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Latest news on mobile phones, smartphones, gadgets, wearables, smart watches, fitness trackers, IoT devices and new launches. This section also talks about smartphone launches by various companies, product announcements and various offers by the respective companies. You will also get hands-on preview of the device, be it a smartphone, gadget, smart watch or any other wearable device.

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Gionee Launches VR Enabled Smartphone S6 Pro

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Gionee Friday launched a new smartphone with in-built virtual reality features. Called Gionee S6 Pro, the smartphone allows users to watch VR content using a compatible headset. This is the first ever VR compatible phone launched by the Chinese smartphone maker.

The Gionee S6 Pro is a 5.5 inch smartphone with full HD IPS display offering resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and is crafted with 2.5 D curved glass and protected by Gorilla glass 3. The S6 Pro is powered by 64 bit octacore 1.8 GHz processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage space which further can be expanded upto 128 GB using memory cards.

The Gionee S6 Pro is a 4G device with VoLTE capability which you can use on Reliance Jio network. The device comes with 13 megapixel Sony IMX 258 camera at the rear panel which is supported by 5P lense and dual tone flash. There is an 8 megapixel camera at the front with f2.2 aperture.

The Gionee S6 Pro comes in an all-metallic body and is backed up by 3130 mAh battery with quick charge feature. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow OS and comes in varied colours.In terms of connectivity the S6 Pro offers Bluetooth, WiFi, Hotspot, besides being a dual-SIM LTE device.

The Gionee S6 Pro has a front finger print sensor and is priced at Rs 23,999.

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Besides the S6 Pro, Gionee also launched a VR headset on Friday which can be used along with S6 Pro to watch various VR content. The company has put good number of VR content including games in its app store called G-Store. The VR head set is priced at Rs 2499.

Both the Gionee S6 Pro and the VR headset will be available from 1 October.

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Huawei Starts Local Manufacturing, To Produce 3 Mn Phones

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huawei_gscHuawei Technologies, the makers of the Honor series smartphones, Friday announced its local manufacturing plans. It has partnered with Flex Technologies to set up a mobile manufacturing plant in Chennai where it will make 3  million mobile phones annually.

The first set of Honor smartphones will roll out from the factory from October this year.

Flex, earlier known as Flextronics, has a manufacturing unit in Chennai spread over 645,000 sq. ft area and the company will be manufacturing the Huawei smartphones from that factory. Besides Huawei, Flex is also manufacturing phones for Motorola and Lenovo in its Chennai unit.

Neither Flex nor Huawei disclosed their investment details for setting up the local manufacturing plant.

Flex, besides making phones for Huawei, will also help the Chinese firm in its logistics and aftermarket services. The company will also hire 15oo more people for augmenting its production as well as other services with the addition Huawei into its client list.

“This is the 40th electronics manufacturing unit set up in India within just two years,” Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said while remote-inaugurating this facility from Delhi.

Prasad said in value terms the local mobile manufacturing industry has grown by 185%. In 2014-15 India produced locally made mobile phones worth Rs 19,000 crore whereas it jumped to Rs 54,000 crore in 2015-16. He expected the revenue figure will touch Rs 94,000 crore in this fiscal.

In volume terms also, India has demonstrated significant improvement. In fiscal year 2014-15 India produced a total of 6 crore or 60 million mobile phones which increased to 11 crore or 110 millions by 2015-16 showing a growth of 83%. It is expected that India’s mobile manufacturing units would produce around 220 million phones by fiscal 2016-17.

Few days back another Chinese smartphone manufacturer, LeEco, started its local production from a factory set up in Greater Noida.

Almost all the Chinese phone makers who are doing business in India have already started local production in India. Some of them include Xiaomi, Lenovo, Motorola, Coolpad, LeEco and Huawei.

 

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Lenovo Z2 Plus Launched

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Lenovo Thursday launched its latest smartphone – Z2 Plus – in the Indian market, barely after two days it launched the Moto E3 Power in the country. The Moto E3 Power, the company claimed, sold more than 1,00,000 units on the first day of the sale.

The newly launched Lenovo Z2 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm’s flagship processor – Snapdragon 820 SoC (System on chip) and Adreno 530 GPU. The Z2 Plus comes in two variants basis its storage capacity. One variant uses 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage while the other comes with 4 GB RAM and 64  GB space. The Lenovo Z2 uses DDR4 RAM and Sandisk SmartSLC for storage.

