Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Other Xiaomi Phones Now Available With Discounts Offline


Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Other Xiaomi Phones Now Available With Discounts Offline

Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a Rs. 2,000 discount, as do the Redmi Y2 and Mi A2.

Xiaomi India has announced limited period discounts and offers on the purchase of several of its smartphones in the offline market. The Redmi Y2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Mi Mix 2 will be sold for a discount of up to Rs. 3,000. Additionally, users can avail cashback on Paytm Mall as well as when paying with SBI cards. Gadgets 360 has learnt that the Poco F1 and several other Xiaomi phones can also be bought offline with no cost EMI plans. Additionally, information shared with us reveals that the offer period is between October 18, 2018 and November 7, 2018.

To start off, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s base 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant and 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant will get a discount of Rs. 2,000. The selfie-focused Redmi Y2 also gets a discount of Rs. 2,000 as well, as does the Mi A2. Lastly, the premium Mi Mix 2 gets a Rs. 3,000 price cut.

Apart from these instant discounts, buyers can avail a Paytm Mall cashback of up to Rs. 500 on purchase of up to Rs. 10,000 and a cashback of Rs. 1,000 when buying Xiaomi smartphones priced above Rs. 10,000. Users with SBI cards can avail a flat Rs. 500 cashback on a minimum purchase of Rs. 8,000, valid only when buying Xiaomi’s smartphones.



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Xiaomi Mi A1 Allegedly Explodes While Charging, Mi A2 ‘Fingerprint Sensor Bug’ Said to Impact Battery Life


Xiaomi Mi A1 Allegedly Explodes While Charging, Mi A2 'Fingerprint Sensor Bug' Said to Impact Battery Life

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Xiaomi has marked the fingerprint sensor bug with a “need more information” tag on its MIUI forums

Xiaomi Mi A1, the company’s first Android One smartphone, is now in reports for having allegedly exploded while it was being charged. The owner of the affected handset was reportedly jolted out of his sleep when the Mi A1 exploded. In addition to the Mi A1, Xiaomi is facing outrage for a reported fingerprint sensor bug within the Mi A2, the successor to the Mi A1, that brings a sudden battery death issue. Both Android One models by the Beijing-based company are currently anticipated to receive an update to Android 9.0 Pie. Unlike other Xiaomi smartphones that have MIUI on top of Android, the Mi A-Series models run stock Android out-of-the-box.

As posted in an MIUI forum post, a Xiaomi Mi A1 exploded while it was being charged overnight. The owner of the affected phone often put it on charging overnight. But one day, it is said that he was jolted out of his sleep after hearing an explosion from his phone. He ignored the blow and went back to sleep, but in the morning, he found the Mi A1 in an “extremely [damaged] condition.”

It is unclear whether the user was charging the affected Mi A1 using a genuine charger. Also, the MIUI forum post says that the user reached the customer care. The damaged Mi A1 unit is claimed to be eight months old and used with a protective case. Importantly, this was the first such case reported for the Mi A1.

Alongside the alleged explosion of the Mi A1, Xiaomi has come in the headlines for a Mi A2 bug that is impacting its battery life. Several users on the Linus Tech Tips forums have reported that the fingerprint sensor of the Mi A2 is using all the eight cores of the Snapdragon 660 SoC at maximum speed. This results in the sudden death of the battery and reduces the screen-on time to three or four hours.

Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any details around the bug, but on its MIUI forums, it has marked the bug as “need more information”, as spotted by Android Authority. The user reports suggest that the problem exists on a large number of Mi A2 units for over last one month. However, the company has neither pushed any bug fix nor acknowledged any issue.

We’ve reached out to Xiaomi for clarity on the alleged Mi A1 explosion as well as the reported Mi A2 battery issue and will update this space accordingly.



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Xiaomi Mi A2 Now Available via Open Sale in India


Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 smartphone in India last month. Ever since the launch, the Chinese manufacturer has been hosting flash sales on Amazon India site and Mi.com to sell the handset, but now it is available via open sale on both the platforms. This essentially means that you will no longer need to register and wait for a weekly flash sale to get a chance to purchase the Mi A2. The lone 4GB RAM variant is currently available for purchase and you can snag the smartphone till stocks last. Notably, the key features of the smartphone include the stock Android software, 3,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 4+ fast-charging, and dual rear camera setup.

In terms of pricing, the Mi A2 costs Rs. 16,999 in India. As mentioned, the smartphone comes in a 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage variant. Xiaomi had also launched a 6GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage variant, but it has not gone on sale yet. The smartphone comes in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options. Notably, Mi A2 buyers who purchase the handset via Mi.com, can avail a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music and a cashback worth Rs. 2,200 and 4.5TB complimentary data from Reliance Jio. If you buy the handset via Amazon.in, you will get a 5 percent instant discount on HDFC Bank credit cards and no-cost EMIs on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards.

