Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Amongst Smartphones That Received A Price Cut Recently

The year has started with a number of smartphone companies coming up with their plans for the whole year while there are others who have announced a permanent price cut to make the sales rise even higher. A few amongst these are Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro who have reduced their prices in India recently. 

Here we are going the list some of the most popular smartphones which have recently received a permanent price in India and have become more affordable for the buyers. In this list, you will find smartphones across segments ranging from premium to budget segments.

Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and more popular smartphone which recently received a price cut

  1. Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB RAM variant received a price cut worth Rs. 7,000, and its price in India is Rs. 57,900 after the price cut.
  2. Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB RAM+256GB storage) received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000, and its price in India is Rs. 27,999 after the price cut.
  3. Realme U1 has received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000 for both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options which are now priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 13,499, respectively.
  4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM+64GB storage) received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000 and its price in India is Rs. 13,999 after the price cut.
  5. The Nokia 6.1 has received a price cut worth Rs. 1,500 for both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options which are now priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 13,999, respectively.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi has just announced a limited-period price drop for three of its popular budget smartphones which include Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Xiaomi Redmi 6A while there is also an additional exchange discount on the Redmi 6. Buyers can avail up to Rs. 1000 off on these smartphones between February 6 to February 8.

Xiaomi Series Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro & Redmi 6A Receive Temporary Price Cut in India

The company has announced a temporary price cut in Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi 6A smartphones inIndia. All these three will be available at a discounted price between February 6 to 8, 2019. These can be purchased at a range from Rs.500 to Rs. 2,000 on their original launch price. The three smartphones will be available at a reduced price from the official Xiaomi e-store, Amazon. in and Flipkart starting tomorrow. 

The Chinese smartphone maker announced the limited time price cut on the Redmi 6A ₹ 5,999, Redmi 6 ₹ 8,179 and the Redmi 6 Pro ₹ 9,999 via a tweet from the official Redmi India Twitter account, and also took a dig at Samsung’s freshly launched Galaxy M-series smartphones by asking millennial smartphone users to choose wisely. However, the company has not disclosed the platform-specific offers such as banking discounts, EMI offers, exchange plans, etc. for the three phones.

The Redmi 6 Pro’s 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant will be available at Rs. 10,999, down from its launch price of Rs. 12,999. The lower-end Redmi 6 Pro variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage will also get a price reduction worth Rs. 2,000 and will be available at Rs. 8,999, down from its original price of Rs. 10,999. Additionally, the entry-level Redmi 6A will be available at a reduced price for three days starting February 6, 2019. The Redmi 6A’s 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage model will be sold at Rs. 6,499, down from its original launch price of Rs. 6,999.

When it comes to the Redmi 6, only the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the smartphone will be available at a reduced price point. This particular model, which was launched at Rs. 9,499 and later received a price cut, can be purchased for Rs. 8,499 during the 3-day discount fest. Interestingly, the discount on the Redmi 6 is already live on Flipkart  as part of the Flipkart Super Value Week sale. Flipkart is also offering benefits such as a 10 percent discount for purchases made using an Axis Bank Buzz credit card and an instant discount worth Rs. 1,800 as well as 20GB of extra data to Airtel subscribers.

Micromax to Take It Up A Notch; Set To Launch Wider-Notch Smartphone

At a time when most companies are moving away from a wide notch to the much smaller waterdrop notch, Micromax is to launch a brand-new smartphone with a high wider notch.

This will be the first major smartphone release from Micromax in a while. The company, which once was among the dominating players in the Indian smartphone market, has now been sidelined as Chinese smartphone manufacturers have taken over the market.

Micromax is teasing the launch of this upcoming smartphone with a hashtag #AbovetheRest, suggesting that the phone could be a flagship device from the company. However, do not expect a premium smartphone from the company as it typically launches phones budget to mid-range phones priced under Rs. 20,000 which roughly converts to $280.

The company used to be the second largest smartphone vendor in India but was overrun by the Chinese brands which managed to establish their presence in the market, such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus. However, Micromax recently made its way in the top 5 smartphone vendors list for the Q3 2018. However, that was due to the company’s contract with a state government to supply entry-level phones.

A Slew of Big-Ticket Mobile Launches in India This November

Scoop is out! Yes, big brands such as Xiaomi, Samsung, HMD Global, Huawei, and ZTE are all set to launch new smartphones in November as the surrounding rumors suggest. Though no word has been heard from the company.

Samsung is planning to introduce the Galaxy A9 (2018) in the Indian market, which is the world’s first smartphone with four cameras on the rear. Xiaomi which might launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro, an upgrade to the Redmi Note 5 Pro that launched in early 2018.

