Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone’s Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New products at CES 2017 dominated the news this week
  • Nokia 6 launch on Sunday stole CES’ thunder a little bit
  • Vodafone now has a Rs. 499 unlimited calling postpaid plan

Predictably, CES 2017 dominated tech news this week with a range of exciting launches and demos, but just as we were putting the finishing touches to this piece, another launch grabbed the headlines. HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand, announced the launch of Nokia 6, a phone that runs Android 7.0 out of the box.

The Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. See full specifications of the Nokia 6, which will unfortunately be a China-exclusive smartphone. HMD Global confirmed more Nokia Android phones are coming soon.

Before we get to all the CES launches from this week, let’s take a look at some important stories from closer home. Vodafone is taking the battle to Reliance Jio and Airtel with the launch of a new postpaid plan that offers unlimited calling, and 3GB of 4G data each month. The revamped Vodafone Red postpaid plans come soon after Airtel started offering 3GB of free mobile data per month to prepaid and postpaid customers switching to its 4G network.

Friday saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) in India – the same phone was launched in Russia in March last year, after quietly making its way to Dubai in January. In both those markets, it was sold as the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016). This is an entry level phone from Samsung, priced at Rs. 6,890.

From CES, one of the highlights was the launch of the Asus ZenFone AR, the first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. It also come with support for Google’s Tango augmented reality programme and DayDream virtual reality software. Asus ZenFone AR, like the other Tango device – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is designed around machine vision with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.

In addition to the ZenFone AR, Also also unveiled the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom camera smartphone with 5000mAh battery at the event. The phone has dual rear cameras and offers 2.3x optical zoom.

Samsung used CES to showcase the new A (2017) smartphones launched earlier this week. The Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) sport “enhanced” cameras compared to their predecessors, optimised for low-light conditions.

Later, pricing of the two of the new Samsung phones came to light as well.Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone's Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

LG also unveiled its K-series phones on the CES floor – the range covers the LG K3 (2017), LG K4 (2017), LG K8 (2017), and the LG K10 (2017).

LG also showed the LG Stylus 3. The South Korean company says that the new 2017 variants of the LG K3, K4, K8, K10 smartphones, and the Stylus 3 will strengthen its portfolio in the mid-range segment.

At its CES 2017 event, Xiaomi unveiled the latest Mi TV 4 and Mi Router HD, apart from announcing a brand new White colour variant of the Mi MIX smartphone. All the Xiaomi CES 2017 devices will be available later this year in China. Slimmer than an iPhone 7, the Mi TV 4 is the company’s thinnest TV to date.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX was unveiled as a limited edition concept smartphone, made in collaboration with French designer Philippe Stark, in October last year, and it will go on sale later this year.

Chipmaker Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 packs an Adreno 540 GPU, and is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820. The first 10nm chip by Qualcomm comes with longer battery life and will enable thinner designs.

Nvidia launched a new version of its Shield Android TV, called just Shield, at CES 2017. It comes with Google Assistant integration and supports 4K HDR. The new Nvidia Shield will cost $199 (roughly Rs. 13,200) but the company has not announced the availability of the device yet. It will be the first Android TV with Google’s Assistant, but others will follow, and it will come to other platforms over time.

There were also a lot of laptop launches at CES – Dell launched a range of products including a Latitude 2-in-1 business laptop, XPS 13 2-in-1, as well as new Alienware and Inspiron 7000 Gaming laptops. It also launched the new XPS 15 laptop, a Rose Gold variant of the XPS 13, and the XPS 27 AIO.

Asus launched the ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA, and unveiled a new, slimmed-down business laptop, along with a VR-ready compact PC.

LG launched its new Gram 14 laptop, which it claims offers a battery life of around 24 hours. However, the benchmark test used by the company for this claim has turned out to be a 10-year old measurement tool. LG’s new Gram 14 laptop weighs around 980 grams, and is powered by Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and houses up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Toshiba expanded its Portege laptop portfolio to launch a 2-in-1 offering – Portege X20W – pricing details of the 2-in-1 have not been announced yet. The Portege X20W convertible’s main highlight is touted to be its 16-hour battery life. Meanwhile, HP unveiled the refreshed EliteBook x360, a 15.6-inch Spectre x360, alongside the new Envy Curved AIO 34, the new Sprout Pro by HP, and Omen X 35 Curved Display.

