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Nokia Asha 302 Already Available In India For Rs.6285

Do you still remember the Nokia Asha 302 phone? Yes, we are talking about the same QWERTY smartphone which was announced along with the Nokia PureView 808 and Nokia Lumia 610 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a 2.4 QVGA display as well as a 1 GHz processor.

The Nokia Asha 302 is company’s first Series 40 phone to support Mail for Exchange, which lets the user to access their emails, contacts, and calendar on an exchange server. Nokia has not yet officially launched this device in India. However, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy have already started selling this device in India. Check out the complete specs of this budget QWERTY phone below.

nokia asha 302

Nokia Asha 302 features a 2.4 QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Symbian S40 OS, 1 GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Nokia Browser and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, Social Networking apps, Mail For Exchange, Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rates (EDR), 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, up to 29 days of stand-by time, up to 9 hours of talk-time, and a 1430 mAh battery.

The Nokia Asha 302 is currently available only in 3 colors – Dark Grey, White, Plum Red. The Mid Blue and Golden Light colors are expected to join the bandwagon soon after the launch. The Nokia Asha 302 comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,285. To get this device, head over to this page at Flikart or LetsBuy.

Huawei Honor Launched In India For Rs.19,990

Back in September, Huawei announced the powerful Huawei Honor smartphone. It was the company’s most powerful Android smartphone until the launch of Huawei Ascend D at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. This handset was expected to release during the Q4 of 2011 in India. However, the launch of this device got delayed due to some unknown reasons.

After waiting for nearly 7 months, Huawei finally launched the powerful Huawei Honor smartphone in India. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update is on its way. Huawei Honor comes with an exclusive Huawei user interface with a dynamic weather widget. It is currently one of the most powerful Android smartphone in the sub-20k category.

huawei honor

Huawei Honor features a 4 inch FWVGA capacitive touch screen display, 1.4 Ghz processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, Huawei user-interface, 8 megapixels auto focus camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, FM radio, Micro USB 2.0 port, 512 MB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Assisted GPS support, DLNA-certified, G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, Google play Store and a 1900 mAh battery.

The Huawei Honor comes with a price-tag of just Rs.19,990 (approx $.390) in India. You can easily get this device at Reliance Digital, Croma and other multi brand outlets across India. To order this device from Flipkart, just head over to this page.

Motorola RAZR Price Drops To Rs.27,749 In India

Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Motorola RAZR smartphone in India. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display as well as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Motorola RAZR is the company’s thinnest smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Motorola has already announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrade plans for this amazing handset.

The Motorola RAZR was launched during the Q4 of 2011 in India. This handset originally comes with a price-tag of Rs.33,990. However, Motorola recently reduced the price of this device in India. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

motorola razr

Motorola RAZR features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 11.5GB user available memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Corporate Sync, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, GPS with aGPS, Google Play Store, up to 13.5 days of standby time, up to 10 hours of talk-time and a 1780 mAh battery.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling the Motorola RAZR for just Rs.27,749 in India. If you are looking for a powerful smartphone in the sub-30k price range, then Motorola RAZR is one of the best options. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Flipkart Launches Digital Music Store ‘Flyte’

Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart has formally unveiled its new digital music store Flyte, which was outed last week by a hawkeyed user. Music piracy is rampant in India with an overwhelming majority of downloaded music being illegal. However, much of the blame can also put on the unavailability of affordable and reliable digital music stores. Apple disrupted digital music and entertainment arena around the world with the iTunes store. Unfortunately, Apple’s disdain for the Indian market means that the world’s second most populous country is still an untapped demographic with plenty of raw potential.

Flipkart has already established itself as a clear leader in ecommerce. With the impending arrival of Amazon, it has been getting more and more aggressive. Recently it acquired one of its biggest competitors – LetsBuy. Even before that, it had acquired Mime360 and Chapak’s digital catalogue. Mime360 specialized in hosting streaming music, while Chapak had a catalogue with 40,000 filmographies, 10,000 movies and close to 50,000 ratings.

