ViVo, Oppo, Xiaomi need cheaper smartphone models to grow in India in 2017

China’s LOVE brands — Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi — will have to introduce cheaper models in 2017 to continue their strong growth in India, CyberMedia Research said in a report. The reason? India’s replacement and upgrade market — Rs 10,000-13,000 — will no longer be the center of action in 2017 and to continue their growth, the Chinese brands must target the Rs 4,000-6,500 entry level segment. The youth of the country have largely bought decent Rs 10,000-13,000 smartphones (like Redmi Note 3/4) in 2015-2016 — the first time when such…

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Reliance Jio’s 1000-rupee phone likely to work only on its 4G network; feature

The market is abuzz with rumors of the impending launch of a 1000-rupee ‘feature phone’ by Reliance Jio, but comments by Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal suggests that the Mukesh Ambani firm will not be able to launch such a phone without providing a big subsidies. However, doing so would in turn require locking the device to the operator’s network. A VoLTE-enabled feature phone would help RJio tap three untapped markets — people who can’t afford to or don’t want to spend Rs 3,000 on a smartphone, people who want a…

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