Lenovo issues VoLTE update for K5, Plus and Note with Reliance Jio support

Three months after Reliance Jio started giving out free connections, Lenovo — the biggest online smartphone brand in India — has started pushing out VoLTE update to those who bought its last generation phones – the K5, and its Note and Plus variants. Out of these, at least some Note users have already got the OTA update as early as October this year, while those with K5 and the Plus version have been kept waiting. The lack of native support for Reliance Jio’s voice services has been a major disappointment…

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WATCH LIVE: Lenovo K6 Power launch in India at 3 PM today

Flipkart and Lenovo are launching their latest mid-range smartphone, the K6 Power, in India today at 3 PM. The live stream of the even is available on Youtube (see below). It remains to be seen what specifications of the K6 Power are introduced in India. Globally, it is available in 3G and 4GB versions. Given that the Coolpad Note5 is available at Rs 10,990 and comes with 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 616 chipset. The K6 Power is built around the Snapdragon 430 chipset. The display is a 5-inch full-HD…

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Lenovo to launch K6 Power in India: But Do We Care?

Lenovo, the Chinese smartphone giant that heralded the smartphone revolution in India with its ultra-affordable models like A6000, is all set to release the latest of its K series models — the K6 Power sometime early next week. Does the phone promise anything interesting? Should you hold off on your planned purchase till you get the full picture next week? Frankly, the answer is a ‘no’, and it’s not Lenovo’s fault. If it is anybody’s fault, it is perhaps the fault of the entire smartphone industry: Innovation has more or…

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Lava sees 30% jump in sales in Q3; to invest Rs 2,615 cr in manufacturing

Lava International, the mobile brand, said its revenue grew 23% to Rs 7,626 crore last year, bucking the general trend seen in Indian telecom handset brands. In addition, the company saw strong growth in sales in the last three months, it said. The total handsets shipped by the company in the three months from July to September this year was 7.1 million, up 30% from 5.4 million in the April-June quarter. It has also become the No. 1 Indian mobile handset brand in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and J&K by…

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At Rs 5,999, iBall Andi Wink is cheapest VoLTE phone with 2GB RAM

Adding to the number of choices for entry-level VoLTE phones in India, iBall has launched its Andi Wink 4G model with 2 GB of RAM. Most phones in the Rs 5,000-6,000 category tend to come with only 1 GB of RAM, and the new model is a welcome break from the trend. Rival Intex recently launched its Aqua Strong 5.1 which is priced Rs 1,0000 lower (at Rs 4,999) and comes with similar specifications. However, that model has only 1 GB of RAM. Similarly, InFocus M370i, another big hitter in…

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LAVA launches A97 smartphone with 4G VoLTE @ Rs 5,949

Mobile handset manufacturer LAVA International Ltd launched its new LAVA A97 with 4G access and 5 MP selfie camera at Rs 5,949. Lava A97´s wide range of specifications includes 5 inch screen of FWVGA resolution, 5MP rear and ‘selfie’ camera (both with LED flash), 4G VoLTE connectivity, etc. The smartphone is packed with new camera features such as ‘Face Beauty’ to beautify selfies, ‘GIF mode’ to capture video images, ‘Audio Picture’ to save images with an audio note and ‘Panorama’ to capture wide view images. The full HD smartphone is…

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Why you SHOULDN’T buy the new Rs 2,999 LYF flame mobiles with Reliance Jio free 4G

At long last, Reliance Jio’s sister company Reliance Retail has launched four new LYF phones starting at just Rs 2,999 in its ‘Flame’ series. These phones sound too good to be true, given that 4G handsets currently cost at least Rs 4,000 or more. But are they? Or should someone looking for a cheap smartphone opt for the LYF Flame 2, 3, 4 or 6? The answer, in most cases, is a no,  but would depend on your usage habits. USE CASE SCENARIO The main factor to keep in mind, when…

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Lenovo Vibe K5 user reviews point to poor camera, decent handset

Lenovo’s latest entry-level warrior, the Vibe K5 Note, started selling two weeks ago and going by initial user reviews, the phone ticks all boxes except one – camera. The device has been found to be acceptable or good in all respects such as performance and display, but the camera been variously described as poor, terrible, below average etc.. Other than that, the only two areas of some concern are occasional reports on poor battery life (which can apparently be fixed) and a slight ‘heating problem’ on data use. On the positive side,…

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Lenovo Vibe K5 crosses 1 lakh sales mark, no registration next week

Lenovo Vibe K5, the latest entry-level handset from the Chinese hardware maker, has cross the 1 lakh sales mark in India, 8 days after it first became available in the country. This makes the phone the second fastest moving phone this year after the Le 1s, which sold around 1.5 lakh units in the first eight days. Lenovo said it will no longer insist on preregistration for those who want to buy the phone starting next Wednesday, an indication that it expects demand to remain under control from next week…

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Lenovo Vibe K5 sold out for the second time

Lenovo managed to sell out its entire stock of Vibe K5 Plus at the second flash sale for the device on Amazon today. The company is expected to soon reveal how many units it managed to sell today. At its first flash sale a week ago, it had managed to get orders for 52,000 units. The Vibe K5 Note is among the best three smartphones in the entry-level (Rs 6,000-7,000) range, along with Swipe Elite Plus and Coolpad Note 3 Lite. Though only modest by specifications — 2 GB of…

