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Infinix Hot 9 Pro and Infinix Hot 9 Review: Really Hot?

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Infinix Hot 9 Pro and Infinix Hot 9 Review: Really Hot?

Infinix Hot 9 Pro and Infinix Hot 9 Review: Really Hot?

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A couple of months ago, Infinix launched its latest S5 Pro smartphone with a pop-up camera in India. After two months, the corporate is back with a brand new offering. It is kind of normal as brands are launching new phones in about every two months. This has become a trend, which was first started by Xiaomi and so followed by Realme. By offering devices with almost similar specifications at multiple price points, OEMs have aroused confusion for several budget-phone buyers within the country.

Similarly, Infinix today launched the new Hot 9 and Hot 9 Pro devices that provide identical specifications with only difference in the camera department. The quality one features a 13-megapixel main camera and the Pro features a 48-megapixel main camera. The newest Hot 9 series is the successor to Hot 8, which Infinix says was an enormous hit, and has constant expectations from Hot 9 series too. The new one still packs a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset and the brand has its own reasons to provide an entry-level chip, which we will remark later. Aside from these, the hot 9 series features a lot to offer. Read on to search out out whether the new Infinix phones are worth your money.

Display, Design

The company has changed the look of its phone and moved on from a waterdrop-notch and pill-shaped rear camera module. Though the setup still comes with a vertical camera arrangement, and the sensors are enclosed in a rectangular-shaped module with the flash placed on the right-hand side. The pro version has four LEDs and the standard one features three LEDs. In terms of design, there is no other difference between the two phones, and the Pro version seems like a ditto copy of Infinix Hot 9. When seen from the front or back, It might be difficult to tell any of these phones apart. But, we noticed that the hot 9’s camera system is nearly flush with the body, and the Pro version’s camera bump is slightly raised.

Infinix Hot 9 Pro and Infinix Hot 9 Review: Really Hot?

The fingerprint sensor on both the devices is closer to the camera module and is not within easy reach. You may mostly miss the initial time and will need to check the position of the sensor, then unlock it, which could be a little annoying. Just like the Infinix Hot 8, the hot 9 series is additionally made from plastic and features a good build quality at its price point. We liked the new back panel design, but the Violet color is just too bold and not our type. It even comes in the Ocean Waves color option, which looks almost like other blue-colored Infinix phones. The corporate should now seriously start offering the handsets in different colors apart from just violet or blue.

Lately, plenty of OEMs are choosing punch-hole display designs, and the Infinix Hot 9 series is no different. It is good to check a circular notch at a low-price point as we are now bored of seeing devices with a regular waterdrop notch. Infinix has also smartly placed a soft LED flash strip on the front, which not loads of phones offer. However, the LED strip couldn’t be seen until the flash is turned on or when the phone is being charged. Note that it doesn’t act as a notification light.

The Hot 9 series features a slightly bigger display than its predecessor. It measures 6.6 inches diagonally and features a 20:9 aspect ratio. The panel supports HD+ resolution and is extremely vibrant too. It probably to have good contrast and users are going to be happy to watch videos or binge-watch on a tall screen. Speaking of which, we found it a little hard to achieve the top of the screen when using it with one hand. Under the tough sunlight, the screen is viewable too. The panel is kind of bright, but the phone doesn’t always adjust the brightness as per the scenario and we had to do it manually.

Performance

The Infinix Hot 9 series is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, similar to its predecessor. It is important to take note that this is not a phone for heavy gaming and is for basic needs only. The company claims that they’re offering tons of other features while also giving a capable chipset to keep the price of the phone low. Infinix mentioned that it is giving features like a 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup, a decent contemporary design, a big 5,000mAh battery, the latest software, more storage, DTS Surround sound, and front flash.

The brand also asserted that it didn’t want to specialize in just processor, and instead provide an all-rounder experience. In our experience, as long as the phone performs basic tasks, you may not face any issue. This includes browsing, social networking, and other basic chores. The multitasking experience on this device was a touch sluggish, as was the case with Hot 8. But as long as not tons of apps or basic gaming apps are running in the background, You must get a smooth experience. Users are not recommended to play heavy titles like PUBG Mobile on this handset. It is being offered in barely 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option, which is kind of rare in its segment. The latter is expandable by up to 256GB employing a microSD card slot. They ship with the latest Android 10 OS out of the box.

