The OnePlus 8 Series comes with a mouth-watering price in India

It’s significantly lower than the global pricing



The OnePlus 8 Series is official now and global sales have started in many markets of North America, Asia, and Europe. But, its largest market, India, is currently unavailable for sales due to an ongoing lockdown amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, that hasn’t stopped the company from announcing the official pricing of the phone. For now, the country shall be under a state of complete lockdown until May 3. Experts expect e-commerce sites to be able to operate in a phased manner, opening up the market for OnePlus.

OnePlus 8

The country gets a special option of the OnePlus 8 with a 6GB+128GB configuration and is priced at INR 41,999 (US$ 545). The second variant with 8GB+128GB costs INR 44,999 (US$ 585) and the top-tier choice with 12GB+256GB is priced at INR 49,999 (US$ 650).

In comparison, the international pricing for the 8GB+128GB option is US$ 699, followed by US$ 799 for the high-end variant.

OnePlus 8 Pro

On the other hand, the 8GB+128GB version is priced at INR 54,999 (US$ 715) while the top-tier option with 12GB+256GB comes for INR 59,999 (US$ 780).

The international pricing for these is US$ 899 and US$ 999, respectively.

Why is there such a big gap between the prices?

Firstly, India is a developing economy and a very price-sensitive market. Brands are constantly trying to undercut each other and this has been clearly seen in Xiaomi and Realme’s aggressive push in the country. Even a difference of INR 1,000 is enough to sway the end buyer. Additionally, OnePlus has grown as a premium brand thanks to its combative pricing against dominating giants like Samsung and Apple.

Secondly, the phones are assembled in India. This gives them a direct benefit of bypassing import duties by almost 20 percent. This same advantage is often lost by Apple because it imports units from China. Hence, while the recently announced iPhone SE 2020 costs US$ 399, it’s priced at INR 42,500 (US$ 550).

Being the world’s second-largest smartphone market, a plethora of brands are available in the market. And, the concept of a contract phone does not apply in India since all phones are sold “unlocked” by default. Consumers need to pay up the full sum at the point of purchase since a line of credit or postpaid billing is out of reach for a majority of users.


Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable



In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Realme Watch launches with a touchscreen display and HR tracker

High on features, light on the pocket



This is the first watch from Realme and we’ve been waiting for it for a long time. The company teased its existence multiple times and considering the brand’s reputation, we knew it’ll have a very competitive price. Thankfully, the watch is now official, and here’s everything you need to know.

It comes with a 1.4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, a maximum brightness of 380 nits, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Currently, it comes pre-loaded with 12 watch faces and the company has confirmed more than a hundred will be available via an OTA update soon.

The smartwatch offers real-time heart rate monitoring using the built-in PPG sensor and records results every five minutes. Furthermore, it also has a SpO2 monitoring system to track the blood oxygen level.

On the fitness front, it has 14 different sports modes such as Badminton, Cricket, Indoor Run, Outdoor Run, Walk, and Yoga, among others. Health-based features also include sleep monitoring, sedentary reminders, hydration reminder, and meditation relaxing.

Just like all other smartwatches or bands, it can receive notifications from your phone via Bluetooth, control music playback, and unlock the phone via Android’s smart unlock system. Unlike the Apple Watch, you can’t pick-up voice calls but it’ll let you reject the call or mute the notification.

Realme Watch runs on a proprietary OS and can be linked to your phone via the Realme Link app. It supports 20mm removable wrist straps and has an IP68-certified body that can resist dust and water.

The Realme Watch is priced at INR 3,999 (US$ 53) and will be available via Flipkart and from June 5. The additional color straps will cost INR 499 (US$ 7) later.

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Realme TV is a very affordable option with Android TV and HDR 10

Realme is going after Xiaomi, again!



Realme is a fairly young brand when compared to established players like Xiaomi, Samsung, and OnePlus. But that isn’t stopping it from making bold moves like taking digs at Xiaomi and aggressively expanding its product lineup.

Today the brand unveiled the Realme TV in India. In comes in two sizes, 32-inch with 1366 x 768 resolution and 42-inch with 1920 x 1080. The brand says the TV has a premium look with a bezel-less design. The smart TV segment is turning out to be a very lucrative segment in developing markets and Xiaomi’s TV lineup currently dominates it.

Coming back to the Realme TV, it has Chroma Boost Picture Engine that optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for top-notch viewing experience. The same technology is used in its smartphones as well and can the panel can deliver up to 400 nits of brightness.

It runs on Android TV out-of-the-box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps. Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available. In fact, the remote has a dedicated button for YouTube, Netflix, and Prime Video.

Powering it is a MediaTek quad-core processor with in-built support for HDR 10, and 8GB internal storage. For audio, it features four 24W stereo speakers with Dolby audio support. Port options include a couple of USB ports, three HDMI ports, one AV port, and one digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The Realme TV 32-inch is priced at INR 12,999 (US$ 170) and the 43-inch model is priced at INR 21,999 (US$ 290). It shall go on sale starting June 2 via Flipkart and

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