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Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris Bags Most Innovative Product Award From IESA

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Samsung India has bagged the most Innovative Product Award for its Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris at the IESA Technovation Awards that were held in Bengaluru.

The prestigious Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Technovation awards recognize role models for innovation and excellence in products developed in India for the Electronics and Semiconductor industry that have had a positive impact on the market.

“The marriage between advanced technology like Iris-based biometric processing and the Digital India vision of providing technology to every citizen is the uniqueness of this product. It is creating solutions that touch lives of people across multiple strata of society,” said Dr. Aloknath De, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute Bangalore.

Galaxy Tab Iris is yet another ‘Make for India’ innovation from Samsung. In May 2016, Samsung India announced the launch of Galaxy Tab Iris device that is Aadhaar-compliant and STQC-certified. This advanced Iris-recognition technology will provide an integrated solution that will help solve the hassles of using separate devices for biometric identification.

“The award demonstrates the entrepreneurial start-up culture within Samsung. Along with the Galaxy Tab Iris device, Samsung provides an Identity SDK for application developers to build financial inclusion, payments and authentication solutions. This will encourage the start-up ecosystem to build relevant apps and services. The overall offering will in turn strengthen government programs such as Jan Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen services under the Digital India initiative,” Samsung India said in a statement.

The easy-to-use biometric technology, currently incorporated in the Galaxy Tab Iris will help citizens of India get access to financial inclusion benefits. It will also encourage cashless and paperless services in various applications such as banking, eGovernance services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education. The solution will support government programs and will enable banks and financial institutions to streamline the process of an individual’s authentication, regardless of language and literacy barriers.

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Indian Tablet Market In Q3 : Some Interesting Facts

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Some very interesting facts about the Indian tablet market came to the fore with Cybermedia Research’s latest report.

The overall tablet market saw a growth of just 2% in Q3 of 2016 calendar year as against the previous quarter. But compared to the same quarter of previous year, the tablet market went down by 40%.

In total the country saw sales of 0.97 million tablets in Q3 ended 30 September and Aakash tablet maker Datawind contributed the maximum to the sales capturing 33% market share.

Samsung was placed at #2 position with 16% market share where as iBall, with 13% market share, is placed at #3. The next three vendors were Pantel, Micromax and Apple, according to the report.

There some more interesting facts about the Indian tablet market. There are two types of tablet being sold in the country, one with data calling facility and the other without. All these tablets access data over telecom operators’ 2G, 3G or 4G network as well as WiFi.

As per the report, in the 4G segment, the market witnessed about 45% growth in 3Q’ CY 2016. Lenovo took to the first position with about 39% market share, while Samsung and iBall held 30% and 17%, market shares, respectively.

“Among all the technology segments, 4G witnessed maximum traction in the third quarter, and the fourth generation services could be instrumental in providing content-first strategy. Content could be a magic bullet for infusing growth in the, otherwise, stagnant tablet market, especially through sectors such as education and healthcare. Content-related strategies will help in imparting education in a proper manner to country’s hinterlands too,” said Amit Sharma, Analyst, CMR.

The Wi-Fi enabled tablets, however, saw a decline of around 20% during the said period.

Going forward, the report states the tablet industry may see the survival of the fittest in the next couple of years, with only 6-7 serious players remaining in the sector. The industry is likely to see more exists from the market as handset manufacturers such as Intex, Lava gradually make their presence felt and channelize upon their existing distribution features.

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Asus ZenBook Flip Launched For Rs 46,999

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Asus today launched its latest convertible laptop, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA, in the India market. The ZenBook Flip boasts of a 360° hinge that enables the device to completely fold its display panel or monitor and act as a touchscreen laptop or tablet.

The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA is a 13.3 inch laptop with QHD display having 3200×1800 resolution.  The device is 13.9mm in thickness and weighs 1.3kg.

The laptop comes with 6th-generation Intel Core M ‘Skylake’ processor paired with 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 512 GB hard disk. The Asus ZenBook Flip is one of the first devices to have this processor which is considered a key contributor to the device’s outstanding battery performance of up to 12-hour. The convertible also boasts of clever fanless design, with its specially designed ultra-thin heatpipe, which ensures totally silent operation, the company claims.

It also features two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a reversible next-generation USB 3.1 Type-C port for fast and easy connections to existing and future devices.

ZenBook Flip UX360CA is also fitted with a precision noise-reducing array microphone that not only makes sound recordings clearer, but also allows accurate voice interaction with Windows Cortana, for which it is certified. Accurate and intuitive navigation is ensured by the large touchpad, which supports Asus Smart Gesture multi-touch gestures. The touchpad also has intelligent palm-rejection technology that automatically recognizes and rejects accidental palm presses for easier, interference-free typing.

The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA is priced at Rs 46,990 and will be available across leading retailers and Asus exclusive stores.

