IDEA ID 920 Hands-on

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IDEA ID920 (1)

IDEA ID 920 launched recently by the IDEA Cellular Limited is a successor to the ID 918 launched back in year 2012. Similar to the ID918 which was the entry level 3G android smartphone, ID920 is also a entry level dual SIM 3G device but with much faster CPU, yet at very aggressive price point. Similar toAurus III, the ID 920 is also manufactured by Alcatel – TCT, a subsidiary of TCL, China.

IDEA ID920 (4)

The IDEA ID 920 is powered by MediaTek 6575 1GHz single core SOC and has 3.5″ capacitive HVGA (320×480) resolution display, 2M Fixed Focus camera, 512MB ROM (100MB Application storage), 256MB RAM, 3G HSPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3.5mm headphones jack (also for audio out) and 1400 mAh battery. IDEA also bundled 2GB MicroSD card for free.

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Best Smartphones under 10000 in India – Jan 2014

Best Smartphones Under 10000

So many Smartphones in the market today, each with some amazing features that it sometimes becomes very difficult to choose one. Especially when you have a mid range budget and there are loads of phones available for the same price. Before there were not many decent options available under Rs.10000. But in these recent years there have been lots of smartphones with great features available under 10K. You get a touch screen, decent camera, wireless connectivity, a good battery and so many others depending on the brand. Some features to look for are the OS version it’s running on and processor speed, screen size, 3G etc. Below mentioned are the phones that could be the best buys within a budget of around Rs.10000.

We have differentiated the categories depending on the OS – Windows, Blackberry and Android. Some phones below are few hundred bucks higher than 10K but we still have included them to not miss out on good ones.

 

Best Windows Phones under 10000


Nokia Lumia 520

If you want to buy a Windows 8 phone around INR 10K then Nokia Lumia 520 is your best bet. The phone itself is worth boasting about for its amazing looks [it carries the standard Nokia Lumia Design] and for its features. It has 4-inch WVGA screen powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1GHz Dual Core processor and 512 MB RAM which is expectable at this price. It has 8 GB internal memory which is comparatively more than any other phone offering at this price and can be expanded to 64 GB. The OS is Windows 8 which is upgradeable to WP8 Amber. It has a primary camera of 5MP with geo tagging and autofocus feature. The 1430 mAh Nokia battery is pretty good to support you through the day.

Paaji’s Comments: Want to switch away from android or interested to try a Windows phone in a budgeted range, than Nokia Lumia 520 is your best bet.

Check Price of Nokia Lumia 520 :  Approx Rs 9,500/- 

 

Nokia Lumia 520

 

Best BlackBerry Phones under 10000


Blackberry Curve 9220

Recommended for BlackBerry Loyalists. If you are a Blackberry fan and want to buy a blackberry but have restricted budget then this phone is for you. It is loaded with Blackberry 7.1 OS and 512 MB RAM in a QWERTY styled body. It comes with its dedicated BBM and probably you love it for that. Though with a large battery, it is thinner than its predecessor Curve 8520. It has a full plastic body but built quality is quite good. The camera is just 2MP with fixed focus which is a drawback. Internal memory is 512 MB but expandable upto 32 GB.

Paaji’s Comments: You can give it a shot if you are die hard Berry otherwise some Android phones offer better features at the same price.

Check Price of Blackberry Curve 9220 : Approx Rs 9,500/- 

 

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Best Android Phones Under 10000


Lava Iris 505

Lava iris comes with a giant 5 inch display with 480*854 pixels. It is powered by 1.2 GHz dual core processor 512 MB RAM and Android 4.2 OS. It comes with 4 GB internal memory. It has an average 5MP primary Camera ably supported by 1.2 MP front Camera. It has 2000 mAh battery which is not bad and can see you through the day with few recreational activities (on your phone). This is an average phone but you may like it for its looks.

Paaji’s Comments: You should buy this phone for the giant display of 5” and not so bad battery life comparatively. You should not if you want a quad core processor, higher pixel density and good camera. The phone should have been priced a little lower considering other phones in this budget offer more.

Check Price of Lava Iris 505 : Approx 9,000/-

 

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Intex Aqua Wonder QuadCore

This interesting offering from Intex deserves mention. Intex Aqua Quad Core comes with a 4.5 inch IPS capacitive touch screen with 540*960 pixel resolution. It runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 4 GB internal memory and supports dual Sim cards. The quality of camera is good with 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera for video calling and chatting.

Paaji’s Comments: Good display, Good processor, Good Camera within 10K. Some ignorable drawbacks are 512 MB RAM & 1800 mAh battery. So if you are more of a photographer than a gamer than you can choose this over S1 Titanium.

Check Price of Intex Aqua Wonder QuadCore : Approx 9,000/-

 

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Panasonic T11 

Panasonic T11 is the recent release from Panasonic in its budget phone series. The device is powered by Android 4.1 Jellybean & comes with 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and 1 GB Ram (this is where it scores over Intex Aqua) which is decent. The camera seems average though with 5 mega pixels. It also has a secondary VGA camera at its front. The looks of the phone are not bad and has a glossy back cover finish. It comes with 1500 mAh battery which is quite very low.

Paaji’s Comments: If you are looking for a phone with good camera and larger battery life, you will be disappointed. However performance wise it is stable. It would not be a bad choice for its price. You can give it a try or choose other among the list.

Check Price of Panasonic T11 : Approx 9,000/-

 

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Xolo Q700

Now this is one device which has captured the attention of many and has at the same time got good reviews from many Tech enthusiasts and mainly audience. It houses a Android 4.2 Jellybean OS, 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and 1GB Ram and 4GB internal memory which is quite very good at this price. Coming to its looks and display – It comes with 4.5 inch IPS-LCD display with a decent 540*960 pixels. The looks of the device is pretty good like others in its series. The Xolo Q700 has a 2400 mAh battery, is said to provide 17 hours of 2G talktime and 16 hours on 3G. The drawback is only the camera which is not apt for low light but that’s a minor hitch. Overall Xolo Q700 is good option to go for under 10K.

Paaji’s Comments: With a little extra spend, XOLO Q700i is the good option to go if you wish a good camera could do more good to the existing above features. The only plus thing is that Q700i has 8MP rear camera and 2MP front in contrast to the 5MP and VGA. Other features pretty much remain same.

Check Price of Xolo Q700 : Approx Rs 9,300/-

 

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Karbonn S5 Titanium

Though priced slightly above 10k, the phone is worth that extra bit to be included. It has an amazingly large 5-inch qHD display with 540*960 pixel resolution. It runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory which is pretty decent. The primary camera is 8MP with autofocus capabilities and 2MP secondary front camera. The performance is quite good and it’s a worthy upgrade to Titanium S1. The Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery should support you through the day with a heavy usage like games, browsing etc.

Paaji’s Comments: If you are looking for a phone with good performance especially to support your many Apps and Games & with a good Camera then this phone is definitely worth a shot.

Check Price of Karbonn Titanium S5 Approx Rs 10,500/-

 

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Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle 

Micromax captured the markets with its Canvas series. Most of its products have taken off quite well. A11 Canvas Doodle runs on Android 4.1.2 Jellybean and 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor with 512 MB RAM. It comes with a 5.3-inch display with 540×960 pixels resolution. It has 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera at the front. The phone also comes with a stylus that lets you jot down notes or draw on the screen. Also the built and looks are quite good, comparable to high end devices.

Paaji’s Comments: At a price tag of Rs.10,000, if you are looking for a Smartphone with a large display, and a quad-core processor, but can compromise slightly on RAM, GO for it.

Check Price of Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle : Approx Rs 9,500/- 

 

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Best Smartphones Under 8000


If you looking for budget phones under Rs 8000, than these below are good contenders –

Xolo A 500s

This is another budget phone offering from XOLO. XOLO has gained strong foothold in its budget smartphone series. The device comes with a 4inch display with 480*800 pixel resolution. It is powered by Android 4.2 Jellybean OS and 1.3 GHz dual core processor. It comes with 512 Mb RAM and 4GB internal memory. These features are pretty good at its price and performance is also not bad. It has 1400mAh battery (which is a drawback) and can provide upto 10Hrs of talktime on 2G network. The phone supports both 2G and 3G network.

Paaji’s Comments: Comparatively at a price less than INR 7000/-, the device offers a fairly decent functionality. This should probably rank as the best Smartphone under 7K.

Check Price of Xolo A 500s : Approx Rs 7,000/-

 

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Karbonn S1 Titanium

Karbonn Titanium S1 is another budget offering from Karbonn. It comes with a good 4.5 inch qHD IPS LCD display with 540*960 pixels. The device runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean OS, 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory which are very decent features at its price. It however compromises on Camera front with only 5MP primary camera, supported by a secondary camera.  Also the 1600 maH battery is bit less if you are game lover.

Paaji’s Comments: This is one phone loved by many for its pretty decent features at such a low price. Performance wise the phone stands up but lags on the camera and battery front.

Check Price of Karbonn Titanium S1 : Approx Rs 8,000/-

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Readers are welcome to provide their valuable suggestions and feedback. Do let us know if we missed anything, would love to hear from you. 

 

Nokia Lumia 1520 & Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia lumia 1520 :

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Key Specs: 6 inch full hd 1080p display, qualcomm snapdragon 800 quad core processor, 2gb ram, 32gb storage, 20mp primary camera, 1.2mp secondary camera . Check out the detailed specs here : Nokia Lumia 1520 in India . 

Expected launch in India: December 2013 end

Expected price: 45,000 – 47,000

Paajis Comments:  Another new entrant into the phablet arena. Looks sturdy and well designed. Processing muscle is also upto par with most of its competitors. But a tad too pricey when compared to Galaxy Note 3 ‘s 45,000 price tag, which also offers better specs and features. Overall, worth a buy if you want a change from iOS / Android environment, need a good camera and a fan of wireless charging.

