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India’s biggest smartphone launch of the year is upon us – Apple’s release of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike recent years, where we’ve seen midnight launches, the smartphones are expected to become available to buy via online retailers and Apple authorised resellers in the country from 7pm IST on Friday.

This year’s iPhone models come in three storage variants – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The 32GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 60,000, while the 128GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 70,000, and the 256GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 80,000. The 32GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 72,000, the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 82,000, while the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 92,000.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in Gold, Jet Black, Matte Black, Rose Gold, and Silver colour variants in India. Apart from the new colours and new storage capacities, there are several major differences between the last generation and the current generation iPhone models. The biggest of these are the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack (Apple is bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter with each phone however) and IP67 rating for dust, splash, and water resistance. The current generation is lighter and faster than the previous, and comes bundled with Lightning-powered EarPods.

The iPhone 7 sports a 3D Touch-enabled 4.7-inch Retina HD display with a resolution of 750×1334 pixels at a pixel density of 326ppi, and a wide colour gamut.  It is powered by the Apple A10 Fusion processor alongside the M10 motion coprocessor. It bears a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a six-element lens, optical image stabilisation, a Quad-LED True Tone flash, and a sapphire crystal lens cover. The rear camera is capable of 4K video recording at 30fps, and 1080p HD video recording at 60fps. The FaceTime HD camera on the front bears a 7-megapixel resolution and is capable of 1080p HD video recording. It measures 138.3×67.1×7.1mm, and weighs in at 138 grams.

The iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand sports a 3D Touch-enabled 5.5-inch Retina HD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at a pixel density of 401ppi, and a wide colour gamut as well as a bigger battery than the iPhone 7. It bears a dual rear camera setup – one 12-megapixel wide angle lens camera with an f/1.8 aperture, and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens camera with an f/2.8 aperture. It measures 158.2×77.9×7.3mm, and weighs in at 188 grams, with the rest of the specifications similar to the iPhone 7.


Leading Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek Inc, said on Thursday it will triple its workforce in India within three years to 1,500 from more than 500 as it expands research and software development as well as customer service operations.

The projection compared with MediaTek’s current staff of around 12,000 worldwide, and came as chairman M.K. Tsai said the company will host 50 Indian engineers before the end of the year in Taiwan as part of a collaborative government training program on smartphone design.

“MediaTek is committed to Make in India,” Tsai said at a seminar discussing opportunities between Taiwan and India in the technology sector, referring to the Indian government’s push to attract foreign investment. He estimated MediaTek’s market share in Indian-brand smartphones grew to around 70 percent by 2014 from 35 percent in 2007.

Taiwanese tech firms have identified India as the next major market outside of China that is capable of boosting business in an increasingly saturated smartphone market.

Taiwan’s Foxconn signed a pact last year with India’s Maharashtra state to invest $5 billion over five years in a new electronics manufacturing facility as part of a broad plan to set up 10 to 12 facilities, both manufacturing and data centres, by 2020.

Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and assembler of Apple Inc’s iPhones.

MediaTek’s latest announcement comes after the firm invested $60 million in late August in India’s One97 Communications, which operates under the trade name PayTM, to aid expansion at the payment services and e-commerce firm.

Tsai said MediaTek’s investment in India totals $350 million to date, after setting up a subsidiary in Noida city in 2004 and expanding its operation with a research and development centre in Bengaluru in 2014.


The October festive sales in the country have proven to be phenomenally successful for Xiaomi. The company’s Indian arm has reported that it has sold more than 500,000 smartphones in less than three days between October 1 and 3, which it claims is an industry first and milestone for the Chinese smartphone maker. The company sold Xiaomi and Redmi devices during the festive season sales on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Tata Cliq. While it also sold products on, the company does not appear to be counting sales from its own platform.

The Redmi 3S (along with Redmi 3S Prime) was the top-selling product on Flipkart during its Big Billion Days Sale while Redmi Note 3 was the best-selling smartphone of Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 (Gold), Redmi Note 3 (Grey), Mi Band 2, and 10000mAh Mi Power Bank were placed among the top six best-selling electronics on Amazon.

