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Can Realme Beat the Competition With Its Latest Launches: A Deep Dive Into What They Offer

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Realme Buds Air 3 Neo, Realme Watch 3, and Realme Pad X were launched in India recently. The Realme Buds Air 3 Neo TWS earphones have support for Dolby Atmos audio and the Realme Watch 3 comes with Bluetooth calling functionality. The wearable also gets a blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitor, IP68 rating, and is claimed to have a battery life of up to 7 days when in use. It is certified to be dust and water-resistant with an IP68 rating. The Realme Pad X is the first tablet from the Chinese company to offer 5G connectivity.

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks to Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo and Senior Reviewer Ali Pardiwala on the recently-launched Realme Buds Air 3 Neo TWS earphones, the Realme Watch 3, and the Realme Pad X tablets. They discuss the target audience of the TWS earphones, some standout features of the Realme Watch 3 and the Realme Pad X.

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Starting with the Realme Buds Air 3 Neo (in ascending order of price), the TWS earphones are a watered-down version of the Realme Buds Air 3. Ali says that the highlighting difference between the two models is the absence of the active Noise cancellation (ANC) feature of the Buds Air 3 Neo. But largely, they are quite similar to each other. Roydon further highlights that there is a pretty narrow field for OEMs to play in this segment and, hence, the companies are putting in a lot of technology at this price point. Having said that, the TWS in this price range probably don’t have a dominant use case.

The Realme Buds Air 3 Neo are priced at Rs. 1,999 in India.

Coming to the Realme Watch 3, the wearable is a pretty basic smartwatch and goes against the likes of offerings by Noise, Boat, and Amazfit. Ali goes on to say that this smartwatch is not a smartwatch per say and “essentially” a screen on your wrist and a notifier where you can read all your WhatsApp messages without having to pull out your phone from the pocket. However, the Bluetooth calling feature – a trend of 2022 smartwatches – is an added advantage. Ali says that the feature pretty much works in a similar way as a Bluetooth speaker would.

The Realme Watch 3 is priced at Rs. 3,499 in India.

The Realme Pad X is the last product of the discussion. It is in direct competition with Xiaomi Pad 5. Realme is also offering Realme Pencil and a QWERTY keyboard cover as optional accessories. As per Roydon, a tablet for Rs. 20,000 price point that has an 11-inch screen and 5G connectivity “is not a bad deal.” The Realme Pad X price in India starts at Rs. 19,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model which offers Wi-Fi connectivity. The 5G model is priced at Rs. 25,999. There is also the 6GB RAM + 128GB variant with 5G connectivity costs Rs. 27,999.

For more detail on each of those aspects, listen to our episode by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4: Better Than Their Predecessors?

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 — the company’s latest foldable smartphones — were launched on August 10 and are set to hit stores in the coming weeks. With the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung’s next generation of foldables have brought iterative upgrades over the previous generations. While there aren’t major upgrades over the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 that were launched last year, the South Korean firm has made some noteworthy changes to the hardware and software of the latest foldable phones.

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks to Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo who is reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto. We discuss various aspects of Samsung’s foldable smartphones, and how its offerings have evolved over the years.

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It’s been a year since we last discussed Samsung’s Galaxy Z series smartphones on the Gadgets 360 podcast. This year, customers looking for foldable smartphones still have limited options, from a handful of companies. Samsung has introduced minor upgrades on the latest models over their predecessors, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, which were launched a year ago. The company has already shipped millions of Galaxy Z series phones, revealing a sizable demand for these considerably expensive handsets.

This year, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on the outer screen, while the inner screen still sports a crease which isn’t very noticeable, according to Roydon. Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which offers better efficiency and less thermal throttling.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4 First Look: Iterative Upgrades

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is equipped with upgraded cameras, which are comparable to the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, and feels much lighter than its predecessor, according to Roydon. Meanwhile, both phones offer charging similar to the flagship phones that made their debut this year.

The displays on both handsets support a variable refresh rate, which could bring improved battery life. The company says the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will offer improved battery life compared to the Galaxy Z Flip, thanks to a larger battery.

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Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is expected to be lower than the Galaxy Z Fold 4, based on the company’s pricing in the US and how their predecessors were priced in India. A strong US dollar might make these smartphones a little more expensive in India. Samsung has already announced that pre-booking for the handsets will begin in India on August 16, but there’s no word on when they will go on sale in the country.

