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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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ZTE Launches Smartphone, Eyes 4% Market Share By 2017

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Chinese telecom gear maker ZTE, who has also forayed into consumer business, today launched a new smartphone in the Indian market. Named ZTE Blade A2 Plus, the 4G smartphone is priced at Rs 11,999.

The company has teamed up with Flipkart as its exclusive distribution partner.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus is a 5.5 inch device with full HD IPS display and is protected by a 2.5D curved glass. The device offers resolution of  1920×1080 pixels with 404 PPI ratio. The phone is powered by 1.5 Ghz MediaTek octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. The internal storage, however, can be expanded up to 128 GB.

On camera front, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports 13 megapixel primary camera with features like autofocus, PDAF and flash. The front camera is an 8 megapixel one. The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow OS and packs a 5000 mAh battery.

Future Plan

While launching the phone, ZTE India’s CMO Sachin Batra today said the company aims at achieving a market share of around 3 to 4% by end of 2017.  Though the company plans to launch couple of smartphones every quarter and also aims to enter into wearable segment, acquiring 4% market share in Indian market space seems like asking for too much.

Its simply because ZTE, in India, as a device company, has been very inconsistent. The company entered into device space in 2003 and had launched few feature phones and some phones were launched in partnership with some telecom operators. Its last smartphone is almost 2 years old.

The other reason is even today the company does not appear to be really serious about this business, though it claims so.

“ZTE has established high-trust and credibility of consumers and clients globally through its path breaking innovation, customization and high-quality services. We are committed to establish ZTE in the Indian market by launching innovative products at disruptive prices to connect with the consumers,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal.

On distribution, besides Flipkart, ZTE is also in talks with Hotspot, a Spice Group retail chain for digital products, to have it as its physical format distributor. However, this has not yet been finalised. The company is also planning to extend its retail footprint to 25,000 by year end and expand its after-sales support network from the current 350 centers.

 

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Asus ZenFone Go LTE With 8 MP Camera Launched For Rs 6,999

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Asus has launched its most affordable 4G smartphone – the ZenFone Go 4.5 LTE – priced at just Rs 6,999, in the Indian market. However, the phone has neither compromised on the technical specifications nor on features for this low price.

The Asus ZenFone Go 4.5 LTE is a 4.5 inch smartphone and comes with all the required features of a 4G smartphone. The phone offers FWVGA display with 854×480 pixel resolution. The ZenFone Go is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage space. There is also a provision of expanding this capacity to 128 GB by using micro SD cards. Besides this Asus also offers 100 GB of cloud storage for 2 years in Google Drive.

The Asus ZenFone Go sports a 2 megapixel camera at the front and an 8 megapixel camera at the back. The rear camera is supported by flash. The camera also comes with features like low-light mode, HDR and beautification.

The smartphone also has regular smartphone features like WiFi, Bluetooth, audio jack, micro USB, and sensors like accelerometer, e-compass, proximity and ambient light.

The dual SIM Asus ZenFone Go 4.5 LTE comes with a 2070 mAh removable battery and shipped in various colors like red, silver, gold and blue.

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Lenovo K6 Power : Features And Price

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Lenovo is going to launch its latest smartphone, Lenovo K6 Power, on Tuesday. The phone was first displayed during IFA Berlin this year where it had received rave reviews. The Chinese firm is expecting similar reception in India as well.

So, what is there is store for you if you buy a Lenovo K6 Power?

Well, the Lenovo K6 Power comes in 5 inch screen size with full HD display offering 441 pixels per inch (ppi). The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa core processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage capacity. Of course, it will have provision to expand the internal storage space using SD cards.

Form camera perspective, which remains the top priority among smartphonebuyers these days, Lenovo K6 Power puts a 13 megapixel camera at the rear which is the primary camera. The primary camera comes with LED flash, autofocus and PDAF. At the front side of the device Lenovo fits an 8 megapixel camera for selfie purpose that will also come with falsh.

The phone is expected to have Android Marshmallow as its OS though the company may bring the Nougat update later. Continuing with its tradition of offering one of the best sound systems in the industry, this device will also come with Dolby ATMOS audio support.

The dual-SIM phone is a LTE smartphone with VoLTE capability and comes with all the latest versions of connectivity options like Bluetooth, WiFI and GPS.

The Lenovo K6 Power will come with 4000 mAh battery with fast charging technology which is expected to offer 8 hours of talktime within 30 minutes of recharge.

The price of the Lenovo K6 Power, though not known yet, is expected not to go beyond Rs 10,000.  As its prime contender in the market would Redmi 3S Prime of Xiaomi that offers almost similar specifications at Rs 8,999, Lenovo may bring this new device at around the same price. Our guess is the Lenovo K6 Power will be priced at Rs 7,999.

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Stop Using Samsung Galaxy Note7 : Company

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After a series of horrible and life threatening incidents involving Samsung Galaxy Note7, the company has now officially asked its users to stop using the ‘most intelligent’ smartphone of the company. It also has urged the users to replace their phones immediately.

“We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” says DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

There have been multiple reports of malfunctioning of the battery of Samsung Galaxy Note7 around the globe where the battery exploded resulting in damage to human life as well properties.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our customers. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” Koh added.

Many airlines around the globe including India and the US has advised travelers not to switch on, or even, carry the Galaxy Note7 while traveling in flights to avoid explosion mid-air.

“In the light of recent incidents involving battery issue with Samsung about its Galaxy Note7 devices globally, traveling public and airlines are advised to ensure the following for the safety of aircraft operations and its occupants,” a DGCA, Government of India advisory reads.

The US Federal Aviation Administration also had came up with similar advisory last Thursday, besides other governments including Japan and Australia.

“Although there have been only a small number of reported incidents, Samsung is taking great care to provide customers with necessary support. Samsung has identified the affected inventory and stopped sales and shipments of those devices. We are also collaborating with national regulatory bodies,” Samsung said in a statement.

“We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations. We sincerely thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone was launched on 19 August and was portrayed as the most intelligent smartphone from the company.

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iPhone 7 Launched At iPhone 6S Price, India Availability From 7 October

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Apple today launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco. The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems, more power and performance with the best battery life ever in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers, wide color system from camera to display, two new beautiful finishes, and is the first water and dust resistant iPhone.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16. However, In India it will be available from October 7, exactly after a month.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models starting at $649 or at the price of iPhone 6S . The jet black finish iPhone 7 will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from apple.com, Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

“iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone.”

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.

The new custom-designed Apple A10 Fusion chip features a new architecture that powers these innovations, making it the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, while also getting more time between charges with the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. The A10 Fusion’s CPU now has four cores, seamlessly integrating two high-performance cores that run up to two times faster than iPhone 6, and two high-efficiency cores that are capable of running at just one-fifth the power of the high-performance cores. Graphics performance is also more powerful, running up to three times faster than iPhone 6 at as little as half the power, enabling a new level of gaming and professional apps.

Both phones include support for up to 25 LTE bands, for the best worldwide roaming in the industry, and LTE Advanced for three times faster data rates than iPhone 6 at up to 450 Mbps.1 For customers in Japan, iPhone will now support the leading FeliCa contactless technology, bringing the ability to use credit and prepaid cards, including on iD and QuicPay domestic networks, and Suica, Japan’s dominant transit card issued by JR East, the world’s largest transit operator.

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Jio To Offer 4G LTE Phones For Rs 2,999

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Reliance-Retail-Launches-LYF-WIND-5-4G-Smartphone-For-Rs-6,599With the launch of Reliance Jio today the company showered customers with some unbeatable offers. Besides free voice calls for life, free Jio apps worth Rs 15,000 till December 31, and the world’s cheapest data plans, Jio also came out with lucrative offers on smartphones.

