Apple SE, Xiaomi’s Mi 5 and Samsung J3 battle it out in April | HT Tech

Apple SE, Xiaomi’s Mi 5 and Samsung J3 battle it out in April

Apple announcement of its smallest 4-inch iPhone SE last month and then came the Galaxy J3 and Xiaomi Mi 5.

| Updated on: Apr 04 2016, 10:03 IST
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Apple announcement of its smallest 4-inch iPhone SE last month and then came the Galaxy J3 and Xiaomi Mi 5.

The heat is finally on. Come April and the Indian smartphone market is set to witness a war between top smartphone players - across all price bands - never seen before.

It began with the Apple announcement of its smallest 4-inch iPhone SE last month. The pre-booking in India has already begun from Tuesday midnight for the two variants: The 64 GB version of the phone available at $499 and the 16 GB model that will cost $399 (US pricing).

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Beetel Teletech Limited, a subsidiary of US-based Brightstar Corporation, will make available 39,000 (retail price) iPhone SE in India beginning April 8.

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The firm, however, declined to provide pre-booking figures for iPhone SE as of now.

On Thursday, the much-awaited Xiaomi's flagship Mi 5 -- with 5.15-inch full HD display powered by Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 820 processor -- will hit the Indian market.

Priced at 24,999, the device is available globally in three variants - 32GB on board memory.

The smartphone -- launched at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain -- wears 16-megapixel primary camera with 4-megapixel secondary camera. It will run MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

According to, the design of Mi 5 is almost similar to Galaxy S7.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro, yet to be launched in India, comes with 128 GB of flash memory, 4 GB of RAM and a ceramic back. The base model has 32 GB of flash and 3 GB of RAM.

Same day, South Korean smartphone maker Samsung is set to launch Galaxy J3 especially for Indian bike riders. The device was unveiled earlier this year in the US at $179 so we can expect the price to be around 8,999 in India.

Galaxy J3 has a 5-inch super AMOLED display with a 8 GB internal storage.

The handset will feature a new "Bike Mode" which will allow bike riders to go on an uninterrupted ride every time it is turned on.

Once the phone is on "Bike Mode", it will automatically send a text in reply to callers as a way of telling them that they can try to call again at a later time.

With "Bike Mode", riders can simply concentrate on their riding and stop worrying about checking notifications on their phones or answering phone calls while they are in the middle of the road.

It has a 1.5 GB of RAM and 8-megapixel rear camera (5MP in the US version). The phone has 16 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB through microSD card.

Earlier this month, Samsung launched its flagship smartphone Galaxy S7 and its curved-screen companion Galaxy S7 Edge at an irresistible price of 48,900 and 56,900, respectively.

The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge are constructed with 3D glass and metal and given ergonomic curves for a comfortable grip.

The smartphones come with innovations in design, imaging, software functionality and connectivity with a host of other services.

The company also gave away free Gear virtual reality (VR) to it customers who pre-ordered the devices between March 8 and 17.

In a bid to take the lion's share in the mid-priced smartphone segment, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi also launched Redmi Note 3 -- the world's first device equipped with Snapdragon 650 processor in India - this month.

The 5.5-inch device is available in two variants - 2GB RAM/16GB ROM for 9,999 and 3GB RAM/32GB ROM for 11,999.

So much to choose from in April across all price segment. Which one is going to be your pick?

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First Published Date: 02 Apr, 13:21 IST