LENOVO K7 NOTE, with Snapdragon 625, to take on Redmi Note 4 in India

Two months after the launch of its latest mid-range phone, the Lenovo K6 Note, the Chinese smartphone brand is ready to unveil its next mid range model and the competitor to the successful Redmi Note 4 “Something more noteworthy is coming soon,” the Chinese company said, unveiling a picture (see above) of a previously unseen model. It is almost certain that the new model will be named K7 Note. The predecessor, K6 Note, was launched as an offline model and was priced at a steep Rs 17,000 for the 4 GB…

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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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Redmi Note 4 sets new record with 2.5 lakh phones sold in 1 flash sale

Redmi Note 4, this year’s successor to the most popular phone of 2016, has got off to an unbelievable start. The Chinese company sold a whopping 2.5 lakh (250,000) phones in the first flash sale itself, and that too in under 10 minutes. The previous record for the highest number of phones sold in a single flash sale was around 60,000, and was set by LeEco last year. What is surprising about the number is not that there were so many buyers — after all it sold millions of Note3s…

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Redmi Note 4 is great, but can Xiaomi deliver the stock for flash sale?

  Xiaomi seems to have yet delivered yet another winner in the form of the upgraded Redmi Note 4, launched in India today. The phone, priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, is arguably the most value for money phone in the market today. It also launched a Rs 10,999 variant with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which should also see brisk sales. FEEDBACK TAKEN On a positive note, Xiaomi did not simply dump the old model introduced in China into the…

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Redmi Note 4 priced at Rs 12,999 for 4GB version, 9,999 for 2GB

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. The phone will be priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB version with 64 GB of internal memory. The 2 GB version will be priced at Rs 9,999 and the 3 GB variant, with only 32 GB of internal memory will be available at a price of just Rs 10,999. The prices are largely along expected lines, given the phone’s specifications. The model is only…

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Rs 12,999 gets you Redmi Note 4 with 14 nm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, better camera

Redmi Note 4 has scored a small coup in the mid-range smartphone market in India by introducing the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 14 nm technology. “This is the debut of the Snapdragon 625-enabled Note 4.. It’s coming first to India, and is not available even in China,” said the company. This gives the phone a key edge over rivals like Coolpad Cool1, which come with 28 nm technology. The phone gives about 25% more battery life compared with Redmi Note 3, the company says. One can get 7 hours or…

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LIVE STREAM – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India Launch

Xiaomi is streaming the unveiling of its latest mid-range smartphone, the Redmi Note 4, via Youtube. It will not be streaming the event live on Facebook or Twitter, but only via a Youtube link.  UPDATE: The phone has been priced at Rs 12,999 for the 4+64 GB version, Rs 10,999 for the 3+32 GB variant and Rs 9,999 for the 2+16 GB variant. It comes with advanced Snapdragon 625 chipset that can run cooler and faster for longer than most other chipsets in the price range, and has increased the…

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At Rs 18k, Lenovo P2 is no challenger for Redmi Note 4

Lenovo is all set to kick off the 14 nm revolution in India with the launch of its P2, the successor to the no-so-hot-selling P1. The P series phones are ‘upper mid range’ devices priced around Rs 16,000 — or about 25% higher than the company’s K series devices. While the K series looks primarily at affordability, the P series is a blend of style and a premium feel without being limited by pricing requirements without leaving mid range (Rs 10,000-20,000) territory. You can watch the live transmission of the unveiling…

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Will OnePlus 3 from Flipkart get warranty support from manufacturer?

OnePlus 3, arguably the most successful premium phone of 2016 in India, may not get warranty support from the manufacturer if purchased from Flipkart, going by a statement by the company. The company issued a statement that seemed to suggest that Flipkart’s sale of the model is not authorized by the company. “We have an exclusive partnership with Amazon in India. We advice customers to purchase OnePlus products only through official channels as we cannot guarantee the authenticity of the products sold elsewhere,” the company said. Typically, warranty is provided to a…

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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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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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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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Auxus4X — with 4GB RAM and superior display — launched on eBay at Rs 16k

Auxus, known for selling highly specified smartphones at mid-range prices, said it is launching its latest model, Auxus4X at a price of Rs 15,990 exclusively on eBay.in. The smartphone will come with the Helio P10 chipset, a 5.5-inch, full-HD display made by LG Electronics and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It is powered by 3 Ah battery and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone also has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, and supports Quick Charge function along with all the Indian frequency bands of 2G, 3G and 4G…

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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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SHOCKING: TCL, Amazon launch India’s cheapest TVs; 4K UHD model at just Rs 32k

TCL, one of the world’s top TV brands, has entered India with a bang, launching India’s cheapest 4K UHD TV at just Rs 31,990. The TCL 43-inch P1 Ultra HD TV is cheaper by nearly Rs 10,000 compared to Micromax 42C0050UHD, currently the most attractive value-for-money UHD TV in India. The Micromax model is priced at Rs 41,898. The TCL 43-inch P1, as the name implies, is also slightly bigger (43 in vs 42 in for Micromax) despite costing less. The TV is available only on Amazon.in. TCL also launched…

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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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Lenovo Vibe K5 user reviews point to poor camera, decent handset

Lenovo’s latest entry-level warrior, the Vibe K5 Note, started selling two weeks ago and going by initial user reviews, the phone ticks all boxes except one – camera. The device has been found to be acceptable or good in all respects such as performance and display, but the camera been variously described as poor, terrible, below average etc.. Other than that, the only two areas of some concern are occasional reports on poor battery life (which can apparently be fixed) and a slight ‘heating problem’ on data use. On the positive side,…

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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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