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  1. Xiaomi has added two new budget phones to its line up called the Redmi 7 and the Redmi Y3. They both are essentially the same devices, except the Redmi Y3 is a selfie-centric phone, and it has a 32MP selfie shooter as opposed to the 8MP shooter on the Redmi 7. Redmi Y3 will go on sale starting 30th April with a starting price of Rs. 9,999. Let's take a quick look at what these two phones have to offer - Redmi 7 © Mi Redmi phones in the past like the Redmi 5, Redmi 6, etc. have always been best-sellers for Xiaomi. Now, the company has launched the new Redmi 7, eyeing for the top spot in the same segment. The Redmi 7 has a 6.26-inch HD+ 'Dot Notch' display on the front, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Apart from the affordable price tag, if there's anything that should attract you this phone, then it's got to be the looks. Xiaomi is calling it the Aura Smoke Design, and it looks absolutely beautiful. The phone comes in three colors i.e. Eclipse Black, Lunar Red, and Comet Blue. As for the specs, the Redmi 7 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset and it comes in two variants. You can buy it with either 2GB RAM + 32GB storage or 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. You can expand the storage further up to 512GB via a microSD card. Both variants have IR blaster and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. © Mi The Redmi 7 sports a dual-camera setup at the back with 12MP + 2MP lens. On the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter with features like AI Beautify 4.0 and AI Portrait mode. The phone also packs a 4,000 mAh battery. Redmi Y3 As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Y3 is more or less identical to the Redmi 7. It's got the same display, are powered by the same processor, and it looks just as beautiful as the Redmi 7. The only difference, as we mentioned earlier, is the selfie camera. Xiaomi Y series of phones have always been about selfies, and this one's no exception. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Y3 sports a 32MP AI selfie camera. It's got features like EIS, palm shutter, Auto HDR, AI portrait mode, and more. The rear-camera setup, however, remains the same. It's also worth pointing out that the Redmi Y3 comes with more RAM and storage. The base variant of the Redmi Y3 packs 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. You can also choose to get the variant with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Pricing & Availability The Redmi Y3 starts at Rs. 9,999, and you can also choose to spend Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. It'll go on sale starting 30th April on Amazon, mi.com and offline stores. More info on the Redmi 7 is incoming, so stay tuned.
  2. Xiaomi has finally launched its first Android Go Edition smartphone, the Redmi Go in India today. With the new Redmi Go, Xiaomi is targeting the first-time smartphone users in the country, and it's priced at Rs 4,449, which puts it head-to-head with other entry-level devices in the country like the Nokia 1, JioPhone 2, and more. Redmi Go comes packed with a bunch of India-focused features like support for up to 20 Indian languages, Hindi language support for Google Assistant, and more. © Xiaomi As for the specifications, the Redmi Go sports a 5 inch HD screen and it's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor. It also has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB thanks to the microSD card slot. 1GB RAM does sound dated in 2019, but it shouldn't be a matter of concern since the Redmi Go runs Google's Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), an OS which essentially allows low-end phones to run smoothly despite limited memory and storage capacity. The phone also comes with some pre-installed applications like Gmail Go, Assistant Go, Maps Go, and more. © Xiaomi Other noteworthy specs of the phone include an 8-megapixel rear camera with HDR mode and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Redmi Go does feature dual-SIM support, but sadly there's no dual VoLTE support. Redmi Go will be available to purchase from 22nd March onwards, and you'll be able to pick one up for yourself from Flipkart, mi.com or the Mi Home stores across the country.
  3. Remember the foldable phone which Xiaomi teased earlier this year? Yes, the “double folding smartphone” which the company's president Lin Bin showcased in a video? Well, it looks like it'll be the first foldable phone to arrive in India. According to the investors in Xiaomi's supply chain who spoke to iGyaan, Xiaomi's foldable phone is said to make it to the Indian market as early as April or early June this year. Not just that, the phone is said to be priced at Rs. 74,999, which makes this report all the more interesting. Yes, Rs. 74,999 does sound like an expensive affair for a Xiaomi phone, but it's worth pointing out that we're talking about a foldable phone. Other players competing in this space like Samsung & Huawei are selling their phones for as high as $2,000, which roughly translates to about Rs. 1.40 Lakh. If Xiaomi manages to launch its foldable phone at such a price, then it'll be undercutting the price of its competition by half. In fact, Rs. 74,999 is less than what you would pay for something like an iPhone XR in the country. © YouTube One of the main differences between Xiaomi's and other foldable phone is said to be the display. Both Samsung and Huawei are using high-quality OLED panels for their devices, whereas Xiaomi is said to be using Visionox Technology OLED, which hasn't really been tested so far. It's also worth pointing out that Xiaomi's foldable phone, unlike the Galaxy Fold, only has one screen with two foldable hinges on the left and right. Instead of switching back-n-forth between two screens, Xiaomi's phone will just fold backwards to become a smaller phone. With all that being said, there's no way to tell if these changes will compromise on quality. In case you don't know, Samsung has also confirmed that it's launching the Galaxy Fold in India, so it looks like we're about to see a lot of buzz surrounding the foldable phones in the country this year.
  4. Xiaomi has been teasing the launch of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro for more than a month, and the brand has finally launched the phone in India today. It was first unveiled in China and since then, anticipation around its India launch had been on the rise. With Samsung launching a host of new budget and midrange phones, the Redmi Note 7 has a lot of expectations to meet. It's predecessor Redmi Note 6 and Note 5 have been the best-selling phones in the country, thanks to a perfect balance of features. The phones have proved to be an apt offering for every kind of user, right from performance enthusiasts to photography nerds. © Xiaomi Keeping the same in mind, the Redmi Note 7 intends to be another deal buster. Unique offerings of the phone include a 48-megapixel rear sensor, a large 4000mAh battery, and fast Snapdragon 660 processor. It's the first phone under the new "Redmi by Xiaomi" branding. On the front, the phone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display along with a water-drop style notch. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, is a Snapdragon 660 processor, paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant. The other options include 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB configuration. The Snapdragon 660 chipset was seen in midrange phones like the Nokia 7 Plus last year is a tried and tested platform. © Xiaomi The Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, the front has a 13-megapixel sensor. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0 technology. It'll charge via a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack has been included as well. For authentication, the fingerprint scanner is located on the back and face unlock option is also supported. © Xiaomi The base variant of the Redmi Note 7 with 3GB + 32GB configuration costs Rs 9,999. The second option with 4GB + 64GB memory costs Rs 11,999. For the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the 6GB + 128 GB variant costs Rs 16,999. The 4GB + 64GB variant costs Rs 13,999. It shall be available via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Amazon.in. The Redmi Note 7 will be available from 6th March and Note 7 Pro will be available from 13th March.
