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RGK Mobile Enters India, Partners With Airtel, Vodafone And Idea

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Spain based mobile payment and content aggregation firm RGK Mobile has expanded its business in to India and has partnered with three leading mobile operators in India including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.

Out of the three operators RGK has announced the partnership with Airtel only and announcements regarding the other two operators would follow soon.

The partnership is for direct billing of content that customers buy from their respective service providers. Whatever content the customers buy can now be billed directly to the operators’ system and that will reflect in the customer’s monthly bill. Customers do not need to provide any credit card or banking details with the operator or with RGK Mobile.

Through partnerships with content providers and by creating its own exclusive services, RGK Mobile delivers a diverse range of content—from music and video to games and sports, dating and health, fitness and more, all pre-approved and licensed for individual markets. RGK Mobile offers premium services that free the mobile operator from the burden of generating and managing mobile content, including technical integration, local content licensing, and traffic acquisition.

“We’re excited about our expansion into the major international market that India represents, and even more so to be partnering with a dynamic company like Airtel,” RGK Mobile CEO Roman Taranov says. “Airtel is more than Southeast Asia’s leading telecommunications company—it’s a real force in a vibrant country. We’re very pleased to be part of Airtel’s initiatives for advancing mobile technology by growing the nation’s telecom infrastructure.”

The mobile subscribers can now purchase RGK’s content services in a fully-secure process with just one click—with no forms to fill out or credit information to submit. Subscription requests go directly to the operator’s billing system, leveraging pre-populated subscriber data. This faster and easier process results in significantly higher subscriber conversion.

The partnership is a win-win situation for all the stake holders – RGK and the Indian telcos. The three operators that RGK Mobile has partnered in India represent close to 600 million subscribers and more than RGK’s all other customer base put together. On the other hand, for the Indian telcos, this is another way to retain their customers in the wake of stiff competition and falling revenue after the disruption by Reliance Jio.

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Smartron Takes Golfer Anirban Lahiri As Brand Ambassador

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After cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, another sports personality has joined the boards of technology firm Smartron. This time ace Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri joins the Hyderabad based IoT firm as its brand ambassador.

In return Smartron has signed a 5-year deal with the golfer as main sponsors for all his tournaments and will support Anirban as he continues his journey of making India proud at a global stage.

Lahiri is credited with a number of wins to his name- the best finish by an Indian when he tied for fifth place at the PGA Championship, being the first from his country to play in the Presidents Cup. In the last few years, Anirban has shot up the world rankings to secure a place for himself amongst the top golfers in the world. Arjuna Award winner Anirban Lahiri is the highest-ranked Indian golfer in the world with No 75 at the PGA Championship in 2017 and has 20 professional wins to his name.

Commenting on the partnership, Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder and Chairman, Smartron said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Anirban to the Smartron family, yet another Indian story that has been making global headlines. Anirban has gained a lot of popularity outside India as well including USA and Europe and makes a strong fit with Smartron’s brand promise of an Indian technology company with global ambitions. He represents ‘a pioneering spirit’ and ‘self-confidence’ with ‘Indianness” which is core to Smartron’s brand ethos.’

The brand had earlier brought on board another Indian and a global legend Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador and strategic shareholder. With this association, Smartron wants to bring alive Indian stories at the global stage from all walks of life, which is in line with Smartron’s vision of leading the effort to put India on the innovation map of the world through its powered tronX platform and ecosystem.

“I am excited to be partnering with Smartron, an innovative India based tech giant with a global vision. Was very impressed with the products, tronX platform, the whole ecosystem they are building and ideas for the future”, Anirban Lahiri said about the partnership.

The association will see Anirban working closely with Smartron to represent the brand and its products at a global stage.

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Moto G5S Plus Gets A Price Cut, Now available At Rs 14,999

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Keeping the approaching New Year in mind Lenovo has slashed the price of Moto G5S Plus, one of the company’s flagship smartphones, by Rs 1000, thus bringing in to the fold of sub Rs 15,000 category. The Moto G5S Plus is now available for Rs 14,999.

The smartphone, with its new price tag will now be available for ₹ 14,999 exclusively on Amazon.in and Moto Hub stores across the country.

The smartphone features an all-metal unibody design and the Dual 13 MP + 13 MP rear cameras. The phone comes in a 5.5 inch full HD display with 1080×1920 resolution. The phone is powered by Qualacomm Snapdragon 2GHz octa core processor with 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage space. This space can be expanded up to 128 GB using micro SD cards. The Moto G5S plus boast a 8 MP wide-angle front camera with LED flash and a new panoramic mode so you can capture even more.

