• 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 bookings open

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    • The heavily updated Kawasaki Versys 1000, which was unveiled at the 2018 EICMA, can now be booked in India for a token amount of Rs 1.50 lakh.
    • The exciting news is that Kawasaki plans to bring the bike to India via the CKD route, which should make it more affordable as compared to the outgoing model. So, expect the 2019 Versys 1000 to be priced around the Rs 11 lakh mark.
    • Pre-bookings are open from November 16 to December 31, but deliveries of the bike will commence only after April 2019. Only a limited number of units are planned to be assembled initially and bookings will close after the target is achieved.
    • The 2019 model gains a fresh design thanks to the new fairing with slicker twin LED headlamps and a more pronounced beak. The instrument cluster is also updated with a new layout.
    • The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is powered by a 1,043 cc, inline-4 engine that pumps out 120 bhp of power and 102 Nm of peak torque. The engine is liquid-cooled and also features Electronic Throttle Valves.
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  • Motorola One power, Mi A2 get Android Pie update

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    • Two very popular mid-range Android One devices, the Motorola One Power and the Xiaomi Mi A2, are now getting stable Android 9.0 Pie update in India.
    • The latest Android 9.0 Pie brings new gesture-based navigations, redesigned Quick Settings, a new look for the split-screen menu, improved Do Not Disturb mode and a host of under the hood refinements on both these phones.
    • For those unaware, Android One phones run on pure stock Android instead of custom OEM skins. This allows these phones to get faster Android updates as compared to other phones.
    • The Motorola One Power is priced at Rs 15,999 and sports a massive 5,000mAh battery. Then, the device has a 6.2-inch notched display, 16MP primary + 5MP depth sensing rear cameras, 12MP front camera and Snapdragon 636 SoC.
    • The Xiaomi Mi A2 starts at Rs 16,999 and comes powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. It has a 5.99-inch display without a notch, 12MP + 20MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera, and annoyingly, no headphone jack.
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  • Nokia 9 to go official on December 5

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    • HMD Global is likely to unveil the much anticipated Nokia 9, along with Nokia 8.1 and Nokia 2.1 Plus on December 5, 2018, in Dubai.
    • The Nokia 9 will be the company’s new flagship device for 2019 with an industry-first penta rear camera setup. Additionally, the phone will sport a 5.9-inch display, Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB RAM.
    • The Nokia 8.1 will succeed the Nokia 8 and 8 Scirocco and will be positioned as a more affordable flagship. No particular detail of this device is known as yet.
    • The Nokia 2.1 Plus is likely to introduce a notched display on the company’s budget phone lineup. Expect it to be powered by a Snapdragon 400 series chipset.
    • Since Nokia has been extremely fast with Android updates, we can surely expect all these three devices to launch with the latest Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
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  • Third-gen Mercedes-Benz CLS launched

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    • The latest Mercedes-Benz CLS has been launched in India at Rs 84.70 lakh (ex-showroom). This is Merc’s twelfth launch of this year in the market.
    • The 4-door coupe gets only one variant for the time being, the CLS 300 d, which is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel that’s good for generating 242 bhp and 500 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 9-speed torque converter gearbox.
    • Like always, the CLS is a stylish alternative to the more mainstream E-Class. Its sharp front design, swooping roofline, frameless doors and squat overall appearance ensures that it gets the kind of attention that the E-Class can never manage.
    • The cabin of the new CLS is typical Merc – turbine-style air vents and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen combined with the Virtual Cockpit dominate the cabin. It’s also the first time that the car has three seats at the back.
    • Premium equipment like air suspension, sunroof, 13-speaker Burmester audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, MultiBeam LED headlamps, etc is standard.

     

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  • 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan unveiled

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    • Toyota has taken the wraps off the new twelfth-gen Corolla sedan in China. The car is wider and longer than its predecessor and sits lower as well.
    • The Corolla sedan is revealed with two different designs – the one you see in the feature image above will be the car that will come to India as the new Corolla Altis. The second one, which you see below, is the North American model with a more aggressive face.
    • The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, like its hatchback and wagon counterpart, sits atop the new TNGA platform that results in lower centre of gravity and wider front & rear tracks. The car is claimed to have greatly improved driving dynamics.
    • Powering the 2020 Corolla is a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that makes 169 bhp and 205 Nm. Transmission options include a CVT and a new 6-speed manual. In Europe, the car will get two hybrid powertrains, though we don’t know if these will make their way on the India-spec car.
    • Inside, the cabin remains identical to the hatchback and wagon. It has a minimalist, clean design with all amenities like an all-digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch infotainment system, WiFi hotspot, JBL speakers (in select markets), etc.