 

UPDATE Lumia 1520 is now available within price range of 44,000/- to 47,400/-

 

Nokia lumia 1320:

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Key Specs: 6 inch hd 720p display, qualcomm snapdragon s4 dual core processor, 1gb ram, 8gb storage, 5mp primary camera, VGA secondary camera. Check out the detailed specs here : Nokia Lumia 1320 in India  .

Expected launch in India: February 2014

Expected price: 22,000 – 25,000

Paajis Comments:  Again, a well designed phone. It is a budget phablet phone and a toned down version of Lumia 1520. I feel the resolution of the screen is low for the 6 inch display and Nokia could have offered a better secondary camera. Looks like it will be popular amongst the students and  will give a good competition to Galaxy Mega.

UPDATE Lumia 1320 is now available within price range of 22,800/- to 24,300/-

 

Sony Xperia Z1S

Why is it so darned hard to get Sony Xperia smartphones here in the US? Happily, T-Mobile has decided to offer Sony’s flagship Android smartphones, albeit with a few months delay from their international release. The Xperia Z1S is the T-Mobile US version of the well-received Xperia Z1, and just a few things have changed: LTE bands, the headphone jack has moved to the center on the Z1S and S is a hair taller. The Xperia Z1S has flagship specs including what’s currently the fastest Android smartphone CPU, the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core, 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. The phone has dual band WiFi 802.11ac with WiFi calling and mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS as well as NFC. Unlike some Sony phones and tablets, the Xperia Z1 and Z1S do not have the IR blaster and AV remote control feature. T-Mobile prices it at a reasonable $528, or zero down with 24 monthly payments of $22.

Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia is a good looking phone with a black glass back (sorry, T-Mobile doesn’t offer different colors) and a slim 0.34″, angular design. Those of you who detest plastic phones will likely find phones like the classy glass Xperia Z1S and HTC One more to your liking. The Xperia pulls ahead of the HTC One with a faster CPU and a much higher resolution camera: 20.7 megapixels of imaging goodness vs. 4MP for the HTC One. In fact, the Sony has the highest megapixel count of any Android smartphone on the market. That translates into more fine detail, which is useful for those who want to use larger images or make prints.

The phone is a bit larger than competing 5″ Android phones, and the rectangular design looks great but is less comfy in the hand than curvy phones like the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4. The corners aren’t sharp in the least, they’re simply less hand friendly than gentle curves. The phone looks and is well made, and Sony’s Xperia design language sets it apart from a sea of like-looking Android phones. It has a micro SDXC card slot and micro SIM card slot (under side doors), Sony’s Xperia-style rounded metal power button, a dedicated camera button, a 3.5mm headphone jack up top and a speaker that runs the length of the bottom edge. Though glass-backed phones seem vulnerable, our also-glass backed Xperia Z has held up well, and we expect the same of the Z1S.

Waterproof and Dust Resistant

Here’s something you don’t usually see in a “designer” phone: the Xperia Z1S is waterproof and dust resistant (IPX5 and IPX8 rated). Most ports are covered by doors to prevent water intrusion, though the speaker and headphone jack are open and treated to be waterproof. For plumbers, outdoor workers, those who play by the pool and Adrian Monk types that want to wash their phones, this is a godsend. Underwater photographers will also enjoy the Z1S, but remember, you’re limited to using the dedicated camera/shutter button the side, because capacitive touch doesn’t work underwater.

Display

Full HD displays are the norm for high end smartphones, and the Xperia Z1S doesn’t disappoint with its 5″ Triluminos display. Sony features like Mobile Bravia 2 and X-Reality are here as well to enhance photo and video for increased saturation and contrast. The downside is viewing angles aren’t as good as IPS displays or the Super AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S4. We noted some contrast and color fading when viewing the phone off angle, but I could still easily read the display when it was sitting near me on a desk. For those who generally hold the phone directly in front of themselves, it’s not an issue, but for those who frequently share their display when watching video, it might be. In the Sony’s favor, color accuracy and saturation are some of the best we’ve seen on an Android smartphone, and movie watching feels cinematic: colors are natural and bold without being cartoonish, contrast is pleasing and human flesh tones are warm and pleasing.

Sony Xperia Z1S

Like the LG G2 and Nexus 5, the Xperia uses on-screen Android back, home and multi-tasking buttons that take up a bit of bottom screen real estate, rather than capacitive or physical buttons like the Galaxy S4. When you’re in an app, these buttons will generally turn into small dots as placeholders so they’re visually less distracting than button graphics. On the downside, you have to remember what each of those three dots represents.

 

Calling and Data

The Xperia Z1S is the T-Mobile US version of the Z1, thus it has worldwide quad band GSM and EDGE with support for T-Mobile’s 3G HSPA+ and 4G LTE bands. The phone has pentaband 3G (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) and LTE on bands 4 and 17. That means it will work on both GSM and 3G in most places in the world, but only on T-Mobile for LTE (note that you’ll have to get an unlock code if you wish to use another carrier’s SIM card). Data speeds will of course vary depending on coverage in your area. Here in Dallas, Texas, T-Mobile recently rolled out wideband LTE (20 + 20MHz spectrum) for theoretical 150Mbps max download and 50mbps upload speeds. In fact, close to a cell tower beside a T-Mobile store, we actually did get 100.97mbps down and nearly 30mbps up according to the speedtest.net app. Wow! T-Mobile will roll out wideband LTE in some but not all cities, but all major metro regions should have standard 10 or 20MHz spectrum LTE by now.

Call quality is very good on the Xperia Z1S, and both incoming and outgoing voice are clear and full. Speakerphone volume is a bit lower than average while earpiece volume is average. Sony’s waterproofing of the earpiece hasn’t degraded voice quality or volume, but we suspect it might be to blame for the not terribly loud speaker. Headphone quality is excellent and we really enjoyed listening to music via a decent quality wired headset. Of course you can use Bluetooth wireless speakers, stereo headphones and mono headsets with the phone, and we found audio quality to be good over Bluetooth.

Horsepower and Software

Just as with the Galaxy S4 and LG G2, the current all-star CPU is under the hood. The 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad core CPU with Adreno 330 graphics is currently the best you can get in an Android phone, and it can handle anything you throw at it. 3D games like Real Racing 3, 4K video playback: it’s all good. The phone feels fast and smooth in operation with quick app load times and fluid animations.

It helps that Sony’s light customization of Android Jelly Bean 4.3 doesn’t weigh down the phone, as do the heavier skins and customizations on the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy phones. In fact, we really like Sony’s tasteful and restrained approach to Android. They do add several programs that work hand-in-hand with Sony’s various online services, including Album, Movies, Walkman and PlayStation Mobile. Even if you don’t use Sony’s cloud services or wish to rent/buy movies from them, these are great looking multimedia playback apps with quick access to EQ, locally stored media, cloud media and even native support for network hard drives that act as media servers via dLNA. PlayStation fans will enjoy PlayStation Mobile where you can download some of the same PS Vita and PlayStation 2 games but ported to Android. There’s also a PlayStation app with access to your PSN profile, friends list, trophies and a PlayStation 4 second screen feature. It’s refreshing that Sony’s software additions make the phone more fun and easy to use for multimedia and gaming rather than just adding bloat.

Benchmarks

  Quadrant 3DMark Ice Storm AnTuTu Sunspider JavaScript Test
Sony Xperia Z1S 21589 16,135 (unlimited) 35,008 837
Nexus 5 8808 17,828 (unlimited) 27,017 718
Moto G 8485 2778 (extreme) 17,396 1311
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 22,006 15,092 (unlimited) 35,823 587
LG G2 19,762 9803 (extreme) 32,990 823
Samsung Galaxy S4 12,276 11,601 (unlimited) 24,776 826
HTC One 12,252 11,324 (extreme) 24,589 1155
Sony Xperia Z 7916 6353  (extreme) 20,403 1306
Moto X 8357 6800 (extreme) 21,377 1097
LG Optimus G Pro 11,994 N/A 18,561 867
Samsung Galaxy Note II 6001 N/A 14,056 1052
Samsung Galaxy S III 5102 N/A 7011 1825

Geekbench 3: 909 single core, 2832 multi-core

Camera

Here’s the star of the show: the 20.7 megapixel rear camera with a relatively large (by phone standards) 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor RS sensor and a fast Sony G f/2.0 lens. No, it won’t impress Nokia Lumia 1020 owners for sensor size and resolution, but the Xperia’s speed will impress Lumia owners. The phone has quick shot times and fast focus times in good light. In a very dim to dark room, focus is slower, but the same is true of most camera phones. Image detail is excellent and noise is held in check with ISO under 400 to 800. Colors are bold and natural and exposure is good, though in intelligent auto mode, it does blow out some highlights in high contrast scenes. Certainly the images are good enough that you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between images taken with the Xperia Z1S and a 16MP point and shoot.

Today’s top Android phones have 13MP cameras and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (more of a camera than a phone in terms of design and ergonomics) is 16 megapixels. More pixels don’t always mean better images, but in this case those pixels mean better 8 x 10 prints or photo frame images and finer detail for larger images used on websites. If you rarely look at your camera phone’s photos on anything but your phone, this won’t matter. But for those who do use images for websites, photo sharing and playback on larger screens the Sony has an edge.

The camera can shoot 1080p video, but it uses digital image stabilization rather than optical image stabilization (OIS). Few phones have OIS, with the Lumia 1020 and LG G2 being two in that rare club. OIS increases hand motion smoothness more effectively than digital stabilization. That said, Xperia footage doesn’t look jerky or jumpy, but we could see some jitter and jumps caused by our less than steady hands.

