Redmi Note 7 Pro Gets New MIUI 10 Update In India, Includes Camera Improvements

Redmi Note 7 Pro is going to get a MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM V10.2.8.0.PFHINXM update. The update will bring a host of camera improvements and the March 2019 Android Security patch. The company has also published Recovery ROM and Fastboot ROM links. 

 To recall, the Redmi Note 7 Pro phone was launched in India first last month, and it was made available in China a week later.

MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM V10.2.8.0.PFHINXM is rolling out to Redmi Note 7 Pro users in India via an over-the-air rollout. The company made the announcement on its MIUI India forums, and has also published Recovery ROM and Fastboot ROM links for manual downloads. It’s worth noting that both these methods will require flashing your phone, so ensure that you backup your data before manually downloading the update.

As per the official changelog shared by Xiaomi, the latest Redmi Note 7 Pro update brings a host of camera upgrades like sharpness improvements in both 48-megapixel and 12-megapixel modes. There are also improvements related to an issue regarding underexposure in the portrait mode, and visibility and image brightness issue in low light details. The update also brings enhancements in indoor AWB (auto white balance).

The update also fixes issues that didn’t allow the screen to light up while using gestures, a screen brightness issue as well, and call-time bubble overlapping issue with notification icons.

Redmi Note 7 Pro price in India is set at ₹13,999 for the 4GB/ 64GB model, while its 6GB/ 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 16,999. It is available in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Space Black colour options on Flipkart, Mi. Com, and Mi Home Stores. Key specifications of the phone include dual camera setup at the back with 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 4,000mAh battery, and Snapdragon 675 SoC.

Android Pie Updates Cancelled For Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi had introduced Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A almost a year back with Android Oreo on board. 

These later appeared on the MIUI forums with a promise to get a Pie update. However, the company shifted to “Change of Plan, Suspension of Recruitment”, which means the phones will miss out the new Android OS.   

The discontinuation of OS updates is sad news for Xiaomi fans, but it’s not all bad. While the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are unlikely to get Android Pie, they will most certainly keep getting software updates and eventually MIUI 10 and hopefully even MIUI 11.

The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are among the cheapest Xiaomi smartphones available on the market, mostly sold in India. We reviewed the phones back in November and found them to strike a good balance between affordability and usability, but they do pack plenty of bloatware. Currently, the Redmi 6A starts from INR6,490 ($93/€82), while the Redmi 6 costs around INR7,999 ($115/€100).

Realme 3 Pro To Be Launched As Competitor Of Redmi Note 7 Pro

Realme had recently announced that it will launch a compatitor against Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro in April. Having the name as Realme 3 Pro, the smartphone is expected to be an upgraded version of Realme 3 with better processor and camera. 

Company CEO Madhav Sheth on Monday confirmed the company will be launching the phone at Delhi University stadium this month.

Ahead of its official launch in India, Realme 3 Pro key specifications have been revealed. According to reports, the smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. It’s worth noting that Snapdragon 710 SoC is considered to be an upgraded chipset over Snapdragon 675 SoC that runs on Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Realme’s next smartphone will be available in multiple RAM and storage combinations starting at 4GB of RAM and 32GB built-in storage. Realme 3 Pro is also expected to sport a 48-megapixel rear camera. The latest reports, however, suggest the phone will have Sony IMX519 camera sensor. Redmi Note 7 Pro offers 48-megapixel camera resolution via Sony IMX586 sensor.  Other expected features from Realme’s new phone includes Vooc fast charging support.

Xiaomi Note 7 Pro full specifications include 48MP Dual camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 6.3-inch dot notch display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Type-C Port, 4,000mAh battery, and up to 6GB of RAM. The smartphone is available at a starting price of Rs 13,999.

Realme has been trying to steal Xiaomi’s thunder with equally matched specifications and priced phones in the budget and mid-range category. Commenting on Xiaomi’s ‘camera beast’ Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth had said, “We understand someone calls it a good beast. We also say it’s a good beast. More competition is good for consumers. Unless you don’t have a product against it how will you understand whether it’s really a beast or not.”