It launched 4G enabled smartphones under its own brand LYF for Rs 2,999. Besides, more feature rich LYF smartphones are also launched at a little high price of Rs 3,999, Rs 4,999 and Rs 5,999.

“Today, Reliance Digital is introducing a lineup of super-affordable 4G LTE smartphones under our LYF brand starting Rs 2,999,” RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said while announcing the company’s plans during RIL’s 42nd AGM held in Mumbai this morning.

Calling devices as the second pillar of Jio’s digital life, Ambani said that the time is near when nearly every smartphone sold in India will support 4G LTE.

“As a result of the proactive work done by Jio and Reliance Digital teams with all the leading manufacturers, more than 70% of all smartphones sold in the country are 4G LTE smartphones,” he added.

But he said this is ‘not enough’.

Though Jio services can be accessed over 4G smartphones, Reliance also have some plans for the users of 2G and 3G smartphone users.

“All those users who want to hold on to their 2G/3G smartphones or WiFi capable feature phones, we are introducing our 4G LTE personal router, Jio-Fi, for Rs 1,999,” Ambani added.

Means, 2G/3G smartphone users can buy a Jio-Fi router and they can use Jio 4G services connecting their phone to the router.

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Swipe Elite Plus Gets OTA Update

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Users of Swipe Elite Plus are set for better experience and enhanced performance of their device as the company has pushed the latest updates over the air. The OTA updates offers higher performance, better thermal management, improved RAM usage and user experience.

The OTA update is also believed to address the heating issue with the Swipe Elite Plus.

Interested users can go ahead and download the OTA file manually through a software update notification accessible directly in your Elite Plus phone. However, users are advised to back up important data and settings on the device before proceeding with this update.

The Elite Plus was launched in June this year and is powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-Bit 615 octa-core processor. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 64 GB. The 5 inch Swipe Elite Plus offers 1920×1080 resolution on IPS display and is backed up by 3050 mAh battery.

The phone features an 13 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera.  The Swipe Elite Plus is available exclusively on Flipkart.com and is priced at Rs 6,999.

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Smartron t.phone Review : Audacious Debut But Miles To Go

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Being different is not always easy, and trying to be better than the rest at the same time, certainly needs lots of character. Hyderabad based technology firm and the makers of the Smartron t.phone, for sure, is built with some such characters.

Smartron, the company that was backed by none other than cricket ace Sachin Tendulkar, recently launched two devices – a smartphone called t.phone, and a convertible laptop named t.book.

Those who do not know, according to the company the ‘t’ in the t.phone or tbook stand for ‘trons’ or ‘things.’ The name of the company has also been coined in the same concept – ‘smart’ ‘tron’ or smart things.

Look & Feel
The Smartron t.phone is like some fresh air in the heavily polluted (read crowded) Indian smartphone market. It certainly does not fall under the ‘born in China and brought up in India’ category of smartphones. In the first look one can distinguish the t.phone from all other phones of these days with metal-glass frame. The 5.5 inch smartphone is built on aeroplane grade magnesium alloy. The orange-grey combination one that we received for review has a distinct look. Though the device looks big (a 5.5 inch one has to be big!), it looks sleek and lighter compared to some other phones of this size.

The back panel of the phone features the camera module on a square frame, dual tone flash and two microphones. The front side has two more microphones, a tiny multi-coloured LED indicator, couple of closely located sensors and the front snapper. The SIM tray that can double up for two SIMs as well as a micro SD card is placed at the left. However, at any point of time one can use either one SIM and a SD card or two SIMs. The right side is provided with the volume rocker and the multi functional power button. The 3.5 mm audio jack is on the top and the bottom portion contains the speaker grill as well as the USB port. The t.phone is protected with Gorilla glass 3 which has become standard for premium category phones these days.

The overall look and feel of the t.phone is pretty good with some scope for improvement. The back panel where the grey portion joins with the coloured portion is not seamless and very smooth – one can feel some sort of ridge there.