Sony sets their intelligent auto mode as the default, and it does a good job when the scene is well lit. In dark settings, I found using manual settings reduced image noise, though I suspect average users will be happy with auto mode’s results. When in iAuto mode, you won’t see lots of settings, but once you select manual you’ll get a wealth of settings for shutter speed, ISO, metering, stabilization, white balance and a selection of scene modes. Sony offers additional modes including a background defocus mode to create SLR style bokeh, Info-eye (augmented reality plus 2D and 3D bar code readers), timeshift burst, sweep panorama and picture effects.

The Xperia has a front 2.1MP camera that can shoot 1080p video and yields clear and bright video chat footage.

Battery Life

Like the LG G2, the Xperia Z1S is an “average” size Android phone with a huge battery inside. That translates into excellent runtimes, even with brightness turned up and both LTE and WiFi on and active throughout the day. The 3,000 mAh battery is sealed inside, and we had no trouble making it through the day (8am to 10pm) with moderate to heavy use that included web browsing, HD video streaming for an hour, email, using the GPS for a 30 minute trip, playing music in the background with the display turned off for an hour and playing games for 45 minutes.

Conclusion

It took Sony a few tries to make a flagship Android smartphone that truly has flagship specs, but they’ve managed nicely with the Sony Xperia Z1S and Z1. The Xperia Z1S has the fastest CPU currently available, all the wireless bells and whistles including WiFi 802.11ac with WiFi calling and mobile hotspot, fast LTE 4G and NFC. Even if viewing angles aren’t as wide as the competition, the full HD Triluminos display is one of the prettiest we’ve seen with very wide color gamut and a luminous look when watching HD movies. The design stands out and the all-glass look is striking. Sure, it attracts fingerprints, but this is one of the few washable smartphones on the market!

Websites: www.sonymobile.comwww.t-mobile.com

Price: $528 full retail, or 24 monthly payments of $22 with approved credit

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Video Review

Good things don’t come cheap. In fact with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, just about the only thing we could find to complain about was the $399 price tag for the base WiFi-only 16 gig model. As 8″ tablets become the new 7″ in terms of popularity, the only thing missing was a high end model running Android. The $349 LG G Pad 8.3 was the first higher end model to hit the streets, but now it has serious competition from the Tab Pro 8.4. For $50, you get a better display and a faster CPU, though you won’t get the nice metal back on the LG. Samsung marches on with their plastic faux leather back, available in black or white. It’s actually nice looking and grippy, so we won’t complain. And yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was once high end, but it’s nearly a year old and the specs are outdated. One thing the Note 8.0 bests the Tab Pro 8.4 on is pen input: sadly this is a “Tab” rather than “Note” tablet, so there’s no pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has an 8.4″, 2560 x 1600 Super Clear LCD. That’s the same resolution as top 10″ Android tablets, and that translates into super high pixel density and text and graphics that are razor sharp. It’s one of the best tablet displays I’ve ever seen. Whites are white with no tint and colors are saturated yet natural. It’s a bright display too, with good contrast and decent, though not Super AMOLED, black levels.

The processor is top of the line too. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics. That 2.26GHz quad core CPU is the same used on the newest Android flagship phones, and it few Android tablets are running on such fast CPUs (the LG G Pad 8.3 has a Snapdragon 600). The tablet has 2 gigs of RAM and your choice of 16 or 32 gigs internal storage plus a micro SDXC card slot. Yes, it feels fast thanks to the top notch processor, but also because Samsung’s new Magazine UX is more streamlined than the TouchWiz of old.

The Pro 8.4 has dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a GPS, a microSD card slot, 2 megapixel front camera and a rear 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording and HDR. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

Apple against the world: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 920

Apple just announced its latest flagship smartphone and everyone is already wondering how it will fare against its high-profile competitors. The best-selling Galaxy S III is the leader of the droid gang, while the newly introduced Nokia Lumia 920 is seemingly the best that the WP8 camp will be able to offer.

Apple certainly managed to squeeze quite a lot of cool hardware under the hood of the super slim iPhone 5, but its competitors haven’t stood idle either. So is the iPhone 5 good enough to face those two behemoths in a fierce specs battle and come out victorious? Join us to find out.

 
APPLE IPHONE 5
SAMSUNG GALAXY S III
NOKIA LUMIA 920
OS
Apple iOS 6
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
(upgradable to
4.1 Jelly Bean)
Windows Phone 8
Display
4-inch
LED-backlit IPS TFT
4.8-inch
HD Super AMOLED
w/ Corning Gorilla Glass 2

 

4.5-inch
PureMotion HD+
w/ Corning Gorilla Glass
Pixel density
~326 ppi pixel density
~306 ppi pixel density

 

~332 ppi pixel density
Resolution
1136 x 640
HD (1280 x 720)
HD (1280 x 768)
Height
Width
Thickness

 

 

123.8 mm
58.5 mm
7.6 mm
136.6mm
70.6mm
8.6mm
130.3 mm
70.8 mm
10.7 mm
Weight
112 grams
133 grams
185 grams
Processor
Apple A6
1.4GHz quad-core
Cortex A9 processor
Exynos 4212 Quad
1.5GHz dual-core
Krait processor
Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
GPU
PowerVR SGX 543MP3
Mali-400MP
Adreno 225
RAM
TBA
1GB
1GB
Storage
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
32GB
microSD card slot
No
Yes, up to 64GB
No
Primary camera
8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, 

autofocus

8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels,
autofocus
8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels,
autofocus
Primary camera extras
Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, Simultaneous HD video and image recording
Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging
Front camera
720p

 

1.9MP
720p@30fps
1.3MP
720p@30fps
Battery
Li-Ion 2100  mAh
Li-Ion 2000  mAh
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi+Cellular mode, Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Network
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900 – for Verizon
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – for Verizon
4G Network LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 2100 – for AT&T
LTE 700 MHz Class 13 – for Verizon
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE (regional)
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 900 / 2100
USB
Yes, proprietary 9-pin connector
Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
Yes, microUSB (MHL) v2.0
Bluetooth
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC
No
Yes
Yes
Sensors
Gyroscope, G-Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Barometer
Gyroscope, G-Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Barometer
Availability
September 21
Currently available
Expected release 2012, Q4

Lava Iris Pro 30 review

Lava launched its new line of smartphones under the theme of “Art meets Smart” a few days ago. With the new venture the company has promised to deliver high-end smartphone experience at an affordable price tag.

The first smartphone in the new line up is the Iris Pro 30, which comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 CPU along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MediTek MT6589 chipset.

Unboxing

The Lava Iris Pro 30 comes in a standard retail box, inside which you can find the A/C adapter, USB cable, headset and some paperwork.

Design

Lava’s latest smartphone looks a lot similar to the iPhone 5s, but the device is built using plastic with an aluminum frame running around the front panel. At 114 grams, the Iris Pro 30 is lighter than most of the smartphones out there, but that’s mostly due to the plastic used in the construction. The back cover is dust and fingerprint prone and we believe that the company could have used fancier material here.

On the front we have the display along with the three capacitive touch buttons – home, back and menu. The secondary camera and an array of sensors are located on the front of the device, while the power button and the voice rockers are placed in the right side of the smartphone. The 3.5mm audio jack has been designed on the top of the device and the USB port along with a noise cancellation microphone is paced at the bottom.

The back of the smartphone is where we get to see the 8 megapixel sensor with dual-LED flash and a tiny secondary microphone pinhole for noise cancellation. The speaker grille is at the bottom of the device. Underneath the back cover, there is a non-removable battery and three card slots – two for SIM cards and one for microSD card.

Display

Lava Iris Pro 30 sports a 4.7″ IPS LCD display that is produced by Sharp. The screen has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and these numbers add up to a pixel density of 312 ppi, which is quite sharp by any standards.

The panel outputs 500 lumens of brightness and uses one glass solution that makes the assembly a lot thinner and thus contributing towards the overall weight reduction. The 720p display offers great colors and overall image quality. Viewing angles are pretty wide too.

User Interface

The Iris Pro 30 comes out of the box with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS and the user interface remains largely similar to the stock Android. The 1.2 GHz CPU along with 1 GB of RAM does as good as expected and the device runs pretty smoothly in day to day usage. However, we did encounter lag whenever we tried to multi-task.

Surprisingly, Lava’s newest flagship smartphone doesn’t carry any home-backed or third-party software goodies on-board and you will get to pick the apps you need from the Google Play Store, which is mostly good news. You may need to supply a few apps you would otherwise get preinstalled, but at least you won’t have to deal with unnecessary bloatware.

Having said that, there is one interesting widget on the notification menu that shows the usage of the CPU, battery, memory and the signal of your network in a graphical form.

Synthetic Benchmarks

We took the Lava Iris Pro 30 for a benchmark spin and stacked it up against some of its competition. We have already seen the performance of the Cortex A7 CPU, but has the company managed to get the most out of it? Well, let’s see.

We started with the single-core CPU performance test of the device with the help of the Benchmark Pi. As expected, the smartphone turned in a mediocre performance, scoring 372.

 

Benchmark Pi

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini166
  • HTC One X+280
  • LG Optimus G285
  • HTC One mini293
  • Karbonn Titanium X298
  • Samsung Galaxy Express346
  • Lava Iris Pro 30372
  • Xolo Q900388
  • Sony Xperia M400
  • Lenovo P780407
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus409
  • Sony Xperia L435
  • Samsung Galaxy Young831

Next up, we aimed to test the overall performance of the smartphone with the AnTuTu benchmarking application. The results were disappointing considering the fact that other devices with the same processing unit managed to come up with better scores.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • HTC One22678
  • Sony Xperia Z20794
  • Karbonn Titanium X15397
  • Oppo Find 515167
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini14518
  • Lenovo P78013611
  • Lava Iris Pro 3013502
  • Xolo Q90013292
  • Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v213216
  • HTC Butterfly12631
  • HTC One mini11434
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim11203
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 26650

We then had the PowerVR SGX544 GPU jumping through hoops. The Epic Citadel test reveals that the company has probably opted for a lower clock graphics unit as the device failed to turn up a score as good as we expected.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)59.8
  • Karbonn Titanium X46.2
  • Lenovo P78044.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S III41.3
  • Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v234.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Core24.9
  • Lava Iris Pro 3016

Lastly, we had the Vallamo test, which is used to measure the browsing performance of the device. This time a core of 1,476 points was about as good as we could expect.

