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How to Order a Surface in India

While Microsoft has made it’s flagship Windows RT tablet – Surface – available in seven countries, India has been left out from the list. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India gave no definite answers on the availability when I put the question to him at the launch event of Windows 8. While the strategic decision to keep Surface off India might please the OEMs in India, it certainly is irking the Windows 8 fans and early technology adopters in the country. 

Unless you have an uncle or a good friend travelling from the US who can carry a Surface for you, here are all the ways to buy a Surface RT online in India. While all the three options promise a similar delivery time-frame (around two weeks), there is no option yet to buy either the Type Cover or other Surface accessories.

eBay India

The premier shopping portal for anything that’s not available on the retail shelves, eBay of course was the first to have Surface listings. The price starts at INR 38,490 for the base 32GB model without a cover. The popular seller also lists Surface with Touch Cover in different colors. Amongst the three options, eBay is the only one that provides EMI facility for certain credit cards.

Tradus

Tradus.com, another one of India’s growing online malls, also lists Surface at a similar price of INR 38,840 (Link). There is no listing for the product with keyboard cover though.

ShopYourWorld

ShopYourWorld, an online store that offers Indian consumers the ability to shop from a wide range of products from the US and the UK, also lists the base 32GB model for INR 36,783 (Link). Again, like Tradus, there is no option to buy the tablet with the keyboard cover.

Sony Xperia J And Xperia Miro Launched In India

Along with the Xperia SL, Sony has also launched the mid-range Xperia J and Xperia Miro smartphones in India. Both the handsets are powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Sony Xperia J is a budget smartphone targeted at the emerging market of Asia including India. On the other hand, Xperia Miro is targeted at the Facebook users who spend most of their time updating status and getting connected with their friends on the go. It offers deep Facebook integration with contacts, gallery and the music player for sharing and discovery.

Sony Xperia J:

Sony Xperia J features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, up to 36 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 600 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Miro:

Sony Xperia Miro features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0, up to 36 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time and up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia J comes with a price-tag of Rs.18,399 (approx. $340), while Sony Xperia Miro is available for Rs.15,249 (approx. $280) in India.

Sony Xperia SL Launched In India For Rs.32,549

Sony recently launched the Xperia SL smartphone in India. This handset is basically the upgraded variant of the popular Xperia S smartphone. It comes with a 4.3 inch HD display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB internal memory and much more. Sony Xperia SL runs on the Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This device has the highest PPI (pixels per inch) of any Sony smartphone, and is certified as the sharpest HD smartphone display.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India said:
“Given the ever growing demand for entertainment on-the-go, we are launching the new range of Xperia Smartphones today, to offer seamless visual HD experience, social networking on-the-go, finest looks and the smarter music experience. Sony is also driving itself across price segments to keep up with the expectation of every Indian consumer who aspires to own a smartphone.”

Sony Xperia SL features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 8 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 420 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia SL comes with a price-tag of Rs.32,549 (approx. $600) in India.

Developers In India Can Now Sell Paid Apps In The Play Store

Beginning from today, Android developers in India will be able to directly sell paid apps, in-app products and subscriptions in the Play Store.

India has played a major role in Android’s growth with device activations in India jumping around 400%. Android users in India have also downloaded more apps than they downloaded in the last three years, sky-rocketing the country to the fourth-largest country in terms of app downloads.

Along with support for paid apps, Google has also added support for Indian currency and other currencies for developers to take advantage of. Developers will be paid directly by Google at the end of each month to their local bank accounts.

Google had earlier added India to the list of countries that could sell paid apps in the Play Store, but removed it just a day after. Now, with Google officially announcing the the inclusion of India to the list of countries that can sell paid apps in the Play Store, Indian developers don’t need to worry about the country once again disappearing from the list without any explanation.

Airtel Launches 4G Services In Pune

We have good news for the folks living in Pune. Earlier this year, Airtel rolled out its 4G services in Kolkata followed by Bengaluru. Now, Airtel went a step ahead and launched the much-awaited 4G services in Pune. Airtel is also the first company in Maharashtra to bring the 4G experience for its customers. Currently, Airtel 4G services are exclusively available for the post-paid customers, however the company has promised that pre-paid subscribers will be able to join the bandwagon in the coming days.

Mr. K Srinivas, President – Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel said,
“Today, we are excited to launch Maharashtra’s first 4G experience for Airtel customers in Pune. The response received by Airtel 4G services in Kolkata and Bengaluru has been compelling – thus reinforcing our long term focus on delivering technologies to fulfil the needs of India’s rapidly growing data evolution story. With both home and office users opting for 4G services, it is heartening to see early adopters of this technology acknowledge the experience that Airtel 4G delivers – for everything from streaming videos and downloading music, to accessing business applications, email and rich multimedia content. We are optimistic about the traction that 4G will see in months to come and look forward to rolling out our services in other circles soon”.

In 2010, Airtel had successfully bid for BWA license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) circles. Additionally, Airtel acquired 49 percent interest in Qualcomm AP’s India entities that hold BWA licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. The company has already launched its 4G LTE services in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Maharashtra (Pune) and is currently working towards rolling out the 4G network in remaining licence circles.

