Redmi Note 5 Pro Price Hike, ZenFone Max Pro M1 First Sale, OnePlus 6 and Redmi S2 Leaks, and More News This Week
- Xiaomi raised prices for the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi TV 4
- Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 had its first sale this week, next sale on May 10
- OnePlus 6 price in India is tipped to be Rs. 36,999
It’s time for our weekly rundown of all the news you need to know from the world of tech, and if you’re a Xiaomi fan, there’s a bit of bad news. Citing an increase in PCBA import taxes, the Chinese company raised prices for its popular Redmi Note 5 Pro phone – which was launched in February – by Rs. 1,000, from Rs. 13,999 to Rs. 14,999. These prices are applicable across both offline and online retail channels. This is for the 4GB variant of the phone, while the 6GB Redmi Note 5 Pro retains its Rs. 16,999 launch price. The 55-inch Mi TV 4 has also received a price hike for the same reasons, taking it from Rs. 39,999 to Rs. Rs. 44,999, a difference of Rs. 5,000.
Xiaomi added that apart from the PCBA import taxes, the other reason for the price hike is the depreciation of the rupee, which has fallen by around 5 percent in the last one year. The company claims that this will help it to ramp up supplies of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and lead to better availability. The Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 636 SoC, and either 4GB or 6GB RAM. It has a dual rear camera with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor, and a 20-megapixel selfie camera. It’s only available with 64GB storage, and comes with a 4000mAh battery. In our review, we had given it a 10 out of 10 for value for money, so even with the price hike, it’s still worth considering, though it now has decent competition from some recent launches.
We are talking of course about Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review), which has now gone on sale in India, after its launch last week. pre-orders for the smartphone opened for some time on Thursday via Flipkart. It offers the same SoC as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, but pricing starts much lower, at Rs. 10,999. The sale has already ended, but Asus has already announced that the next sale for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is on May 10.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India has been set at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, on the other hand, comes at Rs. 12,999. Asus also announced a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 with a price tag of Rs. 14,999. However, the release date for this last variant hasn’t been revealed. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 has a 5.99-inch full-HD+ 18:9 display, a Snapdragon 636 SoC, 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear camera setup, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a huge 5000mAh battery.
We also got to learn a lot about the upcoming OnePlus 6 ahead of its May 16 launch event in London. The India pricing has leaked, and allegedly, the 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 36,999, while the 128GB storage variant is said to be priced at Rs. 39,999. We don’t know about the pricing for the 256GB variant yet. This will make the OnePlus 6 the priciest phone from OnePlus yet, and marks a continuing upwards trend away from the “budget-premium” segment that it helped create.
The full specifications of the phone were also leaked on the HDFC Bank Smartbuy offers page, although there are some details that don’t sound correct. For one thing, the HDFC page shows a notch that’s close in size to the iPhone X, while the OnePlus 6 has a relatively small notch, as confirmed by the company. It also mentions a display resolution of 1800×3200 pixels with is a 16:9 aspect ratio, while most leaks suggest an 18:9 display, at 1080×2280 pixels. According to another leak from Chinese certification site TENAA, the OnePlus 6 will have a 6.28-inch full-HD+ display, a 2.45GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC, and a 3300mAh battery. We also know that aside from the three variants, there’s going to be an Avengers: Infinity War tie-in phone, and although not much is known about this variant, you can check out the retail box it will come in.
We’ve also learned that the OnePlus 6 will go on sale in India from May 21, through dedicated pop-up stores. These temporary stores will be available across eight Indian cities, to let customers try out and purchase the OnePlus 6. This will happen before the phone goes on sale online exclusively via Amazon India. The pop-ups are mostly located in malls, although in Bengaluru, you’ll have to visit the OnePlus experience store in Brigade Road.
Meanwhile, Reliance Jio announced a JioFi exchange offer which gets you a cashback of Rs. 2,200. You can exchange your old non-Jio modem or dongle, to get a new JioFi for Rs. 999, and cashback on future recharges worth Rs. 2,200. Once the buyers get a Jio SIM for the hotspot device, they need to purchase the Rs. 99 Prime membership. They will also have to purchase a recharge of Rs. 198 or Rs. 299 to activate the SIM. Upon SIM activation, they will get 44 vouchers of Rs. 50 each, amounting to Rs. 2,200 in total.