Gionee Elife S5.1 Hands-on and First Impressions

Gionee might not be a household name, yet, but the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is leaving no stones unturned to become one. The Elife E7, for instance, impressed us with its hardware and camera. While even the earlier products like the E5 offered a great set of specs under a reasonable price bracket. Company is now following it up by introducing the second smartphone in its forte of slim smartphones with the Elife S5.1 being the second off the block. The device was recently launched in India and here are our first impressions of one of the slimmest smartphone in the world, which is also recognized by Guinness Book of World Records.

Gionee Elife S5.1 - Design

Specification

The Elife S5.1 comes with toned-down specs, as it sports a 4.8-inch 720p AMOLED display, comparing to the 5-inch 1080p display seen on the S5.5, its predecessor. The device comes powered with a 1.7GHz Octa-core processor complimented by a 1GB of RAM and Mali-450MP4. The S5.1 runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS layered with company’s Amigo UI 2.0, which is the kind of a buzz kill for performance. Nonetheless, the device still takes multitasking very easily.

The device features an 8MP Autofocus rear shooter with LED flash, while the device features a 5MP snapper at the front. It has onboard storage of 16GB out of which around 10GB was available to use. It packs 2050mAh battery, which gave a decent amount of battery life over the day. While carrying out complex tasks and gaming will definitely lower the battery life of the device.

Design

Considering that specs on S5.1 are not high-end, the device still feels premium in handling. The real catch on this device is its light weight and good looks, which will almost remind you of the iPhone. Though, Gionee didn’t forget to consider the basic engineering of designing the slim smartphone. Unlike we have seen in the case of iPhone 6 Plus, which is prone to bending. Making a smaller display than S5.5 actually helped the company to not create the bending issues with the S5.1.

Now coming to the design aesthetics, it sports a metallic frame and glass body at just 5.1mm thickness. On the right edge, there is an SIM card slot, which can hold a single microSIM card once the tray is popped out. While on the left side, there are volume rocker keys and power buttons. The top edge is left emptied, but you can find earphone jack and microUSB at the bottom edge, as well as primary microphone. On the front top, the device has sensors; earpiece and camera module installed. While on the front bottom, there are capacitive touch buttons for menu, home, and back operations. At the back of the device, there is a camera module with flash at the top, whereas the loudspeakers are found at the bottom.

Early Verdict

The device has a pretty decent hardware specs sheet, but considering there are many options available in the market for smartphone consumers, who can easily spend around INR 20K. Its competitors are quite few if you take slimness as the base, while considering the overall package; Gionee S5.1 is not worth INR 20K pricing. But arguably it might be the best-designed smartphone in this range.

Flipkart Is All Set For The Big Billion Day, Are You?

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Competitive pricing has been one of the strong points of online stores. Deals are going to get even better this week, as India’s biggest online retailer Flipkart is geared-up to kick-off the Big Billion Day sale just in time for the festive season. The company will be offering everything from bulbs to beds at a discounted price.
The Flipkart sale will start on October 13 with focus on fashion category. Next day will be dedicated to home appliances. 15 is reserved for mobile phones and accessories, followed by electronics and automotive. The last day will be targeted at book lovers. So mark your calendars, and keep your wish list ready.
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The only not-so-exciting thing about the sale is that it is not accessible via desktop website. However, for killer deals, we think it is fine to put up with the app for five days.
While there is no denying that Flipkart offered excellent deals last year, the shopping experience wasn’t good at all. Due to the insane surge in the traffic, Flipkart ran into numerous technical glitches and logistic nightmares. Things wouldn’t go haywire this time around though, as Flipkart has been training its partners for quite a while.
If in case, you don’t find your favourite product on Flipkart. You have other options such as Amazon who would be hosting Great Indian Festive Sale fromOctober 13 to 17. Yes, it coincides with the Big Billion Days sale. Best thing about Amazon is that the company will not be limiting its offers to the app platform. So yes, you don’t have to leave your trustworthy desktop/laptop to grab the discounts.

Now Experience The OnePlus 2 At Your Nearest Airtel Store

While everyone is glued to the IFA 2015 in Berlin, OnePlus and Airtel have entered into a partnership. The collaboration between the two will allow you to experience the latest flagship device from the China-based manufacturer directly at any Airtel stores across the Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai.

OnePlus 2 with Airtel

Bharti Airtel is the third largest service provider globally and has deep roots in India. With operations over 20 countries across Asia and Africa, Airtel has built a platform on which smartphone users can experience the OnePlus 2. Also on offer is a OnePlus invite which users will require for purchasing the device. Customers who are willing to upgrade their existing SIM card for an Airtel 4G SIM or even opting for a new Airtel 4G connection stand a chance to grab a OnePlus 2 invite which can be used to purchase the smartphone. But the invites are limited and will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Starting with Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, the offer is expected to roll out to other cities soon.

As per the specifications, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 4GB RAM, dual-SIM support and a 5-megapixel front shooter. The flagship killer comes with a price a tag of INR 24,999. Before Airtel, Ola had tied up with OnePlus to offer users in six Indian cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata a chance to experience the new OnePlus 2 smartphone via the cab-hailing app. 

