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Flipkart to offer additional discounts on Flagship phones

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Flipkart is offering additional discounts on flagship phones fron June 22nd to 24th 2017. The e-tailer is offering iPhone 5s, 6, 6s, 6s plus, 7, Google Pixel and Moto Z special discounts, exchange offers and No Cost EMI options from June 22nd to June 24th, 2017.

Good news for the Apple fans, Flipkart will bring down the prices of all iPhones by at least Rs. 2000. The highest in demand iPhone 7 Plus (128) GB will see upto 25% discount. In addition, iPhone 6 will be available in limited quantities in both 16GB and 32 GB variants reduced prices.

For Android lovers, Google Pixel will have a discount of up to 30% as well as and an extra Rs.2000 on exchange with select models. The Moto Z (with style mod) which is compatible with all Moto Mods will be available at a special price of Rs.10000 Off.

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Play Amazon’s Contest to Win OnePlus 5

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Amazon India is offering fans of OnePlus 5 a chance to win the device for free. All you need is to play Amazon’s ‘Secret Door’ game which is available only to Android and iOS Amazon app users.

Three OnePlus 5 are up for grabs. Next 10 winners will win the OnePlus backpack and another 10 winners will get the OnePlus Bullets earphones.

To participate you need to sign into the Amazon India app with your account. After that, Amazon will show three doors on the event page, and you have to pick one door to move ahead. Amazon’s contest has quite a few layers, and you’ll be picking a door at each level. After clearing each stage you’ll get closer to winning the OnePlus 5 smartphone.

Amazon says it will decide the winners of the Secret Door contest with OnePlus 5 by a draw of lots. Customers who win any of the listed prizes will be getting an e-mail notification from Amazon with a Contest question.

The contest is not available for iPhone 4 or lower device. Also Amazon’s app contest is not valid for Windows phones and tablets either.

OnePlus 5 will be launching exclusively on Amazon India from June 22. OnePlus 5 goes on sale on Amazon India from June 22, at 4.30 pm. Amazon’s contest ends tonight 23:59:59 IST.

Winners will be announced on July 15, 2017. Amazon says the prize will be delivered to each winner on or before July 30, 2017.

OnePlus 5 launch takes place tonight at 9.30 and the Livestream is available on the company’s official YouTube channel. Phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor latest in the offering.

The phone also get dual-rear camera on the back one having 16MP Sony lens with f/1.7 aperture and the second camera is 20MP with f/2.6  aperture, and this is the telephoto lens. OnePlus 5 will also be one of the thinnest flagships in the market

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Vertu To Source Technology From TCL In $40 Mn Deal

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Vertu, has signed an agreement with TCL Communication to bring latest smartphone technologies in its super luxury phones. This is the first agreement signed by luxury phone brand since the company was purchased by entrepreneur Hakan Uzan in mid-March of 2017.

Agreement is worth $40 million and it will enable the luxury phone maker to use technology from TCL Communication for 30,000 handcrafted phones, to be produced at the Vertu facility in Church Crookham, Hampshire.

Speaking from the new corporate offices of Vertu AK France in Paris, Hakan said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with TCL Communication. It is the first of many, considerable investments we are making into the business. TCL Communication is a valued partner of Vertu and we hope that this will be the start of a prosperous new chapter in our relationship.”

While Vertu, which was earlier part of Nokia, has been known for super expensive luxury phones, not much was included in the phones in the technology side. This new partnership will ensure that the phones get latest in technology too.

Hakan further added “Customers will have access to limited, special edition Constellation X products as soon as mid-July, with full ramp up by early September. The new generation of Vertu Concierge Services will start being introduced in mid-July in limited markets.”

Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President of TCL Communication said. “Combining our advanced smart phone technology with Vertu’s superb craftsmanship and commitment to superior design and performance, it will help create an outstanding experience for its discerning customers.”

The parent company has announced plans to launch new services and products in September, alongside announcing several exclusive luxury partnerships with leading global brands. The new products will be sold in the key luxury markets of France, UK, China, Asia, Russia, Western Europe and the Middle East.

The new Vertu phones have an entry selling price of £7,500 and the company has more than 225,000 registered customers.

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Moto C Plus with bigger battery now available for Rs 6,999

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Motorola has launched an upgrade of Moto C, with Moto C Plus. The smartphone sports much bigger 4000 mAH battery and also gets better 8 megapixel camera compared to 5 mega pixel of the former. Most of the other specs remain the same. For this extra battery you will need to shell out Rs 1000 extra. Moto C Plus is priced at Rs 6,999 and is available only through Flipkart. Moto C, priced at Rs 5,999 was launched in India on June 2.

 

The Moto C Plus features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor along with Mali-T720 GPU. The phone is backed by a 1GB/2GB of RAM and has a 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card slot.

8-megapixel rear camera comes with LED flash, f/2.2aperture and there is also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. The phone runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat and comes loaded with an impressive 4000mAh battery.

 

On the connectivity front, it supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and micro USB port. It measures 144x 72.3x 10 mm and weighs 162 grams.

