Meizu details which models will get Nougat, update should roll out July 10

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Meizu has listed the phones that will get an update to Android 7.0 Nougat – almost a full year after Google rolled out the OS version to its own devices. Better late than never, is perhaps the attitude Meizu is looking for.

Owners of the Pro 6 Plus, Pro 6, Pro 6s, Pro 5, MX6, M5 Note, M3 Note, and M3 Max will be able to register for the open beta program starting tomorrow through July 2. The actual update is expected to roll out on July 10.

Meizu is also celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Flyme OS, the company’s custom Android overlay tomorrow. Nougat seems like a nice (if not very timely) treat for its loyal fans.

 

 

 

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Weekly poll results: a Nokia flagship is hotly anticipated, low-enders get the cold shoulder

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The fans are hungry for a new Nokia flagship, with 44% of the vote that is quite clear. However, HMD’s entry-level offerings failed to spur up such excitement – the 5 and the 3 got a few measly percentage points. Even the Nokia 3310 ranked higher, we guess the nostalgia factor is strong.

Even the Nokia 6 barely beat out the “Nokias belong in the past” option with 18% and 17% respectively. It’s more of a workhorse phone rather than a dreamy flagship (the same can be said of the 3310), so practical-minded people would be quite happy with it.

The Nokia 5 had to fight an onslaught of comments about the Sony Xperia XA1, a similarly priced competitor. The pricier Samsung Galaxy A5 also came up.

As for the Nokia 3, there were a few commenters that are happy with it, but most find that the “bang for the buck” ratio is skewed more towards “buck”.

Now it’s down to the upcoming high-end Nokia models to rebuild the reputation of the brand that fizzled out during the Windows years.

 

 

 

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OnePlus 5 defeats HTC U11 and Galaxy S8 in battle of Snapdragon 835s speed test

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We’ve seen our share of head-to-head YouTube speed tests of the latest smartphones, but there’s always an extra 5 minutes for another one. In this case, it’s the OnePlus 5 vs. the HTC U11 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 – a battle of the 835 Snapdragons, if you will.

In this iteration, it’s 20 apps run in succession on the three phones, against the clock. A second round is performed to see how quickly the phones can access the apps already launched on the first go – RAM management is key for this one. Oh, and the amount of RAM too, of course – 8GB for the OP5, half that for the S8 and U11.

The OnePlus 5 takes the lead in the first round, completing the routine in 51.3 seconds, 3.6s ahead of the U11, and 12.7s quicker than the S8. In the end, the OP5 emerges victorious, 9.0s ahead of the U11, while the S8 finishes 26.2s behind.

 

 

 

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OnePlus 5 Accessories Now Available in India via OnePlus Store

OnePlus 5 Accessories Now Available in India via OnePlus Store

The OnePlus 5 was launched in India on Thursday on Amazon India, and was available in limited stocks earlier today in the Delhi OnePlus 5 pop-up event. The smartphone will be up for sale on Saturday too in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai, and if you are among the early buyers of the phone, we have good news for you – the OnePlus Store is now offering accessories for the new flagship smartphone already. While there are many bundles and standalone accessories available for purchase, many have already gone out of stock.

Starting from the most economical choices available, OnePlus is offering a 3D Tempered Glass Screen Protector at Rs. 990 through its online store. Interested customers can also choose to buy Protective Case for OnePlus 5, prices for which start from Rs. 990 as well but go up to Rs. 1,490. The company is offering Silicone Protective Case (available in Red and Black colours) and Flip Cover Case (available in Black and Gray colours) for OnePlus 5 at Rs. 1,290 each.

In the premium range of smartphone cases, OnePlus is offering Otterbox Case (available in Black and Racing Red colours) and Karbon Bumper Case at Rs. 1,990 each from the online store.

Moving to the accessory bundles, the OnePlus 5 Protection Bundle, which features a protective case for the smartphone and a 3D Tempered Glass Screen Protector, is available at prices starting from Rs. 1,881. Customers get case choices including Karbon, Rosewood, Ebony Wood, and Sandstone as part of this bundle.

