Airtel TV Premium With ZEE5 Originals and NDTV Hop Content Launched, Bundled Free for Select Customers


Airtel TV Premium With ZEE5 Originals and NDTV Hop Content Launched, Bundled Free for Select Customers

Airtel TV Premium arrives with the Airtel TV latest update

Bharti Airtel has updated its Airtel TV app to bring in a new Airtel TV Premium feature for its subscribers. The new Airtel TV Premium tab brings access to premium content like Zee5 originals, NDTV Hop, 300+ live TV channels, 10,000+ movies from Eros Now, Hotstar, Hooq, ALT Balaji, Hoichoi, FastFilmz, and more. Airtel TV Premium subscription is bundled free for all #AirtelThanks customers, which means that all subscribers who commit a monthly ARPU (average revenue per user) of Rs. 100 and above on mobile, will get access to Airtel TV Premium at no extra charge.

The new Airtel TV Premium feature comes with the latest Airtel TV app update on App Store and Google Play. The Airtel TV Premium tab sits in the bottom menu, right in the centre with a heart shaped icon. The app says that access to Airtel TV Premium is valid till December 17, after which it may charge a fee from subscribers. This tab shows all the premium content to its subscribers, and has segregated it into sections like Trending, Newly Added, and more.

As mentioned, all #AirtelThanks customers get Airtel TV Premium access for free. To recall, Airtel recently launched its #AirtelThanks program wherein it provides rewards to customers who commit a monthly ARPU of Rs. 100 and above for their mobile accounts. Rewards include access to premium digital content and online shopping vouchers. Airtel Infinity Postpaid subscribers will additionally be able to get three months Netflix subscription gift worth Rs. 1,500. Further, Airtel has tied up with Flipkart to offer benefits of up to Rs. 4,500 in addition to 100GB bonus data on all Flipkart-exclusive smartphones during the Big Billion Days sale. The company said that benefits of the #AirtelThanks programme would soon be extended to V-Fiber home broadband customers. To know more about these offers in detail, read our detailed coverage here.



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Anil Ambani’s Reliance Sues NDTV For 10,000 Crores For Rafale Coverage


NDTV has been sued for 10,000 crores by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group in a court in Ahmedabad for its reportage on the Rafale fighter jet deal. The hearing has been listed for October 26th and NDTV will argue that the charges of defamation are nothing more than a heavy-handed attempt by Anil Ambani’s group to suppress the facts and prevent the media from doing its job – asking questions about a defence deal and seeking answers that are very much in public interest.

The lawsuit is filed against NDTV’s weekly show, Truth vs Hype, which aired on September 29. Top executives of Reliance ignored repeated, multiple and written requests to appear on the show or comment on what is being widely discussed not just in India but in France as well – whether Anil Ambani’s Reliance was transparently chosen as the partner for Dassault in a deal that saw India buying 36 fighter jets.

Remember that just days before this show aired, the role of Reliance appeared to have been questioned by none other than Francois Hollande, who was the president of France when the deal was struck. The NDTV show reported all sides of the story including Dassault’s denial that it had been under any pressure to select Reliance. The panellists, in a balanced discussion, examined whether issues like Reliance’s vast debt and record in defence manufacturing made it a suitable choice for Dassault in India.

As the Rafale deal has become a larger news story in India, the Reliance group has been on a notice-serving spree; to sue a news company for 10,000 crores in a court in Gujarat on false and frivolous charges, ignoring facts that are widely reported everywhere and not just by NDTV, can only be interpreted as an unsophisticated warning to the media to stop doing its job.

NDTV outright rejects any charges of defamation and will present material in court to support its case. As a news organisation, we are committed to independent and fair journalism that uncovers the truth.





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2019 BMW X7 Unveiled – NDTV CarAndBike


“It’s massive,” is the first thing you will say when you look at the 2019 BMW X7 SUV, the new flagship crossover from the German automaker. The new BMW X7 is about 9 inches longer than the X6 and just three inches shorter than the standard wheelbase 7 Series. It is also the first SUV in the BMW line-up to get three rows of seats, making it the most practical offering yet from the company. Keeping up with the big theme, the new X7 gets the largest kidney grille yet on a BMW model, and boy is it big! The X7 will be competing with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser, Audi Q7 and the likes.


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(The 2019 BMW X7 gets a massive kidney grille)

The new X7 measures 5151 mm in length, 2000 mm in width and 1805 mm in height, which makes it considerably larger than the Range Rover too. Road presence will not be an issue with this Beemer. The styling is sharp on the SUV with the grille taking prominence from most angles, while the sleek headlamps with the J-themed LED DRLs help to minimise the visual bulk. The upright stance on the X7 looks intimidating with the angular design looking futuristic and not boxy. That said, the practicality of the SUV is evident from the design.

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(The 2019 BMW X7 gets three row seating, first for a BMW SUV)

The massive proportions make up for a lot of space in the cabin as BMW promises the  2019 X7 can seat up to seven in comfort. A six-seat configuration can also be specified. All three rows can be folded/unfolded electronically while making for a boot space of 326 litres, which is expandable up to 2120 litres with the two rows completely folded.

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(The all-new BMW X7 borrows tech from the 7 Series)

The 2019 BMW X7 also comes with a three-part panoramic sunroof to further illuminate the cabin that gets twin 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and the infotainment display. The dashboard design is familiar yet futuristic and there’s ample of soft-touch materials, leather and wood inserts are thrown in to keep the luxury quotient intact. The cabin is finished in a blue and gray colour combination that does look soothing.

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(The cabin on the 2019 BMW X7 looks futuristic yet familiar)

The feature list is extensive on the all-new BMW X7 SUV with the four-zone climate control, 1500 watt Harmon Kardon sound system and a LED-illuminated sunroof that can display different patterns against the glass. You can even simulate the starry sky, should you wish.

Power on the 2019 BMW X7 comes from a number of engine options including the 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder petrol with 335 bhp and a 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol with 456 bhp on offer. There is also the 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel too with 256 bhp and a more powerful 400 bhp version on offer. A plug-in hybrid version is likely to join the line-up later in the timeline. All engines use the 8-speed automatic transmission and get all-wheel drive as standard. The AWD can send 100 per cent of the power to the rear wheels, and there’s an electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential available with the Dynamic Handling Package and the Off-Road Package.

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(The 2019 BMW X7 will be offered in seven or six seater configurations)

Suspension duties are handled by fully independent dual wishbones at the front and a five-link setup at the back. The new X7 gets an air suspension as standard that can raise and lower the height and aid in comfort during the ride. BMW has also added a Dynamic Handling Package on its new flagship SUV that includes rear-wheel steering, active roll-mitigation, adaptive suspension and more.

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(The new BMW X7 will be produced in the US with the India launch expected next year)

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The 2019 BMW X7 will be built at the automaker’s facility at South Carolina, in the US and will be exported to other markets from there. Sales in the US will commence by March next year, while the model is expected to arrive in India by the second half of 2019. The new X7 is likely to be assembled in the country when it arrives here and is certain to spice up the competition in the luxury SUV segment. Expect prices to start around ₹ 1 crore (ex-showroom) for the new X7 in India.

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Tata Harrier Bookings Open – NDTV CarAndBike


Bookings for the upcoming Tata Harrier has commenced across India and customers can book the SUV for a token of Rs. 30,000, either online, on Tata Harrier’s official website, or any Tata Motors authorised showroom.




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Customers can book the Tata Harrier at an amount of Rs. 30,000 online or at a Tata showroom

We told you first that Tata Motors will start taking bookings for its all-new SUV, the Tata Harrier, from October 15. And today, the company has officially announced that customers can pre-book the new Harrier for a token of ₹ 30,000. The bookings can be made either online, on Tata Harrier‘s official website, or any Tata Motors authorised showroom across India. As of now, the company hasn’t given us a launch date for the new SUV, but we know that it will be launched in India early next year, most likely in January 2019.

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The Tata H5X concept was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018

Making the booking announcement, Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors; “Since its showcase as a concept at the Auto Expo 2018, the Harrier has made huge waves amongst the SUV lovers. With the rising excitement and consistent demand from our discerning customers to book the Harrier at the earliest and be amongst the early ones to receive deliveries, we have taken a conscious decision to open bookings in the festive season. With Turnaround 2.0, we have already begun our journey towards winning sustainably in the passenger vehicle business and we are confident that with the introduction of this new class-leading SUV, we will only soar higher.”

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(The Tata Harrier is confirmed to be a 5-seater SUV)

Tata Motors will be introducing both a 7-seater and 5-seater SUV based on the H5X concept and the upcoming Tata Harrier will be the latter, while the 7-seated SUV will be launched a bit later. In fact, Tata has already revealed a bunch of information about the new Harrier. The SUV is based on the company’s new Omega platform a.k.a. OMEGARC, which is derived from Land Rover’s legendary D8 architecture. It will come with a monocoque chassis, and Tata says that the SUV has been extensively tested for a cumulative distance of 2.2 million km, across various terrains.

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The company has also revealed the new engine that will be powering the Tata Harrier; an all-new 2.0-litre KRYOTEC four-cylinder diesel engine, which the company says is also BS-VI ready. The 2.0-litre engine develops 140 bhp in the Harrier and will be tuned to produce 170 bhp in the seven-seater version (codename: H7X). This engine will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while a Hyundai sourced six-speed automatic will be optional.

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Honor 8X First Impressions | NDTV Gadgets360.com


The Honor 8X is all set to become the Huawei sub-brand’s latest mid-range smartphone, when it launches in India on October 16. The successor to the last year’s Honor 7X, the new Honor 8X also has dual rear cameras, but with a refreshed vertical alignment. The new phone also uses Huawei’s latest in-house SoC, the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710. Honor India claims that the smartphone will take on the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus, which leads us to believe the Honor 8X price in India will be between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000.

The Honor 8X will find itself in a market segment that is currently flooded with value-for-money options from manufacturers including Xiaomi, Asus, Motorola, and Nokia. However, with its premium design and software enhancements, can the Honor 8X offer a unique value proposition to customers this festive season? We got to spend some time with the Honor 8X at the a pre-launch briefing session, and here are our first impressions.

 

Honor 8X design and specifications

Right out of the box, the Honor 8X feels extremely solid and premium. Based solely on design, it does not look like a phone priced below Rs. 20,000. The back of the Honor 8X has a dual-tone colour scheme which the company says is an evolution of the Honor 10’s rear gradient design. On the front is a massive 6.5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a pixel density of 397ppi. Much like other current Honor smartphones, there is a notch, but it looks relatively small in proportion to the large display. One interesting feature of the Honor 8X is that this display has a minimum brightness of just 2 nits, which should make it extremely comfortable to use in the dark.

Compared to other Honor phones such as the Honor 9N and the Honor Play, the Honor 8X has a relatively thin bottom chin. There are no capacitive or physical buttons; you get to choose between onscreen keys and EMUI’s gestures. The left of the smartphone has the SIM tray, which has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. On the right, there’s the lock/ power button and the volume control keys. On the bottom, you’ll find a loudspeaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack, the primary microphone, and, disappointingly, a Micro-USB port. An Honor representative told Gadgets 360 that the company made the decision not to go for USB Type-C based on cost. The secondary microphone is placed on the top.

On the back, you get to see the vertically stacked dual camera setup that consists of a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, both with f/1.8 apertures. The single selfie camera has a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. As with previous models, the Honor 8X has AI enhancements for both the rear and front cameras. Users can turn off the AI features when shooting if they prefer.

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We had a very short amount of time with a demo unit of the Honor 8X, and under favourable indoor light, it seemed to take sharp close-up and wide-angle images. For much more extensive tests of this phone’s cameras in many different conditions, do stay tuned for our upcoming review.

In terms of security, you get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and software-based face recognition. The fingerprint sensor was largely accurate and quick in our initial experience. Even the Face Unlock feature was quite snappy, although it might have difficulties in low light. Honor has implemented a nifty feature that increases the brightness of the screen in the dark to help the phone get a clear shot of your face. We will reserve our final judgement for the Honor 8X in our full review, coming up soon.

At its core, the Honor 8X is powered by Huawei’s latest HiSilicon Kirin 710F, which has a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). The company claims to deliver hardware-based device-level smart AI features. The Honor 8X will be the first smartphone in the Indian market with this SoC, and Honor tells us that it offers better performance than even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC. The phone will be available in three variants — one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; and then a top-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The smartphone also features a 3,750mAh battery, and supports charging at 5V/2A (10W). The bundled charger will deliver this much power. Honor India claims that although quick charging is capped at 10W, software enhancements can actually boost charging speed. We will have to test that very interesting claim in our Honor 8X review, in which we will also conduct battery loop tests and also examine this phone’s real-world battery performance.

Honor 8X software

The Honor 8X runs Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. While there is no official timeline, Honor says an Android Pie update will come soon.

As noted in the case of the Honor Play, the company has been gradually reducing the the number of preloaded apps on its phones. We could spot only a few apps, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Camera360, and a game called Lords Mobile. However, there are several of Honor’s own apps and features such as Phone Manager, HiCare, AppGallery, Health, Honor Club, Ride Mode, and Party Mode. Obviously, like all other Android smartphones, there are several Google apps including Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Photos as well.

Based on our first impressions, the UI seemed quite smooth. The Honor 8X also features the company’s GPU Turbo feature out-of-the-box, but gaming performance can be expected to be less impressive than that of the Honor Play. Honor claims that users can run PUBG smoothly at medium settings on its latest mid-range phone, and of course we will test that too.

Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our extensive review of the Honor 8X, in which we will evaluate this phone’s display, design, software, performance, battery life, camera, and value for money.



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Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Review | NDTV Gadgets360.com


Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Bluetooth earphones have been in the market for a couple of months and now that we’ve finally got our hands on a review unit, we thought we’d take them for a spin. Designed for everyday, on-the-go use, the earphones follow a design language that’s pretty similar to the Sennheiser Momentum Free.

The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT promise a comfortable fit, easy to reach controls, and, of-course, good audio quality. At Rs. 7,490, they also cost almost half of what Sennheiser charges for its premium Momentum Free earphones. Let’s see if the CX 6.00BT manage to actually deliver on the features and performance they promise.

Sennheiser CX 6.00BT design and features

The simplistic design of the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT make them easy to carry around. The chorded design means there’s no neck band, so it’s just the cable that rests around your neck. You get an in-line control module on the right and another, slightly larger module on the left which houses the battery. There’s a little adjustable node at the end of the chord, which can be used to adjust the fit of the earphones after wearing them. They’re very light so you barely feel them around your neck, but the modules are suspended from your ears so they tend to dangle about. This doesn’t make them ideal for any active use like running or gymming.

Sennheiser CX6BT closeup ndtv headphonesThe Sennheiser CX 6.00BT feature tiny earbuds with a dual-tone paint job

The earbuds themselves are built very well and have a small profile, so they don’t stick out when you wear them. They are built from high quality plastic and feel quite solid. We like the subtle blue accents, which look good. The quality of the silicone ear tips is good too and they fit snugly in your ears. The plastic control pod houses three buttons — two for volume and a centre one for play/ pause. You can also use the controls for other things like skipping tracks and activating your phone’s virtual assistant. The earphones also feature a single microphone and a Micro-USB port for charging that’s covered by a flap.

Sennheiser doesn’t detail the size of the drivers, simply stating that it use a “proprietary speaker system”. The The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT work on Bluetooth 4.2 and the drivers have a frequency response of 17-21,000Hz. They are also available in just one colour, which is black. The rechargeable battery promises up to six hours of battery life on a single charge and the earphones also support high-resolution audio codecs like aptX and aptX Low Latency. The earphones don’t have any IP rating for sweat or water resistance, and other notable codecs like aptX HD and AAC are missing.

In the box, you get a three extra sets of ear tips in different sizes and a Micro-USB charging cable. Sennheiser’s website states that the CX 6.00BT come with a case, but the company is actually referring to the acrylic box the earphones ships in, which isn’t the same as a travel case. We would have liked at least a carry pouch for the earphones themselves for everyday use.

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Sennheiser CX 6.00BT sound quality and battery life

We used the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT for a few weeks on a daily basis and found the ergonomics and comfort level to be really good. We didn’t have any sort of fatigue issues even after using them for a couple of hours straight. The ear tips sit snugly in your ear for the most part, without budging. They offer a decent level of passive ambient noise isolation but not a lot. We did find ourselves having to readjust them every now and then when we ran while wearing them, as the suspended modules tend to yank them out a bit.

The ear buds don’t have any magnets in the housing to lock them together when you aren’t listening to music. The ear tips do a good job in preventing sound from leaking, so those sitting around you shouldn’t get disturbed.

Audio quality is definitely above average as the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT have excellent presence and a wide and immersive sound stage. Low frequencies are handled very well with well-defined bass that’s punchy and tight, which is on full display in tracks like Stargazing by Travis Scott. The mid-range frequencies are also treated with great care as vocals sound crisp without getting screechy and there’s plenty of details to be had in instruments.

Sennheiser CX6BT  control ndtv headphoneThe Sennheiser CX 6.00BT has an in-line remote for answering calls and controlling music playback

We’ve typically never had issues with most Sennheiser earphones in the above frequency ranges but the highs is one area where we’ve seen them falter many times, and sadly, it’s the same story here. While there’s good sharpness and clarity in treble, the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT does get rather piercing and sibilant at high volumes. This is a real shame since the bass and mid-range really opens up at higher volumes, but the high notes are a bit difficult to handle after a point. This is especially noticeable in tracks like Chains by Fleetwood Mac.

We tested the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT with a variety of music tracks, ranging from music streamed from Apple Music to high resolution FLAC files. We mostly used the Samsung Galaxy S9+ for our testing, but also used the earphones while paired with an Apple iPhone XS and a MacBook Air. You can connect to two devices at a time, which we found very convenient as we could answer calls and listen to music from our laptop without needing to take the earphones off. The microphone works well for voice calls too. The buttons on the in-line remote aren’t very chunky and we didn’t have any issues locating them. The button press is solid and reassuring too.

The earphones also work well with videos, with no noticeable audio-video sync issues. Battery life, however, is slightly disappointing. We typically managed to get about 5 hours of use, with the volume mostly set to 80 percent or above. There are voice prompts for checking the battery level when music isn’t playing and you get warning messages when it dips really low. When charging via a laptop, the earphones took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to charge fully. An LED on the in-line remote turns from red to blue when the earphones are fully charged.

Verdict
The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT impressed us with their inconspicuous earbud design, light weight, good build quality, and decent feature set. Audio quality is good too, but the slightly shrill highs are when you bump the volume up can get fatiguing very quickly. Around this price, you can also find Sony’s WI-SP600N which feature noise cancellation and an IPX4 rating for sweat resistance or Beyerdynamic’s Byron BT in-ear headphones, if you prefer a minimalistic design.

If you’re a heavy user then the battery life would be a bit of an issue, but other than this, the CX 6.00BT delivers decent audio performance, coupled with good ergonomics.

Price: Rs. 7,490 (MRP)

Pros

  • Light and well-built
  • Strong bass with detailed mid-range
  • Two active connections possible
  • Inconspicuous design

Cons

  • Sub-par battery life
  • Highs sound shrill at high volumes
  • No bundled travel pouch

Ratings (out of 5)

  • Design/ comfort: 4
  • Audio quality: 3.5
  • Battery life: 3
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5



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“Imran Khan’s Politics Full Of Opportunism”: Fatima Bhutto To NDTV


We have a lot of cases of a lot of fear and intimidation, Fatima Bhutto told NDTV

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Attacking Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his brand of politics, Pakistani writer and author Fatima Bhutto today said her country is witnessing extremely worrying censorship.

“We have a lot of cases of a lot of fear and intimidation and unfortunately I don’t really see that this government is taking any steps to reverse that. If anything its furthering that,” Ms Bhutto said in an exclusive interview to NDTV.

“My criticism of Imran Khan’s politics has been that I don’t see any conversation with women in his politics. I don’t see a conversation that empowers the provinces of Pakistan. I see a lot of opportunism in it,” she added.

Ms Bhutto is the niece of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and unlike her cousin Bilawal Bhutto, she has stayed away from politics, preferring writing instead. Her fifth book, a novel called ‘The Runaways’ is out soon. 

“I was encouraged from a young age by my father to write and to read a lot. I don’t think it is a divorce from politics, I think a lot of what I write is very political,” she said.

Ms Bhutto’s father, Murtaza Bhutto, was killed when she was just 14, an experience that she says changed her completely.

“I was very very close to my father. He raised me as a single parent and having a father raise you as a young girl and having a father that believed that there was nothing that you actually couldn’t do that just because you are a girl that it changed the possibilities of the world for you. He was and still remains for me very empowering and very important. Losing him was a very painful experience… But also the violence with which he was killed was very painful and still is,” she said.

Asked about Bilawal Bhutto’s debut election campaign, she said “He’s a young man. He has been through a lot of trauma and violence. I hope he will be well and I wish him only well as a person. I prefer not to really comment on the politics of it all.”

The writer said social media is not her cup of tea. 

“Twitter has become so murky… It has become a platform for a lot of aggression and a lot of hate. Instagram I mean I don’t really understand what its redeeming qualities are because it is basically just people competing with each other and you know this terrible narcissistic one-upmanship. Facebook – I want nothing to do with it ever.”





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Nokia 5.1 Plus Review | NDTV Gadgets360.com


The best thing HMD Global did this year was signing up its entire 2018 Android fleet with Google’s Android One programme. In our books, this gives it an immediate edge over the competition, as you’re guaranteed three years of security updates and two years of software updates. The Nokia line of phones has been pretty competitive thus far, with the likes of the Nokia 7 Plus (Review) and Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review) being some of the more notable recent launches.

HMD Global recently introduced a new budget offering called the Nokia 5.1 Plus, which slots in at the Rs. 10,999 mark. Its positioning is a bit confusing, as one would assume it would succeed the existing Nokia 5.1, but the older model is still priced higher. While the new Nokia 5.1 Plus does have somewhat better specifications than the 5.1, has HMD Global cut some corners in in order to bring the price down? It’s time to found out.

 

Nokia 5.1 Plus design

The first thing that grabs your attention as soon as you take the Nokia 5.1 Plus out of its box is how premium it looks. A high-gloss treatment for the entire body makes it look stunning, and easily feels as though this is a phone that would typically cost upwards of Rs. 15,000. There’s 2.5D curved glass for the back too, which is a rare find in this segment.

The glossy finish does introduce an ergonomic issue, as the Nokia 5.1 Plus is quite slippery. We had a couple of instances when the phone slid off a couch and onto the floor, but thankfully it didn’t pick up any dings or scuffs. It seems quite durable that way, even though HMD Global has confirmed to us that the 5.1 Plus does not use reinforced glass. We used this phone for a short time and the display didn’t pick up any scratches, but in the long run, it would be better to have a screen guard installed.

Nokia 5.1 Plus back 2 ndtv nokiaThe Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a 2.5D glass back which gives it a premium look

 

On the front, we have a 5.86-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio but the resolution is only HD+ (720×1520). This is one area in which HMD Global has had to cut corners in order to bring you this low price. The display is not bad by any means. Colours are vivid and punchy, black levels are good, and the brightness is more than adequate for good legibility in sunlight.

All the buttons are placed on the right, and they have a good clicky feel. This phone also has a USB Type-C port, which is a rare sight in the budget segment. The dual-SIM tray is on the left, and houses two Nano SIMs. Dual 4G VoLTE is supported. The internal storage is expandable too, but you’ll have to sacrifice the second SIM slot for this.

We’re not big fans of the design of the screen notch. It’s a little too wide and the space created doesn’t seem to have been utilised optimally as there’s no notification LED here. The borders are quite thick too which includes a sizeable chin at the bottom. The camera setup on the back is nearly identical to those of other recent x.1 phones from HMD Global. There is a noticeable camera bump but we didn’t see any paint scuffing during our review period. The fingerprint sensor is placed just below it, and it works well, but we wish it was slightly larger and more prominent, as it can be hard to find at times.

Nokia 5.1 Plus ports ndtv nokiaThe phone has a USB Type-C port (above) and 3.5mm headphone socket (below)

 

The Nokia 5.1 Plus ships with the usual accessories, including a headset. There’s no silicone case, unfortunately, which would have been useful given the phone’s slippery body. Overall, HMD Global has done a very good job with the 5.1 Plus. It looks far more premium than it costs and is light and easy to handle.

Nokia 5.1 Plus specifications and features

The Nokia 5.1 Plus features good internals. There’s a capable MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC, which is a step up from the Helio P18 in the Nokia 5.1, and posts better benchmark numbers compared to most Snapdragon 636-based phones at around this price point. At the time of this review, there is only one variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. This phone also supports Category 4 LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and a wide variety of GPS systems including Beidou and Galileo. There’s FM radio and USB-OTG too, but no NFC.

You get stock Android 8.1 Oreo without any bloatware whatsoever. There’s Google’s suite of apps and a Support app from HMD Global for getting help with any of the phone’s features or booking an appointment with a service centre. There are some gestures, such as the ability to use the fingerprint sensor to pull down the notifications shade, and double-press the power button to launch the camera app.

Nokia 5.1 Plus apps ndtv nokiaThe phone doesn’t have any bloatware, apart from a few gestures and a Support app

 

There’s no option to hide the notch, but this isn’t a major issue since apps that aren’t designed to fill the screen, for example games and most video players, simply don’t stretch beyond the notch. This way, content is rarely obscured. The OS is up to date too, with the September 2018 security patch, which is good. You get Android’s default face unlock feature, which is a bit of a hit or miss depending on the ambient light.

Nokia 5.1 Plus performance, cameras, and battery life

We really enjoyed using the Nokia 5.1 Plus as our primary device during the review period. It’s compact enough to fit snugly in most pant pockets and it just looks really good. The glossy finish does attract fingerprints very easily, but thankfully, they come off quickly with just a single wipe of a shirtsleeve. The slipperiness unfortunately can’t be fixed, unless you put a skin or a case on this phone.

The Nokia 5.1 runs cool with general tasks such as navigation, chatting, or using the GPS in apps like Uber. The area around the LED flash does begin to heat up quickly, however, when you fire up a game. Even simple ones such as Alto’s Odyssey got the temperature rising. However, the heat doesn’t spread beyond that area too much, so while the entire body does get warm after say, 30 minutes of PUBG, it’s still manageable.

There’s a single loudspeaker at the bottom, which gets fairly loud at full volume, but it’s positioning means it’s also easy to block with a palm when gaming or watching anything in landscape mode. The bundled headset is as basic as it gets. The ear tips didn’t stay put in our ears, and the sound was dull and hollow. There’s a microphone for calls but no button to control music playback.

The 13-megapixel primary sensor might be a step down in resolution compared to the Nokia 5.1’s camera, but it’s actually not a bad performer. There’s PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture lens and a second 5-megapixel depth sensor. Given enough light, the sensor captured good details in landscape shots. Unfortunately, it didn’t always get the exposure right, even with Auto HDR. With closeups, there was a bit of shutter lag when saving images, which at times, caused noticeable ghosting around the edges of objects.

The secondary depth camera does an average job at edge detection in portrait mode and the blur that’s applied looks very artificial. You can re-adjust it after taking shots, but in our experience there wasn’t much that could be salvaged. In low light, focusing speeds dipped and landscapes suffered the most. Macros were still decent under artificial lighting.

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Additional camera features include masks that can be superimposed on people’s faces for fun, but there aren’t a lot to choose from. Beauty mode is adjustable, and thankfully, the beautification isn’t too jarring. There are Dual and P-I-P modes, which let you shoot with the rear and front camera simultaneously. There’s also a manual mode and a panorama mode.