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia SP2497
  • Karbonn Titanium X1614
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim1572
  • LG Optimus 4X HD1568
  • Xolo Q9001563
  • LG Optimus G1522
  • Lava Iris Pro 301476
  • Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v21471
  • Lenovo P7801452
  • Samsung Galaxy Core1366
  • Nexus 41310
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame1234
  • Sony Xperia E dual1065

Camera

The camera of the Iris Pro 30 has a simple interface as seen in the previous Indian manufactured smartphones. The device is capable of shooting images in HDR, Panorama, Face beauty, multi angle view, smile shoot, best shot and EV bracket modes.

The settings menu offers three tabs – general, generic still and video capturing options. The first tab consist of Exposure, Color effect, White balance, Anti-flicker and image properties, while the other two tabs have controls for shutter delay, self-timer, microphone, EIS and many such features.

We also had the 8 megapixel camera in action and we were quite impressed with the overall image quality. The color rendering is quite accurate and the fine detail and dynamic range is quite good. There was some noise, but that is negligible considering the position of the device in the market. Overall, the rear shooter in the Lava Iris Pro 30 is a lot better than what the competition has got to offer.

Conclusion

Lava Iris Pro 30 is priced at $250 and is already available in the stores. The smartphone provides decent bang for your buck, combining a decent chipset with an unobtrusive UI. However, the company hasn’t quite managed to bring out the best of the MediaTek SoC, which is somewhat disappointing.

The display is quite sharp and we were surprised with the overall performance of its camera, especially considering what its competition has got to offer at a similar price tag.

However, the software is a big cause of concern as it comes with a fair share of bugs and has a negative effect on the overall performance of the device. Having said that, Lava can turn things around easily if it pulls out a few software upgrades and patches.

Pros

•Good Display
•Decent Camera

Cons

 Performance not as good as specs suggest
 Buggy software

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black and Merlot Red hands-on

The Mint Green Galaxy Note 3 Neo wasn’t the only new color flavor we found at the Samsung Forum 2014 in Bali. The original Galaxy Note 3 phablet had no less than three new paintjobs showcased – the Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black and Merlot Red.

While the red Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the actually the only new base color, the accent Rose Gold editions deserve our attention as well.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black editions

So, let’s start with the Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black editions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Those two are based on the original white and black models, but come with Rose Gold rims on the sides and the front of the device.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black editions

As you can see the gold hue has replaced entirely the silver paint from the sides, the front earpiece grille, the Home key, the camera’s rim and even the top of the S-Pen.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black editions

Both Rose Gold editions are already available in various markets and we hope they’ll go global eventually.

The Merlot Red Galaxy Note 3 is a brand new flavor keeping the silver accent, as the original models, but dipping the entire battery cover and front glass in red. Surely many will love this new vibrant look of the phablet, but even more certainly many will hate the Merlot Red Note 3 for going too far.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Merlot Red

The S-Pen of the Merlot Red edition is also painted in red, with the familiar silver accent at the top.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Merlot Red

Anyway, it is good to have a choice when buying a new phone. We really hope Samsung starts offering such colorful options since the launch though – five months later means much fewer people will get to appreciate those new offerings.

Facebook agrees to purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion

Facebook has agreed to purchase WhatsApp. The social networking giant will pay the staggering $19 billion for the massively popular cross-platform messaging client in cash and stock ($4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock, and additional $3 billion in restricted stock which will vest over the four years after the deal’s closing).

As part of the agreement, WhatsApp will continue to operate independently. Jan Koum, one of the messenger’s creators and current CEO, assures WhatsApp users that there will be “absolutely no ads interrupting your communication”.

According to Facebook’s CEO, the company counts on its new acquisition with over 450 million users (70% active on a daily basis) to complement its currently available messaging services. Furthermore, the CEO of WhatsApp will join the social network’s board of directors.

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp comes less than a week after Viber got acquired by Rakuten. At $900 million however, Viber (300 million users on its own) looks like a bargain compared to WhatsApp and its $16 billion valuation.

Meizu and BQ Readers will ship Ubuntu phones this year

Canonical announced its first hardware partners which will manufacture Ubuntu smartphones. Meizu and the Spanish manufacturer BQ Readers will ship Ubuntu handsets globally this year.

Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth pointed that the initial partners were chosen because of their expertise in penetrating emerging markets. More established manufacturers are expected to hop on the Ubuntu bandwagon in 2015.

The upcoming Linux-based smartphones are said to feature “the latest hardware.” Canonical is serious about app support too. It aims to have the top 50 mobile applications available on Ubuntu by the end of the year.

We are yet to see an official announcement of Ubuntu smartphone. MWC in Barcelona next week could be the venue of such event.

Micromax Bolt A068 with 5-inch display, dual-core processor now available for Rs. 6490

 

Micromax Bolt A068

Micromax Bolt A068, a new Micromax smartphone is now available from Snapdeal. It has a 5-inch (480 x 854 pixels) display, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with dual SIM support with dual standby, similar to other Micromax Bolt series phones.

Details about RAM and internal memory are not available yet. It has predictive typing and unique custom fonts in 20 different languages. Most of the specifications are almost similar to last year’s Micromax Canvas Fun A76, but this has a completely different design.

Micromax Bolt A068

Micromax Bolt A068 Specifications

  • 5-inch capacitive touch screen display
  • 1 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572M processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • 5MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 2G (EDGE), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 2000 mAh battery

The Micromax Bolt A068 comes in White and Blue colors and is priced at Rs. 7,108.

[Update: The Bolt A068 is now available from the official Micromax Store for Rs. 6,490]

HP Slate 6 VoiceTab and Slate 7 VoiceTab launched in India for Rs. 22990 and Rs. 16990

HP Slate VoiceTab Series

HP has launched Slate 6 VoiceTab and Slate 7 VoiceTab, the company’s latest phablets in the VoiceTab series, as it promised last week. The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab has a 6-inch HD IPS display sporting a 1280×720 pixels resolution and the HP Slate 7 VoiceTab will have a 7-inch HD 1280×800 pixels IPS display. These devices would be powered by a quad-core processor and run on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). These also have dual SIM support, dual front-facing speakers, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, but the Slate 7 VoiceTab lacks LED flash.

Users also get 25GB of free cloud storage from box.com that comes pre-loaded. It also comes with exclusive apps such as  HP Connected Music, HP e-Print, HP Connected Photo and HP File Manager.

HP Slate 6 VoiceTab specifications

  • 6-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) touch screen IPS display
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor
  • Dual SIM (normal + micro SIM) with Dual Standby
  • 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 8.98mm thick and weighs 160 grams
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • 3.2mm audio jack
  • 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, GPS
  • 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery

HP Slate 7 VoiceTab specifications

  • 7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) touch screen IPS display
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor
  • Dual SIM (normal + micro SIM) with Dual Standby
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 9.5 mm thick and weighs 325 grams
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, GPS
  • 4100 mAh Li-Polymer battery

The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 22,990. It  is available starting today. The HP Slate 7 VoiceTab comes in White color and is priced at Rs. 16,990. It would be available next week.

It also comes with a lot of offers that include, 15% off on all In-App purchases using BagIt.com app,  Travel vouchers worth Rs. 5,100 using MakeMyTrip.com app,  3 months free subscription of India Today Group digital magazines worth Rs. 2,911 and Free unlimited song downloads for 3 months with HP Connected Music.

Micromax Funbook P280 with 7-inch display, Android 4.2 launched for Rs. 4650

Micromax Funbook P280

Micromax has launched Funbook P280, the company’s latest entry-level tablet. It has a 7-inch (480 x 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1 GHz single-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and packs a 2400 mAh battery. It has M!Live, Spuul, Opera Mini, Kingsoft Office Suite and more pre-loaded apps.

Micromax Funbook P280

Commenting on the launch, Vikas Jain – Co – Founder, Micromax said,

Owing to the increased consumption of entertainment on mobile devices, we have tried to provide users with their one stop entertainment device with the Funbook P280. At Micromax, we have always aimed to empower a large consumer base in the country by offering them innovative devices reinforcing our commitment to democratize and massify technology”. He further added, “We are confident that the Funbook P280 would further strengthen our leadership pursuit in the tablet PC market.

Micromax Funbook P280

Micromax Funbook P280 specifications

  • 7-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1 GHz single-core All winner A13 processor
  • 0.3MP VGA front facing camera
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • HD video playback (MPEG2/4, AVI, WMV, MOV)
  • 3G (via USB Dongle), WiFi, USB 2.0
  • 2400 mAh battery with up to 250 hours standby

 

The Micromax Funbook P280 is priced at Rs. 4,650 and comes with a sleek detachable keyboard and a premium leather case.

Micromax Canvas Power A96 with 5-inch display, 4000 mAh battery now available for Rs. 9900

Micromax Canvas Power A96

Micromax Canvas Power A96, the company’s latest smartphone in the Canvas series with 4000 mAh is now available from the official Micromax Store.  It has a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display,  powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad-core Mediatek MT6582M processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It comes with dual SIM support with dual standby. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Micromax Canvas Power A96

  • 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display
  • 1.3 GHz Quad-core Mediatek MT6582M processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 5MP rear camera with LED Flash, HD video recording
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 512MB RAM (?) , 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • 4000 mAh battery

The Micromax Canvas Power A96 comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 9,900. This would compete with the recently launched Gionee M2 which packs a 4200 mAh battery.

