Infinix Hot 6 Pro review: Adept budget phone with big screen, good battery

The Infinix Hot 6 Pro boasts a powerful 4,000 mAh battery, which lasts for around two days. However, charging times are not good and the phone takes more than two hours to go from 0-100%

Infinix, a smartphone brand owned by Hong Kong-based mobile phone manufacturer Transsion Holdings, on July 11 launched the Infinix Hot 6 Pro at Rs 7,999. The phone sports a 5.99-inch screen in 18:9 ratio, dual rear cameras and a 4,000 mAh battery, making it a solid proposition in an entry-level smartphone segment.

For a budget smartphone, the 5.99-inch HD+ resolution screen stretched in 18:9 aspect ratio looks optimal. It reduces the phone’s overall dimension, making it comfortable to hold and easy to operate. The screen is bright and there is no visible touch lag. The screen and touch calibration is also on spot, making it a budget device that feels like a mid-ranger. The screen supports eye care mode, which calibrates it to warm settings for extended on-screen usage without causing any discomfort to eyes.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad core system-on-chip (SoC), paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory — expandable up to 128 GB through microSD card – the phone runs smoothly and performs basic tasks like calls, messaging, casual browsing without hiccups. However, due to entry-level process with limited resources, the phone shows minor lags here and there, especially with processor intensive apps running in background.

The Hot 6 Pro comes loaded with Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box, based on Infinix’s Hummingbird XOS 3.2 system user interface (UI). The interface is smooth, but has a lot of bloatware pre-installed such as Flipkart, Carlcare, Facebook, Magic Movie, Palmstore and PHX Browser apps.

In terms of imaging, the Hot 6 Pro boasts a horizontally stacked dual-camera setup at the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, mated with a 2MP depth sensing lens. The rear cameras manages to take average-to-decent photographs in normal day light but struggles in low-light conditions. The in-build portrait mode, which uses depth sensing camera for enhanced bokeh effect, is not bad either and the portraits come out clean with good focus on object and proper focus and background segmentation.

The 5MP selfie camera on the front takes average shots with overexposed backgrounds at times and hazy focus even during day light conditions. At night, the front camera struggles to impress.

For device unlock, the phone sports fingerprint sensor on the back, which works fine. The phone also supports face-unlocking mechanism, which uses front camera to detect face to unlock the phone. The face unlock feature works fine under normal light, but tends to miss the face during low light. However, the phone features front flash that could be used in dark for front camera to recognise face and unlock the phone.

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Ind vs Eng 3rd ODI: Virat & co will aim for 10th consecutive ODI series win

In the India vs England 3rd ODI in Leeds, Virat Kohli’s men will look to plug the middle-order and death-over woes. Catch live action here

 

India vs England 3rd ODI : In the third One Day International (ODI) of the 3-match series, Virat Kohli-led India will look to plug their loopholes in the field when they take on Eoin Morgan’s England at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds on Tuesday. If India win today’s match, it will be the team’s 10th successive ODI series victory.

The 3-match series evenly poised

England levelled the three-match series with a convincing 86-run victory at Lord’s, after being comprehensively beaten in the opening match at Trent Bridge.

The areas India need to improve in the 3rd ODI

After the first ODI victory, India made a couple of mistakes in the second match. First, the bowlers leaked a few extra runs, which helped England post a challenging total. And then the batsmen failed to rise to the occasion. Apart from Suresh Raina and skipper Virat Kohli, no other batsman could face English bowlers perfectly. Although wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan got good starts, they failed to capitalise on them. Middle-order batsmen Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya also failed miserably. Hence, in order to give English bowlers a tough time, India’s middle batting line-up needs to click in unison.

In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav was the only wicket-taker. He scalped three wickets but gave away 68 runs in his 10 overs. Pacers Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya and debutant Sidharth Kaul proved costly. The bowlers now have to come up with something new to disturb the opponents, as Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are all in good form.

How England won the 2nd ODI

England, on the other hand, learnt quickly from a poor display in the first match against India, especially against chinaman Yadav, who claimed 6 for 25. Root and skipper Morgan also showed good form with their brilliant knocks of 113 and 53, respectively. Roy and Bairstow also showed signs of regaining their form with disciplined batting throughout their innings.

