Oplus Launches Its XonPhone 5 Smartphone In India At Rs 7,999


Taiwanese phone manufacturer Oplus has launched its XonPhone 5 smartphone in India, which features a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. The device is priced at Rs 7,999 and will be available exclusively via online retailer Snapdeal.

As mentioned earlier the XonPhone 5 features a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The phone also comes packing 1GB of RAM and 16GB on onboard storage, which users can expand by using a microSD card.

In terms of imaging the device features an 8MP primary camera coupled to a flash mobule at the rear, while the front gets a 2MP shooter. The device runs on Google’s latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. Connectivity options include support for dual SIM cards, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even FM radio.

Rounding up the basic hardware specifications is a 2,000mAh battery, which considering the device’s screen size might end up running out of juice before the end of the day.

While the devices will be sold exclusively via Snapdeal, Oplus claims it has over 350 services centres across the country. Users could also enjoy a pick-up and drop facility which is mighty thoughtful on the part of the company.

“We are extremely elated to be launching the XonPhone 5… Our association with India’s largest marketplace, Snapdeal.com has yielded us great results for our tablet and we are affirmative that our smartphone will also witness great acceptance from the users,” said Soumitra Gupta, CEO of Oplus.

Xiaomi Mi3: Flipkart Crashes After The Smartphone Goes On Sale In India


India’s e-commerce giant Flipkart for the first time was crashed down on 22nd July as the country’s gadgets freak rushed to the website to purchase or book the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphones, reports dna.

Few days back Xiaomi, China’s front runner in Smartphone market, announced its entry into the highly competitive Indian market with the launch of its first smartphone that was exclusively available online from 22nd July through Flipkart at a price tag of 13,999.

The love for smartphones in this country is to such an extent that Mi 3 was sold out just within about half an hour of it going on sale on the website.

Flipkart spokesperson revealed, “We sold out within the first 30 minutes. However, we cannot comment on the number of units sold. We will be getting the phone back in stock next week,” reports Hindu Business Line.

“Based on the phenomenal response we saw during the registration phase, we had anticipated a traffic spike and had scaled up our web services accordingly. But the number of customers who logged in immediately after the phone went live on our site caused the process to slow down for a while. We are expanding our capacity to provide a smoother shopping experience the next time,” added the Spokesperson.

“Apologies for the issues our customers are facing. The Mi 3 launch is keeping our site very busy. Working on getting this fixed ASAP,” Flipkart tweeted post the website crashed.

Lenovo S850 With Android 4.4 KitKat Launched at Rs. 15,499


Lenovo, expanding its S-series of mid-range Android smartphones, has launched the S850 for the Indian market at Rs. 15,499. The company has announced that the latest Lenovo S850 will be hitting market shelves by the end of this month.
Notably, the smartphone is now up for pre-order at the company’s official The Do Store at a discounted price of Rs. 15,299 and a shipping date of July 28.

The Lenovo S850 was globally unveiled at MWC this year, alongside the Lenovo S660 (Review | Pictures) which was launched earlier this year in India at Rs. 13,999, and the Lenovo S860 which was unveiled recently at Rs. 21,500.

According to the company, the S850 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box; however, the company’s official site still lists the smartphone running the dated Android 4.2. It supports dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) functionality and notably, 3G connectivity is supported for both SIMs.

The smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and boasts an all-glass exterior. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6582) processor along with 1GB of RAM. It sports a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera and also packs a 5-megapixel fixed focus front-facing camera. The smartphone includes 16GB of inbuilt storage, with no word on expandable storage support. Apart from 3G, the S850 includes Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth and Micro-USB connectivity options.

The S850 packs a 2000mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 336 hours of standby time, and 13 hours of talk time. The smartphone comes preloaded with apps such as SECUREit, which is security software; SHAREit that offers phone-to-phone data transfer without Wi-Fi or mobile network, and SYNCit, offers permanent backup of all data the device.

Commenting on the launch of Lenovo S850, Sudhin Mathur, Director, Smartphones, Lenovo India said, “As smartphones become more mainstream, consumers expect intuitive and fast products from all premium brands. The need is to go beyond the expected and provide extraordinary design that reflects their personality. Launched at MWC early this year, the Lenovo S850 has been widely-recognised as a stylish and a powerful device that signifies Lenovo’s best in-class design.”

iPhone 6 leaks with pricing details for both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models


The iPhone 6 has leaked yet again, this time surfacing in a promotional flyer that reveals pricing details for both the 4.7- and the 5.5-inch models.

Apple’s next-generation smartphone is among the most highly-anticipated devices of this year and a slew of leaks and rumors are boosting anticipation ahead of the big launch. Apple is widely expected to finally move to larger screens with its new smartphone, as the iPhone 6 will reportedly come in two models: one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other with a massive 5.5-inch display.

The latest iPhone 6 leak now comes out of China in the form of a promotional flyer and shows both models of the smartphone, complete with pricing details. The folks over at GSM Insider have spotted the flyer on a user’s Weibo account. The promotional flyer is in Chinese, but you don’t necessarily have to know the language to see the two models and their respective prices.
Looking at this leaked material, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears on the left, sporting a CNY$5,288 (about $852) price tag, while the larger 5.5-inch model is on the right, with a CNY$6,288 (roughly $1,013) price tag.

