OnePlus 5T will be launched globally on November 16, and will become available for purchase in India, North America, and Europe for early birds on November 21. Open sales for the smartphone will start on November 28, and it will hit the shelves in China on December 1. The company is live streaming the event from New York City on YouTube, and will also show it in PVR theatres in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune, with tickets priced at Rs. 99. OnePlus 5T price will be under CNY 4,000 (approximately Rs. 39,000 or $600), the company’s CEO Pete Lau had revealed earlier, and its highlight is said to be the 6-inch display with bezel-less design and 18:9 aspect ratio.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 goes on first regular sale in India
Xiaomi held the first regular sale of Mi MIX 2 flagship-class smartphone in India today, over two weeks after it became available in the country via a preview sale. The first general sale of the large-screen smartphone was held via Mi.com and Flipkart, and more units are likely to have been available compared to the two preview sales. The Mi MIX 2, priced in India at Rs. 35,999, features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display with bezel-less design, octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB RAM, Android Nougat-based custom UI, 12-megapixel rear camera, 128GB internal storage, and a 3400mAh battery.
Airtel data rollover facility extended to broadband users
Airtel broadband users will now be able to consume leftover data from one billing cycle in the following months. This is part of the company’s data rollover facility, and allows broadband users to accumulate up to 1,000GB data. However, not all plans will come with this feature, and even the select plans will vary from circle to circle; users can check the myAirtel app to find out if their plan is eligible for the offer. Also, if they switch from the current plan to a lower-priced one, they will lose the accumulated data.
Vodafone too announced some new benefits for its postpaid users who subscribe to the new RED Traveller, RED International and RED Signature plans. The benefits include data rollover facility, free national roaming, Nextflix access for up to 12 months, handset theft and damage protection, and access to Magzter magazine app. However, these plans will not be available in circles such as Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Apple makes 64 percent gross margin from iPhone X
Teardown firm TechInsights says the iPhone X costs $357.50 (approximately Rs. 23,200) to make, pegging the gross margin on the $999 (roughly Rs. 64,800) handset at 64 percent. This is even higher than the 59 percent gross margin the company enjoys on the iPhone 8. Of course, there are several costs attached on top of the manufacturing cost before the final price is decided, such as marketing expenditure and logistic costs - not to mention research and development costs that go towards the development of a product - so the actual profit margin from iPhone X would likely be lower for Apple.
iPhone X beats Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in imaging benchmark
iPhone X came out ahead of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 8 as well as its own sibling iPhone 8 Plus in DxOMark rankings, but was unable to unseat Google Pixel 2 from the pole position. It got the top rank for still photographs with a score of 101 but scored a relatively low 89 in videos, ending up with a cumulative score of 97. This score gave the iPhone X the joint second place in DxOMark rankings, alongside Huawei Mate 10 Pro but behind the Pixel 2.
Talking about Pixel 2, the handset and its sibling Pixel 2 XL received the monthly Android security update. It introduced a new Saturated colour mode to the phones that defaults the colour saturation, along with some UI changes designed to extend the life of the OLED panel. However, the blue tint issue still remains on the second-generation Pixel handsets as there's no software fix for that. On the other hand, DisplayMate ranked iPhone X’s screen as the “most colour accurate display” it has tested.
Moto X4 will be Flipkart-exclusive in India
The upcoming Moto X4 will be exclusively available via Flipkart in the country after it launches on November 13. The phone with both Alexa and Google Assistant already has a dedicated page on the e-commerce website, and we can expect to see some Moto X4 launch offers as the date of unveiling draws nearer. The Android Nougat handset has a 5.2-inch full-HD display, 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB RAM, dual rear cameras (12-megapixel + 8-megapixel), and a 3000mAh battery.
Oppo F3 Plus gets a limited-period Rs. 6,000 price cut, ‘Honor Gala’ begins
Oppo F3 Plus is available at a discount of Rs. 6,000 for just one day, bringing down its price from Rs. 30,990 to Rs. 24,990. Interested buyers can log on to Flipkart to avail the offer on the selfie phone. This is the third such temporary price cut for the Oppo smartphone, after the ones in April and June this year. Oppo F3 Plus has a dual camera setup (16-megapixel + 8-megapixel) in front, 6-inch full-HD display, Android Marshmallow OS, 1.95GHz octa-core Snapdragon 653 chipset, 4GB RAM, 16-megapixel front camera, and 4000mAh battery.
There are discounts on Honor smartphones too as its parent company Huawei started the Honor Gala on Amazon and Flipkart, and will continue it till November 11. Under this sale, the Honor 8 Pro will be available at Rs. 26,999, a Rs. 3,000 discount on the handset’s launch price. Similarly, both the Honor 6X variants will come at discounts of Rs. 2,000; this will reduce the price of the 3GB + 32GB variant to Rs. 9,999, and that of 4GB + 64GB model to Rs. 11,999. Buyers of these phones will get Rs. 500 discount on Honor Power Banks. Offline buyers will get triple-zero EMI office of zero down payment along with zero percent and zero processing fee on the Honor 8 Lite and Holly 4 Plus.
Paytm app gets BHIM-UPI integration
Paytm users will now be able to make payments via BHIM-UPI on the popular payments app, the company has announced. The feature will first hit the Android app and then be rolled out to iOS users. With this integration, users will be able to create a Virtual Payments Address (VPA), link their bank account with it, and make BHIM-UPI transactions wherever accepted. The Paytm app will get the BHIM button that sits alongside the options to add money, passbook etc.
Idea launches unlimited calling plan, offers 60GB complimentary data with select Sony phones
Idea has launched a Rs. 179 plan with unlimited local and STD calls across all networks, and 28-day validity. The company says it is targeting the 600 million users who only use voice calls and no data with this plan. Nonetheless, Idea is still providing 1GB data with this plan, and another 1GB free data for recharges purchased online with this prepaid recharge pack.
The telco also announced a partnership with Sony today, and will be offering 60GB of complimentary data to users purchasing the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus smartphones. Buyers will get 10GB additional data on recharges of Rs. 300 and above from the operator for six recharges under this tie-up, totalling 60GB of data. The two phones go on sale on November 10, and sport 5.2-inch HD displays, Android Nougat (promised upgrade to Android Oreo), octa-core Snapdragon SoC, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie shooter, and a 2620mAh battery. The Xperia R1 Plus has 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, and is priced at Rs. 14,990, while Xperia R1 Plus packs 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and costs Rs. 12,990.
Vivo Y79 with 18:9 display, 24-megapixel selfie camera launched
Chinese brand Vivo has launched the Y79 smartphone with 5.99-inch display featuring an 18:9 aspect ratio and 24-megapixel front camera and soft selfie light in its home country. The new Vivo smartphone is priced at CNY 2,498 (about Rs. 24,500) and will start shipping on November 11, which is the Single's Day celebration in China. However, one downer for buyers would be the rather low HD+ (720x1440px) resolution considering the mid-range price. Other key features of Vivo Y79 include the octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear camera, Android 7.1 Nougat OS and 3225mAh battery.
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