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A Smartphone With 4G RAM, 13 MP Camera, Fingerprint Sensor For Rs 8,999?


Yes, Swipe has slashed the price of its Elite Max smartphone by Rs 4000. The phone was originally available at Rs 12,999 but the company has come up with an offer along with Flipkart to sell the phone at the discounted price. This 30% off on the Elite Max is only for 3 days – 22 March to 24 March.

The Swipe Elite Max is a 5.5 inch device with full HD display and is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon Processor and is coupled with 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. The storage space can further be expanded upto another 32 GB.

On the camera front the Swipe Elite Max comes with 13 megapixel rear camera with dual tone flash and PDAF, and the front camera is a 8 megapixel snapper. The dual SIM LTE smartphone features a fingerprint sensor at the back and carries a 3000 mAh battery.

“It can’t get better than this. It is Swipe’s stated goal to make the latest mobile internet technologies available to aspiring Indian youth at affordable costs and Elite Max promises to live up to Swipe’s stated goals. Even at regular price of Rs 12,999, Swipe’s Elite Max has been one of the most affordable smartphones with comparable features. Now, as part of Flipkart Electronics Sales, we are happy to make our flagship smartphone available at Rs 8,999, making it the most affordable 4GB smartphones in the country. We are sure that our fans will take the opportunity to own a phone that is a great combination of excellent craftsmanship and superlative performance,” said Talking about the exclusive offer, Shripal Gandhi, Founder and CEO of Swipe Technologies.

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Gionee Launches 16 MP Selfie Smartphone, Coins A New Term Selfiestan


Chinese smartphone maker Gionee on Tuesday launched a new smartphone with a 16 megapixel front camera for selfies. Putting major focus on selfie cameras in its smartphones, the company also created a new term for its brand campaign called Selfiestan.

The new smartphone Gionee A1 is a 5.5 inch device  with full HD display having 19020×1080 pixel resolution. The phone is powered by Mediatek MT6755 octa core 2.0 GHz processor. The phone comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage capacity which can be expanded upto 256 GB.

The Gionee A1 sports a 16 megapixel camera on the front coupled with a selfie flash. This is because the company wants to create a distinct space for itself in the selfie camera phone space. In contrast, the company has put a 13 megapixel camera on the back which is usually considered as the primary phone.

The A1 runs on Android Nougat and carries a 4010 mAh battery. The dual SIM LTE phone will be available on online as well as offline and the pre-booking starts from 23 March. Gionee, however, did not disclose the price of the phone today.

“Today’s generation views the world from their front camera. They live for creating and celebrating experiences out of moments. At Gionee, we want to celebrate this inclusiveness by dissolving boundaries and creating a world of equals where every moment is worth capturing. Through Selfiestan, we at Gionee plan to give India a sense of ownership and belonging by creating a world of Hindustan ki selfies. With the new A1, we take our first step towards building #Selfiestan,” said Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO & MD, Gionee India.

The company said going forward it will be focusing on smartphones in the price range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 25,000 and build products keeping selfie camera and battery as top priority.

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Xiaomi Launches Its Cheapest Phone Redmi 4A With 13 MP Camera For Rs 5,999


It can’t get any cheap. And it should not get any cheap for a smartphone having 5 inch display and 13 megapixel camera to be sold at Rs 5,999, and that too from a braned manufacturer like Xiaomi. Yes, the Chinese phone maker today launched its most affordable smartphone Redmi 4A for just Rs 5,999.

The Redmi 4A, however, does not compromise when it comes to specs. The phone comes with 5 inch screen with HD display with dual SIM support. The phone is powered by Qualcomm quadcore 1.4 GHz processor with Snapdragon 425 chipset and is coupled with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage capacity. This space can be upped up to 128 GB using micro SD cards.

On camera front the Redmi 4A comes with 13 megapixel primary snapper with f/2.2 aperture and a front camera of 5 megapixel. The cameras come with smart features like Beautify on both Pro as well as Smart modes. The phone carries a 3120 mAh battery.

This latest phone from Xiaomi is LTE and VoLTE enabled and comes in three colors – Dark Grey, Gold and Rose Gold.

With the announcement of Redmi 4A, the company also announced its second manufacturing unit in partnership with Foxconn at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The first plant went live in August 2015 and by March 2016, over 75 percent of its phones were being manufactured in India.

With the new manufacturing plant, more than 95 percent of Xiaomi’s smartphones sold in India are now manufactured in India. Xiaomi will now have a combined production capacity of one phone per second during operational hours, the company claimed.