  5. Xiaomi is set to start 2019 with a bang as the company announced the Mi 9 in China today that has some impressive specifications and design. The Mi 9 is the first flagship smartphone by the Chinese company that has a very attractive price i.e. $445 (Approx. Rs 31,660). © Twitter The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset i.e. Snapdragon 855 that offers better performance than its predecessor i.e. the Snapdragon 845. It's Qualcomm's first chipset that has been fabricated on TSMC's 7nm process. It features four Kryo 485 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.8 GHz along with three high-performance Kryo 485 Gold operating at 2.42 GHz and another higher-performance Kryo 485 Gold core operating at 2.84 GHz The Snapdragon 855 processor is complemented by the Adreno 640 GPU and has a Game Turbo mode that will start running automatically when a game is launched. This helps the game run on higher frame rates due to better performance when the mode is active. © Xiaomi The Mi 9 also features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a water drop style notch that houses sensors and the front-facing camera. The panel itself has a layer of Gorilla Glass 6 and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. In terms of photography, the smartphone comes with a triple camera setup where the primary sensor is a 48MP f/1.75 camera complemented by a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto sensor. The front facing camera has a 20MP sensor and has support High Dynamic Range. © Xiaomi The Xiaomi Mi 9 also has support for fast wireless charging up to 20W and has a 3,300 mAh battery. It runs MIUI 10 based on run Android 9.0. Mi 9 comes in violet, blue, and black colour options and also has a transparent limited edition. The limited edition version of the Mi 9 comes with 12GB of RAM and has 256GB internal storage. It's the most expensive version of the Mi 9 and will cost roughly $600. Other variants include a base model that comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will retail for $445 whereas the 8GB + 128GB variant will cost $490 (Approx Rs 34,900).
  6. Xiaomi's several social media accounts and executives have already revealed much of the Mi 9's design and hardware specifications. The phone will be launched on February 20 and the company is planning to showcase the device at MWC 2019 as well. CEO Lei Jun has highlighted that the screen-to-body ratio of the upcoming Mi-series flagship will be higher than what was featured on last year's Mi 8. It is also reported to have a Samsung made AMOLED display panel with Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The display shall also house an integrated fingerprint scanner that Xiaomi says will be 25 per cent faster. © Xiaomi / Weibo The company has also given a sneak peek at the Mi 9's display, highlighting its thin bottom bezels. The phone is also confirmed to carry an eye protection mode to reduce blue light impact. Additional specs include a 90.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio, a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, and a smaller water-drop style notch. It shall also sport the third generation ultrasonic proximity sensor for better accuracy. Obviously, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset along with a 3500mAh battery. © Xiaomi / Weibo On the rear, it shall have a 48-megapixel primary wide angle sensor, 12-megapixel secondary telephoto sensor with PDAF and lastly, a 16-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor. The front shall have a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The device will use pixel binning technology to output 12-megapixel images in low light conditions for improved image quality. Xiaomi claims that the ultra-wide angle camera supports 4cm macro photography. Additionally, the company has also revealed that the triple rear camera module is protected by a layer of sapphire glass that is claimed to be extremely durable and resistant to scratches. © Xiaomi / Weibo Jun has also confirmed that the Mi 9 will come with reverse charging technology, something we expect to see onboard the Samsung Galaxy S10 as well. The phone shall ship with MIUI 10, based on Android 9 Pie. The top variant could come with 512GB internal storage as well as 10GB RAM. The Mi 9 is expected to come with a starting price of CNY 2,999 (Rs 30,000). Colour options currently include Black, Blue, White, and Gold.
  7. Last year, Samsung gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming foldable phone and everyone has been excited about the future of smartphones. We've already heard LG and Huawei working on similar technology and now Xiaomi is joining the battle as well. The company's president, Lin Bin, has now confirmed that the company is indeed working on a "double folding smartphone", and has shared a video showing it in action. Both sides of the phone can be folded back to transform it from a tablet into a more compact phone. We're confident the video shows a prototype in action since creases are easily visible. Considering the new form factor transformation, the device will be running an optimized version of MIUI that will instantly convert the UI for a seamless experience. The video shows the device can quickly change into a compact phone and sports glossy finish. Xiaomi's president revealed that they have employed a four-wheel drive foldable shaft technology and a foldable display to achieve the form factor. This may make this device the first one to sport a double folding mechanism. © Xiaomi The prototype visible in the video demonstrates only the folding functionality of the device and all other specifications remain unknown. In fact, there are no cameras or sensors visible on the prototype. The power button is located on the top, for now. The most important part of the video is how quickly the UI transforms to accommodate a new form factor. If any brand wants success with this concept, a seamless transition in the UI has to be a top priority. © YouTube / Samsung's Prototype One question continues to remain unanswered though, when will we see these prototypes production ready? Recent reports have indicated Samsung will be releasing a foldable phone by the end of this year. We expect Xiaomi too have a similar roadmap as well, considering they want to directly take on the South Korean giant. As far as prices are concerned, we've also heard that these devices are going to be extremely costly in the beginning. MWC 2019 is just a month away now and we look forward to seeing more of this in action there.
