In today’s live blog for news from the world of technology, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 could launch in India soon. The company’s India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain posted an image on Twitter of himself with Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun and the Redmi Note 7 in their hands, hinting at an imminent launch.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has a 48MP dual AI camera at the back, which is also the highlight of the device. The phone that was launched at a special event in China earlier this year. Meanwhile, WhatsApp is expected to get one of the most awaited features – Dark Mode – soon. WABetaInfo, a site known for accurate information on upcoming WhatsApp features, shared an image render showcasing the feature.
Technology news live updates:
Nexstgo brings its Avita Liber laptop range to India
Nexstgo owned Avita a lifestyle tech brand has launched a new series of laptops called Avita Liber in India. The laptops are currently available for purchase on Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq and Paytm. They will also be made available across offline stores like Viveks, Alfa, Dhruv Sales and Croma by the end of January.
The Avita Liber series of laptops is currently available in India starting at Rs 24,990 and it goes up to Rs 67,490 for the full spec variant. To know more about these new laptops click here.
TRAI's Channel Selector Application
TRAI's new regulation for cable and DTH companies comes into effect on Feb 1, and there's a lot of confusion around the new rules. Thankfully TRAI has now announced a Channel Selector Application, which will let users choose their paid, free to channels, and see exactly how much their TV monthly bill will come to. Users can then rely on this list to go to their cable operator or DTH's company's website and then pick the same channels. Read more here.
Nokia 6.2 to launch at MWC 2019
Nokia smartphones with model number TA-1139 speculated to be Nokia 6.2 has been certified in Indonesia ahead of its possible launch at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This was reported by NokiaPowerUser. The smartphone also appears to have passed certification in Russia. The phone could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor coupled with 4GB/6GB RAM. Read more here.
LG to showcase 5G at MWC 2019
LG has confirmed that it will unveil its first 5G smartphone at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain. The smartphon will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. LG said it plans to launch a 5G smartphone US network operator Sprint in the first half of 2019. LG is also rumoured to showcase its G8 smartphone at the event. Read more here.
Detel launches Bluetooth Tower Speaker
Detel, a brand known for budget feature phones and television sets, has launched its first Bluetooth tower speaker called Thunder. The price of this speaker is Rs 4499 and it will be sold on Flipkart and Amazon, starting today. Detel says the speaker can be connected to various media devices using Bluetooth thalso supports Pen drive, MicroSD card, and AUX connectivity. It also has FM radio. It has two speakers up to 50 watts with 10.16cm subwoofer.
Samsung Galaxy S10's latest leaks
Samsung Galaxy S10 could feature reverse wireless charging, according to a new leak. The report claims this feature wil be called PowerShare and all three versions of the Galaxy S10 will support this natively. Another leak is also talking about a cryptocurrency cold wallet on the Galaxy S10. It could come with blockchain support. It could allow users to import a secure cryptocurrency wallet from another source, according to the leaks. Read more about the Galaxy S10 leaks here.
India's download speeds on 4G: Best and worst times to browse
India’s 4G download speeds are nearly 4.5 times faster at night, and the best time is around 4.00 am, according to OpenSignal. The company is basing on 4G download speeds measurements in 20 largest Indian cities. According to OpenSignal, speeds improve at around 4.00 am with average download speeds hitting 16.8 Mbps. However, at 10 pm in the night, the 4G speeds are the worst thanks to network congestion. Read more here.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 could launch in India soon
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 could launch in India soon, hints a tweet by from the company’s India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain. He also posted a photo of himself with Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun and the Redmi Note 7 in their hands. An exact launch date is unclear at this point. The phone was announced in China earlier this year and it comes with 48MP dual AI cameras.
WhatsApp to get Dark Mode soon? Concept renders leaked
WhatsApp could soon get Dark Mode, suggests a concept render of this feature shared by WABetaInfo. The Dark Mode is one of the most awaited features and the render image shows the entire background for the app in black, while the rest of the text is in white. The feature is available for several apps including Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Google Maps, and more.
LG G8 ThinQ
LG G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone will be launched on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain. The company has officially sent out invites for the same. The company plans to introduce a touchless gesture interface for the LG G8 ThinQ. It’s being reported that the LG G8 ThinQ will let users use gesture controls from up to 11-inches away without touching the screen. Read more here.
Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a better camera
Samsung Galaxy S10's camera will see a lot of improvements and better hardware. The reason: Its on the orders of Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent of the company, according to a report by Korean Herald. The report quotes a Samsung official saying that the company is working on improving camera functions for smartphone photography that has been considered a weakness on the existing Galaxy phones.
“Some users say Galaxy pictures are much more vivid, which is a reason why they prefer Galaxy phones, but some others say such vividness causes fatigue in eyes," the official was also quoted as saying. Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae wants the camera improved on the flagship Galaxy phones. Read more here.
