Vivo X9s, X9s Plus Smartphones Set to Launch on July 6

Vivo is all set to launch X9s and X9s Plus smartphones next week, as the company has started sending out press invites for the unveiling on July 6 in Beijing. While the launch teaser doesn’t reveal much information about the smartphones, the image suggests that Vivo X9s might carry some of the design elements from its predecessor.

The launch teaser image, shared by Playfuldroid, shows the rear of the X9s smartphone and it looks similar to its predecessor with camera panel located towards the top left of the smartphone. There hasn’t been any information about the Vivo X9s smartphone in past leaks, but the Plus variant of the smartphone has earlier been spotted in a TENAA listing, as pointed out by GSMArena.

Vivo X9s, X9s Plus Smartphones Set to Launch on July 6

As per the specifications leaked by TENAA listing, the Vivo X9s Plus runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and features a 5.85-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone has been tipped to be powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.95GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Vivo X9s features a 16-megapixel primary camera at the back. At front, it has been said to come with a dual camera setup with one 20-megapixel and another 5-megapixel sensor. As per the TENAA listing, the Vivo X9s comes with 64GB of built-in storage and houses a 3920mAh battery.

As these are just leaks, we would advise you to wait till official information comes through Vivo itself for any confirmation.

OnePlus 5 Goes on Open Sale in India via Amazon India, OnePlus Store

OnePlus 5 (Review) went on open sale in India at 12am IST on Tuesday, June 27, within a week of its global unveiling. The smartphone can be purchased via Amazon India and OnePlus Store online, and OnePlus Experience Stores offline. Notably, this is not the first OnePlus 5 sale in India, as the smartphone was available to purchase in an Early Access Sale and at pop-up events last week. The smartphone is still in stock for interested buyers, and comes with exchange discount of a rather measly Rs. 920 for both variants.

To recall, the new flagship from Chinese startup OnePlus was launched in India last week. The OnePlus 5 price in India is Rs. 32,999 for the Slate Grey 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 37,999 for the Midnight Black 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. The smartphone’s accessories, including screen protectors and cases, have already gone on sale via the OnePlus Store.

OnePlus 5 launch offers
On Amazon, OnePlus 5 India launch offers include a Vodafone offer that gives prepaid users 10GB of data per month at the price of 1GB for 5 months. Vodafone’s postpaid subscribers of the operator will get 9GB of additional data free for 5 billing cycles if they are on plans with 1GB or more data; on top of this, Vodafone Red users with 4G SIM will get 10GB of extra free data per month for 3 months through by logging into the MyVodafone app. Both postpaid and prepaid users will get free access to Vodafone Play for three months.

Separately, SBI credit and debit card holders will get flat Rs. 1.500 cashback on the OnePlus 5 price, on top of the up to Rs. 1,000 exchange offer the company is running (valid till June 28 across all authorised retail channels). Kindle users who purchase the handset between June 22 and July 31 will get promotional e-book credit worth Rs. 500 when logging into the app from the smartphone. Sign in on the Amazon Prime Video app on the phone to get Rs. 250 cashback in Amazon Pay balance. All OnePlus 5 users will be eligible for 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it with an initial deposit of Rs. 1,000.

OnePlus 5 Goes on Open Sale in India via Amazon India, OnePlus Store

There are several improvements the OnePlus 5 brings over its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, and you can check out our What’s New and Different piece for specifics. The smartphone, with the highest ever price tag for a OnePlus device, also enters the premium league – competing with flagships from established manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi. Check out our comparison of the OnePlus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 6 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8.

The dual-SIM OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and just this week received its second major update since launch, bringing it up to OxygenOS 4.5.2. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz) coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

As for the camera, the OnePlus 5 sports a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel telephoto lens equipped sensor that together provide depth of field effects like Bokeh. On the front, it bears a 16-megapixel sensor.

The OnePlus 5 comes with either 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, which is not expandable. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C (2.0). The OnePlus 5 bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm, and weighs in at 153 grams.

Nokia 6 to Go on Sale in the US in Early-July, HMD Global Confirms

HMD Global, the company which currently owns the right to manufacture and sell Nokia-branded smartphones, has now confirmed that its flagship Android handset – Nokia 6 – will be made available for purchase in the US starting early July. HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 6 will be available at $229 (roughly Rs. 14,800) in the US through Amazon.

The Nokia 6 will initially be available in Matte Black and Silver colour variants, but will also be made available in Tempered Blue and Copper colours later this Summer, as per HMD Global. While T-Mobile will be fully supporting the smartphone, AT&T will provide partial 4G LTE support as bands 29 and 30 will not be supported. Other carriers including Sprint and Verizon will not be supporting the Nokia 6 when it will be made available in the country.

