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…

Read More

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…

Read More

itel Mobiles sells 1.6 mln handsets in October

itel Mobiles said it sold 1.6 million handsets in the month of October with its marketing strategies and 100 day replacement warranty offer. The total mobile phones sold in one month in India is around 15 mln. “Our marketing strategies and service proposition of 100-day replacement warranty offered on itel Mobile products have driven great growth for the brand in a short span of 6 months. itel achieved yet another target by selling 1.6 million handsets in just October”, said Sudhir Kumar, CEO, Itel Mobile India. The company, since its…

Read More

OnMobile launches new consumer brand ONMO

OnMobile Global Limited launched its new consumer brand, ONMO, and showcased some of its other new products. “The company has been working towards this change for over two years now. It has made significant investments in core technology, product development, processes and people to get ready to serve consumers directly,” said the company. Onmobile has a base of more than 1.5 billion mobile users globally. It started out as a provider of caller tunes to telecom operators, and diversified into similar on-deck value added services. However, with the explosion of…

Read More

itel launches VoLTE phone with Iris scanner @ Rs 8,490

itel Mobile said it has launched its s flagship selfie phone, ´it1520´ at Rs 8,490 in India. it520 is equipped with wide angle 13 MP front and back cameras, Iris scanner, 4G-VoLTE connectivity and a Reliance Jio connection. The model runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. “The latest launch from itel is the perfect smartphone companion for the selfie-loving, mobile-first Indian consumer!,” says the mobile company. The SelfiePro it1520 comes with a 5-inch HD IPS On-cell display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It houses a 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad-core…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Meet the new breed of cheap Octa-core Phones in India priced Rs 10,000-20,000

A slew of cheap octacore phones have hit the Indian market over the last one month, starting with the iBerry Auxus Nuclea X, Gionee Elife S 5.5, Intex Aqua Octa and ending with the launch of the Panasonic P81, Wickedleak Wammy Neo, Alcatel One touch IDOL X+ and the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus in the last few days. From the information available so far, it looks like the Alcatel One touch IDOL X+, followed by the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus, is the most value-for-money option among the ones launched so far. It…

Read More

Tablets to overtake PCs in shipments in second half of 2014

Tablets will overtake traditional PCs in monthly shipments somewhere in the second half of this year, according to the latest projection from Gartner Inc. The market tracker has pointed to total shipments of 276.7 mln PCs in 2014 compared to 270.7 mln tablets. While that looks like it favors the PC market, it also means that PC shipments will drop from 296.1 mln last year, while tablet sales will jump from 195.4 mln last year. In other words, the number of tablets being shipped every month in the second half…

Read More

As phones get bigger, tablets pay the price

The soaring popularity of big size phones, or phablets, is affecting sales of tablets in India, according to market tracker 6Wresearch. Phablets, or phones with displays of 5 to 6 inches, have increasingly gained consumer affection due to three factors. First, they come with built-in cellular and 3G connectivity, unlike low-cost tablets that typically offer only Wi-Fi connectivity. Second, phablets come with at least quarter HD (0.5 megapixel), but often HD (1 megapixel), displays unlike cheaper tablets that offer displays with resolution of 0.4 megapixels or less. Finally, phablets also…

Read More

Tizen phones to hit India in days, but Nokia X likely to hit first

It’s the battle for the mid segment of India’s booming smartphone market, and it looks like Nokia X series may be the first to hit the market by a whisker, beating Samsung’s Tizen operating system. According to sources, Samsung has exhibited its upcoming Tizen based smartphone to developers in India and the first of Samsung Tizen phones could be put up for sale by a prominent online retailer as early as in March. The phones will be aimed fairly and squarely at the entry level smartphone market, with prices between…

Read More

BBC survey chronicles the rise of the mobile

A new BBC survey has underlined the importance of mobile phones in content consumption – especially news, and shown that Indians are ahead of others when it comes to using mobile phones for productivity purposes. The study, carried out among 6,000 smartphone owners in Australia, Germany, Sweden, India, Hong Kong and the US, found that 56% of affluent consumers in India prefer to use their mobile device to access news, rather than using a desktop. The study classified affluent users as those who belong to the top 20% in terms…

Read More