Tesla CEO, Elon Musk Has Won a $50 Million Bet For Building The World’s Largest Lithium ion Battery In 100 days

Elon Musk will get paid for building the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia, with testing on the 100-megawatt project about to begin ahead of next week’s December 1 deadline to built it in 100 days, or it’s free.

State premier Jay Weatherill announced today that regulatory testing at the site, which is paired with French energy business Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm, 230km north of the capital, Adelaide, will begin within days.

When fully charged, the Tesla Powerpack is expected to hold enough power for 8,000 homes for 24 hours, or more than 30,000 houses for an hour during a blackout.

The project is part of a $550 million plan by the state to guarantee energy supply following a statewide blackout last year that turned into a national political debate over energy security and costs. A 250MW gas-fired generator, expected to cost $360 million, is also due to come online this summer to provide extra power.

The battery is the result of a Twitter bet between the Tesla founder and Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes last March that he would supply the battery within 100 days or it was free. The clock began ticking when Musk visited Adelaide in September to sign off on the deal — although work was already underway on the plant after the government gave the contract to Musk in July.

Musk had said that if he failed to meet the deadline, it will have cost him "probably $50 million or more".

The Tesla plant will be called upon during periods of "load shedding" — when excess demand would otherwise result in blackouts.

Weatherill said the battery was now completed and the testing will ensure it is optimised and meets energy market regulatory requirements.

"It sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage," he said.

"An enormous amount of work has gone into delivering this project in such a short time, and I look forward to visiting Jamestown next week to personally thank those who have worked on this project."

Teenage Students Works Overtime To Manufacture iPhone X - Reports

The search for the iPhone X is leading companies, which work for Apple, to hire labor without proper care. Reported information indicates that teenagers from one school were allowed to work at Foxconn overtime, illegally. The tech giant Apple says they have volunteered but should not have worked so many hours.

A Financial Times report states that Foxconn employed teen students to fabricate components of the iPhone X and these students worked overtime illegally.

In addition, according to one of the students cited in the report, a school had students working in the factory as part of their educational programs.

The report cited only six workers out of the thousands who work at the facility. But the tech giant Apple and Foxconn have acknowledged that illegal overtime cases have occurred and that they are taking steps to address the situation.
According to information from Apple:-

“In the course of a recent audit, we discovered some in-house students who worked overtime at a vendor facility in China. We confirmed that students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but should not be allowed to work overtime.

In this installation, internship programs are short-term and represent a very small percentage of the workforce. When we discovered that some students were allowed to work overtime, we took quick action.

A team of experts is on the premises working with the management of the company to ensure that the appropriate standards are met.

Apple is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We know that our work is never finished and we will continue to do everything we can to make a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain”.

Six students aged 17 to 19 claimed that they had worked 11 hours a day regularly, after their school, Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School, demanded that they work at the factory for three months as a work experience before graduating. An 18-year-old said: “We are being forced by our school to work here … The work has nothing to do with our studies.”

In a statement, Foxconn stated that “All the work was voluntary and compensated appropriately, but the trainees did overtime in violation of our policy”.

Foxconn says its internship program involved cooperation “with local governments and a number of vocational schools.” The provincial education ministry where these students studied and worked asked local schools to send students to Foxconn, according to one source in the Financial Times.

Apple and Foxconn continue to make efforts to improve working conditions and Apple’s internal reports show that conditions have improved significantly since 2012 when riots broke out.

How You Can Use a PC As a TV for Your Xbox

Xbox is a versatile gaming solution meaning you can play your games remotelyfrom your console on any computer or even your TV on your home network.
Commonly referred to as game streaming, this feature lets you use PC as TV for Xbox so you can play from anywhere, not necessarily your living room, and play your favorite games with access to your home network.
Game streaming uses the console’s power so as to manage the games you play.
Your PC thus becomes a remote second screen, giving you the freedom to roam around the rooms in your home and still enjoy your games.
However, in order to use PC as TV for Xbox, there are a few system requirements you need to have in place to take advantage of game streaming.
These include:
  • An Xbox console with game streaming enabled in Settings
  • A Windows 10 PC, plus you need to be signed in to Xbox with the gamertag that matches the one on the console
  • Internet connection that connects both the PC and console in the same home network either through a wired or Ethernet connection, or a wireless 802.11 N/AC connection.
Other requirements for your PC include:
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • 5 GHz CPU or faster
  • Internet connection to home network. The best performance will be from an Ethernet wired connection (recommended), but you can get a good performance with a wireless connection of 5GHz 802.11 N or 11 AC wireless access. In connections with limited performance, the network connection should be about 2.4 GHz 802.11 N or 802.11 AC wireless access.
If you cannot have a wired Ethernet connection, either because of the distance between your console and networking device, you can try and use a PowerLine network adapter so you can take advantage of the electrical wiring in your home as a high speed wired network, or a Multimedia over Coax adapter to use the coaxial cable wiring as a high speed wired network.
Now that you have the requirements needed to use PC as TV for Xbox, you’re all set to start game streaming from your console to your PC.

