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Union Budget 2016-2017:Mobile phones and Tablets prices likely to go up

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The Indian government has made some minor but key changes in duties, allowing a greater push to local manufacturing by making import of full accessories expensive.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today presented Union Budget 2016-2017 in Parliament today. As expected, the minister announced several measures to push local manufacturing in India. The government has proposed to make import of accessories such as wired headsets and speakers and battery expensive whilst concessions on importing inputs, parts and components, subparts for local assembling or manufacturing. End user products such as batteries, chargers, set top boxes and laptops come under the purview of the new efforts.

The budget 2016-2017 presented today announced withdrawing exemption of BCD (Basic Customs Duty) , CV duty (Countervailing duties (CVDs), popularly known as anti-subsidy duties), SAD (Special Additional Duty) from devices such as charger, battery and wired headsets/speakers for manufacturing of handsets in India. The government has proposed levying BCD, CVD at 12.5 percent and SAD at 4 percent. At the same time, the government has withdrawn these taxes from inputs, parts and components, subparts of charger/adapter, battery and wired headsets/speakers for local manufacturing.

Duty on import of parts and components, subparts for manufacturing of broadband Modems, Set-top boxes for Internet, set top boxes, digital video recorder (DVR) /network video recorder (NVR), CCTV camera / IP camera, lithium ion battery (other than those for mobile phones) has been removed. While BCD on E-Readers has been increased, BCD on parts of e-readers has been decreased to 5 percent.

The government has also withdrawn exemption of SAD on populated PCBs for manufacture of personal computers in the country. It has proposed 4 percent of duty on these devices. It’s notable the FM also announced withdrawing the duty on populated PCBs for mobile phones and tablets. It has proposed a concessional SAD on such devices for local manufacturing.

Even as smartphone makers adapt to the new duty structure, you can expect prices of your mobile phones and laptops that are not manufactures in India to go higher. It may be possible that the manufacturers may pass on new tax burden on to the end users.

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Apple Announced iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, Pencil

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The specs of almost all the new Apple products seem to be in line with the leaks and speculations that were circulating in the online world.

At its annual event,Aplle announced their product line up as well as upgrades to several existing products.

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Apple  has unveiled two new devices, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus which have a new display technology called 3D Touch or Force Touch display technology. This enables the display to differentiate between a light and a hard touch to initiate a particular action like opening music or a messenger app. Apple Watch was the first device to use this technology.

This year Apple has given its new iPhones a major upgrade in camera department as compared to all its previous models. Both 6S and 6S Plus have 12 megapixel rear camera that can also record videos in 4K resolution, a feature that has been available on iPhones since last year. On the front, they have a 5 megapixel camera.

Both the phones have a new 64-bit A9 chipset that is claimed to be 70 per cent faster at carrying out processes and a new graphic processor that is said to be 90 per cent faster as compared to that of iPhone 6. They will run on iOS 9,Apple’s latest version of operating system it will be released on September 16 as a free download to users of existing Apple  devices. Similar to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the two new smartphones unveiled also have the same screen size and resolution. Apple iPhone 6S has a 4.7-inch HD screen while 6S Plus has a 5.5-inch Full HD screen.

Apple said the locked versions of iPhone 6s and 6S Plus will cost the same as their predecessors and will be available in three variants. The 16, 64 and 128GB variants of iPhone 6S will cost $199, $299 and $399 on contract respectively, while the same storage variants of iPhone 6S Plus  Plus have been priced at $299, $399 and $499 respectively.

The unlocked iPhone 6S Plus will cost $649, $749 and $849 for the 16, 32, and 64GB variants respectively. Similarly, the iPhone 6S Plus unlocked models will cost $749, $849 and $949 for the three storage options.

The new iPhones will go on sale from September 12; one can pre-order it from September 12 in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. It is expected that both the new iPhones will be made available in India by Diwali time though we don’t have a confirmation for the same.

Cloud services

At the event, Apple  also announced that ICloud  will now be cheaper, priced at 99 cents per month for 50GB of cloud storage. For 200GB and 1TB of cloud storage, users will have to shell out $2.99 and $9.99, respectively.

Tablets

To cheer up the enterprise customers, Apple  has unveiled iPad Pro tablet that has a 12.9 inch screen and is powered by the new A9X chip from Apple  which the company claims improves the performance by 1.8 times over the existing second-generation 64-bit A8X chip that runs iPad Air 2..

As far as retail customers are concerned, Apple  has not disappointed them either.Apple‘s new iPad mini 4 has also been unveiled at the event with a price tag of is priced at $399.

