New Delhi: Chinese smartphone major Lenovo on Tuesday launched Phab 2 Plus -- a 6.4-inch full-HD IPS display device designed for those who look for heavy data consumption. Priced at Rs 14,999, the device is available exclusively on Amazon, starting Tuesday. The smartphone comes with a 1.3GHz True 8 core MediaTek processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB and runs on Android 6.0 operating system. "With the Phab 2 Plus, Lenovo is catering to the new age smart-device users who seek a larger than life experience," Amit Doshi, Head, Consumer and Digital Marketing, Lenovo India, told reporters here. The Phab 2 Plus sports dual 13MP rear cameras with professional-grade Futjitsu Milbeaut Image Signal Processor that gives professional features like Augmented-Reality special effects, instant focus and fast F2.0 lenses. For selfie lovers, it sports 8MP front camera. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner and in-built softwares like McAfee Security, Netflix, SwiftKey to protect users' data and houses 4050 mAh battery. Phab 2 Plus also has Dolby Atmos audio technology.
New Delhi: Canadian mobile maker BlackBerry on Monday launched two new Android smartphones -- DTEK50 and DTEK60 -- in India. The company also announced partnership with Optiemus, a Delhi-based telecom enterprise, to distribute and promote BlackBerry handsets in the market. While the DTEK50 is priced at Rs 21,990, DTEK60 will cost Rs 46,990. "India is a very important market for BlackBerry and we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Optiemus Infracom Ltd that strengthens our network of key partners in India and enables us to deliver our secure BlackBerry Android experience to more customers," Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President, Global Device Sales, BlackBerry, told reporters here. The DTEK50 features 5.2-inch full-HD display, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with LED flash. The device has 2TB of expandable memory and houses 2,610mAh battery. The DTEK60 features 5.5-inch quad-HD display, 4GB RAM, 21MP rest camera and a 8MP front camera. The device houses 3,000mAh battery and also packs a fingerprint sensor.
Beijing: China has unveiled its first satellite smartphone capable of covering the whole country and the disputed South China Sea. The satellite phone is designed for use with the country's first mobile communications satellite, Tiantong-1 (TT-1). The new smartphone, developed by state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is scheduled to go on sale in two to three months, where it will compete in a global market dominated by the British Inmarsat system, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. Satellite experts state that the new satellite smartphone was a product of the "space-based Silk Road", a long-term strategy proposed by Chinese aerospace companies, institutions and scholars to support the country's "One Belt, One Road" initiative. "The TT-1 smartphone is so far capable of covering the territory of China and the whole South China Sea," an engineer from CASC's Fifth Academy, based in Xian, Shaanxi province, said. "We are going to expand our coverage to the whole world by launching a network TT satellites in the next five years because our ultimate goal is to replace Inmarsat, or even surpass it," the Post report said.
New Delhi: US-based iPhone maker Apple has sought incentives from the government to set up a manufacturing unit in the country. In a communication to the government, the Cupertino-based technology major has asked for incentives related to the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY), an official told PTI. "They are doing their due diligence from quite some time. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will write to both the departments regarding this communication for their views," the official added. At present, to boost electronic manufacturing in the country, the government provides benefits under Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS). The scheme provides financial incentives to offset disability and attract investments in the electronics hardware segment. It also gives subsidy for investments in Special Economic Zones, among other benefits. Currently, Apple's products are manufactured in six countries including Korea, Japan and the US. Apple's communication regarding setting up of a manufacturing unit assumes significance as the Finance Ministry in May had rejected relaxing the 30% domestic sourcing norms, as sought by the iPhone and iPad maker as a pre-condition for bringing in FDI to set up single-brand retail stores in the country. The company had sought exemption on the ground that it makes state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technology products for which local sourcing is not possible. The government had also turned down the firm's proposal to import refurbished phones and sell them in India. The company sells its products through Apple-owned retail stores in countries like China, Germany, the US, the UK and France, among others. It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro. The government has announced incentives to promote electronic manufacturing in India and reduce the import bill. Total import of electronics goods were valued at Rs 2.25 lakh crore in 2014-15 as against Rs 1.95 lakh crore in the previous year.
