In terms of technology devices, this week surely sits in the top half, as we saw as many as eleven devices launched this week including nine smartphones, one 2-in-1 tablet and a VR headset. So to make things easier for you, here we have compiled a list of the devices which were launched in India this week.
This week started with the launch of an affordable 4G VoLTE smartphone – Swipe Elite Star, from India-based Swipe Technologies. Priced at Rs 3,333, the Swipe Elite Star features a 4-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Inside, it is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 32GB via micro SD card. The smartphone is backed by a 2000 mAh battery and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under Indus OS.
In the camera department, the Elite Star sports a 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for selfies. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, a microUSB port, Proximity, G-sensor, and Gestures Support. The phone also supports 12 regional languages and measures 125.5 x 64.6 x 10.6 mm.
Re-entering the budget segment, this week, Gionee launched the Gionee P7 budget smartphone at a price of Rs 9,999 offering decent specifications. The smartphone comes in Gold, White and Grey colour options and feature a 5-inch HD (720 a 1280 pixels) IPS display with Soda lime protection. Further, it is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 128Gb via microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Amigo 3.2 on top of it.
On its camera front, the Gionee P7 sports an 8-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel with Screen flash for selfies. It comes packed with 2300 mAh Li-ion polymer battery, which claims to offer standby time of 259 hours. Besides supporting CDMA networks, the smartphone also offers Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a microUSB port for connectivity.
Xiaomi Mi VR Play
This week, we also saw Xiaomi launching its Mi VR Play headset in India at Rs 9,99. It comes with a ‘two-zipper’ design to ensure compatibility and a secure grip for a wide range of smartphones whose display sizes ranges between 4.7- to 5.7-inch. Made out of Lycra fabric, according to Xiaomi, the Mi VR Play is skin-friendly and does not cause any discomfort. At the same time, the dual openings on the front allow for slight positioning adjustments and ventilation.
The VR headset sports an anti-reflective lens for image clarity coupled with an optical-grade aspheric lens which has a high tolerance interval of 0.01mm. It also sports a textured metal button which when pressed helps the silicone button inside it make a direct contact with the phone.
The Mi VR Play is Google Cardboard compatible, which means users can enjoy Google’s huge library of videos and apps on Google Play. The company has also confirmed that it will be launching a limited edition of Mi VR Play headsets soon.
Xiaomi has also launched its new live streaming app, Mi Live, along with the VR headset. The app is available on Google Play Store and allows users to share daily thoughts, music talents, live videos and more with the world. The app comes with built-in features like video chat and Beautify and there is also an option of private live streaming through which you can password protect your live videos and place it away from random scrutinise sessions from your loved ones. Users can also talk to the hosts, send comments in real time inside the app.
This week Lenovo pitch in with the launch of three devices in India, a 2-in-1 tablet named ‘Yoga Book’, Lenovo K6 Note and Moto M smartphones. The tablet is priced at Rs 49,990 and is already available for purchase exclusively on Flipkart.
Briefing about the 2-in-1 tablet first, the Lenovo Yoga comes in with a premium design and measures at 9.6mm thick when closed and is 4.05mm at its slimmest edge. Being a 2-in-1 tablet, Lenovo has included a watch-band hinge design similar to what we saw on the Surface Pro 4 but in here we have three-axis hinge attaching the two parts i.e. the keyboard and the display. Moreover, the Keyboard is also essentially a touch-sensitive surface powered by Wacom and can be used creatively by Lenovo’s Create Pad feature. Create Pad allows you to interact with the main screen by performing certain functions on this touch-sensitive surface. For example, you can draw and write on the touch-sensitive surface and the preview would appear on the main screen.
Apart from this, as mentioned above, the touch-sensitive surface can also act like a keyboard which gives haptic feedback on touch. Further, Lenovo claims that the keyboard can learn one’s typing habits and can adapt better to prevent typing mistakes. The Touchpad is also located just below the keyboard and comes with no physical buttons. For the Create Pad and for normal navigation, Lenovo also includes a dual-use stylus that can be used for writing on both paper and screen. Being a 2-in-1 tablet, it can be used both as a tablet and a PC.
Jumping on to the specifications, the Yoga Book from Lenovo sports a 10.1-inch IPS full HD display coupled with Dolby Atmos for the audio making it up for perfect media consumption. On the inside, it is powered by an Intel x5 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. For the ports, the device comes with a microUSB, micro HDMI and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Lenovo Yoga Book comes with either Windows 10 Pro platform or runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For the battery, there is an 8,500 mAh cell which Lenovo claims can provide up to 15 hours of use on Android and up to 13 hours on Windows.
After launching K6 Power last month, Lenovo launched another smartphone this week names Lenovo K6 Note which comes in two variants – 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,499 respectively. It features a 5.5-inch full HD display with (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and Adreno 505 GPU. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and comes with a 4000 mAh battery, two of the most notable improvements over the K5. Besides, the Lenovo K6 Note offers 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 128 GB via micro SD card slot.