Xiaomi Announces Mi Fan Festival 2019

Xiaomi has announced the happening of its Mi Fan Festival 2019, which is to be held from April 4 To April 6, 2019. The sale will offer discounts on phones like the Poco F1, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Mi LED TV 4 Pro, Mi Band and the Mi Air Purifier 2S. 

Xiaomi will also host its customary Re. 1 Flash Sale and a new Mystery Box Sale will also be conducted during the sale period.

The Mi Fans Festival 2019 sale will be held across Mi. Com, online partner platforms partners, Mi Home, Mi Store and partner offline stores as well.

Xiaomi says that the Poco F1 6GB RAM + 128GB variant will be available for Rs. 20,999, down from its recently cut price of Rs. 22,999. Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option and the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage option will be made available for Rs. 10,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. The smartphone normally retails at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB and 6GB RAM options, respectively. Similarly, the successor Redmi Note 6 Pro 4GB+64GB will also be seeing a price drop of Rs. 3,000 and will be available at Rs. 10,999.

The newly launched Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Go will also be sold during the Mi Fans Festival 2019 sale period. The sale will commence at 12pm IST on April 4. To see the discounts on the Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi 6A, and more phones, head to the Mi Fans Festival Page. Xiaomi is also listing the Mi Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2 (Rs. 699), Mi Earphones (Rs. 599) , Mi Body Composition (Rs. 1,499), Mi Air Purifier 2S (Rs 8,499) and Mi Band HRX Edition (Rs. 999) at discounted prices.

Xiaomi has partnered with HDFC Bank to offer 5 percent instant discount of up to Rs. 500 on HDFC cards and EMI transactions for buyers of the Mi LED TV and MI Soundbar. MobiKwik will offer 15 percent instant MobiKwik SuperCash up to Rs. 2,000 for purchase of any product during the festival. Using Mi Pay entitles customers to stand a chance to win Mi TVs and Redmi Note 7 every day.

Just like every year, Xiaomi is also rolling out interactive games such as ”Fun and Furious” where users stand a chance to win the Redmi Note 7. The “Play and Win” game allows users to win Poco F1 ,Mi Band 3, as well as Mi coupons. In the Re. 1 Flash Sale, buyers will get a chance to grab the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1, Mi Soundbar, Mi LED TV 4A Pro (32-inch), Home Security Camera, and Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones. The sale will be held every day during the sale period at 2pm IST.

This year, Xiaomi is also hosting the Mystery Box Sale wherein customers stand a chance to buy a box of surprise bundled products worth up to Rs. 2,400 for just Rs. 99. The Mystery Box Sale will begin at 4pm IST each day of the festival.

Raghu Reddy, Head of Categories and Online sales, Xiaomi India said, “Xiaomi has seen phenomenal growth globally over the last nine years and built a strong connection with millions of our fans. Even in India, the brand has received a lot of love for multiple categories such as smartphones, Smart TVs, Power Banks etc. One of the major contributing factors to our success are our Mi Fans who have always believed in our brand’s dedication and supported our constant efforts to offer innovative products of the highest quality at truly honest prices. We hope that our Mi fans and customers in India make the most of the Mi Fan Festival, and we look forward to offering something special to all Mi Fans and their loved ones through this celebration.”

Xiaomi Poco F1 Overtakes OnePlus 6 Position, Becomes No. 1 Smartphone In Online Sales In India

Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President, Manu Kumar Jain tweeted on Wednesday proclaiming that a  latest Q4 2018 IDC survey has revealed that Poco F1 is India’s no. 1 smartphone in online smartphone market in the range of ₹15,000 and above. 

It has overtaken OnePlus 6 to reach the number one position.  

The tweet includes an image which shows that the OnePlus 6 has a market share of 17.9 percent whereas the Poco F1 has a market share of 22.5 percent. Currently, the Poco F1 is available as the most affordable Snapdragon 845 chipset powered in India. The SD845 SoC all the Android flagship phones that were released last year.

