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Xiaomi Launches Redmi 9 Power in Nepal with 6000 mAh Battery

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Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

The Redmi series is one of the most excited and sought after smartphone lines under Xiaomi, and why wouldn’t it be? With spectacular cameras and blazing performance, Redmi devices always bring a lot on the table for a pretty reasonable price point. With tons of variants to choose from, there is something for everyone, and now with the recent addition of the Redmi 9 Power in Nepal, another feature-packed option is now on the list for those on the hunt for a more battery-heavy smartphone.

Redmi 9 Power: A Budget Beast with Gigantic Battery

The Redmi 9 Power is the battery-focused variant of the popular Redmi 9 series, and the first Redmi device in Nepal to feature a ginormous 6,000 mAh battery. With stylish looks and above-average cameras, it checks many of the boxes for a perfect 20k price-point phone.

Design and Display:

The Redmi 9 Power comes with a sleek 6.53″ IPS LCD display with a V-shaped notch holding the front-camera on the top. With an 83.4% screen-to-body ratio and the loving care of Cornering Gorilla Glass 3 on top, the phone has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 px and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, making it on-par with recent trends in design.

The build of the phone is made of plastic. Its interesting to note that Redmi has decided to go with a reflective gradient design on the back – something we don’t see nearly as often. The build feels solid for its price tag, the design looks neat, and the phone grips pretty well in your hands, so the plastic build is not that much of a big deal.

Also Read: Xiaomi Mobile Price in Nepal

Quad-camera bonanza:

The Redmi 9 was the first entry-level smartphone to come with a quad-camera, something we fortunately also see in the Redmi 9 Power variant. With a powerful 48MP primary snapper (Wide), an 8MP Ultrawide lens, and a 2MP Macro lens and Depth sensor respectively, the Redmi 9 Power hands an entire mobile photography toolbox in the user’s palm.

Granted, it’s not as good as what you’d get from the pricier variants of this series, but for the price-point, this more than cuts the cake for us.

On the front, we have a wide V-shaped notch holding a 8MP AI-enabled selfie camera. While the camera doesn’t seem to be quite as robust or adaptive as in some other phones in this price range, it does the job more than finely.

Hardware and Performance :

The Redmi Note 9 comes with the Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon processor, complete with an octa-core Kryo Gold+Silver CPU and an Adreno 610 GPU. The performance for this phone is pretty average for the price point, and the phone runs most medium-to-heavy apps with little to no lag at all.

Clocking up to 2.0 GHz, the chipset provides high performance with low power consumption, something that helps the already gigantic battery life extend much longer.

Battery:

The Redmi Note 9 comes with a massive 6,000 mAh battery, making it the first Redmi device in Nepal to feature such a large battery capacity. With smart adaptive settings, the increased charge cycles ensure that the enhanced battery lifespan with up to 3 years of optimized battery performance.

The phone can be charged via an 22.5-Watt fast-charger, which is fortunately included in-the-box. Reverse charging capability is available as well.

The phone also features a hyper-optimized Ultra Battery Saver Mode, which allow up to 695 hours of standby time on a single full charge. On regular settings, the phone can also carry you through 13.5 hours of non-stop gaming, 215 hours of audio and 26 full hours of video playback, which is pretty insane.

Redmi 9 Power in Nepal – Pricing and availability:

The Redmi 9 will be available in four attractive color variants: Mighty Black, Blazing Blue, Fiery Red and Electric Green. The 4GB+64GB variant is priced at NRs. 18,999 while the 4GB+128GB variant is priced at an affordable NRs. 20,999, making it a great choice to consider if you’re on the hunt for a budget to mid-range phone.

The phones will be available for purchase starting from the 10th of February and will be available across all authorized Mi stores, retail partners, and online channels.

Spice Up Your Valentines Game: Top Tech Gifts for Valentines Day

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Top Tech Gifts for Valentines Day
Top Tech Gifts for Valentines Day

With Valentines’ Day creeping up quickly on unsuspecting couples, the task of getting your significant other a gift to remember (until the next year, at least) can finally not be pushed away any longer. While traditional options like flowers and chocolates are good and all, they do tend to ‘finish’ very soon. After the flowers have withered away and the chocolates all guiltily eaten up, you still need something you can remember the day by, and so tech gifts for Valentines Day are a great option in this regard.

From cameras to smartphones, fit-bands, audio accessories and even silly little digital love-boxes, there are tons of options to choose from. In this article, we will go over three of the main ones, and dive into detail on the top choices available for the Nepali market as well. Let’s get started!

Tech Gifts for Valentines Day:

Cameras

Cameras have always been a great gift option for every occasion, and they still will be for years to come. After all, giving your loved one something they can use to capture special moments with you is sure to come in handy regardless of what the occasion is.