Gionee M2 and Gpad G4 officially launched in India for Rs. 10999 and Rs. 18999

Gionee M2 and the Gpad G4 have been officially launched in India. These smartphones went on sale recently. The M2 has a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) display, powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and packs 4200 mAh battery. The GPad G4 has a 5.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD one-glass solution (OGS) display, powered by a  1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T processor with PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU,  13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and packs a 3200 mAh battery.

The Gpad G4 also has a aluminum design and comes with built-in Digital Theatre System (DTS) audio capabilities. Both these phones have Face beauty effects, Hands free Photos Gesture recognition, motion sensing, Panorama (Horizontal & Vertical), face detection, and touch focus for enhanced image captures. Both these have dual SIM support with dual standby.

Gionee M2 specifications

  • 5-inch  (854 × 480 pixels) capacitive touch display
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • 8MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth with A2DP, GPS
  • Proximity sensor, G-sensor, E-Compass, Light Sensor
  • 1GB RAM, 4 GB Internal memory, Expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • 4200 mAh battery with up to 555h standby and up to  24h (3G) / 31.5h (2G) talk time

Gionee Gpad G4 specifications

  • 5.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display based on OGS technology
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T processor with PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Aluminium Unibody design
  • Dimensions: 163.5×81.3×7.95mm
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS
  • 3200 mAh battery

The Gionee M2 comes in Black and White colors and is priced at Rs. 10,999. The Gionee GPad G4 comes in Graphite Black and Silver metallic colours and is priced at Rs. 18,999.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo officially launched in India for Rs. 18450

Samsung has launched the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (GT-I9060) in India officially, at the Samsung Forum 2014 in Bali. It went on sale earlier this week and packs a 5-inch (800 x 480 pixels) display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

It also comes with dual SIM support with Samsung’s Smart Dual SIM feature and supports 12 Indian languages. It also has multi-window and Pop-up Play feature.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo specifications

  • 5-inch (800 x 480 Pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Dual SIM with Smart Dual SIM
  • 5MP Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
  • 0.3MP (VGA) secondary camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB with microSD
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n , Bluetooth, GPS
  • 2100 mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes in White, Midnight Black, Orange and Lime Green colors and is priced at Rs. 18,450. Vodafone users get 1GB of free data per month for a period of two months for all non-data users, if they purchase the Grand Neo before May 31st, 2014.

Micromax Canvas Knight with Octa-Core processor launching in India soon


Micromax unveiled the Canvas Knight A350 at an event in Russia last month. The company hasannounced that the smartphone would hit the Indian market soon and has also released a teaser video. The Canvas Knight has a 5.0-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display, powered by a 2 GHz octa-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It features a 16-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.


Micromax Canvas Knight A350 specifications

  • 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display
  • 2 GHz Octa-Core processor
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 16MP auto focus camera with LED Flash
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 7.3mm thick
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory
  • 2350 mAh battery

The Micromax Canvas Knight A350 comes in Black with Gold, Black and White colors. It is expected to be released later this month or early next month. Micromax unveiled the Canvas LapTab dual-boot tablet at the CES last month, can we expect the Canvas Knight at the MWC next week?

LG G3 to launch in May with 5.5″ QHD screen, G Pro 2 at MWC

Rumors of various 2014 flagships have started and now LG is the target of gossip. Apparently the company is working on a Optimus G Pro successor, which will be unveiled at the MWC and pave the way for the LG G3.

LG unveiled the G2 relatively late last year – Sony, HTC and Samsung announced their flagships in Q1, while the G2 announcement came in August. The flagship launch timetable has been moved up this year, according to Korean publication Asiae.

According to its sources, the LG G3 will launch on May 17, compared to the G2, which was released in September. There’s speculation that this is to counter the alleged Galaxy S5 launch in March.

The publication goes on to add that LG continues the one-upmanship by using a QHD (2,560 x 1,440) that’s as big as 5.5″. Both Samsung and Sony‘s upcoming flagships are rumored to have 5.2″ QHD screens. To put things in perspective, 5.2″ is the same size as the G2, while 5.5″ is the screen size of the Galaxy Note II.

LG will allegedly unveil the Optimus G Pro 2 in late February at the MWC (the original was announced at the MWC too). The second generation phablet is said to have a 5.9″ QHD screen.

Concrete details on other specs of either device are not known at the moment, but there’s probably going to be a Snapdragon 80x chipset at their hearts (hopefully 805) and quite possibly an OIS camera. If the launches are indeed so close, we should be seeing leaks of near-final hardware soon, so we might not have to wait long.Image

Geeksphone offers two different OS’ on one phone

The Geeksphone revolution made its news debut a little over a month ago, and not much was known about the device, except that it would offer multiple operating systems on a single handset.

True,Geeksphone offers both Android and an “alternative os”, but don’t think that you’ll be able to use Windows Phone or iOS as that alternative. Also the base OS of the phone is Android, with the “alternative OS” being the auxiliary one you’ll have to select to dual-boot into.

For now, the most prominent alternative OS option will be Firefox. You’ll be able to boot into it using Boot2Gecko, and it will receive OTA updates, as will any other alternative OS options that you select. What are the other options? Geeksphone only refers to “any other community supported OS” being loaded onto the device.

There’s no word on the versions of Android that the Geeksphone will be rocking, but we do know the specs: a 4.7” 960×540 display, 1GB RAM, dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, and an 8mp camera.

A release date hasn’t been set nor has a price, which will probably be the most deciding factor for this nifty little piece of tech. Any curious readers plan on buying this?

HTC M8 shows its face in newly leaked live photos

After showing us a dual camera setup on its back earlier today, the HTC M8 appeared yet again. This time around, we get to see the alleged front of the yet to be announced smartphone in a couple of leaked photos.

 
HTC M8 (click to enlarge)

The two images reveal that the upcoming device looks a lot like its predecessor, save for the significantly smaller display bezels and on-screen Android navigation buttons. The latter are said to be removable via a swiping gesture (the photos support this theory, as on one of them, the handset is without on-screen buttons).

We must note that the original source of the photos has already removed them. In our book, this means that we are indeed looking at the real thing.

Alleged specs of the HTC M8 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 5” 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, dual 5MP camera setup, and Sense-d Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device is tipped to go official in March at an event in New York City.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Nokia will release its first Android smartphone this month. Known as Nokia Normandy, the low-cost handset will reportedly be showcased during MWC in Barcelona. According to WSJ’s sources, Nokia was hard at work on the device while Microsoft was performing due diligence prior to its acquisition of the Finnish company. The smartphone will allegedly go official as Nokia X. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone is tipped to launch without Google Play support, similarly to Amazon’s Kindle products. Instead, it will be focused on services provided by Microsoft and Nokia. In line with recent leaks, the UI of the upcoming smartphone is also said to be closely related to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8. Rumored specs of the Nokia X include dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, dual-SIM, 4” WVGA display, 4GB of built-in memory, and 512MB of RAM. The handset will reportedly be priced in line with Nokia Asha devices. All things considered, The Wall Street Journal report reaffirms the already floating batch of rumors. We are quite curious to find out how the device’s launch will affect the sales of Nokia’s popular low-end Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 520 and 525. Nokia Lumia 520 in particular is responsible for 30% of all Windows Phone sales.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Nokia will release its first Android smartphone this month. Known as Nokia Normandy, the low-cost handset will reportedly be showcased during MWC in Barcelona.

According to WSJ’s sources, Nokia was hard at work on the device while Microsoft was performing due diligence prior to its acquisition of the Finnish company. The smartphone will allegedly go official as Nokia X.

Unsurprisingly, the smartphone is tipped to launch without Google Play support, similarly to Amazon’s Kindle products. Instead, it will be focused on services provided by Microsoft and Nokia. In line withrecent leaks, the UI of the upcoming smartphone is also said to be closely related to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.

Rumored specs of the Nokia X include dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, dual-SIM, 4” WVGA display, 4GB of built-in memory, and 512MB of RAM. The handset will reportedly be priced in line with Nokia Asha devices.

All things considered, The Wall Street Journal report reaffirms the already floating batch of rumors. We are quite curious to find out how the device’s launch will affect the sales of Nokia’s popular low-end Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 520 and 525Nokia Lumia 520 in particular is responsible for 30% of all Windows Phone sales.

Rumoured to be a successor to the Asha series of devices, Nokia is apparently preparing to launch its Android-based low cost devices at the Mobile World Congress event this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The phone had repeatedly leaked out, with images of hardware and images of software, which point to a phone with a Windows Phone-like UI and Android underneath, enabling it to run Android apps. The “forked” Android OS, developed by Nokia, will feature Microsoft’s services prominently, not Google services or Play, which means that there will still be a distinct lack of Google apps on the platform. Previously brushed off as a improbable launch, especially after the Microsoft acquisition, it seems like the Nokia X aka Normandy will possibly be making a N9-style debut at MWC this year.

 

These are the supposed specifications of the Nokia Android phone –

  • 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 4inch WVGA display
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 5MP camera
  • 1500mAh battery
  • dualSIM connectivity
  • 6 Color variants
  • Nokia Store + Third party apps

You can see that they resemble the Lumia 520 closely, which was a worldwide hit last year. But of course, this is set to replace the high end Asha, which is now based on a archaic Java platform. The software, unsurprisingly, will look a lot like Windows Phone, with a tiles-based UI and the interface workflow resembling the Asha 501′s home and fast lane. I had asked a question to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop last year on how Nokia plans to familiarize people with the Windows Phone UI at the low end, and I guess I got the answer here –

 

 

That’s reportedly the UI Nokia is going for, but it still remains to be seen how the device will compete alongside its own Lumia brothers. It’s like Nokia is going back to the Symbian days again, with its own UI over a open source OS, making its own hardware and having its own app store and services, but only this time, backed by Microsoft. The reason Nokia went Windows Phone was that it couldn’t do software quickly or efficiently enough, the Symbian and Meego operating systems were a bit late thanks to the bureaucracy inside Nokia, but is the mobile division returning back to its roots, with the Nokia Android phone? Or is it going to be a one-time wonder like the Nokia N9 and the series eventually killed off by Microsoft? Another theory is that if Microsoft itself is pushing for Android based devices for its low end strategy and keeping Windows Phone just for the high end? Too many questions, too little answers. Lets wait for the Mobile World Congress event for more!

iPhone 3G S Finally Getting Launched in India But At A Horrendous Price Tag

Here is some news that might cheer up all the iPhone fans. Finally after much delayiPhone 3G S is all set to launch in India. Apple has decided it will launch iPhone 3G S this coming September 2009.

Meanwhile, you could also check out our exclusive review of the Apple iPhone 3G S.

The iPhone 3G S which is being launched on September 19, is however coming out with an horrendous price tag of Rs. 36000 for a 16GB iPhone 3G S and something around Rs 40,000 for the 32 GB version. Also there are some speculations going on that the older version of the iPhone 16GB might bediscontinued.

So will this ridiculous price tag dampen your plan of buying the iPhone 3G S? Or would you still go ahead and buy it? Do Pass on your comments.

Maxx Mobile launches 26 new phones including 7 Android Smartphones

Maxx AX 506, AX 504, AX 5i, AX44, MSD7 Smarty II, AX409, AX545

Maxx Mobile has launched 26 new handsets on the occasion of India’s 64th Republic Day, which includes 19 feature phones and 7 smartphones. These handsets are priced between Rs. 1,100 and Rs. 7,777. These are affordable and also offers value for money, says Maxx Mobile.

The Android smartphones include, AX44, AX 45, AX5i, MSD7 Smarty II, AX506, AX409 and AX504. The company did not reveal the complete specifications of these devices , but it has announced that the Android smartphone range has phones running Gingerbread and Jelly Bean, 256 MB to 512 MB RAM, up to 2 MP primary camera, LED flash and up to 1600 mAh battery.

The 19 feature phones include, MX180, MX422, MX187, MX12, MX444, MX105, MX125, MX553, MX472, MX168, MX467, MX445, MX11, MX103, MX254, MX255, MX433, MX442 and MT352. This segment would include 1.8-inch to 2.8-inch screen, dual SIM support, GPRS, security features such as anti-theft and privacy protection, up to 8 GB worth of expandable memory and up to 2500 mAh battery.

Commenting on the launch, Ajjay Agarwal, CMD & Founder, Maxx Mobile, said,

We are pleased to announce the launch of 26 models on this occasion of great national importance. We had launched 15 models on 15 Aug 2013 and now are launching 26 models on 26 Jan offering the consumer freedom to choose his handset. With this our total new handsets launched during FY 2013-2014 till date is 105, of which 75 are Feature Phones,28 are Android Phones and 2 are tablets. Being a homegrown company, we understand the pulse of Indian consumers and make phones that suit the needs and budget of every handset user.

We will bring you more details about these smartphones once we get them.Image

Xolo Q1100 with 5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 400 processor, Android 4.3 launched for Rs. 14999

Xolo has launched the Q1100, the company’s latest smartphone in the Q CORE series. It appeared on the official website last week and packs a  5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display based on One-glass-solution, powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8228) processor with Adreno 305 GPU and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). It comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI 2 sensor and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

This also has dual SIM support, packs 1GB of RAM and a 2250 mAh battery. It comes with exclusive Snapdragon apps like Snapdragon Audio+ for high quality rich surround sound, Quick Charge feature to charge mobile up to 75% faster than the usual conventional technology, Snapdragon Battery Guru for optimizing battery life and the latest Snapdragon Glance.

This is the first phone This would directly compete with the Motorola Moto G that was launched in India recently.

Xolo Q1100 specifications

  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display based on OGS technology
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8228) processor with 450 MHz Adreno 305 GPU
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI 2 sensor
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 8.3 mm thick
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Full HD 1080p video playback
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 3G (HSDPA: 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • 2250 mAh battery

Xolo Q1100 comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 14,999.

Couple of months back Micromax and MTS partnered to launch the Micromax Canvas Blaze MT500 Dual SIM (CDMA+GSM) smartphone. The Micromax Canvas Duet 2 would be the company’s first smartphone in the Canvas series with dual SIM GSM and CDMA support. According to Manish Khatri from Mahesh Telecom, the smartphone would be priced at Rs. 15,790 and would go on sale later in a couple of days. Recently an unofficial Micromax blog leaked the retail box of the smartphone, which revealed the specifications of the smartphone.

The Canvas Duet 2 has a 5.27-inch HD display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It has 1GB of RAM and packs 2300 mAh battery.

Micromax Canvas Duet 2 specifications

5.27-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) touch screen IPS display
1.2 GHz quad-core processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Dual SIM (CDMA + GSM)
8MP auto focus camera with LED Flash
2MP front-facing camera
3G (EVDO), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
3.5mm audio jack
1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB
2300 mAh battery
The Micromax Canvas Duet 2 is expected to launch later this week. This might be the MOP of the device, and the phone is expected to launch at an MRP of Rs. 15,999.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 hands-on

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has made it to our office. It’s very slim, with the familiar faux-leather plastic on its back and packing an amazing 8.4″ display with 1600×2560 pixel resolution.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the very capable Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It comes with a great 8MP camera too – you can find the check quality link at the slate’s specs page and learn more about it.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, but comes skinned with the newest TouchWiz UI version plus Samsung’s brand new Magazine UX. The overall user experience is great – gives you lots of information under your fingertips and we really appreciate the work Samsung has done on the new Tab Pro series.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 hands-on

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has made it to our office. It’s very slim, with the familiar faux-leather plastic on its back and packing an amazing 8.4″ display with 1600×2560 pixel resolution.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the very capable Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It comes with a great 8MP camera too – you can find the check quality link at the slate’s specs page and learn more about it.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, but comes skinned with the newest TouchWiz UI version plus Samsung’s brand new Magazine UX. The overall user experience is great – gives you lots of information under your fingertips and we really appreciate the work Samsung has done on the new Tab Pro series.

Samsung on the fence about price of Galaxy Gear 2

Samsung is carefully deciding what the price of their next Galaxy Gear line is going to be.

It will be an especially important decision for the Korean Manufacturer since Apple has its own line of wearable devices in the works.

The Galaxy Gear watch didn’t sell too well, and that’s most likely attributed to the high debut price of the wearable: $370; which is the same price as some phones.

The price was lowered shortly after, since it didn’t sell too well. Apple’s wearable is predicted to sell for $300, so if Samsung wants their wearable pieces of tech to gain traction, they’re most likely are going to have to match or beat Apple’s prices.

What the Samsung Galaxy S IV Could Have Been: Here’s a New Concept!

Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 is basically here, only days away from entering stores, people are still dreaming of what could have been. Many of us have been disappointed of getting the same Galaxy S III design on the new model, that’s why they took matters into their own hands and designed a smartphone like the one below.

What the Samsung Galaxy S IV Could Have Been: Heres a New Concept!

Published on Florin Kumnova’s Behance page, this Galaxy S IV concept comes from Vizart and uses the “Samsung Style”, based on the designers’ Unik Style, as they call it. We’re dealing here with an Android 4.2 smartphone with a 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display . The specs of the Galaxy S4 render are the same with the real model, including the 8 core Exynos Octa 5, 13 MP camera and 2 GB of RAM.

The phone is absolutely edge to edge in the display area and even the top and bottom bezel are as small as possible, even sacrificing some of the estate of the front buttons, including Home one. All of the buttons are thin, but the screen is gorgeous. The texture at the back of the handset feels like a soft touch/rubber/kevlar material, sort of a combo between HTC’s choices and Motorola’s back panels.

For some reason I like this Samsung Galaxy S4 more than the real one.

Nokia Lumia 750 Has Pureview Technology, Lumia 720 Design Inspiration

Deviantart member DutaAV created a new Nokia concept, the Lumia 750, that’s inspired by the design of the Lumia 720. As you probably know, the Nokia Lumia 720 is some sort of a cheaper version of Lumia 920, that keeps some of its goodies.

Nokia Lumia 750 Has Pureview Technology, Lumia 720 Design Inspiration

Back to the Lumia 750, the device adopts a squared look and it comes with a camera centered at the back, a Pureview camera actually. The device is much less wider than the Lumias we’re used to. If you allow me to speculate and include some specs, I’d say that this smartphone comes with an IPS LCD display with a 4.3 inch diagonal and HD resolution, plus a dual core Snapdragon CPU, a slightly superior version to the one of the Lumia 720.

Nokia Lumia 750 Has Pureview Technology, Lumia 720 Design Inspiration

There’s also 8 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and a microSD card slot, plus an 8 megapixel Pureview camera instead of the 6.1 MP cam of the Lumia 720. The OS of choice may even be Windows Phone 8.1 Blue, since it’s coming in about two months. What do you think of these slight enhancements? Doable?

Google Smartwatch Render Looks Realistic, Minimalistic

Let’s take a break from high end concept phones and check out a Google Nexus Smartwatch, a device that’s supposedly in the making right now. Every big company out there is supposed to be making a watch, from Apple’s iWatch to similar products made by LG, Samsung and even Microsoft.

