LG has finally launched their latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3, at a grand press event in Mumbai today. The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s new flatter UI. Continue reading LG G3 launched in India at a starting price of ₹47,990
Back in March, Samsung launched its newest flagship device, the Galaxy S5 in India. This handset was powered by the in-house Octa-Core Exynos 5422 processor. Today, the South Korean tech giant finally launched the 4G variant of its flagship smartphone in India. Apart from the additional connectivity option, this handset packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor instead of the Exynos processor.
Asim Warsi, Vice President – Marketing, Mobile & IT, Samsung India said,
“We are excited to introduce our first 4G variant of the Galaxy S5 in India with a powerful processor, stunning display and faster connectivity for an unmatched user experience. We expect the 4G version to catch the imagination of technology enthusiasts and professionals, who demand superior smartphones for their heavy multimedia content consumption.”
The Samsung Galaxy S5 4G SM-S900I is a dust and water resistance smartphone. It comes with a download booster which allows you to access 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously in order to download your data at a faster speed.The original Galaxy S5 was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.51,500, however the phone is currently available at just Rs.36,999. On the other hand, the 4G LTE variant of Galaxy S5 is launched for Rs.53,500. This handset will be available in Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White colors from July 20. Check out the complete specs after the break.
Samsung Galaxy S5 4G Specifications:
- Display: 5.1-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display
- Processor: 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU
- OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
- Rear camera: 16 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, BSI and Ultra HD video recording
- Front camera: 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 64 GB with microSD
- Infrared LED for smart TV remote
- Sensor: S Health 3.0, Heart rate sensor
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), Bluetooth v4.0 LE, GPS, USB 3.0 and NFC
- Thickness: 8.1 mm
- Weighs: 145 grams
- Battery: 2800 mAh battery
Samsung and HTC have already launched a mini version of their flagship smartphone. Now, LG joined the bandwagon with the unveiling of its mid-range LG G3 Beat smartphone. This handset is basically the trimmed down version of the company’s flagship device. LG G3 Beat packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz. The performance of this processor has been clearly demonstrated in the previously launched Moto G, Galaxy Grand 2 and HTC One Mini 2.
LG G3 Beat borrows the unique laser auto-focus from its bigger brother, which enables the device to focus on the object faster by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam. It comes with HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent and the Floating Arc Design with smooth curved sides and tapered edges for comfortable grip and feel.
Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price. The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven branding, great innovation and attractive price, all in a single device.”
LG G3 Beat is powered by 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Apart from that, it features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 8 megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto Focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM, MicroSD card slot, Touch & Shoot, Smart Keyboard, QuickMemo+, Gesture Shot and a 2540 mAh removable battery.
LG G3 Beat will be shipped with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Operating System. It measures 137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm and weighs 134 grams. This handset will be available in Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold colors. LG G3 Beat will go on sale from July 18 in South Korea, followed by Europe and other major markets in the coming weeks. The price of this device will be announced soon. Stay tuned for updates!
Obi Mobiles today announced the launch of its first flagship smartphone in India, the Octopus S520. The smartphone will be initially available for purchase through Snapdeal.com for ₹11,990.
Obi Mobiles is headquartered in Singapore and promoted by Toronto-based Inflexionpoint, a company co-founded by John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.
The Dual SIM flagship smartphone boasts of a sleek metallic design (maximum thickness of 8.4mm) and is powered by a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor with 1GB RAM. The phone features a 12.7 cm HD IPS display and sports the latest Android Kit Kat 4.4 version.
The Obi Octopus S520 box packs in a Flip Cover, a Screen Protector, a USB Charger, and in-ear headphones. The company claims that the phones will be supported by a country-wide network of over 95 service centres for after-sales support.
“S520 is a beautifully designed product. It is engineered to highest quality specifications to reliably deliver a superior performance. This flagship device is an affirmation of our stated commitment to extend the best in class smartphone experience. From hardware specifications to the quality of accessories there are no compromises whatsoever, because we know our young customers conduct their lives around their smartphones.”
