Although OnePlus isn't particularly keen on keeping secrets and have already teased the OnePlus 5 quite a few times officially, we have not yet been treated to everything that there is to see. The front mostly remains a mystery with some claiming that the smartphone will feature a QHD Super AMOLED display. The price itself is a very hot topic given that some sources are claiming that the phone will be priced significantly higher than the OnePlus 3T. However, a recent leak by True-Tech is indicating that may not be the case in India at least.
Make no mistake! The OnePlus 5 will still be higher priced than the OnePlus 3T, but that is to be expected really. Nevertheless, the Rs 32,999 ($512) price tag for the 6GB/64GB version is actually cheaper than the OnePlus 3T 6GB/128GB version, which is priced currently at 34,999 ($544). The 8GB/128GB version on the other hand will allegedly have a price tag of Rs 37,999 ($590) and that's roughly half the Rs 75,000 ($1165) price tag which the 6GB/128GB Galaxy S8+ is carrying in the country. If this does turn out to be true and the OnePlus 5 is priced similarly in other countries as well, that definitely qualifies as amazing pricing!
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OnePlus Nord has just started to receive a new Oxygen OS update that comes with improved system stability. This is the third Oxygen OS update by the company since the phone was launched in July and it is being rolled out in India, Europe, and America. The news comes as the phone is set for sale in India today and can be purchased through Amazon site, OnePlus official store as well as OnePlus experience stores in India.
As per the official statement, the latest update OnePlus Nord is getting brings Oxygen OS 10.5.3 - firmware version OxygenOS 10.5.3.AC01DA - in India. The company only mentions the ‘Improved system stability' without giving us any further detail on the update that what kind of improvements this update has to offer. As mentioned earlier, this will be the third update for the phone has gotten since its launch about two weeks ago.
The first update brought an optimized video calling experience as well as improve the performance of the rear camera by giving a higher-level of treatment to the depth sensor effect on the software side. Other improvements OnePlus Nord got included better power efficiency for video recording at 4K 60fps and system stability. The second update that was rolled in July 2020 brought the Android security patch, and fix some general issues users were having. OnePlus Buds firmware allowed you to quickly connect your phone with the company's first truly wireless earbuds.
OnePlus Nord is now available in the market in India. You can purchase the smartphone through Amazon, OnePlus online store, Reliance Digital, and MyJlio store starting August 7. The phone is available in two variants with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage priced at Rs. 27,999. The second variant is available with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for Rs. 29,999, and the third variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 24,999. The phone is available in blue marble and gray onyx colors.
The OnePlus Nord is a dual-SIM cord and features a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processing chip with Adreno 620 GP. The phone runs on a 4,115mAh battery that comes with 30W fast charging technology. The device comes with Android 10-based OxygenOS 10.6 out of the boxy.
If you are a proud owner of Redmi Note 9 in India, you could be among the few Redmi users who will be getting Android 11 updates in India. The new update is limited to selected users initially, though it will reach all Redmi Note 9 series phones in the near future. Xiaomi released the phone early this year in March, alongside the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The smartphone originally came with the older version of Android this year out of the box. However, it has already received an update to MIUI 12 in September. This update brought up lots of changes to the user interface, including a refreshed interface.
According to the users getting the update, the latest Redmi Note 9 pro update is around 2.3GB in size and is based on a firmware version MIUI V188.8.131.52.RJWINXM. The official changelog doesn't offer any information on the changes this update might bring. However, it does show that the new software update can be downloaded through a stable channel.
How to get the latest Android update
If you haven't received the OTA update, you can initiate the process manually. First you need to check if you are among the users who are getting the update. You can check the status of the Android 11 update on your Redmi Note 9 pro by going to Settings > About phone. The new update installs the latest Android 11 operating system to your phone that Google launched earlier this year. However, this update doesn't come with any security patch released by Google.
The Redmi Note 9 series isn't a modern-day light weight phone. It has a large battery and display of 6.67-inch with full HD+ screen. The phone comes with a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a 90hz refresh rate like some recently launched phones, including the Realme 6. The company suggests that there isn't any app at the moment that is taking advantage of such a high refresh rate and it only consumes the battery life. The phone has Snapdragon 720G SoC that isn't powerful enough. Xiamoi sells the Redmi Note 9 pro in India at a starting price of Rs. 13,999. The phone is selling for three different configurations in india - GB RAM/ 64GB storage, 4GB RAM/128GB internal storage, and 4GBRAM/128GB storage.
Smartphone manufacturers are paying special attention to the affordable category due to immense competition from Chinese mobile phone manufacturers. There are plenty of entry-level smartphones that were launched this year, and we have concluded a list of the best 5 smartphones for budget-conscious consumers.
Samsung Galaxy M01
Samsung is known as a best rival of the most expensive smartphone manufacturer - Apple, But this year, the company has introduced a few value-for-money smartphones. The top mobile phone on our list is Samsung M01 that comes with 5.7-inch PLS IPS HD display. The device has a 13MP primary and 2MP depth camera. Meanwhile, the front camera uses a 5MP camera sensor. It is available in India for Rs. 5,999.
Another phone on our list is by Xiaomi. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 and is available in 2/3GB RAM variants with 32GB/64GB internal storage. The phone has an 8MP front camera. Redmi 8A dual features a 6.22-inch IPS LCD display. The phone has a 5,000mAh with 18W charging that is good enough for a medium-range smartphone. The phone is available from Rs. 7,999 for 3GB RAM and 64B storage.
Realme's affordable smartphone Realme C11 comes with dual-rear camera with 13MP primary sensor and a single 5MP camera sensor for front photoshoot. It is powered by a 5,000mAh battery but has slow charging of 10W. The phone is available in two variants - 2GB/3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The device is available in India for just Rs. 7,849.
Infinix Smart 4 Plus
Infinix Smart 4 Plus is another useful device that comes with a MediaTek Helio A25 SoC, 3GB RAM, and 32G internal storage. The device features a big 6.82 inch LCD display with 720x1640 pixel resolution. The phone has a dual-rear camera with 13MP primary camera and another depth sensor of 2MP. The front camera housing features an 8MP sensor. You can purchase the phone in India for Rs. 7,999.
Google Pixel 4a
The last but not the least phone on our list is by Google. The Pixel 4 runs on Android 10 and is powered by Qualcomm SDB730. The phone features 5.81-inches with 1080x2340 resolution. The phone features a 12MP camera with LED flash, Auto-HDR, and panorama effect. The phone has an 8MP selfie camera. You can shoot a 4K video at 30fps and HD video up to 120fps. The phone has 3,140mAh non-removable battery that comes with fast 18W fast charging. The phone is available in just black and bearley blue colors.
Redmi 9 series was launched in India almost a year ago and now it's time for an upgrade. With more leaks and news coming about Redmi Note 10 has increased the expectations from the new model. The successor of the Redmi Note 9 series is ready to be launched in the country in few weeks and it has been already spotted with various certifications. Now, a new leak has surfaced, revealing the memory configuration of the mobile phones as well as the colors available for the Note 10 series. In an exclusive leak by reputable leaker Ishan Agarwal, there will be two smartphones in the series for the Indian market - The standard Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro. There is also some speculation of more models being introduced in the series later on.
According to the news, the Redmi Note 10 vanilla model will be available in two memory configurations. The cheaper version will have 4GB of RAM with 64GB o internal storage while the other model will have slightly higher 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone will come in three color options - White, Green, and Gray. The Mi Note 10 Pro will be available in three configurations. The base model will feature 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage. There will be a second 6GB RAM variant that has 128GB storage while the third phone will have 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone will be available in Bronze, Blue, and Gray color.
Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will be the world's first phone with a 108MP Penta camera system. The phone will have an in-box 30W fast charge and a 5260mAh battery. The device will feature a 6.67-inch 3D curved AMOLED display. The phone also features a new vlog mode that allows anyone to direct their own life. This will be the first Mi Phone that supports the new night mode 2.0 and features RAW-based multi-frame composition for sharper and brighter pictures even in low-light conditions. Both phones will feature a 32MP selfie camera that captures minute details like individual hairs and eyelashes using ultra-high resolution.
The Vivo X60 series has already been launched in its home country - China, and now Vivo is getting ready for the global launch. Vivo X60 series is going to include three devices - X60, X60 Pro, and X60 pro plus. Vivo launched X50 series in India in July last year that was a premium smartphone from the company with a focus on the photography section and sleek design. Now, the company has launched the refreshing variant of X50, probably with a few minor upgrades. The Vivo X60 is likely to be unveiled in April.
Ahead of the launch, Vivo X60 and X60 Pro were seen on a various certification websites, including India's Bureau of Indian Standards that further confirm its early launch in the Indian market. The Vivo X60 series should be released in three different models just like China. The design of Vivo X60 and X60 Pro looks similar to its predecessor that was launched previous year. It features the same gradient glass design with a rectangular housing on the rear side. However, there's a small change on the front display. The vanilla Vivo X60 gets a flat display whereas the Vivo X60 Pro will feature a curved screen.
All three devices feature a 6.53-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. The best part is that the display is specially designed for power intensive devices and takes less power when compared to other similar panels. In addition to this, the panels come with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification. The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are powered by Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC. However, a new report suggests that these devices might ditch Exynos in favor of Qualcomm chipset. These two devices bear model numbers V2045 and V246.
Last year's Vivo X50 Pro got lots of attention because of its Gimbal camera feature that was entirely a new concept introduced in smartphones. This year, it's bringing a triple camera system including a 48-megapixel primary Sony camera sensore with four-axis optical image stabilization feature, a 13-megapixe telephoto sensor, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with 120-degree FoV.
The Vivo X60 comes in three configurates - one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for CNY 3,498 (Rs 40000), an 8GB/256GB model for CNY 3798 (Rs 43000), and the third one has a 12GB / 256GB version for CNY 3,998 (Rs 45500). There's only one Vivo X60 Pro model, with 12GB/256GB versions priced at CNY 4,498 (Rs 51000). Finally, the Vivo X60 Pro will ship in two variants, 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB, which should be priced at Rs 56,000 and Rs 59,000, respectively.
OnePlus has already launched the higher and Pro variants of the OnePlus 9 back in March 2021 and now the entire series is finally available in the market as of today. However, you can purchase the regular base model along with the slightly cheaper variant 9R as well online via Amazon. The devices are available through amazon, but will be limited for Prime users as a form of an early access sale. The devices will go for open sale officially from tomorrow 15 April 2021. You can also purchase the devices with bank offers for SBI card users that offer some additional discounts.
OnePlus 9 is the company's latest flagship smartphone and powered by the Snapdragon 888 Soc, paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage as well. The phone is powered by a massive 4,500mAh battery that also comes with 65W fast charging. The phone is 6.55-inches with 2400x1080 pixels with 402ppi and 20:9 aspect ratio. The display comes with features like reading mode, night mode, vibrant color effect, and ultra-high video resolution,
OnePlus 9 has a triple camera system with 48MP primary camera, 50MP ultrawide camera sensor, and a 2MP depth camera sensor. The device camera allows you to shoot up to 8K video at 30fps, 4K video at 30,60fps, and 1080p video at 30,60, and even 240fps. The selfie camera is of 16Mp and comes with auto-HDR feature and 1080p video at 30fps. The device is powered by a Li-Po 4,500mAh non-removable battery that comes with 65W fast charging and 15W wireless fast charging. The phone is available in winter mint, arctic sky, and astral black colors.
OnePlus 9R has a strong Gorilla Glass 5 build front and back with aluminum frame. The phone has a fluid AMOLED display with 120Hz and HDR10+. The device features a 6.55-inches screen with 1080x2400 pixels resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G and runs on Android 11 with OxygenOS 11 on the top. The OnePlus 9R doesn't have any external card slot but comes with 128GB/256GB internal storage and 8GB/12GB RAM configurations.
The device has a quad camera at the rear side with 48MP primary camera, a 16MP ultrawide, a 5MP macro, and a 2MP depth camera sensor. The phone allows you to shoot up to 4K video at 30,60 fps, 1080p at 20,60,240 fps. The selfie camera features a 16Mp camera sensor that allows video up to 1080p at 30fps. The device comes with stereo speakers but doesn't' have any 3.5mm jack. OnePlus 9R is powered by a 4,500mAh non-removable battery with 65W fast charging. The phone is available in carbon black and lake blue colors.
Xiaomi is famous for bringing top end specs to their smartphones and sell them at half or even less than the similarly powered smartphones from the big boys like Samsung, HTC or Sony. However, all of its smartphones are usually available via online retailers and their own websites only. Xiaomi is about to change that trend with the Redmi 3S+, which according to the company, is going to be an offline-only device. What this means is that the mid-range smartphone priced at Rs 9,499 ($140 approximately) is not going to be sold online anywhere, but will only be available in actual brick and mortar stores under the Make in India initiative.
The decision was apparently taken by the Chinese OEM in order to reach Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in the country, where online shopping is not very feasible or popular yet. We can clearly see that it is actually a pricier variant of the Redmi 3S/3S Prime without any real improvements. The higher price is obviously a result of offline retailing expenses, but the phone still offers decent value for the price. Check out the major specifications below.
Display: 5-inch 720p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (1.4GHz) Octa-core 64-bit processor
Internal Storage: 32GB
Rear/front camera: 13mp/5mp
Misc: Fingerprint scanner, VoLTE, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
So far, this year has been a great year for Xiaomi. The company has already launched the Redmi K20 series that includes the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro in India. This year Xiamoi\'s sub brand Redmi become an independent brand on its own. The company has launched several smartphones starting with the Redmi Note 7 series early this year. Now the company is planning to introduce more smartphone in the upcoming days. Earlier this week, Redmi\'s General Manager Lu weibing confirmed that the engineers at redmi are working on a 64MP camera phone that comes with four rear cameras.
We don\'t have a fixed release date yet, neither company gave a hint. But considering that company is heavily promoting this one, we can expect a launch in upcoming a few months from now. Ahead of the launch, company has reveals that the 64MP camera will be able to take high resolution images of up to 20MB in size. This seems a great deal for those who love to take pictures with their smartphones. Pictures taken at such a high resolution means there won\'t be any loss of detail even if you decide to zoom in for some reasons. According to the company, the pictures taken by this camera will be able to produce pictures better than 8K resolution.
Xiamoi has further gave some details about the number of camera stating that the smartphone will have four cameras on the rear panel. The specs of other three camera lens hasn\'t been revealed yet. The name of the phone hasn\'t confirmed by the sources but tech enthusiasts suggest it to be Redmi Note 8 Pro. With the 64MP camera phone, Redmi is clearly aiming to compete with Realme and Samsung who are also planning to launch 64MP camera phone by later this year.
It took some time for Xiaomi to ship its latest Mi 10 5G smartphone in India because of the coronavirus situation in the country and all over the world but, finally, it was launched today. The main selling key of the phone is its extraordinary 108Mp camera, which the company takes lots of pride. The phone was already in the news for its camera specification but other highlights are its super-fast Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, and a 4780mAh battery which comes with wireless and wired fast charging feature.
The devices come with a 3D glass back design with corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection available in coral green and twilight grey colors. The Mi 10 features a 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz display refresh rate. The smartphone has a multi-layered cooling chamber to cool down the device while you are playing video games on it. To supplement the hardware specs, the phone comes with much better software and apps integration. Google apps such as the Dailer, messages, and contact app will replace Xiamoi's apps to speed up the whole Android experience for the end-users.
The phone features a 108MP camera sensor that is much larger than the 48MP and 64Mp sensors that have been trending recently. There is also a 13MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP portrait camera with auto-focus, and a 2MP depth sensor as part of the camera system. The Mi 10 can capture up to 8K video at 30fps and 4K video at 60fps. The phone has 128GB and 256GB storage. The phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack and has a USB Type-C audio interface instead. The company also launched the Mi 30W wireless charger that is available at Rs. 1999 for a limited period and will go back to the regular price at Rs. 2299 after the discount periods end. The price in India starts at Rs. 49,999 for the 8GB and 128Gb version while the other variant is priced at Rs. 54,999. The pre-orders have already started today.
POCO, a spin-out brand out of Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is making its transition towards being an independent firm. The POCO F2 Pro, just like its predecessor hit the high price tag. It features an edge-to-edge 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display screen with 2400 x 1080 pixels. The device is equipped with the latest network technology to support 5G connectivity. It has an in-screen fingerprint scanner that is fast enough to give users a smooth unlocking experience. The phone has a quad-core rear camera system with a pop-up front camera that tucks away when not needed without making any mechanical sounds. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack that is often missed by flagship smartphones.
The device comes in two variants: one model has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that is roughly cost around $540. The other model features 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage that cost around $560. Both of these models operate on Android 10 and went on sale starting Tuesday through Chinese E-commerce sites. The company also has a plan to sell it on Amazon and other international big websites including its official website. The phone support dual-SIM, a popular feature in many Asian countries.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's flagship octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor, with Adreno 650GPU. The company also claims to design the largest vapor chamber to support liquid cool in any smartphone. This technology helps to keep the device cool even when a user is playing graphic-intensive games such as Fortnite and Pubg on the mobile phone. The phone has a 64MP camera by Sony as a primary lens, with a 13MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro, and one 2MP depth sensor lens in the camera system. The selfie-camera is housed in a pop-up camera casing. The front camera can take pictures up to 20MP. The rear camera system is capable of recording videos in 8K resolution at 24fps and 4k at 60fps. The phone is available in Neon Blue, Electric Purple, Cyber Grey, and Phantom white colors. The battery is 4,700mAh with support for fast charging and ships with a 33W charger in the box.
Last week, Redmi launched Redmi Note 9 series in China that includes three phones - Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi Note 9 5G, and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G. And now we have some rumors claiming the variant of this smartphone is expected to be launched in India the mid of December. According to reports, the company will rebrand the Redmi Note 9 as Redmi 9 Power. So far, Redmi hasn't said anything related to the leak. If this tip is correct, we will see an official launch date in a few days.
Redmi 9 Power will be the next smartphone in the ever-popular Redmi 9 series. This phone series made its debut in March earlier this year. As per Mukul Sharma, this device will be launched on December 15, if Xiaomi doesn't change its plans. Apart from this phone, the company is also expected to launch its first QLED Mi TV in the country. We also don't have any official launch date for Tv as well. We may see both items in the same event which might be 100% virtual like many other smartphone and tech events held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coming back to the story, the upcoming Redmi 9 Power is codenamed as lime for India. It will bear the model number M2010J19SI. According to the leaks, the phone will be available in two memory configurations - 4GB RAM /64GB internal storage as well as 4GB RAM/128GB storage. The phone will be available in three colors - black, blue, and green. The phone will run on Android 10, MIU 12 on the top. The device will be powered by Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm). Redmi Power 9 will feature a triple camera system with 48MP as a primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. You can shoot 8MP selfies with the front camera and HD videos at 30fps. For connectivity, it uses Wi-Fi 802.11 and has a 6,000mAh non-removable battery with 18W fast charging and 2.5W reverse charging.
Redmi is doing great with a growing number of units being sold. According to sources, Redmi has already sold around 200 million Note series devices. Redmi Note 10 series is the next smartphone due to release in India and just before the launching date, the Global VP of Xiaomi, Manu Kumar Jain has posted a tweet teasing the launch of the Redmi Note 10 in India. The tweet was retweeted and shared by employees and fans of Redmi Note series.
Every video of them includes a #SM10thChallenge. In the video, he says that the company will be making an announcement on Feb 10 at 10:00 IST. He tweeted, "Got the moves to be as smooth as the smoothest @RedmiIndia smartphone yet? The biggest Not-fication of the year is almost there! Unlock it with Me!, Upload your dance move with the #SM10TH challenge. 10 fans to win BIG!". We don't know what they have decided, but in the company's own words, the price will be BIG.
Redmi Note 9 series was launched back in March 2020, that features a 60Hz LCD. Although a high refresh rate wasn't a trend earlier last year, the realme 6 pro came with 90Hz panels. Still, Xiaomi managed to sell a good amount of Note 9 series in the region. We don't know if the Note 10 series devices would have LCD or AMOLED display, but it is likely that it would come with 90Hz or 120Hz to compete with the latest smartphones.
As per news and leaks, there will be two devices inside the Note 10 series - Redmi Note 10 vanilla model and Note 10 Pro. The former will be available in white, green, or grey colors, while the latter will be available in bronze, blue, and grey variants. As for specs, nothing is final unless we have any words from the official sources or we have the phone in our hands. The devices have already received India's BIS certification. The Note 10 will feature 4/6GB RAM while the Note 10 Pro will feature 6/8GB RAM with 64GB and 128GB internal storage.
Asus ROG phone 3 was launched the previous month in India with a single model that comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. The company is planning to launch another variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage starting from August 21. This configuration is exclusively offered via Flipkart. The phone comes with a 144Hz display refresh rate and is powered by the Snapdragon 865 + SoC. Asus took the Twitter to announce that the Asus ROG phone 3 upcoming variants will go on sale in India for the first time on August 21. The device is slightly more expensive than the existing one and will be available via Flipkart. The phone is available in a black color option alone that looks pretty rock-style for its specific audience.
The Asus ROG phone 3 runs on Android 10 with ROG UI on the top. It features a 6.59-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM. Asus has provided up to 256GB of onboard UFS 3.1 storage that doesn't support expansion through a microSD card. ROG phone 3 features a triple camera system on the rear side including a 64MP as a primary camera, a 13MP secondary sensor, and a 5MP tertiary sensor with a macro lens. For selfie images, it features a 24MP sensor at the front of the camera.
The phone is powered by a massive 6,000mAh battery that also supports 30W fast charging. For Connectivity it uses 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/ A-GPS/ NavIC, USB Type-C, and a 48-pin side port. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone further offers ultrasonic sensors for the Airtrigger 3 and grip press features.
Realme is making news again. The company seems ready to compete with giants in the mobile manufacturing industry. It has launched a few mobile phones in almost every price category. Its latest smartphone, the Realme X2 is great phone from the company. The Chinese tech startup is also venturing out in the wearable category and has launched true wireless earphones in the Realme Buds Air.
