Smartphones – indscoop Technology News, Entertaiment Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 114420553 Upcoming Pixel 2 Renders in Various Colors Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:12:03 +0000 […]]]> We’ve seen enough recent leaks of the Pixel 2 series to know that the successor models do not look very different to their predecessors. There’s been a slight re-jig of how much of the phone has the glossy glass panel on the back; it has shrunk slightly, but apart from that it’s more or less business as usual.

There will be no amazing bronze-coloured metal or any of that jazz we’ve seen in optimistic concept renders.

We are managed to source some renders which it says are based on CAD schematics and leaked live photos, indicating that these renders were made by a third party based on the most accurate information available from the leak-o-sphere. The artist appears to have rendered the device in the typical colours we’ve seen the existing Pixel and Nexus ranges wearing before; silver, black, and blue, but they’ve also added in two possible red variants, one with a white front and one with a black front. We have seen Nexus phones in red before, but not the Pixel series so far.

The black model is definitely going to happen, as leaked photos have showed a black coloured version. Silver seems very likely, or perhaps white, and Google did launch the Pixel in blue last year so that seems a fair guess too.

“Although we don’t know every single minute detail about the Pixel 2, such as where exactly the antenna lines will thread for example, or whether the power button will have the knurled finish of last year’s model, these Pixel 2 renders should provide a nice preliminary look at the upcoming device,” says the report.

The renders adopt some design features which have repeatedly leaked recently; these include the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the appearance of some fairly large bezels at the top and bottom of the phone. In the first render we can also see the Type-C USB port in the base, and the sides of the phone too.

Abundantly Red is of course a guess, a riff based on Google’s established colour naming convention; Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue are all repeats of the first-gen Pixel colour names. The source admits that a red and black model seems unlikely and there’s no concrete evidence for a red model at all at this stage.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors onboard with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (higher storage tiers are rumoured, but not confirmed). It’ll have IP68 waterproofing certification, a Full HD display panel and a high-end single-sensor camera.

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JioPhone to Be Powered by Qualcomm 205 SoC: All You Need to Know Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:25:55 +0000 […]]]> Qualcomm had recently announced its 205 Mobile Platform, in March this year, to bring 4G LTE connectivity (including 4G VoLTE) to entry-level feature phones.

The new JioPhone, or “India ka smartphone” as dubbed by RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani, will be powered by Qualcomm 205 SoC. The chipmaker has confirmed the partnership through its official Twitter handle. Qualcomm had recently announced its 205 Mobile Platform, in March this year, to bring 4G LTE connectivity (including 4G VoLTE) to entry-level feature phones.
The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is specially designed for OEMs and ODM. The company’s main aim is the sub-$50 markets in emerging countries such as India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

“Devices with the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform are designed to support consumers, micro-enterprises, and others, to economically communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) as well,” according to the company.

part from 4G VoLTE support, Qualcomm 205 SoC connectivity options also include 3G and 2G networks, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio, dual-SIM, and ANT+. The Qualcomm 205 SoC sports a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.1GHz and can support up to 3-megapixel rear and selfie camera, and can boast of a VGA display at 480p. It also brings support for HD video streaming and Linux-based OS.

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The Google Pixel and Pixel XL have finally gone on sale in India Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:39:20 +0000 […]]]> Nexus is dead, long live the Pixel

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones from Google are the first, true flagship devices from the company and considered by many, including us, to be worthy rivals to the iPhone.

If you’re in the market for one, be prepared to shell out a hefty sum for these devices don’t come cheap. The 5-inch Pixel phone goes on sale for Rs 57,000 and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL goes on sale for Rs 67,000. These prices are for the 32GB models of these phones.

The 128GB variants of these phones will be available for Rs 66,000 and Rs 76,000 for the Pixel and Pixel XL respectively. The phones will be available for sale on Flipkart, Reliance Digital, Croma and over a 1000 other stores across the country.

Both phones feature AMOLED screens, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC clocked at 2.15 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB and 128 GB storage options, a 12.3 MP f/2.0 rear camera and an 8 MP f/2.4 front camera. Both rear camera units use sensors with 1.55µm pixel sensors and support up to 2160p video at 30fps. Both cameras can also offer up to 240 fps at 720p.

Google claims that the phones are splash and dust resistant, but that doesn’t mean these are waterproof.

In terms of hardware, the only difference between these phones is that the Pixel offers a 5-inch Full HD display while the Pixel XL offers a 5.5-inch 2K display.

The Pixel phones aren’t just about the hardware, however.

Google has tightly integrated Google Assistant into Android 7.1 and the Pixel phones take full advantage of its features. If that wasn’t enough, Google also offers unlimited, full-resolution photo storage on Google Drive with the purchase of every Pixel smartphone. Oh, and there’s Daydream support as well.

The RedMi Pro is Xiaomi’s first dual-camera smartphone Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:19:59 +0000 […]]]> The company says the camera gives users the ability to choose the focus point after a shot is taken, and thanks to “hardware-level depth of field processing” the RedMi Pro will be able to add effects like blurred backgrounds natively. The RedMi Pro is also the first Xiaomi smartphone display to use an OLED display. For a device that comes in under $300, the RedMi Pro is pretty stacked:

  • MediaTek Helio X25 deca-core processor (X20 on the base model)
  • 5.5-inch 1080p OLED display
  • up to 128GB of storage
  • up to 4GB of RAM
  • 4050mAh battery, USB-C, fingerprint sensor, dual SIM slo


The RedMi Pro will be available in gray, black, and gold on August 6th in China. Prices start at $224 for the 32GB + 3GB of RAM version, $254 for the 64GB + 3GB of RAM option, and $299 for the 128GB + 4GB of RAM model on Xiaomi’s website and in its stores.

OnePlus 3 Is a Premier Smartphone at a Great Price Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:56:01 +0000 […]]]> Now that the big smartphone makers have solved most of the “big-enough, fast-enough, easy-enough” hurdles for consumers, there’s lots of room for less well-known manufacturers to compete by selling full-featured phones at low prices.