The Galaxy Note 9 that is powered by the same SoC is selling for Rs. 67,900 (~$981) in India. The OnePlus 6 that is powered by the same has Rs. 34,999 (~$506) price tag for its base model. However, the 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage base model of the Poco F1 is selling for Rs. 19,999 (~$289). The 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage editions of the Poco F1 are respectively priced at Rs. 22,999 (~$332) and Rs. 27,999 (~$405). It comes in colors like Graphite Black, Rosso Red and Steel Blue color options. The Kevlar-bodied Poco F1 Armoured Edition with 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage is priced at Rs. 28,999 (~$419).

The Xiaomi Poco F1 features a polycarbonate body and it houses a 6.18-inch notched IPS LCD display that offers full HD+ resolution. The notch is the home for its 20-megapixel selfie camera and IR sensor for face recognition in darker conditions. The 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup along with a fingerprint reader resides on its rear. Its packed with a 4,000mAh battery that is equipped with support for Quick Charge 3.0. The Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10 OS comes preinstalled on the Poco F1.

Xiaomi Reveals Upgraded Version Of Mi Notebook Air 12.5 Inch (2019)

Xiaomi has revealed in China the upgraded version of Mi Notebook Air in competition to Apple MacBook Air. It (Mi Notebook Air 12.5 inch- 2019) is lighter than its predecessor, weighing only 1.07 kg. It has come with a full-metal chassis and also includes fast charging functionality. 

Specifications The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air features a metal chassis design without logo and comes with a 12.5-inch Full HD display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution. The company has incorporated fast charging into the laptop and claims that it can charge 50% in 50 minutes.

The device also comes equipped with three Harman speakers with DTS surround support. The laptop has 4GB of RAM and is powered by Intel Core i5 and Core m3 processors. In terms of connectivity, the notebook offers Bluetooth, WiFi, USB Type C, HDMI, USB 3.0 and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The device runs Windows 10 Home Edition and has a backlit keyboard. Price Details Xiaomi said the Mi Notebook Air 12.5-inch (2019) will go on sale in China from March 28. The laptop will be available in two colours Gold and Silver. The company has launched three variants of the Mi Notebook Air 12.5-inch (2019). The Intel Core m3 CPU and 128GB SSD version cost at CNY 3,599, the Intel Core m3 CPU and 256GB SSD are priced at CNY 3,999 and the Intel Core i5 CPU and 256GB SSD comes with a price tag of CNY 4,299. 

The company has yet to reveal any details about the global release of My Notebook Air 12.5 inches.

Xiaomi Announces Sports Shoes, Sports Bluetooth Earphones, 2-in-1 USB Cable To Go On Sale In India On April 4

Xiaomi announced on Thursday that Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB Cable will go on sale in India for the first time in the country on April 4 at 12 midnight. 

All three products — Mi Men’s Sports Shoes, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones, and Mi 2-in-1 USB — will be available exclusively via Mi. Com. 

To recall, Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 were launched in India last month on the Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform, while the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones and Mi 2-in-1 USB cable have been introduced only this month. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available for 2,999, Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones for Rs 1499. The price of the Mi 2-in-1 USB is yet to be revealed by the company.

Xiaomi says that Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is a “perfect balance of performance and style”. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is crafted using the Uni-Moulding process and is mainly designed for men who are always on the move. It is engineered with 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology, which combines five different materials making them shock-absorbent, durable and slip-resistant. Xiaomi says that the fishbone structure allows comfortable cushioning while providing support against accidental sprains. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes in three different colours including — Black, Dark Grey and Blue. It shoes are crafted from breathable, washable mesh fabric which will let users easily wash the shoes, the company claims.

For the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones Xiaomi says it can last up to 5 hours on a single charge. The earbuds of the Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones come packed with ultra-thin PET speaker diaphragm – which Xiaomi claims can provide improved audio performance and impressive bass. In addition, the Mi 2-in-1 USB cable (30cm) supports both USB Type-C and Micro-USB output ports. It also comes with Quick Charge fast charging up to 2.4A.

Xiaomi Mi 9X To Come Up Soon

Xiaomi has been recently working on a new smartphone now. The company started the year with a bash. Within 3 months it has launched several phones like Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, Redmi 7, and Redmi Go.

Looks like the company is in no mood to stop anytime soon. Xiaomi is reportedly working on a new smartphone under the Mi 9 series aka Mi 9X.

