Friday, December 26, 2014

HTC Desire Eye now available for Rs 35,990

HTC's Desire Eye was launched last month alongside the One Eye, but the company had not disclosed the price of the device. Now, Mumbai based retailer Manish Khatri has revealed on Twitter that the phone costs Rs.35,990. He also claimed that the phone was available for purchase.

HTC for its part has neither disclosed the price of the device on it website nor in any other manner. When contacted, the company confirmed that the pricing was not announced. Its website still lists the phone as 'coming soon'.

The Desire Eye flaunts a double shot design similar to the Desire 820. It is a selfie focused phone with twin 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. In fact, on both the front and the back, the phone has dual-LED flash modules, making both the cameras equally potent. The camera on the back has a f/2.0 aperture, while the one on the front has a f/2.2 aperture.

HTC has also added a number of software features like a split capture function, and crop me in function. These features have been seen on Samsung phones earlier.

It is also a IPX7 rated smartphone which can endure immersion under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. This is not too dissimilar from the Re action camera.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Xolo Opus 3 with a 5-inch display

The word ‘selfie’ has sparked the proliferation of an entirely new breed of smartphones like the Xolo Opus 3 which sports a price of Rs 8499 in India. You call a device a selfie phone when it has a good quality front camera accompanied by flash. Without the last mentioned component, it’s just a handset with a decent webcam.
The Xolo Opus 3 has a 5MP front-facing snapper with an 88-degree wide angle lens, flash unit and BSI sensor. The rear casing shows of an impressive 8MP camera powered by Sony Exmor R. It uses dual flash, embeds a 5P Lens design and offers an aperture of f/2.0. All in all, you should get some pretty decent low light performance out of it.
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12.2-inch Apple iPad Air Plus to feature next-gen A9 processor

A Japanese magazine dedicated to Apple fanboys, Mac Fan, has published details of the rumoured 12.2-inch iPad Air Plus including its internal hardware and expected launch date.
The magazine found a leaked blueprint of the 12.2-inch iPad, which says that the tablet will be 305.31 x 220.8 x 7mm in size and come powered by a next-generation A9 processor. It adds that the ‘iPad Air Plus’ is said to have four built in speakers on its edges to provide stereo sound. It also claims that the iPad Air Plus is scheduled to launch some time between April to June 2015.
AppleInsider has said that another Japanese publication, called Macotakara, has details which aligns with the information shared by Mac Fan. Macotakara says that the upcoming ‘iPad Pro’ or ‘iPad Plus’ will feature a 12.2-inch display with speakers and microphones on multiple edges.
According to AppleInsiderMacotakara also claims that the iPad Air Plus won’t be as thin as the 6.1mm iPad Air 2, but will be as slim as an iPhone, measuring somewhere between 6.9mm and 7.1mm.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spice launches Stellar 362 smartphone at Rs 5,499

Spice Retail on Tuesday launched the Spice Stellar 362 smartphone, based on Android 4.4. It is priced at Rs 5,499. 

The new 3G-enabled device is increasingly relevant for sub-urban consumers as it provides a good internet experience, the company in a statement said. 

The device is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 8.89cm HVGA capacitive touch-screen and expandable memory of upto 32 GB. 

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Google Nexus 6 up for pre-orders on Flipkart with exchange offers

As earlier reported by, the new Google Nexus 6 smartphone made by Motorola is finally up for pre-orders on Flipkart starting today. The Nexus 6 32 GB is priced at Rs 43,999 while the the 64 GB version costs Rs 48,999.

Flipkart also has introduced an exchange offer with both versions of the Nexus 6 smartphone and is offering a maximum discount of Rs 10,000. Consumers can exchange their old Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 smartphone to get Rs 10,000 off.
Other offers include 3 month free subscription of Flipkart First, Rs 1500 Cash Back on purchasing on various monthly EMI’s via HDFC/ICICI bank and get pre-selected Flipkart eBooks worth Rs 2100 for free.

