Mi Mix Alpha Will be Xiaomi’s First Foldable Smartphone

Xiaomi is known to be unveiling two new smartphones and MIUI 11 at its launch event scheduled for September 24. We’ve already gotten a close look at the Mi 9 Pro 5G, but Xiaomi today started teasing the new Mi Mix flagship it will unveil at the event in China, and well, it looks like Xiaomi’s first foldable smartphone may be right around the corner.

The Chinese today took to Weibo to confirm the name of its next Mix smartphone, which is going to be called Mi Mix Alpha. This falls in line with the rumors that had been suggesting a transition from Mi Mix 4 to Mi Mix Alpha over the past month. And if teasers posted by Xiaomi are to be believed, then the name will be justified.

Mi Mix Alpha first look

While the teaser image attached above, which is official and comes from Xiaomi, hints Mi Mix Alpha would feature a waterfall screen – similar to, but a bit more curved at the edges than the Mate 30 Pro. Also, the screen would most likely cover the entirety of the sides, merging into the rear panel. However, this is in stark contrast to the teaser image here, Xiaomi has published a new image (shown in the header image) just moments ago and it confirms Mi Mix Alpha will be their first foldable smartphone.

The header image suggests that the Mi Mix Alpha could be a foldable smartphone with a thickness comparable to physical books. It’s the thickness that further gives credibility to this thought as Xiaomi has previously shown its dual-folding foldable prototype on Weibo.

Mi Mix Alpha teasers

Another fact that makes all this sound plausible is the company’s Weibo post, as well as teasers, which further suggest Mi Mix Alpha will be Xiaomi’s first foldable phone. If you translate both of them the company asks – why the upper screen-to-body ratio limit has to be 100%? and what does Alpha represent?

Well, to answer your questions – the dual-folding screen means it will definitely have a screen-to-body ratio greater than 100% when folded and Alpha, which is the first Greek-letter, represents the original version — the first version of something. So, Mi Mix Alpha being Xiaomi’s first foldable smartphone makes a whole lot of sense. Doesn’t it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Google Pay Goes Past PhonePe With 67Mn Monthly Users, 918Mn UPI Transactions

Two years after debuting in India, Google’s digital payment platform, Google Pay, has outpaced PhonePe to hit 67 million monthly active users (MAUs) in the country. The Flipkart-backed app is one of the biggest payments platforms in India with 55 million reported MAUs in June. Speaking at the fifth edition of the ‘Google for India’ event on Thursday, Ambarish Kenghe, the director or product management at Google Pay, claimed UPI transactions on the platform grew from 17 million in August 2017 to 918 million in August 2019.

He further said that the number of users grew three times in the past 12 months alone. “In the last 12 months alone, Google Pay has grown 3X to reach to 67 million monthly active users, driving transactions worth over $110 billion on an annualized basis, with hundreds of thousands of offline and online merchants”, he said. “The biggest story in India’s booming Internet economy has been the rise of digital payments. With BHIM UPI crossing 900 million payments last month, India is setting the global standard on how to digitize payments”, he added.

According to a new report by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), retail electronic payment transactions in the country grew by more than 50 percent CAGR in volume over the past four years, with the growth in 2018-19 largely attributed to the steep increase in the number of UPI payments.

However, with Google Pay usage largely restricted to end-consumers thus far, Google launched a new app called Google Pay for Business that the company says will expand the adoption of digital payments by merchants. According to Kenghe, the app will offer “a free and easy way for small and medium-sized merchants to enable digital payments without the hassle of time-consuming on-boarding and verification process”.

You can read more details about Google Pay for Business by going through our detailed article on the subject.

With inputs from IANS

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Vivo V17 Pro with 32MP Dual Pop-up Selfie Camera Launched in India

Vivo was the first phone maker to debut a pop-up selfie camera with the Vivo NEX last year. It then brought the same bezel-less experience, with a pop-up camera, at a mid-range price tag with the Vivo V15 Pro earlier in 2019. Well, Vivo is carrying forward its legacy with the new Vivo V17 Pro, which was unveiled at a launch event in India as the world’s first smartphone with a dual pop-up selfie camera module.

Vivo V17 Pro: Specs and Features

The Vivo V17 Pro boasts a stunning glass sandwich construction, with gradients inspired from mother nature and Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the rear. It features a 6.44-inch Full-HD+ E3 Super AMOLED display, which covers 100% DCI-P3 color spectrum, has Schott Xensation UP protection up-front, and its brightness can go as high as 500 nits.

