Xiaomi Redmi K20 quick review: The price is alright, folks

first_imgThe Redmi K20 is here. The smartphone was launched in China in May and since then, Indian consumers, particularly those who keep an eye on everything that Xiaomi is launching, wanted the company to bring the Redmi K20 to the country. Xiaomi ended the wait two days ago. On July 17, the company launched the Redmi K20 alongside the K20 Pro. The prices of the two phones… well, let’s talk about the price of the K20 in a while considering it’s such a touchy topic right now. But as part of what I learnt about the K20 while putting together in this quick review, I feel its price of Rs 21,999 is alright.First thing first. The Redmi K20 Pro Glacier Blue colour variant looks beautiful and different. That is the variant we have over here at the India Today Tech for the K20 review. There are two more colour variants available: Flame Red and Carbon Fiber. My personal favourite is the Carbon Fiber Black version of the phone, which I made clear in the review of the K20 Pro, but these things are subjective. The Glacier Blue variant too looks dashing.If you like phones with unique and flashy design that also feels premium in hands you’re absolutely going to love the Redmi K20’s Glacier blue version. My own choice is for phones that are more subtle and sophisticated and hence I like the Carbon Black Fiber of the K20. Similar to the Redmi K20 Pro the Redmi K20 also comes with Aura Prism design. Both the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro look like twins and there’s absolutely no difference between the two phones as far as the design is concerned. The Redmi K20 comes with slim bezels, a pop-up camera with LED lights — camera module could have been slightly faster — aura prism design, and everything else that we get in the Redmi K20 Pro. I also like how the power button is red in colour instead of blue like the volume keys. This adds to the overall aesthetics of the smartphone and makes it eye-catching.advertisementYou can read the India Today Tech review of the Redmi K20 Pro here to know more details about the Redmi K20 series design.One of the best bits about the Redmi K20 is its build and its “premium-ness”. The phone feels slick thanks to the Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front and the nicely curved design. Similar to the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 also has solid build quality and feels extremely compact. I like the size of the phone. What I said for the Redmi K20 Pro, I will repeat for the K20: The Redmi K20 has the perfect size and doesn’t feel huge in the hands. Another good bit is the Redmi K20 doesn’t feel very heavy either despite sporting a massive 4000mAh battery inside it. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, single speaker grill and USB type C port.Despite its lower price compared to that of the Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi uses an AMOLED display for the Redmi K20. The screen size is the same. To be specific, the Redmi K20 comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display that offers a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The phone’s screen supports HDR, which is great. In the limited time I have spent with the Redmi K20 I believe the screen of the phone gets pretty bright in all kinds of scenarios, be it outdoors or indoors. The phone comes with auto-brightness option and it also lets you adjust the colour temperature of the screen. I also like the fact that the Redmi K20 sports as slim bezels as the Redmi K20 Pro offers and that’s clearly because of the pop-up camera that sits of the top left of the phone. There’s another surprise beneath the display — 7th generation in-display fingerprint sensor that I feel is quite fast at unlocking the phone. While using the phone I mostly relied on the in-display sensor to unlock it and skipped the AI face unlock as it is slow and not very reliable.The 20MP pop-up camera sensor clicks fairly decent selfies, but I feel the pictures could have turned out to be slightly better. I had the same complaint from the Redmi K20 Pro as well. The selfies often miss out on details and also I also feel colours lack contrast. The back camera performance, in comparison, is better. The Redmi K20 comes with the IMX582 primary camera sensor compared to the IMX586 in the K20 Pro. Both are 48-megapixel sensors but the IMX586 supports faster FPS in 4K video recording. Everything else is more or less same between these two sensors, so for all practical purposes cameras in the K20 Pro and the K20 are similar.advertisement Just like the K20 Pro, the K20 also sports two additional rear cameras. This means it has 13MP super wide-angle lens and 8MP telephoto lens apart from the main camera. Overall I believe the camera performance of the Redmi K20 is pretty decent for the price it comes for. In daylight the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 show good amount of details but they also look little over-saturated. The low-light camera performance could have been better, I believe. But then the phone comes with Night Mode that improves the quality of pictures clicked in less light. I will talk about the camera of the Redmi K20 in the full review of the smartphone very soon. Stay tuned.One of the key highlights of the Redmi K20 is the hardware running the smartphone. Notably, the Redmi K20 is the first smartphone in India to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. After spending two days with the Redmi K20 I can say that the phone offers pretty smooth performance overall. Until now I haven’t experienced any lags. The phone feels pretty smooth while switching between apps and also during opening and closing the apps. Browsing through social media apps like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is also very smooth. Additionally, the Redmi K20 also offers pretty long battery life and the credit for the complete goes to the 4000mAh battery on board. The Redmi K20 supports 18W fast charging support. There is no 27W charging support in this one, unlike the Redmi K20 Pro. Yet again, similar to the Redmi K20 Pro the Redmi K20 also comes with Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. There’s also Poco launcher that comes pre-installed with the phone and it makes a lot of difference in the overall user experience. The Poco Launcher brings app drawer, dark mode, battery saver, among other things. The phone also has fewer ads when compared to other Redmi phones but they are there, at least for now.Overall I feel for Rs 21,999 the Redmi K20 is pretty good a package. I will have more to say about the Xiaomi Redmi K20 in the full review of the smartphone in the days to come. 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LIME set to layoff 20 people

