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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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CES 2018 : Vivo Displays Fingerprint Scanner On Smartphone Display


Breaking away from the conventional fingerprint technologies, Chinese smartphone player Vivo has displayed a new technology wherein the fingerprint scanner can be placed somewhere on the display screen itself, and not as a dedicated scanner, either on the front bezel or at the back.

This is the first time a smartphone is having the fingerprint scanner on the display screen.

The company announced the same at the ongoing CES 2018 and said the technology is production ready and the company will launch a smartphone offering fingerprint scanner on the display screen very soon.

At CES 2018, Vivo shows the world the first ready-to-produce smartphone featuring in-display fingerprint scanning technology, demonstrating its continued commitment to bring an extraordinary user experience. This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry’s challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication experience in future smartphones.

“With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo,” Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon.”

The showcasing of the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone ready for mass-production marks a significant leap forward in the industry’s development, taking users’ smartphone experience to a new level. The availability of Vivo’s first smartphone with fingerprint scanner on its display screen will be announced in early 2018.

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Optiemus Enters Bangladesh, Launches BlackBerry Keyone


Indian telecom equipment firm Optiemus Infracom Thursday announced its entry in the Bangladesh market with the launch of BlackBerry KEYone smartphone. The product will be a limited edition for Bangladesh market.

Optiemus signed a licensing deal with BlackBerry in February 2017 to design, manufacture and distribute BlackBerry branded smartphones in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. After successfully launching the BlackBerry KEYone in India and Sri Lanka, Optiemus has partnered with CPL, concern of Union Group, a business conglomerate in Bangladesh, to handle the distribution and retail operations of BlackBerry smartphones. Optiemus’ entry into Bangladesh supports the company’s growth strategy aimed at expanding its customer base in new geographies.

BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition BLACK is the first BlackBerry branded device locally manufactured by Optiemus Infracom under the licensing agreement. The device offers the best of BlackBerry Limited’s software and security with Optiemus Infracom’s commitment to deliver superior quality, premium smartphones to the tech-savvy generation in the country. The device will be available for Pre booking starting 4th to 21st January.

“We are extremely delighted to launch BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition BLACK in Bangladesh, as it reiterates our commitment to expand into newer geographies. Our endeavor is to offer highly secure BlackBerry smartphones that have the best of both worlds – the convenience of Android and security of BlackBerry – to the sub-continent audience. We are confident that the tech savvy audience here in Bangladesh will enjoy the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition BLACK experience as it offers striking features, great camera quality, unmatched user interface and unparalleled productivity”, said Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom Ltd.

Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry said, “We would like to congratulate our partner Optiemus Infracom on bringing the BlackBerry KEYone to customers in Bangladesh. We have worked closely with Optiemus to ensure that the BlackBerry smartphone experience and security is intact and built into every layer of the device, offering the security and productivity that BlackBerry has always been known for. It is exciting to see our ecosystem of software licensing partners collaborating together to launch BlackBerry-branded smartphones in new markets.”

Raquibul Kabir, Chairman (CPL), Concern of Union Group said, “It is our pleasure to partner with Optiemus Infracom to launch the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition BLACK in Bangladesh. This demonstrates our commitment to bring the latest in innovation and technology for our customers in this country. We are positive about the success of this device.”

BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition BLACK has been distinctly designed for the customers in Bangladesh to offer Dual SIM capability. It is equipped with a metallic black frame and soft touch textured back. Featuring a 4.5-inch screen, the device comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM (expandable upto 2TB).

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Honor V10 Registration Starts From Tomorrow


Online registration for Honor View 10 or Honor V10, the company’s first AI powered smartphone, is starting from tomorrow, 28 December. The bookings will be done on The phone is priced at Rs 34,990.

Honor V10 comes packed with Huawei’s own mobile chipset- Kirin 970 and runs on the latest Android O with EMUI 8.0 on top. The Huawei Kirin 970 comes with a built-in NPU (neural-network processing unit) and the V10 is the first AI integrated smartphone from Honor.

The company expects the V10 to be the most affordable AI smartphone in the Indian market.

The artificial intelligence built into the chipset of the smartphone will enable the AI apps to recognize different scenes when taking photos, translates different languages in real-time even without an Internet connection and understand user’s behaviors and optimizes the phone’s performance.

The V10 comes in 5.9 inch IPS LCD display with 2160×1080 pixel resolution. The phone is powered by Kirin 970 octa-core ARM Cortex CPU and a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU. The phone comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage space. It carries a 3,750 mAh battery and Fast Charging capabilities.

The Honor V10 sports dual lens camera as its primary snapper. The phone comes with 16MP + 20MP dual-lens camera with F/1.8 wide aperture and 2-in-1 PDAF.  It also has a front camera of 13 megapixel.

