Flipkart Big Billion Days Moto G (Gen 2) LTE Pre-Orders

Motorola India has finally launched the Moto G (Gen 2) LTE in India, a smartphone that was firstintroduced globally back in January this year. It will be available for pre-orders in India on Thursday during Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Sale. Priced at Rs. 8,999, the Motorola Moto G (Gen 2) LTE can be pre-ordered via Flipkart’s app only.

The company has not revealed the number of units that will be up for pre-order; though it notes that the handset will be available for pre-orders till stocks last. We can expect the company to sell theMotorola Moto G (Gen 2) LTE at a higher price after the sale ends.

Motorola India back in July had permanently slashed the price of its Moto G (Gen 2) 16GB to Rs. 9,999, down from its launch price tag of Rs. 12,999. Motorola has not confirmed if the Rs. 8,999 price is for the 8GB or 16GB model of the Moto G (Gen 2) LTE. If the latter, Motorola will have to slash the prices of the 16GB 3G variant.

At a price of Rs. 8,999, the Moto G (Gen 2) LTE will be also give hard time to Motorola’s own Moto E (Gen 2) 4G, which is currently retailing at Rs. 6,999 – and was launched at Rs. 7,999 in April.

The Motorola Moto G (Gen 2) LTE comes with almost similar specifications as its 3G variant except support of 4G. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3; 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) processor; 1GB of RAM; Adreno 305 GPU; runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat; 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera; 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 2390mAh battery.

To compare, the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G features a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC (with Adreno 306) coupled with 1GB of RAM and runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out-of-the-box. Upfront, it includes a 4.5-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) display with a pixel density of 245ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass 3; 5-megapixel rear camera; a VGA (0.3-megapixel) front facing camera; 8GB of built-in storage; expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB), and a 2390mAh battery.

Flipkart Opens Fulfilment Centre Near Gurgaon

E-commerce giant Flipkart on Sunday announced the opening of a fulfilment centre in Luhari, close to Gurgaon, to meet the growing needs for consumer electronics and durables in the northern region.

With this new facility, Flipkart now has a total of 17 warehouses covering 1.5 million square feet of storage capacity across the country, the company said in a release.

It said this warehouse has been primarily set up to stock consumer electronics and durables like TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, ACs, and microwave ovens. Stating that the new facility has a total storage capacity of close to 500,000 cubic feet spread over 100,000 square feet, Flipkart said the service would facilitate quicker deliveries of consumer electronics and durables to the northern parts of the country – Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh.

With this warehouse, Flipkart strengthens the large appliances supply chain in northern states of the country massively, it added.

“With Flipkart Big Billion Days just around the corner, the new warehouse will help us improve the productivity and meet the anticipated demand during this period,” Flipkart Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder Binny Bansal said.

“Owing to a rise in customer demand, we are investing hugely in strengthening the supply chain areas, improving processes and ensuring quality assurance,” he added.

Flipkart Says 5 Lakh Mobiles Sold in 10 Hours of Big Billion Days Sale

Flipkart says it sold five lakh mobile handsets in 10 hours after mobile offers went live on day three of the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale.

“This sets a record for the highest number of mobile phones sold in India in a short period of ten hours in any platform, either online or offline,” Flipkart said in statement.

Flipkart’s Big Billion Days festive sale started on Tuesday and will end on Saturday. The sale of mobile phones opened at midnight Wednesday night (12:01am on Thursday).

While metros like Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai led in terms of the sales, Flipkart said it saw a huge surge of interest from tier-II cities with Nagpur, Indore, Coimbatore, Vishakhapatnam and Jaipur leading in sales.

The Bengaluru-based firm said the platform also saw huge sales of 4G-enabled devices.

“75 percent of the phones sold during the ten hours period were 4G phones,” it added.

“It has been a blockbuster beginning for our mobile category sale. The half a million mobile handsets sale record is truly a testament to the growing demand for smartphones in India,” Mukesh Bansal, Head of Commerce Platform, Flipkart said.

On the first day of sale, Flipkart had sold 10 lakh products in the first 10 hours with six million visits from across the nation and 25 items sold per second.

“Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai have emerged as the chart toppers in terms of visits from metro cities, and Ludhiana, Lucknow and Bhopal from the non-metro cities,” Flipkart had said in a statement.