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Realme X 256GB Storage Variant Spotted on TENAA, May Launch Soon

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Realme X 256GB Storage Variant Spotted on TENAA, May Launch Soon

Realme X is currently available in 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB models in China. Now, the new TENAA listing tips a new model of the Realme X.

Realme X 256GB storage option has been spotted in Chinese regulator TENAA's database. This means that the company could be launching a new storage variant soon. Since the new variant has been sighted on TENAA, the China market could see the launch first. 

Realme X 256GB Storage Variant Spotted 

There's no word from Realme regarding the new storage option or its availability in the Indian market as of now. Realme X was first launched in China in May and then arrived in India last month. The phone was initially released in just 64GB and 128GB storage options. In India, Realme launched the two same variants of the Realme X, but we can expect the 256GB variant to make its way to the country as well.

The Realme X TENAA listing has been updated to include the 256GB storage option. Currently, the phone is available in China in 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB storage variants. The prices of the three variants are CNY 1,499, CNY 1,599, and CNY 1,799 respectively. The Realme X 256GB model will be paired with 8GB of RAM, as mentioned in the TENAA website.
In India, the Realme X is offered in two variants – 4GB + 128GB at Rs. 16,999 and 8GB + 128GB at Rs. 19,999.

Realme X specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme X runs Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 on top. The smartphone features a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The panel also houses the in-display fingerprint sensor. Further, it is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, coupled with Adreno 616 GPU and up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
For photos and videos, the Realme X sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor along with an f/2.4 lens. The phone also has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 471 selfie sensor that includes an f/2.0 lens and is available on the pop-up module, which is claimed to have a quick elevating rate of 0.74 seconds.
Connectivity options on the phone include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C port. There is Dolby Atmos surround sound technology along with dedicated audio modes, namely cinema mode, game mode, and music mode. Besides, the phone packs a 3,765mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 to deliver a fast charging experience.

Reliance AGM 2019 Live Updates: Jio GigaFiber Commercial Launch on September 5, Annual Subscribers to Get Free HD or 4K TVs

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Reliance AGM 2019 Live Updates: Jio GigaFiber Commercial Launch on September 5, Annual Subscribers to Get Free HD or 4K TVs

These announcements are expected at the 42nd RIL AGM keynote.

The 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) begun on Monday, August 12. Jio has crossed the 340 million subscriber mark to remain among the world's fastest-growing digital services, RIL chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said while beginning the keynote. On September 5, Jio turns three years old, he said, adding that Jio has made India "data shining bright". 

Reliance AGM 2019 Live Updates

Jio's signing up 10 million new customers every month. Half a billion customers are well within Jio's reach, Ambani added. Reliance Jio is now the largest operator in India and the second largest in the world in a single country, he added. Jio's network is 4G+, and it can be upgraded to 5G at minimal incremental cost, he said. Jio's IoT platform will be launched on January 1, 2020. Here's how to watch the Reliance AGM live stream where we could hear about Jio Phone 3, Jio GigaFiber launch plans.

Jio GigaFiber broadband plans, pricing

Jio GigaFiber is Reliance Jio's home Internet service. Ambani said the company received 15 million registrations for GigaFiber in India. The company plans to reach 15 million residences and 20 million establishments in these towns. The network rollout for Jio GigaFiber rollout will be completed over the next 12 months. 

