Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T: The new innovation of 2021


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Hey everyone as 5G is being rolled out  across the globe 5G handsets haven’t yet taken over the market especially when it comes to cheaper devices the Redmi Note 9T is one of the cheapest 5G phones that you can buy and I was really curious to see what Xiaomi has included and what they haven’t in order to get it to this price point so if you’re on a budget is this the phone to buy to keep up with the times I‘m Amir for MyTech Paradise and this is our review of the Redmi Note 9T. 

  • Design and build quality 

Right from the get-go while Xiaomi doesn’t try to hide the budget nature of this device it definitely seems nicely designed all the same though it has a plastic back in frame the phone feels incredibly sturdy and Rigid and when we tried to bend it. It turned out that it has zero flex at almost 200 grams it’s not that light for a phone of its size probably thanks to the huge battery and in general it feels dense and reassuring the Note 9T has a water repellent coating on its innards and has a Gorilla glass 5 screen so as far as durability goes  things look really promising as for the front of the phone there are some pretty thick bezels and a not so small punch hole which makes it look like an older design there’s some discoloration around the punch hole especially on lighter backgrounds but it’s not too intrusive the Note 9T comes in either nightfall black or ,our daybreak purple colour and unlike the Note9 5G both of these colours have a textured finish on the back this means that the phone doesn’t get smudgy and greasy easily and we also like the extra grip that it provides the volume buttons are quite clicky.

Design & build
Design & build
  • Side-mounted fingerprint reader 

Right below the volume buttons you’ll find a power button that doubles as a fingerprint Reader it’s fast and accurate though as with all side mounted readers it has a tendency to pick up smudges and false reads that might slow it down. 

Side-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Legacy features 

The Note 9T has a few legacy features like an IR blaster on the top of the Phone and a headphone jack on the bottom there’s also an FM radio if you prefer that over Spotify there’s also NFC support for contactless payments and easy device pairing. 

Legacy features
  • Storage & card slot 

The phone comes with 64 or 128 gigabytes ,of base storage and the option of expandable storage the card tray has three slots so you won’t have to choose also if you do choose to have two sims the phone supports two concurrent 5Gcellular connections it also supports an extensive list of 5G bands which is not always guaranteed. 

Storage & card slot
  • Nice LCD: 1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate 

The Note 9T has a 6.53 inch IPS lcd with a full HD resolution and a Standard 60 Hz refresh rate it’s an adequate screen but far from impressive the display managed 471 nits of brightness in the standard colour mode which was more than the advertised 450 Nits but it only goes up to 413 in the saturated colour mode it should be enough for decent slight legibility though as far as colour accuracy was concerned we weren’t exactly dazzled standard mode was more true to life than the saturated Mode but no matter what we tried whites were bluish the screen response time was also less than stellar and we noticed some ghosting in fine text and fine UI elements when scrolling most lcd budget panels have this issue but it’s worth a mention.

6.53” IPS LCD, 1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Speaker & sound quality 

The screen was mediocre the speaker setup was surprisingly nice for the class the phone has a stereo speaker setup ,using the amplified earpiece as a second channel, loudness was good but we noticed ,distortions at higher volumes vocals were clear but overall the ,speakers lack fullness. 

Speaker & sound quality
  • MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G 

The phone sports the new Mediatech demensity 800U 5G and it’s only the second phone that we’ve seen with it, it performs similarly to phones with the Snapdragon 690 but phones with the snapdragon 750G or 765G offer better CPU performance the Redmi Note 9T offers plenty of power for everyday tasks and running most popular game titles.

MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G
  • Super battery and charging speed 

Where the phone really pulls its weight and I mean that literally is the massive 5 000 million power Battery it got an excellent 118 hours of ,Endurance and we were also happy to see that in ,terms of power efficiency ,the new chipset performs similarly as on the Realme 7 5G since this is new silicon the consistency is really nice to see charging wasn’t quite as impressive as the phone supports only up to 18 watts of power input even though the charger ,is 22.5 watts itself ,with it the Note 9T got from zero to 33 in half an hour which is typical for, Xiaomi’s current budget lineup. 

Battery life
  • Android 10 & MIUI 12 

The Note 9T has android 10 with MIUI 12 on top ,it’s not the latest android version available but still  MIUI 12 offers most of the proprietary Xiaomi features baked in so you won’t find yourself missing many things while android 11 is slowly being rolled out MIUI12 has An unusual notification shade style that’s heavily iOS inspired with notifications and quick toggles separated ,of course if you don’t like it you can switch back to a more standard android style there’s a lot more customization than that and you can change almost every aspect that you’d want to you can hide the hole punch choose smoother animations or choose between a simplified home screen and an app Drawer ,even the battery settings menu has been ,revamped with a lot more options from an ultra battery saver mode to adjusting the power draw of some individual apps the game turbo has individual profiles ,you can set for each game ,and a selection of features that should allow for better game performance even the camera UI has been switched up a bit and you can rearrange camera modes and choose between colour accents or even adjust the shutter sound. 

Android 10 & MIUI 12
  • Triple camera set-up 

As far as the triple camera setup goes here you’ll find a 48 megapixel main camera that captures shots at a default 12 megapixel a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor.

Triple camera set-up
  • Daylight snaps 

During the day photos had plenty of resolved detail and good contrast dynamic range was adequate and colours were on the warmer side but looked Pleasing and were colour accurate enough for our taste the noise processing was balanced and sharpness was pleasant though we did notice some banding in the sky if you choose to snap shots with a full 48 megapixel resolution you won’t Find much of a difference in detail or quality so just save yourself the storage and use the default mode as far as portraits are concerned the Note 9T captured good shots with proficient subject separation and natural looking blur the 2 megapixel macro camera was a pain to use it takes around six or seven tries to get a sharp photo and even when there’s enough light contrast isn’t great for a comparison these are the close-up shots you’d get if you just used the main snapper. 

Daylight snaps 1

  • Lowlight photos 

In low light the Note 9T continues to perform well despite the budget class detail is adequate and even though it had quite a bit of noise it wasn’t too bad the AI mode was actually helpful here and restored some of the highlights of course if you want even brighter evening shots just use the night mode it brightens the entire scene restores highlights and generally looks better than the regular mode you’ll find much less detail in these shots because of the heavy noise Reduction but they’re more than good enough for social media.

Low light
  • Video capture quality 

The Note 9T can record videos up to 4K at 30 fps footage has a solid and stable frame rate and quality was decent especially for the class colours are subdued but not dull and detail is high though far from perfect we saw some noise but the only issue that actually concerned us was the limited dynamic range that said even in low light video capture was good despite the occasional frame stutters during testing full HD video has a lot more noise and ,weird fringing and moving objects so we wouldn’t recommend it unless you decide to switch on EIS the stabilization works great even if it crops quite a bit of the frame.

Videos snaps-Note 9T
  • Selfie camera 

The 13 megapixel selfie camera performed surprisingly well and photos had plenty of detail and sharpness the focus depth was liberal so it was easy to capture an in-focus shot there’s even some natural depth of field in the shots though you can also use the selfie portrait mode which was quite competent there was a lot of noise and lower lighting conditions but it stills too dits ground this phone has great battery life a solid build a durable back a good screen for the class and even a 5G but it’s far from perfect.  

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T

The verdict: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T

The Note 9T doesn’t have an ultrawide camera the charging speed is limited to 18 watts and there are a host of other sacrifices that come with cramming 5G into a budget phone it makes more sense to spend a little more money and buy something like the Xiaomi Mi 10 i5G or ditch the 5G entirely and get the Poco X3 NFC now if 5G on a budget is your highest priority then this phone is a good buy but if 5G at a super low price isn’t that important to you this phone doesn’t have the best value and you should take a look at some other phones before you get this one thank you for watching stay safe and I will write you guys next time you.

Performance 3.5/5
Battery 5/5
Display 3/5
Camera 4/5
Design 3.5/5

Xiaomi Mi 11: The best for beginning 2021

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Hey what’s up guys will here for MyTech Paradise Xiaomi’s Mi 11 is their first premium phone to come out this year and it looks like it can give Samsung’s flagships a run for their moneyLet’s go over some of his key features. 

Design and build quality 

This is the Xiaomi Mi 11 a high-end flagship which has already been out in China for a while but now the phone is set to be released globally. The Mi 11 comes in two variants a Gorilla glass one like ours and one with a faux leather sort of plastic back instead neither one offers any waterproofing. 

Build & design of Xiaomi Mi11

6.81’’ QHD AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate 

I am not sure about the leather but do like the feel of this glass with this frosted horizon blue finish it tapers into the aluminum frame and the whole device feels quite thin and easy to grip you’ll notice that the display is curved at the edges it’s actually a much sharper curve than what you’d see on the galaxy s21 ultra the picture quality here is stellar the screen is a 6.81 inch OLED protected by sturdy Gorilla Glass Victus with a QHD resolution and just like the S21 ultrathe Mi 11 brings this resolution together with a high 120 hertz refresh rate everything looks super sharp and fluid when swiping around and it’s adaptive if you stop touching the screen the refresh rate will go down in order to save energy.

AMOLED of Xiaomi Mi11

Stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon 

For audio you have a pair of Harman Kardon tuned stereo speakers there is no headphone jack though so for that you’ll need to use a dongle or connect wirelessly 

AMOLED of Xiaomi Mi11

Storage options 

You get 128 or 256 gigs of storage on the me 11 and 8 gigs of ram the Chinese market also has the option for 12 gigs of RAM but no matter where you get the phone storage isn’t expandable.

Storage of Xiaomi Mi11

Battery: 55W charging 

The Mi 11 has a sizeable 4600 milliamp hour battery so battery life should be pretty good unlike with Samsung’s flagships you do get a charger in the box sometimes they just don’t send you one by default you’d have to opt for that when you buy the phone the 55 watt fast charger is supposed to get you from a dead battery to full in just 45 minutes there’s also support for fast 50 watt wireless charging and reverse wireless charging too.

Recharge/Battery of Xiaomi Mi11

Strong Snapdragon 888 chipset 

The Mi 11 is the first phone we’ve seen with the new Snapdragon 888 chipset which offers 5g connectivity and great performance based on some recent comparisons the chip’s performance should be quite similar to the Exynos 2100 you might find in some Galaxy S21 phones that is to say it’s pretty awesome but not leaps and bounds ahead of last year’s top chipset.

Chipset of Xiaomi Mi11

Android 10 and MIUI 12 

The interface of the mi 11 is based on android 11 but it’s still the MIUI 12 that was available on android 10. it brings all the functionality we’ve seen on recent Xiaomi phones plus the tweaks and refinements you get with the newest version of android you do still get classic Xiaomi features here such as an IR blaster which lets you use the phone as a remote control.

OS of Xiaomi Mi11

Optical under-display fingerprint reader 

You can wake up and unlock the phone with an under display optical fingerprint reader which works pretty well the fingerprint scanner is also supposed to be able to read your heart rate but the feature isn’t available right now it’s supposed to come with a future update0.

Finger print of Xiaomi Mi11

Camera specs and first look 

Now let’s go over the cameras the Mi 11 has three on the back 108 megapixel main camera a 13 megapixel ultra wide cam and a 5 megapixel macro camera there’s also a 20 megapixel selfie cam on the front housed in a punch hole cut-out. 

Cameras of Xiaomi Mi11

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Xiaomi Mi 11

The verdict: Xiaomi Mi 11 

  • This camera setup seems pretty much identical to the one on last year’s Mi 10 T Pro except for a slightly narrower aperture on the Mi 11’s main cam overall it’s pretty versatile although we are missing a telephoto cam for zooming also Xiaomi is promoting the Mi 11’s capabilities for shooting video on top of having support for 8K recording there are several ai modes and effects for your videos and a video night mode too we’ll test these out unless you know all about it in our full review so there you have it guys the Mi 11 looks like a competitive high-end device that is in many ways quite similar to Samsung’s flagships but you do get faster charging here Xiaomi interface and some unique options for video recording and the Mi11s msrp starts at around 699 dollars which is really nice, thanks for reading and i’ll post soon with our full review.

