Xiaomi Just Launched Redmi Note 4 With 2 Day Battery Life

Since the launch of Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has proved to be the cheap smartphone king in India and other developing countries. The last phone was premium enough for the price and performed a whole lot better than other phones from the same price tag.

It looks like Xiaomi is aiming for the same spot again with its new Redmi Note 4. The Chinese smartphone maker announced the new phone today in India’s capital New Delhi and specs and build looks very impressive for its announced price.

Probably the biggest win for Xiaomi might be phone’s battery life that company is claiming that it can last two days. Xiaomi says that Redmi Note 4’s battery lasts almost 70% longer than Google’s flagship phone, the Google Pixel. If true, it is huge considering Pixel itself has a very good battery life.

Redmi Note 4
Redmi Note 4

The Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch display with a full HD resolution, and it looks a lot like Xiomi’s Mi Max which was launched in last year’s may.

Inside the phone are its guts. A Snapdragon 625 processor and an Adreno 506 GPU paired with RAM varying from 2 GB up to 4GB depending on the SKU.

The phone has a 13-megapixel camera with a flash and a fingerprint sensor on the back, and the front is devoted to the screen and some capacitive touch buttons at the bottom. The battery is 4,100 mAh, while it is not as big as the Lenovo phone launched recently, it should be enough to keep Xiaomi’s claims.

The front camera is 5 megapixel and the just like other phones from the company, Redmi Note 4 will support dual 4G SIM Cards. There is an infrared sensor at the top to control TVs and home entertainment systems too if you are into that.

The Note 4 will come with Android 6.0 Marshmellow with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 running on top of it, but you will be able to install Android 7.0 once the beta is available.

There are three variants of the phone:

  • 2GB RAM and 32 GB storage for Rs 10,000 ($150)
  • 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage for Rs 11,000 ($161)
  • 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage for Rs 13,000 ($190)

While the pricing of the phone is attractive enough to get Xiaomi some significant sales numbers, I don’t like the approach of flash sales on its site or  Indian Online retailer Flipkart.

What do you think about the phone? Share with us in the comments below.

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Live in India? The iPhone 7 is Going To Cost You a Lot More

As you may already know, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus yesterday, the new phones have upgraded specs, better camera, improved battery life and a couple of more features. Considering the new features and a better design that the previous versions of Apple’s flagship smartphone, you may be tempted to buy one for yourself.

Well, if you are living in India, you will have to pay up to 40% more if you want to buy the new iPhone.

The base iPhone which comes with 32 GB storage (finally!) costs $649 in the USA, in India, you will have to shell out as much as 60,000 Rupees (almost $900)  for the same version. The additional cost is due to local sales taxes that are added when the phone is imported in the country. Additionally, instead of selling its products directly to customers in India,  Apple sells stuff via third-party retailers who will also add some additional bucks for you to pay before you get your hands on your own shiny new iPhone 7.

It is worth noting that India will not be the only country where iPhone will cost more than the US version, In UK, the iPhone will cost almost $80 more for the basic variant and similar charges will be added to some other countries.

It isn’t the first time, but it may be the last one

Apple’s product have always cost more in India than the original price in the US, however, we can expect it to end by next year. With the recent ruling about FDI, Apple will soon be allowed to open stores in Indian cities and if when that happens, you can expect charges to be a bit more reasonable.

Source: The Next Web

Samsung Will Be Launching Galaxy Note 7 Variant With 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage on August 26

Now that OnePlus 3 has started the trend of phones with 6 GB of RAM, Samsung might also be releasing a new version of Note 7, which will come with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of Onboard memory.

Now that OnePlus 3 has started the trend of phones with 6 GB of RAM, Samsung might also be releasing a new version of Note 7, which will come with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of Onboard memory.

Samsung started sending out invites for a launch event in china, it will take place on 26th August. It has been confirmed by Samsung’s mobile division’s president Dong-jin Koh, who said that company is considering realising a version of Galxy Note 7 in china with upgraded memory.

While Galaxy Note 7 currently ships with  Exynos 8890 processor, the newer, beefier version may come with a Snapdragon 820 SoC.

If you are interested in buying a Samsung Phone with 6 GB of RAM, don’t get your hopes too high, there has been no official word about releasing the phone for contries other than China.

Chinese Smartphone market has some phone that ship with more than 4 GB of RAM and to stay on the top of specs game, it will be crutial step for Samsung to offer same (if not more) hardware specification to customers.

How To Call An Uber Without Installing Uber App

It is well known that Uber – a company that sends you cars to travel within the city, works only with the App. However, Uber has made a way for Indian Uber users to call a cab without installing an App. You will still need an internet connection, though.

To Hail an Uber without using the App, simply open the web browser on your Android Phone and enter dial.uber.com 

uber mobile website to call cab without app

The newly launched site will let you call the cab after you have entered your username and password on the site. If you don’t have Uber account, there is an option to make one with your mobile number.

To use this, you won’t have to make payments via a credit or debit card either, once you have reached your destination, you can pay your driver via cash.

There is one catch: the service is currently only available for 4 cities, these are Nagpur, Kochi, Guwahati, and Jodhpur. Uber should be launching the site for other cities soon.

India is a very competitive market for Uber. With rivals such as Ola also working hard to dominate the market, Uber needs to have some convenient features to attract customers. It will be interesting to see how adding this feature works out for the company.

What Should You Look For When Buying A Reliable Mobile Device For Work

While many deem mobile devices as a distraction, some companies believe that they have a positive impact to their business processes by increasing employees’ productivity. In a study published by Telework Exchange, it revealed that employees who are allowed to bring and use their mobile devices at work are “both more productive and willing to work during off-work times.”

The survey further revealed that government staff using smartphones and tablets tend to gain nine hours per week of productivity due to the technology. A separate study by Gartner said that half of employers will start requiring employees to supply their own device for work purposes by 2017. “The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs,” said Gartner’s VP and distinguished analyst David Willis. Thus, it makes it easier for government agencies and companies to manage budgetary issues related to deploying mobile devices at work, such as security, IT, etc.

But, as an employee, it’s important to know that not all mobile devices are made the same. Since you will be maximizing your smartphone for work purposes, it’s important to know a few features and specifications that your mobile device must have to become a reliable office tool. Read on below to find out more.

Built-in security

Some of the most important features that users need to check on their mobile devices are its security features. To start off, it should have a built-in biometric sensor, such as the Touch ID found on the iPhone 6. Touch ID and other finger-print sensors are good at stopping others from accessing user data, as well as safeguarding their apps and mPayment systems. Apple has also applied the two-way authentication process on the Touch ID to accurately record the fingerprint of the owner.

Although, it’s important to note that not all smartphones and tablets come with these specifications. Generally it’s just the premium and expensive ones that have these particular features. Apple’s rival, Samsung, however plans to bring this feature to low-range smartphones soon. According to reports, the Korean tech company is working on including fingerprint and an mPayment system to its low-range handsets. Therefore, it should be expected that the majority of handsets could well get the same security features.

Fast Internet

Since you will be working remotely, you will need a fast and reliable Internet connection. Using a public Wi-Fi connection should be avoided to prevent data hacking. Always use secured and personal connections, such as your mobile data. Smartphones today are now able to connect to an ultrafast 4G internet connection that ensures you get a seamless browsing experience while working even when you are away from a Wi-Fi connection. To ensure you get the most out of your 4G connection, always choose a device that offers more LTE bands as it ensures that you will always get the best and fastest connection even if you are working overseas.

VPN options

Given the strong demand for security, many mobile manufacturers have started adding their trusted VPN solutions to their latest wave of mobile device. VPN or ‘Virtual Private Network’ encrypts your Internet channel to keep your data safe from any intercepting attempts. It is the best way for remote workers to access sensitive files, including their company’s internal database.

If the handset you prefer or have, doesn’t have a built-in VPN option, there are a myriad of apps that offer the same secured VPN service for free. To choose the best one, research reviews about the particular app to know how others feel about the service. Consider the following questions:
• Do they keep logs?
• Are there any additional policies that support user anonymity and privacy?
• Do they permit P2P torrent downloading?
• Where are their servers located?
• What kind of encryption does it use?
• How much does it cost?

Cloud and mobile office suites

Working remotely on your mobile device requires plenty of tools that you commonly have on your PC or laptop in the office. Thankfully, most smartphones and tablets are now pre-built with this feature from their supported Cloud service to mobile office suites.

Microsoft has started extending their office app and cloud services to other platforms. While it’s not free compared to when you own a Windows Phone, it’s a great collaborative tool when you are dealing with other staff in the office, as they can access the same Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. Drobox app is also a tool that can be used to share files in real-time with multiple recipients instead of sending it through email which could potentially take long time to download. There are many alternative office tools you can use aside from Microsoft’s mobile office app, such as OfficeSuite Professional and Documents To Go Premium, as featured by Search Mobile Computing.

‘Bring your own device’ has now become more than a trend, and more of a necessity for many enterprises to ensure their staff exceeds productivity. The aforementioned features in this post will guarantee that you get to choose the best device that offers seamless and uninterrupted mobile working experiences for a more productive remote working environment.

What do you look for when you are buying a mobile device for work? share with us in the comments below.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Birch TechyRomanticJ has been a virtual worker for 2 years. She follows the latest trends in technology, mTech, eLearning and more. She hopes to be invited in big tech events worldwide.