For the camera, the Lenovo K6 Note boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel front shooter. For connectivity the smartphone has 4G/LTE, WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), micro-USB port, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS/A-GPS.
Moto M also comes in two different variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage, priced at Rs 15,999 and Rs 17,999 respectively. Further, it comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display. Running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Moto M is powered by an Octa-Core 2.2 GHz MediaTek Helio P15 CPU coupled with Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. For the memory, the device has 3GB/4G of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD. Unlike the other Moto devices, the Moto M will feature a fingerprint scanner at the back.
For Photography, the smartphone houses a 16-megapixel primary camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDA, 1Âµm pixel size, full HD video recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and Auto-HDR paired with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. For the juice, the device will be powered by a 3050 mAh Li-ion battery which will support fast charging technology. Connectivity features of the device include dual sim 4G, VoLTE, GPS capability, Bluetooth NFC, USB Type-C. The device measures at 151.35Ã—75.35Ã—7.85mm and weighs at 163 grams.
This week Nubia launched two smartphones- Nubia Z11, a high-end flagship smartphone priced at Rs 29,999 and Nubia N1, a mid-range smartphone, which is priced at Rs 11,999.
Starting with the Nubia Z11, the major highlights of the smartphone is the bezel-less display. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla 3 protection. The device also comes with ‘Frame Interactive Technology’, which allow users to perform different tasks like switching app, taking screenshots etc by interacting with its left and right edges. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. The phone is backed by a 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage.
On the camera front, the device sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with Sony’s IMX298 sensor, OIS, phase detection autofocus, f/2.0 aperture and dual tone LED flash. For the front, there will be an 8-megapixel camera with 1.4-micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture, and 80-degree wide-angle lens. The Z11 will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s Nubia UI 4.0 on top of it. The smartphone is juiced up by a 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The device also sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear, which the company boasts can unlock the device in just 0.1 seconds. Connectivity options include 4G LTE , Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB Type-C.
Coming to the N1, the budget offering from Nubia sports a 5.5inch full HD display. Under the hood, there is a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali T860 GPU. The phone is backed by a with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
The Nubia N1 sports a 13-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. It also has a 13-megapixel camera at the rear with f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, and PDAF support. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Nubia UI 4.0 on top of it. The smartphone is powered by a massive 5000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which the company claims can last up to three days of moderate use. Connectivity options includes 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and USB Type-C support.
Panasonic launched the P88 camera phone at Rs 9,290 in India this week. The smartphone comes in two colours – Charcoal Grey and Gold. It comes with a 5.3 inch HD (720p) IPS display covered by a 2.5D Curved Asahi Enhanced Glass to prevent it against scratches and offer best possible viewing angle. Coming with a metal-finish body, the P88 looks extremely premium and comes in at just 8.3mm thickness and weighs at 156 grams. Inside, the device is powered by a 1.25GH Quad-Core processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes pre-loaded with the ‘Android Work’ feature which basically separates your business apps from personal apps and let you share the information accordingly making work on smartphone safe and secure.
For the camera, there is a 13-megapixel rear camera with triple LED flash paired with a 5-megapixel front facing shooter. The Panasonic P88 gets its juice from a 2600 mAh removable battery and has Dual SIM (Non-Hybrid) 4G – VoLTE/3G/2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS etc. for connectivity.
Here’s another smartphone from Swipe Technologies launched this week, named as Swipe Elite Max. The phone is priced at Rs 10,999 and comes with pretty decent specifications. The Swipe Elite Max has a Glass Body with Zinc-Aluminum alloy bezel and features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by a Snapdragon Octa-Core 64 bit processor, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up-to another 32GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and also houses a fingerprint scanner. It is backed up by a 3000mAh battery with Zip Charge feature, which gives you enough juice to last up to full day with just 15 minutes of charging.
On the camera front, the Elite Max offers a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, and LED flash and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, a microUSB port, and Stereo Max speaker. .
Lastly, Videocon smartphone launched its new budget offering, the Ultra30, Competing neck to neck with the Redmi 3S Prime and Lenovo’s K6 Power, the smartphone is available for Rs 8,590 on Snapdeal.com.
As far as specifications are concerned the Ultra30 comes with a 5-inch HD (720 x1280 pixels) IPS Display with MiraVision and DragontrailX 2.5D curved glass offering smooth and scratch less experience. Powering the device is a MTK 1.3GHz 64-bit Quad-Core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. For photography, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus, PDAF and Dual LED Flash paired with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. For protection, the rear camera has Gorilla Glass Camera lens and also comes with Smart Wide Dynamic (SWDR) and ISOCELL technology for wide-angled panoramic shots and low-light photography.
The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is backed by a whopping 4000 mAh battery with 20% faster-charging feature. Other features include SOS-Be Safe feature, Dual WhatsApp (Use two WhatsApp account on one smartphone), Gesture Control and Cast Screen.