Lenovo refreshed the ThinkPad X1 line, launching a host of products under its portfolio including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Miix 720, Lenovo Active Pen 2, Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop, Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition, Lenovo Smart Storage, Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, and Lenovo New Glass C200.

Asus also showed the Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 convertible, a high-end Chromebook. Samsung unveiled a Chromebook with stylus support, while Acer showed off a rugged Chromebook, targeted at classrooms.

Dell also launched a range of new gaming laptops in its Alienware and Inspiron lines, and Lenovo showed its range of Legion gaming laptops, and also a new VR headset, which will work with Microsoft’s Windows Holographic Program. Samsung also showcased a new gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey. The most jaw-dropping of the lot though was probably Razer’s Project Valerie concept laptop, which comes with three 4K displays, for “total immersion gaming”.

On the audio front, JBL launched the Pulse 3, Flip 4, Playlist, and BassPro Go speakers; Sennheiser unveiled wireless headphones and recording earbuds; Sony showed Google-Home friendly soundboards, along with new headphones and speakers; and LG announced a Dolby Atmos capable soundbar.

As usual, CES also saw a number of wearables being launched – some of the highlights were the Misfit Vapor, the Casio WSD-F20 rugged Android Wear watch, and the Motiv fitness ring, which comes with a heart rate sensor. There were a few VR related announcements for new accessories from HTC Vive, while the other products are still works in progress.

Outside of CES, we had two more launches in India this week. We saw the launch of the Xolo Era 2X – the 2GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 6,666 while the 3GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 7,499. It replaces the Xolo Era 1X, which launched with a price tag of Rs. 4,999 last year. Other than this, we had the launch of the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO closed-backover-ear headphones in India, priced at Rs. 6,490.

Besides this, TRAI released a consultation paper on net neutrality – you have till February 15 to send in your responses to the regulator on this important issue.

Paytm also announced an interesting development this week – it’s finally received approval to launch its payments bank – the actual rollout will still take a little time, but it’s expected in the coming months. Paytm had earlier announced that it’s going to merge its Wallet and Payments Bank, so your wallet balance will automatically become your bank balance.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited India this week, and launched new programs to help SMBs go digital. He visited his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur, where he talked to students, and told NDTV’s Vikram Chandra in an interview Google is keen to work on UPI. He also met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who says Google should tailor its services to local needs.

These were the highlights of the week for us, let us know via the comments what caught your eye this week.

 

6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

 

Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago.

Indeed, the new version of iOS brings such enticing features as a revamped App Store, a customizable Control Center, and drag-and-drop for iPad users, plus such catch-up features as one-handed typing and easy person-to-person payments.

But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I’ve grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever’s onscreen at a given moment.

Read on for six awesome Android features that iOS 11 has yet to match, starting with..

Multiple user profiles

Given all the innovations coming to the iPad courtesy of iOS 11, from the ability to drag-and-drop elements from one side of the split screen to the other and the new, persistent app dock, you’d think Apple would toss in a feature that’s been standard on Android for years: user profiles, perfect for letting family members in a one-iPad household create their own personal iPad spaces.

Multiple user profiles

Ben Patterson

If you’ve been waiting for Android-like user profiles to arrive on iOS, bad news: they’re still missing in iOS 11.

