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Gionee ELIFE S5.5 launches in India for INR 22,999: Photos, Hands-on, and First Impressions

Gionee ELIFE S5.5

At a grand event in Goa that the company dubbed as ‘Slim Fest’, Gionee announced the Gionee ELIFE S5.5 in India. Named after its biggest feature – a 5.55mm slim body, the phone will be available in the market starting April 27.


The ELIFE S series is a new product category that Gionee intends to position not just as a flagship smartphone series but also as a fashionable accessory.Gionee ELIFE S5.5

“Smartphones are treated both as electronics and pie of art by consumers worldwide and that’s why we adapted a new approach with a focus in design. Smartphone is something that we carry on a daily basis, they are like a part of the human body, and there is zero distance between a user and their smartphones. This is similar to a piece of fashion clothing; it represents its user’s taste, personality, and even identity.”

– William Lu Weibing, President, Gionee

Gionee ELIFE S5.5
Thankfully, with all that emphasis on design – and the unique proposition of being the world’s slimmest phone – Gionee ELIFE S5.5 does not compromise on performance. The specifications sheet is top-of-the-line with a true octa-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM powering the internals. The 5-inch full HD display is vivid and gives a nice first impression, although like most AMOLED displays, the colors are a little washed out.Gionee ELIFE S5.5

Gionee claims that the problem of high power consumption by slim phones is taken care of by the highest capacity density ratio of S5.5’s battery. The phone features a modest 2300mAh battery, but the power optimizations that Gionee packs in might just get it through the day.


The 13 MP rear camera does not match the brilliance of Gionee ELIFE E7, which the company touted as the best amongst all Android smartphones, but works good for most conditions. The 5 MP front camera features a 95 degrees ultra-wide angle that allows you to click better self-group shots and full-body selfies. I’ve grown tired of the term and the trend, but yeah, it’s a feature.

Gionee ELIFE S5.5

While the phone is very slim, the camera lens protrudes on one corner. It’s smooth, and doesn’t look bad at all, but makes the claim of a ‘slim phone that packs everything’ a little incorrect.


The Gionee ELIFE S5.5 features the Android-based AMIGO OS 2.0 that has been customized specifically for the S5.5. It is Android 4.2.2 under the hood, and that would annoy a lot of Android enthusiasts, but the company would rather have you focus on AMIGO.

Gionee ELIFE S5.5
The AMIGO OS is not bad, and is well-intentioned. Android fans might get disappointed because it does not include certain popular Android features like widgets. However, if you give a little time or if it is your first Android phone, it would grow on you and provide a functional user experience.

The camera software, like the ELIFE E7, consists of two shooting modes – the professional and normal camera settings – and can really help you get the best out of the camera optics.


  • Display: 5.0” Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Processor: Octa- Core 1.7GHz CPU
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Camera: 13.0MP AF +5.0MP AF Camera 95 Degree Ultra-Wide Angle
  • Software: AMIGO OS 2.0 (based on Android OS, V4.2)
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Dimensions: 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55mm
  • Battery: 2300mAh (non-removable)
  • Single SIM
  • OTG Support


The Gionee ELIFE S5.5 is available in five colors – Black, White, Blue, Pink, and Purple. These are not vivid colors like Nokia, mind you, but look subtle and stylish.

Gionee ELIFE S5.5

The phone is priced at ₹22,999 and will be available in the market later this month. It’s a great price for a flagship Android phone, and it will compete with not just the middle-range Samsung and Sony phones but also with the top-end phones from Indian players like Micromax.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Announced; Features 41 MP PureView Camera

lumia 1020Nokia has announced the much awaited, and speculated, next generation flagship Windows Phone 8 device – Nokia Lumia 1020. The phone brings the 41 MP PureView camera from the Nokia 808 to their Lumia series, although reengineered from ground up.

The PureView 41 MP sensor comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and features 6 lens optics (the most seen in a smartphone as yet). It features Xenon Flash for still images and LED for video. The phone offers high resolution with 3X zoom. Apart from the optics, the phone also bundles exclusive software – Nokia Pro Camera mode and Nokia Smart Camera Mode.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and 2GB RAM. It features a 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280 x 768) display uses Gorilla Glass 3. The battery on the phone is an average 2000 mAH. The phone includes 32GB internal memory.

[VIDEO] Hands On: Nokia Lumia 1020 – Hardware

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in three colors – Yellow, White, and Black. Apart from tbe regulars like Nokia Wireless Charging Cover and JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging speakers for Nokia, the accessories announced include a Nokia Camera Grip PD-95G that provides extra battery and also acts as tripod for camera!

[VIDEO] Hands On: Nokia Camera Grip

Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in AT&T stores starting July 26.  The phone can be pre-ordered online from July 16. The phone will be available for $299,.99 with a 2 year contract. While Nokia did not announce global availability dates, they mentioned that the phone would be available in China and select European markets in this quarter.

