Realme C2 went up for its first sale today, and the company has now announced the next sale date will be Friday, May 17. To recall, the Realme C2 was launched alongside the Realme 3 Pro late last month, and is the latest budget smartphone in the company’s lineup. The Realme C2’s first flash sale was announced for Wednesday, May 14, and upon its completion, the company announced its next sale date. Read on for more details about the Realme C2 price in India, sale dates, and specifications.
Realme C2 price in India, sale dates
The Realme C2 price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB/ 16GB variant, while its 3GB/ 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 7,999. The phone comes in Diamond Black and Diamond Blue colour options. It will go on sale through Flipkart and the official Realme website. It was launched alongside the Realme 3 Pro last month. As we mentioned, the first sale was May 15, as part of Flipkart’s ongoing Big Shopping Days Sale, and following its completion, Realme tweeted that the next sale will be held on Friday, May 17. Also this week, Realme had announced the third and fourth sale dates of the smartphone, which are May 24, and May 31, with the company appearing to be setting up a weekly flash sale on Fridays.
Realme C2 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme C2 runs Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 on top and features a 6.1-inch HD+ (720×1560 pixels) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Under the hood, the phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options.
In terms of optics, the Realme C2 has a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor with a pixel size of 1.12 microns and an f/2.2 lens. There is also a 2-megapixel sensor with a pixel size of 1.75 microns and an f/2.4 lens. For selfies, the phone has a 5-megapixel sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 lens. There are artificial intelligence (AI) powered features to enhance selfies and an AI Face Unlock.
The Realme C2 has 16GB and 32GB of internal storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) with a dedicated slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone has a fingerprint sensor at the back. Other sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light, magnetometer sensor, and a proximity sensor. Lastly, the phone packs a 4,000mAh battery and measures 154.3×73.7×8.5mm.
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Poco M3 Pro 5G First Impressions: Competitive, but Is It Disruptive?
The Poco M3 Pro 5G is a more powerful version of the Poco M3 (Review), and offers better features and performance at a slightly higher price. It boasts of a new design, a big battery, and a high-refresh-rate display. This is now Poco’s most affordable 5G smartphone, and it goes head-on against the Realme 8 5G.…
The Poco M3 Pro 5G is a more powerful version of the Poco M3 (Review), and offers better features and performance at a slightly higher price. It boasts of a new design, a big battery, and a high-refresh-rate display. This is now Poco’s most affordable 5G smartphone, and it goes head-on against the Realme 8 5G. I’ve just got my hands on this phone, and while there’s a lot of testing to be done, here are my initial impressions of it.Poco offers two variants of the M3 Pro 5G in India, in three colours. I have the top-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant in the Cool Blue trim. This is priced at Rs. 15,999. There’s a lower priced base variant too with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which starts at Rs. 13,999. Internal storage is expandable using a microSD card in the hybrid dual-SIM slot. The other colour options are the more subtle Power Black, and the distinctive Poco Yellow.The Poco M3 Pro 5G has a large 90Hz display with a full-HD+ resolution Poco has tried its best to mask the thickness of the M3 Pro 5G with rounded edges for the frame and back panel. The top and bottom of the frame are flattened, which adds to the interesting aesthetics. You get a headphone jack and IR emitter on the top, and a USB Type-C port and speaker at the bottom. The Poco M3 Pro isn’t too heavy and has a nice in-hand feel.The recessed power button on the right also houses the fingerprint sensor, which works well with either a press or a tap, depending on how you set it up. The 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD panel manages sharp visuals, decent brightness, and vivid colours. I had to manually set the refresh rate to 90Hz, after which animations and scrolling through menus felt a lot smoother.The Poco M3 Pro uses the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, just like the Realme 8 5G. On paper, the 7nm SoC seems fairly powerful for a phone in this price segment, so gaming and general multitasking shouldn’t be an issue. We’ll know for sure how it copes with heavy loads once we are done testing it. 5G is of course the big draw here, but this feature is not of much use at the moment since 5G networks are a long way from being a reality in India.The Poco M3 Pro 5G features all the usual ports, including a headphone jack and an IR emitter The Poco M3 Pro 5G runs on MIUI 12.0.2 based on Android 11. In the short time that I’ve been using this phone, MIUI’s infamously spammy apps such as GetApps have been behaving themselves, and I hope this continues throughout the review period. Poco has reduced the battery size to 5,000mAh, compared to the 6,000mAh one in the Poco M3. This is still a pretty high capacity though, and should easily deliver more than a day’s worth of runtime. You get an 18W fast charger in the box.Before we wrap this up, we should talk about the cameras, which seem a little disappointing based on specifications. The primary 48-megapixel camera seems useful enough, but Poco has left out an ultra-wide camera, which is baffling considering the price. Instead, you get two 2-megapixel sensors for macros and depth, which are not the most useful, in my opinion. The front camera has an 8-megapixel sensor. We’ll bring you the full camera performance report along with plenty of sample photos in the final review.The Poco M3 Pro 5G lacks an ultra-wide camera, which is surprising The Poco M3 Pro 5G doesn’t seem to be a segment disruptor like the Poco X3 Pro (Review), which in my mind, is a little disappointing considering all the hype around it. In fact, if you leave 5G out of the equation for a moment, phones such as Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Note 10 Pro seem like much better value offerings for about the same price as the top-end Poco M3 Pro. I’ll reserve my final verdict till I’ve finished testing the phone so stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the full review coming soon.
