Sunday, 28 August 2016

Reliance Jio Preview: List of 4G phones eligible for the offer

Reliance Jio has taken India's telecom industry by storm. The company has been aggressively conducting 4G trials in a very interesting way, by offering consumers across the country unlimited 4G data, voice calling, video calling and SMS for 90 days in the form of Jio Preview. Users will also get unlimited access to Jio suite of premium apps as well.

Jio Preview was initially available for customers who bought the company's LYF smartphones (starts at Rs. 2,999), and extended to Samsung and LG phones as well. Recently a report suggested that anyone with 4G phone can get Jio's SIM card, however the offer is not yet official and only some stores are issuing Jio SIM for 4G phone users.

That being said, Reliance Jio has officially extended Jio Preview offer to a slew of smartphones in recent times from brands like Asus, Micromax, Panasonic, YU, Gionee, Lava, Xolo, Alcatel, TCL and Karbonn.

To avail the offer you should own any of the smartphone mentioned below and have to follow the following steps:
  1. Download and open the MyJio App from the Play Store
  2. Tap on "Get Jio SIM" on the banner
  3. Tap on "Agree & Get Jio Offer"
  4. Select your location from the drop-down list
  5. Read through the steps and click "Next"
  6. Note down the offer code displayed on the screen and also take a screenshot
  7. Check the required documents for submission and visit the nearest store
Smartphones eligible for Reliance Jio Preview offer

Galaxy Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, Galaxy J1, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J3 (2016), Galaxy J5, Galaxy J7, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7,  Galaxy A8, Galaxy On7, Galaxy On5, Galaxy S5 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S6 edge Plus, Galaxy Note 4 edge, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy S5 Neo, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2016), Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy On7 Pro, Galaxy J2 (2016), Galaxy J Max, Galaxy J2 Pro, and Galaxy Note 7. 

K332 (K7 LTE), K520DY (Stylus 2), K520DY, H860 (LG G5), K500I (X Screen), K535D (Stylus 2 Plus), and LGH630D (G4 Stylus 4G).

Canvas Pulse 4G, Canvas Nitro 4G, Canvas Knight 2, Canvas 5, Canvas Evok, Canvas 6 Pro, Canvas 6, Canvas Blaze 4G, Canvas Fire 4G, Canvas Fire 4G plus, Canvas Xpress 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G Plus, Canvas Pace 4G, Canvas Mega 4G, Bolt Selfie, Canvas Mega 2, Canvas Unite 4, Canvas Fire 6, Canvas Sliver 5, Canvas Juice 4G, Canvas 5 Lite, Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition, Unite 4 Pro, Canvas Play 4G, Canvas Amaze 4G, Unite 4 Plus, and Canvas Tab

Yuphoria, Yureka, Yutopia, Yunique, Yuphoria, Yureka Plus, Yureka Note, Yureka S, and Yunicorn. 

ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL), ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), ZenFone Max (ZC550KL), ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0  (ZE500KL), ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML), ZenFone Selfie ( ZD551KL), ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML), ZenFone Go 5.0 LTE (T500), ZenFone 3 ZE552KL, ZenFone 3 Laser ( ZC551KL), ZenFone 3 ( ZE520KL), ZenFone 3 ( ZS570KL), and ZenFone 3 ( ZU680KL).

Gionee M5 Marathon Plus, Marathon M4, F103, F103 Pro, M5 Lite, Elife S6, Elife S7, Elife E8, Elife S Plus, Pioneer P5L (2016), Elife S6s, and CTRL V6L LTE

Lava X11, Pixel V2, X81, V5, Iris X10, X38, X50, A72, X17, A71, Iris X5 4G, A76, A89, X46, A88 and V2s

Era 4G, Era 4K, Era X, Black, Black 3GB RAM, and Black 1X

ELUGA L, ELUGA Switch, ELUGA Icon, T45, ELUGA I2 ( 1GB ), ELUGA L2, ELUGA Mark, ELUGA Turbo, ELUGA Arc, ELUGA I2 2GB, ELUGA I2 3GB, ELUGA I3, ELUGA Icon 2, ELUGA A2, ELUGA Note, P55 Novo 4G, ELUGA Arc 2, and P77

POP3, POP Star, POP4, OneTouch X1, and Pixi 4 -5.

TCL 560, Pride T500L, FIT 5.5, and TCL 562.

Karbonn Aura Power 4G, Quattro L50, Quattro L45 IPS, Quattro L52 VR, and Quattro L51 HD.

More 4G smartphones are expected to join the list in the coming days.

