At present, there’s much deliberation about the Apple’s new iPhone worldwide. The device recorded 2 million pre-orders in just 24 hrs since its availability. The new iPhone has improved processor, latest iOS 6, and 200 new features including Passbook. However, in India, the unlocked version of new iPhone with manufacturer warranty will be shipped later this year for those customers who have already booked the device, but just for today, a Bangalore-based online shopping store–Bhaap.com–is offering iPhone 5 (white & silver and black & slate) 16 GB for INR 51,995, 32 GB for Rs 83, 995 and 64 GB model for Rs 94,995; the deal has begun from morning 10 AM and you have just 24 hrs to get the device into your hand.
On the other side, Samsung also launched its Galaxy Note II Phablet (hybridized smartphone-Tablet) in Hyderabad yesterday for just Rs 39,900. It’s pretty-known that Samsung is the biggest rival of Apple in smartphone segment. Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the successful models of Samsung; Over 10 million units of the device were shipped by the end of August this year. Samsung Galaxy Note II possesses 5.5-inch display screen, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, 8 MP rear facing camera, a 1.9 MP front facing camera and more. In addition to these, the device also features capacitive Stylus (S Pen), allowing users to write, draw and takes notes across variety of applications. The device is available in three storage options–16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.
Of course, manufacturers are currently targeting on larger screen display and nowadays, majority of popular smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus 4X HD, and HTC One X are having screen larger than 4.7-inches. While domestic vendor—Micromax –has already launched a 5-inch Canvas A100 (smartphone-Tablet hybrid) in the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note II supports 4G, 3G, 2G, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and NFC . The South Korean Manufacturer started taking pre-order as of early last week. Those who have already pre-ordered the device will have to deposit full payment for the device within 15 days of its launch, otherwise their booking will be cancelled and they will not get a refundable sum of Rs 5000. Those who preordered the device earlier will get free desktop dock with Galaxy Note II, beside others will also have an opportunity to get free desktop dock if they will deposit the full payment within three days of the launch of Phablet.
In India, Samsung has about 49% of market share in smartphone segment and the company is planning to achieve 60% by the end of this year. The company has also estimated that the Galaxy Note lineup will account for 10-15% of its total smartphone market share in the country by the year-end. Indeed, the device has incredible features and of course, it will entice a significant number of users across the country.
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