Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone’s Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New products at CES 2017 dominated the news this week
  • Nokia 6 launch on Sunday stole CES’ thunder a little bit
  • Vodafone now has a Rs. 499 unlimited calling postpaid plan

Predictably, CES 2017 dominated tech news this week with a range of exciting launches and demos, but just as we were putting the finishing touches to this piece, another launch grabbed the headlines. HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand, announced the launch of Nokia 6, a phone that runs Android 7.0 out of the box.

The Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. See full specifications of the Nokia 6, which will unfortunately be a China-exclusive smartphone. HMD Global confirmed more Nokia Android phones are coming soon.

Before we get to all the CES launches from this week, let’s take a look at some important stories from closer home. Vodafone is taking the battle to Reliance Jio and Airtel with the launch of a new postpaid plan that offers unlimited calling, and 3GB of 4G data each month. The revamped Vodafone Red postpaid plans come soon after Airtel started offering 3GB of free mobile data per month to prepaid and postpaid customers switching to its 4G network.

Friday saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) in India – the same phone was launched in Russia in March last year, after quietly making its way to Dubai in January. In both those markets, it was sold as the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016). This is an entry level phone from Samsung, priced at Rs. 6,890.

From CES, one of the highlights was the launch of the Asus ZenFone AR, the first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. It also come with support for Google’s Tango augmented reality programme and DayDream virtual reality software. Asus ZenFone AR, like the other Tango device – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is designed around machine vision with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.

In addition to the ZenFone AR, Also also unveiled the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom camera smartphone with 5000mAh battery at the event. The phone has dual rear cameras and offers 2.3x optical zoom.

Samsung used CES to showcase the new A (2017) smartphones launched earlier this week. The Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) sport “enhanced” cameras compared to their predecessors, optimised for low-light conditions.

Later, pricing of the two of the new Samsung phones came to light as well.Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone's Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

LG also unveiled its K-series phones on the CES floor – the range covers the LG K3 (2017), LG K4 (2017), LG K8 (2017), and the LG K10 (2017).

LG also showed the LG Stylus 3. The South Korean company says that the new 2017 variants of the LG K3, K4, K8, K10 smartphones, and the Stylus 3 will strengthen its portfolio in the mid-range segment.

At its CES 2017 event, Xiaomi unveiled the latest Mi TV 4 and Mi Router HD, apart from announcing a brand new White colour variant of the Mi MIX smartphone. All the Xiaomi CES 2017 devices will be available later this year in China. Slimmer than an iPhone 7, the Mi TV 4 is the company’s thinnest TV to date.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX was unveiled as a limited edition concept smartphone, made in collaboration with French designer Philippe Stark, in October last year, and it will go on sale later this year.

Chipmaker Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 packs an Adreno 540 GPU, and is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820. The first 10nm chip by Qualcomm comes with longer battery life and will enable thinner designs.

Nvidia launched a new version of its Shield Android TV, called just Shield, at CES 2017. It comes with Google Assistant integration and supports 4K HDR. The new Nvidia Shield will cost $199 (roughly Rs. 13,200) but the company has not announced the availability of the device yet. It will be the first Android TV with Google’s Assistant, but others will follow, and it will come to other platforms over time.

There were also a lot of laptop launches at CES – Dell launched a range of products including a Latitude 2-in-1 business laptop, XPS 13 2-in-1, as well as new Alienware and Inspiron 7000 Gaming laptops. It also launched the new XPS 15 laptop, a Rose Gold variant of the XPS 13, and the XPS 27 AIO.

Asus launched the ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA, and unveiled a new, slimmed-down business laptop, along with a VR-ready compact PC.

LG launched its new Gram 14 laptop, which it claims offers a battery life of around 24 hours. However, the benchmark test used by the company for this claim has turned out to be a 10-year old measurement tool. LG’s new Gram 14 laptop weighs around 980 grams, and is powered by Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and houses up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Toshiba expanded its Portege laptop portfolio to launch a 2-in-1 offering – Portege X20W – pricing details of the 2-in-1 have not been announced yet. The Portege X20W convertible’s main highlight is touted to be its 16-hour battery life. Meanwhile, HP unveiled the refreshed EliteBook x360, a 15.6-inch Spectre x360, alongside the new Envy Curved AIO 34, the new Sprout Pro by HP, and Omen X 35 Curved Display.

