Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 render, JioFiber launch, Snapragon 845 benchmarks and more: Daily News Wrap

Here are the top news stories of the day.

  • Published: February 13, 2018 9:35 PM IST

As Xiaomi gears up to announce product on Wednesday, a certain calm prevails in the Indian market. The fate of Xiaomi and other smartphone makers depend on tomorrow’s launch and it is promising to be a big one. Ahead of the launch, a report claimed that Redmi Note 5 will not be same as the Redmi 5 Plus. We can only hope it comes true.

In other news, the discounts on Apple iPhone models don’t seen to end with Flipkart announcing great discounts as part of its Apple Day sale. IDC came out with a report showing Xiaomi dethroned Samsung as the smartphone leader while JioFiber is expected to become available by the end of this quarter. Here is a rundown of all the major tech news.

Redmi Note 5 render claims it is different than Redmi 5 Plus

Xiaomi is set to launch its next Redmi phones for Indian market tomorrow. If rumors are anything to go by, Xiaomi is expected to launch Redmi Note 5, the much anticipated successor to Redmi Note 4. The smartphone was widely rumored to be the rebranded version of Redmi 5 Plus smartphone in China. However, a new render suggests it will be a different model altogether.

A leaked render shows that Redmi Note 5 will feature a thin bezel-less design with virtually no bezels on the sides of the display. It also shows dual rear camera setup at the back followed by a LED flash and fingerprint sensor. The timing of the render is quite controversial since Xiaomi is rumored to launch the product in India tomorrow.

Flipkart Apple sale: Top discounts on iPhone models

Yesterday, we told you how to score discount on Apple iPhone with HDFC Bank deals as part of Valentine’s Day offers. Today, it is time for Flipkart to offer discounts on Apple’s most successful products. As part of its ongoing Apple Day sale, Flipkart is offering cashback offer on all iPhone models in tie-up with ICICI Bank.

As part of the sale, the iPhone X is available with a cashback of Rs 10,000 bringing the effective price down to Rs 72,999. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available with cashback of Rs 8,000. Apple iPhone SE, the best-selling iPhone in the country is getting cashback of Rs 2,000. There are also cashback offers on Apple Watch, iPad and MacBook Air.

Reliance JioFiber Launch is Around the Corner

Reliance Jio has taken the India’s telecom market by storm with the launch of its 4G-only service and its next act is expected to be the launch of Fiber broadband service. A new report says that the company is planning to launch JioFiber broadband service by the end of March.

JioFiber is expected to disrupt the home broadband segment and will initially offer free 100Mbps broadband speeds. The service is currently under beta in select localities of 10 cities including Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat, Vadodara, and Hyderabad.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmarks Look Pretty Good

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 was announced as the successor to Snapdragon 835 in December last year. The new flagship mobile chipset promises major gain in performance, battery life and graphics prowess for flagship smartphones. However, there were not proper benchmark data at the time of launch to prove the point.

Now, Qualcomm has given access to its chipset to select journalists allowing them to benchmark and compare the performance. The Snapdragon 845 is expected to bring around 15-17 percent improvement in synthetic performance and will beat Apple iPhone X in the graphics department. The next-generation flagships like Galaxy S9 will be able to support demanding games with console quality graphics thanks to Adreno 630 GPU. Are you excited about Snapdragon 845, let us know in comments.

Nokia 6 2018, Nokia 1, Nokia 9 (8 Sirocco) India launch date

HMD Global is estimated to have shipped around 8.5 million smartphones in the last six month of 2017. The Finnish company is off to a strong start in key markets such as India and it doesn’t want to lose out on momentum.

The company is said to be planning to Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 1 and Nokia 8 Sirocco (also referred to as Nokia 9) for the Indian market sometime in April. The report states that these devices will be announced for global markets at MWC later this month and will be rolled out quickly in the Indian market where HMD Global is seeing a strong demand for its products.

Xiaomi beats Samsung in Q4 2017: IDC

After Canalys and Counterpoint Research, IDC has also confirmed that Xiaomi inched past Samsung to become the smartphone leader during the fourth quarter of 2017 in India. However, it could not defeat Samsung in overall shipments for the entire year.

According to IDC, Xiaomi’s shipments more than doubled last year while Samsung struggled to match the Chinese company’s aggressive pricing in the country. Another Chinese smartphone maker Oppo was the worst hit with its shipments declining nearly 50 percent. The timing of the report couldn’t have been any better as Xiaomi gears up to announce new products that will decide whether it stays number one in India’s competitive smartphone market.

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  • Published Date: February 13, 2018 9:35 PM IST