The Realme X2 was launched in China a few months back and has now made its way to Indian market. It is essentially an upgraded version of Realme XT smartphone which was powered by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. In comparison, the Realme X2 gets the snapdragon 730G processor with Adreno 618 GPU. In the indian market, the Realme X2 will face off against the likes of Samsung Galaxy A80, Oppo Reno 2, Redmi K20, and also the Redmi K30 when it launches in the country.
Other specs of the Realme X2 are pretty similar to the Realme XT. It gets the same 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor to act as the security layer. The phone has a large enough 4,000mAh battery with VOOC flash charge 4.0. This means the phone as a greater charging speed than its predecessor. The device has Android 9 with ColorOS 6.1, but it will be upgraded to ColorOS 7 based on Android 10.
The phone has a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The video camera specs is similar to Realme XT smartphone. With this device you can shoot up to 4K videos at 30fps while the 1080 mode goes up to 60fps. The phone is dual sim and has face-unlock feature as well. The Realme X2 is available in peral green, pearl white, and pearl blue colors and weigh only 182g.
Realme India is launching a new phone and has already started to sent out invites to the launch of the Realme X50 Pro 5G in India. The interesting thing here is that the device supports 5G connectivity and users have to pay for this extra feature, but there is no 5G in India yet. The 5G-enabled flagship smartphone will be launched in India on February 24 at an event in New Delhi at 2:30 PM IST. The company announced to release the phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on the same day. Since the event has already canceled due to mobile manufacturers leaving the event after the Coronavirus outbreak. Realme X50 Pro 5G will now make its debut at an online-only event.
Realme is proud to announce that India will have its first 5G smartphone, as it will be launched a day before the iQOO 35G in the country. While 5G support will undoubtedly make the Realme X50 Pro 5G future-poof. Although not many people would buy the phone just for this feature alone, this will be India's first 5G device. So far, there are three companies are ready for 5G trials, but commercial 5G rollout in the country seems a distant dream.
Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. Realme has also confirmed that the phone will have a 90Hz AMOLED display with dual-punch cameras, a 4500mAh battery, and 65W super dart fast charging technology. The screen is 6.5-inches and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The device has corning gorilla glass. It has built-in 256GB storage and 12GB RAM. It has a quad-camera system that supports 64MP primary camera, 12MP, 8MP, and 2MP camera lenses. For the front camera, it uses a 32MP and 8MP camera lens. For security, the device uses fingerprint scanning technology.
We already know that Realme X3 SuperZoom will be launching in India but there isn't any official announcement yet. However, we don't have to wait as recently, an Indian blog, 91Mobiles, has revealed that the Realme X3 superzoom will be announced on June 26. This information was provided by a realtor. The device has already launched in Europe and the launch date in India is exactly a month after its first debut. There is no mention if the phone is launched in an unveiling event with any other phone or not, but we may expect at least one more mobile with it.
Another product that may launch on this event is the Realme Buds Q. The TWS earbuds were already launched in Europe and China last month, and will also be available in India as well. The device is set to be sold under $30. The Realme X3 SuperZoom launch event will be the perfect chance to announce the earbuds.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom has a price tag of INR 42,738 in Europe. While the Indian market gets the discounted price due to the difference in price. It may be around INR 40,000 when launches. It may have a slightly different processor as hinted by the company's CMO. The phone has a 6.6-inch Full HD display with a staggering 120Hz refresh rate. The display has a punch hole camera for two selfie cameras - a 32MP primary camera lens and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera lens.
The device is powered by Snapdragon 855+ processor under the hood along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Realme X3 SuperZoom also has a 64Mp quad-camera with a 5x optical zoom and 60x digital zoom. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB Type-C port. Its battery is 4200mAh and there is support for 30W fast wired charging. The Phone comes with Android 10.
Realme released the C-series smartphone in Malaysia last week, and now the company has teased the next phone for the Indian smartphone market - that's Realme C11. The news was confirmed at the official page at the social networking site - Twiter. In a tweet, the company revealed that the next phone in the C-series, known as Realme C11 is coming soon to India. This is the only phone by Realme to be launched in this quarter at least. As Realme India CEO further added in his tweet, we can expect other smartphones in the same series later this year.
He also claimed that there are 7.5million uses in India that have bought their C-series phones. In a follow-up tweet, the company asked his user to keep an eye for the next exciting addition in the series. As per the news, the company is also planning to add one more stylish product to attract young consumers who are also budget-conscious. It makes sense that we don't have to wait for too long as the phone is already launched in Malaysia just last week. There isn't any news on where else the phone is going to be launched so far.
The Realme C11 is going to be launched with a single variant of 2GB memory and 32GB internal storage that is priced at around Rs. 7,500. It is expected that after taxes the phone is going to be less than Rs.10,000. The Realme C3 was launched in India at Rs.6,999 in February this year. The phone will be powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 S0C, along with 2GB. It features a 6.50inch HD_ display with 1,600 pixels and a notch for the selfie camera. For photography, you can find a dual-camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The device is powered by a 5,000mAh battery.
Realme is ready to launch its next flagship smartphone - Realme 6i on July 24, Friday at noon. Flipkart has already uploaded a dedicated web page to show off the phone and its specification detail. As per the specs listing on Flipkart, the device is powered by the Mediatek Helio G90T SoC. Only a day ago, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth tweeted that the Realme 6 series will be updated with a powerful addition. The phone was already expected in the mid of this month. Several reports suggest that new Realme 6 device may be launched alongside the Realme C11. Flipkart also listed some details on the device but later on the website took off the page.
Yesterday, Sheth announce about the new addition to the Realme 6 series on Twitter. He said, "Expanding this series soon with another powerful addition!". While the tweet didn't mention any specific model of the upcoming phone, it set off some ripples that Realme may be teasing the imminent launch of the Realme 6i in India. The same phone has already launched in Myanmar in March, but the model expected in India is also rumored to be the rebranded version of the Realm 6s, which was launched in Europe in May.
The specs listed on Flipkart's explore Realme 6i features. As mentioned above the phone is powered by the powerful processor MediaTek Helio G90T Soc, specially tuned for gaming on phones. The images placed on the web page show more details on the design aspects. The phone is going to have a hole-punch design on the front side with a quad-camera setup on the rear side. The phone is expected to be the rebranded version of the Realme 6s. The phone features an Android 10-based Realme user interface, a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with 1080 x 2400 pixels, LCD hole-punch display with 90Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Helio processor, a 4GB RAM, 64GB built-in internal storage with a dedicated microSD card slot.
To keep your phone out of the hands of unwanted access, the phone uses a side-mounted fingerprint reader. The phone has a 4,300mAh battery with 30W flash charge support. Connectivity options on the Realme 6s include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5, GPS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, and more. The device has a quad-camera system aligned vertically with a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP secondary, and two 2MP cameras.
The Realme 8 series is going to be official at 7:30 PM local time in India today. The series includes two smartphones - Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro. Earlier today, a new Realme smartphone was spotted on Thailand's national broadcasting telecommunication commission. The listing revealed that the smartphone will be launched as Realme 8 5G in the country. The phone has already received approval from the Bureau of Indian Standards and is expected to be launched in India as well.
None of the listings mention any information on its specification. Apart from the RMX3241 model, another Realme smartphone with model number RMX3242 has also appeared in the database of BIS. According to existing leaks and news, the phone is powered by the Helio P95 processor, while the 5G variant will feature a 5G-ready processor, it may borrow some of its specs from its 4G sibling.