We've already seen the rollout of this service gradually taking place across the country. At the moment Jio GigaFiber users have paid a refundable security deposit of Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 4,500 for the router but the broadband service has otherwise been free. Ambani said most people use around 100GB per month on GigaFiber. 
Ambani said the Jio GigaFiber Set Top Box will be made available to its local cable operator partners to improve the TV experience in households. Jio Set Top Box supports almost gaming controllers, the company said. The set-top box supports gameplay in 4K, the company said. Tencent, Gameloft, Microsoft, and many other companies will have their games available on the Jio GigaFiber Set Top Box. 
The set-top box also supports mixed reality (MR) via headsets, which lets you create a 3D hologram of yourself to select clothes you want to purchase, for example. Another example of MR use cases is to learn about the solar system, or having an immersive movie-watching experience. The MR device Jio showed on stage is called the Jio HoloBoard which has been designed by a company called Tesseract that Reliance had acquired earlier, and it'll be available in the market soon at an affordable price, the company said.
JioFiber commercial rollout will begin on September 5, 2019. JioFiber will launch with the following plans and pricing. Jio GigaFiber plans broadband will start at 100Mbps and go all the way up to 1Gbps. Jio GigaFiber plans pricing is Rs. 700 per month to Rs. 10,000 per month depending on the plan. Voice calls from home to any Indian operator, mobile or fixed, will be absolutely free forever, Ambani announced. International calling from Jio landlines will also be lower, the company said. Default tariff will be 1/5th to 1/10th of existing tariffs and unlimited calling to US and Canada at Rs. 500 per month.
Jio Fiber will be bundled with subscriptions to most leading premium OTT applications. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to launch movies on the same day they are released in theatres, Ambani said. This service will be launched in the middle of 2020. 
Jio Fiber users will also get Jio Postpaid Plus. It will offer at-home portability, family plans, international roaming at a fraction of the cost, and phone upgrades at preferential rates, Ambani said. The complete details of tariffs will be available from September 5, 2019.
Jio Fiber customers who opt for annual plans will get HD LED or 4K televisions and a 4K set-top box for free. This is called the Jio Fiber Welcome Offer. 
Jio also announced a partnership with Microsoft where the two companies will jointly launch cloud datacentres and jointly promote Office 365 to more companies. 
Jio also made announcements for startups and SMBs. The connectivity and cloud infrastructure for budding startups will be free, Ambani said, from January 1, 2020. Jio said it will also invest in and financially support those startups that support India's needs in agriculture, skill development, and healthcare. Micro, small, and medium businesses are currently paying up to Rs. 20,000 per month for connectivity, productivity, and automation tools, Ambani said. Jio said it will offer these tools starting at Rs. 1,500 per month to these enterprises. 

Jio Phone 3 launch

The Jio Phone series is Reliance Jio's smart feature phone devices. The two devices launched in this series so far have been sold with massive cashback offers that guarantee almost the full cost of the smartphone if you return the device after three years. 

Unfortunately, there aren't any details about the Jio Phone 3 right now and we will update this story when we have more details. Jio Phone 3 could be more powerful than Jio Phone 2 and have WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook pre-loaded.

Snapchat Bets on Localisation, Opens Office in Mumbai to Expand India Base

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Snapchat Bets on Localisation, Opens Office in Mumbai to Expand India Base

The app has seen a 40 percent increase in daily active users (DAU) in India.

Snap, the makers of popular communication app dubbed Snapchat that has been competing against Facebook's Instagram for a long time, is set to expand its presence in India. The Santa Monica, California-based company has opened an office in Mumbai to boost its developments for the region. It is also in plans to bring new content creators as well as local publishers and media companies to offer relevant Lenses, Publisher Stories, and Shows through the platform.