How to use PC as TV for Xbox

In order to set off the game streaming process and use PC as TV for Xbox, you need to do the following:
  1. Enable settings on your Xbox
  2. Connect your PC to your Xbox

1. How to enable settings on Xbox

In order to use PC as TV for Xbox, you need to first enable game streaming from your Xbox settings. Here’s how to do this:
  • Press Xbox button to open the guide
  • Select Settings
  • Select Preferences
  • Select Xbox app connections and do the following:
    • Go to This Xbox and enable Allow game streaming to other devices
    • Go to Other devices and enable Allow connections from any device or Only from profiles signed in on this Xbox

How to connect your PC to your Xbox

Once your Xbox settings for game streaming are in order, the next step is to establish a connection from your PC to your Xbox console from the Xbox app on your computer.
Here’s how to do this:
  • Go to your PC and launch Xbox app
  • Select Connect from the left pane. Xbox app will scan your network for available consoles.
  • Select the console you want to connect to. Most consoles are pre-named MyXboxOne, so if you have more than one console, rename each accordingly that way it is easier to identify the console you want to connect to. In order to rename the console, press the Xbox button to open the guide, select System>All Settings>Console info, and then select your console’s name in the Name box
  • Once you’re connected, the icons will change to show that you are connected. New options will show for streaming, media remotes, and power. This means you can now control your console remotely.
You can also set up game streaming from the Connection panel by clicking Stream once your console is connected.
The next step is to launch your games from the Xbox app.
How to launch games from Xbox app on PC
In order to use PC as TV for Xbox and play your games, after establishing a connection and enabling game streaming on your console, the next thing to do is launch your games from the Xbox app.
Here’s how to go about this:
  • Connect your Xbox console to the PC as described above
  • Click on any game in the Xbox app
  • Initiate streaming from the game hub
  • Click Play from console in the top right hand side of the screen. This will immediately be launched on the console and streaming will begin.
There are other settings you can do to enjoy game streaming while you use PC as TV for Xbox, including changing streaming quality, or playing using Oculus Rift on your PC.
If you want to change the game streaming quality, you have to first connect your PC to your Xbox console, and select a quality level for the videos, which you can do before you start streaming, or while you’re at it. Setting to the highest quality level will give a great gaming experience.

Follow the steps below to change game streaming quality:
  • Go to Xbox app
  • Click Settings
  • Select Game streaming
  • Go to Video encoding level and select streaming quality. You can use either:
    • High quality: if your console and PC are connected to a wired Ethernet connection or are in the same room as the wireless router. You can start with this level then adjust till you get the best performance for your home network.
    • Medium quality: for wireless connections of 5 GHz, for a networked PC and console in different rooms
    • Low quality: for wireless 2.4 GHz networks and low end PC and tablet
If you want to play games using Oculus Rift, your console and PC need to be on the same wireless network based on the system requirements described at the beginning of this article.
Use the steps below to play games using Oculus Rift:
  • Turn on your Xbox console and sign in
  • Go to your PC and sign in to the Xbox app with the same gamertag on the console
  • Open Oculus app and sign in with your Oculus account
  • Search for Xbox
  • Install Xbox One streaming
  • Open Xbox One streaming and choose your Xbox. If only one Xbox is turned on, it will be chosen automatically, otherwise if there’s none, you need to turn on your console and sign in. if, however, you need an IP address to sign in, check Settings>Network>Network settings>Advanced on your Xbox.
  • Wear your Rift headset and start playing games
While streaming from your console to Oculus, the Xbox button opens Oculus universal menu instead of Xbox home. You can move your head to aim the cursor at the virtual Xbox button, then press A or long press A to act on notifications and/or open the power menu.
In order to adjust the quality of game streaming, move your head and aim the cursor at the Network icon at the bottom of the screen then select a preferable level.
Have you managed to use PC as TV for Xbox and play games on your console? Let us know your experience by dropping your message in the comments section below.