Brands like Canon, Sony and Nikon have a wide range of great products available through authorized stores as well as retail portals and resellers in Nepal. However, the options you’ll have here depends largely on your budget range. After all, prices can range anywhere from a little less than NRs. 70k all the way to 7-digits if you’re really looking for top-shelf quality.

In the budget price point, you have good options like the Canon Rebel T6i, Nikon D5600, Eos M50, etc however, it will definitely mean a sharp compromise quite a bit in terms of picture quality and features. If you’re willing to invest a bit more money for your gear, options like the Canon 90D, Canon 5D Mark IV, Sony A7RIV, Nikon D3500, etc are the best in the Nepali market to consider for tech gifts for Valentines Day.

Do note that prices, even for the same product, mostly tend to be different from seller to seller in Nepal. Since this is a sizably big investment on your part, don’t be shy on doing some research on all the options available in your price range. You can look into 2nd hand products on sites like HamroBazaar as well if your budget is tight but you don’t want to compromise on quality.

Smartphones

If a camera feels too heavy of an investment to make but you still want something fancy, smartphones are a great alternative to consider. Coming in a wide wide range of price points and features, there is definitely something for everyone to be found here. Budget as well as mid and high-range products provide a long list of awesome options for you to choose from.

Time was, budget phones meant you had to compromise a lot on camera quality, performance and screen size, however this is definitely not the case today. Nowadays, you can get great deals on budget phones with features that rival mid-ranged and sometimes even high-end phones. Options like the Redmi Note 9, Moto G9 Play, Poco M2, Redmi 9 Prime, etc are definitely worth a look, even if you’re on the hunt for a phone with a larger budget point.

In the mid and high-end of the spectrum, you have great choices like Samsung Galaxy M31, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi 9 Pro Max, Vivo V20, Galaxy A71, Mi Note 10 Lite, etc, along with high-priced flagships like the Galaxy Note 20 series, iPhone 12 series, Mi 10, OnePlus 8T and Pro, etc. If you feel stuck on making a decision for a new smartphone, do consider browsing through our extensive list of updates smartphone prices here.

Also Read: Mobile Price in Nepal [PriceList]

SmartBands and fitness accessories:

This is another great gift idea for those of you looking for something with a more thoughtful and caring vibe. Filled to brim with health trackers and productivity boosters, fitbits and similar smartbands are a great investment that provide long term value for a relatively smaller investment.

Products from Xiaomi, Oppo, etc are great considerations when you’re out hunting for a smartband in the Nepali market at an affordable pricepoint. The Mi Band 5 is the undisputed (for the moment at least) king of budget smartbands, with its current price point set at Rs. 4,499/-, coming in with features like Calorie tracker, Heart rate monitor, Sleep tracking, flexible Exercise modes, Women’s health, 2.5D reenforced glass, tons of watch faces and customization options to choose from, and much much more (read our in-depth article on the product here). Other great options for tech gifts for Valentines Day include the Honor Band 5, Mi Band 4, Honor Band 5i, etc.

On the more pricey end, you can also get genuine FitBit products distributed by the Nepali industrial conglomerate Sharda group through online and offline portals. Popular products in this section include the Fitbit Inspire 2, FitBit Charge 4, FitBit Versa 3, etc. You can browse through the full price list and in-depth descriptions of all FitBit products in Nepal on our site as well.

Apple iPad 10.2 Launched in Nepal: Best Budget iPad?

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iPad 10.2 2020
iPad 10.2 2020

The Apple iPad 10.2 2019 version was a big value-for-price product, with users all across the world loving it for its affordable price and solidly nailed down features. The latest in the line: the Apple iPad 10.2 2020, follows a similar path. With a faster chipset and a 20W charger included in-the-box, the Apple iPad 10.2 2020 has finally found its way to the Nepali market as well. So in this article, we’ll be looking over this new gizmo, its price in Nepal, and whether or not it lives up to its hype of being the best budget iPad right now.

Apple iPad 10.2 Overview:

Design and Display:

The Apple iPad 2020 is probably the best entry-level iPad Apple has come out with yet… even though there doesn’t seem to be much that’s different design-wise. The iPad 2020 retains the classic iPad look, with a 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29-inch body and a 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD screen. Measuring at ~490 grams, the display supports multi-touch and is protected under the care of layers of Scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating.

The tablet device comes with wide bezels on the top and bottom, and narrow ones on the sides. The top bezel houses the iPad’s front camera while the rear houses the main single-camera on the top-left corner.

Performance:

While not a lot has changed design-wise, the performance sector has gotten a pretty substantial boost. Featuring the A12 Bionic chip with a promised 40% faster performance, the Hexa-core Vortex+Tempest CPU and 4-core GPU do a great job of making sure everything stays smooth and lag-free.

The graphics in this device has reportedly been boosted by 2x. With bold claims that the new iPad is twice as faster than most Microsoft devices, the iPad 2020 also comes with Neural Processing Unit, making sure that AI-heavy apps and AR(Augmented Reality) apps run as smoothly as possible.

