Samsung Galaxy S5 official launch next week, India price 26k

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be officially launched in India this coming week, according to industry sources, and will be priced at around Rs 26,000. The phone, which carries a 4.5-inch Amoled HD display, is currently available in India in the grey market through channels like eBay, but these purchases do not carry the company’s official warranty. Once it is officially launched, the S5 Mini will carry an official warranty from Samsung, besides being cheaper. Ebay sellers are quoting Rs 30,000 for the model, and after launch, the phone…

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a higher-end 64-bit phone?

The second of Samsung’s 64-bit phone, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, could be priced well above what other 64-bit models would be priced at, according to industry sources. The Alpha is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 30,000 in India, or about $400 outside. In comparison, the similarly speced Huawei G621, is likely to be priced at less than Rs 15,000 in India, or about $200 outside. The Galaxy Alpha will be one of the several 64-bit phones being prepped for launch over the next four to eight weeks….

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Samsung to launch more powerful Galaxy S5?

The rumors of an impending Galaxy S5 refresh version have never really died down. Now, according to an industry source, Samsung may launch a more expensive model of the flagship phone with LTE-A that will cost about Rs 55,000, or about 45% more than the Samsung Galaxy S5 that is currently available in the Indian market. In addition, Samsung is also likely to launch an LTE-enabled version of the current S5 which will be priced at Rs 43,500-44,000, or about Rs 7,000 more than the 3G-only version. According to the…

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Mid-range Huawei G621 set to be India’s first 64-bit Android phone

64-bit Android phones have been quite a while in the workings, primarily because of shortcomings with ARM and its chip making partners to get the platform ready. Now it’s about to change with the 5-inch Huawei G621, expected to be priced at a modest Rs 13,500. Apple has been the only company to successfully incorporate 64-bit chips in its mobile phones as it unveiled the iPhone 5S late last year, and Android companies have been waiting to get their hands on some 64-bit hardware as well. 64-bit chips will be…

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Sony to price 5.5-inch, KitKat Xperia C3 at Rs 20,000 in India

Sony’s 5.5-inch, Android KitKat-based Xperia C3 will be available in the Rs 19,000-21,000 range when the phone is launched in coming weeks in India, according to industry sources. The phone will compete in the space between the mid-range and the top-end and the model would be available in the next five to six days in stores. The price is expected to drop to about Rs 18,500 in two weeks after launch. There are two versions, an LTE version that has already been launched in China for around Rs 19,000 and…

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Samsung to launch 5-inch Kitkat phone priced around 11,000

Samsung seems all set to launch a new dual-core, 5-inch Android Kitkat phone in India over the next 5-8 weeks with a price tag of Rs 10,500-11,500. The phone, whose model number is SM-G530H, will be the Korean brand’s cheapest 5-inch model in India when launched. At present, that title is held by the Galaxy Grand Neo GT, which is priced at Rs 14,000 and comes with a quad-core processor. The new phone, G530H, seems to be optimised for the entry level market, will have only 512 MB of RAM,…

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Lenovo to launch its cheapest 5-inch phone, A536, at Rs 6,400

The battle for entry level smartphones is all set to intensify with Lenovo planning to launch a new model, the A536, in India in the next two weeks, according to market sources. The phone, which comes with a 5 inch, 854 × 480 pixel LCD display and a quadcore mediatek MT6582m processor, will be priced between Rs 6,000 and Rs 6,500. At present, the cheapest 5-inch Lenovo phone is the S880, priced at Rs 9,200. The Lenovo A536 will come with a 5 megapixel camera at the back and a…

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65,000 sold, Xiaomi Mi3 continues to enthrall users

With 65,000 units sold in less than a month, the mania for Xiaomi Mi3 seems to be still going strong judging by user feedback on the phone. Out of the 2,269 ratings that the phone has received on Flipkart, 68.5% of the people have given the phone 5 out of 5 — or excellent, in their appreciation. This is higher than the Moto G’s rating, which is at 66.7% on the same site. Both are exclusive launches by the same outlet, so it’s unlikely that there is some platform bias….

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Samsung to price Galaxy S5 Mini around 24,000, launch in a week

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, to be launched in India within a week, will be priced at an effective rate of around Rs 24,000 in India, according to sources. The MRP will be higher. The phone will be launched in about a week, and is made in Vietnam, and not China, as most smartphones are. The phone could see its price fall to about 18,000-20,000 a month after launch as Samsung typically charges a higher margin on its products in the initial stages. The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is resistant…

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Xiaomi promises more stock of Mi3 phone as Flipkart runs out

Xiaomi and Flipkart said they sold their entire stock of Mi3 high-end phone in 38 minutes and 50 seconds today. Registrations to purchase the device were open till July 21st and saw over 100,000 fans registered to buy the Mi 3, Flipkart said. It is not clear how many Xiaomi Mi3 smartphones were on sale. According to reports, many people who tried to buy the phone could not do so due to technical issues. Flipkart, the website, was briefly unreachable to fans, reminding Indians of their ordeals to buy train…

