The country's second-largest mobile operator Robi will offer a low-cost internet data package for university teachers and students to support online education.
University Grants Commission (UGC) and Robi Axiata Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about this on Sunday.
UGC Chairman Professor Kazi Shahidullah said the main barrier to online education is access to device and data, which will be resolved soon with the joint efforts of UGC and the mobile operators.
The new agreement will allow users to get 30GB of data at Tk220, for a month, from Sunday for Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and Gmail.
But this data package will not apply to the use of Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter, read a press release.
Also, mobile operators Teletalk and Grameenphone are providing a cheap data package for university teachers and students. UGC signed an MoU with Grameenphone on Thursday.
On November 4, UGC also decided to provide interest-free loans to 41,501 insolvent students of public universities for buying a smartphone to ensure their participation in online classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each student from 39 public universities will get a maximum of Tk8,000 as a soft loan.
Choosing a Smartphone is not an easy task nowadays when diverse brands are offering lucrative features under similar price ranges. Are you a fan of the pioneer Smartphone brand Xiaomi and looking for a mid-range Smartphone? If yes, don’t miss the POCO X3 NFC which was launched on the 5th of November in 2020. Read this article to know the POCO X3 NFC review with the official price in Bangladesh.
The CPU of POCO X3 NFC is built with an octa-core processor that is composed of dual Kryo gold cores with 2.3 GHz of utmost clock speed and six numbers of Kryo silver cores with 1.8 GHz of maximum clock speed. In this phone, POCO has provided the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor SM7150-AC 732G (8 nm). The 732G chipset is an upgraded version of the widely known 730G SoC. The graphic unit of X3 bears Adreno 618 GPU.
POCO claims that you will get 5% faster CPU performance and 15% superior GPU performance in the latest 732G chipset. This chipset would also deliver better power-efficiency and higher gaming performance. However, in real life, the performance of SD 732G is quite similar to its ancestor 720G chipset. Overall, POCO X3 delivers smooth performance in regular multitasking, apps opening, internet browsing, media playing, etc.
This phone is officially available in two variants: 6GB by 64GB and 6GB by 128GB. The staggering LPDDR4X 6GB RAM capacity can open the heavy apps and software efficiently. It also offers added swiftness while running any latest multiplayer gaming software. The storage capacity of both basic and top variants is large enough for preserving diverse apps, large video files, like movies, web series, and gaming software. If you need more space, POCO X3 allows you to install an external memory card. POCO X3 NFC has storage type UFS 2.1 technology that provides a far better user experience than the conventional eMMC.
POCO X3 NFC runs on the MIUI 220.127.116.11 UI on top of Android 10. Here you will enjoy the latest features of MIUI 12 like a floating window, dark mode 2.0, upgraded notification panel, sensory visual design, etc. However, you may experience some stuttering or frame drops in the transition steps like screen lock/unlock, opening Google feed, App closing, etc. It would have been better if POCO could provide an optimized version of MIUI 12 on this phone. However, the update of MIUI 18.104.22.168 somewhat eases these issues. Another drawback is that POCO’s UI is flooded with diverse advertisements which would certainly irritate the users.
The gaming experience in POCO X3 NFC is fascinating. In this mobile, you can play advanced multiplayer games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, COD, Free Fire, and other Multiplayer BattleRoyale games quite smoothly at around 60fps without much frame drops. The LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus features a 3D heat dissipation mechanism that prevents this phone from catching much heat.
Though Xiaomi boasts about the dual stereo speaker of POCO X3, its sound quality and loudness is not so overwhelming. But still, the combined effect of its powerful RAM, dual stereo speaker, and 120Hz refresh rate would make your gaming and movie-watching experience more enjoyable.
POCO X3 has been equipped with fully controlled NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Utilizing this feature you can make payments and connect your Smartphone with other gadgets.
The critics say that POCO phones usually inherit the old design of Xiaomi phones. But POCO X3 NFC breaks this tradition with a brand new design. Who knows we may see this design in any of the upcoming Xiaomi phones. This phone is built with a plastic frame and plastic back. But, it has electroplating on its back panel which gives it an attractive aluminum-like finish.
With 9.4mm thickness, POCO X3 NFC weighs about 215g. The weight distribution is good, but still, the phone feels big and heavy when used with the cover. The rear-sided camera bump of POCO X3 comes in a bigger shape than its ancestor X2 version. Moreover, while you type something on the keyboard of X3, its flat camera bump shows a less wobbling nature that makes this phone user-friendly.
