Xiaomi launches the 16GB Mi3 in India for Rs. 14999

 

Xiaomi, a Chinese manufacturer, will start selling their first device in India shortly. The Mi3 will be sold at Rs. 14999 starting from 15 of July.

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Now check out why this is a superbly priced phone – the specs speak:

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CPU, Quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

Dimensions, 144×73.6×8.1 mm weighing 145 grams

Display, 5-inch Full HD 1080p LCD display with a resolution of 1920×1080

OS, Android 4.3 based MIUI version 5

Memory, “2GB RAM, 16 GB onboard storage (13.22GB Usable capacity)”

Camera, “13 Megapixel Rear Shooter with Dual LED Flash, 2 Megapixel front facing camera”

Connectivity, “3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi, Wifi Direct, NFC”

Sensors, “Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Electronic Compass and Barometer”

Battery, 3050 mAh Lithium Ion battery

Colors, Metallic Grey

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With all these features and the good looks of the Mi3, it’s surprising that Xiaomi has decided to price the phone at 15k. This is going to blow the competition away.

If you are app fanatic, and download a lot of apps, the 16GB variant may not be what you need. You may have to wait for the 32 and 64GB variants to hit the market. Yes, there are rumors that they will be coming too in the coming months.

As of now, you’ll just have to wait till the 15th of July to place your order. There were talks earlier that Xiaomi may be tying up with Flipkart for selling these devices, but there’s no official word yet. We’ll keep you updated if we do get some news. You can also check out the Xiaomi India page for more details.

Motorola’s Moto E Launched in India at Rs. 6999

After all the leaks and the teasing the Moto E is finally Official. The phone was launched in India in partnership with Flipkart at a price of Rs 6,999.

The Moto E is a direct competitor to the Nokia X and comes packed with a 4.3″ screen with a qHD display (540 x 960 pixels) and a pixel density of 256 ppi. The phone measures 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.33 mm in dimensions and weighs 140g. Powering the phone is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with Adreno 302 GPU. Memory includes a 1 GB RAM and 4 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB through a micro SD card.

moto e front and back

On the Camera front, the Moto E features a 5 MP rear camera with touch focus, without autofocus unfortunately, and 480p capture at 30fps. Unfortunately there is no flash nor a front facing camera. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and a 1980mAh Li-On battery holds the charge.

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The phone comes in White,  Black, Turquoise and Lemon color options. Flipkart is offering 50% on Moto E Covers and 50% off on 8GB Transcend Memory Card and Rs. 1000 worth preselected eBooks only for today. Head over To Flipkart if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Moto E.

Moto E Specifications

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Processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 with 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU Adreno 302 400MHz single-core GPU
Display, 4.3 inches 540 x 960 qHD with a pixel density of 256ppi
OS, Android Kitkat 4.4
Dimensions, 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm weighing 142 grams
Camera, 5 Megapixel rear camera capable of recording video at a resolution of 854×480 at 30 fps
Battery, Built in 1980mAh battery capable of 24 hours mixed usage
Connectivity, “Bluetooth 4.0 LE, WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz, 3G network Connectivity, MicroUSB with USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM Radio, GPS – Glosnas”
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HTC launches the HTC One M8 In India – Hitting the Stores in May

HTC launched their much awaited flagship the HTC One M8, here in India today. They’ve priced the M8 at Rs. 49,900 and the phones should hit the retail shelves in the first week of May. The M8, which is the successor of the HTC One which launched last year, see a few upgrades from the predecessor.
HTC One M8 Front and Back
Let’s start with the specs of the HTC One M8:


  • Body Finish: The HTC One M8’s features a brushed metal body for a premium feel on the phone.
  • Dimensions: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm weighing at 180 grams
  • Display: 5.0 inches, Full HD 1080p with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 2.5GHz Quad-core processor
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6.0
  • Memory & Storage: 2GB RAM & 16 GB onboard storage. According to HTC, you may get only around 10GB usable storage. You can opt to use an additional microSD card for more space on the phone.
  • Camera: The Rear Camera is a HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens. They have a secondary rear camera which is used to capture depth information. The front facing camera is a 5 Megapixel shooter capable of capturing HD video
  • SIM: Nano Sim. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll have to as your telecom operator for a new SIM to use this phone.
  • Connectivity: 3.5mm Headphone Jack, NFC, WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G,MicroUSB & DLNA for wirelessly streaming media to compatible devices
  • Battery: 2600mAh battery rated for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time.
  • Colors & Finishes: Gunmetal Gray & Glacial Silver available during launch and the Amber Gold version will follow after the initial launch.

