Facebook Lite makes its way to iOS

Facebook Lite has been available for Android since 2015, though for a long time it was only accessible from developing markets. This year it finally reached the US, the UK, and other developed markets, and now it’s ready to make the jump to iOS as well.

The app is currently only installable if you have an iOS device and are located in Turkey. So the slow rollout seems to be mirroring what happened on Android – developing markets first (and even those being added one by one), developed markets possibly at some later point.

Thus, if you are in the US and are tired of the big bloated mess that Facebook’s normal app for iOS has become, you’re out of luck for now. But perhaps in the future the Lite alternative will be readily available across the globe.

Facebook Lite is much smaller in size than its non-Lite counterpart (just 5MB on iOS), and it also uses less power and significantly less data. That last aspect is generally much more important in developing markets where unlimited (or even cheap) data plans aren’t as prevalent, hence the rollout starting in such countries does make a bit of sense.

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Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite Price, Specifications, Design Spotted Online Ahead of July 24 Launch

Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite Price, Specifications, Design Spotted Online Ahead of July 24 Launch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mi A2 Lite might be a rebranded version of Redmi 6 Pro
  • Both were spotted on a Polish online retailer’s website
  • Launch is expected in Spain in July 24

Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to make an appearance at the company’s global event in Madrid, Spain on July 24. A recent development reveals that the Mi A2 Lite will also accompany the regular Mi A2 on its trip to the European country. Both upcoming mid-range Xiaomi smartphones have been spotted on a Polish retail website. The listings reveal certain specifications and design rengers of both the handsets. Let’s have a look at what we can expect at the July 24 launch event.

In a couple of listings on Polish online retailer X-Com’s portal, the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite have been listed. While the images from these listings seem to have been taken down, Slashleaks has obtained the renders. The most interesting part of this leak is the design of the supposed Mi A2 Lite resembles that of the Redmi 6 Pro. Both smartphones appear to have the same-sized display notch, a 5.84-inch 19:9 display, and similar antenna placing on the back panel. Other specifications such as a 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 64GB inbuilt storage also match.

The Slashleaks post suggests that the Mi A2 Lite will sport a vertically stacked 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel camera combo on the back, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The back panel, in the render, has Android One branding. It thus appears that the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite might just be a rebranded Android One variant of the Redmi 6 Pro.

As for the listings procured from Poland, both the 32GB variant of the Mi A2 and the 64GB variant of the Mi A2 Lite have been given the same price tag of PLN 999 which roughly translates to about Rs. 18,400.

Talking about the Mi A2, several details have been leaked in the past few weeks, including the claims that it might be an Android One-based rebranded version of the Mi 6X. It is expected to sport a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and no display notch. It will most likely be fuelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB of internal storage.

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Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
Display5.99-inch
Processor2.2GHz octa-core
Front Camera20-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage64GB
Rear Camera20-megapixel
Battery Capacity3010mAh
Also See
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,999
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 32GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.13,999
  • Refurbished – Xiaomi Mi A1 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    COD not available
    Rs.12,699
Mi A2 Lite

Mi A2 Lite

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
Display5.84-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera5-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM2GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage16GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel
Battery Capacity3900mAh
Also See
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,999
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 32GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.13,999
  • Refurbished – Xiaomi Mi A1 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    COD not available
    Rs.12,699

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Gionee S11 Lite Review

Gionee S11 Lite Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Gionee S11 Lite is priced at Rs. 13,999 and is only available offline
  • It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and has 4GB of RAM
  • It runs Amigo OS 5.0 on top of Android Nougat 7.1

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee launched the S11 Litealongside the Gionee F205 a few months ago and we did take a first look at the two devices right after their launch. The S11 Lite is the latest addition to Gionee’s S series, and the first to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio display. It comes in a stunning blue colour, sports a dual camera setup, at the back and is exclusive to the offline market. For its asking price of Rs 13,999, can the Gionee S11 Lite compete with the current market leaders? We review to find out.

Gionee S11 Lite design

The shiny back of the Gionee S11 Lite was the first thing to grab our attention. Gionee calls it a “curved 3D glassy body,” but it’s actually plastic and feels like it. The back is also a fingerprint magnet and you will need to wipe it constantly to keep it looking good. Even the frame feels plasticky, and the power and volume buttons have the same design, making it hard to figure out which is which without looking at them. We also found that the buttons are placed a little higher than usual, which may require you to shuffle the phone in your hand.

At the front, this phone has a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. There is a Micro-USB port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm audio jack and a speaker grille. While the top of the phone is blank, the left has a SIM tray. The phone isn’t heavy and is comfortable to hold thanks to the curved sides and proportions. Gionee sent us only the smartphone, so we can’t say much about the box contents or the type of charger that this phone will ship with.

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Gionee S11 Lite specifications, software, and features

The Gionee S11 Lite sports a 5.7-inch display with HD+ resolution. Gionee could have opted for a full HD+ panel since that is what most of the competition offers at this price. However, it still has good contrast and the viewing angles are decent. You don’t get options to tweak the display output in the Settings app, but we were happy with the quality. The display gets bright enough to be viewable outdoors but we found it to be a little too reflective.

Powering the Gionee S11 Lite is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The phone also has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can expand storage but only at the cost of the second SIM, since the S11 Lite has a hybrid dual-SIM tray. This device supports 4G and VoLTE on either SIM, but the other one will be restricted to 3G.

The phone has a 3030mAh battery. The dual camera setup on the rear consists of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor. At the front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling.

In terms of software, the Gionee S11 Lite runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s custom Amigo 5.0 UI on top. Gionee has told Gadgets 360 that there is no timeline for an Android Oreo update for the S11 Lite, putting it at a disadvantage since most smartphones now ship with a more modern version. The phone’s security is also out of date, and a lot of bloatware comes preinstalled. Social media apps such as Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram might be useful, but there are also demo versions of games such as Bubble Bash 3, Danger Dash, N.O.V.A. 3, and Sonic Runners, plus a lot of other apps including NewsPoint, Gaana, and Amazon. Most of these apps can be uninstalled.

Amigo UI has theme support and you can completely change the way this phone’s software looks. There’s also a way to keep changing lock screen wallpapers automatically based on the category you choose. G Store is Gionee’s own app store, and Private Space lets you lock messages, call records, and apps with a fingerprint.

The Settings app is completely rearranged, and has a separate tab which lists all the custom functions the phone has, and how you can try them out. The Smart Assistant section lets you enable motion gestures to interact with the phone. There’s also a Gaming Mode, which disables popup notifications so that you can play games without distraction.

Gionee S11 Lite performance, cameras, and battery life

The Snapdragon 430 processor powering this smartphone isn’t the most powerful available at this price point. It is the same processor that was used for last year’s Moto G5 (Review), and we have seen many models that are more powerful since then. The processor works well enough for basic tasks, but heavy apps and games will take longer to load.

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We played Clash Royale and Asphalt 8, and while the former did not have any issues, Asphalt 8 took longer than usual to load. We ran benchmarks on the S11 Lite and it scored 57,738 in AnTuTu, and 660 and 2485 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. In the graphics benchmark 3DMark Slingshot, it managed to score 536, while delivering 24fps in GFXBench T-Rex.

In our battery loop test, the smartphone managed to clock 12 hours and 46 minutes. With our usage consisting of emails and an active WhatsApp account, the S11 Lite was able to get through one day. You will need to plug it in by the next morning. We did observe heavy battery drain when gaming.

The camera app on the S11 Lite has multiple modes that you can choose from. Apart from the usual Photo and Video modes, it has Bokeh, Face Beauty, Group Selfie, Pro, and a Card mode to help you scan business cards. The phone is slow to switch to Bokeh mode, and the Pro mode only gives you basic controls.

Tap to see full-sized Gionee S11 Lite camera samples

Daylight photos taken with the S11 Lite were good, and you will only notice a loss of detail if you zoom in. It is quick to set the exposure and lock focus. The Auto HDR mode is quick to kick in but the effect isn’t right and shots tend to look overexposed. It is quick to focus when shooting macros and manages decent separating between the subject and the background. We found macros to be slightly oversaturated. While shooting in bokeh mode we found that it takes longer to switch to this mode. Also, photos take a longer time to process when shooting. The edge detection is mediocre for the selfie camera but is slightly better for the rear camera.

Photos taken in low light lacked detail and appeared a little soft. Zoom in to an image and you will see artefacts caused by excessive noise reduction. The 16-megapixel selfie camera on the S11 Lite takes decent selfies in natural light. You also have a beautification option which you can use to smoothen skin. Shots come out looking average if there’s an artificial light source nearby, but in low light, they lose out on detail. The screen flash is too dim to make any significant difference. Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the front as well as the rear cameras. It lacks Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) so you will need to keep your hand steady while recording.

Verdict
The Gionee S11 Lite is the first smartphone in the S-series to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. It looks nice and will grab eyeballs when you are using it. Unfortunately, the hardware isn’t the best at this price point. Smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review) and the Realme 1 (Review) offer better hardware at lower prices. The Gionee S11 Lite is an offline exclusive smartphone, so it might work for people who want to touch and feel a phone before they buy it. If you like the way the S11 looks, you can go for it. If you want better value for your money, you should consider the lower priced options named above, or take a look at the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) which perform better around the same price point.

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Gionee S11 Lite

Gionee S11 Lite

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good looks
  • Decent battery life
  • Bad
  • Below average camera performance
  • Outdated OS
  • Weak processor
Also See
  • Vivo Y83 (Black, 32GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.14,990
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs.13,400
  • Oppo A83 (2018) (Champagne, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.12,749

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iVoomi i2 Lite Review

iVoomi i2 Lite Review

iVoomi i2 Lite price in India is Rs. 6,499 but is it worth your money? Read our review to find out

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The iVoomi i2 Lite is available exclusively via Flipkart at Rs. 6,499
  • It is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 SoC and has 2GB of RAM
  • It has a dual camera setup at the back and sports a 4000mAh battery

Chinese smartphone maker iVoomi has been launching phones in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, such as the iVoomi i1 which we reviewed some time ago. We also put iVoomi’s first fitness tracker, the iVoomi Fitme, to the test. Now the company has launched yet another budget smartphone to target an even lower price point. The iVoomi i2 Lite is the more affordable sibling of the iVoomi i2, which was launched a few months ago. Priced in India at Rs. 6,499 and exclusive to Flipkart, is the iVoomi i2 Lite worth considering on if you’re a budget? We put it to the test.

iVoomi i2 Lite design

The iVoomi i2 Lite, as you would expect, looks like a smaller version of the iVoomi i2. The phone is made of plastic and feels light in the hand. It has curved sides and rounded corners that make it comfortable to hold. We found the back to be quite glossy, and it picks up fingerprints easily. iVoomi has gone with the new 18:9 display format which is now quite common for new smartphones. The 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB port are positioned on the top of the iVoomi i2 Lite. It has two grilles at the bottom, but only the right one houses a loudspeaker.

iVoomi i2 Lite Oreo iVoomi i2 Lite Review

At the back is a vertically stacked dual camera setup along with an LED flash. The iVoomi i2 Lite also has a selfie flash on the front next to the selfie camera, which isn’t a common feature in this price range. The back cover of the smartphone is removable to give you access to the SIM slots and has a 4000mAh non-removable battery. This phone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor so you will need to use a PIN or pattern lock to secure it. iVoomi ships a 10W charger in the box along with a plastic screen protector.

iVoomi i2 Lite specifications, software, and features

The 5.45-inch display sports an HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has decent viewing angles but it is reflective outdoors. Powering the phone is a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The iVoomi i2 Lite is a dual-SIM device and you will need to pop the back cover to access the SIM slots which are positioned one above the other. The slot on the top is the hybrid one and you can use a Nano-SIM or a microSD card in it. The iVoomi i2 Lite supports 4G and VoLTE on both SIMs, letting you use one for data while the other can still receive calls on a VoLTE network. It isn’t dual active, but we observed that this phone automatically forwards incoming calls to the active SIM.

iVoomi i2 Lite SIM Cards iVoomi i2 Lite Review

The dual camera setup at the back of the iVoomi i2 Lite consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, it has an 8-megapixel selfie camera and a selfie flash. The iVoomi i2 Lite has support for Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS. We could connect to a 5GHz Wi-Fi access point, which is surprising for a phone at this price point.

