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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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Moto G by Motorola launched in India, priced at Rs 12,499

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Motorola today unveiled its latest smartphone Moto G in India. Aiming to give a tough fight to its competitors, the US based company has kept the price of the Moto G very compeititive. The Moto G comes in two variants – the 8GB and 16GB model- and are priced at Rs 12,499 and Rs 13,999 respectively.

Specifications wise Motorola’s Moto G is not at all behind its compeititors. Its a 4.5 inch HD display smarphone with respolutions of 1280×720 with a 329 ppi (pixels per inch). It has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. It weighs at just 143 gram with a 2070 mAh battery which claimes to offer power back up for a full day. The dual SIM Moto G uses android 4.3 Jelly bean OS which is expected to be upgraded to the next version 4.4 KitKat in a few days.

The motorola G comes with 1 GB RAM and uses a Qualcomm snapdragon 400 processor with a 1.2 GHz chip.

All other standard features like micro USB, Bluetooth, wi-Fi, audio and video playback etc are also present.
It also offers location services based on two technologies – GPS and Glonass.

However, the Motorola G is not available on physical retail stores, rather the company has tied up with ecommerce portal Flipkart to reach out to its buyers. Its an exclusive partnership with Flipkart where the customers can buy the Moto G online only. As per Flipkart, all the standard service offerings like 30-day return etc will also be applicable for this product as well.

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China’s OPPO enters Indian mobile market

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OPPO today announced its plans to enter India’s mobile market with N1 as the flagship device.

The announcement took place during a launch event held at New Delhi Hotel alongside Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor, spokespersons for the brand. As OPPO slowly continues to expand globally, the company will focus on increasing brand awareness and recognition.

As the mobile industry in India is on the rise, OPPO has begun to move forward with its plans of expansion into the country. The company has a growing fan base throughout India and will be opening off-line stores throughout the country to better provide its users with on-site service and an overall more personal experience with products.

India’s growing community has seen substantial growth in the smartphone market and among those users, there is a dedicated following of OPPO enthusiasts.

“We want to keep the focus on the users during the entry into the country. This way we can really build a strong relationship with each of them,” said Tom Lu, CEO, OPPO India,

“The after sales service is going to factor in as an important area to maintain in order to keep continued satisfaction with our phones,” added Lu.

Since OPPO’s entrance into the mobile phone marketplace in 2008, the company has sought to develop a strong following from it users and fan base. As it continues to expand into new markets, the company is pushing to make its product more accessible around the globe without sacrificing the after purchase service.

OPPO is a globally registered technology brand with a long history of serving customers in North America, Europe and Asia.

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Intex launches Aqua Curve smartphone for Rs 12,490

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Intex today introduced Aqua Curve, the latest model of its Aqua smartphone series priced at RS 12,490.

The dual-SIM smartphone comes with a black cobblestone back panel with Baby Skin painting in 3 vibrant colors- Red, blue and black that give it an excellent touch feeling while holding. Aiming to be a suitable partner for youngsters who like to keep it hip and stylish, the phone is a classic mix of useful applications and appealing aesthetics.

Aqua Curve packs a 5-inch One Glass Solution based curved display featuring qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution making it the first Indian handset to feature a curved display.

The device delivers new mobile experiences without the encumbrance of a huge price tag. Self-obsession has a new definition as this smartphone comes loaded with 2 MP front and an 8 MP rear camera that helps you take perfect selfies with voice command, that you can directly share on your Facebook and Twitter accounts via Wi-Fi, EDGE and 3G supportability.

Commenting on the launch Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, business head- Mobile Division at Intex said, “Aqua Curve is a smartphone for next generation mobile phone users who like to make their own style statement and prefer to stay connected, while on the go. This phone is perfect blend of style and technology.”

Keshav Bansal, director- Marketing Intex said, “We are constantly innovating to offer our consumers technology that is reasonable in terms of affordability, sturdy in terms of its robust hardware configurations and advanced in terms of its ability to multitask and connect users seamlessly.”

The smartphone brings with it an integrated MP3 player, FM radio and Bluetooth features, along with a plethora of pre-loaded games to engage and entertain users on the go. The phone is bundled with the optimum power of a 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM and a quad core processor that clocks a speed of up to 1.3 GHz.

