Xiaomi took the spotlight today with the entry-level smartphone, priced at Rs. 5,999. Available only via Amazon and Mi.com, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone will go on sale at 12pm, Thursday. Key specifications include 5-inch HD screen, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 16GB internal storage, up to 128GB storage expansion, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, 3120mAh battery, and 4G VoLTE support.

Here’s a look at what else made news today in the world of technology:

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Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4 Prime to be launched in India soon
Soon after launching the Redmi 4A, the launch of the Redmi 4 and Redmi Prime smartphones in the country. Xiaomi Vice President Manu Kumar Jain and Redmi India tweeted a teaser saying that the successor of is coming soon. In China, the  is priced at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,900), while the was launched at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,900). There is no word yet on the official launch dates yet from Xiaomi, which also in India.

Vodafone-Idea announce merger, joint entity to be India’s biggest telco
and  are merging, creating an entity that will be the biggest telecom operator in the country both in terms of user base and revenue. Britain’s Vodafone Group will own 45.1 percent of the merged entity, after it transfers about 4.9 percent to promoters of Idea and/ or its affiliates for Rs. 3,874 crores ($592.15 million) in cash. The will have close to 400 million users, 35 percent user market share and 41 percent revenue market share. Their merger has been brought about by the aggressive stance of telecom upstart , which is providing calls, data, and other services for free.

WhatsApp text status is officially back
After being phased out in favour of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, – at least for Android users; the new will remain in a separate tab as well. The old , on the other hand, will be part of the About section, and – as before – does not disappear after 24 hours. The text status will return for iPhone users soon, has said.

iPhone 6 32GB now available offline in India
32GB, which popped up on Amazon India earlier this month, is in India. Retailers in Bengaluru have been selling the smartphone since Friday, and others across the country have started receiving their units as well. The iPhone 6 32GB carries an MRP of Rs. Rs. 30,700 but was available via Amazon India at Rs. 28,999 at launch. This comes around the same time that the price of   to Rs. 19,999 for the 16GB model and Rs. 25,999 for the 64GB variant.

Android O features leaked ahead of Google I/O unveiling
Upcoming features of , including revamped notifications, adaptive icons, picture-on-picture feature, automatic text copying, and more. is expected to officially unveil at its I/O developer conference, with the final version likely to be released with the new Pixel devices later in the year. include ‘Copy Less’ and gesture triggers.

Qualcomm’s new chip can bring 4G VoLTE to feature phones
has unveiled its new 205 Mobile Platform, aimed at emerging markets, which will provide 4G VoLTE support on feature phones. The main aim for here is to aim for 4G-capable sub-$50 (roughly Rs. 3,500) feature phones that are popular in emerging markets such as India, Latin America, and South East Asia. The new chipset supports Cat. 4 modem, with download speeds of up to 150Mbps and 50Mbps upload speeds. This chip will allow feature phones to access high-speed Internet on the go, something features phones at present cannot offer.

Paytm hopes to launch payments bank by March-end
, which got the final approval from the Reserve Bank in January, hopes to start operations by the month-end, founder and chief executive . “If the RBI blesses us, we will be able to have our bank by this month-end,” he said. also expressed belief that with greater penetration of mobile Internet connectivity, his business will grow further. In other news, Reliance Jio customers can now .

Vivo Y66, Nubia Z11 mini S smartphones launched in India
and -owned brand Nubia have launched camera-centric smartphones in the Indian market. , the new is a selfie smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera with Moonlight Glow feature in front. It has a 5.5-inch HD screen, metallic body, Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, storage expansion up to 256GB, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and 3000mAh battery.

, , has a 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX318 Exmos RS sensor and phase-detection autofocus, f/1.0 aperture, and sapphire protection glass. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone features 5.2-inch full-HD screen, 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 64GB built-in storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB, 4GB of RAM, 13-megapixel front camera, 3000mAh battery, and USB Type-C port.

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