The phone carries a 3000mAh battery and the company claims it would offer a full days back up in a single charge. The smartphone also offer fast charging with its TurboPower technology that gives you up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.

 

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1 Year of Nokia Phones and its 12 Big Baby Steps

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On 1 December 2016, Nokia, once synonymous with mobile phones, announced its re-birth in the home of HMD Global – a Finnish company – after almost a deathly coma of 5 years. Since then, the mobile phone company has traveled a long path, mostly a difficult one, riddled with cut-throat competition and ever changing technologies corresponding to ever increasing consumer demands.

The technological craftsmanship of Nokia and its expertise in making mobile phones coupled with the agile and future-looking management of HMD Global, in this short span of just one year, has, however, proved Nokia is not destined to die till it has served the last customer in the earth.

While the phoenix celebrated its 1st birthday recently, we counted the 12 big baby steps the company has taken during this 12 months.

1st December 2016 – Re-entry of Nokia
Nokia announced its re-entry to mobile phone business on this day. HMD Global Oy (HMD), a Finnish company, has got the license to manage, manufacture and distribute the Nokia phones. It has got the license for next 10 years and the license included sale and distribution of its phones as well as tablets.

The strategy was very clear for HMD from the day one – the next generation phones would be based on the most popular user platform – Google Android; and the phones will be manufactured by world’s largest electronics manufacturing company – Foxconn.

“Driven by the extremely positive reception we have received since HMD was announced earlier this year, we are excited about building the next chapter for Nokia phones. We see this as a brilliant opportunity to solve real life consumer problems and to deliver on the quality and designs that the Nokia brand has been always known for,” HMD Global’s then CEO Arto Nummela had said.

The company has certainly wrote many new chapters since.

December 2016 – Launch of Nokia 150
Within two weeks of its re-entry to the mobile phone business, HMD Global launched the first series of Nokia feature phones – Nokia 150. The phone was also launched its dual SIM version.

The Nokia 150 had come all the essential features of a mobile phone plus some more. Weighing a little over 80 gram, the phone came with VGA camera with LED flash, storage provision up to 32 GB, torch light, FM radio, the popular Snake game and with a 1020 mAh battery.

The phone was priced $26 or around Rs 1800 in Indian currency.

January 2017 – Nokia 6 Launched

Couple of feature phones later and a month after its rebirth, HMD Global was ready with its first Android based smartphone – the Nokia 6. The phone was first launched in China and was made available only through JD.com. Later the phone was also launched in other parts of the world including India.

Nokia 6 was an ambitious launch. No other smartphone company had launched its first smartphone model with 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage space. The Finnish major did that when the industry standard was 3GB RAM with varied internal storage provisions like 32 GB and 64 GB.

The 5.5 inch smartphone also came with Android Nougat, then the latest OS, and incorporated Dolby Atmos sound system – a premium in its category. The smartphone also featured 16 MP PDAF rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera. The aluminium unibody looked classy and elite.

February 2017 – Nokia 3310 Relaunched

Nokia 3310, probably the most recognizable, if not the most popular phones, was again launched by HMD Global at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Boasting 22 hour talk time and standby time of more than a month, the Nokia 3310 was made available in four colors – Red, Yellow, Dark Blue and Grey. The phone was priced 49 Euros.

In the same event, at MWC 2017, the company also launched 2 more smartphones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and also announced the global availability of Nokia 6.

February 2017 – Snake Game Relaunched

It would be unbelievable if someone says he has not played the Snake game ever – probably the most popular game on a mobile phone. The game was relaunched in Nokia phones and also was made available to play on Facebook Instant Games.

“The Snake game was the most popular game in the history of Nokia phones, in fact the true origin of mobile gaming can be traced back to a Nokia handset released in 1997,” HMD Global’s CMO Pekka Rantala had said then.

July 2017 – HMD Partners Zeiss
Cameras becoming the differentiators in smartphones, manufacturers these days are  in a tight spot to find and partner with the best in the industry. HMD Global, however, did not find it difficult to find a right kind partner and joined hands with precision optics firm Zeiss. And the firms signed an exclusive agreement to support each other in developing the new optics technologies.

After partnering with Google and Foxconn, this was HMD’s third best partnership in its strategic direction.

