Lenovo Slashes Price of Vibe X Smartphone to Rs. 22,999

Lenovo has announced today that it will start rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its Vibe X and Vibe Z smartphones in a phased manner starting from the last week of May.

Lenovo has also slashed the price of the Vibe X to INR 22, 999/-, which was launched in India at Rs. 25,999/- in the month of December, 2013. This phone is available for Rs. 20,000 at the flipkart.com.

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The Vibe X sports a 5-inch full-HD display, having a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a pixel density of 440ppi. The display of this smartphone has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. This smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Lenovo Vibe X is equipped with a 13-megapixel auto-focus rear-facing camera with a back-illuminated sensor and an LED flash. The phone also comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle 84 degree lens. For connectivity options, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AGPS and 3G. The Vibe X is packed with a 2,000mAh battery. Vibe X is incredibly thin at 6.9 mm and weights just 121 grams.

Moto E , Made To Last. Priced For All.

Featuring the sharpest display in its class, Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection and a water-resistant splash guard for lasting durability, and an all-day battery. For just Rs 6999 with no contract, Moto E is made to last and priced for all.

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The Moto E has been launched simultaneously in India and the UK. Moto E has a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP camera and 1,900 mAh battery.

This is Motorola’s third device in India after it pulled out of the country a couple of years back. Both the earlier devices, Moto G and Moto X, were launched exclusively on Flipkart.

The device is likely to have serious implications for Indian manufacturers, who get the bulk of their huge numbers from the sub-Rs 10,000 devices. The kind of specs on offer along with brand value of Motorola will make the Moto it a top choice for budget conscious buyers. For instance, the price tag is Rs 2,000 cheaper than the Nokia Lumia 520, which is among the most popular devices in this segment.

With the launch of this device, Motorola now has a good product to offer in all price ranges till Rs 25,000, where again the bulk of the numbers are in the smartphone market.

 

Specifications

Operating system

Android™ 4.4, KitKat®

Processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 with 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU Adreno 302 400MHz single-core GPU

Capacity

4GB user storage
MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB expandable memory
1GB RAM

Dimensions and weight

Height: 124.8mm
Width: 64.8mm
Depth: 12.3mm (6.2mm at edges)
Weight: 142g

Display

4.3 inches
540 x 960 qHD, 256ppi
Features anti-smudge coating and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Connectivity

MicroUSB, supports USB 2.0
3.5 mm headset jack
Micro SIM
Dual-SIM option*

Battery

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 1980mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours

Rear camera

5 MP

Video capture and playback

Capture 30fps FWVGA (MP4, H.264, H.263)
Up to 720p playback capable FWVGA (MP4, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, DivX 4/5/6)

Audio playback

AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM,
FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis

Networks

UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
AWS 850/1700/1900 (2100) + QGSM 850/900/1800/19000
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
CDMA 800/850/1900

Wi-Fi

802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz

Bluetooth® Technology

Version 4.0 LE

Location services

GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou

In the box*

Moto E in black or white
USB cable
Quick start guide

Microsoft Launches The Nokia Lumia 630 Smartphone In India

First unveiled by Microsoft at the BUILD 2014 conference, the Nokia Lumia 630 has finally arrived in the Indian market. The single-SIM variant of this smartphone has been officially priced at Rs 10,500 while the dual-SIM variant has been priced at Rs 11,500. Both will be available for purchase starting May 14.

The Lumia 630 is an entry-level smartphone which comes pre-loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and is one of first affordable Windows Phone smartphones to boast dual-SIM card slots.

Like other smartphones in the Lumia line-up this device has a polycarbonate body with multicolored replaceable back panels.

In terms of the specifications, the device sports a 4.5-inch ClearBlack FWVGA resolution display and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor which is clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with 512MB of RAM. It has 8GB of built-in storage capacity can one can expand this using a microSD card slot up to 128GB in size.

 It further has some interesting features like Sensor Core low-power motion sensor with Bing Health and Fitness app, Microsoft Office, Nokia Camera app, free Nokia Mix Radio streaming, and Nokia HERE maps amongst a few other pre-loaded applications.

This affordable smartphone further has a 5 megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus and burst mode, however it does not come with a front camera. It is equipped with a 1,830 mAh battery which the company claims lasts for 13.1 hours of talk time and 25 days on standby mode.

Samsung Galaxy K zoom with 20.7MP camera, 10x Optical Zoom, Android 4.4 announced

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy K zoom, the company’s latest camera-centric smartphone at an event in Singapore. It has a 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 4.4-44mm lens with 10x optical zoom, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Xenon Flash. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, powered by a Hexa-Core processor (1.7 GHz Dual Core Cortex A15+ 1.3 GHz Quad Core Cortex A7) and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with the latest Samsung Touchwiz UX.