OnePlus Nord 2 Tipped to Be a Rebadged Realme X9 Pro, With Slight Differences
OnePlus Nord 2 is tipped to be a rebadged Realme X9 Pro that is rumoured to debut alongside the Realme X7. The Realme phone is speculated to have two different variants — one for the Chinese market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and the other one for the global markets with MediaTek Dimensity 1200.…
OnePlus Nord 2 is tipped to be a rebadged Realme X9 Pro that is rumoured to debut alongside the Realme X7. The Realme phone is speculated to have two different variants — one for the Chinese market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and the other one for the global markets with MediaTek Dimensity 1200. The OnePlus Nord 2 is expected to be the rebranded version of the latter. However, there could be some differences on the software front as the OnePlus phone is likely to run OxygenOS, while the Realme handset is speculated to have a Realme UI iteration.A tipster on Weibo has reported that the global variant of the Realme X9 Pro that would be rebranded as the OnePlus Nord 2 will debut as early as next month. The global model may have some differences over its China-only variant. The first and the foremost change is the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC on the global model over the Snapdragon 870 available on its Chinese counterpart. However, the phones are also said to have some changes on the part of their displays.The Chinese tipster claimed that the China variant of the Realme X9 Pro would come with a curved display, whereas its global version may have a flat screen. Rest of their specifications could be identical.But nonetheless, OnePlus is likely to bring some minor distinction on its end and introduce the OnePlus Nord 2 with some design-level changes over the Realme X9 Pro. One of those could be a distinctive camera module shape. The OnePlus Nord 2 is said to have an LED flash just at the side of its third rear camera sensor. In contrast, the Realme X9 Pro is speculated to have the LED flash close to its top camera.The OnePlus Nord 2 may also retain the brand’s iconic alert slider that would not be a part of the Realme phone.Both OnePlus Nord 2 and Realme X9 Pro earlier said to have a 90Hz Super AMOLED display and a triple rear camera setup, and a 50-megapixel primary sensor. The Realme X9 Pro is also believed to share some similarities with the Oppo Reno 6 Pro+ that was launched last month.It is important to point out that both OnePlus and Realme are subsidiaries of Guangdong-based manufacturer BBK Electronics. This makes it so practical for both brands to opt for rebranding. In the past, OnePlus was alleged to have used the hardware being considered by Oppo for its Reno phones. OnePlus also recently merged its research and development with Oppo, which introduced Realme as its subsidiary originally in 2018 — before spinning it off as a standalone brand.Is OnePlus 9R old wine in a new bottle — or something more? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Later (starting at 23:00), we talk about the new OnePlus Watch. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.
Best Android VPN 2021 – CNET
Your mobile device stores some of your most sensitive online information, which is why you might want to consider using a VPN with your Android phone or tablet. And there’s good news for Android users: VPNs are no longer all about bulky desktop clients and bloated software. It’s now possible to find VPNs that are…
Your mobile device stores some of your most sensitive online information, which is why you might want to consider using a VPN with your Android phone or tablet. And there’s good news for Android users: VPNs are no longer all about bulky desktop clients and bloated software. It’s now possible to find VPNs that are lightweight, easy to use and optimized for mobile. The download rate of mobile VPN apps has been growing exponentially. Over 480 million mobile VPN apps were downloaded around the world in 2019, 54% more than the year before, according to a report from research firm Top10VPN. And approximately 75% of those downloads were via an Android phone or other Android device.
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While free services accounted for 84% of all mobile VPN downloads, we recommend avoiding free VPNs apps whenever possible and instead going with a paid VPN. That means getting your money’s worth out of a secure, glitch-free VPN app for Android. CNET regularly tests and reviews featured VPN apps, so be sure to check back here in the future as I update this list. While CNET’s directory of the best VPN services ranks these apps and others by how well they held up during the testing and review process, this list focuses specifically on the mobile offerings of each VPN provider. Each Android VPN app listed here has a cost — there isn’t a free VPN service included. That just means you’re going to be paying for connection speed and a secure virtual private network, which is essential on an Android phone, Android tablet or other mobile device. Here are the best Android VPN options CNET’s tested so far this year.