Performance 3.5/5
Battery 5/5
Display 3/5
Camera 4/5
Design 3.5/5

Final Score

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy A42 5G and first impression

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Hey everyone! Samsung’s A-series line-up has always been about well-balanced mid-rangers. This generation is no different. The Galaxy A42 is one of the cheapest 5G phones that you can buy. 

 This elegant device is all about performance and connectivity, at the expense of some other aspects of the mobile experience. If you’re interested in a 5G phone that won’t break the bank, is this the one to get? I’m Amir for MyTech Paradise and this is our review of the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. 

  • Design and build of Samsung Galaxy A42

The A42 has an unusual design, while it has rather average dimensions for a 2020 smartphone, it has four different shaded bars at its back, which have a unique Prism Dot look. You have three shades to choose from: white, gray, and black. At 193 grams, it’s both heavier and larger than the Galaxy A41, in part due to the huge increase in battery capacity. The plastic back panel curves to the glossy frame on the sides, which makes it less grippy than we would like, and it’s a fingerprint magnet if we’ve ever seen one. Overall though, it’s comfortable in the hand and you can always put a case on it for a better grip.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Build
  • 128GB Base storage

You’ll find clicky keys on the sides and a card slot that allows for expanding the generous 128GB you get as base storage.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G storage
  • Galaxy A42  Super AMOLED 6.6’’

Turn the Galaxy A42 around and you’ll find a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED screen with a notch at the top. The bezels are a bit thick in comparison to many phones out these days. Still, it’s an affordable phone so it’s not really an issue.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G AMOLED
  • Under-display fingerprint reader

There’s a fingerprint reader under the display and it’s fast and accurate which is great. You can always use face recognition if that’s more your thing.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Fingerprint
  •  Resolution of Samsung Galaxy A42 

What will be disappointing to some is the screen resolution. At 720p, it’s a noticeable downgrade from previous A40 series phones. The A42 doesn’t support HDR 10 either, though it does have WideVine L1 DRM support, so you can stream Full HD videos even though the screen has a lower resolution. On the brighter side, the display got a respectable 570nits of maximum brightness, so that is more than enough for good sunlight legibility. We also found that the screen has very good colour reproduction.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G resolution
  • Speaker & headphone jack

This smartphone is a mid-ranger, so it’s not surprising to find a headphone jack and a single downward-facing speaker. The phone also supports FM radio, which is a little more unusual. The speaker had below-average loudness but as far as audio quality was concerned, it offered a much richer sound than the A41, with well-balanced mid and high tones.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G speaker
  • Super battery & charging speed

One of the most impressive parts of this phone is the battery capacity. It has a 5000mAh battery in comparison to the 3500mAh that we saw on the A41. Thanks to the huge battery capacity, the low-resolution display, and a power-efficient chipset, we got an amazing endurance score of 144 hours in our battery life tests. 

Charging speed was less impressive, but considering the beefiness of the battery, that doesn’t come as a surprise. The 15W charger that comes with the phone can refill 27% of the battery in 30 minutes and 78% in 90 minutes. A full charge requires two hours.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G recharging
  • Snapdragon 750G 5G

The phone uses the Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset with 4, 6, or 8GB of RAM. It’s one of Qualcomm’s newest chipsets. This is the second time that we’ve seen this chipset on a smartphone and it’s proven to be quite capable, whether it’s in gaming or day-to-day tasks. The chipset, in combination with a 720p display that doesn’t need so much power, meant the Galaxy A42’s gaming performance was through the roof for a mid-ranger.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Snapdragon
  • Samsun Galaxy A42 operating system

The Galaxy A42 5G sports Android 10 with One UI 2.5 on top. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t support an Always-on display, but otherwise, the software package is similar to that on other Samsung phones. There are edge panels you can access with a single swipe to the side, gesture navigation, and a dark mode. Interestingly, the phone doesn’t come with Samsung’s browser, but it uses Chrome instead.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Operating system
  •  Camera specs

When it comes to the cameras, the phone has the same setup as the Galaxy A41, plus a depth sensor. What you’re getting is a 48MP main snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 5MP macro cam, and the new 5MP depth sensor.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Camera specs
  • Daylight photos image quality

The main camera outputs 12MP photos, and in daylight we saw a lot of resolved detail, high contrast, low noise, and balanced dynamic range. We saw some minor softness on the edges but it didn’t detract from the overall experience. If you choose to dig in the menu and take a snap using the full 48MP resolution, you’ll get outstanding photos with even more detail, better contrast, and more accurate colours. So if high detail is what you’re after, it might be worth switching to this mode for a photo or two. The 8MP ultra-wide camera was also respectable. Photos had enough detail and contrast, noise was low, and the automatic distortion correction did a great job. Colours were duller than we’d like and the dynamic range wasn’t impressive, but those are the only complaints we could come up with for the class. Portraits were excellent, in part thanks to the new depth sensor. We saw abundant detail, great contrast, and proficient subject separation. The artificial blur looked good, too. The five megapixel macro photos were alright but we’ve seen better. It takes us four or five tries to get one sharp photo. You can capture tiny details, like the fine text on bills. But the quality isn’t that good and it’s more of a hassle than we’d like.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Main camera
  • Low light photos image quality

In low light, the main camera produced surprisingly good photo They have enough detail and good contrast and colours retained much of their saturation. Auto HDR was on and it fired in most of the shots, but some highlights still remained blown. There’s a Night mode available but only for the main camera and it takes about two to three seconds to work. Photos are slightly cropped and shots are outputted at 8MP instead of 12MP. That said, it did an excellent job restoring highlights, revealing more details in the shadows, cleaning up noise, and improving the contrast. So you should definitely take advantage of it . The ultra-wide was less impressive than the main camera in low light, but if there was enough light, it could snap some usable images.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G Main camera Low light
  • Video quality

The phone can shoot up to 4K at 30fps with both the primary and ultrawide cameras. 4K footage from the main camera had accurate colours, excellent detail, adequate dynamic range, and great contrast. 4K clips from the ultrawide were also good, though not as great. The resolved detail was less than we would have liked due to some noise reduction and colours were a bit oversaturated. Overall, it looked good though, with nice contrast and nice dynamic range. EIS is available for both cameras, but you can only use it when shooting Full HD videos.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G video
  • Selfie camera

In the notch on the front, there’s a 20MP snapper, but it only outputs shots in 12MP.Pictures didn’t have quite as much detail as we would have like but contrast, colours, and dynamic range were great when there was enough light. In darker conditions, the detail deteriorated dramatically.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G selfie

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Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

The verdict: Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

  • The Galaxy A42 5G is a bit of a head-scratcher. There is a lot of competition out there and a lot of phones with better screens or more balanced overall packages. If you watch a lot of video content, this might not be the phone for you. But if you’re chasing 5G connectivity, great performance,  and great battery life (not exactly in that order), Then this is one of Samsung’s smartphones that you should definitely take a look at.  

Performance 3.5/5
Battery 5/5
Display 3/5
Camera 4/5
Design 3.5/5

OnePlus 8T : Amazing screen & long battery life

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Hey what’s up guys, will here for MyTech Paradise, this is the OnePlus 8T and it’s the company’s latest effort to produce a premium yet flagship killing device it isn’ that cheap but it does pack a bunch of features you wouldn’t find in a typical mid-ranger, let’s see what it’s all about in our full review, during this review we will see one of the best and cheapest smartphone in 2020 !

Design and build of the OnePlus 8T

  • The OnePlus 8T is a premium mid-range device with flagship level specs and it has a gorgeous looking design, ours is in the glossy and mesmerizing aquamarine green, the phone’s curved back is made from gorilla glass 5 and the matte aluminium frame offers a comfortable grip, gorilla glass 5 also covers the front display. One difference you’ll notice from the OnePlus 8 and other models is that the screen is flat not curved, here which some people might prefer, but besides that it mostly looks and feels the same including OnePlus signature hardware slider for controlling notification alerts, unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro the 8T doesn’t have official waterproofing unless you buy a T-mobile exclusive model which is IP68 rated, otherwise you’ll make do with some built-in splash proofing.


OnePlus 8T Design and build

Amazing 6.55’’ Fluid AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate 

  • The OnePlus 8T’s display is a 6.55 inch AMOLED with a 1080p resolution and like the 8 Pro you get a super fast 120 Hz refresh rate and  40 Hz touch sampling rate, as a result moving elements on screen like when you’re swiping or scrolling appear even smoother than what you’d get on a 60 or 90h Hz panel and this screen is more responsive too, this display does have its quirks though to save power the display will normally dial back to 60 Hz after you stop touching it which you can see here, but if brightness is below 50 or you have a dark mode on it will maintain a steady 12Hertz and just note that some apps like YouTube, Google maps or full screen video playback will always run at 60 Hertz and despite the high refresh rate display the OnePlus 8T enables high refresh rate gaming in only two titles, PUBG and Fortnite, other games even ones that can support higher frame rates are capped at 60 fps otherwise this OLED display is good colours can be very accurate if you tweak them in settings max brightness is good too up to 500 nits with a manual slider and over 800 nits in auto mode when in bright conditions overall a decent showing
6.55’’ Fluid AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate

Stereo speakers, no headphone jack 

  • For OnePlus 8T audio performance, you get a set of stereo speakers with a bottom firing unit and the earpiece acting as the second one ,there’s no 3.5 millimeter jack here audio quality from the speakers is pretty nice the at scored a very good mark in our loudness test and music has well presented mids and highs as well as a bit of bass.
Stereo speakers, no headphone jack OnePlus 8T

Under-display fingerprint reader 

  • Waking up and unlocking the phone is done with an under display optical fingerprint reader, it’s super fast and responsive to your touch.
Under-display fingerprint reader OnePlus 8T

Storage options 

  • Like other OnePluses, the 128 or 256 gigs of onboard storage aren’t expandable but at least it’s of the new faster UFS 3.1 variety.
Storage options OnePlus 8T

Android 11 and Oxygen OS 11 

  • Now onto the interface which is quite a bit different from what we’ve seen before, it’s OnePlus new Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11 which we haven’t even seen yet outside of the pixel phones.
  • Android 11 brings plenty of new features but even with those aside you can see that OnePlus is going for something different from stock Android here, it’s weird because that’s something always been celebrated about their phones. The interface looks and feels more like Samsung’s one UI than stock Android, actually a lot of the UI elements have been shifted toward the bottom half of the display. To be easier to reach, meanwhile the space at the top of the screen is used for large headings or titles.
  • This same design language is used across several of OnePlus first party apps, but there are still plenty of Google apps here too like phone and messages. OnePlus 8T has also slightly altered how dark mode works here, you can set it to beyond permanently or to come on according to a schedule and another new feature is that you get, an actual always on display here, previous OnePlus phones had one that was sometimes on you can put this on a schedule as well and there are a bunch of customizations including some artistic ones.
OnePlus 8T Android 11 and OxygenOS 11

Snapdragon 865 performance 

  • The OnePlus 8T is equipped with a snapdragon 865 chipset just like you’d find on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro it’s not the latest and greatest hardware anymore but still flagship worthy performance is excellent across the board, thanks to not only the powerful chipset but the fast storage and memory too, not only do the interface and everyday tasks run buttery smooth but the heaviest game titles do too.
    Camera specs

Strong battery and 65W WARP charger 

  • Battery life is pretty great as well the OnePlus 8T has a 4500 milliamp hours battery and with it was able to score an excellent 104 hours endurance rating in our proprietary tests. One way in which the OnePlus 8T pushes things to the next level is with its warp charge technology, it comes with a huge 65 watt adapter. With it we were able to charge the OnePlus 8T from zero to an incredible 94% in half an hour.
Battery (4500mAh) and 65W WARP charger

Camera specs of the OnePlus 8T

  • The OnePlus 8T‘s camera setup consists of a 48 megapixels main camera with OIS, a 16 megapixels ultra wide angle cam with an extra wide field of viewa 5 megapixels macro cam and a monochrome sensoryou don’t get a telephoto like you do on the OnePlus 8 Pro 


Daylight photos image quality 

  • The main camera saves 12 megapixels photos by default and these are pretty good. With excellent contrast, punchy saturated colours and wide dynamic range there is enough detail, though complex details could be better like in foliage for example, sharpness isn’t ideal either with a hint of visible softness.
    Main camera OnePlus 8T
  • 48 megapixel photos taken from the main camera look much the same except they have a larger file size, even though there’s no telephoto cam, the OnePlus 8T can achieve two times lossless digital zoom, it does this by cropping the 12 megapixel centre of a 48 megapixel photo and the results are really nice. You get superb contrast and wide dynamic range and the same level of sharpness as the regular unzoomed photos.
48 Mpx main camera
  • Portrait shots from the main camera: Turn out quite pleasant with more than enough detail and proficient subject separation, the colours aren’t very realistic though, there is an option to take a two time zoomed portrait, these are softer and often noisier. 


  • 16 megapixel ultrawide photos are softer than the ones coming from the main camera and the noise levels are a bit higher, we do like them though, detail is okay and these photos fit a lot in the frame, even more than the OnePlus 8, plus they have great contrast and dynamic range and the distortion correction does a really nice job.
Ultra Wide 16 Mpx OnePlus 8T
  • Close-up shots from the macro camera come out in 5 megapixels and these are ok, you get a good enough detail but a lot of times the colours are off or even washed out, plus since this camera has fixed focus it’s tricky to take a sharp photo. 
Macro Camera OnePlus 8T

Low light photos image quality 

  • Low light shots from the main camera are very likable, they are almost always multi-stacked and their capture takes a couple of seconds, some fine detail is mired and the sharpness isn’t great but the exposure and the contrast are good and the colours are saturated even a bit overboard at times.
Low light photos image quality
  • Snapping  photo in nightscape mode also takes a couple of seconds and the result is not that aggressive it, acts more like HDR restoring some blown highlights, brightening the skies and revealing more detail in the shadows.
Low light photos image quality
  • Night-time photos from the ultra wide camera are multi-stacked as well and the aggressive noise reduction smears a lot of the fine detail these images are soft and sometimes blurry at least they have good contrast and well preserved colours nightscape mode works on the ultrawide camera and these photos are noticeably brighter with better exposure even punchier colours and sometimes a bit more detail. 
Ultra Wide 16 Mpx by night OnePlus 8T

Selfie camera 

  • Sophie’s are taken with the 16 megapixels front facing cam and these are very good the detail level, isn’t excellent but it’s good enough and you get great contrast, good dynamic range and mostly true to life colours.
Selfie camera OnePlus 8T

Video quality 

  • Now on to video recording 4K video from the main cam isn’t great the detail level is average and so is the dynamic range, you don’t get much detail in shadows, the colours don’t look particularly realistic either, but contrast is good the ultrawide camera’s 4K footage also has average detail as well as lower dynamic range than the video from the main camera, colours are again unrealistic here ,electronic stabilization is always on and it does a decent job of smoothing things out.
Screenshot 40@30fps, main camera
  • Finally the OnePlus 8T adds a new video portrait feature in 1080p resolution, it uses the main camera and creates decent looking blurred background behind your subject.
Screenshot 40@30fps, main camera

Short Technical sheet
OnePlus 8T

The verdict: OnePlus 8T 

  • So, that’s the OnePlus 8T, you get a gorgeous looking glass design a super high refresh rate AMOLED display, nice stereo speakers, flagship grade performance, a versatile camera setup and a sleek user interface, not to mention the excellent battery life and lightning fast charging all in all it’s pretty great 
  • There are just a couple of nit picks here and there like the lack of support for high refresh rate gaming and some shortcomings when it comes to camera processing, we would have loved to have seen the camera from the OnePlus 8 pro here but when comparing to just a regular OnePlus 8, the at is very similar but the upgrades here are definitely noticeable and it costs less than the OnePlus 8 did when it launched. For offering so many great features at this cheap price the OnePlus 8T deserves a recommendation.
Performance 4/5
Battery 4.5/5
Display 5/5
Camera 4/5
Appreciation 3.5/5

Amazing day With Huawei Mate 40 Pro – Like A Marriage!

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Hey what’s up guys, will here for MyTech Paradise Huawei’s latest flagship phone the Mate 40 Pro has just been announced so what cool new features does it have in store. Let’s find out in our full review.

Design and build

The Mate 40 Pro is a sleek looking device built from curved glass and aluminum as you might expect from a modern flagship, ours is in the mystic silver finish, the phone is quite comfortable in the hand and I like the ring-shaped camera bump on the back, this finish though is quite breathtaking, it is more than just silver depending on how it catches light it bursts into an array of different colors, another thing you’ll notice is that the physical volume keys are back the previous model the Mate 30 Pro utilized a software slider, insteadand of course as a top tier flagship the Mate 40 Pro brings full IP68 water and dust resistance

OLED screen 90Hz refresh rate

On the front is a 6.7 inch curved OLED display with a somewhat odd 1344 by 2772 pixel resolution, this works out to a pixel density of 460 ppi. The Mate 40 Pro’s screen is slightly more curved than what we saw last year, at 88 degrees around the edges the difference is really quite subtle, though as is the popular trend, the Mate 40 Pro has a fast 90 hertz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate, this means that swiping on this display is quite smooth and responsive. This OLED display is top class and content on screen looks crisp and bright maximum brightness is great up to nits with the slider and it boosts up to over 800 nits in auto mode when in bright conditions as far as color reproduction goes, there are plenty of options in settings with multiple color modes and a color wheel for customization, by using it we were able to get some really accurate colors, here one design element that might not be for everyone, though is the pill shape cutout for the dual selfie camera. At least it includes an upgraded TOF camera which is behind some cool features, these include some hands-free gesture controls. You can scroll and even swipe by moving your hand inside of the camera and it’s handy for taking screenshots too, you have to be very deliberate with your gestures for them to be registered, though it doesn’t seem super practical for everyday use on the go. Just like the Mate 30 Pro, another feature using the TOF camera is smart screen rotate the UI will detect which orientation to use based on where your face is and auto rotate to face you, this can be super convenient if you’re using the phone while lying in bed where the UI would otherwise auto rotate the wrong way. Based on the accelerometer this camera also can detect if there are other faces watching the screen and the phone can hide sensitive notifications based on that.

Remotely control the phone by hand movement
Amazing picture and video quality

Face unlock and blazing fast under display fingerprint scanner

Of course the TOF camera also enables an extra secure face unlock which even works in the dark, otherwise you can unlock the phone with the under display optical fingerprint reader, we had a very pleasant experience with this reader in terms of speed and reliability, it’s up there with the best available, unlike the many recent Huawei phones that vibrate their displays to produce sound. For voice calls the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a conventional earpiece

High protection system fingerprint and face

Loud and high quality stereo speakers

It isn’t used toward a stereo speaker setup, though even better you get a dedicated second speaker for stereo sound these speakers aren’t front facing but are located on the top and bottom of the phone, the Mate 40 Pro earned a very good rating in our loudness test and the audio quality here is great, a nice improvement over the single speaker of last year’s model, you get nice vocals lively highs and even some bays.

High and clear sound quality

Storage options

Storage is expandable on the Mate 40 Pro, on top of the 256 or 512 gigs built in, but you’ll need to use a proprietary nm card to do so, not a micro SD.

Nano storage card – No innovation

Android 10 and EMUI11 for Huawei Mate 40 Pro

The Mate 40 Pro’s interface is Huawei’s latest EMUI version 11 based on Android 10. It offers plenty of unique software features partly due to the fact that Huawei is still operating independently from google services, for example instead of a google feed you get Huawei’s alternative. The today panel Huawei is proud of their pedal search engine it’s a viable alternative to google search and gets its own widget on the home screen it can even help you find where you can download a particular app there’s also an edge panel and it holds shortcuts that launch your apps in floating windows great for multitasking and quick toggles have been spiced up with small animations when you press them there are a bunch of proprietary apps like video health the gallery and the music app you’ll be getting your apps from huawei’s app gallery which does still show ads when you open it but they are doing a great job in expanding the app library which is growing every day you can also get apps from alternative sources like Amazon’s app store ? Or side loading but keep in mind that regardless some still won’t work without google play services.

Medium quality operating system

Kirin 9000 performances

One of the most exciting things about the Mate 40 Pro is that it’s the first device we’ve seen with a next generation five nanometer chipset it’s called the Kera 9000 and in benchmarks it easily has the upper hand over all current android devices it sits at the top of the charts and CPU tests and compared to devices with a similar resolution its GPU scores come out on top too and of course like the last generation it provides support for 5G network speeds as well as far as sustained performance goes the mate 40 Pro does an alright job for a time but we did encounter thermal throttling after prolonged use the phone tends to give you a few minutes of near-top performance alternating with a minute or so of about 50 maximum this may or may not be noticeable depending on what you’re doing powering the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and all of its features is a 4400 milliamp hour battery about average size for the class but you should also take into account the power efficiency coming from the 5 nanometer chipset.

Powerful 5nm Kirin 9000 5G SoC – © Huawei Official Website
Kirin’s high performance suitable for gaming

Battery (4400mAh) and 66W super charge

The Mate 40 Pro did a great job in our battery life tests scoring an endurance rating of 97 hours with a screen refresh rate set to 90 hertz bumping this down to 60 hertz resulted in an even better score of 101 hours as far as charging goes the mate 40 pro comes well equipped with this huge 66 watt supercharger with it we were able to charge the battery from zero to 87 percent in just half an hour and we achieved a full charge in 45 minutes the mate 40 pro also supports up to 50 watt fast wireless charging and you can use the mates reverse wireless charging to charge other devices.

The speed of charging the phone astonished us

Camera specs

The Mate 40 Pro has three cameras on the back a 50 megapixel main cam a 12 megapixel periscope telephoto camera with five times zoom and a 20 megapixel ultra wide cine camera.

Very high image quality could be the best in 2020

Daylight photos image quality

Let’s start off with 12 megapixel still photos from the main camera these are excellent with natural looking fine detail rich colors very little noise and wide dynamic range you can also shoot at the nominal 50 megapixel resolution you don’t get much extra detail and may even see some extra noise 12 megapixel five times zoom shots from the periscope camera are excellent they are detailed and noise free with likable colors and wide dynamic range the ultra wide angle camera’s 20 megapixel photos don’t have the widest field of view we’ve seen but as far as image quality goes they are among the best there’s great detail next to no noise and nice sharpness throughout the frame except for the very corners dynamic range is quite wide too and since the ultra wide has autofocus you can use it to highlight a nearby subject with an exaggerated perspective it won’t focus close enough for a macro style shot though.

Sample of footage-20MP Ultra wide camera
Sample of footage-50MP Main camera

Low light photos image quality

After dark photos taken with the main camera are great as expected there’s plenty of detail nicely saturated colors and very low noise nighttime shots have excellent dynamic range too with well-developed shadows and lower mid tones in fact the performance is so good that if you switch into night mode ,you don’t gain too much perhaps the one benefit is the minor improvement in highlights but it comes with a trade-off of increased sharpening and the longer time it takes to shoot each photo the telephoto camera fares quite well in low light too it does need a bit of light to be able to kick in if it’s pitch black you’d get a crop from the main cam instead the telephoto delivers sharp and detailed shots with low noise great colors and wide dynamic range turning on night mode guarantees that the maid will use the periscope module these shots look good though the advantage over the already great regular photo mode shots is negligible the ultra wide angle cam doesn’t disappoint either it’s capable of exposing brighter than most competitors you get pleasing colors and wide dynamic range with well-developed shadows night mode shots from the ultra wide come out cropped at 12 megapixels so you miss out on the wider framing and get a drop in fine detail these are rather unimpressive overall.

Night mode-50MP Main camera
Low-light-Telephoto camera x5

Video quality

The ultra wide cine camera is better put to use for recording video hence cine camera it’s the second generation of this type of cam and unlike previous huawei phones here is tasked with doing most of the video recording it can record in up to 4K resolution and the quality is good with rich colors and wide dynamic range the detail level isn’t spectacular but is decent switching to the main camera will result in 4K video with slightly improved dynamic range over the cinecam as well as better fine detail among the best we’ve seen in fact 4K footage taken with the telephoto cam looks good with great colors and dynamic range though we’ve seen better as far as fine detail goes electronic stabilization is available on all three cameras and up to 4K at 60fps and is excellent the mate completely irons out the walking induced shake and pans are smooth and the handheld footage from the five times telephoto is the most stable we’ve seen yet ,the mid records high quality videos in low light as well it uses a new always on hdr video processin to combine three separate exposures inreal time and the results look great.

Screenshot from video recording 4K@30fps-Ultrawide camera

Selfie camera

Now onto selfies taken with the 13 megapixel front facing cam these have excellent detail with very pleasing colors and warm skin tones dynamic range is properly wide too this selfie cam is actually an ultra wide angle unit which provides three framing modes besides the default setting there’s also an ultra wide and a zoomed in one this adds some great versatility though you do lose a bit of detail from the crop and upscale ? selfie videos can be captured in up to 4K resolution you get spot-on colors and excellent dynamic range as well as the same options for framing that you get for stills stabilization also works quite well.

Very clear selfie camera 13 MP

Short Technical sheet
Huawei Mate 40 Pro

The veridict: Huawei Mate 40 Pro

So that’s the Huawei Mate 40 Pro you get a beautiful glass design with waterproofing an awesome curved OLED with a fast refresh rate, a powerful next-gen chipset dedicated stereo speakers excellent battery life with super fast charging and some of the best cameras in the business all in all is the sort of premium quality you’d expect when paying top dollar for a smartphone now the biggest downside of the smart phone is like the other huawei phones the lack of google support they have done a great job in making up for that and the Huawei app ecosystem is constantly growing but people like to stick to what they know and for a lot of them that is android with google and the apps that depend on itbut still at the end of the day if you don’t mind the software side of things the Mate 40 Pro is one of the best android phones you can buy right now and deserves our recommendation thanks for watching guys stay safe and see you on the next one you.

Performances 4.5/5
Battery 4.5/5
Display 3.5/5
Software 3/5
Camera 4.5/5

Samsung galaxy S20 Fe: The miderange phone to beat

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Hey what’s up guys, will here for MyTech Paradise a few months after the release of the Galaxy S20 Samsung has come out with a leaner and more affordable version the Galaxy S20 fe or fan edition so what do the fans get here and what sorts of trade-offs come with a lower price let’s find out in our full review.

Design and build

According to Samsung the Galaxy Fe is a smartphone built for the fans not sure what that means exactly but it does bring premium features like a flagship chipset and high refresh rate screen for a competitive price not all Galaxy FEs are the same there is a 5G capable version which uses a Snapdragon 865 ours is the 5G model and it has this smooth cloud navy finish overall it looks elegant though you will notice in the picture below that the bag is made of plastic here not premium gorilla glass the frame is aluminum though and you still get full ip68 water and dust resistance you’d expect from a high-end samsung phone.

Samsung galaxy S20 Fe waterproof

6.5″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate

On the front is a flat 6.5 inch super amoled displaywith a small punch hole for the selfie cam the resolution is a bit lower than the regular S20 at 1080p but it still brings that fast 120hz refresh rate and it’s worth noting that if you turn the regular S20s display to its fast 120hz refresh rate its resolution would dial down to 1080p as well the high refresh rate makes scrolling and moving elements on screen look much smoother to the eye it isn’t adaptive to content like some other solutions we’ve seen though as you’d expect from a samsung the Galaxy S20 FEs amoled is great with nice contrast super deep blacks and vivid colors you can adjust colors to be fairly accurate to specific color spaces and settings and brightness is just as good as the other S20 models we measured 400 nits maximum with the manual slider and it boosts up to 820 nits when in auto mode in bright conditions.

120Hz refresh rate

Optical display under fingerprint reader

Unlocking the phone is done with an optical under display fingerprint reader rather than an ultrasonic one like you’d find on other samsung flagships this isn’t the fastest reader around but it is quite reliable.

Stereo speakers, no headphone jack

For audio the Galaxy S20 fe has a stereo speaker setup with one bottom firing speaker and the earpiece acting as the second one it’s quite nice the phone scored a good loudness rating in our tests and the sound is clean with well-defined highs and decent lows unfortunately this device that’s built for the fans doesn’t include one of the fan favorites a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack you’ll have to buy a usbc adapter if you want to plug in.

Stereo speakers waves

Storage options

Your storage is expandable though on top of the 128 or 256 gigs on board

Android and oneUI 2.5

The S20 fees interface is samsung’s latest one ui 2.5 over android 10. it’s the same as you’d find on the other Galaxy phones you get support for gesture navigation as well as a system- wide dark mode which can be configured for certain times of the day edge panels give you quick access to customizable shortcuts by swiping on the edge of the screen it also contains useful features like the ,toolbox and there’s something called smart pop-up view it allows apps to appear as a floating bubble when they have a notification for you clicking on this will open a floating window great for multitasking and there’s a game launcher that groups all of your games in one easy to find place and provides you some interesting stats for your gaming.

Android and one UI 2.5

Snapdragon 865 performance

Under the hood of our galaxy S20 fe is a flagship grade snapdragon 865 chipset and it provides support for 5G networks however the 4G only version will come with either a snapdragon or exynos chipset depending on the region performance here is excellent as you’d expect from this level of hardware benchmark scores aren’t quite chart topping as the newer snapdragon 865 plus exists but you wouldn’t be disappointed here for intensive tasks or gaming the performance is also quite consistent and we didn’t notice any significant ? throttling due to heat.

Playing video games

Battery (4500mAh), charging speed and wireless charging

Powering the galaxy S20 fe is a 4500 milliamp hour battery the same capacity as the s20 plus and the note 20 ultra this phone aced our battery life tests with the display set to 120 hertz it was able to score an awesome 110 hour endurance rating and turning the refresh rate down to 60 hertz resulted in a bump up to 118 hours the galaxy S20 fe supports fast wired charging up to 25 watts however the phone comes with a 15 watt adapter in the box with it we were able to charge the phone from a dead battery to 37 percent in half an hour not terribly slow but not very impressive either there is support for 15 watt wireless charging too as well as reverse wireless charging where you can use the s20 fe to charge other devices.

Camera specs

The galaxy S20 fe has the same 12 megapixel main camera with ois that you’d find on the other S20 models its other two cameras are different though its 12 megapixel ultra wide cam has smaller pixels and there’s an 8 megapixel three times telephoto cam.

Daylight photos image quality

During the day 12 megapixel photos from the main camera are sharp detailed and noise free they’re very similar in quality to those from the galaxy S20 plus ,the colors aren’t as punchy here the s20 fes portrait mode produces okay results the edge detection can get confused by more complex backgrounds but in more straightforward scenarios ,you get good subject separation in a fashion similar to the main cam 12 megapixel ultra wide photos have more restrained colors than you get from the galaxy S20 plus dynamic range is on par though and the results from the fan edition are actually a bit sharper the telephoto camera outputs images at 3 times zoom but these come out in 12 megapixels so there is some upscaling involved sharpness is still decent though comparable to the S20 plus telephoto and the noise performance is better here.

Ultra wide camera – Daylight

Low light photos image quality

In low light images from the fe’s main camera are quite similar to those from the s20 plus highlights around light sources aren’t quite as well contained as on the plus model the fe has a bit more detail and more noise as well if you switch on night mode the results are almost identical to those of the more expensive model you get the same level of detail and hardly any noise highlights are well preserved and you get a boost in the midtones nighttime photos with the fes ultrawide come out a bit better than those from the s20 plus colors are more saturated and there’s lower noise however the s20 plus does have more preserved detail with night mode on the fes ultrawide is flat out superior to the s20 plus with consistently better sharpness when zooming at night with the telephoto the fe produces better results as well with improved detail lower noise and wider dynamic range than the s20 plus the difference isn’t as pronounced with night mode on though both produce some pretty good photos.

Low-light, main camera diffrence with S20+
Gap between S20+ & S20 Fe in telephoto camera

Selfie camera

The fan edition selfies are taken with a 32 megapixel front-facing cam and there is no autofocus here these come out at 10 or 6.5 megapixels depending on the crop and the quality is decent you get well detailed images with pleasing skin tones and nice dynamic range.

Selfie camera – 10MP

Video quality

Videos can be recorded with the main camera in up to 4K at 60fps the quality is adequate with likable colors and good dynamic range but sharpness and detail are inferior to the other S20 models the same can be said for the ultrawide cam which can record in 4K at 30fps there’s pleasing colors and wide dynamic range but sharpness leaves more to be desired zoomed 4K videos from the telephoto cam are great comparable to those from the S20 plus colors are on point dynamic range is wide and there is plenty of fine detail electronic stabilization is available in all modes on all cameras on the main cam it works great we had a less than pleasant experience from the ultrawide though the frame rate isn’t steady with the stabilization on and you get some jerky movement every now and then the telephoto is somewhere in between the frame rate is constant but it’s still a little shaky.

Short Technical sheet
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe

The veridict of the test-Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe

So that’s the Samsung Galaxy S20 fan edition you get a water resistant build a smooth 120 hertz super amoled display nice stereo speakers excellent battery life wireless charging a flagship chipset and a great triple camera setup that’s for the most part comparable to the more expensive models you do get some downgrades here and there though like the plastic back panel 4K video recording has less detail too and we’ve seen better selfie cams from samsung plus you only get a slow 15 watt charger in the box but the upside here is the price it’s way cheaper than the S20 plus especially if you compare the 5G versions this kind of value was enough for the fan edition to earn our full recommendation thanks for watching guys stay safe and see you on the next one you.

Performances 4.5/5
Battery 4/5
Display 4/5
Camera 4/5
Appreciation 4.5/5

LG Wing 5G test: The weird amazing LG for 2020

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Hey everyone, foldables are all the rage but LG is pushing innovation in a different direction experimentation is part of the company’s DNA, so it’s really no surprise that they’re thinking outside the box they’ve also had previous devices with secondary displays but the LG wing really breaks the molds of modern smartphone design that said does it actually bring something meaningful to the table or does it just look cool. I’m Amir from MyTech Paradise and this is our review of the LG wing.


