MG Motor will manufacture the SUV at the Halol plant in Gujarat
It was just yesterday, that MG Motor announced that the company is all set to bring in an electric SUV to India. However, that’ll be the company’s second product in the country. The first one will be a regular SUV and in a presentation made in Shanghai, the company teased this very SUV. It was last year that the UK-based car maker MG Motor, owned by Chinese auto giant SAIC, inaugurated its first manufacturing facility at Halol, Gujarat. The company back then said it will be making an initial investment of ₹ 2000 crore with an initial capacity of 80,000 units per year in the first phase. The company had already announced that it will be making a total investment of ₹ 5000 crore in India over the next 6 years and is all set to roll out its first car in India by the second quarter of 2019.
The first model to be launched in India will come with 75 per cent locally sourced content and this will help keep price in check. In fact, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, “All our products will be designed and engineered in UK and China with the support of Indian engineers. These vehicles will be heavily localized, built at our plant in Halol by our engineers conforming to global quality standards and validated and customized for India to suit the Indian road and driving conditions.”
The SUV from MG Motor is likely to be bigger in size than the Tucson, Compass and even the CR-V. In fact the company even says that it was recently crash tested by CNCAP and earned a 5 star rating. From the teaser image we can only make out that the SUV gets a bold stance and the high haunches adds to the muscular looks of the car. There are no details on the engine yet but we hope to know more about it soon.
Along with the new taillamps, the updated Tata Tigor is also likely to get a larger touchsceen display
The Tata Tigor is all set to receive an update for this festive season, and the carmaker has now released a new teaser video, announcing the news. The new short 8-second video posted on Tata Motors‘ social media handles shows us the new crystal inspired LED taillamps of the updated Tigor subcompact sedan. Dubbed as the all-new Tigor, Tata’s tweet says that the updated model is coming soon, which we expect will be later this month. Tata has also indicated that more updates on the updated Tigor will be released on social media.
This festive season, dazzle the world with your confidence! Bestowed with white crystal effect on the crystal inspired LED tail lamps, the #AllNewTigor is coming soon to mesmerize your senses. Keep watching this space for more! pic.twitter.com/wQKhWmfOfo
Interestingly, spy images of this updated Tata Tigor have been circulating around the internet for a while now. In fact, back in August, we shared one these spy images, which revealed that the car will be coming with a new, larger touchscreen infotainment system with lesser buttons and knobs for in-car controls. The new 6.5-inch display will be similar to the one on the Nexon and is expected to come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the feature list, along with navigation. Of course, it will be exclusive to the range-topping XZ (O) grade. The rest of the interior is expected to remains largely unchanged.
Changes made to the exterior, apart for the new taillamps, are still unknown. However, we do expect to see tweaked headlamps, bumpers and maybe even some new colour options. We also expect to see some features upgrades for the lower variants and maybe even standard dual airbags and ABS, among others.
Engine options will remains unchanged and the updated Tigor will continue to be powered by the 1.2-litre petrol that churns out 83 bhp and a 1.05-litre diesel engine that produces 69 bhp. The car comes with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, while the petrol also gets an AMT unit.
While the formal launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is still almost a week away, a teaser video posted by Google Japan highlights that new moves will come with an Active Edge feature. The feature was introduced by HTC as an Edge Sense to enable different operations by squeezing the sides of the smartphone. Google leveraged its partnership with the Taiwanese company to bring the Active Edge feature on the Pixel 2 models last year. Alongside the fresh teaser, Google has unveiled an Aqua colour variant of the Home Mini. The new colour option comes as a “minty blue colour”. The Pixel 3 models could also come in an Aqua colour option. Google has additionally posted an image through the Made by Google account on Instagram that mocks the rumours around the “Pixel Ultra” model with a “mini Pixel” model that was lately expected to debut alongside the new Pixel models on October 9.
The video posted by the Google Japan channel on YouTube teases the availability of the Active Edge feature on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The feature that was a part of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was originally a part of the HTC U11. It allowed the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users to trigger Google Assistant by squeezing the phone.
Aside from teasing the Active Edge feature, the video teaser briefly suggests that the new Pixel models will come in Black, Blue, Green, Pink, and White colour options, as noted by 9to5Google. Google could also expand the usability of the Active Edge feature by adding third-party app support for squeezing gestures this time.
