Micromax Canvas Pace 4G Q416 launched at Rs 6,821

Micromax Canvas Pace 4G Q416The Indian smartphone manufacturer Micromax has launched Micromax Canvas Pace 4G Q416 smartphone in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs 6,821 and is available via eBay India.

The dual-sim smartphone features a 5-inch FWVGA display with 480x854 pixel resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor coupled with 1GB RAM. It also comes with an internal storage of 8GB which can be further expanded up to 32GB by using microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

Micromax Canvas Pace 4G features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The handset supports 4G LTE and also offers other connectivity options including 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB.

The smartphone is backed by a 2,500mAh battery which is good for an entry level smartphone. The Canvas Pace 4G is currently available via ebay at Rs 6,821.

HTC launches One A9, Desire 828 dual sim smartphones in India

HTCHTC has launched its two new smartphones, HTC One A9 and HTC Desire 828, in India. However the company has not revealed the pricing of the smartphones yet.

The HTC One A9 features a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB by using microSD card. The company also launched 16GB storage version with 2GB RAM.

The smartphone features a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual tone LED flash. It also features a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera supports 1080p video recording.

HTC One A9 smartphone is among the first outside of Google's own Nexus line to feature company's Marshmallow software at launch. It also features a fingerprint sensor.

The device is backed by a non-removable 2,150mAh Li-ion battery with fast charging feature. It claims to deliver up to 16 hrs of talk time and up to 432 hrs of standby time on 3G network. The smartphone is available in gray, sliver, gold and garnet red colour options.

Coming to the HTC Desire 828 dual sim, it features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080x1920p) IPS display. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor coupled with 2GB RAM. The smartphone comes with 16GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB via microSD card.

The handset sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, Optical Image Stabilization, BSI sensor and full-HD video recording. It also features a 4MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. It is the first phone in HTC's Desire range to offer Optical Image Stabilization.

The smartphone packs a 2,800mAh battery and it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The connectivity options of the phone include 3G, 4G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth.

The company has not mentioned any details about the pricing or availability of the smartphones yet. But it is expected to announce them soon.

Aircel launched free calling scheme for Re 1 per day

AircelAircel today launched free calling scheme, 'Good Morning' pack, limited to calls made between morning 6 am to 8 am for just Re 1 per day. 

Aircel subscribers can avail this offer by a recharge of Re 1 which has been launched in Aircel's 13 service areas across the country. 

"This product is especially aimed at the student community and young working professionals who start their day early and like to be in touch with their friends and family before heading for their respective work places or colleges," Aircel Chief Marketing Officer Anupam Vasudev said in a statement.

Users will be charged Re 1 for the first call of the day from 6 am to 8 am after which all calls would be free during the period.

OnePlus 2 open sale from November 25-27

OnePlus 2OnePlus is once again back with the open sale for it's flagship smartphone OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2 smartphone will be available for purchase from November 25 to 27 without any invites via Amazon.

"We are back with our "Open Sale" days for the OnePlus 2 one more time starting midnight 12 AM from November 25 and ends on November 27 at 11:59 PM," says OnePlus in a blog post.

The flagship killer, OnePlus 2, features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner below the display which can save up to five fingerprints. The smartphone is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It also uses Adreno 430 GPU for graphic processing.

It sports a 13MP rear camera with a 1.3-micron sensor, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, and Optical Image Stabilization system. It uses 6 lenses to avoid distortion. It also features a 5MP camera on the front.

The smartphone runs on OxygenOS based on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The dual-sim smartphone supports 4G LTE and the device is backed by a 3300 mAh Li-Po battery. The 64GB OnePlus 2 is priced at Rs 24,999. Amazon has already started the open sale today. It ends on November 27 or till the stock lasts.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 launched with full metal body and fingerprint sensor

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3Xiaomi has launched its Redmi Note 3 smartphone. It is the successor to it's Redmi Note 2 smartphone. The main features of the new smartphone are the full metallic body and the fingerprint sensor located on the back side of the handset.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution. The handset is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 chipset. The smartphone comes in two variants with internal storage 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB variant comes with 2GB of RAM while the 32GB variant comes with 3GB of RAM. The dual-sim smartphone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with MIUI 7 running on top.