Its NFC mechanism is hidden under the camera bump; so each time you have to touch the NFC tag with the camera housing. This practice may create scratch on the camera glass that is very unfortunate! On the front side, X3 NFC has a single punch-hole selfie sensor. The bezel area of this phone is narrow which makes this phone look trendy.
In this phone, the fingerprint sensor mounted power button and the volume rocker are placed on the right side at a considerable distance. It will facilitate you to unlock the phone quickly. On the left side, this phone has a triple-slot tray for inserting a dual SIM card and an external memory card. The bottom edge carries a speaker grill, microphone, USB Type-C port, and headphone jack. And, the upper edge is packed with an IR blaster, secondary microphone, and a sound extracting hole.
POCO X3 NFC comes with an IPS LCD screen with a full HD plus display featuring 2400 by 1080p resolution. The display has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and the pixel density is about 395 PPI. POCO has provided Corning Gorilla Glass protection in its X3 NFC version. Furthermore, it has an astonishing refresh rate of 120Hz along with a 240Hz touch sampling rate that would offer you a butter-smooth navigation experience. The touch response of this Smartphone is mind-blowing.
POCO X3 supports Widevine L1 which is a blessing for those who love to enjoy full HD movies and web-series on Netflix or Amazon Prime. The display offers great sharpness, superb color accuracy, and adequate brightness. Furthermore, its HDR10 display bears 450 nits of brightness. Under direct sunlight, X3 can perform well. POCO X3 bears IP53 splash-proof coating that can save the display from water splashes. But don’t dare to drown this phone in water!
POCO X3 NFC holds a quad-camera set up on its back panel. This series includes a 64MP primary camera featuring SONY IMX682 sensor with f/1.89 aperture, 13MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP depth shooter with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP macro shooter with f/2.4 aperture. On the front side, X3 has a 20MP selfie sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.
Though its prime rear camera has 64MP resolution, it takes 16MP picture by default which is a common feature of the SONY IMX682 sensor. The picture quality is satisfactory and the overall color accuracy is close to natural in daylight situations. Activating the night mode, you can take standard quality images. However, in some cases, the images may come with some smoothening effect. The system may delay for some moments while using the HDR effect and night mode.
POCO X3’s 13MP ultra-wide sensor features a 113-degrees field of view. This camera captures nice shots with amazing color accuracy, details, and dynamic range. The portrait quality of its 2MP Depth camera is average. If you have some photographic skill, then its 2MP Macro camera can be helpful to capture the beauty of the micro world.
Now let’s turn to POCO X3’s 20MP punch holed front camera. You can shoot good photos with this camera in both daylight and low light conditions. Sometimes this sensor may struggle to keep the subject in focus with proper edge detection. Activating the beauty mode, you can add some smoothness to the skin texture of the subjects. Overall, the quality of the images is nice.
With the rear camera setup, you can shoot a maximum of 4K footage at 30fps. And, the front camera allows you to shoot 1080p videos at 60fps. The stability feature is awesome. It also includes a Super Stabilization mode. The color contrast and details of the video clips are decent. You also get a 720p slo-mo video shooting option at 960 fps. Besides these, X3 has a Vlog mode.
POCO X3 NFC is provided with a 5000mAh battery. The provided 33W Fast charging unit can charge up to 62% in just 30 minutes. For a full 100% charging, it takes about 65 minutes duration. Certainly, X3 would save you time for charging. Though Screen on-time varies upon use, you may get 7 to 8 hours of SOT on average. For basic use, its battery can support for more than a day.
POCO X3 NFC’s basic variant 6GB by 64 GB is available at BDT 25,999 in Bangladesh. And, the upper variant 6GB by 128 GB costs about BDT 27,999. Depending on the circumstances, the price may vary.
Overall, POCO X3 NFC offers a good package with a bunch of exciting features such as unique design, full HD+ display, 120Hz refresh rate, powerful 6 GB RAM, vast storage capacity, quad-camera setup with 64GB prime sensor, 5000mAh battery with 33W charger, etc. However, in this budget, the consumers may expect an AMOLED display, a powerful battery, and a superior processor. If you are a POCO fan and looking to buy an official POCO phone under the 26000 to 28000 price range, then you may consider POCO X3 NFC.
