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Apple Inc.  In the event that you have been regularly charging your iPhone 5 because of certain battery related issues, this news ought to come as no problem – Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) itself is replacing batteries of some chosen units of the iPhone 5 that have the battery issue.

According to numerous reports flashing all over the web, Apple Inc. is replacing the batteries of few iPhone 5 units that have a defective battery in this way bringing about a shorter battery life and more successive charging.

This battery imperfection is found in those iPhone 5 devices sold between September of 2012 and January 2013, the reports said including that Apple has made them qualified for a free battery substitution.

“Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range,” the company said in a statement.

“If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge,” the company added.

iPhone 5 owners who are having issues with their battery life can enter their iPhone’s serial number on Apple website to check in the event that they meet all requirements for a battery substitution.

On the off chance that it is, these customers can visit Apple Authorized Service Provider, Apple Store, or send it off to Apple themselves to get it fixed.

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Asus recently introduced its Zenfone smartphones family for Indian electronics market. Out of the three newly unveiled Zenfone smartphones, we got a chance to review the 5-inch Asus Zenfone 5. Here is our detailed review of Zenfone 5, which sheds some light on the recent development carried out by Asus in the form of these three new Asus beasts.

Zenfone 5 sports a 5-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display along with 1280 x 720 pixel HD resolution. It is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor and 2GB RAM. The smartphone features an 8-megapixel rear camera supporting autofocus and LED flash and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Zenfone 5 is available in two variants – 8GB and 16GB, and expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card. Both the variants come equipped with 2100mAh Li-ion battery. We had received white-colored 8GB model for the review purpose.

The Asus Zenfone 5 has a simple and innovative design, which has undergone stringent quality testing. The design incorporates the iconic concentric circle finish with a unique fine texture, which lends the phone a classic look and feel.

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As mentioned, Asus Zenfone 5 sports a 5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720p HD display and 294 ppi. Its display is truly controlled by Asus TruVivid technology, which submerged us in amazing visual clarity, delightful colors and quality pictures. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 tremendously managed to secure the Asus Zenfone 5 from scratches and coincidental screen harms during our review.

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During our review, we got to experience amazing touch responsiveness on the Asus Zenfone 5 with a snappy reaction time of 60 ms. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces smudges on the screen of the Asus Zenfone 5. Likewise, the device has expanded showcase affectability so you can utilize this smartphone even while wearing gloves.

Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel dual-core processor, PowerVR GPU and 2 GB RAM, Zenfone 5 has got a great multitasking ability, and it easily switches between applications without any trouble. It also scans through substantial pages easily.

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Despite its ability to click pictures with an 8MP rear camera, we were not at all happy with its camera skills. It produced very disappointing and poor quality noisy images in low-light conditions. Zenfone 5 uses PixelMaster technology, which combines five shine upgrading lenses to accomplish immaculate pictures.

With different kind of features that PixelMaster offers, users will have to bear with its descent camera skills that might no longer be a surprising factor for them. Additionally, it accompanies a brilliantly awesome 2MP front camera, which is like a cherry on the top for selfie lovers (like me).

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The Asus Zenfone 5 packs a solid 2110 mAh battery that offers up to 18 hours of 3G talk time and 353 hours of 3G standby time. In addition, the low-control Intel processor, power-efficient receiving antenna outline and the power saving mode admixture guarantees that the battery endures long without stopping the execution. We were quite happy with its battery performance.

The Asus Zenfone 5 presents to 8 GB of inside memory to store all your mixed media records and documents. The memory is expandable up to 64 GB through a micro SD card. Alongside these memory choices, Asus gives 5 GB of free lifetime Asus web storage.

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The Asus Zenfone 5 accompanies pre-installed Android Jelly Bean 4.3 operating system. The OS is upgradeable to the latest Android KitKat. Basic, natural, and to a great degree utilitarian, the ZenUI is only intended to operate and focused around your needs. Gimmicks, for example, What’s Next, Do It Later, Omlet Chat, PixelMaster, Zen Link, and Open Cloud give savvy choices to anticipate difficulties and dial down your life.

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Overall, it’s a great phone with a sturdy set of hardware. It feels very solid and premium in our hands. However, we had few software level issues such as app execution, incorrect time zones and inconvenience while clearing app cache, etc. We hope to see these issues getting fixed in the next update.

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Samsung Electronics — Samsung (KRX: 005930) is holding off its introduction dispatch of its homegrown portable working framework that is meant to compete with Google’s Android. Tizen, which was set to dispatch in Russia with the Samsung Z smartphone in the third quarter, will now not go marked down as Samsung aims to scrounge up support for its developer stage.

Samsung dispatched its first Tizen-based devices, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, at Mobile World Congress recently, however no smartphone running the platform has yet appeared.

Despite the fact that Samsung has not proclaimed another dispatch date for the arrival of the Tizen-based smartphone, company’s efforts show its plans to lessen its reliance on the Android OS, which controls the Samsung Galaxy cell phones and tablets.

It had previously been accepted that the Korean maker needed to dispatch such a gadget to diminish its reliance on Android, which powers its present lead Galaxy S5 handset.

