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First 5G iPhone to hit the stores in 2020: Report

First 5G iPhone to hit the stores in 2020: ReportIntel to provide iPhone 5G modem, while Qualcomm-powered Android smartphones with 5G capability will start rolling out next year. The first 5G iPhone is likely to use an Intel modem, the 8161, and it could hit stores in 2020, according to a report in Fast Company.

If everything goes as planned, Intel will be the sole provider of iPhone modems, said the report.

For prototyping and testing of the 5G iPhone, Intel is reportedly working on a precursor to the 8161modem, called the 8060.

To increase transistor density for more speed and efficiency, Intel is likely to fabricate the 8161 using its 10-nanometre process.

The performance of 8060 appears to have triggered a little tension between Apple and Intel due to “heat dissipation issues” that would both raise the temperature and hurt battery life, the report said.

However, Apple’s current issues with Intel are not serious enough to cause Apple to turn to Qualcomm for the supply of 5G modems, said Fast Company report, based on its source.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

The first 5G smartphone is expected next year.

Android phones from manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei will contain 5G modem chips made by Qualcomm, which has claimed that its modems have managed the heat dissipation issues, the report said. (Source:ETTelecom)

Indians spent over Rs 50k crore on Chinese phones in FY18

Indians spent over Rs 50k crore on Chinese phones in FY18Consumers in India spent more than Rs 50,000 crore in FY18 on purchasing smartphones made by just the top four Chinese brands, nearly twice what they spent on them in the previous fiscal. That trend is set to continue with Chinese brands dominating the Indian smartphone market, analysts and industry executives said. The four — Xiaomi, Oppo, VivoNSE 0.00 % and Honor — along with a few other Chinese brands like Lenovo-Motorola, One-Plus and Infinix, make up more than half of the total Indian smartphone market by sales. Sales of Chinese brands are growing rapidly this year too, as per the data available thus far, analysts said.

The Chinese brands are launching high-specification models at lower prices than South Korean, Japanese and Indian companies and have successfully established themselves as global brands, in line with the Indian consumer’s preference for products made by multinationals, two analysts said.

Counterpoint Research associate director Tarun Pathak said the top Chinese brands have easy access to the Shenzhen hardware and R&D hub and the supply chain ecosystem. “This has helped them to be innovators and to be always on top of trends,” he said.

India stands to gain with Xiaomi, Oppo, Lenovo-Motorola, Huawei and Vivo investing in local manufacturing and creating jobs, thanks to Make in India policies. Xiaomi announced plans to invest Rs 15,000 crore in smartphone component manufacturing in April. Oppo is establishing two new manufacturing facilities in Uttar Pradesh.

Vivo employs more than 5,000 people in its plant. The chief of one of the largest cellphone retail chains said the Chinese brands have established themselves in key price segments — Xiaomi in the Rs 6,000-13,000 band, Oppo and Vivo in the Rs 10,000-22,000 one. Honor is gaining share in the Rs 8,000-12,000 segment.

“These price segments account for more than 80% of the overall market where no Indian brands have managed to cut the ice and Samsung is the sole non-Chinese brand to fight it out,” he said, requesting anonymity due to business reasons. As per Registrar of Companies (RoC) filings for FY18, Xiaomi Technology India’s revenue from operations was Rs 22,947.3 crore (Rs 8334.4 crore in FY17); that of Oppo Mobiles India was Rs 11,994.3 crore (Rs 8,050.8 crore); that of Vivo Mobile India was Rs 11,179.3 crore (Rs 6,292.9 crore) and Huawei Telecommunications India’s mobile business revenue stood at Rs 5,601.3 crore (Rs 3,584.2 crore).

The combined sales of these four Chinese smartphone makers in FY18 almost doubled to Rs 51,722.1 crore from Rs 26,262.4 crore in FY17, despite already being on a higher base. While Xiaomi and Huawei have been profitable in the Indian market, Oppo and Vivo are yet to break even. As per Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, the Indian smartphone market was valued at around Rs 1.5 lakh crore in FY18 compared with Rs 1.7 lakh crore for the total mobile phone market. Market research provider Euromonitor International pegged the Indian smartphone market at Rs 1.1 lakh crore in calendar year 2017 and projected sales for 2018 to touch Rs 1.2 lakh crore. The smartphone market is growing at about 10-11%, it said.

Analysts reckon the Chinese aggression in the Indian smartphone market will continue in the current fiscal as well with OnePlus retaining leadership in the Rs 30,000-plus premium segment for two consecutive quarters; the launch of new sub-brands such as Pocophone by Xiaomi and Realme by Oppo; and the high growth of newer Chinese players like Transsion Group with its Itel, Tecno and Infinix brands.

