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.

 

XOLO launches Q600, a Quad-Core Android Phone at Rs. 8999

Xolo has announced that they’ve just released the fourth Q-series phone running on Android Jelly Bean. The Q600 is a Dual-SIM 3G device powered by a 1.2Ghz Quad-Core processor. The phone also sports 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 with a pixel density of 217 PPI. This is the cheapest Quad-c0re phone from Xolo, pegged at a retail price of Rs. 8999.

They’ve bundled  Swype along with the phone, so you don’t have to go buy the replacement keyboard app when you get the phone, so you can start Swyping as soon as you get it.

XOLO Q600 Key features on the Q600

  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 4.5″ TFT Display
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • Dual SIM (3G+2G)
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • External memory expandable up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 2000 mAh battery

For more details about the phone, just to the Press Release right after the image gallery.

The XOLO Q600 in Pictures

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Read the Press Release

XOLO launches Q600 – The powerful smartphone powered by Quad core.

XOLO Q600 is priced at Rs. 8,999
July 2, 2013: After the successful launch of XOLO Q1000, Q700 and Q800, XOLO – the Premium Smartphone brand, today announced the launch of Q600. XOLO Q600 is the fourth Quad-core smartphone announced by the brand under its Qcore series. With this new launch XOLO with its promise of delivering something better and extra with every product, aims to provide a faster smartphone experience to its customers at an attractive price.

Q600 packs in a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor which offers Fast User Interface (UI) responsiveness, fast applications launches and smooth performance.

The XOLO Q600 runs on latest Android Jelly Bean v4.2. It comes packed with an exclusive app XOLO Secure – an Anti-theft app to protect your beloved device.  XOLO Q600 also comes preloaded with Swype keyborad to enable users to type faster in lesser time with unmatched ease of use and convenience.

It is equipped with a 4.5″ TFT display which supports 5 finger touch gesture. It has a resolution of 854×480 with 217 PPI. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM for a smoother smartphone experience.

The XOLO Q600 sports a 5 MP rear camera to capture vivid and sharp images and a VGA front camera for 3G video calling. It comes with a powerful 2000 mAh battery which offers up to 333 hours of stand by time and up to 13.4 hours of talk time on 2G and up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G.

The XOLO Q600 comes with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU and has an Accelerometer for a great gaming experience. This smartphone is available in a beautiful white color.

The other phones in XOLO’s portfolio are X500, X900, X910, X1000, A500, A700, A800, A1000, B700, Q700, Q800 and Q1000.

LG and Google Launch the Nexus 4 in India @ Rs. 25,999 for 16GB

For the Nexus 4 fans here in India, LG and Google finally launched the Google Nexus 4 here. Even though the phone is not available at the Google Play store for India, the Nexus 4 is available at retail outlets and online retailers.

“LG Electronics is pleased to partner Google on the release of the Nexus 4 in India,” shared Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India. “We added the best of our talent to our strength, and the result is a feature- packed smartphone that packs superb hardware under a slim hood. With LG Nexus 4, consumers would be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of style, function and power. The smartphone encourages consumers to explore a world of possibilities and also helps them balance between business and entertainment”

Quick Specs

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  • 4.7 LCD/True HD IPS+ Screen, WXGA (1280 x 768) pixel resolution (320ppi) with Gorilla Glass 2
  • Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro CPU 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Powered by Android – Jellybean (4.2.2)
  • 16 GB Storage ( Not expandable)
  •  8 MP Rear Camera with LED Flash and 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera
  • Battery – 2,100mAh/Lipolymer ( Non Removable) with 11.9 hours talk time rating
  • Wireless Charging (works with Nokia Charging Plate as well )

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 Pricing and Availability

The Nexus 4 is available in India at an MRP of Rs. 25,999 for the 16 GB phone. It’s not too bad considering the US Google Play store is selling that at $349 ( approximately Rs. 19,000) add import duties and taxes and 25,999 is not a bad price point, considering the features you’re getting with it.

You should be able to pick it up from any LG brand shops, multi-brand retailers or online stores in the coming weeks. If you just can’t wait you can also preorder the phone online from retailers like Flipkart as well and have it delivered as soon as it’s available.

