Amazon Independence Day Sale 2021 Offers ( Aug 5-9 )

Missed out on Prime Day 2021 sale? Don’t worry Amazon.in is back with another sale from Aug 5-9. This is the Great Freedom Festival Sale aka Independence Day 2021 Sale. Amazon has announced a wide range of upcoming deals and offers part of this sale. Even though this is Independence Day Freedom Sale, these special offers won’t be available on Aug 15, 2021.

If you have an SBI Credit Card, you can get an extra 10% Instant Discount when you purchase products during this Great Freedom Festival Sale. Terms and Conditions apply. Find more info on this bank offer here.

Check out the Blockbuster Deals Page here. ( Offers go live on Aug 4 midnight – you can click on the upcoming deals tab and hit on the Watch the Deal on the products you like to get alerts when the deals go live ).

Amazon.in 2021 Independence Day Offers ( Dates: Aug 5-9 )
  • Up to 40% OFF on Mobiles & Accessories – Offers on OnePlus CE 5G, Redmi Note 10S, Galaxy M32, OnePlus 9R, Apple iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus Buds Z etc.
  • Up to 60% OFF on Electronics & Accessories – Best Deals on Laptops, Chromebook, Apple iPad Air, Amazfit Smartwatches etc.
  • Up to 30% OFF on Laptops from Lenovo, Acer, Apple, HP etc powered by AMD Ryzen and Intel 11th gen processors.
  • Up to 45% OFF on Amazon Echo, Fire TV and Kindle E-readers – Lowest Price offers on Echo Dot, Echo Show 5, Kindle E-reader etc.
  • Up to 60% OFF on Books, Gaming, Toys and More
  • Up to 70% OFF on Amazon Brands & More – Deals on Solimo, Amazon Basics products, Symbol clothing, Vedaka etc.
  • Up to 55% OFF on TVs & Appliances – Discounts on Samsung Washing Machine, Whirlpool Refrigerator, LG Air Conditioners etc
  • Up to 60% OFF on Daily Essential Prodcuts – Detergents, Pampers, Nutrition prodcuts, Chocolates etc
  • Up to 80% OFF on Fashion – up to 80% OFF on Men’s and Women’s Clothing, Footwear, Beauty products, up to 70% OFF on Travel Luggage from American Tourister etc.
  • Up to 70% OFF on Home & Kitchen – Deals of Prestige Svach, HUL Pureit Eco RO Water Purifier, Wipro Smart Bulb, Duroflex Livein Memory mattress etc.
  • Up to 80% OFF on Camera and Accessories – Lowest price offers on Canon 1500D, Panasonic Lumix G7, Realme 360 WiFi Camera, Sony ZV-1 Vlog camera etc

Upcoming Electronics Deals

  • Lowest price for HP 15s-du1066TU at ₹39,990 ( 10th Gen Core i3 / 8GB ram / 1TB HDD / M.2 Slot )
  • Price Drop on 2020 Apple MacBook Pro with M1 chip – Offer Price: ₹1,09,990
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 81WB015GIN at ₹38,990 ( Core i3 10th gen / 8GB / 1TB HDD ).
  • ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2020) FX566LH-BQ275T – Deal Price: ₹60,990 ( Core i5-10300H / GTX 1650 GPU / 8GB ram / 512GB SSD )
  • HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010TU at ₹29,990 ( Rs 1000 OFF )
  • Offer on boAt Airdopes 441 TWS Ear-Buds at ₹1,799
  • Price Drop on 2020 Apple iPad Air 64GB with A14 Bionic chip – Offer Price: ₹47,900.
  • Deal on 2019 Apple iPad Mini with A12 Bionic chip 256GB + Cellular
  • JBL Commercial CSUM10 Condenser USB Microphone – Offer Price: ₹5,459
  • Noise ColorFit Pulse Offer – Price: ₹2,499
  • Offer on Mi Watch Revolve (Chrome Silver) – Rs 8,999
  • Lowest Price for New Apple Mac Mini with Apple M1 Chip (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) – Check here.

