It’s Monday, June 25, and while the rain gods smile upon our office here in Mumbai, the tech world has been anythig but cloudy. Xiaomi had a couple of big launches today, WhatsApp adds a new feature that is sure to be useful to many, the upcoming Asus ZenFone 5Z will only be sold online, and more. Here’s the news wrap for today.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is official
Notched screens are in, and Xiaomi brings the trend to the affordable segment with the Redmi 6 Pro. Launched today in China, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro comes with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio screen with a notch, along with a dual-camera setup and fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, along with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone is priced from RMB 999 (approximately Rs 10,400).
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 launched
We thought Xiaomi had forgotten about its Android tablet range, but it wasn’t so. At the same event, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Pad 4, an LTE-powered Android tablet running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. The device comes with an 8-inch full-HD screen, which has a 16:10 screen aspect ratio, and with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Think of it as a smartphone with a really, really big screen.
WhatsApp will let users hide received media files in the gallery
If you’re on the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, this new feature might be useful to you. WhatsApp now lets users hide received media files from the gallery, which will be particularly useful if you find your phone’s image gallery cluttered with annoying ‘good morning’ posts. While it’s only on beta for now, the feature is likely to roll out to stable versions of WhatsApp on both Android and iOS soon.
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Asus Zenfone 5Z to be exclusive to Flipkart
Asus is expected to bring its flagship Zenfone 5Z smartphone to India soon. Reports now suggest that the phone could be launched in India exclusively on Flipkart, which will help the company to price the phone competitively enough to take on the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, and comes with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. An 8GB / 256GB variant could also be launched later.
Samsung Galaxy S10 could come in three variants, with a triple-camera setup on the top one
While the Samsung Galaxy S9 series came in two variants – a smaller variant with a single-camera setup and a larger one with a dual-camera setup – the Samsung Galaxy S10 could go the Huawei P20 series way. While the existing two variants will get direct successors, reports suggest that an ultra-premium variant with a triple-camera setup is also on the way. The phones will launch in early 2019, as is usually the trend with Samsung’s S-series smartphones.