Wing design 

  • Sure the LG wing is large and wide, it’s bulky and heavy but if you live and breathe video you’ve come to the right place, this phone swivels open to a T-shape and the main screen will become its wings, if you will the swivel action, is super smooth and feels very natural and far from jaunty there are double lockin points to ensure that the display stays open, when it’s open and fits snug, when it’s shut there’s no wobble here and you can even open it with one handthe, lack of solid anchor point can be a disadvantage when gaming in landscape mode especially if you’re swiping around a lot but most of the time it’s not an issue
  • It’s validated for 2000 cycles of use which should cover the phone’s life cycle of around 5 years when open, you can either have the baby screen on the bottom while watching videos so you can chat with friends or google search something but it feels unbalanced because the main screen is heavy, alternatively the small screen can be at the top which feels more natural but you’ll still have to stretch up for it.
  • LG has done an excellent job designing the mechanism which isn’t something we can always say about all experimental phones, it’s still debatable whether it’s actually useful but at the very least it’s done well, of course much of the time you’ll have it snapped shut, so you can use it as a regular phone, it’s a bit heavy at 260 grams and it’s on the larger side as far as its dimensions, go the buttons on the other hand are tiny and incredibly hard to use when the phone is open which can get annoying when you’re adjusting the volume.
Smooth rotation

IP5 Protection and durability 

The frame is made of aluminum and the front and back are made of gorilla glass 5. It has IP54 rated protection so in essence it’s splash proof and has water repellent coating, the phone is also military standard, 810 grams compliant which sounds great on paper, that however doesn’t mean that it’s very rugged or that it should be used in extreme conditions, in fact I sort of shudder to think about what would happen if particles of sand get stuck between the sliding components in a nutshell you’ll seriously have to take care of this phone and you should really apply the plastic screen protectors included in the boxother, than that we have to mention this phone is gorgeous it comes in aurora gray and illusion sky colorings and the matte finish feels silky it doesn’t pick up smudges easily either.

Water proof resistant

Finger print reader 

We are on the topic of fingerprints thanks to the fact that the screen is an OLED, one there’s an under display fingerprint reader that’s speedy and reliable on the front this phone is also gorgeous because the bezels on the top and bottom are minimal and the curved edges make the ones on the sides look practically non-existent, there is also no hole punch or notch marring the display because the selfie camera  is a hidden pop-up camera.  

Finger print security process


The screen of LG Wing is a large 6.8 inch P-OLED which is rarely used by other manufacturers, there are great blacks punchy colors and a 1080p resolution, sadly there’s no HDR10 support here, which would have been nice as this is practically a perfect on-the-go NETFLIX machine, brightness isn’t chart topping and it got a maximum of 586 nits in auto mode which is much lower than samsung’s flagships but more than enough, for good sunlight legibility, color accuracy is good but also not impressive, there was a general bluish tint that got better in natural mode but if you want more punchy colors you will just have to learn to live with it. 

P-OLED Screen


The baby screen, I mean the secondary display is a 3.9 inch G-OLED that also has a 1080p resolution, the aspect ratio is strange and looks squarish in person but really it’s 27 by 31, this is actually important because while you can open pretty much anything on the second screen, the fact that many things aren’t scaling correctly for it, means that they look blurry and soft and this is even despite the higher pixel density of the smaller display still it’s not a deal, breaker contrast, colors and brightness were also not too far off from the main screen, which is nice there were 446 nits of brightness in max auto mode, you won’t find a full set of color modes for the small display so you can’t really calibrate it which is a shame since it’s far from color accurate considering, you’ll be using the main display for most content though it is forgivable. 

G-OLED Screen


Downward facing speaker 

As far as audio is concerned, the phone supports bluetooth 5.1 which is great for external devices, but there is a single bottom firing speaker, it’s a shame for a video watching powerhouse, but it is understandable due to the space constraints it got a below average score on our loudness tests and we weren’t impressed with, the quality mids are good but the voices are muddled at least you can adjust it a little with the Equalizer. 

Speaker of LG Wing

LG Wing Chipset: Snapdragon 765 

So, an expensive flashy phone must mean an expensive flagship chipset right well, you’d think that but no, the phone sports a snapdragon 765g with a 5G modem built in it’s not a top of the line flagship which is annoying considering the price of the phone but in terms of real world usage it’s actually a very clever move not only is it more cost efficient but it’s also more space efficient and energy efficient than a snapdragon 865.

Good chipset for gaming

4000mAH battery and endurance 

The LG Wing has a 4000 milliamp hour battery and we assume that this isn’t all that much for a phone with two screens and it got 87 hours of endurance, on our battery life tests this is decent but you should know that this was without the second screen swiveled out so in practice it might be even less. 

4000mAH capacity

LG Wing charging 

Charging isn’t that speedy either with the quick charge 4.0 plus charger we got 39 in half an hour and a full charge in an hour and 40 minutes.

Better charging than other LG phones

Android 10 and LG UX

The phone sports android 10 with a custom LG UX skin on top like you’ll find on the LG V60 or the Velvet, when closed much of the software is similar to those phones, the design of the UI elements is an odd mixture of retro and new elements which is not an eyesore but is strange, open the phone up and it’s a whole otherworld, the main display switches to a special interface LG called Swivel Home that looks a little like the menus on old  portable DVD players, the animations are slow and in general it looks retro and I don’t mean that in a good way, the second display looks more standard but if you look carefully you’ll notice that the only shortcuts for it, are apps that are known to work on it, for sure if you want to open up anything else on the smaller screen you’ll have to go into settings and whitelist, it it takes a while to get used to typing on the smaller display but eventually you can get used to it so  you can fulfill the phone’s destiny of extreme multitasking, you should also note that due to how android works if you’re watching a video on the main screen and chatting on the smaller display, the chat might not be updated if you’re not actively interacting with it, there is a virtual track pad that spawns a mouse pointer on the screen and there is also extra camera controls that will allow you to take advantage of a wide host of options. Actually, while we’re on the topic, the phone has a triple camera setup with a 64 megapixel main sensor with OIS  a 13 megapixel ultrawide and a second 12 megapixel ultrawide. 

Android 10 & UX

Triple camera set-up 

LG is calling this last camera, the ultrawide gimbal motion camera and it does exactly what the name  implies it, shoots video footage with some pretty impressive gimbal capture modes, the camera itself is rotated sideways which is why it shoots horizontal video when you’re holding the phone vertically. LG has long had a focus on their videography much more so than other brands you can shoot videos in 4K with the main camera and the 13 megapixel ultrawide if you wish, and there’s the option of EIS for both of these cameras, with the main camera 4K footage is nothing short of flagship, worthy details, colors and sharpness are great though you can see a bit of noise if you pixel peep, the dynamic range isn’t class leading but it holds its ground. 

Triple camera use

Video samples

If you zoom in the video is surprisingly good sharpness doesn’t take a big hit and overall these videos are perfectly usable if you use the ultrawide snapper footage has plenty of detail natural colors that look similar to those from the main camera and very sharp corners which isn’t something that we see on a lot of ultra wides now if you want to take advantage of the wing special gimbal mode you’ll have to flip out the second screen then you can use the joystick control to actually pan around much like on a real gimbal and there are a couple of ways you can use this system.

Gimbal mode

There’s a follow mode that corrects for vertical motion and allows you to track an object which is going up and down but have it centered in the frame, there’s also a pan follow which is the same thing but with horizontal motion, finally there’s a first-person view mode which is intended for when you’re moving and want to correct all the tilts and out-of-frame instances that come with it, LG has included so many options that it’s a little overwhelming going through everything, so video lovers will have a fun time experimenting with this one, of course the phone is also very capable when it comes to stills, photos captured with the main camera are outputted at 16 megapixels by default, during the day photos look very pleasant, they’re flagship grade and have excellent levels of resolved detail and sharpness.

Gimbal mode for video recording

Camera samples

The dynamic range is wide, especially with the help of auto HDR and there are good colors though they’re not exactly what we would call vibrant, if you want to capture two time-zoomed images you should know that since there is no dedicated telephoto they’re cropped from the main camera and then upscaled back to 16 megapixels, still they look fairly sharp clean and had less noise than we expected, if you want ultrawide photos you’ll be using the regular 13 megapixel ultrawide snapper photos were okay in quality, details are soft when you zoom in just like on the LG Velvet but the colors are nice and punchy like those from the primary camera, of course the dynamic range was no match Between the two but that’s often the case with ultrawides, if you’re into taking portraits then you’ll have a wide range of modes and effects that you can experiment with the subject separation, is not perfect but it’s still impressive and the quality of the effects are top-notch so we were really pleased with the entire experience when the light got low, the main camera continued outputting excellent snaps, details are plenty, the HDR worked well, noise was low and there were some noticeable traces of sharpening in the  frame. 

Portrait mode (Main camera-16MP)

Low light samples

The camera app often triggered night mode and determined a good exposure time. For best results night mode, shots appear to be a bit sharper but only if you’re into pixel peeping other than that they look identical to the photos produced in the regular mode. The ultrawide suffers the most in darker conditions but the dynamic range and exposure are quite good, for an ultroid camera night mode again doesn’t add much to the quality of photos, some details appeared a bit sharper but that’s about it, the normal photos are already quite good 

Front camera

As a whole, the mechanical parts of this phone are really well executed and the motorized pop-up selfie camera is no different selfie shots were flagship grade with detail plenty pleasing colors and very respectable dynamic range, there’s no autofocus but the focus plane is deep and you’ll have sharp shots in most cases you can also shoot 4K videos with the front camera and if you plan on walking around and vlogging you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the stabilization, it cuts away a good chunk of the frame but the smoothness of the footage is worth it. 

16MP, main cam 2x digital zoom
16 MP, main cam (2x digital zoom)

Front camera video samples

There is also a dual recording mode. This allows you to use the front snapper and the back ultrawide gimbal camera simultaneously, you can choose between different compositions like side by side or a small floating window, we’ve seen this feature before on other phones but it’s nice to see here especially since the phone is a powerhouse for videography. 

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LG Wing 5G

The veridict of the test-LG Wing 5G

Despite how experimental, the LG wing is it has a surprisingly polished user experience, yeah the baby screen is far from perfect and there are some definite challenges to be had but for a first-gen device and a brand new idea this is really well done and it’s surprisingly usable

  • There are also some really good innovations in the camera department that we’d love to see on other phones
  • Now should you buy it, well ! first it’s a little bit difficult to find and second it’s a lofty 1000 bucks (If you look for a cheap performant smart phone: Huawei Nova 8 SE: The clone of iPhone12 with cheap price ),for that sort of money you can get some really good flagships that have some very very good support
  • That said this is not your regular smartphone it’s a conversation starter and it’s for those that want to risk their money on the experimental side of tech, if you’re the sort of person that wants an experience that pretty much nobody else has and you really really value that then maybe you should consider this for the rest of us, though there are too many good options out there for us to take this risk so we’re gonna hold off and see where LG goes with this before we take the plunge, if you like this phone you can buy it in the link below  
Performances 3/5
Battery 4/5
Display 3.5/5
Camera 3.5/5
Appreciation 3.5/5

Final Score

Xiaomi Mi10 Lite: Very durable, the best smartphone

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Marketed from 448 dollars, the Mi 10 Lite is presented by Xiaomi as a smartphone “ready for 5G”. Xiaomi Mi10 Lite will be among the cheapest 5G smartphones. In view of France’s delay in this matter, it is not this characteristic that caught our attention so, in this post we will test the majority of functionnalities for this new cell phone, therefore we advise you to complete reading the article to have a detailed informations about this product.

Since few months, there seems to be a mismatch between brand marketing promises and user demands. When the French operators have just completed the auction for 5G frequencies, many manufacturers have already launched a smartphone compatible with the future cellular network and are betting on this argument to convince you to change mobile.

The term 5G is omnipresent without taking into account the fact that, for the moment, this network does not exist in France. The first commercial offers will arrive at the end of the year but will only concern limited areas. Then a question arises, is buying a Mi 10 Lite to have a 5G device really worth it? The smartphone is marketed from 379 euros excluding promotion.

A very classic smartphone

Launched at the same time as the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro as the cheapest 5G smartphone on the market (it has since been overtaken by the recent Mi 10T Lite, equipped with a poorer display and processors), The Mi 10 Lite (without T) looks like any other mobile released by Xiaomi between 2019 and 2020.

