NPU reports that Microsoft is planning a grand event on October 19 when it will unveil a new Microsoft Band and the Surface Pro 4 tablet. It also expected that the company will launch two flagship handsets at the same event–the Microsoft Lumia 940 & Microsoft Lumia 940 XL. This means, the company is not just gearing up to take a lead in the smartphones market but it is also eyeing the market for hardware devices.
Lumia phones to steal the show
While there are many reports about upcoming Lumia phones from Microsoft, the company continues to be tight-lipped about its plan for the October event. Sources in the know informed The Verge about the launch of new smartphones. Another Chinese site, WP Dang has claimed earlier that Microsoft plans to unveil multiple hardware devices at the event.
While the launch of a Band and the Surface Pro 2 will attract attention, the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL will be the main attractions at this event.
We are also expecting to see the Surface Pro 4 tablet at this event. However, it is not likely to be a great deviation from its predecessor. It could get slimmer and lighter. Some improvisations may be found in its display or resolution.… Read the rest
Ubuntu lovers in India can now rejoice as BQ has announced its plans to launch two new Ubuntu smartphones soon. The Spanish device maker on Thursday announced that they are all set to launch Aquaris E5 and Aquaris E4.5 in the Indian market via Snapdeal, a popular e-commerce portal.
Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 at a glance
In its statement, the company stated that they have observed the growing demand for Ubuntu smartphones in the Indian market and decided to launch two new handsets. India has provided a great market for their PC business and they expect to get the same response for their smartphones.
To ensure a warm response from users, the company has also priced the devices quite reasonably. While Aquaris E4.5 is reported to be priced Rs. 11,999, the other model Aquaris E5 is priced at around Rs. 13, 999.
The Aquaris E4.5 boasts an 8MP rear camera along with 5MP front-camera. It also has 8GB storage, 1GB RAM and MediaTek Quad Core Cortex A7 processor. On the other hand, the Aquaris E5 boasts of a 5-inch display HD screen with 720×1280 pixels of resolution. It also comes with 5MP front-camera but the rear-camera is even better with 13MP quality.
Both the phones support dual SIM features and have received great response in the United States. … Read the rest
The Samsung S6 Edge+ works on the Android 5.1 Lollipop-based platform and comes with a 5.7-inch QHD Super-Amoled display. Supported with 1440×2560 pixel resolution, the phone boasts of excellent graphics.
Keeping at par with other premium smartphones, it is supported with a 16MP camera at the back and 5MP camera for selfies. A 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor has been paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which ensures smooth performance of the phone.
The phone is available in Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black Sapphire and White Pearl colors.… Read the rest
As the release of the Google Nexus 5 comes closer, rumors and speculations related to the upcoming smartphone abound. Most recently, Google Nexus 5 leaked images on Marques Brownlee’s G+ profile has increased the hype further.
Leaked image shows interesting features
Much like their previous releases, Google is tight-lipped about the features of the forthcoming handset as well. However, the leaked image indicates that this phone will feature a circular fingerprint sensor at the back. It is also likely to feature a camera with LED flash.
There is an LG sticker at the back, which also confirms earlier speculations that they would be manufacturing the phone.
Yet another thing that is clear from the leaked image is that the phone will feature front-facing speakers because there are none at the back. While the photo shows the handset sporting a white back, we expect it to come in a variety of colors.
The phone is also reported to feature Quad HD display that has 564 pixels density per inch. With rumors of a 3GB RAM and USB Type-C connector, the upcoming handset is expected to please users.
It is also expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. This could result in better battery life and multi-tasking capabilities.… Read the rest
BlackBerry has launched the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite in India to expand its range of premium smartphones. The device is priced at a whopping Rs. 99,990 and would be available sometime soon. This Querty premium smartphone is a variant of last year’s launch, the Porsche Design P’9983.
Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite Features
The Graphite version sports a 9.1-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and 330 ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, features a 2 GB RAM and comes with 64 GB internal memory expandable upto 128 GB via microSD card.
With an 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera, this . As far as connectivity is concerned, the options include Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Micro-HDMI. It also contains a 2100 mAh battery.
BlackBerry is providing an exclusive Porsche Design PIN range to every customer. This unique Pin feature is a unique feature of the phone.