The plant, according to the company, employs 5000 people from over 100 surrounding villages of which More than 90 percent of the workforce employed are women.

“With our second manufacturing plant running, we are extending Xiaomi’s commitment to being in India for the long haul and are generating more jobs in the country. With this new plant and our latest Redmi 4A, we are truly excited to be playing a role in enhancing the quality of life for people in India and being a part of the fabric of the country. I would like to thank our partner Foxconn for their incredible support in our India growth story,” said Manu Jain, vice president and managing director, Xiaomi India.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4A will be available on company’s own shopping portal as well as on amazon from 23 March.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Goes Offline, To Be Available In 700 LFRs

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Xiaomi on Thursday said its Redmi Note 4 smartphone will now be available in offline stores as well. Earlier it was only available in online format, at its own portal and on Flipkart. The company has added more than 700 offline LFRs (large format retail) stores to make the product available for its customers.

The company has partnered with LFRs like Sangeetha, Poorvika, Lot Mobile and BigC and over 1500 offline mom n pop stores across Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh. The smartphone will also be available for pre-booking in these stores.

Redmi Note 4 is available on pre-orders between 14 – 17 March across LFRs and from 16 – 21 March across offline stores in Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh. The phone will be available on sale across LFRs from 18 March 2017 and across offline stores in Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh from 22nd March onwards.

Xiaomi has introduced the pre-order scheme for its Mi Fans extending its innovation to everyone. This will also allow expanded access of Xiaomi products to all Mi Fans tying in directly with the company’s vision of innovation for everyone.

Redmi Note 4 would be available in over 700 large format retail stores of Sangeetha, Poorvika, Lot Mobile and BigC and over 1500 offline mom n pop stores across Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh. Redmi Note 4 would retail from MRP INR 11,499 onwards in LFRs and offline stores from 17 and 22 March respectively.

“We spent 2016 building strong operations in our offline distribution and paving the way to bring innovation in our offline model. We started this with our direct to retail model, and with the introduction of pre-order, we are extending our innovation to everyone,” said Vipin Raina, Head – Offline Sales, Xiaomi India.

Though this pre-order facility is available for the Redmi Note 4 now, the company said it will be extended to all other products in future.

Redmi Note 4 started selling exclusively on and Flipkart from 23 January and in less than 45 days has sold more than one million units. Reiterating its success, the device has gone ahead to become the fastest million in the history of Indian smartphone market, Xiaomi said in a statement.

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Caterpillar Launches Smartphone With Thermal Camera That Works Underwater Too


Smartphones are really getting smarter these days. After all this high end cameras like Hasselblad, Leica etc, a smartphone company is coming with thermal camera, that can see through fire and even smoke.

Just not that, the smartphone from Caterpillar, the famous construction machinery maker, CAT S60, is also one of the most advanced military grade smartphone available in the market. The smartphone is dust proof, shock proof and water proof, and has been tested under most rugged conditions.

Besides besing the first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, the Cat S60, the company claims, is the most waterproof smartphone that can even work under 5 meters of water for 1 hour.


It is commonly said those who have brawns are equipped with less brain. But this Cat S60 defies that. The smartpone comes with 4.7 inch screen with HD super bright display and is covered with Gorilla Glass 4. This phone is so tough that it can withstand a fall from a height of 1.8 meter without leaving a scratch mark. The Cat S60 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa core processor with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity.

On camera front, the Cat S60 comes with 13 megapixel camera with dual flash and a 5 megapixel front camera. The Cat S60 is also waterproof to depths of two meters, which can be extended to five meters using a unique Lockdown Switch. This enables the smartphone to be used as an underwater camera, pushing the boundaries of mobile technology, and how and where it is used. Its versatile, super-bright display can be viewed in bright sunlight, and the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves.

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The Cat S60 includes an embedded thermal camera from FLIR, the global leader in thermal imaging technology, allowing Cat phone users to be the first in the world to use their smartphones for a multitude of use cases, including: detecting heat loss around windows and doors; spotting moisture and missing insulation; identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry; and seeing in complete darkness. The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperature from a distance of up to 50 feet and see through obscurants such as smoke.

The Cat S60 has a dedicated SOS button, which sends out location coordinates message to pre-programed contacts in case of an emergency. The Android ™Marshmallow device has a programmable key which can be customised for short press and long press for quick launch of any application. Curated applications like Zello makes the phone function as a Walkie Talky.

The Cat S60 is priced at Rs 64,999 and will be available at both online as well as offline retail stores.

