Mi A2, A2 Lite, Honor 9N Launched; Moto G6 Plus India Launch Soon; Vodafone Idea Merger Approved: Weekly News

Here are some exciting launches and more that happened this week and if you have not been following this week properly, then you can update yourself with our weekly news wrap


You might have been busy this week and could not keep up with following the world of technology, smartphones and more. Luckily, we are here to tell you that it was a very exciting one. Several launches in India took place and if you did not manage to stay up-to-date, we’re also here to tell you what is about to come in the following weeks and months, so things just keep getting better and better for everyone.

If you have missed out on all the exciting news and launches over the past one week, our weekly wrap is here to bring you up to speed so that you will not be able to miss out on anything juicy and worthwhile. Are you ready to be up to date? Then let us begin.

Xiaomi POCOPHONE F1 With Snapdragon 845 Receives Bluetooth SIG Certification

Xiaomi has been working on a new high-end smartphone under its all-new POCOPHONE sub-brand. The smartphone has received a Bluetooth SIG Certification and what is interesting here is that it also features a Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Google Pixel 2 XL Slow Screen Unlocking Issue

Google Pixel 2 XL owners last month started complaining of a slight lag when they attempted to unlock the screen after installing the June Android security patch. Google now states that it has managed to fix the problem and plans to roll out an update to users soon.

Honor Note 10 Pre-orders Now Officially Confirmed

Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor is all set to launch the bigger version of the Honor 10 (review), which is called the Honor Note 10. The company has already listed it for pre-orders in China and thanks to its large size, the smartphone is said to ship with a massive battery.

Lenovo Launches Smart Display With Google Assistant

The Lenovo Smart Display features Google Assistant and has gone on sale directly from Lenovo’s online store in the US. There is an 8-inch screen model and a 10-inch variant being sold but there is no official word yet regarding the release of these devices in India.

BlackBerry KEY2 Launched in India

The BlackBerry KEY2 initially saw a global unveiling, then it was officially launched in India for a price of Rs. 42990. The smartphone serves as the successor to the BlackBerry KEYOne and brings improvements in several areas such as the processing power and camera.

Moto G6 is Now Available for Sale in India Via Offline Retail Stores

The Moto G6 is available for sale in India through offline retail stores in India. It costs Rs. 13999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and Rs. 15999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant.

ASUS Zenfone 5Z 8GB+256GB Variant Will go on Sale

On the 30th of July, the ASUS Zenfone 5Z (review) model which features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart for the price of Rs. 36999.

Mi 8 SE 6GB+128GB Variant Launched

The 6GB RAM version of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has been launched in China and gone on sale as well. To remind you, this model is the first in the world to feature a Snapdragon 710.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Receives MIUI 9 v9.5.13.0 Global ROM With Multiple Bugs Fixes

The latest MIUI 9 update, which is called MIUI 9 v9.5.13.0 OEAMIFA has arrived for Xiaomi Mi 8 devices, and all users can download and install it since it is the first MIUI 9 Global ROM. It comes with multiple bug fixes, but Xiaomi has not detailed which problems have been addressed.

Nokia 6.1 Plus (X6), Nokia 5.1 Plus (X5) Android One Phones Get Certified

The Nokia 6.1 Plus, which is also known as the Nokia X6 and the Nokia X5 (known as the Nokia 5.1 Plus) have been certified as Android One smartphones in Indonesia, bringing them closer to a release in other countries.

Moto E5 Plus, Moto Z3 Play Passes TENAA Certification

Motorola will be looking to launch the Moto E5 Plus and the Moto Z3 Play very soon in China as both devices have managed to pass the TENAA certification.

Vivo NEX Ruby Red 128GB, 256GB Storage Variants Now Available

The bezel-less Vivo NEX (review) was launched in the Ruby Red colour variant in China and is available to buy in the 128GB and 256GB storage models.

Nokia 3.1 Now Available For Sale in India

The budget-focused Nokia 3.1 is available for sale in India via Paytm Mall, and you can buy it in any of the three colours that you wish.

Google Pixelbook to Reportedly Launch Alongside Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

A brand new Pixelbook is reportedly going to be launching alongside the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL and it will feature slimmer bezels than its predecessor.

Honor 10 GT With GPU Turbo, 8GB RAM Goes on Sale

The Honor 10 GT is an upgraded variant of the Honor 10 (review) that went on sale earlier this week in China and managed to sell out quite comfortably.