New Launches in Laptops

My Experience with installing Ubuntu on Acer Iris Xe Max Laptop

I recently bought an Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G renewed laptop from Amazon.in as a backup laptop to test out Windows 11 Insider Edition. Since I use Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) with GNOME 3.38.4 on my regular laptop, I was curious to see how it will work on this new hardware.

Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G is not just another Intel-powered laptop. This model is unique as it comes with Intel Iris Xe Max GPU ( Intel DG1 ). As of this writing, the Ubuntu official kernel doesn’t have support for this GPU. However, since the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 also comes with integrated Iris Xe graphics, the latest Ubuntu bootable USB installation drive booted into it without any issues. Everything was working except the Intel Iris Xe Max GPU because of a lack of drivers.

Installing Ubuntu 21.04 Linux on Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G

Since I was able to boot the live USB without any issues, I thought i will install it after updating Windows 10 to Windows 11. I enrolled in the Windows Insider program and installed the new Windows 11 without any issues. The UI looks much better and polished than the older Windows versions. If you are a Windows user, I would highly recommend you give it a try. From my limited usage, I didn’t see the Blue Screen of Death, which is now black I heard.

After using Windows 11 for a while, I decided to Dual boot Ubuntu 21.04 on my new Acer Swift SF314-510G. Installation went without any issues. Since the new Ubuntu versions support Secure Boot, you don’t have to disable it in the Bios and use legacy mode. Everything got installed and the system rebooted. However, the GRUB bootloader, which was needed for Ubuntu to boot didn’t load at startup. Naturally, I googled for solutions and got a wide range of solutions to try out.

A few users suggested i try the following commands

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\shimx64.efi
or
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi

For me, both of these commands didn’t work. So I moved on to other solutions.

Acer has a Bios feature that lets you choose a .EFI file as trusted. In order to do that, first, you have to set a Bios Supervisor password. You can do that easily from the Security tab. Then you have to choose the Select a UEFI file as trusted for executing option. This will let you browse through the EFI partition. From there, navigate to the ubuntu folder and find the shimx64.efi. If no such file exists, look for grubx64.efi. Select it by entering. It will prompt you to enter a name. After finishing this step successfully, reboot. You will now have a new entry in the bootable items listed in the F12 boot menu. This process will give you the Grub loader to boot from on many many Acer Laptops.

However, in my case, it didn’t. So I repeated the Ubuntu installation process after resetting everything in the BIOS to default. Also i tried with and without Secure boot enabled. I again ran into the same issue. but this time, I got empty EFI Ubuntu folders. When I mounted the EFI ubuntu folder using a live system, I found the needed files there but for some reason, BIOS didn’t show it.

I tried using older Ubuntu versions – even installed older Ubuntu 18.04 LTS just to see if it will give me the GRUB. Now i ran into a new error – Executing ‘grub-install /dev/nvme0n1’ failed – This is a fatal error. I switched back to the latest Ubuntu live CD, and to my surprise, i started to see this new grub-install error in that as well! Again, I google-searched for solutions, and nothing these great minds suggested worked in my case.

Since I am a full-time Ubuntu user, I actually didn’t need to have Dual Boot Windows 11 and Ubuntu on my Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G. I can easily live without it. However, I wanted to test out the new UI and Windows experience, hence the decision to Dual boot. Also, I was afraid Acer has done some bad EFI Secure Boot implementation that wouldn’t let Ubuntu or other Linux booting on their new laptops. So removing Windows, formatting the whole drive, and installing Ubuntu alone was a risk. However, I was forced to do exactly that thanks to a fix suggested by Gparted. I was using Gparted in the live session to look at the partitions, and it alerted me of some issue with a drive. I hit FIX without thinking much and.. managed to corrupt the Windows partition. ie I screwed up. The Windows bootloader recovery tried to fix it automatically and failed. I tried a few different things and all failed. So I went from trying to fix the Ubuntu GRUB loading issue to trying to fix Windows 11 loading issue.

