In the last few weeks, fewer devices were launched in India. But with festive season approaching, companies are announcing and launching new phones.
This week got off to a flying start with Motorola and Samsung launching their affordable devices in the Indian market. A much awaited Xiaomi devices also made its debut in India this week. Though no high end smartphones were launched, many budget devices were launched. Lenovo also launched one of its flagship phone in India.
So let’s check out which are the devices that got launched this week.
This was the costliest phone of this week. The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes in two variants â€“ one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal memory at Rs 17,999 while another has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage at Rs 19,999.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus has a 5-inch display with full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. It is powered by the 2.15 quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and Adreno 530 GPU. Neither of the two versions have any expandable storage slot which might be its big drawback.
The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is backed up by a 3,500 mAh battery. With Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, it promises faster charging as well. The device also has a fingerprint sensor that is embedded on the home button which, as per the company, can unlock the phone in under 0.1 seconds.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with a 13-megapixel shooter on the back with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. On the connectivity front, the device offers Dual SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB Type C. The handset measures 141.65 x 68.88 x 8.45 mm and weighs 149 grams.
Previous week, Motorola brought the Moto G4 Play and this week it further bolstered its line up with this Rs 7,999 phone. The Moto E3 Power comes with smudge proof screen and water repellent nano coating. It features a 5-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS display and is powered by a 1.0GHz quad-core Mediatek (MTK6735) processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 128GB via micro SD card. The smartphone comes packed with 3500 mAh battery.
The Moto E3 Power runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The phone has an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera, a rear LED flashlight and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chats. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G/LTE, WiFi, GPS, a micro USB port, and a Rear ported speaker (1W).
With Android Marshmallow and a big 3500 mAh battery, the Moto E Power will be a strong contender in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment which is crowded with phones of many brands including Xiaomi, Lenovo, Micromax, LYF, Coolpad, Lava, LeEco etc.
The Galaxy J7 Prime is priced at Rs 18,790 while the J5 Prime will be available for by the end of this month for Rs 14,790. Both smartphones come in Gold and Black color options.
Both Samsung J7 Prime and J5 Prime have S Power planning and S Secure features. The S Power planning mode extends battery life and the S Secure feature allow users to hide and lock applications, secure WiFi and create a separate Secure folder for images and applications.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has a metal body and a 5.5-inch 2.5D glass display that comes with 1920×1080 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, which is paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. An expandable storage slot is there for a micro SD card of up-to 256 GB capacity. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and also offers a fingerprint scanner, which is integrated on the home button.
The Galaxy J7 Prime has a 3300 mAh battery and comes with S Bike mode. To activate S Bike mode, all you have to do is attach an NFC tag, which comes bundled with the phone, with your bike (like on the petrol tank). Just before getting on your bike, the user just needs to tap the phone with the NFC tag that will turn on the S Bike mode. Once activated, callers will hear a message that the person is riding and they can leave messages.
The smartphone offers a 13-megapixel rear camera. There is an LED flash in the back panel as well. The rear camera has f/1.9 aperture. For selfies and video calls, the phone offers an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with aperture f/1.9 and wide angle lens. Further, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G, WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/Glonass, and a micro USB port. The handset measures 151.7 x 75.0 x 8.0mm and weighs 167 grams.
On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime comes with a full metal body and a 5-inch HD (720p) display, It is powered by a Exynos quad-core processor, which is paired with 2GB RAM. The Galaxy J5 Prime comes with 16GB of internal memory, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via a micro SD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is backed by a 2,400 mAh battery.
On the camera front, Galaxy J5 Prime flaunts a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video chats. The smartphone also has a fingerprint sensor that is integrated into its home button. Besides, the smartphone offers dual-SIM slots, 4G with VoLTE support, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a micro USB port.
Micromax Q326 Plus
We found this phone on an e-retailer’s website at Rs 4,999. The Micromax Q326 Plus smartphone comes in Grey and Champagne color.
The Micromax Q326 Plus features a 4-inch WVGA (480 X 800 pixels) display that has Corning Gorilla Glass protection as well. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, which is clubbed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. This smartphone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
The Micromax Q326 Plus comes packed with 1400 mAh removable battery, which claims to offer talk-time of up to 4 hours. The smartphone has s 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash light and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA resolution) front-facing camera. Besides, the device offers 3G, Bluetooth, a Micro USB port, and WiFi (802.11 b/g/n). The handset weighs 270 grams.
Bingo Technologies, which primarily makes consumer electronics accessories, launch its latest smartwatch – Bingo C6, this week.