Realme 8 4G is expected to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+ display. It features a quad-camera system on the rea side with primary a 64-megapixel camera sensor. The device will extract power from a massive 5,000mAh battery that comes with 30W fast charging. The phone will run Android 11 OS out of the box. The phone is likely to have 4G RAM with 128GB internal storage, and 6GBRMA and 128GB internal storage configuration. The phone will be released in two colors - cyber silver and cyber black.
The Realme 8 Pro is expected to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and powered by Snapdragon 720G. The phone will feature a quad-camera system with 108-megapixel being the primary camera sensor. The 5G variant will feature a 4,500mAh battery that comes with 65W fast charging.
The Vivo v17 pro has received an official price cut of Rs. 2000 within a month after its launch in India. It was launched in late September this year, and the price was Rs 29,990. The Vivo v17 pro is available online and offline at the same price. You can also further reduce the price with the 5% cashback offer if you buy the device online using HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank credit and debit cards, This would give users up to Rs. 1,400 discount on the new retail price. If you are looking for a premium smartphone with a budget-friendly option, Vivo V17 is your device.
The Vivo V17 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that comes with many premium features, full-display notch-less design. For the selfie camera, it uses a pop-up housing. The rear camera setup uses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide unit, a 13-megapixel telephoto unit offering 2x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel telephoto unit with 2x optical zoom, a 20megapixel depth assistance unit with an f/2.4 lens. The Vivo V17 Pro can shoot videos on both 4K and Full HD at 30fp. The front camera is 32-megapixel with a f/2.0 lens, and an ultra-wide angle unit with 8-megapixel sensor.
The device has a gradient color on the cover and available in the crystal black, crystal sky, and midnight ocean finish. The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 8GB RAM and has 128GB storage. The display has a wider aspect ratio, with Full HD+ resolution. For connectivity, the device uses a USB-C 2.0 port for charging and tethering, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5. There is also an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. The phone has a solid 4,100mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
The new Vivo Y12s has been launched in India. The phone features a massive 5,000mAh battery that could be its main selling point at an affordable price. The new Vivo phone features a waterdrop display notch to feature the front-facing camera. The device comes in two different color options and has 3GB of RAM. The phone runs the Funtouch OS11operating system and competes with the latest Redmi 9 prime, Realme Narzo 10, and the Samsung Galaxy M11. Its predecessor Y12 was launched in India in mid-summer last year.
The phone has support for dual-SIM and runs on the Android 10 operating system out of the box. It features a 6.51inch HD+ display with IPS and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC with 3GB RAM. Earlier official reports mentioned that the device will be using a MediaTek Helio P35 processor but later on company released a press release to issue the correction.
On the rear side of the phone, Y12s features a 13MP primary camera sensor with an f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor with an f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP camera. For the front-facing camera, the phone features an 8MP camera sensor with f/1.8. Vivo Y12s comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be further extended using a microSD card. It offers connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM Radio, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Vivo Y12s features a massive 5,000mAh battery that has supports 10W fast charging. The device is lightweight and weighs only 191 grams. The phone is up for sale for only Rs. 9990 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can purchase the phone in Phantom black and Glacier blue colors. You can order the phone online at its official website, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, and across the country from its official retail stores.
The Upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone, Galaxy S6, will be unveiled on March 1st, at MWC 2015 in Barcelona. According to a report from the news website IBNLive, Samsung Galaxy S6 will officially launch on all market in India in the second week of April.
The report also notes that the device will be up for pre-booking for a couple of weeks beginning next month. Interestingly, there was no word regarding the curved screen variant, allegedly called the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Meanwhile, over in the US, several major carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have started accepting pre-registrations for the flagship.
Samsung has just announced that its new flagship, Galaxy S6 edge+, will be launched in India. The phone is priced at INR 57,900 ($888) for the 32GB model and will be available for purchase starting August,28th.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ is essentially the bigger variant of the Galaxy S6 edge. It has a larger 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery and wireless fast charging, with the rest of the specifications being identical.
The korean giant also announced that the S6 edge+ is also available for Pre-orders in the UK starting from £749. If you don't feel like ponying up that much cash upfront, you can also opt for a contract with an operator. Vodafone, O2, and Three are all offering up the Galaxy s6 edge+ with a myriad of different Pay Monthly plans. One of them will surely suit your particular needs. The operators all seem to expect shipping to start on September,4th.
Yesterday, Samsung has just launched its new phablet smartphone, Galaxy Note5 in India at a local event in New Delhi. Priced at INR 53,900 ($800) for the 32GB model, and INR 59,900 ($890) for the 64GB model.
The Galaxy Note5 is the latest in Samsung's line of Note devices. Internally, the phone is quite similar to the previously launched Galaxy S6 but features a larger 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, bigger 3000mAh battery, and Fast Wireless Charging. It also has the S Pen stylus that the series is known for.
Compared to the previous Galaxy Note 4, the Note5 loses the faux leather back finish, instead opting for the new glass back similar to the S6. The battery is also sealed in this time and there isn't expandable memory, again like the S6. The Note5, however, loses the IR blaster, that both the S6 and the Note 4 have.
The Note5 will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium starting September,20th.
The Indian Government seems to be a little aggressive about the new tax schemes. Recently the Goods and Services Tax council of India decided to increase the tax rate by 6% over the existing 12% tax rate. The new tax rate of 18% will apply to anything related to the smartphone industry that also includes the components or parts of the smartphones.
The GST council of India is raising the taxation rate on mobile phones to meet the existing rate on raw material and components used in the manufacturing of the smartphone. India has already slapped on an 18% GST rate on raw materials used for manufacturing smartphones. The current tax rate on the final product was, however, 12%. This was leading to an inverted pyramid of the tax system. In a move to rationalize taxes, the council has increased taxes on mobile phones to match the 18% GST on components. Inevitably, this will lead to an increase in the cost and financial burden on the end consumer.
Manu Kumar, Xiamoi India MD has requested the Indian Government to reconsider this new tax update. According to his latest tweet, he has suggested that the industry is already struggling with depreciating INR and supply chain disruption due to covid-19. He further said that govt should at least consider exempting low-budget smartphones that used to cost under $200. The covid-19 had hugely impact the smartphone and many industries to in fact.
This new tax will further enforce more damage to one of the fastest-growing industries in India. In a memo to the GST council, the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association has raised the issue, but it remains to be seen whether any exemptions will be made to keep prices low, especially in the popular sub-Rs. 15,000 segment.
Poco M2 Pro was launched last week in India and now it is ready to go on sale for the first time via Flipkart. The phone features some impressive specifications that usually cost a lot in other brands. The phone has a quad-camera system at the rear side, an octa-core processor to enhance the speed, and a large battery to support the full-day usage.
The design of the phone looks similar to Redmi Note 9 pro. The Poco M2 Pro comes in three different memory and storage configurations. The 4GB + 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 13,999, while the 6GB + 64GB storage option is priced at Rs. 14,999 and the variant with 6GB + 128GB storage costs around Rs. 16,999. The phone comes in three color options - Blue, Green, and Black. Although there are Green and Green, and two shades of black as well that makes it a total of 5 colors. Flipkart is offering some discounts to interested consumers. The customers can avail up to 5% cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank credit card and 5% off with Axis Bank Buzz credit card. You can also purchase the phone on Flipkart using the installment package that lets you pay back up to 12 months.
Poco M2 Pro is a dual-SIM phone and runs on MIUI 11, based on Android 10. It features a 6.67-inch full HD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 720G SoC with up to 6GB LPDDR4X RAM. The phone has a quad-camera system at the rear side that comprises of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel secondary camera with an ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Of selfies, it houses a 16-megapixel shooter in the center hole-punch design.