     

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  • BMW M2 Competition launched

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    • The BMW M2 Competition has arrived in India for Rs 79.90 lakh (ex-showroom). This also marks the debut of 2 Series in India, which isn’t sold in its any other form here.
    • The M2 Competition draws its mechanical force from a 3.0-litre, straight-6 turbo-petrol engine that generates 404 bhp of max power and 550 Nm of peak torque. The India-spec car gets a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
    • The sports coupe can dismiss the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.2 seconds, while attaining a top speed of 250 km/h, which is electronically limited, by the way.
    • To enhance its dynamic capabilities and save weight, the M2 sports stiffened chassis, lightweight aluminium axles, Active M differential and a carbon fibre strut brace.
    • The BMW M2 Competition now serves as the stepping stone to the performance-focused M range in India. It will go head-on against the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, Audi TT and Porsche 718 Cayman.

     

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  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch date revealed

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    • The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will arrive in India on November 22, 2018, and will go on sale the very next day.
    • The Note 6 Pro embraces the notch on top of its 6.26-inch FHD+ screen, giving it a screen to body ratio of 87.6 per cent. Powering that big display is a 4,000mAh battery.
    • The notch of the phone has dual 20MP + 2MP front cameras with AI scene recognition. At the back are 12MP + 5MP cameras, with the latter being depth sensor. Compared to the Note 5 pro, the primary camera of the Note 6 Pro has larger 1.4µm pixels and a brighter f/1.9 aperture.
    • Processing power on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is provided by the familiar Snapdragon 636 chipset. Either 4GB or 6GB RAM options will be available on the device.
    • The current Redmi Note 5 Pro retails between Rs 14,999-16,999. We expect its successor to cost more or less the same.
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  • Upcoming Snapdragon 8150 beats A12 Bionic, Kirin 980 on AnTuTu

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    • Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship chipset, which will allegedly be christened Snapdragon 8150 (and not Snapdragon 855), has beaten Apple’s and Huawei’s top chips on the AnTuTu benchmark.
    • A leaked screenshot shows that the 8150 managed to score 362,292 points overall, which puts it ahead of the Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 (273,913) and Apple A12 Bionic (353,210).
    • The upcoming Adreno GPU’s score in the same test was 156,328, which is roughly 20 per cent better than the current Adreno 630 in the Snapdragon 845.
    • The leak also suggests that Qualcomm’s new SoC will have 1+3+4 core configuration – one high-performance core, three medium cores and four energy-efficient cores.
    • While we do not know that exact unveil date of the Snapdragon 8150, it should go official pretty soon since most competing companies have already revealed their flagship chips of 2019.

     

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  • Night Sight feature rolls out to all Pixel phones

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    • The Night Sight feature on the Google Camera app was announced during the Pixel 3 launch. Now, the feature is being rolled on all Google Pixel smartphones via an update.
    • Night Sight is a software-based feature that is claimed to revolutionise night time photography on smartphones.
    • It measures your natural handshake and the scene’s motion before the picture is taken. It then uses a combination of different exposures and burst shots to produce the best results.
    • Pixel Visual Core and HDR+ are used to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in low light conditions. According to Google, Night Sight photos are equivalent to a 5-second leg exposure on a professional camera.
    • The Night Sight mode suggestion pops up when a Pixel user is taking a photo in dim light. A user can enter Night Sight by either tapping on the suggestion or triggering it manually from settings.
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  • Jawa Motorcycles back to life; 3 new models revealed

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    • The Jawa brand is back in India and three new motorcycles have been revealed – Jawa, Forty Two and Perak. These will be sold through 105 dedicated dealers across India, out of which, 64 dealers will open in December.
    • The Jawa (yes, it’s simply called the Jawa) is a tribute to the original motorcycle from the brand and it retains all the retro design elements of the latter. The Forty Two is a modern take on Jawa’s classic design. It features funky colour options and an off-set instrument cluster.
    • The Perak is a factory custom bobber from Jawa which will be available to buy in India at a later date. It’s engine also has a bigger bore as compared to the other two, and therefore produces better 30 bhp and 31 Nm.
    • The Jawa and Forty Two are powered by the same, newly developed 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates 27 bhp and 28 Nm. This BS-VI ready engine comes paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
    • Both the Jawa and Forty Two have a 280 mm front disc brake and 153 mm rear drum brake. Because there is no rear disc, only a single channel ABS comes standard. The Perak was showcased with a rear disc, but its specification remains a mystery as of now.

     

    Jawa Motorcycle Price (ex-showroom)
    Forty Two 1.55 lakh
    Jawa 1.64 lakh
    Perak 1.89 lakh

     

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