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Apple paid developers $60b in 2021, record sales between Christmas and New Year

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Apple announced that it has now paid developers more than $260 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. The number stood at $200b at the end of 2020, which puts dev earnings in 2021 at $60b.


Apple also said that users spent ‘more than ever before’ between Christmas and New Year’s, which is in stark contrast with previous year’s when Apple would divulge the actual numbers, including disclosing the record $386M on New Year’s day 2020.


Apple paid developers $60b in 2021, record sales between Christmas and New Year

The great numbers come as Apple is facing lawsuits all over the world over its App Store policies and particularly the cut it has been taking from each payment.


In 2020, Apple reduced its App Store fee to 15% for developers with less than $1M per year earnings.


Finally, Apple shared some figures regarding its other services. Apple Pay now has more than 90M lossless songs, Fitness+ now includes more than 2,000 sessions, Apple Pay works in over 60 countries and Arcade now has more than 200 games.


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Xiaomi 12 Ultra to have the same camera hardware as the 11 Ultra

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According to the renowned Weibo tipster, Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra won’t be offering any upgrade over its predecessor when it comes to sensors. The 50MP+48MP+48MP configuration will be retained in the upcoming flagship.


Xiaomi 12 Ultra to have the same triple-camera setup as its predecessor

The machine-translated text does mention something about “super-telephoto periscope” but it’s unclear if that refers to the same 5x lens as on the Mi 11 Ultra or a new, longer-reaching, one.


The report from Digital Chat Station seems to be in line with previous rumors that the camera modules will be the same even if the camera island will be revamped.


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Apple Watch 8 may skip out on body temperature sensor

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Apple’s upcoming Watch 8 series was rumored to bring a bevy of new health sensors and tracking options including a body temperature sensor but according to the latest newsletter from Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman that may not happen. The new info suggests Apple will wait another year before adding the body temperature sensor while the other rumored features like on-device heart rate measurements and blood glucose levels are expected to come out in the latter part of the decade.


Apple Watch 8 may skip out on body temperature sensor

The rumored rugged sports version and an all-new entry-level model Apple Watch are still reportedly on the table. The Gurman report expects Apple to focus on design overhauls and improvements to battery life in the coming Apple Watch generations while the heart rate and blood glucose technology matures and is finally ready for mass rollout.


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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is now available in the US with up to $560 in trade-in credit

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has begun its world tour and can now be bought in the US as well. To help the new model along the company is offering some launch promos plus an enhanced trade-in deal.


You can find the S21 FE on Samsung.com. It has a starting price of $700 for the 128 GB model, the 256 GB one is $770. This is for an unlocked unit before any additional discounts.


Samsung is running the Enhanced Trade-in program that is only for flagships – you can send in two devices to get up to $560 in credit. Those can be phones, tablets or smartwatches. And if you pick a phone, you can even send one in with a cracked screen. Say you dropped your Galaxy S20 and cracked the front glass – Samsung will give you $275 credit for it (down from $400 if the glass is undamaged).


The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is now available in the US with up to $560 in trade-in credit

Then you can pick a bonus. The first option is the simplest, a $100 eCertificate. The other is to pick up a TWS headset – either a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds Pro for $30 (these normally cost $170).


If you want to know more about the Galaxy S21 FE, check out our hands-on review and our hot take.


Nokia Lite Earbuds and Nokia Wired Buds launch in India

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The Nokia Lite Earbuds have been on the European shelves for a while and now HMD Global is bringing them to India as well. Along with the wireless buds, the company announced the Nokia Wired Buds.


Nokia Lite Earbuds and Nokia Wired Buds announced in India

The Lite Earbuds have 6mm drivers and can last about 6 hours continuous playback and 36 hours with the extra charge in the case. The case has a 400 mAh battery and charges over USB-C. Gesture control and Google Assistant/Siri support are also on the list of features. The only available color is Charcoal and the price is INR 2,799 ($38).


