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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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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Xiaomi Poco F1 Teased to Be a Flipkart Exclusive


Xiaomi Poco F1 Teased to Be a Flipkart Exclusive

Teasers have hinted that Xiaomi’s Poco F1 will be Flipkart exclusive in India

Xiaomi is set to launch Poco F1, the first smartphone from the company’s sub-brand Poco, in India on August 22. Now, it looks like the Xiaomi Poco F1 will be Flipkart exclusive in India. A teaser page for the upcoming smartphone is now live on Flipkart, suggesting that the Poco F1 could be launched as a Flipkart exclusive in the country, thanks to the words ‘only on Flipkart’ in the banner. As per the teaser on the e-commerce site, something “As Fast As You” is coming soon.

With the phrase, “How Fast You Ask?” the e-commerce giant hints towards the launch of the Xiaomi Poco F1. Even the patterns used on the landing page appear similar to ones used on the promotional shots by Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco. Other than that, there seems to be no official announcement from Xiaomi. We could expect Flipkart to reveal the name of the smartphone in the days following up to the launch next week.

Last week, Jai Mani, Lead Product Manager for Xiaomi India, revealed details about the Poco brand, saying, “Poco is all about making powerful smartphone with the technologies that truly matter. Recently it feels like the pace of innovation in the smartphone industry has slowed down, while prices are creeping up with flagship smartphones now past the $1,000-mark. We set out to build something to buck this trend. For the first product, we got back to basic and focus entirely on speed. Not just peak performance speed, but actual, real world, speed.”

To recall, the new smartphone confirmed by Poco India notably surfaced online as Pocophone F1 in the recent past. The Xiaomi sub-brand had previously revealed the Poco F1 launch date without detailing any key specifications or price of the upcoming handset. An unboxing video of the Poco F1 also emerged on YouTube last week that highlighted its display notch and dual rear camera setup.

In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Poco F1 is said to debut in two different storage variants – with 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options. While the Poco F1 price for the 64GB variant is speculated to debut in Eastern Europe at EUR 420 (roughly Rs. 33,300), its 128GB variant could arrive at EUR 460 (roughly Rs. 36,400). There is no information on the price in India of Poco F1. While Poco hasn’t revealed the specifications of the Poco F1, an initial listing on a Belarusian online store had suggested that the handset will come with a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display that will an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Poco F1 is also rumoured to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC along with a liquid cooling system.

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


Until some time ago, if you wanted to experience stock Android, you had to buy a Nexus or a Pixel device. Things changed with the introduction of the updated Android One programme, starting with the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review), the first smartphone under this initiative in India. Priced at Rs. 14,999, you got decent hardware, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, along with stock Android and the promise of regular updates. If you wanted more power than that but still weren’t willing to upgrade all the way to a Google Pixel device, you didn’t really have a choice. That’s the gap in the market that HMD Global filled when it launched the Nokia 7 Plus (Review) under the Android One programme this year.

When we reviewed the Nokia 7 Plus, we were happy with what it offered. It felt like a Nexus device in the mid-range segment. It also didn’t really have much competition. Now, Xiaomi has launched a successor to its Mi A1 smartphone with similar hardware to the Nokia 7 Plus. The new Mi A2 also has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. What makes the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) interesting is its price. At Rs. 16,999 it undercuts the Nokia 7 Plus by a massive Rs. 9,000 margin. But has Xiaomi cut corners to achieve price, or is it simply better value for money? We compared the Nokia 7 Plus and Xiaomi Mi A2 head-to-head to find out which one offers the best bang for your buck.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus design

Looks are entirely subjective, but there are a quite a few similarities in the construction of these smartphones. Both have metal unibodies with dual cameras at the back and both feel premium in the hand. HMD Global has given the back of the Nokia 7 Plus a ceramic coating for a smooth finish while hiding the antenna lines. We found the Xiaomi Mi A2 to be slippery, while the Nokia 7 Plus was fairly easy to handle. Both phones comes with cases in their boxes, which can be used to keep them safe. The Nokia 7 Plus is available in two colour variants while the Mi A2 gives you four options to choose from.

Button placement is identical on the two phones. The power buttons are easy to reach but you may need to stretch a bit to get to the volume buttons. Both these phones have a USB Type-C port at the bottom along with a loudspeaker and the primary microphone. At the top, the Nokia 7 Plus has a 3.5mm headphone jack which the Mi A2 lacks, but it does have an IR emitter. You get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle along with the Mi A2, which you will need if you want use your existing headphones. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with headphones in the box, while the Mi A2 doesn’t.

