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Samsung Galaxy Grand Launched In India For Rs.21,500

Samsung recently launched the mid-range Galaxy Grand in India. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with some decent specs including a 5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset also sports the Multi-Window, Smart Stay and Direct Call features, which was first seen in the Galaxy Note II.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, said,
“Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market .The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition. I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the Smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a great Smart Dual SIM phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with a price tag of just Rs.21,500. For a limited time, Samsung will bundle a Flip Cover right in the box. You will also get the new ‘My Services’ worth Rs.8000 for free along with 50 GB of Dropbox space. Additionally, Vodafone users will get 2 GB data download per month for the first 2 months.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Launched; 5 Inch HD Display, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor For Rs.14,999

Indian mobile phone manufacturer, Micromax recently surprised everyone with the launch of its powerful yet budget-friendly Micromax A116 Canvas HD smartphone. This device is the successor of the highly popular Mircomax Canvas 2. It packs a 5 inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and much more. Unlike other budget smartphones, the Micromax Canvas HD runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out-of-the-box.

Deepak Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Micromax, said:
“At Micromax, we constantly strive to innovate and develop great technological experiences for our consumers. Today’s launch marks our association with MediaTek to bring forth our first quad core phone in this segment, offering consumers a great user experience with latest features and added functionality. We are excited with the success of Canvas 2, which has clearly established Micromax as number one player in the new 5” phablet category in India. We are looking forward to similar success with the new phone being unveiled today.”

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720p pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, dual-SIM capabilities, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, Micro USB, USB 2.0, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 207 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 144mm x 74mm x10.7mm.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD comes with a price tag of just Rs.14,999 (approx. $280). You heard it right! Currently, there is no other smartphone with such an impressive specs in the sub-15k price range. We are quite sure that Micromax Canvas HD will break the records of its predecessor in the coming weeks.

LG Optimus G Pro Officially Unveiled In Japan; Full HD Screen, 13MP Camera, Quad-Core Processor And More!

Just a few days that the Optimus G Pro specs leaked online, LG has gone ahead and unveiled the handset in Japan under the NTT Docomo network. The major upgrade the Optimus G Pro has over its predecessor is the new 5-inch 1080p IPS display.

Internally, the Optimus G Pro packs in a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features including LTE. The Pro is around 1.5mm thicker than the Optimus G, thanks largely due to the beefy 3000mAh battery inside it. There is a 13MP sensor at the back of the handset which is capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

LG has also dumped the glass black found on the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G in favor of plastic for improved reliability. The Korean company has also replaced the capacitive home button in the front with a physical Home like on the Samsung Galaxy series.

On the software side, the Optimus G Pro runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. One of the software tweaks that LG is offering on the Optimus G Pro is dubbed as ‘Slide Apps’, which are floating mini apps that can be kept on top of an existing application and used.

LG and NTT Docomo did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset. The handset is expected to be available in Japan sometime in April only. LG is also expected to announce a global version of the Optimus G Pro at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Acer Iconia B1 Launched In India For Just Rs.7,999

Acer was already rumored to unveil an entry-level Android tablet in 2013. Last week, Acer finally announced the ultra-cheap Iconia B1 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. With one week of its announcement, Acer went ahead and launched this affordable 7 inch tablet exclusively for the folks living in India.

Indian mobile phone manufacturers such as Micromax, HCL, Lava and Spice are already selling cheap Android tablets in India. However, Acer Iconia B1 is the first tablet from an international brand to be available in India at a price of sub-10,000. This device runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out-of-the-box. You can find the complete specs below.

Acer Iconia B1 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB DDR3 RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, WiFi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and 2710 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.

Acer Iconia B1 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.7,999 (approx. $150) in India. Yes, you heard it right! If you are looking for an entry-level Android tablet from an international brand, then your search should end at this device. However, the 0.3 megapixel front camera and pathetic battery are major disappointment.

LG Optimus G Gets The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

LG Optimus G is one of the most powerful Android smartphone out there. It is the company’s current flagship device featuring a 4.7 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more.

The LG Optimus G was shipped with the older Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has already promised to release the newer version of the Android soon after the launch, however it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. Today, LG finally released the much-awaited Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) update for the LG Optimus G.

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This update is currently rolling out in South Korea for both LG U+ and SK Telecom’s variant. The latest update bring the usual Jelly Bean features such as Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. LG Optimus G owners in other countries are expected to get this update starting next month.

Sony Xperia Z Up For Pre-Order In The UK

Earlier this week, Sony unveiled the much-awaited Xperia Z smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset managed to grab the eyeballs of almost everyone at the event, thanks to its brilliant design and powerful specs. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display.