Nokia Lite Earbuds and Nokia Wired Buds announced in India

The Wired Buds, on the other hand, connect using a 3.5mm audio jack and while there are no ANC or other fancy features like that, the passive isolation is great, HMD claims. That’s achieved through a special angled design. There’s also a microphone on the menu and support Google Assistant and Siri. The pair goes for just INR 299 ($4).


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Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G Amazon Availability Confirmed Ahead Of Jan 19 Launch; Everything We Know So Far

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Xiaomi recently launched the Xiaomi 11i 5G smartphone in the country. Now, the Chinese tech giant is all set to debut the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G in India. Xiaomi has recently confirmed the launch date of the upcoming flagship device. Now, a dedicated website for the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G has gone official on Amazon India which also confirms the availability on the e-commerce site. Besides, the device is also listed on the company’s official site, revealing its key specs.

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G Amazon Availability Confirmed Ahead Of Jan 19 Launch

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G Launch Details

Xiaomi is launching the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G on Jan 19 in India. The event is expected to be live-streamed via the company’s official site and other social media handles. It will go on sale via Amazon, Xiaomi India store, and offline channels across the country.

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G Features We Know So Far

The Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G is confirmed to feature a 120Hz True 10-bit AMOLED display with 1.07 billion colors. The device will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Apart from this, nothing has been revealed yet. However, we have detailed features of the upcoming Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G as it is already selling in the international market.

To recall, the Xiaomi 11T Pro was originally launched back in September last year alongside the standard Xiaomi 11T. The phone has a 6.67-inch flat display with a 120Hz refresh rate and the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC is paired with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage.

On the software front, the handset runs MIUI 12.5 based Android 11 OS and it packs a 5,000 mAh battery unit with 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge fast charging tech which is claimed to take just 17 minutes to fully charge. For imaging, it has a triple rear camera setup comprising a 108MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a telemacro shooter. The device also comes with up to 8K video recording and HDR10+ support. For selfies and videos, there is a 16MP front-facing camera sensor.

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G Amazon Availability Confirmed Ahead Of Jan 19 Launch

The phone also comes with dual stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon, an Audio Zoom feature, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security. For connectivity, it includes 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, IR blaster, and a USB Type-C port. Lastly, the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G measures 164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm in dimension and weighs 204 grams.

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G Expected Price In India

The Xiaomi 11T Pro was announced in Europe starting at EUR 649 (around Rs. 56,200) for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model. Considering this, we expect the handset will come at around or under Rs. 50,000. However, we’ll have to wait for the official confirmation.

Further, the phone is believed to compete with the upcoming OnePlus 9RT which is launching on Jan 14 in India. It will also be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chip; however, the 120W charging will be the best-selling point for the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G.

Best Mobiles in India

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

    1,29,900

  • Vivo X70 Pro Plus

    79,990

  • OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G

    38,900

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro

    1,19,900

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

    18,999

  • Motorola Moto G60

    19,300

  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

    69,999

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

    86,999

  • Xiaomi Mi 10i

    20,999

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

    1,04,999

  • OnePlus 9

    49,999

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro

    15,999

  • Samsung Galaxy F62

    20,449

  • Redmi 9A

    7,332

  • OPPO F19

    18,990

  • Apple iPhone SE (2020)

    31,999

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

    54,999

  • OPPO F15

    17,091

  • Vivo S1 Pro

    17,091

  • Realme 6

    13,999

  • Realme GT 2


    31,570

  • Oppo A11s


    11,838

  • Tecno Pova 5G


    22,809

  • Xiaomi 12X


    37,505

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro


    55,115

  • iQOO 9 Pro


    58,999

  • iQOO 9


    46,999

  • iQOO U5


    15,300

  • Realme GT 2 Pro


    45,760

  • iQOO Neo 5S


    32,100

Nokia C30 Review: Can Big Battery, Massive Display Save The Day?

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Nokia C30 Design- Big, Bulky & Super Sturdy

Nokia C30 Design- Big, Bulky & Super Sturdy

If you prefer handy devices with good ergonomics, steer away from the Nokia C30. It is one giant of a phone with size and proportions that sometimes feel laughable or simply unwanted. The phablet measures 177.70 x 79.10 x 9.90 mm and weighs 237 grams.

It’s big, bulky and is not quite suitable for one-hand use. One thing that’s still intact is the build quality. Like most Nokia handsets, the C30 also feels very sturdy and durable, thanks to its hard polycarbonate shell. The build quality is impressive for a phone priced at Rs. 11,000.

Replacement Promise For Hardware Failure

Replacement Promise For Hardware Failure

HMD is also offering a one-year replacement guarantee on the handset; however, physical damages are not covered under the replacement guarantee promise. Since the display lacks the required screen protection glass and isn’t covered under the replacement promise, you must apply a tampered glass to avoid any damages. The replacement scheme is only applicable in case of any hardware failure and manufacturing defects.

Ports & Buttons

Ports & Buttons

The Nokia C30 is still stuck with a microUSB 2.0 charging port. It won’t be an issue if you were still using a handset with the old charging tech but can be a letdown if you have made the transition to the USB Type-C ports even for budget handsets.

Besides, the handset has a rear-mounted physical fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, and a removable back cover that houses the gigantic 6,000 mAh battery cell, two nano-SIM card slots a dedicated microSD card slot.

Removable Back Panel With Fixed Battery

Removable Back Panel With Fixed Battery

Since the battery is fixed inside a steel plate, a non-removable back panel makes little or no sense. It’s a bit of a hassle to remove it for SIM cards and expandable storage. The C30 is a big handset and Nokia could have utilized the space efficiently to organize the essentials.

Nokia C30 Display- Low On Resolution, Big On Real-Estate

Nokia C30 Display- Low On Resolution, Big On Real-Estate

The Nokia C30 probably packs the biggest display on a budget phone. The massive 6.82-inch display is one USP of the handset as it makes the C30 a good budget smartphone for binge-watching, reading and various other day-today tasks

Good For Binge-Watching & Reading

Good For Binge-Watching & Reading

The IPS LCD panel allows for ample real-estate to watch videos, read news, and browse the internet; however, the low pixel resolution (720x1600p) and average color reproduction is a bit of a letdown if your previous phone had a 1080p display. Black areas appear grey and the poor viewing angles further spoil the fun.

Decent Brightness Levels

Decent Brightness Levels

The viewing experience could have been a lot better if HMD had offered a Full HD+ panel. Video playback aside, the display works just fine for day-to-day phone tasks. The touch response is good and brightness levels are decent enough to read text, dial phone numbers, and check your Facebook/Instagram timelines outdoors. I wish Nokia could have reduced the size to 6.60″ and have bumped the resolution to 1080p for a more enjoyable user experience.

Nokia C30 Camera- Average Performer

Nokia C30 Camera- Average Performer

Similar to the display, the camera is also a below-average performer. The 13MP primary sensor captures images that lack clarity and color vividness. Some daylight shots turn out to be usable but the overall photography experience, even in outdoor lighting, fails to impress, let alone the low-light images. The 2MP depth-sensor struggles to create the background blur effect. You get a 5MP selfie camera but its performance is equally disappointing.

Overall, if you have the slightest interest in photography, the Nokia C30 shouldn’t be on your watchlist. You can go for a Realme or a Xiaomi/Poco handset in the sub-15K price-point.

Nokia C30 Performance- As Entry-Level As It Can Get

Nokia C30 Performance- As Entry-Level As It Can Get

Despite being touted as the most powerful handset in the C-series line-up, Nokia has opted for entry-level hardware. The C30 uses the Unisoc SC9863A SoC and 3GB/4GB RAM options to handle processing and multitasking jobs respectively. Based on the dated 28nm architecture, the SC9863A is mostly good for basic smartphone tasks such as YouTube, web browsing, social media, calling, and camera usage. You can only play casual games such as Angry Birds, Hill Climb Racing, etc.

