Airtel Takes on Jio Phone With Karbonn A1 Indian, A41 Power Smartphones: Price, Offer Details

Jio Phone is effectively free, while the new Airtel phones’ effective price starts at Rs. 1,799 HIGHLIGHTS The new Karbonn phones will compete against Jio Phone Karbonn A1 Indian comes at an ‘effective price’ of Rs. 1,799 Karbonn A41 Power at an ‘effective price’ of Rs. 1,849 Jio Phone is a looming threat for both phone makers and telecom operators, despite its pre-booking sale opening only once since it was unveiled in July. It came as no surprise to anyone that to counter Jio Phone, Airtel partnered with Karbonn and then Celkon to subsidise the…

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Xiaomi Says It Shipped 9.2 Million Smartphones in India Last Quarter

HIGHLIGHTS Xiaomi shipped 9.2 million smartphones in Q3 2017 This is a record for the Chinese company in the country Xiaomi Redmi Note and Redmi 4 are the top selling smartphones Xiaomi has announced that it shipped 9.2 million smartphones, a record number of units, in India in Q3 2017. The announcement was made by Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President Xiaomi and Managing Director Xiaomi India in a tweet. Jain also shared a piece of trivia about Xiaomi smartphones shipments in the country. “We started with a humble beginning of…

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Cat S41, Cat S31 Rugged Smartphones, Cat T20 Tablet Launched at IFA 2017: Price, Specifications

Cat S41 HIGHLIGHTS The Cat S41’s mammoth battery can charge other devices as well Cat S31 comes with wet finger and glove support The Cat T20 tablet runs on Windows 10 Cat, or Caterpillar, a brand licensed by Bullitt from the US-based construction machinery manufacturing company of the same, on Thursday launched new durable smartphones and a tablet at IFA 2017 in Berlin. Built by Bullitt, the Cat S41 and Cat S31 smartphones come with a rugged build, water resistance, drop/ vibration proofing, military grade protection, and large batteries. The…

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Call For ‘Drive-Safe’ Modes For Smartphones

Road safety experts have called for smartphones to be fitted with a “drive-safe” mode – similar to the flight-safe option – to help stop drivers being “distracted or overwhelmed with information” at the wheel. The RAC Foundation claims that every year there are around 70 fatal accidents on Britain’s roads caused by motorists being distracted, while “driving using mobile phone” is cited in around 20 crashes. The motoring charity’s director Steve Gooding said: “In many ways smartphone technology and mobile communications are a godsend for road users, allowing us to do everything from getting directions to dodging…

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Gadget Ogling: Pokémon Go Drones, New Old Nintendo, and Snowden-Secured Smartphones

Wecome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that occasionally takes time off from thrashing out cut-price deals for once-towering Web properties to pore over the latest gadget announcements. In our directory this week are a drone for catching Pokémon, a revival of a classic gaming console, a smartphone case designed for security, and a novel way to keep cool and dry. As ever, I’ve only read about these items and haven’t even held them in my hands, so these are not reviews. The ratings serve only as an indicator…

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Dual-SIM smartphones estimated to make up a third of global smartphone sales in 2016

Although in some countries, such as the US, dual-SIM smartphones have yet to take off, it looks like this type of handsets is gaining more and more importance internationally. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, about one in three smartphones sold at the global level in 2016 will be a dual-SIM smartphone. Strategy Analytics estimates that global dual-SIM smartphone sales will reach 431 million units in 2015, and that this number will grow 19% to 514 million units in 2016. If the company’s estimates turn out to be accurate,…

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Nokia denies reports it plans to return to smartphones

Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China,” the company said in a statement. “These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.” Nokia was said to be working on a secret projectthat would result in the company announcing a new smartphone as early as 2016. The Finland-based company was expected to unveil the device and then license its design and name to another company that would handle production and sales,…

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