Gadgets 360’s flagship podcast for the biggest tech developments on a weekly basis. Hosted by Akhil Arora, the show brings in Gadgets 360’s writers, and experts from the tech industry.
Vivo X80 and X80 Pro review
Vivo X80 and X80 Pro review
Roughly eight months on from X70 Pro+, which itself came just six months after the one before it, Vivo is back with another flagship phone. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to discuss the Vivo X80 series. Read: Vivo X80 hands-on: promising premium all-rounder We talk about Vivo’s attempts to simplify the new naming convention — this time, we have a Vivo X80 at Rs. 55,000, and a X80 Pro at Rs. 80,000 — and the resulting confusion it creates. We delve into what the two phones offer, be it their triple and quad rear camera setups, the high refresh rates displays on par with Apple and Samsung, or that humongous camera module on the back. Read: Vivo X80 Pro hands-on: worthy upgrade? Along the way, we touch upon how Samsung is pushing the industry to do better with their Android update promises, and why the likes of Vivo need to stop showing off a “cool” new feature with every launch. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)Naming confusion (00:17)Trust in Vivo? (03:13)What you get (06:00)Camera, display, and design (11:41)Software and charging (17:47)Needs consistency (21:11)Who it’s for (23:49)Outro (27:44) Photo credits: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360 Disclosure: Vivo sponsored Pinto’s flights and hotel for the pre-launch event in Dubai.
Pixel 6a + Pixel Watch + Pixel Buds Pro + Pixel 7
New phones, new watch, new wireless earbuds, and even a new tablet. Is Google getting serious about hardware? Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to discuss the best of Google I/O 2022. The only bit actually confirmed for India is the Pixel 6a, a “budget” phone in the US that will likely end up around Rs. 40,000 or more in India. It’s not due before August, so who knows what that segment — already very competitive — will look like by then. With the Pixel Watch, Google finally enters wearables and puts its Fitbit acquisition to good use. No price on that though. The Pixels Buds Pro do have a price, and they seem to be going up against the AirPods Pro and others of its ilk. Google also teased a Pixel Tablet for 2023, and the next generation of its flagship phones — the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro — expected in late 2022. We also discuss Google Maps’ new Immersive Mode, and the new Indian languages coming to Google Search and Translate. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)Pixel 6a (00:20)Pixel Watch (10:27)Pixel Tablet (15:49)Pixel Buds Pro (23:19)Pixel 7 (27:55)The rest (31:20)More of India (40:24)Outro (42:27) Photo credits: Google
Alexa, how well do you know India?
Alexa, what’s the latest episode of the Orbital podcast about? Amazon India’s Alexa chief Dilip R.S. and Gadgets 360’s in-house Alexa expert Ali Pardiwala join host Akhil Arora to discuss Alexa’s growth in India. The biggest challenge for any voice assistant is to make it understand its users. For one, Alexa must adapt to “Indian English” words and our varied accents. On top of that, it must also navigate the fact that we frequently use two (or more) languages in the same sentence. Still, Amazon Echo devices have been bought in 85 percent of pin codes in India, Dilip notes. Of course, it’s another matter how useful they are — and how many are actively being used. For more such trends, tune into the episode. We also touch upon how Amazon pushes to integrate Alexa into non-Amazon devices and platforms, and how thanks to Alexa, voice is the first mode of interaction with the Internet for some. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)4-year India journey (00:23)How Alexa has grown (03:39)Making it useful (07:35)Echo is everywhere (13:12)How Alexa learns (17:31)Building for India (20:35)Privacy issues (22:07)Outro (24:12) Photo credits: Amazon
Xiaomi 12 Pro fails to stand apart, but that’s good?
There isn’t a wow factor about the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but that might actually be a good thing. Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to discuss the new Xiaomi flagship smartphone. The 12 Pro boasts similar hardware to phones in its range, and it doesn’t have anything to set itself apart. Xiaomi has polished the look and feel though, and the 12 Pro feels like a premium device. Read: Xiaomi 12 Pro first impressions That said, it’s got the lot. A Dolby Vision display that can go down to 1Hz refresh rate, rear cameras with wider aperture than you normally see, quad speakers with Dolby Atmos, and 120W fast charging that’s in line what’s currently out there. But in terms of features, the 12 Pro is missing an IP rating, which you can in fact get on more affordable phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy FE range and even Xiaomi’s own budget phones. Hit play to hear us delve into each of those facets. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)Pro is not Ultra (00:27)The cameras (06:03)The competition (12:02)The missing (14:48)Display and software (18:42)Outro (22:51) Photo credits: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360
Are affordable smartwatches worth it?
