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BGR India Weekly Wrap: Google Tez app India launch, Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders in India, and more

Here is a quick wrap of our top five news stories of the week.

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It was an eventful week for the tech industry where we saw some major announcements. It started with the launch of  the Google Tez app, which is said to be the ‘made for India’ version of Android Pay, based on UPI. The launch was followed by the availability of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 up for pre-order on Amazon India. The shipping for the smartphone has already begun for customers who pre-booked the device earlier. Apart from that, OnePlus, with an aim to strengthen its offline market has made its flagship OnePlus 5 available in India via Croma stores. The pre-Diwali sales on various e-commerce sites and Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus available for pre-order in India followed in the week. Here’s a closer look at the top stories of the week.

Google Tez app

Taking another step forward in India’s digital transformation, Google entered into the digital payment market with the launch of its Tez app. The app is available for users on Android and iOS and comes with support to UPI. It supports banks including Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India, among others. The tech giant also announced that new devices from Micromax, Lava, Nokia, and Panasonic will ship with Tez pre-installed. Tez also supports online payment partners which include Dominos, RedBus, and Jet Airways. With the app, you can transfer money using a UPI address or the Tez UPI address to anyone who has a UPI-supported bank account. However, a user can transfer amounts only exceeding Rs 50, and anything below that will not be acceptable. The app is set to face fierce competition from the likes of other mobile wallet players like Alibaba’s Paytm and Flipkart‘s PhonePe. Apple is also in the news to launch its Apple Pay service in India by the end of the year.

OnePlus 5 goes offline!

OnePlus has proved to be strong competition to the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8, all thanks to its good build, flagship specifications and reasonable pricing. While the smartphone is exclusively available online on Amazon India, OnePlus has made efforts to capture the offline market as well. Earlier this week, OnePlus announced that its flagship OnePlus 5 will be available in India via select Croma stores. The price of the OnePlus 5 at Croma stores remains the same as that available online.  The smartphone is priced at Rs 32,999 for the 64GB variant with 6GB of RAM, and Rs 37,999 for the 128GB model with 8GB of RAM.The company announced that initially, the smartphone will be available at 10 major outlets in cities like Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune. However, eventually, OnePlus says its entire portfolio of products will be available via offline channels.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sale in India

Launched in India earlier this month, the Galaxy Note 8 flagship smartphone is now available in India. The successor to last year’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 is priced at Rs 67,900. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be sold online via Amazon India, Samsung’s online store, as well as select offline Samsung stores. As part of an introductory offer, the company is offering one-time screen replacement along with a wireless charger with the purchase of Galaxy Note 8. Additionally, HDFC Bank credit card holders can get Rs 4,000 cashback on the smartphone. Reliance Jio will be offering up to 448GB of additional data for Jio users on the purchase of the Galaxy Note 8. The USP of the phone is the dual-camera setup. This is the first Samsung smartphone to come equipped with a dual-camera setup. The phone sports a combination of a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens, with optical image stabilization (OIS). Up front, there’s an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an aperture of f/1.7.

Pre-Diwali e-commerce sales

With the festive season now kicking in, various companies are offering massive discounts and offer to tempt buyers on their products. To start with the most known, Amazon India and Flipkart have been going loggerheads with the Great Indian Shopping Sale and Big Billion Days sale respectively. The sale began on September 21 and will last until September 24. Amazon India and Flipkart are offering deals across several categories, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, large appliances, baby products. Apart from that, CashKaro has partnered with more than 1,500 e-commerce sites, providing its members with cashback offers on their online shopping at various sites like Flipkart, Amazon.in, Paytm, Shopclues and Jabong. Talking about smartphones, in particular, Xiaomi has announced a price drop for its smartphones. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM and 64GB variants with 4GB of RAM have got a price drop of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively. Now, the revised price of the smartphone stands at Rs 9,999 and Rs 10,999.

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pre-order in India

Apple announced three new iPhones’ this year – the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the anniversary edition phone, the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 is available at a starting price of Rs 64,000 for the 64GB variant, while the 256GB model of the iPhone 8 will ship for Rs 77,000. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB  variant is priced at Rs 73,000, while the 256GB variant of the iPhone 8 Plus will cost Rs 86,000. The pre-orders for the smartphones are now open via Amazon India, Flipkart, Tata Cliq and Infibeam. You can also walk-in and pre-book the iPhone 8 at retail stores too. Look out for retailers such as Brightstar, and stores attached to distributors such as Rashi Peripherals and Redington India. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will go on sale starting September 29. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus offer incremental improvements over the last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

For a more detailed look at the top stories of the week, you can check out the links below.

 Google Tez app

One Plus 5 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Pre-Diwali sales

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pre-0rder