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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro launched: Price, full specifications, features

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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.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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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.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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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.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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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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