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2021-01-18T09:59:45+05:30

Samsung unveils flagship Galaxy S21 series, Buds Pro
The new flagship series comes with a new design, an epic pro-grade camera for users of any skill level and the most advanced processor ever in a Galaxy device.

India's Dixon Technologies set to manufacture Nokia branded mobile phones and smart TVs
Besides, LED TVs of brands including Nokia, Intex, Lloyd and Toshiba will be manufactured in Dixon Technologies’ Chittor factory, said two executives close to the company.

Need fair-play and a level-playing field, says Huawei India's CEO David Li
Weeks after the government took steps to designate a ‘trusted source’ criteria for procuring infrastructure for mobile services, Chinese telecom major Huawei has approached top echelons of the government to get a “fair chance and level-playing field” in the Indian telecom sector, including participation in the 5G business.

Realme taps two Indian manufacturers for its smart televisions
Realme currently manufactures its smartphones from its sister brand Oppo’s Greater Noida factory. A person close to Realme though denied any intention to shift smartphone production while Wingtech’s China head office did not reply to ET’s query.

Riot-hit Wistron India iPhone plant unlikely to open soon
The delay in reopening of Wistron's India iPhone plant is likely to work to the advantage of Apple's second-largest contract manufacturer Pegatron, which is setting up a plant in Mahindra City, Tamil Nadu.

ICEA plans bigger push for smartphone design, R&D in India
“As a next step to the PLI (production-linked incentive), the Government is keen to create & develop technical know-how in India by bringing complete knowledge of hardware designing skills in India. It is being built to improve hardware design as well as to reduce cost of design,” said Pankaj Mohindroo, Chairman, India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA).

Focussed on stronger product portfolio for 2021: POCO India
POCO that ranked third after Xiaomi and Samsung in terms of units sold online in November (data from Counterpoint) will also continue with its strategy of introducing lesser number but feature-rich devices in the market.

Handset makers, government differ over export sops under RodTEP
The Merchandise Exports Incentive Scheme (MEIS), which offered 2-4% of free-on-board export value as duty credit scrips to handset and component exporters, expired on December 31, and the government is mulling a rate of 0.2-0.7% on mobile phones under RoDTEP, which is replacing MEIS.

Coolpad eyes mobile accessories production in India by year-end
The company has started selling its first audio accessory Cool Bass Buds through Amazon for Rs 1,199. The wireless earphone market has witnessed explosive growth in the past few months and holds infinite potential for a disruptive brand that introduces products with exceptional design and features.

Samsung disbands online business team that functioned under Asim Warsi
The scrapping of the dedicated online team comes in the backdrop of a continued backlash from brick-and-mortar retailers alleging that Samsung sold some mobile phone and television models exclusively online and at lower prices, three industry executives said.

Smartphone brand Realme says India production back to 90%
“Our factory production has been scaled up to 90% normal rate as our workers have returned to the factory with all necessary precautions and we are trying to meet the demand in the market,” said Sheth.

Lava launches world's first customisable smartphone developed in India
The customisable smartphone series, branded as MyZ, has been developed indigenously at Lava's facility and will be available for purchase from January 11, Lava International, president and business head, Sunil Raina said while announcing the launch.

boAt eyes make-in-India push with $100 million from Warburg Pincus
boAt founders Aman Gupta and Sameer Mehta told that the company is looking to tap into the proposed profit-linked-incentive (PLI) scheme of the government for smart wearable makers to produce Made-in-India products.

Xiaomi halts Android 11 rollout on Mi A3 following bricking complaints from users
“We are aware of the issue on some Mi A3 devices following a recent Android 11 update. We have since halted the rollout,” Xiaomi said in a statement Monday. For the past week, social media sites such as Twitter and Reddit have been flooded with complaints that the Mi A3 device becomes dead after the Android 11 update.

Lenovo India crosses Rs 9,000-crore sales mark in FY20
According to financial data posted to the Registrar of Companies (RoC) and accessed by business intelligence platform Tofler, Lenovo India revenue in FY20 jumped by 27% at Rs 9,108.93 crore. The company’s net profit, however, took a beating at Rs 68.5 crore which is a decrease of 62% from Rs 178.69 crore in FY19. The company’s total expenses for the fiscal were reported at Rs 8,996 crore.

