Connect with us

Tech

‘Redmi Y1’ Review: Pocket-friendly selfie smartphone from Xiaomi

Published

on

redmi y1

New Delhi, Nov 14: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has climbed to second spot in the Indian smartphone market after coming here nearly four years ago. The company has now expanded its budget line-up with the selfie-centric “Redmi Y” series.

The new Redmi Y1 device comes in two variants — 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage at Rs 8,999 and 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory variant at Rs 10,999.

At this price point for the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM devices, Redmi Y1 essentially competes with “Canvas Infinity” from Micromax (which costs Rs 10,999) and Redmi Note 4 (Rs 9,999) — a hugely-popular Xiaomi device.

Does the device live up to its selfie hype? Let us find out.

Xiaomi’s maiden shot at catching up with the trend of selfie-focused smartphones does not go waste.

At first glance, the smatphone looks quite similar to the Redmi 4, but for a bigger-form factor that accommodates a 5.5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla glass on the top.

Redmi Y1 features a 16MP front camera with selfie light that captured detailed selfies and had accurate colour reproduction. Additionally, there are “smart” and “pro” modes that help in further smoothening the portrait shots.

Related image

The front shooter has an aperture of f/2.0 and can record video at up to 1080p resolution.

The rear camera on the device is a 13MP sensor with phase detection auto focus (PDAF) and single-tone LED flash.

Similar to that of other Xiaomi devices, the camera app of Redmi Y1 houses modes such as “Panorama”, “Beautify” and “Manual”.

Images taken in day-light conditions had enough detail and good colour balance.

The device offers a metal unibody design with antenna bands running at the top and bottom on the rear side.

Interestingly, Redmi Y1 has a very light-form factor that makes handling it very easy. The fingerprint sensor at the back is quite handy and unlocks the phone fast.

The Snapdragon 435 processor does its job well in powering the device as well as keeping it cool while we played some power-intensive games such as “Prime Peaks”.

There was no noticeable stutter when we opened multiple tabs on the Chrome browser, streamed music and used social media apps.

Only the right bottom-firing speaker is functional which is capable enough to not let you miss calls.

The smartphone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system (OS) with its custom MIUI 8 on top.

Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 9 upgrade that includes India-specific features that started rolling out from November 3 is likely to be rolled out for Redmi Y1 soon as well.

What does not work?

Photography in low-light conditions was pretty challenging for Redmi Y1’s primary camera. We noticed grain in the images while zooming in.

Xiaomi’s trademark navigation keys are placed below the display but they don’t support back-lit feature like the Redmi Note 4.

Conclusion: Redmi Y1 is a good attempt by the Chinese handset maker in manufacturing a budget phone which is not just about selfies. A light-form factor, decent specs — apart from a good selfie camera — make it a strong contender against other Android budget phones.

IANS

India

India 7th most targeted nation for Web Application Attacks: Report

Published

on

Web cyber attack

Bengaluru, Feb 21: Nearly 40 per cent of over 53,000 cyber attacks in India occurred in the financial services sector during 2017, placing it at the seventh spot in the list of targeted countries for Web Application Attacks (WAA), a new report said on Wednesday.

Security incidents like phishing, website intrusions and defacements, virus and ransomware targeted the rapidly growing of the Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) sector in India, warranting a robust infrastructure and planned roadmap for cybersecurity, said the report from content delivery network services Akamai Technologies.

“A key motive of attackers has always been financial profit. In the past few years, we have seen adversaries move to more direct methods to achieve that goal such as ransomware,” noted Martin McKeay, Senior Security Advocate at Akamai.

“Crypto-mining offers attackers the most direct avenue to monetise efforts by putting money immediately into their cryptowallets,” McKeay added.

The report, titled “Akamai State of the Internet Security Q4 2017,” also stated that the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack frequency in the BFSI sector increased by 50 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 over the last quarter.

It also placed India seventh in the list of the top source countries for WAA.

“While India maintained the same position in the third quarter last year, it is interesting to note that the attacks sourced have seen a drop of approximately four million in number as compared to last quarter,” the report said.

The newly-released data that analysed more than 7.3 trillion bot requests per month found a sharp increase in the threat of credential abuse, with more than 40 per cent of login attempts being malicious.

This indicates that DDoS attacks remain a consistent threat and the Mirai botnet is still capable of strong bursts of activity.

Akamai’s findings also confirmed that the total number of DDoS attacks last quarter increased 14 per cent from the same time last year.

“The hospitality industry suffered as the biggest target of fraudulent credential attacks, with 82 per cent of their login attempts being from malicious botnets, the report said.

The financial industry saw a sharp increase in the number of DDoS attacks, experiencing 298 DDoS attacks against 37 distinct organisations last quarter.

There was a 31 per cent increase in DDoS attacks sourcing from the US last quarter compared to the same timeframe in 2017, the report said.

With Inputs from IANS

Continue Reading

Tech

Google reveals security flaw in Microsoft Edge

Published

on

Google-wefornews

San Francisco, Feb 20: Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced.

The vulnerability was first discovered in November 2017, by the search giant’s Project Zero.

According to Engadget, taking advantage of the flaw, hackers could bypass Microsoft Edge’s existing security measures to inject malicious code into a victim’s computer.

Google, through its Project Zero, notified Microsoft about a bug in November, giving the company the usual 90-day disclosure deadline.

With the three-month deadline over, the team of security analysts employed by Google tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities — Project Zero –went public with the details of the security flaw.

The search giant granted a 14-day extension to Microsoft after it said that the problem was complex and it needed more time to fix it.

But, Microsoft even missed the second deadline to produce the patch of the vulnerability. However, given Edge’s small market share, the security issue was unlikely to affect too many people though it is still embarrassing for the company.

IANS

Continue Reading

Tech

M-tech launches 4G smartphone at Rs 4,499

Published

on

Mtech foto 3

New Delhi, Feb 19: Domestic mobile manufacturer M-tech on Monday launched a new 4G VoLTE smartphone “Foto 3” at Rs 4,499.

The device comes with 5-inch FVWGA LCD display and is powered by 1.3 GHz quad core processor paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which is expandable upto 32 GB.

Image result for M-tech launches 4G smartphone for Rs 4,499

“With ‘Foto 3’, Internet-savvy users can now avail super-fast data connectivity and superior voice call quality. We are positive that the ‘Foto 3’ will certainly appeal to our customers,” Goutam Kumar Jain, Co-Founder, M-tech Informatics Ltd, said in a statement.

The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS) and houses 2400 mAh Li-Ion battery. It also sports 2+ VGA dual rear camera and a VGA front camera.

The product is available on both online and offline platforms.

WeForNews

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular