‘Mobile Tower Emissions Well Within Limits in India,’ Says DoT Secretary

'Mobile Tower Emissions Well Within Limits in India,' Says DoT Secretary

Electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from mobile towers in the country are much below the strict norms enforced by the Department of Telecom (DoT), a senior officer said in Chandigarh on Friday.

“There is no scientific evidence backing the claim that EMF radiation from mobile towers, which are below the safe limits prescribed by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), can cause adverse health effects,” said DoT Secretary J.S. Deepak.

Deepak was addressing a gathering at an event organised in the capital to spread awareness about emissions from mobile towers.

“The DoT has already prescribed strict precautionary norms for exposure limit for the Radio Frequency Field (Base Station Emissions), which is 10 times more stringent than the existing limits prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO,” he said.

He maintained: “Our EMF norms are much stricter than what is followed by many developed nations, including the US, the UK and most parts of the European Union. The government has taken adequate steps to ensure that telecom service providers strictly adhere to these prescribed norms.”

Telecom towers are critical installations on which the backbone of wireless communications rest and unfounded apprehensions around EMF emissions and mobile towers have the potential to derail our growth story, Deepak pointed out.

DoT Deputy Director General R.M. Chaturvedi said that the WHO has referred to approximately 25,000 studies, conducted around the world over the past 30 years, and current evidences do not confirm existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.

“A committee, formed at the behest of the Allahabad High Court, comprising experts from five IITs, AIIMS (Delhi), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, has also on the basis of scientific evidence, studies and reports available, found that there is no conclusive evidence about the stated dangers of EMF radiation from mobile BTS towers,” Chaturvedi added.

Several high courts, including the high courts of Punjab and Haryana, Madras, Kerala, Gujarat and Allahabad, in cases related to issue of effects of radiation from cellphone towers have given judgements and dismissed petitions, where the mobile tower installations were challenged in various localities, including residential, on grounds of health effects of EMF radiation, it was pointed out at the awareness programme.

Health experts Dr. Suresh Attili from Grace Cancer Foundation and Dr. T.K. Joshi, Advisor to Ministry of Health endorsed the fact that scientific studies have not been able to conclude that EMF emissions from mobile towers can cause health hazards.


Spectrum Auction 2016: Bids Worth Rs. 53,531 Crores Placed Across Bands on Day 1

Spectrum Auction 2016: Bids Worth Rs. 53,531 Crores Placed Across Bands on Day 1India’s largest-ever spectrum auction kicked off on Saturday with major telecom operators placing bids worth Rs. 53,531 crores across bands, even as the premium 700MHz and 900MHz frequencies did not find any buyer. As much as 2,354.55 megahertz of frequencies are being put up for auction in seven bands valued at Rs. 5.63 lakh crores at base price.
The airwaves auction Saturday saw total bids of worth around Rs. 53,531 crores after five rounds, official sources said. The spectrum auction, where seven telecom companies including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio are in fray, will resume on Monday. The other telecom players in the fray are Aircel, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices. Telecom Secretary J S Deepak had told PTI Friday that after this auction the “problem of spectrum scarcity affecting quality of service will be history”. He had also advised operators to “tank up” the radiowaves to bridge shortfall in their holdings as the next such sale may not happen for “quite some time”.

According to data released by the Department of Telecom, five bidding rounds took place on Saturday with operators showing more interest in 1800MHz band – a frequency that can be used for delivering 2G/4G services. Operators also placed bids for spectrum in 2100MHz(3G/4G) band, 2500MHz (4G) band, 2300MHz (4G) and 800MHz(2G/4G) bands too. Maximum action was seen in 1800MHz band – earlier known as 2G spectrum – with bidding in 19 of 22 telecom circles including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gujarat and UP (East and West).

Telecom operators are in the race to arm themselves with spectrum to maintain competitive edge in providing quality and next generation mobile services to consumers in the world’s second largest telecom market. The 2100MHz used for 3G services saw demand in 9 out of 22 telecom circles including Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar and UP East. The spectrum band of 2,300MHz and 2500MHz, which went under the hammer after six years, also witnessed demand in various circles. The 800MHz frequency saw activity in circles of Gujarat, Punjab, UP (East) and Rajasthan.
The premium 700MHz band is to be auctioned at a reserve or base price of Rs. 11,485 crores per MHz. The cost of delivering mobile services in this band is estimated to be around 70 percent lower than 2100MHz used for providing 3G services. A company interested in buying spectrum in 700MHz band will need to shell out a minimum of Rs. 57,425 crores for a block of 5MHz on a pan-India basis. This band alone has the potential to fetch bids worth over Rs. 4 lakh crores.

However, there were no interest shown by operators in this band on the first day of auction. In 2015, mobile airwaves auction attracted bids worth around Rs. 60,000 crores after six rounds of bidding on Day 1 against the government’s expectation to raise over Rs. 82,000 crores from that auction. The auction in 2015, which closed after 19 days, fetched the government around Rs. 1.1 lakh crores.

Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications Virtual Merger Is Complete: Anil Ambani

Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications Virtual Merger Is Complete: Anil AmbaniReliance Jio, Reliance Communications Virtual Merger Is Complete: Anil Ambani
Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani on Tuesday said the company had all the spectrum that is needed to offer good-quality telecom services across 2G, 3G and 4G space, and that a virtual merger with Reliance Jio had now been effected.

“The other telcom companies will have to spend heavily on spectrum to survive. We are confident about the future of Reliance Communications and its market position,” Ambani told the shareholders of the company here.


“We have all the spectrum we need for 2G, 3G and 4G services plus spectrum trading and sharing agreements with Reliance Jio,” he said, adding: “We have accomplished a virtual merger between Reliance Communications and Reliance Jio.”
The company chairman said that after the merger with Aircel, the combined entity will be among the top operators in 12 circles in India. He said that within 90 days of launch, the subscriber base of the company’s 4G services had already crossed the 1 million customer-mark using over 1GB data.


He also expressed confidence that the company’s debt will be cut by 75 percent within a year.

Reliance Jio 4G SIM Welcome Offer Has 4GB Limit – and Other Fine Print You Should Know

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At the launch announcement of Reliance Jio, a lot of big promises were made about how data is oxygen, and how India is going to move from Gandhi-giri to Data-giri. As a part of this, Reliance Jio introduced a free preview offer for all, under which anyone can get a Jio SIM from Monday and usage will be completely free and unlimited until December 31. Which is true, but there’s a catch – the unlimited offer actually has a 4GB limit on it, that’s revealed in the company’s plans details.

The good news is that this is a daily limit, post which the speed throttles to 128Kbps, and 4GB is a lot more than people typically use on mobile data every day. Compared to the truly unlimited Preview Offer that those with a Reliance Jio SIM until now have been enjoying though, it’s a very low number – and it also runs counter to the talk of Data-giri that we were hearing on Thursday.


In fact, after taking a closer look at the terms and conditions of the Jio plans, it’s clear that there is a lot of fine print that is there. At the end of the day, Jio is still offering a better deal than most competitors, but it’s not really undercutting them as much as it seemed to be. What do we mean?

Let’s start with one of the big talking points from the launch – that Jio will be charged at Rs. 50/ GB, along with unlimited usage at night. Well, as it turns out, night is just 2AM to 5AM – just three hours, and that too at very inconvenient timings. Yes, the idea is to offer free connectivity at the time when the network load is the lowest, and yes, you can schedule your system updates, torrents, or YouTube downloads to take place between these hours and save some money when downloading, but it still feels a little misleading to tom-tom free nighttime usage, and then offer only this.


Secondly, that Rs. 50 per GB figure flies out the window when you consider the entry level plan offers only 300MB, for Rs. 149; in short that’s around Rs. 450 per GB. The Rs. 499 plan does offer 4GB, or a little over Rs. 100 per GB; but it also offers 8GB of usage on Reliance Jio’s Wi-Fi hotspots (which are still rolling out) which brings the value to Rs. 40 per GB. Again, it feels a little misleading, because the hotspots are going to come up in schools, colleges, and other public spaces – in other words, many of Reliance’s users are never going to use this data.


One interesting piece of news in all this though is that Reliance Jio reserves the right to amend/ extend the special benefits for the existing customers beyond 31st December 2016, in case they are not able to get adequate experience of seamless connectivity across network due to limited interconnects. That sounds like a clear shot across the bows from Reliance Jio to the other telcos – saying that ‘if you don’t (finally) give us the interconnects we need, we’ll just keep letting customers enjoy free services, so they flock to our network and leave yours.’

Users can start enrolling from Monday, September 5, and students will get an extra 25 percent data allowance – so buy a 4GB pack, for example, and you’ll get a 5GB limit instead. And until December 31, all users can use up to 4GB a day, without paying anything.

Wynyard Group inks deal with Motorola

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The chief executive of the crime analytic software company, Craig Richardson, said Wynyard was going to focus first on selling its software to Motorola’s 12,000 customers in the US, which include small enforcement agencies that probably would not otherwise be able to afford Wynyard’s software.

Mr Richardson said Wynyard was not changing its revenue forecast for the current year, as it was going to take a few months to scale up to meet the larger market opportunity, which he estimated was between $US600 and $US800 million.

“This will be a slow burn, slow ramp-up. We’ve already agreed some minimum revenue requirements this year and we’ve already built those into our forecasts for the year.”

Nexus 6 Sale At Google, Motorola, Amazon And Best Buy: $499 Deal For Project Fi Compatible Smartphone

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If you were thinking about buying the Nexus 6, now is the perfect time. Several retailers currently have the smartphone on sale for $150 off.

Customers can purchase the 32GB Nexus 6 from Google, Motorola and Amazon for Best Buy for  $499. Best Buy is also offering the Sprint Nexus 6 for $199.99 with a two-year contract, a $50 discount from its original price. The 64GB Nexus 6 is selling for $549 from these retailers.

Keep in mind that Google is offering free shipping with its deal, and the discount on Motorola runs through June 23. It is not known when the deals on Google, Amazon or Best Buy will conclude.

Retailers may be looking to take advantage of current and upcoming events like graduation season and Father’s Day. But the Nexus 6 may also be on sale because of the impending launch of Google’s Project Fi mobile network. Many people who signed up are already beginning to receive invites and Google says all invites should be sent by mid-summer.

The Nexus 6 is currently the only smartphone compatible with Project Fi, so if you don’t have the smartphone now and want to sign up for Project Fi, you will have to buy one. The discounted price also applies to customers purchasing the Nexus 6 from Google, through Project Fi. Project Fi customers who bought the Nexus 6 say they received a “Project Fi Welcome Kit” with their order, which includes a Nexus 6 case, a pair of headphones, and a 6,000mAh external battery.

Some who already had a Nexus 6 handset indicated that they didn’t receive a welcome kit, but instead got an email stating they would receive $150 credit on the next Project Fi bill due to the current discount.