Software:

The Apple iPad 10.2 ships with the iPadOS 14. Featuring numerous upgrades including handy little sidebars, Universal Search, and app redesigns, it also supports external keyboards. The connection with the Apple Pencil is flawless as always, and the added performance specs and Neural Processing Unit means that most of the device’s basic features run virtually lag-free on the device.

Also Read: Latest iPhone Price in Nepal

Battery and Charging:

The tablet device ships with 20W fast charging, with the fast-charger included in the box. With a 32.4 Wh non-removable Li-Po battery, the iPad can sustain more than 10 hours of non-stop multimedia use on a full charge.

Apple iPad 10.2 Full Specifications:

Release Date2020, September 18
Display10.2 inches, Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits (typ)
Rear Camera8 MP, f/2.4, 31mm (standard), 1.12µm, AF
with HDR, panorama, [email protected], [email protected], HDR
Selfie Camera1.2 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard)
with HDR, 720p video @30fps
ChipsetApple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
CPUHexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)
Internal Memory32GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM
No SD card slot
OSiPadOS 14, upgradable to iPadOS 14.2
BatteryLi-Po, non-removable (32.4 Wh)
20W Fast Charging support
SensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
Siri natural language commands and dictation
Color and BuildSilver, Gold, Space Gray
Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) Full Specifications

Apple iPad 10.2 Price in Nepal:

The Apple iPad 10.2 has been launched in Nepal at a price of NRs 58,000. It is available to buy across authorized Apple distributors like Evo Store and redistributors like Oliz Store.

iPad 2020 ModelPrice in Nepal
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020)(32GB) [WiFi]NPR 58,000
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020)(128GB) [WiFi]NPR 69,000
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020)(128GB) [WiFi + Cellular]NPR 88,000
Apple iPad 10.2 Price in Nepal

Infinix Smart 5 Launched in Nepal: Cheapest 64GB Phone

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Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

While market giants like Samsung, Apple, Huawei, etc., have been rolling out one new hot release after another in stores, Infinix is doing something slightly different with its online-driven approach. Due to their business model of only selling through online platforms, this Hong-Kong based company has built a reputation for bringing great featured phones at insanely low prices. Following the success of their last two releases, the Infinix Note 7 and the Infinix Hot 9, Daraz, the exclusive online partner for Infinix Mobility in Nepal, is going for another round with the new Infinix Smart 5. Please keep reading to find out more about the cheapest smartphone with 64GB storage and its unbelievable price in Nepal.

Infinix Smart 5 Overview

Design and Display:

The Infinix Smart 5 comes with a spacious 6.6-inch IPS LCD display and HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 px. Following a somewhat classic trend, the phone’s design sports a tiny V-shaped notch on the top housing the front camera. The back houses a glossy gem-cut design that looks similar to the design it has used in many of its other products, along with a rectangular camera panel that carries the Inifinix Smart 5’s rear cameras and the fingerprint sensor.

At first glance, this looks like anything but a budget phone. A large spacious screen with extremely slim bezels, the only thing that could give out the fact that it is a budget device is the slightly under par display and resolution.

Also Read: Daraz Brings Two New Exclusive Smartphones to Nepal: Infinix Note 7 and Infinix Hot 9

Cameras:

Being a budget device and all, the Infinix Smart 5 doesn’t really come with the best cameras in the market, but they are definitely great considering the price point. Coming in with a lavish triple camera setup, the device houses a 13MP primary lens, along with two QVGA lenses for good measure. The QVGA lenses, which are something normally only used in devices like feature phones, don’t really seem to serve much purpose though, except serve as a marketing tactic.

On the front we have an 8MP selfie camera accompanied with dual LED flash. Complete with AI optimization, the phone reportedly also is capable of features like face beautification, auto retouching and light background blur effects.

Performance:

Powered by a Mediatek MT6761D Helio A20 chipset (1.8 GHz), the phone is like a gentle giant at best. Although the large screen, triple cameras and slim bezel design does its best to make the phone appear premium, the performance sort of gently gives it away. With a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and PowerVR GE8320 GPU handling the graphics, normal apps and the UI runs pretty smoothly, but things start getting laggy when you run large apps or heavy games.

The memory, which is the most notable thing in this phone, stands at a mighty 64 GB. If, for some reason this is not enough, you can also choose to increase it via an SD card.

The OS choice is a smart one. With Android 10 (Go edition), apps are rendered as simple webpages so they don’t really consume a lot of memory, reducing lag and improving performance.

Batteries:

A Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable battery supports this giant phone, and also has an effect of making the phone look slightly thicker. Charging is 10W and is handled through a microUSB 2.0 charging slot.

