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Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

Lava And Celkon Launches Their First Windows Powered Smartphones In India

Lava and Celkon recently launched their first Windows powered smartphone in India. The Lava Iris Win1 packs a 4 inch WVGA display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and a 5 megapixel camera while the Celkon Win 400 comes with a 4 inch WVGA display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512 MB RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. Both the devices runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Operating System. LAVA Iirs Win1 Lava Iris Win1 comes with a Flip Cover and screen guard inside the box along with other standard accessories like charger, Earphone, USB Cable and user manual. This handset will be exclusively available at Flipkart for just INR 4,999 from December 4. On the other hand, Celkon Win 400 is the cheapest Windows powered smartphone which comes with a price-tag of just INR 4,979. These handsets will compete with Micromax’s previously launched Canvas Win W092 smartphone in the Indian market.

“At LAVA we always endeavor to provide our consumers with best possible choices in terms of design, features, apps, services and now platforms as well. We are pleased to add Iris Win1 – Windows powered device in our smartphone portfolio for consumers who are looking for Windows platform.” – Mr. Navin Chawla, Vice President and Head-Product, LAVA International Limited

“We are happy to announce our association with Microsoft and Qualcomm, a new milestone for Celkon. We have many more exciting offerings lined up in the coming year as well which will stand true to our proposition of being innovative and yet, affordable.” – Y Guru, Chairman and MD Celkon Mobiles

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Lava Iris Win1 Specifications:

  • 4 inch WVGA display
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor
  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1950 mAh battery

Celkon Win 400 Specifications:

  • 4 inch WVGA display
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1500 mAh battery

Microsoft Lumia 535 Launched In India For INR 9,199

Microsoft finally launched the new Lumia 535 in India. This handset is the successor of the popular Lumia 530 smartphone and it is the first Lumia device to sport the Microsoft branding. Microsoft Lumia 535 is known for its ‘5x5x5′ proposition, which basically means that the device features a 5 inch qHD screen, 5 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel wide angle front-facing selfie camera.

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It runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Lumia Denim update. Lumia 535 comes with a price-tag of just INR 9,199 and it will go on sale from November 28 in India. This handset will be available in Cyan, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Dark Grey, White and Black colors.

Microsoft offers 15 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage with this device. Apart from that, Lumia 535 owners will get free recharge worth INR 150 for 4 months on Paytm, BoxTV subscription for 2 months and Flipkart eBooks worth INR 1500. Vodafone subscribers will get 500 MB free 2G or 3G data for two months. Check out the complete specs and hands-on pics after the break.

Microsoft Lumia 535 Specifications:

  • 5 inch qHD Display
  • 960 x 540 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Operating System with Lumia Denim
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Bing vision, Lumia Camera and Lumia Selfie apps
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal user memory
  • 128 GB expandable memory
  • Up to 11 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 23 days of stand-by time
  • 1905 mAh removable battery

Microsoft Lumia 535 Hands-On Photos:

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Alactel OneTouch Launches The Flash Selfie Phone For INR 9,999

Alactel OneTouch recently launched the new Android powered Flash smartphone in India. This handset packs a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and it is touted to be the world’s best selfie smartphone. It also comes with a 5.5 inch HD IPS display, 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 13 megapixel rear camera and much more. Apart from that, it features the Hotknot technology which allows rapid transfer of all your multimedia information.

The Alcatel OneTouch Flash runs on the Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System. There is no word whether the phone will be upgraded to the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS. It comes with a price-tag of just INR 9,999. This handset will go on sale from November 21, exclusively at Flipkart.

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“Flash is our Latest innovative Phone on E Commerce Platform along with our strategic Partner Flipkart. Flash is built truly for selfie fans with 2 key points – a good resolution front facing camera that also has the Beauty Selfie to enhance the user’s photo without the need of any extra application”.

– Mr. Praveen Valecha, Regional Director, APAC, Alcatel One Touch

Alcatel OneTouch Specifications:

  • 5.5 inch HD IPS display
  • 1.4 GHz Octa-core processor
  • 13 megapixel Full HD rear camera
  • 5 megapixel 1080p front-facing camera
  • Smart Wake
  • Gesture control features
  • Hotknot technology
  • 8 GB ROM
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 3200 mAh

Amkette Metal 2 Bluetooth Speaker Launched In India For INR 2,995

Amkette recently launched the Metal 2 bluetooth speaker in the Indian market. The Amkette Metal 2 is the successor of the company’s previously launched Amkette Metal bluetooth speaker. The stylish Metal 2 allows you to listen to your favorite music on the go for up to 8 hours. You can even connect it with your Bluetooth enabled phone and use it as a hands-free to take conference calls. It has a range of upto 10 meters.

