Watch out, Realme and Xiaomi! OnePlus to add affordable smart TVs to India portfolio, will unveil them on July 2

Pete Lau said the company aims to further enhance its OnePlus connected ecosystem experience.

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A number of smartphone players such as Xiaomi, Samsung, LG, Micromax and Motorola have smart TVs in their product portfolio.
NEW DELHI: Premium smartphone maker OnePlus on Monday said it will add mid-range and entry-level models to its smart TV portfolio in India, a move that will help it compete more aggressively against rivals like Xiaomi and Realme.

The two new series of OnePlus TV will be unveiled on July 2. The company had forayed into the smart TV segment in September last year with the launch of its 55-inch TV (two models), priced at Rs 69,900 and Rs 99,990.

With a more affordable pricing and increased product lineup, OnePlus will be able to compete more aggressively against rivals like Xiaomi and Realme.


"As part of its revamped global business strategy, OnePlus aims to deliver a premium and more accessible connected ecosystem experience to its users. The new OnePlus smart TVs are targeted?to bring a premium experience across different screen sizes to ?the mid-range?as well as the entry-level smart TV segments in India," a statement said.

Pete Lau, founder and CEO of OnePlus, said the company aims to further enhance its OnePlus connected ecosystem experience in 2020.

"We look forward to offering a wider range of smart TVs that embody our burdenless technology experience, and also provide a truly seamless smart TV experience for our community at an accessible price range,” he added.
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A number of smartphone players such as Xiaomi, Samsung, LG, Micromax and Motorola have smart TVs in their product portfolio.

According to Counterpoint Research, shipments of TVs in India grew 15 per cent annually to reach the highest-ever 15 million units in 2019, and the growth was mainly driven by budget smart TVs, with 32-inch TVs the leading segment.

The report noted that smart TV was the fastest-growing segment, growing 25 per cent year-on-year. The smart TV market in India was mostly driven by brands like Xiaomi, Samsung, and emerging tail brands such as TCL, Vu and others, which are leveraging their growing channel presence both online and offline to target new users and upgrade users, it had added.

Xiaomi, which started selling smart TVs in India in 2018, offers various screen sizes ranging from 32-inches to 65-inches, priced at Rs 12,499 onwards.
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Last month, Realme had announced its foray into the smart TVs segment with two models -- 32-inch display (Rs 12,999) and 43-inch display (Rs 21,999) and said it aimed to sell 1 million units by December this year.

From OnePlus To Xiaomi, Smartphone Makers Bring Their A-Game, Launch High-Tech Phones Amid Covid-19 Crisis
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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world as we knew it. With almost the entire world in lockdown and a large number of people in self-quarantine, the struggle to get basic necessities is taking a toll on the health of the global citizen.

However, the ongoing crisis didn’t stop some of the best smartphone makers in the world from launching their flagship phones. Several smartphone makers, like Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Huawei held ‘online-only’ launch events and announced the release of their upcoming phones.

In a bid to live up to the expectations of the tech enthusiasts amid the global pandemic, the smartphone makers brought their A-game and released nifty pieces of gadgets which were running high on tech. Here’s a look at all the smartphones that were launched in the pandemic.

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Industries and businesses across the globe are taking a hit due to the Covid-19 crisis and the world economy is in a bad shape. On April 15, in order to appeal to consumers struggling to copy with a bleak economic backdrop, Apple launched an entry level iPhone SE, which costs $399 (approximately Rs 30,642).

Apple made the announcement in a statement, forgoing the normal splashy product launch events of the past few years.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who in the past hosted large media events, limited his comments to a tweet, calling the new handset "our most affordable iPhone,"and a "fantastic option in our lineup to help you stay connected, informed and entertained."

Apple trimmed costs by leaving out some of high-end features such as facial recognition, giving iPhone SE a fingerprint sensor and a home-screen button which fans will remember from previous generations. It features a single rear camera instead of the multiple lens in the newest iPhone 11.