Pen and Accessory

Apple has also launched a stylus dubbed Apple Pencil. It has been priced at $99. It can be used along with iPad. Along with that company has also launched a Smart Keyboard which can fold up to become the iPad Pro cover.

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Samsung Launched Tab A and Tab E Android Tablets At Rs 20,500 and 16,900

Samsung has launched two new budget tablets in India named the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E. They have been priced at Rs 20,500 and Rs 16,900 respectively. Both of them come with voice calling support. The Galaxy Tab A is a 4G enabled tablet whereas the Galaxy Tab E is a 3G tablet. The Galaxy Tab A will be made available across all retail channels by end of this week whereas the Galaxy Tab E will be made available exclusively through Flipkart by June-end.

Talking about the Galaxy Tab A, it comes with an 8-inch XGA TFT display. It has a 4:3 display ratio and a 7.5mm thick frame. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and is one the few tablets that come with 4G connectivity. It is the only 4G tablet you can buy that costs around the Rs 20,000 mark. Both the tablets will get an optional non-slip fabric style cover. Here’s a look at their specifications:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A specifications:

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8.0-inch TFT display, 1024 x 768 pixelsAndroid 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz UIQualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB RAM16GB internal storage, expandable with microSD card (up to 128GB)5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-USB connectivity4,200 mAh battery

It will be available in smoky titanium and white colours.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E specifications:

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9.6-inch TFT display, 1280 x 800 pixelsAndroid 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI, no word on Lollipop updateQualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB RAM8GB internal storage, expandable with microSD card (up to 128GB)5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-USB connectivity5,000 mAh battery

It will be available in metallic black and pearl white colour options.

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Microsoft Patenered with 20 OEM’s To pre-install office Apps and Skype on Android Tablets

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Microsoft is expanding the reach of its Office apps and Skype to more partners. The software giant will pre-install the Office and Skype apps on Android tablets from OEMs like LG, Sony, Haier and others.

Under the new partnership, Office apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoints, OneNote, OneDrive along with Skype will be pre-installed on a total of 20 partners. Microsoft noted that the apps will arrive on a new upcoming LG tablet as well as the new Sony Xperia Z4 tablet over the next 3 months. The company has reached to a total of 31 partners with this agreement.

Earlier in March, Microsoft partnered with with global OEMs Samsung and Dell, eight regional OEMs and top original device manufacturer Pegatron to pre-install Office apps and services on Android devices. The latest move comes in line with the “mobile-first, cloud-first” strategy that is initiated by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Just few days back Microsoft announced that its digital voice assistant Cortana is coming to Android and iOS.

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iBall Slide i701 with 7-inch Display Quadcore Processor Windows 8.1 Tablet now available At Ra 4,999

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iBall has launched the Slide i701, the company’s first Windows 8.1 tablet. It has a 7-inch IPS screen and is powered by an quad-core Intel Atom processor. It has a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGAl front-facing camera. It comes with free Microsoft Office license for one year and 1TB OneDrive cloud storage. No details about the display resolution and the processor model yet.

iBall Slide i701 specifications

7-inch HD IPS display
quad-core Intel Atom processor
1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with micro-SD slot
Windows 8.1 OS, upgradable to Windows 10 for free
2-megapixel rear camera
VGA front-facing camera
3G (via dongle), WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI, and microUSB
3200mAh battery
The iBall Slide i701 is priced at Rs. 4,999, making it the cheapest Windows 8.1 tablet in the world currently. It comes with a free back cover autographed by iBall’s ambassador Kareena Kapoor,  Free HDMI Cable worth Rs. 699 and three interchangeable protective covers worth Rs. 599. It is now  available through retail stores and e-commerce portals f

Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director iBall, said:

We are extremely elated to announce our latest Tablet iBall Slide i701 with the Industry giants Intel and Microsoft. It’s the World’s most economical Windows Tablet ever with price tag of Rs 4,999/- only. We are sure every customer will be delighted with this offering!

Rajiv Ahlawat, Devices Lead, Microsoft India said:

We are pleased to partner with iBall for the launch of the most affordable Windows tablet till date. Increasingly users want devices that are lightweight, affordable and easy to use while on-the-go, with no compromise in experience. The Tablet iBall Slide i701 allows multiple user accounts and comes with in-built anti- virus software. With this, we are literally re-imagining the personal computing segment and expect that consumer will find value in this product.

Amit Gupta, Director Business Development, Intel South Asia, said:

We would like to congratulate iBall on the launch of its latest Intel® Processor powered tablet. This tablet will offer consumers the optimal balance of performance, mobility and battery life along with a great value for money proposition.

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