India’s smartwatch market is growing, but that depends on how you look at it. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Ali Pardiwala and Aditya Shenoy, and IDC India research director Navkendar Singh join host Akhil Arora to talk about that and more. As with all things tech, India remains a cost-sensitive market, with average selling price in fact going down in recent years, Singh tells us. Low-cost smartwatches have taken over from fitness bands (while the premium segment struggles). That’s because these ‘basic’ watches — Rs. 4,000 or less — are cramming in a lot of features, though they naturally don’t naturally fare well in accuracy. But does the Indian consumer care? Read: The best smartwatches to buy in India For those who do, you’re going to have to pay a lot — with premium watches from Apple and Samsung coming in at 5–10 times the price. They’re in the ecosystem play, which could’ve been Google’s were it not for its failures with WearOS. Hit play to hear us delve into each of those facets. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)How India is faring (00:24)The market split (05:00)Bands are dead (11:24)What Indians want (14:50)Buying advice (23:57)Ecosystem play (29:32)Outro (32:41) Cover: Samsung. Photo credits: Noise, Realme, Xiaomi, Fire Boltt, Ali Pardiwala/Gadgets 360, Apple
The best budget phones: should you go 4G or 5G?
With 5G services expected before the end of 2022 in India, if you’re in the market for a budget phone right now, should you go with a 4G or 5G model? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to answer that and more. Read: The best phones under Rs. 15,000 We discuss how several brands have been launching 4G and 5G variants of the same budget smartphone, why the 5G models are at times missing features that the 4G ones have, and what the whole 5G bands conversation amounts to. We also talk about some of the best budget phones, tell you what specifications to keep an eye on, and why you shouldn’t buy at launch (with caveats). Play the podcast to learn more. Read: The best phones under Rs. 20,000 Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)4G vs 5G (00:16)The compromises (11:12)Best phones (18:19)Buying tips (24:37)Outro (30:08) Cover: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Xiaomi, Oppo, Aditya Shenoy/Gadgets 360, Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
Is it time for the Harry Potter universe to die?
A third Harry Potter spin-off movie — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — is now in theatres. Why is this still a thing? Gadgets 360 senior reviewer Ali Pardiwala and pop culture aficionado Nikhila Makker join host and entertainment editor Akhil Arora to talk all things Wizarding World. We discuss how we got here, from the craze around the Harry Potter books and films to dwindling box office returns for Fantastic Beasts chapters, and why Warner Bros. is bent on squeezing every last drop out of it. We also talk about the toxicity around the Potter universe, be it author J.K. Rowling’s repeated transphobic comments, or the several mistakes that Warner has made, with little attempt to show itself in a better light. Along the way, we touch upon other expansion attempts — apps, video games, reunion special, a stage play, and its companion book — and wonder the logical next step if all should fail. A reboot, always. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)Rise and fall (00:22)The Potter lens (05:49)Universe expansion (08:06)Original movies (13:34)Rowling and beyond (21:15)Self-cursed (27:19)Outro (31:40) Cover: Warner Bros. Photo credits: Bloomsbury, WB, Rowling, Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360
OnePlus 10 Pro review: toying with the flagship
Is OnePlus’ new heavy-duty flagship — meant to compete with iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra — the phone to get in 2022? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to talk about the OnePlus 10 Pro. Read: OnePlus 10 Pro 5G review: a perfect ten? We discuss its pricing in regards to the OnePlus 9 Pro, the intriguing changes OnePlus has opted for with its top-of-the-line product, and the facets that haven’t changed (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Along the way, we touch upon the meaningless of CPU stress tests, the biggest competition to the OnePlus 10 Pro, and how OxygenOS is keeping ColorOS at bay following backlash from fans. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)The highlights (00:21)India pricing (01:43)8 Gen 1 throttling? (04:52)Heating troubles (07:25)No official ‘IP68’ (13:06)The four cameras (17:26)Gaming buzzwords (27:27)Improved display (31:11)Software + battery (32:01)Outro (37:01) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
iPhone SE (2022): pros, cons, and the India story
