Aside from the many huge Realme headlines, CES 2020 also had its own fair share own news, while Reliance Jio also unveiled its Wi-Fi calling support.
Realme 5i price in India is set in Rs. 8,999 for its sole 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version
The OnePlus Concept One smartphone attracted a Great Deal of attention
Realme 5i launch in India was certainly the largest bit of news this week, with the Oppo spin-off brand bringing a brand new budget smartphone with a quad back camera set up to the country. In the meanwhile, Jio started rolling out its Wi-Fi calling service, taking on Airtel. Obviously, one can't forget CES 2020 -- the world's largest consumer technology trade show -- where brands from across the world unveiled their latest innovations, including OnePlus using its first concept phone. Continue reading for all the top tech news stories of this week ago.
Realme 5i started in India
Realme started the Realme 5i in India this past week, three days after hammering it in Vietnam. A less expensive version of this Realme 5, the Realme 5i brings together the same chip, quad rear camera installation and big battery of the first, but features a lower resolution front camera. Just a single variant, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, was launched in India, priced at Rs. 8,999.
It's been established in Aqua Blue and Forest Green colour variations, and will go on sale for the very first time on January 15, at 12pm IST, through both Flipkart along with the Realme.com website. The business has detailed Realme 5i launch provides also, such as Reliance Jio advantages as much as Rs. 7,550.
Realme X50 5G launched, Realme C2s also unveiled
The first 5G smartphone from Realme, called the Realme X50 5G. Powered by the recently established mid sized Qualcomm 5G mobile platform -- the Snapdragon 765G -- the Realme X50 5G has other highlights such as a 64-megapixel helmed quad rear camera installation, a dual selfie camera installation, plus a sizable 4,200mAh battery. The Realme X50 5G Master Edition was also unveiled, including the very best model's specifications along with a design by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa.
The Realme X50 5G is already on sale in China, and there is no word on when it will make its way to other areas.
Realme X50 5G specifications comprise Realme UI, which is based on Android 10.
As we mentioned, Realme this week introduced the Realme C2s in Thailand, and the smartphone is essentially only a rebranded variant of the Realme C2 for the country. It has been priced at THB 1,290 (approximately Rs. 3,000) for its lone 3GB + 32GB variant. Specifications include a 6.1-inch HD+ display, a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, a dual back camera setup (13-megapixel + 2-megapixel), a 5-megapixel front camera, and a 4,000mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite was introduced worldwide before this month as a more affordable variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10 collection, and nowwe understand its launch date in India -- January 23. The smartphone has been teased for launching by Flipkart, while a recent report by IANS citing industry sources also mimicked its cost in the country -- between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 45,000.
Next up, the Samsung Galaxy Notice 10 Lite was launched was launched alongside the Galaxy S10 Lite earlier this season, and now, Vijay Sales has confirmed it is indeed launching shortly in India. A report this week also mimicked its price in the nation to begin at Rs. 35,990 for the 6GB RAM variant and go around Rs. 39,990 for its 8GB RAM variant.
Jio Wi-Fi calling started in India, Airtel Wi-Fi calling enlarged
Following Airtel's launch of its Wi-Fi calling agency past month, Jio launched its own this month. The telecom operator says the support can be used with 150 cellular devices at the moment, also supports both video and voice calls over a Wi-Fi network. The nationwide launch will occur in a phased fashion, with the rollout scheduled to finish on January 16. Jio also claims that voice and video calls will seamlessly change between VoLTE and Wi-Fi networks.
Also this week, Airtel enlarged its Wi-Fi calling support to a pan-India foundation, after initially launch in Delhi NCR a month. The service now also works on the Wi-FI networks of almost any broadband service provider, though it was initially confined to Airtel Xstream Fiber. The business also declared that Wi-Fi calling has now been used by 1 million consumers, and now supports over 100 smartphones across 16 brands.
Amongst the major CES 2020 news nowadays, one made bigger headlines than many others -- the unveiling of the OnePlus Concept One. As the name suggests, it is a concept smartphone, and as such won't be found commercially. The business may nevertheless bring technology from the concept smartphone to future versions in its lineup. Produced in collaboration with supercar maker McLaren, the OnePlus Concept One is claimed to be the first smartphone to sport an electrochromic glass panel.
The new kind of glass can turn transparent or opaque, and requires just 0.7 seconds to go from black to clean. It's been utilized on the covering panel for the OnePlus Concept One's rear camera setup, and thus hides or unlocks the rear camera when demanded. Other highlights of the concept smartphone include a lace leather rear panel at the iconic McLaren Papaya Orange color. The framework of this OnePlus Concept One is constructed using an aluminum alloy.
Flipkart launches first notebook under its MarQ tag
In CES 2020, Flipkart also made a splash -- with the initiation of the very first notebook under its own MarQ private label. Called the Falkon Aerbook, the laptop's USPs are its lightweight design and slim build. Other highlights include an 8th generation Intel Core i5 chip and 256GB of SSD storage.
The business is also touting door-step warranty, adding that the notebook was developed after analysing millions of customer reviews -- apart from market research.
IPhone SE 2 leak-based renders
While our weekly roundups hardly ever include leaks, this one has been rather popular with our readers. This week, CAD renders and a 360-degree video of the iPhone SE 2 were shared, with a design that's based on credible leaks. The iPhone SE 2 at the leak-based video and leaves is seen to offer an iPhone 8-like layout, sporting a single back camera, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Said to game a 4.7-inch IPS LCD Retina screen, the iPhone SE 2 was also tipped to run on the Apple A13 Bionic SoC seen in the iPhone 11 versions. The flows also tip the iPhone SE 2 will have dimensions of 138.5 x 67.4 x 7.8mm. It's also uncertain what name that the smartphone will have at launch, together with the iPhone 9 plus a strong contender.
PUBG Mobile has v0.16.5 upgrade
The PUBG Mobile v0.16.5 update was released this week, also brough such new features as Domination Mode along with a Town map, even besides also heralding the launch of the Season 11 Royale Pass called'Operation Tomorrow'. The upgrade also adds a new vehicle, while attracting balancing adjustments. As one would anticipate, the conflict pass also brings fresh skins for weapons and items, although there are also new items and benefits in tow.
The Domination mode in PUBG Mobile is very similar to that observed in Call of Duty: Mobile, and the objective is that players mus capture and hold foundations. The new vehicle is a Light Snowmobile, intended to be quicker than the regular snowmobile but also poorer. Another shift with the v0.16.5 upgrade is the re-addition of this Warehouse map for Arena Training, although the damage output of this Groza assault rifle has been reduced in Team Arena.
Facebook to present TikTok alternative in India, WhatsApp integration seen
It was reported that Facebook may soon launch its newly introduced TikTok alternative program in India, called Lasso. To remember, Lasso premiered in the US last year, also is a short-form video app very similar to TikTok. The program will reportedly make its way to India as soon as May 2020, in a bid to accept the ByteDance-owned TikTok. The report asserts that Lasso is going to be attracted to other emerging markets this season as well.
Separately, popular reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong spotted Lasso integration inside Facebook-owned immediate messaging app -- WhatsApp. Lasso was seen working in picture in picture mode in WhatsApp, but for the time being, there's no word on if this integration will go live for the masses.