Technology News Today, 21 September Highlights: Realme Narzo 20 series, OnePlus 8T
Today Technology News Highlights: Realme Narzo 20 series, OnePlus 8T
Facebook partners with RayBan to launch smart glasses
The social media giant announced its partnership during the AR/VR conference, Facebook Connect, that it will be developing and releasing the Ray-Ban branded smart glasses in 2021. This is the first product under the partnership of Facebook and EssilorLuxottica, which is the parent company of eye-wear brands like RayBan.
There are no additional details available about the smart glasses but Facebook says that consumer smart glasses will be one step in its overall work on AR.
OnePlus 8T October 14 launch date confirmed
OnePlus has today announced it will globally unveil its newest flagship device, the OnePlus 8T 5G, on October 14 at 7:30 pm IST.
The OnePlus 8T 5G launch event will be streamed online on October 14 at 7:30 pm IST on the company website. The phone will be available on Amazon India device as the listing has shown up on Amazon India's homepage.
Poco X3 to have 6000mAh battery
Poco India Twitter account has posted a tweet suggesting that the Poco X3 releasing in India will have 6000mAh battery instead of the 5120mAh present on the global variant. The rest of the specifications of the device are expected to be same as the global variant.
The device is rumored to launch under the Rs 20,000 mark in India.
Oppo Reno 4 Pro MS Dhoni Special Edition launched in India
Oppo has launched a new MS Dhoni Special Edition of its Reno4 Pro smartphone. The new edition will go on sale starting September 24 via Flipkart.
Oppo Reno 4 Pro MS Dhoni Special Edition is priced at Rs 34,990 and comes in single storage of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
The special model comes with a gradient blue back panel that comes with 'MS Dhoni' branding and the signature of the former captain of the Indian cricket team. This new variant of Oppo Reno 4 Pro comes with different packaging and has a blue theme. Oppo Reno 4 Pro MS Dhoni Special Edition has the same specifications as the standard Reno 4 Pro.
Apple iPhone 12 likely to cost way more than iPhone 11
While Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 12 models as early as next month, new reports have surfaced suggesting that price of iPhone 12 will be higher than the iPhone 11.
The reports claim that the price increase is a result of the increase in Bill of material cost for iPhones by $50 (Approx Rs 3700). To save some cost, it has also been reported earlier that starting with iPhone 12, Apple may drop the in-box charger and earphones to save some cost as it has done the same with Apple Watch Series 6 where the charger is now not present in the box. The increased cost is due to the inclusion of the Time-of-flight sensor, the 5G modem, RF, OLED Display and various other components.
Tecno Spark 6 Air 3GB + 64GB storage variant launched in India
Tecno has launched a new variant of Spark 6 Air with 3GB + 64GB Storage in India. The new variant is priced at Rs 8,699 and it comes in Cloud white, Comet black, and Ocean blue colour options.
Tecno Spark 6 Air was originally launched with a 2GB RAM + 32GB variant priced at Rs 7,999 and it comes in two colour options - Comet black and Ocean blue.
Realme C17 goes official
Realme has today launched Realme C17 smartphone in Bangladesh. The Realme C17 is priced at BDT 15,990 (roughly Rs 13,800) for the single 6GB + 128GB variant. It comes in Lake Green and Navy Blue colour options.
Realme C17 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ hole-punch display with 720x1,600 pixels resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 90 percent screen-to-body-ratio and 600 nits maximum brightness. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC coupled with Adreno 610 GPU. Realme C17 runs Realme UI on top of Android 10.
TikTok and WeChat ban on Hold in the US
Trump, in a recent statement to reporters outside of Whitehouse, said that he has given his blessing to the TikTok Oracle deal. The TikTok ban is now being delayed by a week and Trump has said that he has approved the deal in concept.
Whereas, a federal judge in California has also put a hold status on the WeChat ban which means that both these apps will currently stay on App Store and Play Store until further notice.
Both the apps were supposed to be banned in the US by Sunday Afternoon for new downloads.
Realme Narzo 20, Narzo 20A, Narzo 20 Pro launched in India
Realme has today launched Realme Narzo 20 series in India. The series includes three devices such as Narzo 20A, Narzo 20, and Narzo 20 Pro.