Manu Jain, India Head, Xiaomi said, “We are extremely proud to be sharing this milestone with our fans, partners and employees. More than six months of rigorous planning and hard work has helped us set a new benchmark in the industry. Last year we sold more than half a million phones in 30 days during the month of October, and this year we were able to achieve a similar number within three days. Based on what we know, no other brand has ever achieved this in India.”

“We are extremely thankful to all our Mi Fans for their amazing support, and will continue to work hard to constantly outdo ourselves as we have done on many occasions this year. One thing I would like to share with our Mi Fans is that this is just the beginning of a beautiful Mi India journey and there will be many more reasons to celebrate,” he added.

Over 800,000 smartphones were sold in one day during Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Sale which started on October 2 and Xiaomi was the top smartphone brand, contributing significantly to the number.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s Great Indian Shopping Festival began on October 1 which saw deals on the Redmi Note 3, Mi Max, 10000mAh Mi Power Bank, 20000mAh Mi Power Bank, and Mi Band 2.

Xiaomi has seen an incredible growth rate in India ever since the company entered the market in 2014. The company has managed to tap into the huge budget-to-mid-range smartphone market with the likes of the Redmi 3S and Redmi Note 3, which has proved fruitful for the company.

Xiaomi in September also achieved a milestone with the Redmi Note 3 as it became the bestselling online phone in India with 2.3 million units having been sold to date.

As per IDC, Xiaomi is now the third largest smartphone brand across top 30 cities in India.


Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are already up for pre-orders in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia. In the US, the Pixel smartphone starts at $649.99 (roughly Rs. 43,300), and, in case users decide to buy their Pixel smartphones from the Google Store in the US or Verizon Wireless – the only US carrier to offer the smartphones – they will get a $79 (roughly Rs. 5,300) Daydream View headset free alongside. While this sounds like a lucrative offer, a Google representative has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that no such deal will be available for Indian users. In India, users will have to purchase the Daydream View separately, the India launch details of which still remain unknown.

In India, the pre-sale of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone will begin on October 13 on Flipkart online, and many other retail stores like Reliance Digital and Vijay Sales offline. The smartphone is expected to hit the market sometime late October, and the prices are at – Rs. 57,000 for the 32GB Google Pixel, and Rs. 66,000 for the 128GB Google Pixel smartphone. The larger 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL is priced at Rs. 67,000 for the 32GB, and Rs. 76,000 for the 128GB variant.

As mentioned, the free Daydream View VR headset offer is applicable to Google Store buyers in the US as well as Verizon Wireless buyers, and Indian buyers won’t get this deal. The deal is valid till supplies last on the Google Store. In case Verizon runs outs of Daydream View headsets, users will get a $80 Via Prepaid card instead. To get the free headset, users will need a redemption code, scored from the Verizon Daydream View page.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be available in Very Silver and Quite Black variants, and the Really Blue limited variant won’t be coming to India. The smartphones come with unlimited cloud storage, inbuilt Google Assistant, a camera that achieves an 89 score from DxOMark, and is running on the latest Android out-of-the-box.

Google also confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the Nexus range is being put to rest, and all the products have been pulled from the Google Store.


Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, the first ever Google-branded smartphones, were unveiled at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday. The new smartphones replace Nexus phones as the platform lead devices designed by Google to showcase the best that Android has to offer.

We’ve looked at the specifications and the features of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, as well as the starting price in India and other markets. Now, Google has confirmed the price in India of all Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL variants to Gadgets 360.

Google Pixel price in India Here is the price in India of all Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL variants: Google smartphone Storage Price in India Google Pixel 32GB Rs. 57,000 Google Pixel 128GB Rs. 66,000 Google Pixel XL 32GB Rs. 67,000

Google Pixel XL 128GB Rs. 76,000

Google Pixel India release date
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be up for pre-orders in India starting from October 13, with a shipping date and retail availability confirmed as “end of October”. The phones will be available from Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma, as well as smaller retailers.

Google Pixel price in US Here is the price all Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL variants in the US: Google smartphone Storage US Price Google Pixel 32GB $649 Google Pixel 128GB $749 Google Pixel XL 32GB $769

Google Pixel XL 128GB $869

Google Pixel specifications
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and two cores clocked at 2.15GHz. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will pack 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and sport Pixel imprint fingerprint sensor. They sport a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture, and 1.55-micron pixels. Both sport an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.4 aperture, and 1.4-micron pixels.

