Airtel has announced the official launch of 4G LTE network in 296 cities in India. Airtel had been testing waters and looking for the feedback of its users right since 2012 with a gradual roll out. Kolkata was one of the first city to receive the 4G trials back in 2012 and the customer feedback has largely been positive. Post Kolkata, cities like Mumbai, those in NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore etc have also seen the test roll out of 4G.
We have used the service ourselves and were pretty chuffed with the speeds which constantly were over 20 Mbps mark both in Mumbai and Delhi. After the successful testing, the network is now live in 296 cities across the country with more expected to be added soon. Airtel has launched 4G on both FDD as well as TDD bands in India and the band you would pick the network off, will depend upon the city you are living in.
Airtel has also announced a revised set of plans for you to make use of 4G LTE under the Infinity scheme. The plan we really like is the Rs 999 plan which gives you unlimited calling and about 3GB of LTE usage. In towns or cities that have not seen the 4G rollout will continue to remain on 3G/ 2G networks until the technology comes on board. You will need to head over to the nearest Airtel Store in case you are looking to pick up the latest Airtel SIM which supports 4G in order to enjoy the 4G madness.
4G seems to be the next big thing to hit the telecom markets. We have had screens, batteries as well as the build and construction materials as the major differentiators, and looks like despite there being barely any 4G LTE connectivity even in metros in India, 4G is set to become a major differentiator in the market. And since bringing devices at an affordable price is already an ongoing war, combining 4G LTE with low cost in a handset seems to be an intelligent trick. We have seen the likes of RedMi Note from Xiaomi as well as the Yu Yureka device launched with LTE at affordable prices. Lenovo is set to challenge both of them with a device that is set to cost less than both the aforementioned devices.
According to BGR India, Lenovo has confirmed its plans of a Snapdragon powered device, which will be showcased at CES and then released in India a week later. The quote reads, “Lenovo to launch a Snapdragon based 410 LTE device to India with an aggressive price point. The device will be launched in India soon after it is showcased at CES 2015.”
No clear indication of the specifications or pricing of the device have been given yet, but the report on BGR says that the phone will be launched at a price closer to the RedMi 1S which is around the Rs 7,000 mark. If the report is indeed true and Lenovo does make a device available at the 7K mark with LTE, it would open a very interesting segment in the market.
via: BGR India
Nexus 4, the flagship nexus device surprisingly is available only in 8 GB and 16 GB variant in the market currently. And with no support for Micro SD for storage expansion, it seems like that the device is slightly inadequate for storing all that the users might want to. And as a result of this, it seems like Google would upgrade the device at the upcoming Google I/O in May.
If the hushes are to be believed then the Google nexus 4 will be upgraded and be available in a 32 GB variant alongside the 8 GB and 16 GB versions that already exist. This is not all though, as there is speculation that we may be getting a LTE variant in the Nexus 4. Google stated that the reason it excluded the LTE antennae in Nexus 4 was that it wanted it to be a true global phone and since LTE is not available in plenty of countries, it made lots of sense.
However, all this does mean that maybe we are not going to get a new nexus device anytime soon, at least not at the I/O event. No Motorola X phone which has been rumored for a while too. So, going by all this it looks like the Google I/O 2013 will be more focused on the Operating System than hardware. Oh well, we would still have liked a new nexus device. But good news for those who had been waiting to pick the Nexus 4 but delayed due to less memory storage.