Samsung kickstarted this week in tech with the India launch of its Galaxy J6, Galaxy J8, Galaxy A6, and Galaxy A6+ smartphones. The Galaxy J6 and Galaxy J8 are affordable handsets with plastic unibody design, Super AMOLED screens, and 18.5:9 displays, while the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ sport metal unibody designs, along with Super AMOLED screens and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. As for the prices in India, Galaxy A6+ is the most expensive of the lot at Rs. 25,990, followed by the Galaxy A6 at Rs. 21,990. Then comes the Galaxy J8 at Rs. 18,990, while Galaxy J6 comes in two variants, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage at Rs. 13,990 and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at Rs. 16,490.

Key features of the four new Samsung smartphones are Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung Experience, large batteries, octa-core processors, AI integration in camera. The Galaxy J8 and Galaxy A6+ sport dual rear cameras, 3500mAh batteries, 6-inch displays, and high-resolution selfie cameras. On the other hand, the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A6 come with 5.6-inch screens and 3000mAh batteries. The Galaxy J8 is scheduled to go on sale in India on June 20, while the remaining three are already available for purchase in the country.

Xiaomi was also in the news this week, for multiple reasons. The company launched the Mi Credit platform, which will help MIUI users in India to avail personal loans of up to Rs. 1 lakh. Also, Redmi Note 5 Pro users are now reportedly getting the MIUI 9.5 Global ROM (v9.5.6.0.OEIMIFA) update — it is available as a download from the official website or as an OTA update. The launch of Mi 8 was confirmed for a May 31 event by the company this week, which also alluded to the unveiling of MIUI 10 software at the same event. The Mi 8 is apparently so far ahead of the Mi 6 that the company decided to skip the Mi 7 name altogether.

But Mi 8 and MIUI 10 will not be only two names worth mentioning at the May 31 Xiaomi event, as the company is also expected to launch the Mi Note 5 smartphone the same day. The leaked specifications of the Mi Note 3 successor include 5.99-inch display with ultra-thin bezels, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and support for 43 LTE bands. The Mi Note 5 price is CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 24,400), according to the leak. Other products likely at the event are the Mi Band 3, Surge S2 SoC, and a wireless charging pad.

The company also confirmed the Mi Max 3 will not be launched before July. Redmi 6 surfaced too for the first time, as a TENAA listing revealed its specifications and images. The key Redmi 6 specifications and features include a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Android 8.1 Oreo, octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz (possibly the Snapdragon 625), and 3000mAh battery. Considering the Redmi 5 was launched just 6 months ago, the successor may take a few more months before going official.

Also in China this week, the company launched its Mi Router 4 with dual-band (2.4GHz/ 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and MT7621A MIPS- Dual Core 880MHz processor. It also has 128MB of NAND flash storage, 128MB of DDR3 RAM, and a multi-coloured LED indicator. Along with this, the Xiaomi Roidmi Car Air Purifier was launched in the country. Its key features include a laser particle sensor and a full-effect composite filter, alongside an OLED panel and an 80m3/h CADR particulate matter filtering capacity; it claims to purify the air in the car within 2 minutes.

Reliance Jio — which has added 94 lakh new subscribers in March, as per TRAI data — has started offering its subscribers 2GB data per day for free for a limited period. This data is worth Rs. 101, and being provided to users on complimentary basis. According to the MyJio app, May 29 will be the last day this data will be doled out to users. Also on the Jio front, the company’s Jio Phone was the highest-selling feature phone in the world in Q1 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. The market research firm said the global feature market grew 38 percent year-on-year, with Jio Phone accounting for 15 percent market share. It was followed by Nokia brand licensee HMD Global at 14 percent and Itel at 13 percent.

Incumbent telecom operators this week launched a bunch of plans to lure subscribers their way. These include the Airtel Rs. 558 recharge with 3GB data per day and validity of 82 days; it also comes with unlimited calls, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited post-FUP Internet access at 128kbps. There was also the Rs. 499 Idea recharge that comes with 2GB data a day for 82 days, along with bundled calls (250 minutes a day, 1,000 minutes a week), free national roaming, and 100 text messages per day

BSNL reportedly launched a Rs. 499 postpaid plan this week, with 45GB data per billing cycle with unlimited voice calling with no monthly FUP limit as well as 100 SMS messages per day. Its sister organisation MTNL also launched a bunch of plans priced between Rs. 171 and Rs. 421 for Delhi-NCR users, with up to 3GB data per day and validity of up to 84 days.

OnePlus 6 went on sale in India this week, first on Monday for Amazon Prime members and then the next day for all Amazon customers. Of course, buyers could head to one of the pop-up stores that the company had set up or purchase the handset from its official website on the first day or Croma stores on the second. The Chinese brand also says the OnePlus 6 has become a huge success for it compared to its predecessor as it raked in sales worth Rs. 100 crores within 10 minutes on the first day of sale, a feat that the OnePlus 5T apparently took a whole day to achieve. The smartphone has already received two software updates — one that brings the option to disable the notch, the May security patch and more, and another that provides a few bug fixes and performance improvements……Read More>>


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