The Redmi Note 3 sports a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. Connectivity options of the smartphone include 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB connectivity.

The handset is backed by a powerful 4,000mAh battery. The device supports fast charging. The Note 3 will be available in gold, silver, and dark grey. The 16GB variant of the smartphone is priced at 899 yuan (approximately Rs 9,350), whereas the 32GB variant costs 1,099 yuan (approximately Rs 11,400).

Opera Max now Saves Data for Streaming Music Apps

Opera MaxOpera Max, the data-compression app that helps Android users reduce their data consumption, will now compress data on popular music apps, the company announced on Monday.

Opera Max expanded to video services YouTube and Netflix in August, but is now expanding to streaming music apps. Opera Max now saves data on popular music-streaming apps like YouTube Music, Gaana, Saavn, Pandora, and Slacker Radio, so you can listen your favorite music anytime, anywhere, even if there is no Wi-Fi around.

"This is just the start as we will be bringing even more data savings to more apps over the next few months," Opera said in a blog post.

Opera Max saves you data, extending your data plan and gives you unparalleled control over your phone’s data consumption. This data-management & data-savings app saves 3G / 4G / LTE and Wi-Fi data usage by up to 50%. It saves data by compressing videos, photos and media in your favourite apps and websites over mobile and Wi-Fi networks without any noticeable loss of quality.

Opera Max also helps to save battery and data by allowing you to block any apps running in the background without your knowledge. You can also use it as your Wi-Fi manager, for better control of what your apps do in the background when on Wi-Fi.

In emerging markets like India, data compression is critical for those who can't afford to waste data. But even in markets like the U.S, a little data compression is needed for those who doesn't have access into unlimited data plans.

Suzuki to sell two wheelers online via Snapdeal

SuzukiJapanese two-wheeler manufacturer Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) has tied up with the e-commerce website Snapdeal to sell its two-wheelers in India.

Customers will now be able to browse Suzuki two-wheelers on the Snapdeal Motors platform. You can select a vehicle, book it via online payment of booking amount and select a dealership in your region from where the vehicle can be picked up.

As a special launch offer, Suzuki India is also offering one year free vehicle insurance for online buyers on Snapdeal. The Snapdeal Motors website has listed Suzuki Gixxer, Gixxer SF and Hayate motorcycles, and the Swish, Access and Let's scooters in the website.

“A tie up with an online giant like Snapdeal was a logical choice for Suzuki as internet and e-commerce is starting to become a popular channel in India. We are sure that this collaboration will be profitable for Snapdeal, Suzuki and our customers,” said Masayoshi Ito, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycles India Ltd.

Snapdeal Motors, a new platform specifically designed to sell vehicles online, was launched on 6 November. The website started selling of Hero Motocorp motorcycles and Piaggio India commercial vehicles initially. It now lists mahindra vehicles also.

Lava Iris Atom 2X launched at Rs 4,499

Lava Iris Atom 2XIndian smartphone maker Lava has launched an entry-level smartphone Iris Atom 2X priced at Rs 4,499.

Lava Iris Atom 2X smartphone features a 4.5 inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The handset is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB by using microSD card. The dual-sim smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

The Lava Iris Atom 2X sports a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front-facing secondary camera. The connectivity options in the phone include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS.

The handset is backed by a 2000mAh Li-ion battery. The battery delivers a stand-by time of up to 161 h (3G) and a talk time of up to 15 h 50 min (3G). The handset is available via Amazon India at a price of Rs 4,499.

Samsung W2016 Dual-screen flip phone Launched in China

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Samsung has introduced a new android-based dual-screen flip phone, Samsung W2016, in China. The Samsung W2016 is now listed on Samsung's China website. But the website doesn't mention the pricing and availability details of the Samsung W2016.

The Samsung W2016 features two 3.9-inch Super Amoled WXGA touchscreens with 768x1280 pixels resolution, on the inside and the outside of the top half of the handset. It also features a T9 physical keyboard.

The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage. The device doesn't support expandable storage options. The new dual-screen flip phone sports a 16MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera sensors on the Samsung W2016 can be expected to pack the same sensors in the company's high-end handsets such as Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5.

The Samsung W2016 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with the Samsung's TouchWiz running on top. The handset has been built mainly out of metal and glass. The dual-SIM handset offers 4G LTE, 3G, and 2G connectivity options. It also offers other connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, and Micro-USB connectivity.

