Google Play Delays Shipment of LG G Watch Pre-Orders in India

It looks like the folks in India who’ve pre-ordered the LG G Watch in India are in for a disappointment. We all know that the Android Wear devices on Google Play are currently showing up as out of stock. This also apparently affects  people who’ve pre-ordered the watches earlier.

For those who’ve pre-ordered, the status of the order in the Google Play shows up as “Dispatched from warehouse by 8 July”. This doesn’t mean that the devices are on their way. Clicking through to the order information page will show that the the order still doesn’t show a tracking number. This means that the devices are still not on the way to your wrists.

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A quick email to Google Play support asking about the order status confirms the delay. Here’s what they say:

As per the update from the product team, Google Play is currently holding your order until we have the inventory ready to fulfill the entire order. This is because we’re currently experiencing high order volumes for the LG G watch and we’re out of stock. When the shipper ships your order, you’ll receive a shipping confirmation email along with the tracking number. Therefore, I’d request you to wait till the order is shipped. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with the exact date of shipment.

As the support email states, they have no information about when the devices will actually get shipped out to your homes. I’m sure the folks who’ve dropped a chunk of change on the device are eagerly waiting for the device to ship out. All we can do is wait till the logistics issues are sorted out.

Have you placed your order for the LG G Watch on Google Play? Let us know when you get any updates on the shipping status by commenting below.

Email from Google Play Support Confirming Delays in Shipment
Email from Google Play Support Confirming Delays in Shipment

Galaxy K Zoom, Snooping Skype, Smash a Phone for a OnePlus One – News Bits

3G intra-circle roaming now allowed in India

Earlier if an operator didn’t have a licence for operating 3G services for a region, they tied up with an operator which had the required licence in order to provide these services. The government office of TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal) came up about a year back and put up a ban on such tie-ups. This ruling caused operators to abruptly stop providing 3G services where they didn’t have a licence to operate.

Now finally after a prolonged period of rumination, TDSAT has reversed the ban on operator tie-ups for 3G services. Hopefully operators will bring back their old tie-ups and start 3G services soon in most regions. This should bring a boost in 3G penetration in India with this in effect.

More on this from Medianama.

Is it a Phone, Is it a Camera – Samsung Galaxy K Zoom?

Samsung unveiled the latest Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, a camera centric smart phone this week. Don’t get us wrong, this is not a slim and sleek mobile phone. The form factor of the Galaxy K Zoom is more like a point and shoot camera with smart phone functionality baked into it.

The camera has a 20.7 megapixel sensor with a retractable lens system. It features Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to minimize motion blur due to shaky hands. The Zenon flash on this allows for better nighttime shots. The smart phone side of the device is powered by Android 4.4.2 running on a 1.3Ghz hexa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8 GB of Internal Storage and a 2430 mAH battery.

Take a look at this video to see what the Galaxy K Zoom has to offer.

Get more information about the product on Samsung’s page.

http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/Samsung-Galaxy-K-Zoom-Smartphone-Unveiled/articleshow/34376821.cms

Security goof up by Skype

It seems like Microsoft has performed a security no-no here with Skype. It looks like they’re storing Archived Messages, Contact Information, and more unencrypted on the device in a local database. It’s also quite easy for a novice programmer to gain a hold of all your Skype conversations and contacts if they access your device or system. So you may want to be careful with your laptops and devices by password or pin protecting access to them to ensure that no one has access to it. Read more about this from Security Affairs

Smash your Phone and get a OnePlus One at $1

OnePlus One
The latest entrant into the smart phone race, OnePlus, has launched their latest OnePlus One. A CyanogenMod driven phone runs on a Qualcom Quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and 16 or 64GB onboard storage depending on the variety you get.

The smart phone is powered by a 3100 mAh battery which should go quite a way between recharges. With Global LTE (4G) support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 you’re covered by most global networks and accessories. The phone also comes with 3 microphones for active noise cancellation. In the camera section, the One Plus One comes with a 13 Megapixel Sony Exmore camera with Dual LED and a front camera is a 5 megapixel one. The phone can record video in 4K resolution.

