Nokia 2.1 Android Oreo (Go edition), Nokia 3.1 (3GB) and Nokia 5.1 Android One smartphones launched in India starting at Rs. 6999

HMD Global has launched Nokia 3.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 3 in India last month in 3GB RAM with 16GB storage version, now it has launched the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version in the country and also launched the Nokia 5.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 5 and the Nokia 2.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 2.

Nokia 2.1 specifications

5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, anti-fingerprint coating
1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with Adreno 308 GPU
1GB LPDDR3 RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), upgradable to Android P
Dual SIM
8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash
5MP front-facing camera
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio,  Dual speakers
Dimensions: 153.7 x 77.7 x 9.35 mm
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS
4100mAh battery

Nokia 3.1 specifications

5.2-inch (720 x 1440 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750N (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU
2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory / 3GB RAM with 32GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS, upgradable to Android P
Dual SIM
13MP rear camera with LED Flash, …

HMD Global has launched Nokia 3.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 3 in India last month in 3GB RAM with 16GB storage version, now it has launched the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version in the country and also launched the Nokia 5.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 5 and the Nokia 2.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 2. Nokia 2.1 specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, anti-fingerprint coating 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with Adreno 308 GPU 1GB LPDDR3 RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), upgradable to Android P Dual SIM 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio,  Dual speakers Dimensions: 153.7 x 77.7 x 9.35 mm 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS 4100mAh battery Nokia 3.1 specifications 5.2-inch (720 x 1440 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750N (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory / 3GB RAM with 32GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS, upgradable to Android P Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, ...

ACT Fibernet upgrades plans in Chennai again at no extra cost, 100Mbps plan now at Rs. 999

ACT launched its Gigabit broadband services in Chennai this week. It has also upgraded its plans for users as well at no extra cost, in just 3 months after the last upgrade.  In most plans speeds have also been upgraded. ACT Fibernet’s Retail 1999 plan now comes with 250Mbps speed up from 200Mbps even though the 2TB FUP remains the same.

ACT is also allowing users who are using  200Mbps plan, to upgrade to Gigabit plan by paying Rs. 2000 for Gigabit switch. The company has also upgraded its SME plans from 200Mbps to 1Gbps, but the Giga plans seem like a better option since they offer more data and speed post-FUP compared to these.