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Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best in Class Hardware with the Best of Google

New Delhi, 16th May, 2013:– Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smartphone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for availability in India. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favourite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android™, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

“LG Electronics is pleased to partner Google on the release of the Nexus 4 in India,” shared Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India. “We added the best of our talent to our strength, and the result is a feature- packed smartphone that packs superb hardware under a slim hood. With LG Nexus 4, consumers would be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of style, function and power. The smartphone encourages consumers to explore a world of possibilities and also helps them balance between business and entertainment”

Built for speed
Nexus 4 comes with a cutting edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappiest Nexus smartphone yet.

Capture and share your world
Nexus 4 comes with a high performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive Photo Spheres that put you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.
All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280by768 4.7inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touching every pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.

Information at your fingertips
Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. The latest version of Google Now is built in, which keeps you even more organized – get reminders about upcoming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and even nearby photo opportunities – when and where you need them. Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps™ for Android. With turn by turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.

With this and a host of other new features, LG Nexus 4 is bound to transform and elevate a consumer’s smartphone experience. LG’s Nexus 4 is priced at Rs 25, 999 and will be available at selected LG exclusive brand shops, Multi brand outlets and speciality stores ( modern trade ) across India.

Specification:
CPU Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro CPU 1.5 GHz Krait
Network Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
HSPA+ 42
Dimension 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Operating System Android 4.2 .2
Weight 139g

Display
Type LCD/True HD IPS+
Size 4.7” diagonal
Resolution WXGA (1280 x 768) pixel resolution (320ppi)
Etc Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2

Touch
Type/Handwriting Zerogap/Yes

Camera
Main Camera 8MP
Flash LED 1EA
Front Camera 1.3MP HD

Battery
Capacity/Type 2,100mAh/Lipolymer
(Embedded)
Talk Time 11.9 hours (Tx power 10dm)
Standby Time 564.5 hours (DRX 8)

Audio/Video
Audio Codec MP3/AAC/AA+/eAAC+/AMR NB/ WAV/WMA/MIDI
Video Codec MPEG4/H.263/H.264
Audio Jack 3.5mm
2nd Microphone Yes

Data Connectivity
Bluetooth/USB/WiFI
3.0/2.0HS/802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band)
GPS/HDMI/NFC Yes with GLONASS Support / Yes (Slimport)/ Yes (Android Beam)

Memory
Internal RAM/ROM 2GB/16GB

Processor
Quad Core 1.5GHz

Advance Features
Wireless Charging Yes
Wireless Display Yes

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Google Server outage affecting Google Now for Jellybean users

Since morning today, users who are running on Google’s Jellybean version of the Android OS have been facing minor issues with their devices. Both my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 were showing a triangle notification in the notificaton bar. On clicking it, the message I kept getting was that the phone couldn’t sign me in because if couldn’t communicate with the Google Servers. Clicking on the next button didn’t help much since after a few seconds of retrying the connection, the phone came back saying that it couldn’t connect to the servers again.

Google Now’s service also seems to be affected by this outage. Opening it up just shows a blank area under the search box. All other Google services on the phone like Gmail, Gtalk, Maps, Google Play Store and such seem to be working fine, so other than the irritant of that “Can’t sign in” notification, you shouldn’t have any other problems with your phone or tablet.

Nexus 7 tablet to hit Indian markets in November


In a press event for the launch of the Padfone and the Transformer Tab, Asus folks unofficially mentioned during a Q&A session that the Nexus 7 tablets could hit the Indian markets some time in November.

They didn’t comment on the indicative pricing of the device, but did mention that they’d announce the pricing by the end of October. The US pricing for the base model of the Nexus 7 is $199 ( approximately Rs. 10749, based on the currency rates of this writing). With taxes and levies, it should retail for around Rs. 13-15,000 by our estimates.

Also we don’t know if this is going to be the Google branded Nexus 7 tablet or an Asus branded equivalent device for the Indian market. We’ll have more details on this closer to the lauch when Asus announces the Nexus 7 for India. In the mean while, the Nexus 7 is unofficially available from online retailers for prices more than Rs. 16,000, which are devices acquired from countries where the Nexus 7 is currently available, and shipping times of over of 2-3 weeks.

I’m currently using the Nexus 7 and will have a review of the device in the coming week or two. So stay tuned for the review. For more details and specs of the Nexus 7, head over to this link.