Xiaomi brings Redmi 4X to Pakistan in partnership with Smartlink Technologies

With the launch of Redmi 4X, Xiaomi demonstrates its commitment to the market

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Zain, Yasir and Ahmed

One of the world’s leading technology company Xiaomi launches Redmi 4X in Pakistan on Saturday through distribution partner SmartLink Technology. The launch event took place in Lahore on Friday and was hosted by none other than the witty Taimur Salahuddin AKA Mooroo.

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Mooroo hosting Redmi4X Launch

Audiences were provided double dose of entertainment with the hilarious jokes of Mooroo and scintillating performances by Pakistan’s leading band Noori and Nescafe Basement band with Altamash Sarver who made audiences dance to their favourite tracks. The stunning Mira Sethi also made a special guest appearance who was all praises for the newly launched Smartphone, equipped with the latest technology in an affordable price.

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Noori performing at Redmi4X Launch
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Zain, Mira Sethi and Yasir

Smartlink Technologies Marketing Director Ahmed Butt was quoted as saying, “Majority of the Pakistani consumers prefer to purchase smartphones remaining in this price bracket and thus this bracket has always remained a key market for all brands. We have confidence that Redmi 4X will be a hit within its own price bracket, as the smartphone surely outperforms its competition in the market.”

Redmi 4X

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Redmi 4X features a full metal body, is the slimmest in design at just 8.65mm of thickness and weighs a mere 150g. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, Redmi 4X has an impressive standby time of up to 18 days! Bid those dying battery issues adieu! It will be available with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, so users can multi-task more efficiently, having more space for their downloaded applications and images. Redmi 4X will be available in the markets from Saturday in black a price of Rs 18,900.

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Redmi4X Launch

The smartphones will be available offline across the country and online at official mistore.pk and at authorised online sales agents including Daraz.pk and Yayvo.com.

Every Redmi 4X will ship with MIUI 8 which builds in several technology breakthroughs such as being able to clone apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. With MIUI 8, users can also split their smartphones into two accounts. This means that a different password or fingerprint can allow you to access a different home screen entirely, with independent apps and data. According to their needs, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and their call log history.

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Yasir and Ahmed

Key features of Redmi 4X:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with (Octa-core 1.4GHz)
  • 4100mAh battery
  • 13MP camera with PDAF; 5MP front camera
  • 5-inch HD display
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  • LTE support
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB Flash
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Available in Black

About Xiaomi

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Mooroo and Sufiyan

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision “innovation for everyone”. We believe that high-quality products built with cutting edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

About Smartlink Technologies

Established in 2016, Smartlink Technologies is a brainchild of a pool of professionals whose strong vision and even stronger conviction paved the way for an exclusive partnership with Xiaomi. We believe in reaching out to both the low-end and the high-end consumers and still give out state-of-the-art and warranted products at the best possible prices. We live in an age where the digital world meanders from smartphones to smart everything – we see it all around us. Smartlink Technologies strives to connect latest technology with modern and innovative sales techniques to change not only how brands are marketed but also how they define themselves.

Ramazan Masterpost 2k17

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Ramazan Mubarak to y’all!

While it is a special month each time around, this year it has some other distinguishing features for me. You see, since the past seven years or so, I’d be desperate for Ramazan because I wanted to make close-to-the-heart prayers as it’s believed that God listens to us most during this month. There were times when I looked forward to it only because I was battling with depression and I wanted to be healed spiritually. I felt like that was the only way to get some mental peace. My past few Ramazans have also revolved around the CIE results, praying continuously for them, giving little thought to anything else.

But this year it is different because I feel as if I’m mentally more stable, the depression episodes are quite less now, I’m in a much healthier company and I’m more motivated than ever before to handle Ramazan and general life. Alhumdulillah.

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So here are a few goals I’ve set for myself in order to be a better person in the following 30 days. (I have taken inspiration from other people’s Ramazan to-do list and I’ll be linking them below)

  1. Focus less on feeding your physical self and more on nourishing your spiritual self.
  2. Be regular in salah, durud, istighfar, nawafil, tilawah, lowering the gaze, being kind to family and friends.
  3. Learn as much tafsir of the Quran as possible, especially Surah Nur, Yusuf, Nisa, and the 30th juz.
  4. Make a schedule of worship that can be continued even after Ramadan.
  5. Clear out distractions from your heart and your mind.
  6. Pray Tahajjud every single night of ramadan. Every. single. night.
  7. Pray together with my family more often when possible in the home.
  8. Don’t ask mum to spend Ramadan in the Kitchen. Eat something light and quick. Let her also make Du’a and utilize the month of forgiveness.
  9. Get a journal to write down all my goals, dua and things I will avoid.
  10. Form a support group with friends or family to remind and encourage one another.
  11. Forgive and clear your heart from grudges. It is so therapeutic to let go of the hurt and move on. This will free your heart of rancor and animosity. (This will be literally the hardest thing for me so I hope to practice forgiveness more often in this month.)
  12. Pray 2 rakats tauba for any shortcomings you had throughout the year to start with a clean slate.
  13. Try to donate food items as much as possible.

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Reflections from the Quran (basically from each Juz) [x] (I read these after every Juz back in 2015 but they are only till 16 or 17 chapters)

The Quran apps I have been using for the past 4 years or so are

  1. iQuranLite. (Android/iPhone)
    I absolutely adore this app. It has English translation below each verse. If I don’t know how to pronounce something, I simply download the recitation of that Surah from the app so that I can listen and learn from it. I don’t use it for reading the whole Quran though, only bits and pieces.
  2. Quran for Android
    Haven’t used it much since switching to iPhone but it is still in my mum’s phone so I’ll be using from there. I love, love the font in this app.

I’m planning to join SeekersHub again because pretty sure they’ll have some lectures with the theme of Ramazan to download that I can listen to while driving to and fro from Uni.

Also I honestly plan to have a more effective study routine as well since majority of my GIT module has gone to trash as I was too lazy or too busy. Yes, there’s no in between in my life.

For some lighthearted stuff, I’m going to re-watch ALL SidnDina’s Ramazan V’logs. I find them extremely calming.

What are you planning to do this Ramazan? Is there any to-do list from which we can all benefit? Then please do share!

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Book Review: Lord of The Flies

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In my secondary school we as a class used to finish a novel each year in our Literature period. In grade seven, LoTF was introduced to, and most of us including me finished it for the sake of passing our exams. Last year I stumbled upon a post on my Tumblr feed which sparked my interest in the book. And then I started to read more about the heavy symbolism present in it.

Sir William Golding set out to write a more realistic novel, by the way, using the same names for his main characters as Ballantyne did (although Golding’s characters are slightly younger). So, all the posts about Lord of the Flies showing the “human condition” insofar as it pertains to young middle-class British boys who grew up in a boarding house in the middle of the Cold War are correct. But I get the feeling that most people don’t realize that was the point of the novel.

Lord of the Flies was meant as a huge “fuck you” to the ingrained belief that English people are the most noble and wise of all people and thus incapable of descending into savagery. I doubt it was ever meant to be a sweeping generalized metaphor for the universal savage nature of humanity, and shame on the teachers who force that interpretation on their students.‘ [x]

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Anyway, eventually I bought a copy of LoTF last winter. My edition includes an introduction by Stephen King and I was reading it during my papers. It frankly, chilled me to the bone. The perverseness of human nature is on complete display in the introduction and it sets up a somber mood for the story following it.

Since I was picking up this novel again after a period of 8-9 years, the details were a bit hazy. Like I had forgotten how Piggy dies, and that a ‘littleun’ gets missing in the very start. Back in grade 7 I hadn’t quite understood how Simon met his death, I simply assumed he slipped from the mountain while it was raining. But all of that started coming back to me as I flipped through the pages and each time I could only manage to mouth ‘holy shit,’ because each act of violence seemed so utterly surreal to me.

Can I just say that Golding’s writing style is extremely impressionable? The way he describes littleuns vulnerability and dependence on the older boys hurt my heart. Roger and Maurice’s initial messing around with them foreshadows the harm littlun’s will eventually come under Jack’s rule because these older boys in the absence of ‘parents and school and policemen and the law’ understand their power and are lured into exercising it through violence, which was literally one of the main things they were surrounded with before landing on the island.

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The last 70 or so pages of LoTF were intense and gripping. I was remembering the deaths before actually coming across them. My eyes opened wide when i realized that Piggy’s head had shattered just like the conch. It felt like a final blow to the reminder of a civilization which the boys had left behind. And more horrifying than this was how the boys were getting used to the deaths, the cold-blooded murders, taking them as part of life, as a part of establishing the order which they wanted.

Favourite quote: “Maybe,” he said hesitantly, “maybe there is a beast.” […] “What I mean is, maybe it’s only us.”

Book Rating: 4/5 stars.