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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) launched in India

Amazon India has launched the second generation of Amazon Echo Show 8. The device is an upgrade over the Echo Show 8, which was launched in 2020. The new Echo Show 8 comes with an 8-inch HD screen, an improved 13-megapixel camera and dual stereo speakers for clear, balanced sound. It could be the perfect device for video calling and users can simply start a video call by asking Alexa to call whoever you want to. Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) will cost you Rs 13,999. However, Amazon is currently selling the device at a discounted price of Rs 11,499 for a limited period.

Dell Alienware X-series, XPS, and G series laptops launched in India

Dell has launched new gaming laptops under its Alienware and G-series lineups, as well as two new XPS machines, in India. The latest Alienware x15 R1 and Alienware x17 R1 were introduced in the Alienware range; the XPS 15 and XPS 17 have in the XPS range, and the Dell G15 in the G-series. The company announced that the Alienware x15 will cost Rs 2,40,990 in India while the Alienware x17 is available at a starting price of Rs 290,990. On the other hand, the Dell XPS 15 is available at a starting price of Rs 2,23,990 in India while the Dell XPS 17 is available at a starting price of Rs 2,64,490.

Samsung Galaxy S21 series is getting one UI 3.1.1

Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 3.1.1 update to its Galaxy S21 series smartphones. The new software brings features like improved user interface, a new bedtime mode, a new accidental touch protection feature, a new weather app, and more. It also brings faster animations and pop-up menus. There is also reportedly a new VoNR (Voice over New Radio) function for T-Mobile users. It also brings an enhanced camera app to the Galaxy S21 series smartphones.

Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition, Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K Pro launched in India

Xiaomi has expanded its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with a new router, security camera and running shoes in India. During its ‘Smarter Living 2022’ event, the company launched the Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition, Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K Pro and Mi Running Shoes. While the Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition is claimed to deliver HD connectivity and up to 1,167Mbps speeds through a four high-gain antenna design, the Mi 360 Security Camera 2K Pro is created to offer 2K video for a clearer surveillance experience. Alongside, the company also announced the new Mi NoteBook 2021 series, Mi TV 5X series and the Mi Smart Band 6.

OnePlus India offers free battery replacement for OnePlus 3,5, 6 series

OnePlus India is offering a free battery replacement to select models. The company is replacing the batteries of the OnePlus 3, 5, and 6 series in India for free. For the new battery, users will not need to pay a single rupee. However, it will still charge the labor cost for the replacement, which for one user’s OnePlus 5T amounted to Rs 473. The battery replacement offer is a good opportunity for those devices that have aged fairly. Replacing your older models’ battery for free makes total sense if you plan to use your phone for a longer time.

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