Lava launches 7-inch, thin Intel-powered tablet at 6,299

LAVA International has launched an Intel Atom-powered tablet priced at Rs 6,299. The model has a 7-inch HD (not full HD) display and 1 GB of RAM. Display technology is not IPS, so viewing angles may not be the best. It has a 5 MP rear and 3.2 MP front camera with real flash and auto focus. Lava Ivory POP is powered by a 1.0 GHz quad core processor and comes with with 16 GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB) which makes for large storage space for various applications and…

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DataWind’s market-share continues to increase as cheap tablet sales grow

DataWind Inc — which specializes in entry-level tablets — said it was No.1 in the tablet market in India for the April-June quarter. The company said it had a market share of 37.2% in terms of volumes. A total of 950,000 tablets were sold in India during the three months, the firm said, quoting CMR India Tablet PC Market Review report. The overall tablet market grew 5% compared to the first quarter of 2016, it added.. The company has sold more tablets than any other company in India for the…

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Cheapest 16 nm smartphone: Huawei Honor 5C priced Rs 10,999 in India

Huawei has priced its latest phone, the Honor 5C, at a competitive Rs 10,999, taking the fight to other models like Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Meizu M3 Note and LeEco Le 2. The phone, which is priced around Rs 15,000 in Europe, was expected to be priced along similar lines in India as well. However, given the cut-throat competition in the market, Huawei seems to have thought better of the move. At Rs 10,999, the phone is definitely worth buyers’ consideration. The phone will go on sale at 2 PM on…

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Upcoming Intel Apollo Lake could disappoint going by Broxton Goldmont benchmarks

Intel’s upcoming Apollo Lake low-end tablet and PC processor could trail ARM-based chips by a big margin if a benchmarking result from a product using similar technology is any indication. Goldmont, the core inside Apollo Lake is to be the first major update to Intel’s Silvermont architecture and was supposed to take on ARM chips. When first unveiled in 2013, the Silvermont architecture was more or less comparable in power to high-end offerings from the ARM ecosystem, though it consumed more battery juice. Since then, ARM processors have increased their processing muscle…

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Youtube Gaming now lets Indian gamers stream their play live

Google has launched the YouTube Gaming mobile app on Android and iOS in India. YouTube Gaming is an app that seeks to keep gamers connected to the games, players, and culture with videos, live streams, and the community. Globally, video games are quite a spectator sport unlike in India where they are mostly a living room affair. In China for example, there are huge gaming contests that get a lot of media coverage, including live transmission, and involve big prize money as well. To live stream from the Youtube Gaming app,…

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Pantel overtakes Samsung, Micromax in Indian tablet market

In a surprise, Pantel Technologies, which sells its wares under names such as Penta, has overtaken bigger brands such as Samsung and Micromax to emerge as the No. 1 seller of tablet PCs in India in terms of volumes. The company, a long-time supplier to BSNL, had a 16.4% share of the Indian tablet market in the third quarter of 2015 (July-September). Samsung was second with a 14.9% share and Micromax had a 14.05% share. In comparison, in the first quarter of this year, Samsung had a market share of…

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Intel Skylake brings 4k to basic desktops, boosts battery life in cheap laptops, convertibles

Intel has unveiled 40 of its new chips belonging to the Skylake or 6th Generation family. While there many advancements all over, for the price-sensitive customers, the launch gives special reasons to celebrate. FOR DESKTOPS First, the Skylake processors bring 4K UHD display support at a silicon price of just $64 (Rs 4,200). This was unthinkable earlier, as 4K support required you to buy an entry-level Core i3 processor that cost $120, or nearly twice as much. The chip responsible for this is the dual-core Pentium G4400, with a box…

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iBall launches 8-inch Slide O900-C tablet with dual-SIM; price Rs 13k

iBall has introduced its latest tablet – Slide O900-C, priced at Rs 12,999. The iBall Slide O900-C comes with a an Octa Core processor, 2 GB RAM, Dual SIM support and 16 GB in-built memory, expandable upto 32GB. It also has a 7.85inch HD IPS Display featuring a 1024×768 resolution and a and 4000mAh battery. The aspect ratio of the display is 4:3 to ensure a better experience when browsing and checking out photos. It has support for 19+ regional languages for reading and writing. One can use Normal and…

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Reliance Jio unveils ambitious plan to retail smart devices across India

Reliance Industries’ chairman Mukesh Ambani has said that the group will invest Rs 2.5 lakh crore in projects related to Digital India, the government’s vision to boost growth of information technology in India, and will set up a network of 1.5 lakh retailers who will sell and service mobile phones and other smart devices. Most of the investments will be done under the banner of Reliance Jio, the company’s upcoming communications venture. “Jio is setting up a new nationwide distribution network that will enable over a 150,000 small electronic retailers…

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Samsung launches Samsung Galaxy Tab A & E; prices Rs 20k, 17k

Samsung, which has successfully met competition from HTC in the mid-range phone segment, today announced two mid-range tablets in an attempt to reclaim some of its market share. The two tabs are Galaxy Tab A (price Rs 20,500) and Galaxy Tab E (16,900). Galaxy Tab A is 4G-LTE enabled and supports both type of 4G LTE launched in India – FDD and TDD. Both the tablets support voice-calling capability. Samsung Galaxy Tab A The has been designed as the perfect blend of mobility, style and usability. At 7.5mm, the Tab…

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Asus is No 1 in fast-growing hybrid PC market, Lenovo No 2 – Gartner