The Bingo C6 comes with a 1.3 inch capacitive touch screen with NANO toughened glass and 240*240 screen resolution. The watch has solid stainless steel casing and a band made of TPU material. It can be connected via Bluetooth 4.0 and SIM card and is compatible with Android and iOS.
The C6 is powered by a MTK2502C processor and a 380 mAh battery that claims to offer 3 hours of talk time and 180 hours of stand by time. The C6 comes with an internal memory of 128 MB which can be expanded to another 64 MB via micro SD card.
Priced at Rs 2,499, the Bingo C6 is available in 3 colors- Black , Blue and White.
Along with a big 5.5 inch HD screen and 4G VoLTE connectivity, the Lava X28 offers Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and comes in Gold, Silver and Coffee color variants.
As per Lava, in spite of its big screen, the phone is “extremely comfortable to operate even with a single hand and it enables the user to shrink the screen for ease of useâ€.
Besides, X28 is equipped with a 1.3 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB DDR3 RAM. The smartphone comes with 8 GB of internal storage. Furthermore, Lava X28 is equipped with a 2600 mAh battery and a power saver mode.
Lava X28 comes packed with an 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP ‘selfie’ camera, both with LED Flash. The smart camera software incorporates features such as ‘Slow Motion Video’ recording mode, Time Lapse, Face Beauty and full HD video recording ability.
Supporting 12 Indian languages, Lava X28 is equipped with the ‘Transliterate Feature’ which helps the users in easy translation of English language in their respective native languages and vice-versa. The device additionally offers dual SIM support.
Lava X28 comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty for the phone along with 6 months warranty for the in-box accessories which include battery, headset, screen guard, charger and a USB Cable. It has a price tag of Rs 7,349.
A majority of Indians still use feature phones but with smartphones’ price decreasing everyday, it is very difficult to imagine a future of feature phones. Nonetheless, Microsoft decided to launch this feature phone in India at 2,495.
Featuring two cameras with LED flash, the internet-enabled Nokia 216 Dual SIM comes with Opera Mobile Store. As per Microsoft, users can download one free Gameloft game every month for a year, and enjoy popular titles like GT Racing and Little Big City.
For entertainment and music, the Nokia 216 Dual SIM comes with an FM Radio, MP3 and video player, and Bluetooth audio support for headsets. The devices can store up to 2000 contacts with a memory card support of up to 32GB. The VGA rear camera LED flash doubles as a built-in torchlight to light up situations where required. It has a VGA front camera as well. The device has a polycarbonate shell that, as per the company, is built to last and outstanding battery life that will keep users connected for longer.
Nokia 216 Dual SIM is available in black, grey, and blue. It has a 2.4 inch QVGA display.
Priced at Rs 7,499, the Canvas Tab P681 comes in Blue color. The Micromax Canvas Tab P681 has an 8-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It comes equipped with 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT8321) processor, which is clubbed with Mali 400 GPU, and 1GB of RAM. This tablet runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and it also has a SIM slot using which you can make voice calls.
The Canvas Tab P681 has 16 GB of internal memory, which can be further expandable up to 32 GB via micro SD card. The device comes packed with Lithium – Ion 4000 mAh non-removable battery, which claims to offer standby time up to 258 hours. The tablet sports a 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Besides, the tablet offers Dual SIM, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB with OTG support, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), DTS Dual audio speakers, Proximity sensor, G-sensor, and Light sensor.
The phone comes with Android Marshmallow operating system and is priced at Rs 4,999.
Available in Blue, White and Champagne colours, the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 comes with a 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. A 1.0 GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6735) processor, ARM Mali-T720 MP1 GPU and 1GB RAM runs this phone.
For storage, it has 8GB of internal storage and if you need more memory, you can use its expandable storage slot that can hold up-to a 32GB micro SD card. The Aqua Strong 5.1 has a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, which claims to offer up-to 16 hours of talk-time and 466 hours of standby time on 4G network.
The smartphone has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. The rear camera comes with dual LED flash, while the front camera comes with single LED flash light. The camera features include Smile detection, face beauty, panorama mode, and voice capture.
Further, the Aqua Strong 5.1 offers Dual SIM, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB port, GPS/AGPS, Emergency rescue, turbo download, and Accelerometer. The smartphone also comes with various pre-loaded apps such as Matrabhasha, Online Software Update, Clean Master, Opera Mini, Opera Max, and Saavn. The handset measures 141.2 x 72.3 x 9.47 mm and weighs around 150 grams.
