News18 concludes its 2017 edition of the Tech & Auto Awards; Samsung Galaxy S8, Paytm, Audi A5 among the winners

The awards function saw a total of 15 awards being handed out to respective winners with seven for tech and the remaining eight for the automotive industry.

News18.com held its 'Tech and Auto Awards' in New Delhi on 29 November. The event was held amidst the presence of industry veterans, celebrating technology and automotive products that have excelled in the respective sectors.

News18 concludes its 2017 edition of the Tech & Auto Awards; Samsung Galaxy S8, Paytm, Audi A5 among the winners

Tech and Auto Awards. Image: News18

The event saw a total of 15 awards being handed out to respective winners with seven for tech and the remaining eight for the automotive industry. The Chief Guest for the event was Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cabinet Minister, Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology.

Selected by a jury that included veterans from auto and tech industry, the awards night saw brands such as Maruti, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, Mercedes and others go head-to-head for coveted awards like Car of the Year, Sedan of the Year and Hatchback of the Year and more. While Tech brands like Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Xiaomi, LG and others were seen fighting it out for awards in the Smartphone of the Year, Design of the Year and other categories.

When it came to smartphones, Huawei with its Honor sub-brand put up quite the fight, with the Honor 8 Pro taking the award for 'Dual-Camera smartphone of the Year' and the Honor 9i winning the 'Selfie Smartphone of the Year'.

Here is the detailed list of the award winners across categories.

Category Winner
Tech Awards
Smartphone of the Year Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+
Indian Consumer App of the Year Paytm
Tech Personality of the Year Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Affordable Smartphone of the Year Nokia 6
Dual-Camera Smartphone of the Year Honor 8 Pro
Design of the Year Samsung Frame TV
Selfie Smartphone of the Year Honor 9i
Auto Awards
Car of the Year Hyundai Verna
Two-Wheeler of the Year Triumph Street Triple S
Sedan of the Year Hyundai Verna
Hatchback of the Year Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
SUV of the Year Jeep Compass
Luxury Car of the Year Audi A5
Design of the Year Porsche 718 Boxster
Performance Car of the Year Mercedes AMG GT R

Personalities like Vijay Shekhar Sharma of Paytm, Amitabh Kant of Niti Aayog and others were vying for the Tech Personality of the Year award.

Apart from the award distribution itself, the evening included a keynote speech by Larry Paulson, vice president of Qualcomm and President of Qualcomm India and a special video address by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping.

Commenting on the occasion, Manish Maheshwari, the CEO of Network18 Digital said, “At News18.com, it is our constant endeavour to connect with our consumers through different channels and make a difference to their lives by offering content that is most relevant to them. Tech and Auto Awards is one such platform to bring together the two most important sectors where today's consumer spends the most time on."

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