With a settled top-order, the only worry of the hosts now is their middle and lower order. Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali could not add much to the score after a brilliant start. If the trio clicks in the final match, it would make things very difficult for India. England has improved a lot in the bowling department. Bowlers are hunting in pairs. Pacers Liam Plunkett and David Willey are bowling well, while Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Mark Wood are supporting the duo superbly. Their bowling economy is not above six, which is a good sign for English players, especially when the opponents are chasing.

Will Bhuvneshwar Kumar play the 3rd ODI?

The Indian pace attack lacked penetration in the 2nd ODI, particularly in the death overs. Eighty-two runs were conceded in the final eight overs at Lord’s, with Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul and Hardik Pandya conceding 62 among them in six overs. This underlines India’s dependence on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

Judging by his exploits on the last two tours — to Sri Lanka and South Africa — Kumar is a huge miss for India in this ODI series and there is no official word on his fitness or availability yet. He did bowl in the nets at Lord’s before the second ODI and is on the path to recovery. However, it remains to be seen if he will be included in the side for this decider ahead of Kaul or Umesh Yadav. At Pallekele, last August, Kumar had scored a match-winning maiden half-century in Dhoni’s company after India were reduced to 131-7 in the 237-run chase. In South Africa, too, Kumar made vital contributions with the bat lower in the order. His continued absence will mean that India have a long tail, putting more responsibility on the top and middle order.

India’s middle-order woes

MS Dhoni is over-burdened with a gaping hole at number four. It is considered the most vital position for any successful ODI side, yet India are struggling to find a solution to their revolving door conundrum for some time now. This series has marked the return of K L Rahul at number four since the Lankan tour. Lord’s was his first big test. India have Dinesh Karthik and Shreyas Iyer on the bench. The former has been in a fine nick of late, while the latter has two half-centuries in his first six ODIs. Iyer also gave a good account of himself in Port Elizabeth, batting at number five. Despite his slow knock at Lord’s, it is nearly inconceivable that the team management will consider favouring Karthik ahead of Dhoni.

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Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3i India launch on July 26: Know price, specs, features

Both the devices would boast Huawei recently announced GPU Turbo technology, which the company claims to improve graphic performance by up to 60 per cent, and the processor’s by 30 per cent

Huawei, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, is gearing up to launch the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i in India on July 26, according to a product-listing page on Amazon India portal. Both the devices would be the first Huawei smartphones to boast the company’s recently announced GPU Turbo technology, which the company claims will improve graphic performance by up to 60 per cent, and the processor’s by 30 per cent.

The GPU Turbo technology is a graphic processing acceleration technology co-developed by Huawei and Honor. The GPU Turbo technology re-architects how graphics are processed on the system level and boosts the performance without reducing the processor’s efficiency. In order to allow users to experience the GPU Turbo technology enhancement, Huawei would pre-install graphic-intensive games such as PUBG and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and provides 10 different vibrations for 30 different scenarios within these games including shots, explosions and quakes, amongst others.

Coming on to the specifications and features of the Nova 3, the phone looks similar to the Huawei P20, but with a bigger screen and dual camera set-up on the front. The phone features a 6.3-inch diagonal fullHD+ LCD screen in 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Kirin 970 system-on-chip (SoC), paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone sports a dual camera set-up on the rear and front. The rear cameras use a 16-megapixel RGB sensor and a 24MP monochrome lens, whereas the front cameras use a combination of 24MP and 2MP. Powering the smartphone is a 3,750 mAh battery.

The Huawei Nova 3 boots Android Oreo-based EMUI ROM with native support for artificial intelligence. The phone features 3D Qmoji features, which is Huawei’s adaptation of Apple’s Animoji feature. The phone is available in black, aqua blue and primrose gold colours.

The Huawei Nova 3i, on the other hand, is a trimmed down version of the Nova 3. It is expected to feature the same specifications of the Nova 3, but would use a Kirin 710 processor instead of the premium Kirin 970. The RAM and storage configurations are also expected to be different from the Nova 3.