Camera Module

Unlike its predecessor, the Infinix Hot 9 series packs four cameras at the rear. The pro version features a 48-megapixel primary sensor and the standard one is provided with a 13-megapixel main camera. This device comes with a 2-megapixel depth sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a low-light sensor. The handsets house an 8-megapixel selfie camera, which is amid an LED flash. The device’s camera app has basic camera modes like AI Cam, Video, Beauty, Bokeh, HDR, et al.

As for the camera, performance is concerned, the Infinix Hot 9 Pro offers slightly better shots, which was expected. If you look at the below images properly, you will get to know that the pro delivers slightly better details and sharpness in daylight. The shots taken by Hot 9 Pro have more accurate colors and better shadows, and highlights. The standard version adds a small amount of drama to the scene and details are a tad soft too. Autofocus on both the handset was mostly accurate. If you zoom in on a large screen, you would possibly not be very happy. But, the hot 9 Pro at its price point captures ok shots. We liked the house shot, where the camera has also captured an almost invisible man sitting and using his phone. You may be surprised to see him sitting somewhere near the house. We have embedded the links of all the camera samples below.

Infinix Hot 9 Pro and Infinix Hot 9 Review

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The Pro version didn’t oversaturate the colors, but an equivalent is not the case with Hot 9. Unfortunately, the macro sensor that the corporate has added is of no use. It delivers poor shots, and you may get far better and clearer shots from the standard sensor. As mentioned above, here too, the pro version offered a rather better amount of detail and sharp edges. Colors were a bit washed out and Hot 9’s camera sometimes struggled with locking focus at close range.

 Infinix Hot 9 Pro Camera

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Both the phone’s camera fails to feature even an honest level of bokeh, which is the case both in human and non-human subjects. The night clicks are decent enough and appear to be better than rival phones like Realme Narzo 10A. However, don’t expect that you simply will get a decent detailed shot with a phone under Rs 10,000. We would recommend you to take night shots without HDR. Well, there is another thing that with the HDR mode, the camera offered photos with tons of grain and soft details. The quad rear camera setup’s flashlight offers a way better view when taking shots of subjects that are near to you. The selfies that we took are ok in daylight with close to accurate colors. However, the camera changes the colors of objects in the background.

Battery

The device packs a huge 5,000mAh battery, which tons of budget phones also offer lately. It could give us more than a day’s battery life with usage including social networking, texting, and binge-watching. We also took some photographs and did very light gaming. But, you may get results counting on your usage. Unfortunately, the Infinix Hot 9 series does not support fast charging technology and the provided charger takes tons of time to top up the 5,000mAh battery from zero.

Verdict

The Infinix Hot 9 and Hot 9 Pro phones are launched in India for Rs 8,499 and Rs 9,499 respectively. While both the handsets pack almost identical features, The Hot 9 Pro is a far better deal in terms of camera, which is the only differentiating factor. The pro version offers a good set of daylight cameras, a giant battery, a vibrant display, and the latest software.

You will have to compromise in the performance part as you’re getting other features at this price point. But, the overall performance of the device is okay, and you may not face any issues as long as you keep on with basics. Currently, the Infinix Hot 9 Pro is one of the nice options under Rs 10,000, and it will go on sale on June 5 via Flipkart. Because of the GST rate hike, the Redmi Note 8 is now available for more than Rs 10,000 in India. Alternatively, you could choose the Realme 5i phone, which is priced at Rs 9,999.

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Review: Don’t Miss The Chance

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

The wireless earphone place is getting more competitive as several brands believe now is the perfect time to take a seat before it gets more crowded. Despite the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus, companies are leaving no chance to introduce budget-oriented wireless earbuds. There are many who aspire to shop for Apple’s Airpods, However, the sheer price tag pushes them away. But, the actual trend of getting a wireless pair of audio products has just begun as Xiaomi and Realme have entered the TWS space and it is probably to become aggressive within the near future.

