Delhi-based Hyve offers Helio X20 phone at Rs 17,999

Hyve Mobility, a Delhi-based mobile start-up, said it launched its flagship deca-core smartphone ´Pryme´ in collaboration with MediaTek at a price of Rs 17,999. With this product launch, Hyve became the first Indian brand to introduce a smartphone powered by MediaTek’s flagship Helio X20 processor for consumers in India, said the company. The Helio X20 is a tri-cluster CPU that is one of the fastest in the world today. It will be replaced by the X30 early next year. The ´Pryme´ smartphone comes with features like clear motion, for smoother…

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New Cortex A73 chip easily beats Snapdragon 821 inside Google Pixel

The Snapdragon 821, based on Cortex A72 design from ARM, is supposed to be the best in the business, but it’s reign is likely to be cut short — very short — by the release of Huawei Mate 9. The Mate 9 comes equipped with a radically difference core technology known as Cortex A73. Though the name is very similar, in reality, the new core is far from an incremental evolution of the older one. Instead, the new A73 cores were developed by a totally different team of ARM engineers, who started their…

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itel Mobiles sells 1.6 mln handsets in October

itel Mobiles said it sold 1.6 million handsets in the month of October with its marketing strategies and 100 day replacement warranty offer. The total mobile phones sold in one month in India is around 15 mln. “Our marketing strategies and service proposition of 100-day replacement warranty offered on itel Mobile products have driven great growth for the brand in a short span of 6 months. itel achieved yet another target by selling 1.6 million handsets in just October”, said Sudhir Kumar, CEO, Itel Mobile India. The company, since its…

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Why Google Pixel smartphones make little sense at current prices

Broadly, all brands can be divided into two types — mass brands and elite or premium brands. Mass brands are those used and preferred by ordinary people, while elite brands are confined to those who have very ‘refined’ tastes and for whom money is not usually a concern. Based on the above definition, Google is certainly a mass brand. It is the most used webpage in India, as it is elsewhere. It has revolutionised the way information is consumed and made available on the Internet – making it easily available…

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LeEco Le Max3 details leaked, comes with 3.9 Ah battery, SD 821

LeEco’s latest high-end handset, the Le Max3, has just passed certification in China and carries the model number Le X850. Much of the specifications of the phone are along expected lines and do not change radically from Le Max2, which is the cheapest Snapdragon 820-based phone in India. The model, which comes with a 5.7-inch quad-HD LCD display, is selling in the country for Rs 17,999. In comparison, the Moto Z, which comes with DDR3 RAM instead of the DDR4 standard found in the Le Max2, is priced at Rs…

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GUIDE: How to increase download speed for Reliance Jio 4G

Reliance Jio, the new 4G operator led by Mukesh Ambani, is coming under increasing criticism for slow connection speeds, but our latest test reveals that it is possible increase the speed by making a minor change to the access settings of client devices such as smartphones. Broadly, the issue seems to be that Jio’s IPv4 (or traditional) routing infrastructure is under stress, which is preventing users from experiencing the full bandwidth that is available to them. On the other hand, unlike other telecom networks, Jio also has an alternative routing…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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itel launches VoLTE phone with Iris scanner @ Rs 8,490

itel Mobile said it has launched its s flagship selfie phone, ´it1520´ at Rs 8,490 in India. it520 is equipped with wide angle 13 MP front and back cameras, Iris scanner, 4G-VoLTE connectivity and a Reliance Jio connection. The model runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. “The latest launch from itel is the perfect smartphone companion for the selfie-loving, mobile-first Indian consumer!,” says the mobile company. The SelfiePro it1520 comes with a 5-inch HD IPS On-cell display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It houses a 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad-core…

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Slow Reliance Jio internet speed? Why changing 4G bands is of limited use

When Mukesh Ambani announced that he wanted 100 mln (10 cr) subscribers on his new Reliance Jio network, most people in the industry saw it as an aspirational number. Jio would be lucky to have 50 mln, they said. If the company were to cross the 50 mln mark within the first year, it would be a bigger success than they expected. Yet, within just three months of launch, Jio is about to prove industry pundits wrong by signing on millions of subscribers every week. However, in doing so, the company may come…

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Samsung Galaxy On8 is the best Diwali mobile offer from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal?