The Vivo V17 Pro’s display has a taller 20:9 aspect ratio, a 91.65% screen-to-body ratio, and 1080×2440 pixels resolution. The E3 Super AMOLED display is more energy efficient than the E2 AMOLED screen, about 8%, which is excellent. The fingerprint sensor has been baked under the display and we expect it to be quite snappy, all thanks to Vivo’s latest innovations.

Under the hood, Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 675 chipset, which is obviously the same chipset found in many popular budget phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs Android 9 Pie-based FunTouchOS 9, which is loaded with a plethora of AI features.

In the camera department, you can see in the image above that the Vivo V17 Pro has a rectangular quad-camera housing at the center on the rear. It features a 48MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, coupled with a 13MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 120-degree field-of-view (also supports super macro at a 2.5cm focal length), and finally, a 2MP depth sensor.

Vivo V17 Pro dual pop-up selfie camera

The highlight of the Vivo V17 Pro, however, has to be the dual pop-up selfie camera. It’s the world’s first phone with dual cameras, which includes a 32MP primary sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide lens, in a pop-up module. It expands your usual selfies into 105-degrees group photos – a feature that should be useful for college students and joint families.

Vivo V17 Pro comes equipped with a 4,100mAh battery, with support for Vivo’s 18W dual-engine fast-charging technology. There’s a USB-C charging port, which is great as compared to a microUSB port that Vivo has stuck with for a long time. All the essential connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and more in tow as well.

Price and Availability

Vivo V17 Pro has been priced starting at Rs 29,990 for the sole 8GB+128GB variant. The smartphone comes in two stunning color variants namely Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice, with sales kicking off 27th September on Flipkart. The pre-bookings for this hexa-camera beast will open today, so if you’re someone who loves pop-up cameras, well, this could be your dream smartphone.

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OnePlus 7T Will Have 23% Faster Charging Than OnePlus 7 Pro, Says CEO Pete Lau

The upcoming OnePlus 7T will have much faster charging speeds than the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company’s founder and CEO, Pete Lau, announced on Thursday. Called Warp Charge 30T, the technology will enable users to charge their phone 23 percent faster than the standard Warp Charge 30 in the earlier models. In an interview to TechRadar, Lau said: “We believe that Warp Charge 30T offers the best charging solution for real-world usage. You can charge the phone at 23% faster speeds, even while using the device”.

He further said that the company took its time introducing the technology because it didn’t want to rush in with a half-baked product, and wanted to ensure its safety and efficacy before launching it commercially. According to him, “We’re not going to introduce something for the sake of being first. We took time to refine and iterate, continuously testing until we were able to achieve something we were proud to provide to our fans”.

Thankfully, though, users will be able to use the OnePlus 7 Pro’s Warp Charge 30 charging brick to charge the upcoming phone. It comes with 30W fast-charging that delivers 6 Amps at 5 Volts. “Compared to other charging technology that rely on high voltage, Warp Charge 30T is able fast charge without overheating, even enabling phone users the capability to game while they charge their devices”, he said.

Sadly, though, the OnePlus 7T will not ship with wireless charging, something that has often been demanded by sections of the OnePlus fan base. Lau, though, has his reasons for not bringing the technology to its upcoming phone. According to him, “Wireless charging doesn’t currently offer the fast experience that we are comfortable adding to our devices”.

Featured Image Courtesy: Pete Lau (via Twitter)

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You Cannot Sideload Google Apps and Services on the Mate 30 Pro

Huawei’s newly-launched Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro offer some incredible features, but they lack one critical functionality that many believe might affect their global sales significantly. Thanks to the ongoing trade war between the US and China, the devices are the first Huawei smartphones to lack official Google support, which means even though they run Android, they don’t have any official Google apps and services installed, including Google Play Services, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube etc.

Whats worse is that, according to CNN, even apps that use Google services at the back-end might not be fully functional on the new devices, which means apps like Uber, which uses Google Maps for navigation, may not work as intended. While many advanced users were hoping to ‘sideload’ Google apps in the phones, latest reports now seem to suggest that unfortunately, Google Play Services cannot be sideloaded on the phones under normal circumstances.

The admission comes straight from Huawei CEO, Richard Yu, who reportedly told journalists on the sidelines of the Mate 30 launch event on Thursday that while most of the popular third-party apps, such as Instagram and Facebook, will be available through the company’s own ‘AppGallery’, sideloading Google apps might be one step too far with the phones’ locked bootloaders.

