Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

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Lenovo, the Chinese mobile manufacturer, has started to roll out a major software update for its Vibe K4 Note smartphone. The mid-range handset that was launched earlier this year in January is getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow based software interface, starting today. It is being touted by the company as their best selling smartphone after the K3 Note successor, which was launched last year.

Talking about the changelog, the first and foremost change you’ll notice is that system settings and notification window have been tweaked in terms of looks and functionality. The update also brings features like support for revamped app permissions, which makes your device much secure as every app you install needs to go through this permissions. In earlier Android version, it was quite different, as there was no separate app permissions system.

The other Marshmallow goodies include as Google on Tap, Doze mode for battery and adaptable storage, which allows you to explore the internal storage on your device, it means you basically get a file manager in your System settings. Note that this update would be large, so we recommend you to download the file using stable Wi-Fi connection.

In the past couple of months, the brand has rolled out a major software update for handsets like Lenovo A7000, K3 Note, Vibe S1, Vibe P1 and Vibe X3. This says a lot about company becoming dedicated to offering latest software experiences to their users. If you haven’t received this update yet, then you can head over to the Settings app, and try to check manually for the update. So, you should get a popup noting the update is available for your handset.

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LG X Power & X Style Smartphones with HD Display & 16GB Storage Launched

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After launching the LG X Screen and X Cam smartphones in the new X series, today the company also launched the LG GX Power and X Style smartphones in Ukraine. Both the device comes with basic specifications and sports a polycarbonate body. As the name suggests, the LG X power comes with a 4,100mAh battery that can last more than day of usage.

It comes with a 5.3-inch IPS display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels resolution). Under the hood is the MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor clocked at 1.14GHz. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

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OnePlus 3 with 6GB RAM & 64GB Storage Listed on TENAA, to Launch Soon

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OnePlus 3 will be officially launched in the next couple of weeks. With the TENAA listing of the device, we already came to known most of the specifications along with first look of the device. Now the updated device page on TEENA confirmed the OnePlus 3 to launch with 6GB of RAM. Yesterday, ASUS also launched the Zenfone 3 Deluxe with 6GB RAM while already a handful of Chinese manufacturers are offering the same. The Vivo XPlay 5 is the first smartphone to come with 6GB of RAM.

The live streaming of the OnePlus 3 launch event will be streamed via 360-degree video support for experiencing through VR headset. OnePlus is also offering 30,000 free Loop VR headsets for experiencing the launch event in Virtual Reality. Apart from the bump in RAM capacity, all the other specifications remain same. It comes with an all metal body with a physical home button on the front which also houses fingerprint sensor.

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It features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and is powered by Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor along with Adreno 530 GPU. It includes 64GB of internal storage and there is no MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. The OnePlus 3 sports a 16MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash and an 8MP front camera. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and might also support Quick Charge 3.0.

The device comes with dual SIM card slots and runs on latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. The Alert Slide, which was present on OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, is also present on this device. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. It measures 152.6 x 74.6 x 7.3 mm and weighs 160 grams. Along with Black and White color variants, the OnePlus 3 will be also available in Gold color. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Best Budget Smartphones below Rs 7000 (May – June)

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In the month of May 2016, we have seen many entry-level smartphones launched in India. Most the smartphones launched even under Rs. 7,000 are now offering 4G LTE connectivity. The most affordable 4G LTE smartphone is also launched in the Indian market in this month. If you are shifting from a featured phone or looking for an affordable device with better specifications, where are sure that you can find the best device from the below list.

intex-aqua-lions-3g-wrapIntex, one of the India’s largest smartphone manufacturer, launched a new entry-level smartphone called Aqua Lions 3G. It comes with dual SIM supports and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. At a price of Rs. 4,990 the device lacks the 4G LTE support while there are other which offers the same at this price range. The device is backed by a 3,500mAh battery that is rated to deliver 8 hours of talk time and lasts upto 20 days on standby.

It sports a 5-inch display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. Under the hood is an unknown quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The device includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded additionally upto 32GB via MicroSD card slot. In the camera department, it has a 5MP sensor on the back and 2MP sensor on the front. It measures 145 x 71.5 x 9.5 mm and weighs 172 grams. The device can be purchased across India via online and offline stores.

iBall Andi 5N Dude wrapAlong with some mid-range devices with aggressive pricing, we have also seen some affordable devices with basic specifications. The iBall Andi 5N Dude is the latest affordable smartphone launched in the Indian market at a price of Rs. 4,099. It runs on years old Android 4.4 Kitkat out-of-the-box. The device features a 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display and is powered bu MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

It includes just 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage along with a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion upto 32GB. The device supports dual SIM dual standby but misses the 4G LTE. It has a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a 0.3MP front camera. The device is kept powered on by a 2,000mAh battery. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. The Andi 5N Dude will be available only in Gold color.

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Reliance’s smartphone brand LYF had launched two new most affordable 4G LTE smartphones Flame 3 and Flame 4 priced at just at Rs. 3,999. These are also the most affordable devices to offers 4G LTE with VoLTE support. Both the devices come with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Under the hood is the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor along with just 512MB of RAM. The devices run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual SIM dual standby.

The Flame 3 comes with 4GB of storage while the Flame 4 has 8GB of onboard storage, there is also a MicroSD card slot for expanding upto 32GB. While the Flame 3 comes with a 1,700mAh battery, the Flame 4 is backed by a 1,400mAh battery. The Flame 3 comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, but the Flame 4 offers only a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE & VoWiFi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a MicroUSB port.