Samsung said in a brief statement on Monday, “To further enhance Tizen ecosystem, Samsung plans to postpone the launch of Samsung Z in Russia. Samsung will continue actively to work with Tizen Association members pursuing further to develop both Tizen OS and the Tizen ecosystem.”

Earlier this year, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo pulled its support and called off plans for a Samsung smartphone running the Tizen software. Some European operators have also toned down their support rhetoric in recent months.

Samsung is the world’s largest smartphones manufacturer, however fails to offer a prominent versatile stage of its own, in the same way as Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android.

Samsung’s own particular application store draws far fewer developers and users than those of Apple or Google.

 

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South Korean electronics giant Samsung (KRX: 005930) has dispatched its 4G-supported flagship device Galaxy S5 in India. Earlier, LG (KRX: 066570) had propelled the 4G variant of G2 in India and now the Galaxy S5 with LTE support has arrived for the Indian masses.

The device has a price tag of Rs. 53,500, which puts it in the same group as the iPhone 5S lineup. It additionally refers to already existing 4G services in India. The 4G variant of the S5 will go on sale in India from tomorrow, on July 20.

“We expect the 4G version to catch the imagination of technology enthusiasts and professionals, who demand superior smartphones for their heavy multimedia content consumption,” said Asim Warsi, vice president (marketing, mobile & IT), Samsung India, in a press statement.

Samsung Galaxy S5 3G was initially propelled in India in April this year, and stays one of the best smartphones you could purchase at this moment, regardless of the vicinity of the HTC One M8, which is additionally getting 4G support alongside Sony Xperia Z2.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with 4G support introduced in India for Rs. 53,500Samsung has collaborated with Airtel for data plans for buyers of the new model. Existing and new Airtel 4G endorsers will get 5GB of 4G data free for two months. However, customers won’t have the capacity to utilize the 4G as part of all rounds as the telecom provider has just now begun bringing it to more loops.

The Galaxy S5 4G is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC seen in the 3G model. Clocked at 2.5GHz processor speed, it supports eight 4G LTE bands. The 4G variant additionally has the same programming peculiarities, for example, Download Booster for consolidating 4G and Wi-Fi speeds for substantial downloads.

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Asus Zenfone 4, Asus Zenfone 5, Asus Zenfone 6, Asus fonepad 7 (2014)

New Delhi – Asus (LSE: ASKD) has launched its Zenfone smartphones family for Indian consumer electronics market. Asus announced the availability of these new devices at a press event that took place yesterday. The three new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean devices viz. Zenfone 4, Zenfone5 and Zenfone 6 were introduced by Asus, along with the new variant of its previously introduced dual-SIM tablet device – Fonepad 7.

All the devices were launched at the hands of Asus CEO, Jerry Shen. At the time of launch, he illumined the design concept of the Zenfone and ZenUI, which is the new user interface introduced by Asus. All newly introduced gadgets by Asus have the same ZenUI running inside.

Speaking at the time of launch, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asus had this to say — “We are very excited to bring this premium luxury to consumers in India. When we set foot on this journey in search of incredible, we aimed to create the most extraordinary phone for everyone to enjoy.”Mr. Michael Adnani, Flipkart - Ms. Debjani Ghosh, intel - Mr. Jerry Shen, ASUS Global CEO - Mr. Arjun Kapoor - Mr. Eric Chen

Asus Corporate Vice President Eric Chen added, “We believe the Zenfone and Fonepad 7 will be top smartphone choices for consumers throughout the country. We will be backing the launch of the series with an increasing presence in India as we plan to expand the number of local ASUS stores to 200 this year.”

“Intel is proud to join ASUS on the Zenfone journey in India with our Intel Atom processors and Intel XMM 6360 communications platform. The Zenfone offers an incredible user experience at an affordable price, and that will be a compelling proposition for consumers in India, which is witnessing steady growth in the Smartphone and Phablet segments.” said Debjani Ghosh, Vice President Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director, South Asia, Intel.

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor made a guest appearance at the launch event, and claimed that he is the first official consumer of Zenfone smartphone in India. Michael Adnani, Vice President of Retail and Head of Brand Alliances at Flipkart was invited on stage at the time of launch, however Asus didn’t officially announced any partnership with Flipkart. However, all the Zenfone devices are available online with ‘Flipkart-exclusive’ tag.

Asus Zenfone 4:

Zenfone 4 sports a 4-inch TFT capacitive multi-touch panel along with 800 x 480 WVGA resolution. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor and 1GB LPDDR2 RAM.

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Zenfone 4 features a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It has an 8GB built-in storage 8GB, which is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The device comes equipped with 1600mAh of Li-ion battery.

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Zenfone 5, which we had received couple of weeks back for the review, sports a 5-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display along with 1280 x 720 pixel HD resolution. The device is powered by 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor and 2GB RAM.

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Zenfone 5 features an 8-megapixel rear camera supporting autofocus and LED flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Zenfone 5 will be available in two variants – 8GB and 16GB, and expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card. Both the variants come equipped with 2100mAh Li-ion battery.

