Saturday, 22 October 2016

In Honor of Diwali Sale October 20th-26th: discounts of up to Rs. 3000 on Honor smartphones

After Xiaomi, LeEco and OnePlus, Huawei sub-brand Honor is getting in the festive mood. The brand has announced its pre-festive sale in India. Similar to its Chinese counterparts, Honor is also holding it's "In Honor of Diwali" sale on it's e-commerce store.

The sale will take place between October 20 and 26, and Honor is offering discounts of up to Rs. 3,000 on several smartphones including Honor 8, Honor 5X, Honor 5C, Honor Holly 2 Plus, Honor Bee and Honor 4C. Some of these smartphone will also be bundled with a free case as well.

To avail the discounts, you'll have to apply a relevant coupon code for the phones you choose when you checkout. Note that, the discount coupons are limited and are given away on a first come first serve basis. The Honor 8 coupon has already been exhausted. 

Honor 8
Coupon Code: HONOR810P (Exhausted)
Market price: Rs. 29,999; Deal price: Rs. 26,999 (Rs. 3,000 off)
Features – 5.2-inch Full HD display, octa-core Kirin 950 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner, Hybrid dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, USB Type-C, 3000mAh battery, Android 6.0 Marshmallow 

Honor 5X
Coupon Code: HONOR5X10P
Market price: Rs. 12,999; Deal price: Rs. 11,699 (Rs. 1,300 off) + free back cover
Features – 5.5-inch Full HD display, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, 3000mAh battery, Android 5.1 Lollipop 

Honor 5C
Coupon Code: HONOR5C10P
Market Price: Rs. 10,999; Deal Price: Rs. 9,899 (Rs. 1,100 off)
Features – 5.2-inch Full HD display, octa-core Kirin 650 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, dual-SIM slot, 4G LTE, Fingerprint scanner, 3000mAh battery, Android Marshmallow 

Honor Holly 2 Plus 
Coupon Code: HONORHP10P
Market price: Rs. 8,999; Deal price: Rs. 8,099 (Rs. 900 off) + free back cover
Features – 5-inch HD display, quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 4G LTE, 4000mAh battery, Android 5.1 Lollipop 

Honor Bee 
Coupon Code: HONORB10P
Market price: Rs. 4,999; Deal price: Rs. 4,499
Features – 4.5-inch FWVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC331 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 3G, 1730mAh battery, Android 4.4 KitKat 

Honor 4X 
Coupon Code: HONOR4X10P
Market price: Rs. 10,499; Deal price: Rs. 9,499 (Rs. 1,000 off)
Features – 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 4G LTE, 3000mAh battery, Android 4.4 KitKat

Swipe Elite 2 Plus with 5-inch display, 4G LTE launched at Rs. 4,444

Swipe has added a new smartphone to its online-only Elite line up called Elite 2 Plus boasting 4G LTE, which means it is compatible with Jio's 4G network and eligible for Jio's Welcome Offer. It is a variant of Elite 2, with bigger display but falls short in the processing and camera department.

The Swipe Elite 2 Plus features a 5-inch IPS display bearing the resolution 854 x 480 pixels and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9830 processor with Mali-400 GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB built-in storage, which can be expanded via microSD card.

It gets a 5MP main camera with LED flash and 2MP front facing camera. Connectivity options include dual-SIM slot, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM. It is fueled by a 2500mAh battery and runs the outdated Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Swipe Elite 2 Plus is priced at Rs. 4,444 and is now available for purchase exclusively available from Flipkart. It comes in Charcoal Black and Ivory White colors.

Nintendo unveils Switch, its new gaming console

Nintendo on Thursday officially announced the next generation of their console dubbed Switch. It has a modular approach and comes with four parts: a tablet like device, a Dock, a pair of detachable controllers called Joy Con, and a grip accessory to place Joy Con.

The tablet-like device rests in a Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play in the comfort of your living room with standard console controller. The Dock can also charge the tablet. Alternatively, you can remove it from the dock and use it as a portable gaming tablet by attaching a pair of Joy Con controller on either sides to play on the go.