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The Indian smartphone manufacturer Lava launched two new entry-level smartphones Lava A59 and Lava A79. Both the devices run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and come with dual SIM support but lacks the 4G LTE connectivity. The Lava A59 is priced at Rs. 4,199 while the A79 is priced on a slightly higher side at Rs. 5,699. The display on these devices is limited to just WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution. While the Lava A59 comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage, the Lava A79 includes 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Both the devices come with a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, but the A59 features a VGA front camera and A79 packs a 2MP sensor. The front camera on both the devices is assisted by an LED flash. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. A 1,750mAh battery keeps the Lava A59 powered on while the Lava A79 packs a 2,200mAh battery. Even with a smaller battery and just 4.5-inch display, the lava A59 weighs 140 grams.

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The Cloud String HD from Intex is one more Flipkart exclusive device launched last week. The device is priced at Rs. 5,599 and offers dual SIM dual standby with 4G LTE and VoLTE support on both the SIMs. This is also most affordable device in the Indian market to offer fingerprint sensor. It comes with a 5-inch HD display and is powered by Spreadtrum SC9832A quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The device packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.

On the camera front, the Intex Cloud String HD offers an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,200mAh battery that can give upto 7 hours of talk time and lasts upto 190 hours on standby. Connectivity options offered are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, MicroUSB port along with 4G LTE. Just last week, the company one more affordable device Intex Aqua Secure with Fingerprint sensor and 4G LTE support for Rs. 6,499.

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Alcatel is a Chinese owned brand that has some recognizable market share in the Western markets. Last week, the company had launched a new entry-level smartphone called Alcatel Pop Star priced at Rs. 6,999 in India. It comes with a polycarbonate shell and features a 5-inch HD IPS display on the front. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and includes dual SIM slots. It is powered by an unknown quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz along with 1GB of RAM.

It has 8GB of onboard storage that can be expandable upto 32GB via provided MicroSD card slot. On the camera front, the device comes with an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash on the rear and a 5MP front camera for selfies. The 2,000mAh battery is what keeps the device powered on. The connectivity options on this device are 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a MicroUSB port. It measures 142.5 x 71.5 x 8.6 mm and weighs 145 grams.

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After announcing the Bolt Selfie along with other 15 devices at Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro launch event, last week the device was officially launched in the market. It comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,999 and offers decent specifications that justify its price. As the name suggests, the device offers 5MP camera on front and back of the device, where the rear camera is assisted by LED flash. The Bolt Selfie is one of those smartphones that are announced to offers 4G LTE.

The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual SIM card slots. It sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display and comes powered by MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz. The Bolt Selfie offers 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded upto 32GB. It is backed by a 1,750 maAh battery that can last upto 260 hours on standby. Apart from 4G LTE, the device comes with other basic connectivity features.

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Hands-on review: Computex: Asus ZenBook 3

Hands-on review: Computex: Asus ZenBook 3

There's a saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – but not for Asus. The ZenBook 3 is the Taiwanese electronics firm's latest 12.5 inch MacBook-killing Ultrabook. It doesn't just so much imitate as it does completely destroy Apple's ultrathin laptop in specs and price.

Weighing in at a scant 2 pounds and 11.9mm (0.46-inches) thick, it's both thinner and lighter than 0.51-inches (13.1mm) and 2.03 pounds (0.92kg) Apple MacBook. And while Apple had to sacrifice key travel and performance components to make its laptop as thin as possible, Asus says nay to all of that and goes with the full might of Intel Core i7 processors and a lower price to boot.

Asus ZenBook 3 review

Design

If you've seen a Rose Gold MacBook before, this particularly colored ZenBook should look awfully familiar. Both machines share an almost identical silhouette, that said there are some distinct differences if you look closely enough.

For one thing the ZenBook 3 is thinner, but it's also a bit wider and not as deep thanks to its 16:9 screen ratio as opposed to the 16:10 Apple MacBook. Asus has also reversed the position of its ports, moving the charging/data USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port to the right and headset jack on the left.

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The ZenBook's distinctive spun metal finish makes a return and you'll also find a radial pattern concealing two of the laptop's four speakers – the other two are located on the machine's underside.

The model 3 also takes Asus' diamond cut chamfered edges to the nth degree. You'll find the chamfered edge starts on the inside at the top of the screen lid, it rolls onto the outside as it makes its way to the hinge.

MacBook imitations aside, the ZenBook 3 is a sharp little Ultrabook. It features an all-metal body, but Asus used a specially blended form of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, which it claims to be 40 percent stronger than the material used in other Ultrabooks.

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Specs

Aesthetics aren't what really set the ZenBook 3 apart, it's hard core specs that do. Despite also being thinner and lighter than the ZenBook UX305, this ultra-slim system is a powerhouse starting with Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD for $999 (about £687, AU$1,379).

Users can also get a richly specced machine with an added Core i7 processor, 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM and an added fingerprint scanner built into the corner of the touchpad for $1,999 (about £1,374, AU$2,760).

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While, other notebooks this thin have often gone with Intel Core M-series chips, Asus managed to get away with Core I-series CPUs thanks to integrating a newly developed 3mm fan. The 12.5-inch display has also been fitted with a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for extra durability, though, screen resolution is limited to Full HD only.

Asus claims users can expect nine hours of usage and they should be able to top off an empty machine back to 60% in 49 minutes thanks to fast charging through the USB-C port.

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Early verdict

The Asus ZenBook 3 sounds like a winner on paper. How can you go wrong with Intel Core I-series power in a two-pound laptop? I'm chiefly wary of battery life and how much Asus really managed to squeeze into such a thin design and it's something I look forward to finding out in my full review.

Additional reporting and photography by Lucy Wang

Sirin Lab’s Solarin Priced at £9,500 is the Most Secure Smartphone in the World

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Sirin Labs, the Israeli-based tech startup launched Solarin super smartphone with military grade security. The side edges of the device are made up of premium Titanium metal. Unlike the other luxury smartphones, the Solarin packs the latest specifications. The Solarin priced at £9,500 (approx $13,850 / Rs. 9.3 Lakhs) will be one of the most premium smartphones available in the market.