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLIME set to lay-off 20 people, according to the CEO of the Northern Caribbean Cluster who offered that 80% of those people will be taken on by companies outsourced by LIME. The oldest telecoms provider in the country basically downsizing and giving support to statistics which reveal that Digicel really carved out a chunk LIMEs customer base since launching in the Turks and Caicos in 2006. LIME promised, once again that 4G is coming, roughly estimating its start within the first quarter of the new year and stating that the move to outsource work is a ground breaking stride to remain competitive. Related Items:last_img

Gifting of New SUV to Jewish Group Roils Some

first_imgThe bestowing of a safety vehicle to an influential Northwest Baltimore community group has stoked controversy among residents in Park Heights and other Baltimore neighborhoods.The $50,000 2017 Chevy Tahoe was given to the Shomrim, a neighborhood crime watch organization that patrols the city’s orthodox Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore. The vehicle was presented to the group by Mayor Catherine Pugh at an event earlier this month.The vehicle was purchased from slot machine proceeds administered by the Pimlico Development Revenue Authority which allocates the funds that are supposed to be spent on neighborhoods within a half mile radius of the Pimlico Race Track. There are no slot machines at Pimlico but the track receives 1 percent of Maryland slot machine revenue.The use of slot funds for a vehicle that will be used by private security group, which has been linked to controversial tactics in the past, has only heightened tensions over crime strategies.  Especially as the vehicle is painted with a color scheme similar to Baltimore police vehicles and includes a police type logo on the back.“The Tahoe allows everyday city residents of Shomrim to look like they are driving an official police vehicle,” argued Christopher Irvin, a resident of nearby Howard Park.“I’m sure that there is something in the Maryland Annotated code that allows police to charge people with impersonating a police officer and yet the mayor would hand over a vehicle so closely representing an official police vehicle.”According to a report by the Baltimore Jewish Times, a letter by Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer (D-5), sent to the office of Mayor Catherine Pugh indicates he personally requested slot machine money to be redirected to purchase the SUV for Shomrim.Schleifer told the Jewish Times, that money invested in Shomrim is a good investment for all of Park Heights.“Public safety is my number one priority,” Schleifer said. “Shomrim helps the police in assisting with all of crimes, and this command center (vehicle) is a benefit to the entire community that will help the volunteers and police catch criminals committing crimes.”However, Irvin, an activist who is a board member of Howard Park Civic Association said giving a vehicle to Shomrim showed a preference for one community while others struggle with more serious crime.“This is not about attacking anyone, it is about parity and a long-standing issue of the redirecting of monies from lower Park Heights and the surrounding predominantly Black communities,” said Irvin, noting that Howard Park has had several recent homicides.In 2012 Shomrim was embroiled in controversy after two brothers – Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim -working for the group were accused of accosting and beating a 15-year old Corey Ausby while he was walking through Norwest BaltimoreThe brothers were charged with assault (Ausby’s arm was broken during the incident), but argued in court the victim was holding a wooden board which prompted them to act in self-defense.  Prosecutors argued the beating was unprovoked.The pair were convicted of wrongful imprisonment and assault and sentenced to three years of probation.last_img read more

Sabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines

first_imgSabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 14, 2016 Share DALLAS — Travellers on several airlines had trouble checking in for flights and waited out delays Friday after a computer outage at a company that runs airline technology systems.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America confirmed that a technology glitch briefly interrupted their operations. The problems seemed to have been fixed by midday, and airlines reported that flights had resumed.The airlines blamed their difficulties on a breakdown in systems operated by Sabre Corp., a Texas company that provides software and other technology services to airlines and hotels.A Sabre spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early Friday afternoon. She said she did not know the cause of the breakdown.Passengers at several big airports went on social media to complain about flight delays.American said that the outage caused scattered delays but no cancelled flights. Alaska said that 15 flights were delayed by up to 15 minutes. Southwest said the outage briefly prevented bookings, ticket changes and use of mobile boarding passes.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyUnited Airlines said its flights were not affected, and Delta Air Lines said it does not use Sabre.On Oct. 17, a problem at Sabre prevented travellers from booking trips on Southwest, JetBlue and Virgin America.Technology outages have struck almost all the airlines at one point or another over the past two years. Airlines rely heavily on overlapping computer programs to handle everything from selling tickets to checking weight calculations before takeoff. When outages occur, they often lead to cascading delays that can linger for hours.Friday’s glitch didn’t affect airline stocks – most gained ground. Sabre shares rose 39 cents to $24.94, but they have still lost 15 per cent in the last year. Tags: Sabre By: David Koenig Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more