Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has installed 19 EV fast-charging corridors along 15 highways in Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. The fast-charging stations have been installed between 110 fuel stations which have been divided into various electric corridors. It takes just 30 minutes to charge an EV and the company has launched EV corridors connecting important religious and tourist destinations with cities. BPCL has digitised the entire EV charger locator, charger operations, and transaction process through the HelloBPCL app for an online hassle-free and transparent user experience.
Reliance Jio has installed close to 1 lakh telecom towers, nearly five times its nearest competition, to roll out India’s fastest 5G telecom network, according to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) data. Jio’s top median speed is 506 Mbps, compared to 268 Mbps for Bharti Airtel. Ookla’s February 28 report shows that median download speeds across India increased by 115% since before the 5G launch. India has over half a billion internet users, making it the second-largest online market worldwide.
OnePlus is set to launch its Nord CE 3 Lite smartphone in India on April 4, and reliable tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore has leaked its specifications. The phone is expected to run on Android 13-based OxygenOS 13, powered by Snapdragon 695 5G SoC, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of inbuilt storage. It will feature a 108-megapixel triple rear camera setup, a 16-megapixel selfie camera, and a 5,000mAh battery with 67W SuperVOOC fast charging. The phone will also include 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi reported a record drop in Q4 2022 revenue, as China’s COVID-19 restrictions disrupted consumption. Although there are early signs of recovery, Xiaomi’s group president, Lu Weibing, warned that it will take time. The company’s sales reached CNY 66.05bn ($10.2bn), down 22.8% YoY, while net income fell 67.3% YoY to CNY 1.46bn. All major smartphone brands experienced a sales slump in China in Q4, with Xiaomi the worst hit, according to Canalys, which revealed that Xiaomi’s shipments dropped 37%.
Samsung is upgrading the batteries in its upcoming Galaxy Tab S9 series, with the base Tab S9 variant expected to have a larger battery than its predecessors, according to a new report. The Galaxy Tab S9 Li-ion battery has a rated capacity of 8,160mAh, and if the typical capacity is similar to its predecessors, it will likely be between 8,400mAh and 8,500mAh. The specifications for the Galaxy Tab S9+ and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra models are still unknown. The series is expected to launch in the second half of 2023.