Tecno Mobile Says It Seeks to Be Among Top 5 Smartphone Brands in India

Chinese mobile maker Transsion Holdings, which has recently entered the offline premium smartphone market in India with Tecno Mobile brand, is looking to be among the top five smartphone brands in India in offline space by the end of December 2018, a top company official said on Wednesday.

“Around three months ago, we launched the products under Tecno Mobile brand in Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan. We are targeting to be among top five smartphone brands in India in offline space by end of December 2018,” company’s CEO Anish Kapoor said after the brand’s launch here.

He, however, did not give details of the sales target by December 2018.

It is expanding its footprint in 15 major markets like Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and the northeastern states, he said.

Tecno Mobile Says It Seeks to Be Among Top 5 Smartphone Brands in IndiaAccording to him, of the overall smartphone market in India, 65-70 percent lies in offline while online market captures the rest.

The mobile maker, which had launched Infinix brand in online smartphone space in August 2017, is looking at 8-10 percent market share of online market by December 2018, he said.

The company also sells Itel Mobiles primarily in the feature phone space.

The mobile maker, which has three manufacturing units around the world and three R&D centres in China, had sold 80 million handsets globally in 2016. It has sold more than 246 million handsets cumulatively.

The company has over 40 percent market share in sub-Saharan African countries.

Yu Yureka Black Starts Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

Yu Mobiles, wholly owned subsidiary of Micromax Informatics, on Wednesday announced that it has started rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Yu Yureka Black smartphone. To recall, Yu Yureka Black runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and at the handset’s launch, the company promised the update to Android Nougat.

In order to get the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update on Yu Yureka Black, users need to head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update and then download and install the latest update. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update in general brings features such as app shortcuts, support for circular app icons, keyboard image insertion, new emojis, and more.

Yu Yureka Black Starts Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat UpdateTo recall, Yu Yureka Black was launched in India at Rs. 8,999 back in June. The smartphone sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display covered with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Yu Yureka Black is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The handset comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).

In terms of optics, the Yu Yureka Black comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash. At front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with flash support. The Yu Yureka Black houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery. The smartphone features a fingerprint scanner embedded on the home button. The Yu Yureka Black offers connectivity options including 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, and GPS.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A Flash Sale in India Today via Amazon

Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Review), the popular budget smartphone from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, will be available in a flash sale on Amazon India on Thursday. The Redmi 4A flash sale will be held at 12pm IST, and Amazon has a few sake offers for customers. To recall, the smartphone was launched in India back in March, and is only available in a single variant – sporting 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. Colour options include Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price in India

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price in India is Rs. 5,999. As we mentioned, the smartphone is available only in a single RAM/ storage configuration in India – 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage. Launch offers include up to 30GB of additional Reliance Jio 4G data, Rs. 200 promotional credit on Kindle ebooks, and a Rs. 599 damage protection plan.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A Flash Sale in India Today via AmazonXiaomi Redmi 4A specifications

Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

Jio Phone Bookings Start at 5:30pm: How to Pre-Order the Mobile Online and Offline

Jio Phone bookings start Thursday, August 24 and the 4G feature phone will be delivered to consumers in September on first-come, first-serve basis. The first Jio-branded phone will come preloaded with apps such as JioCinema, JioMusic, and JioTV, along with popular instant messaging and social networking apps. Aimed at 2G feature phone users who are yet to join the company’s network, the handset is “essentially free,” though you will have to make a refundable security deposit of Rs. 1,500. If you plan to book Jio Phone, you can opt for either online or offline channels. Read on to find out how to book Jio Phone, the time pre-orders start, when to make the payments, and more details.

When do Jio Phone bookings start?

Jio Phone bookings will start at 5:30pm on August 24 via the MyJio app, official website, and authorised Reliance Jio offline retailers.

How to book Jio Phone?

To book JioPhone using the MyJio app, just open the app and tap on the Prebook Now option. Next, provide your phone number and the pincode of the area you live in, and tap on Proceed. That’s it, you will get a booking ID on the app as well as SMS, which you can refer to while picking it up from the designated retailer.

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To start the Jio Phone online booking process, tap on ‘Prebook Now’

To book a unit for a friend or family member, simply input their phone number and delivery pincode and make the payment. In this case, the SMS will be sent to you as well as your friend’s mobile number, with the address of the retailer and booking ID.

Once you have booked Jio Phone, you will get a confirmation SMS from Reliance Jio

Jio Phone price and delivery date

As mentioned above, the phone is free to buy but you will have to make a Rs. 1,500 refundable security deposit “to avoid potential misuse.” Gadgets 360 understands the payment will be made in two parts – Rs. 500 is to be paid when you make the booking, while the remaining Rs. 1,000 needs to be paid while picking up the handset.

