The first set of online festive season sales by Flipkart and Amazon are in their final stages. While Flipkart Big Billion Days sale ends at midnight tonight, Amazon Great Indian Festival sale will end on Monday. In case you were busy throughout the week, you still have one more chance to grab some of the deals that are still available on both online marketplaces. Both the e-commerce giants are offering discounts and bundled exchange and payment offers that make their deals even sweeter. Flipkart has tied up with HDFC Bank and Amazon has joined hands with State Bank of India to offer bundled payment discounts on purchases. We have picked out some of the best offers on smartphones that are worth checking out, in case you’re joining in late.
Amazon and Flipkart sales: The Best Mobile phone deals still available
Here are the best mobile offers still available on Flipkart and Amazon:
iPhone XS While the 64GB variant of the iPhone XS and all variants of the iPhone XS Max are already sold out as part of the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale, the iPhone XS 256GB is still available with a discount of Rs. 5,000, bringing the price down to Rs. 1,09,900 (MRP Rs. 1,14,900). The bundled exchange offer can help take off another Rs. 18,000 (maximum) from the listed price and you can pay with an HDFC Bank debit or credit card to get an instant discount of 10 percent. You can also avail no-cost EMI options on select debit and credit cards.
OnePlus 6 The OnePlus 6 is available at a discount as part of Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. The 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is currently sold out on Amazon but the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant is still available at Rs. 34,999 (MRP Rs. 39,999). The OnePlus 6 features a dual rear camera setup and a 6.28-inch full HD+ AMOLED display. Although the OnePlus 6T is set to launch later this month, the OnePlus 6 is still a good option at the Rs. 30,000 price point considering the speculations around OnePlus 6T sporting a higher price tag at launch.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Xiaomi’s popular smartphone Redmi Note 5 Pro is also available at a discounted price of Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. You can exchange an old used phone to get additional discount worth up to Rs. 11,700. The Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and a dual camera setup at the rear.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus The iPhone 8 64GB is down to Rs. 53,999 (MRP Rs. 67,940) on both Flipkart and Amazon right now while the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available at a discounted price of Rs. 63,999 (MRP Rs. 77,560) on Flipkart. You can use the available exchange and payment offers to get additional discounts on your purchase. These last year’s iPhone models seem like a good buy at these discounted prices.
Price: Starting from Rs. 53,999 (MRP Rs. 67,940) on Flipkart and Amazon
Nokia 6.1 Plus The Nokia 6.1 Plus is down to Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,600) as part of Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. You can receive an instant discount worth up to Rs. 11,700 by swapping a used smartphone with your purchase. The Nokia 6.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.
Huawei P20 Pro (6GB, 128GB) The Huawei P20 Pro is down to Rs. 54,999 (MRP Rs. 69,999) during Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. This particular variant comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. You can get another instant discount worth Rs. 15,900 (maximum) by exchanging your old used smartphone (in working condition) with your purchase. The Huawei P20 Pro comes with a triple-camera setup at the rear and a 6.1-inch full HD+ OLED display.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Xiaomi’s Mi A2 is available at a discounted price for the first time since launch as part of the Amazon sale. The smartphone is down to Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,499) during the Amazon sale. The bundled exchange offer promises another instant discount worth up to Rs. 13,150. The Mi A2 features a dual rear camera setup and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with 5.99-inch full HD+ display and supports dual SIM options.
Vivo Nex (8GB, 128GB) The Vivo Nex (8GB, 128GB) is down to Rs. 44,990 (MRP Rs. 47,990) as part of Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. While the discount may not seem huge, it does come with a free Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker and a one-time free screen replacement that’s said to be worth Rs. 17,000. Apart from that, if you use the exchange offer you can get an additional Rs. 6,000 off the normal exchange value. The Vivo Nex features an Ultra FullView display and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, supported by 8GB of RAM. To get your free Amazon Echo Dot, just add the phone along with the Echo Dot in your cart and you’ll see the discount during checkout.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 All variants of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 are available at discounted prices as part of Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. The 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant is down to Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999) while the 6GB RAM, 64GB variant is available for Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999). The 4GB RAM, 64GB variant is also available at a low price of Rs. 10,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999) during the sale.
Asus ZenFone 5Z The Asus ZenFone 5Z is down to Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 29,999) for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant during Flipkart sale. The ZenFone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It also includes a dual rear camera setup along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Honor 10 The Honor 10 128GB is also down to Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 35,999) on Flipkart. The smartphone comes with an exchange offer with up to Rs. 18,000 instant discount. It features a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, supported by 6GB of RAM. It comes with a dual camera setup at the rear and a 24-megapixel selfie camera.