For whatever reason, though (privacy concerns, perhaps?), Apple has yet again passed on adding user profiles to the iPhone or iPad. That means if you share your iPad with your toddler or teenager, you’re sharing all your iPad data, too, including your e-mail, your open browser tabs, your Facebook app, everything.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

Android has really spoiled me with its “automatic rules” for Do Not Disturb mode. With automatic rules, you can set up multiple Do Not Disturb schedules for weeknights, weekends, meetings, and any other scenarios you dream up. For example, I have Do Not Disturb set to turn itself off early (as in 6 a.m.) on weekday mornings, while on weekends, Do Not Disturb keeps things quiet until about 8.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

 

Xiaomi Mi 6 to be available outside China starting today

Officially unveiled back in April this year, the Xiaomi Mi 6 has only been available in China so far. Well, that changes now, as the device will also be available in Hong Kong starting today. The Taiwan launch is set for tomorrow.

The Mi Max 2, which was unveiled last month and is already available in a few markets, will also land in these countries in the same order – Hong Kong today, Taiwan tomorrow. Pricing information for these markets (for either of the phones) isn’t currently known.

 

The 6 Best New Android Apps And Games

 

The phone you have now might be more powerful than a supercomputer from the early 90s, but that won’t do you any good unless you have cool software for it to run. You need good apps and games. The problem, though, is figuring out which of the many new titles in the Play Store are worth your time. Well, here they are. After many hours of toil and testing, these are the best new apps and games you can get on Android right now.

Firefox Focus (Free)

The trend lately has been for browsers to do as many things as possible, but that’s not what Firefox Focus is about. This browser runs on the same engine as other versions of Firefox, but it eschews things like extensions, tabs, and even bookmarks in the name of privacy.

Firefox Focus

Ryan Whitwam

Firefox Focus

When you open Firefox Focus, all you have is a search/address bar. That opens a single tab, and that’s all you get. You can use the floating action button at any time while browsing to close the page and clear data. There’s also a notification that does the same.

Focus defaults to blocking all ads and most trackers. You can shut this feature off in the menu if that breaks a page, but most of the time it just makes pages load faster and use less data. And of course, there’s the privacy aspect. Firefox Focus is free to download.

Neon Chrome ($9.99)

There have been plenty of top-down shooters on Android, but I think Neon Chrome is the best one yet. This comes from the developers of the fantastic Crimsonland, and it takes the twin-stick shooter genre to a new place with randomly generated levels, amazing replayability, and deep customization.

Neon Chrome

Ryan Whitwam

Neon Chrome

Your goal in Neon Chrome is to fight your way through 20-something levels to take out the Overseer. This is a tough game, so expect to die a lot at first. Each time you die, it’s game over. However, you can use the credits earned to improve your character for the next run. The game doesn’t get stale, either. All the levels are randomly generated, and various character classes and perks encourage you to try different approaches to victory.

Neon Chrome has a rad cyberpunk style with lots of neon colors (duh), lighting effects, and cool character design. It’s an expensive game at $10, but it’s so worth the price.

Adobe Scan (Free)

You don’t need a scanner anymore, you have a phone. Well, you need an app to make your camera act like a scanner, too. There are several good apps that do that, but the new Adobe Scan might be the best one yet. To scan a document, just set it down and point your camera at it. Adobe Scan automatically finds the edges and captures the image.

Adobe Scan

Ryan Whitwam

Adobe Scan

You can add as many pages as you want to a document, and the app is very good about flattening, sharpening, and transforming the images into something vaguely page-shaped. You can manually re-adjust the crop if you want, but Adobe Scan is extremely good at doing it all automatically.

The documents you create with Adobe Scan can be instantly exported as a PDF, or you can upload them to the Adobe Creative Cloud. The app also runs text recognition on the documents you scan, making them searchable via the Acrobat app. Not bad for a free app.

Spaceplan ($2.99)

Clicker games are usually good for a few minutes of mindless fun, but Spaceplan manages to make a clicker game fun by dressing it up in a sci-fi package and tossing in some excellent writing. So what is the strange animal? As the description says, it’s  “based partly on a total misunderstanding of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.”

Spaceplan

Ryan Whitwam

Spaceplan

Spaceplan follows the exploits of a lone human (you) and the AI of the spaceship you find yourself stranded on. You’re orbiting an odd planet, and the only way to get home is to generate enough power to scan the surface, investigate your surroundings, and maybe travel through time a little. Amusingly, all the power comes from various forms of potatoes and tapping on the “kinetigen.” That’s the clicker aspect.

