Vivo X80 Pro, iQoo 9 Pro Getting Android 13 Update in India for Limited Users

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Vivo X80 Pro and iQoo 9 Pro are getting the Android 13 update in India. Notably, this update is currently only available for those limited users who were accepted in the Android 13 Preview Program, which was opened last week. The companies said at the time that they were only accepting 500 users for each handset. So, purportedly a total of only 1,000 users are currently eligible to download this update. Vivo and iQoo have not revealed the release date for a wider roll-out of a stable Android 13 update.

Vivo and its subsidiary brand iQoo announced on Tuesday that the Vivo X80 Pro and iQoo 9 Pro users in India who were successful in applying for the Android 13 Preview Program can now install the Android 13 update. They have to simply go to Settings > System Update.

In addition, Vivo X80 Pro owners have to first upgrade their smartphone to the latest system version 12.0.12.7 or above. Similarly, iQoo 9 Pro users need to install system version 12.0.5.8 or above before installing this update. Both companies have mentioned that this preview update may slow the performance of smartphones for some users.

The remaining majority of Vivo X80 Pro and iQoo 9 Pro users in India who were not accepted in the Android 13 Preview Program will receive the stable Android 13 update via push notification after the event is over.

In related news, Google has also started rolling out Android 13 updates in India. According to a recent report, the Pixel 6a and Pixel 4a, which are officially available in India have started receiving Android 13 update in India. In addition, despite not being officially sold in India, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models are reportedly also getting the Android 13 software update in the country


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iPhone 14 Early Announcement, Shipment Could Help Apple Minimise Recession Risk on Demand

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iPhone 14 may reportedly be announced on September 7 as against the previous alleged date of September 13. While it may not look like a big deal to us, but from Apple’s point-of-view, an early announcement and shipment could help the company minimise the impact of recession risk on demand, as per known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He also says that early announcement/ shipping date could be one of the reasons why Apple offered a positive outlook for the third quarter of 2022 (3Q22) in the last earnings call.

Kuo tweeted that since the “global recession risk is still growing and unpredictable,” a move to announce/ ship the iPhone 14 series of smartphones as soon as possible may minimise the impact of recession risk on demand. Apple typically announces iPhone models and other products such as Apple Watch and these products are released in stores about a week and a half after they are unveiled. Apple is expected to stick to that pattern this year.

The news comes two days after Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying that Apple is aiming to hold a launch event on September 7 to unveil the iPhone 14 line. iPhones are said to generate more than half its sales. Gurman says that Apple is updating its flagship product at a time when consumers cope with inflation and a shaky economy. But it is said to have been faring better than its peers.

This is echoed by a report, which claims that Apple has successfully minimised the effect of supply chain constraints in its product launches as compared to all other players in the market. “Of course, some products such as Studio Display and new MacBooks suffered a bit from availability, but the Cupertino company was able to handle iPhone shipments pretty well,” the report said.

Apple is expected to launch four models in its iPhone 14 series: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Reports have suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could get a $100 price hike (roughly Rs. 8,000) in comparison to last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.



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iPhone 14 Pro Models Said to Offer 128GB Storage, Same as iPhone 13 Series

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iPhone 14 series has been part of several leaks and rumours for the past few months. The upcoming Apple iPhone lineup could include four models — iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max — and they are expected to be launched on September 13. The iPhone 14 Pro models were earlier speculated to come with increased storage capacity over the previous models. They were claimed to start with 256GB of storage, compared to 128GB of the iPhone 13 Pro models. Now, in a new development, a market research analyst suggests that upcoming Pro models will continue to offer 128GB of storage.

Earlier, research firm TrendForce reportedly suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro models will start with 256GB storage. Now, a new report by MacRumors, quoting Haitong International Securities Tech Research Analyst Jeff Pu, said that the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models will continue to offer 128GB of storage as its predecessors, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.

The analyst has reportedly mentioned that the iPhone 14 Pro models will be available in the same storage capacities — 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB — as the iPhone 13 Pro models.

Earlier this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that iPhone 14 Pro models could be launched at a higher price than their predecessors. The ASP of the iPhone 14 Pro series is estimated to climb by about 15 percent to $1,000 – $1,050 (roughly Rs. 79,000 – Rs. 83,000) for the upcoming iPhone 14 series, compared to the iPhone 13 series ASP. The iPhone 13 Pro was unveiled in India last year with a price tag of Rs. 1,19,900 for the base 128GB storage model.

