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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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BSNL and Champion Computers to co-brand smartphones and tablets

Anupam Shrivastava

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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Celkon to launch ‘RahmanIshq’ smartphones after A R Rahman

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Hyderabad based mobilephone maker Celkon Mobiles has roped in music legend A R Rahman for the next series of its smartphone offerings.

To be branded as ‘Rahman Ishq,’ the smartphone series from Celkon Mobile would be launched in the middle of September, sources closed to the development said. As the name suggests, the ‘RahmanIshq’ series smartphones would be more focused on music and would be priced around Rs 12,000.

As per the agreement between Celkon Mobiles and A R Rahman, the academy award winning music legend will be on a world tour from October and the ‘RahmanIshq’ smartphones will be promoted through his tour.

A R Rahman’s world tour starts from October and he would be touring multiple cities in India as well as abroad spanning an entire month.

Though the detailed specs are not available, as per the source, the Celkon ‘RahmanIshq’ smartphones will come with the latest android OS version, a 5 megapixel camera, and with dual speakers.
Besides, the four inch smartphone will come preloaded with selected music from A R Rahman’s collection and users will be given access to download the music legends latest musics from his world tour.

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ZTE to sell Open Firefox OS phone

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ZTE today announced that sales of the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone will start soon on the ZTE store on eBay US and UK.

Recently launched with Telefónica in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia, the ZTE Open will now be available for the first time in Orange priced at $79.99 and will be unlocked to allow use on all mobile networks.

The global availability of the ZTE Open through eBay means that more consumers worldwide are now able, for the first time, to buy an affordable smartphone based entirely on open web standards.

The ZTE Open is powered by Firefox OS, which frees developers, operators and consumers from the constraints of existing closed ecosystems by using the Web as the platform for all functionality and applications.

Dai Wenhong, VP, ZTE said, “It is a great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay. ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology.

The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time.”

Dr Li Gong, senior VP of Mobile Devices, Mozilla said, “Mozilla is dedicated to moving the Web forward as a platform for innovation and building products that people love. We are pleased that now we will put the full power of the Web in even more people’s hands. With a great potential user base, we know that even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation.”

The ZTE Open offers all the functions expected from a smartphone – calls, messaging, email, camera – plus additional experiences that people really want, such as built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, location-based services like Nokia HERE maps which include local transit and traffic information and much-loved features like the Firefox Web browser and the Firefox Marketplace.

Applications already available on the Firefox Marketplace include: eBay; Badoo; Terra; KAYAK; The Weather Channel; TMZ,; AOL; Wikipedia; CNNMoney; Huffington Post; TIME; Facebook; Airbnb; Time Out; Twitter and SoundCloud.

The ZTE Open is one of the first Firefox OS smartphones that is powered completely by Web technologies. Firefox OS features a revolutionary new search capability that allows the device to adapt to the user’s changing needs and is only built into Firefox OS.

Firefox OS also delivers the exceptional security, privacy, customization and user control that people have come to expect from the Firefox Web browser.

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Apple starts trade-in programme for non-Apple chargers

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Apple today said that starting August 16, it would launch a worldwide programme to replace counterfeit Apple mobile chargers. This initiative was a response to the reported death of a Chinese woman while using a non-Apple charger with her iPhone.

“Customer safety is a top priority at Apple,” the company stated today and the charger takeback program is intended to ensure the apple device users are safe.

“That’s why all of our products — including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod — undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.” Chargers made by companies other than Apple, however, may not meet the same safety standards, the company added.

The company also said that though most of the third party chargers are safe, those Apple device users who feel their charger may not be safe, can go to the nearest Apple retail store and get a new charger. However, the replacement is not free but the company has said it would offer the new chargers at a discounted price, almost at half of the new ones.

The USB adapter take back programme will run from August 16 to October 18, but only in US, it may vary by country.

Last month a Chinese lady, Ma Ailun, was reportedly electrocuted when she was taking on her iPhone while the phone was still charging. When Apple investigated the matter it was found that the woman was using a non Apple charger.

Apple hopes its takeback program will prevent any untoward incidents like this in future.

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Vodafone K3800 3g Dongle launched with webchat support

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Vodafone today launched a 3G USB dongle that the company claims to offer data speed of 14.4 Mbps and can be used with laptops and desktops. Named K3800, the high speed 3G dongle supports all major operating systems like Windows 8, Mac, Linux, Fedora and Ubuntu. Priced at Rs 1750, the Vodafone K3800 can store up to 32 GB of user data with the use of a micro SD card.

The company claims that the Vodafone K3800 3G dongle can offer twice the speed compared to the 7.2 Mbps dongles at almost the same price. The Vodafone K3800 also offers the users interactive and customized landing page with direct access to live WebChat

Commenting on the new launch, Vivek Mathur, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India said, “At Vodafone, we always seek to provide the best products and services at great value for money, to our customers. The launch of Vodafone K3800 3G dongle is well timed to meet the demand for high speed mobile data services. High speed of up to 14.4Mbps, affordable price and live webchat for support, will make high speed mobile internet accessible to a wider audience base.”

Besides, it offers easy access to various services like email and social networking site updates as well as ability to customise the settings and widgets.

Some Key Features of Vodafone K3800 3G Dongle :

  • High Speed up to 14.4 Mbps data transfer;  ideal for viewing videos
  • Three Colour Options – Black, Red and Dual Tone White & Red.
  • Expandable storage up to 32GB
  • Interactive & Customised Landing Page with direct access to live web chat support
  • Receive and send SMS from computer
  • Setting Data usage limit alert –for usage in MB or as per time
  • Phone Book functionality

 

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D-Link launches 3G USB and 21.6 Mbps mobile router

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D-Link (India), the end-to-end networking solution provider today launched two new portable 3G device- 14.4 Mbps USB dongle and 21.6 Mbps mobile router.

Both these devices enable users to access high speed internet access anytime or even while on the go.

D-Link DWM-156 is a 14.4 Mbps 3G USB Unlocked Dongle and D-Link DWR-730 is a pocket sized 21.6 Mbps Mobile Router that also works as a battery bank.

Talking about the latest 3G offering Anoop Jarial, VP – product marketing, D-Link (India) said, “With the rise in broadband wireless internet usage, there is a constant demand for internet devices offering high-speed connectivity. D-Link has always been in the forefront offering the latest & the best of networking technology. These new 3G enabled devices from D-Link are designed to address the needs of frequent travelers, home users, & people seeking wire-free connectivity. Besides its primary function of being an adapter and router, it is also loaded with value added features like built-in MicroSD card, battery bank etc.”

D-Link DWM-156 3.75G HSUPA is a 14.4 Mbps USB Dongle/Adapter that allow users to connect to their notebook via mobile broadband service anywhere. While connected, user can transfer data, stream media, and send SMS messages. The DWM-156 is completely unlocked, and works with data SIM cards from any operator. A built-in MicroSD card reader slot in D-Link DWM-156 can be used for optional removable storage.

D-Link DWM-730 is a business card sized, portable HSPA+ 21.6 Mbps router that allows users to connect notebook, tablet and smartphone to the Internet anytime via. 3G connection. Users can also share this connection with up to 8 users.  This battery-powered router is unlocked and is compatible with wide range of mobile service networks, making it ideal for people who are constantly on the go.

D-Link DWM-730 also features a 3 hours battery bank (1500 mAh) that can charge mobile phone and 5 hours of using time. Further it also support MicroSD card up to 32 GB.

D-Link DWM-156 & DWR-730 is available at an estimated street price of Rs 1,599 and Rs 4,499 respectively.

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