Lenovo refreshed the ThinkPad X1 line, launching a host of products under its portfolio including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Miix 720, Lenovo Active Pen 2, Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop, Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition, Lenovo Smart Storage, Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, and Lenovo New Glass C200.

Asus also showed the Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 convertible, a high-end Chromebook. Samsung unveiled a Chromebook with stylus support, while Acer showed off a rugged Chromebook, targeted at classrooms.

Dell also launched a range of new gaming laptops in its Alienware and Inspiron lines, and Lenovo showed its range of Legion gaming laptops, and also a new VR headset, which will work with Microsoft’s Windows Holographic Program. Samsung also showcased a new gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey. The most jaw-dropping of the lot though was probably Razer’s Project Valerie concept laptop, which comes with three 4K displays, for “total immersion gaming”.

On the audio front, JBL launched the Pulse 3, Flip 4, Playlist, and BassPro Go speakers; Sennheiser unveiled wireless headphones and recording earbuds; Sony showed Google-Home friendly soundboards, along with new headphones and speakers; and LG announced a Dolby Atmos capable soundbar.

As usual, CES also saw a number of wearables being launched – some of the highlights were the Misfit Vapor, the Casio WSD-F20 rugged Android Wear watch, and the Motiv fitness ring, which comes with a heart rate sensor. There were a few VR related announcements for new accessories from HTC Vive, while the other products are still works in progress.

Outside of CES, we had two more launches in India this week. We saw the launch of the Xolo Era 2X – the 2GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 6,666 while the 3GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 7,499. It replaces the Xolo Era 1X, which launched with a price tag of Rs. 4,999 last year. Other than this, we had the launch of the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO closed-backover-ear headphones in India, priced at Rs. 6,490.

Besides this, TRAI released a consultation paper on net neutrality – you have till February 15 to send in your responses to the regulator on this important issue.

Paytm also announced an interesting development this week – it’s finally received approval to launch its payments bank – the actual rollout will still take a little time, but it’s expected in the coming months. Paytm had earlier announced that it’s going to merge its Wallet and Payments Bank, so your wallet balance will automatically become your bank balance.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited India this week, and launched new programs to help SMBs go digital. He visited his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur, where he talked to students, and told NDTV’s Vikram Chandra in an interview Google is keen to work on UPI. He also met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who says Google should tailor its services to local needs.

These were the highlights of the week for us, let us know via the comments what caught your eye this week.

 

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: A Tough Flagship Choice For Rs 59,990

Sony has entered the flagship smartphone race with a bang with its Xperia XZ Premium. The latest flagship Sony smartphone comes loaded with Sony’s in-house technology and is a step-up effort by the company to challenge the current market-ruling flagships by other companies, be it the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Apple iPhone 7Plus.

Now it is not easy to stand-up to the market champions and call them out for a duel. So naturally, Sony could not leave anything to chance. The technology features that come with the smartphone are not to be taken lightly but how well do they contribute to an overall flagship smartphone experience? Let’s find out in this review.

What’s Cool?

Sony has focussed on three core segments to make the Xperia XZ Premium stand out from the competitors – its display, camera and processor.

To begin with, the Xperia XZ Premium comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This is the first smartphone in India to offer the latest Qualcomm flagship processor, beating others (the OnePlus 5 that made claims to take this spot). Now as soon as this processor’s name pops up, you can be assured that the smartphone will not be under-par in performance.

Coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage and a support for Android 7.0 Nougat, the phone is extremely smooth to operate and till date, we have not found it lagging in any task. The storage is optimum to store as much data as you want and if you find it not up to your liking, there is always an option to expand it to 256GB using external micro SD card.

With the processor power and the sharp display, the Xperia XZ Premium is a treat to watch videos and play games on. Speaking of the display, Sony has introduced its 4K HDR proprietary technology in the 5.5-inch display of the XZ Premium, which it claims to have brought down from its Bravia range of televisions. The display is sharp, crisp and at a pixel density of 807 PPI, delivers a great experience.

The smartphone is IP 65/68 certified dust and water resistance and we put it to test by taking the phone on a river rafting spree. Make no mistake, the Xperia XZ Premium will surprise you by its ability to work in water. There is also a ‘Glove mode’ on the phone that allows you to have a better touch-screen experience while wearing gloves.