Fortunately, the device, tested here in its 8 GB / 128 GB version sold for 471 dollars, proves rather convincing in use due to its reasonable weight of 192 grams and its thickness of only 7.88 millimeters. In a world where smartphones getting bigger, this is a real advantage. It is quite pleasant to use this device … although it is also the case with other Xiaomi smartphones like the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Mi 10 Lite’s screen has rather thin borders.

Another highlight of the Mi 10 Lite is its OLED screen. Paradoxically, Xiaomi markets high-end smartphones with LCD screens (the Mi 10Ts) but equips its 5G mid-range mobile with an OLED screen. The latter is doing very well according to our laboratory tests with a maximum brightness of 602 cd / m2 and good color fidelity (our measurements confirm this with a Delta E of 1.75 in original color mode)

Thanks to its edge to edge appearance, the Mi 10 Lite therefore has a trendy look. Its front camera is hidden in a very discreet teardrop-shaped notch and is easily forgotten.

The Mi 10 Lite prefers the notch to the punch
When looking at the back, the Mi 10 Lite’s design is divided into the extreme.
The glass used by Xiaomi is shiny and accumulates a lot of fingerprints, which forces the manic user to use a cover if they do not want to dirty their device. The worst, that the smartphone’s quadruple camera module arranged in a rectangular block  in our opinion, is absolutely hideous.
The Mi 10 Lite’s quadruple camera module looks odd

A good processor for 5G

In order for its Mi 10 Lite  5G compatibility, Xiaomi had to opt for… a 5G chip. It is the Snapdragon 765G that we find in this device, a Qualcomm SoC known for its high performance and reasonable power consumption.

Unsurprisingly, the smartphone was very smooth in terms of navigation during our few days of testing, although we did note some abnormal display bugs that are not usually seen with Xiaomi devices. Nothing serious though, these are mostly bugs in the animations. The Chinese brand having accustomed us to near-perfection, we were just surprised.

Although, nothing severe,these are mostly bugs in the animations. The Chinese brand having accustomed us to near-perfection, we were just surprised.

The other features of the device are quite attractive. The mobile has 64, 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable storage, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and can be unlocked by fingerprint using a sensor under the screen …

This equipment is more of a mid-range device, in line with the OnePlus North sold for $ 469. This Xiaomi is even better than a Pixel 4a, even if the latter stands out especially in photo. The problem, in our view, is that Xiaomi offers some really good devices that are even more affordable, with much the same specs, except for 5G. Did it really deserve to launch a new and umpteenth device ?

We like the way the Mi 10 Lite reflects light. Too bad he takes so many fingerprints.

Insane autonomy

Indeed, it appears that the real strength of the Xiaomi Mi10 Lite: its autonomy. If the device does not shine by the capacity of its battery (4160 mAh, which is little compared to the 5000 mAh of some competitor mobiles), this cell phone really impressed us with its use.

Indeed, we quickly realized that the Mi 10 Lite easily lasted two days, which is rare in the market. Our laboratory tests confirm that the smartphone withstood our multi-purpose autonomy measure at 5:38 p.m., 1:38 p.m. in video streaming and 11:45 p.m. in communication. These are much above average results even though most direct competitors of the Mi 10 Lite have a 90 Hz screen and not limited to the classic 60 Hz as on this Mi 10 Lite.

The Mi 10 Lite recharges by USB Type-C. It also has a jack socket.

Also in terms of recharge level, the Mi 10 Lite goes fast. It only took us 1h16 to go from 0 to 100% with the charger provided in the box. And yet its power is only 22.5 W. Xiaomi’s engineers have done a particularly effective job.

Recharge capacity Lite M10

The photo device

Let’s go back to the “hideous” camera module of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite. Inside, there are four cameras in addition to an LED flash. You won’t be surprised to learn that like many other brands, Xiaomi wants you to believe that its smartphone has four real cameras like premium mobiles… which, of course, is not the case.

Only the main lens related to a 48 Mpix sensor and the ultra wide-angle attached to an 8 Mpix sensor are really essential, the other two sensors (for macro and depth) are just there to make illusion. We would have preferred Xiaomi to assume by claiming only a double camera module (like Google or Apple) rather than a quad, wobbly camera module.

Video recording by Xiaomi Mi10 Lite
Night footage Xiami M10 Lite
Auto mode-Xiaomi M10 Lite

The photo quality of the Mi 10 Lite is nevertheless up to scratch. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi got us used to offering good photo quality even for entry level. This mid-range is therefore, logically, efficient even if, for unknown reasons, its Camera application is abnormally slow. Moving from the main view to the ultra wide-angle sometimes takes 4 to 5 seconds, which is far too long. The Snapdragon 765G processor isn’t the cause of these slowdowns, so it’s thought Xiaomi’s software teams can improve all of this and fix it with an update.

On the other hand, it is at night that the Mi 10 Lite disappoints the most. When the light starts to run out, the photos lose sharpness. We were hoping for better from Xiaomi, but at this price level, we are not really surprised.

Short Technical sheet
Xiaomi Mi10 Lite

The veridict of the test

Xiaomi Mi10 Lite

In our opinion, Xiaomi has not been able to showcase its Mi 10 Lite sufficiently. Instead of playing the 5G card, the Chinese brand should have highlighted the insane autonomy of its smartphone and its enticing technical record.

It could then have put it in competition with OnePlus North, Realme X50 5G and other Google Pixel 4a, mid-range devices that bet everything on their good criteria quality-price. By promoting 5G compatibility, Xiaomi does not make its smartphone very attractive… yet it is a golden case. 

With the exception of the photo where the Pixel 4a remains our favorite product, the Mi 10 Lite proves really convincing for a camera sold from $448. If you’re not interested in 5G compatibility and your budget doesn’t exceed $295, we also recommend Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 Pro.   

Performances 3.5/5
Autonomy & recharging 5/5
Display 4.5/5
Picture & video 4/5
Global appreciation 4.5/5

Final Score

LG CX55 : Perfect 4K OLED TV for video games PS5, Xbox, PC

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Replacing the LG C9 is far from being a task for all televisions. Indeed, the LG CX55 has the delicate mission of taking over from what was considered the OLED model with the best value for money on the market.LG

How do they improve their televisions when its display technology is barely advancing? This is the whole dilemma for LG, the official supplier of OLED panels to all manufacturers.

Korean firm faces a  common problem in the rest of the market:  The need to launch new products without being able to justify a significant technological progrssion, particularly in the main criterion, image quality.

Let’s hear it, the display level of OLED TVs is excellent for several years. Last year’s LG ranges (C9, B9 and other E9s) passed the lab tests with flying colors, achieving the highest score in several categories. So it seems difficult for a new model, for the CX that we are testing here, to post significantly better results.

Therefore, if they want to justify the arrival of new products and above all their high price, manufacturers must equip their TVs with new features or fine-tune certain details.

© LG – LG CXvery sober

This is precisely the strategy chosen by LG for its CX. Therefore it takes advantage not only of Dolby Vision IQ technology (which adjusts the image according to light conditions) but also of the Filmmaker mode (cinema mode) or even a new version of Web OS and a slightly higher processor powerful.

But above all, what LG highlights is the connectivity of its OLED TV and its extreme compatibility with different video game platforms.

Is that enough to make it the benchmark for models under $ 2,360?

LG CX design: All in sobriety and elegance

Without revolutionizing the genre, the CX characterized by a very sober design which is based on a relatively discreet foot, very close to that of its predecessor.

This foot caused us some scares as it gives the impression of being able to rock. It is not, unless you push it on purpose, the counterweight at the rear is enough to keep the TV upright.

Counterweight at the back prevents the TV from tipping over
LG’s latest OLED is extremely thin, especially in its upper part, and does not exceed 5 cm in its thickest part. These dimensions make it a perfect candidate for a wall hanging. As for the bezels, LG is taking advantage of the possibilities offered by OLED to reduce them to less than 1 cm.

Image quality still impeccable with LG CX

When it came to image quality, the C9 had set the bar very high. Its successor obviously takes the proven recipe of LG OLED screens to display fairly comparable results.

Not surprisingly, therefore, the display quality of this CX is excellent. Almost perfect color temperature, especially in cinema (or Filmmaker) mode, infinite contrast, “OLEDesque” depth of blacks, gray fidelity … LG makes no mistakes.

©01net – The DCI-P3 colorimetric test

The contributions of the new second-generation alpha 9 processor are not obvious. LG estimates the performance gain at 15%, but this is more noticeable in the responsiveness of the interface than in terms of image quality.

In fact, the potential of the processor can be used when it comes to upscaling content, and it definitely is. But then again the results were very good last year and they don’t seem to have improved much this year.

Full HD content is processed very accurately, without adding any artifacts, and without smoothing the image either. So much so that 1080p content could almost be mistaken for a native 4K source.

The CX is one of the rare HDMI 2.1 compatible TVs

One of the novelties of this CX is its Dolby Vision IQ technology which allows the light to be adjusted according to light conditions. Concretely, this is the process that was put in place to allow the OLED to fill its lack of brightness in difficult situations, in broad daylight for example.

This mode works quite well, although by overexposing certain areas of the screen that are too bright, you end up losing color fidelity. Relatively convincing, this mode does not provide the comfort of viewing in the dark. Ideally, we therefore recommend you to watch your OLED TV with all the lights off and the shutters closed.

Web OS 5.0:  A little faster

As usual, this LG TV is powered by the Web OS. In version 5.0, the interface is presented in a slightly more refined form which does not detract from its intuitive side. Above all, Web OS has gained (again) a little in responsiveness and appears to be one of the fastest interfaces around.

While cursor navigation (pointing the remote at the TV) takes a few minutes to learn, it offers unparalleled convenience when it comes to switching from one menu to another quickly.

Finally, the biggest criticism that can be leveled against Web OS is its lack of backward compatibility. Indeed, the Korean manufacturer has taken the bad habit of limiting the latest versions of its operating system to the most recent televisions.

Concretely a C9 from last year, under Web OS 4.5 can still be updated regularly but it will never be able to upgrade to version 5.0 of the interface. The practice is regrettable, especially given the price of OLED televisions.

The CX remote is still not backlit.

A pure gamer

This is one of the major evolutions of this new model, the CX is built for video games. Its predecessor was already particularly good at this with a display delay of only 13 ms and the advantages inherent in OLED technology, simply, the depth of blacks and the absence of afterglow. So how can the new generation present a better record? First of all, it retains this excellent input lag of 13 ms, less than the 16 ms reference, which corresponds to the delay perceptible to the naked eye.

LG – The CX is arguably the best TV for gaming.

Importantly, the LG CX is compatible with two technologies particularly popular with gamers, ALLM and VRR. The first, for Auto Low Latency Mode, makes it possible to deactivate all unnecessary image processing and further reduce the delay in the display.

This option is currently only available on the latest Microsoft consoles (Xbox One S and Xbox One X), but it will also be present on the new generation Xbox Series X as well as on the Sony PS5 or the new Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming PC.

These latest consoles will also integrate VRR technology. Variable Refresh Rate allows for its part to synchronize the refresh rate of the panel with the number of images sent by the console. The next generations of Sony and Microsoft are expected to support VRR up to 120Hz in Ultra HD, which is the maximum capacity of LG’s TV.

Finally, the last point, the CX television is compatible with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and can in particular be used as a monitor by a PC player. It also has an HDMI 2.1 connection. In any case, given its natural qualities and its penchant for image enhancement technologies when it comes to gaming, LG’s latest addition is one of the best TVs for gaming (PS5, Xbox series and more) – if this is not the best.