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

Nokia 6 to Go on Sale in the US in Early-July, HMD Global Confirms
The US variant of the Android phone from Nokia comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

To recall, the Nokia 6 was launched in India earlier this month and while the company has not announced when the smartphone will be made available for purchase in the country, the registrations for the first sale will start on July 14.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Flash Sale Today on Amazon India, Mi.com: Time, Variants, Launch Offers, and More

Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review) will be back on sale today at 12pm IST, and you will be able to buy all three variants of the smartphone via Amazon India and Mi.com. This is, of course, of the weekly Redmi 4 sales that happen every Tuesday. The base variant of the smartphone costs Rs. 6,999, and comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. On the other hand, the Redmi 4 variants priced at Rs. 8,999 and Rs. 10,999 come with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. To recall, the Xiaomi smartphone was launched in India last month.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 flash sale offers

Both Amazon India and Mi.com are offering incentives on the Xiaomi Redmi 4 to sweeten the deal. Amazon India is offering a free Hungama Music subscription for 12 months and Hungama Play for 3 months; 45GB free data from Vodafone; and Rs. 200 promotion credit for Kindle books if you download and sign in to the Kindle app on your Redmi 4. MI.com on the other hand is offering 10 percent ‘SuperCash’ to buyers who pay with MobiKwik.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Flash Sale Today on Amazon India, Mi.com: Time, Variants, Launch Offers, and More

Xiaomi Redmi 4 specifications

The Redmi 4 launched in India is powered by the Snapdragon 435 SoC, making it closer to the Redmi 4X that was launched in Xiaomi’s home market. The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The smartphone bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it packs a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Xiaomi Redmi 4’s inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

YouTube Unveils VR180 Format, Reveals Mobile Users Spend an Hour a Day on Average

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at VidCon on Thursday announced an all-new video format VR180 that will make VR content creation slightly easier for creators. Google has also confirmed that the Daydream team is working with several manufacturers to build cameras from the ground up for VR180 video format.

The company says that the new VR180 video will ensure what’s in front of the user is high resolution, and “look great on desktop and on mobile.” YouTube’s main focus is to boost VR with the new video format as it can be seen on phones with regular 2D screens as well as VR headsets like Cardboard, Daydream, and other headsets which show images stereoscopically in 3D. The new video format will enable depth, where “near things look near, and far things appear far,” adds Wojcicki. Additionally, the VR180 format also supports live streaming videos.

Google has named some partners like YI, Lenovo, and LG who are working with the company to bring new cameras priced same as a regular point-and-shoot camera. Videos and live streams will be easy to upload to YouTube from these cameras. Google has revealed that the first cameras will hit shelves this winter. The new format is capable of delivering 3D video while capturing 180 degrees of vision.

Google has also opened a VR180 certification program for other manufacturers who want to join. Z Cam will be one of Google’s first partners under the program.

YouTube Unveils VR180 Format, Reveals Mobile Users Spend an Hour a Day on Average

“We want to make VR more accessible and more affordable for viewers and creators. The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn’t easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive. That’s why I’m thrilled that YouTube and Daydream have worked together on a new format, VR180, and new cameras, which make it easy and affordable for anyone to make VR videos,” said Wojcicki.

Wojcicki also revealed that now, 1.5 billion logged in viewers visit YouTube every single month and on an average, viewers spent over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone. YouTube also announced an all-new change to YouTube app which will in the coming weeks “dynamically adapt” to whatever size users choose to watch it in. YouTube last month teased the new redesign interface which will come with a Dark theme as well.

The company will soon let user share a video with friends right from YouTube app and this will be available to users in Latin America and the US in couple of weeks.

 

InFocus Turbo 5 With 5000mAh Battery Gets Listed on Amazon India Ahead of Wednesday Launch

While InFocus had revealed that it will be launching a new smartphone in India on Wednesday, the company’s new Turbo 5 smartphone has already been listed on Amazon India. Notably, the InFocus Turbo 5 cannot be purchased by users yet but entire specifications of the handset have now been revealed through the website. As it turns out, the yet-to-be-announced smartphone houses a large 5000mAh battery and packs 2GB of RAM.

As per the specifications listed on Amazon India, the dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) InFocus Turbo 5 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor (clocked at 1.25GHz) coupled with Mali T720 MP1 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Notably, 3GB RAM is listed elsewhere on the product page – we’ll only know more once the phone is launched on Wednesday. For now, there’s no telling if the listing on Amazon is official.

