Apple and Xiaomi dominated the tech world today with reports about their upcoming and latest gadgets scoring high on interest. This year, Apple is likely to shift its focus from the iPhones to its audio accessories and computers segment. Xiaomi, on the other hand, has already introduced its smart LED TV lineup in India and today added a new model to its portfolio but in its home market. Here’s a look at all the top news of the day.
Apple MacBook Air, high-end headphones
Apple products have always been priced at a premium. Now, the company is reportedly looking at slashing the prices of its upcoming MacBook Air, and make it more affordable for consumers. Based on the latest report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to launch a more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air in the second quarter this year. In addition to the new MacBook Air, the company is also looking at introducing redesigned Apple AirPods.
In addition to the MacBook Air, reports today indicated at Apple venturing into self-branded headphones. According to a report, Apple is looking at offering over-the-ear headphones with its own branding that will rival the likes of Bose and Beats. The headphones are likely to support wireless pairing like the AirPods.
Android P Developer Preview
Google’s next OS version, Android P, is expected to be introduced at the company’s annual I/O conference. Ahead of the main unveiling, the company will be releasing a number of developer preview versions for Android P, with the first version expected to arrive in mid-March. In the past, Google rolled out up to five preview versions, and it is expected there will be similar preview versions for the Android P as well. This year, the old Nexus series is unlikely to be supported.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4C price reveal, Mi TV 4A launch
Xiaomi hit the news twice today; first with the price of its Mi TV 4C being leaked in India, and second through the official launch of its Mi TV 4A smart LED TV in China. The company is expected to announce new Mi TV series in India, however, ahead of the launch on March 7, price of the Mi TV 4C got accidentally listed on the official Xiaomi India website. Based on that, the Mi TV 4C (43-inch) will be priced at Rs 27,999.
In China, Xiaomi quietly launched its Mi TV 4A (40-inch) with voice control. The new 40-inch Mi TV 4A is priced at RMB 1,699 (approximately Rs 17,500). It features an ultra-thin profile similar to the Mi TV 4, and measures 241mm at the base. Now it is unclear if the same model will also be introduced in India at the March 7 event.
Skype for lower-end Android phones
In what will make video-calling easier for users with low-end Android phones, Microsoft announced a new version of Skype that reduces the memory and storage demands on devices running older version of Android. With lower consumption of the memory, the app will be able to provide a stable service even with spotty connectivity and will be easier to use on low-end phones as well. It will be rolled out in the coming weeks.