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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.

Apps

App that removes ‘China apps’ now trending

TikTok could be the most affected

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An Android app going by the name “Remove China Apps” is trending on the Google Play Store in India. The app says it can identify apps that are made in China and help you uninstall them. It has already crossed five million downloads and is currently at the top spot of Google Play’s top free apps list.

Not just India, but other countries like Australia are also actively downloading the app according to App Annie. The app is fairly easy to use. You just need to install it and it’ll show you all the China-made apps installed on your phone, for example, TikTok.

The app was launched on May 17 by an Indian developer going by the name OneTouch AppLabs. It had crossed one million downloads within 1o days of launch. It holds a rating of 4.9 out of 5. Obviously, much of this has to do with the nationalistic notion attached to it.

India went into a complete lockdown when Coronavirus threatened to ravage the country. While the country prioritized life over the economy, a two-month lockdown has drastically hit the economy and experts suggest it could dip into a recession soon. To revive the economy, the Indian Prime Minister urged everyone to support locally sourced products and reduce dependence on imports.

While India is actively fighting the virus, China has escalated border skirmishes in the north. It’s no wonder that the many have developed anti-China sentiments radically and a few developers are taking advantage of the situation. Furthermore, TikTok clones like “Mitron TV” have popped-up as local alternatives of the Bytedance controlled social platform.

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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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 Mi.com 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

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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 Realme.com from June 5. The additional color straps will cost INR 499 (US$ 7) later.

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