Moto G6 and G6 Play are finally up for sale in India

As affordable as ever



Riding on the massive success of previous G-series smartphones in India, Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the launch of the Moto G6 and G6 Play in India. The G-series has been immensely popular in India thanks to competitive pricing and a good record of pushing the latest Android updates.

The Moto G6 has been priced at INR 13,999 (US$ 209) while the Moto G6 Play costs INR 9,999 (US$ 149). The two will be available online via and Flipkart, respectively, starting midnight. The phones will also be available via Moto Hubs across the country.

The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Below the display is the physical home button that also has a fingerprint scanner. Powering this phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone also supports expandable memory via a microSD card.

On the rear of the phone is a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front is a 13-megapixel selfie camera that supports some software additions like group selfie. The front also houses a soft LED flash for low-light selfies. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery along with TurboCharge technology and a USB Type-C port.

The Moto G6 Play will be made available on and buyers can get a flat INR 1,250 off if the device is purchased using HDFC bank credit or debit cards.

As for the Moto G6 Play, it sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It shares the same design elements as the G6 and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Even this phone supports expandable memory via a microSD card.

On the back, it owns a single 13-megapixel sensor while the front houses an 8-megapixel sensor. It’s backed by a 4000mAh battery that also supports TurboCharge and houses the USB Type-C port. Both devices run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

The Moto G6 Play will be made available on Flipkart and buyers can get a flat INR 1,000 off if the device is purchased using ICICI bank credit or debit cards.

Buyers can also shop for the duo with a Paytm Mall QR code and get INR 1,200 cashback on mobile recharge when purchased via Moto Hubs.


India imposes a ban on imported laptops, tablets, and PCs

Personal orders are still allowed



There’s no doubt that India is a major market for technology. While the country has its own brand preferences outside of the world’s usual, everyone still wants to get a piece of the market. To the dismay of global companies, the country is realizing the potential of its own market. Effective immediately, India has started restricting imports for new laptops, tablets, and PCs.

Recently, India made some headlines in the smartphone industry. A few companies, including Apple, have poured funds into building factories in India. Locally produced devices will allow these companies to attract the Indian market better. With the new regulations out today, it looks like these brands are going to enjoy a head start over others who aren’t in the country yet.

The Indian government introduced a new restriction (via Reuters) against the importation of “laptops, tablets, all-in-one personal computers, and ultra-small form factor computers and servers” made from other countries. Customers, however, will get an exemption. Airline passengers can still bring in these devices in their luggage. Additionally, a single imported device is allowable when bought through e-commerce platforms. Companies can import their products only by applying for a special license.

In a nutshell, bulk orders without a license are out. The government is instead encouraging users to buy locally produced products as part of its “Make in India” program. At the very least, it’s not a total ban on foreign brands. For example, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are exempt from the regulations since they already have production facilities built in the country.

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Samsung overtakes Xiaomi as top phone brand in India

As of Q4 2022



Attacking a huge smartphone market is difficult. With preferences constantly evolving, it can get tricky to figure out the best lineup to capture most of a market. Samsung, however, has just done it. In the last quarter of 2022, Samsung has taken the crown from Xiaomi as the bestselling smartphone brand in India.

India is an important market for most smartphone brands. It’s one of the largest markets in the world. However, despite its size, the biggest players are often those who offer more affordable devices for consumers. Budget is the name of the game if a brand wants to make it big in the country.

Things are changing, though. According to new market data (via Reuters), Samsung has nabbed the throne from the former leader, Xiaomi. In the last quarter of 2022, the Korean brand grabbed 20 percent of the market, while the latter only got 18 percent.

In a trend dubbed as premiumization, Indian consumers are reportedly enjoying more disposable income, resulting in more willingness to buy pricier products. Additionally, the report hints that consumers have started equating lower prices with inferior quality.

With the market trending towards more premium products, Samsung took the lead with a lineup that consists more of midrange to premium devices. It will also be interesting to see if Apple, an even more premium brand, can also make a dent in the Indian market.

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Apple is preparing to open its first stores in India

Based on new job listings



For one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, India is one of the rarer countries where Apple does not outright dominate. Undoubtedly, the company is trying to change that. Ongoing job listings in India are suggesting that Apple is ready to open its first brick-and-mortar store in the country.

First reported by Financial Times, Apple has posted job openings in India for several retail roles including for the iconic Genius Bar. Another clue even indicates that some spots have already been filled ahead of time. A few employees in the country have reportedly posted about their new jobs on LinkedIn.

Unfortunately, none of the job listings show how many stores are planned and where they will be. Narrowing things down by a bit, a few of the confirmed employees are from Mumbai and New Delhi. The report also does not indicate when the stores will open. However, since a few have already been hired, a grand opening might be coming soon.

Apple has a lot to gain by strengthening its foothold in India. The country is an important stronghold for smartphone companies. However, the company might find things harder as time goes by. The country recently dictated that brands must switch to USB-C if they want to sell their devices in India. All over the world, Apple remains the last stalwart against adopting the more universal standard.

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