The announcement of the launch date for Poco X2 and the announcement of the arrival of Realme C3 next week were two of the greatest technical developments that took place this week. Samsung also launched its Galaxy A51 smartphone, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the union budget with a series of announcements for the technology sector. WhatsApp has also stopped working on older Android and iPhone models. Read on to learn more about this and other important tech news from this week.
Start date of the Poco X2, technical data
After a long wait, Poco is ready to launch a new smartphone. However, all signs indicate that we will not yet have a Poco F1 successor. The spin-off brand Xiaomi announced this week that it will launch Poco X2 as the next phone on February 4. It is believed that the Poco X2 is a renamed Redmi K30 4G variant, which is a mid-range smartphone. Although Poco X2 has not yet been officially launched, all teasers that the brand has released up to this point show that the Redmi K30 4G bit is credible for renaming variants.
As previously mentioned, Poco India has announced that it will hold a press event on February 4th to showcase the Poco X2. The kick-off event takes place in New Delhi and starts at 12 noon on this day. It will likely be broadcast live on YouTube and other social media channels.
Whether or not the Poco X2 is a Redmi K30 4G variant, we already have confirmation of a number of technical data for the phone. First, Poco has announced that the Poco X2 will offer a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and support for 27W fast charging. In addition, the teaser images provided by the company show a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C connector and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Liquid cooling support has also been spiced up, and the company has also identified the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.
Poco X2 starts next week: everything we know so far
Realme C3 launches next week, specs
Realme is another smartphone maker preparing to launch a new smartphone next week. The company will introduce this model in its affordable Realme C series and it will be referred to as Realme C3. The company has already announced a number of specifications and functions of the smartphone. According to the invitation of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, the Realme C3 kick-off event starts on February 6th at 12.30 p.m.
Realme C3 will feature a 6.5-inch display with a water drop-style notch and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The phone will have a screen-to-body ratio of 89.8 percent. Realme C3 will include Octa-Core SoC MediaTek Helio G70 with 3 GB and 4 GB RAM options. The phone should also have a 5,000 mAh battery and up to 64 GB of onboard memory.
On the front of the picture, there is a dual camera setup on the back with a 12-megapixel main shooter and an LED flash. Realme has also announced that the Realme C3 will be the first smartphone to have an out-of-the-box Realme user interface.
Samsung Galaxy A51 goes on sale
Samsung launched its new Galaxy A51 smartphone in India this week and the phone has already gone on sale. The Samsung Galaxy A51 price in India is set at Rs. 23,999 for the only 6GB + 128GB variant. The phone is available in blue, white and black. It can be purchased through leading online retailers, offline retailers, Samsung.com and Samsung Opera House. Samsung Galaxy A51 joins the company's growing Galaxy A series in the country.
Samsung Galaxy A51 review
The Samsung Galaxy A51 runs on Android 10 and One UI 2.0 and has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + display (1080 x 2400 pixels) and a built-in fingerprint sensor. The phone comes with an octa-core SoC (Exynos 9611) and 8 GB RAM. There's the quad rear camera setup, which includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with a 1: 2.0 lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 1:20 aperture, and a 5-megapixel macro camera with a 1: 2.4 aperture includes aperture and a 5 megapixel depth sensor with a 1: 2.2 lens. The handset also has a 32 megapixel selfie camera sensor with a 1: 2.2 lens.
Samsung has also provided 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 512 GB). Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy A51 include 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS / A-GPS, and USB Type-C port. The phone also has a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 25 W quick charge.
Budget 2020: announcements for the technology sector
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the budget for the next fiscal year on Saturday. The budget includes various announcements for the technology sector, including a program to promote electronics manufacturing in the country and investments in quantum computing. Sitharaman said the electronic manufacturing scheme will soon be detailed, driving the manufacturing of cell phones, electronic devices and semiconductors in the country.
The government has also proposed to provide Rs. 6,000 crores for the BharatNet program in 2020-2021 to enable digital connectivity in all Gram Panchayat-level public institutions such as Anganwadis, health and wellness centers, government schools, post offices, police stations and more. Sitharaman also proposed an investment of Rs. 8,000 crores over a five-year period for the National Mission for Quantum Technologies and Applications. Finally, the government will introduce a policy that will allow the private sector to build data center parks nationwide.
Price reduction for Realme 5 Pro, Realme X2 Pro update, Realme phones on Amazon
In other Realme news, the company revised the price of Realme 5 Pro in the country this week. Realme 5 Pro now starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 4 GB + 64 GB model. The 6 GB + 64 GB and 8 GB + 128 GB versions of the phone can be purchased from Rs. 13,999 and Rs. 15,999 each. The phone was previously sold at Rs. 13,999, Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 16,999 for the three memory versions. You can buy the phone through Flipkart, Realme.com, Amazon and various offline shops from Realme partners in the country.
Realme 5 per review
Realme also released an important update for its Realme X2 Pro smartphone this week. The update provides support for Wi-Fi calls, as well as a number of other fixes and security improvements for the phone. The update contains the firmware version RMX1931EX_11.A.09 and contains the Android security patch for January, fixes "partially known" problems and improves system stability. It also fixes an issue that can affect uploading videos to Instagram. The update will be provided wirelessly.
Realme also announced that five of its smartphones were sold through Amazon in this country as well. The company previously only offered its phone through Flipkart, Realme.com and partner offline stores in the country. The Realme phones currently on Amazon are Realme 5 Pro, Realme 5, Realme XT, Realme X and Realme C2 (3 GB + 32 GB).
HMD Global MWC 2020 event and other technical news
HMD Global has announced it will hold a press event at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company is expected to launch up to four new smartphones under the Nokia brand. The event will take place in Barcelona on February 23. Rumor has it that Nokia 8.2 5G, Nokia 5.2, Nokia 1.3 and a new Nokia & # 39; Original & # 39; smartphone will be launched. While Nokia 8.2 5G and Nokia 5.2 are considered mid-range smartphones, the Nokia 1.3 is likely to be a budget phone. About the so-called Nokia & # 39; Original & # 39; Smartphone is not available.
In other smartphone news, Samsung revised the price of the Galaxy M30 in India this week. Samsung Galaxy M30s price now starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 4 GB RAM variant. It was previously sold at Rs. 13,999. The 6 GB RAM variant of the phone can be packed at Rs. 14,999, from its original price of Rs. 16,999. The phone is available in both sapphire blue and opal black for both storage options, while the 4 GB RAM version is also available in pearl white. The phone can be ordered through Amazon and Samsung.com.
Samsung Galaxy M30s review
In the telecommunications news, Vodafone Idea stopped offering its Rs. 649 iPhone forever plan. The tariff, available to both Vodafone and Idea Cellular subscribers as part of the postpaid portfolio, offered 90 GB of high-speed data and unlimited voice calls. It supported iPhone 5s and later models and covered accidental physical damage. While Vodafone subscribers were able to use the iPhone Forever tariff under Vodafone Red, it was made available to Idea customers via the Nirvana catalog for postpaid tariffs.
Reliance Jio has launched a new JioTVCamera accessory that allows Jio Fiber users to make video calls. When it launched Jio Fiber, the company announced that users could make video calls through Jio Fiber's set-top box. The JioTV camera is an accessory that can be connected to your TV to enable these video calls. The new JioTVCamera costs Rs. 2,999 and is already for sale on Jio.com.
In other news, WhatsApp has stopped working on phones running Android 2.3.7 or earlier and iPhone models running iOS 8 or earlier this week. WhatsApp recommends upgrading to phones with Android OS 4.0.3 and later and iOS 9 and later in order to continue using the app. The company announced this deadline last year to give users enough time to either update their phones to newer versions of Android and iOS, or to save their chat history.
Apple announced the price of its HomePod smart speaker for the Indian market this week and announced that it will be available soon. The Apple HomePod price in India is Rs. 19,900. The Apple HomePod uses the company's own audio technology, which works with a tweeter, which is equipped with a specially developed amplifier, seven tweeters, each with its own amplifier and converter, and six different microphones. The intelligent speaker is powered by the A8 chip from Apple with Siri integration.
In addition, Apple has released iOS 13.3.1 and iPad 13.3.1, which update this for iPhone and iPad models. One of the most notable changes in iOS 13.3.1 is the ability to disable the location tracking feature of the U1 Ultra wideband chip. The latest iOS update also fixes the issue related to Deep Fusion mode, which is limited to iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. There are also various other fixes that are designed for both iPhone and iPad models and are compatible with the latest software updates.
After all, Samsung launched the world's first 5G tablet this week. The tablet is currently only available in South Korea, the company's home market, and costs KRW 999,900 (approximately Rs. 60,500). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, AKG-matched quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support and an S Pen pen. Other technical data of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6 GB RAM and a 7,040 mAh battery.