Contrary to the present days phones, the Z2 Plus does not use metal-glass combination for the build of the device. Instead, it uses an innovative Fiber glass frame, which the company claims, add durability while keeping the phone light weight. The 5 inch display offers 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.

The phone sports a 13 megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and offers features like 4K video recording, full HD time-lapse video, and 120fps slo-mo video. At the front, Z2 sports  8 megapixel camera.

Among other features, the Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with dual-SIM slots, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G with VoLTE, USB Type-C port and fast battery charging support.

A new feature added by Lenovo in the Z2 Plus is the health app called U Health. This app tracks all your fitness needs like your step, distance and calories with the help of dedicated Pedometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer and sensor processing unit of Snapdragon 820. The company claims, one does not need a health band if he possesses a Z2 Plus.

The Lenovo Z2 Plus is priced at Rs 19,999 for the 4G variant and Rs 17,999 for the 3 GB variant. The smartphone will come with a Chrono Case Accessory with 5 different Chrono faces. The Matte Black Stealth Case worth Rs 699 will be bundled with the phone.

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Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 Launched For Rs 4999

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Intex has launched a new phone -Aqua Strong 5.1 in the Indian market. The phone runs on Android’s latest OS and is priced at Rs 4,999.

The Aqua 5.1 is a5 inch device with dimensions of 141.2×72.3×9.47 millimeter and offers resolution of 854×480 pixels. The phone comes with 1 GHz quad core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage capacity which can be expanded up to 32 GB. The Intex Aqua 5.1 sports a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and a 2 megapixel camera at the front. The battery capacity of the device is 2800 mAh.

The phone comes preloaded with apps like  MATRABHASHA, Opera mini, Opera max, Clean Master, Saavn.

“With Aqua Strong 5.1, Intex Technologies has managed to offer not only the best user experience, but also packed in unique features like a superior camera, matrabhasha and popular apps. The use of superior Quad core processor and chipset gives Aqua Strong 5.1 provides one of the best gaming experience in the range. We will also be launching an exclusive TVC for Aqua Strong 5.1 on 21sth September, 2016 featuring Farhan Akhtar – Brand Ambassador for Intex mobile. We are looking forward to a great response from our consumers.” said Mr. Keshav Bansal, Director, Intex Technologies.

The Intex Aqua 5.1 is VoLTE enabled and users can use it on Reliance Jio network and avail the facilities provided by the new 4G operator.

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Samsung Launches Galaxy J7 Prime And J5 Prime

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samsung-galaxy-j7-primeSamsung has launched two new phones under its Galaxy J series – Galaxy J7 Prime and J5 Prime in India. These devices are made in India and comes with ‘S Power Planning and ‘S Secure’ for smart power management and increased privacy & security on your smartphones respectively.

The S Power Planning has three features – ‘Reserve battery for calls’ which enables the consumer to allocate a certain percentage of the battery for calls & messages, ‘Extend Battery time’ which allows user to extend the usage time of the phone up to twice the current available time and ‘‘Fwd calls when no battery’ wherein the user can forward the calls to a selected contact or any number when the phone runs out of battery.

S Secure, which addresses the consumers’ concerns on security & privacy has three features   – ‘Lock and hide apps’ which allows users to hide or lock applications, ‘Secure Folder’ where the user can stores files for increased privacy & security and ‘Secure Wi-Fi’ which enables consumers to browse worry free especially on a public Wi-Fi by encrypting data which is being transferred.

Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime come in full metal unibody structure. The Galaxy J7 Prime has 5.5 inch full HD display and is protected by a 2.5D Gorilla glass. The smartphone is powered by octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 256 GB. The Galaxy J7 Prime sports a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, both with f1.9 aperture.

The J7 Prime is priced at Rs 18,790 and comes in gold and black color.

The Galaxy J5 Prime comes in 5 inch screen size with 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The internal memory capacity is 16 GB which, like J7 Prime, can be expanded up to 256 GB. The Galaxy J5 Prime sports a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera.

The Galaxy J5 Prime costs Rs 14,790 and will be available by end of September.

Samsung said customers of Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime on the Vodafone Network will get additional 9GB of data, when they recharge with a data pack of 1GB or above. Customers can avail of this benefit for 3 recharges or over 3 months.

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Lenovo Launches Moto E3 Power For Rs 7,999

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Lenovo owned Motorola Monday launched its latest budget smartphone – the Moto E3 Power. Priced at Rs 7,999, the device comes with increased battery power – 3500 mAh, compared to its earlier versions.