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Both these phones have vertical dual camera setups at the back, but the one on the Mi A2 juts out quite a bit. The Nokia 7 Plus is also slightly heavier than the Mi A2. If we have to pick between the two purely based on design, we would pick the Nokia 7 Plus. It feels better built, and has copper design accents that make it stand out. The Xiaomi Mi A2 looks a lot like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus specifications and software

When you take a look at the spec sheets of these phones, you will see a lot of similarities. Both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, and both have 4GB of RAM as well as 64GB of internal storage. One advantage that the Nokia 7 Plus pulls over the Mi A2 is that it has a hybrid dual-SIM tray which lets you expand storage by up to 256GB, while the Mi A2 has non-expandable storage.

Both phones have full-HD+ displays with 18:9 aspect ratios. The Nokia 7 Plus has Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, while the Xiaomi Mi A2 has Gorilla Glass 5. We preferred the quality of the 7 Plus’s display which had better colours and was brighter compared to that of the Mi A2. Both phones also have two SIM slots and support 4G as well as VoLTE on both.

You get support for Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, A-GPS, and GLONASS. The Nokia 7 Plus also has NFC, and the Mi A2 boasts of its IR emitter. The battery capacities are different on these devices – the Nokia 7 Plus has a 3800mAh battery while the Mi A2 has a smaller 3000mAh battery. We observed that the Nokia 7 Plus takes the same time to charge as the Mi A2 despite this, thanks to the supplied fast charger. The Mi A2 boasts of Quick Charge 4+ technology but the bundled charger isn’t compatible and you’ll need to supply your own to take advantage of this feature.

Nokia 7 Plus Review

 

As both these smartphones are a part of the Android One programme, both run on Android 8.1 Oreo with the August security patch at the time of writing this article. There are very few customisations and apps installed on both these phones, but we found that the Nokia had more usable gesture features. You can expect timely software updates with both these devices. HMD Global should be quicker to roll out Android P for the Nokia 7 Plus, since this phone is already part of the Android P Beta programme.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus performance and battery life

With both these devices running identical hardware, we were not surprised to see that they scored similarly in our tests. The Mi A2 scored 133,467 in AnTuTu, while the Nokia 7 Plus scored 137,573. In Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests, the A2 scored 1,645 and 4,840 respectively, while the 7 Plus scored 1,590 and 5,780 respectively. These phones exhibit virtually identical performance while scrolling through the UI and multitasking.

Both phones have fingerprint scanners at the back that are easy to reach, and both are equally quick to unlock. The Nokia has the bigger battery and better battery life. In our HD video loop test, the 7 Plus went on for 13 hours and 31 minutes, while the Mi A2 could only do 8 hours and 13 minutes. Even with ordinary usage, the Nokia 7 Plus offered better battery life. Charging is quick on the Nokia 7 Plus thanks to the supplied fast charger, while the Mi A2 only gets a 10W charger.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus cameras

Both of these smartphones have dual camera setups at the back, but have different configurations. The Nokia 7 Plus has a 12-megapixel primary camera with 1.4 micron pixels and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with a telephoto lens. The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a 12-megapixel primary sensor with 1.25 micron pixels and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor with pixel binning technology. Xiaomi and HMD Global have both tweaked their respective camera apps to offer different features and settings. Both phones have a Pro mode that lets you control different parameters before shooting, and the Mi A2 also lets you choose which lens you want to shoot from. The 7 Plus has ZEISS optics at the front and the back.

When shooting outdoors in bright light we found that the Nokia 7 Plus managed metering and colours better than the Mi A2, resulting in better images. Zoom in to an image and you will notice that the 7 Plus captures better details as well. When shooting with Auto HDR, the Mi A2 indicates when it is using HDR but the 7 Plus does not do that.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2Nokia 7 Plus

 

In macros, the Mi A2 can focus on small objects very well while the Nokia 7 Plus fails to get this right. The Mi A2 also managed to get better details in comparison.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2Nokia 7 Plus

 

In low-light shots, it is the Nokia that comes on the top again with better details. Even objects at a distance appear sharper when photographed with the Nokia 7 Plus, while the Xiaomi Mi A2 falls slightly behind.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2Nokia 7 Plus

 

When shooting portraits, the Nokia 7 Plus switches to its telephoto lens and uses the primary camera for depth. It manages good edge detection and a good bokeh effect in the output. You will need to get quite close to the subject when shooting a portrait with the Mi A2. The output is also good and well detailed.

