Apple has announced November 1st 2013 as the launch date for its latest iPhone 5c and 5s in India. It is no coincidence that the dates fall in the Diwali week, a time when Indians spend money to buy new stuff every year. They have also announced the official prices for the phones:
We did expect a steep pricing of the iPhones this time given the falling rupee, however, what we do not understand is the huge difference of price with the memory bump. For all the previous iPhones, the difference between the price of 16GB and 32GB was not as much as it is this time. And with the reducing cost of memory chips, it is still unclear why Apple has increased the price difference.
Another thing to note is that the unlocked iPhone 5s is available at the same price as the iPhone 5 in the US. So it is not clear why there is such a huge difference in the price of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s in India, even after considering the import duties. Even if we convert the price of iPhone 5s 16GB ($649) to Indian Rupees, it comes out to be INR 40,000 approx. In our opinion, the taxes and other duties cannot be that much that the price has to be set at INR 53,500.
Something to feel good about is the fact that the iPhone 5c 16GB is being sold at a lower price than the iPhone 5. Given that it is technically better than the iPhone 5, it clearly shows that making plastic shells for iPhones is a lot cheaper for Apple.
Apple will also continue selling the iPhone 4S 8GB in India at a revised price of INR 31,500. Cases for the iPhone 5S will be available for INR 3,200 and those for the iPhone 5C will be available for INR 2,300.
RCom and Airtel have announced that they will be carrying the new iPhones in India at launch. Airtel has even started pre booking of the phone (in store only).
This month’s all about technology launches.. Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia’s Lumia Phones, Samsung ATIV WP8 Phones, iPhone 5, Amazon Kindle Fire 2, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPad Mini (still rumored), iOS6.
Nokia announced it’s much awaited flagship Windows Phone 8 phones – the Lumia 920 and 820. Just like the Apple iPhone 4S, Nokia wishes to sell it’s new Camera capabilities (PureView) in these new phones.
The phone comes with a great dual core processor, 1GB RAM, wireless charging, PureView camera and a few other Nokia software.
Aircel is offering the iPhone 3GS in India for INR 9,999. This is the lowest price we have seen for the device in India. People planning to buy the phone should rejoice. However, lets take a look at all the bells and whistles the operator is claiming to offer.
The above mentioned low price is for Aircel’s postpaid customers. If you are a prepaid customer, yo have to pay INR 19,999. This is probably the first time an operator is giving an advantage to the postpaid customers over prepaid ones in India. Customers also have to pay INR 3000 which goes towards unlimited data if they are in a 3G circle, or free minutes and message if they are in a 2G circle.
Micromax has launched the X259 Solar Phone in India at a price tag of INR 2499. The phone has a solar back panel which charges the phone when exposed to sunlight. Notable features of the phone include a 2.4 inches QVGA display with 320×240 pixels, dual sim support, & bluetooth.
Sounds like a good deal at a truly affordable price point, however, we hope the phone has a good heat sink to keep it under operating temperatures during charging.
[via BGR India]
Check out this amazing video explaining how an accelerometer helps a smartphone know up from down:
Samsung has opened pre booking for its latest Galaxy phone, the S III in India via its online store samsungindiaestore.com. One has to pay INR 2000 to book a Galaxy S III. Samsung will send a coupon of the same amount to the customer which can be redeemed against the full payment of the phone when its launched for sale (the rumored date is 31-May-2012). Furthermore, users buying the phone within 3 days of the launch will also get a bluetooth headset worth INR 2900 free with the phone.
To book one for yourself, head over to samsungindiaestore.com now.
Samsung has partnered with BigFlix to offer on demand streaming movies to their Galaxy line of products. They have launched an app on the Samsung App Store called My Movies which users of their Galaxy devices can download to watch instant on demand movies from BigFlix.com. Currently BigFlix has about 1000 movies to offer and Samsung is offering the first 2000 hours of streaming to its customers for free, post which it will cost them a subscription fee.
With probably the lamest concatenated name ever, Google and Samsung have announced the (duh) Galaxy Nexus, the next pure Google phone from Samsung. With Google’s latest Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus features a lot of cool features and an improved UI. Check out the video:
You can check out the phone on the official Google site here. Here is how the phone looks like:
Everyone who follows tech news knows that smartphone manufactures are neck deep in legal issues related to patents. It seems like everyone is suing everyone for one reason or the other. In fact recently, Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billions and according to pundits the primary reason is the vast amount of patents the latter have in their kitty.
This infographic by Reuters tries explaining who is suing whom for patent issues.