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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air upgraded with 8th generation Core processors

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Xiaomi upgraded its Mi Notebook Air with the brand new eighth generation Intel Core processors in the Republic of China. The Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch model will now be equipped with quad-core processors against the dual-core processors, which is available on the preceding models.

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The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch is now configurable with either 8th generation Core i5 or Core i7 chipsets. It also supports the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. The 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U provides four cores, along with a maximum clock frequency of 3.4GHz and eight threads. The Core i7-8550U model offers eight threads, four cores, and a maximum clock frequency of 4GHz. Intel promises that the 8th generation processor will bring about 40 percent performance improvement over the previous models.

The notebook is regulated with 8GB RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD storage. It furthermore also supports hard disk expansion. You can also avail a 2GB discrete graphics memory in order to support programs such as casual gaming and Adobe Premiere Pro for video editors. The technology has a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It has a viewing angle of 170-degree, along with the brightness of 300 nits. The Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch is capable of driving two external 4K displays.

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Coming to the port selection now, the Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch presents one HDMI port, one USB Type-C port, and two USB Type-A ports. It also features a fingerprint sensor that is integrated with the trackpad. The system flaunts a backlit keyboard, and it offers AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Audio support. Additionally, the device supports Intel dual antenna Wi-Fi receiver for both 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz bands.

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The Mi Notebook Air features a 1-megapixel front camera. It is backed by a 40Watt battery. The company claims it has eight hours of online video playback. The device supports fast charging using USB Type-C port and is preinstalled with Windows 10 Home Edition. It will cost you 5,399 RMB (approximately 54,000 INR). The Mi Notebook Air with 7th generation Core chipsets will start from RMB 4,599 (roughly Rs 46,000).

WhatsApp Business App Launched for Small Businesses, Free of Cost

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On Wednesday, Facebook unveiled the WhatsApp Business app for small to medium sized businesses. WhatsApp business is a part of the WhatsApp for Business enterprise. It was first announced in September 2017. The program was then tested with businesses like BookMyShow and MakeMyTrip in India. The latest app is available to download using Google Play in Italy, Mexico, Indonesia, the UK, and the US. It is absolutely free of cost. The app will soon enough have a version for Apple’s iPhone too.

The WhatsApp Business app aims to help small companies connect with their customers. This app can help customers with important information like business description, email or store addresses, and website.

The app will save time by offering smart messaging tools like giving quick responses for frequently asked asked questions. The app can also help in greeting messages to introduce customers to your business. Plus it can help you with sending away messages to customers to inform then you’re busy.

The regular WhatsApp users can use WhatsApp as usual. You don’t have to download anything new. The company claims that WhatsApp helps over 80 percent of small businesses in Brazil and India to communicate with their customers for growing their businesses. WhatsApp also alleges that 84 percent of SMBs believe that WhatsApp has helped them connect with customers. And 80 percent of SMBs believe that WhatsApp has helped them in growing their businesses.

These brand new WhatsApp business accounts are targeted at the companies that draw in a high volume of WhatsApp messages and require massive help to keep up with them.

The company does state that WhatsApp proposes to charge businesses in some or the other form in the near future for offering this functionality. However, the popular app does believe that it is too soon to discuss when this would take place in the future. It is pretty soon to even wonder what the future business services may look like.

WhatsApp is competing in a crowded market, and this arena also includes Facebook’s Messenger application. Furthermore, Tencent Holding’s well-known app WeChat and numerous other messaging services are also available to compete in the market.

Honor 9 Lite Launched in India: Everything You Need to Know

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Honor 9 Lite is Huawei’s second quad-camera smartphone. It got launched in India on Wednesday at an event in New Delhi. The device will go on sale on January 21, that too exclusively through Flipkart. It has a dual camera setup on both the front and back panels. The Honor 9 Lite, moreover, runs on the company’s latest EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The Honor 9 Lite will be available in two storage variants in India.

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Honor 9 Lite SPecs and Features

The Honor 9 Lite starts from 10,999 INR for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB model. The 4GB RAM/ 64GB variant will cost you 14,999 INR. The two RAM/ storage models that are unveiled in India are available in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Glacial Grey colours. Coming to the launch offers, Honor is offering 10 percent instant discount for Citibank credit and debit card users.