  8. India's top smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched PUBG-like Survival Game. The game is based on the battle royale genre and seems to have taken a lot of inspiration from Tencent's PUBG and Epic Games' Fornite. One thing that gives it an edge is its installation size, coming in at just 185MB. Just like all other Battle Royale games out there, gamers have to stay alive while killing as many opponents as possible. The last player standing wins. Just like PUBG, you parachute down and choose your landing spot. A unique addition in Survival Game, that adds a little more variety to Battle Royale, is jetpacks. The company says that such flight equipment will help players in tactical gaming. © YouTube The new game is considered to be developed by Xiaomi only and it is basically based on a large scale, sci-fi 3D shooting category and it is believed to be built keeping Indian players in mind. "Each match starts with players parachuting from the spaceship onto a map area. Players could decide when and where to land on the battlefield. All resources are searched and retrieved from the map, and players can fight with their competitors at any time. The last one standing will be the winner,” the company explains in the game description. © Xiaomi While the features and additions are good on paper, the graphics are nothing when compared to the competition. With the game, Xiaomi wants to bring the Battle Royale experience to budget phones, a segment that it currently leads in terms of market share. With the game, it wants to bring the users a similar experience of a high-end phone. The Battle Royale genre has picked up massively in a very short time period, and the trend isn't going anywhere soon. Xiaomi has been pretty silent about the game and its future right now, but if they're serious about taking on the might of PUBG, a lot of improvement and fixes need to be pushed. © Xiaomi Earlier, the game was announced for beta testing, but now the company has come with the stable version of the game. For now, the game is available only on the Mi Apps store. To play the game you need a Xiaomi phone, simply head over to the store and search for the game.
  9. Xiaomi has been constantly launching new phones in the Indian market and its aggressive stance has already won it the number one spot in terms of sales. The brand has managed to create a name for itself in the budget and midrange segment and now intends to double down on its efforts. 2018 witnessed the launch of new phones from every brand, every couple of months. The Redmi Note X Pro line-up has been extremely successful in the country, followed by Android One powered Mi AX series. Now, we're looking forward to the Redmi Note 7, and Note 7 Pro. The company also has a third device in the making, more on that later. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 Redmi is now a separate sub-brand of Xiaomi and its first phone is the Redmi Note 7 that has already been launched in China. The Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options along with 32GB and 64GB storage options. On the rear is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 13-megapixel shooter for selfies. It's powered by a 4000mAh battery along with Quick Charge 4 support. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 The Redmi Note 7 Pro hasn't been officially announced yet, but we do know it'll pack a 48-megapixel lens on the rear and will be powered by Snapdragon 675 SoC. There is a possibility Xiaomi may use an AMOLED panel on this phone. Lastly, a third phone dubbed the "Redmi Go" shall be launching along with the other two. According to leakster Ishan (https://twitter.com/ishanagarwal24/status/1086550767014760448), the three phones shall be launched together in the first quarter of 2019. While the information on Redmi Go's specifications is scarce, it's sure to be an entry-level phone running on Android Go. © Xiaomi / Redmi Note 7 Android Go is a highly optimized OS built for phones with less than 1GB RAM. The Go edition also comes with a flurry of new optimized Google apps that are light on both memory and storage. These include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, and Files Go, among many others. Google Go redesigns Google Search, reducing the search-as-you-type app to its bare essentials; this Lite version weighs in at less than 5MB in size. © YouTube The Redmi Note 7 currently retails for CNY 999 (Rs 10,500) in China for the 3GB+32GB variant and CNY 1,199 (Rs 12,000) for 4GB+64GB option. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 16,000 and the Redmi Go is expected to cost around Rs 5,000. Keep in mind, these are early reports and not the official pricing
  10. Xiaomi has launched two new smart TVs featuring bigger displays with HDR support namely, the Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch and Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43-inch. The company had been teasing the launch for a few weeks with the tagline “The Bigger Picture coming from Mi TV India”. The Mi LED TV 4X Pro comes with a large 55-inch 4K UHD display with a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and a 10-bit colour depth panel that renders support for HDR 10. Powering the screen is a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core chipset with Mali-450 GPU, 2GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. © Xiaomi / Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch The minor difference here is, the Mi LED TV 4 55-inch and the Mi LED TV 4 Pro 55-inch come with a super-slim display panel while the 4X Pro has a thicker finish. The key feature of the TV is that it comes with a Bluetooth remote voice control. It also houses bigger 20W speakers. It is marked at Rs 39,999 and shall be up for sale from January 15, 12 PM onwards. © Xiaomi / Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43-inch On the other hand, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro features a 43-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Powering it is a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core chipset with Mali-450 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. It has a marked price of Rs 22,999 and shall be up for sale from January 15, 12 PM onwards. Both the TVs run on PatchWall UI with Android TV in the background. PatchWall is an AI-enable TV system which classifies content and makes personalised recommendations based on user preferences. PatchWall offers lakhs of hours of content via several content partners like Voot, Sony Liv, Hungama and others. © Xiaomi Xiaomi also announced the launch of Mi Soundbar alongside the TVs. It includes eight drivers, including two 20mm dome tweeters for the highs, two 2.5-inch woofers for the mids and four passive radiators for the lows and enhanced bass. It has five connectivity options including Line-In, AUX, Optical, Bluetooth and S/PDIF making Mi Soundbar compatible with almost any TV. The Mi Soundbar has been launched at an offer price of Rs 4,999 (original price is Rs 5,999). It shall be available for purchase via Mi.com starting from January 16.