A great example is OnePlus, a Chinese manufacturer whose latest model, the OnePlus 3, is creating quite a stir in the burgeoning unlocked-smartphone market.

The appeal of unlocked phones is that you can change phone service as quickly and as easily as you can swap out a provider’s SIM cards. The OnePlus 3 works on the GSM standard, so you can use it with AT&T, T-Mobile, and lmany smaller providers such as Consumer Cellular.

The OnePlus 3’s sleek, matte-finished aluminum unibody is just 6 inches x 3 inches x 0.3 inches, making it one of the thinnest and sleekest smartphones we’ve seen—even after you slip on one of the optional faux-wood protective covers.

It has a big, decent-looking 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. Other specs are worth listing just because they are unusually appealing for an unlocked model. These include:
• a USB Type-C port for data transfers and charging;
• a speedy 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor;
• a hefty 6 GB of RAM’
• an ample 64 GB of storage; and
• a generous 3,000 mAh battery that’s supposed to be able to replenish 60 percent of its charge in about 30 minutes.

You can feel confident comparing the OnePlus 3 to flagship models from the big players in the smartphone market, including Apple and Samsung.

The OnePlus 3 has a suggested retail price of $400, but it is selling for around $150 more than that on Amazon. (Buyers of the first 30,000 handsets got a Loop VR headset; that deal is long gone.) Despite the price premium, the OnePlus 3 is still a bargain.

Here are more details.

Why We Like the OnePlus 3

Built for work or travel. The OnePlus 3’s dual-SIM-card slot allows you to handle two phone numbers, even from different providers. That makes it an excellent option for anyone who needs a second smartphone for travel or business use but only has the budget—or pockets—for one device. Call logs and texts from both accounts can be conveniently viewed on one screen. You can choose which SIM to use for calls and messages, or set the phone to ask first. You have a similar level of control with various apps.

Smart cameras, front and back. Like virtually all smartphone makers, OnePlus claims its cameras have amazing powers for capturing true-to-life images. I’ll leave that judgment to our image experts, who are testing the OnePlus 3’s 16-megapixel rear camera right now. But the fact that the camera has a fair amount of resolution as well as Optical Image Stabilization does improve its chances of snapping good still images. One sort-of-nifty feature: Smile Capture, which is supposed to let you take a photo with the front-facing 8-megapixel camera just by smiling. It worked only sporadically for me. Perhaps I should check in with my dentist.

Fast and cool while charging. Smartphones typically heat up while they’re charging, but the OnePlus 3 seemd to stay noticeably cool. According to the manufacturer that is due to a feature called Dash Charge.

The company says it has shifted more of the burden of power management from inside the phone out to the charger, which supplies power at lower voltages than some other rapid chargers (5V vs. 9V) while raising amperage (4A vs. 2A). This technology is coupled with what the company describes as unique temperature-regulating systems on both the phone and charger.

Dash Charge is supposed to keep the phone’s performance up, as well. OnePlus says that when a phone gets warmer during charging, it throttles down processing activity to prevent overheating—that’s something that other phone experts have also told me over the years. It could mean that phones tend to be less responsive when they are plugged in. According to OnePlus, Dash Charge ensures that you can play processor-intensive games at full speed even when the phone is plugged in. I didn’t notice the promised speed benefits during my informal trials, though the phone seems plenty speedy as is, probably thanks to its powerful processor and hefty RAM.

Sensible interface. One of the things that’s simultaneously good and bad about Android smartphones is that Google gives manufacturers lots of opportunities to make their own decisions with graphics and even capabilities. Sometimes that produces frustrating gimmicks. But this phone’s OxygenOS interface, which sits over Android Marshmallow, is actually pretty clean, with some unique touches that are rather useful.

Samsung Galaxy C5 With 4GB of RAM, 16-Megapixel Camera Launched Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:48:28 +0000 […]]]> HIGHLIGHTS
  • The highlight of the Galaxy C5 is its 16-megapixel camera.
  • It sports a hybrid dual-SIM slot, and comes in two storage variants.
  • It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core SoC.

As expected, Samsung on Thursday launched its first Galaxy C-Series smartphone – the Galaxy C5. The smartphone has been launched in China in 32GB and 64GB variants, priced at CNY 2,199 and CNY 2,399 respectively. The metal-clad smartphone is up for pre-orders in China, and will go on sale in the first week of June.
The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based Samsung Galaxy C5 sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) Super Amoled display, and supports two SIM cards in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM.
The new Samsung smartphone bears a 16-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash module and f/1.9 aperture, apart from a 8-megapixel front facing camera sporting the same aperture. It comes in 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options that are expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Galaxy C5 supports 4G LTE networks on only one SIM, and the China variant is also listed to support 4G LTE variants in India.
Other connectivity options on the Galaxy C5 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, and Micro-USB. It is powered by a 2600mAh battery that rated to deliver up to 237 hours of standby time on 4G. It measures 145.9x72x6.7mm, and weighs in at 143 grams.
The Galaxy C5 bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button. Other onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.

LeEco’s Le2 – An impressive challenger to Samsung and Xiaomi Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:10:18 +0000 […]]]> LeEco’s Le2 – An impressive challenger to Samsung and Xiaomi

It’s a virtual war in India’s burgeoning smartphone market especially in the mid-segment category, where most smartphone manufacturers see growth coming from. A research report from Cyber Media Research (CMR), suggests that for the first time in India, the average selling price of smartphones rose 25% year-on-year, with the mid-range category, 10-15k becoming more popular to beat the budget category, 6-8k. This has resulted in consumers being swamped with options, leaving them spoilt for choices but also bewildered and confused at the same time.

LeEco’s recently launched Superphone Le 2 has taken the Sub-15k category by storm. Owing to its powerful processor, best-in-class design and revolutionary CDLA technology which has taken audio experience in smartphones to a whole new level, Le 2 is a tough competitor to its peers such as Samsung Galaxy J7 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

From a consumer standpoint, it is now more important than ever that a smartphone exceeds all expectations across categories – display, camera quality, storage capacity and aesthetics among others. And Le 2 ticks all boxes here which makes it a headliner among smartphones in this category as per technology experts!

And here’s what makes this all possible –

Processor: Powerful and delivers a seamless performance

Le 2’s performance is considerably enhanced from the earlier models and complementing its 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage is the powerful Octa-Core Qualcomm ® Snapdragon ™ 652, the fastest processor in this price segment. On the other hand, Redmi Note 3 is powered by 1.4GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and comes with 2GB RAM and packs 16GB of internal storage. Samsung Galaxy J7 is backed by 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor and comes with 1.5GB RAM and packs 16GB internal storage. With these specifications, Le 2 promises to deliver an unmatched experience to users without any issues of their smartphone lagging.

Le 2 clearly wins hands down when one looks at its processor and storage capacity, making multi-tasking a delight for users!

Display: Big and Bright

One of the most important aspect that users consider when deciding on a smartphone is the display quality it offers, that majorly dictates how their overall experience with the phone will be.

LeEco’s Le 2 flaunts a 5.5 inch Full HD display and comes with an in-cell display screen which is usually featured with flagship phones. The screen’s blue light filter helps reduce eye fatigue, while at the same time, the in-cell screen allows devices to be thinner and lighter.

Here again, Le 2 stands out with its amazing display, making viewing experience for users an excellent one!

Additionally, Le 2 has an edge with its content proposition and flaunts the world’s first CDLA technology, patented by LeEco that gives users benefits that no one smartphone offers! Le 2 comes bundled with one year LeEco Membership worth Rs 4900 that gives users access to Big Ticket International Live Concerts, exclusive Live Streaming of Major Entertainment Events & Music Concerts Worldwide among other benefits.

Le 2 also incorporates the World’s first CDLA Standard that enables end-to-end lossless digital music transmission. The Superphone adds a whole new dimension to the future of smartphones by taking a leap into the next big thing in audio technology – Continual Lossless Digital Audio (CLDA) technology that has made the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack redundant.

And all this comes packed to users in Le 2 at a competitive price of Rs 11,999. While Samsung J7 is available at a price of Rs 15,999 and Redmi Note costs Rs 11,999. Here as well LeEco’s Le 2 stands out given the plethora of benefits its Membership offers to users!

Le 2
Samsung J7(2016)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3


Snapdragon 652 with Adreno 510
Exynos 7870  with Mali-T830MP2
Snapdragon 650 with Adreno 510

1.8 GHz Octacore
Octa-core 1.6 GHz
Quad-core 1.4 GHz &
Dual-core 1.8 GHz



16MP/ 8MP
13MP/ 5MP
16MP/ 5MP



Bundled up
– Eros Entertainment for One year
– Yupp TV subscription for one year
– 5TB cloud storage
@ 4900
– Rs 1200/- Off On All SBI Debit/Credit Card Purchases, Double Data Offer On Vodafone Made On All Data Purchases From 28th June, 2016 Till 30th September 2016 And Free CDLA Earphones Worth Rs.1990

INR 11,999/-
INR – 15,990/-
INR – 11,999/-

So wait no more! Because the registrations for Le 2 are well underway! The first flash sale for Le 2 starts at 12 noon on June 28, registrations for which will close at 11 AM, on the same date.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Launched in India: Check Specifications Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:58:58 +0000 […]]]> Now Xiaomi Mi 5 has announced its Xiaomi Mi 5 Black color variant in India on June 24 this year, The gold color variant will also go on sale very soon. This Xiaomi Mi is launched by Chinese company it has 3GB RAM+32GB ROM storage. In India, it has been launched in White color variant. The company had announced that the Black and Gold variants at the launch event but the devices didn’t make it to the stores. It was going on sale in India from June 24 onwards. Recently the company had started selling Xiaomi Mi5 without flash sake method.

But now it was available on multiple platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. And in the next week, the company is also launching its phablet, Xiaomi Mi Max in India it will release MIUI 8 on June 30. If you are waiting for the Black and Gold color variants your wait is over and it was available on the market.


Xiaomi Mi 5 Launched in India

The Black colored had started its sale from June 24 and the Gold color option will be available soon. Xiaomi Mi 5 is a dual-Sim (Nano+Nano) Smartphone. And it will support 5.15 inch full HD display (1080*1920) pixels with curved 3D Ceramic glass and a pixel density of 428ppi. It was powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530GPU. The rear camera also sports 4-axis OIS(Optical image stabilization )and sapphire glass protection lens. It features 16 megapixel Sony IMX298 camera sensor with PDAF(face detection autofocus and KED flash. This Smartphone supports Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0.

The company says that the Quick charge 3.0is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the Quick charge 2.0. and it was USB Type -C port. Its connectivity options include VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, GLONASS and NFC. In the last month, Xiaomi Global Vice President Hugo Barra confirmed to Gadget 360 that the company was working on bringing the Gold color variant of the Mi 5 to the India soon.

Samsung Galaxy On5 (2016) launching in India soon? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:57:59 +0000 […]]]> The alleged Galaxy On5 (2016) smartphone may have a price tag of Rs 10,310.

A Samsung smartphone with model number SM-G5700 has been found listed on Indian export import website Zauba, which as per reports could be the successor of last year’s Galaxy On5, which is dubbed asSamsung Galaxy On5 (2016).

As per Zauba, the alleged Galaxy On5 (2016) smartphone has a price tag of Rs 10,310 and will feature a 5-inch display. Recently, alleged Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) with model no SM-G600 was also found listed on Zauba and on GFX Benchmark as well. As per listings, the On7 (2016) with feature a Full HD display, an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Galaxy On5 (2016)

To recall, the last year’s Samsung Galaxy On5 has a 5 inch HD touchscreen, 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and a 128 GB micro SD card slot.

