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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.

Source: Bloomberg
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OnePlus 5T in Lava Red color is coming to South Asia

It can’t get any redder than this

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Having more color options is great, and OnePlus knows that, which is why they’re bringing the Lava Red variant of the flagship phone to the Indian market.

The OnePlus 5T in Lava Red first debuted in November of last year but it was an exclusive color for China until now. This bright red OnePlus 5T is headed to India, and fans there will be able to buy one starting January 20.

What’s special about this compared to the other OnePlus 5Ts? Nothing really aside from a striking body color and a redesigned wallpaper to match. The phone is on display at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and seeing it person makes us appreciate it more — it’s gorgeous. We’re digging the contrast of the aluminum body to the minimal black front bezel, and we can’t deny its similarities with the OPPO R11s.

The Lava Red OnePlus 5T will be exclusively available on Amazon India for INR 37,999 (US$ 595). It’s only available in the 8GB/128GB version (the highest configuration of the OnePlus 5T) and is priced the same as the previous Midnight Black color.

Just last December, India was able to grab an exclusive sale of the Star Wars Special Edition of the OnePlus 5T which sports a white body with the Star Wars logo etched near the bottom.

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Top 2017 Google searches in India

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What were hot topics in India this year? Google shows us in their recently released list of 2017’s top searches.

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Xiaomi launches Mi A1 Special Edition Red in India

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After initially releasing the new Mi A1 color in Indonesia, Xiaomi brought the Special Edition Red to India to signify the fruitful year for the Chinese company.

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