The handset is backed by a 2000mAh battery. It may support fast-charging that can offer up to 50 percent of charge in just 30 minutes of charging. The new flip phone from Samsung measures 120.4x61x15.1mm and weighs 204 grams.

Samsung Gear VR, powered by Facebook’s Oculus, gone on sale in US

Samsung Gear VRSamsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Facebook-owned virtual reality developer Oculus Rift, have gone on sale in the United States. Priced at $99 Samsung’s Gear VR is the first consumer-ready virtual reality product to hit the stores.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his facebook wall, “After years of development, we’re shipping the first consumer virtual reality product — Samsung Gear VR, a mobile VR headset powered by Oculus. Our mission with Oculus is empower you to experience anything, anywhere with anyone. Now, you can begin to step into a world with thousands of immersive videos, movies and games with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 phones.”

He also wrote, “I believe VR is the next big computing platform — and a lot of people will experience it for the first time on mobile.” He also mentioned that for Virtual Reality, this was a historic day.

mark_zuckerbergZuckerberg also shared a photo of him playing CCP's Gunjack on Gear VR with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. He shared his experience with Gear VR as, “It's hard to explain how fun and immersive the experience feels of instantly being in another place -- in space, under water, on a mountain, anywhere. I look forward to many more people having this experience in the years to come.”

Samsung’s Gear VR headset powered by Facebook's Oculus is now available for $99 on Amazon.com, Samsung.com and BestBuy.com. The Gear VR weighs just 310 grams which is 19 percent lighter than the Innovator Edition launched earlier. The Samsung's Gear VR is compatible with high-end Samsung smartphones such as Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 edge+.

Intex Aqua Air Launched at Rs 4,690

smartphones below rs 5000Intex has launched a new smartphone named as Aqua Air, in the sub-Rs 5,000 category. The smartphone is priced at Rs 4,690 in the company site. The device is expected to go on sale in the Indian market soon.

The dual-SIM smartphone features a 5-inch (12.7cm) IPS display with 480X854 pixels resolution. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MTK6572W processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and Mali 400 MP GPU. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

The Intex Aqua Air comes with 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The device sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. The Aqua Air is backed by a 2300mAh battery. Intex claims that the battery will deliver up to 8.5 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of standby time.

The connectivity options of the device include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, and GPS/ A-GPS. The Aqua Air features an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. It bears dimensions of 145.5x72.8x10mm and weighs 151 grams. It comes in three colour options Black, Champagne and Grey.

Earlier this month, Intex unveiled two new smartphones, the Aqua 3G NS and Aqua Wave priced at Rs 3,190 and Rs 2,949 respectively. Both the smartphones were listed on the company website. Both the Intex smartphones run Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and come with dual-SIM support.

Lenovo’s smartcast technology converts any surface into a touch screen

Lenovo smartcastLenovo showcased a concept smartphone that comes with a built-in projector which can make any surface touch responsive. Lenovo intends to deliver the experience of a touch screen on any surface with its smartcast technology.

The company said that "With a combination of the world’s first laser projector and high-accuracy IR sensors, the smartcast concept phone can project a keyboard on a table, let you play a game or even be used as dual screens.”

High-accuracy IR sensors are used in the smartcast technology. With this technology, you can type anything on the phone without using the device's screen. With smartcast you can play games on a table or a wall. 

Lenovo hasn’t revealed much about the smartcast technology. The smartcast technology is still being tested by the company to improve the overall experience.

Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G launched exclusively in Flipkart at Rs 6,599

Micromax Canvas Xpress 4GMicromax has launched its 4G LTE smartphone, named Canvas Xpress 4G, at a price of just Rs 6,599. The smartphone will be exclusively available on the e-commerce website Flipkart.

The Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G features a 5-inch (12.7 cm) HD IPS display that boasts a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6735 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM that ensure a seamless performance. It also comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB by using a micro SD card. The handset runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System. The Xpress 4G comes loaded with a variety of apps such as Chaatz, Clean Master, Hike, Quikr and more.

The handset sports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The Dual Sim (GSM+LTE) smartphone supports 4G LTE connectivity. Other connectivity options include 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. The device is backed by a 2000mAh battery. The battery delivers up to 6.5 hrs of talk time and up to 182 hrs of standby time on 2G connectivity.

