Tech News March 11 Highlights: Disney+ now in India, OnePlus 8 series, Android TV based Chromecast and more – The Indian Express

Tech News Today Highlights: The biggest news from the world of tech today is coming from OnePlus. The next phones from OnePlus are said to be OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite. We have come across several rumours around the OnePlus 8 series in the past. For the first ever time OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has revealed some details about the upcoming OnePlus phones.
In an interaction with CNET Lau said that future OnePlus phones will be all about 5G. “Going forward, we’re all in on 5G,” he said. Given the phones will come with 5G support dues this mean all the three devices including OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor? Some rumours suggest that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will come with SD 865 chipset onboard while the cheaper 8 Lite could arrive with MediaTek Dimensity 1000 processor which is also 5G enable.
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In the same interview Lau also confirmed that 5G technology in future OnePlus phones will add to the retail pricing of the devices as well. In simple words, expect the OnePlus 8 series to be much more expensive than the current generation phones. “I want to restate our commitment to 5G and our long term investment. We’ve been investing in 5G for several years and we see this as the direction going forward, and one we’re very much committed to,” he said.
Hotstar is currently testing out its Disney integration for India. A company spokesperson in a statement to said, ‘A limited release of the beta version of the Disney Hotstar app is currently being tested with a small number of consumers, in preparation for the full-fledged app launch on 29th March.’ To know more details you can click here.
Looks like Google is working on the next-generation Chromecast streaming dongle.9to5Google is reporting that the new Chromecast will be based on Android TV. The report says the upcoming streaming dongle doesn’t look different from the existing model, but there is one major difference. Evidently, the new Chromecast will include an external remote, much like the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Other details are unknown, but we do know that the upcoming model will support 4K HDR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The device, according to 9to5Google, is code-named “Sabrina.”
Apple has released a new Shot on iPhone video. The video is shot inside one of the world’s biggest museums, the Hermitage in St Petersburg. The video is 5 hours, 19min and 28 sec long. and is a continues take of the museum featuring 45 different galleries, 588 masterpieces and live performances. The video was shot in one continues take which is impressive because the footage is over 5 hours of 4K video. As might expect, the video was shot entirely on the iPhone 11 Pro. 
You can see the full video below:
E3, the world’s biggest gaming show, has been cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak. Ars Technica reported on late Tuesday that E3 is not happening this year. An official announcement will be made shortly. E3 was scheduled to run between June 9 and June 11 in Los Angeles. E3 will join a long list of global events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, including MWC 2020, Google I/O and South by Southwest in Texas, Austin. 
Amid growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak, we are constantly told to wash our hands but what about our smartphones and tablets?According to an analysis from the Journal of Hospital Infection, coronavirus can live on surfaces like glass, metal or plastic for up to nine days. We are telling how to disinfect your mobile phone. Click here to read.
With Xiaomi plans to launch the Redmi Note 9 series in India on March 12, Samsung too bringing a new mid-range phone to the market. Well, Samsung is launching the Galaxy M21 in India on March 16. The mid-range smartphone is expected to feature a 6.4-inch FHD sAMOLED display, a 48MP triple rear-facing camera setup, a 20MP selfie camera, and a 6000mAh battery. The Galaxy M21 will be powered by an Exynos 9611 processor backed by either 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage. Based on the leaked poster, the phone appears to look just like the Galaxy M31. Expect the Galaxy M21 to feature a plastic build and a Super Infinity-U display. We can expect the phone to cost under  Rs 12,000
Hostar was rebranded to Disney Hotstar a while ago and now Disney service is live in India with all the Original shows like The Mandalorian, Marvel’s Hero Project and more. It means users can now stream the Disney content in India. The Disney shows are also available across all the mediums including the website, mobile, tablet, and TV.
Much like Google’s past few smartphones, the upcoming Pixel 4a has been leaked months ahead of the official launch. The latest leak reconfirms that a sequel to the Pixel 3a very much exists. This time around, a Spanish YouTuber has uploaded a hands-on video of the Pixel 4a, revealing all the key specifications and features. As has been reported before, the Pixel 4a features a Snapdragon 730 processor coupled with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3080mAh battery.
The YouTuber says the phone sports a 5.81-inch Full HD display with a 60Hz panel. The good thing about the Pixel 4a is an old-school headphone jack, something you don’t get on new age flagship smartphones. Similar to the Pixel 3a, the Pixel 4a offers a 12MP single camera. We hope the camera quality will be slightly better on the Pixel 4a. Now that the annual I/O is not happening, Google will likely launch the Pixel 4a sometime in May. Expect the Pixel 4a to cost $399 for the base version.

Apple has reportedly cancelled its highly-anticipated March event due to the Coronavirus outbreak. According to a tweet by YouTuber John Prosser, Apple’s March event is not happening anymore which was scheduled to take place towards the end of March. The company was reportedly planning to launch the so-called iPhone 9 alongside the new iPad Pro and Over-ear headphones. However, due to production delays and most factories being shut in China, Apple has reportedly cancelled the event. It is unclear how or when Apple will launch the iPhone 9. 
Tech News Highlights: OnePlus 8 series is coming soon and with 5G support. The phones under the series could be OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8 Lite, which will be the cheapest of the lot. Meanwhile Apple cancels March event over fears of coronavirus, Google Pixel 4a leaks online.