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Xiaomi launches Mi Max 2 with 6.44 inch display in India for Rs. 16999

7/18/2017 08:14:00 pm
Xiaomi launches Mi Max 2 with 6.44 inch display in India for Rs. 16999
Mobile devices company Xiaomi has today launched Mi Max 2 in India for a price of Rs. 16999. The large screen smartphone is the successor to Mi Max which was launched last year and established demand for big sized phones.

In terms of specifications, Mi Max 2 has a 6.44 inch 2.5D curved glass screen using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The big display makes the phone a perfect platform for consuming entertainment content as well as playing games. The device has been equipped with stereo speakers resulting in an immersive sound experience alongside the amazing visuals on the large sized screen.

The matte black phone features a unibody metal design and stands at 7.6 mm at its thinnest point. Mi Max 2 has rounded edges for better hand grip and a fingerprint sensor at the back. The device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2.0 GHz processor manufactured using 14 nm FinFET technology. The phone features 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory. The internal memory can be increased up to 128 GB via a microSD card.

For photo enthusiasts, Mi Max 2 has a 12 Megapixel Sony IMX386 1.25 micron large pixel camera sensor as well as a 5 Megapixel camera on the front. The selfie camera includes a Beautify mode for better selfies.

The smartphone gets powered by a huge 5300 mAh battery which is a bump up from 4850 mAh battery of the previous version. The company claims it provides 18 hours of video playback, 57 hours of talk time and around 31 days of standby time. Mi Max 2 comes with reverse charging feature to be able to charge other phones through its USB Type-C port. Additionally, the phone supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology which is able to charge the device up to 68 percent in one hour allowing for a full day's use. It also comes bundled with parallel charging which dissipates heat by transferring current through two channels. The device has a weight of 211 grams.

Mi Max 2 runs on MIUI 8 based on Android N. It has an in built one handed mode for ease of operation of the large screen with a single hand. Moreover, MIUI will soon unveil Split screen which would allow two applications to run simultaneously on the display making use of the large display.

Mi Max 2 will be made available during 3rd Mi Anniversary special sale on July 20 and 21 on and Mi Home. After the anniversary sale, the phone would be available across all online and offline partners of Xiaomi along with and Mi Home from July 27.

Asus launches world's first Tango and Daydream enabled smartphone called ZenFone AR in India

7/13/2017 06:13:00 pm
Asus launches world's first Tango and Daydream enabled smartphone called ZenFone AR in India

Taiwanese smartphone maker Asus has launched world’s first Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) enabled smartphone called ZenFone AR in India at a price of Rs. 49999. The phone would be available exclusively on Flipkart. The Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready smartphone was first exhibited at CES 2017 and now has made its way to the Indian shores. The phone has a metal frame along with 4.8 mm thickness at the edges. The leather patterned rear surface and stainless steel accents around the camera add a touch of luxury to the device.

As we delve deeper into the AR and VR features of the phone, lets look at the specifications alongside. ZenFone AR features a 5.7 inch WQHD Super AMOLED display for great AR and VR content. The phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor specialised in running real time applications of AR. The company has worked in tandem with Qualcomm Technologies and Google developers to create sophisticated hardware and software tools that provide breathtaking AR experiences. The GPU powering the system is Qualcomm Adreno 530 which further aids the CPU in AR and VR applications. The phone features 8 GB RAM coupled with 128 GB of UFS 2.0 based internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 2 TB through a microSD card. ZenFone AR houses a hybrid dual SIM tray.

In terms of cameras, the ZenFone AR utilises an Asus TriCam system comprising three rear cameras. These three cameras include a motion tracking camera, depth sensing camera and high resolution 23 Megapixel PixelMaster 3.0 camera, which work together to enable AR experiences. The motion tracking camera captures location in three dimensional space, the depth sensing camera determines distance from objects through IR lasers and the main PixelMaster camera uses a Sony IMX318 sensor to capture the environment. Further the main 23 Megapixel PixelMaster camera packs an array of high end features like four axis optical image stabilisation (OIS), three axis electronic image stabilisation (EIS), 0.03 second TriTech autofocus system, super resolution of 92 Megapixels, RAW file support, 4K video recording and professional manual mode for discrete control over camera settings like white balance, ISO, shutter speed etc. The front camera has a resolution of 8 Megapixels.

ZenFone AR runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and packs a 3300 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology that can enable 60% battery charge in only 45 minutes. For premium audio quality, the phone bundles HiRes Audio, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound, NXP SmartAMP, 5 Magnet speakers and Asus SonicMaster 3.0 technology. The connectivity options available on the device include Dual band 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Fingerprint sensor on front home key, Bluetooth v4.2, USB-C, 4G, GPS, AGPS and GLONASS. ZenFone AR would be available in black color.