“Honor time and again has stirred up the smartphones industry in India, by introducing smartphone equipped with innovation and cutting-edge technologies. The Honor V10 will redefine what a smartphone can do and showcase the superior performance of Kirin 970’s smart AI engine. We are delighted to announce the registration date today so that our consumers don’t have to wait anymore,” said P Sanjeev, Vice-President Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group.

Bookings for Honor V10 on Amazon will be taken for two color variants of the phone – navy blue and midnight black.

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BSNL And Detel To Offer Mobile Phone With Connection At Rs 499


Local mobile phone trader DETEL Mobiles has partnered with BSNL recently. Under the partnership, the firms will sell mobile phones along with BSNL connection to their customers. The partnership was recently announced by  Minister of Communication, Manoj Sinha.

The plan offers a DETEL D1 Mobile and a BSNL Connection at Rs. 499. The BSNL plan hass  validity till 365 Days and customers will get Rs. 103 talk time with call rates of BSNL-BSNL @.15 p/m and BSNL- OTHERS @.40 p/m with Personal Ring Back Tone for 28 Days.

The Detel D1 feature phone comes with 1.44 inch monochrome display, 650 mAh, Single SIM, Torch Light, Phonebook, FM Radio, Speaker, and Vibration Mode.

Through this partnership, BSNL has signed an agreement with S.G Corporate Mobility Pvt. Ltd. (the parent company of Detel) for selling its mobile service to the consumers bundled with the most economical Feature Phone, the Detel D1. The offer started from 23rd December 2017 and is available across India.

Detel and BSNL, which has its footprints across India, share the common ideology of ‘Connecting India’. Through this tie-up, Detel feature phone buyers would get a BSNL sim connection & the validity of the first recharge would be 365 days.

Commenting on the partnership, Yogesh Bhatia, MD, S. G. Corporate Mobility (parent company of Detel), said, “India is one of the only places in the world where feature phones still outsell smartphones. Such phones are preferred by a large population either due to its price or its inherent simplicity. This initiative further propels our ideology to bring communication services in the most cost-effective manner”

So far, BSNL has more than 100 million mobile customers, 10 million broadband customers, and 16 million landline customers. The company is also providing various enterprise services like lease line, VSAT and various managed services.

Commenting on the same, Spokesperson from BSNL Board said, “We are committed to providing affordable and efficient services to our customers. We aim to strengthen our reach in all the nooks and corners of the country. With this partnership, we aim to tap the untapped section who still feels that owning a phone is a luxury”

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Gionee S10 Lite With 16 MP Front Camera Launched


Gionee on Friday launched its latest smartphone – S10 Lite – in the Indian market. The Gionee S10 Lite comes with 16 megapixel front camera and is priced Rs 15,999. The phone will be available from 23 December.

The Gionee S10 Lite comes in 5.2 inch screen size and offers 1280×720 pixel resolution. The smartphone is powered by 1.4 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor based on its 427 mobile platform. The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space which can be further expanded up to 256 GB using memory cards.

The Gionee S10 Lite sports a 16 megapixel camera at the front and 13 megapixel camera at the back. Both the cameras are supported by LED flash.

The phone supports 4G LTE and offers connectivity through Bluetooth, GPS and WLAN. It also has got FM. The phone will be sold in two colors – Gold and Black.

David Chang, Global Sales Director, Gionee India said, “We are a leader of the Selfie revolution and with the S10 Lite we aim to reinforce our brand proposition of Super Selfie – Super Battery. By strengthening our S Series we aim to not only further enhance the brand’s connection with young consumers but also keep up with the growing demand for high quality smartphones with superior photography capabilities.”

Among other smart features, S10 Lite has a WhatsApp clone feature that enables users to create three WhatsApp accounts, allowing them to differentiate their personal and professional life. The device allows a user to split screen, making it possible to juggle different activities on one screen at one time.

Gionee India has also joined hands with PayTm and Jio to announce an exciting offer with this launch. Every purchase of S10 Lite will come with 2 PayTM Cashback Voucher Codes entitling customers with Rs 250 cash back on a base buy of Rs 350 from PayTM Mall. New or existing Jio Customers who purchase S10 Lite will get 5 GB data each month for a period of 10 months on any data recharge of Rs 309 and above.

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Airtel Celkon Smartphone offer brings Star 4G+ For Rs 1249


In order to bring more Indians adopt a smartphone and join the country’s data revolution, Bharti Airtel has added one more smartphone to its ‘Mera Phela Smartphone’ offer. In the new offer Airtel has partnered with Celkon to provide Celkon Star 4G+ smartphone at a price of Rs 1249. This is the second device under the Airtel Celkon smartphone offer and the cheapest smartphone as well.

The first phone from their partnership was Celkon Smart 4G.

To avail the Airtel Celkon smartphone offer, a customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 2749 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1500.

In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs 3000 must be done within the first 18 months (to claim the first cash back of Rs 500) and another Rs 3000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second cash back of Rs 1000).

Celkon Star 4G+ has an MRP of Rs 2999 and comes with 4 inch screen with dual camera, dual SIM slots and FM radio. The Android powered 4G smartphone comes preloaded with MyAirtel App, Wynk Music and Airtel TV to add to the online experience of customers.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Celkon. We view this collaboration as an opportunity to offer customers innovative solutions that combine the experience of India’s best smartphone network with the affordability and flexibility of the mobile platform offered by Celkon. We hope to deliver great value to consumers and help them fulfil their dream of owning a smartphone and enjoying the internet,” said Venkatesh Vijayaraghavan, CEO – AP and Telangana, Bharti Airtel.

“After receiving tremendous response to Smart 4G in collaboration with Bharti Airtel, we are happy to offer Celkon Star 4G+, which is bound to appeal to all segments, with value for money specifications and stylish looks. We look forward to another success story in association with Airtel, reaching out to the masses with the best phone offered at a competitive price.” said Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director, Celkon

As part of its ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative, Airtel collaborates with multiple device manufacturers to bring smartphones to the market at the price of a feature phone.

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Samsung A8, A8+ India Launch Slated For February


Samsung on Tuesday launched its latest smartphones – the A8 and A8+. The highlights of these two models are that they come with front dual cameras, a first for Samsung. Though the global availability of the phones are planned for January next year, they will come to India only in February. The dates of Samsung A8, A8+ India launch, however, have not yet finalised.

“We are hopeful to bring the Samsung A8, A8+ to India sometime in February 2018..bit after CES” a source from the local office informed. Both the devices were set for display during CES 2018 that happens in January.

The A8 and A8+ will be launched in the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones and come in 18.5:9 display ratio. The A8 comes with 5.6 inch screen size with full HD Super AMOLED display having 1080×2220 resolutions whereas the Samsung A8+ comes in 6 inch screen size having similar resolutions ass A8. The smartphones are powered by octa core processors.

The Samsung A8 comes with 4 GB RAM and its internal storage capacity has two variants – 32 GB and 64 GB. The phone has got a 3000 mAh battery. In contrast the larger version, the Samsung A8+, comes in two variants from the RAM as well as internal storage perspective. It comes in 4GB/32 GB as well as 6GB/64 GB version and carries a 3500 mAh battery.

Both the devices are equipped with Fast Charging and USB Type C port and cable.

The highlights of the Samsung a8 and A8+, besides others, are their front dual cameras. The front dual camera module consists of one 16MP and one 8MP camera, and the front camera is a 16 megapixel snapper.

“With the release of the Galaxy A8 and A8+, we’re bringing our customers’ favorite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series, which is already known for its premium design,” said Junho Park, Vice President of Global Product Planning, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) exemplify our continued dedication to meeting the needs of our consumers by providing them with greater choice and convenience.”

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InFocus Vision 3 With Dual Lens camera Launched For Rs 6,999

InFocus Vision 3

Smartphone brand InFocus today launched its latest smartphone Vison 3 in the Indian market. The phone is priced at Rs 6,999 and the company wishes to give a tough fight to other smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo and Micromax in this budget category. The InFocus Vision 3 will be available on online retailer Amazon India from 20 December.

The Vision 3 is InFocus’ first smartphone having 18.9 display ratio. A smartphone with this kind of ratio offers almost a full screen display. In other words, this type of phones are called bezel-less smartphones. The phone comes in 5.7 inch screen size with full HD display. The phone is powered by MediaTEk quadcore 1.3 GHz processor and comes with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage capacity. The storage space, however, can be upgraded to 64 GB using microSD cards.

The dual SIM 4G InFocus Vision 3 sports two cameras at the back and one camera at the front. The dual lens rear cameras include an 13 megapixel auto zooming snapper and another 5 megapixel wide angle camera. It alsso got an 8 megapixel front camera for video chat or selfies.

The InFocus Vision 3 runs on Android Nougat and carries a 4000 mAh battery.

