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Rahul Agarwal Quits Lenovo, Shailendra Katyal Promoted as MD India

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Lenovo has appointed Shailendra Katyal as Managing Director, Lenovo PCSD India, and Site Leader for Lenovo Group in India, effective May 1, 2021. He will succeed Rahul Agarwal, who has decided to move on from the company to pursue other interests, following 20 years at Lenovo. 

Shailendra Katyal is currently Executive Director at Lenovo India PC and Smart Devices Group, where he leads the consumer business. He first joined Lenovo in 2011, and has held roles in marketing, consumer PC and tablets, home and small business, as well as e-commerce. Prior to joining Lenovo, he spent a decade building iconic FMCG brands.

“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers. I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am confident in Shailendra’s success thanks to his extensive experience in Lenovo and in the industry. I would also like to thank Rahul for everything he has done to maximize Lenovo’s growth over the past two decades. He has contributed immensely to the company’s success. I wish him the best as he pursues new opportunities in the entrepreneurial space,” said Amar Babu, President, Lenovo Asia Pacific

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Wicked Gaming Named as National Champion of ROG Masters 2021

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After an exciting round of national qualifiers held on 8th April 2021 and 10th April 2021, “Wicked Gaming” has been crowned as the Indian national champion of the ROG Masters 2021, the first Asia Pacific online eSports tournament organized by ROG. 

They will be joined by first runner up “Headshot Esports”, second runner up “2EZ Gaming” and third runner up “Wasted Potential” to represent India at the Asia Pacific finals, where they will battle the winning teams from other Asia Pacific countries in the regional championship.

The tournament saw participation from 80 teams to qualify for the Asia Pacific tournament. Various teams from 14 markets across the country went head-on for the chance to crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champions. 

The 4 qualifying teams from the India finals will receive US$800 for the national championship, US$400 for the first runner up, US$200 for the second runner up, US$100 for the third runner up and now have a chance to compete on a global level for a larger prize pool.

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Tournament Schedule

The four Indian teams will go on to meet the following regional opponents who have also won their respective national championships. The live draw for the Asia Pacific Regional Championship brackets will be held on April 20th on the tournament’s official discord channel.

The regional semi-finals will be streamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021 on the on ROG IN’s FB account and tournament’s Twitch channel.

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RAEGR Launches ‘MagFix Duo Arc M1330’ Wireless Charger

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RAEGR announces ‘MagFix Duo Arc M1330’ – a 2-in-1 wireless charger that also converts into a smartphone stand. The Arc M1330 has two charging coils that can simultaneously fuel an Apple iPhone 12 or AirPods along with an Apple Watch. Additionally, the foldable design also allows for high portability and also be used as a smartphone stand.
Commenting on the new accessory launch, Ajesh George, MD, RAEGR said, “The MagFix Duo is a must have accessory for Apple Watch and iPhone 12 users. Highly portable form factor makes it even more convenient to use on the go ”
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 is a 15W dual wireless charger that is aimed at users who own Apple’s iPhone 12 series. The Arc M1330 is a dual-operation charger that can simultaneously charge two Apple devices, be it an iPhone or AirPods and Apple Watch. It features a MagSafe-compatible charging pad on the left that accommodates any of Apple’s iPhone 12 series smartphones or AirPods (2/Pro) and can charge them with up to 15 Watts of power.
The right side of the pad has a unique folding design that charges the Apple Watch. It can be used in Normal mode or lifted by 90° in Night Stand mode for Loop Band convenience. Using it in the Night Stand mode allows you to simultaneously charge the Watch while the Watch’s display can turn into a desk clock.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 has a folding design that allows for high portability. Use it at home, in the office, in your car or anywhere you like and transport it in your handbag or backpack with ease. Additionally, the foldable design also helps convert the Arc M1330 into a smartphone stand for your iPhone 12 too. This feature takes advantage of the magnets in the phone and charger’s surface to help it rest in place.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 can also be used to charge other Qi-compatible smartphones from brands such as Samsung, Google, Huawei, LG and a few others at 15W. However, the smartphone stand feature will only work with Apple’s iPhone 12 series. The wireless charger sports a USB Type-C connector and you can use any compatible USB charger to power the MagFix Duo Arc M1330. It is recommended that you use a charger that has a power rating of above 15W for the best charging results.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 also has some rugged safety features. It protects every charging device from Over-current, Overheat, Over-Voltage and Short Circuit. Lastly, using its in-built intelligent device detection circuit, the charger can detect the power requirements of each device and smartly adjust the output power among 5W, 7.5W, 10W and 15W.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 15W dual Wireless Charging Stand will be available for Rs 2,999, with a standard industry warranty of 1 year, on Amazon.in and Flipkart.com. Buyers can avail of additional 6 months of warranty on registering their products.

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Oppo introduces New F19 Smartphone with 48MP Triple Camera

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OPPO announced the launch of another sleek marvel under its renowned F series – the new OPPO F19, in India. The OPPO F19 is another trend-setting minimalist sleek device under the F19 series that comes with a 33W Flash Charge to charge the massive 5000 mAh yet maintaining a light weight and a sleek design. 

The launch event, which was the ‘fastest launch event ever’** was hosted by stand-up comedian Zakir Khan. The event resonated well with the F19’s Flash Charge as it concluded in just 5 mins, and in the same time the F19 provides with a 5.5 hour of talk time! 

