Xiaomi Redmi 3S to go on sale next week


Prajyot Mainkar
Samsung is back with another flagship phone – The New Galaxy Note7, which was announced at its Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event in New York earlier this week. The phone comes with a 5.7 inch quad HD super AMOLED curved edge display with a resolution of 2560 pixels × 1440 pixels and always-on feature. Powered by a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8 Octa 8890 processor (as per the market), the phone runs on Android v6.0 Marshmallow. It has refined craftsmanship, quality materials and a unique symmetrical edge design. With a smaller pen tip and increased accuracy, the Galaxy Note7 replicates the ease of accuracy or a real pen as compared to any of the previous galaxy model. It is the first in series to be water resistant. The new Screen Off Memo along with the Always On Display feature enables users to remember important events and tasks. The device’s usability has been expanded with new air commands like Translate and Magnify. S-Pen also features new pen styles and brush types to help users unleash creativity.
Galaxy Note 7 has a IP68 rating which marks it as dust and water resistant up to 5 feet for nearly 30 minutes. The phone has a 12 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and OIS while the front-facing camera is 5 megapixels. The dual pixel rear camera promises brighter and sharper images, even in low light conditions. Besides having fingerprint scanner, the phone has an iris scanner too and lets one unlock the phone through eye recognition. This automated process uses mathematical pattern image recognition of an individual’s iris, either single or both eyes. Samsung is also looking forward to bringing iris scanning technology to its mid-end smartphones when the cost of using one reduces.
Connectivity options of the phone include WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO Bluetooth v4.2 LE, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, and Location (GPS, GLONASS and BEIDOU). The phone has a 3500 mAh battery which supports both wired and wireless charging. Galaxy Note 7 will be available from August 19 in blue coral, gold platinum, silver titanium and black onyx.
Lava has launched its latest smartphone in the X series – X38. The phone comes with 5 inch HD IPS display and supports 4G VoLTE. Powered by Android v6.0 Marshmallow and a 1GHz quad-core processor, the phone features screen resolution of 1280 pixels x 720 pixels. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and both cameras sport LED flash. Lava X38 has 1GB RAM onboard and packs 8GB internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The device supports 4G VoLTE/3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. The Lava X38 also comes with several sensors such as accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer and proximity. The phone is available in blue and grey colour options and is priced at `7,399.
Micromax has launched Canvas Unite 4 Plus, an enhanced version of Canvas Unite 4 which was launched this June. This phone sports an HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 pixels x 720 pixels. With 1GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6735P) processor and Mali-T720 GPU, the phone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The phone has expandable memory capability of up to 64GB using MicroSD card. Micromax Canvas Unite 4 Plus runs on Android Marshmallow v6.0 based Indus OS 2.0. This dual sim supported phone comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front-facing camera and both cameras have an LED feature. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. The phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor and has a 2500 mAh battery, which is expected to provide standby time of up to approximately 281 hours and talk time of 20 hours. Micromax Canvas Unite 4 Plus comes in three colours – gold, silver and grey and it is priced at `7,999.
Xiaomi has launched two new smartphones in India namely, Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. Redmi 3S phone features a 5 inch HD IPS touchscreen display that has a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM. It has 16GB internal memory and comes with a 13 megapixel primary camera sporting LED Flash and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options include 4G/3G, Bluetooth v4.1, WiFi, USB OTG and GPS. Xiaomi Redmi 3S runs on Android Marshmallow v6.0.1 and is powered by a 4100 mAh non-removable battery. Sensors on the phone include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope.
Redmi 3S Prime comes with a 5 inch HD IPS touchscreen display powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM. The phone has 32GB internal memory, a 12 megapixel primary camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. There is a fingerprint sensor on the Redmi 3S Prime which is placed on the back panel. The phone has a 4100 mAh battery at service. Both models will be initially available exclusively via the official site Mi.com and then Flipkart. Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime will be priced at `8,999 and Redmi 3S is priced at `6,999. Xiaomi Redmi 3S will go on sale from August 9, Redmi 3S will follow suit a week later.