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 14 series on September 13. The iPhone 14 Pro models could be powered by the new A16 Bionic chip. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max, on the other hand, are expected to pack the A15 Bionic chip that is available on the current iPhone 13 devices.


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Redmi K50 Ultra With Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications

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Redmi K50 Ultra has been launched. The smartphone comes with a 6.7-inch OLED display and comes with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphone from Redmi is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset and features LPPDR5 RAM. The smartphone runs on MIUI 13 based on Android 12. The handset sports a triple rear camera setup. The Redmi K50 Ultra also packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 120W fast charging.

Redmi K50 Ultra price

The Redmi K50 Ultra comes in four storage variants. The 8GB + 128GB storage variant comes at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 35,400) while the 8GB + 256GB storage option is priced at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 39,000). The 12GB + 256GB storage variant retails at CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 42,500) and the 12GB + 512GB storage option is priced at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 47,200).

The smartphone also comes in a Champion Edition priced at CNY 4,199 (roughly Rs. 49,600) for 12GB RAM + 512GB storage variant. This edition of the Redmi K50 Ultra is themed based on the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

The K50 Ultra from Redmi comes in Black, Blue, and Silver colour variants. The pre-order of the smartphone has started and the handset will go on sale from August 16 at 10am.

Redmi K50 Ultra specifications

The K50 Ultra from Redmi sports a 6.7-inch 12-bit OLED display with 2,712 x 1,220 pixelss resolution, 444PPI, 1,920Hz PWM dimming, and up to 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphone’s screen comes with support for Adaptive HDR, DCI-P3 color gamut, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and SGS-certified low blue light mode.

The Redmi K50 Ultra features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC and runs MIUI 13 based on Android 12. The smartphone also houses LPPDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, and VC liquid cooling system.

For optics, the handset features a triple rear camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, the Redmi K50 Ultra houses a 20-megapixel selfie camera.

The Redmi K50 Ultra also comes with support for dual SIM, WiFi 6, dual-band GNSS, NFC, dual stereo speakers, and is IP53 dust and water resistant rated. The handset also features a centered punch-hole and an in-screen fingerprint sensor.

For battery, the smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery along with support for 120W fast charging.


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Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 With Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, Leica-Branded Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

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Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 was launched in China on Thursday. The new foldable phone is powered by the a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, coupled with 12GB of RAM. It sports a 6.56-inch E5 AMOLED outer display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 21:9 aspect ratio, Dolby Vision, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The handset also features an 8.02-inch LTPO 2.0 inner display with 120Hz refresh rate and 2K+ (2,160×1,914 pixels) resolution. The inner display has been built to deliver a peak brightness of 1,300 nits.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 price, availability

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has been priced at CNY 8,999 (roughly Rs. 1,06,200) for the base 12GB + 256GB storage variant. The mid-tier variant with 12GB + 512GB storage option is priced at CNY 9,999 (roughly Rs. 1,18,000). Meanwhile, the high-end variant with 12GB + 1TB storage is priced at CNY 11,999 (roughly Rs. 1,41,600). The new foldable smartphone is currently available via Xiaomi’s online store for pre-order in China in Moon Shadow Black and Star Gold (translated) colour options.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 specifications

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 runs on Android 12-based MIUI Fold 13. It is a dual-SIM (Nano) handset with 5G network support. The new foldable handset sports a 6.56-inch E5 AMOLED outer display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, and 21:9 aspect ratio. The inner display also features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. According to Xiaomi, the outer display is built to produce 1,000 nits of peak brightness in High Brightness Mode.

The handset features an 8.02-inch LTPO 2.0 folding display with 120Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 colour gamut, and 2K+ (2,160×1,914 pixels) resolution. The inner display is built to produce 1,300 nits of peak brightness.

The new Xiaomi foldable phone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, coupled with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The smartphone features three UFS 3.1 storage options. For optics, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 features a Leica-branded triple rear camera setup, headlined by a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary lens with optical image stabilisation and f/1.8 aperture lens. There is also an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.4 aperture lens. The rear camera setup features support for recording videos in 8K resolution at 24fps. At the front, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 features a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The rear camera setup has been placed horizontally.

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 uses Xiaomi’s self-developed ‘Micro Waterdrop Hinge’. For connectivity, it features Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a USB Type-C port. It packs a 4,500mAh battery with 67W charging support. It measures 161.6mm in length, 73.9mm in width (folded), 144.7mm width (unfolded), 11.2mm depth (folded), and 5.4mm depth (unfolded). The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 weighs about 262g, according to the company.