To recall some of the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone that runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. The smartphone is a part of Google’s Android One programme. It sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. In terms of optics, the Mi A2 bears a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. The rear camera setup also comes with a flash module. The Mi A2 has a 20-megapixel sensor at the front.

Connectivity options in the Xiaomi Mi A2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port. However, a 3.5mm headphone jack is missing on the phone. It comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back. Sensors on board the handset include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery and comes with Quick Charge 4+ support. However, the smartphone will ship with a regular 10W charger in the box. In terms of dimensions, the Mi A2 measures 158.7×75.4×7.3mm, and weighs 168 grams.

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Xiaomi Mi A2, Redmi 5A Flash Sales Today in India: All You Need to Know


Mi A2 is going on sale once again today as part of its weekly sale schedule. Launched just a few weeks ago, it joins the Redmi 5A in the Thursday Xiaomi flash sales. Buyers need to go to Amazon.in and Mi.com for a chance to buy the Mi A2 and Flipkart and Mi.com for the Redmi 5A. The latter’s successor entered the market just last week, and so may not be in much demand in the flash sale today. However, Mi A2 will find many a taker as it is freshly launched and is one of the few affordable smartphones with decent hardware and stock Android software. The Mi A2 price in India is Rs. 16,999 and only the 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage option is available at the moment. On the other hand, the Redmi 5A will be available in two variants, 2GB RAM at Rs. 5,999 and 3GB RAM at Rs. 6,999.

Xiaomi Mi A2 specifications, features

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and being a part of the Android One programme from Google, is certified to offer an optimised Android experience and timely updates. The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It uses a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera. The rear camera setup also features a flash module. On the front, the Mi A2 bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Mi A2 comes in two inbuilt storage options – 64GB and 128GB – depending on the variant purchased.

Connectivity options on the Mi A2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port – there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, while other sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 3,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0.

As for specifications, the budget dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 5A runs MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 425 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. The Redmi 5A has 16GB and 32GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) via a dedicated slot.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A smartphone has a 13-megapixel sensor at the back – along with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and an LED flash. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. In terms of connectivity, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. Lastly, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A packs a 3,000mAh battery and measures 140.4×70.1×8.35mm.

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Xiaomi Mi A2, Redmi 5A to Go on Flash Sales Today at 12pm


Xiaomi Mi A2 will go on flash sale again as part of its weekly sale schedule. The new Mi A2 smartphone will be available via Mi.com and Amazon India at 12pm, with limited units expected to be in stock. Along with the company’s new stock Android phone, the Redmi 5A will be up for grabs in the sale too. It will also be available via the flash sale model, and buyers can head to Mi.com and Flipkart. However, the Redmi 5A may not find many takers as Xiaomi just launched the Redmi 6A a day ago — it costs the same as year’s model but features several upgrades.

Xiaomi Mi A2, Redmi 5A price in India, specifications

The Mi A2 price in India is Rs. 16,999 and the smartphone has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage; there is also a 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage but it is not up for grabs yet. It will come with  3-month subscription to Hungama Music and will come with cashback worth Rs. 2,200 and 4.5TB complimentary data from Jio. Amazon customers will get 5 percent instant discount on HDFC Bank credit cards and no-cost EMIs on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. As for the Redmi 5A price in India, buyers will have to shell out Rs. 5,999 and Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants, respectively. There is Rs. 2,200 cashback from Jio and free Hungama Music access for 3 months.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and being a part of the Android One programme from Google, is certified to offer an optimised Android experience and timely updates. The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It uses a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera. The rear camera setup also features a flash module. On the front, the Mi A2 bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Mi A2 comes in two inbuilt storage options – 64GB and 128GB – depending on the variant purchased.

Connectivity options on the Mi A2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port – there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, while other sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 3,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0.

As for specifications, the budget dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 5A runs MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 425 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. The Redmi 5A has 16GB and 32GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) via a dedicated slot.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A smartphone has a 13-megapixel sensor at the back – along with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and an LED flash. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. In terms of connectivity, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. Lastly, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A packs a 3,000mAh battery and measures 140.4×70.1×8.35mm.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Flash Sale Today at 12PM; Redmi 5A Up for Grabs Too


The third Xiaomi Mi A2 flash sale in India will be held today, giving buyers a chance to snag a unit of the new smartphone. Key features of the smartphone include the stock Android software, 3,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 4+ fast-charging, and dual rear camera setup. Like before, only the 64GB storage, 4GB RAM variant will be available in the Mi A2 flash sale today. Apart from the new model, the affordable Redmi 5A will also be available in a flash sale. Both the Mi A2 and Redmi 5A flash sales will be held at 12pm IST on Mi.com; apart from that, buyers can head to Amazon India for the former and to Flipkart for the latter model.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Which Is the Right Phone for You? 