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Third in the series of Zenfone smartphones, Zenfone 6 sports a 6-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display along with 1280 x 720 pixel HD resolution. The device is powered by 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor and 2GB RAM.

Zenfone 6 features a 13-megapixel rear camera along with autofocus and LED flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Zenfone 6 has 16GB internal memory space, which is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The device comes equipped with 3300mAh Li-ion battery.

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All the Zenfone devices are currently running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. However, company officials have assured that Android 4.4 KitKat update will soon be rolled out. Additionally, all the Zenfone smartphones feature the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection for their displays.

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Asus has also introduced the new Fonepad 7 tablet device featuring Intel’s processor and ZenUI. It sports 7-inch LED backlight WSVGA display along with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The display also offers the anti-fingerprint coating. Asus Fonepad 7 (2014) is powered by 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor and 1GB RAM.

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The new Asus Fonepad 7 features ‘disappointing’ 2-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera, and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The new Fonepad 7 offers 4GB internal storage, which can further be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. So customers cannot possibly rely upon the default memory space provided by Asus. The tablet comes equipped with 3950mAh non-removable Li-Po battery.

Considering a connectivity factor, all the devices launched today are offering support for the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Price blunder?

The Asus Zenfone 4 is priced at Rs. 5,999. At the other hand, Asus Zenfone 5 (8GB) and Asus Zenfone 5 (16GB) smartphones have got price tags of Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 12,999 respectively. Whereas the Asus Zenfone 6 is priced at Rs. 16,999. The price details of Fonepad 7 (2014) tablet were not disclosed by the company.

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However, what surprised us the most was tragic last-minute price drop of all the Zenfone devices introduced at the event venue. According to a leaflet we received along with the press kit (see the image above), Zenfone 5 (8GB) and Zenfone 5 (16GB) models were supposed to get price tags of Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 13,999 respectively. Whereas the Asus Zenfone 6 was supposed to be priced at Rs. 17,999.

Asus launched all the Zenfone devices at reduced price tags right after Xiaomi announced Mi3 for Rs. 14,999. Xiaomi Mi3 sports a 5-inch IPS display offering a 1920 x 1080 pixels full HD resolution, along with 441ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla glass protection.

Xiaomi Mi3 is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM, and runs a custom interface dubbed MIUI. It has got a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

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BlackBerry Z3

In its latest attempt to revive sales and build the ailing company from grounds up, Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry will launch a new budget handset dubbed BlackBerry Z3 this week in India. It has been observed from the reliable sources that the step intends to fight against bigwigs like Samsung and Apple to which it is fast losing ground.

The phone will be first new BlackBerry phone to be launched after the chief executive John Chen took the charge of the sales-hit company in November. The launch also marks the partnership with FIH Mobile Ltd. a unit of the giant Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group well known for assembling Apple products.

Indonesia and India appear much as the last volume market of the BlackBerry. Therefore, the sales in the country could well decide the success of the handset retailing for less than Rs 11,000. Also, if the plan works out, Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry could produce a dent in the market share currently dominated by Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s line of Galaxy devices powered by Google’s Android operating system.

The Canadian firm had a 40% share of the Indonesian market 2 years ago, labeling the island nation as “BlackBerry Nation”. Later it was captured by Korean giant Samsung after the launch of the premium, high-priced BlackBerry 10 failed to attract buyers.

BlackBerry Z3 Specifications

  • A full touchscreen device
  • OS: BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS
  • PROCESSOR: Dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • DISPLAY: 5-inch qHD (960×540 pixels)
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • STORAGE: 8GB expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card
  • CAMERA: 5MP rear/ 1.1MP front
  • BATTERY: 2,500mAh

BlackBerry Z3 will come with a special set of BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM Stickers featuring local characters.

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Moto X

Motorola is starting a ‘Try Then Buy’ offer from June 8, wherein buyers can customize their Moto X handsets via the Moto Maker online tool. In the section for storage capacity, Motorola will also offer 64GB as an option, alongside the standard 16 and 32GB variants.

In the ‘Try Then Buy’ offer, Motorola will allow buyers to own Moto X for just $0.01 for a period of two weeks. If buyers like the Moto X, then they can make the full payment for the handset. Those who purchase the phone under this offer will get 30% discount on accessories.

The 64GB variant of Moto X will cost $449, Motorola has said in a statement; the 16 and 32GB variants cost $349 and $399, respectively.

The Moto X, a customization Android smartphone, was launched in August last year and was initially available in US only. The smartphone was launched with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but in November last year Motorola rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for it, and the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is also said to be now rolling out for the smartphone.

The device has a 4.7-inch HD screen, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 10MP camera and 2GB RAM. It is among the few smartphones in the country that run on Android 4.4 operating system and has a water-resistant coating. Buyers get 50GB of Google Drive storage free with Moto X.

The smartphone comes with a unique always-on voice assistant that listens to the commands even if the user is not operating the handset. The camera of Moto X also features ClearPixel technology that allows 75% more light to enter, thus producing better low light pictures.

The features that set Moto X apart from its competitor are its software features like Active Display, Touchless Control, Quick Capture Camera, and customizability.

