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Samsung to Launch its Galaxy M31 Smartphone in India

Samsung Galaxy M31 arriving in India, price from Rs 15,999

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Samsung is all set to refresh its mid-price segment series Galaxy 'M' with the launch of Galaxy M31 smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung is all set to refresh its mid-price segment series Galaxy ‘M’ with the launch of Galaxy M31 smartphone, starting from approximately Rs 15,999 in India on February 25.

According to sources, Galaxy M31 will arrive in two variants — 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB.

Galaxy M31 with 64MP camera and a huge 6,000mAh battery will go on sale in the first week of March, sources told IANS on Monday.

In a strategic development, Galaxy M31 is likely to be made available at leading retail stores too, apart from Amazon.in and Samsung’s own online shop.

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Samsung last year introduced Galaxy M as an online-exclusive smartphone brand in India. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The device would also sport Samsung’s signature super-AMOLED display.

Samsung last year introduced Galaxy M as an online-exclusive smartphone brand in India.

Dubbed as India-first smartphones, Samsung launched six models – M10, M20, M30, M40, M10s and M30s — under the M series in 2019.

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According to industry analysts, Galaxy M helped Samsung gain tremendous market share in the online segment last year.

Galaxy M30s, launched ahead of festive season last year, was among the most successful Galaxy smartphones in 2019, with millions of units sold in a short span of time. (IANS)

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India’s Lockdown Disrupts Functioning of Amazon and Flipkart

Amazon India Delivery and functioning of Essential Goods via. E-commerce companies Disrupted

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India's coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart. Pixabay

India’s coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart, despite government assurances it would not, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Differing state and district level regulations relating to the 21-day lockdown, which began on Wednesday, are hindering operations, the sources said on Friday, with e-commerce firms finding it difficult to get curfew passes for delivery staff.

The disruptions highlight the difficulties of ensuring the supply of essential goods to 1.3 billion people during the shutdown in India, which has so far reported 724 cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths. Most of Amazon’s 60 plus fulfillment centers in India are shut and the U.S. company is in talks with state authorities to try to reopen them, three of the sources said. Industry executives say local authorities have not followed guidelines, stopping deliveries and warehouses from operating.

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A sign is lit on the facade of an Amazon fulfillment center. VOA

“It’s worse than one can think,” one source said, while a second added that only a “miniscule” number of Amazon warehouses were operating, citing this as a key reason for disruptions. Even when operations do begin to return to normal, it will only be in major cities, the second source added.

Amazon said in a statement that its top priority was to deliver the products which customers need the most and it was seeking urgent help from federal government and local authorities with detailed on-the-ground operating procedures. In New Delhi, Amazon’s Pantry service was suspended and the delivery slot for essential goods, such as oil and soaps, was shown as being April 26.

“There are clear guidelines provided by Government to enable essential services, and so we are working with the relevant authorities to ensure we are able to operate,” Amazon said on Twitter in response to questions from users in India.

Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting with e-commerce executives on Thursday and said the government was “committed to ensuring that essential goods reach the people.”

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Walmart-owned Flipkart has also been hit, with some grocery items which had been available earlier on Friday in New Delhi intermittently going out of stock. A source familiar with the situation said Flipkart was facing challenges with last-mile delivery of goods once they leave its warehouse due to restrictions on movement.

Flipkart said in a statement it had resumed grocery operations and there was a significant spike in orders. “We are enhancing capacity to meet the increase in customer requirements,” it said, adding it had received support from local and federal authorities.  (VOA)