Asus is offering some benefits to consumers who would be buying the phone from Flipkart's platform. A discount of Rs. 2500 would be available on Google Daydream View VR Headset if purchased alongside ZenFone AR. A no cost EMI offer up to 9 months is available and every Jio and ZenFone AR use will get up to 100 GB 4G data and complimentary Jio Prime membership. The AR and VR experiences of the phone would be the determining factor in terms of its sales. People who get convinced with these world first features would definitely find this device worth a try even though AR and VR based smartphones from other brands would also start popping up very soon.

You can buy Asus Zenfone AR from Flipkart here.

Huawei launches much anticipated Honor 8 Pro in India for Rs. 29999

7/06/2017 06:43:00 pm
Huawei launches much anticipated Honor 8 Pro in India for Rs. 29999

Huawei's smartphone online sub-brand Honor has today launched its much rumored device, the Honor 8 Pro in India. The smartphone would be available exclusively on Amazon India at a price of Rs. 29999 beginning 6 PM on July 10th.

Honor 8 Pro stands to be a premium class metal clad phone with extremely tiny bezels along the sides along with a thin 6.97 mm profile. In terms of specifications, Honor 8 Pro boasts of a 5.7 inch 2K display featuring 1440 x 2560 resolution, ~515 ppi pixel density, ~79% screen-to-body-ratio, 16700K colors as well as 94.5% NTSC color gamut coverage. The display delivers cinema level experience to users with rich color accuracy and exquisite detailing.

The device gets powered by Huawei's own 16 NM Kirin 960 Octa-core processor with four high performance Cortex A73 cores running at 2.4 GHz and the remaining four low-power Cortex A-53 cores running at 1.8 GHz. The graphics run on Mali-G71 MP8 which includes support for Vulkan 3D graphics to be able to run most graphic intensive games at good resolution. There is 6 GB RAM available on Honor 8 Pro coupled with 128 GB internal storage which can be further expanded up to a total of 256 GB through an additional 128 GB microSD card.

For photography enthusiasts, there is a dual rear camera setup. The first sensor is a 12 Megapixel sensor capturing RGB color images and the other sensor is also a 12 Megapixel sensor capturing monochrome images. The combination of the two lenses produces vivid color reproduction, DSLR-like depth of field effects and bokeh images along with great black and white photographs. The phone also supports 4K video recording using H.265 codec for twice the amount of compression. The dual rear lens sit flush in the device's chassis and do not bump like in other flagship smartphones. The front camera has a resolution of 8 Megapixels with f/2.0 aperture.

Honor 8 Pro has a dual SIM hybrid slot and carries a 4000 mAh battery. The company claims the battery lasts for 1.44 days with heavy usage and around 2 days with regular usage, which could place it at a higher pedestal than some other flagships provided the numbers as well as the experience stand out to be true. The inbuilt Smart Power 5.0 technology optimise battery life by minimising background apps and terminating processes that consume huge amount of battery cycles. The device also has capability for fast charging.

The connectivity options available on the device include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC, Infrared port, USB 2.0 with Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB OTG and 4G LTE. The phone weighs 184 grams.

Honor 8 Pro runs on Android Nougat layered with the company's proprietary EMUI 5.1 skin on top of it. The operating system builds on the three guiding principles of cleanliness, simplicity and intelligence. With collaboration with GoPro, the device intelligently organises photos by category and generates customisable video stories. The device comes bundled with a 3D cardboard viewer and an OTA update for Jaunt VR app which has oodles of 3D video content.  

Honor 8 Pro would be available in Midnight Black and Navy Blue color options. The device gets bundled with a 9V/2A fast charger, standard USB-C cable and 1 year service warranty. The phone competes directly with the very recently launched as well as the much well received OnePlus 5, specially due to the similar pricing as well as equivalent features and specifications. 

We would be reviewing the Honor 8 Pro in the coming few days. Meanwhile, you can find our review of OnePlus 5 here.

5 reasons why you should buy iPhone 7 Plus over OnePlus 5

7/01/2017 01:36:00 pm
5 reasons why you should buy iPhone 7 Plus over OnePlus 5

We all know that the current premium flagships OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7 Plus are comparable to each other. However, there are certain factors which result in one smartphone gaining momentum over the other. Just yesterday, we had a look into 6 reasons which should propel you into buying OnePlus 5 over iPhone 7 Plus. And today we are moving in the other direction. Today we are going to look at 5 reasons why you should buy an iPhone 7 Plus over a OnePlus 5. And here they are.

