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Honor 9i Review: A first with 4 cameras, edge-to-edge display



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New Delhi, Oct 13: While some of us were thinking smartphone innovation is slowly running out of steam, Huawei has debuted “Honor 9i” with a dual camera set-up in the front as well as the rear, along with bezel-less display.

In the mid-price segment, the device is the first in India to come with a quad-camera system and bezel-less “FullVision” display for an immersive viewing experience.

At Rs 17,999 and with many firsts, how does Honor 9i fare when it comes to real-world performance?

Here is what we think of it.

The smartphone’s 5.9-inch FHD+ edge-to-edge display coupled with the 2.5D curved glass caught our attention the moment we switched the phone on.

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The display is bright, has accurate colour reproduction and good sunlight legibility.

“Honor 9i” has beautifully accommodated a big screen into a small frame and how! The device has 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio which, interestingly, is at par with flagship Android smartphones from the stables of Samsung, LG and others.

The metal unibody build of the device exudes a premium feel.

The smartphone has antenna bands running at the top and bottom of the device, similar to what we have seen in the Honor 8 Pro.

The 16MP + 2MP vertical dual camera set-up at the rear captured good images in daylight with enough details and good colour balance.

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The additional 2MP sensors on both front and rear captured depth data to produce images with “Bokeh” effect.

The rear shooter has handy features such as night-shot, panorama, HDR, portrait mode, pro-photo, capture smiles, light painting, time-lapse, slow-mo and watermark, among others.

An interesting addition is the “moving picture” feature that is similar to what we first saw in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. It lets the user create a moving image instead of capturing a still photo.

Honor 9i’s camera performance did not disappoint us much in low-light conditions either (we would have loved more detailed pictures, though).

The 13MP + 2MP selfie camera equipped with “selfie toning” flash — which is diffused white light for imaging in low-light conditions — is quite capable.

However, there was loss of details in the selfies when the “beauty level” was set to the highest.

It is impressive to see a decent 3,340mAh battery crammed into a fairly slim 7.5-mm body.

We did not find the phone getting heated while browsing videos or playing games.

The fingerprint sensor is very accurate and unlocks the device in a snap.

Huawei’s own mid-range “Hisilicon Kirin 659” chipset powers the device and does it well. The phone handled day-to-day tasks with ease.

We did not find any significant sluggishness while browsing the internet, running multiple applications and social media accounts.

Honor 9i sports 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via Micro-SD card) which is quite standard for a smartphone in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.

The device runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS) with the company’s custom EMUI 5.1 skin.

What does not work?

The 3,340mAh battery lasted only around 16-17 hours on single charge.

Considering the price, lack of a USB Type-C port in the device was disappointing.

Conclusion: Honor 9i’s solid frame with no visible creaks and taller-than-wide built is a delight to see and use. A capable camera and wholesome experience make it an interesting alternative to Nokia 6 and Moto G5S Plus.



Israel opens probe into Facebook after data scandal



Cambridge Analytica data scandal

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities said Thursday (Mar 22) they had launched an investigation into Facebook’s activities following a scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of the social network’s users.

Israel’s privacy protection agency “informed Facebook” of the probe after revelations over data transfers from the tech giant to consultant Cambridge Analytica, the agency said.

It said it was also looking into “the possibility of other infringements of the privacy law regarding Israelis”, it said in a statement released by the justice ministry.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has reported that Israeli hackers offered material to Cambridge Analytica.

But an Israeli justice ministry spokeswoman said the probe did not involve hackers, focusing rather on whether Israeli users’ rights were violated.

Under Israel’s privacy law, personal data may only be used with consent and for the purpose for which it was handed over, the privacy protection agency said.


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Zebra Technologies launch 2 mobile computing devices for SMBs



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New Delhi, March 22: Expanding its portfolio of mobile computers, Zebra Technologies, a global leader in providing solutions and services to enterprises, on Thursday introduced “TC20” mobile computer and “TC25” rugged smartphone in India.

“TC20” will cost $500-$600 while and “TC25” will be available for $530-$600 depending on the specifications, the company said.

“Until now, Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) had options like struggling with the risk and frustration of using consumer devices or running their operations manually with pen and paper. ‘TC20’ and ‘TC25’ give SMBs a better choice,” Deep Agarwal, Regional Sales Director-India, Zebra Technologies, said in a statement.

Both the devices feature 4.3-inch screens and run Android Nougat Operating System (OS).

Zebra’s “TC20” is a lightweight and durable mobile device developed for indoor use by sectors such as retail and hospitality while “TC25” would allow real-time operational visibility on the field for SMBs in logistics or services industries, the company added.

The devices also support voice communications over wireless LAN while “TC25” supports 4G/LTE connectivity too.

“TC20” and “TC25” have been designed for 1D and 2D barcode scanning and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag reading.

The TC2-series devices can capture barcodes substantially quicker than the cameras on consumer smartphones, thus saving time, the company said.

Designed as an enterprise line of business smartphone, both the devices are powered by software such as Datawedge, StageNow and Mobility Extensions (Mx).


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Anxiety, depression can trigger smartphone addiction




London, March 22: People who are less emotionally stable and suffer from anxiety and depression are more likely to be addicted to their smartphones, according to a research.

Emotional stability is characterised by being emotionally resilient. The study found that being less emotionally stable was associated with problematic smartphone behaviour.

People who struggle with their mental health are more likely to intensively use their smartphone as a form of therapy and that the less conscientious individuals are, the more likely they are to be addicted to their phones.

As levels of anxiety increase, problematic smartphone use also increases, the findings showed.

“Problematic smartphone use is more complex than previously thought and our research has highlighted the interplay of various psychological factors in the study of smartphone use,” Zaheer Hussain, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby in Britain, said in a statement.

“This is because people may be experiencing problems in their lives such as stress, anxiety, depression, family problems, so in that state they are emotionally unstable, meaning they may seek respite in very excessive smartphone use. This is worrying,” Hussain said.

For the study, a team of psychologists conducted an online study with 640 smartphone users, aged between 13-69 years, to find out the association between smartphone use and personality traits.

The results showed that people who are “closed off” or less open with their emotions are more likely to have problems with smartphone use.

“They may be engaging in passive social network use, where you spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, browsing other peoples’ comments, pictures, and posts, and not posting anything of your own and not engaging in discussion with others, so there is no real positive social interaction while social networking,” Hussain noted.


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