HTC is pushing hard with the imaging capabilities of the M8, with a dual camera & dual flash setup for the rear camera. With the secondary camera used for depth capturing, the HTC One M8 can take pictures like the Nokia Re-Focus app, which HTC calls UFocus. Ufocus snaps can be re-focused after you’ve taken your snap. The HTC one also offers Panorama modes, an “Always Smile” mode, and Video effects to help you capture the best of your moments.

Regarding the LTC capabilities of the HTC One M8, there are some reports that HTC will be selling the LTE version in India, which should get Indian LTE support after a software upgrade.

In the pricing section, HTC seems to have priced this flagship product below the Rs. 50k mark, bringing in a price war with Samsung’s flagship the Galaxy S5. There are reports already that Samsung has reduced their pricing already in response to this.

Let’s see how this competiton turns out in the market. I just hope that HTC learns from their past mistakes and makes this phone available properly through their retail networks.

Gionee E7 Mini on Sale in India – with 13 Megapixel Swivel Camera

Just a few days back, Gionee launched the Gionee E7 Mini, a compact version of their flagship Elife E7, here in India. In competition with the Oppo N1, the E7 Mini features a camera which flips around so that you can take a high-resolution selfie. Also the Elife E7 mini camera lens Blue Glass Filter which effectively filters infrared and gives more natural and clearer images during the daytime.

Here are some quick specs of the Gionee Elife E7 Mini:

  • Display: 4.7 inch IGZO Display with a resolution of 1280*720
  • Processor: Mediatek 1.7 Ghz Octa-core Cortex A7 processor
  • Memory & Storage:: 1GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage
  • Camera: 13.0 MegaPixel 180º rotating Camera with LED flash
  • Dimensions: 139.8 ,m×66.2 and 8.6mm thick (or as Gionee calls it, thin)
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wifi,Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio
  • Battery: 2200 mAH battery
  • Colors: Purple, Blue, Graphite Black and White

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With the focus on the swivel camera, Gionee has packed in a few camera features to enhance camera use:

  • Auto Beauty to smooth out skin tones for a better picture of people
  • Eraser mode to remove objects from the picture
  • Panorama Mode
  • Gesture Mode and more

 

The Gionee E7 Mini is already out in store and available online for prices between Rs. 17,000 and 1,8000. You can look for good deals on the Elife E7 Mini at mySmartPrice. For more information about the product you can check out the product page on Gionee’s site.

The Gionee Elife S5.5 the Slimmest Smartphone at a Great Price Launched

On Monday, Gionee India Launched the latest smart phone the Elife S5.5 at a launch event in Goa. The S5.5 is the slimmest smart phone in the market right now. That doesn’t mean that the phone misses out on any of the features – it features a Octacore processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. This is powered by a 2300mAh battery. More on the specs a little later. With all this, the Elife S5.5 will be reasonably sold for Rs. 22,999 when it hits the stores on the 27 of April.

Gionee is a force to be reckoned with

Gionee has been around in India for just about a year, and are already proving that they’re a force to recon with. In the first year of operations in India, Arvind Vora (Gionee India Head) announced that they have already reached a turn over of Rs. 500 Crores. 90% of these sales have been from their smart phone line and India contributes to 20% of Gionee’s worldwide handset business. They currently have a 2% market share in India.

This year, they have an ambitious plan of boosting their service center numbers to 750 and be present in 25,000 retail counters around India. They also plan to spend 150 crores in branding to take over 5% of the Indian Market share this year.

Introducing the Gionee Elife S5.5

This beautifully designed phone features a Magnesium Alloy metal unibody on which the phone is mounted and covered on both sides with Gorilla Glass 3. Even the colors of the phone are nice subtle ones which are not in your face. The display units which I played around with during the launch were also quite good and didn’t show much lags. Of course, I’ll wait till I check out the review devices for a full workout before giving my final verdict on that.