  11. Apple's AirPods have been a huge success even after having a hefty price tag. The wireless earbuds are extremely easy to use and can be exclusively used with Apple products only. Continuing the tradition of keeping a closed eco-system, the AirPods are compatible with iPhones only. No other brand has managed to even come close to the AirPods output and sales, the success even prompted Google and Samsung to come up with a pair of their own. Apple did remove the headphone jack but made sure users have a better alternative, that's obviously after ignoring the price. © Xiaomi via MySmartPrice Now, Xiaomi has launched the AirDots Pro. It comes with designs nearly identical to the AirPods, including a Bluetooth-friendly carrying case that doubles as a charger to keep the AirDots charged. Like Apple's earphones, AirDots offer touch controls for music, calls and activating voice assistants -- and they work with both iOS and Android. Xiaomi actually released its original AirDots last year–but they looked nothing like Apple's AirPods. With its new AirDots Pro, that's all changed, however. Xiaomi is expected to host a press event on Jan. 11. The company will likely unveil the AirDots Pro there and provide details on availability. © Xiaomi via MySmartPrice The earbuds are being marketed with multiple names like the AirDots Pro, Freedom Buds Pro, as well as Mi Air. It is possible the product could have a different name depending on the market. They can function independently of each other, and can reportedly run for up to 10 hours on a single charge. According to MySmartPrice, "The Mi Air Bluetooth earbuds utilize a 7mm neodymium driver with a titanium sound chamber for impressive audio quality. Xiaomi's latest earbuds also support the AAC codec and come with ENC noise reduction technology to suppress environmental noise." The earbuds are lightweight at only 5.8 grams and support IPX4 water resistance. It comes with a USB Type-C charger and boasts support for AAC codec. They have Active Noise Cancellation for improved sound and call quality. While the AirPods cost Rs 12,900 in India, the Xiaomi AirDots Pro are priced at CNY 399, that is approximately Rs 4,000. The company has launched them only in China right now, and there's no word on a local launch.
  12. Xiaomi has pretty much become a household name in India and the brand has managed to grab the number one spot in terms of sales within a short span of time. The Redmi lineup has been extremely successful due to its feature-rich offerings as well as aggressive pricing. But, with the competitive pricing comes a twist. Xiaomi has been serving ad banners on its native applications as well as the top of core apps or services. All Redmi phones running MIUI have these ads. The Mi A1 and Mi A2 are the only ones in the Xiaomi portfolio to run on Stock Android. “We would like to inform you that the ads are placed in a manner to avoid any conflict with the actual functioning of the app. However, we will take your feedback into consideration and will always strive to give our customers the best user experience,” said Xiaomi said in a statement. But come on, who wants to see ads everywhere on their phone? Thankfully, it is possible to remove these ads. This guide will help you remove all ads from MIUI on your Xiaomi smartphone. 1. Remove System Ads: © TechPP 1. Go to Settings and then select Additional Settings 2. Select Authorization and revocation 3. Scroll down and disable "msa" 4. Select Revoke in the pop-up 5. You may get an error saying the authorization couldn't be revoked. Simply follow step 3 and 4 a couple more times and it shall work out. Now, you need to disable personalised ad recommendations, this will stop system-wide data tracking. 1. Go to Settings and then select Additional Settings 2. Scroll down and select "Ad services" 3. Tap and disable personalized ad recommendation You've successfully disabled ad services throughout the MIUI. But, individual native apps like the browser have their own app settings and each app needs to be individually disabled. 2. Remove Ads From Mi Manager: © Bleep Static 1. Open Mi Manager app and tap on the three lines (hamburger menu) at the top left corner. 2. Select Settings 3. Go to About and disable the 'Recommendations' tab 3. Remove Ads From Mi Browser: © Tech4Fresher 1. Open the browser 2. Tap hamburger menu 3. Select Settings 4. Turn off the notifications option 5. Tap Privacy and security 6. Disable "Recommended for you" 7. Now go to Advanced and select Top sites order 8. Tap to disable "Receive recommendations" 4. Remove Ads From Security App: © Medium 1. Open the app and go Settings via the hamburger menu 2. Disable "Receive recommendations" 3. Now go to the Cleaner section in the app 4. Disable the 'Receive Recommendations' option here as well
  13. India is a price-sensitive market and budget smartphones have contributed to making India the second largest market in the world. Part of that growth can be attributed to Xiaomi's Redmi Note series and it seems like the company is not ready to get dethroned anytime soon. The Redmi Note 5 and 5 Pro were one of the most successful smartphones in India and it seems like Xiaomi plans to continue that dominance with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 6 Pro follows the same ethos as previous devices in the family--a smartphone that offers a quality experience for a fraction of the price. So let's dive straight into the smartphone's key features and how it performed during the course of our review. Design And Display The Redmi Note 6 Pro now has an updated design and a brand new edge-to-edge screen. It has a 6.26-inch display and has an aspect ratio of 19:9. Xiaomi has refined the design of the smartphone from the Redmi Note 6 with a slightly curved back that makes it easier to hold. It has a rear fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup that looks very reminiscent of its predecessor. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the camera on the Redmi Note 6 protrudes far less and the camera bump is less noticeable. You will have to use the supplied cover if you want to protect the lens from scratching and other damages. The power button and the volume button have now been moved to the right edge of the phone and are not hard to access even if you have small hands. The smartphone even has a P2i coating for protection against everyday spills and splashes. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the bottom, there are two speaker grills and a micro USB slot for charging. We would have loved to see a USB-C port instead as it just works better when it comes to fast charging. Sure, the MicroUSB port is more accessible amongst users for charging purposes. However, it's time to see the port get updated to the norm. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The 6.26-inch Full HD+ display has now been updated with a notch design giving more room for users to consume content. The notched design gives the smartphone more real estate and also allows the smartphone to have face unlock capabilities. There is a noticeable difference in the quality of the screen from its predecessor as it looks better, has brighter, vivid and accurate colours. The display is a delight to use if you love to watch content in HHD and works as advertised for being an LCD display. It is bright enough to see details and notification under bright sunlight. Camera This is one department where we see some major improvements as the company has now implemented a sensor that has a wider aperture and bigger micron pixel. The smartphone has been outfitted with a dual camera setup featuring a 20-megapixel primary sensor, paired with a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor. The primary sensor has a larger 1.4micron pixel and an aperture of f/1.9. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The bigger pixel and wider aperture enable the camera to let in more light and in turn, take better clearer pictures. This also translates to better low-light images as compared to its predecessor. The dual camera setup also lets the Redmi Note 6 Pro take portrait shots which blurs the background. The portrait mode works well enough to blur the subject. However, we would have liked to see a little more accuracy around the edges. Having said that, this is a budget smartphone that delivers a far better imaging experience than any other device in this segment. You can even adjust the blur after taking the image which is a plus for people who love to take portrait shots. The star feature of the portrait mode are the various effects you can use. We particularly like the light trails and studio lighting effects that make the images look outstanding. You can even remove objects from the background which you can see from our samples. View this post on Instagram Images shot using #RedmiNote6Pro A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Nov 21, 2018 at 9:08pm PST Performance And Software We don't see much difference here because “why fix something when it's not broken”. The Redmi Note 6 pro has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and is coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. For graphics, Xiaomi is using the Adreno 509 GPU which is good enough for light/moderate gaming. The SoC performs as well as it did on the Redmi Note 5 pro as we did not experience any lags. We've been using the device for over a week and it performed well during the course of our review. We used it for streaming content on Netflix, play PUBG/Asphalt and take numerous images. It scored 1329 on Geekbench 4 for the single core test whereas it scored 4898 on the multi-core test. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note series has always been known for providing great battery life and the same can be said about the Note 6 Pro. It has a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood and can easily last 2.5 days with moderate to high usage. Sure, it would have been awesome to see a USB-C port for faster charging as the massive battery can take some time to get fully charged. The Final Say Starting at Rs 13,999, the Redmi Note 6 pro is one of the more reliable budget smartphones of this year. It performs well and delivers extremely good battery life that cannot be matched by any other budget device at the moment. The camera on the device is a delight to shoot and there are some nifty features on MIUI 10 to make them stand out with cool effects.