However, given that an Android phone without Google services will be a hard-sell outside China, Yu hinted that Huawei was looking at whether it could loosen its stance on security and make it easier for users to unlock the bootloader so as to enable them to sideload Google apps. According to him, “We limited that (bootloader unlocking) because we wanted to guarantee more security … (but now) we are planning that consumers can do some customization by themselves”.

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Apple Watch Series 4 Gets ECG Support in India

Apple has finally stated rolling out the much talked-about ECG feature to its Apple Watch Series 4 devices in India. The feature will be available as part of the watchOS 6 update that started rolling out to all eligible devices on Thursday, September 19. Originally introduced with the Apple Watch Series 4 last year, the ECG feature has been credited with saving multiple lives around the world since it was rolled out globally.

“Available today with an update to watchOS 6, the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature will help users identify signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm. When left untreated, AFib is one of the leading conditions that can result in stroke, the second most common cause of death around the world”, said Apple in an official press release.

Apple claims that the ability of its software to accurately classify an ECG recording into AFib and sinus rhythm was validated in a clinical trial of around 600 participants. “The study found the ECG app on Apple Watch demonstrated 98.3 percent sensitivity in classifying AFib and 99.6 percent specificity in classifying sinus rhythm in classifiable recordings”, said the company.

In case you don’t know it already, the Apple Watch Series 4 devices come with an ECG app that can be used to take an electrocardiogram right from the wrist, capturing heart rhythm when users experience typical arrhythmia symptoms, such as rapid heartbeats (tachycardia) or skipped heartbeats. The irregular rhythm notification feature can also automatically send notifications if it detects irregular heartbeats that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib).

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Pre-orders Now Live in India

After being unveiled earlier this month at the Apple Park in Cupertino, California, Apple’s latest iPhone lineup is now available for pre-order in India via Flipkart, Amazon and Paytm Mall. Although pricing starts at a steep Rs. 64,900 for the base 64GB iPhone 11, buyers can look forward to some cool launch offers, including an instant discount of up to Rs. 7,000 with HDFC Bank credit and debit cards.

While the launch offer is valid on all three aforementioned platforms, only the Max Pro is eligible for the Rs. 7,000 discount, while the iPhone 11 and 11 Max will only get up to Rs. 6,000 off. What’s more, one can also get up to Rs 2,500 cashback with ICICI Bank cards and a 5 percent cashback with HDFC Bank cards on Croma’s online store.

The iPhone 11 trio are expected to start shipping by the end of this week, and both Flipkart and Amazon are promising delivery to the early birds by the end of this month, so you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on the devices. Pricing starts at Rs. Rs. 64,900 for the iPhone 11, while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have been priced starting at Rs. 99,990 and Rs. 1,09,900, respectively.

The iPhone 11-series was officially unveiled by Apple at its Cupertino headquarters earlier this month, and went on pre-order in several markets a few days later. It has been priced starting at $699 in the US and, has apparently received a better-than-expected response from consumers. Now that they are finally available for pre-order in India, it will be interesting to see if the company will be able to resurrect its fortunes and increase its dwindling market share in the country.

Buy the iPhone 11 from Flipkart / Amazon / Paytm Mall

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Huawei Watch GT 2 with Kirin A1 Chip, 14-Day Battery Life Launched Starting at €229

Alongside the launch of its flagship Mate 30 Pro, Huawei has also launched a brand new smartwatch at its Munich event today. Called the Huawei Watch GT 2, it’s a successor to the company’s Huawei Watch GT smartwatch that was launched in India earlier last year and takes on the Apple Watch Series 4 with a beautiful design and a ton of features. And no, it’s not powered by WearOS, so read on –

Specs and Features

Huawei Watch GT 2 comes in two sizes and no, it’s not only a difference in dial size but these watches have different screen sizes as well. There’s a 42mm variant with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display (390 x 390 resolution) and a 46mm variant with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display (454 x 454 resolution), with a 3D glass uni-piece crystal-bezel design and always-on mode.

huawei watch GT 2

The original Watch GT had only a single variant. It had a large 1.39-inch screen, so the smaller 42mm variant with a 1.2-inch screen is a new addition to the lineup. The larger watch features a 22mm strap whereas the smaller watch features a 20mm strap.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is powered by Huawei’s Kirin A1 chip that was announced earlier this month at IFA 2019 and comes packed inside the company’s Freebuds 3 truly wireless earphones. The company boasts that it’s the first wearable to support the new Bluetooth 5.1 (BLE) standard, offering it 2x better range the Apple Watch Series 4. The watch runs the company’s own LiteOS and not WearOS, so yeah, that’s awesome.

