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Latest news on mobile phones, smartphones, gadgets, wearables, smart watches, fitness trackers, IoT devices and new launches. This section also talks about smartphone launches by various companies, product announcements and various offers by the respective companies. You will also get hands-on preview of the device, be it a smartphone, gadget, smart watch or any other wearable device.

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Coolpad Mega 3, Note 3S Launched For Rs 6,999, Rs 9,999 Respectively

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Coolpad today launched two new smartphones – Mega 3 and Note 3S – in the Indian market. While the Coolpad Mega 3 is priced at Rs 6,999 the Note 3S is priced at Rs 9,999. Both the phones will go on sale from 7 December on Amazon India.

It can be recalled that the Coolpad Mega 2, an earlier version of the Mega 3, was also priced the same – at Rs 6,999 – and was launched in August this year.

The Coolpad Mega 3 comes in 5.5 inch screen size with 1280×720 pixel resolution and is powered by 1.25 quad-core processor. It has 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and runs on Android Marshmallow OS. The storage capacity can be expanded upto 64 GB using microSD cards.

The smartphone comes with 8 megapixel camera at the back as well as at the front and features LED flash. The Coolpad Mega 3 deploys a 3050 mAh battery. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, proximity sensor are there in the device.

The Coolpad Mega 3 is a dual-SIM 4G smartphone with VoLTE support.

The other smartphone that was launched is the Coolpad Note 3S. This smartphone comes with 1.36 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. This 5.5 inch device has HD dual curved glass display with 720×1280 pixel resolution.

From camera point of view, the Note 3S comes with 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. This is a dual SIM 4G phone with 2500 mAh battery and weighs just 167 gram. Other features in the Coolpad Note 3S include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor and magnet sensor. The phone comes in gold and white colour options.

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Gionee Launches P7 Max For Rs 13,999

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Gionee Monday launched a new smartphone keeping Diwali season in mind. The new smartphone, P 7 Max is priced at Rs 13,999.

The Gionee P7 Max is powered by MediaTek MT6595 Octa core 2.2 GHz Processor and comes with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. The storage capacity can be expanded upto 128 GB. The 5.5 inch smartphone features HD IPS display and weighs 182 gram. The display screen has got NEG protection

The dual SIM LTE P7 Max sports a 13 megapixel rear camera and is supported by dual tone LED flash. It also has a 5 megapixel front camera for selfies.

ArvindR.Vohra, MD & Country CEO, Gionee India said “We are really excited to present the new P7 Max. At this price point, it will be a perfect buy for customers this festive season. This phone has specially been created with a vision to give you more in less as it delivers a flawless experience along with great design and amazing features”

The Gionee P7 Max runs on Android Marshmallow along with the company’s own OS. The smartphone is fitted with 3100 mAh battery.

P7 Max has several inbuilt features like Auto call record, Mobile Anti-theft, compass, Smart gesture (Pause alarm, Black screen gesture, smart vibration reminder, smart bright screen, Double click wakeup) Tethering &Hotspot , Theme park, Mood Wallpaper, Gstore, Chameleon, Eco mode, Ami Locker, Child mode, Abroad service,Xender,OTG supportmaking it ideal mid segment phone.

The Gionee P7 Max comes in two colours, Gold and Grey-Blue, and is available across retail stores.

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Moto Z, Moto Z Play Begin Sale Today

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You can buy your favorite phone, the Moto Z, from today. Both Moto Z and Moto Z Play were launched in the first week of this month but they are going to be available from 17 October – today- at Amazon as well as Flipkart. The devices are priced at Rs 39,999 and Rs 24,999 respectively.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Play are the first set of modular smartphones launched by Motorola which is now owned by Lenovo.

What do you mean by Modular phones? Well, these two phones support a range of swappable accessories like external camera, projectors, speakers etc that can be connected to the Moto Z and Moto Z Play through magnetic ports.

These two phones along with the accessories are part of Motorola’s Moto Mod lineup.

