Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017

Vivo on Wednesday at the start of MWC Shanghai 2017 showcased its new Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution, as well as its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Photography Solution targeted for backlighting and night scene photography, and a Hi-Fi solution with an customised DAC decoding chip. As of now, no Vivo device with the fingerprint scanning tech is in production, but will be showing the tech on prototype devices.

The Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution is based on Qualcomm technology, and the US-based telecommunications giant separately detailed its own display, glass, and metal fingerprint scanning solutions at the tradeshow. Qualcomm will be showcasing its own under display fingerprint scanning technology at MWC Shanghai 2017 using the Vivo Xplay6, as seen in the above image. Like Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display, Vivo’s solution can scan through 1200-micron thick OLED display stacks.

Vivo claims its under-display fingerprint solution is the first to be “demonstrated by a smartphone manufacturer.” The Chinese company said that since the Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution doesn’t require physical button for the sensor, the solution enables the use of a “true full-screen display and an integrated unibody and mechanical waterproofing design.”

In a statement, the company elaborated to say, “In Vivo’s R&D plan, fingerprint scanning will not be carried out by an independent button or region. It will be realised more subtly under the screen, behind the metal shell, or even in the frame.”

Vivo adds, “based on ultrasonic technology, the fingerprint recognition technology can be further expanded to realize user interaction, such as gesture recognition, security verification and other fields, which will greatly enhance user experience.”

Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017
Coming to Vivo’s other announcements from its keynote at the tradeshow, let’s start with the new independent Vivo DSP Photography Solution. The company claims the new tech will greatly “improve backlighting and night scene photography”.

Vivo says the DSP Photography Solution is designed to help users take pictures with “high quality and accurate exposure, and adjust the brightness of the image to make it better correspond to what is actually seen by the human eye.” It adds that the photography processing speed has also seen a boost.

The Vivo DSP Photography Solution allows smartphones to take multiple RAW images quickly, and can also reduce shot noise for night scene photography to a large extent. The DSP will also improve the beautification effects of Vivo’s Face Beauty Mode.

Finally, we come to Vivo’s new Hi-Fi audio solution including new customised DAC decoding chip and headphone amplifier technology. The new solution improves SNR, dynamic range, distortion, and output power, delivering an SNR of 122dB, dynamic range of 120dB, distortion of -111dB, and output power of 2.2VRms. The headphone amplifier utilises new processing technology to improve power efficiency as well as the overall audio experience.

“Major brands have been taking actions to take in an advantageous position in the market these years. From process innovations in smartphone casings to dual lenses for both front and back cameras, and finally design breakthroughs in appearance, the smartphone industry has entered a new round of technological competition.” says Alex Feng, senior vice president of Vivo, “We are set to increase our technology capabilities and bring better products to our consumers. That is how we keep our brand’s competitiveness in the long run.”

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017, Including Under Display Offering

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm announced its new generation fingerprint sensors based on ultrasonic fingerprint technology, an upgrade over its Sense ID fingerprint technology. The sensors even unlock devices underwater, and work through displays. This last is especially pertinent in 2017, which both Samsung and Apple expected to release smartphones with fingerprint sensors embedded in their displays. Separately, the company also announced that its automotive platforms will be integrated in the infotainment system used inside upcoming vehicles manufactured by Chinese carmaker Geely.

First talking about the fingerprint scanning and authentication technology, Qualcomm says “The suite of features consists of sensors for Display, Glass and Metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up.”

Notably, this new generation of technology is the first commercially announced “integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution” that can detect heart beat and blood flow for improved authentication, as per Qualcomm’s claims.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is capable of scanning through OLED display stacks of up to 1200 microns (micrometres), along with enrolling and matching, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal can scan through up to 800 microns of cover glass and up to 650 microns of aluminium, the company said in its release. Comparatively, the previous generation was able to scan through up to 400 microns for both glass and metal.

“Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with the recently announced Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms,” the company said.
Qualcomm says that in comparison to the previous generation, the new fingerprint solutions offer greater design flexibility to operators and OEMs. The Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for glass and metal are said to be available to OEMs this month, and will expectedly arrive with commercial devices in the first half of next year. On the other hand, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is expected to be available for OEMs in the fourth quarter of this year.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017, Including Under Display Offering

The company has said that it will be showcasing the new sensors for display and metal along with Vivo through a modified version of Vivo XPlay 6 smartphone at MWC Shanghai 2017.

Moving on to the second part of the story, Qualcomm has announced that Chinese carmaker Geely will be using the automotive platforms developed by the former for the infotainment systems in its upcoming vehicles. These infotainment systems come with integrated 4G LTE modem and use the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform. Geely vehicles that will feature Snapdragon automotive platforms are expected to be available from 2020.

Select Geely models also be making use of the Snapdragon 820Am variant of the platform with an integrated X12 LTE modem, supporting up to 600 Mbps downlink and 150 Mbps uplink speeds, the company said in its release. This solution has been designed specifically to provide “exceptional in-car cloud connectivity to support key features, such as over-the-air updates, navigation with real-time updates, news and local information, emergency assistance and diagnostics,” Qualcomm said.

 

OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5 smartphone last week. and on Monday, OnePlus held an AMA on Reddit to answer all fan questions. One such query was about when the promised Android O update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T would arrive. OnePlus then confirmed that both the phones will receive Android O before the end of this year. The company also confirmed that it has no plans of introducing expandable storage and that a tablet is not in the making as of now, but a $800 premium device may be on the cards.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had already confirmed that both the devices will receive Android O whenever it arrives, but it has now even confirmed the timeline before which you can expect it. If OnePlus stays true to its timeline, then it’s quite ambitious of the company to roll out the software update so soon after Android O’s commercial release. Android O has been released in developer betas, and is expected to go commercial sometime in October with the launch of the new Pixel devices.

The name of Android O has not been unveiled yet, but the latest evidence points to Android Oatmeal Cookie. Android Oreo has also been rumoured if a cross promotion deal is made, similar to Android KitKat. In any case, Google will unveil the final name in due course. The latest preview confirmed the Android version to be Android 8.0, something that was kept under wraps when Android O was first announced.

OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

In the AMA, OnePlus was also pulled up for not living up to promise of updating the older devices on time, or dropping support for them very quickly. Co-founder Carl Pei also confirmed that OnePlus may never consider making a tablet but a premium device with a $800 price tag is on the cards. It was also asked about the recent benchmark cheating issue, but did not respond.

OnePlus also touched upon the delay of the OnePlus 5 early access packages, and said that customers who ordered the OnePlus 5 last week should see their parcels arrive this week. The company also confirmed that it will bring EIS for 4K video to the OnePlus 5 in a future software update, and address the Wi-Fi issue some early adopters are now reporting. You can read all the questions and responses asked in the AMA right here.

The OnePlus 5 was launched in India last week, first going up via Early Access Sale on Amazon India, and pop-up events across the country where it made the OnePlus 5 available offline as well. From Tuesday, it is available in an open sale on Amazon India, the OnePlus Store, and OnePlus Experience Store in Benglauru.

 

DU PG admit card 2017 released at du.ac.in, exams to begin from July 1

The Delhi University has activated the admit card link of PG, M.Phil and PhD entrance exams. These exams will start from July onwards and the applicants can download their admission ticket from official portal. After getting delayed twice, the online registration for the exam had started from June 12 and closed on June 22, 2017. DU initially planned to conduct the entrance examination online but had to change the decision.

The candidates can view the admit card on the official website – admission.du.ac.in/pg2017.

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DU PG admit card 2017, here’s how to check
Step 1: Vist the official website mentioned above
Step 2: On the homepage, click on PG link
Step 3: You’ll be directed to a new page. Enter your registered email id and password
Step 4: Your admit card will be displayed
Step 5: Download and take a print out
Remember to carry the admission ticket as it has important details like venue, exam time etc.

