This week Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6 series smartphones in India, Vivo launched the V11 Pro smartphone in the country and also introduced the X23 smartphone. Motorola introduced the Moto P30 Note smartphone, Honor introduced the 8X and 8X Max smartphones as well as Honor Band 4, and lots more from this week in our weekly roundup.
Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro smartphones in India. The Redmi 6A and 6 have HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio displays, and have Dual 4G VoLTE support, while the Redmi 6 Pro comes with Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch. Check out the review of the Redmi 6 Pro here.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6A comes in Grey, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 5999 for the 2GB RAM with 16GB storage version and the 32GB storage version of it costs Rs. 6999 and will be available exclusively from Amazon.in and Mi.com starting from September 19th.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 comes in Grey, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colors is priced at Rs. 7999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version, and the 64GB storage version of it will cost Rs. 9499 and will go on sale exclusively from Flipkart as well as Mi.com starting from September 10th. The company said that this is limited period pricing for the 6A and 6, and might increase after two months.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro comes in Red, Blue, Gold and Black colors, is priced at Rs. 10999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version, and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version costs Rs. 12999. It comes bundled with a clear case, and will be available exclusively from Amazon.in as well as Mi.com starting from September 11th. HDFC Bank Credit/Debit cards and EMI transactions get Rs. 500 off for the first sale on Redmi 6 and 6 Pro.
Vivo launched the V11 Pro, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in India, after the V11. It has a 6.41-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1.76 mm slim bezels on the sides, 91.27 % screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which it calls Halo FullView display, is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE with 6GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, AI scene recognition, Dual PD focus for 0.03 seconds of focus and a 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature.
The IR face unlock accurately scans 1,024 facial feature dimensions to unlock your phone instantly. It comes with AI gaming mode, has an in-display fingerprint sensor, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3,400mAh battery with Dual-Engine 18W fast charging.
It comes in Starry Night Black and Dazzling Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 25,990 and will go on sale from online retailers such as Amazon.in, Flipkart, Vivo online store as well as offline stores starting from September 12th with pre-orders starting from today, September 6th.
It also announced X23, the company’s latest top-end smartphone in the ‘X series’ at an event in China, as it had promised. It has a similar Halo FullView display, but this is powered by Snapdragon 670 AIE with 8GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 13-megapixel 125-degree wide-angle secondary camera to capture 3D depth of field information. It has IR face unlock and packs a 12-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature.
It has a 3D glass body, Jovi AI, fourth-generation in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.35 seconds and packs a 3,400mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. It comes in Phantom Purple, Phantom Red and Midnight Blue colors as well as Fashion Purple and Fashion Orange colors with Vivo logo on the back, is priced at 3498 yuan (US$ 512 / ₹ 36,830 approx.) and will go on sale in China from September 14th.
Motorola announced the Moto P30 Note its latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘P series’ in China. It has the same 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of RAM, Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 4.0, glass back and gradient design, but this has a large 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. It also comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots.
It comes in Mercury Black color, is priced at 1999 yuan (US$ 292 / Rs. 20,710 approx.) for the 4GB RAM version and the 6GB RAM version costs 2299 yuan (US$ 336 / Rs. 23,820 approx.). It is already on sale in China, and the global version of the phone with stock Android will launch as Moto One Power in India next month.
Xiaomi launched the Red color variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone in India. This joins the Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold variants of the smartphone that were launched in the country earlier this year. The Red version has Black finish on the front and Red finish on the back and the sides.
LG launched Q Stylus+ smartphone lineup as successor to last year’s Stylus 3 in India. It was introduced back in June and packs a 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision Display, is powered by a 1.5GHz Octa-core MediaTek SoC, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
It has military grade durability with MIL-STD 810G, is IP68-certified for water and dust resistance, has fingerprint sensor on the back also doubles as the selfie camera shutter button. Even with the display off, the LG Q Stylus will recognize and record handwritten notes, and it can also be utilized to personalize captured images and videos to create animated GIFs. It also has Portrait mode, QLens and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. It has a metallic body, packs a 3300mAh battery with Fast charging and it also has USB Type-C, replacing the micro USB on the Stylus 3.
It comes in Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue colors, is priced at Rs. 21990 and is available from offline stores.
Huawei’s Honor brand launched the Honor 7S, the company’s latest budget smartphone in India. It was introduced back in May, has a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 73% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by a Quad-Core MediaTek SoC with 2GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMIUI 8.1 on top, has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both with LED flash, and has support for face unlock. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3020mAh battery.
It comes in Black, Blue and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 6,999 and will be available exclusively from Flipkart and Honor online store from September 14th.
