It is the first TV in its price segment to be powered by a high-performance MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor, Realme said.
Last Updated: June 1, 2020, 5:27 PM IST
Chinese brand Realme on Monday announced its Smart TV will go on sale for the first time on June 2 on realme.com and Flipkart. The Smart TV will be available in two sizes – 32-inch model priced at Rs 12,999 and 43-inch variant priced at Rs 21,999. The sale will start at 12 noon, the company said in a statement.
Flipkart customers can avail six-month free trial of Youtube Premium and standard EMI option while buying on realme.com and Flipkart. The Smart TV comes with a one-year warranty, along with an additional one-year warranty on its panel.
The company said it aims to provide fast door-step installation service within 48 hours of over 85 per cent purchases with over 780-plus service centres. The Realme Smart TV runs on Android 9.0 and comes with Google Assistant to control the TV with one’s voice to customize the experience.
The pre-installed apps are Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube. It is the first TV in its price segment to be powered by a high-performance MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor.
The RAM of the Realme Smart TV is clocked at 2133MHz, which is faster than normal 1600MHz RAM used in other TVs. The TV also comes with Dolby Audio certificated 24W Quad Stereo speakers, comprising two sets of speakers that are located at the bottom.
The Latitude 9510 Notebook comes with built-in Artificial Intelligence, powered by the Dell Optimiser Software.
Last Updated: June 1, 2020, 4:47 PM IST
Dell Technologies on Monday unveiled a new premium commercial PC called Latitude 9510 with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) in India at a starting price of Rs 1,49,000. The Latitude 9510 aims to deliver the longest battery life for any 15-inch business PC with a target of up to 34 hours, 5G-ready design, powerful audio features, and intelligent solutions that increase productivity, the company said in a statement.
“With the introduction of the 9000 series, our customers will be able to optimize their time on the work that matters the most. The Latitude 9510 stands out today as the most intelligent 15-inch business PC featuring built-in AI and the most secure commercial PC,” Vivekanand Manjeri, Brand Director, Client Solutions Group, Dell Technologies, India said in a statement.
The device offers the power and performance teams need to be productive anywhere as the first Project Athena-verified commercial PC with 10th Gen Intel vPro processors. It sports a machined-aluminium finish with diamond-cut edges for professionals looking.
The PC features, the Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and 5G-ready mobile broadband capabilities for more productive. The Latitude 9510 comes with built-in Artificial Intelligence, powered by the Dell Optimiser Software.
The Dell Optimiser software works behind the scenes to improve overall application performance, enable faster log-in and secure lockouts, eliminate echoes and reduce background noise on conference calls. The Latitude 9510 is available in two variants, 2-in-1 convertible as well as a clamshell laptop.
The Acer Swift 3 Notebook is equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2019, DTS Audio and micro-speaker distortion prevention for the optimum sound experience
Last Updated: June 1, 2020, 4:13 PM IST
Acer India on Monday announced the latest addition to its thin and light notebook series with Acer Swift 3 at a starting price of Rs 59,999. The notebook comes with the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile processor with Radeon graphics. It also includes a max of 1TB SSD and up to 16GB RAM.
“The fact that Swift 3 weighs only 1.2 kg making it super portable, ideal for slipping in a bag and working on the go,” Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, Acer India said in a statement. Acer Swift 3 houses a narrow-bezel display, offering 82.73 per cent screen-to-body ratio with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display and 15.95 mm thin chassis.
It features Dual-band WIFI-6 which aims to improve the average network throughput by up to 3 times and reduces latency up to 75 per cent compared to WiFi-5. The device is equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2019, DTS Audio and micro-speaker distortion prevention for the optimum sound experience.
The laptop supports Windows Hello through fingerprint readers for fast and secure logins. It has Wake on Voice (WoV) feature which enables users to activate Windows 10 with just their voice, even when the screen is off.
