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.
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.
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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.
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Home-grown smartphone manufacturer Micromax on Thursday launched the Yu Yureka Black, a smartphone coming from the company after a rather silent gap of four months. This dual-SIM budget phone with competitve technology
will be available exclusively on Flipkart from midnight on June 6 for Rs 8,999.
Micromax, a market leader in India until it lost a chunk of its market share to new Chinese players like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Nubia, Huawei, etc, is pinning its hopes on the Yu Yureka Black smartphone to regain its past glory.
But how far will the new smartphone go in reviving Micromax’s fortune? Business Standard took the new Yureka Yu Black for a spin to see if it has that ‘X’ factor to outshine strong rivals. Here is what we found: