After two eventful weeks, we were expecting a quite week. And this passing week was certainly one. However, it wasn’t totally a dull week thanks to LeEco. The Chinese handset maker made headlines due to its Le 2 and Le 2 Max smartphones. Other than that it was certainly a quiet week which saw few budget smartphones getting launched in the Indian market.
Here is a recap of the devices which were launched this week.
These are undoubtedly the biggest announcements of this week. The Le Max 2comes in 4 GB and 6 GB RAM models which are priced at Rs 22,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. The Le 2has a price tag of just Rs 11,999. LeEco announced that the Le Max 2 will be available on Flipkart and Lemall from June 29 but it will reveal Le 2’s availability to later.
Neither Le 2 nor Le Max 2 has 3.5 mm jack. Perhaps, these are the first Android smartphones to come without one. Instead, LeEco has tweaked the USB Type C port to be used as an audio port. For that LeEco is offering CSLA headphone worth Rs 1,990 with the phones.
The LeEco Le 2 smartphone has a 5.5-inch InCell Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display. It is powered by the 64 bit Snapdragon 652 octa core processor, which is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The smartphone has a 3000 mAh battery.
The Le 2 offers a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. In its front there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Further, the smartphone offers Dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Note that it has no 3.5 mm jack, instead the USB port can be used for audio output.
The Le Max 2’s 5.7-inch touchscreen has Quad HD resolution. It is powered by the 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and 6GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage. The smartphone too runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and has a 3,100 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
There is a 21-megapixel shooter in the back panel of Le Max 2 along with a dual-tone LED flash light. For selfies, it comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. Further, the smartphone offers Dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. The Le Max 2 comes in Rose Gold and Grey colour options.
It has a price tag of Rs 3,999 and is available exclusively through Flipkart in black and white colours. The Intex Cloud Glory 4G features a 4.5 inch FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) display with pixel density of 217.7. It is armed with 1GHz ARM Cortex-A53 (MT6735M) quad-core processor, which is paired with Mali-T720 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and expandable up-to 32GB via a micro SD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
The Cloud Glory 4G get its strength from an 1800 mAh Li-Ion removable battery, which claims to offer 7 hours of talktime and 270 hours of standby time on 2G network. The smartphone has a 5-megapixel rear camera with Dual LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie and video calling. The camera offers Panorama Mode, Face Beauty Mode, CHT844B-MD-ZL lens, 1.12um pixel size, F2.8 aperture, GC5005 sensor, Auto Focus, and Gesture Capture features.
Besides, the Cloud Glory 4G offers Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, a micro USB port, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gesture Control, and Emergency Rescue. The handset measures 68×134.2×9 mm and weighs around 120 grams.
The Lava X46 features a 5-inch HD (720p) IPS display thus offering pixel density of 294 ppi. It is armed with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a 32GB micro SD card slot. The Lava X46 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and is powered by a 2500 mAh battery. The phone also comes with Power Saver Mode. The battery claims to offer 11 hours 33 minutes of talk-time and 6 days 8 hours 29 minutes of standby time.
The Lava X46 sports an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel wide angle selfie camera on the front. Both the camera modules come with an LED flash light. The camera features include Child Mode, LCD as Flash, Wide Angle Selife, Audio Picture, Smile Shot, V Gesture, Full HD (1080p) Video Playback, and Digital Zoom. Further, the smartphone offers Dual SIM (4G + 4G), 4G VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS/AGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro USB port.
Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor , Flip to Mute, 12 Indian languages Support, Smart Gestures, 5 Point Touch, Time Lapse Video, and notably Slow Motion Video mode. The handset measures 143*71.5*8.5mm.
It is available for Rs 7,999.
Priced at Rs 11,499, the Lava X81 comes with a 5 inch IPS display with high definition resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This dual SIM phone has dual standby feature and it comes in space grey and gold colours.
The Lava X81 has the Android Marshmallow operating system and a customized user interface called Star OS 3.0. The OS runs on the 64 bit 1.3 GHz Mediatek quad core processor. It has 3 GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and a 64 GB micro SD card slot.
There is a 13 megapixel rear camera in the X81 that comes with F2.0 aperture and dual LED flash light. The secondary 5 megapixel camera has F2.4 aperture and an LCD flash light is in the front too to assist it.
The Lava X81, which measures 142.6*73.4*8.4mm, has a 2700 mAh Li-Po battery. The Lava X81 has 4G connectivity, WiFi, micro USB port, GPS with GLONASS and AGPS, 3.5 mm audio jack, and OTG support. It has FM radio as well.
Panasonic launched T44 and T30 smartphones this week at Rs 4,290 and Rs 3,290 respectively. Panasonic T44 comes in Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Electric Blue color variants and Panasonic T30 is available in Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Steel Grey colors. Both phones come with a free protective screen guard worth Rs 299.
Panasonic T44 and T30 both feature 4 inch WVGA display and are powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. While Panasonic T44 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow while Panasonic T30 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The Panasonic T44 has 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up-to 32GB through a micro SD card. The Panasonic T30 has 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up-to 32GB through a micro SD card.
