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Pixel 3a and 3a XL are Google’s affordable offering for developing markets

Should OnePlus be worried?

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Google‘s Pixel lineup has received a lackluster response in developing markets due to high pricing and competition from makers like Samsung and OnePlus. With the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the company wants to provide an affordable option of owning a “Made by Google” product.

Shipping with vanilla Android, they also bring in Google’s expertise of software-based image production and smarter interface via Assistant. Practically, they’re equivalent to the flagship offerings, but with a few corners cut in the hardware department.


The design is very similar to the Pixel 3. You won’t be able to differentiate between them except for the size. The Pixel 3a has a smaller 5.6-inch OLED display, while the Pixel 3a XL gets a 6-inch screen. Both are powered by a Snapdragon 670 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage.

On the back, both of them house a 12-megapixel camera, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. On the software side, Google is bringing Time Lapse, Night Sight, Photobooth Mode, and Top Shot (for action shots). Users also have the option of shooting with Super Res Zoom and saving pictures in RAW format.

The Pixel 3a gets a 3000mAh battery and the upsized sibling gets a bigger 3700mAh pack. Both support 18W fast charging and machine learning backed Adaptive Battery usage.

All other software features like the Digital Wellbeing suite, unlimited high-quality storage on Google Photos, and always-on display are also included.

The Pixel 3a will be available for INR 39,999 (US$ 575) and the Pixel 3a XL is priced at INR 44,999 (US$ 645). The two are eSIM compatible and, currently, Jio and Airtel support them in India.

OnePlus has been ruling this price segment for quite some time and with the soon to launch OnePlus 7, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL intend to lure users by providing high-end software tricks and undisturbed Android experience.

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OPPO K3 is a fancier looking Realme X at the same price

The design is also inspired by OPPO Reno

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Realme operates as an independent brand now, but when it first started last year, it was technically a sub-brand of OPPO. Since then, the Indian smartphone market has changed quite a lot. Realme has been successful in taking up a huge chunk of the market, Xiaomi is slowly inching forward, and Samsung is no longer sleeping.

In the midst of all the noise, OPPO and Vivo are treading cautiously. They’re focused on grabbing the offline market that relies on brick and mortar stores. Taking a step forward, OPPO has launched a new phone called the K3 in India, and it looks eerily similar to the Realme X. In fact, even the specs sheet is pretty much the same.


What sets it apart is that it shares the new design language OPPO’s Reno line first introduced, which OPPO said will serve as the catalyst for the company’s smartphone development for the next 10 years.

While OPPO and Realme are busy sharing resources, it’s the best time for a consumer to buy a new phone. There are simply too many options to choose from and pricing has never been this competitive.

To start with, the OPPO K3 sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that also integrates a fingerprint scanner. The phone ships with ColorOS out of the box and relies on a Snapdragon 710 chipset to chug along.

The rear has a 16-megapixel primary camera coupled with a 2-megapixel secondary lens. The front camera is housed in a pop-up sliding module and consists of a 16-megapixel lens. The software incorporates standard AI-backed scene recognition and Ultra Clear Night View 2.0 feature. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology.

The 6GB+128GB option is priced at INR 16,990 (US$ 245) and the 8GB+128GB variant costs 19,990 (US$ 290). It’ll be available in Aurora Blue and Jade Black from July 23 via Amazon.in and offline retail stores.

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Chandrayaan-2 is India’s ambitious project to explore the Moon

Only the US, China, and Russia have achieved this so far

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Redmi K20 series arrives in India

Is this the true flagship killer?

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It’s clear by now Xiaomi will always be on a launch spree, whether it’s a smartphone or an eco-system product, nothing can stop the young juggernaut. The brand has been teasing the launch of the Redmi K20 series in India for months now and it’s finally here.

The K20 Pro and K20 have been launched in the country at a very competitive price and demand for it is already very high. Initially, Xiaomi will be shipping the device via its Alpha Sale for which registration had started a week back and more than 70,000 buyers have already registered. The Redmi K20 Pro will go on limited sale starting July 22 via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores.


Both phones sport a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of almost 92 percent. On the front is a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera while the rear has a triple camera setup. It consists of a 48-megapixel lens (IMX586 on the K20 Pro and IMX 582 on K20), 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.

The camera app comes with AI-backed portrait mode, beauty enhancements, and automatic scene recognition. To protect the pop-up module from damage, the phone’s gyroscope detects falls and automatically retracts.

Powering the K20 Pro is the latest Snapdragon 855 processor and the K20 is backed by a Snapdragon 730 chip. A 4000mAh battery provides all the juice and charges via 27W SonicCharge technology. The display also houses a fingerprint scanner and there’s also support for face unlock. Lastly, the design is P2i splash proof thanks to a resistant nano-coating.

The Redmi K20 Pro is priced at INR 27,999 (US$ 406) for the 6GB+128GB variant and INR 30,999 (US$ 450) for the 8GB+256GB option.

On the other hand, the K20 is priced at INR 21,999 (US$ 320) for the 6GB+64GB option and INR 23,999 (US$ 350) for 6GB+128GB configuration. Both the phones are available in Fire and Ice colors.

Xiaomi also announced the launch of Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones for INR 1,599 (US$ 23) and Mi Rechargeable LED Lamp for INR 1,499 (US$ 21).

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