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OnePlus 5: What Experts Say About This Phone


OnePlus devices have always created a lot of hype around it, however these devices have had their share of problems too. Recently the Chinese smartphone maker brought out its latest installment, the OnePlus 5.

Let’s see what experts of the industry think about this phone.

Almost all the experts are united in their opinion that OnePlus 5 looks like iPhone 7, however that doesn’t take away from the fact that the device looks premium and does get some of the traits unique to OnePlus.

Gizbot comments “While we cannot rule out the fact that the handset does resemble the Apple’s last year flagship, especially the matte-black iPhone 7 Plus when seen from the rear, it also maintains certain design characteristics of previous OnePlus devices”. CNet is not impressed either, it comments “its design isn’t anything special”.

In the design department it seems to get a mixed response, but as users we think you will not be really bothered as it will give you premium feel and good to hold device. For some it might be even an iPhone on a budget.

Build Quality
For build quality reports JerryRigEverything, is the go to person, His report for OnePlus 5 in one line is “durable but not invincible”. In his youtube video he is seen scratching the phone with a coin and key which initially left a mark but were easy to get rid of. In the video, the OnePlus 5 was however seen having severe scratches at the back with sharp objects like knife and razor. While his fire test did cause some damage, device passed the bend test with flying colors. Overall One Plus 5 looks like a pretty durable device.

In the performance area Engadget has very flattery things to say.

“Not once did I see the phone flinch, stutter or even drop a frame — it was almost weird how effortlessly the OnePlus 5 seemed to handle everything I threw at it”. It goes on to add “Based on my experience and the big, big numbers the phone put up in our suite of synthetic benchmarks, I have no doubt that this more expensive version of the OnePlus 5 will be overkill for most people”.

The Verge seems to be equally impressed. They write “This phone’s responsiveness is so impressive that I’m looking for an explanation beyond simple software optimizations. Other phones with the same Snapdragon 835 processor, like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, don’t scream speed and swiftness in the same way.”

In the performance department the phone seems to have impressed everyone. So no worries for buyers here. Even though the phone is on the expensive side you will get performance similar to even more expensive phones.

Camera is the main highlight of this phone and therefore needs special attention. Going though the reviews in International press, we get mixed reactions. Engadget writes “OnePlus should be proud of its work. It’s not perfect, but the dual camera here is well executed and raises the bar for a company that has struggled to get photography right”.

CNET was all praise for the camera and wrote “Many of the OnePlus’ photos were clearer and sharper (with less digital artifacting) than the Pixel. White balance was also more accurate. The OnePlus 5 has a superb camera (and its 16-megapixel front-facing shooter takes sharp selfies as well), if not one of the best camera phones around.”

Verge however has a very different take, it writes “On paper and in OnePlus’ marketing materials, this dual camera is the OnePlus 5’s big differentiator. In reality, it’s a major letdown”. However it does talk about its high expectation from the camera and also praises the speed of the camera.

All in all looking at various reviews, our feeling is that of a good camera with some niftly touches but one that requires more work to be perfected. Thankfully mostly the work required is in software department which can be done though software upgrades.

Camera is definatley feature rich with features a histogram for adjusting ISO levels and white balance, and a leveler, time-lapse, slow-motion and panoramic shooting. It also gets electronic image stabilization for video only and 2x telephoto zoom and 8X digital zoom.

Battery Life
According to Engadget, in their test OnePlus 5 stuck around for fifteen hours and three minutes, which they say “is better than any other flagship phone I’ve tested this year”.

In CNET test phones battery clocked an excellent 17 hours, 50 minutes on average. Others also mostly praised the battery back up of the phone. Dash charger which is a fast charger was able to completly charge the phone in 1.5 hours which is good and at par with most fast chargers in the market.

User Interface
OnePlus follows minimalist approach in operating system and this phone is no different. Engadget calls it “Think of it as “stock Android plus” — it’s built atop a clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and loaded with a host of helpful tweaks and options to give power users more control”.

