Redmi Note 4 is great, but can Xiaomi deliver the stock for flash sale?

  Xiaomi seems to have yet delivered yet another winner in the form of the upgraded Redmi Note 4, launched in India today. The phone, priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, is arguably the most value for money phone in the market today. It also launched a Rs 10,999 variant with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which should also see brisk sales. FEEDBACK TAKEN On a positive note, Xiaomi did not simply dump the old model introduced in China into the…

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Redmi Note 4 priced at Rs 12,999 for 4GB version, 9,999 for 2GB

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. The phone will be priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB version with 64 GB of internal memory. The 2 GB version will be priced at Rs 9,999 and the 3 GB variant, with only 32 GB of internal memory will be available at a price of just Rs 10,999. The prices are largely along expected lines, given the phone’s specifications. The model is only…

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Rs 12,999 gets you Redmi Note 4 with 14 nm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, better camera

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. “This is the debut of the Snapdragon 625-enabled Note 4.. It’s coming first to India, and is not available even in China,” said the company. This gives the phone a key edge over rivals like Coolpad Cool1, which come with 28 nm technology. The phone gives about 25% more battery life compared with Redmi Note 3, the company says. One can get 7 hours or…

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LIVE STREAM – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India Launch

Xiaomi is streaming the unveiling of its latest mid-range smartphone, the Redmi Note 4, via Youtube. It will not be streaming the event live on Facebook or Twitter, but only via a Youtube link.  UPDATE: The phone has been priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4+64 GB version, Rs 10,999 for the 3+32 GB variant and Rs 9,999 for the 2+16 GB variant. It comes with advanced Snapdragon 625 chipset that can run cooler and faster for longer than most other chipsets in the price range, and has increased the…

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Reliance Jio now allowing unlimited night downloads under Happy New Year plan

Reliance Jio is now allowing its users to download an unlimited quantum of data at night under its Happy New Year offer. This is different from the earlier practice of allowing users to consume only 4GB of data per 24 hours. With this new feature, subscribers can download or consume 30 GB or 40 GB or even more data between 2 am and 5 am without affecting their download speeds. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff plan, and is likely to be available…

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How to overcome Reliance Jio’s 1GB limit by timing your downloads

According to our tests, it is possible to download more than 1 GB using a single Reliance Jio connection using the Happy New Year offer. According to our tests, there is no limit on the number of GBs that can be downloaded under the Happy New Year offer between 2 AM and 5 AM. In our tests, we have been able to download over 40 GB in one night, without affecting our speed for the next day. This is a feature, not a bug, in the Happy New Year tariff…

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Vodafone halves 4G data prices: 4 GB at 255 | 22 GB for 999

Vodafone has halved data prices, six months after cutting them by about 40%. Under the new 4G tariff announced today, customers will get 4 GB of data for Rs 250 and 22 GB for Rs 999. These are roughly half of the prevailing data rates in the market. The current data price in the market is 2 GB for Rs 250 and 10 GB for Rs 999. Vodafone is also offering 35 GB for Rs 1,500. These prices are far cheaper than the tariff unveiled by Reliance Jio in September….

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BSNL takes on 4G VoLTE with VoWifi + free calls

If you enjoy the higher call quality of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls compared to regular cellular calls, you are definitely going to enjoy using BSNL’s new Wifi calling app. The app, not yet available on Google Play, redirects your call via your Wifi network to your BSNL broadband connection. Because the call is then handled by the company’s landline network, the quality of audio remains superior to the 2G or 3G calls. Besides, given that BSNL is offering free and unlimited voice calling with many of their broadband plans,…

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1GB LIMIT: Reliance Jio starts restoring full speed at end of day

Reliance Jio, India’s largest provider of wireless data, has modified its bandwidth limitation policy to restore full speed for the subscriber under its Happy New Year offer the next day. So far, a 4G subscriber who crossed the daily FUP limit of 4GB or 1GB had to wait for exactly 24 hours for Jio to lift the speed limits. Under the new policy, he gets full speed the next day morning. This is likely to provide much relief to users as they can now look forward to a normal browsing…

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BSNL to soon relaunch Rs 498 “truly unlimited” 3G plan, new packs on Republic Day

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has decided to “relaunch” its 14-day “truly unlimited” 3G plan, chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said today. The plan, introduced in early December, was pulled after only one month. It offered truly unlimited 3G data usage at just Rs 498 with a validity of 14 days. The 498 recharge was one of the only two truly unlimited schemes being offered by wireless operators in India — both from BSNL. The second scheme, which offers data and BSNL-to-BSNL calls without any limits for one month…

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Is MARUTI SUZUKI IGNIS worth Rs 5-9 lakh? This is what co thinks