Infinix Smart 5 Full Specifications:

Release Date2020, August 20
Display6.6 inches, 105.2 cm2 (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio), IPS LCD
Rear Camera13 MP + QVGA + QVGA (X657 model) with triple LED flash
video [email protected]
Selfie Camera8 MP with Dual-LED flash,
[email protected] video
ChipsetMediatek MT6761D Helio A20 (12 nm)
CPUQuad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUPowerVR GE8320
Internal Memory32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM
Dedicated SD card slot
OSAndroid 10 (Go edition)
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity
Color and BuildOcean Wave, Quetzal Cyan, Midnight Black
Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
Infinix Smart 5 Full Specifications

Infinix Smart 5 Price and Availability

Infinix Smart 5 will be available through the eCommerce site Daraz at the price of Rs 12,990

Infinix Smart 5 (3GB/64GB)Rs. 12,990

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Launched: Specification and Price in Nepal

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020

Samsung‘s A-series for tablet phones has been a big market grabber since back when it was first released in 2019. While it is no flagship S-series stunner, the A-series has captured the hearts of a broader audience due to its affordable budget range. Their latest release, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020, is an especially good one, so it is only natural that a lot of people are excited that this mid-range marvel is finally available in Nepal. But is this tab really worth it? How does it compare to other choices in its price range like the S6 Lite?

Let’s find out, as we will dive to review this tab device, and find out whether the Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) price in Nepal makes it a worthy choice for those hunting for a new tablet device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Overview:

Design and Display:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has the classic A-series look, but with front camera on the right-side frame instead of the top. With a spacious 10.4-inch TFT display and 2000 x 1200 px resolution, this tablet sports a premium feeling metallic build. The display peaks at 329 Nits, which might be an issue for outdoor-use, and the sRGB coverage stands at 102%. This makes the colors seem pretty natural – not too saturated nor too bleak.

Measuring at 9.8 x 6.2 x 0.3-inches in size and around a pound (0.45 kg), the quality doesn’t feel cheap at all as many budget and mid-range models often do, largely owing to the fact that this is the priciest A-series model that Samsung has released yet.

Cameras:

As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2020 edition houses a front camera setup on the side-bezel instead of the top. This 5MP camera makes it so that users will have the tilt the device and use it in landscape mode whenever they want to video-call someone. Seeing as how most people who use tabs generally already prefer landscape mode for video calls, this might actually be a good call on Samsung’s part.

On the rear we have an 8MP shooter – not the best lens on a tab device in this price range but good enough to get most things done. This is the same camera setup that you get with the Tab S6 Lite too, which is another great choice for this price point.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: The Ultimate Note Experience?

Performance and Battery:

This tab device runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC chipset, with 32 solid gigs of internal storage and 3 GB onboard RAM. While this might not be the best for say, serious mobile gaming, it runs most heavy apps without much lag. Office and note-taking apps that most people use tabs for, runs like breeze and multi-taking performance in this tab isn’t that bad either. The tab runs Android v10 with OneUI 2.1 on top, which makes for a smooth and intuitive user experience as well.

Battery wise, the tab stands at a solid 7040 mAh. With a reliable non-removable Li-Po battery, the device supports fast charging and USB Type-c 2.0 connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020) Full Specifications:

Release Date2020, September 11
Display10.4 inches, 307.9 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Rear Camera8 MP, AF
with 1080p video @30fps
Selfie Camera5 MP
with 1080p video @30fps
ChipsetQualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
Internal Memory32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM
Dedicated SD card slot
OSAndroid 10, One UI 2.1
BatteryLi-Po 7040 mAh, non-removable
Fast Charging support
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Color and BuildDark Gray, Silver, Gold
Metallic frame
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Full Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020) Price in Nepal:

The launch price for the Galaxy A7 stands at Rs. 34,999. Only the 32GB+3GB variant is available for sale across multiple color options through any of Samsung’s retail stores across the country.

Samsung Tab ModelPrice in Nepal (in Rs)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020)Rs. 34,999
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2020) Price in Nepal

Xiaomi Patents New Fold Design: Finally An Affordable Folding Phone In 2021?

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Xiaomi Foldable Phone
Xiaomi Foldable Phone

The story of folding smartphones hasn’t been a particularly very successful one – although very cool to look at from a distance, they don’t perform as well for general day-to-day use. After a small Chinese OEM company by the name of Royole Corporation launched the first commercially available true folding smartphone under the name of FlexPai, industry giants leaped into the game. With Samsung leading the first successful folding phone with its Galaxy Fold, other companies like Huawei, Microsoft, and even Motorola joined the game. But even though the quality of each new model of folding phone has gotten better, one thing has been constant: a heavy price tag… something that the Chinese tech giant Xiaomi is eyeing to solve.

First Xiaomi Folding Phone Expected to Launch In 2021:

While Xiaomi had already displayed a [somewhat] working prototype back in 2019, they hadn’t given any further updates on this new concept, that is, until very recently. In a bold move by the Beijing based electronics manufacturer, Xiaomi has patented designs for a foldable phone that looks pretty similar to the Huawei Mate XS.

