A few months back Micromax was reported to be working on a 4G LTE smartphone and now Xolo is also set to debut a 4G LTE enabled smartphone called the LT900 in India. The company has confirmed it to BGR India that they are working on a 4G-enabled smartphone and will be launching it as early as in the first week of November in India.
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Apple is gearing up to launch its new iPhones – the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C – in India as early as this month. Rather than doing weekly roll-outs in new sets of countries, Apple this time announced only the first wave of launch countries where the phones were launched on September 20 and has remained uncharacteristically quiet since then. Apple is now preparing to launch the iPhones in an extended list of second wave countries, which are likely to be announced within a fortnight.
The buzzmaker of IFA, the Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami), will launch in India in September 18 at an event in New Delhi, sources have told BGR India. Just like the Xperia Z, which was the Japanese giant’s flagship smartphone for the first half of the year, Sony will rope in Bollywood star Katrina Kaif as the brand ambassador for the device. The fact that Sony will launch the Xperia Z1 within two weeks of its global announcement suggests India will be in the first wave of countries where it will be launched.
Sony’s incoming Xperia Z1 has been making all the headlines in the tech press and with good reason because when it arrives it will arguably be the most formidable Android smartphone on the planet on the basis of its specs and design. But what has really caught our attention is a camera lens attachment, which will connect to smartphones including the iPhone via Bluetooth allowing extra imaging oomph. Our sources have confirmed that this attachment is going to be called the EspressOn.
With the world waiting for Apple’s upcoming iPhone event on September 10th, the company is busy behind the scenes and also publicly with developers trying to finalize iOS 7, the mobile operating system that will soon power the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Last week, Apple released an emergency bug patch that the company referred to as iOS 7 beta 6, though Apple had actually planned on sticking to its regular release schedule with a different update called beta 6 today.
Nokia’s Asha 501 already has its own fan base thanks to its new UI, colorful body and a battery that keeps going on. But it is set to get even better as it is set to get the Nokia Music Store on it as well. Nokia spokespersons confirmed to BGR India that the Nokia Music Store is coming to its most high profile Asha phone. They refused to give any timeline for the launch but said that it will come soon. It is not clear at the moment whether new Asha 501 users will get any free subscription period or not. Nevertheless, having the option to buy and download legit music from one of the biggest music stores will be a great feature to have on the Asha 501.
After revealing new data plans for GSM iPhone users on its network, RCom will tomorrow launch India’s first iPhone running on its CDMA network. BGR India had exclusively reported on this tie-up between Apple and RCom and their plans to launch the iPhone on its CDMA network. The official announcement will happen tomorrow that will be aided by a marketing campaign, multiple sources have confirmed.
RCom is planning to launch the iPhone for its CDMA network in India, BGR India has learnt. Multiple people with knowledge of the matter have confirmed that the two companies have signed a deal and an announcement is likely to be made soon. With increasing data revenues across carriers, RCom hopes that having a high-end device like the iPhone would help it retain subscribers and also increase its data revenues.
Apple today sneaked a new 16GB model of the iPod touch without an iSight camera. No press release was issued to announce the product and it simply appeared in Apple’s online stores. While the US store lists the price at $229, there has not been any official announcement about its price in India. However, people familiar with the matter, have confirmed to BGR India that it has been priced at an MRP of Rs 17,800. While it does sound pretty expensive, considering $229 should have meant a price under Rs 15,000, Apple has typically priced iPod touch models on the higher side in India. The $299 iPod touch 32GB for instance is priced at Rs 23,900 in India.
Redington has received stocks of some Amazon Kindle devices, which it will start distributing in India. Earlier there were reports of Amazon tying up with Redington for distributing its Kindle e-book readers and tablets, which we have now been able to reconfirm. The agreement was signed a couple of months ago, our source tells us. Redington also distributes Apple’s products in India including iPhones and iPads as well as BlackBerry smartphones. Amazon had earlier tied up with Tata’s retail chain Croma to launch its Kindles in India.
We can now confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will indeed be available in India from April 27. We have received word that the flagship Samsung Android smartphone will be available to buy on the same day from a network of 139 Reliance Digital stores across the country on April 27. We are hearing that some Reliance Digital Stores are taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4. The retailer will also host a separate launch event on April 27 in Mumbai. Earlier today we had reported that Samsung India’s eStore will also have the Galaxy S 4 available from April 27.
Panasonic is set to re-enter the Indian cellphone market, multiple sources have confirmed to BGR India. The Japanese electronics giant had exited the market in mid-2000′s after its failure to sell slim high-end clamshell phones that were suited for its home market. We are told that Panasonic has already tied up with a major Indian distributor and is close to launching its first phones.