BSNL Plans Take on Jio, Samsung Galaxy S8 India Launch, Xiaomi Mi 6 Unveiled, and More News This Week

BSNL Plans Take on Jio, Samsung Galaxy S8 India Launch, Xiaomi Mi 6 Unveiled, and More News This Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Samsung Galaxy S8 is up for pre-orders in India
  • The Xiaomi Mi 6 launched in China this week
  • BSNL has announced a Rs. 333 plan with a 270GB data limit

BSNL is taking the fight to Reliance Jio with a new plan that offers 270GB data at just Rs. 333. Entitled the Triple Ace plan, BSNL is giving 3G data, up to 3GB per day, for 90 days at Rs. 333. After crossing 3GB, the speed gets throttled to 2G for that day.

You can also choose BSNL’s Rs. 349 plan, which gives unlimited local and STD calls and 2GB of data per day on 3G for 28 days, if you use less data and make more calls. Finally, there’s a Rs. 395 plan, which offers 3,000 minutes of BSNL to BSNL calls, and 1,800 minutes of calling other networks, with 2GB data daily at 3G speeds, for 71 days. BSNL has also increased daily data usage limit in its Rs. 339 plan to 3GB from 2GB offered earlier.

Reliance Jio meanwhile has started disconnecting numbers that have not signed up for any recharge plans. The network has been fully free since its launch in September, and now Jio has started to disconnect people who aren’t paying, in a phased manner. New TRAI data was released this week that showed Jio has managed to stay ahead of the likes of Idea, Airtel, Vodafone, and others in terms of 4G download speeds. Opensignal’s report meanwhile said otherwise, rating Airtel’s 4G speeds higher than Jio.

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One of the biggest items this week was definitely the India launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. The launch event in New Delhi took place less than a month after the smartphones were unveiled globally in March, and the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ go on sale in India in line with the global rollout. Samsung Galaxy S8 comes to India a price of Rs. 57,900 (MOP) and will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colour options, while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is priced at Rs. 64,900 (MOP) and will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold colour variants. Pre-bookings are now open and the phones will be available from May 5.

While in the US Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (2.35GHz quad-core + 1.7GHz quad-core), the smartphones launch in India are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC with an octa-core processor (2.35GHz quad-core + 1.9GHz quad-core). Samsung says the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature the “industry’s first 10nm processor, enabling heightened speed and efficiency”, and the highlight of the smartphones has to be their edge-to-edge “infinity display”.

Meanwhile, in China, the Xiaomi Mi 6 – which is Xiaomi’s new flagship device for 2017 – has been officially launched. The phone, which packs eye-catching specifications such as 6GB RAM and 12-megapixel dual-rear cameras, starts at CNY 2,499, or roughly Rs. 25,000.

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The phone comes with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, with 6GB RAM, a 5.15-inch display, and a fingerprint scanner under the glass in front. Xiaomi has also decided to forego the 3.5mm audio jack. The Xiaomi Mi 6 has a 3350mAh battery, and as mentioned, a dual rear camera setup with 12-megapixel cameras, to delivery 2x optical lossless zoom. There is no word on the India launch yet.

Incidentally – if you’re running a WhatsApp group, keep an eye on what your members are saying, or you might end up in real trouble. WhatsApp group admins could face an FIR for offensive posts, as per an order by Varanasi DM. WhatsApp group admins must deny offensive posts and remove the member, and inaction can result in legal action.

Speaking of WhatsApp, Siri can now read out your latest messages, with the newest update to the iPhone application. With the new update, WhatsApp messages can now be read by Siri, apart from allowing it to compose and send messages, which was already possible. This will only work for unread messages.

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Launches this week included the Zopo Color M4, with 4G VoLTE support, launched at Rs. 4,999. The budget phone has 16GB of storage, a 1450mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel camera. We also got the Honor Bee 2, also with 4G VoLTE support launched at Rs. 7,499. The all-new Honor Bee 2 features a ‘Rainbow’ light which is a circular ring around the rear camera, and which glows when there’s a call, message, or any other notifications on the device.

Also launched this week was the Swipe Elite Star 16GB variant, priced at Rs. 3,999. It had originally launched at an 8GB variant. The Videocon Elite 11+ with 4G VoLTE support also launched this week, at Rs. 5,800. The phone, which has a 5-inch display and a 2-megapixel front camera, includes a front flash, 3000mAh battery, and 8GB inbuilt storage.

The Sharp Aquos R with Emop AI assistant, running the Snapdragon 835 SoC was also launched this week. The device has currently only been launched in Japan, and pricing and availability in other international markets is unknown at the moment. The Sharp Aquos R joins the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi MI 6 to offer the Snapdragon 835.

There were also a lot of non-phone launches. We got the Panasonic Lumix TZ90 with 30x optical zoom and a tiltable display for selfies, and also the Sony A9 full frame mirrorless camera with 20fps burst and 4K video recording. There was also the GoPro Fusion 360-degree camera, expected to release at the end of the year, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick is finally in India. In case you had imported one of these earlier, then check for the latest update, and if necessary, make sure that your region is set to India.