Maruti Suzuki India has launched its next-generation compact car IGNIS, starting at a price of Rs 4.6 lakhs before taxes in Delhi. The automatic version starts at Rs 5.74, before taxes, in Delhi. The diesel version has a starting price of 6.4 lakhs, while the diesel automatic starts at Rs 6.94 lakh. The car, which will be sold only via NEXA premium showrooms, is Maruti’s high-end offering for those who prefer their vehicles compact. “It combines unconventional design, seamless smartphone experience with AndroidAuto and Apple CarPlay, technological supremacy with AGS…

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Lenovo P2 priced at Rs 17,999 for 4 GB variant, higher than expected

Lenovo’s latest smartphone in India, the P2, has been launched at Rs 17,999 for the 4 GB version, which is about Rs 2,000 more than the expected price. A cheaper option, at Rs 16,999, will also be available on Flipkart, but will come with only 3 GB of RAM. The pricing makes the phone less value-for-money than many expected. However, the phone has some key features and specifications that set it apart, though the pricing is still on the higher side. The most attractive aspect of the device will be…

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At Rs 18k, Lenovo P2 is no challenger for Redmi Note 4

Lenovo is all set to kick off the 14 nm revolution in India with the launch of its P2, the successor to the no-so-hot-selling P1. The P series phones are ‘upper mid range’ devices priced around Rs 16,000 — or about 25% higher than the company’s K series devices. While the K series looks primarily at affordability, the P series is a blend of style and a premium feel without being limited by pricing requirements without leaving mid range (Rs 10,000-20,000) territory. You can watch the live transmission of the unveiling…

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SUPERHOUR: The SECRET behind Vodafone’s Rs 16 offer

It is no secret that India’s second biggest telecom operator by revenue — Vodafone — is under threat from a rapidly growing No 3 — Idea Cellular — and an aggressive newcomer — Reliance Jio. Though Idea is still behind the British firm when it comes to total revenue, Idea has already overtaken Vodafone as far as the data business is concerned, according to sources. Unlike Vodafone, Idea invested early, and heavily, into 4G. By the end of September — the latest month for which data is available — Idea…

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Vodafone 4G reaches UP West; Goa, Chennai, Punjab next

Vodafone has launched its 4G network in UP West and Uttarakhand offering “4 times” as much data for a 1GB pack. Among the first wave of cities are Dehradun, Haridwar, Aligarh, Nainital and nine other prominent business, tourism and educational hubs. “4G services will soon be available across several other major towns across the circle by March 2017,” it added. It said it will shortly launch in Goa, Punjab and Chennai, taking the total to 2400 towns by March 2017. With today’s launch, the company will offer 2G, 3G and…

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Bharti Airtel offers 3GB of 4G data free per month for one year, with conditions

Bharti Airtel, which has come up with various ‘free data’ schemes of late, has kicked off one more such scheme — offering 3 GB of free data per month for those availing certain handpicked recharge and billing schemes. For prepaid users, the free data is available if they recharge Rs 345 per month. The Rs 345 recharge also gives free unlimited voice calls to any network, as well as 1 GB of 4G data, taking the total to 4 GB. Similarly, pospaid users have to go for any of Airtel’s…

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PayTM adds support for UPI payments

Customers of PayTM, India’s largest wallet service can now make payments using the Unified Payments Interface, the government of India’s open payments platform. The company has signed up with ICICI Bank be able to receive payments from its customers who are on the UPI platform using its ID ‘paytm@icici’. However, customers cannot simply transfer the money to the above ID and expect to see it in their wallet, as it has not mapped all its wallet IDs with their UPI addresses. In other words, if a customer ‘rajesh@sbi’ sends Rs 100 to ‘paytm@icici’, the…

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Zebronics launches high-power DJ speakers for Rs 22,222

IT peripherals brand Zebronics India Pvt. Ltd has launched a pair of high power tower speakers at a price of Rs 22,222, calling it the first of its ‘DJ’ series of speakers. The speakers, each of which contain two 15-inch speakers, have a combined output of 180 watt RMS, which make them suitable for use as a living room music system. Most computer speakers have a combined output of 20-40 watts. “The 15X2 drivers deliver a thunderous sound output without any distortion, even at the highest volumes intensifying your listening/Music…

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CoolPad Cool 1 to be launched in India on Wednesday, price 11k expected

Coolpad and its parent LeEco will launch the much-anticipated mid-range smartphone Cool 1 in India on Wednesday at a starting price of around Rs 11,000. The phone was launched in Chine in late August, and the company has taken four months to make it available in its second biggest market. However, on the positive side, the India launches could sport cheaper prices compared to the Chinese market. While the starting model — which carries 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage — is likely to be priced at the same…

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HTC Desire 10 Pro launched in India at Rs 26,490 price

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone brand, has launched the ‘pro’ version of its Desire 10 phone in India at a price of Rs 26,490. The phone is available on preorder with some vendors. As expected, the new model is far from value for money, and is unlikely to be a big hit. The device comes with 4 GB of RAM and the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset. Built-in storage is 64 GB and the 5.5-inch LCD display carries a full-HD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. The Android 6.0 powered phone has a…

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