Finally, I decided to wipe everything off and go Full Ubuntu. I did select Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats during the installation and during the first boot, I performed the “Perform MOK management” and used the “Enroll MOK” option. All went well. It worked. I was able to Boot into the new Ubuntu installation without any issues.

I don’t know the exact reason why the GRUB didn’t load properly. It could be a bug in the GRUB, it could be the Windows 11 bootloader blocking other OSes, or maybe it’s due to some bad Acer BIOS EFI issue.

What I am now trying to do is get a Kernel with support for Iris Xe Max GPU ( Intel DG1 ). According to the reports online, the Linux 5.14 kernel will land with the support for the DG1 GPU. Intel developers are pushing various patches to the kernel to support this new GPU. I tried signing and booting with a 5.14.0-051400rc2-generic but is yet to have drivers for the DG1 GPU.

July 2021 Tech Stories India | New Launches in Electronics

Amazon India has officially announced Prime Day 2021 Sale. As the name says, this is an exclusive 2-day sale for Amazon Prime Members. 2021 sale is scheduled from July 26 and 27th. You can get discounts on a wide range of products, also get early access to many new launches in Laptops, Electronics, Smartwatches, Mobiles etc. Check out all upcoming offers here.

OnePlus has announced the launch date for their mid-range Nord 2 5G model. Instead of a Qualcomm chipset, OnePlus is using a Mediatek chipset this time for their Nord mobile. It will go on sale during the Amazon Prime Day 2021 sale. Check here for more info.

OnePlus again was in the news for throttling the performance of many popular apps to conserve battery life. Another news we hear from the popular Chinese mobile manufacturer is that they are merging with Oppo Mobiles. We don’t know what will happen to the popular stock Android like Oxygen OS in the future.

Another new mobile Amazon will have on sale during their Prime Day 2021 sale is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G. Check out the promo page here.

LG is launching a few Monitors in the coming days online on Amazon.in. LG Ergo QHD 2K Monitor 27QN880, LG UltraWide QHD monitor 34WN750, LG TV Monitor 32SP510M, and LG IPS Monitor 27ML600S will be in stock during the Prime Day Sale. Check here for more info.

Amazon has launched All-new Echo Show 10- 10.1″ HD smart display with motion, premium sound, and Alexa (Black) in India at a price of Rs 24,999.

Seagate One Touch with Password External Hard Drives launched in India. The price range from Rs 3,999 – Rs 9,299.

Huawei Band 6 will go on sale in India for the First time on July 12 on Amazon India. This sale is exclusively available for Prime members. As a launch offer, you can get a free Huawei Mini Speaker worth Rs 1,999. More info here.

New Launches in Laptops in India online ( June-July 2021 )

Tech Stories India – New Launches in Laptops [ May 2021 ]

Nvidia has announced a new entry-level GPU in the RTX 30 Series line-up – RTX 3050 / RTX 3050 Ti. These models will be available on many entry-level gaming laptops launching in India in the coming months. Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Acer, HP etc will all be launching budget Gaming laptops with this new GPU on board.

Intel has also launched a few H-Series processors in the 11th Gen Tiger Lake series. Many high-end gaming laptops with RTX 3080 and 3070 will be combined with the new H-Series Core i7-11800H octa-core processor. Many 2021 Mid-range laptops will be using the Core i5-11400H Hexa-core processor.

Vaio is back selling Laptops in India. They have just announced two new series with 11th Gen Intel processors. The mid-range VAIO SE14 2021 Laptops have a launch price of Rs 69,990 and the high-end Vaio Z 4K Laptop ( NZ14V3IN001P ) has a price tag of Rs 3,52,990. ( Note: these new laptops are not made by Sony ).