Spaceplan has simple geometric graphics, but the game feels very well-crafted. The dialog is witty and you’ll actually care about the story, wacky though it may be. This is the perfect game to play for a few minutes while you’re waiting in line someplace. The $2.99 price tag is a real bargain.

Audvel (Free)

Interested in some auditory entertainment? Podcasts are a good, free way to pass the time. The apps for listening to them often cost a few bucks. The new podcast app Audvel is completely free, though.

Audvel

Ryan Whitwam

Audvel

You need to log into Audvel with either your Google account or another email, but it automatically syncs your subscriptions between devices. That’s one of the essential features of a podcast app for me. No one wants to lose all their subscriptions when they switch phones. You can add new subs from the app’s discovery section, or search for your favorites.

You can stream new episodes or download them for offline playback. When listening, Audvel includes built-in support for increasing playback speed. It also compensates for the increase speed by lowering the pitch. It’s not the most full-featured app, but it’s still very new and completely free. There are supposed to be ads in Audvel, but I haven’t see any yet. A future in-app purchase to remove such ads seems likely.

Card Thief (Free, $1.99 upgrade)

As the name implied, Card Thief is a card game. However, it’s also addictive and hugely intense. That’s not usually something you’d say about a card game. In Card Thief, you play the role of a thief on a heist, and the only way to make off with the loot is to knock the other cards off the board until you reach the end of the deck.

Card Thief

Ryan Whitwam

Card Thief

Card Thief comes with a lengthy tutorial, which a good thing as the rules are somewhat esoteric. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to move your thief around the board, taking out guards, disarming traps, and eventually snagging the treasure chest before beating a hasty retreat. You remain alive as long as you have stealth points, but each actions like extinguishing lights and taking out guards use some of them. The key to success is understanding how to move strategically to maximize your stealth points and avoid the light.

Card Thief has a distinctive hand drawn “gothic” art style, and the animations are more elaborate than you’d expect from a card game. For example, the guard cards emote and change based on their alert status. Card Thief is an extremely well-made game, and you can try it free. If you like it, the ads can be removed for $1.99.

 

Nokia 6, Moto E4 Join List of Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones in the US

 

HIGHLIGHTS
For Prime members, the Moto E4 is up for grabs for $99.99
All the smartphones are up for pre-order right now
Nokia 6 will ship on July 10, while Moto E4 will ship on June 30
The Nokia 6 was announced for the US earlier this week, due to arrive on Amazon. Now, Amazon has now announced it as a Prime Exclusive smartphone – which means it will show offers and ads – featuring a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,200) discount on its price tag. Apart from the Nokia 6, the Moto E4 was also announced as a Prime Exclusive.

The Nokia 6 will be available at $229 (roughly Rs. 14,800) in the US through Amazon for non-Prime members, but Prime members can choose to grab it for $179 (roughly Rs. 11,500) only, complete with offers and ads. Similarly, Moto’s recently announced Moto E4 16GB will be offered at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) for Prime members ($30 off the full retail price). Verizon still gives you to best price at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,500), but you’re locked on to Verizon with that deal. Both the smartphones are up for pre-order, and the Moto E4 will be shipped on June 30, while the Nokia 6 will be shipped on July 10.Nokia 6, Moto E4 Join List of Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones in the US

Alcatel is also adding to the Prime Exclusive catalogue with the new Alcatel Idol 5S for only $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,900) for Prime members ($80 off the full retail price), the Alcatel A50 for only $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) for Prime members ($50 off the full retail price), and the Alcatel A30 Plus, available for only $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,100) for Prime members (also $50 off the full retail price). The Alcatel phones are also up for pre-order and will ship on July 10.

Nokia 6 specifications
Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.
The US variant of the Android phone from Nokia comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Moto E4 specifications
Coming to the specifications, the Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor or a Snapdragon 427 SoC (depending upon the carrier in the US) paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuiltl storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot.

