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Google said it is cutting ties with Huawei to comply with an executive order issued by President Donald Trump.

Samsung Electronics surged more than four percent Tuesday on the back of its chief rival Huawei’s mounting problems, including a decision by Google to sever ties with the Chinese mobile phone maker.

US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said this week it is cutting ties with Huawei to comply with an executive order issued by President Donald Trump.

The move could have dramatic implications for Huawei smartphone users, as the firm will no longer have access to Google’s proprietary services – which include the Gmail and Google Maps apps.

Investors bet Huawei’s loss could benefit Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker which has been facing increasing competition from its Chinese rival, sending its shares soaring 4.3 percent in afternoon trade in Seoul.

Analysts say the US ban will damage Huawei’s ability to sell phones outside China, offering Samsung a chance to consolidate its position at the top of the global market.

“If you are in Europe or China and couldn’t use Google map or any Android services with a Huawei smartphone, would you buy one?” MS Hwang, an analyst at Samsung Securities, told Bloomberg News, adding: “Wouldn’t you buy a Samsung smartphone instead?”

Samsung accounted for 23.1 percent of global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year, according to industry tracker International Data Corporation, while Huawei had 19.0 percent.

Last week, Trump declared a “national emergency” empowering him to blacklist companies seen as “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States” — a move analysts said was clearly aimed at Huawei.

The US Commerce Department announced a ban on American companies selling or transferring US technology to Huawei, with a 90-day reprieve by allowing temporary licences.

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Apple said to have announced the move in an internal memo to Apple Store repair staff and the iPhone maker’s Authorised Service Providers.

Running low on inventory for the older model, Apple has informed its retail staff to substitute some Apple Watch Series 3 repairs with the Series 4 globally, the media reported.

The company announced the change in an internal memo that was delivered to Apple Store repair staff and the iPhone maker’s Authorized Service Providers around the world, 9To5Mac reported on Monday.

As of now, Apple has not provided any details about how long would the Series 3 constraints and Series 4 upgrades scheme last.

The new repair and replacement upgrade for the Apple Watch is the latest of several instances of the company substituting Apple Watch repairs with newer models.

The iPhone-maker released its Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity built in 2017. The 38mm variant of the watch currently costs Rs. 28,900, while the 42mm GPS variant is priced at Rs. 31,900 in India.

Launched last October, the price of Apple Watch Series 4 GPS is Rs 40,900 for the 40mm variant and Rs. 43,900 for the 44mm version.

“As usual, it’s not guaranteed that all locations will acknowledge existence of this internal policy, especially given that there is no definitive end date, so your mileage may vary,” the report said.

In January, the company announced that some first-generation Apple Watches and Apple Watch Series 1 could qualify for Series 2 replacements, due to supply constraints on repair parts for the older models.

Earlier this month, Apple confirmed that repairs of certain Apple Watch Series 2 models will be fulfilled with equivalent Series 3 models due to temporary shortages of unspecified Series 2 parts, the report added.

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A spokesman for Infineon Technologies said the majority of products it delivers to Huawei are not subject to US restrictions

European semiconductor makers said they would still keep on supplying to Huawei Technologies, after the effects of the US ban continued to ripple across global markets.

The Trump administration on Friday blacklisted Huawei – which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage – and threatened to cut it off from the US software and semiconductors it needs to make its products.

A spokesman for Infineon Technologies – one of Europe’s largest chipmakers – said the majority of products it delivers to Huawei are not subject to US restrictions, adding that the chipmaker can “make adaptions in our international supply chain.” Austria-based AMS AG also said that it had not suspended shipments to Huawei.

Huawei accounts for 1.3% of Infineon’s sales, and 3.7% of AMS’s revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Infineon has suspended deliveries to Huawei, Nikkei Asian Review reported earlier Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The US Commerce Department has said it will put Huawei on an “Entity List” – meaning any US company will need a special license to sell products to the world’s largest networking gear maker and second-largest smartphone brand. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg Television the measures limiting its access to US components would become official on May 17.

US chipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom have told their employees they will not supply Huawei till further notice, according to people familiar with their actions.

The ruling means that suppliers outside the US that can supply research and manufacture products for Huawei may not be as badly hit.