LG Optimus G Pro Launched in India at INR 42,500

LG Optimus G ProLG has finally launched LG Optimus G Pro in India. With a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 5.5 inch full HD display, this Android Jellybean (v4.1.2) device it is a worthy successor to LG Optimus G launched a few months back.

The Optimus G Pro is the first smartphone to be equipped with 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. Also, the Optimus G Pro is incidentally LG’s first Full HD smartphone and adopts a Full HD IPS Display which doubles the resolution compared to True HD IPS. The smartphone features 5.5 inch display with a 1920 X 1080 resolution and has a total of 2,073,600 pixels. LG claims that the pixel density of 400ppi is the highest amongst the smartphones in the market making text and images to look much more vivid, crisp, and brighter.

The smart LED lighting around the home button displays various colors to alert users. The lighting alerts the users for missed calls and messages among other notifications with various colors. The 5.5 inch display fits nicely in the hands due to the narrowed width and minimized bezel to 3.65mm.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Optimus G Pro includes its share of gimmicks, some useful and some just fancy additions. There’s a Dual Recording feature that captures video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously for a unique picture-in-picture experience. The Virtual Reality Panorama feature allows 360 degree viewing, from taking pictures of both horizontal and vertical environment.

“With Optimus G Pro we have pushed the boundaries of computing and technological innovation to develop a smartphone that caters to both business and lifestyle needs of today’s customers. With this launch we are gearing towards our aim of capturing 10% market share of the smartphone category by end of 2014.”
– Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG India

According to LG, the smartphone market in India is growing rapidly and there is a huge demand for big screen size mobile phones. The market size for 5 inch and above screens is expected to be 1.5 million units by end of 2013. To keep up the pace, LG Mobiles has earmarked INR 80 crores for strengthening the infrastructure for retail development and marketing activities.

At INR 42,500, LG Optimus G Pro ticks all feature lists and comes packed with top of the line specifications. It’s a great phone, but faces tough competition from Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the mascots of the Android ecosystem at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Launched in India for INR 41,500

Samsung has launched the next avatar of their flagship device – Samsung Galaxy S4 – in India. The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean device would compete with the stunning HTC One (touted as the best Android phone in the market at the moment by many), the iPhone 5, and the Nokia Lumia 920.


While the device might not win any beauty contest, it would check almost all items in your laundry list of features you’d want in your smartphone. A blazing quad-core processor (1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7), colorful 4.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 441ppi screen, sharp-shooting 13-megapixel camera, and bounty of software extras makes it pack powerful punch. The phone features 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a 2600 mAh battery. Like the predecessor, it comes in two colors – Frost White and Black Mist. Unlike the three phones I mentioned at the start, S4 also features expandable storage space and a removable battery!

“At Samsung, we are committed to innovation and to our consumers .We are always listening to our consumers and innovating to give them products that meet their needs. This has led to the successful introduction of iconic devices like the Galaxy SII, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and today, we are proud to announce the launch of our flagship device and the much awaited , Samsung Galaxy S4 .” – B D Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics

The phone includes a lot of gimmicks: some useful, some alright-if-it’s-there, and some that don’t really matter. An IR blaster that can control your TV, filming a video in slow-mo, harnessing your eyeballs to pause video, answering a phone call with the wave of your hand, eraser mode in camera, optical reader functionality, a translation tool, and many more!

The bottom-line? At INR 41,500, Samsung Galaxy S4 is a great all-around flagship device with a competent hardware and an ambitious software layer. A few drawbacks apart, it’s a great Android phone to buy. Give HTC One a look too when it arrives in stores though.

Samsung GALAXY S4 Product Specifications:

Network 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Display 12.7cm Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
Processor1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor + 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor.
OSAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
CameraMain(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BISSub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
VideoCodec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVCRecording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
AudioCodec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
CameraFeaturesDual Camera: Dual Shot , Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
Additional FeaturesGroup Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
 Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,
 Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling)Samsung WatchON
 Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt SoundAuto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
Google Mobile ServicesGoogle Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google LatitudeGoogle Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)GPS / GLONASSNFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

SensorAccelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, BarometerTemperature & Humidity, Gesture
Memory16GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)2GB RAM
Dimension136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Battery2,600 mAh


Fujifilm Launches SL1000 with 50X Zoom in India

Last week, Fujifilm launched SL1000 in India. Targeted at prosumers looking to upgrade from their basic point-and-shoot cameras but wary of using and maintaining DSLRs and the hassle of lenses, this is a fine camera at the price-point.

Fujifilm SL1000

With a 50x zoom lens, it offers a stunning shooting range of 1cm super macro to a huge 1200mm extreme telephoto. Additionally, with Intelligent Digital Zoom, the focal length is effectively doubled to 2400mm or an incredible 100x with decent results. The camera also features powerful Optical Image Stabilization that minimizes the effect of blurring at longer zoom lengths.

