Technology News Today, 17 July 2020 Highlights
OnePlus Nord confirmed to feature Snapdragon 765 SoC, quad-camera setup and more
OnePlus is all set to launch its latest mid-range smartphone in India, known as OnePlus Nord. Now, ahead of launch, the company has revealed some key details about the upcoming smartphone. The company has confirmed that the OnePlus Nord will come with a Fluid AMOLED display, which is also present in its flagship range. The smartphone will be loaded with a 90Hz refresh rate and it will come with a peak touch sampling rate of 180Hz. The smartphone will run on the latest version of OxygenOS.
The company has also confirmed that the OnePlus Nord will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G processor along with Adreno 620 GPU. OnePlus Nord will come with up to 12GB of RAM. Furthermore, Nord will be the first OnePlus smartphone to come with Google Comms Suite Integration, meaning that it will feature Messages, Dialer and Duo out-of-the box.
Airtel removes Zee5 Premium Subscription
Here's some bad news for all Airtel prepaid subscribers who were till now enjoying free Zee5 Premium subscription. Airtel is now not offering the Zee5 premium subscription anymore.
However, there is one prepaid plan which still comes with the Zee5 subscription, and that is the newly launched Rs. 289 prepaid plan. Till now, the subscription was offered to all Airtel Thanks users who recharged with Rs 149 and above unlimited recharge plans. Both the Airtel website and the Airtel Thanks app have removed the Zee5 Premium subscription add-on from all of its prepaid plans.
Mi Band 4C with 1.08-inch color display, 50-meter water resistance announced
Xiaomi has announced Mi Band 4C in Taiwan for TWD 495 (roughly Rs. 1,300). The Mi Band 4C comes in black colour with straps in Black, Orange, Green and Blue colours. The wearable is global version of the Redmi Band launched in China in April.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4C features a 1.08-inch square colour display with up to 200 nits brightness, 2D tempered glass. The band is packed with 130mAh battery which the company claims to offer up to 14 days of battery life.
Mi Band 4C comes with a built-in charging port that plugs into a USB-A port on the charger, laptop or PC. It has 5ATM (50 meter) water resistance, similar to the Mi Band 4.
Nubia Red Magic 5S teased with Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset
Nubia Red Magic 5G gaming smartphone was launched earlier this year. Now the Nubia Red Magic 5S will be launched soon as a new version of the Nubia Red Magic 5G that debuted with Snapdragon 865 SoC onboard.
Nubia President Ni Fei in a Weibo post has teased the arrival of a new Red Magic gaming phone. The post says that the smartphone will be launching as Red Magic 5S. The ‘beyond Plus’ text in the post suggests that it will pack the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC with 3.1GHz clock rate.
Samsung launches Portable SSD T7 and 870 QVO SSD in India starting at Rs 9,999
Samsung has today announced the launch of its new range of storage devices – Portable SSD T7 and 870 QVO SSD in India. Available in Metallic Red, Indigo Blue and Titan Gray, the Portable SSD T7 is priced at Rs 9,999 for 500GB, Rs 17,999 for 1TB, and Rs 29,999 for 2TB.
The internal 870 QVO SSD comes in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB models which will retail at Rs 9,999, Rs 19,999, Rs 39,999 and Rs 74,999 respectively.
The Samsung Portable SSD T7 is available across retail channels, online and offline. The internal SSD 870 QVO will be available across retail channels, online and offline from July 20, 2020.
Facebook Messenger copies Zoom, introduces screen sharing feature
Facebook Messenger has again copied a feature from the popular video-conferencing application, Zoom. The brand has introduced a new screen sharing feature, which is already available on Zoom. The company has rolled out the new feature on its mobile platforms. The new screen sharing feature allows users to share their phone screens with family and friends. With this, users will get the live view of whatever other person is doing on their smartphones. Users can share the screen one-on-one or in a group video call with up to eight people and up to 16 people in Rooms while using Messenger on their mobile devices.
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Moto E7 spotted on Canadian Carrier website
Motorola seems to be gearing up for a launch of a new E-series smartphone - Moto E7. The phone has been spotted on the website of Canadian carrier Freedom Mobile. It is priced at CAD 189 (roughly Rs 10,400) in the listing.
The company has however not officially announced any pricing or the launch date of the Moto E7. Read More: Moto E7 appears on Canadian Carrier website, reveals price and key specs
Whirlpool launches in-built heater washing machines in India
Whirlpool has launched a wide range of fully automatic top load washing machines with advanced inbuilt heater technology in India. The washing machines are available online at the company's website and across India in capacities of 6.5 kg and above at a starting price range of Rs 18,000.
Whirlpool’s range of washing machines come with NABL Certified Antibacterial Cycle. This feature helps remove up to 99.9% harmful bacteria and allergens from the clothes at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. This special Anti-bacterial cycle by Whirlpool is tested and approved as per global sanitization protocol NSFP172.
Samsung Galaxy M31s likely to launch in India later this month
Samsung Galaxy M31s is tipped to launch in India later this month. The phone will be successor of Samsung Galaxy M31 that was unveiled earlier this year in February.
As per a report by IANS, Samsung Galaxy M31s will be launched in India later this month. The phone will go on sale in August via Amazon, along with Samsung's other retail platforms. The report further reveals that the phone will be priced at around Rs 20,000 in India.
Honor ViewPad 6, ViewPad X6 announced
Honor has today announced the launch of its latest tablets. The brand has introduced Honor ViewPad 6 and Honor ViewPad X6 in the country. The Honor ViewPad 6 comes with a price tag of 1,299 Yuan (approx. Rs 13,900) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 1,399 Yuan (approx. Rs 15,000) for 4GB RAM + 64GB model, 1699 Yuan (approx. Rs 18,200) for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage mode. The company has also introduced 4G model for 1,599 Yuan (approx. Rs 17,000) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB option and 1899 Yuan (approx. Rs 20,410) for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage option.
The Honor ViewPad X6 comes with WiFi and LTE models. The WiFi models start at 1,099 Yuan (approx. Rs 11,810) for 3GB + 32GB, 1199 Yuan (approx. Rs 12,800) for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. The LTE model comes with a price tag of 1199 Yuan (approx. Rs 12,900) for 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage.
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Realme X2 now gets 8GB RAM, 256GB storage in India
Realme has launched a new variant of Realme X2 in India. The smartphone now gets 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The price of this variant is not known at the moment but the company has revealed that it will go on the 21st of July at 8 PM.
Realme X2 is currently available in three variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB, 6GB RAM + 128GB, and 8GB RAM +128GB priced at Rs 17,999, Rs 19,999 and Rs 20,999 respectively.
Moto G8 Power Lite gets a price hike
Moto G8 Power was recently launched in India at Rs 8,999 for the sole 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant but now its price has been increased bu Rs 500.
The key features include huge 5,000mAh battery, triple rear cameras and a 6.5-inch 20:9 Max Vision display. It comes in Arctic Blue and Royal Blue colour options.
Budget Laptop: Intel or AMD based processor?
As people buy more powerful laptops, the difference between Intel and AMD thins out. As both, for their phenomenal prices, give similar performances. However, in the budget segment, you may have to make a tough decision when deciding which CPU to choose.