After two years of muted growth, India's smartphone shipments to grow 12-21% in 2021
Smartphone sales grew 29% in 2015, fell 5% in 2016 owing to demonetisation, then recovered to 14% in 2017 and 2018, as per IDC India. But in 2019, it grew at 8% and is expected to end 2020 flat year-on-year because of the economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

Lenovo expects 25-30% growth this fiscal, to begin manufacturing tablets in India
"It has been a roller coaster ride this year, but we will grow by 25-30 per cent for the full financial year if we remove the ELCOT deal. The ELCOT deal was 1.5 million PCs which has not happened this year," Agarwal said.

Realme confident of 25-30 million units smartphone sales in India this year
"Even though we lost a quarter of sales due to supply chain disruptions, I believe there was an opportunity in disguise and Realme grew by around 25 per cent (from 15 million in 2019 to 19 million in 2020). I think the minimum would be nothing less than 25-30 million handsets, that's what we are targeting for 2021," he said.

Sony to launch PlayStation 5 in India in February
Preorders for PS5 will begin on Jan 12 and will be available for orders at major retailers, including Amazon and Flipkart, the tech firm said.

Electronic contract manufacturing in India to grow over 6-fold to $152 bn by 2025
The electronic contract manufacturing sector in the country is projected to grow by over six-fold to USD 152 billion by 2025, industry body Elcina said on Wednesday.

Electronics cos’ body seeks cut in 20% customs duty on mobiles
“We are suggesting that import duty should be capped on either 20% or Rs 4,000 of the bill value of a device, whichever is higher,” a senior industry executive told ET.

ICEA urges Govt to cut import duty on mobile phones, says import no threat any more
“We are suggesting that import duty should be capped on either 20% or Rs 4000 of the bill value of a device, whichever is higher. This is because in high-end phones, import duty is creating a large arbitrage and promoting the grey market of these devices,” a senior industry executive told ET.

Dixon Technologies arm inks deal with Motorola Mobility LLC for manufacturing of smartphones
The products will be manufactured at Padget's manufacturing facility situated at Noida, Uttar Pradesh, the company added.

Companies want separate 3% PLI incentives for PCB assembly
In a letter written to the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) on December 19, the India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) sought a Rs 15,000-crore incentive package strictly for export of PCBAs and barring of products such as mobile phones and laptops which are already claiming PLI.

Wistron's iPhone factory in Kolar will be operational in 20 days, says Minister
Speaking to reporters after meeting the officials of Wistron Corp, Hebbar said, "I have spoken to the company officials and they have indicated that in the next 20 days the factory would be operational."

Asus bets on offline retail, to add 1,000 retail points
"Post lifting of lockdown, the demand continues to be strong. From about 2.5 lakh units a month, the sales for the industry have doubled and the trend is expected to continue for some time as people continue to work and study from home," Asus India Business Head of Consumer and Gaming PC (System Business Group) Arnold Su said.

Can’t meet FY21 target, roll over PLI milestones, handset makers tell govt
ICEA represents Foxconn, Wistron, Lava and Micromax among others. Samsung, which is not a member of the body, also held discussions with the government along similar lines.

Laptops, desktop sales see 'renaissance;' shortages won't ease until 2022
Remote learning and working has upturned the computer market during the coronavirus pandemic, zapping sales of smartphones while boosting interest in bigger devices, which had become afterthoughts to iPhones and Androids over the last decade.

Dixon forays into ICT hardware; set to open factory in southern India
The home-grown electronics manufacturing services (EMS) player, which already produces smart TVs, LED lighting, washing machines and mobile phones, has zeroed in on a factory down south as part of the expansion plan.

Offline retail channel for smartphones expected to bounce back in 2021, say analysts
Growth in the online channel has jumped in the last three years – growing from 38.4% share in 2018, to 41.7% in 2019 and is estimated to be 45% in 2020. In fact, it outperformed the offline sales in the month of October, crossing 51% for the first time, according to data from IDC.

India's smartphone segment set to script double-digit growth story in 2021
After the lockdown was eased, the industry saw a never-seen-before level of demand. Shipment in September quarter is estimated to have touched an all-time high of over 50 million units. Pent up demand, coupled with people rushing in to buy devices to ensure continuity of work and studies, saw tech brands literally struggling to keep up.

Samsung removes ad mocking Apple for not having iPhone charger
Apple has bid goodbye to the charging brick, along with changing the cable from USB-A brick to Lightning-to-USB-C.

Dixon Tech to set up factory in south for ICT hardware
The home-grown electronics manufacturing services (EMS) player, which already produces smart TVs, LED lighting, washing machines and mobile phones, has zeroed in on a factory down south as part of the expansion plan.