This new initiative will attract more users which might prove fruitful for the company in the long run. Starting tomorrow (Friday, September 4), OnePlus fans will be able to easily experience the OnePlus 2 across 50 Airtel stores in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Leaked: Huawei Nexus 2015

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Huawei made Nexus has just surfaced online ahead of the IFA 2015. The leaked image clearly shows the branding of the Chinese multinational company with a possible fingerprint sensor and microphone at the back of the device. As per the leaks, the smartphone features a metal back panel with a USB Type-C port at the bottom. Previous leaks also claimed that the Huawei Nexus 2015 is expected to feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset.

Recent leaks have cemented the fact that the device will come with a 5.7-inch screen, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a 3,500 mAh battery. Moreover, the device is expected to come with a 21-megapixel rear camera. If the following leak turns out to be true then we might see the device shipping with 64GB of eMMC 5.1 onboard storage. The image also shows that there is a dual-LED flash at the rear and stereo front-facing speakers similar to the Moto devices. On the software front, the smartphone is expected to run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow which might just be announced prior to the launch of both the Huawei and LG Nexus smartphones.

Just like the leaked LG model the Huawei variant also portraits a similar fingerprint scanner which indicates that Google might have created a common design for both the Nexus variants. For the time being, there is no word on any official announcements as well as the pricing. The Huawei Nexus is due to be announced in October alongside the LG Nexus launch.

Win a Spice Android Smartphone daily with the Spice Milaye Sapnon Se Contest

milaye sapno se contest Indian mobile handset manufacturer – Spice Mobiles has launched a special brand campaign named ‘Spice Milaye Sapnon Se’ contest wherein anyone can share their dream & stand a chance to win recently launched Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506 Android smartphone daily. As simple as it sounds, a user simply needs to visit the contest page on Spice Mobile website, sign up using his/her Facebook account and share his dream. The entry with maximum likes from his/her Facebook friend on a particular day stands to win a smartphone. There will also a grand prize wherein one contestant stands a chance to win 5 Spice Android smartphones and 5 headsets.

Features of Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506

Spice Stellar mettle mi-506 The Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506 is a newly launched and the first smartphone in the Spice Stellar Mettle series. Below are the brief features of the device.

    • The device sports a 5” LCD with capacitive touch screen having WVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution giving an effective pixel density of about 195 PPI pixel density
    • It has dual-dual SIM support with dual standby mode
    • In terms of camera, it has an 8 MP primary rear camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera
    • The device is powered with 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM
    • It has 4 GB of internal memory which could be further expanded up to 32 GB further
    • The device runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
    • Connectivity options includes 3G (only on single SIM), Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS & A-GPS.
    • The phone has a 1800 mAh battery on-board and is 9.6 mm thin.

The device is priced at Rs. 6,999

Steps to enter the contest:

    • Visit Spice Milaye Sapnon Se contest page
    • Sign up using your Facebook ID
    • Share your dream on the contest page
    • Once your dream post has been moderated, an update will be automatically posted on your Facebook wall
    • Now all you need to do is invite your friends and family to the contest and like your dream. The ‘dream’ with maximum likes on the respective day would stand a chance to win a smartphone.
    • The contest is open from 24th of March through 2nd April, 5.30 PM IST.

Link: Spice Milaye Sapnon Se Contest

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Launched; Quick Hands-on Video and other Details

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Sony India has now got one more feather on its cap by launching the mammoth Android smartphone – Xperia Z Ultra smartphone that spots a 6.4″ large full HD display, which as per Sony is the thinnest and largest full HD Android smartphone ever manufactured. Other significant features of the phone are its light weight and thin design (only 6.5 MM thin), waterproof, ability to easily take notes using any normal pen/pencil/stylus, powerful and latest Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB RAM that’s surely a great pros for power users.

The internal storage is 16 GB and can be expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card. The phone runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and comes with 3G and 4G connectivity. The device has an 8 MP camera with Full HD video recording. Just like the display, the non-removable battery is also quite large, at 3050 mAh.

As mentioned earlier, the phone display is 6.4″ large, and we would personally not consider it as a phone (as termed officially) or a phablet, but something in-line with a tablet.

The device comes in White, Black and Purple colors. The retail price of the device is Rs. 46,990 and is available online for Rs. 45,000 approx.

Sony has also bundled a couple of goodies with the phone.

  • 8GB of free data usage for first two months from Vodafone.
  • 1 month of BigFlix premium subscription
  • Asphalt 7 comes preloaded.

Here’s our fist impression of the phone:

Microsoft releases Office 365 for iPhone: Create, View and Edit any Office document

Finally, Microsoft’s classic Office applications have made it to the iPhone. The app’s got a rather long unnatural name called ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers’ and is available for download in Apple’s iOS App Store.

Office 365 for iPhone

For the time being, it’s only available for iPhone and there’s still no word on an Android version or iPad compatibility. The app is compatible with iPhone 4, 4S, and 5, iPod Touch 5th Generation and requires iOS 6.1 or later. Although the app is free, but an Office 365 subscription is required for use. Don’t worry, Microsoft offers a free one-month trial of Office 365.

Apart from creating, viewing and editing your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, the key features of the app are:

  • Cloud support – One can access Office documents that are stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.
  • Recent Documents –  The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
  • Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.
  • Support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
  • Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
  • Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.
  • Edit While Offline – You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
  • Share – Send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.

Office 365 for iPhone

Sadly, the app currently works only for users based in the United States. Microsoft confirmed to BGR that the app will begin rolling out in other countries and it will be available across 136 markets in 29 different languages.

