Nokia to Have a Major Showing at MWC 2018, HMD Global Teases

Nokia to Have a Major Showing at MWC 2018, HMD Global Teases

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HMD Global’s Juho Sarvikas teases MWC 2018 developments
  • The company is expected to launch new models
  • Nokia 1, Nokia 9, Nokia 3310 4G likely to get some attraction

After grabbing eyeballs at its last outing in Barcelona, HMD Global is now all set to make another splash this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, a senior executive teased. The company launched the nostalgic Nokia 3310 and showcased the first troopers from its army of Android smartphones at MWC 2017. And for the forthcoming convention, it is already rumoured to have a bunch of developments, including the Nokia 9 flagship as well as the Android Oreo (Go edition) based Nokia 1.

HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas on Thursday used his Twitter account to tease the launches planned for the MWC 2018. “Sorry for radio silence. Been super busy planning #MWC2018. Please expect it to be awesome [sic],” Sarvikas tweeted. The executive didn’t define the developments that will be showcased at the forthcoming MWC. However, some recent reports have enough material to help us understand what all will be available from the ever-green Nokia portfolio.

The Nokia family in 2018 is expected to get a list of new members, including the Nokia 1, Nokia 4, Nokia 7, Nokia 8 (2018), and Nokia 9. Alongside these new Nokia smartphone models, the Finnish company is rumoured to be developing a Nokia 3310 4G variant that recently emerged on TENAA certification sitewith Android-based YunOS. The 2018 lineup notably received the Nokia 6 (2018) as the first member.

Amongst all the new Nokia models, the Nokia 9 is expected to be the show-stopper. The smartphone is already rumoured to have top-notch specifications and features such as a dual selfie camera setup and a thin-bezel display. If we believe the ongoing rumours, the Nokia 9 will come in multiple variants and sport a 5.5-inch OLED display as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It is also reported to have 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 3250mAh battery with fast charging support. Besides, the smartphone is likely to come with up to 128GB onboard storage and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

In addition to the Nokia 9, we can safely speculate the Nokia 1 as the new sales-driver for HMD Global. The smartphone, which is rumoured to be one of the first Android Go smartphones, will purportedly feature an HD IPS display, 1GB RAM, and 8GB onboard storage. Despite usual, entry-level specifications, the Android Go presence on the Nokia 1 would make it a distinct option in the market. It is like to have lightweight apps such as Google Maps Go, Files Go, and Google Go among others. Further, the smartphone is rumoured to go on sale in Russia at RUB 5,990 (approximately Rs. 6,750).

We need to wait for some more time to understand what all would be from the side of HMD Global. In the meantime, the company has already registered itself as an MWC exhibitor to hint some big announcements.

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Vivo V7 Price in India Slashed

Vivo V7 Price in India Slashed

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vivo V7 is now available at Rs. 16,990
  • The Vivo V7 was launched in November for Rs. 18,990
  • The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC and 4GB RAM

Vivo V7 has a received a price cut of Rs. 2,000 in India and is now available for a new price tag of Rs. 16,990. This price cut comes more than a month after the smartphone was launched in India at a price of Rs. 18,990.

The selfie smartphone from Vivo in India is now available at Rs. 16,990 via both offline and online retailers, Gadgets 360 has learnt. The Vivo V7 (Review) is available in Champagne Gold, Matte Black, and the recently launched Energetic Blue colour variants. The phone has been available through offline and online platforms since November. Earlier, the smartphone was online-exclusive to Flipkart, but is now available on other portals such as Amazon and Paytm Mall. It features the new price on all three e-commerce portals.

Vivo V7 specifications

The Vivo V7 is a dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) smartphone that runs FunTouch OS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat OS. The smartphone sports a 5.7-inch HD + (720×1440 pixels) FullView IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Vivo V7 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Vivo V7 bears a 16-megapixel rear sensor with LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0. One of the biggest features of the phone is its 24-megapixel front camera sensor with a soft ‘Moonlight Glow’ selfie light, alongside an aperture of f/2.0. The smartphone has 32GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). It also sports a 3000mAh battery under the hood.