We tried running some demanding tasks on the handset and started experiencing stutters, and mind you; we are testing the 4GB RAM variant. The handset showed signs of lags even while recording videos and taking portrait shots, which comes as a bit of surprise because the Stock Android UI and 4GB RAM generally ensure good overall performance on entry-level Nokia handsets. Perhaps Nokia could better optimize the C30’s software to rectify these issues.

In general, the stock Android software keeps things clutter-free and makes the Nokia C30 an excellent budget phone for elderly users and anyone who prefer a no-nonsense software experience. For instance, a Stock Android smartphone is slightly easier to understand and use than a Redmi/Poco or a Vivo budget handset. If you are buying a phone for a non-techy user in the house, the C30 is a good option.

Moving on, the audio is best experienced via headphones as the rear-mounted single speaker unit isn’t quite good at producing good sound.

Nokia C30 Software Upgrades

Nokia C30 Software Upgrades

The Nokia C30 will receive two years of security upgrades; however, unlike most Android smartphones that receive monthly security patches, the C30 will receive quarterly security updates. Also, there’s no clear word on the major software upgrade. The handset is currently running Android 11 and we expect it to receive Android 12 in the coming months.

Nokia C30 Battery Life & Connectivity

Nokia C30 Battery Life & Connectivity

While the 6,000 mAh battery is a strong performer, its slow charging speed is a big pain. The battery cell easily lasts for two days even with heavy usage but also tests your patience for a refuel. It takes almost 3.5 hours to recharge the battery from flat to 100%, which is a bummer.

The 10W charging speed in 2022 feels just outdated. The same goes for the connectivity standards. The handset skips on dual-band Wi-Fi (No support for 5GHz), has a microUSB charging port and Bluetooth 4.2.

Verdict

Verdict

You must have made up your mind by now after reading the review; however, I would like to reiterate it just to make it easy for you. Buy the Nokia C30 if you want a sturdy phone with a massive display and a long-lasting battery. The display is a pretty average one but the big real estate is a plus point. The smooth stock Android software experience is another key selling point of the handset.

Do not consider buying the Nokia C30 if a good camera, crisp 1080p display, and a handy design are your priority. Some options you can consider in the sub-12K price-point are as follows:-

  • Samsung Galaxy M12 (90Hz refresh rate display, 48MP Camera & 6,000mAh battery)
  • Realme Narzo 50A (50MP Triple Camera, MTK Helio G85 SoC, 6,000mAh Battery)
  • Tecno Pova 2 (FHD+ Display, 7,000mAh Battery)
  • Infinix Hot 10S (90Hz Display, MTK Helio G85 SoC, 6,000mAh Battery)

Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max Smartwatch Listed On Amazon India; SpO2 Sensor, IP68 Rating Tipped

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Fire-Boltt recently launched the Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 smartwatch in the country. Now, the brand is gearing up to launch another watch named Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max. The exact launch date is yet to be announced. However, the watch has been listed on Amazon, revealing key specs and the design of the upcoming Ninja 2 Max smartwatch.

Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max Smartwatch Listed On Amazon India

Further, it has also been confirmed the watch will go on sale via Amazon. As the name suggests, we expect the upcoming smartwatch will have some advanced features compared to the Fire-Boltt Ninja 2.

Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max Features And Design Revealed

According to the Amazon listing, the watch will come with a square-shaped Full touch display which will measure 1.5-inch, while the standard Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 has a smaller 1.3-inch screen. The upcoming Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max will come with 20 sports modes such as walking, running, basketball, football, swimming, skipping, and many more. It will also include 200+ watch faces, music control, sedentary reminder, menstrual reminder, camera control, weather updates, alarm, and stopwatch.

