Yoga: A Plus Size Woman’s Answer to Body Shaming, Trolls

Image result for Yoga: A Plus Size Woman's Answer to Body Shaming, TrollsMumbai: A plus-sized Indian woman is challenging body stereotypes and defying internet trolls with a series of yoga videos that are proving a hit on social media.

Thirty-four-year-old Dolly Singh has gained something of a fan following online for promoting body positivity by showing that size is no barrier to mastering complex yoga moves.

To say ‘You can’t do this because you have so much weight,’ I don’t believe that,” Singh tells AFP after completing her morning stretch in a Mumbai park.

Four years ago a doctor advised her to lose weight following an ankle sprain. Singh, who is 4 feet 11 inches (150 cm), weighed almost 90 kilograms (198 pounds) at the time.

She got a trainer and embraced the “whole frenzy of losing weight” but grew bored of running so she signed up for something she’d never done before — yoga.

“The first class I was thinking ‘Can I really do this because I have a big body?’ After two or three class I realised people were looking at me and thinking ‘Oh my god she can do this’. My body had a certain kind of stamina, of flexibility.”

Singh, who works for a TV channel in India’s financial capital, soon realised there were limitations to group classes and sought the instruction she needed from videos online.

“We all have different bodies and if my teacher doesn’t have a belly, how will they know what the problems are of having a big belly,” she explains, laughing.

“I’m a big busted person and if the teacher isn’t how are they going to understand that when I’m doing a Halasana (plough pose) I’m almost choking to death!”

Singh started filming herself to monitor her progress and then began posting clips of her yoga poses on Instagram.


‘Online trolls’

Soon she was inundated with messages, mainly from foreigners at first but then from Indian women saying that Singh was an inspiration to them.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by some people saying they would feel alienated in a room full of perfect yoga bodies, how they would feel that everyone is watching them.

“There’s an idea of not showing your body if you’re big bodied. You’re supposed to hide everything because its not appealing or it’s not something people like to see but that’s just something that’s been sold to us,” she insists.

The response hasn’t all been positive however. Singh says she has been the victim of body shaming online.

“Indian men have not been encouraging at all. There are a lot of people who write very nasty comments. They would say something like ‘You’re just a fat blob, you look just like an elephant or bear, or you’re unfit or it’s because you’re eating so much food.

“I completely ignore these things. You can’t fight internet trolls. I don’t know these people so why should it bother me?”

Singh, who currently weighs 73 kg, says she will continue trying to sell “a more positive body image” and “challenge notions of fitness and beauty”.

“I’m not aiming to have this thin figure but I am aiming to have a beautiful flow and make my body strong through yoga,” she says, smiling.


ZTE Blade A2 Plus with 5,000mAh battery arrives in India for around $180

After launching it in China last year, ZTE has now brought the Blade A2 Plus to India. The device – which packs in a massive 5,000mAh battery – carries a price tag of INR 11,999 (around $180), and is a Flipkart exclusive in the country (it will go on sale Monday onwards).

Specs-wise, the phone is powered by MediaTek MT6750T chipset, and sports a 5.5-inch full HD display. RAM is 4GB (there’s a 3GB variant as well, but it’s not available in India), while internal memory is 32GB.

In terms of camera, the handset features a 13MP/8MP combo. Measuring 155×76.2×9.8mm, and weighing in at 189g, the Blade A2 Plus runs Android Marshmallow. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back. Color options include gold and silver.


Apple sells more Plus phones in Q4 2016 than ever

Apple is about to reveal its financial results for 4Q 2016 and they may contain a surprise – the company sold more iPhone 7 Plus units than any of the previous Plus-sized handsets. The company decided to equip the 7 Plus with more cameras, better battery life and more RAM than iPhone 7 and the result is said to be 24 million devices sold, compared with 15.5M iPhone 6s Plus phones in 4Q 2015. That’s 55% increase solely based on improving the hardware, compared with the flagship device from the same series.

