Moto X4 India Launch, Redmi Note 4 Price Cut, WhatsApp for iPad, OnePlus 5T Unboxing, and More: Your 360 Daily
Moto X4 was launched in India today, and it will go on sale tonight starting at 11:59pm IST. The handset will be available online exclusively via Flipkart, and offline from Moto Hub retail stores. Moto X4 price in India is Rs. 20,990 for the variant with 32GB storage and 3GB of RAM, and Rs. 22,990 for the 64GB storage + 4GB RAM option. It comes with Alexa support, but not at launch, and buyers will have to wait for Amazon to release the Moto Alexa app, the company told Gadgets 360. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat-powered smartphone has a 5.2-inch full-HD screen, 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset, dual rear cameras (12-megapixel + 8-megapixel), 16-megapixel front camera, and 3000mAh battery with fast-charging.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets a price cut
The popular Redmi Note 4 smartphone has received a price cut in India, with the 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB variants getting cheaper by Rs. 1,000 each. Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain made the announcement via Twitter. The new prices will be applicable for purchases made via both Flipkart and Mi.com. With the price cut, the 3GB + 32GB model costs Rs. 9,999 now, and the 4GB + 64GB is priced at Rs. 11,999. There’s a 2GB + 16GB variant of Redmi Note 4 as well, but the model has not been available in India for quite some time now. The company also revealed it has sold 9.3 million units in the country in the last quarter.
WhatsApp for iPad may be in the works
WhatsApp may be working on a dedicated iPad app as references for the same were spotted on the build of the Windows 10 beta app. WABetaInfo says WhatsApp Desktop 0.2.6968 app mentions the upcoming iPad app as ‘Tablet – iOS’. However, instead of being an app made from the scratch, it might just be an application wrapper for WhatsApp Web, rather similar to the way the Windows 10 WhatsApp for Desktop has been designed.
OnePlus 5T unboxing video surfaces, CEO hints at higher price
A 5-minute OnePlus 5T unboxing video has leaked online, showing the bezel-less smartphone, next version of OxygenOS, and fingerprint sensor at the back. Separately, a GeekBench listing of the handset shows the phone will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based build, instead of the previously-leaked Oreo. CEO Pete Lau tweeted today, “Cost of smartphone components is rising, but phones are also getting better. OnePlus users will appreciate what’s coming.” This suggests the difference between the prices of the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5 may be greater than what was expected before.
Oppo F3 Plus 6GB RAM variant launched in India
Oppo has released the F3 Plus 6GB RAM variant in India on Flipkart, a week after the original 4GB RAM option received a price cut for a single day. Interestingly, the 6GB RAM Oppo F5 is priced at Rs. 22,990, and the 4GB RAM model has been listed as out of stock on Flipkart. The e-commerce major is providing 3-month subscription of Hotstar Premium, buyback guarantee of 50 percent, no-cost EMIs exchange discounts, and additional discounts on HDFC debit and credit cards. Other than the extra RAM, there are no other changes in the Oppo phone from the original model, such as the 6-inch full-HD display, octa-core Snapdragon 653 chipset, 16-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back, and dual selfie cameras (16-megapixel + 8-megapixel).
Also today, Oppo and Jio announced a partnership under which buyers will get up to 100GB of complimentary data. Under the offer, Oppo F5, F3, F3 Plus, and F1 Plus buyers will get up to 10GB data on each Jio recharge of Rs. 309 or more. Similarly, Oppo F1s, A33F, A37F, A36Fw, A57, and A71 buyers will get up to 10GB on six recharges.
Honor 7X will be an Amazon-exclusive in India
Huawei plans to bring the Honor 7X smartphone in India in December, and it has now emerged that the handset will be an Amazon-exclusive in the country. The smartphone has been listed on the e-commerce website as an exclusive product, with registrations open now. In the terms & conditions page, Amazon says that the Honor 7X registrations will start on November 13 and continue till December 27, and select registrants will win prizes. The winners will be announced on January 8, which may just be the date of shipping.
Amazon offers cashback on Nokia 6, Nokia 8
The Nokia Week started on Amazon India today, featuring cashbacks on the Nokia 6 and Nokia 8. This sale will continue November 17 and extra benefits will be provided to Prime members making the transaction using Amazon Pay. For example, a Prime user who pays for the Nokia 6 via Amazon Pay will get back Rs. 2,500 as Pay balance, a non-Prime user paying via Amazon Pay balance will get back Rs. 1,500, and a Prime subscriber not using Pay balance will get back only Rs. 500. On Nokia 8, the cashback for Prime users paying via Pay balance is Rs. 1,500, and no cashback on other models and for non-Prime subscribers.
Uber scores an investment from Softbank
Softbank, a major shareholder in Ola, has invested $1 billion in Uber, the two companies have announced. The Japanese conglomerate is said to be planning to offer new Uber stock worth $1 billion, and more shares from the ride-hailing app’s investors and employees with the aim to acquire a total of 14 percent stake in it. The Softbank-Uber deal was announced last month but was suspended amid the corporate governance tussle between investor Benchmark Capital and ousted CEO Travis Kalanick.