. It is one of the best 43 inch LED TV under 40000 in India.

Panasonic 43 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED TV: Priced at Rs. 41,999

Panasonic is a trustworthy brand and has been in the market for quite a number of years. This is a 4K Led TV available for under 40000 and is a great value for money television. It has a display size of 43 inch which is very bright, the contrast is superior and the clarity is top notch thanks to the Ultra HD display.

The design of this television looks great with very thin bezels all around. This is a Smart TV and has built-in WIFI. You can mirror your smartphone or stream videos and movies directly via internet. The remote has a mic which helps to control the TV with voice commands so if you hate typing, you will like this feature.

The speaker volume is also amazing with a strong 20W speaker output which is loud enough for a medium-sized room. It has a specially designed Box speaker which envelops your auditory senses in all-consuming sound experience.

This LED comes with 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports to connect external peripherals and 1-year standard warranty from Panasonic. At a price of under 40000, this is one of the best options available.

Xiaomi has revealed the much-awaited Android 9 Pie-based MIUI upgrade list for the Mi and Redmi smartphones in the country. The new MIUI Pie update list features all the supported smartphones with roll out dates.

Realme 3 Pro has been certified and confirmed with the same Snapdragon 675 chip as Note 7 Pro.

Flipkart is hosting a special Poco Days sale on its site, with a special discount of upto Rs 5,500 on the Poco F1. Android Q beta also has been officially released for all the Pixel smartphones.

Let’s take a quick look at the top tech news from today.

Top Tech News Today: Xiaomi Android Pie Update List Out, Realme 3 Pro With SD 675 Confirmed & More!

Xiaomi Android 9 Pie Upgrade Roll Out Schedule Out: MIUI Pie Update

The Xiaomi smartphone MIUI Pie Update list is out for the latest Android 9 Pie-based MIUI upgrade. Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Y2 will receive before the first quarter of the year. Mi MIX 2, Mi 6, Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Mi Note 3 before second quarter. The upcoming MIUI Pie Update will come with new features such as game turbo mode, dark mode, new always on display, dynamic wallpapers and wired charging animation.

Paytm Announce Dedicated Payments Bank Bank App

In a bid to bring in more customers, Paytm and it’s parent company One97 Communications have announced a dedicated app for Paytm Payments Bank. After being temporarily banned by RBI to sign up customers, Paytm is now again back with new features and updates for Paytm Payments Bank. The new dedicated app can be used to check balance, request for physical debits cards, access to digital debit cards with a 24×7 support.

Poco F1 Available With Up To Rs 5,500 On Flipkart: Poco Days Sale

Xiaomi is hosting a special Poco Days sale in association with Flipkart. The Poco Days is live now, and will continue till March 16. At the Poco Days sale, you can avail a Xiaomi Poco F1 with a flat discount upto Rs 5,500. The offer includes a special Rs 3,000 additional discount on exchange with an extra Rs 1,500 off with ICICI bank cards, bringing down the effective price to Rs 16,499.

WhatsApp Testing New ‘Search Image’ Feature

The Facebook-owned social media messaging app has been found to be testing a new Search Image feature to fight fake news. The company has been under the scanner being one of the root causes vitality of fake news in India. WhatsApp will be using official Google APIs to find similar or equal images on the internet to check it’s authenticity. WhatsApp will alert users before uploading any image to Google.

Realme 3 Pro Gets Certified: Approved By BIS & NBTC

The much-touted Realme 3 Pro has received the BIS and NBTC certification recently. The device will launch in April, has been confirmed by Realme. The smartphone is going to be a Redmi Note 7 Pro successor, as hinted by the company CEO at the Realme 3 launch. Realme 3 Pro as RMX1851 model number has been certified by BIS. The smartphone has been confirmed with the same 11nm Snapdragon 675 as Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Android Q Beta Official Now

The next generation Android Q beta is now official. The beta version has been released to all the existing Pixel devices including the first generation Pixel smartphones. The tenth OS version from Google come with a few changes, keeping most of it from Android Pie. There are a number of new privacy and security features on the latest Android Q beta version, including support for the new foldable Android smartphones.

Finally, Google has released the first beta version of Android Q, giving an early glimpse of what would be coming in its next mobile operating system.

The update comes with some notable improvements like native support for foldable phones and can be downloaded on any Pixel phone, including the original ones.

Here's a complete list of incoming features and a guide to install the update.

Android Q beta now available to download

Now, Pixel owners can try Android Q beta: Here's how

Now, Pixel owners can try Android Q beta: Here's how
Now, Pixel owners can try Android Q beta: Here's how

What you will be getting in first Android Q beta

Typically, Google's first Android beta comes as a developer-targeted preview focusing more on under-the-hood changes rather than bigger capabilities.

However, for Android Q, the search giant is offering some notable changes, including a new privacy setting allowing users to change location access for different apps.

Using this option, you'll be able to ensure that an app gets your location only when it's being used.

Plus, there are more controls for file access

Along with location control, Google is also offering enhanced controls to limit and keep tabs on how much access apps will have to your photos, videos, or downloads.

Native support for foldables

Another big change in the first beta of Android Q is native support for foldables, just as Google promised.

With the latest iteration, developers would be able to test how apps would appear/work in different foldable phone modes - using an improved Android Emulator.

The update also offers capabilities to resize apps in split-screen mode and to manage their background behavior.

New settings panel, Wi-Fi modes

Among other things, Google is also introducing new Wi-Fi modes and a quick access setting panel in Android Q.

The former will let users switch to a low latency mode aimed at improving video calls and gaming experiences.

Meanwhile, the latter will pop-up within apps, giving users instant access to settings needed for the program to work (like Wi-Fi and mobile data in Chrome).

Photo and Video improvements in Android Q

For those look for multimedia upgrades, Android Q will come with a feature called Dynamic Depth.

The capability will allow apps to use depth map data - background and foreground details of a photo - and produce a range of blurs and bokeh effects for portrait shots.

Notably, the OS will also support AV1 video codec for high-resolution video streaming with minimal data consumption.

How to install Android Q Beta 1

Any Pixel phone user can try the latest Android version, but it should be noted that this is an unfinished build and might be unstable.

Now, if you are willing to take the risk, back up all the data on your device and enroll for Google's Android beta program.

Once that's done, you'll get an OTA update notification to download the Android Q beta.

1. Google releases Android Q Beta 1 for all Pixels – here’s what we know so far
2. Android Q developer beta is available now on all Pixel devices
3. Android Q Improved privacy controls, support for foldable screens, and more

Support for foldable phones

Foldable phones are the big theme in mobile design this year, and Google is ready for it. The company has made changes to the way Android handles split-screen applications to improve their usability on folding devices. Google also says it plans to integrate support for folding displays in the Android Emulator for developers soon.

Basic theme engine

Google doesn’t mention it in its official blog post, but Android Police spotted for some theming options in Android Q’s developer settings. You can pick between different accent colors, headline and body fonts, and icon shapes. Among the accent colors there’s blue (the default), black, green, and purple.

There’s no guarantee these will make it into the final build of Android Q, mind you – Google teased a dark mode in previous versions of Android, only to pull them in the final release – but a man can dream.

Location sharing only when you want it

Why should an app require access to your location even if you’re not actively using it? It’s understandable for things like navigation apps, but for your delivery app of choice, not so much. Android Q allows you to fine-tune control over location sharing; when an app asks for your location data, you can select “allow only while the app is in use” or “allow all the time.” It’s a small but important step that could go a long way towards preventing apps from abusing data collection.

Other privacy changes include limiting access to information like IMEI and serial numbers or preventing apps from unexpectedly jumping into the foreground.

Manage phone settings within an app

Google is giving developers the ability to incorporate a system settings panel right within their app, allowing you to do things like turn on wi-fi or airplane mode without ever leaving your browser.

Better Wi-Fi

Android Q now allows developers to enable high performance and low latency Wi-Fi modes, which should improve performance in games, calls, and more

Portrait mode and depth effects in more apps

While some camera apps take a stab at portrait mode, chances are your phone’s camera app has the most realistic depth effects. Google is making it easier for apps to use depth data by allowing apps to request a JPEG + Dynamic Depth image, allowing them to offer different kinds of blur effects. Google says it’s working with device partners to make Dynamic Depth an open format available across devices running Android Q and later.

How to install the Android Q beta on a Google Pixel

One major change coming to Q is an additional privacy setting for location access that will let users limit apps to only pull that information while the app is in use, instead of just giving a blanket switch to for apps to either always have location access or never have it. Google is also putting new limits on the access apps will get to things like photos, videos, and audio as well as any downloaded files on devices.

Also coming in Q is better support for foldable phones, which is something that Google already promised back in November. Q is getting better support for resuming and pausing apps from running in the background as well as improvements to resizing apps for split-screen modes, all of which should be helpful for when the first foldable devices like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are released later this year.

Another neat feature is a new Settings Panel API, which will let developers give instant, pop-up access to phone settings like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC without having to kick users out to the settings app and back. The idea is that if you’re, say, setting up a Bluetooth speaker, your configuration app would be able to pop up the device’s native Bluetooth panel to turn on the radios and connect right from the app.

Google is also finally, finally improving the share sheet in Android Q, allowing developers to pre-publish how their apps work with sharing, meaning that the share UI can load instantly instead of having to manually rebuild all the possible options every time. It’s a small change, but one that should make Android Q far more enjoyable to use.

There’s also some new photo and video options in Q: Google is standardizing how depth map images with work with Android through a new Dynamic Depth format that contains a JPEG image, depth metadata, and a depth map bundled together. Developers will be able to pull Dynamic Depth images from devices with cameras that support it, meaning that it’ll be easier for third-party apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options. Google also announced that Android Q is getting support for the next-generation AV1 video codec, which should offer improved streaming quality with less bandwidth once content providers start supporting it.

Which one among these redefines budget Android niche? The launch of two new smartphones have spurred up a whole new in the budget segment: Redmi Note 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30. While Samsung is trying really hard to take on Xiaomi, the latter is not taking it lightly either.

Redmi Note 7 Pro Vs Galaxy M30: Design, Hardware, Camera, Price

Redmi Note 7 Pro Vs Galaxy M30: Design, Hardware, Camera, Price
Redmi Note 7 Pro Vs Galaxy M30: Design, Hardware, Camera, Price
Xiaomi launched two new phones in the country: Note 7 and Note 7 Pro.

Samsung too have revamped its budget smartphone lineup in India with six new smartphones: three Galaxy M devices and three Galaxy A devices including the premium Samsung Galaxy A50 with in-display fingerprint sensor.

So, today we are doing an in-depth comparison between the Samsung Galaxy M30 and Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Let’s find out who’s the new king in the under 15K category.

Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Galaxy M30: In-Depth Comparison

Both the smartphones come at a almost similar pricing, and are yet to go on sale.

Design & Build

Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a glass sandwich body protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides. It does look good and where Galaxy M30 majorly uses polycarbonate. In terms of durability, your chances of surviving a couple of drops would go with Galaxy M30 though.

In terms of looks, Redmi Note 7 Pro appear more cooler and classy.