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LAVA Introduces 4G Tablet IvoryS 4G At Rs 8,799

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LAVA-Introduces-4G-Tablet-IvoryS-4G-At-Rs-8,799LAVA International today announced the launch of its first 4G tablet – IvoryS 4G at Rs 8,799.

IvoryS 4G marks a significant entry into LAVA’s tablet portfolio with its sleek looks and powerful performance. Targeted at Generation Y, IvoryS 4G is a perfect device to use for both work and entertainment purposes.

Coupled with 7-inch HD display and 4G connectivity, IvoryS 4G becomes a reliable device for the millennials who love to multitask while on the move.

IvoryS 4G tablet integrates the most popular features in a single device and ensures enhanced productivity of product users at home, in office, or on-the-go. It is a complete power-packed device offering faster internet experience, unsurpassed browsing experience, easy downloads/streaming, clear and smooth video calling.

Commenting on the launch, Raman Sharma, VP and head, Tablets and IT, LAVA International said, “As one of the leading players in the tablet category, our endeavor is to provide world-class technology accessible to all and IvoryS 4G is a step further in that direction. In a burgeoning tablet industry, tactical differentiators are passe’- it is all about discovering and experiencing the difference. And, our reliable products are testimony to that, which further gets reinforced by IvoryS 4G.”

IvoryS 4G has been aesthetically designed to match the style quotient as desired by the young generation. It is powered by Cortex A53 Quad Core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB DDR3 RAM to provide a powerful and lag free experience to the consumers along with 7-inch HD IPS display screen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, thus providing rich display functionality to the device.

With the three different 4G bands (FDD Band 3, FDD Band 5 & TDD Band 40), the tablet also provides a smooth calling experience. Additionally, the 3G services on IvoryS 4G are also better than standard 3G with the inclusion of WCDMA 900 band.

The device also supports GSM 900, 1800 MHz, HSPA and offers the much required dual SIM (4G+3G/2G) connectivity and supports a sturdy 3000 mAh battery for prolonged usage.

IvoryS 4G packs an exceptionally large onboard storage of 16 GB ROM expandable up to 32 GB, allowing consumers to store more music, pictures, videos and other valuable data.

IvoryS 4G runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 OS which enhances the reliability of the tablet by fixing bugs, improving performance, providing better battery life and reducing the risk of memory leak issue.

IvoryS 4G is loaded with great camera and video recording features which contributes to a seamless and smooth photography experience. It is equipped with 5.0 MP rear camera with auto-focus supported with a flash along with 3.2 MP front camera.

IvoryS 4G comes with a one year manufacturer warranty for the tablet and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories which include battery, data cable, charger and an USB Cable. It will be available across all the national retail stores, multi-brand outlets and online platforms.

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Samsung To Manufacture Galaxy Tab Iris In India From June

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L-R: Dr Ajay Bhushan, DG and mission director, UIDAI; Sukesh Jain, vice president, Samsung India Electronics; RS Sharma, chairman, TRAI; Ken Kang, managing director, Mobile & IT, Samsung India Electronics; Dr Aloknath De, corporate vice president and CTO, Samsung India R&D at the launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris in New Delhi

Samsung has announced plans to manufacture Galaxy Tab Iris featuring iris-recognition technology for Aadhaar authentication in India from June 2016.

Talking to TeleAnalysis on the sidelines of the launch function, Sukesh Jain, vice president, Samsung India Electronics said, “We see great potential for the iris-technology solution to be used as a means of directly facilitating greater inclusion in the Digital India programme and Galaxy Tab Iris will be manufactured in India from June 2016.”

The Galaxy Tab Iris addresses consumer pain points across platforms such as banking, finance, education and various citizen services by bringing enhanced usability, versatility and reliability all through one device. The Galaxy Tab Iris will provide cashless and paperless services in various applications such as banking, eGovernance services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education.

The solution will support government benefit programs and enable banks and financial institutions to streamline the process of an individual’s authentication, regardless of language and literacy barriers.

The device is Aadhaar-compliant and STQC-certified. Embedded in a secure device, the advanced iris-recognition technology will provide an integrated solution that will help to solve the hassles of using separate devices for biometric identification.

Dr Aloknath De, corporate vice president & CTO, Samsung India R&D said, “Our India R&D team has made significant investments in biometric technology research and we built this product leveraging our knowledge in hardware design, biometrics and security for a high speed scan, greater accuracy and high reliability.”

“Along with the device, we are providing an Identity SDK for application developers to build financial inclusion, payments and authentication solutions. This will encourage our start-up ecosystem to rapidly build relevant apps and services. We strongly believe this overall offering will in turn strengthen government programs such as Jan-Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen services under the Digital India initiative,” added De.

