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LG G7 ThinQ sports an iPhone X-like notch

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LG G7 ThinQ has been made official, the company’s latest flagship smartphone. The announcement was made during an event held in New York. This is the first Android smartphone to feature a dedicated Google Assistant button, plus LG also includes AI camera functionality. LG is yet to announce when it plans to bring the flagship smartphone to India, but said the device will arrive in South Korea in the “coming months” followed by a launch in Europe, North America and Asia.

The G7 ThinQ isn’t really a breathtaking smartphone. It is a solid phone nonetheless, with a mix of good specifications and a decent design. LG G7 ThinQ sports a 6.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. Perhaps the notable features of the display is that offers a “Super Bright” mode which can increase the brightness up to 1,000 nits. Also, the screen comes with a notch which the company says can be covered or customise depending on your preference.

The rest of the specifications are pretty much standard. You will get a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM/64GB storage or 6GB RAM/128GB storage, microSD card support, a 3,000mAh battery, IP68 certification, and will be running Android Oreo. The camera on the phone offers a 16MP primary sensor at f/1.6 aperture, with a wide-angle 107° 16MP shooter at a f/1.9 aperture. On the front, there’s also an 8MP snapper with a f/1.9 sensor. LG says it has added AI functionality into G7 ThinQ’s camera, which works just like the Huawei P20 Pro. So basically, it automatically adjusts camera settings based on what you’re shooting.

 

The G7 ThinQ also has a dedicated button which will let you open Google Assistant. Users will even able to launch Google Lens with a double-tap using the dedicated button. It is worth noting that you cannot customise this dedicated Google Assistant button yet.

Thankfully, LG has retained a 3.5mm headphone jack. Even the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus feature a headphone jack. Plus, it also has a Hi-Fi Quad DAC as well. The company also claims the G7 ThinkQ will be louder than other smartphones in its league, because of the new “Boombox” system. The device comes in New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, and, Raspberry Rose colour options.

LG hasn’t had a hit smartphone for a while now, and the company hopes the G7 ThinQ could change its fortunes in the premium mobile segment. However, it won’t be easy for LG to grab attention with the latest G7 ThinQ. After all, the competition in the high-end of the segment is getting much more fierce. LG ThinQ will be pitted against the Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9+, and Huawei P20 Pro. The latter one is the world’s first phone with a triple Leica camera setup. LG ThinQ will also face competition from the upcoming OnePlus 6, which will launch in London on May 16


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Fujifilm GFX 100 Medium-Format Mirrorless Camera With 100-Megapixel Sensor Launched

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Earlier this May, Fujifilm finally took the wraps off its flagship medium-format camera, the GFX 100 and now, the company has officially launched it in India. The GFX 100 is a medium-format, mirrorless camera which boasts of a 100-megapixel sensor, in-body image stabilisation, 4K video recording and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The camera is available in India at a price of Rs. 7,86,999.

The GFX 100 uses a full-sized body, which means you get a side and bottom hand grips, similar to Canon’s EOS-1DX II. This chunky camera body is quite a handful too, weighing in at roughly 1.36kg. You get a secondary shutter button and dial on the bottom right corner, for when you switch shooting orientations. The controls at the back look very similar to those on the Fujifilm X-T3 as there’s a similar, dual-hinged 3.2-inch touchscreen with a 2.36 million dot resolution. There’s a removable OLED EVF, with a crazy high 5.76-million dot resolution, similar to the Panasonic S1 and S1R. The Fujifilm GFX 100 body is also dust and weather resistant and is built using a magnesium alloy. The dials for shutter speed and ISO have been swapped for a LCD display, which shows you the appropriate dials based on the shooting mode you’re in.

The Fujifilm GFX 100 boasts of a brand-new 102-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and is powered by Fujifilm’s X-Processor 4 image processor. According to the company, this is the world’s first medium format camera to pack in this kind of sensor size, while still having PDAF and 5-axis in-body stabilisation. 4K video shooting is also supported, up to 30fps, or you can output 10-bit 4:2:2 uncompressed footage over HDMI. Other features include an ISO range of 100-12,800, support for 16-bit RAW files, a Type-C USB port, and two SD card slots with support for up to UHS-II speeds.

 

At the event, Fujifilm also unveiled the new Premista series of zoom lenses. The lenses are designed for large format sensors, such as the GFX 100, and are aimed for use in professional video productions. The Premista 28-100mm T2.9 will be available in August at a price of $38,800 (roughy Rs. 26,58,537), while the Premista 80-250mm T2.9-3.5 will be available later this year for $39,800 (roughly Rs. 27,27,056).

“With the launch of GFX100, we have achieved a great milestone in our digital camera business,” said Haruto Iwata, Managing Director, Fujifilm India, in a statement. “I am optimistic that the launch will further enhance our presence in India and we will continue introducing cameras that deliver an unparalleled standard of optical brilliance that is sure to delight a photographer’s fantasy.”

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Will Come With an ECG Monitor: Report

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which is the company’s unannounced successor to the Galaxy Watch Active, will indeed be launching with an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor feature for heart rate tracking, if an online report is to be believed. According to leaks and rumours, the upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 2 is expected to be announced next month alongside the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones. Additionally, it is being reported the new ECG feature won’t be functional right away, and it will be enabled through a software update next year.

According to a report by Wareable, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 codenamed “Renaissance” will be launching in three variants — an LTE model, a Bluetooth-only model, and an Under Armour-branded Bluetooth version. All models of the watch will be compatible with both Android and iOS, though the LTE functionality will only work with Android phones at launch. Sizes on offer will be 40mm and 44mm, which is the exact same sizing used on the Apple Watch Series 4.

Regarding the ECG reader, the report confirms that the upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 2 will indeed have it, but as Samsung is still waiting on the FDA approval, the feature won’t be available until sometime in the first half of 2020. There will be some heart rate features that the South Korean tech giant might reveal on stage, but the ECG monitor heart tracking will only work after a software update is rolled out next year.

 

A few days ago, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 was leaked in all its glory. Additionally, the August 5 date on the leaked watch face suggests that the new watch could be unveiled by Samsung two days before the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones. Guess, we’ll find out next month.

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I have never holidayed alone: Adah Sharma

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Actress Adah Sharma who is playing the leading lady in the new web series “The Holiday”, says that she has never been on a solo trip because, for her, more than an exotic location, companionship is what matters when it comes to long-distance travel.

“I have never been on a solo trip. I guess that has happened because I started working at a very young age. I went to Goa along with my best friends from school after the board exam. Since then, I have been to numerous places but always travelled with friends,” Adah told IANS, when asked about her most memorable solo trip.

Recalling her first holiday, she said: “I have a vivid memory of a family trip to Hawaii. We had a stopover at Singapore and we went to a nature park. I was three-years-old then and in the park there were so many birds that I was happy to see!”

 

In the web series ‘The Holiday’, Adah essays a girl named Mehek, who is getting married. Before her big day, she has a a bachelorette party with three of her male childhood buddies. “The Holiday” also features Priyank Sharma and Ashim Gulati and the show is streaming on Zoom Studios’ YouTube channel.

Sharing how she found the concept different, the actress said: “Usually even in films, we get to see a either group of boys or a group of girls on a road trip. We have had films such as ‘Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Veere Di Wedding’. But we don’t get to watch a story where boys and girls are just friends and chilling (together on a vacation).”

So, what is her favourite holiday destination?

“I do not have a favourite holiday destination because more than an exotic place, people around matter the most. At times, even a small place like Lonavala becomes fun if I am with my best friends. It is people who make my life, my trips, and my journey more interesting than exotic locations.” said Adah.

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