The day began with US’ Federal Communications Commission announcing the removal the net neutrality rules. Flipkart’s New Pinch days sale kicked off today, and it will be on until December 18. Xiaomi launched a new Mi A1 Special Edition Red in Indonesia. Apart from that, Apple has launched iMac Pro in India with prices starting from Rs 415,000 for the base model. As the week draws to the end, here’s a look at the news stories which made top headlines.
RIP Net neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission voted to remove the tough net neutrality rules. Opponents of net neutrality argue that the rules were never needed in the first place, because the internet has been doing just fine. The agency scrapped the net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content.
Flipkart today kicked off the New Pinch Days Sale today. The three-day sale will see offers and discounts on smartphones from Xiaomi, Google, and Motorola to name a few. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 is available at Rs 9,999, while the Mi A1 is available for Rs 12,999. Apple iPhone 7 is listed at Rs 49,999 for the 128GB version. Customers can avail No Cost EMI offer during the sale days. The company will also be offering an exchange offer where buyers can get up to Rs 18,000 off. Google Pixel 2 will be available at an effective price of Rs 39,999 while the Google Pixel 2 XL will be available at Rs 56,999.
Xiaomi has announced a new special edition Mi A1 in red color in Indonesia. The new red color Mi A1 currently is available only in Indonesia, and comes with a price tag of $215, which roughly translates to Rs 13,700. The smartphone recently received a permanent price cut in India, and now retails for Rs 13,999 in India.
Apple today announced the iMac Pro price in India. The iMac Pro price in India starts from Rs 415,000, for the base model, which comes with a Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics card and 1TB SSD. The USP of the computer remains its 27-inch display with 5K resolution. Apple has also redesigned the chassis to offer better heat dissipation and improved thermal management. There is also an updated 1080p FaceTime HD camera and support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes.
Samsung rolls out Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+
Samsung started rolling out the fourth beta build of Oreo to its pair of flagship devices. The update is said to be 850MB in size, and is available for beta testers in the UK. Currently, both the smartphones run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.