While OnePlus is additionally being rumored to finally jump into the true wireless earbuds category, it still competes in the wireless space, but in the type of neckband-style earphones. Yes, here we are taking the new OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z into consideration, which costs Rs 1,999 in India. The corporate is boasting of features such as fast charging, quick pair, and 10 hours of battery life on 10 mins charge, the same as the costlier OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. We have been using the earphones for a couple of days and you will found out why we calling it best than worse.

Design

The latest neckband earphones are a cheaper iteration of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 and the company has, of course, cut some corners to balance the price. One of the changes, which is well visible is the plastic build. It misses out the premium glossy metallic sheen on the earpieces and matte rubber finish on the battery modules. Apart from this, both the earphones share a similar form-factor. Now, you furthermore may get the earphones in two new beautiful colors. While we didn’t get the new colors for review, both the Mint and Blue options look attractive.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review: Don't Miss The Chance

The earphones are quite lightweight as compared to Bullets Wireless 2. They feel solid and are also well built. Though the rubberish cables kicking off of both ends are not very thick and it is advised to use it a bit carefully as you don’t want it to be frayed. The neckband is flexible, but this doesn’t mean you can just fold it and keep it in your pocket. The earbuds offer a really comfortable fit and you can easily wear them for long stretches. Just like the previous one, They equipped magnets in them, which prevent wire tangles and even saves battery. When snapping them together, the earbuds put off, and separating them turns the music on.

The controls on the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z are almost like the Bullets Wireless 2. The inline remote falls within easy reach, but the buttons are not super clicky. You may still find the power/pairing button, indicator light, and USB Type-C port on one of the battery modules. The earphones are IPX5 rated, which is a reasonable level of protection against water and dirt. Oneplus ships the product with three pairs of ear tips, but there isn’t any carrying case, which the wireless 2 sales package includes.

Connectivity

The OnePlus Wireless Bullets Z supports quick switch tech, which is one in all the best features. It allows you to change between two simultaneously connected devices. So, if you wish to instantly switch to a different device without disconnecting or stopping the music on the previous device, this could be done by just double-clicking the earphone’s power button. It is also called the pairing button. The rationale I really like this feature is that it is super fast and takes less than even a second to change to a different device, which may be a convenient feature done right.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

The process of pairing the earphones is extremely simple and you don’t even need to open the Bluetooth settings to pair it with the phone. You simply have to long-press the pairing button and a notification will appear, which you simply need to accept and you are done. This feature requires a compatible OnePlus smartphone. If you’re a non-OnePlus device owner then you have to open Bluetooth settings, find the device, and connect. In addition, once the magnetized tips are separated, they will instantly reconnect to the last-used device. The wireless neckband earphones featured with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and 10-meter range. The connection didn’t break once I moved to the nearby room.

Performance, battery

Oneplus has changed Bullets Wireless 2’s 10mm drivers by 9.2mm. A pair of wireless earphones can sound extremely good, especially with support for sound quality improving techs like aptX, aptX HD and AAC. However, here OnePlus has just missed Qualcomm’s aptX HD tech, and the audio product supports AAC Bluetooth codec. This was expected as this is a low-budget earphone.

As far as audio quality is bothered, if you listen to bass-heavy tracks, you may not be very happy as there was less thump in the bass. The amount of response is extremely decent and bass lovers won’t feel every beat drop. The soundstage did feel wide, and vocals were quite clean and loud too. Additionally, instruments in several tracks were well-represented too. Overall, we can assure you that you will like the audio quality of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z when its price point is taken into account.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

In order to balance the price, OnePlus has not added support for noise cancellation. While this feature could have helped to cancel external sounds, the earphones do offer excellent noise isolation as the ear tips create a good seal to block ambient sound, though not to a really high level. The OnePlus Bullets wireless Z does a decent job with voice calls. The receiver never complained and the person on the other end of the call sounded very clear. The audio product also supports Low Latency mode that syncs audio to enhance your gaming experience, so that you don’t witness even a little delay in sound.

