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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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Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM to cost $29

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Nokia today unveiled two new ultra-affordable camera phones– the Nokia 108 and the Nokia 108 Dual SIM costing $29 each.

Perfect for people purchasing their first-ever camera phone, the new handsets offer more than just calls and texts. The Nokia 108 also lets people take pictures and record video, helping them capture life’s important moments with an attractively-priced device. With Nokia’s Slam technology on board, content can be shared faster and more easily with friends and family via Bluetooth.

It support up to 32 GB of external memory and ensures there’s plenty of space to store people’s most cherished content. In addition to a built-in VGA camera, the Nokia 108 also features an integrated MP3 player, FM radio, Snake the game, multiple alarms and flashlight for staying entertained and productive while on-the-go. With exceptional battery life of up to 31 days’ standby when using the single SIM Nokia 108, people will also be able to enjoy the phone for longer.

The Nokia 108 extends the Nokia design story with its softly rounded corners and raised island keys, making it a pleasure to use. Available in Nokia’s signature red, white, black, yellow and cyan, the colorful back covers are also removable. Made with Nokia’s renowned quality and attention to detail, the Nokia 108 gives people an outstanding introduction to mobile technology at a great price, and makes staying in touch with friends and family more fun and enjoyable.

“We continue to connect millions of people, including those for whom mobile phone ownership was previously out of reach,” said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

There remains a huge segment of the global population that has yet to own a camera phone. For the next billion people and beyond, we aim to bring new mobile experiences to ever-lower price points, and the Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM are great examples of this commitment added Toikkanen.

With standby time of up to 31 days for the Nokia 108 and up to 25 days for the Nokia 108 Dual SIM, they also make for highly reliable back-up phones for occasional or emergency use. The Dual SIM variant enables people to select which SIM card to use when making a call or sending a text message, helping them manage costs and maintain network coverage on-the-go, without the need to use several phones.

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BlackBerry 9720 launched in India

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BlackBerry 9720 with dedicated BBM key

The original smartphone maker BlackBerry on Thursday launched one more smartphone in the Indian market. The mid segment model – BlackBerry 9720 is priced at Rs 15,990 and for the first time sports a dedicated BBM key.

Specification wise the BlackBerry 9720 features a 2.8 inch touchscreen display with 480X360 pixel resolution and uses a 806 Mhz Tavor MG1 processor. Also, it comes with a 512MB RAM.The BlackBerry 9720 sports a 5 megapixel EDOF camera with 4X digital zoom and 512mn of internal memory. As a practice this memory can also be extended with the use of external microSD card. The device also comes with 1,450 mAh battery that Blackberry claims would offer 7 hours of talktime and 18 days of standby time.

Besides, the device offers 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS support. Interestingly, Blackberry 9720 doesn’t run on its flagship operating system -BB10- but on the upgraded version of BB 7 – the BB 7.1.

Over the last couple of years, the Canadian phone maker is wading through troubled waters as its been loosing revenue as well as market share, not only in India but also in global markets. At present, it grasps little over 3% of Indian mobile phone market share, and not even in the top 5 mobile phone companies doing business here.

Globally also, the company’s situation is no better. It is evident from the recent announcement by the company that the BlackBerry maker has started exploring all possible options to turn around the company.

 

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Nokia launches low-cost phone with Urdu language support

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Nokia today launched a low cost feature phone that supports Urdu language. This is the first mobile device in the country to support the language, claimed Nokia. Priced at Rs 2,579, the new device- Nokia 114- was launched by telecom minister Kapil Sibal at an event in Delhi.

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Nokia 114, first mobile phone with Urdu language support

Nokia 114 is a Dual SIM phone, featuring Easy Swap technology which enables users to switch between SIMs quickly without having to remove their battery or turn off their phone. The Easy Swap technology can personalize and remember up to five different SIM cards, giving consumers full control over their mobile bills,a company statement said.

The phone has been optimized to provide a long-lasting battery life, with over 10 hours of talk time and nearly a month’s standby time.

“India today has one of the largest Urdu speaking populations in the world. The proliferation of Urdu language is deep rooted in our culture and we would like to connect this language to internet and mobile telephony like English. I would like to thank Nokia for being at the forefront of launching something unique which will benefit the over 15 crore Urdu speaking people in India,” said Sibal.

Nokia is the first mobile phone company to introduce regional language content in 11 Indian languages since 2008- Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Punjabi, and Marathi. It is the first company to introduce an in house app called Akshar for the Asha Touch range of affordable smartphones. Akshar supports 11 Indian languages and allows consumers to interact in their local language.

“We were the first mobile company to support content and user interface in 11 Indian languages in India. Introducing Urdu keymat in Nokia 114 is another such initiative to reach out to our consumer across the country,” said Nokia India MD P Balaji.

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ZTE’s Grand Memo LTE gets nod for China sales

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ZTE’s Grand Memo LTE is poised to become the first 4G device available for sale in China.

The LTE smartphone became the first to be awarded a TD-LTE handset permit by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China.

