Tech News #77 – September 22, 2020
1. Poco X3 Launched In India.
After many leaks and rumors, Poco X3 is finally official now and has been launched in India through a virtual event. It is a slightly tweaked variant of the Poco X3 NFC that was introduced in the European markets earlier this month.
The Poco X3 runs on MIUI 12 for Poco, based on Android 10. The phone features a 6.67″ FHD+ (1080 x 2340) display with a 120Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz touch sampling rate and HDR10 certification. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Poco X3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G octa-core processor with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
The smartphone has a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64MP Sony IMX682 primary sensor, a 13MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP sensor with macro lens. On the front, there is a 20MP sensor for selfies. The phone also comes with a massive 6000mAh battery with 33W fast charging technology.
The Poco X3 is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the base 6GB + 64GB storage model. The 6GB + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 18,499, and lastly the 8GB + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 19,999. The phone will go on sale via Flipkart starting September 29 at 12 pm.
2. Asus ExpertBook And ExpertCenter Series Of Laptops And Desktops Launched.
Asus has launched a series of laptops, desktop PCs, and all-in-one PCs in India. The new lineup comprises the ExpertBook B9, ExpertBook P2, and ExpertBook P1 series of laptops, along with AsusPro ExperCenter D3, ExpertCenter D6, and ExpertCenter D8 desktop PCs. Apart from these, Asus also launched two all-in-one PCs as well.
Asus ExpertBook B9
Asus ExpertBook B9 features a 14″ display. Under the hood, it is powered by a 10th-generation Intel Core processor, paired with up to 16GB of RAM and two PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs (up to 4TB). For connectivity, the laptop features two Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports, along with support for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
It comes with a Harman Kardon-optimized audio system and Amazon Alexa support. The ExpertBook B9 starts at Rs. 1,02,228.
Asus ExpertBook P2
Asus ExpertBook P2 is powered by a 10th-generation Intel Core processor, paired with a 7200 RPM HDD. Customers can also opt for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs for storage. The laptop features a 14″ FHD display with a 180-degrees hinge design.
It comes with a USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 2 port, along with three USB Type-A ports, a microSD card reader, along with an RJ45 port. The ExpertBook P2 Starts at Rs. 58,967.
Asus ExpertBook P1
Asus ExpertBook P1 has two models – a 14″ display and a 15″ display variant. The laptops are powered by 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processors and feature USB 2.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, along with a microSD card reader.
The ExpertBook P1440 includes military-grade 810G certification, a fingerprint sensor, an HD camera, a 180-degree lay-flat hinge, and a 44Wh battery. the price of these laptops starts at Rs. 25,323.
The ExperCenter desktop series comprises three variants – the ExpertCenter D3 (priced at Rs. 27,429 onwards), the ExpertCenter D6 (priced at Rs. 29,669 onwards), and the ExpertCenter D8 (priced at Rs. 55,429 onwards).
The ExpertCenter D3 is powered by up to 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processors The ExpertCenter D6 is powered by a 9th-generation Intel Core processor, paired with DDR4 RAM. The top-of-the-line ExpertCenter D8 is powered by an Intel Q370 chipset with 9th-generation Intel Core vPro processors and DDR4 RAM.
Asus all-in-one PCs
The all-in-one PC series comprises two models, both powered by up to 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processors. The 22″ Asus AiO V222FA features an ultra slim-bezel NanoEdge FHD display that offers full sRGB color gamut. It packs up to 8GB of DDR4 RAM with a dual-storage capability (up to 1TB HDD + up to 512GB SSD).
The 23.8″ Asus AiO V241FA features a NanoEdge FHD multi-touch display with Asus’ Splendid and Asus Tru2Life Video technologies. It packs two bass-reflex speakers enhanced by the company’s proprietary SonicMaster stereo audio system.
The price of the 22″ Asus AiO V222FA start at Rs. 25,389 and the price of the 23.8″ Asus AiO V241FA start at Rs. 58,466.
3. Snokor iRocker Stix TWS Earbuds And Bass Drops Wired Earphones Launched in India.
Snokor, the sub-brand of Infinix, launched its iRocker Stix TWS earbuds and Bass Drops wired earphones in India.
Snokor iRocker Stix TWS
The iRocker Stix TWS earbuds by Snokor pack 14.2mm dynamic bass boost drivers. It features Bluetooth v5.0 for connectivity. The earbuds feature an independent chip design that helps in seamless switching between single or double earphone modes.