  14. Xiaomi has been proactively launching new phones in India and trying to cover up a maximum number of price brackets. The company already has the Redmi Y2, Mi A2, Redmi 6, and Redmi 6 Pro in the midrange segment. Taking another step ahead, the company has launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro today and here's everything you need to know about it. The Redmi Note 4 Pro and 5 Pro have been best-sellers in the country, thanks to their near-perfect balance of specifications. Every type of user is satisfied with the offering, and undoubtedly the line-up has helped Xiaomi gain enormous traction in the market. © Xiaomi The most significant difference in the new phone is visible upfront -- the display now has a notch on the top. It also has a slightly bigger display and runs on MIUI 10 out of the box. On the front, it has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement as far as the processor is concerned and the phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro. © Xiaomi The phone comes in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The memory can be expanded via a microSD card. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and also supports Face Unlock authentication via an infrared sensor. Coming to the camera, the rear has a 12 + 5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20 + 2-megapixel dual camera setup. The sensors are assisted by a dual-LED flash and are capable of shooting pictures with a bokeh effect. The portrait mode is AI-assisted and the software includes HDR support, automatic scene recognition, and a pro mode. © Xiaomi The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and comes with dual-SIM VoLTE support. It will be competing against the Honor 8X, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Realme 2 Pro, and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Just like previous launches, it will be exclusively available online via Flipkart and Mi.com along with offline Mi Stores from tomorrow onwards. The 4GB+64GB variant costs Rs 13,999 and the 6GB+64GB variant costs Rs 15,999.
  15. Xiaomi's momentum has been exemplary in the last few years, not only has the company established a trusted brand but also managed to grab a huge chunk of market share in countries like India. On Friday night, CEO Lei Jun announced it had reached its goal of shipping 100 million units annually. The brand has accomplished to cross the milestone more than two months ahead of its original plan. The year over year growth has increased to 43 percent and last year as well the company successfully completed its plan of shipping 70 million units. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia On the contrary, Xiaomi's debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has been lukewarm. Since its IPO in June, shares have slumped 30 percent amid an increasing competition from Huawei and the empire of BBK mobile that runs OPPO, Vivo, and OnePlus. Huawei reached the 100 million target way back in July and is on track to push 200 million units by the end of the year. Though, comparing the two companies right now is inappropriate because Xiaomi in a new entrant in the business compared to Huawei's decades-long history and experience. © Reuters Richard Yu Chengdong, chief executive of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, responded to Lei on social media, saying “Any smartphone maker cannot surpass Huawei's P20 Pro in a short period of time. Only we can surpass ourselves.” In India, Xiaomi is the number one smartphone maker according to Counterpoint Research's Q3 2018 data. Xiaomi currently holds 27 percent of market share followed by Samsung at 23 percent. In the last one year, the Chinese maker has dethroned Samsung from the number one spot and is widening the gap every quarter. © MensXP Xiaomi is able to sell a huge number of units because its products are in the budget and midrange segments of the market. In a developing country like India, the average purchasing segment is between Rs 11,000 to Rs 18,000. Xiaomi has a wide range of offerings like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, Redmi 6 Pro, and the Redmi Y2 to fill up this segment. Even the newly launched sub-brand POCO has been performing well and provided a much-needed momentum to increase the average purchasing rate of smartphones. Source: Twitter
  16. Xiaomi has officially confirmed that the Mi Mix 3 will have some mind-blowing specifications that nobody expected. The Chinese company teased something with a poster via Weibo, however, the company later confirmed a few details about the upcoming smartphone. The Mi Mix 3 will be among the first few smartphones that will have 5G support and will also be one of the first to feature 10GB of RAM. © Weibo We've already seen smartphones that sport 8GB of RAM which is more than enough to run Android on smartphones. 10 GB of RAM definitely feels like an overkill, but one never knows how it would work with MIUI. 5G networks seem more interesting, as this technology won't be available in every country until 2019. © Xiaomi Chipsets that support 5G connectivity are not currently available for OEM's to implement in their smartphones, which begs the question that how did Xiaomi do it. It seems like the smartphone is using an external modem, probably Qualcomm's X24 or X50 to achieve this. The two external modems are probably working in tandem with Snapdragon 845 and may cause battery drain. Pricing Details: The 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant will be priced at $510 while the Ceramic Edition will cost $660. The 6GB RAM/128GB variant will cost $555 and $705 for the Ceramic Edition. The 8GB/128GB option will be listed at $600 and $750 for the Standard and Ceramic Editions respectively. Lastly, the 8GB/256GB variant will cost $645 (Standard model) and $795 for the Ceramic Edition.
