Blockchain is mainly a bunch of blocks that contain records. For example; name, address, time, transactions, and the list goes on. Now several blocks like these are open to the public and are decentralized. And these blocks will update themselves with new information; and will link up to one another via cryptography. So, despite being out in public this technology is very secure.
Now, the Bangladesh government has planned to send graduates to learn and train for blockchain technology to Japan and India.
Features of the phone
The phone will be priced
at $999. After being approved in August, it is said to be available in the
market from October 2019. The Finney will run on Android OS 8.1x and Sirin OS
3.01. It will also have Cold storage crypto wallet, major cryptocurrency
support, crypto wallet application, Token conversion system, and an Embedded
D-apps store. Internal memory on this is 128gb which is expandable up to 2tb.
The phone comes with a second screen on top of it and it has a water resistance
The decision to get a phone now is like a scale with specifications and price at each end. The scale varies with each price point, and the best options find a place right around the middle. On a budget of 12-14 thousand taka, the Redmi 7 might be the phone to go for right now.
While the Redmi Note and Note Pro stand out the most among the Redmi series, the Redmi 7 is a good deal for a lower budget as well. While it is cheaper, it doesn’t feel like a cheap phone in your hands. The phone has a glossy plastic finish on its body that makes it appear fancy. The body itself comes with rounded edges, making the phone more wieldy. It has a very distinguishable feature in the P2i nano hydrophobic coating, which keeps water on the phone running. Although this effect is visible on the display and the back, some water does stick to the corners. And of course, we like that the phone has a 3.5 mm audio jack. We just, like that.
While the issues with glossy finishes such as smudge and scratches persist with this phone, all you need to get rid of those is a good casing. Xiaomi’s reputation for implementing high-end offerings at a budget is retained in the form of a Gorilla Glass 5 display, very unusual for a phone of this price. It has a fingerprint scanner conveniently placed at the back along with a water drop notched 6.26 inch LCD display. The screen does have a rather large bezel, but it is utilized in the form of an LED notification light.
The basic features like fingerprint sensor and scrolling are very responsive. As they should be as the phone is powered by a snapdragon 632 processor. We recommend getting the 3/32 GB variant, as those specifications complement the processor better. And it is quite the leap in marginal utility compared to the price hike. The phone also has a large 4000 mAh battery.
The camera has a 13mp primary sensor with a 2mp additional depth sensor. For the price, it is a good camera as the pictures appear smooth, but not quite that natural. Fair warning, the color tone is a bit colder than usual, and the pictures aren’t quite rich in sharpness. But the color saturation on this camera is very natural compared to other budget options. Nighttime images and pictures with visible light sources are average to good. Selfies can be taken via an 8mp front facing camera, which actually produces decent pictures. The phone surprisingly supports full HD 60fps video capturing, with limited stabilization. What we’re saying is it’s just better than the price point would suggest.
Although it is likely to remain in the Note series’ shadow, the Redmi 7 makes for a good option for people opting for a lower budget.
So if you’re unwilling to cross that 15k threshold, this might just be the phone you can settle for.
Choosing a phone is one of the most important purchasing decisions. It is also a very expensive decision if you are buying an expensive top-of-the-line flagship phone. The smartphone market feels saturated and it may feel overwhelming to choose from so many. You need to deliberate which phone offers the best combination of the features suited to your needs or lifestyle. For most of us in Bangladesh, value for money is one of the most important factors. so, this list prioritizes that consideration. No iPhone here. Sorry (not sorry).
About the list
Only one phone per company has been included. In-depth specifications have not been included for all phones, check out our reviews on some of the phones and you know, Google.
The Note 9 is a good follow up and a significant upgrade over the Note 8. It retains the premium build quality of the Note series, as a more productivity oriented model than the average smartphone. The design and the features on this are aimed at people who value portability and productivity. The phone has an octa core Exynos 9810 processor along with 6GB of ram. It has excellent battery life with fast charging capability.