Samsung Galaxy M30 and Note 7 Pro both come with water drop notch displays with slim bezels around the display. Both have heavy chins, but on the up, bezels are slightly thinner on the Galaxy M30.


Samsung Galaxy M30 has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display. In comparison, Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3 inch Full HD+ LCD display. Note 7 Pro’s display has a higher pixel density of 409 ppi compared to pixel density of 394 ppi on Galaxy M30’s.

The reverberation can’t be noticed visually.

Though, Galaxy M30 with a Super AMOLED display compared to the LCD display on Redmi Note 7 does keep M30 ahead because of the panel and better colour reproduction.


Samsung Galaxy M30 has an in-house Exynos 7904 SoC. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 7 Pro outperforms M30 with Snapdragon 675 SoC. Both are Octa-Core CPU units, where Exynos 7904 has two Kryo 260 Gold cores and six Kryo 260 Silver cores.

In comparison, Snapdragon 675 has four Kryo 460 cores and four Kryo 460 Silver cores.

Galaxy M30 with Exynos 7904 can handle day to day tasks easily, but Redmi Note 7 Pro with Snapdragon 675 has an edge with more cores and 11 nm fabrication technology.


Galaxy M30 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS with Samsung’s custom UI. While the Note 7 Pro runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with custom MIUI 10. Both come with heavy bloatware, but Android 9 Pie on Note 7 Pro is an added advantage.


Samsung Galaxy M30 and Redmi Note 7 Pro both are available in two storage options: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. Both support memory expansion via an external microSD card.

Galaxy M30 supports up to 512GB and Redmi Note 7 Pro supports up to 256GB.

Samsung has a dedicated slot for the microSD card, while the Note 7 Pro has a hybrid SIM, where it uses slot 2 for memory expansion.

Rear Camera

This is a game-changer. Both the smartphones have some top level rear camera systems. Galaxy M30 sports a triple rear camera system consisting of 13MP PDAF sensor, 5MP ultrawide sensor and a third 5MP depth sensor.

While Redmi Note 7 Pro has a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary sensor and a 5MP depth sensor.

The 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor on the Note 7 Pro outperforms most of the images captured on Galaxy M30. The latest technology offers better colour reproduction with high definition contrast.

Front Camera

The front camera on both the smartphones can capture decent shots. Galaxy M30 has a 16MP selfie camera while the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 13MP sensor.


Both the smartphones come with rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, Infrared and dual-SIM support.


Samsung Galaxy M30 runs on a massive 5,000 mAh battery. On the other hand, Note 7 Pro is powered by the same 4,000mAh unit. Snapdragon 675 on the Note 7 Pro will help the smartphone less power run more. Redmi Note 7 Pro also supports 18W fast charging while the M30 supports 15W fast charge.

Samsung ships a 15W fast charger, while Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a standard 10W charger in box.


Samsung Galaxy M30 and Redmi Note 7 Pro both are available in two storage options: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

Samsung Galaxy M30 (64GB): Rs 14,990
Samsung Galaxy M30 (128GB): Rs 17,990

Redmi Note 7 Pro (64GB): Rs 13,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro (128GB): Rs 16,999

CONCLUSION: Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Galaxy M30

Samsung has been able to deliver an awesome mid-budget smartphone at the price, but Galaxy M30 can’t stand against Redmi Note 7 Pro’s excellent combination of features.

Samsung Galaxy M30 is not a bad smartphone, neither it’s overpriced, but Redmi Note 7 Pro wins big against Galaxy M30.

The combination of a top processor and a great camera throws Redmi Note 7 way ahead. To wrap up, Samsung Galaxy is a great smartphone at the price, but Note 7 Pro is here to rule the market.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the latest line-up by Xiaomi which consists of three phones - the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, Mi 9 and the more affordable Mi 9 SE. The Mi series has been stellar offering by Xiaomi. The Chinese smartphone company has packed only the best when it comes to the Mi series of smartphones. Last time when Xiaomi launched the Mi 8, it saw astounding success in the markets where the brand launched it. Now, following up to its previous release, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 in China to further its line-up of the phones. Notably, Xiaomi has launched three variants of the Mi 9 in China. The first variant is the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, the standard Mi 9 and the smaller Mi 9 SE. While the Mi 9 bears a price tag of 2999 CNY, the Mi 9 transparent edition will set back by the buyers by 3999 CNY. The Mi 9 SE will be a more affordable offering at 1999 CNY.

Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9 Transparent Edition Launched: Price, Specifications and More Details

Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9 Transparent Edition Launched: Price, Specifications and More Details
Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9 Transparent Edition Launched: Price, Specifications and More Details
The Mi 9 transparent edition is the result of collaboration with the movie franchise from Disney, Alita: Battle Angel
The pre-sale for the Mi 9 is slated to begin at 6 PM in China where buyers will be able to book the phone at 100 CNY

Xiaomi Mi 9: Specifications and Features

The newly launched Xiaomi Mi 9 features a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display which has been manufactured by Samsung. Like you would expect, the Mi 9 debuts with a notch over a 19:9 aspect ratio screen which makes the Mi 9 boast of a 90.7% screen-to-body ratio. The back panel of the new Mi 9 has an attractive holographic design finish which reflects different colours depending on the angle of light falling on it. Xiaomi claims that it has used nano-level laser engraving and dual-layer nano-coating to accomplish this. For protection, the Mi 9 puts the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to use on both the front and back side.

When it comes to performance, the Mi 9 packs ample power as it sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC which clocks a frequency of 2.4GHz. It is worth noting that this SoC by Qualcomm has been manufactured on the 7nm process and it is a 5G-ready chipset. The Mi 9 debuts in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants which pairs with 128GB of internal storage.