Overall demand for the iPhone 7 has struggled throughout the October-December quarter which is first in Apple’s fiscal year. According to analysts from Cowen & Co, the data Apple is going to release tomorrow will reveal that people are unwilling to upgrade as often as expected. Part of the reason might be rumors about an 10-year Anniversary phone that kept a lot of consumers back when deciding to get the new iPhone.

The financial results show us also that this is the first time users in China preferred the Plus-sized iPhone to the regular one. 52% of the Apple fans decided to go with a iPhone 7 Plus compared with 40% who bought the predecessor iPhone 6s Plus.

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Weekly poll results: the Galaxy S8 is poised to outsell the Galaxy S8 Plus

The Galaxy S7 edge outsold its smaller sibling, the S7. Now leaked schematics show us that the next gen phones will have even bigger screen, will we see the Galaxy S8 Plus outsell the smaller Galaxy S8?

Our preliminary polling says no – if our math is right, the smaller S8 will put an S7 edge-size screen into an S7-size body. And it won 35% of votes, leading the S8 Plus (6.3” screen in an S7 edge body).

Of course, there are other considerations that might swing the results. The current consensus is that the Galaxy S8 Plus will have a dual camera, while the S8 will not. However, the Galaxy S8 will have stereo speakers while case designs for the Plus model show only one speaker grill.

It’s important to note that the S8 Plus wasn’t second in the polls, it was the hypothetical 5.1” Galaxy S8. Samsung hasn’t made a Galaxy S mini since the S5 generation (the Galaxy A phones took over), but can you imagine how compact a 5.1” S8 will be with these new super slim bezels?

Finally, 16% of voters say they will hold out for the Galaxy Note8 – if bigger is better then it’s clear that the Note8 will be the best, right?



We’ve seen several 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the one render we have of the Galaxy S8 Plus did not show its back.

And the back matters – according to rumors, only the Plus model will have a dual camera on the back. Not that these renders show it, but the hole for the camera is suspiciously wide and much wider than that of the vanilla Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Front Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Back (note the camera hole - wide enough for two)
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Front • Back (note the camera hole – wide enough for two)

The sides of the phone are quite interesting too. Initially, we thought that the Power button moved on the left, but we now see it in its original position (on the right). Recent rumors have mentioned that Bixby, Samsung’s upcoming AI digital assistant, will have a dedicated button.

There's an extra button - it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby There's an extra button - it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby There's an extra button - it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby
There’s an extra button – it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby

And we move to the bottom to find a USB-C port. Like the camera, we can’t fully trust what has been drawn, but the hole is wide enough to accept USB-C (it could be that the case maker is just playing it safe). And, of course, there’s the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.

Bottom with USB-C and headphone jack Top with no grill for the second speaker
Bottom with USB-C and headphone jack • Top with no grill for the second speaker

That said… where’s the speaker grill for the top speaker? The smaller Galaxy S8 had stereo speakers (top and bottom).


Meizu Pro 6 Plus and M3X unveiled: 12MP Sony camera, Flyme 6

Meizu unveiled both the Pro 6 Plus and the Meizu M3X – a flagship and an upscale mid-ranger, both running the new Flyme 6.0.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus

Bigger than both the Pro 6 and 6s, the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is like a Galaxy S7 “plus” that Samsung never gave us. Meizu crafted a metal body and filled it with 5.7 inches of flat Super AMOLED goodness – complete with QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560px) and Always On functionality. It aims for 430nits of brightness and is pressure sensitive (Meizu calls it 3D Press) to boot!

All this requires plenty of power, so the phone uses the Exynos 8890 (same as S7 and S7 edge). There are two versions – 64GB and 128GB – which have different clockspeeds for the processor (2GHz and 2.3GHz respectively). Note that this is fast UFS 2.0 storage and in both cases you get 4GB of RAM.

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus packs a 12MP camera with a Sony IMX386 sensor (1/2.9” big, 1.25µm pixels). It’s optically stabilized and has an f/2.0 aperture – not the brightest, but Meizu put a 10-LED ring flash (yes, ten LEDs, dual-tone too). The ring flash surrounds the Laser autofocus, which works up to 2m/6.5ft (other implementations we’ve seen are typically limited to 1.5m/6ft). The selfie camera features a 5MP sensor and an f/2.0 lens.