1. Dual stereo speakers

Apple for the first time introduced dual speaker system with the iPhone 7 series of smartphones whereas OnePlus 5 only has a single bottom firing loudspeaker. Though OnePlus 5 speaker is loud and clear yet it is nowhere close to the quality of sound produced by 7 Plus. The dual speakers on iPhone 7 Plus induce a sense of a more immersive experience. Other than being louder, the dual speakers add a notion of surround sound and you tend to enjoy your media content and games much more whether you are in portrait mode or landscape mode.

2. Water resistance

This is where the iPhone takes lead over the OnePlus 5. Though the makers of OnePlus 5 have used seals and gels in the internal frame as per leaked reports, yet the company never announced or confirmed any water resistance capability in the phone. Whereas iPhone 7 Plus boasts of IP67 water resistance certification which allows it to be immersed in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. Though even OnePlus 5 would manage to survive a scattered sprinkle of rain, yet a certification gives more confidence to the end user. It adds to the care free attitude one would like to feel while using a smartphone.

3. OIS in rear camera

The iPhone 7 Plus has inbuilt Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in the rear camera for video while the OnePlus 5 has Electronic Image stabilisation (EIS). OIS is a hardware solution of stabilisation while EIS is a software solution just as their names suggest. Though videos recorded with EIS equipped cameras also handle stutters and shakes well, yet EIS can't match the stability that OIS provides. We are firm believers of the fact that software alone can never match the capability hardware can provide.

4. Better portrait photography

OnePlus 5 has completely copied the portrait mode developed by Apple specifically for the iPhone 7 Plus. OnePlus didn't even change the terminology and openly calls it Depth Effect inside the camera app. But it cannot match the quality of portrait images captured by 7 Plus. Portrait images clicked by OnePlus 5 are sometimes amazing while at other times make the pictures look very weird blurring the parts of the subject that shouldn't actually be blurred. Though even Apple has a lot of work to do in improving the portrait mode, still we feel as of now portrait photography on iPhone 7 Plus is more realistic and more beautiful than that on OnePlus 5.

5. Longer battery life

In terms of raw capacity, OnePlus 5 battery outruns the 7 Plus. OnePlus 5 has a 3300 mAh battery while the iPhone has a 2900 mAh battery. However, due to better optimisation as well as lower consumption by the operating system, the 7 Plus manages to outdo the OnePlus 5 battery in times of run time and standby time. When we use both the devices in similar real world scenarios, the OnePlus 5 manages to survive for just about a day or slightly longer while the iPhone 7 Plus manages to run for 1.5 days or more on a continuous basis. The longer battery life clearly shows that in the long run, the end experience matters much more than the numbers on paper.

These were our top 5 reasons why we think you should buy an iPhone 7 Plus instead of a OnePlus 5. Do let us know in the comments which phone would you choose out of the two and why.

You can find our full review of OnePlus 5 here.

You can buy iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB internal storage in Jet Black color on Amazon India here.

You can buy OnePlus 5 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in Midnight Black color on Amazon India here.
You can buy OnePlus 5 with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage in Slate Gray color on Amazon India here.

State owned BSNL now offering six times more data to existing postpaid users

6/30/2017 09:28:00 pm
State owned BSNL now offering six times more data to existing postpaid users
BSNL is offering up to six times more data to postpaid customers through new plans with effect from July 1st. The company is trying to cope with pressure from aggressive pricing by Reliance Jio and the resulting offers made by other incumbent operators like Airtel and Vodafone. BSNL has come up with attractive plans for its customers using postpaid mobile services.

Here is the list of new offers:

Plan-99, Data given earlier - Nil, Data given now - 250 MB
Plan-225, Data given earlier - 200 MB, Data given now - 1 GB 
Plan-325, Data given earlier - 250 MB, Data given now - 2 GB
Plan-525, Data given earlier - 500 MB, Data given now - 3 GB plus Rs. 450 talk time
Plan-725, Data given earlier - 1 GB, Data given now - 5 GB
Plan-799, Data given earlier - 3 GB, Data given now - 10 GB plus free unlimited voice calling

BSNL had already announced more data on various plans in the days that have just passed by. Two days back, it announced "BSNL Sixer" or "666" plan which gave customers unlimited voice calling as well as 2 GB data per day for a total of 60 days. And just 10 days back, the firm had unveiled "Chauka444" plan giving customers 4 GB data per day for 90 days at a total cost of Rs. 444. That eventually comes out to be less than Rs. 5 per day. 

The immense pressure from cut throat pricing by Reliance Jio is driving telecom operators to introspect and thus we are seeing newer and better plans almost on a daily basis. However, this seems to be extremely good news for consumers as they now have more choices and more budget friendly plans to look at potentially. 