The Mi A2 price in India is Rs. 16,999 and the smartphone has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage; there is also a 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage but it is not up for grabs yet. It will come with  3-month subscription to Hungama Music and will come with cashback worth Rs. 2,200 and 4.5TB complimentary data from Jio. Amazon customers will get 5 percent instant discount on HDFC Bank credit cards and no-cost EMIs on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. As for the Redmi 5A price in India, buyers will have to shell out Rs. 5,999 and Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants, respectively. There is Rs. 2,200 cashback from Jio and free Hungama Music access for 3 months.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and being a part of the Android One programme from Google, is certified to offer an optimised Android experience and timely updates. The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It uses a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera. The rear camera setup also features a flash module. On the front, the Mi A2 bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Mi A2 comes in two inbuilt storage options – 64GB and 128GB – depending on the variant purchased.

Connectivity options on the Mi A2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port – there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, while other sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 3,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0.

As for specifications, the budget dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 5A runs MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 425 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. The Redmi 5A has 16GB and 32GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) via a dedicated slot.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A smartphone has a 13-megapixel sensor at the back – along with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and an LED flash. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. In terms of connectivity, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. Lastly, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A packs a 3,000mAh battery and measures 140.4×70.1×8.35mm.


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Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Which One’s Best Suited to Your Needs?


Xiaomi recently launched the Mi A2 (Review), the successor to the Mi A1 (Review), which was the first Xiaomi smartphone to run a stock build of Android and was well received by buyers and critics alike. The new Mi A2 is also an Android One smartphone that features 4GB of RAM, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, an all-metal body, and a dual camera setup at the rear.

Priced at Rs. 16,999, the Mi A2 competes with Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review), which starts at Rs. 14,999 and has long been the segment benchmark. With MIUI, it offers nifty features such as Dual Apps and Second Space, and the specifications are nothing to scoff at either. We spent some time comparing the two smartphones in detail, and here is what we found.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro design

The Mi A2 looks a lot like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, only slimmer and more polished. Both the Mi A2 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have tall 18:9 displays, rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, and vertically stacked dual rear camera setups. There is very little to distinguish between the two phones’ fingerprint sensors in terms of speed and accuracy.

Made out of aluminium, both phones feel reassuringly solid in the hand. They are a bit too tall to be used comfortably with one hand, though. The Mi A2 is extremely slippery and the back attracts a lot of fingerprints. The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s rear panel does not pick up fingerprints thanks to its matte finish.

MiA2 RN5Pro Inline1 Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro

 

The camera unit on the Redmi Note 5 Pro juts out a fair bit from the chassis, but the one on the Mi A2 protrudes even more, making it impossible to use on a desk or a flat surface. Button placement is identical on the two phones. The power and volume buttons — which are placed on the right edge — are tactile, but a bit too small for our liking.

The Mi A2 lacks a headphone jack. You get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box, which you will need if you want use your existing headphones. The 3.5mm port is present at the bottom on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Mi A2 has a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro makes do with a Micro-USB port.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro specifications and displays

Just like its predecessor, the Mi A2 is an Android One smartphone with a focus on clean, fluid software, and timely updates. This time around, Xiaomi has omitted a few key features, such as the headphone jack and a microSD slot for expandable storage. In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 Pro retains the legacy port and has a hybrid dual-SIM tray that lets you expand storage by up to 256GB.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor while the Redmi Note 5 Pro uses the Snapdragon 636 SoC. The Mi A2 is available in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage priced at Rs. 16,999, and one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the price of which will be revealed when it goes on sale in the coming weeks. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is offered with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at Rs. 14,999, or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at Rs. 16,999.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

 

The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 4000mAh battery while the Mi A2 has a smaller 3000mAh battery. Connectivity options on both phones include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and GPS/ A-GPS. The Mi A2 supports Bluetooth 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro makes do with Bluetooth 4.2. Both the Mi A2 and Redmi Note 5 Pro lack NFC but do support dual 4G VoLTE.

Both phones have 5.99-inch full-HD+ displays with 18:9 aspect ratios and no notches, which we like. The screens on both smartphones are quite reflective, which impacts outdoor legibility. The colour temperature on the Mi A2 is much warmer and the colours are slightly more vivid. The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s display gets brighter but looks slightly dull in comparison.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro performance, software, and battery life

Both smartphones breeze through day-to-day use and deliver smooth and consistent user experiences, with quick app load times and smooth UI animations. However, the Mi A2 edges out the Redmi Note 5 Pro in benchmarks. In AnTuTu, it scored 133,918 points compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 116,050. In PC Mark Work 2.0, it scored 6,213 compared to the Note 5 Pro’s score of 5,673.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a part of the Android One initiative, which means it runs a stock build of Android 8.1 Oreo with the August security patch at the time of writing this article. With the Mi A2, you can expect timely Android version updates as well as security patches.