NXP Semiconductors, which trades in New York and receives 1.6% of its sales from Huawei according to data compiled by Bloomberg, said it has a policy to ensure it complies with laws and trade rules. “This also applies for supplies to Huawei insofar supplies are covered by the US order,” the company said Monday, declining to comment further.

Some companies are even openly optimistic. “As a UK headquartered global organisation, with no research and development in the USA, we’re in a unique position to work with companies around the world,” said Woz Ahmed, executive vice president of corporate development at Imagination Technologies.

Shares in fellow UK-based tech company Dialog Semiconductor, which supplies power-management chips for various Huawei products, is monitoring the situation closely, according to a person familiar with the matter.

So far, investors are more bearish. STMicroelectronics NV fell as much as 10.2% in Paris on Monday, while Infineon dropped as much as 6% in Frankfurt. Shares in AMS dropped as much as 13.4%, the most in over three months. NXP was down 2.8% at 7:51 a.m. in New York during pre-market trading.

Huawei is said to have stockpiled enough chips and other vital components to keep its business running for at least three months, and has been preparing for such an eventuality since at least the middle of 2018, hoarding components while designing its own chips, people familiar with the matter said.

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Visitors to the Chengdu panda base will be able to scan pandas’ faces with an app to get information about each individual bear.

Can’t tell Bei Bei apart from Bao Bao? Fear not. Chinese tech whizzes, who already have perfected facial recognition technology for humans to frightening levels of accuracy, have now come up with an app that can tell one white-faced, black-eyed bear from another.

“You no longer need to worry about making the pandas angry by calling them by the wrong name,” the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding wrote on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, as it announced its new “giant panda facial recognition” app.

Visitors to the panda base in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu, one of China’s top tourist attractions, will be able to scan the panda’s face with the mobile app to get information about each individual bear.

“It’s good news for those with ‘face blindness’ for giant pandas,” the research base said, apparently without irony, in its statement announcing the breakthrough.

The panda facial recognition technology is the result of two years of research and the analysis of about 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of the monochromatic furballs. Scientists at the Chengdu base and Sichuan Normal University, with help from Singapore Nanyang Technological University, have created a database containing 10,000 marked and annotated panda photos.

It’s not just a gimmick for tourists, though. Researcher say the technology will help them analyze data on pandas both in captivity and the wild.

“The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distribution, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” said Chen Peng, a researcher who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”

“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen told the Xinhua state-run news agency.

Facial recognition technology is already widely used in China, especially by police and immigration authorities, and there is already an all-encompassing network of facial recognition cameras to keep tabs on the population.

Police picked a wanted fugitive out of a crowd of 60,000 people at a pop concert in the city of Nanchang last year. In the city of Zhengzhou, billboard-size screens show the faces and ID cards of jaywalkers.

Some public restrooms in Beijing use facial recognition to limit the amount of toilet paper dispensed to each person, while a KFC outlet in Hangzhou has rolled out a “Smile to Pay” system, the South China Morning Post reported.

China’s aim is to build a system that can recognize all 1.4 billion of its citizens within three seconds and with a 90 percent accuracy rate.

Although the rationale is the same – it’s all about looking after people, or pandas, the authorities say – the endangered bears are probably less likely to worry about being shamed or having their privacy violated.

There are 548 pandas in captivity, according to Xinhua, and fewer than 2,000 live in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.

Two pandas arrived in China from the San Diego Zoo last week after the zoo’s deal reportedly expired. Twenty-seven-year-old Bai Yun, who had lived in San Diego since the age of 4 and whose name means “White Cloud,” and her 6-year-old son, Xiao Liwu or “Little Gift,” arrived in Chengdu last week, the research base said.

They will be isolated for a month to help them adapt to their new environment, the base said.

There had been speculation that the pandas were recalled as part of the trade war between the United States and China, which has escalated again in the last month. But Chinese media flatly rejected that, saying that the lease period had just expired.

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Redmi Note 7S is the same smartphone that originally debuted as Redmi Note 7 in China.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S will be replacing the Redmi Note 7 in India, the Chinese smartphone maker has revealed. It will put an end to the very short lifecycle of the Indian version of Redmi Note 7, which was launched in late February in the country. A Xiaomi executive stated the Redmi Note 7 will get phased out soon but did not reveal an exact date when the company plans to stop selling the smartphone. Another Xiaomi executive added that there might be some days of overlap between the availability of the two phones.