The glass back and the Corning Gorilla Glass covering the glass makes this phone good to look and firm in build. The Galaxy Note 9 adopts a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. It has good brightness levels and sunlight legibility. The device panel has a wide selection of color. These colors show up on the vivid display, making it a worthy contender as the best display on a smartphone today.
It has a dual rear camera setup with 12mp sensors; both cameras have Optical image stabilization and one camera is a telephoto with 2x optical zoom capability. In simple English, this means that you can capture detailed photos with excellent color saturation and minimal noise. The 8mp front camera has live autofocus. The general consensus in Bangladesh is that more megapixels mean that it is a better camera. However, that is not the case and quite evident when comparing this phone to other ones.
2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 20 Pro might very well be the surprise contender for phone of the year. The phone is packed with the best hardware that you can get right now.
The phone looks and feels great. This is due to the gradient color scheme that Huawei has adopted for their premium models. The Mate 20 Pro features 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. It has a high pixel dense screen of 538 ppi which supports seamless HDR10.
The Kirin Hisilicon 980 octa core processor and 6GB of RAM ensures high performance and low battery consumption. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 skin. The device supports wireless charging and can be doubled up as a charging plate for other wireless charging capable smartphones. It has a long battery life of 4200mAh.
There are three Leica cameras in the rear, a 40mp primary wide angle lens, a 20mp super wide angle sensor and an 8mp telephoto sensor along with a dual tone LED flash. The camera app has a great selection of features and can support 4k videos at 60 fps. The single 20mp front camera can capture HDR photos.
3. LG V40 ThinQ
First off, this has been hailed as the audiophile’s phone, a title the V Series has become known for. The Quad DAC makes its audio output equivalent to that of hi-res dedicated DAP (digital audio player) and an accurate playback even at very high volumes. You’re getting serious high definition audio output almost exclusive to audio players on a smartphone.
The V40 ThinQ is the first phone to feature five cameras on it, with three sensors in the back and two out front. The telephoto lens in the back is the most interesting out of the cameras in this list; it is 12mp with 2x optical zoom and a 47 degree field of view, making it particularly handy for portrait mode. One of the coolest new features is Triple Shot. When Triple Shot is enabled you can snap a picture using all three of the rear cameras, one after the other. Once the photos have been captured, the phone can process them into a six-second video with music added automatically. Record 4K videos at 60fps with the device. I personally think this is the best camera on a phone this year as opposed to the mostly disappointing Google Pixel 3XL.
The CPU is powerful with 6 GB RAM and a display with 537ppi. The phone only falls short in the software and battery life departments. Otherwise, this is personally the phone of the year for me.
4. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6 may have made a bigger splash on the market; OnePlus 6T is more than an incremental update. Most new models tend to be, but not this one. The reason the phone is on this list include the teardrop shaped notch on the 6.41 inch Optic-AMOLED display. This is a pleasant change to large unsightly one on the OnePlus 6. Another welcome change is the on screen fingerprint scanner replaces the OnePlus 6’s one on the back.
True to the company’s reputation of being able to hold its own against the market leaders’ premiere options, the OnePlus 6T provides above average performance at processor performance, audio, gaming etc. However, the OnePlus 6T does not excel at any one particular feature. The Snapdragon 845 processor is decent with an Adreno 630 GPU. The minimalistic Oxygen OS on top of the Android 9 Pie can make an interface feel bloated. There are three cameras, 16+20MP dual on the back and a 16MP front selfie camera. A brilliant value for money.
5. Pocophone/ POCO F1
This phone arguably redefines what a flagship phone means. The Pocophone is the first product of Xiaomi’s Poco sub-brand. This phone has a Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. The best part? It is available at the starting price of 24,000 taka locally. That too, at a time when processors of that quality are priced at over 30,000 taka.
The fast smartphone is equipped with a massive battery life. As it resonates with the rational consumers’ demand of more features at lower prices, this phone will hopefully set the tone for the future of the smartphone market. There have been complaints about minor software issues and average camera performance along with Xiaomi’s behavior as a company after the popularity it has enjoyed at release. We didn’t expect such features at such prices, but now we have it. So go get it.