Honor 9 Lite specifications and features

The Honor 9 Lite is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone. It operates on Huawei’s latest EMUI 8.0, based on Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box. The brand new device flaunts a 5.65-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS display. It has an aspect ratio of 18:9 along with 428ppi pixel density. The mobile phone is fueled by the octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC. It offers 3GB or 4GB of RAM options.

The Honor 9 Lite sports four cameras. Both the sets of dual cameras offer a 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera. Additionally, the back camera has the LED flash with a PDAF autofocus.

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In a hybrid dual-SIM configuration, the device offers two storage options of 32GB and 64GB. They both can be expanded using a microSD card for up to 256GB. For connectivity options, the smartphone presents Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG support, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors available on the mobile are magnetometer (digital compass), accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery. The company promises to provide a talk time of up to 20 hours on 3G and a standby time of up to 24 days. You can completely charge the battery within almost 2 hours 20 minutes. The Honor 9 Lite measures 151×71.9×7.6mm, and it weighs 149 grams.

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CES 2018: Vivo flaunts an in-display, fingerprint sensor mobile

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Vivo has manufactured the mobile phone by adding an ultrasonic sensor right underneath the display. This technology reads any physical contact that takes place with the display to unlock the smartphone.

Vivo finally took the centre-stage at the continuing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas to present the world its first ever smartphone that uses an under-display fingerprint sensor. Although Samsung and Apple are still said to be experimenting with this kind of technology, Vivo has gone ahead to be the first ever company to demonstrate how an in-display fingerprint sensing will literally work on its handset. The China-based Shenzhen manufacturer added that the mobile is all set to abide its mass production. Consequently, the company will start shipping the device in the early half of 2018. The pricing and various other details of the cell phone haven’t been revealed yet.

This nameless smartphone will have a full-screen display along with a fingerprint sensor just underneath it. It appears that the sensor doesn’t work any differently than any other fingerprint sensors, which are also capable of registering a new fingerprint to unlock the phone. Still, this functionality isn’t as quick as the regular fingerprint sensor. However, it is expected that it might improve over time.

The company that manufactures touchscreen programs, Synaptics, had recently made an announcement about a fingerprint sensor, which can be fixed in a phone’s display. Vivo has apparently joined hands with Synaptics for adding a high-tech fingerprint sensing program to its handset. According to reports, Vivo has also embedded the mobile with an ultrasonic sensor right underneath the display to read any physical contact for unlocking the device. The signals produce a 3D map of the fingerprint, which first read and then stores the data.

Furthermore, a brand new Vivo X20Plus UD model was also spotted by a popular website on China’s 3C certification website. This device is said to sport the novel under-display fingerprint sensor. The UD present in the Vivo X20Plus UD predicts that there is a possibility of an under-display on the device. The smartphone to will carry a model number of BK1124. Moreover, the specifications and features of this handset are pretty close to the Vivo X20 Plus, which was unveiled some time ago.

 

Sony to launch its Xperia XZ1 Premium and XZ1 Plus at MWC 2018

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The tech giant, Sony plans to launch its first elite smartphone of the year at MWC, which is set to take place from February 26 to March 1, 2018. If these rumors are true, then Sony will only be unveiling its mid-range and lower-end mobile phones to the CES 2018 press event, which is taking place in Las Vegas, USA. Leaks further suggest that these smartphones will be called Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2.

As per various other assessments, Sony resolves to present all these given mobile phones at MWC 2018: Xperia XZ1 Plus, Xperia XZ1 Premium, and Xperia XZ1s. All these devices are nothing but improved versions of Sony’s first-string devices from 2017.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium is expected to be the most breakthrough device that has been launched with the brand new variants. This mobile will be pretty close to its forerunner. Furthermore, the Xperia XZ Premium and the XZ1 Premium will go on to feature a 5.5-inch 4K KDR LCD screen. They both will have a resolution of 2,160×3,840 pixels.

These advanced variants will offer buyers a lot of alterations and upgradations. The model will come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 process. It will come paired with 6GB of RAM along with an internal storage capacity of 128GB. The Xperia XZ1 will sport a 12-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back panel. It will also have a fingerprint scanner at the back.

According to various other media reports, the Xperia XZ1 Plus and the Xperia XZ1s will brag fingerprint scanners at the back of the device. They will also sport a dual-camera setup that will have two 12-megapixel camera sensors.

