Tata Altroz iTurbo launched at Rs 7.74 lakh
- Tata Altroz iTurbo launched at Rs 7.74 lakh
- The Tata Altroz iTurbo version has been launched in India at a starting price tag of Rs 7.74 lakh (ex-showroom).
- It is being offered in 3 trims – XT (Rs 7.74 lakh), XZ (Rs 8.46 lakh) and XZ+ (Rs 8.86 lakh). The iTurbo is approximately Rs 60,000 dearer vis-a-vis the naturally aspirated 1.2 petrol trims.
- Under the bonnet, the Altroz iTurbo uses a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 108bhp of max power and 140Nm of peak torque. This added power makes it sprint from 0-100km/h in a claimed 11.9 seconds.
- The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox for the time being, but an auto gearbox option is confirmed to be under development as well.
- Talking of the competition, the Hyundai i20 turbo is priced at Rs 8.80-10.05 lakh, while the Volkswagen Polo TSI costs Rs 8.34-11.19 lakh.
- The long-wheelbase BMW 3 Series, called the Gran Limousine, has been launched in India at Rs 51.50-53.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
- When compared to the standard 3 Series, the Gran Limousine offers 43 mm additional legroom for rear passengers. Since it is targetting the chauffeured audience, the rear seats have superior cushioning as well.
- Aesthetically there isn’t much to differentiate this long-wheelbase model from its standard sibling apart from the length. The interior layout is also very similar.
- The story continues in terms of engines as well. You get the option of either 2.0-litre turbo petrol (255 bhp) or a 2.0-litre turbo diesel (188bhp). Both engines come mated to an 8-speed torque converter gearbox that channels power to the rear wheels.
- The BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine replaces the erstwhile 3 Series GT and is now positioned between the standard wheelbase version and the larger 5 Series in terms of pricing.
- MediaTek has unveiled two new 6nm process-based high-end mobile chipsets called the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100.
- The Dimensity 1200 is the more accomplished of the duo. It has a 1+3+4 configuration that consists of one A78 core running at 3.0GHz, three more A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and four power-efficient A55 cores running at 2.0GHz.
- On the other hand, 1100 has no prime core, it instead has four A78s clocked at 2.6Ghz and four A55s running at 2.0Ghz.
- Both chips sport the same 9-core Mali-G77 GPU from the Dimensity 1000, but a new addition here is the AV1 video hardware acceleration.
- The Dimensity 1200 supports up to 168Hz displays while the Dimensity 1100 supports up to 144Hz. On the other hand, the former can handle up to 200MP camera sensors while the latter maxes out at 108MP.
- Qualcomm has revealed an interesting new mobile chipset called the Snapdragon 870 which sits slightly below the flagship Snapdragon 888.
- The ace up the 870’s sleeve is its CPU’s prime core at 3.2 GHz, the highest in the mobile world.
- However, in all other aspects, it is mostly a lightly more powerful 865+ as it still uses Kryo 585 cores (based on ARM’s Cortex-A77), while the 888 uses the newer Cortex-X1 and A78 instead.
- The display driver on the 870 supports up to 1440p panels at up to 144 Hz refresh rate, as well as HDR10+. The Spectra 480 ISP is also carried over from the 865+, so you get support for up to 200MP sensors with 8K video capture at 30 fps.
- The chipset has no onboard 5G modem, however. It instead comes paired with an external Snapdragon X55 modem with sub-6 and mmWave support for 5G.
- Motorola has already confirmed its new Edge S smartphone with Snapdragon 870 chipset which will go official on January 26.
Both Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e are priced at Rs 9,999 in India.
Amazfit GTR 2e
- This watch sports a round dial with a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display that is protected with tempered glass and anti-fingerprint coating.
- It has a 471mAh battery that’s claimed to last for up to an impressive 45 days depending upon your usage.
- For fitness tracking, the Amazfit GTR 2e has a BioTracker 2 PPG with blood oxygen monitor, heart-rate monitoring, PAI Health Assessment System, sleep monitoring, and stress monitoring.