Digital music business is always a tough nut to crack. Flipkart is entering uncharted waters as most Indians simply aren’t habituated with purchasing music online, or purchasing music at all. The greediness of record labels often complicates things further. However, Flipkart’s dominance and reach offers it a killer advantage that might prove vital in this challenging segment.

Flyte

To its credit, Flipkart is kicking things off on the right note. All the music in Flipkart’s catalogue is DRM-free (high quality MP3 files) and will work on any device and any operating system. Consumers can download each track a total of four times, and a download manager is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux to facilitate simultaneous downloads. Browsing through the music catalogue is simple and intuitive, and purchasing is easy as credit cards, debit cards, and internet banking is allowed. However, none of this would have mattered if Flipkart hadn’t gotten the pricing right. Thankfully, I think they have succeeded in making music affordable enough for the extremely price-sensitive Indian market. Like iTunes, Flipkart allows purchase of individual tracks, so you only pay for what you want to listen to. New and popular tracks are priced at Rs. 15, while Rs. 6 seems to be the baseline. Flipkart has managed to get a large chunk of Indian music publishers onboard, including biggies like T-Series, Saregama, Tips, Universal India and Sony Music. International record labels that have signed up include Universal, and Sony Music International. EMI is sadly missing. Currently Flipkart’s catalogue features music in English and Hindi, as well as regional languages like Tamil, Telegu, Punjabi, and Bengali.

Rumor: Flipkart Opening Digital Music Store ‘Flyte’ Soon

The quick eyes of Setu at Woikr.com (no doubt helped by being there just in time) has revealed a new face of Flipkart. It seems that the Indian e-retail store is opening a digital distribution service for music, called “Flyte”. While the exact facts of the music store are yet to be revealed, the household online retail name wants to take up as much of the untapped market share of ecommerce as is possible in India. Considering that the brand is trusted, it would be nice to see digital music sales pick up in India which has long been known to be a pirate island.

Flyte

Flipkart had acquired Mime360, a Mumbai based company that specialized in hosting streaming music for Indian labels such as Saregama, Universal Music and others. This, coupled with the fact that Flipkart had acquired rights to Chakpak.com’s huge digital catalog, obviously points out to the launch of this music (and hopefully movies) digital distribution platform.

The biggest clincher of the entire episode would be the pricing scheme decided upon by Flipkart. To satisfy the Indian wallet, they must price it evenly at about Rs. 15 to Rs. 20 per song, offering discounts and the like to newly released albums and movies. From what had transpired on the Twitter account, it seems that the songs will definitely be 320kbps DRM free (!), and that an eBook store with ePub files will be implemented in the “near future”. (You must know that by now I have a “:D” face)

 

Of course, the success of this entire venture depends on the end user. I am sure Flipkart has thought this decision through, but everything depends upon the non-pirating customer who believes that music actually carries a price and that the royalty money helps the musicians make more music. I really hope this works out for Flipkart and that a video game digital distribution with Indian prices starts up there!

[Image from Woikr.com]

Samsung Omnia W Price Drops To Rs.15,200 In India

Last year, Samsung announced the powerful Samsung Omnia W smartphone. This handset runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System and it comes with a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display as well as a 1.4GHz processor. Samsung Omnia W competes with the Nokia Lumia 710 in the Indian market. Nokia has already reduced the price of the Lumia 710 from Rs.18,999 to Rs.15,499. Now, Samsung is trying to increase the sales of Omnia W by follow in the footsteps of Nokia.

samsung omnia w

Samsung Omnia W features a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front facing camera for video calls, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, People Hub, Picture Hub, Games Hub, Music and Video Hub, Office Hub, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, Zune player, Marketplace Hub, 25 GB of Windows Live Skydrive storage and a 1500mAh battery.

samsung omnia w reduced price

Samsung Omnia W was originally launched in India for Rs.20,900 (approx.$425). However, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy is selling this device at a reduced price of just Rs.15,200 (approx. $310). To get this handset, head over to Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Report: Flipkart Acquires LetsBuy

FlipkartAmazon is yet to enter India with its full force, but the ramifications of the impending launch are already being felt. Flipkart, which refused to let itself be acquired by Amazon, has made the aggressive move of acquiring LetsBuy.com – its biggest competitor.

