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Xiaomi will reportedly launch another Redmi 9 variant in India

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  • Pricebaba reports Xiaomi is prepping to launch the Redmi 9i in India.
  • The phone could be a rebranded version of the Redmi 9A.
  • It will reportedly feature 4GB of RAM and come in 64GB and 128GB storage configurations.

Since the start of August, Xiaomi has announced three devices in India: the Redmi 9, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi 9C. But according to leaker Ishan Agarwal, the Chinese OEM could have one more device up its sleeve. Agarwal told Pricebaba Xiaomi is getting ready to announce another budget-friendly phone for India called the Redmi 9i.

Pricebaba suggests the 9i is likely a rebranded variant of the Redmi 9A with more RAM and additional internal storage. Xiaomi released the 9A in Malaysia in June. It features a 6.53-inch display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 1,600 x 720 resolution. Internally, the phone features MediaTek’s recently announced Helio G25 chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. The phone comes with a single 13MP primary camera with an LED flash and a 5MP camera for snapping selfies. On the software front, it comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI Android skin.

Related: The best phones under 10,000 rupees

At the very least, how the 9i would differ from the 9A is that it reportedly includes 4GB of RAM, and will come in 64GB and 128GB storage configurations. Additionally, the website says Xiaomi will sell the phone in three colors: Nature Green, Sea Blue, and Midnight Black.

Based on Agarwal’s track record and the tendency of smartphone companies to flood the Indian market with a variety of devices at different price points, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to suggest Xiaomi is prepping another Redmi 9 variant. If it’s real, we’ll likely learn more about the Redmi 9i soon enough.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 9 series globally (Update: Note 9 teased for India)

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Update, July 9, 2020 (10:45 AM ET): Today, Xiaomi issued the above teaser image (h/t Fone Arena) that pretty much confirms the Redmi Note 9 is coming to India. The country already saw the Pro and Pro Max variants of this device, but now there will be a cheaper option.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi doesn’t give any specific details on when the Redmi Note 9 will land in the country, just saying it’s “coming soon.” However, the teaser image above does appear to confirm it will land on Amazon when it does. We’ll update this article once we are certain of the launch date!

Original article: April 20, 2020 (03:41 AM ET): Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max in India last month, offering capable budget phones for the price. Now, the firm has launched the Note 9 series in Europe.

Unfortunately, the Note 9 Pro Max hasn’t made its way outside India, but European consumers do get the Note 9 Pro and the vanilla Note 9.

Redmi Note 9 series: The info you need

The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a Snapdragon 720G chipset, 4GB to 6GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage, and a 5,020mAh battery with 30W charging. You’re also getting a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD screen, a quad camera setup (48MP+8MP ultra-wide+5MP macro+2MP depth), a 16MP camera in a punch-hole cutout, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Read: The best budget phones you can currently buy

The vanilla Note 9 is an all-new device though, featuring a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 3GB to 4GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of storage, and a 5,020mAh battery with 18W charging. Other notable details include a 6.53-inch FHD+ LCD screen, a quad rear camera setup (48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP), a 13MP camera in a punch-hole cutout, and a rear fingerprint scanner.

These devices also share a number of features, including NFC (depending on the market), an IR blaster, 3.5mm port, and dual-SIM connectivity.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a recommended price of $ 269 for the 6GB/64GB model and $ 299 for the 6GB/128GB variant. The regular Note 9 has a recommended price of $ 199 for the 3GB/64GB option and $ 249 for the 4GB/128GB model.

In the UK, we have some more specific pricing. The Note 9 starts at £179 (~$ 225) for the 3GB/64GB model and £199 (~$ 250) for the 4GB/128GB option. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will set you back £249 (~$ 313) for the 6GB/64GB option and £269 (~$ 338) for the 6GB/128GB variant. As stated earlier, the Note 9 Pro Max is still only in India.

We’re glad to see the Redmi Note 9 series see a wider launch, coming over a month after they first launched. You can check out more Xiaomi-related articles via the list below:

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Motorola Razr: Price and release date (Update: Now available in India)

Update, May 8, 2020 (3:30 AM ET): The Motorola Razr has finally released in India after getting postponed several times. We’ve added details about its India availability in the original article.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to pick up the new Razr before it goes out of stock, you can do so by clicking on the link below.

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Original article, November 13, 2019 (11:16 AM ET): Motorola took the wraps off its very first foldable device this week: the Motorola Razr! The new smartphone joins the very limited selection of foldable devices launched this year, including the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. However, the Motorola Razr price is much lower than those phones.

