Xiaomi Redmi 7A Has Come With A 2 Year Warranty

Xiaomi 7A was launched in India on Thursday which is an upgrade of its predecessor Redmi 6A.

It has come with several key specs highlights. The best part is that it has come with 2 years warranty.

Yes, for the first time ever Xiaomi is offering up to 2 years warranty to the consumers. So, if you buy the Redmi 7A you’ll get a warranty of 2 years and not the usual one.

The Redmi 7A goes on sale in India on July 11 at 12 noon across Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home stores. Later the phone will be available across other retail outlets as well. Xiaomi India says that the company is extremely confident about the Redmi 7A and its build quality. The company says the phone comes with a solid build and can sustain drops from shoulder height. Xiaomi also claims that the Redmi 7A is a splash-proof smartphone and can sustain sweat or drizzles. Considering the rainy season is already approaching in India it’s great to see these features in the “smart desh ka smart smartphone”. Notably, the 2 years warranty is applicable on all three colours and both the variants of the Redmi 7A.

As I noted above the Redmi 7A comes with several key highlights including AI face unlock, Snapdragon 439, HD+ display, 12MP Sony IMX 486 sensor on the back, 4000mAh battery, among other things. This is for the first time that a Redmi A series phone packs octa-core processor and massive 4000mAh battery. With the Redmi 7A Xiaomi is targeting the first time smartphone buyers who are looking to swift from feature phone to smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Series To Launch Today

Xiaomi had earlier this week teased its first ever flip camera smartphone. Although the name is yet to be revealed, the rumours suggest that it will be the Mi CC9 series. The coming series is a result of the company’s acquisition with the hardware division of Meitu.

Under the series, Xiaomi is expected to launch two smartphones Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. At least this is what the rumours and leaks circulating and flooding the internet suggest. The Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e are launching in China today at 10AM CST Asia (07:30 AM IST).

Xiaomi and several of its executive have been teasing the new series for a while now including CEO Lei Jun. It is worth noting that this is the first time that Xiaomi and Meitu have come together to launch a smartphone. Rumours and leaks suggest that both the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e will be selfie-focused smartphones and will use Meitu’s camera technology. The smartphones are most likely going to the young generation considering it’s selfie focused and is said to come with a refreshing design with pink accents all around the smartphone. As of now there are no details whether or not this series will come to India. Possibly, not.

Ahead of the launch, the Mi CC9 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours and that revealed some of the important specs of the smartphone. Leaks suggest that the Mi CC9 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor similar to the Redmi K20 while the Mi CC9e will come with Snapdragon 730 processor. This is one of the many highlights of the Mi CC9. Another biggest highlight of the Mi CC9 will be its motorised flip camera similar to the Asus 6Z. The flip camera is said to follow the same functioning as the Asus 6Z. The flip camera setup of the Mi CC9 is expected to include a 48MP primary sensor, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a telephoto camera. Rumours and leaks also suggest the Mi CC9 will come packed with waterdrop notch display, in-display fingerprint sensor, and 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support. In comparison, the Mi CC9e is expected to come with a rear fingerprint sensor. Both the phones are tipped to come with NFC support. Additionally, both the Mi CC9 and the Mi CC9e are tipped to come packed with a 32-megapixel camera similar to the Redmi Y3 that launched in India a couple of weeks ago.

Some past leaks suggest that the Mi CC9e will come in only one variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs.16,000). The Mi CC9 is said to come in three storage variants — 6GB + 128GB for CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,100), 8GB + 128GB for CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 28,100), and 8GB + 256GB for CNY 3,099 (roughly Rs. 31,100).

9 Xiaomi Devices To Get Android Q This Year, Redmi Note 7 To Get It In 2020

Xiaomi is developing new versions of its custom Android overlay, MIUI, independent of major upgrades in Android. The coming up versions of MIUI i.e. MIUI 11 has been in the development phase since January and it has promised to come with better icons and animations, system- wide dark theme, and several other performance as well as battery optimizations.

While the release of MIUI 11 has not finalized yet, Xiaomi has begun talking about the availability of Android Q on smartphones such as the Mi MIX 3, Mi 9, Redmi K20 series and seven others.