As you can see the specs of the One Plus are really good, inline with most flagship phones. What’s amazing is that OnePlus plans on selling the 16GB version for just $299 (approx. Rs.18,000) and the 64GB one for $349 (approx. Rs. 21,000). These are killer prices for a flagship device.

Now, they haven’t started selling these phones yet. You can enter the Oppo Smash the Past Contest where you send them a video of you smashing your current smart phone and win a chance of buying a OnePlus One at $1 and 3 invites to buy the phone, which you can give your friends. Check the contest and contest details over at: oneplus.net/smash. It’s not any old smart phone they want you to smashup, but the latest line of flagship phones from other manufacturers!

If you’re not yet ready to smash your current phone to buy a OnePlus One, the company says that you may have to wait till June to get your hands on one.

Faster Mobile Data, Finger gestures, Google Watch Specs – News Bits

pCell for Faster Mobile Connectivity

The large demand for mobile connectivity and data, especially in bigger cities are hitting the limits of conventional cell tower technology.

The signal from a tower needs to be shared with the number of users connected to it. In fact, when you use data, users are required to share time on that same tower. So there’s a large concentration of users in the same area, like a music show or sports event, we’ve all noticed the drops in connectivity in such places. So won’t adding more work?

The towers can’t be placed too close to each other as well, since that would cause interference of signals between them causing a bad network zone. So how can we pack in more users who need mobile data into an area?

A company called Artemis seems to think they’ve got tech to address this problem. Watch their video to see how it works:

They say that they can start the rollout of their technology before the end of this year. Read more about this at Business Insider

Finger Based Gestures using FIN

RHLvision, an Indian Startup incubated at the Startup Village, has come up with a revolutionary product idea. Their aim is to ease your life by controlling your gadgets and appliances using finger gestures in the air.

No, this is not like the Leap Motion where they detect your hand movements. FIN is straps on to your thumb and you interact using finger and palms, which are more discreet and don’t make you look like you’re waving out for help. FIN should be able to control most devices which have bluetooth support like phones, tablets, TVs and even some car dashes.

They had started an Indiegogo Project to get funding for the development of this product which closed for more than double initial funding requirement for $100,000.

Look at the WearFin site for more details on this project and preorder.

Yet another messenger app, this time from Autodesk.

Looks like it’s the season of messenger apps, as every company seems to want to get a piece of the money pie.

Autodesk Instant is geared more towards workspace messaging, which makes communications between team members, teams and organizational messaging possible. You can take a look at more details about this app from the Google Play Store.

Detailed hands on of the Galaxy S5.

Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review.com has posted a detailed write up of the announced but as yet unreleased Galaxy S5. It’s in Russian though. It also includes 3 videos.

Read his review.

Leaked Details of the alleged Google watch

Google announced this week that they would be shortly releasing a SDK for wearable devices. This could be a hint pointing to a the rumored Google Watch wearable following up sometime soon.

Now, @evleaks, who usually get leaks right, has tweeted the a possible set of specs for the Google Smartwatch.

The leaked specs show a device which has a 1.65 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 280×280, 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage, which is almost comparable to Samsung Galaxy Gear 2. Let’s see if this comes out true.

Get your next Ride from your smartphone – Taxi Apps for India

Looking for Taxi apps get around a city in India? Don’t worry about hunting for a bus ride or haggling with the local autos, here are some Taxi apps which you can use to book a ride straight off your mobile phone. I’ve personally used these services,via their Taxi app, to get around Bangalore. There are some more out there, which I haven’t tried out, so I didn’t add them to this list just because I wasn’t sure of how the service levels were. If you do use any others do let me know by leaving a comment  so I can add them to this list.

Ola Cabs

Ola Cabs operates out of Mumbai,Delhi,Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Goa currently. They’re one of the first taxi service in India which offered a mobile/web-based booking system which allows to see where the nearest taxi is and when you booked the taxi, where the taxi driver is currently. You can also book your taxi in advance, by setting a time when you’d like your ride to arrive.