Google Smartwatch Render Looks Realistic, Minimalistic (Video)

The folks of T3 published this render of a Nexus smartwatch from Google, one that has a minimalistic look and a square screen. It has Google Sync, allowing you to get contacts, messaging and alerts on your small screen. There’s also the typical 3 buttons (Back, Home, Multitasking), but they’re not displayed all the time.

Google Smartwatch Render Looks Realistic, Minimalistic (Video)

The Google Smartwatch has Google Now integrated and probably a lot of voice commands. It also comes with a comfy belt, multiple color versions, probably a front camera and the ability to place calls from it. Pair this up with the Google Glass and you have a winner!

Nokia Mirror is Shiny, Splendid and Powerful

Edgar Mkrtchyan sent us a brand new Nokia concept called Nokia Mirror, a splendid piece of machinery. It’s glossy, but in an elegant and good way and it also has innovative features, that are listed below. The handset is slightly curved and it has a glossy area on the side, like a mirror.

Nokia Mirror is Shiny, Splendid and Powerful

The back is also mirror-like, but the gloss is metallic, not glassy/plasticky like Nexus 4 or Xperia Z. Nokia Mirror can connect to a printer, TV, computer, projector, stereo station and external hard drive via a special USB key with NFC technology and Bluetooth. The same key has 16 GB of storage. The specs of the new Nokia handset are very good and include the Windows Phone 8+ OS and a dual core setup (1+1) 1.2 – 1.8 GHz.

Nokia Mirror is Shiny, Splendid and Powerful

Nokia Mirror features 2 GB of RAM, measures 10 mm in thickness and at the front there’s a 4.7 inch Full HD Puremotion HD+ screen with ClearBlack 2 technology and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. At the back there’s an 18 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, Pureview technology, Xenon and LED flash, as well as rich recording. The battery inside a 3200 mAh unit and we also get 32/64 GB of storage, plus NFC, Bluetooth a 3 MP front camera.

A superb design, truly!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept is a Folding Device; 3D Detailed Render Here!

The folks of mobileaks.nl have published a fresh render of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the 2014 flagship from the South Korean company. With the Galaxy S4 already launched on major markets and the Galaxy Note 3 being part of the rumors already, we can start dreaming about the Galaxy S5, I guess.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept is a Folding Device; 3D Detailed Render Here!

The source claims that Samsung has been exploring various innovative technologies, like flexible and bendable AMOLED screens. Those are expected to go into production close to the year end, so expect foldable smartphones to come soon enough. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of them, with a screen that can be folded in and out, without requiring a hinge or a cut through the middle.

The render here involves a 7.5 mm thick handset, that once folded around amount to double that thickness, but also half the length. The Galaxy S5 abandons the curves of the past two generations and goes back to the Galaxy S II styling, something that many people have been asking for. Are we truly ready for a phone we can bend in two?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept is a Folding Device; 3D Detailed Render Here!

[via mobileaks.nl]

EmoPulse Smile Smartphone Bracelet Looks Promising, is Almost Real

I have to admit that bracelet phones haven’t appeared on our website for a long, long while, so we’re happy to have stumbled upon the EmoPulse Smile model, shown below. This is a smartphone you can wear on your wrist like a bracelet and it’s in crowdfunding phase right now.

EmoPulse Smile Smartphone Bracelet Looks Promising, is Almost Real

The project was posted on Indiegogo and the device is supposed to be able to read your mood, monitor what you eat and also check out your health. The company EmoPulse is behind the bracelet phone, that can serve as a virtual wallet and it comes with 4G connectivity, an OMAP 5 processor and 128/256 GB of flash storage. There’s USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt as well, plus the product is said to be running on Linux.

You can preorder the Smile for $300, in the 128 GB version and you should know that this concept has 2 GB of RAM, WiFi, FM radio, GPS and the screen is a 2x FOLED unit. Other feats include wireless charging and 9 megapixel cameras. Do you think this product will ever make it to the market?

Samsung Galaxy O is a 4.6 Inch Smartphone with Mid to High End Specs

Rixxan Z created a brand new Samsung concept phone here, that features a bit of a mistake, if I may say so. As far as I know, a device can’t feature a screen that’s both a TFT and Super AMOLED. Of course, if you have extra info to deny or confirm that you should post that in the comments section.

Samsung Galaxy O is a 4.6 Inch Smartphone with Mid to High End Specs

Samsung Galaxy O is a 4.6 inch handset, probably with a Super AMOLED display in the end and other specs include a microSD card slot, 8 GB of storage, WiFi dual band, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, running on a quad core 1.6 GHz Cortex A9 processor.

The specs may seem a bit outdated and I can’t really tell where this model fits in the Samsung lineup. Maybe if they place a lower power Exynos CPU inside it, like the equivalent of a Snadpragon 200 or 400, it would work… Or maybe it’s a Snapdragon or MediaTek.

Sony Walkman is Back Baby! New Model Adopts Xperia Branding, Looks Hot!

Victor Cao offers us a new vision on the Walkman series of music phones, giving them the Xperia branding and a new look. The new device pictured here is the Sony Xperia W concept, that has an iPhone-ish back side.

Sony Walkman is Back Baby! New Model Adopts Xperia Branding, Looks Hot!

The handset uses virtual buttons on Android and the typical Walkman player with minimalistic options. This Walkman smartphone has all the best acoustic technologies one can get nowadays: Clear Bass, Clear Audio and S Master MX. Specs of the Xperia Walkman W include a 1.7 GHz quad core CPU, probably the Snapdragon 400 or 600 and 2 GB of RAM, as well as NFC and maybe 32 GB of storage.

The concept Xperia measures 9 mm in thickness and seems to bundle a pair of sexy headphones. The front side of the Xperia W is to me a combo between the latest Xperia designs and the Samsung Omnia 7 for some reason. By the way, the display incorporated here is a 4.6 inch Triluminos HD display, probably with Full HD res. Is the Walkman back yet?

Sony Walkman is Back Baby! New Model Adopts Xperia Branding, Looks Hot!

[via Victor Cao]

Vive Phone Concept Features Tegra 3 CPU, New OS Called Mize

Tired of all the operating systems flying around? Well, there’s a new one here, a concept called Mize OS, that has been created by Raflykurnia from Deviantart. This device is his first concept, so be gentle with the critique.

Vive Phone Concept Features Tegra 3 CPU, New OS Called Mize

The phone render body is inspired greatly by HTC Touch Diamond and the handset comes with 4G LTE, WiFi, a 4 inch IPS LCD display with LED backlight and the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor at 1.6 GHz as the brain. There’s also 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 38 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and Carl Zeiss lens. We’ve also got a 3 megapixel front camera and that new OS called Mize.

It’s supposed to be a very simple platform, one that seems to show the main social networking apps and the browser as tiny square shortcuts at the bottom of the screen. Everything is floating on the screen, without proper icons to hold them down, if I can say so. Other specs of this Vive  Phone include a Wolfson audio chip, a 2600 mAh battery and a Kevlar body that’s shock resistant and water resistant. What do you think of this phone design?

Samsung Galaxy Fit Plus,

If you don’t like the current Samsung Galaxy Fit, you may like its follow-up, the Galaxy Fit Plus model, rendered below. The creator of the Samsung concept phone is Deepak Ahuja, who has a big number of such devices designed by him.

Samsung Galaxy Fit Plus, a Deepak Ahuja Concept

The handset runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, relies on Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX and packs a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED HD display. The screen supports a 720p resolution and has a density of 356 PPI. Other specs include a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and a 1.3 MP front camera with BSI.

Samsung Galaxy Fix Plus also packs 16/32 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, a 1950 mAh battery and its design line is pretty straight and rectangular, not rounded like the past Galaxy S units from 2012 and 2013, for example.

Samsung Galaxy Fit Plus, a Deepak Ahuja Concept

Virtual Touch Concept Smartphone of the Future

Here’s a concept that doesn’t necessarily feature 1000 cores in its CPU, but rather relies on a new touch technology. The handset uses Virtual Touchscreen tech aka ViTo, a control system that allows you to replace the typical touch experience with a gesture based one. This design is created by Andrey Kamaev.

Virtual Touch Concept Smartphone of the Future

The handset you see here incorporates high resolution cameras withdynamic stabilization and infrared range detection. The display contains aside from lines of pixels some sensors with sensitivity to infrared radiation. Infrared pixels will receive light in a narrow spectral range. This smartphone of the future also comes with an unique interface and control via voice and gestures.

Virtual Touch Concept Smartphone of the Future

There will be two cameras on the edges of the phone, that will detect your eyes and detect the time needed to focus on a virtual keyboard. The phone concept “feels” your point of view and the desired key. The smartphone will support induction charging and it will be powered by photovoltaic cells, too, so sun charging is also here.

Virtual Touch Concept Smartphone of the Future

[via Behance]

Nokia Lumia Z is a 5 inch Smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1

Although Nokia seems more focused on naming its devices with Lumia and then some numbers, who says that they won’t change this pattern once the Lumias start selling less well? Well, we have a fresh concept based on that idea, one that’s dubbed Nokia Lumia Z and it was designed by Rixxan Z.

Nokia Lumia Z is a 5 inch Smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1

This phone packs a 5 inch display and comes with 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage, a front 3 megapixel camera and a rear 12 megapixel shooter, although the image here has them the wrong way, obviously. Inside the handset there’s a quad core CPU and other specs include a non removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery, as well as Windows Phone 8.1 as the OS.

The device’s design is all squared up and it looks basically like a thinner brick, which is not exactly my cup of tea. I’d see this model as a Lumia 6xx series or maybe 7xx. Also, I think that the battery inside is a bit big by today’s Windows Phone standards.

Icon One Smartphone Concept is Metallic, Edge to Edge, Revolutionary

There hasn’t been a company yet to pioneer a REAL edge to edge display on smartphones, although Motorola has tried that with a few of its models. Now LG Optimus G2 is said to go that way, but till then designer Jsus sent us his latest work: the Icon One smartphone.