Huawei launches Honor Holly 3+ with 3 GB RAM, Kirin 620 SoC in India

6/30/2017 08:01:00 pm
Huawei launches Honor Holly 3+ with 3 GB RAM, Kirin 620 SoC in India

Huawei has launched Honor Holly 3+ smartphone in India for a price of Rs. 12999. The device is available at offline retailers. 

Honor Holly 3+ features a 5.5 inch HD display running at a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and having ~74.5% screen-to-body ratio. The processor powering the device is a 1.2 GHz 64-bit Octa core Kirin 620 SoC paired with 3 GB RAM. The internal storage available on the smartphone is 32 GB which can be further expanded up to 128 GB through a microSD card.

For camera lovers, there is a 13 Megapixel BSI CMOS lens at the rear with f/2.0 aperture. The front selfie camera has a resolution of 8 Megapixels with f/2.0 aperture and 4P lens.

Holly 3 carries a battery capacity of 3100 mAh. The connectivity options available on the device include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, 4G LTE and microUSB 2.0. 

The new smartphone from Honor runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow layered with EMUI 4.1. The dual SIM phone has sensors like accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, ambient light sensor and gyroscope on board. The phone weighs 168 grams.

Honor Holly 3+ is the successor to Honor Holly 3 which had lesser RAM and smaller internal memory as compared to the new device.

Huawei has just launched Honor 9 globally and will launch Honor 8 Pro in India on 6th July exclusively on Amazon. Honor 8 Pro is being touted as a worthy competitor to OnePlus 5 which has been received exceedingly well by bloggers, reviewers, fans and the general public. It remains to be seen if Honor 8 Pro can entice buyers the way OnePlus 5 has managed to do. You can read our review of OnePlus 5 here.

6 reasons why you should buy OnePlus 5 over iPhone 7 Plus

6/30/2017 06:13:00 pm
6 reasons why you should buy OnePlus 5 over iPhone 7 Plus

The very recently launched OnePlus 5 and the nine month old iPhone 7 Plus are both wonderful smartphones in their own regard. While the iPhone 7 Plus builds on and carries the legacy of the world's largest technology company, OnePlus 5 is a product from a company that is still new and trying to ingrain the quality of their devices in consumer's minds. Though both the phones are comparable in most regards, there are certain subtle differences between the two that would let you choose one over the other. Today we are looking at 6 reasons why you should opt for a OnePlus 5 over an iPhone 7 Plus. 

1. Design

This one is an easy choice. Apple's iPhone 7 Plus suffers from carrying over the design language that is more than 3 years or 3 generations old. Though they have made certain changes like shifting antenna bands around the outline and coming out with some beautiful bold colors, the form factor, design and thickness all exude a sense of obsolescence about the design of the device. Whereas OnePlus 5 looks fresh. Right from the 7.25 mm thin profile to the tapered edges at the back, the OnePlus 5 design radiates more confidence and more modernism. The phone has a wonderful grip, is extremely lightweight and seems to have placed the buttons perfectly. Add to it, the top notch covers provided by the company itself and OnePlus 5 beats iPhone 7 Plus hands down in this department.

2.  Fast charging through Dash charge

The availability of Dash charging in OnePlus 5 makes the 7 Plus seem like an ancient device. The OnePlus 5 Dash charger is tremendous. It charges the device up to 90% in just more than an hour and completely charges it up in around 1.5 hours. And do you really want to know the amount of time taken by iPhone? The iPhone 7 Plus unit that we have takes around 3.5 hours to fully recharge from 0 to 100%, which is a crazy long time for a flagship in this time and age. The single factor of fast charging through Dash charge capability can be a make or break buy decision for many potential customers.

6 reasons why you should buy OnePlus 5 over iPhone 7 Plus

3. Performance

This is where the competition heats up a little. The iPhone, with its in house processor, the A10 Fusion coupled with 3 GB RAM is an extremely fast device and may be setting the benchmarks on fire. However, in real world usage you'll find that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 8 GB RAM equipped OnePlus 5 is slightly smoother. The apps on OnePlus 5 are ever ready for usage while on the 7 Plus, many apps keep showcasing the app logo and cover art before actually loading the app in a bit to cover the annoying lapses. Though the difference isn't large, yet its significant enough to be able to call OnePlus 5 a better performing device than iPhone 7 Plus. And the fingerprint sensor on OnePlus 5 shines even further, it does not let your eye blink for a moment before the home screen appears while the TouchID on the iPhone has some catching up to do in this regard as well.