How To Fix Windows Class Name Is Not Valid Error on Windows 10

Anyone who has ever tried launching an old or new project in visual studio and it fails (“VS 20xx/ C#” error code)? will identify with this tutorial easily.
In real terms, when an attempt is made to open any another program and Microsoft .NET Framework (4.5.2, 4.5.3, or any other version) there might be  an error message that says “Windows class name is not valid”?
Why the error message?
“Windows class name is not valid,” may occur for some reasons, which include:
  • A corrupted component of .Net Framework
  • faulty drivers
  • damaged files
  • TreeView issues in Visual Studio
  • DLL and antivirus software interference
  • or a problem with the particular software.
Components of Windows .Net Framework can become corrupted if the computer is routinely does not shutdown properly.
These abrupt computer shutdowns could be as a result of on-grid/off-grid power failures or a power problem with the computer itself.
It could also result in the creation of multiple corrupted files which can initiate the “Windows class name is not valid” error.
In some cases,users may experience this error after updating some components of a particular program.

Windows class name is not valid [FIX]

Below are some tips that will help you fix this issue completely.

1. Uninstall and re-install the particular software

This is the most straight forward fix, and it works in some cases. Just locate the program in Add/Remove Programs and click Uninstall. Follow the prompts to complete the process.
After removing the software, restart the computer and initiate a fresh installation of the particular software.
After completing the installation process, launch the program, and “Windows class name is not valid” error should be fixed.

2. Run a System File Checker scan

SFC scan is used to verify the state of protected system files using the sfc /scannow option in Command Prompt. Sfc /scannow is the most popularly utilized form of the sfc command.
This will inspect all critical Windows system file on  the machine, with the inclusion of DLL files.
If SFC finds a problem with any of the Windows System files, it will repair it.
Using the sfc /scannow option will require about 5-15 minutes to complete the inspection and repair process.
Follow these procedures to fix Windows system files using System File Checker:
  • Hold WinKey + S or Q to bring up Windows search bar
    Type in cmd, right click on the result and launch as an administrator. This is often called “elevated” Command Prompt
  • After launching Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow and then press Enter to initiate the verification phase.sfc scannow
  • SFC will now inspect and verify the integrity of all protected Windows system files. This process might take a while to complete.
As soon as the verification attains 100 percent, any of these  might apply:
  1.  If SFC found no issues with protected OS files on the machine
  2. Or the issues were found with system files and got fixed. Any user can also check the full Log File here: C:\\\Windows\\\Logs\\\CBS\\\CBS.log (provided that Windows is installed on drive C:).
  3. This Log could be useful as a resource for technical support personnel that might help out with advanced troubleshooting.
  4.  If SFC scan found issues with the system files and repaired them, there might be prompted to restart the machine. Otherwise, just go on with a restart.
  5. After restarting, retry launching the particular process or program that caused the “Window class name is not valid” error to see if SFC has fixed the problem.

3. Re-install or repair .Net Framework

If the error message displayed has something to do with .Net Framework, then a repair or re-installation might just do the magic.
To repair .Net Framework issues, go to Microsoft’s website and follow the prompt to download NetFxRepairTool.exe.
This tool will help detect and attempt to repair problems associated with the setup of .Net Framework or its updates.
After installing it, follow the in-app instructions to initiate the .Net Framework repair procedure.
After completing the process, restart this computer, and try running the process causing the “window class name is not valid” error, it should now be fixed.
To uninstall and install Microsoft .Net framework, follow these procedures:
1. Close all open application software
2. Press WinKey + R to bring up the run dialog box.
3. Type in Control Panel and press Enter
4. Click on Add/Remove programs or Uninstall a program
5. Select the version of .Net Framework installed on your computer, and select Change/Uninstall, Repair or Remove
6. A setup wizard will come up, select Remove/Uninstall, and click Next
7. Restart your computer after completing the process.
8. After restarting this computer, go to Microsoft’s support page to download a compatible version of Microsoft .Net Framework.
In this case, it is Microsoft .Net Framework version 4.7.1.
.Net Framework version 4.7.1
Once the installation process is complete, the user might be prompted to restart the computer. If no prompt occurs, go ahead with a  restart.
9. After restarting the computer, try launching the software that is causing the error “Window class name is not valid,” and it should work just fine.