A Huawei India spokesperson said its Honor smartphone brand with its India-first approach had registered unprecedented growth of 281% in the first half of 2018 and was among the top two brands in the online segment in the April-June period on the back of several new launches across price segments.

Compared with the Chinese performance, Samsung, which has been present in India for two decades, posted smartphone sales of Rs 34,261 crore in FY17 while Apple posted sales of Rs 13,097 crore in FY18. Another Chinese smartphone maker, Lenovo-Motorola, posted sales of Rs 11,950 crore in FY17 which, however, includes the revenue from laptops and hardware too. The financials of Samsung and Lenovo-Motorola for FY18 are not available. (Source: Economic Times)

4GB RAM Vivo Y83 launched in India for Rs 14,990

4GB RAM Vivo Y83 launched in India for Rs 14,990The smartphone also includes a split screen feature which can be easily activated by sliding down three fingers to split the screen in two, Vivo said.

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Friday launched its Y83 device with 6.22-inch 19:9 "FullView" display in India at Rs 14,990. The smartphone will be available in black and gold variants across offline stores starting Friday and will also be available on Flipkart, Amazon and Vivo's own online shopping channel, the smartphone maker said.

"We are pleased to introduce the Vivo Y83 in our Y series product portfolio with an outstanding performance and superior camera capabilities at an ideal price point," said Jerome Chen, Chief Marketing Officer, Vivo India.

Vivo Y83 is equipped with a 13MP high-definition rear camera with PDAF technology and an 8MP selfie camera. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor and backed by 4GB RAM and 32GB storage with an option to further expand it to 256GB.

The smartphone also includes a split screen feature which can be easily activated by sliding down three fingers to split the screen in two, Vivo said. (Source: ETTelecom)

OnePlus 5T in ‘Lava Red’ now available

OnePlus 5T in ‘Lava Red’ now availableOnePlus may have a one-phone-a-year strategy, but the Chinese smartphone maker has released variants of their device, the newest being the OnePlus 5T in a metallic red they call ‘Lava Red’.

Like the Star Wars Limited Edition variant launched a short while ago, the Lava Red too is a limited edition device and unlikely to remain on the shelves for long.

While it is, however, it can be bought from Amazon.in, for Rs 37,999 and from Oneplus’ experience store in Bangalore, and experience zones in Mumbai and Delhi NCR. It is also available at Croma stores.

The phone could cost up to Rs 17,545 less as part of an exchange offer. Other offers include a three-month no cost EMI on credit cards, an instant Rs. 1,500 discount for HDFC Bank debit and credit cards users, Rs. 2000 Exchange Bonus with every purchase of the OnePlus 5T on amazon.in, a three and six month no cost EMI, using Bajaj Finserv cards on OnePlus official e-store.

From the front, the Lava Red OnePlus 5T is all black with no other accents (such as white borders) clashing with the red on the back. The red back is smooth and metallic finished and a little more slippery than the sandstone versions launched earlier. Cases have already started to appear online and in stores and the box includes a transparent back protector.

Here’s a tip: the Lava Red version looks particularly interesting in a black sandstone case with the fingerprint sensor, edges and camera becoming vibrant red accents and standing out against the black.

The Lava Red device is identical in all other ways to the recently launched OnePlus 5T but is only available in the higher specs version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

OnePlus has seen a surge in popularity over the past two years in India, a region which India MD Vikas Agarwal said had not even been in the company’s initial plans but which was was now one of the most important owing to the tremendous response from Indian fans. The OnePlus 5T has a vastly improved camera, a super fast fingerprint sensor, face unlock that is also very fast (and different from Apple’s more complex Face ID or Samsung’s Iris Recognition), and a fairly pure Android experience that makes the phone fast and powerful.

The much-loved alert slider remains intact on the new version allowing users to silence their devices or cut low priority calls and messages with a touch.

At the same time, all is not good news for OnePlus as the company admits 40,000 users’ credit card details were exposed because of a breach of its online store in the US, now quarantined and being investigated. (Source: The Hindu BusinessLine)

Nokia 7 With 'Bothie' Camera, 6GB RAM Option Launched: Price, Specifications

Nokia 7 With 'Bothie' Camera, 6GB RAM Option Launched: Price, SpecificationsNokia 7 has become the latest Nokia smartphone to become official as the company unveiled its latest mid-range handset at an event in China. The launch had been anticipated since a Tmall teaser suggested the handset may carry the moniker '7'. With Nokia 7, buyers will get flagship-like features at roughly half the price of Nokia 8. Among the highlights of the handset is the 7000 series aluminium body and Corning Gorilla Glass on the back panel. In fact, the Nokia 7 rear panel uses 3D glass thermoforming technology for casting and features with rounded corners.

The latest addition to the Nokia's Android smartphone portfolio packs an f/1.8 aperture lens and comes with 'bothie' camera mode, which made its debut on the flagship Nokia 8 (Review). The company is heavily marketing the feature as "Dual-Sight mode" which uses both front and rear cameras simultaneously. The handset also supports live video streaming to Facebook and YouTube from the built-in camera. With the Nokia 7, HMD Global claims users can go live on Facebook from within the camera app and use the "Dual-Sight mode."

Nokia 7 price and availability
The all-new Nokia 7 has been launched first in China and will be going on sale starting Tuesday. It comes in two variants: 4GB RAM priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) and 6GB RAM at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 26,500). There's no word on the availability of the Nokia 7 outside China as of now. The Nokia 7 comes with 4K video with Nokia OZO audio technology that supports 360-degree recording.

Nokia 7 specifications
Coming to innards, the Nokia 7 runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with timely software update promise from the company. HMD Global has also confirmed that the Nokia 7 is Android Oreo-ready. It features 5.2-inch IPS 2.5D display with screen resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The smartphone features the new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 clocked at 1.8GHz. It comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM options. There's 64GB storage and comes with expandable storage up to 128GB (via microSD card).

On the camera front, the Nokia 7 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture lens and dual tone flash. At the front, there's 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The handset comes with USB Type-C port and also supports NFC connectivity options. It comes with the usual assortment of connectivity features. At the back, the handset sports fingerprint scanner. It packs 3000mAh non-removable battery. It measures 141.2x71.4x7.9mm. (Source: NDTV)

Nizamabad gets Rs. 25 cr as initial capital for IT hub

Nizamabad gets Rs. 25 cr as initial capital for IT hubIt was a day of politics and IT for Nizamabad district of Telangana State.The State Minister for IT & Municipal Administration , K T Rama Rao announced a IT hub with an initial investment of Rs. 25 crore for Nizamabad. The son of Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhara Rao also said it was part of the State’s efforts to take IT development to tier-2 cities.

At a review meeting in Hyderabad, KT Rama Rao said the hub will have Incubation Centres as well. About 60 Non-Resident Indians of Telugu speaking origin had evinced interest in investments in the venture. The MP of Nizamabad, Kalvakuntla Kavitha and an MLA Ganesh Gupta presented about 60 Letters of Intent to the Minister. The IT Minister said the Government had already sanctioned the setting up of IT Towers in Warangal, Khammam and Karimnagar. Hyderabad has been registering impressive growth and the Govt wanted to spread the development to tier-2 and tier 3 centres so that employment generation can also be created.

Political Meet:
In Nizamabad town, the BJP’s efforts to grow its strength in Telangana got a small boost with Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh taking part in a well attended public meeting to commemorate the Telangana Liberation Day. The BJP State unit has made a big issue out of it even as the State Government and the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) went silent.

The BJP also inducted Arvind Dharmapuri, son of senior TRS leader, D Srinivas into the Party in the presence of Rajnath Singh. D Srinivas and family have been long time loyalists of the Cong(I) and represented the constituency. Srinivas, who also State Pradesh Congress Chief twice joined the TRS in 2015.

The BJP, which has just 5 MLA’s and one MP in Telangana has grand ambitions of emerging as a major force and try for power in 2019 going by its national president Amit Shah’s statements. However, at the ground level, its a distant call given the present realities and requires a Herculean task. Its following a dual strategy of attracting leaders from Cong(I) and TDP as well as rapidly build cadre across the State. (Source: The HinduBusiness Line)

Coolpad launches 'Cool Play 6' smartphone at Rs 14999

Coolpad launches 'Cool Play 6' smartphone at Rs 14999Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad on Sunday launched its flagship gaming smartphone Coolpad Cool Play 6 at Rs 14,999 in the Indian market. The phone unveiled here at an event comes in a metal body and sports a bezels display. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1980 pixels screen resolution. The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is powered by 1.4GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor and packs 6GB of RAM, making it the most affordable 6GB RAM smartphone in India. It also has a fingerprint sensor.

"India and US have now become two of the largest markets for Coolpad overseas. We have always believed in launching products that start a trend in the market and Cool Play 6 is yet another winner from Coolpad," James Du, Global CEO, Coolpad Group, told reporters.

"We are also coming with exclusive Coolpad services centres in India with plan to have these in at least five cities in the next six months." The phone will be available exclusively on Amazon.in from September 4, in two colour variants -- gold and black, Coolpad announced. The phone offers 64GB of internal storage and packs 13 MP + 13 MP dual primary camera and a 8 MP front shooter for selfies.

It has 4000 mAh, non-removable Li-Po battery with a standby time up to 300 hours, with support for USB Type-C reversible connector and Dual SIM (Nano), the company said. The phone runs on Android 7.1.1. The Android 8.0 OTA update will be provided by December 2017, Coolpad said. "In the last couple of years Coolpad has done well and we have beaten even our own estimates. Year 2017 has been a game changer for Coolpad in India and we continue to put our resources in the country with a plan to achieve 50 per cent growth to extend our market share to six per cent of the total market in India," Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, said.

"We already have offline presence in eight states with a reach in 3,000 multi-brand outlets and have plans to expand it to a total number of 18 states in the next one year," Tajuddin said. "Coolpad smartphones have a 25 per cent market share on Amazon in the sub Rs 8,000 category," he added.(Source: Economic Times)


Nokia is going to increase the prices for upcoming Nokia 3310

Nokia is going to increase the prices for upcoming Nokia 3310Nokia is the brand which was founded in 1865 in Finland and also Nokia is one of the top brands that are much more familiar in India than its birthplace. Nokia is also the most trusted mobile phones brand in India. It had given many mobile phones to the world which were having a special quality that was that those were having rock solid build quality. Also when Nokia launched its first camera phone, so that phone also has a better class in terms of camera quality than any other mobile phone brands. And we all know that Nokia had been disappearing for some time that made its users very disappointed and for this Nokia comes back with its new smartphones that are Nokia 6 but apart from that Nokia is also going to launch its rock solid mobile phone from 20th century that is the Nokia 3310 which was the flagship model of its time.

Most of the people are already aware of the comeback of Nokia 3310 with a new design. So today we are gonna talk about the reports and news we got for the Nokia 3310.

First of all, nokia has confirmed that this device will be launched in India in the month of June and the price of this smartphone is becoming a big issue now as there are some humor that Nokia will increase the price of this upcoming model. As we all know Nokia had announced that this device will be costing around Rs. 4,000 and for now there can be an increase in the prices of this device. Is may be possible that these price raise for the new Nokia 3310 will be because of the high tax imposed in the countries like Europe in which Nokia is going to start the sale for this device from next week.

There is some specification also that are enclosed by Nokia that this device will be having a 2.4-inch display and 2MP rear camera and also this handset will support micro SD card and for the lovers of the snake game in the old Nokia 3310, there will be an upgraded version of that game too. (Source: Hi Tech wiki)

Gionee A1 review: A delight for selfie-lovers

Gionee A1 review: A delight for selfie-loversAt a time when margins are razor-thin in the fast-growing domestic smartphone market, any new device faces the challenge of not only meeting consumer expectations but also offering that something extra to stay in the race for at least one quarter. Keeping this in mind, China-based Gionee -- known for delivering camera-driven smartphones in the past -- has launched the selfie-focused, mid-segment A1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 19,999, the main highlight is its 16MP selfie camera and 13MP rear camera.

Here is what works for the device:

Taking a cue from the flat design of its earlier devices, A1 features a metal body which feels sturdy in hand and has a polished look. The overall look is clean but uninspiring.

The 5.5-inch full-HD display worked well indoors, delivering sharp colour reproduction and contrast with good viewing angles.

The rounded-off edges allow it to sit comfortably in the hand and offers plenty of grip. Armed with 2GHz octa-core P10 Helios processor and 4GB RAM, A1 ran smoothly with whatever we threw at it -- be it movies, games or browsing.

The 16MP front camera produced brighter pictures. It packs an LED flashlight to light up the images in case of low-light conditions. The images captured had rich colour tones with an appreciable amount of detailing.

The 13MP rear camera is good, fast and the shots captured had bright colours, fine details and delivered good depth of field when clicking in bright-light conditions (sunny days are here and so this will work even better now).

The 4,010mAh battery did a better job in this price segment, solving the issue of poor battery life faced by smartphone consumers. The device with full charge ran for approximately over a day. Packing 64GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 256GB, storage is another key feature on the A1, allowing you ample amount of space to create and store moments, apps and music, etc.

What does not work:

As with some other smartphones, the rear camera fails to impress in low-light conditions as noise becomes apparent. Watching videos and surfing outdoors was also a bit of struggle and we had to top the brightness to max levels for comfortable viewing.

Weighing 183 grams, the smartphone is slightly heavy to use with one hand.

Conclusion: Gionee A1 looks like a straight-forward phone with standard features and is again built for selfie-lovers. (Source: Economic Times)

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