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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Petition urges Xiaomi to launch Redmi Note 3 in India; current price Rs 15k

Desperate fans have resorted to an online petition at Change.org to get Xiaomi to launch its latest mid-range device, the Redmi Note 3, in India even as the brand prepares to launch the new Note 4G Prime here. “It is sad that the Redmi Note 3 is not in India,” said the petition started by Swapnil Kolhe. “We also want this device in India. We also want to experience the awesomeness of this device. Everyone will agree with me that no other company can offer us such specifications in our…

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Micromax Canvas 5 gets big price cut on eBay, Paytm

Micromax Canvas 5, one of the best ever phones launched by the brand since its inception, is finally available online and has debuted with substantial discounts. The 5.2-inch device has been priced at just Rs 10,840 on eBay India, a discount of 10%. The discount is even steeper on Paytm if you include cashbacks. Here, the phone is priced at just Rs 10,285 after accounting for a cashback of Rs 1,143. The cashback can only be used to make further purchases on the website or for recharging mobile phones and…

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Lenovo Vibe X3, ‘Lite A7010’ to hit India next month; price to remain key

Lenovo will launch two new smartphones in India — the ‘affordable flagship’ Vibe X3 and the a ‘Lite’ version that will probably be a rebranded A7010. Globally, there are three models that the company is expected to launch in the coming days — the X3, the Lite and the A7010. Two of these models will be launched in China today, while two will be hitting Indian next month. X3 – AFFORDABLE FLAGSHIP The first one will be the X3, which is estimated to be priced around Rs 19,999. We must clarify that…

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Micromax Canvas 5 — When will the stocks be available in India?

Micromax Canvas 5 is arguably one of the most affordable ‘high end’ phone launched in India in recent times. Yet, for those waiting to get their hands on the device days after it was ‘launched’, the wait has been unfruitful. The Indian brand has been unable to supply the phone to the market even a week after it said that the phone will be available in the retail stores immediately. Even the regular suspects, such as eBay, have not been able to sell the Canvas flagship yet. However, things will…

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Micromax Canvas 5 with 3 GB RAM and FHD display in India, price Rs 11,999

Micromax Canvas 5, the Indian company’s latest flagship, will be launched in India at noon today, with an effective price of Rs 11,999. Actual sticker price is Rs 14,000. The Canvas 5 has a 5.2 inch full-HD display, an octa-core 1.3 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage memory, 3 GB of RAM and a 13 MP camera. Of course, the above specifications have been collected from industry sources and may not be exact. For the exact details you will have to wait till 12:30 pm. UPDATE: Confirmed specs — 3…

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Lenovo overtakes Samsung and Micromax in India 4G smartphone market

In a big upset, Chinese brand Lenovo has beaten market leader Samsung and No. 2 Micromax in the important 4G smartphone segment in India with a market share of almost 30%. 4G smartphone market is estimated to account for around 12-14% of the total smartphone market in India and is crucial as it points towards what is in store for the future. Lenovo has been targeting this market in the earnest in recent months. According to IDC’s latest report, Lenovo is India’s No.1 4G Smartphone brand in the April-June quarter with a market share of…

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Yu Yuphoria special sale tomorrow with guaranteed availability

YU, the online-focused brand from a Micromax founder, said it will hold a special sale of its Yuphoria phone for selected customers guaranteeing availability. “The exclusive sale will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 between 2pm-5pm on Amazon.in and will provide a privilege to the fans as they are guaranteed to get the YUPHORIA smartphone. The privileged fans will receive an email from Amazon which will direct them to this sale through an exclusive link for participation,” it said. The Yu Yuphoria (price Rs 7k), Coolpad Dazen 1 (price…

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Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens available for price of Rs 8,000

Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens is now available with some retailers in Delhi at a price of Rs 8,000. The phone, however, is not available online yet, but should hit eBay and other stores soon. The highlight of the Lolipop phone is the attention that has been given to the two cameras – the 5 MP one at the front and the 8 MP shooter at the back – and the ‘beautify’ software inside it. Both cameras come with lens made by Largan Precision, which normally supplies lens to high-end smartphones…

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Did Xiaomi botch its chances by overpricing Mi4?

It is said that those who live by the sword die by it. For Xiaomi, it was a matter of pride that tens of thousands of its phones disappeared from etailers’ sites within seconds every time a flash sale was held. In fact, so much was the demand for the Xiaomi’s first model, the Mi3, that the company had to specially charter a plane from China to Bangalore to bring its phones. The anticipation and excitement among Xiaomi fans was feverish, and they couldn’t stop singing the company’s praises. Offering…

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Does Micromax Canvas Knight 2 justify its price of Rs 16k in India?