This dual SIM phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and f/2.2 aperture, a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2600 mAh battery. It offers Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou, WiFi (b/g/n) and WiFi Direct. It measures 142.3×72.1×8.5 mm and weighs 149 grams.


Sony Xperia XA likely to launch in India tomorrow: Price, specifications, features Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:18:56 +0000 […]]]> The Sony Xperia XA is overpriced for the specification it has to offer, and doesn’t seem capable of surviving the highly competitive segment.

Sony had launched its Xperia X series last month. The new range replaces the previous Xperia Z series of smartphones. The first two smartphones to launch under this new series are the Xperia X and Xperia XA, priced at Rs 48,990 and Rs 20,990 respectively. While the Xperia X has already gone on sale, a teaser by Sony hints that the Xperia XA will be going on sale tomorrow.

Sony has tweeted a silhouette of a smartphone, along with the caption, “Borderless design – Stunning low-light Selfie. This Friday!” Though the smartphone is in the dark, the size and shape are reminiscent of the Xperia XA smartphone. As for its selfie shooting capabilities, the Xperia XA features an 8-megapixel auto-focus front-facing shooter with Sony’s Exmor R sensor, wide-angle lens and HDR support.

Sony Xperia XA specifications, features:

The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720p) IPS LCD display, MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card.

The Xperia XA also features a 13-megapixel rear snapper, 2,300mAh battery with Stamina mode, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth. On the software front, it runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.

At Rs 20,990, the Xperia XA seems grossly overpriced. The likes of Lenovo ZUK Z1, LeEco Le 2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are priced under Rs 15,000, yet offer much better set of specifications and features.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 could feature Samsung Galaxy S7 edge-like curved display Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:23:02 +0000 […]]]> The upcoming Mi Note 2 could be Xiaomi’s flagship phablet with top of the line hardware.

Off late, Xiaomi seems to be quite busy working on successors of some of its popular smartphones. A few months ago, we came across a report that the Mi Note successor could flaunt a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge-like curved AMOLED display, which Xiaomi will source from Samsung. Now, a new rumor out from China sheds more light on possible specifications and features of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 2 phablet.

Citing sources, GizmoChina reports that Xiaomi Mi Note 2 could be offered in three variants. The base variant is likely to feature a single camera at the back, ‘regular’ quick charge function and a Hi-Fi audio chip. The second version could feature a dual-camera setup at the back, Hi-Fi audio chip and ‘super quick charging’ feature. Lastly, the top-end variant is likely to come with dual curved edge AMOLED display, the same as we’ve already seen on Galaxy S7 edge.  While it is also rumored to include Hi-Fi audio and super quick charging, the report doesn’t talk about dual-camera setup.

In terms of hardware, rumors suggest the Mi Note 2 could feature a 5.7-inch QHD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC or slightly faster Snapdragon 823 SoC at helm, paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Previous leaks also pointed that the Mi Note 2 could be offered in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. That’s not all; it could also feature Sony’s 16-megapixel IMX298 sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 3,600mAh battery.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi has also been working on the Mi 5s which is said to come with a pressure sensitive display, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup at the back. Just yesterday, we also learned that the Redmi 4 is likely to be powered by MediaTek’s Helio X20 deca-core chipset.

Based on the leaks, the upcoming Xiaomi smartphones and phablets seem to pack some impressive set of specifications and feature. However, we will have to wait until Xiaomi makes them official.

Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus vs Moto G (Gen 3): What’s the Difference? Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:15:12 +0000 […]]]> HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moto G4 is now available in India at Rs. 12,499.
  • Moto G4 Plus is available at Rs. 13,499 for 2GB RAM model.
  • Moto G (Gen 3) is available at Rs. 9,999 for 8GB storage model.

Motorola’s Moto G series has been one of the most popular smartphone ranges in the company’s lineup. The company last year claimed to sell 5.6 million units in the country buoyed led by strong sales of the Moto G seriesalong with other Moto smartphones.

Recently, Motorola’s fourth generation Moto G smartphones – Moto G4 Plus followed by Moto G4 – went on sale in the country. The new Moto G smartphones are the successors to the Moto G (Gen 3) that was unveiled last year. We compare the new Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G (Gen 3) smartphones and see what the major differences in these handsets are. The older Moto G (Gen 3) is still available to purchase in India.

Under the hood, the last year’s Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) featured a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor clocked at 1.4GHz with an Adreno 306 GPU. The new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are powered by the same 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952) processor coupled with an Adreno 405 GPU. The Moto G (Gen 3) came in 1GB and 2GB RAM options while the Moto G4 Plus comes in 2GB and 3GB of RAM options. Notably, the Moto G4 comes with just 2GB of RAM option.

The new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box while the Moto G (Gen 3) came with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop at launch. The Lenovo-owned company back in March released the Marshmallow update for the Moto G (Gen 3).

In terms of storage, the Moto G (Gen 3) came in 8GB and 16GB storage options while supported expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). Both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The only difference between the two smartphones is that the Moto G4 comes with 16GB storage while the Moto G4 Plus comes in 16GB and 32GB storage options.

On the screen front, the Moto G (Gen 3) came with 5-inch HD display while both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus come with upgraded 5.5-inch full-HD display. In the camera department, the Moto G (Gen 3) and Moto G4 sport 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash. The Moto G4 Plus, on the other hand, packs a 16-megapixel rear camera with advanced options such as laser auto-focus and phase detect auto-focus (PDAF). All the three smartphones support 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

One of the biggest highlight features of the Moto G (Gen 3) was its water resistant feature with IPX7 certification. Motorola however has gone back to its water repellent nano-coating capability on the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones.

The Moto G (Gen 3) was backed by a 2470mAh non-removable battery while the new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus have received bump in battery and now pack a 3000mAh battery. The new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, unlike the Moto G (Gen 3), support fast charging and come bundled with TurboPower chargers that claim to offer up to 6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging.

