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MWC 2017 : Iconic Nokia 3310 Is Back, May Come To India In May

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There would not be a single Indian mobile phone user who is not aware of the Nokia 3310 mobile phone. This phone must be the most famous mobile phone in the world, though we do not have the exact statistics to prove that. To your surprise, this iconic phone model is making a come back. And it may be in your hands as soon as May this year.

Nokia 3310 was a feature phone, and you would be surprised that this phone has made a comeback, and, hold, in this era of ever evolving smartphones.

The relaunch of Nokia 3310, perhaps, would be the most anticipated and waited launches of this year’s MWC event. And HMD Global, the brand owners of th eNokia brand, did not disappoint anyone. The phone was launched with lots of emotions.

Nokia 3310 Specs

The Nokia 3310 comes in 2.4 inch screen size with a curved form factor. It, the company claims, helps in readability in sunlight. I fully believe Nokia! This phone will be available in both single SIM and double SIM variants. This phone sports a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash and is a 2G phone. It will do the basic stuff that a phone is made for – calling and sending text messages. HMD Global claims that the phone’s battery offers 22 hours of talktime – a feature the old Nokia was proud of. As far standby time is concerned, the phone can go up to a whooping month, without any recharge. The Nokia 3310 has 16 MB storage but it can be expanded up to 32 GB using microSD cards. It comes with an USB recharge port.

And trust me, the Nokia 3310 brings you your all time favorite game – Snake. The phone comes in four distinct colours- Black, Grey, Orange and Yellow. The phone is expected to come to India around May 2017 and is expected to be priced around Rs 4000. Start saving folks!

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Vivo Y55S With 13 MP Camera, 3 GB RAM Launched For 12,490

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Vivo today launched its latest smartphone Vivo Y55S. This is the second phone from the Chinese company to be launched in 2017, the 1st one being the Vivo V5 Plus.

The Vivo Y55s is a dual SIM 4G phone and is priced Rs 12,490.

The Y55S is the upgraded version of Vivo Y55L that was launched in October last year. The Y55S comes in 5.2 inch screen size with HD display having 1280×720 pixel resolution and is covered with a 2.5D glass. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage space. The storage space, however, can be expanded up to 256 GB using micro SD cards.

The Vivo Y55S sports a 13 megapixel primary camera with autofocus and flash features. The phone also comes with a 5 megapixel camera at the front. The smartphone carries a 2730 mAh battery.

The Vivo Y55s runs on company’s own Funtouch OS that is built upon Android Marshmallow. The Vivo Y55S also comes with ‘Smart Screen-Split’ feature that allows users to multi-task without having to switch back and forth every time a message pops up. Users can chat and watch videos simultaneously on one screen without causing strain to the eyes with the “Eye Protection Mode.

After the success of Vivo V5 Plus, we hereby strengthen our Y series portfolio with the launch of this power packed device, the Y55s. We at Vivo are motivated by our endeavor to consistently set industry benchmarks by offering best in class features at affordable prices. Focused on our commitment in servicing customer satisfaction through quality products, we are hopeful that our latest innovation will be as successful as our previous offerings. We are confident that Vivo will have a great run in the year 2017,” said Kent Cheng, CEO of Vivo India.

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Motorola Cultural Roadshow Moto Spotlight Is Back

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12 Moto Spotlight finalists will get mentored by celebrated artists Nucleya, Shane and Falguni Peacock, Pooja Bhatt and Atul Kasbekar

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Motorola India has brought back its roadshow Moto Spotlight where it invites artistes across the nation come on stage and showcase their talent on a roadtrip. The second edition of this Moto Spotlight is looking for talented musicians, filmmakers, illustrators, and photographers from all over the country to get a chance to contribute towards and star in the Indian avatar of the iconic Hello Moto track and video.

Interested artists can register on Moto Spotlight 2.0 website and submit their application along with a link to their work/profile latest by 24th February 2017. The winners (3 from each of the 4 categories) will get a chance to be mentored by, and work with four industry mavens – India’s most popular DJ Nucleya, Internationally acclaimed designer duo Falguni & Shane Peacock, actor, producer and director Pooja Bhatt, and ace lensman Atul Kasbekar. The top 3 in each category will be selected basis the combination of the most number of votes and the quality of their entries.

“We are always looking for different ways to connect with our target audience beyond just product offerings and engage with them across their passion points. There is an abundance of talent amongst our core target audience of millennials and we have created Moto Spotlight as the platform that can help them showcase this to the world. With Moto Spotlight 2.0, our endeavor is to pick musicians, movie-makers, graphic artists, and photographers and give them an opportunity to hone their skills and get recognition for their talents,” said Rachna Lather, Marketing Head, Lenovo MBG & Motorola Mobility.