- It has 90 sport-tracking modes with smart recognition as well. It tracks your activity via in-built sensors which include an acceleration sensor, gyroscope sensor, air pressure sensor, 3-axis geomagnetic sensor, ambient light sensor, as well as temperature sensor.
- The GTR 2e sports Bluetooth 5.0 and it connects to your smartphone via the Zepp app that supports Android 5.0/iOS 10.0 and above.
Amazfit GTS 2e
- The GTS 2e has a slightly larger 1.65-inch AMOLED display. However, unlike the GTR, this one mimics the Apple Watch with its square-shaped screen.
- The battery life of this watch is also less with a claimed maximum of 24 days depending on individual usage.
- Other than these two differences, the GTS 2e shares all of its features with the GTR 2e.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro
- Oppo’s new smartphone has been priced at Rs 35,990 in India. It will go on sale from January 22 via Flipkart, Oppo India e-store, and other major offline retailers.
- Powering the Reno 5 Pro is the 5G-capable MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. This is the first phone in India with this 7 nm chipset, as well as Oppo’s first 5G phone. The chip is hooked up with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
- At the front, it features a curved 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The battery capacity here is 4,350 mAh with support for super-quick 65W fast charging.
- The quad-rear camera setup of the Oppo Reno 5 Pro includes a 64MP f/1.7 primary unit, an 8MP ultra-wide unit, and two 2MP macro and depth sensors. The front camera here is a 32MP unit.
Oppo Enco X
- The Enco X is a pair of truly wireless earbuds that are priced at Rs 9,990 in India.
- The highlight feature of these earbuds its the on-board ANC with 4 modes – Max Noise Cancellation, Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and ANC off.
- Featuring an AirPods Pro-like stem design, the Enco X have 11mm dynamic drivers. These can provide up to 25 hours of combined playback with ANC off and up to 20 hours with ANC on.
- The charging case also supports the Qi wireless charging standard which can top the device up from 0-100% in a claimed 110 minutes.
- Priced at USD 200 ( India price not yet revealed), the Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung’s new active noise-cancelling (ANC) Bluetooth earbuds.
- These earbuds have a two-way driver system that combines an 11mm woofer with a 6.5mm tweeter within the driver casing. The earbuds are also IPX7-rated.
- The intelligent ANC on these earbuds can quickly switch between noise-cancelling and Ambient Sound mode. It can also reduce the playback volume when the user speaks. Via the Galaxy Wearable companion app, users can adjust the equalizer as well as the ANC.
- With Samsung phones and tablets, these earbuds feature a new ‘auto switch’ feature that lets the buds maintain a simultaneous connection with two Galaxy devices which can be switched on demand.
- Also, with Galaxy devices you get 360 Audio with Dolby Head Tracking technology for a spatial audio experience, as well as Scalable codec that features a high-bit rate audio transfer and improved latency levels.
- The battery life on the Galaxy Buds Pro is claimed to be up to 8 hours with ANC off and 5 hours with ANC on. Combined with the charging case, the battery life can go up to a total of 28 hours. You get Qi wireless charging support as well as fast USB Type-C charging
Following Apple’s footsteps, Samsung has also decided to eliminate the charging brick as well as its AKG-tuned wired earphones from the retail box.
- The Samsung Galaxy S21 price in India is set between Rs 69,999-73,999.
- Featuring a plastic back panel this time around, the base S21 rocks a 6.2-inch flat AMOLED panel with a hole-punch, a fast 120Hz refresh rate, and a downgraded FHD+ resolution.
- In India, it is powered by Samsung’s new 5nm Exynos 2100 flagship SoC with 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of non-expandable storage coming as standard.
- Coming to optics, the Samsung Galaxy S21 packs the triple cameras from the S20. So, you get a 12MP f/1.8 primary sensor, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor and a 64MP f/2.0 telephoto unit with 3x lossless zoom and 30x zoom. The front camera is a 10MP sensor.
