Technology News Today, 21 July 2020 highlights: OnePlus Nord, Realme and more
Netflix starts testing Rs 349 plan in India
Netflix is reported to be testing a new plan for its customers in India. The company is working to bring a new Rs 349 streaming plan for its users in the country. The company is currently testing a new Mobile+ HD plan in the country. The plan will be available for Rs 349 per month. Under this plan, users will be able to watch Netflix on any smartphone, tablet or computer. However, the catch here is that you cannot watch the Netflix content on a Smart TV. Furthermore, the plan also offers HD streaming, however, only one device at a time can watch it.
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BSNL introduces Rs 1,299 broadband plan with 22GB data per day
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced a new broadband plan for its customers. The company has introduced a new 22GB CUL broadband plan for its users in the country. The broadband plan comes with a price tag of Rs 1,299 and it is effective from July 1, 2020. The pack offers 22GB of data per day along with 10Mbps speeds. Once the daily limit is finished, users can still enjoy the internet with reduced speed of 2Mbps. The pack is available for monthly and annual basis. For monthly, users have to shed Rs 1,299. However, with an annual plan, users will have to pay Rs 12,990, thus saving Rs 2,595 as compared to the monthly plan.
Nikon Z 5 camera, Nikkor Z 24-50mm lens launched in India
Nikon has today announced the launch of its latest digital camera in India. The company has introduced Nikon Z 5 camera for the Indian market. Furthermore, the brand has also launched new Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens in the country as well.
The Nikon Z 5 comes with a price tag of Rs 1,13,995 for body only. The Nikkor Z 24-50mm lens is priced at Rs 39,995. The company is also offering Nikon Z 5 Kit with NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Lens for Rs 1,34,995, Z 5 Kit with NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 Lens for Rs 1,71,885 and Z 5 Kit with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens for Rs 1,58,995. The new camera is available with the above-mentioned combinations from Nikon authorized retail stores.
Use Google to read and translate text, now on KaiOS
Google is now bringing a new feature to KaiOS users in India. From today, Google is bringing Google Lens to the millions of Google Assistant users on KaiOS devices in India.
The KaiOS software runs on popular budget phones like the Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 in the country. Within Google Assistant, KaiOS users can now use Google Lens to read, translate and define words in the real word.
HP introduces new gaming portfolio in India
HP has today announced the launch of two new gaming laptops in India. The company has also a new range of accessories that are meant for the gaming community in India. The HP Omen 15 Intel variant is available at a starting price of Rs 79,999, while the AMD variant is available at a starting price of Rs 75,999. HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (Intel) is available at a starting price of Rs 70,999, while the pavilion gaming 16 (AMD) is available at a starting price of Rs 59,999.
HP Omen Vector Mouse is priced at Rs 3,999, while the Omen Exceed backpack comes with a price tag of Rs 5,999. The HP Sombra Black Headset A/P/X1000 Wireless gaming Headset is expected to be available at a starting price of Rs 7,999. Lastly, HP Omen Surpass rolltop is available at Rs 7,999, while the HP OMEN Duffle V1 is priced at Rs 9,999.
Zoom opens a technology center in Bengaluru
Zoom Video Communications has revealed that it will expand its presence in India by opening a new technology center in Bengaluru. The company is also looking to hire key talent over the next few years. The company says that the opening of a new technology center is a part of its strategic investment in India. The company already has an office in Mumbai and two data centers in Mumbai and Hyderabad.
“India is a strategically important country for Zoom and we expect to see continued growth and investment here,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom. “We plan to hire key employees for the technology center over the next few years, pulling from India’s highly-educated engineering talent pool. This facility will play a critical role in Zoom’s continued growth.”
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OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro receive new OxygenOS update
OnePlus has started rolling a new OxygenOS update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone users in India. The update brings new features and optimisations along with July 2020 Android security patch and updated GSM package to both the devices.
The update comes with version number OxygenOS 10.5.10 for the OnePlus 8 and OxygenOS 10.5.12 for the OnePlus 8 Pro. In Europe and North America, the OnePlus 8 is receiving OxygenOS 10.5.9 and 10.5.11 respectively, while OnePlus 8 Pro is getting OxygenOS 10.5.11 in Europe.
Apart from bringing the latest Android security patch, the update also brings support for the upcoming OnePlus Buds, making it easier to take advantage of wireless connection.
OnePlus Nord pricing leaked ahead of today’s launch
OnePlus is all set to launch its latest smartphone, the OnePlus Nord, in India. Now, just a few hours before the launch, the pricing of the upcoming smartphone has been leaked online.
As per the known tipster Onleaks, the OnePlus Nord comes with a starting price of Rs 19,999. The tipster has posted an image of an Amazon listing on OnePlus Nord. The image reveals that the smartphone will be priced at Rs 19,99 and the model will come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
JioMart app for Android and iOS launched in India
Reliance Jio has announced the launch of the app of its newly-introduced JioMart online grocery service. The company has revealed that the new service is currently available in over 200 cities in India and one can now purchase the items directly from the app.