Selfies are better on the Nokia 7 Plus, with comparatively better colour reproduction than the Mi A2 can manage. The Mi A2, however, has a selfie fill light that helps in low-light. Both phones max out at 4K for video recording and has EIS when shooting at 1080p. The Mi A2 also has the ability to shoot at 60fps at 1080p, while the Nokia 7 Plus can only do 30fps. The quality of video is similar but we liked the audio that the 7 Plus records, as it uses three microphones with Nokia OZO audio enhancement.

Verdict
The Nokia 7 Plus (Review) is better equipped than the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review). It has a 3.5mm headphone jack, bundled quick charger, and expandable storage. Barring macros, the camera is better and so is the battery life, compared to the Xiaomi Mi A2. The major advantage that the Mi A2 has is its pricing. Xiaomi has managed to price it super aggressively at Rs. 16,999 which is excellent value for money.

Yes, the Nokia 7 Plus is better than the Mi A2 overall, but it isn’t worth the Rs. 9,000 premium, making it very hard to recommend if all you are looking is the most bang for your buck. If you have to pick between the two, you could buy the Mi A2 along with a Quick Charge 4+ charger, and a power bank and still spend a lot less. You will be happy with the device and the money you have saved.


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Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 43-Inch, 32-Inch Now Available in Open Sale via Flipkart, Mi.com


Xiaomi launched the Mi TV 4A in 32-inch and 43-inch size variants in India in March this year. Ever since launch, the Chinese company has been hosting flash sales on Flipkart and Mi.com to sell its TV, and now the two size variants are available via open sale on the two sites. This means you will no longer need to register and wait for a flash sale to chance a purchase. The 43-inch Mi TV 4A price in India has been set at Rs. 22,999 at launch, while the 32-inch Mi TV 4A is priced at Rs. 13,999.

Flipkart lists both the size variants will multiple offers including a two months free subscription from ACT Fibernet in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Delhi only. The e-commerce site also offers Rs. 6,000 off on exchange with an old TV set, and extra 5 percent off can be availed by Axis Bank Buzz credit card holders. You can buy the Mi TV 4A 32-inch and 43-inch from here.

Mi.com is offering Rs. 2,200 instant cashback with a JioFi connection, free Sony LIV and Hungama Play subscriptions for three months, a two months free subscription of ACT Fibernet, and free installation services as well. You can but the Mi TV 4A from Mi.com here.

Mi TV 4A specifications

The Mi TV 4A models are powered by an Amlogic quad-core SoC that’s coupled with 1GB of RAM. The TVs comes with 8GB of internal storage. The 43-inch Mi TV 4A sports a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display while the 32-inch model has an HD (1366×768 pixels) display. Both display panels have a 178-degree viewing angle and 60Hz refresh rate.

Connectivity options on the 43-inch Mi TV 4A include Wi-Fi, three HDMI (one ARC) ports, three USB 2.0 ports, one Ethernet port, one AV component port, one S/PDIF audio port, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack port. The 32-inch model comes with two USB 2.0 ports and misses out on the S/PDIF port, with the rest of the connectivity options being the same. The 43-inch variant measures 970x613x214mm (including base), and weighs 7.43kg (7.37kg without base), while the 32-inch variant measures 733x478x180mm (including base). The Mi TV 4A models sport two 10W speakers with DTS-HD audio quality.

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


Until some time ago, if you wanted to experience stock Android, you had to buy a Nexus or a Pixel device. Things changed with the introduction of the updated Android One programme, starting with the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review), the first smartphone under this initiative in India. Priced at Rs. 14,999, you got decent hardware, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, along with stock Android and the promise of regular updates. If you wanted more power than that but still weren’t willing to upgrade all the way to a Google Pixel device, you didn’t really have a choice. That’s the gap in the market that HMD Global filled when it launched the Nokia 7 Plus (Review) under the Android One programme this year.

