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Honor 10 with AI Camera launches in India

It’s exclusively available from Flipkart

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Honor has launched its new flagship, the Honor 10, at a special event held in London. The device was first unveiled in China a few weeks back and is now available in other major markets. In India, it retails for INR 32,999 (US$ 485) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Honor has decided to not launch the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant in India. It will be up for purchase starting Wednesday midnight (May 16) exclusively via Flipkart.

Honor has announced multiple launch offers with the Honor 10, starting with an INR 500 voucher when purchased from the Hi Honor online store. Axis Bank Debit Card holders will be entitled to a 10 percent cashback when purchased from Flipkart. Jio users will get INR 1,200 worth of cashback vouchers, 100GB of additional data, and INR 3,300 worth of partner vouchers.


The most striking feature about the phone is its design. It features a two-tone gradient finish whose color changes depending on the angle you are viewing it from. Interestingly it also comes with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which promises to be more accurate than current fingerprint sensors.

It sports a 5.84-inch LCD with a 19:9 aspect ratio and obviously, a notch. Underneath the stunning build lies an AI-powered Kirin 970 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the storage is not expandable via a microSD card. On the software side of things, the Honor 10 runs Android 8.1-based EMUI 8.1.

In terms of optics, the rear has a 24- and 16-megapixel dual camera setup with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a 24-megapixel sensor on the front. Honor says all cameras are powered by Huawei’s AI-technology that helps enhance the image depending on the surroundings automatically.

The phone is backed by a 3400mAh battery and supports fast charging. It has a 3.5mm audio jack as well as USB-C for charging. In India, two color variants are available: Phantom Blue and Midnight Black.

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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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