Acer Liquid Jade And Liquid E700 Launched In India

Acer has recently launched the Liquid Jade and Liquid E700 mid-range smartphones in India. Acer Liquid Jade features a 5 inch HD display with IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies, 13 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. On the other hand, Acer Liquid E700 packs a 5 inch HD display, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory.

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Both the handsets run on the Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System. Acer Liquid E700 is equipped with a 3500 mAh battery which provides up to 24 hours of talk time, 60 hours of standby time, 12 hours of video viewing and 100 hours of music playback. This handset comes with a price-tag of INR 11,999, while the Liquid Jade is available for INR 16,999. Both the devices are exclusively available at Snapdeal in India.

“At Acer we are conscious of the world getting faster and demanding more from life in every way.Their dependence on technology is growing and so we want to make their lives simpler and enriching. Therefore, while the Liquid Jade appeals to the elegant, beauty conscious and highly social user, the Liquid E700 is more suited to the upbeat business traveller who demands to remain connected round the clock. Its ‘always on’ capability helps users to multi-task between work and entertainment. All this comes sealed with the promise of quality from the Acer brand name.”

– Allen Burnes, Vice President Smart Phones Business, Acer Group

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Acer Liquid Jade Specifications:

  • 5 inch HD IPS display
  • 720 x 1280 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.3 GHz quad core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2100 mAh battery

Acer Liquid E700 Specifications:

  • 5 inch HD display
  • 720 x 1280 pixels resolution
  • 1.2 GHz quad core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 3500 mAh battery

Micromax Launches Canvas Selfie With 13 MP Front Camera

Micromax has launched numerous smartphones in the past with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and 13 megapixel rear camera. However, the company went a step further with its recently launched selfie smartphone. The Micromax Canvas Selfie packs a 13 megapixel front-facing selfie camera and a 13 megapixel rear camera, similar to the previously launched HTC Desire Eye.

It comes with a 4.7 inch HD display, 1.7 GHz tru-octacore processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory and much more. This handset runs on the older Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System. The company has not revealed any plans regarding the future updates. Micromax Canvas Selfie will be available in Mystic Blue and Angelic White colors from the second week of January. The price of this device is still a mystery!

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“At Micromax, customer centricity has always been at the core of developing products. With over a million selfies being taken every day, out of which 40% claim to re-touch them, we have created a perfect blend of hardware and software to give you that perfect selfie. The Canvas Selfie is an ideal smartphone for the selfie-obsessed users delivering fantastic images and equipping them with great beauty editing tools to look glamourous always.”

– Mr. Vineet Taneja, Chief Executive Officer, Micromax

Micromax Canvas Selfie Specifications:

  • 4.7 inch HD IPS display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.7 GHz Tru-octacore processor
  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 13 megapixel front facing camera
  • Sony Sensor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB ROM
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Dual SIM
  • Common slot for memory card and nano SIM card
  • Faux leather back finish
  • 2300 mAh battery

Microsoft’s Music Deals App: Huge Selection of Free and Inexpensive Music

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In October of this year, Microsoft released the Music Deals apps for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.1 but not with much fanfare. As it turns out, this app is a treasure trove of free and inexpensive music.

The way this app works is, there is a time-limited set of promotional deals for various types of music. Typically, there is one popular single listed very inexpensively ($0.99) and then there are three sets of themes for free or inexpensive albums. All of these promotions run for a variety of time periods, ranging from a week to fifteen days.

For example, last week there was a sale for fifty boxed sets, each at $2 only. These boxed sets typically sell for anywhere from $15 to sometimes even over $100, so these were fantastic steals. Last week also saw fifty free albums, all by popular artists.

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Music Deals Promotions

This week the promotions continue and the discounted albums are popular rock albums and popular soundtracks, and the free albums include albums by artists like Ellie Goulding, ABBA, Imagine Dragons, etc.

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Music Deals Free Albums

The way this works is the Music Deals listing opens up the album in the Xbox Music app (or simply, Music app) on Windows or Windows Phone, and the discounted price is shown. Once you click on buy (or “get it free” when the album is free), depending on your settings, the music will start downloading or be marked as owned and available in the cloud for your use anytime in the future.

The beauty of this setup is that the music content is DRM-free and can be played on any device or software. So you don’t have to feel compelled to use Windows and Windows Phone’s music apps, you can use iTunes or pretty much any other software to play these tunes.

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Music Deals Windows Phone

I am unclear what is the end game for Microsoft here. I know it will increase usage of the Music app, and maybe create more Microsoft accounts which can then be used to upsell premium services like paid storage or Office 365, but those seem like poor returns for the potential cost of the discounted music.

Regardless, this is a great deal for consumers and you should absolutely take advantage of these deals. Get the Music Deals apps here: Windows and Windows Phone.

One Plus One Goes On Sale In India For INR 21,999

One Plus has finally launched its popular One Plus One smartphone in India. This handset is exclusively available on Amazon for those who has received an invite. One Plus One packs a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 13 megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE Connectivity and more. It runs on the Android 4.4 (KitKat) based CyanogenMod 11S.

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Similar to its global invite system, Indian user will need an India-specific invite to purchase this device. To get an invite, you will need to participate in the contests and promotional events hosted on the company’s forums or social media channels as well as by Amazon.in. You can also ask someone who has bought a OnePlus phone for an invite. To learn more, head over to this page. One Plus One comes with a price-tag of INR 21,999.

One Plus One Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD display
  • 1920 × 1080 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) based CyanogenMod 11S
  • 13 megapixel rear camera with Dual LED Flash
  • 4K video recording
  • 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal memory
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 3100 mAh battery

Intex Launches The Aqua Power With 4000 mAh Battery In India For INR 8,444

Intex Technologies recently launched yet another Android powered smartphone in the Indian market. The Intex Aqua Power features a 5 inch IPS display, 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1 GB RAM and much more. Apart from that, this handset packs a beefy 4000 mAh battery that gives you 18 hours of talk time while using 3G and 30 hours of talk time on 2G.

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Intex Aqua Power comes with a price-tag of INR 8,444. This handset is available in White, Black, Blue and Grey colors. Intex hads pre-loaded the Hungama app on this device, which allows you to access 30 days of unlimited audio and video from its vast catalog library. Check out the complete specs below.

“At Intex, it is our effort to constantly understand and deliver on customer expectations and we feel that the Aqua Power with its extensive battery life and powerful Octa-Core processor will cater to our consumers’ needs in a far more effective manner. We hope to address these concerns with this smartphone that will guarantee long hours of talk time along with a smooth and fast interface. We look forward to our users experiencing a state of the art smartphone.”

– Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Mobile Business Head, Intex Technologies

Intex Power Aqua Specifications:

  • 5 inch full laminated IPS display
  • 854 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 1.4 GHz Octa-Core processor
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS (Upgradable to Android 5.0)
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 8 GB ROM
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Supports power bank function
  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Hotspot
  • OTG Support
  • FM Radio
  • Pedometer and E-compass
  • 4000mAh battery

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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