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Quick Specs of the Elife S5.5

  • Dimensions: 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55mm
  • The display is a 5.0” Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • It is powered by a Mediatek Octa- Core 1.7GHz CPU
  • The phone comes with 2 GB onboard memory and 16GB storage.
  • The phone comes with a 13.0 Megapixel rear camera and a 5.0 Megapixel front camera which has a 95 Degree Ultra-Wide Angle view for full bodied selfies
  • The Operating system on the S5.5 is AMIGO OS 2.0 which is based on based on Android 4.2
  • Battery: Non-removable 2300mAh Battery
  • The S5.5 also comes with USB OTG so you can connect your USB thumb drives to the phone to transfer data if you get the required cables.
  • Available Colors: Black, White, Blue, Pink, and Purple

Making of the S5.5 Unibody

During the Lauch presentation, Oliver Sha took us through an interesting presentation which went over the actual manufacturing process which went into the making of the metal body and the glass which covers the phone on the front and back. Take a peek to see how it’s made.

Making OF the Gorilla Glass 3 Screen for the S5.5

One tidbit here is that the Gorilla Glass 3 screen on the S5.5 is just as thick as 4 A4 size sheets stacked on each other. Here’s the manufacturing process which goes into the making of these.

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Initial Verdict

I found that the Elife S5.5 lives up to the hype they created when they announce the phone at MWC this year. The world’s slimmest phone also boasts up a respectable hardware spec, while keeping the pricing at a comfortable sub 25K level. The build of the phone is exceptional and it feels much costlier than the price tag suggests. We’ll follow up with a full review once we get a hold of a review unit from Gionee. Do drop in a comment and tell us what you think.

Samsung Galaxy S5 to Launch in India on March 27th

It looks like Samsung is launching their latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, in India on Thursday (the 27th of March) at an approximate price point of Rs. 45,000-50,000.

Samsung Galaxy S5 FrontIn the looks department, nothing much has changed from the S4 days. In fact, if you look at the front profile, it looks almost the same. Samsung has changed the back of the phone. It now features a dimpled design which presents itself at the back.

The S5 comes with a slightly bigger screen that the Galaxy S4, by slightly, I mean around 0.1mm more. The screen is a 1080p AMOLED display. It’s powered by a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, so Samsung has given up on Octa-core processors for now. The phone comes in a 16GB and 32GB variants, but we’re not sure if both will be available at launch.

The Galaxy S5’s camera system features a 16 Megapixel rear camera capable of capturing 4K video, and a auto-focus speed of 0.3 seconds, which they claim is the fastest. It also has a 2 Megapixel front shooter.

Samsung has further added a fingerprint scanner on the S5, so now Android users don’t have to envy the iPhone specs anymore. It also features a heart rate monitor which uses a sensor near the rear camera’s flash and health and fitness tracking apps bundled with the phone.

In the battery department, again the S5 comes with a slightly higher capacity than the older S4 at 2800mAh. This aside, Samsung promises 21 hours of talk time and around 16 hours of standby time. It also features with an Ultra Power Saving mode which they claim doubles battery life if you’re running low on charge.

The Galaxy S5 is also dust proof and waterproof and is IP67 certified. This doesn’t mean that you can take this phone for a swim yet. It just means that it is totally protected against dust and against the effect of temporary immersion in liquids in depths between 15cm and 1 meter.

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Gionee to launch Elife S5.5, the World’s slimmest phone in India this month

Gionee recently announced the Elife S5.5 which is just 5.5mm thick and holds the current title of the World’s Slimmest phone. Gionne is set to launch this phone in India around the end of this month.

Quick Specs:

  • 5 inch 441 ppi Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2 GB RAM with 16GB internal storage (not expandable)
  • Powered by 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
  • 13 MP font camera with LED flash and a 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55mm weighing 130 grams
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • Running Android 4.2 with Amigo 2.0

The Elife E5.5’s body according to Gionee is 90% glass and metal. The front and back of the device is covered with Gorilla Glass 3, and the sides are protected by a Magnesium Alloy case.

