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

Nexus 6 is Fantastic, but it’s Not the Smartphone I Want or Need

Google launched the Android 5.0 (Lollypop) powered Nexus 6 yesterday. The new Google flagship is manufactured by Motorola and boasts of top of the line specs. Yet, for more than one reason, it’s not quite the device I was expecting from Google. In fact, it’s the most anti-Nexus device yet from Google.

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Nexus 6

The Nexus line started with the Nexus One released in Jan 2010. Google hoped to revolutionize the US smartphone market with the One. Its ambitious goal of ditching carrier lock-ins and getting people to buy phones online at full price didn’t find many takers. Nexus One was a commercial flop. The price tag of $529 dissuaded most buyers. However, it was well received by Android enthusiasts and critics. Google scaled back its ambition and partnered with carriers for the following devices. The Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung fared better. However, the first major success in the Nexus line-up was Nexus 4. With Nexus 4 Google managed to deliver flagship quality hardware in a mid-range price bucket. Nexus 5 kept up the same tradition and delivered a comfortable and beautifully designed phone with great hardware at just $349 (16 GB). However, the Nexus 6 marks a stark departure from the LG Nexus phones.

To begin with, the Nexus 6 has a six inch display. This firmly puts it in the phablet category, and it’s technically incorrect to even call it a phone. In fact, it’s about half a centimetre taller and wider than the Galaxy Note 4. Have a look at the comparison below. The Nexus 6 is appreciably taller and wider than all the devices in the list, and two of the devices in the comparison are phablets, and the other two are phones that are already too big to be comfortable. It’s worth noting that in response to the user feedback, One Plus is considering reducing the size of its next flagship. Forget about single handed operation, the Nexus 6 might even be too wide to grip comfortably while talking.

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Nexus 6 Size Comparison

The next major issue that I have with the Nexus 6 is the price. At $649, it’s almost twice as expensive as the previous Nexus devices. I wouldn’t call it overpriced – not when Apple is charging upwards of $749 for the iPhone 6 Plus. The Nexus 6 boasts of top of the line specs including a 2K display and Snapdragon 805. However, the question that needs to be asked is do we really need the 2K display? I haven’t used the Note 4 or the new Nexus, but I did review the LG G3. While the increased resolution was noticeable, its impact was limited. You won’t feel the difference during most of your day to day activities.

For the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5, Google took flagship devices from LG, found areas of compromise (like the display size and camera), and produced a top performing device with enough restraint to be affordable. For the Nexus 6, Google took Motorola’s sensibly priced Moto X (2nd gen), and amped up the specs to give us a Nexus that beats every other device in the market in terms of specs, but quite possibly not in terms of the overall experience. May be Google has decided that Android is now popular enough that it doesn’t need to sell low-margin devices. May be it wants to make Android smartphones an object of desire like the iPhone. Or maybe, Google feels that current gen smartphones are mature enough to have a two year shelf life. It has not discontinued the Nexus 5. Future Nexus phones might alternate between a smartphone and a phablet. Whatever be the case, Nexus 6 isn’t the smartphone that I want or need.

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launched In India For INR 58,300

Last month, Samsung unveiled the much awaited Galaxy Note 4 phablet at the IFA 2014 event in Berlin. This device comes with an upgraded 5.7 inch Quad HD display and a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers with 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle. Today, Samsung finally launched this phablet in India.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a price-tag of INR 58,300. This device will go on sale in India from October 17. It also includes support for 14 Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and so on. Vodafone subscribers will get 1 GB of free 3G data for 2 months with this device.

“The launch of Galaxy Note 4 highlights Samsung’s commitment to deliver iconic and differentiated products. The new device exhibits people inspired innovation with its unique combination of an enhanced S Pen, large and vivid display and superior productivity features to provide the most refined Galaxy experience to our customers. Samsung has significantly contributed to the wearable industry by taking the lead in offering unique smart wearable’s and the launch of Gear S will further set a new standard in the mobile communication space.”

– Asim Warsi, VP of Mobile & IT, Samsung India

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specifications:

  • 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display
  • 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
  • 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • 16 megapixel autofocus camera with Smart OIS
  • 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with Wide Selfie
  • Air Command
  • S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input
  • Ultra Power Saving Mode
  • 4G Connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 32 GB Internal memory
  • 64 GB expandable memory
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 3220 mAh Li-ion battery with Adaptive Fast Charging