– Ajay Sharma, CEO, Obi Mobiles
Obi Octopus S520 Specifications
- Size: 145.0 mm X 75.0 mm X 8.4 mm
- Display: 12.7 cm HD IPS
- Processor: MediaTek 1.7 GHz Octa Core
- Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4
- RAM: 1 GB
- Camera: Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 2 MP
- Memory: 8 GB, expandable up to 32GB
- Battery Capacity: 1800 mAh
- Standby Time: Up to 180 Hours
- Talktime: Up to 240 Minutes
Xiaomi, one of the leading mobile Internet companies in China, has finally forayed into the Indian market with a range of Mi smartphones and an exclusive partnership with Flipkart.
The first Mi smartphone that Xiaomi has launched in India is the Mi 3. Priced at ₹13,999, Mi 3 will go on sale on July 22 while the pre-registrations are now open at www.flipkart.com/Mi, and will continue till July 21 midnight.
Mi 3 is powered by Xiaomi’s Android-based platform – MIUI. MIUI is a live operating system constantly improving with frequent software updates, and offers a high degree of customisation.
“Mi 3 is the fastest Mi phone ever. We are very excited to offer one of the world’s most powerful smartphones in India at an incredibly affordable price point of INR 13,999. We hope Indian users will love MIUI, our super intuitive Android-based operating system.”
– Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global
In addition, Xiaomi has also announced two other smartphones – the Redmi 1S and the Redmi Note – which will be launched over the next few weeks. The 4.7-inch Redmi 1S is priced at ₹6,999 while the 5.5-inch octa-core Redmi Note is priced at ₹9,999.
According to Manu Jain, India Operations Head for Xiaomi, the company is starting with 35+ service centers across top 20 cities along with a hotline that operates 7 days a week to ensure a robust after-sale service and a hassle-free customer experience. There are also two exclusive Mi service centers in Delhi and Bangalore.
Mi 3 Specifications
- 5-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display
- 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800AB processor
- 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
- 3050 mAh internal battery
How to Order Mi 3 in India
- Head to Flipkart, and login using your account.
- Register for the sale on the Mi Store (www.flipkart.com/Mi)
- On July 22, buy the device. Note that only customers who register before July 22 will be able to purchase their Mi 3 on the sale day.
In a press conference in New Delhi today, HTC unveiled the new HTC Desire 616 dual-sim smartphone, the first HTC smartphone with an octa-core processor.
The latest addition to the HTC Desire family features a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, with 8 cores activated simultaneously. The company claims that the Desire 616 is designed to offer the best gaming and entertainment experience in the category and can comfortably meet challenges like rendering videos, deliver fast, responsive web browsing, silky-smooth graphics while seamlessly switching between multiple apps.
The Desire 616 boasts of a 12.7 cm, HD display and features HTC BlinkFeed home screen which was first introduced with the HTC One. The phone allows you to automatically turn your pictures and video clips into a professional-looking show reel of your best moments. Both, the 2MP front camera and the 8MP rear camera, offer 1080p HD video recording capability.
“Everyone looks for a combination that offers exciting performance phone at a great value. HTC Desire 616 dual sim is that very phone. The newest member of our renowned HTC Desire range offers our first Octa-core processor, 8-cores of super-fast processing and premium features at a great price, offering users the best possible experience in the category.”
– Jack Yang, President, HTC, South Asia
HTC Desire 616 Specifications
The new HTC Desire 616 dual sim will be available in Dark Gray and Pearl White for ₹16,900 in India starting from next week.
In a press conference in New Delhi today, HTC unveiled their next flagship smartphone, the HTC One (E8).
HTC One (E8) is a distinctive take on HTC’s iconic flagship design, and features an elegant dual curve design that looks gorgeous and fits well in the palm of your hand. The E8 features a polycarbonate, unibody design available in a a vibrant range of colors. The 12.7 cm device boasts of a full HD, borderless display for a cleaner viewing experience.
The HTC One (E8) features a 5MP front-facing and 13MP rear-facing camera. The company claims that the dual front-facing speakers and the latest HTC BoomSound technology offers rich tones, powerful bass, and crystal-clear treble, combining to create a rounded, immersive sound.
“The HTC One (M8) had set a new smartphone standard and now we’re taking it in another exciting direction. Combining style and substance, the HTC One (E8) represents the incredible experience people expect from a HTC One device with a look and feel that’s unlike anything else out there today. If you’re looking for the best flagship smartphone experience, but want to stand out from the crowd, this is the phone for you.”
