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India won’t be accepting Apple’s refurbished iPhones after all

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After reports of Apple attempting to sell refurbished iPhones broke out last month, we finally have a verdict, and it’s not a good one for the Cupertino-based company.

India has flat-out rejected Apple’s push into the country’s market with used iPhones. This was the brand’s second attempt at penetrating the massive Indian population – and its 220 million active users – with iPhones priced competitively against the sub-$150 smartphones from both Indian and Chinese manufacturers.


Aside from hurting the country’s Make in India program, which favors locally produced handsets, the government also claims that bringing in second-hand phones would only add to the nation’s electronic waste. This reinforces concerns of turning the program into “Dump in India,” as told by Chairman Sudhir Hasija of Karbonn Mobiles.

In the long run, this decision might actually favor Apple. Since the company banks heavily on the premium status of its devices, selling its flagship products at exceedingly lowered prices could hurt the image Apple has fostered globally.

Officially entering the country with subpar iPhones would also make them easy targets for the marketing teams of well-established brands in India. Why choose a costlier smartphone nearing the end of its lifecycle over a brand-new phone with stronger after-sales support, and possibly newer hardware?

Apple’s best hopes of penetrating the Indian market and boosting its 2 percent market share (compared to Android’s 64 percent) now lie in setting up official retail stores in the country.

The decision for that plan is still pending – to the disgruntlement of Indian Apple fans.

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Source: Bloomberg
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Play on the go with these new Alienware gaming laptops

PC-like gaming on a laptop

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Alienware Area-51m | GadgetMatch

Updating its gaming portfolio in India, Dell and its sub-brand Alienware launched three new laptops aimed at three distinct categories of gamers in the country. The market is witnessing rapid growth and brands are increasing their focus exponentially. The three laptops intend to bring a PC-like gaming experience to laptops and the brand is confident about its new design language.

The Alienware Area-51m comes with a 17-inch narrow display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The brand is calling its design “Legend” and the laptop features a fully upgradable desktop-class processor and GPU. It is the only laptop to house an octa-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor along with support for up to 64GB RAM.


Other options include an Intel i7 processor, but all of them feature NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20 series GPU that enables support for native in-game ray tracing.

For the best experience, it has a TactX keyboard featuring 2.2mm of travel and customizable lighting that extends to the power button, display cover, and vents. Alienware has also included Cryo-Tech 2.0 cooling technology for the mighty processor. It is available in Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon color options and starts at INR 2,99,590 (US$ 4,340)

The Alienware m15, on the other hand, features an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or 2070 graphics card. It also incorporates customizable lighting ranging from the keyboard to exterior elements like the thermal vents. It even shares the cooling technology from its elder sibling.

It’s available in Epic Silver and Nebula Red color options with a starting price of INR 1,78,399 (US$ 2,585).

Dell G7 15

Lastly, the Dell G7 15 gets a 15-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The laptop is powered by Intel’s 8th-generation processors and NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series.

It is equipped with a Killer Gigabit Ethernet Controller that is designed to offer superior output and lower latency gameplay, reducing lagging and jitters while playing. It is just 19.9mm thin and built keeping portability in mind.

The Dell G7 15 is available in Abyss Grey and starts at INR 1,57,399 (US$ 2,280).

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Ten university students arrested for playing PUBG in India

Because it’s too violent and distracting

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Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

That’s something ten university students didn’t adhere to when playing PUBG on their mobile phones, which led to their arrests. The incident happened last Wednesday in the state of Gujarat in India, where this specific game is banned.


The report by Channel News Asia says that they were released on bail with a warning shortly after. According to the account of one officer, the students were so “engrossed in playing” that they didn’t notice the police walking toward them.

PUBG was banned from being played a week ago after several authorities, as well as parents and educators, felt the game is too violent and distracting for the youth. A local minister went as far as calling it a “demon in every house.”

As of now, Gujarat is the only state that has outright banned the game in fear of it harming the development of children. Although similar titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends have been cited as being equally detrimental, only PUBG is part of the current ban.

However, to PUBG‘s credit (or rather discredit in this instance), it’s been around longer as a battle royale-style game and has been free to download on mobile devices since its launch.

There’s no word yet if other Indian states will follow suit. Outside of India, PUBG is still experiencing worldwide attention as part of several esports tournaments such as the Predator League.

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OPPO launches F11 Pro with pop-up camera and near bezel-less display

Can OPPO gain back its lost share?

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While Realme is going all out in an attempt to capture the budget segment, OPPO is focusing on taking over the midrange. The price bracket is exceedingly competitive and with the recent launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, every brand wants to outdo the other.

OPPO has launched the F11 Pro today in India and the company has ensured the phone suits every user. To increase the screen-to-body ratio, a pop-up camera has been included and the design gets a makeover as well.


Two gradient color options are available: Thunder Black and Aurora Green. The design is similar to what we’ve seen on the high-end R17 Pro, and it’s coming at a significantly cheaper price now. The 64GB option comes with 6GB RAM and is priced at INR 24,990 (US$ 355). Sale starts from March 15 via all major sellers.

It gets a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor and it comes with ColorOS out of the box. New features of the custom skin include Hyper Boost that can enhance the performance for day-to-day apps as well as games. Special optimizations are included for 11 games, including PUBG.

The rear has a 48-megapixel primary camera along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For improved low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one to produce a more detailed and sharp photo. The camera app includes automatic scene recognition and an Ultra Night Mode for AI-backed enhancement.

Lastly, it has a 4000mAh battery coupled with OPPO’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. The brand claims it can charge the battery from zero to 100 in just 80 minutes. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and expandable storage is supported via a microSD card.

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