• OnePlus 6T McLaren edition leaks with 10GB RAM, superfast charging

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    • Ahead of its December 11 unveil, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has been fully exposed in a new leak, thereby revealing its design and key specs.
    • The phone will sport a carbon fibre finish back that’s surrounded by a Mclaren-inspired gradient orange accent. Obviously, the British supercar brand’s insignia is also present in the lower half of the back panel.
    • Spec-wise the 6T McLaren Edition will sport 10GB RAM, the largest ever on a OnePlus device.
    • The leaks suggest that phone will launch with a successor to the company’s Dash Charge tech, christened Warp Charge. This new tech is claimed to provide “a day’s power in 20 minutes”, which is a bold claim indeed. We suspect that Warp Charge might be a rebranded version of parent company Oppo’s Super VOOC.
    • Since the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition comes more RAM and new charging tech, just do not expect it to be affordable.



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  • Honda X-Blade ABS launched

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    • The Honda X-Blade premium commuter motorcycle has gained a new ABS variant which is priced at Rs 87,776 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
    • It costs about Rs 8,000 more than the non-ABS variant, which continues to be on sale.
    • The X-Blade ABS has a 276 mm front disc brake with single-channel ABS as standard. The rear brake setup consists of a 130 mm drum unit.
    • The bike draws its power from a 162.7 cc, air-cooled engine that is shared with the more premium CB Hornet. However, this motor is slightly detuned on the X-Blade, so it generates 13.7 bhp of power and 13.9 Nm of torque. The engine is coupled with a 5-speed gearbox.
    • Other ABS equipped motorcycles available in the similar price range include the Suzuki Gixxer and Hero Xtreme 200R.
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  • Tata Nexon, Mahindra Marazzo crash tested by Global NCAP

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    • In August this year, the Tata Nexon had scored a commendable 4/5 in Global NCAP’s crash tests.
    • However, Tata was dissatisfied with the score and decided to make the Nexon even safer. So, they made seat-belt reminders for both driver & front passenger standard on all variants and also reinforced the SUV’s structure.
    • Consequently, the Nexon was crash tested again and it is now officially the first India-made car to score a perfect 5/5 score!
    • The new Mahindra Marazzo, on the other hand, was crash tested for the first time by Global NCAP and it managed to get 4/5.
    • The Marazzo gets safety kit like dual front airbags, ABS, driver’s side seat-belt reminder and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across all variants.
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  • Honor View 20 teased with punch hole camera cutout

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    • Honor has teased a phone for January 22, 2019, launch, which has a screen hole for the front camera. This device is speculated to be the View 20.
    • Previously, Honor’s parent company Huawei, along with Samsung and Lenovo have already confirmed that a new wave of smartphones with screen holes are coming our way.
    • Not much is known about the Honor View 20’s specs, but since it’s design will be similar to the Huawei Nova 4, we can expect some spec sharing as well.
    • The Huawei Nova 4, which will go official on December 17, will feature the flagship Kirin 980 SoC. Once the Nova 4 is revealed, it would be easier to speculate what the View 20 may have in store for us.
    • Come December 10 and the Samsung Galaxy A8s, with its Infinity-O display, will give us the first taste of what phones with punch holes in their screens look like.
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  • 2019 Skoda Scala revealed for Europe

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    • The new Skoda Scala is official and it will sit below the Octavia in the Czech company’s European lineup. It replaces the Euro-spec Rapid (which was quite different from the Rapid we get in India).
    • The Scala Skoda to use Volkswagen’s more cost-efficient MQB A0 platform. Then, it also debuts with a more angular design language that Skoda previewed with the Vision RS concept earlier this year.
    • The new aesthetics continue on the inside as well, where a fresh cockpit design dominated by a floating touchscreen infotainment system can be seen. The Skoda Scala will also get an optional virtual cockpit instead of traditional dials.
    • Powering the new family hatchback are Volkswagen Group’s familiar set of engines – a 1.0-litre & 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. Skoda will also add a CNG variant by the end of next year.
    • While the Scala is not India-bound, it does give us a preview of Skoda’s future design philosophy which will be carried over to the brand’s India-spec MQB A0 IN based portfolio from 2020.


