After dominating the Indian smartphone market for four consecutive quarters, Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi announced that it will manufacture its popular Mi LED TVs in the country.
Xiaomi has partnered Noida-based Dixon Technologies to locally manufacture Mi LED TVs at the state-of-the-art facility in Tirupati which was inaugurated by state Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
“I have a vision of making Tirupati an IT Hub, offering a one-stop solution for leading electronics players encompassing the entire life cycle of and ecosystem in electronics from design to death,” Naidu told the gathering here.
“I am delighted to welcome Xiaomi, the undisputed leader of ‘Smart TVs’ in India, along with Dixon Technologies to the holy city of Tirupati and to the family of other leading electronics players that will help showcase the state as an example of transparent governance,” the chief minister added.
The 32-acre Mi LED TV manufacturing plant now employs more than 850 people. The factory will be able to produce 100,000 Mi LED TVs per month by the first quarter of 2019, the company said.
“After a successful smartphone journey, we are beginning a new chapter with Mi LED TV manufacturing in India.
“We are already the number one ‘Smart TV’ brand in India, and we hope that with our increased focus on local manufacturing, we would be able to increase our supply and reach out to many more Mi Fans,” Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, told reporters here.
The new plant will start local assembly with Mi LED Smart TV 4A 80cm (32-inch) and Mi LED Smart TV 4A 180cm (43-inch) for now.
Mi LED TV has become the top “Smart TV” brand in India, according to market research firm IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker 2018Q2”.
“Our target is to get an ecosystem in state where $250 billion worth of electronics manufacturing will happen, which is half of the country’s consumption of electronics in India every year,” noted state IT Minister Nara Lokesh.
Xiaomi in 2015 announced that it was going to manufacture smartphones locally in India. Today, Xiaomi has six smartphone manufacturing plants in the country in Sri City (Andhra Pradesh), Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu) and Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and its first powerbank plant, also in Noida.
Currently, over 95 per cent of Xiaomi smartphones sold in India are made locally.
The company has also ventured into the smart home category in India, by introducing air and water purifiers, projectors, security cameras, televisions and kitchen equipment, among others.
Xiaomi has announced a new generation of AndroidTV-integrated ‘Mi LED TVs’ with voice assistance, Mi Air Purifier 2S and Mi Home Security Camera 360 with “talk-back” feature at affordable prices.
At present, the company has four “Mi Home Experience Stores” in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi and 36 “Mi Home” stores across India.
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With the purpose of strengthening its offline network further, Xiaomi aims to open 100 “Mi Home” stores in 2018.
Infinix S4 Smartphone With Triple Rear Cameras, X Band 3 Fitness Band Launched
Infinix S4 has now been launched in India, after the launch of the Smart 3 Plus last month. The phone sports a triple rear camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a waterdrop-style notch. The Infinix S4 key features include the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, a 6.21-inch large display, Android 9 Pie software, a 32-megapixel selfie sensor, and a 4,000mAh battery. The company also launched the X Band 3 fitness band alongside the smartphone, and it comes with real-time heart rate monitoring and up to 20-day battery life.
Infinix S4, X Band 3 price in India
Infinix S4 is priced in India at Rs. 8,999. The phone will be available on Flipkart from May 28 at 12pm (noon) IST. It will be available in Nebula Blue, Space Grey, and Twilight Purple colour options. The X Band 3, on the other hand, is priced in India at Rs. 1,599 and will be available on Flipkart from June 4.
Infinix S4 specifications
As for specifications, the dual-SIM Infinix S4 runs on Android Pie-based XOS 5.0. The phone features a 6.21-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 2.5D curved glass display protection. The phone is powered by the 2GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Internal storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further using a dedicated microSD card (up to 256GB).
The triple rear camera setup at the back houses – a primary 13-megapixel snapper with f/1.8 aperture, another 8-megapixel 120 degrees ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a last 2-megapixel camera as well. The rear setup is accompanied by a Quad-LED flash. Up front, the Infinix S4 will have a 32-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and screen flash. Features include auto scene detection across eight modes including portrait, text, night, backlight HDR, blue sky, sports and others.
The phone packs a 4,000mAh battery, the dimensions measure at 156x75x7.9mm, and it weighs 155 grams. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v5, Micro-USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3.5mm audio jack, and more. The phone supports Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor as well. Sensors on board include a G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, and compass.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Announced With Improved Camera and More
Google is bringing the second edition of its eye-wearable device — Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, with improved camera, USB Type-C port and safety frames.
Google Glass is a small, lightweight wearable computer with a transparent display that brings information into your line of sight.
“Glass Enterprise Edition 2 helps businesses further improve the efficiency of their employees,” Jay Kothari, Project Lead, Glass at Google, wrote in a blog post on Monday.
To enable significant power-saving, support for computer vision and advanced Machine Learning (ML) capabilities, the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform that comes with a multi-core CPU.
The company says, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is easier to develop for and deploy. In order to support scaled deployments, Google has also added support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management to the wearable.
The price of the second edition of Google Glass remain undisclosed as of now.
“Enterprise businesses interested in using Glass Enterprise Edition 2 can contact our sales team or our network of Glass Enterprise solution partners starting today.
We’re excited to see how our partners and customers will continue to use Glass to shape the future of work,” Kothari added.
In August 2017, Streye, a “Glass for Work” partner started selling the eye-wearable device Google Glass Enterprise Edition starting from $1,829 (roughly Rs. 1.3 lakhs).
Google sells the eye-wearable device with “Glass for Work” partners which are authorised to develop and deliver enterprise solutions for Glass customers.
The device has been known to be helping scientists study brain disease, during emergency and teach Morse code in four hours.
The first Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.
People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns. The built-in camera raised privacy and piracy issues too.
Juhi Chawla supports her kids dreams
Actress Juhi Chawla says her son Arjun is good at mimicking accents and that he is hilarious, so sometimes she feels that he can probably try his hand at acting.
Juhi is currently living out of a suitcase, swinging between Mumbai, Kolkata and the UK where her teenaged children are put up in a boarding school.
In times when star kids have a ready launch-pad for their Bollywood career to take off, Juhi has shared about her children’s interests.
“My small monkey Arjun has clearly told us, ‘Mom don’t even think about it’. With Jahnavi, I’m not so sure. Arjun is quite funny and good with mimicking accents. He’s actually hilarious, so I feel sometimes that he could maybe try,” Juhi said in a statement.
“Jahnavi is an avid reader. If there is anything she likes in this world, and if you ask her what she wants as a gift, it will be a book. She said she wanted to be a writer.
“Then she went through a phase where she said ‘Okay I want to be a model’. Tomorrow she might say ‘I want to be an actress’. Then she might say she wants to drop all this and do sports. I don’t know, but I have learnt one thing that you have to let your children do what they want,” she added.