A commendable feature is the placement of the fingerprint sensor of the Xperia XZ Premium on its power button. This comes as a refreshing change from the standard home button integrated fingerprint sensor and is not at all as irritating as the ones placed at the back, like the one on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Snapdragon 835 Processor, Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Flagship Smartphone, Android Smartphone, Smartphone ReviewSony Xperia XZ Premium – Fingerprint Scanner. (Photo: Siddhartha Safaya/ News18.com)

The Xperia XZ Premium is powered by a 3,230 mAh battery. Now, this is nothing that a smartphone can boast about but it easily gets you through a day of heavy usage and so we would rate it on the good side. Plus point, the battery performance is enhanced by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and Sony’s own Qnovo Adaptive Charging, both of which aid in quick charging of the smartphone’s battery. The Xperia XZ Premium supports USB Type-C connectivity.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy S8: Top 10 Features You Will Absolutely Love

Sony has repeatedly mentioned the camera capabilities of the smartphone, which, are not something to be missed. Though we would only comment upon limited features of the Xperia XZ Premium camera in this section, these features will certainly up your photography game. Sony has included its Exmor RS Sensor in its 19-megapixel primary and 13-megapixel front cameras. The interesting features that these cameras carry are Super-Slow Motion recording at 960 fps, Predictive Capture and Augmented Reality capabilities. There is also a dedicated camera key at the bottom-right of the phone for easier photo-capturing.

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You can have a gist of what Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s Super-Slow Motion recording can do by having a look at the Video review of the phone. It is one thing to look at an edited Slow-motion and another to shoot it yourself. The Super-Slow Motion recording will certainly expand the ‘what to shoot’ options for anyone and comes as something that you’d really look forward to in this smartphone.

Predictive Capturing, on the other hand, takes multiple shots of the image that you just clicked. This happens seconds before and seconds after you capture the image. It works just like Apple’s ‘Live Images’ and lets you select the best image for your click.

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Also read: HTC U11 Review: It Squeezes Into the iPhone 7 & Samsung Galaxy S8 Territory

What’s not so Cool?

One thing that nobody would like about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is that the phone is practically a fingerprint magnet. Touch it once and your fingerprint is visible enough for it to hold its credibility in a court case.

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Also, Sony has used its standard design mantra for this flagship phone. The ‘loop surface’ are not something unique and apart from the extremely glossy and reflective finish, the design will only excite a long-time Sony aficionado. A good and easy way for Sony to go off the signature design would have been to reduce the bezel size on the Xperia XZ Premium.

Now coming back to the camera of the Xperia XZ Premium, well, a subtle way of mentioning its performance is that the camera is not as good as Sony claims it to be. Apart from the features mentioned in the above section, the Xperia XZ Premium does not score very well on the camera front. Simply put, at the price at which the smartphone is available, you would expect a lot more than what you get. One mentionable downside for professional photographers, the camera’s shutter speed cannot be increased to more than 1 on Manual mode.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Snapdragon 835 Processor, Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Flagship Smartphone, Android Smartphone, Smartphone ReviewSony Xperia XZ Premium – Selfie Camera. (Photo: Siddhartha Safaya/ News18.com)

Verdict

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is undoubtedly a very good smartphone to have, especially if you are done with the regular Samsung and Apple flagship offerings. It is a loaded device, looks elegant and overall promises a good smartphone experience.

Yet the price tag on the Sony flagship is a bit too top-notch. There are some major chunks of refinement missing from the smartphone for it to have touched the Rs 59,990 price list. Considering the competitors are Samsung’s revolutionary flagship with the Bezel-less design and Apple’s trustworthy flagship offering, the USP of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium can only be its inbuilt Technology features.

Nokia 3 online sale debuts in India; listed on Croma at Rs. 9,499

A few days back, HMD launched the Nokia Android smartphones in India. At the time of the launch, it was announced that the Nokia 3 will go on sale starting from June 16 and that it will be exclusive only to the offline stores.

As mentioned by HMD, the Nokia 3 priced at Rs. 9,499 went on sale via the offline stores on June 16. The company did not reveal anything about the possibility of this smartphone to be made available online. Now, the Nokia 3 has been listed on the online retailer website Croma for the same price of Rs. 9,499. Though this move was not announced by the company, many Nokia fans will welcome it.