Would your list of top 5 flagship phones look different? Let us know!
When getting a phone, the price is the most important aspect to almost everyone residing in and around Bangladesh. This is evident from the sales of local brand Symphony, and more recently that of Xiaomi. They simply offer more for less, and for us, that’s usually more enticing than brand value. And thus, the Galaxy M10. Samsung’s response to losing a foothold in the Indian subcontinent’s market. I’ve used the phone for about a week, and this review will be based on my somewhat extended experience with it.
The look and feel
Designed to win back the market lost to Xiaomi, the M10 had to offer more for less. And it does.
The phone has a 6.22-inch Infinity V display with a waterdrop notch, offering almost 82% screen-to-body ratio.
It’s also a very slim and wieldy device, having 7.7 mm in thickness and just 163 gm in weight (check out the full specs). Personally, I have an issue with glossy finishes or glass bodies because of the smudge your fingers are prone to leave. But the finish on this phone works really well and doesn’t smudge much. The overall design is very lush, especially when you take the price into consideration.
It’s got a headphone jack, so you know it’s already 40% better than other phones. The M10 has an Exynos & Octa 7870 CPU and 2/3 GB of RAM. That’s not substantial in terms of Samsung. But take into consideration the price of the phone, and you will see that the power it packs is something you expect from local brands or Xiaomi. Not out of worldwide market leaders like Samsung. The phone performs smoothly and seamlessly. Someone at the office tried playing PUBG on it after I refused. I played Injustice 2 instead. Both games ran very well. It has got very decent battery life. The phone has a loud and clear speaker, if you’re into using phones like that. Basically, the phone runs everything just as well as it should. There isn’t anything to complain about.
The camera is sort of a mixed bag. It doesn’t have autofocus options. It does however have HDR and continuous shooting modes. The 13MP back camera allows for smooth, sharp and natural looking images to be captured in a few different modes like Pro, beauty and live focus. The selfie camera is average. It doesn’t have optical image stabilization, which doesn’t play into taking photos as much as it does with capturing videos. The captures tend to stutter a bit, but retain the right amount of exposure and lighting you would expect on a Samsung phone. Again, good value for the money.
Does the headphone jack count?
The M10 has a very responsive face scanner unlock in place of a fingerprint sensor. Then again, a fingerprint sensor wouldn’t be feasible at this price point. The most impressive feature is the Widevine L1 support on this phone. This feature allows HD streaming from Netflix and other services. This is a feature unique to a phone at this price and wasn’t even on the Pocophone F1 at release.
In conclusion, the Galaxy M10 is a great get for the price.
It offers fine specifications with the added value of the Samsung brand. If you’re trying to get a phone on the budget, consider the M10. You probably won’t be disappointed.
Smartphones are very much a necessary part of the modern citizen’s life now. There’s just no way around it. Almost every service nowadays, from education to transport to even food, is based around the usage of smartphones. This has facilitated the opportunity for companies to capitalize on the growing demand for smartphones, and offer their “unique” packages to the market. Thus, flagship phones; luxurious, expensive, peerless and with a price to match the hype. But are they really necessary?
Do you really need a phone more expensive than an actual high-end camera to take photos? Is a screen bigger than your hand can hold making all that difference in your life? Are you in dire need of a bezel-less screen, animated emojis and other novel (read pointless) features?
A very personal opinion on the negative will be explored in the following paragraphs.
Market saturation and basic features
It would be relevant to mention now that the smartphone market had reached a plateau quite a while ago and continues to fall even today. This is attributed to many reasons, primary of which is oversaturation in the market. There are too many companies making smartphones now. And that is actually a good thing for consumers. Since the competition is so high, the producers are compelled to add more features to phones at any given price range to maintain their market share. This means more features for less money.
One can now get features on a mid-range phone we could only dream of just a few years ago.