At Rs. 501, ChampOne C1 boasts fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, 2GB RAM and more

After the controversial debut of Ringing Bells Freedom 251, Docoss X1 and Namotel Acche Din smartphones priced under Rs. 1,000, with decent specs, we now have a new ultra-affordable smartphone dubbed ChampOne C1 in the Indian market, that carries a price tag of Rs. 501.

Similar to the other three smartphones, the ChampOne C1 offers impressive specs for the price, which is too hard to believe. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop and flaunting a 5.1-inch 720p (HD) display, the ChampOne C1 has MediaTek MT6735 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage. For photography, it comes with 8-megapixel rear camera (w/ LED flash) and 5-megapixel front facing camera. The phone has dual-SIM slots and surprisingly also boasts fingerprint scanner and support for 4G networks. It is fueled by 2500mAh battery.

Considering the price of Rs. 501, the hardware looks way to good, unless it's a fairy tale. But there's a catch, according to media reports, the ChampOne C1's price of Rs. 501 is currently for sales promotion, and afterwards it will be priced around Rs. 8,000.

Just like its counterparts, it is not known if the phone at Rs. 501 will ever reach your hands. However, you can give it a try, by registering for the flash sale here, which will take place on September 2. The phone is only available via COD (Cash-on-delivery), but you will have to pay Rs. 51 upfront of registrations, which seems fishy.

Moto Z Play with Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB RAM surfaces on GFXBench

Motorola's upcoming 'Z' series smartphone, the Moto Z Play have been spotted several times in leaked photos, bench-marking (AnTuTu) and China's certification website (TENAA). Taking into account various leaks, we already know the possible design and specifications of Moto Z Play. 

Now, confirming the specs once again is a GFXBenchmark listing of the Moto Z Play.

According to GFXBench, Moto Z Play phone is expected to have 5.5-inch screen with 1080p resolution, octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC w/ Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It will have 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. 

Earlier leaks have suggested that Moto Z Play will have 3500mAh battery, USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on-board.

Leaked photos have already confirmed that just like Moto Z/Moto Z Force, the Moto Z Play will also support Moto Mods accessories, which snap on the back of the phone to give it extra functionality.

If rumors are to be believed the Moto Z Play is expected to be launched on September 6. The rumored pricing is $446 (Rs. 30,000). 


Archos unveils 50f Helium, 55 Helium Android Marshmallow phones

French electronic brand Archos, known for their budget phones have announced two entry-level phones dubbed 50f Helium and 55 Helium running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The brand will also showcase both the phones at IFA trade show in Berlin next month. Both phones have microSD card slots for storage expansion, dual-SIM slots and support for 4G networks.

The Archos 50f Helium has a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display and is powered by Snapdragon 210 processor coupled with Adreno 304 GPU 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It will have an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel front facing shooter. It also has a fingerprint scanner and is backed by 2000mAh battery. There will be even affordable model with just 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage.

The 50f Helium 2GB RAM/32GB storage is priced at £99.90 ($131), while the lite version with 1GB RAM/ 16GB storage will cost £79.90 ($104).

The Archos 55 Helium has a bigger 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display and is powered by MediaTek MT6737 processor backed by and 1GB RAM. On-board storage is 16GB, with microSD card support for storage expansion. It gets 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel selfie camera. It is fueled by 2700mAh battery.

There's two more variants of 55 Helium – 55 Helium Ultra with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while the other one is called 55 Helium 4 Seasons (specs same as Helium 55), that will come with customizable four interchangeable back covers such as Blooming  Gold,  Blazing  Yellow,  Autumn  Woodland and Frosted Grey colors.

Coming to the prices, the Archos 55 Helium costs £89 ($117), the 55 Helium Ultra is priced at £119 ($156) and price of Helium 55 4 Seasons is £100 ($131). 


iBerry Auxus 4X with Helio P10 SoC, 4GB RAM launched for Rs. 15,990

iBerry has launched a new smartphone in India dubbed Auxus 4X. The company claims the Auxus 4X to be the "India's first 4GB RAM unibody premium smartphone. The phone runs Android Marshmallow, and boasts of powerful specs.

Design-wise, the Auxus 4X sports bezel-less display and has metallic frames giving it a premium look and feel. On the back it has anti-scratch rugged rubber finish panel to ensure firm grip.

Coming to the specs, the iBerry Auxus 4X features 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) LG LTPS display (~400ppi) with Dragon Trail Glass Protection and is powered by 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor backed by Mali T860 GPU and 4GB RAM. It comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via microSD card.