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The software is fluid and devoid of any third-party bloat. There are a few preinstalled Mi branded applications called like Mi Drop, Mi Community, Mi Store, and File Manager. The Redmi Note 5 Pro in comparison runs a heavily skinned version of Android 8.1 Oreo. MIUI 9.5 is loaded with useful features like a one-handed mode, a powerful theming engine, and Dual Apps, which lets you run a second instance of any app with a second account. However, the experience is not as clean as stock Android, with a confused and cluttered Settings menu.

Being an Android One smartphone, the Mi A2 should receive the Android Pie update soon. There is no information as of now regarding an Android Pie update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. As is the case with most phones these days, both models support face recognition, which works well enough in favourable light but is hit-or-miss in low light.

Simply put, the Redmi Note 5 Pro delivers better battery life. In our HD video loop battery test, the Xiaomi Mi A2 lasted only 8 hours and 40 minutes, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro went on for an impressive 16 hours and 10 minutes. At the end of a typical workday, the Mi A2 was running on fumes, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro had around 30 – 40 percent left in the tank.

Charging is slow on both smartphones as they ship with standard 10W chargers. Both do support quick charging – the Mi A2 boasts of Quick Charge 4+ technology and the Note 5 Pro features Quick Charge 2.0 – but you will have to buy a compatible charger to take advantage of these features.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro cameras

Both smartphones have dual camera setups at the rear. The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a 12-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of f/1.75, and a 20-megapixel secondary one with pixel binning technology and an aperture of f/1.75 On the front, the smartphone has a 20-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s rear dual camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 5-megapixel secondary one with an aperture of f/2.0. On the front, it has a 20-megapixel f/2.2 camera. Both smartphones have a dual-LED flash at the back and a single-LED flash up front.

 

Mi A2Redmi Note 5 Pro

 

The Mi A2 has a distinct edge when it comes to outdoor shots. Its rear camera has better dynamic range and captures more detail than the one on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The colours are more accurate on the Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a tendency to blow out the highlights.

When it comes to indoor shots, the Mi A2’s rear camera pulls in more light, but shots taken with the Redmi Note 5 Pro are slightly more detailed. The Mi A2’s colour temperature is too warm while colours captured by the Redmi Note 5 Pro are more realistic.

 

Mi A2Redmi Note 5 Pro

 

In low light, the Mi A2 manages to edge out the Redmi Note 5 Pro with more detail and slightly less noise. Shots taken with the Redmi Note 5 Pro also have a warmer hue. Portrait shots taken by both smartphones are average at best. However, the Mi A2 has better edge detection, especially in low light.

It is a close call with the front cameras. The Redmi Note 5 Pro captures more detail in low light but the Mi A2 delivers more vibrant shots. In favourable light, the Mi A2 delivers slightly more detail but it is the Redmi Note 5 Pro that captures more accurate colours.

Both phones allow you to take portrait shots with the front camera, and there is very little to distinguish between the two. The beauty mode on the Mi A2 is undeniably superior, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro excessively whitens faces. Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the Redmi Note 5 Pro while the Mi A2 can go up to 4K. Videos taken by both smartphones during the day or at night are decent at best.

Verdict
The Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) offers a cleaner software package, the promise of timely updates, a brighter and punchier display, and a better rear camera setup. If you can live without the headphone jack and microSD slot, the Mi A2 is more modern and a better package overall.

However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) still has some tricks up its sleeve. It retains essentials like expandable storage and the legacy 3.5mm jack, has similar performance in day-to-day use, and undercuts the Mi A2 in price by Rs. 2,000. Its battery life is also a lot better. Availability is another area where the Redmi Note 5 Pro edges out the Mi A2. While Xiaomi struggled to meet demand for the Redmi Note 5 Pro initially, it is now readily available on the company’s official website. The Mi A2 in comparison is currently being sold only via flash sales.


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Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Price in India, Specifications Compared


Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched in India this week alongside the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The smartphones are a part of the company’s new generation of handsets that feature a new all-screen design philosophy and incorporate a display notch. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the global variant of the Nokia X6 that was launched by Nokia licensee HMD Global earlier this year. The key features of the handset include Android One, Snapdragon 636 SoC, vertical dual rear camera setup, Nokia branding in the front, and a fingerprint sensor. Notably, the Nokia 6.1 Plus price in India starts at Rs. 15,999 and HMD Global has launched only one RAM/ storage variant of the handset in the country.

