CoolPad Cool 1 to be launched in India on Wednesday, price 11k expected

Coolpad and its parent LeEco will launch the much-anticipated mid-range smartphone Cool 1 in India on Wednesday at a starting price of around Rs 11,000. The phone was launched in Chine in late August, and the company has taken four months to make it available in its second biggest market. However, on the positive side, the India launches could sport cheaper prices compared to the Chinese market. While the starting model — which carries 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage — is likely to be priced at the same…

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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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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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Samsung Galaxy On8 is the best Diwali mobile offer from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal?

Are you wondering about buying the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but worried about lack of 4G voice on it? Are you disappointed about the lack of big compelling deals on new mobile phones in the Diwali offers issued by Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and so on this year? Worry not. Samsung Galaxy On8 is here. The phone is all set to go on its first sale under Flipkart’s Big Billion Day offer on Monday, and that too at a decent (by Samsung’s standards) price of Rs 14,900. Clubbed with a 10%…

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Lenovo K5 Note has to be priced Rs 9,999 or less in India to stand a chance

In about two hours, Lenovo will unveil its latest flagship in India — the Vibe K5 Note. As the launch draws near, nearly every tech news outlet is predicting a price of around Rs 14,000 for the phone, based on the cost of acquiring the phone in China. In its home market, Lenovo introduced the phone six months back at a price of Rs 11,300 for the 2 + 16 GB version. As a result, many expect the 4 GB version to be priced around Rs 2,500-3,000 higher. However, what many are forgetting is…

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Redmi Note 3 available at Rs 11,400 on Tata’s CliQ online shop in India

Redmi Note 3, arguably the most sought-after phone in India along with LeEco Le 2, is now available on Tata Group’s new ecommerce portal at Rs 11,400 for Axis Bank customers. Tata Group — one of the biggest offline retailers in India — entered the competitive online retail market two months ago, naming its website CliQ. Along with inhouse brands such as Globus and Westside, CliQ also offers inaugural discounts and cashback deals on many items including smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is currently out of stock on the official Mi website…

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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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More power, less battery — LeEco Le 2 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in user reviews

After initially not allowing users to post their reviews of Le 2, Flipkart has begun publishing customer feedback about LeEco’s latest mass market smartphone, and it’s a mixed bag. Predictably, the Le 2 scores high in terms of performance, but feedback suggests two key weakpoints versus main rival Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 — display quality and battery. (Camera is also average, but so are the ones on rivals including Note 3.) Broadly speaking, the LeEco model trounces the Redmi Note 3 in terms of processing power, but falls short in terms of battery…

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LeEco Le 2 sold out on Flipkart for the second time

Demand continues to be strong for Le 2,  the second mass-market phone launched by LeEco in India. The phone was sold out in a matter of seconds on Flipkart when sales started at 12 PM today. The device is arguably the most attractive handset in India in terms of value for money. For Rs 12,000, you get a powerful SD 652 chipset, advanced LTE, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a super bright 5.5-inch full-HD display. Those who have Citibank credit and debit cards could get 10%…

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Why are there no user reviews for LeEco Le 2, Lenovo Vibe K5?

Which are the hottest selling new phones in India? The answer, for most people, would be LeEco Le 2 and Lenovo Vibe K5. The two models started becoming available in the last two weeks, and have already sold in their tens of thousands, if not lakhs. Yet, if you were looking for user reviews of the Lenovo Vibe K5 or LeEco Le 2, you are out of luck. Neither Flipkart nor Amazon are letting users share their experience with these handsets. This is perhaps the first time that the most…

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WATCH LIVE STREAM of Xiaomi Mi Max launch in India, price 16k-18k?