Video recording tops out at 1080p and there’s stabilisation by default, which can’t be switched off. Under good light, the shimmer effect due to electronic stabilisation wasn’t too visible, but at night, the quality of video was quite poor. There’s slow-motion shooting, which captures 720p footage at 120fps. The front 8-megapixel selfie camera captured decent selfies under good light, but the HDR didn’t kick in when we needed it to. At night, the screen flash isn’t too effective.

Battery life is surprisingly good, considering the capacity of just 3060mAh. We easily managed to go a full day on a single charge. With more conservative use, we were able to last a bit longer. In our HD video loop test, we got a runtime of 14 hours and 36 minutes. There’s no fast charging, but the 10W adapter gave us a 56 percent charge in an hour, and took a little more than two hours to fully charge this phone.

Verdict
It’s safe to say that the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a good option at Rs. 10,999. We understand that many phones in this segment now sport higher resolution displays, but honestly, we never found the HD+ display on this phone to be an issue. The hybrid dual-SIM slot might bother some, especially if you would like to use two SIMs and a microSD card. Low-light video performance was below average too, and light metering could have been better in daylight shots.

However, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is one of the best looking phones in this segment, even with its thick screen borders and wide notch. Other things going for it include the Android One programme, excellent battery life, compact size, and a powerful processor.


Is Nokia 5.1 Plus better than Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi 6 Pro, and Realme 1? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.



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PM Narendra Modi tweets for NDTV Dettol Banega Swachh India Cleanathon – PM नरेंद्र मोदी ने की NDTV क्लीनाथॉन की तारीफ, बोले


नई दिल्ली: गांधी जयंती (Gandhi Jayanti) के मौके पर देश भर में स्वच्छता अभियान मनाया जा रहा है. स्वच्छ इंडिया के तहत NDTV ने भी 12 घंटे लगातार ‘क्लीनाथॉन’ अभियान जारी रखा. प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने माइक्रो-ब्लॉगिंग वेबसाइट ट्विटर पर NDTV-डेटॉल ‘बनेगा स्वच्छ इंडिया’ क्लीनाथॉन के प्रयासों की सराहना की है. उन्होंने अपने ट्विटर अकाउंट पर लिखा- ‘मैं NDTV की टीम को स्वच्छता पर और जागरूकता फैलाने के उनके सराहनीय प्रयासों के लिए बधाई देता हूं. ये लोग भारत को और स्वच्छ बनाने के उपायों पर चर्चा के लिए सभी क्षेत्रों के लोगों को एक मंच पर ले आए.’ 

NDTV क्लीनाथॉन में बोले श्रीश्री रविशंकर, हमें लोगों को प्लास्टिक जलाने से होने वाले खतरे के बारे में शिक्षित करना होगा

 


प्रधानमंत्री के अलावा NDTV क्लीनाथॉन को लेकर वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली ने भी सराहा. उन्होंने कहा कि 4 साल पहले जब स्वच्छता का कैंपेन शुरू हुआ था तो लोगों ने सोचा कि इसका भी अन्य कैंपेन की तरह हश्र होगा, लेकिन यह ”पिपल्स मूवमेंट” बन गया है. ग्रामीण भारत में खासकर महिलाएं इसको आगे बढ़ा रही हैं. ऐसी खबरें भी आती हैं जहां टॉयलेट न होने पर लड़कियां शादी से इनकार कर देती हैं. उन्होंने कहा कि आज 92 फीसद ग्रामीण इलाकों में स्वच्छता है. यह मास मूवमेंट से ही संभव हो सका है. अगर आप विकाशसील देश हैं तो सभी पहलुओं पर ध्यान देना होगा. खासकर पर्यावरण और हेल्थकेयर आदि पर. 

NDTV क्लीनाथॉन में अमिताभ बच्चन ने कहा – ”अब तक 8.5 करोड़ शौचालय बन चुके हैं. 2020 तक भारत की औसत आयु 27 साल होगी, हम दुनिया का सबसे युवा देश होंगे. स्वच्छ और स्वस्थ भारत के सपने को सच बनाना है. अगले साल महात्‍मा गांधी की 150वीं जयंती तक देश को खुले में शौचालय से मुक्‍त कराना है.” 