The performance of basic features like the camera or CPU isn’t anything to sneer at. You don’t want to throw your phone at the wall anymore because the Facebook app is taking too long to load on a no-name CPU. You don’t need to point a torch at something to take a picture because the phone’s camera resolution and lens are worse than a built-in laptop webcam. That’s not to say there isn’t any noticeable difference in performance, quality of pictures taken and other basic attributes when it comes to flagships.
But as mentioned before, it doesn’t add much value compared to the price hike. People in need can get a great camera and lens for 40 thousand and 8 thousand takas respectively. They don’t need to get a 60-thousand-taka camera phone. The mid-range options are perfectly viable for the rational consumer, especially in our country. This effect is evident, as local producers Symphony, famous for their low-mid budget phones are the market leaders in Bangladesh.
The durability myth
A common argument flagship defenders make is that these phones are built to last longer. That is almost entirely false. Samsung phones are well known for their performance fluctuations beyond 1.5-2 years of use; they tend to get slower and consume more power. Apple is infamous for its lack of customer care. This is magnified after the launch of their new yearly device, as the previous generation becomes effectively obsolete. Moreover, to add to their aesthetic value, flagship phones tend to have glass bodies as opposed to plastic or metal. This means they tend to get damaged worse, and servicing costs for them is significantly higher. Of course, you can carry some of them into the shower, waterproof/resistant and all. But why would you carry a phone into the shower?
That’s a rhetorical question. Please don’t answer that.
Price vs Innovation: Where actually is progress being made?
Compare an iPhone X to an iPhone 7. You’ll see that they have almost the same specifications. Of course, the newer iPhone X is faster, wielding a 6 core CPU against the 7’s four cores. It has a 1gb RAM advantage, fewer bezels and a bigger screen, and it has face identification and wireless charging capability. It’s twice as good in the price department though, sporting a whopping $1000-dollar price tag against the iPhone 7’s mere $550 dollar one. Does that deal sound especially enticing? What justifies the 90% price hike?
And that’s just one company. Try taking any company’s current flagship and compare it to the previous edition. There will be some difference, a performance increase, a slightly enhanced image processing system, better stabilization. The common point of these “innovative” new features is they are all marginal. And while performance development is minimal, the price hike is anything but. Try going back just two years in time and telling someone that a consumer smartphone is going to set them back 1000 dollars. What seemed borderline impossible so little time ago is reality today, and I am not talking about facial recognition. That is a very diminutive and honestly pretentious feature that was around a long time before it was implemented into a smartphone. Companies take these minute and showy features, put them on a device and charge you a kidney. Sounds like a good deal for half a year of showing off.
Software: Something that actually matters
It has been more apparent than ever this year. You can run the same things on a budget phone as you can on a flagship option. So much so that the development on premium options of 2018 seemed almost exclusively cosmetic. There were still companies that implemented useful features to make their product a more bang-for-you-buck option. But what actually matter on a phone, the operating system and software platform were almost the same. You will encounter some problems running newer Android and iOS versions that come with flagships on budget phones, but to me at least they seem minimal; while the price difference is almost a deal breaker for many.
So, unless you’re a very busy person who needs to be productive most of the day, or part of a very niche class of consumer, the marginal enhancement offered in flagships isn’t something you require. The budget options offer everything a normal consumer might need. Thus, a completely personal opinion (with the added benefit of having a platform to share it on), don’t buy a flagship phone unless you absolutely need to.
Let’s mention the elephant in the room before we start. The Samsung Galaxy A9 has 5 cameras in total. It’s still the only phone in the world with 4 cameras on the back. That raises the question: can you have too many cameras on a phone? We all want to know whether having so many cameras is simply a marketing gimmick or not.
