Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Xiaomi, soon after launching its Mi 5 flagship smartphone in India at a price tag of Rs. 24,999, has launched the Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 toy that turns into a Transformer-like robot, in collaboration with Hasbro, a US-based toy and board game company.
"There's more to Mi than meets the eye. Teamed up w/ Hasbro for Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 that turns into a Transformer," tweeted the company with images on Tuesday.
The toy has been launched as a crowdfunding project. It is priced at CNY 169, and will begin shipping first in China starting May 13. At the time of writing, the project raised CNY 384,306, which is more than 200 percent above the original target. The Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 features Lego-like pieces that one can detach from the assembly.
Xiaomi launched its Mi Pad 2 tablet back in November last year both in Android as well as Windows 10 OS variants. It sports a 7.9-inch (2048x1536 pixels) resolution IPS display with a pixel density of 326ppi. It runs a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor (2MB cache, 4 cores, 4 threads, base frequency 1.44GHz, burst frequency 2.24GHz) under-the-hood, clubbed with Intel HD GPU and 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It is also the first Xiaomi device to be powered by an Intel processor.
The Mi Pad 2 features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture, along with a 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera. The tablet comes with Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.1, and GPS connectivity. The metal-clad tablet's 6190mAh battery is rated to deliver up to 648.8 hours of standby time. It comes in Dark Grey and Champagne Gold colour variants. Measuring 200.4x132.6x6.95mm, the Mi Pad 2 weighs 322 grams. The tablet is also 18 percent thinner than its predecessor, which was 8.5mm thick. The device is yet to be launched in India.
Tata Tiago, the home-grown carmaker's most anticipated hatchback for 2016 is all set to be launched in India today. Based on the carmaker's popular XO platform the, Tata Tiago shares its underpinnings with the Indica but thanks to company's new design language, the car looks smart, stylish and fresh. Equipped with some of the best-in-class features, the Tiago is expected to be the carmaker's ace in the hole in the compact hatchback segment. Tiago's biggest rival in India will be Maruti Celerio.
A new ride-hailing app that is positioning itself as the anti-Uber is expected to soft launch in New York City this month. Juno, the brainchild of Israeli-American businessman Talmon Marco, has spent the last few months recruiting highly rated Uber drivers to its platform in anticipating of going live this spring. Now it appears that the launch may come sooner than expected.
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