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Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 with 4K HDR launched in India

Xiaomi is further widening its product array in India

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Xiaomi has finally taken its first steps into India’s smart television space with the launch of the Mi LED Smart TV 4. India is the first country to get this device outside its home country, China. The company is touting this to be the world’s thinnest LED TV and that it has been customized for Indian users.

The television set is just 4.9mm thick and features a frame-less design which you might be familiar with if you’ve seen the Mi Mix 2. The design is reminiscent of the smartphone and looks sleek and elegant. Xiaomi claims it’s 38 percent slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The display itself is 55 inches in size and supports 4K and HDR content, a rarity for televisions in this price range. It has Dolby+ DTS Cinema Sound and has Wi-Fi connectivity for streaming TV shows and movies. The TV has a remote which is very much similar to the Amazon Fire Stick remote and can control the television and any Indian DTH set-top box.

Xiaomi’s new Mi LED Smart TV runs the Android-based PatchWall UI that learns with usage over time and offers personalized recommendations based on the user’s viewing patterns. Xiaomi has over 10 content partners that will provide both local and international content in over 15 regional languages. The list includes the likes of Alt Balaji, Voot, SunNxt, Hungama Play, and Hotstar, among others. The bigger focus has been on personalization and curation.

The TV is powered by a quad-core 64-bit TV processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB memory. As for connectivity, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, AV-in, Ethernet, and S/PDIF audio output. The company is also touting the presence of Dolby+ DTS Cinema Audio Quality on the Mi TV 4, with two 8W duct inverted speakers.

There are some limited period offers with the Xiaomi Mi TV, like three months of free subscription to both Sony Liv and Hungama Play. The Mi IR cable, which makes it possible for the TV to integrate the set-top content into the PatchWall, costing INR 299 is also free. And finally, Xiaomi is offering free on-site installation with the Mi LED Smart TV 4.

The Mi LED Smart TV 4 (55-inch) will be available on February 22 at Mi.com and Flipkart for a price of INR 39,999 (US$ 625).

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Vivo launches V9 Youth with FullView display and dual rear cameras

It is a toned-down version of the V9

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Nearly a month after the launch of its V9 smartphone, Vivo has expanded the series with the V9 Youth.

The new Vivo V9 Youth was launched in India for INR 18,990 (US$ 287) and will be available on both online and offline channels. While the offline availability of the device starts today, the online platforms such as Flipkart, Paytm Mall, Amazon, and Vivo E-store will begin selling the phone from April 24.

The smartphone, as Vivo claims, is designed keeping in mind the young and dynamic consumer base and hence is packed with a host of new features like dual cameras on the rear, Android 8.1 Oreo, face unlock, and there’s also something called a Game Mode to deliver an uninterrupted gaming experience.

The V9 Youth focuses on its camera capabilities. The highlight of the smartphone is its dual rear cameras with 16- and 2-megapixel sensors. Selfie lovers get a 16-megapixel camera at the front alongside the AI Face Beauty feature. The device comes with a triple-card slot for adding two nano-SIM cards and one microSD card. On the rear, it also has a fingerprint sensor.

It comes with a metal unibody design and will be available in black and gold color options. On the front, the Vivo V9 Youth sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card.

It’s backed by a 3260mAh non-removable battery and lacks fast charging support. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo with the company’s own FunTouch OS 4.0 running on top of it.

“With the launch of ‘Vivo V9 Youth,’ we are bringing the best features of our flagship V9 in a new avatar for our young and modern consumers,” said Kenny Zeng, CMO, Vivo India.

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Amazon launches lightweight Android web browser

It’s designed for low-powered devices

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Amazon has released a lightweight internet browser for Android smartphones in India, simply called Internet. The app itself weighs just about 2MB in size and is designed to offer an efficient way to browse the internet on devices with limited processing power and available storage space.

Compelling features of the Amazon Internet browser include privacy, with Amazon claiming no extra permissions are required to use it and no private data is collected, as well as private tabs to ensure websites can’t capture your data.

Among many features, the web browser’s homepage gives a glimpse at general headlines, while offering specific news such as cricket scores. The home page also offers previews for various tabs and an automatic full-screen viewing option. The browser comes with a download manager as well, and while the default search engine is Bing, you can change it to Google from the settings.

Amazon has designed the app for Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, but it cannot be downloaded on devices running newer versions of Android as of now, citing incompatibility as the reason on the app’s Play Store listing. Amazon had recently launched the Kindle Lite app, which too weighs less than 2MB in size.

The major reason why India has been such as an attractive market for tech companies is because of its increasing data consumption. On December 21, 2017, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant tweeted that India has become the “World’s No. 1 mobile data consuming the country.”

Earlier this year, Google released Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Google Go, Gboard Go, and the completely new Files Go app as part of the Android Go initiative. Android Go is based on the latest Oreo update but is a less resource-intensive version of the operating system, tailored for budget phones with lower specs — as low as 512MB of RAM.

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Acer launches ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ edition notebooks in India

Includes Captain America, Thanos, and Iron Man editions

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Acer has tied up with Marvel Studios for the launch of three special-edition laptops in India, which are inspired by characters from the upcoming movie, Avengers: Infinity War. Acer’s special lineup includes the Aspire 6 (Captain America Edition), Nitro 5 (Thanos Edition) and Swift 3 (Iron Man Edition). The notebooks will be in India from April 20.

The Aspire 6 featuring Captain America’s iconic pentagram (as shown above) is powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics chipset, with 8GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB of SATA HDD storage. You get a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and physical connectivity like USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), standard USB 3.0 port, and two USB 2.0 ports. The laptop is priced at INR 63,999 (US$ 974).

Acer Nitro 5

The Nitro 5 Thanos Edition is powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB of RAM which is further upgradable up to 32GB. You also get a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and dual exhaust fans with Acer’s Coolboost technology. The laptop costs INR 80,999 (US$ 1,233) for the configuration with a 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD.

Acer Swift 3

The lightweight Swift 3 features an aluminum top with Iron Man’s Arc Reactor, which also glows when the laptop is switched on. It has an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM.  You also get a 14-inch Full HD IPS display, Type-C port, and up to 10 hours of battery life for INR 79,999 (US$ 1,217).

Commenting on the launch, Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head of Acer India said, “We’re excited to work again with Disney Consumer Products and Marvel to bring technology even closer to consumers through their favorite characters. The Pixar 30th Anniversary Toy Story special edition of the Acer Aspire V13 we launched in 2017 was a huge success. With the new series of notebooks, we hope to engage fans of the Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe; as well as users who are looking for a versatile notebook for work, for entertainment, and for exceptional gaming experience.”

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