4.Initiate debugging on Microsoft Visual Studio without its hosting process

“Windows class name is not valid” might occur whenever a user tries to debug or launch an existing project/create a new one in Microsoft Visual Studio and it throws on this line.
If the  Visual Studio  was re-installed with the most recent service pack, and the problem persists.  To disable hosting process, follow this procedure:
1. Open a class library or service project (projects that don’t produce executables)
2. Click Properties on the Project Menu
3. Click the Debug tab in the Properties window
4. Uncheck the Enable Visual Studio hosting process box
Note: Disabling the hosting process makes several debugging features unavailable and you might a decrease in performance.
Debugging without the use of VS hosting process has been found to eliminate “Window class name is not valid” error. Having tried out these steps, the VS should be free of issues.

5. Check for machine power issues

Applying the already outlined fixes will only work for a short period if the computer in use has power problems.
When abrupt shutdowns occur due to power failures, several corrupted files could be generated which will in-turn cause the error under consideration.
Diagnose and fix power issues with your machine and everything will work just fine.

Microsoft Is Retiring Word, Excel and PowerPoint Viewers

Microsoft maintains a list of viewer apps for some of its Microsoft Office apps that Windows users may run to read docs if they don’t have Office or another third-party Office solution installed on their Windows system.
These viewer apps were released back when the company switched the default format of the Office apps, and the change was targeted at users who lacked the latest version of Office to offer them an opportunity to view them as well.
Currently, the Internet is full of options to read Office docs, and most of them are available online, and you don’t even have to install them on your system.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint Viewers are being retired

Microsoft already retired the Word Viewer app. The company stated on the Word Viewer download page that downloads are not available anymore and Word Viewer stops receiving security updates.
Microsoft also added some new info on the pages of PowerPoint Viewer and Excel Viewer.
The note from PowerPoint Viewer tells us that the app will be retired in April 2018 and the Excel note says that the app will be retired at a later date in November 2018.
The date difference was a mistake, and it looks like both apps will only be available for download until April 2018.

Alternatives for viewing Office documents

Microsoft also suggested some alternatives to the download pages to offer users some options to continue viewing and printing Office docs:
  • On Windows 10: download of Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps.
  • On iOS and Android: download of the free viewer apps from Apple’s iTunes Store or Google Play.
  • Subscription to Office 365.
  • OneDrive: Upload the documents to OneDrive, and view the document online afterward using the service.
There are also some third-party solutions available for users and these options for viewing Office documents include the following:
  • Online services such as Google Docs, Dropbox or Zoho Docs.
  • Free Office programs such as LibreOffice, OpenOffice or FreeOffice.

Project Treble Android's easy-update feature Won't Be Supported On OnePlus devices

Google's Project Treble makes it easier for Android owners to upgrade their devices to the current version of the mobile operating system, which likely means that the lengthy waits Android users have endured while manufacturers roll out their own updates may be a thing of the past.

Yet that won't be the case if you own a OnePlus device, at least for this year. In an AMA held yesterday on the OnePlus forums, representative Adam Krisko confirmed that none of the company's currently released devices support Project Treble. Nor will they in the future.

"We are not currently supporting treble and do not plan to for these devices," Krisko said.

This may come as a surprise this late in the game, especially after Google made it clear in May that any new devices that ship with Android Oreo installed will have to support Project Treble. Unfortunately, even OnePlus' most recent device – the recently released OnePlus 5T – runs on Nougat.

Aside from the Pixel, Android doesn't operate in a closed system like Apple's iOS, so users of devices from manufacturers like Samsung are often forced to wait weeks or even years for the companies that make their chips to approve the operating system updates for the device.

Treble, though, only updates the parts of Android that don't directly invoice the chips, making it easy to bypass this lengthy approval process. 

Google's own first-generation Pixel proves that it's possible to get Project Treble even if Oreo was installed later, but for whatever reason OnePlus is declining to support the service.

On the bright side, the same AMA confirmed that OnePlus is actively preparing to get Android 8.1 Oreo on the 5T, so maybe updates won't take that long without Treble, after all.

Unfortunately, the timeline given for this update was merely "later."

UC Browser Is Now Back In Google Play Store

Alibaba-owned UC Browser has returned to the Google Play Store a week after it had been removed from the online marketplace for mobile apps on grounds that it violated the search giant’s policies. Google did not specify the reason for the removal of UC Browser from its app store last week and it was not clear whether or not the incident was related to the privacy issue facing the mobile browser in recent times. A few months ago, the browser was tagged in a privacy issue in which it was allegedly sending personal information of users to a server located in China.