Dr. Luo Zhongsheng, Global CEO for Sharp & InFocus Mobile said, “Full screen smartphone is the most significant revolution before 5G, today’s hyper-connected youth demands high performance smartphones with unique features, a combination of high-end technology along with great camera quality. We believe that christening Indianized names such as “Bharat” and “Desh” really doesn’t hold value for the Indian consumer- it truly has to be customized and created for the Indian audience keeping in mind the consumer behavior. We, at InFocus, understand the pulse of the Indian consumers and have developed InFocus Vision 3 that offers premium features, which the Indian consumer seeks while buying a smartphone. The InFocus Vision 3 brings out the best of technology offering a full vision display screen, clubbed with a multitude of camera features along with powerful battery. We are confident that the Vision 3 will appeal to the tech-savvy millennial and first time smartphone users and will meet their expectations and requirements at large. The idea of slim bezel display is to deliver a larger screen without actually increasing the dimensions of the phone, which we believe is going to a major trend in 2018 for smartphones.

He also added, “In the coming months, we will continue to strengthen our portfolio and focus on launching exciting new products for our consumers. With the aim of providing a superior end to end experience to customers, we have also expanded our service touch points to 400 to help solving their queries.”

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Huawei Honor 7X Launched At Rs 12,999


Honor, Huawei’s smartphone-only brand, has launched a new smartphone, Honor 7X in the global market. The phone comes in two variants basis its storage capacity. The one with 32 GB storage is priced Rs 12,999 in India and the other model, with 64 GB storage, is priced at Rs 15,999.

Both the models will be available on Amazon India starting 7 December.

Honor 7x is the first smartphone from Honor to feature FullView Display and comes with 5.93 inch edge-to-edge, bezel-less screen design with 2160 x 1080 resolution. The 7X comes with 18.9 aspect ratio which is close to the 21:9 ratio used by cinemas, meaning that the screen delivers an outstandingly close cinema-like experience to users.

The Honor 7X is powered by an octal-core Kirin 659 processor at 2.36GHz and is equipped with 4GB RAM and EMUI5.1, Huawei’s own UI. With 4 GB RAM, the phone comes with in two variants – 32 GB and 64 GB. The storage capacity of the phone can be upgraded to 256 GB.

The Honor 7X features dual-lens 16MP + 2MP rear camera with large aperture and fast focusing means DSLR-level photo quality and shooting experience is at selfie-lovers’ fingertips. Combined with a powerful octal-core Kirin 659 and graphics processing unit (GPU), the Honor 7X provides a clarity and user experience that is incomparable at this highly competitive price. It also sports an 8 megapixel front camera.

The phone comes with a 3340 mAh battery and the company claims it will offer a whole day’s power back-up. Unfortunately, the 7X does not support Fast Charging, which is slowly becoming the standard for almost all smartphones these days.

“The Honor 7X is the leading choice for users who want to enjoy rich functionality with the benefits of a bezel-less phone, while on a limited budget. Additionally, Honor is immensely proud of the quality control it undertakes in producing every phone – Honor 7Xwas dropped over 4,800 times in the lab in testing – so users can be assured that better value for money doesn’t compromise our high-end quality.” said George Zhao, President, Honor.

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Micromax Launches Front Dual Camera phone Canvas Infinity Pro


Micromax on Monday launched a new smartphone having front dual camera under its bezel less smartphone category. The phone, Canvas Infinity Pro, comes with 18.9 display screen and is priced at Rs 13,999. The phone will be available onlyon Flipkart from 6 December.

The Canvass Infinity Pro is aimed at consumers belong to mid-range price segment, the Canvas Infinity Pro will take ahead the bezel-less revolution and will certainly enhance the viewing experience of the consumers and give them a power packed device which is a perfect confluence of exemplary display, superlative dual selfie camera 20 MP+8 MP at an extremely attractive price. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart, and will go on sale from mid night of 6th December 2017.

The Canvas Infinity Pro comes in 5.7 inch full vision display with 18.9 aspect ratio offering 1440×720 pixels resolutions. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor that comes coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage space. This space, of course, can be expanded up to 128 GB using microSD cards.

The Canvas Infinity Pro runs on Android Nougat OS and comes with 3000 mAh battery.

The newest smartphone from Micromax comes with front dual cameras and single rear camera. The front snappers include one 20 MP camera and one 8 MP camera. The phone also sports a 16 megapixel rear camera.

“We understand that in the mid- premium range smartphones, consumers demand a complete package – a smartphone that has best in class cameras, screen that is large enough for content viewing, battery that doesn’t drain in a day and off course aesthetics that are head turner. We truly believe that Infinity Pro is that package and our consumers will be delighted with the pricing as well. We are known to bring revolutionary products within the range of millions of Indians and this is another step in that direction,” said Shubhodhip Pal, Chief Operating Officer, Micromax Informatics.

“We constantly strive to make best-in-class technology available to our customers through our seamless affordability programs and wide market reach. We are delighted to partner with Micromax to exclusively launch the new Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro. We are certain that this device will strengthen Micromax’s portfolio on Flipkart by providing customers a great selection across various price segments,” said Ayyappan Rajagopal, Senior Director – Mobiles, Flipkart.

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