Also Read: Samsung Launches New Galaxy Z Flip Folding Smartphone

Dutch online platform LetsGoDigital discovered recently that Xiaomi filed a patent for the design in early January this year.

Even calling it a folding ‘phone’ would be a bit of a misnomer: the phone opens up to a square tablet-sized touchscreen. However, while folded it still seems compact enough for daily smartphone use. The phone seems to take heavy inspiration from the Huawei Mate XS’s design, even following the thick design on the device’s edges. The design includes four cameras, an LED flash, and what looks to be an extra button or a sensor.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Patent Images
Xiaomi Foldable Phone Patent Images

It’s pretty safe to expect that Xiaomi will inspire a breakthrough in making folding phones more accessible and affordable to their customers. Seeing as to how the folding phone market is dominated by very expensive models, it definitely makes sense for Xiaomi to try to break into this space.

Fitbit Price in Nepal [Updated November 2020]

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Fitbit Price in Nepal
Fitbit Price in Nepal

Fitbit is like the Apple of smart bands: a pioneer company with pretty heavy price tags. With over 23 million people actively using Fitbit bands to track their activity levels and well being, Fitbit hasn’t gained much popularity in Nepal yet because of its unavailability. However, this seems to be changing soon as Barun Group, an authorized distribution company under the Nepali industrial conglomerate Sharda group and will be available for purchase on various online and offline platforms. In this article, we will be sharing the latest Fitbit price in Nepal

Also Read: Mi Band 5 launched in Nepal: Is the New Mi Band Worth It?

1. Fitbit Inspire 2

fitbit inspire 2
fitbit inspire 2

This will probably be the cheapest Fitbit product to be launched in Nepal. With a light, slim design and durable build and battery life of up to 10 days, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is worth every rupee you pour over it.

Features

  • 10 Day battery life
  • 24/7 Heart rate monitoring
  • Sleep tracking with sleep stage and sleep score monitoring
  • Neat streamline design, lightweight and durable

Price: Rs. 17,999

2. Fitbit Charge 4

fitbit charge 4
fitbit charge 4

Features

  • Battery life up to 7 days
  • Built-in GPS and tracking system for real-time distance tracking
  • Sleep tracking with stage monitoring and sleep score
  • Guided breathing sessions and Female health tracking
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition
  • Swimproof

Price: Rs. 24,999

3. Fitbit Charge 4 Special Edition

This is a special edition variant of the Charge 4 that comes with a different design and wrist-straps.

fitbit charge 4 special edition
fitbit charge 4 special edition

Features

  • Advanced heart rate monitoring
  • Battery life up to 7 days
  • Built-in GPS and tracking system for real-time distance tracking
  • Sleep tracking with stage monitoring and sleep score
  • Guided breathing sessions and Female health tracking
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition (20+ modes)
  • Swimproof
  • Stylish design

Price: Rs. 27,999

4. Fitbit Versa 2

We have now entered the realm of smartwatches. The product showcase kicks off with Fitbit’s budget-king, the Versa 2.

Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2

Features

  • Clean and premium looking design
  • AMOLED Screen
  • Spotify integration and seamless music control
  • Advanced sleep tracking with sleep score and sleep mode monitoring
  • 6+ Day battery life

Price: Rs. 29,999

5. Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition

Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition

Features

  • Memory: Saves 7 days of detailed motion and health data
  • Clean and premium looking design
  • AMOLED Screen
  • Spotify integration and seamless music control
  • Advanced sleep tracking with sleep score and sleep mode monitoring
  • 6+ Day battery life
  • Water resistance up to 50 meters

Price: Rs. 32,999

6. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa 3

Features

  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring
  • AMOLED screen and Always-on display with low power consumption
  • Built-in GPS and tracking system for real-time distance tracking
  • 6+ Days battery life
  • Fast Charging

Price Rs. 39,999

Conclusion

Fitbits are a great way to track your activity levels and have something with you to keep you accountable for your wellbeing, while also looking stylish and set yourself apart from the crowd.

Daraz brings 11.11 ‘Single’s Day’ sale for the third year

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Daraz 11.11 Sale Day
Daraz 11.11 Sale Day

Backed by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Daraz has finally announced its next ‘11.11’ sale. Well, what’s so special about the 11th of November though, you might ask. Celebrated on the 11th of November(11/11), this is a sale day that is quickly spreading from its origins in China to a global phenomenon. The Chinese sales festival ‘Single’s Day’ not only outsells Valentine’s Day in terms of numbers but also eyeing to outsell the previously undisputed sales festivals like Black Friday, Cyber Monday End-of-the-year. And with a big day like this looming close forward, Daraz has finally announced the details for this next mega-event, with over 6k sellers, 160+ global and local brands, and more than 5 lakh unique products.