In addition to the teaser video posted on YouTube, Google has announced the Aqua colour of the Home Mini. This new colour option sits alongside the Chalk (White), Charcoal (Dark Gray), and Coral (Red/ Pink). The Google Home Mini with the all-new colour option will go on sale in the US from the Google Store and Walmart later this month. It is worth noting here that the Pixel 3 models are also speculated to come with the new Aqua colour option. Of course, the announcement of the new Google Home Mini variant ahead of the October 9 event puts more weight to the speculation.
Google Home Mini in Aqua colour option
Lastly, the Made by Google on Instagram has shared the design mockups of a “tiny phone” that is pointing at the Pixel Ultra, which was speculated to come as the new notch-less Pixel phone. The search giant is referring to the Pixel Ultra as “mini Pixel”. “We’ve heard rumours of a mini Pixel. Which begs the question how ‘mini’ is too mini? We have a feeling the next one will be a bit bigger than this. Tune in on 10/9 to see for yourself,” the company said in the Instagram post.
Photo Credit: Instagram/ Made by Google
If we believe the rumours, the Pixel 3 family will come in 6.2-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) and a 5.5-inch display size options. The Pixel 3 XL, in the lineup, is expected to have a display notch, while the Pixel 3 is so far found to have a notch-less design. The new smartphones are also rumoured to come with improved cameras and have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood, along with an Adreno 630 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Both smartphones are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. A recent listing by China’s JD.com has suggested that the Pixel 3 will come with a price tag of CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 52,800), while the price of the Pixel 3 XL is yet to be revealed.
Ahead of its formal debut, OnePlus 6T could be in your hands through the Lab programme by OnePlus. The Shenzhen-based company has revived the initiative — originally launched back in May 2016 — to give select customers early access to OnePlus 6T. Interested buyers need to apply for the programme to use the upcoming OnePlus flagship before its launch and write a detailed community review. The company will select 10 applicants to be amongst the first ones in the world to receive a review unit of the OnePlus 6T. The smartphone is expected to launch on October 17, according to a leaked India invite with a few improvements over the OnePlus 6. Among other new features, a fresh teaser by the company reiterated the new OnePlus model’s in-display fingerprint scanner.
The registration window for The Lab OnePlus 6T Edition is open until 9pm HKT (6.30pm IST) on October 8. All you need to do is to fill a form with the required details to participate in the programme. OnePlus will select 10 participants who will get the chance to use the OnePlus 6T before its public release. “Once selected, we’ll send you a review unit of the OnePlus 6T, and you’ll be amongst the first ones to receive the OnePlus 6T all over the world,” the OnePlus team said in a forum post.
It is worth pointing out that OnePlus will accept entries only in English, and you’ll be required to share your unboxing impressions and an in-depth review with the OnePlus community after receiving the OnePlus 6T unit. Moreover, the company reserves the right to contact more than 10 participants for additional review purposes during the selection period.
As we mentioned, this isn’t the first time when OnePlus is hosting the Lab programme to give early access to its upcoming flagship. The company hosted the first edition of its Lab programme in May 2016, at the time of preparing the launch of the OnePlus 3. Earlier this year, the Lab OnePlus 6 Edition was also announced to give select customers a chance to experience the OnePlus 6.
Alongside announcing the Lab programme, OnePlus has released a new teaser video that suggests the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6T. The five-second-long video shows the hexagonal “T” logo and flashes a message that reads, “Unlock The Future.” This points to the advanced fingerprint recognition technology that has already been deployed on smartphones by companies such as Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi among others. Also, a screenshot recently shared by OnePlus highlighted how the in-display fingerprint scanner will look like on the lockscreen of the OnePlus 6T.
If we believe some recent reports, the OnePlus 6T will have a 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display with the same, full-HD+ resolution as on the OnePlus 6. The smartphone is also expected to come with a Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB/ 8GB RAM options and up to 256GB of onboard storage. A recent leak has suggested that the OnePlus 6T will come with a 3,700mAh battery that will be larger than the 3,300mAh battery available on the OnePlus 6. The company is set to ditch a 3.5mm headphone jack to make space for the larger battery pack.
