HMD Global sends out invite for Nokia 8 launch on August 16

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Nokia 8 launch date confirmed: The invites have started going from HMD Global, and the event takes place on August 16.

Nokia 8 will launch on August 16, and HMD Global has started sending out invites for the same. The Verge reported about the upcoming launch event. Nokia 8 was recently spotted on the China website of the firm, before the image was taken down. We’ve seen quite a few leaked images of the Nokia 8 thanks to HMD Global’s leaked image, and of course, Evan Blass, better known as @Evleaks on Twitter.

According to the report on The Verge, Nokia 8 launch will take place at an event in London, and this smartphone will likely come with Carl Zeiss Optics on the camera lens. HMD Global had itself confirmed it will be working with Zeiss for the camera optics. In terms of specifications, Nokia 8 will likely be the flagship device from HMD Global.

Recently a Nokia 8 in copper gold colour was leaked online, but the company is expected to launch this phone in silver and blue models as well. Nokia 8 will come with a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen, coupled with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Based on leaked images, the display will have a 2.5D glass on top, capacitive buttons, a fingerprint scanner in the home button. So, this won’t be a bezel-less device without a home button, just yet.

The key highlight of the Nokia 8 is expected to be the dual cameras stacked. Leaked images indicate these will be stacked vertically, and HMD Global could go for a dual 13MP+13MP camera set up. The rear camera setup will also have a laser autofocus sensor, dual-tone LED flash along with the Carl Zeiss branding.

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Other specifications of the Nokia 8, according to the rumours are 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and dual-SIM slots, along with Android 7.1 Nougat. A report by WinFuture claimed Nokia 8 will be priced at €589 or approximately Rs 43,000 plus in Scandinavian countries.

HMD Global is getting ready to launch its new flagship phone, but its first set of global offerings like Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are yet to go on sale in India. Nokia 3 and Nokia 3310 are already available for purchase in the market, but the mid-range offerings will only go on sale in August.


India Tablet Sales Declined 16 Percent in March Quarter: CMR

India Tablet Sales Declined 16 Percent in March Quarter: CMR


  • Sales of tablet PCs fell by 16 percent year-on-year, says CMR report
  • tablet shipments in the March quarter were also down by 6 percent
  • Datawind continued to hold the top spot with 34 percent market share

Sales of tablet PCs fell by 16 percent year-on-year to around 7.6 lakh units during January-March, hurt by lack of any promotional activity by device makers, says a report.

The tablet shipments in the March quarter were also down by 6 percent compared to the previous October-December quarter, the report by research firm CMR said.

Datawind continued to hold the top spot with 34 percent market share, followed iBall with 16 percent share, the report said. Samsung had 15 percent share while homegrown Micromax had 8 percent share.

“The continuous decline in the tablet space could be attributed to the lack of promotional activities in the space.

Aadhaar has, of course, provided a lot of impetus to the market (as it increases orders from government sector),” CMR Lead-Analyst (Tablets) Menka Kumari said.

However, at the same time, B2C consumption entirely depends on the promotional activities and some exciting features, she added.

CMR said upcoming GST regime is also going to affect the tablet market, but the magnitude can be gauged only later as a lot of clarity is expected to come on the implementation front.

4G tablets segment will constitute 50 percent of the market by the end of this year, the report added.

According to CMR’s “India Quarterly Tablet PC Market Review-1Q 2017” report, Android-based tablets have already captured the majority of the market while Windows-based tablets have seen continuous decline in India.

“The smartphone market has moved towards 4G and the tablets segment would also follow the same trend. The demand for SIM-enabled devices will continue to grow while Wi-Fi enabled devices will continue to see demand from the student community,” said Menka Kumari, Lead Analyst, Tablets, CMR, in a statement.

4G and 3G-based tablets witnessed sequential increase of 15 percent and 31 percent in terms of units shipped.

Alternatively, 2G and Wi-Fi based tablets saw a sharp decline of 62 percent and 33 percent, respectively, as compared to the previous quarter, the findings showed.

The tablet market within the price category of Rs. 10,000-Rs. 20,000 and less than Rs. 5,000 witnessed 48 percent and four percent sequential growth, respectively, during the quarter.

On the other hand, the price category of Rs. 20,000-30,000 saw a sharp 61 percent sequential decline, the report added.

Written with inputs from PTI and IANS


Xiaomi Redmi 4 to be Amazon exclusive, launch on May 16

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After the Redmi 4A and the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi 4 in India on May 16. Now Amazon India, through a teaser on their website, has announced that the upcoming Redmi smartphone will be sold exclusively on their platform.

Interested users can register on Amazon India for updates about the upcoming smartphone. The Redmi 4 is set to be yet another budget device in Xiaomi’s line-up and will slot in between the Redmi 4A and the Redmi Note 4.

Xiaomi India VP and Managing Director, Manu Kumar Jain recently shared a tweet on his official Twitter handle teasing the launch of the upcoming smartphone. The tweet reads – “Announcing the launch of a new Redmi phone! This will be the 2nd BIG announcement of the month. Coming soon. Stay tuned #PowerInYourHand.”

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The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is set to come with a 5-inch 720p display, the Snapdragon 420 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 4,100mAh battery.

On the imaging front, the device is expected to come with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter for selfies. Alongside the Redmi 4, Xiaomi is also expected to launch the Redmi 4 Prime in India.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime on the other hand is set to come with a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card, with all other specifications remaining the same as the Redmi 4.

On the software front, both smartphones run on MIUI 8 running atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime were launched in China in November last year for CNY 699 (approximately Rs 6,900) and CNY 899 (approximately Rs 8,900) respectively. While Indian pricing is unknown at the moment, it is expected to be more or less the same as the Chinese pricing.