The Vivo V7 has dimensions of 149.3×72.8×7.9mm and weighs 139 grams. It faces competition from other phones like Honor 7X and Motorola G5s Plus. However, the Vivo V7 is the only smartphone in this price range to offer a 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Earlier this month, the Vivo V5s received a permanent price cut and is now available in India for a new price tag of Rs. 15,990. It was initially launched at a price of Rs. 18,990.

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Vivo V7

Vivo V7

Rs.15,889
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Dedicated microSD slot
  • Good front camera
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • No continuous AF for video
  • Low resolution display
  • Plastic body
  • UI feels dated
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  • Vivo V7 (Matte Black, 32GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,889
  • Vivo V7 (Energetic Blue, 32GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.16,990
  • Vivo V7 (Matte Black, 32GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.16,990

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Reliance JioMoney Could Well Be a Disruptor, but Not Just Yet

Reliance JioMoney Could Well Be a Disruptor, but Not Just YetReliance JioMoney Could Well Be a Disruptor, but Not Just Yet

HIGHLIGHTS

  • JioMoney is Reliance Jio’s digital wallet
  • You can use it to recharge your accounts or pay offline
  • Login issues plagued our usage over the whole week

Reliance Jio wants to empower 10 million merchants to make digital transactions. The JioMoney appwas supposed to roll out to merchants last week, while Jio users have of course been using it for recharges and P2P payments for a lot longer, ever since the test rollout started almost a year ago now.

At the announcement for Jio Money earlier this month, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani talked about how every Indian now has a digital money wallet linked to their bank account. He spoke about Aadhaar based micro-ATMs at Jio’s eKYC enabled stores. Ambani laid out a massive vision for JioMoney, one that could well disrupt the rapid development we’re seeing in the fintech world.

The ground reality is a little different though – we’ve been using the JioMoney app for a week now – or trying to anyway – and our finding is that much like JioCinema and JioMusic, the JioMoney experience is very much a work in progress at this point.

Both of those apps have been tweaked since we reviewed them, and some of the early problems have been resolved, while a few others still remain. A re-branding also involved a rethink of the UX, which was very welcome. Conceivably, it’s possible that Reliance Jio will put JioMoney through the same kind of process as well, because as of now on day one, or rather week one, there’s no doubt that this kind of re-imagining is required.

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First up, let’s talk about something basic – logging in. To log in, enter your Jio number and password, and then verify your date of birth. This worked a couple of times, and did not work on many other occasions. In short, simply logging in to JioMoney to start using the app is a frustrating challenge, as there are frequent “Error processing request” messages, which is not helped by the fact that – as a genuinely welcome security measure – you can only attempt to verify your account a set number of times per hour.

Once you actually get into the app, there are all the usual options – the design looks a little clunky right now, but that’s true for all of Jio’s apps during their early days, and like we mentioned earlier, there’s hope that this will eventually change. The app lets you send or request money, pay bills and recharges, pay at a shop, along with a section for coupons, and for giving to charity. The last of these is unusual but that notwithstanding, the offerings are pretty much in line with the industry. You should be able to use the app to pay your Jio bills as well, whenever that comes into effect.

Recharges are a smooth process, with little or no issue as long as you’re able to get into the app. You can recharge other prepaid phone connections, DTH connections, gas payments, and so on. You can transfer money to a bank account using IMPS by using its IFSC code and account number. You can use this to take your money out of Jio as well.

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Pay at shop via the Reliance JioMoney app requires you to enter the seller’s phone number or scan a code, after which you enter your mPIN to authorise the transaction. This seems to be a workable way of doing this, but unlike other wallets, whose stickers now emblazon shop after shop, it’s very hard to know where you actually can use JioMoney. Although we were very hopeful that we’d have stories to share about using it in the real world, the sad fact is that all of our transactions – in between many logouts and request processing errors – took place online.

In contrast, we’ve used several other digital wallets throughout the week, to buy everyday items, pay for conveyance, and to grab a bite. A week is too short a time to expect Jio to be massively visible of course, but given Ambani’s pledge of reaching 10 million merchants very soon, it’s going to have to pick up the pace very quickly.