At launch, Apple’s “budget” 5G iPhone SE is flailing in India’s mid-range segment. Can it compete with older iPhones and an army of Android contenders? Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the iPhone SE (2022) that’s now in our hands. We discuss the missing “wow” factor (a non full-HD screen), its outdated design (Jamshed likes the bezels surprisingly), and ponder the future of iPhone SE with Apple rumoured to kill off the iPhone mini. Along the way, we touch upon alternatives from the house of Apple and beyond. Thanks to the Rs. 43,900 price in India, it’s worth looking at iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, and even the iPhone XR, depending on what you want from a phone. And of course, there’s no shortage of Android competition if you’re willing to look beyond Apple. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)First impressions (00:19)That design (02:56)And that price! (05:27)Make in India benefits? (11:15)vs Android (13:57)Future of SE and mini (18:38)Who it’s for (24:44)Outro (27:45) Photo credit: Jamshed Avari/Gadgets 360
How Asus is planning to win the laptops market in India
Asus is one of the known players in the PC and laptops market in India, with a range of ZenBook, VivoBook, and ROG models that cater to a wide range of audience. Gadgets 360 Executive Editor Jamshed Avari joins host Akhil Arora to talk with Asus India Business Head of System Business Group for Consumer & Gaming PC Arnold Su to understand the laptops market in the country and how the company is planning to grow its presence. Su talks about how COVID-19 impacted the PC and laptops market in the country. He also details the online vs offline sales of laptops. Alongside detailing the market trends, Su mentions plans to bring some of the latest models to India in the coming future. He also reveals that Asus is set to bring its foldable ZenBook 17 Fold to the market. We also talk about the market performance of affordable laptops in India. Asus has a list of models under the VivoBook series that target consumers looking for affordable options in the market. The discussion also revolves around how the market is shifting towards form-factors including thin-and-light and 2-in-1 models. And we conclude the talk by discussing how Asus as a brand is received in India, and how buyers in the market rate the company compared with other possibly more familiar names in the PC laptop industry. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)COVID emerged as an opportunity (00:57)Market of budget laptops in India (07:42)Online vs offline sales (12:16)What's coming from Asus? (16:42)Foldable laptop and other exciting models incoming (21:36)Smartphones challenging PCs these days? (26:39)Outro (30:28) Photo credits: Asus, Samsung
iPhone SE, Mac Studio, M1 Ultra, Studio Display, and iPad Air 2022
Apple’s spring 2022 event — dubbed “Peek Performance” — brought a 5G iPhone SE, iPad Air with M1, a Retina 5K display, and an all-new Mac Studio with the all-new M1 Ultra chip. Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to take us through all the Apple launches. We discuss who the 2022 iPhone SE is for, given its India starting price of Rs. 43,900, a design that feels ancient, and a screen that lacks full-HD resolution. That said, it does have the iPhone 13 chip. We delve into the M1 Ultra chip — an upgrade to M1 and M1 Max — that powers the new Mac Studio, a supersized Mac mini or a more affordable Mac Pro, depending on how you see it. Along the way, we touch upon the improved 27-inch 5K monitor called Studio Display that has a Center Stage-equipped webcam, and the 2022 iPad Air that becomes a more affordable iPad Pro with compromises. And we close shop by discussing that new Apline Green colour option for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro range. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)iPhone SE (00:19)Mac Studio (17:42)iPad Air (30:55)Green! (33:04)Outro (35:38) Photo credits: Apple
MWC 2022: return to Barcelona and the big announcements
The year’s biggest phone trade show — Mobile World Congress — returned to the ground in Barcelona, after two years of being cancelled by COVID-19. Counterpoint global content manager Ritesh Bendre and Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to talk about all things MWC 2022. Read: The 10 biggest announcements from MWC 2022 Bendre tells us what it was like to be back on the show floor — the good and the bad of it, from getting more time with preview units to the restrictions on movement and, well, breathing. Along the way, we discuss the major highlights from MWC 2022, including foldables from TCL, an E-ink tablet from Huawei, and the promises of 150W fast charging from both Oppo and Realme. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)Back on the ground (00:29)Exciting devices (11:50)Super fast charging (26:41)Outro (41:21) Photo credits: GSMA.