Mumbai: Xiaomi launched three new smartphones -- Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Prime -- at an event in Beijing. The Redmi 4A is the most affordable in the Redmi 4 series, which will retail at CNY 499 (approximately Rs 4,999) while the Redmi 4 and the Redmi 4 Prime will cost CNY 699 (approximately Rs 6,999) and CNY 899 (approximately Rs 8,999), respectively. All three smartphones will be available for pre-orders starting November 7 while the devices are expected to begin shipping from November 11. There is no word to when the phones will launch in India. Starting with the most affordable out of the three, the Redmi 4A sports a 5- inch HD IPS display which will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC on a quad-core processing platform. It harbours 2GB RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB on a hybrid (SIM/mircoSD) slot. In terms of optics, it will feature a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front lens for selfies. The device comes with a 3120mAh battery with a fast charging feature. The Redmi 4A will be available in Gold and Rose Gold colour options to choose from. Coming to the midrange variant, the Redmi 4 sports a 5- inch HD IPS display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. Just like the Redmi 4A, it is coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, (expandable up to 128GB on a hybrid slot). Coming to the camera, the phone features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixels camera for selfies. The device also comes with a 4100mAh battery that supports fast charging and is available in colours variants like gold, silver and dark grey. The Redmi 4 Prime, aka as Pro, is the high-end smartphone in the Redmi 4 segment. The phone sports a 5-inch FHD IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. It is equipped with 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage (expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid slot). The Redmi 4 Prime comes with a 13-megapixel camera with dual tone LED flash and 5-megapixel front camera. Like the Redmi 4, this device also comes with a 4100mAh battery with a fast charging feature. All the three phones will run on Android Marshmallow with an OS MIUI 8 skin on top.
New Delhi: Chinese handset maker LeEco said on Friday it has clocked sales of Rs 350 crore in the month of October, driven by festive purchases. "In its first-ever Diwali sales in the month of October, LeEco managed to clock revenues to the tune of Rs 350 crore. LeEco has sold 3 lakh phones and 3,500 TVs," LeEco said in a statement. During the festive period, LeEco sold its products through multiple platforms like LeMall (its own website), Amazon India, Flipkart and Snapdeal. "We are extremely humbled with the unparalleled growth and momentum that we have seen in the Indian market. It makes us proud that in less than 1 year of our India operations, we've sold as astounding number of Superphones and SuperTVs in just one month," LeEco India COO (Smart Electronics Business) Atul Jain said. Handset saw a major boost in sales, helped by aggressive pricing and bundled offers on various e-commerce platforms. LeEco's rival, Xiaomi had said it sold a record one million smartphones in India in the first 18 days of October.
Munich: Huawei Technologies took the wraps of a new premium phone on Thursday, adding a new artificial intelligence feature it hopes will help it close the gap with Apple and market leader Samsung, which is reeling from scrapping its flagship phone. The Mate 9 is aimed squarely at the top end of the $400 billion global smartphone market, where professional users are looking for fast phones with long battery life. It includes a feature that enables the device to learn about the habits of its user and automatically put the most frequently used apps in easy reach - unlike, for example, Apple's iPhone, where icons that may occupy many screens apart from the start screen have to be manually ordered. "It learns how you use your phone," said Arne Herkelmann, Huawei's European head of handset portfolio and planning. The launch comes just three weeks after Samsung scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, dealing a huge blow to its reputation and outlook. With smartphone sales growth expected to slow in the coming years, device manufacturers are focusing on new ways to stand out from the crowd. Alphabet's Google last month launched the Pixel smartphone which has Google Assistant, the company's voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) system and its answer to Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. The Mate 9, introduced in Munich, is a 5.9-inch (15 cm) large-screen handset that boasts cameras with auto focus, directional microphones with noise cancellation and an improved user interface. The algorithm puts the user's favourite apps first, which makes the phones easier to use and also more energy-efficient. The phone's battery lasts for almost two days of heavy usage and can fully recharge in 90 minutes, Huawei said.
