Was realme caught faking their new narzo 50 smartphone’s gaming capabilities during the official launch event?!
Take a look at the video, and see if you spot the mistake they made!
realme Caught Faking narzo 50 Gameplay During Launch?!
The realme narzo 50 launch in India on 24 February 2022 involved a series of challenges to showcase its superiority over other smartphones.
To make the challenges look genuine, they had an e-sports streamer, Assassin Army, face off against realme India’s digital marketing officer, Rahul Kumar.
Unfortunately, a glitch in the Matrix derailed their plans, and revealed that they were apparently faking the narzo 50’s gameplay. See if you can spot the mistake they made in the video…
The “glitch” happened in Round 2, where both Assassin Army and Rahul Kumar had to try to “snipe” at each other in Garena Free Fire, without using a scope.
Assassin Army won this round, by being the first to shoot Rahul because “the display is so smooth and lag free that I got [it] in my first try!”
Rahul agreed, and explained that the “120 Hz refresh rate definitely would have helped“, because it is “double of what you get in a normal smartphone“.
The trouble is – just before Assassin Army cried out in victory, he appeared to accidentally trigger the Gallery app, showing that it was a pre-recorded video.
You can see that he triggered it at around 1:06 minute of the 11:55 minute long pre-recorded video. You can also see the Gallery app’s Pause, Share and Edit icons, as well as the navigation bar at the top.
If you look carefully at the lower left corner of the video, you can also see that they pre-recorded the session almost 2 weeks earlier – on 12 February 2022.
You would have thought that someone at realme would have noticed the mistake, and reshoot that segment. But fortunately for us, they missed it. Otherwise, we might never have realised that the gameplay was faked!
It’s hard to understand why realme would bother faking the narzo 50’s gameplay, since the whole event was scripted and pre-recorded. They could have recorded the actual gameplay, and edited the video.
Besides, the narzo 50 is a cheap mid-range smartphone that only costs Rs 12,999, which is roughly US$173 / £129 / A$240 / S$234 / RM 729. No one would mistake it for a “killer gaming smartphone”.
Before narzo 50, It Was The narzo 30A…
This isn’t the first time realme was caught faking a demo. Some of you may recall the narzo 30A scandal.
Less than a year ago, realme apparently used an Apple iPhone for their gaming demonstration during the official narzo 30A launch in Bangladesh!
The researchers found that each of the drugs had some degree of effectiveness against the virus and most were currently in clinical trials. They used molecular docking to find that the mutations in the Omicron variant didn’t significantly affect the interaction between the drugs and the main protease.
An analysis of all 10 drugs found that ivermectin was the most effective drug candidate against the Omicron variant. The testing included Nirmatrelvir (Paxlovid), which is the new protease inhibitor for which the FDA provided an emergency use authorization against COVID in December 2021.
In other words, Pfizer released a new drug which cost the U.S. taxpayers $5.29 billion or $529 per course of treatment and which received an EUA despite the availability of a similar drug that has proven to be more effective and is cheaper.
Truth : Cornell Did Not Call Ivermectin Most Effective Drug vs. Omicron!
This is yet another example of ivermectin FAKE NEWS, created by antivaxxers and alternative health websites like Mercola.
Let me show you just how they maliciously lied to you about this study…
Fact #1 : Study Was Not Conducted By Cornell University
The study in question is called Insights from a computational analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant: Host-pathogen interaction, pathogenicity and possible therapeutics.
The study was conducted by Parvez et. al. – a team from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, and the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology in Bangladesh.
This study on ivermectin and other protease inhibiting drugs has NOTHING to do with Cornell University.
Fact #2 : arXiv Is An Online Library Managed By Cornell University
The study summary in arXiv has a Cornell University logo at the top, which the fake news creator hopes will convince you that the study was done by a Cornell University team.
The truth is – arXiv is an open access repository (library) of scientific papers that is financed and managed by the Cornell University Library. Hence, the Cornell University logo.
That does not mean that the papers submitted to arXiv were conducted or endorsed by Cornell University.
Fact #3 : arXiv Papers Are NOT Peer-Reviewed
The C19Ivermectin website claims that the Parvez et. al. paper has been peer-reviewed. That’s false.
arXiv stores scientific preprints and post-prints (also called e-prints) that any scientist choose to submit.
All papers submitted to arXiv are NOT peer-reviewed, and must NOT be used without proper context.
While papers are typically peer-reviewed before becoming post-print and published (see graphic below), this is not the case for arXiv.
In fact, arXiv specifically warns that their post-prints are NOT peer-reviewed at the top of the page :
Important: e-prints posted on arXiv are not peer-reviewed by arXiv; they should not be relied upon without context to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information without consulting multiple experts in the field.
Fact #4 : Study Used Computer Modelling
The Parvez et. al. study (PDF download) was not conducted in the real world, or even in a laboratory. It was conducted on a computer.