The device comes with built-in mobile security protection by Zimperium. Sirin Labs partnered with KoolSpan to make 256-bit encryption for protecting the voice calls and messsages, this is the same technology used by the military army. All the communications can be encrypted by activating the Security Switch on the back. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display with curved edges and is protected by the Gorilla Glass 4.

The device is powered by Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. On the camera front, the Solarin comes with a 24MP rear camera with laser autofocus. It also has the front facing LED flash for capturing better selfies with the 8MP front camera in the low light conditions. It will be available starting from June 1st in London.

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Hands-on review: Computex: MSI Backpack PC

Hands-on review: Computex: MSI Backpack PC

Virtual reality gaming and experience have finally been full realized with headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. However, there are still a few things that can pull you out of the immersive experience with the biggest one that damned cable tipping you up.

Well MSI wants to do away with that problem with a gaming PC that you wear on your back. The entire system is self-contained from processor to the graphics and even internal batteries making it more portable than any PC case designed for LAN events.

And that really is the central idea behind the Backpack PC. It's meant to be a portable gaming desktop you can take anywhere to experience virtual reality wherever you are. Beyond eliminating the worry of tripping over power cords in VR, it also opens up the opportunity to free roaming experiences such as the Void VR theme park.

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Design

The Backpack PC takes strong inspiration from motorcycle backpacks, but it has a bit of space age flair to it. Alternatively, I could easily imagine the Tony Stark pulling an Iron Man suit out of this pack thanks to the hot rod red paint job MSI decided to go with.

That said, there's definitely a coolness factor to the way the Backpack PC's aesthetics. That's a good thing because you'll definitely look like the biggest (and happiest) dork while wearing it.

Although MSI claims its Backpack PC weighs less than five kilograms (about 12 pounds), it's not the most comfortable thing to put on your back and it hangs a little lower than I prefer. This could be easily fixed with harder and sculpted shoulder straps that distribute more of the weight on your shoulders.

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That said, MSI has made some smart decisions with the Backpack PC's design. Behind the straps you'll find a metal frame to help keep the PC from burning a hole onto your back. This metal frame also extends above and below the main case to act as a carrying handle elevated foot for the Backpack PC to stand on when placed on the floor.

The only other noteworthy piece of the design is there are two motion controller holsters sewn into the hip belt – which will hopefully play into some fun western-styled gun duels in VR soon.

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The beast within

The Backpack PC almost seems deceptively small. Despite being loaded up with and mobile-based Intel Core i7 K-series processor, desktop-grade Nvidia GTX 980, all the other essential PC bits and two big old batteries to power the whole thing, the system is smaller than both the Xbox One and PS4.

On paper, MSI's system meets the recommended spec requirements – and you'll be able to upgrade it too – to power a smooth VR experience and it absolutely delivered during my short time with a working demo at Computex 2016. During my demo time I was able moved freely while playing the Arcade Space Ship Shooter game from the The Lab.

After experiencing so many Vive demos in the past I've gotten used to dancing around the power cords even without seeing it. But by completely removing it, you can move around without a care in the world and are much more maneuverable in the VR world.

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Portable and powerful (for a time)

You can also have a decently long VR experience with the Backpack PC thanks to two large battery packs stuffed inside of the case. MSI claims users can get up to five hours of viewing 360 videos or an hour and a half of usage while playing demanding VR games.

That said, the batteries aren't hot swappable as they are on HP VR gaming backpack concept. Instead you'll have to jack out of your VR experience and open up the case to swap out battery packs. A MSI spokesperson explained the company doesn't really see this as an issue as even an hour in VR is intense enough.

Aside from being a wearable VR-ready system, MSi also sees its Backpack PC as an excellent solution for gamers who want to bring their PCs to events. Given that it's much easier to lug around than a Mini-ITX system with a handle, there could definitely be interest here.

MSI Backpack PC

Early verdict

There are some appealing aspects to MSI Backpack PC. It's attractive, smaller than most consoles and fully delivers on the promise of powering an untethered VR experience. However, there are some big things MSI needs to work on including comfort and the chipset hasn't been finalized yet, as the electronics firm hopes to integrate Nvidia's new GTX 1080 graphics card and other Pascal-based GPUs.

Battery life also seems a bit to short to warrant the inevitably high price of this portable gaming PC. That said, I came away really liking my first experience with the Backpack PC and look forward to how the system will turn out in the coming months.

Additional reporting and images by Lucy Wang

ZUK Z2 with Snapdragon 820 SoC & 4GB RAM Launched in China

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Lenovo’s subbrand ZUK had debuted the smartphone market by launching the ZUK Z1 in 2015; the same device was made available in India this month. Today, the company has launched the ZUK Z2 as the successor for Z1. Earlier this year, it also launched the ZUK Z2 Pro with Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB of RAM in China. Now the ZUK Z2 is also powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset but comes in a smaller form factor. It sports a 2.5D 5-inch display with Full HD resolution and is also mentioned to feature anti-fingerprint protection.

The ZUK Z2 is limited to just 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It has a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture. On the front is an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. The device is backed by a 3,500mAh battery that also supports fast charging which charges from 0% to 80% in 60 minutes. It comes with dual SIM dual standby support and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based ZUI 2.0 laid on top. As seen with the earlier ZUK devices, the ZUK Z2 also comes with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the physical home button on the front.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS/A-GPS, and aUSB Type-C port. Interestingly the ZUK Z1 came with a USB 3.0 Type-C port, but the Z2 includes only USB 2.0 Type-C port. It measures 141.65 x 68.88 x 8.45 mm and weighs 149 grams. The device comes only in White and Black color options. It is priced at 1799 Yuan and will be available starting from June 7th in the China. As of now, there is no information about the international availability.