CNET commented “One of my favorite things about OnePlus phones is how simple the software and interface looks. Except for its Community forum app, which keeps you updated on OnePlus news and can be uninstalled, there’s no excess bloatware. It runs a relatively clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat that’s easy to use and navigate, too”.

There are many nifty features in the phone and most reviewers liked them and found it easy to use and helpful. One of the highlights of these tweaks is the ‘Reading mode’ about which Verge writes “This can be enabled per app or via a quick toggle. It de-saturates the screen and adjusts the sharpness and brightness to your environment so it essentially emulates a Kindle (which in itself tries to emulate real paper). It’s a huge relief from eye strain and really makes reading much easier”.

Overall verdict of the tech community seems to be in favor of OnePlus 5. Almost all have praised the performance as top notch, user interface as simple yet easy to use and helpful and have also praised battery back up and build quality.

However OnePlus 5 does get fair share of criticism though, most have talked about slightly higher price (only because company has a history of lower price), camera has got mixed response and some have not liked it at all as a flagship phone camera. Lack of water resistance is another area which has been criticized.

But overall we have a feeling that the phone is good and most of the criticism are because of the high expectations from the device and does not necessarily indicate failure of the same.

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Gionee A1 Review : Good Performance, Great Battery


Unlike most successful Chinese handset brands in India Gionee is doing two things differently. One, they are focusing on brick and mortar retail distribution, and two, they have several models in their line-up. Other players are mostly focusing on one or two product lines and online platform for retail. Of late, two areas -selfie camera and battery back-up – have gained prominence among smartphone makers in their product road map, and Gionee A1 is one of the testament of that. The phone targets both these areas. Does it succeed?

Lets find out..

The Gionee A1 features a 16-megapixel front camera and a huge battery, and it runs Amigo OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat, gets 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory etc. The MRP of the phone was Rs 21,499 when launched but the device is being available at various online retailers at around Rs 16,500.There are some other devices in the price bracket with similar feature too with the likes of Oppo F1 and Vivo V5. However larger battery and latest Android version is something that is unique to Gionee A1 as of now.

Gionee A1 Look and Feel
Metal body in mid segment phones is increasingly becoming a default feature, Gionee A1 is no different. Metal body gives it a sturdy feel and fortunately the surface finishing of the phone is designed such a way that it does not become slippery even when your hand is wet. Also the phone fits well in our hands thanks to the rounded edges. The Gionee A1 uses A6000 aircraft-grade material.

The phone gets rounded edges and camera, logo and antenna lines add to the premium looks of the device. The front is dominated by glass which comes right up to the corners of the phone and meets the curve of the metal rim.

Home button in the centre also acts as fingerprint scanner and capacitive Back and Recents buttons on either side of it. The volume and power buttons are on the right. Power button is painted red on edges which gives it a unique look. Rest of the placements is pretty standard with front camera and flash on top of the screen and speaker and USB port on the bottom side of the phone.

At the back you have camera lens sligthly protruded on center top side with Dual LED flash below it and round Gionee logo, Antenna lines run across the top and bottom. Overall design has a premium and symmetrical feel to it.

In The Box
The Gionee A1 ships with a charger (which is larger than most as it is a fast charger), a Micro-USB cable, earphones, a transparent back cover, an instruction manual, and a SIM eject tool.

Gionee A1 Hardware
The Gionee A1 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB RAM. It has 64GB of storage and supports microSD cards of up to 256GB. It has got hybrid dual-SIM support with 4G on both the slots, but only one at a time. You also get VoLTE (voice over LTE), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB-OTG.

Gionee A1 gets fairly large 4010mAh battery. Coupled with fast charging feature this phone looks like it can tackle your battery worries for good.

The Gionee A1 has a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, it is bright with good sunlight legibility and viewing angle. Images appear crisp with vibrant colors overall a fairly impressive display for a phone in this price range.