The 2000 mAh battery on Aqua curve will support several hours of nonstop entertainment and offers talktime of 4.5 hours along with a standby time of 180 hours.

The device has a 1.71 GB internal memory, while its external memory can be expanded up to 32 GB to store lots of apps, pictures, videos, music and more.

Operating on latest Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, this 5 inch QHD OGS curve display smartphone is full of innovative features that are bound to have a tremendous impact on overall user experience. The phone also has Intex Zone, which is a repository of many useful applications and pre-loaded features that one can download in keeping with one’s convenience and need.

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Dell plans tablet foray, to launch 3G versions by Feb end

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Dell India has launched its Dell Venue family of tablets in the market and plans are to launch 3G versions by February end.

The Venue line of tablets with four new ultrathin models – Dell Venue 7 and 8 Android-based tablets and the Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro Windows-based tablets, have an exquisite look and feel.

Dell has launched the Venue 7 & 8 tablets which operate on the Android operating system for consumer usage like multimedia consumption and web browsing. Dell recognizes the need to provide choices to the consumer, and operating system versatility is a part of it.

In keeping with the popularity Android garners across the world on mobile devices, Dell has made a conscious choice to adopt innovations that enhance the consumer experience. The Dell Venue 7 & 8 are feature-rich tablets offering features like a 17.78 cm (7-inch) PS HD display, which provide exceptional detail and the widest viewing angle.

Powered by Intel Atom processors the Dell Venue 7 & 8 delivers lightning fast web browsing and application performance. The Android-based Venue tablets also come preloaded with PocketCloud which allows users tosearch, edit and share data from any device, anywhere and come with the assurance of Dell Services like Carry in Service and Accidental Damage service on the Venue 7 and Venue 8 respectively.

Dell has launched the Windows 8.1 based Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets, a tempting mix of design, performance and responsiveness.

Dell Venue Pro Tablets have been designed to deliver the best user experience for today’s professionals who work not just in the office, but also at home, in transit, or from airport lounges and coffee shops, therefore requiring superior security, manageability and reliability. These products bring with them the enhanced productivity that accompanies compatibility with Windows applications like Office and offer high performance and flexibility with cutting-edge connectivity options to maximize efficiency and accessibility, backed by Dell Advanced Exchange Warranty for seamless and hassle-free troubleshooting.

The Venue 8 Pro is the thinnest 20.32-cm (8-inch) Windows 8.1-based tablet available, with advanced connectivity options and long battery life. The Dell Venue 8 Pro also keeps your work entirely secure with firmware TPM and Dell Data Protection and Encryption Security Tools available for every model. Powerful Intel Atom Quad-core allows for leading compatibility, power and performance.

The Venue 11 Pro offers ultimate 2-in-1 flexibility, with the power of an Ultrabook. The Windows 8.1 tablet features a large, high-resolution 27.43-cm (10.8-inch) full HD IPS display, and PC-grade performance with 4th Generation Intel® Core i3 and i5 processors and Intel vPro for manageability.

The Venue 11 Pro also comes with a swappable battery, and snaps into full-sized, durable keyboards or desktop dock options for an experience that comes close to full-fledged desktop computing.

“With the launch of this family of tablets, Dell sustains its endeavor to deliver superior technology and innovative mobility solutions to users, keeping in mind their individual needs. The Venue family completes our end-to-end device range, in addition to our exhaustive range of laptops, desktops, ultrabooks, All-in-ones and workstations,” said Alok Ohrie, president & managing director, Dell India.

“This wide range of tablets with Intel Inside solves the contemporary technology challenges people have today, including the ability to multitask, the need for prolonged battery life and enhanced graphics, and the ability to have a more productive, enjoyable mobile experience,” said Debjani Ghosh, managing director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel South Asia.

Venue 7 is avialable at Rs 10,999, Venue 8 is available at Rs 17,499, and Venue 8 Pro will be available in February 2014 onwards at a starting price of Rs 26,499.