With a relatively low price of Rs 6,599, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G will compete against similar handsets such as Lenovo A6000 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 2, YU Yuphoria, Samsung Galaxy J2 and Moto E 4G. The smartphone is available in blue colour variant exclusively via Flipkart.

Lenovo unveiled Lenovo Vibe X3 smartphones in China

Lenovo has launched its Vibe X3 smartphone in China on Monday. The company revealed two variants of the Lenovo Vibe X3 priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 26,000) for the 32GB storage variant and CNY 1,889 (approximately Rs. 19,500) for the 'Youth' variant. Lenovo has also announced a top end variant, with 64GB inbuilt storage, priced at CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 31,000).

All these three models are now available for pre-orders in China. But Lenovo didn't announce the launch of Vibe X3 smartphone variants outside China.

Both Lenovo Vibe X3 variants feature a 5.5-inch (1080x1920 pixels) display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The 4G LTE smartphones feature a fingerprint sensor at the rear panel just below the primary camera. The handsets come with hybrid dual-SIM slots such as in Meizu M2 note which means users can either use two SIM cards or a single SIM card alongside a microSD card.

The Vibe X3 is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM while the Youth variant comes with a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Vibe X3 comes in 32GB and 64GB built-in storage variants while the Youth variant features 16GB inbuilt storage. All the three models support expandable storage up to 128GB by using a microSD card.

The Vibe X3 sports a 21MP rear PDAF (phase detection auto-focus) camera with Sony IMX230 sensor and LED flash. It supports 4K video recording. The handset also features an 8MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. The Vibe X3 Youth variant sports a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.

The 32GB and 64GB variant Vibe X3 is backed by a 3600mAh battery while the 16GB Youth variant uses a 3400mAh battery.

Amazon Kindle in white colour launched in India for Rs 5,999

amazon kindle whiteAmazon has introduced a white coloured option for its Kindle e-reader in India, priced at Rs 5,999. The device comes with a glare-free touchscreen and adjustable text size.

It comes with a 6-inch touchscreen display that reads like real paper with no screen glare, even in bright sunlight. A 20% faster processor delivers smooth and quick page turns. It comes with 4GB storage which let you carry thousands of books on the go. The device is lighter than a paperback books and it fits in your pocket.

The company says that the device’s battery will last for weeks and that it can store thousands of books. It comes pre-installed with GoodReads and Whispersyn. Also, the X-Ray feature allows users to look up the character information.

The Kindle e-book store offers access to over three million books, out of which more than a million are store exclusives. Kindle has e-books starting at Rs 99 and a subscription service to over 1 million books starting at Rs 199.

Micromax Canvas Amaze with 2GB RAM Available Online at Rs 7,999

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Micromax Canvas Amaze (Q395) has gone on sale in India at Rs 7,999. The handset is now available to buy via a third-party online retailer at Rs. 7,999.

The Micromax Canvas Amaze features a 5-inch HD (720X1280 pixels) IPS display. The smartphone runs the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB by using a microSD card.

The Micromax Canvas Amaze features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The dual-sim handset supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and A-GPS as connectivity options.

The handset is backed by a 2000mAh battery which is said to deliver up to 260 hours of standby time and up to 7 hours of talk time. The handset comes preloaded with apps such as Hotstar, Clean Master, Saavn, and Scandid. The Micromax Canvas Amaze is available to buy via eBay India.

Microsoft Lumia 950 to launch in US on November 20

lumia 950Microsoft is planning to launch its flagship device, Lumia 950 on November 20. The Windows 10 powered Lumia 950 will be launched in US this Friday. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL will be available in India from December.

Microsoft has recently announced threshold 2 update for Windows 10 and it is expected that Windows 10 mobile build 10586 has been confirmed as RTM. AT&T will be the only carrier supporting Lumia 950 in US and it will also be available unlocked from Microsoft’s own stores.

Microsoft’s Lumia 950 will be the first commercial smartphone to run Windows 10 mobile. It features a 5.2-inch WQHD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. A high pixel density of 564 pixels per square inch shows an amazing amount of detail within the display.

The dual-sim smartphone is powered by a 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage.

The smartphone comes with a 20MP Auto focus camera with triple LED natural flash and a 5MP wide-angle front camera. The 20 MP sensor automatically takes sharper images of fast-moving subjects and a triple LED natural flash helps create accurate lighting in darker environments. Rich Capture lets you quickly adjust the color saturation level of bright or dark areas and add or remove the flash afterwards. With advanced Optical Image Stabilization and virtually seamless auto focus, the Lumia 950 Dual SIM is always ready to take super-sharp and silky-smooth 4K videos.

The handset is backed by a 3000mAh Replaceable battery. With USB-C fast charging the device can charge up to 50% capacity with just 30 minutes of charging.

Huawei's Quick-Charge Batteries can charge 50 percent in a Few Minutes

The Chinese company, Huawei has unveiled its new quick-charging batteries which can charge 10 times faster than conventional batteries. The company claims that the new batteries can be charged to about 50 percent capacity in a few minutes.

The company claimed that the quick charging batteries underwent many rounds of testing. They have also shared two videos showing two types of quick-charging lithium-ion batteries. The videos show that a 600mAh battery can be charged to 68 percent capacity in two minutes and a 3000mAh battery with an energy density above 620 Wh/L can be charged to 48 percent capacity in five minutes.

Huawei detailed that it bonded hetero-atoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. These hetero-atoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.

The Chinese company expects that its new quick charging battery will offer great backups in electronic devices including smartphones, electric-powered vehicles, wearable devices, and mobile power supplies.

Huawei has not revealed when they will be launching its handsets with the new quick-charging batteries.

Swipe launches Swipe Junior smartphone for kids at Rs 5,999

Swipe Technologies on Children’s Day has launched Swipe Junior smartphone priced at Rs 5,999. Swipe Junior is especially for kids and it has very attractive features like Parents operated control systems which keeps track of kids and can monitor kids activities on the internet by browser blocking and also keeps track of which app kid is using. The smartphone is suitable for children aged between 5-15 years.

The Swipe Junior features a 4.5-inch Display. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual core processor coupled with 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM. It sports a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera.

The parents operated control system lets parents keep a check of contact lists in the phone and limit internet browsing, apps and game usage. The geo-positioning feature helps tracks users movements and limit them to ‘geo-fence area. Parents can also mark safe and danger zones on the phone to make children stay within limits.

The 3G smartphone runs on Android KitKat 4.4 (KitKat). Besides 3G, it also supports wi-fi and bluetooth. The device packs a 1900mAh battery.

The Swipe Junior also comes with a customized UI, pre-loaded with apps for kids and on-cloud connectivity. The company says that it is shock-proof and durable. It is available in blue and pink colours in the e-commerce websites like flipkart.

Huawei to launch Next generation mobile phones, “superphone” by 2020

huaweiChinese technology giant Huawei has announced on Thursday that the next generation mobile phone called “superphone” will come out around 2020 and open up a new era by transforming perceptions with its enhanced intelligence. The "superphone" will further integrate the physical with the digital world, where everything that can be connected will be connected.

According to Huawei, the smartphone-to-superphone evolution will take place within a 12-year cycle similar to the one that saw Motorola invent the first feature phone in 1995 and Apple end that cycle by inventing the first smartphone in 2007.

Shao Yang, President of Strategy Marketing, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) said at the Huawei Innovation Day Asia in Singapore, “The intelligence of the superphone will continue to evolve and develop itself into digital intelligence, capable of empowering us with interactions with the world. Through evolution and adaptation, the superphone will be more intelligent, enhancing and even transforming our perceptions, enabling humans to go further than ever before.”

"Inspired by the biological evolution, the mobile phone we currently know will come to life as the superphone," he said.

Huawei said the superphone will take advantage of advancements in big data, cloud computing, and digital intelligence by tying in with the Internet of Things (IoT), where all physical things are digitalised.

The company said they are already working towards building the IoT by developing intelligence technologies such as big data analytics, software-defined networking, digital intelligence, and circumstantial intelligence platforms; connection technologies including IoT platforms and multi-device network standards; perception technologies as sensors, object recognition, and 3D scanning; and interactivity technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality.

Huawei has also entered into a number of strategic partnerships with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volkswagen to work towards connected cars. Mercedes-Benz and Audi are now integrating Huawei-built 4G communication modules within their vehicles.

