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  1. Decided to eat some fast food today for high tea, wanted to try maccas rendang burger , deviating from my usual approved choice of signature buttermilk crispy chicken burger. Got it with crisscut fries and cappuccino, standard sides. Generous serving of zhups for a regular takeaway meal. Packaging is pretty conventional so hoping burger tastes good. As I carefully pealed off the wrapping to unveil the burger, revealing its true form in entirety, the sudden epiphany hit me hard like hangover in the morning: First off, it looks just like a repackaged burger bathed in a different sauce; hence the novelty of "sedap" quickly wore off, revealing a tinge of regret from not getting my usual buttermilk fix. Also, it didn't feel like a sizeable burger that could satisfy my bbfa snacking appetite. Not that it was meant to be chunky, but packing a burger somewhat resembling the regular beef egg burger in an oversized box felt a little disappointing as compared to the signature chicken package. Lastly, slapping on "Angus" on the patty left me a little confused from mismanaged expectations even before digging in. A patty is after all a patty. Nice fried egg though; have always preferred it over the breakfast style eggs. After removing the strand of hair, I proceeded to sink my carnivorous teeth in: Nomnomnom. Taste is pretty much regular: caramelized onions, rendang sauce, egg , patty, bread all in one bite. Is that half a piece of lettuce? Not entirely sure. Flavours are flat, perhaps the reason why extra garlic chilli sauce and curry sauce were given. Honestly speaking, the burger took decent mouthfuls to finish, so I wouldn't categorize this rendang rendition in the anorexic class. This comfortably falls in the "1990s Big Mac" or "early release quarter pounder" weight category. Conclusion: Taste 6/10 Portion 6/10 Value for money 5/10 Would I eat this again for 40c less than signature buttermilk - whereeeeeeee got timeeeeeeeeee??????
  2. Looking at the title of the review, we can't help but think a quick explanation is in order. Namely, one clearing up which product we are reviewing. We've seen horrible smartphone naming conventions in our time as reviewers, but as far as sheer complexity and confusion of choice go, Xiaomi arguably takes the cake with the current Redmi generation. Not only do they have identical products available under different names in various markets, but we often come across sellers offering the devices with the ambiguous "Global" moniker which pair hardware meant for one market (typically China) with software for another market (normally more Western in terms of localizations and preinstalled apps) . What we have today for review is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera, or in other words, the highest-end modification in the current Redmi lineup. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera specs Body: Plastic + Aluminum (Front glass, aluminum body); 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm; 181 g Screen: 5.99-inch, 2160x1080 IPS LCD, 403 PPI Rear Camera: 12MP (1.4µm), f/1.9, Samsung S5K2L7, dual pixel PDAF primary, 5MP (1.25µm), f/2.0, Samsung S5K5E8 depth sensor; 1080p video Front Camera: 13MP (1.12µm), f/2.0, OV13855, LED flash; 1080p video Chipset: 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Kryo 260 (4x Cortex-A73 @ 1.8GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.6GHz), Adreno 509 Memory: 3/4/6GB LPDDR4X, 32/64GB eMMC 5.0 + microSD (up to 128GB) OS: Android 8.0; MIUI 9 Battery: 4000mAh; Quick Charge 2.0 Connectivity: Hybrid dual SIM (4G+3G), 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou, Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio, IR blaster, microUSB, headphone jack Misc: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock (coming later) The phone sports a large 5.99-inch, 18:9 IPS panel, an equally beefy 4,000 mAh battery and a decently powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset. What mostly sets it apart from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the regular Redmi Note 5 (or Redmi 5 Plus) is the camera setup. The later has a single main snapper at its disposal, so the distinction is easy enough. Both other devices feature a dual setup. As the "AI" moniker suggests, the one on the newer Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is imbued with some extra smarts. More importantly, however, it has a brighter f/1.9 lens for the main 12MP camera. Also, larger 1.4µm pixels and dual pixel phase detection autofocus. There have been some changes to the selfie setup as well. Interestingly enough, the Chinese Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera variant also features 4G standby on both its SIM cards - a feature the Indian version is lacking. That is a bit confusing, to say the least, considering the importance of VoLTE in the emerging Indian market. These are subtle differences, but not insignificant ones. Especially for a website like ours, which specializes in providing as accurate phone specifications as possible. Unfortunately, even for our trained eye, there is no easy way to tell apart the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera just by looking at them. Or at least, we haven't found one. The duo shares an identical body, down to the last mm and even weigh absolutely the same. Their confusing coexistence can best be explained through market segmentation. The Redmi Note 5 Pro came first and was tailored for an Indian release. Following it, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera introduced the upgrades mentioned above to the company's home market of China. Both phones have a starting price just shy of $200, making for a really sweet deal based on the price/performance ratio. Still, we guess you'd be better off picking up the updated version, if you have the choice. One clue which could potentially help the identification process when you are shopping online includes the 3GB/32GB configuration, which currently seems to only be available on the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. There is also the MIUI 9 software, which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo, instead of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. However, it is also worth noting that big Xiaomi vendors tend to offer their own ROM modifications and software forks, making the Android core version a less reliable identifier. Checking whether the model number is M1803E7SG could also be helpful. So, with that cleared up and all the preparations to identify the newer Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera properly covered, join us on the following pages, as we dive deeper into Xiaomi's amazing value offer, to see just how good it is. Unboxing If you've seen one Redmi box, you've mostly seen them all. The same goes for the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. The box comes in the standard white and red configuration. It lacks a plastic tray, or any other fancy cradles and separation or padding materials on the inside, but still feels sturdy enough to take a beating. Besides the phone and some leaflets, you also get a basic [email protected] wall charger in the box. Or at least, that's what our review unit came with. So, to take advantage of the supported Quick Charge, you have to supply your own adapter. We get it, cost-savings measures. A basic microUSB 2.0 cable completes the charging set. If it's any consolation, we've seen worse in the past. A basic charger is still better than no included charger. On the flip side, Xiaomi did throw in a soft, transparent silicone cover case. It's a great little bonus, which is quite alright in quality and does allow you to start using the device straight away, worry-free. Build Quality Xiaomi hasn't altered the Redmi build formula in any significant way for quite some time now. Just like its siblings, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera offers a nice blend of metal, where it matters and plastic, where functionally beneficial. The entire frame and the back plate of the device are metal and consequently very rigid. There is no flex or give anywhere. And even though the different segments of the outer body are clearly distinguishable, the handset feels as solid as a brick overall. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera in the hand The only potential source of concern in the bill of materials is the unspecified Gorilla Glass version, covering the display. However, Xiaomi has a pretty good track record in this department, and if past Redmi devices are anything to go by, it should be a non-issue. Hardware overview The budget smartphone battle has always been a cutthroat one, especially in recent months, as more and more hardware features continue to trickle down from the mid-range segment to affordable models. Take FullHD+ panels, for instance. Since the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus) has one at EUR 120, or so, it is only logical that the much more premium Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera has one as well. Sadly, that logic doesn't seem to be universal. But more on that in the video capture section. The 1080 x 2160 pixel panel of choice for the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera seems to be identical to that inside the Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus) and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. At least on paper, that is. This is likely a good cost-saving measure, overall, since Xiaomi only has to source the hardware once. Plus, despite the price variance between said devices, you still end up with a large 5.99-inch display. It is short on notches and curves, which is probably a good thing, to be honest. The panel still looks modern, though, thanks to its rounded corners and 18:9 aspect ratio. Front side A Gorilla Glass protective finish also seems to come standard within Xiaomi's Redmi lineup. Beyond that, the front side of the phone looks deceptively empty. Despite the clean appearance, the top chin still houses a dedicated LED for the selfie camera and a notification LED, as well as all the other usual sensors and the earpiece. Flipping the phone around reveals a bit more details about its construction. A close inspection seems to reveal the top and bottom segments of the body are independent and meant to slide out in opposite directions, from the rest of the frame. For radio pass-through reasons, we can only assume that the backport of these is made of plastic, while the middle "frame" part feels like metal. Back side The actual back plate of the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera follows the same shape, but unlike the top and bottom parts, seems to be molded from a single metal piece, along with the sides of the phone. The same shade in the finish seems to back this theory up. So, to sum up: metal back and frame, with small plastic bits in the top and bottom segment, around back. Regarding controls, the layout is pretty standard - no keys on the front, just on-screen navigation. On the back - a round fingerprint reader. Reliable and accurate, but no speed champion - just like any other Redmi in recent memory. Left and right sides The only three actual buttons the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera has are on the right-hand side. These are nice and "click"-y, well defined and conveniently placed. On the opposite side - a single card slot sits very flush with the rest of the frame. It's a hybrid affair, meaning you have to choose between a second nano-SIM card, or a microSD one. A three-slot tray would have earned Xiaomi some extra points here. The bottom side of the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is pretty busy. In no particular order, it houses the familiar 3.5mm audio jack, as well as an equally familiar, but a bit less universally beloved microUSB port. It is stuck on USB 2.0 transfer speeds, but it does have OTG support. Also on this side of the phone - the single, bottom-firing speaker and the main microphone. The latter sits behind a fairly large hole and seems a bit too exposed. Poking in there thus seems ill-advised. Top and bottom sides The top side of the handset also has a mic hole - one significantly smaller in diameter, but still wide enough for a SIM ejector tool to fit through. Right next to it - an IR blaster. It's a small thing, but for the right user it can potentially make a huge difference so props to Xiaomi for not shaving it off to save a buck. Display As we mentioned earlier, FullHD is becoming the new standard throughout the budget segment. It's always nice to see a crisp and sharp display on a budget phone. A 1080 x 2160 pixel one, no less, thanks to the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio. At a diagonal of 5.99 inches, the math works out to 403ppi. Display test 100% brightness Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Huawei P10 Lite 0.351 560 1595 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 0.548 555 1013 Motorola Moto G6 Play (Max Auto) 0.419 554 1321 Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570 Huawei P Smart 0.356 531 1492 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera 0.28 530 1893 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1) 0.315 527 1673 HTC 10 evo 0.387 525 1357 Xiaomi Mi Max 2 0.401 519 1294 Xiaomi Redmi 5 0.378 503 1331 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Max Auto 0 485 ∞ Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 0.322 484 1503 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Max Auto 0 482 ∞ Motorola Moto G6 Play 0.339 476 1404 Huawei Honor 7X 0.236 458 1941 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 0 348 ∞ Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 0 326 ∞ At first glance, a few of the current Redmi devices seem to be sharing the same IPS panels. In reality, however, their screens posted different numbers in our display tests. The Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera came out on top of the pack, which is only fitting with its market standing. To be fair, the Redmi 5 Plus did manage to squeeze out a few extra nits, while under an intense light source, but the difference is negligible. The panel on the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera, on the other hands, has a substantially less light bleed in the blacks at 0% brightness and thus a respectable contrast ratio. Sunlight legibility is also pretty high up there, with few viable competitors within its price segment. Like many budget LCDs nowadays, the one in the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera has a noticeable blue tint about it. Most colors come off really cold. Out of the box, the color output is far from what we consider color-accurate, with an average deltaE of 6.3 and a maximum of 11.6 in the white. Unfortunately, Xiaomi does not offer custom white point tuning, but there are some color setting to play around with. If you are after the best possible color reproduction, just leave the display on standard mode. That nets an average deltaE of 3.9 and a maximum