Weekly roundup: Apple iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Samsung Galaxy Note8 and more

iPhone X

This week Apple unveiled iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung launched Galaxy Note8 in India. Asus launched Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro and more. Let’s take a look at all the announcements and launches that were highlighted this week.

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Samsung launched Galaxy Note8 in India. It packs a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity Display and comes with 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture and wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture and telephoto lens offering 2x optical zoom and OIS for both. It has Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor as well as heart rate monitor, similar to the predecessor and is also water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes with IP68 ratings.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 comes in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 67,900 and will be available for pre-order starting today and goes on sale from September 21st from Amazon.inSamsung Shop online as well as retail stores offline.

Apple iPhone X

Apple introduced iPhone X flagship that packs a 5.8-inch (2436 x 1125) OLED Super Retina edge-to-edge display with 458ppi, highest pixel density in an iPhone. It doesn’t have home button, instead it uses Face ID, face recognition technology to unlock the phone, powered by neural engine with dual-core, design that can carry out 600bn operations per second.

It is powered by A11 Bionic chip, similar to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It has a Aerospace-grade 7000-series aluminum frame, glass back and is water and dust resistant. It has 12-megapixel dual rear cameras with dual optical image stabilization.

iPhone X will be available from November 3 and pre-order begins October 27.

  • Apple iPhone X 64GB – Rs. 89,000
  • Apple iPhone X 256GB – Rs. 1,02,000

Apple iPhone 8

Apple announced iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus along with iPhone X.  These have a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, but these have a new glass and aluminum design. These also have new A11 Bionic chip tuned for augmented reality experience. They support for Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 8 has a new 12-megapixel camera with a larger and faster sensor, a new color filter and deeper pixels and quad LED True Tone Flash and the 8 Plus has dual 12-megapixel cameras that has Portrait Lighting that uses the dual cameras.

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pricing in India

  • iPhone 8 64GB – Rs. 64,000
  • iPhone 8 256GB – Rs. 77,000
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB – Rs. 73,000
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256GB – Rs. 86,000

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple introduced Apple Watch Series 3 in two versions, including one with built-in cellular connectivity few hours back. At the event it announced that the Apple Watch Series 3 will start at $329 (Rs. 21,040 approx.) and the Watch Series 3 with GPS + Cellular Connectivity will start at $399 (Rs. 25,520). It has also announced that the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available in India along with several countries from September 29 starting at Rs. 29,900.

Apple TV 4K with Siri Remote

Apple announced Apple TV 4K and it supports HDR or High Dynamic Range videos from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Apple says that it offers sharp, crisp images, richer, more true-to-life colors, and far greater detail in both dark and bright scenes. The Apple TV 4K brings new Siri Remote with a new white circle around the menu button. It has A10X Fusion chip, the same chip that powers iPad Pro for a clear 4K HDR experience. It starts at Rs. 15900 in India.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

Xiaomi announced the Mi MIX 2 that has a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display with ultra narrow bezels, unlike the 6.4-inch display on the first generation Mi MIX with 17:9 aspect ratio and 12% smaller chin compared to the predecessor. It is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 Mobile platform with 6GB of RAM and there is also a Special Edition with 8GB of RAM. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX386 sensor and a 5-megapixel camera on the front on the right bottom that also supports face recognition.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Xiaomi also announced the Mi Note 3 that has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform and has 12-megapixel dual rear cameras with 2x optical zoom and portrait mode, similar to the Mi 6, but this has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with Adaptable AI beautify features that is said to offer realistic beautify effect without compromising on quality.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro

Xiaomi announced the Mi Notebook Pro, the company’s latest high-end Notebook with all metal body with magnesium alloy frame, 140-degree opening and closing hinge and the latest Intel Core i5/i7 processor. It has a 15.6-inch 1080p display with 6.52mm ultra-narrow border, 81.5% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie ZB553KL

ASUS launched Zenfone 4 Selfie and  Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro smartphones in India. The Zenfone 4 Selfie comes in a single front camera version, in addition to dual front-facing camera version. All the phones have unibody designs, fingerprint sensor on the front and run Android Nougat. The Zenfone 4 Selfie single and dual camera versions will have dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots.

The ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie single front camera version comes in Deepsea Black, Rose Pink and Sunlight Gold costs Rs. 9999, while the dual front camera version comes in Deepsea Black, Rose Pink and Sunlight Gold colors and costs costs Rs. 14,999, but it will be available at an offer price of Rs. 13,999 during Flipkart’s Big Billion Day sales and the top-end Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro comes in Rouge Red, Sunlight Gold and Deepsea Black colors and is priced at Rs. 23,999.


