HP may rekindle interest in Windows phones with HP Falcon

HP may rekindle interest in Windows phones with HP Falcon

Recent rumours had hinted at an HP-made Windows 10 device, based on a leaked benchmark score. Further reports that have been released in recent times, stating that the device might indeed be real, and not a mere rumour. The device, touted to be HP Falcon, may be all set to launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, between February 22 and 25, 2016.

The previously leaked GFXBench screenshot has suggested that the HP Falconwill be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, alongside featuring a 5.8-inch display with resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. A 20 megapixel camera is expected to feature on the back, while the front may be equipped with a 12 megapixel camera. If this does materialise, it will become the most powerful Windows-powered smartphones in recent times. It will also become the first Windows device to be powered by the newly-unveiled Snapdragon 820.

As of now, the Microsoft Lumia 950XL leads the lineup of Windows-powered devices. Microsoft’s latest flagship device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, along with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, 20 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. One of its most hyped features is the liquid cooling mechanismthat Microsoft has implemented to keep processor heat under control. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has been infamous for heating up under heavy usage, which has led to OEMs like Microsoft and Sony resorting to such techniques.

The HP Falcon is reportedly on the verge of being finalised officially, and AdDuplex has released data stating that a number of new Windows 10-powered devices are in the pipeline, of which the HP Falcon is one. While a number of Android-powered devices already confirmed or reported to be built around the Snapdragon 820, HP will become the first manufacturer to run Windows 10 on an SD820-powered device, before Microsoft itself.

OnePlus launches exchange offers on its smartphones in India

OnePlus has introduced exchange offers for its smartphones in India, under which users can trade-in their old smartphone for a new OnePlus device. In addition, the brand is offering B2X Service and B2X On-Guard extended service plans for the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X respectively, if cost of the exchanged device is more than or equal to Rs 5,000.

OnePlus 2 X exchange offer India

OnePlus has partnered with ReGlobe for the exchange offers on its smartphones. There are two exchange schemes – Buy First, Sell Later and Sell First, Buy Next. In addition to the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, the One is also available under the exchange offer. The scheme will be valid until December 31st. 

It’s worth pointing out that only smartphones from a limited number of brands are being accepted by ReGlobe under the exchange offer. More details on this are available on the company’s blog.

Spider Designs launches Tequila Bluetooth portable speaker

Spider Designs has added a new audio accessory to its portfolio with the launch of the Tequila speakers in India. It is a portable speaker featuring Bluetooth 3.0 to connect wirelessly with mobile phones. The device comes with a built-in mic to let you answer calls directly through the speaker.

Spider Designs Tequila

The Tequila speaker offers up to four days of standby time and up to 12 hours of talk time on the speaker phone. It offers universal compatibility with most Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices. The device offers a working range of up to 33 feet, a 520mAh battery, a 3W speaker, and microSD card support as well.

It comes with changeable LED lights, and looks like a small lamp. The portable wireless audio accessory has been priced at Rs 1,899, and will be available across channels in the country.

OnePlus Icons earphones now available in India

Last month, OnePlus unveiled its latest pair of earphones called the Icons. Now the brand has started selling the accessory on Amazon for Rs 2,999. They offer a durable design made out of smooth aluminium, with a metallic finish.

OnePlus Icons headphones

The OnePlus Icons earphones look elegant, are lightweight, and come with three different rubber tips to ensure optimum fit. They offer noise isolation, 11mm drivers, a three-button in-line remote control with a mic, and a 3.5mm audio jack. They are being offered in gold and graphite hues.

As per the brand, “The asymmetric design of the earphones, taking cues from the organ piano, gives the OnePlus Icons a completely unique look. Composed of smooth aluminum, it feels sturdy and metallic, yet incredibly light.” The accessory offers a three-chambered design that changes the intensity of low-frequency sound to produce a richer sound, added the company.

