HTC Desire 10 Pro launched in India at Rs 26,490 price

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone brand, has launched the ‘pro’ version of its Desire 10 phone in India at a price of Rs 26,490. The phone is available on preorder with some vendors. As expected, the new model is far from value for money, and is unlikely to be a big hit. The device comes with 4 GB of RAM and the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset. Built-in storage is 64 GB and the 5.5-inch LCD display carries a full-HD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. The Android 6.0 powered phone has a…

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Flipkart to sell OnePlus 3 with huge discount; Company says not done!

Flipkart, the homegrown ecommerce giant, has listed OnePlus 3 as one of the prominent mobile deals being offered under its ‘Big Shopping Days’ sale to be held from Saturday, Dec 17 onwards. It has also put up a ‘coming soon’ page for the sought-after smartphone model. However, OnePlus has an agreement with Amazon India that it will only sell its phones via the international retailer. Not surprisingly, OnePlus founder Carl Pei was not very happy with the promotion. UPDATE https://ultra.news/t-t/25767/flipkart-withdraws-oneplus-3-listing-follows-negative-feedback-brand “Brother, what’s this, we’re exclusive with Amazon India,” said Carl…

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Delhi-based Hyve offers Helio X20 phone at Rs 17,999

Hyve Mobility, a Delhi-based mobile start-up, said it launched its flagship deca-core smartphone ´Pryme´ in collaboration with MediaTek at a price of Rs 17,999. With this product launch, Hyve became the first Indian brand to introduce a smartphone powered by MediaTek’s flagship Helio X20 processor for consumers in India, said the company. The Helio X20 is a tri-cluster CPU that is one of the fastest in the world today. It will be replaced by the X30 early next year. The ´Pryme´ smartphone comes with features like clear motion, for smoother…

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Why Google Pixel smartphones make little sense at current prices

Broadly, all brands can be divided into two types — mass brands and elite or premium brands. Mass brands are those used and preferred by ordinary people, while elite brands are confined to those who have very ‘refined’ tastes and for whom money is not usually a concern. Based on the above definition, Google is certainly a mass brand. It is the most used webpage in India, as it is elsewhere. It has revolutionised the way information is consumed and made available on the Internet – making it easily available…

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LeEco Le Max3 details leaked, comes with 3.9 Ah battery, SD 821

LeEco’s latest high-end handset, the Le Max3, has just passed certification in China and carries the model number Le X850. Much of the specifications of the phone are along expected lines and do not change radically from Le Max2, which is the cheapest Snapdragon 820-based phone in India. The model, which comes with a 5.7-inch quad-HD LCD display, is selling in the country for Rs 17,999. In comparison, the Moto Z, which comes with DDR3 RAM instead of the DDR4 standard found in the Le Max2, is priced at Rs…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year

Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7. Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data for 12 months. They will also get unlimited subscription to…

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Oppo to manufacture OnePlus 3 in India?

Oppo, the Chinese smartphone giant, looks set to start manufacturing OnePlus 3 in India, according to an industry source. Oppo is the former employer of OnePlus founder Pete Lau, and investment company Oppo Electronic was disclosed to be a shareholder in OnePlus. At present, the OnePlus 3 is manufactured in Shenzen in China and at a plant in Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Oppo too is likely to manufacture the device at its Noida factory. The move is likely to substantially increase the availability of the much-in-demand phone. OnePlus has managed…

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iPhone 7 to be available in 1000 locations in India on Oct 7 – Rashi Peripherals

Rashi Peripherals, one of India’s largest mobile phone distributors, has announced that the iPhone 7 will be available in the country starting from October 7. “The smart phones will be available at over 1000 retail locations across India,” it said. The device was launched in the US yesterday, at a starting price of $650, or around Rs 60,000. The India price will be around Rs 66,000 for the starting 32-GB model due to higher taxes. The larger iPhone 7 Plus will be priced around Rs 10,000 higher. The phone was…

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Super Cameraphone: Huawei P9 to launch in India, take on Xiaomi Mi5, Meizu MX6; price Rs 29k

Huawei, which has not had much luck in India in the last two years, is set to launch the P9 — a sophisticated camera phone in the same price range as the Xiaomi Mi5 and Le Max 2 — early next month. The P9 is the first dual-camera phone to come to the Indian market after HTC M8 back in 2014, and has been developed in association with camera and imaging company Leica. Both back cameras come with identical resolution and a generous pixel size of 1.25 micrometer. While one…

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Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe to be first Snapdragon 821 phone in India; premium pricing

Asus, the Taiwanese hardware maker known for bringing affordable smartphones to India, will be the first brand to launch a model with the new Snapdragon 821 chipset in India. The 821 is a slightly optimized and more powerful version of the 820 found in most high-end phones today. The company is all set to unveil its new Zenfone 3 series in the country in the next three weeks, according to sources. The Zenfone 3 series, as the name implies, is the second refresh of Asus’ rather successful smartphone line-up. The series…