Joy-Con are a pair of small wireless detachable controller with an analog stick and four buttons. It can also be detached from the tablet, and be used in games by one player (in each hand) or as an individual controller for multiple players.

The Joy Con controllers can also be fitted to the grip accessory and used as a standalone gaming controller to play games when the tablet is placed in the Dock and connected to TV.

Nintendo also released a promotional video on YouTube to show the Switch in action. In one of the clip two people are playing Mario Kart, each holding one of Joy-Con controllers. There's also a clip that show the Switch is propped up by a kickstand, and a person is playing games holding one half of the controller in each hand.

Another clip shows a person inserting tiny game cartridges into a slot on the side of the tablet. According to report the cartridges looks similar to those used in other portable Nintendo gaming consoles. Moreover, we can see a total of six games in the promotional videos including The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim, Mario kart, Splatoon, a NBA game and a new Super Mario game.

The Switch will be powered by a custom version of NVIDIA's Tegra processor. This was confirmed by NVIDIA in a separate blog post.

Nintendo says that it is working with 48 developers including development companies like EA, Bethesda, Capcom, Activision, and Ubisoft as well as middleware and game engine companies like Unity and Havok to release a number of titles.

The Nintendo Switch will launch in March 2017. The pricing is yet to be revealed. 

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Jide's Remix IO is $99 all-in-one 4K TV set-top box, gaming console and mini PC

Jide Technology, the company behind the Android-based Remix OS, has unveiled Remix IO, an Android Nougat powered All-in-One hub that can be used as set-top box, gaming console and PC.

The Remix IO is powered by a 1.5GHz Rockchip RK3368 octa-core ARM Cortex A-53 processor backed by PowerVR SGX6110 GPU and is capable of handling 4K videos at 60fps. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB on-board storage, with support for removable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The device includes 4 x USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, VGA port, Ethernet jack and 3.5mm audio jack.

It runs a new version of Remix OS based Android 7.0 Nougat, and much like earlier versions, it supports desktop-like environment including support for multiple accounts, taskbar, multi-windows, start menu, multi-tasking, file manager, keyboard & mouse optimization and ability run apps in floating resizable windows.

It also features a new TV Mode user interface, which allows you to navigate apps using the bundled remote control, mouse or keyboard.

Remix IO will also be able to runs apps developed for Android TV platform, allowing you to run both Android and Android TV apps on the same devices. Note that, Android TV apps will not be available from Play Store, instead you'll have to sideload the app, or use third-party app store 'Aptoide' to download Android TV apps.

There's also a gaming toolkit that will allow users to play touchscreen games on non-touch devices by mapping certain functions to keyboard, mouse or game controller buttons.

The Remix IO is available from Jide's Kickstarter campaign for $99. Shipping will begin March 2017. 

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LG G6 will reportedly ditch modular design and friends module

LG's flagship, the G5 was first of its kind semi-modular smartphone that came with modular accessories called friends that can be swapped with the removable battery to give the device extra functionality. Even though it won high praise from the critics for the modular attempt, it was not a commercial success, resulting in disappointing sales for LG.

Now a new report coming out of Korea suggests that LG will ditch the modular design for its next flagship allegedly called LG G6. Instead it will stick with the regular smartphone design. This also means that the G6 will not support modular accessories that were made for G5.

The report says that LG is planning to develop its next flagship based on demand from its customers and market rather than taking risk and buried in creating innovations. Various components of G6 like boards and audio chips are being prepared with a non-modular design in mind.

When LG launched the G5, it said that the modular components will work with future LG devices. The report further says that even though LG is taking this move, it is internally concerned from modular strategy, since the modules that were sold with G5 will be obsolete and not compatible with future LG devices.

The report also says that LG G6 will have a new function that was not seen in previous LG devices. The report does not say much about this function, but claims that LG is planning to release the G6 in spring of 2017 pointing at MWC unveiling. 


