In a surprising announcement, budding smartphone maker OnePlus has announced the global discontinuation of its current offering, the OnePlus 3T (Review). The move comes in anticipation of the impending launch of the next-generation OnePlus 5. The company has stated that it doesn’t have a lot of stock of the current flagship in the warehouse and is quickly running out for people to buy a OnePlus 3T as they want. The phone could disappear as early as June 1 in many countries. However, OnePlus has stated that both the 64GB and 128GB variants will remain available in India “until later this year.”
Xiaomi Mi 6, Mi Max 2 India launch teased for JulyXiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain tweeted today that the company could launch something new in July. The most likely candidates are the Mi 6 and Mi Max 2. There will be a flash sale of the mystery product on July 23, following the tradition of holding such events every month on that day. Both models have been launched in China and are expected to come to India, although the company has not officially shared a timeline.
Vodafone announces new prepaid offer, Idea 4G goes live in Mumbai Vodafone has re-aligned its prepaid offers, targeting 4G data users tempted by main competitor Reliance Jio. The new Vodafone SuperDay and SuperWeek prepaid packs are valid for one day and one week, respectively. SuperDay costs Rs. 19 and promises 100MB of 4G data plus unlimited local and national calls to other Vodafone subscribers. On the other hand, SuperWeek is available in two variants: Rs. 49 gets you 250MB of 4G data plus the same calling benefits as Superday. At the same time, the Rs. 89 option gives you 100 minutes of calls to users on other networks before being charged your plan’s usual rates.
Meanwhile, Idea Cellular had completed its pan-Indian 4G network rollout, with Mumbai being the latest circle to be activated. The idea gives all subscribers 10 GB of free 4G data for the first three months.
iPhone 8 leaks tip design, launch date It’s raining iPhone 8 details, and all signs point to a completely new design with an all-glass front panel and two rear cameras arranged vertically. The so-called iPhone 8 would be wider and higher than the iPhone 7, with a larger screen. This latest revelation seems to confirm many details previously leaked but also suggests that Apple has been successful in its efforts to mass-produce displays with integrated fingerprint sensors.
A separate leak indicates that Apple will hold a keynote on September 17 to announce the device, while sales begin on September 25. This would mean Apple has been able to prevent the launch of this year’s flagship iPhone, which has been heavily claimed to be possible due to production restrictions.
Gionee S10 with four cameras, Huawei Nova 2, and Nova 2 Plus launched. The highlight of the Gionee S10 is the 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras on the front and the 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras on the back. It also has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 3450 mAh battery. The S10B and S10C have relatively cheaper hardware and lower price tags. Further details are unknown, and there is no word on when these models could be coming to India.
Also, in China, Huawei has launched its Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus smartphones. Both are mid-range smartphones with 20-megapixel front cameras and dual rear cameras. As the name suggests, the Plus version is the larger of the two and has a bigger screen, bigger battery, and more storage space. Both models will be available in China in mid-June.
Samsung Galaxy Feel launched in Japan Samsung has announced a new low-end model in Japan, the Galaxy Feel. This phone has a 4.7-inch 720×1280-pixel display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 4G VoLTE, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The price has not yet been announced, but it will be available in multiple colors in mid-June.
Closer to home, Micromax subsidiary Yu has come out of hibernation to announce the launch of a new model, the Yu Yureka Black, on June 1. they promised this is a brand new model, not a reissue. However, no specifications are known yet, and there is also no hint about the price.
The government of India has changed the definition of “startup” The government has announced a change in how it officially recognizes startups. Companies now have seven years from their incorporation date instead of five years to take advantage of the Startup India Action Plan. An exception to this rule is the biotech sector – startups in this field can be considered startups for up to 10 yeaToyearst as startups, comp anies iss must still show less than Rs. 25 crores in revtups. The recognition grants tax benefits and risk financing to eligible companies.
Moto Z2 Play benchmarks appear The unannounced Moto Z2 Play seems to be real as benchmark results have surfaced in the online GFXBench database. The results are consistent with previous leaks. From what we already know, the Moto Z2 Play has a 3000mAh battery, a 5.5-inch full-HD display, 4GB RAM, and 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC. The mid-range device could be launched in early June, but there is no indication of the price.