Earlier we have discussed about the launch date and specs of the Redmi S2, as it was leaked earlier. Today, Xiaomi has officially launched the device in China. Previously criticized for the camera performance, Xiaomi is now focusing on the camera experience, which is evident in devices like Mi Mix 2S and Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The Redmi S2 comes as a selfie centric device. The event was kicked off where the company said that The Redmi S2 is their best Redmi device for selfie ever. The camera quality of the 16MP front shooter was demonstrated with a few selfie shots. It comes with an AI portrait mode and an AI beauty mode.
Xiaomi claims that their new AI algorithm is better at distinguishing the subject and background, which helps in getting better selfie shots. The AI beauty mode helps in highlighting the right areas of the face, making it look more natural.
Another notable feature is the face unlock feature, which comes out of the box. The Redmi S2 has a dual camera setup in the rear, consisting of a 12MP lens with 1.25μm pixel size and a 5MP depth sensor.
In the display department, it comes with a 5.99 inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 × 720 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, as we mentioned in our previous post. Currently the device is launched only in China, and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top. It comes with a 3080 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor in the rear.
Two versions with 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB of RAM and internal storage are on offer. The 3GB version is launched at a price of 999 yuan (Rs. 10,560 approx.) and 4GB version for 1299 yuan ( Rs. 13,735 approx). It is available in Rose gold, Champagne Gold and Platinum Silver colors.
While there is no official confirmation about the global launch of the Redmi S2, there is a rumor which suggest that the device may be launched as an Android One device globally.
Redmi S2 Specifications
- 5.99 inch HD+ display
- Snapdragon 625 SoC
- 3/4GB RAM
- 32/64GB internal storage
- 12+5MP rear camera
- 16MP front camera
- 3080mAh battery
Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5 Launched in India!
It has been a long time since Lenovo launched a smartphone in India. After they are done with bringing Motorola back on the track with the recently launched Motorola One Power, the company has now launched two mid-range smartphones in the country namely the new Lenovo K9 and the Lenovo A5.
The Lenovo K9 comes with a Notchless design with bezels on top and bottom and a fingerprint scanner at the back. The device features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D glass protection on top.
Under the hood, it is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHZ, coupled with Imagination’s PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded further up to 128GB using the hybrid microSD card slot.
In the optics department, the phone gets a 13-megapixel primary shooter along with a 5-megapixel secondary shooter at the back, while we have another dual 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup at the front for selfies. Both the front and rear cameras come with Flash.
On the software front, the Lenovo K9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ZUI and draws its juice from a 3,000mAh battery which is a downgrade over its predecessor K8 which came with a 4000mAh power cell. Furthermore, it carries LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, etc as connectivity options.
As far as the pricing is concerned, the Lenovo K9 is priced at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage and will be sold exclusively via Flipkart in Black and Blue color options.
Lenovo K9 Specifications
- 5.7 inch HD+ display
- Mediatek Helio P22 SoC
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- 13+5MP dual rear cameras
- 13+5MP dual front cameras
- 3000mAh battery
The Lenovo A5 is an entry-level budget smartphone which bears a similar Notchless design and a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS LCD display in an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The handset powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 SoC clocked at up to 1.5GHz, in 2/16GB and 3/32GB RAM and storage variants with a MicroSD card slot for further expansion.
For photography, it comes with a single 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture and auto-focus at the back followed by an 8-megapixel f/2.2 snapper at the front for Selfies.
The Lenovo A5 runs ZUI 3.9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a larger 4,000mAh battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm jack.
The smartphone is priced in India at Rs. 5,999 for the 2/16GB version while the higher end 3/32GB variant is priced at Rs. 6,999, like the K9, this too will be sold via Flipkart in Black and Fine Gold colour options. This phone was launched earlier in China along with Lenovo Z5.
Lenovo A5 Specifications
- 5.45 inch 18:9 IPS HD+ display
- MediaTek MT6739
- 3GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage
- 13MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- 4,000 mAh battery
Honor 8X Launched in India. First Kirin 710 Powered Honor Phone, Prices starts from Rs.14,999!
Honor had launched the Honor 8X and 8X Max a month back in China. Since then, there were leaks and speculations about the global launch of these devices. A few weeks back, Honor had officially confirmed the global launch dates of these new handsets.
The company had teased the Honor 8X’s Indian launch on its official Twitter handle a couple of days back. Today, Honor has finally launched the Honor 8X in an event held in India.
The Honor 8X sports a large 6.5-inch screen with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. The smartphone features a notch on the top of the display. The screen to body ratio of the device is 91% with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is the first smartphone to feature a TUV Rheinland certified display. This certification indicates that display is safe to look at and has passed several tests thrown at it.
The rear side of the device is covered in a 15-layer glare 2.5D glass which has two different textures. Under the hood, it is powered by Kirin 710 processor. The handset packs sufficient 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
In terms of optics, It features a 16 MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera has 20 MP + 2 MP sensors with AI capabilities like scene recognition. As far as the software is concerned, it has Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top. The handset draws juice from a 3750 mAh battery.
The 4 GB RAM variant coupled with 64 GB of internal storage is priced at Rs. 14,999 while the higher 6 GB RAM variant with 64 GB internal storage is selling for Rs.16,999. The highest variant with 6GB of RAM & 128 GB internal storage is available to buy at Rs.18,999. Both the variants will be available to purchase from 24th October on Amazon India & HiHonor store.
Honor 8X Specifications
- 6.5-inch notched display
- Kirin 710 processor
- 4/6 GB RAM
- 64/128 GB expandable storage
- 20 MP + 2 MP dual rear camera
- 16 MP f/2.0 front camera
- Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
- 3750 mAh battery
Coolpad Note 8 Launched in India. Comes with 5.99 inch Display & 4000mAh battery!
Chinese manufacturer Coolpad has launched a new smartphone in the Indian market. Dubbed as the Coolpad Note 8, it succeeds the Coolpad Note 6 launched back in may this year. The phone’s highlights include dual camera setup, Face Unlock and a huge battery. Commenting on the launch, Syed Tajuddin, CEO of Coolpad India said:
After going through a rough phase we are looking forward to make an impact in the Indian market with Coolpad Note 8. This product will also be our first cooperation with Paytm and we are looking forward to make it a mutually beneficial one
The Coolpad Note 8 comes with a 5.99 inch display (without a notch) with a resolution of FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad core MediaTek MTK6750T paired with MaliT860-MP2 GPU. It comes with a single variant with a 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage configuration which can be further expanded upto 128GB via a microSD card.
On the optics department, the device comes with a dual camera setup in the rear with 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and autofocus paired with a 0.3MP secondary camera. The dual cameras are stacked in a vertical arrangement in the middle with the LED Flash in the side. On the front, it offers a 8MP 4P lens with f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calling, The cameras come with features like filters, face beauty, blur mode, panorama mode and more.
The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery which the company claims to offer 200 hours of standby time and 8 hours of talk time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack while sensors on board include proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer and a circular fingerprint sensor at the rear that claims a unlock speed of 0.2 seconds. Additional features include gesture controls and Face Unlock. It measures 151 x 72.5 x 8.3 mm and weigh 185 grams.
The Coolpad Note 8 comes at a price tag of Rs 9,999 for the sole variant and will be exclusively available via Paytm Mall starting today with a Black Piano color option.
Coolpad Note 8 specifications
- 5.99 inch FHD+ display
- MediaTek MTK6750T
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 16MP + 0.3MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 4000 mAh battery
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