Apple ramping up local sourcing of iPhone parts
Global suppliers to Apple contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron are already in touch with the government to participate in the second round of applications under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for electronic component makers, ET reported recently.

India to be Whirlpool’s global hub for sourcing
Whirlpool India MD Vishal Bhola said the company has reached out to suppliers in China and Southeast Asia on ways to incentivise them in conjunction with Indian government’s policies to set up shop in the country.

Reliance set to relaunch JioPhone to cash in on rise in usage
The Mukesh Ambani-led company will follow it up with its proposed entry-level smartphone, being developed with Google, later next year, two senior industry executives said. Reliance and Google have formed a joint team for the project, they said.

JioPhone to make a come back next quarter; targeting market leadership
JioPhone had started facing component supply issues last year and it became acute earlier this year due to the pandemic outbreak in Wuhan, bringing its production to a halt.

Oppo sets up first 5G innovation lab in India
The company plans to set up three more functional labs dedicated to camera, power and battery, and performance, in order for innovation work at its Hyderabad research and development centre.

5G readiness among top criteria for premium smartphone buys in India: CMR
Amongst early adopters of 5G smartphones in India and tech intenders, Chinese brand Oppo scored the highest (81%), followed by Samsung (79%), the report said. The study reveals that, across China and Western Europe, some of the early benefits that early 5G users are seeing include better quality video calls (66%), faster downloads (59%), and ability to stream UHD videos (55%).

No significant impact on company, says Wistron on iPhone manufacturing plant violence in Karnataka
Workers at the Wistron's iPhone manufacturing plant at Narsapura in Kolar district, had gone on the rampage on December 12 over the alleged delay in payment of salary and overtime wages.

85% of our business is coming from cloud-based desktops: Anunta founder Ananda Mukerji
Ananda Mukerji, Founder and Chairman of Anunta, said virtual desktops are inherently superior to PCs and that they are more secure because the data no longer sits at employees’ desks and rather is stored in a virtually secured environment.

iPhone 12 production on track at Foxconn unit, Mini may be late post Wistron incident
Two industry executives said the ‘Made in India’ iPhone 12 from Foxconn is expected to hit the stores within two months, in accordance with Apple’s original plan of manufacturing the iPhone 12 at the Foxconn facility. Trial production is expected to commence soon.

Wistron episode could hit handset companies’ hiring targets
People aware of the development said till processes are put in place, all fresh expansion plans and thus, hiring plans will be stalled. Meanwhile, the staffing firms have been asked to submit their reports at the Bengaluru Labour Commissioner’s office. One staffing firm ET spoke to said it had done so last Friday.

Proper scaling up of electronic manufacturing can contribute USD 1 trillion to economy: Ravi Shankar Prasad
"I don't have slightest doubt that by proper scaling of electronic manufacturing alone, we will be able to contribute USD 1 trillion to the country's kitty and that is what I am aiming for and that's what we are sure to succeed," Prasad said at an Assocham event.

Electronics manufacturing can contribute $1 tn to India's economy by 2025: Ravi Shankar Prasad
The electronics manufacturing industry alone can contribute $1 trillion to the Prime Minister’s vision of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2025, telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

Redmi India to start sale of Redmi 9 Power smartphone from December 22
Redmi Business Head Sneha Tainwala said the year has been phenomenal for Redmi India, and the company is further pushing boundaries with Redmi 9 Power.

Vivo, ZEISS form global partnership for mobile imaging
As part of the collaboration agreement, Vivo and Zeiss will establish the Vivo ZEISS Imaging Lab, a joint R&D programme to innovate mobile imaging technology for Vivo's flagship smartphones, a statement said.

Smartphone market could witness double-digit growth in shipments in 2021
According to IDC, the growth in October was driven by multiple online sale festivals and continuing pent up demand from the third quarter of 2020, IDC said.

Realme India expects 25-30% smartphone growth in 2020 despite Covid-led disruption: CEO
Realme sold 6.3 million smartphones during the festive month till November 15. Sheth said that the brand is expected to sell 2.5 million more smartphones to take the overall figures to 8.5-9 million smartphones in the October-December quarter of 2020.

Government to seek applications under PLI scheme to attract more electronics component makers
In October this year, the government cleared 16 companies under three categories of PLI—five global handset firms, including Apple’s contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, besides Samsung, five domestic players and six component makers.






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