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  • In a move to corner India's vast, untapped smartphone market and elbow out foreign competitors, Mukesh Ambani, the country's richest man and the multibillionaire owner of Reliance Industries, recently announced that he will start handing out effectively free cellphones.The catch is that the phones come bundled with a plan on Reliance's mobile network, Jio, which was rolled out across India in 2016 as an ultracheap alternative to the existing voice and data plans offered by rival providers. (To get a JioPhone, users will have to pay a deposit of $23 (Rs. 1,500) upfront, refundable after three years.)Handing out "free" phones may seem an expensive way to lure subscribers, but the stakes are high. Cheap devices and low tariffs, coupled with better infrastructure - mobile towers and electricity even in remote villages - have boosted cellphone usage in India over the past two decades. As wireless subscriptions top 1 billion, up from just 1.89 million in 2000, a scramble is ..

    Jio Phone: ‘Free 4G Phone’ Is on Its Way to India – With a Catch

    In a move to corner India's vast, untapped smartphone market and elbow out foreign competitors, Mukesh Ambani, the country's richest man and the multibillionaire owner of Reliance Industries, recently announced that he will start handing out effectively free cellphones.The catch is that the phones come bundled with a plan on Reliance's mobile network, Jio, which was rolled out across India in 2016 as an ultracheap alternative to the existing voice and data plans offered by rival providers. (To get a JioPhone, users will have to pay a deposit of $23 (Rs. 1,500) upfront, refundable after three years.)Handing out "free" phones may seem an expensive way to lure subscribers, but the stakes are high. Cheap devices and low tariffs, coupled with better infrastructure - mobile towers and electricity even in remote villages - have boosted cellphone usage in India over the past two decades. As wireless subscriptions top 1 billion, up from just 1.89 million in 2000, a scramble is ..
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  • In June, Samsung launched its Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max smartphones in India. While the Galaxy J7 Max already went on sale last month, the South Korean company on Tuesday made its Galaxy J7 Pro smartphone available for purchase in India. The Galaxy J7 Pro is currently available at Rs. 20,990 from the company's own online store.To recall, Galaxy J7 Pro comes with Samsung Pay service, which also makes it one of the company's first mid-range smartphones to pack this mobile payments feature.Moving on to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display. It is powered by an Samsung Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Pro comes with a 13-megapixel rear sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 13-megapixel front shooter with f/1.9 aperture.The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes with 64GB of built-in storage that, which is expandable thro..

    Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Goes on Sale in India: Price, Specifications

    In June, Samsung launched its Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max smartphones in India. While the Galaxy J7 Max already went on sale last month, the South Korean company on Tuesday made its Galaxy J7 Pro smartphone available for purchase in India. The Galaxy J7 Pro is currently available at Rs. 20,990 from the company's own online store.To recall, Galaxy J7 Pro comes with Samsung Pay service, which also makes it one of the company's first mid-range smartphones to pack this mobile payments feature.Moving on to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display. It is powered by an Samsung Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Pro comes with a 13-megapixel rear sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 13-megapixel front shooter with f/1.9 aperture.The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes with 64GB of built-in storage that, which is expandable thro..
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  • Apple has asked the Indian government to extend tax breaks to its suppliers if India seeks to become a manufacturing hub for iPhones and its components.Government officials say meeting this request would require a new policy that applies fairly to other device makers, too.The US tech giant has been in talks with Indian officials since May of last year, when CEO Tim Cook and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to set up a production base in the country that goes beyond just assembling the devices, as happens today.The two sides have been discussing a list of "prerequisites" that Apple submitted in October, including duty exemption on raw materials for manufacturing components and capital equipment for 15 years for it to make iPhones from scratch in India.The company has told the government it would be bringing in a host of these ancillary units when it sets up operations to cater to India, one of the world's fastest growing smartphone markets, a top government official said.In..

