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5 reasons to postpone holiday shopping till January

If you have even the faintest discontent in the specifications or features of the gadget you’re planning to buy, waiting till January could be a good idea.

tech Updated: Dec 28, 2015 10:26 IST
Sanshey Biswas
Sanshey Biswas
Hindustan Times
Companies are gearing up for their product releases in January 2016.(Pixabay)

It’s holiday season and also the last chance for companies to meet their sales targets for the year. Campaigns are running rampant on the web trying to get you to buy a phone because there could be a Rs 1,000 discount if you buy it through some app and even Rs 10,000 discount on the range of iPhones across e-commerce sites. But, if you have even the faintest discontent in the specifications or features of the gadget you’re planning to buy, waiting till January could be a good idea. These are some of them which will be launched in January:

Lenovo K4 Note

One of the popular budget phones in the sub-Rs 10,00 category this year, Lenovo K3 Note is all set to get a younger, faster and more feature rich reincarnation in the form of Lenovo K4 Note. Lenovo’s India arm has been busy tweeting teasers of the phone that is expected to sport a fingerprint scanner and 3GB of RAM in addition to the features of K3 Note.


With the promise to bring the “disruptive future” to India on January 5. The company is known for their big 2K almost-bezel-less displays, mirror-like fingerprint scanners and all metal body.

Xiaomi Mi 5

The Mi 5 rumour mill has been more than kind to everyone eagerly waiting the release of Xiaomi’s next flagship device. It’s been well over a year after Mi 4i was launched by Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun has said that the phone is well worth the wait. According to a report from Gsmarena, the Mi 5 should be revealed soon and the phone sports a fingerprint scanner similar to the Samsung phones and a USB Type C connector.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

After four years of existence, a member of the Microsoft Surface Pro lineup will finally see Indian shores. The new convertible is Microsoft’s answer to the MacBook Air. While the status of Surface Book’s launch remains unclear, according to a report by Gadgets360, the laptop-tablet hybrid will launch as early as first week of January.

Asus Chromebit

The Asus Chromebit announced its arrival to Indian shores in January, during Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai’s visit to India. The tiny drive when plugged into a television, turns it into a huge chrome browser with added features since it runs Chrome OS. All your extensions, browsing data, password and sessions stay synced to your Chrome browser on the laptop if you use the same Gmail ID on both the devices.

We know, the urgency to get a gadget is a powerful emotion which is tough to keep at bay. And as with the tech industry’s commitment to make it rain gadgets better than the ones in the market every few weeks, even these buys might leave you dissatisfied after a few weeks of use. So, happy shopping if you just can’t wait to get your hands on a shiny new gizmo. But if you decide to wait, stay tuned as we’ll update you on whether it was a good idea or not.

First Published: Dec 25, 2015 17:25 IST