Friday, 21 October 2016

Razer Blade Pro gaming laptop with NVIDIA GTX 1080 announced

PC gaming brand Razer has announced its most powerful laptop to date equipped with high-end specification that Razer wants you to see as a gaming desktop PC replacement

The Razer Blade Pro is a gaming notebook with 17.3-inch display (3840 x 2160 pixels) UHD IGZO touch screen display with NVIDIA G-Sync support, a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, up to 2TB of PCI M.2 SSD and 32GB DDR4-2133 RAM. It also features a full sized mechanical keyboard with a touchpad on the right side.

The laptop includes 2MP webcam, a Killer DoubleShot Pro network card with 801.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and Gigabit Ethernet, 3 x USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C port, and HDMI port and a SD card reader. It also has the world's thinnest vapor chamber cooling solution.

All this is encased in a unibody CNC alumium chassis that measures 6.7″ x 11″ x 0.9 inches thick and weighs 7.98 pounds. It is also powerful enough to be VR-ready for both the Oculus and HTC Vive.

Razer Blade Pro complete specifications
  • 17.3-inch IGZO UHD G-SYNC, 16:9 ratio, 3840 x 2160, with LED backlight, with capacitive multi-touch
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz)
  • 32 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (DDR4, 2133 MHz)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • 512 GB SSD RAID 0 (2x 256 GB PCIe M.2) / 1 TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 512 GB PCIe M.2) / 2 TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 1 TB PCIe M.2) options
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Anti-ghosting individually backlit ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard
  • Killer DoubleShot Pro:
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth®\ 4.1)
  • Killer E2400 (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C™\)
  • USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 2.0 video and audio output
  • SDXC card reader
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
  • Array microphone
  • Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
  • Kensington security slot
  • Compact 250 W power adapter
  • Built-in 99 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Approx. Size: 0.88 in. / 22.5 mm (Height) x 16.7 in. / 424 mm (Width) x 11 in. / 281 mm (Depth)
  • Approx. Weight: 7.80 lbs. / 3.54 kg
The Razer Blade Pro carries a starting price of $3699 for the 512GB SSD model, making it one of the most expensive laptops to date. There are two more configurations available: 1TB SSD at $3,999 and 2TB SSD at 4,499. It will be available in November. 

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Vodafone India announces free national roaming from Diwali

Vodafone India has announced that from Diwali, all its customers will be able to enjoy free incoming calls on national roaming across the country. 

This means Vodafone customers traveling anywhere within the country, can take incoming calls for free without having the need to get special roaming packs. Free national roaming on Vodafone will be available to both prepaid and postpaid users starting October 30.

The announcement is part of Vodafone's ongoing celebration for crossing 200 million customers in India. Currently it holds second position in terms of subscriber count after Bharti Airtel.

After BSNL and Reliance Jio, Vodafone becomes the third teleco to offer free national roaming at least on incoming calls. Vodafone has been countering Reliance Jio, to keep its subscribers on board, by announcing various offer. Late last month it launched a new scheme under which new 4G smartphone users will get 10GB of 4G data at the cost of 1GB.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro with 6GB RAM gets official

After a series of leaks and rumors, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy C9 Pro in China. It is the company's first smartphone to boast 6GB RAM, but is a mid-ranger flaunting premium metal unibody design. The C9 Pro has a split antenna band design – the main antenna is divided into three lines – similar to Oppo's R9s and R9s Plus. It is also the second smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon 653 processor after the Oppo R9s Plus.

The Galaxy C9 Pro has the brands standard physical home button which doubles as fingerprint scanner. It features a bigger 6-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 64GB expandable storage, 16MP rear and front camera, dual-SIM slots, USB Type-C port and 4000mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro specifications
6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display
Octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor (4 x ARM Cortex 72 + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 CPUs) with Adreno 510 GPU
64GB internal storage, microSD card slot for storage expansion
16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.9 aperture
16MP front camera
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Fingerprint scanner
Dual-SIM slots
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
USB Type-C
4000mAh battery with fast charging
Dimensions: 162.9 x 80.7 x 6.9mm; Weight: 185g

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro come in Gold and Rose Gold colors and is priced at CNY 3199 ($470 | Rs. 31,000). 

