BSNL and Micromax are teaming up to launch the Bharat 1, a feature phone with 4G VoLTE capabilities for Rs. 2,200, to match the Jio Phone. As part of the deal, Micromax says it will offer “unlimited” data and call Rs. 97 per month with BSNL and supports over 22 Indian languages. The Bharat 1 is powered by an entry-level Snapdragon processor and has a 2000 mAh battery, a 2-megapixel camera on the back, and a VGA camera on the front. The new Bharat 1 phone also has access to over 100 live TV channels and hours of songs and videos. At the launch event, Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma claimed that the Bharat 1 would cost less than Jio Phone over time, given its lower running costs.
Mi MIX 2 goes on sale in India, already sold out Xiaomi’s bezel-less flagship Mi MIX 2 went on sale for the first time in India on Tuesday via Flipkart and Mi.com for Rs. 35,999, as part of a “preview sale”. The Mi MIX 2 sold out in less than 3 minutes, the Indian head of the company, Manu Kumar Jain, said in a tweet, adding that the next sale will be on October 24; Jain did not say how many units were put up for sale. Mi MIX 2 runs on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, has a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display, Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and dual-SIM -opportunity.
Moto X4 India launch slated for November 13 Lenovo has announced that it will launch the Moto X4 in India on November 13, after being pushed back from its original October 3 launch date. The Moto X4 is unique in that it has both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, the latter of which will arrive in India at the end of October. The arrival of Alexa has likely prompted Lenovo to delay the launch.
New Nokia phone launched in China this weekend Global has sent out invitations to the launch of a new phone in China on October 19, which some believe may be the Nokia 7, given the presence of the letters ‘qi’ on its TMALL page, which refers to the number seven in Chinese. Other reports say it could just be an upgraded 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version of the Nokia 8 that recently launched in Europe and is now making its way to China.
Huawei makes Mate 10 Lite official. After unveiling new flagships on Monday, Huawei has unveiled an affordable model: the Mate 10 Lite. It costs EUR 400 (about Rs. 30,570) and will be available in Europe in November. The phone has a 5.9-inch 18:9 display with full-HD+ (1080×2160) resolution, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, a 3,340mAh battery, and runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 659 chip. For optics, there is a 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensor on the back and a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensor on the front.
HTC launches two new U11 models; You Ultra Get Huge Discount in India HTC is gearing up to launch two new devices: the U11 Plus and the U11 Life. They would help broaden the current U11 range, with the former being an upgraded version of the flagship with one of the best smartphone cameras and an Android One model. HTC has sent out invites for a launch on November 2, where it is expected to launch the U11 Plus. The U11 Life is expected to have Snapdragon 630 and 16-megapixel cameras on the front and rear.
On the occasion of Dhanteras, HTC lowered the price of its second most recent flagship – the HTC U Ultra – to Rs. 29,999, a 43 percent discount considering the usual retail price of Rs. 52,990. It is available from both Flipkart and HTC’s online store. But that discount is only valid for Tuesday, so you have to hurry before the day is up. One of our complaints with the U Ultra during the review was the price tag, so it’s worth checking out now.
WPA2 ‘Krack’ bug already fixed by Microsoft Microsoft has already patched the newly discovered flaw in the WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol, it announced after the KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack) defect was made public Monday. You have nothing to worry about if you have automatic updates turned on. Apple has released a fix in the iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developer betas, which will be made public soon. Google said it would patch its own Pixel devices with the November 6 Android security update, with other devices in the hands of manufacturers.
iPhone 7 outsold US 8; iPhone X Units Ship The older iPhone 7 sells more than the newly launched iPhone 8 in the US, according to a report from brokerage firm KeyBanc Capital Markets, based on carrier surveys. The reason iPhone 8 isn’t proving to be popular enough is two-fold: customers feel there aren’t enough improvements made to the iPhone 7, while others are waiting for the iPhone X to know which model to buy this year.
Meanwhile, China’s Xinhua news agency reports that the first batch of iPhone X units — 46,500 in total — have been shipped out of the country to meet their November 3 availability date. The small number is linked to Apple’s production issues, which involved the TrueDepth 3D camera system on the iPhone X.
Netflix adds 5.3 million subscribers Netflix added more new subscribers than expected in the third quarter of 2017 with 5.3 million, the streaming service announced as part of its earnings call. Netflix hopes to add 6.3 million subscribers in the current quarter, bringing the total to 115.6 million worldwide. Wall Street had an expected target of 4.5 million.
Google Chrome for Windows Gets Cleanup Tool Google has added the Chrome Cleanup tool to its Windows browser, which helps remove malicious software to provide a safer browsing experience. Chrome on Windows also allows undallowsnges made by extensions that didn’t notify the user. Although it uses a detection engine developed by security company ESET, it is worth noting that it cannot replace a standalone antivirus program, which monitors your system in real-time to combat threats.