Realme Narzo 20A comes in two variants - 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage priced at Rs 8,499 and Rs 9,499 respectively. It will come in Victory Blue & Glory Sliver colour options. The first sale starts on September 30 at 12 PM on Flipkart and realme.com.
The Realme Narzo 20 comes in 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 4GB RAM + 128 GB storage editions priced at Rs 10,499 and Rs 11,499 respectively.. It will also come in same colours as of Realme Narzo 20A -Victory Blue and Glory Silver. The first sale starts on September 28 at 12 PM on Flipkart and realme.com.
Xiaomi has launched a new initiative called Mi Store on Wheels
The new initiative from Xiaomi will bring the Mi Store to its customers with the help of a vehicle that will contain all the products from the Chinese smartphone maker.
The pilot test for the initiative will begin in Chhattisgarh, covering places right from Basna to Sankara and Bhawarpur to Pithora and will later be expanded to more cities.
The MSoW will carry the most famous and latest products from Xiaomi, including the TVs launched by the company
Google Pay rolls out Tap-to-pay feature for Axis and SBI Card on Visa payments network
Google Pay in collaboration with Visa and banking partners today announced the rollout of tokenisation across its platform, enabling its users to safely transact with their cards and use Tap-to-pay feature on NFC-enabled POS terminals and online merchants.
This feature is now available to all users of Axis and SBI Card, with Kotak and more banks expected to follow suit very soon.
Xiaomi's cheapest phone with 108MP camera may launch soon
A Weibo leakster has revealed that Xiaomi might be working on a phone that will feature a 108MP camera and could be the cheapest 108MP camera smartphone by the company.
The leakster has revealed two devices with codenames Gauguin and Gauguim Pro where the Pro variant is supposed to have a 108MP camera and the Non-Pro variant should come with a 64MP camera.
OnePlus 8T expected launch on October 14
The new device under the T series by OnePlus is expected to be launched by the company on October 14 in India. The company confirmed the name of the device being OnePlus 8T on twitter and there's a Robert Downey Jr. Ad making rounds on the internet now.
The OnePlus 8T is expected to have a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate.
It is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 865+ which is the latest from Qualcomm and is also featuring in many other flagships. The device is said to arrive in 2 variants with 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage with storage expansion support.
RealMe Watch S specifications leaked ahead of launch
The new watch by RealMe, the Watch S Pro is slated for launch in Q4 of 2020. It is now being said that another non-Pro variant is also slated for launch under the same watch lineup.
The Non Pro variant of the Watch is expected to have a circular display same as the pro variant and is supposed to be backed by a 390mAh battery with IP68 certification. A heart rate and Sp02 sensor is also expected to be present inside the watch.
LG K42 launched
LG has announced K42 smartphone in the Central America and Caribbean. The company has not announced the pricing yet. It comes in Grey and Green colours options. The phone will soon be going on sale in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
LG K42 features a 6.6-inch HD+ Notch display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. Its back panel has a wave pattern, and comes with an anti-scratch UV coating. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset. The handset comes with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The storage can be further expanded via microSD card slot.
Oppo Reno 4 SE goes official
Oppo has launched a new Reno 4 series smartphone in China which is dubbed as Oppo Reno 4 SE. The phone is another entry in the Oppo Reno 4 series that includes the Oppo Reno 4, Reno 4 Pro, and Reno 4 Pro Artist Limited Edition.
The Oppo Reno 4 SE is priced at 2,499 Yuan (approx. Rs 27,100) for the 8GB + 128GB variant, the 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at 2,799 Yuan (approx. Rs 30,400). The phone comes in Super Flash Black, Super Flash Blue, and Super Flash White colour options.
Vi launches Rs 405 prepaid plan
Vi has launched new prepaid plans for its customers. The plans will enable customers to enjoy one year of ZEE5 premium membership at no additional cost.
The offer is applicable on select data plans starting from Rs 405 and will provide Vi customers access to ZEE5’s premium bespoke content in 12 languages across originals, shows and blockbuster movies. The annual ZEE5 membership is available with Vi data plans with a recharge value of Rs 355, Rs 405, Rs 595, Rs 795 and Rs 2595.