Icon One Smartphone Concept is Metallic, Edge to Edge, Revolutionary

This design goes the edge to edge display way and also adopts a thin metallic chassis. This fancy model reminds me of those Bang & Olufsen concept handsets or maybe a fashion phone of sorts. As you can see, we’ve got upper side and lower side speakers, a front camera that’s very discretely integrated and a clear delimitation of the upper and lower edges from the rest of the handset’s body.

For some reason, the phone feels very light to me, but it may just be an impression. Since Jsus usually creates Sony concepts, I have to say I would see this as a futuristic Xperia smartphone, one packing a 5 inch 1600p display, 8 core CPU and 26 megapixel camera. Is this the future?

[Thanks Jsus]

The Hook Bracelet Phone Concept Runs Windows Phone in a New Format

Windows Phone is the kind of OS that pretty much explains the hardware platform it’s on: handsets. It can however pop up on the occasional bracelet or watch concept, like the one shown here. Created by Mindaugas (Gus) Petrikas, The Hook is a bracelet phone with Windows Phone 8 on board.

The Hook Bracelet Phone Concept Runs Windows Phone in a New Format

This is basically a smartphone that can twist and bend around your wrist and be worn that way. It has a curved shaped and it kind of reminds me of the Microsoft arc mouse. The screen seems pretty crisp and it has a very small bezel. The belt bundled with the phone is pretty fashionable and sturdy and I totally dig that cool Home button.

The device comes in a few colors and it’s incredibly thin, for a unit that should house a CPU, storage, RAM and possibly a camera. Would you see this device on your hand? As Windows Phone evolves, it’s expected to branch out, with formats like these included.

Xenon Ubuntu Phone Features 3D 16 Megapixel Camera and 3D Display

The teaser you saw here is finally cleared and turns into the following concept Ubuntu phone created by Liam Quinn. The handset is called Xenon and it comes with a 3D display, 3D cameras and obviously Ubuntu Touch as the operating system.

Xenon Ubuntu Phone Features 3D 16 Megapixel Camera and 3D Display

We get a model that adopts a design that involves a lot of straight angles, a dual camera at the back, a camera button and a sort of kickstand at the back. The Xenon has a wireless charging dock, that magnetically orients the phone. It adopts the same design language and can be swapped for a different color.Ubuntu mobile OS uses all four cores of the processor on board of the device and its UI has real 3D depth, thanks to special effects and transitions.

The Xenon concept phone has interchangeable back plates of various colors and if you want to talk specs, know that it features a 5.2 inch 3D display, dual 16 megapixel 3D cameras with Carl Zeiss optics and 3D capability. There’s also dual LED flood flash and inside we can find the Tegra 4 processor and 3 GB of RAM. This model also supports 4G LTE.

[Thanks Liam]

Sony Xperia ZX is a 6 Inch Triluminous Smartphone

Since Sony may have taken things too far with the Xperia Z Ultra, with its huge 6.44 inch display. Is this a phone? Is this a tablet? It’s not even a phablet! Well, we have a Z Ultra Mini, if I can call it that way, the Sony Xperia ZX, a concept sent to us by uva7 dance.

Sony Xperia ZX is a 6 Inch Triluminous Smartphone

We’re dealing here with a 6 inch smartphone with a Full HD resolution and TFT IPS Triluminous panel. Inside the device we find a Snapdragon 800 2.5 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. There’s also the option of adding an extra 128 GB via microSD and at the back we find a 2 x 20 megapixel camera with 2160p video and 30 fps, plus optical stabilization.

There’s stereo sound, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as the OS and a fingerprint scanner in the mix. Powering up this giant is a 4000 mAh battery and we’ve even got a stylus covered. The thickness is 6 mm for this model. Fancy such a huge Xperia concept?

[Thanks uva7 dance]

Micromax Canvas Crystal Sounds Like a Potential Canvas 5

The Micromax Canvas 4 started being offered on preorder today and now we’re thinking about the Canvas 5 already. Well, designer Suman Chatterjee has something in mind and that something is called the Micromax Canvas Crystal concept.

Micromax Canvas Crystal Sounds Like a Potential Canvas 5

We’re dealing with a 5.2 inch Full HD smartphone, so we’re more in phablet turf than handset. This phone packs a 1.7 GHz octa core processor and the PowerVR Series 5XT graphics. There’s also 2 GB of RAM on board, 16/32 GB of storage and a microSD card slot. Micromax Canvas Crystal features dual SIM slots, 3G connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and USB 2.0.

At its back we find a 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and upfront we’ve got a 3.2 megapixel shooter. Other specs include a 3000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is the OS. The camera comes with autofocus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. The interesting bit about this supposed Canvas 5 is that instead of using metal it relies on “super strong crystal linings”, that measure 3 mm and protect it from rough contacts. The screen is also protected by crystal and the body of the phone is dust proof and water proof.

This design feels like an evolved Lumia of sorts and it’s well done.

[Thanks Suman Chatterjee]

Micromax Canvas Crystal Sounds Like a Potential Canvas 5

The Micromax Canvas 4 started being offered on preorder today and now we’re thinking about the Canvas 5 already. Well, designer Suman Chatterjee has something in mind and that something is called the Micromax Canvas Crystal concept.

Micromax Canvas Crystal Sounds Like a Potential Canvas 5

We’re dealing with a 5.2 inch Full HD smartphone, so we’re more in phablet turf than handset. This phone packs a 1.7 GHz octa core processor and the PowerVR Series 5XT graphics. There’s also 2 GB of RAM on board, 16/32 GB of storage and a microSD card slot. Micromax Canvas Crystal features dual SIM slots, 3G connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and USB 2.0.

At its back we find a 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and upfront we’ve got a 3.2 megapixel shooter. Other specs include a 3000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is the OS. The camera comes with autofocus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. The interesting bit about this supposed Canvas 5 is that instead of using metal it relies on “super strong crystal linings”, that measure 3 mm and protect it from rough contacts. The screen is also protected by crystal and the body of the phone is dust proof and water proof.

This design feels like an evolved Lumia of sorts and it’s well done.

[Thanks Suman Chatterjee]

Sony Honami Render Features Huge Camera Area, no Xenon Flash Here

I have to admit that the concept shown below was done 10 days before the Sony Honami started leaking, that’s why it doesn’t resemble the real life pics at the end of the article… However, a cameraphone like this would make a killer Nokia EOS rival.

Sony Honami Render Features Huge Camera Area, no Xenon Flash Here

Sony Honami seems to be very much inspired by the Xperia Z in this render and it features a camera with dual LED flash, Sony Lens G and 20+ megapixels. In real life, the handset is nothing like the concept, since it has a matte back, a very discrete camera and supposedly a Xenon flash. This new model is expected to pack a 1/1.6″ sensor with 20 megapixel resolution and a Snapdragon 800 processor.

Sony Honami Render Features Huge Camera Area, no Xenon Flash Here

The pics below also show a dedicated camera key, a microSIM card slot and microSD on the sides, both with lids, so this is probably a water resistant phone. Finally, the Sony Xperia Honami is expected to run Android 4.2 and have a 5 inch Full HD display. So, do you prefer the render above or the real pictures below?

Android 5.0 Concept Rendered by Toshe Andonov Makes Your Screen Busy

We’ve seen an interesting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie concept before, but here’s another one, with a different approach. This one comes from Toshe Andonov and it’s based on a busier homescreen than before, with Google Now integrated in it, among others.

Android 5.0 Concept Rendered by Toshe Andonov Makes Your Screen Busy

Cards get a new design and you can also use custom themes, for a personalized look. There are more cards available with more features and deeper integration with the device. There’s vertical scrolling available here and a new multitasking feature, plus the new concept of “”app inside an app from your notification drawer”. The notification bar moves down and it’s able to integrate with the navigation bar.

Android 5.0 Concept Rendered by Toshe Andonov Makes Your Screen Busy

The idea is to get more space on the screen when running full screen apps. The search bar is placed on the top, very easily accessible and you can now make a two finger tap on a card to show more info and controls. If you swipe from the left or right edge of the screen you can access the Jelly Bean style lockscreens, where you can add widgets and shortcuts.

The homescreen has become “smart”, according to Toshe Andonov, with the major cards popping up higher, while the ones that already existed are place to the bottom. The Hangouts chat will be pushed on your feed, with a quick reply option and you can learn more about this approach from the gallery below. What do you make of this fresh and busy UI?

Android 5.0 Concept Rendered by Toshe Andonov Makes Your Screen Busy

We’ve seen an interesting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie concept before, but here’s another one, with a different approach. This one comes from Toshe Andonov and it’s based on a busier homescreen than before, with Google Now integrated in it, among others.

Android 5.0 Concept Rendered by Toshe Andonov Makes Your Screen Busy

Cards get a new design and you can also use custom themes, for a personalized look. There are more cards available with more features and deeper integration with the device. There’s vertical scrolling available here and a new multitasking feature, plus the new concept of “”app inside an app from your notification drawer”. The notification bar moves down and it’s able to integrate with the navigation bar.

Android 5.0 Concept Rendered by Toshe Andonov Makes Your Screen Busy

The idea is to get more space on the screen when running full screen apps. The search bar is placed on the top, very easily accessible and you can now make a two finger tap on a card to show more info and controls. If you swipe from the left or right edge of the screen you can access the Jelly Bean style lockscreens, where you can add widgets and shortcuts.

The homescreen has become “smart”, according to Toshe Andonov, with the major cards popping up higher, while the ones that already existed are place to the bottom. The Hangouts chat will be pushed on your feed, with a quick reply option and you can learn more about this approach from the gallery below. What do you make of this fresh and busy UI?