This week in tech was packed with smartphone launches happening one after another. In total, four smartphones launched globally and in India. OnePlus kicked off with the OnePlus 7 series launch, followed by Realme’s debut in China. Motorola quietly launched its punch-hole camera phone, and Asus launched its flip camera phone the next day.

Amid so much gadget craze, WhatsApp suffered a major security breach allowing attackers to install spyware on devices.

Here’s a recap of everything that made news in tech this week.

OnePlus 7 series launch

OnePlus launched its much awaited OnePlus 7 series in India. OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 smartphones start at Rs 48,999 and Rs 32,999 respectively in India. The flagship smartphone, OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a bezel-less curved display, pop-up selfie camera, a 48-megapixel rear camera and Snapdragon 855 chipset. OnePlus 7, on the other hand comes with incremental upgrades over OnePlus 6T.

WhatsApp security bug

WhatsApp recently fixed a security bug which allowed attackers to install spyware on devices. Suspected to be the work of NSO Group, the attackers exploited WhatsApp’s audio call feature. WhatsApp said the security breach affected only a few users but did not disclose the exact numbers.

Realme’s China debut

Realme made its China debut earlier this week with two new smartphones – Realme X and Realme X Lite. Realme X is also the company’s first premium phone with an edge-to-edge display, pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor. Realme India head, Madhav Sheth confirmed the Realme X will soon launch in India. As for the Realme X Lite, it is the Chinese version of Realme 3 Pro.

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Motorola One Vision launch

Motorola launched its first punch-hole camera phone in Brazil. Motorola One Vision also sports the trending 48-megapixel camera. The smartphone has a gradient back panel and runs on Android Pie based on Google’s Android One platform. Another highlight of the Motorola One Vision is its chipset which is Samsung’s Exynos 9609.

Asus Zenfone 6

Asus’ flagship smartphone, Zenfone 6 features an interesting flip camera mechanism. The dual rear cameras flip up to the front for selfies. The smartphone also has a bezel-less display with no notch. Asus Zenfone 6 runs on Snapdragon 855 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage.


First Published:
May 18, 2019 17:34 IST



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