That doesn’t mean that the Razr is cheap! On the contrary, this is still a very expensive device, especially when you consider it has a much weaker spec sheet than the Mate X or the Galaxy Fold. Still, the design of the device is much different than those foldables and might be the practical product that will get people interested in the foldable future.

Motorola Razr release date

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Motorola formally launched the Razr at an event in Los Angeles on November 13, 2019. The device looks just like the Razr phones from the early 2000s — in fact, folded in half, the device is as thin as the very first Razr phone from 2004.

Motorola is continuing its partnership with Verizon and offering the Razr as an exclusive on that carrier. Pre-orders for the Razr were scheduled to open on December 26, 2019, but Motorola later delayed that date due to high demand. It previously announced a general in-store availability beginning on January 9, 2020, but that date was also delayed.

The phone finally went up on pre-order in the US on January 27 and sales for the device started on February 6.

While it’s likely the device will eventually be available as an unlocked model, keep in mind that only Verizon customers will have access to the device in the United States at first.

Continue on to read about the Motorola Razr price and release dates in other countries around the world.

Motorola Razr US price and availability

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On Verizon in the US, the Motorola Razr is priced at $ 1,499. You can either pay for the device outright or sign up for a payment plan and pay $ 62.49 per month for the next 24 months.

That price is a little lower than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which starts at $ 1,980. It’s also significantly cheaper than the Huawei Mate X, which starts at €2,299 (~$ 2,529). However, since there’s just a Snapdragon 710 on board with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, one wonders why the company couldn’t make the Motorola Razr price even lower than $ 1,500.

In comparison, Samsung’s new clamshell foldable — the Galaxy Z Flip — is priced at $ 1,380 and comes with a superior Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. You can read our review of the Galaxy Z Flip here.

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Motorola Razr UK price and availability

The Motorola Razr is also available in the UK through an exclusive partnership with EE. Customers in UK will have to shell out upwards of £2,000 (~$ 2,562) to buy the Razr on contract.

The cheapest EE plan for the Razr starts at £94 (~$ 120) for 24 months. For that you’ll get a mere 10GB of data per month and will have to shell out £100 up-front to purchase the plan. This way you end up paying £2,356 (~$ 3,018) for the phone over the course of the two-year plan.

If you want to pick up the Motorola Razr from EE in the UK, you can head here to check out all the plans and purchase it.

Motorola Razr India price and availability

The Motorola Razr is priced at Rs 124,999 (~$ 1,687) in India. As part of an introductory offer, Citibank debit and credit card customers in India will be able to get a flat discount of Rs 10,000 (~$ 134) on the price of the phone.

The phone is now available on Flipkart but it’s not shipping to all cities in India owing to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in the country. You can check availability for your region by entering you postal code on the ecommerce platform.

Those who buy the Motorola Razr in cities where Flipkart is delivering can expect it to ship in a week or so.

Interested Indian buyers can get the phone by clicking on the link given below.

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Motorola Razr Europe price and availability

The Motorola Razr in also available in select regions across Europe. In Italy, the phone is available through carrier TIM and costs €1,599 (~$ 1,784). In France, it’s slightly more expensive and is still on pre-order for €1,699 (~$ 1,895).

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India doesn’t have 5G, but Realme’s 5G flagship is coming anyway

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5G is the future of mobile, there’s no doubt about it. There are already a few 5G networks available for use around the world, but many countries won’t see 5G switched on for quite some time. One of those countries lacking 5G service is India, but that won’t stop the Realme X50 Pro 5G from landing there.

As confirmed on Twitter by the CEO of Realme, Madhav Sheth, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will absolutely get an Indian launch on February 24. In fact, the company is giving away invites to the launch on Twitter.

Check out Sheth’s tweet below which includes a teaser image of the as-yet-unrevealed X50 Pro 5G:

If all goes to plan, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will be India’s first commercially-released 5G smartphone.

Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with releasing a 5G phone in India. After all, it will still connect to the country’s 4G networks just fine. However, 5G smartphones are still much more expensive than 4G phones, so we can expect the Realme X50 Pro 5G to cost quite a bit of cash. To spend that money and not have any use for the main aspect of the device that makes it cost so much money seems a little silly.

Realme has already confirmed some of the specs for the X50 Pro 5G. It will have a Snapdragon 865 processor, 65W wired charging, a 90Hz display refresh rate on a Super AMOLED panel, and more. Pricing and availability, though, are still unknown.

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OnePlus 3 exchange offer in India can get you a discount of up to 100%

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Taking a leaf out of the multitude of exchange offers available for Indian smartphone buyers across sales on Amazon India, Flipkart, and other e-commerce platforms, Chinese upstart OnePlus has also jumped on the exchange bandwagon. The company has announced an upgrade program which will allow you to turn in your old smartphone for the newly-launched OnePlus 3 and get a discount of as much as 100%.

With the OnePlus 3, the Chinese smartphone maker has certainly come a long way since the launch of their first smartphone, the OnePlus One, back in 2014. Its powerful features like the massive 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB ROM, and the quick charging ‘Dash Charge’ technology ensure that the OnePlus 3 still gets to give other more expensive flagships a run for their money.

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It’s now also much easier to get your hands on the OnePlus 3 because you no longer need an invite, unlike in the case of its predecessors. After being recently launched in India, the OnePlus 3 became available for purchase exclusively on Amazon India where it currently sells for Rs 27,999 (~$ 420).

If paying a midrange price for a flagship device still doesn’t appeal to you, OnePlus is now sweetening the deal by offering an exchange program so that you can swap your old smartphone and upgrade to the new OnePlus 3. Starting today, you can return any old smartphone and get a discount of up to 100% of the value of OnePlus 3. The exact amount of the cashback will depend upon the condition of your old smartphone, which will be evaluated and approved by the company’s program partner, Cashify.

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If you want to upgrade to the OnePlus 3 using the exchange offer, you’ll first need to visit Cashify’s webpage to check the replacement value of your old smartphone. Next, you’ll have to purchase the OnePlus 3 from Amazon India and take down the order ID. Finally, you can accept the T&C on Amazon India, after which you’ll be redirected to the Cashify page where you’ll have to input key details of your old smartphone, check your pin code serviceability, and confirm the buyback price and pickup time for your device.

A Cashify representative will then visit you at your submitted address, and pay for your old smartphone after examining the condition of the device. The upgrade offer is available in selected Indian cities of Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Pune, Faridabad, Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad.

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The exchange offer could be a sign that OnePlus is feeling the heat from other Chinese manufacturers in the Indian market, with budget-conscious Indian consumers warming up to smartphones from OEMs like Xiaomi, Lenovo, OPPO, Vivo, Huawei, Gionee, and LeEco. Even as Chinese smartphone companies slug it out in the Indian market by throwing in more offers and discounts, Indian consumers are obviously happy to get a bigger bang for their buck.

Do you plan to exchange your old smartphone and upgrade to the new OnePlus 3? Let us know in the comments below!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 possibly heading to India

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Samsung seemed to have upset a few of its customers when it announced that the Galaxy Note 5 wouldn’t be launching in every region right away, but Indian consumers may be a little luckier. SamMobile has come across some test firmware for an Indian version of the handset with a build date created recently in August.

The build, version number N920GDDU1AOH2 (where H is apparently for August), is said to still be a work in progress for the Galaxy Note 5. However, the fact that development is still ongoing is a promising sign that Samsung may be planning to launch the device in India sometime soon. The country was not mentioned on the official list of launch regions, and Samsung decline to confirm or deny the rumor, so make of this what you will.

A similar work in progress build has previously been spotted for Europe, but it was last updated back in June, suggesting that development has been paused, at least for now. This certainly doesn’t mean that a European launch won’t happen at some point, but it likely won’t take place before any Indian launch.

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Although Samsung’s decision not to globally launch the Note 5 may be infuriating for some potential customers, Samsung apparently misjudged and struggled to meet demand for its smaller S6 Edge display earlier in the year. Perhaps this is Samsung’s way of keeping tighter control over its display supply this time around?

Do you think that the Galaxy Note 5 would go down well in India?

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OnePlus One will continue to receive Cyanogen OTA updates in India

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OnePlus has certainly had a difficult time selling its flagship One handset in India over the past few months. If you can recall back to October, Cyanogen made an exclusive agreement with Micromax, preventing any other company from selling Cyanogen-powered devices in India, including OnePlus. Cyanogen had a global licensing deal with OnePlus, but the Micromax deal took precedence over it. Then in December, the ban was lifted, and OnePlus was, once again, able to sell the One in India.

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It looks like all legal troubles between these companies have finally subsided, because today, OnePlus announced that OnePlus One owners in India who are running Cyanogen OS will continue to receive OTA updates from here on out. The company explains:

…we are happy to confirm today that all legal proceedings have been resolved and the cases have been withdrawn through mutual consent. We hate donning suits and ties anyways. To make things sweeter, we would like to re-assure our customers and fans in India that our flagship phone, the “OnePlus One” will continue to receive OTA updates from Cyanogen in-line with our users in markets around the world.

OnePlus has also recently created its own Android-based ROM, OxygenOS. The OS replacement provides a stable, customizable experience for users looking for an alternative to Cyanogen.

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