 A post on Chinese microblogging site — Weibo — has revealed all the key specs details about the Mi 9X. Not just specs the expected price of the Mi 9X has also been leaked.

Going by the leak it looks like Xiaomi Mi 9X will be a toned down version of the Mi 9. The leak suggests that Mi 9X will come with dot drop notch, triple cameras on the back, single camera on the front, 48MP main rear camera, and Snapdragon 675 — it is the same processor that powers the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Let’s take a quick look at key specs of the Mi 9X according to the leak.

–The Mi 9X will come with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. This also means that the screen-to-body-ratio of the Mi 9X will be much bigger and suitable for multimedia experience.

–The Mi 9X will include waterdrop notch on the front much like the recently launched Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, and Redmi 7.

The leak suggests that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.

–The Weibo post has revealed only one variant of the phone with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. There may be other variants too.

–On the rear panel the phone is said to include triple camera setup where the primary sensor will be of 48MP, secondary will be a 13MP sensor for ultrawide shots and an 8MP sensor for depth or portrait clicks. The 48MP camera is tipped to use Sony IMX586 sensor.

–On the front, the Mi 9X is tipped to come packed with a 32MP selfie shooter. The selfie camera will sit inside the dot drop notch.

–The Mi 9X is said to come packed with 3300mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge 4+ fast charging support.

In addition to the specs, the Weibo post has also revealed that the expected starting price of the Xiaomi 9X. The phone is said to launch at a starting price of CNY 1,699 — which roughly translates to around Rs 17,500. The Mi 9X is expected to launch in China first and later may be followed by other markets. Considering the Mi series doesn’t launch in India, the Mi 9X may also not come to the country.

Xiaomi Reveals Redmi Note 7 Pro Exclusive In India, China

The Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has revealed that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will not launch in countries other than India and China. 

Xiaomi’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia, John Chen vaguely announced that it’s a ‘product strategy’. The Redmi Note 7, on the other hand, has been launched in other countries, apart from India and China.

 India, particularly, has been a very important market for Xiaomi, where its growth has been phenomenal in the recent years.

Chen took to Facebook to make this announcement. He says, “As much as I would like to, I regret to inform everyone that Redmi Note 7 Pro will NOT have the official international version releasing to countries other than China and India due to our product strategy. Nonetheless, our newly released Redmi Note 7 starting from THB 4999 or PHP 7990 is the best value for money smartphone with 48MP camera in the market. We welcome everyone to test and try out. We will be bringing more exciting new products with best value to you soon. Stay with us for more updates.”

Earlier this month, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India, making it the first market to get the smartphone. It was later launched in China, and its India price starts Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, whereas the 6GB + 128GB version will be offered at Rs. 16,999. It is available in three colours – Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Space Black – via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores, with select offline retailers to follow.

Xiaomi looks to expand its offline presence in India by increasing its Mi Store to 5,0000 by the end of 2019. The Chinese giant, with 28.9 per cent market share led the Indian smartphone market in 2018, followed by South Korean brand Samsung at 22.4 percent and Vivo at 10 percent, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) report.

Redmi Note 7 Pro specifications

The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports the same “Aura Design” as the Redmi Note 7 as well as the same 6.3-inch Full-HD+ screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and waterdrop-style notch (aka Dot Notch). Both front and back of the phone are covered by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 for added durability. The smartphone is powered by 11nm manufacturing process-based octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 4GB/ 6GB of RAM, and 64GB/ 128GB of inbuilt storage with a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

Among other specifications, the Redmi Note 7 Pro packs a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.79 lens and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. The company has also added a number of artificial intelligence (AI) powered features in the camera app of the phone, including AI scene detection, AI Portrait 2.0, and Night mode. Additionally, there is a 13-megapixel front shooter on the phone as well as support for 4K video recording on the rear camera.

The phone runs on Android Pie-based MIUI 10 and the company says that it has added enhanced system optimisations in the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which, Xiaomi claims, provide 10 percent faster system responsiveness. It has also included a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support in the phone.

Further, you will get a rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, and dual-SIM support (hybrid). In terms of the connectivity capabilities, the Redmi Note 7 Pro gets 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, and Infrared.