Nokia's Android 9.0 update path revealed
HMD Global has announced the Android 9.0 Pie update roadmap for all of its Nokia smartphones. The announcement was made by HMD Global's Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas on his official Twitter account. Devices which are yet to get the Android Pie update from Nokia include Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.1 Plus, which are expected to get this by January end. Nokia 6, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1 will get the update by the end of Q1, 2019. Nokia 3 and Nokia 1 will receive the update in early Q2, 2019. Read more here. Check out the tweet here
Revealing our Android Pie update roadmap! We were the fastest in deploying Android Oreo 🍪 8.0 and 8.1 portfolio wide, with Android Pie 🥧 we are committed to be even faster. You can also take a peek into the kitchen here: https://t.co/NlWbss4q3P #nokiamobile #android #androidone pic.twitter.com/lrJADwJOxO— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) January 23, 2019
Xiaomi shows off foldable phone
Xiaomi is getting ready to jump on the foldable smartphone bandwagon and it looks like the company will launch a double foldable phone. Xiaomi co-founder and President Lin Bin shared a video on Weibo of the phone. The device appears to be a very sleek giant tablet, and then Bin just folds it from both sides. This would make it a double foldable smartphone, a first if it were to actually launch. Read more here.
Check out this tweet below
Check out this special video from #Xiaomi President and Co-founder Bin Lin, showing off a very special phone prototype... 😎— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) January 23, 2019
What does everyone think we should name this phone? 🤔#InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/1lFj3nM7tD
TRAI vs Tata Sky case now adjourned to January 28
TRAI's new rules for cable operators and DTH companies come into effect on February 1, with January 31 being the deadline for subscribers to choose their 100 channels. But the case with Tata Sky, Bharti Airtel and others is still on in the Delhi High Court. Tata Sky has been pulled up by the regulator for not providing enough information to customers about the new regime. The Delhi High Court was supposed to hear the matter today, but it has now been adjourned to January 28. Read more about this here.
Apple 2020 iPhone lineup
Apple's 2020 lineup for iPhones will have all OLED displays. There will be no LCD display option in the 2020 series, though in 2019 the iPhone XR's successor will have an LCD display like the current version. Apple's 2020 iPhone lineup is also supposed to come with 5G support. WSJ had earlier reported that iPhone XR in 2019 will come with a dual-rear camera and not a single camera. Read more about the 2020 iPhone lineup here.
British Airways' Boeing 747 to be painted in retro-style 1964 - 1974 BOAC era design
British Airways has announced that it will paint four of its aircraft in retro designs including Boeing 747 in a 1964 - 1974 British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) era design. The aircraft will arrive into Heathrow on February 18, which also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight.
Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature in-display fingerprint scanner
One of the marquee features of the Galaxy S10 is going to be an in-display fingerprint scanner. XDA Developers claims to have found references to an in-display fingerprint sensor in the teardown of Samsung Pay app, wherein one reference mentions the code name of Galaxy S10, “Beyond”. Though it is not clear which variant of the Galaxy S10 will have a built-in in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S10 in three variants: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10E, and Galaxy S10+. The South Korean major plans to launch the Galaxy S10 in San Francisco on January 20.
Oppo to showcase 10x loseless zoom
Oppo is hosting a press event at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain on February 23, with the event invite sporting the hashtag GetCloser. It looks like Oppo will reveal its 10x loseless zoom technology. The technology will be an improvement over its the 5x zoom prototype. With the new technology, Oppo will add a new ultra-wide camera which has an equivalent focal range of 15.9mm. Read more here.
Airtel Rs 1699 prepaid plan
Airtel has announced its new long-term prepaid plan of Rs 1,699 with a year-long validity. The plan offers 1GB data per day along with calling benefits. Subscribers also get free access to Airtel TV as well as 100 SMS per day. Read more details here.
Flipkart and Amazon deals: Beyond smartphones
Today's is the last day for Flipkart's sale, while the Amazon sale ends tomorrow. There are several deals on other devices like headphones, gaming consoles, etc which are worth consideirng. For example, the Xbox One S with 1TB storage is available at Rs 18,990 in the sale on both Amazon and Flipkart. Bose's SoundSport wired headphones are available at just Rs 6,007 on Amazon and Flipkart. Read more here.
Oppo's new deal offers Oppo R17 Pro at just Rs 70, but there's the catch
Oppo has introduced its Republic Day offer under which it is offering the R17 Pro smartphone at a down payment of Rs 70. However, you have to pay the rest of the amount in six equal EMIs by Bajaj Finance. The Republic Day offer starts January 22 and ends January 31. The Oppo R17 Pro has a price tag of Rs 45,990 for the 8RAM and 128GB storage model, and it comes with a triple camera system at the back. Read more here.
BenQ launches two new 4K cinema projectors for the home
BenQ has launched two CinePrime W5700 and W2700 DLP 4K projectors as part of its Home Cinema line of projectors. The 4K home theater DLP projectors feature DCI-P3 color,and come with HDR-PRO support. Both models come with true 4K performance with 3840x2160 resolution and 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame, claims the company. BenQ CinePrime W2700 is available at a price of Rs 2.49 lacs and W5700 begins shipping Q1 2019 at the price of Rs. 2.99 lacs.
