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Comio to Shut Down Indian Operations Abruptly!

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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.

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Poco F1 gets a permanent Price Cut! All Variants are now priced Rs.1000 Lower.

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Xiaomi announced the first smartphone under its new sub-brand POCO back in August. The Poco F1 was a hit and took the world by storm. It was initially  priced at Rs 20,999 and made available through flash sales but later the Chinese manufacturer started an open sale. It is now available through Mi Store, Flipkart and Mi Home stores. Ahead of this year ending, the company has announced a permanent price cut or the device.

The 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant was priced at 20,990 while the same variant with 128GB on-board storage was priced Rs 23,999. The highest variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage came with a price tag of RS 28,999. However, starting today all the variants of the smartphone are going to cost 1,000 less which means the starting price of the smartphone will be Rs 19,990 while the other two will be costing Rs 22,999 and 27,999 respectively. The slashing of the price is permanent, which means you don’t have to worry about the price going up later on.

The device was already in demand and with the price cut, the sales are expected to go higher. Xiaomi also announced in its official twitter account that the Poco F1 has crossed the 7,00,000 users mark. To celebrate this occasion, the company is taking Rs 1,000 off of all Poco variants. Though this is a great move, several users who have recently purchased the phone have taken to the forms and Twitter to complain about the price drop. However, this is simply a marketing move to increase the sales now that all the hype of the Pocophone has settled down.

The Poco F1 features a 6.2 inch display and is powered by a SD 845. It sports a dual camera setup of 12MP + 5MP and a 20MP selfie camera. A top notch at the front houses an infrared camera for 3D facial recognition. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery and runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Nougat. It recently received a new software update including features like slow motion at 960FPS and super-low light recording mode. The beta version of the MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie was rolled out recently and expected to be available to a wider audience by this month or early January.

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WizPhone ain’t a Google Phone! It’s just a Feature phone with Google Apps built in, Nothing more.

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It was widely reported earlier that Google has stepped into the feature phone market by launching the WizPhone Wp006 in Indonesia, priced at IDR 99,000, equivalent to Rs.500. The WizPhone WP006 is a 4G feature phone which runs on Kai OS.

But the catch is, Google didn’t launch the phone nor Google owns the WizPhone brand or even had involvement in developing or manufacturing the phone.

What made this news go viral was caused by this tweet:

That gave wrong impression that Google announced the WizPhone, as if Google themselves launched it. Google did took part in the launch of the phone and they did announce it jointly, but that was about the Google Assistant and the whole suite of Google Apps inclusion in the phone.

Also, take a look on Google’s Indonesian blog post here. What it says is:

WizPhone is the first Indonesian-made mobile phone equipped with Google Assistant. Created jointly by WizPhone and Alfamart, WizPhone uses KaiOS.

Also, KaiOS said this in its blog post.

“Google has also been instrumental in this launch by ensuring their digital services operate on the WizPhone via the KaiStore, so consumers have access to a suite of Google apps, including the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Search. Further, the Google Assistant works in Bahasa Indonesia, bridging the digital divide by allowing users to easily access the internet and apps through voice,”

So you can see, the phone is clearly not made by Google, it’s just a phone that Google had involvement in, but not the type of involvement that everyone reported it to be having.

The WizPhone is similar to the JioPhone one, which also runs on Kai OS and supports 4G. While the Jiophone costs nearly Rs.1500, the WizPhone is priced very much cheaper than that.

The WizPhone WP006 features a 2.4-inch display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8905 processor paired with an Adreno 304 GPU. It comes with 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of internal storage. There is a 2MP camera in the rear and a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The device draws it’s juice from a 1,800mAh battery.

It comes with Google services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and others pre-installed. As said in the beginning, it also supports popular apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube and so on. It must also be noted that Google has made investments into KaiOS, which indicates that Google is really preparing to make some moves in the 4G smart feature phone market.

Consumers in Indonesia can buy the WizPhone WP006 from vending machines at Alfamart stores, a chain of convenience stores in Indonesia. Consumers can use the pre-installed All-Wiz app to buy products from Alphamart stores by scanning QR codes, barcodes and making payments.
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Xiaomi to launch a new device with 48 MP cameras in January

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Xiaomi is planning to level up its camera next year. The cameras on its flagship devices are already quite good but it seems like they have found some room for improvement.

The president of Xiaomi Lin Bin published a post on Weibo regarding the company’s plans to release a new smartphone with a massive 48 MP camera. The device is expected to arrive in the first month of 2019 and he has mentioned it in the post. The handset will run on MIUI 10.

The post read “Trying for a few weeks, not bad!”, but the post comes from the Mi MIX 3. This means that the camera used in this device is a successor to the one we have seen on the Mi Mix 3. An image has also been attached along with the post. Take a look at the image below.48MP-sensor-xiaomi

It looks like this could be a new flagship device but it is not clear which series it belongs to. From the image, it is possible that the device might feature vertically stacked dual rear cameras each sporting a 48 MP sensor. The rear is made of glass and has an integrated volume button, and a dual color temperature flash.

The probabilities of this 48 MP sensor are either Sony IMX586 or Samsung ISOCELL Plus GM1. The IMX586’s specifications include a 1/2-inch sensor, 0.8μm per pixel, support for four-pixel synthesis, and video support up to 4K 90FPS. The Samsung GM1 also comes with a 0.8μm unit and supports four-pixel synthesis which is equivalent to 12MP pixels and a single pixel size of 1.6μm.

Xiaomi might have used Sony’s sensor since Samsung’s sensor is still in the production stage. Qualcomm had announced the list of brands which will come with Snapdragon 855 chipset made of 7 nm process in early 2019. This hints about the presence of Snapdragon 855 chipset in this device but it is not confirmed yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

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