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The Amkette Metal 2 has Play, Pause and Call buttons which helps you to control the music and calls with just one click. If you don’t want to connect your smartphone, then you can directly play your favorite music with the help of Micro SD card slot. The device has capacities to amplify lower frequencies thanks to the Zinc Alloy Metal Cylinder. The speaker has an optimized sound chamber which helps the device offer high quality 3W sound output.

Amkette Metal 2 comes with a price-tag of just INR 2,995. You can get this device across leading online shopping sites, large format retail stores and IT stores in India.

Panasonic Launches The Eluga S Selfie Smartphone In India For INR 11,190

Panasonic recently launched the Eluga S smartphone under its popular Eluga series in India. The Panasonic Eluga S is a mid-range smartphone which packs a 5 inch HD IPS display along with a 1.4 GHz True Octa-Core processor. The 5 megapixel front-facing selfie camera allows you to click amazing selfies and groupfies, while the 8 megapixel rear camera lets you record videos in Full HD (1080p).

This handset runs on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) Operating System. The Fit Home user interface comes with some unique features like POP- i Player, Music Café and Kwik Lock, where the user can double tap the home screen to lock. Eluga S will be available in Black and White colors for INR 11,190. This handset will compete with the Moto G2, Desire 516, LG L Fino and Micromax Canvas Nitro in India.

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“We are sure that Panasonic’s ELUGA smartphone range has certainly raised the bar of standard to a great level and has the potential to succeed in the Indian market. This is the third phone is the ELUGA series which defines our willingness to embrace new technology in a market like India. As we launch new devices, we will continue to innovate for our customers.”

– Mr. Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India

Panasonic Eluga S Specifications:

  • 5 inch HD IPS display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 1.4 GHz True Octa-Core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • Full HD video recording
  • 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • A-GPS
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2100mAh battery

HTC One (M8 Eye) And Desire Eye Launched In India

Along with the Desire 820 and Desire 820q, HTC has also launched the One (M8 Eye) and Desire Eye at an event in Mumbai. HTC One (M8 Eye) comes with a 13 megapixel duo camera, instead of the ultrapixel dual camera found in the company’s flagship smartphone. Apart from that, the specs of both the smartphones are identical.

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HTC One (M8 Eye)

On the other hand, the HTC Desire Eye packs a 13 megapixel rear camera as well as a 13 megapixel front-facing camera. Apart from that, it features a 5.2 inch Full HD display, 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 4G LTE connectivity and more. This handset will go on sale from late November exclusively at Amazon in India. The price of this device will be announced closer to the launch. HTC Desire Eye will be available in Matt White and Submarine Blue colors.

The HTC One (M8 Eye) will go on sale from tomorrow in India. It comes with a price tag of INR 38,990. This handset will be available in Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver colors. Both the devices will be upgraded to the recently launched Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Operating System in the coming months.

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HTC Desire Eye

HTC One (M8 Eye) Specifications:

  • 5 inch Full HD display
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • Upgradable to Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • HTC Sense 6 UI
  • 13 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash
  • 58 megapixel front-facing camera
  • A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB expandable memory
  • 2600 mAh battery

HTC Desire Eye Specifications:

  • 5.2 inch Full HD display
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • Upgradable to Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • HTC Sense 6 UI
  • 13 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash
  • 13 megapixel front-facing camera with dual LED flash
  • A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 2 GB RAM
  • HTC EYE Experience
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB expandable memory
  • 2400 mAh battery

HTC Launches The Desire 820 And Desire 820q In India

Last month, the Taiwanese smartphone giant announced the successor of the Desire 816 in India. Today, HTC finally launched the Desire 820 and Desire 820q at an event in Mumbai. The Desire 820 packs a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 2 GB of RAM, while the Desire 820q comes with a 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1 GB of RAM. Apart from that, the specs of both the devices are identical.

The main highlight of these smartphones are its 8 megapixel front-facing camera specially designed for selfie lovers. The Photo Booth and Live Makeup feature on this smartphone lets you preview the image you just took and set the desired level of skin smoothing before taking the photo. HTC Desire 820 comes with a price tag of INR 24,990, while the Desire 820q comes with a price tag of INR 22,900. These smartphone will go on sale from November 5 in India.