4. Availability of in-house Dash car charger

Though this one isn't a major advantage of the OnePlus 5, yet we are adding it to this list. OnePlus manufactures in-house Dash car chargers for its smartphones whereas Apple has outsourced the job to various OEMs. Apple grants "MFi" or Made for iPhone certification to products after certain quality checks and recommends using those but does not manufacture car chargers themselves. However, the availability of a car charger made by the company that manufactures the smartphone too emanates a feeling of confidence amongst users. We feel this factor too makes OnePlus 5 outshine the iPhone 7 Plus.

5. Dark theme

Though we have been hearing it for quite a long while, Apple has still not been able to implement a dark theme or dark mode in its operating system and hasn't even announced it for the upcoming iOS 11. However, OnePlus 5 has the dark theme built right into the settings and it makes the user interface look utterly beautiful, let alone providing the benefits of a slightly longer battery life. Though Apple knows that the provision of a confusingly ugly dark mode can be counterproductive or detrimental to the iPhone's sales, yet we do feel that its high time a dark mode is envisioned in their smartphones. OnePlus 5 has again taken a lead over iPhone 7 Plus in terms of a dark theme.

6 reasons why you should buy OnePlus 5 over iPhone 7 Plus

6. Price

This one ends up being a no-brainer. The top end variant of OnePlus 5 is almost half the inaugural price of bottom end iPhone 7 Plus. Though iPhone prices have seen a sharp decline since the launch, the OnePlus 5 still manages to be a far more inexpensive offering. Moreover, what you end up paying for the entire package does not seem to justify the difference in the price. You are getting a much more sweeter deal in terms of specifications and features in case you invest in a OnePlus 5. 

These were our top 6 reasons which we think should incline you towards investing in a OnePlus 5 more than an iPhone 7 Plus. However, you may digress from our opinion. And in case you do so, do let us know in the comments below.

You can find our full review of OnePlus 5 here.

You can buy OnePlus 5 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in Midnight Black color on Amazon India here.
You can buy OnePlus 5 with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage in Slate Gray color on Amazon India here.

Canon launches new entry level DSLR, the EOS 200D in India

6/29/2017 05:05:00 pm
Canon launches new entry level DSLR, the EOS 200D in India

Canon has today unveiled its newest addition to the EOS DSLR family of cameras with the announcement of EOS 200D. The entry level camera deliveries superior performance and captivating imagery with features like Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. 

The EOS 200D allows both amateur and professional photographers to click vivid and crisp images. The camera along with EF-S18-55 IS STM kit lens costs Rs. 47495. If you purchase the camera along with a double zoom kit with an EF-S18-55 IS STM + EF-S55-250 IS STM lens, then the package would set you back by Rs. 60495. The EOS 200D will hit the store shelves at the end of July.

The DIGIC 7 processor, which forms the heart and soul of EOS 200D lets the ISO speed reach 25600. This allows for clear photography in low light conditions by reducing motion blur. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps users in achieving ultra fast focusing during Live View and movie recording. A user can shoot at a speed of 3.5 frames per second (fps) through the use of Live View Servo AF that the camera is equipped with.

Another useful feature that the camera packs in is a vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor. The fully articulating screen allows for composing shots and videos at awkward angles. The camera can also deliver movies in Full HD quality at 60 fps.

The camera weighs 406 grams without the lens and will be available in black color. Beginners can navigate through the functions of the EOS 200D using the pictorial user interface. The camera also allows for taking sharp and beautiful images in this age and craze of selfie focused smartphones. The vari-angle LCD screen mentioned above lets users find the right angle from which they wish to take selfies.

The camera has a grain finish and ensures strong and secure grip. The designing of the internal components has been done in a manner that helps in achieving a compact external form factor. The connectivity options available on the EOS 200D include Wi-Fi and NFC which can help users share media to their smart devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. The Camera Connect app further helps with real time control of settings like shutter speed and self timer. The camera also features Bluetooth low energy which can be used to connect smartphones or tablets to be able to see live view, capture images remotely and control image playback through mobile devices.

Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 leaked online

6/29/2017 02:39:00 pm
Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 leaked online
Xiaomi Redmi Pro
The specifications of upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 have been leaked by GizChina. The phone will probably be announced in July. However, there has been no confirmation from the company as yet neither about the launch date nor about the specifications and features of the phone, so we are not completely sure if these specs would turn out to be true at the time of actual launch.

Redmi Pro 2 will be the successor to the Redmi Pro. The new smartphone is expected to sport an LCD display with a Full HD resolution of 1080p. The original Redmi Pro featured an OLED display. 

The device would have 3 GB RAM developed by Samsung on board and the processor that was already revealed by Xiaomi on its website would be Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. Redmi Pro 2 would be equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with sensors like gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometer.