They used computational analysis to analyse the binding potential for ten drugs that target the SARS-CoV-2’s protease protein.
However, this was all done on a computer, and may not necessarily reflect real world results. They must be reviewed (to look for mistakes), and then confirmed in actual lab and real world tests.
As the study authors themselves state, “While these hypotheses hold great value and may provide significant insights into the therapeutic strategies, further research is crucial to authenticate these statements.”
Fact #5 : PAXLOVID Consists Of Two Drugs, Not One
The Parvez et. al. paper looked at individual drugs, and labelled Nirmatrelvir as PAXLOVID.
That is incorrect, as PAXLOVID is a combination of two protease inhibitors :
two 150 mg tablets of Nirmatrelvir (the new protease inhibitor developed by Pfizer)
one 100 mg tablet of Ritonavir (an old antiviral approved in 1996)
Drug combinations like this offer a synergistic effect, above and beyond their individual abilities.
Hence, the Parvez et. al. study does not accurately reflect the ability of the PAXLOVID combination of Nirmatrelvir and Ritonavir to simultaneously and synergistically bind to the coronavirus protease enzyme.
And no – you cannot combine or average their results. It doesn’t work that way…
Pro Tip : If you are searching for Ritonavir in the Parvez et. al. study, do note that they wrongly called it Ritonvir.
Fact #6 : In Silico Results Are Least Clinically Important
Computational analysis can help scientists identify potential drug candidates, but the results are not always clinically important.
In this study’s case, it looked at the affinity (ease) at which ten drugs can bind to the protease enzyme of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
While that is a critical feature of protease inhibiting drugs that block the coronavirus’ ability to replicate, it does not tell us other important things like :
the minimum drug plasma level to inhibit replication
maximum dose a human being can safely tolerate
the dose required to achieve the therapeutic plasma level
drug interactions and adverse effects
plasma half life and drug metabolism
In the order of clinical importance, such computational (in silico) research is the least significant. That’s why we cannot draw any conclusions from such studies.
Fact #7 : PAXLOVID Proven To Work Against COVID-19
Like many people, I am aghast at the high price of the Pfizer PAXLOVID drug combination. However, low cost is not a requirement for FDA approval.
Even so, the US FDA limited PAXLOVID’s use to only treat early cases of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 :
Not authorised for severe or critical COVID-19
Not authorised as a preventive measure (prophylaxis) against COVID-19
Cannot be used for longer than 5 consecutive days
Fact #8 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Clinically Against COVID-19
Ivermectin has shown promise against the COVID-19 virus in laboratory tests since April 2020, but that has not translated into actual clinical benefit.
In other words – scientists can only show that ivermectin kills the coronavirus in laboratory tests, but not in actual human beings.
Here is a meta-analysis of ivermectin RCTs (randomised control trials), with three fraudulent studies removed – Elgazzar, Okomus and Niaee. Results towards the left suggest a clinical benefit for ivermectin.
Taken in totality, the latest meta-analysis show that the clinical effect of ivermectin on COVID-19 patients is NOT SIGNIFICANT enough to warrant its use as a treatment.
While it is ridiculous that Pfizer would charge so much for PAXLOVID, there is fortunately a low-cost way to prevent COVID-19 – vaccines.
Getting vaccinated is a cheap way to avoid getting COVID-19, and avoid the use of expensive drugs like PAXLOVID.
If you want to stick it to Pfizer, get vaccinated against COVID-19!
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Please note that the new travel ban by Malaysia on 23 countries with high COVID-19 cases is FAKE NEWS!
Here is what you need to know!
Claim : Malaysia Travel Ban On 23 Countries!
On 7 January 2022, people started sharing a screenshot of a travel advisory by the Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin, Germany.
Please skip to the next section for the facts…
Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin
TRAVEL ADVISORY ENTRY RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGN TRAVELERS TO MALAYSIA
Effective from 08 January 2022, the Government of Malaysia is imposing travel restrictions into Malaysia on foreign travellers who are travelling from countries that have recorded over 150,000 COVID-19 cases as listed below:
United States of America
The United Kingdom
The entry restrictions include travellers who are citizens of/holders of long-term passes of the countries listed above who are residing in or travelling from those countries.
The latest decision is part of continuing efforts by the Government of Malaysia to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in view of the recent increase in the number of imported COVID-19 cases detected at international points of entry to Malaysia among travellers coming from the listed countries. The restriction is a temporary measure and will be reviewed regularly.
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created and circulated on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the facts…
Fact #1 : This Travel Advisory Was Forged
This travel advisory was forged from the original September 2020 travel advisory.
Back then, the government of Malaysia announced the temporary travel ban on those 23 countries, that would start on 7 September 2021.
The original travel advisory was edited, with the new date added to make it look like it’s new. But it was a very poor photo-editing job.
If you look carefully, the 08 January 2022, date is not only in bold , but of a different type of font and a much larger size.