Samsung Galaxy S10 will come with an in-display fingerprint
Samsung Galaxy S10 will indeed come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. XDA Developers have managed to access the source code for the Samsung Pay app, which appears to confirm this. Previously reports on Bloomberg and other leaks have also indicated that Samsung would go for the newer kind of fingerprint scanner, which will be the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This will be embedded under the phone's display. Read more here.
Redmi Note 7 durability videos are here
Redmi Note 7 could be one of the most durable phones for its budget price. Now that's if you believe all the durability videos of the device which are being shared on the internet. One video has Redmi CEO kicking the Redmi Note 7 down the stairs, though this is placed inside a dustbin which is sealed. Still the device seems to be okay, despite the fall. In another video someone actually uses the Redmi Note 7 as a part of their roller skaters, which is a pretty unconventional use case for a phone. Read more here.
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Honor View 20 Global launch today
Honor is hosting its big event in Paris, where it will do a global debut for the Honor View20, which is its new flagship phone. The device has a 48MP rear camera, 3D Time of Flight sensor at the back, and a hole in the display for the 25MP front camera. Honor View 20 comes with the Kirin 980 processor from Huawei. The livestream event starts at 9.30 pm IST, though in Paris this is 5 pm. Read more about the Honor View20 livestream here.
Motorola patent hints at foldable Moto Razr
Motorola is planning to launch a foldable Moto Razr this year and the launch could take place in February. Now, a patent filed by the company shows a mysterious phone a full-length foldable screen. Although there’s no mention of the Razr logo anywhere on the device, many believe that this could be the long-awaited Motorola Razr with a foldable screen. Motorola has filed multiple patents for a foldable smartphone. Read more here.
Samsung Exynos 7904 mobile processor goes official
Samsung has announced the Exynos 7904 mobile processor which is aimed at mid-range smartphones. This octa-core processor is manufactured using a 14nm process, claims Samsung. But what makes the Exynos 7904 SoC interesting is that it supports up to 32MP single camera and triple rear cameras. The announcement of Exynos 7904 has sparked rumours that the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 smartphones will be powered by this mobile processor. Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 in India on January 28. Read more here.
WhatsApp is restricting forwards further
WhatsApp is cracking down on forwards mania and is now restricting forwards to just five chats at once. This limit which was earlier applied for India, is now going to be applicable globally. The company says it has taken the decision based on user feedback and testing. Starting today, all users on WhatsApp will find forwards limited to just five chats. Read more here.
New Apple iPad Mini 5 on the way?
Apple might have just launched a new iPad Pro towards the end of 2018, but the iPad mini rumours refuse to die down. According to a new report by Digitimes Apple iPad Mini 5 and an entry-level iPad could launch in the first half of 2019. Previously we have had reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying that the iPad Mini 5 will feature an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel. Read more here.
Samsung Galaxy S10 to have 12GB RAM?
Samsung Galaxy S10+'s highest variant could come with 12GB RAM and 1TB on board storage, indicates a new leak. The Galaxy S10 series will launch on February 20, 2019, and Samsung has already confirmed the same. The event is taking place in San Francisco, and not at the MWC Barcelona as we have seen in the past. In the latest leak, tipster Ice Universe has suggested that the Galaxy S10+ will come with 12GB RAM, which could make it the first mainstream smartphone to come with such a high amount of RAM. Previously with Note 9 we also saw rumours of 1TB on board storage. The Galaxy S10 +'s highest variant might just top the 512GB storage we saw on the Note 9 series. Read more here.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 FOTA update
Asus has rolled out a new firmware update for its older ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone with January 2019 Google security patches and optimizing system stability. The update will be rolled out on a batch-to-batch basis and not all users will see it immediately.
Flipkart's Republic Day Sale: Realme 2 Pro, Honor 9N and other discounts
Flipkart's sale is also on and this is the 'Republic Day' sale. The e-commerce platform is offering the Realme 2 Pro with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage at Rs 13,990, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is retailing at Rs 14,999. Other devices on sale are Honor 9 Lite at Rs 8,499, Samsung Galaxy S8+ at Rs 34,990 and Moto X4 is Rs 10,999. Read more
Amazon's Big Great Indian sale
Amazon Great Indian Sale 2019 is on and will continue till January 23 and right now there are offers on devices like Redmi Y2, OnePlus 6T, Redmi 6A, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone X, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and other mobiles. Redmi Y2 is available at a price of Rs 7,999, while the 4GB RAM and 64GB version will cost only Rs 9,999. Apple iPhone X from 2017 is retailing at Rs 74,999. The iPhone 7 with 32GB storage space will cost Rs 37,999. Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 will cost Rs 39,990 in the Amazon Great Indian sale. Read more about the deals here.