If you would rather prefer earphones instead of glass protector, you can opt for company’s OnePlus 5 Bulletproof Bundle. This bundle offers the same protective case choices as the Protection bundle but offers OnePlus Bullets (V2) earphones instead of the glass screen protector. The pricing for this bundle starts from Rs. 2,079.

As part of company’s OnePlus 5 Basics Bundle, the company is offering a 3D Tempered Glass Screen Protector, a Type-C OTG Cable, and again a protective case in the aforementioned choices. The pricing for this bundle starts from Rs. 2,411.

The OnePlus 5 Essentials Bundle, pricing for which starts from Rs. 3,625, includes a Dash Type-C cable, a Dash Power Adapter, glass screen protector, and protective case in preferred choice.

Customers can choose to opt for OnePlus Power of 5 Bundle, which includes everything from the Essentials Bundle plus the company’s Bullets (V2) earphones. The pricing for this bundle starts from Rs. 4,442.

 

 

 

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OnePlus 5 Teardown Treatment Reveals ‘Systematically Sealing Design’

OnePlus 5 Teardown Treatment Reveals 'Systematically Sealing Design'

OnePlus 5 was unveiled globally earlier this week and on Thursday, the smartphone was launched in India as well. As it usually happens after a major device’s launch, we are now getting to know more about the phone via teardowns. The OnePlus 5 has now received a teardown treatment and has been discovered to have a systematically sealed design. Separately, the company has also clarified that OnePlus 5’s telephoto camera, which has been claimed to deliver 2x lossless zoom, in fact offers only 1.6x optical zoom.

First coming to the teardown of OnePlus 5, MyFixGuide found out that the smartphone has chosen a “systematically sealing design” that helps protect internal components from environmental effects. It was discovered that the internal parts have adopted the sealing design, while the USB Type-C port The disassembler compared the OnePlus 5 with smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo, which have previously adopted strict sealing design and gone through thickening process on their back corners.

However, MyFixGuide also found some weak points in terms of design on the OnePlus 5, saying that “some connectors have not been fixed by metal plate and its camera connector is easy to go loose.”

Moving on to the optics on OnePlus 5, the OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei has clarified on Twitter that the company has claimed that the dual camera setup on the handset offers 2x “lossless zoom” and not 2x optical zoom. Pei said that the camera setup offers 1.6x optical zoom and the remaining 0.4x is realised through “SmartCapture multiframe technology.”

The final upscaling means that the effective resolution is less than 20-megapixel and rather closer to 16-megapixel, points out GSMArena. Further, GSMArena says “EXIF info shows that the wide-angle and tele lenses have focal lengths of 24mm and 36mm (in 35mm equiv.), which would make the zoom 1.5x.”

 

 

 

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OnePlus 5 to Be Available to Buy Offline via Pop-Up Stores in India Starting Today

OnePlus 5 to Be Available to Buy Offline via Pop-Up Stores in India Starting Today

OnePlus 5 (Review) has finally been launched in India, and went on sale on Thursday on Amazon as part of an early access programme for India. However, the company is also providing fans the option to buy OnePlus 5 offline in India over the next two days. This can be an alternative for those disappointed that the smartphone is unavailable on Amazon India for now, and the next OnePlus 5 open sale in India will be on June 27, when it will be available not only on Amazon but also oneplusstore.in and OnePlus Experience Stores.

Buy OnePlus 5 offline via pop-up stores

So, if you wish to buy OnePlus 5 offline over the next couple of days, you can head to one of the pop-up stores organised by the company in Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Bengaluru. The pop-up stores will be in Delhi on Friday, June 23, Bengaluru and Chennai will see it on Saturday, June 24, and Hyderabad on Sunday, June 25. Consumers will be able to experience and purchase the OnePlus 5 at these pop-up stores on a first come first serve basis.

