An another eventful week comes to the ceremonial wrap up, where we look at top stories that made the difference. Beginning with announcements, India this week witnessed the debut of Honor 8 Pro and the much-awaited OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone. On the other hand, Facebook added new features to keep profile picture more secure, especially for users in India. On a global level development, this week saw the exit of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
This week concluded with good news for Apple iPhone enthusiasts as they can now own an Apple iPhone SE smartphone assembled right here in the country. Apple, today announced the first lot of iPhone SE assembled at the at the Bengaluru facility to go on sale in the city. The company also outlined its plans to gradually expand the availability of the locally assembled iPhone smartphone in other parts of the county as well. Assembled in India, the smartphone will be labeled as ‘Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India’.
The worldwide cab hailing firm, Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick continued to be surrounded with another controversial week. Last week, the absence of Kalanick from the company raised questions which were followed by opposition from stakeholders which reportedly compelled the Uber chief to put his papers. In a letter titled ‘Moving Uber Forward’, obtained by foreign press, the investors wrote that Kalanick must immediately resign as the company seeks a change in leadership. Uber was founded by Kalanick in the year 2010 and since then he held office as CEO at the firm.
On the brighter side, the much -anticipated OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone was launched yesterday in India. While most of the specifications of the ‘flagship killer’ were leaked ahead of the launch, it was the pricing that remained uncertain until the launch took place. OnePlus 5 comes in two variants priced at Rs 32,999 and Rs 37,999 with 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 8GB RAM/128GB storage, respectively. Notably, it is the first smartphone in India to launch with 8GB RAM on board. The smartphone boasts a dual rear camera setup, Snapdragon 835 SoC, and other top-of-the-class specifications.
Following the smartphone announcement, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor today announced the Honor 8 Pro smartphone in India. The smartphone is an upgrade from company’s previously launched Honor 8. The Honor 8 Pro highlights a mammoth 4,000 mAh battery, octa-core Kirin 960 SoC and beefy 6GB RAM. The smartphone also sports a dual rear camera setup including a pair of 12-megapixel monochrome and RGB sensors. Earlier available in China only, the Honor 8 Pro will now be available in select markets including UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Per reports, the smartphone is expected to be priced between Rs 32,000 to Rs 36,000 in India.
Earlier this week, Facebook introduced to privacy controls developed in partnership with safety organizations such as Learning Links Foundation and Centre for Social Research in New Delhi. The profile picture guard system will now let users keep their profile picture more secured from being misused by other users. Once activated, the profile picture guard ensures that other users can’t download and share your profile pictures. While this might seem a small upgrade but has a larger role to play, especially in current times when making fake Facebook profiles using profile pictures from other accounts is a common practice among notorious social media exploiters.
Here’s everything that happened this week in detail:
- OnePlus 5 launched in India, prices start from Rs 32,999: Specifications, features
- OnePlus 5 Review: Feel the power
- OnePlus 5 vs LG G6 vs Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, specifications, features compared
- OnePlus 5: Dual camera system explained
Honor 8 Pro
Apple iPhone SE
- Apple iPhone SE, Assembled in India, goes on sale in Bengaluru: Report
- Amazon India smartphone sale: Offers on Apple iPhone SE, Samsung Galaxy On8, Moto Z and more
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
- Uber employees request Travis Kalanick’s return to the company; board members begin search for new CEO
- Travis Kalanick’s resignation could have big impact on Uber’s India foray
- Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns