Xiaomi Redmi 5 review: Premium-priced all-rounder with a modern 18:9 screen

The Redmi 5 costs a tad higher when compared with the earlier Redmi-series smartphones. But the Redmi 5 notches up the smartphone game with its modern 18:9 aspect ratio screen

Xiaomi Redmi 5

After a successful run in 2017 with its value-for-money smartphones, Xiaomi started 2018 with the launch of its budget-centric devices. Soon after the launch of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Chinese mobile phone maker has launched the entry-level Redmi 5 in India at a price of Rs 7,999 for the base model.

Unlike what has been seen in previous-generation devices, the succeeding generation of Redmi-series smartphones costs a tad higher than the predecessor — be it the Redmi 5 Pro or the Redmi 5. However, the Redmi 5 notches up the smartphone game with its modern 18:9 aspect ratio screen wrapped in a metallic-plastic chassis which looks premium.

The smartphone is built on the blue print of its elder sibling, the Redmi Note 5, which gives it an edge in terms of design. However, the innards have been kept in line with previous generation, besides some minor improvements, to keep the price in check.

Business Standard reviewed the Redmi 5 to test its overall performance. Here are our observations:
Design and display
The Redmi 5 takes design cues from the Redmi Note 5 and, therefore, looks similar. However, the younger sibling has a few elements of difference. The front of the Redmi 5 is dominated by a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio screen, covered by a 2.5D glass. It does look plush; but for an 18:9 screen device, the smartphone has huge bezels on the top and bottom.

The screen is bright and vivid. However, the HD+ resolution in the 5.7-inch screen looks pixelated. For a budget smartphone, the screen works satisfactorily to render multimedia content such as photos and videos. The touch response is smooth and the phone registers the touch without lag.

Coming on to the back side, it is covered with a metallic sheet, but the chassis is made out of plastic that extends towards the back from top and bottom. The colour of the metallic sheet and plastic chassis has different shades; it comes to notice in bright light conditions. As for the build quality, it is top-notch and the edges blend well into the chassis with no gaps, either on the front or back.

 

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Flipkart Lenovo mobile fest: Grab the best deals on smartphones

Interested consumers will also get the exchange offer as an add-on

Today’s Paper : Flipkart, the e-commerce market leader, in collaboration with Consumer electronics major Lenovo, has launched the Lenovo Mobile Fest in India. They are offering discounts on some of the top Lenovo mobile phones, which are currently listed on Flipkart’s website. The fest will continue from June 26 to June 28. Also, further price cut is being promised under the exchange scheme.

Several smartphones by the Chinese company can be purchased at discounted prices, and interested consumers will also get the exchange offer as an add-on. Here is a look at the top offers on Lenovo Mobiles on Flipkart:

Lenovo K5 Note

16 per cent off on Lenovo K5 Note (4GB RAM + 32GB storage) MRP: Rs. 12,499; New offer: Rs. 10,499

16 per cent off on Lenovo K5 Note (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) MRP: Rs. 11,999; New offer: Rs. 9,999.

It flaunts full-metal body, with a fingerprint sensor and a 13MP ISOCELL camera with F2.2 Aperture, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), full HD recording, dual-LED flash on the back. It also comes with 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS screen, MediaTek P10 Octa-core CPU, a 3,500 mAh battery and an 8MP camera on the front.

Lenovo K5 Plus

16 per cent off on Lenovo K5 Plus (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) MRP: Rs. 8,499; New offer: Rs. 7,499.

It sports 5.0-inch full-HD display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch (ppi) on the front, premium aluminium cover with Radio Frequency (RF) radiation shield on the back, Qualcomm’s 1.7GHz Snapdragon 616 octa-core SoC (System-on-Chip), 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage and a 2,750mAh battery. Other features include a 13MP primary shooter on the back, a 5MP snapper on the front and twin stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology. | READMORE…

28-hour countdown starts for South Asia Satellite launch

India’s gift to neighbouring countries will help region’s economic and developmental agenda, says PM

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The 28-hour countdown for the launch of the South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9, which will be India’s gift to its neighbouring countries, started on Thursday. The rocket is set to blast off from Sriharikotta space station on Friday, May 5.

The countdown operations of GSLV-F09/GSAT-9 mission started at 12:57 hours IST, on May 04, 2017, said Isro.

The Prime Minister had asked Isro in 2014 to develop a SAARC satellite that can be dedicated as a ‘gift’ to the country’s neighbours. It was earlier referred as the SAARC satellite, but was renamed after Pakistan opted out of the project.

It has been estimated that the total cost of launching this satellite is around Rs 235 crore, which India has borne entirely.

The Prime Minister said that the satellite will help region’s economic and developmental priorities. The vehicle is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite that will provide valuable information to nations like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that are part of the region.

GSAT-9 is a Geostationary Communication Satellite with the objective of providing various communication applications in Ku-band with coverage over South Asian countries. GSAT-9 is configured around the Isro’s standard I-2K bus, with lift off mass of 2230 kg.

The main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years. (READMORE…)

Settle PF claims on your phone through mobile app UMANG

EPFO receives close to 1 crore applications manually for various settlements

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Nearly four crore members of retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will soon be able to settle their claims like EPF withdrawal through mobile application UMANG.

“The EPFO is developing online claims settlement process by receiving application online,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The minister also said, “The application will be integrated with Unified Mobile App for new-age governance, (UMANG) App, to receive the claims online. However, the timeframe to roll out the same has not been finalised.”

The EPFO receives close to 1 crore applications manually for settlement of EPF withdrawals, pension fixation or getting group insurance benefit by the deceased.

A senior official said over 110 regional offices of the EPFO out of 123 field formations have already been connected with the central server. The official explained that it is a technical requirement for connecting all regional offices with the central server for rolling out the facility.

Earlier in February this year, EPFO Central Provident Fund Commissioner had said, “The process of connecting all field offices with a central server is going on. We may introduce the facility for online submission of all types of applications and claims like EPF withdrawal and pension settlement by May this year.”

The EPFO has an ambitious plan to settle the claims within a few hours after filing of the application. For instance, it has plans to settle the EPF withdrawal claim within three hours of the filing. (readmore…)

Indians prefer Xiaomi over Samsung, Apple: Report

Android buyers looking to upgrade their devices in 2017 list Xiaomi as their preferred brand

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Xiaomi has become the most preferred smartphone upgrade choice for Indian consumers in 2017, beating popular brands like Samsung and Apple, market research firm Strategy Analytics said on Friday.

According to the report, 26 per cent of potential Android buyers looking to upgrade their devices in 2017 list Xiaomi as their preferred brand.

“With an array of devices selling in the Indian market, it is remarkable that Xiaomi has witnessed a whopping 125 per cent growth in India and has become the most preferred brand for Android buyers looking for an upgrade in 2017,” said Rajeev Nair, Senior Analyst, Strategy Analytics.

Xiaomi India has become the number one selling smartphone brand in the online market, with 29.3 per cent share, and the second largest smartphone brand in India with 10.7 per cent market share in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“Our phones are built with a vision to make technology innovation affordable to everyone. We do not compromise on our cost to value proposition, our fan engagement or our quality,” added Manu Jain, Vice President and Managing Director, Xiaomi India. (readmore…)

Jio ends its Summer Surprise scheme after Trai order

All customers who have already subscribed to the offer would continue to be eligible for it

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Complying with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai’s) advice, Reliance Jio on Thursday withdrew its Summer Surprise offer. Announced last week, the scheme promised to provide complimentary services to every Jio Prime member for three months starting April 1.

The company confirmed complying with Trai’s advice. Under the scheme, all Prime members making their first recharge payment of Rs 303 (or higher) would have got three months’ complimentary services in addition to the benefits of their purchased plan.

All customers who have already subscribed to the offer would continue to be eligible for it, the company said.

Jio started billing customers from April 1. The company claimed about 72 million users had subscribed to its Jio Prime service.

The complimentary offers by Jio in the past have been a bone of contention with rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. The two companies appealed to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against Trai’s clean chit to Jio’s free offers

The TDSAT last month asked Trai to clarify whether Jio had informed it and its subscribers of the two free offers — “Jio Welcome Offer” and “Jio Happy New Year Offer” — being “distinct”.

Trai had approved Jio’s free voice calling and data plan on its mobile services, claiming it was not a violation of the regulatory guidelines on promotional offers. The issue of Jio’s promotional offers disrupting the telecom market and adversely impacting the government revenue from the mobile operators in the form of spectrum usage charge was flagged by the then telecom secretary J S Deepak.

He had asked the regulator to restrict the period of “promotional tariffs” offered by telecom companies.

At present, such offers could stretch to 90 days and had, according to Deepak, hit revenue to the tune of Rs 800 crore. (readmore…)

Event listing app 10times is a good platform for opportunity seekers

10times is an app that offers end-to-end listing of global business events

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To many, business events can be very boring sometimes, but they are usually a great platform for meeting, interacting and socialising with the best of minds

These events open avenues for people to discuss business models, share ideas, make connections, get business insights, and to do a lot more.

However, finding the right business event is quite a tedious task. There are thousands of events taking place around the globe every day, and it can be very confusing to decide which to attend or skip. Also, to find an interesting event in a new state, city or country is even more difficult. And here, even Google does not always help.

10times is an app that offers end-to-end listing of global events. It brings all major scheduled business events under one umbrella and presents them in a way that makes it faster to find than spotting one on Google. Besides, there are user-friendly options to streamline for accurate results.

The app claims to be catering to around 2 million registered users across 30 countries.

To understand how the app works and to authenticate the company’s claims of being the world’s largest service provider for business events, we downloaded the app and reviewed it.

Here are our observations:

Getting started

The 10times app is available on Google’ Android and Apple’s iOS platforms. We reviewed the app in Android by downloading the app from the Play Store.

After downloading and installing, the app asks you to sign up using Facebook, Linkedin or e-mail. Signing up is easy and doesn’t take much time. Once you select the desired option to sign up, the app takes you to the window that lists different interests. You get the option to select all the interests or selected ones based out of user preferences.

Once the interests are selected and submitted, the app takes you to the main app window that features all the upcoming events based on interests selected by you.

The app is fairly neat and sorted. It is user-friendly considering the fact that the information it carries is vast and diverse in nature.

The app has three main windows – Upcoming, Nearby and Trending.

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The first window – Upcoming – is the default window that opens every time you open the app. It lists all the upcoming events based on user’s interest preferences. (readmore…)

The trending window shows the list of events that the people are attending in numbers and that has been doing rounds on the app.

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Now, the best part of the app is you can check all the details pertaining to the event plus the audience. (readmore…)