The company also announced plans to invest an extra $600 million into 5G technology research and development (R&D) so it can launch its 5G network by 2020, which will be 100 times faster than 4G.

HTC Desire 728G dual-SIM Launched at Rs 17,990

Taiwanese handset-maker HTC on Monday launched a new smartphone HTC Desire 728G dual-SIM at a price of Rs 17,990. The smartphone is available in two variants – Purple Myst and White Luxury.

The new smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 64-bit octa-core processor coupled with 1.5GB RAM. It also features 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB by using a microSD card.

The Desire 728G sports a 13MP autofocus rear camera with BSI sensor and LED flash and a 5MP fixed focus front-facing camera. It also features HTC BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio. In terms of connectivity, the dual-SIM handset offers 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1. However it lacks in 4G connectivity.

The handset is backed by a 2800mAh battery. The company claims that the battery delivers up to 21 hours of talk time and up to 485 hours of standby time.

"The new HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM brings distinctive design into a feature-rich smartphone, providing you with a great value smartphone that you can truly make your own," Faisal Siddiqui, president, HTC South Asia, said. He also added that they want to provide a powerful, fully customisable experience to their customers, and the HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM brings this in abundance.

InFocus M260 Specifications

infocusInFocus has recently launched its M260 smartphone in India at a price of Rs 3,999. It is the first handset to be assembled locally at the Foxconn’s manufacturing unit situated at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. The handset is available on the e-commerce website Snapdeal. The handset is available in three color variants- vibrant orange, pristine white and fluorescent green with a black twist at the bottom.

The InFocus M260 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display with 480×854 screen resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It also comes with 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 64 GB by using a microSD card. The handset runs the Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating System. M260's processor along with 1GB RAM ensures smooth data integration for a seamless navigation experience. It enables you to access all your favorite apps and web pages without any time lag.

The handset sports a 5MP rear camera with LED flash which facilitates you to click beautiful pictures infused with superior clarity and picturesque details. It comes with f/2.4 aperture that captures stunning snapshots even in low light condition. The handset also features a 2MP front-facing camera which is great for clicking selfies. In terms of connectivity, the InFocus M260 features 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and a micro USB port. The device is backed by a 2000 mAh battery.

The dual-sim 3G smartphone InFocus M260 is available at just Rs 3,999 which is too cheap considering the specifications. This should be the best mobile at this price.

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Acer Liquid Z530 and Z630s smartphones launched on Flipkart as India exclusive

acerAcer has officially launched Liquid Z530 and Z630s smartphones in India priced at Rs 6,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively. The new smartphones are Flipkart exclusive. Acer Liquid Z530 will be available now on Flipkart while the Z630s will be only available via flash sale on November 12. The registration for Z630s has started and will close on November 11.

The Acer Liquid Z530 features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Internal memory can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The Acer Liquid Z530 comes with 8MP rear and front cameras. The rear camera features autofocus and LED flash. The smartphone also features dts Studio Sound support that delivers loud audio playback. The Acer Liquid Z530 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and GPS for connectivity. It comes with a 2420mAh battery and features micro-USB for charging.

The Z630s features a 5.5-inch 720p HD display. It is powered by 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6735 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. The device features an 8MP rear and front cameras.

Both the smartphones run Android 5.1 Lollipop with Liquid UI which offers floating apps like calculator and notes. Acer also added HTC’s Blinkfeed like Left page which shows weather updates and social network site data with just a swipe from the homescreen. The dual-SIM smartphones support 4G LTE bands in India and will be initially available exclusively for Indian consumers.

iBall launched Andi Sprinter 4G priced at Rs 7,099

iBalliBall has unveiled a new smartphone, Andi Sprinter 4G, in its Andi series. The 4G enabled smartphone iBall Andi Sprinter 4G is priced at Rs 7,099.

The Andi Sprinter 4G features a 5-inch IPS Display. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor associated by Mali -T720 ​​Graphics processor. The processor is coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. The internal memory can be expanded up to 64 GB by using microSD card.

The smartphone features an 8MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash and a 3.2MP front facing camera. Andi Sprinter 4G comes with a universal remote which lets users to control home theatre system from anywhere. The device comes with a multi-lingual keyboard, 21 pre-loaded languages and 9 regional system language support.