The pop-up store in Delhi will be held at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj from 1pm IST to 9pm IST on June 23 i.e. Friday. The pop-up store in Bengaluru will be held at the Experience Store, Brigade Road from 12.30pm IST to 10pm IST on June 24, i.e., Saturday. The pop-up store in Chennai will be held at Trans Car India Pvt Ltd from 3pm IST to 9pm IST on June 24, i.e., Saturday , and lastly, the Hyderabad pop-up store will be propped up at Indian Motorcycle, Jubilee Hills between 3pm IST to 9pm IST on June 25, i.e., Sunday. To get notified on all the information about these pop-up stores ahead of time, register here.

OnePlus 5 price in India, specifications and features

The OnePlus 5 has been made available in India in the Slate Grey 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant for Rs. 32,999 and the Midnight Black 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant at Rs. 37,999. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) dual-standby smartphone runs OxygenOS, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401ppi (pixels per inch) and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The OnePlus 5 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.45GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz), coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU.

As for the camera, the OnePlus 5’s dual rear camera setup supports EIS and bears a 16-megapixel main camera with a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor and an f/1.7 aperture. This is clubbed with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera featuring a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor and an f/2.6 aperture. The OnePlus 5 front camera on the other hand bears a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with 1-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

As for OnePlus 5 connectivity options, the company has included 4G VoLTE (Cat. 12, up to 600Mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads), dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C (v2.0). The OnePlus 5 bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm, and weighs in at 153 grams.

 

 

 

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OnePlus 5 Launched in India, Price Starts at Rs. 32,999: Launch Offers, Release Date, Specifications, and More

OnePlus 5 Launched in India, Price Starts at Rs. 32,999: Launch Offers, Release Date, Specifications, and More

OnePlus 5 (Review) has been launched in India, just two days after its global unveiling. The new smartphone has been launched at starting price of Rs. 32,999, and will be available on Amazon India for now, and will head to the OnePlus retail channels next week. However, fans who want to get their hands on the smartphone offline can get it at the pop-up events being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai over the next two days. There are several OnePlus 5 India launch offers the company has announced for those who purchase the smartphone from Amazon.

OnePlus 5 price in India, and availability

The OnePlus 5 price in India is Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while those who want to purchase the model with 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage will have to shell out Rs. 37,999. The former will only be available in the Slate Grey colour variant, while the latter will only be available in Midnight Black. These OnePlus 5 prices are slightly more expensive than in the US, but cheaper than in Europe.

OnePlus 5 sale in India starts from Thursday itself, via Amazon India. The first Early Access Sale opens at 4:30pm IST for users that registered for notification. The OnePlus 5 will then be made available for open sale from Amazon India, OnePlus Store, and OnePlus Experience Stores (in Delhi and Bengaluru) from 12am IST, Tuesday, June 27.

OnePlus 5 India launch offers
Both 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage OnePlus 5 variants will be made available during the sale. Vodafone prepaid users will get 10GB of data per month at the price of 1GB for 5 months on buying the smartphone between June 22 and September 30. Similarly, postpaid subscribers of the operator will get 9GB of additional data free for 5 billing cycles if they are on plans with 1GB or more data; on top of this, Vodafone Red users wit 4G SIM will get 10GB of extra free data per month for 3 months through by logging into the MyVodafone app.

SBI credit and debit card holders will get flat Rs. 1.500 cashback on the OnePlus 5 price, on top of the up to Rs. 1,000 exchange offer the company is running (valid till June 28 across all authorised retail channels). Kindle users who purchase the handset between June 22 and July 31 will get promotional e-book credit worth Rs. 500 when logging into the app from the smartphone. Sign in on the Amazon Prime Video app on the phone to get Rs. 250 cashback in Amazon Pay balance. All OnePlus 5 users will be eligible for 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it with an initial deposit of Rs. 1,000.

