Handsets

  • Low-cost Android handsets drive smartphone sales: Report May 29, 2014

    Washington: Global smartphone sales will jump 23 per cent this year to more than 1.2 billion units, fuelled by growth of low-cost handsets in emerging markets, a research firm said Wednesday. An IDC survey said smartphone sales will maintain an annual growth rate of 12.3 per cent through 2018. Much of the...
  • Nokia says handset business sale to Microsoft completed April 25, 2014

    Helsinki: Nokia said Friday it has completed the 5.44 billion-euro ($7.5 billion) sale of its troubled cellphone and services division to Microsoft Corp., ending a chapter in the former world leading cellphone maker's history that began with paper making in 1865. The closure of the deal, which includes a license to...
  • Nokia-Microsoft deal expected to close on April 25 April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Nokia said it expects the sale of its handset business to Microsoft to be finalised on April 25, as it had received all the required regulatory approvals. The closure of the 5.4 billion euro deal, which was agreed in September, had been delayed due to pending approvals, but earlier...
  • BlackBerry may consider exiting handset business April 10, 2014

    New York: BlackBerry Ltd would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,"...
  • Gionee aims to be one of the top 7 handset makers in India February 23, 2014

    Barcelona: Chinese handset maker Gionee is aiming to be one of the top seven players in India by the end of this year. "We have been receiving very good response for our smartphone range. The E Life series is very popular with camera savvy people. We are aiming to be...
  • Nokia shareholders approve sale of handset business to Microsoft November 20, 2013

    Helsinki: Nokia shareholders approved the sale of the company's mobile phone business to Microsoft, deciding the deal's financial benefits outweighed objections by a minority of investors upset by the sale of a Finnish national asset. An overwhelming majority of shareholders at a meeting in Helsinki on Tuesday supported the deal, according...
  • New radiation rule on mobile handsets effective from September 1 September 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Companies manufacturing or importing mobile phones for sale in India will have to ensure that the handsets are compliant with new radiation norms that will be effective from September 1. As per the new rule put in place by Telecom Ministry, the exposure of...
  • Nokia 105: Nokia launches cheapest entry level handset at Rs 1,249 April 10, 2013

    Hyderabad: Mobile phone maker Nokia today announced the launch of its most affordable handset - Nokia 105 - in the Indian market aimed at first time buyers. Priced at Rs 1,249, the phone is a colourful introduction to the Nokia range for first time buyers and is lowest priced colour...
  • Nokia still the Indian mobile phone market leader with 21.8 pc share April 2, 2013

    Mumbai: Mobile handset sales in India grew 20.8 per cent to 221.6 million units in 2012, driven by a strong growth in the smartphone category, according to a study. The handset sales in the Asia's third largest economy stood at 183.4 million in 2011, said the study by CyberMedia Research...
  • Nokia announces insurance scheme against mobile handset theft, accidental damage March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Mobile handset maker Nokia India announced insurance scheme against mobile handset theft and accidental damage, in partnership with insurance firm New India Assurance. "Through this initiative, our effort is to address one of the major concern of mobile phone buyers and enhance their buying experience with us. Insurance...
  • Samsung sells 500 handsets every minute January 7, 2013

    Seoul: Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.1 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets every minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes for mobile devices, including those for rival Apple Inc products. That run...
  • Samsung aims at 50 per cent share of India's handset market by 2013 December 2, 2012

    Kolkata: South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung is aiming to capture 50 per cent market share in value terms of India's overall mobile phone market by 2013, a top executive of the company said here Friday. Currently, the electronics major enjoys 40 per cent share of the country's Rs 45,000-crore handset...
  • Windows Phone 8 users complain about random reboots, poor battery life November 19, 2012

    New Delhi: It's not even been a month that Windows phone 8 handsets hit store shelves and users have started complaining about Windows Phone 8-powered HTC and Nokia handsets. In a thread over at WPCentral with over 143 replies, numerous HTC 8X users have reported that handsets randomly reboot while...
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Beam GT I8530 October 7, 2012

    Samsung Galaxy Beam is not the first projector phone in India. Many Indian brands like Intex and Spice have tried it with their feature phones. However, Samsung Galaxy Beam is the first projector smartphone with Android operating system. The phone takes the whole game several notches higher by not just offering...
  • Manufacturers have to phase out old phones by Aug 2013 August 27, 2012

    A copy of a note by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to mobile phone manufacturers, which was reviewed by Mint, gives the manufacturers a year more before their handsets that are not in line with the new radiation norms are phased out. This is the latest in an ongoing attempt...
  • Nokia likely to announce Windows Phone 8 handsets July 29, 2012