At its price range, the Nokia 6.1 Plus – quite obviously – will compete with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in the Indian market because of its pricing. The smartphone will also compete with Xiaomi’s latest Android One smartphone – Mi A2. Additionally, Asus also has a popular affordable smartphone called ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro is arguably dominating the market with its compelling hardware and MIUI features, the new ZenFone Max Pro M1 had arrived with a list of attractive features to take on the competition, including a dual rear camera setup, thin bezel display, metal body, a large battery, and a stock Android experience. Meanwhile, the Mi A2 like its predecessor Mi A1 is an Android One powered handset with stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and no MIUI.

Therefore, we take a look at the Nokia 6.1 Plus price in India and specifications and compare them with those of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India

The price in India of Nokia 6.1 Plus is Rs. 15,999. It comes with Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Gloss Midnight Blue colour options. Notably, the pre-orders for the smartphone will end on August 30 and shipping will start on August 31. The company is providing some launch offers, including no-cost EMIs and 240GB additional data (20GB data per month for 12 months on recharges of Rs. 199, Rs. 249, and Rs. 448) and Rs. 1,800 as cashback (in the form of 36 vouchers of Rs. 50).

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in the country priced at Rs. 13,999, but it was later raised to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant, and went up to Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. Colour options for the smartphone are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

The Xiaomi Mi A2, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. During the launch, Xiaomi had also announced a 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant, but its availablity and India price have not been revealed yet. The smartphone comes in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour models.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

Finally, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 costs Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage variant in India. The smartphone’s 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available at Rs. 12,999. Additionally, there is a 6GB RAM variant as well that was launched later, priced at Rs. 14,999.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB) Review

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone that runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display that comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM. In terms of optics, the smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, with a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels, while the secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor sports a f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels. There is a dual-tone flash module at the back as well. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel sensor at the front, coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). The connectivity options in the phone include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors on board the Nokia 6.1 Plus are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, and a proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3060mAh battery coupled with fast charge tech. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 147.2×70.98×7.99mm, and weighs 151 grams

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone. It runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor, coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. It bears a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that has an f/2.0 aperture. At the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 20-megapixel camera sensor with a selfie LED flash.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card in a hybrid dual-SIM format. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is fueled by a 4000mAh battery and measures 158.6×75.4×8.05mm.

Meanwhile, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a pixel density of 403ppi, and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It comes with a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera, with 2-micron pixels, 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech, and an f/1.75 aperture. The rear camera setup also has a flash module. At the front, the smartphone bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

The Mi A2 comes with 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options. Connectivity options in the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port. Sensors on board that handset are accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The handset packs a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ support and measures 158.7×75.4×7.3mm while weighing 168 grams.

The dual-SIM Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS Full View display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with an Adreno 509 GPU, 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB of RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable on the phone via microSD card (up to 2TB).

In the camera department, the 3GB RAM/ 4GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 bears a dual rear camera setup with a primary 13-megapixel Omnivision sensor, with f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensing sensor, both with LED flash. On the front, the variant comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera that offers a 5P lens, an 85.5-degree lens, and an aperture of f/2.0. The 6GB RAM variant however has a 16-megapixel (f2/.0) + 5-megapixel rear camera combination and a 16-megapixel selfie camera (f/2.0). There is a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for 10W charging.

Connectivity on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a fingerprint sensor and a Face Unlock sensor on the smartphone.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison

  Nokia 6.1 Plus Xiaomi Mi A2 Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Redmi Note 5 Pro
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date July 2018 July 2018 April 2018 February 2018
Dimensions (mm) 147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59 158.70 x 75.40 x 7.30 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Weight (g) 151.00 168.00 180.00 181.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3060 3000 5000 4000
Colours Black, White Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold Midnight Black, Grey Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Removable battery No No
Launched in India Yes
Body type Metal
SAR value 1.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.80 5.99 5.99 5.99
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 18:9
HARDWARE
Processor octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 400 2000 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 13-megapixel 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Rear Flash Dual LED LED
Front camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel 20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Front Flash Yes
Rear flash Yes LED
Front flash Yes LED
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.1
Skin MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 5.00
USB OTG Yes Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
NFC Yes No
Micro-USB Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No



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Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Price in India, Specifications Compared


Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched in India this week alongside the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The smartphones are a part of the company’s new generation of handsets that feature a new all-screen design philosophy and incorporate a display notch. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the global variant of the Nokia X6 that was launched by Nokia licensee HMD Global earlier this year. The key features of the handset include Android One, Snapdragon 636 SoC, vertical dual rear camera setup, Nokia branding in the front, and a fingerprint sensor. Notably, the Nokia 6.1 Plus price in India starts at Rs. 15,999 and HMD Global has launched only one RAM/ storage variant of the handset in the country.