For photography, there's 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and 5-megapixel front facing camera. Connectivity duties are handled by dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB Type-C. It is fueled by 3000mAh battery which promises 12 hours of mixed usage. There's also support for fast charging.

Priced at Rs. 15,990, the iBerry Auxus 4X is now available exclusively via eBay India.

HTC 10 will get Android Nougat in Q4 2016, One M9 and One A9 will follow

HTC earlier this year confirmed that the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Now HTC has provided a rough timeline of when these devices will get Nougat.

Undoubtedly, HTC 10 will be the first to get Android 7.0 Nougat update sometime in Q4 2016. The HTC One M9 and One A9 will receive it soon after. HTC also mentioned that the unlocked versions of these three phone will be the first in the line to get Nougat, followed by the Carrier models.

Meanwhile, the announcement has left HTC's One A9 owners disappointed. Back in October 2015, when HTC launched the One A9 made a promise to release every Android update within 15 days of its roll out to Google's Nexus devices.

But that is not the case anymore, and HTC says “With the excitement around Android Nougat, we’re aligning engineering resources around our most popular flagship products where the most customers will benefit.”

The specs of HTC One A9 were nothing special, considering the price tag, but HTC's promise was supposed to make up for it. Turns out to be a marketing gimmick to sell the phone.


Garmin announces Fenix Chronos luxury sports smartwatch

Garmin has introduced its latest luxury smartwatch dubbed Fenix Chronos with features like advanced tracking, fitness training, GPS navigation, heart-rate monitoring and more.

Similar to other fitness tracking wearables, the Fenix Chronos tracks step, sleep and calories burned. But it can also measure and record activities like running, biking, swimming, rowing, golf and more. To measure these activities it is equipped with GPS and GLONASS satellite reception, Altimeter, Barometer and Compass. It also packs Garmin's Elevate wrist heart rate technology, to monitor heart rate at wrist, instead of wearing a chest strap.

The Fenix Chronos sports a 1.2-inch Chrome display with LED backlighting and has a layer of high-strength and scratch resistant sapphire lens. It is water-proof for up to 100m thanks to the 10ATM water rating. On a single charge, the Fenix Chronos is rated to delilver up to 25 hours in UltraTech battery saver mode, up to 13 hours in GPS mode and one week in smartwatch mode.

The smartwatch connects to iOS and Android via Garmin Connect app over Bluetooth, and also offers notifications for incoming calls, texts, emails among others. Users can also download free apps, watch faces and widgets from Connect IQ store, which is built into the Connect app.

The Garmin Fenix Chronos comes in three models – one with a leather band priced at $899 (Rs. 60,000), another one with a steel band that costs $999 (Rs. 67,000), and the top model with titanium band that will set you back by $1,499 (Rs. 1,00,000). It is now available for purchase from the company website.


Friday, 26 August 2016

Nextbit Robin Ember now available in India for Rs. 19,999

The limited edition Nextbit Robin Ember is now available for purchase in India via Flipkart for Rs. 19,999. Joining the Mint and Midnight Grey color hues, the Ember edition sports black back panel with bright red-colored end caps. Apart from the color nothing else has changed. 

The Nextbit Robin Ember offers 100GB of free cloud storage, so that you can backup photos and least users apps onto the cloud. The Robin features 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB non-expandable storage, 13MP rear & 5MP front cameras, 4G LTE, USB Type-C, Fingerprint scanner, NFC, Android Marshmallow and 2680mAh battery with fast charging. 

In related, recently, as part of Flipkart Freedom sale, the Nextbit Robin (Mint & Midnight hues) received a price cut of Rs. 5,000, and was retailing at Rs. 14,999. Now the price is back to normal at Rs. 19,999. Additionally Flipkart is offering up to Rs. 15,000 discount in exchange for old phones.

Moto E3 Power with 3500mAh battery goes on sale in Hong Kong, India launch expected soon

Last month Motorola introduced the successor of the Moto E2, the Moto E3 with splash-proof design and upgraded specs. Now the brand has silently launched a variant of Moto E3 called Moto E3 Power in Hong Kong.

As the name suggests, the Moto E3 Power packs a massive 3500mAh battery and also supports quick charging via 10W quick charger, as compared to 2800mAh battery on the Moto E3. Apart from the battery the rest of the specs are similar to Moto E3.

The Moto E3 Power has 5-inch 720p IPS display, quad-core MediaTek MT6735P SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera w/ LED flash, 5MP front camera, 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots and Android Marshmallow.

The Moto E3 Power is priced at HK$ 1098 ($141 | 9500), which is slightly higher than the regular Moto E3 which costs $132 (Rs. 9,000).