The iRocker Stix TWS earbuds have multi-functional button control that can be used to play/pause tracks. They pack a 40mAh battery in each earbud and the charging case has a 300mAh battery, offering a total playtime of 16 hours. The case can be fully charged in 1.5 hours via its USB Type-C port.
The Snokor iRocker Stix TWS earbuds are priced in India at Rs. 1,499 and are available in black and white color options. The earbuds will go on sale today, September 22, via Amazon.
Snokor Bass Drops Wired Earphones
The Snokor Bass Drops wired earphones features 14.3mm bass boost drivers. the earphones feature one-button control that can be used to play/ pause music with one click and twice for changing to the next song or to receive/decline a call.
The Snokor Bass Drops earphones are priced at Rs. 449 and are offered in Black, Green, and Red color options. The earphones will be launched tomorrow, September 23.
4. LG K71 Launched.
LG K71 has been launched. Coming right to the specifications, the LG K71 runs on Android 10 with LG’s custom UI on top. The phone features a 6.8″ FHD+ display. The LG K71 is powered by the Mediatek Helio P35 (MT6765) octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
On the rear, the LG K71 features a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP primary sensor, a 5MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, we get a 32MP sensor. The phone also packs a 4000mAh battery as well.
It also comes with some additional features like dual speakers with DTS:X 3D Surround support and a stylus pen. The phone will be available in two color options – Holo Titan and Holo White. However, there is no announcement on the availability and pricing of this smartphone.
5. Mi Smart LED Bulb With Voice Control Launched In India.
Mi Smart LED Bulb (B22) has been launched in India. The Mi Smart LED Bulb (B22) has a rated power of 9W and offers 950 lumens of brightness. It uses the standard B22 bulb socket type. The rated input on the Mi Smart LED Bulb is 220V to 240V at 0.07A.
According to Xiaomi, the bulb has a life span of approximately 25,000 hours. The bulb itself has been made from polycarbonate and plastic-clad aluminum. It can produce 16 million colours and you can choose your favourite hue using the Mi Home app.
You can connect the bulb to the mobile through WiFi. The smart bulb can also be controlled using Google or Alexa voice assistants. The Mi Smart LED Bulb (B22) is priced at Rs. 799 and can be purchased from the Mi online store.
6. Jio PostPaid Plus Announced.
Jio has announced Jio Postpaid Plus in order to bring superior services across connectivity, entertainment, and experience. Jio Postpaid Plus includes subscriptions to video streaming services and Jio apps, data rollover, and international calling benefits.
With Jio Postpaid Plus, users will get subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar VIP, as well as access to Jio apps with over 650 live TV channels, video content, 5 crore songs, and more than 300 newspapers.
Jio Postpaid Plus plans
Jio Postpaid Plus plans range from Rs. 399 to Rs. 1,499. All of these plans come with unlimited voice calling and SMS and subscriptions to the three content streaming services.
- The Rs. 399 plan includes 75GB data and 200GB data rollover.
- The Rs. 599 plan includes 100GB data, 200GB data rollover, and one additional SIM card with the Family Plan.
- The Rs. 799 plan gets you 150GB data, 200GB data rollover, and two additional SIM cards with the Family Plan.
- The Rs. 999 plan subscribers get 200GB data, 500GB data rollover, and three additional SIM cards with Family Plan.
- Lastly, Rs. 1,499 plan subscribers get 300GB data, 500GB data rollover, unlimited data and voice in the US and UAE, and other benefits.
Jio Postpaid Plus will be available starting September 24. The lone regular Jio postpaid plan with Rs. 199 rental will continue to be offered.
1. Amazon India adds support for Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu Languages.
2. LG Wing with dual-display will be priced around $945 (approximately Rs. 69,500).
3. Oppo Reno 4 Pro Galactic Blue (MS Dhoni signed back panel) Edition launched in India at Rs. 34,990.
4. Realme X7 Lite got listed on TENAA with a 6.43″ AMOLED display and dual 2100mAh batteries.
5. LG W11 spotted on Google Play Console listing with Mediatek Helio P22 processor, an HD+ display, and 3GB of RAM.
6. Mi Powerbank 3i with up to 20000mAH capacity and 18W fast charging launched in India.
7. Realme UI 2.0 unvieled based on Android 11.