The phone is reported to feature a dual rear camera setup where one sensor would be a 12 Megapixel Sony IMX362 lens while the other would be a 5 Megapixel Samsung S5K4E8 lens. The front selfie camera would be a 16 Megapixel Samsung S5K3P8 lens.

Xiaomi had yesterday launched Mi ecosystem products like Mi Laser Projector, Ninebot Plus and Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush in China at great prices. And the technology giant keeps rolling out smartphones all round the year as well. However, Xiaomi really needs to sort out the nomenclature of its phones and find an easier solution. As the number of models are increasing by the minute, it has become rather difficult to keep track of the verticals under which Xiaomi names its smartphones.

Netflix getting Dolby Atmos support for various movies and TV shows

6/28/2017 06:54:00 pm
Netflix getting Dolby Atmos support for various movies and TV shows

The experience of sound plays an integral part in the delivery of entertainment content through movies and TV shows. Sound is a decisive tool to propagate the story through the mind and senses of the audience. To add to this very context, Netflix is adding Dolby Atmos support to its audio profile starting with Okja, a critically acclaimed movie that made debut at the Cannes Film Festival and is now available on Netflix from today.

Dolby Atmos provides engaging sound by placing it all around the viewer much like 4K and HDR add to the visual stimulation. Immersive audio brings the media consumer as close to reality as it can by surrounding him with the sounds related to the visuals on his screen. This ability to merge entertainment with reality provides a state-of-the-art experience for viewers.

Dolby Atmos support will find its way through additional titles like Blame, Death Note, Wheelman etc. over a period of time. The growing catalogue will help viewers enjoy 4K and HDR videography along with immersive Dolby Atmos audio quality.

As of now, Dolby Atmos capability can be experienced through compatible hardware like Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox One S with support for 2017 LG OLED TVs waiting in the pipeline. The support for more devices would get added over a period of time. You can check the requirements for Dolby Atmos setup on Netflix here.

With a vast array of titles to drop in and the number of devices supporting Dolby Atmos increasing, people are bound to find a theater-like experience right in their living rooms. This should surely change the way TV shows and movies get delivered to the end consumer and paves a way for revolution in the field of media consumption. The enjoyment of entertainment will be never be the same again with the addition of Dolby Atmos support to Netflix.

Xiaomi announces Mi Laser Projector, Ninebot Plus and Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush in China

6/28/2017 03:37:00 pm
Xiaomi announces Mi Laser Projector, Ninebot Plus and Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush in China

Technology major Xiaomi has today introduced three new Mi Ecosystem devices - Mi Laser Projector, Ninebot Plus and Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush in China. The Mi Ecosystem is a specialised IoT platform from Xiaomi's end and has crossed 60 million cross connected devices.

The Mi Laser Projector is a result of over two years of dynamic research and development. The projector packs ALPD 3.0 laser light source technology and stands to be the world's first cinema-level laser projector TV. The Mi Laser Projector has a super quality speaker system along with the Mi TV interface to help users access a full catalogue of content. The product along with its hardware accessories and content fits right into the category of a complete home theater system.

Ninebot Plus is an upgrade from Ninebot mini and is constructed out of a strengthened magnesium alloy. It is capable of supporting a load up to 100 kg and can now travel 35 km on a single recharge. Users can discretely control its movement through a remote control. Along with a the Mi Ninebot Plus Camera accessory for taking photos, the Ninebot Plus will find its way into the Segway bestsellers.

Xiaomi announces Mi Laser Projector, Ninebot Plus and Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush in China
Xiaomi Ninebot Plus

Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush is the first Mi Ecosystem device catering to personal healthcare. The ultrasonic driven toothbrush can generate vibrations up to 31000 times per minute for efficient teeth cleaning. The toothbrush has a built-in lithium battery of 700 mAh and a single recharge can last for 18 days if used twice a day.

These state-of-the-art products are available at great prices too. Mi Laser Projector will be made available for RMB 9999 beginning on 4th July through crowdfunding on Xiaomi's apps. Ninebot Plus will sell for RMB 3499 starting 11th July. Mi Ultrasonic Toothbrush will be available for purchase at RMB 199 beginning 18th July. The latter two would be available both in online as well as offline retail. The three products together commensurate Xiaomi's long term commitment to innovation and democratisation of technology.

Huawei launches Honor 9 with dual rear cameras and Kirin 960 SoC globally

6/28/2017 01:25:00 pm
Huawei launches Honor 9 with dual rear cameras and Kirin 960 SoC globally

Huawei's online brand Honor has announced its new flagship device, the Honor 9, for international markets like UK and Europe. The Honor 9 has already made its way in to Amazon Germany and Amazon United Kingdom. The device is priced at 499 Euros for 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory variant but is available in a 6 GB RAM and 128 internal memory variant in China as well where it was launched two weeks back. The Indian launch is expected to happen sometime in August.

