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Asia’s Prestigious 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance will be flagged off from the Historic India Gate on 15th February

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Celebrating the spirit of motoring, the 21 Gun Salute Heritage Cultural Trust is all set to take you back in the bygone era with its 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance that displays rich automotive heritage and pays tribute to the golden era of the automotive industry. Now in its ninth year, the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance has grown to become one of the most anticipated and talked-about automobile events of Asia, and the 2020 edition promises to be the best one yet! Mark the dates, on 15th February the rally will flag off from Historic India Gate and on 16th Feb Concours d’Elegance at Karma Lake Lands Gurugram.

21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance is set apart by its unique expanse and extraordinary heritage motoring celebration. This rare salute to the spirit of motoring will showcase some of the finest and most incredible, and rare vintage cars in the world namely 1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30, Maserati 3500GT Vignale Syder, 1939 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, 1938 Lancia Astura Series IV, 1930 BMW 3/15 DA2 ‘Kabriolet’, 1938 Delahaye 135 M, 1936 Rolls Royce 25/30 Gurney Nutting Coupe, 1959 Jaguar XK 150 S, 1936 Rolls Royce 25/30, 1951 Bentley MK VI Freestone & Webb, 1966 Ford Mustang, 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster, 1959 Alfa 2000, and many more.

Not only, will this opulent celebration of Heritage Motoring bring together an ostentatious display of rare Vintage & Classic Cars, from all around the world this February, but will also earmark an important milestone in the history of heritage motoring in India with the premiere of a historic 23-day long royal expedition – the Incredible India Rally being organized by the 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust in association with the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism. This extravagant celebration of Heritage Motoring & Indian culture will begin on the 17th February 2020 and will pass through the historic & scenic cities of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The last day of the rally will culminate in the gorgeous city of lakes, Udaipur on 10th March 2020 where the participants will experience the Festival of Colors, Holi, in all its glory.

The Incredible India Rally will cover 17 cities, 4000kms in 23 days and will be an ode to the Global Heritage Motoring & Historic Indian Culture and together would mark the beginning of a new era for India and for the patrons of Heritage Motoring in India & worldwide.

“Indian Culture and Heritage Motoring are the two strong pillars of our Concours. Both aspects highlight that the 21 Gun Salute Concours Show is of special importance and attract both participants and visitors. For the past 8 years, the event has grown in all aspects to become a magnificent show that attracts tourists and motoring buffs from around the world,” commented Mr. Madan Mohan, Chairman & Managing Trustee – 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust, & The man behind the Asia’s most Premier Heritage Motoring Show.

While doing another announcement Mr. Madan Mohan further added that “Not just this, the relentless enthusiasm to create something larger than life, made us take a recess, in the year 2019 to appraise and conceive the most impressive, and the grandest royal expedition – The Incredible India Rally. The 4000 km long rally will entirely focus on promoting the Cultural Diversity and the Royal Heritage of the most vibrant and royal states of our country – Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat & Rajasthan. This royal expedition would be a tremendous step in generating interest in global tourists to experience the grandeur of India. Along with international participation from 15 motoring enthusiasts from around the globe, the Incredible India Rally would be our biennial effort to promote India as a global motoring tourism destination on a global platform. The Incredible India Rally will bring forth an enormous tourist footprint to our country.

Supported by the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism the Incredible India Rally will be India’s most exclusive and unforgettable heritage motoring rally that will commence on 17th February 2020, and include 17 check-in stops, and stay in different cities, before finally culminating in Udaipur on 10th March 2020.”

Supported by the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism in association with 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust, this will be one of the most élite & exhilarating car rally wherein, renowned motoring enthusiasts along with their masterpieces will travel together to unique destinations in India, stay at palaces of erstwhile Maharajas of India, dine with royal families at palaces, visit colossal forts of the Maharajas; while building lifelong bonds tied by the thread of motoring & heritage, along the way! Incredible India Rally will be one of India’s most exclusive & unforgettable heritage motoring rally that will, for the first time, cover palaces of Rajasthan & Gujarat; offering an ultimate experience.

21 Gun Salute Concours d’Elegancehas already attracted eye-catching entries this year with the number heading for the 150-mark. Every masterpiece at the show field is handpicked and has never been a part of our show before. The event has attracted participants from various parts of the World including Germany, France, Belgium, USA, and from various parts of the Country including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Bangalore, Chennai, Jaipur & Ahmadabad. The basic premise was to have rare cars drawn from all over India for different classes including Post-War European Class, Post-War American Class, Pre-War American Class, Preservation Class, Mg Class, Pebble Beach Class, Jaguar, and Daimler Class, Rolls Royce Class, Indian Heritage Class, Classic Volkswagen Class, Bentley Class, Edwardian Class and a few more to select the Best of Show.

