Category: Smart Phone

OnePlus 3T to Go on Sale via OnePlus Store in India From Friday

OnePlus has announced that its most recent flagship, OnePlus 3T (Review), will now be available on its own OnePlus Store. The smatphone, which went on sale in India in December, has so far been exclusively available to buy via Amazon India. Now, the device will be available via the company’s own site from Friday, March 10, and the company is throwing in a free Protective Case along with each purchase.

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The site lists both the 64GB and 128GB variants of the OnePlus 3T, priced at Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999, respectively. Both Gunmetal and Soft Gold colours are being offered for the 64GB while the 128GB variant only comes in Gunmetal. The site also offer a one year damage protection plan for Rs. 1,899 which will cover accidental damage like drops and cracks as well as complimentary pick up and drop service.

OnePlus had launched in its own online store in India back in October, however, since then, it has only been selling accessories on it. At the time, the company had said it had no plans to sell smartphones via its own site in India – however, it looks like that plan has changed. Notably, OnePlus in most other regions across the world sells its smartphones via its own site – OnePlus.net. India is one of the few countries where the Chinese smartphone maker has a tie-up with a retailer like Amazon.

To recall, the OnePlus 3T features an anodised aluminium metal unibody design with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) device sports a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The handset runs OxygenOS-based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (with two 1.6GHz Kyro cores and two 2.35GHz Kryo cores) coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

Connectivity options for the OnePlus 3T include 4G LTE (with support for India’s LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, and GPS/ A-GPS. The device packs 3400mAh battery and supports the company’s Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast-charging technology. It measures 152.7×74.7×7.35mm and weighs 158 grams.

Separately, OnePlus is also holding a “Best Smartphone Contest” with a Rs. 1 crore cash prize. The details of the contest are mentioned on the company’s Indian website. Those who wish to enter the contest need to accumulate points based on weekly challenges after which a lucky draw will choose winners who will play the final round with Amitabh Bachchan. The actor promoted the contest in an ad that was posted on Wednesday.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and A7 2017 launched price starts from Rs. 29K

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Samsung today launched the Galaxy A5 – 2017 and the A7 – 2017 mid-premium segment smartphone in India, the A5 (2017) price in India is Rs. 28,990 and the A7 (2017) price in India is Rs. 33,490. These handsets will be available from Mid-March.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features and specifications

This handset comes with dual SIM slots and sails on Android Marshmallow with 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM and 256GB external micro SD card support. The A5 2017 sports a 5.2 inch FHD super AMOLED screen.

Inside the hood the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) houses the 1.9GHz Exynos 7880 processor with Mali T830 GPU. Both front as well as rear cameras come with 16MP resolution with f/1.9 aperture. Other features are 4G with VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS, NFC, WiFi, USB Type C, water resistant (IP68) and finger print sensor.

Galaxy A5 (2017) gets power from a 3000 mAh battery – fast charging is supported.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) price is Rs. 28,990.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) features and specifications

This handset is also powered by same processor most features are same, the only difference is 5.7 inch FHD super AMOLED screen and battery of 3600 mAh capacity.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) price in India is Rs. 33,490.

 

OnePlus announces Amitabh Bachchan as first OnePlus Star

OnePlus says, its association with Bachchan reiterates the company’s pursuit of delivering a perfect device.

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OnePlus has announced Amitabh Bachchan as the first-ever OnePlus Star, which marks a select group of distinguished OnePlus users. The company says that its association with Bachchan reiterates its pursuit of delivering a perfect device. OnePlus, the Chinese hardware startup, has become one of the most liked smartphone brands in India. The company’s recent flagships – oneplus 3 and OnePlus 3T – are rated as the best smartphones on Amazon India.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as our brand representative in India. As the brand grows to the next level, we aim to continue to bond with our community in a more meaningful and engaging way,” said Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus.

“It gives me immense pleasure to be working with the most exciting technology brand in India, OnePlus, a truly disruptive technology company known for its premium quality and craftsmanship,” Amitabh Bachchan said about his association with OnePlus. “OnePlus has always strived to deliver nothing but the best to its community and the association with Mr. Bachchan is the natural extension of the brand’s promise,” the company said in a release.

OnePlus recently launched its flagship store in Bengaluru. The move was the company’s attempt to explore offline markets. With veteran actor Bachchan on board, the company can tap into new areas for its market expansion.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro receives price cut, will be available on Flipkart at Rs 29,900

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro will now also be available on Flipkart at Rs 29,900. The South Korean smartphone maker announced that Galaxy A9 Pro is heading to the e-tailer and will be available for purchase starting March 3. The smartphone was launched in India in September At Rs. 32,490, and was made available only through company’s e-store and offline retail channels.

samsung galaxy a9 pro features a 6-inch Full HD display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor. The handset comes with 4GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage and a 5000mAh battery. The Galaxy A9 Pro also features unibody metal design with glass back similar to company’s flagship smartphone offering.

On the camera front, Samsung has pairedgalaxy a9 pro with a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and support for full HD video recording. The smartphone also comes with an 8MP front camera with f/1.9 aperture, wide-angle selfie and 1080p video recording support.

Besides this, Samsung also announced a collaboration with Phantom Films to produce series of short films shot using Galaxy A9 Pro. “samsung galaxy a9 pro is built for millennials and consumers love its camera and long-lasting battery life,” Manu Sharma, Vice President, Samsung Mobile India stated. “The three short films will be aired on official YouTube channels of Phantom Films and Samsung Mobile India,” he added.