– Jack Yang, President, HTC South Asia
HTC has also announced an innovative HTC Dot View case that displays notifications and interactions on a colorful dot-matrix effect. Combined with Motion Launch, you can check the latest information and receive calls without needing to uncover the screen. An on-board sensor hub underpins Motion Launch, enabling the HTC One (E8) to detect position and movement and allowing you to interact with the phone and perform popular functions without turning on the screen.
HTC One (E8) Specifications
The HTC One (E8) will be available in India from end of July for ₹34,900.
Indian handset player, Karbonn has launched a new range of budget Android smartphones starting at ₹2,699 to be available exclusively on Flipkart. Continue reading Karbonn Launches World’s Most Affordable Android Smartphones; Another Flipkart Exclusive
In a press conference in New Delhi today, BlackBerry introduced the new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone in India. Featuring BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, the new all-touch BlackBerry Z3 smartphone comes with a 5-inch display.
Aviate Launcher, which dubs itself as an ‘intelligent homescreen’ for Android, was acquired by Yahoo in January. Unlike most other Yahoo acquisitions, Aviate wasn’t put on the chopping block. To the contrary, Yahoo promised to make it a core part of its Android-based experiences in 2014 and beyond. Today, Aviate came out of the private beta, and released the most significant update since its launch.
The new version retains the two cornerstones of Aviate.
Your Aviate experience changes throughout the day based on where you are and what you are doing. There are several pre-configured workspaces (‘Spaces’ in Aviate terminology) like Today, Moving, Listening, Work, Home, and Nearby. If Aviate detects that you’re at work, it will automatically show scheduled events from your calendar and display productivity apps. If it detects that you’re travelling, it will automatically pull tips about nearby venues from Foursquare. Throughout the day it keeps switching between the different Spaces to surface information and apps that are most relevant. Each of these workspaces can be manually configured to display the content that you want. Yahoo has also begun leveraging Aviate to cross-sell its other apps by tying them in with the workspaces. For example, the Today page integrates with Yahoo News Digest to showcase breaking news from around the world. I suspect that future versions will integrate other Yahoo properties including Stocks, Weather and Flickr.
Aviate automatically categorises all installed apps into Collections like Social, Productivity, Utilities, Music, Transit, and Games. You can add or remove apps from Collections, or even create entirely new Collections. You can add these Collections to relevant Spaces to get quick access to apps when you really need them. Each Collection also doubles up as a neat app discovery service, by suggesting other popular apps that belong to the same category.
Aviate has also introduced three major enhancements with this release.
A simple swipe up from the home screen brings up a list of your favorite contacts as well as recently dialled numbers. This ensures that the people you want to call or message are just a swipe away.
Previously Aviate used to simply display calendar apps when you were at work. It now directly displays your calendar entries in the Spaces and offers neat options such as getting directions to your next meeting, booking an Uber to your destination, or directly calling a conference number. This is once again an example of Yahoo leveraging its existing portfolio to improve Aviate. The calendar capabilities are similar to what was previously present in Donna, an intelligent assistant from Incredible Labs, which was acquired by Yahoo.
As mentioned earlier, Aviate integrates with News Digest to offer you a quick glimpse of events around the world. A new digest is available twice a day –in the morning and in the evening. The weather functionality has been enhanced so that if a significant deviation in weather forecast is detected from the previous day, Aviate will automatically alert you. Additionally, Aviate also monitors your usage to double up as a light-weight sleep tracker.
Smart launchers aren’t exactly a new concept in the Android world. However, among all the smart launchers that I’ve tried, Aviate is the one that comes closest to getting it right. The objective of smart launchers is to make you more productive by simplifying things, and simplification often mandates trimming down on features. The biggest challenge for developers is to achieve this without alienating users by eliminating the strong suites of Android. For example, Nokia’s Z Launcher goes too far in its pursuit of simplicity. By removing everything from multiple screens to folders and widgets, Z launcher stifles users. Using Aviate also entails sacrifices. You’ll have to live without live wallpapers. You’re restricted to three screens – Spaces, Home, and Collections. You can configure these screens by adding app collections and widgets, but you won’t get the myriad of options that you’d get with Nova or ADW. Nevertheless, Aviate never ends up being too restrictive. Once you spend some time personalizing your home screen and the Spaces, you’ll have a smart home screen that’s truly personal. And, this is its biggest achievement.
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