Six months after Xiaomi revolutionized India’s 4G market with Redmi Note 4G, the biggest Indian mobile brand Micromax has launched its first self-branded 4G LTE phone – Micromax Canvas Knight 2, priced at Rs 16,000. UPDATE: The phone is available from Infibeam for Rs 15,111. The phone, equipped with a 720p AMOLED display and powered by Snapdragon 615 processor, is available in the market as well as online in India. Apart from the fact that Canvas Knight 2 is Micromax’s first 4G phone, there is nothing much to get excited…

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Moto G 3rd Generation India launch in 3-4 weeks

Motorola’s next mid-range phone Moto G 3rd generation will be launched by Flipkart in India by the end of this month or in the first week of July, according to industry sources. THE PHONE WILL BE LAUNCHED TODAY. CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STORY The pricing of the G3 will be in the Rs 14,000 range, according to a source. No information, however, could be gathered about the specifications of the upcoming Moto G 3, but two features are considered nearly certain – 4G LTE and a full-HD display. The…

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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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Micromax Yu Yuphoria – better than Lenovo A6000 Plus?

With Yu Yuphoria, Micromax’s sister firm may have finally scored a clear victory over Chinese competitors like A6000 Plus and Moto E 4g. The Yu Yuphoria has since been launched officially at a price of Rs 6,999, and will be available exclusively on Amazon.in. The phone is arguably the best entry-level smartphone in India, though the Lenovo A6000 Plus comes a close second in comparison. The Yuphoria scores due to three key factors — looks and build quality, storage and RAM, and price. Because of its 16 GB storage memory…

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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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Samsung still tops India tablet market, iBall No3 – CMR

Even as International Data Corporation (IDC) claimed that local player iBall overtook Samsung as India’s most popular tablet brand last quarter, IDC’s rival and former partner CyberMedia has released numbers that show Samsung on top. CyberMedia Research is today an independent technology market intelligence firm and tracks tablet and phone shipments in India, among other things. According to CyberMedia Research, Samsung did see an erosion in its market share, but still retained the top spot (see pic). Samsung, which had 25% of India’s tablet shipments by volume in the first…

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MediaTek’s LTE phones coming to India in March?

Back in October, MediaTek, the Taiwanese chipmaker that practically ruled India’s low- and mid- range smartphone market, announced that by December, India would see several smartphones powered by its first LTE chip MT6595. December’s over. January’s also over, and February is almost over. Yet, India is yet to see the flood of LTE handsets powered by MediaTek’s MT6595 processor. Instead, it seems to be MediaTek’s archrival, Qualcomm, which seems to have more or less cornered the market for LTE in India – low, mid and high range. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips…

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New launches India: Lumia 532, Micromax Canvas Selfie, Lenovo Sisley

Below is a list of new smartphones being launched in India. Huawei Honor 3C, Price 14,000-15,000 Features 2.5/5 Value 1.5/5 The Huawei Honor 3C is available on Flipkart at present from two marketplace sellers. The current price of the 5-inch, 720p phone is Rs 15,000. The phone launch is a bit of an oddity, as Huawei phones are usually launched by WS Retail, the main seller on Flipkart, and priced competitively. The Honor 3C is far from reasonably priced, at least given Huawei trackrecord. At Rs 15,000, the phone offers…

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Micromax Yu closes Yureka registrations ahead of schedule on Amazon

Micromax YU has closed pre-registrations for its first model, the Yu Yureka, a day ahead of schedule due to what the company called heavy rush. The preorder period, what the company calls registration period, opened last Friday and were supposed to end tomorrow. Instead, Yu has already closed registrations on Amazon.in. “YUREKA received a phenomenal response on Amazon.in, since the day registrations for it were announced,” the company said in a statement. Part of the reason for the ‘early close’ may be marketing. Xiaomi, which is Yu’s primary competitor, gets…

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Will overtake Android, iOS in innovation by 2016- Cyanogen Inc

Popular open source Android-based operating system maker Cyanogen Inc officials said the mobile ecosystem has fallen into a slump as far as innovation was concerned, and promised to introduce a new paradigm in the market by 2016. Howard Harte, director of engineering at the company, and chief technology officer Steve Kondik were speaking at the occasion of the unveiling of Micromax Yu – a new company backed by India-based Micromax group that will release multiple phones over coming months with Cyanogenmod preinstalled. “There is a level of stagnation that has…

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