Worldwide shipments of hybrid devices will increase 70 percent this year to 21.5 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Hybrid devices will account for 12 percent of total sales of mobile PCs in 2015, rising to 26 percent in 2019, it predicted. Ultramobile is Gartner’s term for new-age computers (similar to Intel’s Ultrabook nomenclature). Within Ultramobiles, it divides the devices into ‘regular Ultramobiles’, ‘tablet Ultramobiles’ and ‘hybrid Ultramobiles’. Hybrid Ultramobiles come with a keyboard (that can be detached), while tablet Ultramobiles can be bought without a keyboard. “Of the 21.5…

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Phicomm Passion P660 in India next week, will support SD card unlike Meizu M1 Note, Xiaomi Mi 4i

It looks like no one can hold the distinction of being the cheapest 4G LTE phone with a full HD-display for long. Days after the launch of the Meizu M1 Note at Rs 11,999, next week will see Amazon India launch the Phicomm Passion P660 with almost the same specs at just Rs 10,999. The primary difference between the Phicomm Passion P660 and the Meizu M1 Note is in the phone size. The first one is a 5-inch display device while the second one has a 5.5-inch display, as indicated…

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Mukesh Ambani – Rs 4,000 LTE Smartphones come by year-end

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani today made several key announcements about the launch of the company’s telecom, Internet and media services under its Reliance Jio brand. The details set forth in his speech give an idea of how Reliance Jio can totally disrupt the existing telecom and Internet scenario in the country. Here is a transcript of Ambani’s speech at Reliance Industries’ Annual General Meeting today (important points have been highlighted in bold): “In my address to you at last year’s AGM, I had promised you a significant update on…

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iBall launches excellent Windows tablet at a throwaway price – Slide i701

It looks like Windows Phone is about to enter a whole new era in India with the launch of the iBall Slide i701 seven-inch tablet. While the tablet, which offers a 7-inch, HD IPS display and a quad-core Atom processor, may not be the best device in the market, it’s certainly unbelievably low-priced at just Rs 4,999. The tablet’s RAM is 1 GB and internal memory is 16 GB – again decent for a low-priced device. The only major disappointment is the absence of inbuilt SIM slot or calling ability….

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ARM Cortex A72 continues to set new records, Intel Broxton under threat

With every passing day almost, the next-generation ARM Cortex A72 processor core continues to surprise with its robust performance in benchmarking charts. The ARM Cortex A72 is the new heavy-hitter processor technology from UK’s ARM Holdings that will feature in nearly all high-end, and some mid-range, processors that are going to be launched starting from June. It will replace the current Cortex A57. As the name indicates, the A72 is turning out to be an absolute beast according to the benchmarking numbers. As of now, only one chip with A72…

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Despite Skylake launch, PC semiconductor sales to decline in 2015 – Gartner

The launch of Windows 10 and Intel’s Skylake architecture is likely to happen in the third quarter of 2015, and this would give a boost to semiconductor sales along with factors such as tablet and smartphone markets, Gartner said. The market research firm forecast a 4% growth for semiconductor sales in 2015, boosted primarily by mobile, SSDs and tablets. Despite the Intel and Microsoft refresh, sales of semiconductor parts in the PC market will experience its greatest decline this year, it added. “The next critical season for the PC and…

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ARM-MediaTek-TSMC combo could threaten Intel’s market by year end

New benchmark scores for MediaTek’s implementation of ARM Holdings’ latest core design indicate that MediaTek and ARM are likely to have potential chips suitable for notebooks, servers and even desktop PCs by the end of this year or early next year. These chips would be potentially more powerful than those found in the new Apple MacBook Air and Intel NUCs. The reason for such a doubling of power compared to existing phone and tablet chips is two-fold – the Cortex A72 technology from ARM Holdings, and new 16 nm FinFet…

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Can Indian brands like Micromax, Lava etc survive the Chinese onslaught?

Yesterday was that many Indian smartphone vendors such as Micromax, Spice Mobility, Lava and Xolo would remember. It was yesterday that Lenovo proved that it’s low-priced 4G phone, the A6000, was no flash in the pan like Xiaomi Mi3, but that it intended to follow through and put up the capable A7000 as proof of its intention. So, why is this important? Firstly, the 4G-enabled Lenovo A6000 and A7000 are no ordinary phones. They’re a signal of Lenovo’s (and the broader Chinese brands’) intentions for the Indian market. Unlike three…

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Full-HD Asus Zenfone 2 to carry price of Rs 16k, 20k & 24k in India

The three full-HD versions of upcoming smartphone, Asus Zenfone 2, will be priced at Rs 15,990, Rs 19,990 and Rs 23,990, and will be thrice as powerful as existing Zenfones in India, according to our sources. All the three upcoming Zenfone 2 models will have powerful quad-core Intel Z3580 Silvermont processors released in Q2 of last year as well as the new Intel XMM7260 modem that will bring LTE connectivity. The processor, Atom Z3580, is also used to power netbooks and tablets and variations are even used for low-priced desktops….

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Samsung still tops India tablet market, iBall No3 – CMR

Even as International Data Corporation (IDC) claimed that local player iBall overtook Samsung as India’s most popular tablet brand last quarter, IDC’s rival and former partner CyberMedia has released numbers that show Samsung on top. CyberMedia Research is today an independent technology market intelligence firm and tracks tablet and phone shipments in India, among other things. According to CyberMedia Research, Samsung did see an erosion in its market share, but still retained the top spot (see pic). Samsung, which had 25% of India’s tablet shipments by volume in the first…

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