As we move towards the end of the week, the tech world threw a lot of surprises from new Apple iPad models charted for the near future, the debut of the Microsoft Surface Pro in the country, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s interesting comments about the company’s plans in India.
Ahead of MWC 2018, more details emerged about the anticipated devices, including the Galaxy S9 series, Xiaomi’s Mi Max 3, and LG K series. While some of the devices showed up through rumors, the Galaxy S9, in particular, was officially teased by Flipkart today, indicated we might see the smartphone soon after its global announcement. Here’s a crisp overview of all the top tech news that dominated the day.
LG to unveil K8, K10 at MWC 2018
At MWC 2018, LG is expected to unveil the next-gen version of the V30 smartphone. However, in addition to the premium handset, the company today confirmed the arrival of the 2018 edition of its K series smartphones, including K8, K10, which, according to LG, will close the gap between mass-tier devices and flagship offerings.
The new models will be up for sale in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. As for the specifications, the new K series phones will come with improved camera setup with features such as high-speed auto-focus and noise reduction.
Moto G6 lineup leaked
Right in time for MWC 2018, codenames of the Moto G6 lineup were revealed by tipster Evan Blass. From the lineup, the Moto G6 Play is internally codenamed Ashley, while the Moto G6 and G6 Plus are codenamed Blaine and Teller respectively.
While no new information arrived for the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus, the Moto G6 Play also showed up on benchmarking site Geekbench. Based on the listing, the Moto G6 Play will likely be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and 3GB of RAM. On the software front, it is likely to run Android 8.0 Oreo. Previous reports indicate that it will come with a 5.7-inch display with a full HD+ display. It is expected to be fueled by a 4,000mAh battery.
New iPad models coming soon
In line with rumors about Apple working on redesigned iPad models, fresh information leaked from the Eurasian Commission database confirming that the company is set to introduce iOS 11-powered tablets soon. It is widely rumored that Apple is looking at including iPhone X-liek features in the upcoming tablets.
Past rumors indicate that the new iPad will feature edge-to-edge display, and come with Face ID for biometric authentication. While it is not official if Apple is indeed working on such devices, it is expected that the new iPad models will be teased at the upcoming WWDC 2018.
Microsoft Surface Pro comes to India
Microsoft today announced the Surface Pro, and its accessories coming to the Indian market. Prices for thr Surface Pro start from Rs 64,999, and will be available at the company’s online store, Amazon India, and Flipkart. Offline availability will be across Croma, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales and other authorized retailers in the country.
In terms of specifications, the Surface Pro brings improved performance with 7th generation Intel Core processor, and enhanced battery life. It is equipped with a high-resolution 12.3-inch PixelSense touch display that supports the new Surface Pen 4. There’s a variant with Intel Core m3, 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615. The high-end model, with Intel Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM and Intel IrisTM Plus Graphics 640 configuration is available for Rs 182,999.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leak
There is still no official confirmation as to what all devices Xiaomi will be announcing at MWC 2018, yet rumors about another Mi smartphone made its way to the internet today. The Mi Max 3, which is likely to be Xiaomi’s mid-range smartphone, was leaked through firmware files. Based on the leaks, the smartphone could run Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC.
Past rumors have gone to claim a massive 7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, which would make the Mi Max 3 a pseudo-tablet running Android. It will also make it one of the first in its category to sport a narrrow bezel display. It is further rumored to include a dual-camera setup, and come with a 5,500mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ teased on Flipkart
Today, Flipkart made live its teaser page for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 series. The page highlights the smartphone’s much-hyped ‘reimagined camera’ capabilities. Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC 2018 on February 25. Given Flipkart’s teaser page, it is evident the smartphones will sell exclusively via the homegrown e-commerce giant when launched locally.
As for the camera capabilities, the Galaxy S9 series is expected to pack a variable aperture in the rear sensor, which is expected to adjust wisely based on light conditions. While there is no absolute clarity on how the mechanism will work, it is likely to make low-light portraits enhanced while balancing shots in super bright conditions.
Uber to stay aggressive in India
During his maiden visit to the country, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi dismissed rumors about the company selling its India unit to Ola, given Softbank is the common investor to both ride-sharing services. He said that while such speculations are fun, the company has no such deal on the cards.
Given the competition between Ola and Uber is increasing even as the companies struggle to offer subsidized rides to customers and give incentives to drivers, Khosrowshahi indicated that Uber will leverage its profits from businesses in the US and Europe to make up for the losses in India. In his interview with a media publication, he said, “I think we’re going to be quite aggressive in India as far as investment goes. One of the great structural advantages that we have at Uber is that we have many profit pools. Those profit pools in the mature markets in the US and Europe, allow us to actually lean into some of the developing markets.”
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