Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime Price in India Down Offers on Mi 4 and Mi 4i

Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime Price in India Down to Rs. 7,999; Offers on Mi 4 and Mi 4i

Xiaomi India on Tuesday announced that the Redmi Note Prime will be now available at Rs. 7,999, down Rs. 500 from the launch price. To recall, Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime smartphone was launched in India back in December priced at Rs. 8,499. As before, the Redmi Note Prime will be available exclusively via Amazon India and Mi.com.

The Chinese company also announced new offers as part of “Mi Week” on Amazon India from Tuesday to Friday, where the Mi 4 and Mi 4i will be available at discounted prices for the four days. Under the offer, the Xiaomi Mi 4 will be available at Rs. 12,999 while the Xiaomi Mi 4i will be available at Rs. 9,999 during this week.

To refresh, the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime smartphone was unveiled as the second ‘Made in India’ smartphone after the Redmi 2 Prime.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime runs Android 4.4 KitKat-based MIUI 7. It is a dual-SIM supporting smartphone that features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clubbed with 2GB LPDDR3 of RAM. The smartphone includes 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Redmi Note Prime sports a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset is backed by a 3100mAh battery. Connectivity options of the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth v4.0, FM radio, Micro-USB 2.0, USB-OTG and GPS/ A-GPS. It measures 154×78.7×9.4mm and weighs 185 grams.

Lenovo Reveals Dual-Speaker Setup for ‘Gorgeous’ New Smartphone Set to Launch at MWC

Lenovo Reveals Dual-Speaker Setup for 'Gorgeous' New Smartphone Set to Launch at MWC

Lenovo India on Monday posted a teaser image on its Twitter account, showing the top half of its upcoming smartphone’s rear panel. The company has this time revealed the bottom half of the handset as well, teasing its superior audio quality with a dual-speaker setup

The smartphone is set to launch during the MWC 2016 trade show.

The image tweeted on Monday accompanies a text stating, “Brace yourselves for rich & powerful sound as this device is set to deliver the #Knockout punch thanks to DolbyAtmos.” The teaser shows two speakers at the bottom back panel with the same design as seen with the recently launched Lenovo Lemon 3 – tipping the global launch of the China-only phone at the trade show.

Following speculation from Monday, multiple reports now point out that the handset will come with Lenovo Lemon 3 Plus moniker upon its launch. The ‘Plus’ is supposed to indicate the handset to be bigger (probably with a bigger display) in size than the Lemon 3. Nothing is confirmed as of yet.

For reference, the Lenovo Lemon 3 is a dual-SIM dual-standby dual-4G supporting smartphone running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution IPS display with pixel density of 441ppi. Packing an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, the smartphone bears 2GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU.

As for connectivity, the Lemon 3 features support for 4G LTE (supports India bands) networks, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, and GPS options.

The smartphone houses 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (unspecified limit). Also featured is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Measuring 142x71x7.99 mm, the Lenovo Lemon 3 weighs 142 grams. It is backed by a 2750mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15 days of standby time on 4G, 32 hours of talk time on 2G, 12 hours of audio playback and 6.2 hours of video playback.

Lenovo Vibe X3 to Be Available With Limited Stocks on Wednesday

Lenovo Vibe X3 to Be Available With Limited Stocks on Wednesday

Lenovo has announced that the Vibe X3 smartphone will be available to buy on Wednesday starting 2pm IST. The company in a press statement confirmed that the Lenovo Vibe X3 will be available with limited stocks and will be available online exclusively via Amazon India.

To recall, Lenovo unveiled the Vibe X3 last month in India priced at Rs. 19,999. It features a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratches. Lenovo Vibe X3 sports a fingerprint sensor at the rear panel just below the primary camera. It comes with hybrid dual-SIM slots, which means users can use either two SIM cards or a single SIM card alongside a microSD card. It also supports 4G LTE connectivity.

It packs a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (dual core Cortex-A57 at 1.8GHz + quad-core Cortex-A53 at 1.4GHz) coupled with 3GB of DDR3 RAM and Adreno 418 GPU. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 128GB). The Vibe X3 sports a 21-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX230 sensor, LED flash, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), 6P Lens, f/2.0 aperture, and 4K video recording support. There is an 8-megapixel front facing camera on board as well. The Vibe X3 packs a large 3500mAh battery and supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, USB OTG, and Micro-USB connectivity options. The company at the India launch had revealed that it made some changes in its Vibe UI, which now was lighter and faster. Features such as gesture controls, tap-to-wake, flip to sleep and other were also included. In the audio department, Lenovo Vibe X3 was using Wolfson-powered audio technology for calls, along with Hi-Fi Lenovo Sound with HD audio. The smartphone has two front-facing stereo speakers powered by Dolby Atmos tech. Additionally, the Lenovo Vibe X3 also supports TheatreMax, which is a technology from company that takes content and will render it for left and right eye, delivering a large screen cinematic experience when used with AntVR headset, which was introduced during the launch of Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.