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ALCATEL, a French global telecommunications Equipment Company established in 2004 as a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent of France and TCL communication unveiled its newest smartphone Idol X+ in partnership with India’s biggest online retail shop – Flipkart on Thursday.

The new smartphone targets Indian market. It is 8.1mm thick and sports a brushed metallic look. Currently priced at Rs.16,990, the Alcatel Idol X+ features a five-inch touchscreen, an octa-core 2 GHz processor and 13.1 MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 2,500 mAh battery. Support for octa-core 2GHz processor marks the launch of another octa-core handset in the mid-range segment.

The box will also include a Health Boomband (smartband) and JBL headphones. It runs on Android Jellybean OS. According to Alcatel, “The processor increase battery efficiency in which it reduces 18% in power consumption versus a quad-core chip when decoding Full HD video. It also includes clever performance tweaks like allocating each web page tab to a different CPU to mean smooth but fast browsing.”

“We work with operators like Idea and Vodafone, and have successful partnerships with them … while we continue to grow the operator business, we are also bullish on e-commerce route to reach out to consumers,” Alcatel One Touch Regional Director, APAC, Praveen Valecha, said. About 15 per cent of the company’s revenues in India would come from e-commerce this year, he added.

The Alcatel official expects sales from online channel to contribute about 15 per cent of its revenues this year. First introduced at CES 2014, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ was made available in China in January. With the launch, Alcatel seems set to re-enter the Indian market in an unprecedented way, and launch additional devices like tablets in the near future.

 

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Motorola has shaken the entry level Smartphone market. The strategy to sale through online retail market has also add its flavour to the success of Motorola in India. A brand has managed to offer uncompromising specification with the original flavour of Android KitKat 4.4. Motorola has done what Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony couldn’t – make Android likable for a beginner.

Moto E bears a striking resemblance to the Moto G, the differences are noticeable once you start using it. The rubber-clad back cover offers nice grip and gives the phone a premium look.It has a sturdy build and very good finish.

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You can swap out the back panel on your phone for other colors, should you choose to customize it. The cover is a bit of a pain to remove though. Underneath, you’ll find the two SIM slots and microSD card slot.Like all other Smartphone the battery is non removable.

The 4.3-inch qHD display offers very good colors and viewing angles, making it ideal for gaming or catching up on a movie while traveling. The panel is not so good under direct sunlight however as it tends to wash out and the grid of touch spots is clearly visible. You even get a water resistant coating for the entire body and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

The chrome strip at the bottom is the mouthpiece and the loudspeaker. The bundle includes a headset, charger and some reading material. There’s no USB data cable strangely, just like the Moto G.

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Moto E is appealing because it runs on stock Android KitKat 4.4.2 with some minor touches from Motorola’s end. The interface is smooth with barely any visible lag in the animations and multi-tasking. You get the usual suite of Motorola apps like Moto Assist and Migrate along with a new app called Alert.

The latter lets you send out an emergency message to designated contacts in time or peril. You can also share your location with said contacts so your friends and family know where you are.The new Alert app comes in pretty handy

The snappy performance is all thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core SoC onboard and the 1GB of RAM. The latter makes all the difference as it allows more free memory for apps and also guarantees easily migration to future versions of Android.
We tried a bunch of graphically intensive games like Candy Crush, Subway Surfer and Temple Run flawlessly, without any skip in frame rate.

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The Moto E features 4GB of onboard storage, out of which 2.21GB is usable. Worry not however, as you can easily add up to a 32GB memory card in the phone. One you insert it, the phone prompts you if you wish to move all the videos and photos over to the SD card. You can manually move installed apps over as well.The loud speaker offers high volume levels.

You’ll be happy to know that the Moto E also supports 64GB cards just fine. We tried this with a Sandisk Extreme SDXC card and it worked just fine. For audio, you get the same enhancements we’ve seen in the G and the X. The loudspeaker is surprisingly loud for a mono speaker and offers pretty good clarity too.

The phone might not support Full HD video recording but 1080p MP4 files playback just fine. The Motorola Moto E is a quad-band GSM and 3G handset. You also get Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth v4.0, USB 2.0, GSP and GLONASS. USB OTG is not present however which means you cannot plug in a pen drive to transfer files on the move. The phone does support Miracast though, which lets you mirror your phones content onto a compatible TV.

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The 5MP snapper is probably the only real let down on the Moto E. We guess Motorola couldn’t have added auto-focus as that would have made the Moto E seem like a much better prospect than the Moto G. As long as you’re not too close to the subject, the pictures are passable and more than adequate for social media sharing.

The good thing is that the sensor manages to capture almost accurate colors. The sensor is actually a lot better than most 8MP snapper from local brands in this segment. Video recording is also good even though it maxes out at 480p.

The 1980mAh battery will easily give you a full day’s worth of usage. This is with a mix of calls, music, gaming and surfing the web over Wi-Fi. The standby time is pretty amazing as well since the battery barely drops even after hours of inactivity.