Medianama is reporting that Flipkart paid anywhere between $20 million and $25 million for LetsBuy, which is the second largest online retailer in India. Flipkart, which reportedly raised $150 million at a valuation of around $850 million, is the undisputed leader. It sells almost twenty products every minute, and is expected to cross the $100 million revenue mark during the financial year 2011-12.

Flipkart is no stranger to acquisitions, having earlier acquired WeRead, Mime360, and Chakpak.com. However, none of its previous acquisitions were competitors. Instead, they were platforms and technologies that Flipkart believed would help in improving its core product.

At this point it will be prudent to take this news with a pinch of salt, since neither of the involved parties have confirmed it. However, if Medianama is spot on, then by acquiring LetsBuy, Flipkart is formally flagging off the consolidation phase that analysts have been predicting for a long time. Although, online shopping is rapidly gaining traction in India, the entry of a behemoth like Amazon will undoubtedly send shockwaves throughout the industry as smaller players will be hard-pressed to compete with Amazon’s inventory and pricing. LetsBuy, which is well known for its extremely aggressive pricing, will undoubtedly help Flipkart scale better. Although, it is possible that the acquisition will hurt consumers in the immediate future by reducing competition, it will probably turn out to be a good thing in the long run. The consolidation of the two biggest online retailers will enable the resultant entity to offer a more spirited challenge to the big names that will almost surely make an entry in the Indian ecommerce segment within the next couple of years.

Update: Sachin Bansal, the CEO and Co-Founder of Flipkart, has confirmed that “the rumors are true”.

Amazon Limps into India with Junglee

It’s an open secret that Amazon wants to grab a share of the rapidly growing e-commerce segment in India. Today, Amazon made its first public move by launching Junglee.com, which describes itself as “an online shopping service by Amazon”. Somewhat disappointingly though, Junglee is nothing like the Amazon that we are familiar with.

The bar on 100% foreign direct investment, coupled with the steep prices demanded by local players like Flipkart, has made it difficult for Amazon to come in all guns blazing. As a result, it has opted to kick off with a soft launch in the form of the revival of a brand that it had acquired almost fifteen years ago.

Junglee isn’t an online store. You can’t buy products directly from Junglee. It’s a price comparison service that pits several online retailers against each other. Junglee features 1.2 crore products and 14,000 brands from hundreds of retailers including Homeshop18, UniverCell, Hidesign, Gitanjali, The Bombay Store, Fabindia, Bata India Limited, Dabur Uveda, Microsoft India Store, Reebok, and Amazon.com. Conspicuous by their absence are some of the biggest players like Flipkart, Infibeam, and LetsBuy, which are likely to offer the stiffest competition to Amazon India.

Junglee

Junglee isn’t the e-commerce destination that consumers had been anticipating and online retailers dreading. It’s just another price comparison service that is handy, but hardly disruptive. I am certain that the full-fledged launch of Amazon India is in the pipeline. However, until then, Amazon is testing the waters with this new India oriented service. It’s a smart move as Junglee will allow Amazon to get the logistics in place, while thwarting bigger players like Flipkart by offering smaller retailers increased visibility.

Motorola Xoom Price Drops To Rs.22,500 In India

Exactly one year ago, Motorola unveiled its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. This device runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola Xoom was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Within a few months, Motorola officially launched this device in India. The 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G version was originally priced at Rs.39,990. BlackBerry and Samsung have recently reduced the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi respectively in India. Now, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy are selling the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500.

motorola xoom

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

LetsBuy is currently selling the 32GB Motorola Xoom at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500. On the other hand, Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.22,999. This is definitely a good news for the potential tablet buyers in India, since the powerful Motorola Xoom is also expected to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months. Are you planning to buy one? If yes, then check out the links below.

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB Now Available In India For Just Rs.13,490

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched the much-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in India. It is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM recently reduced the price of its not-so-popular BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, by almost half in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Blackberry Playbook

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB – Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB – Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.24,490

This offer is valid only till Saturday, December 31, 2011. If you are planning to buy this device, then you should hurry up, since the offer will end in just 4 days. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is also selling this device at the new reduced price. Check out the purchase links below.