Videocon Z55 Delite, Z45 Dazzle and Z45 Amaze launched

Videocon has launched three new Android smartphones in India – the Z55 Delite, Z45 Dazzle and Z45 Amaze. The Z55 Delite is the most high-end of the trio, while the Z45 Dazzle and Z45 Amaze are entry-level offerings.

Videocon Z55 Delite

The Z55 Delite offers a 5-inch HD IPS display with a layer of Asahi Dragontrail X Glass. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Cortex A7 octa-core processor, aided by 1GB of RAM. The phone offers 8GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. For imaging, it sports an 8MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP front snapper. Connectivity features include 3G, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and is backed by a 2,200mAh battery.

Videocon Z45 Amaze

The Z55 Dazzle and Z45 Amaze offer 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS displays, 1.2GHz quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, Android KitKat, 3G, and 1,600mAh batteries. The Z55 Dazzle offers a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front snappers, while the Z45 Amaze comes with a 2MP rear and VGA cameras.

The Videocon Z55 Delite has been priced at Rs 6,999, and will be available in a black and gold finish. It comes pre-loaded with the EROSNOW app for free movie streaming up to six months, and comes bundled with a free 16GB microSD card. The Z45 Dazzle comes in black and white hues, and is being offered for Rs 4,899. Lastly, the Z45 Amaze will be available for Rs 4,599.

Lava Iris X10 with 4G, 3GB of RAM and 13MP camera launched

Lava has launched its latest smartphone under the Iris series, the Iris X10. It is the company’s third smartphone to boast 4G LTE connectivity after the Iris X5 4G, and the Pixel V2 Android One phone. The Iris X10 supports both TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE 4G bands in use in India, and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the brand’s custom Star OS UI on top.
Lava Iris X10

 

The Lava Iris X10 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core processor handles the performance. The phone comes with a meaty 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 32GB. Apart from 4G LTE, the device offers dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG and GPS. It is fuelled by a 2,900mAh battery.

For imaging, the Iris X10 features a 13-megapixel primary snapper with autofocus, a dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens, and 1080p recording. The camera app is equipped with features like PIP (Picture in Picture) and Live Photos. For selfies, the device gets a 5-megapixel front shooter with an 84-degree wide angle lens.

The Lava Iris X10 has been priced at Rs 11,500, and comes in Icy White and Royal Black variants. The phone will be available via major brick-and-mortar retail stores, multi-brand outlets, and on e-commerce portals.

Mio Global makes its Indian debut with a range of fitness wearables

Mio Global has made its Indian debut with the launch of its entire range of fitness wearables. The brand has launched the Mio Fuse, Mio Link and Mio Velo fitness trackers, and the Mio Alpha 2 smartwatch. All of the brand’s wearables are equipped with heart rate sensors, and are water resistant.

Mio GLobal wearables

The Mio Fuse comes with an LED Matrix display, and can track all-day activity including steps walked, distance covered and calories burnt. The device can store up to two weeks of daily workout details, features Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ transmission for mobile apps and sport devices, and comes with a five-colour LED and vibration alerts to indicate heart rate zone.

The Alpha 2 smartwatch features a Mineral Glass LCD display, and offers LED and audio alerts for heart rate zones. It comes with countdown and repeat timers, and can store up to 25 hours of workout data. It misses out all-day activity tracking and ANT+ transmission, while the rest of its specs are similar to the Mio Fuse. The Mio Link and Velo are budget fitness trackers with LED displays. They connect to smartphones via Bluetooth, and offer ANT+ transmission to sport devices and mobile apps, but don’t offer inbuilt memory.

Mio has partnered with Amazon to sell its devices in India. The Mio Fuse, Mio Link and Mio Velo wrist bands have been priced at Rs 11,499, Rs 6,599 and Rs 9,999 respectively. The Mio Alpha 2 smartwatch on the other hand is being offered for Rs 16,099.