The smartwatch also packs GPS, a heart rate sensor, and a 5ATM (up to 50 meters for 10 minutes) water-resistant rating. You may not believe it but the Huawei Watch GR 2 brings along 2GB onboard storage, giving you the option to store about 500 songs on the watch. You can listen to them on the watch, thanks to the dedicated speaker, which when paired with the microphone onboard lets you easily take calls as well.

Huawei promises a battery life of 14 days – but we all know that it’s standby time or when there’s minimal use of the watch. It will last you 30 hours in GPS mode, 24 hours of music playback, and 10 hours of Bluetooth calling. Huawei Watch GT 2 also improves on fitness tracking features as compared to its predecessor, offering you 15 different modes – which all have sub-modes as well, which is great.

Well, here’s a quick summary of the newly launched Huawei Watch GT 2:

Price and Availability

The smaller 42mm variant of the Watch GT 2 has been priced starting at 229 euros (around Rs 18,000) whereas the 46mm variant will retail at a starting price of 249 euros (around Rs 19,500) in European countries.

Huawei hasn’t revealed the exact date when the watch goes on sale, but it said that the Watch GT 2 will go on sale sometime in October. What are your thoughts on the Huawei Watch GT 2? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro with Kirin 990 5G, Insane Camera Features Goes Official

Huawei may be enduring a tough time due to the U.S-China trade war, but the Chinese giant isn’t taking a back seat just because the U.S is pressuring it. Instead, it has gone ahead and added a new flagship smartphone to its world-famous Mate lineup. Yeah, the company has launched the much-anticipated Mate 30 Pro at its launch event in Munich.

And well, this smartphone is every bit a flagship, right from the design to the powerful internals. Mate 30 Pro comes backed by Huawei’s flagship chipset, quad rear-cameras which could take on high-end DSLRs in terms of photography, a waterfall display, huge battery with super-fast charging, and much more. So, here’s everything you’ll need to know about Huawei Mate 30 Pro:

Mate 30 Pro: Specs and Features

  • Design

Starting off with the design, like always, Huawei revealed that it has derived inspiration from cameras for the construction of the Mate 30 Pro. Yeah, Mate 30 Pro boasts a Halo Ring design, which refers to the circular camera ring on the rear panel, which looks like your camera lens. It’s IP68 water and dust resistant, which we obviously expect from a flagship smartphone.

Mate 30 Pro features a waterfall screen on the front, same as the recently launched Vivo NEX 3 and you can read all about it down below. It includes a physical power button, which will have to be the power button on the right side. You can utilize the invisible virtual keys on both sides as the volume rocker, as well as a camera shutter button (that you can move around based on your comfort). And I have to say I love this feature, but we’ll have to see how accidental touches are handled.

  • Display

Mate 30 Pro features a 6.53-inch Flex OLED Horizon Display, as Huawei likes to calls its new waterfall screen. It’s a beautiful panel that curves at an 88-degree angle, which is higher than the curvature of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 lineup. The display here touts an 18.4:9 aspect ratio, 2400×1176 pixels resolution (just a tad higher than Full-HD+), along with support for HDR 10 and DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

Huawei further boasts that its new flagship doesn’t feature any size bezels (compared to other flagship competitors) but there’s a notch up-top. It may not look smaller than the Mate 20 Pro’s notch, but it definitely is. There’s a bottom bezel onboard as well, but it’s really tiny.

Huawei on stage called the Mate 30 Pro’s notch the “most sophisticated notch” on a smartphone, which I never thought I would hear in this lifetime. But, yeah we did and it does include 2 cameras, as the rumors had suggested. The notch, as you can see in the screenshot below, includes a 32MP selfie camera, 3D depth camera (used for Face ID), and a gesture sensor that allows hands-free control. The speaker unit sits under Mate 30 Pro’s display similar to the P30 Pro launched earlier this year.

The gesture controls, as per the demo on stage, looked similar to what we expect to the Motion Sense feature that Pixel 4 lineup may come equipped with. You can flick before a Mate 30 Pro to scroll up/down and pinch to capture a screenshot, which is gimmicky but cool.

This smartphone offers two biometric unlocking options – 3D Face Unlock and in-display fingerprint sensor. All of this data is protected by the highest security standard, i.e. TEE with proprietary microkernel OS, which is great to hear from the Chinese giant.