After the announcement last week, Samsung launched the Portable SSD X5, its first NVMe 1-based portable solid state drive (SSD) with Thunderbolt 3 support in India. It has Thunderbolt 3 that offers 40Gbps bandwidth which is up to four times faster than USB 3.13 – the X5 offers a read speed of up to 2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than the widely used SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external HDDs. It offers fastest maximum write speed of 2,300 MB/s5, enabling users to transfer a 20GB-sized 4K UHD video in just 12 seconds.
It is priced 27,999 for the 500GB model, Rs. 48,999 for the 1TB model and the top-end 2TB version costs Rs. 97,999 for the 2TB model. It rolled out globally starting from September 3rd, and should go on sale in India soon.
Huawei’s Honor brand announced the Honor 8X, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in China. It has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 4.25mm narrow chin and 91% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Kirin 710 SoC with 6GB of RAM, has a 20-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition that can identify up to 500 scenes, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portrait shots. It has a 16-megapixel front camera with 4-in-1 pixel binning technology and AI beautify.
It comes in Black, Blue, Red and Purple colors, is priced at 1399 yuan (US$ 204 / Rs. 14,695 approx.) for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version costs 1599 yuan (US$ 234 / Rs. 16,795 approx.) and the top-end 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version costs 1899 yuan (US$ 278 / Rs. 19,950 approx.). It goes on sale from September 11th in China.
It also introduced the Honor 8X Max in China. It has a 7.12-inch Full HD+ display with narrow bezels and 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 660 or 636 with up to 6GB of RAM, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portrait shots. It has an 8-megapixel front camera. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, packs a 5000mAh battery with support for reverse charging to charge other phones, as well as 9V/2A fast charging.
It comes in Black, Blue and Red colors, is priced at 1499 yuan (US$ 219 / Rs. 15,745 approx.) for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version and the 128GB storage version costs 1799 yuan (US$ 263 / Rs. 18,900 approx.). It is available for order and goes on sale from September 11th in China. The Snapdragon 660 version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will go on sale in October.
It also introduced Honor Band 4, successor of Honor Band 3. It has a 0.95-inch AMOLED color 2.5D curved glass touch screen display in addition to Home button, comes with continuous heart rate tracking and is also water resistant up to 50 meters with Swim stroke recognition.
The company has also introduced Honor Band 4 Running Edition with POLED black and white screen, without the heart rate sensor and a smaller 77mAh battery with up to 20 days of standby. The 6-axis sensor offers improved running detection by measuring cadence, step length, ground contact time, foot strike pattern, landing impact, eversion excursion and swing angle. It is also water resistant up to 50 meters.
The Honor Band 4 comes in Black, Blue and Pink colors and is priced at 199 yuan (US$ 29 / Rs. 2,090 approx.) The Honor Band 4 Running Edition comes in Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Green and Pink colors and is priced at 99 yuan (US$ 14.5 / Rs. 1,040 approx.) . Both these will go on sale in China from September 20.
Vu Technologies, California-based luxury TV company launched Vu 100, the company’s first 100-inch TV with full metal design and Android Oreo 8.0. It has a 4K HDR10 Panel with 2.5 Billion Color & Wide Color Gamut, JBL Speakers with Woofer and 2000 watt Dolby and DTS Sound and Vu ActiVoice Remote with Voice Assistance as well as HotKeys for YouTube and Google Play. It has Google Play Store and comes with Hotstar, Alt balaji, Sony Liv and other apps.
It is priced at Rs 20 lakhs and is currently available only at Vu official stores. However, the company is planning to make them available at partner stores soon.
Lenovo launched the HX03W Cardio Plus in India. It has a heart rate sensor, is water-resistant with IP68 ratings and comes 0.96-inch OLED screen. It comes with a revamped version of its fitness app called Lenovo Life that lets you check daily activities and include features like dieting, shape training videos and private sports plans. It comes in Black, Blue, Red and Orange colors, is priced at Rs. 1,999 and will be available from Amazon.in, starting September 9.
ZTE’s nubia announced the Nubia Z18, the company’s latest flagship smartphone in the ‘Z series’ in China It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display with 91.8% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with nubia UI 6.0 on top, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.6 aperture, PDAF, OIS along with a 24-megapixel secondary rear camera for portrait shots.
It comes in Midnight Black and Nebula Red colors, is priced at 2799 yuan (US$ 409 / Rs. 29,350 approx.) for the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage version costs 3299 yuan (US$ 482 / Rs. 34,590 approx.). The Limited Edition Van Gogh Starlight Collector’s Edition is priced at 3,599 yuan (US$ 526 / Rs. 37,740 approx.). It will go on sale in China from September 11th.