The XZ1 Plus is expected to be bigger and more powerful as it showcases a 5.5-inch display screen. The phone will run on the Snapdragon 845 processor.

Coming to the other mobile now, the XZ1s will supposedly offer a 5.2-inch display. The handset will operate on last year’s Snapdragon 835 CPU. Both the mobiles are forecasted to present 4GB RAM with an internal storage of 64GB.

Nokia 6 (2018) Unveiled: Read it all here

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HMD Global has finally declared that the Nokia 6 (2018) is its first smartphone of the year 2018. The new Nokia mobile will succeed last year’s Nokia 6. It is launching in China. It is expected that the mobile will soon be available for sale in India too.

Pre-orders for Nokia 6 (2018) have started in China. The sale will begin from January 10. The 32GB Nokia 6 (2018) is priced at CNY 1,499 (approximately 14,600 INR). The 64GB model will cost the buyers CNY 1,699 (roughly 16,600 INR). The color options available for the both the models are: Black and Silver.

Unlike the Nokia 6, which was unveiled in January 2017 with a front-facing fingerprint scanner, the Nokia 6 (2018) has a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel. Nokia 6 (2018) has eliminated the capacitive keys alongside the frontal fingerprint scanner. HMD has seemingly opted for an on-screen navigation for making the interface of the new Nokia 6 closer to stock Android UI. The new device has a 16:9 display aspect ratio. Also, the Nokia 6 (2018) features a metal unibody build made of 6000 series aluminium.

Nokia 6 (2018) operates on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The handset offers dual-SIM (Nano). The Nokia 6 (2018) sports a 5.5-inch IPS display. And it has a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The handset is fueled by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC. It is clocked at 2.2GHz, and it comes paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. You can expand the internal storage of Nokia 6 using microSD card slot (up to 128GB). It has a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.

The device sports a 16-megapixel rear camera sensor, along with a dual-tone LED flash. Its PDAF lens has sm f/2.0 aperture. The device boasts an 8-megapixel camera in the front with an f/2.0, plus 84-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone offers the Dual-Sight technology. This technology will let you capture simultaneous shots from the rear and front camera sensors, resulting in a Bothie. The connectivity options are 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v5, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack.

The Nokia 6 (2018) is powered by a 3000mAh battery, which presents a fast charging technology. The smartphone measures 148.8×75.8×8.6mm and weighs 172 grams.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) gadgets will soon come to India at 2,000 INR

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The tech-giant Google has apparently associated with Indian manufacturers to unveil smartphones backed by Android Oreo (Go Edition).

Apparently, we may see smartphones with Android Oreo (Go Edition) in India really soon. Rumors have it that Google has joined hands with Indian phone manufacturers such as Intex, Micromax, and Karbonn to roll out budget-friendly smartphones, which will be backed by the lightweight version of Android Oreo. Sources also revealed that Micromax maybe the first company to launch such a device. The company may unveil its device somewhere around the Republic Day, and it will be priced somewhat at 2,000 INR.

Similarly, the remaining vendors too are expected to roll out the handsets in the weeks to come. Reports from Google state that Android Oreo (Go edition) devices are set to launch in the early bit of 2018.

It is important to note that the Indian vendors and manufacturers are not the only existing ones that are set to launch the handsets that will operate on the Android Oreo (Go Edition). Not long ago, reports suggested that HMD Global, the Finnish company that manufactures Nokia devices, is working on a mobile called the Nokia 1. This device will be using the OS version. The company hasn’t yet unveiled the launch date for the mobile phone. However, it is expected that the company will unveil the device by the first half of 2018, and it will most probably be in the month of March.

For reference purposes, the Go program was first declared at Google’s I/O conference, which took place just last year. This version of Android is solely structured for entry-level mobile phones, which offer a capacity of less than 1GB RAM. Apart from all this, the devices will also provide an exclusive ‘Go’ versions of apps, which will include YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Assistant Go and more. These apps will use minimal data compared to their standard versions available now. Furthermore, a separate Play Store for these devices will also be made. Making it even more evident that these apps are specifically only made for smartphones running the Android Go version.