Both motorcycles will be launched in India in early 2019
Triumph Motorcycles will have a busy month in October 2018. Up first is the unveiling of the 2019 models of the Street Twin and the Street Scrambler at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Germany. These won’t be new-generation models but instead facelifts of sorts with updates to looks, features and possibly the engine too. The Street Twin first made its debut in 2016 while the Street Scrambler followed a year later. The Street Scrambler could be called as an off-road biased version of the Street Twin and is inspired from the Triumph TR6C Trophy motorcycle, which was ridden by motorcycle acting legend Steve McQueen in ‘The Great Escape’.
(The updated Triumph Street Twin will be unveiled on 2 October, 2018)
Triumph has released teaser videos for both motorcycles. While the exact details are not out yet, expect the Street Twin to get a bump in engine specifications along with a new LED headlamp and new features. Currently, the 900 cc parallel-twin engine on the Street Twin makes 55 bhp and 76 Nm. The new Street Scrambler on the other hand could get all the updates as the Street Twin and maybe get some updates to its off-road kit as well.
Apart from these two motorcycles, Triumph will also be unveiling the Scrambler 1200 on October 24, which will be coming to India as well. Triumph has been teasing the Scrambler 1200 for quite some time now. It will use the same 1200 cc parallel-twin engine which does duty on the Bonneville T120, Bonneville Bobber and the Bonneville Speedmaster. Expect the motorcycle to get proper off-road kit as well.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), the smartphone that was unveiled last week, is now heading to India. The new model is set to launch in the country on September 25, and ahead of the formal debut, it has been teased on Flipkart. Coming as the successor to the Galaxy A7 (2017) that was launched in India in March last year, the Galaxy A7 (2018) features a full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display and a triple camera setup at the back. The Galaxy A7 (2018) also sports a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and is powered by Dolby Atmos audio technology. Further, it sports a 24-megapixel selfie camera that supports features such as Selfie Focus and Pro Lighting Mode.
Flipkart has set up a microsite revealing the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) alongside highlighting its key features. The microsite shows the thin-bezel display of the upcoming smartphone as well as its enhanced camera capabilities. The page also suggests the presence of AR Emoji. Moreover, the official Twitter account of Samsung Mobile India has confirmed the launch of the Galaxy A7 (2018) through multiple tweets that carry videos specifying the availability of Samsung’s Super Pixel technology, triple rear camera setup, Dolby Atmos audio, and Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Samsung is likely to announce the phone at the event it is holding in New Delhi at 12pm tomorrow.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) price
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) price in India and availability details are yet to be announced. However, the smartphone will reportedly come with a starting price of EUR 350 (roughly Rs. 30,000) in global markets. It is expected to reach some other Asian markets in addition to India as well as select European markets in the coming future.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) specifications
The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) runs Android 8.0 Oreo along with Samsung Experience UX on top and features a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2220) Super AMOLED Infinity Display along with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is an octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, paired with 4GB and 6GB RAM options.
The triple rear camera setup of the Galaxy A7 (2018) includes a 24-megapixel autofocus sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture. For selfies, there is a single, 24-megapixel fixed-focus camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash.
The Galaxy A7 (2018) has 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). In terms of connectivity, the smartphone has 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, ANT+, NFC (subject to region) with Samsung Pay support, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3,300mAh battery and measures 159.8×76.8×7.5mm.
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Realme 2 Pro is all set to launch in India next week, on September 27, and ahead of that date, the company has begun teasing the smartphone in the country. We know now that the Realme 2 Pro will be exclusive to Flipkart, and that it will come with a new ‘Dewdrop Full Screen’ design, referring to both the display notch’s design as well as an immersive, taller than usual display. To recall, Realme – a brand that recently separated from Oppo – first teased the Realme 2 Pro at the launch of the Realme 2 last month, saying it would arrive in September.
Apart from the above-mentioned details, nothing else is known officially of the Realme 2 Pro. It can of course be expected to be better endowed than the Realme 2, and be more expensive. The smartphone is said to have been spotted on Geekbench as well, and the benchmark site listing tips some of the specifications, including the presence of 8GB of RAM. The listing also reiterates the presence of a Snapdragon 660 SoC. In contrast, the Realme 2 sports a maximum of 4GB of RAM (though the Realme 1 had a 6GB RAM variant) and runs on the Snapdragon 450 SoC. Earlier in the week, the company released a video teaser for the smartphone, which showed a dual rear camera setup, as well as the dewdrop design display notch. We’ll have to wait for the launch next week for more details about the Realme 2 Pro – so stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the price, release date, and specification information that emerges from the launch event.