Intially, the tablets will be available in 8 cities such as Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai and in the next two months, Dell Venue tablets will be available in 50 cities says Krishnakumar P, executive director and general manager, consumer & small business, Dell India

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Lava launches Iris Pro 30 smartphone priced at Rs 15,999

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Lava International has unveiled its much awaited iris pro series by launching the premium Iris Pro 30 smartphone priced at Rs 15,999.

Iris Pro 30 is India’s lightest smartphone in the 4.7” or more screen size category. It weighs a mere 114 grams, making it the lightest phone in India. A high strength Corning Gorilla Glass makes the phone resistant to scratches. Full lamination eliminates air gaps between LCD and glass and makes it look perfectly black in sleep mode. This also renders more vibrancy to the images in non-sleep mode.

Equipped with an 8 MP rear camera, 3 MP front camera, dual LED flash and BSI sensor the iris pro 30 camera give users an outstanding shooting experience along with features like face detection, four-directional panoramic view and 1080 p video recording at 30 fps.

The Lava Iris Pro 30 is an equally good fit for gaming enthusiasts. With its 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and SGX 544 GPU, the phone offers a lag free experience and renders excellent graphics for high-end graphic intensive games.

The phone packs a 2,000 mAh battery with CABC (Content Adaptive backlight control) technology that enables it to last 30 percent more compared to conventional smartphone batteries. The technology intensifies the black and reduces the shadow to increase the transmission of the LCD display giving a sharp image while turning down the backlight to save battery.

Lava Iris pro 30 also comes with quad band support that enables it to work in Americas, Asia and Europe.

Hari Om Rai, chairman & managing director, Lava International said, “We are elated with the overwhelming response around the launch of much awaited Iris Pro 30. Lava Iris pro 30 is a ‘piece of art’ especially crafted for those seeking smartphones that combine exquisite beauty and unmatched functionality.”

“With the launch of Iris Pro series, we have expanded our offerings in mid to premium smartphones category. Iris Pro 30 demonstrates our commitment to excel in offering the best possible user experience. We are very excited with the consistent growth of the brand in India, and are confident of scaling newer heights in 2014, with our premium product portfolio,” added Rai.

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HP launches Slate6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab, to be available in February

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HP today unveiled two new tablet devices, the 15.2 cms (6-inch) diagonal HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the 17.8 cms (7-inch) diagonal HP Slate7 VoiceTab, designed to help India’s next generation of mobile users multitask on the go.

Designed in Asia, and engineered to elevate the experience for users in India, the new compact, full-featured tablets are powered by a quad-core processor, enabling users to multitask at everything from email to web surfing to gaming to streaming. Also featuring voice-calling capability(2),the new devices deliver performance, quality and reliability, helping users take care of business.

“How we create, consume and share information is rapidly evolving, driving the demand for new devices and form factors that adapt to the different ways people work and play,” said Rajiv Srivastava, vice president & general manager, Printing and Personal Systems, HP India.

“HP is innovating for this next generation, addressing the unique needs of customers in India with voice-enabled tablets that deliver performance they can trust, and the entertainment they want,” added Srivastava.

Built on Android operating system, the HP Slate6 and HP Slate7 are engineered for the way people multitask, while offering access to entertainment. Both devices come equipped with a 3G(3) Dual SIM Dual Standby(2) feature, providing voice connectivity and performance that allows people to work and play on the go.

The HP Slate6 and HP Slate7 also offer front-firing stereo speakers for top-quality sound that delivers an immersive experience that spans social media and gaming to streaming movies, music and more. Plus, the innovative new IPS Panel delivers a better viewing angle, while offering vibrant colors and a responsive touch.

Both devices come equipped with a high-definition (HD)(4) front and rear camera for photos and video chats. The stylish, compact design is slim enough to fit nicely in the pocket and features a premium pixilated, scratch-resistant back cover design.

The HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab are expected to be available in India next month.

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Sony introduces Xperia Z1 Compact, a premium compact smartphone

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Sony Mobile today redefines the premium smartphone market with the introduction of Xperia Z1 Compact, in a stylish new compact size.

“With the addition of Xperia Z1 Compact our global range of premium products is now broader than ever and offers our customers a wider choice,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, president and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.

“Xperia Z1 is a no-compromise feature-packed smartphone with a beautiful yet durable design. With Xperia Z1 Compact, we bring all of these premium features and performance, into a smaller size to give you the ultimate compact smartphone,” added Suzuki.