Meizu actually one-ups Samsung with its new mTouch fingerprint reader – it triggers in a blink of an eye (0.15s) and has a built-in heart rate monitor too. The Pro 6 Plus has a dedicated audio chip by ESS (ES9018K2M), if the name sounds familiar, it’s because LG tapped the same company for the V20 audio (ES9218).

The phone measures 7.3mm thick and weighs 158g (pretty good for a 5.7-incher) and it houses a 3,400mAh battery. On the bottom of the phone is a USB Type-C port (v3.1 speed) with fast charging to the tune of 24W.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus: Champagne Gold Meizu Pro 6 Plus: Deep Ash Meizu Pro 6 Plus: Moonlight Silver
Meizu Pro 6 Plus: Champagne Gold • Deep Ash • Moonlight Silver

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus will be available in Champagne Gold, Deep Ash and Moonlight Silver. The 64GB version is priced CNY 3,000 while the 128GB one (remember it comes with higher clock speeds) is at CNY 3,300 (that’s ~$480/€450, not counting additional taxes and expenses).

Meizu M3X

The Meizu M3X is slightly smaller, but features the same Sony IMX386 sensor for its 12MP camera. It’s not that much smaller with a 5.5” 1080p screen, which is brighter to boot – 500nits (1,500:1 contrast ratio) and by official numbers covers 85% of the front.

The M3X (no “Note” in the name) is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 chipset with 3GB or 4GB of RAM (with 32GB or 64GB of storage). The phone also runs Flyme 6.0 and has a 3,200mAh battery with fast mCharge (18W, matching Quick Charge 3.0). It also has a fingerprint reader (sans the heart rate sensor) and a USB Type-C port.

Meizu M3X: Phantom Blue Meizu M3X: Streamer Gold Meizu M3X: Pearl White Meizu M3X: Obsidian Black
Meizu M3X: Phantom Blue • Streamer Gold • Pearl White • Obsidian Black

The Meizu M3X will be available in China in Phantom Blue, Streamer Gold, Pearl White and Obsidian Black. The 3GB/32GB model will cost CNY 1,700 and the 4GB/64GB one CNY 2,000 (~$290/€270, again not counting additional expenses). Note that in China, the phone is known as the Blue Charm X.


vivo X9 and X9 Plus are now official with a 20MP + 8MP selfie camera setup

After refreshing its budget segment with the V5 yesterday, vivo has now continued on to its “X” family of devices. The vivo X9 and vivo X9 Plus have been popping-up in the rumor mill quite frequently, mostly drawing attention with their 20MP+8MP dual front camera setups.

Now that the Chinese launch took place, we can confirm that vivo has, indeed, delivered on its promise. We can’t really judge on the qualities of the cameras, before testing them out, but they do sound quite impressive on paper. The 20MP module uses a 1/2.8″ Sony IMX376 sensor, with an aperture of f/2.0. As for the 8MP one, it will be used for capturing depth information and will likely enable some interesting selfie effects.

The basic X9 measures 152.6 x 74 x 6.99mm, weighs 154 grams and has a 5.5-inch, FullHD panel of the Super AMOLED variety. Underneath the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC – a mid-range offer, built on an efficient 14nm process for superb battery life. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, the latter is for the international version.

The main camera is a 16MP one with an aperture of f/2.0, PDAF and a single LED flash. Other extras include 4G LTE with VoLTE and Dual SIM support, also an AKM4376 DAC and a fingerprint reader. A 3050mAh battery keeps the lights on.

The vivo X9 Plus has a FullHD Super AMOLED panel, only slightly bigger at 5.88 inches. The chipset is swapped for a more powerful Snapdragon 653 one, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The battery is also bigger at 4,000 mAh. The rest remains unchanged.

The vivo X9 and X9 Plus can both be picked up in either Gold or Rose Gold. The former is available for pre-order in China today at a price of CNY 2798 (about $406) for a 64GB one and CNY 2998 (about $435) for the bigger 128GB. As for the X9 Plus, vivo has promised to reveal more info on availability and pricing on December 26.