  17. We had recently reported about a Xiaomi smartphone that had exploded due to unknown reasons, and now, another similar incident has taken place; but this time, in India. MensXP was approached by Anu Vidyarthi, who complained about his Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 exploding right next to his head. Vidyarthi, who is an Assistant Manager at a mobile production unit in Uttar Pradesh, took us inside the events of the hazardous accident. © MensXP © MensXP Vidyarthi claims that the his phone was kept in idle mode next to his bed between 10:30pm and 11:30 pm, around 12-15 days ago, at the time of the incident. He was almost asleep as he realised the presence of a peculiar smell, which he describes to as “bad odour of lithium-ion smoke.” The smartphone in question reportedly went up in flames, which eventually melted the phone as pictured. From the images, it's safe to assume that Vidyarthi then dropped the smartphone in a bucket of water in order to prevent any further damage. © MensXP Vidyarthi told us over email that the smartphone “was not even on charge and was simply in resting position. The explosion was so strong that it burned the bed sheet and the mattress.” However, he was fortunate to come out unscathed. Vidyarthi has currently furnished his smartphone to the Mi Customer Service centre in Bareilly, and is waiting for a definitive response from the company. According to Vidyarthi, the Xiaomi customer care executives have asserted that the smartphone is out of warranty. © MensXP Smartphones generally tend to explode due to faulty batteries, a defective charging cable or adapter, third-party cables and erratic charging patterns. When asked about it, Vidyarthi said that he used the supplied charger and data cable that came with the Xiaomi Note 4 and not a third party cable. © MensXP The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 4,100 mAh non-removable battery and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset. The SoC is coupled with 4GB of RAM and offers 64GB of internal storage. We are awaiting a response from Xiaomi India. Stay tuned for further updates.
  18. According to a report by the Chinese Website GizmoChina, there is an isolated event where the battery of a Xiaomi device exploded, while it was being charged. The most notable battery explosions can be accredited to the Galaxy Note 7 by Samsung, due to which Samsung had to withdraw the device from the market worldwide. There have been isolated cases of other smartphone companies meeting the safe fate due to faulty batteries. © Weibo According to a Weibo post, the incident occurred when the phone was plugged in to charge near the owner while he slept. The smartphone reportedly went up in flames but did not cause any harm to the owner, as it was in a protective case. The case was able to subdue the effect of the explosion which prevented damage. Since it's Xiaomi's Mi A1, we aren't entirely sure where the incident took place, as it was launched globally by the Chinese company. The Mi A1 was a huge success in India and prompted the eventual launch of the Mi A2. Since this is an isolated event and a first for the model, it's fair to say that this is a one-off case and is not prominent for every Mi A1 device. © Weibo The explosion of a battery can be attributed to various factors such as a defective battery, defective charging cable or adapter, third-party cables, and others. As of now, it is not known whether the user was using a third party cable or had erratic charging patterns that may have caused it to explode. The affected user reportedly said, that the phone has been in use for 8 months and has reported the issue with Xiaomi's customer care. The Mi A1 launched a while ago and sports a 5.5-inch LCD display. It comes with Android One out of the box and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset. The Mi A1 comes in two configurations i.e. with 4GB and 6GB of RAM. Source: GizmoChina
  19. Xiaomi announced a range of new smart devices for Indian homes and we've been testing one of those gadgets for over a week. It's the affordable 360 degree 1080p security camera that basically looks like 'EVA' from 'Wall-E'. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to security, traditionally people tend to buy the most expensive setup out there, because not many people want to take a chance with an affordable solution. Having said that, the Mi Home Security Camera is here to change everyone's mind. It's equipped with a 360-degree wide-angle lens and one can move it up and down to 45 degrees. The security camera can capture 1080P video, has intelligent motion detection, infrared night vision and has a two-way talk feature. Basically, this smart security camera can do more than anything being offered in India at an affordable price. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Setting up the Mi Home Security Camera 360° was probably easier than setting up a new smartphone. You first start by plugging in the security and you get prompted by a voice stating “Waiting to connect” or something like that. You need to download the 'Mi Home' app if you haven't already. Make sure the 'Mi Home' app's region is set to “India (Asia Server)” otherwise you will not be able to pair the security camera. Once the app detects the security camera, it will use Bluetooth and your Wi-Fi network to set it up. The entire process probably takes around three minutes. How It Works © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Once your security camera is added to the 'Mi Home' app, you can open the camera from the hub. It will automatically show you live footage from the room the camera is placed in. You can even notice the bit rate of the stream at the top. You can pause/play, change resolution, mute/unmute right from the application. You can even change the orientation of the camera from the app when you're not home and want to see something in the corner. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The motion detection on the security camera is top notch and you can even program the camera to send a notification to your smartphone each time it detects motion. Likewise, you can even set up the camera to start recording a video or take pictures when it detects motion. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Mi App will even show you the entire history of each movement detected in the room. The security camera has a microSD slot where it can store all the files for you to view. The security camera is able to store footage for up to a week which you can save on your smartphone if you ever need to access it. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You can even store footage on a NAS drive if you happen to have one at your home. It would have been cool to see some support for cloud storage and it would be awesome to store videos and images on Mi Cloud or any third party service. You can have the security camera record for 24 hours at a certain time, or have it record only when it detects motion. You can even make a voice call to the security camera if someone is there in your room. It's a great feature to scare away people who are snooping in your room. I used it to scare my dogs when I was away and it definitely made them howl. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Infrared night recording also works like a charm, as one can see everything clearly even in a pitch dark room. Everything is clear as daylight and the cool thing is that the security camera automatically switches to infrared mode, as soon as you switch off all the lights. The Final Say © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Mi Home Security Camera is probably our favourite device from the range of devices Xiaomi has launched recently. It should be priced way higher for all the things it does, but it only costs Rs 2,699. If you already have other Xiaomi smart home products, you can even create scenes within the Mi Home app for it to create your own smart home scenario. The Mi Security Camera 360° is a total winner in every aspect and is a must buy for every Indian homeowner.
