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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.

Nokia 114 Launched In India For Rs.2,549

Last month, Nokia unveiled the entry-level Nokia 114 feature phone. This handset is specially designed for young and hyper-social consumers who wants a fast online experience, without burning a hole in the pocket. Within a month of its global announcement, the dual-SIM Nokia 114 was finally launched in India. This handset comes with the Nokia’s unique Easy Swap technology which allows you to switch SIM cards without turning off the phone.

V. Ramnath, Director of Sales, Nokia India said:
“The new Nokia 114 offers a great, affordable browsing experience for hyper-social consumers who want instant Facebook and Twitter access, as well as to stay connected on-the-go. This unique device supports 24/7 connectivity through faster Internet access with the Nokia Xpress Browser, resulting in a superior Internet experience for these price points”.

Nokia 114 features a 1.8 inch QVGA display, Symbian S40 OS, dual-SIM (GSM + GSM), 0.3 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, GPRS/EDGE, social networking apps, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 16 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, dedicated SIM manager and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, up to 637 hours of stand-by time, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 27 hours of music playback and a 1020 mAh battery. This handset measures 110 mm x 46 mm x 14.8 mm and weighs just 80 grams.

The Nokia 114 comes with the innovative, cloud-accelerated Nokia Xpress browser, which allows up to 85% more efficient mobile browsing. This handset is available in 3 colors – Black, Magenta and Cyan. The Nokia 114 comes with a price tag of just Rs.2549 in India.

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.

Spice Launches Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 Smartphone And Stellar Pad Mi 1010 Tablet

S-Mobility has already launched a number of entry-level dual-SIM feature phones as well as dual-SIM Android smartphones. Today, the Indian mobile phone maker launched a new Android powered smartphone as well as a tablet in the Stellar series. The smartphone is named as Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 and it is touted to be the slimmest smartphone by an Indian brand. On the other hand, Stellar Pad Mi 1010 is an affordable Android powered tablet which have been designed to attract urban users and young professionals in India.

T M Ramakrishnan, CEO – Devices, S Mobility said:
“We have priced our handsets affordably to ensure rapid uptake by both – 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G, and existing 3G users – especially in the metros which are traditional strongholds of Spice. Our focus on consumer experience has been compulsive and keeping in line with the same, we have brought in the dual-core processor with quad-core graphics in the tablet segment and the smart & sleekly designed Virtuoso smartphone.”

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 features a 4.5 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 4 GN internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Tethering, 512 MB RAM, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor and a 1700 mAh battery.

Spice Stellar Pad Mi 1010 comes with a 10.1 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with quad-core GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 16 GB internal storage MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, Wi-Fi support, 3D G-Sensor, HDMI, OTG and a 7600mAh Li-ion Polymer battery.

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 comes with a price-tag of Rs. 10,499 in India. You will also get a free leather cover and a screen guard worth Rs. 1,000 with the purchase of this handset. Spice Stellar Pad Mi 1010 is currently available in India for Rs. 12,999. The manufacturer also bundles a leather cover and a USB ‘on-the-go’ cable worth Rs 2,000.

Micromax A101 Goes On Sale In India For Rs.10,299

Almost all of the major mobile phone manufacturers have joined the phablet race, which was first started by none other than Samsung. Thanks to the huge popularity of Galaxy Note and Note II, other manufacturers such as Sony and Huawei are expected to launch their very own phablet at the CES 2012.

Even the Indian mobile phone manufacturers are not far behind, Micromax and Lava have already launched their very own phablets at extremely low price. Back in October, Micromax introduced the Android powered A101. It is the successor of the popular A100 smartphone and it comes with a large 5 inch WVGA display. Flipkart, the popular online retailer has finally started selling this device in India.

The Micromax A101 features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel 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, FM radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB 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.

Micromax A101 comes with a price-tag of Rs.10,299 in India. If you are planning to buy an Android smartphone without burning a hole in your pocket, then you should definitely have a look at this device. To get the Micromax A101, head over to this page at Flipkart.

10 Million Samsung Galaxy Devices Sold In India

It all started with the Galaxy S! Back in 2010, Samsung decided to group all the Android smartphones under the Galaxy brand and Bada smartphones under the Wave brand. The first smartphone in the Galaxy family to reach India was none other than the original Galaxy S.

This handset went on to become the largest selling smartphone in the history of Android. Later next year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S II which broke the previous record in just few months of its launch. This record was once again broken this year by yet another Galaxy smartphone. No prizes for guessing the answer.

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note and created a new category of phone/tablet hybrid device. Today, almost all of the major Mobile phone manufacturers has already launched their own phablet or in the process of unveiling it next month at the CES 2012. Sadly, none of them managed to compete with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II.

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Samsung has not only launched hi-end smartphones and phablets under the Galaxy brand, but also launched the entry-level Android smartphones such as Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace and so on. These handsets were specially target at the youngster as well as for those who do not want to burn their pockets for the Android experience.