Did you know: Amazon may soon enough Utilize the Ripple (XRP) technology

Ripple (XRP) is all set to quickly become an institutionalized currency. Therefore, Ripple is no more just an altcoin of sorts. This currency is on the steps of becoming legitimized by major financial institutions as well. Just in the previous week, Ripple suffered a radical, compelling rally. And due to this, the currency is now the second-most-valuable crypto-coin on the markets worldwide, of course only after Bitcoin. The currency Ripple has now gone to recouped Ethereum (ETH). And back then, ETH was the second-most-valuable crypto-coin. It is now in the third place.
A lot of people are speculating that it won’t take long until Ripple goes on to become even more rooted in our current economy. So now, the question is how much more time until cryptocurrency is globally accepted on each and every ecommerce platform?
Coming to the E-commerce beasts, they are slowly – but certainly– grasping the cryptocurrency. The question of importance is that what will Amazon, the biggest e-commerce player, do about the rising power of digital currency? Will Amazon accept any form of cryptocurrency? And even if it does, when will it begin doing so?
With XRP being the second-most valuable crypto-coin worldwide, it’s only logical to assume that Amazon will somehow incorporate it into its retail model. It may even be chosen over Bitcoin (BTC).
Following are some of the reasons why Amazon might consider adapting Ripple (XRP) as a part of exchange medium, when the giant company finally decides to accept the blockchain technology:
Corporate beasts and banks have already started accepting Ripple’s Technology. The platform that Ripple functions on is one of the strongest of its kind. Ripple Coins are comparatively cheaper. Plus the availability of Ripple is also pretty high
Ripple (XRP) has already hit the mainstream market.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Review

Let me bring you the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review and the highlighting feature of the phone is its dual front camera. In current mobile market trend, Asus has launched the phone with right features to compete with smartphones like Vivo V7+. Asus has tried to work around a bit differently with its dual front camera features which might help Asus differentiate it with the world. But do you think that Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro manages to fulfil our expectation? Let’s check it out on our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review.

Design

The very first thing I liked about the phone design is the metal body which makes us feel very good while handling the phone in the palm. The phone weighs 145 grams which is very lite. We have seen many smartphones coming with the bezel-less display but Asus didn’t bother to build Zenfone 4 selfie pro with bezel-less display. Unlike OnePlus 3, Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro doesn’t slip from hand and measures just 6.85mm.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is designed with volume buttons and the powered button is placed on right side of the phone. While testing the phone I found it quite difficult to reach out my finger to the volume button and press it. With 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display, I found very good colour saturation but I found difficulties in viewing when the display was brought in contact with sunlight. The edges at the corner of the body and gold border lining at the home button makes the phone look more appealing.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

More about the display to talk is that the phone comes with Gorilla Glass Protection and it has a 2.5D contour. At the bottom of the phone, we can see 3.5mm jack with micro-USB charging slot and speakers. The phone supports hybrid dual-SIM slot and it can be expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. In our process of Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review, we found the design very allegiant and stylist at the price the phone is offered.

Specification & Software

Asus Zenfone 4 selfie pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and runs on ZenUI 4.0 which is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which is a trend to all upcoming smartphones. Other specification includes Bluetooth 4.2, GLONASS, single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, and USB-OTG. In our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review, we tested it with AnTuTu benchmark where it scored 65621 and with GeekBench, it scored 4344 for the multi-core processor.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro operates on ZenUI 4.0 which is somewhat similar to its earlier version. We found out some similar features like, long-press on the home screen pops out the option to change the theme and other options, swiping right opens up Google Now and long press on home button loads Google Assistant. Split screen feature is something which multi-tasker needs the most and so Zenfone 4 also supports Nougat split screen feature which lets you use two apps at the same time. Nowadays most of the phone doesn’t come with FM feature, Zenfone 4 comes with FM but only via the notification bar.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

 

With ZenUI, Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro lets you set up SOS mode where you can share your location with your family or friends just by 3 consecutive clicks on the power button. The intended recipients will receive an SMS with Google maps links. Selfie Master is a launcher which lets you jump to the front camera for stills or video, enter the BeautyLive mode, or create a collage or slideshow, which was the highlight feature of the ZenFone Live. Parallel App is a feature which is available in Android Oreo, a similar feature named Twin App is available in Zenfone 4 which lets you use same with two different accounts. Other than this app, Zenfone 4 selfie pro also has mobile manager app which helps you manage junk files, data usage, etc.