The first edition of Moto Spotlight was launched in 2015 where Moto set out on a journey across the country to put the Spotlight on some of the country’s most talented Bands and gave a platform to young aspiring artists to showcase their work. These artists also got an opportunity to perform on the Moto Spotlight stage with leading headliners like Parikrama, Bandish, Faridkot, Madboy Mink, Junkyard Groove, Motherjane, The Local Train & the Spud in the box. Moto Spotlight 1.0 covered more than 18,000 miles and reached out to over 100,000 consumers across 11 cities in 2 months and brought great music, the best of talent and Moto’s products to consumers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris Bags Most Innovative Product Award From IESA

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Samsung India has bagged the most Innovative Product Award for its Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris at the IESA Technovation Awards that were held in Bengaluru.

The prestigious Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Technovation awards recognize role models for innovation and excellence in products developed in India for the Electronics and Semiconductor industry that have had a positive impact on the market.

“The marriage between advanced technology like Iris-based biometric processing and the Digital India vision of providing technology to every citizen is the uniqueness of this product. It is creating solutions that touch lives of people across multiple strata of society,” said Dr. Aloknath De, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute Bangalore.

Galaxy Tab Iris is yet another ‘Make for India’ innovation from Samsung. In May 2016, Samsung India announced the launch of Galaxy Tab Iris device that is Aadhaar-compliant and STQC-certified. This advanced Iris-recognition technology will provide an integrated solution that will help solve the hassles of using separate devices for biometric identification.

“The award demonstrates the entrepreneurial start-up culture within Samsung. Along with the Galaxy Tab Iris device, Samsung provides an Identity SDK for application developers to build financial inclusion, payments and authentication solutions. This will encourage the start-up ecosystem to build relevant apps and services. The overall offering will in turn strengthen government programs such as Jan Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen services under the Digital India initiative,” Samsung India said in a statement.

The easy-to-use biometric technology, currently incorporated in the Galaxy Tab Iris will help citizens of India get access to financial inclusion benefits. It will also encourage cashless and paperless services in various applications such as banking, eGovernance services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education. The solution will support government programs and will enable banks and financial institutions to streamline the process of an individual’s authentication, regardless of language and literacy barriers.

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OnePlus 3T 128 GB Variant Sale Starts Tonight

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OnePlus 3T, probably the best phone in the market now, will start selling its 128 GB gunmetal version from tonight. Stock will open at 12.01 AM and it will be available at the company’s own website.

The company has preponed the sale to tonight whereas it was earlier planned for 25th February. This will be an open sale, so if you are waiting to buy an OnePlus 3T 128 GB, tonight is your day!

This model was available for purchase ofrom 17 February but that was only for Amazon Prime members.

The OnePlus 3T 128 GB Gunmetal version is priced at Rs 34,999 and comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage space. I’m sure with this you would not need any more storage space, ever, in your life. For

PnePlus 3T Specifications
The OnePlus 3T comes in 5.5 inch size with full HD Optic AMOLED display and Corning Gorilla glass 4 protection. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quadcore processor and deploys 6 GB RAM. The smartpone sports 16 megapixel rear as well as front camera. The phone comes with a 3400 mAh battery with DASH Charge fast charging technology that, the company claims, can charge the phone to stand a day in just 30 minutes. The dual SIM OnePlus 3T is LTE enabled and runs on company’s own Oxygen OS which is developed over Android. Other connectivity features include WiFi 802.11 a/c, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/AGPS and NFC.

The OnePlus 3T comes in two variants, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 64 GB is priced at Rs 29,999 and comes only in Soft Gold color.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Series Smartphones Get VoLTE Support

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You gotta good news! If you own an Asus smartphone from the ZenFone 3 series, the Taiwanese firm sent you a gift. It offered VoLTE (voice over LTE) support for all these phone models.

The phones that got the VoLTE support are ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS57KL), ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL), ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL), ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL), ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL), ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) and ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL).

Besides the ZenFone 3 Series, Asus has also rolled out VoLTE support for other phones that include ZenFone Max (ZC550KL), ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) and ZenFone Go (ZB500KL). The company said it will soon bring support for ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) and ZenFone Ultra (ZU680KL).

Zenfone 3 Deluxe: This phone comes with 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and up to 256GB storage. The device comes with a 23MP camera with TriTech autofocus technology, OIS & EIS, color correction sensor, dual LED real-tone flash, 4K video recording support and sapphire lens cover protection, With an advanced fingerprint sensor that provides 360-degree detection, you can register up to 5 fingerprints and access the rear camera as well.The device supports QuickCharge 3.0 for quick recharge times.

Zenfone 3 Ultra: Its the biggest of them all with 6.8 inch display and has a 23MP Camera with TriTech autofocus technology, OIS & EIS, color correction sensor, dual LED real-tone flash, 4K video recording support and sapphire lens cover protection. The device has a 4600mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support and an advanced fingerprint sensor with 5 finger and 360-degree detection. This device also is the recipient of the Computex 2016 – Best Choice Golden Award.

Zenfone 3: Probably the most good looking phone from Asus stable. With front and back 2.5D Gorilla Glass and a stunning new premium design, Zenfone 3 has Super IPS+ display with 600nits of brightness and sports Pixelmaster 3.0 technology with its 16MP Camera. The phone is powered by 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC.

Zenfone 3 Max: With a ‘Maximum’ battery power of 4100mAh battery, reverse charging capability, and a premium metal body with 2.5D curved glass, the phone looks almost sorted. Available in 5.2 inch and 5.5 inch variants, the devices come with a Quad-core and an Octa-core 64bit SoC, along with 13MP/5MP and 16MP/8MP cameras respectively. The 5.5 inch variant rear camera supports ASUS TriTech autofocus technology, EIS and dual LED real-tone flash. Adding security to these devices is a fast fingerprint sensor that supports 5 fingers and 360-degree recognition.

Zenfone 3s Max: Featuring 5000mAh battery with reverse charging capability, metal body with 2.5D curved glass, the Zenfone 3s Max is looks slim and sleek. The device features a 64bit Octa-core SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB Storage that is expandable up to 2TB via a micro-SD card. It got13MP front and 8MP cameras with PixelMaster 3.0 technology and dual LED real-tone flash. The Zenfone 3s Max comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with features like the multi-window mode and enhanced battery optimization.

Zenfone 3 Laser: The device sports 13MP rear and 8MP front Pixelmaster cameras along with the 0.03 second fast 2nd generation laser autofocus technology and a color correction sensor. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 64bit SoC with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. For easy access and security, the device features a fast fingerprint sensor that supports 5 fingers and 360 degree detection.

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Ziox Mobiles Launches Feature Phone With 4000 mAh Battery

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Ziox Mobiles today launched a feature phone that can put most of the smartphones to shame, at least in battery category, as it launched a feature phone with 4000 mAh battery. Not only that, this phone, named Thunder Mega, can also work like a power bank, means, can charge other phones and devices as well.

The Thunder Mega is priced at Rs 1803 and is available in Black/Red, Black/Grey and Black/Orange colors, both at online as well as offline stores.

The company claims the phone will give 50 hours of talktime and 1300 hours of standby time, or almost two months! Apart from big battery this phone can also charge other phone with OTG Cable.

The Ziox Thunder Mega has a 2.4 inch display and offers 32 GB expandable memory. It comes with other features like internet support, Bluetooth connectivity, Ziox Search and Ziox Portal.

The phone is paired with SOS button for safety of Women & senior citizens along with 4 LED Torch, Wireless FM and a Mobile Tracker keeping the device available and in use all the time.

The phone memory also incorporates 1000 contacts & 200 SMS facilitating easy use. Lastly, the phone supports Digital Camera with Flashlight that lets you capture your best moments even in low light.

“With our newest phone, Ziox pushes the limit further set for a feature phone in the Industry. Big battery and power bank function combo will definitely address the audience who are facing hitches via battery and also looks to charge their phone via powerbank,” said Deepak Kabu, Chief Executive Officer – Ziox Mobiles.

 

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Intex Aqua Lions 4G Smartphone Launched For Rs 5499

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Leading domestic smartphone maker Intex Technologies on Tuesday launched its latest smartphone Aqua Lions 4G for Rs 5,499. The smartphone is 4G enabled with VoLTE feature and is available at various stores.

 

The Aqua Lion 4G-VoLTE sports a 5-inch FWVGA display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS and weighs just 147 grams.

The Intex Aqua Lions 4G sports 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. This primary snapper is supported by a 2 megapixel front camera to click selfies and video chats. The device is powered by a 2000 mAh Li–ion battery, which allows users a talk-time of up to 8 hours with a standby time up of 350 hours. The smartphone is available in Champagne and Grey colours.

The Aqua Lions 4G comes with some preloaded APPS. One of them is the MiFon Security App that has an integrated smart tracking facility to conduct live tracking of lost device via IMEI number. It also has a special feature where if somebody switches ON the stolen device and tinkers with it, the smartphone will auto-click the user and send his/her photo to the registered email address of the device owner (can happen only if the phone has live internet).