July 2017 – Nokia 105 and 130 Launched

HMD added two more phones to its feature phone category – Nokia 105 and Nokia 130, while the former has been one of the best selling phones of the Finnish firm before embraced HMD. It had already sold more than 200 million 105s before the relaunch. Similarly, the Nokia 130 was designed for customers who need bit more than just a feature phone. The phone comes with a long lasting battery and 1.8 inch color screen and offers 44 hours of FM radio playback.

Both the phones come in single as well as dual SIM variants and priced between $14.5 to $21.5.

July 2017 – HMD CEO Arto Nummela Quits

Barely few days after the company’s global partnership with Zeiss, HMD Global’s CEO Arto Nummela decided to quit the company. What was tragic is the decision, it appears, was taken in a jiffy and the his departure from the company was made effective immediately.

Nummela was the man behind formation of HMD and he had played a key role in getting the Nokia license.

August 2017 – Nokia 8 Launched

HMD launched its latest smartphone Nokia 8 after almost a gap of 6 months. However, as they say patience pays, the device was worth the wait.

Nokia 8 came with many firsts. It was the first smartphone to be launched after its iconic CEO quit the company. Besides, this is first phone that came with Zeiss optics and coined a new term to selfies ‘Bothie’. What it essentially means is, the dual camera of the smartphone enables the user to capture both side of the story at the same time. In selfie, you take your own photo, in bothie, while taking your own photo, you can capture what the other person is doing at the same time. It was a good addition to the mundane camera tricks – like beautify and other filters.

In this new smartphone, the company introduced 360 audio. Featuring OZO Audio, the smartphone combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound.

October 2017 – Nokia 7 Launched

While we do not understand the naming structure and logic behind the various models launched by HMD, the company launched the Nokia 7, 2 months after it launched Nokia 8. The phone was launched in China.

The 5.2 inch LTE smartphone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile platform with 4GB RAM as well as 6GB RAM versions. The phone has got 16 MP primary camera and 5 MP front camera. Running on Android Nougat, the phone comes with a 3000 mAh battery.

October 2017- Florian Seiche Becomes HMD CEO

The board of directors appointed Florian Seiche as the next CEO. The post was vacant since Nummela quit the firm in July the same year. Florian, who has been serving as President of the company since its inception, has also been inducted in to the HMD Global Board. Along with him, company’s CMO Pekka Rantala has also been elevated as executive Vice President.

October 2017 – Nokia 2 Launched

HMD’s last smartphone of the year (most probably) the Nokia 2 was launched in India as a global launch. The entire top deck of the firm was present in India to announce the smartphone model that claimed to offer 2 days of battery back up with a single charge.

The 5 inch smartphone came with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is meant to be a mass market smartphone. It comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage space, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera and comes with 4100 mAh battery.

In the last 12 months, HMD Global has launched 6 smartphones and five feature phones and entered in to 80 markets. While we believe the company has great future as it commands an awareness of more than 95% of the global population, at the same time we sincerely hope the company does not repeat its mistakes – of not understanding customer needs and miss the pulse of the industry.

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Airtel Bags Rs 1610 Cr DoT Contract To Connect 2100 Villages In North East

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Country’s largest telco Bharti Airtel has bagged a contract from the Department of Telecom (DoT) to bring telecommunication services to 2100 villages in North East. This is a Rs 1610 crore project and Airtel will be putting up 2000 telecom sites in the region – one of India’s least-connected telecom circles.

Universal services obligation fund or USOF will fund this project.

The telco has signed an agreement with the DoT for setting up telecom infrastructure in deep rural pockets and providing mobile services across uncovered villages and key highways in the region. The department’s view is telecom connectivity will provide major boost to economic development in the region as part of Government of India’s vision for the North East

Airtel will set up telecom infrastructure for provision of mobile services in identified uncovered villages and national highways in the North Eastern States of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

Under the agreement, Airtel will set up over 2000 mobile towers/sites in unconnected pockets of the region and deliver telecom connectivity to citizens in over 2100 villages over the next 18 months. The deployment will also boost connectivity along important National Highways in the region. Airtel would receive approx.

The telecom infrastructure set up by Airtel will also enable other telecom service providers to offer services in the region, thereby, providing major fillip to telecom connectivity in the region, which is characterized by tough terrain. Expanding telecom connectivity will also add to the economic and social development of the region.

Commenting on the agreement, Ajai Puri, COO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel has been leading the expansion of telecom services in North East India and as the largest operator in these markets, we have gained deep understanding of the region. This project will provide a massive boost to telecom connectivity in these areas and truly connect them with the rest of India and the world. Customers in these areas can look forward to affordable world-class mobile services very soon.”