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Reliance Jio 4G speeds lowest in India shows TRAI data

A few days back  Ookla released a report based on speed tests conducted in India since the launch of Reliance Jio, which showed drop in 4G data speeds month over month. Now Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a new data on MySpeed website that reveals 4G speeds on Jio's network is the slowest among top telecos in the country.

The data posted on TRAI's newly launched analytic portal shows the the average pan-India 4G download speed of Jio stand at 6.2Mbps, which is less compared to Airtel, Anil Ambani led RCom and Vodafone. Airtel topped the results with 4G speeds of 11.4Mbps, RCom at 7.9Mbps, Idea's at 7.6Mbps and Vodafone's at 7.3Mbps. The results are based on 15,52,857 speed tests.

As for the upload speeds, Jio is on the fourth spot with 2.4Mbps while Idea topped the chart at 4.1Mbps followed by Vodafone at 4Mbps (2nd), Airtel at 3.7Mbps (3rd), and RCom at 2.1Mbps (5th).

The data further shows that Jio customers in Jammu and Kashmir are getting the fastest download speeds of 11.17Mbps, and the lowest download speeds are in Kerala at 3.74Mbps. Similarly, the upload speeds are best in J&K at 3.48Mbps and lowest in Kerala at 1.42Mbps.

TRAI says that the results represent the average of the data speed samples collected from various consumers of the TSPs on a crowd sourcing basis during speed test initiated by them.

To defend TRAI's claims, Jio said that the 4G data speed on its network is being measured after customers exhausted daily FUP (fair usage policy) limit of 4G data download per day. Post exhaustion, the FUP limit falls to 256Kbps.

In a press statement, Reliance Jio said, "Under the Jio Welcome Offer, there is a daily fair usage policy (FUP) limit of 4GB data consumption per user. This limit has been setup with the express intention of preventing heavy data users from degrading the experience of other users. 

Before this FUP limit is reached, Jio customers enjoy unmatched 4G LTE speeds on the Jio network. However, after the FUP usage limit is reached, speeds are reduced to 256kbps. Full 4G LTE speeds are once again restored once the next 24-hour period begins.

Historically, we have observed that a disproportionate number of speed tests are performed once the FUP comes into effect. This is so since most users don’t consider performing the test until they observe a deterioration of speed. Such users also tend to perform multiple tests until full speeds are restored.

Given that data usage under Jio Welcome Offer is completely free, a higher proportion of Jio users run up against the FUP limit. In comparison, not all non-Jio users have FUP based plans (rather their usage is completely stopped, and they are entirely prevented from performing the speed test), and even those who have FUP based plans face this situation only once a month. Further, such customers tend to recharge quickly and restore full speeds."

Jio also said that it is continuously measuring the speeds experienced by its customers, for adjusting factors such as FUP, and is working on improving 4G service for all its customers.  


OnePlus 3T with Snapdragon 821 processor, Android Nougat expected soon

Rumors in the past have claimed that OnePlus 3 is working on a new OnePlus 3 version reportedly called OnePlus 3s. Moreover, the device was certified by 3C in China earlier this month with model number A3010.

Now a new rumor claims that the new OnePlus 3 variant will be released as the OnePlus 3T or OnePlus 3 Turbo. The information was allegedly revealed by a OnePlus designer when he posted something on his weibo account (now removed).

According to reports, OnePlus 3T will arrive as a replacement to the OnePlus 3. It will have the same price tag and all-metal design, but will offer beefier specs including a more powerful 2.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, instead of 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 processor available on current model. The new processor also supports Google Daydream VR platform. OnePlus 3T will also support Dash Charge fast charging technology and ship with Android 7.0 Nougat based Oxygen OS.