NDTV क्लीनाथॉन में अरुण जेटली ने कहा- पिछले 4 वर्षों में स्वच्छता बना ‘पिपल्स मूवमेंट’

इस दौरान योगगुरु एवं उद्यमी बाबा रामदेव ने कहा, “मैं कहना चाहता हूं कि जहां-जहां शौचालय बनाए जा रहे हैं, वहां पानी भी उपलब्ध करवाया जाए, क्योंकि पानी के बिना ये शौचालय ज़्यादा गंदगी फैलाते हैं, समस्याएं और बीमारियां पैदा करते हैं…” कार्यक्रम में हिस्सा लेने पहुंचे बॉलीवुड के जाने-माने पार्श्वगायक सोनू निगम ने कहा, “हर जगह सार्वजनिक शौचालय बेहद गंदे हैं, क्योंकि हम उन्हें इस्तेमाल करना नहीं जानते… खुश हूं कि स्वच्छता अब लोगों की ज़िन्दगियों का हिस्सा बनती जा रही है…” 

शिवसेना नेता आदित्य ठाकरे ने मुंबई में दादर बीच से क्लीनाथॉन में शिरकत करते हुए कहा, “हम लोगों को चीज़ें इधर-उधर फेंक देने की आदत रही है, लेकिन सौभाग्य से हम अब सफाई को भी आदत में शुमार कर रहे हैं…” केंद्रीय भारी उद्योग एवं सार्वजनिक उद्यम राज्यमंत्री बाबुल सुप्रियो ने NDTV-डेटॉल ‘बनेगा स्वच्छ इंडिया’ क्लीनाथॉन के दौरान कहा, “हमारी ज़िन्दगियों में सफाई को वापस ले आने के लिए मैं प्रधानमंत्री को बधाई देता हूं… हमें याद रखना चाहिए कि परमात्मा को प्रसन्न करने के लिए हमें अपने वातावरण को स्वच्छ रखना होगा…”

NDTV क्लीनाथॉन में नितिन गडकरी ने जताई उम्मीद, अगले साल मार्च तक 99 फीसदी तक साफ हो जाएंगी गंगा


बता दें, NDTV-डेटॉल बनेगा स्वच्छ इंडिया क्लीनाथॉन अपने पांचवें साल में पहुंच गया है, और अपनी पिछली उपलब्धियों को याद करते हुए आगे के लिए अपना एजेंडा तय कर रहा है. कैम्पेन एम्बैसेडर अमिताभ बच्चन बता रहे हैं कि क्लीनाथॉन ने किस तरह भारत सरकार के स्वच्छ भारत अभियान के लक्ष्यों को अपनाया, और देश के ग्रामीण हिस्सों में शौचालय बनवाने, सफाई अभियान चलाने और देशभर में साफ-सफाई व स्वास्थ्य के प्रति जागरूकता फैलाने में अथक परिश्रम करते हुए हाथ बंटाया.

NDTV Cleanathon : जब भी पेड़ लगाएं उसे एक नाम जरूर दें- अमिताभ बच्चन





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The Indian FTR1200 is the first non-cruiser model from Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle has unveiled the Indian FTR1200 street tracker, which is based on the Indian FTR750 flat-track racer. The FTR1200 is the only production street tracker available, and is powered by a new 1,203 cc, 60-degree, v-twin engine, which looks similar to the Indian Scout engine, but is actually a brand new motor. The FTR1200 is the first non-cruiser motorcycle from Indian, and has been offered in two variants. Both variants share the same engine, chassis and design, but the higher-spec S variant gets a list of performance parts and other bits.


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(The Indian FTR1200 is available in a base version and a higher-spec S variant)

The 1,203 cc engine is Indian’s first high-performance v-twin used on a non-cruiser model, and makes 120 bhp at 8,250 rpm, and peak torque of 115 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The v-twin is mated to a six-speed close-ratio gearbox with a slip and assist clutch. The FTR1200’s engine is said to be much lighter than the Indian Scout engine, and also has a higher compression ratio of 12.5:1, a lighter, low inertia crank, a larger bore and uses magnesium cases to keep the weight low, which, by the way, at 222 kg dry (221 kg for the standard variant), can hardly be called lightweight.

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(The S variant gets a full-colour TFT dash with a choice of three riding modes and switchable ABS)

The chassis is a steel trellis frame, and braking is handled by Brembo M4.32 radia calipers in the front, gripping 320 mm discs, and a P34 caliper at the rear, with standard ABS. The S variant gets a 4.3-inch full-colour TFT screen, which allows you to personalise the screen style, choose between three riding modes (Sport, Standard and Rain), traction control and anti-wheelie settings. Bosch cornering ABS is switchable on the S variant, and the dash is also smartphone connectable through Bluetooth. The S variant also gets an IMU-powered traction control system (with stability control and wheelie control), and fully adjustable Sachs suspension.

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(The Indian FTR1200 is powered by an all-new 1,206 cc v-twin engine)

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The standard model gets an analogue LCD single clock, Sachs suspension with no adjustment for the fork available, but the rear shock had adjustable preload and rebound settings. The FTR1200 is available in just one colour, and no riding modes. ABS cannot be switched off on the base model as well.

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