When we reviewed the Nokia 7 Plus, we were happy with what it offered. It felt like a Nexus device in the mid-range segment. It also didn’t really have much competition. Now, Xiaomi has launched a successor to its Mi A1 smartphone with similar hardware to the Nokia 7 Plus. The new Mi A2 also has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. What makes the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) interesting is its price. At Rs. 16,999 it undercuts the Nokia 7 Plus by a massive Rs. 9,000 margin. But has Xiaomi cut corners to achieve price, or is it simply better value for money? We compared the Nokia 7 Plus and Xiaomi Mi A2 head-to-head to find out which one offers the best bang for your buck.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus design

Looks are entirely subjective, but there are a quite a few similarities in the construction of these smartphones. Both have metal unibodies with dual cameras at the back and both feel premium in the hand. HMD Global has given the back of the Nokia 7 Plus a ceramic coating for a smooth finish while hiding the antenna lines. We found the Xiaomi Mi A2 to be slippery, while the Nokia 7 Plus was fairly easy to handle. Both phones comes with cases in their boxes, which can be used to keep them safe. The Nokia 7 Plus is available in two colour variants while the Mi A2 gives you four options to choose from.

Button placement is identical on the two phones. The power buttons are easy to reach but you may need to stretch a bit to get to the volume buttons. Both these phones have a USB Type-C port at the bottom along with a loudspeaker and the primary microphone. At the top, the Nokia 7 Plus has a 3.5mm headphone jack which the Mi A2 lacks, but it does have an IR emitter. You get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle along with the Mi A2, which you will need if you want use your existing headphones. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with headphones in the box, while the Mi A2 doesn’t.

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Both these phones have vertical dual camera setups at the back, but the one on the Mi A2 juts out quite a bit. The Nokia 7 Plus is also slightly heavier than the Mi A2. If we have to pick between the two purely based on design, we would pick the Nokia 7 Plus. It feels better built, and has copper design accents that make it stand out. The Xiaomi Mi A2 looks a lot like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus specifications and software

When you take a look at the spec sheets of these phones, you will see a lot of similarities. Both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, and both have 4GB of RAM as well as 64GB of internal storage. One advantage that the Nokia 7 Plus pulls over the Mi A2 is that it has a hybrid dual-SIM tray which lets you expand storage by up to 256GB, while the Mi A2 has non-expandable storage.

Both phones have full-HD+ displays with 18:9 aspect ratios. The Nokia 7 Plus has Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, while the Xiaomi Mi A2 has Gorilla Glass 5. We preferred the quality of the 7 Plus’s display which had better colours and was brighter compared to that of the Mi A2. Both phones also have two SIM slots and support 4G as well as VoLTE on both.

You get support for Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, A-GPS, and GLONASS. The Nokia 7 Plus also has NFC, and the Mi A2 boasts of its IR emitter. The battery capacities are different on these devices – the Nokia 7 Plus has a 3800mAh battery while the Mi A2 has a smaller 3000mAh battery. We observed that the Nokia 7 Plus takes the same time to charge as the Mi A2 despite this, thanks to the supplied fast charger. The Mi A2 boasts of Quick Charge 4+ technology but the bundled charger isn’t compatible and you’ll need to supply your own to take advantage of this feature.

Nokia 7 Plus Review

 

As both these smartphones are a part of the Android One programme, both run on Android 8.1 Oreo with the August security patch at the time of writing this article. There are very few customisations and apps installed on both these phones, but we found that the Nokia had more usable gesture features. You can expect timely software updates with both these devices. HMD Global should be quicker to roll out Android P for the Nokia 7 Plus, since this phone is already part of the Android P Beta programme.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus performance and battery life

With both these devices running identical hardware, we were not surprised to see that they scored similarly in our tests. The Mi A2 scored 133,467 in AnTuTu, while the Nokia 7 Plus scored 137,573. In Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests, the A2 scored 1,645 and 4,840 respectively, while the 7 Plus scored 1,590 and 5,780 respectively. These phones exhibit virtually identical performance while scrolling through the UI and multitasking.

Both phones have fingerprint scanners at the back that are easy to reach, and both are equally quick to unlock. The Nokia has the bigger battery and better battery life. In our HD video loop test, the 7 Plus went on for 13 hours and 31 minutes, while the Mi A2 could only do 8 hours and 13 minutes. Even with ordinary usage, the Nokia 7 Plus offered better battery life. Charging is quick on the Nokia 7 Plus thanks to the supplied fast charger, while the Mi A2 only gets a 10W charger.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus cameras

Both of these smartphones have dual camera setups at the back, but have different configurations. The Nokia 7 Plus has a 12-megapixel primary camera with 1.4 micron pixels and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with a telephoto lens. The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a 12-megapixel primary sensor with 1.25 micron pixels and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor with pixel binning technology. Xiaomi and HMD Global have both tweaked their respective camera apps to offer different features and settings. Both phones have a Pro mode that lets you control different parameters before shooting, and the Mi A2 also lets you choose which lens you want to shoot from. The 7 Plus has ZEISS optics at the front and the back.