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Best Mid-Range Smartphones below Rs 15000 (May – June)

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If you are looking for a best mid-range smartphone that sports best in class specifications, then below are the list of devices that offers good value for money. Most of the smartphones are only available via online stores and are sold through flash sales. Unlike the entry-level smartphones, these devices come with good built quality and better user experience. Also, have a look at our best upcoming smartphones for the month of June, if you can wait for few more weeks.

micromax-canvas-6-wrapThe largest Indian smartphone manufacturer, Micromax had announced 15 new smartphones including Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro. The device was launched in the market through Flipkart at a price of Rs. 13,999, same as Canvas 6 Pro. The major difference is that the Canvas 6 Pro comes with a fingerprint sensor and few additional improvements in specifications. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display. Under the hood, the Canvas 6 is powered by MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

The device includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage that can be expanded additionally upto 128GB. It sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front camera. The Canvas 6 comes with a metal body and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The 3,000mAh battery on this device can last upto 305 hours on standby. There are many bloatware apps come pre-installed on this device. While the Canvas 6 Pro is a better, sadly it wasn’t yet available.

lyf-water-5-wrapThe Water 5 is the latest mid-range smartphone from the Reliance’s smartphone brand LYF. It is priced at Rs. 11,699 and is exclusively sold online through Amazon India. Earlier the company two other devices in the Water series called Water 1 and Water 2 priced at Rs. 14,699 and Rs. 13,599 respectively. Though there are better devices at this price range, with the purchase of Water 5 the users will get a JIO SIM card with unlimited 4G Data for free the first three months. It sports a polycarbonate body and features a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display.

Under the hood is the Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz along with 2GB of RAM. It includes 16GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. On the camera front, the Water 5 comes with a 13MP autofocus camera and a 5MP front camera. The device is backed by a 2,920 mAh battery that can last at least a day of usage. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and offers 4G LTE with VoLTE and VoWiFi support.

samsung-galaxy-j5-2016-wrapSamsung had launched both the Galaxy J5 2016 and Galaxy J7 2016 as the successors for 2015 launched Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. The Galaxy J5 2016 comes with 5.2-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by an unknown quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via provided MicroSD card slot. It supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE on any one SIM.

Coming to the camera department, it includes 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and laser autofocus. There is also a 5MP front camera for selfies and video calls. Bot the rear and front cameras are assisted with LED flash. It is backed by a 3,100mAh battery and offers connectivity options like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based customized TouchWiz UI out of the box.

zuk-z1-wrapJust before launching the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India, Lenovo brought the 2015 launched ZUK Z1 to India. The device is priced at Rs. 13,499 and comes with high-end specifications. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based Cyanogen OS 12.1 out-of-the-box. The company had already rolled out the Marshmallow update via Cyanogen OS 13 update. It is powered by Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor announced in 2014. The device features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x 1080 pixels) display with a pixel density of 401ppi.

The ZUK Z1 includes 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage without MicroSD card slot. It packs a 13MP primary camera with OIS and an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The Z1 is backed by a whopping 4,100mAh that easily last more than a day of usage. The Home button on the front also houses the fingerprint sensor. This dual SIM device supports 4G networks on both the SIMs. It exclusively available on Amazon India and sadly it is sold through flash sales.

Just a month after launching the Meizu M3 Note in China, this month the Meizu announced the device for the Indian market.While the company launched the device in two variants with 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM, only the 3GB variant with 32GB storage is available in India. The device comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) and is powered by Helio P10 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. There is also a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion upto 128GB.

The M3 Note runs on Android 5.1 with the Flyme OS overlaid. In the camera department, there is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF for fast focusing, and a 5MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 on the front. The physical home button on the front also come integrated with the fingerprint sensor which can be unlocked in just 0.2 seconds. Like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3, the Meizu M3 Note also comes with a massive 4,100mAh battery.

Leeco Letv Le 1s wrapLeEco relaunched the Le 1S as Le 1S Eco with same design and specifications but a slightly underclocked processor. The device is priced at Rs. 10,899 and comes with one year of “Supertainment” membership worth Rs. 4,900 for free. While in the first sale, around 1,00,000 units are sold for just Rs. 9,999. It comes with a 5.5-inch In-cell display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. The Le 1S Eco will be powered by Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 1.85GHz.

It includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage but lacks the MicroSD card slot for storage expanding. However, the Supertainment pack includes 5TB of cloud storage along with Live TV, Music Streaming, and Movies-on-Demand services. It has 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. On the back is the mirror surfaced fingerprint sensor for making the device a bit more secure. The device still runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based EUI laid on top.

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Lenovo launched the 2016 Moto G devices – Moto G4, Moto G4 Play, and Moto G4 Plus earlier this month. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are announced for Indian market while only the Moto G4 Play is currently available in the market. Both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus comes with the similar design, but the differences lie in the specifications part. Both the device comes with 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with Gorilla Glass protection. The device runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with no major customizations.

Under the hood, the devices are powered by Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor. Both the devices include 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage and Moto G4 Plus additionally comes with 3GB/4GB RAM with 32GB/64GB of internal storage. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which also supports Turbo Charge for fast charging. On Moto G4 Plus, there is a 16MP rear camera while the Moto G4 comes with 13MP sensor. On the front, both the devices feature 5MP sensor. The nano coating on the devices at least makes them splash proof.