Delivery dates for JioPhone will depend upon how early you book the device, as Reliance Jio is following the first-come, first-serve rule. So if you want to be among the first to get your hands on the device, make sure to be ready with the details when pre-orders open at 5:30pm on Wednesday. The company aims to deliver 5 million units of the handset each week, but the demand expected to be high so there is no surety on when the deliveries would be made.

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A to Be Available for Pre-Orders on Mi.com

As is the case every Friday, Xiaomi is making its budget smartphones available for pre-orders in India. The Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A will go up for pre-orders at 12pm IST on the company site, Mi.com. The advantage of pre-orders is that buyers need not queue up with quick trigger fingers ready for flash sales, and instead, can pre-order the smartphone and get guaranteed shipping within five business days. Pre-order customers are limited to one smartphone per order, and there is also no cash on delivery option.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 price, specifications

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The 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 and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.

The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price, specifications

The Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999, following its launch in China in November. Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

Lenovo K8 Note to Go on Sale for the First Time in India Today: Price, Variants, Launch Offers, and More

Lenovo K8 Note (Review) is all set to go on sale for the first time in India on Friday via the company’s exclusive online partner Amazon India at 12pm IST. To recall, the smartphone was launched in India last week, and is the first device from Lenovo to run stock Android as per the company’s new philosophy. It will be made available in Fine Gold and Venom Black colour variants. Read on for details about Lenovo K8 Note price in India, as well as its launch offers on Amazon. It joins the ranks of Nokia 5, LG Q6, and Honor 6X in the league of smartphones attempting to unseat the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 as the most popular handset in this segment.

Lenovo K8 Note price in India, launch offers

The Lenovo K8 Note price in India starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 13,999. Launch offers of the Lenovo K8 Note on Amazon India include a Rs. 900 discount on the Moto Sports Headphones, up to 80 percent off on Kindle ebooks (up to Rs. 300), and a Idea data offer – up to 64GB of 4G data from Idea with unlimited calls for 56 days at Rs. 343.

Lenovo K8 Note to Go on Sale for the First Time in India Today: Price, Variants, Launch Offers, and MoreLenovo K8 Note specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Lenovo K8 Note runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by a deca-core MediaTek MT6797 SoC with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.85GHz, and two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. The processor is accompanied by either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.

Getting to the primary USP of the Lenovo K8 Note, its dual rear camera setup, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel primary sensor that’s accompanied a 5-megapixel depth sensor, enabling the smartphone to capture depth-of-field effects like Bokeh. The rear camera has a dual-LED CCT flash module. At the front, the Lenovo K8 Note sports a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash module.

The Lenovo K8 Note ships with either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a dedicated microSD card (up to 128GB) slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery and supports rapid charging with the bundled 15W rapid charger in the box – Lenovo says this is the first smartphone from its stables to ship with a rapid charger, something that’s pretty staple with the Moto series. The battery is rated to deliver up to 24.7 hours of talk time, and 378 hours of standby time.

The K8 Note measures 154.5×75.9×8.5mm and weighs 180 grams. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It bears a fingerprint rear on the back panel, below the dual camera setup. The company is also touting the smartphone’s Dolby Atmos support for improved audio performance. There’s also a dedicated Music Key on the smartphone, which allows users to launch the music app, and control playback, based on shortcuts.

Micromax Canvas Infinity’s Bezel-Less Display Teased Ahead of Tuesday Launch

Micromax is heavily teasing the launch of its upcoming Canvas Infinity smartphone on social platforms. The domestic handset maker has already revealed that the smartphone will be announced at an event on Tuesday, and will feature a bezel-less display.

In a series of tweets, Micromax’s official Twitter handle has been lately teasing the handset. The latest tweet said, “Your smartphone experience is about to get a notch higher,” with hashtags “expand your view” and “Canvas Infinity”. Additionally, the company has also launched a dedicated page for interested users to sign-up for notifications about the upcoming smartphone.

Micromax, taking a page out of Samsung’s book, is widely expected to launch multiple phones in its Canvas Infinity range to counter the high-end Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Micromax Canvas Infinity's Bezel-Less Display Teased Ahead of Tuesday LaunchThe teaser image sent out by the domestic handset maker already confirmed that the new MicromaxCanvas Infinity series will sport a display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Based on reports so far, the new Canvas Infinity smartphone series will have all phones with slim bezels, and may be targeted at users who like to watch a lot of multimedia on their devices. The teaser image shared by Micromax previously confirmed that there’s no home button at the front, and it seems that the entire Infinity range will feature on-screen navigation button.

