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ASUS launches the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India

It has an enormous 5000mAh battery and pure Android

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Last week Indian e-commerce major Flipkart signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an exclusive partnership with Taiwanese smartphone maker ASUS. Today, ASUS has announced its first smartphone under the agreement, the ZenFone Max Pro M1.

It will be exclusively available in three variants from Flipkart: INR 10,999 (US$ 166) for 32GB storage + 3GB RAM, INR 12,999 (US$ 196) for 64GB + 4GB, and INR 14,999 (US$ 225) for 128GB + 6GB. It’ll be available in Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver color options beginning May 3 on Flipkart in India and April 25 on Lazada in Indonesia.

Unlike its previous range of smartphones, ASUS says the ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs on pure Android, meaning there’s no bloatware and it runs stock Android Oreo out of the box.

The Max Pro M1 has a smooth metallic finish and the dual cameras are arranged in the same iPhone X style, while there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The display is a 6-inch FHD+ Full View panel with 18:9 aspect ratio and curved corners. The bezels are moderately sized and ASUS could have put the fingerprint scanner in front if it wanted. The top bezel is home to the camera, sensor, earpiece, and a soft LED flash.

The Max Pro M1 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The processor is a high-end, power-efficient chip, so we expect a decent amount of battery life from the this handset.

Not to forget, the device packs a massive 5000mAh battery that’s more than sufficient to give you at least two days of use on a single charge. ASUS says the device offers 35 days of 4G standby and 20 hours of video playback.

In the camera department, it has a dual-camera setup on the rear; the primary lens is a 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture while the secondary camera is used for bokeh effects. ASUS has conveniently decided to skip over the secondary lens details. For selfies it has a 8-megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture. 

It also features a five-magnet speaker driven by an NXP smart amplifier that delivers higher volume with lower distortion.

ASUS made this device with the Indian market in mind, hence it obviously is dual-SIM compatible and has a separate microSD card slot for storage expansion.

It’s clear ASUS aims to take on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been the most sought-after device in the segment since launch. Sadly, Xiaomi hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand, and even after two months after the launch, the brand follows the same flash sale format. This is where ASUS and Flipkart plan to grab the vacuumed market.

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Xiaomi launches Mi Smart Speaker, Mi Band 5, soap dispenser

Extremely handy products

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Mi Band 5

At its annual Smart Living event, Xiaomi further expanded its lifestyle lineup in India and launched a host of new products like the Mi Smart Speaker, Mi Automatic Soap Dispenser, Mi Athleisure Shoes, and Mi Smart LED Bulb. The new additions will complement current offerings like smart TV, air purifier, and more.

Mi Smart Speaker

Starting with the Mi Smart Speaker, it has a 63.5mm driver, 12W speaker, and a dedicated audio processor for superior output. Obviously, at the heart of it is Google Assistant, but the device’s affordable price makes it a lucrative catch in the developing markets.

The speaker gets a Texas Instruments’ TAS5805M Hi-Fi Audio processor and is fully integrated with the Google Home ecosystem. The device can be a solid competitor to Amazon’s Echo lineup of devices that run on Alexa digital assistant. You can use the speaker as a standalone unit or connect it with your TV or phone.

The Mi Smart Speaker is available for INR 3,499 (US$ 48) at an introductory price, while the actual retail cost is INR 3,999 (US$ 54). Users also get a year of Gaana’s premium streaming subscription for free.

Mi Automatic Soap Dispenser

It’s a pretty standard soap dispenser that isn’t connected to the internet but plays a critical role in the time of Coronavirus. Xiaomi has established its brand in the country and is now ready to leverage its existing supply chain to further push ecosystem products. The Mi Automatic Soap Dispenser fits right in.

On the technical front, the infrared scanner can sense a distance of 60-90mm and dispense soap within 0.25 seconds. A 300ml soap bottle can give you 375 washes, according to the company. The fairly simple product retails for INR 999 (US$ 14).

Mi Smart Band 5 or Mi Band 5:

The Mi Band is one product lineup that doesn’t get priority in India. The affordable fitness tracker is now finally available in India, following its global launch four months ago. We’ve already covered the tracker in the past and it continues to be an all-time favorite due to its inexpensive price.

The Mi Smart Band 5 is priced at INR 2,499 (US$ 34) and will be available in Black, Navy Blue, Teal, Purple, and Orange strap color options via Mi.com, Amazon, and retail stores.

Lastly, Xiaomi also launched Mi LED Smart Bulb that’s rated for 7.5W, emits more than 800 lumens of light, and has a service life of more than 15,000 hours. It can be connected to Google Assistant as well as Amazon’s Alexa. The bulb retails for INR 499 (US$ 7).

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Mi Watch Revolve launches with ultra long battery life, premium design

Huawei should be worried

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Today, Xiaomi unveiled a host of new products via its Smarter Living 2020 event in India. Last year, the brand announced a new air purifier, water purifier, smart lights, and more. Following the same trend, Xiaomi has expanded its Mi product lineup with a new wearable — the Mi Watch Revolve.

The Mi Watch Revolve is an affordable fitness tracker that looks extremely premium and measures 46mm. Available in two color options, the Mi Watch Revolve will go up against Huawei’s Watch GT 2e. Both the watches are quite similar on paper, and we’ll try our best to do a comparison article soon.

On the front, the watch has a 1.4-inch always-on AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. In terms of technology, the watch connects via Bluetooth 5.0 and can be used on Android as well as iOS. Onboard sensors include a heart rate sensor, a three-axis acceleration sensor, a gyroscope, a geomagnetic sensor, a baroreceptor, and an ambient light sensor.

To withstand regular usage, the watch gets 5ATM water resistance and a battery life of 1-2 weeks. The battery consumption vastly depends on your usage and Xiaomi is sure the watch will get you through a week with heavy usage.

Making the deal even sweeter, the watch can also measure your psychological data based on physical activity and heart rate monitoring. Thanks to Firstbeat Motion Algorithm, it can measure stress, heart rate variability monitoring, and VO2 Max (blood oxygen level).

It also gets the standard workout modes like running, cycling, trekking, treadmill, and more. Lastly, the user has an option to choose from 100+ watch faces and can receive notifications from a plethora of apps.

The Mi Watch Revolve is available in one size and costs INR 10,999 (US$ 150). It’ll be available in Chrome Silver and Midnight Black color options. It’s up for purchase via Mi.com, Amazon, Mi Home, and retail stores.

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realme launches narzo 20 Pro with Helio G95, 65W fast charging

Xiaomi should be worried

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realme started the narzo series earlier this year and it’s all set to launch a successor. The narzo 20 series consists of the narzo 20A, narzo 20, and narzo 20 Pro. These phones are made for the affordable segment and will be directly competing against the Redmi Note 9 series and POCO X2.

The phone features a reflective design that creates a multi-layer downward arrow pattern. Continuing realme’s design language, it features a vertical quad-camera setup with the narzo branding in focus. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass protection, and a punch-hole cut-out for the front camera.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. Storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot. It has a new carbon fiber cooling system that ensures consistent performance during extended usage.

The rear features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The software supports night filters, AI enhancement, and improved low-light performance.

Backing these internal is a 4500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. realme claims it can fully charge the battery in 38 minutes. Lastly, the phone ships with realme IU out-of-the-box.

The narzo 20 Pro costs INR 14,999 for 6GB+64GB and INR 16,999 for 8GB+128GB. It’ll be available in Black Ninja and White Knight color options and shall go on sale from September 25 via Flipkart, realme.com, and offline stores.

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