Speaking on the launch, Damyant Singh Khanoria, Chief Marketing Officer, OPPO, commented, “. In line with OPPO’s commitment to bring in the trendiest technology to more customers, the F Series truly offers something for all types of smartphone users, be it in terms of technology, perfectly suited for your life day-to-day, or the stylish sleek design. The F19, likewise, stands for all the values that F Series promises and we’ve pulled out all the stops to give you more value with an improved design and better screen when compared with the previous generation of this phone.”

“The legacy of F Series can be established from the fact that the brand has till date, sold 10 Million F series smartphones in India. Thanks to our retail partners Reliance Digital and TATA Croma who have been instrumental in achieving this landmark. They have been a strong retail associate for all our F Series products starting from F1 Plus in 2016 to F19 Pro series in 2021. We recognize their support in achieving this momentous landmark and are most thankful to our consumers without whom this feat would have been impossible” he added.

Super sleek and fast: Charge for 5 mins and get 5.5 hours of talk time

Boasting a large 5000mAh battery, the OPPO F19 offers all-day power and ample battery life throughout your day. Additionally, you’ll spend less time charging and more time enjoying your life day-to-day with the 33W Flash Charge that can provide a 5.5 hour of talk time or up to 2 hours of YouTube with just a 5 min charge. It fully charges the OPPO F19 in only 72 minutes and gives up to 54% in only 30 minutes of charge. So if you’ve forgotten to plug your phone before you went to bed and only have few minutes before you head out, F19’s 33W Flash Charge ensures that you’ll have enough battery life that will last till to you reach your destination.

The OPPO F19 also comes with the AI Night Charge which intelligently charges your phone in intervals so that your phone isn’t continuously charging while you are asleep at night. With AI Night Charge, the charging periods are customized based on your sleeping and charging habits that decrease the risks associated with charging a battery for a long period of time when frequent power outages are a reality that would cause unstable voltages. This also decreases the risk of the battery overheating and being damaged from prolonged charging, which also would then reduce the battery’s life span.

Sleek Design: Flaunt Sleek and Fast

The OPPO F19 sports a well-crafted sleek body and is certainly the sleekest* smartphone with a 5000 mAh battery under 20k segment.  You’ll be surprised, that despite packing in a large battery, OPPO F19 manages to fit it all into a slim, well-crafted and beautifully designed body. With OPPO F19, OPPO has managed to meticulously narrow and thin the device so that users can enjoy not only its performance but also a 3D curved grip that offers a comfortable in-hand feel. In fact, OPPO F19 is only 7.95mm thick and weighs about 175g only. It uses a die-casting aluminum alloy technology so that the thickest part of the motherboard cover is only 0.21mm. The battery is reinforced on both sides, narrowing the profile of the phone, while shoring up its strength.

AMOLED FHD+ punch-hole display for immersive viewing

OPPO F19’s AMOLED FHD+ punch-hole display boasts a 2400 x 1080 ultra-high resolution screen for you to get fully immersed in your games or videos. F19’s 6.4” large screen has a 90.8% ultra-high screen-to-body ratio, which is comparable to the high-end F19 Pro’s display in terms of the real estate. To maximize the space dedicated to the screen, the front-facing camera uses a tiny 3.688 mm punch-hole camera with super-thin 1.60 mm bezels. Embedded in the bezels around the camera is a Hole-punch light ring, which lights up when you receive a call or use the front camera. This means for a phone that’s nearly all screen you’ll enjoy clear and delicate images on a large mobile screen so you’ll be fully immersed in your favorite TV shows or mobile games. And in the vein of maximizing the real estate dedicated to its screen, OPPO’s uses In-Display Fingerprint 3.0, which is embedded under the display but not obstructing your screen. 

Super Smooth Performance

OPPO F19 is designed to keep up with the demands of its high achieving users, whether for work or play. OPPO F19 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chip ensuring a Super Smooth Performance. And throughout the day, OPPO F19 will keep running without stuttering thanks to a fast 6GB of RAM. You can even store as much as 128GB of videos, photos, shows and more, so you won’t have to spend time deleting content to make space and can instead enjoy your content offline. 

Capture Beautiful Shots with 48MP Rear AI triple camera

In a typical F Series fashion, OPPO F19 is a well-rounded smartphone that keeps up with other OPPO F19 Series phones, empowering you to take advantage of the latest in photography and videography technology to capture clear selfies and brilliant videos thanks to its Rear AI Triple Cameras. Featuring a 48MP main camera that offers a wider dynamic range, showing more details in dark areas. Accenting the main camera is a 2MP depth camerafor realizing depth shots like bokeh portraits and a 2MP macro camerathat can capture overall improved macro shot s.

Flip the phone around and you’ll see OPPO F19’s AI Selfie Camera, powered by its 16MP sensor for more life-like and clearer photos, of yourself or with friends. While the rear camera has perks that enhance photos, the AI Selfie Camera isn’t an exception. AI Beautification will improve the look of the people in any photo. Accounting for ambient lighting, OPPO F19 intelligently can touch up the skin and even the makeup of an individual to ensure that they look their natural best.

Pricing and Availability

OPPO F19 is available starting 9th April in India and will come in two color variants, including Prism Black and Midnight Blue. OPPO F19 will launch with 6GB RAM / 128GB storage at a retail price of INR 18,990.

OPPO F19 will be available for purchase at across mainline retailers and leading e-commerce platforms.

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To make it a more compelling deal, OPPO is offering a bundled discount under which the, Enco W11 will be available at an exclusive price of Rs 1299 (MRP 3,999) and OPPO Enco W31 at Rs 2499 (MRP 5,900)

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