Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis. Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from $150 to $3,000, the company said (here) in a blog post.
The world’s largest online retailer, which delivers about 10 billion items a year, has been facing intense scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany decided to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said on Sunday.
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).
OnePlus is facing production issues in India and has delayed the open sale of its new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones.
Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 3:48 PM IST
OnePlus had announced that its new OnePlus 8 series would finally go on open sale in India from May 29. Due to some production issues last week, the sale has been postponed. OnePlus made the announcement on its forums saying that the full-fledged sale will not be happening this Friday.
However a special limited sale across online and offline channels for the OnePlus 8 has been announced that will be held at 12PM on May 29. Expect limited stocks of the handsets during this sale. Pre-order customers who booked either of the phone on Amazon India or via OnePlus’ official channels will now have to wait to make the final purchase. The company hasn’t confirmed as to when the official open sale will begin in India.
“Although we were looking to have 29th May as our open sales date for the OnePlus 8 Series 5G, due to unforeseen circumstances, our production was temporarily halted last week and has altered our sales plan. Because of this, we had to reschedule our date for open sales in India” said Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India in a forum post.
Last week the company had hosted a special early access sale on Amazon India to sell limited quantities of the OnePlus 8. All three memory and storage variants, as well as all colour options, were offered in limited quantities during the special sale.
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. Another important feature is the battery of OnePlus 8. The device offers a 4,300mAh battery, and what more, it 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.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is packed with a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 3168×1440-pixel resolution and a 19:8:9 aspect ratio. Interestingly, the device comes with a faster 120Hz refresh rate. The OnePlus 8 Pro also offers the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. There is a quad-camera setup taking care of the photography needs, as well as 4,510mAh battery.
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. On the other hand, the OnePlus 8 Pro 8GB + 128GB variant has a price tag of Rs 54,999. The top-end 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model for the OnePlus 8 Pro will be available for Rs 59,999.
The all-new OnePlus 8 series is officially going to be available starting May 29. However, the company is hosting a special early access sale today at 2PM on Amazon India to sell limited quantities of the OnePlus 8. As per the listing, all three memory and storage variants, as well as all colour options, will be available during the special sale.
As for the price, the OnePlus 8 is going to sell for Rs 41,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant, Rs 44,999, for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 49,999 for the 12GB + 256GB variant. The handset is available in three colour options including Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, and Onyx Black. The top 12GB + 256GB variant is available in all three colours, while the 8GB + 128GB is available in Glacial Green and Onyx Black, and the 6GB + 128GB is available in only Glacial Green.
There are also some offers including a discount of Rs 2,000 off for SBI card users opting for EMI transactions. A Rs 1,000 cashback on Amazon Pay will also be given to customers who pre-booked the OnePlus 8. Other than that, there will be an option of no-cost EMI of 12 and Reliance Jio users can get benefits of up to Rs 6,000.
ONEPLUS 8 SPECIFICATIONS
The OnePlus 8 comes with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. OnePlus is offering a high-end 12GB RAM this time apart from the 8GB RAM version. Storage options include 128GB and 256GB UFS 3.0 dual-lane.
The display is a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate and a FullHD+ resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. It also supports HDR10+ and is said to be ‘meticulously tuned’ color accuracy rating of JNCD around 0.4. (JNCD means “Just Noticeable Color Difference” which is an indicator for measuring color accuracy used by companies including DisplayMate).
Probably the most important upgrade is the battery. While the OnePlus 7T had a 3,800mAh battery, the OnePlus 8 offers a 4,300mAh battery. According to the company, the large battery provides 13% more battery capacity compared to the 7T. Of course, there is Warp Charge 30T which is claimed to charge from 1% to 50% in 22 minutes.
There is a triple camera setup at the back highlighted by the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor as last year. Rest of the cameras include a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultrawide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. This means that there is no telephoto camera on the new OnePlus 8. The front camera is a 16-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus.
Other important features including an in-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, USB-C 3.1 and NFC.
Many individuals are complaining of the IRCTC website crashing upon overload of traffic, as the Ministry of Railways announced a staggered opening of select special trains between 15 cities. However, IRCTC has said that the website is working just fine, and the delay in the process is a result of new data regarding the special trains being uploaded on the website. As a result, users are being requested to continue trying to open the booking site, as the database is expected to be updated with new information soon. According to the new prompt on IRCTC, ticket bookings for the special trains will begin at 6PM today.
The special trains will offer only air-conditioned coaches, but not provide catering or bedding to minimise contaminable contact points between passengers, staff and public accessories. The train will ply between New Delhi and 15 different cities, including major metros and venues of business importance. The step can prove to be crucial in a bid to gradually open up the economy, as India continues its efforts to come out of a prolonged lockdown period.
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Amazon India has announced some special benefits for its Prime members. The e-commerce giant is offering some gaming benefits which includes free access to in-game content, upgrades as well as in-game currency. Some of the games include Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Words With Friends 2, Mafia City, and World Cricket Championship 2.
Members can also get in-game content for free when users sign in with their Amazon Prime account on mobile games including Black Desert Mobile and The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross. Amazon has released a dedicated microsite to list all the benefits for Prime members. Additionally these benefits will be listed on the Amazon app.
Amazon has also tied up with mobile game developers to host Prime-only tournaments for its members in India. “With the launch of Prime gaming, we continue to make Amazon Prime more valuable for members in India. We recognize the need for in-game content by mobile gamers to enhance their playing experience and are delighted to provide access to this content FREE to Prime members. We will continue to add new in-game content for other popular games, with frequent content refreshes,” said Akshay Sahi, Director & Head of Prime, Amazon India. He further added that the #PlayApartTogether initiative by World Health Organization (WHO) is a reminder that even while it’s crucial we keep our distance from one another given the prevailing global health circumstances, we can keep enjoying the games we love and stay connected with people online.
To avail the benefits, all you need to do is download any of the listed games for Prime members on your Android or iOS device. After downloading the game, you need to look for a banner highlighting the Prime benefits. Tap on the banner and login with your Amazon account on the pop-up screen. You should be redirected to a new page from where you need to allow access to your Amazon account and claim the rewards.
Amazon India said on Wednesday it has introduced a partner support fund to help the small and medium businesses (SMBs) who are heavily reliant on the company. The company noted in a statement that SMBs across India have been financially impacted due to the nationwide lockdown.
This fund for SMBs in logistics will be available to delivery service partners and select transportation partners in India to help adjust their business model to the “new realities” posed during the lockdown, it said. “Through the one-time disbursement, the fund will support the partners in multiple ways. This includes enabling them to provide financial aid to close to 40,000 of their staff for the month of April 2020.
Additionally, it will help cover some critical fixed infrastructure costs, and support liquidity and cash flow for these businesses as they resume and scale their operations post lockdown,” the company said.