Additionally, according to India's import/export tracking website Zauba, the Moto E3 or E3 Power with model number XT1706 was recetly imported in India, so we can expect the phone to launch in the country in the coming weeks. 


Karbonn launches Titanium 3D Plex with 3G, Android Marshmallow on-board

Following the launch of K9 Viraat for Rs. 4,799, Karbonn has launched another low-end affordable 3G smartphone dubbed Titanium 3D Plex. Just like K9 Viraat, the Titanium 3D Plex comes bundled with cinematic 3D experience and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Titanium 3D Plex has 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage, with microSD card support for storage expansion. It gets 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and VGA front facing camera. For connectivity there's dual-SIM slots, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. It is fueled by 2300mAh battery.

The Karbonn Titanium 3D Plex is priced at Rs. 3,799 and is available exclusively on Amazon India. It comes in Champagne and White hues.

OnePlus outs Bullets V2 in-ear earphones

OnePlus has announced Bullets V2 earphones, which as per the the brand has been designed with premium materials to complement their latest flagship killer OnePlus 3. It is made of copper-clad aluminium and has 3.5mm connector.

The Bullets V2 earphones features an Aryphan Polyarylate diaphragm, which is known for its light weight and high vibration frequency and also comes with 9nm dynamic driver units. It also offers frequency range of 20-20000Hz, sound pressure level of 107dB and Total Harmonic Distortion of less than 1 percent (at 1000Hz, 1mW).

The earphone has three button in-line remote control which can be used to answer phone call or pause/play a song. It weighs 14g in total and sports a tangle-free flat wire design with a 1.25 meter cable length.

The OnePlus Bullets V2 is priced at $19.95 (Rs. 13,00) / €19.95 / £15.99 and will be available for purchase from the official OnePlus online store soon. It comes in Black or White hues.

Sony Xperia X Compact render leaked, Xperia XZ spotted

Sony will host its IFA event on September in Berlin and is expected to launch new products including new Xperia devices. Ahead of the event, an accidental listings on Sony's Czech website indicate that the company has two Xperia devices lineup for release called Xperia XZ and X compact. Additionally, Evan Blass (@evleaks) has shared press render of the smaller Xperia X Compact.

On Sony's Czech website, the Xperia XZ was listed (now removed) with the caption 'Photography', while the Xperia X Compact had the caption "Pictures without Blur", which suggests that both phones will be loaded with impressive camera features. Unfortunately other details are scarce about the upcoming Xperia phones.

If reports are to be believed, the Xperia XZ is in fact the Xperia XR, which surfaced in renders and live photos. Reports suggest that Xperia XZ will feature 5.1-inch 1080p display, SNapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 23MP rear camera, 12MP selfie camera, 4K video recording (front and back camera), USB Type-C port, NFC and Android Marshmallow.

The Xperia X Compact will reportedly be a smaller model of Xperia X and is rumored to have 4.6-inch display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3GB/4GB RAM, USB Type-C and 2700mAh battery.


LG X cam with dual-camera setup lands in India for Rs. 19,990

This month a slew of camera-centric phone has hit the Indian market across different price segments such as the Huawei P9 (Rs. 39,999), Gionee S6S (Rs. 17,999), Coolpad Mega 2.5D (Rs. 6,999) and Oppo F1s (Rs. 17,990), and now the latest phone to join the bandwagon is LG's X cam. Initially unveiled at MWC earlier this year, X cam's main highlight is its dual rear camera setup.

There's two camera units at the back, one is 13-megapixel, while the other 5-meapixel with wide  angle lens. To take advantage of the dual rear camera, the X Cam offers Pop-out feature which combines two two photos taken with the standard and wide angle lenses to create a picture in a frame effect. It also offers features like Animated Photo and Panorama view. For selfies and video calling there's 8-megapixel camera on the front.

As for the other specs, the LG X cam features 5.2-inch 1080p display, octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Android Marshmallow, dual-SIM slots and 2520mAh battery.

The LG X cam is priced at Rs. 19,990 and is now available for purchase from retail stores across the country.

Specifications of LG X cam
  • Display: 5.2-inch (1920 × 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS In-Cell Touch display
  • Processor: 1.14GHz Octa-Core processor
  • RAM and Storage: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 2TB with microSD
  • Camera: 13MP and 5MP dual rear cameras with LED Flash | 8MP front-facing camera
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC    Battery: 2,520mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 147.5 x 73.6 x 5.2mm~6.9mm; Weight: 118g