 

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Best Mid-Range Smartphones above Rs 15000 (May – June)

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There are few interesting mid-range smartphones launched in May with competitive specifications and better build quality. Below you find the devices that are priced between Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25,000. Unlike the budget devices, these devices come with superior build quality and offers lag-free user experience. This month we also have a smartphone from Indian manufacturer which offers high-end specifications listed alongside the global brands. While there aren’t many options to choose from, below are the list of those few devices.

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The Galaxy J7 (2016) is the successor for the Galaxy J7 that launched in 2015. It comes with 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display while in China, it was launched with Full HD resolution. Under the hood is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage along with a MicroSD card slot. Coming to the cameras, it includes 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and laser autofocus. There is also a 5MP front camera that comes assisted by LED flash.

The device supports dual SIM and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TochWiz UI overlaid. It is kept powered on by a 3,300mAh battery that can give at least a day of usage. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. The device includes the S Bike mode that was introduced with Galaxy J3 2016. It will be available in Gold, Black, and White colors and is priced at Rs. 15,990. It measures 151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm and weighs 170 grams.

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After launching the three popular Note 3 series device under Rs. 10,000 price range, Coolpad now came up with a Rs.24,999 priced Coolpad Max. The device comes with an all metal build and feels slim in hand by measures just 7.6mm thickness. It will be available exclusively on Amazon India and comes in Royal Gold and Rose Gold colors. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with highly customized CoolUI 8.0 laid on top. The device offers dual SIM dual Standby with 4G LTE connectivity.

The device features a 5.5-inch Full HD display along with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It is backed by Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz along with 4GB of RAM. There is 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded additionally upto another 128GB. It comes with 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front camera. The Coolpad Max is powered by 2,800mAh battery along with Quick Charge 3.0 supported 9V/2A power adapter.

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Last year, Nextbit had launched the Nextbit Robin in the U.S after successful Kickstarter campaign for $400. Now in May 2016, the device was launched in the Indian market exclusively through Flipkart and is priced at Rs. 19,999. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the customized UI. Though it is completely built out of plastic, the device doesn’t feel cheap. The device can automatically store the least used apps in cloud thus clearing the onboard storage.

It comes with 5.2-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution. The device comes powered by the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,680mAh battery that also support Quick Charging. The device comes with dual speakers and dual amplifiers for better sound output. It has a single SIM slot that supports 4G LTE along with other basic connectivity features including NFC.

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After launching the Windows 10 powered Smartron tBook tablet last month, the company had officially launched its first ever smartphone Smartron tPhone. It comes with a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display. The device is powered by the last years Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The device offers dual SIM dual standby and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

Talking about the camera, the tPhone includes 13MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front.  It comes with USB Type-C port which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0. The 3,000mAh battery on this device might give at least a day of usage. It will be available in Orange, Grey, Blue and Pink colors. Coming to the pricing, it is priced at Rs. 22,999 which seems to be slightly overpriced. There even better alternatives like Xiaomi Mi 5 that comes with flagship specifications at slightly higher price.

 

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Phone Radar Weekly Giveaway – Win a Yu Yunicorn Smartphone

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Have you ever wanted to get a chance to own a handset that is just launched and that to at free of cost? Well, now you can. We at Phone Radar giving away the smartphone launched by YU Televentures. It’s not Yureka Plus, Yutopia, Yunique, or Yuphoria, it is the latest flagship from the Micromax independent subsidiary.

In a short period since its inception in December 2014, Brainchild of Rahul Sharma (Micromax Chairman), the YU Televentures has established its name in Indian market for offering variety of handsets at affordable pricing. Today, the brand announced its all-new flagship smartphone, the YU Yunicorn. The brand has been known for naming its handsets with quirky words to set them apart from the competition.

Let’s talk briefly about the specifications of the Yunicorn smartphone. The device sports a 5.4-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 406 PPI. It is powered by a Helio P10 processor, which is Octa-core MediaTek chipset. Accompanied by a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card slot. It runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS out of the box with some tweaks by the company, although, you’ll see a stock like UI. In terms of camera, the rear module boasts a 13MP sensor while the front module has a 5MP sensor.

In this Giveaway, we are going to announce 5 winners. The first two would win a Yu Yunicorn Smartphone, followed by three winners who win a Yubix Speaker each. To get started, you will have to go through the following steps.

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Features:
5.43-inch 1080p Display
MediaTek Helio P10
4GB RAM
32GB Internal Storage
Front Fingerprint Sensor
13MP Rear Camera
5MP Selfie Camera

Note: To get started you need to remember that the giveaway will start Every Monday & end on Sunday. We are the most active on Twitter @PhoneRadarBlog hence, you need to follow there to know more about the upcoming Announcements & winner names.

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Yu Yunicorn Smartphone First Impressions – 5 Things we like (and dislike)

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In the Startup world, A Unicorn is a Startup company that has a value of over a Billion Dollars. In the Smartphone Industry, for the first time, we are hearing a brand naming its Smartphone as Yunicorn that’s close to the unicorn name, that could make it big for the brand? We are referring to Yu Televentures, which is a subsidiary of Micromax, founded by Rahul Sharma, who owns 99% of the stake in this company. We have already seen the brand launching many devices including health related products under this new brand that has been promising a different lineup and a service when compared to Micromax.

Today the brand has launched the Yu Yunicorn Smartphone that’s the first phone that impresses us, not just regarding the package but also the build when compared to the devices we had seen in the earlier times.

Let us get into this based on a few points & do make a note that this is not a review of the phone but the first impressions based on a few days usage.

Good:

  1. Build Quality:

    While we would have loved to see Yunicorn sporting fresh new device, developed specifically for the Indian audience, it does feel like the new YU flagship device from company looks strikingly similar to the Meizu M3 Note, which is a mid-range handset launched by Chinese manufacturer sometime this month in India. In fact, the same handset is available for sale starting today, i.e. May 31st. Talking about the build quality, it is quite a sturdy handset and feels like it may be the best build Yu has offered in their small line of handsets. The handset looks fantastic with its white and gold color combination.