11.11: The New World’s Biggest Sales Day

Daraz is no stranger when it comes to sales campaigns. They hardly ever miss an opportunity to promote their platform and services. Proudly boasting the new Single’s Day campaign as “Nepal’s Biggest Sale Day,” there is no doubt that there is a lot Daraz is looking to offer for this new campaign.

Single’s Day Daraz Offers:

The Single’s Day sale will feature much of the programs and events that Daraz normally hosts in its sales days, along with a few exclusive events to make this day all the more special. This sales festival will present customers with several opportunities to save through exclusive Mega Deals, Prepayment Discounts, Flash Sales, Bundle Offers, Free Shipping, Flat Discounts from various sellers and brands, and much more. During this 24 hour sale, customers can get 20% discounts on their deliveries(up to Rs. 3000), which, needless to say, is pretty impressive.

As always, Daraz will also be providing exclusive discounts to those that order via Daraz’s official banking partners. These 11 banks include Nabil Bank, NIC Asia, Sanima Bank, Global IME Bank, NMB Bank, Mega Bank, Nepal Bangladesh Bank, Kumari Bank, Laxmi Bank, Century Bank, and Himalayan Bank. However, users do need to make sure to activate their bank cards for online payments beforehand. They can also verify if their card is activated by participating in the Daraz 1 Rupee Game, which offers customers a chance to win select products by paying Re.1 via card or eSewa starting from the first of November.

Also Read: Daraz Partners with Visa: “Online Payments in Nepal Now a Necessary Step”

Daraz Games: Play and Win

Like previous campaigns like Daraz First Games, customers will, of course, have the option to engage in various other challenges and games besides the Daraz 1 Rupee Game. These include but are not limited to Add to Cart and Win, Mission 11.11., and probably the most-awaited, DFG Ludo Tournament. This Ludo tournament will be held from the 11th of November until the 13th and will feature participants from Daraz International countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. With awards, including gifts like Daraz voucher cards worth Rs. 15000, exclusive discounts, and more, you’ll need to be quick as the registrations end on the month’s 8th.

Register for the DFG Ludo Tounament here.

“COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives significantly, ” says Lino Ahlering, Managing Director for Daraz Nepal. “After some challenging months, we are excited to bring Alibaba’s 11.11 Shopping Festival for the third time to Nepal. It will not only offer shoppers across the country access to exclusive deals and huge discounts across various categories, but it also gives Nepali sellers the chance to recover faster and boost their sales online during times where many of them see significantly less footfall due to the pandemic.”

The Daraz Team further assures the customers that while over 5 Lakh users are estimated to take an active part in this sales day, there will be no compromise on service level. To gear up for Nepal’s largest online sale day, Daraz has hired close to 900 delivery riders and customer care agents to ensure fast delivery in 27 cities. Along with hygiene rules like daily temperature checks of every employee, regular deep cleaning, and strict shift planning to reduce occupancy in every location, all delivery riders are further equipped with protective masks, gloves, and sanitizers, says Daraz Team.

Top 5 TV and Movie Streaming Apps in Nepal

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Top five Streaming Apps in Nepal
Top five Streaming Apps in Nepal

With high-speed internet access tucked away in everyone’s pockets these days, video streaming has become a particularly lucrative business. Most users can now stream HD video with little to no lag, which would’ve been a far off dream 15 years ago. Platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, etc provide rich high-quality video streaming services where anyone can create and “broadcast” themselves. Giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc have capitalized on this in a different way by providing paid video streaming for content like series, movies, documentaries, etc. As cheaper and faster internet facilities are improving in Nepal, many movie streaming apps in Nepal have popped up as well.

In this article, we will go in-depth over the Top 5 movie streaming apps in Nepal. Here, you can watch movies and series in Nepal without having to use Paypal, Mastercard, Credit Cards or any other inaccessible payment options, and in cheap prices that can be easily afforded by users.

Note: We will not be counting international platforms like iFlix or Netflix Nepal in the main list, though we will have a section within this article that will focus on this.

Top 5 TV and Movie Streaming Apps in Nepal

1. NetTV

NetTV is one of the oldest OTT(Over-the-Top) streaming service providers in Nepal. This handy app provides a Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) TV feed directly to your mobile, smart tv or web browser. With a wide selection of national and international channels to choose from, it has little below over 100k users already.

Released just a bit over a year ago, this number shows the massive growth opportunity for streaming platforms in Nepal. NetTV was the first OTT/IPTV in Nepal to get a Nepal Government-issued license to operate IPTV(TV feed over the Internet). Currently, NetTV supports Web TV and mobile app streaming.