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Meet the new breed of cheap Octa-core Phones in India priced Rs 10,000-20,000

A slew of cheap octacore phones have hit the Indian market over the last one month, starting with the iBerry Auxus Nuclea X, Gionee Elife S 5.5, Intex Aqua Octa and ending with the launch of the Panasonic P81, Wickedleak Wammy Neo, Alcatel One touch IDOL X+ and the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus in the last few days. From the information available so far, it looks like the Alcatel One touch IDOL X+, followed by the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus, is the most value-for-money option among the ones launched so far. It…

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Finally! Samsung dethrones Nokia as India’s biggest mobile brand

After fighting it out for a decade, Samsung finally dethroned Nokia in the Indian mobile phone market — rising to number one with a 20.3% market share in the March quarter compared to Nokia’s 17.6%. Micromax came third in terms of shipments. Samsung’s victory was the result of a sharp increase in its sales during the first quarter of the year. Samsung’s share rose from 15.6% share in the previous quarter. Interestingly, Nokia was dethroned from the number one position despite its overall share increasing from 16.16% in the December…

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RCom to increase CDMA network speed to 14.7 Mbps this year

Reliance Communications will upgrade its high-speed CDMA network in data-intensive areas to 3.5G for speeds of up to 14.7 Mbps this year, the company said. Currently, RCom’s networks are on the EVDO standard Revision A and supports speeds of upto 3.1 Mbps. This will be upgraded to EVDO Rev B, which will be about five times as fast. It may be noted that MTS has already upgraded much of its network to Rev B. RCom will spend about Rs 2,000 crore for the upgrade and other network investments this financial…

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RCom introduces 5-inch Android quad-core CDMA-GSM dual SIM phone Orison

For long, CDMA users, especially those of Reliance Communications and Tata DoCoMo, had no real choice of decent 5-inch Android phones on offer. To some extent, the Micromax Canvas Blaze HD EG116 filled the gap for a 5-inch Android CDMA Evdo phone, but the phone’s availability is severely restricted. Besides, at nearly Rs 16,000, the Blaze HD EG116 is not cheap. Now, Reliance Communications is introducing the Orizon, a near replica of the Micromax model with very similar features such as a quad-core processor, HD IPS display (1280 X 720…

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Android Qwerty Phone: The weak points of Intex Aqua Qwerty

Have you been waiting for an Android qwerty phone with a physical keypad for years? Well, there’s both good news and bad news for you. First the good news. The space for Android phones with a real physical qwerty keyboard has started getting addressed with the launch of the Intex Aqua Qwerty. Now, the bad news. Going by the specifications, the Intex Aqua Qwerty is going to be a real pain to use and it makes more sense to wait a little longer. On the positive side, phone’s very cheap,…

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Flipboard gets first Indian magazine on board

Flipboard, often billed as the Google News of the mobile world, has won its first media client in India in the shape of Condé Nast, the global publisher that runs magazines such as Vogue and The New Yorker. Vogue India has become the first magazine from India to have a customized version made available on Flipboard, arguably the most popular news application in the world. The development comes about six months after Flipboard announced it would have a special edition tailored to India. Flipboard faces competition from home grown apps…

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Tablets to overtake PCs in shipments in second half of 2014

Tablets will overtake traditional PCs in monthly shipments somewhere in the second half of this year, according to the latest projection from Gartner Inc. The market tracker has pointed to total shipments of 276.7 mln PCs in 2014 compared to 270.7 mln tablets. While that looks like it favors the PC market, it also means that PC shipments will drop from 296.1 mln last year, while tablet sales will jump from 195.4 mln last year. In other words, the number of tablets being shipped every month in the second half…

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As phones get bigger, tablets pay the price

The soaring popularity of big size phones, or phablets, is affecting sales of tablets in India, according to market tracker 6Wresearch. Phablets, or phones with displays of 5 to 6 inches, have increasingly gained consumer affection due to three factors. First, they come with built-in cellular and 3G connectivity, unlike low-cost tablets that typically offer only Wi-Fi connectivity. Second, phablets come with at least quarter HD (0.5 megapixel), but often HD (1 megapixel), displays unlike cheaper tablets that offer displays with resolution of 0.4 megapixels or less. Finally, phablets also…

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Tizen phones to hit India in days, but Nokia X likely to hit first

It’s the battle for the mid segment of India’s booming smartphone market, and it looks like Nokia X series may be the first to hit the market by a whisker, beating Samsung’s Tizen operating system. According to sources, Samsung has exhibited its upcoming Tizen based smartphone to developers in India and the first of Samsung Tizen phones could be put up for sale by a prominent online retailer as early as in March. The phones will be aimed fairly and squarely at the entry level smartphone market, with prices between…

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