It uses a new retracting lens technology that provides 10x optical zoom in a 20.2 mm slim body. It weighs 200 grams. It has AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation), Pro Suggest with 5 optimized filter settings, Selfie Alarm to take timed selfies, object tracing and more.

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Other features include, Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health Lite, Studio app and more. As you can see, the phone has voice calling capabilities as well, similar to the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy K zoom specifications

  • 4.8-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.7 GHz Dual Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core Exynos (5260) processor with Mali-T624 GPU
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 20.7MP rear camera with Xenon Flash, BSI Sensor, OIS and 10x optical zoom, 1080p video at 60 fps
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and expandable up to 64GB with microSD
  • 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, aGPS + GLONASS and NFC
  • 2,430mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy K zoom comes in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue colors with nice textures for a comfortable grip. No word on pricing or availability yet. We will bring you the hands-on impressions from the launch event later today.

Lava Launches Iris 504Q+ With A 10 Megapixel Camera For Rs 13,999

Lava Mobiles is on a smartphone spree as there is a new device from the company which is powered by a quad-core processor and it is called the Lava Iris 504Q+.

This Lava smartphone, sports ‘stylish looks’ and is the successor to the Lava 504Q which surface in the market last year. This new successor has been officially priced at Rs 13,999.

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The camera on the Iris 504Q+ will turn a few heads as it now comes with a 10 megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor as its primary rear camera. The camera app also supports gesture and voice controls, enabling users to capture images by saying words like “Cheese” or “Capture, this is something new for a Indian brand and might help increase the sales.

The gesture motion technology on the camera can be used for clicking photos, changing tracks or videos, switching betweens screens, tuning FM channels and browsing the gallery. The smartphonecomes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed.

The rear 10 megapixel rear camera sensor is 1/3.2-inch in size and has a pixel size of 1.4 micros. Itsupports autofocus, touch-to-focus, High Dynamic Range (HDR), vertical and horizontal panorama capture and face detection. On the front the smartphone has a 2 megapixel camera for video calling and not-so-high-quality selfies.

The smartphone comes with a 5-inch 720p resolution IPS display built with OGS technology and also includes Asahi Dragontrail scratch-resistant glass protection. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MR6582 processor which is supported with a Mali 400 MP2 GPU clocked at 500MHz.

The Iris 504Q+ is a dual-SIM capable smartphone which comes with 1GB of RAM and built-in storage capacity of 8GB which is expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card. In terms of the connectivity it supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and 3G capabilities, the device is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery.

Gionee Elife 7 Mini Launched For Rs 18,999

In December, Gionee has taken everyone by surprise by launching the Elife E7 mini, along with the Elife E7. Online retailer Snapdeal has now begun selling the device at a price of Rs 19,500.

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E7 mini does not come across as a toned down variant of the E7. It brings the same functionalities as its elder brother but in a smaller display size. Sporting a 4.7-inch 720p display, the E7 mini is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor coupled with 1GB RAM.

It runs on rather older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile OS, but does get a layer of the company’s custom Amigo 2.0 UI layer. Gionee’s custom UI will ensure that the mini variant is almost similar to its elder sibling. Interesting, unlike the Elife E7, the mini variant comes with dual SIM support (GSM + GSM). Gionee has included a 13-megapixel rotating camera, just like the Oppo N1. The mini variant also gets a slew of connectivity options such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. It packs in 16GB onboard storage. All of this is fuelled by a 2,100mAh battery.

Boeing Black: This Smartphone Will Self-destruct

Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie.

In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and renders the device inoperable.

The secure phone marks an extension of the communications arm of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes.

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Such a phone might have prevented damage to Washing-ton’s diplomacy in Ukraine from a leaked telephone call. A senior US State Department officer and the ambassador to Ukraine apparently used unencrypted cell-phones for a call about political developments in Ukraine that became public.

Boeing’s tamper-proof phone is aimed at government agencies and contractors who need to keep communication and data secure, according to Boeing and filings with the US Federal Communications Commission.

Made in the United States, the phone runs on Google Inc’s Android operating system. The 5.2-by-2.7-inch (13.2-by-6.9 cm) handset, slightly larger than an iPhone, uses dual SIM cards to enable it to access multiple cell networks instead of a single network like a normal cellphone.

Due to the phone’s security features, Boeing is releasing few details about the wireless network operators or manufacturer it is working with, and has not provided a price or date by which the phone might be widely available, but said it has begun offering the phone to potential customers.