As per a listing for the global variant on third-party retailer AliExpress, the Redmi Note 6 Pro price is between $193.99 and $218.99 (roughly Rs. 14,100 and Rs. 15,900). The specifications in the listing include a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC; 3GB of RAM; a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor; a dual front camera setup with 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors; 32GB of onboard storage expandable via microSD card, and a 4,000mAh battery. Earlier in the week, another Redmi Note 6 Pro leak showing the retail box and smartphone in live images tipped the same specifications, as well as 4GB RAM and 64GB storage options.
The Redmi 6A, which was launched this month in India after its China launch in June, went on sale in the country for the first time this week. Made available via Amazon India and Mi.com, the smartphone price starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 16GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 6,999 for the 32GB storage model. The smartphone sports a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440-pixel) display, a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, 2GB of RAM; a single 13-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front camera; storage expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), and a 3,000mAh battery.
This week, Lenovo brand Motorola also confirmed that its recently unveiled Motorola One Power smartphone that was launched at IFA 2018 last month would be launching in India on Monday, September 24. Highlights of the smartphone include its massive 6.2-inch full-HD+ display and 5,000mAh battery. It will be priced at around Rs. 14,000 in India, the company confirmed to Gadgets 360.
Other specifications of the Motorola One Power include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC; 4GB of RAM; a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor; a 12-megapixel front camera; and 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
Samsung had a pretty big week, making big headlines in the form of mid-range and budget smartphones. The Galaxy A7 (2018) was unveiled globally this week, and it is the first smartphone from the company to feature a triple rear camera setup. It follows the Huawei P20 Pro, a flagship smartphone was launched earlier year with three cameras at its back as well. The decision to bring such an innovation to a mid-range smartphone is in line with the company’s recent moves to revamp its lineups by bringing the ‘latest tech’ to lower-priced handsets.
Though Samsung did not reveal the Galaxy A7 (2018) price in its initial announcement, a report citing the company claimed it will be priced at EUR 350 (about Rs. 30,000), and go on sale in select European and Asian markets starting this fall before being made available in more markets. Alongside, the company announced its upcoming smartphone that’s set to launch on October 11 and been teased to sport four rear cameras will be part of the Galaxy A series as well.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) features a large 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2220 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display; an unnamed octa-core SoC; 4GB/ 6GB of RAM; a triple rear camera setup with a 24-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.2 aperture; a single 24-megapixel selfie fixed focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture and LED flash; 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB); a 3,300mAh battery, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
In India, Samsung launched two budget smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+. The two smartphones, priced at Rs. 10,990 and Rs. 15,990 respectively, feature several common specifications, including the use of 6-inch HD+ (720×1480 pixels) Infinity Displays, 3,300mAh batteries, Snapdragon 425 SoCs, Dolby Atmos audio, and Widevine L1 certification for HD playback. Both smartphones will be made available from September 25 via Samsung India’s retail outlets, as well as Amazon, Flipkart, and the Samsung Shop online stores. The company is also touting an Emotify feature.
Both smartphones come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The Samsung Galaxy J4+ sports 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Galaxy J6+ features 4GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, a dual rear camera with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, apart from an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor with f/1.9 aperture. It also features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The iPhone XS is priced at Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 1,14,900 and Rs. 1,34,900 for the 256GB and 512GB variants, respectively. In the US, it is priced at $999 (roughly Rs. 71,800) for the 64GB variant, $1,149 (roughly Rs. 82,600) for the 256GB variant, and $1,349 (roughly Rs. 97,000) for 512GB. The iPhone XS Max on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 1,09,900, Rs. 1,24,900, and Rs. 1,44,900 for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options respectively. In the US, it is priced at $1,099 (roughly Rs. 79,000), $1,249 (roughly Rs. 89,800), and $1,449 (1,04,200) correspondingly.