Snapchat Opens Office in Mumbai to Expand India Base

"Our goal is to continue to introduce our products to the Indian population and make it increasingly more validated for the vibrant and rich tapestry of culture that exists within the country," says Jared Grusd, Chief Strategy Officer, Snap, in a telephonic conversation with Gadgets 360.
Grusd recently came to India to launch the Mumbai office. Snap chose Mumbai as the city for its first local place in the country with a view to sitting alongside a list of media, entertainment, telco, content, and fashion companies, the executive tells Gadgets 360. But that isn't the company's first move in Mumbai.
Late last month, Snap hosted its Creator Summit in Mumbai where it brought over 80 attendees, including blogger Malini Agarwal of as well as influencers such as Gaurav Gera, Awez Darbar, and Nagma Mirajkar. The Summit was designed to build a relationship with Indian content community. Also, it helped bring content creators on board that would help design experiences specifically for Indian users.
"One big aim for Snapchat in the Indian market is to increase the amount of cultural relevance we have within the overall community," emphasizes Grusd. "In order to do that, there are many different things that we're trying to achieve."
To drive towards its ultimate aim, Snapback in April introduced support for four Indian languages to the Snapchat app. These are namely Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Punjabi. Grusd reveals that the company is working towards bringing five additional Indian languages to the app by the end of the year. Specifics around the additional languages are yet to be announced, though.
Snap foresees that the addition of new languages would help Snapchat become a household name in India. A report released by Google last year reflects the importance of Indian languages for platforms like Snapchat by predicting that the Indian language Internet users will reach whopping 536 million by 2021.
But for Snap, localizing language support is just one way to attract users in India. The company also has plans to make content on Snapchat more relevant for the Indian population and work closely with local content creators, influencers, celebrities, and brands to develop a plethora of offerings for the local users.
"We've created tools that allow friends to communicate with one another," says Grusd. "We open them up to various creators and content companies to use in order to create rich, exciting content for the platform."
"And so in this sense, as we get more local creators using the platform, we've got more local content. That is how we bring on more local content. In addition, we partner with media companies, who are in the market to develop content for platforms as well to leverage our tools also."
To get started with new and existing partners, Snap-in late April hired Durgesh Kaushik as the Head of Market Development for Snapchat in India. Kaushik, who previously worked at companies such as Facebook and Reliance Jio, has been assigned to lead market development activities in the country. Certainly, with the new office, the company is set to expand the India team by hiring new employees, too.
Snap is focusing on expanding strategic partnerships, building an engaged community of creators and users, and servicing local advertisers by hiring fresh talent in India.
"The most important thing for us is to ensure that we are relevant to the Indian market," underlines Grusd. "And in order to accommodate that, we need our products and our content to be relevant in the market."
Snap-in the recent past launched its partnerships with JioSaavn and Gaana. Those partnerships enabled Snapchat users to share their favorite music tracks from the JioSaavn and Gaana apps. Further, the Shows section on Snapchat includes a news show from Brut India as well as FilterCopy from Pocket Aces, and Miss Malini's Beauty BFFs. There are also localized creative tools for major Indian holidays and festivals, such as Holi and Republic Day, and films such as Student of the Year 2.
"We will increase the number of partnerships we do in the region in order to ensure that the product remains culturally relevant and for deeper connections for friends to hang out with friends," says Grusd.
In April, Snap partnered with the Election Commission to help create awareness among Indian voters by launching tools and polling information. Grusd hints at the increase of such partnerships with Indian authorities over time.
"I think we always have like a great natural way of participating with authority because we care deeply about the issues that are many governments and many people around the world care about," he states.
The newer partnerships by Snap are projected to bring fresh experiences for users in India -- whether they would use lenses, filters, or simply surf the Discovery tab. The company is also largely investing in augmented reality (AR) -- some of the areas where it already gained huge popularity in the past.
Snap is bullish on growing its monetization by expanding its India presence over time.
"The business model of Snapchat is to participate in the advertising community and to create a platform where marketers and advertisers work with us as part of our ecosystem in order to build a vibrant community," says Grusd. "And so over time, I think we will scale out the business model too."
VP International Claire Valoti in a separate emailed statement to Gadgets 360 specifies that Snap has received an "enthusiastic response" from advertisers and brand partners and created "existing AR activations" for leading consumer brands in India this year.
"We are excited to continue to support advertisers through our partnership with local reseller, Tyroo, and are also establishing a local Advertising Solutions team to work directly with some of our larger advertisers," she adds.

Why is India on Snap's radar now?