of 8.8, again in the white. Battery Life The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera comes equipped with a hefty 4,000 mAh battery. Redmi Note fans have come to love, appreciate and frankly, expect this capacity in this product family. The Snapdragon 636 chipset ticking away inside the phone is also based on a decently efficient 14nm manufacturing process. Then again, it does rely on more potent Kryo 260, compared to something like the legendarily good battery performer Snapdragon 625 so this woukd probably take a toll on its battery life. We were surprised however to see that as far as on-screen tasks go, the Snapdragon 636 draws about as much power as the Snapdragon 625 in the Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus). Either that or whatever difference between the two might exist gets nicely smoothed out by the new Android 8 OS core. Thirteen and a half hours on Wi-Fi web browsing and just shy of fourteen hours of offline video playback are very admirable results. Now, the power management and efficiency difference between the two chipsets seems mostly stemming from the different modems. The older X8 LTE seems to be more-efficient in standby operation, while the newer X12 LTE, inside the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera lasts noticeably longer in a call. At the end of the day, that did cost the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera a few hours off the overall endurance rating, but nothing too substantial. With 92 hours on the clock, it should easily be a 2-day battery life device for most users. One less advertised feature on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is its Quick Charge 3.0 support. In contrast, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has to get by with Quick Charge 2.0. The difference between the two is slight, but still potentially important. While both standards are capped at 18W for their maximum power delivery, QC4 operates at variable voltages between 3.6V and 20V, in increments of 200mV, in place of the older 5V/9V/12V fixed three-level system. As for charging speed, our review unit managed to charge 30% of its battery in 30 minutes - not too shabby but the supplied charger is not among the fastest either. you should get better numbers with a QC 3.0 charger. Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern, so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use. Loudspeaker The Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera has a single bottom-firing speaker at its disposal, but it's a pretty decent one. Not only is it loud (just a few decibels shy from the Excellent mark), but it also keeps distortion at bay. Speakerphone test Voice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average Motorola Moto G6 Play (Dolby audio) 66.1 70.0 76.2 Good Xiaomi Redmi 5 66.1 68.4 82.1 Good Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 68.0 70.2 82.3 Very Good Huawei P10 Lite 68.5 72.5 80.1 Very Good HTC 10 evo 65.8 75.4 80.6 Very Good Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 67.8 71.2 83.1 Very Good Huawei P Smart 65.9 70.8 85.8 Very Good Huawei Honor 7X 66.4 71.1 85.1 Very Good Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera 68.4 71.6 84.8 Very Good Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A 68.4 72.3 86.2 Very Good Xiaomi Mi Max 2 78.4 71.7 79.2 Excellent Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent Well, mostly, at least, there are no shrieks or uncomfortable squeaks at high pitches. However, don't expect a rich soundstage. It's just as dull as most mono smartphone speakers. You should be able to hear it ring at a loud party, though. Audio quality The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera delivered perfectly accurate output when hooked to an active external amplifier. Sadly, its loudness was downright disappointing so we can't say we are too pleased here. Clarity is barely affected when headphones come into play, which would be impressive for a device of any standing, and is even more so for a mid-ranger. Its loudness was again downright poor so those with high-impedance headphones might prefer to stay away. The rest will have little to frown at. Test Frequency response Noise level Dynamic range THD IMD + Noise Stereo crosstalk Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera +0.04, -0.05 -89.4 89.4 0.0018 0.016 -90.5 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera (headphones) +0.13, -0.00 -90.4 90.4 0.0018 0.041 -80.8 Motorola Moto G6 Plus +0.00, -0.03 -93.6 93.5 0.0050 0.011 -94.6 Motorola Moto G6 Plus (headphones) +0.02, -0.02 -93.5 93.4 0.0067 0.033 -81.0 Oppo F7 +0.01, -0.10 -92.5 92.7 0.0019 0.0077 -91.2 Oppo F7 (headphones) +0.50, -0.20 -91.4 91.8 0.0079 0.402 -51.5 Nokia 6 (2018) +0.10, -0.20 -37.5 80.4 0.0018 4.735 -93.3 Nokia 6 (2018) (headphones) +0.05, -0.03 -94.3 90.2 0.0027 0.019 -58.6 Nokia 7 Plus +0.02, -0.31 -38.8 81.7 0.0013 4.690 -95.9 Nokia 7 Plus (headphones) +0.25, -0.23 -93.3 90.4 0.0045 0.227 -53.9 Honor View 10 +0.02, -0.01 -92.6 92.6 0.0021 0.012 -94.4 Honor View 10 (headphones) +0.17, -0.03 -92.0 92.1 0.0023 0.092 -52.8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera frequency response MIUI 9 and Android Oreo MIUI is, by popular opinion, one of the better and definitely one of the most popular custom Android flavors out there. Xiaomi has never really been too strict about its modification and re-distribution policies, which has definitely fostered a vibrant community. On the flip side, there are more local and vendor varieties and software branches of the platform in the wild than we could possibly identify ourselves. Best we can tell, however, our review unit is on the official MIUI branch and is running the Global stable 9.5.13.0.OEIMIFA build. This is a really current ROM, based on Android 8.1.0 and currently rocking the May security patch. The presence of Oreo out of the box, seems to be one big differentiating factor between the global Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera and its India Redmi Note Pro sibling, which is shipping with Nougat. But, ROM versions are fleeting. Even if you end up with a device with a custom modification, Xiaomi is well inclined to let you unlock the bootloader and easily flash over whatever version or ROM branch you might desire. The important bit here is MIUI. Just like many other OS skins, Xiaomi has been abstracting it away from the Android core, as a flushed-out experience in itself, independent of its underlying OS. MIUI 9 builds on v.8 with multi-window support, quick replies for notifications, smart app launcher, smart assistance, and smart image search. Yes, there is a lot of "smart" with MIUI 9 and it's made possible thanks to the new machine learning process. There are tons of improvements under the hood, too, such as better RAM management, faster performance, lighter on resources, and improved Doze mode for standby power efficiency. On the surface, the UI is still very clean and clutter-free. The lock screen only has a couple of shortcuts. A swipe to the right does reveal a Mi Home, Mi Remote and flashlight interface. This is especially convenient if you own other Xiaomi tech. Home screens The main UI comprises of pages to drop all your apps, widgets and potentially folders to organise it all. The absence of an app drawer is still the preferred Xiaomi approach. The notification drawer comes from the top and has the usual quick toggles. Notification shade There is a Quick Card pane, the leftmost one. It's quite similar to Today's page in iOS. It contains different cards with relevant information - recent apps, step counter, notes, calendar events, the weather, and favorites, among others. You can configure what shows up here, or you can disable this altogether. Quick Card pane Swiping up on the home screen opens up a system-wide search interface. The app switcher feels like it came out of iOS - apps are represented by appropriate thumbnails in the same manner, but there is an additional key for the Split Screen mode. MIUI 9 adds native support for multi-tasking via the new Split Screen feature. It allows you to launch two apps side-by-side. All native apps support it and, luckily, all third-party apps with support for any kind of split screen mode work flawlessly on MIUI 9 side-by-side view. Split screen The launcher has a few other options to play around with as well. Nothing too fancy, but you still get the flexibility of choosing a default home pane, as well as some fun transition animations. Launcher customization Interestingly enough, Xiaomi's extensive Themes app, complete with an online repository was nowhere to be found of the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. Perhaps the theme engine needs some tweaking to properly adapt to an Oreo home. At least wallpapers are still a given. Wallpapers There are plenty of pre-loaded utility apps for getting things done. Google Apps and the Microsoft Office suite come pre-packaged with the Global version of the phone with plenty of other tools as well. Such useful apps include: Voice/screen recorders, barcode/document scanner, compass/level, file manager, music player, notes, Mi Browser, and Facebook comes pre-installed. You do get duplicates in some cases, since Xiaomi has its own app alternatives. Pre-loaded apps The Security app can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklisted numbers, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, and allows you to define the battery behavior of selected apps and applies restrictions only to the apps you choose. Great, but you do have to tolerate some remaining Chinese here and there. Security app To be fair, the internationalization situation on an official Global MIUI ROM is a lot better than when you might find on an translated fork of the Chinese software branch - which many vendors still do. Video player, with cast and subtitle support The included Xiaomi multimedia apps, might not be as feature-rich, but the menus on components they are missing don't really make much sense outside China to begin with. So, it's a welcome modification. Music player with custom headphone optimization Photos with quick editor You should know that MIUI is really an Android skin of its own in that a lot of the settings are in different places and it doesn't necessarily behave like vanilla Android does. For example, you won't find the screen timeout setting under "Display" like virtually every other Android device - it's actually in the lock screen settings under "Sleep". There is also no way to edit the quick settings directly from the notification shade, you have to go to "Notifications & status bar" under "Toggle positions". Settings Speaking of notifications, MIUI's notification system is a bit messy. By default, notifications don't appear in the lock screen and notification icons don't appear in the status bar. Instead, there is a single overflow icon "..." that shows in the status bar when there are one or more unseen notifications. Notification grouping is also funky at times. To make notifications behave as they are meant to in Android, enable "Show notification icons" and enable "Lock screen notifications" in each app's notification settings. Notification settings • Quick toggle management Setting up a fingerprint requires an alternative lock method, as usual. The actual fingerprint scanner is decently fast - a quick tap of the sensor instantly unlocks the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. Fingerprint settings The "Full Screen Display" option in the Settings is where you can customize the navigation bar. If you'd rather switch the positions of the Back and Recents buttons, you can mirror their order. Here, you can also completely disable the navigation bar in favor of gesture navigation controls, much like the iPhone X has. Swipe up to go home, Swipe up and hold for multitasking, and swipe in from either the left or right edge to go "Back". Full Screen Display Settings • Gesture controls Xiaomi phones remain among the longest-supported smartphones when it comes to software. Proof of this is when a popular device from 2013, the Mi 2/2S was updated to MIUI 9, the last version of Xiaomi's UI. Performance The Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is a budget device, no doubt about that. However, the Snapdragon 636 chipset it's running, is technically part of Qualcomm's mid-range lineup. And that's not a one-off occurrence either. Manufacturers, especially the one competing on the cutthroat Chinese and Indian markets, are constantly pushing the envelope. Things have happily gotten to a point where Oppo is currently selling a Helio P60, inside the Realme 1 for less than EUR 130. The latter might very-well be a on-off publicity stunt, but it is still indicative of an ongoing trend. Since that is the case, we can expect quite a bit of performance, even on the cheap. Starting with some pure CPU tests and GeekBench, in particular, we see the Snapdragon 636 deliver plenty of "oomph", as expected. It can pretty-much chew through any every-day task you throw at it, unless you find yourself constantly compressing files or running complex calculations. No complaints there. Still, the Helio P60 in still in a league of its own, in this price range. GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Oppo Realme 15741 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera4918 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro4696 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus4309 Xiaomi Mi A14292 Xiaomi Redmi 54018 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)3779 Huawei P Smart3736 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)3667 Huawei Honor 7X3535 Huawei P10 lite3344 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i3251 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)2610 Xiaomi Mi Max 22445 Motorola Moto G6 Play2328 GeekBench 4.1 (single-core) Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Oppo Realme 11511 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera1329 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro1327 Huawei P Smart939 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i916 Huawei Honor 7X904 Xiaomi Mi A1877 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus874 Huawei P10 lite834 Xiaomi Mi Max 2824 Xiaomi Redmi 5766 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)734 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)731 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)678 Motorola Moto G6 Play639 Looking at the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is also running on the Snapdragon 636, provides a rather interesting insight into the importance of Android OS optimization. We can clearly see Oreo making a noticeable difference here. Basemark OS 2.0 paints a pretty similar picture. Although, the IS variance seems to be the other way around. To be fair, the difference is just a few points and Basemark OS 2.0 is quite old at this point. So, it's likely not taking proper advantage of newer API's and optimizations. Basemark OS 2.0 Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro2030 Oppo Realme 11940 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera1925 HTC 10 Evo1913 Huawei P Smart1486 Huawei Honor 7X1398 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i1309 Huawei P10 lite1284 Xiaomi Mi A11262 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus1226 Xiaomi Redmi 51222 Xiaomi Mi Max 21107 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)1050 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)1038 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)942 Motorola Moto G6 Play922 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)349 Regardless of how the top three are arranged, we can't help but point out the HTC 10 Evo - a horribly depreciated handset, with an ex-flagship Snapdragon 810. We find it barely keeping up with the budget offers of the day. ARM has really come a long way. AnTuTu 6 Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Oppo Realme 192775 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro90642 HTC 10 Evo82841 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera76982 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus63019 Huawei Honor 7X62177 Xiaomi Mi A161762 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)61616 Huawei P10 lite60895 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i58068 Xiaomi Mi Max 257902 Xiaomi Redmi 556136 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)46822 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)46400 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)45642 Motorola Moto G6 Play40735 A more compound workload, like AnTuTu doesn't really make much difference to the results. Again, the older AnTuTu 6 seems to favour Nougat and the Redmi Note 5 Pro better, whereas AnTuTu 7 has the tables turned. AnTuTu 7 Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Oppo Realme 1138524 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera115195 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro107737 Huawei P Smart87156 Huawei Honor 7X67636 Motorola Moto G6 Play58757 Again, the differences are pretty slim. It's not until you drop down to a Snapdragon 625 that performance starts taking a hit. The Adreno 509 GPU, inside the Snapdragon 636 is quite powerful as well. Well, powerful enough to drive most popular Android games, without hiccups, anyway. GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen) Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value HTC 10 Evo27 Oppo Realme 120 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera16 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)9.9 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus9.9 Xiaomi Mi Max 29.9 Xiaomi Mi A19.8 Xiaomi Redmi 59.4 Huawei P Smart8.7 Huawei Honor 7X8 Huawei P10 lite7.8 Motorola Moto G6 Play7.1 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i6.5 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)5.1 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)5.1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)4.6 GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen) Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Oppo Realme 120 Xiaomi Redmi 518 HTC 10 Evo16 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)15 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera15 Motorola Moto G6 Play13 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)10 Xiaomi Mi Max 29.9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)9.7 Xiaomi Mi A19.7 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus9.4 Huawei P10 lite8.4 Huawei P Smart8.3 Huawei Honor 7X8.3 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i6.1 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)5.1 As always, we remind you that display resolutions play a major role in on-screen tests. Otherwise underpowered devices, like the Redmi Note 5a (Y1) can get significantly higher frames rates than siblings, that need to push screen content in FullHD or higher resolutions. GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen) Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value HTC 10 Evo20 Oppo Realme 112 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera10 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus6.5 Xiaomi Mi A16.4 Xiaomi Mi Max 26.4 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)6.2 Xiaomi Redmi 56.1 Huawei P Smart5.4 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)4.9 Huawei Honor 7X4.8 Huawei P10 lite4.6 Motorola Moto G6 Play4.6 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i3.8 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)3.3 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)3.3 GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen) Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value Xiaomi Redmi 513 Oppo Realme 112 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)11 HTC 10 Evo11 Motorola Moto G6 Play10 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera9.7 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)7.4 Xiaomi Mi Max 26.4 Xiaomi Mi A16.3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)6.2 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus6.2 Huawei P10 lite5 Huawei P Smart5 Huawei Honor 7X4.7 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i3.6 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)3.3 Basemark X seems to be less favorable towards the Realme 1 overall. That shouldn't really fool you, though. If you are after the best possible performance for the buck, it's impossible to beat Oppo's affordable headliner in this price segment. Basemark X Higher is better Sort by Label Sort by Value HTC 10 Evo28736 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro14897 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera14799 Oppo Realme 110880 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus10484 Xiaomi Mi Max 210482 Xiaomi Mi A110472 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)10446 Xiaomi Redmi 59953 Huawei P Smart8834 Huawei Honor 7X8616 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)8084 Motorola Moto G6 Play7620 Huawei P10 lite7588 Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Honor 9i7004 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)5489 Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)5258 Circling back to out original point about performance in a budget package, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera won't leave you hanging. It is pretty much the best you can get from Xiaomi's Redmi lineup. A jump up to the Mi lineup is required for anything better. Alternatively, you could shop around and squeeze even more performance for your buck. Surprisingly, that is finally possible now, without breaking the bank. Upgraded dual 12MP setup Finally, we come to the camera. With all said and done, it is the biggest differentiating factor between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. The main reason why would definitely prefer the latter, given the opportunity to choose. And we're not talking about the "AI" part here. Xiaomi claims the newer model comes packed with improvements to portrait mode, beauty mode and face unlock. Even if that is true, we have no reason to doubt the algorithms will eventually, if not already, end up on the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. No, the important difference is in the hardware. The main 12MP rear camera has been upgraded with a Samsung S5K2L7 sensor. It has larger 1.4µm pixels compared to 1.25µm, compared to its sibling and also dual pixel PDAF, for faster focusing. In front of it, a brighter f/1.9 lens replaces the f/2.2 one on the Indian model. The 5MP secondary camera on the back is identical between the two phones - hardly significant since it is mostly used for depth data anyway. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera has all the prerequisites to capture notable better photos than its sibling. The same should potentially be true about the selfie quality as well, seeing how the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera replaces the 20MP f/2.2, 1µm snapper with a lower resolution, but higher-grade 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm OV13855 module. But before we get into the gist of it, as well as some interesting video capture finds of ours, let's take a step back and look at the camera UI. The camera viewfinder is a pretty typical Xiaomi affair - a clean main interface, with a toggle for HDR (and thankfully an Auto setting) and the flash toggle. The third icon in the roll hides away a few other interesting controls. Mostly toggles, like the level meter, timer, as well as the beauty mode, HHT and the Scenes recognition. While it's not the most elegant way of fitting more icons into the left bar, it's not that bad either. Camera UI Anyway, the Scenes button toggles the automatic detection on and off. If you want to overwrite the AI's guess, you can always set one of the listed modes manually. As far as our testing goes, most of the tweaks the various Scenes do on the picture are subtle. There is no real danger of ruining a shot by accident. You can leave it on Auto. There are 17 filters available with live previews. The camera also offers quite a few different shooting modes - Panorama, Timer, Audio, Straighten, Manual, Beautify, Group Shot, Tilt Shift, and Night (HHT) as well as the camera settings. Unfortunately, the Manual mode lets you tweak only ISO (100-3200), and white balance, but not shutter speed or focus. Portrait mode • Manual mode Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera samples One thing that seems to plague the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is the very temperamental white balance. The algorithm is just all over the place, fluctuating constantly from super cold to super warm settings, under the exact same conditions. Even the controlled white lighting in the studio made no difference. These samples are part of a burst. White balance issues The HDR algorithm is pretty well balanced and doesn't over-process. Still, it helps to counter the rather limited dynamic range to some extent. And since there is an Auto option, we see no reason not to have it enabled all the time. HDR: Off • On • Off • On • Off • On Low-light photos are reasonably good. Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera samples If you leave the automatic HHT mode enabled - it enhances the low-light shots- you will get much less noise in the images but most of the samples won't benefit from much more detail or higher contrast. Still, we prefer less noise and we suggest keeping this option on. And here you can see how the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera compares against other devices in our extensive pixel-peeking database. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Ai Dual Camera vs Redmi Note 5 vs Mi A1 in our Photo compare tool Not much to say about panoramas. They look well enough, have plenty of resolution and practically no signs of ugly stitching. Panorama sample Portrait mode works reasonably well on the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. Frankly, we expected some better edge detection for the bokeh effect. Even though there is a dedicated secondary camera, that should be doing most of the work, it appears Xiaomi is still relying mostly on software, than anything else. To be fair, shooting people yields noticeably better results. Flowers, on the other hands, don't make for great subjects. Portrait mode: Off • On • Off • On • Off • On You might have also noticed that Portrait mode appears to zoom a tiny bit. We aren't exactly sure why that is the case, but some users on the MIUI forum seem to consider it a bug that Xiaomi needs to address. There is a simulated bokeh effect on the selfie camera as well. Naturally, it only works with people, through face detection. The results are definitely usable, especially for social network posts, but nothing spectacular. Things like stray hairs and glasses easily confuse the algorithm. Portrait mode selfies Since we are already on the subject of selfies, the bump up to a larger pixel size, at 1.12µm, in the OV13855 sensor and the brighter f/2.0 in front seem to make a barely noticeable difference to overall selfie quality. Non the less, we appreciate the this rout better than a higher resolution count, purely for the sake of numbers. Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera selfie samples An autofocus camera would have made an even better upgrade. But that still seems unattainable at this price point. In low-light conditions, it's still the dedicated LED fill light that can make the most difference. There is a fairly extensive beauty mode. You can either toggle it on and let the AI decide what to do with your face or adjust the intensity of the effects yourself. There is no real way to go over-board and distort your face, which is good. Beauty: Off • Medium • High More beauty shots 4K video capture, with one simple trick Did we manage to peak your curiosity? OK, hold on a bit. Just a few words about the camera UI first. Camera UI You get a dedicated viewfinder and well, that's about it. On to resolution then. Officially, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera can capture video at up to [email protected] That's pretty odd, considering the cheaper Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus) is more than happily to do 4K. And that's on the older and less powerful Snapdragon 625. By default, clips get saved in a pretty standard MP4 wrapper, with an AVC video stream, holding quite steady at 20 Mb/s and a stereo 48kHz AAV audio stream. Xiaomi even went through the trouble of including EIS in the mix. It works quite well and even has a live preview. But why no 4K? There is obviously no shortage of power. The Snapdragon 636 and its DSP are more than up to the task. The only thing standing in their way is market segmentation. Well, this trick is definitely not universal, but it turns our Xiaomi is using standard camera APIs. So, we just downloaded the OpenCamera app from the PlayStore and bingo! [email protected] Despite the hack, the MP4 video has no issues, and runs very smooth, with a rock-solid frame rate of 30 and over 40 Mb/s bit rate on the AVC video stream. Resolved detail is clearly better. Other than that, quality looks bout the same. We definitely encourage you to play around with other third-party camera apps as well. Something out there might just work even better. You can also download the [email protected] (10s, 50MB) and [email protected] (9s, 22.5MB) video samples taken straight off the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. Finally, you can use our Video Compare Tool to see how the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera stacks against the Mi A1 and Redmi 5 Plus when it comes to video capture. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Ai Dual Camera vs Redmi Note 5 vs Mi A1 in our Video compare tool The Competition Like we already mentioned, the Note 5 AI Dual Camera currently sits at the top end of the Redmi lineup. That actually puts it in a slightly awkward market spot. Priced at around EUR 200, it is about EUR 70 away from the real ultra-value battle. And looking at what devices like the Redmi Note 5 and the Oppo Realme 1 bring to the table on that kind of a shoestring budget, makes us wonder whether the extra money is really worth it. That being said, form a pure value perspective, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera seems to be in a very good spot, with little to no apparent compromises to the hardware of software features. Well, unless you count the official 1080p video capture cap. But, getting around it appears to be really easy. So, what else can EUR 200, or thereabouts, buy you on today's market? First up, there is the Oppo Realme 1, we have been mentioning on numerous occasions. It is about as big as the Redmi, shy one camera and a fingerprint reader. However, quite a bit more powerful, thanks to the Helio P60 chipset. Still, including it does feel kind of a cheat, since it is an online exclusive and getting it could be a hassle. Plus, it's pricing is a bit speculative likely intended as a viral marketing campaign. Oppo Realme 1 • Xiaomi Mi A2 (Mi 6X) • Samsung Galaxy J6 Looking at Xiaomi's own lineup, we feel a bit hesitant to recommend any other Redmi device. The same goes for the Mi A1. It does have the benefit of a pure Android experience, but is also a bit outdated, especially in styling. At current MSRP, the Mi A2 is just a bit over budget but still seems like a great alternative. As for something bigger, the Mi Max 2 seems to fit the bill nicely. Samsung's new Galaxy J6 budget offer stands out as a great way to get a Super AMOLED panel on the cheap. Unfortunately, it's an HD+ one. For FullHD, the Galaxy J7 (2017) has you covered, but with the older 16:9 aspect. Over in camp Huawei, the Honor 7X stands out as a viable choice. It has a large 18:9, FullHD+ display going for it, as well as the fairly powerful Kirin 659 chipset. It is a few months old now, though, which could be a valid consideration. The Verdict Odd naming convention and the ensuing availability and model confusion aside, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera makes for a nice upgrade over the original Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Of course, that's one way of looking at things. This new development and Xiaomi's apparent desire to discourage any easy differentiation within its lineup do beg the question of whether the AI Dual Cam should have been the original and only release. Pros Solid build quality Nice tall, 18:9, FullHD+ display, outperforming most other Redmi phones Great battery life; Quick Charge 3 support (the Redmi Note 5 Pro had QC 2.0) Dependable overall performance Dual SIM LTE standby (unlike the the Redmi Note 5 Pro) Great audio output quality and loud, low-distortion speaker Flexible and feature-rich MIUI 9.1. Global version makes for a Western-friendly experience. Based on a current Android Oreo core. Solid, mid-range performance. It is powerful enough for most everyday tasks. Good all-round camera experience with plenty of shooting modes and AI scene detection. Better low-light performance, sharper shots and faster focus than the redular Redmi Note 5 Pro, thanks to upgraded hardware Fast and accurate fingerprint reader, IR blaster, FM radio Cons Dated microUSB 2.0 port Quiet audio output Our review unit has noticeable auto while balance issues Video recording officially capper at [email protected] (4K is easily achievable, with 3rd party app) Limited camera Manual controls (only ISO and white balance) Decent edge detection on Portrait mode, but we expected more from the dual camera setup In any case, you clearly want to get this variant, over the original India one. Market politics aside, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is a great value offer. In our mind, it managed to shape up as the "no frills" choice for the value-conscious smartphone buyers. As in, it's perfect for people who want to save a few bucks and have correctly gravitated towards a Redmi phone. Still, if that's as far as you want to take the research and skip on tackling the entire model mess, just grab this one. It's the safe choice. The flagship Redmi phone, if you will. Just be sure to read the listing descriptions carefully.
  3. The_King

    Xiaomi Mi 8

    Xiaomi is finally announcing the new Xiaomi Mi 8. Featuring a notched display and Qualcomm’s best chipset yet, the Mi 8 is unsurprisingly a high-end flagship smartphone – it’s also said to boast a very good dual-camera system. For starters, the Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch Full HD+ 2248 x 1080 AMOLED display. Yes, it has a notch at the top, and there’s still a small chin at the bottom of the phone. It’s not quite as sizeable as, say, the Huawei P20 Pro’s bottom bezel, but it’s a chin nonetheless. Aside from that, the Mi 8 also features a 12MP + 12MP dual-camera system, and it seems to be pretty darn promising. The camera has a large 1.4µm sensor, as well as four-axis optical image stabilisation. According to Xiaomi, DxOMark also gave the Mi 8’s camera a total score of 99, ranking it at the same level as Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S9+. As is the case with some phones in the market now, the Mi 8 comes with AI scene recognition too. Based on what the camera is pointed at, the phone will automatically choose a suitable setting to make the shot look more appealing.
  4. MsPotato

    D24 Mcflurry Review

    Just went to mcshit to purchase this D24 Mcflurry. Damage: $4 Rating: 3/5 Verdict: Portion wise is so-so, and its just vanilla soft serve with a measly amount of durian puree... I'd rather buy durian potong and jiak Don't be fooled by this picture, bottom got no durian puree
  5. SK

    Meizu 魅族 15

    GSMArena team, 07 July 2018 Introduction Fifteen is a respectable number, especially, if it's an anniversary. Even more so for a relatively small manufacturer such as Meizu. And what's a better way of celebrating the 15th anniversary than coming up with a new model with a 15 in its name? Sure, they've skipped a few numbers along the way, but the occasion calls for it. And, with a Meizu 16 already rumored, it seems they will be building on that number. The "Pro" moniker from the previous years is now gone. Not that we're complaining - it's simpler this way. There's even less to complain about when it comes to the Meizu 15 device trio as well. With the current lineup extending from the upper-budget segment all the way up to flagship territory, a lot of ground has been covered, and they've achieved it in a very traditional Meizu fashion. Unlike most of its fellow Chinese OEMs, Meizu has always had an alternative approach to things. Being even slightly different than the next "slab" handset on the overcrowded smartphone scene is a lot too. And sitting smack in the middle of the company's current lineup, the regular Meizu 15 perfectly encompasses the particular signature of the family. Meizu 15 specs Body: Stainless steel aluminum composite frame with coating Display: 5.46-inch AMOLED, 1080x1920px OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Flyme OS 7 on top Chipset: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660, (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 octa-core CPU, Adreno 512 GPU, 4GB RAM Storage: 64/128GB Rear Camera: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1.55 µm) + 20 MP, phase detection autofocus, quad-LED dual-tone ring flash Front Camera: 20MP Connectivity: Dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac/b/g/n, A-GPS/GLONASS Battery: 3,000mAh non-removable, mCharge 24W Misc: Fingerprint reader (front-mounted) Pretty