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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G review – buggy camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G a budget friendly 4G smartphone is now available in India for Rs. 9,999. This is a single SIM handset powered by snapdragon quad core processor. It is running MiUi based on Android 4.4.2 over a 5.5 inch screen with HD resolution.
Box Pack
All of the Xiaomi handsets come with the same box packing style. Inside you will find the Note 4G handset, 3100 mAh battery, data cable, user guide, warranty statement and travel charger. Earphone is not included. SAR Value as mentioned on the box : 0.46 W/kg (Max).
Design, display and OS
The handset looks exactly similar to the Redmi Note 3G variant. The Note 3G is dual SIM whereas the 4G is with a single SIM slot. Build quality is very good, plastic body with glossy finish back panel. Weight with battery is 186 grams and dimensions are 78.79 x 153.73 x 9.15 (mm).
Power and volume rocker are placed on the right side, micro USB port at the bottom and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. This is a single SIM handset and there is a micro SD card slot too.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G box pack

The touch screen is 5.5 inches supporting 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Colour reproduction is very good and touch is smooth / responsive. Screen is scratch resistant. There is LED notification (you can select the LED colour) and the Note 4G comes loaded with gyro, magnetic, step counter, light, accelerometer and proximity sensors. Step counter does work probably might work with some fitness applications.

Lenovo K80 With 4GB of RAM, 4000mAh Battery Launched

Soon after launching the Lenovo A5000 in Russia, the Chinese company has now unveiled yet another smartphone, the K80. Unveiled in China, the Lenovo K80 has been priced at CNY 1,799 (approximately Rs. 18,400) and will be available in the firm's home country starting April 30.

The highlight of the Lenovo K80 smartphone is it features a massive 4GB of RAM and the same variant includes 64GB of built-in storage. The company is likely to place its new handset up against the Asus ZenFone 2's 4GB variant in various markets. Unfortunately, the company hasn't revealed global launch plans for the Lenovo K80.
A standard version of the Lenovo K80 featuring 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage has also been launched at CNY 1499 (approximately Rs. 15,300).
Much like Asus Zenfone 2 series, the Lenovo K80 is also powered by an Intel chipset. It comes with a 64-bit Intel Atom processor (cores, chipset unspecified) clocked at 1.8GHz. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display. Another notable feature of the Lenovo K80 is its large 4000mAh battery.
The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation). There is no word on the front camera on the handset. The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Lenovo K80 sports an 8.5mm thin body and will be available in black, silver, and red colour options. The launch was first reported by Chinese website CNMO.
On Thursday, Lenovo's new A-series smartphone, the A5000, was launched in  Russia while was also listed on Lenovo's official UAE site without price details. An established retailer the same day claimed the Lenovo A5000 smartphone had been launched in India at 10250/-. Lenovo India is however yet to make an official announcement or list the device on its site.

Acer Liquid X2 With 4000mAh Battery, Triple-SIM Support Launched


Acer on Tuesday launched a new smartphone - the Acer Liquid X2 - but has not yet revealed pricing and availability details.
Showcased during the company's New York press conference, the Acer Liquid X2's claim to fame is its massive 4000mAh battery and its ability to support three SIM cards. Notably, Lenovo this week also unveiled two smartphones with a 4000mAh battery, the Lenovo K80 (which also has 4GB of RAM) and the Lenovo A5000.
The triple-SIM Liquid X2 houses a 5.5-inch display with no word on the display resolution, and is powered by an unknown 64-bit octa-core processor. The handset also includes the same camera on the front and rear - a 13-megapixel offering with a f/1.8 lens.
The firm additionally showcased the Liquid X2's Quick Touch flip case with a vertical slot in between, which gives access to music controls, weather, time and other functions without opening the flip cover. Given the triple-SIM support and 4000mAh battery, Acer says the smartphone is made for those who travel a lot. Not all the specifications are known for the handset, including the Android version it will ship with, but more should be revealed closer to release.
Acer last month also launched its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, the Acer Liquid M220. Acer, which has previously made Windows Phone 7 - powered smartphones, has added that the Liquid M220 will also be upgradeable to the recently announced Windows 10 OS by Microsoft.

Micromax Canvas Spark: A Pocket Friendly Smartphone

Ever since Motorola launched the ultra-budget MotoE last year and enticed first-time smartphone buyers, other big brands such as Asus,Lenovo, and Xiaomi have followed suit. While Micromax has had options in that price range for years now, the price-to-performance ratio of those smartphones was skewed. The only exception was the Micromax Canvas A1 - one of the three Android One smartphones made to Google's own standards.
Recently, Micromax launched the Canvas Spark, a phone that costs a little under Rs. 5,000 and runs Android Lollipop out-of-the-box. The Micromax Canvas Spark also has a quad-core processor. Should this be the smartphone any first-time buyer should consider? Let's find out.