In terms of sensors, the Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max supports a heart rate monitor, SpO2 monitor, stress monitor, sleeping monitor, and so on. Moreover, the watch is claimed to deliver seven days battery on a single charge and a 25 days standby time. The upcoming Fire-Boltt watch will also come with a navigation button on the side.

The watch will be available in Dark Green, Rose Gold, and black color options. It will also show you notifications from platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and so on. Lastly, the Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max is IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.

Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max Expected Price In India

The Amazon listing has not disclosed the pricing of the smartwatch. To recall, the Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 was announced was launched at Rs. 1,899. Based on this, we expect the upcoming wearable will come under Rs. 3,000 in India.

The upcoming Fire-Boltt Ninja 2 Max will be perfect for buyers who are looking for a smartwatch with decent features but don’t want to spend a huge amount. However, if you are searching for a high-end watch then Fire-Boltt Almighty would be a good pick that comes with Bluetooth calling support, AMOLED panel, and so on.

Best Mobiles in India

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

    1,29,900

  • Vivo X70 Pro Plus

    79,990

  • OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G

    38,900

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro

    1,19,900

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

    18,999

  • Motorola Moto G60

    19,300

  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

    69,999

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

    86,999

  • Xiaomi Mi 10i

    20,999

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

    1,04,999

  • OnePlus 9

    49,999

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro

    15,999

  • Samsung Galaxy F62

    20,449

  • Redmi 9A

    7,332

  • OPPO F19

    18,990

  • Apple iPhone SE (2020)

    31,999

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

    54,999

  • OPPO F15

    17,091

  • Vivo S1 Pro

    17,091

  • Realme 6

    13,999

  • Realme GT 2


    31,570

  • Oppo A11s


    11,838

  • Tecno Pova 5G


    22,809

  • Xiaomi 12X


    37,505

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro


    55,115

  • iQOO 9 Pro


    58,999

  • iQOO 9


    46,999

  • iQOO U5


    15,300

  • Realme GT 2 Pro


    45,760

  • iQOO Neo 5S


    32,100

Story first published: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 17:20 [IST]

Flipkart Mobile Bonanza Sale 2022: Discounts Offers On Top Smartphones Under Rs. 15,000

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Nowadays, you can easily get a smartphone with decent features at an affordable price tag. Even brands like Realme and Poco are also launching budget-centric 5G devices. Flipkart has now announced the Mobile Bonanza sale which brings attractive discounts on top smartphones under Rs. 15,000 segment. Besides, the e-commerce site is also giving no-cost EMI options and exchange offers.

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The Realme 8i is now available at Rs. 13,999, while the Samsung Galaxy F12 can be purchased for Rs. 11,499. If you want the 5G-enabled device, can consider the Realme Narzo 30 5G which is now available at Rs. 16,999.

Here we are enlisting top smartphones under Rs. 15,000 that are now selling with discount price tags on Flipkart.

Realme 8i (Space Black, 64 GB)  (4 GB RAM)

Realme 8i (Space Black, 64 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 13,999 ; MRP: Rs. 15,999 (12% off)

Realme 8i is available at 12% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 13,999 onwards during the sale

Realme Narzo 50A (Oxygen Blue, 128 GB)  (4 GB RAM)

Realme Narzo 50A (Oxygen Blue, 128 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 12,499 ; MRP: Rs. 13,999 (10% off)

Realme Narzo 50A is available at 10% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 12,499 onwards during the sale.

Samsung Galaxy F12 (Sky Blue, 64 GB)  (4 GB RAM)

Samsung Galaxy F12 (Sky Blue, 64 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 11,499 ; MRP: Rs. 12,999 (11% off)

Samsung Galaxy F12 is available at 11% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 11,499 onwards during the sale.