Andi Spinter 4G runs Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system. The device includes WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Edge, GPRS, GSM, WCDMA and LTE as connectivity options. It is powered by a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung unveils its first 4K laptop, the ATIV Book 9 Pro

samsungSamsung has finally announced its first laptop with a 4K display. The laptop named ATIV Book 9 Pro is Samsung's latest addition to its ATIV line of high-end laptops. It features a 15.6-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. The ATIV Book 9 Pro comes with the best display Samsung has ever put in a laptop.

The laptop is powered by the sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.6GHz. The processor is coupled with 8GB of RAM and it comes with 256GB of SSD storage. The ATIV Book 9 Pro also comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card, four speakers, and a 4K HDMI port. The device delivers a battery life of up to 6.5 hours. It is priced at $1,599.

Samsung has also introduced an another laptop the ATIV Book 9 Spin which comes with a display that rotates 360 degrees. It doesn't come with the 4K screen like the ATIV Book 9 Pro. It features a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with 3200 x 1800 resolution. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM. It has a storage options same as that in the ATIV Book 9 Pro. It offers up to 7 hours of battery life. The ATIV Book 9 Spin is priced at $1,399

Both the ATIV Book 9 Pro and the ATIV Book 9 Spin will be available this month on Samsung.com and from Best Buy.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to Launch in India by January

At a keynote address at Microsoft's Future Unleashed event in Mumbai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the latest Surface Pro 4 tablet will be launching in India by January. He did not announce an exact launch date or price for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Surface Pro 4, is the 4th-generation of company's own tablet lineup and it was launched last month. It is the successor to the widely successful Surface Pro 3 and it comes with a price starting at $899 (roughly Rs 59,000).

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 features a 12.3-inch (2736x1824 pixel) Pixel Touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The dispay comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The size of the tablet is not larger than the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 as the company has reduced the bezel width. The device comes with the Surface Pen and an eraser. The new Surface Pen can detect 1,024 points of pressure. The Surface Pro 4 opens Microsoft OneNote when you click the tip of the pen. The Pen also comes with Cortana integration.

The Surface Pro 4 is powered by Intel's 6th-generation Core processors, from Core M3 for the base model, to Core i5 and Core i7 options. These configurations are powered by Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel HD Graphics 520, and Intel Iris Graphics respectively. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM where basemodel has 4GB RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage where the storage option starts at 128GB. The company claims that the Surface Pro 4 was 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3, and was 50 percent faster than Apple's MacBook Air.

The Surface Pro 4 features an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. For connectivity it features four USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port and two 4K Mini Display Ports. It also features a fingerprint scanner. Microsoft said the Surface Pro 4 will offer up to 9 hours of battery life. The company claims that the battery can deliver up to 9 hours of usage time.

Micromax Launched Canvas 5 with 4G support and 3GB RAM at Rs 11,999

Micromax has launched its new 4G flagship smartphone Canvas 5 at a price of Rs 11,999. It is available across retail stores. This smartphone should be a value for money device with 4G connectivity and 3GB RAM available under Rs 12k.

The Canvas 5 has a unique design with metal side frame. The smartphone features a 5.2-inch IPS display with Full HD (1920x1080) resolution with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The Micromax Canvas 5 is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor coupled with 3GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The memory is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and it should get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in future.

The smartphone features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera with LED flash. With the ‘Picture in Picture’ feature, the camera software allows to capture shots with the rear and front camera at the same time. Besides 4G, other connectivity options include 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and microUSB 2.0. The smartphone packs a 2,900mAh Marathon battery. The company claims that the battery delivers 10 hrs of talk time and 275 hours of standby time.

The Micromax Canvas 5 comes in Space Grey and Tan Brown colour variants. Micromax is also offering a 'Double Data' offer for Airtel 3G and 4G users with the purchase of Canvas 5.

Google Releases Android Security Update for Nexus Devices

nexusGoogle on Monday has released a security update to Nexus devices as part of the monthly Android security updates process. This update release is focused on fixing security issues in the operating system.