Plan Name
Tariff (Rs.)
Old Speed
New Speed
Old FUP
New FUP
Speed Post-FUP

RETAIL

ACT Basic
Rs. 799
30Mbps
30Mbps
80GB
120GB
512 Kbps

ACT Blaze
Rs. 999
75Mbps
100Mbps
300GB
500GB
1 Mbps

ACT Blast Promo
Rs. 1049
100Mbps
100Mbps
1000GB
1000GB
1 Mbps

ACT Storm
Rs. 1099
100Mbps
125Mbps
500GB
1250GB
1 Mbps

ACT Lightning
Rs. 1299
100Mbps
150Mbps
1000GB
1500GB
1 Mbps

ACT Thunder
Rs. 1499
150Mbps
200Mbps
1500GB
1750GB
1 Mbps

ACT Incredible
Rs.1999
200Mbps
250Mbps
2000GB
2000GB
2 Mbps

SOHO

ACT SME Swift
2999
200Mbps
1Gbps
3000GB
3000GB
2 Mbps

ACT SME Flash
3999
200Mbps
1Gbps
4000GB
4000GB
2 Mbps

ACT SME Force
4999
200Mbps
1Gbps
5000GB
5000GB
2 Mbps

ACT launched its Gigabit broadband services in Chennai this week. It has also upgraded its plans for users as well at no extra cost, in just 3 months after the last upgrade.  In most plans speeds have also been upgraded. ACT Fibernet’s Retail 1999 plan now comes with 250Mbps speed up from 200Mbps even though the 2TB FUP remains the same. ACT is also allowing users who are using  200Mbps plan, to upgrade to Gigabit plan by paying Rs. 2000 for Gigabit switch. The company has also upgraded its SME plans from 200Mbps to 1Gbps, but the Giga plans seem like a better option since they offer more data and speed post-FUP compared to these. Plan Name Tariff (Rs.) Old Speed New Speed Old FUP New FUP Speed Post-FUP RETAIL ACT Basic Rs. 799 30Mbps 30Mbps 80GB 120GB 512 Kbps ACT Blaze Rs. 999 75Mbps 100Mbps 300GB 500GB 1 Mbps ACT Blast Promo Rs. 1049 100Mbps 100Mbps 1000GB 1000GB 1 Mbps ACT Storm Rs. 1099 100Mbps 125Mbps 500GB 1250GB 1 Mbps ACT Lightning Rs. 1299 100Mbps 150Mbps 1000GB 1500GB 1 Mbps ACT Thunder Rs. 1499 150Mbps 200Mbps 1500GB 1750GB 1 Mbps ACT Incredible Rs.1999 200Mbps 250Mbps 2000GB 2000GB 2 Mbps SOHO ACT SME Swift 2999 200Mbps 1Gbps 3000GB 3000GB 2 Mbps ACT SME Flash 3999 200Mbps 1Gbps 4000GB 4000GB 2 Mbps ACT SME Force 4999 200Mbps 1Gbps 5000GB 5000GB 2 Mbps

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now available for pre-order India starting at Rs. 67900 [Update: Pre-order on Flipkart and Amazon]

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now available for pre-order from Flipkart and Amazon.in with exchange offers, in addition to other offers.

Samsung introduced its flagship Galaxy Note9 smartphone at its New York event yesterday. Today the company has started taking pre-orders for the smartphone in India. Consumers who pre-book the Galaxy Note9 will get a chance to own a Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch for Rs. 4,999 (Originally costs Rs. 22,990).

The Galaxy Note9 comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper (128GB only) colors and is priced at Rs. 67,900 for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version and the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage version costs Rs. 84,900. You can pre-order the phone from today, August 10th on Samsung online Shop till 21st August 2018. The company says that the shipments will begin 20th August. Amazon and Flipkart should start pre-bookings soon.

Launch offers

Buy from Paytm Mall to get a cashback of Rs. 6,000.
HDFC Bank credit or debit cards or HDFC Consumer Durable loans (CD Loans) lets you avail a cashback of Rs. 6,000.
Under the Samsung Upgrade Program, you can get upgrade bonus of Rs. 6,000 on exchange of old device for the Galaxy Note9. The upgrade bonus is over and above the exchange …

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now available for pre-order from Flipkart and Amazon.in with exchange offers, in addition to other offers. Samsung introduced its flagship Galaxy Note9 smartphone at its New York event yesterday. Today the company has started taking pre-orders for the smartphone in India. Consumers who pre-book the Galaxy Note9 will get a chance to own a Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch for Rs. 4,999 (Originally costs Rs. 22,990). The Galaxy Note9 comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper (128GB only) colors and is priced at Rs. 67,900 for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version and the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage version costs Rs. 84,900. You can pre-order the phone from today, August 10th on Samsung online Shop till 21st August 2018. The company says that the shipments will begin 20th August. Amazon and Flipkart should start pre-bookings soon. Launch offers Buy from Paytm Mall to get a cashback of Rs. 6,000. HDFC Bank credit or debit cards or HDFC Consumer Durable loans (CD Loans) lets you avail a cashback of Rs. 6,000. Under the Samsung Upgrade Program, you can get upgrade bonus of Rs. 6,000 on exchange of old device for the Galaxy Note9. The upgrade bonus is over and above the exchange ...

Flipkart: The Big Freedom Sale‬ – Best deals on smartphones, TVs, accessories and more

Flipkart has started The Big Freedom Sale, as it had promised. As a part of the sale it is offering some great deals on smartphones, accessories, LED TVs and more. All these offers are available through the web as well as Flipkart app.