When it is about camera and imaging, the Mi 9 packs a triple rear camera setup which is vertically stacked and consists of a 48MP primary sensor (Sony IMX586), a 16MP ultra wide-angle secondary sensor, and a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. On the front, the phone flaunts a 20MP shooter for selfies. Further, Xiaomi has gone an extra step ahead to put the sapphire glass lens on the camera to protect it from scratches. The camera on this phone also comes enabled with 960fps slow motion and includes motion tracking capabilities. The phone also features improved image stabilisation and a Super Night Scene mode which would be helpful in low light photography.

Possibly, the only thing disappointing that you might find about the new Mi 9 is the measly 3,300mAh battery. On the software front, the phone boots Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10. For security purposes, the phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Some additional features of the Mi 9 include the IR blaster and the support for a dark mode.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition: Specifications and Features

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Transparent Edition is the result of collaboration with the movie franchise from Disney, Alita: Battle Angel. The difference between the standard variant of the Mi 9 and the transparent edition is that the latter comes with an improved camera 48MP primary rear camera sensor, along with a 7P lens and f/1.47 aperture. The highlight, of course, as you would expect is that the phone features transparent back thus giving a glance of the phone’s internals and notching up the aesthetics. Under the hood, the Mi 9 Transparent edition rocks 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Specifications and Features

The Mi 9 SE is the most affordable among the three. The phone sports a 5.97-inch OLED display which comes with a notch on top. This device also uses an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication. The Mi 9 SE packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB of internal storage and a power unit of 3070mAh. In terms of camera and imaging, the phone sports a triple rear camera setup which consists of 48MP+8MP+13MP sensors on the rear and a 20MP selfie shooter on the front.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Series: Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be available for the buyers in three different colours of Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, and Piano Black, and it will bear a price tag of 2999 CNY and 3299 CNY for 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB variants respectively. The Mi 9 Transparent Edition will be a little higher priced, and it will debut in 12GB+256GB variant option with a price tag of 3999 CNY. The most affordable of all, the Mi 9 SE will come in 6GB+64GB, and 6GB+128GB variants and the shelf price of the phone will be 1999 CNY and 2299 CNY respectively. Alongside these phones, Xiaomi has also announced the launch of a wireless power bank which would pack 10,000 mAh and would retail for 149 CNY.

The pre-sale for the Mi 9 is slated to begin at 6 PM in China today, and interested buyers will have to pay 100 CNY to pre-book the device.

India’s fastest train: Train18, now called Vande Bharat Express, has been officially inaugurated today. PM Modi flagged off this train from New Delhi Railway Station, bound for Varanasi.

Varanasi is also PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Vande Bharat Express, India’s Fastest Train Inaugurated By PM Modi; Here Are The Fare, Schedule Details

Vande Bharat Express, India’s Fastest Train Inaugurated By PM Modi; Here Are The Fare, Schedule Details
Vande Bharat Express, India’s Fastest Train Inaugurated By PM Modi; Here Are The Fare, Schedule Details

History Created: Vande Bharat Express Is Now Live

Vande Bharat Express, which was previously called Train18, is India’s fastest train. It will run at 180 kmph speed, a feat which no other train has been able to beat.

During commercial operations, the train will run at 160 kmph, between New Delhi and Varanasi as of now.

Food will be provided by high end brands like Nescafe, Chaayos, Pind Balluchi and Landmark Hotel, and passengers will get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, all inclusive of the ticket.

Vande Bharat/Train18 Schedule

As of now, the train will run between New Delhi and Varanasi 5 days a week. It will not run on Monday and Thursday.

Train bookings for this fastest train of India will commence from February 17th, 2019.

The train numebrs are 22435 (Varanasi-New Delhi) and 22436 (New Delhi-Varanasi), and will leave New Delhi at morning 6, and reach Varanasi at 2 PM.

While returning from Varanasi, the train will start at 3 PM, and reach New Delhi at 11 PM.

Vande Bharat Train Fares

The fare is no doubt expensive, compared to other premium trains like Shatabdi and Rajdhani.

Compared to AC Chair Car fare of Shatabdi Express, the fare is 1.4 times more, and compared to Executive Class of Shatabdi Express, the fare is 1.3 times more.

While going from New Delhi to Varanasi, a ticket on AC Chair car will cost Rs 1760, and while coming back from Varanasi to New Delhi, the fare will be Rs 1700.

For Executive Class, the fare from New Delhi to Varanasi will be Rs 3310, and while coming back from Varanasi to New Delhi, the price of Executive Class ticket will Rs 3260.

The train will have no concession for senior citizens or children. Only MP passes, MLA coupons and military warrants can avail concessions.

In order to stop stone pelting, and damage to the coaches, special frames have been installed.

Samsung has refreshed its smartphone line-up starting with the M-series, and now the company is gearing up to come up with A-series (2019) devices. We have already learned that Samsung is working on three devices – the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. Some of these smartphones have already been spotted in leaks, benchmarks and renders too. Now, a fresh leak spills the beans over the expected specifications and features too.

Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 full specifications leaked ahead of launch

Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 full specifications leaked ahead of launch
Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 full specifications leaked ahead of launch

Samsung Galaxy A10 leaked specifications and features

According to a leak on MySmartPrice, the Galaxy A10 will be an entry-level model in the A-series, and will come with a plastic body. It will feature a 6.2-inch Infinity V display and have HD+ resolution. Under the hood, an Exynos 7884B SoC clocked at 1.6GHz is expected, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Talking about cameras, a single 13-megapixel snapper at the back, and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front is likely to be in tow. The smartphone will lack a fingerprint scanner, but will come with face unlock feature. There will be two SIM card slots, and a dedicated micro SD card slot for further expansion. To keep things ticking, the smartphone will pack a 4,000mAh battery, but come with 5W charging over microUSB.