Look and feel
Micromax has pulled out  all the stops to create a premium-looking budget device; the Canvas Spark. We received a white/gold unit for review but it is also available in a grey/silver option. The matte rear curves gently, and coupled with the phone's 8.5mm thickness, makes this phone feel really good to hold. Moreover, the weight of 134g is distributed evenly across the entire body. The gold trim running around the edges is actually plastic but Micromax has given it a metallic coating to add some sheen. We saw a similar colour scheme in the Micromax Canvas Gold A300.

A 4.7-inch screen is front and centre. Above it, one can find the earpiece, front camera, and ambient light sensor. Micromax has gone with a row of touch-sensitive capacitive buttons for navigation, placed right below the screen. These Lollipop-style buttons have thin outlines and are not backlit, which makes it very difficult to see them properly.
The volume rocker and power button are on the right edge. The tactile feedback of these buttons is average at best. Machine-drilled holes for the speaker grille are on the bottom of the rear. The camera module on the rear juts slightly out of the main body, thereby potentially exposing it to scratches and also causing the phone to wobble slightly when placed on a flat surface. A thick metallic Micromax logo is placed below the camera. The rear cover is removable but it only reveals the SIM card slots and the microSD card slot; the battery is not accessible.

Specifications and software
Micromax has used the tried-and-tested MediaTek MT6582 SoC on the Canvas Spark. This SoC uses four 1.3GHz processor cores and integrated Mali 400 graphics. The phone also has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space. Storage can be expanded by up to 32GB using a microSD card.
The primary camera on the Canvas Spark can capture 8-megapixel still images and shoot 720p video, and there is a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The phone accepts two Micro-SIM cards, of which at least one can connect to a 3G network. Rounding off the other connectivity options are Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0. A 2000mAh battery powers the device, giving it a rated talk time of 7 hours and rated standby time of 335 hours.

The 4.7-inch IPS screen has a resolution of 540x960, which is similar to that of the Motorola Moto E (Gen 2). However, the screen of the Moto E (Gen 2) is slightly smaller at 4.5 inches and therefore looks a little sharper. The Canvas Spark's screen is average at best with decent viewing angles but below-average sunlight legibility. Thankfully, the display isn't over saturated and the warm colours look pleasant. The screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, which is good.
Micromax hasn't played around much with the stock version of Android Lollipop except for changing the background of the app drawer from white to a slightly transparent dark grey, and the default icons to pastel-coloured flat set. This is actually a great move because the stock Android Lollipop experience is very polished. Micromax has also thrown in a whole ton of third-party apps, most of which won't be useful for most people and cannot be uninstalled.

Performance and camera
We won't mince any words - we faced a lot of performance issues with the Canvas Spark. There were times when an app wouldn't open for a good 15 seconds after we had touched its icon. Also, sometimes the screen wouldn't be responsive after waking the device from standby. Thankfully, these issues didn't completely break the experience but the phone definitely did not feel smooth enough. High-end games struggled with constant stutters, but casual games worked fine. We must highlight the fact that all the Android One phones use the same SoC, but provide a better experience.
In the AnTuTu and Quadrant benchmark tests the phone scored 19,499 and 5,494 points respectively, which are in line with what we achieved with other phones with similar hardware. The Canvas Spark also scored 9.3fps and 3,231 in the GFXbench and 3DMark Ice Storm graphics tests.

We ran our regular set of sample videos and the Canvas Spark only barely managed to play the 1080p files; we faced constant frame drops. The speaker is adequately loud but sound breaks at high volumes. The bundled headset offers decent sound quality but things improved drastically when we used a pair of reference earphones. The sound in phone calls was good and we didn't face any call drops. 
The 2000mAh battery inside the Canvas Spark lasted 7 hours and 16 minutes in our video loop test, which is almost on par with other phones in the same price range. We must add that in daily use we saw the battery life drop drastically whenever we performed any processor-intensive task.
The 8-megapixel camera is clearly no patch on the Infocus M2's, which sells for almost the same price as the Canvas Spark. Our sample images did not have properly defined shadows. A lot of areas, especially those which weren't in focus, were clearly underexposed and colours were slightly oversaturated. The camera app stuttered badly when capturing 720p video (the highest resolution possible on this phone) but the captured footage was fine, apart from some camera shake and the same underexposure issues. Low-light shots were mostly grainy. The front camera also struggled with letting in adequate light.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 With Metal Build Launched