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At a crazy price of under Rs 7,000, you can see why the Moto E has been a mega hit. Apart from being a handset from a reputed OEM, with extensive after sales support, you don’t feel short-changed when it comes to the features and performance. If you’re going to diss the Moto E because of its sub-par camera and the fact that it doesn’t have a front-facing one, then you’re missing the point.

The Moto E was designed to be beginner’s smartphone and for that, it does its job brilliantly. If you want a better camera or faster CPU, then you have the Moto G for that. Motorola has cleverly chalked out the specifications for the Moto E so it doesn’t eat into the sales of the Moto G, thereby justifying the price gap.

We’ve had great fun reviewing the Moto E, which is saying a lot considering it’s a no-frills smartphone. If we have to nit-pick, then we would say that the buttons couldn’t have used slightly better tactile feedback and perhaps a 3MP auto-focus camera would have been better than the 5MP fixed-focus.

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Motorola marks a benchmark in Indian Smartphone market by its two successors Smartphone Moto G and Moto X. The price front from Moto is another add to the Smartphone industry.

Less than two months after the release of the Moto G, comes the company’s flagship, the Moto X. Moto X sitting in the mid-range segment that’s putting quad-core and octa-core phones to shame, thereby busting the myth that more cores equals a better experience.

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At a price tag of Rs 23,999, the Moto X is proving to be unbeatable value as we had a glimpse of it. So the question is – does the Moto X deliver the best Android experience under Rs 25,000?

Whom it is going to give a competition, will it be the Gionee Elife E7, Sony T2 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, all of which are available around the same price? Now a day’s everyone looks out which device has the best specifications available.

Looks and Build

The Motorola Moto X comes packaged in simplistic white box with minimal writing on it. The phone feels really small especially after being overwhelmed with screen sizes of five inches. In fact, it has the same screen size as the Nexus 4 but feels a lot smaller thanks to the much narrower bezel around it.

At 10.4mm in depth, it’s not very slim but then again it feels very reassuring in your hand. We also liked the bit of heft in it which makes it less toy-like. It looks a lot like the Moto G from all angles, but it is less bulky than Moto G and Nexus 4.

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The bezel along the side is half glossy and half rubberised from where the back overlaps. The curvy edge lets you slip it easily into your pocket without tearing holes in them. The ports take their usual place around the phone. We have a nano-SIM tray on the X instead of a micro-SIM.

The back is non-removable features a rubberised coating. The black version gets a nice pattern.The X is also available in white, blue and two wood finishes. Up top is the 10MP shooter and we also have a 2MP shooter up front.

Finally, we have a LED flash and speaker grille rounding off all the external features. Motorola has done a brilliant job with the build of the Moto X. It feels extremely sturdy and well put together. I personally love the looks of it.

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Features

The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with a decently high resolution. The HD display ensures a healthy pixel count of 312ppi. Colours are richly saturated and level of detail in icons and text is super sharp. It supports Active Display, which works extremely well at showing notifications.

This feature takes advantage of one of the cool properties of AMOLED panels in which, only those pixels needed to form the image or text are lit while the others can remain off.

This is also possible since the pixels themselves light up without the need of a backlight. The phone uses the accelerometer to light up the display each time you lift or tilt the phone and fades away.

You can view the notification by simply holding the icon and dismiss it by swiping left or right. This works with any notification from any app.

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The next big feature is Touchless Controls. Motorola’s Moto X takes touchless controls to another level. It is more users friendly and like spreading butter.

You can train the Moto X to recognise your voice so only you can wake it up by saying “Ok Google Now”. This actually works pretty well and provided you speak clearly, it works even in places with lots of background noise.

This is possible thanks to a natural language processor which is constantly active and listening. It’s a separate chip from the CPU which uses very little power so battery life is not sacrificed.

Unlike the Nexus 5, where the voice command only works from the homescreen, this feature on the Moto X works on when the screen is off or even if you’re playing a game. If you have a password or pattern lock however, you will be prompted to unlock it first to display the results.

Motorola Connect is another very handy feature which lets you manage your messages and call through Chrome on your desktop. We had some difficulties with this as the widget refused to sync with the phone no matter what.

Basically, you can reject calls and even reply to messages from the browser without having to unlock your phone. Other apps added by Motorola are available on the Moto G as well like Migrate for carrying your data from the old phone.

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It will assist for automatic changing of profiles when you are driving or stop driving. It puts the Moto X in car mode, when it detects acceleration such as when you are driving.

The X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. The MSM8960T packs in two Krait 200 cores running at 1.7GHz each. This is slightly old chipset but it’s still very much relevant as its built on the 28nm fabrication process, which is still used today.

We also have Adreno 320 graphics onboard, which is a proven GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM as well for faster loading times in apps. Many will be put off by the fact that the X only has two cores when you can get quad-cores and even octa-cores for cheaper.

However, it’s not the number of cores that matter but how efficiently you utilise them. We feel the AnTuTu score below amply proves this point.

The Moto X sold in India will have 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box and hopefully, will continue to get timely updates in the future even though Motorola is no longer part of the Google family.

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Entertainment

Since this is stock Android, we get the default ‘Play Music’ app for audio and the stock player for video. KitKat now supports a good range of video codecs by default so AVI and MKVs will playback.