Snap wasn't focusing in India for quite some time. However, the company in April launched a 'rebuild' of its Android app that helped it see an "exciting trajectory" of its audience in the Indian market.
"Our relaunch Android application has given our opportunities to focus more on the Indian market, technically speaking, and allowed us to create an even more robust experience for the market," says Grusd. "And so we're really excited to do that now that we've relaunched that application."
While the exact number of Indian Snapchat users aka Snapchatters isn't public, Grusd underlines that the company has seen a 40 percent increase in daily active users (DAU) in India between the second quarter of 2018 and 2019.
"We're really encouraged by that momentum," he continues.
According to the statistics available on Statista, India is the sixth-largest country for Snapchat with a user base of over 15.1 million as of July this year. The US, on the other hand, dominates the global markets for the app with 97.55 million users.

Snap-in its latest earnings report posted that its daily active users rose to 203 million in the second quarter ended June 30 from 190 million in the previous quarter. However, the company doesn't formally reveal any country-specific numbers.

Made for 'real friends'

To create further brand awareness and entice new users from growing markets like India, Snap last month launched its 'Real Friends' campaign under which it featured 70 Snapchatters from 12 different countries, including "several" from India. The multi-market global advertising campaign followed an integrated approach with billboards placed across different cities. The prime purpose of the campaign was to highlight Snapchat as the platform for real and close friends -- not acquaintances.
Grusd affirms that by offering a platform for friends, Snapchat comes as a distinct player in the market that is full of social media apps.
"Snapchat is created as an antidote to social media," he says. "We are not social media -- we are made for friends, to come together to hang out with friends. We think we are one of very few platforms in the world that actually are aspiring to achieve that goal. And everything we do from that product perspective is to ensure that our community uses our platform as a means for people who are friends with each other in real life to communicate and hang out with their friends."
By promoting as a platform specifically for friends, Snapchat indeed tries to move out of the arena that has matured players such as Instagram on one side and emerging apps like TikTok on the other. But Grusd points out that apart from the creative tools and features that make the app a perfect destination for friends, the app follows certain standards and requires processes to limit instances of inappropriate content circulation that often bring the likes of Instagram and TikTok in the limelight.
"One thing to know about Snapchat compared to many other content platforms is that our platform is not completely open," the executive says. "If you're a content provider and you want to provide content on to our feed, you have to go through a bunch of processes in order to ensure the content is of sufficient quality and comply with many policies to ensure that the content meets our standards in order to come on to our platform."
The team at Snap also spends plenty of time with content creators and partners to bring relevant, rich, and engaging content for users, he adds.

Realme 5 Series Phone India Launch Set for August 20, Flipkart Reveals

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Realme 5 Series Phone India Launch Set for August 20, Flipkart Reveals

The new Realme phone is touted to carry a primary sensor with a "large pixel size" and "large aperture" lens.

Realme is set to launch its new phone in India with a quad rear camera setup on August 20, Flipkart confirmed through a dedicated microsite. The new phone, which is teased to debut as a new Realme 5-series model, will feature an ultra-wide-angle lens. The development of the new Realme phone comes just days after the Chinese company revealed its first 64-megapixel camera phone that will sport a Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. The Realme 64-megapixel camera phone will arrive in India before Diwali, which means before October 27.

Realme 5 Series Phone India Launch Set for August 20

The microsite on Flipkart reveals that the Realme 5-series phone is launching in India on August 20. The launch will take place formally at 12:30pm.
Alongside confirming the launch, the dedicated microsite highlights that the upcoming Realme phone will come with a primary sensor with a "large pixel size" and "large aperture" lens. The handset will also have a secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle that carries a 119-degree field-of-view, the tertiary sensor with a super macro lens sporting a focal length of 4cm, and the fourth sensor with a portrait lens.
Flipkart has additionally released a teaser video that shows off the back of the upcoming Realme phone -- especially the quad rear camera setup alongside an LED flash module.