At its price range, the Nokia 6.1 Plus – quite obviously – will compete with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in the Indian market because of its pricing. The smartphone will also compete with Xiaomi’s latest Android One smartphone – Mi A2. Additionally, Asus also has a popular affordable smartphone called ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro is arguably dominating the market with its compelling hardware and MIUI features, the new ZenFone Max Pro M1 had arrived with a list of attractive features to take on the competition, including a dual rear camera setup, thin bezel display, metal body, a large battery, and a stock Android experience. Meanwhile, the Mi A2 like its predecessor Mi A1 is an Android One powered handset with stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and no MIUI.

Therefore, we take a look at the Nokia 6.1 Plus price in India and specifications and compare them with those of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India

The price in India of Nokia 6.1 Plus is Rs. 15,999. It comes with Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Gloss Midnight Blue colour options. Notably, the pre-orders for the smartphone will end on August 30 and shipping will start on August 31. The company is providing some launch offers, including no-cost EMIs and 240GB additional data (20GB data per month for 12 months on recharges of Rs. 199, Rs. 249, and Rs. 448) and Rs. 1,800 as cashback (in the form of 36 vouchers of Rs. 50).

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in the country priced at Rs. 13,999, but it was later raised to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant, and went up to Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. Colour options for the smartphone are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

The Xiaomi Mi A2, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. During the launch, Xiaomi had also announced a 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant, but its availablity and India price have not been revealed yet. The smartphone comes in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour models.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

Finally, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 costs Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage variant in India. The smartphone’s 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available at Rs. 12,999. Additionally, there is a 6GB RAM variant as well that was launched later, priced at Rs. 14,999.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB) Review

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone that runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display that comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM. In terms of optics, the smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, with a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels, while the secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor sports a f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels. There is a dual-tone flash module at the back as well. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel sensor at the front, coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). The connectivity options in the phone include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors on board the Nokia 6.1 Plus are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, and a proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3060mAh battery coupled with fast charge tech. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 147.2×70.98×7.99mm, and weighs 151 grams

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone. It runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor, coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. It bears a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that has an f/2.0 aperture. At the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 20-megapixel camera sensor with a selfie LED flash.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card in a hybrid dual-SIM format. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is fueled by a 4000mAh battery and measures 158.6×75.4×8.05mm.

Meanwhile, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a pixel density of 403ppi, and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It comes with a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera, with 2-micron pixels, 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech, and an f/1.75 aperture. The rear camera setup also has a flash module. At the front, the smartphone bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

The Mi A2 comes with 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options. Connectivity options in the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port. Sensors on board that handset are accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The handset packs a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ support and measures 158.7×75.4×7.3mm while weighing 168 grams.

The dual-SIM Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS Full View display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with an Adreno 509 GPU, 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB of RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable on the phone via microSD card (up to 2TB).

In the camera department, the 3GB RAM/ 4GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 bears a dual rear camera setup with a primary 13-megapixel Omnivision sensor, with f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensing sensor, both with LED flash. On the front, the variant comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera that offers a 5P lens, an 85.5-degree lens, and an aperture of f/2.0. The 6GB RAM variant however has a 16-megapixel (f2/.0) + 5-megapixel rear camera combination and a 16-megapixel selfie camera (f/2.0). There is a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for 10W charging.

Connectivity on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a fingerprint sensor and a Face Unlock sensor on the smartphone.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison

  Nokia 6.1 Plus Xiaomi Mi A2 Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Redmi Note 5 Pro
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date July 2018 July 2018 April 2018 February 2018
Dimensions (mm) 147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59 158.70 x 75.40 x 7.30 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Weight (g) 151.00 168.00 180.00 181.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3060 3000 5000 4000
Colours Black, White Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold Midnight Black, Grey Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Removable battery No No
Launched in India Yes
Body type Metal
SAR value 1.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.80 5.99 5.99 5.99
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 18:9
HARDWARE
Processor octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 400 2000 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 13-megapixel 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Rear Flash Dual LED LED
Front camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel 20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Front Flash Yes
Rear flash Yes LED
Front flash Yes LED
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.1
Skin MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 5.00
USB OTG Yes Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
NFC Yes No
Micro-USB Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No



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Jio GigaFiber Registrations, Xiaomi Poco F1 Leaks, Mi A2 Sale, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 India Launch Date, and More News This Week


