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LG Optimus L7 II Dual And Optimus L3 II Dual Launched In India

Earlier this year, LG unveiled three new mid-range smartphones, the Optimus L7 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L3 II. As the name suggests, these handsets are the successor of the LG Optimus L7, Optimus L5 and Optimus L3 respectively. These devices run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, LG officially launched the dual-SIM variant of Optimus L7 II and Optimus L3 II in India.

According to Mr. Amit Gujral, Head Marketing, LG Mobiles,
“The smartphone market is growing at an incredible pace, and the global mobile subscribers is predicted to touch 3.9 billion in 2017. India is catching up fast to this smartphone race. With the launch of LG Optimus L7 II Dual and L3 II Dual, LG plans to reap the benefits of the intense smartphone demand in India, as well as to build on its heritage of technological innovation.”

LG Optimus L3 II Dual:

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LG Optimus L3 II Dual comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor, 3.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, 512 MB RAM, up to 730 hours of stand-by time, up to 16 hours 30 mins of talk-time and a 1540 mAh battery.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual:

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LG Optimus L7 II Dual features a 4.3 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, 768 MB RAM, up to 800 hours of stand-by time, up to 12 hours of talk-time and a 2460 mAh battery.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual comes with a price tag of Rs.18,650 (approx. $340), while the LG Optimus L3 II Dual is priced at just Rs.8,800 (approx. $160).

HTC One Released In India For Rs 42,900

Today, HTC announced that it will be bringing its latest and greatest flagship – the One – to India by the end of April for a MOP (Best Buy) price of Rs 42,900. The HTC One has a zero-gap aluminium unibody, with a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 1080p display in the front adored by BoomSound stereo speakers on its top and bottom.

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The One is a beast in every sense and packs in a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage to make up for the lack of a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, GPS and even an IR blaster so that you can directly control all your remote appliances from your phone. The handset also includes a revolutionary new camera that aims to buck the Megapixel race. While the camera only has a 4.3MP resolution, it consists of a 5 element plastic lens with an f/2.0 aperture. All this combined with the new custom made camera sensor from HTC provides the One with stellar low-light performance and bigger pixels dubbed as “UltraPixel”.

On the software side, the One runs on Android 4.1.2 with the greatest and latest version of Sense UI (v5) on top of it. HTC has included some really nice features in the latest Sense UI including BlinkFeed for a new re-defined homescreen experience, and HTC Zoe for a new imaging experience.

HTC has also tied up with Reliance GSM to offer 1GB of free 3G data to all One customers for three months. The handset should retail for a couple of thousand lower when it hits the market, making it a very tempting deal.

 

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets The Android 4.1.2 Update In India

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction! It is the successor of the popular Galaxy S smartphone. The Korean mobile phone manufacturer has already managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device globally. Samsung Galaxy S II was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Last year, Samsung Galaxy S II users have also received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update.

Earlier this year, Samsung started rolling out the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in Europe. After waiting for nearly 3 months, Indian Galaxy S II users can finally taste the Jelly Bean. This update brings the usual Android 4.1 goodies along with the Touchwiz Nature UX, which was previously seen in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Check out the changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Google Now, enhanced notifications, Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play.
  • Nature UX similar to Galaxy S III.
  • Richer content & services.
  • Social hub will be removed.
  • Real-time mail delivery won’t be supported, but email client will still support EAS, IMAP and POP access.
  • Email, SMS and SNS in social hub can be used a separate apps.
  • Polaris Office, Photo Editor, and Video maker will be downloadable via Samsung Apps.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. Samsung has also promised to roll out the latest Android 4.2 update during the Q4 of 2013.

Huawei Ascend G510 And Ascend Y300 Up For Pre-Order In India

Earlier this year, Huawei introduced two new entry-level smartphone, the Ascend G510 and Ascend Y300. Both of these smartphones runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Flipkart, a popular online retailer have already started taking the pre-orders of these handsets in India.

Huawei Ascend G510

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Huawei Ascend G510 features a 4.5 inch display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 340 hours of stand-by time, up to 6 hours of talk-time and a 1700 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend Y300

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Huawei Ascend Y300 comes with a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, Bluetooth, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, up to 320 hours of stand-by time, up to 5 hours of talk-time and a 1730 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend G510 comes with a price tag of Rs.10,990 (approx. $200). On the other hand, Huawei Ascend Y300 will be available for just Rs.7,980 (approx. $150). These smartphones will go on sale from the first week of April. You can pre-order these devices from the links posted below.

[ Pre-order Huawei Ascend G510 from Flipkart ]

[ Pre-order Huawei Ascend Y300 from Flipkart ]

XOLO B700 Launched In India For Rs.8,999; Comes With 3450 mAh Battery

XOLO is an Indian mobile phone manufacturer which is popularly known for making Intel powered smartphones. The company recently launched an entry-level Android smartphone, the XOLO B700. This dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) smartphone runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

The XOLO B700 is one those smartphone which instantly caught our attention, thanks to the ultra-cheap price tag and a powerful 3450 mAh battery. This handset offers music playback for up to 38 hours via internal speakers and up to 86 hours via wired headset. Check out the complete specs below.