    Apple Said to Seek Tax Breaks for Its iPhone Suppliers in India

    Apple has asked the Indian government to extend tax breaks to its suppliers if India seeks to become a manufacturing hub for iPhones and its components.Government officials say meeting this request would require a new policy that applies fairly to other device makers, too.The US tech giant has been in talks with Indian officials since May of last year, when CEO Tim Cook and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to set up a production base in the country that goes beyond just assembling the devices, as happens today.The two sides have been discussing a list of "prerequisites" that Apple submitted in October, including duty exemption on raw materials for manufacturing components and capital equipment for 15 years for it to make iPhones from scratch in India.The company has told the government it would be bringing in a host of these ancillary units when it sets up operations to cater to India, one of the world's fastest growing smartphone markets, a top government official said.In..
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  • Global Internet service giant Transsion Holdings has now launched its premium online smartphone brand - Infinix - in India. To flag it off, the Infinix Hot 4 Pro and Infinix Note 4 smartphones have been launched in the country. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 7,499 and Rs. 8,999 respectively, and will be made available on Flipkart exclusively.The Infinix Note 4 will be available from 12pm IST on Thursday, August 3, while the Infinix Hot 4 Pro will be available from 11:59pm IST on the same day. Flipkart is offering a host of launch offers including a free two-month subscription for Hotstar Premium, and Idea Cellular is offering buyers 84GB of data for 84 days at Rs. 443. There is also an exchange offer listed of up to Rs. 8,500 for the Infinix Note 4 and Rs. 7,000 for the Infinix Hot 4 Pro. There is an extra 15 percent off on Flipkart Fashion and Lifestyle category on August 5-6.The Hong Kong-based mobile manufacturer claims it has launched a service network of over 850 plus touch p..

    Infinix Note 4, Hot 4 Pro Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features

    Global Internet service giant Transsion Holdings has now launched its premium online smartphone brand - Infinix - in India. To flag it off, the Infinix Hot 4 Pro and Infinix Note 4 smartphones have been launched in the country. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 7,499 and Rs. 8,999 respectively, and will be made available on Flipkart exclusively.The Infinix Note 4 will be available from 12pm IST on Thursday, August 3, while the Infinix Hot 4 Pro will be available from 11:59pm IST on the same day. Flipkart is offering a host of launch offers including a free two-month subscription for Hotstar Premium, and Idea Cellular is offering buyers 84GB of data for 84 days at Rs. 443. There is also an exchange offer listed of up to Rs. 8,500 for the Infinix Note 4 and Rs. 7,000 for the Infinix Hot 4 Pro. There is an extra 15 percent off on Flipkart Fashion and Lifestyle category on August 5-6.The Hong Kong-based mobile manufacturer claims it has launched a service network of over 850 plus touch p..
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  • BlackBerry KEYone has been launched in India as an Amazon-exclusive handset, in partnership with manufacturing and distribution partner Optiemus Infracom. The BlackBerry KEYone price in India has been set as Rs. 39,990, and the handset is the last smartphone designed in-house by the company. Its biggest highlight is its hardware QWERTY keyboard, and the phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system with BlackBerry's own security and productivity software onboard. Another unique feature is the hardware Convenience Key that can be customised for various shortcuts. To recall, the smartphone was first launched at MWC 2017.The company has made some changes to the specifications of the smartphone for India, and the KEYone will be made available in a 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage configuration, compared to the 3GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage configuration that was launched in international markets. The company is calling this model the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black. The Ind..

    BlackBerry KEYone With Hardware Keyboard, ‘Convenience Key’, 4GB RAM Launched in India: Price, Specifications

