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).

Gionee A1 and A1 Plus launched at MWC 2017

Gionee as expected launched the Gionee A1 and the Gionee A1 Plus at MWC 2017. Both these handsets are made for selfie users in mind and they are running latest Android Nougat out of the box.

Gionee A1 features and specifications

This dual SIM handset runs Android 7.0 with Amigo UI. Screen is 5.5 inches with 2.5D curved glass supporting 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (Full HD). Inside the hood Gionee A1 is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 octa core processor with Mali T860 GPU. There is 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and 128GB micro SD support.

On the back there is a 13MP f/2.0 AF camera with LED flash support and on the front there is a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, front camera also comes with front selfie flash. Key features are 4G LTE, VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS, WiFi, Finger Print Sensor and Bluetooth 4.1.

A 4010 mAh battery powers up the Gionee A1 – fast charging is supported. Gionee A1 is priced at $369 (approx Rs. 25K).

Gionee A1 and A1 Plus launched at MWC 2017

Gionee A1 Plus features and specifications

The A1 Plus is also dual SIM but sporting a 6 inch IPS screen with a 2.5D curved glass supporting  1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Android Nougat 7.0 runs with Amigo OS with 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and 256GB micro SD support.

Inside the hood the Gionee A1 Plus is powered by MediaTek Helio P25 octa core processor with Mali T880 GPU. CPU is clocked at 2.5GHz. Coming to the camera there is a 13MP AF, f/2.0 aperture camera on the back and a 20MP f/2.0 camera on the front.

Key features are 4G LTE, VoLTE, 3G, 2G, finger print sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. A 4550 mAh battery powers up the Gionee A1 Plus. Fast charging is supported.

Gionee A1 Plus is priced at $527 (approx Rs. 35K).

These handsets will hit the stores in April 2017.

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.

Huawei P10, P10 Plus: Looking beyond the specifications Huawei garnered plenty of good attention with its Leica camera-powered 2016 flagship Huawei P9, and is going after the big players of the market with the new P10 lineup.

Huawei’s rather elaborate and extensive announcement of the company’s new flagship phones, theP10 andP10 Plus, did much more than just announce specifications and colours. The two new phones are a big, bold challenge by Huawei aimed at the greatest players in today’s ultra-competitive smartphone market.

While the specifications are already out and you can read all about them here, we decided to look beyond the hardware on offer. Here’s looking at five things you need to know about the new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus.

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If you observe closely, you will find a lot of semblance to the Apple iPhone 7 with the Huawei P10. From slightly curved edges, seemingly concealed antenna lines, a single capacitive Home button with multiple functions and integrated fingerprint sensor, and a new ‘Portrait’ mode with its camera for bokeh, Huawei has taken more than a leaf out of Apple’s book.

It doesn’t seem like a negative thing, though. For one, the multi-functioning touch Home button works well to remove much clutter from the phone’s operations. The Portrait mode remains to be tested, and the concealed antenna bands make the phone look rather ‘clean’ too, despite being very iPhone-like.

Incremental but significant camera upgrade

The new Huawei P10 uses a higher grade of Leica lenses, classified under its ‘SUMMILUX’ lineup. The P10 gets a pair of f/2.0 lenses, and the P10 Plus gets wider, f/1.8 lenses. Alongside, you get upgraded sensors, and the P10’s dual-camera mechanism now uses a 20-megapixel monochrome imaging sensor for more emphasis on fine details and contrast levels. The RGB sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels, and all of this is further paired with a new camera app with more manual controls.

While all of this may seem to be a rather small upgrade, it can still work for Huawei. For instance, the small upgrades claim to provide far superior colours and intelligent lighting features somewhat similar to Nikon’s Active D-Lighting modes, which can actually make this phone the de facto choice for photography enthusiasts. Hence, despite seeming like an incremental upgrade, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus can prove to be highly significant upgrades.

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Huawei claims that it now uses machine learning algorithms to lend adaptive learning of usage and behaviour on the phone, which in turn can compress less-used apps and optimise processes to make the phone as much as 20% faster than what it would be without machine learning.

While we might not get to know of its effects straight off the bat, this is a positive move by the company. It also clearly shows Huawei’s intent that it doesn’t want to rely only on the phone’s camera and the weight of Leica to sell the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus. Instead, it wants to give a wholesome experience to users, and is putting in effort to make it a seamless performer – an area where the Huawei P9 somewhat lacks in the long run.

Focus on essentials: compact form, large batteries

Keeping its focus firm on making the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus good overall packages, Huawei has presented reasonably large battery packs on the two phones. The P10 packs in a 3200mAh battery, and P10 Plus a 3750mAh battery.

On top of this, Huawei still counts compact phone lovers within its target customer group, and the standard P10 variant flaunts a 5.1-inch display with Full HD resolution. The P10 Plus carries a 5.5-inch, WQHD display for big screen aficionados, which frankly is also becoming the market standard for screen size. With these two factors, Huawei is seemingly focusing on essential elements – the ability to carry a phone conveniently (it is, after all, a device for your palms), and use it long enough.

We’ll get to know more only when we use the two phones, but from what they announced, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus seems fairly promising.

Going beyond pricing conventions

Prices for the Huawei P10 begin at EUR 649 (approx. Rs. 46,000), while the 6GB RAM-128GB storage variant of the P10 Plus, the most premium offering from Huawei till date, costs EUR 799, almost Rs. 57,000 in India by direct conversion.

We will get to know the final India pricing only in March 2017, but the international pricing is a fair indicator of Huawei stepping out of the good pricing-prime hardware game, to now focus on end-user experience and an attempt to carve out a niche for itself.