Coupon Code: 90AMWM gets you Rs. 200 off your first Ola Ride

Ola, Safe and affordable rides
Ola, Safe and affordable rides
Developer: ola
Price: Free
‎Ola Cabs
‎Ola Cabs
Price: Free

Meru

Meru  started off as a call taxi service mainly catering to people looking for airport pickup and drop service. To keep up with the times, they’ve too have introduced a mobile app based booking system where you can look for Taxis for a ride immediately, or book one in advance. They operate out of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Uber

Uber an international Taxi service which recently brought their services to India. They currently operate out of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai. Their service is an on demand service, which means that you can only look for rides when you want it. You can’t pre-book a cab for a future time or date.   

Get Rs. 300 off your first Uber Ride using this promo code ubermpw or click here and sign up.

‎Uber
‎Uber
Price: Free

Taxi for Sure

Taxi for Sure operates out of Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. Apart from booking a cab for a ride, you can also book a cab for half or full day package via their app. Most other services listed here do provide the same service but require you to visit their website or call them.

Easy Cabs

Easy Cabs also started off as a call taxi service, but have introduced their mobile app for bookings. They operate out of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. One addition feature they provide is the ability to book rides and pay via points on your PayBack account. Payback is a loyalty card which is accepted in a variety of retails stores, websites and services.

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Acer Launches the Iconia W4 Windows Powered 8 Inch Tablet

Last week, Acer released a Windows 8.1 powered tablet, the Iconia W4 powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom processor paired with a bunch of interesting accessories.

Acer ICONIA W4The Iconia W4’s announcement comes quickly after their W3’s launch, which saw some complaints about the screen quality. With the W4, Acer has fixed that problem with a better IPS screen which features Zero Air Gap technology with wider viewing angles and better display clarity both indoors and outdoors.

Acer is targeting the Iconia W4 towards active and professional users who are looking at using the device on the move for both work and play. In fact with Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office for Home and Student 2013 comes pre-installed in the tablet at no extra cost.

According to Acer the W4 should give you about 1o hours of internet browsing or 8 hours of continuous video playback time on the 4960 mAh battery which powers it.

“Modern consumers want an all-pervasive computing experience, one that is high on speed and performance as well, taking care of their mobile demands. Addressing the consumer desire for portable computing, Acer has launched a host of computing devices in flexible form factors including convertibles, all-in-ones, and tablet PCs. As a part of our focused efforts to offer industry-changing experience and newer form factors, we bring to you our latest tablet, the Iconia W4. The ultimate on-the-go entertainment hub, the Iconia W4 will appeal to a cross section of users from busy professionals to ultra-mobile youngsters”, asserted Harish Kohli, Managing Director, Acer India during the launch of the device.

Quick Specs

ProcessorIntel Atom 1.8Gh Z3740
Screen
Screen Size8 inches Capacitive
Resolution1280 x 800px @ 16:10 Aspect Ratio
TechnologyIPS LCD with Zero Air Gap
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Storage
Internal Storage32 / 64 GB
External StorageMicroSD Expandable upto 32GB
ConnectivityWifi, Bluetooth 3.0,Micro HDMI Micro USB
Camera
Rear5 Megapixel
Front2 Megapixel
Battery4960 mAh
Form Factor
Dimensions134.9 x 218.9 x 10.75 mm
Weight415 grams

 

Accessories for the Iconia W4

Crunch Keyboard from AcerAcer Crunch Keyboard 

For users who need a keyboard, Acer offers a state-of-the-art; ultra-slim Crunch Keyboard fitted in a soft synthetic leather cover that easily folds outs while also serving as a tablet stand.

The stylish 5.3 mm (0.21 inches) thin silver keyboard offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is rechargeable via Micro USB.

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Acer Crunch Cover—made with durable microfibers, the Crunch Cover folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit each user’s reading preferences. The slim-fit cover keeps clear of all ports and is available in several fashionable colors.