Live markets: Rupee closes 8 paise stronger against US dollar at 63.84

Live markets: Rupee closes 8 paise stronger against US dollar at 63.84
5:00pm: The Indian rupee closes stronger against the US dollar at 63.84, against its previous close of 63.92.
3:30pm: The S&P BSE Sensex closes rebounds from 8-month lows hit in the previous session and advanced 1.36%, or 359.25 points, to close at 26,840.50, while the Nifty gained 1.27%, or 102.05 points, to end at 8,124.45.
3:05pm: The S&P BSE Sensex is trading 1.54%, or 408.20 points, higher at 26,889.45, while the CNX Nifty gains 1.47%, or 118.10 points, to 8,140.50.
2:18pm: The S&P BSE Sensex is now trading at 26,794.92, up 313.67 points, or 1.18%.
2:00pm: Cairn India shares gain as much as 12.2% a day after it saw selling pressure in the wake of Vedanta merger reports. The stock had lost 4.5% on Tuesday.
1:40pm: SpiceJet shares gain 0.3% after a news report said the airline plans to lease Airbus Group SE jets for the first time after lessors withdrew some planes from the carrier’s fleet.
The airline, which currently operates Boeing Co. 737 and Bombardier Inc. aircraft, plans to bring in at least two Airbus A320 jets through the so-called “wet-lease” mode, said the people, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public. In that method, the leasing company also provides pilots and crew along with the planes.
1:25pm: The S&P BSE Sensex gains 298.41 points, or 1.13%, to 26,779.66.
1:15pm: Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) shares gain as much as 2.7% after the company said it has launched investor meetings to raise funds through dollar bonds.
This will be the company’s first foreign currency bond issue and is likely to be launched later this week, subject to market conditions.
1:00pm: Tata Motors is trading up 1.5%. The company, together with Diesel & Motor Engineering Plc (DIMO), has launched the all-new compact sedan Zest and the sporty hatchback Bolt in Sri Lanka. The company has launched the Zest in India in August 2014 and the Bolt in January 2015.
12:30pm: Rajesh Exports is currently trading at Rs.241, up 1.5%, after the company said it bagged an export order worth Rs.1,302 crore from Al Jameelat Jewellery, UAE. Execution of this order will significantly add to the company’s profit.
12:10pm: Punjab National Bank rises 1.5% after the lender inked an MoU with the Indian Army for defence salary package. The first MoU between PNB and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was valid for a period of three years. The MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families.
11:48am: The S&P BSE Sensex is trading stable at 26,747.82, up 266.57 points, or 1.01%.
11:40am: Sugar stocks jump after the Cabinet approved interest-free loans of Rs6,000 crore for sugar mills. Shree Renuka Sugars climbs 12%, Bajaj Hindusthan surges 10.7%, Dhampur Sugar is up 7%, Balrampur Chini Mills up 7%, Triveni Engineering 6%.
11:20am: Indian sovereign bonds due in 2024 fell, pushing the yield toward a six-month high, as rising oil prices and the prospect of inadequate rains spurred inflation concern. The yield on the sovereign debt due July 2024, the current 10-year benchmark, rose 2 basis points to 7.99%..
11:00am: The BSE Sensex is now trading up 253.59 points, or 0.96%, at 26,734.84.
10:45am: Bharti Airtel is currently trading at Rs.415.95, up 2%. The telecom company has entered into partnership with Motorola to provide 4G services on new Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G smartphone available on Flipkart.