Asus has launched Zephyrus G14 2021 Laptops models with AMD Ryzen 5000 Series chipsets and Nvidia RTX 3060 GPUs in India. It was supposed to go on sale on May 12th onwards and Amazon.in has listed a few models. As of this writing, these models are still unavailable to purchase ( check here ).

Microsoft has launched Surface Laptop 4 13.5 inch 2021 models in India online. These are powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5 / AMD Ryzen 4680U chipsets are now available to pre-order online from Amazon.in. The MRP price is Rs 1,02,999 – Rs 1,51,999.

HP has launched their first OMEN Laptop powered by Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU and Intel Core i7-10870H octa-core processor in India online. It has a launch price tag of Rs 1,34,999 on Amazon.in.

New Launches in Laptops online on Amazon.in ( May 2021 )
Lenovo 82A3009QIN Yoga Slim 7i 2021 ( i7-1165G7 / 16GB / 1TB )
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-56 UN.QBZSI.008 ( i5-11300H / GTX 1650 )
MSI Summit B15 A11M-236IN with 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Dell Inspiron 5518 2021 D560453WIN9S ( i5-11300H / 8GB / 512GB / MX450 2GB )
Dell Inspiron 5410 2021 D560465WIN9S ( Touch / i5-1135G7 / 8GB / 512GB SSD )
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-56 2021 ( 11th gen Core i7 / 144hz / GTX 1650 )
HP 15 15s-eq2040au 2021 ( Ryzen 5 5500U / 8GB / 512GB SSD )
HP OMEN Laptop 15-ek1017TX ( i7-10870H / RTX 3060 / 16GB / 512GB SSD )
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 2021 20TDS0DW00
Lenovo Legion Y540 81SY00U7IN ( Core i7-9750HF / GTX 1650 / 8GB / 1TB+256GB SSD )

Things to keep in mind when you buy online from Amazon India

Anyone can sell anything on online shopping websites in India these days. So if you are not careful enough, there is a chance you end up buying from rogue sellers on Amazon.in, Flipkart, Snapdeal, etc causing you to receive fake, defective, or even rocks instead of iPhones. You can buy safely from Amazon.in and other online e-commerce websites if you check a few things before buying.

Look for Good Sellers! On Amazon.in, if you see “Fulfilled by Amazon“, the item will be shipped by Amazon from their own warehouses even though it’s sold by another seller. In such cases, you can trust the item to be a genuine product most of the time. If in case you received a product with a defect or a dead on arrival, because the shipment was handled by Amazon directly, you can easily return and get a refund or request a replacement.

There are many good sellers on Amazon.in offering thousands of products via Fulfilled by Amazon program. Cloudtail India, Darshita Mobiles, and Appario Retail Private Ltd are a few sellers with good ratings on Amazon.in.

No Warranty Products! I have seen a few sellers listing imported from USA products for much higher prices on Amazon.in due to the import charges. If you see “Usually dispatched in 1 to 3 weeks.” that is a sign of an imported product. Such products often will have a seller warranty instead of a local India manufacturer warranty. If you get a defective product, you are at the mercy of the seller. Amazon can’t do much to help you. So be careful. Buy at your own risk.

Not all such sellers are bad. I have bought a few such imported products from reputed sellers at good prices, and received genuine products. Every seller has a profile where users who have bought previously from that particular seller can write reviews on the product they received. So reading those will give you a clue on how good a seller on Amazon.in is.

Seller Warranty
1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Too Good a Deal on an iPhone! If you see an Apple iPhone, iPad, or a high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphone selling for a much lower price than it should be, and is sold by a random seller, you can be sure the product you are gonna get is not going to be the original. Always avoid such big Deals and Discounts ( unless if it’s a Fulfilled item – so if you get the wrong product you can cancel and get a refund easily ).

Never buy a product for the MRP price! Amazon India and other shopping websites often list a new product at its MRP price online. The launch selling price for the product would be much less than the MRP often, and the price is usually updated after a few hours. So wait until the sellers update the pricing.