Other W4 accessories include the Acer Keyboard Cover, protection film, responsive passive stylus, power bank, adaptor kit with bag, and Micro USB cable.

Price and Availability

The 32GB device is priced at Rs.24999 and the 64GB at Rs.26999. You can get your hands on the Acer Iconia W4 at at Croma and Reliance Digital outlets across the country. If you prefer buying online, the you can get yours at Flipkart.

A Quick look at the Gionee Elife E3

Gionee Mobile phones, though new to the Market, are making their presence known by introducing smartphones with the latest features at a price that is value for money. The Gionee Elife E3 mobile phone falls in the Rs 15000 segment of the smart phones and has a lot to offer.  Apart from the attractive price range, the phone is very appealing to the eye thanks to  its sleek looks  and curvy edges with various vibrant colors (Blue, Red, Pink, Black, White and Yellow).

Gionee Elife E3

What’s in the Box:

What's in the Box Gionee E3

The following are contained in the box of the Gionee Elife E3
1) The phone and its cover
2) One protective transparent plastic case which covers the rear part of the phone. This gives the phone a glossy finish but the quality of the plastic is very low. It is flimsy and is susceptible to cracking very quickly.
3) Phone battery.
4) Phone Charger with USB data cable.
5) One hands-free Headphones with mic.
6) Two complementary screen guards.
7) User Guide, Warranty card and contact list of service centers across the country.

Software and Hardware:

The Gionee Elife E3 is built with a Quad Core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 CPU. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage space. You can add more storage with a micro SD card up to a maximum of 32GB.  The phone ships with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. It also comes with a 4.7″ 720p touch screen display which is capable of HD playback.

The UI has been changed quite a bit compared to ‘stock’ or ‘vanilla’ android, and in no way resembles the UI on other phones at this price range. You get different icons and lock screen, which you can change by changing the theme. Unfortunately, there seems to be a limited set of themes available. Hopefully, in a future update, Gionee will add the ability to download more themes. It is fairly snappy with the occasional stutter.

The phone has three capacitive buttons up front: Menu, Home and Back. Long pressing the home button brings up the multitasking option. Switching between apps is fairly quick. There are stutters in terms of the animations once in a while, during the multitasking process. These are bugs that will hopefully be fixed with a firmware update.

Camera:

The primary camera on the Gionee Elife E3 is an 8.0 megapixel HD shooter, with a secondary 2.0 megapixel front facing camera. The primary camera can record HD video at 1080p.

Camera settings contain the following options:

  1. HDR
  2. Face detections
  3. Scene mode(Night, Party, Portrait, Landscape etc.)
  4. Continuous Shot upto 20 Pics
  5. Exposure
  6. Self Timer; Saturation, brightness, contrast, ISO and anti flicker settings.

There are various preset frames that one can use to add an artistic touch to the final picture.

  • Colour effects: Mono, Sepia, Negative, Aqua, Blackboard & whiteboard.
  • White Balance; Capture Actions (Ex. Touch Shot, Gesture Shot, Smile Shot)
  • Capture mode; (Panorama, MAV, Eraser, Best face, EV bracket shot etc.)

The camera interface isn’t the same set up that one sees with other OEMs like Xolo or Micromax. It looks quite nice and is very simple to use. You have easy access to settings and the toggles to the various modes.

 

 

The image quality isn’t the best out there, but it is very much usable for the average buyer who would probably just share them on Facebook. Just don’t expect print quality images. A word of advice: if you use the cover provided by Gionee, if the flash fires, it more or less ruins any night time photos, as the flash seems to reflect off the sides of the cover. Either cut a larger groove on the cover around the camera or get another cover.

Camera Samples:

Battery: 

The phone has an 1800 mAh battery, which is replacable. With usage involving GPS, Data, various apps and Music playback, the phone got me through the day (16 to 20 Hrs) when fully charged. For a phone of this caliber this is pretty decent. When using only the phone with no data, the phone obviously lasts longer. Of course, your mileage may vary, as battery usage will vary from person to person and each individuals usage. Unless you’re a heavy user or play a lot of games, the phone will get you through the day. 