The audio player had some trouble playing back some FLAC files but other than that, we didn’t have any issues. Out of the 16GB onboard, around 11.6GB is usable.

The volume level for the earphones and speaker is very good as well.You can even adjust the audio quality on a system level for both the headphone jack and speaker.

Connectivity

The Motorola Moto X supports 3G and quad-band 2G. You also get dual-band Wi-Fi ‘ac’, Bluetooth v4.0, USB Host, NFC, Miracast, GPS and GLONASS. That’s a healthy mix of connectivity options that’s hard to find in this price bracket.

Web browsing is a smooth experience and even heavy websites are rendered with ease. The phone stays very cool for the most part and only gets a bit warm while playing a game or shooting a video.

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Camera

The 10MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are both very capable given the right lighting. The UI is very minimalistic just like the Moto G. The X however gets a new feature which lets you quickly access the camera by flicking your wrist.

Since there’s no way to change the resolution for stills and video, you’re stuck with 1080p recording at all times. This can be an issue since you only have a limited amount of space to play with.

Battery Life

The 2200mAh battery will easily give you a full day’s worth of usage. The Moto X easily completed our 8-hour battery test which included a mix of calling, music, video and YouTube streaming.

We still had about 36 percent battery to spare. There’s a power saver mode that kicks in once the battery hits orange level and cuts off packet data. We noticed that the battery drain rather rapidly once it reaches 15 percent.

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Accessory

Soon we opened the box we saw a white dual USB plug-in charger with a black handset. Going into the symmetry it would have been better we were able to see the Black charger.

Add on, to the charger is that you can charge your two device at the same time. The next accessory we saw was a unique pin to plug in Nano Sim out of the tray. Apart from this a pair of earphones was in the box.

Price in India

At Rs 23,999, Motorola is easily offering the best Android experience outside the Nexus clan and we feel this is the phone to get under Rs 25,000.

For this price, you’re getting features that are not available even in the most expensive Android phone today. The G remains one of the best budget androids around but the Moto X offers you so much more.

Not only is it more powerful, it has a better display, camera, intuitive controls and fits everyone’s pocket (quite literally as well).

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Arise Mobiles, a part of Arise India Ltd has come up with the revolutionary Android experience at pocket friendly price with the launch of the ‘Czar’ AR-44 cost effective  Android Smartphone in India.

The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core processor, featuring Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 4-inch display. Focusing more onto the cost effective Android market is what the company is looking after.

Getting more into the details, 1.2Ghz Dual Core processor powers the Czar’ AR-44. It is based on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, which is quite interesting to notice with such novice players in this category.

The dual SIM phone has WVGA 4-inch capacitive display, along with 512 MB RAM. It sports 2 rear MP Camera & VGA Front camera. It packs inside 1500 mAh Li-ion battery. It supports 32GB expandable memory.

Connectivity option include Wi-Fi & Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, WCDMA/HSPA/EDGE/GPRS, Bluetooth, and USB 3.0 etc. ‘Czar’ AR-44 weighs just 120.5 grams.

On the launch of Czar AR-44 smartphone, Mr. Avinash Jain, Managing Director, Arise India Ltd says, “Arise India as a mass brand seeks to bring innovative technologies to consumers which help in making easy their everyday lives.  The brand is committed to offer the best of technology at a pricing which is pocket-friendly, and thus with the launch of Czar AR-44 Android smartphone our aim is enable the mass consumer to experience the latest Android technology at a pocket friendly pricing.  By delving in this highly dynamic smartphone category, our endeavour is to establish our smartphone portfolio amongst the consumers and based on our product excellence, become the number one brand of choice for them.”

 The lightweight Czar AR-44 Android smartphone is priced at Rs. 4,499.

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Motorola launched the best budget Smartphone yesterday in the form of Moto E, and they have also announced a new version of their best selling smartphone, Moto G.

Motorola announced the new Moto G with LTE support and microSD support.

Earlier, we had seen the Moto G with LTE at Amazon, which has now become official. It is likely to cater many markets, and the new microSD slot makes the Moto G even better than what it was earlier. The rest of the specifications does remain unchanged.

Moto G LTE will make its way into the global market by the end of this month. An 8 GB version of the Moto G LTE will retail at $219 in the US, which is around $40 more than its 3G version.

Motorola is surely on a roll. They got critical acclaim with their Moto G, which is their best selling device to this date. With the launch of Moto E and Moto G LTE, it’s  going to make another benchmark in the market across the globe.

These two devices are further likely to strengthen their market share. At the end, it’s all about consumers, who will be having benifits, as they are getting such good performing smartphone at cheaper price.

Motorola is making move and tasting success in every market by providing consumer with latest features at pocket friendly price.

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Motorola has unveiled the budget smartphone Moto E at Rs 6,999. The unexpected features Moto E is providing at an impeccable price. With this launch, Motorola claims to achieve half a million target sale soon in India only.

Not only this, Motorola saw a tremendous growth of 61 percent YoY and also they have outreached the 44 countries from ten countries in just nine months.