HTC Desire 820 / Desire 820q Specifications:

  • 5.5 inch HD display
  • 720 x 1280 pixels resolution
  • Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) Operating System
  • Upgradable to Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor (Desire 820)
  • 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor (Desire 820q)
  • HTC Sense 6 UI
  • 13 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front-facing camera
  • A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 2 GB RAM (Desire 820)
  • 1 GB RAM (Desire 820q)
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB expandable memory
  • 2600 mAh battery

Lenovo Launches The Yoga Tablet 2 Series In India Starting At INR 20,990

Lenovo recently launched four new Yoga Tablet 2 devices in India. The Yoga Tablet 2 (8 inch), Yoga Tablet 2 (10 inch) and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (13.3 inch) runs on the Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System. These devices comes with the new Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, long battery life and so on. Apart from that, Lenovo has also launched another variant of the Yoga Tablet 2 (10 inch) which runs on the Windows 8.1 OS and comes with 1 year subscription of Office 365.

Yoga Tablet 2 series features a new Hang mode along with the existing stand, hold and tilt modes. This devices will be exclusively available at Flipkart in India. Yoga Tablet 2 (8 inch) and Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (13.1 inch) comes with a price tag of INR 20,990 and INR 47,990 respectively, while the Yoga Tablet 2 (10 inch) Android and Yoga Tablet 2 (10 inch) Windows is available for INR 28,990 and INR 34,990 respectively.

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“As the world’s leading PC+ player, Lenovo is ahead of the game in terms of consumer centric design and technology that adapts to users. We are aiming to achieve global sales to the tune of 100 million PC+ devices, including tablets this financial year. Owing to our increasing focus on digital millennials, India as a youth market forms a crucial part of our PC+ strategy. Yoga Tablet 2 coupled with this association will help us in further strengthening our position in the tablet category.”

– Rohit Midha, Director, Tablet Business Unit, Lenovo India

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8 inch) Specifications:

  • 8 inch IPS display
  • 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution
  • 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Voice-calling
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 6400 mAh battery

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (10 inch) Specifications:

  • 10 inch IPS display
  • 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution
  • 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS / Windows 8.1 OS
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Voice-calling
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 6400 mAh battery

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Specifications:

  • 13.3 inch IPS display
  • 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
  • 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Voice-calling
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 9600 mAh battery

Google Nexus 9 Tablet Launched; Up For Pre-Order From October 17

Along with the Nexus 6 smartphone, Google has also launched the Nexus 9 tablet. This device is manufactured by HTC and it packs an 8.9 inch display, 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera and so on. It runs on the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Operating System. This device will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB variant. The dual front-facing speaker on this tablet is powered by the HTC’s Boomsound technology.

The Google Nexus 9 tablet will be up for pre-order from October 17th, however the device will go on sale from November 3rd. It comes with a price-tag of $400 for the 16GB model, $480 for 32GB model and $600 for 32 GB with LTE model. Apart from Play Store, you can also buy this tablet from Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Radio Shack, Staples and Walmart.

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Nexus 9 will be available in black, white and sand colors. Nexus 9 users can additionally buy the Keyboard Folio which attaches to the device with magnets, pairs by NFC and supports two typing angles.

Google Nexus 9 Specifications:

  • 8.9 inch IPS display
  • 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 – 64 bit processor
  • Kepler 192-core GPU
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • HTC BoomSound technology
  • 16 GB /32 GB internal memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • GNSS support for GPS
  • Bosch gyroscope and accelerometer
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Up to 9.5 hours of Wi-Fi browsing time
  • Up to 8.5 hours of LTE browsing time
  • 6700 mAh battery

Google Launches The Android 5.0 Powered Nexus 6 Smartphone

Today, Google finally launched the successor of its popular Nexus 5 smartphone. The Google Nexus 6 is manufactured by Motorola and it runs on the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Operating System which brings the Material Design, new call and message notifications and much more.

Google Nexus 6 packs a 6 inch Quad HD display, 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED ring flash and 4K UHD video recording capabilities. Apart from that, it comes with the Motorola Turbo Charger which gives an additional 6 hours of battery life just by charging the device for just 15 mins.

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Google Nexus 6 will be up for pre-order at Play Store by the end of this month. This handset comes with a price-tag of $649 for the 32 GB variant. Nexus 6 will go on sale across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America later this year. This device will be available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White colors.

Google Nexus 6 Specifications:

  • 5.96 inch AMOLED display
  • 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with quad-core CPU
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED ring flash
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4K UHD video capture
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB / 64 GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
  • Dual front facing stereo speakers
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • 3220 mAh battery