As per Maharaj K Pandit, chairperson of the admission committee, around 650 seats would be announced for M Phil course and around 850 seats would be allotted for Ph D courses.Admission process: The admission will be done on the basis of offline entrance examination and 50 per cent on merit basis. The exam was held in six centres – Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Nagpur and Varanasi between July 1 and 6.

Steam Summer Sale 2017: The Biggest Sales and Deals

The longest day of the year has come and gone – considered the first day of the summer for people in the Northern Hemisphere – and with that Steam’s annual summer sale is now upon us. Sure, for most of us in India it’s monsoon already, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the gifts that Steam bears.

On top of the discounts, Valve has added a mini-game of sorts, where you complete daily quests to fill a sticker book. If you manage to complete any of the 15 pages, that one will permanently stay unlocked on your account. Stickers can’t be traded, so you’ll have to do the quests to earn them.

If you don’t have an international credit/debit card, don’t worry. Steam brought in support for netbanking, digital wallets, and cash on delivery late last year, so there’s a ton of new ways to pay for your favourite games.

Steam Summer Sale 2017: The Biggest Sales and Deals

As has become the new norm, there’ll be no limited-time or flash sales during the Steam Summer Sale. Instead, games with discounts will stay that way throughout the sale period – June 22 to July 5 – and games that aren’t on discount won’t be receiving any discounts randomly. That’s good for players, since it gives you ample time to browse the store and find gems.

In any case, we’ve perused through the games on sale so you don’t have to bother looking. Here are the top deals during the Steam Summer Sale:

Big-name titles

Bayonetta – Rs. 498 (25 percent off)

Batman: The Telltale Series – Rs. 216 (65 percent off)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Rs. 2,149 (50 percent off)

Civilization VI – Rs. 1,499 (40 percent off)

Dark Souls III – Rs. 1,719 (60 percent off)

Dishonored 2 – Rs. 1,335 (50 percent off)

Doom – Rs. 1,000 (50 percent off)

F1 2016 – Rs. 353 (70 percent off)

Fallout 4 – Rs. 1,000 (50 percent off)

Final Fantasy VII – Rs. 204 (50 percent off)

Final Fantasy VIII – Rs. 204 (50 percent off)

Football Manager 2017 – Rs. 544 (66 percent off)

Grand Theft Auto V – Rs. 1,468 (50 percent off)

Mafia III – Rs. 617 (63 percent off)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Rs. 197 (80 percent off)

NBA 2K17 – Rs. 624 (75 percent off)

Nier: Automata – Rs. 1,399 (30 percent off)

Planet Coaster – Rs. 1,989 (33 percent off)

Prey – Rs. 2,639 (34 percent off)

Resident Evil 7 – Rs. 1,619 (40 percent off)

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Rs. 399 (60 percent off)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Rs. 2,344 (33 percent off)

Total War: Warhammer – Rs. 679 (66 percent off)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III – Rs. 1,499 (25 percent off)

Watch Dogs 2 – Rs. 1,749 (50 percent off)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY – Rs. 499 (50 percent off)

XCOM 2 – Rs. 989 (67 percent off)

Indie

Abzu – Rs. 169 (70 percent off)

Dead Cells – Rs. 466 (15 percent off)

Firewatch – Rs. 254 (55 percent off)

Hyper Light Drifter – Rs. 282 (50 percent off)

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – Rs. 158 (67 percent off)

Overcooked – Rs. 399 (50 percent off)

Superhot – Rs. 371 (40 percent off)

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action – Rs. 320 (33 percent off)

What Remains of Edith Finch – Rs. 423 (25 percent off)

 

Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 coming to the US soon

From smartphones to laptops, 2016 is proving to be a busy year for Asus. Now, a press render of a new Asus ZenPad tablet has surfaced online. Popular leakster Evan Blass has released the picture on his Twitter account.