And don’t let the thinness of the phone fool you, since they’re packing a 1.7 GHZ Octa core processor in this phone. It’ll have enough punch to run your favorite apps and games. The flipside this is that you won’t be unable to add an additional memory card to increase storage.

The Elife 5.5 also boasts of the world’s first 95 degrees ultra-wide angle 5 megapixel camera for taking, wait for it, group selfies and full body selfies.

We expect the phone to be in the Rs. 23,000 – 26,000 price range. We’ll find more info on this closer to the launch.

Nokia X Launched in India for Rs. 8599

Yesterday, Nokia launched their first Android powered phone, the Nokia X in India. The phones on sale already in the major cities in India priced at Rs. 8599. We covered the basic specs of the phone in our previous write-up about the Nokia X phones and platform. The bigger brothers of the phone the Nokia X+ and XL will be launched in India over the next 60 days.

To recap-here are the specs for the device:

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Operating System, Nokia X Software Platform (based on Android 4.1.2)

Dimension, 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm

Weight, 128.66g

Camera, 3MP Fixed Focus Rear Camera: No Front Facing Camera

Display, LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch 4” display

Processor, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Processor

Memory & Storage, 512MB RAM + 4GB Storage

Battery, 1500MAH battery with 10.3 hour talk time on 3G and standby time on 3G of up to 22 days

Colors, “Green, Red, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White”

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Here are a few more points about the Nokia X which we didn’t cover in our previous writeup

  • For the launch, Nokia has an offer where you get 10GB of space on Microsoft’s One Drive.

  • Nokia is looking at the Nokia X platform not to be a true Android experience, but defines it as  Nokia  Experiences + Microsoft Services.

  • Nokia is looking at The Nokia X range of phones to be a bridge between their Asha Range of Phones and the Lumia range. Since the Nokia X comes with the Microsoft services bundled, Nokia is looking at the Nokia X phones to be the starting point for users who’d later graduate to the higher priced Lumia range of devices

  • As we said earlier, Google Play is not available on the Nokia X, but you can get your apps from the Nokia Store, or any of the other third party app stores like Amazon Apps, Yandex, Mobango or more. In fact, if you don’t find an app on the Nokia Store, they’ll give you suggestions on where you can get that app from

  • There are quite a few preloaded apps and games on the phone, some of which include – Vine, BBM Messenger, Skype, Facebook, Monopoly, Fruit Ninja, Viber, SimCity and more.

If you are looking for the best price for the Nokia X online, check out MySmartPrice.com.

Moto G launches in India Starting at Rs. 12499

Motorola has finally launched the much awaited Moto G here in India with an exclusive tie up with the online retailer Flipkart to sell the handsets  here. The Moto G cost Rs. 12,499 for the 8GB version and 13,999 for the 16 GB version. The Indian version of the Moto G is a Dual SIM version, unlike the US variants which are single SIM.

Quick Specs

  • 1.2 GHz A7 Quad Core Processor with 1 GB RAM
  • 4.5-inch Touchscreen
  • Dual SIM
  • Internal Memory: 8 GB or 16 GB depending on the variant.
  • 5 MP Primary Camera and 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera.
  • 2070 mAH battery, which Motorola claims should run your phone for an entire day.
  • Launching with Android Jellybean with the promise of upgrade to Kitkat in the coming weeks.
  • Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack

 

Since the phone doesn’t come with expandable storage via microSD card, I’d suggest that you go in for the 16 GB version, since the price difference is not too much. With the Moto G you can also activate 50GB extra storage space on Google Drive for 2 years for backing up some of the data from your phone.

Flipkart Launch Day Offer

Flipkart should start selling  the Moto G from tomorrow (6th Feb) on their site. If you are planning on getting this, make sure you take up their special offer tomorrow. They’re offering 70% off on covers for the phone, Rs. 500 off on ebooks and Rs. 1000 of on clothing. They also have a draw where a lucky winner gets 100% cash back on the purchase (in store credits). Check out the deal and sign up for the notification if you’re interested in picking up the Moto G when it goes on sale tomorrow.

Link to Flipkart’s Moto G Offer Page. Product pages:  8GB and 16 GB.