The Moto Z comes with 5.5 inch screen size with AMOLED display offering 535 ppi (pixels per inch), which is one of the highest in the industry. It deploys Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quadcore 1.8 GHz processor with 4 GB RM and 64 GB internal storage.

Camera wise, the primary camera is of 13 megapixel with features like OIS, laser autofocus, almost nill shutter lag and f/1.8 aperture. The primary photography is supported by dual tone LED flash. The camera supports 4K video and besides regular functions, it can be used for scan barcodes and QR codes. The front camera is of 5 megapixel with f/2.2 aperture and is supported by flash.

The Moto Z is a dual SIM 4G VoLTE enabled smartphone with features like fingerprint sensor, NFC, Bluetooth, A-GPS, USB-C and comes with 2600 mAh battery.

The Moto Z Play comes with 5.5 inch full HD super AMOLED display and deploys Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. It sports 16 megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus and flash and 5 megapixel front camera. The Moto Z Play comes with 3510 mAh battery.

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Intex Launches Two New Phones – Aqua VR & Aqua Craze II

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Keeping the festive season in mind local smartphone maker Intex has launched two new smartphones. The devices, Aqua 5.5 VR and Aqua Craze II, are priced at Rs 5099 and Rs 5,990 respectively.  While the Aqua 5.5 VR will be available exclusively on Flipkart from October 19th onwards, the other one,  Craze II, will be available at physical retail stores.

The Intex Aqua VR is a 5.5 inch smartphone and comes with HD IPS display offering 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. This 4G Volte enabled smart phone is powered by a 64-bit Quad-core Mediatek processor and comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 32GB by using SD cards. The Intex Aqua VR sports a 5 megapixel camera, both at the front as well ass the back, with LED flash. The battery capacity o fthis phone is 2800 mAh. And as the name suggests, the Aqua VR is virtual reality enabled means one can watch VR contents of this phone using a VR headset.

The other smartphone, Aqua Craze II is little smaller at 5 inch and comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM. The phone is run using Android Marshmallow OS and sports 5 megapixel camera for primary purpose as well as for selfies. The battery capacity of the Intex Aqua Craze II is 2500 mAh.

“As a technology innovator, it is important for Intex to add valuable assets to the portfolio and create an industry benchmark. After extensive research and user inputs, we developed the Aqua 5.5VR & Aqua Craze II that promise to deliver improved quality of selfies as well as multitasking and better connectivity. Moreover, the improved features like Matrabhasha and in-house VAS feature named LFTY add to the USP of the product,” said Unnikrishnan Mohandas, Product Head- Intex Technologies.

For the festive season Intex also came out with some VAS offers worth Rs 2849 and can be availed till 30 November.

 

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Zopo C3 Launched For Rs 9,599

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Zopo Mobiles Thursday launched a new smartphone named C3. The phone is priced Rs 9,599 and comes in multiple colors including Rose Gold, Champagne, Marine Blue, Classic Black, and Silver.

The Zopo Color C3 comes in 5 inch screen size with HD display fitted into a 2.5 D curved glass. It is powered by 64 bit quad core processor and is coupled with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage capacity.

The Zopo Color C3 sports an 8 megapixel rear camera assisted by dual tone LED flash. At the front side the phone there is a 5 megapixel camera as well as a flash.

The phone offers features like multi-account application, PiP video, and Barcode scanner. The Color C3 is a dual SIM LTE smartphone.

With the Multi-Account Application feature, users can clone their favorite apps to create a parallel account, enabling them to separate their personal and professional life without any hassle.For instance, users would be able to make use of multiple whatsapp accounts, multiple facebook accounts, etc on the same device.

The Floating Video Integration (PiP video) allows the user to keep their video playing and ‘floating’, while still allowing access to other apps. Furthermore, the Barcode & QR code scanner allows users to scan barcodes while out shopping or browsing stores, and get instant information about any product(s).

