Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Launch Set for Wednesday

After many leaks, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 smartphone in August last year. Now, the company has announced that a variant of the smartphone, named Redmi Note 4X, is on its way as well. Xiaomi took to Weibo to announce the Redmi Note 4X launch in China. The unveiling of the Xiaomi smartphone will take place on Wednesday, February 8 – which is when the Redmi 4X’s pricing and availability will be revealed – and the smartphone will go on sale on Valentine’s Day i.e., February 14.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Launch Set for Wednesday

The Redmi Note 4X teaser was shared by Xiaomi on its official Weibo page, and confirmed the name of the smartphone. While the image does not share any other details, the upcoming Xiaomi handset is presumably going to be more expensive than the Redmi Note 4 smartphone.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X has been leaked on several occasions in the past as well, and its certification listing revealed key specifications details. The next Xiaomi smartphone is expected to feature a 5.5-inch full-HD display, be powered by a 2GHz deca-core CPU, thought to be the MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, though other countries including in India may see launch of a Snapdragon 653 SoC variant. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X leaks suggest that it will pack 4GB of RAM, though 2GB and 3GB RAM variants will also be offered. Inbuilt storage variants include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with microSD storage expansion (up to 32GB).

Dimensions of Redmi Note 4X are expected to be at 151×76.3×8.54mm, making it slightly wider and thicker than the Redmi Note 4 (151x76x8.3mm). It weighs in at 176.54 grams, slightly more than the Redmi Note 4’s 175-gram weight, and tipped to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Xiaomi handset may sport a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 4000mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Nokia P1 Android Phone Price, Specifications, and More: What the Rumours Say

HMD Global flagged off its Nokia Android phone lineup this year with the Nokia 6 mid-range smartphone. The smartphone was met with a lot of adulation, and was even sold out in under a minute in its first flash sale in China. The company is now largely expected to launch the Nokia P1 smartphone at its event in MWC 2017. But unlike the Nokia 6, the upcoming Nokia P1 is said to be a flagship device, and has been extensively tipped running up to the rumoured launch date.

Nokia P1 Android Phone Price, Specifications, and More: What the Rumours Say

There’s a lot that is known about Nokia P1 already, and a concept video was also made recently, based on all the leaks. Here’s a comprehensive look at everything we know so far about the Nokia P1 smartphone:

Nokia P1 pricing and availability

The Nokia P1 smartphone is expected to come in two storage variants – 128GB and 256GB. The 128GB Nokia P1 variant is tipped to start at around $800 (roughly Rs. 54,500), and the 256GB variant is tipped to start at around $950 (roughly Rs. 64,700). As mentioned, the smartphone is largely expected to be unveiled at MWC, where the official pricing and availability will be announced. HMD Global is hosting its event on February 26. If the Nokia 6 launch is any testimony, then the Nokia P1 will also be a China-only launch, and international markets should get it at a later date.

Nokia P1 design

Based on the concept render video, the Nokia P1 is a premium looking high-end Android device with a metal frame. The hybrid dual-SIM slot is on the left edge, while the volume and power buttons are on the right edge. There’s a Carl Zeiss lens at the back with the Nokia logo placed vertically. Nokia P1 is also said to have a USB Type-C port, the speaker grille, and the 3.5mm audio jack – all situated at the bottom edge. The Home Button sits below the display presumably over the fingerprint scanner. In the leak, the Nokia P1 is seen in Silver, Black, and Rose Gold colour options.

The Nokia P1 smartphone is expected to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and feature a 5.3-inch display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top, with either full-HD or QHD screen resolution. The Nokia P1 is tipped to pack the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. However, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is reportedly going to be the first device to launch with the latest Qualcomm processor, and given the Nokia P1 is pegged for an MWC launch, this processor choice seems questionable.

The Nokia P1 rear camera is said to feature a Zeiss-certified 22.6-megapixel sensor, and the smartphone is also come with IP57-certification for dust and water resistance. The phone is also rumoured to pack a 3500mAh battery with support for quick charging, and 128GB and 256GB storage options.

Nokia Sees Network Market Down in 2017, Modest Growth in 2018

Nokia Sees Network Market Down in 2017, Modest Growth in 2018Nokia expects its sales to fall around 2 percent next year, in line with the broader telecom network businesses in which it operates, but forecasts the market and its own business will return to modest growth in 2018.

The Finnish company set out its outlook on Tuesday at an investor meeting in Barcelona, where it warned markets for networks equipment next year would decline in Europe, Greater China and Latin America, while remaining flat in North America, Middle East Africa and Asia, outside China.

Nokia added it planned a dividend of 0.17 euros per share for 2016, up from 0.16 euros last year, but below analysts’ mean forecast of 0.19 euros, according to Thomson Reuters data. Nokia also paid a special dividend of 0.10 euros in 2015.

Shares in the company fell 5.6 percent following the announcement.

Between 2016 and 2021, Nokia said it expected a rebound in several regions of the world, although growth would remain flat in Europe and decline over the next five years in Greater China, according to its investor presentation.

Nokia bought French rival Alcatel-Lucent earlier this year to better compete with Ericsson and Huaweiin a tough market.

Ericsson, the world’s largest mobile equipment maker, in particular has had a torrid few months, issuing a series of profit warnings.

Last week, the Swedish firm said its mobile gear business would decline around 2 to 6 percent in 2017.

Ericsson has suffered a sharper fall in sales, cut its forecasts and recently hired a new chief executive amid an industry-wide decline in demand for current 4G mobile network equipment, which is not expected to significantly recover until next-generation 5G equipment arrives around 2020.

Nokia President and Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said on Tuesday his company was outperforming Ericsson in almost every area.

“Nokia is not Ericsson. They are in crisis,” Suri told investors.