Both the smartphones offer 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED Flash and 2-megapixel front camera. The Panasonic T44 has a 2400 mAh battery while the Panasonic T30 is backed up by 1400 mAh battery. Both the phones offers Dual SIM, 2G/3G, WiFi 802.11 bgn, Bluetooth 4.0, a MicroUSB 2.0 Port, GPS/A-GPS, Accelerometer, Proximity and Light sensors. Panasonic T44 dimensions are 127.3 x 66 x 9.65 mm while Panasonic T30 dimensions are 126 x 64 x 10.3 mm.
Envent Livefree Bluetooth Speakers
Envent Worldwide, an Indian electronics accessory brand, launched two Bluetooth speakers – LiveFree 570 and LiveFree 530, this week. The speakers are available exclusively on Flipkart and are available on special launch prices of Rs 3,999 and Rs 2,499 respectively.
Envent’s LiveFree 570 is a 12W high Bass Bluetooth speaker with Bluetooth 4.0 version. It comes with 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery which promises up to 9 hours play time. The speaker is IPX4 water resistant which can even withstand the water splashes. With Built in microphone and call answering button, this can even let you have a small conference in a room or on the move like in the car itself. Just in case your device doesn’t support Bluetooth, this offers a 3.5 mm jack through which you can connect.
The LiveFree 530 is a 10W mobile Bluetooth speaker that is IPX5 water resistant and supports voice-calling with built-in microphone and hands-free function. The speaker comes in a shock proof body which can withstand the fall from as high as 5 feet. The portable speaker has a built in 2000 mAh Lithium Ion battery with capacity of more than 5 hours of play time and is available in two attractive colours of Blue and Orange. It comes with a Soft Silicon strap which gives you the flexibility of hanging it from anywhere.
Lesser known mobile phone maker, Ziox Mobiles launched a smartphone called Zi5003 at Rs 4,990 earlier this week. As per the company, it is available in Slate Black, Rose Gold and Rich Blue colours along with a 12 month warranty from leading retail stores.
The Dual SIM smartphone has a 1.3 GHz quad core processor and a 5 inch FWVGA (854×480 pixels) display. The phone has 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, expandable storage slot for up to 32 GB micro SD card, and running on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
The Zi5003 comes loaded with 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. It has a 2000 mAh battery.
The Zi5003 comes installed with pre-loaded features including Gesture Control and Smart Wake. Weave magic with smart gestures that allows one to access apps while the phone is still locked by just drawing the pre-defined designs assigned to your most accessed apps. It has 21 Indian language support as well.
Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth, free navigation with GPRS and A-GPS USB along with the media functions which incorporates FM Radio, mp3 Player and multi-file format support for videos.
Canvas Amaze 2 was made available by Micromax earlier this week and it is exclusively available on Flipkart through open sale model at Rs 7,499.
The Micromax Canvas Amaze 2 is packed with a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa core processor, a 5-inch HD IPS display, 2500 mAh battery, 2GB DDR3 RAM, and a 13 megapixel rear camera.
Besides, the Canvas Amaze 2 has Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system, 4G connectivity, a 5 megapixel front camera, 16 GB internal memory, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Amaze 2’s display comes with the Gorilla Glass 3 and this IPS screen promises 178 degree viewing angle. As per Micromax, the screen is made with WOB technology that allows users to continue using their Amaze 2, in case of a broken screen.
Sony dual connection flash drives
Sony announced Type C-Type A dual connection flash drives this week. Termed as SuperSpeed USB by Sony, the device is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard and encompasses a read speed of up to 130MB/s for fast data transfer. Additionally, the easy portable drive comes with a slim and compact body, as well as a metal exterior making it a comfortable and unique option.
Catering to multiple device transfers, the device is developed with a reversible plug orientation. The USB Type-C enables users to transfer files between devices such as the Apple MacBook 12-inch model, PCs, smartphones and tablets, which come with a USB Type-C port, and PCs with a conventional USB Type-A port.
These flash drives are protected with a supplied silicone cover with useful strap hole. The new USB Type-C & Type-A dual connection flash drives are available in three capacities- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and will be available across Sony centers.
The 16 GB version is priced at Rs 1,999, 32 GB at Rs 4,099 and the 64 GB version will cost you Rs 7,099.
Coolpad Note 3 Lite Gold Edition
The newly- launched Gold variant of Coolpad Note 3 Lite will be available exclusively on Amazon.in from June 9 at a price of Rs 7,499. Coolpad Note 3 Lite was launched in the beginning of this year on January 15, 2016. It was available exclusively on Amazon.in in champagne white and black variants.
The Coolpad Note 3 Lite features a fingerprint sensor, located at the back of the phone and supports 360 degrees finger rotation capability. Coolpad Note 3 Lite is equipped with 5 inch HD screen, 3GB of RAM along with 16GB of in built storage. It supports 4G LTE, 3G and GSM network frequencies. This dual-SIM phone has SD Card support upto 64 GB. It features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and auto focus alongside a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Both the front and rear-facing cameras feature CMOS image sensor. The handset is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery.