5 Smartphones to look for in 2021

Despite the Pandemic, we saw some great Smartphone launches in the year 2020. Apple came out with iPhone 12 Series with super fast chipsets and great cameras. Google on the other hand focused on launching mid-range smartphones like Pixel 4A and Pixel 5 5G instead of flagship mobiles. We also saw better foldable smartphones from Samsung. LG did their thing by designing phones nobody thought of bringing out to the markets. 2020 also saw Honor becoming an independent brand, probably as a part of plans to launch with Google Apps.

2021 is going to be a continuation of what we got in 2020. We are going to see a lot of Android Flagships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Like last year, Megapixel wars will be full-on with 64MP and 108MP cameras showing up on more and more smartphones. 120Hz and 144hz refresh rate screens are going to show up on even budget Android smartphones priced under Rs 15,000.

5 Smartphones to look for in 2021

OnePlus 9 / OnePlus 9 Pro
Even though we saw OnePlus settling with mid-range and cheaper Nord Series of smartphones in 2020, their main focus for 2021 would definitely be on launching their flagship OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro Android smartphones. These models will come with Snapdragon 888 chipset and pack multi rear cameras. This would be the first OnePlus flagship to feature a 64MP main camera instead of the 48MP ones they used in older flagships like OnePlus 8 and 7 Series.

Google Pixel 6
Instead of competing with flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus, Google focused on bringing affordable Pixel phones in 2020. We can expect them to adopt a similar strategy in 2021 as well, and bring Pixel 5A and Pixel 6 5G smartphones for affordable prices. Google hasn’t cared to change the Camera hardware on the Pixel phones for some generations now. Despite having an old sensor, these phones take great photos thanks to the amazing computational photography algorithms Google Camera software has. With the upcoming Pixel 6, we can expect them to bring a new-gen 12MP Sony sensor instead with improved HDR Plus and Nighsight features.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
There are many leaks already in the wild of these upcoming flagships from Samsung. There is also a rumor Samsung would stop making the hugely popular Galaxy Note Series and bring the stylus capabilities to the S21 models. Let’s wait and see. Samsung in 2020 surprised everyone by launching an affordable flagship with Galaxy S20 FE ( Fan Edition ). We are definitely going to see an S21 FE Edition in 2021 with improved overall specs and features.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple usually uses the same Main camera on all the phones in their series. However, they changed that with the iPhone 12 Series. The most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max features a better, bigger sensor offering some unique photography and videography capabilities other iPhone 12 models can’t do. In 2021, we are going to see an improved version with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with Apple’s own A15 Bionic chipset on board while the cheaper iPhone 13 models will gain some features from the 12 Pro Max.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi has already announced Mi 11 Android Smartphone with Snapdragon 888. However, the top-end flagship from them will be launching at a later time in 2021 – the Mi 11 Pro model. It will have a lot in common with the regular model but will feature more and better cameras as well as a more premium display with a higher refresh rate.

Apple iPad Mini WiFi 64GB Offer on Amazon India | Nov 2020 Price

Apple iPad Mini 64GB WiFi-only variant is on offer online on Amazon.in. It now sells for a Deal price of Rs 31,900 ( Nov 2020 Price ). The regular selling price for the iPad Mini 64GB in India online is Rs 34,900. Check here for the lowest price.

Apple iPad Air (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) is also on offer on Amazon.in. It can be bought for Rs 40,900 ( Regular Price: Rs 44,900 )

iPad Mini is a 7.9 inch tablet powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset. The newer iPad 10.2 8th Gen also has this same chipset while the older 7th Gen has less powerful A10 Bionic chip instead. This iPad Mini supports Apple pencil. You can use the Touch ID Fingerprint sensor to login.

It features a 7.9 LED backlit Multi-touch display with a 2048×1536 pixel resolution screen. It has features like Wide colour display (P3), True Tone display, Anti-reflective coating, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating etc. The max brightness supported is 500nits.

iPad Mini has an 8MP rear camera with an F2.4 aperture lens for your casual shots. It supports Full HD recording and has 240fps slow-mo support. On the front, you get a 7MP F2.2 aperture camera for your selfies and facetime video calls.

Apple Macbook Air / Pro with M1 Chip Price in India

Apple has officially launched Macbook Air 2020 / Macbook Pro 2020 powered by Apple Silicon M1 chip in India. Apple has also launched a Mac Mini with the same chip along with these.

Macbook Air 13 2020 with Apple Silicon M1 chip has an MRP price tag of Rs 92,900 in India ( 8GB ram / 256GB SSD storage ). You can also get the 512GB variant at an MRP price of Rs 1,17,900.

MacBook Pro 13 2020 with Apple Silicon M1 chip has an MRP price tag of Rs 1,22,900 in India ( 8GB ram / 256GB SSD storage ). The 512GB variant has a launch price of Rs 1,42,900.

MacBook Air is available in 3 different colors – Space Grey, Gold, and Silver while the Macbook Pro can be bought in Space Grey and Silver colors. 

Apple Mac Mini 2020 with an M1 chip has a price tag of Rs 64,900 in India ( 8GB / 256GB SSD ). The 512GB variant has a launch price of Rs 84,900.

All M1 chip models will be available starting from 17 November and you can pre-order them from Amazon.in and Flipkart in the coming weeks, as well as from the Apple India website. 

What is Apple Silicon M1 Chip?
Until now, Apple has been using Intel processors on its Macbook Air and Macbook Pro models. Apple iPhones and iPads were using Apple’s own A14 and A13 Bionic chipset, which offered great performance and battery life on these devices. With the M1 chip, Apple is bringing the same tech – an ARM-based CPU – to the laptop.

Apple M1 chip is tailor-made for Macbooks hence you can get great performance and battery life. According to Apple’s promo page, M1 is by far the highest‑performance CPU Apple has ever built. Like many other chipsets, this has two types of cores – 4 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores – to get the best out of both worlds. Apple also boasts the M1 chip has the world’s fastest integrated graphics on a personal computer. You are getting an 8 core GPU with up to 2X faster GPU performance than other laptops with integrated GPUs.

With these new M1 chip, the Macbook Pro 13 offers up to 17 hours of Wireless web browsing and 20 hours of Media playback. The new Macbook Air 13 on the other hand offers 15 hours of web browsing and up to 18 hours of media playback. All these new models ship with macOS Big Sur which is engineered to take full advantage of all the capability and power of the M1 chip.

Since the M1 chip is based on Apple’s iPhone and iPad chips, you can now run these iPhone and iPad apps on the new Macbook Air and Pro natively.

Source: Apple India

Apple iPhone 12 Pre-order Offers on Flipkart ( HDFC Bank EMI Discounts )

Apple iPhone 12 ( 64GB / 128GB / 256GB ) will be available to pre-order online in India from Flipkart starting today ( Oct 23, 2020 ). As a launch offer, you can avail of some instant discount bank offers for a limited time.

If you buy an iPhone 12 / 12 Pro / 12 Mini / 12 Pro Max with an HDFC Bank Card ( Debit / Credit Card EMI ), you can get instant Discounts up to Rs 6,000. Buying using a regular HDFC Debit card can get you an Instant Discount of Rs 1,500 only.

  • iPhone 12 EMI Offer on Flipkart: Rs 6000 Instant Discount with HDFC Bank Debit / Credit Card EMI.
  • iPhone 12 Pro EMI offer on Flipkart: Rs 5000 Instant Discount with HDFC Bank Debit / Credit Card EMI.
  • Rs 1500 Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Debit Card (Non-EMI) on both iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order online from Flipkart in the coming days as well. They also will be available to purchase with this HDFC Bank EMI Offer when they become available.

Check out the Offer page here to know more.

All these new iPhones are powered by the latest and fastest Apple A14 Bionic chipset which debuted with the Apple iPad Air 4th Gen 2020 model. So performance-wise, all these are top-end phones. The main differences between these phones are in the screen sizes and the camera system.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have Dual rear cameras – a regular wide angle as well as an ultra-wide-angle lens. iPhone 12 Pro on the other hand has 3 cameras including a telephoto lens. iPhone 12 Pro Max features a bigger, better sensor with a few camera and video features that won’t be available on other models. So if you want the best Camera in an iPhone, you would have to buy the most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Series Prices in India on Flipkart / Amazon.in

  • iPhone 12 Mini Price: Rs 69,900
  • iPhone 12 Price: Rs 79,900
  • iPhone 12 Pro Price: Rs 1,19,900
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max Price: Rs 1,39,900

Apple iPhone,iPad Offers on Flipkart, Amazon ( Oct 16,17 2020 Sale )

Flipkart Big Billion Days 2020 Sale will go live on Oct 16th midnight. Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 Early Access Sale will also go live on the same date. If you have been waiting to buy an iPhone or an iPad, this is the best time. Check out the best Apple deals on Flipkart and Amazon.in below.

Oct 16-17 Apple iPhone Offers ( Flipkart / Amazon.in )

Just announced Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max will be available to pre-order online on Flipkart and Amazon.in in the coming weeks.

Other Offers : Samsung Mobile Offers, Realme Mobile Offers, Gaming Laptop Offers.

Apple iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max Launched in India

Apple has officially launched iPhone 12 Series globally. There are 4 phones this time around – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All these models are now listed on Apple India website and the pre-order dates are announced already.

iPhone 12 will be available to pre-order in India online from Oct 23. iPhone 12 Mini Pre-orders start on Nov 6th. More expensive iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be up for pre-order in India on Oct 23 and Nov 6 respectively.

These models will be available to pre-order online in India from Amazon.in, Flipkart ( coming soon ) and Apple Store.

iPhone 12 Series Price in India

  • iPhone 12 Mini Price in India – Rs 69,900 ( 64GB ) | Rs 74,900 ( 128GB ) | Rs 84,900 ( 256GB ) – Available in White, Black, Green, Blue and Product Red colors.
  • iPhone 12 Price in India – Rs 79,900 ( 64GB ) | Rs 84,900 ( 128GB ) | Rs 94,900 ( 256GB ) – Available in White, Black, Green, Blue and Product Red colors.
  • iPhone 12 Pro Price in India – Rs 1,19,900 ( 128GB ) | Rs 1,29,900 ( 256GB ) | Rs 1,49,900 ( 512GB ) – Available in Graphite, Silver, Pacific Blue and Gold colors.
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max Price in India – Rs 1,29,900 ( 128GB ) | Rs 1,39,900 ( 256GB ) | Rs 159,900 ( 512GB ) – Available in Graphite, Silver, Pacific Blue and Gold colors.

What’s new in iPhone 12 Series?

As you can see, we have a new iPhone size – the iPhone 12 Mini. I am pretty sure this is really going to sell well all over the world thanks to its compact size. It doesn’t compromise on specs as well. Like the iPhone SE 2020 launched last year, Apple chose to power the iPhone 12 Mini with the same, high-end chipset the more expensive, top-end iPhone 12 Pro Max has. So performance-wise you are not losing anything by going for the cheaper iPhone 12 Mini.

  • All Models have 5G Enabled – First time in an iPhone
  • A14 Bionic chip with Next-generation Neural Engine
  • Wireless charging compatible with Magsafe
  • New 12MP Main Camera with an F1.6 aperture lens
  • Apple ProRAW ( only available on Pro models )
  • Dual optical image stabilisation ( only available on Pro Models )
  • Night mode Portrait ( only available on Pro models )
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision ( up to 60fps supported on Pro, up to 30fps on Mini and iPhone 12 )
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • MagSafe and Qi wireless charging
  • LiDAR Scanner ( Pro models )
  • No Power Adapter in the Box.

iPhone 12 Series Specs and Features

All theses models are powered by Apple’s fastest chip – A14 Bionic – which we also saw on the latest Apple iPad Air 2020 4th Gen model launched last month.

iPhone 12 features a 6.1 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2532×1170 pixels offering 460PPI. The Mini has a smaller display at 5.4 inches, which has a 2340×1080, 476PPI OLED screen. The Pro variant comes with a 6.1 inch 2532×1170 pixel OLED screen like the regular iPhone 12 while the Pro Max variant has a bigger 6.7-inch 2778×1284 pixel 458PPI OLED display.

Camera Specs
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have Dual 12MP rear cameras. The main sensor has an F1.6 aperture lens while the ultra-wide-angle lens has an F2.4 aperture lens. In addition to these two cameras, the iPhone 12 Pro models come with a telephoto 12MP F2.0 aperture lens ( 4x optical zoom range ). The telephoto lens on the iPhone 12 Pro Max has an F2.2 aperture lens ( 5x optical zoom range ).

iPhone 12 Pro Max Wide lens support Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation while the regular Pro model has Dual optical image stabilisation. Night mode portraits enabled by LiDAR Scanner is supported on both Pro models.

For Details Specs and Full list of iPhone 12 Series Features, hit the Source link below.

Source: Apple India

Apple iPhone SE 2020 Offer on Flipkart ( Aug 6 – Big Saving Days )

Flipkart has announced Big Saving Days Sale 2020 from August 6 – 10. Apple iPhone SE 2020 Editon ( 64GB ) will be on offer during this sale. You can get if for the lowest price of Rs 36,999. The current selling price for iPhone SE 2020 online is Rs 42,999 – so that’s Rs 6000 Discount.

iPhone SE 2020 ( 2nd Gen ) features the same processor as the more expenive iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. So performance-wise, this is one of the best in the market, even trumps many Snapdragon 865 powered Android smartphones.