As usual, Apple did not reveal several specifications of the new iPhone models at its launch event or on its site subsequently. Like before, we’ve had to wait for the first teardowns and benchmarks to figure out the RAM and battery figures of the smartphones. Apart from an early Geekbench listing and TENAA listings, more details were revealed by iFixit and TechInsight teardowns of the smartphones. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been found to sport 4GB of RAM, compared with 3GB RAM on last year’s iPhone X. The iPhone XR was found to bear 3GB of RAM. The iPhone XS was found to sport a 2,658mAh battery unit, the iPhone XS Max a 3,174mAh battery, and the iPhone XR a 3,174mAh battery unit. In comparison, the iPhone X sports a 2,716mAh battery.
The Nokia 5.1 Plus was launched in India last month, alongside the Nokia 6.1 Plus. At the time though, Nokia 5.1 Plus price in India had not been announced, but the company had said it will go on sale in September. Now, Nokia brand licensee HMD Global says the price will be revealed on Monday, September 24, at 2pm IST, on Flipkart. To recall, the smartphone will also be made available via the Nokia online store.
To recall, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is in fact the global variant of the Nokia X5 that was launched in China back in July. Globally, it is part of the Android One initiative, which means it is Google-certified to offer an optimised Android experience as well as timely security and version updates. It was given a global pricing of EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 15,900) excluding taxes and subsidies. Specifications include Android 8.1 Oreo, a 5.86-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display; a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC; 3GB of RAM; a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor; an 8-megapixel front camera; 32GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB), and a 3060mAh battery.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus on Saturday began rolling out the stable build of Android 9.0 Pie-based Oxygen OS 9.0 to the OnePlus 6. It has also begun teasing the launch of the OnePlus 6T, the second flagship from the company that’s due in 2018. Last week the company had first said the smartphone would sport an in-display fingerprint sensor, then confirmed the smartphone would not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, and instead use a USB Type-C port for audio – citing improved battery as the reason for its decision. Now, the company has created a landing page on retail partner Amazon, as well started airing television ads. A leak alongside tips that it sports a dual rear camera setup, debunking an earlier rumour that claimed it would come with a triple rear camera setup. OnePlus 6T cases also went on sale, tipped a vertical dual rear camera setup.
The company also announced a OnePlus smart TV was in development, and started a contest for fans to name the television. It touted the presence of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, saying the TV would be launched some time in 2019. It will also be a “premium, flagship TV”, and not a budget offering, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said. Speaking of premium, OnePlus entered the top 5 premium Android vendors ($400 to $600 segment) globally in the second quarter of 2018, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. The top four are Oppo, Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi.
Huawei brand Honor this week announced that the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Honor Play will henceforth be available in open sale in India, which means users don’t have to queue up to buy the smartphone during flash sales on Amazon India. The 4GB RAM/ 64GB variant will continue to be sold via the flash sale method in the country. The manufacturer this week also brought GPU Turbo mode and other features to the Honor 7X and Honor View 10 via a software update.
Next up, we come to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – Google’s anticipated flagships for 2018 that are due to be launched on October 9. The leaks are now increasing in frequency, with several in the past week. The most recent saw Indian tipster Ishan Agarwal share alleged live Pixel 3 XL images as well as UI screenshots. Alongside, the original tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) shared two press renders of the smartphone, while the alleged UI for the rumoured Pixel Stand wireless charging dock was shown off in a leaked animation.
This week, the Pixel 3 was also briefly listed on JD.com, priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 52,800) – though this may have been a placeholder price tag. Qualcomm Snapdragon branding was seen, tipping they would be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. A circular fingerprint sensor was also seen behind, something that renders from earlier this week also tipped. In all the above leaks, the Pixel 3 is seen not to sport a display notch, while the Pixel 3 XL is seen to, matching earlier reports.
There were three major Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks this week, with the most recent tipping three model numbers – SM-G970 and SM-G973 were said to sport 5.8-inch display panels, and the larger SM-G975 to get a 6.44-inch display. The SM-G970 will reportedly get a single rear camera, the SM -G973 a dual camera setup, and the SM-G975 a triple camera setup. A separate 5G model is reportedly being tested for US and South Korea. Another leak from this week tipped four variants as well, with codenames Beyond 0, Beyond 1, Beyond 2, and Beyond 2 5G. The resolution of the smartphone was also tipped by an HTML5test benchmark site listing, while Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh told the press the Galaxy S10 will launch with “very significant changes”.