The highlight of the Moto E3 Power is its battery. Not just the physical battery, the Moto E3 has improved the charging technology in this device as well. This phone can offer back u of 5 hours with just 15 minutes charge, the company claimed. the This phone was first showcased in Hong Kong in August this year. The Moto E3 Power runs on Android Marshmallow OS.

The Moto E3 Power comes with 5 inch IPS display with 1280×720 pixel resolution. The device is powered by MediaTek’s 1.0 GHz quad-core processor paired with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, which can further be expanded upto 128 GB.

The Moto E3 Power sports an 8 megapixel rear camera with functions like HDR, panorama and auto-focus. The rear camera is supported by LED flash. The front camera has been limited to 5 megapixels which is good enough for video chats and selfies.

Motorola has partnered with Flipkart for the online distribution of the Moto E3 Power. Both the parties have also came up with lucrative offers along with the sell of the product. An exchange offer of Rs 7000 is being offered on the Moto E3 Power. Besides, Rs 1000 of extra exchange value is also being given out on the product for just one day.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Launched For Rs 32,490

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After the Samsung Galaxy Note7 fiasco, here is something than the company desperately wanted to share with its customers, locally as well as globally. The South Korean firm today launched one more smartphone under the Galaxy A series. Called Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, the 6 inch smartphone is priced at Rs 32,490 and will be available from 26 September in India.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon octa core processor with 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. However, the storage capacity can be expanded up to 256 GB using external SD cards.

The dual SIM A9 Pro smartphone with super AMOLED display sports 16 megapixel camera with LED flash and auto-focus at the rear and is supported by an 8 megapixel camera at the front.  The A9 Pro deploys Android Marshmallow as OS and offers new age features like finger print scanner, fast charging, screen mirroring and Samsung Knox security tools.

Connectivity wise the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, besides being a multi band LTE device, offers Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC and USB 2.0.

The Galaxy A9 Pro comes with 5000 mAh battery, which, the company claims provides usage experience with standby time of up to 22.5 days, talk time of up to 32.5 hour and video playback time of up to 26 hour. In addition to increased battery capacity, the smartphone also contains a fast-charging feature, which can charge the battery from 0 to 100% in 160 minutes, and a mere 30 minutes can offer 32% charge.

The 6 inch Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes in a slim profile and measures 7.9 mm and the full HD display has been protected with Gorilla Glass 4.0.

 “The millennial generation is increasingly consuming content on their smartphones & the 6” AMOLED display on Galaxy A9 Pro enhances that experience. With capabilities like multitasking with higher memory and advanced processor, one of the largest batteries in the industry for long lasting use and an enhanced camera with Optical Image Stabilizer along-with low light photography capability, the Galaxy A9 Pro provides a Flagship experience. We are excited to expand our Galaxy A series with the new Galaxy A9 Pro which offers a differentiated experience to our consumers for their active lifestyle,” said Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobiles Business, Samsung India Electronics.

 

 

 

 

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LeEco Eyes Rs 100 Cr Revenue On A Single Day, Calls It Epic 919

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leeco-919-festivalChinese technology firm LeEco yesterday announced it will bring its globally popular Epic 919 festival to India this year and it will be celebrated on, as the name suggests, 19 September where it brings for its customers great amount of freebies, cash-backs, gifts and other lucrative offers.

During the Epic 919 which will run for 24 hours starting midnight 19 September, LeEco expects to do a  business of more than Rs 100 crore.

“We target to sell around 70 to 75,000 superphones and 2000 Super TVs on that single day,” LeEco’s India COO Atul Jain said.

If LeEco manages to sell these number of products in terms of volume, then the company stands to cross the Rs 100 crore mark easily. The lowest priced smartphone costs Rs 9,999 and the lowest priced TV costs Rs 59,790.

“We also aspire to make new industry sales records on our Epic 919 SuperFans Festival Day,” Jain added.

Besides the smartphones and televisions, the company will also put other accessories like phone cases, bluetooth speakers and headsets on sale.

The Epic 919 offers will be available on the company’s own e-retail LeMall.com and Flipkart. During this festival, LeEco will be extending fabulous offers worth Rs 495 million.

“We have always strived to offer unparalleled innovative offering to our customers and brining in the Epic 919 SuperFans Festival is a step in the same direction. We continue to create new benchmarks of customer satisfaction.  We hope this one of its kind Shopping Festival will enable our consumers to experience our Superphones, SuperTVs and accessories at never- before prices”.