How Gaana and Spotify are navigating India’s unique music streaming landscape
Spotify is celebrating its third anniversary in India, while Gaana is approaching its twelfth. What have they discovered about this diverse market? Gaana CEO Sandeep Lodha and Spotify India market operations head Akshat Harbola join host Akhil Arora to talk about India’s unique music streaming landscape. We discuss what has and hasn’t worked for both — Gaana is veering away from its TikTok strategy, and refocusing on music and podcasts — and what they have planned for the rest of 2022. We delve into the music subscription business’ big challenge: making Indians pay regularly. Gaana and Spotify bust the myth on India’s paid subscriber base. Lodha points out the factors that are limiting growth, while Akshat thinks it’s about figuring out use-cases. With the music catalogue being more or less the same for everyone, original podcasts are one big differentiator. But India’s podcast industry suffers from monetisation challenges, as we also touch upon in the podcast. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)What excites them (00:27)Spotify’s 3 years in India (02:24)Gaana is refocusing (09:36)Figuring India out (12:59)Why won’t Indians pay? (19:50)Original podcasts (26:45)Podcast monetisation (32:09)Roadmap for 2022 (36:39)Outro (39:03) Illustrations: Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Gaana/Spotify/Screenshot by Arora/Gadgets 360.
Realme 9 Pro+ review: the new mid-range king?
Realme has only been around for four years — and it’s already on its “ninth” phone generation. Gadgets 360 senior reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Realme 9 Pro and 9 Pro+. We discuss Realme’s decision to jump on the colour-changing trend for the back of the 9 Pro+, and the experimental heart rate sensor inside the fingerprint sensor that is under the display. Read: Realme 9 Pro+ review: excellent value for money The camera on the back has optical image stabilisation (OIS), a feature you can’t get on smartphones that are Rs. 15,000 more expensive. We also touch upon the 9 Pro+’s three variants and their pricing. Along the way, we delve into how Google’s Material You push is not only causing delays with Android 12 rollout, but also making custom OS skins like Realme UI 3.0 feel incongruous. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)‘9’ phones in four years (00:20)Colour-changing 9 Pro+ (01:52)Heart in my finger (04:34)Android 12! (08:26)Super cameras (15:28)60W charging (20:17)Pricing? (23:49)The affordable 9 Pro (27:22)Outro (33:26) Cover: Sheldon Pinto/Gadgets 360. Photo credits: Pinto/Gadgets 360, Realme
Samsung Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series
They are here — Samsung has announced its flagship phones and tablets for 2022. And they are synchronising, with both the S22 and Tab S8 series now sporting a base model, a Plus, and an Ultra. Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series. We discuss why the Galaxy S22 Ultra is more like a Note and doesn’t belong in the S22 family, how it improves upon the S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro, and what might happen to its predecessor. We delve into the level of changes Samsung has reserved for the Galaxy S22 and S22+, how we feel about Samsung’s new promises on Android updates, and whether the Tab S8 Ultra can go up against the iPad Pro. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)The new phone trio (00:27)Ultra or the Note? (01:34)S22 and S22+ (15:44)Worthy upgrades? (21:18)iPad (Pro) competition (27:30)Outro (34:44) Photo credits: Samsung
Oppo Reno 7 and 7 Pro review
Oppo’s flagship smartphones for 2022 are here. But are they any good? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy join host Akhil Arora to talk about the Reno 7 and 7 Pro 5G. We discuss the role reversal that’s going on in the design space — Oppo has given the Reno 6 design to 7 Pro, and vice versa — the new SoC that’s more marketing than features, and Oppo’s love for the AI buzzword. Read: Oppo Reno 7 first impressions: a lukewarm upgrade Along the way, we touch upon the (better) alternatives to the Reno 7 and 7 Pro, and wonder why Oppo has reached a stage in India where it doesn’t seem to have its heart in the race. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)Oppo’s 2022 (00:20)Reno 7 Pro (03:11)What’s new (08:36)Competition (21:46)Reno 7 (25:20)Competition (29:56)Why are we here (33:09)Outro (37:42) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
5G in India: everything you need to know