samsung_galaxy_a3_galaxy_a5.jpgSamsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market.
Samsung's smartphone woes began late last year and persisted through July-September, with its global market share down on year for the third straight quarter and its profit scraping at a three-year low.
Its struggles were prominent in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, where Samsung was dethroned by local upstart Xiaomi Inc as the top smartphone maker in the second quarter. It does not help that Samsung's lower-end products are too expensive and not sufficiently distinctive compared to those touted by Xiaomi and Lenovo Group Ltd, analysts say.
The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are seen by analysts as Samsung's first counter-strike. Initially launching in China in November, they will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metallic bodies and its thinnest smartphones to date. In size, the A3 and A5 are comparable to those of the top-of-the-line Galaxy S5, though of lesser screen resolution quality.
"I think improving specs on the mid-tier products by using features like a full metal body is something that Samsung needed to do to respond to the Chinese rivals," said Seoul-based IBK Asset Management fund manager Kim Hyun-su, who holds Samsung shares.
Samsung classified the new phones as mid-tier, and said they will be launched in other "select markets", without disclosing the pricing.
The announcement, combined with hopes for an earnings recovery and bigger dividends, pushed Samsung's shares in Seoul to the highest close in more than two months. The stock has gained 10 percent since Thursday.
Line up revamp
Success for the devices remains to be seen in China and elsewhere as Samsung's rivals continue to make strides. In comparison to the A5, for example, Xiaomi's MI4 device is thicker but sports a faster processor and a higher quality display.
"We'll have to wait and see how well these phones sell," said Seoul-based CIMB analyst Lee Do-hoon, adding that the lack of disclosure on pricing makes the devices' success harder to predict.
Samsung is expected to launch more devices in the near term. The company on Thursday admitted that it was too slow to respond to "rapid shifts in the competitive landscape" and vowed to deliver new products.
"For our mid to low-end smartphones we will enhance product competitiveness by differentiating our displays and materials as well as upgrading camera functionality," Senior Vice President Kim Hyun-joon told analysts on Thursday, pledging to take efforts to keep margins at double-digit rates going forward.
Such margins may be difficult to achieve, though. Global smartphone market growth is increasingly driven by the low-end segment, making it a race to the bottom for all but companies like Apple Inc that can still command a price premium.
Samsung has vowed to improve price competitiveness, as well, which will only further erode the bottom line. Most analysts do not expect a meaningful profit recovery for the firm's smartphone business until mid-2015 at the earliest, when the company may start seeing tangible results from a line-up revamp.
"A line-up change is a costly process, just like re-doing your home interior design," said KTB Investment analyst Jin Sung-hye.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sony launches Xperia T2 Ultra phablet at Rs 25,990

Sony launches Xperia T2 Ultra phablet at Rs 25,990
Sony has launched its Xperia T2 Ultra in India, bringing yet another phablet to the fast saturating market. The device, which was officially unveiled in January, has been priced at Rs 25,990.

The all-new Xperia T2 Ultra has a 6-inch 720p display with 245ppi pixel density. It runs on a customized version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system and comes with 8GB internal storage, microSD card support up to 32GB and 1GB RAM. Sony has used the Snapdragon 400 processor in the phablet, the same chipset that powers Moto G.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra has a 13MP camera with LED flash on the back and a 1.1MP camera in front. The connectivity suite of the device includes features like 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. The device runs on a 3,000mAh battery, offers dual-sim functionality and will be available in the country from March 20.

The manufacturer is preloading proprietary apps like Walkman, Album, Movies and PlayMemories online storage on the Xperia T2 Ultra.

Sony's latest smartphone will compete against the likes of Moto X, Google Nexus 4, Gionee Elife E7 and Nokia Lumia 1320 in the Indian market.

Oppo launches smartphone that takes 50MP photosOppo launches smartphone that takes 50MP photos..

Moto X vs Nexus 4, Galaxy Grand 2, other rivalsChinese smartphone maker Oppo has launched the first smartphone in the world that can capture photos with 50MP resolution.

Though the rear camera of the phone, Oppo Find 7, has resolution of 13MP only, it has a Super Zoom mode that merges 10 photos to create a single 50MP image. Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone has a 41MP rear camera but can take photos with maximum resolution of 38MP only.

The smartphone can also capture 4K (movie hall quality) as well as slow-motion (720p at 120fps) videos. It packs a LED flash on the back and a 5MP camera in front.

Another unique feature of Oppo Find 7 is its QHD (or 2K) display panel, offering resolution of 2560x1440p, much higher than the 1920x1080p screens of most smartphones available at present. With screen size of 5.5-inch, the Find 7 has the highest pixel density in the smartphone market with 538 pixels per inch.

Motorola’s top smartphone, Moto X, has finally made its way to India. The starting price of the model is Rs 23,999, whereas the variant with wooden-finish back panels costs Rs 25,999.

Given the specs, it seems like a good deal. But there are many other mid-range smartphones in the Indian market that can compete with Moto X. Here’s how the newly-launched Moto X fares against its top competitors in India – Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, Gionee Elife E7 and Nokia Lumia 1320.

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