    BlackBerry KEYone has been launched in India as an Amazon-exclusive handset, in partnership with manufacturing and distribution partner Optiemus Infracom. The BlackBerry KEYone price in India has been set as Rs. 39,990, and the handset is the last smartphone designed in-house by the company. Its biggest highlight is its hardware QWERTY keyboard, and the phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system with BlackBerry's own security and productivity software onboard. Another unique feature is the hardware Convenience Key that can be customised for various shortcuts. To recall, the smartphone was first launched at MWC 2017.The company has made some changes to the specifications of the smartphone for India, and the KEYone will be made available in a 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage configuration, compared to the 3GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage configuration that was launched in international markets. The company is calling this model the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black. The Ind..
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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reaffirmed the company's interest in India during the latest quarterly earnings call as the iPhone-maker reported strong sales across all major product categories.Answering an analyst's queries about the company's recent progress in India, Cook said Apple continues to be "very bullish and optimistic about India," as the company continues to invest in the country.Apple took many analysts by surprise when it reported a revival of the iPad business and steady sales of the Mac. iPhone sales were also better than expected. But even as the world's most valuable company reports strong sales across several of its businesses, Tim Cook reaffirmed that the company hasn't forgotten about the emerging markets.Cook reminded analysts that it recently began assembling the iPhone SE model in India, a move that could eventually lead to the availability of lower-cost iPhone models in the country. "We're bringing all of our energies to bear th..

    Apple ‘Very Bullish and Optimistic’ About India, Says CEO Tim Cook

    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reaffirmed the company's interest in India during the latest quarterly earnings call as the iPhone-maker reported strong sales across all major product categories.Answering an analyst's queries about the company's recent progress in India, Cook said Apple continues to be "very bullish and optimistic about India," as the company continues to invest in the country.Apple took many analysts by surprise when it reported a revival of the iPad business and steady sales of the Mac. iPhone sales were also better than expected. But even as the world's most valuable company reports strong sales across several of its businesses, Tim Cook reaffirmed that the company hasn't forgotten about the emerging markets.Cook reminded analysts that it recently began assembling the iPhone SE model in India, a move that could eventually lead to the availability of lower-cost iPhone models in the country. "We're bringing all of our energies to bear th..
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  • Lenovo K8 Note will be launched in India as an Amazon exclusively, says the e-commerce site on its dedicated Web page for the upcoming handset. The Amazon India Lenovo K8 Note page shows that the smartphone's highlight features will be performance and photography. Users can also opt to get notifications regarding K8 Note updates from the e-commerce site by signing up on the page. The upcoming Lenovo handset adds to the list of Amazon-exclusive smartphones in India, which includes the BlackBerry KEYone that was announced on Tuesday.Lenovo K8 Note specificationsThe Amazon India page for the Lenovo K8 Note highlights performance and photography as the notable features of the smartphone. A GeekBench listing revealed some key specifications of the upcoming 'Killer Note' model. According to the leak, the smartphone will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will be powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, backed by 4GB of RAM. Both the processor and RAM are improvements over th..

    Lenovo K8 Note, Launching in India on August 9, Will Be Exclusive to Amazon

    Lenovo K8 Note will be launched in India as an Amazon exclusively, says the e-commerce site on its dedicated Web page for the upcoming handset. The Amazon India Lenovo K8 Note page shows that the smartphone's highlight features will be performance and photography. Users can also opt to get notifications regarding K8 Note updates from the e-commerce site by signing up on the page. The upcoming Lenovo handset adds to the list of Amazon-exclusive smartphones in India, which includes the BlackBerry KEYone that was announced on Tuesday.Lenovo K8 Note specificationsThe Amazon India page for the Lenovo K8 Note highlights performance and photography as the notable features of the smartphone. A GeekBench listing revealed some key specifications of the upcoming 'Killer Note' model. According to the leak, the smartphone will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will be powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, backed by 4GB of RAM. Both the processor and RAM are improvements over th..
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  • On Tuesday, Samsung partnered with State Bank of India (SBI) to enable the latter's debit cards on Samsung Pay, its mobile payments platform.Launched in India in March the year, Samsung Pay allows you to use your phone in place of a debit or credit card when paying at shops. Aside from this, Samsung Pay also allows you to make payments via UPI or Paytm. 
 India's biggest bank, the SBI has 27 crore active debit cards, expanding Samsung Pay’s reach substantially. Gadgets 360 spoke to Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President Mobile Business at Samsung India to find out what’s next from the company.“Some of the key demands and feedback from our consumers is that SBI is significant, especially from the debit card side. A lot of consumers were awaiting the launch of SBI debit card use case,” says Warsi. “Another was that consumers wanted more devices to support Samsung Pay. To meet that, we launched Samsung Pay Mini, a month back which supports wallets and UPI. We’ve announced the first ..

    Samsung Pay Adoption in India Faster Than Any Other Market

    On Tuesday, Samsung partnered with State Bank of India (SBI) to enable the latter's debit cards on Samsung Pay, its mobile payments platform.Launched in India in March the year, Samsung Pay allows you to use your phone in place of a debit or credit card when paying at shops. Aside from this, Samsung Pay also allows you to make payments via UPI or Paytm. 
 India's biggest bank, the SBI has 27 crore active debit cards, expanding Samsung Pay’s reach substantially. Gadgets 360 spoke to Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President Mobile Business at Samsung India to find out what’s next from the company.“Some of the key demands and feedback from our consumers is that SBI is significant, especially from the debit card side. A lot of consumers were awaiting the launch of SBI debit card use case,” says Warsi. “Another was that consumers wanted more devices to support Samsung Pay. To meet that, we launched Samsung Pay Mini, a month back which supports wallets and UPI. We’ve announced the first ..
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  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Review) is up for sale in India on Thursday, via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Paytm Mall, and Mi.com. The sale began at 10am IST, and the smartphone is only available in its Black colour variant, with a 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage configuration. To recall, the smartphone was launched in India in July, and apart from weekly online sales, is also available to buy from a range of offline stores across the country. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 price in India is Rs. 16,999, and buyers can enjoy up to 100GB additional Reliance Jio 4G data with the purchase. Users will get up to 10GB additional data on every recharge of Rs. 309 or above, limited to 10 recharges up to May 31, 2018.Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specificationsThe dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Mi Max 2 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat (with features like Split Screen added), and it sports a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with a pixel density of 342ppi, a brightness rated at 450 nits, a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut..

    Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Paytm Mall, Mi.com

    Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Review) is up for sale in India on Thursday, via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Paytm Mall, and Mi.com. The sale began at 10am IST, and the smartphone is only available in its Black colour variant, with a 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage configuration. To recall, the smartphone was launched in India in July, and apart from weekly online sales, is also available to buy from a range of offline stores across the country. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 price in India is Rs. 16,999, and buyers can enjoy up to 100GB additional Reliance Jio 4G data with the purchase. Users will get up to 10GB additional data on every recharge of Rs. 309 or above, limited to 10 recharges up to May 31, 2018.Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specificationsThe dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Mi Max 2 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat (with features like Split Screen added), and it sports a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with a pixel density of 342ppi, a brightness rated at 450 nits, a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut..
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  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Review) will go on sale in India on Thursday via Amazon. While the Xiaomi Redmi 4 flash sale starts at 3pm IST, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A flash sale starts at 12pm IST. Neither smartphone will be made available via Mi.com on Thursday. As usual, Amazon has sales offers alongside, with Xiaomi Redmi 4 buyers getting up to 30GB additional data from Reliance Jio, while has free 12-month subscription to Hungama Music, free 3-month subscription to Hungama Play, and Rs. 200 Kindle promotion credits in addition to the same Jio additional data offer.Xiaomi Redmi 4 price, variantsThe Redmi 4 was launched in May in three memory/ storage variants in India. The 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 6,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999.The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body an..

    Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A to Go on Sale in India Today via Amazon

    Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Review) will go on sale in India on Thursday via Amazon. While the Xiaomi Redmi 4 flash sale starts at 3pm IST, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A flash sale starts at 12pm IST. Neither smartphone will be made available via Mi.com on Thursday. As usual, Amazon has sales offers alongside, with Xiaomi Redmi 4 buyers getting up to 30GB additional data from Reliance Jio, while has free 12-month subscription to Hungama Music, free 3-month subscription to Hungama Play, and Rs. 200 Kindle promotion credits in addition to the same Jio additional data offer.Xiaomi Redmi 4 price, variantsThe Redmi 4 was launched in May in three memory/ storage variants in India. The 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 6,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999.The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body an..
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