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z offers excellent battery life. The corporate claims that the earphones can deliver up to 20 hours of battery life. During our usage, we did get close to 19 hours of battery life, and we were very impressed as after only one or two days you may not feel the need to charge it. However, it all depends on how you use the neckband earphones. With light usage, you must get around 4 days of battery life.

The best part is even though your usage is heavy and the battery runs out in 2 days, you don’t get to worry. Oneplus claims that 10 minutes of charging will give you 10 hours of battery life, which we found to be accurate. I can say that the standard charger tops up the battery super fast and it took around 23 minutes to completely charge, which is basically majestic.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

Verdict

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z is one of the best deals that you can get for Rs 1,999. While brands are providing you TWS earphones at a price tag of Rs 2,000, we can say that you will get good overall experience with the Wireless Z than other audio products in its price range. For the worth, you get well-built earphones and a decent level of comfort that you simply can wear it all day. It not only features a reasonable water certification, but also provides an excellent battery life, and you may not be worried about charging it again and again. Moreover, it provides a quick switch and quick pair support, and with just 10 minutes of charging, it can last up to 10 hours. To conclude, the audio experience is additionally good for its price and you will enjoy using it.

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Redmi Earbuds S Review in Detail: Pros & Cons

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Redmi Earbuds S Review in Detail: Pros & Cons

Recently launched Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, I wrote that this is the beginning of Xiaomi’s decision to enter the true wireless earbuds market. “I truly believe this is just the primary act. It will be followed by cheaper true wireless earbuds from Redmi, which could become the real disruptor,” I wrote. Now that I actually have used the Redmi Earbuds S for a couple of days, I’m convinced that Xiaomi knows it has an audience and is just convincing them to invest.

The Redmi Earbuds S is not a disruptor that Redmi smartphones have been in the industry. It is, in fact, an influence grab by the brand from boAt, Noise, and others within the segment. If you can bear to spend Rs 2,000 for True wireless earbuds, Redmi is going to be the most familiar brand in this segment. Redmi Earbuds S wins in terms of familiarity and reaches with countless smartphone users. But, the question we need to ask is whether or not it wins with the merchandise as well? That’s precisely what I aim to find out in this review.

Redmi Earbuds S: Sound Quality and Calling Experience

We will remark design, comfort, and battery life in a bit. Let’s start with the feature most people care about the most: sound quality. Meanwhile, Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 was built for balanced audio, the Redmi Earbuds S is tuned for bass performance. In simple words, Redmi is providing true wireless earbuds that are tuned for the lower end of the octave. This tuning comes out as impressive and will appeal to people who listen to pop, funk, or perhaps the Indian artists who are exceptional with bass.

Redmi Earbuds S Review

I have been listening to Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album Dedicated Side B almost daily for the past week. If you follow Jepsen’s work then you know how she experiments with pop and always leads listeners towards a melancholy of saxophone. On Redmi Earbuds S, you understand this amalgamation of music very well. Once you Window, the funk-pop creation, or the second track, the Redmi Earbuds S brings out the full range with none issue. The same song sounded subdued to my ears on the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2.

This doesn’t mean that Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 is bad but rather how Redmi Earbuds S beats it in small areas despite being cheaper. it’s also considerably louder and I often found myself listening at 50-60 percent of volume, below the 80 percent volume used to measure the battery life. No gadget is ideal and Redmi Earbuds S is not perfect either. While it is tuned for bass, I observed distortion in sub and mid-bass frequencies. It is probably something that Redmi might fix later and also something, not most people will notice.

It is also not even the versatile piece of audio experience that you will find across genres. While listening to Carnatic and other classical music, I observed that Redmi Earbuds S to lack clarity and sounded coarse in certain areas. This is one aspect where the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 performs better. To conclude, I don’t think you may be disappointed listening to your favorite music on the Redmi Earbuds S. Just don’t keep the expectations too high, whether you listen to Fleet Foxes, Steely Dan, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, or Dua Lipa. Closer to home, whether your favorite artist is Badshah or Arijit Singh, AR Rahman, or Mithun or Anirudh, there is something in it for you.