Xiaomi is all set to launch its biggest phone, the Mi Max, in India in a few minutes and has provided a live stream for its fans to watch the unveiling live. With a 6.44-inch display, the Mi Max will compete with Lenovo’s PHAB Plus, which comes with a 6.8-inch screen. The PHAB Plus is priced at Rs 14,999 in India, and is available on Amazon. You can watch the live stream of the launch at the bottom of this article. Like the PHAB Plus, the Mi Max will come…

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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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Infibeam offers Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (32 GB) via open sale in India

In a surprise move, listed online retailer Infibeam has started offering 32 GB versions of Xiaomi’s much-in-demand-ever-so-elusive Redmi Note 3 phone on its website. This is at a time when the phone has gone out of stock on other websites like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon. Infibeam was not listed among the suppliers for the phone, at least initially, by Xiaomi. However, there should be no problem with getting warranty cover, unless the phone has been imported by third parties (and not Xiaomi India). According to Infibeam, the Note 3 that…

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WATCH LIVE: Huawei Honor 5C launch in India, price seen at Rs 14,000

The next-generation of chips is all set to hit the Indian affordable smartphone market with the launch of Huawei 5C phone in the country today. Unlike older chipsets like MT6753 and Snapdragon 410 — which are built on legacy 28 nm technology — the Huawei 5C flaunts the new Kirin 650 processor from HiSilicon, the chipmaking unit of the Chinese vendor, with 16 nm technology. Like its peer Snapdragon 625, the Kirin 650 is expected to offer superior battery life while also improving performance in entry-level and mid-range devices. The Snapdragon…

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First LeEco Le 2 flash sale off to a good start with 1.5 lakh regisrations in 24 hrs

Le 2, the latest mass market smartphone from LeEco, got off to a decent, though not overwhelming, start to its first flash sale in India. In the first 24 hours, 1.5 lakh people signed up for the sale that will be conducted next Tuesday. The number is decent, but could also indicate flagging demand for such phones as consumers have been spoilt for choice in the Rs 10,000 segment in recent weeks. Back in March, when Xiaomi launched its highly-anticipated Redmi Note 3, it received a total of 8.5 lakh registrations over…

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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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After Le 2, LeEco to launch 4K SuperTVs X55, X65 in India

LeEco, the Chinese brand that has shaken up the smartphone market in India, is all set to launch two SuperTVs in India — the X55 and the X65. The models were launched recently in China and come with 3840 x 2160 4K resolution and 4000:1 contrast ratio. They also come with Mstar 6A938 chip and Mali-T820 GPU. The panels sport a slight curvature (4000R) and are likely to be the cheapest 4K curved TVs available in India upon launch. LeTV is likely to keep its ‘zero margin’ policy on its…

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Meizu M3 Note open sale starts; Reviews positive, but LeEco Le 2 a competitor

Meizu M3 Note, arguably the most value-for-money handset in the mid-range market along with LeEco’s Le 2, is now available under open sale on Amazon. The phone had gone on flash sale earlier this week and it looks like demand for the handset has slackened, making enough stocks available for the company to conduct an open sale. The phone was, without doubt, one of the most compelling offers in the Rs 10,000-12,000 range till two days ago, when the LeEco Le 2 was unveiled at an unexpectedly low price of…

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Redmi Note 3 (32 GB) goes out of stock despite Xiaomi’s promise

Demand for Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 32 GB version continues to remain very strong despite the launch of newer models like the Meizu M3 Note and the upcoming launch of LeEco Le 2. The phone was sold out soon after it was put on open sale at 10 AM today, even as the 16 GB variant continues to remain available. Xiaomi made both variants available on its own website, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon. However, the 32 GB version is now out of stock on all these websites. The news is…

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Le 1s gets a price cut ahead of Le 2 launch by LeEco

With one week to go before the launch of the much anticipated Le 2, LeEco has cut the price of its most successful model in India, the Le 1s, by Rs 1,000 to make space for the new model. The Le 2 is the upgraded-generation version of the Le 1s, and was released about a month ago in the Chinese market. It is expected to be launched in India at a price of Rs 13,000-14,000. However, cutting the price of the Le 1s to Rs 9,999 suggests that the Le…

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