Just last week, a report suggested that OnePlus has halted production of OnePlus 3 as it has been struggling to meet demands for the flagship killer due to Shortage of AMOLED display, and plans to launch a new OnePlus 3 model with LCD display. However, Carl Pei has confirmed that the company will use Optic AMOLED display for the foreseeable future.

So the OnePlus 3T is expected to arrive with an Optic AMOLED display. The rest of the specs will remain same as the current OnePlus 3 model including 5.5-inch Full HD display, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 16MP/8MP cameras, fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port and 3000mAh battery.

Currently it is not known when OnePlus plans to unveil the OnePlus 3T. 


LYF F1 with 3GB RAM, 4G VoLTE, 16MP camera launched for Rs. 13,399

Reliance Retail sub-brand LYF has launched a new mid-range smartphone dubbed LYF F1.

The brand is touting several smart features for the LYF F1, including Smart Ring to help locate the smartphone when in silent mode, and Smart Play, which will pause a playing video when the user looks away from the screen. It also has gesture support and the ability to play two video side by side on the screen.

According to the brand, the LYF F1 is specifically designed to use the services offered by Jio to the fullest. For this, the phone is equipped with carrier aggregation and LTE+ support to provide faster internet speeds and snappier browsing experience. The feature also boosts battery life.

Coming to the specs, the LYF F1 has a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 and is powered by octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor paired with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB RAM, along with 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card.

It gets 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF, and 8MP front facing camera. For connectivity, there is dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is fueled by 3200mAh battery.

Priced at Rs. 13,399, the LYF F1 will be available via Relaince Digital stores across the country starting today in a single black color only. It is backed by a 2 year warranty and comes with Jio Welcome Offer. The first 18 customers of LYF F1 will get a free Bluetooth speaker worth Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 15,000 worth Relaince Retail gift vouchers.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro listed online ahead of official unveiling

Samsung is all set to unveil it latest China exclusive Galaxy C series smartphone dubbed Galaxy C9 Pro later today. Just hours before the unveiling Chinese major online retailer T-Mall has listed the Galaxy C9 Pro revealing product shots, specifications and pricing.

The Galaxy C9 Pro will be Samsung's first smartphone to pack 6GB of RAM, however, it will be a mid-ranger. 

The C9 Pro will feature metal unibody design, 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display, octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor, 64GB expandable storage, 16MP front and rear cameras, fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac, dual-SIMs, NFC and USB Type-C. It will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and backed by a 4000mAh battery.

The Galaxy C9 Pro will come in Gold and Rose Gold colors and carry a price tag of CNY 3199 ($470 | Rs. 31,000).

With the Galaxy C9 Pro, Samsung is trying to strengthen its budget offering after the failure of Galaxy Note7. The smartpone will be competing with the likes of LeEco Le Pro 3, Xiaomi Mi 5s, Oppo R9s Plus, OnePlus 3 and other devices featuring 6GB RAM in the Chinese market. 

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Xiaomi outs Mi Wyatt Meter Mechanical Keyboard

Xiaomi's product portfolio apart from smartphones includes tablets, accessories, air purifiers, TVs, laptops, drone and lifestyle product. The brand's latest product is a computer peripheral in the form of a mechanical keyboard called Mi Wyatt Meter Mechanical Keyboard.

The keyboard is made of H32 Aluminum alloy steel and the keycaps are made of translucent poly-carbonate making it sturdy. The keyboard has a six-layer design with 87 keys along with TTC Red Switches underneath which can withstand up to 50 million hits.

The keyboard is fitted with 3528 LED lights that can be configured to 6-levels of brightness for backlight support for typing in the dark. The function keys sport two-tone orange and white backlight. It also has a kickstand at its bottom which aligns at an angle of 6-degree to elevate it up from the surface.

The keyboard has a microUSB port for connectivity, weighs 940g and measures 358mm x 128mm x 31.6mm. Xiaomi says that the mechanical keyboard is gaming ready as well.

The Mi Wyatt Meter Mechanical Keyboard is priced at CNY 299 (Rs. 3,000) and is available via Xiaomi's crowdfunding platform. Shipping is expected to start November 29.