As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies. It packs a 2800mAh removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro-USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support. The dimensions are at 144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

 

Nokia 3 demand in India exceeds expectations, Nokia 5 and 6 to be out in mid-August

 

HMD Global, the company that’s now making Nokia handsets, has been “humbled” by the success it’s had so far in India. The Nokia 3 is the only smartphone from the new Nokia roster that’s available in the subcontinent, yet the company now has to increase production levels in order to be able to meet the huge demand.

Here’s the full statement that HMD Global sent NokiaPowerUser:

We are humbled by the response to Nokia 3. Currently, we are ramping up our production for Nokia 3 on priority to meet the existing consumer demand. In the coming week, we will start production of Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 to get them ready for sales start by mid-August.Nokia 3 demand in India exceeds expectations, Nokia 5 and 6 to be out in mid-August

Aside from how popular the Nokia 3 is, this also tells us a few things about the other two devices in HMD’s debut trio. Both the Nokia 5 and 6 are going to be out in India starting in mid-August, and the company will start production by the end of this week. If you’re wondering why the month-long delay, we assume it has to do with HMD wanting to be sure that it has enough stock when those two additional models actually do launch.

The Nokia 5 is already up for pre-booking, while the Nokia 6 will be exclusively sold by Amazon. The mega-retailer has promised to reveal more details about its launch on July 14. Rumor has it the 6 will see its first flash sale on August 15, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.

 

Nokia 6 India Release Date Is August 23, Registrations Now Open on Amazon India

 

Nokia 6, the current top-end Android smartphone from the house of HMD Global, will be made available in its first sale via Amazon India on August 23. Registrations for the first Nokia 6 sale are now open on the e-commerce site. To recall, at the Nokia 6 India launch in mid-June, HMD Global had announced launch offers for the smartphone, and Amazon India is listing the same offers on its registrations page. Unlike the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, the Nokia 6 is the only smartphone from HMD Global that will officially be available exclusively online in India.

Nokia 6 price in India, launch offers

Nokia 6 price in India is Rs. 14,999, making it the most expensive Nokia Android phone in the market. Amazon India launch offers include Rs. 1,000 cashback for Amazon Prime users when they purchase the device using Amazon Pay balance. Vodafone users will get 10GB data per month at Rs. 249 per month for 5 months on their Nokia 6. All buyers will also get 80 percent off on Kindle eBooks (up to Rs. 300), and Rs. 2,500 off on Makemytrip.com (Rs. 1,800 on hotels & Rs.700 off on domestic flights).

 Nokia 6 India Release Date Is August 23, Registrations Now Open on Amazon India

Nokia 6 specifications

Nokia 6 specifications include a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset packs 32GB inbuilt storage, and supports microSD cards up to 128GB capacity, and houses a 3000mAh battery.

On the camera front, the Nokia 6 sports a 16-megapixel rear sensor, while the front camera’s resolution is 8-megapixel and both come with an f/2.0 aperture. The handset has USB 2.0 port for connectivity, fingerprint sensor in the front, dual stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio enhancement.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs Xiaomi Mi 6: Top specs shootout

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi’s Mi 6 are pretty high-end phones. Both the phones boast of top-tier looks and top-tier hardware. But while the Galaxy S8 costs a bomb to own, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is a lot more mainstream in comparison. While the Galaxy S8 offers a one-of-its-kind bezel-less design, the Mi 6 offers dual rear cameras in line with the iPhone 7 Plus. Here’s a closer look.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ quick review: To infinity and beyond