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XOLO B700 features a 4.3 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixel, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, GPS, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store, up to 380 hrs of stand-by time, up to 23 hrs of talk-time, up to 9 hrs of web browsing time, and a 3450 mAh battery.

XOLO B700 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.8,999 (approx. $165) in India. This handset will compete with Salora’s PowerMaxx Z1 smartphone which comes with a 3200 mAh battery at Rs.9,999. To buy the XOLO B700 smartphone, head over to Flipkart.

Nokia Lumia 520 Up For Pre-Order In India

Last month, Nokia unveiled the entry-level Lumia 520 and mid-range Lumia 720 smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. These devices are powered by the Windows Phone 8 Operating System. Nokia India’s official store as well as Flipkart has already started accepting the pre-orders of the Lumia 520. It is touted to be the cheapest Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

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Nokia Lumia 520 features a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8227 dual-core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Office 365, Xbox Live, IE9 with HTML 5 support, 7 GB Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, up to 61 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 360 hours of stand-by time and a 1430 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.10,499 (approx. $190) in India. This handset is expected to go on sale from the second week of April. If you want to experience the Windows Phone 8 OS without burning a hole in your pocket, then you should definitely go ahead and get the Lumia 520. You can pre-order this device from Nokia India’s online store as well as from Flipkart.

Sony Xperia E Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,999

Last year, Sony unveiled the entry-level Xperia E smartphone. This handset is specially targeted for those who are planning to jump from feature phones to smartphones. Sony Xperia E runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset features noise cancellation that filters out background noise and allows you to have clear conversations in any environment.

Sony has not yet officially launched this handset. However, Infibeam has already started selling this budget smartphone in India. The specs of this handset is slightly better than its competitors. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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Sony Xperia E features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, up to 6 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 530 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Infibeam is currently selling the Sony Xperia E for just Rs.9,999 (approx. $185) in India. This handset is currently available in black, white and pink colors. You will also get a Sony headphone (MDR-ZX100A) worth Rs.1,490 with this handset. To purchase the Xperia E, head over to Infibeam.

Airtel Launches 40Mbps Broadband Services In Hyderabad

Bharti Airtel finally launched its 40 Mbps broadband services in Hyderabad, India. Bharti Airtel is the first operator in the city to launch broadband services on VDSL (Very-high-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line) technology. VDSL is said to be the newest and most advanced standard of Broadband wireline communications. Airtel is currently offering two plans for its subscribers who wish to experience the 40 Mbps high-speed internet.

The first plan is called as “Ultrasonic 3299″ and it offers 100 GB of data usage as well as 1000 free voice minutes. It comes with a monthly price of Rs.3299. The second plan is called as “Ultrasonic 3999″ and it offers 200 GB of data usage along with 2000 free voice minutes. The Ultrasonic 3999 plan is available for a monthly price of Rs.3999.

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Both the plans offers a speed of 40 Mpbs and the speed will be reduced to just 512 kbps as soon as you reach the monthly limit. Airtel also offers additional free Value Added Services (VAS) like Parallel Ringing, PC Secure (Anti-Virus software), Unlimited Gaming through Games on Demand, LearnNext and much more. To use these services, Airtel subscribers will need to purchase the Beetel’s VDSL Wi-Fi modem priced at Rs 3,099.

Sharlin Thayil, CEO – Andhra Pradesh, Bharti Airtel, said,
“We are delighted to introduce 40 Mbps speed – the fastest wireline broadband service on next generation VDSL technology. The all new Ultrasonic 40Mbps plans on Airtel offers the fastest Broadband speed available for customers and will allow data savvy customers to upgrade from the now prevalent 16Mbps speeds they have enjoyed thus far. This plan will allow customers the convenience to download movies in a few minutes, upload photos and videos instantly and lots more.”

Sony Xperia Z Launched In India For Rs.38,990

Earlier this year, Sony introduced its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. Today, the Japanese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this powerful handset in India. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode which improves the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off.

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Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z comes with a price-tag of Rs.38,990 (approx. $710) in India. This handset will go on sale from March 12, 2013. Vodafone subscribers will get 8 GB of free 3G data for 2 month with this handset. The manufacturer also offers ‘Sony Jive Music’ which allows you to download and stream music from the Sony Music catalog for 6 months.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) In India

Today, Samsung announced the new Samsung Galaxy Note 510 at the Samsung Forum event in Hyderabad. Don’t get confused with the name of this device. Galaxy Note 510 is nothing but the same Galaxy Note 8.0 which was unveiled earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Samsung India has a long history of launching Android tablets in India with different names. Last year, the Galaxy Note 10.1 was introduced as Galaxy Note 800 in the Indian market.

As the name suggests, Galaxy Note (510) 8.0 comes with an 8 inch display and the innovative S-Pen. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. There are no major changes in the Indian variant of the Galaxy Note 8.0. Samsung has also pre-loaded the upgraded ChatOn, Awesome Note, Flipboard and Smart Remote on this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 4600 mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet revealed the exact price and release date of the Galaxy Note 510. We will let you know as soon as the device is up for pre-order in India. Stay tuned!