iPhone 7 to be available in 1000 locations in India on Oct 7 – Rashi Peripherals

Rashi Peripherals, one of India’s largest mobile phone distributors, has announced that the iPhone 7 will be available in the country starting from October 7. “The smart phones will be available at over 1000 retail locations across India,” it said. The device was launched in the US yesterday, at a starting price of $650, or around Rs 60,000. The India price will be around Rs 66,000 for the starting 32-GB model due to higher taxes. The larger iPhone 7 Plus will be priced around Rs 10,000 higher. The phone was…

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Vodafone 4G launches in Sonipat with double data

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunication services providers, announced the launch of the company’s 4G service in Haryana. The network, which is built on 1800 MHz band, will be made available across Haryana over the next few months. The launch also offers initial double data benefit of 20 GB for Rs 999 and follows similar launches in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi & National Capital Region, Mumbai & UP East. “Vodafone also provide international roaming on 4G for its India customers visiting 25 countries including UK, UK, US, UAE, Singapore and Canada…

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Samsung Z2 Tizen is exclusive to Paytm

Samsung Z2 is now available exclusively online through Paytm for Rs 4,590. The phone launched last week comes with a 4.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 pixels by 800 pixels. Samsung Z2 is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. It has a 5 megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front camera and runs on the Tizen operating system powered by 1500mAh battery. It is enabled with…

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Reliance Jio preview offer runs into activation delays as outlets swamped with CAFs

While long lines of people queuing up outside Reliance Digital outlets for preview SIM cards may be good news for Jio, it has also meant long delays in activation of these cards. At least some Reliance Digital outlets are unable to cope with the huge demand and are struggling to process and scan the documents submitted by those buying SIMs are the preview offer. “We were doing 4 or 5 activations a day,” says an employee at a small Reliance Digital Express outlet in Kerala. “Now we’re selling 60 a…

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Auxus4X — with 4GB RAM and superior display — launched on eBay at Rs 16k

Auxus, known for selling highly specified smartphones at mid-range prices, said it is launching its latest model, Auxus4X at a price of Rs 15,990 exclusively on eBay.in. The smartphone will come with the Helio P10 chipset, a 5.5-inch, full-HD display made by LG Electronics and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It is powered by 3 Ah battery and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone also has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, and supports Quick Charge function along with all the Indian frequency bands of 2G, 3G and 4G…

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India steps into a new mobile payments revolution with IMPS version 2.0

21 banks in India, including Andhra Bank, Axis Bank and Bank of Maharashtra, are introducing the upgraded form of India’s pioneering immediate payment service (IMPS) starting today. Under the new form of IMPS, users will be able to send money using proxy addresses instead of full bank account details, thus making instant money transfer across banks super easy. At present, to send money from one bank account to someone who has an account in another bank, you need to know that person’s account details. Even a small mistake in typing in…

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itel Mobile sells 1.4 million mobile handsets in India

itel mobile, a Hong Kong based mobile manufacturer, said that it has sold more than 1.4 million mobile handsets in India over a period of 3 months. The company said, it had launched the first phase of sales in Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana. The company said, that it has planned its second phase expansion into East, West and South India which includes Mumbai. The brand provides a unique 100-day replacement warranty offering on all itel products the…

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FREE SIMS for EVERYONE: How Reliance Jio totally sandbagged Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular via its preview offer

Today, Reliance Digital stores across the country are seeing long queues of customers waiting to get free SIMs with three months of unlimited data and voice calls. “We are taking about half an hour to complete the process for each person,” said an employee at a Digital store in Kerala. “There are customers waiting. Please be ready to stand in queue if you are coming today,” he warned. With this public beta, Reliance Jio has reached the final stages of its test program which started eight months ago with a limited employee…

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Reliance Jio preview users can now insert SIM into other phones – reports

Subscribers of Reliance Jio’s ‘free preview’ offer who have got their validity extended free of charge can now use these SIM cards in any phones, according to social media and blog reports. Reliance Jio had, starting earlier this month, given free extensions to users who booked its SIM cards under the free preview offer starting in May. The preview offer, which entitles the user to get unlimited free data, voice and messaging, was supposed to expire after 90 days. However, the company gave free 30-day extensions to those who booked…

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Reliance Jio extends free 4G trial offer beyond 90 days for unlimited data

Reliance Jio has started sending messages to those who availed its free 90 day preview offer informing them that their preview offers are being extended. “As a special gesture, we have extended our trial period. We will be auto-refilling your balance accordingly,” the company said in an SMS sent to preview users today. This would seem to imply that the launch may not happen on Aug 15 as reported recently by the Economic Times. Jio started activating free previews early in May, and these early adopters were set to see…

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K5 Note: Lenovo disables Youtube chat after fans get nasty

Lenovo disabled the chat function on its Youtube live stream page after fans started misbehaving during the live transmission. Many fans were not happy with what they felt was the delay in the company disclosing the price of the K5 Note. Some seemed to have come to the page merely to vent their frustration at the company. At the end of the day, the Youtube chat window soon filled with stuff we can’t print here. There was also an attempt by ‘fans’ to downvote the video over the so-called delays….