Many are touting 2017 to be all about user-optimised software performance, and Huawei seems to be listening intently.

Moto G5, G5 Plus Launched at MWC 2017; Coming to India in March

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moto G5 is priced starting at EUR 199

  • Moto G5 Plus is priced starting at EUR 279

  • Both the devices come built-in Google Assistant

As expected, Motorola has launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in Barcelona at MWC 2017. The new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications also see a bump in many departments, while the price stays in the affordable range.

Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus Prices

The Moto G5 will start at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 14,000) and the Moto G5 Plus will start at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,500).

Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus India Launch

Lenovo is expected to launch the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in India sometime in March. The devices are expected to launch in various markets, with India being in the priority list. Motorola announced that India is on the second spot when it comes to market share, and rakes in about 10 percent of overall sales. Other international markets include the US, and UK as well.

Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus Features

Both the smartphones come with fingerprint scanners in the front underneath the Home Button. However, the big highlight is that the devices integrate Google Assistant, a feature first exclusive only to the Pixel devices. Both the smartphones come with Motorola exclusive features such as Moto Display, Actions, twist gesture, and a new one-hand mode on the larger G5 Plus as well.

Also, the duo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It will be available from March in Lunar Grey, and Fine Gold colour variants. Three carrier subscribers will get an exclusive Sapphire Blue variant as well.

Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus Specifications

Beginning with the Moto G5, the smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor. It offers 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, with the option to expand further via a a microSD card slot(up to 128GB). The Moto G5 packs a 2800mAh removable battery with support for fast charging. As for optics, the Moto G5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera for selfies.

Coming to the Motorola G5 Plus, the smartphone features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, and offers 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM models depending on the region. It offers either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

In the camera department, the Moto G5 Plus sports ‘the most advanced’ 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus, 4K video recording, f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The Moto G5 Plus packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging that claims to give you six hours’ worth of battery life in just 15 minutes.

Nokia 3310 With Month-Long Battery Life, Snake Game Launched at MWC 2017

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The iconic Nokia 3310 feature phone made a comeback on Sunday on the sidelines of MWC 2017. HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 3310 (2017) with what it calls with a “modern twist.” The Nokia 3310 is the Nokia brand’s one of the best-selling feature phones of all time, and it has been priced at EUR 49 (roughly Rs. 3,500).

Nokia 3310 (2017) India sales will begin in Q2 2017, HMD Global has confirmed. Nokia at its Sunday launch event in Barcelona also revealed the new Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 Android smartphones in Barcelona at the side-lines of MWC 2017 trade show.

The all-new will come with a 22 hour talk-time, and the company claims that it features month long stand-by time. With the iconic Nokia 3310, the company also brought back the Snake game. The Nokia 3310 will be available in Warm Red and Yellow with a gloss finish while will also come in Dark Blue and Grey colour with a matte finish.

The new Nokia 3310, much like its original sibling, features a massive standby time of up to a month, a highlight of the device. The new Nokia 3310 also includes the regular Micro-USB port and ditches the pin charger.

With the Nokia 3310 refresh, HMD Global also bringing the legendary Snake game. The company however touts that the new Snake game has been optimised for the new colour screen. The company also confirmed that the Snake game will be available to users via Messenger app.

The Nokia 3310 sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. It features a 2.4-inch QVGA display. The handset comes with 2G connectivity and runs on Nokia Series 30+ OS. It comes with 16MB storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It packs a removable 1200mAh battery.

BlackBerry KEYone, the ‘Last Smartphone Designed by BlackBerry’, Launched at MWC 2017 for $549

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Ahead of the official commencement of MWC 2017, the BlackBerry KEYone – the “last phone designed and engineered in-house by BlackBerry” – was launched by the Canadian company. The new BlackBerry KEYone sports the physical keyboard that once made an icon, albeit with several major upgrades. BlackBerry’s latest smartphone become available beginning April 2017 and will be priced at $549 (roughly Rs. 38,600) in the US, GBP 499 (roughly Rs. 41,400) in the UK, and EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 42,100) in Europe.

The Canadian company in September announced its decision to end smartphone design and production, and instead license the brand to partners such as TCL.

BlackBerry KEYone Keyboard

BlackBerry is touting KEYone’s Smart Keyboard, which has a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar as well as capacitive touch on the entire keyboard for scrolling. You can ‘Flick’ predictions using the BlackBerry KEYone keyboard, and also assign shortcuts to keys (such as press B for browser) for use with a press or a long-press.

BlackBerry KEYone Software Features

The new BlackBerry KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat software with the company’s numerous productivity and security optimisations such as the BlackBerry Hub and DETK security monitoring app.

BlackBerry KEYone Hardwere Specifications

Coming to BlackBerry KEYone key specifications, the smartphone sports a 4.5-inch full-HD (1620×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 433ppi – the company is also touting its ‘impact-resistant nature’. The phone gets additional durability with its aluminium frame. The all-new BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

As for the camera, BlackBerry KEYone bears a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor – the same acclaimed sensor as the one on the Google Pixel – that has 1.55-micron pixels. For imaging, this smartphone also bears an 8-megapixel front facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a flash module.

BlackBerry KEYone offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The new KEYone comes with standard set of connectivity options, including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on a 3505mAh battery that’s said to give all-day battery life and support QuickCharge 3.0 with a ‘Boost’ charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in “roughly 36 minutes.”

Announcing the KEYone, BlackBerry on its blog said, “KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry software and security with TCL’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to markets around the world. And we are very enthusiastic about how our long-term partnerships with TCL and our other partners, BB Merah Putih in Indonesia and Optiemus for the Indian sub-continent, will ensure availability of BlackBerry-branded smartphones to every corner of the world.”