  1. Both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Xiaomi Mi 6 boast of an-glass and metal body and yet both the phones look like they don’t even belong in the same universe. The Galaxy S8, with its near edge-to-edge screen, looks like a phone straight out of the future. The Mi 6, on the other hand, has a more generic design. In fact, it looks a lot like Huawei’s Honor 8 especially from the behind. The Mi 6, although it is much smaller than the Galaxy S8, is heavier. In Xiaomi’s defense, the Mi 6 packs in a slightly bigger battery in comparison.
  2. While the Galaxy S8 has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, the Mi 6 has a front-mounted solution. Xiaomi has incorporated an under-glass – ultrasonic – fingerprint scanner in the Mi 6 which means you’ll be touching a barren area of glass to unlock the phone. The Mi 6, but, comes with wide chunky bezels on the top as well as on the bottom. The front, in the case of the Galaxy S8, is meanwhile clean and sans any buttons. The phone, because it has a nearly bezel-less screen, offers as much as 83 per cent of real estate to work upon. In spite of the toned down bezels, the Galaxy S8 still has a home button upfront. It is software-based though. The invisible home button, as Samsung calls it, also offers tactile feedback.
  3. The Galaxy S8, in addition to the rear mounted fingerprint scanner, also comes with an iris scanner and facial recognition for added security. Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay are also built-in.Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs Xiaomi Mi 6: Top specs shootout
  4. The Galaxy S8 is IP68-certified for water and dust resistance. The Mi 6, on the contrary, offers splash-resistance which is a first for any Xiaomi phone. The front and back in the case of the Galaxy S8 is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Whether or not the Mi 6 has some kind of protective covering on-board is unknown for now. The Mi 6 does have a limited ceramic edition which is supposed to be harder than the standard Black, White, Blue and Silver versions.
  5. The Galaxy S8 comes with what Samsung calls as an Infinity display. It boasts of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. The Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch phone with a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panel. It also comes with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality. The Xiaomi Mi 6, meanwhile, comes with a 5.15-inch 1080p display “with reduced glare and 0.15-nit adjustments (total 4096 brightness levels).”
  6. The Galaxy S8 available in India is powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory which is also expandable (by up to 256GB) via a micro-SD card. The Mi 6, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with Adreno 540 GPU and 6GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB/128GB internal memory which is non-expandable.
  7. Both the Galaxy S8 and Mi 6 offer dual-SIM, 4G LTE and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. While the Mi 6 runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 8, the Galaxy S8 comes with Nougat-based Samsung Experience UX.
  8. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation. While the rear camera is largely the same as the one in last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has made software tweaks to enhance post-processing that should result in slightly better results. At the same time, the camera app now houses a barrage of fancy new animations to add AR effects to photos. The S8 further comes with an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus on the front. The Mi 6, on the other hand, comes with a dual camera setup on the rear – 12-megapixel+12-megapixel – where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 6 offers 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom and should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. On the front the Mi 6 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.
  9. The Mi 6 comes with a stereo speaker setup, while the Galaxy S8 comes with a bottom firing mono speaker. The Mi 6, however, doesn’t ship with a 3.5mm audio jack.
  10. While the Galaxy S8 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, the Mi 6 offers a bigger 3,350mAh battery. The Galaxy S8, in addition to fast charging, also supports wireless charging.

Also Read: With Mi 6, Xiaomi brings iPhone 7 Plus camera technology to masses

The Mi 6 has been priced at RMB 2,499 (roughly Rs 23,463) for the 6GB RAM/64GB memory version, RMB 2,899 (roughly Rs 27,219) for the 6GB RAM/128GB memory version and RMB 2,999 (roughly Rs 28,152) for the limited ceramic edition. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 57,900.

 

Xiaomi Mi 6 With 6GB RAM Dual Rear Cameras Launched Price Specifications and More

 

Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship smartphone has been launched at a Beijing event, ending the year-long wait of fans of the brand. At the Mi 6 launch event, the company stressed on factors such as the premium 3D glass design, powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and dual rear cameras of new Mi 6 smartphone comes with the new Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, dual-rear cameras. The new Xiaomi smartphone will go on sale on April 28 at 10am CST (7:30am IST).