Boeing’s website says the phone can be configured to connect with biometric sensors or satellites. Other attachments can extend battery life or use solar power.

The phone can operate on the WCDMA, GSM and LTE frequency bands and offers WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The company has been developing the phone for 36 months, said Boeing spokeswoman Rebecca Yeamans.
“We saw a need for our customers in a certain market space” that Boeing could meet with its technology expertise, she said.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Smartphone Claims To Be World’s Thinnest

A company called Gionee is on hand at MWC 2014 and it has rolled out a new smartphone that it claims is the thinnest in the world. The device is the Elife S5.5 and it is 5.5 mm thick. The phone was unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014.

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The 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55 mm (5.7 x 2.76 x 0.22 in), 130 g (4.6 oz) Elife S5.5 has a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution Super AMOLED+ capacitive multitouch LTPS display, runs the company’s Amigo 2.0 operating environment (based on Android 4.2), and is powered by an octa-core 1.7 GHz MTK 6592 processor backed up by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of solid state storage.

“The Elife S5.5 is crafted with a distinct metallic frame and Corning Gorillas Glass Uni-Body,” says William Lu, President of Gionee. “It uses the world’s thinnest AMOLED Screen, thinnest PCB board with a 0.6 mm and 0.4 mm glass rear cover.”

The single-SIM smartphone features a rear-facing 13 megapixel autofocus camera with up to ISO1600 sensitivity, and a 5 MP snapper with a 95 degree ultra-wide-angle lens at the front.

Despite its slim profile, it boasts a non-removable 2300 mAh Li-ion battery, with the promise of an even more capacious 2450 mAh battery available in the next upgrade. Configurations will support 3G and 4G/LTE networks, there’s Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-USB 2.0 with support for OTG.

The 3G model is due to be released shortly in 40 countries for around US$370, with the LTE version following in June.

Source: Gionee

Micromax Launches Canvas Fun A74 For Rs 7,749

Micromax has added another budget Android device to its Canvas series with the Canvas Fun A74. The smartphone is available online on Snapdeal and Infibeam for Rs 7,749.

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The Micromax Canvas Fun A74 has a 4.5-inch capacitive display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 218 ppi. It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash support and a VGA front camera for video calling. The smartphone has 4GB internal memory expandable via microSD card support to 32 GB and a 1,500mAh battery. Connectivity-wise the device offers 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS and Bluetooth support and has a 1500 mAh battery.

Micromax had also launched another phone in the Canvas Fun series called the Canvas Fun A76 with a bigger 5 inch display and a 2000 mAh battery. The rest of the specs on the phone are similar to the Canvas Fun A74, with a 1.3 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.2, 5 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. The Micromax Canvas A76 is available for Rs 8,499 on Flipkart and Infibeam.

The company has also listed the Canvas Fun A73 on its official website hinting that the phone will be launched soon. The Fun A73 will have a smaller 4 inch display, a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. It will be powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek (MTK 6572) processor, Android 4.2 OS and a 1500 mAh battery. The launch date and price of the device has not yet been revealed.

Micromax has become the second most preferred brand in the Indian smartphone market according to a recent IDC report. Micromax now has almost 22 percent of the market share and is second only to Samsung which has 26 percent of the market share. The brand rules the Phablet market which has grown nearly 30 percent in Q2 2013.

Acer Launches The First 4K-Capable Smartphone – Liquid S2

As the IFA 2013 show is about to unfold in Berlin, Acer has jumped the gun announcing the first smartphone with 4K video recording support – the Liquid S2. The device comes running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.

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At the front you get a 6″ Full HD IPS display (368 ppi) covered in Gorilla Glass 3, while inside a 3300 mAh battery provides the juice. The 16 gigs of storage is expandable by a whopping 128 GB thanks to the microSD card slot.

The main camera on board is a 13 MP unit with a 28 mm wide-angle lens and a back-side illuminated sensor. The front cam features an ultra-wide 88-degree 24 mm BSI sensor of 2 MP resolution and 1080p video recording. Speaking of which the Acer Liquid S2 can capture 4K UHD (Ultra HD) video along with high-framerate Full HD (60 fps) and slow motion video.

There’s a panorama mode that produces up to 27 MP shots, quick first shot lets you capture an image straight off the unlock screen.

The Acer Liquid S2 footprint measures 166 x 86 mm and the phablet is 8.99mm thick. There’s 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n as well as the usual connectivity goodies – 3G and GPS.

The Acer Liquid S2 will launch at the end of October across Europe, but there’s no word on specific countries availability or price just yet.

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