Following the recent devastation of floods in the Indian state of Kerala, smartphone brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and Honor has come forward to reach out to people in these affected areas. Earlier we have seen companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, Amazon, and telecom operators like Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea Cellular offering services for the support for these people.
South Korean giant Samsung has deployed its Customer Service Vans in Kerala and has set up a relief camp as part of its efforts to help the people. The relief camp will provides supplies of mobile charging stations, refrigerators to store their food items and medicines, microwave ovens to warm the food. Additionally, the company is also providing mobile phones and tablets for free voice and video calling so that people can connect with their relatives and loved ones.
Xiaomi was the first extended its support to flood-hit Kerala. Manu Kumar Jain, Vice president of Xiaomi and Managing Director of Xiaomi India said that the company has sent thousands of fully charged Mi PowerBanks and 250kg+ of food items & toiletries to the relief camps.
Xiaomi is also waiving off all labour charges for repairs specially for water damaged devices and giving heavy discounts (up to 50%) on spare parts. All the 27 service centres are operational for the Kerala Mi Fans, he wrote on this Facebook account. These offers and services are valid till August 31 as of now.
* Waiving off all labour charges for repairs, specially water damaged devices.
* Heavy discounts (upto 50%) on spare-parts.
* All 27 service centers are operational.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 23, 2018
Huawei & Honor has also joined the bandwagon offering to repair all the water damaged Honor smartphones till August 31. P Sanjeev, Vice President of Huawei Honor tweeted that users can reach out the service centres through the toll-free number 1800-210-9999.
#Honor stands with the residents of Kerala in these tough times. We are offering 100% free repair to our customers whose phones have been damaged due to the floods at our service centres from 21st Aug-31st Aug. Reach out to us at 1800-210-9999 . #HonorCares #KeralaSupport pic.twitter.com/profKIhIGw
— Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) August 25, 2018
— Huawei India (@HuaweiIndia) August 25, 2018
It’s good to see these companies voluntarily come out to help their customers in their times of need. We are expecting more companies to extend their support and services to the people of Kerala.
We urge more brands to join the campaign and offer service offers like this for their customers affected by the Kerala floods.
Featured image source: NDTV
Is Nokia is working on a Gaming Phone?
Gaming smartphones are the becoming more popular with more and more manufacturers developing their own gaming smartphone. The latest company to join this list is HMD Global who is teasing a Nokia gaming smartphone for the first time.
Nokia Mobile India had tweeted out a video which seems to be teasing a gaming phone. But it was quickly deleted after sometime. You can see the teaser in the featured image.
The teaser comes in the form of a video which reads “Stay tuned for a phone you can #GameOn”. It was posted on the official Indian Twitter handle of the company hinting towards a Nokia branded gaming smartphone from the company.
Leaving aside the excitement, we will like to remind you that the company has a habit of over-hyping and over-exaggerating its routine mid-range smartphones.
The company advertised the Nokia 6.1 Plus smartphone as the “most awaited phone”. Moreover the tag #GameOn might be just to hype the regional launch of the Nokia 5.1 Plus and nothing to do with Nokia Gaming smartphone.
However if it is the case, the company is once again over-hyping since the smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC coupled with P60 chipset. Also it also possible that it is the alleged Nokia 8.1 Plus or Nokia 7.1 Plus which have been on the rumours lately.
However seeing the popularity of gaming smartphones, the company is likely developing a gaming smartphone on its own. Razer recently sent invites for the Razer 2 smartphone to be launched on October 10. Chinese manufacturer Huawei will also be releasing a gaming smartphone this year. The Nokia Gaming smartphone will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Black Shark, ASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.
Samsung to merge Galaxy J series into A series, rebrand On series to M series
Samsung is reportedly planning to reorganise its entire line-up of entry level to upper mid-range line-up according to a new report. Previously we heard that the South Korean manufacturer will be merging the Galaxy S series and the Note series.
The new reports which come from industry sources claims that the lower midrange Galaxy J series will be discontinued and merged into the more premium Galaxy A series. This move of scrapping the Galaxy J series and moving into the Galaxy A series line-up can be cited to the heavy competition from the Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Honor, Vivo, OPPO, etc that dominates the entry level and mid-range segments.
Additionally, the company will be changing its online only Galaxy On brand to a new Galaxy M series. However it is expected as the Galaxy On smartphones are just rebranded Galaxy J devices. So it is still unknown what Samsung has to offer in its Galaxy M series.
This could also be possible that Samsung bring the entry level and lower-midrangers under the Galaxy M brand while the upper midrangers will be merged into the Galaxy A line-up. There will be less naming disparencies and hence less confusion. The company is also rumoured to be working on Galaxy J4 Prime and Galaxy J6 Prime which is now likely to be launched under a different brand.
Considering all above information as genuine, Samsung will left only with Galaxy S series, Galaxy A series and Galaxy M series which looks more systematic and organised.
Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR Indian Pricing Confirmed
All the leaks and rumours came to an end after Apple officially launched the new 2018 iPhone lineup yesterday, at an event held in Cupertino, California. As expected, the event witnessed three iPhone models, namely the iPhone XS as a direct successor to the iPhone X, the larger iPhone XS Max, and the cheapest of all – the LCD iPhone XR.
Now, the Indian pricing of all the three new iPhones has been officially confirmed by the Apple Authorised Resellers. The iPhone XS starts at Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB model in India, followed by the 256GB iPhone XS priced at Rs. 1,14,900, whereas, the 512GB variant of the devices goes as high as Rs. 1,34,900 in India.
Coming to the iPhone XS Max, this starts Rs. 1,09,900 for the base variant with 64GB storage. The 256GB model is priced at Rs. 1,24,900 while the 512GB model of iPhone XS Max will be sold at a whopping price tag of Rs. 1,44,900.
Customers will be able to buy both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in space grey, silver, and gold colour options, starting from September 28, via Authorised Apple Resellers.
On the other hand, the cheaper iPhone XR with LCD display priced at Rs. 76,900, Rs. 81,900 and Rs. 91,900 for the 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models respectively will go on pre-orders starting from October 19 in the country and will be available in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and Product RED colour options.
Additionally, all the three iPhones come with dual-SIM functionality where the customer can use a primary nano-SIM card along with a secondary eSim (a digital alternative for physical sim cards which was first seen in the Google Pixel 2) which will be supported by Airtel and Reliance Jio, in the country.
The iPhone XS comes with a 5.8‑inch Super Retina OLED display while the iPhone XS Max sports a 6.5‑inch Super Retina OLED display. Both of them have the same dual 12MP (wide-angle ƒ/1.8+ telephoto ƒ/2.4) camera setup at the back and a 7MP f/2.2 selfie shooter at the front.
Apart from a larger battery with 60 mins of extra endurance, the iPhone XS Max sports the same Apple A12 Bionic chip, 4GB of RAM, 3D touch, IP68 rating and Water Resistance present on the XS.
The cheaper iPhone XR comes with the same chipset, front camera and the same wide-angle 12MP lens (single, sans the telephoto one) from its elder siblings but uses a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display which lacks 3D touch and has the IP67 rating.
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