- Jio Happy New Year offer brings a Rs. 2,020 prepaid recharge plan
- Vivo Y11 (2019) launched in India this week at Rs. 8,990
- Airtel expands Wi-Fi calling feature to more regions in the country
Vivo S1 Pro launch date reveal, Oppo Reno 3 series launch, the news of Redmi Note 8 duo going on open sale in India were the biggest tech stories in a week that was pretty light on news. Also, in our last weekend wrap of this year, we talk about Vivo Y11 (2019) launch in India, Realme’s 2020 device plans, and Jio 2020 Happy New Year Offer. We have also published over a dozen features this week taking a look at the happening in the world of tech in 2019 and this decade. The year-enders and decade-enders aside, read on for more on what happened this week in tech.
Vivo S1 Pro India launch on January 4
Vivo has revealed that it will launch the Vivo S1 Pro next week in the country. Amazon India also published a teaser page for the smartphone on its platform that offers a few details about the phone, in turn indicating that we are going to see the same Vivo S1 Pro variant that was released in Philippines and not the one that was launched in the company’s home market of China. Part of the company’s style-focussed S-series, the S1 Pro will be the second phone in the lineup in the country.
If Vivo doesn’t change anything from the Vivo S1 Pro model available in Philippines, we can expect to see a design with a waterdrop-style notch on the front and a diamond-shared camera module on the back. There will also be gradient-finish on the back. Vivo has confirmed at least the back design and camera setup in its teasers. On the specifications front, Vivo S1 Pro will include Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.2, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, and 6.38-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display.
Additionally, the phone features a quad rear camera setup that houses a 48-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel secondary ultra-wide-angle camera, and two 2-megapixel sensors for depth sensing and macro photography. For selfies, the Vivo S1 Pro comes with a 32-megapixel front shooter. The Vivo S1 Pro India price is a mystery at this point, however, if the Philippines price of the phone – PHP 15,999 (roughly Rs. 22,500) – is any indication, we can expect it to retail around Rs. 22,000 in the country.
Oppo Reno 3, Reno 3 Pro launch
Oppo, which shares the same parent company as Vivo, unveiled its new Reno 3 smartphone lineup in China this week. The lineup includes two new phones – Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro – as well as a special edition of Reno 3 Pro, called Pantone Edition. In addition to the new phones, the company also introduced its Enco Free true wireless earbuds.
Talking about the Oppo Reno 3 Pro first, it has got a starting price of CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 40,000) for the 8GB + 128GB model, whereas the phone’s top-end 12GB + 256GB configuration will cost buyers CNY 4,499 (roughly Rs. 45,000). It runs Android 10, with ColorOS 7 on top, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. Additionally, Oppo has included a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels) curved AMOLED display, quad rear cameras, a 32-megapixel selfie shooter, and 4,025mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 support.