When shooting outdoors in bright light we found that the Nokia 7 Plus managed metering and colours better than the Mi A2, resulting in better images. Zoom in to an image and you will notice that the 7 Plus captures better details as well. When shooting with Auto HDR, the Mi A2 indicates when it is using HDR but the 7 Plus does not do that.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2Nokia 7 Plus

 

In macros, the Mi A2 can focus on small objects very well while the Nokia 7 Plus fails to get this right. The Mi A2 also managed to get better details in comparison.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2Nokia 7 Plus

 

In low-light shots, it is the Nokia that comes on the top again with better details. Even objects at a distance appear sharper when photographed with the Nokia 7 Plus, while the Xiaomi Mi A2 falls slightly behind.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2Nokia 7 Plus

 

When shooting portraits, the Nokia 7 Plus switches to its telephoto lens and uses the primary camera for depth. It manages good edge detection and a good bokeh effect in the output. You will need to get quite close to the subject when shooting a portrait with the Mi A2. The output is also good and well detailed.

Selfies are better on the Nokia 7 Plus, with comparatively better colour reproduction than the Mi A2 can manage. The Mi A2, however, has a selfie fill light that helps in low-light. Both phones max out at 4K for video recording and has EIS when shooting at 1080p. The Mi A2 also has the ability to shoot at 60fps at 1080p, while the Nokia 7 Plus can only do 30fps. The quality of video is similar but we liked the audio that the 7 Plus records, as it uses three microphones with Nokia OZO audio enhancement.

Verdict
The Nokia 7 Plus (Review) is better equipped than the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review). It has a 3.5mm headphone jack, bundled quick charger, and expandable storage. Barring macros, the camera is better and so is the battery life, compared to the Xiaomi Mi A2. The major advantage that the Mi A2 has is its pricing. Xiaomi has managed to price it super aggressively at Rs. 16,999 which is excellent value for money.

Yes, the Nokia 7 Plus is better than the Mi A2 overall, but it isn’t worth the Rs. 9,000 premium, making it very hard to recommend if all you are looking is the most bang for your buck. If you have to pick between the two, you could buy the Mi A2 along with a Quick Charge 4+ charger, and a power bank and still spend a lot less. You will be happy with the device and the money you have saved.


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Xiaomi Poco F1 Teased to Be a Flipkart Exclusive


Xiaomi Poco F1 Teased to Be a Flipkart Exclusive

Teasers have hinted that Xiaomi’s Poco F1 will be Flipkart exclusive in India

Xiaomi is set to launch Poco F1, the first smartphone from the company’s sub-brand Poco, in India on August 22. Now, it looks like the Poco F1 will be Flipkart exclusive in India. A teaser page for the upcoming smartphone is now live on Flipkart, suggesting that the Poco F1 could be launched as a Flipkart exclusive in the country, thanks to the words ‘only on Flipkart’ in the banner. As per the teaser on the e-commerce site, something “As Fast As You” is coming soon.

With the phrase, “How Fast You Ask?” the e-commerce giant hints towards the launch of the Xiaomi Poco F1. Even the patterns used on the landing page appear similar to ones used on the promotional shots by Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco. Other than that, there seems to be no official announcement from Xiaomi. We could expect Flipkart to reveal the name of the smartphone in the days following up to the launch next week.

Last week, Jai Mani, Lead Product Manager for Xiaomi India, revealed details about the Poco brand, saying, “Poco is all about making powerful smartphone with the technologies that truly matter. Recently it feels like the pace of innovation in the smartphone industry has slowed down, while prices are creeping up with flagship smartphones now past the $1,000-mark. We set out to build something to buck this trend. For the first product, we got back to basic and focus entirely on speed. Not just peak performance speed, but actual, real world, speed.”

To recall, the new smartphone confirmed by Poco India notably surfaced online as Pocophone F1 in the recent past. The Xiaomi sub-brand had previously revealed the Poco F1 launch date without detailing any key specifications or price of the upcoming handset. An unboxing video of the Poco F1 also emerged on YouTube last week that highlighted its display notch and dual rear camera setup.

