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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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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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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OPPO hopes to sell 1.5 mln units in India, changes CEO

OPPO, a China-based smartphone brand, has changed its India CEO, and said it has sold around 400,000 phones in India since its entry last year. It also said it is targeting to sell 1.5 million units in 2015. The company has been among the most aggressive in terms of expenditure on promotions, hoardings and so on over the past one year. However, the company does not play the low-margin, high volume game like its competitors and fellow Chinese brands Xiaomi, Huawei, Phicomm, Lenovo, Meizu and OnePlus. For example, a single…

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Oppo Joy 3 available in India at price of Rs 7,600

Oppo Joy 3, the 4.5-inch budget phone from the Chinese phonemaker, is available in select outlets in Delhi at a price of Rs 7,600. The phone was listed on the company’s website a month ago, and has a 4.5 inch 0.4 MP display and a quad-core processor. In terms of specifications, the phone is quite modest, and similar phones are available from Indian brands like Intex and Karbonn at Rs 3,999-4,499.

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OPPO N3, with rotating camera, hits India at a price of Rs 42,990

Photography oriented OPPO N3 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 42,990. It comes with 5 optical lenses and has a (sensor) pixel size of 1.34 microns and a 16 MP camera. “The uber stylish OPPO N3 has a motorized swivel camera with PI 2.0+ technology that can track objects as they move, and can rotate up to 206 degrees. The Smartphone is equipped with a multi-frame synthesis super-sampling technique that can combine multiple low resolution RAW images into an ultra-high resolution picture with greater details,” OPPO…

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Oppo N3 to compete with Moto X2, Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro in India

Oppo, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary in India, has launched its Oppo N3 smartphone, which will compete with Moto X2 and Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro. Basic specifications of the Oppo N3 include a Snapdragon 801 8974AA Quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB memory, Schneider Kreuznach 16 MP ultra-sophisticated rotating camera, full HD IPS 5.5-inch display and LTE. The phone is available for preorder in Delhi, with a dealer promising delivery for Rs 36,000. At the price, the Oppo N3 makes little sense, considering that a similarly…

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Oppo offers anniversary discounts on its phones this month

OPPO,the Chinese brand of smartphones, said it will offer special discounts on several of its phones through February to celebrate the anniversary of its launch in India. The extent of the discounts was not revealed, and a check on the Flipkart website revealed nothing. The company has 12 phones in India, including flagship models such as the N3, R5 and Find 7. Three of them support 4G. “The anniversary offer can be availed throughout February. Customers looking to buy any of the 5 select models of OPPO smartphone can visit…

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Samsung Note 4 – launch date seen in October, price 55k in India

The Samsung Note 4, the Korean Brand’s latest high-end smartphone will be launched in India next month with a price tag of around Rs 55,000. The model is expected to be launched in India at the same time as it is in the UK, where the date has been projected as mid October. According to industry sources, Samsung has “set the ball in motion” as far as the India launch is concerned. This almost certainly means that new Apple iPhone 6, which comes with a 5.5-inch display, will be launched…

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