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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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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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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Nokia files more patent infringement suits against Apple

Nokia has filed further complaints alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents, expanding its litigation originally announced on December 21. Across actions in 11 countries, there are now 40 patents in suit, which cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding, the company said. Cases have now been filed in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Munich, Helsinki, London, Turin, Stockholm and Barcelona. The network equipment maker now has patent infringement suits against Apple in Barcelona, Tokyo, Texas and several other places including one with the…

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SUSPENSE: Will Flipkart sell OnePlus 3 or not?

With minutes remaining for the planned 4 PM flash sale of heavily discounted OnePlus 3 phones, the suspense over whether Flipkart will actually go ahead with the sale or not has hit a peak. On social media, there are reports that Flipkart will actually go ahead and conduct a sale anyway. However, there are no signs of the impending flash-sale on the retailer’s website. The OnePlus3 listing that was there has still not made it back to the website even after nearly 24 hours of it being taken down. Flipkart,…

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Will OnePlus 3 from Flipkart get warranty support from manufacturer?

OnePlus 3, arguably the most successful premium phone of 2016 in India, may not get warranty support from the manufacturer if purchased from Flipkart, going by a statement by the company. The company issued a statement that seemed to suggest that Flipkart’s sale of the model is not authorized by the company. “We have an exclusive partnership with Amazon in India. We advice customers to purchase OnePlus products only through official channels as we cannot guarantee the authenticity of the products sold elsewhere,” the company said. Typically, warranty is provided to a…

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Flipkart to sell OnePlus 3 with huge discount; Company says not done!

Flipkart, the homegrown ecommerce giant, has listed OnePlus 3 as one of the prominent mobile deals being offered under its ‘Big Shopping Days’ sale to be held from Saturday, Dec 17 onwards. It has also put up a ‘coming soon’ page for the sought-after smartphone model. However, OnePlus has an agreement with Amazon India that it will only sell its phones via the international retailer. Not surprisingly, OnePlus founder Carl Pei was not very happy with the promotion. UPDATE Flipkart withdraws OnePlus 3 listing following negative feedback from brand “Brother,…

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Why Lenovo K6 Note makes little sense vs K5

Lenovo has chosen to launch the K6 Note via the offline channel in India and will unveil the official price of the model on Wednesday. Though the model would have been priced around the Rs 12,000 mark via online sales channels, it is now likely to be priced higher at around Rs 14,000-15,000 because it is being sold through the offline channel. UPDATE: The price of the 3+32GB version is Rs 13,999 and that of the 4+64GB version is Rs 15,499. It will be available via ‘offline’ stores. Smarrtphone brands typically…

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Lenovo issues VoLTE update for K5, Plus and Note with Reliance Jio support

Three months after Reliance Jio started giving out free connections, Lenovo — the biggest online smartphone brand in India — has started pushing out VoLTE update to those who bought its last generation phones – the K5, and its Note and Plus variants. Out of these, at least some Note users have already got the OTA update as early as October this year, while those with K5 and the Plus version have been kept waiting. The lack of native support for Reliance Jio’s voice services has been a major disappointment…

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WATCH LIVE: Lenovo K6 Power launch in India at 3 PM today

Flipkart and Lenovo are launching their latest mid-range smartphone, the K6 Power, in India today at 3 PM. The live stream of the even is available on Youtube (see below). It remains to be seen what specifications of the K6 Power are introduced in India. Globally, it is available in 3G and 4GB versions. Given that the Coolpad Note5 is available at Rs 10,990 and comes with 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 616 chipset. The K6 Power is built around the Snapdragon 430 chipset. The display is a 5-inch full-HD…

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LG India says Buy Now, Pay Later

LG Electronics India said select retail outlets will start offering LG home appliances at zero downpayment with the first EMI to be paid only after 60 days of purchase. The offer is applicable across various segments of LG’s consumer electronics and home appliances with Zero Down Payment and Zero Interest at select retail outlets. “Without worrying about cash crunch, this Christmas and New Year, bring home a reason to celebrate – the futuristic LG OLED TV,” the company said. The offer, being made available with the help of Bajaj Finance,…

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Lenovo to launch K6 Power in India: But Do We Care?

Lenovo, the Chinese smartphone giant that heralded the smartphone revolution in India with its ultra-affordable models like A6000, is all set to release the latest of its K series models — the K6 Power sometime early next week. Does the phone promise anything interesting? Should you hold off on your planned purchase till you get the full picture next week? Frankly, the answer is a ‘no’, and it’s not Lenovo’s fault. If it is anybody’s fault, it is perhaps the fault of the entire smartphone industry: Innovation has more or…

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Lava sees 30% jump in sales in Q3; to invest Rs 2,615 cr in manufacturing

Lava International, the mobile brand, said its revenue grew 23% to Rs 7,626 crore last year, bucking the general trend seen in Indian telecom handset brands. In addition, the company saw strong growth in sales in the last three months, it said. The total handsets shipped by the company in the three months from July to September this year was 7.1 million, up 30% from 5.4 million in the April-June quarter. It has also become the No. 1 Indian mobile handset brand in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and J&K by…

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Reliance Communications unveils ‘Unlimit’ Internet of Things offering

Reliance Group on Tuesday launched its Internet-of-Things offering Unlimit. IoT is jargon for a connected world in which appliances and equipment are connected to the Internet and managed remotely. Reliance Communications had announced an IoT partnership Jasper Technologies, later taken over by Cisco Systems Inc, last year. Separately, the company said it will soon add MTS users to its 4G network. No update was given open sale of 4G to new customers. On Aircel, RCom said its merger will create a totally new company, which will be free from the…

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Youtuber blows whistle on paid gadget news and reviews in India

Youtuber Gaurav Chaudhary, who goes by the name of Technical Guruji, has set off a minor storm in the gadget reviewer circles by accusing many of his peers of passing on paid reviews for the real thing. Chaudhary dons the mantle of the whistleblower and warns his fellow reviewers and Youtubers not to cheat their audience by posting paid reviews. “Please care about your audience, make content for them. Brands don’t matter.. if they don’t give a review unit, buy it and do the review,” he urges. Chaudhary lists the various…

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