US-based smartphone maker InFocus has launched its latest high-end phablet called the M680 in India. It’s a feature-loaded offering with a premium all-metal unibody design that measures 7.2mm around the waist and weighs 158 grams. The phone aims to deliver excellent selfies thanks to a 13-megapixel front snapper with f/2.2 aperture and a Samsung 3M2 sensor, along with full HD video recording.
Coming to the other specs, the InFocus M680 flaunts a 5.5-inch 1080p (~401ppi) IPS display from Sharp / AUO with tempered glass for protection. The phone utilises a 64-bit, 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, aided by 2 gigs of RAM. The storage on board is 16GB, further expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card.
The M680 caries the same 13-megapixel primary camera, which is supplemented by an LED flash. Both primary and secondary snappers are capable of recording 1080p videos. Software-wise, the handset runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and will be getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming weeks. The device supports Indians TDD-LTE band 40 and FDD-LTE band 3 4G networks. Other connectivity options include dual hybrid-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. A 2,600mAh battery provides the juice.
The InFocus M680 has been priced quite affordably at Rs 10,999, and comes in gold and silver hues. The brand is bundling the phone with a selfie stick worth Rs 1,000 for the first 2,000 buyers. It will be exclusively available on Snapdeal via flash sales. The first sale is scheduled on December 21st, registrations for which have already begun on the e-retailer’s website.
MEIZU has announced the #m2for1 online contest in India. Under it, the brand is offering its fans in the option to buy the MEIZU m2 for only Re. 1. To participate in the contest, you need to visualize where you would like to see the ‘MEIZU’ logo. You then need to implement the idea in reality by typing, painting or inking the logo in an unusual place, and post the picture of it with#m2for1 on the company’s Facebook page.
Specs Of The MEIZU M2
||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)
||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, MediaTek MT6735
||Up to 128 GB
||Dual SIM 4G
||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
||Android 5.1 Lollipop
The contest will go on live starting today and will be live till December 21st. To recap, the phone’s main highlights include a 5-inch HD display, a 64-bit quad-core CPU, and its affordable price point of Rs 6,999.
Lenovo India teased the launch of an upcoming Note series smartphone in a tweet yesterday. The teaser reads “Prepare for the dawn of the new #KillerNote”, but doesn’t confirm which smartphone the brand is planning to launch. However, it is speculated to be the K4 Note, the successor to the popular K3 Note.
The teaser image suggests that the K4 Note will sport a metal frame, Dolby Audio and a fingerprint sensor at the back below the camera. As per the earlier reports, the K4 Note will be powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 processor. No other specs of the device are available at the moment, however, according to a report by Times of India, the K4 Note will be launched in India in January 2016.
The Lenovo K3 Note (review) was launched in India in June this year. The brand recently announced that one million units of the device were sold on its online sales partner Flipkart in less than four months after launch.
Earlier this month, Micromax launched the Canvas Mega Q417 with 4G LTE support. Now the brand has added yet another 4G LTE-enabled smartphone to its Canvas range called the Canvas Pulse 4G (first impressions). The sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone offers a powerful octa-core processor and a meaty 3GB of RAM for smooth user experience. The phone comes with a front-facing LED flash to accompany the secondary camera for delivering quality selfies under low-light conditions.
The Canvas Pulse 4G sports a 5-inch IPS On-Cell display bearing a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Under the hood, it gets a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, which is aided by a Mali T720 GPU and 3gigs of RAM. For storage, it offers 16GB of internal memory that can be further increased with the use of a microSD card.
Software-wise, the Canvas Pulse 4G runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Imaging is handled by a 13MP primary snapper with autofocus and an LED flash, and a 5MP front-facing selfie shooter. Apart from 4G, it offers usual connectivity options like dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. A 2,100mAh battery completes the list of specifications.
The Canvas Pulse 4G has been priced at Rs 9,999, and will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting today in a single black hue.
Intex recently launched the Aqua GenX 4G LTE-enabled Android smartphone. Now the brand has expanded its range of 4G-supported Aqua series with the launch of the budget Aqua Star 4G in the country. The phone’s highlight is itsiData Saver feature powered by Opera Max, which reduces data consumption by up to 50 percent on image-heavy audio & video applications likeInstagram, YouTube, Gaana and Saavn.
The Intex Aqua Star 4G comes with a 5-inch HD display. The phone is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal memory on board, which can be further increased by inserting a microSD card. Camera-wise, it offers an 8MP rear snapper with an LED flash, a 4P lens, and f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP front shooter. Its other features include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,000mAh battery.
The Aqua Star 4G runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and comes pre-loaded with the Swalekh keyboard, which allows users to write in 21 regional languages thanks to the Matrabhasha service. The phone comes in black, white and grey hues, and is being offered for Rs 6,499.
