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Redmi 6 and 6A to Launch in India in September with Mediatek SoCs!

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Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6 series last month in China. The Redmi 6 and the 6A were launched together while the Redmi 6 Pro was unveiled later on. The biggest change from the predecessor Redmi 5 series was switching from Snapdragon to MediaTek chipsets. Now according to a new report, the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A may come to India in September.

In case you forgot, Xiaomi wasn’t actually allowed to use Mediatek chipsets in India. Since 2014 after a court case with Ericsson, Xiaomi was banned from using MediaTek chipsets in their smartphones. The case was settled now, which allows the Chinese smartphone manufacturer to launch devices with MediaTek chipsets in India.

The Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5A was launched last year March and November respectively in India. So it’s highly unlikely the company will launch the upgrades early and will wait till the stocks finish. Unfortunately, there is no word about the Redmi 6 Pro launch in the Indian market as of now.

The Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A feature similar specs with an 5.84 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) ) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Redmi 6 is powered by a Helio P22 SoC while the Redmi 6A houses a Helio A22 SoC. Redmi 6 is available in two configurations: 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage while the Redmi 6A is available only in 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage configuration. All three variants will have expandable memory via microSD card.

The Redmi 6 sports dual cameras in the rear of (12MP + 5MP) configuration while the front will offer a single 5MP camera for selfies and video calling. On the other hand, the 6A offers a single 13MP rear and a front 5MP camera sensor. Though they both feature a rear mounted fingerprint sensor they support Face Unlocking too.

They run on Android 8.1 Oreo with Xiaomi MIUI 9 running on top of it and is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. The Indian prices of the devices are yet to be announced but are expected to be priced similar to the Chinese variants. The Redmi 6 variants cost 799 Yuan (Rs 8,000 approx) and 999 Yuan (Rs 10,000 approx) respectively while the 6A comes at a price tag of 599 Yuan (Rs 6,000 approx).

Redmi 6 Specifications

  • 5.45 inch HD+ display
  • Mediatek A22 SoC
  • 3/4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB internal storage
  • 12+5MP dual rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
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Redmi 6A Specifications

  • 5.45 inch HD+ display
  • Mediatek A22 SoC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery

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Realme U1 to launch in India on Nov 28 as an Amazon Exclusive

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Recently, we heard the rumours of Realme working on a selfie-centric U-series smartphone. Now, before leaks could popularise the device, the company has announced the debut date of the same by putting a teaser on the e-commerce giant Amazon.

As per the landing page on Amazon.in, the Realme U1 is touted to bear the “Most Powerful Selfie Camera Ever” backed by a high-res depth engine with accurate AI detection. Furthermore, it will feature a dew-drop notch and also will be the first smartphone to debut with MediaTek Helio P70 SoC. The device is scheduled to unveil on the 28th of November, at 12:30 PM IST.

To recall, Madhav Seth, CEO, Realme India previously confirmed that Realme would be the first one to make use of new MediaTek Helio P70 chipset built on the 12nm FinFet process. This freshly unveiled chipset bears four Cortex A73  performance cores coupled with four low-powered Cortex A53 cores that are clocked at 2.1GHz along with a dedicated co-processor for performing AI tasks, offering significant improvements concerning performance and efficiency over the Helio P60 used on the first gen Realme 1.

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Apart from the dew-drop notch and chipset, we don’t have much information regarding the device. Although, an earlier GeekBench listing suggested the phone to come with Android 8.1 Oreo and 4GB of RAM.

That being said, the Realme U1 will be the fifth smartphone by the company under the third U-series lineup. With just four devices, Realme has witnessed a phenomenal growth regarding sales. They have also expanded to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. Apart from this, the company has gone through certain events like the recent price hike followed by the logo change.

This new Selfie pro might be a game-changer for the company if priced correctly. Given that the launch is around a week to go, let’s wait and watch. Stay tuned.

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Oppo to bring their R series to India Soon! Teased Officially.

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If you know Oppo‘s Indian market strategy, then you know they’ve always operated below 25K category, and they’ve always been in the market with midrangers. Only recently they launched their flagship Oppo Find X in India, and that too haven’t been seen a lot of push from the company in terms of advertisement and marketing.

Take a look at this newest post from Oppo on it’s social channels:

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Oppo is brining their R series to India.

In case you’re not familar with R series, that’s their flagship series, which was historically been used as a basic framework by OnePlus for their phones. Even the latest Oppo R17 Pro/RX17 Pro and OnePlus 6T looks remarkably similar to each other.

If indeed Oppo is bringing in Oppo R17 Pro/RX17 Pro to India, that’s a huge step for the brand as it’ll push the brand’s image as not only an offline brand, but also as a premium brand in India.

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Talking about Oppo R17 Pro, it does resemble OnePlus 6T alot, but has a distinctive gradient finish and also has triple cameras on the back.

It is a flagship in terms of everything other than the SoC, as this one is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, instead of SD845 from flagships.

On the front, it boasts a 6.4 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9.The display also houses an in display fingerprint scanner, much like the one on OnePlus 6T.

And on the back, this phone comes with a Triple camera setup (12 MP wide angle + 20MP primary + TOF 3D stereo camera). The phone is powered by a 3700mAh battery too.

We’ve to wait now for more teasers from Oppo to see if they’re indeed brining R17 Pro or a more recently launched lower end Oppo R15x or Oppo R17 Neo instead.

Oppo to bring their R series to India Soon! Teased Officially.
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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) to launch in India on November 20

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Recently, we have had the reports of Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) coming to India in November. Now, given that we are already in mid of the month, Samsung has officially confirmed that the device will be unveiled in the country on 20th of November.

The South Korean giant has sent media invites for the launch event, which will be held in Gurugram on November 20. Following the same, the company has also confirmed the launch date in an official video. In the meanwhile, Amazon and Flipkart have created landing pages for the upcoming new smartphone, indicating that it won’t be exclusive to one and instead, will be sold via both of them. Interested ones can register using the “Notify me” button. We expect the phone to retail in offline markets as well.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has not one, two, but a total of four rear cameras as its USP, further making it the world’s first smartphone to bear four rear cameras.

Coming to the specs, the device comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Under the hood, it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clubbed with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The storage is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card.

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As mentioned, the A9 (2018) bears a Quad-camera setup at the back, featuring a 24MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture and a 10MP sensor with 2X optical zoom and f/2.4 aperture. On the front it sports a 24MP camera for selfies and video calling. The camera app is equipped with nifty features like customisable Live Focus, AI-based scene optimiser, AR emojis and more.

On the software front, it runs Samsung UI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a massive 3,800 mAh battery. A fingerprint scanner is given at the rear for unlocking the device. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5,0, NFC, USB Type-C and A-GPS.

As far as the pricing is concerned, according to the source code in listing on Samsung’s official Indian website, the smartphone will come at a price tag of Rs 39,000 which we think is for the higher-end variant with 8/128GB RAM and storage while the 6/128GB model is expected to come at around Rs. 35,000. The device will directly compete with the recently launched OnePlus 6T at that price tag. That being said, stay tuned for the launch event.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) to launch in India on November 20
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