In the 'Nexus Security Bulletin-November 2015', they announced that "We have released a security update to Nexus devices through an over-the-air (OTA) update as part of our Android Security Bulletin Monthly Release process. The Nexus firmware images have also been released to the Google Developer site." In this bulletin Google has listed one of the most severe critical security vulnerabilities that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through various methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files. Google also noted that they haven't received any reports of active customer exploitation of these newly reported issues.

The company has also revealed that partners were notified about the issues on October 5 or earlier. Source code patches for these issues will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository over the next 48 hours.

Gionee S Plus, 4G LTE smartphone launched exclusively for Indian customers

gionee_s_plus_4gGionee has launched it's new Gionee S Plus smartphone with exclusively for Indian consumers. The latest S series smartphone S Plus features USB Type C port.

The Gionee S Plus features a 5.inch HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3G RAM and 16GB expandable storage.

“In today’s fast paced time, the consumer needs and desires are evolving and they don’t want to compromise on the looks nor the specs of the device. Hence to bridge in the gap, we have introduced the all new S Plus especially in India this Diwali to meet all the expectations that our consumers are asking for,” said Timir Acharyya, GM – Gionee India.

The 4G LTE smartphone features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera for selfies and video calling. The Gionee S Plus runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and is backed by a powerful 3150mAh battery.

The smartphone will be available in Dark Blue, White and Golden colour variants. The handset will be available from the first week of November with a price tag of Rs 16,999.

InFocus launches M535 smartphone with metal body

infocus m535The U.S based smartphone company InFocus has announced its new smartphone M535. The InFocus M535 is the only smartphone with metal body in the under 10,000 category. Sachin Thapar, Country Head, InFocus India said, “ Metal is the ultimate hallmark of premium looks and sturdy body, which is what we bring with InFocus M535.”

The 5.5” HD screen of InFocus M535 is protected with the latest Gorilla Glass 3. The dual SIM, 4G-enabled M535 weighs only 158g even with the metal body. InFocus M535 runs on 64-Bit Quad-Core MTK MT6735 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and is packed with 2GB RAM coupled with 16 GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB. InFocus M535 has a 13 MP rear camera with flash and an 8 MP front facing camera and HD video recording. The phone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with 2600 mAh battery.

It is available in Gold and Silver colour variants. InFocus M535 is priced at Rs 9,999 and it will be available exclusively on Snapdeal starting 2nd November, 2015.

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Microsoft integrates Skype in Office Online and Outlook.com

Microsoft has announced that it is planning Skype integration directly into Office Online and Outlook.com which will allow the users to communicate by voice and video with their contacts while working on a document. Microsoft had announced this feature with Office 2016 allowing users to co-author documents in real-time and chat with co-authors via Skype.

This integration will make it easier to communicate when actively making modifications to a file. But, if the users do choose to use messages, then Skype will connect their message history to the document, so the users can pick up from where they left off last time they opened a document.

The new integration will be available for all Office Online services like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The Skype voice and video integration will also be made available in Outlook.com allowing Microsoft account users to speak with their Skype contacts.

In addition, Microsoft is making it easier to access its Web Office Suite with the help of a new Chrome extension for Office which now allows the users to open a variety of Office documents within Chrome, whether they are stored in OneDrive or their computer. The improved Skype integration has been released on Office Online and Outlook.com in the US and other regions are coming soon.

OnePlus to start production in India

oneplusChinese smartphone maker OnePlus on Thursday announced that it will start manufacturing smartphones in India by this December. The OnePlus X Onyx will be the company's first made in India handset to go on sale. OnePlus has recently announced partnership with electronics major Foxconn to begin local assembling operations in Andhra Pradesh.

OnePlus launched two new devices OnePlus X Onyx and a limited Ceramic edition. OnePlus X Onyx is priced at Rs.16,999 and the OnePlus X limited Ceramic edition is priced at Rs.22,999. Both the smartphones will be available on the e-commerce giant Amazon.in through an invite-only model from November.

OnePlus X features a 5-inch display. It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It features a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. It comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB and it packs a 2,525 mAh battery.

“OnePlus X is a design-centric device, chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle. The Onyx also marks our entry into the sub Rs 20,000 range and will help us expand our base further in the country,” OnePlus General Manager India VikasAgarwal said.

The new factory will have a cumulative peak capacity of producing up to 500,000 units per month and will generate direct employment of over 1,000 full time workers.