The app is available for download on both Android and iOS platforms. The JioMart app is similar to other applications like Grofers or e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart. Users can add different items in the cart and place orders. Users can also pay using net banking, credit/debit card, COD, PhonePe, Paytm, Mobiwik and so on. The company claims that users will get goods at five per cent below the MRP.
Infinix Smart 4 Plus launched in India
Infinix has today launched Infinix Smart 4 Plus in India for Rs 7,999. The Infinix Smart 4 Plus will be available from Flipkart starting from July 28th. It comes in Midnight Black, Ocean wave and Violet colours.
Infinix Smart 4 Plus features 6.82-inch (1640 x 720 pixels) HD+ 20.5:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved glass display. It is powered by octa-Core MediaTek Helio A25 12nm processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD.
Moto G8 Plus is now receiving Android 10 update
Motorola has started rolling out Android 10 update to its Moto G8 Plus smartphone. The update brings the latest security patch along with bug fixes and improvements. To recall, Moto G8 Plus was launched with Android Pie 9.0 in October last year.
The update is currently rolling out in Spain and Brazil with software version number QPI30.28-Q3-28. It is expected to available in other regions in the coming months.
Oppo K7 5G specs leaked
Oppo K5 smartphone was launched in China last year. Now seems like the company is already working on its successor. Dubbed as Oppo K7 5G, the phone has now leaked online.
The specifications of Oppo K7 5G have been leaked by tipster Digital Chat Station on Weibo, as well as on Twitter. As per the leak, the Oppo K7 5G will come with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ OLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate.
The phone will feature a rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor. It will be powered by Snapdragon 765G SoC. There will be a 4,025mAh battery with 30W fast charging support.
Nubia Red Magic 5S to launch on July 28
Nubia has officially confirmed that the Red Magic 5S will be launched on July 28. Nubia Red Magic 5S will be an upgraded version of the Nubia Red Magic 5G that debuted with Snapdragon 865 SoC onboard.
Nubia President Ni Fei recently started teasing the launch of Red Magic 5S. The phone is confirmed to come with a refresh rate of up to 144Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. It will pack the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC with 3.1GHz clock rate.
Airtel offers Xstream Box at a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500 to its broadband users
Bharti Airtel has announced that it is offering its latest smart set-top box (STB), the Airtel Xstream Box, at a refundable security deposit for its Xstream broadband customers. The company is also offering a discount on its Smart STB for Airtel Thanks users as well. Starting with the broadband users, multiple have received a notification about the new Xstream Box offer on their Airtel Thanks application. Under this offer, Airtel Xstream broadband users can opt for the Airtel Xstream box at a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500.
This means users will get the STB at said price and it will be refunded the user returns it back to the company. Furthermore, customers have to pay a sum of Rs 1951, which includes the security deposit along with a one month package of 129 channels. Interestingly, the company is also offering three months of Zee5 subscription along with one year of warranty with the latest offer.
Realme C11 to go on sale on July 22
Realme C11 and 30W Dart Charge Power Bank will go on sale on July 22 and July 21 respectively from 12:00 noon onwards. The sale will be held on realme.com and Flipkart. Consumers can also purchase the Realme C11 on selected partner stores.
Realme C11 comes with a price tag of Rs 7,499 for the 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone is available in Rich Green and Rich Gray colour options.
The 10000mAh 30W Dart Charge power bank comes with a price tag of Rs 1,999. The power bank comes in Yellow and Black colour options.
Realme C15 confirmed to launch on July 28
Realme is all set to launch a new smartphone under its C-series in Indonesia. The company has revealed that it will be launching Realme C15 smartphone in the country. The brand will launch the said smartphone on July 28. The launch event will be live-streamed on the company's website and its Indonesian social media channels. Realme has also revealed some key details of the upcoming Realme C15 smartphone. The brand has confirmed that the phone will be loaded with a 6000mAh battery. It will also support 18W fast charging technology as well.
Samsung Galaxy A21s receives price cut in India
Samsung Galaxy A21s 6GB RAM + 64GB variant has received a price cut of Rs 1,000 in India. Samsung launched two memory options of Galaxy A21s: 4GB RAM + 64GB and 6GB RAM + 64GB priced at Rs 16,499 and Rs 18,499 respectively. Now after the price cut, the 6GB RAM + 64GB variant is priced at Rs 17,499.
The 4GB + 64GB storage option, however, retails at the same launch price of Rs 16,499. The phone is available across retail stores, Samsung Opera House, Samsung.com and leading online portals. It comes in three colour options namely, Black, Blue, and White. The price cut was first tipped by Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom on Twitter.
OnePlus Nord to launch today in India
OnePlus is all set to launch OnePlus Nord in India today. The launch event will begin at 7.30 P.M IST. It will be world’s first AR smartphone launch in which the viewers will be able to see the launch and they will be able to spend some ‘virtual’ time with the smartphone through augmented reality (AR).
As of now, there is no information on the exact pricing of the device, but it is likely to be priced around Rs 30,000 in India.