One of the biggest additions to the Moto G family has been the fingerprint scanner which is embedded on the home button of the Moto G4 Plus. Unfortunately, the feature is limited to only the Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G4 and Moto G (Gen 3) do not pack a fingerprint scanner.

To refresh on the prices, the Motorola Moto G4 has been launched in India at Rs. 12,499. The Moto G4 Plus was priced at Rs. 13,499 for its 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, and Rs. 14,999 for its 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant.

The Moto G (Gen 3) recently also went on sale via Amazon India, and was available at Rs. 9,999 for the 8GB inbuilt storage model, while the 16GB model is priced at Rs. 10,999.

LeEco to launch new phone, might have 8GB RAM and 25MP camera Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:34:29 +0000 […]]]> As per media reports, the LeEco phone will have upcoming Snapdragon 823 octa core processor.

As reported earlier, LeEco is working on its next flagship device, which could succeed the Le Max 2smartphone. Now the company has released a teaser to announce the curtain-raiser event of its upcoming smartphone, which is scheduled for June 29, and will be held in Shanghai, China.Few days back, the render images of the alleged LeEco phone were published on many websites as per which the upcoming smartphone will come in Red, Blue and Silver colours.

As per earlier reports, the LeEco’s upcoming flagship smartphone will have whopping 8GB RAM. It reportedly will come with yet to be announced Snapdragon 823 (formally known as 821) 64-bit quad-core SoC as well as a fingerprint scanner on the back panel. Further, as per reports, the smartphone will have a 25-megapixel rear camera and will cost around 3000 Yaun (approximately Rs 30,631). As of now this much of information is available right now. However, we will keep you posted as soon as we get more information about LeEco’s next flagship device.

Just to recall, the Le Max 2 smartphone was launched in India last week. The Le Max 2 comes in 4 GB and 6 GB RAM models which are priced at Rs 22,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. It has a 5.7-inch touchscreen has Quad HD resolution and is powered by the 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, 4GB/6GB RAM. The Le Max 2 has 64GB internal storage. The smartphone too runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and has a 3,100mAh battery 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 (can be used as an audio port), and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

OnePlus 3: 10 things to know before you buy Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:14:55 +0000 […]]]> Before you pull the trigger and get yourself one, we’ve rounded up some of the important things to know about the phone.

After a slew of leaks that outed most of the device details and an interestingly implemented VR launch event, the OnePlus 3 is finally here for customers to buy. But before you pull the trigger and get yourself one, we’ve rounded up some of the important things to know about the phone.

1. Goodbye invites

OnePlus have never shied away from ambitious marketing campaigns. While needing an invite to purchase the phone was in many ways a necessity for the small company to sustain itself, it did put off a lot of potential customers. With the 3, OnePlus has done away with the invite system, and the company claims it will never make a return in future.

2. Design differences

The famed sandstone texture the last two flagships were known for has been abandoned with the 3, for better or worse. After toying with glass as the build material for the OnePlus X, the all-metal formula has been employed this time around. The phone also has a super slim-profile, which is pleasing to the eye but makes the camera protrude a fair bit.

3. Performance aplenty

The OnePlus 2 was among many phones last year that had to work around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor, which gained notoriety for overheating and reduced performance. This year, with the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm is back in form, and the OnePlus 3 benefits from having the best silicon on the market.

4. The RAM war is won, for now

Just as the tech community began to come to terms with the idea of smartphones with 4GB of RAM, LeEco and now OnePlus have moved up a tier, and the 3 is equipped with 6GB LP DDR4 memory. The company itself admits that this is overkill at the moment, but as any power user would attest, there is no such thing as too much RAM. There have been some reports circulating online about the phone not being able to make the most of all the memory, but this is likely fixable with software updates. The RAM figure is also more about bragging rights, and rumours of 8GB RAM phones have already begun.

5. Resolution stays at FullHD; AMOLED makes an appearance

In an unconventional move for a phone with a reputation as a ‘flagship killer’ (a tag that has been wisely toned down in marketing for the 3), the display resolution is still 1080p, while every other flagship has graduated to a QuadHD display. However, OnePlus has moved on to AMOLED technology, which has become the standard of choice among mainstream manufacturers, resulting in a vibrant and more importantly, energy-efficient display.

6. Battery takes a cut, storage stays the same

The 3 sports a 3,000mAh battery, down from 3,100 on the OnePlus One and 3,300 on the 2. This is a result of the much slimmer 7.3 inch body, and a point that may put off some of the more demanding users out there. The lower-res screen and battery optimisations from Android Marshmallow (the device runs Android 6.0.1) do help, but a larger battery would have been welcome.

Storage is also limited to 64GB, with no memory card functionality available.

7. Fast charging, with a twist

Like many other super slim phones with smaller batteries, the OnePlus 3 supports fast charging to help top up at rapid speeds. The company uses a proprietary technology called ‘Dash Charge’, which builds in the fast charging tech into the adapter and cable instead of into the phone itself. The advantage is that the phone is less likely to heat up and slow down the charging process even if it is used while plugged in. The big downside however, is that the fast charging feature will only work by using the same adapter and cable that OnePlus provides. Using a different charger will not provide fast charging benefits.

8. Oxygen rich

After starting off in partnership with Cyanogen for their software, OnePlus deviated and made their own version of Android, dubbed OxygenOS (HydrogenOS in China) last year. This year, they have polished and fine tuned it and brought it back, and it stays close to stock Android with a few added features, such as gesture controls and a dark mode.

9. NFC and alert slider return

OnePlus has been listening to its customers, and after being panned for omitting NFC, an as yet little-used feature that is now set to drive the mobile payments ecosystem, it has incorporated it into the 3. This means that the phone can interact with NFC tags to perform actions, pair with supported devices and make payments via Android Pay, wherever it is available. The little slider on the OnePlus 2 that allowed for control of notifications, including muting them without turning on the screen, has also been brought back by popular demand.