Gionee A1 software
The handset runs Amigo 4.0 OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat which is a great advantage for this phone as others in the segment are using older Android version. Gionee’s in-house Amigo OS has received much-required visual updates. Users will get the ability to run different apps in split-screen mode.There are features like Smart Gestures that let you do things like answers calls automatically when you pick the phone up, or pause alarms when you flip it over. Smart vibration reminders can notify you about missed calls and messages while the phone is in standby, and a double-tap can wake the phone so you don’t have to reach for the power button. There’s an Edge Bar feature that offers shortcuts to your favorite apps when you swipe left or right on the home button. The A1 also lets you operate the screen while wearing gloves in winter.

One of the concern areas of the phone is that there are lot of preinstalled bloatware from Gionee which are of no use but can not be removed. The Theme Park and Mood Wallpaper apps offer options for changing the look of the UI. There is a G Store app which offers new apps, games and videos. You also get preloaded third-party apps including Amazon, Xender, Hotoday, Messenger, Saavn, SwiftKey Keyboard, and Truecaller plus Asphalt Nitro, Bubble Bash 3, Danger Dash, and Real Football.

Gionee A1 cameras
The Gionee A1’s marketing is focused on its front camera which is a 16-megapixel unit with autofocus and a single LED flash. The camera app offers live filters as well as features like smoothening, whitening, slimming, and eye enlarging so you can “beautify” shots before they are taken. Selfies looked vibrant and detailed, and software tweaks make it fun to use, however software also adds unnecessary color tones which make selfies look slightly artificial. Low-light results were also good though some noise is visible. The selfie flash feature does fill light in shots where there isn’t enough.

The 13-megapixel rear camera on the Gionee A1 has a dual-LED flash and f2.0 aperture. It uses a Sony IMX258 sensor. The camera app offers plenty of modes to choose from including night, professional, time-lapse, slow-motion, smart scene, and GIF. The Gionee A1’s camera app also offers optical character recognition (OCR) which lets you photograph words and system recognizes them.The rear camera can record 1080p and 720p videos, and the quality was decent.

The rear camera managed to take shots with accurate colours. The camera however does take slightly longer to focus which can be annoying. Shots taken at night were also good, however some noise does percolate. Overall, the Gionee A1 offers decent cameras both in front and at the back.

Gionee A1 performance
The Gionee A1 with the kind of specs it boasts should not and did not disappoint. The handset packs 4GB of RAM, however only about 1GB of RAM was free during most of the usage. The fingerprint scanner on the Gionee A1 is really quick we did not even need to press the home button to unlock.

Game play was without any lag what so ever, we also faced on lag in switching between apps and games. The 5.5-inch screen is good for movies and videos.Battery performance is also great phone easily managed about two days on a single charge on moderate to heavy usage. Quick charging which charges about 50% battery in just 30 minutes is something great. However during fast charging the phone does get a bit too hot specially when it is charging from very low battery level. On someother occasions also battery gets heated but we did not face any serious heating issue though.

The Gionee A1 offers MaxxAudio enhancement that claims to improve sound from the speaker as well as earphones works well. Both speaker and earphones performed well till their max level. Speakers were loud for a smartphone speaker. Call quality was also decent, we also did not face any network issue either.


In our opinion Gionee A1 does offer very good battery life and offers lag-free performance, has good premium feel to it and large crisp display makes using the phone a breeze. Slight battery heating issue though does cause some inconvenience, however up to two days battery backup on medium to heavy usage is commendable. Quick charging with 100% charging only taking two hours is also a really good feature. Camera performance of both front and rear is also good with some nifty software tweaks available to make usage fun.

We however do not like the fact that too many apps are pre-loaded and are of the opinion that choice of apps should be left to the users. While there is lot of space available thanks to 64GB inbuilt storage, still these apps are unnecessary and slow the device. We like the phone and would recommend a buy on this.

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Flipkart to offer additional discounts on Flagship phones


Flipkart is offering additional discounts on flagship phones fron June 22nd to 24th 2017. The e-tailer is offering iPhone 5s, 6, 6s, 6s plus, 7, Google Pixel and Moto Z special discounts, exchange offers and No Cost EMI options from June 22nd to June 24th, 2017.