The single-SIM, dual stand-by voice solution used by ZTE Grand Memo LTE (Model No U9815), a quad-band device compatible with the TD-LTE/FDD/TDS/GSM bands, means it is capable of supporting simultaneous high-speed data transmission and high-quality voice calls.

The ZTE Grand Memo LTE is the 4G version of ZTE’s flagship Grand Memo device, offering superior specifications including a 5.7-inch high-definition display with 1280×720 resolution, a 1.5 GHz nVidia Tegra3 quad-core processor, 12-core GPU and 13 million pixel camera, supporting 1080P HD video playback and recording.

With an ultra-refined display and packing entertainment features including “Home Theater,” the ZTE Grand Memo LTE is well-equipped to take advantage of the fast data transmission speeds of 4G networks.

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MediaTek powers ALCATEL ONETOUCH HERO

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ALCATEL ONETOUCH and MediaTek has announced the release of the ALCATEL ONETOUCH HERO, a 6 inch phablet device.

The device combines high performance with extravagant design and groundbreaking interactive features for a mobile experience like no other.

Fueled by MediaTek’s quad-core MT6589 processor, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH HERO supports the latest hardware most demanding applications with remarkable ease and efficient power consumption. This includes the ability to swiftly process 3D games, play full-HD 1080p movies on the go, offer DC-HSPA+ connectivity speeds of up to 42 Mbps, and comfortably operate a gorgeous 6” display, a 13-megapixel 1080p Full HD camera, and a two-megapixel front camera that allows video chat in HD.

MediaTek’s solution also enables the HERO to offer remarkable touch-oriented features such as handwriting recognition and multimedia apps to unleash users’ creativity.

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH HERO has a long lasting 3400mAh battery, which despite its high capacity, remains fully housed within the device’s slender 8.5 mm exterior. The resulting package is a compelling combination, as powerful and promising as the longstanding ALCATEL ONETOUCH -MediaTek partnership itself.

Commenting on the new device, which is soon available globally, Dan Dery, chief marketing officer, ALCATEL ONETOUCH said, “The ALCATEL ONETOUCH HERO will redefine the mobile device user experience with its exceptional performance, incredible power efficiency and extra-large display, further enhanced by its great accessories like MagicFlip, stylus andwireless charger etc. MediaTek’s MT6589 system-on-chip solution, with its optimum combination of power and efficiency, was instrumental in helping us achieve this.”

“The release of the phablet from ALCATEL ONETOUCH is an exciting moment for us, as it showcases how world-class design, when combined with MediaTek’s leading solutions, can result in devices capable of delivering performance that provides users with exceptional communications and multimedia experiences,” said Jeffrey Ju, GM, smartphone business unit at MediaTek.

MediaTek MT6589, along with our multi-core solutions, reinforces our global vision as a technology leader aded Jeffrey.

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BSNL and Champion Computers to co-brand smartphones and tablets

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Champion Computers (CCPL), a ICT and computer peripherals manufacturer and distributor has entered into a strategic alliance with government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to roll out co-branded smartphones and tablets.

As a part of this association, Champion Computers along with BSNL will shortly roll BSNL co-branded products like smartphones, tablets, PCs, data cards and wireless networking products. Champion Computers will bring in technology and manufacturing skills whereas BSNL will address the connectivity issue through its wide reach of connectvity across length and breadth of the country.

The USP of this alliance is that for the first time BSNL has allowed any company for its entire range of products. All products have been fully tested for optimum performance on BSNL network.

Anupam Srivastava, director, Consumer Mobility, BSNL said, “With the evolution of Internet, the usage of Internet-based applications has tremendously grown as it has now become convenient to carry out daily business tasks like banking and other tasks and the Champion products are a perfect solution for the same. BSNL has launched a special 3G Data plan for tablets users which include 500 MB free data + 50 Minutes on-net voice calls per month for 6 months and free 500 MB data per month for 12 months.”

Announcing the association, Kapil Wadhwa, managing director, Champion Computers said, “We are committed to offer such products which incorporate latest technology and offer effortless user-experience to the consumers at affordable price point. Our partnership with India’s premium telecom operator BSNL will offer our discerning consumers the much needed enhanced user-experience with wide connectivity and robust reach across the length and breadth of the country.”

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XOLO launches XOLO TAB for Rs 13,499

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XOLO has launched its first tablet, XOLO TAB for Rs 13,499.

XOLO’s latest addition to its portfolio is slim and powerful Q1000s and XOLO Play, a true delight for gamers that is powered by 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor with NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

The light weight XOLO TAB comes with a big IPS 20.32cm (8) screen that offers clear and crisp display with a resolution of 1024×768 for an amazing and comfortable experience. It supports multi-touch and pinch to zoom. It has an Adreno 203 GPU and is capable of playing HD videos at 720p @30fps.

The tab runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and comes packed in with a powerful Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core processor for faster and  improved performance. It also supports 3G video and voice calling to ensure users are always connected with their friends and family.

For faster and smoother experience the new XOLO TAB is equipped with 1GB RAM. It comes with 4GB of internal memory of which 2.5GB is available for the users and the external memory can be expanded using a microSD card up to 32GB to store lots of songs, movies and games.

XOLO tab has a 2 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front camera that can be used to make 3G video calls. It supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Its 4000 mAh battery ensures that it doesn’t need frequent recharges and assures you of uninterrupted fun. The tablet will be available in retail stores by the end of this week.

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Sony introduces Xperia Z1 smartphone, available from September

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Sony Mobile Communications today introduces Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof smartphone with a unique and groundbreaking camera experience.

“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, president and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.

“Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones,” commented Suzuki.

The world’s leading camera in a smartphone The elegant, 5” Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony’s premium Z series of products and brings Sony’s proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before – including the very best of Sony’s camera expertise.

Xperia Z1 features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. The combination of these technologies delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone.

Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences like: Social live, Info-eye, Timeshift brush and AR effect.

Its stunning looks combine Sony’s acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a consistent viewing experience from any angle.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry leading battery performance and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D games and videos.

The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance. Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online2, a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. A new ‘All Sync’ feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without storage limitation3. Sony’s “WALKMAN” and Movies applications are also included and provide access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited and more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited2 from Sony Entertainment Network.

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours for an immersive viewing experience. Xperia Z1 is supported by an ecosystem of innovative companion products and accessories.

The Xperia Z1 smartphone is available in black, white and purple colour and will be available globally from September.

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Intex launches Aqua i7 smartphone, priced at Rs 21,900

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Post the success of its Aqua smartphone series, Intex Technologies today unveiled company’s flagship model Aqua i7 priced at Rs 21,900.

Intex Technologies claims to have significantly grown its smartphone business during the last one year and is all geared up to enhance its presence in metros and is targeting an increased revenue of 400 percent from sale of mobile.

Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, senior GM-Mobility Division, Intex Technologies said, “After an overwhelming response to Aqua i5, we are excited to launch our flagship offering Aqua i7. Intex takes pride in consistently introducing quality and performance oriented products for its consumers.”

“With the launch of Aqua i7, we are foraying into the premium handsets segment and are confident of providing the best user experience to consumers who are looking for a device with pleasing aesthetics designed to offer power packed performance,” added Kalirona.

Expressing his excitement on the launch, Farhan Akhtar said, “I am proud to be associated with a progressive, driven by innovation and commitment to excellence brand like Intex Technologies. For me, associating with Intex was effortless as I was able to relate to the brand on vision, shared synergies and strengths.”

Commenting on the marketing plans of the company, Keshav Bansal, director- Marketing (Mobile), Intex Technologies said, “After phenomenal success and encouraging response from the other centres, we are now further strengthening our position in Mumbai and other metros.

Key features of Intex Aqua i7 include: 12.7cm (5 inch), Full HD, Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen; 32 GB internal memory + 2 GB RAM; 1.5 GHz Quadcore processor; Dual SIM (GSM+WCDMA); Android 4.2 ( Jelly Bean) OS. The smartphone provides 2000mAh battery with talk-time of 7 hours and standby time of 220 hrs.

The phone provides  pre-loaded apps like Matrabhasha, Look away, My screen, Online Software update, Intex Cloud, Intex Play, Wireless display and Intex movies.

The smartphone is a blessing for photo enthusiasts as it sports a 13MP (441 PPI) rear camera that provides unmatched picture quality and a 5MP front camera that is used for video calling.

The application allows a user to operate the phone in preferred regional language supporting upto 22 regional languages like Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Maithili, Marathi, Bodo, Santhali, Manipuri, Sindhi, Dogri, Konkani, Nepali and more.

Another interesting feature is the ‘My screen’ application that allows the user to perform four functions simultaneously. The ‘Look away’ feature pauses the device when the user looks away.

Further adding onto its innovative offerings, the phone comes loaded with “Intex Cloud” a must-have feature that provides 5 GB of additional storage space allowing user to store contacts, pictures, documents and mails in the virtual space.

Available in two basic solid colors- Black and white, the phone can be purchased from 40,000 plus retail outlets and more than 42 INTEX SQUARES, hypermarkets and leading e-commerce portals across the country.

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iBall Andi launches Projector Smart Phone

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iBall today launched a projector phone in the Indian market. Called Andi 4a Projector, the smartphone integrates brightness of 35 Lumens with LED light projection, contrast ratio of 1200:1. This allows its users to beam videos, photos and even movies on a screen as big as almost 10 feet by 8 feet.

Priced at Rs 17,999 the Andi 4a Projector runs on android Jelly Bean 4.1, and comes with an 8MP auto focus camera fitted with  LED flash.
Among technical specifications the Andi 4a comes with a 4 inch IPS WVGA screen, 1GHz dual core Cortex processor and 512 MB RAM. It has a 12 GB internal memory and is backed up by a 1500 mAh battery. The company claims the battery is powerful enough to offer 2 hours of projector time.

Besides, the Andi 4a comes with GPS/A-GPS capabilities, 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi will and is a dual SIM phone.

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