Note : Here is the screenshot that went viral. I added a FAKE overlay to prevent further abuse.
Fact #2 : Embassy of Malaysia In Berlin Confirms It Is Fake
The Embassy of Berlin in Malaysia confirmed that the viral travel advisory is FAKE.
The Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin would like to warn the public that there has been a fake news being circulated regarding travel advisory by the Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin on entry restriction on foreign travelers [sic] to Malaysia.
We condemn the actions of those who maliciously spread fake news which can have an adverse effect and concern to the public. The public is advice [sic] to validate the source before circulating any news.
Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin
7 January 2022
Fact #3 : Malaysia Currently Has No Travel Ban
There is currently no travel ban in Malaysia.
In fact, Malaysia just ended a temporary travel ban of 8 countries, on 27 December 2021, due to the risk of Omicron variant.
There is currently only a list of 18 countries that are considered high-risk due to the Omicron variant.
The United States of America
The United Kingdom
Travellers from those 18 high-risk countries can still travel to Malaysia, but they must comply with the following additional restrictions :
Negative COVID-19 PCR test within 2 days before departure
COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Malaysia
Wear a digital tracker on arrival in Malaysia
Mandatory quarantine of 7 days or 10 days, depending on vaccination status, either at home or at a quarantine centre, subject to approval.
Additional PCR test on Day 5 (for 7-day quarantine) or Day 8 (for 10-day quarantine).
Risk assessment on the last day of quarantine, which may be extended if you are symptomatic.
You will only be free from the quarantine on Day 8 or Day 11, if there is no quarantine extension and the Day 5 or Day 8 PCR test is negative.
Travellers from the United Kingdom have the additional requirement of conducting daily RTK-Ag tests during their quarantine, which must be reported in MySejahtera.
Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by it!
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This time, Realme is claiming that the video was pre-recorded due to “local pandemic control policy” and the A1 team sent them the wrong file.
They removed the livestream video, and will republish it after “the re-production is complete“.
Respecting and abiding by the local pandemic control policy, the narzo 30A launch video was planned to be recorded in advance. Additionally, the launch video involved a narzo 30A hands-on gaming video.
To ensure a better quality video output, the gaming part was recorded by our partner A1 Esports team and sent to the producer, post-recording.
Although the A1 team did use the narzo 30A smartphone for the recording of the gaming part, a wrong file was accidentally sent to the producer, which led to the appearance of a non-realme smartphone in the video.
In response to this issue, we have immediately contacted our A1 team partner to rectify the accident. We shall republish the video after the re-production is complete.
We sincerely apologize for any unanticipated impacts the incident may have caused. Your kind support to the brand is very much appreciated. Please stay tuned with realme for future updates.
We Examine The Realme narzo 30A – iPhone Claims
Going through Realme’s statement, we can’t help but feel troubled by a few “logical inconsistencies”…
Issue #1 : Local Pandemic Control Policy?
What local pandemic control policy? They arranged for three gamers to play PUBG Mobile side-by-side, and without face masks too!
Issue #2 : Pre-Recorded For Better Quality?
If the video was pre-recorded, why was there a need for the A1 team members to stand up there and “pretend play”?
If they were concerned about video quality, they should have just streamed the pre-recorded clip directly, instead of displaying it behind the A1 team members, as a large but pixelated video that lacked contrast.
Issue #3 : They Didn’t Check The Pre-Recorded Video?
What makes even less sense is the claim that the A1 esports team recorded their gameplay using the narzo 30A, but sent them the wrong file.
Why would the A1 esports team record their gameplay on an iPhone, as well as the narzo 30A? Didn’t Realme check the video they received, to make sure it was from their narzo 30A smartphone?
Which is more likely?
a) they accidentally triggered Guided Access during the livestream, or
b) the A1 team recorded the gameplay on an iPhone and narzo 30A, and accidentally sent Realme the wrong file, and Realme didn’t check their gameplay before streaming it onto the big screen?
You may recall that the Realme team blamed a bug for their fantastical AnTuTu benchmark score. They have yet to adequately explain that either…
narzo 30A – iPhone Scandal : Another Hit To Realme’s Rep
We have been a fan of Realme since they first started with their Realme 2 Pro, Realme 2 and Realme C1, because they offered really great value for our money.
So we were not surprised by how fast their devices improved, and how fast they grew. Heck, we even took the realme 3 on a photographic trip to the US West Coast, and Las Vegas!
However, a new team apparently took over in the middle of 2019, and it looks like they are willing to risk everything just to gain market share. Perhaps that’s why they coined the tagline, Dare To Leap!.
Since then, they have been hit by revelations that their 90 Hz display only works in certain situations, the recent AnTuTu cheating scandal and now this iPhone streaming scandal.
It’s a real shame, because Realme was doing so well, and building a great reputation for offering great features at a low, low price.
Reputation, as they say, takes a lifetime to build, but can be lost in a second.