Last week, Realme showcased its 64-megapixel camera phone that is touted to debut in India before Diwali. The company announced that it had used the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. This is notably the same sensor that Samsung and Xiaomi are also set to deploy on their 64-megapixel camera phone. Furthermore, the Realme phone with the new sensor could arrive as the Realme X Pro, an upgrade of the original Realme X.
While demonstrating its 64-megapixel camera phone in New Delhi last week, Realme also revealed that it plans to unveil two additional quad-camera smartphones. One of those models could be the upcoming Realme 5-series phone that's launching in the country on August 20.

Jio Now Has Over 340 Million Subscribers, Ambani Reveals at Reliance AGM 2019

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Jio Now Has Over 340 Million Subscribers, Ambani Reveals at Reliance AGM 2019

Jio has crossed the 340 million subscriber mark, RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani revealed at the Reliance AGM on Monday.

Reliance Jio last month in the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) earnings report revealed it had reached 331.1 million subscribers at the end of Q2 2019. At the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani revealed that Jio now has over 340 million subscribers. While its figure from July already meant the telco had become the largest telecom operator in India in terms of subscribers, beating out Vodafone Idea, the latest revelation sees it extend its lead.

Jio Now Has Over 340 Million Subscribers

Ambani said, "Jio has crossed the 340 million subscriber mark to remain among the world's fastest-growing digital services." He added that Reliance Jio is now the largest operator in India in terms of subscribers, revenue, and profits.
At the Reliance AGM 2019, Ambani also revealed that Jio was signing up more than 10 million new subscribers every month. With this growth rate, he said the target of 500 million customers was within range. Ambani also said that Jio was now the second-largest operator in the world in a single country.
To recall, last month Reliance Jio has surpassed Vodafone-Idea in terms of the number of subscribers in India, based on second-quarter figures released individually by both telecom operators. Vodafone-Idea said its user base had declined in Q2 to 320 million. On the other hand, Reliance Jio had reported it had reached 331.3 million subscribers by the end of Q2, taking the lead. As per the latest TRAI numbers, at the end of May 2019, Jio had already beaten Airtel to take the second spot, with 322.9 million subscribers against the latter's 320.3 million.

Jio GigaFiber Announcements at Reliance AGM 2019: Fiber Commercial Launch, Jio Set-Top Box, and More

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Jio GigaFiber Announcements at Reliance AGM 2019: Fiber Commercial Launch, Jio Set-Top Box, and More

Jio GigaFiber commercial launch date is September 5. Jio Postpaid Plus was also unveiled at the Reliance AGM 2019.

Jio GigaFiber announcements were made at the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM). The biggest news was, of course, was the date of the Jio Fiber commercial launch - September 5. The date also marks the third anniversary of the launch of Jio's services. Other announcements included a Jio set-top box, Jio Postpaid Plus plans for Fiber customers, the Jio Fiber Welcome Offer, as well as a partnership with Microsoft.