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Vivo V25 Pro India Launch Teased, to Come With 64-Megapixel Triple Rear Camera Setup

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Vivo V25 Pro India launch has been teased and the smartphone’s key specifications have been teased. Vivo will equip the smartphone with a colour changing back panel and 3D curved screen. The smartphone will sport a 64-megapixel main sensor in the triple rear camera setup. The camera will have optical image stabilisation (OIS) and hybrid image stabilisation alongside a few tricks for night photography. The phone will come with a 120Hz screen refresh rate and will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC.

Vivo posted a small video on Twitter teasing the India launch of the Vivo V25 series. The smartphone has also been teased by a microsite on Flipkart suggesting that it will be available on (at least) Flipkart when it launched in India. The Vivo V25 series is said to have the Vivo V25 and Vivo V25 Pro smartphones.

Vivo V25 Pro specifications

Vivo also teased and revealed some specifications of the Vivo V25 Pro ahead of its launch in India. The smartphone will come with a colour-changing back design and a 3D curved screen. It will sport a triple rear camera setup with 64-megapixel main camera that will support optical image stabilisation. The camera setup will also come with hybrid image stabilisation for vlogging and night videography.

Vivo further confirmed that the Vivo V25 Pro will pack a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC. The smartphone will pack a 4,830mAh battery with support for 66W Flash charge. The phone will come with a 120Hz screen refresh rate.

A previous report suggested that the smartphone could come with 8GB of RAM, a full-HD+ display with a waterdrop style notch, and run on Android 12 with Funtouch OS 12 skin on top. The smartphone is said to launch in India during the third week of August.


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Raksha Bandhan 2022: Best Tech Gift Ideas That Your Sibling Will Love

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Raksha Bandhan 2022 is right around the corner. If you are looking to gift your sister something that they are not just going to love, but will also find super useful, then this list is just for you. Here is a list of some tech gifts for Raksha Bandhan that your sibling is going to love. We have gadgets that fit all budgets, from the pocket-friendly ones to the pricey ones. We have tech gifts across various categories including the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32GB) which is the ideal gift for your bookworm sister.

Raksha Bandhan 2022 tech gift ideas

Apple iPhone 13

Albeit being the most expensive one on our list, the Apple iPhone 13 is a stand-out gift. Thanks to the Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale that is live right now, this 128GB variant of the handset can currently be picked up for Rs. 68,900, which is 14 percent less that the MRP of 79,900.

Buy now at: Rs. 68,900

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32GB)

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32GB) is undoubtedly the ideal gift for your bookworm sister. This e-reader now comes with a 6.8-inch display, wireless charging, and auto-adjusting front light. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition can be purchased at Rs. 15,499 currently on sale at a 14 percent cost less than the MRP of Rs. 17,999.

Buy now at: Rs. 15,499

Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker

The Echo Dot 4th Gen smart speaker comes with a clock, LED display, and offers support for Alexa. The smart speaker is currently on sale at a 32 percent discount and is available at Rs. 3,749 instead of the regular MRP of Rs. 5,499.

Buy now at: Rs. 3,749

Noise ColorFit Pulse

The Noise ColorFit Pulse smartwatch is a budget friendly gift option for your sibling. The smartwatch is IP68 dust and water resistant rated, comes with multiple health and fitness tracking features, and more. The smartwatch retails at an MRP of Rs. 4,999, but can be purchased for Rs. 1,299 right now.

Buy now at: Rs. 1,299

pTron Bassbuds Fute

The pTron Bassbuds Fute are a pair of pocket-friendly earbuds. The Bassbuds Fute come with 13mm drivers, touch controls, and are IPX4 water resistant rated. The earbuds have an MRP of Rs. 3,299, but are currently on sale for Rs. 798.

Buy now at: Rs. 798


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Samsung and iFixit Start Selling Repair Parts for Select Galaxy Devices as Part of Self-Repair Programme

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Samsung has finally launched its self-repair programme for the US market after announcing the initiative back in March. The South Korean electronics giant had announced the programme earlier this year in collaboration with leading online repair community iFixit. For now, only a handful of Samsung devices will be supported by this programme and this short list does not include last year’s Galaxy S22 models.