When will 5G come to India? And what should I expect? COAI director general Lt. Gen. Dr. S.P. Kochhar and Deloitte India telecom sector leader Peeyush Vaish join Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and host Akhil Arora to offer their expert insight. Expect an initial rollout by August 2022, Kochhar says, though it won’t be at the same time for everyone. After all, India needs 8 lakh new towers for 5G, in addition to 1.5 lakh we have today. Moreover, the approach must be different for rural vs urban areas. Along the way, we delve into how 5G is a lot more than an upgrade to 4G. It allows for dozens of B2B applications (revenue for operators), and new government rules afford more freedom with B2C applications. 5G is set to change cars, gaming, weapon systems, telemedicine, and the Indian Railways. Fire up the episode to discover why. What you pay hence will depend on what you want out of 5G. Beyond the obvious B2B and B2C, there are a lot of acronyms in this episode. Here’s a quick guide to the most used ones: COAI = Cellular Operators Association of IndiaDoT = Department of TelecommunicationsTRAI = Telecom Regulatory Authority of IndiammWave = millimeter wave spectrum (30 GHz to 300 GHz, between microwave and infrared waves)eNB = eNodeB, type of radio base stationARPU = average revenue per userOTT = over-the-top (streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar)TSP = telecommunications service provider (such as Jio and Airtel) Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)Rollout and hype (01:06)What to expect (09:58)Different models (16:46)Tariff = apps (21:08)5G use-cases (27:42)And beyond (34:03)Conspiracies (39:32)Outro (45:10) Cover credit: Z z. Photo credits: Ben Vaughn, Frederik Lipfert, Jakub Pabis, Lipfert, Ryland Dean, Vishnu Vardhan, Robert Gale
Headphones 101: what to know before you buy
Looking to buy new headphones? You have come to the right place. Gadgets 360 audio guru Ali Pardiwala and Headphone Zone founder and CEO Raghav Somani join host Akhil Arora to offer up their expert advice. We discuss the minimum you need to spend to get good earphones and headphones, why the Rs. 10,000 price bracket is really interesting, and what you get when you pay for top-end cans. Read: The best active noise cancelling headphones and earphones in India We dispel layman misconceptions along the way, from the promise of hi-res audio to why headphones that reproduce sound well aren’t always the best. We also briefly dive into the world of drivers — don’t worry we won’t put you to sleep. Along the way, we tell you what you should avoid, and what you can get at different price points, as we namecheck several models that are the pick of the lot. Read: The best true wireless earphones in India Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)What our experts want (00:22)The entry level (04:21)The next level (09:46)Something for everyone (18:01)Talk drivers to me (21:49)The best you can buy (25:54)Hi-res audio? (30:34)What to avoid (34:52)Outro (36:59) Cover credit: Luke Peterson. Photo credits: Yu Hai, Ali Pardiwala/Gadgets 360, Nothing, Hostaphoto, HifiMan, Pardiwala/Gadgets 360, Apple, Lee Campbell
OnePlus 9RT, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, and the trend of stop-gap budget flagships
The Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10 series are nearly here. Why then are we getting new entries in the old series? Gadgets 360 deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join host Akhil Arora to discuss the Galaxy S21 FE and OnePlus 9RT. Read: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G first impressions: riding the wave We put the new Samsung phone up against the S20 FE — Samsung is switching from Snapdragon to Exynos here — and talk about why that might be a better option. Later, we wonder how the launch of 9RT will impact the OnePlus 10 series, why the OnePlus 9 is effectively dead, and touch upon OxygenOS being taken over by ColorOS. Read: OnePlus 9RT 5G first impressions: a beautifully crafted powerhouse Along the way, we delve into why these new Samsung and OnePlus phones are launching now — and the alternatives you might wish to consider. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Chapters Intro (00:00)Shared thinking (00:27)S21 FE vs S20 FE (05:01)Where the fans? (11:18)A complete package (14:26)Destroying the 9 (19:07)Made for India (25:04)Less Oxygen (28:39)Outro (33:12) Photo credits: Roydon Cerejo/Gadgets 360
Inside Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G and Xiaomi India’s 2022 plans — Orbital exclusive
Xiaomi is kicking off 2022 with the 11i HyperCharge 5G that offers 120W fast charging. Wait, what? Xiaomi India chief business officer Raghu Reddy, senior marketing manager Sandeep Sarma and product marketing manager Rahul Dubey join Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and host Akhil Arora to take us behind the scenes. We discuss why Xiaomi is pushing for the bonkers 120W figure, how fast charging — sorry, HyperCharge — works on the 11i, concerns around battery safety and longevity, and why wireless charging is lagging behind. Along the way, we delve into what Xiaomi India learnt from 2021, how user demands and component price increases are changing the phone industry, and whether Xiaomi India will continue to offer 4G phones. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at email@example.com Chapters Intro (00:00)Xiaomi’s 2021 in India (00:31)What sells, what’s desired (04:34)5G vs 4G phones (10:23)The 11i HyperCharge (13:24)120W fast charging (18:37)Charging curve (22:32)Safe, for long (27:18)Where did wireless go? (30:26)Looking ahead (34:05)Outro (36:27) Photo credits: Xiaomi