The Nova 3 is expected to be priced between Rs 20,000 – Rs 25,000, whereas the Nova 3i is expected to launch at a price tag between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000.

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Ind vs Eng 1st ODI: Rohit’s century helps India crush England by 8 wickets

Rohit Sharma scored his 18th ODI century and turned the match into a one-sided affair.

India vs England : India, led by Rohit Sharma’s century, crushed England by 8 wickets in the first ODI match, chasing the target in just 40.1 overs.

Chasing the target of 269 runs, India had a flying start as openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made the most of the English bowling that proved ineffective to deter the two from taking the charge.

It was a one-sided affair, right from the start. Dhawan scored 40 runs in 27 balls, an inning dominated by eight boundaries.

India, throughout their inning, maintained the run rate of over 6 per over that enabled them to reach the target with 9.5 overs to spare.

After that, Rohit took the charge in his hands and while England looked busy in trying to trap him, Kohli swung into action and added runs from the other end.

Virat Kohli departed after smashing a brilliant knock of 75 runs in 82 balls with the help of seven boundaries.

Rohit Sharma scored his 18th ODI century and even after that continued his assault on English bowlers, settling 137 runs in 114 balls. After Kohli, he was joined by Lokesh Rahul who did not have much to worry as the earlier batsmen had already done the needful.

Even Kohli’s departure could not provide England with the much-needed relief as the Englishmen knew that it was too late, hence, a low celebration took place when Kohli, in a rare case, was stumped off Adil Rashid’s delivery.

India’s batsmen did not face much resistance from England bowlers and thus, the batting looked smooth and inning’s flow remained intact.

India vs England 1st ODI Scoreboard

Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first.

The match started with both Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) adding 73 for the opening stand with a flurry of boundaries.

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s career-best 6 for 25 restricted the hosts to a moderate 268. (more)

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More MBA graduates are choosing tech jobs, and Silicon Valley is hiring

In technology, MBAs can have the best of all worlds

Conor Farese, a second-year MBA student in the San Francisco Bay Area, has a simple explanation for why he expects to bypass the finance industry for a career in technology.

“Tech is sexy,” Farese, a student at the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business, said in an interview. “You know all the companies, you see these apps on your phone. That’s a big piece of it.”

Luckily for him and many other MBAs, Silicon Valley is hiring. A new study by the Graduate Management Admission Council found that 89 per cent of tech companies expect to hire such graduates this year, compared with 76 per cent of finance and accounting firms. Demand is strongest among health care, technology, and energy companies — followed by financial firms.

“We hire MBA talent because we know that they have a degree of functional excellence and bring a diverse set of experiences and perspectives,” said Priya Priyadarshini, senior human-resources director at Microsoft Corp. “We find MBA students to be data-driven and passionate about technology and what it can do to better the world.”

Of all employers, 81 per cent plan to add MBAs this year, up from a 70 per cent hire rate last year, the study found. The biggest increase came from the smallest of firms, as 77 percent of startups said they are looking for MBAs, compared with the 2017 hire rate of 55 per cent.

Nearly 200,000 people attain MBAs each year in the US, making it the top graduate degree, according to a 2018 higher education report by the Department of Education. To be sure, the finance industry is still hiring. A spot check on nine large US schools that offer MBA programmes showed that about 25 per cent of 2017 graduates went into finance.

“In technology, MBAs can have the best of all worlds, with the flexibility to try roles in different parts of the business, from HR to finance to more technical departments,” Priyadarshini said. “The global nature of technology and the ability to solve problems at a global scale can also be a large draw to future talent.”

Farese, the MBA student, said that financial firms and consultants don’t seem to offer the corporate culture he’s seeking.

“The tech industry has a ton of really creative, young individuals who think about the world in different ways and those are the type of people I want to be surrounded by every day,” he said. “People want to work with other young people. People want to work in places where they can grow — MBAs especially want that.”

MBAs flock to tech because it is so embedded in the culture, said Regina Resnick, senior managing director at Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center.

“Five years ago, we had a sales and trading club, then it became the fintech club,” Resnick said. “We see technology at the intersection of all these other industries.