He has also revealed that it will be launched in the US soon with Verizon. While the official confirmation is still pending, the tablet is none other the recently announced ZenPad Z8 2017. While none of the features and specs of the device has been revealed, we already know what will kit offer. If you remember, Asus announced the ZenPad Z8 2017 last month at Computex 2017.

On the specs angle, the Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 is driven by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor running at 1.8Ghz and topped with Adreno 510 GPU. There are two different memory variants available for the device; one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB of default storage. Moreover, the storage space can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 coming to the US soon

Display-wise, the tablet flaunts a 7.9-inch IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Powering the device is a non-removable 4680mAh battery unit.

On the optics front, the Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 features a 13MP rear-facing camera with autofocus as well as a 5MP front-camera for selfies. As for software, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

Connectivity suite of the tablet offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Type-C USB port etc. It is likely that the Verizon’s will ZenPad Z8 2017 differ a bit from the International version in terms of specs.

Steam Summer Sale 2017: The Biggest Sales and Deals

The longest day of the year has come and gone – considered the first day of the summer for people in the Northern Hemisphere – and with that Steam’s annual summer sale is now upon us. Sure, for most of us in India it’s monsoon already, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the gifts that Steam bears.

On top of the discounts, Valve has added a mini-game of sorts, where you complete daily quests to fill a sticker book. If you manage to complete any of the 15 pages, that one will permanently stay unlocked on your account. Stickers can’t be traded, so you’ll have to do the quests to earn them.

If you don’t have an international credit/debit card, don’t worry. Steam brought in support for netbanking, digital wallets, and cash on delivery late last year, so there’s a ton of new ways to pay for your favourite games.

As has become the new norm, there’ll be no limited-time or flash sales during the Steam Summer Sale. Instead, games with discounts will stay that way throughout the sale period – June 22 to July 5 – and games that aren’t on discount won’t be receiving any discounts randomly. That’s good for players, since it gives you ample time to browse the store and find gems.

Steam Summer Sale 2017: The Biggest Sales and Deals

In any case, we’ve perused through the games on sale so you don’t have to bother looking. Here are the top deals during the Steam Summer Sale:

Big-name titles

Bayonetta – Rs. 498 (25 percent off)

Batman: The Telltale Series – Rs. 216 (65 percent off)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Rs. 2,149 (50 percent off)

Civilization VI – Rs. 1,499 (40 percent off)

Dark Souls III – Rs. 1,719 (60 percent off)

Dishonored 2 – Rs. 1,335 (50 percent off)

Doom – Rs. 1,000 (50 percent off)

F1 2016 – Rs. 353 (70 percent off)

Fallout 4 – Rs. 1,000 (50 percent off)

Final Fantasy VII – Rs. 204 (50 percent off)

Final Fantasy VIII – Rs. 204 (50 percent off)

Football Manager 2017 – Rs. 544 (66 percent off)

Grand Theft Auto V – Rs. 1,468 (50 percent off)

Mafia III – Rs. 617 (63 percent off)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Rs. 197 (80 percent off)

NBA 2K17 – Rs. 624 (75 percent off)

Nier: Automata – Rs. 1,399 (30 percent off)

Planet Coaster – Rs. 1,989 (33 percent off)

Prey – Rs. 2,639 (34 percent off)

Resident Evil 7 – Rs. 1,619 (40 percent off)

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Rs. 399 (60 percent off)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Rs. 2,344 (33 percent off)

Total War: Warhammer – Rs. 679 (66 percent off)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III – Rs. 1,499 (25 percent off)

Watch Dogs 2 – Rs. 1,749 (50 percent off)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY – Rs. 499 (50 percent off)

XCOM 2 – Rs. 989 (67 percent off)

Indie

Abzu – Rs. 169 (70 percent off)

Dead Cells – Rs. 466 (15 percent off)

Firewatch – Rs. 254 (55 percent off)

Hyper Light Drifter – Rs. 282 (50 percent off)

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – Rs. 158 (67 percent off)

Overcooked – Rs. 399 (50 percent off)

Superhot – Rs. 371 (40 percent off)

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action – Rs. 320 (33 percent off)

What Remains of Edith Finch – Rs. 423 (25 percent off)

What do you have on your eye on this summer? Leave them in the comments below.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) to arrive on Cricket as Galaxy Halo

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) will land on Cricket Wireless in the US carrying a different moniker. According to the usually reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), the variant will be called Galaxy Halo.