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The veridict of the test


  • LG continues to fine-tune its OLED TVs and even lower their price. Sold for a few 589 dollars less than the C9 at its launch, this CX is a rather convincing and particularly neat evolution. Image quality still the strong point of LG’s C Series, but the novelty comes this time from the increased video game capabilities of the display.
  • Its performance was already remarkable without taking into consideration, by adding excellent input lag or even G-Sync compatibility and more generally a ready connection for the next few years, we simply get one of the best televisions. from the market at a really good price. For once, the main competitors of this new representative of the C range are the other models of the brand starting with the B9 which looks like it in many points or the C9 from last year which, if you are not into the game, should represent, with its declining price, a solid alternative at lower cost.
Image quality 5/5
Video processing 5/5
Comfrot use 5/5
Equipment 4.5/5
General appreciation 4.5/5

Final Score

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: The strongest Apple’s competitor

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Responsive, reliable and customizable, Samsung galaxy watch 3, new smartwatch has it all. Once again, it remains the best alternative to the Apple Watch.


Samsung has just renewed its high-end connected watch. The Korean company is releasing the Galaxy Watch 3 two years after the first Galaxy Watch. This model also follows the Galaxy Watch Active 2 version and is more affordable You can also say it right away,we are convinced with this product and its Tizen OS that allows the watch to be used with both an Android smartphone and iPhone.

Again..A massive watch

We were able to try the first Galaxy Watch when it launched. So we saw the difference between the two gadgets
Let’s start with the worst. Its shapes have melted very slightly, but its box remains too massive from our point of view, especially as the rotating bezel which overhangs the screen reinforces this impression of bulk.
The battery has lost endurance as the autonomy is reduced from three to two days for the 41 mm Bluetooth version (the smallest) that we tested. Note that this allows you to take about two days so … activities included! As for the recharging of the battery, it takes place completely in two hours.
Massive Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

The price has skyrocketed somewhat and is now equivalent to that of the Apple Watch with prices starting at $ 508. This is the top of the basket for generalist connected watches and we can regret this rise in prices.

We were finally a little surprised to have to install plug-ins during the installation. This is in addition to downloading the two apps needed to use the watch: Galaxy Wearable, for watch settings, and Samsung Health, for health and physical activity tracking.

It should be noted that we also encountered a small bug when connecting to Samsung Health: the start-up was therefore more tedious than expected.

Menu of Galaxy watch3- Galaxy Wear app

We are not the biggest fans of the rotating bezel but we understand its followers who like to use it to interact with the watch without having to touch the screen. And it works with great precision.

A swipe to the left and you access the notifications, a swipe to the right and you open the widgets. The critics of this system can swipe directly on the screen, obtaining the same results. The two buttons on the right are still there. The highest one allows you to go back, the lower one to land on the menu with the applications.

The watch and its charger

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We have found that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 gains in terms of screen responsiveness. This time, it wakes up at the slightest flick of the wrist. The optimum brightness of this same screen makes it, more value, very pleasant to use on a daily basis, even outdoors.

An efficient operating system

We will add that we were quite impressed with the efficiency of the Tizen OS operating system. Not only does it respond extremely quickly to requests, making it easy to switch from one application to another but in addition, its design is pleasant with the right amount of information displayed on the screen that is easily deciphered even without glasses.

We will greet in passing all the small color animations that encourage you to move and salute your performance. They are quite well made and personable, although some might find them a bit intrusive.

The Tizen OS operating system is very efficient

Another good point, Tizen OS allows you to customize a lot of features. In addition to dials and widgets, you can select information and how it is displayed, for example : When recording a training activity.

We strongly regret that it is excluded from sending and receiving SMS with Android smartphones other than Samsung. The more annoying thing that instant messaging and major social networks do not appear in the catalog of the Galaxy Store, which ultimately remains quite poor. Forget Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat! You can still read your messages in the notifications but you cannot send them.

Samsung galaxy watch 3 : A sports watch

On the sensor side, the watch is full since there is a heart rate monitor, a GPS, a barometer, an altimeter, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. This explains the accuracy and reliability of the information collected during training.
The watch also detects all the physical activities you engage in with great acuity. You could almost do without starting the recording.

But like all smartwatches, the heart rate sensor for Samsung galaxy watch 3 is not as accurate as a heart rate monitor. Especially, it is not able to provide interval training because she is too slow to detect acceleration and deceleration. Better to equip yourself with a specialized watch for this type of exercise or a competition.

We weren’t able to test the ECG and blood saturation measurement that are supposed to make the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 more of a health-monitoring watch. These features should soon be available in France.

But like all smartwatches, its heart rate sensor is not as accurate as a heart rate monitor. Especially, she is not able to provide interval training because she is too slow to detect acceleration and deceleration. It’s better to equip yourself with a specialized watch for this type of exercise or competition.

We weren’t able to test the ECG and blood saturation measurement that are supposed to make the Galaxy Watch 3 more of a health-monitoring watch. These features should soon be available in France.

Detailed training data

The Samsung Health app provides access to detailed data about his workouts.

To use all this data, you must therefore use the Samsung Heath application. For everyday life, we will say that it does the requested with all the health features expected on a product of this type.

Sleep tracking, number of steps, heart rate, number of floors climbed. The little extra? Stress measurement, performed using data from the heart sensor. You can also enter the amount of water drunk and calories swallowed in the case of fitness or diet.

But it is the detail of the training, and in particular those of the running, which pleasantly surprised us. You can access a multitude of information: VO2 max (maximum oxygen consumption), speed and pace, highest and lowest points, number of kilometers uphill and downhill.

Apart from the reconstructed route outdoors, the speed per lap and heart rate zones which are now classics, you can even compare your different workouts in graphs through the “Advanced race measurements” option. Exercises are also offered to improve.

Finally, it is possible to export the reports in GPX file. These features were in the past the prerogative of specialized watches, so it is very satisfying to find them now in a generalist connected watch

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - 41mm

The veridict of the test

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 41mm

  • Samsung has managed to maintain its strong point with a watch that remains particularly suitable for athletes.
  • It has also improved its responsiveness, notifications and the fluidity of its proprietary Tizen OS operating system for easier daily use.
  • All that remains is to refine the design and fill the application store which still leaves something to be desired. One day we would like to be able to find all the applications of our smartphone on the watch! But the Galaxy Watch 3 is undoubtedly the best alternative to the Apple Watch.
Design 4.5/5
Autonomy 5/5
Functionnalities 3.5/5
Equipment 4/5
Global appreciation 4/5

Final Score

Dell XPS 17 review, the triumphant return of the 17-inch king?

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Dell is updating a size laptop PC that we weren’t used to seeing in the XPS line anymore: the 17.3-inch. Back at the end of the year, this XPS 17 is the most compact in its class, according to Dell, with measurements close to 15.6 inches. Its configuration is, however, not undersized. Far from there. Hence, the high price of the entrance ticket.

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Few of the Dell XPS series laptops have disappointed us in recent years. The ultraportable XPS 13 has been at the top of our rankings for more than 4 years. Regarding it, however, it is necessary to opt for models with Full HD panels rather than 4K because many pixels do not succeed. Its hybrid counterpart, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, is also a small box. Especially since it was updated with real Intel processors which are anything but starving.

The 15-inch version, which was until now the most prestigious and reserved for designers, will have fulfilled its role. It will now be able to delegate part of its burden to the newcomer, the XPS 17. A machine that wants to be the most compact of its kind, because it has – more or less – the same dimensions as a 15.6 inches precisely. Power side, no compromise, Dell has put what it takes to make everything work, and more if affinity. This explains why the price of our test machine is so high: 3600 euros.

Dell XPS 17 2020

We never tire of this tune: aluminum alloy, carbon fiber and magnesium. Three materials that have been found on XPS for years and that still make an impact on us. Dell didn’t want the larger XPS to stand out from its smaller siblings aesthetically and that’s quite a good thing. The impression of solidity, sobriety and discreet luxury which emanates from the machine is very successful. And makes you want to put your hands on it as quickly as possible.


The keyboard is a bit too compressed and has no numeric keypad

The device’s power button also serves as a fingerprint reader to secure your Windows session


On the internal plate, the backlit keyboard occupies a rather minimal place. In addition, given the size of the machine, we expected to find a touchpad. Niet! Only the alphanumeric part is present. And these keys – the same as on the 15-inch XPS – are also a bit small although very pleasant to navigate. They tend to mark if you have slightly long nails.


Besides, why are these keys so tight against each other? On the left and right, they are surrounded by two speakers of almost passable quality (coming from us, that’s a compliment) and, below, by a large touchpad. Why so big? One wonders ! We would have preferred it to be narrower and the keys to be larger. A point to improve on the next version.

Dell XPS 17 2020


Where are the big outlets? On the adapter!


With a larger and thicker case (2.22 cm maximum) than that of the 13.3 and 15.6 inch models, Dell could still have made the effort to put a few full-size connectors on the sides. This is unfortunately not the case. There are only four Thunderbolt 3 connectors in USB Type-C format. All of them can be used to recharge the battery, transfer data and a video signal to an external display.

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There is also an SD card reader (good news for photographers) and a headphone jack. Without forgetting the Wi-Fi 6 / Bluetooth 5.1 modules which will take care of the wireless communications.

Dell XPS 17 2020

Still, to connect a mouse and a screen without going through a USB Type-C adapter, it’s a failure. Fortunately, for the price, Dell offers one in the box. It consists of a full-size USB 3 socket and a conventional HDMI video output and only monopolizes a Thunderbolt 3 socket.

If you need more outlets, Dell sells larger adapters or even docking stations for XPS on its site. But beware, the prices go up quickly and you risk making a face when the bill appears on the screen. Speaking of faces

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To secure your Windows 10 session and your data, in addition to the fingerprint reader, you can also use Windows Hello. The webcam (0.9 pixel) housed on the upper edge of the screen is compatible with MS’s facial recognition algorithm. Next to the camera are other sensors (see photo below) such as the one that adapts the brightness of the screen and keyboard to the lighting in the room.

Dell XPS 17 2020


An Ultra High Definition screen for creators?


The XPS 17 adopts a 16:10 aspect ratio. Clearly, you have a little more pixels in height, which means that the definition of the 17-inch touch screen (a rather useless interface here) is slightly higher than that of the classic computer 4K. It is 3840 by 2400 pixels instead of 3840 by 2160. To work on documents or large tables, it’s super nice. The same goes for putting two windows side by side. The very fine screen borders also participate in immersion, both in work and in viewing multimedia content of all kinds.

Dell XPS 17 told us that the 4K panel of this beautiful and powerful PC is very suitable for digital creation. After unsheathing our probe and taking our usual measurements, we don’t quite share this opinion. But let’s start with the good news!

The maximum average brightness of the panel is 497 cd / m2, it’s huge. This is the best brightness on a versatile laptop PC recorded by us over the past 12 months. We even observed peaks between 503 and 535 cd / m2 at the top right and center of the screen.

With such brightness, we expected to get a low contrast ratio and this is not the case: almost 1980: 1 measured (maximum average). The deepest blacks and color intensity are best at the corners, not the center.

In conclusion, the homogeneity of the slab is very good, established at 0.011 by our index (the closer to 0 the better).

On the other hand, it is spoiled at the level of colorimetry. Dell offers to vary the colors by means of a small software, according to several profiles. We have made measurements on each of them. The one that offers the most faithful hues – that is, one that the Delta E comes closest to 2 – is the Photo mode. It delivers an index of 3.79. It’s a high value, but still the best of the lot.

By default, the Delta E index is 4.05; in DCI-P3 mode, it is 6.02. Finally, in sRGB mode, the worst of all, we reach 6.64. In all cases, it is the red tints that are at fault. They are distorted and even have a tendency to come and walk on the beds of other colors.

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Regarding the good coverage of DCI-P3 color spaces and sRGB, it is not 100% guaranteed in both cases. And some shades are even off the palette.