It’s almost like it would be a little bit hard to separate out that technology from pure-tech companies. Technology is impacting opportunities in every field.”

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Madras HC stays order directing IIT-Kanpur to revise JEE Advanced rank list

Earlier, Madras high court ordered IIT-Kanpur, which conducted the JEE-Advanced entrance tests, to redraw the rank list for Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced exam held in May

The Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed an order directing IIT-Kanpur to redo the rank list of JEE Advanced 2018 exam held in May, giving preference to candidates who followed original instructions given by the institute and not based on the clarification issued afterwards.

When an appeal filed by IIT-Kanpur came up, a division bench of Justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and Dhandapani held that the July 2 order of the single judge was “totally unwarranted” since the evaluation of the exam was already done. The bench then posted the matter after three weeks.

Why division bench said single judge order was “totally unwarranted”?

Earlier, Madras high court ordered IIT-Kanpur, which conducted the JEE-Advanced entrance tests, to redraw the rank list for Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced exam held in May, results for which were announced in June. Justice S Vaidyanathan gave the direction on July 2 on a petition from L Lakshmi Sree, represented by her father, seeking a direction to quash the clarification issued by IIT-Kanpur against its original instructions given during the May 20 exam.

What was the reason for the petition?

The petitioner sought a direction to quash the clarification issued by the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur against its original instructions given during the May 20 exam. She submitted that during the exam, candidates were instructed to answer incorrect numerical value in decimal notation rounded off to the second decimal place. It was made clear that full marks would be granted only if answers were given as per the instructions. The petitioner also submitted that most candidates including herself read the instructions carefully and entered the correct numerical value in decimal notation, rounding off to the second decimal place. However, some candidates gave answers which were not up to the second decimal, which the petitioner said was against the instructions given during the examination. The petitioner claimed that if marks were awarded to candidates who did not follow the instructions, it would affect the ranks of candidates like her. Hence, the petitioner moved the court seeking a direction to quash the subsequent clarification order issued after the examination by IIT-Kanpur

Clarification given IIT Kanpur on instruction

IIT Kanpur made a clarification on their website stating that “if an answer is the integer 11, all the answered entered as 11, 11.0, or 11.00 will be correct”. For numerical answer-type questions, the numerical value entered by the candidate will be evaluated. Wherever applicable, depending on the question, answers will be evaluated by checking whether the answer entered by the candidate falls within a range of two values of the range depending on the question.

What happened during the hearing?

During the hearing, senior counsel Vijay Narayanan submitted that the order passed after the evaluation of the test had created confusion among students and parents. When the petitioner had already secured a seat of her choice such an order was not necessary, he added. Recording the submissions, the bench stayed the order of the single judge.

Original rule

The exam conducting authority had instructed candidates to answer in correct numerical value in decimal notation, rounded off to the second decimal place. It was made clear that full marks will be given only if answered as per these instructions.

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World Bank says India beat France to become sixth largest economy: Report

India is expected to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in 2019, leaving its nearest rival China behind

 

India Growth Rate : Updated World Bank figures for 2017 show that India is now the world’s sixth-biggest economy, having muscled past France, which was pushed to the seventh spot, news agency AFP reported on Wednesday. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) stood at $2.597 trillion at the end of 2017, compared to $2.582 trillion for France.

The US continued to be the world’s biggest economy, followed by China, Japan and Germany. Britain remained the world’s fifth-biggest economy with a GDP of $2.622 trillion at the end of 2017.

 

Backed by government spending and investment, India’s economy grew at a seven-quarter high of 7.7 per cent in the January-March quarter of the financial year 2018. But this did not prevent GDP growth, at 6.7 per cent in 2017-18, from falling to its lowest rate in four years of the Narendra Modi government.

 

The finance ministry said India’s economy would clock 7.5 per cent growth in 2018-19, the upper range of growth projected by the Economic Survey.

 

India is expected to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in 2019, leaving its nearest rival China behind respectively at 6.6 and 6.4 per cent in the two years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in April this year.

 

Last year in December, the World Economic League Table (WELT) 2018 released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research forecast that India would “leapfrog” Britain and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2018, ahead of an oncoming major global economic shift towards Asia.

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