This smartphone would come with some exclusive Porsch Design accessories like an international charging kit, premium stereo headset, a USB cable for high-speed data transfer and a polishing cloth.
Speaking at the launch, BlackBerry India director of sales and distribution Hitesh Shah said, “This new smartphone is custom-built for power professionals aiming to make a style statement while not willing to compromise on effective communication and collaboration.”… Read the rest
The Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event hosted in New York on Thursday witnessed the launch of Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones by the CEO of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, JK Shin. This flagship phablet has been introduced to counter the declining fortune of the South Korean giant in the world market.
Both the phablets would be available in selected market by the end of August and from September, these would become widely available. Pre-orders have already kicked off from Thursday in the US. While Galaxy Note 5 will be made available via AT&T at $ 739.99 for the 32 GB model and $ 839.99 for the 64 GB option, Galaxy S6 Edge+ is priced at $ 814.99 for the 32 GB variant and $ 914.99 for the 64 GB model. Samsung clearly mentioned that the former model would be selectively available but the latter would have wider availability.
Both the flagship phablets will have similar features. Only the displays would differ. The S6 Edge+ has a dual-edge display. Another important feature in the Note 5 would be a new and better S Pen. The duo is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and feature 5.7-inch QHD Super-Amoled display with 515 ppi of pixel density. These devices are powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores at 2.1 GHz clock speed and our Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.5 GHz speed. They come with 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ sport rear camera of 16 MP with OIS as well as f/1.9 aperture and a front camera of 5 MP. The home button on both the phones doubles up to work as the fingerprint sensor as well. It is also been speculated that there would be a Live Broadcast feature in these devices.
Both the smartphones would not have microSD card slots and they would come with 3000 mAh non-removable batteries. As far as connectivity is concerned, both Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will be put forward in 4G LTE Cat. 9 or Cat. 6 modems as per the availability in the market. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-US 2.0 and GPS/ A-GPS. These smartphones would be available in colors like Gold Platinum, Black sapphire, White Pearl and Silver Titanium. The Edge+ would be slightly heavier and thicker than Note 5 as releaved.
JK Shin said, “At Samsung, we believed in the promise that large screen smartphones could actively address some major consumers pain points by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go. With the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, we’re re-emphasising our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers,” commenting on the launch of the two smartphones.… Read the rest
Lenovo’s online-only phone brand Zuk has been launched in China and it is ready with its first ever handset in the country, the Z1. This smarthphone would be available at a price of CNY 1,799 with sales starting August 18.
This smartphone brand from Lenovo aims to compete with and bring down the sale of Xiaomi in China. Xiaomi also follows an online-only low-cost smartphone business model. Zuk was supposed to launch its first product in April in China. However, due to unavoidable circumstances it could only launch its first device last week.
Zuk Z1 comes with no branding from Lenovo but only a Zuk logo at the back. This phone has metal frames covering the handset. Lenovo is yet to discuss its plans to launch Zuk outside of China. However, it is expected to launch Zuk in other countries as well.
The Zuk Z1 comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display and has a home button on the front panel. A fingerprint scanner is embedded with the home button itself. This smartphone features 3.0 USB Type-C port.
The flagship phone from Zuk runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz clock speed. Other features include Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 64 GB inbuilt storage space and dual Nano-SIM cards. The OS of Z1 is none other than Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
This smartphone has a 8-MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera with OIS and Sony sensor. Z1 would be available in grey and white colors with 4100 mAh battering weighing 175 grams.
This smartphone model supports both 4G LTE bands (TDD-LTE Band 40 2300MHz and FDD-LTE Band 3 1800MHz) and other connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac. Bluetooth 4.1 and Glonass. Features like digital compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor are also included in this phone.… Read the rest
The date September 9, 2015 has been marked since it the day when Apple is hosting and event and is rumored to launch its next iPhone models. Thus, the speculations doing the rounds about the various new features that would be seen in iPhone 6S make sense.
Among the new leaks, the best are the ones that suggest features in details about the Force touch feature, new display technology and stronger metal casing. The most talked about feature is the Force Touch technology which is supposed to let users pull up menus, access shortcut options and turning on other new functions.