Jio GigaFIber registrations opened this week, Xiaomi Mi A2 went on sale for the first time in India, and Redmi Note 5 Pro finally went on open sale, among other news, in yet another busy week in the world of technology. To start off with the biggest newsmaker, the Jio GigaFiber registrations opened up as scheduled, on August 15. For now, users can only express their interest in the broadband service, and areas with the most interest will get priority in the official rollout later this year. While the company has not revealed any Jio GigaFiber plans officially, but details of the alleged preview offer have leaked online. This leak suggests the preview offer will last 3 months provide users 100GB data at 100Mbps, with users getting ‘Data Top-Ups’ that take their monthly data limit up to 1.1TB. Users will have to pay a sum of Rs. 4,500 to avail the Optical Network Terminal, Jio GigaTV and smart home solutions, which will be refunded if the user decides to terminate the connection.

Airtel, of course, responded to the Jio GigaFiber broadband registrations by bolstering its own broadband service. The operator is now providing users home broadband plans with no FUP limit across several cities, such as Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Chandigarh etc — before this, the truly unlimited broadband was only available in Hyderabad. However, while the old FUP limits are not in place anymore, the company still has a limit on how much data consumers can use in a month — 3.3TB. Separately, Airtel is giving its prepaid users Amazon Pay balance worth Rs. 51 on recharges of Rs. 100 and above; similarly, postpaid subscribers get the same balance for using any myInfinity plan.

Jio Phone 2 went on sale for the first time in India on August 16, a day after its scheduled first sale. The Jio Phone 2 flash sale was, predictably, rather short as the handset went out of stock within minutes of becoming available for purchase. Buyers had to pay the full Jio Phone 2 price in India of Rs. 2,999 to purchase the device. The next flash sale for the model will be held on August 30, again only on Jio.com. Lastly on the Jio front, those waiting for WhatsApp and YouTube apps on the Jio Phone platform will have to wait a little longer as the two apps’ rollout will happen in batches. While the company had announced that WhatsApp will not be coming to the platform on August 15 to most users, it was a surprise that even YouTube was delayed for a majority.

 

Xiaomi Poco F1 was in the news as the company confirmed the handset will be launched in India on August 22 and will be a Flipkart exclusive in the country. The smartphone was spotted on Geekbench, showing the handset will have Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, and Android 8.1 Oreo. Previous leaks say the Xiaomi Poco F1 will have a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display, IR Face Unlock, 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, 2-megapixel selfie camera, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB storage and 128GB storage options.

Redmi Note 5 Pro finally went on open sale in India, about half a year after it first became available for purchase in the country. Both the 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants of the Redmi Note 5 Pro are now up for purchase via Mi.com and Flipkart, though not all colour options are available.

Xiaomi Mi A2 went on sale for the first time in India this week, bringing its second Android One phone to the country. Only the 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant of the handset was available for purchase in the first sale, with the Mi A2 price in India set at Rs. 16,999. It comes with a launch offer giving users cashback of Rs. 2,200 and 4.5TB of complimentary data. There is no word on when the 6GB RAM and 256GB storage option will go on sale in the Indian market. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) also received its first software update, which brought 60fps video recording as well as the August Android security patch

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Which Offers the Best Bang for Your Buck?

 

Also this week, XIaomi launched a new variant of its premium Mi 8 smartphone, this one featuring 8GB of RAM. This model has 256GB of internal storage, while the rest of the specifications remain the same as those of the previously released variants. As for the price, Mi 8 8GB variant costs CNY 3,299 (about Rs. 33,500) and is already on sale in China.

The company also unveiled the Mi Pad 4 Plus tablet, featuring a 10.1-inch display with 1920×1200-pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. Key features of the new Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus include Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and an 8,620mAh battery. It costs CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 19,300) for 64GB variant and CNY 2,099 (around Rs. 21,300) for the 128GB model.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 India launch event will be held on August 22, and Gadgets 360 has learnt the event will be attended by DJ Koh, President and CEO of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Communications Division. Earlier this week, Koh also said the handset’s 4,000mAh battery is completely safe, showing the shadow of the the exploding battery of 2016’s Galaxy Note 7 and its worldwide recall still haunts the company.

 

The handset also received its first software update ahead of its release; this update brings the August 2018 Android security patch and a toggle for super slow-motion recording mode, one of the highlights of the phone’s rear camera. Separately, Koh has confirmed the first Samsung phone with 5G support will not be the Galaxy S10, even though the next year’s flagship will be supporting 5G. This means another Samsung smartphone with 5G will be launched before the rumoured March 2019 launch of the Galaxy S10, likely the long-awaited foldable smartphone or the Galaxy A series models. In a good piece of news for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is that DisplayMate has rated its display as the best on a smartphone yet and earned the A+ grade, with praises showered on the brightness, colour accuracy, and viewing angles.

