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  • TikTok removed from Play Store, App Store in India

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    • Video sharing app TikToK has been taken down from the Google Play Store as well as Apple App Store after the Madras High Court refused to suspend ban imposed on the controversial app.
    • The Madras High Court, on April 3, had asked the Centre to ban TikTok claiming that it encouraged pornography and made minors vulnerable. This ruling, in turn, was triggered by a PIL filed by an activist group.
    • The Centre had allegedly sent a notice to Google and Apple asking the two US-based companies to abide by the state court’s order. Consequently, the app is no longer accessible in India on the two platforms.
    • TikTok has over 240 million downloads in India, with around 30 million of these users joining the platform in January 2019 alone. Current users can continue to access all the features of the app.
    • Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company, currently has more than 250 employees in India. The company’s original plan was to invest more in the country to expand the business, however, it remains to be seen how this development affects its plans.
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  • Vivo Y17 with 3 rear cameras, 5,000mAh battery to launch soon

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    • A new report claims that popular Chinese brand Vivo will launch the budget-oriented Y91 smartphone in India by the end of April. Key specs of the Vivo Y91 have surfaced thanks to an official image leak (see cover image).
    • The phone will have 3 rear cameras, where the primary sensor will likely be accompanied by an ultra-wide sensor and a depth sensor. The device is also confirmed to come with a 20MP selfie shooter.
    • The Y91 will not just feature a big 5,000mAh battery, but it will also have fast charging support. Recently, Samsung is offering fast charging on its new affordable Galaxy A-series phones and it looks like Vivo is targetting the Korean brand with this upcoming phone.
    • The smartphone is tipped to come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. While the SoC isn’t confirmed, it is rumoured to be the octa-core MediaTek Helio P35.
    • Finally, the official photo reveals the device’s waterdrop notch which will be placed on the top centre of its 6.35-inch screen which will likely have a FHD+ resolution.



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  • 2020 Hyundai ix25 unveiled; previews next-gen Creta

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    • At the ongoing 2019 Auto Shanghai, Hyundai has taken the wraps off the next-generation ix25 SUV. It is worth noting that the current ix25 is sold as the Creta in many markets, including India.
    • The new model looks entirely different from the one it is set to replace. The overall design of the new ix25 is much more radical and full of quirky design elements, much like the latest Santa Fe and the upcoming Venue.
    • In terms of the overall footprint, the new ix25 is 30 mm longer, 10 mm and 7 mm shorter versus the older model. Then, its wheelbase has also been increased by 20 mm.
    • While the exterior of the new model may be polarising, its cabin is just the opposite – it features a clean and contemporary layout with a large iPad-style infotainment screen taking the centre stage.
    • The next-gen Creta, which is expected in India by mid-2020, will be based on this new ix25. Industry rumours suggest that the former may look slightly different than the latter this time around. However, the underpinnings and the interior of both SUVs will be common.



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  • Mercedes-Benz GLB concept revealed

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    • The new Mercedes GLB concept has gone official at the 2019 Auto Shanghai. It’s expected to enter production later this year and it will slot right between the GLA and GLC in Merc’s SUV lineup.
    • Planned to be pitted against the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the GLB is longer than its rivals at 4.62 metres, which means that it can accommodate a third row of seats as well. Then, the second-row seats can move forward by up to 140 mm to make the last row roomier.
    • Aesthetically, the GLB has a slightly boxy design which grants it a butch appearance. The concept version also comes with off-road tyres and roof mounted LEDs which may be offered as an option on the production model.
    • Since it’s based on Merc’s new MFA architecture which also underpins the new A-Class range, B-Class as well as the CLA, it shares its interior design with its platform mates as well. So, the cockpit has all the familiar elements – turbine-style air vents, dual widescreen infotainment setup, etc.
    • The Mercedes-Benz GLB concept comes with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 224 bhp and 250 Nm. It has an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox that channels power to all four wheels via the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
    • The production version is sure to launch with the aforementioned powertrain setup. However, more engines – including hybrids and diesels – will eventually join the lineup as well.


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  • OnePlus 7 could be revealed on May 14

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    • A reputed Twitter leakster (see below) claims that the upcoming OnePlus 7 will go official on May 14, 2019, which sounds believable since the OnePlus 6 was also launched in mid-May last year.
    • What’s even more interesting is that this time around, the OnePlus 7 Pro will also join the standard version at launch. The former is said to be the 5G-enabled model.
    • Multiple leaks and rumours claim that just like some phones from sister companies Oppo and Vivo, the upcoming OnePlus 7 will have a truly bezel-less display along with a pop-up style motorised selfie camera.
    • While the screen specs remain sketchy, it’s concrete that both these phones will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. Going by the 6T, the 7 & 7 Pro could also have 6/ 8/ 10GB RAM options.
    • Given the fact that OnePlus has been closely working with Qualcomm of late, it is possible that the latter’s upcoming phones will have ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanners, which, until now, are only seen on the Galaxy S10/ S10+.


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  • Hyundai Venue exterior revealed before launch

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    • The sub-4-metre Hyundai Venue’s exterior has been leaked thanks to a billboard advertisement in New York. The SUV will simultaneously go official in India and the US on April 17.
    • The Venue’s radical exterior is derived from the Hyundai Kona. There’s a big cascading grille up front with a bold chrome mesh design. The grille is flanked by eyebrow-style indicators on the top and bumper-mounted headlamps at the bottom.
    • The side profile of the Venue resembles that of the Creta with its sweeping roofline. The advertised car in the US is also shown with a dual-tone option and we expect the same to be offered in India as well.
    • The Venue will be the first Hyundai in India to feature a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Other two engines will be the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel options which are already seen on the company’s current lineup.
    • After its reveal, the Venue will soon launch in India. Certain reports suggest that it will reach showrooms on May 21 this year.



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  • Redmi Y3 with 32MP selfie camera launch this month

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    • The selfie-centric Redmi Y3 is confirmed to launch in India on April 24, 2019.
    • An official teaser by Xiaomi India confirms that the device will sport a thoroughly revised design when compared to its predecessor as a waterdrop display notch can be seen in it.
    • The highlight of the Redmi Y3 will of course be its 32MP front camera which is expected to be Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GD1 image sensor that’s seen on a lot of new phones launched this year, including the Vivo V15 Pro.
    • Other specs of the phone aren’t known as yet, however, we can expect the Y3 to share many of its internals with the Redmi 7.
    • The phone’s price will likely start below Rs 10,000, making it the first phone in the budget price range to have a 32MP selfie shooter.
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  • Revolt Intellicorp electric motorcycle teased

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    • Revolt Intellicorp, an upcoming electric motorcycle brand that’s founded by Rahul Sharma from Micromax, has teased its debut model in an official sketch.
    • Revolt had already made it clear that it will make conventional looking motorcycles without any over-the-top aesthetic element that’s a norm on most electric vehicles. The official sketch further reaffirms this claim.
    • The sketch also confirms certain components of the motorcycle such as upside down front forks, rear monoshock and a front disc brake.
    • The motorcycle is already confirmed to have 4G LTE connectivity via a SIM card which is claimed to enable many AI-driven smart features on it.
    • Revolt also claims a real-world range of 150 km on a single charge along with a top speed of 85 km/h on its debut model.
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  • Geometry car brand debuts with Geometry A electric sedan

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    • China-based Geely, which also owns Volvo Cars, has revealed a new car brand named Geometry which will exclusively sell Tesla-rivalling electric vehicles.
    • The brand’s debut model is the new Geometry A sedan which on a single charge can go a claimed 410 km in its Standard Range form and 500 km in its Long Range form. However, these figures based on the older European NEDC cycle. How the new WLTP cycle affects these figures is yet to be seen.
    • The Standard Range model houses a 51.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack while the Long Range one amps the capacity up to 61.9 kWh. The battery can be charged from 30-80 per cent in just 30 minutes, but the charger specs or output haven’t been revealed.
    • The drivetrain on the Geometry A uses a permanent magnet synchronous motor that produces 250 Nm of instantaneous torque and 161 bhp (equivalent) of power. The car takes 8.8 seconds to complete the 0-100 km/h run.
    • The Geometry A isn’t just a China-spec car. It will be sold in other markets like France, Singapore and Norway as well. The car is claimed to have received around 27,000 orders, 67 per cent of which are from outside China.


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  • Realme 3 Pro launch date revealed

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    • The upcoming Realme 3 Pro is confirmed to launch in India on April 22, 2019.
    • The phone will be Realme’s answer to the Redmi Note 7 Pro which has become immensely popular because it offers a solid SoC and a good camera experience at a very competitive price.
    • While the Realme 3 Pro’s specs aren’t known as yet, rumours suggest that it will use the Snapdragon 710 SoC which is slightly more powerful than the Snapdragon 675 used on the Note 7 Pro.
    • Realme India boss has already hinted that the 3 Pro will be the first phone in its segment to be able to play Fortnite, thereby hinting at its powerful performance.
    • The device is said to be offered in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants and will have a starting price of under Rs 15,000.
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