Samsung Galaxy A30 leaked specifications and features

Coming to Galaxy A30, the smartphone will come with 3D glossy back made from plastic material. There will be a 6.4-inch Infinity U super AMOLED display running at full HD+. It will be powered by an Exynos 7904 SoC paired with 3GB / 4GB RAM and 32GB / 64GB storage. In the photography department, a dual camera setup comprising of a 16-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide lens is expected. For selfies and video calling, a 16-megapixel front camera is likely to be in tow.

To keep things ticking, a 4,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging over Type C will be in place. The smartphone is also likely to come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The leak also hints at Samsung Pay Mini, Bixby, Dolby Atmos and AR sticker support.

Samsung Galaxy A50 leaked specifications and features

Lastly, the flagship model in the series will reportedly pack an in-display fingerprint scanner. It will share the same design and display as the Galaxy A30. Under the hood, a it will be powered by an Exynos 9610 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, or 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

In the photography department, a triple camera setup of 25-megapixel primary sensor, a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor and a third 8-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide lens will be in tow. Up front, there will be a 25-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling. Just like the other two A-series smartphones, the Galaxy A50 will also come with a 4,000mAh battery featuring 15W fast charging over Type C.

There is, however, one thing that the leak doesn’t clarify – the Android OS version that these phones will run on. Currently, the flagship smartphones are being updated to Android Pie OS, but the older devices are still stuck on Android Oreo. Even the recently launched Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 don’t come with Android Pie OS, which is something disappointing.

Xiaomi is more than just a smartphone company. The company has launched a wide range of products including Mi TVs, Mi Powerbanks, Mi Earphones, Mi Air Masks, Mi Security Cameras, Mi Air Purifiers, and others. With its product lineups, Xiaomi wants to cover every corner of its consumers home. With the same aim, Xiaomi launched a new Mi Home Security Camera in India today. This is the second security camera that the company has launched in the country since last year. The first security camera was launched in India in 2018. The Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes with lesser specs when compared to the existing Mi Home Security Camera 360-degree. The new security camera also costs less.

Xiaomi Launches Mi Home Security Camera Basic in India for Rs 1,999

Xiaomi Launches Mi Home Security Camera Basic in India for Rs 1,999
Xiaomi Launches Mi Home Security Camera Basic in India for Rs 1,999
The Mi Home Security Camera Basic will be available for purchase via from February 14
The new security camera from Xiaomi offers Talkback feature

Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera Basic Features

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic has been launched in India for Rs 1,999. The new Xiaomi product will be available for buying from tomorrow onwards, i.e February 14 on Like the 360-degree camera, the new Mi Home Security Camera Basic also comes in white colour so that it can blend easily with the home decor of the user. The last year’s Mi Home Security Camera 360-degree is currently available in India for Rs 2,699.

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes with several features and one of the most important of them all is the 1080p picture quality support. Talking about the new product, Xiaomi reveals that the new Home Security Camera Basic comes with full HD 1080p support, ultra-wide 130-degree angle, Talkback feature, AI motion detection, and Infrared night vision. There are other interesting features too, but these are some of the important ones.

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic can record video in 1080p Full HD resolution with a maximum frame rate of up to 20fps. Xiaomi claims that the security camera is very much capable of delivering crystal clear picture quality video. The Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes packed with a 130-degree ultra wide angle lens which the company says is capable of covering almost all corners of the house. The new Mi security camera is smart enough to minimise the blind spots in a room. It also comes with a night vision range of up to 10m.

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic also comes packed with advanced AI motion detection feature and superior algorithms which Xiaomi says is capable of filtering out false alarms. The Security Camera Basic also includes features like intelligent detection function. This feature helps users to get push notifications when there’s some movement. Another interesting feature that the new Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes packed with is Talkback. Xiaomi says that the Talkback feature improves the overall voice calling experience. The camera also includes a feature called picture-in-picture mode which basically enables users to check on their sleeping baby while watching movies or playing a game.

OnePlus has some plans for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2019. No, the company isn’t launching the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7T. OnePlus is gearing up to showcase its first ever 5G phone at the MWC 2019 event. OnePlus has now invited the media to experience the company’s prototype 5G smartphone at Qualcomm’s booth at the event. The OnePlus 5G prototype phone will be running on a fully functional network. OnePlus hasn’t officially talked about the showcasing of the 5G phone, but the words noted in the media invite reveals hints at it. The invite notes “5G gaming” which clearly hints at the OnePlus 5G phone. Reports suggest that at the MWC event OnePlus will just showcase the 5G phone and will officially launch the device later in the year. It is fully possible the company may showcase a 5G variant of the OnePlus 6T like how other manufacturers are doing currently.

OnePlus May Showcase Its 5G Phone at Mobile World Congress 2019

OnePlus May Showcase Its 5G Phone at Mobile World Congress 2019
OnePlus May Showcase Its 5G Phone at Mobile World Congress 2019
  • The 5G Phone from OnePlus will not be the OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus will likely launch three phones in 2019 including a 5G model

OnePlus 5G Phone Coming Later This Year

The words noted in the media invite hints that the OnePlus 5G phone may be targeted to the gamers out there or mostly the power users. To recollect, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau announced the coming of a 5G phone at Qualcomm Snapdragon summit where the chip maker launched the Snapdragon 855 SoC which is going to power most flagships this year including the most anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+. Even the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T are said to be powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset but will be based on X24 modem. The OnePlus 5G phone will be based on Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

The announcement of the 5G OnePlus phone showcasing was first revealed by folks at XDA Developers which noted, “OnePlus, at Qualcomm’s booth (Hall 3 Stand 3E10), invites all to connect and communicate with our community over a 5G network. Attendees will also be able to experience the capabilities of 5G gaming on a OnePlus 5G prototype.”

