“We round up the important happenings in the world of technology in the past week”
The world of technology changes at a pretty brisk pace. The week that just went by had quite a few important announcements in store with the likes of Samsung, Huawei, ASUS and Xiaomi grabbing headlines. The Indians are about to be treated with a slew of new devices in the near future and the week that concluded brought with it a glimpse of what is waiting in the wings. Let us take a look at the roundup of the events:
India is one of the most important markets for Samsung and the Korean manufacturer didn’t waste any time before bringing its latest flagships, Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge (first impressions) to the country. The Galaxy S6 got a price tag of Rs 49,900, Rs 55,900 and Rs 61,900 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants respectively. The Galaxy S6 Edge on the other hand, is pricier at Rs 58,900, Rs 64,900 and Rs 70,900 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB memory variants. Both of them will go on sale on April 10th and the pre-orders for the same have already begun.
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor got two new family members in India. The Honor 4X (first impressions) carries a price tag of Rs 10,499. The Honor 6 Plus (first impressions) will cost Rs 26,499 and will be the flagship smartphone in the company’s portfolio henceforth. Both the smartphones come with support for Indian 4G LTE bands. The Honor 4X will be sold via a flash sales model and the registrations for it have already begun. The Honor 6 Plus sales will commence in April this year.
There has been a lot of hue and cry about the Lollipop-based update (OxygenOS/ CyanogenMod12) for OnePlus One users in India. Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus announced this week that OnePlus One (review | cheatsheet) units in India will indeed get the Android Lollipop-based CyanogenMod CM12S update over-the-air in the coming few days. The company’s OxygenOS ROM was supposed to start rolling out yesterday but missed out on the deadline.
Amazon’s Kindle range of e-readers got the flagship member this week in India. The Wi-Fi variant of the Kindle Voyage got a price tag of Rs 16,499 and the Wi-Fi+3G variant got priced at Rs 20,499. The Kindle Voyage comes with a 6-inch glare-free backlit Carta e-paper display with a pixel density of 300ppi. The device has a thickness of just 7.6mm which makes it the thinnest Kindle ever.
Xiaomi finds it pretty difficult to stay out of news. Hardly a week passes by when the Chinese company isn’t among the ones getting attention. The company is working on a sub Rs 4,000 smartphone and the details of the same leaked this week. It will be a variant of the Redmi 2 (review | FAQs). Xiaomi has also announced a March 31st event which will play host to the launch of new devices. The new variant of Redmi 2 alongside a smartwatch with a brushed metal design and a round dial are expected to break cover at the event.
Lenovo struck gold with its Lenovo A6000 (first impressions) in India and the smartphone will now be joined in by the Lenovo A7000 (first impressions). The smartphone is due for an April 7th launch in India. It will bring Dolby ATMOS experience and support for Indian 4G LTE on a budget. The device will probably go on sale through the flash sales model like its sibling and should be available on Flipkart.
ASUS’s ZenFone series has become pretty popular for bringing a premium smartphone experience on a budget. The ZenFone 2 (first impressions) is already being teased by the company for an Indian launch and it looks like that the launch will take place on April 13th in the country. Only the top-end variant with 4GB of RAM is expected to be launched initially in India, with the other variants coming in later. Expect the device to be priced between Rs 15,000-20,000.
WhatsApp is evolving constantly and the popular messaging app might get the functionality of letting you back up and restore your chat history from Google Drive. Some of the leaked WhatsApp translation requests have indicated that you’ll be able to back up your chats and media soon on Google Drive to be accessed later. Videos won’t be covered under the purview of data being backed up initially but the support for that may come in afterwards.
Nokia cannot enter the smartphone business under its own name till Q4 2016 but it can license out its technologies to others. The brand is believed to have entered into a partnership with Meizu, a Chinese OEM, to work on the latter’s next flagship, the MX Supreme. The smartphone will reportedly come with a 60MP camera which will make use of Nokia’s PureView technology, but nothing else is known about the device as of now.