This week OPPO introduced its flagship Find X smartphone along with the Lamborghini Limited Edition version at its Paris event, Xiaomi introduced Mi Router 4Q and launched the Mi Pocket Speaker 2 in India, Vivo introduced Y81, Jabra and Garmin introduced accessories, and lots more in this roundup.
OPPO introduced its flagship Find X smartphone with 6.42-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Panoramic Arc Screen with 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 93.8% screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 845 with 8GB of RAM and Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.1. It has a motorized sliding dual rear cameras with a 16-megapixel primary and a 20-megapixel secondary camera set up with LED flash, OIS, AI portraits and AI Scene Recognition technology that can identify 800 scenes.
It has 3D face unlock, which it calls O-Face Recognition. This uses 3D Structured Light Technology which scans 15,000 facial points. It is 20 times safer than fingerprint recognition for unlocking the phone, says OPPO. It has a 25-megapixel front camera with AI that intelligently analyzes features such as face, nose, and eyes, etc. to naturally personalize selfies. The 3D lighting technique offers artistic portraits.
It comes in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue colors, which offer gradient effect so that the phone shines elegantly at different angles. It is priced at 999 Euros (US$ 1,155 / Rs. 79,070 approx.) and will be available starting from August. The Limited Lamborghini Edition with carbon fiber back, 512GB storage and VOOC Super Flash charge with 35-minute 0 to 100% charging costs 1699 Euros (US$ 1,970 / 1,34,470 approx.).
Xiaomi launched Mi Pocket Speaker 2, the company’s latest portable speaker in India on the World Music Day. The 5W speaker created in partnership with Germany’s popular brand Tymphany has a minimal design made of aluminium with an anodized oxide coating and PC + ABS for durability, fabric net design for clear sound with perfect bass and treble, features an LED indicator, uses Bluetooth 4.1 and promise up to 7 hours of continuous music playback. It comes in Black and White colors and is available from Mi.com for Rs. 1,499.
The company introduced Mi Router 4Q, the company’s latest budget router and the successor of Mi Router 3C that was launched in India last year. It is a 802.11 b/g/n single-band router, same as the 3C, but this has 3 omni-directional antennas, and supports up to 450Mbps transmission speed, thanks to 3X3 MIMO and Qualcomm QCA9561 processor.
It also has LED indicator and new MiNET button on the top that offers on-touch MIOT WiFi connection without password, and it is integrated into Mi smart home platform. comes in Blue color, is available at an offer price of 89 yuan (US$ 14 / Rs. 940 approx.) and is already on sale in China.
Vivo announced Y81, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’, soon after the Y83, which was launched in India earlier this month. It has similar specifications, including a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm narrow bezels and 88% screen-to-body ratio, MediaTek’s latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, portrait mode, but this comes with a 5-megapixel front camera and 3GB of RAM, compared to 8-megapixel camera and 4GB of RAM in the Y83. It comes in Black color and is priced at 4,990,000 Vietnamese dong (US$ 220 / Rs. 14,960 approx.).
Comio launched C1 Pro, the cheapest smartphone with support for Dual 4G VoLTE that lets you use 4G on both the SIMs and switch between them easily. It has a 5-inch HD screen, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), features a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock.
It comes in Metallic grey, Sunrise gold and Royal black colors, is priced at Rs 5,599 and will be available across offline as online retailers including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Shopclues, and Paytm. It also comes with Rs. 2220 cashback ( in the form of vouchers) for Reliance Jio customers making the effective price of the smartphone Rs. 3399.
Jabra launched new Elite 65e wireless headphones with both active and passive noise cancellation, and Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds, expanding its Elite series of headphones. The Elite 65e has a neckband design and comes with three-microphone technology that creates a noise-blocking zone – making sure the voice is conveyed with crystal-clear clarity.
The Elite Active 65t true wireless earbuds promise battery life of 15 hours (5 hours + 10 hours with charging case) and also come with rapid charge that gives up to 1.5 hours battery.