Micromax’s Canvas Infinity series won’t be the first which tries to bring the large screen design to consumers at a budget. Recently, LG launched its Q6 smartphone with FullVision Display in India at Rs. 14,990. The biggest highlight of the LG Q6 is its 5.5-inch FullVision display that sports taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9 and has curved edges. The smartphone also comes with face unlock feature.

Micromax Evok Dual Note With Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

Micromax on Friday launched the Evok Dual Note smartphone, with its highlight features being its dual rear cameras with Sony sensors, and its selfie flash. The smartphone is a Flipkart exclusive, and it will be available from midnight Tuesday – the same day the company will launch the Micromax Canvas Infinity. The dual rear camera setup lets users real-time refocus option on photos after shooting them.

Micromax Evok Dual Note price in India, availability, launch offers

The Micromax Evok Dual Note price in India starts from Rs. 9,999, and it will go on sale on at 12am IST on Tuesday exclusively via Flipkart. There are two RAM variants available – 3GB and 4GB – however, only base model pricing has been disclosed for now. Launch offers include a bundled data offer for Idea subscribers (84GB with unlimited calling at Rs. 443 for 3 months), up to Rs. 11,000 off on exchange, and EMI schemes. There are two colour variants – Gold and Prussian Blue (only 4GB model).

Micromax Evok Dual Note With Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, SpecificationsMicromax Evok Dual Note specifications

The dual-SIM Micromax Evok Dual Note runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The dual rear camera setup features 13-megapixel and a 5-megapixel with at least one sporting a Sony IMX258 sensor with dual-tone flash, while the Evok Dual Note bears a 5-megapixel front camera with a soft-selfie flash, a 78.4-wide angle lens, and an f/2.0 aperture.

There is 32GB of inbuilt storage on the Micromax Evok Dual Note, expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB Type-C with OTG, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. It runs on a 3000mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 260 hours of standby time and 11 hours of talk-time. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and the company is touting a metal back cover.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Tipped to Come With 3D Facial Recognition Feature

Xiaomi is expected to unveil its Mi Mix 2 smartphone later this year and alleged screenshots from the smartphone have now surfaced on the Internet. Interestingly, the leaked screenshots reportedly suggest that the next generation of the bezel-less display smartphone will come with a 3D facial recognition feature.

The alleged Mi Mix 2 screenshot, shared by a user on Chinese website Weibo, shows the head shaped outline that suggests that the company will be including a facial recognition feature on the smartphone. Notably, this outline is quite similar to the one present on Samsung phones that support facial recognition feature. Notably, the iPhone 8 is also expected to feature 3D facial recognition.

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However, the user who posted this screenshot has mentioned that the Mi Mix 2 will come with 3D facial recognition, indicating that the feature might be slightly different than the one on Galaxy S8. The upcoming smartphone has been tipped to run MIUI 9 and is expected to launch next month, as pointed out in a report by GSMArena.

To recall, the GeekBench listing of Mi Mix 2 suggested that the smartphone will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The handset is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. Earlier leaks have tipped the Mi Mix 2 to sport a bezel-less 6.4-inch QHD display with 1440×2540 pixel resolution. In terms of optics, the smartphone is expected to come with a 19-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel camera at the front.

The Mi Mix 2 has been tipped to be launched in three RAM/ storage configurations – 4GB/ 128GB, 6GB/ 128GB, and 8GB/ 256GB. The handset is expected to house a 4500mAh battery.

Coolpad Cool M7 With Android 7.1.1 Nougat, 3200mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

Coolpad has expanded its portfolio by launching the Cool M7 smartphone in China. The smartphone is priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 25,900), and is available for pre-orders on JD.com. The Coolpad Cool M7 will go on sale in the country on August 26.

The Coolpad Cool M7 has been launched in Matte Black and Blue colour options. It has a slim metallic unibody with a single camera setup at the back. The home button sits in the front, bearing the fingerprint sensor. The volume and power keys are on the right edge of the smartphone, and the USB Type-C port sits on the bottom edge of the device. The 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top edge.

Coolpad Cool M7 With Android 7.1.1 Nougat, 3200mAh Battery Launched: Price, SpecificationsComing to the specifications, the Coolpad Cool M7 smartphone runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat software with Cool UI customisations. The dual-SIM device has a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by the 14nm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC (clocked at up to 2GHz) that’s paired with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB.

As for camera, the Coolpad Cool M7 sports a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 rear camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash support. At the front, there is a 13-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture, and 79.8-degree field of view. The smartphone packs a 3200mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/ 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.2, GPS + GLONASS, and USB 2.0 Type-C. The dimensions of the smartphone are at 151.16×74.32×6.9mm and it weighs 152 grams only.

There is no word on when the smartphone will launch in India or other international markets.