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  2. Stock Like UI:

    YU Televentures has been in partnership with Cyanogen Inc. when it launched its first handset in the December 2014. The brand has been planning to launch its own UI, which would be far more interesting than any UI based on the stock Android look. And it finally looks like the company is moving forward with its in-house software, as the Yunicorn sport a stock like an interface with tweaks that can be seen with different icons. Unlike, many companies such as Samsung, LG, and HTC, who have customized the Android to its core, which is why many don’t prefer TouchWiz, Flat UI, or even Sense UI.

  3. Yu Cloud: Pushing the limits in software experience, the YU brand has finally launched its Cloud service, which not only allows you to save the photos and videos but also makes it easier to backup the SMS, Call Logs and other system Settings that you might have added. While we have many reliable options to seamlessly backup the photos and videos such as Google Photos, Dropbox and One Drive, there aren’t any reliable options for backing up contacts and call logs.

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  4. Open Source Development:

    While the Android OS that we see on the Yunicorn is the Lollipop 5.1.1, but hope that to be upgraded pretty soon, as the brand has already announced its open source development program for older devices like Yunique, Yureka Plus, and Yuphoria. The Yu Open OS that is touted to be a groundbreaking project by the company head, Rahul Sharma, will surely bring this OS to the latest flagship. Though the dates haven’t been promised by the brand; we believe it might be earlier than one expect. This new OS by the company will truly be a developer based OS, but note that company will be curating the features to make them reliable and more streamlined with their offering.


Bad:

  1. Design:

    Taking inspiration from another brand is one thing, but using their design aesthetics is totally different. If you put the three devices; Meizu M3 Note, OPPO F1 Plus and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with Yunicorn, then you can clearly see some striking similarities. Talking about the front design, it highly resembles the M3 Note and even to F1 Plus handset from OPPO. Whereas the rear side reminisces of the Redmi Note 3 design, subtracting the fingerprint sensor, it is placed on the physical home button just like on the M3 Note.

    Yu Yunicorn - Bottom Edge Yu Yunicorn - Fingerprint Sensor Yu Yunicorn - Front Top
  2. Camera:

    The rear camera that you see on the back is of 13-megapixel resolution, which isn’t the best 13MP module out there, but it certainly takes good captures. Though, I’m more concerned with the part that it doesn’t support a 4K Video recording. It might be a deal breaker for most of the consumers out there, but omitting a high resolution recording feature is a big deal for a camera enthusiast like me. Moreover, there are many handsets with 13MP module like Le 1S Eco that offers 4K content recording capability. So, the brand would have to think about adding that feature in future updates.

    Yu Yunicorn - Camera App

First Impressions: This phone could be the one that could not just save the company but also bring it back into the market share reports with good sales depending on the pricing & also the sales partners. If the brand moves to offline distribution where we had already seen OPPO getting success with aggressive offline push it could also taste more success. Keeping it online exclusive does help the brand control the price and save money but sometimes learning from other strategies could also help.

With this device going in the right direction, we just hope that the brand focusses first on better products rather than just pushing on competitive products because it’s the product that ultimately matters & consumers who value that would continue buying the future lineup. We have had heard a lot of complaints in terms of the service issues from the brand & do hope that there a major change in this aspect because the trust could be built from this area.

Overall a Smartphone from Yu that does Impress us from a few days of usage but also hope that they would soon push a software update to fix few of the issues we have mentioned in the above story.

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Micromax Bolt Selfie Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options

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Micromax has launched another device to Bolt-series, dubbed as the Bolt Selfie. The company has listed the handset on the company’s official site and has confirmed that it will be exclusively available via Flipkart for a price of Rs. 4,999, the Micromax Bolt Selfie is now available to buy via the online retailer in White and Champagne colors. Earlier the company has released the device like Bolt Supreme and Bolt Supreme 2, which were entry level devices and also unveiled its new Canvas Evok that comes under Evok series.

Below are the tips and tricks of the device what will be helpful in buying the device.

How can we insert the SIM card on your device?

To insert an SIM in Micromax Bolt Selfie, we need to remove the back cover initially, and we can find the SIM slot just above the battery. You can also see a microSD card slot beside the SIM slot.

What is the type of SIM is supported on this device?

The Micromax Bolt Selfie supports two micro SIM’s and supports dual standby, and you can see these slots after removing the back cover of the device. Dual SIM feature is a must for every smartphone as it helps the user to use two different numbers in one device itself, without having to carry two separate phones.

What are the sensors available on Micromax Bolt Selfie?

The device comes with standard sensors like Accelerometer, proximity, barometer and gyro. These are the basic sensors that we can see on any smartphone these days. These sensors are useful daily for determining the location of the person and also for various purposes that will make easy for its users.

What is the internal storage available on the device?

Micromax Bolt Selfie comes with an onboard memory of 8 GB that can be further extended up to a maximum of 32 GB via microSD card slot. Although there is 8 GB of internal memory, only around 5.5 GB is available for the user and the rest is occupied by the system and other pre-installed apps.

Can the memory be extended on this device?

Yes, the company has provided and microSD card slot under the back cover of the device wherein the user can extend the memory up to a maximum of 32 GB.

Are there any LED notifications lights on the device?

Yes, there is a notification light on the device on the front side beside the speaker, which blinks when there is an unread notification. This is very much useful as the notification indicates if there is any message and makes sure you do not miss them. This is called as Pulse notifications light that can be turned on from the options Sounds and Notifications available from settings of the phone.

Can the device capture 4K videos?

No, this device only supports 1080p video recording, as it is an entry level device. 4K video recording can mostly be expected from high-end devices or camera centric devices only.

