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
The next Samsung Galaxy Note is rumored to be launched on August 13, 2015. Though there are many speculations in regard to the new features; we are bringing the top 5 most expected features:
V. The Note is surely an awesome device but it has been outclassed by the likes of HTC One, LG G4 and Samsung’s own Galaxy S6. People love the leather-like back finish but they are expecting a glass back in Note 5.
IV. Removable battery and micro SD card slot is much expected. They want to have easy access to the battery and to the micro SD card slot so that they maneuver the phone according to their need
III. Samsung Note 5 is expected to come with a good fingerprint sensor. While Apple has the best sensor as of now, people want Note 5 to come with the feature. Well, Samsung can take a cue from the sensor feature of S6.
II. It is important that Note 5 comes with a better screen resolution so that it becomes easier to read small texts. Moreover, since Note is used for multitasking, an improved screen would be extremely helpful. However, people are not looking for a bigger screen.
I. Last but not the least, people are looking forward to a Note 5, which should be better and more efficient in every way than S6. Galaxy S6 might be samsung’s flagship smartphone but users love Note and they find it cooler. May be a 4 GB RAM or Type-C USB is what people are expecting of Samsung Galaxy Note 5.… Read the rest
Meizu, the Chinese smartphone brand, is all set to launch its latest model m2 note in India. This smartphone is priced at Rs. 9,999 and will be up for sale from August 10, 2015 exclusively on Amazon.in like its predecessor m1 note.
This phone has already been launched in China in June and comes with upgraded features as compared to m1 note. The m2 note has a 5.5-inch full-HD Sharp IGZO display alongwith 403ppi pixel density. It is powered with octa-core processor with 1.3GHz clock speed much like m1 note. However, the latest model has an upgraded MediaTek MT6753 processor chipset.
On the memory front m2 comes with 2 G LPDDR3 RAM and expandable storage option of upto 128 GB through microSD card. The m2 note runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop Flyme OS. This smartphone sports a 5 MP front camera with 69-degree wide angle viewing and f/2.0 and 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, Blue glass IR filter and five-element f/2.2 lens.
The connectivity options on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, Micro-USB, GPS/ A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. However, the company did not reveal any information yet on whether the smartphone would support 4G bands in this country or not.
The Meizu m2 note weights 149 grams, measures 150.9×75.2×8.7 mm and boasts of a 3100 mAh battery. This smartphone which is going to take on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Lenovo K3 Note in Indian smartphone market, both available around a price range of Rs. 10,000, would be available in blue, grey, white and pink colors.
The presence of a button on the front panel of the smartphone is its main highlight since the same reminds of Samsung Galaxy smartphones.… Read the rest
Motorola smartphone users will get a doorstep service the company announced Tuesday. Known as Moto Xpress, it is a pilot project and the pioneer as well for this kind of service delivery system. Presently the repair program is running on a trial basis in Gurgaon, Noida and Delhi.
This service program is aimed at resolving software, hardware and accessory related issues by making home visits. Upon calling them, the software issues can be taken care of within an hour. However, if there is any hardware issue, the product would be picked up and delivered within five working days after reparation. One can book the service by calling +911141717124 during the pilot phase. One would need to shell out Rs. 199 per service.
Motorola mentioned that the company would continue providing other customer care services as it is doing now. The company has also added that it has 160 service centers in India. Moreover, in March it has also opened Moto Care center in Bengaluru.
During the launch of Moto G, 3rd Gen smartphone last month in India, the company declared that it is considering setting up a manufacturing unit here to take advantage of the ever growing demand for smartphones. Marcus Frost, Senior Marketing Director Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa told PTI, “Evaluation is going on… We will have news soon,” on being asked about its plan to start manufacturing in India. He declined to divulge any further information.
The Turing Phone which is dubbed as the unbreakable, unhackable and waterproof is up for reservation. The company has recently revealed the price of this smartphone, however; it is yet not available for pre-order. No other information as to when the device would be available to buy or ship has been revealed.