Xiaomi Mi 6 price and variants

Coming to the Xiaomi Mi 6 price, there are three variants at different price points. The Mi 6 variant with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM has been priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the model with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM costs CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,000); both variants come in Black, White and Blue colour options. Apart from the two regular versions, Xiaomi has also announced a third version of the smartphone, called the Mi 6 Ceramic, which sports a four-side curved ceramic body and 18K gold-plated camera rims at the back, and comes in Black colour. It has been priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 28,000) and comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Xiaomi at the event also announced a Silver Edition of the Mi 6 which will sport four-sided 3D curves and an ultra reflective mirror finish. At the keynote, Jun said the Silver Edition will “exude a totally different feel from the blue version you’ve seen!”

Xiaomi Mi 6 3 Xiaomi Mi 6 Launched Price Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 6 specifications

The new flagship smartphone packs the latest octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. Lei Jun, Founder and CEO, Xiaomi, at the event claimed that the Xiaomi Mi 6 with the Snapdragon 835 has better graphics performance compared to the iPhone 7 while the handset was able to beat the new Samsung Galaxy S8 in benchmark results such as AnTuTu.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 display measures 5.15-inch diagonally and sports full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) resolution. Its maximum brightness is 600 nits, but the brightness can be reduced automatically down to as low as 1 nit to reduce eye-strain.

Xiaomi Mi 6’s four-sided 3D glass feature on the Mi 6 looks premium and adds overall appeal to the handset. The phone’s sides are made from stainless steel which offer high-gloss outline. The company has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the USB port is USB Type-C.

Jun stressed that the new Mi 6 has been “precisely crafted like a watch.” He also claimed that the dual camera at the back has been “seamlessly integrated.” The fingerprint scanner on Mi 6 is now placed under-glass at the front. He added that the Mi 6 is resistant to wear and tear, and claimed it’s “splash-resistant”.

Xiaomi Mi 6 camera, as expected, features the dual camera setup at the back. The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a setup reminiscent of the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone features a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera for 2x lossless zoom. Its binocular stereoscopic vision imaging and depth learning algorithm makes edge recognition more accurate in the photos, says Xiaomi. The Mi 6 camera features phase-detection autofocus, and four-axis anti-shake functionality to ensure blur-free images.Xiaomi Mi 6 With 6GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications, and More

For connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi 6 supports 2X2 MIMO Wi-Fi, and 4G+ networks with download speed of up to 600Mbps and up to 100Mbps upload speed. With 3350mAh battery, Xiaomi Mi 6 has features such as front-firing dual speakers, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-SIM support (4G + 4G/ 3G/ 2G), 8-megapixel front camera with 1080p video capture at 30fps, slo-mo videos,

The Mi 6 also comes with NFC and the handset is compatible with the company’s Mi Pay NFC-based mobile payments service. Xiaomi confirmed that the Mi 6 comes with new MIUI optimisations which enables the Mi 6 to last up to a full day. MIUI can now restrict applications from starting up, freezes background app, and also comes with a battery saving mode.

 

Nokia 6 Reportedly Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

 

As promised by HMD Global previously at MWC, the company’s first Nokia-branded smartphone, Nokia 6 is reportedly getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat via an over-the-air (OTA) update. In addition, it also brings a bunch of new features to Nokia 6, along with latest April 2017 Android security patch.

According to The Android Soul, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update has begun rolling out to Nokia 6, which is currently available only in China. The update is 369MB in size and bears a build name ’00CN_3_170′. With the arrival of latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat version, features like shortcut support on home screen, new and updated emojis will be supported on Nokia 6.Nokia 6 Reportedly Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

Additionally, Nokia has made some specific changes to the UI while retaining the stock Android experience. The Nokia-6 specific features include a power saving mode, background management, along with dual SIM-dual standby support on 4G and 3G networks. Also, the update adds new Nokia USB drivers and other preloaded apps have also been updated. As we mentioned, Google’s Android Security patch for April 2017 is also included in the update that will bring many bug fixes and system enhancements.

To recall, HMD Global, the Finland-based company that is now making smartphones under Nokia branding, revealed that it will launch Nokia 6 globally while announcing its other devices – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3310 (2017). The company also made it clear that there will be fast and regular updates reaching all its smartphones. All of the devices are also reportedly claimed to reach Indian market with ‘Made in India’ markings.