Best deals on smartphones on Flipkart

Google Pixel 2  – Rs. 49,999 (Rs. 11,001 off + Rs. 8,000 off on HDFC cards + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange)
HTC U11 – Rs. 33,999 (Rs. 19,991 off)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – Rs. 29,900 (Rs. 21000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange)
Moto Z2 Force – Rs. 29,999 (Rs. 5000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange)
LG G6 – Rs. 27,990 (Rs. 27010 off + up to Rs. 17,950 off on exchange)
Honor 8 Pro – Rs. 19,999  (Rs. 18000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange)
Moto Z2 Play – Rs. 18,999 (Rs. 9,000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange)
iPhone SE (32 GB) – Rs. 16,999 (Rs. 9,001 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange)
Vivo V9 Youth – Rs. 16,990 (Rs. 2000 off + up to Rs. 16,000 off on exchange)
Moto X4 3GB RAM – Rs. 15,999 (Rs. 5,000 off + up to Rs. 14,150 off …

Flipkart has started The Big Freedom Sale, as it had promised. As a part of the sale it is offering some great deals on smartphones, accessories, LED TVs and more. All these offers are available through the web as well as Flipkart app. Best deals on smartphones on Flipkart Google Pixel 2  – Rs. 49,999 (Rs. 11,001 off + Rs. 8,000 off on HDFC cards + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange) HTC U11 – Rs. 33,999 (Rs. 19,991 off) Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – Rs. 29,900 (Rs. 21000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange) Moto Z2 Force – Rs. 29,999 (Rs. 5000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange) LG G6 – Rs. 27,990 (Rs. 27010 off + up to Rs. 17,950 off on exchange) Honor 8 Pro – Rs. 19,999  (Rs. 18000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange) Moto Z2 Play – Rs. 18,999 (Rs. 9,000 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange) iPhone SE (32 GB) – Rs. 16,999 (Rs. 9,001 off + up to Rs. 15,950 off on exchange) Vivo V9 Youth – Rs. 16,990 (Rs. 2000 off + up to Rs. 16,000 off on exchange) Moto X4 3GB RAM – Rs. 15,999 (Rs. 5,000 off + up to Rs. 14,150 off ...

ACT Fibernet launches Gigabit broadband services in Chennai, 1Gbps at Rs. 2999

After launching India’s first 1Gbps (Giga speeds) wired broadband service in Hyderabad and Bengaluru last year, today ACT Fibernet has launched Gigabit broadband services in Chennai. 

The ACT GIGA plan offers 1 Gbps broadband speed with 3000GB FUP limit at Rs. 2999. Customers who opt for 6-month plan get one-month free subscription and who opt for 12-month plan get two-months free subscription. You can upgrade the current broadband plan to Giga plan at Rs. 2500 for installation cost and for new customers the cost is Rs. 5000.

We should know more details about SME (Small Medium Enterprise) plans for Giga in Chennai soon.

After launching India’s first 1Gbps (Giga speeds) wired broadband service in Hyderabad and Bengaluru last year, today ACT Fibernet has launched Gigabit broadband services in Chennai.  The ACT GIGA plan offers 1 Gbps broadband speed with 3000GB FUP limit at Rs. 2999. Customers who opt for 6-month plan get one-month free subscription and who opt for 12-month plan get two-months free subscription. You can upgrade the current broadband plan to Giga plan at Rs. 2500 for installation cost and for new customers the cost is Rs. 5000. We should know more details about SME (Small Medium Enterprise) plans for Giga in Chennai soon.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Home smart speaker powered by Bixby

Along with the Galaxy Note9 and the Galaxy Watch, Samsung at its New York event also introduced its new Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby smart assistant and eight fear-field microphone for voice recognition that works across the room. Samsung demoed it by playing its intro audio with a setup made of 160 Galaxy Home speakers.

This promises natural sound processing with powerful speakers and a subwoofer for rich, deep bass. It has AKG-tuned directional speakers and supports Samsung’s smart home ecosystem that lets you control SmartThings devices with voice commands.

Samsung also announced partnership with Spotify that lets you link your Samsung and Spotify accounts to play music across all Samsung devices, including the speaker with the SmartThings app.

Samsung will share more details about the smart speaker, including the price and availability at the Samsung Developers’ Conference in a couple of months.

Along with the Galaxy Note9 and the Galaxy Watch, Samsung at its New York event also introduced its new Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby smart assistant and eight fear-field microphone for voice recognition that works across the room. Samsung demoed it by playing its intro audio with a setup made of 160 Galaxy Home speakers. This promises natural sound processing with powerful speakers and a subwoofer for rich, deep bass. It has AKG-tuned directional speakers and supports Samsung’s smart home ecosystem that lets you control SmartThings devices with voice commands. Samsung also announced partnership with Spotify that lets you link your Samsung and Spotify accounts to play music across all Samsung devices, including the speaker with the SmartThings app. Samsung will share more details about the smart speaker, including the price and availability at the Samsung Developers’ Conference in a couple of months.

