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Xiaomi Launches Redmi S2 in China, Comes with AI Selfie & Dual Cameras!

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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.

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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
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Vivo Y91 Launched in India. Dew Drop Notch, Helio P22 & Dual Cameras!

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Vivo today silently launched its Vivo Y91 smartphone in the Indian market. The Chinese manufacturer launched the budget smartphone in the Philippines last year in November and in Pakistan last month. It is also just a downgraded Vivo Y93, which launched earlier last year (just the difference in RAM!).

Coming to the specifications, the Vivo Y91 features a 6.22 inch Halo FullView display with a waterdrop notch, a resolution of HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) and an 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It is available in 2GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage variant that can be further expanded up to 256GB.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup in the rear of a 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering an 8MP on the front for selfies and video calling. The front camera supports Portrait mode and Face Unlock though there is a rear fingerprint sensor. The dual SIM handset runs on Fun Touch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery supported by a smart power management feature. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GOS and GLONAS and a micro-USB 2.0 port.

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The Vivo Y91 comes at a price tag of Rs 10,999 ($155 approx) for the single variant but it might be a introductory pricing and may sell at a Rs 11,990 ($169 approx) later on. It is currently available for purchase through the official Vivo online store in Ocean Blue and Starry Black color options. It comes bundled with a free pair of Bluetooth earphones.

Jio is offering benifits worth Rs. 4,000 along with 3TB data while Airtel subscribers on the other hand will get instant cashback of Rs 2,000 and 240GB of data. There is also an exchange offer but only for old Vivo smartphones, no-cost EMI and 15 days replacement with the purchase of the phone.

Vivo Y91 specifications

  • 6.22 inch HD+ Halo FullView 19:9 display
  • MediaTek Helio P22 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 2MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • 4,030 mAh battery
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ITel A44 Air Launched in India. Comes with Android Go & Dual Rear Cameras!

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Itel Mobile, one of the youngest player in the Indian smartphone market today unveiled a new entry level smartphone in the sub Rs 5,000 category, Dubbed as iTel A44 Air, it offers features that are offered in the Rs 10,000 price segment and above. And it is an addition to the A44 lineup from iTel (iTel A44, A44 Pro & A44 Power was launched last year in India).

As for the specifications, iTel A44 Air features a 5.45 inch full-screen display with a resolution of 480×960 pixels and 81% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood it is powered by a 1.4GHz chipset and is coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 32GB via a microSD card.

In the optics department, the iTel A44 Air sports an entry-level dual camera setup of 5MP camera paired with a 0.08MP camera for depth sensing. The company claims that the cameras use AI to enhance the final output. On the front, it offers a 2MP camera with Face Beauty mode that analyses different lightning conditions for improved camera output.

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Additional cameras include AI Super Night Shot mode, AI HD video recording and portrait bokeh effect. The handset runs on Android 8.1 Android Go edition and is backed by a 2,400 mAh battery. There is support for dual SIM 4G VoLTE across all the operators in the country.

ITel A44 Air comes at a price tag of Rs 4,999 and will be available in Blusher Gold, Elegant Blue and Slate Grey across offline stores across India. The smartphone offers features like Face Unlock and AI dual cameras seen on the higher priced smartphones making it a viable option for the price conscious consumers. ITel is also offering a 100 days replacement warranty on the smartphone.

ITel A44 Air specifications

  • 5.45 inch full-screen display
  • 1.4GHz chipset
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5MP + 0.08MP rear AI cameras
  • 2MP front with Face beauty mode
  • Android 8.1 Android Go edition
  • 2,400 mAh battery
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Honor 10 Lite Launched in India, Comes with Kirin 710 & 24 MP AI Selfie Camera

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Honor launched the Honor 10 Lite two months back in China. Ever since its Chinese launch, there had been rumors regarding the handset’s Indian launch. Last week, the device got teased in Flipkart stating the Indian launch date. Now the wait is finally over and the brand has officially unveiled the device in India.

As stated earlier, the device would retail exclusively on Flipkart. The handset packs some decent specifications and is available at an affordable price point. The Honor 10 Lite comes with a huge 6.21-inch IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels in a 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass on top.

Under the hood, it is powered by the 12-nm based Kirin 710 SoC which the company claims to outperform the Snapdragon 636, Snapdragon 660, and the Mediatek Helio P60.  It is coupled with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, dedicated NPU for AI tasks and GPU Turbo 2.0. The phone comes in three different RAM and storage configurations including 4/64GB and 6/64GB, both of which comes with expandable storage.

In terms of camera, the Honor 10 Lite gets a vertically stacked pair of cameras at the rear, featuring a 13-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture alongside with a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. Whereas, on the front, we have a 24-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The camera app is well-equipped with nifty AI features including AI-based portrait mode and smart scene detection which can recognize and enhance between up to 22 different scenes.

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On the software front, it runs latest Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0.1 layered on top. Fueling the handset is a sufficiently large 3,400mAh battery. The device also packs in Facial recognition for unlocking in addition to the fingerprint scanner given at the back.

There are Gradient Blue, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black colour variants to choose from. It must be noted that the gradient colour is available only in the Sky Blue version. The base variant(4 GB + 64 GB) will be available to purchase at Rs. 13,999, while the 6 GB RAM 64 GB internal storage comes with a cost of Rs. 17,999.

Honor 10 Lite Specifications

  • 6.21-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD Display
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4/6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB Internal storage
  • 13 MP f/1.8 + 2 MP Rear Camera
  • 24 MP f/2.0 Front Camera
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 3,400mAh battery
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