OnePlus to Launch Three Phones in 2019

In 2019, OnePlus is expected to launch three phones, the OnePlus 7, the OnePlus 7T and the OnePlus 5G Phone. The company has previously confirmed that OnePlus will be among the first ones to launch a commercial 5G phone. Reports suggest that OnePlus may launch the OnePlus 5G in the first half of this year. As of now, there’s no report whether or not the OnePlus 5G phone – the company is yet to come up with a name for it – will come to India. For now, what we know is the OnePlus 5G phone will be launched in Europe in collaboration with telecom operator EE.

Meanwhile, along with OnePlus, several other smartphone makers like Huawei, Samsung, Vivo, LG, and ZTE are also working on a 5G smartphone to launch at the Mobile World Congress 2019. Xiaomi has a booth at the MWC 2019 where it’s expected to showcase a 5G model of the Mi Mix 3, while Vivo might display the 5G variant of its Nex Dual.

We received an anonymous tip via email from an alleged inside source in Samsung's retail channel. The tip consists of two sheets with the detailed specs of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e. We cannot verify that these are the correct specs but they do fall in line with the numerous leaks we've covered in the previous weeks.

Exclusive: Here are the final, detailed specs of the Samsung Galaxy S10 trio

Exclusive: Here are the final, detailed specs of the Samsung Galaxy S10 trio
Exclusive: Here are the final, detailed specs of the Samsung Galaxy S10 trio
We reported on some of the details found in the sheets, like the new 10MP f/1.9 selfie camera that can capture 4K video. It will have dual-pixel AF but the sheets don't mention optical stabilization, which was reported as a new feature. We've also heard of the new super slow-mo capabilities of the Galaxy S10 trio - they'll be able to capture 0.4s-0.8s of video, twice as long as their predecessors.

Mostly the specs are a rehash of what's been rumored for awhile now but there are some interesting bits, like the promised 800 nits of screen brightness - so far we've not tested a Galaxy flagship with more than 700 nits in our office.

Another deviation from what we've seen rumored is the screen size of the Galaxy S10+. The insider specs sheet claims a 6.3-inch diagonal of 3040x1440px resolution, whereas rumors say a 6.4-inch display.

Then there are the cameras - the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 have triple rear cameras (12 f/2.4 45-degree tele / 12MP f/1.5 77-degree regular / 16MP f/2.2 fixed-focus 123-degree ultra-wide) while the Galaxy S10e is listed as having a regular and an ultra-wide camera, while rumors suggested it will stick with the regular + tele configuration of the Galaxy S9+.

The claim that the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e have the world's first selfie camera to capture 4K video is something the Nokia 8 might want to argue with.

There are the final tidbits such as the new 10 scene optimizer settings and the new Zoom and Color point effects in the camera.

The three Galaxy S10 flagships will be unveiled in less than 10 days and all of these leaks will be put to an end. Stay tuned until then as there will likely be more leaks in the meantime.

According to a recent IDC report, smartphone shipments grew in India by 10 percent. While smartphone shipments globally saw a decline, India continues to grow on the chart. Xiaomi leads the table with 29.9 market share in the country.

This week we have Redmi Note 7 and Vivo V15 Pro on top of the list.

Both the smartphones will launch in the country very soon. With MWC a few days away, soon some top smartphones will go official, including the next OnePlus flagship, Nokia 9 PureView and more.

Top 7 Trending Smartphones This Week: Vivo V15 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro & More!

Top 7 Trending Smartphones This Week: Vivo V15 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro & More!
Top 7 Trending Smartphones This Week: Vivo V15 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro & More!
Let’s a take a look at the top trending smartphones this week.

Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi will launch its recently unveiled Redmi Note 7 in India soon. The company was expected to unveil the device in India in February, but according to the latest reports, the Redmi Note 7 launch has been delayed by a month. Apart from Redmi Note 7, the company may launch Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Go in the country, probably in March.

Vivo V15 Pro

All set to launch on February 20, Vivo will be bringing the V11 Pro successor to India. Vivo V15 Pro is going to take a lot of inspiration from Vivo NEX. The smartphone will have a full-screen display with no notch, a pop up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor, rear triple camera setup and more. The pre-orders start on February 15, and Vivi V15 Pro will go official on February 20.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung has confirmed the launch of its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 series at the Unpacked event on February 20. The South Korean company also confirmed that there’s going to a special Galaxy S10 Plus edition with 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. The company will launch three smartphones at the event: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 Lite.

Oppo F11 Pro

As per a recent leak, Oppo will also launch a full screen display smartphone in March in India. It’s the Oppo F11 Pro, and the smartphone may go official next month in the country. Oppo F11 Pro will come with a no notch full screen display, pop up selfie camera, in display fingerprint sensor and a 48MP rear sensor. The smartphone is expected to be priced around it’s upcoming co-branded Vivo V15 Pro.

OnePlus 7

OnePlus confirmed that it will hold an event at the upcoming MWC. While the rumours are already been topping the lists of upcoming OnePlus 7, many experts say its the OnePlus 5G smartphone. Whatever it be, the upcoming OnePlus flagship is expected to come with some of the latest technologies like a sliding camera module and the 30W Warp fast charging technology.

Huawei P30 Pro

With a few weeks away from launch, the Huawei P30 smartphones are in the news again. Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro is being tipped to come with at least three rear cameras and a water drop display. Though P30 Pro has been already leaked with a rear quad-camera setup with a case. Huawei P30 will have a 6-inch display, while the P30 Pro may have a larger display.

