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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Huawei starts manufacturing Honor phones in India

China-based Huawei said it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with leading Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider, Flex, in October. Starting from first week of October 2016, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphones models, the company said. The plant will have the capacity to make three million units by the end of 2017. In addition, Huawei will be strengthening its after sales services in India with over 200 service centers, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centers in India, it added….

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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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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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Indian phonemaker SWIPE reveals own operating system FREEDOM OS

SWIPE, the Indian smartphone brand, has brought out its own version of Android called Freedom OS, adding features like 100 GB of cloud storage. The operating system will make an appearance on SWIPE ELITE – the company’s upcoming Android phone that is going to be sold exclusively on Flipkart.com from 19th August 2015. Features of the SWIPE Freedom OS include localized search, support for off-screen gestures and SWIPE Box online storage facility. “The Freedom OS supports both off-screen gestures as well as the home-screen gestures first time in India. That…

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ARM-MediaTek-TSMC combo could threaten Intel’s market by year end

New benchmark scores for MediaTek’s implementation of ARM Holdings’ latest core design indicate that MediaTek and ARM are likely to have potential chips suitable for notebooks, servers and even desktop PCs by the end of this year or early next year. These chips would be potentially more powerful than those found in the new Apple MacBook Air and Intel NUCs. The reason for such a doubling of power compared to existing phone and tablet chips is two-fold – the Cortex A72 technology from ARM Holdings, and new 16 nm FinFet…

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T-Series enters the Indian mobile handset market

T-Series, which kickstarted the audio cassette revolution in India, has entered the mobile handset space with the launch of its first phone SS909. The T-Series SS909, priced at Rs 5,999 on Snapdeal, is powered by a quad-core processor and has half a GB of RAM. The company did not specify the display resolution, but said the size of the display is 4.5 inch. T Series’ entry is in association with distribution company Shachii Gizmo Ltd. “We aim to strike a chord with the national customer base by offering products that…

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ZTE to launch Blade L2, V969 in India

Soon after the successful launch of its ZTE V5 smartphone, the Chinese brand is planning to follow up with two cheaper models – the Blade L2 and the ZTE V969. The first model model, which unfortunately comes with Android 4.2, will be priced in line with its current entry-level 5-inch model, Grand X Quad V987. The Grand X Quad V987 is priced at just Rs 6,000 on Snapdeal, which makes it the most value-for-money, entry-level smartphone in the Indian market after the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. To be fair, the Redmi…

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Sony Xperia E3 launch next week – 4.5 in, Android KitKat, 15k price

The Sony Xperia E3, the first mid-range Android KitKat phone from the Japanese brand, will be launched in India next week at a price of Rs 16,000, according to distributors. UPDATE: The phone has been launched at an MRP of Rs 13,000 as Sony has tried to recapture the market in India. It will be one of Sony India’s fastest launches, and no doubt some of the urgency is because of the run-away success of the Xiaomi Mi3 and Redmi 1S in recent days. In fact, India is very likely…

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Karbonn to launch 5-inch Titanium S10 priced Rs 7,500

Karbonn Mobiles is likely to launch yet another 5-inch Android model, Titanium S10, next week at a price of Rs 7,200-7,500, according to an industry source. Not much is known about the phone, except that it will sport a five inch display, and will almost certainly have Android Kitkat 4.4. What is not known is the display resolution and the processor. Karbonn already has two phones in the price range, the S3 and the S5. Both come with very low resolution displays of 854 into 480 pixels. Given that the…

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Alcatel POP D5 priced at 5.5k – best entry-level Kitkat phone?

The Alcatel POP D5, the cheapest Indian 4.5-inch phone with Android Kitkat, is expected to hit stores in India in the coming week for Rs 5,500. The phone will compete with the Spice Stellar 497, which is priced at Rs 5,545 on Flipkart, and the Micromax Unite 2, priced at Rs 6,250. The specifications of Alcatel POP D5 are a tad below those of the Motorola E, which is priced at Rs 7,000. The primarly difference between the Micromax Unite 2 and Motorola E and the D5 is in RAM….

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Samsung Galaxy S5 official launch next week, India price 26k

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be officially launched in India this coming week, according to industry sources, and will be priced at around Rs 26,000. The phone, which carries a 4.5-inch Amoled HD display, is currently available in India in the grey market through channels like eBay, but these purchases do not carry the company’s official warranty. Once it is officially launched, the S5 Mini will carry an official warranty from Samsung, besides being cheaper. Ebay sellers are quoting Rs 30,000 for the model, and after launch, the phone…

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a higher-end 64-bit phone?