It has a price tag of Rs 6,499 and is exclusively available on Snapdeal. The Canvas 5 Lite sports a leather back with a metal body, as per the company. The Canvas 5 Lite sports a 5 inch HD IPS display and comes with 4G LTE capabilities. With 2GB DDR3 RAM and a 1 GHz MediaTek quad core processor, it promises decent performance. The phone has an 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera and a 5 megapixel fixed focus front camera. It has 16 GB of internal storage and surprisingly, it doesn’t have any expandable storage slot.
Besides, the Micromax Canvas 5 Lite has WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2000 mAh battery. As per Snapdeal listing, it has FM radio, 3.5 mm jack and dual SIM.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
The Band 2 has been launched at Rs 1,999 and will be available on Amazon India on September 30.
The Mi Band 2 was first announced back in June this year. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 comes with a new strap made of skin-friendly material and is available in black, blue, green, orange and other colours variants. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a fitness and sleep tracker like its predecessor
The new band has a 0.42 inch OLED display which is covered by a scratch-resistant glass and has an anti-fingerprint coating. The Mi Band 2 has a heart rate sensor. The Mi Band 2 has an upgraded pedometer that claims to offer more accurate step count.
The Mi Band 2 can be connected to compatible smartphones and tablets devices via Bluetooth 4.0 LE. It weighs only 7 grams, and comes with IP67 certification for water resistance. The band has 70mAh battery that promises to offer up to 20 days of standby time.
The phone has a price tag of Rs 4,199 and comes in Black and White colours. The Lava A56 has a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display, thereby offering pixel density of 196 ppi. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor which is clubbed with 512MB RAM. The smartphone runs on an older Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The Lava A56 comes with 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable by up to 32GB via micro SD card. On the camera front it has an 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, Digital Zoom, HDR, Photo Timer, Grid and a VGA front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
The smartphone is powered by a 1850 mAh Li-ion removable battery. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, 3.5mm jack, USB 2.0, Accelerometer and additional features like ATorch, Sound Recorder. The handset measures 147 x 72.2 x 9.9mm.
The Panasonic P77 features a 5-inch IPS display which has HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. The P77 is equipped with a 1.0 GHz quad-core processor, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, which you can expand upto 32GB via a micro SD card. The smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
The Panasonic P77 comes packed with a 2000 mAh Li-Ion removable battery, which claims to offer up to 8 hours of talk-time and up to 250 hours of standby time. The P77 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The camera has various features including Auto Flash, CMOS Image Sensor, Self-Timer, Touch to Focus, Scene Mode, and ISO Setting.
Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM (dual standby), 4G with VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), WiFi Hot Spot, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/A-GPS, a micro USB port, Accelerometer, and Geomagnetic Sensor. The handset measures 141 x 70 x 7.6 mm and 126 grams.
It is available at Rs 6,990.
Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 4 (5) was announced at Rs 4,999. The smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow operating system and will be exclusively available on Flipkart.
The new Alcatel OneTouch Unveils PIXI 4 (5) comes with a 1.0 GHz quad core core MTK6735M processor and 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM. The handset has 8 GB of inbuilt memory as well as an expandable storage slot that can hold a micro SD card of up to 32 GB.
The Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 4 (5) offers a 5 inch display with 854Ã—480 pixels resolution. This 169 grams weighing handset has a 2000 mAh battery that claims to offer 12 hours of 2G talktime and 11 hours of 3G talktime. This dual SIM (dual standby) smartphone offers 4G connectivity, WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, micro USB port and FM radio with RDS.
The device sports an 8-megapixel shooter on the back and has a 5-megapixel front camera. The rear camera offers Video Zoom, HDR, Panorama, Photo editor, Photo live filters, Face detection, Geo tag, and Video stabilization. Both the cameras come along with flash lights.
The Alcatel OneTouch Unveils PIXI 4 (5) measures 140*72.5*9.5 mm. It also has G-sensor and Proximity sensor. It comes in Metal Silver, Metal Gold, Volcano Black, Sharp Blue, Black and White colours.
The iBall Andi i9 is priced at Rs 4,490 and is available on Amazon India. It comes in Gold color. The iBall Andi i9 features a 5-inch FWVGA (480 X 800 pixels) display, thus offering 196ppi display pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core processor (ARM Cortex A7), which is clubbed with Mali 400 MP GPU. It has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and and a 32GB micro SD card slot. This smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
The iBall Andi i9 comes packed with 2000 mAh removable Li-ion battery. The smartphone has s 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash light and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA resolution) front-facing camera. Besides, the device offers 3G, Bluetooth, a Micro USB port, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), G-Sensor and Proximity sensor.