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Airtel joins hands with Samsung

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NEW DELHI (INDIA): India’s top telecom services provider Airtel and Samsung have announced a strategic alliance to bring a range affordable 4G smartphone options to customers.

The partnership is part of Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative, under which Airtel aims to partner device manufacturers to build an open ecosystem of affordable smartphones.

Four top models from Samsung’s popular Galaxy J-series range – J2 (2017), J5 Prime, J7 Prime, and J7 Pro – will be available with attractive cashback offers, bringing down the effective price of the device and making them highly affordable for customers. All devices will come bundled with Airtel’s special recharge pack of Rs 199 that offers 1GB data/day and unlimited calling to enable best-in-class experience on India’s leading smartphone network.

The Rs 1500 cashback will be disbursed to customers over 24 months. At the end of 12 months, customers who have done recharges (in any denomination of their choice) worth Rs 2500 will be eligible for the first instalment of Rs 300. They will be eligible for the second instalment of Rs 1200 provided they complete another set of recharges worth Rs 2500 over the next 12 months.

Ajai Puri, COO – India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to partner Samsung in our endeavour of transforming India into a smartphone nation by making it easier for customers to get access to 4G smartphones they always aspired for. With this partnership, we are also stepping up the range of devices we offer to our customers. In particular, this new range of affordable smartphones will serve the aspirations of young customers who are looking to make a one-time investment to own a large screen smartphone with latest features and enjoy a great 4G experience.”

“This partnership with Airtel gives us another opportunity to enhance consumer experience, bringing together our popular Galaxy J series smartphones with their services at affordable prices. Today, every third smartphone sold in India is a Galaxy J series device. These smartphones are packed with several India-centric innovations developed at our R&D centres in the country under the Samsung ‘Make for India’ initiative,” Mr. Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung India, said.

The offer is available across India starting January 7, 2018. Customers can purchase the smartphones from any Samsung retailer and get the recharges done at any Airtel retailer. After sales support for the device will be provided by Samsung through their service network. The ownership of the 4G smartphone is completely with the customer and there is no need to return the device to Airtel/Samsung at any point to claim the cash benefit.

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Google launches new smartphones -Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

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NEW DELHI: At their global event today, Google announced two new additions to the #MadebyGoogle family: Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Bringing the best of Google to its users, the two phones are powered by AI for more helpful, thoughtful, and personal experiences.

The smartphones are available in two sizes — the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL — and three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink.

The both phones will be available in 12 markets including India from November 1. Prices in India are Rs. 71,000 for Pixel 3 64GB, Rs. 80,000 for Pixel 3 128GB, for Rs. 83,000 Pixel 3 XL 64GB variant, and Rs. 92,000 for Pixel 3 XL 128GB.

The Google Pixel 2 XL (64GB) will continue to be sold at Rs 45,499

Pre-orders start from Thursday, 11th October 2018 on Flipkart, Airtel’s online store, and at offline partners including Reliance Digital, Croma and other leading stores across India. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available for sale both online and in retail stores from 1st November 2018.

As part of the pre-order offers, consumers will be able to own a Pixel 3 at a no-cost EMI starting at Rs 3,944 per month. In addition, current Google Pixel and Nexus phone owners will have special loyalty offers from Flipkart and our participating offline retail partners including Reliance, Croma, and other leading stores.

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LG unveils new smartphone in India

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NEW DELHI: Expanding its Q series, South Korean tech Major LG Electronics on Tuesday launched a new smartphone “Q7” in India at Rs 15,990.

The 5.5-inch FHD+ smartphone with 18:9 aspect ratio will be available across leading retail stores from September 1.

The device is powered by 1.5 GHz Octa-Core chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 2TB.

“We are confident that the consumers who are looking for a balanced smartphone with the premium features will find the LG ‘Q7’ very hard to resist,” Advait Vaidya, Business Head- Mobiles, LG India, said in a statement.

The device runs Android Oreo and houses 3,000mAh battery — equipped with Qualcomm’s “Fast Charge” technology.

The smartphone sports 13MP with PDAF rear camera and 8MP front camera. It also comes with an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based camera feature “Q-Lens”.

Source: IANS

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Homtom enters India market with three smartphones, says company to invest Rs 600 crore in country

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NEW DELHI: Chinese brand Homtom said that it has launched its three smartphones in India on August 24.

The smartphones are H1, H3 and H5 and in available in Black and Gold variants at retail stores across India at just Rs 7,499, Rs 9,990 and Rs 10,990, respectively.

The all three smartphones will run on 8.1 Android Oreo operating system.

To promote Make in India, Shenzen-based company said that it will be investing around Rs 600 crores in the next 3-4 months.

The company will be shelling out about Rs 200-300 crores for CKD manufacturing for which it will be setting up its own facility in Noida by mid-2019 to manufacture its products in country.

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