Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is the next big bet from the Chinese smartphone maker in the budget segment and the biggest highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro are its quad cameras (dual cameras on both sides). This means that Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro has become the first smartphone from the company to come with dual cameras both at the front and back. Moreover, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is the successor of the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro and comes with a host of upgrades such as a bigger display, MIUI 10 out of the box and more.
While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro has been launched in Indonesia with prices starting from IDR 28,99,000 (roughly Rs. 14,500) for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version with the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version being priced at 32,99,000 (roughly Rs. 16,500), the smartphone will be available in Black, Blue, and Rose Gold colour options.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch and expected price in India
Coming to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch, there has been no official word from the company, however, with the Redmi Note 5 Pro still being a popular smartphone in India, Xiaomi is highly likely to launch its successor soon. It could also be a good time for Xiaomi to come with segment-leading features in the budget category since the competition has increased multifold.
That said, the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in India in February 2018 and Xiaomi might launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro same time next year. However, it is highly unlikely to happen. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro has already been unveiled and by February, its competitors could come up with something better in the same segment, thus, Xiaomi has to introduce its new budget smartphone soon, in India.
There have also been reports that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch might happen this month itself and if this happens, the device will also get a boost in sales due to the festive season.
This brings us to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India. Xiaomi is expected to price its new smartphone in the sub-Rs. 20,000 segment but it already has the Poco F1 with flagship processor in India which is priced near the Rs. 20,000 mark. On the other hand, the Mi A2 was recently launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 16,999 and it is also doing well in terms of sales. This hints towards the fact that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India will be closer to the Rs. 15,000-mark in India but it won’t be an easy task since the smartphone comes with a lot of class-leading features. Moreover, the company might have to go with a similar pricing as that of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro features a 6.26-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080 pixels) display offering 19:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm processor under the hood clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with Adreno 509 GPU. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with 3GB / 4GB of RAM with 32GB / 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB with microSD.
For optics, the Redmi Note 6 Pro features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.4µm pixel size, Dual PD focus, dual-tone LED Flash and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor with AI dynamic bokeh mode. At the front, there is a 20-megapixel camera with Sony IMX376 sensor and secondary 2-megapixel camera with AI portrait selfie mode.
While the device runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10 out of the box, it supports hybrid dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) connectivity. Other features of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro include an infrared sensor, fingerprint sensor, face unlock, dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), GPS + GLONASS and a 4000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy A80 With Rotating Camera, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Launched
Samsung Galaxy A80 was launched on Wednesday at an event in Thailand. It features a 48-megapixel primary camera. The Galaxy A80 also sports a full-HD+ Super AMOLED display and comes with Dolby Atmos audio integration. The Android Pie-based Samsung phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Of course, the biggest highlight of the Samsung Galaxy A80 is its rotating camera – the form factor helps in two ways, first, enabling a notchless display, and second, making the high resolution rear camera usable for selfies. The company is also touting the ‘intelligent battery’ that learns the user’s routine to optimise battery life, and also supports 25W ‘Super-Fast Charging’ tech. At the launch event, Samsung also revealed the availability of the Galaxy A70 it had unveiled last week. Read on for more details about the Samsung Galaxy A80 price, release date, specifications, and more.
Samsung Galaxy A80 price, release date
The Samsung Galaxy A80 price has been set at EUR 649 (roughly Rs. 50,500). The company added the smartphone will be available in Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black colour variants, with the first two having pearlescent effects. The Samsung Galaxy A80 will go on sale from May 29, in markets across Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Middle East, New Zealand, and Russia. We can expect the Samsung Galaxy A80 price in India to be along the same lines as Europe pricing, though for now, an India release date has not been specified.
At the launch event, Samsung also announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy A70 that it had unveiled last week. It will go on sale from April 26, in Black, Blue, Coral, and White colour variants.
Samsung Galaxy A80 specifications
The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy A80 runs Android 9.0 Pie with the company’s One UI on top. It sports a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED ‘New Infinity Display’ with a 20:9 aspect ratio and no notch. It is powered by the newly unveiled Snapdragon 730G SoC, an octa-core processor with two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.7GHz. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone sports an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Coming to the highlight of the smartphone, it’s rotating camera with a triple camera setup. It features a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, a secondary 8-megapixel camera with an ultra wide-angle lens (123-degrees), an f/2.2 aperture. There is also a 3D depth camera on board. An IR sensor rounds off the optics. As for selfies, when the user selects selfie mode, the three cameras automatically pop-up and rotate to the front. Other features on the Samsung Galaxy A80 include Super Steady video mode, Scene Optimizer with detection for 30 scenes, and Flaw Detection.
