Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Huawei P9 goes official in India with Leica’s Dual Camera setup and Kirin 955 chipset at Rs. 39,999

After launching its P9 smartphone in China, Huawei has now launched it in India. The device will be available in Ceramic White, Mystic Silver, Titanium Grey, Haze Gold, Prestige Gold and Rose Gold colour options, priced at Rs. 39,999. The company also showcased the Huawei Watch in Stainless Steel at the event, which will retail at Rs. 29,999.

The Huawei P9 features a 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display. Regarding connectivity, it comes supports Hybrid dual-SIM, which means that the second slot can either be used for SIM or microSD card. It boasts a full metal body with chamfered edges. The thickness of P9 stands at 6.95mm. The device sports 12-megapixel dual rear cameras with Leica SUMMARIT lenses, dual-tone LED flash, along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It features a 3D fingerprint scanner on the back.

For online buyers, the P9 will be exclusively up for sale via Flipkart while offline buyers can get it from Poorvika and Croma stores. Its first online sale will start from 3PM today. Also, under its VIP service Huawei is offering 2 years warranty with pick up and drop service and 3 months replacement / display damage for all the P9 buyers.

In India, the P9 will be rivalling Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Mi 5, LG G5, and many more flagships.

Huawei P9 specifications:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display
  • Octa-Core Kirin 955 chipset with Mali T880-MP4 GPU and 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
  • 12MP dual rear cameras with Leica SUMMARIT lenses, dual-tone LED flash and 8MP front-facing camera
  • Hybrid dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, Fingerprint sensor, and Infrared sensor
  • 3,000mAh battery with fast charging

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Asus ZenFone Go debuts with Snapdragon 410 and Marshmallow-based ZenUI 2.0

Asus has come up with another variant of the ZenFone Go (ZB450KL). The new variant has been unveiled in Russia for RUB 7990 (approx. Rs. 8,250). Asus has not yet revealed the availability of the device in regions outside Russia. To recap, Asus launched the old variant – ZenFone Go (ZB452KG) in India at Rs. 5,299, in April.

The Asus ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) is a successor to the ZenFone Go (ZB452KG). As always, Asus has launched a variant with the same name but different model number. The new ZenFone Go comes with better hardware. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset paired with Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

Regarding connectivity, the new ZenFone Go supports 4G LTE with Cat. 4 download speeds. It boasts an 8-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture along with a 2-megapixel selfie camera. A 2070mAh battery backs it. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based ZenUI 2.0. It measures 136.5×66.7×11.2mm and weighs 135 grammes.

Asus ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) Specifications:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset paired with Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based ZenUI 2.0
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP selfie camera
  • Measures 136.5×66.7×11.2mm and weighs 135 grammes
  • 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS
  • 2070mAh battery

Coolpad Mega 2.5D goes official with 8MP front camera, 3GB RAM, 4G VoLTE at Rs. 6,999

Coolpad just unveiled its new smartphone for India, dubbed as the Mega 2.5D. The device will be up for sale exclusively via Amazon for Rs. 6,999. It will go on its first flash sale on August 24. The Mega 2.5D will be available in Gold, Silver, and Champagne colour options.

The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P chipset. It has 3GB of RAM and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based CoolUI 8.0. The Mega 2.5D also supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE, and VoLTE connectivity options. It sports an 8-megapixel rear and front cameras.

Coolpad Mega 2.5D Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P chipset with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based CoolUI 8.0
  • 8MP primary camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, SONY sensor
  • 8MP selfie camera with f/2.2 Aperture and 83.6-degrees wide-angle lens
  • dual-SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Measures 153×76.8×7.85mm and Weighs 143 grammes
  • 2500mAh battery

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Xiaomi launches Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime in India, starting at Rs. 6,999


Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 3S in India. The company also has introduced a “Prime” variant of the device alongside. The Redmi 3S Prime is just like the Redmi 3S, but it has a fingerprint scanner and 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage. Basically, the Redmi 3S Prime is an upgraded variant of the 3S.

The Redmi 3S is priced at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage while the 3GB RAM/32GB storage Prime variant is priced at Rs. 8,999. Both the devices will be available in Dark Grey, Silver, and Gold colour options. Both the smartphones will be exclusively up for an open sale on Mi.com and Flipkart. The Redmi 3S Prime will go on sale from August 9 at 12 PM onwards, and the Redmi 3S will be available from August 16.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes in magnesium alloy unibody metallic design and is backed by a 4,100mAh battery. It features a 5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and is powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 GPU. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based MIUI 7.

In the imaging department, the Redmi 3S sports a 13-megapixel primary camera with PDAF, LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording clubbed with a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording. Regarding connectivity, the device supports Hybrid dual-SIM, 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS + GLONASS.

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Specifications

5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 GPU
2GB RAM/16GB storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card)
MIUI 7 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop
13MP primary camera with PDAF, LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
5MP selfie camera, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording
Measures 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm; Weighs 144 grams
Hybrid dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS
4100mAh battery

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Specifications:

  • 5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM/32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card)
  • MIUI 7 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 13MP primary camera with PDAF, LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
  • 5MP selfie camera, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording
  • Measures 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm; Weighs 144 grams
  • Hybrid dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4100mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 unveiled: Iris Scanner, Dual Pixel Rear Camera, and more

Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note7 at the Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event in New York. The smartphone is a successor to the Note5 and comes with an array of new features. It will be available from August 19 in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx color options. Many reports are hinting that Samsung might launch the device in India on August 11 at an event in New Delhi.

