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Comio to Shut Down Indian Operations Abruptly!



While Chinese manufacturers like Honor, OPPO and Vivo are excelling in all segments in the Indian market certain Chinese manufactures are leaving it. Comio, a Chinese brand backed by TopWise Communication entered India last year in May and aimed to sell about a million units of Comio branded smartphone by March 2018.

However it failed to reach the original target due to its issues with its Chinese promoters. Comio India CEO and director Sanjay Kalirona has intimated the government authorities and its local partners about its hardship it is facing due to the lack of support from its Chinese promoters.

Karolina further says in a email to Gadgets360:

In this journey, it is our bad luck that our parent Chinese company could not give us right products at right time as per market requirements .Worst part has been quality issues faced by us in most of our models and Chinese company did not learn from there mistakes and kept repeating same and [the] conclusion is most of [the] partners, retailers, consumers started losing confidence on the brand. In the current situation, it is very difficult to sustain if as a company we cannot make competitive product so we lost here completely. Chinese promoters also not supported us with enough capital investment to sustain in this competitive market condition

Due to its lack of support from the Chinese promoters and some personal reason, Kalirona announced in the email that he had stepped down from his position from Board of the Company though he continued to work as CEO. He further decided with the Chinese management to close the company’s operations and plans to settle all ending issues, including the payments of creditor’s liabilities by the end of October and clear all statutory liabilities in the next three to four months, eventually closing Comio’s operations in “amicable and peaceful manner”. However, the after sales service will continue for another one year.

He mentioned that the Chinese team members left abruptly in the first week of this month and asked the Indian team to shut down its operations immediately. Kalirona goes on to say that the Chinese team stopped giving satisfactory answers about settling pending issues and as a result that his team is forced to file a police complaint and inform the government regulatory authorities about the present situation of the company.

The executive who previously led the mobile business of Zen Mobile and Intex Technologies prior to joining Comio says:

I am trying my level best in my best possible capacity to support all channel partners and team to get their dues cleared. I have given one-time price support to all partners to liquidate their stocks. We also cleared all schemes and pay out of distributors till October 2018. We also billed stock to all partners against their credit balance in appearing in our books. Even in this situation, we are running 400 TCSA to help partners to liquidate their stocks. We are smoothly running after sales services and clearing all DOA of partners

Kalirona also says that while few partners are presently chasing the Casio Indian employees to take back the stocks or provide additional support, all the employees are under “tremendous pressure” due to the Chinese authorities asking them to leave their job and giving no clarity on the settlement of dues. Few of the employees including the Head of Corporate Communication of Comio India recently quit. 

He remarked

In this tough time, Comio India expects some support and patience from its partners. However I can assure you that Comio India team is still behind all of you for supporting to resolve your day to day issues and I am managing all backend operations to support you all. In terms of price support and scheme support, I have already done my best possible efforts to support the partners

He further ensured that he will continue until the Chinese promoters of the company come to India and take the charge of Comio India or the government bodies to intervene in the ongoing issues.




Xiaomi, Oppo & Vivo joins hands to develop Fast File Sharing Service



Chinese smartphone giants have come together to develop a service that will let users transfer files, without installing any other apps or signing up for any services. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have officially announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance today. Smartphones mace by these three brands would soon be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20 MBps without any third-party app. This is a step that may turn out to be a nice way to provide a seamless experience like AirDrop on Apple devices. Color OS, Funtouch OS and MIUI announced the same on their Weibo accounts as well.

File sharing between Android phones is a mess. Android users had the ability to use Wi-Fi Direct to share files. With a similar approach, developers brought apps like Xender, ShareIt. But those apps were soon flooded with ads and annoying notifications. Xiaomi joined the league later with Mi Drop, an ad-free app that users can download for free and transfer files easily. Recently, the app was renamed to ShareMe. Google also brought File Go, a file manager which also lets users transfer files between phones. However, the problem isn’t solved. As Xender has established itself as one of the most popular file-sharing apps, most people use it. As of now, there are no apps that support file sharing between phones that have different apps installed. So, to address the issue and solve a big problem like this.