You get up to 128GB of onboard storage that can be further extended via microSD card using up to 512GB. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well. To keep you busy all day long, the phone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The phone seems solid for this price but we are looking for real reviews. Do let us know what do think of it in the comment sections below.
Poco has officially teased the Poco X3 Pro and its possible release date. The company decided not to hide anything about the upcoming phone release and went straightforward. The letter is intended for the Poco family. The letter itself seems interesting, talking about why no other smartphone has managed to beat the Poco insane value for money standards set by the Poco F1. Since the cost and taxes have increased slightly up, so 21,000 Rs. phones can't get flagship Snapdragon processing chip.
But not that there is some fragment of the letter written in bold format. If we are reading this right, the Poco X3 Pro is set to be released on March 30. The phone recently got multiple certifications, so It's not surprising to see a date that is already approaching. Almost 30 months ago Poco launched the Poco F1 and the teaser is an indication that this model will be a redesigned and upgraded model of its predecessor. The X3 Pro listing shows that the device will feature a 6.67-inch display with a full HD+ display and a higher 120Hz refresh rate.
The Poco X3 Pro is expected to be powered by the latest and fast Snapdragon 860 processor which is an upgrade available for most flagship smartphones. However, the chipset will only arrive with a 4G connection and not the 5G. We also expect to have the phone with 6GB RAM / 128GB internal storage, and 8GB / 256GB variants. Available colors include Blue, Black, and Bronze colors. The company is launching the phone with a starting price of 250 euro in Europe which should be around Rs. 20,000 in India. The phone will feature a 5,200mah battery. We will be getting more leaks as time goes by, so stay tuned for more information.
The long wait of Nokia fans in India has finally come to an end. The company launched its flagship smartphone Nokia 9 PureView in India. Unfortunately, the device isn't cheap and has a slight difference from the Samsung Galaxy S10e. The OnePlus 7 Pro runs on Qualcomm's latest 7nm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor, and the Galaxy S10e is powered by Samsung's 8nm Exynos 982 processor. Indian consumers will be able to purchase the Nokia premium smartphone from Flipkart as well as Nokia.com starting today. It will also available at major retailers and stores across India from July 17.
HMD Global is providing the early customers with an exclusive premium one month Nokia Mobile Care. This would help the Nokia users to get access to the first-hand customer support as well as to the experts who will guide Nokia users to get the most out of the Nokia 9 PureView. Customers buying Nokia 9 using HDFC bank credit card will get 10 percent cash back on installments and regular purchase.
The Nokia 9 PureView has come up with five camera array featuring ZEISS optics. The phone uses two RGB 12MP resolution sensor coupled with three monochrome 12MP sensors. Together, HMD Global claims the five-camera array can use the 10 times more light than a regular single sensor camera. The Nokia 9 PureView has a big 5.99-inch pOLED display with Quad HD resolution and protection of Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by the old Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor. It is powered by 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The device has a 20MP front camera for selfie pictures. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, dust, and water resistance as well as 3320mAh battery with wireless charging support. The Nokia 9 PureView comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box and is guaranteed to receive two major updates and three years of monthly security patches.
Nokia is known for its affordability and extraordinarily long battery life. And now at the end of the year, HMG Global released another smartphone in the budget category- known as Nokia 2.4. The smartphone runs the latest stock Android 10 operating system out of the box and the latest entry in the budget-category by the company. The phone is an affordable handset and its specifications also fell in the same category.
It features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with 700x1600 pixel resolution, which is good enough to watch videos or play games. The device has a water drop notch in the front. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and is run by a large 4,500 battery pack with the regular 5w charging support which definitely disappoints users looking for fast charging.
The phone isn't too slow or too fast. It features 3GB of RAM which is great if you are a medium level user. The phone is available in two variants with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be further extended via a microSD card slot. Since the device runs on Android One, it runs on the stock Android 10 OS, and most properly receives the Android 11 update as well.
The phone has a dual-camera setup on the rear side, with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth lens for portrait shots. The selfie camera is a 5-megapixel camera and the device sports the usual connectivity features like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, micro USB port for charging. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side with a separate physical button for Google Assistant. The phone only weighs 189 grams. Nokia 2.4 will be available in India for 10,399 INR (estimated around $140). You can purchase the phone in the dusk, Fjord, or charcoal color. It is currently available for pre-booking throughout India, and so far, we don't have any official date when it will hit the market. So, stay tuned for more updates.
Continuing its promise, HTC is still rolling-out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its 2013 flagship, HTC One (M7). The Update OTA package has now reached India, Singapore, Malaysia and many other regions, still there is some regions who didn't get the update yet.
The One (M7) gets the Lollipop OTA packaged in a build version 7.21.707.105 measuring 774.82MB for India. The build will have different version number for each region but will be more or less around 800MB.
Samsung's debuting their new Tizen powered Samsung Z3 in India. It's designed as a value device, but it still features some major hardware improvements over the Z1.
The Z3 features:
- 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
- 720p 5 inch HD Super AMOLED display
- 8 GB internal storage
- 1 GB RAM
- Compatibility for up 128 GB microSD cards
- 8 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras
Despite the upgrades, the Samsung Z3 still lacks support for 4G LTE. The design itself is reminiscent of Samsung's mid-range priced Galaxy A series with the curved back much like a Galaxy Note 5.
The Tizen OS and software features such as Ultra Data Saving Mode gives users as much as a 40% data savings. The Ultra Power Saving Mode boosts battery life as well. Samsung's also tailored their My Galaxy app to offer content specifically for Indian consumers.
You can get the Z3 in silver, black and gold for Rs. 8,490 or $130. It'll be available later in the month via Snapdeal.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Editor - YouMobile
Zauba has once again listed another of Samsung's mysterious smartphones entering India for testing purposes. This time, it is the C7 Pro with the model number SM-C7010 that was seen in the two listings. Unfortunately, the listing did not provide too much information on the internals of the handset. The only thing we know for sure is that it will have a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel. Although the price per unit is mentioned as Rs 13,645 ($205), we are positive that it isn't the final price tag that we are going to see on the C7 Pro, given that the regular C7 itself costs around $435.
The C-series is one of the new entrants in the market, introduced in 2016 by Samsung and it looks like that the entire series is going to get a reboot by the end of 2016. However, unlike the "2017" moniker which the company is using to distinguish its upcoming range of new J-series smartphones from the old ones, they are using "Pro" in this case to do the same. We are more interested in seeing Samsung's first 6GB RAM smartphone, the Galaxy C9 Pro than any others in the C-series though.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Unlike a lot of the western nations, India did not have to face too many issues with the faulty and hazardous Galaxy Note 7 batteries because of the plain fact that it wasn't even launched then. In fact, Samsung decided to halt the sales and recall all the Note 7s that had already been sold, on the exact day that the smartphones were supposed to go on sale in India (September 2). This means that Samsung Mobiles India did not have to recall any Note 7 back to them and will simply start selling the "safe" and revised smartphones once they have a stock.
According to Business-Standard, the South Korean company will relaunch the Note 7 in India on October 7 and the previous stock won't be sold as refurbished products this time around. Even though they did not have to face the embarrassing recall procedure unlike their western counterparts, it is expected that Samsung will try their best to leave the disaster behind them with a relaunch of the product, complete with a full-fledged media campaign. The fact that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will also go on sale on the same date definitely doesn't seem like a coincident either.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As expected and rumoured earlier, the next iterations of the Samsung Galaxy On5 and On7 are out now, but they are not called "2016 Editions" like we expected. Instead, Samsung has dubbed the two smartphones as Galaxy On5 Pro and On7 Pro. Both the phones are exclusive to India just like their predecessors, but will sport better hardware (only slightly so) and software.
