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Moto G5S gets a permanent price cut in India

Moto is preparing the stage for its newer G6 lineup

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In the wake of the company’s upcoming Moto G6 series launch, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Monday announced a permanent price cut on the Moto G5S. The midrange smartphone has received a discount of INR 5,000 (US$ 76) and is now available for its new official price of INR 9,999 (US$ 152). The smartphone can be purchased across Moto Hubs, Amazon.in, and offline retail partners in Fine Gold, Lunar Grey, and Oxford Blue color variants.

The updated lineup will likely include the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and Moto G6 Plus, and these phones can be expected to make their way to India soon enough. Going back to the Moto G5S, the phone was launched as a special version of the Moto G5 and sports a metal body design with a chunky build that makes it quite solid and firm.

The Moto G5S currently runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is expected to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update soon. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

In terms of performance, the Moto G5S is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card. For photography, there is a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and LED flash.

However, the phone may look a little outdated now compared to its competition as it doesn’t sport an 18:9 display and is yet to receive Android Oreo.

Even though the price drop is only now official, the phone was available at the lower price for quite some time now. Flipkart, which is not one of the authorized sellers for this phone, sells it for an even lower price.

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Amazon launches lightweight Android web browser

It’s designed for low-powered devices

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Amazon has released a lightweight internet browser for Android smartphones in India, simply called Internet. The app itself weighs just about 2MB in size and is designed to offer an efficient way to browse the internet on devices with limited processing power and available storage space.

Compelling features of the Amazon Internet browser include privacy, with Amazon claiming no extra permissions are required to use it and no private data is collected, as well as private tabs to ensure websites can’t capture your data.

Among many features, the web browser’s homepage gives a glimpse at general headlines, while offering specific news such as cricket scores. The home page also offers previews for various tabs and an automatic full-screen viewing option. The browser comes with a download manager as well, and while the default search engine is Bing, you can change it to Google from the settings.

Amazon has designed the app for Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, but it cannot be downloaded on devices running newer versions of Android as of now, citing incompatibility as the reason on the app’s Play Store listing. Amazon had recently launched the Kindle Lite app, which too weighs less than 2MB in size.

The major reason why India has been such as an attractive market for tech companies is because of its increasing data consumption. On December 21, 2017, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant tweeted that India has become the “World’s No. 1 mobile data consuming the country.”

Earlier this year, Google released Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Google Go, Gboard Go, and the completely new Files Go app as part of the Android Go initiative. Android Go is based on the latest Oreo update but is a less resource-intensive version of the operating system, tailored for budget phones with lower specs — as low as 512MB of RAM.

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Acer launches ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ edition notebooks in India

Includes Captain America, Thanos, and Iron Man editions

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Acer has tied up with Marvel Studios for the launch of three special-edition laptops in India, which are inspired by characters from the upcoming movie, Avengers: Infinity War. Acer’s special lineup includes the Aspire 6 (Captain America Edition), Nitro 5 (Thanos Edition) and Swift 3 (Iron Man Edition). The notebooks will be in India from April 20.

The Aspire 6 featuring Captain America’s iconic pentagram (as shown above) is powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics chipset, with 8GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB of SATA HDD storage. You get a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and physical connectivity like USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), standard USB 3.0 port, and two USB 2.0 ports. The laptop is priced at INR 63,999 (US$ 974).

Acer Nitro 5

The Nitro 5 Thanos Edition is powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB of RAM which is further upgradable up to 32GB. You also get a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and dual exhaust fans with Acer’s Coolboost technology. The laptop costs INR 80,999 (US$ 1,233) for the configuration with a 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD.

Acer Swift 3

The lightweight Swift 3 features an aluminum top with Iron Man’s Arc Reactor, which also glows when the laptop is switched on. It has an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM.  You also get a 14-inch Full HD IPS display, Type-C port, and up to 10 hours of battery life for INR 79,999 (US$ 1,217).

Commenting on the launch, Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head of Acer India said, “We’re excited to work again with Disney Consumer Products and Marvel to bring technology even closer to consumers through their favorite characters. The Pixar 30th Anniversary Toy Story special edition of the Acer Aspire V13 we launched in 2017 was a huge success. With the new series of notebooks, we hope to engage fans of the Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe; as well as users who are looking for a versatile notebook for work, for entertainment, and for exceptional gaming experience.”

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ASUS to launch ZenFone Max Pro on April 23 in India

Another addition to the ZenFone Max family

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Propeling its leadership in the smartphone segment, Indian e-commerce major Flipkart has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an exclusive partnership with Taiwanese smartphone maker ASUS.

Under the partnership, Flipkart will be the primary sales channel for ASUS ZenFones and both companies will collaborate in the co-creation of new products for the Indian market based on consumer insights.

Alongside this, the company has also announced the upcoming launch of its first product under this partnership, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro, scheduled for April 23, 2018. Flipkart mentioned that the ZenFone Max Pro will come with a Snapdragon 636 SoC. However, key specifications including the display size, memory, cameras, battery capacity, and the like are yet to be released.

It is interesting to note that the existing listing by ASUS on its website, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. This naturally indicates that the upcoming ASUS smartphone will be a different variant or another smartphone altogether.

Flipkart says that it plans to be part of at least 40 percent of the smartphone market, both offline and online, by 2020 and also add 100 million smartphone users to the country. Flipkart said that this new partnership with ASUS will be the stepping stone to achieve this dream.

Moving forward, as an ASUS premier partner and seller for smartphones, Flipkart will be the primary sales channel for ASUS ZenFones in India. While both companies will collaborate in the co-creation of new products for the Indian market based on consumer insights, they will also support each other in marketing activities.

“Flipkart’s unparalleled distribution reach and marketing strengths will help ASUS build strong awareness for our innovative high-value products and reach consumers across India,” said ASUS CEO Jerry Shen.

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