Xiaomi’s head of online sales for India, Raghu Reddy, was first to announce that Redmi Note 7 ₹ 11,099 will be making way for Redmi Note 7S on Twitter. His sentiments were further echoed by other Xiaomi executives. Additionally, Xiaomi India Marketing Head Anuj Sharma indicated that Xiaomi had planned a limited run for Redmi Note 7 and the planned units of the phone were sold out quickly.

To recall, Xiaomi on Monday officially unveiled the Redmi Note 7S in India. The phone is essentially the same smartphone that was originally released as Redmi Note 7 in China. With the launch of Redmi Note 7S, it made no sense for the consumers to go for the Indian variant of Redmi Note 7, so it is not surprising that Xiaomi is removing the Redmi Note 7 from its portfolio.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 7S features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ Dot Notch screen and is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. The phone runs on Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top and includes a dual-camera setup on the back with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Other specifications of the phone include 4G LTE support, 4,000mAh battery, and a rear fingerprint sensor.

The phone will go on sale starting May 23 in the country via, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores. The Xiaomi offline partners and Mi Studio outlets will get the smartphone a day later on May 24. Redmi Note 7S price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and goes up to Rs. 12,999 for 4GB + 64GB variant. To know more about the smartphone, don’t forget to check out our first impressions of the phone.

The Redmi Note 7 was launched in India in February, and was put up for open sale in April.

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The company didn’t say when it first found out about the problem.

Boeing acknowledged Saturday it had to correct flaws in its 737 Max flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people.

“Boeing has made corrections to the 737 Max simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions,” it said in a statement.

The company did not indicate when it first became aware of the problem, and whether it informed regulators.

Its statement marked the first time Boeing acknowledged there was a design flaw in software linked to the 737 Max, whose MCAS anti-stall software has been blamed in large part for the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.

According to Boeing, the flight simulator software was incapable of reproducing certain flight conditions similar to those at the time of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March or the Lion Air crash in October.

The company said the latest “changes will improve the simulation of force loads on the manual trim wheel,” a rarely used manual wheel to control the plane’s angle.

“Boeing is working closely with the device manufacturers and regulators on these changes and improvements, and to ensure that customer training is not disrupted,” it added.

Southwest Airlines, a major 737 Max customer with 34 of the aircraft in its fleet, told AFP it expected to receive the first simulator “late this year.”

American Airlines, which has 24 of the aircraft, said it had ordered a 737 Max simulator that will be delivered and put into operation in December.

“As a result of the continuing investigation into both aircraft accidents, we are looking at the potential for additional training opportunities in coordination with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and Allied Pilots Association,” it added.

Certification process

The planes have been grounded around the world, awaiting approval from US and international regulators before they can return to service.

Only Air Canada has a Max simulator, industry sources told AFP.

Currently, there is only one flight simulator specific to the 737 Max in the United States, and it is owned by Boeing, according to FAA documentation.

US airlines train their pilots flying the Max on a simulator built for the 737 NG, the version preceding the 737 Max in the 737 aircraft family.

Southwest said that’s because during the certification process for the Max, Boeing stressed that there were only minor differences with the NG and simple computer and online training could accommodate for the differences.

The FAA, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and Canadian regulators had approved those recommendations, Boeing stresses.

However, the 737 NG lacks an MCAS, specially designed for the Max in order to correct an aerodynamic anomaly due to its heavier motor and to prevent the plane from stalling.

Pilot training will likely be at the heart of the meeting of international regulators in Forth Worth, Texas on Thursday when the FAA will try convince its counterparts of the robustness of its certification process for the modified 737 Max.

The American regulator has maintained that training pilots on a simulator is not essential, a position with which pilots and its Canadian counterpart disagree.

Boeing said Thursday that it completed its software update on the 737 Max.

The proposed fix, which addresses a problem with a flight handling system thought to be a factor in both crashes, must now win approval from US and international regulators before the planes can return to service.

US airlines have targeted August as the date they expect to resume flying on the 737 Max.

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All India-specific features were exclusively developed at OnePlus’ R&D centre in Hyderabad.

At the India launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, Szymon Kopec, Product Lead at OnePlus, announced that OxygenOS will be getting a few extra features especially for India via a software update in the near future. Gadgets 360 was privy to this information during a briefing session held a few weeks before the phone’s launch and we can now finally talk about it. The India-specific features will be rolling out in the Open Beta build of OxygenOS at the end of June, first to the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T smartphones. These features include Word-life Balance, a Smart SMS app, Caller Identification, OnePlus Roaming, and Cricket Scores. OnePlus states that the names of these features are not yet final and could change by the time it actually rolls out later in June.

Now, we must state that we haven’t tried out these features ourselves as they are still a work in progress but we were given a brief on how they work and how it will look like on the users phone.

Caller Identification will be integrated into the dialler app, so you’ll be able to identify unknown callers before answering the call. OnePlus says that it will be able to recognise and label spam calls from businesses and also legitimate calls from businesses, such as a service call from OnePlus service centre. You’ll also be able to tag an unknown number as Spam, Real Estate Agent, Courier/Deliver, etc, which we’re assuming would be crowdsourced to permanently classify that number as spam or a legitimate number, the way Truecaller does it.

Next up is Smart SMS app, which will be able to detect the type of SMS and alter the way it’s presented to you. OnePlus says it’s currently identified 39 categories of service messages, ranging from courier status, bills, banking, transport, entertainment, etc. For instance, a movie ticket confirmation SMS will be formatted to clearly highlight the name of the movie, your seat number, venue, time, etc, while an SMS from a courier will have the ETA for the arrival and contextual buttons to track your package, etc. Apart from this, OTPs, transactions and promotion SMSes will be automatically grouped into separate categories within the app, so you don’t mix them up with your personal messages.

The Work-life Balance feature is an interesting one. It lets you set you work and leisure timings and also choose which apps should be blocked from sending notifications during that time. For instance, you can choose to block notifications from social apps during your workday and vice versa. It lets you create a Work and Life preset, where you select you apps, connectivity and timing for each group. You can also monitor how many hours you’ve actually spent on ‘work’ or ‘life’ apps with the help of a bar chart.

We don’t much detail on how OnePlus Roaming actually works yet, but the principle seems to be similar to what Oppo and Realme have been offering in ColourOS, with ORoaming. This feature is said to offer affordable data packs when you travel abroad, in case you don’t want to buy a local SIM card or use international roaming on your home number. It will show up as an option in the ‘Wi-Fi & Internet’ sub-menu of the Settings app.

Finally, there’s Cricket Scores, which will be integrated into the Shelf, which is the left most screen on a OnePlus phone which also gives you shortcuts to your recent apps, weather etc. OnePlus has tied up with ESPNCricinfo for this feature, which will show you the current big cricket matches being played and you’ll be able to follow the scores in real-time.

We can expect all of these features to roll out to the OnePlus 6 (Review) and OnePlus 6T ₹ 32,999 (Review) in the Open Beta build of OxygenOS first, around June. There’s no timeline on when this will arrive on the new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro ₹ 48,999 (Review), but we’re assuming it should take too long before they are available in the stable builds for all OnePlus smartphones.

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Redmi Note 7S seems identical to the China variant of the Redmi Note 7.

Redmi Note 7S is official. Xiaomi India on Monday unveiled the new Redmi Note 7S smartphone in the country. A variant of the company’s already available Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphones, the new Redmi Note 7S will go on sale through Flipkart,, and Mi Home stores starting from May 23. The phone will be available with a starting price of Rs. 10,999. Key highlights of the Redmi Note 7S includes a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display, octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC, and a 4,000mAh battery. There are also dual rear cameras — with a 48-megapixel primary sensor. Notably, the specifications of the Redmi Note 7S are seemingly identical to the Redmi Note 7 variant that was launched in China back in January.

Redmi Note 7S price in India, launch offers

The Redmi Note 7S price in India has been set at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage mode, whereas the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the smartphone is priced at Rs. 12,999. Both variants come in three distinct colour options, namely Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue.

Xiaomi will start selling the Redmi Note 7S in India through Flipkart,, and Mi Home stores from May 23, Thursday. The phone will also go on sale through Mi Studio and Xiaomi partner retail stores on May 24, Friday.

The Redmi Note 7S is the third model in the Redmi Note 7 ₹ 11,099 series in India — after the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro ₹ 16,599, both of which debuted in late February. The new phone, however, has no noticeable differences from what was launched in China in January this year.