From the listing on Croma, it looks like the entry-level Nokia 3 smartphone will be available with the cash on delivery payment mode. Also, there is EMI option for those who would like to purchase it with convenient payment options.

We can expect the Nokia 3 to be listed by a few other retailers too in the coming days. Being an entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 3 has a polycarbonate body. It is fitted with a 5-inch HD 720p IPS LCD display.

The hardware aspects of the Nokia 3 include a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC that is coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Notably, the storage capacity can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card.

The camera department of the device comprises of an 8MP camera at the back and another 8MP camera sensor at the front. The other goodies on board the Nokia 3 are Android Nougat, OTG support, 4G LTE and a 2650mAh battery.

 

‘lephone W2’ smartphone at Rs 3,999 unveiled

 

New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker lephone on Tuesday introduced an entry-level 4G/VoLTE budget smartphone `lephone W2` in India at Rs 3,999.

`lephone W2` runs on 1.3GHz quad core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of in-built storage that can be further expanded upto 32GB via microSD card.

The device provides support for 22 regional languages.

 'lephone W2' smartphone at Rs 3,999 unveiled

“`Lephone W2` offers all the latest specifications and is arguably the best model in its class in the market,” said Vinod Pandit, Business Head, lephone Technology, in a statement.

The device comes with 2MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA (equivalent to 0.3MP) front camera.

The device comes with a gravity sensor to augment gaming experiences and houses 4.5-inch FWVGA display to makes sure that images are not cropped while viewing.

 

Jio’s Rs. 500 Phone, Nokia 5 India Pre-Bookings, Honor 8 Pro Launch, and More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reliance Jio’s feature phone could be announced on July 21
  • The Nokia 5 is now open for pre-bookings ahead of the actual sale
  • Honor 8 Pro launched to take on OnePlus 5 and others

If you need a quick recap of the tech news from this week, then you’ve come to the right place. One of the top highlights from this week as the news that Reliance Jio’s long-rumoured feature phone could be unveiled soon, priced at just Rs. 500. The 4G VoLTE capable Jio feature phone might be announced on July 21, but go on sale only on August 15, alongside a special tariff plan. According to reports, the feature phone will still support Jio apps, such as MyJio, JioTV, JioCinema, and JioMusic. Reportedly, Jio will also be launching a broadband service at the same time, under the name JioFiber.

While all that is still rumoured, what is official is a new offer for the JioFi Wi-Fi hotspot. Now that the Jio Summer Surprise and Dhan Dhana Dhan offer benefits are coming towards an end, this will be the best way to get the most bang for your buck on Jio. The new offer provides customers with up to 224GB data on purchasing a new JioFi device and a new Jio SIM card. The Rs. 99 cost of Jio Prime membership is included in the cost of the JioFi device, and consumers will only have to buy one of the Jio plans on which the offer is provided. You can get a 2GB Jio plan for Rs. 149, or pay Rs. 309 for 1GB per day Rs. 509 for 2GB per day.

There were a couple of other great offers from Jio rivals as well. Airtel’s Monsoon Surprise Offer for postpaid users went live. It gives Airtel subscribers up to 30GB of 4G data for three billing cycles. To avail the offer, you need the My Airtel app, and you can claim the additional data as a free add-on to your recharges. On the other hand, BSNL is now offering up to 8X data for postpaid users. With refreshed postpaid plans, BSNL now offers 1GB data at Rs. 225, compared to 200MB data earlier. Other BSNL plans have been similarly boosted as well.

The Nokia 3 become available online in India last week, and now the pre-bookings have begun for the Nokia 5. Unfortunately, it’s still unclear when it will actually be available to customers. The Nokia 5 was launched at a price of Rs. 12,899 for the offline market in India. Sporting a 5.2-inch HD display, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, and 2GB RAM, along with 16GB in-built storage. Like the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 is also an offline-exclusive phone.

