Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India a couple of days ago, and the device has so far been a resounding success in the subcontinent.
In its first sale in the country, the company managed to move more than 600,000 units. That’s pretty impressive, and Xiaomi expects to sell even more in upcoming sales.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the new king of the Redmi series, which focuses on pairing good specs with very affordable prices. It starts at just INR 13,999 ($198 or €175), while packing a 6.25-inch 1080×2280 notched touchscreen, the Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12 MP main rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixels, a 20 MP main selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, and a couple of depth sensors for bokeh – one on the back, one on the front.
It has a 4,000 mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top.
S Pen will come in different colour options and Samsung will sell them separately
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will get unveiled this week, but with all the rumours that have been surfacing on the Web, we probably know what to expect from the smartphone. Besides all the leaks, the Galaxy Note 9 has also been showcased in several teasers released by Samsung itself. However, leaks are still pouring in tipping the expected specifications and features of the upcoming handset. A recent leak has suggested that the Galaxy Note 9 will have AI-based features. Samsung will also reportedly give early Galaxy Note 9 buyers a choice between the AKG Y50 Bluetooth wireless headphones and 15000 Fortnite V-Bucks. Additionally, a leak has also suggested the features of the S Pen stylus that will reportedly also be sold standalone by Samsung.
As per a post by a tipster on Reddit, citing an unnamed Samsung trainer, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will come with AI-based features that will be able to optimise the camera based on the subject detected, such as landscape, portrait, food, and more. The new camera is also said to have speech bubbles that pop out if it detects an image having any imperfections such as “blurriness, eyes blinking, and hand shaking too much.”
According to the Reddit user, pre-order offers on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 include wireless noise-cancelling headphones from AKG worth $299 or the Fortnite package. Also, buyers would be given the option to get both if they pay $100, the user added. This piece of information has been reaffirmed by an image of Galaxy Note 9 Value Pack retail box shared by Dutch site Techtastic. The retail box includes the AKG headphones along with a car mount.
The leaks suggest that the S Pen stylus in Galaxy Note 9 will let users double tap a button to flip camera mode via by doubling as a remote shutter. Also, the S Pen will be able to deliver up to 30 minutes of use by charging for just 40 seconds. Also, the leak suggests that S Pen will come in different colour options and Samsung will separately sell different colour styli. However, there is no information on the pricing. The colour of the stylus is also said to determine the colour of the on-screen memo font.
Also, when it comes to Samsung Dex, the Galaxy Note 9 will reportedly be able to enter Dex mode without a dock, just by using a USB Type-C to HDMI cable. The display of the Galaxy Note 9 will be 6.4-inch but the footprint of the smartphone will remain the same as the Galaxy Note 8, the Reddit user added.
Meanwhile, a new report has hinted at the features of the S Pen stylus that will arrive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. As per a WinFuture report, the S Pen will get Bluetooth support, a feature that has been suggested in leaks multiple times. The report says that the button at the top of the stylus can now be used for the first time as a remote control for the smartphone. The report claims that the S Pen can be used to trigger images, remotely control presentations, or even operate other apps without having to touch the handset itself. The images leaked in the report suggest that the stylus comes with a finer tip and now supports 4,096 levels of pressure for a very precise control over your drawings or hand-written messages.
The list of YouTube Signature Devices includes as many as 18 Android smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 not just has top-notch specifications but is also touted to be a “YouTube Signature Device” for 2019. Samsung at the Galaxy Note 9 event in New York revealed the latest achievement. Following the formal announcement made on stage in Brooklyn, New York, a YouTube Device Report emerged that highlights the Galaxy Note 9 as well as some other premium smartphones as “Signature Devices” that are claimed to deliver the “best-in-class YouTube experience”. Interestingly, while the report includes models such as the Google Pixel 2 XL, HTC U12+, and OnePlus 6- alongside the Galaxy Note 9 as the leader, it doesn’t mention any iPhone model – not even the top-end iPhone X.