Redmi Note 7S specifications, features

The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 7S runs Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top and features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Dot Notch Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back of the smartphone along with a P2i splash-resistant coating. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 7S has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC that is clocked at 2.2GHz, coupled with up to 4GB of RAM.

For photos and videos, the Redmi Note 7S comes with dual rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. There is also a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Further, the phone has features such as PDAF, EIS, and AI Portrait Mode. Xiaomi has also provided a 13-megapixel sensor at the front that supports AI Portrait mode and AI Face unlock.

In terms of storage, the Redmi Note 7S has 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on the Redmi Note 7S include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, distance sensor, electronic compass, fingerprint sensor, and an infrared sensor.

The Redmi Note 7S packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4 fast charging tech. Besides, the phone measures 159.2×75.2×8.1mm.

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The biggest highlight of the Asus ZenFone 6 is its rotating camera.

Asus ZenFone 6 was launched in Spain last week, and now the Taiwanese computing giant is getting to ready to release the phone in India. The phone has been listed on e-retailer Flipkart. A dedicated page for the Asus ZenFone 6 has been set up on the e-retailer, which shows it as ‘coming soon’. The biggest highlight of the phone is its flip camera module that becomes a selfie shooter whenever required, thus eliminating the need of a separate front camera setup altogether.

The dedicated page for the Asus ZenFone 6 on Flipkart lists all the key features and specifications of the phone. The page claims that the phone will arrive soon in India. Flipkart is not taking registrations of interest as of yet, but that button should go live once the launch date is revealed.

To recall, the Asus ZenFone 6 price starts at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 39,100) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, while the 6GB + 128GB version will retail at EUR 559 (roughly Rs. 43,800), and finally, the top-end 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 47,000). It has been made available in Midnight Black and Twilight Silver options.

Asus ZenFone 6 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone 6 runs on Android Pie with the company’s Zen UI 6 on top. The phone features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) IPS screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The ZenFone 6 is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and Adreno 640 GPU. The phone packs up to 256GB of inbuilt storage (UFS 2.1), which can be expanded using a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 2TB).

On the imaging front the phone packs a dual camera setup, which houses a 48-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.79, laser focus, and dual-LED flash as well as a 13-megapixel secondary ultra-wide-angle camera.

Asus has included a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0. There are dual speakers onboard as well with dual smart amplifiers and 3.5mm audio jack.

Other specifications of the ZenFone 6 include USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS connectivity options. The dimensions of the new Asus phone are 159.1×75.11×8.1-9.1mm and it weighs 190 grams. The company is also touting the presence of stereo speakers (top and bottom), and a notification LED light.

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Redmi 7 price in India starts at Rs. 7,999.

Redmi 7 was launched in India last month and the phone has been sold via flash sales ever since. Now, Xiaomi has made the phone available in an open sale manner on,, and Mi Home stores. The company revealed the development on its website and the consumers users can buy the phone without waiting for a flash sale. The Redmi 7’s biggest highlight is its Aura Smoke gradient design, apart from the large 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 632 SoC, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Redmi 7 price in India

The Redmi 7 ₹ 10,499 price in India starts at Rs. 7,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. It is offered in Comet Blue, Eclipse Black, and Lunar Red colour variants. The Redmi 7 can be purchased from,, and Mi Home stores. and are offering discounts on exchange and no-cost EMI options for the phone. Other sale offers include Jio Double Data for up to four years and up to Rs. 2,400 cashback.

Redmi 7 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 7 runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. It sports a 6.26-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display along with a 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and an 84-percent NTSC colour gamut. The Redmi 7 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the variant launched.

The Redmi 7 sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary camera (f/2.2 aperture, 1.25-micron pixels), apart from a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The rear setup offers phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and a dual-LED flash module. On the front, the Redmi 7 sports an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and the company is touting AI portrait mode as well as AI Beautify 4.0.

Xiaomi is offering 32GB inbuilt storage option on the Redmi 7, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) with its own dedicated card slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, Infrared (IR) blaster, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It sports a rear fingerprint sensor.

Besides, the phone packs a 4,000mAh battery and comes with a P2i splash-resistant coating. It measures in at 158.73×75.58×8.47mm and weighs 180 grams.

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