According to another video by MacManiack via 9to5Mac suggests integrated fingerprint sensor, inclusion of Force Touch feature and home button on the display screen. It is believed that the “Touch ID home button is integrated in the LCD and digitiser connector,” as per the video and that the Touch ID and digitizer have two different connectors, one for each.
The idea that iPhone 6S would come with stronger metal casing has been derived from the video by Unbox Therapy that has surfaced recently. In the video, the casings of both the current and rumored iPhone models are seen being compared. While the present one measures 138.09×66.91×1.14mm as per the video, the upcoming one is 138.2×67.16×1.9mm I dimension, which is slightly thicker. This is believed to be Apple’s answer to the ‘bendgate’ controversy.
Well, whatever may be features included in the upcoming Apple smartphones, it would not stay a secret for longer since Apple’s September 9 event is about to happen within a month from now.… Read the rest
Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, has established a manufacturing unit in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. This is the company’s first production division in India and it has already launched its “Make in India” smartphone Rednu 2 Prime, which is priced at Rs. 6,999. Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn to carry on with this job. It aims to manufacture all of the company’s smartphone going forward in India itself to cater to the domestic demand.
Hugo Barra, Xiaomi Global Vice President said, “Redmi 2 Prime is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to be assembled in our facility in Sri City. We would like to thank Andhra Pradesh government for helping us to start local manufacturing within just six months. Initial talks started in February and today we have already started to sell the Redmi 2 Prime,” Indian Express reported.
In the words of Chandrababu Naidu, CM of Andhra Pradesh, “We have great faith in young leaders and young companies like Xiaomi. These new generation companies and entrepreneurs will be key to the success of Andhra Pradesh and India.”
“The combination of a young company like Xiaomi, Foxconn, Sri City along with a dynamic Andhra Chief Minister will enable Hugo Barra’s team to capture the Indian market and take head on with the likes of Apple and Samsung,” said Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).
The company is importing components from China right now and assembling in India however it has plans to procure components locally in the future. It will start with packaging locally and move forward to get batteries and chargers for the smartphones. Right now they are not looking for exporting the smartphones assembled here.
The Redmi 2 Prime would be available online on Flipkart.com from today. Soon, it would be sold in retail stores as well.… Read the rest
After Xiaomi, China has unleashed Vivo on us—a leading manufacturer who has grown from regional to global– in the past two years. Vivo has unveiled its latest ware—the Vivo X5 Pro priced at Rs. 27980, which comes with eye scanning feature. However, the variant for Indian retail mart will not have the eye scanning unlock feature.The overall appeal of the X5 Pro harks back to Vivo’s X5 Max design algorithm.
The round edges and sleek design make it easy to hold in one hand while the 5.2 incher screen is a letdown in the age of gigantic screens. The 1080×1920 px display is decent since it comes in Super AMOLED variety. The HD feature makes for crisp viewing angles and great color resolution for the screen.
The Processor And Camera
In fact, the overall appeal also reminds us of the Apple iPhone 6. The metal-glass body ups its class. The Vivo X5 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor that accounts for decent speed but really disappoints given that we have to pay Rs. 25K+ for the Vivo ware. The dual SIM slot is an added advantage with this much let down on cards. The full HD camera comes at 13 MP while the selfie snapper coffers average quality at 8 MP. 2 GB RAM offers fast booting but the internal memory again, is just too little at 16 GB onboard. However, this is expandable up to 128 GB.
The Vivo X5 Pro has its own skin for the version of Android 5.0, called the Fun Touch OS. While this is an effort to replicate iOS, this barely comes even close. The icons, fonts and menu styles are similar but the app drawer is missing here. This, therefore, leads to a lot of clutter on the home pages. The handset does not hang up while viewing videos or even while playing games but we did experience some overheating while playing Angry Birds 2. As for the battery life, it is only very average with 2450 mAh onboard. It lasted about 8 and half hours while we viewed videos, browsed the internet as well as the usual social media usage.
For all this, we believe that the pricing is a tad high but it does give budget customers a means to have an iOS-fed style phone in tow. Yet, we believe there are good enough phones from Lenovo, Yu and Xiaomi in this segment at lesser prices.