Redmi Note 7 and Samsung M30 in India, Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro Unveiled, and More News This Week
Realme 3 will go on sale in India March 12, price starts at Rs. 8,999
Redmi Note 7's second sale is scheduled for March 13
Samsung has started selling the Galaxy M30, Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e
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Redmi Note 7 as well as Samsung Galaxy M30 first sales, Realme 3 launch, Realme 3 Pro's announcement, and the India debut of Oppo F11 Pro and Oppo F11 were some of the biggest tech news stories this week. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e went on sale in the country and the first official trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones was released for the public. So, without further ado, let's dive into the tech news that mattered this week.
Redmi Note 7 goes on sale in India
Redmi Note 7 finally went on sale for the first time in the country. Although the phone doesn't have a 48-megapixel camera sensor like its Pro-variant, it is still a very capable smartphone and that doesn't seem to have gone unnoticed by the consumers. Soon after the first sale earlier this week, Xiaomi claimed on Twitter that the company managed to sell 2,00,000 units of the Redmi Note 7 in a matter of minutes. The Chinese smartphone maker has now scheduled the next sale of the phone for March 13, the same day Redmi Note 7 Pro is set for its first sale in the country.
The Redmi Note 7 is currently offeredvia Flipkart.com, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores. The company plans to expand the availability to its partner brick-and-mortar stores but there is no fixed date for that right now. To remind you, the Redmi Note 7 price in India is Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB version and Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The company is offering the phone in three colours — Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue.
In terms of the specifications, the Redmi Note 7 comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ screen, 4,000mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. The phone also includes a dual rear camera setup that has a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. There is a 13-megapixel front shooter onboard as well with support for features such as AI Beautify (4.0) and AI Portrait. The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and packs 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, IR blaster, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with similar specifications, but Xiaomi has included the Snapdragon 675 SoC on the Redmi Note 7 Pro as well as a 48-megapixel camera sensor on the back with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale in India for the first-time next week. Stay tuned for our Redmi Note 7 Pro review before the first sale.
Now that Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro are official and slowly reaching the consumers, all eyes are on the successor to Xiaomi's Redmi 6smartphone. Likely to be dubbed the Redmi 7, the phone recently popped upin the database of Chinese regulator TENAA, which has revealed the full specifications of the phone. The phone is expected to sport a waterdrop-style notch with a 6.26-inch HD+ (720x1520 pixels) screen.It will be tipped to be powered by an unnamed octa-core processor, clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM. There will also be 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage onboard as well as a microSD card slot. The TENAA listing also noted that the Redmi 7 will pack a dual camera setup on the back with a 12-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor.
In related news, Black Shark, which is backed by Xiaomi, is getting ready to launch its third smartphone in the form of Black Shark 2. The company is hosting a press event on March 18, where it will be detailing the phone. As per the rumours and leaks until now, Black Shark 2 is expected to come with Snapdragon 855 SoC, 8GB/ 12GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and Android 9 Pie. The smartphone will also pack Liquid Cool 3.0 technology for heat management.
Realme 3 price in India revealed, Realme 3 Pro announced
After a number of teasers, Realme on Monday introduced the new Realme 3smartphone in the country. All set to go on sale on March 12, the Realme 3 has been priced at Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB + 32GB version and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB + 64GB version. The phone will be offered via Flipkart and Realme online store in Dynamic Black and Black colours. A third Radient Blue colour variant will be released on March 26, which will also be sold via brick-and-mortar stores. The Realme 3 will be going head-to-head with the likes of Redmi Note 7 and Samsung Galaxy M10 smartphones.
The Realme 3 runs on Android 9 Pie-based Color OS 6.0 and features a 6.2-inch HD+ (720x1520 pixels) screen. The phone is powered by 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC and includes up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of inbuilt storage, and a microSD card slot (up to 256GB). There is a 4,230mAh battery on-board as well with a fingerprint sensor and the usual set of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and 4G LTE.
The company has also packed a dual-camera setup on the back of the Realme 3, which houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. Realme has also packed a 13-megapixel shooter on the front with f/2.0 lens. There is support for AI-powered face unlock as well. Further, at the launch event, Realme revealed that it will be offering a Nightscape mode with the Realme 3 that will allow the owners of the phone to capture great night-time photographs.
The Nightscape mode uses AI and multi-frame exposures to click a brighter image in low-light conditions. The company's Madhav Sheth reportedly said that the company will be bringing the Nightscape mode to older Realme phones over the coming months, however he did not share a timeline.
In addition to the Realme 3, the company also announced the Realme 3 Pro smartphone. The Realme 3 Pro will be a direct competitor to Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro. The specifications of the smartphone are a mystery at this point, but Realme has stated that the phone will be arriving to the country in April. Considering the comparison with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, it is being speculated that the Realme 3 Pro may include a 48-megapixel camera sensoron the back as the Xiaomi phone.