10. Accessorise this

It may have traded away sandstone for sleek metal, but lovers of the textured finish can still have it in their palms by purchasing one of the cases the company has made for the device. Since the phone sports a unibody design, these are snap-on cases and not replaceable back covers. Other accessories OnePlus sells for the phone include a Dash Charge capable car charger.

These are a few things to consider if you’re looking to be one of the first to get the OnePlus 3. For more info, look out for our full review coming soon.

OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi 5: Which One You Should Buy? Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:12:30 +0000 […]]]> There are plenty of phones in India to choose from under Rs 30,000. But not all of them give you a near flagship smartphone experience.

Recently in India OnePlus launched their 2016 flagship killer smartphone the OnePlus 3. But it finds itself a worthy competitor in the form of Xiaomi’s Mi5. Both the phones are by Chinise smartphone makers and both the brands have their own fan following. But which one is a better option among the two? We try to break it down for you in this bout.



The OnePlus 3 is now available without an invite and at a price tag of Rs 27,990. Whereas the Xiaomi Mi 5 is priced at Rs 24,999. Yes, the Xiaomi is a good Rs 3,000 cheaper than the OnePlus 3 but you only get a non-expandable 32GB on-board storage (in India) on the Mi 5 as compared to the 64 GB of on-board storage on the OnePlus 3. So, in a way you get double the storage on a phone if you dig your pockets a little deep. So, OnePlus 3 scores a point over Xiaomi on this one.
OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi5: 1/0



The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a much more compact design than the OnePlus 3. It’s good for a single hand usage as well. The Mi 5 also weighs less at 129 grams as opposed to the OnePlus 3 which weigs 158 grams. The difference is not much but design is purely subjective. The Xiaomi Mi 5 in a way derives its design lines from the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the OnePlus 3 is more skewed towards the HTC One series.

The OnePlus 3 is a metal unibody smartphone and the Mi 5 has a nice metal and glass finish to its body. In terms of the design we like the Xiaomi Mi 5 more than the OnePlus 3 but then looks are subjective to users.
OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi5: 1/1



The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 5.15-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 428 pixels per inch. OnePlus decided to go with the same 5.5 inch display on the OnePlus 3 which is carried forward from the OnePlus 2. It sports a 1080×1920-pixel screen that has a pixel density of 401ppi and is not as bright as an IPS LCD display.

While both the display’s are acceptable in their own terms, the Xiaomi’s Sunlight display and more vivid colors make it score a point more than OnePlus 3.
OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi5: 1/2

Performance and Software
The Xiaomi Mi5 comes loaded with a Snapdragon 820 Quad-core Kryo 1.8GHz chipset that’s backed by 3GB LPDDR4 dual-channel RAM. It’s a powerful device but the CPU speed is clocked lower than what you’ll find on the Samsung Galaxy S7 (US Version) so, don’t actually expect it to perform like a flagship smartphone. The MiUI experience also hinders in the performance of the Mi5.


The OnePlus 3 on the other hand comes with a power-packed Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC that’s clocked at 2.2 GHz for two cores and 1.6 GHz for the other two cores. All this is backed by 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The colossal 6GB RAM and higher clock speed of the OnePlus 3 along with a less heavy Oxygen OS bloatware on top on Android Marshmallow OS makes the performance on the OnePlus 3 way better than what you get on the Mi5. Both the phones are 4G LTE compatible and give you all the necessary connectivity options.

Gaming performance on the OnePlus 3 is also way better than what you get on the Mi 5 and both the phones use Adreno 530 GPU on them. So, the OnePlus 3 scores over the Mi 5 in this aspect.
OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi5: 2/2

Camera and Multimedia
The OnePlus 3 has improved on the camera as compared to OnePlus 2. The Xiaomi Mi 5 also packs in a powerful camera. Both the phones come with optical image stabalisation (OIS) and it works well on both of them while taking videos.

The OnePlus 3 comes loaded with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 298 sensor primary camera delivers a good picture quality and features phase detection autofocus and RAW image format support. You can also shoot 4K videos and slow motion at 120 fps. The front 8-megapixel sensor with 1.4-micron pixels does the job with ease and it can also shoot videos at 1080p @ 30fps.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 on the contrary comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with 4-axis OIS that calibrates in 8 directions and a 6-piece lens with f/2.0 aperture. The font camera module is a 4-megapixel one with a large 2-micron pixels, f/2.0, 80-degree wide angle lens.

The image quality on the OnePlus 3 is way better than what you get on the Mi5 and if you like to shoot 4K video the OnePlus 3 has more storage on-board for users to make longer videos. OnePlus 3 uses Google’s camera app which is cleaner and easier to use, whereas the Mi 5 has it’s own camera app and the experience is just a little complicated.

The image quality on both the phones is not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S7 but the OnePlus 3 scores over the Mi 5 when it comes to the camera department.
OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi5: 3/2


Both the OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi Mi 5 are power hungry smartphones and both come with USB Type-C for charging. Both the phones also pack in 3000 mAh non-removable battery and both support quick charging. For us both the phones easily lasted a day. So both the phones score equally good in this area.
OnePlus 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi5: 4/3

So Which One You Should Buy?
Under Rs 30,000 both the phones have their own merits and demerits. The OnePlus 3 clearly scores way ahead of the Xiaomi Mi 5 and also way more than many flagship smartphones in the market.

And this big bout between the two major Chinese phone company goes to the OnePlus 3.

iPhone 7 may include EarPods w/ headphone jack + Lightning to 3.5mm adapter Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:36:37 +0000 […]]]> Since the first rumors emerged claiming Apple would ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone release, many have been speculating on what exactly Apple will include as a solution. According to a new report from Macotakara, it’s not Lightning-suited EarPods that Apple is planning to include, but rather the standard 3.5mm EarPods and an adapter.

The included adapter would allow users to plug the EarPods or any other pair of 3.5mm headphones into the Lightning port. One commonly suggested solution over the past few months has been to simply ship the iPhone 7 with Lightning EarPods, but that would mean users would need to purchase an adapter separately if they had other headphones with a 3.5mm plug.

Additionally, today’s report claims that the iPhone 7 will be available in a 256GB storage variant, something that has been reported a few times in the past. It’s still unclear, however, what the storage lineup will look like overall. An image emerged last month claiming to show that the iPhone 7 would be available in 16GB, 64GB, and 256GB variants, but a report soon after claimed that the base model would actually be 32GB, with Apple finally ditching the 16GB tier.

Macotakara also claims today that there will be speaker holes on both sides of the Lightning port now, which makes sense seeing that there would be some extra space following the removal of the headphone jack. Despite the addition of more speakers, however, Apple apparently won’t introduce stereo sound on the iPhone and both speakers will be “on a monaural system.”

We ran a poll last month asking users what headphones they would like Apple to bundle with the iPhone 7. The majority of voters said they would like Lightning EarPods to be included with the device, while just 7 percent of responders said they want a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter.

Even though Apple will apparently be shipping the standard 3.5mm EarPods with the iPhone 7, it could still sell Lightning-based headphones separately. As we reported earlier this year, Apple is developing revamped, cord-free Beats to go along with the iPhone 7. The earbuds are entirely wireless and will be charged via an included carrying case.

From a manufacturing purpose, it makes sense for Apple to continue to include the 3.5mm EarPods this year. If Apple were to switch to Lightning EarPods, then it would still have to manufacture 3.5mm EarPods too for previous generation devices and the 4-inch iPhone SE, which likely won’t be refreshed again until next spring.

What do you think of the possibility of Apple including 3.5mm EarPods and an adapter with the iPhone 7, as opposed to Lightning EarPods?

Moto G4 vs. Moto G4 Plus vs. Moto G4 Play Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:31:10 +0000 […]]]> Moto G4 vs. Moto G4 Plus vs. Moto G4 Play: Which Moto G Smartphone Should You Buy?

Motorola’s newest Moto G smartphones, the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play, are slated to arrive this coming “mid-summer 2016.” Which of these handsets will give you the most bang for your buck?  ( Motorola )Motorola has taken the wraps off its Moto G smartphones that are poised to come out “mid-summer 2016”: the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play.The company promises that these phones are packed with noteworthy performance along with a ton of nifty features.

Now, which of these three Android smartphones will wow consumers and give them a run for their money? Here is a closer look at how each of these three devices compare with the other phones.


Moto G4

Motorola says that the Moto G4 comes with “great features in a phone that’s built to last.”

Rocking a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD (1920 by 1080) display, this smartphone features a blazingly fast Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, enabling the device to “run multiple apps without slowing down.”In terms of its memory and internal storage, it packs in 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. Those who require more storage should know that they can add a microSD card up to 128 GB.

What makes this machine really sweet is it boasts support for TurboPower charging — which means users can have up to six hours of power in only 15 minutes of charging.It is said to be carrier-friendly, suggesting that customers can use it on any major carrier they want. Another perk the company is throwing in to sweeten the deal is a free two years’ worth of storage with Google Photos at original quality.With regard to its snapper, users expect the Moto G to feature a 13 megapixel main shooter with dual LED flash and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera.Of course, what’s great is that users can personalize their Moto G phone, thanks to Moto Maker. With Moto Maker, they can choose their own back, front, plus accent colors. They can also choose the amount of memory and storage. Plus, they can even have a phrase engraved on the phone’s back.

The phone maker promises a “full day” of battery life for the device, thanks to its 3000 mAh battery. Of course, it runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Moto G4 Plus

Perhaps the headline feature of this handset is its fingerprint reader. With this handy functionality, users can simply touch the reader to wake up and unlock their smartphone.”Unlike some phones, Moto G4 Plus recognizes your fingerprint no matter which way you hold it,” says Motorola.Powered by a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, the Moto G4 Plus also has a 5.5-inch Full HD display to make pictures appear “sharp and lifelike,” while games and videos “jump off the screen.”

It features a 16 megapixel main shooter with dual LED flash and laser auto-focus along with a 5 megapixel front camera.The phone is fitted with 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. As with the Moto G4 phone, owners can also add up to 128 GB more storage via its optional microSD card.With Moto Maker, consumers can also choose an array of colors, accents, materials and more for their Moto G4 device. They can also quickly charge the battery with its TurboPower feature.Furthermore, it packs in a 3000 mAh battery and comes with two years of Google Photos storage at original quality. It is also said to be compatible with any major carrier.Needless to say, this one sports Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Moto G4 Play

“More phone. More fun. Affordable as ever” — this is Motorola’s official slogan for the Moto G4 Play.

Touting an 8 megapixel main shooter and 5 megapixel front-facing snapper, the phone is crammed with a Snapdragon 410 processor under its hood. As compared with the other two Moto G phones, this handset has a less powerful chipset, though the company says that users can still “have fun without slowing down” and can let them “switch back and forth between apps easily.”This phone also has a smaller battery as compared with the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. Though, of course, it also runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.As with the other two Moto G devices, it also comes with two years of Google Photos storage.Storage-wise, it is fitted with 16 GB internal storage with up to 128 GB of microSD card support.On top of that, the device is loaded with an 8 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel shooter on its front.Bottom line: Choosing from these three Moto G smartphones depends on your specific preferences and needs. As such, it is necessary to know the features and specs you want first before deciding to snag one.

Any plans to buy one of these three new phones from Motorola? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments section below.