Display - 5-inch TFT panel with 720p resolution
SoC - Exynos 3475 1.3GHz Quad Core processor with Mali-T720 GPU (No change)
RAM - 2GB
Internal Storage - 16GB
Front/rear camera - 5-megapixel/8-megapixel
Battery - 2,600mAh
Dual SIM with 4G LTE connectivity
Android Version - Marshmallow
S-Bike mode, Ultra Data Saving Mode, etc.
Colors - Black/Gold
Price - INR 9,190 ($137 approximately)
Display - 5.5-inch LCD panel with 720p resolution
SoC - Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz Cortex A53 processor with Adreno 306 GPU (No change)
RAM - 2GB
Internal Storage - 16GB
Front/rear camera - 5-megapixel/13-megapixel
Battery - 3,000mAh
Dual SIM with 4G LTE connectivity
Android Version - Marshmallow
S-Bike mode, Ultra Data Saving Mode, etc.
Colors - Black/Gold
Price - INR 11,190 ($167 approximately)
We were disappointed to see that the processors on both the devices have not been upgraded, in spite of them being dated now. Then again, that's what we have come to expect from budget Samsung devices anyway!
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It looks like Samsung is not big on the waiting game right now as the South Korean manufacturer has already started selling its 2016 flagships in India. They had just revealed the S7 and S7 Edge at a Samsung event in the capital (New Delhi) about a week ago and now you can buy them from the online retailer, Flipkart.
The two phones are also available from Samsung's own online store as well as from local offline shops. Surprisingly, Amazon doesn't yet have them on for sale yet. One might find the ease of availability quite likeable with "flash sales" for popular phones becoming more and more common these days, but once the price tag of roughly $855 or INR 56,900 for the S7 Edge and $733 (INR 48,900) for the S7 is taken into consideration, it seems only natural!
The Indian version of the S7 series won't get the Snapdragon 820 chipset that is powering the US variant, but will be powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC instead. The Exynos chip is almost as powerful as the Snapdragon 820, but the Qualcomm chipset has proven itself to be ever so slightly faster. All other flagship features like the 5.1"/5.5" Super AMOLED 1440p display, 4GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage along with a hybrid SIM / micro-SD card slot, 12-megapixel rear camera, 3000mAh / 3600mAh battery and the Always On display has made it on to the Indian version.
Over the years, the import tracking site Zauba has revealed countless devices to us and this time it's the Galaxy Tab S3 which was sited. It isn't uncommon for unreleased gadgets to be sent to India for R&D purposes, especially when it comes to Samsung. Here we see the LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab S3 with the model number SM-T825 along with a price tag. However, the Tab S3 will probably be priced higher than ₹34,138 ($503 approximately) mentioned in the description.
There will also be a Wi-Fi only variant of the Tab S3 (SM-T820) with a lower price tag but otherwise identical specs. Speaking of specs, we have little to no idea about what Samsung will bring to the market with its next flagship tablet, other than the fact that it will sport a Super AMOLED 9.7-inch 2K display just like its predecessor. Rumors suggest that the Tab S3 will possibly be released in early 2017, but it can get delayed due to the negative impact which the Note 7 disaster had on Samsung.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung will manufacture the Tizen-based Z1 smartphone in India. The Korean giant launched the affordable device in the country earlier this month.
The device's manufacturing process will take place in Samsung's Noida facility in India. The company's Vice President of Marketing for India confirmed the news.
Targeted a first-time smartphone buyers, the dual-SIM Samsung Z1 is priced at Rs 5,700 (about $93). According to industry sources, the Korean giant has sold about 50,000-55,000 units of the handset since its launch in mid-January. This is a stellar achievement for the Tizen device considering the highly competitive price segment it inhabits.
Samsung is Now rolling-out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Exynos-variant of the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) in India, Taiwan and some other regions. The Update is currently available in Over-the-air (OTA) and via KIES.
This update packs Android build 5.0 with New Material Design TouchWiz along with Bug fixes, performance enhancements, new lockscreen, new notification bar and many other features, You can see the Update Hands-on Here. Other Note 3 variants will get the same update during this quarter (April - May - June).
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) firmware details:
- Model: SM-N900
- Model name: GALAXY Note 3
- Country: India
- Version: Android 5.0
- Changelist: 4115321
- Build date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:43:25 +0000
- Product code: INS
- PDA: N900XXUEBOC4
- CSC: N900ODDEBOB2
Use Our Odin 3 tutorial to know how to manually flash your Note 3 with this ROM.
It was only a few days ago that the Galaxy C7 Pro was launched in India and the device is already receiving the latest April security patch from Samsung in the region. This would be the first official update for the device from Samsung in India and it's a welcome one as it patches up the Android security gaps which pops up every month and subsequently needs to be patched in.
The SMALL package of 35.4 MB will reach all eligible smartphones in the region via OTA and the users whohave not been auto-notified to update their phones yet, should get the [prompt any time now. The build number of the firmware is MMB29M.C701FDDU1AQCA and doesn't seem to be bringing anything other than the SMR update to the Galaxy C7 Pro. We don't have any information about the Chinese variant receiving the same yet, but it is definitely a possibility.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Good news for our Indian readers; the Galaxy S8+ with beastly specs like 128GB ROM and 6GB RAM has now been launched in the country by Samsung. The black-only phones will be up for pre-order on Flipkart from June 2 and will be go on sale from June 9 across all offline and online partners of Samsung. Although it was previously believed that Samsung will keep this version of the smartphone exclusive to South Korea, it seems like the company has changed its plans. Keep in mind though, the 128GB/6GB Galaxy S8+ will set you back by Rs 74,990 or roughly $1165! If you thought the iPhones were expensive in India, Sammy doesn't seem to be too far behind either.
Now that the initial excitement of the news is over, the question is, should you get it? For a premium of Rs 10,000 ($155) more than the price of the regular S8+, you are getting double the storage and 2GB of extra RAM and to be honest, it wouldn't be a bad deal at all, if the S8+ was already not so expensive in the country. Crazy taxes in India make foreign made electronic devices cost way more than they do in the US or just about any other country and the S8/S8+ is no exception to this rule either. Nevertheless, if you can afford it and you wanted a S8+, I don't see why you shouldn't buy one either.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Touted as the "Next Generation Innovation," an event from Samsung India is going to go down in Delhi tomorrow. As one would expect, Samsung will be launching one or many of its smartphones at the event. However, the question remains; what is this "innovation" that the company is talking about? As we are not going to see the Galaxy Note 8 (sorry if you thought so) or any new handsets that's worth the attention, it's somewhat baffling to see Samsung hyping it so much. How do we know all that? Well it's because Samsung will in all likelihood launch the Galaxy J (2017) series at the event and those smartphones do not exactly go in line with the theme of "next generation innovation!"
If the reports do turn out to be right and Samsung does indeed launch the Galaxy J5 (2017) and the Galaxy J7 (2017) at the event, then the tag is most definitely just a marketing gimmick. Nevertheless, let's hope (against hope) that Samsung surprises us and launches something that's worthy of the term innovation. I would not mind being wrong if that indeed happens to be the case.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Tab A (2017) was launched just last month and it has now made its way into Indian markets in October. The affordable tablet costs exactly INR 17,999 in the country, which is equivalent to roughly $275. Targeted only towards developing markets like India and Vietnam, the Tab A (2017) will provide a decent alternative to people who do not want to shell out INR 47,999 (roughly $736) for the high end Galaxy Tab S3.