While the second day of Flipkart Big Billion Days sale is set to kick off in a few hours, the online marketplace has started offering deals on smartphones and other electronics to its Plus members. These deals will be available to all users starting midnight on Thursday. Apart from offering these deals, Flipkart has tied up with HDFC Bank to offer 10 percent instant discount up to Rs. 2,500 for debit and credit card users. If you purchase a product worth more than Rs. 40,000, you’ll also receive an extra Rs. 2,500 discount in addition to this. Customers can also avail no-cost EMI options on select cards.
We have picked out some of the best deals on smartphones and electronics available as part of Flipkart Big Billion Days sale right now.
Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Flipkart is offering Rs. 5,000 discount on the brand new iPhone XS 64GB, bringing down the price to Rs. 94,900 (MRP Rs. 99,900). The bundled exchange offer can knock off another Rs. 18,000 (maximum) from the listed price when you swap your old smartphone with the purchase. Factor in the HDFC Bank cards offer, you’ll be able to get Rs. 2,500 off along with an additional extra discount of Rs. 2,500 (valid on HDFC Bank cards for transactions above Rs. 40,000). This further sweetens the deal in case you’re looking to buy Apple’s latest iPhone models. The discount is also valid on the iPhone XS Max with similar bundled offers and payment options.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Xiaomi’s popular smartphone Redmi Note 5 Pro is also available at a discounted price of Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Billion Days 2018 sale. You can exchange an old used phone to get additional discount worth up to Rs. 11,700. The Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and a dual camera setup at the rear.
Oppo F9 (4GB, 64GB) The Oppo F9 (4GB, 64GB) is down to Rs. 18,990 (MRP Rs. 21,990) during Flipkart Big Billion Days sale right now. The exchange offer can get you another discount worth up to Rs. 15,700 with the purchase. The Oppo F9 comes with a dual camera setup at the rear and a 6.3-inch full HD display.
Mi Mix 2 128GB The Mi Mix 2 128GB is down to Rs. 22,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) on Flipkart right now. Exchanging an older smartphone can fetch you a maximum instant discount worth Rs. 18,000 and if you’re swapping a used OnePlus smartphone you can get another Rs. 3,000 extra as an instant discount. The Mi Mix 2 comes with a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, supported by 6GB of RAM.
Nokia 5.1 Plus The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a rather new budget smartphone in the Indian market. Currently down to Rs. 10,499 (MRP Rs. 13,199), the Android One-based smartphone features a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge HD+ display and a dual rear camera setup.
Nokia 6.1 Plus The Nokia 6.1 Plus is down to Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,600) during Flipkart Big Billion Days 2018 sale. You can receive an instant discount worth up to Rs. 11,700 by swapping a used smartphone with your purchase. The Nokia 6.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 All variants of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 are available at discounted prices during Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. The 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant is down to Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999) while the 6GB RAM, 64GB variant is available for Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999). The 4GB RAM, 64GB variant is also available at a low price of Rs. 10,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999) during the sale.
Asus ZenFone 5Z The Asus ZenFone 5Z is down to Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 29,999) for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. The ZenFone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It also includes a dual rear camera setup along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung’s last year flagship device, the Galaxy S8, is now available for as low as Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 49,990) during the Flipkart sale. The bundled exchange offer can help you get another discount worth up to Rs. 18,000 with your purchase. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by the company’s Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. It comes with a 5.8-inch quad HD+ display and a 12-megapixel primary camera.
Honor 9N The Honor 9N is now available at Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant during Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. The smartphone features a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 659 processor, supported by 3GB of RAM. The Honor 9N includes a dual rear camera setup and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.
Honor 10 The Honor 10 128GB is also down to Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 35,999) during the Flipkart sale. The smartphone comes with an exchange offer with up to Rs. 18,000 instant discount. It features a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, supported by 6GB of RAM. It comes with a dual camera setup at the rear and a 24-megapixel selfie camera.
Bonus pick: MacBook Air Apple’s MacBook Air is down to Rs. 49,990 (MRP Rs. 77,200) on Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale. You can exchange an old laptop in a working condition and receive up to Rs. 9,000 as an instant discount. The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display and is powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 128GB SSD and runs macOS Sierra out-of-the-box.