How to take a screenshot on Micromax Bolt Selfie?

To take a screenshot on Micromax Bolt Selfie, hold the volume down button and power / lock button simultaneously for a couple of seconds. This saved screenshot can be viewed from the gallery of the device or can be viewed immediately by swiping from the top for the first time.

How can we check the Android updates?

To check if there is any Android update available on Micromax Bolt Selfie, we need to go to the settings of the device and tap the option About phone. Here we can see if any updates are available by clicking on Software Updates.

What is the SAR value of Micromax Bolt Selfie?

The SAR value of the device is not yet known. Lower the SAR value the better is the device to be used. It states how much radiation is the device emitting and the lesser, the better.

Will the device support 4G LTE?

Yes, the device does support LTE bands as well as 3G. This will be a good inclusion for the device as almost all the new devices in the market come with 4G LTE support for faster data transfer.

How to reset Micromax Bolt Selfie?

To reset the device, you should make sure that you backed up all the required data and contacts to Google. Keeping the battery more than 50% charged, go to the settings of the device and here you can find the option called as Backup and Reset. By tapping on the same, you can factory reset the device and will ask to enter a backup account where all the data will be saved.

What is the battery capacity of the device?

This handset comes with a Li-Po 1750 mAh battery on the back. This is a removable battery as the back cover can be removed, and it gives 18 hours of talk time and up to 260 hours of standby time

What are the pre-installed apps on the device?

Micromax Bolt Selfie comes pre-installed with apps like App Center, Amazon, Clean Master, Hike, Gaana, Snapdeal, Chaatz, Scandid, which scans the barcodes. There are others apps like Clean Master, Hotstar, Housing, NewsHunt, Quikr, Snapdeal, SwiftKey, and Saavn. These are the apps that will be useful on a daily basis.

Is the back cover of the device removable?

Yes, the back cover of the device is removable, and it is a plastic cover as we see on most of the entry level devices. You can see the SIM slots as well as the microSD card slot after removing back cover of the device.

What is the MP count for the cameras provided?

The device comes with 5 MP cameras on the rear as well on the front. This ensures that the user can take high quality selfies as well as for better video calling. The name of the device itself indicates that the device is specially made for selfies.

How much is the screen size of the device?

Micromax Bolt Selfie comes with a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display with 480 x 854 pixels that gives a pixel density of 196 ppi.

Does the device have NFC feature?

No, the device does not have the NFC connectivity feature. Near Field Communication is the feature that is available in only a few devices that will help in transferring data faster when the devices are nearby. This is similar to the Bluetooth feature, but faster than it. Make sure that both the devices should have the NFC feature and it should be turned on.

How to change the wallpaper on the device?

To change the wallpaper on Bolt Selfie, select the option display from the phone settings, wherein you can find the options like, Gallery, Live Wallpapers, Photos, and Wallpapers. You can choose from the image you want to set as you wallpaper from the given options.

How to change the font size on Bolt Selfie?

To change the font size, go to settings of the device and select the option display. Now you can find the options Font Size that can be changed to Small, Normal, Large and Huge according to the user. Some people will be having a problem in sighting smaller letter so they can make the font size bigger.

Will the device get Android Marshmallow 6.0 update?

The company has not given any word from the company about the Marshmallow update on Bolt Selfie but looking at the specifications of the device it will take time for the update to reach the device as there are many other devices of higher specifications to receive it.

How to share your Data via Tethering on the device?

Initially, you should make sure that the internet package is activated. Now go to the settings of the device and tap on the more option wherein, select Tethering and Portable hotspot and turn it on. Your device is ready to share data via Bluetooth tethering, WLAN and USB options accordingly. A maximum of 8 devices can be connected, and the user can limit the access to selected devices also.

How to enable the developer options on your device?

Developer option is useful in debugging of your device. To enable this on your device, open the Settings and tap on About Phone in the System section. In the new window, tap on Build Number continuously for about 7-8 times to enable that on your device. Once it is enabled you are a developer is displayed on the screen.

How to use the Power saving modes on the Bolt Selfie?

Power saving mode is used to improve the battery life of your device during low battery condition. To use this on your device, open the Settings and tap on the battery in the device section. In the new window, tap on the Power saver option and toggle the off button to enable that on your device.

How to use the Screen pinning feature on the Bolt Selfie?

Since the device comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Screen pinning feature is available on this handset. To use this on your device, open the Settings and tap on lock screen and security. In the new window, head over to the bottom of the screen and tap on Screen pinning and toggle the off button to enable that on your device. To pin the screen on your device, open the overview window and tap on the pin icon for the app that you want to pin. Now to unpin the pinned screen you need to press the back button and overview button for about 2-3 seconds.

These are the tips and tricks of Micromax Bolt Selfie that will be guiding you after buying the device. if you have any more doubts about the device, drop a comment in out PhoneRadar forum page.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

YU Yunicorn with Helio P10 SoC, 4GB RAM & 4000mAh Battery Launched

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After postponing the launch of YU Yunicorn, YU Televentures officially unveiled its latest smartphone today in New Delhi, India. The device comes with a metal body with a 2.5D glass on the front. It will be exclusively sold through Flipkart at a price of Rs. 19,999. The Yunicorn still runs on in-house Yu OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and we can expect it to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the near future.

It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and is powered by MediaTekH Helio P10 octa-core processor clocked at 1.95GHz. The device includes 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded upto 128GB via MicroSD card slot. In the camera department, it has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.

The device is kept powered on by a 4,000mAh battery and can easily last more than a day of mixed usage. It is also first YU smartphone to feature a physical home button on the front. The fingerprint sensor can be spotted on the rear of the device. It is a dual SIM device that supports 4G LTE and offers basic connectivity features.