The company started this Epic 919 SuperFans festival in China two years back. Last year, according to LeEco, the Epic 919 emerged as the third largest B2C online shopping festival and resulted in record-breaking 500,000 Le Superphones being sold in a single day.

“LeEco is known to offer innovative products and services in order to win customers and it is the first brand to bring a festival of this magnitude and scale in India. Indian consumers love to purchase technology devices and gizmos for their personal use and loved ones,” Jain added.

The uptake of electronics products like TVs, mobile phones and home appliances is especially high during the festive season and LeEco through its Epic 919 SuperFans festival is looking at en-cashing the festive mood of the Indian consumers.

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Vertu Launches Aster Chevron Smartphones For Rs 3 Lakh

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Vertu, probably the most luxurious smartphone brand in the globe, announced the availability of its latest collection of smartphones with canvas back.  The new series is called Aster Chevron and comes in three colours – black, pink and blue. The handcrafted phones are priced at 3000 Euros or Rs 3,00,000.

The British smartphone maker takes credit in its craftsmanship and the company claims that each device is handcrafted and its components are assembled by a single craftsman.

The Vertu Aster Chevron smartphone does not just boast about its beauty – its stuffed with lots of brain and brawn as well. The phone is powered by 2.3 GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage space. The 4.7 inch display offers 473 ppi with 1080 pixel resolution and is protected by sapphire crystal.

The Vertu Aster models also sport a 13 megapixel camera at the back with dual tone LED flash and auto-focus feature. The selfie camera is of 2.1 megapixel but is Skype compliant means it gives optimum quality output.

Connectivity wise the Vertu smartphone is compatible with all bands of GSM, WCDMA, HSPA and multi band LTE. Besides other options like Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi, WLAN and USB on the go are also provided.

In terms of audio, the Aster collection comes with Dolby digital surround sound system and 3.5 mm audio socket. The battery power is limited to 2275 mAh but gives more than 15 hours of talktime and around 380 hours of standby time, as per Vertu. The device also charges wirelessly with Qi system.

The Vertu Aster Chevron smartphones run on Android Lollipop.

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VU Launches Luxury TVs, Eyes Rs 600 Cr Revenue In FY17

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VU-Luxury-TvTelevision brand VU Tuesday launched a series of luxury TVs, including smart televisions, in the Indian market ahead of the festive season. Priced in the range of Rs 1,00,00 to Rs 3,00,000 the VU TVs come in varied sizes including 55 inches, 65 inches and 75 inches. The luxury TV range includes curved TVs and premium UHD smart TVs.

The California based TV brand having Devita Saraf as its CEO, though a new player in the Indian market, claims to be doing good in India and is the fourth largest brand after Sony, Samsung and LG.

The company also claimed that VU TV has seen over 350% Y-o-Y growth in last financial years and it eyes a revenue of Rs 600 crore in FY 2016-17. Its revenue in FY 2015-16 was Rs 275 crore, company’s CEO Devita Saraf said.

“We a have the largest range of TVs after Sony, Samsung and LG with 22 Unique SKUs in the Indian market. We have had 350% Year on Year growth since 2013 aiming for a turnover of Rs.600 Cr in 2016-17. With the launch of our new portfolio and many more in the pipeline, we are confident of achieving that goal within the stipulated time frame”, she added.

The company had sold a total of 1,50,000 TV sets last year and targets to triple it to touch 4,50,000  units in 2016-17.

“Last year we sold 35,000 units on a single day,” Saraf said. “That shows consumer’s trust in our brand.”

Mostly relying on online retail as distribution strategy, the company is planning to expand its offline footprints in this year.

“70% of our sales comes from online and 30% from offline but we are expanding our physical reach this year,” the young lady CEO of the VU told TeleAnalysis.

The company has more than 200 distributors in the country and VN wants to double it by end of the year. Similarly, to offer a holistic experience of the TVs, VU has opened 20 company-owned physical stores which will also be doubled by end of 2016.

However, the company also claims itself as the largest online TV brand in Indian TV market which is getting crowded as well. In the last quarter 3 new brands entered into the market and all of them rely online ass their preferred retail channel.

Chinese technology company LeEco, earlier known as LeTV launched its large screen smart TVs in July, Kodak launched in August and Micromax also launched its new series of TV sets in the Indian market.

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