Are you wondering about buying the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but worried about lack of 4G voice on it? Are you disappointed about the lack of big compelling deals on new mobile phones in the Diwali offers issued by Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and so on this year? Worry not. Samsung Galaxy On8 is here. The phone is all set to go on its first sale under Flipkart’s Big Billion Day offer on Monday, and that too at a decent (by Samsung’s standards) price of Rs 14,900. Clubbed with a 10%…

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AMAZON DIWALI 2016 Sale : Top 10 MOBILE deals

Amazon has kickstarted its ‘Great Indian Fesival Sale’ today morning and is offering some decent deals on mobile phones, especially smartphones, for those on the lookout for value. The most interesting offers are on the Moto range, followed by Samsung, Xiaomi and LeEco. And unlike earlier years, most of the deals this Diwali are focused on the entry level and mid-range segments. MOTOROLA OFFERS ON AMAZON Leading the charge is the range of Motorola phones, and among them, the latest Moto G (4th Generation). The devices, launched three months ago,…

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Flipkart Big Billion Day Mobile Sale: Xiaomi Mi5 @Rs 17,999; Moto X Style, Samsung A8 @Rs 19k; Le2 for Rs 10,499 on Diwali

What do you do when your rival Amazon is holding its big holiday sale two days ahead of you? If you’re Flipkart, you make sure that your customers know what’s in store for them if they wait. According to clues we’ve picked up from the social media and other promotions, Flipkart will offer some hefty discounts on its biggest selling category — mobile phones, as part of its Diwali sale. HIGH END SMARTPHONES The most interesting of the offers is likely to be the Rs 5,000 off on Xiaomi’s Mi5…

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At Rs 5,999, iBall Andi Wink is cheapest VoLTE phone with 2GB RAM

Adding to the number of choices for entry-level VoLTE phones in India, iBall has launched its Andi Wink 4G model with 2 GB of RAM. Most phones in the Rs 5,000-6,000 category tend to come with only 1 GB of RAM, and the new model is a welcome break from the trend. Rival Intex recently launched its Aqua Strong 5.1 which is priced Rs 1,0000 lower (at Rs 4,999) and comes with similar specifications. However, that model has only 1 GB of RAM. Similarly, InFocus M370i, another big hitter in…

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LAVA launches A97 smartphone with 4G VoLTE @ Rs 5,949

Mobile handset manufacturer LAVA International Ltd launched its new LAVA A97 with 4G access and 5 MP selfie camera at Rs 5,949. Lava A97´s wide range of specifications includes 5 inch screen of FWVGA resolution, 5MP rear and ‘selfie’ camera (both with LED flash), 4G VoLTE connectivity, etc. The smartphone is packed with new camera features such as ‘Face Beauty’ to beautify selfies, ‘GIF mode’ to capture video images, ‘Audio Picture’ to save images with an audio note and ‘Panorama’ to capture wide view images. The full HD smartphone is…

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Huawei starts manufacturing Honor phones in India

China-based Huawei said it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with leading Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider, Flex, in October. Starting from first week of October 2016, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphones models, the company said. The plant will have the capacity to make three million units by the end of 2017. In addition, Huawei will be strengthening its after sales services in India with over 200 service centers, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centers in India, it added….

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Freecharge introduces first voice based recharge service in Windows 10 phones

Freecharge, the Snapdeal owned digital payments platform, said it has introduced a first of its kind service in India by which customers can now complete recharges and make bill payments using Microsoft’s voice-based smart assistant Cortana. The voice support transactions is now available on its Windows 10 app version, said the company. Cortana works by using the ‘Favorites’ feature in the app. It recognizes the name that users set in ‘Favorites’ and enables a transaction for those favorites without even opening the Freecharge app, said the company. The user needs to…

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Lava launches 5.5 inch, 1 GB VoLTE phone at Rs 7,349

LAVA International Limited, an Indian multi-national company in the mobile handset industry, launched its new product LAVA X28 with 5.5” HD screen, priced at Rs 7,349. LAVA X28 specifications includes 4G VoLTE connectivity and latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. VoLTE is required for voice calling on Reliance Jio’s new LTE network. The phone is equipped with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor and supported by 1 GB DDR3 RAM. The smartphone comes with 8 GB of internal storage and is equipped with a 2600 mAh battery and a power…

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Oppo to manufacture OnePlus 3 in India?

Oppo, the Chinese smartphone giant, looks set to start manufacturing OnePlus 3 in India, according to an industry source. Oppo is the former employer of OnePlus founder Pete Lau, and investment company Oppo Electronic was disclosed to be a shareholder in OnePlus. At present, the OnePlus 3 is manufactured in Shenzen in China and at a plant in Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Oppo too is likely to manufacture the device at its Noida factory. The move is likely to substantially increase the availability of the much-in-demand phone. OnePlus has managed…

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Lava offers free screen replacement guarantee for one year

Lava International Limited, an Indian multi-national company in the mobile handset industry, said anyone purchasing a feature phone or smartphone from the company from 15th September to 15th November the customers will be entitled to avail a one-time mobile screen replacement. The offer is applicable only in case of any mobile screen breakage within 365 days from the date of purchase, for purchases made during the offer period. Normally, breakages are not covered under warranty. “ We recognize that people spend considerable amount of money to buy mobile phones, and…

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