Good news for the Apple fans, Flipkart will bring down the prices of all iPhones by at least Rs. 2000. The highest in demand iPhone 7 Plus (128) GB will see upto 25% discount. In addition, iPhone 6 will be available in limited quantities in both 16GB and 32 GB variants reduced prices.

For Android lovers, Google Pixel will have a discount of up to 30% as well as and an extra Rs.2000 on exchange with select models. The Moto Z (with style mod) which is compatible with all Moto Mods will be available at a special price of Rs.10000 Off.

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Will iPhone 8 cause shortage of memory chip? Firms stock up on memory chip!


Global electronics makers are scrambling to stock up on memory chips to keep production lines running as Apple Inc’s new iPhone 8 launch later this year threatens to worsen a global squeeze on supply.
While heavyweights such as Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd – which is also the world’s top memory chip maker – will not be seriously hit, industry sources and analysts say some electronics makers are paying a premium to lock into longer-term contracts.
Others are placing orders earlier than before to ensure their perilously low inventories do no dry up completely.
“After the supply shortages emerged we brought forward our procurement decisions, to ensure a stable supply,” smartphone and personal computer maker LG Electronics Inc said in a statement, adding it had pushed up quarterly purchase decisions by about a month.
Chip manufacturing technologies are growing increasingly complex, raising investment costs yet providing less output growth as some suppliers struggle to improve yields. This has caused some chip prices to double or triple from a year earlier.
Some analysts say device makers could be forced to cut down on the amount of DRAM chips, which help devices perform multiple tasks at once, or NAND chips that are used for long-term data storage, on new products if the cannot get enough chips.
A chip supplier source told Reuters a handful of clients have moved to 6-month supply agreements, accepting higher prices than the customary quarterly or monthly deals, to make sure they get enough memory chips for their products.
“The problem will be more acute for the NAND market, where the iPhone remains a critical source of demand given the huge sales volumes and recent moves to increase storage capacity on the device,” said the source, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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Hike messenger connects with Flipkart, Amazon, Uber, Zomato for wallet solutions

hike messenger

Messaging app Hike, backed by Tencent and Foxconn, has been updated to Hike 5.0 and now includes a wallet service. Using UPI, Hike Wallet users can perform instant bank to bank transfers. This works for those recipients who are not on Hike. For those without a bank account, money transfers can be performed within the wallet itself. The company has roped in YES Bank as its banking partner.

Company is also in talks with major e-commerce players and leading apps including Flipkart, Amazon, Ola, Uber, Zomato and others, for integrating Hike’s just launched wallet solution as a payment option, even as the company sets an aim for becoming the leading messaging and payment app in the country, overtaking competitors Whatsapp and Paytm.

The wallet service launched by Hike Tuesday, will also be available for making offline payments or payments to brick-and-mortar stores through the app, probably next year once the government-backed infrastructure for accepting
payments is ready.

“Banks would start putting QR (quick response) codes with merchants towards the end of the year, when the unique payment interface (UPI)-ready QR codes will be live, then Hike will directly work with the merchants… that’s the direction we want to take with offline payments,” Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger.

Mittal referred to the country-wide proliferation of BharatQR, a common QR code developed by major card network companies MasterCard and Visa, and National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), which once deployed, will allow users with debit or credit cards to pay directly from their phone, through just a scan. The government’s move with the private sector is aimed at increasing digital transactions in the country.

Hike is also working towards making the app a common platform for digital transactions of all kinds, a model that is similar to China’s WeChat messaging app, owned by Hike’s investor Tencent. Introducing a wallet service appears to be the first step in that direction.

“We’re in talks with everyone all the time, the likes of Flipkart, Amazon, Ola, Uber, Zomato, BookMyShow… We’ve laid down the foundation of payments and we’re definitely having those discussions,” Kavin Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger.
The wallet will be available for use across all Android and iOS users by June 25 and July end, respectively, as part of an update to the existing app called Hike 5.0. The update would allow its users to send digital “blue packets” or envelopes containing money to their friends within the app and pay mobile phone bills.