Aadhaar serves as an important database for majority of government projects such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), National Health Mission (NHM), eHospital program, DigiLocker and more under the Digital India initiative to provide welfare services to citizens. Further, enterprises, banks, education and financial institutions are aggressively adopting Aadhaar authentication in accessing citizen-based services.

The Galaxy Tab Iris can be used for accessing citizen services for purposes ranging from E-PDS (Electronic Public Distribution system), MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Act) payments, pension schemes, various subsidy programmes and entitlements distribution. Multiple citizen services such as income tax filing, passport issuance/renewal, car registration, property registration, railway/airport passenger verification can be made paperless with the use of the Aadhaar based Iris technology.

The Galaxy Tab Iris is a sleek, compact tablet with a dual-eye scanner provides for a contactless scan and greater security. The tablet also sports a vivid 7.0-inch display providing precise details for a good screen experience, along with a 5-megapixel auto focus rear camera for clicking brighter pictures and scanning documents.

The tab surpasses the language barrier with support of 14 local languages and a host of other useful features. The device comes with an 8 GB memory, up to 200GB expandable memory and a strong 3600mAh battery and will be available at a price of Rs 13,499.

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Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2 And Z2 Tablet Gets Android 6 Marshmallow

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Sony-Xperia-Z3,-Z3-Compact,-Z2-And-Z2-Tablet-Gets-Android-6-MarshmallowSony has started India rollout of Android 6 (Marshmallow) update for Xperia Z3, Z3 compact, Z2 smartphones and Z2 tablet.

The easy upgrade on the eligible devices can be done via PC Companion or Push Notification on the device. Customers will now be able to see the push notification on their units and upgrade their respective smartphones.

The Marshmallow update will help in: Enhanced privacy settings for managing and controlling application data permissions; all new camera interface for switching between modes and customise settings with simple gestures; Xperia Messaging for expressing and get creative with easy in-app access to stickers; and direct share for sharing activity with friends, recent contacts and app lists.

Sony India is one of the most recognized consumer electronics brand in the country, with a reputation for new age technology, digital concepts and excellent after sales service. In India, Sony has its footprint across all major towns and cities in the country through a distribution network comprising of over 20,000 dealers and distributors, more than 300 exclusive Sony outlets and 25 branch locations.

Sony India also has a strong service presence across the country with 365 service outlets.

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Amazon’s Fastest-Selling Tablet Fire Adds Colors And More Storage

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Amazon’s-Fastest-Selling-Tablet-Fire-Adds-Colors-And-More-StorageAmazon today announced that Fire, Amazon’s fastest-selling tablet ever, is getting even better with new colors and more storage options.

Fire will be available in three new colors: magenta, blue, and tangerine, and with either 8 GB of internal storage for $49.99 or with 16 GB for $69.99 so that customers can take even more movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, and games with them on-the-go.

The new Fire colors and storage options are available starting today at: www.amazon.com/fire. Fire Kids Edition will also be available with 16 GB of internal storage for just $119.99 starting today at www.amazon.com/FireKET.

“Fire is the fastest-selling Amazon tablet ever, with millions sold since its launch,” said Kevin Keith, GM, Fire Tablets.

“We’re excited to introduce Fire with bright new colors and even more storage—so that customers can enjoy a great entertainment experience on a fun, colorful tablet starting at less than $50,” added Keith.

Already available in pink or blue, Fire Kids Edition is now also available with a green kid-proof case, and parents can also choose between a Fire Kids Edition with 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. Fire Kids Edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited featuring over 10,000 age-appropriate books, videos, educational apps, and games, access to over 40,000 hand-curated YouTube videos and websites, and our same 2-year, worry-free guarantee—if anything happens, simply return the tablet and Amazon will replace it for free.

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Datamini To Launch Janunnati Tab, An Integrated Aadhaar And Fingerprint Scanner Tablet

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Datamini-To-Launch-Janunnati-Tab,-An-Integrated-Aadhaar-And-Fingerprint-Scanner-TabletDatamini Technologies is launching Janunnati Tab, a first-of-its-kind enterprise class, touch-enabled mobile device with integrated Aadhaar and fingerprint scanner tablet.

Janunnati Tab is a Windows mobile-based tablet and will be launched on 31st March by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog along with Debjani Ghosh, president, Intel India/South Asia and Pitamber Ahuja, managing director, Datamini.

The Datamini Windows based tablets are powered by Intel Atom Z3735 quad core processor with 1.83 GHz burst frequency and 1.33 GHz base frequency. With a 3G SIM slot, the Datamini Windows tablet are 3G ready for data connectivity.

Datamini Technologies (India) established in 1993 has focused on OEM manufacturing, integration, R&D and production for desktop computers, all in one computers and tablet PC’s.

Datamini has it’s manufacturing facility in Bhiwandi for domestic market and also offers production in SEEPZ for duty-exempted billing and exports. The Bhiwadi manufacturing facility is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified for quality management standards.

