The week, began on a positive note with Samsung finally getting into the entry-level market, currently dominated by the likes of Xiaomi, Motorola and Micromax.
The South Korean giant launched its first ever Tizen-operated smartphone in India. In fact, it was a world debut of sorts. Priced at Rs. 5,700, the Samsung Z1 will be marketed aggressively in coming days to come.
Another major player, Lenovo, strategically unveiled India's cheapest 4G LTE-enabled handset in the country. Originally announced at CES 2015, the Lenovo A6000 is going to be an exclusive to Flipkart. Priced at Rs. 7,000, the Lenovo A6000 is expected to give tough competition to the likes of Micromax Yu Yureka and Xiaomi Redmi 1S.
Another big-ticket device that BlackBerry launched was the Samsung Galaxy S5 rival - the Classic. The device offers great business features at a price of Rs. 31,990.
All these handsets made their Indian debut during the time, when the global handset market has registered slower growth than expected. That's why most of these firms are betting on India.
Anyways, today, GizBot has come up with the top 10 smartphones that have been launched in India this week. Notably, all these devices can be bought in India without any delay.
Samsung this week launched the Z1 - an entry level smartphone for Indian consumers. Costing less than Rs. 6,000, the Tizen OS-powered Z1 is an answer to the Xiaomi Redmi 1S in the entry-level segment.
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BlackBerry-made handsets has always been adored by native Indians. At last, BlackBerry has finally launched the Classic smartphone in India. The BlackBerry Classic is available for purchase at Snapdeal and at all BlackBerry Exclusive Stores. The Classic comes with a full physical keyboard at a price of Rs. 31,990.
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India's cheapest 4G LTE handset, the A6000, is up for grabs. The device is priced at Rs. 6,999 and will be available exclusively through online retailer Flipkart. The A6000 has a 5.0-inch, 720p IPS display, 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 401 chipset, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8MP rear camera.
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Samsung Galaxy A3
The Galaxy A3, Samsung's full metal bodied smartphone, is now available for purchase in India. Priced at Rs. 20,500, the handset has a ground breaking design. Even though the handset may not have kick ass specs; however, the biggest selling point of the Galaxy A3 remains its terific design.
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Samsung Galaxy A5
Like the Galaxy A3, the Galaxy A5 boasts a full metallic body. Yes, you heard that right! Though it has got a fairly better specs compared to the Galaxy A3. Notably, the Galaxy A5 offers 4G LTE connectivity. The phone is now available for purchase at Rs. 25,000 in India.
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Micromax Canvas Hue
Micromax Canvas Hue is a brand new handset from India's top-ranked handset maker. Micromax claims that its 3000 mAh battery can delivery battery back-up of upto a month when in super power-saving mode. The device is priced at Rs. 10,999 and will be available in white and gold colours.
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During the end of 2014, the Chinese handset had unveiled the R5 smartphone for Indian users. The Android-powered device, which is priced at Rs. 29,990 had been made available for pre-booking from 1st January.
Oppo R5, which comes with a path breaking design, is now available across India starting today, the company said. The R5, as you may already be aware, measures just 4.85 mm in thickness, making it one of the slimmest handset to date.
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Microsoft Lumia 435
The Lumia 435 is easily the cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 handset we've seen from the tech giant. As far as its specs are concerned, the phone sports a 4-inch (480x800), a Snapdragon 200 chipset (dual-core), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of native storage, a microSD card ( up to 128GB), a 2-megapixel rear-facing shooter, a VGA quality front shooter, a 1,560mAh battery, 3G, HERE maps and more. Notably, the Lumia 435 will be offered in dual-SIM configuration. It is said to cost Rs. 5040 in India.
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Microsoft Lumia 532
The Lumia 532 isn't too different from the Lumia 435. Both phones have more-or-less similar hardware. However, the Lumia 532 boasts a quad-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The device is expected to go on sale in India next month.
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Wiio Wi Star 3G
Wiio mobiles has launched its new smartphone named Wi Star 3G. This entry level smartphone is priced at Rs. 3,999 and exclusively available on eBay. Wi Star 3G sports a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display with a resolution of 480x854 pixels. This device is clocked by 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek (MTK6572) processor besides 512MB of RAM.
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