This is the second time iQoo has announced a price cut for the handset which raises the question- is the handset selling at all?
Last Updated: May 30, 2020, 1:22 PM IST
Smartphone maker Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo entered the Indian smartphone market earlier this year. The company’s first handset made headlines as it became one of the most affordable phones with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. Last month the company announced a revised price tag for the handset and now the company has announced a second price cut.
HOW MUCH DOES THE IQOO 3 COST?
The iQoo3 is now selling for Rs 31,990 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model. The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant sells for Rs 34,990 while the top variant which offers 5G connectivity along with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is now selling at Rs 41,990.
IQOO 3 SPECIFICATIONS
The iQoo 3 features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED display with support for HDR 10+ and 91.40 percent screen-to-body ratio with Schott Xensation UP protective layer. There is a punch-hole on the top right corner for the camera and other features include a 180Hz touch sampling rate and 800 nits of peak brightness that can max out at 1200 nits in certain cases. as per iQoo.
The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. There is a quad-camera setup at the back with a 48-megapixel primary camera with the Sony IMX582 sensor and an f/1.79 aperture lens. This is paired to a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.46 aperture and 20x digital zoom, a 13-megapixel wide-angle snapper with an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera with an f/2.4 aperture. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.45 aperture. for gamers, there are two shoulder buttons and a dedicated game mode to tinker with the settings.
Rest of the features include 5G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-SIM card tray, USB Type-C 2.0, GPS, Glonass and a 4,440mAh battery. The large battery can be charged from 0-50% in just 15 mins using the proprietary 55W Super FlashCharge technology. The handset will be offered in Quantum Silver, Tornado Black and Volcano Orange colour options.
Motorola announced the new budget offering earlier this month in India which could go ahead and compete with brand like Xiaomi and Realme.
Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 11:52 AM IST
The newest budget offering from Motorola, the Moto G8 Power Lite will be available for purchase today in India. Launched earlier this month, the handset is a sub-Rs 10,000 offering from the company with a chunky 5,000mAh battery. The handset was launched right after the company brought the Moto Edge+ flagship to India.
Moto G8 Power Lite Specifications
The Moto G8 Power Lite comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) IPS LCD display with 20:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable using a microSD card of up to 256GB.
At the back, there is a triple camera setup with a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture lens, a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front there is also an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture placed in the notch to take selfies.
The battery, as mentioned, is rated at 5,000mAh with support for 10W charging. Other features include a fingerprint scanner at the back, 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The handset will be available in Arctic Blue and Royal Blue colour options.
Price and Offers
The Moto G8 Power Lite is priced at Rs 8,999 for the sole 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. It will be available for purchase today through e-commerce website Flipkart at 12PM.
The company is offering a 5 percent cashback if customers make their purchase using the Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card. There are also no-cost EMI options starting at Rs 750 per month.
The OnePlus 8 will be up for grabs via a special sale however it seems that there could be limited units.
Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 11:09 AM IST
OnePlus had announced that its new OnePlus 8 series would finally go on open sale in India today, May 29. However, due to some production issues last week, the sale was postponed. OnePlus had made the announcement on its forums saying that the full-fledged sale will not be happening this Friday. Instead, a special limited sale across online and offline channels for the OnePlus 8 was announced.
Expect limited stocks of the handsets during this sale which will begin at 12PM today on Amazon India and OnePlus.in. The base model of the OnePlus 8 (6GB RAM + 128GB storage) is priced at Rs 41,999 while the 8GB + 128GB storage model is priced at Rs 44,999. The top 12GB + 256GB variant has been priced at Rs 49,999.
Some of the launch offers include flat Rs 2,000 off for customers paying via State Bank of India credit cards and EMI as well as an additional Rs 1,000 Amazon Pay cashback for pre-booked users. There will also be no-cost EMI option of up to 12 months and Jio benefits worth Rs 6,000. There is no confirmation as to when the OnePlus 8 Pro would go on sale in India.
ONEPLUS 8 SPECIFICATIONS
The OnePlus 8 comes with a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR 10+ support, and 3D corning gorilla glass. It offers support for sRGB, and Display P3 colour profiles and a 90Hz refresh rate display. The panel operates at FHD+ resolution. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and is offered with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
The device offers a 4,300mAh battery, which is said to provide 13% more capacity than its predecessor, OnePlus 7T. There is also a triple-camera setup at the back. The primary camera is a 48-megapixel powered by the Sony IMX586 sensor just like last year. The rest is a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultrawide lens, and the third one is a 2-megapixel macro camera. Other features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C port and Warp Charge 30T (5V/ 6A).
Affordable true wireless earbuds don’t necessarily have to be a compromise. Unfortunately, that is how it has always been. Build quality, sound, battery life, the quality of the charging case, companion apps and so on, you would have to make do with rough edges across the board. After all, the assumption was that you are paying significantly lesser than what the more expensive wireless earbuds cost. Pretty much reminds us of the way affordable Android phones used to be many years ago, before Xiaomi walked in with their head held high and completely changed the game. It seems they want to do the same with wireless earbuds as well, with the Redmi Earbuds S.
The Redmi Earbuds S start off on the right note with a super affordable price tag of Rs 1,799 if you order one of these now. A cursory glance at its competition includes Boat Airdopes 201 (around Rs 1,999), Portronics Harmonics Twins Mini (around Rs 1,699), Ptron Bassbuds Pro (around Rs 1,599) and the Mivi DuoPods M40 (around Rs 2,499), among thousands of others who we have never heard of before. Honestly, I really wouldn’t recommend any of these. Not just because you are getting something that has much better brand recall, with due respect to all other brands, but also something that is better spec-ed.
The mighty presence of a featherweight
The way the Redmi Earbuds S has been sculpted deserves to be admired. The charging case looks good and the matte black finish is easy to maintain. No loud branding on this, just the very subtle Redmi branding engraved on the lid. Open this up to take out the two wireless earbuds, and you’ll probably immediately notice the smaller than usual footprint. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you either. Each earbud weighs 4.1 grams, which is featherweight when these it in your ears for a considerable amount of time. And nothing sticks out of your ears, which means these are one of the more discreet earbuds you can spend your money on. A reason for that compact bud size is the size of the battery that sits inside—43mAh per earbud. It is simple physics. Compare this with the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ for instance, where each earbud weighs around 6.3 grams and has an 85mAh battery pack in each bud.
Fit shouldn’t be a problem for most users. First, Xiaomi is bundling three ear tip sizes with the Redmi Earbuds S—small, medium and large. Secondly, the way you wear it means you slightly twist each earbud once it is secure in your ear, for a snug fit. In a way, these are able to block out considerable amount of ambient noise as well. The other advantage, and this is priceless, is that these don’t fall out.
Clinging to the past?
The only possible shortcoming, and this is strictly relevant for my ecosystem, is that the Redmi Earbuds S charging case has a micro-USB port. Usually, there is a USB-C cable within reach, but I needed to specifically use the micro-USB cable to charge these up every time. The case itself has a 300mAh battery.
It doesn’t mind enjoying the first drops of a monsoon shower
The compact footprint and the weight reduction in no way means the Redmi Earbuds S must compromise on robustness. This has the IPX4 rating which makes it resistant to splash and sweat. This wouldn’t be averse to a drench in a sudden shower or you sweat out in the gym to your favorite soundtrack. Not many of its rivals can boast of this combination of design and attention to detail.
Pairing is simple too. This uses Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. In fact, unlike a lot of affordable wireless earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S behave like the more expensive earbuds out there and pair both buds with your phone in one go—many budget earbuds require you to individually pair the left and the right buds before you can get started with the playlists. You’ll probably get a slightly different experience if you are pairing these with a Xiaomi phone, with the quick pairing functionality available by default.