Nokia set to launch a device on July 11 that’ll reinvent zooming

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Nokia likes to tease and this time they’ve sent out press invites for a 11 July event in New York. As you can see, Nokia is planning on reinventing ‘zooming’. The words “Zoom Reinvented” are highlighted across the top with the words “see more from Nokia” down below. The magnifying glass makes it at all more obvious. If all the leaks around the web are to be believed, then at this Nokia event we’ll be seeing a Nokia EOS device, probably touting a 41-megapixel camera.

Our memories and we hope yours too, haven’t forgotten Nokia’s mind-boggling cameraphone – 808 PureView that had a massive 41-megapixel sensor which allowed users to zoom on an image with no loss of quality. Well, looks like Nokia is about to again show us that kind of innovation and we’re excited to see what it will look like.

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Samsung makes Galaxy S4 Zoom official: 16-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom

Finally, Samsung has announced the all-new Galaxy S4 Zoom. Much like the Galaxy S4 ‘Active’ variant was water proof, this variant of S4 features a huge 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with 10x optical zoom and a Xenon flash on the back.

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The cameraphone comes with a ‘zoom ring’ on the back of the phone that you can twist to instantly share images and this can be done while making a phone call too, thus letting you send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking with. The Zoom Ring also allows a faster way to boot up the camera and scroll through all its features. There are no hardware buttons for the camera, it’s all controlled with digital one’s.

Samsung has included a software add-on called photo suggest which connects the user to a big online library of images taken by other photographers around the globe and it can even suggest you to the best location to take a picture. For the camera, there are 25 Smart Modes, focal length, face detection and other tweaks to play around.

Last year, Samsung brought a similar device named ‘Galaxy Camera’, but this year, the S4 Zoom will be able make calls  and also support LTE. The huge sensor makes the Zoom quite bulky at 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm and 208g of weight. As for the specifications, it has a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The RAM is chopped own to 1.5GB RAM and considering it’s a camerphone, it comes only with 5GB usable internal memory. So you’ll have to expand it (upto64GB) with microSD card. The S4 Zoom will come with a 2,3300mAh battery.

There’s no official word on pricing or the availability. We expect the details to revealed at Samsung Premier 2013 event in London on June 20th.

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App Store milestones: 50 Billion Downloads, 9,00,000 Apps

App Store Downloads 2013

Live from WWDC 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the App Store has received a mind-boggling ‘50 billion’ app downloads which is more than the iTunes App store downloads to date. This milestone got achieved in less than 5 years. In comparison, the Play Store on Android has received 48 Billion apps downloads till date.

Alongside, Tim also announced that there are 9,00,000 iOS apps available to download. Out of these, 3,75,000 apps have been specifically built for the iPad. In comparison, last year at the September 2012 iPhone 5 event, there were 7,00,000 apps in total with 2,50,000 iPad-optimized. These app developers have been paid $10 billion in revenue so far.

Stay glued, as we bring in more announcements.

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BlackBerry Q10 officially launched in India for Rs. 44,990

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Today, BlackBerry has officially launched the keyboard-equipped ‘Q10’ in India for Rs. 44,990. The much-awaited device is finally up for sale in India, but the phone is costlier than the already-expensive BlackBerry Z10, which launched in India for Rs 43,490 and is currently available for Rs 42,490.

The Q10 is running on BlackBerry 10 OS coupled with a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touch display (720 x 720 pixels resolution). Below the display is BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard. The Q10 is powered by a 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor married with 2GB RAM. On the back, there’s an 8 megapixel camera (video recording 1080p@30fps) and on the front, a 2 megapixel camera (videos @720p). It comes with internal storage of 16GB which can be expanded up to 64GB. The connectivity options are as good as any other premium smartphone. There’s MicroUSB, microHDMI, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE support and Bluetooth v4.0. A 2100 mAh Li-ion battery provides the juice to use the device.

Starting from tomorrow, it will be available in black and white colors in all stores. The phone is already available on e-commerce website Saholic.com for Rs 44,999. The website lists that the phone will be delivered in four business days. So what do you’ll think about the device price and features?

BlackBerry Messenger might be arriving to Android and iOS on June 27

Last month, we told you that BlackBerry Messenger App was headed to Android and iOS. But the company had declined to give out a official launch date at that time.

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Today, we have a probable launch date. An unofficial BlackBerry Twitter account, @bbworldwid tweeted that BBM will be coming to Android and iOS on June 27, 2013. The tweet shows a picture of BBM splash screen app on an iPhone.

The Android app will run on devices with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or above and iOS app will run on iOS 6 or above. Initially, users would be able to use multi-person chats, as well as have the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people. The company plans to add some of the new BBM features such as Voice and video calls, Screenshare, and Channels through future updates.

BBM on Android and the iPhone would be free to download. The company is entering the cross-messaging platform race quite late with rivals apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Google Hangouts already ruling on all platforms. We’ll have to wait and see how it stacks up against the competitors.

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active, a water and dust resistant variant of S4

Alas, the rumor mill can take rest. Samsung’s finally announced the Galaxy S4 Active, a water and dust resistant variant for the Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Galaxy S4 Active’s got IP67 water and dust protection certificate. The body is designed in a way to keep it fully sealed from dust particles out and protects against water damage for up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of one meter. It comes equipped with a water-resistant earphone jack. The 8-megapixel rear camera comes with ‘Aqua Mode’ that can be used for better underwater images & video and the volume keys can be used as a camera key. Also, there’s ‘Glove Touch’, which means the touchscreen can be fully operated while wearing gloves.

Key specifications

  • 5-inch 1080p TFT LCD display, 443 PPI
  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Dimension – 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm, weight – 151g
  • 16GB internal memory (11.25GB user memory), expandable memory up to 64GB
  • 4G LTE /3G, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n ac, WiFi Direct, GPS, NFC
  • 2600 mAh battery

The Galaxy S4 Active will be available in Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare colors. It will go on sale this Summer starting from U.S. and Sweden. There’s no official word on pricing yet.

Toshiba announces three 10.1-inch Android Tablets: Excite Pure, Excite Pro and Excite Write

At Computex 2013, Toshiba has announced a new lineup Android tablets – Excite Pure for $299, Excite Pro for $499, and the Stylus-based Excite Write for $599.  Although all three have the same design, same 10.1-inch display size, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and an optional keyboard dock, each offer something different on the inside.

Toshiba Excite Pure
Toshiba Excite Pure

Excite Pure features:

  • 1280 x 800 resolution display
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM
  • 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera,
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card slot
  • Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB
Toshiba Excite Pro and Excite White
Toshiba Excite Pro and Toshiba Excite White

Excite Pro and Excite Write features:

  • 2560 x 1600 resolution display (300-ppi)
  • Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel  rear camera
  • 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD card slot
  • Dual Harman Kardon speakers
  • Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB

While both Pro and Write share similar specifications, the Write, as the name suggests, comes with a Wacom-made digitizer and pressure-sensitive stylus. Toshiba has included TruNote and TruCapture apps on the software for using stylus.

All three tablet models will be available beginning on June 25, 2013. There’s no official word on it’s Indian launch or pricing.

Asus announces Android 4.2 Tablets: ‘MeMo Pad HD 7’ and ‘MeMo Pad FHD 10’

Alongside the premium Transformer Pad Infinity tablet, Asus also announced two new Android tablets for budget-buyers – MeMo Pad HD 7 and MeMo Pad FHD 10.

ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7
ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7

The MeMo Pad HD 7, as the name suggests, has a 7-inch 1280 x 800p HD IPS display and the company claims it can offer wide viewing angles up to 170-degrees. The tablet adds a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front camera which is capable of 720p HD videos. It’ll power up Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. The tablet is 10.8mm thick and weighs 302g. MeMo Pad HD 7 will be available in black, white, pink and green colors. The 16GB version will be available for $149, while 8GB version will go on sale for just $129.

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Asus MeMO Pad FHD 102

On the other hand, the MeMo Pad FHD 10, is a much powerful device as it comes with the latest Intel Atom Z2560 processor (also known as Clovertrail+) with a dual-core 1.2GHz Saltwell CPU, PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM. The speedy processor works to power a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200p HD IPS display and this one is offers wide viewing angles up to 178-degrees. The 5-megapixel rear camera does 1080p video recording while the 1.2-megapixel front camera does 720p videos. It’ll also run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet is 9.5mm thick and weighs 580g. MeMo Pad HD 10 will be available in dark blue and white colors. There’s no official word on pricing for this one.

Both the tablets come with Asus SonicMaster Audio Technology, Stereo Speakers and a microSD slot for expandable storage options. The devices will be available from July onwards.

Asus announces all-new Transformer Pad Infinity, comes with a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600p display

Today, at Computex 2013 held in Taipei, Asus announced the successor to last year’s Transformer tablet, and it’ll be called ‘Transformer Pad Infinity’ (2013).

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 2013

The tablet is quite a stunner. It’s got a 10.1-inch IPS display, touting 2560 x 1600 resolution (229ppi), which is higher than the iPad’s Retina display. Asus promises the display can offer wide viewing angles up to 178-degrees. We’ve been seeing a lot of high-res displays lately. Behind the display there’s a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front. Here, the high-res display will be powered by a 1.9 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. With such power, the company claims, the tablet is capable to output 4K video through its HDMI-out port.

The tablet will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It comes with 32GB of storage expandable via SD card slot in the dock. The tablet also has a USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 3.0, an SDXC card reader and extra battery in the full QWERTY keyboard dock. It’s expected to go on sale in Q3 this year. There’s no official word on it’s pricing.

Acer announces Liquid S1 Android Phablet: 5.7-inch display, Android 4.2

Acer has announced ‘Liquid S1’ Android phablet at Computex. By the looks of it, it seems targeted towards budget users and is a direct competition to the likes of Galaxy Mega 5.8 phablet.

Acer Liquid S1

Let’s have a look at the specifications:

  • 5.7-inch, 720p display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
  • Dual-SIM support
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2
  • 8MP rear camera with f2.0, 28mm lens, BSI sensor, and LED flash
  • Front camera
  • 2400 mAh battery
  • 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Dimensions: 163 x 83 x 9.5 mm, 195 g
  • Black and White colour options

Although it runs on almost stock Android, Acer has added some software customisations like ‘Float UI’ which allows several app windows to stay open so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. These apps include camera, maps, calculator and notes. Another one is ‘Float Caller notification’ that pops up a mini-window when a call comes in and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message. Also, there’s ‘Auto Profile’ feature which switches selected settings of the phablet based on user’s location. ‘Voice Unlock’ to open apps or unlock phone, Traffic Manager to manage 3G data, Acer Cloud for cloud storage and Live Screen to share photos or notes in group of devices are the other software add-ons.