Flipkart launched its Cardless Credit feature, just days after its biggest rival unveiled a similar feature – Amazon Pay EMI. Both are offering users instant credit up to Rs. 60,000, with the former using customer behaviour on Flipkart as the basis to calculate the amount of credit, and the latter using its lending partner ‘Capital Float’ to determine the amount.
Nikon this week brought its first full-frame mirrorless cameras to India, the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, priced starting at Rs. 1,69,950 and Rs. 2,69,950 respectively. It launched its new range of Nikkor Z lenses as well. Canon brought its first full-frame mirrorless camera to India as well – the EOS R – priced starting at Rs. 1,89,950. Separately, Fujifilm launched its X-T3 compact mirrorless camera in India, priced starting at Rs. 1,17,999.
Samsung this week also launched its ‘LED for Home’ range of premium, wall-sized televisions in India. They are priced starting Rs. 1 crores, and go up to Rs. 3.5 crores, and come in these sizes: 110-inch (full-HD), 130-inch (full-HD), 220-inch (ultra-HD), and 260-inch (ultra-HD). Featuring Active LED tech, the televisions are said to deliver long-lasting performance with a lifespan of over 100,000 hours. The company is also touting their modular configuration and device agnostic features, enabling them to be used in unique home settings.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) this week reportedly revised its FTTH broadband lineup in Chennai, offering more data at even higher speeds than before. The top plan offers 3.5TB FUP at speeds of 100Mbps at Rs. 4,999. The state-owned telecom operator also reportedly announced two new voice-only prepaid packs in the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana circle, apart from a data-only pack with data rates at an all-time low.
Airtel this week reportedly refreshed its Rs. 168 recharge for select subscribers in the Delhi and Andhra Pradesh & Telangana telecom circles, offering 1GB of 2G/ 3G/ 4G data per day, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited voice calls (local, STD, and roaming), with a validity of 28 days. Separately, in a move for new consumers, Airtel announced five recharges for new prepaid customers who purchase a recharge for the first time.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 will be revealed on October 4 at the Paris Motor Show
The A-Class is the smallest offering by Mercedes-Benz and the automaker is all set to unveil an Affalterbach-tuned version of its hatchback at the upcoming Paris Motor Show 2018. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 will be the newest addition to the A-Class family and has been teased by the automaker and the new model will serve as a mid-level performance hatchback that sits below the range-topping A45 AMG. The new teaser images reveal some interesting details about the all-new model, and we certainly like what we see.
(The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Teaser will draw power from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine)
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 has been teased in the solar beam yellow metallic shade that looks young, vibrant and bright and quite apt for the hot hatch. The teaser reveals beefy air intakes in the front bumper, while a massive rear wing takes prominence at the rear. The twin-blade grille is common to the lower-spec AMG models now and looks at home on the A35 too. The Mercedes-AMG A45, in contrast, features the Panamericana grille instead that makes way on all range-topping versions. The rear bumper has been revised as well and gets a dual-exhaust with a blacked out diffuser, as opposed to quad exhausts on the A45.
The cabin hasn’t been revealed yet on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 hot hatch, but you can expect to see performance seats with improved lateral support, AMG badging all over, AMG steering wheel and more. The teaser also reveals illuminated AMG side sills on the model. The car will also come equipped with the MBUX infotainment system.
(The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Teaser will draw power from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine)
With respect to power, the Mercedes-AMG A35 will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine churning out in excess of 300 bhp that will be sent to all four tyres via the 7-speed, dual-clutch automati transmission. Upgrades will also extend to the suspension, brakes, and the chassis as well to handle all that additional power. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is likely to be offered as standard.
The Paris Motor Show 2018 will commence on October 4, 2018, and we will see a host of cars from the Mercedes-Benz including all-new GLE. The automaker does not retail the AMG-spec A-Class in India, but just could reconsider with the A35 that will command a lower price tag. Sales in Europe meanwhile, is expected to begin by the end of the year.
