New Delhi: Flipkart is offering discounts on laptops in a limited-period promotional sale aimed at students. Under the “Back to College Laptops” sale, Intel-powered laptops are being sold starting at Rs. 9,999, according to the Flipkart website.
Open from June 20 to June 22, Flipkart’s sale includes laptops from Apple, HP, Dell, Acer and Asus. “Some of the best laptops for college students in India are available right here at the best deals and offers online. Students need not spend a fortune for buying high-end laptops,” the e-tailer said on its website – flipkart.com.
Flipkart’s laptop sale includes products specially designed for engineering and architecture students, besides gaming laptops. In the budget laptops category, Flipkart was offering Iball Atom branded laptops from Rs. 9,995. EMI or estimated monthly instalment plans from banks including ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and Kotak Bank were available starting at Rs. 485 per month.
“An engineering student will be required to install software programs like CAD, AutoCAD, ANSYS, Solidworks, MATLAB and the like for his various designing and project related works… An i5 core processor, a RAM of minimum 8GB, hard disk space of minimum 500GB are mandatory requirements. You can go for engineering laptops like HP 15 Core i5 6th Gen Notebook, Lenovo core i5 7th Gen Notebook or any such model,” the Flipkart website noted.
Demand of electronic products in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 41 per cent during 2017-2020 to reach $400 billion by 2020, according to a joint study by Assocham and NEC Technologies. Increasing disposable income has led to increased consumer demand for electronics products specially advanced TV’s, mobile phones and computers, it said, adding that the demand surge is huge which shows a positive outlook for the industry.
For gaming, “a DDR4 graphics card like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX series will be great, like what is present in the Dell Inspiron 7000 core Notebook. Windows would be a great OS to use, but if you are a fan of the Mac, you can go for Apple Macbook Air Core i5 5th Gen laptop”, it added.
Flipkart offered gaming laptops starting at Rs. 52,990. “Gaming laptops for students has to be quite heavy on the RAM and disk space side and have a fast processor. It would best to have an i5 or i7 processor laptop with a minimum of 8GB RAM. And SSD drive is the ideal on as its much faster than the HDD drive.
A graphics card/ video card which is NVIDIA sourced will be a good choice. A dedicated graphics memory of at least 8GB and a DDR4 graphic memory type would be ideal, it said. “Go for an Alienware core i5 6th Gen Notebook, MSI core i7 7th Gen Notebook, Lenovo core i5 7th Gen Notebook among others are good options,” Flipkart said.
The e-commerce website was offering up to Rs. 15,000 off on exchange of existing laptops for purchase of Alienware Core i5 6th Gen. Priced at Rs. 1,20,990, the Alienware Core i5 6th Gen laptop comes with a 15.6 inch screen, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB hard drive, Windows 10 Home, 2 GB graphics. The product can also be purchased on no cost EMIs starting at Rs. 13,444 and other EMIs from Rs. 5,867.
Bangalore-based Flipkart earlier this month offered up to 80 per cent discount on apparels and personal care products. The sale included brands of 50 companies including Aeropostle, Vero Moda, Forever 21, Under Armour, Kenneth Cole, Crocs and Adidas.
Meanwhile, many retail stores and e-tailers have announced big discounts on electronics, home appliances, clothes, footwear and other items ahead of the implementation of goods and services tax (GST) from July 1.
Though such promotional offers are generally announced during the Diwali festive season, some retailers have announced discounts to clear inventories due to the cost and process associated with making old stocks compliant with the new indirect tax regime.