  • Internals

Powering the Mate 30 Pro is the newly launched Kirin 990 chipset that Huawei unveiled during its IFA 2019 presentation. This chipset is built using the 7nm EUV process node, featuring two Cortex-A76 (clocked at 2.86 GHz), two Cortex-A76 (clocked at 2.36 GHz), and four Cortex-A55 (clocked at 1.95GHz) architecture. It’s an octa-core chipset that’s coupled with a 16-core Mali G76 GPU, dual-NPUs, Balong 5000 5G modem, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage.

  • Cameras Specs

As we have already seen in the slew of leaks, Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a circular camera setup with a primary 40MP (f/1.8) Sony IMX600 RYYB sensor (Super Sensing wide camera) with OIS, a new 40MP ultra-wide-angle sensor (termed the Super Sensing Cine camera), an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor to round up the kitty. It even houses a Xenon flash and other sensors on the left of this circular module, which I quite like, to be honest.

The primary 40MP RYYB sensor captures 40% more light as compared to other sensors, thanks to the biggest 1/1.7-inch size – which is one of the biggest on a smartphone. It’s also been revealed that it has 137% more light intake than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. This means you’ll still be able to capture some stunning Night photos without switching to a dedicated camera mode.

Well, thanks to Huawei’s SuperSensing technology being carried forward with the ultra-wide-angle lens, you will be able to capture crisp night shots with this sensor as well. It isn’t an RYYB sensor like their primary sensor though. This is a 40MP RGGB sensor (with 3:2 aspect ratio to make it possible to capture sharp dual-1080p videos) and it’s super-sensitive to light as well.

The host of cameras onboard can reach maximum ISO 409600 as compared to the 6400 industry standard and offer a 45x zooming range, which is lower than the P30 Pro, which provided 50x digital zoom. Mate 30 Pro supports 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and up to 30x digital zoom.

  • Video Features

Thanks to the multitude of video features, Huawei is calling Mate 30 Pro the world’s first smartphone with a dedicated 40MP Cine Camera. It sounds exciting and Mate 30 Pro now boasts the highest video light sensitivity on a smartphone, i.e ISO 51200, which is certainly remarkable. It supports up to 4K/60fps video recording, which is something we have seen on many flagship phones in the past but it’s a first for Huawei.

Huawei boasts that its newest flagship has the highest frame rate on a smartphone, i.e. 7680 fps, making it possible for the Mate 30 Pro to shoot ultra slow-mo videos. Huawei showed off a demo video, where it captured a slow-mo video of a bursting balloon and compared it with a professional DSLR — but it was captured at 1920 fps, so we are not confident whether the device supports 7680fps ultra slow-mo mode or not.

Apart from the amazing ultra slow-mo video mode, Mate 30 Pro also packs support for capturing real-time Cinematic bokeh video, 4K cinematic time-lapses (the demo video shown was fantastic), ultra-stable recording with Huawei AIS (thanks to OIS+EIS+AI), ultra low-light ultra-wide timelapse (sounds so much fun), and a lot more.

  • EMUI 10

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is one of the first smartphones to run Android 10 out-of-the-box. It doesn’t run a licensed version of Android though instead, it’s an AOSP fork which comes pre-installed with the HMS core instead of GMS (Google Mobile Services) core. Well, we already this as Huawei itself had confirmed that Mate 30 Pro won’t come with Google’s apps and services onboard.

mate 30 pro emui 10

It features a new always-on display, where you can pick from a number of styles and the color of the text changes – based on the time of the day. One of the most significant additions to EMUI 10 has to be the dark mode (what can I say? I’m a dark mode fiend), which is coupled with a Dark Mode Engine that will allow you to force dark mode in apps that don’t support the darker theme.

The Mate 30 Pro also supports multi-screen collaboration with Huawei laptops and brings along a much-needed feature called AI Auto-rotate, which Huawei says will follow where you’re looking and rotate the screen accordingly or not when you go from sitting on the couch to laying down. It solves one of the biggest nuisances which we encounter on the daily.

  • Battery

Talking about the battery, Mate 30 Pro comes equipped with a massive 4,500mAh battery pack but the smartphone shouldn’t feel bulky as it weighs just 198 grams. The company has comfortability and use in mind while building the device, along with much superior battery life. Huawei claims that its flagship could last up to 8.2 hours on heavy usage, which is great.

mate 30 pro battery

Even if the Mate 30 Pro dies on you while gaming, you have got a super-fast wired and wireless charging technology onboard. It supports 40W wired SuperCharge and 27W wireless fast-charging support, which is just outstanding. Huawei has baked inside a “Graphene Film Cooling Technology” to keep the temperature in check, keeping the device up to 3.9-degrees cooler as compared to other flagships.

  • Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, Mate 30 Pro boasts that it has the “most advanced antenna” design and houses 21 antennas in total. Out of these, 14 antennas will be employed for enhanced 5G connectivity. It also supports the most number of 5G bands to provide the most reliable connectivity around the globe, with seamless dual-SIM 5G-enabled calling experience. It includes the same dual nano-SIM tray that we saw on Huawei’s P30 Pro.

  • Mate 30 RS Porsche Design

Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design

Just like the previous year, Huawei also unveiled a new Porsche Design flagship at its Munich event. Mate 30 RS Porsche Design features premium hand-crafted leather on the rear, which encases the glass panel at the center (inspired by race car tracks), housing a quad-camera setup we just saw on the Mate 30 Pro.

The Mate 30 RS Porsche Design is a premium incarnation of the flagship Mate 30 Pro, so we don’t really need to talk about the specifications. You get the same internals as your Mate 30 Pro flagship, including the powerful chipset, quad-camera, and all the goodness we’ve already talked about.

The beautiful Mate 30 RS Porsche Design will come in two colors, Red and Black, with an exorbitant 2,095 euros (around Rs. 1,65,250) price tag.

Mate 30 Pro: Price and Availability

Huawei Mate 30 Pro has been priced starting at 1,099 euros (around Rs 86,500) for the 8GB+256GB base variant without 5G connectivity. You will have to shell out 1,199 euros (around Rs 94,500) for the 5G-enabled variant, which is quite similar to the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G variant.

It comes in four new shiny color variants namely Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Emerald Green (this variant has a dual-tone finish with a matte finish at the bottom that blends seamlessly into the glossy upper half), and Black. Huawei introduced 2 ‘Vegan Leather Edition’ Mate 30 Pro variants as well and they come in Orange and Forest Green colors.

Huawei has already confirmed that Kirin 990-powered smartphones would soon land in India, so there’s a possibility that Mate 30 Pro, without any Google apps or services, is going to land in India in the next couple of months. Would you be interested in buying Huawei’s latest flagship? or would you skip it for, let’s say, OnePlus 7T? Do share your opinions with us in the comments below.

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Existing Mi TV Pro Models in India to Get Netflix by December

A day after launching a bunch of new Mi TV models in India, Xiaomi has announced plans to roll out Android TV 9.0 to all its existing Mi TV Pro devices in the country, including the Mi TV 4A Pro 32, 43 & 49, Mi TV 4C Pro 32 and Mi TV 4 Pro 55. According to Xiaomi India MD, Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain), the update will start rolling out before the end of this year and, will come with built-in Netflix and Amazon Prime Video apps.

Excited to share we will be rolling out @NetflixIndia, @PrimeVideoIN & #Android TV 9.0 to our existing #MiTV Pro series too!

Following TVs will start receiving this BIG update from Q4
📺 4A Pro 32, 43 & 49
📺 4C Pro 32
📺 4 Pro 55

RT with #MiTV & spread the word.😀#Xiaomi ❤️

— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) September 19, 2019

Xiaomi had earlier announced plans to roll out the Android 9 pie update to its Mi TV 4A lineup that were originally launched with Android Marshmallow-based ROMs. The company back in July said that the update process will start later this year and, even claimed it will be the first brand in the country to roll out Android Pie-based updates to its smart TV lineup. Xiaomi is already testing Android TV 9.0 with a close set of beta users and is expected to start rolling out the update to general consumers in the coming weeks.

With Mi TVs retaining their status as the number one smart TV brand in India for five successive quarters, Xiaomi has been busy launching new models in the country every few months. Having launched the 55-inch Mi TV 4X Pro earlier this year, the company this week added a number of new models to its portfolio, including three new 4K models measuring 43-inch, 50-inch and 65-inch, starting at just Rs. 24,999. Xiaomi also launched the budget-centric 40-inch Mi TV 4A for Rs. 17,999.

It’s worth noting that while the existing TVs are scheduled to get Android 9 Pie in the coming weeks, the aforementioned newly-launched devices already run Android TV 9.0 out-of-the-box with Xiaomi’s custom Patchwall 2.0 UI, which brings a new light theme, a smaller carousel up-top, an all-new data-saver mode, a data counter to help track data usage, and more.

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