YouTube in the Device Report states that to qualify as a Signature Device, the handset must support high dynamic range (HDR), 360-degree video playback, high frame rate (greater than 60 frames per second), reliable DRM performance, 4K decoding, and use next-generation video codecs along with hardware VP9 profile 2 decoding. “We’ve worked with manufacturers to verify these devices meet or exceed our performance expectations,” the team writes in the report.
The list of YouTube Signature Devices includes as many as 18 Android smartphones. There are models such as the Galaxy Note 9, Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, HTC U12+, OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ, Xiaomi Mi 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Google Pixel 2 XL, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and LG V30.
However, there isn’t any iPhone model, as noted by The Verge. The prime reason behind the absence of the Apple iPhone models in the list of YouTube Signature Devices is the lack of VP9 video codec support that has been developed by Google to enable a high-quality video playback experience. The lack of VP9 support notably prevents Safari users from watching YouTube videos in 4K.
It is unclear whether the 2018 iPhone models will come with necessary hardware and software support to reach the list of YouTube Signature Devices in the future. This also isn’t likely to be a major factor to influence customers. Having said that, companies such as Samsung are likely to use the latest development to market their offerings including the newly launched Galaxy Note 9.
Redmi Note 5 Pro has gone on sale in India today, via Flipkart and Mi.com. While Friday is a weekly flash sales day for Chinese electronics firm Xiaomi, which also holds its Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A flash sales on the day. Thanks to the Flipkart Big Freedom Sale, all three are available to buy without flash sales. At the time of writing, the 6GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro had gone out of stock on both Flipkart and Mi.com. The very popular Redmi 5A will also be made available for what XIaomi calls “pre-orders” on Mi.com at 12pm IST. Xiaomi as part of its own Independence Day Sale has put the Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A models on sale on Mi.com, however, they are yet to be made available on Flipkart at the time of writing.
While the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s popularity in India was seen recently with its second rank in Q2 India smartphone shipments report, it is set to be upstaged by the Xiaomi Mi A2. The second generation in Xiaomi’s Android One family, the Mi A2 was launched in India just yesterday. Priced at Rs. 16,999 for its 4GB/ 64GB model, it takes on the top model (6GB/ 64GB) of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which shares the same Rs. 16,999 price tag. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports inferior Snapdragon 636 compared to the Snapdragon 660 on the Mi A2.The Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage mode and it was launched back in February this year. It will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. On Mi.com, the company is touting a Rs. 2,200 cashback with up to 4.5TB additional data on Jio, as well as a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music.
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On the other hand, the Redmi 5A was launched in November last year. As we mentioned, the budget smartphone will go up for pre-orders on Mi.com from 12pm IST. 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 will be available in Blue, Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. 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. These pre-orders are said meant to be a way to avoid the hassle of flash sale, and instead book the smartphone with full payment at the time of ordering – the company then assures a delivery time of 5 business days.
Xiaomi has put its Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A series of televisions up for sale today as well, via both Flipkart and Mi.com. Starting with the cheapest, the 32-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4A price in India is Rs. 13,999, and on Mi.com the company is offering free 3-month subscriptions to Hungama Play and Sony LIV on Mi.com, apart from a JioFi cashback offer. The 43-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4A price in India is Rs. 22,999, and it comes with the same offer on Mi.com, while the 55-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4 price in India is set at Rs. 44,999, but forgoes the JioFi cashback offer seen with the other two TVs. At the time of writing, the 55-inch Mi TV 4 was sold out on Flipkart.
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Honor just announced on its Weibo account that the Note 10 will be unveiled in Beijing on July 31. The event will be exclusively for the Chinese market, with the global event taking place in Berlin on August 30, as we already told you yesterday.
The post says to prepare for an AI flagship with big screen that will arrive in just 10 days. Size-wise the display is rumored to be AMOLED panel by Samsung with a 6.9” diagonal. According to a leaked photo from earlier this week, the Honor Note 10 is expected to have tiny bezels on top and bottom and even tinier on the sides.
The phone also popped up on Geekbench with Kirin 970 chipset by HiSilicon, coupled with 6 GB RAM. The OS is Android 8.1, likely with the latest EMUI version on board. Since the phone is going to be a massive slate, we expect it to have a huge battery supporting Super Charge.