This was a week with a couple of big launches and one very welcome price cut – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 got a permanent price cut bringing the starting price under Rs. 10,000. Read on to know more about all the news you can use from the week that was. The Redmi Note 4 is the most popular phone in India by some estimates, offering great value for money, and it’s gotten cheaper with a permanent price cut of Rs. 1,000 on its starting price of Rs. 10,999, bringing the phone into the sub-Rs. 10,000 category.
That’s for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the upper end variant with 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage is now available at Rs. 11,999. The new price is available via both Mi.com and Flipkart. The 2GB variant on the other hand appears to have been discontinued. The phone otherwise has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel front camera, along with a large 4100mAh battery.
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This price cut comes at a time when Xiaomi is stepping up against the competition, tying with Samsung as India’s top smartphone brand, according to a report by IDC. As per the report, both brands have 23.5 percent market share, followed by Lenovo (including Moto), Vivo, and Oppo, which are all under 10 percent. Other brands add up to another 27.6 percent. According to the IDC report, Samsung’s bestselling models were the budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy J2, Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt, and Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, while the Redmi Note 4 was the clear leader for Xiaomi.
Meanwhile, Lenovo is making a play for a slightly higher price point in India with its brand Moto – the company has brought its Moto X4 to India, starting at Rs. 20,999. The phone was first unveiled some months ago at IFA 2017, and Lenovo says it’s the first smartphone running on the Snapdragon 630 SoC currently in India.
As mentioned above, the price starts at Rs. 20,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant; the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 22,999. The phone has a 5.2-inch full-HD display, and the octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC is clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor with a 120-degree field of view. There’s a 16-megapixel camera on the front, and a 3000mAh battery.
OnePlus 5T First Impressions
The other big launch this week was the OnePlus 5T – the phone was launched at an event in New York, where the company revealed the details of the new phone. As rumoured, the phone features a bezel-less design and 18:9 aspect ratio, giving it a 6-inch full-HD+ display (1080×2160 pixels). It’s been launched at the same price as the OnePlus 5, and apart from the larger display also boasts and improved camera, the company says.
OnePlus 5T Doesn’t Appear to Have ‘Jelly Scrolling’ Effect Seen on the OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5T will be available in India and will go on sale from November 21. Its price here starts at Rs. 32,999, for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant will set you back by Rs. 37,999. It’s first going to available for Amazon Prime members, and will later go on open sale from November 28. In the US, the OnePlus 5T 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 32,600), while the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced at $559 (roughly Rs. 36,500).
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The phone will get a face unlock feature that’s missing from the OnePlus 5, and the other change that’s immediately obvious is the new display. Like the OnePlus 5, the new phone is also powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC, clocked at 2.45GHz, but it’s got an updated dual camera setup at the rear. It’s still got a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensor combination, but the latter has been upgraded with a bigger aperture and improved focal length, compared to the telephoto lens that was there earlier. This shifts the camera’s performance from depth-of-field effects earlier, to low-light performance. The front camera remains unchanged, with a 16-megapixel sensor, and all other specifications remain the asme, including a 3300mAh battery that supports the company’s Dash Charge fast charging technology.
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Vivo also launched a new phone this week – the Vivo V7 has been launched in Indonesia, shortly after the Chinese smartphone manufacturer announced the India launch of the smartphone on Monday, November 20. This is a selfie-focused smartphone with a 18:9 aspect ratio display, and sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an octa-core processor, and 4GB of RAM, along with a 24-megapixel front camera.
We also got the Gionee M7 Power, with a 5000mAh battery, launched at Rs. 16,999. The phone has a 6-inch HD+ display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an…