  20. After taking the television market by storm, Xiaomi is back with three new LED TVs in India that redefines the smart TV segment in India. The three TVs work on Android TV and come along with the company's proprietary PatchWall software, that brings in a seamless viewing experience for set-top box enabled connections. Android TV is commonly found in portable set-top boxes, but it can also be embedded into smart TVs as well. Up until now, Sony was a huge proponent of Android TV and commanded unmatched dominance in the market. Now, with the entry of Xiaomi, the segment has become extremely challenging thanks to aggressive pricing. © Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Pro has a 55-inch 4K panel, the Mi TV 4A Pro has a 49-inch Full HD panel that also supports HDR and lastly, the Mi TV 4C has a 32-inch panel. Xiaomi says, the panels are ultra bright and combined along with cinematic audio, the experience is one of its kind. Android TV runs on an Amlogic 64-bit quad core processor along with a Mali GPU. The 4 Pro and 4A Pro have 2GB RAM along with internal storage for apps and local content, while the 4C has 1GB RAM. Android TV certified televisions have access to Android TV-optimized apps from the Google Play Store and also support Google Cast as well as Google Assistant. © Xiaomi The TVs have powerful stereo speakers and come with a Mi Remote that enables voice search and can also control other connected Mi Home devices like the Air Purifier 2S. While competitors are offering basic TVs in this price segment, Xiaomi intends to disrupt the dynamics with this smart offering. On the hardware end, it also has 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and an S/PDIF port. Xioami has repeatedly stressed on its PatchWall software that incorporates third-party apps like YouTube as well as your DTH set-top box. The company claims the platform offers more than 7,00,000 hours of endless entertainment via its 15+ partners and supports 3,600+ apps and games from the Play Store. PatchWall also has an AI-powered system that classifies content and makes personalized recommendations based on user preferences. The Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch is priced at Rs 29,999 for one month as an introductory offer, while the Mi TV 4 Pro is priced at Rs 49,999 and the Mi TV 4C costs Rs 14,999. They will be exclusively available via Mi.com. The company has also stressed that they are constantly working on improving the availability of enough stocks.
  21. A few months back, Xiaomi launched the Mi Bluetooth Speaker in India and has been looking forward to expanding its smart home lineup in the country. The company has a wide range of smart home products in China and is slowly bringing them to India. In fact, the company has recently launched a new Mi Home Store in its Bengaluru office, where all these products are up for display. Today, the brand has launched its Mi Security Camera and Mi Air Purifier in India. The two have been launched alongside the Mi Band 3 and Mi TV 4A Pro. A dig at the market outside of smartphones is not new for Xiaomi, as it had previously launched the Mi Powerbank and even ball pens called Mi Rollerball Pen. © Xiaomi Starting with the Mi Security Camera, it is an affordable way to keep an eye on what's going on inside of your home. The Mi camera offers motion detection alerts and records motion events locally, which means you don't have to pay for cloud storage. The camera can be easily kept on a table or stuck to a wall, it has a wide angle lens that can capture 1080p video and provides up to 30 feet of black-and-white night video thanks to an infrared sensor. It also has inbuilt dual-band Wi-Fi circuitry (2.4GHz and 5GHz) along with a microphone. © Xiaomi The camera can be accessed from the Mi Home mobile app that is available for Android and iOS. It opens to a home screen that displays all connected cameras and with a single tap, the live feed will be available. The Mi Air Purifier is already available in India and with firecrackers going off everywhere, Diwali is a fitting occasion to introduce the budget-friendly Air Purifier 2S that comes with a high-precision laser sensor to improve response to contaminated air. © Xiaomi The Air Purifier 2S packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. The addition of a small OLED display makes operations very convenient. The Mi Security Camera is priced at Rs 2,699 and will available from October 10th, while the Mi Air Purifier is priced at 8,999 and will available from tomorrow. © Xiaomi Xiaomi also launched a new Mi Suitcase that comes with a dual locking mechanism. The suitcase is ultra light and has been built keeping portability in mind. The metal casing is very thick and you'll know the bag can handle the rough flights and conveyor belts.
  22. Xiaomi released the Mi Band 3 in China way back in June, now the company is finally bringing it to India. Its predecessor, the Mi Band 2 has been a raging success in the market thanks to its aggressive pricing, and it looks like the streak is going to continue. The Mi Band 3, despite its low price, is a full-featured fitness band. It comes with sensors that track physical activity of users along with passive features like notifications. But beyond counting how many steps you took, the Mi Band 3 also offers tracking of the heart rate as well as sleep tracking. © Xiaomi The screen is touch-sensitive and supports several gestures like swiping and long press — that will help users navigate the UI and use the Band 3. Swipe up, down, left, right, and push the button to easily navigate all the menus with a touch. As far as the specifications go, the Mi Band 3 sports a 0.78-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 128 x 80. The new display panel shows incoming calls and text message alerts as well as the current time, steps taken, and real-time heart rate count. © Xiaomi The Mi Band 3 also packs a 110mAh battery, which is larger in terms of capacity over the 70mAh battery available on the Mi Band 2. The battery life is rated at 20 days that is similar to that of the Mi Band 2 though. The band is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above, or iOS 9.0 and above. Just like the Mi Band 2, the wearable can auto-unlock associated MIUI smartphones for the wearer. Xiaomi also claims the pedometer has been drastically improved to accurately detect movement. The band is also water resistant up to 50 meters. The Mi Band 3 will now also let you reject calls with just a tap. © Xiaomi Mi Fit is the companion app that takes care of the sleep analysis and full historical data of all measurements. The capsule is easily removable, thus allowing you to change or clean the straps easily. The fitness tracker has been priced at Rs 1,999 and will be available exclusively Mi.com and Amazon.in starting tomorrow.
  23. Just a few days ago, Xiaomi President Lin Bin posted a render of the soon to come Mi MIX 3 on several social networking sites. The MIX 3 will be the company's next bezel-less smartphone, with a focus on the high-end internals as well as a premium design language. Today, Xiaomi's Director of Product Management, Donovan Sung, has posted a real photo of the phone and revealed that it will support 5G. The status bar on the phone has '5G+' written on it. The MIX-lineup has always been about the design, and bezel-less displays are at the heart of it. The series has always sported one of the highest screen-to-body ratios. © Xiaomi Sung also wrote on Twitter, “We've successfully tested 5G data connections on Xiaomi phones, and we can't wait for the official rollout of 5G next year!…. 5G download speeds are more than 10X faster than 4G speeds. What's everyone looking forward to the most?” In the past few months, we've seen OPPO and Vivo release phones that have a sliding camera mechanism. This addition lets the manufacturer remove the camera lens and sensor arrays from the top, and shift it behind the display. Hence, a notch is no longer required and the user ultimately gets a higher screen-to-body ratio. © GadgetMatch Even if we leave the technicalities out, a phone with barely any bezels and chin looks very futuristic. The MIX 3 is definitely at the final stage of development and with today's release, we also know it has reached network testing. What's interesting is, which chipset will be powering the MIX 3? The current flagship Snapdragon 845 doesn't have 5G support, and to have it, the soon to launch Snapdragon 855 or the Qualcomm X50 modem will be required. However, Mi MIX 3 will not be the world's first-ever phone to have 5G capabilities, as the Moto Z3, launched in early August, offered an exclusive 5G Moto Mod. © Moto Z3 5G/Motorola The phone is set to be launched in October, and Sung said in his tweet, that the company “can't wait for the official rollout of 5G next year.” Also, even if the phone is able to support 5G bands, carriers across the globe are going to need much more time to actually start operating the newer technology.
  24. Smartphone companies have now started banking on devices that not only appeal to the masses but also offer value for money. Chinese companies like Xiaomi marvelled the idea in India and now there's an unexpected challenger giving them a healthy fight. HMD Global has been making some spectacular smartphones that offer a pure Android experience and look sexy at the same time. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of those smartphones that are priced modestly and offer a design that isn't being offered by anyone else. Here's our review of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Design Language and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Nokia 6.1 Plus has been crafted to give you the utmost premium feeling you can imagine that sometimes does not coincide with the price. When we first opened the box, the smartphone felt great in the head and for a second we could not believe this was a mid-tier budget smartphone. It has a glass back finish and overall feels lightweight, It has a USB Type-C port, has a headphone jack and a display with a notch. The inclusion of the headphone jack gives the 6.1 Plus a slight advantage over the Xiaomi Mi A2 in our books and overall feels a much better phone to hold thanks to its uncompromising premium design. The form factor of the smartphone is also quite different from the rest of the smartphones out there. It has a 5.8-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9 aspect ratio. The smaller form factor is a breath of fresh air especially since everyone is trying to go big when it comes to size. The smaller body does host a bigger display which is probably the biggest difference you will notice from its predecessor. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla At the back, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a vertical dual camera set up in the centre and a fingerprint sensor right below it. There's a prominent camera bump which can be well protected with the supplied camera cover. The 5.8-inch display has a resolution of 2280X1080p and is not entirely an edge-to-edge design which may disappoint a few full-view display fans. There are very small bezels present beneath the screen albeit visible. Overall, the screen is bright for an LCD display however we did feel that the display did not represent colours accurately. The screen is great for casual use however it does not feel as vibrant when compared to its competition. The notch at the top is ever present as it cannot be turned off from the settings. That could be annoying for some users however the design of the smartphone is distracting enough for people to forget about it. Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We've been using the smartphone for almost 3 weeks now and we have to say, the Nokia 6.1 Plus performs as well as the Mi A2. It has the Snapdragon 636 processor and is coupled with 4GB of RAM. The phone is not meant for easy duty gaming but it can surely hold its own. We played PES, streamed countless YouTube videos and used it for navigation without ever facing any lag or glitches. The 3,060 mAh battery performed well while performing the above activities. The smartphone easily lasted for an entire full day with a single charge and we could fast charge the phone whenever needed thanks to the USB Type-C charger. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla During the course of our review, the Nokia 6.1 Plus scored a respectable 4903 points on the multi-core score and 1332 on the single-core test. If you want things put in a better perspective, the Nokia 6.1 Plus performed better than the Mi A2 in the multi-core test. Camera Quality © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As far as the camera quality is concerned, it was the only disappointing feature we came across on the smartphone. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 16MP primary lens and a 5MP secondary camera which aides in taking portrait shots. While the camera performed well in well-lit environments, we found the smartphone lacking in dimly lite and low light environments. The pictures from low light environments lacked details and often had grains in the final output. This is probably the only category where the Xiaomi Mi A2 has a slight advantage over the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Here are a few shots for your reference: © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Final Say The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a smartphone for people who are looking for a device that boasts premium design and value for money. It may not have a great camera but the smartphone makes up in other categories. Pure Android fans will find it a delight to use this phone. For Rs 15,999; the smartphone is a perfect alternative to Xiaomi's Mi A2 that have a few cons of its own.
  25. HMD Global - the licensed partner who is responsible for selling Nokia branded phones worldwide, has launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus today in India. The phone was launched in China a few months back and was called the Nokia X6, it is also the first Nokia branded phone to sport a notch. This year we've seen companies launch new midrange devices every few months, each trying to outsmart the other in some way. The midrange segment has never been this competitive and companies are always on the lookout for something unique. © HMD Global This year, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 have been blockbuster hits and every other maker is trying to catch up. This competitive environment means users have more choices to choose from in terms of both, price and functionality. The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone runs on Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Like almost every other midrange phone out there, it has a microSD card slot for expandable storage in a Hybrid SIM setup. © HMD Global The phone runs on stock Android, and ships out of the box with Android 8.1 Oreo. In line with all Nokia branded phones, the 6.1 Plus is also a part of Google's Android One program. The stock experience also means the phone will receive software and security updates a lot faster than competing phones. The phone houses a dual camera setup on the rear consisting of a 16 + 5-megapixel configuration along with an LED flash. The setup supports 4K video recording, portrait mode, and intelligent scene recognition. The front of the phone houses a 16-megapixel shooter that also supports portrait mode and Face Unlock. © HMD Global The phone has a fingerprint scanner on the back and the Nokia branding on the front chin. The phone runs on a 3060mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 via a USB Type-C port. The phone is priced at Rs 15,999 (64GB) and will be sold exclusively via Flipkart and Nokia Online Store starting August 30.