Xperia Z1 Compact sets a new standard in premium smartphones. It features Sony’s proven camera technologies to deliver the same level of performance and quality that you would find in a conventional compact digital camera – all in a beautifully crafted compact smartphone.

The 20.7 megapixel camera phone is matched with 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile, Sony’s award-winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZ for mobile image processing engine resulting in superb photo quality.

The Xperia Z1 Compact comes pre-loaded with a suite of innovative Xperia Camera Apps to take your photography experience to a new level through Timeshift burst, Info-eye, Social live and AR effect.

In addition to these great pre-installed social camera apps, there’s a whole range of extra apps for you to enjoy including Wikitude Places, Evernote, VI Sports and more.  Simply go into your camera viewfinder, turn on Superior Auto and then click on ‘+Apps’ to see all the latest apps to enhance your smartphone experience.

Xperia Z1 Compact includes all of the features of the acclaimed Xperia Z1, but offered in perfectly palm-sized proportions. The Xperia Z1 Compact takes the style stakes a step further offering a choice of vibrant color finishes including white, black, lime and pink to suit your individual taste.

Xperia Z1 Compact offers ultra-fast performance and breathtaking graphics, thanks to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE for amazing speed. The Xperia Z1 Compact also includes a 2300 mAh battery which provides outstanding, class-leading battery performance, despite its compact size.

Built with Sony’s latest BRAVIA TV technologies optimized for mobile, the Xperia Z1 Compact incorporates a 4.3” HD Display for mobile, for a wider palette of rich, natural colors. Sony’s exclusive X-Reality for mobile is an intelligent super resolution technology that finds and reproduces any lacking pixels, so you’ll always be able to enjoy the clearest and sharpest videos.

Xperia Transfer Mobile makes it easier than ever to switch from your existing Android or iOS handset to Xperia. It’s the simple and easy way to seamlessly transfer your contacts, photos, bookmarks, apps, messages and much more from your old smartphone, swiftly and securely.

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Huawei launches Ascend Mate2 4G, a 6.1-inch smartphone

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Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today launched the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The 4G LTE-enabled smartphone is Huawei’s new super performer that gives people around the world more power and a bigger screen to seize opportunities at every moment. With its 6.1-inch IPS screen, long-lasting 4050 mAh battery, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G is perfect for enjoying more non-stop entertainment and has enough power to watch six downloaded movies or listen to up to 100 hours of music on a single charge.

“With Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G, we are bringing the benefits and convenience of superfast connectivity to people everywhere,” said Colin Giles, Executive Vice President, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G is power-packed for the mobile generation who want non-stop entertainment on the go, such as the ability to snap and download photo albums in seconds or use their smartphone as their mobile office,” added Giles.

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G features a powerful quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and a long-lasting 4050 mAh battery to enjoy a half-day of web surfing on a single charge. The smartphone features unique power saving technology that improves performance by more than 30 percent compared to other smartphones in its class. Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G is 9.5mm slim and its stylish shape and ergonomic casing lets the phone fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G comes with Huawei’s proprietary Emotion UI 2.0. The intuitive user interface features Huawei’s One-Hand UI to enable single-handed operation, made easier with Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G’s 79 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Its floating window function gives multi-taskers access to notes, messages, calendar and calculator at any time, and Huawei’s Simple UI aids easy customization, perfect for those who like to keep their homescreen simple.

At 6.1-inches, Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G’s large screen is ideal for viewing documents, watching movies or browsing pictures. Spontaneously snap and view photos with Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G’s 13-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera featuring 2.0 aperture, enabling crystal clear and professional-quality photos, whatever the occasion.

Turn the smartphone around and Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G’s 5-megapixel front-facing camera, with vertical panorama and Auto Face Enhancement, broadens pictorial horizons to create a fun-filled ‘selfie’ experience.

To keep up with today’s around-the-clock lifestyle, Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G offers ubiquitous connection.

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Micromax unveils LapTab, to be launched in February

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Micromax has unveiled LapTab which would be launched officially in early February for consumers.

