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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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…

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Bharti Airtel loses 8 mln data users, now behind Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom company, reported a loss of around 7.7 mln data users in the three months between October and December, due to the free services offered by Reliance Jio. Jio, on its part, had picked up around 50 mln free data and voice users on its nationwide 4G network by the end of December. With this, the total number of data users on Bharti Airtel is at 54.9 mln, compared to about 75 mln on Reliance Jio. Of these 55 mln users on Airtel, only 37.7 mln…

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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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Lenovo P2 priced at Rs 17,999 for 4 GB variant, higher than expected

Lenovo’s latest smartphone in India, the P2, has been launched at Rs 17,999 for the 4 GB version, which is about Rs 2,000 more than the expected price. A cheaper option, at Rs 16,999, will also be available on Flipkart, but will come with only 3 GB of RAM. The pricing makes the phone less value-for-money than many expected. However, the phone has some key features and specifications that set it apart, though the pricing is still on the higher side. The most attractive aspect of the device will be…

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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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CoolPad Cool 1 to be launched in India on Wednesday, price 11k expected

Coolpad and its parent LeEco will launch the much-anticipated mid-range smartphone Cool 1 in India on Wednesday at a starting price of around Rs 11,000. The phone was launched in Chine in late August, and the company has taken four months to make it available in its second biggest market. However, on the positive side, the India launches could sport cheaper prices compared to the Chinese market. While the starting model — which carries 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage — is likely to be priced at the same…

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HTC Desire 10 Pro launched in India at Rs 26,490 price

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone brand, has launched the ‘pro’ version of its Desire 10 phone in India at a price of Rs 26,490. The phone is available on preorder with some vendors. As expected, the new model is far from value for money, and is unlikely to be a big hit. The device comes with 4 GB of RAM and the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset. Built-in storage is 64 GB and the 5.5-inch LCD display carries a full-HD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. The Android 6.0 powered phone has a…

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Nokia files more patent infringement suits against Apple

Nokia has filed further complaints alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents, expanding its litigation originally announced on December 21. Across actions in 11 countries, there are now 40 patents in suit, which cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding, the company said. Cases have now been filed in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Munich, Helsinki, London, Turin, Stockholm and Barcelona. The network equipment maker now has patent infringement suits against Apple in Barcelona, Tokyo, Texas and several other places including one with the…

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SUSPENSE: Will Flipkart sell OnePlus 3 or not?

With minutes remaining for the planned 4 PM flash sale of heavily discounted OnePlus 3 phones, the suspense over whether Flipkart will actually go ahead with the sale or not has hit a peak. On social media, there are reports that Flipkart will actually go ahead and conduct a sale anyway. However, there are no signs of the impending flash-sale on the retailer’s website. The OnePlus3 listing that was there has still not made it back to the website even after nearly 24 hours of it being taken down. Flipkart,…

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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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Flipkart to sell OnePlus 3 with huge discount; Company says not done!

Flipkart, the homegrown ecommerce giant, has listed OnePlus 3 as one of the prominent mobile deals being offered under its ‘Big Shopping Days’ sale to be held from Saturday, Dec 17 onwards. It has also put up a ‘coming soon’ page for the sought-after smartphone model. However, OnePlus has an agreement with Amazon India that it will only sell its phones via the international retailer. Not surprisingly, OnePlus founder Carl Pei was not very happy with the promotion. UPDATE https://ultra.news/t-t/25767/flipkart-withdraws-oneplus-3-listing-follows-negative-feedback-brand “Brother, what’s this, we’re exclusive with Amazon India,” said Carl…

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Why Lenovo K6 Note makes little sense vs K5

Lenovo has chosen to launch the K6 Note via the offline channel in India and will unveil the official price of the model on Wednesday. Though the model would have been priced around the Rs 12,000 mark via online sales channels, it is now likely to be priced higher at around Rs 14,000-15,000 because it is being sold through the offline channel. UPDATE: The price of the 3+32GB version is Rs 13,999 and that of the 4+64GB version is Rs 15,499. It will be available via ‘offline’ stores. Smarrtphone brands typically…

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Lenovo issues VoLTE update for K5, Plus and Note with Reliance Jio support

Three months after Reliance Jio started giving out free connections, Lenovo — the biggest online smartphone brand in India — has started pushing out VoLTE update to those who bought its last generation phones – the K5, and its Note and Plus variants. Out of these, at least some Note users have already got the OTA update as early as October this year, while those with K5 and the Plus version have been kept waiting. The lack of native support for Reliance Jio’s voice services has been a major disappointment…

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WATCH LIVE: Lenovo K6 Power launch in India at 3 PM today

Flipkart and Lenovo are launching their latest mid-range smartphone, the K6 Power, in India today at 3 PM. The live stream of the even is available on Youtube (see below). It remains to be seen what specifications of the K6 Power are introduced in India. Globally, it is available in 3G and 4GB versions. Given that the Coolpad Note5 is available at Rs 10,990 and comes with 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 616 chipset. The K6 Power is built around the Snapdragon 430 chipset. The display is a 5-inch full-HD…

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