India Amongst Fastest Growing Smartphone Markets in Asia Pacific

India Amongst Fastest Growing Smartphone Markets in Asia Pacific: IDC

Nearly 103.6 million smartphones were shipped in India in 2015 – an increase of 28.8 percent as compared to 2014 – positioning India as one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the Asia Pacific region, said a report on Tuesday.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) “Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker”, 25.6 million smartphones were shipped in India in the fourth quarter of the calendar year 2015 – an increase of 15.4 percent as compared to 2014 when 22.2 million units were shipped in the country during the same period.

Also, similar to last year, smartphone shipments saw a sequential decline in the last quarter of the year with shipments dipping 11.9 percent over the previous quarter owing to weaker shipments from the key Indian players.

“The online share of smartphone shipments continued to ramp further as fourth quarter of 2015 saw online mega sales from major e-tailers like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon,” Karthik J, senior market analyst, client devices, said in a statement.

“Online share spiked to 37.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, growing 2.5 times over the same period last year with almost half of the contribution coming from online exclusive models,” Karthik added.

The report said the smartphone market in China has begun to slow down and most vendors including Chinese players are now looking for avenues to leverage on India’s growth potential in the smartphone market.

“Chinese vendors’ smartphone shipment spiked with 71 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 over last year,” added Jaipal Singh, market analyst, client devices.

Singh further added that, “good quality, big discounts by e-tailers and higher specification at lower prices are few key factors for which Chinese smartphones are preferred over others especially in $100-$300 price band.”

Commenting on the success of the “Make in India” campaign, Singh said that almost one in two smartphones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2015 were manufactured in India with Samsung leading with the highest shipments.

Similarly, 4G smartphones shipment spiked to 13.9 million units accounting for more than half of the market in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“4G-based smartphone shipments surpassed 3G volume for the first time during the last quarter of the year, primarily led by Samsung and Lenovo together accounting for more than half of 4G volumes,” Karthik noted.

Freedom 251 Is the Cheapest Smartphone in the World; Packs in Quad-Core Processor and More at Just Rs. 251

Freedom 251 Is the Cheapest Smartphone in the World; Packs in Quad-Core Processor and More at Just Rs. 251

Ringing Bells on Wednesday unveiled the Freedom 251 smartphone, delivering on its earlier commitment of launching the cheapest smartphone in India. Priced at just Rs. 251 (approximately $4), the Freedom 251 is arguably the cheapest smartphone in the world.

The Freedom 251, which Ringing Bells says has been made ‘with immense support’ from the Indian government, complies with the government’s Make in India program. With such a price point, the little know smartphone maker from Noida is aiming to make the smartphone accessible to everyone.

The Freedom 251 understandably sports entry-level hardware specifications. It sports a 4-inch IPS display (resolution unspecified). It is powered by a quad-core SoC from an unspecified brand clocked at 1.3GHz, coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Freedom 251 comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Other specifications of the Freedom 251 include a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3G support, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 1450mAh battery. The Freedom 251 smartphone ships with a number of apps pre-installed on it. Some of which include Women Safety, Swachh Bharat, Fisherman, Farmer, Medical, Google Play, WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube. Ringing Bells assures that it has more than 650 service centres across different parts of India, and is giving one-year warranty on the Freedom 251.

Thousands of users may not find the Freedom 251 smartphone interesting – after all, it doesn’t feature impressive specifications, the main USP of most Android smartphones. However, the specifications provided at the staggeringly low price point of Rs. 251 are certainly remarkable. It will be available for purchases via the Freedom 251 website from Thursday at 6am, though it may be June before all shipments are completed.

A low-cost smartphone such as the Freedom 251 has the potential to make a big impact in the country. According to estimates from last year, only 14 percent of the population in the country has access to a smartphone.

At this point, Indian government’s role behind the phone isn’t clear – and whether or not the government is subsidising the phone. We expect to learn more about it later on Wednesday evening at the official launch event of the smartphone. The event will see a number of top Indian officials including Sri Manohar Parrikkar, Union Minister of Defence, and Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi, Member of Parliament.