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Huawei India Opens iHealth wellness center for employees

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Huawei Technologies India, the first overseas R&D Center of Huawei, has opened a wellness center for its employees. Named iHealth Center, the facility is set up in its sprawling R&D campus in Bengaluru. The iHealth wellness center is an initiative of Huawei globally to promote employee well-being and provide immediate health care facilities for its employees around the world.

Huawei Technologies India has tied-up with Columbia Asia Hospital to run the wellness center, which is staffed with doctor and nurse, and will provide consultation, first-aid treatment, and medical emergency management for Huawei’s employees. The wellness center is equipped with 3 consultation rooms with beds that also double up as treatment rooms.

Apart from providing medical treatment, the wellness center will also run health related campaigns such as ergonomics, health checkups, cardiac care, and diabetes periodically.

“Employee health and safety is always our priority and Huawei has established a comprehensive employee benefit system. We have invested in very good fitness and sports facilities, and encourage our staff to regularly engage in sports activities. Employees participate in various tournaments, art and cultural programmes, and have set up clubs for photography, running, dance, music, etc, which help in keeping the body and mind healthy and rejuvenated,” said William Zhao, CEO of Huawei Technologies India.

The iHealth Center was first launched in Beijing Research Center in 2016, and has been set up in most of the R&D centers of Huawei serving 80,000 employees currently.

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Yahoo Top 10 Tech Predictions For 2018

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We are at the fag end of 2017 and the year saw many developments and disruptions on the technology front. From 4G becoming mainstream to 5G trials, from bezel less smartphones to iPhone X, from security threats like malwares completely choking the internet and killing people to the pledge to go for renewable energy as mainstay of power, 2017 saw many hits and misses. However, the year is nearing its end and the earth is set for new innovations and disruption in 2018. Here is Yahoo bringing you its top 10 tech predictions for 2018.

Yahoo recently announced the 2017 Year in Review (YIR) for India. YIR is a look at the top newsmakers and happenings which caught the interest of Internet users in India, and were trending in 2017. Over the last decade, YIR has chronicled the all-consuming passions and shifting preferences of India’s exploding Internet audience.

This year has been a roller coaster ride in terms of technological advancements. But it is likely that 2018 will surpass it in innovations. Here’s a glimpse of what the next year may offer to the users in terms of tech marvels and what is likely to be trending in 2018.

Top 10 Tech Predictions

1. Next Generation iPhone
Among its top 10 tech predictions Yahoo feels Apple would again disrupt the industry with its next iPhone. Apple celebrated ten years of iPhone by launching iPhone X. It’s a super-premium and certainly expensive device. However, Apple has confirmed that this phone lays the foundation for next 10 years of the iPhone series and we expect that the 2018 version of it will take a lot from iPhone X.

We are not sure what the next generation iPhone will be called, but we believe that they will move back to aluminium from stainless steel to bring the price down, while retaining the features of iPhone X.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
The South Korean giant doesn’t stop and it hasn’t been long since the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that we have started discussing Samsung’s future plans. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is believed to come in two sizes and will stick to the same Infinity Display. With the debut of Samsung’s dual camera on the Note 8, you can expect zoom skills coming to the S9 too.

Rumours are a little calm right now, but there’s already gossips that it will be running Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and we’d be expect it to launch around April 2018.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
At the third position in the top 10 tech predictions Yahoo places Samsung again for its products and technologies. Samsung recently started selling Note 8, and they are already planning on Note 9. The development team has confirmed that they have moved straight into planning the next Note model, including working on improving signature features, like the S Pen.

So there’s no exact details, but we hope Samsung will announce the device with improved S Pen in August next year.

4. Block chain and distributed trust systems
The technology behind the disrupting currency Bitcoin has been buzzing around and going by the current trends, this chain based technology is going to be commercialized in 2018. Gartner mentions that if organisations need to excel in the technology and explore it further, they would need a trusted architecture and necessary capabilities and implementation skills. This technology is definitely going to transform industries like financial services.

5. 5G
The amount of data necessitated by the Internet of Things will push data to the edge, it will also force mobile providers to move faster than ever — toward 5G. The level of hyper-connectivity expected by users today leaves little to no room to remain stagnant on the technological advancement, but don’t get too excited. Don’t expect to be using 5G technology anytime soon as the technology is believed to be polished in 2018. This year we are seeing  Gigabit LTE (the stepping stone between current LTE and 5G) making leaps with devices from Samsung and Sony leading the way. Today much of the Gigabit LTE movement is being powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon technology, but others will certainly seek to become involved in this rapid growth market for mobile.