Xiaomi made the announcement via the MIUI Forums in China, detailing the schedule for the availability of the stable version of Android Q. As per the post, these smartphones from Xiaomi and Redmi are eligible for the update:

  • In Q4 2019:
    • Xiaomi Mi 9
    • Redmi K20 Pro
    • Xiaomi Mi 8
    • Xiaomi Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition
    • Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
    • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
    • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
    • Redmi K20
    • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
  • In Q1 2020
    • Redmi Note 7
    • Redmi Note 7 Pro (added later)

Following the launch of Android Q Beta for non- Pixel devices it was made available for the Mi MIX 3 and the Mi 9 while the Redmi K20 Pro was added to the program soon after its launch. So, these devices can be expected to be prioritized over the others in the list.

It is to be noted that this schedule applies only to Chinese variants and the availability of Android Q on the Indian/global variants of these and other devices is not clear for now. We expect the global updates to follow the release in China a few weeks later. The company also stresses that this is a rough estimate for the update and the schedule may change in the case of unforeseen hiccups. It is still in the process of considering other devices for the Android Q update.

In the meantime, we also hope to see a glimpse of MIUI 11, which should be launching soon.

Update: Redmi Note 7 Pro added to the list

The list was refreshed soon after we reported the development with Redmi Note 7 Pro being added to it. As per the source, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will also receive Android Q update in the first quarter of 2020 alongside the Redmi Note 7.

OPPO And Xiaomi Now Working On Under- Display Front Cameras

Over the last year, we have come across many different attempts by smartphone manufacturers creatively trying out new ways to expand the display size without actually making smartphones bigger. From pop- up selfie cameras to sliders to flipping cameras, there have been multiple concepts aimed towards higher screen-to-body ratios.

Last year, Honor introduced the hole punch display design with the View20 followed by Samsung’s Infinity-O display on the Galaxy A8s which was further popularized with the Galaxy S10 series. Now, OPPO and Xiaomi are touting independent concept for a perfectly bezel-less smartphone display with the selfie camera completely veiled under a fully functional display.

Unlike the hole punch displays that we’ve seen in the past, there is no cheeky cutout for the selfie camera. Based on the prototype shown off by OPPO’s Twitter handle, the front camera hides away under the active pixels on the display. In the past, OPPO has tried out different ways to deal with the selfie camera, including a slider on the Find X as well as the side-pivoted pop-up on the OPPO Reno.

OPPO’s VP Brian Shen also posted the same video on Weibo, stating that it is very difficult for under-screen cameras to produce the same quality of images compared to cameras outside of the display. “However, the realization of new technology is developed to perfection,” he added. There was, however, no announcement about the possible availability of the display on an OPPO smartphone.

Xiaomi tries to steal OPPO’s thunder

In the meantime, Xiaomi tried to steal the limelight from OPPO by showing off its own concept of the under-display camera minutes after OPPO did. This is a display prototype Xiaomi has attached to the Mi 9. While Xiaomi’s co-founder Lin Bin noted on Weibo that new display technology coming soon, he did not reveal when. Meanwhile, Xiaomi also shared an infographic on its Weibo handle decoding the working of this new innovative and “ultimate shocking” technology.

Firstly, when taking a selfie, the area of the display above the front camera turns transparent, allowing the light to pass to the sensor. The area of the display has “low reflection and high permeability” to make sure that bright light falling upon the display does not hinder the formation of the image on the sensor. As seen from the video above, the screen fills up space above the selfie camera when pictures are not being taken with it.

Xiaomi notes that this display technology is their “independent intellectual property,” hinting that their display technology could be different from the one exhibited by OPPO.

Besides acting as a display, the area of the screen above the selfie camera sensor also acts as a lens. The infographic also confirms that the technology for the display will be AMOLED and also that the switching of the display does not make any sound. We’re not sure whether this area will respond to touch but that does not recede our excitement about it.

Update: You can now read the English version of the infographic as shared by senior Xiaomi VP Wang Xiang.

Perfect substitute for mechanical parts?

The advent of this under-display camera technology is certainly very exciting and should help smartphone manufacturers finally move forward from mechanical parts. Despite the claims of perfection by these companies, we desire to check out selfies and how do they differ in terms of quality from usual selfie cameras. For now, there isn’t much information so we’d have to sit patiently and watch for the upcoming development from the companies.

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.