The iPhone 6 is expected to boast notable improvements over its predecessor, boasting a larger and tougher display, faster A8 processor, enhanced 4G LTE, improved fingerprint reader, wireless charging capabilities, and perhaps even NFC.
The promotional flyer further notes a launch date of Sept. 19, which falls in line with previous rumors that claimed that Apple would unveil the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 and the handset would go on sale on Sept. 19.

It remains unclear at this point, however, if both iPhone 6 models will launch at the same time, or the 4.7-inch variant will arrive first. Recent speculation again claimed that the 5.5-inch version, dubbed the iPhone Air, was facing some production issues that may delay its launch or result in limited availability, but nothing is confirmed.

It’s all in the rumor state for now, as Apple has not offered any official details regarding its upcoming iPhone 6. As always in such cases, make sure to take all leaks, rumors and speculation with a hefty grain of salt.

Motorola Moto G2: specifications and photos of the possible new smartphone


The Motorola Moto G has already been the smartphone star company, have become the best selling Motorola ever. However, it seems that it will become part of the past. If yesterday we talked about the possible new Motorola Moto M, today we talk about which would be the Motorola Moto G2. We already know some of the specifications of this smart phone.
We do not know what would be the final name. The name of Motorola Moto G2 seems to be the more logical, but the truth is that if finally the new flagship is called Motorola Moto x + 1, it would not be anything rare that the new mid-range Smartphone should be called Motorola Moto G+1. However, that is something that will have to be confirmed later. It referred to the model number of the smartphone, which will be the 1068 XT. The current Motorola Moto G’s model number 1032 XT.

Technical specifications

As published, the technical specifications of the smart phone match a mid-range smartphone. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, quad-core, with a Qualcomm Adreno 305 graphic processors. The smartphone screen size, is not known although it would not be anything rare it was still 4.5-inch if the company wants to keep the new Motorola Moto G in the range middle, something that seems quite likely for the rest of the specs. In fact, the resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which would be high definition, but that would not be a Full HD, could confirm that the screen will not be greater than what is the display of the Motorola Moto G current, because it has the same resolution, and a larger screen would also lose density of pixels per inch.

In addition to this, the new smartphone would have an eight megapixel camera. And this is really innovative, because the current Motorola Moto G has a five megapixel camera which, even though it serves to capture photographs to send to friends and family, the truth is that Yes is one of the most important shortcomings of the smartphone, which is demonstrated by the fact that the Motorola Moto E, a basic range smartphone, and cheaper, has the same five-megapixel camera.

Another new feature would be that you would have the possibility to use two SIM cards, that is, that would be a Dual SIM smartphone. However, it remains to be seen if true there will be a single Dual SIM model coming to Spain, or if in fact Motorola will launch several models, and one of them will be Dual SIM. The Motorola Moto M that we talked about yesterday was going to be released in three different models, one of them a SIM card, Dual SIM and other DVB-t, so it wouldn’t be rare that also exist different versions of this new Motorola Moto G2, if that it is not the same Motorola Moto M.

Samsung Galaxy Star Advance: Affordable Android KitKat Smartphone To Arrive in India at Rs 7,299


Of late South Korean giant Samsung has been strengthening its low-end smartphone range to better compete with domestic players, especially, in India. The Samsung Galaxy Core 2 went on sale earlier last week. And now, Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Star Advance (SM-G350E) in the country to dethrone Motorola’s Moto E from the top spot. According to the Mumbai-based mobile retailer, Mahesh Telecom, Samsung is indeed planning to launch the Galaxy Star Advance in India. The retailer claims the phone is priced at Rs. 7,299; although there is no official confirmation from Samsung just yet. Expect the Galaxy Star Advance to go official sooner than expected.

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Star Advance to be low-end device with average features and internal hardware. The handset has a 4.3-inch WVGA display. The device is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board memory and a microSD card slot. The phone does come with a mediocre 3-megapixel rear camera, but lacks a front-facing shooter. The Galaxy Star Advance measures 9.8mm in terms of thickness and weighs in at 138g. The budget phone runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Connectivity options on the handset included 3G connectivity, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, GPS and more. The makers have added a 1800mAh battery fitted inside.

amsung, world’s largest handset maker, will soon launch the LTE-variant of Galaxy S5 in India. The high-end handset is expected to go official shortly at Rs. 52,500. The device sports a 5.1-inch FHD display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing shooter and more. The handset is powered by Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, and has a large 2800mAh battery inside.

Google Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4_r2 update for Australia, India, and New Zealand released


Google’s gone and released another update for the Nexus 5. Before you rejoice and run to your Nexus 5 settings page, however, you should know two things: 1) it’s only for a few users worldwide, and 2) it’s the smallest update we’ve seen for the Nexus 5 since the phone’s arrival 9 months ago.