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Samsung to launch Galaxy C5, C7 in India soon, prices similar to A series

Having unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy C5 and C7 in China recently, the Korean smartphone maker is preparing to launch the devices in India, according to distributor sources. The C series phones were unveiled in China about three weeks ago, with the company starting preorders for the 5.2-inch C5. The 5.7-inch Galaxy C7 was not made available for order at the time, though its specs and details were announced. The C series phones have practically no major differences from Samsung’s A series phones. Samsung, however, claims that unlike the A series,…

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OnePlus 3 open sale begins on Amazon at price of Rs 27,999, takes on Xiaomi Mi5, Le Max2

OnePlus 3, the latest from the start-up phonemaker, is now available with online seller Amazon India via an open sale, just a day after the phone was announced globally. Whatever your complaints have been about OnePlus’ products, the dreaded queue-system will not be one any more. This marks a different distribution approach from the company compared to any of its previous releases, and promises the availability of the latest hardware to its Indian fans with zero delay. The phones are sold by Cloudtail, and each person can only buy 1 unit as of now. ONEPLUS 3…

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WATCH LIVE: Yu Yunicorn unveiled in India, price Rs 12,999

After botching up its last flagship launch Yutopia, Yu Televentures has unveiled its 2016 flagship smartphone, the Yunicorn today at an expected price of Rs 12,999 in India. Last year, the company unveiled the Yutopia, which failed to click because of software bugs and some gluing issues with its rear camera lens. As a result, the phone, which was supposed to have been sold via a queue system, was available soon after launch for anyone to buy. The company said it sold 2 mln phones under its Yu brand in 2015,…

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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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LeEco Le 2 price at Rs 11,250, 2 Pro at Rs 15,330 and Max 2 at Rs 21,500 in China

True to tradition, LeEco announced jaw-dropping prices for its second batch of smartphones, starting with Le 2 at Yuan 1099, which translates to Rs 11,250, and is the same as what the Le 1s was selling for. The company follows a naming convention similar to that of the iPhone — its inspiration and benchmark — and it looks like the Le 2 is the successor to the Le 1S, which was the upgraded model of the Le 1. With this, it looks certain that India will get the Le 2…

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WATCH LIVE – LeEco reveals new lineup today: specifications of Le 2, 2 Pro & Max 2

LeEco, formerly known as LeTV is all set to reveal its new line-up of phones in China today. Expected in the line-up are the Le 2s, Le 2 and 2 Pro. The event is scheduled to start at 2 PM China time, or 11:30 AM India Time. WATCH THE LIVE TRANSMISSION BELOW https://www.facebook.com/LeEcoHK/videos/1755015104780999/ and https://www.facebook.com/LeEcoHK/videos/1755042004778309/ UPDATE – 3 Phones were launched today – 2, 2 Pro and Max 2. The entry-level, Snapdragon 652-based 2s has not been launched today. The company said it will launch the devices in India ‘soon’,…

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SPECIFICATIONS & PRICE: LeEco 2, 2 Pro & Max 2 launched in China, no 2s yet

LeEco, formerly known as LeTV, is all set to reveal its second generation of devices in China tomorrow, and also expected are the details of their launch in India, which should happen in a matter of days. UPDATE: There is no LeEco 2S. The 2S model is now called LeEco Le 2, and has been priced at the same level as Le 1s. In turn, what was expected to be Le 2 is now called Le 2 Pro and what was expected to Le 2 Pro is now called Le…

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First Mi5, Redmi Note 3 sale over: Three remaining including on Amazon, Xiaomi

As expected, the first sale of Redmi Note 3 and Mi5 both got sold out soon after the gates were opened. With this, there are three more to go — two at 2 pm, and the last one at 5 PM. No information about how many units were sold or put up today. There is no information about how smooth the first sale went. However, Mi.com is hosted on a Singapore-based Amazon Web Services facility and therefore can sustain practically any amount of traffic that fans put the site through….

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Oppo F1 Plus, with AMOLED display & 4 GB RAM, takes on Xiaomi Mi5

Sometimes, competition can come from unexpected quarters, and that is what’s up with Xiaomi’s Mi5 smartphone. The device, considered unbeatable in terms of value, caused some consternation among fans when it was priced at Rs 24,999 — the highest ever price for any Xiaomi device ever launched in India. While normally brands like Oppo and Gionee never posed a threat to Xiaomi because they tended to price their phones more richly than Xiaomi, with Mi5, things are starting to change. Oppo’s latest launch in India, the F1 Plus, is a…

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