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LeEco Le Max Gets EUI 5.5014S OTA Update Featuring LeEco Membership and Le Live

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LeEco, formerly known as Letv has finally started to roll out a much awaited update to its Le Max handset. The highlight of the massive OTA (Over the Air) update is that users of Le Max can now opt for LeEco Membership, which was first introduced with the Made for India handset, the Le 1S Eco. The Chinese giant launched its India-focused handset earlier this month with LeEco Membership that includes movie title, a ton of cloud storage and access to live channels. All these would be integrated into the EUI apps like Le Vidi, Live, Music, etc.

We have the Le Max with us; it was last night only that we got an update and decided to post after using it for some time. The new OTA will put your Le Max to EUI 5.5014S, which is a jump from 5.5012S that was released in April. The file size is very large at 1206.41MB, so that’s why we recommend users to download this OTA update over the stable Wi-Fi stable connection. Also, make sure that the battery percentage of your device is more than 50%, thus making sure the update procedure is completed without any interruption.

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Talking about the changelog, the update brings functionalities like LeEco Live and LeEco Membership. Apart from that, you’ll see a lot of software optimization and fixes for apps like Camera, Maps, Browser and Music Player. There are some improvements at the system level as well, which includes power optimization and fixing typos for certain modules. After this update, the camera app should not close automatically as many users reported. The camera temperature warning has been changed from 50 degrees to 45 degrees.

If you haven’t received this update on your Le Max smartphone yet, well, all you got to do is head over to Settings app. There scroll down to tap on the System update option; then you’ll see system checking for an update. Once the window appears showcasing the OTA, all you have to do is download, and it will automatically install the file. Do make a note that this procedure takes time, so make sure you don’t have any important call to attend.

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Best Premium Smartphones above Rs 25000 (May – June)

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We have already seen the current flagships of the global brand launching in the last couple of months; now the companies are making them available in the India. There also few Asian brands which have unveiled their flagship devices in the month of May. If you are looking for some high-end devices with premium build quality and top class specifications, then below are the few smartphones that are available in selected markets. Also have looks at your upcoming smartphones list for the month of June.

 

HTC 10 

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HTC officially launched its latest flagship HTC 10 in two variants with two different processors. Apart from the Snapdragon 820 powered HTC 10, the company also launched the HTC 10 Lifestyle with Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. Even LG also launched the LG G5 SE with Snapdragon 652 SoC for price sensitive markets. HTC has announced both the variants for the Indian market along with six other smartphones. It features 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 display with Quad HD resolution and dual curved Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

It has 4GB of RAM, and the storage is only limited to just 32GB. There is no information about the availability of the 64GB variant here in India, but the company offers MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. It sports a 12MP rear camera with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization (OIS). The 3,000mAh battery on HTC 10 can give 21 hours of talk time and also supports Quick Charge 3.0 that charge 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the latest Sense UI 8.0 overlaid.

Sony Xperia X Dual

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Sony had introduced the Xperia X and Xperia XA smartphones in India in May. Since the company skipped the Xperia X Performance, the Xperia X will be the current flagship device from the Sony in India. The device is built out of metal and sports 2.5D 5-inch display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. On the front, we can also find the dual front facing speakers. It is powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor coupled with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

The device includes 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded upto 200GB via MicroSD card slot. It comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button on the right edge. Coming to the camera department, it sports a 23MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and hybrid autofocus, and a 13MP front camera with the same f/2.0 aperture. The Xperia X is backed by a 2,620mAh battery that is said to last more than a day of usage. It will be sold online through Amazon at a price of Rs. 46,990.

Honor V8

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Just after launching the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus with dual camera setup on the back, Huawei launched yet another dual rear camera smartphone under its subbrand Honor. The Honor V8 is also the first Honor smartphone to come with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution display. In early 2015, the company had launched the Honor 6 Plus; it’s first ever smartphone with dual rear cameras. Talking about the Honor V8, it comes with an all metal body and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based EMUI 4.1 out of the box.

It sports a 5.7-inch display, and one variant comes with Full HD resolution. The device is powered by the Kirin 950 octa-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz; it is the third smartphone next to Huawei Mate 8 and P9 series. The Honor V8 packs 4GB of RAM and comes with 32GB and 64GB storage variants. On the back is the dual 12MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and laser autofocus. While on the front is an 8MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.4. It is backed by a 3,500mAh non-removable battery and features a fingerprint sensor on the back.

 

HTC One X9

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The HTC One X9 was first launched in December last year and after five months, the company has made the device official in India. It comes with a uni-build metal body and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The One X9 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, the device is powered by Helio X10 octa-core processor and includes 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage and can be expanded upto 2TB with the provided MicroSD card slot.

It features a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization. There is also a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture that can record videos at 1080p resolution. The device supports dual SIM dual standby with 4G LTE connectivity option. The dual front facing speakers come with HTC BoomSound and Dolby Audio to improving the audio experience. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery that is rated to deliver 15 hours of talk time. The One X9 measures 153.2 x 75.9 x 7.99 mm and weighs 174 grams.

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

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The Zenfone 3 Deluxe from ASUS is the first smartphone to launch with an all metal body and invisible antenna design. It also packs the all the latest hardware and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Zen UI 3.0 out of the box. The device features a 5.7-inch Full HD display along with Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz and coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB of RAM. There is also a fingerprint sensor placed on the rear of the device.

It will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage variants and there is also MicroSD card slot for further expanding upto 128GB. The device comes with a 23MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP front camera with the same f/2.0 aperture. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging that gives 60% of charging in just 39 minutes. It measures 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm and weighs 170 grams. The basic variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will cost $499 and is expected to be available soon in the market.

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