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The Moto C and Moto C Plus were spotted on a certification site, which usually points to an imminent launch. The phones are being touted as entry-level smartphones that are said to be even cheaper than the Moto E series. These smartphones are also expected to support 4G with VoLTE and may sport polycarbonate bodies with removable back panels, based on recent renders. The Moto E4 was also spotted on benchmark sites, packing 2GB of RAM.

We also picked up some rumours about the price of the LG G6 in India – Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom has leaked that the LG G6 will be launched starting at Rs. 51,990 (MOP) and it will go on sale from April 29. Pre-bookings for the smartphone have already begun and this week we detailed some pre-booking offers as well. It will officially launch in India on Monday.

HTC’s upcoming ‘squeezable’ smartphone – which is set to launch on May 16 – meanwhile might have a name – the HTC U 11. The naming scheme works in two ways – the first being that the flagship comes under the U series which includes the U Ultra and U Play, and second the number 11 makes it a straight up successor to the HTC 10.

VR fans – we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The HTC Vive is officially confirmed to launch in India, as Gadgets 360 had exclusively reported. The bad news is that – as we had said – it’s priced at Rs. 92,990. In the US the Vive sells for $799.99, or around Rs. 52,000.

And finally, although there are still a few months to go, if you’re jonesing for a Game of Thrones, then you should check out the first pictures of season 7.

Those are all the biggest news highlights of this week. What really caught your eye? Sound off about it via the comments below.

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Samsung will soon announce official release date for Galaxy S8

Samsung has already given its word about the Galaxy S8 earlier, saying that the flagship will not be launched at Mobile World Congress 2017. However, Samsung has also said this does not mean that the company will be skipping the MWC this year. According to the number of hints we have to till now, the company is most likely to announce its new tablet called the Galaxy Tab S3 with S Pen.

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For those who were sad about Galaxy S8 not being unveiled at MWC, there is a good news that has come across today. Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile communications at Samsung, said that the “official schedule” for the phone will be announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

As we already know, Samsung has scheduled its press event on February 26 but MWC but February 27 is the official date when MWC 2017 starts. It is being said that the company will unveil the Tab S3 on February 26 and reveal the some details about the Galaxy S8 on February 27.

According to leaks that surfaced earlier, the Galaxy S8 will be made official on March 29 in New York, and will go on sale on April 21. Samsung has not made any official statement regarding this as of now, we have to wait and see what comes up on the first day of MWC.

When it comes to specifications, Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to have 2 variants. The regular variant will have a 5.8-inch and the plus variant will come with a bigger 6.2-inch scree. It is highly possible that the Galaxy S8 will run on Snapdragon 835 along with wither 6GB or 4GB of RAM.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S8- release date and everything you should know

After the failure of Galaxy Note 7, most of us have high expectations from Samsung Galaxy S8. This is Samsung’s chance to fix the damage done in the past, and Galaxy S8 is the perfect device to do this job. All we can do is to wait for February 27 and see what is comes out of the mystery box.

[“source-smallbiztrends”]

LG G6 Will Use Snapdragon 821 SoC to Get Advantage Over Samsung Galaxy S8: Report

LG G6 Will Use Snapdragon 821 SoC to Get Advantage Over Samsung Galaxy S8: Report
HIGHLIGHTS
LG G6 is expected to sport Snapdragon 821 SoC
Thanks to Snapdragon 821 SoC, the G6 to get head start over Galaxy S8
LG G6 expected to be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event
LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G6, has been rumoured for few weeks now to sport the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the latest Snapdragon 835. A new report has corroborated to the earlier leak and adds that this will mean that the LG G6 will have a head start compared to the Galaxy S8 availability in the market.

SemiAccurate has shared a screenshot of presentation showcased during a limited media event by LG at the CES 2017. The leaked presentation screenshot indeed confirms the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor in the LG G6. Some of the other details tipped by the leaked screenshot include a water and dust resistant body, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a 5.7-inch QHD display. The leaked screenshot clearly shows the “LG confidential” tagline on top of the presentation slide.

The new report also throws light on the fact that LG’s G6 flagship will be getting a comprehensive headstart when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8. It adds that if LG had gone with the Snapdragon 835 SoC instead, it wouldn’t be able to release the G6 before late-May or early-June. The report also reiterates Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC is built on the 10nm FinFET fabrication process by Samsung and this means that the South Korean company may use major share of the SoC for itself.
SemiAccurate claims that LG’s flagship will see the launch event in late February while the “volume launch worldwide in March sometime” which will give the G6 a good gap of at least over a month when compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S8. According to previous leaks, the Galaxy S8 is rumoured to go on sale in South Korea first only by late April.

Several leaks have pointed that the LG G6 will sport metal design which will be a departure from the company’s current plastic body in the LG G5, which sports a modular design. LG is also rumoured to run additional safety tests on the G6 ahead of its actual launch. Some of the highlights of the handset are said to be the first non-Pixel smartphone to come preloaded with Google Assistant out-of-the-box; dual-rear camera setup, and waterproofing capability with IP68 certification.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

Tags: MWC, MWC 2017, LG, LG Mobiles, LG G6, LG G6 Specifications

[“source-smallbiztrends”]