OnePlus 6 OxygenOS 5.1.9 Latest Update

The latest update to the OnePlus 6 (review) OxygenOS 5.1.9 adds a battery optimization feature where the phone will intelligently turn off the network operations of the handset when the user is asleep.

Vivo NEX Goes on Sale in India on Amazon

Earlier this week, the Vivo NEX went on sale in India and is being sold through Amazon for a price of Rs. 44990. Additionally, the smartphone can be bought through the Vivo online store that is accompanied with a Rs. 4000 discount offer.

Lenovo Z5 Aurora 6GB + 64GB Variant Went on Sale

A brand new model called the Lenovo Z5 Aurora went on sale this week in China and comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage starting. The variant has been priced at 1399 yuan, which is equal to Rs. 14094 approximately.

Honor 10 GT 8GB+128GB Variant Sold Out in Seconds in First Flash Sale

After the Honor 10 GT went on its first flash sale, it did not take long for the smartphone to sell out immediately. The next flash sale of the device is going to take place on the 1st of August.

Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite Android One Phones Launched

After countless leaks and rumours, the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite were finally launched and belong to the Android One lineup of devices.

Honor 9N Launched in India

The Honor 9N is a mid-range smartphone that was launched in India and gives users an affordable option to choose from because it costs Rs. 11999 only.

Honor Play with GPU Turbo to Launch in India

Huawei’s Honor Play will be launching in India on the 6th of August and like several smartphones, it is going to be sold as an Amazon exclusive.

Sony Xperia XZ2 With Snapdragon 845 Launched in India

The Sony Xperia XZ2 armed with a Snapdragon 845 comes at an expensive price of Rs. 72990 after getting launched in India and it is only available in a single variant.

Vodafone Idea Ltd is Finally Here

The Vodafone and Idea merger has finally been approved by DoT. The companies paid Rs. 3900 crores in cash and then Rs. 3300 crores along with a bank guarantee for the one-time spectrum charges.

OPPO Find X Now Available for Pre-Orders in India

The OPPO Find X pre-orders were live on Flipkart earlier this week, with the smartphone featuring a price tag of Rs. 59990 after getting launched in India.

Mi Max 3 Pro with Snapdragon 710 Not Happening

Despite several rumours, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Pro model, which was expected to be armed with a Snapdragon 710 is not going to see a launch, unfortunately. You will only be able to purchase the regular model, which features a Snapdragon 636.

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 With Bixby Support Launched in India

The latest earbuds from Samsung, the Gear IconX 2018 come with Bixby support and carry a price of Rs. 13990 in India. You will be able to experience up to 4 hours of talk time when these are paired with your phone.

MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.7.26 Update Rolls Out

The latest MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.7.26 update was finally released and serves as a new update to address several issues being experienced by users.

Vivo V9 Youth Price in India Drops by Rs. 1000

The Youth edition of the Vivo V9 (review) has dropped by Rs. 1000, making the final price come to Rs. 16990 and thus, making it more affordable for buyers living in India.

Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3i Launched, Pre-orders in India Started

The Huawei Nova 3 and the Nova 3i have officially launched in India, with pre-orders of the Nova 3i taking place on Amazon India, with the device featuring a price of Rs. 20990.

Moto G6 Plus to Launch Soon in India: Motorola India Twitter Teaser Reveals

The Moto 6 Plus will soon be making its way to India and the tweet given below summarizes its future launch in the country.

Motorola One Power Three Variants, Specifications Revealed

It is expected that the Motorola One Power will be arriving in three models, as these variants have been listed on TENAA. As these phones have been certified, it means that the smartphone is going to be launched soon.

Mi 8 Explorer Edition First Sale Date is Confirmed to be July 30

The first sale of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is going to be taking place on the 30th of July and it is the first phone from Xiaomi to feature a 3D facial recognition system and in-display fingerprint reader.

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB Variant First Sale in India

An upgraded variant of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 (review), which features 6GB of RAM was sold in India via Flipkart and it carried a price of Rs. 14999, making it an affordable device that packs so much memory inside.

Sony Xperia XZ3 Might Feature 48MP Camera IMX586

Sony launched its 48MP IMX586 camera sensor for smartphones and it is possible that the first device to feature this sensor ends up being the Xperia XZ3, according to this specifications leak.

That is it for our technology news wrap. If you want to know more about more launches, pricing, rumours, leaks and other info, you can head over to the home page of our website and get updated.