OnePlus 5 features
Before we get to the OnePlus 5 specifications, let us first take a look at the OnePlus 5 features that deserve to be highlighted. The first, is the dual rear camera setup. OnePlus claims the setup is the “highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone”, comprising a 16-megapixel main camera and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. The two cameras together provide effects like Bokeh and lossless zoom up to 2x. The company has also increased the size of the aperture of the main camera compared to the OnePlus 3T, enabling better low-light performance and image stabilisation. OnePlus has chosen include only EIS on the smartphone, forgoing OIS. Also added is a Pro Mode for manual adjustments. More details about the OnePlus camera can be found in the specifications section of this article.

Other features about the OnePlus 5 that are worth highlighting include support for 34 GSM network bands (making it a “true world phone”, according to OnePlus), OxygenOS additions (App Priority, Expanded Screenshots, Reading Mode, Translucent App Drawer, Auto Night Mode, Off-Screen Gestures, Customisable Vibrations, Gaming DND Mode, and Secure Box), as well as the hardware capacitive keys and the Alert Slider.

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The OnePlus 5 features a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, said the unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.2 seconds. It supports Paytm Quick Pay, which is a fingerprint reader shortcut to open the Paytm app’s payment page. Users will need to long press the Home Button with their registered finger to open the Paytm payment page.

OnePlus specifications
We finally get to the OnePlus 5 specifications. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) dual-standby smartphone runs OxygenOS, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401ppi (pixels per inch) and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The display supports both sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards.

The OnePlus 5 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.45GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz), coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU.

As for the camera, the OnePlus 5’s dual rear camera setup supports EIS and bears a 16-megapixel main camera with a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor and an f/1.7 aperture. This is clubbed with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera featuring a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor and an f/2.6 aperture. The OnePlus 5 front camera on the other hand bears a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with 1-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

OnePlus has used UFS 2.1 storage on the OnePlus 5, and as we mentioned, the smartphone will be available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. OnePlus has not included a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

As for OnePlus 5 connectivity options, the company has included 4G VoLTE (Cat. 12, up to 600Mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads), dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C (v2.0). The OnePlus 5 bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm, and weighs in at 153 grams.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T, Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re interested in how the smartphone compares against rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, and Xiaomi Mi 6 in terms of price, specifications, and features, read our comparison piece. If you’re wondering just what the differences are between the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T, refer to our ‘What’s New and Different’ piece.

 

 

 

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Imagination Tech Puts Itself Up for Sale After Apple Fight

Imagination Tech Puts Itself Up for Sale After Apple Fight

Imagination Technologies, the British firm that lost 70 percent of its value after being ditched by its biggest customer Apple, put itself up for sale on Thursday in a disappointing end to a once-great European tech success story.

Founded in 1985 and listed in 1994, Imagination has been rocked by Apple’s announcement in April that it was developing its own graphics chips and would no longer use Imagination’s processing designs in 15 months to two years time.

Apple’s decision, which analysts said posed an existential threat to the company, sent Imagination’s shares plummeting 70 percent on April 3 and they have barely recovered since.

The stock jumped as much as 21 percent on Thursday, however, after the sale announcement to 149.5 pence, giving the company a market capitalisation of GBP 425 million ($538 million or roughly Rs. 3,474 crores).

Analysts said potential buyers could include Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek, CEVA and various entities from China, while Apple itself could be interested.

“Imagination Technologies announces that over the last few weeks it has received interest from a number of parties for a potential acquisition of the whole group,” the company said.

“The board of Imagination has therefore decided to initiate a formal sale process for the group and is engaged in preliminary discussions with potential bidders.”

Imagination has said it doubted Apple, which accounts for about half of its sales, could go it alone without violating Imagination’s patents. Analysts said legal battles were likely and Imagination started a dispute resolution procedure in May with the US giant, which is valued at $761 billion.

The British company initially responded to Apple’s decision to walk away by putting two of its main divisions up for sale.

