Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Almost bezel-less, smartphone’s 18:9 screen excites

Priced at Rs 35,999, the phone has a lot to offer; some software downsides notwithstanding, the Mi Mix 2 is a flagship smartphone with no real competition

Last year, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi initiated an era of bezel-less smartphones with the launch of the Mi Mix, the first device to drop the bezels and break away from the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio screen in favour of 18:9.

The company has taken a step forward this year and unveiled the ‘ Xiaomi Mi Mix 2’, built on the blueprint of the Mi Mix but containing much more refined ergonomics and a premium design language.

Business Standard reviews the device to gauge its performance on different parameters. Here are our observations:


The Mi Mix 2 is a delight to hold and use. It has a 5.99-inch screen covering almost the entire front. The smartphone, though it competes in the bezel-less arena, does have tiny bezels on three sides of the screen – top, left and right. The limited bottom chin hosts the front camera sensor.

The lustrous ceramic back looks premium but is also a fingerprint magnet, requiring regular clean-ups. The back side is neat, with the primary camera placed at the centre, enclosed in an 18k gold-plated rim that adds to the device’s premium quotient. The fingerprint scanner is placed right below the camera, making it easier to reach to unlock the device.

Overall, the phone’s premium build quality, coupled with top-notch aesthetics, makes it easy to use and a delight to hold.


The Mi Mix 2’s 5.99-inch IPS display in an 18:9 aspect ratio is a bold step forward and sets a precedence for other smartphone makers to follow. Xiaomi has done some incredible work to reduce the screen-to-body aspect ratio of the Mi Mix 2, and the result is pleasing to the eye. (more)


UPSC Hires Assistant Director (Physical Education). Apply With These Steps

Candidates willing to take up the post can apply for the same till November 2, 2017 (Thursday).

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is inviting applications for the post Assistant Director (Physical Education) to be hired by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Pahargaon, Port Blair under Andaman and Nicobar Island Administration. Candidates willing to take up the post can apply for the same till November 2, 2017 (Thursday). The number of vacancy is 1 reserved for UR (1), OBC (0), SC (0) and ST (0). The qualified candidate would be paid as PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 plus AGP of Rs. 6000 Emoluments Rs.48, 600/- (Excluding HRA and SCA). The location is Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar Islands. The post carries probation of one year.

Eligibility Parameters:
Age: Not exceeding 35 years (Relaxable for Govt. Servants up to 5 years’ in accordance with instructions or orders issued by the central Govt.)

Educational Qualification:

  • Master’s Degree in Physical Education with 55% marks OR Master’s Degree in Sports Science with 55% marks (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) with a consistently good academic record.
  • Record of having represented the University/ Collegeat the Inter-University/ Inter-College competitions or the State and/ or National Championships.
  • Passed in the National Eligibility Test (NET) OR SLET/ SET for recruitment and appointment as University Assistant Director of Physical Education/ College Director of Physical Education and Sports.
  • Passed the physical fitness test conducted in accordance with the norms specified under

12 minutes run/walk test (Male): Up to 30 years: 1800, Up to 40 years: 1500, Up to 45 years: 1200 and Up to 50 years: 800.
12 minutes run/walk test (Female): Up to 30 years: 1000, Up to 40 years: 800, Up to 45 years: 600 and Up to 50 years: 400.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Teach students the physical fitness techniques, sports playing, and guide them toward living a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Instruct and coach students to play on interactive sports teams against each other, motivate them during exercises. Read more

Jio’s Diwali offer: 100% cashback on Rs 399 pack; here’s how you can get it

Under the Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, Jio Prime customers get eight vouchers worth Rs 50 each on a recharge of Rs 399. The offer can be availed of during the Oct 12-16 period


Reliance Jio has announce a 100 per cent cashback offer on Rs 399 recharge for Jio Prime customers. Dubbed the ‘Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan’ Jio’s Diwali offer , the cashback comes in the form of eight Rs 50 vouchers that can be redeemed in further recharges. Jio Prime customers can avail of the offer starting today, October 12 and the offer will continue until October 18.

The eight Rs 50 vouchers that you get on a recharge of Rs 399 can be redeemed against future recharges of Rs 309 or above, and on data add-ons booster packs of Rs 91 or above. The vouchers come with a condition of use that allows only one voucher to be redeemed at a time and only after November 15.

The offer can also be availed of by the subscribers who are still under the validity period of their last recharge. The recharge will activate only after the current plan validity of the recharge expires.

Under the Rs 399 recharge, Reliance Jio offers free calls, SMS, subscription to Jio apps and 84 GB of data with a cap of 1 GB per day, valid for 84 days. The Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer is valid for both, prepaid and postpaid subscribers.

Now, read while you bathe: Amazon launches water-proof Kindle at Rs 21,999

With 7-inch 300 ppi display, the device fits over 30 per cent more words per page and it has the fastest page turns of any Kindle

Amazon on Thursday launched its most advanced e-book reader ‘Kindle Oasis’ that features company’s highest-resolution ‘Paperwhite Display’ and is the first waterproof (IPX8) device.

The all-new Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order for Rs 21,999 for the 8GB model and Rs 28,999 for the 32GB model (WiFi + free 3G). The device will start shipping from November 13.

‘Kindle Oasis’ has a battery life measured in weeks and has fast-charging capability that allows it to go from zero to fully-charged in less than two hours.

“Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book every written in 60 seconds or less,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon water-proof Kindle Devices, in a statement.

“With a larger 7-inch, 300 ppi display, waterproof design, the all-new ‘Kindle Oasis’ is our most advanced Kindle ever. Its thin, light, and waterproof design allows readers to stay engaged in the author’s world in even more ways and places than ever before,” added Limp.

With 7-inch 300 ppi display, the device fits over 30 per cent more words per page and it has the fastest page turns of any Kindle.

The crisp and laser-quality text reads like paper with uniform display lighting and no glare, even in bright sunlight.

It has a 3.4mm display that features strongest cover glass and a new aluminium back. ‘Kindle Oasis‘ can be immersed in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

Customers can also buy covers that open like a book, automatically waking the device when opened and putting it to sleep when closed.

The water-safe fabric covers can be purchased for Rs 2,999 and come in indigo, charcoal and sandstone colours. The premium leather covers are available for Rs 3,999 and come in black ad merlot.

Airtel takes on JioPhone with Rs 1,399 4G smartphone: All you need to know

The partnership between Airtel and Karbonn is part of Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone’ initiative

Bharti Airtel has collaborated with home-grown Karbonn Mobiles to offer a 4G smartphone at an effective price of Rs 1,399. Dubbed ‘Mera Pehla 4G smartphone’ by the telecom major, the initiative is aimed at providing affordable 4G smartphone to people seeking to move from feature phones to smartphones and experience high-speed internet on the go.

Under the partnership, the Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone, which has a retail price of Rs 3,499, will be offered at an effective price of Rs 1,399. The smartphone comes bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169 from Airtel, which offers generous data and calling benefits.

To avail of the smartphone bundled with Airtel benefits, the customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 2899 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1500.

Karbon A40 India smartphone with Airtel bundle offer

In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs 3000 must be done within the first 18 months (to claim the first refund installment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second refund installment of Rs 1000).

The ownership of the smartphone is completely with the customer and there is no need to return the device to Airtel/Karbonn at any point to claim the cash benefit.

Starting October 11, Karbon A40 India and other smartphones under the ‘Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone’ initiative will be available at leading mobile stores across the country. After sales support for the devices will be provided by the handset manufacturers through their service network. (more)

Indian IT firms to generate fewer jobs in next 6 months: Report

Professionals asked to upskill themselves as the industry gradually turns to automation

Indian IT services companies would create fewer jobs over the next couple of quarters as more companies are focusing on shifting towards digital technologies, said a survey report released by human resource firm ManpowerGroup on Tuesday.

The report, Experis IT Employment Outlook Survey, stated that 50 per cent of the IT services companies expressed their interest to hire people during the period between October 2017 and March 2018, since the industry is re-inventing itself to automate a lot of processes using artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology.

In fact, the survey report said India would see pink slips being handed over to an increased number of senior-level professionals across Indian IT firms, on account of digitisation and a surge in recruitment of junior and mid-level professionals.

A slower job growth in the $154-billion services industry is, however, in stark contrast to other sectors in the country and captive IT units of global businesses will hire more people during this period, said the report, which surveyed around 500 Indian IT employers.

The industry has been witnessing a slowdown in traditional software maintenance services- a segment that has been acting as a core revenue generator for nearly three decades now. The slowdown was attributed to the increased demand of digital technology-based services on the part of the businesses.

“Net layoffs that are being contemplated by the IT giants are way higher than what the Indian IT industry has ever witnessed and this trend is likely to continue for the next 6-12 months,” said ManpowerGroup India.

IT professionals should look for opportunities to upskill themselves during this period, noted the report.

“Today technologies continue to rapidly shape the business landscape. A rise in new enabling technologies, such as software as a service (SaaS) offerings and cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, along with artificial intelligence’s (AI) unprecedented speed, accuracy and cost efficiency are significant in terms of maintaining a competitive edge that are driving businesses now. (more)

UPSC 2017: Civil Service Exam Tips To Revise Quickly Edit

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the annual Civil Service exams for the Central Government at three levels: Preliminary, Main and Interview.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the annual Civil Service exams for the Central Government at three levels: Preliminary, Main and Interview. The Candidates passing these exams secure the highly prestigious services such as Indian Foreign Service, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and the like. The Civil Service exam happens annually for filling numerous vacancies in the Central government department. Roughly 980 vacancies are said to be filled through the exam this year. The Detailed Application Forms (DAF) for Civil Service Exam 2017 has been announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The candidates who cleared the prelims will have to register themselves and fill in the DAF and move on for the Main exam that will, as per the official notification, be conducted from October 28, 2017 (Saturday) to November 11, 2017 (Friday). (See the time table here Candidates must note down these dates. The qualified candidate seeking admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination must apply online through the Commission’s website (www.upsc.http://gov.in) by filling the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and uploading the scanned copies of the required document within the prescribed time limit so that DAF is submitted by the applicant on time. However, the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates will be required to fill the OBC proforma along with the Detailed Application Form, on line.

Exam Centres and Overview: The Main Examination will be held at Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bangaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati), Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Shillong, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram and Vijayawada. The candidates should note that under no circumstances will they be allowed to change in centre, optional subject, Indian language paper (paper-a) and medium of examination they have indicated in their filled online CS (p) application form.

The Commission conducts the annual Civil Service exams for the Central Government at three levels: Preliminary, Main and Interview. The Candidates passing these exams secure the highly prestigious services such as Indian Foreign Service, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and the like. Following is the Main exam pattern (more)