Jio GigaFiber Announcements at Reliance AGM 2019

RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani revealed that so far, Jio GigaFiber has received 15 million registrations for its Fiber home broadband service, and it is aimed to reach 20 million residences and 15 million business establishments across 1,600 towns - a step up from the 1,100 towns announced last year. Currently, Jio GigaFiber is in 5 lakh homes on a pilot basis. To recall, Jio GigaFiber has been in testing since 2016.
Jio Fiber plans will be priced between Rs. 700 and Rs. 10,000 per month, "meant to suit every budget, every need, and every segment," Ambani said. He also revealed that with Jio Fiber, voice calls from home to any Indian operator (mobile or fixed) will be free "forever". Jio Fiber plans start from 100Mbps, and plans for 1Gbps will be offered soon.
As for fixed-line international voice calling, Ambani announced the "lowest fixed-line rates for international calling." The default tariffs on the Jio Home phone will be priced from a fifth to a tenth of existing industry tariffs. An unlimited international calling pack for calls to US and Canada was also announced for Rs. 500 per month.
At the Reliance AGM, Ambani also revealed that Jio Fiber plans will come bundled with subscriptions to most leading premium OTT applications, possibly referring to Hotstar Premium and Netflix. As for watching new movies, premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies the same day they are released. The service is called Jio First-Day-First-Show, which will be launched in the middle of 2020.
Jio Fiber subscribers will also get a mobility service, called Jio Postpaid Plus. Meant to be a "platinum grade service", Jio Postpaid Plus will offer priority SIM set-up service at home, family plans with data sharing, international roaming, and phone upgrades at preferential rates. More details about these tariffs will be available on and the MyJio app on September 5.
Also announced was the Jio Fiber Welcome Offer, where Jio Fiber subscribers opting for annual plans (called Jio Forever Plans) will get an HD LED or 4K TV and a 4K set-top box free.
Ambani also revealed that the Jio GigaFiber IoT (Internet of Things) platform will be commercially available from January 1, 2020. He added that in 2 years, it is estimated there will be 2 billion connected IoT devices in India, and Jio aims to connect over 1 billion IoT devices. The company is looking to get revenue from home, enterprise, and MSME broadband services in India.
Separately, the Jio Set-Top Box was announced, and it is claimed to be designed to accept TV signals from LCO partners. Also demoed at the event was the use-case applications Jio HoloBoard mixed reality (MR) headset, developed in collaboration with Tesseract.
Ambani at the Reliance AGM also announced Jio Digital Platform and Solutions, including a partnership with Microsoft. Also announced were blockchain developments, where the company plans to create one of the largest networks with tens of thousands of nodes over the next 12 months with the aim to store Indian data securely within Indian borders.
Edge computing and virtual/ mixed reality content plans were also announced by Ambani at the event, with plans for pan-India edge computing and CDN with tens of thousands of nodes, all to deliver content for entertainment, shopping, gaming, and education.
As for its partnership with Microsoft, Ambani announced cloud infrastructure plans for the country. Jio and Microsoft have entered into a "globally unique long-term alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of India". Jio and Microsoft will set up "world-class data centers across India" using the Azure platform. This is aimed to help large and SMBs accelerate their digital transformation.
Ambani had a couple of announcements for startups and SMBs in India as well. Jio will make "connectivity and cloud infrastructure absolutely free for budding startups," Ambani said, and startups can now register for a custom-designed package on This service will be available from January 1, 2020.
As for MSMEs, Ambani said it costs such companies between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 a month for a bundle of connectivity, productivity, and automation tools. These applications along with Jio connectivity will be provided at a tenth of the cost, i.e., starting at Rs. 1,500 per month. MSMEs will get unlimited enterprise-grade voice and data services, video conferencing, security solutions, marketing and sales solutions, and Microsoft productivity tools.

Kerala Floods: Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone-Idea Offer Voice, Data Benefits to Customers

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Kerala Floods: Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone-Idea Offer Voice, Data Benefits to Customers

Airtel has also extended the bill payment dates for its postpaid customers in the state.

Airtel, BSNL, and Vodafone Idea have extended support for their subscribers living in flood-hit Kerala by offering free voice calling and data benefits. Alongside talk time and data, Airtel and Vodafone Idea have also established a 1948 helpline to help affected users trace their loved ones in the state. State-owned BSNL, on the other hand, has also announced that it is offering free voice calls, SMS messages, and data benefits to its subscribers in Karnataka and Maharashtra in addition to Kerala. Private operators including Airtel and Vodafone Idea previously announced support for their subscribers living in Assam and Vadodara, which have also been affected by the floods due to heavy rains.