The Turing Phone would be available in three color options- Pharoah, Beowolf and Cardinal and three storage options- 128 GB, 64 GB and 16 GB. The 128 GB variant will be available at a price of $ 870, the 64 GB one is priced at $ 740 and the 16 GB model would cost $ 610. There is no 32 GB option available as the company dropped the idea of making one as announced when the model was first introduced.
Keen buyers are asked to fill in a form by providing their contact details and selecting their choice for inbuilt storage and color option for reserving the phone to show their interest.
The smartphone developed by Turing Robotic Industries, a San Francisco based company, can be activated through a fingerprint reader to be found on its side by the users. This smartphone does not host headphone jack or USB port. It features a 5.5 inch full HD display and is made up of liquidmetal that is believed to be stronger than aluminum and steel. It is touted to be next big thing for phones.
This phone is extremely waterproof due to nano-coating on the inside. Moreover, no rubber can be found in this phone and everything is open and easily accessible. If this device is immersed in water, the liquid will get in but you need not worry as you just have pull it out and shake it off. The phone would be ready to use in an instant.
With 3 GB RAM, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, a 8 MP front camera, a 13 MP rear camera with twin LED flash, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS/Glonass and NFC, Turing Phone runs on 5.1 Lollipop version of Android OS with Turing Aemaeth UI. This phone comes with a non removal battery of 3000mAh.
The Aqua Trend from the house of Intex has been launched at Rs. 9,444. This is the second 4G enabled smartphone offered by this company that would be available in both multibrands and online stores. Aqua 4G+ on the other hand is the first 4G enabled phone from Intex which was launched in June at Rs. 9,499.
Though this smartphone supports 4G LTE in this country but it is yet to provide details about network support. The Aqua Trend runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display. This dual SIM device is powered by quad-core MediaTek (MT6735) with 1.3GHz clock speed. The Aqua Trend comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable upto 32 GB via microSD card. It features a 5 MP front and 13 MP rear camera with LED flash.
The Aqua Trend has other connectivity options as well apart from 4G LTE, which include GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, Micro-USB, Wi-Fi and 3G. The device weighing around 152 grams has 3000mAh battery. This smartphone has HotKnot file transfer technology as well. Available in gray, champagne, black and silver colors, the phone comes with one year warranty on screen and a complementary flip cover.
Intex has launched the Cloud Q5 smartphone on Monday, which is exclusively available for Rs. 4,490 on eBay India. Intex has also launched Aqua Star II alongside Cloud at Rs. 7,444 with better front camera, twice the RAM and inbuilt storage that its predecessor. … Read the rest
Lava is yet again ready with its new phone in the Iris X1 series. This smartphone has been named as X1 Selfie and would be available from next week at a price of Rs. 6,777 at different multi-brand outlets as well as on e-stores. As the name suggests, Lava Iris X1 Selfie is a selfie-focused smart phone with relevant features like 5-MP front camera with LED flash, inbuilt Beauty-Fi software to do face smoothing, slimming, whitening, eyes widening, etc. Moreover, it can also take pictures in different camera modes like HRD mode, panorama, capture mode (voice, smile, gesture, touch), burst mode and video mode. The Xi Selfie smartphone also has an 8-MP autofocus rear cameral with LED Flash and f/2.0 aperture.
This dual-SIM dual standby smartphone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Lava Iris X1 Selfie comes with quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor offering a speed of 1.3GHz. This budget phone has a 4.5-inch FWGA IPS display and 1 GB DDR3 RAM. With 8 GB of internal memory expandable upto 32 GB via microSD card, you can store a whole lot of data in it. This smartphone offers GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and 3G as far as connectivity is concerned.
During the launch of this smartphone, Navin Chawla, Sr. VP and Head- Product of Lava stated, “Keeping in line with the current trend and insights gathered from our young audience, we are excited to announce the launch of Iris X1 selfie, specially meant for selfie enthusiasts. We realize that there is a need for such devices and with our R&D efforts this offering has a perfect combination of hardware and software driven front camera capabilities.”
