Nokia 2’s price in India has been revealed by HMD Global almost four weeks after it was unveiled in the country. The entry-level smartphone with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat costs Rs. 6,999 and will be available through offline stores in pewter/black, pewter/white, and copper/black colors. It goes on sale on Friday, November 24, and launch offers include free 45GB data from Jio and a 12-month insurance plan from Servify. As a reminder, Nokia 2’s key specs include a 4100 mAh battery, a 5-inch HD LTPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 212 chipset, 8 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera. Rear and a 5-megapixel front camera.

OnePlus 5T second Early Access sale in India Also on Friday, the second OnePlus 5T Early Access sale is a pleasant surprise to fans as this sale was not announced after the first sale ended. The sale starts at noon, ends at 1:00 pm, and is open to everyone, not just Amazon Prime members. Fans can head to Amazon India or OnePlusStore to make the purchase. The company also revealed that OnePlus 5T (Review) became the fastest-selling smartphone within 6 hours of being sold. Amazon India also said it is the most profitable single-day product among Prime users. Priced at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB+128GB model, OnePlus 5T has a 6-inch display with a bezel-less design, and 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 835 processor, 3300mAh battery and improved cameras compared to its predecessor.

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PM Modi launched the Umang e-governance app. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Umang e-governance app to provide over a hundred citizen-centric services on a single platform. It will combine many benefits – including Digital India initiatives such as Aadhaar, DigiLocker, and PayGov – and can be used to access income tax returns, LPG cylinder bookings, Provident Fund accounts, CBSE results, and so on. The Umang app also has social media integration to connect Facebook, Google, and Twitter account and enable a one-touch login process. It supports English, Hindi and ten local languages and will be available for Android and iOS devices.

Apple to launch ‘made in India’ iPhone SE 2 in 2018According to a new report, last year’s iPhone SE will get an update in 2018 and will be manufactured at Apple contractor Wistron’s factory in Bengaluru. The model is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2018 and will cost $450 (approximately Rs. 29,200), making it an affordable option for those looking for a new model without shelling out. The ‘made in India’ device will also be sold in Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries. According to previous rumors, iPhone SE 2 will be powered by iPhone 7’s A10 Fusion chip with 2 GB of RAM and will have a 4-inch display, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and a 1700mAh battery. It will reportedly come in 32GB and 128GB storage options.

The head of Xiaomi India teased the launch of ‘Desh ka Smartphone’ Manu Kumar Jain, general manager of Xiaomi India, teased the launch of yet another phone in the country after the release of the Redmi Y series earlier this month. Jain’s tweet didn’t offer much detail and only promoted the upcoming model as a “Desh Ka smartphone” made for India. It is speculated that the handset to be launched will be the Redmi 5A, the successor to the entry-level Redmi 4A. The new device doesn’t have many upgrades over its predecessor, but it is claimed to have an 8-day battery life and a metallic matte texture.

Xiaomi Mi 7 Specs, Price Leaked While the launch in India will target the entry-level market, the top-of-the-range Xiaomi Mi 7 has been rumored to whet the appetite of flagship fans. It will reportedly have a 6.01-inch OLED display, a bezel-less design, the upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset, and dual 16-megapixel rear cameras. Other key features include 6GB of RAM, a 3350mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor on the back, and a glass back to support wireless charging. While Xiaomi may use Apple Face ID-like facial recognition in a future flagship, Mi 7 will miss it. As for the price, the Xiaomi Mi 7 is said to cost CNY 2,699 (about Rs. 26,600).

Contracts of Indian telecom users in September 2017 India’s telecom subscriber base shrank by 2.9 million in September and currently stands at 1.183 billion, according to the latest figures shared by telecom regulator TRAI. On the other hand, Reliance Jio added 5.9 million users in the same month, Airtel’s subscriber base grew by about 1 million, and BSNL’s extended by 552,430 users. All other operators lost consumers. Airtel is still the largest telco in the country, with 282.02 million users, followed by Vodafone (207.37 million, 17.53 percent) and Idea Cellular (190.1 million, 16.07 percent). Jio is in fourth place with 138.6 million users, and BSNL is in fifth place with 105.76 million.

Samsung Galaxy S9 can be previewed at CES 2018. Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will reportedly be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas, although they will hit the market in March. However, the two smartphones are said to be identical to their predecessors, with a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved-edge Super AMOLED ‘Infinity’ screen. As for the SoC, the US variants will pack the upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset, while the global model will have the Exynos 9810 processor, both based on the 10nm process. The Galaxy S9+ will have dual rear cameras and 6GB of RAM, while the smaller Galaxy S9 will have a single rear camera and 4GB of system memory. Facial recognition, rear fingerprint sensor, 64GB onboard storage, microSD card support, and 3.5mm audio jack is also expected to be the deciding factor.

Leica opens first store in IndiaGerman camera maker Leica entered the Indian market and opened its first store in New Delhi. The maker of DSLR, SLR, compact, film, and instant cameras is partnering with design and photography institutes to build brand awareness. Competing with Nikon and Canon, Leica will target photographers and artists in metro cities. However, it is not yet clear how many stores it will open in the country.


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