Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro set new benchmarks for budget smartphones

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro

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Xiaomi started the year with the launch of the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro – successor of 2017 highly popular budget smartphone the Redmi Note 4.

Both, the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro bring major upgrades over their predecessor in terms of design, features and camera, while retaining the best features of the Redmi Note 4 –battery, build quality and storage options.

The Redmi Note 5 is more of a regular upgrade in accordance with the trend fast catching up in the smartphone industry — 18:9 aspect ratio screen. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, is a radical one infused with enhanced hardware and software upgrades.

First impressions of the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro:


In terms of design, the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro are strikingly similar to the Note 4. However, with a new 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio screen on the front, both the smartphones have tall stance that adds to the overall design theme.

In the Redmi Note 5, the back looks almost similar to its predecessor. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, with dual-camera set-up on the back looks like a Chinese-cloned version of iPhone X. Both devices come with more curvaceous aluminium anodised backs that blend well with the Gorilla Glass on the front.

Overall, the Note 5 and Note 5 Pro set the benchmark in design for budget smartphones.


Both smartphones sport 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio screen of fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution. The screen seems to have better contrast and sunlight legibility than predecessor. The colour reproduction is satisfactory, if not perfect, and the 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass on top makes it easier to operate.

The curved corners of the screen might not please everyone but, based on screen usage patterns and utility, they seem to look better than pointed edges.


In the Redmi Note 5, imaging is taken care of by a 12-megapixel primary camera on the back and a 5 MP selfie camera. Both the cameras are coupled with LED flash, which is a new addition over the predecessor.

The cameras show improvement to some degree over the predecessor. However, we did notice that the photos look washed out at times and the manual mode is limited to adjust ISO and white balance.



Flipkart Billion Capture+ review: A budget smartphone with mid-tier specs

Flipkart, Billion Capture+

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The Billion Capture+, the first smartphone developed by homegrown e-commerce major Flipkart, is not just another product vying for eyeballs in India’s already-flooded smartphone market. Though a budget device, this smartphone impresses with a performance that is on a par with many a mid-tier device.


Flipkart claims that the Billion Capture has been made in India for the Indian consumer, and that it has been designed after analysing user feedback received on the e-commerce portal. But does it pass the test in so far as user need and greed are concerned? Business Standard reviewed the Billion Capture+ to test how it fares in real-life scenario and here are our observations:




At first look, the Billion Capture+ looks almost the same as the Xiaomi Mi A1. But, a few imperfections – not-so-smooth side curves and out-of- place SIM card tray – become visible on a closer inspection.

The front has a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS screen in the 16:9 aspect ratio which leaves huge bezels on the top and bottom. While the top bezel houses an earpiece, front camera and sensors, the bottom bezel has been kept vacant – it is tough to fathom why. It could have been used for capacitive navigation keys and the fingerprint scanner placed on the back.


The power key and volume rockers are placed on the right side and the SIM-card tray on the left. The chassis is accentuated by its silver linings, which boost the overall appearance. The bottom is occupied by a five-grille design to accommodate the speaker and microphone, with a USB type-C port placed in between.



Moto X4 with dual rear cameras, IP68 water resistance launched at Rs 20,999

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Motorola has launched Moto X4 starting at Rs 20,999 for the base model and Rs 22,999 for the premium model with 64 GB storage and 4 GB RAM. The IP68-certified water and dust resistant device went on sale last night.


The Moto X4 sports a dual camera set-up on the back, which utilises a 12-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter with f/2.2 aperture.


The cameras on the back are assisted with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual LED flash.


On the front, the smartphone houses a 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.


The selfie camera is supported with flash and comes with features such as beautification mode, pro mode, filters, panorama and adaptive low-light mode.


Moto X4 sports a 5.2-inch fullHD IPS screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection against scratches and accidental drops. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, which is an octa-core processor ticking at 2.2 GHz, coupled with Adreno 508 graphic processor. The device boasts 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage variants, expandable up to 2TB using microSD card slot, with 3 GB and 4 GB RAM, respectively. The phone boots Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box.


The Moto X4 offers all-round connectivity options including near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), GPS, GLONASS, 4G LTE, and FM radio.


The 163 grams smartphone houses a 3,000 mAh battery.



Pre-order Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL till October 31 and get free earphones

Google Pixel 2 XL


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Ahead of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL sales, commencing in November, Google on Wednesday announced offers on pre-ordering the devices. The offer starts from Thursday.


Users pre-booking the device on Flipkart on or before October 31 will get Sennheiser Bluetooth earphones worth Rs 11,990 for free.