- Keeping the lights on is a 4,000mAh battery on this phone. It supports 25W fast charging, 15W wireless fast charging and Wireless PowerShare as well.
- Other highlights of this phone include AKG-tuned stereo speakers, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner and IP68 water and dust-resistance.
- The S21+ price in India has been set between Rs 81,999-85,999.
- The major differences on the S21+ versus the S21 include a glass back panel and a larger 4,800mAh battery.
- The S21+ features a larger 6.7-inch AMOLED screen. However, this hole-punch display is also flat, has an FHD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz.
- Other than this, the S21+ is identical to the S21.
Galaxy S21 Ultra
- The S21 Ultra price in India is set between Rs 1,05,999-1,16,999.
- Samsung’s Ultra flagship rocks a 6.8-inch hole-punch screen that’s curved along the edges and features a QHD+ resolution alongside the fast 120Hz refresh rate.
- The Samsung S21 Ultra is also the first S-series phone to support the S-Pen stylus. However, the stylus is sold separately as an accessory both in small or large form factors. Unlike the Note-series though, there is no compartment here to store the S-Pen.
- There are quite significant upgrades to the cameras as well. First up, there are two telephoto cameras – one with 3x optical zoom, and a second periscope-style on with a whopping 10x optical magnification!
- The 108MP primary sensor has been slightly upgraded for better low-light shots as well. You can now also take 12-bit RAW photos from this unit. The 12MP ultra-wide camera finally gets the much-need Dual Pixel auto focus.
- The S21 Ultra is also the first Samsung to support 4K 60fps video recording on all cameras, including the 40MP selfie shooter.
- Drawing power from the same Exynos 2100 chip as the other two phones, the Ultra amps up both the RAM and the ROM, so you get 12GB/256GB and 16GB/512GB storage variants here.
- The battery capacity is identical to that of the S20 Ultra at 5,000mAh. However, it no longer supports 45W fast charging now so only 25W fast charging standard. Also, 15W wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare are also standard.
- Building on the Safari brand’s cult fan following, Tata has cunningly revealed the 2021 Safari, which is nothing but the 7-seat Harrier that was previously confirmed to wear the Tata Gravitas badge.
- From the front, the 2021 Safari doesn’t have much to differentiate itself from the Harrier save for that slightly flashier grille.
- However, the Safari is 63mm longer than the Harrier which allows the former to accommodate 2 extra seats. This , in turn, has resulted in a completely redesigned rear-end which is more upright and boxier when compared to the Harrier’s.
- Other than this, expect the Safari to be powered by the same 168bhp 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine from the updated Harrier. It will be offered with both manual and auto transmission options. However, 4WD will not be available at launch, which isn’t something you expect from a Tata Safari.
- Also noteworthy is the fact that this new 2021 model isn’t a utilitarian body-on-frame SUV like previous Safaris. It, instead, is based on a Land Rover-derived Omega architecture.
- Tata claims that this new SUV will hit showrooms this month itself, and therefore, its price reveal should be really close.
- The much-awaited Altroz turbo-petrol version has been officially unveiled as the Tata Altroz iTurbo. It will launch in India on January 22.
- The new engine in question here is a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged unit that generates 108bhp and 140Nm. Tata claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of “under 12 seconds” for this variant.
- At launch, the Altroz iTurbo will only be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, but a DCT auto variant is confirmed to follow soon.
- Alongside the iTurbo variant, the Tata Altroz gets a new top-end XZ+ variant that features an 8-speaker Harman sound system, leatherette seats, doodle feature for touchscreen wallpaper customisation, and Tata’s Intelligent Real-time Assistant functionality with smart features like geo-fencing.
- Upon launch, the Tata Altroz iTurbo will join the turbo petrol premium hatchback segment which includes the Hyundai i20 Turbo and the Volkswagen Polo GT.