It will be available in Q3 starting at $427 (329 euros, Rs 25,000 approx) in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK and Germany. There is no official word on an Indian launch.

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Lava launches E-Tab XTRON+ tablet running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Today, LAVA has launched the successor to last year’s Xtron tablet, and this one is aptly called ‘E-Tab XTRON+’. The company claims it’s the first tablet to be running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 which is the latest version of the operating system. The tablet is available at a discount price of Rs. 6,990 from e-commerce websites like Infibeam and flipkart.

Lava Etab XTRON Plus

It is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. There’s 8GB internal memory, that is expandable up to 32GB. The tablet features a  7-inch TN display (1024 x 600p resolution) combined with dual cameras (Front 0.3 MP and Rear 2.0 MP). It also offers a great add-on of video output for Full 1080p HD video with HDMI v1.4 port. Other connectivity features like 3G via dongle, Wi-Fi and micro-USB are included. The Xtrron+ will come pre-bundled with content from Edukart.com, Meritnation.com and BIGFlix.

Key features:

  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • 7” TN Display (1024 x 600p resolution)
  • Cortex A9 @ 1.5 GHz Dual Core powered by Quad Core Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Dual Camera – 0.3MP Front/2MP Rear
  • 8 GB Internal Memory expandable upto 32 GB
  • 3,700 mAh battery
  • HDMI V1.4

Samsung to launch Galaxy S4 Mini in India during early July for Rs. 24,990

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Yesterday Samsung unveiled the cut-down version of its flagship phone Galaxy S4, named as Galaxy S4 mini and there’s already a report in iGyaan, quoting the launch date and price of the phone.

If the sources of the publication are to be believed, launch price of S4 mini would be Rs. 24,990 and will be launched early July. Keeping in mind, Samsung’s past track of launching its phones parallely in India, the reported date sounds quite reasonable.

As far the specs of the phone is concerned, it will sport a 4.3” QHD display powered with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone will be running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean operating system and have an 8 MP rear and 1.9 MP front snapper. The internal memory will be 8 GB and have an expandable memory card slot to further expand the memory upto 64 GB.

HTC One stock Android edition launching on June 26th for $599

We already saw the announcement of stock Android version of Galaxy S4 at Google I/O and now we have yet another excellent flagship smartphone from HTC that will soon get the stock Android treatment. In fashion, on stage at AllThingsD’s D11 conference, Android boss, Sundar Pichai just announced the HTC One Nexus Edition, which means it will run on pure stock version of the Android operating system. It will be available in the Google Play store from June 26th for $599 which translates to Rs. 34,000 approx. It will run on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States. It will come with 32GB of built-in storage. Just like other Nexus devices, even this one will receive timely software updates.

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung brought the mini version of Galaxy S3 last year, and it is confirmed that they are doing it this year too with the S4. We all read many rumors about Samsung’s mini version of Galaxy S4. Finally, those rumor mills can rest.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The smartphone will come with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The S4 mini will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display. The rear comes packed with an 8-megapixel camera, while the front has a 1.9-megapixel camera. There’s 8GB internal memory expandable upto 64GB and all this will be kept powered by a 1,900 mAh battery. The design, as with all Samsung devices, looks pretty much the same. It’s pretty light weight at 107g.

It will be available in two colours – White Frost and Black Mist. There will be a 4G LTE version, 3G version, and 3G Dual Sim version. There’s no official word on price and availability at this time.

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Best Smartphones Available in India under Rs. 10,000 – May 2013

Thankfully, in 2013, we now have a lot of affordable smartphones that are worthy to buy and these are selling like hot cakes. Today, we present you a list of best smartphones you can buy for under Rs. 10,000. Before we begin, let me inform you that for price below 10k, there are more than 90 smartphones available to choose from. Our list below has been compiled to ease that gruesome task of selection, and phones have been short-listed on the basis of a combination of multiple features like latest operating system, battery life, speed, storage options, manufacturer’s reliability etc.

Best phones under Rs 10000

XOLO Q700

Two weeks back we saw the launch of Xolo Q700 and the smartphone has already made it to our list of recommended buy. Lava’s brand ‘Xolo’ stands for providing premium Android experience at affordable prices. And the Indian manufacturer offers the same with Xolo Q700. For an affordable price, you get a power-packed quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM, latest OS – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch qHD OGS IPS display (~245ppi) and lastly a 2400mAh battery to keep it running for long. The device comes preloaded with three premium apps – Xolo Switch, Xolo Secure and Xolo Power. Xolo Switch allows users to create up to 4 profiles with different lock screens, apps and wallpapers. Xolo Secure features enterprise level security features like control by single SMS, remotely lock and wipe phone data, cloud backup for SMS and call log, alerts on SIM change, remote lock and track device location. Xolo Power offers longer usage of battery by synchronizing the data consumption and comes with a Night mode to reduce power consumption. It also allows to detect and kill background apps by a single click and real time CPU load analysis. A power-packed smartphone for a power-user? Yes, definitely!

Xolo Q700

Key specifications: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor + 1GB RAM, 4.5-inch IPS display with 540 x 960p resolution (245 PPI pixel density), 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera flash, 0.3 MP front camera, Video recording – 720p, 2400 mAh battery

Price: Rs. 9,999

Who should buy?

The xolo Q700 has made it to the top of the list, because this is the most preferred choice of Android phone under 10K with the best specs and a powerful quad-core processor. But if you’re more conscious about the brand of the phone, then you can checkout Sony Xperia E listed below or the Windows Phone 8 based Nokia Lumia 520. If not the brand, but the screen size of the phone matters to you, then you can instead opt for the Micromax A110.

