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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The design is also inspired by OPPO Reno
Realme operates as an independent brand now, but when it first started last year, it was technically a sub-brand of OPPO. Since then, the Indian smartphone market has changed quite a lot. Realme has been successful in taking up a huge chunk of the market, Xiaomi is slowly inching forward, and Samsung is no longer sleeping.
In the midst of all the noise, OPPO and Vivo are treading cautiously. They’re focused on grabbing the offline market that relies on brick and mortar stores. Taking a step forward, OPPO has launched a new phone called the K3 in India, and it looks eerily similar to the Realme X. In fact, even the specs sheet is pretty much the same.
What sets it apart is that it shares the new design language OPPO’s Reno line first introduced, which OPPO said will serve as the catalyst for the company’s smartphone development for the next 10 years.
While OPPO and Realme are busy sharing resources, it’s the best time for a consumer to buy a new phone. There are simply too many options to choose from and pricing has never been this competitive.
To start with, the OPPO K3 sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that also integrates a fingerprint scanner. The phone ships with ColorOS out of the box and relies on a Snapdragon 710 chipset to chug along.
The rear has a 16-megapixel primary camera coupled with a 2-megapixel secondary lens. The front camera is housed in a pop-up sliding module and consists of a 16-megapixel lens. The software incorporates standard AI-backed scene recognition and Ultra Clear Night View 2.0 feature. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology.
The 6GB+128GB option is priced at INR 16,990 (US$ 245) and the 8GB+128GB variant costs 19,990 (US$ 290). It’ll be available in Aurora Blue and Jade Black from July 23 via Amazon.in and offline retail stores.
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It’s clear by now Xiaomi will always be on a launch spree, whether it’s a smartphone or an eco-system product, nothing can stop the young juggernaut. The brand has been teasing the launch of the Redmi K20 series in India for months now and it’s finally here.
The K20 Pro and K20 have been launched in the country at a very competitive price and demand for it is already very high. Initially, Xiaomi will be shipping the device via its Alpha Sale for which registration had started a week back and more than 70,000 buyers have already registered. The Redmi K20 Pro will go on limited sale starting July 22 via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores.
Both phones sport a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of almost 92 percent. On the front is a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera while the rear has a triple camera setup. It consists of a 48-megapixel lens (IMX586 on the K20 Pro and IMX 582 on K20), 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.
The camera app comes with AI-backed portrait mode, beauty enhancements, and automatic scene recognition. To protect the pop-up module from damage, the phone’s gyroscope detects falls and automatically retracts.
Powering the K20 Pro is the latest Snapdragon 855 processor and the K20 is backed by a Snapdragon 730 chip. A 4000mAh battery provides all the juice and charges via 27W SonicCharge technology. The display also houses a fingerprint scanner and there’s also support for face unlock. Lastly, the design is P2i splash proof thanks to a resistant nano-coating.
The Redmi K20 Pro is priced at INR 27,999 (US$ 406) for the 6GB+128GB variant and INR 30,999 (US$ 450) for the 8GB+256GB option.
On the other hand, the K20 is priced at INR 21,999 (US$ 320) for the 6GB+64GB option and INR 23,999 (US$ 350) for 6GB+128GB configuration. Both the phones are available in Fire and Ice colors.
Xiaomi also announced the launch of Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones for INR 1,599 (US$ 23) and Mi Rechargeable LED Lamp for INR 1,499 (US$ 21).
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