Performance & Battery

Looking at the specs of Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, there isn’t much doubt about its performance. The phone performed well in our various test including playing large size games and continuously using playing videos for a long time. The metal body did get heat up quickly while using the camera for a long time. Most games run smoothly and we didn’t find any issues with call quality. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the home button and is pretty quick to unlock the smartphone, other than unlocking the phone it functions to answer incoming calls.

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Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro handles multimedia playback too and also supports high-resolution audio (192kHz/24-bit) files. The audio output & quality is good and it gives an alert if the audio is very high or beyond systems threshold. Asus has its AudioWizard software, which additionally helps in enhancements like DTS Headphone: X and virtual surround sound for headphones.

In our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review, we found its performance up to mark without any lagging issues expect that the phone gets heat up. The Zenfone 4 is packed with 3000mAh battery which lasts for 10 hours in the review. It takes around 2 hours to charge the phone fully and with regular use the battery last for a day.

Camera

The phones most famous feature is its dual front camera so let me give you a clear picture of how its front and back camera works and how quality pictures are clicked. Let’s talk about the dual front camera, the selling point of Asus Zenfone 4 selfie pro comes with ‘DuoPixel’ along with the 24-megapixel resolution. The main front sensor is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 sensor and has a f/1.8 aperture. The 24-megapixel actually gets into working only when you switch to DuoPixel mode from the camera settings.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

In our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review, we found that the camera didn’t give a much better result. In DouPixel mode, the bright area of the images are captured quite badly in daylight shots and details of faces are generally good. The pixel and colour of the image are average and low-light can be considered good but not great. Zenfone 4 second front sensor holds the 120-degree field of group selfies view but that too doesn’t give a favourable result because of its narrower aperture and regular sized pixels lead.

The rear 16-megapixel camera which is placed at the back of the phone works well but fails in the low light area. It captures noise-free images in daylight area but doesn’t do a good job a low-light area. Similarly, focusing is quick in daylight view but slows down in low-light view. The biggest feature I found is 4K recording using any of the cameras. 4K recording works well but we didn’t find full-HD video quality that great. There’s a portrait mode for the front and rear sensors, which works simply well. The camera app is fairly straightforward, giving you options to switch between the main and wide-angle front sensors, and a variety of shooting modes like Pro, Super Resolution, Panorama, slow motion, timelapse, etc.

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Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

Verdict

In our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review, we came to a conclusion that Zenfone 4 comes with high-end features at the price range. We didn’t find the camera to be very great as the marketing material was all about the camera. Apart from the camera, we found all other features to be quite great to the price range. ZenUI 4 looks good but we didn’t find much change in it.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra rolled out with dual selfie cameras: Rumors

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The leaked images of Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra are once again doing the rounds online. The latest images that were shared made the phone look like it has dual cameras on front panel. Sony’s brand new mobile, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra will most probably be a mid-range phablet from the company. There are chances that the device could be unveiled at the MWC 2018 event, which will take place in Barcelona. This mobile is the successors of the Xperia XA1 Ultra.

The Xperia XA2 Ultra was recently also spotted on SIRIM certification site. The mobile phone was seen with a model number of H4233 with its model name. According to the reports, the Xperia XA2 Ultra will come equipped with a Snapdragon chipset instead of Mediatek.

According to the images that were leaked, Sony XA2 Ultra will offer its users some evident design alterations. As mentioned earlier, the device will feature dual selfie cameras. Furthermore, the rear camera location is also going to change, and it will be different from what we’ve witnessed in Sony’s preceding handsets. The fingerprint scanner is situated on the rear portion.

Not long ago, the Xperia XA2 Ultra came to sight on GFXBench. The listing state that the phone device will be fueled by a Snapdragon 630 processor. It will be clocked at the speed of 2.2GHz. The mobile comes with Adreno 508GPU, which is mostly spotted in mid-range smartphones. To add to your knowledge, the Xperia XA1 Ultra functions on a MediaTek Helio P20. Whereas the Xperia XA Ultra operated on a MediaTek Helio P10.

The handset will functions on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Rumors also have it that this time, Sony will eliminate the stereo speakers in Xperia XA2 Ultra.

In October 2017, Sony unveiled two made in India Xperia smartphones called Xperia R1 and the Xperia R1 Plus. The Xperia R1 was unveiled at a price tag of 12,990 INR, and the Xperia R1 Plus will cost you 14,990 INR, respectively.

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