The Nexus 6 runs on a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with the Adreno 420 GPU and 3 GB RAM. Running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, the smartphone sports a 13 MP rear camera and has a 2 MP front camera. Powered by a 3220 mAh battery, the Nexus 6 comes with Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, NFC and supports 4K video playback.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Videocon Infinium Graphite quad-core phone launched

Videocon has launched its latest flagship smartphone called the Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature for Rs 10,499.
Videocon Infinium Graphite has a 4.7-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The smartphone comes with one-glass solution (OGS) technology and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It has a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card support.

Videocon Infinium Graphite has an 8 MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash and a 5 MP front camera with 88-degrees wide angle lens and a BSI Sensor. Connectivity options included are dual SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby, 3G, Bluetooth, USB and WiFi. The smartphone comes with a Touch Gesture Awake feature lets you gesture shortcuts to interact with your device. Pre-defined gestures ‘C’, ‘M’ and ‘O’ on the lock screen takes you directly to the Dial Screen, Music Player and Camera. Users also have an option to set up to 4 gestures of their own. The Infinium Graphite is backed by an 1800 mAh battery and is available in Black color.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Android Wear-Based LG G Watch Goes on Sale Worldwide

LG has announced that its first Android Wear running wearable, the G Watch, is now on sale worldwide.
The company has confirmed that the LG G Watch will be available both online as well as in physical stores in twelve countries, including - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United States. While will be up for grabs from physical retailers in fifteen countries, among which include Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand. The company noted that the G Watch price will be announced locally in each market.

The LG G Watch, initially unveiled in March, went up for pre-order with an 'Add to Cart' option at Rs. 14,999 via Google Play India within hours of Google's I/O 2014 Keynote address. Notably, the LG G Watch is currently listed as 'out of inventory' at the Google Play India.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Micromax Canvas Elanza A93 priced at Rs 9,400

Hot on the trail of the Micromax MAd A94, the company has launched yet another mid-ranger. This time around it’s the Micromax Canvas Elanza A93 and it’s been priced at Rs 9,400 at at least one online retailer.

Quite in the vein of recent launches, the Canvas Elanza also gets a 5-inch screen, but instead of full HD or even 720p resolution, it gets a qHD (540×960 pixels) display. The dual-SIM phone (GSM+GSM) is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and gets a healthy 1 GB of RAM. Connectivity options include the standard suite of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB and GPS. There’s FM radio as well as 3G and 2G cellular connectivity.

Despite being released in the second month of 2014, the A93 only runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and not the latest KitKat OS, which is surprising and disappointing considering it has been out for nearly five months now. In fact, most of Micromax’s recent releases have come with Android 4.2 out of the box and not even Android 4.3.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

HTC Desire 501 & Desire 601

Back in 2010, HTC was one of the top smartphone makers in the world, accounting for one in every ten smartphones sold.

After years of strong market performance, the Taiwanese phone maker is in a tight spot, facing stiff competition from Apple, Samsung and other handset makers. Last week, it reported worse-than-expected results for Q4FY13. Though the sale of its remaining 25% stake in Beats Electronics for $265 million helped the company avoid its second-consecutive quarterly loss, it appears that despite aggressive cost-cutting measures—buying chips from cheaper vendors, outsourcing production etc—the handset maker’s troubles are far from over. The company’s global share of the smartphone market has declined to 2.2% in the third quarter of 2013, from a peak of 10.3% only two years ago. 

Dual-SIM Android phones by Micromax Bolt A28 and Bolt A59

Micromax has launched two new Bolt series smartphones, the Bolt A28 and Bolt A59. Both the smartphones are now listed on company's online store at Rs. 3,599 and Rs. 4,499 respectively. The Micromax online store's listing notes that both the smartphones can be delivered in 7 to 10 business days.

Earlier this month, the Micromax Bolt A28 and Micromax Bolt A59 were listed on an e-commerce website.
The Micromax Bolt A28 run dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is a dual-SIM device with support for GSM+GSM. It features a 3.5-inch display with 320x480 pixels resolution. The Bolt A28 is powered by a 1GHz Spreadtrum SC6820 processor along with a 256MB of RAM. It sports a 0.3-megapixel rear camera, while there is no word on front camera.