Samsung Galaxy Watch with Super AMOLED display, military-level durability, LTE announced

Samsung just announced Galaxy Watch at its New York event.  It comes in 46mm version and 42mm options with 1.3-inch and 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On Display with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection and has rotating bezel. These run Tizen- Based Wearable Platform 4.0. It has 5ATM + IP68 ratings for water resistance, certified for military-level durability, comes with NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) support for mobile payments using Samsung Pay, built-in speaker for activate voice messaging and music listening, and GPS.

It has new stress management tracker, which automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users centered and focused. In addition, a new advanced sleep tracker monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. Galaxy Watch adds 21 new indoor exercises, tracking a total of 39 workouts that allow consumers to customize and change up their routines. It also offers intuitive calorie tracking and personalized alerts.

The 46mm model has 472mAh battery with battery life of 80+ hours with typical usage; up to 168 hours with low usage and Galaxy Watch 42mm with a 270mAh battery promises 45+ hours with typical usage; up to 120 hours with low usage.

 Samsung Galaxy Watch Specifications

1.2-inch …

Samsung just announced Galaxy Watch at its New York event.  It comes in 46mm version and 42mm options with 1.3-inch and 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On Display with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection and has rotating bezel. These run Tizen- Based Wearable Platform 4.0. It has 5ATM + IP68 ratings for water resistance, certified for military-level durability, comes with NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) support for mobile payments using Samsung Pay, built-in speaker for activate voice messaging and music listening, and GPS. It has new stress management tracker, which automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users centered and focused. In addition, a new advanced sleep tracker monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. Galaxy Watch adds 21 new indoor exercises, tracking a total of 39 workouts that allow consumers to customize and change up their routines. It also offers intuitive calorie tracking and personalized alerts. The 46mm model has 472mAh battery with battery life of 80+ hours with typical usage; up to 168 hours with low usage and Galaxy Watch 42mm with a 270mAh battery promises 45+ hours with typical usage; up to 120 hours with low usage.  Samsung Galaxy Watch Specifications 1.2-inch ...

Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, 4000mAh battery, Bluetooth S Pen announced

Samsung just announced Galaxy Note9 smartphone at its New York event, as it had promised. It comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+  Super AMOLED Display – an end-to-end, bezel-less screen that extends to the phone’s sides, similar to the Note8. It has 12-megapixel rear camera with variable aperture tech that uses f/1.5 aperture for night shots for a brighter picture and f/2.4 aperture for normal shots in daytime as well as a secondary 12MP Telephoto lens for live focus for bokeh effect with background blur, similar to the S9+.

It has Iris scanner, similar to the predecessor, and the fingerprint sensor is now present below the camera, like the S9 series. It s also water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes with IP68 ratings. It also has Bixby assistant that was first introduced with the S8 series and also has a dedicated Bixby hardware button.

It also has an improved S Pen stylus with Bluetooth support that has a button on its surface along with a clicker on the bottom that lets you take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more. Samsung also said that it will open it to developers later this year so that they can integrate …

Samsung just announced Galaxy Note9 smartphone at its New York event, as it had promised. It comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+  Super AMOLED Display – an end-to-end, bezel-less screen that extends to the phone’s sides, similar to the Note8. It has 12-megapixel rear camera with variable aperture tech that uses f/1.5 aperture for night shots for a brighter picture and f/2.4 aperture for normal shots in daytime as well as a secondary 12MP Telephoto lens for live focus for bokeh effect with background blur, similar to the S9+. It has Iris scanner, similar to the predecessor, and the fingerprint sensor is now present below the camera, like the S9 series. It s also water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes with IP68 ratings. It also has Bixby assistant that was first introduced with the S8 series and also has a dedicated Bixby hardware button. It also has an improved S Pen stylus with Bluetooth support that has a button on its surface along with a clicker on the bottom that lets you take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play video, and more. Samsung also said that it will open it to developers later this year so that they can integrate ...