See full specifications of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

Google Pixel release date
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are already up for pre-order in the US, UK, Canda, Australia, and Germany, with an expected release date of October 20. As mentioned above, the phones are also headed to India.

Lenovo India on Tuesday launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Play modular smartphones in India, along with the Moto Mods. The Moto Z has been priced at Rs. 39,999, while the Moto Z Play has been priced at Rs. 24,999. Both smartphones will be available via both Amazon India and Flipkart from 11:59pm on October 17.

The company has also detailed pricing for the Moto Mods (seen above), which connect to the rear of the smartphones via the 16-dot connector interface. If bought alone, the JBL Soundboost costs Rs. 6,999, the Moto Insta-Share Projector costs Rs. 19,999, the Hasselblad True Zoom costs Rs. 19,999, the Incipio offGRID Power Pack costs Rs. 5,999, the Wood and Ballistic Nylong Motorola Style Shell costs Rs. 1,099, while the Leather Style Shell costs Rs. 1,599.

If bought with the smartphones, the Moto Mods have a small discount. The JBL Soundboost costs Rs. 5,999, the Moto Insta-Share Projector costs Rs. 15,999, the Hasselblad True Zoom costs Rs. 14,999, the Incipio offGRID Power Pack costs Rs. 4,999, the Wood and Ballistic Nylong Motorola Style Shell costs Rs. 899, while the Leather Style Shell costs Rs. 1,299.

Both smartphones run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and have been launched in dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) variants in India. The Moto Z (seen below) will be available in Black with Lunar Grey trim, and White with Fine Gold trim colour variants. The Moto Z Play will be available in Black with Silver trim, and White with Fine Gold trim colour variants. Both smartphones also come with water-repellent nano-coating, and a fingerprint sensor on the home button.

The Moto Z sports a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Amoled display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The smartphone bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, optical image stabilisation, and dual-LED flash. It can record 4K video at 30fps. On the front, is a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a wide-angle lens, and its own flash.
It has been launched in its 64GB storage variant with storage expandability via microSD (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the Moto Z include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on board, however, the company is bundling a 3.5mm-to-USB-Type-C adapter. The smartphone is powered by a 2600mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 24 hours of mixed usage battery life. With the TurboPower charger, the company says 15 minutes of charging will deliver 7 hours of battery life. It measures 153.3×75.3×5.19mm, and weighs 136 grams.

The Moto Z Play (seen below) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, dual-lED flash, and 4K video recording at 30fps. On the front is a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a wide-angle lens, and its own flash. The smartphone bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port.

The smartphone bears a 3510mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 45 hours of mixed usage battery life, and the bundled TurboPower charger can in 15 minutes charge the phone to deliver 8 hours of battery life. It measures 156.4×76.4×6.99mm, and weighs in at 165 grams.


Honor, the Huawei Terminal brand, has sent out invites for a New Delhi launch event on October 12. The company has confirmed that it is launching the Honor 8 in India, and pricing and availability details will be unveiled at the event. The big highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup at the back, the full premium metal design, the fingerprint scanner at the back, and the USB Type-C port for charging.

The Honor 8 was unveiled first in China in July. The smartphone was then launched in three variants – CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000) for the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage model, CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 23,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage model.

As for the specifications, the Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor with 3GB or 4GB RAM configurations. There are also options for 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage, and it isn’t sure whether both or just one variant will make its way to the Indian market.

The Honor 8 smartphone sports two 12-megapixel rear cameras, with dual-tone LED flash and laser autofocus. Additionally, there is also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1, and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It measures 145.5x71x7.4mm and weighs 153 grams.

The smartphone is protected by 2.5D glass at the front and back, has smooth round metal edges, and dons the fingerprint sensor at the back. Interestingly, the fingerprint scanning ring doubles up into a physical button as well, and performs multiple functions on screen. The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Infrared sensor.


Lenovo is all set to launch the Moto Z modular smartphone in India today. The New Delhi launch event starts at 11:30am IST. To recall, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force were unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 event in June. The most affordable variant, the Moto Z Play, was announced at IFA 2016.

While the company’s latest invite for the event does indicate only the Moto Z will be launched in the country on Tuesday, it’s possible the company may also announced the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z Play as well, which are both part of the modular Moto Z series. We’ll have to wait and see.

All three smartphones run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and connect to Moto Mods (seen below) via the 16-dot connector setup on the rear panels. At launch, Lenovo had unveiled the JBL SoundBoost, the Moto Insta-Share Projector, and the Power Pack. Style Shells were also announced, with finishes like real wood, leather, and fabric. Later, at IFA, Lenovo also announced the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod.

All three smartphones also sport a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and also bear a USB Type-C port. While the Moto Z and Moto Z Force also do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack (and ship with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter), the Moto Z Play retains it.
The Moto Z is being called the thinnest premium smartphone in the world, at 5.2mm, and is said to be ultra light as well. It features a 5.5-inch QHD Amoled display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and laser autofocus, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a front flash. The Moto Z also sports a water-repellent coating. The company says the smartphone’s 2600mAh battery can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life, with TurboPower charging to give 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.

The Moto Z Force, like the Moto X Force, comes with Moto ShatterShield technology for its display, which the company says will not crack or shatter. It is nearly identical to the Moto Z otherwise, except for the the larger 3500mAh battery, which is rated to provide up to 40 hours of battery life. With TurboPower charging, it is said to provide 15 hours of battery life in just a 15-minute charge. It also bears a 21-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and laser autofocus.

The Moto Z Play features a 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled screen, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also has a 3510mAh battery, a 16-megapixel primary camera, and a 5-megapixel secondary camera.


After launching the Aqua S7, Aqua HD, and Cloud Q11 in September, Intex is opening October with the launch of the Aqua Raze II and Aqua Pro 4G smartphones in the country. The Aqua Raze II and Aqua Pro 4G are priced at Rs. 4,990 and Rs. 5,690, respectively, and are listed on the company website. The Aqua Raze II comes in White, Champagne and Dark Blue while the Aqua Pro 4G is being offered in Champagne and Dark Blue colour option. Availability details of the 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphones have not been mentioned yet.

The dual-SIM Intex Aqua Raze II is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM. The Aqua Raze II sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and a 2-megapixel front with flash. The company touts a 70 percent screen-to-body ratio for the device.

Meanwhile, the Intex Aqua Pro 4G features a similar 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. A 1.3GHz quad-core processor is found under the hood with 1GB of RAM. Optics include a 5-megapixel camera for the rear with dual-LED flash apart from a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with flash.

Both the devices feature 8GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options for both devices include Bluetooth v4.0, 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro-USB.

The Aqua Raze II measures at 137x68x9.5mm and weighs 128.4 grams, while the Aqua Pro 4G measures 135×66.9×9.5mm and weighs 140 grams. The former features a 1750mAh battery pack, while the latter features a bigger 2000mAh battery.

With the latest devices on offer, Intex now offers a number of 4G-enabled budget handsets for the Indian market. The devices will compete with devices like the recently launched Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) and theiBall Andi Wink 4G.


The Samsung Galaxy On8 is now available to buy in India, exclusively via Flipkart. To recall, the smartphone was launched last week at Rs. 15,900, and was due to go on sale from Sunday midnight via the online retailer during its Big Billion Day 2016 sale – it is now available at a discounted price of Rs. 14,900. The smartphone is available in three colour variants in the country – Black, Gold, and White.

The biggest highlight of the Samsung Galaxy On8 is its 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled display that was being teased ahead of its launch. The smartphone packs metal body and Samsung claims it features diamond cut metal frames. Much like recently unveiled Samsung mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy On8 will also come with features like UDS (Ultra Data Saving) mode and S bike mode as part of the company’s “Make for India” initiatives.

Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Galaxy On8 is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset packs 16GB inbuilt storage and comes with expandable storage up to 128GB via microSD card. The 4G-enabled Galaxy On8 smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and f/1.9 aperture. There is a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash on board as well. Backed by a 3300mAh battery, the smartphone supports dual Micro-SIMs. It measures 151.7x76x7.8mm and weighs 169 grams. Samsung says that the Galaxy On8 also supports VoLTE.

Commenting on the launch, Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India said, “The Galaxy On8 is the perfect smartphone for consumers seeking an optimal mix of style, portability and powerful performance. The device not only looks stylish but also packs a punch with a superior consumer experience with powerful processor and vivid display. We are extremely pleased to announce the new Galaxy On8 exclusively on Flipart’s Big Billion Day Sale.”