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While there’s no information on whether or not there’ll be any spec-related changes, there does seem to be some design-related differences (especially if you look at the back). Sadly, there are no details on exactly when the launch will happen, and what price tag the Galaxy Halo will carry.

The Galaxy J7 (2017) was made official earlier this month, and from what we know, it should launch in July for €340.

 

 

 

2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift Review

Ever since the first ever Skoda Octavia was launched in India way back in 2002, it garnered a cult following among the Indian car enthusiasts. It was a true driver’s car with good cabin space and loads of practicality to boot. Globally, Skoda has sold over 5 million units of the Octavia. India got the current 3rd generation model in 2013 and it is now in the middle of its lifecycle. So it was time for the customary facelift and a bunch of new features to come our way.

2017 skoda octavia facelift headlamp

So what’s new? Quite a bit, actually! But we will begin with the exterior. The face is completely re-done with a new split-headlamp cluster that Skoda likes to call QuadraLED headlights. And that’s because the split is into four compartments. The low and high-beam have been separated. You also get LED daytime running lights and fog lamps on the bumper, which is all-new as well. For that premium feel, there is a chrome strip running across the bumper too. The grille on the 2017 Octavia is now done in a glossy black finish while the hood has a few new creases which weren’t there earlier. The front fenders get new lines too, and are more sculpted now, making the car look a tad more muscular. At the rear, the tail lamps are LED units as well and the rear bumper is also revised.

2017 skoda octavia facelift action

The 2017 Octavia facelift also gets ParkPilot. Activate the system and the car will manoeuvre itself into or out of a parking spot. But do keep in mind that it is you, who has to apply the brakes as and when necessary. There are proximity sensors all over and there is a reverse parking camera as well, which makes life easier.

2017 skoda octavia facelift connectivity

Step inside the cabin and there are changes for the better. The most noticeable one is the brand-new 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, with capacitive touch. The interface is smooth and the resolution (800×480) is better than the previous Octavia’s. It is smartphone friendly and you can choose from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to pair your smartphone with it. Skoda has also introduced an app of its own, which is the ‘Boss Connect’. In case you are someone who likes to be driven around, you can simply download the app and control the infotainment system from the rear seat.

2017 skoda octavia facelift dashboard

That’s not all, Skoda is now offering ambient lighting with 10 colours. You can also increase/decrease the brightness of the lamps in the footwell and on the doors. Some other creature comforts include a panoramic sunroof and there are two USB ports for rear passengers right below the rear AC vent. The new Octavia feels plusher from the inside, thanks to the soft-touch plastics and the beige-black two-tone colour scheme. The cabin retains its roominess and is a comfortable place to be in.

No mechanical changes, though the car’s rear track has increased by 20 mm on the 2.0-litre TDI and by 30 mm on the 1.8-litre TSI variant. The reason for this is the TDI uses a tweaked compound crank axle while the TSI gets a new multi-link axle. The increased track provides better handling according to the company.

2017 skoda octavia facelift rear

The engines remain unchanged. Skoda is continuing with the three engines that have been available on the Octy – the 1.4-litre TSI, the 1.8-litre TSI and the 2.0-litre TDI. We drove the diesel variant and are pleased to report that the engine remains the powerhouse it was. There is that familiar diesel clatter when you start the car but the motor remains as punchy and torquey as ever. The 6-speed DSG always was a lovely gearbox and still is. The power and torque output remain the same at 140.8 bhp and 320 Nm. The claimed mileage is 19.3 kmpl.