This smartphone weighing 140 gms is going to be available in colors like Purple, Royal Black and Icy White. Lava Iris X1 Selfie would have a 2000 mAh Li-Po battery that can deliver talk time of 8 hours 30 minutes in 3G and 13 hours in 2G.
One Plus 2, the successor to the OnePlus One has been launched in India. Priced at Rs 22,299, the flagship smartphone boasts of killer specifications. Lets take a detailed look at this new player in the smartphone market.
One Plus 2 will be available in two variants, 16 GB and 64 GB. The latter will come at a price of Rs 24, 999.
It boasts of 5.5-inch HD display coupled with a contrast ratio of 1500:1. This not only brightens up the screen but also adds vibrancy to the photos. The phone has 4GB RAM to accommodate the data and is powered up by 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor. It runs on Android/Oxygen and sports a 13 mega pixel rear camera, similar to OnePlus One.
However, according to the reports the One Plus 2 camera has a sensor pixel size of 1.3 microns, which further enriches the picture quality.
One Plus 2 has longer battery life than its predecessor. It houses 3,300 mAh battery whereas One Plus has 33,100 battery.
Weight and Thickness
It weighs 175 gm, which is more than OnePlus One. The thickness is around 9.85 mm. It is clearly bulky than its predecessor.
Other interesting features of One Plus 2 include USB-Type C reversible port for charging and for plugging in external devices. This is a breakthrough feature and something, which every company is planning to bring to its flagship modes. It also features fingerprint sensor and you have the choice to store five types of fingerprints.
Here is the detailed comparision between the two offerings from the Chinese smartphone maker.
Sony Xperia Z5, touted to be a competitor to the iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge + is expected to release sometime in September. With the release date coming closer, there are many rumors regarding the anticipated features of the smartphone. According to Leaksfly, the new handset will have a broader display with a 5.5-inch screen along with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
Sony Xperia Z5 Reported Features
Although there is still no confirmation from the company, Leaksfly has reported that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 SoC processor, which would means faster performance. The much-hyped smartphone from Sony is also likely to feature a Qualcomm chipset. To make it a worthy buy, the phone is reported to feature a 3GB RAM as well as 32 GB native storage.
Owing to the increasing selfie addiction of smartphone users, Xperia Z5 is reported to feature an 8-MP front camera along with 20.7 MP rear camera. Fingerprint scanner is also another noteworthy feature mentioned in the leaks. Yet, the price of the phone is still under cover, which means Sony is all set to give a tough competition to the other smartphone manufacturers.
Apart from the Sony Xperia Z5, the company is also reportedly preparing two premium handsets, viz. the Sony Xperia S60 as well as Sony Xperia S70. Both models are reported to feature 32GB internal memory and might be unveiled during the IFA show in September.
With a few days left for the launch of Moto G in New York City, the customization page of Moto’s makers has accidentally revealed the details of their upcoming handset, creating a wave on the internet. Hyped to be an inexpensive model, Moto G retains the back panel of its predecessors and would be available with a front panel in black and white variations. Yet, there would be a host of choices for the rear shell color.
Moto G- Leaked features
According to reports, buyers would also get, hold it, 10 options where they will be able to customize the look of their phone.
Like its predecessors, the Moto G is also reported to work powerfully with a 2GB RAM and 8 GB or 16 GB expandable storage up to 32 GB.
Not only that, another leak indicates the phone to feature Gorilla Glass display and a 13-megapixel rear camera along with 5-MP front camera for selfies. Powered with quad-core Snapdragon processor, the phone is also reported to feature a strong battery with “all-day battery life”.
Being an Android phone, it is reported to operate on Android 5.1.1 platform. To make it a great buy for all users, it has been supported with dual SIM support as well as water-resistant design.