This week we saw launches across smartphone, laptop, smartwatch and camera categories. Samsung launched its flagship smartphone series in India while OnePlus launched a new mid-range smartphone. Google unveiled a new OS for Windows, Mac users. Also, the Indian government banned 54 Chinese apps. All this and more top tech news of the week.
Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra launched in India
Samsung has finally revealed the price of its Galaxy S22 series phones in India. The South Korean company unveiled Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22+ and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra at its Galaxy Unpacked event last week. The smartphones have now debuted in India and cost Rs 72,999 onwards. In a first, all three handsets come powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for the Indian market and run on s One UI 4.1 based on Android 12. Click here for the full story.
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G with 65W charging, 64MP camera launched in India
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G has arrived. OnePlus has expanded its affordable Nord series of smartphones with the launch of the OnePlus Nord CE 2 in India. Successor to the last year launched, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, the smartphone comes with a new design and improved processor. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G packs MediaTek Dimensity chipset and houses a 4500mAh battery with 65W fast-charging support. The smartphone sports a 64MP triple rear camera and an AMOLED display. Click here for the full story.
54 Chinese apps banned by the government
The government has banned 54 apps in a new order citing security concerns. The ministry of electronics and IT has banned apps including those belonging to large tech companies such as Tencent, Alibaba and NetEase. These are said to be the re-branded versions of apps already banned by India in 2020. Click here for the full story.
Reliance Jio partners with SES to offer satellite-based internet service
Reliance Jio Platforms Limited has entered a joint venture with SES to deliver satellite-based broadband service in the country. SES is a satellite-based internet connectivity solutions provider. Under the partnership, Jio Platforms Limited and SES will own 51% and 49% equity stake, respectively. Click here for the full story.
Google’s launches new OS for Windows, Mac users
Google has made quite a few inroads with its Chromebooks and ChromeOS in the Windows and Mac dominated PC markets. And now it’s taking a step further by introducing a new version of ChromeOS for Windows PCs and Mac devices. According to a blog post by Google, the new OS will be called ChromeOS Flex. Click here for the full story.
Infinix Zero 5G debuts in India with MediaTek processor and 5000mAh battery
Infinix has launched its first 5G phone in India. Called Infinix Zero 5G, the smartphone comes powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 octa-core processor and comes with up to 13 global 5G network bands. The handset has a refresh rate of 120Hz and is backed by a 5000mAh battery. Click here for the full story.
Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro launched
Taiwanese smartphone maker Asus has expanded its smartphone lineup with the launch of ROG Phone 5s and ROG Phone 5s Pro in India. The smartphones were launched in China last year and now the company has finally announced the smartphones in India. ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro come as a minor update to their non- ‘s’ versions. As far as changes are concerned, the major difference is in the chipset. The ROG Phone 5s series comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Click here for the full story.
Poco M4 Pro 5G launched with 50MP camera and 5000mAh battery
Poco M4 Pro 5G is now official in India. The smartphone comes powered by MediaTek Dimensity 810 octa-core processor. Poco M4 Pro 5G succeeds the Poco M3 Pro 5G that was launched in June last year. The new device comes with a starting price of Rs 14,999. At this price point, the handset will compete with the recently launched Vivo T1 5G, Realme Narzo 30 Pro, Oppo A74 5G, and the Lava Agni 5G. Click here for the full story.
Opera browser adds support for emoji-only web addresses
Web browser Opera has announced that it will now support emoji-only based web addresses. The move is a part of its partnership with Yat. For those who don’t know, Yat is a company that sells unique URLs that have strings of emoji in them. These web pages are dubbed as Yat pages. Click here for the full story.
Portronics launches ear otoscope ‘Cleansify’ at Rs 1,999
Portronics has launched ‘Cleansify’, an ear otoscope, at a price tag of Rs 1,999. The device can be purchased from Amazon.in, Portronics.com, and other leading online and offline stores. The device comes with a 12-month warranty. Click here for the full story.
G-Shock launches GBD-H1000BAR and GBD-100BAR smartwatches
G-shock, from the house of Casio, has launched the GBD-H1000BAR and GBD-100BAR collaboration smartwatches, celebrating ‘Matchday: Inside FC Barcelona,’ a documentary featuring the inner world of the famous Spanish football club. The GBD-100BAR comes at Rs 17,995 while the GBD-H1000BAR comes at Rs 49,995.Click here for the full story.
Sony launches Alpha IV interchangeable-lens camera with all-new 33MP image sensor
Sony has expanded its interchangeable-lens camera line with the launch of Alpha IV (model ILCE-7M4) in India. The camera comes with a 33-megapixel full-frame image sensor and new flash, the HVL-F60RM2. In addition to that, the camera comes with BIONX XR image processing engine, real-time autofocusing, 4K video recording support and more. Click here for the full story.
Playfit XL, Playfit Dial smartwatches launched in India
Domestic wearable brand Play has expanded its smartwatch lineup with the launch of Playfit dial and Playfit XL smartwatches. Both the smartwatches come with a touchscreen LCD display and waterproof design. The wearables offer multiple sports modes and Bluetooth calling functionality. Click here for the full story.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio launched in India
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is now official in India. Microsoft has launched the company’s most powerful Surface laptop in India. The company claims that the Surface Laptop Studio brings the power of a desktop, portability of a laptop and a creative studio all in one device. Click here for the full story.
Itel A27 smartphone with Android Go Edition launched in India
Itel A27 is now official. Itel has expanded its smartphone lineup with the launch of its latest entry-level smartphone — Itel A27. The smartphone comes with dual SIM support and runs Android 11 Go Edition. The affordable smartphone packs 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Click here for the full story.
Realme 9 Pro 5G, Realme 9 Pro+ 5G smartphones launched in India
Realme 9 Pro 5G and Relame 9 Pro+ 5G are now official. Realme has expanded its 5G smartphone line-up in India with the launch of two new mid-range smartphones. The new Realme smartphones run Android 12 operating system and come with an FHD+ display. Realme 9 Pro 5G is powered by a Qualcomm processor, while the Pro+ variant packs MediaTek Dimensity chipset. Click here for the full story.
Garmin launches Fenix 7 series and Epix smartwatches in India
Garmin has announced the launch of its premium range of smartwatches in India. The lineup includes a total of five smartwatches – Fenix 7, Fenix 7 Sola, Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar and Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and Epix. The company claims that these smartwatches are designed for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts who love to do outdoor activities and stay fit.Click here for the full story.
Vivo Y15s with 5000 mAh battery launched in India
Vivo Y15s is now official in India. Smartphone maker Vivo has expanded its smartphone line-up with the launch of its budget smartphone — Y15s. The smartphone houses a big battery and dual rear camera setup. It sports an HD display and is powered by a MediaTek processor.Click here for the full story.
LG launches 2022 range of AI Dual Inverter air conditioners in India
LG has expanded its product line-up with the launch of the 2022 range of AI Dual Inverter air conditioners. Powered by AI, the air conditioners come with multiple in-built sensors and dual rotary compressor technology, which promise to offer better cooling. The new 2022 lineup of the company consists of 57 split ACs and 4 Window inverter ACs. Click here for the full story.
Noise ColorFit Pulse Grand smartwatch with 7 days battery backup launched
Noise ColorFit Pulse Grand smartwatch is now official. Domestic wearable manufacturer Noise has expanded its smartwatch lineup with the launch of Noise ColorFit Pulse Grand smartwatch. The smartwatch comes in multiple colour options and sports modes. The wearable also comes with a heart rate sensor and SpO2 monitor. The smartwatch can be used with the company’s own NoiseFit app.Click here for the full story.