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BGR India Daily News Wrap: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) launch, Jio Payments bank and more

Here are the top news stories of the day.

  • Updated: October 10, 2017 7:42 PM IST

The week has just started and things in the tech world have started picking pace. The day had been pretty much dominated with the anticipated launch of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 bezel-less smartphone in India. In addition to that, interesting developments on the debut of Jio Payments Bank also made headlines. In continuation with our daily news wrap series, here’s a quick look at the top stories of the day.

After skipping the Mi MIX, Xiaomi introduced its successor Mi MIX 2 today in India. Akin to its predecessor, the Mi MIX 2 boasts its bezel-less display as the USP. It is priced at Rs 35,999, which makes it the most expensive smartphone by Xiaomi in India yet. At the launch event, the company also talked about the challenges with supply chains when it comes to mass-producing newer technologies. The smartphone goes up for pre-orders on Flipkart starting October 17 and will start shipping in first week of November.

Another launch that dominated the day was the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017). One of the interesting features of the battery-focused tablet is that it comes integrated with Bixby Home. For those living under a stone, Bixby is Samsung’s take on other digital assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana. The all-new Galaxy Tab A is priced at Rs 17,990, and features an 8-inch HD IPS display.

After disrupting the telecom space and mobile market, Reliance Jio‘s next target is the payments sector. The company is long in the news for working on its own Jio Payments Bank service. Now, as per today’s reports, Reliance Jio appears to be a step closer to launching the digital banking service. The Jio Payments Bank was expected to launch in October. However, the RBI reportedly asked the company to demonstrate its capabilities to ensure it is ready for a glitch-free launch, which has been rescheduled to now take place in December.

Even as Jack Dorsey is yet to turn around the fortunes of Twitter, the microblogging service is leaving no stone unturned to keep users hooked. In its latest attempt at staying relevant in the social media industry, Twitter revealed that it is working on a new feature that will allow you to save tweets. Called ‘Save for Later’, the feature will work like a bookmarking tool for tweets, allowing you to preserve and privately send your favorite tweets.

Last week’s hottest releases were the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. Although the phones received the highest DxOMark score of 98, many (including myself) have had our reservations as the Pixel phones don’t even have a dual-camera setup to give output which is at par with the contemporaries. However, to prove how the Pixel 2 phones are the greatest even with a single lens, Google released photo series of the new phones. The series contains a host of samples showing off the camera prowess of the Pixel 2 phones in varied light and mode settings.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 launch

Samsung Galaxy Tab A launch

Jio Payments Bank

Twitter ‘save for later’ feature

Google Pixel 2 photo series

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

32999

Android Nougat with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core 2.45GHz 64-bit Processor
12 MP with IMX386 sensor, 4-axis OIS, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens, PDAF, HDR
Google Pixel 2 XL

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Android 8.0.0, Oreo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core 2.35GHz + 1.9GHz, 64-Bit Processor
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Android 8.0.1, Oreo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core 2.35GHz + 1.9GHz, 64-Bit Processor
12.2 MP with f/1.8 aperture
  • Published Date: October 10, 2017 7:41 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 10, 2017 7:42 PM IST