NetTV promises a wide selection of over 200 channels to choose from, including channels like Kantipur HD, AP1HD, AL-Jazeera HD, Zee Tv HD, Sony Ten 1 HD, etc. Different channel packages like Nepali, Hindi, English, Kids, Sports, Infotainment, etc are available for users. What’s more, users can also buy on-demand movies or series, and pay for view. WorldLink, Vianet, etc users can log in using their ISP provided info, or one can make an account from their email, google mail account, or Facebook account as well. eSewa, Khalti, and IMEpay are the accepted payment methods.

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NetTV aims to develop an open platform where anyone can host and sell their content. According to them, the distribution cloud is through local ISPS, which ensures quality and full HD delivery without any internet traffic-related lags. However, there does still seem to be problems while streaming, especially in high traffic times (like football matches, popular TV show broadcast times, etc). Nonetheless, it is one of the better movie streaming apps in Nepal for Nepali and international content.

2. WOWtime

WOWtime is the underdog of this list that is slowly but steadily gaining popularity for itself. This streaming service is backed by Nepal Telecom, and aims to bring OTT services to Nepali customers. Not only does it support live TV, but also on-demand movies, radio channels, and more.

Registration for WOWtime is done through Nepal Telecom phone number exclusively, meaning that you will need a Nepal Telecom number to register for an account. However, you can then use this service through WiFi or any other data network after that.

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The great thing about WOWtime is that while you can enjoy this service over WiFi, you can buy also subscription, as you would for mobile data, exclusively for WOWtime. This is a great thing if you experience problems like load shedding, unstable cable connection, poor WiFi, etc, and can’t wait to watch your favorite club’s match or the episodic answer to the all-important question: “Rasodi mein kaun tha?“.

3. Fopi

Fopi is the newest kid on the block that demands attention. Developed by Aaviskar Technology, it has a comparatively lighter customer-base than NetTV or WOWtime. However, it has a number of great features that aren’t available on the other two platforms.

Fopi provides online viewing, as well as offline saving feature, for its content. Fopi is a piracy-free platform, meaning that this content is likely protected under DRM(Digital Rights Management) even when downloaded offline. Customers can enjoy on-demand movies, TV series, regional movies, songs and videos directly from their viewing device. Fopi claims to include almost 70% of Nepali media content, and also the largest content of authentic Nepalese media. The company seems to be expanding its horizons to international content as well.

Content on Fopi is very affordable, with prices ranging from Rs 30 – Rs 50 for new movies and Rs. 15 for an audio album. Payment options for Fopi include Fopi Balance (a top-up balance that can be directly loaded onto Fopi), eSewa, NTC balance, or from payment to an offline Fopi Pasal. Although in a toddler stage right now due to a low customer base, we can see clear potential for this platform skyrocketing in popularity in the future.

4. Nepal Television:

Nepal Television is one of Nepal’s largest broadcasting organizations in-studio and transmission infrastructure, established in 1983. Nepal Television currently provides a total of 4 channels and recently has also expanded its reach to mobile and online service through the official Nepal Television App.

Customers can enjoy HD content from all of NTV’s four television channels:

  • Nepal Television (General Entertainment and News)
  • NTV Plus (focuses on Sports and Entertainment)
  • NTV News (News)
  • NTV Kohalpur (Regional news and entertainment)

Backed by NITV, a leading OTT/IPTV development and consulting firm based in Japan, the app aims to provide international coverage for its different channels.

The features for this app include DVR/Catch-up TV for up to 1 week (all 4 channels), Electronic Program Guide(EPG), On-Demand content, Online Newsfeed, Featured old video Library for VOD and offline viewing. Although the lack of variety (only Nepali content) might put some people off, this is still a solid app for its genre.

5. DishHome GO:

DishHome GO, as the name might suggest, is an app for DishHome cable TV subscribers. Customers of DishHome can install this app and enjoy content from the comfort of their smartphones.

However, a major con for this platform is its lack of content. The content for this platform is severely limited, and it doesn’t seem to provide much more than a handy mobile experience for TV streaming. You can give it a shot if you are a DishHome customer since this service is available for free. Users can log in using their customer ID. In addition to general TV streaming, you can also contact support team, check balance, add or remove channels, etc.

Honorable mentions:

The popularity of Netflix in Nepal has skyrocketed recently. Netflix Nepal aims to expand Netflix services to Nepal, given the amount of Indian content it has been putting out lately.

If you look on the internet, you can find numerous people selling Netflix plans that accept eSewa, Khalti, etc. While a good share of these is legit, there might also be different things going on under the hood: selling hacked accounts, carded accounts, etc… stuff that you want to avoid. We advise you to buy from reputed sellers only, or buy through someone you know who lives abroad. (Protip: One way of finding out reputed sellers is through referral from already long-time users, or by looking up past customer experiences).

iFlix Nepal attempted to expand its horizons to Nepal too and backed by NCELL, the second-largest mobile provider in Nepal, it had an okay-ish run. Customers could recharge their iFlix subscription using NCELL balance. However, NCELL announced the termination for their iFlix support since June 2020. Since then, this platform has pretty much nosedived in popularity in Nepal.