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is the topic of discussion on this week’s episode of Orbital. This is Nokia’s first budget Android One smartphone and it’s priced under Rs. 11,000. Nokia 5.1 Plus price in India is the biggest reason for us to dedicate an episode to it. The smartphone has a lot of interesting features that competitors lack and that makes us want to discuss it at length. We’ve almost completed testing the smartphone and that put us in a good place to talk about it. Reviewers Aditya Shenoy and Roydon Cerejo join host Pranay Parab to discuss this phone. We begin this episode by mentioning what makes the Nokia 5.1 Plus worth checking out. It has a powerful processor at a really low price but is there more to it than just excellent marketing? Roydon talks about that, before moving on to mention the build quality and one major quirky aspect of the Nokia 5.1 Plus’ design.
Then we talk about the specifications and the battery life of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. This is where we mention that we were surprised by the performance of the smartphone and its battery life and we detail why this happened. Next, we mention the software on the Nokia 5.1 Plus, which is about as close to stock Android as one can get. Aditya mentions why this is important and why people should care. Roydon then talks about the camera performance of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Then we mention the competition. This is where we bring up smartphones such as the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi 6 Pro, Realme 1, and even the Redmi 6. There are several smartphones slugging it out in this price segment and we mention them all, along with our recommendations for those who want to buy the best phone under Rs. 15,000 in India.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus will go on sale once again today, giving buyers of affordable smartphones another option against the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also competes against the likes of the new Motorola One Power and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. It has the octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC, display notch, dual rear cameras, stock Android software, and the 16-megapixel selfie camera. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, priced in India at Rs. 15,999, will be available at 12pm IST via Flipkart — and though it is also available to buy via the Nokia e-store, the site doesn’t give the users the option to login to make the purchase.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 6.1 Plus runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and sports a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual rear camera setup, with a 16-megapixel primary sensor featuring an 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. The rear setup features a dual-tone flash module. On the front, the smartphone bears a 16-megapixel sensor coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.
There is 64GB of inbuilt storage on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, and a proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3060mAh battery coupled with fast charge tech. It measures 147.2×70.98×7.99mm, and weighs 151 grams.
Are Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus the best Android phones from HMD Global? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
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Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are now receiving MIUI 10. Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, carrying version 10.0.2.0.OCBMIFH and 10.0.1.0.OCGMIFH respectively. To recall, both the smartphones had been launched with MIUI 9 in India last month with an MIUI 10 update promised – both smartphones were launched side-by-side in China in June. Also announced in June, the MIUI 10 Global ROM is the global version of MIUI 10 ROM that was launched in China in May. Download link to Recovery and Fastboot ROMs were also provided by the company, so users can decide to flash their devices if they’re too impatient awaiting the update rollout.
Earlier this month, the Chinese manufacturer had started rolling out the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM to a number of its devices. Last week, Xiaomi had confirmed that the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 along with a list of other devices that will get the update sometime in mid-October and in November. To recall, Xiaomi had recently released the update for the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. Besides, Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi Mix 2S, Mi 8, and Redmi Y2 have also received the MIUI 10 stable update.
The MIUI 10 Global Stable build for the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are rolling out as an over-the-air (OTA) package. The official changelogs posted on the company’s Mi Community forums confirm that the new update includes all the latest features of MIUI 10. It includes full-screen gestures and a new UI tailored for full-screen devices. Additionally, the update brings a natural sound system that comes with simplified system sounds and applied smart filters as well as ambient sounds. Also, MIUI 10 brings AI-backed Portrait mode that blurs the background on portrait shots using software tweaks.
Additionally, with the MIUI 10 update in Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, Xiaomi has updated the preloaded Clock and Notes app and has offered a new Recents view that stacks all the recent apps in the form of cards, inspired by the Notes app. Apart from the changes, the latest update also brings other improvements and optimisations.
To check the availability of MIUI 10 Global Stable update on your Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates.
As we mentioned, alternatively, you can flash the latest MIUI 10 update on your Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 through a Recovery ROM or Fastboot ROM. Here are the links:
For more details on how to install the MIUI 10 update for the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A via Fastboot and Recovery ROMs, you can refer to our previous guide. As always, before downloading MIUI 10 through any of the above links, ensure that your device is charged up to 80 percent to prevent accidental power off in between flashing process. Do also backup your smartphone, you can learn more about that here, as the manual installation process wipes data.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is now receiving MIUI 10.0.4 update that brings an improved Portrait mode. The latest maintenance update also improves camera stability and fixes an issue that was affecting the portable hotspot. It comes weeks after Xiaomi released the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the Redmi Y2. This was the first MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM rollout. The Redmi Y2 is the India variant of the Redmi S2 and was launched in June with MIUI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Its key highlights are the 5.99-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 625 SoC, and 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras.