We also got to learn a bit more about the upcoming Nokia Android lineup. According to a report, the Nokia 8 will be the brand’s 2017 flagship, and not the Nokia 9. The latter phone might instead be launched later instead.Jio's Rs. 500 Phone, Nokia 5 India Pre-Bookings, Honor 8 Pro Launch, and More News This Week

We also saw a number of launches this week. One of the bigger ones was the Samsung Galaxy On Max, with 4GB RAM and a front flash. Priced at Rs. 16,900, the phone will be sold via Flipkart, and aside from the 4GB RAM, it’s got a 5.7-inch full-HD display, with an octa-core processor and 32GB of inbuilt storage. The Samsung Galaxy On Max comes with 13-megapixel sensors for the front and back cameras, with single-click image sharing options.

Another launch was the Nubia M2, with rear dual-cameras. Sold via Amazon India, the phone is priced at Rs. 22,999 and aside from the dual rear camera, packs 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625 SoC. Both rear cameras have a 13-megapixel sensor, and there’s a 16-megapixel front camera. The phone comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage.

The Honor 8 Pro was launched in India this week and will be sold exclusively via Amazon India. The phone is priced at Rs. 29,999, and goes on sale next week. It comes with a dual camera setup, a massive 4000mAh battery, and an impressive 6GB of RAM. The Honor 8 Pro comes with 128GB of inbuilt storage, and a 1.8GHz octa-core processor. It will go head to head against the OnePlus 5.

The Asus ZenFone 4 Max was launched in Russia this week, where its price starts at RUB 13,900 (roughly Rs. 15,000) for the Snapdragon 425 variant. There is also a Snapdragon 430 variant, whose price was not revealed. The phone otherwise has a dual-rear camera setup, and a 5000mAh battery that can also be used as a power bank for other phones.

Vivo also launched the Vivo X9s and Vivo X9s Plus, priced at CNY 2,698 (roughly Rs. 25,600) and CNY 2,998 (roughly Rs. 28,500), respectively. The two phones have the same specs, but the Vivo X9s is 5.5-inches, while the Plus is 5.85-inches; as a result, it also has a bigger battery, at 4015mAh as compared to 3320mAh. Both phones have a 1.44GHz octa-core, along with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a dual camera setup on the front.

Another interesting development this week was news that Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing service, is eyeing international expansion. Sources told Gadgets 360 that Ola plans to enter Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. There’s no fixed timeline for the rollout, but Ola is apparently looking to add support for international locations to its app.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s long-underway White Space project appears to have hit a roadblock. Earlier this year, the company piloted the project in Harisal, a small village in Maharashtra, crippled with several infrastructural issues such as power cuts that stretch over 10 hours a day. Months later, Microsoft quietly stopped the project in Harisal after its temporary license to run pilots expired and the government refused to renew the spectrum band for commercial deployment.

Speaking of Microsoft, the company announced that Skype Lite has now gotten Aadhaar integration, allowing users to verify identity on video calls. The company had launched Skype Lite in February, and on Wednesday added Aadhaar integration to the app with the latest update.

A leak this week also gave us a look at the upcoming Moto X4. While Moto X4 was already expected to feature a dual camera setup, it can also be seen sporting a curved screen in the freshly leaked render.

If you’re looking for a deal, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ 128GB variant just saw a price cut of Rs. 4,000, just a month after the phone launched in India. At Rs. 70,900, it’s still far from a cheap phone though, and it’s not clear if this is a temporary drop or a permanent price cut.

Xiaomi meanwhile announced that its just seen a record quarter with shipments of 23.16 million units. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the company saw a 70 percent increase from the previous quarter. He also noted that the India revenue in the first half of the year is up 328 percent year-on-year.

In the wake of LeEco’s continuing financial troubles the company’s founder has resigned as chairman. He earlier resigned as CEO in May. The announcement came after Jia on social media promised to repay debt and reaffirmed LeEco’s electric car commitment.

 

LG G6 Now Available With a Rs. 10,000 Discount in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The phone was launched in April in India
  • LG G6 sports 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display
  • The phone was launched at Rs. 51,990 in India

LG India is now offering its latest flagship G6 smartphone in India with Rs. 10,000 discount as part of its 20th anniversary in the country. While the smartphone was launched at a price of Rs. 51,990 in India, currently it is available at Rs. 41,999 on Amazon. The company announced the limited period discount on the flagship smartphone through its Twitter account.

