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Vivo S1 launches with triple rear cameras

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Vivo’s V-series has been quite popular, but it has been a long time since the brand launched a new offering. In a dynamic smartphone market, brands are constantly launching new products to maintain an edge over the other.

Instead, Vivo launched the Z1 Pro a few weeks back and announced the S1 today in India. It’ll be going up against the Realme X, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M40, and OPPO K3.


It sports a 6.38-inch AMOLED display with a small water-drop notch up top. With a screen-to-body ratio of 85 percent, the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The body is built out of plastic, but a refreshing set of colors are available — Skyline Blue and Diamond Black.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant. It runs on Funtouch 9.0 OS based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

On the rear is a triple camera setup, consisting of a 16-megapixel primary lens, 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The notch houses a 32-megapixel selfie shooter on the front and the camera app includes features like AI Face Beauty, Selfie Frontlight, and AR Stickers.

It also gets a dedicated assistant button that’ll trigger Vivo’s Jovi assistant or can be changed to Google Assistant. Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

The Vivo S1 comes with a starting price of INR 17,990 for the 4GB+128GB variant. The 6GB+64GB option is priced at INR 18,990, while the 6GB+128GB configuration costs INR 19,990.

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Xiaomi launches Mi Band 4 and Mi Water Purifier

It now has a color display!

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At the Smart Living 2020 event in Bengaluru, Xiaomi announced a host of products including new Mi TVs and a black colored Soundbar. The brand is insanely popular for its smartphones and now intends to expand its folio even further.

Last year around the same time, it launched the Mi Air Purifier and Mi Luggage. Now, the brand has finally launched the much awaited Mi Band 4 along with the Mi Water Purifier.


Mi Band 4

The Mi Band lineup has been an instant hit in the country due to its affordable pricing. In fact, the Mi Band has single handedly made Xiaomi a top wearable maker in the country. With the Mi Band 4, it aims to build upon those strengths such as long battery life, multiple forms of exercise tracking and water-proofing while bringing in a few useful additions.

It features a 0.95-inch color-AMOLED display panel along with a touch sensitive button. The wearable is powered by a 135mAh battery which is supposed to provide a battery life of about 20 days on a single charge. Charging takes a little less than two hours.

It comes with a six-axis accelerometer that can identify various swimming strokes and offer swolf scores, a feature especially beneficial for swimmers. The screen is capable of showing notifications from various apps and users can also control music playback of their smartphones.

The Mi Band 4 will be available for purchase starting September 19 at a price of INR 2,299 (US$ 32). Five band colour options are available, including black, blue, maroon, grey and red.

Mi Water Purifier

It combines Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ultra-violet (UV) methods for purifying the water. It  has a seven litre tank for storing water after it has been purified. The UV-light for further purification has also been placed at the bottom of this storage tank so that the purified water remains clean.

Initial stages happen in the PP+Activated Carbon filter. This filter is capable of intercepting large and visible particles along with residual chlorine, colour, and odour.

Further, it can be connected to the Mi Home app that provides live TDS-tracking and one-tap ordering of new cartridges. With a DIY-approach, changing the filter is easy and setting up the purifier is simple. It is priced at INR 11,999 and will go on sale from via Mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Homes starting September 29.

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Mi TV 4X series with 4K screen now available

Now ships with Android 9.0

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Xiaomi unveiled today the Mi TV 4X series.  This includes three sizes: 43 inches, 50 inches, and 65 inches. All of them come with a 4K HDR 10-bit panel. The 65-inch Mi TV 4X is the biggest Xiaomi TV in India yet and features a premium metal finish.

Xiaomi claims its Ultra Bright panel is the brightest they’ve ever shipped. It also features Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and RealityFlow, which is backed by MEMC technology to ensure smooth refresh rates. This makes it ideal for console gaming.


Feature-rich Mi TVs

Both, the 43-inch and 50-inch models come with 20W speakers, Dolby Audio and DTS-HD support. The three TVs also feature Xiaomi’s new image processing engine, called the Vivid Picture Engine.

The TVs ship pre-loaded with Xiaomi’s PatchWall 2.0 OS, built on top of Android TV 9.0. You can switch between the two interfaces to use other streaming apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and more.

The 65-inch option is priced at INR 64,999 (US$ 908) and will be available via Flipkart and Mi.com. The 50-inch and 43-inch variants are priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 419) and INR 24,999 (US$ 350), respectively. They go on sale from September 29.

Not just smartphone makers

Xiaomi is popular for its smartphones that are packed to the brim with features but come with an affordable price tag. It has dominated the market in India consistently, however, phones aren’t the only products to have disrupted the market.

Mi TVs have been a hit in the country and the brand intends to rule this segment as well. The demand for an affordable “smart” TV is high and with improving internet connectivity, India is among the most content-hungry markets in the world.

A few days back, Moto and Flipkart launched a new lineup of TVs in India. Even OnePlus is expected to launch a 55-inch TV on September 26.

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Moto E6s launches with interchangeable back covers

It was first announced at IFA 2019

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Moto E6 Plus was announced at IFA 2019 and the company has rebranded it as Moto E6s for the Indian market. Launched today in the country, it’s meant to be an entry-level offering.

This segment is already pretty crowded with tonnes of options from local as well as global brands. The brand also announced the phone will be made completely in India at the company’s Chennai factory.


It has a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch and 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The rear has a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and is assisted by a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone has a selective bokeh photo mode that lets you adjust the background blur. The company stressed it has tuned its algorithms to click better HDR as well as low-light shots.

A fingerprint scanner is embedded on the back and also houses the Moto branding. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. It runs on pure Android out of the box, so we expect updates to trickle down faster.

Unlike other brands that have multiple memory configurations to choose from, Moto E6s is available in only one grouping. Priced at INR 7,999, color options include Rich Cranberry and Polished Graphite. Sales start from September 23 via Flipkart.

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