As confirmed through an announcement on the MIUI forums, Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM V10.0.4.0.OEFMIFH build for the Redmi Y2. The latest update isn’t as major as the previous MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM. However, it improves background blur for the front-facing camera of the Redmi Y2 to deliver an enhanced selfie-taking experience especially while using the Portrait mode. The smartphone also has received an improved camera stability. Further, the new MIUI 10 update fixes an issue that was affecting the portable hotspot option in the Second space.
The official changelog shows that the MIUI 10.0.4 update for the Redmi Y2 also addresses the problem that could restrict users from unlocking the device after tapping a lock screen notification in MIUI 10. Plus, there is a switch to enable the deletion sound.
Like any other software update, the MIUI 10.0.4 for the Redmi Y2 is rolling out in batches. It may, therefore, take some time to reach every unit. Nevertheless, you can check its availability on your Redmi Y2 by going to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates. You can also look for update’s availability on your device through the Updater app.
Alternatively, Xiaomi has provided Recovery ROM and Fastboot ROM packages to help you get the new experience instantly. It is recommended to back up your data before beginning the update process.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Y2 runs MIUI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.99-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU and 3GB as well as 4GB RAM options. There is a dual camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that come with a 1.25 micron pixel size and AI-based features. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel Super Pixel sensor along with an LED flash, AI Beautify 4.0, and Face Unlock support.
The Redmi Y2 has 32GB and 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB 2.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is an infrared sensor as well as a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3,080mAh battery and measures 160.73×77.26×8.1mm.
Redmi Y2 price in India has been set at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant and Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB onboard storage model.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is the company’s latest affordable smartphone that has been launched in Thailand. Key highlights of the new Redmi Note 6 Pro include a 19:9 display with a notch up top, a Snapdragon 636 SoC, dual cameras at the back as well as the front, and AI-based camera functionality. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in India back in February this year alongside its younger sibling, the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first smartphone in the Indian market to sport the Snapdragon 636 SoC. Let’s find out the difference in price and specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price is set at THB 6,990 (roughly Rs. 15,700) for the lone 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. The phone will be sold in Black, Blue, and Rose Gold colour options in Thailand from September 27. Other variants, if any, and their pricing have not been announced yet. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage, and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model. Colour options include Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. It is available across Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Home stores, and Xiaomi offline partners.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS LCD panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a display notch. On the other hand, Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with a tamer 18:9 aspect ratio. Both of these smartphones run custom MIUI ROMs on top of Android Oreo.
Both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC. While only a 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has been unveiled yet, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is sold in 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage models. Storage on both phones is expectedly expandable via microSD cards.
Once again, a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup is common among the two smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with features like Dual Pixel autofocus, AI portrait 2.0, and 1.4-micron pixel size. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, sports a similar setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor that has f/2.2 aperture and 1.25-micron pixel size, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size.
As for the selfie cameras, the Redmi Note 6 Pro features a dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary unit, both paired with 4-in-1 super pixel and AI face unlock. The Redmi Note 5 Pro only has a single selfie camera with a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor, accompanied by an LED selfie light and Beautify 4.0 mode.
In terms of battery capacity, both of these smartphones get the same 4,000mAh unit. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a rating of 5V/2A or 10W, Xiaomi has not yet specified power output for the Redmi Note 6 Pro. Both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors and software-based face unlock capabilities.
Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also offers 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, a Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison
The last week saw a number of launches in India, from smartphones to TVs and fitness bands, but it was the Redmi Note 6 Pro global unveiling that generated the most buzz. Of course, telecom carriers continue to battle it out with new recharges to lure subscribers. WhatsApp was in the news too for a variety of reasons and, separately, its parent company Facebook suffered a massive data breach. Flipkart and Amazon sale dates were also announced this week, and Amazon also unveiled a new service for Prime customers in India with no extra cost. So let’s dive straight into the biggest tech news of the week, starting with the Redmi Note 6 Pro launch.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro went official with an announcement in Thailand, though a hands-on video earlier this week claims it was already available for purchase in Dubai without any official announcement. The Xiaomi Thailand Facebook page and official Mi forum announced the arrival of Redmi Note 6 Pro, which features a dual camera setup in the front and a bigger display as the major upgrades. Going deeper into the specifications, the MIUI 10 smartphone has a 6.26-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio and full-HD+ (1080×2280-pixel) resolution. It packs the same Snapdragon 636 processor that powers the predecessor, and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This is the only configuration announced so far, but we can expect more variants in the future.