“At ZOPO, our prime focus is developing innovative smartphones that go beyond the basics, and give users more than what they expect in such devices. As one of the leading smartphone developers and manufacturers in Asia, our objective is to create and manufacture only the best products for our esteemed patrons. We are confident that our latest Color C3 model will significantly revolutionize the smartphone market in India, enabling customers to access the latest features without burning a hole in their pockets,” said Sanjeev Bhatia, Founder & Chairman, Adcom and channel partner for Zopo Mobile in India.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Laser Is Now Available in India

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ZenFone 3 Laser, one of the affordable smartphones of the ZenFone 3 series, is now available in India and is priced at Rs 18,999. To begin with the phone will be available for sale in Flipkart for a month and post that it will be open for sale in other e-commerce sites as well as physical stores including that of Asus’ own stores.

The entire range of ZenFone 3 series smartphones were launched in the mid August.

The ZenFone 3 Laser comes in 5.5 inch screen size with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. The phone is powered by octa-core 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The phone comes with 3000 mAh battery.

In terms of camera, the ZenFone 3 Laser sports a 13 megapixel rear camera with dual tone LED flash and autofocus whereas the front camera is of 8 megapxel with wider aperture than the rear camera.It also has the capability for electronic image stabilization (EIS) to create blur-free videos. The second generation laser focus system on the phone, has a range of 1.5 meters, which is twice the distance of other laser focus systems, the company claims. The phone is also equipped with a color correction sensor that automatically adjusts the resulting colours in the photograph, making it look absolutely stunning and natural.

Among other features the phone comes with finger print sensor, Bluetooth, WiFi and LTE with VoLTE capability.

The ZenFone 3 Laser comes in two colours – Glacier Silver and Sand Gold.

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Reliance Jio Too Brings iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

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All new iPhone Users on Jio’s Network to Receive One Year of complimentary Jio Digital Service

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After Airtel it was Reliance Jio’s turn to offer the very exciting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to Indian consumers. With a new iPhone Jio offers 12 months of Jio Digital Services complimentary with purchase. This offer will be available for new iPhone purchases across all Reliance Digital stores and select Apple Premium Resellers (APR) and Apple Authorized Resellers (AAR).

“Today’s announcement brings together India’s best premium 4G network with the incredible iPhone experience,” said Mathew Oommen, President of Jio. “Jio is India’s 4G-only network, providing high-speed internet across India. The true power of iPhones can now be experienced by all Indian iPhone users on the Jio network.”

For the first time on a mobile network in India, iPhone customers on the Jio Network will be able to watch 300+ channels of LiveTV, have buffer-free FaceTime and enjoy high definition voice calling.

What the offer includes for the customers? Besides the 12 month free digital services, Jio will home deliver the 4G SIM and offer instant activation.

Every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select APR & AAR will get 12 months of complimentary Jio Digital Services worth over Rs 18,000. This includes unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice, unlimited text, 20 GB of 4G Data, 40 GB of WiFi Data and Unlimited Night 4G Data, unlimited subscription to premium Jio Applications.
Jio has also brought some exciting offers for its enterprise customers. All Enterprise customers can get an exclusive discount on new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s plus, iPhone 6 or iPhone SE with special Jio tariff plans.

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Snapdeal Offers Rs 10,000 Discount On iPhone 7, 7 Plus

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While Indian customers are eagerly waiting to grab their iPhone 7 from this midnight, Snapdeal came up with a discount of Rs 10,000 on both iPhone 7 as well iPhone 7 Plus.

This discount, of Rs 10,000, will be immediate, but only for American Express card holder, Snapdeal said in a statement.

The offer will go live on Snapdeal at 00:00 hours on October 7, 2016.

This instant discount on Apple iPhone 7 & 7 Plus can also be clubbed with Snapdeal’s on-going exchange offers on phones and Zero Cost EMIs making it an incredible deal on the latest offering from Apple.

“Continuing with the stupendous response to our Unbox Diwali sale, we have entered into a strategic partnership with American Express and are excited to bring yet another much sought after and iconic product to our customers with an attractive offer. We are confident that all avid Apple fans would appreciate this specially curated offer on iPhone 7,” said Snapdeal co-founder Rohit Bansal.