Honor 9 has curved glass at the back in a metal enclosure. The antenna runs through the metal frame. This time around the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the front home key unlike other older Honor smartphones. There are extremely thin bezels on the sides of the display.

The smartphone features a 5.15 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 2.5D curved glass. It gets powered by a HiSilicon 64-bit 2.4 GHz Octa core Kirin 960 SoC coupled with 4 GB or 6 GB RAM. The graphics are handled by Mali G71 MP8 GPU and the device has 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage along with the ability to expand the storage through a microSD card.

In terms of cameras, Honor 9 keeps up with the tradition of dual rear cameras and has two sensors of 20 Megapixel and 12 Megapixel resolution each. The features of the rear camera include touch to focus, PDAF, face detection, HDR and a dual tone LED flash. The front camera supports a resolution of 8 Megapixels with f/2.0 aperture.

The battery capacity of Honor 9 stands at 3200 mAh along with fast charging capability. The phone weighs 155 grams and its connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC, Infrared port and USB Type-C port.

The smartphone will be available in four colors - Black, Blue, Amber Gold and Gray. The operating system running the Honor 9 is Android 7.0 Nougat layered with EMUI 5.1. The dual-SIM phone houses a hybrid tray where you can either use 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM card and a microSD card.

Huawei is also slated to launch the Honor 8 Pro in India on 6th July exclusively on Amazon. And so the brand would be hard at work in the times to come.

Vivo X9s, X9s Plus to be unveiled in China on 6th July

6/27/2017 03:37:00 pm
Vivo X9s, X9s Plus to be unveiled in China on 6th July

Chinese mobile devices vendor Vivo will be launching X9s and X9s Plus smartphones in China in the coming week. These devices would be unveiled on July 6th. Not much has been reported about the specifications or features of Vivo X9s as yet. As per a report on Playful Droid, Vivo has sent out media invites for the launch event to take place in Beijing next week.

The Vivo X9s Plus is reported to pack in a 5.85 inch Full HD OLED screen. It will be powered by 1.95 GHz Octa-core processor coupled with 4 GB RAM. The internal storage available on the device will be 64 GB.

Vivo X9s Plus will sport dual front cameras with a resolution of 20 Megapixels and 5 Megapixels. The camera at the rear would bear a resolution of 16 Megapixels. The phone would run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and carry a 3920 mAh battery. These details have been extracted out of the phone's listing on TENAA's website a month ago.

Vivo X9s Plus, due to the dual camera setup at the front, is expected to find popularity with the selfie crazy crowd. The Vivo X9 series which the X9s series is now succeeding has not made its way through India as yet. However, since consumers in our country are as much selfie loving as their Chinese counterparts, we think the company should think it over and introduce the new series in India too.

Vivo is expected to showcase a smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint sensor at MWC 2017 in Shanghai. The event is starting on June 28th and it would be interesting to see if Vivo can pip the tech giants Apple and Samsung to the post by introducing a technology that the world has not seen as yet.

Gtalk sees end of life, users to completely transition over to Hangouts

6/27/2017 12:25:00 pm
Gtalk sees end of life, users to completely transition over to Hangouts
Google is finally shutting down its Gchat or Gtalk messaging service and replacing it completely with the Hangouts application. All your chats happening on Gchat over the Gmail window would be transitioned over to Hangouts. The service which was launched in 2005 has finally reached its end of life. The instant messaging service was built right into Gmail and had a more traditional approach towards chatting whereas Hangouts has more bundled features.

Your entire chat contact list will be transitioned over to Hangouts and you would be able to talk to your Gmail contacts even after the transition. 

After June 26th, all Gtalk users will be automatically moved over to Hangouts and Google had sent a number of notifications inviting users to turn to Hangouts before making this announcement.

Hangouts is a feature rich instant messaging application inclusive of features like group video chatting, gif support, inline images support and seamless integration with other Google add-ons. 

However, of late, both Gtalk and Hangouts have been losing ground to other mobile chatting services like Whatsapp, Telegram and Facebook messenger. This step by Google to terminate Gtalk and transition it entirely to Hangouts seems to be a deliberate move on their part to concentrate all their efforts and skilled manpower to a single instant messaging application. This would eventually mean that developers would be able to find more glitches and have more time on hand to bring Hangouts back on par with the more popular messaging applications.