Nokia 9 PureView

With couple of weeks left, the Nokia 9 PureView has been leaked in live images with five cameras and a 18:9 widescreen display. The Nokia 9 PureView will come with a no notch 5.99-inch Quad HD+ display. Nokia 9 PureView will go official on February 24 at the MWC 2019. At the same event, we may also get to see the first glimpses of Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 1 Plus.

The leaked picture of the upcoming OPPO smartphone, OPPO R19, has created a lot of curiosity among gadget enthusiasts. From the picture, it could be guessed that OPPO R19 would look like OPPO F11 Pro. OPPO R19 front has shaved off bezels and in the top frame, there is a thin cutout for the speaker, says a GizmoChina report.

OPPO R19 specifications: 48MP dual camera and more

OPPO R19 specifications: 48MP dual camera and more
OPPO R19 specifications: 48MP dual camera and more
The pictures of the upcoming smartphone, which is expected to be launched in China soon, surfaced a day before yesterday. The phone has a pop-up selfie camera much like the Vivo V15 Pro, as there is no notch or punch hole. As it appears in the picture, R19 has dual rear cameras with an LED flash above the sensors on the back, according to the GizmoChina report.

All three share the same housing and are arranged vertically. They are also positioned in the middle of the device and connect to the frame. The poster says the main camera is a 48MP sensor. The main camera is a 48MP sensor, it says. It was also revealed that the phone’s pop-out camera slides out from the middle.

According to the report, OPPO R19 has a blue-purple gradient finish. However, it may be launched in other colours too.  There is no confirmation yet on when the smartphone will be launched. OPPO may unveil it in China before the OPPO F11 Pro launches in India.

Samsung had been playing a rather lackluster game in the budget smartphone segment in India which comprises of the smartphone market priced between 7k and 13k. And by this I mean it didn’t have smartphones in this segment that could compare to its competition in terms of the specs that were being offered. But it seems like Samsung has learnt from the past and is now ready to make amends in the segment. And this is rather clear in its introduction of the new Galaxy M series smartphones with much better specs than its predecessors. We have already reviewed the Galaxy M10 in detail and found it to be an impressive offering in its segment. Now, here’s my review of the Samsung Galaxy M20 which is the higher variant between the two M Series smartphones launched so far.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Review: Hits the sweet spot with its battery

Samsung Galaxy M20 Review: Hits the sweet spot with its battery
Samsung Galaxy M20 Review: Hits the sweet spot with its battery

Design of the Samsung Galaxy M20

Right off the bat, the first aspect that anyone notices about a device is how it looks, and the Samsung Galaxy M20 shares its physical traits with affordable sibling Galaxy M10 and some of the other smartphones in this segment. It comes with a waterdrop notch like Honor 10 Lite, which has been termed as ‘Infinity-V’ and is a first for Samsung. As a matter of fact, this is the first time that the South Korean company has incorporated the notch design into its smartphones. It seems like an attempt from Samsung to incorporate itself into the segment by picking up design cues from other smartphones and pick up designs that are trending.

Unlike other smartphones that are there in this category which include the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Honor 10 Lite which have metal or glass back panels, Samsung went for a polycarbonate back panel which has rounded corners to meld into the display. The back panel has the dual-camera setup in a vertical arrangement on the top left corner with the flash below it and the fingerprint sensor on down the middle. The device has two microphone openings, one on the top panel and another on the bottom beside the single speaker grille, 3.5mm port and a USB-C port. The volume rocker and the power button are on the right hand panel while the left panel houses the hybrid-SIM slot which has separate slots for two SIM cards and a MicroSD card of up to 256GB.

Moving on to the display of the Galaxy M20, it features a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080p) PLS TFT display which is Samsung’s own technology similar to TFT. The color reproduction of the display is bright and typical of Samsung’s saturated displays, which is impressive by all means. One of the more appreciable aspects of the display is that it is quite bright and you would not have any any problem with its outdoor visibility.

There were two things that surprised me, which was how light the smartphone is considering that it is packing a 5,000mAh battery and is not much heavier than the 3,300mAh packing Galaxy Note 8 which I use as my daily driver. The other thing that surprised me in terms of the design of the smartphone is how well Samsung has incorporated a proximity sensor as well as ambient sensor on the upper thin bezel, and it surprisingly works well too.

The volume rocker and the power key seems much better than the previous Samsung phones in this segment and are much more solid now without anything feeling loose. This has been typical in the mid ranged and the costlier Samsung smartphone, and the inclusion in the budget segment is an improvement of sorts for the company. The inclusion of Type-C for charging and interface with other devices is also an improvement and the fact that this comes with fast-charging capabilities also earns a thumbs up.

Booting up to the software of the Galaxy M20, I observed that Samsung has stuck to its Experience UI despite having introduced the new OneUI which has been professed as a big improvement over the previous one. Galaxy M20 does not yet have Android 9 Pie and is still stuck at Android 8.1 Oreo after the January 2019 security patch. The UI itself is no different from what we have seen in the previous Samsung devices, and we hope Samsung brings OneUI to this segment of devices as well.

Performance of the Samsung Galaxy M20

There are a few firsts for Samsung with the new Galaxy M smartphones and the inclusion of a whole new Samsung Exynos chipset in the Galaxy M20 is on of them. The Exynos 7904 processor that has been used in the Galaxy M20 is a new processor that has recently been launched by the Samsung. It is an octa-core processor which has two ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 1.8GHz for high power tasks and six ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz for the regular tasks. The processor uses Mali-G71 GPU which is efficient enough to run games like PUBG Mobile without a hitch on high graphics.

