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realme 7 series to launch in India soon

Will it arrive in other markets as well?

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That was fast. The successor to realme 6 — the aptly-named realme 7 — is coming soon on September 3 in India. It’s looking like another set of promising midrange phones with a focus on mobile gamers.

The CEO for Indian and European operations of realme — Madhav Shath — took to Twitter to announce the realme 7. His exact tweet hints at the launching of not just one, but two smartphones under the realme 7 series. These smartphones are the realme 7 and the realme 7 Pro, respectively. Both phones are now available for blind pre-order in realme India’s website.

realme 7 and 7 Pro specs leaks

It is worth noting that Shath’s tweet above references the “world’s first processor.” Multiple leaks indicate that this is the MediaTek Helio G95, which was recently announced for midrange gaming smartphones.  This processor could arrive for both the realme 7 and 7 Pro. However, it’s also likely that realme would reserve this chipset for its Pro variant.

The design of the realme 7 is also drastically different from its predecessor. After all, realme likes to switch things up. On the realme 7, the company is going subtle with a much simpler gradient design. The company also abandoned the notch in favor of a display cut-out. On the back, the camera is now touting a quad-lens setup.

It remains unknown, however, if there is a major design change between the non-Pro and the Pro variant. However, it is very likely that realme will use display cut-outs on the front and a quad-camera setup for both phones.

And as for the specific details of the camera, leaks indicate that realme is going with a much bigger resolution for the main camera. Leaks indicate that realme is going with a 64MP camera sourced from Sony for its main camera. This is seemingly in line with the company’s official post teasing the arrival of realme 7.

And as for charging, realme will introduce a faster 65W wired charging for the 7 Pro. The company is calling this Super Dart Charge. The regular realme 7 variant will also support fast charging, but it will be confined to 30W charging.

Configurations and launch date

Finally, leaks also reveal the configurations of the phone. For the realme 7, it will come in two colors: mist blue and mist white. It will retail in three configurations: 6 + 64 GB, 6 + 128GB, and 8 + 128 GB.

Meanwhile, the realme 7 Pro will come in mirror blue and mirror silver. There are only two configurations for the phone: a 6 + 128GB and a 8 + 128GB variant.

realme will announce both phones on September 3. Before that, however, another launch will take place in China on September 1 in the form of realme X7 and X7 Pro. It is unclear if the company will also launch the phone on other markets besides India and China.  Seeing the popularity of its midrange phones though, it is possible that the realme 7 and 7 Pro could see a launch on many markets before the year ends.

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Google removes one of India’s top payments app for violating policy

But there’s nothing to worry about

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Google removed one of India’s top payments app Paytm from the Play Store for allegedly violating guidelines. To be more precise, the app violated the app store’s policy by promoting gambling. The app is still available on Apple’s App Store though.

In response, Google said, “The app was blocked for violation of play policies – a clarification of our policy was released earlier today ahead of the IPL tournament.” It further clarified that users aren’t affected and only the app’s availability from the Play Store has changed.

Google strictly prohibits digital casinos or ungoverned gambling apps on its Play Store in India and Paytm’s app was found in violation of this policy. Recently, it launched a fantasy sports service called Paytm First Games and embedded links to this service within the Paytm app.

The standalone Paytm First Games app has also been removed. However, other apps like Paytm Mall, Paytm Money, and Paytm Business are still available and remain untouched. Google said the developer is always notified and the app shall remain unavailable till it complies with the norms.

Paytm has also assured all users that their accounts, wallets, and bank accounts are safe and there’s nothing to worry about. When the news broke, there was some initial panic because the memories of India’s app ban are still fresh and people are worried about their favorite apps going off the shelf instantaneously.

Fantasy sports games and other gambling apps have radically risen in India. The country loves cricket and the Indian Premier League is scheduled to start from tomorrow. Making the coming weeks a very lucrative period for these apps.

All these apps do not depend on Google’s Play Store for distribution and have to be downloaded externally via the developer’s website.

Paytm is hugely credited for encouraging India’s digital economy and has transformed itself into a super app. Besides bill payments and peer-to-peer fund transfer, the app can also be used for tickets, shopping, and entertainment.

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Redmi 9i launches with Helio G25, 5000mAh battery

Designed for everyday tasks

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Xiaomi has consistently launched a new phone in the last few weeks. After the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi 9, the brand has launched a slightly more affordable option — the Redmi 9i.

The body of the phone looks similar to the Redmi 9 Prime but doesn’t have a textured back. On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution and TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 chipset along with MG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner and solely relies on face unlock for faster authentication.

On the rear is a single 13-megapixel camera with AI-powered portrait mode, in-built document scanner, and beauty mode. For selfies, a 5-megapixel camera is located on the front in a water-drop notch. The storage is expandable via a microSD card.

Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery with a 10W charger. Although, this one skips the usual USB-C port in favor of microUSB. It ships with MIUI 12 out-of-the-box.

The Redmi 9i comes in two variants. The 4GB+64GB option costs INR 8,299 while the 4GB+128GB variant is priced at INR 9,299. Sale starts from September 18 via mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Homes, and Mi Studios.

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Alexa will soon get Amitabh Bachchan’s voice

Talk to your favorite actor!

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Amazon has added celebrity voices to its digital assistant, Alexa, for a long time now. Samuel Jackson’s voice is already available as a skill and you’ll soon be able to add Amitabh Bachchan as well.

The company has announced a partnership with the 77-year-old Bollywood actor that will bring his voice to Alexa. The voice assistant can offer jokes, advice, weather updates, poetry, and more. The company has announced it’ll be launching it in 2021 as a paid experience.

Amitabh Bachchan is a prolific actor who has starred in movies since the 1970s. His movies have been a massive hit globally and played a critical role in evolving the country’s indigenous cinema. His iconic voice can be instantaneously recognized by the masses.

Having hosted thirteen seasons of the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, he has also dominated the television industry. Despite his age and medical complications, it’s impossible to find his off-screen. Fun Fact: Bachchan has also made an appearance in The Great Gatsby.

“Technology has always given me an opportunity to adapt to a new form,” Bachchan said in a release. “Be it in movies, TV shows, podcasts, and now, I am excited to create this voice experience in partnership with Amazon and Alexa. With voice technology, we are building something to engage more effectively with my audience and well-wishers.”

Amazon said that the Alexa team will work closely with Bachchan to capture his voice. Alexa comes pre-installed on all Echo devices and you can even install it via an app on Android and iOS.

The e-commerce company has been gained a massive foothold in India’s market. Affordable Echo devices have proven to be a hit and the brand is gradually improving its local experience in the country.

Thanks to direct integration, Amazon is also able to push forward its Prime subscription, ensuring the development of an eco-system that contains hardware, software, as well as content.

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