Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime with 13MP camera, 4100mAh battery launched in India

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Xiaomi has officially launched the ultra-affordable Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime in the Indian market earlier this week. The Redmi 3S was originally launched in China back in June and after two months, the device has made its way to India. The device features mid-range specs and is priced very aggressively.

The key difference between Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime is the RAM, internal storage and fingerprint scanner. Xiaomi has priced the Redmi 3S in India at Rs. 6,999, whereas the Redmi 3S Prime will cost you Rs. 8,999.

The devices come in Dark Grey, Silver and Gold color options and will be initially available for purchase from Mi.com and Flipkart. The first device to go on sale is the Redmi 3S Prime, which will be available starting August 9th 12PM through open sale. This will be followed by sale of Redmi 3S starting August 16th.

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Xiaomi officially announces Redmi Pro with FHD OLED display, dual cameras, 4050mAh battery

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Xiaomi last week at an event in China officially took the wraps of its flagship smartphone in Redmi series. Called Xiaomi Redmi Pro, the smartphone is a new addition in companies Redmi lineup and comes with dual rear camera setup. Featuring top-notch specs and premium build, the Redmi Pro starts at 1499 Yuan in China.

The device is now available in China in three color options - Gold, Silver and Gray. Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Pro in three different variants, the standard, the high-end and the premium.

Talking about the device now, Xiaomi Redmi Pro is made up of brushed metal and comes with 2.5D curved glass display. On the front, we have fingerprint scanner embedded inside the home button. Both power and volume buttons are placed on the right side of the device, with SIM card tray on the left.

Bottom we have USB Type-C port accompanied by speaker and microphone, with top holds secondary microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack and infrared sensor.

Samsung to launch Galaxy Note7 in India on August 11th

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After announcing the Galaxy Note7 at Unpacked 2016 event earlier this week, Samsung has now started sending out press invites to the Indian tech press media for the launch of Note 7 in the country. As per the invite, Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 7 in India on August 11th. The event is scheduled to take place in New Delhi.

According to Samsung India website, the South Korean giant will be launching the dual-SIM variant of Note 7 in India on August 11th.

The device is expected to go on sale soon after the launch, mostly starting August 19th, the day Note 7 will be available in-stores globally. We are expecting Samsung prices the Note 7 under Rs. 60,000.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with 5.7-inch dual curved display, Iris scanner, IP68 rating officially announced

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As scheduled, Samsung at Unpacked 2016 event on August 2nd officially took the wraps of the much awaited and leaked next-generation Galaxy Note smartphone. Dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Note 6, oh sorry it's called the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the device packs in flagship specs and comes with unique features including Iris scanning.

Samsung has made the numbering of Galaxy Note series in-line with the flagship Galaxy S series, that is the reason why 6th gen Note is called the Galaxy Note 7.

The new Galaxy Note device has many major improvements over its predecessor. We will be talking about each of them in detail in a short while.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7 will be available in-stores starting August 19th with pre-orders live in many countries. Surprisingly, the smartphone is already available for purchase in Dubai. The new Note 7 will be offered in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx colors, along with a new Blue Coral option.

As an introductory offer, Samsung is offering a free Gear Fit 2 or a 256GB microSD card on purchase of Galaxy Note 7 for limited time. When it comes to accessories, new S View Standing Cover, Clear View cover, Keyboard cover, Leather cover, LED view cover, Lens cover, Clear cover and an IP68 water resistant Backpack cover will be available to complement the Galaxy Note 7.

Talking about the device in detail, the Galaxy Note 7 features a large-screen with unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve. The curved screen on the Note 7 adds the powerful Edge Panel which is exclusive to Galaxy Edge devices, for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

For durability, the Note 7 is equipped with Corning Glass Glass 5 protection (first of its kind), both on front and the back. Also, the device display comes with HDR support, enabling a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black.

Two key features of Note 7 are the newly improved S Pen and Iris scanning for heightened security and privacy.

S Pen

According to Samsung, the S Pen has been enhanced on the Note 7 and is more than just a writing tool. It is the gateway to getting more work done efficiently and accurately and now writes with ease and precision.

The tip of the S-Pen on Note 5 was 1.6mm, which is now shrunk to smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity to provide a real pen-like experience. The S-Pen of Galaxy Note 7 is IP68 water resistant, providing users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

Some of the S-Pen specific features include, ability to write or take a note without unlocking the screen by using Screen Off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. Another useful feature is Smart Select, which gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations by selecting specific area of the screen, for maximum of 15 seconds.

In addition, we get Magnify and Translate features, that enable users to zoom in on the screen up to 300% or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. Samsung Notes app is now a one stop shop for all S Pen features allowing users to convey handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos.

Iris Scanner

Along with fingerprint scanner, Samsung has also included first of its kind iris scanning technology on the Galaxy Note 7. This tech was rumored for years and is finally included in the phone. It works by flashing an IR pulse with the notification LED and watching for the reflection using a dedicated secondary camera.

Respecting privacy, Samsung has included a new feature called Secure Folder that uses iris scanning to open. It is a separate folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe. The same tech can now be used to authenticate secure purchases made on Samsung Pay.

Samsung has revealed that both iris and fingerprint scanner will be made available to developers through Samsung Pass for bringing secured authentication to more apps and services.

Google soon to launch two Android Wear smartwatches codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Google announced the Android Wear platform two years back in March with first smartwatches running on that platform was LG's G Watch and Motorola's Moto 360. Following this, many OEMs have been manufacturing these watches and have achieved success regarding their sales and the experience they offer to their consumers.

But we have often wondered, just like we have Google's Nexus smartphones, why don't we have Nexus smartwatch. Google may have heard all these questions after all. After two years of success, it's about time, Google is reportedly building its own two Android Wear devices – which are probably Nexus branded, reports Android Police (referred as AP further).

AP is rating this rumor of Google building Nexus smartwatches a confidence level of 9 out of 10. According to AP, these two alleged smartwatches will be called Angelfish and Swordfish. Angelfish will be the larger one with LTE connectivity, GPS and heart rate sensor while the Swordfish will be smaller and won't sport the added connectivity and will be more pocket friendly.

The site has also released the first recreated images of the upcoming devices. AP notes that Google is currently in process of prototyping these smartwatches and it is yet unknown when they're going to be released. Also, the devices might end up looking completely different from what the below images show. It is also possible that either of them could be cancelled or delayed. 

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