SpaceX delayed its second astronaut flight by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that could jeopardize the recovery and recycling of the rocket booster, pushing the launch to Sunday.
Friday’s postponement news came after SpaceX chief Elon Musk disclosed he had gotten mixed test results for COVID-19 and was awaiting the outcome of a more definitive test.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must quarantine under NASA policy and remain isolated. Officials said contact tracing by SpaceX found no link between Musk and any personnel in close touch with the four astronauts, who remain cleared for flight.
“I can assure everyone that we’re looking good for the (crew) launch and all of the critical personnel involved,” said SpaceX’s Benji Reed, senior director for human spaceflight.
It wasn’t immediately known if Musk would be allowed at the Kennedy Space Center launching site even if later tests came up negative.
Norm Knight, a deputy manager at NASA, said the guidelines are rigid for restricting access to astronauts before flight in order to keep them safe and healthy.
“No one’s above this access. It doesn’t matter if you’re Elon Musk or Jim Bridenstine,” Knight said at a news conference Friday night. “If you have not met those protocols, or if any of those protocols have been compromised, then we’re not going to let you near the crew.”
Musk said via Twitter that he tested positive for coronavirus, then negative twice, then positive again. He said he wasn’t feeling too well the past few days — sniffles, cough, low fever — but currently had no symptoms.
“So ‘Elon Musk Tests Negative for Covid’ is an equally correct title,” he tweeted.
Musk said his first tests were rapid tests, and he was awaiting the results of lab tests. The 15-minute rapid tests are less sensitive than the lab tests, which take hours longer to process.
NASA and SpaceX representatives wouldn’t say where Musk was Friday, although officials confirmed he was not at Kennedy. His company is based in Southern California, where he makes his home. He was inside Kennedy’s Launch Control last May for SpaceX’s first astronaut flight last May.
Four astronauts — three Americans and one Japanese — are scheduled to rocket to the International Space Station on Sunday night.
One of the test pilots on SpaceX’s first astronaut flight, Doug Hurley, said he’s certain Musk will be involved with the launch — regardless of where he is.
“Knowing Elon the way I do, they will figure out a way for him to be very much connected,” Hurley told The Associated Press from Houston.
The upcoming crew flight comes just three months after the end of the test flight with Hurley and Bob Behnken, both NASA astronauts. The four astronauts are going up for a full space station stay of five to six months. They will be replaced in the spring by yet another crew launched by SpaceX.
The latest launch was bumped a day in order to give SpaceX’s booster-landing platform enough time to get into position in the Atlantic, given the rough seas in the wake of Tropical Storm Eta. NASA and SpaceX are especially eager to retrieve this first-stage booster; it will be used for the next crew launch.
NASA turned over space station ferry trips to SpaceX and Boeing, which has yet to launch anyone, following the retirement of the shuttle fleet in 2011. The space agency is looking to save big by no longer having to buy seats on Russian Soyuz capsules for U.S. astronauts. The last ticket, used by a NASA astronaut launched from Kazakhstan in October, cost $90 million.
One launch pad over, meanwhile, an Atlas V rocket thundered into the sunset Friday with a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had been delayed repeatedly by pad and weather issues.
China's third-generation space tracking ship Yuanwang-6 departed on Friday for multiple spacecraft monitoring missions.
The ship will carry out missions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean and operate at sea for more than 90 days, said Luo Haiting, head of the ship's human resource department, reports Xinhua.
Yuanwang-6 has already performed four maritime monitoring missions since the beginning of 2020, including maritime monitoring for the last satellite launch for China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS-3).
The ship had completed an overhaul, equipment precision appraisals and training of crew members before the departure.
Samsung Bangladesh has recently launched a service for "out of warranty" spare parts of its consumer products and mobile phones.
Samsung Country Manager Seungwon Youn said, "The initiative will give customers peace of mind, especially those who worry about the warranty running out or paying extra."
Any customer repairing products with an appropriate charge will get 90 days' warranty on spare parts from the repair date.
Although Samsung provides such service for most of its products, it will not apply to batteries and accessories.
Customers will enjoy 90 days' warranty – the industry's highest in Bangladesh – from the day of receiving service from Samsung Service Centers.
However, the warranty will only apply to any functional or manufacturing defect. It will be void if the parts are damaged due to negligence, such as water clogging or any other external impact.
Also, customers cannot enjoy the warranty on replacing parts if the product was purchased from outside Bangladesh, reads a press release.