Tap & Buy is another App that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make online shopping smarter and easier for users. The third App – allows users to use QR codes conveniently through a QR code reader/scanner application feature, primarily done through rear or principal camera.

‘Basis the wonderful response we got for Aqua Lions 3G last year, we have come up with the Lions Series 2.0, powered with super speed 4G-Volte for data savvy youth. This will reinforce the brand association and enhance our connect with the young consumers. We are sure the all new Aqua Lion 4G-Volte with its powerful specs and innovative VAS features will surely be a delight for the consumers yet again,” said Nidhi Markanday, Director & Business Head, Intex.

 

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MediaTek Helio P25 Chipset For Dual Camera Smartphones With 6GB RAM Support Launched

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Taiwanese semiconductor firm MediaTek today announced the availability of its latest chipset – Helio P25 – that aims at empowering the future dual camera smartphones. The Helio P25 is a part of the firm’s most powerful Helio P series that also includes Helio P10 and Helio P20.

The new chipset combines the power of 16nm Octa-core processing with MediaTek Imagiq – an Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology – and dual camera features that, the company claims, would improve smartphone camera capabilities.

The new Helio P25 chipset puts advanced camera effects like shallow depth-of-field – typically associated more expensive lenses – and high performance auto exposure that lets users capture the highest quality images in any lighting scenario.
The MediaTek Helio P25 chipset supports camera resolution up to 24MP single camera or 13MP+13MP dual camera. It also supports dual camera-optimized color + Mono de-noise and real-time shallow DoF bokeh, video HDR with full preview and high performance auto exposure.

“MediaTek Helio P25 paves the way for high-resolution and feature-rich smartphone cameras that enable amazing static shots and 4K2K videos,”said Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek. “Supporting two cameras up to 13MP each, the MediaTek Helio P25 redefines expectations for mobile photography and our multimedia features like, MediaTek MiraVision technology, continuously enhance visual user-experiences.”

By adopting a 16nm FinFET process node, MediaTek Helio P25 offers up to 25% better power efficiency, the company said. The Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at up to 2.5GHz, delivers more power while using less energy than competing solutions. On the graphics side, MediaTek Helio P25 benefits from the recent ARM Mali-T880 dual GPU clocked at up to 900MHz, perfect for demanding video and gaming applications.

The newly released chipset supports enhanced uploads in LTE (up to 64QAM uplink for LTE-TDD mode) and has advanced power efficiency features, including compatibility with MediaTek’s Envelope Tracking Modulator to deliver more processing power and less heat.

MediaTek Helio P25 also supports LPDDR RAM upto 6GB, which improves bandwidth by up to 70% while reducing the memory’s power needs for energy-efficient multitasking, contributing to an improved user experience and more flexible device use.

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Asus ZenFone 3S Max With 5000 mAh Battery Launched For Rs 14,999

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Continuing with its tradition of bringing high-capacity batteries in its Max series of smartphones, Asus has launched its latest smartphone ZenFone 3S Max that comes with a mammoth 5000 mAh battery.

The phone comes in two colors – Black and Gold, and will be available at retail stores for Rs 14,999.

The Asus 3S Max, the new addition to its Max series, is a 5.2 inch smartphone with HD IPS display. The phone has a 75% screen-to-body ratio and is covered with 2.5D curved glass. It has an Aluminum-alloy uni-body design with sandblasted matte finish. Being a 5.2 inch one, this smartphone is easier to handle and perfectly fits onto one’s pocket. The ZenFone 3S Max weighs just 175 grams and is 8.85 in thickness.

The dual-SIM 4G 3S Max comes with a front-facing finger print sensor. One can use the sensor to lock-unlock the phone as well as for other functions.

The ZenFone 3S Max is powered by octa-core 1.5 GHz processor and is assisted by 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space. The storage capacity can be expanded upto 2TB using micro storage (SD) cards. The smartphone runs on Android Nougat 7.0 OS, the latest from Android.

Asus has put an 8 megapixel front camera in this phone with features like low-light, HDR and beautification. The rear camera is a 13 megapixel snapper that comes with laser autofocus, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash.

The Max series smartphones are known for theier battery capacity and longevity. The latest one also comes with 5000 mAh lithium-polymer battery. Asus claims its battery provides up to 34 days of standby time on 4G, 28 hours of talk time on 3G, 18 hours of video playback and 25 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing. The smartphone also has five selectable power modes to optimize performance and help extend the battery life further – Performance mode, Normal mode, Power saving mode, Super saving mode and Customized mode. Subjected to aggressive usage, the battery of Zenfone 3S Max far exceeds a day – whether it’s gaming, watching videos, or internet streaming/browsing over WiFi and cellular data.

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