How Much RAM Do I Need In Android Smartphone?

Can’t decide how much RAM your new Android Phone should have ? Don’t worry, just take a look at this guide and you will know how much RAM do you need.

RAM is a very important factor that decides how fast your smartphone can be. While having low RAM will always slow down your phone, having more than needed RAM doesn’t always result in more performance;  and this is why it is really important for you to know how much RAM should be in your new smartphone.

If you don’t know what RAM is, let me simplify that for you, RAM (Random Access Memory) is a physical chip on your phone that stores all your running apps. With more RAM (also called memory), you will be able to run more apps simultaneously on your phone and switching between open apps will be faster and it will result in less reloading.

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Almost all modern smartphones have 1GB to 4GB of RAM. In almost all cases, a more expensive phone will have more RAM as long as it is not an old model. So, to simplify your choosing, here is a straight forward guide to how much RAM do you need for your smartphone.

512 MB

You should not be going with a phone with 512 MB of RAM. These phones are usually really old branded phones or too cheap Chinese phones. A Phone with RAM this low will not handle modern apps and games. A Phone with just 512 MB of RAM is also likely to come with older version of Android.

Who is 512 MB RAM good for? No one.

1GB

An Android phone or an iPhone with 1GB RAM should be enough to run most apps. Whereas iPhones are optimized to perform well with just 1GB of RAM, Android usually requires more memory to do multitasking properly.

A phone with 1 GB RAM should be able to run a couple of apps (more, in case of lightweight apps) simultaneously. However, if you are a mobile gamer, you should be looking at phones with more RAM. A lot of titles in play store do work, but you will be disappointed with performance if you install newer, heavier games.

The same can be said about web browsing, 1 GB RAM should be enough for you to use a few tabs on Google Chrome for android, however, as the number of tabs increase, you may find that phone reloads the tabs whenever you switch from one to another.

1 GB RAM is OK for a cheap secondary phone, but you should really avoid it if you are going to use phone for your daily driver.

Who is 1GB RAM Good for? People looking for a secondary phone, users with really tight budget.

2 GB

You can think of an android phone with 2GB RAM to be a good budget device. A phone with 2GB of RAM is enough to handle a few open apps, run most games on play store and run latest releases of Android.

Still, it may suffer if you are tossing too many open apps at same time. As you install dozens of apps and games and open a handful of them, the performance will go down. If you are on a tight budget and don’t mind upgrading phone in every couple of years, 2GB should be OK for you, however, don’t expect an Android phone with 2GB RAM to be a performance monster.

galaxy j7 2GB RAM
Samsung Galaxy J7 has 2 GB RAM

Who is 2 GB RAM good for ? Users with low budget, users that don’t need to do too much multitasking on their phone.

3 GB

With 3GB, we are now talking about performance without breaking the bank, a phone with 3GB RAM is enough to keep many apps open and even multitask when you are playing a game. With a Phone with this amount of RAM, you should be seeing much less app refreshing when you switch between them. Also, this amount of RAM will be enough to not need upgrading because of low RAM for a few more years in future.

You can find many budget android phones in market that come equipped with 3GB of RAM.

nextbit Robin has 3GB RAM
Robin is a budget smartphone that has 3GB RAM

Who is 3GB RAM good for? For most moderate to heavy users, users who want to multitask without buying expensive flagship phones.

4 GB

4 GB Android phones are usually flagship such as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5. Phones with this much RAM are definitely expensive, but these offer the best performance. Usually people buy a $600 phone because of Camera and other features, not only because of RAM and so should you. 4GB of RAM will keep you covered in running any amount of apps on your phone, heavy and demanding Games and many open browser tabs.

A phone with 4GB RAM may be overkill if you don’t really use many apps and other flagship features of the phone.

LG G5 is LG's Current flagship with 4 GB RAM

Who is 4 GB RAM Good for? Users with really high multitasking needs and no restriction on budget.

More than 4 GB RAM

Just when 4 GB became a standerd for flagship phones, some makers have launched Android phones with 6 GB RAM.

You probably  don’t need this amount of RAM, If the phone maker is not charging you a price premium for the phone, it won’t be the worst idea in the world to go with an Android Phone with this amount of memory.

oneplus 3
OnePlus 3 has 6 GB RAM

TL; DR

Conclusion: Here is how much RAM you need in your Android Phone:

  • 512 MB: Good for nobody
  • 1GB: For secondary phones, For users with really tight budget
  • 2 GB: Users looking for acceptable performance in low budget
  • 3 GB: Good multitasking without breaking the bank
  • 4 GB: Users who are into flagship market and want best performance

I hope that this guide helped you in choosing right amount of RAM for your Android Phone, if you have any questions, do drop a comment below.

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