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Lenovo launches two phones — K5 Note and K5 Plus with 3 GB RAM

Lenovo said it will launch two new phones today, catching everyone by surprise as the company was expected to reveal only the K5 Note today. K5 Note is the third in the K5 series. The phone is priced at Rs 11,999 for the 3 GB version and Rs 13,499 for the 4 GB variant. The sale will start in the night of Aug 3 at 11:59 PM. K5 NOTE FHD display with a brightness of 450 nits. There are three microphones on the phone. Audio has Dolby Atmos support. Will…

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WATCH LIVE – LENOVO K5 NOTE launch in India

Lenovo will launch its latest flagship in India — the K5 Note — today at 3 pm and you can watch the live streaming of the event below. The K5 Note is the third of the K5 series. The cheapest one in the series is the 5-inch K5, which comes with an HD display and 2 GB of RAM. It is priced at Rs 6,999. The second one is the full-HD version of the K5, called the ‘Plus’ version and priced at Rs 8,499 (now Rs 7,999). The third and…

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Lenovo K5 Note has to be priced Rs 9,999 or less in India to stand a chance

In about two hours, Lenovo will unveil its latest flagship in India — the Vibe K5 Note. As the launch draws near, nearly every tech news outlet is predicting a price of around Rs 14,000 for the phone, based on the cost of acquiring the phone in China. In its home market, Lenovo introduced the phone six months back at a price of Rs 11,300 for the 2 + 16 GB version. As a result, many expect the 4 GB version to be priced around Rs 2,500-3,000 higher. However, what many are forgetting is…

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Redmi Note 3 available at Rs 11,400 on Tata’s CliQ online shop in India

Redmi Note 3, arguably the most sought-after phone in India along with LeEco Le 2, is now available on Tata Group’s new ecommerce portal at Rs 11,400 for Axis Bank customers. Tata Group — one of the biggest offline retailers in India — entered the competitive online retail market two months ago, naming its website CliQ. Along with inhouse brands such as Globus and Westside, CliQ also offers inaugural discounts and cashback deals on many items including smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is currently out of stock on the official Mi website…

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SHOCKING: TCL, Amazon launch India’s cheapest TVs; 4K UHD model at just Rs 32k

TCL, one of the world’s top TV brands, has entered India with a bang, launching India’s cheapest 4K UHD TV at just Rs 31,990. The TCL 43-inch P1 Ultra HD TV is cheaper by nearly Rs 10,000 compared to Micromax 42C0050UHD, currently the most attractive value-for-money UHD TV in India. The Micromax model is priced at Rs 41,898. The TCL 43-inch P1, as the name implies, is also slightly bigger (43 in vs 42 in for Micromax) despite costing less. The TV is available only on Amazon.in. TCL also launched…

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Amazon Prime lets you to jump queue for smartphone flash sales

Amazon has brought ‘premium membership’ program Prime to India at an inaugural price of Rs 499 per year. It is also offering a two-month free trial period. While the main selling point of the program is cheaper and faster shipping, it also comes with a unique advantage in India — if you are a Prime member, you can jump the queue when participating in flash sales. Amazon, along with Flipkart, is one of the two main sellers of smartphones under the flash sale model, and as many mobile fans know,…

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Super Cameraphone: Huawei P9 to launch in India, take on Xiaomi Mi5, Meizu MX6; price Rs 29k

Huawei, which has not had much luck in India in the last two years, is set to launch the P9 — a sophisticated camera phone in the same price range as the Xiaomi Mi5 and Le Max 2 — early next month. The P9 is the first dual-camera phone to come to the Indian market after HTC M8 back in 2014, and has been developed in association with camera and imaging company Leica. Both back cameras come with identical resolution and a generous pixel size of 1.25 micrometer. While one…

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More power, less battery — LeEco Le 2 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in user reviews

After initially not allowing users to post their reviews of Le 2, Flipkart has begun publishing customer feedback about LeEco’s latest mass market smartphone, and it’s a mixed bag. Predictably, the Le 2 scores high in terms of performance, but feedback suggests two key weakpoints versus main rival Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 — display quality and battery. (Camera is also average, but so are the ones on rivals including Note 3.) Broadly speaking, the LeEco model trounces the Redmi Note 3 in terms of processing power, but falls short in terms of battery…

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Why you SHOULDN’T buy the new Rs 2,999 LYF flame mobiles with Reliance Jio free 4G

At long last, Reliance Jio’s sister company Reliance Retail has launched four new LYF phones starting at just Rs 2,999 in its ‘Flame’ series. These phones sound too good to be true, given that 4G handsets currently cost at least Rs 4,000 or more. But are they? Or should someone looking for a cheap smartphone opt for the LYF Flame 2, 3, 4 or 6? The answer, in most cases, is a no,  but would depend on your usage habits. USE CASE SCENARIO The main factor to keep in mind, when…

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