It’s Thursday June 28, and the day has seen some big announcements in the world of technology. Among the biggest stories today include the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the launch of Instagram Lite, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 series breaking sales records in India, among others. Here are the top stories from technology that broke today.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to launch on August 9
Samsung has sent out invitations for an Unpacked event on August 9, which hints at being the launch event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The teaser features the iconic S Pen stylus that is popular on Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been the subject of multiple leaks and rumors, and come August 9, we’ll finally get to see the product.
Instagram Lite launched quietly
Instagram is joining the growing list of apps being customized for developing markets. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform has silently launched ‘Instagram Lite‘ for Android on the Google Play Store. The app is similar in approach to Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite, and is meant for use on low-end smartphones and slow internet connections.
Apple could launch a bundled subscription service similar to Amazon Prime
Apple is reportedly considering launching a bundled subscription service that includes music and video streaming services, as well as cloud storage, similar to the approach taken by Amazon with its Prime subscription service. It’s likely that users will be allowed to subscribe to individual services separately, but will get a discounted price for the bundled service.
OnePlus 6T concept video shows a pop-up camera module
The OnePlus 6 has just launched and we’re still some months away from its successor the OnePlus 6T, but a new concept video shows what we might expect with the second OnePlus device of 2018. The video shows a pop-up front camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a triple-camera setup at the rear. The OnePlus 6 was launched last month, and is priced from Rs 34,999 in India.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 series has sold over 5 million units since launch
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have sold over five million units since the launch of the two phones in February this year. The popular range of smartphones from Xiaomi is the company’s best selling range in India, and is likely the best-selling smartphone series in the country among all brands as well. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is priced from Rs 9,999, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced from Rs 14,999.