21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance draws a gathering of an international jury panel comprising 37 motoring experts and many renowned classic car experts, FIVA officials, restoration experts, FIVA scrutineers, F-1 racers and many other celebrated individuals from all over the world, along with 150 selected cars, which are handpicked to participate, after careful selection. The authenticity of the cars, their style, design, rarity, and their majesty are the focus of this competition for Elegance. This year, we have some amazing vehicles lined up to compete in what will be an incredible beauty competition of vintage and classic cars. The exclusive gathering of thousands of collectors and connoisseurs also supports the charitable foundation for differently-abled children. The two-day event will be further continued with a 4000 km long rally that will entirely focus on promoting the cultural diversity and the royal heritage of India. The rally will witness international participation from 15 motoring enthusiasts from all around the globe.

Mr. Madan Mohan is a renowned figure within the global motoring fraternity and has been a life-long car collector and enthusiast. He never lost sight of his automotive fascination, which in one regard, became a reality in the year 2000, when he purchased his first-ever vintage car Dodge Victory 6, 1928 (previously owned by Raja Saheb of Khetri). Now, in 19 years, he owns 328 vintage cars, 43 jeeps, and 106 bikes along with clocks, typewriters, and other antiques. He has been a part of the jury panel at various global motoring shows that include Masterpieces Concours d’Elegance(Germany), Concours d’Elégance Suisse (Switzerland), Zoute Concours d’Elegance (Belgium), Hampton Court Concours (UK), Trump National Concours d’Eleganceand La Jolla Concours d’elegance (U.S.A).

He strongly believes in preserving India’s automotive heritage, and the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance aims at taking forward his vision of establishing India as a World-Class Motoring Tourism Destination. Mr. Madan Mohan is the backbone of this heritage motoring venture that narrates the untold legacy of motoring, and the rich cultural heritage of India, adding a new facet to Heritage Motoring in India.

The 21 Gun Salute Concours d’Elegance is one of the grandest & classiest events on the Asian motoring events calendar and the only Concours d’Elegance in Asia!

Panasonic India forays into education sector; launches education solutions CAREEREX and XCELIT to help upskill students be future ready

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Addressing the growing need to upskill students to create a future-ready workforce, Panasonic India – a diversified technology company, today announced the launch of its two education based solutions: “CareerEx” and “XcelIT”.  CareerEx has been designed to address the needs of college and university students to advance their skillset with emerging technologies such Data Science, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning/AI and Internet of Things to name a few. XcelIT on the other hand is designed for school students primarily residing in Tier II & III cities, to ready them for all competitive exams. Designed and developed at Panasonic’s India Innovation Centre (IIC), the solutions were launched for the institutes in presence of Mr. Anil Sahasrabudhe – Chairman, AICTE, Mr. M.P. Poonia – Vice Chairman, AICTE and Dr. Antriksh Johri- Director, CBSE  today at Vigyan Bhawan. The event was well attended by deans and chairpersons of over 75 leading universities and institutes in India.

Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s (CMIE) recent data further validates that the unemployment rate in the urban youth is very high; in the age group of 20-24 years, an unemployment rate of 37 per cent was reported whilst graduates amongst them reported an alarmingly higher unemployment rate of over 60 per cent. Keeping that in mind these educational solutions have been designed and developed at Panasonic’s India Innovation Centre (IIC). These solutions have been developed for the students, colleges and universities, to bridge the existing skill gap between current education and employment needs for the future.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Atsushi Motoya, Head – Panasonic India Innovation Centre said, “We are committed towards contributing to the evolution of the communities we operate in. In India, we have already introduced innovative solutions in health care, retail, enterprise and asset tracking across industries. Through the launch of CareerEx and XcelIT, we hope to develop another innovative Edu-tech solution to upskill technology talent pool to address the unemployment rate amongst urban youth and at the same time cater to the demands of industry. We are looking to positively impact nearly 100,000 students over next 5 years.

Mr Pankaj Rana, Business Chief, Sanyo and ecommerce, Panasonic India –  said, “India is rapidly moving towards becoming a digitally advanced country and we are witnessing a significant change in the way businesses are transforming. Bridging the required skill gap and building a future workforce ready for the next phase of technology disruption, is the need of the hour. With this objective, we at Panasonic are focusing on the grassroots level and we will continue working with student communities across India to keep them informed of the emerging technologies, enhance skill-sets and provide career guidance”.

Panasonic’s educational solutions CareerEx and XcelIT are available on both Android and iOS application stores. Priced competitively, depending on the type of program, CareerX courses start at Rs 9999 per month onwards while, XcelIT starts at Rs 999 per month however, students can avail individual tests at Rs 99 too. Panasonic has collaborated with specialised educational partners to provide expertise for this program. While students can look at increasing their employability, educational institutions can enable students with on-demand job skills and thus, improve their rankings and the industry can save on fresher recruitment and training costs.

