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  • 2020 Honda X-Blade launched with more torque

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    • The 2020 Honda X-Blad has been launched in India at Rs 1.06-1.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
    • The bike features a powertrain that has been updated as per BS6 norms. So, you have the same 162.71 cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that generates 13.8 bhp of max power and 14.7 Nm of peak torque. For comparison, the BS4 model produced 13.9 Nm.
    • While the overall design of the X-Blade remains similar, there are a few tweaks – you get new graphics, a sleeker belly pan, LED headlamp, LED tail-lamp, hazard light button, engine start-stop switch and updated instrumentation with gear indicator & service due indicator.
    • Two variants of the bike are on offer – font disc and dual-disc, however, both variants only feature a single-channel ABS.
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  • Poco M2 Pro launched at Rs 13,999

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    • The previously teased Poco M2 Pro has been launched in India at Rs 13,999-16,999. It is the second phone under Poco as an independent brand.
    • The Poco M2 Pro features a large 6.67-inch FHD+ display with 20:9 aspect ratio and a standard 60 Hz refresh rate. It also packs a big 5,020 mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.
    • Powering this new Poco smartphone is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC that’s coupled with 4GB or 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The ROM capacity here is either 64GB or 128GB.
    • The quad rear camera setup on this phone consists of a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle unit, 5MP macro shooter and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There’s display hole punch up front that houses the M2 Pro’s 16MP selfie camera.
    • The first sale of this phone in India is scheduled via Flipkart on July 14 at 12pm.
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  • MG ZS facelift revealed

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    • The MG ZS has just received its first facelift globally. Sold in India in its electric avatar – ZS EV – we can expect the latter to be updated on similar lines very soon as well.
    • It now features a revised front fascia with a new hexagonal grille, sleeker headlamps and fully redesigned front bumper. The rear bumper and tail lamps have been tweaked as well.
    • On the inside, the 2021 MG ZS facelift gets mild updates and new feature additions such as a big 10-inch floating infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, full-digital driver’s display, flat-bottom steering wheel and faux carbon-fibre trim.
    • Globally, two petrol engines are offered on the ZS, a 1.5-litre with 106 bhp/ 150 Nm, and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol that generates 103 bhp/ 160 Nm.
    • While the EV version is already on sale, this petrol MG ZS is also rumoured to launch in India. It is speculated to arrive on your shores in Q2 of 2021 at a starting price of around Rs 12 lakh.
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  • Boult ProBuds with aptX launched at Rs 2,999

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    • Home-brewed tech startup Boult Audio has launched ProBuds truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds in India at Rs 2,999. They are on sale via Flipkart.
    • The ProBuds have an ear hook design which makes them ideal for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. They also feature IPX7 water resistance.
    • Using Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity, these buds also feature Qualcomm aptX codec support which is impressive for the price. Boult claims low-latency for gaming as well.
    • The Boult ProBuds promise 6-8 hours of continuous usage per earbud per charge and combined with the case’s battery, the backup moves up to an impressive 24 hours overall.
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  • OnePlus Nord design revealed in official teasers

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    • The much-hyped OnePlus Nord upper mid-range smartphone’s design has been officially teased by OnePlus in a teaser video.
    • The video reveals the back of this smartphone will have an upper left-mounted camera module, which is already seen on a dozen of mid-range phones from Samsung and Realme.
    • You also see the OnePlus Nord wearing a light blue colour in the teaser which reminds us of the Glacier Blue shade of the OnePlus 7T.
    • A more interesting observation is that the front is seen having a pill-shaped hole-punch on the upper left corner. This is in contrast with the previous leaks, which claimed that the Nord will have an upper centre mounted single hole punch.
    • This also implies that the Nord will be the first OnePlus smartphone with dual front cameras. Anyway, more details will unfold as the launch nears.
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  • Hyundai Venue gets iMT clutchless manual gearbox

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    • Hyundai has debuted a unique new technology called iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) on the turbo petrol variant of the Venue compact SUV.
    • This industry-first gearbox technology claims to combine the strengths of manual and automatic transmissions since it is a manual transmission with two pedals, so no clutch!. Therefore, it has only two pedals in its footwell – much like an auto gearbox.
    • The driver shifts the gears as they would in a manual gearbox, but the clutch pedal is now automated. It uses an ‘intention sensor’ with the gear lever that informs the transmission control unit (TCU) when the driver is about to change gears. The TCU then signals a hydraulic actuator to engage and disengage the clutch plate while the driver shifts gears.
    • This iMT gearbox is a 6-speed unit, and the Hyundai Venue 1.0 turbo petrol equipped with this unit is confirmed to launch in India later this month.
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  • Maruti Suzuki launches subscription services in India

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    • India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has launched car subscription services in two cities – Gurugram and Bengaluru.
    • Customers will be able to lease a Maruti car for a fixed 24, 36 or 48 or months for a monthly fee that includes the cost of using the car, maintenance and other services related to the car.
    • Then, insurance, road-side assistance and other facilities are also managed by Orix, which is Maruti’s leasing partner.
    • To be eligible for this service, customers must be over 25 years old, be a resident of India, own a driver’s license and have a CIBIL score of over 700.
    • Subscription is available for selected models from both Arena and Nexa retail channels. For the former, prices start at Rs 27,144/ month, while for the latter it starts at Rs 28,593/ month.
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  • Samsung Note 20 Ultra leaked

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    • Samsung’s Ukraine website has partially leaked the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, thanks to which, we now know how the upcoming flagship’s rear design will look. The source page has now been taken down.
    • The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a much more refined designed when compared to the S20 Ultra, mostly thanks to its smaller camera island with a more sophisticated camera sensor placement.
    • What’s essential is that the periscope camera is still present – it is placed inside the last circular camera housing. However, rumours suggest that the 100x Space Zoom of the S20 Ultra will not be offered here.
    • The leak also showcases the stylish new “Mystic Bronze” colour, which resembles the “Metallic Copper” shade of the Note 9.
    • Other specs of the Note 20 Ultra remain a mystery as of now, but since the launch will take place in August, more leaks should follow soon.
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  • BS6 Honda WR-V facelift launched in India

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    • The Honda WR-V facelift has been launched in India at Rs 8.50-10.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
    • Minor aesthetic changes given to the 2020 Honda WR-V include a revised front bumper, new grille with horizontal slats, updated LED projector headlights & LED tail-lights, and new alloys.
    • The BS6-compliant engine options of the cross-hatch are carried over from the pre-facelift model. So, you get the familiar 1.2-litre petrol with 88 bhp & 110 Nm, and a 1.5-litre diesel that generates 98 bhp & 200 Nm.
    • When it comes to gearbox options, you don’t get any CVT automatic. The petrol offers a 5-speed manual, while a 6-speed manual comes standard with the diesel version. The ARAI-rated mileage of the latter is 23.7km/l, while for the former it’s 16.5km/l.
    • On the inside, the 2020 WR-V facelift only gets an updated upholstery and there is no other feature addition when compared to the pre-facelift model.
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  • Poco M2 Pro India launch on July 7

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    • The Poco M2 Pro smartphone is now confirmed to launch in India on July 7. The phone has been teased by Flipkart, which also hints that it may be sold exclusively via the e-retailer.
    • The teaser page shows the outline of the rear design of the M2 Pro, which with its centrally-paced square camera module, looks notoriously similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro from late 2018.
    • Anyway, looks aside, the design teaser also confirms quad-rear cameras, which should not come as a surprise since it has now become a norm in mid-range smartphones.
    • Most specifications of the Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro are still not known, however, rumours do suggest that it will be powered by a Snapdragon 720G SoC.
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