(With inputs from AFP)

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One of the launches that was probably the most-awaited and was being looked forward to by tech enthusiasts all around the world was the OnePlus event where OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro were revealed. The Chinese smartphone maker’s first ever online-only event took place on 14 April, as countries around the world struggled to cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

OnePlus 8, in terms of design is light, curvy and thin. In addition to Onyx Black and Glacial Green, the OnePlus 8 will be available in Interstellar Glow. It will come in two storage variants - 8GB + 128GB at $699 (approximately Rs 53,730) and 12GB + 256GB at $799 (approximately Rs 61,417).

OnePlus 8 Pro, on the other hand, sports a 120 Hz QHD+ AMOLED Display, and silky-smooth, matte-frosted touch and increased haze levels. It will come in two storage variants - 8GB + 128GB at $899 (approximately Rs 69,112) and 12GB + 256GB at $999 (approximately Rs 76,800).

Also launched at the event were Warp Charge 30 Wireless which charges 60 per cent in 30 minutes and lightweight OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z.

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With a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor, quad camera and 40W wireless charging, Oppo Ace 2 is a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone space. The new offering from the Chinese smartphone maker was launched on April 13 when the Covid-19 pandemic had reached its peak in several countries around the world.

Ironically, Oppo Ace 2 was first launched in China, which also happens to be the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Not much is known about its global availability. Interestingly, Oppo let go the ‘Reno’ brand name completely and marketed ‘Ace’ as an entirely different series.

Apart from having the fastest wireless charging, Oppo Ace 2 has a 90 Hz refresh rate along with a 65W wired charging support much like its predecessor.

The Oppo Ace 2 has been launched in China for CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs 44,000) for the 8GB/128GB version, CNY 4,399 (approximately Rs 48,000) for the 8GB/256GB model, and CNY 4,599 (roughly Rs 50,000) for the 12GB/256GB storage model.

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Come 2020, Huawei launched 3 of its much-awaited smartphone variants which are a part of the P Series: P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Huawei launched the three variants on March 26 in an online launch event.

Huawei P40 offers 5G connectivity and so do the other variants, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. P40 also comes with a HiSilicon Kirin processor and a 22.5W fast-charging support. It costs €799 which is approximately Rs 66,780.

Huawei P40 Pro comes with a HiSilicon Kirin processor, a triple rear camera setup (50 MP+40MP+12MP), 8 GB RAM and a powerful 4,200 mAh battery. The P40 Pro costs €999 which is approximately Rs 83,400.

P40 Pro+, on the other hand, also has a 4,200 mAh battery, offers a 40W wireless charging support, 8 GB RAM along with a penta rear camera setup. P40 Pro+ costs €1399 which is approximately Rs 1,16,891.

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled two smartphones, Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in an online event on March 12, which was week 2 of the coronavirus outbreak in India. Xiaomi had reportedly planned an on-ground launch event for around 2,000 people but had to cancel it due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

While the sale of Redmi Note 9 Pro was scheduled to happen on March 24 at noon, the sale for 9 Pro Max was postponed after Xiaomi’s Global VP and India MD, Manu Kumar Jain sent out a tweet announcing the sale being pushed to a later date.

Xiaomi’s Redmi series is known for striking a good balance between the price point and the features of the phone. Both 9 Pro and 9 Pro Max come with an 8nm chipset, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. While 9 Pro Max comes in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants, 9 Pro comes in 4 GB and 6 GB variants.

Both 9 Pro and 9 Pro Max come with quad rear camera setup. With 9 Pro sports a 48+8+5+2 MP setup, Pro Max offers a 64+8+5+2 MP setup. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max 6GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 14, 999, while the 6GB/128GB storage variant costs Rs 16,999 and the top 8 GB variant is priced at Rs 18,999.

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Oppo Reno 3 Pro, the next in the Chinese smartphone maker’s list of the Reno-series, was launched at an event in New Delhi on March 2. That was the time when the number of Covid-19 cases in India were quite low and the lockdown hadn’t been imposed yet.

The Reno 3 Pro packs a powerful 4025 mAh battery with a MediaTek Helio P95 processor, 8 GB RAM, 44MP + 2MP front camera and a 64+13+8+2 MP quad rear camera.

With a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display, Oppo Reno 3 costs Rs 29,990.

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