 

Ather Energy introduces Ather 450X, the super scooter

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Ather Energy, India’s first intelligent electric vehicle manufacturer was founded in 2013 by IIT Madras alumni, Tarun Mehta, and Swapnil Jain. Backed by founders of Flipkart, Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal, Hero Motocorp and Tiger Global. Ather Energy launched India’s first truly intelligent electric scooter – Ather 450 in 2018, followed by their new flagship offering Ather 450X, the super scooter in 2020. Ather has also installed a comprehensive public charging network, Ather Grid, built and designed in India. With 38 charging Points in Bengaluru and 14 charging Points in Chennai, Ather Grid is the largest fast-charging network for electric vehicles in the country. The company’s product line has won 30 awards in design, automotive and technology categories. With over 51 patent applications, 113 trademarks and 123 design registrations to its name, Ather Energy aims to provide consumers with the best possible ownership experience. Ather Energy currently operates in Bengaluru and Chennai and in 2020 expands to Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and more cities.

Ather Energy today unveiled an advanced performance and intelligent electric scooter, Ather 450X. The super scooter comes packed with brand new features, advanced 4G connectivity and a brand new ownership model, at INR 99,000 (Bengaluru) up front and a monthly subscription.
Ather recently signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu government to build a new 400,000 sq ft facility and is now moving to the next phase of its growth. Ather is scaling up its operations across the country with Ather 450X being available across 10 major cities in India beginning with Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad along with Bengaluru and Chennai.
Ather’s exclusive invite campaign saw thousands of pre-orders coming in from more than 300 cities. Based on its success, Ather will be offering a referral program for customers so that they can share the benefits of pre-ordering the Ather 450X with their friends and family. With the demand pouring in for the super scooter, Ather will be rapidly expanding its operations to all key markets through retail partnerships which will offer test rides and after sales service across India.
Like Chennai & Bengaluru, Ather will equip other key markets with multiple fast charging Ather Grid points and Ather experience centres, prior to the deliveries planned in Q3 of 2020. To ease the public charging experience, Ather Grid will be available in locations like malls, cafes, supermarkets and tech parks.
The super scooter is a significant step-up from Ather 450 with improvements across multiple key parameters. Ather 450X is the outcome of an award winning design philosophy and is quicker, more intelligent than its predecessor and comes in three new colours; Grey, Green and White. The scooter is powered with a 6kW PMSM motor, a new 2.9 kWh lithium ion battery and comes with 4 riding modes. In addition to Eco, Ride and Sport, Ather is introducing a new high performance mode, ‘Warp’. Ather 450X can go from 0 to 40 kmph in just 3.3 sec in the Warp mode, making it the quickest electric scooter in its category and the perfect choice to navigate through city traffic.
The revolutionary improvement in its battery has enabled a projected Indian Drive Cycle (IDC) range of 116 km and a real life range of 85 km in city conditions. Ather 450X will also charge 50% faster than before at 1.5km per minute, making it the fastest charging rate in the electric two-wheeler category.
Ather 450X will have a 4G SIM card and Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing riders to manage phone calls and music on the touchscreen dashboard. The new 7” touchscreen dashboard, comes with a color depth of 16M and a Snapdragon Quad Core processor. Ather 450X utilises Android Open Source to offer map navigation, On-board diagnostics and other unique features like Over-the-air updates, Auto Indicator off and Guide-me-home lights.
The Ather mobile app will continue to offer personalised ride statistics, charging status, push navigation and more functionalities like theft & tow detection, live location & vehicle state tracking, voice assistant and welcome lights. Ather 450X will support connected accessories like smart helmets and tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

Quote by Tarun Mehta, CEO and co-founder, Ather Energy

With Ather 450, we wanted to build a vehicle that breaks the mould of what an EV can do in India. Over the last year and a half, the scooters on the road have provided tremendous data and our online community is active with thousands of members. With over 6 million KM of on-road data from our existing riders and the invaluable feedback from our community, we have built Ather 450X which raises the bar on almost every key metric.

With Ather 450X we have changed the ownership model and reduced the upfront payout for the scooter while also reducing the battery replacement cost to virtually nothing. This has been a major impediment to EV adoption and our new monthly subscription packs address it.

With Ather 450X we are excited to be expanding across the country. This year we are opening 8 more cities and setting up retail partnerships across the country for the same. Our charging network, Ather Grid will also be expanding to all markets. This is an exciting new phase for all of us and for EVs in the country.

Ownership Model:
Ather has redefined the ownership and purchase models for Ather 450X scooter. With another first in the country, Ather 450X will be offered with new innovative flexible varianting options in the form of performance packs. This will enable customers the flexibility to switch between performance packs as well as receive free battery replacement in the event of battery degradation, ensuring consistent performance throughout the registered life of the scooter.
The super scooter will be offered with two performance pack options: Pro & Plus that owners can switch between at their convenience. Each pack has been designed to offer a variety of smart and connected features and ride capabilities. Owners will no longer be limited by fixed variants and vehicle models.
With the new ownership model, the upfront cost of the Ather 450X will be INR 99,000 (ex-Bangalore) along with a monthly subscription of INR 1699 for the Plus and INR 1999 for the Pro.
In Delhi and Maharashtra, Ather 450X owners may also benefit from the EV subsidy offered by the states which is currently an additional amount of approximately INR 14500 and INR 5000, respectively.