Online consumer rental platform RentoMojo is now giving users the option to rent a smartphone for as long as two years. It also offers the option to own the device after two years of renting. So, consumers will have to pay Rs. 4,299 for 24 months to get the iPhone X for the maximum duration, while it will cost a monthly payment of Rs. 9,299 for a 6-month rental. Other handsets on offer include Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, among others.

Google is under fire after a report this week claimed Google Maps tracks its users’ location even after they have turned off location tracking. This location tracking without consent affects both Android and iOS devices, and was reportedly confirmed by researchers at Princeton University. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking, the report claims. The company said, “we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions.”

Google Is Tracking You: How to Stop It and Delete Past Location Data

Separately, Google has offered help to Android users suffering in the Kerala floods by helping people send their location, which makes it easier for rescuers to find them. Android device users can open Google Maps and create plus codes with their location — these codes can be shared not just online but also offline. Telecom operators Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and BSNL have also offered relief in the form of free data and automatically credited talk time for prepaid users, and bill payment extensions for postpaid users.

Motorola launched a new smartphone series in China this week, with the first model being named the Moto P30. The Moto P30 has an iPhone X-like notch and a 6.2-inch display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 636 SoC, and a glass back with gradient colour design. Other features include Android 8.0 Oreo, 6GB RAM, microSD support up to 256GB, 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras, 12-megapixel front camera, 3,000mAh battery, and USB Type-C port. The Moto P30 price is CNY 2,099 (about Rs. 21,400) for the variant with 64GB of internal storage, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,400) for 128GB storage option.

Another smartphone launched this week was the Oppo F9, which has a V-shaped waterdrop display notch and the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC. The key Oppo F9 specifications include a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display, Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2, 64GB internal storage, microSD card support, 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras, 25-megapixel front camera, and 3,500mAh battery. It Oppo F9 price is VND 7,690,000 (about Rs. 23,300) for the variant with 4GB RAM and the price of the 6GB RAM variant had not yet been revealed.

The Vivo Y81 also launched in India early this week and is already on sale in India via the official online store as well as Flipkart and Amazon. The Vivo Y81 price in India has been set as Rs. 12,999. It features a 6.22-inch HD+ display, octa-core MediaTek MT6762 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD support up to 256GB, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 3,260mAh battery.

 

 

Rounding up the other news this week from the world of smartphones, the OnePlus 6 received an update that fixed the display flickering issue that users had reported late last month. The Oxygen OS 5.1.11 update for OnePlus 6 also brings improvements for HDR mode and other bug fixes.

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite specifications and price have leaked, suggesting it will have a 6.3-inch HD+ display with V-shaped waterdrop notch, octa-core Kirin 970 chip, 6GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras, 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel front cameras, and 3,650mAh battery. As for the price, it is said to start at EUR 400 (about Rs. 28,000). More details of Honor 8X have leaked online too, with features such as a 7.12-inch full-HD+ display, 1.8GHz octa-core processor, 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel cameras on the back, 8-megapixel front camera, and 4,900mAh battery.

The Nokia 6.1 received a price cut in India this week, which brings down the price of the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants by Rs. 1,500 each. This means the two variants now cost Rs. 15,499 and Rs. 17,499, respectively. This move comes just a week ahead of the launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus model in India. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 price in India was also slashed this week, with the smartphone now available at Rs. 11,990 on Flipkart and Samsung Shop.

The iPhone 2018 models also leaked this week, with the new report claiming the upcoming iPhones will start at about $699 (about Rs. 49,000). The base 2018 iPhone model with 6.1-inch LCD panel is said to have a starting price of around $699 to $749 (from Rs. 49,000 to Rs. 52,600); it is claimed to have 64GB and 256GB storage options and 3GB RAM. The model with 5.8-inch OLED screen will reportedly have a starting price tag of $899 to $949 (from Rs. 63,000 to Rs. 66,000), while the 6.5-inch OLED model will be targeted at the “premium business segment” and have a price tag starting at $999 (about Rs. 70,000). The latter two models are said to come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options and have 4GB of RAM. These two will also support Apple Pencil, a separate report says.

As scheduled, eBay India stopped taking any more orders starting August 15, and the last date for raising eBay Guarantee claims is August 30. Flipkart will be launching a new site to fill the gap eBay is leaving in India. eBay will also keep an archive of your purchase history on My PaisaPay and My eBay until further notice.

Microsoft has created a software for the CBSE to prevent exam paper leaks. The software ensures papers are not leaked until at least half an hour before the exam, and if the papers are leaked after that, then the leak can be traced using the watermark. The new Microsoft software has already been tested this year in the compartment examinations held for class 10.



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