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Redmi 9 Power Gets New 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage Option in India, Priced at Rs 12,999

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The Redmi 9 Power has received a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant in India in addition to the existing two – 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB options. The new model is available to purchase via Amazon and Xiaomi India’s offline and online channels. The Redmi 9 Power is available to purchase in the country in Mighty Black, Blazing Blue, Fiery Red, and Electric Green colour options. Its priced at Rs 12,999.

The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of Redmi 9 Power is also available with sale deals on Amazon. Customers can enjoy an exchange offer worth up to Rs 11,750 or no-cost EMI transaction mode. As a part of the ongoing Amazon Fab Phones Fest, Kotak Bank credit card holders can avail 10 percent off at the time of purchase. Whereas, Amazon Pay Later users will get Rs 100 cashback. In contrast, the 4GB + 128GB option of the Redmi 9 Power is priced at Rs 11,999, while the 4GB + 64GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs 10,999.

Apart from the upgrade in RAM and storage, all the other specifications of the Redmi 9 Power remain the same. The Redmi 9 Power sports a 6.53-inch full-HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and up to 400 nits of peak brightness. Under the hood, it packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC coupled with Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.2 storage that is expandable up to 512GB with a microSD card. It also supports dual-SIM cards and ships with Android 10-based MIUI 12 out-of-the-box. The quad rear camera setup on the back includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The rear cameras are housed in a rectangular camera module, similar to the Redmi Note 9 4G China model. At the front, there’s an 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling, inside the waterdrop-notch.

Other features on the smartphone include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack, 4G, Bluetooth v5, and dual-band Wi-Fi. Xiaomi claims that the phone is splash-proof and comes with auto-cleaning speakers. Additionally, the Redmi 9 Power packs a 6,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging via USB-C port as well as provides a reverse charge option. The smartphone weighs 192 grams.



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Truecaller’s Guardians Could Just Be The App Your Family Needs, Particularly When They Travel

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You may already be using Truecaller, the incredibly popular app for detecting and blocking spam calls and managing messages on smartphones on your Android phone or Apple iPhone. The makers of the Truecaller app are now rolling out a new app call Guardians, which is designed as a personal safety app that lets you share your live location with guardian contacts and request for help in case you need it. The idea behind this app is to share your live location when you may be out and about and traveling alone, with select contacts called guardians, something that makes a lot of sense in these times when women’s safety in particular remains a big concern. The Guardians app is free to download and use and will be available for Android phones as well as the Apple iPhone.

The way the Guardians app works is that you can add friends and family as Guardians on the app—they will get a notification to accept your request. You can then choose to share your live location with them for a particular trip (this is called Watch Over Me) or permanently share your location with them (this feature is called Forever Share). The Guardians app will have an “I Need Help” button which will send emergency notifications and location data to the contacts you have selected as guardians. The guardian contacts will get your phone status data as well, such as battery strength and phone profile status, to give you a better understanding of the emergency situation.

The Guardians app by Truecaller is a standalone app that can be used by anyone, and isn’t an integrated part of another app, such as the Uber cab booking app, for example. This means you can share your location data with your parents if you are taking a late-night cab back from work, have your friends track you as you head home using public transport after a movie or even allow family members to track elders who may be traveling at the time.

Truecaller insists that privacy very much remains the foundation that Guardians is built on. The company confirms that neither they can, nor can anyone else, see the data. The live location data is shared with encryption between the person sharing the location data and the person receiving the location data. The company also insists that no data will also be shared with any third parties. Since your location data isn’t shared on any servers anywhere, there is no option to revisit a previous journey at a later date.

There is also a volunteer guardian option in case you call for help and your guardian contacts aren’t nearby or are some distance away. The developers say that the app will then search for those who have signed up as volunteers on the Guardian app and ping them requesting for help. However, questions remain about the volunteer backgrounds and how these checks may be done for all volunteers who sign up on the app, though the developers insist there are multiple checks already in place and more can be put in place if there is a need for it. At this time, the Guardians app is still not available on the Apple App Store for the iPhone, and we have not been able to check the process of signing up as a volunteer and the verifications that it may entail.

The Guardians app by Truecaller rolls out today on the Google Play Store for Android phones and will be available from tomorrow on the Apple App Store for iPhone users.



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