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OnePlus 6 launches in India along with Avengers Edition

OnePlus is back with another killer flagship

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Yesterday, OnePlus announced the much-awaited OnePlus 6 at an event in London. The company showed off the fact that the OnePlus 5 was the best-selling premium smartphone on Amazon India for months. Even third-party research has shown that OnePlus has an astounding 48 percent market share in India when it comes to the premium segment. Hence, it’s no surprise that OnePlus is taking the Indian marketseriously and has launched the latest flagship within a day of the global launch.

OnePlus has always been on the safe side when it comes to experimenting with new hardware and has repeatedly stressed that they take user feedback seriously. It embraced the tall screen ratio last year and added dual cameras on the back. The company did receive a lot of heat because the OnePlus 5 and 5T closely resembled the iPhone 7 Plus on the back; this time around, the design has been remarkably improved and the device has a charm of its own.


It sports a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch. OnePlus confirmed the existence of the notch a long time back and given the current trend, it’s not surprising. While the bezels aren’t that slim, OnePlus has cut down on the chin at the bottom. Powering the phone is the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC along with 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant.

On the back is a vertically aligned dual camera setup, with a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 16-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, is a 16-megapixel selfie camera. OnePlus has added better low-light photograph rendering, slow-mo videos, and an improved portrait mode.

The device is backed by a 3300mAh battery which obviously supports Dash Charge, along with a fingerprint sensor and face unlock for authentication. OxygenOS lies at the heart of the device which is built on Android 8.1 Oreo but users can also sideload Android P Developer Preview.

Pricing for the OnePlus 6 are as follows:

  • 6GB+64GB   — INR 34,999 / US$ 529
  • 8GB+128GB — INR 39,999 / US$ 579
  • 8GB+256GB (Avengers Edition) — INR 44,999 / US$ 629

Availability begins May 22 for the first two models and May 29 for the special Avengers Edition. OnePlus had already started its Fast AF sale in India wherein a complimentary Amazon Pay cash back of INR 1,000 was being given.

The Avengers Edition with the trademark logo

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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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