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Apple iPhone X beats Samsung Galaxy S9+ in chipset performance, Airtel rolls out new Rs 995 plan, Xiaomi teases new MiTV series in India, more: Daily News Wrap

Here are the top news stories of the day.

  • Published: March 1, 2018 7:51 PM IST
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he day was dominated by Samsung Galaxy S9’s chipset performance being compared to that of the iPhone X, its DxOMark performance being compared to that of Google Pixel 2; Airtel rolling out a new Rs 995 plan, among other things.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ versus the others

Today a bunch of reports came in that are adamant on testing the water for the new Samsung Galaxy S9+ much before it hits the shelves. On one hand, the device was pitted against the recent iPhones on battery performance, and the Galaxy phone sadly lost the battle. And not just the iPhone X, but all of them from iPhone 7 and up.

However, Galaxy S9+ faired well in the DxOMark test, well enough to leave behind the leaders-till-now, the Pixel 2 duo. The Galaxy S9+ has scored 99, which is one point more than the Google Pixel 2 and two points more than Apple iPhone X.

Airtel Rs 995 plan

Airtel today announced a new Rs 995 plan for its prepaid subscribers, which offers unlimited voice calls and data benefits. The new plan comes with a validity of 180 days, and offers 1GB 3G/4G internet per month, with a total data benefit of 6GB for six months. In addition to the long-term data benefit, the plan offers 100 free SMS per day, and unlimited voice calls including local and national roaming. The plan is meant to benefits only those who have high calling needs.

Xiaomi’s MiTV plans for India

Earlier today, Xiaomi Global VP Manu Kumar Jain hinted in a tweet at the company’s TV expansion plans. The company is reportedly looking at expanding its smart TV range in the market with a new model. Jain’s tweet was followed by a post from Xiaomi Product Manager Sudeep Sahu followed, which also hinted at a new MiTV coming soon.

Boost in India’s 4G LTE devices

Today we also saw CMR’s Annual 4G LTE Devices India Market Review Report 2017 being released, which says that 4G LTE device shipments in India grew at an impressive 80 percent year-on-year. The total shipments reached 148.3 million units in 2017.

The report highlights that 4G LTE accounted for 50 percent of the overall device shipments, dominated by Chinese brands. Indian and other global brands accounted for 24 percent of the 4G LTE shipments, with others grabbed three percent of the share.

Google Hangouts Chat app

And finally, Google’s Slack competitor, Hangouts Chat, came out of beta today and as announced it is becoming a core part of G Suite, and will be rolling out to all G suite users in next seven days.

The service exists alongside the standard Hangouts app, which replaced Google Talk. With Hangouts, Google is essentially taking on Slack, Microsoft Teams and similar services. It is available on Android, iOS and the web.

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  • Published Date: March 1, 2018 7:51 PM IST