To recall, the LG G6 smartphone was initially launched by the company at MWC 2017 in February and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The highlight feature on the smartphone is its 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display with an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio instead of industry standard (16:9). The phone was launched with the new UX 6.0 that company said has been optimised for the 18:9 aspect ratio.LG G6 Now Available With a Rs. 10,000 Discount in India

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The LG G6 was launched in the 64GB storage variant. The storage on the LG G6 is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
In terms of optics, the new LG flagship smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup at rear end with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for wide-angle shots with 125-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71-degree lens and OIS 2.0. At front, the G6 features a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree lens.

The LG G6 houses a non-removable 3300mAh battery. This is a departure from the company’s earlier devices that usually featured removable batteries. It measures 148.9×71.9×7.9mm and weighs in at 163 grams. LG G6 supports LTE-A 3 Band CA network and in terms of connectivity options, it includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0 connectivity options. It is available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White colour options.

Notably, the phone was touted to be the “first smartphone with supports Dolby Vision” at the time of its launch by LG. It features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback as well. The phone packs a fingerprint scanner at the back as well. Another distinction is that it has passed the MIL-STD 810G military standard certification for durability.

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Motorola launches Moto C in India for Rs 5,999

 

Handset maker Motorola on Friday launched its new handset, Moto C, priced at Rs 5,999 to tap into the booming affordable smartphone category in India.

Moto C, which is the cheapest smartphone in Motorola India’s portfolio currently will be available across leading stores in over 100 cities from Friday.

“According to the reports, fewer people are expected to upgrade to smartphones because of concerns over price, need and ability to use. We see this as a huge opportunity for a brand like us to initiate the smartphone journey for feature phone users,” Motorola Mobility India MD Sudhin Mathur said.Motorola launches Moto C in India for Rs 5,999

The 4G-enabled Moto C features a 5-inch display, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP rear and 2MP front camera and 2350 mAh battery.

Previously, Moto E was the most affordable device in the company’s portfolio. The device is currently selling for over Rs 7,000.

Moto E and Moto G comprise the majority of Motorola’s sales in India.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally. Driven by increasing data consumption and falling data prices, a huge number of feature phone users are also migrating to smartphones and seek affordable devices.

Players like Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi and Lava have a number of smartphones in their portfolios, especially in the affordable segment that is often categorised as those priced under Rs 12,000.

 

Samsung to Invest Rs. 4,915 Crores to Expand Phone, Refrigerator Manufacturing in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung announced Rs. 4,915 crores investment for its Noida factory
Part of the company’s Make in India, Make for India drive
Expansion will help manufacture 120 million phones annually
Samsung over the years has enjoyed a pretty solid foothold in the Indian market. The South Korean giant leads in smartphone sales in the country partly thanks to its wide range of smartphones that cover each price segment as well as its production capacity. Speaking of the latter, Samsung India on Wednesday announced that the expansion of its factory in Noida has now commenced.

The South Korean giant announced an investment of Rs. 4,915 crores in India to expand the Noida plant which manufactures smartphones, refrigerators, and TVs. To meet the ever growing demand for Samsung smartphones, the company means to double its production after expanding its factory in Noida by 35 acres as part of the ‘Make in India, Make for India’ initiative. The factory, once fully operational, will be able to produce around 10 million smartphones every month or around 120 million smartphones annually and generate thousands of new job opportunities.

Unveiling the foundation stone, HC Hong, President and CEO of Samsung Southwest Asia, took to the stage and said, “This new investment of Rs. 4,915 crores is a testament to our continuing commitment to ‘Make in India’ and to Uttar Pradesh, which has been our partner right from the day Samsung’s journey in India began. Steadfast support from the state and local authorities in Noida has helped our vision of ‘Make in India’ a reality. Today, on the back of the Digital India movement led by millions of young Indians, we are witnessing a rise in adoption of electronic devices, smart appliances and mobile phones. A bigger manufacturing plant will help us cater to the growing demand for Samsung products across the country.”Samsung to Invest Rs. 4,915 Crores to Expand Phone, Refrigerator Manufacturing in India

Electronics and IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said at the event that investments towards electronics industry in India grew to Rs. 1,53,000 crores from Rs. 11,000 crores in the last three years and that the government sees $1 trillion coming out of digital economy by 2020 with Samsung a key player in driving the economy.
Expansion plans in Noida first came to fruition after the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Uttar Pradesh government back in October 2016. Samsung had initially planned to invest only about Rs. 2,000 crores, but then decide to increase investment and scale up manufacturing in India.