Videocon Mobiles has boarded the 4G bandwagon in India with the launch of the Z55 Krypton. The brand’s first 4G smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and is protected by Asahi Dragontrail X scratch-resistant glass.
The Videocon Z55 Krypton sports a 5-inch HD IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor of unknown make, aided by 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal memory, further expandable via a microSD card. The camera department includes a 13-megapixel primary snapper with an LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies and video-calling. Apart from 4G LTE support, its other connectivity options include dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. It is fuelled by a 2,200mAh battery.
The Videocon Z55 Krypton has been priced Rs 7,999, and comes in black with gold and white with silver hues, and will be available across channels.
Spice Mobiles, which acquired Indonesian mobile phone company Nexian in 2011, has brought the brand to India with the launch of the entry-level Nexian NV45 Android smartphone.
The Nexian NV45 comes with a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a layer of Dragontrail glass to keep scratches at bay. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. It sports 8GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. For imaging, the device has a 5MP autofocus rear snapper with a dual-LED flash, and a 3.2MP front shooter. Connectivity features include dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It is fuelled by a 1,650mAh battery, which delivers seven hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time.
The Nexian NV45 has been priced at Rs 3,799, and is exclusively available on Flipkart in black and grey variants. The phone comes bundled with double data benefits for new and existing Airtel subscribers. As per the brand, Airtel users will also be entitled to several freebies including free data for up to a year, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, headsets and more.
The OnePlus X (review) was launched in India in October this year in Onyx and Ceramic variants. Now, on its two year anniversary, the brand has announced a new OnePlus X Champagne Edition. The new edition features a combination of white and gold colours. The front and back of the device are white, while the edges sport a gold finish.
The OnePlus X Champagne edition offers the same features found on the Onyx and Ceramic editions. It will be first available in Europe via weekly open sales on a first-come, first-served basis. People with a OnePlus X invite will be able to purchase it any time. The new edition has been priced same as the Onyx edition (Rs 16,999), and will be released in other markets soon.
In February this year, Qualcomm introduced several new Snapdragon SoCs aimed at mid-range devices, including the Snapdragon 618 and 620. Now in a recent announcement, the brand has decided to rename the hexa-core Snapdragon 618 to 650, and the octa-core Snapdragon 620 to 652. As for the reason behind renaming, the company said it wants to better reflect the positioning and capabilities of these processors as compared to other SoCs in the Snapdragon 600 series.
The Snapdragon 200, 400 and 600 series of chipsets from Qualcomm are widely-accepted for low-to-mid range devices, while the Snapdragon 800 series caters to the higher-end of the spectrum. The company said that it felt that the Snapdragon 618 and 620 are more significant and have a bigger advantage in their hardware as compared to the other 600 series chipsets.
The Snapdragon 618 and 620, now the 650 and 652, are among the first processors to offer ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores and Adreno 510 GPUs. The brand said that this naming is more accurate because these SoCs offer features like advanced X8 LTE modems with carrier aggregation support, 4K video capturing capabilities, Cat 7 speeds of up to 300Mbps, 2K display support, Miracast support for up to 1080p wireless displays, and integrated Qualcomm VIVE 1-stream 802.11ac. Devices powered by the renamed SoCs are expected to be available by early 2016.
Indian smartphone maker Intex has been pretty active lately, launching a slew of devices in the budget as well as the mid-range segment. Only recently, the brand launched the Intex Cloud Flash in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment, with a Super AMOLED display. Prior that, the Intex Aqua Super with 3 gigs of RAM and 4G LTE support was launched for a similar price. Now, the brand has announced another loaded device, dubbed the Intex Aqua GenX, which rocks a metallic unibody design along with other impressive features.
The Intex Aqua GenX sports a large 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, with a layer of Dragontrail Glass to keep the screen free from dust and scratches. The phone comes powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 procesor clocked at 1.3GHz, aided by 2GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is rated at 16GB, which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. Camera-wise, the Intex Aqua GenX features a 13-megapixel primary camera along with an LED flash, and a 5MP front-facing shooter. The phone runs Android Lollipop v5.1. Connectivity options include dual SIM slots, one of which is a hybrid slot, and 4G support. The juice is provided by a 2,850mAh Li-Po battery.
The Intex Aqua GenX gets the Matrabhasha feature, which provides support for as many as 21 Indian languages. The phone also rocks a customisable button, which the brand calls a Q-Key on its right spine. The key can be used to access any app or feature.
The Intex Aqua GenX can be grabbed to two colours variants – Silver and Champagne. The phone has been priced at Rs 13,299.