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Asus ZenFone AR with 8GB RAM coming to India soon!

asus zenfone ar

Asus Zenfone AR, the first phone with 8GB RAM is coming to India, company made the announcment through its official twitter handle. The announcement comes close on the heels of OnePlus announcing another smartphone with 8GB RAM with OnePlus 5 which will be available in India from 22nd June.

The post says “We’re ready to change the way you see smartphones. The world’s first 8GB RAM phone is all set to land in India. #StayTuned”. No date has been revealed as yet though.

Asus ZenFone AR is only available in Taiwan and is going to be launched in multiple markets in the coming months, including North America and Malaysia.

The Asus ZenFone AR is designed for Augumented reality applications and supports Google Daydream VR and Tango. It offers a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.

The Asus ZenFone AR features a fingerprint scanner at the front embedded in the home button. Smartphone sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display, high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and vapour cooling system to avoid overheating.

Asus ZenFone AR’s camera sports a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 module with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous-focus. The rear camera gets 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) as well as 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilisation) for video recording alongside support for 4K video recording. 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture is also there.

The Android 7.0 Nougat-based Asus ZenFone AR will include up to 256GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) configuration; a 3300mAh battery; USB 2.0 Type-C port, as well as Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.

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OnePlus 5 With 8GB RAM Launched


Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has launched its new flagship, the OnePlus 5, on Tuesday. While the sales will start on 27th June. Price for India has not been announced yet. However, America prices are Rs 31000 for 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage and Rs 36000 (approx) for 8 GB RAM and 128 GB Storage.

One Plus has a reputation of dishing out flagship killer phones and this one looks no different. The phone features Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB RAM option, Dual Camera and Fast charging and many more.

Price and Availability
OnePlus 5 prices for India has not been announced and we will have to wait till Thursday when India launch happens to get that detail. Prices are however rumored to be Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while the model with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage is said to cost Rs. 37,999. The company will host the launch event in Mumbai on Thursday, followed by pop-up events – where fans can purchase the smartphone offline – in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru the following two days. Amazon India has confirmed that sales of the smartphone will begin from 4:30pm IST on Thursday, June 22 itself.

OnePlus 5 camera
Camera seems to be one of the focus areas of this phone. It features dual camera at the back, that work together for fast focus and better depths. Company claims it to be the “highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today”. Dual camera setup conssists of a 16-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX398 sensor, 1.12-micron pixels) with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T (which had an aperture of f/2.0), coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera (Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels) with an f/2.6 aperture.

Fast Autofocus on the phone is claimed to be 40 percent speedier than the OnePlus 3T. The rear camera setup boasts of dual-LED flash module and 4K video recording with EIS, optical zoom up to 2x, further bumped up to 8x using a multi-frame software algorithm.

You will also get Pro Mode, which allows you to play with ISO, shutter-speed, white balance, a histogram, gyroscope-based reference line, and RAW image editing. OnePlus also announced an improved HDR algorithm, and brought forward its Smart Capture feature for auto adjustments.

OnePlus 5 also sports a 16-megapixel front camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS. It can shoot full-HD (1080p) video. The front camera can also activate screen flash, with three modes to choose from – On, Off, and Auto. There’s also an Auto HDR mode.

OnePlus 5 Hardware
OnePlus has used Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with octa-core processor clocked at 2.45GHz and Adreno 540 GPU offering up to 25 percent more graphical performance. Even the LPDDR4X RAM used in the phone is claimed to be 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering. Together with UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM the phone is expected to be one hell of a performer. OnePlus 5 is only the second phone to offer 8GB RAM Asus ZenFone AR being the first. OnePlus is offering the smartphone in two memory and storage variants – 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage. The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor.

OnePlus 5 Features
An interesting feature is what is being called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Company also claimed that it has addressed touch latency issues which plagued OnePlus 3 and 3T. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. The company is also calling the OnePlus 5 a “true world phone”, with support for 34 GSM network bands. OxygenOS on the OnePlus 5 also gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots, and a semi-transparent app drawer. With Reading mode company is claiming Kindle type reading experiance.