Our cost effective prices, reliable quality and committed services and support has been helping us to win and retain customers.

Datamini is the OEM partner of Microsoft and authorised business partner of Intel and has offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata. The after sales service and support is provided through 70+ authorized service centers across the country.

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Apple Introduces 9.7-inch iPad Pro; India Availability Early April

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Apple-Introduces-9.7-inch-iPad-Pro;-India-Availability-Early-AprilApple today introduced the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro — at just under one pound it features a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity and Night Shift mode.

The new iPad Pro will available early April in India. iPad Pro delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio system that is twice as powerful, new 12-megapixel iSight camera for shooting Live Photos and 4K video, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies.

And iPad Pro includes support for the breakthrough Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover designed to fit the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users,” added Schiller.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience.

Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses iPad Pro’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

The new iPad Pro is just 6.1 mm thin and weighs just under one pound. The powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics, while also delivering all-day battery life.

Ultrafast wireless connectivity keeps you connected wherever you go with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for even faster LTE Advanced with up to 50 percent faster cellular connectivity and the most LTE bands supported by any tablet.

Now with Apple SIM embedded directly in the new iPad Pro, it’s even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 100 countries and territories.

iPad Pro has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor featuring Focus Pixels for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharp, detailed images, 63-megapixel panoramas and Live Photos.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 for the 32 GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32 GB, 128 GB and a new 256 GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device.

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Indian Tablet Market Posts 8.2% Growth in 2015

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Indian-Tablet-Market-Posts-8.2%-Growth-In-2015Indian tablet market posted a growth of 8.2 percent to reach 3.8 million units in 2015 according to IDC.

The overall tablet market in India declined by 18.7 percentage in Q4 2015 over Q3 2015. 0.86 million units of tablets were shipped in Q4 2015, down 10.1 percentage over the same period last year. However, with each of previous two quarters clocking over a million units of shipments, total tablet market for 2015 managed to post a growth of 8.2 percentage at 3.8 million units, recovering from a sharp dip in 2014.

Detachables began to ramp up gradually in 2015, especially Q2 2015 onwards. Detachable shipments spiked sharply although it was in comparison to smaller volumes in 2014. 2015 Q4 was also the first quarter to have detachables from all three major OS platforms.

“Majority of detachables shipped in 2015 were in $200-$300 price band, primarily driven by local vendors such as Micromax and iBall. On the premium end, Samsung currently dominates but competition is likely to get intense with Apple entering the market with iPad pro and Microsoft Surface Pro joining the league in 2016 Q1” says, Karthik J, senior market analyst, IDC India.

Both Windows and Intel have gained share in 2015 mainly through local vendors in addition to Acer and Lenovo. Windows based tablet shipment more than tripled in 2015 over last year while Intel clocked a healthy 49.3 percentage annual growth.

Larger screen slate tablets gaining share as 7-inch tablets continue to face pressure from phablets (large screen smartphone). 2015 shipment of 8”-9.9” screen tablet grew annually at 39.2 percentage accounting for 15.9 percentage of overall slate tablet volume.

Datawind’s steady ramp in 2015 led them to the top spot in Q4 2015 with 20.7 percentage vendor share. With continued focus on entry level i.e. sub $100 tablet segment, shipments almost doubled year-on-year in 2015 Q4. Cost benefits through local manufacturing, free internet bundled tablets, higher online presence in Q4 2015 were few key factors which worked in favor of the vendor.

Samsung took the second place in Q4 2015 with 15.8 percentage share, as shipments dip by 8.7 percentage sequentially against Q3 2015. Samsung is seen as the only vendor dominating in the premium end of the category with Android based detachables i.e. Galaxy Tab S2.

Micromax shipments dip sequentially by 24.1 percentage in Q4 2015 with market share of 15.5 percentage. The vendor’s shipments more than doubled over the same period last year in Q4. Micromax played a pivotal role in driving detachables’ shipments in the year 2015 as it accounted for more than 1/3rd of the category’s overall volume.

Lenovo shipments grew 5.7 percentage over previous quarter in Q4 2015 to register its highest ever vendor share of 13.8 percentage in India. Being the only PC vendor in top 5, commercial segment is the key driver for Lenovo’s healthy 57.6 percentage annual growth in 2015.

iBall managed to stay in Top 5 despite of sharp sequential dip of 45.2 percentage in shipments in Q4 2015. In the growing detachable category, iBall saw flattish performance throughout 2015 accounting for 12.5 percentage of shipments.

2016 is expected to witness a marginal growth as consumer demand for tablets hits saturation. However, IDC expects commercial segment to witness healthy double digit growth this year.

“Detachable tablet category is anticipated to ramp further as vendors strive to capitalize on the growth momentum by offering products at affordable prices. However, the migration from slate to detachable tablets in India would only be gradual,” adds Karthik.

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