As for optics, the smartphone has a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup on the back and a 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup in the front. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with AI Face Unlock as well as a rear fingerprint sensor for security. Lastly, for the battery, the smartphone has the same 4,000mAh battery as the last model, with a 2-day battery life. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price has been set as THB 6,990 (about Rs. 15,700); there is no word on the smartphone’s India launch or price so far.
Xiaomi held an event in India this week, with the company announcing as many as seven new products in the country. First up is the Mi Band 3, a fitness tracker with a 0.78-inch OLED screen with 128×80-pixel resolution with tactile feedback, and a 110mAh battery that is touted to offer a 20-day battery life. The new Xiaomi fitness band has Bluetooth 4.2 LE for connectivity, is water-resistant up to 50 metres, and is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or above as well as iOS 9.0 or higher. It can count steps, calories, and distance, measure heart rate, and display date and time. The Mi Band 3 provides real-time notifications from app messages, texts, and calls, and the Mi Fit apps takes care of sleep analysis. The Mi Band 3 price in India has been set as Rs. 1,999, and is available for purchase right now.
Next up are the three new smart TVs, the first Xiaomi has launched with Pro moniker. All three run Android TV platform based on Oreo, with promise of Android Pie build; users will be able to switch between Android TV as well as Xiaomi’s Patchwall UI. The Mi TV 4C Pro with 32-inch display, priced at Rs. 14,999, and has HD resolution (1366×768-pixels), 64-bit 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, two 10W speakers, two USB 2.0 ports, and 3 HDMI ports. Then there’s the Mi TV 4A Pro model with 49-inch screen, full-HD (1920×1080-pixel) resolution, and 2GB of RAM; the remaining features are the same as that of the smaller model. Last is the Mi TV 4 Pro with 55-inch display with 4K resolution (3840×2160-pixel), two 20W speakers, Bluetooth 4.2, and 2GB of RAM, with the remaining feature identical to the other new models.
Xiaomi also announced the three TVs support voice commands thanks to the Google Voice Search integration. It is bringing the Amazon Prime Video app to its Patchwall UI platform soon, though there is no official word on the Netflix app. New content will also be available via Eros Now, Jio Cinema, Hooq, and Epic. There’s also support for Google Play Store, Chromecast support built-in, and other Google apps like YouTube, Play Music, etc owing to the Android TV platform. The 32-inch and 49-inch models go on sale on October 9, while the bigger 55-inch variant will become available to purchase a day later.
Rounding up the list are a new air purifier, a home security camera, and a smart luggage. The new Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2S has an OLED panel with automatic brightness control and brings in features such as real-time air quality, surrounding temperature, humidity levels, and mode toggle. There’s a new high-precision laser sensor that can detect particulate matter as small as 0.3-micron in size, and its 360-degree triple layer filter can eliminate PM2.5 matters, allergens, and bacteria. Users can control it using not only the Mi Home app but also Google Assistant and Alexa digital assistant. The Mi Air Purifier 2S price in India is Rs. 8,999 and it is now available to buy in India.
The Mi Home Security Camera 360, as the name suggests, offers 360-degree viewing angles and can detect motion in the area being monitored thanks to AI integration. It can record full-HD videos and record videos in pitch darkness too. There’s support for the microSD cards up to 64GB, 2x zoom, and two-way communication. It is priced at Rs. 2,699 and goes on sale on October 10. The last new Xiaomi product in India, the Mi Luggage trolley travel bag and comes in 20-inch and 24-inch sizes, priced at Rs. 2,999 and Rs. 4,299, respectively. It is made of scratch-resistant Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate, has a TSA-approved lock, and 360-degree castor wheels. It will go on sale on October 10, with the smaller model in Blue, Grey, and Red colours and the bigger option in Blue and Grey hues.
The first Samsung smartphone with three rear cameras, the Galaxy A7 (2018) was launched in India this week and is already on sale. The Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 24-megapixel autofocus sensor, 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and 5-megapixel fixed-focus depth sensor; there’s also a 24-megapixel selfie camera with features such as Selfie Focus and Pro Lighting Mode. Other features of the Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone include 6-inch full-HD+ Infinity Display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, octa-core 2GHz Samsung Exynos 7885 processor, and 3,300mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) price in India is Rs. 23,990 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and Rs. 28,990 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, both with up to 256GB microSD card support.
