Redmi 5 New Variant, Nokia 3310 4G, Phone With 10GB RAM

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HIGHLIGHTS
Xiaomi Redmi 5 gets a new 4GB variant
The Nokia 3310 (4G) was launched in China
A leaked Vivo smartphone could come with a whopping 10GB of RAM
Welcome back to our weekly roundup of all the news you can use from the world of tech. This week, one of the highlights was the launch of a third variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 5. Packing 4GB of RAM, it's a step up from the existing 2GB and 3GB options, and its price in China is CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 11,000), a premium of CNY 200 (roughly Rs. 2,000). There's no official news about the Redmi 5 coming to India just yet, though the launch might well be around the corner.

To recall, the Xiaomi Redmi 5, which was launched in December, has a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, and it's powered by an octa-core Snapdragon SoC. There are three RAM variants as mentioned above, and while the 2GB variant comes with 16GB of storage, the others have 32GB storage. There's a 12-megapixel rear-camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, along with a 3300mAh battery. Meanwhile in India, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A also got a new variant, but this just an additional colour - rose gold. The entry level phone is presently available at just Rs. 4,999 for the variant with 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage, and has a 5-inch HD display, along with a 3000mAh battery.

Xiaomi also announced an update the rollout for MIUI 9.2 - the Xiaomi Redmi Note and Redmi Note Prime are both getting the update, as is the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, though that phone will get a version based on Kitkat. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has also started receiving the MIUI 9 update.
Meanwhile, HMD Global has launched the 4G variant of the Nokia 3310 (2017). The new Nokia 3310 4G has only been listed in China right now, and price and global availability details of the new Nokia 3310 variant are likely to be announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, later this month. The company is no doubt hoping for a repeat of MWC 2017, when it stole the show by revealing the rebooted Nokia 3310.

Apart from that, the company had some more good news for interested buyers in India. The Nokia 8 and Nokia 5 both saw price cuts in India, of Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 1,000 respectively. This brings the Nokia 8 price down to Rs. 28,999 from Rs. 36,999, and the Nokia 5 goes from Rs. 13,499 to Rs. 12,499. This is a pretty good deal, but it comes just weeks before a slew of Nokia phones, including the Nokia 8 (2018) model, are expected to make an appearance at MWC 2018.

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OnePlus kicked off the week by announcing a buyback programme in India - the company is allowing users to exchange an old handset to get a discount on the OnePlus 5T. This exchange is being powered by Cashify, along the same lines as Xiaomi's smartphone exchange programme, which was announced in November. In both cases, the Cashify team determines the exchange value, but in this case, you can avail the buyback service only after a smartphone order has been placed on the OnePlus website.




However, OnePlus also faced a spyware allegation this week - French security researcher Elliot Alderson alleged on Twitter that the company is identifying and uploading clipboard data such as bank account numbers and emails to a Chinese server. OnePlus has refuted the claim, and stated that the code in question was inactive for its global users. In some good news for its users, the OnePlus 5T also got new features this week, bringing iPhone X-like gestures, and SMS categorisation for Indian users.

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