As far as safety is concerned, the top trim of the Octavia gets 8 airbags while the base trim gets 4 airbags, which are the dual airbags upfront and at the sides. ABS, EBD and traction control are standard.

2017 skoda octavia facelift front

So the Skoda Octavia still remains a good value proposition in its segment – even though the segment itself may not be too hot these days. The new features and design elements are a step-up and add to the overall desirability quotient of the car. Prices will also be tweaked though the variant stack up should remain the same too. The car launches in mid-July which is when Skoda India will announce prices too.

 

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

You could be fooled into believing it’s an all-new motorcycle, the new Kawasaki Ninja 650. It now gets styling inspired by its bigger supersport sibling, the ZX-10R, and that itself is a very good thing indeed; the 2017 Ninja 650 looks much, much, better than the earlier model. And yes, it looks like a proper sportbike now, with a completely redesigned front fairing and fuel tank. Overall fit and finish on the bike is excellent; the new five-spoke wheels are lighter, the underbelly exhaust is shorter, helping centralize the mass. The handlebars aren’t clip-ons but designed to look like clip-ons; clearly underlining the sport touring creds of the Ninja 650.

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 gets styling inspired from ZX-10R

The face has been completely redesigned, with a new adjustable windshield and new headlights. There’s a new LED taillight, and the instrument panel has been revised too, and gets a part-analogue, part-digital treatment with easy read outs for almost everything you need. And then, there’s a new pressed-steel gull-arm swingarm; opinion is divided, and we’re not sure it really complements the overall look. But in all, the new Ninja 650 certainly looks premium, more stylish and more in line with the “Kawasaki Ninja” name.

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 gets sportier, sleeker design

Thumb the starter and there’s no drama; give it a fistful of revs and there’s no roar; no intake whine, no deep exhaust note. But slot it into gear and open the throttle, and the commuter-ish motor seems to wake up. The parallel-twin does have some buzz in higher revs, but speeds build quickly through the gears. Acceleration is rapid, and the rev limiter lights up much before there’s any protest from the parallel-twin engine. There’s no music from the exhaust, but the Ninja 650 is no slouch either; triple digit speeds and beyond arrive quickly even before you realise you’re going that fast.

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New Ninja 650 is 19 kg lighter than the 2016 model

A new trellis frame, new swingarm and lighter wheels make the Ninja 650 shed weight – almost 19 kg over the earlier model! The new steering geometry with a sharper rake and shorter trail, makes the bike more precise and more willing to turn. Yes, the new Ninja 650 is a good handler, and unless you’re pushing the bike to its limits, or to the Dunlop tyres’ limits, to be more specific, handling is quite predictable and the bike is willing to turn in with enthusiasm. Part of that credit also goes to the stiffly sprung suspension; the 41 mm KYB fork at the front is non-adjustable, but the rear shock is adjustable for preload. Brakes, now with standard ABS, are excellent, and offer sure and certain stopping power.

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is eager to turn, and more precise

The 649 cc parallel-twin engine may have been carried forward from the previous model, but it’s got new components – there are lighter aluminium cylinders, new injectors, smaller throttle bodies, new camshafts, a revised airbox and exhaust, and the engine has been retuned. On paper, it makes less power than the outgoing model with 67 bhp, but the 65.7 Nm of torque comes in lower in the revs. All in all, it has better acceleration, and more midrange power, and it’s more agile, more fun and more versatile.

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New Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a versatile commuter and tourer

The Ninja 650 may be a middleweight, but it feels like a small bike, and it doesn’t have the intake roar or exhaust note associated with a high-performance motorcycle. It feels at ease handling traffic, and is equally comfortable on the highway, if you’re in the mood for occasional long distance touring. If you’re looking to upgrade from a smaller bike, or you’re new to motorcycling, at ₹ 5.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Kawasaki Ninja 650 could well be all the bike you need.