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  • Kia, Andhra Pradesh sign MoU to push electric mobility

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    • To collaborate on “Partnership for Future Eco Mobility”, South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Andhra Pradesh in the presence of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Kookhyun Shim, CEO of the automobile company.
    • This has been done with an aim to develop a local EV infrastructure towards the commitment of embracing sustainable technologies through electric car culture in India.
    • The brands as also installed a vehicle charging station in Vijayawada with two charging hubs for the convenience of representatives of regional government to charge their fleet.
    • As per the agreement, Kia has donated the state with three different versions of its Niro crossover – Niro Hybrid, Niro Plug-in Hybrid and Niro EV. With these examples, both parties have agreed to commit to something that’s good for the environment.
    • With EV technology making inroads into Indian space heralds the future of clean mobility. The Korean company is collaborating with the Andhra government to optimise resources to meet the needs of residents in the upcoming 14 smart cities in the state.


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  • Google Allo to shut down soon

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    • Google has confirmed that its Allo smart messaging app will be discontinued in March 2019.
    • The company had already stopped investing in Allo since April this year because the app failed to take off the way Google wanted it to.
    • “Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you’ll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app,” Google said in a blog post.
    • Google intends to focus on developing Android’s native messaging app. Therefore, Allo’s key features such as Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support have now been adopted by Messages.
    • Google will also make some major changes to its Hangouts app, which will split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet to serve enterprise users.
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  • UM Renegade Commando Classic carburettor launched

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    • The UM Renegade Commando Classic is now available in a new carburettor variant for a price tag of Rs 1.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
    • This new variant is Rs 6,000 cheaper than the already available FI model.
    • The Commando Classic carburettor is powered by a 279 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that churns out 23.37 bhp and 23 Nm. In comparison, the FI model is slightly more powerful at 25 bhp.
    • The UM Renegade Commando Classic has 41 mm hydraulic telescopic suspension up front and twin hydraulic springs at the rear. In terms of braking, the bike has a 280 mm front disc and a 130 mm rear drum.
    • The new variant still skips out on ABS though. This is very surprising since ABS will be mandatory for all bikes over 125 cc from April 2019.
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  • Nokia 8.1 breaks cover

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    • The Nokia 8.1 has gone official as the Finnish company’s new upper mid-range smartphone. It will be available in many markets for a price of €400 (Rs 32,000). In India, it will likely launch on December 10.
    • This device is the global avatar of the Nokia X7, which is a China-exclusive offering. It has a 6.18-inch screen of FHD+ resolution. The display also has a notch that houses the device’s earpiece, sensors and its front 20MP f/2.0 selfie camera.
    • Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 710 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. There’s also 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via a microSD card slot. The 8.1 is powered by a 3,500mAh battery.
    • There are two rear cameras on the phone – a 12MP (f/1.8) primary unit that’s coupled with a 13MP secondary depth sensor.
    • The Nokia 8.1 launches with the latest Android 9.0 Pie since it’s an Android One device. This means that the phone is eligible for two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.
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  • Meizu M6T, C9 budget phones launched

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    • Alongside the high-end Meizu 16th, the Chinese company has also introduced the affordable M6T and C9 smartphones in India.
    • The Meizu M6T is powered by the MediaTek MT6750 chipset along with 3GB RAM. It has a 5.7-inch display of with HD+ resolution, 8MP front camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and 32GB in inbuilt storage.
    • Rear cameras of the M6T consist of 13MP f/2.2 +2MP f/2.0 modules, with latter being a depth sensor. All this is powered by a 3,300mAh battery cell.
    • Coming to the Meizu C9, it is an entry-level smartphone with 5.54-inch HD+ screen, just 2GB of RAM, a low-end Spreadtrum 9832E SoC, a single 13MP f/2.2 rear camera, an 8MP selfie camera and no fingerprint scanner.
    • The M6T is priced at Rs 7,999, while the C9 carries an introductory price tag of Rs 4,999, which will increase by Rs 1,000 next week. Both phones will be sold through Amazon India.
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