First, the Nexus 5 update places Australia, India, and New Zealand Nexus 5 users on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update was meant to patch up some security loopholes in Android, but for Australia, India, and New Zealand Android users, it’ll bring you another treat – an improved radio experience. The update will take you from build number KTU84P (Android 4.4.4) to KTU84Q (Android 4.4.4_r2).

Last but not least, the update is only 2MB, nothing to drive you to root your device for. All Nexus 5 users in India will see the update, but only 2Degrees Nexus 5 customers in New Zealand and Telsa Australia customers will see the new update in their respective places.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat and this new revision for a few worldwide customers may provide small updates, but they’re still updates – demonstrating Google’s commitment to the Nexus line and user experience. On another note, Google also updated its Glass gadget today from XE 18.3 firmware to XE 19.1 while bringing something along the lines of a Material Design redesign to the Glass user interface. The Glass firmware update also involved bug fixes to network and connectivity issues.

Google’s next big thing, Android L, has yet to be given a name or a release date. An HTC update calendar leaked some time ago shows HTC delivering the coveted new Android L to its customers as early as October, so it’s likely that Android L will arrive with a new Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, or both.

4G LTE support comes to Verizon’s Allset prepaid smartphone plans


If you’ve been put off Verizon’s prepaid mobile plans in the past, due to a lack of fast 4G LTE data, it could be time
to take another look. The network has announced that anyone selecting one of its Allset plans can now use a 4G phone,
and take advantage of faster data speeds without the need for a lengthy contract.

You won’t be limited to only purchasing a phone through Verizon either. If you’ve got an old 4G phone through them,
this can be reconnected, saving you the considerable expense of buying a new one. However, if you don’t have a Verizon
phone just laying around, then Verizon will sell you the LG Lucid 3 for $200, or the LG G2 for $300. These prices are
only for a limited time though.

How much do you pay for Allset? It’s $45 per month for unlimited calls and SMS, and a rather feeble 500MB of data. Pay
another $5 to double your data allowance, or sign-up for Auto Pay to do this with no extra charge. Other benefits
include free, unlimited SMS to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, plus no additional fees for using your phone as a Wi-Fi

Finally, if you’re worried about going over your data allocation, there’s Bridge Data. Spend $10 to get 1GB of data,
or $20 for 3GB, which is added to your account at any time. It also carries over for 90-days, so you don’t have to use
it all in one go. A sensible option if you’re expecting to use your phone a lot over a short period.

Flexible Smartphones To Take 40 Percent Of Global Smartphone Market In 2018


Flexible smartphones are just coming out of their shell but the future looks promising. According to the latest research by market analytics firm DisplaySearch, flexible smartphones will witness a continuous year-over-year growth. Curved screens in smartphones accounted for just 0.2 percent in 2013 but are expected to jump up to 12 percent by 2015 and 40 percent by 2018.

So far, only Samsung and LG have dived into the curved smartphone market with Galaxy Round and LG G-Flex, respectively. Both smartphones were launched in October last year, but the Korean tech giants haven’t expanded their lineup since. Samsung Display predicted the future of smartphones to be closely tied to flexible screens after 2014, according to its market analysis report last year.

Samsung also predicted that wearables will evolve from bent panels to foldable panels to stretchable panels, ITProPortal reports. The demand for wearables is expected to go up by 22 percent by 2018, reaching up to 500 million units, according to Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) research.

Flexible screens have not only attracted smartphones and wearables but are popular in televisions too. LG’s first 55-inch curved screen OLED HDTV went on sale in July 2013, with a hefty price tag of $15,000, seven months after it was originally shown at the 2013 CES. Samsung quickly joined the race by launching its own 55-inch curved OLED TV for a reduced price of $9,000 in August last year.

Earlier this year, LG announced the world’s first 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV, putting it ahead of its competition with Samsung. Last week, the Korean tech giant also mastered the art of flexibility and transparency in an OLED panel. The company launched its 18-inch flexible OLED panel that can be rolled like a paper, which LG claims is a step in the direction of bringing 60 or more inches foldable television by 2017.

The promising growth of wearables is attracting more tech titans to join the arena. More competition will translate in to affordable prices, which will in turn attract more buyers toward the new tech.

Sony Xperia T3 pre-orders go live at Carphone Warehouse


Carphone Warehouse has announced that Sony Xperia T3 pre-orders have gone live, with the retailer selling the phone exclusively to begin with.

You can order your handset today (in white, black, or purple) for delivery on 24 July, with contracts starting at £22.50 per month (with the phone itself free). That tariff will get you 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250MB of data.
As a bonus, Carphone Warehouse is throwing in a free Sony Smartband (worth £80) for those who pre-order.

The Xperia T3 has a 5.3in screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an 8 megapixel camera, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, and 4G support. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat.

It has a light stainless steel frame, and unlike the previous Xperia T, which was a somewhat chunky handset, the new T3 has slimmed down to 7mm thick. It’s good to see such an effort with the build quality on a reasonably priced phone.

Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile, said of the new handset: “The T3 is packed with the latest beautiful technology from Sony – including leading digital imaging expertise and a vivid HD display – all within a stylish, stainless steel frame. The combination of this beautiful technology and the premium design ensures the T3 immediately stands apart from the competition.”