The A9 has a dual nano sim slot. It comes with Snapdragon 660, which is eons better than the chipsets that Samsung has traditionally used for mid-range cellphones. The Adreno 512 GPU is also better than the GPUs most mid-range Samsung phones are equipped with. Samsung still uses Android 8.0 Oreo, which has been outdated for a while now. As a result, the phone does not have gesture controls. This is somewhat a deal-breaker for a phone that costs almost 50 thousand Taka. I’m still using my Lenovo Z5 from last year, and it has gesture controls. A saving grace, thankfully, comes in the great memory capabilities of the phone. The internal storage capacity is 128 GB. The RAM, depending on the model you get, is either 6 or 8 GB. It even has a dedicated micro-SD slot capable of up to 512 GB extra storage. That doesn’t make up for the fact that the A9 still uses outdated three button controls instead of gestures.
One of the biggest selling points for most Samsung phones is the display. Most come with AMOLED displays, and the Samsung Galaxy A9 is no exception. The 6.3 inch display looks gorgeous, even with rather pronounced bezels on all sides. Thankfully, the phone does not have a notch, which is definitely just a marketing gimmick.
Now for the main event. The A9 has 5 cameras in total. 4 of them are situated on the back. The solitary selfie camera is 24 megapixels and has excellent focus and even HDR. It’s certainly one of the better cameras in recent times.
The back is a whole different ballgame. With 4 cameras, the phone is the only quad-back camera phone in the world right now. The cameras are of 24, 10, 8 and 5 megapixels respectively. Each camera comes with a different function, such as the 5 megapixel one having a depth sensor, the 10 megapixel one having 2x optical zoom and so on. This works very well, as all the cameras combine to create truly good looking shots. In portrait mode, the rear cameras take photos that are way ahead of the Gaussian Blur filled shots that Chinese rivals take. Take a look and judge for yourself at your nearest Samsung dealer.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a cool looking phone, and is something a casual photographer would love to have.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that you can find phones with better specs at a lower price. You can find phones with gesture controls, at the very least. Samsung needs to step up their game, as Chinese companies such as Huawei and Xiaomi are starting to become a real threat to their business. We are going to give it a 7 out of 10 due to its great camera performance, but it could have scored much lower due to a lack of gesture controls and pricing.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is available through Samsung stores for a price of TK 49,900/-.
There are quite a few great phones out in the market right now. Sadly, many of them require you to bankrupt yourself. We don’t want you to trade an arm and a leg for a smartphone, so here’s a list of great phones you can buy under 20,000 BDT right now. Hurry, because many of them are on sale for a short time at many different vendors. You may find many of these phones at local markets as well.
Xiaomi Mi A2
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a pretty decent phone. It is the most expensive phone on this list, however. It has great specs. The version we recommend is the Global Version with 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM. The phone has a 5.99-inch display with a 2160×1080 pixel resolution. Having an octa-core Snapdragon 660 under the hood gives the phone significant power as well. The cameras on the phone are also very impressive. The front camera is a fantastic 20 megapixels with AI capabilities. The back has two cameras, at 12 and 20 megapixels each. The phone can take 4K videos with the back cameras, although only at 30 fps. A2 has no headphone jack, as is the norm now. It has significantly thick bezels, however. Some may not like that on a phone nowadays. Overall, if you want a great phone that can run most apps and games but still take stunning photos, and don’t mind bezels, this is the phone for you.
Another Xiaomi phone is up next on the list. The Mi 8 Lite has an impressive 24 megapixels in its front camera. This makes the selfies look extremely crisp. The display is a huge 6.26 inches, packing a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. 4GB of RAM may not be the highest in smartphones these days, but it comes with a whopping 64GB of ROM. The Snapdragon 660 is a dependable processor and will pop up on this list a few times. The phone comes with a notched design with may not be to everyone’s liking. Other than that, it’s a very good phone that could be an awesome daily driver for many.
The 32 GB version of Moto G6 fits very easily into this category. While the Snapdragon 450 is not as powerful as other chipsets on the list, it’s still decent. It’s got a display with a 1080p resolution. The GPU is as impressive as anything on this list, being an Adreno 506. It’s got two cameras, 12 and 5 megapixels respectively, on the back. The front has one 16-megapixel camera with LED flash. The phone can perform very well for something that’s so inexpensive. The phone looks a little old fashioned but it performs great.
