Microsoft’s biggest-ever acquisition, new smartphones launched by OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme and more – Gadgets Now


It was a busy week in tech town with multiple launches across categories. Vivo, Realme, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Tecno launched smartphones, Panasonic launched a full-frame mirrorless camera and Sony launched two new home theatre systems. Microsoft made its biggest-ever acquisition when it bought Activision for close to $69 billion. All this and more in our top tech news of the week:


​Microsoft buys Call of Duty, Candy Crush maker for $69 billion

Microsoft has made its biggest ever acquisition by buying the ‘Call of Duty’ maker Activision Blizzard for USD 68.7 billion. It is also the largest-ever deal in the history of the gaming industry. This deal is bigger than Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn for USD 26 billion. This deal also breaks the record set by Take-Two Interactive’s acquisition of mobile game developer Zynga for more than USD 11 billion. Click here for the full story.


​OnePlus 9RT launched in India: All the details

The OnePlus 9RT has been finally launched in India. Price starts at Rs 42,999. This phone was released in China in October 2021. This new smartphone packs high-end features and claims to offer flagship performance. Click here for the full story.


​Xiaomi 11T Pro with 120W charging support launched in India

Xiaomi 11T Pro “HyperPhone” is now official in India. The company is calling this smartphone its first flagship of 2022. This new Xiaomi phone was earlier available in multiple international markets, except India. This phone also supports 120W fast charging like the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge that was released earlier in the month. This smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset and claims to get fully charged in 17 minutes. Click here for the full story.


​Vivo Y21A with MediaTek chipset, 5000mAh battery unveiled in India

Vivo silently unveiled the Vivo 21A smartphone on its website. This new smartphone is an addition to the Vivo Y21 series. The website did not mention its price but, it will be available in two colour options — Diamond Glow and Midnight Blue. The device will be available in a single 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration. Click here for the full story.


​Panasonic launches full-frame mirrorless camera ‘Lumix BS1H’ in India

Panasonic has launched a full-frame box-style digital single lens mirrorless camera ‘Lumix BS1H’ in India. This new camera is available across all Panasonic brand shops in India and comes with a price tag of 3,39,990. The camera sports a 24MP full-frame sensor with Dual Native ISO that captures 6K videos. The company claims that the camera is designed to fulfil the requirements of cinema, live-streaming and other multi-camera users. Click here for the full story.


​Sony launches HT-A9 and HT-A7000 home theatre systems, price starts at Rs 1,50,980

Sony has launched its premium range of home theatre systems — HTA9 and HTA7000 in India. The new home theatre series claims to offer multi-dimensional sound experience and Sony’s 360-degree surround sound. It also features Spatial Sound Mapping that offers a wide soundstage with watching movies, listening to music and gaming. Click here for the full story.


​Microsoft HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset now available in India

Microsoft HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset is now available in India. Mixed reality blends the physical and digital worlds covering the spectrum from augmented reality to virtual reality for these worlds to co-exist and interact in real time. According to the company, the headset augments the job of first-line employees in sectors like — manufacturing, healthcare, automotive and education. This is an enterprise product and is available in India via commercial authorised resellers Softline and Team Computer. Click here for the full story.


​Reliance Jio overtakes 20-year-old telecom provider in broadband market

TRAI has confirmed that Jio now leads the fixed-line broadband segment with 4.34 million customers. This segment had been dominated by the state-run telecom company BSNL since its inception about 20 years ago. Jio started commercial roll out of fixed-line broadband service, JioFibre in September 2019. Click here for the full story.


​Samsung announced Exynos 2200 chipset, first chip to feature AMD GPU

Samsung has unveiled its latest in-house flagship chipset for smartphones, the Exynos 2200. This new chipset is expected to power the upcoming premium Galaxy smartphones. This is the first SoC to feature an AMD RDNA2 graphics architecture along with Samsung’s Xclipse GPU. Click here for the full story.


​Realme 9i launched in India: Price and more

Realme 9i is now official in India and it is the cheapest phone to run on the Snapdragon 680 processor. It comes with a 6.6-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Realme 9i succeeds the Realme 8i which had a 120Hz refresh rate. Click here for the full story.


​Instagram to reduce visibility of ‘potentially harmful’ content

Meta-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram is taking new steps to make “potentially harmful” content less visible in its app. The company said that the algorithm powering the way posts are ordered in users’ feeds and in Stories will now de-prioritise content that “may contain ”bullying, hate speech or may incite violence. Click here for the full story.


​Tecno Pova Neo launched with MediaTek processor and 6000mAh battery

Tecno Pova Neo has expanded the company’s range of smartphones in India. This new budget phone is powered by MediaTek Helio G25 processor and runs on HiOS v7.6 based on Android11. Click here for the full story.


​Meta-owned Facebook launches online safety feature for Messenger Kids

Facebook launched Pledge Planets on Messenger Kids which is an activity to help kids learn how to use the internet safely and practice making healthy decisions online. The company said that it has developed these activities in close partnership with experts in online safety, child development and children’s media. Click here for the full story.


​Microsoft announces new games coming to Xbox Game Pass in January

Microsoft has announced new games for the Xbox Game Pass this January and some of them are already here. Games like Hitman’s Trilogy, Death’s Door, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and others are also listed. Click here for the full story.


​Snapchat announces features aimed to save teens from harassment, drugs

Instant messaging platform Snapchat has announced two new features aimed at the security of teens using the platform. The company claims that these features will help protect them from strangers, potential harassment and drugs. Click here for the full story.


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