It has a smaller display and a lower HD resolution which is a shame as most phones around 10K price in India has Full HD screen. However, iPhone SE will get iOS updates for years to come, also it is IP68 water resistant. The camera on this is quite good as well even though it’s just a single shooter.

Check out all other offers on Flipkart Big Saving Days sale here.

[ FIX ] Your bootable USB drive could not be Created while installing Windows on Mac

If you have been trying to install Windows 10 on your Apple Macbook Air / Pro / Mini etc using the Boot camp assistant app, chances are you would run into a “Your bootable USB drive could not be created. There is not enough Disk Space available on the Disk” error. This error comes even when you have a lot of GBs of space free on your thumb drive.

It’s actually very easy to fix. 

The issue is caused by the Filesystem your USB drive is formatted with. By default, it’s formatted to Fat32. This filesystem can’t handle files bigger than 4GB. The Windows 10 installation ISO file has a .wim file that is bigger than 4GB, which when Bootcamp tries to copy, it throws the “Not enough disk space error”.

Here is the step by step Fix

  1. Format your USB drive to Exfat filesystem ( right-click on the Drive, hit format and choose Exfat from Filesystem menu )
  2. Open the Windows 10 iso file and copy all the contents inside it manually to the USB drive you just formatted. ( Don’t copy the .iso file itself )
  3. Then go to Boot camp and uncheck the first option that says Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk. 

Proceed with the rest of the steps. 

Another issue you would probably run into while installing Windows 10 via Bootcamp is having not enough free space to create Windows partition. To free up space, delete Timemachine backups as well as empty the trash.

For more info on Boot camp How to, visit the official Apple doc page here.

Apple Macbook 13 2020 (Magic Keyboard) Lowest Price in India

Apple has officially launched All New Macbook Pro 13 2020 edition in India. These are the first Macbook Pro 13 Laptops to come with Magic Keyboard instead of the notorious Butterfly styled ones. Earlier, Apple has introduced these better keyboards on Macbook Pro 16 and on newer Macbook Air 13 models.

New Macbook Pro 13 2020 Editions are available to purchase with different processors. The cheapest model is powered by 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor. You can also buy one with the newer, 10th‑generation Intel Core i5 processors which naturally has a higher price tag. The top end model is powered by Intel Core i7 10th gen chipset.

Macbook Pro 13 2020 Price in India online on Flipkart / Amazon.in

  • ₹1,22,990 MRP – ₹1,42,990 MRP ( 8th Gen Intel Processors )
  • ₹1,74,900 MRP – ₹1,94,900 MRP ( 10th Gen Intel Processors )

Check out current lowest prices here ( Amazon.in / Flipkart )

Specs and Features

  • 13.3-inch IPS LED-backlit display ( 2560×1600 pixels resolution ) – up to 6K external display support
  • 500 nits brightness / Wide colour (P3) support / True Tone Display
  • 256GB SSD – 512GB SSD ( 8th Gen Intel variants ) – 512GB – 1TB ( 10th Gen Intel Variants )
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 / Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports / Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Up to 10 hours battery backup

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Gen in Stock on Amazon India

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Gen variants are now in stock online in India on Amazon. It is available in 3 different storage options – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The new iPad Pro is available in Silver and Space Grey colors and can be bought with WiFi only or WiFi + Cellular option.

iPad Pro 11 inch ( 2nd Gen ) Price in India

iPad Pro 12.9 inch models are in stock as well ( check lowest prices here )

The new Apple iPads are powered by A12Z Bionic chipset which is currently the fastest processor you can get in a Tablet. Performance-wise, there are currently no Android tablet available that come anywhere close to this. Scroll down for Full specs and features.

Specs and Features

  • Display: 11-inch IPS Liquid Retina Screen ( 2388×1668-pixel resolution )
  • Display Features: True Tone display, ProMotion technology, Wide color display (P3), Anti-reflective coating, 600 nits brightness
  • Chipset: 64-bit A12Z Bionic chip
  • Cameras: 12MP F1.8 + 10MP F2.4 ultra-wide | 7MP front camera
  • Video Recording: 4K @ 60fps max
  • Audio: Four speakers
  • Network: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6
  • USB Type C port
  • Battery: 28.65-watt-hour ( Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video )