Sony Xperia Sola Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.19,999

Back in March, Sony Mobile Communications announced the amazing Sony Xperia Sola smartphone. It is the company’s first device to feature the unique “Floating Touch” technology. This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will be rolled out soon after the launch. Sony Xperia Sola is NFC enabled and it comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags.

Sony’s floating touch allows the users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen, without actually touching the screen. Once the link is found, it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India has already started taking the pre-orders of this unique smartphone. Check out the pre-order price and complete specs after the break.

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Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Floating Touch, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, GPS with A-GPS, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, PlayNow service, Google Play, NeoReader barcode scanner, Micro USB support, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Sola is currently available for pre-order for Rs.19,999. This handset will be available in Black and Red colors. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Sony Xperia U Goes On Sale In India For Rs.16,990

Sony Xperia U is the company’s budget-friendly smartphone featuring a 3.5 inch Reality display as well as a 1 Ghz dual-core processor. This handset was announced and showcased along with the Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia P at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The Sony Xperia U is the third smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series.

This handset is already up for pre-order at Flipkart and Letsbuy from last week. If you can’t wait to get your hands on this device, then we have good news for you. Mahesh Telecom, a popular retailer in Mumbai has already started selling this affordable dual-core smartphone in India. Sony Xperia U is also the first dual-core smartphone in the sub-20k price range.

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Sony Xperia U features a 3.5 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 Ghz dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Google Play Store, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 260 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 39 mins of talk-time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia U will be shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Sony will roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update by the end of Q2 of 2012. You can easily get this handset from Mahesh Telecom for Rs.16,990. On the other hand, you can pre-order the Sony Xperia U from Flipkart or LetsBuy for Rs.17,399.

Motorola Razr Maxx Coming To The UK On May 18 For £430

Earlier this year, Motorola unveiled the powerful Motorola Droid Razr Maxx at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the US. However, last month, the company announced the GSM variant of this device for European and Asian markets. Motorola Razr Maxx offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the powerful 3300 mAh battery.

The Motorola Razr Maxx currently runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the company will roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in the coming months. This handset will be finally available for purchase in the UK from next week. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

motorola razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card included, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio, Google Play Store, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

Clove, a popular online retailer in the UK is currently taking pre-order for the Motorola Razr Maxx smartphone. This handset is expected to go on sale from May 18. The Motorola Razr Maxx comes with a price tag of £430.80 (approx. $695) including taxes. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Motorola Cliq 2 Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Last year, Motorola launched the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Motorola Cliq smartphone. It was launched exclusively for the T-Mobile customers in the US. The Motorola Cliq 2 originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for a year, Motorola finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

Sadly, this device will never get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the future. Motorola Cliq 2 owners will need to manually update their device, since the software update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This update comes with improved cursor control, UI performance improvements, battery fixes, improved Wi-Fi hotspot signal and so on. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Improved Cursor Control
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy
  • Number and Symbol Shortcuts
  • Sleep Mode
  • Dock Icon Functionality
  • App Groups
  • Rich Location App
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Download Manager App
  • New User Interface Icons
  • Tasks App Enhancements
  • Browser Search Engine
  • Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts
  • Updated Calendar Options
  • Device Control Capabilities Through 3LM
  • UI performance Improvements
  • Battery Fixes
  • Wi-Fi Calling Implemented fixes to improve reliability.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal Improved

It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To manually update the Motorola Cliq 2 smartphone, head over to this page.

HTC Desire S Price Drops To Rs.15,990 In India

Last year, HTC launched the amazing HTC Desire S smartphone. It is the successor of the highly popular HTC Desire smartphone. This device was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Desire S was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.27,990. However, the price was later reduced to just Rs.20,990.

With the launch of HTC One X and HTC One V, the company further reduced the price of the HTC Desire S. Saholic, a popular online retailer is currently selling this device at a reduced price of just Rs.15,990. You heard it right! If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

HTC Desire S

HTC Desire S features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, Internal GPS antenna, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, up to 590 mins talk-time, up to 455 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery. This handset measures 115 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.63 mm and weighs just 130 grams.

The HTC Desire S currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update is on its way. This handset will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, Motorola Defy Plus and LG Optimus Sol in India. To get this handset, head over to this page at Saholic.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Now Available At Three UK For £269.99

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the new Galaxy S Advance smartphone. It is the fourth variant of the company’s highly popular Galaxy S smartphone. This handset comes with the curved glass design, which was previously seen in the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones. The curved glass design enhances the handling of the device and fits the user’s facial form easily.

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display and a powerful 1 GHz dual-core processor. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, we are not sure if the device will get the Android 4.0 update in the near future. We have good news for the folks living in the UK. Three has finally released this device exclusively for its subscribers in the UK. You can get this device on contract as well as on Pay-As-You-Go.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said,

“The curved touchscreen of the Samsung Galaxy S Advance really does bring rich media content to life. And whether you’re into downloading videos and images, or sharing the ones you’ve captured yourself, you can rest assured that you’ll always be protected from surprise data bills on Three.”

samsung galaxy s advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz user interface, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, ChatON, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, Polaris Office, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.