OPPO launched A71 that has a 5.2-inch HD display, is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 processor, runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat) OS with ColorOS 3.1 on top, has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1/3.06-inch sensor and f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, but it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.

The OPPO A71 comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 12,990 and is available exclusively from Flipkart online with several offers including No Cost EMI, Buyback Guarantee, upto 60 GB additional data for Jio users and more.

 InFocus Turbo 5 Plus


InFocus launched Turbo 5 Plus and Snap 4 in India. The Turbo 5 Plus is a bigger version of the Turbo 5 that has 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras and a larger 5.5-inch display. The Snap 4, as the name indicates comes with four cameras, 8-megapixel dual rear cameras on the front and a 13-megapixel rear camera with 80-degree wide angle lens and a 8-megapixel secondary camera with 120-degree wide angle lens.

The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is priced at Rs. 8,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon.in starting from September 21st 12AM and the InFocus Snap 4 is priced at Rs. 11,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon.in starting from September 26, 12PM.

Nubia Z17 mini Limited Edition

Nubia launched Z17 mini the Limited Edition 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version of the phone in the country that comes in new Aurora Blue color. The new version is also powered by Snapdragon 653 instead of Snapdragon 652. It packs dual 13-megapixel rear cameras, one with monochrome lens and the other one with RGB lens.

The Nubia Z17 mini Limited Edition is priced at Rs. 21,499 and will be available exclusively from Amazon.in starting from September 19th.

Xiaomi Mi band HRX Edition


Xiaomi launched Mi Band HRX Edition in India in partnership with HRX by Hrithik Roshan. This has almost similar specifications as the Mi Band 2, including an OLED display and is splash resistant, but the HRX edition will offer an improved tracking algorithm to accurately monitor your activities and promises up to 23-days of battery life, compared to 20 days on the Mi band 2, however it doesn’t have a heart rate sensor.

The Xiaomi Mi Band HRX Limited Edition comes in Black color with Black and Blue colored bands with Green and Orange bands coming soon, is priced at Rs. 1299 and will be available from September 18th on Mi.com and Mi Home stores.

HP Sprocket


HP launched Sprocket, a Pocket Photo Printer in India. The pocket photo printer offers high quality photo prints and provides Bluetooth connectivity. This supports both Android and iOS smartphones and has a compact design. It uses Zink Zero Ink Printing technology and the photos printed are smudge-proof, water-resistant and tear-resistant.

The HP Sprocket comes in Black, White and Red colors, is priced at Rs. 8999 and is available exclusively from Amazon.in. The HP Zink 20SH Photo Paper that comes in a pack of 20 is available on Amazon.in for Rs. 499.

 Lenovo Tab 4 series

Lenovo launched Tab 4 series of tablets that includes Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10, Tab 4 10 Plus in India. These were introduced at the MWC 2017 earlier this year, are powered by Snapdragon SoCs, run Android 7.0 (Nougat) and come with 4G LTE support. The Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus and Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus feature dual-glass design, full HD displays and are powered by Snapdragon 625.

The Lenovo Tab 4 8 comes in Slate Black color and is priced at Rs. 12,990, Tab 4 8 Plus comes in Aurora Black color and is priced at Rs. 16,990 and the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus 3GB RAM with 16GB storage version costs Rs. 24,990 and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage costs Rs. 29,990. These are available exclusively on Flipkart. No word on pricing or availability of Lenovo Tab 4 10 yet.

 Huawei Watch 2_fonearena-08

Huawei launched Watch 2, Watch 2 Classic and Watch 2 4G in India. The Watch 2 features a sportier’ look with rubber bands and there is also a 4G version of it that comes with cellular connectivity that allows users to make and receive phone calls using SIM card.

The Huawei Watch 2, Huawei Watch 2 Classic and Huawei Watch 2 4G come with Black bands, are priced at Rs. 20,999, Rs. 25,999 and Rs. 29,999, respectively. The Huawei Watch 2 is exclusive to Amazon.in which is available for as low as Rs. 19,999.4

Yu Yureka 2

YU Televentures launched YUREKA 2, the company’s latest smartphone in the YUREKA series. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by Snapdragon 625, has 4GB of RAM, has 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera, but it still run on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

The YU YUREKA 2 comes in Gold color, is priced at Rs. 11,999 and will be available exclusively from Flipkart starting from September 20th, during Big Billion Days Sale.

 FiiO X3 Mark III

FiiO, popular for its audio products and accessories launched its FiiO X3 Mark III Hi-Res portable lossless music player, its 3rd edition of the X3 player, FiiO F5 Hi-Res In-Ear Monitors with Microphone and in-line controls and FiiO i1 Apple Lightning Amplifier & DAC with Microphone and in-line controls in India.

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+