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Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei & Honor Waives Off Service Charges & More for Customers in Kerala

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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.

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.

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.

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Xiaomi Permanently Drops Prices of RN5P, Mi A2 & Redmi Y2

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Xiaomi increased the prices of some of their devices few days ago, but now the company is permanently slashing the prices of three smartphones- Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 to celebrate its number one spot for five consecutive quarters in the Indian market. According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, the Chinese manufacturer has shipped 11.7 million units to become the top brand in India with a market share of 27.3 percent share in the third quarter of 2018.

Xiaomi issue a statement regarding this, which says:

We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter

The company says that the new prices will come into effect across sales platform from 12 pm IST today. Due to the wake of changes in PCBA import taxes and the rupee value against the dollar, the price of the smartphones increased but the new price revision will certainly make the fans happy. Xiaomi is also set to launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India soon so the timing is impeccable.

The new revised prices are as follows:

  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 14,999 is now available at Rs 13,999.
  • Mi A2 (4GB + 64GB) which had a price of Rs 16,999 is now available for Rs 15,999.
  • Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 12,999 is now available at a cheaper price tag of Rs 11,999.
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB + 128GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 16,999 is now available for a price tag of Rs 15,999.
  • Mi A2 (6GB + 128GB) which actually came with a price tag of Rs 19,999, is now available at a price tag of Rs 18,000.
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OnePlus 5G phone will be a New Series, not OnePlus 7

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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently announced that the company will be releasing its 5G ready smartphones next year and everyone assumed it to be the successor of the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7. However the Chinese manufacturer has clarified that the OnePlus 7 is not the 5G phone which means OnePlus will be introducing a new smartphone in early 2019.

The OnePlus spokesperson told CNET that OnePlus 7 will not feature the next-generation 5G technology to keep the cost under control. It will directly compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10, which is said to be the first 5G enabled device from the company. There is no mention of the specs, device or even the name of the smartphone.

Meanwhile Lau has confirmed the launch timeline for the flagship OnePlus 7, which according to him will launch in the first half of 2019. It is not clear yet when the company will be releasing its 5G smartphone. Some speculate that OnePlus will showcase it in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event next year.

The confirmation OnePlus 7T not supporting 5G technology  means that OnePlus will be releasing a new series of smartphone which is likely to be expensive than the current flagship smartphones of the company. It looks like 5G technology will be a new trend of 2019 and we can’t wait to see what it has to offer.

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Samsung Galaxy A70, A90 rumoured to sport the new Inifnity Display (with Notch)

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Samsung Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90 are speculated to be the first devices by the company to feature the new Infinity displays showcased at the Samsung Developers Conference (SDC 2018) last week. The South Korean manufacturer revealed four types of Infinity displays of which three came with various notches.

The two smartphones appears to be the first models to have a display notch since the company has managed without notch by including the Infinity Display design having thin bezels on the side but significant space for front camera and sensors at the top and a chin on the bottom.

Now, Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin claims that the Galaxy A90 and Galaxy A70 sporting the new Infinity Display panels will debut in February next year. They are supposed to be the successors to the Galaxy A7 (2018) and the Galaxy A9 (2018) models which debuted with triple cameras and quad cameras at the rear respectively. They are expected to be priced competitively despite being an upgrade.

Samsung revealed three type of notches: Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O with the letters named after the shape in which they are cut out from the regular screen space. It is not clear which type of design will be included in the Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90. However the company teased its Galaxy A8s with the Infinity-O display hole design. The notchless display is likely available to premium Galaxy Series handsets like the Galaxy S10. Ben Geskin who is known for visualising rumours and leaked design render, recently posted an images showing the four types of new Infinity Display. It gives an idea what to expect from upcoming Samsung devices.

A recent report from South’s Korea’s ETNews claims that Galaxy A family in 2019 will get LCD panel-sporting modes. The current A-series models have an AMOLED display to deliver a comparable experience with vivid colours and deep black levels. The company is also reported planning to stop its Galaxy J series bringing a possibility of new affordable models. The report specified that that Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy 70, Galaxy A80 will come with AMOLED display panels while the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A60 will have LCD panels.

The OLED and LCD models are said to be released in markets like Korea, North America while the LCD models are for the price-sensitive markets like India and some other Southeast Asian markets. The ultimate aim is to bring down the costs of the devices lower than KRW 3,00,000 (Rs 19,300 approx).

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