You can listen to all of that in detail and more in our episode by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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Is Pixel 6a the Best Camera Phone Under Rs. 50,000?

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Is Pixel 6a the Best Camera Phone Under Rs. 50,000?

Google Pixel 6a — the company’s first smartphone to debut in India in nearly two years — finally made its debut in India last week. A toned-down version of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the handset will miss the powerful cameras found on its more expensive siblings. However, the phone is equipped with the same powerful Tensor SoC under the hood, which means it offers the same Magic Eraser feature and Real Tone for photography, both of which are available on Google’s high-end handsets. If you live in India, you won’t have a choice, though, as the Pixel 6a is the only smartphone in the series to launch in the country.

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks to Senior Reviewer Aditya Shenoy who is reviewing the Google Pixel 6a and Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto. We discuss what the handset has to offer and how it compares to the competition.

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Google has used the same formula for the cameras on the Google Pixel 6a — just like its predecessors, the camera is front and centre on the phone — and thanks to the Tensor chip, performance has not taken a backseat, according to Aditya. As a Pixel 4a owner, which comes with a weaker Snapdragon chipset, Sheldon agreed, saying that things have slowed down after the Android 12 update. However, it might not make sense to purchase the higher-end Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, as they were not launched in the country and may not be covered by a warranty, Aditya warns.

The software on the Pixel is something that Android purists have gotten used to, and the Pixel 6a continues to deliver a clean experience without bloatware, according to Aditya. However, the smartphone sports a 60Hz display. When more affordable smartphones — like the Realme 9 Pro — offer displays with 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates, the Pixel 6a may disappoint some buyers. Aditya also ran into a bug that has also affected some other reviewers, involving an unreliable fingerprint scanner, which could pose a security risk to users.

Google Pixel 6a First Impressions: A New Beginning?

Pricing has always been a challenge for the Pixel series, Aditya points out, especially compared to the Nexus series. The early iterations, like the Pixel 2, were too expensive for users in India, which meant users would buy them after heavy price drops, Sheldon says. Aditya agrees, saying that Google wanted to go after the iPhone, which might have cost the company in the long run. With the higher end captured by Samsung and Apple in India, how much of a dent can Google make in the flagship category? Perhaps that’s the reason the company decided not to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in India.

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You can listen to all of that in detail and more in our episode by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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Is Pixel 6a the best camera phone under Rs. 50,000?

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Google Pixel 6a — the company’s first smartphone to debut in India in nearly two years — finally made its debut in India last week. A toned-down version of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the handset will miss the powerful cameras found on its more expensive siblings. However, the phone is equipped with the same powerful Tensor SoC under the hood, which means it offers the same Magic Eraser feature and Real Tone for photography, both of which are available on Google’s high-end handsets. If you live in India, you won’t have a choice, though, as the Pixel 6a is the only smartphone in the series to launch in the country.

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks to Senior Reviewer Aditya Shenoy who is reviewing the Google Pixel 6a and Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto. We discuss what the handset has to offer and how it compares to the competition.

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Google has used the same formula for the cameras on the Google Pixel 6a — just like its predecessors, the camera is front and centre on the phone — and thanks to the Tensor chip, performance has not taken a backseat, according to Aditya. As a Pixel 4a owner, which comes with a weaker Snapdragon chipset, Sheldon agreed, saying that things have slowed down after the Android 12 update. However, it might not make sense to purchase the higher-end Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, as they were not launched in the country and may not be covered by a warranty, Aditya warns.

The software on the Pixel is something that Android purists have gotten used to, and the Pixel 6a continues to deliver a clean experience without bloatware, according to Aditya. However, the smartphone sports a 60Hz display. When more affordable smartphones — like the Realme 9 Pro — offer displays with 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates, the Pixel 6a may disappoint some buyers. Aditya also ran into a bug that has also affected some other reviewers, involving an unreliable fingerprint scanner, which could pose a security risk to users.

Google Pixel 6a First Impressions: A New Beginning?

Pricing has always been a challenge for the Pixel series, Aditya points out, especially compared to the Nexus series. The early iterations, like the Pixel 2, were too expensive for users in India, which meant users would buy them after heavy price drops, Sheldon says. Aditya agrees, saying that Google wanted to go after the iPhone, which might have cost the company in the long run. With the higher end captured by Samsung and Apple in India, how much of a dent can Google make in the flagship category? Perhaps that’s the reason the company decided not to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in India.

You can listen to all of that in detail and more in our episode by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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