MG Motor India launches the ZS EV, the country’s first pure electric internet SUV, at an inaugural price of INR 19.88 lakh

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MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has today launched the much-awaited ZS EV, India’s first pure electric internet SUV, at an inaugural price starting at INR 19.88 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), for customers who have booked the car before midnight on 17th January 2020. The ZS EV Excite is now available for INR 20.88 lakh while ZS EV Exclusive is available for INR 23.58 lakh.

 

As part of its commitment to provide the best ownership experience, the carmaker has introduced the MG eShield, which provides privately-registered customers with a free-of-charge 5-year manufacturer warranty for unlimited kilometres on the car and 8 years/150k km warranty on the battery. It also offers round-the-clock roadside assistance (RSA) for a period of 5 years for privately-registered cars, along with 5 labour-free services. The ZS EV comes at a running cost of under INR 1 per km (calculated up to 100,000 kilometres with preventive maintenance including parts, consumables, labour and taxes and as on date electricity rates in Delhi-NCR). It also comes with maintenance packages starting at INR 7,700 for 3 years.

Apart from introducing the MG eShield, a one-stop solution for ZS EV customers, the company has also entered a strategic alliance with CarDekho.com, who would be offering a pioneering 3-50 plan, that provides assured resale value and can be availed by the customer by paying a stipulated amount at the time of purchase of ZS EV. CarDekho.com shall provide guaranteed buyback to ZS EV customers at a residual value of 50% upon completion of three years of ownership.

Speaking on the price announcement, Rajeev ChabaPresident and MD – MG Motor India, said, “The ZS EV is a globally-successful product that operates at the intersection of an EV’s sustainability, an SUV’s practicality, and a sports car’s performance. It comes with best-in-class features and tech capabilities at a compelling price point. We are confident that this unprecedented value proposition will incentivise more consumers across India to go electric. We will continue to strengthen the Indian EV landscape, as we offer the best of EV technology and act as the catalyst for the country’s nascent EV market by providing a complete, end-to-end ecosystem.”

 

The carmaker has secured an overwhelming response for the new-age electric SUV, receiving over 2,800 bookings in 27 days. The number of bookings received for the ZS EV outpaces the total number of EV cars sold in India in 2019. MG Motor India will begin ZS EV deliveries on January 27 across 5 cities – Delhi/NCR, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.

 

The ZS EV marks an exciting new era for the MG brand globally has already registered significant success in more than 10 international markets such as the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. It received more than 2,000 orders within weeks of launch in the UK & Thailand respectively. The ZS EV has achieved a Five Star Euro NCAP rating.

 

MG Motor India is building a 5-way EV charging ecosystem in association with domain-leading players as an enabler and catalyst for the country’s EV revolution and to accelerate the adoption of eco-friendly, next-generation mobility solutions. Each ZS EV comes with an on-board cable to charge anywhere. Customers can also get an AC fast charger installed at their homes/offices, free of cost, through MG’s association with Delhi-based eChargeBays. The carmaker has also partnered with Fortum Charge & Drive India to set up 10 DC 50 kW super-fast charging stations at select MG showrooms in 5 cities. Additionally, it plans to create an extended charging network across MG dealerships in select satellite cities along key routes and provide charge-on-the-go with RSA (Road Side Assistance).

Qualcomm Launches Three New Snapdragon Mobile Platforms to Address Ongoing Demand for 4G Smartphones

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of three new mobile platforms: the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 720G, 662 and 460, which will enable enhanced user experiences across connectivity, gaming and entertainment. These new mobile platforms enable fast 4G connectivity speeds, deliver key Wi-Fi 6 features and integrated Bluetooth 5.1 with advanced audio via the Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6-series subsystems, support Dual-Frequency (L1 and L5) GNSS to improve location positioning accuracy and robustness, and are the first system-on-chip solutions to support Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC). Designed to deliver new and improved AI user experiences across photography, voice assistants, and virtually always-on scenarios for increased contextual awareness, these new platforms also feature the Qualcomm® AI Engine and Qualcomm® Sensing Hub.

“While we see a fast adoption of 5G across geographies globally, we do recognize the phenomenal boost that 4G has given towards enabling broadband connectivity for Indian consumers. 4G will continue to remain a focus area for Qualcomm Technologies for regions like India, where it will stay a key technology for connectivity,” said Rajen Vagadia, vice president and president, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd. “Our goal is to enable our partners to continue creating solutions that offer seamless connectivity access and exceptional mobile experiences, that consumers can count on.”