6. Artificial Intelligence to go mainstream
“Yeah, yeah, I know — artificial intelligence”. That’s likely a response you’ll get when talking about AI in 2018. With everyone from toddlers to grown-ups using Alexa, Siri, and customer service chat bots, it’s no wonder AI may soon begin to feel like old news—at least to mainstream users. From business point of view, be it customer service, data analysis and marketing, AI is leading in a lot of fields. Companies will keep on utilizing AI to amaze, link, and interface with their clients in ways they may not even recognize. Convenient automation of everything from emails and content generation to industrial manufacturing is on the way. Every software companies has introduced AI in their systems. This is a sign of what is to come.

7. Tesla Model 3 and Increased Mileage per charge
The Model 3 with improved battery is supposed to be Tesla’s first mass centric car and will be priced at about $35,000 and will have a range of more than 200 miles per charge, Musk said in March when he revealed the car.

Tesla plans to begin production of the Model 3 in late 2017, with deliveries beginning in 2018.

8. Tesla Solar Roof
The solar roofs portrays Elon Musk’s efforts to redefine solar panels by seamlessly infusing them with the ordinary roof tiles. You can place order for the roofs, but production would sufficiently increase for customer installations to begin in earnest by 2018. At least, we hope for.

9. 8K TV
8K redefines TVs not only in terms picture clarity but it also expands the purview of big TVs. It’s got fourfold the picture clarity than 4K with 7680×4320 display resolution. For a better understating, pixels on a 65-inch 8K screen will be so small that you won’t be able to make out the pixel structure. However, this resolution is significant on large screens only, so you can expect 150 inch TVs in near future.

10. Virtual Reality
At the tenth position in top 10 tech predictions, Yahoo places virtual reality or VR as a key trend. It says 2018 will likely mark another important step towards Virtual reality. Facebook recently announced standalone VR, Oculus Go, gave a small insight of what  developers and consumers are going to get.

Un-tethering VR headsets is a huge advancement for Facebook and when it’s launched sometime in 2018 as it will make VR much more attractive to consumers. But it’s just the first step to VR that’s advanced enough to wow consumers.

For gaming, we think untethered headsets need to be able to be multi-player, ideally with up to four players. Gaming by yourself is fine, but experiencing a virtual world with your friends would take the experience to the next level.

Facebook is also trying to make VR a social experience with users entering the same virtual world without being in the same room, which will take a platform to  manage lakhs of users with high-speed bandwidth. If VR companies can make VR social it could open up a world of possibilities for the technology.

These top 10 tech predictions are compiled by search engine major Yahoo and is not based any survey, research or votings. The company says its eminent editorial team has gathered information from tracking the industry closely to zero in on the top 10 tech prediction for 2018.

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Redmi 5A, Jio Partner To Offer Desh Ka Smartphone, Desh Ka Network

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Reliance Jio and Xiaomi have joined hands to offer unique experience to customers and they call it ‘Desh ka smartphone Desh ka network’. In this offer Xiaomi offered its latest smartphone Redmi 5A, which it launched as ‘desh ka smartphone’ clubbed with a Jio connection and the customers are set to get a cash back of Rs 1000 during  the process.

The Jio-Redmi 5A offer gives 10 cashback vouchers of Rs 100 each for the eligible customers and the offer is valid till 30 November 2019.

To be eligible for this scheme, customers need to buy a Redmi 5A smartphone between 7 December 2017 and 30 November 2018. Besides they need to recharge their smartphones with a Jio connection with a minimum value of Rs 199 for 13 consecutive times.

And what this Rs 199 recharge offers? Jio offers unlimited free voice calls to any network in the country. The calls could be local, national or even roaming. The company also offers free unlimited SMS facility to its customers.

In the same recharge Jio also offers 28 GB of 4G data with a daily quota of 1 GB. The Rs 199 recharge is valid for 28 days.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched the Redmi 5A, a bit improved version of its previous model Redmi 4A, last week in India. The smartphone comes in two variants – 2GB RAM with 16 GB storage and 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage space. The two variants are priced at Rs 4,999 and Rs 6,999 respectively.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes in 5 inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. The phone has 2GB as well as 3G RAM variants with 16 GB and 32 GB internal space options. Again, this storage space can be expanded up to 128 GB using microSD cards.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A sports 13 megapixel primary camera at the rear and 5 megapixel camera at the front. The smartphone comes with 3000 mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat OS.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is open for sale from 7 December at Flipkart during its Big Shopping Days as well as at Mi.com.

