Xiaomi New Smartphone With 48MP Camera and Tata Sky Watch All 32 Channels of Sony

Xiaomi to Launch a New Smartphone With 48MP Camera in January 2019 - 48MP Sensor Camera Phone – Mi Mix 3S or Mi 9, Sony 48MP Sensor vs Samsung 48MP Sensor.

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Xiaomi to Launch a New Smartphone With 48MP Camera in January 2019

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few years. With its really affordable and attractive pricing and competitive specifications, Xiaomi’s phones have managed to dominate the Indian smartphone market. With that being said, the company hasn’t lost its focus on innovating its phones. The brand had introduced the Xiaomi Mi MIX smartphone which made the bezel-less screens mainstream. Now, Xiaomi has teased yet another revolutionary addition to one of its line-up, a 48MP camera sensor. On top of that, Xiaomi has also announced that this phone would probably launch in January 2019.

48MP Sensor Camera Phone – Mi Mix 3S or Mi 9?

Now with phones like Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3 in the market right now, which also enable top class imaging capability, what the new smartphone by Xiaomi will ship in terms of imaging quality is yet to be seen.

Xiaomi President, Lin Bin took to the Chinese social media site and microblogging platform, Weibo, and shared an image of the new phone which comes with the 48MP camera sensor. On taking a closer look at the picture, we get to see a 48MP camera sensor which is paired with a dual-tone LED flash. On the side edge of the phone, we also spot the volume rockers thus confirming that this sensor makes its way on the rear side of the phone. Another thing to note is that this camera module appears to be placed on a raised section of the device, which points towards the direction of a dual or triple rear camera setup. Even Xiaomi’s global spokesperson, Donovan Sung confirmed the phone would launch in January 2019.

As per the reports surfacing online, this new phone is expected to make its way into the market in January 2019. Now the question remains whether this phone will be the successor to the Mi 8 or the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 or Mi Mix 3S. Since we know that Xiaomi has kept its Mi 7 and Mi 8 release for post-MWC slots, it is rather unlikely that the phone will be the successor to the Mi 8. On the other hand, this could mean that the phone makes its debut as a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 or the Mi Mix 3S. Also, as we know from previous updates, the 5G phones which are slated to launch in 2019 will come with an expensive price tag and this new 48MP sensor might as well be a new addition from Xiaomi to explain the hefty pricing.

Sony 48MP Sensor vs Samsung 48MP Sensor

There are two options for the new 48MP sensor which Xiaomi seems to be implementing for its next flagship smartphone. The first contender for the spot is the Sony IMX586 camera sensor which was unveiled in July 2018, and it comes with an impressive 48MP resolution. Xiaomi has been known to use Sony IMX sensors for its flagship devices. However, now there is also another 48MP sensor from Samsung which might take the spot on the new phone. This new sensor by Samsung is the ISOCELL Bright GM1 which was unveiled back in October. Both of these camera sensors span a 1/2-inch and feature 0.8?m pixels, and they can render 12MP resolution images with a 1.6?m equivalent light sensitivity.

Unlike sensor with smaller pixels which exhibit poor light sensitivity and higher noise, Sony has asserted that images out of this new 48MP sensor will be able to boast four times dynamic range when compared to the traditional sensors. This will be possible thanks to the real-time HDR functionality and Quad Bayer Array technology. Sony’s sensors have also been claimed to be capable of shooting 4K videos at 90fps which will go well with the newly announced Snapdragon 855 processor.

Tata Sky Users Can Finally Watch All 32 Channels of Sony India

The tussle between DTH service provider Tata Sky and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) seems to be finally ended. Tata Sky is sending out a text message to its users stating that they can now watch all the 32 channels of Sony India, hinting at a settlement between the two parties. For the unaware, Tata Sky’s contract with SPN India ended back on July 31, 2018, after which it dropped 22 channels of Sony, retaining 11 channels. Now, Tata Sky is providing 32 channels of the Sony India, further renewing its contract. Earlier, Tata Sky subscribers had to give a missed call to the company to view the retained 11 channels, but there’s no such scheme now as all the channels are available for viewing. If you’re subscribed to a particular package of Sony channels, you can start viewing them without any additional hassle.

TDSAT Intervened Between Tata Sky and SPN India

TDSAT has entered the picture when the issue happened back then. “Tata Sky subscribers faced issues with the absence of SPN channels. “…we direct both the parties to sit across the table and try to work out a mutually acceptable negotiated agreement within a period of four weeks from today. If required the parties may seek an extension of the period,” TDSAT said in its order.

The matter has been listed for November 11 for considering the outcome of the fresh round of negotiations which the parties are to carry out in the meantime. And finally, it seems to have settled now as mentioned above. Tata Sky is pushing a message to the users as “All 32 Channels of Sony are now available on Tata Sky. Happy Viewing.”

What’s the Issue Between Tata Sky and SPN India?

Earlier in October, Tata Sky dropped 22 channels of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and three of TV Today Network on pricing issues. SPN’s three-year contract with Tata Sky had expired on July 31, and the two since then have been negotiating on a new pricing deal. That said, Tata Sky retained 11 channels of SPN India including popular ones such as SET, SONY SAB, SET HD, Sony Six, Sony Ten 1 and so on.

The contract tenure between SPN and Tata Sky came to an end on July 31. After the talks for a negotiated agreement did not yield any result, SPN served a notice to Tata Sky on September 7, followed by a public notice on September 10. Consequently, Tata Sky opted for an RIO-based agreement effective September 30 midnight for ten channels.

SPN India Sought Rs 1,700 Crore for Contract Renewal

This is an interesting aspect which came out. Tata Sky had pointed out that negotiations failed because the demand was for Rs 1,700 crore and that too when the right of telecasting IPL matches was no longer available with SPN as it has been won recently by another broadcaster. Under the old terms, SPN was getting Rs 800 crore approximately.

So SPN India sought more than double the amount of previous contract value and that too without the rights of IPL. For the unaware, Sony India owned the rights to broadcast IPL matches for ten years since 2008. But in September 2017, Star India pipped Sony to bag the rights for four years- 2018-2022. Having said that, there are no details available on the new contract between Sony India and Tata Sky.



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