The Inside Story
The Smartron t.phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and 64 GB inbuilt memory space. It’s an audacious move for a startup to launch its debut smartphone with such specifications. However, this move can be justified if Smartron’s ambition is taken into account. The company, as per its co-founder Mahesh Lingareddy, wants to be among the top smartphone companies that offer the best products to their customers. At 1080×1920 pixels, the device still offers good quality display if pitted against higher resolution smartphones.

The t.hone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and comes with 3000 mAh battery which appeared to be a downer in its overall offerings. At this data consuming times, the t.phone needs a recharge every day – it lasted 11 to 12 hours during our testing phase. Connectivity wise, the t.phone comes with Bluetooth 4.0, offers LTE along with VoLTE on all 4G bands available in India and WiFi.

Performance
When we received the Smartron t.phone review unit, it was performing poorly on many aspects. Running multiple apps was a task and the phone used to stop responding frequently. Camera performance was also not that of a flagship device. However,  with the latest update, the t.phone, it appeared, got a new lease of life. Running multiple apps became cake walk and the t.phone does not hang anymore. The 13 megapixel rear camera gives out great photographs but we still believe Smartron needs to spend more time and research  on it. There is a significant lag in taking continuous snaps which should, in no way, be a part of the current generation flagship devices. Though just 4 megapixel, the front camera performs better than the rear camera on a comparative analysis. In low light the front camera gives outstanding output.

Whats More

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There’s lot more than just the device that Smartron offers for its customers. There it brings the differentiation than its peers in the same category or at the same price band. Smartron t.phone offers a dedicated tronX app that offers multiple services to its customers. It offers tstore where users can buy accessories and other devices of the company. There is also a tcloud offering unlimited cloud storage, tcare that offers after sales service and some other solutions like Forum where a user can discuss with other forum members about any issue related to the product or the company, or even about anything around the technology industry.

Overall
The Smartron t.phone, overall is a smart device with a futuristic approach. The company that portray as India’s first integrated consumer IoT company has also claimed that the t.phone is designed and engineered in India and assembled in China. Audacious as it may sound, launching the first phone at Rs 22,999 with the best specifications, Smartron for sure has informed the industry that it is set for the big league. However, the company has miles to go before it takes even a bit of credit. Camera, ever improving performance, and some more futuristic features are some of the elements the Sachin Tendulkar backed firm needs to look constantly at to remain ahead of the crowd.

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Panasonic Launches T44 And T30 Smartphones For Tier 2 & 3 Markets

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Panasonic India today unveiled two affordable smartphones T44 and T30 smartphones for tier 2 and tier 3 markets.

Delivering an unmatched experience through a combination of better performance, good battery life and optimal processing power T44 and T30 is equipped with Android 6.0 and Android 5.1 respectively. Both smartphones come along with 3G connectivity, the dual SIM models are packed with 2400mAH and 1400mAh battery along with in built features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM Support.

The T44 and T30 are available at a price range of Rs 4,290 and Rs 3,290 respectively. Both devices ensure a bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for an engaging mobile experience with a host of applications and improved features. Both smartphones are equipped with 5 MP rear camera and optimized by LED flash and a 2 MP front camera.

The T44 phone camera is also integrated with SAIL user interface which offers a plethora of photography options for different scenarios, including Pose mode, Child mode, and Watermark.

Targeted at consumers who use their smartphone as the primary media and entertainment consumption device, the T44 comes along with 1 GB RAM plus 8 GB internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB and T30 comes with 512 MB RAM plus 4 GB internal memory and supports external memory cards and is expandable up to 32 GB.

Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, business head, Mobility, Panasonic India said, “With the introduction of two new smartphones T44 and T30, we aim to create a perfect value proposition targeting our consumers in tier II and tier III cities.

With T44 we offer Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in a 4 Inch smartphone and a long lasting 2400 mAh battery and T30 is easy to hold device that fits perfectly in the palm with metallic finish added Rana.

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