“We are extremely proud to bring the best of the long zoom camera segment- SL1000 which is enriched with versatile functionalities and will be desired by those photographers who do not want the lens-changing capability of a DSLR, but are still keen on having total control over their images. It’s powerful zooming capacity is certain to attract people with an eye for detail.”

– Rohit Pandit, EVP – Sales & Marketing, FUJIFILM India

The camera allows shooting a movie in full HD, with 60p/fps and stereo sound and also boasts of 3D shooting features. SL1000 is a 16 million pixels 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor which makes it able to cope shooting at sensitivities as high as ISO 12800, and ensures high quality images even in low light conditions. The advance filter function enables to choose up to 8 artistic effects such as Pop color, Toy Camera, Miniature 5, Partial Color, High Key, Cross screen, Soft focus, raw shooting mode and motion panorama mode.


  • 50x optical FUJINON zoom lens (24mm-1200mm)
  • Record 1080i Full HD movie 60fps with stereo sound
  • 3.0 inch tilting LCD
  • Sensitivity ISO 12800
  • f/2.9 – f/6.5 Aperture
  • 16.2 Megapixels

At an MRP of INR 29,999, Fujifilm SL1000 is a great camera for prosumers. However, with the prices of entry-level DSLRs falling to around INR 30K, serious photography enthusiasts might want to look at the latter for that extra bit.

LG launches Optimus G in India

LG Electronics has finally launched LG Optimus G smartphone in India. Running on Android v4.1.2 Jelly bean, LG has extended the OS with its own Optimus 3.0 UI for an optimum mobile experience.LG Optimus G

The phone, that LG claims to be designed to a flagship standard, boasts of a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus Display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor. Optimus G has an aspect ratio of 15:9 with a 320ppi high pixel density and is equipped with Zerogap Touch display technology that brings visuals closer to the surface of the screen and gives a more immersive experience. The phone has a unique glass-made back graced with a crystal pattern. This patented Crystal Reflection is glossy and displays different patterns and colors depending on the angle and lighting.

“We provide our users with enhanced experience by advanced and thoughtful engineering behind every feature. The smartphone encourages users to explore a world of boundless creativity and power and also, helps them balance between business and entertainment.”

–       Soon Kwon, President South West Asia Region & MD, LG India

Optimus G’s 13MP rear-end camera and 1.3MP front facing camera come with a number of apps like SmartShutter senses movement and automatically adjusts shutter speed to capture crisp, blur-free images and CheeseShutter that has voice recognition capabilities and automatically clicks a picture when one says ‘Cheese’.

Optimus G also has a lot of unique applications to add to the Android feature set. Its QSlide feature allows consumers to simultaneously run two apps and multitask their way through work and play. Its QuickTranslator easily translates any international language into English and vice-versa, while its QuickMemo app allows users to jot down important notes on any phone screenshot, even while on active call. When videos are played in the player, the Zoom In function enables consumers to zoom in/ out of a live video. Plus it offers a unique concept of Dual Screen-Dual Play, where by users can run any of phone content to a connected TV and simultaneously work on phone on another application.

LG’s Optimus G is priced at INR 34,500 but is available for INR 31,000 at most online and physical stores already.



How to Check Compatibility of Apps and Devices with Windows 8

The biggest decision before you make your upgrade decision or the hardest chore after an upgrade is checking compatibility of apps that you use daily or have bought licenses of and the peripheral devices that you’ve purchased already. Windows Compatibility Center is the perfect resource for information on the same. The Windows Compatibility Center lists thousands of the most popular apps and devices to help you easily identify what will or won’t work with various versions of Windows.

While the site has been there before, it has been revamped for Windows 8 now. You can check compatibility of apps across different categories and diverse range of devices with Windows 7, Windows RT, and Windows 8.

The compatibility is determined in two ways. One, when the product has passed Windows certification requirements and received a logo, which indicates it has met Microsoft testing requirements for compatibility with either Windows 8, Windows RT and/or Windows 7. Second, when the app publisher or device manufacturer states that the product works with Windows 8, Windows RT and/or Windows 7.

The Compatible icon means the product is expected to work with the specified version of Windows. Usually, you won’t need to do anything to ensure compatibility, however, if a manufacturer or publisher offers a newer version or extra software is required, you’ll find an additional link to the publisher’s website. Certain devices (like my HP PhotoSmart Plus B210 All-in-One Printer) are indicated to have limited functionality on Windows RT, and you’d be pointed to specific details regarding the same.

The Action recommended icon indicates that you may need a solution to ensure that a product will work properly with Windows. Below ‘Action recommended’ you’ll find a link to the publisher’s website. The Not compatible icon, of course, means that the product is not compatible, or is not expected to work with Windows and the No info icon means that the compatibility information is yet to be confirmed.

On a product page, you can vote the product as compatible or not compatible. The product listing includes the community rating of the compatibility which would indicate the real-world scenario. The page also pulls discussions on the products from Microsoft Community (formerly Microsoft Answers). You can also click anywhere on the product listing to bring up a product details page to get downloads for drivers and software updates.