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Airtel Partners Intex, Offers Aqua Lions N1 at an Effective Price of Rs. 1,649

Airtel Partners Intex, Offers Aqua Lions N1 at an Effective Price of Rs. 1,649

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intex Aqua Lions N1 was unveiled on Wednesday alongside the offer
  • Two older Intex smartphones were also brought under Airtel’s offer
  • Airtel previously partnered with Karbonn and Celkon

Airtel has partnered Intex to bring three of the domestic brand’s smartphones under its Mera Pehla Smartphone initiative, which offers cashback to sweeten the purchase and lock customers onto the operator’s network. Thus far, Airtel has partnered with Karbonn and Celkon, with Intex becoming the third manufacturer to join the telco’s initiative. With the announcement on Wednesday, Intex has also launched a new smartphone – Intex Aqua Lions N1- while bringing its previously launched Intex Aqua S3 and Intex Aqua A4 under the offer’s umbrella.

Let’s start with the offer, before coming to the specifications of the newly launched Intex Aqua Lions N1. As before, Airtel subscribers with an eligible Mera Pehla Smartphone will need to make recharges of any denominations but worth Rs. 3,000 in the first 18 months to receive a cashback of Rs. 500, and recharges worth another Rs. 3,000 in the second 18 month period to claim a cashback of Rs. 1,000 – bringing the total cashback to Rs. 1,500. Users can choose to avail the bundled Rs. 169 pack, which for eligible handsets has a 28-day validity, and offers unlimited calling (subject to fair usage policy) apart from 0.5GB high-speed data a day. The refunds will be credited to the user’s Airtel Payments Bank account.

Getting to the ‘effective prices’ of the Intex handsets under the Airtel Mera Pehla Smartphone offer, the telco says the Intex Aqua Lions N1 has an MRP of Rs. 3,799 but will be available at an MOP (something that Airtel is calling a down payment) of Rs. 3,149. When the Rs. 1,500 cashback is subtracted, the Aqua Lions N1’s effective price is said to be Rs. 1,649. In a similar fashion, the Intex Aqua A4 has an MRP of Rs. 4,999, but will be available at an MOP of Rs. 3,499, bring its effective price after cashback to Rs. 1,999. Finally, the Intex Aqua S3 is said to have an MRP of Rs. 6,649, an MOP of Rs. 5,879, and an effective price of Rs. 4,379 after cashbacks.

Getting to the specifications, the Intex A qua A4 was launched back in May, and you can check out its details in our previous coverage. Likewise, the Aqua S3 was launched in June.

As we mentioned, the Intex Aqua Lions N1 is a brand new smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat, and it supports dual-SIM cards. It sports a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.1GHz MediaTek processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone bears a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front facing camera. It offers 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) with its own dedicated slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB.

A little background on the Airtel Mera Pehla smartphone initiative – the telecom operator launched the programme back in October in response to the Jio Phone that was marketed with a similar ‘effective price’ strategy. The launch was with the Karbonn A40 Indian, and the telco partnered the domestic brand again in November with the Karbonn A1 Indian and Karbonn A41 Power. In between, it also partnered Celkon for its Smart 4G smartphone.

Other telcos to follow the Jio Phone’s effective price model include Vodafone India with the Micromax Bharat-2 Ultra, and BSNL with the Micromax Bharat 1 feature phone. Vodafone late last month unveiled similar offers for the Micromax Bharat 2 Plus, Micromax Bharat 3, Micromax Bharat 4, and the Micromax Canvas 1.

Speaking on the launch, Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “We are really pleased to see the continued positive response to our ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative from customers as well as smartphone manufacturers. We are delighted to have Intex on board as a partner and their brand familiarity plus distribution reach will add to our affordable smartphone proposition and offer more choice to our customers. We look forward to working with them towards empowering every Indian with a 4G smartphone.”

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Intex Aqua Lions N1

Intex Aqua Lions N1

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1.1GHz

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

480×800 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery Capacity

1400mAh

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    Rs.4,210
  • Intex Aqua Lions 3G (Grey, 8GB)
    Rs.4,220
  • Intex Aqua Lions 4G (Black Grey, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs.4,295

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