The calling experience on the Redmi Earbuds S, for me, was flawless. Callers on the opposite end did not notice any difference. Some even said that I sounded better than it would from the mic of my phone. Redmi Earbuds S doesn’t offer noise isolation but the environmental noise cancellation is good enough. It is definitely on par with almost every other true wireless earbuds that I actually have used for calls. If you are fond of pop, jazz, or funk then Redmi Earbuds S won’t disappoint for its price of Rs 1,799.

Redmi Earbuds S: Design and Connection

The first thing you have to understand is that Redmi Earbuds S is not inspired by Apple AirPods. Sigh, it would be a good change in a segment where almost every other truly wireless earbud wants to be an AirPods look-alike. The design of the Redmi Earbuds S’ case is identical to that of an egg. It is neither circular nor oval but falls somewhere in between. It is extremely light and seems to be made up of plastic. You could easily slide this inside your coin pocket and not worry about losing them.

Redmi Earbuds S Review

You can see Redmi branding on top while other regulatory information is at the bottom. At the rear, it has a micro USB port for charging. It is available only in black color and the finish is closer to matte. In less than a week, I even have managed to scratch the surface of the case. It also gets dirty easier than the other true wireless earbuds that I even have reviewed thus far. I wish Redmi had followed Realme‘s lead and launch case also. At the front, there is a little space that enables you to open the case with one hand. Once you open the case, you will find the earbuds.

The earbuds have an in-ear design and they fit perfectly inside the ear. In fact, this design allows you to lock them with way more confidence. Since it doesn’t pop out of your ear, there is no awkward feeling. Xiaomi includes three different types of ear tips, which help find perfect comfort. Whenever,, you place them back into the case, they magnetically connect and begin charging. The outer surface of the earbuds have buttons that help control music playback or digital assistant of your choice.

The design jogs my memory of the boAt Airdopes 201 but is better since it leans inwards and not outwards. I was able to wear them comfortably for around two hours with none issue. Afterward, I found little stress which forced me to get rid of them. There is a LED on each earbud, which acts as your visual clue to the status of these earbuds. It doesn’t support quick pairing seen on Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. You may need to manually pair with devices and disconnect first to connect with the second. While they’re master-slave devices, the slave still works fine on its own. Redmi Earbuds S features a no-nonsense design that works well for its price.

Redmi Earbuds S: Battery Life

This is the best-case scenario where Redmi really surprised me. Redmi said it can give up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. This rating comes with the volume set to 80 percent. While I was with the device, I averaged between 10 and 13 hours of battery life between charges. The earbuds themselves go for around four hours and you can get another two rounds of juice easily from the case. For true wireless earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S offers competitive battery life. It is not making a claim but rather, delivering thereon.

Redmi Earbuds S Review

The only downside is that Redmi is employing a micro-USB port for charging. I couldn’t find a cable within the package, which put me on a search to search out a micro-USB cable treasure hunt. I ended up finding one inside the box of an old over-the-ear headphone. It took the case over an hour to charge and you need to observe the LED at the front to know when it is fully charged. During the lockdown, I found myself charging the device every two days. Once the lockdown is lifted, I believe it will still not be a full week. You would possibly have to charge it once every three or four days.

Redmi Earbuds S: do you have to buy?

Redmi Earbuds S offers plenty of features including a dedicated gaming mode that lowers the latency. These earbuds come with IPX4 rated, which can be used at the gym or during a run. Redmi has spoilt people like me by punching above its weight with almost every other product. In this case, that surprise element is lacking. These are really good for this price but that is something we expected anyway. It, But, does not set any benchmark for this segment.

The performance of Redmi Earbuds S is just like those offered by rivals like Noise, boAt, p-Tron, and others in this price segment. By not providing quick pairing or USB Type-C port, Redmi is bound by the same market limitations as its rivals. If you’re in the market for True wireless earbuds under Rs 2,000 then Redmi Earbuds S is a wonderful option. But, none of its competitors are bad either. With Realme Buds Q set to launch in a few weeks, this space is merely likely to get more competitive

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