Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T: The new innovation of 2021

XIAOMI NOTE 9T

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Intro 

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.  

Short Technical sheet
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
4.7/5

Xiaomi Mi 11: The best for beginning 2021

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Intro 

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

Short Technical sheet
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
4.7/5

Final Score
4.75/5

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy A42 5G and first impression

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Intro 

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

Short Technical sheet
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
4.75/5

OnePlus 8T : Amazing screen & long battery life

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Intro 

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
4.1/5

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.
4.5/5
Design 4.5/5
Autonomy 5/5
Features 4.5/5
Equipment 4.5/5

Final Score
4.5/5