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Xiaomi launches selfie-focused Redmi Y2 in India

Xiaomi is back with another stellar phone that isn’t heavy on the pocket

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Xiaomi has been aggressively launching new products in India thanks to the never-ending demand. The Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have been massive successes in the country. In fact, they’ve been so popular that competing companies have launched products to tackle this specific duo. Even though it has been more than three months since launch, the Note 5 Pro is still being sold via flash sales due to excessively high demand.

Today, Xiaomi announced the launch of the Redmi Y2 in India, the succeeding device of the Redmi Y1.  Xiaomi says the “Y” stands for youth, and the phone has been made keeping their requirements in mind. On a side note, Xiaomi announced the Redmi S2 last month in China and in the Philippines; the Y2 is basically the same device but with a different branding.

The front camera is the main highlight of the phone. It has a 16-megapixel sensor that supports AI-based Smart Beauty and has a soft LED flash for low-light pictures. The rear has a dual camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The phone supports AI-based improvements in HDR and Portrait mode. The sensor also features large 1.25µm pixels that, according to Xiaomi, capture more light and produce better-quality pictures.

Coming to specifications, the device sports a 6-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC along with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Currently, the phone runs on MIUI 9 that’s based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The battery is rated at 3000mAh and supports fast charging via a micro USB port.

The rear houses the fingerprint sensor and the device also supports authentication via Face Unlock. The storage is expandable via a microSD card through its hybrid dual-SIM slot.

The 32GB variant is priced at INR 9,999 (US$ 150) while the 64GB variant is priced at INR 12,999 (US$ 192) and will be exclusively available from Amazon.in and Mi Stores across the country starting June 12.

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Apple is offering zero down payment EMIs on iPhones in India

Buying an iPhone has never been so easy in India!

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iPhones have always been heavy on the pocket, but the product makes up for this hefty price tag by delivering an above-average lifespan to regular users. While Android flagships often start showing their age within a couple of years, iPhones last much longer thanks to closely controlled software.

In developing markets like India, phones under contracts are a negligible part of the industry. On the other hand, higher-end phones that are sold through channels outside of telcos are factory-unlocked by default and support a wide array of networks, but they cost at least INR 50,000 (US$ 750) up front, and can even go up to INR 100,000 (US$ 1,460).

Apple intends to push deeper into the Indian market and make the process easier for potential buyers by rolling out a special 18-month EMI plan which requires zero upfront payment.

The offer is applicable on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 bought through Apple’s offline partners from June 15 to September 30. The offer is applicable on a range of credit cards issued by PSU (state-run) banks and private banks.

Further, there is a five percent cash back for credit cards issued by Axis Bank, Citibank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Standard Chartered. As per the listing, the cash back shall be credited within 120 days from the date of the business transaction

This means you can get an iPhone X (64GB) for INR 5,599 (US$ 82) per month, the iPhone 8 (64GB) would cost INR 3,999 (US$ 58) per month, and the iPhone 7 (128GB) would have a cost of INR 3,525 (US$ 51) per month.

The exact prices for all variants are available at IndiaiStore, which is Apple’s official website for India. For purchases, the portal also helps users locate a nearby Apple Premium Reseller, Apple Authorized Reseller, or multi-brand store that stocks Apple products.

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OPPO RealMe 1 Moonlight Silver Limited Edition to go on sale from June 18

This one features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage

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Last month, OPPO launched a new sub-brand in India called RealMe. It aims to target the lower-midrange segment and has been in high demand since launch thanks to competitive pricing. A new variant has now been announced with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a new color option of Moonlight Silver. The device will be available for purchase starting June 18, exclusively via Amazon.in.

The company originally launched the Diamond Black and Solar Red color options. Moonlight Silver will be the third option to be available in limited quantities.

“This limited edition range offers shiny designs that cater to customers’ needs. We hope that this new variant will be equally well received by the audience,” said Madhav Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, RealMe India.

As far as other specifications are concerned, the device sports a 6-inch FHD+ LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Powering this device is the Helio P60 SoC which has two dedicated cores for AI processing. The two variants of the phone have 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 6GB + 128GB storage.

On the rear, it sports a 13-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and an 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. The device runs on ColorOS 5.0 that is built on Android Oreo 8.1. For authentication, this device lacks a fingerprint scanner but covers that up using Face Unlock. Backing all these internals is a 3410mAh battery which does not support any kind of fast charging.

It’s clear that OPPO intends to take on Xiaomi’s wide portfolio of products in India. The Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the recently announced Redmi Y2 have been huge successes in the country. RealMe is trying to grab this share of the market by releasing products that fit everyone’s price bracket.

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Uber Lite app unveiled for entry-level phones with slow internet speeds

Launching first in India

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The list of Lite apps are slowly growing and the latest to get released is from the popular ride-hailing service Uber. The service serves both developed and developing countries, each with their own hurdles in getting the perfect experience. In the developing world, there are a number of users that still use entry-levels phones with slow internet connections. Uber wishes to address that with Uber Lite.

Uber Lite is the company’s way of reaching more people. It’s a minimal version of the main app that saves space in the phone’s storage, works on any (or most) network speeds, and, of course, runs great even on basic smartphones like Android Go-powered handsets.

The app is less than 5MB to download, which is significantly less than the regular app’s 181MB size. To achieve this, Uber had to cut some of the main features and leave only the necessities. Gone is the map that welcomes riders, but it’s still there as an option. Instead, the app immediately suggests nearby possible pickup locations based on the user’s GPS. There’s minimal searching on Uber Lite since it uses cache information before the phone went offline to know where you want to go.

The app is already available in India, which is one of Uber’s remaining markets in Asia after they sold their Southeast Asia business to Grab.

SEE ALSO: Uber sells their Southeast Asia business to Grab

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