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Motorola Moto G5 Plus With Premium Specs Launched For Rs 14,999


Motorola today launched its latest smartphone of its ‘G’ series of phones- the Moto G5 Plus. This phone was showcased in the recently concluded Mobile World Congress and today it was launched for the Indian market for Rs 14,999.

The moto G5 Plus comes in two variants – depending on its RAM and storage capacity. The 3GB/16GB version is priced at Rs 14,999 whereas the 4GB/32GB version of the Moto G5 Plus is priced a thousand rupees more.

The phone looks all premium. Specs wise, the smartphone comes in 5.2 inch screen size with IPS LCD full HD display offering 424 ppi. The display panel is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2 GHz octa core processor and 650 MHz Adreno GPU. The phone comes in two variants – 3GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM with 32 GB storage. The phone is priced accordingly.

On camera front, Motorola claims the shipped camera is the best and most advanced camera in its class and category. The primary camera is a 12 megapixel snapper with dual autofocus pixel, that, the company claims, gives 60x faster autofocus capability compared to the Moto G4 Plus. The front selfie camera is a 5 megapixel one.

The Moto G5 Plus is dual SIM LTE smartphone with the option to insert a 4G SIM in eitther of the card slots. Connectivity wise, the phone comes with other options including WiFi, Bluetooth as well as NFC. The NFC is of no use ass of now but whenever India merchants start using Android Pay or any other NFC enabled payment mechanisms, this feature will come as handy.

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus will be available on Flipkart from 12 tonight and both the parnters are providing some schemes to entice the customers. These include cash back offer from SBI credit cards, exchange bonus, a buyback guarantee and some free accessories.

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Amitabh Bachchan To Endorse OnePlus Smartphones


Amitabh Bachchan, the legendary Indian actor, will now be endorsing the Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus as its brand ambassador.

“It gives me immense pleasure to be working with the most exciting technology brand in India, OnePlus, a truly disruptive technology company known for its premium quality and craftsmanship. Being a OnePlus user myself, I am thrilled to represent the brand in India and become a part of the passionate community of OnePlus fans to take the brand legacy ahead,” said Amitabh Bachchan on his association with the brand.

As per the company, Mr Bachhan becomes the first ever member of its OnePlus Star group, a select group of distinguished OnePlus users. Association with the living legend reiterates the brand philosophy of ‘Never Settle’ and the company’s pursuit of perfection. OnePlus has always strived to deliver nothing but the best to its community and the association with Mr. Bachchan is the natural extension of the brand’s promise.

“Mr. Bachchan resonates well with the brand personality of OnePlus. Mr. Bachchan is not only the finest and the most admired actor but also a person of immense credibility. Likewise, for OnePlus, the latest flagship OnePlus 3T is rated as the best smartphone based on consumer ratings on Amazon India, showcasing the love and trust placed in the brand,” the company added.

Talking about this association, Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus, said, “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as our brand representative in India. As the brand grows to the next level, we aim to continue to bond with our community in a more meaningful and engaging way. Our association with Mr. Bachchan will further strengthen this bond, give our users a greater sense of purpose and help the brand scale to new heights.”

The association with Amitabh Bachchan is yet another milestone for the brand’s growth story in India. Mr. Bachchan is a great representation of the “Never Settle” spirit at OnePlus; as an iconic personality, successful actor and someone who has been instrumental in pushing the envelope in the Indian entertainment industry. Mr. Bachchan has redefined what can be done as an actor with each of his performances, something that OnePlus endeavours to achieve with every new product they launch.

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Chinese Smartphone Maker iVOOMi Enters India, Partners Shopclues


One more Chinese smartphone brand, iVOOMi, entered the highly competitive Indian mobile phones market. The company will launch high-end smartphones but in the affordable range of Rs 4000-Rs. 10,000.

iVOOMi will unveil iV505 as their first smartphone in Indian Market in the month of March, priced at Rs. 3,999. iV505 provides high-end features – Jio ready 4G VoLTE SIM cards on both the slots, flash charge technology, and Android Marshmallow 6.0 which is unique to smartphones in this price range.

“iVOOMi has established high-trust and credibility of consumers and clients globally through its path breaking innovation, customisation and high-quality services. We are committed to establishing iVOOMi in the Indian market with our innovative products loaded with highly valued SmartMe OS (Customized OS) & features at an affordable price. We are committed to continuously deliver better user experience at disruptive prices to the aspirational Indian consumers,” said Bradley Yan, Global Business Head, iVoomi.

The company currently has its focus on “online-only” strategy and has tied up with Shopclues as its online retail partner. The partnership will focus on a successful launch and entry into the Indian market.