OnePlus 2 to get official CyanogenMod ROM

It appears that the OnePlus 2 will soon be getting the official CyanogenMod ROM. Cyanogen is reportedly working on the official CyanogenMod ROM for the device, and CyanogenMod’s official GitHub repository now lists both CM 12.2 and CM 13 builds for the OnePlus 2, which indicates their availability soon.

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The CyanogenMod 12.1 build will be based on Android Lollipop, while CM 13 uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow code base. This would be the first set of ROMs for the device coming officially from Cyanogen. It’s worth pointing out that unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 is already available for the OnePlus 2 via the XDA Developer forum, though it doesn’t bring CyanogenMod community support.

So far, Cyanogen Inc. hasn’t made any announcement regarding the availability of the official CyanogenMod ROM for the OnePlus 2. As for the Marshmallow-based OxygenOS update, the OnePlus 2 will be getting it in the first quarter of next year.

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra introduce Viaan Mobiles, launch a feature phone and four smartphones

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra have introduced Viaan Mobiles in India, named after their three-year-old son. The brand will be launching five devices priced between Rs 849 and Rs 12,999. The company is hoping to grab up to three percent of the country’s mobile market, which as per the vendor is around 500,000 devices a month.

Viaan Mobiles

Viaan Mobiles will be launching the V-1.8 feature phone, and four Android-powered smartphones including the V-Emerge, V-Empower, V-Encore and V-Eternal. The brand is bundling its devices with the V-Assist service – a 24×7 personalised concierge service that will provide users details on the best deals on products and services in the field of travel, entertainment, shopping, gifting and utilities through a phone call in English and Hindi languages. The complete specifications of these devices will be unveiled at a later date.

The Viaan V-1.8 feature phone has been priced at Rs 849, while the V-Emerge, V-Empower and V-Encore smartphones will be available for Rs 3,499, Rs 4,899 and Rs 5,499 respectively. The V-Eternal comes in black and gold variants, which are priced at Rs 12,499 and Rs 12,999 respectively.

Microsoft launches the Lumia 950 and 950 XL in India

Microsoft has launched its latest flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, in India. They were unveiled in October as the brand’s first flagships running Windows 10 operating system. The new Lumias offer ClearBlack OLED displays with 2K resolution – the highest on Microsoft smartphones yet. They are also equipped with Microsoft’s Glance Screen feature that displays notifications on the lockscreen without draining battery life.

Lumia 950

The Microsoft Lumia 950 sports a 5.2-inch display with a pixel density of 564ppi, while the Lumia 950 XL has a larger 5.7-inch screen (~518ppi). The former is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, while the latter hides a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC under the hood. The Lumia 950 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, while its XL variant gets a larger 3,340mAh unit. The rest of their specs are similar.

Lumia 950 XL

They offer 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 2TB via microSD cards. Camera-wise, they sport 20-megapixel PureView snappers with Zeiss optics, 5th-gen OIS, triple RGB natural flash and dedicated camera buttons. There are 5-megapixel sensors at front for selfies. The two phones are also equipped with reversible USB Type-C port. The other connectivity options include 4G LTE (Indian bands supported), dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and GPS. The phones support fast charging, and can be juiced up wirelessly as well. Both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL also support retina-based biometric authentication, a feature dubbed Windows Hello.

The new smartphones run Windows 10 Mobile, and are the first phones to run the latest platform from Redmond. Thanks to universal apps that can run on phones as well as laptops, the devices also offer Continuum, a feature that basically lets you use your phone as a PC when connected to a large-screen display. For this, you’d also need the Microsoft Display Dock, an accessory priced at Rs 5,999.

The Lumia 950 has been priced at Rs 43,699, while the Lumia 950 XL will be available for Rs 49,399. The smartphones will be available from December 11th, but starting today, the two phones can be pre-booked via Microsoft Priority resellers across the country, electronics chains like Croma, Reliance and Sangeetha, and online via Amazon India. The Display Dock will be offered free to those who pre-book one of the smartphones, and Airtel subscribers can also avail a double data offer.