Realme C25Y (Metal Grey, 64 GB)  (4 GB RAM)

Realme C25Y (Metal Grey, 64 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 10,999 ; MRP: Rs. 12,999 (15% off)

Realme C25Y is available at 15% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 10,999 onwards during the sale

Realme 8 (Cyber Black, 128 GB)  (4 GB RAM)

Realme 8 (Cyber Black, 128 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 15,999 ; MRP: Rs. 16,999 (5% off)

Realme 8 is available at 5% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 15,999 onwards during the sale.

Realme Narzo 30 (Racing Silver, 64 GB)  (4 GB RAM)

Realme Narzo 30 (Racing Silver, 64 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 13,499 ; MRP: Rs. 14,999 (10% off)

Realme Narzo 30 is available at 10% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 13,499 onwards during the sale.

Realme Narzo 30 5G (Racing Silver, 128 GB)  (6 GB RAM)

Realme Narzo 30 5G (Racing Silver, 128 GB) (6 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 16,999 ; MRP: Rs. 17,999 (5% off)

Realme Narzo 30 5G is available at 5% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 16,999 onwards during the sale.

OPPO A54 (Starry Blue, 128 GB)  (6 GB RAM)

OPPO A54 (Starry Blue, 128 GB) (6 GB RAM)

Offer:

Deal Price: Rs. 15,990 ; MRP: Rs. 17,990 (11% off)

OPPO A54 is available at 11% discount during Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza Sale 2022. You can get this smartphone for Rs. 15,990 onwards during the sale.

Best Mobiles in India

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

    1,29,900

  • Vivo X70 Pro Plus

    79,990

  • OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G

    38,900

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro

    1,19,900

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

    18,999

  • Motorola Moto G60

    19,300

  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

    69,999

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

    86,999

  • Xiaomi Mi 10i

    20,999

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

    1,04,999

  • OnePlus 9

    49,999

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro

    15,999

  • Samsung Galaxy F62

    20,449

  • Redmi 9A

    7,332

  • OPPO F19

    18,990

  • Apple iPhone SE (2020)

    31,999

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

    54,999

  • OPPO F15

    17,091

  • Vivo S1 Pro

    17,091

  • Realme 6

    13,999

  • Realme GT 2


    31,570

  • Oppo A11s


    11,838

  • Tecno Pova 5G


    22,809

  • Xiaomi 12X


    37,505

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro


    55,115

  • iQOO 9 Pro


    58,999

  • iQOO 9


    46,999

  • iQOO U5


    15,300

  • Realme GT 2 Pro


    45,760

  • iQOO Neo 5S


    32,100

Story first published: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 17:11 [IST]

Sennheiser HD 400 Pro Review: Studio-Grade Headphone For A Budget Price

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Sennheiser, the German-based audio company is known for producing high-fidelity audio products, which includes headphones and earphones. Although the company makes consumer-grade audio peripherals, the company is known for producing professional-grade audio peripherals.

Sennheiser HD 400 Pro Review

PROS

  • Light weight
  • Comes with two cables
  • 6.3mm adapter included in the box

CONS

  • No carry case

The recent entrant from Sennheiser is the HD 400 Pro, a studio-grade wired headphone, which is an upgraded version of the Sennheiser HD 400. The open-back style Sennheiser HD 400 Pro retails in India for Rs. 21,990, and here is the comprehensive review.

Sennheiser HD 400 Pro Technical Data

Sennheiser HD 400 Pro Technical Data

  • Impedance — 120 Ω
  • Frequency response — 6 Hz to 38 kHz (-10 dB)
  • Sound pressure level (SPL) — 110 dB (1 kHz / 1 V RMS)
  • THD, total harmonic distortion —
  • Ear coupling — circumaural
  • Jack plug — 3.5 mm jack plug with 6.3 mm adapter
  • Weight — 240 g
  • Storage temperature — -55 °C to +70 °C (-67 °F to 158 °F)
  • Operating temperature — -15 °C to +55 °C (5 °F to 131 °F)
  • Operating relative humidity — ≤ 90 %
  • Accoustic principle — dynamic, open
  • Ear pad material — Velour
Sennheiser HD 400 Pro Design

Sennheiser HD 400 Pro Design

The Sennheiser HD 400 Pro comes in a Stealth Black color. In fact, even the Sennheiser logo also has the same color, which gives this headphone a premium look. Similarly, the headphone also has soft ear cushions, and there is also plenty of cushioning on the headband made using velour.