InFocus Turbo 5 With 5000mAh Battery Gets Listed on Amazon India Ahead of Wednesday Launch

It comes with a fingerprint scanner, located at the back of the device. In terms of optics, the InFocus Turbo 5 comes with a 13-megapixel primary rear camera with LED flash support and a 5-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies. The smartphone features 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 32GB. The connectivity options offered by the InFocus Turbo 5 include 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM.

As mentioned earlier, the smartphone houses a large 5000mAh battery, which has been claimed to provide a battery life that can last almost two days. The sensors on the InFocus Turbo 5 include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and range sensor.

 

6 ways to treat whiteheads on your face

Whiteheads can be quite bothersome. These white bumps occur when skin’s pores get clogged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cell. They pop up at inopportune moments and can appear on the face, neck, and chest. To treat these white bumps, we have charted the best skincare tips to keep in mind…
Cleanse

Cleanse
 

If you notice these whiteheads as a regular thing, then make sure you use an appropriate cleanser and wash your face twice in a day. Go for a gentle cleanser in the morning and a gel-based cleanser at night to keep all the dirt away. Also, sweating can results in these zits too and that’s why it’s highly recommended to wash your face post workout.

Wash off your make-up

Wash off your make-up
 

If you skip this step, then you’re only triggering the zits to pop out. Make sure you wash off your make-up once you’re home. If you don’t have a cleanser at home, you can use a face cream or petroleum jelly to wash off the make-up.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate
 

When it comes to scrubbing, it is one of the best ways to get rid of all dead skin cells, clogged pores, etc. Depending on your skin type, you can use gently exfoliate 1-3 times a week. Just make sure you don’t overdo it—as it can damage your skin.

Choose the right ingredient

Choose the right ingredient
 

For such zits, don’t randomly apply skincare products. Pick beauty potions that include antibacterial ingredients like ‘benzoyl peroxide’ and ‘salicylic acid’. Benzoyl peroxide helps to reduce the bacteria while salicylic acid can shrink the zits. Make sure you use acne treatments only on the affected spots and not overall.

Keep your hands away

Keep your hands away
 

If you have a habit of touching your face again and again, then you’re only transferring oil and bacteria to your face. Also, popping the pimple on your own can spread the bacteria and cause more acne.

Change your pillowcase

Change your pillowcase
 

Another source of bacteria can be your pillowcase and one of the reasons behind your acne. To avoid them, change your pillow cases more often. Maintaining hygiene with the things that are in contact with your skin will only prevent zits.

 

Tejas Networks Makes Tepid Listing On Stock Markets, Jumps 5%

Shares of Tejas Networks Limited which got listed on stock exchanges today made a tepid debut. The shares of the company jumped as much as 5.44 per cent to hit intraday high of Rs. 271 against its issue price of Rs. 257. Tejas Networks IPO was oversubscribed 1.88 times, with qualified institutional buyers’ (QIBs) portion getting oversubscribed 2.16 times, non-institutional investors 48 per cent and retail investors 3.10 times.

Price band for the offer was fixed at Rs. 250-257 per share and was open for bidding from June 14-16.

Little over 1.35 crore shares were allotted to the anchor investors at the price of Rs. 257 apiece — the upper end of the IPO price band.

Tejas Networks Makes Tepid Listing On Stock Markets, Jumps 5%
The 17 entities include Abu Dhabi Investment Authority – Behave, Amansa Holdings Pvt Ltd, Columbia Emerging Markets Fund, SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd, Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Ltd and BNP Paribas Arbitrage, according to a filing made by Tejas Networks to the BSE.

Spread over 60 countries, Tejas Networks is into developing and selling high-performance products to telecom service providers, utility companies, defence firms and government entities, among others.

Axis Capital, Citigroup Global Markets India Pvt Ltd, Edelweiss Financial Services and Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Pvt Ltd were the book running lead managers for the offer.

Shares of Tejas Networks ended 2.45 per cent higher at Rs. 263.30.

Former RBI Governor Says Almost Resigned On Differences With P Chidambaram

New Delhi: Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Y V Reddy has written in his autobiography that he once contemplated resignation and had to even offer an unconditional apology to then Finance Minister P Chidambaram. In ‘Advice and Dissent: My Life in Public Service’, being released on Tuesday, Mr Reddy describes his differences of opinion as RBI governor with Mr Chidambaram. These led him to also think of putting in his papers. The issue concerned opening the banking system to foreign ownership, which came to a head with Mr Chidambaram in 2008.

Mr Reddy was governor of the central bank between September 2003 and September 2008.

Mr Reddy narrated an incident of a meeting where Mr Chidambaram told him: “Governor, this is a national commitment made to global financial community. How do we justify reversal of such a policy? Is it just because there is a change in the incumbency of the government? Do we review our commitments every time a governor or the RBI changes?”

