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realme smart TV 55-inch with bezel-less design goes official

Launched along with a soundbar

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Alongside the realme Buds, the brand announced its expansion in the smart TV segment with a new 55-inch offering. Officially called the realme smart TV SLED 55-inch, its unique selling point is its bezel-less screen and metal design that provide a premium experience.

realme says this is the world’s first TV with SLED 4K support that can deliver a cinematic experience at home. The SLED panel uses Spectral Power Distribution (SPD) technology for the backlighting which should optimally result in a wide color gamut range and protection against blue light.

Under the hood, it runs on Android 9 Pie thanks to a quad-core MediaTek processor and 16GB internal storage. The TV also includes a 24W quad stereo speaker system along with Dolby Audio technology.

realme has also shipped along built-in Chroma Boost Picture Engine that offers seven modes — Standard, Sport, Game, Vivid, Energy Saving, User, and Movie.

It supports Google Assistant and all popular apps can be downloaded via the Play Store. In terms of connectivity, the TV has the usual HDMI, USB, and ethernet ports along with WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0.

The realme smart TV SLED 55-inch is priced at INR 42,999 (US$ 586), but it’ll be available for INR 39,999 (US$ 545) during its first sale as an introductory offer. Pre-orders start from October 16 and bookings can be made via realme store and Flipkart.

The company also launched a soundbar that’s officially called the realme 100W Soundbar. It’s equipped with two 2.25-inch 15W speakers and two 15W tweeters that provide a total output of 60W. The 40W subwoofer has a 50Hz to 24KHz enhancement and realme says it is capable of increasing the TV volume by 200 percent.

It’s priced at INR 6,999 (US$ 96) and sales start from October 16 via realme store, Flipkart, and Amazon.

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Mi 11X Pro launches with Snapdragon 888, 108MP camera

Alongside the midrange Mi 11X

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After weeks of teasing, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Mi 11X series, and it’ll be succeeding the Mi 10T series. Consisting of the Mi 11X Pro and the Mi 11X, the series will be going up against the vivo X60 series, realme GT, OnePlus 9 series, and OPPO Find X3 series.

The Mi 11X Pro sits between the ultra-premium range and midrange, offering best-in-class specifications that aren’t too heavy on the pocket. Unlike its predecessor, it’s much lighter now, coming in at 196g. The primary camera also has a halo ring that makes the lens easy to spot. It’s IP53 rated for dust and water protection.

On the front is a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and HDR10+ support. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 888 processor that’s backed by Adreno 660 GPU. There’s 8GB of RAM, and storage isn’t expandable.

The rear gets a triple-camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. Xiaomi says the new primary sensor leverages 9-in-1 2.1μm Super Pixel technology that produces better low-light images and retains details. On the front is a 20-megapixel front camera that’s located in a punch-hole cut-out.

Backing these internals is a slightly small 4520mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. According to the brand, it can charge the phone fully in just 52 minutes. There’s no headphone jack in line with previous Mi-branded premium phones, and the fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

The Mi 11X Pro costs INR 39,999 (US$ 533) for the 8GB+128GB option and INR 41,999 (US$ 560) for the 8GB+256GB variant. Shipments start from May 3, and color options include Cosmic Black, Lunar White, and Magic Celestial Silver.


The Mi 11X, on the other hand, inherits a lot of features from the elder sibling. It has the same AMOLED display, design, battery, and even color options. But it’s powered by a Snapdragon 870 processor, and there’s an option with 6GB RAM. On the rear, it gets a 48-megapixel primary camera instead, while the other two sensors remain the same as the Mi 11X Pro.

It’s priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 400) for the 6GB+128GB option and 8GB+128GB goes for INR 31,999 (US$ 425). The sale starts on April 27 via Mi.com, Mi Stores, Amazon.in, and other offline partners.

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Moto G60 and G40 Fusion launch with 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 732G

The price is genuinely surprising

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Moto has always followed a laid-back approach to new launches and doesn’t get into aggressive marketing like Xiaomi or realme. It also doesn’t maintain a very attractive price point, often getting sidelined. Though, things are starting to change with the recently launched Moto G60 and the G40 Fusion.

The Moto G60 will go directly against the Redmi Note 10 Pro, the POCO X3 Pro, realme 7 Pro, and the Galaxy M31. It’s a very competitive market and Moto has a unique selling point — stock Android interface.

The two phones have a lot in common like a 6.8-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and punch-hole cut-out for the front camera. Powering them is a Snapdragon 732G processor with Adreno 618 GPU and up to 6GB RAM. There’s a microSD card slow for storage expansion.

On the rear is a triple camera setup and the G60 get a 108-megapixel sensor while the G40 Fusion has a 64-megapixel unit. The other two cameras are same for both the phones and consist of an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The G60 gets a 32-megapixel front camera while the G40 sports a 16-megapixel one.

The duo ships with Android 11 out-of-the-box and runs on a 6000mAh battery. There’s support for 20W fast charging via Quick Charge 4. A fingerprint scanner is located on the back for authentication and Motorola has also retained the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Only one storage configuration is available on the G60 and the 6GB+128GB model costs INR 17,999 (US$ 240). Sale starts from April 27 and ICICI Bank cardholders can avail a INR 1,500 discount as launch offer.

The G40 Fusion is priced at INR 13,999 (US$ 185) for the 4GB+64GB option and INR 15,999 (US$ 211) for the 6GB+128GB. It’ll go on sale from May 1 and ICICI Bank cardholders get a INR 1,000 discount. Both the phones are available in Dynamic Gray and Frosted Champagne color options.

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The LG Wing gets a huge price cut, now available for $400

Offer available till stocks last

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Last week, LG announced it’ll entirely shut down its mobile division due to rising losses. It’ll stop making new phones, but existing inventory is up for grabs. It seems like the company is earnest about leaving the past behind and has announced a massive discount on the recently launched LG Wing.

The LG Wing has received a massive price cut of almost INR 40,000 (US$ 532). It was launched for INR 69,990 (US$ 931) in October 2020 but will now sell for INR 29,999 (US$ 400) via Flipkart. Only the 8GB+128GB option was launched in India.

While this may be surprising for readers from other markets, LG has previously introduced such radical discounts in India. Even the LG G8X, which launched for INR 70,000 (US$ 931), was soon available for INR 25,990 (US$ 345). It’s still in stock and available for a discounted price. In fact, you can exchange your old phone in return for further discounts of up to INR 16,500 (US$ 220).

LG Mobile intends to close down by July 31 completely. So, the time span available to grab existing inventory is short. Thankfully, a one-year warranty and five-year service for the LG Wing are mentioned, meaning LG intends to keep the spare and service supply chain active for a long time.

It has also confirmed that these recent phones shall receive active software updates for up to three years. So, if you’re thinking of grabbing a niche phone that looks unique, this is your chance.

If it helps, this writer purchased the LG G8X three months ago for a discounted price and it has turned out to be an extremely solid phone. The Dual Screen setup comes in very handy for Zoom calls, reading, and researching. We’re unlikely to see such radical or experimental ideas anytime soon since most companies are now focused on scaling, in turn, moving away from a niche market.

Read Also: The LG Wing 5G offers a new smartphone experience

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