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Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Launched Globally, comes with In-display FP and SD845

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After the Chinese launch back in September, the smartphone giant Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, globally, as scheduled for today at an event held in London, UK.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is the most expensive addition to the Mi-8 series that landed quite a while ago in China. This new flagship comes with 7000-series Aluminum alloy frame followed by a curved glass back having a transparent titanium coloring with highly detailed interiors, reminiscent to the Mi 8 explorers edition. The front as well as the back is protected by 4-sided curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is further adorned with red accents including the red colored camera lining and power button for enhanced looks.

On the front, the Mi 8 Pro gets a large 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution of 2240 x 1080 pixels in an 18:7:9 aspect ratio, thanks to the notch. Unfortunately, the notch here is as large as the one on the Poco F1 but as a counter benefit, it packs in a full-fledged IR-based facial recognition system. The display further houses an In-display fingerprint scanner and supports Always-on functionality.

Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The company has also included an advanced cooling system for better heat management.

In the optics department, the phone packs a dual camera setup at the back, featuring a 12-megapixel Samsung S5K3M3 telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture for 2X optical zoom, paired with the primary 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 wide-angle shooter with  f/1.8 aperture, 1.4um pixels, dual-pixel auto focus and 4-axis OIS. Whereas, we have a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture at the front. Moreover, the device makes use of AI for scene detection and video editing.

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On the software front, it runs on latest MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo and is backed by a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery that supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the Mi 8 Pro is tipped at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 41,300) and will be sold from several retailers including Amazon in a transparent black version alongside a Meteorite black and a Twilight Gold color options.

Additionally, the event also witnessed the launch of budget Redmi 6A mobile phone (at EUR 99), the Xiaomi Band 3 (at EUR 27), and the Mi electric scooter (at EUR 399).

Mi 8 Pro Specifications

  • 6.21-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal storage
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras
  • 20 MP front camera
  • Infrared face unlock
  • MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo
  • 3,000mAh battery
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Honor 10 Lite unveiled in China, comes with SD710 and Dual Rear Cameras

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Just a while ago, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor was found teasing its upcoming Honor 10 Lite smartphone after which we saw the leaked TV commercial that defined the phone as a Youth Edition. That being said, the company has now finally unveiled the device in China, putting a full stop on leaks and rumors.

The all-new Honor 10 Lite comes with a glass sandwich design, aided by an aluminum frame and a little water-drop notch upfront. As for the specs, the device sports a 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 coupled with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU, dedicated NPU for AI tasks and GPU Turbo 2.0. Moreover, the phone comes in three different RAM and storage configurations including 4/64GB, 6/64GB, and 6/128GB with expandable memory up to 256GB via microSD card.

In the Optics department, 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.

Connectivity options onboard include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASS.

As for the price in China, the Honor 10 Lite starts at CNY 1399 (roughly Rs. 14,400) for the 4GB/ 64GB variant while the 6/64GB model is tipped at CNY 1,699 (approximately Rs. 17,500). The top-end model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage has been priced at CNY 1899 (around Rs. 19,500). It will go on sale starting from Nov 22 in Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black color options.

Honor 10 Lite Specifications

  • 6.21-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD
  • Kirin 710 SoC
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB Internal storage
  • 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP Rear Camera
  • 24MP f/2.0 Front Camera
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 3,400mAh battery
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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) launched in India, comes with SD660 and Quad Cameras

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The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2019) debuted as world’s first quad rear camera smartphone last month in Kuala Lumpur after which the Korean smartphone giant officially teased the Indian launch. Following the same, the company has now launched the phone in India, as scheduled for today, at an event held in Gurugram.

Coming to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) comes with a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. It further boasts an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, marketed as Infinity display by the company.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded further up to 512GB via a microSD card.

As mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets a Quad-camera setup at the back, featuring a 24MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP wide-angle lens with a f/2.4 aperture which is further accompanied by a 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto sensor for 2X optical zoom. Whereas, the front bears a 24MP shooter for selfies and video calling. The camera app is equipped with nifty features like customizable Live Focus, AI scene optimizer, AR emojis and more.

On the software front, the handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UX layered on top. Moreover, it is backed by a massive 3,800mAh battery clubbed with fast charging. It also packs in Face unlock feature in addition to the fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include dual-SIM slots, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, as well as a 3.5mm jack.

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As for the price, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2019) starts at Rs. 36,990 for the base variant with 6GB RAM whereas the top-end model with 8GB RAM model costs Rs. 39,990. As expected, the Indian pricing is a lot less than the global one.

The device will go for pre-orders in Bubblegum Pink, Caviar Black, and Lemonade Blue color options starting from Nov 28 across all major online stores including Amazon, Flipkart, Samsung Shop, Paytm Mall and Airtel online Store in addition to the offline outlets. An additional cashback of Rs.3000 will benefit people having HDFC credit or debit cards, while the ones using EMI as a payment option can avail Airtel postpaid plan bundle benefits like unlimited voice calls, national roaming, and a free Airtel TV subscription.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Specifications

  • 6.30-inch display
  • Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 24 MP + 10 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP quad rear cameras
  • 24 MP front camera
  • 6/8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal storage
  • 3800 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
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Black Shark goes Official in Europe! Starts from EUR 469.

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Xiaomi backed Black Shark‘s global website going live last month hinted at an imminent launch outside China. It was reported earlier that the smartphone will launch in Europe on November 16 and finally it is up for sale in the official website of Black Shark. The Black Shark global website has listed the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming smartphone for the European market with different configurations and color options.

The Black Shark Gaming smartphone was launched in April this year in China and features a 5.99 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) which contains support for DCI-P3 Wide colour gamut that goes up to 97 percent and has brightness up to 550 nits. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with Ardeno 630 GPU. The Black Shark is available in two configurations: 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the smartphone sports a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 20 MP sensor and a 12 MP sensor both with f/1.75 aperture and LED flash. The front offers a 20 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calling. The handset runs on Android Oreo and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 support. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass while sensors on-board include Gyroscope, geomagnetic, Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient Light Sensor.

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The European variant is listed in Black and Grey colours. As for the price, the company is offering an EUR 30 (Rs 2,500 approx) discount as part of introductory launch offer bringing the price of the 6GB variant to EUR 469 (Rs 38,500 approx) and the 8GB RAM variant to a discounted price of EUR 519 (Rs 42,500).

Black Shark Specifications

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  • 5.99 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128GB internal storage
  • 20MP + 12MP rear camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
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