Dual-camera Lenovo K8 Note launched in India, priced at Rs 12,999

This device has first stock Android (7.1.1), 13MP selfie camera, 5MP sensor with flash

Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo on Wednesday launched the much-awaited ‘ Lenovo K8 Note ‘ in India at Rs 12,999 (3GB RAM and 32GB storage version) that comes with a dual-camera setup (13MP+5MP sensor with flash).

The 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM variant will cost Rs 13,999. The device with first stock Android (7.1.1) has 13MP selfie camera that supports professional mode and flash (full-light LED flash) as well.

Lenovo ‘K8 Note’ will retail in venom black and fine gold colours on Amazon India, starting August 18.

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“This is the first global launch of a Lenovo product in India. ‘K8 Note’ comes packed with everything that our consumers would expect from a smartphone today – an eye-catching design, dual cameras, 10-core processor, great sound and, of course, the ‘TheaterMax’ technology that is the hallmark of the Note series,” Sudhin Mathur, Country Head, Lenovo Mobile Business Group, India, told reporters here.

‘TheaterMax’ allows users to view the content on your phone on a much larger virtual screen once they put on a VR headset and ‘Dolby Atmos’ ensures high-quality sound.

The dual camera set-up has a 13MP primary and 5MP depth sensor for better pictures and enhanced depth of field.

Reacting to rumours that the company was superstitious and didn’t launch the ‘K7’ series, Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing (Smartphones) at Lenovo, said: “There was a K7 Note but that wasn’t killer enough. We skipped a generation, took a leap and made ‘K8 Note'”. Read more

PM Modi wins Jeff Bezos’ assurance: Amazon will keep investing in India

Always impressed, energised by optimism and invention in India. Excited to keep investing: Bezos

US online retail giant Amazon would keep investing and growing in India, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in Washington DC on Sunday, soon after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Terrific meeting with Narendra Modi. Always impressed, energised by optimism and invention in India. Excited to keep investing and growing,” Bezos said on social networking platform Twitter.

Bezos was one of the 20-odd US business leaders who met Modi on Sunday. Among other big names were Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Apple CEO Tim Cook. All four US technology giants have been vying to grow their businesses in India, the last large open market in the world.

Bezos’ indication that Amazon’s investments in India will keep rolling comes at a time when the company has completed four years of doing business here and has cornered a sizeable chunk of the e-commerce market. The firm has committed to investing $5 billion in the country, and says half its investments have so far gone into building infrastructure.

Company News : Amit Agarwal, Amazon vice-president & country manager for India, has said the country’s e-commerce market is still in its infancy and it will take a lot more investment, not just from his company but from all players, to grow in the coming years. His thoughts reflect Bezos’ own philosophy that Amazon is still playing in the “Day 1” of e-commerce.

“We don’t really hold ourselves back based on a targeted investment. We will require a lot of investment, as will Indian e-commerce. It is still very early and we should be ready to invest for many years,” Agarwal had told Business Standard in a recent interview. Read more

Laptops cheaper than smartphones: Best deals under Amazon India’s ‘Back to Class’ sale Edit

Company News : In its ‘Back to College’ sale and ‘Back to class’ offers, Amazon India has since June 8 been offering very exciting deals especially for school and college students. The sale, to continue till June 11, is centred around products particularly of interest to students.

Here are some of the best deals that are currently running on Amazon India for students:

Back to Class Sale

Under the ‘Back to Class’ sale, Amazon India is offering huge discounts and offers on books, school bags, sports & fitness accessories and basic school supplies.

Books

For students in class 10, the e-commerce giant is offering Oswaal social science CBSE chapter-wise and topic-wise question banks with complete solutions (for March 2018 exam) for Rs 215. The deal is available as a lightning deal and is valid till 2 pm on June 9. At current lightening deal price, the book is selling at a discount of 46 per cent.

Photo: Amazon Photo: Amazon For students looking for a book on English language for class 10, Amazon is offering All in One English communicative by Gajendra Singh at Rs 227, down from Rs 350, a discount of 35 per cent. The book is also a part of lightning deals.

School bags

Amazon is offering school bags for as low as Rs 500 under the ‘Back to Class’ sale. Currently, the portal is offering a backpack made by Kuber Industries for as low as Rs 590 under its lightning deals. The actual price of the product is Rs 1,298. Under the current sale, the product is available at a discount of 55 per cent.

There is another spacious school bag with 30 litres of space that is currently retailing at a discount of 55 per cent. The backpack is available under lightning deals and is selling for Rs 817, down from Rs 1,798.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 sale begins on Amazon: All you need to know about the device

The Redmi 4 is a capable smartphone with a perfect screen size and resolution. Watch hands-on review

Xiaomi’s latest budget offering, the Xiaomi Redmi 4, went on sale at 12 noon on Tuesday, exclusively on Amazon India. In the first flash sale that had taken place on May 23, the smartphone had seen a huge interest from buyers and registered a record sales number of a whopping 250,000 units within the first eight minutes.

According to Amazon. in, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 had recorded more than 10 million hits per minute on the site, after having received some 2.3 million ‘notify me’ alerts from customers since the launch announcement on May 16.

The dual-sim budget smartphone with VoLTE capabilities is the latest offering from Xiaomi and offers an all-round performance. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 smartphone is available in three storage and RAM options – 16GB/2GB, 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB — which makes it a perfect smartphone option for people moving from feature phones to smartphones or those preferring budget smartphones with ample storage and RAM.

The base model of the device, with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM, is priced at Rs 6,999.

Business Standard reviewed the device to check how it matched against its tall claims. Here is a detailed review of the device:

The made-in-India Redmi 4 smartphone is the latest addition to Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi series and succeeds the popular Xiaomi Redmi 3S and 3S Prime, the smartphone that has recorded the highest ever online sales numbers in India – 4 million units in just nine months – according to the company. Read more

Dark matter may not exist at all, say scientists

If this finding is upheld, it could have a significant impact on models of the universe

The elusive Dark Energy , thought to make up 68 per cent of the universe, may not exist at all, scientists have claimed.

They believe that standard models of the universe fail to take account of its changing structure, but that once this is done the need for dark energy disappears.

From the 1920s, mapping the velocities of galaxies led scientists to conclude that the whole universe is expanding, and that it began life as a vanishingly small point.

In the second half of the twentieth century, astronomers found evidence for unseen ‘dark’ matter by observing that something extra was needed to explain the motion of stars within galaxies.

Dark matter is now thought to make up 27 per cent of the content of universe (in contrast ‘ordinary’ matter amounts to only five per cent).

Observations of the explosions of white dwarf stars in binary systems in the 1990s led scientists to the conclusion that a third component, dark energy, made up 68 per cent of the cosmos, and is responsible for driving an acceleration in the expansion of the universe.

In the new work, researchers led by PhD student Gabor Racz of Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary, question the existence of dark energy and suggest an alternative explanation. (more)

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