 

Moto C Plus competes with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4 2GB, Karbonn Aura Power 4G Plus, Micromax Evok Power all of which are priced in the same price band and offer 4000 mAH or bigger battery. In terms of other specs Xiaomi Redmi 4 looks better on paper. However vanilla Android OS on Moto C Plus with no bloatware should keep the phone crisp and fast for long.

 

 

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Asus ZenFone 3S Max With 5000 mAh Battery Launched For Rs 14,999

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Continuing with its tradition of bringing high-capacity batteries in its Max series of smartphones, Asus has launched its latest smartphone ZenFone 3S Max that comes with a mammoth 5000 mAh battery.

The phone comes in two colors – Black and Gold, and will be available at retail stores for Rs 14,999.

The Asus 3S Max, the new addition to its Max series, is a 5.2 inch smartphone with HD IPS display. The phone has a 75% screen-to-body ratio and is covered with 2.5D curved glass. It has an Aluminum-alloy uni-body design with sandblasted matte finish. Being a 5.2 inch one, this smartphone is easier to handle and perfectly fits onto one’s pocket. The ZenFone 3S Max weighs just 175 grams and is 8.85 in thickness.

The dual-SIM 4G 3S Max comes with a front-facing finger print sensor. One can use the sensor to lock-unlock the phone as well as for other functions.

The ZenFone 3S Max is powered by octa-core 1.5 GHz processor and is assisted by 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space. The storage capacity can be expanded upto 2TB using micro storage (SD) cards. The smartphone runs on Android Nougat 7.0 OS, the latest from Android.

Asus has put an 8 megapixel front camera in this phone with features like low-light, HDR and beautification. The rear camera is a 13 megapixel snapper that comes with laser autofocus, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash.

The Max series smartphones are known for theier battery capacity and longevity. The latest one also comes with 5000 mAh lithium-polymer battery. Asus claims its battery provides up to 34 days of standby time on 4G, 28 hours of talk time on 3G, 18 hours of video playback and 25 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing. The smartphone also has five selectable power modes to optimize performance and help extend the battery life further – Performance mode, Normal mode, Power saving mode, Super saving mode and Customized mode. Subjected to aggressive usage, the battery of Zenfone 3S Max far exceeds a day – whether it’s gaming, watching videos, or internet streaming/browsing over WiFi and cellular data.

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ZTE Launches Smartphone, Eyes 4% Market Share By 2017

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Chinese telecom gear maker ZTE, who has also forayed into consumer business, today launched a new smartphone in the Indian market. Named ZTE Blade A2 Plus, the 4G smartphone is priced at Rs 11,999.

The company has teamed up with Flipkart as its exclusive distribution partner.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus is a 5.5 inch device with full HD IPS display and is protected by a 2.5D curved glass. The device offers resolution of  1920×1080 pixels with 404 PPI ratio. The phone is powered by 1.5 Ghz MediaTek octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. The internal storage, however, can be expanded up to 128 GB.

On camera front, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports 13 megapixel primary camera with features like autofocus, PDAF and flash. The front camera is an 8 megapixel one. The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow OS and packs a 5000 mAh battery.

Future Plan

While launching the phone, ZTE India’s CMO Sachin Batra today said the company aims at achieving a market share of around 3 to 4% by end of 2017.  Though the company plans to launch couple of smartphones every quarter and also aims to enter into wearable segment, acquiring 4% market share in Indian market space seems like asking for too much.

Its simply because ZTE, in India, as a device company, has been very inconsistent. The company entered into device space in 2003 and had launched few feature phones and some phones were launched in partnership with some telecom operators. Its last smartphone is almost 2 years old.

The other reason is even today the company does not appear to be really serious about this business, though it claims so.

“ZTE has established high-trust and credibility of consumers and clients globally through its path breaking innovation, customization and high-quality services. We are committed to establish ZTE in the Indian market by launching innovative products at disruptive prices to connect with the consumers,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal.

On distribution, besides Flipkart, ZTE is also in talks with Hotspot, a Spice Group retail chain for digital products, to have it as its physical format distributor. However, this has not yet been finalised. The company is also planning to extend its retail footprint to 25,000 by year end and expand its after-sales support network from the current 350 centers.

 

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Asus ZenFone Go LTE With 8 MP Camera Launched For Rs 6,999

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Asus has launched its most affordable 4G smartphone – the ZenFone Go 4.5 LTE – priced at just Rs 6,999, in the Indian market. However, the phone has neither compromised on the technical specifications nor on features for this low price.

The Asus ZenFone Go 4.5 LTE is a 4.5 inch smartphone and comes with all the required features of a 4G smartphone. The phone offers FWVGA display with 854×480 pixel resolution. The ZenFone Go is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage space. There is also a provision of expanding this capacity to 128 GB by using micro SD cards. Besides this Asus also offers 100 GB of cloud storage for 2 years in Google Drive.