Flipkart Big Shopping Days starts from 7 December and runs till 9 December where many electronics companies including smartphone players are offering huge discounts and offers. For example customers can get Rs 21,000 discount on Google Pixel 2.

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Flipkart Offers Rs 21,000 Discount On Google Pixel 2

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Google Pixel 2, one of the best smartphones of 2017, is now available at Rs 39,999 as against its original price of Rs 61,000. Yes, you heard it right. Flipkart is offering a massive discount of Rs 21,000 on the Pixel 2 during its Big Shopping Days.

Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days is running for three days – from 7 December to 9 December and the e-retailer is offering huge discounts and offers on multiple electronics products including smartphones. The Pixel 2 offer is one of them.

The Rs 21,000 discount is counted on two factors – a flat discount of Rs 11001 on the product price of Rs 61,000. Besides this, the company is offering another Rs 10,000 discount on the smartphone if one buys the product using credit and debit cards of any bank, making the effective price of Rs 39,999.

On top of this offers, there are other offerings including exchange offer wherein customers can exchange their old phones to buy the Pixel 2. The exchange offer value could go up to Rs 18,000 depending on the old smartphone model.

Besides the Google Pixel 2, Flipkart also offers similar discounts on Google Pixel 2 XL – the larger version of the Pixel 2. While Pixel 2 comes in 5 inch size the Pixel 2 XL comes in 6 inch screen size.

Google Pixel 2, touted to be among the best smartphones, was launched in November 2017.

The Google Pixel 2 comes with a 5 inch screen and is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The phone comes in two variants basis its storage capacity. One comes with 4GB RAM with 64 GB and the other with 4GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage space. The phone sports a 12.2-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.

The Google Pixel 2 comes with 2700 mAh battery and runs on Android 8.0.0. The Google Pixel 2 is VoLTE ready 4G phone with single GSM SIM. The phone comes with other standard features including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G.

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Airtel Now Offers An Intex Smartphone At Rs 1649

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In a bid to bring more feature phone users to adopt a smartphone, and of course to counter Jio, Airtel is adding more and more smartphone players to its ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ offer. Today the company added Intex to its kitty and customers can now buy an Intex smartphone with an Airtel connection at a starting price of Rs 1649.

Earlier Airtel had brought Celkon and Karbonn to its fold under the same offer.

In the current partnership with Intex, an Airtel customer can buy the Intex Aqua LIONS N1, a new 4G smartphone from the Intex, at an effective price of just Rs 1649 whereas its MRP s Rs 3799. The dual SIM 4G smartphone is powered by MTK chipset with a 4 inch full touch WVGA screen, 2MP Rear & Front VGA camera, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB along with a host of other exciting features.

However, there is a catch.

To avail this offer customers need to make a down payment of Rs. 3149 for the Aqua LIONS N1. The smartphone comes bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169 from Airtel. The customer is required to make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169 from Airtel. After 18 months, the customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 and another Rs 1000 after the completion of 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 refund installment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second refund installment of Rs 1000).

Under the ‘Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone’ initiative, Airtel aims to partner with multiple mobile handset manufacturers to create an ‘open ecosystem’ of affordable 4G smartphones and bring them to market for virtually the price of a feature phone. The partnership with Intex gives further momentum to this initiative which has received extremely positive response from customers looking to upgrade to a 4G smartphone and get on to the digital superhighway with access to all popular apps.

In addition to the Intex Aqua LIONS N1, two more affordable 4G smartphones have been introduced under the ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative.

The Intex Aqua A4 comes at an effective price of Rs 1999 (compared to market price of Rs 4999). It is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and an 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB. It has a 5MP primary camera on the rear and a 2MP front shooter.

The Intex Aqua S3 is available an effective price of Rs 4379 (compared to market price of Rs 6649). It comes with a 5 inch HD IPS display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad- processor. It has 2GB RAM and an internal storage of 16GB that can be expanded up to 64GB. It has a 2450 mAh battery plus 8MP primary camera and a 5MP front shooter with flash for taking great pictures.

All devices are Android powered and offer full access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. The smartphones come preloaded with MyAirtel App, Airtel TV and Wynk Music to offer a great self-serve and content experience to customers.

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