Beware of Deal Hunters! Many of the Deals they post are not at all real Deals. Almost every product launching in India online is Discounted when you compare them to their MRP prices. Those Discounted prices are often advertised as Offers by many Deals hunters and Price comparison websites. Be aware. If you want to get good deals, check out the Deals of the Day page on Amazon.in.

Check out Rating and Verified Buyer Purchase Reviews! If you are buying a costly item like a Laptop, make sure you read the Verified Purchase reviews posted on the product page. You will get some valuable information like Pros and Cons, reasons to buy or not buy, etc, defects if any, etc, by reading these reviews. Any product that has a 2-star rating or below, should be avoided.

April 2021 Tech Stories India | New Launches in Electronics and Mobiles

Check out the New launches in Mobiles, Laptops and other Electronics products online in India below. ( April 2021 ).

OnePlus has launched 3 new Android smartphones in India online. The OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and 9R. Both 9 and 9 Pro features a brand new 50MP ultra-wide-angle lens and comes with Hasselblad tuned cameras. These OnePlus mobiles will go on sale again on April 15, 2021, on Amazon.in. Check out the product pages here.

OnePlus is also launching their first smartwatch in India. It has a launch price of Rs 12,999 ( inclusive of SBI Cards offer ). Check out the promo page on Amazon.in here for more info.

Xiaomi is also planning to launch a flagship Android smartphone in India – Mi 11 Ultra. The launch event is set for April 23rd. It comes with a triple camera system at the back. Xiaomi has also placed a small screen near the rear camera which should let you take some high-quality selfies with ease. The promo image reads 12-120mm zoom range and 120x zoom ( digital of course ). The ultra-wide-angle camera offers a 12mm wide focal length. It uses a Sony IMX586 48MP sensor. For the main camera, it uses a Samsung ISOCELL 50MP True Pixel Custom GN2 sensor with a focal length of 24mm. Check here for more info on this smartphone. Xiaomi has also announced Mi Mix Fold – the first foldable phone from the Chinese giants.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G variant powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is another Android smartphone launched in India during this month. It has a launch selling price of Rs 47,999 and will be available to pre-order / purchase from Amazon in the coming weeks.

Samsung is also gearing up to launch its next-generation Smart Monitor Series in India online. The launch date is set for April 9th. There are two models in this line-up – M5 ( 32M50A / 27M50A Full HD ) and M7 ( 32M70A – 32 inch 4K UHD ). Check out the promo page on Amazon.in here to know more about the pricing and availability.

Lenovo has launched Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 Intel India variants online on Amazon.in. The price range from Rs 40,575 – Rs 92,990. These models are powered by 11th Gen Intel processors.

Asus has launched ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) variants in India. The top-end model G533QS-HF059TS is powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. It has a launch selling price of Rs 2,29,990 on Amazon.in. Asus will be launched ROG Strix Scar 17 2021 variants in India in the coming weeks as well. Another Gaming Laptop Asus launched in India is the TUF Dash F15 2021 models with 11th Gen Intel processors and RTX 3070 / 3060 GPUs.

Amazfit has officially launched the Bip U Pro smartwatch with a built-in GPS in India. It is now listed as coming soon on Amazon.in. The expected price for the Pro model is Rs 4,999. You can also buy the non-pro model at a price of Rs 3,999. Both these models have a lot in common. Check here for more info.

Qubo Smart WiFi Wireless Video Doorbell from Hero Group is now in stock and available to purchase from Amazon.in. It has an MRP Price of Rs 9,990 and launch lightning deal price of Rs 5,490. Check here to know more.

bOAT has launched Airdopes 481V2 Bluetooth Truly Wireless Earbuds with Mic online. It is available to purchase in 3 different colors – Mysterious Blue, Active Black and Rose Gold. It has a launch price of Rs 1,999 and an MRP price of Rs 5,999. Check here for the product page.