10:30am: DLF rises 2.7% after its subsidiary, DLF Utilities, entered into definitive agreement to sell its cinema exhibition business operated under the brand name of DT Cinemas to PVR on a slump sale basis for an aggregate consideration of approximately Rs.500 crore.
10:10am: UBS cuts target for NSE index Nifty to 8,400 from 9,200, saying El Nino and monsoon forecasts are raising concerns for India’s inflation. UBS adds that expectations in terms of pace of growth recovery need a further reset downwards, leading to continued near-term consolidation.
10:00am: Sun Pharma Advanced Research Co. Ltd gains as much as 7.8% to Rs.437.95 after Sun Pharmaceutical Industries was issued licences for Xelpros eye drops for the US market.
9:55am: Shares of DB Realty Ltd climb as much as 8.3% to Rs.67 apiece. Piramal Realty is in talks with DB Group to acquire a prime sea-facing, 2.2 acre plot of land at Marine Lines in south Mumbai for over Rs.1,000 crore, according to a news report.
9:46am: The S&P BSE Sensex is now trading at 26,762.01, up 280.76 points, or 1.06%.
9:35am: PVR Ltd gains as much as 5.5% to Rs.703.3 after it agreed to buy the cinema exhibition business of DLF Ltd, the country’s largest developer, for Rs.500 crore. DT Cinemas has 29 screens with approximately 6,000 seats at eight locations in the NCR and Chandigarh.
9:27am: All the sectoral indices are trading in green. The BSE Realty index is the top sectoral gainer, up 0.82%, followed by the capital goods index, up 0.78%.
9.22am: The Sensex is trading up 0.87%, or 229.59 points, at 26,710.84 points, while the National Stock Exchange’s broader barometer 50-share Nifty is up 0.73%, or 58.85 points, at 8,081.25.
9:21am: The equity stocks markets are trading higher led by gains in capital goods and banking stocks.
9:20am: The yield on India’s 10-year benchmark bond is trading at 7.8% compared with its Tuesday’s close of 7.79%.
9:18am: The rupee weakens to 64.03 per dollar compared with its previous close of 63.92, tracking losses in Asian currencies.
9:15am: The dollar strengthens to 124.53 yen from 124.38 yen. The euro is little changed at $1.129.
9:12am: Benchmark US crude gains 62 cents to $60.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude rises 48 cents at $64.88 in London.
9:08am: Global stock-index compiler MSCI said Chinese stocks will be included in its global benchmarks after a few issues related to market accessibility are resolved. After the result of the annual review was announced, the Shanghai benchmark opened slightly lower but soon recovered the loss.
9:03am: Japan’s Nikkei 225 adds 0.4% to 20,173.55 and South Korea’s Kospi inches up 0.1% to 2,065.05. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is up 0.3% to 27,064.49, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 is down 0.1% at 5,465.30. The Shanghai Composite in mainland China is flat at 5,112.73.
9:00am: Asian stock markets trade higher after Wall Street steadied and index compiler MSCI signalled Chinese shares will eventually be included in global benchmarks, a development that could attract more portfolio capital to the region.
8:55am: Wall Street closed little changed on Tuesday. The Standard and Poor’s 500 picked up 0.87 of a point to finish at 2,080.15. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 2.51 points, less than 0.1%, to 17,764.04 while the Nasdaq composite lost 7.76 points, or 0.2%, to 5,013.87.

Enter the dragon: Chinese phones swamp the Indian market

Enter the dragon: Chinese phones swamp the Indian market
The second wave of Chinese smartphone brands arrived in India over the past couple of weeks. Chinese smartphone companies Meizu, Coolpad and Phicomm joined Lenovo, OnePlus, Huawei, Gionee and Xiaomi in the Indian market.
Analysis and advisory firm International Data Corporation’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker report released in May indicates that the Chinese market is heading towards saturation and rapid growth would be hard to achieve at least for the next couple of years. The total number of smartphones shipped in China in the first quarter of 2015 was 98.8 million units, which is a 4% decline compared to the same period in 2014. This is also forcing Chinese brands to look beyond their borders.
“Besides, there are three very distinctive features about the Indian market right now which is luring international brands. First, India has the world’s largest youth population. Second, India is currently witnessing the biggest shift in the number of people entering the middle class with an increased disposable income. Finally, India has the third biggest and exponentially growing Internet population with 100 million online users,” says Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head.
A report published in May by Gartner, a US-based information technology research and advisory firm, says that 460,261,700 smartphone units were shipped globally in the first quarter of this year. Chinese brands feature prominently, with Lenovo (4.2% share), Huawei (4% share) and Xiaomi (3.2% share) among the top 10 brands.
India is the second largest smartphone market, in terms of smartphone shipments. Phicomm’s CEO Zheng Min says, “Being a Chinese brand is not a limitation any more (in India). According to reports from leading research partners such as Gartner, Chinese brands are gaining higher market share and are playing an increasingly important role in the global mobile phone market.”
However, the IDC’s India Smartphone Market Contracts report for the fourth quarter of 2014, released in February, says that Micromax (18% market share) and Intex (8% market share) are the leading Indian brands. Xiaomi has 4% market share, and is the only brand doing well among the Chinese imports.
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Motorola, a US-brand, which launched the successful Moto E and Moto G smartphones in 2014, actually kick-started the entire movement of offering much higher quality phones at affordable prices. The Chinese brands immediately caught on to that trend. Not many Chinese brands are competing in the high-end smartphone segment in India, and are instead focusing their attention on higher sale volumes rather profit.
The only way for the phone companies to grow is to convince the less expensive feature (keypad) phone users to upgrade to smartphones and this is the target audience for most Chinese companies in India. “The reason why brands are more bullish about India is because it is a virgin market compared to global markets which are more saturated now. Many people here are still using feature phones,” says Vikas Agarwal, general manager, India, OnePlus.
India is the first international market for a brand like Coolpad. It owns a bunch of patents on 4G technology, and coming to India at a time when 4G networks are slowly being rolled out in various circles across tye country was a strategic move. “Indian smartphone market is expected to explode in the next five years and this will coincide with the large 4G LTE wave. We are leaders in China in the 4G LTE segment and want to leverage our innovation and scale in India,” says Varun Sharma, CEO, Coolpad Dazen India.
Before the arrival of companies such as Lenovo and Xiaomi, smartphone buyers in India were generally sceptical about Chinese phones because of perceived quality and reliability issues. “Till a few years back, the general perception was that Chinese companies stood for only low quality and low-priced products, which is not true. China today is the manufacturing hub in the world, and manufactures almost everything from the lowest quality products to the highest quality ones,” says Xiaomi’s Jain.
India vs China equation
Despite the arrival of Chinese brands, Indian brands have an edge over the Chinese rivals in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
“Current sales and market share numbers clearly highlight the lead which Indian players are enjoying over their Chinese counterparts. India is a complex market and to be a serious player nationally, one has to adopt multiple distribution models with strong after-sales support network. That is an area where Indian manufacturers have a distinct advantage,” says Keshav Bansal, director, Intex Technologies India Ltd.
In India most Chinese brands are not spending on advertising, but use other methods, such as exclusive partnerships with online retailers, and flash sales, an e-commerce model where a product is available on a particular date and time for a limited period. However, both methods can be frustrating for buyers, and they end up opting for an alternative phone that is readily available. While Xiaomi championed the case for online only and flash sales, the company is slowly transitioning towards selling its products through offline stores as well. “We started with online-only model with Flipkart, and later on expanded to Snapdeal and Amazon. We are also piloting our offline sales in India with The Mobile Store and Airtel stores,” says Xiaomi’s Jain.
Coolpad is relying on Snapdeal to reach out to consumers in over 300 Indian cities and OnePlus has an exclusive tie-up with Amazon.
The online channel has its advantages for players who are still trying to understand the market. Coolpad’s Sharma points out, “In the initial stages, it is difficult to estimate the demand and supply. Putting up a sale on a given date at a given time helps us assess the kind of demand that is there and also helps us wrap up supply quickly.”
And there are cost and logistics challenges that force smartphone brands to take the online-only route. “We will continue to sell online. First, we cannot operate in the offline market because the cost structure is very high there. Second, we believe online is going to be the market of the future. The customers are more tech and Internet savvy and like to buy online, adds OnePlus’ Agarwal.
Who will survive?
One critical aspect for Chinese brands is the after-sales service. “For all Chinese brands centred in India, in the last year or so, after-sales service has been the single biggest issue. Social forums are buzzing with consumer complaints. We are coming with four times as many service centres as any of the big Chinese brands in India,” adds Coolpad’s Sharma. “We have about 100 service centres all over India, including tier 2 cities,” adds Phicomm’s Zheng Min.
Players who have better products and services will eventually survive in the market but will the first-mover advantage tilt the balance in favour of Xiaomi, Gionee, Lenovo?
Xiaomi believes they have an edge. “Since we entered India considerably earlier than others, we have a very good understanding of the needs of the Indian consumers. This should help us in building more and more India specific products,” Jain points out.

Photos of alleged Motorola Moto X 3rd Gen frame show possible fingerprint reader

Motorola Moto X 3rd Gen 2015 frame leak

Like most OEMs, Motorola has had a really hard time keeping their flagships under wraps. Whether it was the first gen Moto X or the Moto X 2nd Gen, we got glimpses of these devices months before their official unveilings. As we approach the year anniversary of last year’s Moto X 2014, we know it’s just a matter of time before things start popping up around the net. Sure enough, blogs overseas are already churning, revealing a few images of what could be this year’s Motorola Moto X 2015.