According to Manoj Adlakha, Vice President & General Manager – Consumer & Merchant Services and CEO, American Express Banking Corp, India, “American Express is recognized for providing premium service and value, which resonates with the lifestyle and the aspirations of our card members. In line with the commitment, we have partnered with Snapdeal to introduce a limited period offer on the much awaited iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to all American Express card members.”

iPhone 7 comes with 12 megapixel camera and the iPhone 7 Plus comes with dual 12 megapixel cameras. The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization on both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos, and a wide color capture allows for more vibrant colors with more detail. iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as iPhone 7 and adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.

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Lava Launches $17 Feature Phone

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LAVA International or Lava Thursday launched some ultra cheap feature phones, priced around $17-$18. It announced the launch of its ‘Captain Series’ feature phones – Captain N1 and Captain K1+ priced at Rs. 1150 and Rs. 1250 respectively.

Both Captain N1 and Captain K1+ come in 1.8” screen with a 3.5 mm audio jack port and wireless FM. Both the handsets are equipped with a rear VGA camera, which records video and even allows digital zoom to capture images. Captain N1 and Captain K1+ also have bluetooth and auto call recording feature.

Multi-lingual support on both the devices enables users to bridge the language barrier and help in communicating in the language of their choice. Captain N1 comes with in-built support for three Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, while Captain K1+ supports Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada. Captain N1 is also pre-loaded with ‘FunCall’ app, adding a fun element to the users’ experience as the app allows to change voices into funny ones during a real phone call.

“Our Captain series of feature phones celebrate our partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and stand for trust, reliability and performance. We, at Lava, believe in building a truly endearing brand and at the same time offer devices which enhance the overall experience of consumers through technological excellence. We take pride in our commitment of reliability to consumers and we can assure that we take every step to ensure that Lava never lets them down,” said Gaurav Nigam, Product Head of Lava.

Lava Captain N1 and Captain K1+ will be available in the combination of Black-Red; Black-Brown; Black-Dark Blue color variants, nationally across all retail stores and multi-brand outlets. Consumers will get manufacturer warranty for a year for the devices along with 6 months’ warranty for the in-box accessories which include battery and a charger.

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What Is Google Pixel?

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Google Tuesday launched its next series of smartphones called Google Pixel, just like the Nexus series it had launched earlier. With Pixel, Google might shut down the Nexus branding all together, however, there has been no official statement on this.

India is among six other countries where the phone was launched yesterday, however the phones will be open for pre-booking from 13 October. Delivery of the Google Pixel would be done by the end of this month. The phone will be available at Flipkart as well as 1000 other large format retail stores (LFR) like Chroma, Reliance Digital and Vijay Sales. The Google Pixel price starts from Rs 57,000 for the 32 GB version. The price for other variants is not known yet.

The Pixel series of phone comes in two variants in terms of branding -Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel comes in 5 inch screen size whereas the XL version comes in 5.5 inch size. Both the devices have two variants basis their storage capacity – 32 GB and 128 GB. There must be some interesting logic why Google, like Apple, has stopped making phones with 64 GB space.

The Pixel comes in two colours – Quite Black and Very Silver.

The Google Pixel is entirely designed and made by Google. Though HTC is involved in making the phone there is no branding of the Taiwanese smartphone maker.

Though both the variants have some striking differences, they have some common features. Both the variants come with 4 GB RAM and either 32 GB or 128 GB internal storage capacity. They are powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor – the latest from the San Diego chip maker, and is run on Android Nougat OS – the latest version. Both the Pixel variants come with 12.3 megapixel rear camera with PDAF and LDAF features with f/2.0 aperture.

There is an 8 megapixel front camera in both the Pixel smartphones with f/2.4 aperture and fixed focus capabilities that helps in taking good quality selfies.

Here are some differences between the two models.

Besides the size of 5 inch on Pixel and 5.5 inch on Pixel XL, the display for the former is FHD Amoled with 441 ppi whereas it is QHD Amoled with 534 ppi for the latter. The battery capacity of Google Pixel is 2770 mAh whereas for the Pixel XL it stands at 3450 mAh.

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