Kerala Floods: Data Benefits to Customers

As per an official statement, Airtel customers in affected areas get free talk time and SMS messages alongside data benefits credited to their respective accounts. The value of talk time and data alongside the number of SMS messages allotted in the region haven't been confirmed, though. Additionally, the validity of prepaid Airtel customers for outgoing calls and all other services as well as the bill payment dates for its postpaid customers have been extended to August 16.
BSNL, in a separate statement, highlighted it is offering free voice calls between its own customers as well as 20 minutes of free talk time from a BSNL number to other operators' mobile numbers. The telco is also offering additional SMS and 1GB data benefits in the flood-affected districts and areas in Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
The operator mentioned in its statement that it is offering benefits particularly in Kodagu, Uttara Kannada, Belgavi Districts and parts of Chikmagalur and Hassan in Karnataka; Wayanad and Malapuram district in Kerala; Sangli and Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Also, it has assured that it is taking the help of local administration to provide uninterrupted mobile services in the flood-affected areas.
Similar to Airtel and BSNL, Vodafone Idea has announced a talk time credit of up to Rs. 10 to its prepaid customers in the Kerala circle. Vodafone customers need to dial *130# from their mobile phones to avail the free talk time credit, while Idea customers are required to dial *150*150#. Further, both Vodafone and Idea subscribers in Kerala are entitled to get 1GB of data that is being auto-credited.
We've reached out to Airtel and Vodafone-Idea to understand whether they are also offering voice and data for the customers living in flood-affected districts and areas in Karnataka and Maharashtra -- just like BSNL. We'll update this space as and when we hear back from them.
Meanwhile, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea have also launched the 1948 helpline. This is specifically designed to trace the people who have been reported missing at different locations in the Kerala circle. On calling 1948 from any Airtel or Vodafone Idea number in the state and sharing details, such as the name and the mobile phone number of the missing person, the caller will receive within two hours an SMS with the last called location of the missing person. Airtel confirmed Gadgets 360 that it is also offering the 1948 helpline number in Karnataka as well.
Recently, operators such as Airtel and Vodafone Idea provided free voice calling and data benefits for their customers in Assam and Vadodara circles. The telcos are also working with authorities in the region to provide mobile network coverage.

Samsung Galaxy M90 Leaked, Said to Be Based on Samsung Galaxy A90

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Samsung Galaxy M90 Leaked, Said to Be Based on Samsung Galaxy A90

Samsung Galaxy M90 could be powered by a Snapdragon 730 SoC.

The Galaxy M series of smartphones from Samsung is aggressively priced compared to some of the other series from the smartphone maker. It already has smartphones like the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30 and the Galaxy M40₹ 19,990, all priced under Rs. 20,000. Fresh leaks reveal that Samsung is working on a new device called the Galaxy M90 which is expected to be unveiled in October or November. It is expected to sport high-end hardware while sporting an aggressive price tag.

Samsung Galaxy M90 Leaked

According to tipster Ishan Agarwal, Samsung is working on a Galaxy M90 which will bear an SM-M905F model number. The tipster also confirms that the Galaxy M90 is codenamed R6 internally. At this point, not much is known about this smartphone but is expected to launch in November in India.

In another tweet, Agarwal mentions that the Galaxy M90 is expected to be the same as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A90 smartphone. This is interesting since the 5G version of the Galaxy A90 has leaked revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. Samsung could swap the processor for something more budget-friendly like the Snapdragon 710 SoC or Snapdragon 730 SoC but these are just speculations at the moment.
What has also thus far been leaked about the Galaxy A90 is that the device will sport a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display with a dewdrop notch at the top. It is expected to come in 4G and 5G variants that will sport different hardware. It is also said to pack in a 4,400mAh battery.
At this point, we are not sure if Samsung will be jumping from Galaxy M40 to the Galaxy M90 directly or Galaxy M50, Galaxy M60, Galaxy M70, and the Galaxy M80 are also in the works. We might have to wait for more leaks to find out more about the Galaxy M90.

LG G8X Renders Leak, Tip Dewdrop Notch, Dual Rear Cameras, Headphone Jack

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LG G8X Renders Leak, Tip Dewdrop Notch, Dual Rear Cameras, Headphone Jack

The new model gets a smaller notch and keeps the headphone socket.

