- Amazon and Flipkart are both holding big sales
- WhatsApp for business has been launched in some regions
- OnePlus confirmed up to 40,000 users were affected by a credit card leak
Welcome back to our weekly news roundup. This was a week of news about deals, as both Flipkart and Amazon are running sales. It’s lining up to be a good time for deal-hunters, with deals on gadgets like smartphones and laptops. The Flipkart Republic Day Sale started on Sunday, and ends on January 23, and aside from smartphones and laptops, there will also be deals on TVs and other electronics. One of the big deals in this sale will be the Pixel 2 XL at Rs. 48,999 (inclusive of Rs. 10,000 off on HDFC Bank credit card transactions), and you’ll also be able to pick up an Xbox One S at Rs. 24,990, a discount of Rs. 2,000.
Aside from this, you’ll be able to get the Samsung Galaxy S7 for Rs. 26,990, and discounts on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Oppo F3, Oppo F3 Plus, Honor 9i, Infinix Zero5, Vivo V7, and Vivo V5s. There are plenty more offers too – for one thing, Citibank card holds will get 10 percent cashback on the sale. Even entry-level phones are available on discount, and you’ll be able to get the Panasonic P99 at Rs. 5,499 (MRP Rs. 8,990), Xolo Era 1X at Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 5,149), and Micromax Spark 4G at Rs. 3,699 (MRP Rs. 4,499).
Amazon’s first Great Indian Sale of 2018 also started today, January 21, and is on till January 24. The offers were first announced a week ago, when Amazon revealed that it’s hiring 6,500 temporary workers to manage the logistics of the sale. There will be cashbacks for credit and debit card transactions, and Amazon Pay users will receive 10 percent balance back (up to Rs. 200) on each new purchase above Rs. 250. Apart from the usual discounts on phones, TVs, and other electronics, you’ll also get discounts of up to Rs. 2,500 if you’re buying a Kindle or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Also, in case you order cash on delivery and the delivery executive doesn’t have change, they can add it to your Amazon Pay Balance, complete with a cashback.
Buyers will get up to Rs. 17,000 off on Honor smartphones, and up to Rs. 7,200 off on Samsunghandsets. The OnePlus 5T Lava Red, LG V30+ Blue variant, Samsung Galaxy A8+ and Galaxy On7 Primego on sale for the first time in this sale. Among the big deals on TVs in the sale are the Rs. 50,000 discount on the 65-inch TCL Android TV, and the 30 percent discount on the Micromax Bingebox smart TV range. The Amazon sale is also offering up to 50 percent off on JBL speakers and Sennheiser headphones.
WhatsApp is also looking to help prevent spam forwards, with a feature that’s reportedly being tested on both Android and iOS. With this feature, WhatsApp will notify users if a message has been forwarded before – the idea is that this will help cut down on unwanted advertising, and also fake news. Meanwhile, WhatsApp for iPhone has not gotten YouTube integration, with PiP. With this, iPhone users can view shared YouTube videos right inside the chat window in the app.