IDC: Samsung tops Indian smartphone market in Q2, Micromax follows

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Market research firm IDC has released its latest report for the Indian smartphone market, revealing that Samsung was the top vendor in second quarter of this year. The South Korean company’s share of the market stood at 25.1%.

“With updated versions of J2, J5 and J7 released in Q2 2016, J-series devices continue to drive Samsung’s shipments,” the report said.

Micromax came in second with 12.9% share. “Slew of new launches backed by the new marketing initiatives helped Micromax gain the market share post two consecutive declines in Q2 2016. Vendor has re-gained share in $150-$200 segment with launch of Canvas 6 series and Yu Yunicorn.”

Lenovo, Intex, and Reliance Jio rounded up the top five with 7.7%, 7.1%, and 6.8% share, respectively.

Overall, the Indian smartphone market recovered with 17% growth in the quarter. “China based vendors’ shipments grew 28 percent over previous quarter of which Lenovo group, Vivo, Xiaomi, OPPO and Gionee were key contributors driving the growth,” the report said.

“Until now, Lenovo was the only China based vendor to ship over a million units in a quarter, while this quarter saw additional three vendors joining the million shipments bandwagon. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 was not only the top selling model in online channel but also a star product for the vendor contributing majority of Xiaomi’s total shipments in Q2 2016.”

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Samsung sends out invites for August 23 event in India; Tizen-powered Z2 expected

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Samsung has started sending out press-invites for a smartphone launch event in India on August 23. While the invite doesn’t reveal the star of the event, it’s being said that the South Korean company will make official the Tizen-powered Z2 on that day.

Specs-wise, an official-looking video recently confirmed that the Z2 is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU and sports a 5MP rear camera unit. It comes pre-loaded with an app dubbed My Money Transfer, and also features the ability to adjust the flashlight’s brightness.

As for other key specs, rumors say it will sport a 3.97-inch or 4.5-inch display, feature a VGA front camera, and come with 1GB/8GB memory configuration. A 1,500mAh or 2,000mAh battery will be there to keep the lights on.

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Deal: Xbox One Spring Bundle with an extra game and controller as well as gift code for just $299

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If you’re in the US, and are planning to purchase an Xbox One gaming console, you’ll be glad to know that Microsoft has given the Xbox One Spring Bundle (1TB) a $50 price cut – it’s now available for $299.

Aside from the aforementioned price cut, the bundle also includes some free goodies, including a game, an Xbox One Wireless Controller, as well as a Microsoft Store gift code worth $50. The freebie offers have different expiry dates – head to the Source link below to access the details.

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$4 smartphone Freedom 251 is dead, Ringing Bells outs six new phones

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It’s not easy keeping track of Ringing Bells and its Freedom 251 fiasco of a smartphone. First it was the changed design, the re-branded units, the false statements, the raided offices, then the promised shipping for June 30 has been pushed back two days at a time.

Recently the company began backtracking on its promised 200,000 units shipment, and the number shrank down to 10,000, then 5,000, and now – 0. How this had happened?

Well, a Ringing Bells rep pretty much said this:

“We may deliver more units if we get help or we may not deliver at all in the upcoming months. We are only focusing on the giving away the devices now.”

And the help Ringing Bells need to make the Freedom 251 happen is $7.4 billion or INR500 billion. Yes, that’s the GDP of a small country. Here is why Ringing Bells needs the money:

“We have brought ‘Freedom 251’ which we offer on ‘Cash on Delivery’ terms but we have a gap between the BOM (Bill of Materials) and the Selling Price. We, therefore, humble request government support to actualise the objective to cascade the availability and usage of smartphones all through the far reaches of our great nation.”

And we are pretty much sure the Indian government won’t just give away $7.4 billion to make the $4 smartphone happen. So we can consider the Freedom 251 smartphone as good as dead.

But if you thought that will discourage the shady company, you were wrong. Ringing Bells announced 4 feature phones, 2 Android smartphones, a few power banks, and a LED TV.

The four featurephones are HIT (INR 699, $10), KING (INR 899, $13), BOSS (INR 999, $15), and RAJA (INR 1,099, $16). You can learn more about those here.

The two smartphones are called Elegant and Elegance and cost INR 3,999 ($60) and INR 4,499 ($66). They look like LG G5 rip-offs and feature 5″ IPS 720p displays and 1.3GHz quad-core processors. RAM is set at 1GB, while the camera pairs have 8MP and 3.2MP resolution. Both offer 8GB of expandable storage and run on Android Marshmallow. The Elegant tops at 3G network connectivity, while the Elegance has a support for 4G VoLTE.

Somehow we suspect history will repeat itself and those LG G5-like designs will change over time. Their prices seem more plausible, but the credibility of Ringing Bells is pretty much non-existent at this point.

And while Ringing Bells is currently everyone’s favorite punching bag, we still wish them the best of luck. At least 30,000 people paid them for the Freedom 251, hopefully they manage to get something in return.

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