On the software front, the iVoomi i2 Lite runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with minor additions to the UI. iVoomi has preinstalled a few apps including iVoomi Care Center, H5GameBox, Flipkart, Opera News, and UC Browser. You can uninstall these apps if you don’t use them or want to reclaim some storage space.

iVoomi has also added a few gestures such as a three-finger swipe down to capture a screenshot, and a three-finger swipe up to launch the camera. You also get a double-tap to wake the phone, and a two-finger swipe up or down to set the phone to loud or vibrate-only respectively. Additionally, hover gestures let you change audio tracks and scroll between photos. The iVoomi i2 Lite does not have any face recognition feature but can use the default Trusted Face feature that is available with stock Android.

iVoomi i2 Lite performance, cameras, and battery life

The MediaTek MT6739 powering the iVoomi i2 Lite is an entry-level processor. We did not experience any lag while navigating through the Android UI, though apps did take longer than usual to load. We even saw longer load times for the camera app. There’s enough power for basic usage including WhatsApp, taking calls, and handling emails. A Game Mode keeps only your frequently used instant messaging apps in the background, stopping every other app from consuming RAM when gaming.

Clash Royale ran with occasional stutters. We also had to deal with long load times, choppy video, and unresponsive controls when playing Asphalt 8 at its highest settings. We also noticed the phone getting hot after playing a couple of races, but reducing the graphics quality to the Low setting improved the overall experience. We ran benchmarks and found that the phone scored 648 and 1,759 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. It scored 46,668 in AnTuTu, and 3,177 on PCMark Work 2.0.

With our usage, which consisted of playing a few games and using WhatsApp actively, we managed to get through one day of use. We did observe heavy battery drain when gaming. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 10 hours and 5 minutes. iVoomi has implemented power saving modes to help the battery last longer.

Tap to see full-sized iVoomi i2 Lite camera samples

The camera app on the iVoomi i2 Lite launches a little too slowly. It has FaceBeauty, Blur, Mono, Panorama, and PRO modes, apart from the regular photo and video modes. The Blur mode makes use of the 2-megapixel secondary sensor to separate the foreground and background, and you can simulate different aperture values. You can also apply filters before taking an image. There is an HDR mode but it needs to be enabled manually. There’s also a quick 2X zoom toggle but this is digital zoom only.

Photos taken with the iVoomi i2 Lite aren’t great, which is no surprise given its price point. In shots taken during the day, you will notice fine grain. The camera also tends to overexpose the sky when shooting outdoors. Zoom into the images and you will notice a lack of detail. We also observed chromatic aberration under bright sunlight. The app is a little slow to lock focus when shooting macros, and most images appeared flat.

Low-light camera performance is below average as well. We observed a lot of chroma noise in photos taken at night. Shots with a light source nearby had slightly lower chroma noise. The selfie camera takes average photos, but the background was often slightly overexposed. You can use these photos on social media, but nothing beyond that. Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the rear camera and 720p for the front one. There is electronic stabilisation which manages to reduce shakes to some extent.

Verdict
The iVoomi i2 Lite is a budget smartphone priced at Rs. 6,499 and is exclusively available via Flipkart. Its entry-level processor can is enough for basic usage, and the battery should last you one day. We were impressed with the support for VoLTE call forwarding and dual-band Wi-Fi at this price. If you won’t use the camera very often, you can consider the iVoomi i2 Lite.

We have seen better smartphones in the sub Rs. 10,000 segment but they are priced higher in comparison. If you are willing to spend a little extra, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Review) has better cameras, a fingerprint scanner and a powerful processor priced at Rs. 7,999. If you are on a strict budget, the Redmi 5A (Review) and the 10.or D (Review) are good alternatives at a similar price point.

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Dual 4G VoLTE
  • Decent battery life
  • Bad
  • Poor cameras
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot

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