The Jabra Elite 65e comes in Titanium Black & Copper Black colors, is priced at Rs. 16,999 and is available from Amazon, Croma and Jabra authorized retailers. The Jabra Elite Active 65t comes in Copper Blue and Copper Red colors, is priced at Rs. 14,999 and is available from Amazon, Croma and Jabra authorized retailers.
Jabra also launched the Elite 45e wireless soft neckband headset in India. The headset comes with instant access to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Now. The Jabra Elite 45e allows you to control music with customizable EQ settings and delivers up to 8 hours of battery on a single charge. It comes in Titanium Black, Copper Black, and Gold Beige color options, is priced at Rs. 7,499 and is available on Amazon.in.
Garmin launched Forerunner 645 Music in India. It was introduced as it’s first smartwatch that lets you store music for offline listening earlier this year at the CES. It can store up to 500 songs so that you can connect a Bluetooth headset and play them when you are working out, without the need of a smartphone.
It comes with a black or cerise band and is available at Rs. 39,990 from Amazon.in, Garmin online store and Paytm mall.
Lephone launched Dazen 6A, the company’s latest smartphone with Full View display. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by MediaTek MT6737H SoC with 3GB of RAM, runs Android 7.0 (Nougat), has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 0.3-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with support for face unlock. It comes in Black color, is priced at Rs. 7,999 and is available from offline retailers.
Meizu launched M6, its latest budget smartphone and the successor of last year’s M5 in India. It packs a 5.2-inch HD 2.5D curved glass screen, is powered by a 1.5 GHz Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 processor and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat)-based FlymeOS 6 on top. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with 4-color RGBW flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes only in Black color in 2GB RAM with 16GB storage version and is available exclusively from Amazon.in.
Panasonic launched P90, the company’s latest budget smartphone in India. It has a 5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC with 1GB RAM, runs Android 7.0 (Nougat), has an 5-megapixel front and rear cameras with LED and packs a 2400mAh battery. It comes in Blue, Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 5599 and is available through offline retailers across India.
Myntra forayed into the wearable segment and has built the software platform that will power its wearable devices as well as the ones developed by the third-party device makers. The platform is called ‘Myntra Wearable Platform’, and is developed by the company’s innovation labs unit. The company also launched the first Wearable product; Blink Go; it is compatible with Android 5.1 and iOS 10 and above and connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0+ with BLE. It is also water-resistant.
The Mytra Blink Go fitness tracker is priced at an introductory pricing of Rs. 1,679 and is available on Myntra.com.
Garmin announced fēnix 5S series of multisport GPS watches –5S Plus, 5 Plus and 5X Plus with built-in routable topographical maps, storage for music playlists, Garmin Pay contactless payment solution and wrist-based Pulse Oximeter for altitude acclimation awareness. These rugged watches range in size from 42-51mm and all boast a bright, sunlight readable display.
The fēnix 5 Plus series come in PVD-coated stainless-steel bezel with silicone watch band and Titanium bezel with brushed titanium bracelet version. The fēnix 5 Plus series range from $699.99 (Rs. 47,735 approx.) to $1,149.99 (Rs. 78,480 approx.) and will be available in Q2 2018.
Fujifilm India launched the FUJIFILM X-A5 camera that Sports a retro and stylish design. The camera offers a host of features including a 180-degree tilting rear LCD screen, the latest built-in Bluetooth technology, and an extended battery life. The Fujifilm X-A5 with FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ is priced at Rs. 49,999 and is available via Amazon.in at a slightly cheaper rate.
Panasonic announced Toughbook FZ-T1, the company’s latest rugged handheld targeted at enterprise customers including retail and hospitality, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It is designed for military standard 810G, dust and water resistant to IP68, tumble tested and capable of withstanding drops of up to 1.5m, and operating within a temperature range of -10 to +50C.
The Wi-Fi version is priced at £1,142 (US$ 1,520 / 1,03,024 approx.) and will be available in August 2018, priced at £1,214 (US$ 1,615 / 1,09,520 approx.), the 4G voice and data version will be available from September 2018 across Europe.