    New Delhi: There are rumours that the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia is expected to hold a "World Event" to showcase the first two Windows Phone 8 handsets. And if at all Nokia releases its Windows Phone 8 based devices- Lumia 910 and Lumia 920 – at this point of...
  • Samsung buys chipmaker CSR's handset technology July 17, 2012

    London: British chip firm CSR has sold its mobile phone connectivity and location technology to Samsung for $310 million in cash in a deal that boosts the South Korean company's patent portfolio. Samsung will also invest $34.4 million in buying a 4.9 per cent stake in CSR at a price of...
  • India mobile handset revenues drop 5 per cent July 10, 2012

    Bangalore: The Indian mobile handset market saw a drop of five per cent in revenues during 2011-12 to Rs 31,215 crore from Rs 33,031 crore a year ago, according to an annual survey. The survey by the journal Voice & Data attributes this drop to de-growth...
  • Xage launches the M198 EKA handset at Rs 1,349 July 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The phone comes in two different colours - white and black. White color handset gives a very sophisticated and classy look while the black one is very traditional and common. The phone has a 1.8-inch wide color screen display. It supports microSD Card up to 8GB which helps...
  • Will RIM's cash hold out long enough? July 1, 2012

    Toronto: For the next year or two, Research In Motion Ltd is as much about preserving cash as about selling BlackBerrys. Its very survival depends on it. The company, which released dreadful quarterly results on Thursday and delayed the launch of the next-generation BlackBerry 10s until early 2013, is frantically cutting...
  • Microsoft won't make Windows Phone 8 handsets June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: After Microsoft pulled a fast one on OEM's by launching their own homegrown tablet PC, we couldn’t help but speculate whether they’ll pull off the same stunt with Windows Phone 8, as well. We know that Nokia is one of the biggest allies, when it comes to delivering...
  • RIM considers splitting business in two: Report June 25, 2012

    London: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is considering splitting its business in two, separating its struggling handset manufacturing division from its messaging network, The Sunday Times reported. RIM, which last month hired JP Morgan and RBC Capital to look at its strategic options, could break off its handset division into a...
  • Handset Review: Lava Xolo X900 June 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Xolo X90 is not merely a product coming out from Lava, but it is importantly Intel's entry (or should we say re-entry) into the smartphone segment. Intel used to have a processor for PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) way back in 1996. So let's look at how Intel has fared...
  • Review: BlackBerry Curve 9220 is value for money May 21, 2012

    New Delhi: If you are looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, which not only has a solid form factor and rich features, but also has some brand value attached to it, then you should not ignore RIM's BlackBerry Curve 9220. The company launched this feature-rich affordable smartphone last month, and after...
  • Samsung beats Nokia as world's top handset maker April 27, 2012

    Seoul: South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co overtook Nokia as the world's top handset maker for the first time in the first quarter, ending the Finnish firm's 14-year reign, a report by research firm Strategy Analytics showed on Friday. Samsung sold 93.5 million handsets in the first quarter, taking 25.4 percent of...
  • Panasonic to shift mobile handset production April 1, 2012

    Tokyo: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp is expected to shift all production of its mobile phone handsets abroad as early as this summer as it looks to re-enter overseas markets this fiscal year, the Nikkei daily said on Sunday. Panasonic, which is to post a record loss of 780 billion yen...
  • 'NFC phone sales to jump to 100 mn in 2012' March 27, 2012

    Sweden: Some 100 million cellphones using Near-field Communication (NFC) technology will be sold this year, with sales more than tripling from a year ago, research firm Berg Insight said on Monday. Handset vendors released more than 40 NFC-enabled models in 2011, hoping to tap emerging market for mobile payments. NFC enables data...
  • Alcatel One Touch launches 12 Android handsets March 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Alcatel One Touch has introduced 12 Android-based smartphones at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain. Alcatel One Touch, a brand of China based TCL Communication, introduced its costliest phone 'Ultra 995' which will cost close to Rs 15,000 and will have a 4.3-inch screen with 800x480...
  • G'Five slashes mobile handset prices by up to 30 pc January 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Mobile handset maker G'Five today said it has slashed product prices between 10-30 per cent across the board against the current trend of hiking rates by competitors due to depreciating rupee. "G'Five is one of the biggest manufacture of mobile handsets in China. Unlike...
  • Micromax eyes entry into bn dollar revenue club January 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Fresh from a management rejig and a shift in strategy to enhance focus on smarter devices, homegrown handset maker Micromax is now looking at joining the billion dollar revenue club in the next few years. The company recently roped in senior executives from Airtel, HTC and Sony Ericsson to...