While it was not officially known why the Google Play Store dropped UC Browser, a person who claimed to be working for the web browsing solution shed light on the situation, stating that Google’s decision to remove the browser was due to what the internet giant considered as the UCWeb’s deceptive ways of increasing the install stats for the mobile app. Additionally, the Mountain View, California-based internet company took down UC Browser from its listing after discovering some settings in the mobile app that did not comply with Google’s policies. 

Shortly after Google Play notified UCWeb about the issue, its developers began to launch an internal investigation and worked to address the non-compliant settings found in the browser. The UCWeb employee also added that the removal was not permanent and that it would only last for a few days. Indeed, after a week of hiatus, UC Browser is now available to download again from the Google Play Store, though the specific reason for its restoration is not yet known.

Anyway, it seemed that users of the browser switched to the UC Browser Mini as an alternative to the mobile browser during its absence over the last seven days. Currently, UC Browser has topped at least 500 million installs on the Google Play Store. The browser includes a bevy of features such as the Cricket Card, data saving feature, ad blocker, Facebook mode and night mode, though its privacy compliance had been the subject of a controversy a few months ago after reports indicated that the app was being used to transmit personal information of users in India to a server in China.

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Official Video Of BLUBOO S8 Plus Teardown Is Now Out

The BLUBOO S8 Plus is one of BLUBOO’s latest smartphones, it was announced earlier this month, and the company has just released a teardown video for this handset. This teardown has been uploaded to YouTube, so you can easily watch it, we’ve embedded a link for you down below, just in case you’re interested. Before we get into it, it’s worth noting that the BLUBOO S8 Plus is more powerful than the BLUBOO S8 which arrived before it, though the two devices sport the same design, but the BLUBOO S8 Plus is a bit larger than the S8, thanks to its 6-inch display.

The first thing you’ll need to do before you actually start the teardown process, is to power off the BLUBOO S8 Plus, and remove the SIM card tray which is placed at the very top of the phone. After that, you’ll need to use the suction cup in order to remove the phone’s backplate. The next step will include removing a number of screws which are holding the phone in place, which means you’ll need a screwdriver. 

After you do that, you’ll be able to remove the part that is placed on top of the phone’s cameras and its mainboard, and also detach the phone’s battery from the mainboard. After you do that, you’ll need to remove some extra screws which will make it possible for you to access the phone’s USB port. From this point on, you’ll focus on the top side of the phone’s back, and need to remove one part of the phone at a time.

All in all, the BLUBOO S8 Plus is not difficult to disassemble, not at all, and the phone should not be difficult to fix either. The video that is embedded down below also shows you how to reassemble the device, and it can certainly come in handy if your phone breaks down, and if warranty can’t help you. The BLUBOO S8 Plus comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of native storage, and a 6-inch HD+ (1440 x 720) display.

 The phone is fueled by the MediaTek MT6750T 64-bit octa-core processor, while it comes with a 3600mAh non-removable battery. The phone also comes with a dual SIM setup, while you will find 13 and 3-megapixel snappers on its back side. A 5-megapixel camera is included on the front side of this phone, while Android 7.0 Nougat comes pre-installed on the phone.

OnePlus 5T Teardown Reveals There Is No Cooling System In It

A recent teardown of the OnePlus 5T performed by popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything revealed a surprising lack of a dedicated cooling system in the form of a heat pipe or similar solution utilized by the vast majority of Android flagships on the market. The video below is a follow-up to an extreme durability test which the OnePlus 5T passed with flying colors earlier this week but reveals that the handset is not without its flaws. 

The Chinese original equipment manufacturer didn’t mention any kind of water resistance while announcing its latest high-end device and the teardown confirms that no significant liquid protections are featured by the OnePlus 5T, albeit its speaker does appear to be able to resist small splashes.

The channel’s manager Zach Nelson speculates that the lack of a cooling system may not impact everyday performance of the handset in the beginning, though the configuration does appear to be more prone to throttling than the setup seen in something like the Nokia 8 which uses a massive heat pipe to keep the critical components of the handset like its SoC as cool as possible even while they’re running at extremely high frequencies. 

In the long run, the lack of a dedicated cooling system may adversely affect the performance of the OnePlus 5T, albeit the exact consequences of the company’s decision to not include such a solution cannot be determined without prolonged testing and are unlikely to have influenced any existing reviews of the device.