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LeEco sells Rs 780000000 worth of Le 2, Le Max2 on Day 1 of flash sale

LeEco, the Chinese ‘ecosystem player’ that arguably offers the best value-for-money smartphones in India, 61,000 of its second-generation smartphones worth Rs 72 crore on Day 1 of its sales. The company sold the Le 2 and its more expensive cousin, the Le Max 2, yesterday on LeMall.com and Flipkart at prices of Rs 11,999 and 22,999 respectively. It said it received 61,000 orders on Day 1. The disclosure of information is in contrast to the policy of Xiaomi, which did not reveal how many devices it sold or how many orders…

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REVIEW: Why the new Lenovo K5 is no match for Swipe Elite Plus

As expected, Lenovo has announced its entry-level Vibe K5 in India at a price of Rs 6,999, which brings it into direct competition with models such as the Coolpad Note 3 Lite, one of the most successful models of this year, and the Swipe Elite Plus. This is a homecoming of sorts for Lenovo, which practically owned the entry-level 4G phone market last year with its A6000 and A6000 Plus, but loosened its grip when it priced the K5 Plus at Rs 9,000 earlier this year. Now that the company has again…

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Lava launches three 4G VoLTE smartphones starting Rs 5,699

Lava International announced three new 4G smartphones priced between Rs 5,699 and 6,499. Out of these, the Lava A72 and A76 are available immediately, while the A89 is expected to be available to consumers in the coming weeks. The A72, A76 and A89 are priced at Rs. 6499, Rs. 5699 and Rs. 5999 respectively. Lava A76, the cheapest of the three, features a 4.5 inch display screen, while A72 and A89 feature 5 inch displays. The smartphones are powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad Core Processor and are coupled with…

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Intex Aqua Super with Reliance 4G SIM, 3GB RAM priced at Rs 5,909; better than LYF Flame 1

Under its Reliance 4G upgrade offer, PayTM is offering Intex Aqua Super 16 GB phone for just Rs 5,909 under a cash back scheme along with a free 4G SIM from Reliance Communications. The Intex phone is currently selling on Snapdeal for Rs 7,500 and on Amazon for Rs 8,300 and was launched late last year for Rs 10,390. With the latest offer, the model has become the most attractive entry-level 4G handset for those who want to try the new network of Reliance Jio and RCom. Its biggest competitor is…

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4G phone share rises to 62% from 11% in one year – Reliance Jio

The share of 4G-enabled phones in the overall smartphone sales in India has zoomed to 62% in January from 11% a year ago, Reliance Jio said while briefing analysts about its fourth-quarter results. In the Rs 8,000-plus category, 95% of the smartphones come with 4G LTE, the operator said. Jio had been criticized for going with an all-IP, 4G-only network design by those who felt that the 4G device ecosystem will not be ready in time for the company’s launch. At the beginning of 2015-16, Idea Cellular CEO Himanshu Kapania…

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Karbonn launches VR headset + smartphone bundle at Rs 7,490 price

After big brands like Lenovo and Xiaomi, Karbonn too has launched its range of VR headsets and handsets. The first two VR models are Karbonn Quattro L52 and Karbonn Titanium Mach 6. The headset will come bundled with the handsets, which are priced at Rs 7,490 and Rs 8,790. “Virtual reality is the next big growth area in consumer technology. As per a recent report, the global Virtual Reality market is expected to touch an estimated $120bn by 2020. While the technology offers huge growth potential in India with the…

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LeTV announces LeEco Day to counter Mi Fan Festival; Le 1s discounts?

LeEco, which has taken India by storm since its entry two months ago, said it will announce two mega offers for its upcoming LeEco Day on Apr 7 and 8. No details about the two offers were given by the company. However, it said the first one — to be announced on tomorrow (Sunday) will be a ‘mega’ offer, while the one being revealed on Monday will be a ‘bumper’ one. UPDATE: The first offer is that Flipkart will give 5% cash back on all credit and debit cards. Xiaomi…

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Lenovo K5 Plus: Disappointing camera & battery, heating issues figure in user reviews

Lenovo is holding its second open sale of its K5 Plus note today at 12 PM on Flipkart. However, user reviews of the product by those who bought the phone in the first sale have highlighted three irritating problems with the phone — poor camera, poor battery and heating. On the positive side, display and sound quality have not disappointed most users. PERFORMANCE Performance of the phone, which comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 616 chipset and (only) 2 GB of RAM, has been reported as average — neither very fast…

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Can Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 take on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with a price of Rs 15,990

Samsung has unveiled its latest smartphones for India today — the Galaxy J7 priced at Rs 15,990 and the J5 at Rs 13,990, taking on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Le 2. Both phones will be available on Flipkart only. The highlights of the 2016 J7 are as follows: METAL BUILD: Comes  with a new diamond cut metal frame unlike the previous plastic build. This should give some competition to the A7 and models like Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. AMOLED DISPLAY: The display is has a 55-inch super AMOLED panel, which again sets…

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45,000 units of Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus sold on Flipkart, next sale on Mar 30

Lenovo sold 45,000 units of its entry-level-mid-range smartphone Vibe K5 Plus today in an open sale on Flipkart, marking the first time ever that so many phones have been sold via the open route in a single day in India. While even larger quantities of phones — about 80,000 — have been sold by LeEco in a single day, those were sold under so-called flash sales. In flash sales, people are urged to buy as soon as possible or risk being faced with the ‘sold out’ board. In an open…

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