Samsung M30 now available in India
Redmi Note 7 wasn't the only smartphone that went on the sale for the first-time in India this week, Samsung's new Galaxy M30 also made its debut on Amazon India and Samsung Online Shop. The phone was quickly sold out on March 7, and the South Korean manufacturer has now scheduled the second sale for the phone on March 12. It is the third smartphone in the company's India-First Galaxy M-Series, which also includes the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 smartphones. Samsung is still selling the Galaxy M20 in flash sales, but the Galaxy M10 recently became available in open sale.
Samsung has priced the Galaxy M30 at Rs. 14,990 for the 4GB + 64GB version and at Rs. 17,990 for the 6GB + 128GB version. It is being offered in Gradation Black and Gradation Blue colour options. The Samsung Galaxy M30 runs on Android 8.1 with Samsung Experience v9.5 user interface on top. It also features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display with a waterdrop-shaped notch and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood, there is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor and 5,000mAh battery with fast charging support. The Samsung Galaxy M30 also comes with a triple rear camera setup, which houses a 13-megapixel primary RGB sensor with an f/1.9 lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.2 lens, and a 5-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens.
On the front, the company has included a 16-megapixel sensor that has support for selfie focus. Additionally, Samsung has packed a microSD card slot, face unlock support and the usual set of connectivity options, including dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0.
Over a fortnight after introducing the new Samsung Galaxy S10 Series phones at an event in San Francisco, Samsung officially started selling the phones in India, alongside almost 70 other countries. The phones are now available in the country via all major retailers. Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e smartphones run on Android 9 Pie with One UI and are powered by the company's octa-core Exynos 9820 SoC. The three phones are a part of the company's flagship lineup, which will be joined by the next-generation Galaxy Note smartphone in the second half of this year.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy S10 price-tag starts at Rs. 66,900 for the 8GB + 128GB model, whereas the 8GB + 512GB model is being sold at Rs. 84,900. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10+ is being offered at Rs. 73,900 for the 8GB + 128GB variant, going up to Rs. 91,900 for the 8GB + 512GB variant, and Rs. 1,17,900 for the 12GB + 1TB variant. Lastly, the Galaxy S10e is available at Rs. 55,900 for the lone 6GB + 128GB model.
Following the Samsung Galaxy S10 India launch event, Samsung's DJ Koh revealed to select media outlets that the company's first foldable smartphone – Samsung Galaxy Fold – will be coming to the Indian market. The phone was first showcasedalongside the Galaxy S10 Series in San Francisco. He did not share a timeline or indicate a price tag for the phone.
Galaxy Fold aside, Samsung is said to be working on two more foldable smartphones. Bloomberg reported this week that the South Korean company is developing a clamshell-like device, and another that folds away from the user, similar to Huawei's Mate X. The company plans to first unveil the vertically folding phone late this year or early next year, followed by the outfolding model.
Oppo on Tuesday unveiled its new F11and F11 Pro smartphones. Part of the company's mid-range portfolio, the smartphones comes with a 48-megapixel camera sensor on the back as a part of the dual camera setup. This sensor as well as the low-light imaging capabilities are said to be highlights of the two phones. Both Oppo F11 and Oppo F11 Pro share a number of common features, however the design, RAM, and the onboard storage of the two models is different. While the F11 Pro has gone with fullscreen look on the front with a pop-up selfie camera, the Oppo F11 is using a water-drop style notch to house the selfie shooter. Also, there is 6GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage in the F11 pro, whereas the Oppo F11 comes with just 4GB of RAM, but 128GB of onboard storage. Among other specifications, the phones are powered by MediaTek's Helio P70 processor and run on Android 9 Pie-based Color OS 6.0.
According to Oppo, the F11 Pro will go on sale beginning March 15 via all major online and offline stores in Aurora Green and Thunder Black colours. The pre-orders are now live. The phone has been priced at Rs. 24,990. On the other hand, the Oppo F11 will retail at Rs. 19,990, however there is no word on the availability of the phone.
Indian smartphone brand Lavaintroduced a new Android Go edition phone in the country this week. Dubbed as Lava Z40, the phone has been priced at Rs. 3,499 and is now on sale in Black and Gold colours. The phone features a 4-inch (400x800 pixels) TN display along with a 16:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by an unnamed 1.4GHz quad-core SoC, coupled with 1GB of RAM. There is also a 2-megapixel rear camera sensor onboard along with a 2-megapixel selfie shooter.
In an effort to take on Redmi Note 7, Meizu unveiled a new smartphone called Note 9 in its home market. Like the Xiaomi phone, it also comes with a 48-megapixel camera sensor on the back in a dual camera setup, which houses a 5-megapixel secondary sensor as well. The company will be offering the phone in three colours - Magic Black, Starry Blue, and White – and the sales open March 11. There is no word on the international release of the phone.