Vivo V5 and V5 Plus said to feature a whopping 20MP selfie camera

Vivo’s V3 and V3Max handset enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in the value segment of the market, after their release earlier this year. However things are now moving at a phenomenal pace and, despite their young age, both handsets are due for an update, if the Chinese OEM wants to stay relevant.

Said update will likely come with the new Vivo V5 and its bigger sibling – the V5 Plus (apparently, the Max moniker is no longer in fashion). The pair have been popping up in the rumor mill from time to time over the past few months, but with no actual information to note. Now, a fresh new leak, suggests both handsets will feature a whopping 20MP front-facing camera. If this comes to pass, then vivo is definitely working hard on its ongoing quest towards a great selfie experience.

Both handsets are also said to come with Funtouch OS 2.6, or Android 6 Marshmallow out of the box, with a Nougat update still a while away. Sadly, that is all the info we have on the V5 Plus. But on the flip side, a full specs sheet has leaked for the vivo V5.

According to it, it will be equipped with a 5.5-inch HD display, which fills the size slot previously occupied by the V3Max, potentially leaving room for an even bigger panel on the V5 Plus. The similarities carry over in some other specs areas as well, like the Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Some other V5 internals include an AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip and, of course, the standard slew of sensors and connectivity options: Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, Acelerometer, Light, Proximity, and E-compass sensor.

The vivo V5 is also a dual-SIM, dual standby device, with support for both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE bands. And last, but not least, a sealed-in 3,000 mAh battery will keep the light on. As for the exterior of the V5, it comes with a metal shell in Gold or Rose Gold color, measuring 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.55 mm. The handset tips the scale at 154 grams.

Vivo is expected to announce the V5 on November 15 in Mumbai with a price tag of under INR 20,000. Around the same time, on November 16, to be exact, the Chinese OEM is said to launch the X9 and X9 Plus handsets on its home market. The latter will likely be pretty similar to the V5 models, but could actually go even a step further in the selfie camera department, with a dual 20MP plus 8MP front-facing setup.


Promo poster for vivo X9 and X9 Plus gives away the specs

The vivo X9 and X9 Plus are expected on November 16 and someone is already putting up promotional posters for the upcoming selfie-obsessed duo.

The vivo X9 has a 5.5” 1080p screen, while the X9 Plus goes bigger at 5.88” (still 1080p resolution). The two differ in battery size too – 3,050mAh for the smaller phone and 4,000mAh for the bigger one.

vivo jumped the gun with the promotional materials
vivo jumped the gun with the promotional materials

Both will be powered by the new Snapdragon 653 chipset – a slightly overclocked version of the 652 with a faster modem (up to Cat. 13). The smaller X9 will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, while the bigger X9 Plus ups the RAM to 6GB. Don’t expect the latest Android though, 6.0 Marshmallow is what you’ll get at launch.

The X9’s claim to fame is the dual selfie camera – 20MP + 8MP. On the back is a single 16MP camera. It’s not yet 100% clear what functions the dual selfie cameras will serve, our money is on a wide-angle lens for group selfies (B&W selfies are a possibility but then why the wildly different resolutions).


Lenovo Phab2 Plus landing in India next week

The Lenovo Phab2 Plus smartphone, which was unveiled at the company’s Tech World event back in June this year, will be launched in India next week – November 8 to be precise. Media invites for the event have been sent and the company has also started teasing the launch on Twitter.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter


Lenovo India


Why would you go regular when you can #GoPHAB? Stay tuned to find out how #DifferentLivesBetter on November 8th.



The handset will be launched as an Amazon exclusive in the country. There’s, however, currently no information on the price tag that it will carry – the phone was launched carrying a $299 tag in the US.

Specs-wise, the Phab2 Plus is powered by Mediatek’s MT8783 chipset and sports a 6.4-inch HD display. It has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, as well as a 4,050mAh battery. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP/8MP combo. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.