This week we saw new smartphone launches from Xiaomi, Samsung, iQoo, Lava, and Itel. Google announced dates of its annual developer conference, I/O 2022. Samsung head apologised for app throttling issue in Galaxy S22 series. Desi brands Boat, Fire-Boltt and Ambrane launched new smartwatches. All this and more in our top tech news of the week.
Redmi 10 smartphone launched at Rs 10,999 onwards, comes with two ‘firsts’
The Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi expanded its affordable smartphone range with the launch of Redmi 10 under its popular Redmi number series. Redmi 10 is the first smartphone under the Redmi number series to run on MIUI 13 out of the box. The smartphone also sports the largest screen so far in this series. Other key specs are Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset and 50MP primary camera. Click here to read the full story.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, Samsung Galaxy A33 5G announced
Samsung has expanded its A-series smartphone range with the launch of Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G devices. The company unveiled the smartphones at a special Galaxy Unpacked Awesome event held this week. The smartphones are successor to Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A32 devices that are among the most-selling Samsung smartphones globally. The new devices run on Android 12 operating system out of the box. Click here to read the full story.
Google announces dates of I/O 2022
Google has announced the dates of its annual developers conference, Google I/O. The 2022 edition of Google I/O will be held on May 11 and May 12. For the third year in a row, Google I/O event will be an online event. Announcing via Twitter post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the event will be broadcast from Shoreline Amphitheatre. “We’ll be back live from Shoreline Amphitheatre for this year’s #GoogleIO! Join us online May 11-12 http://io.google,” Pichai wrote. Click here to read the full story.
Xiaomi’s premium flagship phones get global rollout
Xiaomi finally unveiled its much-teased Xiaomi 12 series of smartphones globally. The all new Xiaomi 12 series consists of three smartphones — Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12X. The Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, while the Xiaomi 12X packs Snapdragon 870 chipset. Now, some online rumours suggest that the company will soon launch three smartphones in India. Click here to read the full story.
Samsung head says sorry for Galaxy S22 app limiting issue
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and co-CEO Han Jong-hee on Wednesday apologised for controversy around recently launched Galaxy S22 smartphone performance due to a pre-installed app. During the South Korean tech giant’s annual shareholders’ meeting, Samsung Device Experience division CEO JH Han said the company failed to appreciate customer concerns over the issue and bowed in apology, reports ZDNet. Click here to read the full story.
Vivo V21 5G, Vivo V21e 5G price slashed in India
Vivo has reduced the price of its two mid-range Vivo smartphones. Launched last year, the Chinese smartphone maker has slashed the price of Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21e 5G. Vivo V21 5G has received a price drop of Rs 2,000, whereas the Vivo V21e 5G has got a price cut of Rs 1,000.
iQoo Z6 5G smartphone launched in India
iQoo Z6 5G smartphone has been launched in India. Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo has expanded its lineup in India with the latest smartphone. The iQoo Z6 5G smartphone is the successor to the iQoo Z5 5G that was launched in the country last year. The company claims that the iQoo Z6 5G is the fastest 5G smartphone in the Rs 15,000 price segment. Click here to read the full story.
Vodafone-India announces its gaming service, offers 1200-plus titles
Vodafone Idea (VI) has announced its gaming service in partnership with Nazara Technologies Limited. The service will be available as Vi Games on the Vi app and as a part of the service, the Vi users can access a wide range of mobile games on their device from various franchises in India. The service includes over 1200 Android and HTML 5 titles across 10 popular genres such as Action, Adventure, Arcade, Casual, Education, Fun, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy. Click here to read the full story.
Lava Z3 smartphone with 5000 mAh battery launched at Rs 7,499
Domestic smartphone maker Lava expanded its smartphone lineup with the launch of Lava Z3 smartphones in India. The smartphone runs Android 11 and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor. It sports dual-rear camera setup and an HD+ display. The company has priced the Lava Z3 at Rs 7,499. Customers can purchase the smartphone in Cyan and Striped Blue colour options Click here to read the full story.
Boat Wave Pro 47 smartwatch with HD display and health trackers launched
Boat has launched its first made-in-India smartwatch — the Boat Wave Pro 47. The company claims this feature-packed smartwatch is always ready for action and is equipped with features like the company’s proprietary ASAP Charge, 24×7 health monitors, customised fitness plans, live cricket scores and more. Click here to read the full story.