Huawei plans to introduce the Mate 20 Pro in the country, its answer to the Apple iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. HMD Global too plans to launch the global version of Nokia X7 aka Nokia 8.1 in India. Finally, we also expect to see the launch of Nubia Red Magic, ZTE’s comeback phone in the country.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is highly anticipated, given the massive success of the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. There’s a lot of chatter about the Redmi Note 6 Pro – after all, it packs four cameras in total.

There’s also a talk about its 6.24-inch FHD+ notched display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, and a 4,000mAh battery. We expect the Redmi Note 6 Pro to launch in the third week of November at a starting price of Rs 15,999.

Still, Redmi Note 6 Pro is not much of an upgrade compared to the earlier Redmi Note 5 Pro. The major difference is the dual-front cameras, which is new to this phone. The processor remains the same, though yes the display is bigger and has a notch on the front. Exactly how Xiaomi prices this one will make a crucial difference in terms of user interest.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), the world’s first smartphone with four cameras, is expected to launch in India in the month of November. While there is no official statement from Samsung about the release of the Galaxy A9 in India, multiple reports suggest the launch is going to take place sometime this month. Samsung already has a pre-registration page live for this phone.

The marquee feature of the Galaxy A9 is the quad camera setup on the rear that distinguishes it from other mid-end smartphones in the market. Samsung has gone with a 24MP primary cameras paired with a 5MP depth sensor for portrait mode. It also comes with an 8MP ultra-wide camera with 120° field of view and a 10MP telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom. It all starts and end with the camera. It might cost Rs 40,000 when it hits retail shelves later this month.

It seems HMD Global is on a launch spree in India and the company’s next big launch will be the Nokia 8.1. In case you are not aware, Nokia 8.1 will be rebranded version of Nokia X7, which was recently launched in China. Sources close to 91 Mobiles claim the launch will happen on November 28 in India, although the Finnish company is yet to announce a release date. It’s being also said that the phone will cost Rs 23,999, which makes it in direct competition to Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), a phone with triple rear-facing cameras. Nokia 8.1 will be pitched as a premium mid-end smartphone, similar to that of the Nokia 7 Plus.

It is claimed to be the first smartphone to use the all-new air convection system which is designed to dissipate heat effectively. This is a slick, gaming-ready phone that a distinctive RGB LED strip. Although it packs last year’s Snapdragon 835 processor, it’s still very fast and beefy, thanks to 8GB of RAM. Speculation is rife that the Nubia Red Magic might be priced under Rs 30,000 with the launch expected to happen soon.

Highly Applauded Google Pixel Smartphones Vexed Users

Google announced the third-generation Pixel smartphones earlier this month, which were the upgrades of the previous versions, started to trouble the users with its poor functioning.

A lot of Pixel 3 users have complained about audio quality issues when recording videos on the smartphone. The Pixel 2 XL also had a similar issue where the audio appeared to be distorted and high pitched. While Google issued a software update to fix this issue, this time around, the issue seems to be a little different. Soon after users started complaining, Google issued a statement saying that it has specifically tuned the audio to reduce the background noise, while optimizing the spoken words. In short, Google is saying that it is by design, and not a problem as such.

Google commented on the issue saying “we made several advances in the audio recording capabilities of Pixel 3, including enabling stereo recording in landscape mode. When recording outdoors, our tuning is specifically designed to reduce background noise like wind and road noise and overly loud sounds and optimize for audible speech. To achieve this, we selectively de-emphasize some frequencies, which minimizes disruptive noises and optimizes the resulting audio. We do extensive user testing of our products to ensure they are tuned for real-world usage, and we’re always looking at additional tuning opportunities based on user feedback.”

A lot of users have reported about the memory management issues that kill background apps. Among the prominent used cases, music and podcast apps just close without offering any warning. This could be because the Android OS needs more RAM to be free. Maybe, a flagship smartphone with 4GB of RAM in 2018 wasn’t a good idea after all.

Google has highly focused on the Pixel cameras, right from the very first smartphone. And while OEMs are going for dual, triple and even quad cameras at the back, Google is just using one camera, which does a better job than others. But then, what’s the point of having a great camera smartphone when it is marred with some issues. Now, this is not a completely new issue, as even Nexus smartphones faced a similar problem. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL sometimes fail to save the photos. A lot of users have complained about the same on Reddit which also means that it is not an isolated issue. Complains have already been noted on Google Product Forums, but Google is yet to respond. Some users did note that the problem could be caused by the Doze battery saving feature, and disabling it worked to fix the problem for some users.

This is one problem that causes occasionally where the Pixel device fails to automatically latch on to the Wi-Fi network even when it is in coverage. We have been facing the same issue on our Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 2 XL where even after turning on Wi-Fi, it doesn’t connect with the network for a while. The issue seems to be particularly with 802.1x EAP (enterprise secured) networks. Some users on Reddit and other forums have also been reporting about speed drop issues.