The Asus ZenFone Go sports a 2 megapixel camera at the front and an 8 megapixel camera at the back. The rear camera is supported by flash. The camera also comes with features like low-light mode, HDR and beautification.

The smartphone also has regular smartphone features like WiFi, Bluetooth, audio jack, micro USB, and sensors like accelerometer, e-compass, proximity and ambient light.

The dual SIM Asus ZenFone Go 4.5 LTE comes with a 2070 mAh removable battery and shipped in various colors like red, silver, gold and blue.

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Lenovo K6 Power : Features And Price

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Lenovo is going to launch its latest smartphone, Lenovo K6 Power, on Tuesday. The phone was first displayed during IFA Berlin this year where it had received rave reviews. The Chinese firm is expecting similar reception in India as well.

So, what is there is store for you if you buy a Lenovo K6 Power?

Well, the Lenovo K6 Power comes in 5 inch screen size with full HD display offering 441 pixels per inch (ppi). The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa core processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. Of course, it will have provision to expand the internal storage space using SD cards.

Form camera perspective, which remains the top priority among smartphonebuyers these days, Lenovo K6 Power puts a 13 megapixel camera at the rear which is the primary camera. The primary camera comes with LED flash, autofocus and PDAF. At the front side of the device Lenovo fits an 8 megapixel camera for selfie purpose that will also come with falsh.

The phone is expected to have Android Marshmallow as its OS though the company may bring the Nougat update later. Continuing with its tradition of offering one of the best sound systems in the industry, this device will also come with Dolby ATMOS audio support.

The dual-SIM phone is a LTE smartphone with VoLTE capability and comes with all the latest versions of connectivity options like Bluetooth, WiFI and GPS.

The Lenovo K6 Power will come with 4000 mAh battery with fast charging technology which is expected to offer 8 hours of talktime within 30 minutes of recharge.

The price of the Lenovo K6 Power, though not known yet, is expected not to go beyond Rs 10,000.  As its prime contender in the market would Redmi 3S Prime of Xiaomi that offers almost similar specifications at Rs 8,999, Lenovo may bring this new device at around the same price. Our guess is the Lenovo K6 Power will be priced at Rs 7,999.

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Stop Using Samsung Galaxy Note7 : Company

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After a series of horrible and life threatening incidents involving Samsung Galaxy Note7, the company has now officially asked its users to stop using the ‘most intelligent’ smartphone of the company. It also has urged the users to replace their phones immediately.

“We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” says DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

There have been multiple reports of malfunctioning of the battery of Samsung Galaxy Note7 around the globe where the battery exploded resulting in damage to human life as well properties.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our customers. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” Koh added.

Many airlines around the globe including India and the US has advised travelers not to switch on, or even, carry the Galaxy Note7 while traveling in flights to avoid explosion mid-air.

“In the light of recent incidents involving battery issue with Samsung about its Galaxy Note7 devices globally, traveling public and airlines are advised to ensure the following for the safety of aircraft operations and its occupants,” a DGCA, Government of India advisory reads.

The US Federal Aviation Administration also had came up with similar advisory last Thursday, besides other governments including Japan and Australia.

“Although there have been only a small number of reported incidents, Samsung is taking great care to provide customers with necessary support. Samsung has identified the affected inventory and stopped sales and shipments of those devices. We are also collaborating with national regulatory bodies,” Samsung said in a statement.

“We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations. We sincerely thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone was launched on 19 August and was portrayed as the most intelligent smartphone from the company.

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iPhone 7 Launched At iPhone 6S Price, India Availability From 7 October

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Apple today launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco. The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems, more power and performance with the best battery life ever in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers, wide color system from camera to display, two new beautiful finishes, and is the first water and dust resistant iPhone.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16. However, In India it will be available from October 7, exactly after a month.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models starting at $649 or at the price of iPhone 6S . The jet black finish iPhone 7 will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from apple.com, Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

“iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone.”

iPhone 7 comes with 12 megapixel camera and the iPhone 7 Plus comes with dual 12 megapixel cameras. The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization on both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos, and a wide color capture allows for more vibrant colors with more detail. iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as iPhone 7 and adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.

The new custom-designed Apple A10 Fusion chip features a new architecture that powers these innovations, making it the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, while also getting more time between charges with the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. The A10 Fusion’s CPU now has four cores, seamlessly integrating two high-performance cores that run up to two times faster than iPhone 6, and two high-efficiency cores that are capable of running at just one-fifth the power of the high-performance cores. Graphics performance is also more powerful, running up to three times faster than iPhone 6 at as little as half the power, enabling a new level of gaming and professional apps.

Both phones include support for up to 25 LTE bands, for the best worldwide roaming in the industry, and LTE Advanced for three times faster data rates than iPhone 6 at up to 450 Mbps.1 For customers in Japan, iPhone will now support the leading FeliCa contactless technology, bringing the ability to use credit and prepaid cards, including on iD and QuicPay domestic networks, and Suica, Japan’s dominant transit card issued by JR East, the world’s largest transit operator.

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