Telegram instant messaging app gets new features
Telegram Messenger has rolled out multiple new features, including live streaming with other apps. Other new tools are an improved download manager, better documents sharing features, a new attachment menu with unique file manoeuvring capabilities and more. With the latest update, Telegram has added a new feature to its existing capability of supporting live video broadcasts with unlimited viewers in Groups and Channels. Click here to read the full story.
Fire-Boltt Thunder smartwatch with calling, local storage, AMOLED display launched at Rs 4,999
After launching its Ninja series Bluetooth calling smartwatch, Fire-Boltt has now expanded its wearable portfolio with yet another smartwatch featuring calling functionality. The latest offering from the company is dubbed as Thunder and it offers features like AMOLED display, TWS connectivity, support for voice assistant, local storage and in-built games. Click here to read the full story.
Itel launched A49 smartphone with 6.6-inch display, 4,000mAh battery at Rs 6,499
Domestic smartphone brand Itel has announced the launch of the A49 smartphone in the country at Rs 6,499. The new Itel A49 smartphone features a gradient glossy finish and is available in three colour options: Crystal Purple, Dome Blue and Sky Cyan. It comes with an exclusive offer where consumers can avail of free one-time screen replacement of a broken screen within 100 days of purchase. Click here to read the full story.
BenQ launches 4K home projector ‘X3000i’ in India
BenQ has expanded its 4K home projector series with the launch of X3000i 4K projector in India. The X3000i 4K projector has an MRP of Rs 4,00,000. It comes with a two years warranty on projector and 20,000 hours on the light source, whichever is earlier. The X3000i is designed for movie enthusiasts, immersive gamers and stadium experience seekers who are looking for big screen home entertainment in a well-lit environment, said the company. Click here to read the full story.
Lava Probuds 21 true wireless earbuds launched in India
Lava has added a new product to its lineup with the launch of Lava Probuds 21 true wireless earbuds. The true wireless earbuds promise to offer up to 9 hours of battery backup on a single charge. The earbuds come with a stem design and also offer a free subscription of Gaana Plus. Lava Probuds 21 true wireless earbuds come with a price tag of Rs 1,499. Customers can purchase the Lava Probuds 21 true wireless earbuds from the Lava e-store and Amazon.in. The earbuds can be purchased in Black and White colour options. Click here to read the full story.
Asus unveils new ROG and TUF-series gaming laptops in India
Taiwanese gaming giant Asus has refreshed its gaming product lineup with the launch of new laptops featuring the latest 12th Gen Intel Core H-series processors and the latest AMD Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors in India. The new range of laptops include the ROG Strix Scar 15/17, ROG Strix G15/17, ASUS TUF F15/17 and TUF A15/17. Click here to read the full story.
Vivo Y33T gets a new Starry Gold colour variant
Vivo has introduced a new Starry Gold colour variant of Vivo Y33T. It joins the existing Midday Dream and Mirror Black colour options. To recall, the smartphone was launched in India in January this year. Vivo Y33T is a mid-range phone that offers a 90Hz refresh rate and features a 16MP selfie camera. Vivo Y33T Starry Gold colour variant carries the same price tag as other colour options. It is priced at Rs 18,990 for the single 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model. Click here to read the full story.
Fire-Boltt Call smartwatch with Bluetooth calling feature launched in India, priced at Rs 4,499
Fire-Boltt Call smartwatch with Bluetooth calling functionality is here. Fire-Bolt has added yet another affordable smartwatch in its lineup with the launch Fire-Boltt Call — Bluetooth calling smartwatch. The wearable comes with an HD display and offers multiple sports modes. It comes with a water-resistant design and allows users to control their smartphone camera remotely. Click here to read the full story.
Ambrane FitShot Curl, FitShot Edge smartwatches launched in India
Ambrane has launched two new affordable smartwatches in India. The technology lifestyle brand has introduced Fitshot Curl and Fitshot Edge smartwatches in the country. Both the smartwatches come with various sports modes, SpO2 monitor and sleep tracking capability. Ambrane FitShot Curl smartwatch is priced at Rs 2,299. The smartwatch comes in Charcoal Black, Mist Grey and Blush Pink colour options. On the other hand, the Ambrane FitShot Edge comes with a price tag of Rs 2,799. Customers can purchase the smartwatch in Raven Black and Pearl Pink colour options. Click here to read the full story.