Another major smartphone launched in India this week was the Motorola One Power, which will compete with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Part of the Android One programme, it has the Snapdragon 636 processor, 5,000mAh battery, and 6.2-inch full-HD+ display as its key highlights. The smartphone runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo software, with Android Pie beta build coming next month and final version by year-end. Key specifications include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card up to 256GB, 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear camera setup with 4K recording support, 12-megapixel selfie camera, and Turbo Charge support for fast-charging. The Motorola One Power price in India is Rs. 15,999.
Realme 2 Pro went official in India this week, with features such as Snapdragon 660 SoC, 6.3-inch display, up to 6GB RAM, and up to 128GB storage. The smartphone runs the Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS 5.2 custom UI, has the 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear camera setup, 16-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,500mAh battery. The Realme 2 Pro price in India has bee set as Rs. 13,990, Rs. 15,990, and Rs. 17,990 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage options, with storage support up to 256GB.
Vivo launched two smartphones in the Indian market this week, the Vivo V9 Pro and the Vivo V11. The Vivo V9 Pro is priced in India at Rs. 19,990 and going on sale as part of the Amazon Great India Festival sale at Rs. 17,990. It has a 6.3-inch full-HD+ screen with iPhone X-like display notch, Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0, Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and up to 256GB microSD card support. The Vivo V9 Pro smartphone, powered by a 3,260mAh battery, has a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel camera setup on the back, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
The Vivo V11 price in India is Rs. 22,990, and it has a 6.3-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel, Funtouch OS 4.5 custom UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo, MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage and up to 256GB microSD storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup on the back with 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors, while the front camera has 16-megapixel sensor. The Vivo V11 has a 3,315mAh battery, with support for 18W fast-chargers.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were released in India this week via online and offline channels. To recall, the iPhone XS price in India is Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB variant, while its 256GB option comes at Rs. 1,14,900 and the 512GB model is available at Rs. 1,34,900. The iPhone XS Max costs Rs. 1,09,900, Rs. 1,24,900 and Rs. 1,44,900 for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants, respectively. The two smartphones are available via Flipkart, Amazon India, Paytm Mall, Airtel Online Store, Jio.com, and IndiaiStore.com, as well as offline stores. The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch (1125×2234-pixel) display, while the iPhone XS Max sports a 6.5-inch (1242×2688-pixel) screen, both with OLED panels. Key features of the smartphones include the new 7nm A12 Bionic chipset, 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, 7-megapixel selfie camera, and IP68 certification for dust- and water-resistance.
The Nokia 5.1 Plus price in India was announced by Nokia brand licensee HMD Global this week. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 10,999 and will go on sale in the country on October 1 via Flipkart and Nokia Online Store. Its key features include a 5.86-inch HD+ (720×1520) display, stock Android 8.1 Oreo software, MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, 32GB internal storage, 3GB of RAM, and up to 400GB microSD card support. The Nokia 5.1 Plus also has 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,060mAh battery.
Google Pixel 2 XL received a price cut in India this week, but only for the base 64GB storage variant. The Pixel 2 XL base variant now costs Rs. 45,499, down from its launch price of Rs. 73,000. However, the 128GB option is still officially priced at Rs. 82,000. However, we can expect it to become cheaper in the coming days as Google gears up to unveil the next-generation Pixel 3 series.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition and Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition smartphones are set to go global as the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro, respectively. While the former’s global release was teased by the official Xiaomi Twitter handle, the latter’s global launch was confirmed by the company’s spokesperson Donovan Sung via a tweet. The Mi 8 Youth Edition has a 6.26-inch display, Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage, dual rear cameras, 3,350mAh battery, Face Unlock, and rear fingerprint sensor. On the other hand, the Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition has an in-display fingerprint sensor, 6.21-inch display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.
Oppo seems to be working a new variant of the Find X smartphone, this one featuring 10GB of RAM. Leaked thanks to a TENAA listing, the new variant has 10GB of RAM, 256GB of inbuilt storage, and a 3,645mAh battery. The remaining specifications seem identical to the standard Find X model, which was launched in India at Rs. 59,990. In other news from China, Lenovo has announced it will launch the Z5 Pro smartphone on October 1 in the country. The smartphone has a slider mechanism for the camera, similar to the one we have previously seen on the Oppo Find X, but works without a motor. There are no other details about the Lenovo Z5 Pro at the moment.