Simplicity makes you fall in love again
There is one physical button each on bud, and Xiaomi have done their best to simplify the multifunction inputs. You can press for one second to eject a call, click to accept a call, tap once when listening to music to pause and play, double click to access the voice assistant in your paired smartphone and click the button three times to enable or disable the gaming mode. You can do this on either of the buds, and the functionality remains the same. It gives me immense pleasure to say that this actually works, because quite frankly, it is an unnecessary learning curve to learn complex click and press and gesture controls on a lot of earphones and earbuds.
Substance much beyond the spec sheet
Now on to the business end of the Redmi Earbuds S—the sound. The audio driver in each earbud is 7.2mm large, which incidentally is larger than the 6mm audio drivers in the fantastic Jabra Elite 75t (these cost around Rs 15,999). Whichever way you look at it, this is a solid foundation as far as the hardware is concerned. The sound, Xiaomi insists, has been tuned for the Indian listening preferences. Which when simply put, means the Redmi Earbuds S will lean more towards lower frequencies and bass. That is great if your playlists are geared up for the up-tempo music, Bollywood remixes and dance numbers as well as pop music in general. I am quite impressed by the clarity of vocals, despite the very clear soundstage leanings, which makes the Redmi Earbuds S quite capable of playing their part as you binge watch on some web series late at night when the much-wanted sleep is continuing to ignore you.
The Redmi Earbuds S can go quite loud too without any sort of distortion getting in the way. I’m not much of a gamer, but I’m sure PUBG and Fortnite fans would appreciate the Gaming Mode which reduces the latency to 122ms and reduces the lag between what you see on the screen and when you hear it.
Battery life is robust. I like my music at soft volumes, and the Redmi Earbuds S last me a bit more than 4 hours on a single charge. The charging case can fully juice up these buds three times over, which makes it a good 12 hours before you reach for the charger again.
If you want to use these for calls, clarity is most certainly a strong point, with the ambient noise nicely blocked out at both ends. However, the slightly bass-heavy sound signature can be a bit disconcerting if the call clarity because of network issues is already compromised. You can use either the left or right earbud for calls as well. And the compact size of each earbud means you can be on long voice or video calls without feeling discomfort in the ears.
The Last Word: The Redmi Earbuds S Has a Price Tag You Cannot Argue With
It is hard to argue with the wireless earbuds experience and the audio performance the Redmi Earbuds S brings, particularly with a truly affordable price tag—Rs 1,799 to be precise, and that gets you a proper Xiaomi ecosystem experience. There really are no compromises that can be classified as deal-breakers. Instead, this is tuned to the music preferences of a large demographic of its potential user base, offers good battery life and the compact size just adds to the feeling that you’ve truly purchased something worth much more than its actual price tag.
You can get your hands on the new Redmi Note 9 Pro Max which will be available for purchase on Mi.com and Amazon India at 12PM.
Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 12:03 PM IST
Xiaomi is hosting yet another sale of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Launched alongside the regular Note 9 Pro in March, the Max variant was delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. The handset is very similar in terms of design and features when compared to the Note 9 Pro with minor differences. The sale will be happening today at 12PM and customers can purchase the handset from Mi.com and Amazon India.
SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICE
The handset comes with a 6.67-inch LCD display with a punch-hole placed on top center and a quad-camera setup in a square module. Like the previous Redmi Note 8 series, it has Gorilla Glass on the front and back, but this time the cameras are also protected with the same. Other notable design features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner similar to the Poco X2 and the Realme 6 series.
The device is powered by the 8nm-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G which should be more efficient and slightly more powerful than the 730G. The smartphone will be offered in a total of three variants including 6GB RAM with either 64GB or 128GB of storage and an 8GB RAM option with 128GB internal storage. There is also a dedicated microSD card slot to expand the storage further.