Sony Xperia E

Sony’s last year models in this price range like the Xperia Mini, Xperia Tipo have always been criticized for having small 3.0-inch displays, but they offered decent performance at pocket-friendly prices. In 2013, Sony gets the combination for a budget smartphone right with the ‘Xperia E’. It’s the right phone for Sony loyalists looking for an entry-level Android Jelly Bean smartphone. The Xperia E offers well-built hardware, decent performance and a comfortable 3.5-inch display. The camera performance is a tad average due to a meagre 3.15 MP sensor.

Sony Xperia E

Key specifications: Android v4.0.4 ICS (upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean), 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm MSM7227A processor + 512 MB RAM, 3.5-inch display with 320 x 480p resolution (~165 ppi pixel density), 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 3.2 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera, Video recording – 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 1530 mAh battery.

Price: Xperia E – Rs. 9,990 and Xperia E Dual – Rs. 10,990

Who should buy?

If you don’t require huge display smartphones and cannot satisfy your ego by owing a smartphone from a local manufacturer/vendor, then Xperia E is the smartphone you should be buying. But be ware, this is a smartphone for normal usage like social networking, web browsing, etc and doesn’t comes with powerful specs. It neither has a very good camera that can replace your regular digi cam.

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia’s Lumia range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones have been appreciated for excellent hardware, vibrant displays, best cameras, ease-of-use OS and body color options. Nokia brings all that same experience to an affordable smartphone called ‘Lumia 520’. For the price point, you get a very good 4.0-inch display with scratch-resistant glass, sleek hardware, a well-performing 5MP camera, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 64GB) and decent battery life. The performance is smooth as with all Windows Phone 8 devices. The trade-offs Nokia did for making 520 affordable include no NFC, no camera flash and no front facing camera. Also, Windows Phone 8 is lacking some popular apps and games. If you’ll can live with these trade-offs, then Lumia 520 is an excellent entry-level Windows Phone 8 smartphone you should be buying. It’s available in yellow, red, cyan, white and black colors.

Nokia Lumia 520

Key specifications: Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS, 1 GHz dual-core processor + 512 MB RAM, 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with 480 x 800p resolution (~233 ppi pixel density), 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64 GB, 5 MP rear camera, Video recording – 720p@30fps, 1430 mAh battery.

Price: Rs. 9,799

Who should buy?

If you can compromise with the much famed Android Operating system and want a cool and trendy looking smartphone with a simple to use interface, this windows phone 8 based smartphone would be a perfect choice.  Read more about various operating systems here.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110

Micromax has gained a lot of market share in India (3rd largest), all thanks to its much famed ‘Canvas’ series of smartphones. From the series, Canvas 2 A110 is our choice. The device is quite famous and had also been brought back on popular demand after it went out of stock in the market. The smartphone packs quite a punch for the affordable price. The pros include well-built hardware, 5.0-inch IPS display (~196 ppi) offers good colors, 8MP camera performs well in daylight and lastly good battery life (2000mAh). The cons include average performance when loaded with apps and only 2GB internal memory. If you’re looking for a well-made device with a large display, then Canvas 2 A110 is the phone you should be buying.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110

Key Specifications: Android v4.0.4 ICS (upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean),  1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 MediaTek MT6577 processor + 512 MB RAM, 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 480 x 854p resolution, 2GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 8MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, 0.3MP front camera, Video recording – 480p@30fps, 2000 mAh battery

Price: Rs. 9,999

Who should buy?

We shall suggest you Micromax Canvas A110 only if you fancy large screen phones over a powerful processor or higher specs phone, and your budget is strictly constrained to Rs. 10,000.

Karbonn S1 Titanium

At first look, the features on Karbonn S1 Titanium resemble XOLO Q700. But the S1 came out first in the market as an affordable quad-core smartphone. It lives up to the promises of a fast phone and performs very well with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device looks fairly okay due to it’s all plastic build. The 4.5-inch display (~245 ppi) produces good colors but has bad viewing angles. The 5MP camera too performs decent in daylight but disappoints with indoor shots. The 1600mAh battery provides average battery life. Summing it up, the S1 Titanium is a hit and miss device with everything performing average.

Karbonn S1 Titanium

Key Specifications: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor + 1GB RAM, 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 540 x 960p resolution, 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Video recording – 720p, 1600 mAh battery

Price: Rs. 9,999

Who should buy?

This is just another alternative to the Xolo Q700 with a good looking build but a disastrous battery of only 1600 mAh.

What’s your choice?

Have you made a decision yet or already bought a phone in this price range? Do let us know your favorite smartphone!

Samsung India launches Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Mega 5.8 for Rs 31,490 and Rs 25,100 respectively

Samsung mega 5.8 and 6.3

 

Samsung’s two models of Mega series had been announced a month ago. Today, Samsung India has launched them for the Indian market. The two phablets named ‘Galaxy Mega 5.8’ and ‘Galaxy Mega 6.3’ will be available within a week for a price of  Rs 25,100 and Rs 31,490 respectively. The names correspond to the massive display sizes these handsets come with.