The Nokia 7 Plus Android 9.0 Pie update is rolling out now, but all eyes are on its successor, the Nokia 7.1 Plus. The upcoming HMD Global event being held on October 4 is expected to mark the unveiling of the next-generation smartphone. To nobody’s surprise, all the key Nokia 7.1 Plus specifications have leaked online already owing to a TENAA listing. It shows the smartphone will have 6.18-inch full-HD+ display, 2.2GHz octa-core processor (possibly Snapdragon 710), two variants (4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage), microSD card support up to 400GB, 20-megapixel selfie camera, 13-megapixel + 12-megapixel rear cameras, and 3,400mAh battery. A tweet by noted tipster Roland Quandt claims the smartphone will be called Nokia 7.1 instead, and will cost EUR 399 (about Rs. 33,700) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. Leaked renders and alleged live images showing its design have also cropped up on the internet the past week.
Flipkart and Amazon have announced the dates of the respective festive season sales they will be hosting this month. The Flipkart Big Billion Days sale will be held from October 10 to October 14, with Flipkart Plus members getting access 3 hours ahead of the other customers. Unlike previous sales, the e-commerce brand has not previewed major deals from the upcoming sale and has only announced that buyers will get up to 80 percent discount on electronics and up to 90 percent off on home decor, fashion, and personal care products. HDFC Bank debit and credit card users will get 10 percent instant discount, though minimum cart value and maximum discount are not yet known. Similarly, the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale will commence on October 10 and continue till October 15, a day extra. Prime members will get early access to deals, and SBI credit and debit card users will receive 10 percent instant discount, and Amazon Pay users will get cashback of up to Rs. 300. No deals have been previewed by Amazon either.
Separately, Amazon India has announced the launch of Prime Reading, a service that provides users access to a bunch of free books. It will coexist with the subscription-based Kindle Unlimited service. However, while Kindle Unlimited lets users read thousands of books with a fixed fee, the Prime Reading catalogue only consists of a few hundred books. The titles will be available in English, Hindi, Marathi, and Tamil. To access the service, users only need to login to the Kindle app on the their phone, tablet of Kindle e-book reader, and look for titles marked ‘Prime Reading’.
Facebook, which is already struggling in maintaining its users’ trust due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, has announced that it suffered a massive breach that affects as many as 50 million of its users. The breach occurred as hackers exploited three security flaws to steal access tokens that allow users to login to the service automatically. Mark Zuckerberg said the company is not aware if any accounts were “actually misused.” However, no passwords were leaked as part of this hack, only access tokens. As a security measure, Facebook has logged out the 50 million affected users from their accounts on various devices.
WhatsApp too was in the news this week as its co-founder Brian Acton spoke about why he left Facebook — and about $850 million (about Rs. 6,160 crores) on the table. In an interview with Forbes, Acton revealed how he clashed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well as COO Sheryl Sandberg over monetising WhatsApp and how the app’s encrypted messages stood in the way of the social media company harvesting user data. Of course, ads are coming to the app, with a new report claiming ads for WhatsApp for iPhone being under development. In other news, WhatsApp has partnered with Reliance Jio to tackle the fake news menace, with all new Jio Phone users receiving educational material to tell them about spotting a forwarded message and encourages them to share messages thoughtfully.
Moving on to the telecom sector, Jio’s rivals are hard at work in their attempts to take back market share from the operator with the help of low-cost recharges. Vodafone Idea Limited announced as many as six recharges priced between Rs. 24 and Rs. 245, and reportedly applicable in UP West, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, and Punjab circles. The Rs. 25 recharge offers offers talk-time of Rs. 18 and 10MB of data for 28 days, the Rs. 35 pack gives talk-time worth Rs. 26 and 100MB of data for 28 days. The Rs. 65 recharge comes with talk-time of Rs. 65 and 200MB data for a validity period of 28 days. Then there’s the Rs. 95 Vodafone recharge with Rs. 95 talk-time and 500MB mobile data for 28-day validity. The local, STD, and landline call rates for Tamil Nadu and Punjab is 30 paise per minute and for UP (West) region, it costs 1 paisa per 2 seconds. The local, STD and landline call rates for UP (West) and Punjab is 1 paisa per second and for Tamil Nadu, it is 60 paise per minute.
The Rs. 145 Vodafone recharge provides users with talk-time of Rs. 145 and 1GB data for 42 days. Lastly, the Rs. 245 plan provides Rs. 245 worth of talk-time and 2GB data for a validity period of 84 days. Local, STD and landline call rate for Tamil Nadu and Punjab is 30 paise per minute, while for UP (West) it is 1 paisa per 2 seconds.