OnePlus 5 Design
The smartphone is built using anodised aluminium and resembles iPhone 7 Plus with slight difference being the shape of the Home Button. The company is calling it the slimmest OnePlus flagship ever at 7.25mm.

OnePlus 5 will be available in two colour variants – Midnight Black and Slate Grey. It retains the dual speakers as well as the 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom panel. Other features carried on from previous generations of OnePlus smartphones include hardware capacitive keys (with the option of onscreen navigation) and the Alert Slider.

OnePlus 5 Other Details
The OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is a dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone with support for Nano-SIM cards. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of connectivity phone offers 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). It weighs 153 grams.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Tab S3 at Rs 47,990


Samsung has announced the India launch of its Galaxy Tab S3, priced at Rs 47,990 this tab comes with latest S Pen, Quad speakers tuned by AKG and HDR-ready display.

The device will be available in black and silver colours across retail stores, starting June 20.

“The powerful Galaxy Tab S3 is built with premium technology that offers a productive and versatile experience to consumers, designed for users at home, work or on the go,” Vishal Kaul, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement.

The S Pen does not require any charging or pairing and boasts a fine 0.7mm tip.

Galaxy Tab 3S uses Samsung Flow biometric authentication to login and can wirelessly tether compatible devices to transfer documents from a mobile device to a tablet. The device is fast-charging capability and 6,000mAh battery which supports up to 12 hours of video playback.

With a 9.7-inch Super-AMOLED display and 6mm thin metal frame, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with Quad Core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz processor, 4GB RAM and has 32GB internal memory that is expandable up to 256GB. The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

The device is powered by the Vulkan API and GPU and also features Game Launcher with a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode for uninterrupted gameplay.

The tablet houses a 13MP auto focus rear camera with flash and a 5MP front camera and supports Pogo keyboards that require no separate charging or pairing.

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Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition launched


Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has announced a special smartphone called Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature edition in India. The limited edition smartphone features the Indian cricket skipper’s signature at the back.

The device is an Amazon exclusive and will be available starting 12 PM on June 27 for Rs 19,999. The pre-booking is already open on

Customers who pre-order will additionally get a free Sennheiser headphones along with the Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition phone. Gionee A1 is company’s flagship offering in the country.

The phone features a superior selfie camera as its special feature and also sports a fairly large 4,010 mAh battery for better battery life.

The Gionee A1 Virat Kohli is powered by 2.0 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor. The phone features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D glass display upfront. The phone features a front home button which also acts as fingerprint sensor. The internal storage on Gionee A1 is 64GB, which is further expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card and features 4GB RAM.

The Gionee A1 boasts of a 16-megapixel front facing camera with LED flash and Waves MaxxAudio technology. The primary rear camera on the device is a 13-megapixel shooter with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens and LED flash.

The dual-SIM 4G VoLTE Gionee A1 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo 4.0 skin on top. The phone is backed up by a 4010mAh battery and Gionee ships in an 18W ultra fast charging power adapter for fast charging.

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ZTE Nubia M2 Play announced


ZTE has expanded the Nubia M2 line-up with the launch of Nubia M2 Play. This smartphone is a watered down version of the Nubia M2 but sports slightly better specs than the Nubia M2 Lite.

The Nubia M2 Play is similar to Nubia M2 Lite in looks with a metal body, curved glass, and a single camera setup at the back. There’s a Home Button in the front which is also a fingerprint scanner. The Nubia M2, on the other hand, has a dual camera setup at the back.

Nubia M2 Play runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with nubiaUI 5.0 skin. Smartphone comes with 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) LCD display with 274ppi pixel density. It is powered by a octa-core (4×1.4GHz and 4×1.1GHz) Snapdragon 435 SoC paired with a 3GB RAM and Adreno 505 GPU, in comparison Nubia M2 Lite is powered by the Helio P10 chipset with 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants. The smartphone offers 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

In the camera department, Nubia M2 Play sports a 13-megapixel main Sony CMOS sensor at the back with f/2.2 aperture and hybrid autofocus. A 5-megapixel 84-degree wide-angle front camera with f/2.4 aperture does the duty in the front. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS, and Glonass.

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