Due to the lack of a native file sharing service on Stock Android as well as due to the fact that brand modifies Android as per their wish, there weren’t such service available to consumers. However, this alliance will make it a bit easier for Android phone users to transfer files. The service will let users transfer files in multiple file formats such as photos, videos, songs, documents, etc.

This alliance makes so much sense right now because these three brands, i.e. Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi collectively hold 50% of the smartphone market share in China. Also, we may see OnePlus joining the alliance as both Oppo and Vivo, as well as OnePlus are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics. As of now, it is known that the service will be offered to the public under the open beta program, by the end of this month.

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Nokia 7.2 Spotted in GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 660!



HMD is expected to launch the Nokia 7.2 later this month in China and a global release at IFA in September.  Ahead of the official unveiling, the mid-range Nokia smartphone is spotted on the  benchmarking site Geekbench. The benchmark result reveals key details about the phone ‘s specs including its chipset.

The smartphone was benchmarked in Geekbench as the “HMD Global Nokia 7.2”. According to the listing, the device has 6GB RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie. We can expect other RAM variants too but this should be the highest RAM option. The predecessor Nokia 7.1 was available in 3GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.

The Geekbench listing doesn’t mention the chipset and the motherboard says “Daredevil” which is the phone’s codename. However taking its base frequency of 1.84GHz and comparing to other benchmarked devices, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 660. So, the rumours about the Nokia 7.2 being powered by the SD 660 turned out to be true. This is a fair upgrade considering the Nokia 7.1 came with a Snapdragon 636 chipset.

Nokia 7.2

As for its performance, the device managed to score 1604 and 5821 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. They are similar to the score of Redmi Note 7 which have the same SD 660 chipset. The handset is said to sport a triple rear camera setup stacked in a circular housing. The configuration of the cameras is unknown but we can expect it to have ZEISS lens. Moreover, it should come with a FHD+ display and a rear mounted circular fingerprint sensor.

HMD is yet to reveal the remaining specifications of the Nokia 7.2. We have to wait till the launch event to known the full specs, price and availability of the device. Till then, keep tuned.

Source | Via

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Xiaomi reveals it’s 64MP Smartphone Camera! Also teases 100MP Smartphone Camera!



Xiaomi and Realme rivalry is at its peak and looks like though Realme has an edge over Xiaomi in terms of a 64-megapixel camera, the Chinese smartphone giant isn’t leaving any stones unturned. We are already aware that Xiaomi is already working on a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel sensor. As of now, there are no words regarding which phone would get the massive 64-megapixel camera, the company has revealed more details about the 64-megapixel camera, along with a few more exciting updates.

Xiaomi held a presentation regarding its camera technology at the Xiaomi Future Image Technology Communication Conference in Beijing, China. At the event, the company has finally revealed that it is using the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera sensor and a lot of features of the sensor were highlighted. It is believed that a Redmi phone may come with the 64-megapixel camera, hinting towards the Redmi Note 8. It is believed that the Redmi Note 8 would be powered by MediaTek’s latest flagship chipset, the Helio G90T.

In terms of the 64-megapixel sensor, the new Samsung ISOCELL GW1 64-megapixel sensor holds 38% more pixels than a 48-megapixel camera and with this sensor, Xiaomi claims that pictures would turn brighter, vibrant and more detailed. The Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor is a large 1/1.7″ sensor with a 0.8μm pixel size. The upcoming Redmi Phone will also pack features like ISOCELL Plus for improved color reproduction, Smart ISO and Hybrid 3D HDR. The images captured using the camera will have a resolution of 9248 x 6936 pixels. That’s huge, but that’s not the end. Images captured using the camera can take a lot of space, as high as 19 MB.

At the event,  Xiaomi also teased an upcoming Mi Series smartphone which will feature a massive 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung. As per the company, this sensor can capture images with dimensions up to 12,032 x 9,024 pixels. There are some rumors going on regarding this sensor as some sources suggest that the sensor will be first used on the upcoming Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi’s premium flagship lineup! Here’s the teaser by the way!

And yes, Manu Kumar Jain was quick to share the teaser in English on Twitter. We are expecting another Twitter fight between Xiaomi and Realme soon! 😉

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