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Conclusion:

While there are a lot of promising stars in the game, we would not be kidding if we told you that the review stars in these apps are fewer than what you could see on a cloudy night. Many Nepali streaming apps don’t even cross the 2-star rating: and none seem to come even close to the 4-star mark. This could be influenced by early versions of the app where the service was not very usable, but there are still numerous performance issues in almost all of them, including the ones on the list.

However, there is no doubt when we say that the content streaming market in Nepal has a bright future. As movie producers, freelance videographers, and indie creators continue to grow, it’s inevitable that they will need a platform to monetize their efforts. This is still a pretty new stage for Nepali streaming apps though, but we are bound to see developments in this field in the future.

What are your thoughts on this article? Did we miss your favorite /OTT provider? What are some issues you’ve faced while using streaming services? Put your thoughts in the comments section below!

[email protected]: Sastodeal Announces Eyecatching Dashain Sale (Ends 17th of Oct)

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SastoDeal BigDeal Dashain Offer
SastoDeal BigDeal Dashain Offer

When you think about the e-commerce scene in Nepal, there are two main names that pop into your mind: Daraz and Sastodeal. Backed by the Alibaba group, Daraz has pretty much been top dog in Nepali e-commerce for a while now, but other platforms are also itching to step up their game. Following a huge partnership with Flipkart and MYNTRA, Sastodeal has been getting a lot of attention, and with a new Dashain sale campaign on the way, things look tons better for this made-in-Nepal shopping platform.

[email protected] – Scratch your Dashain Shopping itch!

This [email protected] campaign is aimed as a festive offer for Dashain and will include various offers like Scratch to win, Festive Coupons, Exclusive discounts, and much more. The sale offers starts from the 13th of October all the way to the 17th, guaranteeing plenty of shopping time and discount offers for interested customers.

Also read: 5000+ Flipkart and Myntra Products Now Available In Nepal Following Cross-Border Partnership with Sastodeal

Scratch to Win:

Nothing is more classic to a festive sale than a Scratch card offer. During the entirety of this festive season, Sastodeal will be including a free scratch card with every delivery sent to customers. The grand prize for the coupon event is a grand MarQ 49” TV(market price: Rs. 49,999). Customers also stand a chance of getting up to Rs. 10,000 in cash prize, Rs. 100 in coupon prize being a sure shot for everyone.

Discount Coupons:

Sastodeal has brought a whole selection of discount coupons on every major shopping category you can think of. From general products to home appliances, Sastodeal pretty much guarantees a discount deal for every order you make on the site.

See the official promotion page on the SastoDeal website here.

General Coupons:

Coupon CodeMinimum PurchaseDiscount
BIGDEAL5000Rs. 99,999Rs. 5,000
BIGDEAL3000Rs. 50,000Rs. 3,000
BIGDEAL1750Rs. 25,000Rs. 1,750
BIGDEAL900Rs. 10,000Rs. 900
BIGDEAL600Rs. 5,000Rs. 600
BIGDEAL325Rs. 2,500Rs. 325

Discount offers on TVs:

Coupon CodeMinimum PurchaseDiscount
TV4000Rs. 75,000Rs. 4,000
TV3000Rs. 45,000Rs. 3,000
TV2000Rs. 25,000Rs. 2,000
TV1000Rs. 10,000Rs. 1,000

Discount offers on Home Appliances

Coupon CodeMinimum PurchaseDiscount
LHA4500Rs. 60,000Rs. 4,500
LHA3500Rs. 40,000Rs. 3,500
LHA2500Rs. 20,000Rs. 2,500
LHA1000Rs. 8,000Rs. 1,000

Bank and Online Wallet Discounts:

Customers paying through debit/credit cards from any of Sastodeal’s partner banks can get exclusive discounts on top of the already redeemed cashback as well. These banks (and online wallets) include:

Partner Bank/ online walletDiscountPayment Method
NIC ASIA20% up to Rs. 2000Debit & Credit Cards
Sanima Bank25% up to Rs. 2500Scan & Pay
NMB Bank25% up to Rs. 2500Debit & Credit Cards
Nepal Investment Bank10% up to Rs. 1000Debit & Credit Cards
Himalayan Bank25% up to Rs. 1000Credit & Pre-Paid cards
IME Pay25% up to Rs. 2000E-Wallet

Conclusion:

With the COVID pandemic still wreaking havoc on our daily lives to a large extent, one can never be safe enough. Online shopping platforms like Daraz, Sastodeal, ePharmacy, etc have stepped up amid this crisis to provide safe and sanitary deliveries to their customers. If you’ve been itching to start your Dashain shopping but don’t want to risk catching the coronavirus, online platforms are a great way to get shopping done… and the awesome discount offers really make it worth it as well.