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Thursday, 15 December 2016

'Moto M' Smartphone Launched In India

U.S. technology firm Motorola Mobility on Tuesday launched a new smartphone "Moto M" in two variants for the Indian consumers.
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The first variant (32GB with 3GB RAM) is priced at Rs.15,999 while 64GB with 4GB RAM model is priced at Rs.17,999, along with expandable capacity up to 128 GB with microSD card support.


The 5.5-inch full-HD display smartphone is equipped with 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor. It also sports 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera.


Users can also avail discount of Rs.1,000 on Citibank credit cards and Rs.2,000 on exchange of old smartphone, the company said in a statement.


"Moto M" will be available in gold colour on Flipkart from December 14.

Gionee P7 Smartphone Launched, Priced At Rs.9,999

Extending its successful P series, Chinese smartphonemaker Gionee on Monday launched its P7 smartphone at Rs.9,999 in India.
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The budget-friendly smartphone features a 5-inch HD IPS display and supports VoLTE and CDMA technology.


"Our latest smartphone Gionee P7 is a figure of strength and performance," said Deepika Singh, Director, Marketing Communications, Gionee India, in a statement.


The device runs on quad core 1.3GHz processor integrated with 2GB of RAM, sports 5MP secondary camera with "screen flash", 8MP primary camera and has several in-built features like text recognition in pictures, GIF creator and intelligent photo crop.


The smartphone has 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB, runs on Amigo 3.2 user interface on top of Android 6.0 Lollipop operating system and houses 2300 mAh battery.

Micromax Launches New Smartphone Range

Micromax Informatics on Wednesday launched a new Vdeo range of smartphone that comes pre-bundled with video calling app Google Duo.Priced at Rs. 4,440 and Rs. 4,990, respectively, Vdeo 1 and Vdeo 2 come with 4G/VoLTE connectivity and runs on Android Marshmallow operating system.


"At Micromax we thrive on our understanding of the Indian consumer, consistently deriving insights and delivering innovative products to the market," said Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics, in a statement.While the Vdeo 1 features a 4-inch WVGA display, Vdeo 2 sports 4.5-inch FWVGA display. Both the smartphones are powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and have 8GB of internal storage.


The smartphones sport a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and come pre-bundled with Reliance Jio SIM. The Vdeo 1 is powered by 1,600mAh battery whereas the Vdeo 2 features 1,800mAh battery.

Nubia Set To Launch Two Unique Smartphones In India

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nubia, earlier part of Chinese multinational telecommunications company ZTE Corporation, is set to unveil two smartphones in India on December 14, coming with features until now unheard of in the Indian smartphone industry.


The first device, nubia Z11, comes with a "bezel-less" curve design, featuring a revolutionary aRC 2.0 bezel-less display technology.


Other than nubia, only Xiaomi has unveiled "bezel-less" devices globally.


The 5.5-inch full-HD screen, nubia Z11, to be made available in the black and gold variants, has "Frame interactive Technology 2.0" (FiT 2.0) with a "Handheld Electronic Aperture".


The smartphone has 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front shooter, with a long lasting 3,000mAH battery and nubia quick charge technology.


nubia Z11 has a new generation "NeoVision 6.0 Camera System" and has features like multi exposure and slow shutter. It uses a Sony IMX298 sensor which has three focus and four shutter modes.


The second device, N1, is equipped with nubia's NeoPower technology and a massive 5,000mAh battery.


Sporting a 5.5-inch full-HD screen, nubia N1 features 13MP rear and front camera, runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based nubia 4.0 UI and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot


The smartphone will be equipped with system optimisation, low-power consumption and high-performance hardware to achieve a battery life of three-four days with medium-duty usage.


The upcoming handset will have 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage and will run on Android Marshmallow operating system.


The handset will be capable of handling heavy-duty 3D games with ease and may come with octa-core processor.


The price of both smartphones are yet to be revealed.

Lenovo Unveils Ultra-Thin, 2-In-1 Yoga Book In India

Keeping in mind the changing computing and mobility habits of young consumers, Chinese technology major Lenovo on Tuesday launched its Yoga Book -- an ultra-thin, 2-in-1 laptop -- in India.


Measuring 9.6mm in thickness, the Yoga Book comes with Windows 10 Pro, 4G SIM connectivity, 4GB RAM and will be exclusively available on Flipkart at Rs. 49,990.


"We are sure that it will redefine the computing space and offer traditional notebook, 2-in-1 and tablet buyers a first-of-its-kind option that matches their lifestyle," Bhaskar Choudhuri, Director, Marketing, Lenovo India, told reporters here.


At 690 grams, Yoga Book is the lightest 2-in-1 in the world and with 13-hour battery life and 360-degree watchband hinge, it gives user the freedom to write and draw anywhere, matching the mobility of a smartphone and the versatility of a laptop.


The Yoga Book features 10.1-inch full-HD IPS display, 2.4GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor, Dolby Audio, 8MP auto-focus rear camera and 2MP front camera.


The device comes with Halo keyboard, a full touch screen backlit keyboard that constantly 'learns about and adapts to' the typing habits of user, with built-in prediction and artificial learning software.


The Yoga Book's dual-use stylus allows users to write and draw with pen and paper while instantly digitising their notes and sketches, the company said.


