Redmi Note 7 India launch teasers, Samsung M20 and M10 going on sale in the country, Oppo K1 India launch, Moto G7-Series unveiling, new Nokia smartphone variants arriving, and WhatsApp detailing its India election efforts were amongst the top highlights of the week in the world of personal technology. The Redmi Note 7 — the first smartphone from the newly announced Redmi independent brand — is anticipated to launch soon in India, thanks to a teaser by the Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain. This week, details about Redmi Note 7 storage variants for India were tipped in a new leak. This week, the Redmi Go also featured in the list of leaks, an Android Go smartphone that was recently unveiled for European markets. The Redmi Go is said to arrive in a new Red colour variant in the country.
The Redmi Note 7 is likely to arrive with the same hardware in India as well. The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) LTPS display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 512 graphics, and 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options. Internal storage is at 32GB and 64GB options with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 bears a waterdrop-shaped notch, a slight chin at the bottom of the display, a dual rear camera setup at the back, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a gradient back panel finish. The phone recently also got support for the Super Night Scene Camera mode that first arrived with the Mi Mix 3.
The Redmi Note 7 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support. Connectivity options on the Redmi Note 7 include USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, 4G VoLTE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth v5, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
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Samsung M20, Galaxy M10 go on sale
The first Galaxy M-Series offerings — the Samsung M20 and Samsung M10 and — went on sale for the first time this week. After the units available in the first sale sold out, the company announced a second sale on Thursday. The next Samsung Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 sale will be held on Tuesday, February 12. The Samsung M20 also received its first second software update just ahead of retail availability. Finally, in the last bit of Samsung Galaxy M-Series news, the India-first smartphones are set to launch in Indonesia on Valentine’s Day.
To recall, the Samsung Galaxy M20 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5 UX. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Infinity-V Display along with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Samsung M20 is powered by Exynos 7904 SoC, paired with 3GB and 4GB RAM options and Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. For the imaging needs, there is a dual rear camera setup along with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel ultra-wide secondary sensor. An 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture is available with the Galaxy M20.
Additionally, the Samsung M20 has 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options, both of which are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB), with 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back, and the phone also comes with a face unlock feature. Besides, the Samsung M20 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports fast charging via USB Type-C.
The more affordable Samsung Galaxy M10 features a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) Infinity-V Display panel along with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5 UX, like the Samsung M20.
Two premium Samsung smartphones also received price cuts in the country. The South Korean consumer electronics giant this week cut the prices of the Samsung Galaxy S9+₹ 49,800 (now Rs. 57,900, down from Rs. 64,900 at launch), while the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is now starts at Rs. 30,990, down from its original starting price of Rs. 36,990 for the 6GB RAM model, while the 8GB RAM model is now Rs. 33,990, down from its launch price of Rs. 39,990. The Galaxy S9+ price cut can be thought to presage the Galaxy S10 launch later this month, while for the Galaxy A9 (2018), this is its second price cut since its launch in November.