Xiaomi has taken the lead in the budget category smartphone once again by introducing the entry-level phones Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia with a starting price of less than $100(RM 360). Both phones feature a large-sized display screen, reasonably big batteries, and up to three rear cameras. The phones are equipped with an IPS LCD panel of 6.53-inch. The dot-drop notch display produces an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Both devices come with large 5,000mAh batteries. These devices have 2 GB of LPPDR4x RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.
For additional storage, these devices come with a microSD card slot. The Android operating system along with MIUI 11 comes preloaded on the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones. The Redmi 9A is powered with the powerful Helio G25 octa-core processor that works at 2GHz whereas the Redmi 9C has Helio G35 octa-core SoC that ticks at 2.3GHz. Both smartphones house a 5-MP camera for selfie and front videos.
The Redmi 9A has a single rear camera of 13-MP whereas the Redmi 9C has a triple-camera system module that includes a 13-Mp primary camera lens, a 5-MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor with LED flashlight. The 9C features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security but the Redmi 9A doesn't have this security feature. The Redmi 9A and 9C come with other common features like dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, IR blaster and 3.5mm audio jack.
We are so dependent on our smartphones these days that just a single day without one can feel quite disconcerting and extremely inconvenient, but what about a whole year? While there is little doubt about the fact that it would be very, very hard as long as you are still living within civilization, Vitaminwater (Coca Cola subsidiary) will give you a total of $100,000 for your inconveniences, provided you can complete the challenge without cheating! How will they know if the contestant cheated? Well, the contestant will have to take a polygraph test at the end of it to prove that they are indeed telling the truth about their technological abstinence!
In order to enter the contest, you will have to post on Instagram or Twitter about what you would do if you couldn't scroll or swipe for a whole year. The answer will have to be the most creative and entertaining to win of course. Also, don't forget to include the hashtags, #nophoneforayear and #contest. Just in case you are serious about entering this contest by Vitaminwater, here are a few other points that you would need to know in advance.
· There is a $10,000 prize if you can last for even six months
· The use of the internet via laptops, desktops and smart speakers will still be allowed
· A feature phone will be given to the contestant to allow basic communication via calls and SMS
Nokia C3 is one of the most budget-friendly smartphones you can find today and it just got released in China. It comes with a relatively large display and old-fashioned design with thick bezels on the top and bottom. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor that has a single camera on the rear side. The Nokia C3 is up to sale at CNY 699 or roughly $100 for the sole 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It comes with Nordic blue and gold sand color options. It is currently available for pre-orders in the country and will be sold in markets starting August 13.
The Nokia C3 is a dual-SIM phone that runs on the latest stable version of Android with a custom user interface on the top. It features a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS display with 400 nits of brightness. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor, believed to be from Unisoc, and paired with 3GB RAM. The phone has a single 8-megapixel camera on the rear side with an f/2.0 lens. The device also has a LED flash. For selfies, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel image sensor with an f/2.4 lens, housed in the giant bezel on the top of the display.
The Nokia C3 comes with 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card slot. The phone uses Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS for connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack to listen to music or radio, and a Micro-USB port for charging. The phone is powered by a 3,040mAh battery with 5W charging that can sustain a single charge up to 31 hours of audio playback and up to 7 hours of video playback as claimed by the company.
The sensors on the Nokia C3 include an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. There is also an Xpress button that can be mapped with a feature or an app for quick access. The phone measures 159.9x77x8.69mm and weigh 184.5 grams.
As you probably know already, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead and chances of the smartphone ever resurfacing are almost none. However, Samsung would like to keep their customers from going elsewhere and that is exactly why they are offering $100 to all Note 7 customers who are willing to switch over to another Samsung smartphone, rather than leaving the brand completely or asking for a full refund. The extra $100 will be given to the customer via bill credit. Although this incentive is only available to the customers in the US at the moment, Samsung is expected to extend similar offers to other regions as well.
Here's the official statement by Samsung, "As a sign of our appreciation for your patience and loyalty, we are offering up to a $100 bill credit from select carrier or retail outlets if you exchange your Galaxy Note 7 for another Samsung smartphone, less any incentive credits already received."
Just in case you want nothing to do with Samsung smartphones for a while, most retailers and carriers will give you your money back, along with a $25 bonus. If you plan to switch to a different brand, you will still get a $25 bonus from most of them. Please note that if you had already exchanged your Note 7 when the first recall was initiated, the $25 bonus which you received then will be subtracted in all three scenarios.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you were planning to get a S8 or S8+ from Sprint, you will now have one more reason to do so. If you pre-order either of the two devices from Sprint, Samsung will throw in an e-gift certificate worth $100 with the package. The certificate can however, only be used to buy or get a discount from the Samsung website.
If you choose any other carrier, there are some pretty good deals going on there as well and it mainly includes a gift offer. The gift offer translates to the buyer getting a 256GB MMC card, an Oculus content box and a Gear VR with controller/AKG headphones by paying only $99 extra. Granted it's not a bad deal, but we could be seeing better ones in the future.
Which offer appeals to you more? The gift bundle for an extra 100 bucks or the $100 e-certificate? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Mophie has unveiled a Juice pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5 a 3,000mAh battery case that promises to double the battery life of your Samsung flagship.
The Juice pack sports Mophie's usual design and supports USB 3.0 for charging and syncing. The case also doesn't block NFC connectivity, which is also required for S Beam.
Anyway, the case is up for pre-order right now at $100 and will ship on September,8th.
A Canadian tech startup, Mobeewave that work on payment technology specifically was acquired by Apple for a whopping $100 million. This technology enables the iPhone to act as a payment terminal. The development was reported by Bloomberg. The acquisition could help Apple extend its payment reach with merchants for Apple Pay.
The payment technology that the company invented is quite simple and requires only the NFC chip to work with. It allows users to tap on their smartphones or credit cards to another device for processing payment. Since all iPhones after iPhone 6 are integrated with the NFC chip, the technology is compatible with all the iPhones currently available in the market. As per the blog post from Bloomberg, Apple is also retaining the entire team working for Mobeewave, which employs around 100 people. They will continue to work from Canada and the office will be considered as another remote office of Apple Inc.
Interestingly, Samsung is also an investor in the company. It has partnered with Mobeewave last year to enable Samsung smartphones to use the company's technology. This resulted in a pilot program with over 10,000 downloads of Samsung's POS app, which smaller businesses used to boost sales. Apple has a history of buying startups and technologies to use as their own. This will be an addition to the list of startups Apple has bought, allowing anyone to use an iPhone to accept payments without any additional piece of hardware.