The square camera module is placed at the center and is raised from the main body. It includes a 64-megapixel main sensor next to an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera. There is also a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie camera placed in the punch hole. According to the company, the camera is capable of shooting RAW photography and some nifty tricks in pro mode while shooting video.
The battery unit is rated at 5,020mAh which is said to be the biggest on a Redmi Note device. It supports 33W fast charging (provided in the box) as well. Rest of the features include support for 4G VoLTE, NaVIC GPS, dual-SIM card slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, P2i coating, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The handset will come with Android 10 with MIUI 11. There are three colour options to choose from including Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black.
As for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max pricing, the 6GB + 64GB variant is priced at Rs.16,499, the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 17,999 while 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 19,999. The pricing is different from what we saw during the launch due to revised GST rates in the country.
The new Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with an improved camera setup, bigger battery, and a slightly refreshed design.
Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 1:55 PM IST
Xiaomi India is going to host yet another sale of its recently launched Redmi Note 9 today. Launched back in March, the handset is a follow up of the company’s popular Redmi Note 8 Pro. The smartphone boasts of a new square camera module and a punch-hole display at the front. The company had also launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, a slightly beefed-up version offering more memory and a higher resolution camera.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch full-HD+ LCD display with a punch-hole placed on top center and a quad-camera setup in a square module. Like the previous Redmi Note 8 series, it has Gorilla Glass on the front and back, but this time the cameras are also protected with the same. Other notable design features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner similar to the Poco X2 and the Realme 6 series.
The device is powered by the new 8nm-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G which should be more efficient and slightly more powerful than the 730G. The smartphone will be offered in two variants- 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. There is also a dedicated microSD card slot to expand the storage further.
The square camera module is placed at the center and is raised from the main body. It includes a 48-megapixel main sensor next to an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera. There is also a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera placed in the punch hole. According to the company, the camera is capable of shooting RAW photography and some nifty tricks in pro mode while shooting video.
The battery unit is rated at 5,020mAh which is said to be the biggest on a Redmi Note device and supports 18W fast charging. Rest of the features include support for 4G VoLTE, NaVIC GPS, dual-SIM card slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, P2i coating, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The handset will come with Android 10 with MIUI 11. There are three colour options to choose from including Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The smartphone is priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, and Rs 1,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The handset will be available via Amazon India and Mi.com starting at 12PM.
The Redmi Earbuds S TWS earphones will go on sale in India starting May 27 at 12 PM IST.
Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 2:22 PM IST
Redmi India has launched its first true wireless earphones, the Redmi Earbuds S, in India less than a month after its parent company Xiaomi introduced the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. Needless to say, the Redmi Earbuds S will have to compete against the Realme Buds Air Neo that launched in India a day before having a price tag of Rs 2,999.
Redmi Earbuds S Specifications and Features
Offering up to 4 hours of battery life on a single charge that can be extended up to 12 hours using the case, the Redmi Earbuds S are IPX-rated for sweat and splash resistance. Weighing just 4.1gms, the wearables feature 7.2mm drivers, connect over Bluetooth 5.0, and promise hands-free voice assistant feature as well. The product is also said to feature a low-latency gaming mode, which will no doubt, benefit gamers by offering a seamless experience without any delay. Apart from these, the earphones bring support for voice assistants as well as environmental noise reduction through the Realtek RTL8763BFR Bluetooth chip. Users will also be able to use either of the earphones individually without pairing separately.
As far as the design and colour of the earbuds are concerned, the Redmi Earbuds S pretty much appears to be the Indian version of the Redmi Airdots S that were launched in China in April. As of now, the Redmi Earbuds S will be sold only in Black colour.
Redmi Earbuds S Price and Availability in India
Priced at Rs 1,799, the Redmi Earbuds S TWS earphones looks pretty affordable compared to the other earbuds currently available. It will go on sale starting May 27 at 12PM on Amazon India, Mi.com, Mi Home Stores, and Mi Studio Outlets.