The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 5.8-inch qHD display while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes with a 6.3-inch 720p display and both feature the same dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz in Mega 5.8 and 1.7GHz in Mega 6.3. The 5.3 is thicker at 9mm and weighs 182 grams while 6.3 is 8mm thick and weighs 199 grams. The Mega 5.8 comes with a 2,600mAh battery, while the 6.3 houses a 3,200mAh battery. A dual-SIM version of Mega 5.8 will be selling, while Mega 6.3 will only be available in single-SIM version.

Common Specifications:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD.
  • 8-megapixel rear, 1.9-megapixel front cameras,
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS

Samsung has partnered with Reliance Communications and Vodafone telecom operators to provide data offers for both handsets. RCOM will be offering 2GB of free data per month for three months as well as unlimited access to Bigflix, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. On the other hand, Vodafone will be giving free 2GB of data per month for two months.

The software customizations from Galaxy S4 have been added to Mega series smartphones. Features like Samsung Link, S Translator, Story Album, Air View, Sound & Shot, Group Play, S Travel and Samsung WatchON can be found on both the handsets.

HTC One sales cross 5 million units since launch

Htc One India

The Taiwanese company might have faced various kinds of problems, but that hasn’t stopped their flagship device – HTC One from selling five million units in other countries where it is available.

An unnamed HTC executive said to Wall Street Journal that HTC has sold around 5 million One smartphones since its launch about a month ago, said . He further added,“Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it’s doing really well or not,”

The One is HTC’s hope to raise the declining market share, and if they’re unable to cater with the ongoing production problems, it might lose the present share altogether. In India, too, the One was supposed to launch in April, but has been delayed for over a month now.

We advise you’ll to pre-order the smartphone from Flipkart. The One has received excellent reviews from reporters around the globe and is one-of-the best smartphones ever made. We hope the company resolves all the issues and are able to sell even more millions of units in India, very soon.

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iBall’s Slide Q9703 launched with a 9.7-inch HD IPS display for Rs. 15,999

Let me start-off by saying that I am equally surprised and shocked as much as you all are, to see iBall launching such a highly powered tablet.

iBall Slide Q9703

The iBall Slide Q9703 comes with a 9.7-inch HD IPS display boasting a staggering 2048 x 1536 pixels and 264ppi pixel density, which is at par to that of iPad 4 though priced merely at Rs 15,990.

This high-res display is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor alongside octa-core GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. iBall claims the tablet supports 4K video playback. The power-hogger will be powered by a 8000mAh battery. Sadly, the tablet comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We hope the company provides a future software update to 4.2.

Key specifications of iBall Slide Q9703:

  • 9.7-inch IPS 2048x1536p display with 264ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor, PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU, 2GB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera
  • 16GB of storage, microSD card slot
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G support via dongle, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Though we are yet to lay our hands on this device, going by specifications and its price, the device seemed to be very competitvely priced and worth for the given price tag of Rs. 15,999.

Idea launches Dual-SIM 3G Android smartphones ID 920 for Rs. 4,950 and Aurus III for Rs. 6,990

Mumbai: Idea Cellular has launched two new Dual-SIM 3G smartphones in the market, an entry-level Android 2.3 device called ‘Idea ID 920’ and higher-end Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device called ‘Idea Aurus III’. Both are manufactured by Alcatel and priced at Rs. 4,950 and Rs. 6,990 respectively.

Idea launch ID 920 Aurus III
Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular with Aurus III and ID 920.

Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said,

Keeping in mind the requirements of the fast evolving Indian consumer in the light of the ongoing mobile broadband revolution, the new 3G smartphones from Idea are priced affordably to upgrade existing 2G users to 3G. Device plays an important role in establishing data experience for the user, but currently 3G smartphones are priced relatively high in the Indian market. Idea is bridging this gap by bringing low-cost devices with high-end features to proliferate 3G among all segments of users.

Idea ID 920
Idea ID 920

Idea ID 920 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered by a 1GHz processor coupled with 512 MB RAM. A 3.5” (320 x 480 pixels) TFT screen, 2 MP camera, 1400mAh battery and a 2GB memory card with expandable memory up to 32 GB are the important features for the device. The ID 920 will come only in one color – dark blue. It should be noted that Idea won’t be providing any software updates for this device in the future.

On a more positive note, the Idea Aurus III runs on Android Jelly Bean v 4.1 powered with the same 1Ghz processor and 512 MB RAM. A 4 inch (480 x 800 pixels) resolution screen, a 5MP camera with fix-focus, front facing camera for video calling and an internal memory of a 4GB are the important features of Aurus III. It will be available in two colors – White and Black. Again, Idea won’t be providing any software updates for this device in the future.

Idea Aurus III, Aurus 3
Idea Aurus III

For a pack of Rs. 261, ID 920 and Aurus III users can get 1GB and 1.6 GB of 3G data, respectively, and Idea TV subscription free for the first 3 months. The 3G pack is available along with the smartphones in all Idea 3G circles. In the rest of the country, smartphone users can opt for attractive 2G data pack offering unlimited 2G data for Rs. 261.

The new 3G smartphones from Idea are available at all major mobile retail stores and Idea outlets across the country.

Our team was present at the launch event, and we’ll soon update the article with a hands-on video of both the devices.

Lava Launches Iris 458q, the cheapest quad-core smartphone at Rs. 8,999

Following the trend of launching budget quad-core phones like Xolo, Indian manufacturer Lava has entered the quad-core smartphones category by launching the ‘Iris 458q’. Priced at just Rs 8999/-, the Iris 458q is the cheapest quad-core smartphone available.

