Author Archives: Bharat Bhushan

Bharat is an associate writer responsible for weekend columns on SlashGear. Previously he writes for Bennett Coleman and Co (Times Group) publications. He earns a master of economics from the University of Delhi. Email

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Which way will the scale tip

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Which way will the scale tip

The gaming console war is heating up again with the two big guns all set to release their iterations in the coming months. Already the anticipation for the two is off the charts as the holiday season is fast approaching and the available information is adding to the excitement. Given what information is available in the public domain, let’s see how the two consoles stack up against each other and which one is the better option.

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Lower-cost Apple Watch SE is just around the corner – what we know

Lower-cost Apple Watch SE is just around the corner – what we know

Apple Watch is by far the finest smartwatches on the block. With all sorts of health features and a design to vouch for, it is pretty much a deal. Currently, only Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 3 are available on the market. While the former is a top of the line offering, the Apple Watch Series 3 is the more affordable version with somewhat dated design.

This year, Apple is rumored to be working on the Series 6, which will be the finest watch yet. What’s for the masses – you can argue Apple doesn’t care much, however, the Cupertino giant is likely to also release an Apple Watch SE on the lines of iPhone SE (2020) with an older design and innards to impress, but it may only land sometime early next year.

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Best mid-range phones worth your money in 2020

Best mid-range phones worth your money in 2020

Buying a mid-range phone that hits all the right notes can be a mind-bending tasks these days, given the amount of competition in the segment. The stakes are high in this particular smartphone market that ranges anywhere between $300 - $600 depending on a device and variants, if any.

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Motorola Razr 2 may impress little and fold up

Motorola Razr 2 may impress little and fold up

Motorola failed to impress the foldable display phone takers in its first attempt. The Lenovo-owned company is now slated to redo it, better this time, by flipping the smartphone experience again at the virtual hardware event lined up for September 9, 2020. The Chicago-based phone maker is expected to release the successor to the 2019’s most anticipated foldable phone – Motorola Razr in Motorola Razr 2 or Motorola Razr 5G, as it is likely to be called.

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IFA 2020 is not the usual: The difference and what to expect

IFA 2020 is not the usual: The difference and what to expect

2020 is not like any other year in the past. The global pandemic we are reeling under has changed the way we perceive life. In all the gloom, technology has been a ray of hope for connectivity, entertainment, and more. 2020 is the year when remote working and learning have really kicked off and medicine is touching new highs. We cannot predict how the world will change hereafter, for what we can do is, find the new normal and rebound back.

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Pixel 4 discontinued – Mantra for Pixel 5’s success

Pixel 4 discontinued – Mantra for Pixel 5’s success

Google has been trying to hit the right balance between form and function with its Pixel phones ever since the debut of Pixel and Pixel XL. While they excel in certain dimensions, a few shortcomings have let them down. Recently, Google has made certain moves that has stirred the internet and put experts into thinking about the company’s loss of faith in Pixel 4. Though Pixel 5 is on the charts - retiring the Pixel 4 and 4 XL even before the 2020 flagship has put a foot in the door - there has to be some kind of strategic brilliance or probably a move to rectify the bad decisions made in the past.

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or Galaxy Z Fold 2 – Where should your money go

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or Galaxy Z Fold 2 – Where should your money go

Galaxy unpacked 2020 is just around the corner and the main attractions at Samsung’s yearly event are going to be the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Even the invitation page and the teaser trailer for the event have the liquid splash in copper color which apparently is one of the hues of Note series device and most likely one of the colors of Galaxy Z Fold 2.

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Google Pixel 4a slated for August 3 launch: What to expect

Google Pixel 4a slated for August 3 launch: What to expect

It is not easy to keep an upcoming smartphone a secret these days. Especially, if it is one of the most anticipated phones of the year. This is what has happened with the Google Pixel 4a – which has been thoroughly leaked – even though Google chose to stay tight-lipped about the device. The smartphone has been long delayed from its first speculated May launch at the Google I/O 2020 along with Pixel 4a XL and Android 11 Beta.

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LG’s self-cleaning earbuds now available in the US: Should you buy it?

LG’s self-cleaning earbuds now available in the US: Should you buy it?

COVID-19 pandemic has made the masses more aware of the importance of sanitization that has also seeped into the products we use. Virtually anything that can be advertised as having better protection from germs is a hit these days. Right from UV smartphone sanitizers and wireless charging stations which double as UV sanitizers to the self-sanitizing door handle and air humidifier - if the pitch is right, a product will sell like hotcakes.

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Why Twitter is looking at subscriptions as new revenue model?

Why Twitter is looking at subscriptions as new revenue model?

Twitter is one of the most popular social media networks and by far the biggest microblogging service out there. The tech company’s current sources of revenue include advertising – which grosses up to 84-percent (per last quarter reports) - the rest of the income coming from data licensing. With the advertising business taking a major hit in the ongoing pandemic, Twitter is mulling new ways of amassing revenue from its user base, including by the means of a subscription model.

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Gimbal in phone camera module – Image stability tech explained

Gimbal in phone camera module – Image stability tech explained

Smartphone camera technology still has some scope for improvements when it comes to achieving DSLR camera-like photography. Lately, we saw the periscope architecture for phones which allows for flat-plane movement of the lens using an L-shaped tunnel design. This brings hyper-zoom levels to the smartphone cameras which have limitations in the zoom lens movement. Huawei brought this innovative camera technology to the P30 Pro last year and then other manufacturers like Samsung followed the footsteps with their flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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COVID-19 vaccine candidates: Key ones to follow

COVID-19 vaccine candidates: Key ones to follow

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many countries suggesting clearly that the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down. The virus remains the number one human enemy with the sole intention of finding people to infect. The only way to remain safe from the virus is to break chains of transmission by following public health principles of social distancing, washing hands frequently, wearing masks in public, and staying home when sick.

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