OPPO F9 global launch confirmed for August 15; VOOC Flash charge, Gradient colors, Waterdrop screen teased

This week OPPO confirmed that F9 smartphone will launch in Vietnam on August 15, and OPPO India today confirmed that the F9 Pro smartphone will launch in India on August 21st. Now OPPO has announced that F9 will be launched in Philippines as well on August 15th. It also highlighted VOOC Flash charge, gradient colors, as well as a unique Waterdrop Screen design for the smartphone.

VOOC Flash Charge, a first in the OPPO F series applies a low voltage fast charging mechanism to deliver lightning quick charging. It can achieve a charging speed 4 times faster than conventional 5V/1A charging technology while guaranteeing fast charging performance, VOOC also ensures a safe charging process. Specifically, OPPO VOOC has five layers of protection from the charging adapter to smartphone, including low temperature and voltage, which ensures a fast and safe charge.

OPPO F9 uses a gradient color design, again a first in the F series. This uses advanced color processes. The three colors include Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple, with inspiration coming from nature – sunrise, twilight, and starry skies. OPPO said that it wants to infuse these feelings into the design of the product, to provide consumers with vitality rooted …

This week OPPO confirmed that F9 smartphone will launch in Vietnam on August 15, and OPPO India today confirmed that the F9 Pro smartphone will launch in India on August 21st. Now OPPO has announced that F9 will be launched in Philippines as well on August 15th. It also highlighted VOOC Flash charge, gradient colors, as well as a unique Waterdrop Screen design for the smartphone. VOOC Flash Charge, a first in the OPPO F series applies a low voltage fast charging mechanism to deliver lightning quick charging. It can achieve a charging speed 4 times faster than conventional 5V/1A charging technology while guaranteeing fast charging performance, VOOC also ensures a safe charging process. Specifically, OPPO VOOC has five layers of protection from the charging adapter to smartphone, including low temperature and voltage, which ensures a fast and safe charge. OPPO F9 uses a gradient color design, again a first in the F series. This uses advanced color processes. The three colors include Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple, with inspiration coming from nature – sunrise, twilight, and starry skies. OPPO said that it wants to infuse these feelings into the design of the product, to provide consumers with vitality rooted ...

LG G6 Android Oreo update finally starts rolling out in India, brings ThinQ branding

After V30+, LG has finally started rolling out Android 8.0 (Oreo) update for the LG G6 smartphone in India. This will turn the phone into LG G6 ThinQ and also brings out several new features, including new camera app layout, but it doesn’t bring AI Cam like the V30+. After updating, the start screen of the device will now show LG G6 ThinQ branding instead of LG G6. 

The LG G6 Android Oreo update is 1.81GB in size, comes with build number OPRR1.170623.032 and software version V20f-IND-XX. It also includes Android security patch for July, 2018. Check out the complete changelog below.
Update summary:

Android OS Upgrade
[Changed Privacy Policy Terms] The Privacy Policy of LG Software update has been changed.
[Comfort view improved] The blue light filter in Comfort view has been improved. You can now adjust between 10 levels
[Home Screen layout] Some apps may be placed differently in Home & app drawer, select Home after the software update finishes. Then go to Settings > Home screen > Select Home and set to Home & app drawer.
[Home touch buttons improved] The Home touch buttons can now be hidden while using apps.
[Icon shapes added] New app icon shapes have been …

After V30+, LG has finally started rolling out Android 8.0 (Oreo) update for the LG G6 smartphone in India. This will turn the phone into LG G6 ThinQ and also brings out several new features, including new camera app layout, but it doesn't bring AI Cam like the V30+. After updating, the start screen of the device will now show LG G6 ThinQ branding instead of LG G6.  The LG G6 Android Oreo update is 1.81GB in size, comes with build number OPRR1.170623.032 and software version V20f-IND-XX. It also includes Android security patch for July, 2018. Check out the complete changelog below. Update summary: Android OS Upgrade [Changed Privacy Policy Terms] The Privacy Policy of LG Software update has been changed. [Comfort view improved] The blue light filter in Comfort view has been improved. You can now adjust between 10 levels [Home Screen layout] Some apps may be placed differently in Home & app drawer, select Home after the software update finishes. Then go to Settings > Home screen > Select Home and set to Home & app drawer. [Home touch buttons improved] The Home touch buttons can now be hidden while using apps. [Icon shapes added] New app icon shapes have been ...