LeEco Le 2, Le Max 2 up for pre-order; register on Flipkart, Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:00:39 +0000 […]]]> Chinese internet and technology company LeEco will start accepting pre-registration of its two latest handsets Le 2 and Le Max 2 from Monday (June 20) onwards. Registrations for Le 2 and Le Max 2 will begin on June 20 on both Flipkart and LeMall, the company’s recently launched e-commerce website while the first flash sale of smartphones will begin on June 28. For Le 2, registrations would be open till 11 am and for Le Max 2, registrations would be open till 1 pm on June 28. The company tweeted:


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Le 2 and Le Max 2 have been priced at Rs 11,999 and Rs 22,999, respectively. Le 2, which is the successor to Le 1S, comes with a 5.5-inch display, 1.86 GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB memory, 16MP rear and 8MP front camera and 3,000 mAh battery. Le 2 will support all 4G bands in India and will also have Voice over LTE (VoLTE) very soon through an update. Le Max2 is powered by 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 5.7-inch display, 21MP rear and 8MP front camera. The device will come in two variants — 4GB RAM and 32GB on board memory (Rs 22,999) and 6GB RAM and 64GB on board memory (Rs 29,000).

what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:52:05 +0000 […]]]> Microsoft has been hush-hush about Update 2 for Windows Phone 8.1, the second semi-major update for the operating system. The reasons should be obvious as the company is instead putting all resources on Windows 10 Mobile, which is the real future of the OS.

As a result of this priority shift Update 2 (aka GDR2) is only going to select phones as an upgrade. So far, the only Lumias confirmed as getting updated are the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830, while the Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL and LG Lancet ship with the newer OS already installed. The HTC One on Verizon and BLU Win HD LTE also have been updated.

So what is in Update 2? Microsoft has now published the changelog on their support site. However, it is not the whole story, so we will add a few more things that have been found in using the upgraded operating system.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (Microsoft)

  • Settings. Find your phone settings more easily. Tap one of the new settings categories to jump to it, use Search to find a setting, or pan down to peruse in the traditional way. Additionally, phone settings can now be pinned to Start.
  • Calendar. Agenda view is back.
  • Name your phone. Give your phone a name without connecting to a PC. Just tap Settings > About > Edit name to name it.
  • VPN. Now you can use certificates to sign in for L2TP VPN connections. Always-on VPN profiles are now supported too, so you’re automatically and always connected.
  • Bluetooth. Type with more than your thumbs. Use an external Bluetooth keyboard and watch the words fly on your phone. And now get your text messages straight from your car if it has a compatible Bluetooth system.
  • App privacy permissions. Now you control whether an app can access your contacts, calendar, camera, microphone and text messages. Just tap Settings > App permissions to get started.

As far as build numbers Update 2 starts at Build 15127 and so far goes up to Build 15148. These other additions have been observed by users as being a part of Update 2.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (Windows Central)
  • MKV support for video playback
  • Reset Protection feature
  • ‘All Apps’ arrow at the bottom of the Start screen
  • Devices with on-screen navigation bar can now ‘double tap’ on the bar to turn the display off

There are also likely under the hood fixes and adjustments as the performance. Even on devices like the Lumia 640 Windows Phone 8.1 seems to be very efficient when compared to Update 1.

Reset Protection in Windows Phone

When, where and why?

There’s no word on when the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830 will get the updates, as some GB/UK and French versions are already receiving the new OS. Owners of those devices can check for updates under Settings > Phone Update or consult Microsoft’s support page to see if their phone is getting build 15148 or later.

As to why Microsoft is not pushing this update for the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930 and other devices, our guess would be the company focusing resources again on Windows 10 Mobile. It is not clear why Preview for Developers is not being utilized either, although it now seems clear that that program is now retired in favor of Windows Insider.

Further information

Need more news? Bookmark our dedicated Update 2 page for all the latest news about that OS: or jump into our NEW Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 Forums for more discussion.

Are you using Update 2? Let us know if have found any other changes from Update 1 in comments.

Source: Microsoft

Redmi Note 3 – Meet Xiaomi’s First Phone with FingerPrint Scanner Tue, 08 Dec 2015 06:43:03 +0000 […]]]> Xiaomi has pulled the wraps from its Redmi Note 3 phablet at an event in China and as expected, it will be the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer to come with a Fingerprint scanner. Before any confusion arises, the Note 3 is the same device which was making rounds on the Internet recently as the Redmi Note 2 Pro.

As with all of the Xiaomi devices, even the Note 3 comes in at an affordable price tag of 899 RMB ($140) and the highlight of the device will be the rear fingerprint scanner. Unlike the first generation Note phones, the Note 3 comes clad in a metallic body and will be backed by a mammoth 4000mAh battery pack, the phone will be initially made available in China. The 5.5-inch FHD display supports reading mode in which the display will switch to an ambient level optimized for reading by reducing the bluelight.

The design is sleek and it reeks premium, it doesn’t look like a budget phone by any yardstick. The Redmi Note 3 is powered by a Helio X10 MediaTek Chipset and slightly heavier than its predecessor. The Redmi Note 3 borrows the 13-Megapixel primary sensor and the 5-Megapixel secondary sensor from the Redmi Note 2.

The Redmi Note 3 is the first Xiaomi device to sport a fingerprint scanner, something that other manufacturers have been incorporating in their devices from quite some time. Xiaomi will be unveiling its Mi Wallet and this explains the Fingerprint sensor on the Note 3, it is very likely that even the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5 will get a fingerprint sensor.

The design looks similar to the Meizu M2, but with metallic body and a fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi had a field day as it not just released the Note 3 but also the sequel for its popular tablet lineup in the form of Mi Pad 2. The new tablet is powered by an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor as opposed to the Nvidia in its predecessor. The display concludes at 7.9-inch and the tablet boasts of a 5-megapixel camera at both front and back. The Mi Pad 2 will also support USB Type-C and will be priced starting from 999 RMB and will retail in both 32GB and 64GB variant’s. Mi Pad 2 will be available in Dark Grey and Champagne Gold colour options.

Xiaomi has also launched the second generation of its air purifier and the version 2 boasts of being lighter and smaller.