Chinese site MyDrivers is back once again, showing what they believe are a few images of the next-gen Moto X, well, its chassis anyway. Other than giving us a look at the basic outline of the device, the frame has a peculiar cut out just below the camera hole. It’s rather square in shape, leading some to believe that the phone’s “M” logo will act as a fingerprint scanner. Other than that, not much else was revealed from this leak.

Current rumors point to Motorola delivering 2 flagship models — a 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch Moto X — both with quad HD displays. Other specs are more iffy with Motorola’s CMO talking about how the Moto X 3rd Gen will “bring it” in terms of camera quality and even says more manual controls are on the way. With Google ready to embrace USB Type C, we hope this — along with a much larger battery — will be included on the device.

Hopefully we’ll learn more about the 3rd Gen Moto X in the coming days/weeks. What would you guys like to see on the phone for you to consider purchasing?

Moto G 3rd Generation India launch in 3-4 weeks


Motorola’s next mid-range phone Moto G 3rd generation will be launched by Flipkart in India by the end of this month or in the first week of July, according to industry sources.

The pricing of the G3 will be in the Rs 14,000 range, according to a source.

No information, however, could be gathered about the specifications of the upcoming Moto G 3, but two features are considered nearly certain – 4G LTE and a full-HD display.

The current Moto G 2, which was launched in September last year, was priced at Rs 12,999 and has 16 GB of inbuilt memory. It is not clear whether the minimum memory will be increased to 32 GB in the 3rd Generation, and most sources called that unlikely.

Moto G is the mid-ranking of the three core offerings from Motorola (now a part of Lenovo) in India. The Moto E, priced in the Rs 7,000 range, caters to the entry level, while the Moto X caters to the high-end crowd.

Moto G is supposed to be the perfect mix of affordability and features.

The Moto G has largely lived up to that expectation, especially in the early stages of the phone’s life. The current Moto G 2, for example, was considered value for money when it was launched about ten months ago.

However, subsequent launches of the Lenovo A6000 Plus, Lenovo A7000 and RedMi 2 have taken the sheen off the ‘G’ over the last five months.

These models have brought what were considered mid-range attributes — 4G LTE and HD displays — to the entry level market, disrupting the positioning of the Moto G.

However, the 3rd Generation of the phone will address those issues and will be very similar to recently launched Xiaomi Mi 4i and Asus Zenfone 2, both of which come with 4G LTE and full HD displays, while costing in the Rs 13,000 to 15,000 range.

The most popular Rs 14,999 model of Asus Zenfone 2 has seen extreme demand and is currently out of stock on Flipkart, the authorized seller. Even the Mi 4i has seen brisk offtake, and is also not available for ready purchase from Flipkart.

In addition, the biggest player in the entry-level 4G market in India – Lenovo – is unlikely to spoil Motorola’s party in the mid-range in the same way it disrupted its entry-level market as Motorola is now integrated with Lenovo. Earlier, both were operating as independent businesses though Lenovo had started the acquisition process.

As a result, the Moto G 3rd Generation will see huge demand if the company manages to actually put the phones up for sale within the next 3-4 weeks as suggested. Otherwise, competition would carve out the market before Moto has a chance to say ‘me too!’

Meanwhile, ZTE Corp, which has been largely absent in the slugfest that is the mass-market smartphone market of India, has made a splash by launching India’s cheapest 4G smartphone – the ZTE Blade Qlux, at a price of just Rs 4,999. That is a full Rs 2,000 less than the price of the Yu Yuphoria, arguably the best value-for-money, entry-level 4G smartphone in India.

In other words, if Moto delays the launch of its Moto G for long, it may find itself too late to the mid-range party, which Xiaomi and Asus have already started.

Micromax Yu and Huawei are also expected to launch their own full-HD, 4G-enabled handsets in the Rs 14,000 range in July.
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