Airtel users will get 120GB of additional data for six months and Reliance Jio subscribers will get overall benefits worth Rs 14,999.


Also, users can get cashback of Rs 8,000 on HDFC bank credit card (on EMI transactions only).


These offers are applicable across Flipkart and “our participating offline retail partners including Reliance Digital, Croma” and many more across India, the company said in a statement.


Google Pixel 2, that includes Google Lens, will be priced at Rs 61,000 for 64GB variant and Rs 70,000 for 128GB. Pixel 2 XL 64GB will cost Rs 73,000 and Pixel 2 XL 128GB will be available for Rs 82,000.


Pixel 2 comes in just black, clearly white and kinda blue colours while Pixel 2 XL has just black and black and white variants.


The devices will be available in over 1,000 stores across the country and on Flipkart starting November 1 (Pixel 2) and November 15 (Pixel 2 XL).



Details out! Xiaomi announces Mi A1, an Android One smartphone, at Rs 14,999

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One smartphone


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Xiaomi India has launched Mi A1, an Android One smartphone in partnership with Google, at Rs 14,999 in India. The device will go on sale on September 12 on Flipkart and Mi Store — as well as offline channels. The phone will be available in three colour options – Black, Rose Gold and Gold.

The Mi A1 is the first device from the stable of Xiaomi to run stock Google Android instead of Mi user interface, which has been part of all other Xiaomi devices. The partnership with Google should assure timely future updates and stock Android user experience.

Apart from stock Google Android, the key feature of Xiaomi Mi A1 is its dual camera setup at the back that utilises dual 12 megapixel sensors – wide angle and telephoto lens.

The telephoto 50mm telephoto lens captures the main image and wide-angle lens measures the depth of field to create bokeh effect, which blurs the background.

The dual camera setup enables up to 2x optical zoom capabilities and up to 10x digital zoom.

The Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch full HD screen protected with curved glass. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 64 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM.


The smartphone comes bundled with free unlimited storage on Google Photos to sync and store images and videos on Google cloud platform.

The smartphone features fingerprint sensor placed at the top centre and comes with a dedicated amplifier for enhanced audio output. Xiaomi has partnered telecom major Airtel to offer additional 200 GB 4G data to subscribers who buy the Mi A1.

70% discounts and more: Flipkart’s Big Freedom Sale and Amazon’s Great India Sale kick off today

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Two big sales, namely Amazon’s Great India Sale and Flipkart’s Big Freedom Sale kick off today ahead of Independence Day.


For the e-commerce giant Flipkart’s sale, electronics, televisions, smartphones and more such products will see hefty discounts. Under ‘Largest Democracy, Legendary Deals’, Flipkart is offering discounts up to 70 per cent on some products.


Under its exclusive lists of products, Flipkart is offering Lenovo K5 Note smartphone at an attractive price and 50 per cent flat off on smart watches. Flipkart has put up 72 hours Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sale, along with an extra Rs 1,000 off in exchange offer.


Rival Amazon.com is offering up to 35 per cent off on smartphones and up to 40 per cent off on headphones, Bluetooth headsets and power banks. Maximum discount of 70 per cent is being given on fashion and home and kitchen appliances. Other electronic appliances can be purchased at a discount of up to 50 per cent. Additionally, there will be discounts of up to 75 percent off on software products, up to 45 per cent off on tablets and cameras, and up to 35 per cent off on printers and cartridges.


Here are some Flipkart deals to watch out for:

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Motorola launches Moto C Plus

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Smartphone manufacturer Motorola, now backed by Lenovo, has launched the Moto C Plus in India at Rs 6,999. This smartphone, going on sale from June 20, exclusively on Flipkart, is dual-SIM, VoLTE-ready budget device aimed at tapping the price-conscious Indian consumer. It competes with a number of China-based manufacturers that have already stormed entry-level market with feature-rich affordable handsets.

In terms of specifications, the Moto C Plus sports a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720p) TFT screen and boots Android Nougat v7.0 operating system. It is powered by Mediatek MT6737 processor, which has four Cortex-A53 cores running at a frequency of 1.3 GHz each, coupled with Mali-T720MP2 graphic processing unit (GPU).

The smartphone features 16 GB of storage, expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card, and 2 GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel (MP) rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and 2 MP front-facing selfie camera. Cameras on both ends are assisted with LED flash. The rear camera also offers features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and ability to click HDR pictures and panorama.

The Moto C Plus weighs 162 g and supports Wi-Fi, hotspot and Bluetooth connectivity. The smartphone is powered by 4,000 mAh lithium polymer battery that supports fast charging with a 10 watt charger supplied along with the smartphone.