Other Specs:

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General, 2G Network, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

,3G Network, 900/2100 MHz
,SIM, Dual SIM

Phone Dimensions,Size, 137.4 x 68.4 x 7.9 mm
Data, “GPRS,EDGE, HSPA,WLAN, Bluetooth”,
Features, “Radio, Multi-media MP3, DTS Sound, GPS, Digital Compass, G-Sensor, Light-Sensor “,

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Conclusion:

In conclusion I find that the Gionee Elife E3 is a phone that offers you true value for money. There is an occasional lag that I find when I using the phone, but the overall experience is satisfactory. The gaming experience and quality of the HD screen watching movies is excellent. However the phone does need a better headset and the quality of sound when listening to music isn’t something that is a standout feature of this phone.

Note: This is a quick write up by an actual end user of the device, who now happens to have bought two more of the same device for other members of his family!

About the Guest Author:

IMG_20131029_195234My name is Ananth Karthik and I’m a sailor who sails the 7 seas. I’m not much of Gadget Aficionado but I do like to move with the times and do my best to keep up with fast moving technology.

Intex working on an Octa-Core Android Smartphone

We received an update from the folks at Intex about their plans on launching an Octa-Core Android phone in India soon. The yet to be announced phone would be powered by a Mediatek Octa-Core processor running at 1.7 GHz, the MT 6592. According to the press release from Intex, their yet to be named phone could activate all eight cores simultaneously for power hungry games and apps, this against the existing practise for octa-core processors which activate at most only half of the cores simultaneously. I wonder what this will do to the battery life of the phone though.

According to Intex you could look forward to the phone to have the following features:

  • 1.7 Ghz Octa-Core Mediatek Processor
  • 2GB RAM with 16 or 32 GB Storage space
  • Running Android 4.2.2
  • 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera
  • 6 inches HD IPS LCD screen
  • Dual Yamaha 1420 speakers

Commenting on the announcement, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head- Mobile, Intex Technologies said,” Our quest to become the top smartphone player in the industry has made us bring extraordinary products with such revolutionary technology in the hands of consumers.  We have always banked upon our tech pedigree to meet the ever changing demands of Indian consumers. We are overwhelmed with the trust that MediaTek have put in us to create the best possible handset providing extraordinary user experience to consumers.”

No news yet on when it’s expected and what the price would be. So stay tuned for updates.

Intex Launches the Aqua i7 an Android with full HD display and 2GB RAM

Intex Aqua i7Intex, earlier known for their computer peripherals, has jumped into the Android Smartphone bandwagon with their latest phone. At a press event in Mumbai yesterday, Farhan Akhtar, brand ambassador for Intex mobiles, unveiled their flagship model the Intex Aqua i7. This phone comes with a 5 inch full HD resolution (1280×1080) screen which features OGS (One Glass Solution) display technology and Corning Gorilla Glass. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor with 2GB RAM, which should make your apps and games operate with ease.

The phone will retail in India for Rs. 21,900 starting from September 9th from retail and online e-commerce retailers around India. The price for the phone includes accessories worth Rs. 5,500 from Intex which includes a flip cover, Cloud space , screen guard, limited edition key chain and pen personally signed by Farhan.

Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Senior GM-Mobility Division, Intex Technologies  said, “After an overwhelming response to Aqua i5, we are excited to launch our flagship offering Aqua i7. Intex takes pride in consistently introducing quality and performance oriented products for its consumers. With the launch of Aqua i7, we are foraying into the premium handsets segment and are confident of providing the best user experience to consumers who are looking for a device with pleasing aesthetics designed to offer power packed performance.”