Xiaomi Mi 5c With In-House Surge S1 SoC Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

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After many leaks, Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi 5c smartphone in China. The device is extra special for the company as it is powered by Xiaomi’s first in-house processor, called the Surge S1. The new octa-core SoC is built on the 28nm process, and runs up to 2.2GHz. The Xiaomi Mi 5c sports a metal unibody, and is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,600). It will be made available in China on March 3 in Rose Gold, Gold, and Black colour options.

Xiaomi Mi 5c Specifications

The successor of the Xiaomi Mi 4c, the new Xiaomi Mi 5c will be the first to be powered by the Surge S1 processor, which will be coupled with 3GB of RAM. It features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) curved glass display with a pixel density of 428ppi, 64GB inbuilt storage, and supports dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) cards.

The Xiaomi Mi 5c runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, and packs a 2860mAh battery with fast charging support. Xiaomi claims that the device is upgradable to Android 7.1 Nougat, possibly arriving as a software update in March. The Xiaomi Mi 5c’s fingerprint sensor is underneath the Home Button in the front. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio. The Xiaomi Mi 5c measures at 144.38×69.68×7.09 mm, and weighs 135 grams.

As for optics, Xiaomi Mi 5c sports a 12-megapixel camera with large 1.25-micron pixels, an f/2.2 aperture, and LED flash. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and 27mm wide-angle lens.

Xiaomi Surge S1 SoC

As mentioned, the Xiaomi Mi 5c debuts the company’s first in-house processor that has been making headlines for quite a while. Xiaomi has decided to call its first chip Surge S1, and it is an octa-core 64-bit processor that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. The octa-core SoC dissects into four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four other power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz.

Xiaomi’s Surge S1 SoC integrates a Mali-T860 quad-core GPU that brings 40 percent improved power efficiency, when compared to previous-gen Mali-T760. There’s also a 32-bit DSP for better voice processing for calls, and also dual microphones for noise reduction. The chip integrates 14-bit dual ISP and the company’s own Surge ISP algorithm that claims to improve camera light sensitivity by up to 150 percent, and the dual noise reduction algorithm also preserves detail in low light. It also supports VoLTE, and has an upgradable baseband and programmable modem architecture.

Xiaomi said that it took only 28 months for the processor to be thought of, produced, and integrated into a smartphone on a large scale. The company even shared GeekBench 4.0 CPU multi-core benchmark and GFXBench Manhattan off-screen benchmark, showing off that the Surge S1 beats the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and MediaTek Helio P10 as well as Helio P20 in performance.

Xiaomi Redmi 4X with Snapdragon 435 processor launched

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Xiaomi launched another handset in Redmi series in China, the Redmi 4X. This handset is powered by Snapdragon 435 octa core chipset, supports VoLTE and houses a 4100 mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi 4X price in China starts from  RMB 699 (approx Rs. 6700).

Xiaomi Redmi 4X features and Specifications

This is dual SIM handset using Hybrid Slot. Screen is 5 inches with a 2.5D curved glass supporting 720p resolution. Inside the hood the Xiaomi Redmi 4X houses the 64 bit qualcomm snapdragon 435 octa core processor clocked at 1.4GHz with Adreno 505 GPU.

MIUI 8 sails out of the box with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB ROM. There is external card support of up to 128GB. Handset weight is 150 grams and thickness is 8.65mm. Rear camera can shoot in 13MP resolution and front camera in 5MP resolution.

Key features are 4G LTE, VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS, Finger Print sensor, IR blaster and WiFi. A 4100 mAh battery powers up the Redmi 4X.

Xiaomi Redmi 4X price in China is RMB 699 (approx Rs. 6,700) for 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM variant and the Redmi 4X with 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM is priced at RMB 899 (approx Rs. 8,700).

Nokia 3, Nokia 5 Android Phones Launched at MWC 2017: Price, India Launch, Specifications, and More

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The Nokia 5 is a compact smartphone with a 5.2 inch HD display, designed from a single block of aluminium. The display of the smartphone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The Nokia 5 runs on a Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB RAM, and is powered by a 3000mAh battery. It has a 16GB internal storage capacity, which can be extended to 128GB. What’s great is that users also get unlimited storage on Google Drive with the new Nokia phones. The device will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and will be available in Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black, Copper colour variants. The Nokia 5 will be priced at 189 euros (Rs. 13,301) and is aimed at the budget user. Here is the entire spec sheet for the Nokia 5.

Nokia 3

The second smartphone launched by Nokia and HMD is the Nokia 3. The smartphone is aimed at the ultra-budget user and is priced at 139  euros (Rs. 9,792). The smartphone features a 5-inch HD display covered in Gorilla Glass. The Nokia 3, unlike the Nokia 5, will run on the Mediatek 6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz. It will come with 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage. Both the primary and secondary cameras are 8MP and the phone is juiced up by a 2650 mAh battery. Again, the Nokia 3 will be available in 4 colour options – Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White. You can read the complete spec sheet here.

Lastly, Nokia had “one more thing” to announce. Yes, the reliable Nokia 3310 is back with increased battery life for the feature phone user. The Nokia 3310 will give users a 22 hour talk time and a 1 month standby time. It will feature Snake, yes, THE SNAKE is back and so is the age-old Nokia ringtone. Here are all the specs of the 3310.

In addition to all the above phones, Nokia also announced the global availability of the previously launched Nokia 6. The Nokia 5,3 and 3310 will be available starting Q2 2017, however, no official release date was announced for the same. With this, Nokia has truly re-entered the smartphone market and seems to be making the right kind of noise. The company claims it is “aiming to be one of the top smartphone players in the industry.” Can the Finnish mobile giant reclaim its glory? We will wait and watch.