There is 128GB of inbuilt storage, which isn’t expandable via microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy A80 sports a 3,700mAh battery with 25W Super-Fast Charging support. It measures 165.2×76.5×9.3mm. Other features on the smartphone include Bixby, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, and Samsung Knox. The company is also boasting of an Intelligent Performance Enhancer that uses AI for performance optimisation. The Bixby Routines feature looks to automate daily tasks by learning user patterns.
Finally, the Galaxy A80 also features Dolby Atmos technology for improved audio output with headphones or Bluetooth speakers.
Commenting on the launch, DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said, “The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their passions. The Galaxy A80 offers premium features for digital natives who want to fully engage in the Era of Live.”
Acer Nitro 7 Slim Gaming Laptop Launched, Nitro 5 Series for Casual Gamers Updated
At Acer’s annual hardware event, the company has launched a bunch of new products, while refreshing some of its existing lineup. One of the new launches is the Acer Nitro 7 gaming laptop, which boasts of a metal design, a slim body measuring 19.9mm in thickness, and up to seven hours of battery life. The company has also refreshed its existing Nitro 5 gaming laptop, which now boasts of an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the 7.18mm narrow display bezels.
Both the Acer laptops share many of the underlying technologies such as CoolBoost, which features a dual exhaust system for keeping temperatures down when gaming. The NitroSense software allows users to visualise component temperature, loading performance, power usage, and more on both series. The Nitro 7 and Nitro 5 also feature Killer Ethernet E2500 networking card and Acer’s Network Optimizer to prioritise gaming traffic and Waves MaxxAudio for better sound.
Acer Nitro 7 specifications, pricing and availability
The new Nitro 7 features a metal chassis that is less than 20mm in thickness, making it quite slim. It features a 15.6-inch display with 144Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time. It’s powered by 9th generation Intel Core CPUs and the latest Nvidia GPUs, up to two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 with up to 2TB of mechanical storage and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM.
The Acer Nitro 7 is available now in the US, starting at $1,000 (roughly Rs. 69,500). It will also be available in China and EMEA regions starting May and June respectively.
Acer Nitro 5 specifications, pricing and availability
The Acer Nitro 5 is available with a full-HD IPS panel in either a 17.3-inch size with slim borders or a 15.6-inch display size. It too packs in the latest 9th generation Intel Core processors, latest Nvidia GPUs, up to two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0, up to 32GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MU-MIMO antennas.
The Acer Nitro 5 is available from April in the US for a starting price of $800 (roughly Rs. 55,650). It will also be available in China and EMEA regions from May 2019.
Finally, Acer also announced the Nitro Stream, which is a dedicated streaming PC with a built-in capture card for streaming PC and console games. Specifications include an 8th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 32GB of RAM, 256SSD and a in-built capture card. The PC is also compact enough to be mounted at the back of a monitor using the VESA mount standard. Pricing details and availability aren’t mentioned as of now.
Google Home Can Now Remotely Enable Do Not Disturb Mode on Phones
Google has quietly rolled out a new feature and a behavioural change for the Google Assistant on Google Home smart speakers. Starting with the new feature, users can now activate the Do Not Disturb mode on their smartphone by just saying asking the Google Home speaker to do so via relevant voice command. As for the behavioural change, the Google Home no longer vocally recites every step it is performing that is part of a routine set by users. However, it is not clear when the aforesaid changes went live.
Android Police reports that the Google Home no longer recites every single step of a routine. Earlier, the Google Assistant would alert users about every step of a routine that was in progress. But now, individual steps in a pre-specified routine are not accompanied by a vocal cue every time a routine is executed. However, individual commands that need the Google Assistant to respond vocally as well as standalone actions will still be accompanied by a vocal response.
Moreover, another report from Android Police states that the Google Assistant will now enable the Do Not Disturb mode on a linked smartphone via relevant voice command. For example, users can ask the Google Home to “silence my phone” or “activate DND mode on my phone” to enable the Do Not Disturb mode.
But in case the Google account being used for the Google Home is linked to multiple smartphones, users will have to specify the device, on which they want to enable the DND mode. As per Google’s support page, users can also choose to activate DND mode on all devices in a network via voice command. However, it is not clear when the aforementioned changes went live, or if it is available to only a small set of users in certain regions.