Power to create and even play (in Full HD)

We mentioned it in the introduction, we have one of the best configurations for our test. Its platform is built around an Intel Core i7-10875H processor (the best in its class) with 8 cores on the circuit, all clocked at 2.3 GHz and hyperthreaded.

It is supported by 16 GB of memory, which is not soldered to the motherboard and which can therefore be upgraded if the need arises.

Dell XPS 17 2020

For storage, a 1TB SSD is already in place and, good news, there is a free slot on the motherboard which will allow, possibly, to double or triple the setting according to your needs and means.

The 3D score will be played by a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q from Nvidia. With the Nvidia Studio drivers, it will be able to support the processor or perform certain bluffing tasks in creation software.

On our various tests of versatile or multimedia creation-oriented tasks, the Dell XPS 17 comes just behind the MacBook Pro 15 and MacBook Pro 16 released last year. But by little. These three are always neck to neck in PC Mark 10. In testing the generation of pure and hard 3D scenes, things change.

The Dell XPS 17 takes the tangent quite logically and in the majority of cases. It distances Apple’s MacBook Pros and their somewhat apathetic AMD professional 3D cards in 3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme. However, it fails to outperform the 16-inch model in our Unigine Heaven test.

Dell XPS 17 2020 rear internal view

If you decide to install the Games Ready drivers, there you turn the Dell XPS 17 into a good little gaming machine. You can take advantage of the RTX 2060 Max-Q’s computing units to display games with DLSS and ray tracing. But not in 4K.

To play, we advise you to keep the definition in Full HD (the screen does not anamorphize the images too much) in order to maintain an excellent level of performance (details and fluidity). We measured 155 frames per second (fps) in older to mid-new games and up to an average of 77 fps in more demanding games.

You heat up, you heat up but you don’t burn

Keep in mind, however, that this machine is not made for gaming. So if you titillate its components too much to play in 4K or Full HD with all the details in full, the ventilation might charge you for it. Nuisances can climb up to 43.3 dB under heavy load, while at rest they do not exceed 28 dB (ie a very quiet bedroom).

Nonetheless, even our delicate eardrums tolerated his “outbursts”. Why ? Because the noise emitted by the fans is deaf, so bearable. Above all, the efficiency is really there. Difficult to cast reproach on a dissipation system which manages to keep the monstrous Intel processor and the GPU at very good temperature so much so that no throttling syndrome was detected, during our tests. Both computing units manage to maintain their advertised frequency even after 15 minutes of ultra-intensive charging.

Keyboard temperature detection

Effectiveness that ventilation also demonstrates when taking temperature. The mercury can climb to 42.3 ° C under the machine, 45.5 ° C in the center of the keyboard (53.8 ° C just above the F6 key) and 33.1 ° C on the rests. palms. Nothing alarming for a machine of this caliber.

 The Dell XPS 17 is pretty tough

Dell didn’t skimp on the battery, either. It delivers a power of 97 Wh and recharges to 50% in 58 min (totally in 2 h 40, it’s a bit slow). We put it to the test in our classic endurance tests. Good news: traveling with the Dell XPS 17 is possible despite its weight of 2.4 kg. You can even leave the charger (468 grams) at home if you don’t plan to do Photoshop or After Effect all day.

Dell XPS 17 2020

Our test reproducing daily activities runs for more than 9.40 hours on the Dell XPS 17. It holds the top of the Surface Laptop 15 in Intel and AMD but is clearly left behind by the MacBook Pro 16 (more than 10 hours).

When we tested the Dell XPS 17 with our looping video playback protocols, the battery managed to keep it going just over 8 hours. It’s still better than Surface Laptops but not as good as the MacBook Pro 16 (9 hours 15 minutes.)


Dell XPS 17 2020

  • For its comeback in the spotlight, the Dell XPS 17 hits hard. In the wallet, that’s for sure, but not only.
  • The neat, sober, and efficient look always produces its small effect.
  • The configuration, it holds the road well, offers enough flexibility and power to both surf, edit, create, model, and even play.
  • It even pays itself the luxury of being enduring and having a good day’s work in classic office use.
  • On the other hand, it is on the side of the 4K + screen that it sins. The brightness is great, as is the contrast ratio. Unfortunately, the colorimetry lacks accuracy. It does not matter which profile is chosen among the 4 offered.
  • A big recalibration of the probe will be mandatory if you want to use the machine for precision color retouching and professional quality photographic printing.
Performance 3/5
Autonomy 5/5
Mobility 3/5
Display 3.5/5
General App. 3/5

Final Score

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar review: What does solar energy bring to the best sports watches?

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Can adding solar charging to a smart watch justify an additional cost of up to $178? That’s the whole question about the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar.

Definitely the best sports watch now, but its main new function will not necessarily change the lives of all users.

Last year, Garmin unveiled a very special watch with a solar charging filter. This year, the American manufacturer has decided to deploy this technology over a large part of its range. The one that benefits the most, unsurprisingly, is the Fenix 6 Solar, which has taken another step forward in terms of autonomy.

However, the addition of this feature costs additional price and it is probably not insignificant if Garmin has left the classic version of its Fenix 6 in the catalog. Does solar charging justify paying 100 to 150 euros more for a watch?

Is the Fenix 6 better?

Is not a devaluation of Garmin’s engineers to say that they have kept much of the Fenix 6 in the development of its Solar version. In fact, the two products are similar in many ways and most of the work has consisted of integrating homemade solar charging into the most complete watch in the catalog.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro solar

Since several experts have already thoroughly tested the Fenix 6 last year, we will not go into the fundamental functions of the watch in detail. On the other hand, we advise you to see this video about the Fenix 6 test

A screen like no other

While for most high-end connected watches, AMOLED reigns supreme, Garmin favors a less consensual technology, the LCD. This is a perfectly accepted choice from the side of the manufacturer, who here targets athletes more than aesthetes.

Indeed, in direct sunlight, or even when viewing conditions are difficult, the reflective LCD (which uses ambient light as a source of illumination) is very effective. On this point, Garmin’s position is clear: prioritize efficiency over aesthetics.Indeed, for a demanding runner, it is inconceivable not to have a clear view of the information on the screen, having to struggle with his watch or having to adjust its brightness.

In racing, the watch should be an advantage and not a source of concern. It doesn’t matter if the colors are less shimmering than a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and this is an important point, so do not charge your watch every two days. Again, this type of LCD, which requires less light resources, meets the battery life requirements of a Garmin well.

Fenix6 Pro Solar back side

Focus on Garmin’s “solar” technology

Now we come to Solar technology. This is certainly the great novelty of this new edition of the Fenix 6. It is actually a filter which is applied to the dial and which functions as a solar window.

Precisely between two layers of glass making up the watch screen (including the protective one in Gorilla Glass), Garmin added another layer of horizontal acrylic glass stripes to redirect the perceived light to the solar cells. This technology was developed by a French company and acquired by Garmin.

Fenix6 Pro solar-Manage language

At first glance, when you look at the watch, this solar layer is invisible. And for good reason, the readability of the watch should not be reduced. On the other hand, by focusing a bit on the Fenix 6 Solar, it is possible to see a slight copper band around the perimeter of the dial.This darker region is the most efficient in terms of energy recovery, as it alone collects 80 to 90% of it.

Concretely, this solar recharge is not an additional battery in the watch which would be consumed once the main battery is flat. Also It is not a standalone battery However, the captured solar energy does not dispense with conventional recharging.

In reality, Solar technology should be seen as an autonomy extender, variable depending on light conditions. Garmin considers that 3 hours of exposure to the sun at 50,000 Lux (i.e. a sunny day) can increase battery life by 3 days. This exposure time should be doubled when the weather is cloudy to achieve the same result.


In fact, we were able to use the smart watch in very varied conditions and in all weather. Regular users of a Fenix 6, we can see that the Solar version actually lasts longer.

How ? This is most difficult to determine of course, as the battery life varies depending on the use of the watch. In our case, with two to three physical activities per week (about 1 hour), and a few notifications activated, we achieved 12 days of use without recharging, two more than on our classic Fenix 6.

Our observations are therefore quite close to the numbers announced by the manufacturer. Mainly, the sports watch proves without rival when activating the energy saving mode. In this configuration the autonomy would vary from 48 to 80 days depending on use.

In other words, Garmin, which was already among the manufacturers of watches capable of delivering the best autonomy, has managed to improve further on this point.

We regret the lack of a “Sapphire” version for the Solar version. Indeed, the most resistant screen of the brand does not adapt well to the solar charging filter, at least for the moment.

Power management: Laborious menus

Adding a major function does not do everything, it is also necessary to give the user the means to appropriate it. However, managing Garmin solar charging does not simplify things for its users. A menu in the watch allows you to enter this functionality in detail. This is the “Power manager”. The purpose of Garmin is that everyone can be able to set the settings to ones needs and to be aware of the impact of every function on the autonomy of the watch.

If the intention is good, the execution leaves you free to apply whatever you want. Of course, it is possible to create your own user profiles by choosing which sensor should remain active. But the process is laborious and not intuitive for a penny. As for the predefined menus, they only give indication like this “Jacket mode” which only deactivates the cardio optical sensor.

Charging status

For example it is unfortunately that we don’t have a real-time indication about activating an option or not. In all cases, we should validate the profile and refer to the estimated overall autonomy of the watch. It is a pity not having access to this power manager in the Garmin Connect application so we have to configure it using the five buttons on the watch.

Fenix: The perfect watch in the Market

In fact, this trail watch originally became a benchmark for “outdoor” activities. We will not go back to the monitoring of classic activities such as hiking, running or cycling. On these points the Fenix 6 Solar masters its subject as usual, aided by a particularly precise GPS and quality sensors.

Analysis of a mountain bike trip, the new activity supported by the watch.

To upload your datas to your PC: Using Garmin connect on your computer

The novelty of this 2020 version is the addition of activities that have also appeared in some other watches in the range according to their specialty.

This is the great advantage of the Fenix, which does not encumber itself with these kinds of subtleties and simply offers everything that Garmin does.

This year, therefore, the Fenix 6 is capable, in addition to the rest, ensuring a follow up for surfing, climbing and mountain biking.

Unfortunately, we were unable to test the first two activities.On the other hand, when it comes to mountain biking, we were totally excited about the new possibilities of the watch.These aren’t entirely new, as they appeared with the Edge 530 and 830 GPS cycling devices.

These new metrics assess the difficulty of a course (Grit), the fluidity of the descent (Flow), but also the quality of the jumps … For those who are able to do it! They mainly allow to analyze its exit a posteriori.

Indeed, on the Grit, the watch displays a score ranging from 0 to 60 which gives an idea of the complexity of a workout, whether by its length or by its technicality. In terms of flow, the consistency all along the course is what matters. In this case, it is about aiming for the lowest score which signifies that there is no excess intensity on the portions the most demanding of the course. In all cases, the measure is not only precise but also playful. As for the score, it is an effective way of stimulating motivation.

Note also that these new functions are not only reserved for the owners of Garmin’s latest craze. For the owners of Fenix of the last generation, the surfing or climbing analysis is found in the 10.10 version of firmware.

Verdict of the test

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar (47 mm)

  • Garmin already had the most successful connected sports watch on the market with the Fenix 6. The “Solar” version does just as well as its predecessor, in all respects, and improves even further in terms of autonomy.
  • Solar charging is an advantage but will only change the lives of ultra-trailers or the most frenzied athletes.
  • For general public, this novelty will reduce watch charging time, especially for students and professionals who spend long hours outdoors.
  • However, Garmin’s performance is remarkable and places the Fenix 6 Solar at the top of the hierarchy of connected sports watches.
Design 4.5/5
Autonomy 5/5
Features 4.5/5
Equipment 4.5/5

Final Score