Vivo has expanded its portfolio to launch the Vivo V11 in India. The smartphone comes after the Vivo V11 Pro launched earlier this month, and its key highlights include the in-display fingerprint scanner and waterdrop-shaped notch display. The Vivo V11 integrates the waterdrop notch, but sports a rear fingerprint scanner instead. Key highlights of the Vivo V11 smartphone include a vertical dual camera setup, a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display, a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 3,315mAh battery. It will compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), Moto G6 Plus, Poco F1, and Oppo F9 Pro, among others.
Vivo V11 price, release date
Vivo V11 is priced in India at Rs. 22,990, and will be available on the Vivo E-Store, Flipkart and select offline stores from Thursday, September 27 onwards. It has been made available in Nebula Purple and Starry Night Black colour options. The company touts that the smartphone is part of the ‘Make in India’ program, and a slew of launch offers are introduced as well. There’s a flat 5 percent cashback with Capital First, a flat Rs. 2,000 Paytm cashback coupon if purchased using Paytm Mall QR code in offline stores, a flat Rs. 2,000 cashback on HDFC bank credit and debit cards and paper finance, and additional up to Rs. 2,000 off on exchange on Flipkart. Flipkart also offers a buyback guarantee, and a one-time screen replacement in case of screen damage during first six months. No-cost EMI options start from Rs. 1,533 (up to 15 months on Bajaj Finance, Home Credit, Capital First and HDBFS, HDFC paper finance).
Reliance Jio is offering instant benefits worth Rs. 4,050 on recharge of Rs. 198 only, Jio vouchers worth Rs. 1,950, and Jio Platinum Device Security as well. Myntra, Paytm, and Swiggy coupons worth Rs. 2,100 will be made available as well, and these offers will end on September 30. Vivo has also partnered with Vodafone Idea to offer liquid and physical damage with Rs. 499 and above postpaid plans. Prepaid customers get 820GB data while postpaid customers get 600GB data on recharge of Rs. 198 and Rs. 399 plans respectively.
Vivo V11 specifications
The dual-SIM Vivo V11 runs Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo with the company’s Jovi AI Engine. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by Mediatek Helio P60 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB, which is further expandable via microSD card slot (up to 256GB).
In terms of optics, the Vivo V11 bears a dual camera setup with a 16-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, at the front, there is a 25-megapixel sensor that comes with AI-based features. Some listed features include backlight HDR, low-light mode, scene recognition mode, AI face shaping technology, and AI portrait-framing features.
The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,315mAh battery along with 18W quick-charging support. However, it has a Micro-USB port instead of a USB Type-C port. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900
Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.
The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.
The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.
“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.
Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.
As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.
Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.
“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.
Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.
The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Novel device can quickly detect strokes
Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.
A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.
Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.
The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.
“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.
Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”
The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.
“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.
“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.
Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.
Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton
Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.
Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.
“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.
Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.
She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.
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