much every company out there will have you believe it values customer feedback, but Meizu has the design to back that claim up. The Meizu 15 doesn't follow the trends of the day. The company is sticking to the 16:9 aspect display avoiding any notches or other cutouts in the process. It also worked extra hard to ensure a front mounted home button/fingerprint reader remains a long-standing staple in the control layout. All of this and more stems from existing Meizu user wishes and preferences - a pretty sound product strategy, if you ask us. Meizu 15 in official photos People seem to like traditional designs, so why not give them exactly that, while still marrying classic smartphone features with useful modern advances, like razor-thin side bezels. Another long-standing Meizu tradition that isn't going away is shopping for parts at Samsung. With the punchy Super AMOLED panel (and even the chipset, in the case of the Meizu 15 Plus) courtesy of the Korean titan, it's quite natural to liken a Meizu to Samsung flagship from a year or two ago. Meizu 15 in the hand All that being said, the Meizu 15 has a lot going for it on paper. The only real question then is just how well the fan-driven recipe works in practice. Join us on the following pages, as we attempt to find out. Design and 360-degree spin Before we kick off the hardware tour, it's worth noting that the regular Meizu 15 and its bigger sibling, the 15 Plus, are quite alike. The Lite is a bit of a different deal, but despite a price difference of well over $100, choosing between the vanilla and the Plus mostly comes down to your size preference. With "mostly" being an important operative word here, since the flagship Exynos 8895 in the 15 Plus is a notable step up from the Snapdragon 660 as far a raw performance is concerned. But more on that later. For now, let's check out the materials and build quality, which are identical between the pair. That is to say, equally premium. The bulk of the Meizu 15 is its metal unibody. It, however really isn't that bulky, at 143 x 72 x 7.3 mm and not really hefty either, thanks to what Meizu calls a combination of surgical-grade 316L stainless steel and aluminum alloy. This blend makes for a pretty light 152 g device, so we're guessing not a lot of steel has been used for this one. Meizu's marriage of traditional and new in the design department becomes apparent once you close in on the details. The chamfer-free, rounded body shape, the front-mounted fingerprint reader and 16:9 display are all clearly throwbacks to earlier smartphone design traits. The same can be said about the decorative nature of the antenna lines. Instead of trying to hide them away, Meizu is proudly flaunting what it refers to as a "lucky pattern," stenciled on there. All the while, the 1.175mm (as per official measurements) bezels, on either side of the display clearly scream modern 2018 tech. The front of the Meizu 15 is covered by one seamless piece of glass. Again, rounded near the edges in a slightly retro manner. Meizu hasn't disclosed any official Gorilla Glass or similar protective nature for the finish, which is slightly disconcerting. Still, we have been tossing around our review unit for quite some time now, and its front remains spotless. Front side Unlike the side bezels, the top and bottom chins of the Meizu 15 are of very noticeable thickness. Even so, they're far from wasting space. On the contrary, the bottom bezel houses the home key/fingerprint reader combo - a staple of Meizu design. It's not a simple module either, essentially combining biometric security with a solid gesture navigation system for the entire UI. Meizu's current name of choice for it seems to be the "Super mBack button", but that has been subject to change throughout the years. The main point is that it's surprisingly good for navigating the UI and pretty easy to get used to. Now, it's even better thanks to a custom haptic motor, which Meizu has put underneath the display. It provides custom feedback to on-screen controls, as well as the home key and in our experience, it gets you iPhone-level press feedback, which is commendable. It is also equipped with pressure sensors to precisely recognize taps and presses. The fingerprint reader is very snappy and accurate. Its only downside is its limited size. Still, getting used to it is relatively easy. And if you don't, Meizu has been working hard on its facial recognition software. While we can't exactly verify the advertised 0.1 second unlock times, it is very fast to react. We experienced a few failed reads here and there, but no false positives. The size of the top chin is easily forgiven as well, since it houses pretty big 20MP selfie camera. And that's not all. Both the Meizu 15 and 15 Plus have a hybrid stereo speaker system, with the earpiece acting as the second channel. That takes up a bit more space as well. Back side The back of the Meizu 15 might give off the impression of brushed aluminium, but it doesn't actually feel that way. The surface is pretty smooth to the touch and almost has a slightly plastic feel to it. Now, we're definitely not saying this with any negative connotation. It feels solid, yet light. Meizu's particular metal blend does, however, attract an inordinate amount of dirt and is excruciatingly hard to clean without a degreaser. Odd feel aside, the back is solid, with practically no give or flex. Flashlight effects The circular LED flash on the back is definitely worth a mention. It consists of six separate and apparently individually addressable LEDs. We know the latter to be true, since you can enable a whole bunch of fun effects for the ring of lights when you use it as a notification LED. By the way, there is a regular notification LED on the front of the phone as well. Sides Since the sides are all part of the back assembly, there is nothing else to really comment on materials. The control layout is pretty standard as well. Volume rockers on the left, power button on the right. Above that - a SIM tray. Sadly, it's not a hybrid memory expansion affair, the Meizu 15 simply lacks a microSD slot, so be sure to pick up a big enough memory configuration for your needs. Top and bottom bezels The top of the Meizu 15 is practically empty, only housing the secondary noise-canceling microphone. The main one is on the bottom, along with a 3.5mm audio jack, a loudspeaker, and a USB Type-C port. The latter is only backed up by a USB 2.0 controller, but the speeds are still surprisingly good. USB OTG is also supported.
  6. Thor

    [Movie Review] Ocean's 8

    The Plot Danny Ocean (George Clooney)'s sister Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) star in this heist where she form a gang of super females to steal a Cartier necklace worth $150m. She also has a personal vendetta against her ex bf. The Score 7.5/10 - nice pacing and entertaining show...don't be overly critical with some loop holes...this is the female version of the ocean series with a mistrust in man...got a mixture of races in this Can watch online or you have spare $$...must watch if you are fan of this type of heist genre...
  7. Thor

    Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom

    Nothing new in this part 2...part 1 we learn Owen can control and communicate with raptors and have new dino...this movie also communicate with raptor and new dino Lost a bit of freshness and human dynamics also never develop much with Claire and Owen still status quo, new characters are pretty paper thin...T-Rex still rules! Rawr 6/10!!!
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