Samsung, for the time being, will only provide repair parts for its Galaxy S20, S21 models, and the Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet. Customers who wish to repair their own devices can now purchase the necessary genuine parts and repair tools from iFixit’s online store, Samsung 837 store, along with Samsung retail and service locations across the US. These parts will be offered at the same price as Samsung’s service partners. The self-repair programme seems to be largely conducted by iFixit with Samsung providing the genuine spare parts for the same.

A quick glance through the iFixit website shows repair kits ranging from $66.99 (approximately Rs. 5,200) to $239.99 (approximately Rs. 18,000) depending on the device selected. The replacement back panels are also available in different finishes and will match the colour of the device being repaired.

For now, the Self-Repair programme is limited to certain types of repairs only. This would include replacing a display screen, a device’s back glass, and charging ports, which seem to be fairly basic in nature. Samsung does have plans to add more repair options that can be conducted by a user in the future, along with supporting more Galaxy devices. The company has yet to announce the availability of its self-repair programme outside the US.

Samsung recently announced a new Repair mode for its older Galaxy devices in Korea. The repair mode once enabled by the user will secure personal data by providing only limited access to the repair technician at its service centres. The mode will only be available on Samsung’s Galaxy S21 models for now and will be expanded to additional models in the future.


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US Says It Will Limit Size of Government Subsidy on Semiconductor Chips

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The US Commerce Department said late on Friday it will limit the size of government subsidizes for semiconductor manufacturing and will not let firms use funding to “pad their bottom line.”

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation that provides $52 billion (nearly Rs. 4 lakh crore) in government funding to boost semiconductor manufacturing and research. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation early next week.

The Commerce Department Friday told chips companies awards will be “no larger than is necessary to ensure the project happens here in the United States” and added it will discourage “race-to-the-bottom subsidy competitions between states and localities.”

Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal said the group backed the legislation after lengthy negotiations with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo after the group expressed concerns chips companies would use funding for stock buybacks or pay dividends.

A caucus spokeswoman said Friday “progressives were able to vote for the bill yesterday, confident that the department would be ensuring the funding could not be used for corporate self-enrichment.”

Commerce said applicants must supply detailed financial information and projections for proposed projects and capital investment plans: “The department will go over these with a fine-tooth comb and make sure that companies are not padding their models to ask for outsized incentives.”

A Commerce Department spokesperson declined to comment beyond the web posting.

The department vowed to “give preference in awards to companies who commit to make future investments that grow the domestic semiconductor industry … and not engage in stock buybacks.”

The legislation does not prohibit stock buybacks by companies receiving government funding but does prohibit the use of grant funds for the buybacks.

Companies winning funding will be prohibited for 10 years “from engaging in significant transactions in China or other countries of concern involving any leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing capacity or material expansions of legacy semiconductor manufacturing capacity designed to export to the US and other countries.”

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Motorola Razr 2022 Confirmed to Feature Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC Ahead of Launch

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Motorola Razr 2022 will debut alongside the Moto X30 Pro in China on August 2. The Razr 2022 design has been teased by the company and it suggests that the phone will pack a dual rear camera setup. It will also come with the new myui 4.0 OS as well. The Lenovo-owned company has kept other specifications of the upcoming Motorola Razr 2022 under wraps for now. However, it recently revealed via a Weibo post that the Razr 2022 will be the first foldable smartphone to pack the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC.

As per a recent Weibo post by Motorola, the Motorola Razr 2022 will be the first foldable smartphone to be powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. This smartphone is set to debut in China during a launch event scheduled for August 2 at 7.30pm local time (5pm IST). The Moto X30 Pro smartphone and the myui 4.0 OS are also confirmed to launch during this event.

Motorola Razr 2022 price (expected)

The Motorola Razr 2022 is expected to be priced at EUR 1,149 (roughly Rs. 94,000) at launch. The smartphone has been tipped to come in Quartz Black and Tranquil Blue colour options.

Motorola Razr 2022 specifications (rumoured)

Apart from the already confirmed Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, this smartphone is said to feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, full-HD+ resolution, and 20:9 aspect ratio. The Motorola Razr 2022 could feature a dual rear camera setup, including a 50-megapixel primary sensor and a 13-megapixel macro sensor.

There is said to be a 32-megapixel Omnivision sensor on the front. Furthermore, the front camera is said to be capable of recording ultra-HD videos at 60 fps, whereas the rear camera setup might get full-HD video recording capability at 120 fps.


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