Unfortunately, while the 8.0-inch tablet looks decent enough, the internals are nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, if you are interested in taking a look at the key specs, they are listed below.
8-inch WXGA (1280×800) LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC
16GB of internal storage
8-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras
5,000 mAh battery
USB Type-C port, Android 7.1.1, dedicated Kids Mode, 4G LTE connectivity
Black and Gold color options
As you can see, the spec sheet looks something that would be dated even in 2014! Then again, in countries like India, the brand name sells the product more than the internal spec sheet and Samsung understands that well enough.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Earlier reports in regard to market share in India had shown that Xiaomi and Samsung were tied at the number one spot last quarter and now the unthinkable has happened; Samsung has been dethroned as the market leader of the smartphone business in India by the Chinese manufacturer! Not that it was unexpected though, given how rapidly Xiaomi has grown in India, especially after launching their own manufacturing and assembling plants in the country to reduce the expenses.
According to the data published by Canalys, Samsung's shipment of 7.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017 paled in comparison to Xiaomi's 8.2 million shipments in the country. This essentially puts Samsung in the second spot with 25% of the total market share and Xiaomi at the top spot with 27%. Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo took the following spots with significantly lower market shares. It should be noted that Samsung India's smartphone sector did show a 17% rise in growth, but it was just not enough to topple Xiaomi's meteoric rise to the top spot, all thanks to its superb range of budget and mid-range smartphones that offer better specs than any Samsung smartphone in the same price range.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With each passing year, every company keeps hiking up the prices of their flagship smartphones and the Galaxy S line-up has never been an exception to that rule either. However, due to high import duties and a number of taxes applied on electronics goods by the Indian government, the price of the latest Samsung smartphones are usually a LOT higher than what they should be. This naturally led us to believe that the S9 and S9+ will sport exorbitant price tags with increments on the already hiked up pricing that we saw with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ last year in India. Surprisingly enough, Samsung pulled one over us by keeping the launch price at Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 for the S9 and S9+ respectively!
This is surprising because that's exactly the price at which the S8 and S8+ were launched last year. Of course, there are also the more costly, higher internal storage (256GB) variants for both devices at Rs 65,900 (S9) and Rs 72,900 (S9+), but to start at the same price as last year's models is definitely a smart and commendable move by Samsung.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After a short stint on the throne, OnePlus has now been dethroned by Samsung again, as the Korean giant managed to regain their number one status in the world's second largest smartphone market.
Now, Samsung never really lost its position as the supreme smartphone manufacturer as far as over all sales was concerned, but it did temporarily lose the throne to OnePlus, as far in the premium sector of the Indian smartphone market.
For the last three-quarters (Q2, 2018 - Q4, 2018) OnePlus led the smartphone sales figures in the premium segment, but according to a study by Counterpoint, Samsung is now back on top again.
This isn't exactly bad news for OnePlus mind you, but it is good news for Samsung nonetheless. The thing is, while this does again put Samsung on top of the market in the premium segment, we have to keep in mind that OnePlus has not released any new phones in 2019, while Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 series with three separate phones this time around!
Once the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro is released though, the tables could turn again by the end of Q2, 2019. We will just have to wait and see about that one, but for now, Samsung is back on top in India.
Samsung recently started to reduce the price of its existing mid-range smartphones in India. This clearly indicates that the company is creating space for its upcoming devices. According to the news, Samsung is ready to release its next-generation devices from Galaxy A and M series. Some speculation suggests the launch of Galaxy a31, A52, and A72 in the region.
The South Korean IT giant has already created support pages for the Galaxy A32 4G (SM-A325F/DS), Galaxy A32 5G (SM-A326B/DS), Galaxy A52 (SM-A525F/DS), and the Galaxy A72 (SM-A72F/DS) on the Samsung India's official website which further certifies the rumors about the release of these smartphones. So far, there is no news, or official support pages for the Galaxy A52 5G and the A72 5G yet, which means that we might not have these smartphones in the Indian market.
While the Galaxy A31 has already been released globally, the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72 haven't hit any market yet. The Galaxy A32 5G is so far the company's cheapest smartphone with 5G capability featuring a 6.5-inch HD+ infinity-V LCD screen. The 5G variant is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G processing chip whereas, its 4G variant is rumored to be powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor. The phone features a quad-camera system with a 48MP primary camera at the rear side and a 13MP selfie camera. The device has a USB Type-C port and runs a 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging.
The Galaxy A52 4G and the Galaxy A72 4G features a 90Hz super AMOLED infinity-O display. The phone features a 64MP quad-camera system at the rear side and a 32MP selfie camera. The phone uses a USB Type-C port and 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging. The Galaxy a72 4G features a 6.7-inch display screen and powered by a 5,000mAh battery.
After releasing the Galaxy F02s, Galaxy F12, and the Galaxy M12 in Indian market, Samsung is all set to launch one more elegant yet mid-range smartphone called Galaxy M42 for its budget-friendly fan base. M42 will be equipped with a powerful processor that comes with 5G network capability and would be the first phone to offer 5G in the M series.
The phone has already received a number of official certifications over the past few weeks, that hint an approaching launching date. Now the company has finally started teasing the device, and another few reports surfaced along the teaser about its expected price.The Galaxy M42's teaser video has been shared on Twitter by more than one YouTuber recently. The teaser clearly highlights hashtag #FastestMonster and #5G connectivity to show its main selling features. The tweets also contain the #GalaxyM42 hashtag.
The Galaxy M42 is assumed to be the rebranded version of Galaxy A42 specifically for the Indian market. Both phones might also share some similar features in terms of design, display, and connectivity. However, the major difference lies in the power area. The Galaxy M42 is expected to have a larger battery capacity when compared to the Galaxy A series. The leaks suggest somewhere around 5,000mAh or greater battery for M series.
It is reported that the company will allow the Galaxy M42 to be sold anywhere between $265 to $330. The phone is expected to have a large 6.6-inch super AMOLED display similar to what is available with Galaxy A42 5G. However, you might get a higher refresh rate panel with the device, as having a high refresh rate panel is getting a norm these days.
The phone could feature at least a 20MP selfie camera with a quad-camera system on the rear side consisting of a 48MP primary camera sensor. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 750G processor, and available in 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage configuration. The storage can be further extended using the microSD card. The phone will debut with Android 11 based One UI 3.1 out of the box.
Google Maps has now become the go-to application when it comes to finding path and exploring locations. Last week Google released new features like offline navigation and search to strengthen its foothold in mapping apps. But, all the netizens don't have access to this feature from the very beginning. You are in luck, if you are in India. Starting from today offline navigation feature will be made available in India. You will easily be able to roam around the town without any internet connection.
Although Google Maps already had this kind of feature to help users download maps of some locations, it was pretty complex.With this new feature, users will be able to download maps for cities, states and countries. This is indeed a great step ahead. This will be of great help to people who would like to save data and battery charge while hitting the road with Google Maps. Also in the emerging markets, people often struggle with slow internet connection and road warriors frequently travel with no connection. So that's a big relief.
That's what got the world excited when the search giant unveiled this feature for the first time at Google I/O. In fact, some users started using other apps because of this offline mapping feature. It is not always feasible to use data every time someone goes to any place.