“Today’s smartphone users want fast, seamless connectivity, advanced features and long-lasting battery life,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This expansion of our 4G lineup enables our partners to offer sophisticated solutions that meet global demand and enable a remarkable gaming experience across multiple tiers and price segments.”

For the first time supported on mobile, the Qualcomm® Location Suite now supports up to seven satellite constellations concurrently, including the use of all of NavIC’s operating satellites for more accurate location performance, faster time-to-first-fix (TTFF) position acquisition, and improved robustness of location-based services.

Dr. K Sivan, chairman, ISRO, expressed that “ISRO is satisfied with the efforts of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. towards incorporating NavIC and we urge OEMs to leverage it for future handset launches in India.” He further said, “The availability of NavIC across multiple mobile platforms will help enhance the geolocation capabilities of smartphones in the region and bring the benefits of this indigenous solution to Indian consumers for their day-to-day use.”

Snapdragon 720G
Snapdragon 720G reimagines extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences with select Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™ features, striking capture capabilities, and intelligent performance. Leveraging select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features from premium-tier mobile platforms, Snapdragon 720G delivers smooth HDR game play, dynamic color range and contrast, realistic and immersive in-game environments, and high-quality, synchronized sound with Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive. In addition to gaming, enjoy a home theater in your pocket with HDR viewing and super-smooth video streaming with the Qualcomm Spectra™ 350L ISP. You can also capture 4K video or snap massive 192-megapixel photos. Snapdragon 720G also features the latest 5th generation Qualcomm® AI Engine with the improved Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator that will enable a host of new AI experiences for gaming, photography, voice assistants, and virtually always-on contextual awareness. The integrated Snapdragon X15 LTE modem supports 3-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO on two carriers and 256-QAM modulation for fast download speeds up to 800 Mbps – allowing for quick app downloads and smooth video streaming and sharing. In addition, Snapdragon 720G, with the FastConnect 6200 subsystem, virtually doubles Wi-Fi speed and range for online gaming and web browsing, compared to single antenna devices, while also delivering key Wi-Fi 6 features such as 8×8 sounding with multi-user MIMO for up to 2x improvement over competitive Wi-Fi 6 devices, Target Wake Time for up to 67% better power efficiency and the complete WPA3 security suite, as well as integrated Bluetooth 5.1 with advanced audio capabilities. Finally, you’ll experience power savings and improved performance due to the Snapdragon 720G’s 8nm process technology and upgraded CPU architecture.

Snapdragon 662
Snapdragon 662 brings astonishing camera and AI capabilities to the 6-series for the first time. It will feature the new Qualcomm Spectra 340T, which supports triple camera configurations and smooth switching between them—a first in the 6-series. A more robust ISP will enable support for photo capture in the HEIF file format for stunning image quality at half the file size. The addition of the 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine with Hexagon Vector Extensions and the Qualcomm Spectra 340T will enable AI-based user experiences such as avatars, night photography, and face and voice authentication. Snapdragon 662 also features the new Snapdragon X11 LTE modem with peak download speeds up to 390 Mbps thanks to 2-carrier aggregation, 2×2 MIMO and 256-QAM modulation, along with 150 Mbps peak uploads to support a snappy web browsing and social media experience.

Snapdragon 460
Snapdragon 460 boasts a gigantic leap in performance across the board in the 4-series, as well as significant boosts in connectivity, AI and camera improvements for the next-generation of mass market smartphones. For the first time in the 4-series, Snapdragon 460 features performance CPU cores and an updated GPU architecture that translates into up to 70% and 60% increase in performance, respectively. Overall system performance, meanwhile, delivers a 2x increase compared the previous generation. The Hexagon processor with Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector eXtensions (HVX) is also introduced into the 4-series for the first time, thereby equipping it with a 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine and the Qualcomm Sensing Hub for new AI experiences for photography and voice assistance. The Qualcomm Spectra 340 ISP is also among the many new additions to the 4-series, enabling the platform to capture stunning photographs and support for triple cameras. An integrated Snapdragon X11 LTE modem allows for download speeds up to 390 Mbps and uploads up to 150 Mbps.

To date, more than 85 commercial devices based on Snapdragon 7-series mobile platforms, more than 1600 commercial devices based on Snapdragon 6-series mobile platforms, and more than 2,500 commercial devices based on Snapdragon 4-series mobile platforms have been announced by global OEMs. Together, the 7-, 6- and 4-series amount to over 4,000 designs – an impressive feat for these segments.

Devices based on Snapdragon 720G are expected to be commercially available in Q1 2020 and devices based on Snapdragon 662 and 460 are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2020. For more information, please visit the product details pages for the Snapdragon 720G Mobile Platform, Snapdragon 662 Mobile Platform, and Snapdragon 460 Mobile Platform.

MediaTek to Focus on 5G Experiences and a Robust Product Roadmap for 2020  

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4th largest global fabless semiconductor company reiterated its focus on 5G, AI and Rich IoT to create new age experiences across mobile and non-mobile categories in the year 2020 at the second edition of the MediaTek Technology Diaries knowledge forum. MediaTek’s efforts to create a balanced portfolio across smartphones, smart homes and beyond resulted in nearly 32%-37% revenues coming from mobile computing (smartphones and tablets), 32-37% from AIoT/Analog/ASIC focusing on connectivity (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth) for various devices and 28-33% revenues from smart-home and other categories in 2019.

Mobility India Magazine Organizes their 6th Mobility India Conclave 2019 in New Delhi

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Mobility India magazine today organized its 6th Mobility India Conclave 2019 at Hotel Suryaa, New Delhi. The event was attended by over 150 leading mobile industry partners including vendors, distributors, resellers and mobile association representatives. Keynote was delivered by Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek, which was followed by company presentations.

Following the company presentations, there was an engaging and interactive Panel Discussion on the topic ‘Mobiles and TV technology Ecosystem, Make in India and Latest Market Trends and Opportunities.’ The panelists included leading personalities from the mobiles industry.

The panelists included Mr Anuj Sidharth, Deputy Director – Marketing and Communication, MediaTek India; Mr Avneet Singh Marwah, Director & CEO of Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd, a Kodak brand Licensee; Mr Jayant Jha, Co-Founder & CEO , Yaantra; Mr Vivek Gupta, Business Unit Head – Mobility, R.V. Solutions; Mr Kumardeep, Country Manager, ITI Council; Mr Manu Seth, Smartphone Industry Veteran; and Mr Bhupesh Raseen, Chairman–Mobile Advisory Committee the Mobile Association (TMA). The panel discussion was very engaging and informative as the leading personalities from the mobiles industry shared their analyses, views and predictions.

There were representatives from the leading mobile and TV brands like Oppo, Samsung, vivo, realme, OnePlus, Google, ASUS and Sony, among others. After the Panel Discussion, awards were given to the leading mobile handset brands to recognize their outstanding products, achievements and to honor the leading personalities.

Speaking the occasion, Swapan Roy, founder of Mobilityindia, commented, “Today is a great day as we could sit together with our partners and listen to the panel discussion and winners being recognized for their outstanding products and achievements. The panel discussion has been very interesting and exciting as we could learn about the latest developments in the mobile and TV ecosystem and understand the challenges and opportunities for the mobile vendors as well as partners. We hope the partners will use the knowledge acquired here to refine their business strategies and plans to achieve greater success.”