“Made to last. Priced for all”

Moto E is the cheapest Smartphone which is power pack with the latest Android KitKat operating system, 1.2 Ghz dual-core with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory (expandable upto 32 GB).

The dual-SIM device sports a 4.3 inch touchscreen and comes with a 1,980 mAh battery and a 5 MP rear camera. Moto E uses a water-repellent coating inside as well as outside and has a corning display.

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Though Moto E is available in white and black colors only, it offers back covers and grip shells in as many as nine colors to give users a bit of customization option.

The back cover is swappable, but you cannot remove the battery. This is the third device after Moto G and Moto X from the U.S based company.

Motorola, which re-entered the Indian market early this year with Moto G was able to revolutionize the Smartphone market.

Moto E is shockingly cheap and surprisingly good competitors to the Indian players like Lava, Karbonn, Micromax.

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Karbonn – India’s leading mobile manufacturers recently also announced that the launch of its upcoming Titanium Hexa smartphone exclusively will happen exclusively on Amazon.in.  The new Titanium Hexa will be available for pre-order from May 13 and will go on sale from May 20 onwards.

The Karbonn Titanium Hexa will exclusively be seen from Techfone on Amazon.in. As part of the promotional offer, each user availing the exclusive deal on Amazon will be given away a free Plantronics Bluetooth Headsets.

Pre-order bookings for Titanium Hexa, the latest smartphone from Karbonn, starts May 13.

Karbonn Titanium Hexa sports a 5.5-inch full-HD LTPS display with 1280×1920 pixel Full HD resolution, along with scratch-resistant oleophobic coating. It is powered by 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6591 hexa-core processor and 2GB RAM. 

The dual-sim phone sports a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. It comes with 16GB internal storage and supports USB on-the-go.  In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Wi-Fi. It has a 2050mAh battery.

ShashinDevsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles says, “With increasing internet penetration through smartphones and evolving lifestyles, customers today enjoy and expect to see several experiences straight out of the box. By making the Amazon App natively available on our Karbonn ‘Smart’ range we wish to transform the way consumers shop and bring the convenience of anytime, anywhere shopping right to their fingertips.”

He further added: “With this handy shopping app we endeavour to increase awareness on online shopping and present it as a smart, convenient, secure and hassle-free avenue of shopping to millions of consumers across the country. We strongly believe that this collaboration will reinforce the value of secure mobile e-commerce and also drive increased usage of mobile Internet, thus benefiting the entire end to end ecosystem.”

Customers can shop with confidence and enjoy Amazon’s 24×7 customer service support, and globally recognized and comprehensive purchase protection provided by Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee.

Customers ordering products that are ‘Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)’ can enjoy additional benefits of Free Delivery with no minimum value, Cash on Delivery (COD), delivery tracking to the doorstep, and free returns pickup.

The Karbonn Titanium Hexa has a price tag of Rs. 16,990.

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Nokia Lumia 630 is the first smartphone, which Nokia now renamed as Microsoft Mobiles introduced in India at Rs 11,500. This new series of Lumia is available in both dual and single sim variant.

Apart from this, Lumia 630 is the first ever device to have Windows 8.1 as its primary operating system. It is also the first Lumia device with having 3G Dual SIM support.

The first device on Windows Phone 8.1 in India

Lumia 630 sports a 4.5-inch touchscreen (854 x 480 pixels), and a 1.2Ghz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor. Other specifications include 512MB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot (support up to 128GB cards) and a 1,830mAh battery.

It has a 5MP autofocus rear camera that does 720p HD video recording but lacks a front camera. It weighs 134 grams. Both variant of Lumia 630 has same specification.

The Lumia 630 and Lumia 630 Dual SIM will come with WhatsApp, WeChat, Nokia Camera, HERE Maps, and free Nokia MixRadio pre-installed.

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Both the devices come preinstalled with the ‘SensorCore’ low-power sensing feature, meant for ‘the next generation of exercise and exploration apps’ like Bing Health and Fitness.

Lumia 630 has also introduced a Treasure tag, which uses sensors to keep track of valuable like keys, wallet or bags. It will cost around Rs. 2,099.

Additionally, Lumia 630 users will also be able to pair it with the new colorful Bluetooth Mini speakers. This device wirelessly connects to use the Device Hub app and lasts for 15 hours. The wireless speakers will cost at Rs. 5499.

These Smartphones are providing special offers which include 3G data for 2 months (1GB limit) from Vodafone, a 2 month subscription for Box TV and eBooks worth Rs 2,000 from Flipkart.

The Lumia 630 Single SIM will cost you around Rs 10,500 whereas the Dual SIM version is priced at Rs 11,500. Both phones will be available from May 16, 2014.

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The much-awaited `World’s Slimmest Phone’ by Gionee Mobile India, Elife S5.5 has finally been available in India starting today. Consumers who are interested can go through Gionee’s E-Store link, in order to book the device.

Gionee Elife S5.5 booking starts in India

Named after its super slimness, a mere 5.55mm slim body, the Elife S series is a new product category developed through Gionee’s deep understanding of customers’ desire for a slim and powerful smartphone to also act as a fashionable accessory.