Kochi: MobME Wireless Solutions, supported by Infosys' Kris Gopalakrishnan, on Monday said it has launched 'Geckolyst' to analyse customer feedback to provide comprehensible information for enterprises. India's first campus startup MobME, which primarily focuses on providing mobility and related solutions to telecom players, has expanded its range of technology to cater to the needs of clients in e-Commerce, airlines and retail sectors. "We have completed a decade of growth and are now focusing aggressively on customer experience analytics for all our enterprise customers," said MobME CEO Sathya Kalyanasundaram in a release here. "Geckolyst allows an organization to integrate customer feedback from virtually any source, including call center data, survey responses, social media, customer emails, CRM systems, point of sale data, etc. By collecting data from all sources of customer feedback and combining them into a centralized dashboard with an integrated complaint redressal engine - Geckolyst can help provide an immediate & accurate analysis of customer sentiment," he explained. The company has already started partnering with leading organisations in telecom, banking and retail to provide end-to-end customer experience analytics solution for their businesses, the release said. MobME was founded in 2006 by three enterprising engineering students while pursuing their course. The team initially started with the telecom sector and later expanded its relationship with other sectors. Kalyanasundaram said the launch of 'Geckolyst' will herald MobME's aggressive bid to tap into a critical component of an enterprise, i.E. Customer satisfaction. "It will also mark the company's next trajectory of growth. We have appointed a professional management team and it shows the ability of the company to adapt effectively to the imperatives of changing times to achieve the goals," Kalyanasundaram said.
San Francisco: Apple on Thursday unveiled new MacBook Pro laptops infused with touch control features that people have embraced on smartphones. MacBook Pro models shown off at a special event at Apple's headquarters in Silicon Valley touted keyboards with "Touch Bar" controls where function keys have traditionally been positioned. Touch Bar adapts to display controls most relevant to whatever application is being used, from email or typing text to video editing or music mixing, demonstrations showed. New MacBook Pro models with 13-inch and 15-inch screens also had "Touch ID" fingerprint reading sensors built into power buttons, meaning that people will be able to unlock machines or make online purchases using fingers to confirm their identity. A MacBook Pro with a 13-inch screen and Touch Bar had a starting price of $1,799, while an upgraded model with the same screen size but a traditional keyboard was priced at $1,499. A 15-inch MacBook Pro with the touch control technology built in had a starting price of $2,399. Apple began taking orders on Thursday, with touch-enhanced models promised to begin shipping within three weeks and the standard keyboard version available immediately. Apple on Thursday also introduced a new TV application crafted to use iPhones, iPads and internet-video streaming boxes hubs for television viewing. "Now, there is a unified TV experience; one place to discover and enjoy your favorite TV show and movies across all your devices," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said at the event. Siri virtual assistant is built into the TV application, allowing people to ask for shows or searches naturally, a demonstration showed. The software allows for viewing live broadcasts and can search out content available in other applications on Apple TV.
New Delhi: Domestic mobile handset and consumer durables company Intex Technologies on Monday launched four new smart LED TVs, starting at Rs 27,999. The TV range is available in four sizes -- 32-inch HD TV priced at Rs 27,999, 43-inch full-HD TV at Rs 47,999, 50-inch full-HD TV at Rs 54,999 and 55-inch Ultra HD-4K TV at Rs 89,990. "With the ongoing festive season, we expect a great response to the new TV range," said Nidhi Markanday, Director & Business Head, Consumer Durables and IT Accessories. The key features in the smart LED TV models include N-Screen wireless mirroring, Digital Noise Reduction and a built-in Hi-Fi system that enables "Sound Alone Effect" where one can listen to the sound even when the display goes off. The TVs come with built-in applications such as YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and up to 200 apps in the customised app store and runs on Android operating system.