Mr Reddy, according to the book, told him that “it has serious irreversible consequences. I believe it is better to go back on our commitment at this stage, in national interest.”

“But I believe that it is in our national interest,” Mr Chidambaram was quoted as telling the RBI governor.

Mr Reddy has written that he confided his troubles to then Economic Affairs Secretary Rakesh Mohan.

“‘Rakesh,’ I told him, ‘it is better I leave this job. I believe that the issue is very critical to our national interest. I think opening up of foreign banks should not be done at this stage at all. Still, if the government feels that this has to be done, it has to be done. But I will not be able to put my heart in it’,” Mr Reddy wrote.

“So, better I quietly leave the job,” Mr Reddy added.

Y V Reddy was governor of the RBI between September 2003 and September 2008

 

He also wrote that despite Mr Chidambaram’s unwillingness to relieve him as governor, “I felt that there was a growing distance between us as months passed by. His (Chidambaram) image as a reformer pushing for double-digit growth was, in his view, being dented by my caution to the extent of resisting implementation of some of his policies.”

“At one stage, he said that he was cancelling his foreign tour because he could not face them with nothing to report on reform. His frustration was confirmed later, I think in early 2008,” Mr Reddy wrote. When he met the minister, Mr Chidambaram said the RBI was not adequately reciprocating by progressing with reforms. “I expressed my unconditional apology to him and conveyed that I would keep in mind the issue of being supportive,” Mr Reddy said, describing how the matter ended.

However, on the overall experience of working as RBI Governor “closely” with Mr Chidambaram for over four years, Mr Reddy wrote: “Most of our tensions could be described as constructive or as discord that ultimately gave rise to better ideas or outcomes.”

Another contentious issue was that of farm-loan waivers, that continues to be controversial.

“I opposed the proposal made in February 2008 to write off loans to farmers amounting to Rs. 60,000 crore. I argued my case before the Finance Minister, and at one stage before the Prime Minister accompanied by the Finance Minister. Economic logic including preservation of credit culture was in favour of RBI’s position,” Mr Reddy says.

However, “I could see the government was acting out of broader concern for the welfare of farmers. I suggested that the government should pay the money to the banks on behalf of the farmers.”

Thus, a different aspect of the situation dawned on Mr Reddy.

“I believe that as governor, I could advance arguments from the point of view of money and credit, but I had no legitimacy to question the judgement of the government on social order,” he said.

In fact, the autobiography sets out Mr Reddy’s unique perspective as a central banker on the relationship between government and the RBI .

“It is hard to find the government’s version of dealing with the central banks. Since I worked in the government also, and dealt with the RBI, a part of the story relates to this,” he wrote in the introduction.

Mr Reddy, who famously described the RBI as “totally free, within the limits set by the government”, has served as the Union Finance Secretary and was the Chairman of the latest 14th Finance Commission in 2013-14.

Farm loan waivers have only added to the gigantic non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, of banks. Mr Reddy has emphasised elsewhere that there is no “political economy consensus” on tackling the mounting problem of bad loans of banks, which cannot be resolved by their simple recapitalisation.

Sensex Edges Lower On Weak Global Cues, Nifty Hovers Around 9,500

The Sensex and Nifty edged lower in morning deals today, tracking selling pressure in banking and real estate shares amid weak global cues. Asian shares slumped after Wall Street was knocked hard in the wake of a delay to a US healthcare reform vote, while the euro rallied after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted that the ECB could trim its stimulus this year. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, while Japan’s Nikkei share average also slipped 0.2 percent.

Back home, selling pressure was visible across the board with banking, FMCG, real estate, infrastructure and energy indices falling between 0.4 and 1.4 per cent each.

Sensex Edges Lower On Weak Global Cues, Nifty Hovers Around 9,500

From the Nifty basket of shares, 27 were trading lower while 24 were among the gainers. Asian Paints was the top Nifty loser, down 1.66 per cent at Rs. 1,115. ACC, Zee Entertainment, Ambuja Cements, ITC, State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Reliance Industries and Hindustan Unilever were also among the laggards. On the other hand, BPCL, GAIL India, Tech Mahindra, Vedanta, Maruti Suzuki and Coal India were among the gainers.

The broader markets were also facing the heat of selling pressure as the BSE mid-cap index fell 0.37 per cent and the small-cap index declined 0.52 per cent.

The overall market breadth was neutral as 609 shares were advancing while 766 were declining on the BSE.

As of 9:29 am, the Sensex was down 6 points at 30,952 and Nifty was at 9,509, down 3 points.