LG's smartphone lineup for 2019 has been pretty lukewarm so far. After the launch of the LG G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ, rumor has it that it's planning on launching a new G8X (ThinQ) around IFA 2019. This phone is said to be the successor to the LG G8 ThinQ, which launched earlier in February, during the Mobile World Congress exhibition. New leak-based renders of the LG G8X have been shared.

LG G8X Renders Leak

The news comes in the form of leak-based renders via OnLeaks, in collaboration with Pricebaba. The images show the phone from pretty much all angles, so we have a pretty good idea of what the G8X will look like, provided they are real. The first thing that grabs your attention is that smaller notch. Compared to the LG G8, the G8X could have a dewdrop notch, which makes it look a lot more modern. Of course, it's still not as cutting edge as a hole-punch or an all-screen design like the OnePus 7 Pro (Review), but it's an improvement nonetheless.
The LG G8X back panel appears to have the same dual-camera setup, which sits flush with rest of the glass back. The images also show a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone socket at the bottom. The size of the display is reportedly confirmed at 6.2 inches and the overall dimensions are said to be 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.5mm.

The back is also missing a fingerprint sensor, which means this could be the first LG phone to have an in-display fingerprint sensor. Due to the smaller notch, we doubt there would be any advanced facial recognition sensors in place, which means it will have to make do with selfie camera itself. The phone will continue to sport the dedicated Google Assistant button, which can be seen below the volume buttons in the render. One of the leak-based render images of the LG G8X also shows the presence of an earpiece, which means the G8X won't have the G8's vibrating screen technology for voice calls.
If this phone is truly going to be a replacement for the LG G8 ThinQ, then we can expect LG to go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, instead of the standard one. We could see some changes to the camera sensors too, although it's reported to have the same stand and wide-angle cameras as the LG G8 ThinQ. Apart from the renders, there's no real information to go on so we'll just have to wait a bit longer till the IFA trade show kicks off in Berlin around the end of the month.

Mi A3 India Launch Teased to be Soon by Xiaomi

August 12, 2019 0
Mi A3 India Launch Teased to be Soon by Xiaomi

The Android One phone debuted in Spain last month.

Mi A3, the next-gen Android One smartphone by Xiaomi, is set to launch in India soon. Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain on Monday released a teaser video to suggest the debut of the Mi A3 in the country. The video, which is of one minutes and 23 seconds, doesn't reveal any specifics, but it does give a glimpse at the new Xiaomi phone. The Mi A3 comes as a successor to the Mi A2 that was launched in India back in August last year. The smartphone runs Android Pie out-of-the-box along with a stock experience -- instead of offering any custom skin on top of Android.

Mi A3 India Launch Teased to be Soon by Xiaomi

Posted through the Xiaomi India Twitter account, the teaser video features Manu Kumar Jain who calls Mi fans to predict the launch date of the Mi A3 in India. He also supposedly gives a glimpse at the Mi A3 itself that has a gradient finish back at the back. The phone appears to have the "Not Just Blue" color option, though it also comes in "More Than White" and "Kind of Gray" variants.

Mi A3 price in India (expected)

The India launch date and price details of the Mi A3 are yet to be revealed. However, the price is particularly expected to be in line with what was announced in Spain.
To recall, Xiaomi brought the Mi A3 to Spain last month with a price starting at EUR 249 (roughly Rs. 19,900) for the 64GB variant. There is also the 128GB storage option that is priced at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 22,200).

Mi A3 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Mi A3 runs Android 9 Pie and features a 6.08-inch HD+ (720x1560 pixels) AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop-style notch. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, the phone has an octa-core Snapdragon 665 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM.
In terms of optics, the Mi A3 sports a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens, 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a 118-degree wide-angle f/1.79 lens, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor for depth sensing. The Android One smartphone also houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera along with an f/2.0 lens.
The Mi A3 has 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card. On the connectivity front, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Besides, the phone packs a 4,030mAh battery with 18w fast charging support.