Honor showed up at IFA 2018with a surprise this year – Magic 2
Honor is jumping on the sliding camera bandwagon with its Magic 2 smartphone. During its event at IFA 2018 in Berlin, the Huawei sub-brand teased a smartphone called Honor Magic 2 that is claimed to come with a bezel-free display by leveraging a sliding camera functionality. The handset is a successor to the Honor Magic that was launched back in 2016 with display curves and AI-based features. The Magic 2, meanwhile, comes with a ‘Magic Slide’ feature that enables the phone to have a nearly 100 percent screen-to-body ratio.
At the IFA trade show, Honor only showed the Magic 2 briefly onstage. The successor to Magic phone did not get a proper announcement, but Honor President George Zhao teased some of the key features. However, the company did not provide too much information regarding the price, specifications, and availability of the smartphone. A zoomed-in image from Honor’s event shared by GSMArena, showcases the interesting-looking device that lacks any bezels or notches.
The most interesting feature in the Honor Magic 2 is its FullView display. There are no display notches or any significant chin at the bottom. It resembles the Oppo Find X that was launched earlier this year. Xiaomi has also recently teased a Mi Mix 3 with an “all-screen” display that moves the frontal paraphernalia to the slider behind the screen. Interestingly, as per the images, unlike the Find X, the Honor Magic 2’s camera slider appears to open manually. However, it may also be due to it being just an engineering sample and not a final product.
Additionally, the Honor Magic 2 will be powered by a Kirin 980 processor. At the same event, Huawei had launched the HiSilicon Kirin 980 as the ‘world’s first commercial 7nm SoC’. Compared to the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process is said to deliver 20 percent improved SoC performance and 40 percent more efficiency. Also, the Honor Magic 2 will come with a 40W ‘Magic Charge’ fastcharging technology. It is claimed to be very fast and safe. Honor, in a press release, said, “to further ensure safety, 15 layers of protection are also embedded in the smartphone. The phone can automatically identify the battery, cable and charger and only when all of the three parts are identified as safe, the Super Charger will start.”
“The launch of Honor Magic two years ago introduced the concept of the AI smartphone to consumers”, noted Zhao. “The first-generation Honor Magic was an era-defining smartphone that transformed the industry. In addition to AI-features that make the phone truly smart, Honor Magic’s ground-breaking all-curved panel design and powerful 40W charging support have reshaped smartphone design and become a benchmark for all smartphones. The developments of these futuristic flagship devices are closely followed by the smartphone and AI industry, and now the Honor Magic 2 has arrived.”
The Tata Nexon Neon Edition is likely to go on sale later this month
Tata Motors has teased a limited edition version of the Nexon subcompact SUV. The new version is likely to be called the Tata Nexon Neon Edition and is expected to come with a generous dose of the neon green shade across the body of the offering. The teaser video shows little barring a few neon green highlights and “Coming Soon” written. The Tata Nexon Neon Edition will be arriving just ahead of the festive season, which should see sales increase even further for the SUV that competes against the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the segment. The Nexon currently averages about 4000 units every month and is the second most-selling offering in the Tata line-up after the Tiago.
The Tata Nexon Neon Edition will be complemented by a contrast finished roof)
While it will be interesting to see the Tata Nexon Neon Limited Edition featured in a very outlandish neon green shade, the colour is likely to be added as a highlight across the vehicle. It will certainly stand out when compared to the conventional colour schemes on offer. The teaser videos released by the company show the neon green colour on the ORVM, front grille, and the air-con vents in the cabin. You can expect similar such highlights throughout the model when it goes on sale.
The new neon green shade will also be a healthy shift from the use of orange that is currently seen across the industry. Even the Tata Nexon AMT was introduced in the Etna Orange shade earlier this year, making it a vibrant colour option over the existing choices on offer, attracting a younger demographic to the dealerships.
(The neon green highlights will extend to the cabin as well on the Tata Nexon)
Being a limited edition version, expect the Nexon Neon Edition to be available in restricted numbers and for a limited time on sale. With respect to the mechanicals though, the new Tata Nexon Neon Edition won’t get any changes and will continue to sport the same 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine, both of which produce 108 bhp. Both engines also come paired with a 6-speed manual and an automated manual transmission (AMT) options on offer. The SUV was recently awarded a four star safety rating by the Global NCAP.