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Jio Phone deliveries have supposedly begun and customers in rural areas and small cities will get the Jio Phone before those in urban locations, according to a Reliance Jio channel partner. Reliance plans to complete the delivery of the Jio Phone in 15 days. The reason for this phased delivery is “to avoid inconvenience”. If you pre-booked the Jio Phone – and 6 million people supposedly did – you’ll get it by Diwali, October 19.

We’ve got our hands on a Jio Phone unit already, and we shared our early thoughts on the feature phone recently. It’s nothing like any other feature phone and our experience so far streaming content on Jio apps like JioMusic, JioCinema, and JioTV has been pretty smooth. Stay tuned for a detailed review of the Jio Phone later this week.

 

Samsung offering discounts on popular phones; Amazon’s recent Sale was its biggest shopping event ever
Samsung is offering discounts on its flagship and midrange phones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is Rs. 53,900 while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (4GB version) is Rs. 60,900. In addition to this, there’s a Rs. 4,000 discount for HDFC Bank credit card holders. The offer for these smartphones is similar to the Navratras Offer revealed a week ago.

This isn’t all, the Samsung Galaxy On Max is now Rs. 15,900 – a Rs. 1,00 discount while the Galaxy On Nxt is now Rs. 13,900 – Rs. 2,000 less. Plus, there’s a five percent discount for those with ICICI credit cards. Other smartphones to get a price drop include the Galaxy On7 Pro, Galaxy J3 Pro, and On5 Pro. Check out all the details .

Amazon claims its four-day Great Indian Festival Sale was its largest ever in India. “We are especially excited about growing e-commerce in India with more than 85 percent of new customers from small towns.” said Manish Tiwary, Vice President of Category Management, Amazon India in a press statement. The company said its Project Udaan programme helped customers place orders from the remotest places in India including Leh, Minicoy, Kiltan, Kalpeni, Champin, Trinket, Mile Tilek, Tirap, and Saiha.

Airtel’s latest offers to compete against Jio and others
Airtel has continued its aggressive spate of offers to bring new customers to its network. The latest, called ‘Bonus 30GB’ gives new postpaid users 30GB free data for three months. It would be doled out in 10GB tranches each month. It’s available for those on the Unlimited series postpaid plans except for the Rs. 299 plan.You can avail Bonus 30GB offer with plans offered at Rs. 499, Rs. 649, Rs. 799, and Rs. 1,199, and you can carry data over to the next month.

And if you’re a prepaid customer, Airtel has a Rs. 999 plan – it offers 4GB data per day, comes with bundled local and STD calls, and has a 28-day validity.

Nokia 8 variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage launch set for October 20: Report
Like other smartphones this year, the Nokia 8 will be available in a 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant. Reportedly out on October 20, it will be available in a single Polished Blue colour for EUR 90 more than the 4GB Nokia 8, priced at EUR 669 (around Rs. 51,700). Apart from the new storage and memory, the rest of the specifications offered by the new variant of the Nokia 8 remain the same. This means that the handset will pack a 5.3-inch 2K LCD display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning camera, Android 8.0 Oreo launched in India: Price, Specifications
Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia XZ1 was launched on Monday for the Indian market. It’s the first smartphone to ship in India with Android 8.0 Oreo. Priced at Rs. Rs. 44,990, one of other the biggest marketed features of the Sony Xperia XZ1 is its 3D scanning camera. The high-end Sony Xperia XZ1 rear camera supports 5-axis stabilisation and is capable of doing slow-motion video recording at 960fps, similar to the Xperia XZ Premium, in addition to 4K video recording. It had been announced in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. In India, the company is only bringing the latter variant to the India market. It has 4GB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64GB storage (expandable via microSD card to 256GB). It features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) HDR display powered by Sony’s Triluminos display and X-Reality technology configured for mobiles.

95 mobile firms have set up manufacturing plants in India: Prasad
Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said 95 mobile manufacturing companies have set up their plants in the country. “Today 95 mobile manufacturing factories have come up in India and India is becoming a big hub of electronics and mobile manufacturing. Of these, 32 units have come up in Noida and Greater Noida,” Prasad said at the Capital Foundation Annual Lecture in New Delhi. “Every day we are adding 3-4 startups. They are IITians, they left their jobs in America and have come back to India,” he said. “In Silicon Valley (US), 51 percent of new inventions are IT-based and 14…



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