Made of premium metal and glass, the S5.5 is a celebration of cutting-edge design. But it’s not just super slim and sexy. The Elife S series products will incorporate an emphasis on design without compromising the hardware and software to create a whole new user experience.

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Elife S5.5 – Full Specifications

 

  • 5.0” Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Octa- Core 1.7GHz CPU
  • Single SIM
  • 13.0MP AF +5.0MP AF Camera 95 Degree Ultra-Wide Angle
  • AMIGO OS 2.0 (based on Android OS, V4.2)
  • Memory: 16GB+2GB
  • Ultra slim 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55mm
  • GSM-850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • WCDMA-850/1900/2100MHz or 900/1900/2100MHz
  • 3.5 mm Earphone Jack
  • WIFI/GPS/BT4.0/FM/G-sensor
  • Non-removable 2300mAh Battery
  • OTG

The Gionee Elife S5.5 is available in Black, White, Blue, Pink, and Purple color variants, priced at Rs. 22,999

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Sony, a technology company, based in Japan, which makes many electric products has recently launched the Sony Xperia Z2 in India; bundle with an android based SmartBand (the fitness band) at the cost of Rs 49,990.

The Z2 sports a 5.2 inch full HD display with Corning Glass 3 which runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. The phone provides a 3 GB RAM, and also features microSD card storage expandability up to 128GB.

Xperia Z2 to be available from May 12 across India

It comes fitted with the 20.7 MP rear cameras that are capable of shooting 4K quality videos and a 2.2 MP front snapper for basic video calling support; powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor.

It is loaded with a 3200 mAh battery, that’s can deliver up to 830 hours of talk time, standby time of 880 hours. The Z2 is water and dust proof thanks to IP55 and IP58 certification.

Koyal Rana, Miss India World 2014 and Kenichiro Hibi, MD, Sony India

Koyal Rana, Miss India World 2014 and Kenichiro Hibi, MD, Sony India

On Connectivity front the options include 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, FM radio with RDS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The premium segment Smartphone will be available from 12th May 2014. The company is giving SmartBand worth Rs 5,990 and Sony original case worth Rs2, 990 free with it.

Along with the launch of premium segment smartphone, the company also announced a target of Rs. 15,000 crore for the current financial year, out of which they are claiming to have Rs. 5,500 crore of sale from the mobile segment.

Also read: Activities round-up: Sony Xperia Z2 launch in India | Gallery: Sony launches Xperia Z2 in India

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Sony has today launched the XperiaZ2 Android smartphone  in India at Rs 49,990, which comes with free smart band worth Rs 5,990. It will be available in the market by May 12, 2014. Stay tuned with us for our detailed technical specifications and first hands-on impression with Sony Xperia Z2.

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Live updates from our social media channels

Update #1 – Launch event starts.

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Update #2 – Mr. Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director on the stage; details being presented.

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Update #3 – Mr. Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director on the stage; launches Sony Xperia Z2.

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Update #4 – The Sony SmartBand worth ?5,990 is bundled for free with the Sony Xperia Z2.

Update #5 –  Mr. Sridhar Subramaniam, Sony Music on the stage.

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Update #6 – Sony Xperia Z2 will be available in India by May 12.

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Update #7Miss India World 2014, Koyal Rana on the stage, launching and showcasing Sony Xperia Z2.

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Update #8Sony XperiaZ2 launched in India at Rs 49,990, comes with free smart band worth Rs 5,990.

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Stay tuned for our detailed coverage and hands-on impression.

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Sony India is all set to unfold yet another milestone in the history of smartphones, Sony Xperia Z2 in India. We (PC-Tablet) have been invited to be a part of the most anticipated launch of the year.

The event is taking place at the Lalit Hotel of New Delhi. We have our team ready at the venue who will leave no chance to keep you readers updated with every single activity and update on this event.

Watch the launch ceremony live exclusively on PC-Tablet!

Activities round-up: Sony Xperia Z2 launch in India

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You may have shot many videos with your iPhone but don’t know about some awesome hidden photos among them. Now, you can extract all those images with a new iOS app Vhoto for iOS dubbed videos.

The app works on proprietary computer vision technology to scan videos intelligently, then select best frames. It offers Instagram style filtering, editing, and sharing options as well to the user.

Download this app right now! Vhoto adds an awesome feature to the iPhone’s camera for free

The app is available at the Apple App store for free. iOS users can download the app and find out the best snaps out of their shot videos.

The app is also using computer vision technology to provide great results. The technology automatically determines which moments would appear the best and what most of the users will like.

Either one can shoot directly using the app or can import existing videos. No need to do anything yourself, the app will do all for you. It will pick the best shot after determining the video with Vhoto’s proprietary tech.

It is capable to extract the best moment from the video and build-in technology gauges characteristics such as faces, smiles contrast, blur, etc.

After processing the complete video, the app displays all the captures thumbnails. Users can choose images to edit by simply tapping on the thumbnail.

It also boasts Instagram style filters, image adjustments, including saturation and contrast, and flip/rotate. It also offers social components to users to share tag and search other photos.

Download Vhoto from iTunes.

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