Coming to the build quality, the Sennheiser HD 400 Pro is made using part plastic and part metal, while the exterior of the earcups are made using metal with a mesh-like finish, the headband is made using high-quality plastic with the Sennheiser logo.

Overall, I liked the fit and finish of the product. Given this my first experience with studio-grade headphones, I felt that the Sennheiser HD 400 Pro is actually comfortable than most consumer headphones that I have tested so far. If you are looking for affordable neutral-sounding headphones with a clean design, the HD 400 Pro could be the pair for you.

Comes With Detachable Cables

Comes With Detachable Cables

The Sennheiser HD 400 Pro ships with two cables with 3.5mm output and a 6.3mm adapter, which can be used with either cable. First, there is a short 1.8-meter straight cable, and then there is a 3-meter long coiled or spiral cable. Both cables are of high quality and could last for an extended period.

The advantage of having a detachable cable is that you can always replace them for just a fraction of the cost. Those who work with professional audio gears can just screw in the 6.3mm gold plated adapter and plug in the headphone to an audio interface or an audio peripheral such as a Hi-Fi DAC.

Audio Quality

Audio Quality

Sennheiser has mentioned that the HD 400 Pro is a professional-grade headphone for those who create/mix music. This is backed by the fact that the HD 400 Pro has a frequency response of 6 Hz to 38 kHz (-10 dB) which is as wide as the human hearing range.

On top of that, the Sennheiser HD 400 Pro also has angled transducers, which are designed for minimizing audio distortion, especially at higher volume levels (max SPL). This helps the HD 400 Pro to deliver a wide sound range and an accurate sound stage.

Coming to my experience, my testing of the HD 400 Pro includes listening to HD or lossless music on Apple Music (on the iPad), Amazon Music, and playing games. I can vouch for the fact that these headphones produce a neutral sound, where, the vocals do not overpower instruments or vice versa.

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I also started to notice nuances in the same music which I used to listen to before, which is definitely due to the higher frequency response. Despite being open-back headphones, the HD 400 Pro does a good job of noise isolation. However, at higher volumes, people around you could definitely listen to the music that you are hearing.

Do note that the advantage of open-ear headphones is that they allow the air to flow, which helps to eliminate resonances and low-frequency build-up, which is caused by closed-back headphones. However, this comes with a drawback of sound leaking, which is a shortcoming for end-consumers and not for the professionals, who just want a pure neutral-sounding audio output.

Although these are meant for music mixers, I believe these are also great pair of headphones who wants to listen to music as intended by the creator. You can also use these for gaming and all the other headphone use cases; however, you can get much better consumer-grade headphones for this price range which has more consumer-centric features.

Verdict: For Professionals And Audiophile

Verdict: For Professionals And Audiophile

The Sennheiser HD 400 Pro is a mid-range professional-grade headphone with an excellent neutral sound signature. These headphones use in-house 120-ohm transducers, which are tuned to deliver detailed audio output, especially the mid-range. Not just that, the headphones also offer a deep base, which does not affect or distort the sound quality.

These are meant for the music creators and those who want to listen to music in its truest form. As these are open-back headphones, we don’t recommend these for commuters or for office users, unless you have a chamber of your own.

If you are looking for a great pair of wired headphones, then you can definitely consider the Sennheiser HD 400 Pro. However, do note that these are designed just for listening, as they do not have a microphone or even in-line volume controls. Given most modern smartphones come without a headphone jack, if you are just a regular user, think twice before buying the HD 400 Pro.

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Story first published: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 17:03 [IST]