Porsche India welcomes the Cayenne Coupé

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Porsche has extended its Cayenne range with the addition of the Cayenne Coupé – a version that features an all-new body shape, two different roof concepts and impressive performance. Launched at a showcase event held by Porsche Centre Delhi-NCR at its new showroom in Gurugram, the model shares the same technical attributes as the successful third generation Cayenne, meanwhile its sharpened proportions and dramatically sloping roofline gives it a more athletic appearance. Two derivatives are now available for customers to order, this includes; the Cayenne Coupé and Cayenne Turbo Coupé.
Speaking during the launch event, Pavan Shetty, Director – Porsche India said: “We are delighted to unveil the Cayenne Coupé for the first time here in India. A truly worthy addition, this model offers the option of an extra sporty variant within our SUV range. The Cayenne Coupé also reinforces the evolutionary approach Porsche takes to developing its sports cars for the new era. Inheriting the same technical capabilities implemented in the third generation Cayenne, alongside a sharpened design, the Cayenne Coupé is more progressive, athletic, and emotional in its own right. I have no doubt that this impressive model will generate interest amongst current Porsche owners and enthusiasts alike.”
Athletic design and style
With the exception of the front end, all other body parts of the latest model have been completely redesigned and redeveloped. The significantly steeper roof line makes it more dynamic and positions it as the sportiest-looking model in the segment. Reformed rear doors and wings broaden the shoulders of the Coupé by 18 millimetres, contributing to an overall muscular impression. The rear number plate is integrated into the bumper, making the vehicle appear closer to the ground.
The new Cayenne Coupé comes with a 2.16 m2 panoramic fixed glass roof as standard. The 0.92 m2 glazed area gives all passengers an extraordinary sense of space, while the integrated roller blind protects against sun exposure and the cold. A contoured carbon roof is optionally available for the Coupé. The centre seam gives the roof the characteristic look of a sports car, similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The carbon roof is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages. These packages also include the Sport Design features and new, weight-reduced 55.8 cm (22”) GT Design wheels, seat centres in classic checked fabric, as well as carbon and Alcantara accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, the package also includes a sports exhaust system
On each Cayenne Coupé model, a fixed roof spoiler is combined with the new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA). The spoiler is integrated into the vehicle silhouette and extends by 135 millimetres at speeds of 90 km/h and above, increasing the downforce on the rear axle and thus enhancing driving stability.
Turbocharged engines and eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission
Benefiting from a generation of powerful and efficient engines initially implemented in third generation Cayenne models, the Coupé versions arrive with increased power through the addition of a Sport Chrono Package fitted as standard.
Achieving a top speed of 243 km/h, the Cayenne Coupé is driven by a three-litre V6 turbo engine with an output of 340 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm. The model accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, with the figure dropping to 5.9 seconds if one of the three optional lightweight sports packages has been chosen.
The top-of-the-range Cayenne Turbo Coupé features a four-litre V8 engine with twin-turbo charging, resulting in 550 hp and maximum torque of 770 Nm. A zero to 100 km/h sprint is achieved in 3.9 seconds, alongside a top speed of 286 km/h.
All three Cayenne Coupé models feature Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. Shorter response times and sportier ratios in the lower gears enhance both on-road performance and off-road capability. At the other end of the spectrum, the long-transmission eighth gear ensures low torques, optimised fuel consumption and relaxed driving.
Sporty interior with intuitive controls
At the front, the Cayenne Coupé includes new eight-way electrically adjustable sport seats with integrated headrests to offer exceptional comfort and support. Rear seats come fitted as standard with a 2+2 seating configuration and a centre storage compartment. Rear passengers sit 3 cm (1.18”) lower than in the Cayenne to offset the effects of the lower roofline. Like the third-generation model, the Cayenne Coupé features the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, an instrument cluster with two 17.78 cm (7”) full-HD displays designed to show a wide range of information, manageable via the multifunction steering wheel. Featured prominently in the centre stack, a 31.2 cm (12.3”) full-HD touchscreen offers access to operate a range of settings and functions in the vehicle.
Improved driving dynamics
Designed to advance driving dynamics, all Coupé models include 50.8 cm (20”) wheels, Power Steering Plus and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard. Power Steering Plus is firm at high speeds, while at low speeds the steering force is assisted to help with parking and maneuvering. The PASM has been developed to continuously regulate the damping force for each wheel individually. Wheels start at 50.8 cm (20”) and include more designs than the third generation Cayenne, such as the 55.80 cm (22”) GT Design wheel, available in combination with the lightweight sports packages.
The new Cayenne Coupé models are now available at all Porsche Centres in India. Basic retail prices (ex-showroom) are as follows:
Cayenne Coupé

INR

13,151,000

Cayenne Turbo Coupé

INR

19,763,000 

MG pioneers the EV ecosystem in India, unveils India’s First Pure Electric Internet SUV – the ZS E

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MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has today unveiled an end-to-end electric vehicle ecosystem for India’s First Pure Electric Internet SUV – the ZS EV. The industry-shaping development marks the next phase of the carmaker’s global drive to usher in a cleaner and greener future.

The ZS EV is MG’s First Pure Electric Internet SUV with a clean, efficient and fast powertrain. The all-new, advanced 44.5 kWh, liquid-cooled NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) battery from CATL, one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers, gives the car a travel range of 340 kilometers on a full charge. It delivers 353 Nm of instant torque and 143 PS power, accomplishing 100 kmph from a standstill in 8.5 seconds.

MG Motor India has partnered with various global and local players in the EV field for its multi-step charging ecosystem that is aimed at fulfilling ZS EV customer requirements. Each ZS EV comes with an on-board cable to charge anywhere and an AC fast charger for charging at homes/offices. The carmaker is also setting up a DC Super-Fast charging network at select MG showrooms and plans to create an extended charging network across MG dealerships in select satellite cities along key routes. Through Super-Fast DC chargers (50 kW), the ZS EV will reach 80% battery capacity within 50 minutes while AC fast chargers installed at homes will take around 6 – 8 hours for a full charge.

“As an enabler and catalyst for India’s EV revolution, MG Motor India is creating a strong, end-to-end electric vehicle ecosystem in association with leading players in the sustainable energy domain. A truly global and best-in-class EV SUV, the ZS EV has already registered significant success in more than 10 international markets such as the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. It has also been extensively tested for India-specific requirements. We’re hopeful that it will recreate its success in India, thanks to the strong EV ecosystem that we are putting in place. We will evaluate opportunities to further expand this ecosystem to more markets across India, based on customer response,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

The ZS EV: India’s First Pure Electric Internet SUV

The ZS EV comes with a unique Breathable Glow Logo that shows the vehicle charging status. Promising clean air on the inside as well, the pure electric internet SUV has an inbuilt PM 2.5 filter to help MG customers breathe pure air. The CO2 Saver feature in the head unit also displays how much CO2 customers have saved as they drive the car, showing them exactly what they are doing to change, what they can.

With the brand’s latest design philosophy of ‘emotional dynamism’ at its core, the ZS EV’s internal and external styling elements make it feel reassuringly MG and refreshingly innovative. Its skyroof covers 90% of the total roof area. MG’s ingenious positioning of the battery pack underneath the car ensures no compromise in cabin or storage space and achieves a low centre of gravity that makes the ZS EV agile and dynamic at corners.