LapTab, the first dual-boot Windows and Android tablet powered by Intel was unveiled at CES 2014. Powered by an Intel processor (Bay Trail-M), the first-in-the-world tablet will offer great performance, and promises an impressively long battery-life for media consumption on the device.

The device supports both Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and Windows 8. Aptly designed for multi-tasking across operating platforms, users would need to simply reboot the device and select the alternate option to switch from Windows to Android and vice versa.

Commenting at the Pepcom event, Rahul Sharma, co-founder, Micromax said, “Today, we are taking the next leap in raising the innovation bar globally, with the introduction of LapTab. The Micromax LapTab fulfills that consumer need by giving them access to the world’s first dual-boot tablet. Combining functionality and style, the LapTab further builds on our promise to constantly empower our users with superior technology that directly addresses their needs.”

“As Micromax looks to expand footprints across global markets, we would continue to fulfill our promise of democratizing technology for people around the world by making it more affordable and accessible. We would be unveiling an array of innovative products across international markets in next six months for which Micromax is known for,” added Sharma.

Commenting on the launch Steven J Dallman, vice president, Sales and Marketing Group and general manager, OEM Channel Engagement at Intel said, “Today people want choice when it comes to operating system environments and only Intel Architecture can deliver a complete user experience. The innovation we are seeing from companies like Micromax is exciting and we congratulate the company on its introduction of the LapTab.”

Designed with precision, the form factor of the LapTab exemplifies sleekness and simplicity sporting a 10.1” IPS vibrant display. Powered by a 1.46 Ghz Intel Celeron N2805 processor, 2GB RAM and 7400 mAh battery, the tablet promises to take care of all your multitasking needs in no time making it super-efficient.

The tablet packs in a 2 MP front camera allowing users to capture images, record videos and chat online without any hassle. With its innovative brightness control technology, the LapTab automatically adjusts the screen content by continuously monitoring the environment.

With storage of 32 GB expandable up to 64 GB, the tablet supports Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi, ensuring full time connectivity. The LapTab comes with a transleeve which can be combined as a cover and stand for the wireless keyboard packed with a 230 mAh battery promising a continuous usage of 20+ hours. Consumers will also have an option to buy a customized keyboard for LapTab when it hits the stands.

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ARCHOS to debut ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium at CES 2014

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ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android devices, unveils the ARCHOS Helium 4G range, ARCHOs 45 Helium and ARCHOS 50 Helium at CES 2014.

The first ARCHOS LTE smartphones powered by Android 4.3 “JellyBean” with full access to Google Play Store. Starting at under £200, ARCHOS’ new unlocked 4G phones reinforces the company’s commitment to providing feature-rich, consumer-friendly technology at an affordable price.

ARCHOS’ grand entry into the 4G era smartphone market, the ARCHOS 45 Helium 4G features a vivid 4.5-inch screen with IPS technology, blazing fast Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor and is capable of transferring speeds at up to 150 Mbps using a 4G/LTE network.

The ARCHOS 50 Helium 4G, a slighter larger offering, comes equipped with the same cutting edge technology but has a 5-inch HD 1280×720 screen, 8 GB of storage and a 8 MP camera.

The launch of the ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium 4G phones addresses the growth in global 4G network availability and the increasing global demand for affordable mobile technology.

ARCHOS’ new smartphones build on the company’s overwhelming success in the European mobile market and takes advantage of its partnership with Qualcomm, leader in mobile chipsets and processor, to jointly engineer and launch affordable 4G solutions worldwide. “The smartphone has revolutionized the way consumers access information, giving them the ability to instantly view, connect and share ideas regardless of location and time,” says Loic Poirier, CEO, ARCHOS.

“The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones will once again change consumers’ mindsets by making the best possible technology affordable,” added Poirier.

ARCHOS’ newest unlocked 4G smartphones supports Micro SD card for easy memory expansion, has dual cameras with autofocus and LED flash, utilizes Micro USB 2.0 connectors to sync and charge, and can supports a variety of multimedia files including MP3, WAV, JPEG, GIF, PNG and more.

The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones also give users access to a variety of Google services including Google Play application store, Google Chrome web browser, Google Now voice assistant, Google Apps such as Youtube, Gmail, Hangouts and Calendar and more.

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