Nubia Red Magic, the smartphone that is aimed at mobile gamers, is all set to debut in India today. The smartphone was unveiled by the Chinese company back in April in 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage options. Nubia has officially confirmed the debut of the Red Magic in the Indian market through a teaser posted by the Nubia India Twitter account. The new model could compete against the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and OnePlus 6T.
Confirming the launch date of the Nubia Red Magic in India, the Nubia India Twitter account in a tweet posted on Monday said, “Enough is enough, it’s time for a new species to take over. It’s time for a complete annihilation.” The tweet carried hashtag #BeliveinMagic and included an image that shows the company’s Red Magic brand and reads, “03 days to go…”
Nubia is initially set to bring the Red Magic smartphone to India that was launched in China back in April. However, the company could expand its presence in the Indian smartphone market by launching the 10GB RAM-featuring Nubia Red Magic Mars that debuted in China late last month after being in a crowdfunding campaign as the Red Magic 2.
India price and availability details of the Nubia Red Magic are yet to be revealed formally. Nevertheless, Gadgets 360 previously reported that the handset is expected to arrive at a price less than Rs. 30,000. The model was initially planned to arrive in the country around the Diwali season.
To recall, the Nubia Red Magic price in China starts at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,800) for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while its 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model is available at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,000). The phone also got a price tag of EUR 450 (roughly Rs. 36,400) in European markets at the IFA show earlier this year.
Nubia Red Magic specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nubia Red Magic runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) LTPS TFT display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired with Adreno 540 GPU and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
On the part of optics, the Nubia Red Magic has a single, 24-megapixel camera sensor at the back along with a 0.9-micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, and 4K video recording support at 30fps. There is also an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front for selfies. The frontal sensor has a 1.2-micron pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, and full-HD (1080p) video recording support at 30fps.
Specifically to support a high-end gaming experience, the Nubia Red Magic has an air-cooling technology with nine air radiation slots apart from three-layer graphite lamination technology. There is also a dedicated gaming button to activate a gaming mode that enables users to disable incoming calls, messages, and other notifications. The button also enables a ‘turbo acceleration mode’ to boost the performance of the smartphone for gaming.
At the back, the Red Magic sports a 16.8 million colour RGB LED panel that comes in line with an aviation-grade aluminium alloy build that sports a diamond-cut surface and ‘vector aesthetics’.
The Red Magic has 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options. In terms of connectivity, the handset has 4G VoLTE, dual-band 2X2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.
Further, the Nubia Red Magic packs a 3,800mAh battery that supports NeoPower 3.0 and Nubia fast charging technologies. The handset measures 158.1×74.9×9.5mm and weighs 185 grams.
Researchers develop camera to capture polarised light, study atmospheric chemistry
US scientists have developed a highly compact and portable camera that can capture polarised light, help in study atmospheric chemistry and used to detect camouflaged objects.
Polarisation, the direction in which light vibrates, is invisible to the human eye (but visible to some species of shrimp and insects). But it provides a great deal of information about the objects with which it interacts. Cameras that see polarised light are currently used to detect material stress, enhance contrast for object detection, and analyse surface quality for dents or scratches. The miniature camera — about the size of a thumb — could find a place in the vision systems of autonomous vehicles, onboard planes or satellites to study atmospheric chemistry, or be used to detect camouflaged objects.
“Polarisation is a feature of light that is changed upon reflection off a surface,” said Paul Chevalier from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in the US. “Based on that change, polarisation can help us in the 3D reconstruction of an object, to estimate its depth, texture and shape, and to distinguish man-made objects from natural ones, even if they’re the same shape and colour,” he said. To unlock that powerful world of polarisation, the researchers harnessed the potential of metasurfaces, nanoscale structures that interact with light at wavelength size-scales.
“If we want to measure the light’s full polarization state, we need to take several pictures along different polarization directions,” said Noah Rubin, first author of the study. “Previous devices either used moving parts or sent light along multiple paths to acquire the multiple images, resulting in bulky optics. But this approach does not measure the full polarisation state and requires a non-standard imaging sensor.
In this work, we were able to take all of the optics needed and integrate them in a single, simple device with a metasurface,” he added. According to the study, published in the journal Science, the device is about two centimeters in length and no more complicated than a camera on a smartphone. With an attached lens and protective case, the device is about the size of a small lunch box. The researchers tested the camera to show defects in injection-molded plastic objects, took it outside to film the polarisation off car windshields and even took selfies to demonstrate how a polarisation camera can visualise the 3D contours of a face.
Fiio M11 High Resolution Lossless Audio Player With Dual-DAC Setup Launched in India
Chinese audio brand Fiio is known for making some of the best specialised high-resolution audio players in the world, and its products are generally well received by users and experts alike. The latest product to launch in India from the company is the Fiio M11, which is the company’s most advanced high-resolution audio player yet. The Fiio M11 is priced at Rs. 39,990, and features various wired and wireless connectivity options, along with support for most popular high-resolution audio formats.
The Fiio M11 has a dual-DAC setup, with two AKM AK4493 digital-analogue converters powering audio output. The DAC supports 32-bit/ 384kHz high-resolution audio, with various popular file formats supported, including DSD256, DXD, Apple Lossless, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, and WMA lossless. Compressed audio formats such as MP3, OGG, WMA, and AAC are also supported.
Powered by the Samsung Exynos 7872 SoC, the Fiio M11 has a 5.15-inch 18:9 HD-resolution (720×1440-pixel) touch screen for navigation and visual cues. The device also has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of in-built storage, along with support for expandable storage with two microSD card slots, each supporting up to a theoretical 2TB of storage. Fast charging, Wi-Fi audio, and AirPlay are also supported, and the device runs on an Android-based operating system.
For wired connectivity, the Fiio M11 allows for headphones and speakers to be connected using the popular 3.5mm plug, but also supports 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced audio outputs.For wireless connectivity, the device supports popular Bluetooth codecs, including SBC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC. Charging and external connectivity is through a USB Type-C port, and the Fiio M11 can be used as a standalone DAC when connected to a compatible device such as a laptop.
The Fiio M11 is available now on Fiio’s official website, and can also be purchased on Amazon. While it does come across as expensive, the device is among the most feature-filled and well-equipped high-resolution audio players you can buy today. For users looking for a more affordable option, the company also has the excellent Fiio M6 available, which is priced at Rs. 14,990.
Kangana to play a spy
Actress Kangana Ranaut is set play a spy in the upcoming heroine-centric action thriller,Dhaakad.
“‘Dhaakad’ is an action film and it is (a) big film. For us, it’s like venturing into a genre that is absolutely missing in Hindi films. It is something of a thriller — intriguing and more of like a spy thriller. In the film, my name is Agni. I play a spy,” Kangana said.
The project is helmed by Razneesh “Razy” Ghai.
The makers are looking to rope in a leading action director from Hollywood to choreograph the elaborate sequences.
Filming will take place across India, South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
“After the success of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, it has been proven that audiences across the globe are loving larger than life films with a female hero. ‘Dhaakad’ is not only a benchmark film for my career but will be a turning point for Indian cinema as well,” Kangana said in a statement earlier.
“The film is mounted on a large scale, is one of a kind female-led action film, and is apt for a Diwali release. If it is received well, there will be no looking back for women in Indian cinema.”
Right now, Kangana is gearing up for the release of JudgeMentall Hai Kya, which opens on Friday. JudgeMentall Hai Kya is with Rajkummar Rao, who has earlier worked with Kangana in Queen. Written by Kanika Dhillon and produced by Ekta Kapoor under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures, Judgemantall Hai Kya is directed by Prakash Kovelamudi.