Three UK is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy S Advance for free with a 2 year service agreement and a £23 monthly plan. You can also get this device on Pay As You Go for £269.99 with the All in One 15 or All in One 25 monthly plan. The All in One 15 plan costs £15 and gives 30-day access to unlimited data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. On the other hand, the All in One 25 plan costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and unlimited data for 30 days.

LG Optimus True HD LTE Arrives In Europe And Asia

LG recently announced the new LG Optimus True HD LTE smartphone for the European and Asian markets. This handset is already available in the US and Canada as the LG Nitro HD and LG Optimus LTE respectively. This handset was announced last year in the US, exclusively for the AT&T subscribers. Now, the folks living in Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong and Singapore can finally get their hands on this powerful device.

“The mobile industry is evolving around LTE technology which has demonstrated its capability when it comes to speed, efficiency and reliability,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the Optimus True HD LTE, we want customers to understand that LTE isn’t just about the network and that all LTE phones are not alike.”

lg optimus true hd lte

LG Optimus True HD LTE features a 4.5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 4GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and more.

The LG Optimus True HD LTE will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device is already on its way. The company has not yet announced the availability of this device. The price of LG Optimus True HD LTE is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more updates.

Panasonic Eluga Launched In The UK For £364.99

Panasonic recently launched the much-awaited Panasonic smartphone in the UK. It is the company’s first smartphone for the European market. The Panasonic Eluga was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the device will get the Android 4.0 update in the coming months.

The Panasonic Eluga is already available for purchase in Germany from last week. We already posted that the handset was available for pre-order at Expansys, a popular online retailer in the UK. The Panasonic Eluga was scheduled to release on April 24. However, the device has already arrived a week earlier. If you are planning to buy the first Panasonic smartphone specially designed and manufactured for the European customers, then check out the complete specs after the break.

panasonic eluga expansys

Panasonic Eluga features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Digital zoom, Image stabiliser, Video recorder and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, G-sensor, Ambient light sensor, GPS receiver, Accelerometer, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, NFC (Near Field Communication), DLNA connectivity, up to 240 mins of talk-time, up to 300 hrs of stand-by time and a 1150 mAh battery.

Currently, you can purchase only the black version of this handset, while the silver version is expected to be available from next week. The Panasonic Eluga comes with a price tag of £364.99. To get this handset, head over to this page at Expansys.

Lava Unveils The Intel Atom Powered XOLO X900 Handset

Intel in association with a small time local handset maker in India – Lava – released the first Medfield SoC sporting handset – the XOLO X900. Inside the XOLO X900 is a Intel Atom Z460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, along with HyperThreading technology. The CPU is coupled by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz. Considering this is the first handset ever to be released to consumers to sport an Intel SoC, it would be interesting to see how the single core Atom processor from Intel will stack up against its competitors like Qualcomm’s S4 and Samsung’s Exynos quad-core SoCs. It would be also interesting to see how battery efficient is the Intel Atom processor inside a handset.

“Through XOLO X900, we are happy to bring to the Indian market a device that addresses the needs of those for whom speed and performance matters. After our success in feature phones with over 10 million happy customers in under 3 years, XOLO will be a differentiated player in the fast-growing smartphone segment. The initial reviews of XOLO X900 have been very positive and independent benchmarks clearly point to the fact that when it comes to speed and performance, XOLO X900 is the gold standard,” said Vishal Sehgal, co-founder and director, Lava International.

Other than the SoC, the X900 packs in a 4.03-inch LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p HD videos and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options. Sadly, the X900 runs on stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but Lava and Intel have promised that a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will be available “shortly”.

The XOLO X900 will be available from 23rd April at Croma and other retail stores in India with a street price of approximately Rs 22,000.

 

Lava Releases World’s First Intel Medfield Powered Android Smartphone

Indian mobile manufacturer Lava has launched the world’s first Intel powered Android smartphone – XOLO X900. Lava XOLO X900, which was first spotted in this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), is powered by an Intel Atom (Medfield) processor. Lava claims that the 1.6 GHz Atom with Hyper Threading will offer an “an unbelievably responsive” experience.

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As far as features are concerned, the XOLO has all the features a flagship deserves. Its 8 mega-pixel rear cam is capable of shooting 1080p videos and snapping up to ten images per second in burst mode, while the 1.3 MP front camera is good enough for video calling. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, HSPA+, NFC, and Bluetooth. The handset measures in at 123 x 63 x 10.99 mm, and features a 4.03″ TFT LCD touchscreen (capacitive) with Gorilla Glass. A 400 MHz GPU is also present to take care of heavy duty graphics processing. The 1460 mAh battery is expected to offer 8 hours of talk time, and last 5 hours of 3G browsing. Sixteen gigs of internal strorage, and 1 GB of RAM is also included.

The X900 ships with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread); however, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is expected to become available soon as an OTA (over the air) upgrade. Lava has partnered with Chroma to promote and distribute the phone across India. The retail price is Rs. 22,000 ($422 approx.). Intel has reportedly signed up several manufacturers including Motorola, ZTE, and Orange for Medfield powered smartphones; however, Lenovo K800 is the only other handset that has been announced so far. The K800 is expected to launch next month.