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Samsung Unveils Rex 60, 70, 80 And 90 Feature Phones In India

Samsung recently announced 4 new touchscreen feature-phones in India. As the name suggests, Rex 60, Rex 70, Rex 80 and Rex 90 are the part of the new Rex family and it will directly compete with the Nokia’s successful Asha range of entry-level phones. These handsets are powered by Java based Operating System and packs some useful social networking apps such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger, Samsung ChatOn and more.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“As the number one mobile leader and innovator, we are committed to developing the best possible mobile solutions to suit all lifestyles and budgets, which is why we are so excited to launch the Rex series across a number of the world’s fastest growing markets. Rex devices are designed to seamlessly prioritize and consolidate essential mobile functions that matter most to customers across diverse markets. The result is an extraordinary end-to-end mobile experience with the best value for money.”

Samsung Rex 60 Specs:

  • 2.8 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM
  • Samsung TouchWiz Lite UI
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 30 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 70 Specs:

  • 3 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM with hot swap
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 80 Specs:

  • 3 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM
  • Samsung TouchWiz Lite UI
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Samsung ChatOn
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 20 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 90 Specs:

  • 3.5 inch HVGA display
  • Dual SIM with hot swap
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Facebook Chat
  • Opera Mini
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

These handsets will be available in the price range from Rs.4,280 to Rs.6,490. Tata Docomo subscribers will get double data usage on standard data recharges until August 31, 2013 with the purchase of these handsets.

Best Travel Apps

Here is a list of vacation apps that allow you make the best use of your smart phone from boarding the flight, to finding your way around town. These apps will help you on almost every leg of your journey. This comes after you plan your trip of course.

Know your phone costs

If you plan to make a fair number of calls, it is best to purchase a local sim from the airport. A data plan should ideally be avoided if you can locate free or cheap WiFi spots with the Free Wi-Fi Finder.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

Another option is to rent from XComGlobal.com for a flat rate of $15 per day. Do check with your carrier for international roaming plans and compare rates.

 

Book your flight

Use  Matrix Airfare Search to find the best flight deal.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

Find your best seat on the flight using Seat-Guru.

Note: Available for Apple for free

 

Know your flight

In case of flight delays, use FlightTrack Pro to provide you with quick updates.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for $9.99

If you are in the US, you can check what the carrier legally owes you for any inconvenience using FlyersRights.

Note: Available for Apple for $0.99

 

Know the airport

Use GateGuru to identify eateries, services, and stores near your terminal and how travelers rate them. It also provides airport maps and airport security wait times.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

If you are unavoidably late and miss your connecting flight, use Next Flight to list of all available flights up till the next two days. If there really are no suitable options, it allows you to look for cabs, hotels and car rentals.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for $2.99

To keep up with changing rules on baggage and identification, use My TSA to check what items you can carry and more.

Note: Available for Apple for free

 

Know your time killers

If you have an extremely long layover, use Priority Pass to find and check prices of airport lounges.

Note: Available for Apple, Android, Blackberry for free

The first thing I normally do when I have some time to kill is open Kindle.

Note: Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone for free

You can also use the Pocket app to save articles, videos, or web pages to read offline at your leisure.

Note: Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone for free

If reading is not your thing, then the next fascinating thing is to play games, there are plenty of games to choose from the Techie-Buzz archives (Techie-Buzz:Top 8 Pub Game iPhone Apps).

Know your itinerary

Instead of having multiple print outs, use TripIt to organize all your trip reservations like you would in your own pocket diary.

Note: Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone  for free

Know your weather

Plan for any weather contingency using the reliable Weather Channel.

Note: Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry,Windows Phone for free

Know your budget

The most stressful thing about trips is keeping track of where your money has gone. Keep track of bills and your current cash reserve using Virtual Wallet.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

 

Know your transport

The best way to explore a city is by foot or using public transportation. The MetrO app has details on public transportation systems in more than 400 cities across the world.

Note: Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone  for free

If you are on a road trip in the US, use RoadNinja to find stops for the local attractions in addition to food, medicine, gas, and lodging along the way.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

 

Know your city

Plan your local sightseeing tours with Viator that sells tours in many major destinations around the world.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

In addition to the much loved Google Maps, use Yelp to get the local’s recommendation for the best places to be at, no matter what time it is.

Note: Both available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Palm  for free

The local newspapers often have details on activities and discounts available for the day. Use City Papers to find where the local’s are heading. It has access to 3,000 English-language ­newspapers worldwide.

Note: Available for Apple for $0.99

Get the details of the sights and sounds in the city using Wikihood that pulls details from Wikipedia entries.

Note: Available for Apple  for free

If you are in a city where you do not speak the language, use Google Translate for easier communication.

Note: Available for Apple, Android for free

HTC Desire X — Dual-Core Sporting Affordable ICS Running Handset

HTC may have promised to stick to its ‘One’ series of unified brand, but the latest handset from the company definitely bucks the trend. The Desire X from HTC sports a typical One series styling, mid-range internals and a budget price tag for emerging Asian markets.

The Desire X is the first phone to make use of Qualcomm’s S4 Play processor. According to Anandtech, the Qualcomm S4 Play processor is based on the 45nm fabrication process and packs in two Cortex-A5 cores clocked at 1GHz, along with an Adreno 203 GPU. Other specs of the Desire X include 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super-LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, a 5MP camera with F/2.0 and a 28mm wide-angle lens, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and the other usual bunch of features and sensors.

The Desire X will be available by mid-September in most markets of Asia at an “affordable” price. The handset will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it out-of-the-box, but should get the Jelly Bean treatment as well. There is also a 1650mAh battery inside the 9.69mm thick body of the phone, which should hopefully be enough for it to last a day.

 

Budget ’11: Mobile Phones To Cost More

The Union Budget which was presented yesterday by the Finance Minister of India received mixed responses from everyone. The budget had it’s impact stated on the telecom sector too. According to the Indian Cellular Association, from now on all the Mobile Phone handsets that are directly imported into India will be expensive by about 5 per cent of their existing market prices.

Also, the mobile phone handsets which are manufactured in India will have their retail price tags raised by about one per cent. However there won’t be any change in the pricing of basic mobile phone accessories due to the Budget. According to Mr Pankaj Mohindroo, President, Indian Cellular Association – the increase in the price of Mobile handsets would pose a further concern for the mobile industry which is already facing a challenge from the unbranded and sub-standard Chinese mobile phones.

Mr Arshit Pathak, Managing Director of Kingtech Electronics which owns the G’Five brand phones has said that this increase in the mobile phone prices won’t affect the customer end price of their handsets and the company would absorb the price increase to benefit their customers.

via Hindu Business Line

Samsung Gem, Another Budget Android Revealed

Samsung has published some images and specifications of the Samsung Gem, another budget Android phone, on its website.

It has dimensions of 4.48 x 2.18 x 0.48 inches and weighs 3.85 ounces. It will have a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a WQVGA resolution. It will be powered by an 800 MHz processor and will likely come with 256/512 MB RAM. It will also have a 3.2 MP camera and will come with the Android 2.1 Eclair OS with Swype for text input. We don’t know whether or not it will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also has Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS and 124 MB internal storage with 16 GB microSD card support.

The Samsung Spica i5700 was one of the most popular budget Android phones in its time. However, it was soon superceded by the LG Optimus One. The Samsung Gem will compete with the Optimus One and the newly launched Optimus Me. Going by the hardware specs, it definitely offers a better deal. But it runs an outdated OS – Android 2.1 Eclair while the Optimus One and Optimus Me come with Android 2.2 Froyo. The Gem may be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2011.

Check out these images of the Samsung Gem:

Samsung Gem

Samsung Gem

Source: Samsung SCH-I100 Features

India To See 26% Growth In Online Ad Market

As more and more Indians are getting on the internet, the web is becoming a high potential property for businesses to showcase themselves to users. According to a survey conducted by IAMAI, the online advertising market in India (including both text and display ads) is expected to grow by 26% to Rs 993 crore in the upcoming financial year.

Here are some charts that show the online ad spending according to various sectors. While, banking and financial services lead text ad spending (24 per cent of the total text ad spend), the travel sector leads the display ad spend accounting to 14 per cent share.

Another interesting thing to note in the survey was that the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) industry spends more on display ads than text ads. The display ad and the text ads spends for the FMCG industry stood at Rs 26 crore and Rs 13 crore respectively.

Charts via Aloo Techie

Motorola Quench XT5 Launched in India; Priced at Rs 13990

Motorola Quench XT5The Motorola Quench XT5, one of the most awaited budget Android phones has finally been launched in India. It was launched today and is bundled with an Aircel connection.

The Quench XT5 runs Android 2.1 Eclair and comes with a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It has a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor and comes with 256 MB RAM.

It offers 512 MB internal storage and comes bundled with a 2 GB microSD card. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and comes equipped with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS.

It is priced at Rs 13990 in India and comes with an Aircel connection. If you choose a prepaid connection, you get 9 GB free download for 3 months and 150 free Aircel to Aircel minutes. With a postpaid connection, you get 1 GB free downloads per month for six months.

If you aren’t keen on the camera, I think that the LG Optimus One would be a better option, as it runs Android 2.2 Froyo and will soon get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

LG Optimus One Launched In India For Rs 13500

LG Optimus OneLG’s most popular Android phone to date, the LG Optimus One P500 has been launched in India. It is now available for just Rs. 13500, which makes it one of the best budget Android phones in India.

LG hasn’t had much success with its Android lineup, but the Optimus One has been seeing spectacular sales. It just passed the 1 million milestone a week back.

It is probably the best budget phone right now. It is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 600 MHz processor and 419 MB RAM. It has 170 MB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32 GB.

It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which is much better compared to the QVGA resolution of most budget Android phones. It also has a 3.15 MP camera and offers all the basic connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP etc. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery.

At this price point, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a budget Android device.

Samsung Launches the Champ Mobile Phone in India

Samsung Champ C3300KSamsung has launched the Champ C3300K, a budget touchscreen mobile phone in India. The Samsung Champ is priced at just around Rs. 4000 ($90). It comes with a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and supports 256K colors.

It will come with Samsung’s proprietary firmware for feature phones and will have the TouchWiz Lite UI.

The specifications are average: It has 30 MB internal memory and supports up to 8 GB microSD cards. It will have the GPRS and EDGE connectivity options along with Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0.

It also has a 1.3 MP camera and a stereo FM radio with RDS. It will support J2ME apps and comes with a 1000 mAh Li-ion battery with a rated talktime of 12 hrs.

It is a very good option if you are looking for a budget touchscreen phone from an established brand rather than from newer brands like Micromax or Spice.

via Cellpassion