Not to be outdone, Airtel launched six recharges for its prepaid users priced at Rs. 25, Rs. 35, Rs. 65, Rs. 95, Rs. 145, and Rs. 245 in the same circles. The Rs. 25 Airtel recharge offers Rs. 18.69 talk time and 10MB data, and 28-day validity, while the Rs. 35 pack gives Rs. 26.6 talk time and 100MB data, both with validity of 28 days; the latter also discount calls to 60 paise per minute. The Rs. 65 recharge gives talk time of Rs. 65, 200MB data, and calls at tariff of 60 paise per minute for 28 days. The Rs. 95 Airtel recharge provides Rs. 95 talk time, 500MB data, and voice calls at 30 paise per minute for 28 days. Similar to its corresponding Vodafone recharge, the Airtel Rs. 145 recharge gives full talk time, 1GB data, and calling at 30 paise per minute for 28 days. Finally there’s the Rs. 245 pack that offers full talk time, 2GB of data, and calls at discounted rate of 30 paise per minute for 84-day validity.
BSNL marked 18 years of its founding this week with a new Rs. 18 recharge that provides users with unlimited data and calls for two days. This promotional offer also provides 18 percent additional data on select high-value recharges. With this, the 601 BSNL recharge will now have talk-time of Rs. 709 and bundled data will be 5GB. Similarly, the Rs. 1,801 recharge will give subscribers talk-time of Rs. 2,125 and 15GB of data, and the Rs. 1,201 recharge will provide Rs. 1,417 as the talk-time and data capped at 10GB. These additional talk-time and data benefits will be available only on recharges purchased between October 1 and October 18 on pan-India basis.
Can Motorola One Power dethrone the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Redmi 6 Pro? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Xiaomi is all set to host its next flash sales for the Redmi 6 and last year’s Redmi 5A today, September 27, at 12pm IST. While the Redmi 6 will be sold via simultaneous flash sales across Mi.com and Flipkart, the Redmi 5A will only be sold in a single flash sale on Mi.com exclusively at 12pm today. To recall, the Redmi 6 was launched earlier this month alongside the budget Redmi 6A and premium Redmi 6 Pro. Additionally, the Redmi 5A was launched in November 2017, and has since seen its successor Redmi 6A launch in the Indian market.
Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 5A price in India
Xiaomi Redmi 6 price in India is Rs. 7,999 for the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage. The 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced in India at Rs. 9,499, and is available in Black, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold colour options. Xiaomi made it clear at the launch event that this price is valid only for the first two months and may rise subject to depreciation of the Indian rupee against the US Dollar.
On the other hand, the Redmi 5A is priced at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM variant and Rs. 6,999 for the one with 3GB of RAM. It comes in colour options including Blue, Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB of onboard storage. Storage on the handset is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
In the camera department, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 bears a pair of dual cameras with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, both coupled with an aperture of f/2.2, 1.25-micron pixels, and AI portrait mode. On the front, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and AI beautification features. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, coupled with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM and 16GB/ 32GB of internal storage options.
In the camera department, the budget Redmi 5A sports a 13-megapixel camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and an LED flash at the back. On the front, the phone gets a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood. In terms of connectivity, the phone comes with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Are Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 the best budget smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and Motorola One Power are the focus of this episode of Orbital as Android experts Roydon Cerejo and Aditya Shenoy join host Pranay Parab. We begin this episode by talking about the Redmi 6 Pro, which is Xiaomi’s first smartphone with a notch. Is there more to this smartphone than the notch? Reviewer Roydon Cerejo has a lot to say on that subject. We begin by talking about the display and the build quality of the Redmi 6 Pro, before mentioning its processor and RAM. Then we mention Redmi 6 Pro price in India and the storage variants on sale in the country. This is when Roydon talks about a key feature of this smartphone that falls well short of expectations. We begin mentioning the pros of the Redmi 6 Pro, more of which you can see in our review. The list ends rather soon. Then we talk about the cons of the Redmi 6 Pro, which is where things get interesting as we mention a host of negatives and wonder whether these can be fixed via software updates. Speaking of which, the software of the Redmi 6 Pro gets a special mention, where we highlight one of the biggest cons of this smartphone.
The discussion then moves to the Motorola One Power, where we talk about the Android One program and why Motorola may have chosen to be a part of this. We look at the specifications of the Motorola One Power and discuss its price in India. This is where we mention the competitors of this smartphone and how they fare against the latest Motorola phone. We mention the highlight features of the Motorola One Power, which includes its massive battery and how that affects day-to-day usage. Here we also share our thoughts on the performance of the Motorola One Power, and conclude the episode by sharing our thoughts on whether you should buy this smartphone.