In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Poco F1 is said to debut in two different storage variants – with 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options. While the Poco F1 price for the 64GB variant is speculated to debut in Eastern Europe at EUR 420 (roughly Rs. 33,300), its 128GB variant could arrive at EUR 460 (roughly Rs. 36,400). There is no information on the price in India of Poco F1. While Poco hasn’t revealed the specifications of the Poco F1, an initial listing on a Belarusian online store had suggested that the handset will come with a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display that will an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Poco F1 is also rumoured to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC along with a liquid cooling system.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Pre-Order Sale Today on Mi.com at 12pm


Xiaomi launched the Redmi 5A budget smartphone in November last year, and has been taking pre-orders on Mi.com every week. The pre-order page for the Redmi 5A is set to go live from 12pm IST today on the Mi.com website. These pre-orders are meant to be a way to avoid the hassle of flash sales, and instead book the smartphone with full payment at the time of ordering. Xiaomi claims that delivery will be done within 5 business days. Flash sales of the smartphone are also conducted every week on Mi.com and Flipkart.

To recall, the Redmi 5A price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, and goes up to Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. It is made available in Blue, Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. For pre-order customers, Xiaomi is offering a Rs. 2,200 cashback with Jio Rs. 198 and Rs. 299 plans, apart from a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music. Xiaomi also has activated the Mi Exchange offer for the Redmi 5A, and is giving users Mi Protect liquid and accidental damage protection starting at Rs. 549. You can head here to pre-order the Redmi 5A at 12pm IST today.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications

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.

Redmi 5A Review

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 Gets August Android Security Patch, 60fps Video Recording via Update


Xiaomi Mi A2 has received a software update that brings the August Android security patch as well as upgrades the rear camera with the ability to record full-HD (1080p) videos at 60fps frame rate. The latest update notably comes just ahead of the availability of the Mi A2 in India. The smartphone that was launched in the country last week with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 will go on sale for the first time on Thursday. Prior to the update, the Mi A2 was supporting full-HD video recording at 30fps. The handset also includes electronic image stabilisation (EIS) to reduce blurs and compensate for device shake during video recording.

The first noticeable change that the latest software update brings to the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the arrival of the August Android security patch. The security patch level that the update includes is the August 5 one that originally arrived on the Pixel handsets earlier this month. Further, the security patch is likely to address various behind-the-scene vulnerabilities and security loopholes.

In addition to the August Android security patch, the Mi A2 update brings support for 60fps frame rate while recording videos on full-HD (1080p) resolution. This means you can now capture more frames in a full-HD video being recorded through the Mi A2. As we mentioned, the handset was previously offering only the 30fps frame rate option for recording full-HD videos. The Mi A2 importantly sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor along with an f/1.75 aperture and a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor along with a 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech and an f/1.75 aperture.

The latest Mi A2 software update comes in 380MB of size and has build number OPM1.171019.011.V9.6.10.0.ODIMIFE.xiaomi mi a2 update gadgets 360 Xiaomi Mi A2

While Xiaomi is rolling out the update to all Mi A2 units in phases, you can manually check its availability on your device. You just need to go to Settings > System updates > Check for Updates to check for the new update.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

It is worth pointing out that the latest update for the Mi A2 comes just ahead of its formal arrival in India. The handset was launched last week and is set to go on sale through Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home, and Mi Preferred Partner Store starting 12 noon on Thursday. It comes with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration and is available in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options.

 



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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Flash Sale to Be Held Today on Flipkart, Mi.com


Xiaomi Redmi 5A is set to go on sale in India today. Launched in November last year, the Redmi 5A will go on flash sale in two different variants – one with 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, while the other one comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Both variants will be available for purchase through Mi.com and Flipkart starting at 12 noon. The Redmi 5A comes as the successor to the Redmi 4A. It features an HD display and runs MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. The smartphone also features a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor that has an f/2.2 aperture.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A price in India

Xiaomi Redmi 5A price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for its 2GB RAM and 16GB storage configuration, while the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage comes with a price tag of Rs. 6,999. Both variants come in Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold colour options. The handsets will be available for purchase through the flash sale at 12 noon via Mi.com and Flipkart, simultaneously. Customers purchasing the handset through the Mi.com site will also receive three months of free Hungama Music subscription and a Rs. 2,200 cashback from Jio. In contrast, purchases made through Flipkart are entitled to receive a 10 percent discount via Axis Bank Buzz cards.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 5A runs MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. The 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.

Redmi 5A Review

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. 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 handset packs a 3,000mAh battery and measures 140.4×70.1×8.35mm.

 

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