The Galaxy Note7 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED curved edge screen (2560×1440 pixels) with an always-on display technology and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by an Exynos 8 Octa 8890 or Snapdragon 820 processor (depending on the region).

The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 12-megapixel Dual pixel rear camera with LED Flash, dual-pixel PDAF, Smart OIS, f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Dual Pixel rear camera is touted to capture brighter and sharper pictures in low-light. It boasts 4GB of RAM and 64GB (UFS 2.0) internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The device supports LTE and is in tune with Cat.12, LTE Cat.10, and LTE Cat.9 bands, it may differ by regions and network operators.

It is a metal-clad smartphone clubbed with a 3D glass design and IP68 ratings for water and dust resistance (just like the Galaxy S7 lineup). It comes with hybrid dual-SIM, a fingerprint scanner, and an Iris scanner that allows users to unlock the device using eye recognition. The improved Galaxy Note7 S Pen has a shorter 0.7mm tip with enhanced pressure recognition.

The Screen off memo allows users to attach a memo to the Always On Display, and it also lets users take a memo as soon as they remove the S Pen from its slot. The Smart Select enables users to create and share GIF animations, while the Air Command functions let users zoom in or translate a text just by hovering the S Pen over it. A 3500mAh battery backs the Galaxy Note 7 with Quick Charge 3.0 along with wired and wireless support.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED curved edge screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Octa-Core Exynos 8890/ Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB (UFS 2.0) internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, dual-pixel PDAF, Smart OIS, f/1.7 aperture and 5MP front-facing camera
  • IP68 rating water and dust resistance and S Pen stylus
  • 4G LTE Cat.12, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, USB Type-C, Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer
  • Measures 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm; Weighs 169 grams
  • 3500mAh battery

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Gionee launches M6 and M6 Plus smartphones with massive batteries

Gionee has unveiled its M6 and M6 Plus smartphones in China. The Chinese variant of both the devices is integrated with encrypted chips to offer ten layers of protection for personal data. The Chinese and the global version, both are equipped with a fingerprint sensor, placed on the front.

The M6 will be up for sale in 64GB and 128GB storage variants for 2699 yuan (approx. Rs. 27,220/US$ 404) and 2899 yuan (approx. Rs. 29225/US$ 434). Similarly, the M6 Plus will also retail in 64GB and 128GB storage models, priced at 2999 yuan (approx. Rs. 30,230/US$ 449) and 3199 yuan (approx. Rs. 32,249/US$ 479) Gionee has not revealed the timeline for the global launch of these devices, yet. The M6 will be available in Champagne Gold and Latte Gold color options while the M6 Plus will be up for sale in just Champagne Gold color.

Regarding specifications, the Gionee M6 features a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p AMOLED screen while the M6 Plus comes with a 6-inch full HD 1080p AMOLED screen. Both the smartphones come powered by a 1.8GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755M) chipset and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Amigo OS 3.2 skin on top. The Gionee M6 sports a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, and Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF), f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX258 sensor, 5P lens, and 1.12um pixel size. On the other hand, the M6 Plus bears a 16-megapixel primary snapper with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF. Both the device boast an 8-megapixel of front snapper. Interestingly, the M6 Plus lacks a 3.5mm audio jack.

Both the devices promise extended battery output, thanks to the massive battery capacity. The M6 is backed by a 5000mAh battery while the M6 Plus features a 6020mAh of battery. There is USB Type-C charging for both the devices.

Gionee M6 Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) AMOLED screen, 100 percent NTSC gamut, and 2.5D curved glass protection
  • 1.8GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755M) chipset with Mali T860MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Amigo OS 3.2 skin on top
  • 64GB /128GB Internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 8MP front-facing camera
  • dual-SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
  • Measures 152.3x 75.3x 8.2mm; Weighs 180 grams
  • 5000mAh battery with fast charging

Gionee M6 Plus Specifications:

  • 6-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) AMOLED screen, 100 percent NTSC gamut, and 2.5D curved glass protection
  • 1.8GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755M) chipset with Mali T860MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Amigo OS 3.2 skin on top
  • 64GB /128GB Internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • 16MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera
  • dual-SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
  • Measures 160.5 x 80.6 x 8.2mm; Weighs 215 grams
  • 6020mAh battery with fast charging

Premium delivery service Amazon Prime launched in India


Amazon India has launched its prime subscription service in India. Amazon Prime will offer “unlimited one-day and two-day delivery” services, and “discounted same-day, morning and scheduled deliveries”, in selected cities. There will be with no minimum order size.

Prime Video, which will include Amazon original TV series and movies besides other Indian and global content, is expected to be launched as a part of this service later. To try Amazon Prime service, the users can avail its free trial service for 60 days. After the trial period, annual subscription will be available at a special introductory price of Rs. 499. The listing pricing of Prime membership is expected at Rs. 999.

Currently, Amazon Prime will be available to customers in 100 cities. The registered Amazon members from 20 cities can also choose same-day, morning or scheduled delivery at a discounted fee of Rs. 50 per order.