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JioPhone Leads Feature Phone Market in India

Brokerage firm CLSA’s telecom sector outlook for February 2019 noted that Jio will lead the subscriber market share in the current year

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Reliance Jio. Source: www.reliancejio.website

With a 30 per cent market share, Reliance JioPhone became the leading feature phone brand in India in the first quarter of 2019, Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

While the smartphone market offers a big opportunity, one can’t ignore the 400 million feature phones users in the Indian market which too is likely to stay for the next five years in India, said Counterpoint’s “India Smartphone Market Share Q1 2019” report.

Samsung stood second in the feature phone category with a share of 15 per cent while domestic handset maker LAVA grabbed the third spot with a market share of 13 per cent.

Unlike the smartphone market, which contracted for the first time in 2018, the feature phone market has continued to grow over the last three years, the report said.

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Jio services now include attractive lifestyle products as well. (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier in March, a Counterpoint Research report estimated that in 2019, a little more than 400 million feature phones would be sold globally. Further, feature phone shipments are expected to cross one billion units by 2021.

Brokerage firm CLSA’s telecom sector outlook for February 2019 noted that Jio will lead the subscriber market share in the current year.

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In its India Telecom report, CLSA said mobile subscribers in February increased by 2 million to 1,184 million, with Reliance Jio adding 80 lakh new subscribers. Jio now has a customer base of 30.6 crore in the country. (IANS)

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Nokia Launches Nokia 3.2 in India

The smartphone is available in black and steel colour variants in top mobile retail outlets across India and on Nokia’s website from May 23

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Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
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HMD Global, the house of Nokia phones, on Tuesday launched the Nokia 3.2 smartphone with a 6.26-inch HD+ display and about two-day battery life in India.

While the 2GB RAM+16GB internal storage variant of the phone is priced at Rs 8,990, the 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant would cost Rs 10,790.

“From biometric face unlock and AI-powered features like ‘Adaptive Battery’ to a more modern and personal way to interact with your smartphone through the dedicated Google Assistant button, you won’t be held back by the Nokia 3.2,” said Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global.

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Representational image. (IANS)

The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 chipset and runs Android 9 Pie.

The Nokia 3.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme.

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The smartphone is available in black and steel colour variants in top mobile retail outlets across India and on Nokia’s website from May 23. (IANS)

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