Lava IRIS 458Q

With a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor and 512MB RAM, the company is also offering the latest operating system – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. On the front, you’ll find a 4.5-inch (480×854 pixels) display and a VGA camera for 3G video calling. On the back, an 8 MP rear auto-focus camera. Below all these you’ll find a 2,000-mAh battery, in-built sensors which include Proximity, Light & G Sensor and 4GB internal memory that is expandable up to 32GB using microSD cards. Lava has also included preloaded apps such as WeChat, Push Mail, Ebook reader etc. on the phone along with HD movies and HD games.

Mr SN Rai, Co – Founder & Director, Lava International Ltd. said,

“ Innovation and understanding of consumer needs are a couple of key strengths for LAVA and that helps us introduce powerful smartphones across various price segments for all users. The Iris 458q is our latest offering for users who love to carry a stylish smartphone with the latest technology without burning a hole in the pocket.”

Technical Specifications of Lava Iris 458q are:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 4.5” display (480×854 pixels)
  • L2000mAh
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8 MP Auto Focus Camera & VGA Front Camera
  • 3G/ Wi Fi/ A-GPS/BT (V3.0)
  • Sensors- Proximity, Light & G Sensor
  • 4GB internal memory + 512 MB RAM
  • Loaded with VAS APPS- like We Chat, Push Mail, Ebook

Meet ‘Itsdagram’: The only fully featured Instagram client on Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 users have long been sobbing about the absence of an Instagram App. Well, somethings better than nothing. Meet ‘Itsdagram’, the unofficial Instagram client for Windows Phone 8. This app allows users to do everything a real Instagram app would.

Itsdagram is currently only for Windows Phone 8 users. It’s available in the market right now with a free trial and the full purchase is for $1.49. Windows Phone Central reports that a free, ad supported version should be coming in the next week.

The App comes with following features:

  • Double tap to like
  • Tap and hold to swap between Timeline view and Grid view.
  • See photos you’ve liked and have been tagged in on your profile page
  • Change your profile picture and password there too!
  • Pin your favorite hashtags and users to your homescreen to keep track of them.
  • Free Trial will allow users that already have an account to upload 1 image to test.  All other features are completely enabled.  Commenting, Liking, Following, etc…
  • Registering a new account with Instagram requires the full version of Itsdagram.

Instagram has showed no signs of introducing an official app on Windows Phone. Till they decide to make one, Itsdagram is a well-made viable option.

Link: DOWNLOAD ITSDAGRAM

Spice unveils ICS based Stellar Horizon Pro Mi 505 for Rs. 8,499

Spice has unveiled yet another device in the Horizon series called ‘Stellar Horizon Pro Mi 505’. It took us forever to remember that small name. It’s an Android ICS based dual-sim smartphone (3G + 3G) priced at Rs. 8,499. It will be available across India through all major retail stores and at Saholic.com for the same price.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. T M Ramakrishnan, CEO – Devices, S Mobility Ltd said,

“We have received phenomenal success with Stellar Horizon Mi 500 launched last year. We have followed it up with this enhanced version with exciting features at a more attractive price point. We are confident the Horizon Pro will offer best value for money to its users.”

The Stellar Horizon Pro Mi 505 will come along with a free leather cover and a screen guard, worth Rs. 500.

Key features of Stellar Horizon Pro Mi 505

  • 5 inch display (800 x 480 resolution)
  • Dual SIM (3G + 3G)
  • 1GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • 5MP + 1.3MP Camera
  • 4GB ROM + 512 MB RAM
  • 2100 mAh Battery
  • Wi-Fi/Tethering
  • Expandable Memory upto 32 GB
  • Bluetooth, FM Radio, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor

Panasonic launches quad-core based P51 smartphone for Rs.26,900

As we had informed you earlier, Panasonic has re-entered the Indian market with the launch of ‘P51’ Android smartphone. It’s the first in a series of phones that Panasonic will be launching for India. The P51 is priced at Rs. 26,900, which is incidentally near to the pricing of Nexus 4. The P51 will be available from retail chain stores, multi-brand outlets and distributors across India starting from next week.

Panasonic P51 India

Daizo Ito, President, Panasonic India said,

“Panasonic has a great legacy of being the pioneers of innovation in every segment. Continuing with our legacy, we are now launching our innovative smart-phone which will redefine the Indian smart-phone consumer experience. India has always been one of our alpha markets in the region and I take great pride in introducing our smart-phone to India. We are confident that our product will provide the Indian consumer a great multimedia experience and the ‘best value for money’ proposition.”

The company has partnered with Jaina Marketing in India as the ‘Strategic Partner for Marketing, Distribution and Customer Support’ for their smartphones.

panasonic p51 launch mobile gyaan

Panasonic is bringing a magnetic flip-cover and a stylus to the P51. The P51’s body is a unibody design. The 5-inch IPS display of the phone is made of Asahi Dragon Trail Glass and has an Oleophobic coating to prevent smudges. The phone comes preloaded with apps like Kingsoft Office, Cam Scanner, Cam Card reader and WeChat, among others.

Panasonic P51 key specifications:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor

  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

  • 5-inch IPS Display with 1280x720p resolution

  • 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot

  • Dual SIM support, HSPA+

  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS

  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED Flash, 1.3MP 720p front camera

  • 2500mAh battery

  • Available in Black and White colors

  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB

Panasonic has released the official TVC for P51:

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