Features of the Intex Aqua i7

  • Running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system the phone is powered by 1.5 GHz quad core processor
  • A slim design (7.88 mm) with has a 5 inch full HD (1280X1080) screen which flaunts Corning® Gorilla® Glass that produces deep color rich display while providing protection
  • The phone comes bundled with 13MP rear camera capable of capturing full HD videos and 5MP front camera videos and videos
  • The phone features 2GB RAM for your apps and  32GB internal storage for your media and files.
  • For the sequrity concious, the phone comes pre-loaded with NQ Vault and NQ Security
  • The smartphone is equipped with a host of 15 applications and various cool features such as: Look away, wireless display, Intex cloud, Intex OTA, locate, Intex Play, Intex Zone, personalized screen and 10 pre-loaded full HD video songs which makes it a perfect phone to hang out with
  • Movies for free via Intex Movies app with one month free subscription
  • Intex’s online OTA (over the air) software application will help you update your phone’s software automatically to do away with lag timing or other delays faced while using various applications on the phone
  • Aqua i7 also has 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GSM+WCDMA and HSPA+ as connectivity options.
  • The phone is bundled with a  2000mAh battery that provides a talk-time of 7 hours and standby time of 220 hrs

For more details on the phone, head over to Intex’s Aqua i7 product page.

Nokia Launches the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 625 in India

Nokia has just launched the much awaited Lumia 925 in India for Rs. 33,499, along with the mid-range Lumia 625 for Rs. 19,999. Whilst the selling point of the Lumia 925 is its brilliant camera and its aluminum frame, the Lumia 625 is touted as an entertainment device with its big 4.7” screen.

nokia lumia 925

The Lumia 925 being a spiritual successor to the previous flagship Nokia 920 comes with improvements to the camera and design. The Lumia 925 becomes the first phone in the Lumia line to feature an aluminum frame, with polycarbonate back available in white, grey or black. The result is it makes the phone thinner and lighter; this is a huge relief as the 920 was too heavy and bulky to live with. The Lumia 925 will also taste the much appreciated Nokia Pro Cam seen first on the Lumia 1020 once the Amber update is out.

Nokia Lumia 925 Specs:

  • 4.5″ 16M-color PureMotionHD+ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 1280 x 768 pixels, with a 332 ppi pixel density.
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, [email protected] video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Optical Image stabilization with floating lens technology
  • 32GB of inbuilt storage ( Not expandable)
  • Aluminum frame, with thinner and lighter profile.
  • FM radio
  • White, grey or black color.
  • Rs. 33,499 retail price.

Nokia Lumia 625 front and back

On the other hand, the Lumia 625 is purely marketed as an entertainment device. The device boasts a huge 4.7” screen, biggest in the Lumia line up and it looks like Nokia wants its users to fully utilize this screen. For starters, Nokia is offering goodies worth Rs.16000 in the form of an Entertainment package out-of-the-box. This includes movies, eBooks from Flipkart and access to the Nokia Music Store, among others.  The phone also comes preloaded with Your Movies app, through which the users can not only stream but also download movies.

Nokia Lumia 625 Specs:

  • 4.7″ 16M-color IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 480 x 800 pixels, with a 199 ppi pixel density
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, [email protected] video recording
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB.
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-core Krait with 512MB RAM.
  • Orange, Bright green, Yellow, Black and white colors.
  • Upgradeable to WP8 Amber.
  • Rs. 19,999 retail price.

Follow the link to the press release for more – Nokia Lumia 625+925 India Launch Press Release.

Lenovo Launches 6 new Android phones in India

Last weekend we caught up with the Lenovo team, and got a preview of some of their new devices which are hitting the Indian shores. They announced 6 new Android devices running on Intel processors ranging from around Rs. 8700 for the starting range up to Rs. 33,000 for their premium phablet phone the K900.

One phone to look out for is the P780, which comes with a whopping 4000mAH battery, which you can also hook up to other devices via USB OTG and charge them as well!

Lenovo says,

We met up with the Lenovo folks including Nick Reynolds, who is the Executive Director for Worldwide Product Launch in Lenovo Product Group. He took up though the line up and answered quite a few question which we had as well.

When asked about the customizations that Lenovo puts on top of Stock Android, Nick had told us that Lenovo doesn’t layer Android too heavily, they just put in a light layer of UI skin, which is light enough so that they can get updates out much faster.

