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Nokia 3, 5, and 6 become official in India

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Although the new 3310 has been available in India since mid-May, Nokia’s set of smartphones didn’t come along for the trip. All that changes with the official launch that transpired today, which came with Nokia’s Android trio.

The Nokia 6 in copper

That’s right: All three of Nokia’s Android smartphones will soon be available in India on top of the remodeled 3310 feature phone.

The 5.5-inch Nokia 6 with its Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of memory, and all-metal body will retail for INR 14,999 ($232); the 5.2-inch Nokia 5 will come with the same processor but with less memory at 2GB, and will cost INR 12,899 ($200); finally, the 5-inch Nokia 3 goes for an entry-level MediaTek processor and a mostly polycarbonate body — it’s valued at INR 9,499 ($147).

The catch here is the Nokia 6 being available exclusively on Amazon India beginning with online registrations on July 14, while the Nokia 5 and 3 will only be sold offline starting July 7 and June 16, respectively.

SEE ALSO: Nokia’s new 3310 and smartphones come to the Philippines

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Amazon finally launches the Echo in India

Also with the Echo Plus and Echo Dot

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Four months is worth the wait. Finally, Amazon has released the Echo for all markets in India.

Previously, the Alexa-powered speaker lineup was available on an invite-only basis for Indian customers. With the new launch, the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus are now available online through Amazon.in and through 350 retailers across India.

In their defense, Amazon used the four-month delay to optimize the devices for Indian consumers. Most notably, the devices now come with an English (India) mode. The new language option eases the interface between Indian voices and Alexa. As a result, the Indian model also comes with a more familiar Indian voice.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that the new devices are compatible with Hindi.

In terms of features, the new model comes with Alexa to Alexa voice calling. It also comes with a Drop-in feature, which allows Alexa to call family members using other Echo devices in the house.

The Echo is Amazon’s main driver for their virtual assistant Alexa. The voice-activated speaker comes in assorted flavors like the beefier Echo Plus or the smaller Echo Dot.

Sadly, the Amazon Echo’s Indian release comes with a pricier tag than its American release. The regular Echo retails for INR 9,999. The smaller Echo Dot retails for INR 4,499. Finally, the bigger Echo Plus comes at INR 14,999.

SEE ALSO: Amazon introduces Echo Spot: Your next bedside smart clock

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Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 with 4K HDR launched in India

Xiaomi is further widening its product array in India

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Xiaomi has finally taken its first steps into India’s smart television space with the launch of the Mi LED Smart TV 4. India is the first country to get this device outside its home country, China. The company is touting this to be the world’s thinnest LED TV and that it has been customized for Indian users.

The television set is just 4.9mm thick and features a frame-less design which you might be familiar with if you’ve seen the Mi Mix 2. The design is reminiscent of the smartphone and looks sleek and elegant. Xiaomi claims it’s 38 percent slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The display itself is 55 inches in size and supports 4K and HDR content, a rarity for televisions in this price range. It has Dolby+ DTS Cinema Sound and has Wi-Fi connectivity for streaming TV shows and movies. The TV has a remote which is very much similar to the Amazon Fire Stick remote and can control the television and any Indian DTH set-top box.

Xiaomi’s new Mi LED Smart TV runs the Android-based PatchWall UI that learns with usage over time and offers personalized recommendations based on the user’s viewing patterns. Xiaomi has over 10 content partners that will provide both local and international content in over 15 regional languages. The list includes the likes of Alt Balaji, Voot, SunNxt, Hungama Play, and Hotstar, among others. The bigger focus has been on personalization and curation.

The TV is powered by a quad-core 64-bit TV processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB memory. As for connectivity, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, AV-in, Ethernet, and S/PDIF audio output. The company is also touting the presence of Dolby+ DTS Cinema Audio Quality on the Mi TV 4, with two 8W duct inverted speakers.

There are some limited period offers with the Xiaomi Mi TV, like three months of free subscription to both Sony Liv and Hungama Play. The Mi IR cable, which makes it possible for the TV to integrate the set-top content into the PatchWall, costing INR 299 is also free. And finally, Xiaomi is offering free on-site installation with the Mi LED Smart TV 4.

The Mi LED Smart TV 4 (55-inch) will be available on February 22 at Mi.com and Flipkart for a price of INR 39,999 (US$ 625).

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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro in India

After the exceptional Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi is all prepped up for 2018!

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Xiaomi has finally launched the much-awaited Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro in India along with its Mi TV range. The Redmi Note 5 is the successor to Xiaomi’s popular Redmi Note 4 smartphone which was launched last year and has propelled Xiaomi to the number one smartphone vendor spot in India ahead of Samsung.

The Redmi Note 5 is just a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus with a 6-inch screen and a Snapdragon 625 chipset. Both the devices sport the same 6-inch panel and incorporate the new industry trending 18:9 resolution display. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 5-megapixel front camera with an LED flash. Down from the predecessor’s 4100mAh battery, the Redmi Note 5 packs a 4000mAh capacity charged via micro-USB.

The Redmi Note 5 comes in two memory configurations: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage or 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. Both devices have a fingerprint scanner on the back, while the power button and volume rocker sit on the right side.

Xioami Redmi Note 5

The Redmi Note 5 starts at INR 9,999 (US$ 156) for 3GB RAM with 32GB storage while the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant costs INR 11,999 (US$ 187).

The higher-end Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which makes it the first device sporting the chipset in the country. In fact, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is also the first smartphone globally to debut the Snapdragon 636 SoC.

It sports a 12-megapixel primary sensor at the back accompanied by a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, arranged on the upper-left corner like on the iPhone X. The primary sensor has an f/2.2 aperture while the secondary sensor comes with f/2.0. For selfie lovers, the company has bumped the camera sensor to 20 megapixels and comes with a front-facing flash. The front camera uses the Sony IMX376 sensor and is accompanied with Beautify 4.0.

Xioami Redmi Note 5 Pro

The company is going with two variants for the Redmi Note 5 Pro which include 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM with 64GB storage. It runs on MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. It comes with the older micro-USB port but sadly misses out on support for fast charging for its 4000mAh battery.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro starts at INR 13,999 (US$ 218) for 4GB RAM with 64GB storage while the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage variant costs INR 16,999 (US$ 265). Colors options are black, gold, rose gold, and blue.

Both the devices shall be available from February 22 via Flipkart, Mi Home, and Mi.com. They will go on sale soon via all of Xiaomi’s offline retail partners, though an availability date isn’t announced yet.

In addition, Xiaomi has designed a new power adapter which has power surge protection up to 380V built in. This new adapter will come come out of the box with the newly launched devices.

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