Sony has already announced that the device will be launched during the Q1 of 2013. Sadly, the price of this device was not revealed at the event. Now, we have good news for the folks living in the UK. Clove, a popular online retailer has not only started taking the pre-orders of this device, but also revealed the exact price of this device. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the specs posted below.

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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, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 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, USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Clove has not mentioned the exact release date, however the retailer is expected to ship the device starting from March 1, 2013. This handset comes with a price-tag of £528 (approx. $850) in the UK (including VAT). To pre-order this device right now, just head over to this page.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S II Plus Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction! It is the successor of the original Galaxy S and the first Android smartphone to cross the 10 million mark. This handset was originally launched with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update is already on its way.

Samsung has just introduced a new variant of the Galaxy S II smartphone. No prizes for guessing the name! The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus packs almost same specs from the original Galaxy S II in the same old design, except the fact that the device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 OS and Samsung’s latest Touchwiz Nature UX out-of-the-box. Sadly, the internal memory on this device has been reduced from 16 GB to just 8 GB.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, 1 GB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Direct, up to 610 hrs of stand-by time, up to 8 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 1650 mAh battery.

Apart from that, the rear camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that captures moving objects easily without delay. The popup video feature allows you to play a video anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while simultaneously running other tasks. The price and availability of this device will be announced soon.

ZTE Grand S Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM

Last year, the images and specs of the ZTE Grand S was leaked a number of times. Recently, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched its very own 5 inch smartphone, the ZTE Grand S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and it packs a 5 inch 1080p display (similar to the recently launched Xperia Z), 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.

ZTE Grand S is currently the slimmest 5 inch smartphone with just 6.45 millimeters thickness. Sadly, this handset comes with a 1780 mAh non-removable battery. We have no idea what the manufacturer was thinking before creating this beast with such a disappointing battery.

Mr. Kan Yulun, Corporate Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the ZTE Mobile Device Division, said,
“The ZTE Grand S gives our customers the latest in technology, functionality and style. We understand that today’s consumers call for advanced features and state-of-the-art multimedia options in their handsets, and the ZTE Grand S confidently addresses those demands. It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

ZTE Grand S features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1780 mAh non-removable battery.

ZTE Grand S measures 142 x 69 x 6.9 mm and weighs 170 grams. This handset will go on sale in China from Q1 of 2013. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks.

Huawei Ascend D2 Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, 13 MP Camera

Huawei was already expected to launch a phone/tablet hybrid device. Today, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally unveiled the new Huawei Ascend D2 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and it comes with a 5 inch 1080p Full HD IPS+ display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel camera and so on. This handset is protected by the anti-scratch Corning Gorilla glass and the dust and water resistant IPX 5/4.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said,
“The Huawei Ascend D2 has the style, power and all-round performance capabilities you would expect from a Huawei Ascend smartphone, but with a revolutionary FHD screen, unsurpassed camera quality and power saving technology to maximize your enjoyment. We are excited to introduce the Huawei Ascend D2, the latest addition to our series of Ascend range of smartphones, as we continue to put great technology into the hands of more people around the world.”

Huawei Ascend D2 features a 5 inch FHD IPS+ Super Retina LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.5 GHz Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 13 megapixel BSI rear-facing camera with detail capturing technology, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 3000 mAh battery.

Huawei’s properiatery fast battery charging technology enables the Huawei Ascend D2 to be fully charged in 30% less time than its takes other smartphones under the same electricity conditions. Huawei Ascend D2 will go on sale from this month in China, followed by Japan and other Asian markets in the coming months. The price of this device is still unknown.

Huawei Ascend Mate Unveiled; Comes With 6.1 Inch HD Display, 4050 mAh Battery

Along with the Ascend D2, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has introduced another new member in the Ascend family, the Huawei Ascend Mate. This device is touted to be a “smartphone with the largest screen in the world”. If you were looking for a smartphone larger than the Galaxy Note II, but smaller than the Nexus 7 tablet, then your search finally comes to an end. The Huawei Ascend Mate comes with a 6.1 inch HD display. You heard it right!

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said,
“The Huawei Ascend Mate breaks barriers to deliver a supercharged entertainment, communication and creative experience for all your personal and professional needs. The Huawei Ascend Mate is an industry-leading smartphone and showcases our innovation as we continue to make great technology available to more people globally.”

Huawei Ascend Mate features a 6.1 inch HD IPS+ LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.5 GHz Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 4050 mAh battery.

This handset provides up to two days of ordinary usage on a single charge, thanks to the Huawei’s QPC and ADRX smart power-saving technology. Huawei Ascend Mate will be available in crystal black and pure white colors. This handset will go on sale from next month in China. The price of this device will be announced soon.