As expected, Samsung recently announced that the company managed to sell 10 million units of Galaxy devices in India right from the beginning till date. This number includes Galaxy smartphones as well as tablets. The Galaxy brand not only changed the fortunes of the company, but also took the Korean mobile phone maker to the top spot in less than 3 years.

Asim Warsi, Samsung VP (Mobile), said,
“Innovative devices like the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy SII and SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Y have caught the imagination of customers and helped us democratise the smartphone experience in the Indian market. Through our series of consistent smartphone launches, Samsung has fuelled the growth of the smartphone market in India and has been a category leader since last year. Samsung’s portfolio of 13 Galaxy devices in the Indian market are priced between Rs. 6,790 to Rs. 39,990.”

Karbonn Launches A30 Smartphone; Comes With 5.9 Inch Display, Android 4.0

Some major handset makers such as Samsung and Huawei are expected to announce a phone/tablet hybrid device with a large 6 inch display at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. However, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer Karbonn went a step ahead and launched the world’s first smartphone with a large 5.9 inch display!

The Karbonn A30 is a dual-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The price of this device is nowhere close to our favorite phablet, the Galaxy Note II. Karbonn has also pre-loaded some useful apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, PayTM, Saavn and Karbonn Smart.

Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, said,
“By devising the Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone, our endeavour is to form the world’s first 5.9” screen smartphone which blurs the differentiation between a Tablet and a Smartphone and creates a hybrid category of devices which is sure to see a lot of buzz in times to come.”

Karbonn A30 features a 5.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Dual-SIM (3G + 2G) capabilities, 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2500 mAh battery.

Karbonn A30 comes with a price-tag of Rs. 12,990 (approx. $235). However, you can easily get this device from popular online retailer Saholic for just Rs. 11,500.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,199

Back in October, Samsung announced the Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos. These entry-level smartphones runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Galaxy Music and Music Duos features a dual frontal stereo speakers along with advanced audio features such as Sound Alive and SRS. These devices are specially targeted at music lovers.

Samsung has not yet launched these devices in major markets across Asia. However, folks living in India can finally get their hands on the Galaxy Music Duos. Samsung’s official online store has recently started selling this handset in India. If you are planning to buy a sub-10k smartphone powered by the Android 4.0 OS, then you should definitely take a look at this handset.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos features a 3.0 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 850 Mhz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM capabilities), Samsung Touchwiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA video recording, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub, MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Document Viewer, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 370 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hours of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos comes with a price tag of Rs.9,199 (approx. $165). To get this handset, head over to this page.

Intex Launches iBuddy Connect Tablet With Voice Call Facility For Rs.7990

Intex has previously launched a number of budget tablets. However, the company recently launched its first tablet device with voice calling facility. This device is called as the Intex iBuddy connect and it runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has also packed some useful news and social networking apps such as Nimbuzz, Skype, Facebook, India Today and Aaj Tak.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said,
“Intex iBuddy Connect is an interesting blend of latest technologies and smart look. Today, youth segment both in urban and semi-urban cities and towns are looking for a computing gadget which comes with calling facilities as well. Addressing to the evolved needs, we have introduced this compact tablet.”

Intex iBuddy Connect features a 7-inch touchscreen display with, 5-point touch capabilities, 1 GHz single-core processor, GSM SIM Support, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera for video calls, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, HDMI support and a 3000 mAh lithium ion battery.

Intex iBuddy Connect comes with a price tag of just Rs.7990. This device is available in white and chocolate colors. It offers a USB 2.0 port with support for 3G USB dongles. You can easily get this device from your nearest retailers as well as from 70 Intex Squares across India.

Reliance Offers Unlimited Facebook Messenger Access For Just Rs.16

We have a good news for Facebook addicts. Most of the operators in India have already launched the unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) plan, which allows the BlackBerry users to enjoy unlimited BBM access for just Rs.129 per month. Along similar lines, Reliance Communications recently launched the new Facebook Messenger plan.

You can subscribe to this plan for just Rs.16. It comes with a validity of 30 days. The new Facebook Messenger plan offers unlimited access to Facebook Messenger without subscribing to any other data plans. This plan will prove to be extremely useful for those who does not want to subscribe to any costly data plans, but still want to get in touch with their Facebook friends on the go.

Sadly, this pack is currently available only for pre-paid subscribers. The plan is auto-renewed every 30 days unless the user unsubscribe it manually. Facebook Messenger is currently available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. You can also use Facebook Messenger even if you do not have a Facebook account. Similar to WhatsApp, the new Facebook Messenger for Android allows you to sign up with just using your name and phone number. You can download the app from fb.me/msgr.

Nilanjan Mukherjee, Wireless Chief Revenue Officer, Reliance Communications Limited said,
“We have always been at the forefront of offering innovative products with incredible affordability for our customers and the launch of Facebook Messenger Plan is yet another step in that direction. We are confident that ‘Facebook Messenger Plan’ with unlimited usage of Facebook without any extra data charges is set to provide a compelling new experience with incredible affordability to smartphone users across the country on our superior network. We are hoping this offer to trigger a significant shift of youth customers using smartphones to our superior network.”