The laptop also comes with "Book UI" that allows several apps to run at once through multiple windows that can be pinned, maximised or minimised, as well as a taskbar that keeps track of your apps and common Windows keyboard shortcuts and action keys.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Honor 8: Top 5 Features

Image result for honor 8 mobileHuawei Terminal's Honor brand at its New Delhi event on Wednesday launched the Honor 8 smartphone in India at Rs. 29,999. The device is now up for sale onAmazon India, Flipkart, and the Honor Online Store, apart from several major retail outlets in the country. We've reviewed the smartphone, and found that it packs some great features like the dual camera setup, the customised EMUI 4.1 OS, and a premium look and feel.
At this price tag, the Honor 8 is pegged to compete with the OnePlus 3 and the Asus ZenFone 3. While the two will give the Honor 8 a tough fight, there are a few things that make it stand out from the competition. In our review, we also found a few things that didn't impress us much as well. To narrow it down and make life easy, here are the top five things you need to know about the Honor 8 smartphone.

1. Camera
This is possibly the biggest highlight of the smartphone. The Honor 8 sports a dual camera setup, much like the iPhone 7 Plus. However, the two 12-megapixel cameras at the back sits within the frame neatly, and do not protrude out of the shell. Both lenses sport an f/2.2 aperture, while one sensor captures monochrome images with high contrast, and the other captures an RGB photo. The smartphone then processes the image to give the best possible result, retaining maximum sharpness. In the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. In our tests, we were happy with the camera's performance, and the colours were near accurate. The shallow depth of field feature was able to produce some pretty impressive 'bokeh' photos. However, our tests did see some noise and less detail in low-light photos, but overall the camera was able to do a lot to leave us impressed.

2. Smart Key
Just below the camera in the centre, sits the fingerprint sensor at the back of the smartphone. Huawei claims that the sensor can read fingerprints in mere 0.4 seconds. Moreover, it also takes into account thumb ridge depth for more accurate fingerprint reading. However, the most interesting bit about the sensor is that it also has a physical press. Calling it the Smart Key, it performs various press-based and gesture-based functions. You can manually set up what functions this Smart Key performs, for example in our video review, we show how one physical press opens up the flash. Swiping left and right on the sensor while viewing the Gallery, will help you scroll through photos, and swiping up and down will open and shut the notification bar.

3. EMUI 4.1
As mentioned in our review, the other big highlight of the Honor 8 is the company's custom ROM based on Android Marshmallow, called Emotion UI or EMUI. The latest version (4.1) retains stock Android features like Now on Tap from Android but also adds a bunch of nifty customisations on top. The interface is simple, and has its own icons. Features like Link+ and Wi-Fi+ allow you to be on the best network at all times. Link+ allows you to be on the best network while travelling, and Wi-Fi+ allows you to automatically switch between Wi-Fi and mobile data to not hinder your browsing experience.

We also tested the gesture-based Knuckle Sense feature which allows you to do several function just by drawing or tapping on the screen using your knuckles. For example, drawing a circle or knocking the screen will let you take a screenshot or start screen recording automatically. We found that these gestures require too much pressure, are quite awkward, and frankly a bit gimmicky. However, EMUI 4.1 also brings along one-handed mode and the Floating Dock for shortcuts to common actions, which are quite useful.
Voice control allows you to call people, and even lets you find your phone if you misplace it. Just by saying "Where are you" loudly, the phone starts ringing, vibrating, and flashing its LEDs to grab some attention. Finally, bloatware is limited, and Honor has introduced a Smart Remote Controller as well to control appliances like television sets at home.
4. Performance and battery life
The Honor 8 houses a home-grown 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 950 processor paired with Mali-T880 GPU and 4GB of RAM. While reviewing the smartphone, we found that it could handle multitasking pretty well. Games like Mortal Kombat X worked without heating up the smartphone, but our review device did heat up a lot when we used the camera. Honor tells us that it's most likely an isolated incident since ours was a pre-production unit, and that retail devices should work normally.

In our battery tests, we found out that the Honor 8 charged up to 45 percent in just half an hour. In a single charge, we managed to use the smartphone for the whole day without any difficulty. It lasted for 11 hours and 7 minutes in our video loop test. The ROG power saving mode also comes in handy when you're running out of battery, as this mode renders the display at 720p to save power.
5. Design and Build
The Honor 8 sports a beautiful design, with a striking finish to the metal build that's sandwiched between the 2.5D glass protection at the front and back of the smartphone. The edges retain a metal finish, giving the smartphone an overall premium feel. While the phone looks chic, especially the gold variant that we got to play with, we found that the glass back made it slippery to hold in the hand. It was also susceptible to slipping on most surfaces if you weren't too careful, and was also prone to fingerprint smudges.

At 153 grams, the Honor 8 is light to hold, and the volume and power buttons are placed at the top right edge. The navigation buttons are on the display, and you can even change them in the Settings app, according to your preference.
Connectivity may be a deal-breaker
While the Honor 8 supports 4G LTE, and has all the other basic connectivity options, it does not support 4G VoLTE and lacks FM radio support. The basic connectivity that Honor 8 offers include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and an infrared scanner. While the FM radio's absence could be a downer for some, VoLTE is now gaining predominance in the country's airwaves in recent times, and its absence could also prove to be a tipping point in purchase decision. The company however does note that VoLTE will be enabled with a software update in the future, but did not provide a timeline for this.

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