The expansion comes in the face of growing competition from Chinese companies like Oppo and Vivo, who are slowly capturing the Indian market with their mid-range offerings. While Samsung still maintains the number one spot, its growth is far less when compared to the competition.

Additionally, Samsung India has also launched service vans to provide timely customer support across rural India, expanding its network to over 3,000 service points.

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Samsung to Invest Rs. 4,915 Crores to Expand Phone, Refrigerator Manufacturing in India

 

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Samsung announced Rs. 4,915 crores investment for its Noida factory
Part of the company’s Make in India, Make for India drive
Expansion will help manufacture 120 million phones annually
Samsung over the years has enjoyed a pretty solid foothold in the Indian market. The South Korean giant leads in smartphone sales in the country partly thanks to its wide range of smartphones that cover each price segment as well as its production capacity. Speaking of the latter, Samsung India on Wednesday announced that the expansion of its factory in Noida has now commenced.

The South Korean giant announced an investment of Rs. 4,915 crores in India to expand the Noida plant which manufactures smartphones, refrigerators, and TVs. To meet the ever growing demand for Samsung smartphones, the company means to double its production after expanding its factory in Noida by 35 acres as part of the ‘Make in India, Make for India’ initiative. The factory, once fully operational, will be able to produce around 10 million smartphones every month or around 120 million smartphones annually and generate thousands of new job opportunities.

Unveiling the foundation stone, HC Hong, President and CEO of Samsung Southwest Asia, took to the stage and said, “This new investment of Rs. 4,915 crores is a testament to our continuing commitment to ‘Make in India’ and to Uttar Pradesh, which has been our partner right from the day Samsung’s journey in India began. Steadfast support from the state and local authorities in Noida has helped our vision of ‘Make in India’ a reality. Today, on the back of the Digital India movement led by millions of young Indians, we are witnessing a rise in adoption of electronic devices, smart appliances and mobile phones. A bigger manufacturing plant will help us cater to the growing demand for Samsung products across the country.”Samsung to Invest Rs. 4,915 Crores to Expand Phone, Refrigerator Manufacturing in India

Electronics and IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said at the event that investments towards electronics industry in India grew to Rs. 1,53,000 crores from Rs. 11,000 crores in the last three years and that the government sees $1 trillion coming out of digital economy by 2020 with Samsung a key player in driving the economy.
Expansion plans in Noida first came to fruition after the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Uttar Pradesh government back in October 2016. Samsung had initially planned to invest only about Rs. 2,000 crores, but then decide to increase investment and scale up manufacturing in India.

The expansion comes in the face of growing competition from Chinese companies like Oppo and Vivo, who are slowly capturing the Indian market with their mid-range offerings. While Samsung still maintains the number one spot, its growth is far less when compared to the competition.

Additionally, Samsung India has also launched service vans to provide timely customer support across rural India, expanding its network to over 3,000 service points.

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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Gets a Price Cut, Now Available in India at Rs. 31,900

 

Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy C9 Pro, company’s first smartphone with 6GB RAM, in India at Rs. 36,900. To recall, the smartphone was initially launched for China in October last year and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Now, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro price in India has been slashed and customers can purchase the smartphone at Rs. 31,900 from Samsung’s own online store or from Flipkart in India.

While the South Korean company did not make an announcement on the price cut for the country, it has quietly shed Rs. 5,000 off from the official price for Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro from its official online store. Further, as we mentioned earlier, the smartphone is already available via Flipkart as well at the new price.Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Gets a Price Cut, Now Available in India at Rs. 31,900

The dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) 4G-enabled Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro sports a 6-inch full HD (1080×1920) AMOLED display, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, with four cores clocked at 1.95GHz and the rest at 1.4GHz. In terms of optics, the Galaxy C9 Pro packs a 16-megapixel camera on both front and rear ends. The rear 16-megapixel camera comes with an aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-LED flash. The smartphone’s selfie camera too has the same aperture sans the flash module.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro comes with inbuilt storage of 64GB, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The smartphone has a fingerprint scanner mounted on its physical home button. The Galaxy C9 Pro packs a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support. Apart from 4G LTE, the connectivity options on the Galaxy C9 Pro include Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It measures 162.9×80.7×6.9mm and weighs 189 grams.