Apple is being rumored to acquire Netflix, the dominant name in the OTT video streaming business. There is no end in sight for the tariff war between incumbents and Reliance Jio. OnePlus is teasing the launch of a sandstone version of OnePlus 5T, but reports say company is preparing to launch Lava Red variant in India this month. Yeah, a lot happened in the world of technology today and here is rundown of the major tech stories that you need to know.
Airtel Takes on Jio
Airtel has updated its Rs 799 data plan to counter Reliance Jio and the tariff war between the two operators won’t be ending anytime soon. Under the revised tariff plan, Airtel is offering a total of 98GB 3G/4G data for a period of 28 days. Airtel users will be eligible for 3.5GB data per day as opposed to 3GB data per day previously offered under this plan.
Apple could buy Netflix, say analysts
According to analysts at Citi, Apple could acquire Netflix, which is contrary to the company launching its own subscription-based video streaming platform. The analysts claim Apple will use the influx of new funds made possible by new tax cut announced by President Donald Trump to acquire the video platform. However, the analysts say there is only a 40 percent chance of the deal going through.
Apple has over $250 billion in cash reserve, but it is not known for making major acquisitions like its counterparts IBM and Google. However, it has been taking significant efforts to strengthen its original content play, and might even end up grabbing Netflix to leapfrog in the segment.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Xiaomi is planning to launch the Redmi Note 5, the successor to its best-selling Redmi Note 4 smartphone in the second quarter of 2018. The new report contradicts a previous MIUI thread claiming Xiaomi is dropping the Note brand and the new Redmi 5 Plus is the real successor to Redmi Note 4.
The Redmi Note 5 is reportedly delayed because Xiaomi is waiting for Qualcomm to ship its next-generation octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset. The rumors suggest that Redmi Note 5 will feature a 5.99-inch display, 4GB RAM and retail at around RMB 1,599 (approximately Rs 16,000).
OnePlus 5T in ‘Lava Red’ Coming to India
OnePlus is teasing the launch of a new OnePlus 5T this month, and it seems to be resurrecting the sandstone finish seen on OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 smartphones. However, it seems the company is preparing to launch Lava Red variant of OnePlus 5T in India on January 26.
The Lava Red variant is currently exclusive to China and OnePlus might use Republic Day as an opportunity to launch the product here. The Lava Red variant of OnePlus 5T is only available in 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage option. In India, the OnePlus 5T is currently available in Midnight Black and Star Wars Limited Edition variants.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price cut in India
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, the flagship smartphone launched in October, has received a temporary price cut of Rs 3,000 in India. The bezel-less smartphone is now available for Rs 32,999, making it an attractive alternative to OnePlus 5T and Nokia 8. The discounted price is reportedly only available from offline retailers and will be available only till January 5.
Xiaomi pioneered the bezel-less smartphone trend with Mi MIX last year, and the second-generation steps up the game with thin profile, brushed metal back, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, Android Nougat and 3,400mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 16GB launched
Samsung has added another new variant to its existing Galaxy On Nxt lineup available exclusively from Flipkart. The new Galaxy On Nxt comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage while existing models were only available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants.
The smartphone is priced at Rs 10,999 but Flipkart is offering additional Rs 1,000 discount for those purchasing the smartphone during Mobiles Bonanza Sale starting tomorrow.