We also asked Nick about why they decided to go with Intel processors, and if these phones would have lower battery life due to that choice. Nick answered that the latest Intel processors are much better in battery efficiency than their predecessors  so these should give comparable battery life as their ARM based cousins.

The Lenovo folks also mentioned that according to current plans, they’d be refreshing their product line every 6 months, instead of the 1 year cycle which most other manufacturers follow.

Product Overview

Let’s get an overview of the 6 devices and their Maximum Retail Prices for India now:

 

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K900: The powerful and elegant smartphone

  • Processor: Lenovo K900 is the first smartphone in the world to leverage the latest Intel® Z2580 processor, a dual core chip, which runs up to 2.0 GHz and utilizes Intel® Hyper-Threading technology to boost performance efficiency
  • Display: The K900 is one of the first smartphones in the world to combine a 5.5” IPS display with 1080p high-definition resolution performance at 400+ pixels-per-inch, all under the latest, touch-capacitive Gorilla Glass 2
  • Camera: The phone is equipped with a 13 MP camera and an industry-leading Sony® Exmor BSI sensor. Moreover, the camera has an F1.8 focal length lens, making it the first smartphone to offer such a wide aperture on its camera. The front camera has also been widened to an 88⁰ viewing angle, the widest available on a smartphone front camera for convenient self-photos and video calls.

Retail price for the K900 is Rs. 32999.

Lenovo P780

P780: A smartphone for professionals with a high powered 4000mAh battery

  • Battery: The P780 has the best battery life of all smartphones in the market today and boasts 25 hours of active standby thanks to Lenovo Smart Energy and a 4000mAH battery, the largest in its class
  • Processor: The P780 is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor for a smooth experience
  • IPS screen: The P780 has a large, high-resolution IPS Screen offering clearer images, better refresh rates and show accurate colors from all viewing angles (178 Degrees)

Retail price for the P780 is Rs. 22529.

S920 Lenovo

S920: A super slim, large screen entertainment phone 

  • IPS screen: Fronted by a 5.3” (1280 x 720) IPS display, and framed in a smooth, rounded chassis, the Lenovo S920 smartphone is eye-grabbing, either when viewing the 16M-color screen or admiring it from afar.
  • Camera: The S920’s rear-mounted “super camera” shoots at 8MP for clearer images, and allows for up to 100 consecutive shots in burst mode, capturing still shots within video and advanced photo editing functions.
  • Processor: Backed by a 1.2GHz, quad-core processor, the S920 handles videos and demanding game graphics with ease
  • Size & Weight: The phone weighs only 159g and has a depth of merely 7.9mm, with a unique “hourglass” design that gives it an even slimmer feel

Retail price for the S920 is Rs. 26399

 

S820: A sleek, ergonomically designed multimedia phone

  • Processor: The phone is powered by a powerful 1.2 Ghz Quadcore processor for ultra-smooth Android experience.
  • Camera: A high-res 12MP camera captures ultra-fine images and a 2MP front camera. It is also equipped with SuperCamera software allowing you to take 100 photos in burst mode, take stills while video recording et al

Retail price for the S820 is Rs. 19599.

Lenovo A706

A706: A high performance phone

  • Processor: The phone is backed by a 1.0GHz, quad-core processor and 1GB RAM
  • Sound Quality: The Dolby Digital Plus technology lets you get the best audio experience from headphones or built-in speakers
  • Display: The phone has a 4.5” IPS display for a better experience when gaming, watching videos or surfing the net. A higher resolution means sharper images.

Retail price for the A706 is Rs. 15949.

Lenovo A390

A390: A value smartphone with substance

  • Processor: The phone has a 4” Capacitive Display with 480 x 800 resolution for a better experience when gaming, watching videos  or surfing the net. A higher resolution means sharper images
  • Storage: The A390 offers 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage expandable up to 32GB, and handles mobile gaming with ease
  • Camera: With a 5.0MP camera for capturing and sharing photos of friends, the A390 is the perfect solution for customers needing a solid performer that doesn’t break the budget

Retail price for the A390 is Rs. 8689.

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