The 6.01-inch 18:9 screen of the handset appears to be installed more tightly than the 5.5-inch 16:9 module of the OnePlus 5, with Nelson struggling to remove the display from the body of the handset despite no adhesive being used by OnePlus. 

The screen is also attached to the midframe and can only be separated from it with heat, though the entire construction appears to be extremely structurally stable. The battery itself proved to be relatively easy to remove and replacements shouldn’t be an issue, though it’s still unclear how much replacement cells will actually cost. The OnePlus 5T officially went on sale yesterday, starting at $499 in the United States, €500 in Europe, and approximately $507 in India.

OUKITEL Black Friday Discounts Covers About 11 Best Smartphones. (SEE THEM HERE)

OUKITEL has decided to join a number of other companies, and announce discounts for Black Friday. The devices that are listed here were supposed to go on sale starting tomorrow, but most of them are already available for purchase. This sale is expected to last until November 30. These discounts go up to 50 percent, and OUKITEL actually decided to discount 11 smartphones from its K, U and C series of devices, read on if you’re interested.

Let’s kick things off with the most affordable handsets, shall we. The OUKITEL C5 Pro, C8, U22 and U20 Plus will all be available for less than $100 starting tomorrow. These four devices will be priced at $68.99, $71.99, $79.99 and $89.99, respectively. Now, the remaining seven smartphones will all cost between $100 and $200, though some of them usually cost over $200.

 The OUKITEL U15S and U16 Max are next in line, as these two handsets will be priced at $114.18 and $119.99 starting tomorrow. These U-series smartphones are followed by five K-series devices, OUKITEL has decided to discount the OUKITEL K3, K5000, K6000 Plus, K10000 Pro and K8000. 

These five smartphones will cost $136.99, $149.99, $156.99, $165.99 and $189.99 starting tomorrow, just in case you were planning to pick one of them. All the devices in the company’s K-series of smartphones come with rather large battery packs, so if battery life presents an issue for you, you may be able to find something that will suit you amongst those five devices.

As far as specs are concerned, we can find various different phones here. The OUKITEL’s C and U-series phones are inferior to the K-series phones in that regard, though. The OUKITEL K8000 and K10000 Pro are the most powerful smartphones from the ones we’ve mentioned here. The OUKITEL K8000 comes with a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display, which is made by Samsung, while the phone also packs in 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. 

The OUKITEL K10000 Pro, on the other hand, sports a 5.5-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. This handset comes with a huge 10,000mAh battery pack, and it offers 12V/2A fast charging as well. If you’re interested in any of these phones, we’ve included some of them down below, along with purchase links, while you can check the rest of them by clicking the link / banner down below.

OUKITEL's Black Friday sale (via GearBest)

Its Official! You Can Now Buy Light Blue Xiaomi Redmi 5A Priced At $91-$140

Xiaomi has just announced a new color variant of its Redmi 5A handset, the Light Blue model has arrived. This handset was originally announced last month, and it is the company’s entry-level smartphone. The Redmi 5A originally arrived in Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver, and Rose Gold color options. 

This handset has been available in China for a while now, and the new color version is already available for pre-order in China, while it will go on sale starting on November 24, just in case you live in China, and you happen to be interested. This version of the Redmi 5A is priced at 599 Yuan ($91), which is the same price point as all the other color variants, as this phone is identical to all of those, except it comes with a different paint job, of course.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is made out of metal, and you can see what this phone looks like exactly by checking out the provided image above. This handset doesn’t exactly have the thinnest bezels out there, though that’s not all that surprising considering its price point. The phone comes with a set of capacitive keys which are placed below its display, while all of its physical keys are included on the right-hand side of this phone. A SIM card tray is placed on the left side of the Redmi 5A, while the phone comes without a fingerprint scanner. 

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is fueled by the Snapdragon 425 64-bit quad-core processor, while it comes with a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) IPS LCD display. This handset also comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, while a 13-megapixel snapper can be found on its back side. A 5-megapixel camera is included on the front side of this smartphone, and the device comes with a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.

Android 7.1 Nougat comes pre-installed on this smartphone, while you will find Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 OS / skin applied on top of Google’s OS. This phone comes with two SIM card slots, and we’re looking at a hybrid dual SIM setup here, which means that you can use the second SIM card slot in order to insert a microSD card and expand the phone’s internal storage. This phone comes with two nano SIM card slots, by the way. The device measures 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4mm, while it weighs 137 grams, in case you were wondering.

Buy the Xiaomi Redmi 5A