The ZS EV also features impressive technology that maximizes range, efficiency, and convenience. Its three driving modes and three levels of regenerative braking can be tailored to suit individual driver preferences, making it the perfect companion for everyday driving.

iSMART EV 2.0

The ZS EV features the exclusive and updated iSMART EV 2.0, powered by an all-new 6-core processor that promises a seamless user experience. The iSMART EV 2.0 has an inbuilt embedded SIM providing internet onboard and can also be connected to an external Wi-Fi connection. This unique, industry-first capability allows users to connect their ZS EVs to their home networks and mobile hotspots, making it the first truly connected electric car in the country.

It also comes with features like search charging stations nearby, CO2 saved and 360 Spider which helps users to find charging stations when the remaining range is less than 50 KM. The iSMART 2.0 also comes with all the internet car features like connected mobility enabled by Cisco and Unlimit, cloud computing via Microsoft Azure, over the air updates, real-time maps with charging station locator from TomTom, music from Gaana App and weather by Accuweather. The new improved 2.0 solution also comes with a new graphic interface and improved hardware.

For more features of MG’s upcoming internet cars, visit:

https://www.mgmotor.co.in/vehicles/mgzsev

https://www.mgmotor.co.in/vehicles/mgzsev/change-what-you-can

Huawei revolutionises the wearable segment in India, launches Huawei Watch GT 2 #OneCharge2Weeks

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Huawei Consumer Business group, India today launched its much anticipated smart watch, the Huawei Watch GT 2. Focusing on consumer-centric innovation customised to suit their needs, the Huawei Watch GT2 comes with 2 weeks of battery life after one charge, supports Bluetooth calling, in-device music and capacity to store and play 500 songs. The new Huawei Watch GT-2 will have Super AMOLED display with 3D glass screen.

The watch is equipped with Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 Chipset to improve on battery life. The Kirin A1 chipset integrates an advanced Bluetooth processing unit, a powerful audio processing unit, an ultra-low power consumption application processor and a separate power management unit. In daily use the Huawei Watch GT-2 can operate continuously for up to two weeks with both the intelligent heart rate monitor and call notification functions.

For Huawei Consumer Business Group, Huawei Watch GT-2 is just the first step in bringing the Kirin A1 to India. The Kirin A1 Chipset will help Huawei further its footprint in India’s wearable segment down the road.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is your Health and Fitness Manager for everyday wellbeing.

Huawei is committed to helping consumers better manage their own health. The upcoming Huawei Watch GT-2 is compatible with 15 sports including eight outdoor sports (running, walking, climbing, hiking trail running, cycling, open water, triathlon) and seven indoor sports (walking, running, cycling, swimming pool, free training, elliptical machine, rowing machine). In terms of heart rate monitoring, the user will be notified if heart rate is above 100bpm or below 50bpm for more than 10 minutes. The watch is also powered with sleep monitoring function.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Tornado Pan, Country Manager (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India said, “Huawei has always been at the forefront of ground breaking technology innovation at the doorstep of our customers. This versatile smart watch Huawei Watch GT2 further underlines our focus on health and fitness and help our customers manage it better. The watch scientifically monitors heart rate, physical activities and sleep pattern with help of accurate positioning feature. Well-equipped with many other features, the latest Huawei Watch GT2, will be users’ own personal trainer that will monitor their vitals and guide them towards good health.”

Baichung Bhutia, former captain of the Indian national football team, shared his experience after using the Huawei Watch GT2, “The watch is a perfect companion for fitness enthusiasts like me. It is tailor made for tracking and monitor physical activities and essentially plays the role of a personal trainer. It comes with an array of customized features for over 15 sporting activities, churning out a wide range of for better monitoring and management of physical health.”

Huawei Watch GT2 will be available both online and at retail outlets across major cities of India to cater the massive demand of offline customers.

Price & Offers (46mm)

Huawei Watch GT2 variants are priced as follows- 46mm Sport (Black): INR 15,990; 46mm (Leather): INR 17, 990 and 46mm (Metal): INR 21, 990

Offline & Online: The watch will be available across Flipkart, Amazon, Croma and other leading retail stores. As part of pre-sale activity, the customers can book the watch 12 a.m. onwards, from December 12th to 18th, 2019 and they will get a Huawei Freelace worth MRP 6999 free. They are required to make the full payment for the watch at the time of booking the watch.

First Sale Activity: 19th -31st – The first sale for the watch will start from 12 AM (Midnight) and customer will get a chance to get the Huawei Minispeaker (INR 2999) for free. They can also avail the option of No-Cost EMI.

Price & Offers (42mm)

Online & Offline: The 42 mm variant of the watch will be available for INR 14990. Availability & offers will be announced at a later date.

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