The Samsung Galaxy M20 variant which I reviewed had 4GB RAM which was capable of handling heavy apps and switching between them frequently seemed snappy and went about without a hitch. Even using apps in the split screen view didn’t seem to deter performance of the device. One of the concerns that I had was whether the background apps are killed after a while, and it seems that it usually takes a long while before the app is killed and only an iteration is there in the background apps. I noticed that the smartphone produced negligible heat when playing games like Asphalt and PUBG Mobile even at longer stretches which is definitely one of the bigger positives considering how important smartphone gaming has become.

Moving on to the battery performance of the Samsung Galaxy M20, it has been impressive to say the least. I will mention outright that generally I am not too heavy a smartphone user and in my regular medium use of the smartphone, it easily lasted 1.5 days with a single full charge. This includes a couple of PUBG matches a day, a couple of product shots, 30-40 minutes of streaming high quality video, browsing social media for the rest of the day. But to test out the extended battery capability of the device, I extended the usage and the gaming hours to match heavy usage and the battery still lasted about a day on a single charge.

Now coming to the Galaxy M20’s camera capabilities, I have to admit that I had expected much better results considering that Samsung excels in optics. It is one of the primary talking points of its higher end smartphones, the company never ceases to surprise me with its below-par optics in the budget segment. The daylight shots seem perfectly fine which is expected, but the quality deteriorates as the light intensity decreases and so does capturing correct colors. The rear-camera combo of 13 megapixel primary sensor with a lens of f/1.9 aperture and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor and 120 degree field of view lens. The front camera is not too better off and the software has a tendency to overexpose the background in bright light to adjust the skin tone, while in low light it has difficulty in maintaining accuracy.

The software integration of the Face Unlock is pretty accurate (slightly slow), but definitely better than the Galaxy M10. The fingerprint sensor is pretty snappy and seems at par with even costlier devices.


The Samsung Galaxy M20 is a definite improvement over the previous Galaxy On series and Galaxy J series smartphones that we have seen. It shows that Samsung is willing to move towards making better phones for the budget segment, even though it has not reached there yet. The Galaxy M20 has impressive battery backup and the great display with performance which is quite up to the mark. But one of Samsung’s old faults of not incorporating better camera modules persists, considering the competing brands excel in the camera department especially.

In terms of the pricing, the variant I reviewed with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is priced at Rs 12,990 which seems like fair pricing for the device even when comparing its positives and negatives to smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2.

After the tremendous success of JioPhone in 2017, the company launched its successor, JioPhone 2 in 2018. While the first generation continues to do well in the market, the company is now set to launch the third iteration of the very-successful JioPhone.

The latest JioPhone is being developed on the Android Go platform.

The second generation JioPhone 2 failed to repeat the success with a QWERTY keyboard styled smartphone. But the upcoming JioPhone 3 may again change the fortune for Reliance Jio. The smartphone will come with a full touchscreen display, a first for any JioPhone.

JioPhone 3 Is The Next Disruptor: Launch Date, Price, USPs, Specs & More

JioPhone 3 Is The Next Disruptor: Launch Date, Price, USPs, Specs & More
JioPhone 3 Is The Next Disruptor: Launch Date, Price, USPs, Specs & More

JioPhone 3: Features & Specifications

The rumours about JioPhone 3 hint at an all-touchscreen display. While the first two JioPhones: JioPhone and JioPhone 2 will continue to sell in the market, the upcoming JioPhone 3 is going to be more powerful and will be pricier.

According to a latest report, JioPhone 3 will come with a 5-inch full screen touch display, a first for a JioPhone.

Both JioPhone and JioPhone 2 feature have a physical keyboard, JioPhone has a standard T9 layout, while JioPhone 2 has been styled like a BlackBerry smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The large screen on JioPhone 3 makes it an attractive proposition.

JioPhone 3: Camera, Software & Storage

The JioPhone 3 will come with 2GB of RAM amd 64GB storage as per the rumours. The smartphone will also support expandable storage with an external microSD card. At the back, JioPhone 3 will come with a 5-megapixel camera, and on the front, there will be a 2-megapixel shooter.

The new JioPhone 3 will come with a more powerful hardware, preferably a Snapdragon processor is expected.

The smartphone will come with latest smart functionalities, and will be powered by Android Go. So, the smartphone will run on the latest Android Pie Go version, backed by timely updates and security patches from Google.

The first two JioPhones ran on KaiOS platform. But the latest JioPhone 3 will be ditching the OS for a full screen display experience with latest smart features.

JioPhone 3 Price | JioPhone 3 Pricing

The upcoming JioPhone 3 price is expected to be comparatively high. The first two JioPhone smartphones were priced at low-level entry price points. But with JioPhone 3, the price is expected to touch around 4,500 rupees due to better features and specifications.

The JioPhone 3 price will also depend on its upcoming exclusive plans for the device.

JioPhone was launched at Rs 1,500 while the JioPhone 2 was launched at Rs 2,999. The full touch screen display, Android Go and better hardware will push the price to at least Rs 4,000, or maybe more.

JioPhone 3 Launch | JioPhone 3 India Launch

JioPhone 3 launch will be held in June 2019. Reliance usually hosts its annual meet during June-July. It has launched the first two JioPhones: JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 at the respective Reliance Annual General Meetings of 2017 and 2018.

The JioPhone 3 launch is expected at the Reliance AGM 2019.

The company partnered up with Google for an Android Go smartphone back in 2017. But finally in 2019 we will probably have a Reliance Jio Android Go smartphone in the form of JioPhone 3.

Satish Kumar

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