Moto X (4th gen)
The more buff version of the previous entry, the Moto X is cheaper than the weaker G6 now due to a sale going on. This makes this beast an automatic choice for the list. This is also a little old-fashioned to look at, with the thick bezels and everything. The real impressive parts are hidden under the hood. The phone boasts a Snapdragon 630 with an Adreno 508 GPU. The 3 GB of RAM is just enough for you to be able to multitask or play games on your phone like PUBG. It sports 2 cameras on the back at 12 and 8 megapixels. The front features a single 16-megapixel camera. If you like powerful phones with good cameras, but want to buy one on a budget, and don’t mind bezels, it could be a good daily driver for you.
We recently reviewed this and had to include it in the list. It has its fair share of problems, and the marketing was almost 100% lies, but it delivered. The 6 GB of RAM really lets you use however many apps you want to. The Snapdragon 636 is a powerful enough processor, and the Adreno 509 GPU is one of the better GPU’s in the market now. The display is notched, but the cameras are decent. They may not be as good in low light as they are in well-lit scenes. All in all, as my own personal daily driver, we have found it to be good enough.
25,000BDT may be a budget segment for first world countries, but in Bangladesh it signifies an ideal price point for buying smartphones. Here are five smartphones that everyone should consider while buying phones within this price range.
1. Redmi Note 5 AI (6GB Version)
The Redmi series of phones are Xiaomi’s answer to low-range phones. Ever since the arrival of this series, Xiaomi completely dominated the this market segment, especially in Asian markets. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the best within this range, especially the 6 GB version. Featuring Qualcomm’s in-house Kryo cores, the SoC offers class-leading performance in this range. The phone is backed with Xiaomi’s very own MIUI, a custom android ROM featuring plenty of features and gestures. Which is why 6 GB of RAM helps with these tasks. The phone can be found within 25,000 BDT in Bangladeshi markets. An 18:9 display and a mammoth 4000 mAh battery offers amazing value in this price-point as well.
2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is another great smartphone in this price range, running Samsung’s TouchWiz ROM. The smartphone is already a year old, but the design is a breath of fresh air. Granted the display up front is a traditional 16:9 display but it’s a Super AMOLED with bright and vibrant colors. The SoC is the Exynos 7870 Octa, offering average battery life. The camera and design is eye-catching, and probably the main reason consumers choose this smartphone in this price range. The smartphone can be found for around 22,000BDT in the market.
3. Huawei Nova 3e
The Huawei Nova 3e is one of the decent smartphones in this range offering official warranty. With official warranty the phone can be found for around 26,000BDT, a smudge above our specified budget. Featuring excellent camera performance and above average battery life, the phone runs Huawei’s very own EMUI ROM with a lot of useful gestures. Battery is 3000 mAh which is average and adequate for a full day of usage. On of the main attractions are the dual cameras which put it a class above its competitors. The beautiful Fullview screen up front is absolutely amazing, and makes the phone look absolutely breathtaking. However, the phone takes a hit in performance as it still uses Huawei’s entry level Kirin 659 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM.
4. Tecno Camon X Pro
The Tecno Camon X Pro is another excellent option that offers excellent day-to-day performance. The power efficiency of the Mediatek Helios P23 is great, thanks to the massive 3750 mAh battery. Multitasking is a breeze with 4 GB of RAM. The stars of the show are the cameras, both rear and front. Both of the cameras have LED flashes, with the rear having a 24 megapixel camera and the front camera with 16 megapixel. And if we haven’t mentioned it yet, the phone dons a 6 inch 18:9 FHD display. Pretty cool.
And if none of these options intrigue you, wait for the Xiaomi Mi 6X. The camera is brilliant, but the price is way too much at the moment. Hopefully, the hype will settle down in a month or two and the phone will be affordable enough.