Airtel customers in Pune can check the availability of Airtel 4G services in their area online through the Google Maps interface and buy the services online. Airtel’s 4G services allows the users to access High Definition (HD) videos, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos, rich content and much more. The postpaid plans in Pune are similar to the plans available in Kolkata and Bengaluru circles. Airtel offers 3 different 4G plans starting at Rs.999 for 6 GB of free data, going up to Rs.1,999 for 18 GB of free data usage.

Loewe Debuts in India with Soundbox

Loewe, the premier home entertainment systems brand from Germany, has launched Soundbox in India. The device has been brought to the market by NavShiv India Retail Private Limited, the official distribution partners for Loewe in India.

 

Soundbox offers an impressive surround experience and Loewe claims it to be the technologically most advanced and customizable audio device in India. The sleek digital stereo amplifier cum speakers comes with a customizable surface in vibrant colors as well as metallic and high gloss chrome finish. Soundbox allows you to play music with an iPhone or any other MP3 player, from the radio or a CD, or any source via the USB or Aux-In port. The top panel features an iPhone/iPod dock and an integrated CD drive with slot-in mechanism. The device comes with a Loewe Assist remote that not only works with Soundbox but other Loewe televisions and playback devices as well.

The brand Loewe comes with the promise of best in German technology which perfectly blends top of line technology with elegant style. The Soundbox caters to the personal and social musical beats of its customers. The sleek and stylish device comes with a changeable skin that adds to the fun of the play and play device.

– Naveen Rao, CEO, Navshiv Retail Pvt Ltd

While the stylish device makes for a great luxury gadget device and ideal for house parties, the price is a little steep at INR 49,000. It is, however, an elegant accessory for your living room and seamlessly plays music without the hassles of a complex setup or a bunch of cables.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Coming To India Next Month

Yesterday, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note II at an event in Hyderabad, India. During the same event, Samsung has also showcased and announced the availability of the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera. This device was announced last month at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. It is the company’s second device which runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

According to Samsung India, the much-awaited Galaxy Camera will arrive in India before Diwali. As we already know that Diwali is during mid-November, so the Android powered digital camera is expected to go on sale from late-October. I’m sure most of you might be eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing device. Sadly, Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device in India.

samsung galaxy camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI and a 1650mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is available in two variants – Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi + 4G. However, the manufacturer will only launch the Wi-Fi + 3G variant in India for obvious reasons. If you are looking for another Android powered digital camera, then check out the Nikon Coolpix S800c.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Launched In India For Rs.39,900

Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device and the successor of the highly popular Galaxy Note. This device was announced and showcased last month at IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display and a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. It is the manufacturer’s first device to run on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

After launching this device in its home country, Samsung went ahead and launched this powerful phablet in India. Currently, Samsung is selling the 16 GB variant of Galaxy Note II in India. The price is this device is similar to the 32 GB variant of company’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. If you are not familiar with the features of this device, then check out the complete specs below.

Mr B D Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics, said:
“The Galaxy Note II offers creative possibilities and opens up productivity to everybody. It’s easy and fun to use and allows users to express themselves with almost no boundaries. By delivering a complete mobile experience for creating content and by introducing new products and continuous enhancements to the Note category of devices, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications.”

samsung galaxy note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC and a 3100mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the new Air View feature that allows you to hover with the S-Pen over an email, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it. This device is currently available in Marble White and Titanium Gray color. Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a price tag of Rs.39,900 (approx. $760) in India.

Sony Xperia Tipo And Xperia Tipo Dual Launched In India

Back in June, Sony unveiled the entry-level Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual smartphones. As the name suggest, Xperia Tipo is a single SIM variant, while the Xperia Tipo Dual is a dual-SIM variant and the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone. Apart from that, there are no major difference in the specs of these devices. It comes with a 3.2 inch display, 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera and more. These handsets run on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

After waiting for nearly 3 months, Sony finally launched the Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo dual smartphones in India. The handsets are bundled up with pre-loaded apps such as Bollywood Hungama, Dainik Jagran, appXtra and Cricbuzz. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India said:
“With the Xperia brand, our aim has always been to innovate ahead of consumer demand. After the launch of Xperia NXT series earlier this year, we are now launching the phone that will reach out to entire India. We have expanded our Xperia range with Tipo – Sony’s first entry level price category smartphone under Xperia brand.”

Sony Xperia Tipo and Tipo Dual features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225AA single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 3.2 megapixel camera rear-facing camera with VGA video recording and playback, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 3 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 30 hrs music playback time, up to 5 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Tipo is currently available for Rs.9,999, while the dual-SIM variant comes with a price-tag of Rs.10,499 in India. Vodafone subscribers will get 500 MB of free 3G data for three months, with the purchase of this smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Up For Pre-Order In India

Last month, Samsung finally unveiled the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note II at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. It is the successor of the company’s first phone/tablet (phablet) hybrid device, the Galaxy Note. This handset comes with a large 5.5 inch display and a powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. Unlike the Galaxy S III, this device runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box.

Samsung has already announced the availability of this device in the US. Now, it seems that the folks living in India will soon get their hands on the Galaxy Note II. Samsung India eStore is currently taking the pre-orders of this device. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

samsung galaxy note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, DLNA, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3100mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device in India. However, you can pre-order this device just by paying Rs.5000. The remaining amount has to be paid as soon as the device is available in stock. Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently available for pre-order in both Marble White and Titanium Gray colors. You will also get a free desktop dock worth Rs.2399. To pre-order this device, head over to this page at Samsung India eStore.