Xiaomi Mi A1 discontinued in India, Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium unveiled, Moto G5S gets Rs 5,000 price cut, and more: Daily News Wrap

Here are the top news stories of the day.

  • Updated: April 16, 2018 9:21 PM IST

The weekend is over, and while some may have had Monday Blues, it was quite a busy day for us. OnePlus 6 teaser hints that the smartphone will be exclusively sold by Amazon India, Motorola has slashed the Moto G5S price in India, head of Mi A2 launch, Xiaomi has discontinued the Mi A1 smartphone in India. Sony has unveiled its XZ2 Premium smartphone, Reliance Jio is all set to disrupt another sector in India with JioHomeTV, WhatsApp for Android beta has gained support for ‘request money’ feature and a lot of other interesting things happened in the tech world. Here’s a quick look at the top news stories of the day.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium unveiled

After unveiling the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018, Sony has today unveiled the flagship Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone. Among the highlights of the smartphone is the 5.8-inch 4K HDR display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage.

The smartphone also comes with dual cameras at the back, which includes a 19-megapixel RGB sensor along with a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor. The smartphone supports high ISO sensitivity up to 51,200 for photos, and 12,800 for videos. It can also shoot 120fps slow motion videos, and 960fps super slow motion videos. 

Xiaomi Mi A1 discontinued in India

Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi A2 (a.k.a Mi 6X) on April 25 in China. The smartphone is also expected to launch in India soon after the China launch. As the company prepares for the India launch, it has discontinued the Mi A1 in India.

Watch: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s First Look

Based on the leaks that we have come across, the Mi A2 is expected to come with a taller 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC, paired with 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB onboard storage. It is also expected to get camera upgrades in the form of 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual camera setup at the back, and a 20-megapixel front camera.

Reliance JioHomeTV to offer SD and HD channels at Rs 400

After disrupting the telecom industry, Reliance Jio seems all set to focus on the television and broadband industry. As a part of the plan, Jio is expected to launch its DTH set-top-box and IPTV services soon. Reports indicate that the service will be called JioHomeTV, and it will offer users with 200 SD and HD channels with prices starting from Rs 400. The exact launch date and other details about the pricing of the set top box are unknown.

Motorola Moto G5S now cheaper by Rs 5,000

Motorola launched the Moto G5S last year priced at Rs 14,999. In between, the company had given a temporary price cut of Rs 1,000, but today, Motorola has slashed the price of Moto G5S by Rs 5,000. The effective price is now Rs 9,999 and it is applicable on purchases made from Amazon India, Moto Hub stores and other retail outlets.

WhatsApp for Android beta gains Request Money feature

WhatsApp has updated the Android beta app which brings new feature to its Payments service. Until now, users were only able to send money to other WhatsApp users, either via QR Code or by using the UPI ID. Now, the UPI-based payments service has got a new option is called ‘Request Money’ that lets you request money from other WhatsApp users. Below is the link with a detailed guide on how to use the feature.

OnePlus 6 to be Amazon India exclusive

OnePlus is all set to unveil the new flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6, and as per rumors, the smartphone is expected to launch either by the end of this month, or sometime next month. Ahead of the launch, we have come across leaked renders, rumored specifications and more.

Now, the latest leak further hints that the smartphone will be available to purchase online, exclusively via Amazon India. The smartphone is expected to come with improved cameras, latest Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC, and up to 256GB storage option.

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  • Published Date: April 16, 2018 9:19 PM IST
  • Updated Date: April 16, 2018 9:21 PM IST