The company said it has a broader plan for Indian market and intent to establish its R&D and Manufacturing unit in India by 2019. At present the company is working with key brands from Europe , Russia, South East Asia and Asian countries.

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Xiaomi Defies Conventions, Launches Own Chipset Surge 1


Xiaomi. This smartphone maker is different. The Lei Jun founded firm loves treading paths traveled by few. On Tuesday it added a new feather on its cap when it launched its own chipset – Surge 1 – to be used for its devices including smartphones.  With the new chipset, Xiaomi becomes only the fourth smartphone maker in the world to create a chipset on its own. Founded in 2010, this 7 year old startup has filed over 16,000 patents, among which it has been granted 3612, including 1767 international patents.

Along with the announcement of its chipset, Xiaomi also launched a new smartphone – Mi 5C – based on its Surge 1 chipset.

“The ability to create its own chipsets is the pinnacle achievement for any smartphone company. For Xiaomi, the move is an essential next step in our development. In order to deliver on our promise to make innovation available to everyone, we need to master the core technologies of our industry and tightly integrate the development of our hardware with our software, helping us to make even better smartphones that will consistently surprise the industry and delight consumers,” said Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of Xiaomi.

Surge S1 Specs

As Xiaomi’s first in-house chipset, Surge S1 uses a high-performance octa-core ARM CortexA53 processor with a big.LITTLE design, incorporating four 2.2GHz cores and four 1.4Ghz cores, achieving a balance between performance and power efficiency. In the Geekbench benchmark, Surge S1 outperformed other chipsets in its range such as Snapdragon 625. With an integrated Mali T-860 MP4 GPU, superb graphics performance in gaming and 4K video is made possible while using up to 40 percent less power than the last-generation Mali GPU.

Equipped with a 32-bit DSP supporting VoLTE and 16kHz sampling, Surge S1 works wonders with sound, resulting in high-quality voice calls even in noisy environments.

Surge S1 also comes with an in-house image signal processor (ISP) developed by Xiaomi. The 14-bit dual ISP features increased light sensitivity by up to 150 percent and a dual noise reduction algorithm that reduces noise and preserves detail, resulting in incredible images even in challenging lighting situations.

Xiaomi Mi 5c Specs

Xiaomi Mi 5c, based on Surge 1 chipset, comes in 5.15 inch screen size and weighs just 135 grams. The use of 16 LEDs for the display backlight gives the screen on Mi 5c an incredibly crisp 550-nit maximum brightness. The phones has 3GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage space. It sports a 12 megapixel camera.

This phone is launched in China and will be available from 3 March.


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MWC 2017 : Alcatel U5 Smartphone Launched


Yesterday was a floodgate for smartphones at MWC 2017 with brands like LG, Huawei, Lenovo, Nokia and BlackBerry showcasing their latest wares. Today, Chinese TCL Communication launched the Alcatel U5 at the world’s largest expo on mobile communications.

The U5 is an easy-to-use smartphone with a large 5-inch display and new selfie features. It is built around Alcatel’s promise, with a focus on helping value smartphone buyers get the most out of every moment.

“At Alcatel, we know that a smartphone is a not a luxury but a necessity in our modern, hyper-connected world,” said William Dowie, Portfolio Management Director, Alcatel. “Combining ease of use and affordability, the U5 is the perfect choice for the first-time smartphone buyer who wants a snappy smartphone with some really fun camera experiences included.”

The U5 is designed to make selfies even more fun, with new ways to personalize your selfies with Face Mask and Face Show. It has a flattering front flash for brighter selfies by day and night. A large 5-inch display delivers a great viewing experience, while fast 4G LTE connectivity provides smooth video streaming.

The U5 is among the best-looking smartphones out there, with an ergonomic body and slim curved edges. Its back cover has elaborate micro-pattern textures, with a sophisticated gloss finish and matching frames in vibrant colors. The power key is also micro-patterned for ease-of-use and elegant style.

Alcatel U5 offers Simple Mode for fast access to frequently used applications. It also comes with Phone Guard, which enables you to save battery, boost performance and protect your phone from viruses.

Alcatel also launched another smartphone A3. The A3 offers fingerprint access for enhanced security, with Private Mode to protect your sensitive data. You can even program up to five fingerprints to launch your favorite apps directly from the lock screen.

The Alcatel A3 helps active social media users create and share great videos and photos. It features a 5MP front camera with selfie flash and a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. You can take selfies with one touch of the fingerprint sensor and add fun effects using Face Mask and Face Show. You also get a dedicated Selfie Album and can use Instant Collage to group photos for maximum effect.

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