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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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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Lava launches 7-inch, thin Intel-powered tablet at 6,299

LAVA International has launched an Intel Atom-powered tablet priced at Rs 6,299. The model has a 7-inch HD (not full HD) display and 1 GB of RAM. Display technology is not IPS, so viewing angles may not be the best. It has a 5 MP rear and 3.2 MP front camera with real flash and auto focus. Lava Ivory POP is powered by a 1.0 GHz quad core processor and comes with with 16 GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB) which makes for large storage space for various applications and…

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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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Lava launches 5.5 inch, 1 GB VoLTE phone at Rs 7,349

LAVA International Limited, an Indian multi-national company in the mobile handset industry, launched its new product LAVA X28 with 5.5” HD screen, priced at Rs 7,349. LAVA X28 specifications includes 4G VoLTE connectivity and latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. VoLTE is required for voice calling on Reliance Jio’s new LTE network. The phone is equipped with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor and supported by 1 GB DDR3 RAM. The smartphone comes with 8 GB of internal storage and is equipped with a 2600 mAh battery and a power…

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Lava offers free screen replacement guarantee for one year

Lava International Limited, an Indian multi-national company in the mobile handset industry, said anyone purchasing a feature phone or smartphone from the company from 15th September to 15th November the customers will be entitled to avail a one-time mobile screen replacement. The offer is applicable only in case of any mobile screen breakage within 365 days from the date of purchase, for purchases made during the offer period. Normally, breakages are not covered under warranty. “ We recognize that people spend considerable amount of money to buy mobile phones, and…

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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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Lava Pixel V1: Android One challenges Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus

It was written off for dead, but Google’s Android One program is back, and with it, hopefully, the fortunes of smaller Indian brands like Lava. The new range of Android One phones, starting off with Lava Pixel V1, will have three key differences compared to their earlier brethren – they’ll all have 4G, they’ll have bigger, 5-inch HD displays, and they will be priced higher — in the Rs 9,000-10,000 range. The first line of Android One devices introduced last year had 4.5-inch, 0.4 MP displays, no 4G, and were priced…

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New Lolipop phones – Lava Iris Alfa L, Micromax Unite 3

Finally, Android Lolipop has hit the entry-level market, with Micromax and Lava both launching low-priced models with Android 5 – Lava Iris Alfa L and Micromax Unite 3. The Lava Iris Alfa L is definitely the more interesting of the two thanks to its large, 5.5-inch display. The phone, priced at Rs 7,500, has an 8 MP camera supplemented a front-shooter of 5 MP. Internal memory is 8 GB, but battery is a respectable 3 Ah and RAM 1 GB. One of the two SIM slots supports 3G. The display…

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Can Indian brands like Micromax, Lava etc survive the Chinese onslaught?

Yesterday was that many Indian smartphone vendors such as Micromax, Spice Mobility, Lava and Xolo would remember. It was yesterday that Lenovo proved that it’s low-priced 4G phone, the A6000, was no flash in the pan like Xiaomi Mi3, but that it intended to follow through and put up the capable A7000 as proof of its intention. So, why is this important? Firstly, the 4G-enabled Lenovo A6000 and A7000 are no ordinary phones. They’re a signal of Lenovo’s (and the broader Chinese brands’) intentions for the Indian market. Unlike three…

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Lenovo A328 – the best Google Android One alternative?

So you’re excited about the Google Android One platform, and want to buy one the three phones launched by Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. But just before that, you want to check out other options. Here’s a low down of the alternatives to Google One in the market, all of which have the same quad-core processor, same 1 GB RAM, same Android KitKat 4.4 and the same 850×480 pixel display resolution. Lenovo A328, price Rs 6,500 The Lenovo A328 is the Google One phone that isn’t. In other words, it has…

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