The second of Samsung’s 64-bit phone, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, could be priced well above what other 64-bit models would be priced at, according to industry sources. The Alpha is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 30,000 in India, or about $400 outside. In comparison, the similarly speced Huawei G621, is likely to be priced at less than Rs 15,000 in India, or about $200 outside. The Galaxy Alpha will be one of the several 64-bit phones being prepped for launch over the next four to eight weeks….

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Samsung to launch more powerful Galaxy S5?

The rumors of an impending Galaxy S5 refresh version have never really died down. Now, according to an industry source, Samsung may launch a more expensive model of the flagship phone with LTE-A that will cost about Rs 55,000, or about 45% more than the Samsung Galaxy S5 that is currently available in the Indian market. In addition, Samsung is also likely to launch an LTE-enabled version of the current S5 which will be priced at Rs 43,500-44,000, or about Rs 7,000 more than the 3G-only version. According to the…

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Sony Xperia C3 – A really overpriced mid-range phone

Sony Xperia C3, the successor to the mid-range C model, has been listed by online retailer Infibeam, the selling price has not been specified by the etailer yet. The phone, with a sticker price of Rs 23,990, is expected to sell for Rs 22,000 when it makes its debut online. The price is then expected to fall to Rs 21,000 within two weeks. The ‘stable’ price for the Xperia C3 is seen at Rs 18,000 or so, which would be achieved after the initial euphoria over the ‘selfie’ phone dies…

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Spice Firefox phone draws curtains on the ‘dumb phone’ era

The much awaited smartphone platform for the masses, Firefox OS, is finally here. Spice, one of the two Indian companies chosen by Mozilla as its hardware platform for the low-cost smartphone revolution, has announced the fruits of its labor. The move is intended to make smartphones accessible to everyone by lowering the entry barrier. The first Firefox OS phone, Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1, will be available for just Rs 2,300 (3$8). In comparison, the cheapest Android phone costs about Rs 3,300. The Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 will come…

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Sony to price 5.5-inch, KitKat Xperia C3 at Rs 20,000 in India

Sony’s 5.5-inch, Android KitKat-based Xperia C3 will be available in the Rs 19,000-21,000 range when the phone is launched in coming weeks in India, according to industry sources. The phone will compete in the space between the mid-range and the top-end and the model would be available in the next five to six days in stores. The price is expected to drop to about Rs 18,500 in two weeks after launch. There are two versions, an LTE version that has already been launched in China for around Rs 19,000 and…

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Samsung to launch 5-inch Kitkat phone priced around 11,000

Samsung seems all set to launch a new dual-core, 5-inch Android Kitkat phone in India over the next 5-8 weeks with a price tag of Rs 10,500-11,500. The phone, whose model number is SM-G530H, will be the Korean brand’s cheapest 5-inch model in India when launched. At present, that title is held by the Galaxy Grand Neo GT, which is priced at Rs 14,000 and comes with a quad-core processor. The new phone, G530H, seems to be optimised for the entry level market, will have only 512 MB of RAM,…

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Lenovo to launch its cheapest 5-inch phone, A536, at Rs 6,400

The battle for entry level smartphones is all set to intensify with Lenovo planning to launch a new model, the A536, in India in the next two weeks, according to market sources. The phone, which comes with a 5 inch, 854 × 480 pixel LCD display and a quadcore mediatek MT6582m processor, will be priced between Rs 6,000 and Rs 6,500. At present, the cheapest 5-inch Lenovo phone is the S880, priced at Rs 9,200. The Lenovo A536 will come with a 5 megapixel camera at the back and a…

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65,000 sold, Xiaomi Mi3 continues to enthrall users

With 65,000 units sold in less than a month, the mania for Xiaomi Mi3 seems to be still going strong judging by user feedback on the phone. Out of the 2,269 ratings that the phone has received on Flipkart, 68.5% of the people have given the phone 5 out of 5 — or excellent, in their appreciation. This is higher than the Moto G’s rating, which is at 66.7% on the same site. Both are exclusive launches by the same outlet, so it’s unlikely that there is some platform bias….

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