Following the recent devastation of floods in the Indian state of Kerala, smartphone brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and Honor has come forward to reach out to people in these affected areas. Earlier we have seen companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, Amazon, and telecom operators like Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea Cellular offering services for the support for these people.
South Korean giant Samsung has deployed its Customer Service Vans in Kerala and has set up a relief camp as part of its efforts to help the people. The relief camp will provides supplies of mobile charging stations, refrigerators to store their food items and medicines, microwave ovens to warm the food. Additionally, the company is also providing mobile phones and tablets for free voice and video calling so that people can connect with their relatives and loved ones.
Xiaomi was the first extended its support to flood-hit Kerala. Manu Kumar Jain, Vice president of Xiaomi and Managing Director of Xiaomi India said that the company has sent thousands of fully charged Mi PowerBanks and 250kg+ of food items & toiletries to the relief camps.
Xiaomi is also waiving off all labour charges for repairs specially for water damaged devices and giving heavy discounts (up to 50%) on spare parts. All the 27 service centres are operational for the Kerala Mi Fans, he wrote on this Facebook account. These offers and services are valid till August 31 as of now.
* Waiving off all labour charges for repairs, specially water damaged devices.
* Heavy discounts (upto 50%) on spare-parts.
* All 27 service centers are operational.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 23, 2018
Huawei & Honor has also joined the bandwagon offering to repair all the water damaged Honor smartphones till August 31. P Sanjeev, Vice President of Huawei Honor tweeted that users can reach out the service centres through the toll-free number 1800-210-9999.
#Honor stands with the residents of Kerala in these tough times. We are offering 100% free repair to our customers whose phones have been damaged due to the floods at our service centres from 21st Aug-31st Aug. Reach out to us at 1800-210-9999 . #HonorCares #KeralaSupport pic.twitter.com/profKIhIGw
— Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) August 25, 2018
— Huawei India (@HuaweiIndia) August 25, 2018
It’s good to see these companies voluntarily come out to help their customers in their times of need. We are expecting more companies to extend their support and services to the people of Kerala.
We urge more brands to join the campaign and offer service offers like this for their customers affected by the Kerala floods.
Featured image source: NDTV
Xiaomi Shows Off 100W Super Charge Turbo, To be seen first on upcoming Redmi flagship!
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is finally back in the innovation game after a while now. This time, they have come up with something in the charging department. A few weeks back, the brand unveiled the fastest wireless charging technology which could output up to 20W.
This time, they have taken the wired charging to the next level by introducing Super Charge Turbo which can offer up to 100W (expected to be 20V/5A). This could charge a 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in just 17 minutes. To put this in perspective, the current leading wired charging is Oppo’s SuperVOOC Flash Charge 50W (10V/5A) and Huawei’s 55W fast charging. This will be twice as fast as the current charging techniques.
Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi has officially teased Super Charge Turbo on Weibo by publishing a video where this new charging technique is compared on a smartphone with 4000 mAh battery against the Oppo R17 Pro which has a 3,700 mAh battery and 50W SuperVOOC flash charge. The Oppo R17 Pro will take around 35 minutes for a complete charge using its SuperVOOC flash charge. Take a look at the video below:
Moreover, Lu Weibing, president of Redmi division has announced that the sub-brand Redmi will be the first from Xiaomi to mass produce and implement the Xiaomi Super Charge Turbo which is quite surprising as the brand has decided to focus on the Redmi lineup more than the original Mi lineup. There were rumors in the past regarding an upcoming flagship Redmi smartphone. This technology will be seen in this next flagship which will be featuring Snapdragon 855 chipset.
There is no exact timeline regarding the arrival of this technology or the smartphone harnessing this feature. We’ll have to wait as of now for the brand to reveal further details. Till then, stay tuned for updates.
Vivo to bring their Sub-brand iQOO to India by June!
This piece of information comes from an anonymous Vivo executive who claims that iQOO will be entering the Indian market in late May or Early June. The brand will debut with the iQOO smartphone and will launch another handset later this year in India.
Both the upcoming smartphones from iQOO will launch as gaming smartphones in India and will compete against the likes of OnePlus handsets. The company plans to price these smartphones between Rs 30,000 and 60,000. The Vivo executive further reveals that a total of four variants of the two iQOO phones will be launched in India.
As for the Vivo iQOO smartphone that was launched in China, it features a 6.41 inch AMOLED display with a dew-drop notch resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.7 percent. It houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and includes a ‘super liquid cooling’ to reduce heat while running heavy graphics-intensive games for long duration. It offers 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage.
There is a triple camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with proprietary dual pixel technology, a 2MP depth sensor and a 13MP wide-angle lens (Sony IMX263) while offering a 12MP selfie camera. It comes with a Multi-Turbo service that includes AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo and Game Turbo to boost the performance. The high-end model is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 44W fast-charging and can fully charge in 45 minutes and 50% in just 15 minutes. The lower variant with a 6GB/128GB configuration lacks the 44W fast-charging and instead comes with a 22.5 W charging support. All the variants run on FunTouch OS based on Android 9 Pie.
As of now, Vivo has not announced or teased the launch of its iQOO sub-brand in India. We expect the teasers to arrive sometime in next month.
Xiaomi’s Black Shark Sets up HQ in India, New Launch Expected!
Xiaomi‘s very own sub-brand dedicated for gaming, Blackshark is all set to expand its business to India. Blackshark is known for its gaming-centric smartphones which offer flagship specifications along with efficient cooling mechanisms in order to avoid thermal throttling and hence maintain the performance of the device.
Smartphone gaming is booming in India where games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 is being actively played by the millennials in the country. Xiaomi’s move of bringing Black Shark to India is indeed a clever move and we expect it to be received well in the market.
The brand’s VP David Li has announced that he will be managing the overall operations of the sub-brand in India. Now that the brand has officially established its presence in India, it’s ensured that the next Blackshark device would make its way to India.
A new Black Shark device code-named Black Shark Skywalker was spotted on Geekbench a few months back. The device comes with ‘msmnile” chipset which is the codename of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Along with the 7nm Soc, it will be coupled with 8GB RAM. The device managed to score 3,494 and 11,149 on single core and multi-core tests respectively.
This leaked device might actually be the upcoming gaming Black Shark device. The previous generation Black Shark device, Black Shark Helo comes with 6-inch AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution. It packs Snapdragon 845 processor, 6/8/10 GB RAM variants, 128/256 GB internal storage, dual 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras, 20 MP front camera, and 4000mAh battery.
A bump in the overall specifications is expected from the Black Shark Helo. The chipset supports 5G connectivity but the decision to include the 5G supported X50 modem depends on the brand. Xiaomi will be sending out invites for the launch event for this new Black Shark device in the upcoming days. Till then, stay tuned for updates.
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