“That was a pretty dire scenario, akin to selling off the family silver to keep the estate going a little longer,” said Neil Wilson, Senior Market Analyst, ETX Capital. “Now the shutters are up and a buyer sought. A pretty ignominious end to what was a great British tech success story.”

 

Apple reliance
Imagination has licensed its processing designs to Apple from the time of the first iPod and receives a small royalty on every device using its graphics.

Imagination’s shares rose sharply between 2009 and 2012 as sales of smartphones boomed, prompting Apple and Intel to buy stakes and the company was valued at more than GBP 2 billion (roughly Rs. 16,356 crores) in April 2012. Apple owns 8 percent of the shares.

Imagination struggled, however, to reduce its reliance on Apple, and has faced increased competition from the likes of chipmaker Qualcomm and British rival ARM, which developed its own graphics to complement its core processor blueprints.

Imagination downplayed fears it could lose Apple contract for years. Facing reports that Apple was building a graphics operation and hiring Imagination staff, the British firm told investors that Apple was just improving its customisation of the technology Imagination sold, rather than replacing it.

Analysts at Stifel said they thought interested parties could include those groups that want to develop their own processing technology across platforms such as mobile, wearable tech, vehicles and the so-called Internet of Things.

“This could include a coordinated Chinese bid, a hyper-scale vendor from the cloud or some other IP player,” they said.

Imagination said on Thursday it had received indicative proposals for its embedded MIPS technology – processors used in vehicles and home appliances – and its mobile connectivity division Ensigma, the two businesses put up for sale in the wake of the slide in its shares.

While Imagination has other clients for its technology, UBS analysts estimated in April that its non-Apple business was worth just GBP 81 million and the MIPS division, which it bought for $100 million in 2013, was worth GBP 77 million.

UBS said the company could be worth 110 pence per share on a sum of the parts basis. In May, Jefferies said the wind up value was about 96 pence a share while Morgan Stanley said the company could be worth as little as GBP 106 million, or just 30 pence per share, though its base case was 95 pence.

The US investment bank said Imagination’s headquarters was worth GBP 40 million.

 

 

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ZTE Small Fresh 5 With 4GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched

ZTE Small Fresh 5 With 4GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched

ZTE launched its Small Fresh 4 last year and the company has now the launched the smartphone’s successor – Small Fresh 5 – in China. The most interesting feature in the new iteration of the smartphone series is its rear camera setup, which now comes with two sensors for capturing images with depth of the field. The phone will be available in colours including Dark Grey, Grass Green, Elegant Gold, and Glacier Blue.

The ZTE Small Fresh 5 has been launched by the company in two RAM/ storage variants, i.e 3GB RAM/ 16GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage, priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,400) and CNY 1399 (roughly Rs. 13,200) respectively. The smartphone will be made available for purchase in the country from July 5 onwards.

The dual-SIM Small Fresh 5 runs MiFavor UI 4.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with either of the RAM variants mentioned above.

 

In terms of optics, the dual rear camera setup on the ZTE Small Fresh 5 comes with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor as well. At the front, the smartphone features a 5-megapixel camera for clicking selfies. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner, located at the back, as well.

The storage on the ZTE Small Fresh 5 is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS + GLONASS. The smartphone houses a 2500mAh battery, measures 145×70.7×7.9mm, and weighs 132 grams.

 

 

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Flipkart and Mi.com

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Flipkart and Mi.com

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sale is set to start at 12pm IST on Wednesday via Flipkart and Mi.com. To recall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999, and it will be available in Gold, Grey, Matte Black, and Silver colour options. All three variants of the smartphone will be up for grabs in the sale. The 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999. The smartphone was launched in January in India.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specifications
The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review) runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a 401ppi pixel density. Powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, it comes with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on the SKU.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB).

As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Micro-USB, and Infrared. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, and proximity sensor. Redmi Note 4 battery capacity is rated at 4100mAh battery, and the new Xiaomi smartphone measures 151x76x8.35mm, and weighs 175 grams.

 

 

 

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