Flipkart partners with industry leaders to launch a laptop for Rs. 999 per month

6/26/2017 10:04:00 pm
Flipkart partners with industry leaders to launch a laptop for Rs. 999 per month

E-commerce retailer Flipkart has partnered with industry leaders Intel, HP and Microsoft to offer a laptop for as low as Rs. 999 per month on EMI option of 36 months. The laptop, called the HP Imprint, is a 15.6 inch Intel Core i3 based Windows 10 computer available for a cost price of Rs. 35964. The machine has 4 GB RAM to go along with the other specifications.

The offer would help college students and regular consumers buy their first laptops. The banking solutions for EMI option would be provided by ICICI Bank and Citibank.

The collaboration comes as a part of Flipkart's efforts to propagate its "Back to College" mission, an initiative through which the online retailer plans to offer a wide variety of deals, benefits and choices to college students.

Just today, Flipkart has also collaborated with Lenovo to launch "Mobile Fest" wherein customers can get good discounts on certain Lenovo smartphones like K6 Power, Vibe K5 Plus, Vibe K5 Note and P2. This comes close on the heels of the launch of GST tax regime in India, the implementation of which is causing brands to clear their inbound inventory before July 1st, the date when GST finally goes live.

You can buy the HP Imprint laptop from Flipkart here.

Flipkart's Lenovo Mobile Fest offers discounts on K6 Power, Vibe K5 Plus, Vibe K5 Note and P2

6/26/2017 06:08:00 pm
Flipkart's Lenovo Mobile Fest offers discounts on K6 Power, Vibe K5 Plus, Vibe K5 Note and P2

Indian e-commerce retailer Flipkart is hosting "Lenovo Mobile Fest" between June 26 and June 28. The online shopping platform is giving discounts and benefits on Lenovo's range of smartphones. Additionally, consumers can avail exchange offers on return of their existing devices. These sales seem to stem as a part of stock clearing activity before GST tax regime rolls out in the country on July 1st. The promotional event on Flipkart will allow buyers to purchase Lenovo smartphones like K6 Power, Vibe K5 Plus, Vibe K5 Note and P2 at discounted rates.

Lenovo K6 Power can be bought for Rs. 8999 for 3 GB variant instead of the standard Rs. 9999 and Rs. 9999 for 4 GB variant instead of the standard Rs. 10999. An exchange bonus of up to Rs. 8500 is available on the phone as well. The Lenovo K6 Power is a metal clad phone with a 5 inch 1080p display and powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC. The battery capacity of the phone is 4000 mAh. The 4G LTE enabled phone has a 13 Megapixel camera on the rear and an 8 Megapixel shooter at the front. The device weighs 145 grams.

You can buy Lenovo K6 Power in Gold color with 3 GB RAM here.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus can be bought for Rs. 7499 at a discount of Rs. 1000. Buyers can also get up to Rs. 7000 off on exchange of eligible old devices. The Vibe K5 Plus features a 5 inch Full HD display. It runs on 1.5 GHz Octa core Snapdragon 616 processor. The dual SIM phone possesses 3 GB RAM and 4G capability. The battery capacity of the device stands at 2750 mAh. The resolution of the rear camera is 13 Megapixels while the front camera sports a resolution of 5 Megapixels. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus has a weight of 142 grams.

You can buy Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus in in Dark Grey color with 3 GB RAM here.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note can be purchased for Rs. 9999 for 3 GB variant and Rs. 10499 for the 4 GB variant. This means a discount of Rs. 2000 on each of the versions. Exchange offer of Rs. 9000 and Rs. 9500 is available on the 2 variants respectively. The Vibe K5 Note sports a 5.5 inch Full HD display. The phone is backed by 1.8 GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC. The 4G enabled phone features a battery capacity of 3500 mAh. The two cameras on board sport a resolution of 13 Megapixels for the rear sensor and 8 Megapixels for the front sensor. The phone weighs 165 grams.

You can buy Lenovo Vibe K5 Note in Gold color with 4 GB RAM here.  

Lenovo P2 can be bought for Rs. 12999 for 3 GB variant and Rs. 14999 for the 4 GB variant which relates to Rs. 4000 and Rs. 3000 discounts on the 2 variants respectively. Offers up to Rs. 12000 for 3 GB variant and Rs. 14000 on the 4 GB variant are available on exchange. The Lenovo P2 has a 5.5 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display. The phone runs on Octa core Snapdragon 625 processor. The battery capacity of the 4G LTE enabled phone is 5100 mAh. The rear camera on Lenovo P2 features a resolution of 13 Megapixels while the one in front has a 5 Megapixel sensor.

You can buy Lenovo P2 in Gold color with 4 GB RAM here.

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