Celkon Millennium Elite Q470 with 4.7-inch HD display, Android 4.4 launched for Rs. 11999

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Celkon has launched Millennium Elite Q470 along with the Millennium Power Q3000 in the new Millennium series. It has a 4.7-inch HD screen based on One Glass Solution (OGS), powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

It has dual SIM support and 3G connectivity. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage with expansion slot and packs a 1800 mAh battery.

Celkon Millennium Power Q3000 specifications

  • 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive touchscreen IPS display based on One Glass Solution (OGS) technology
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 8MP auto focus camera with LED Flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 138.4×68.8×8.3; Weight: 137 grams
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 3G HSPA+,WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,Bluetooth, GPS
  • 1800 mAh battery

The Celkon Millennium Elite Q470 comes in White color and is priced at Rs. 11,999. It comes with a free flip cover and would be exclusively available from 21st July through Snapdeal.

[DEALS & STEALS] Get a refurbished Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on eBay for $160 (54& off)

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Nexus 7 (2013) is definitely not the newest tablet, a year has passed since Google announced it. Not only that but we’ve been seeing a lot of rumors on its successor, we might even see it announced rather soon. All this aside, Nexus 7 (2013) is still a great device and it will serve you like a champ.

If you’re not waiting to see what will Google bring with its refresh, you can get this device rather cheap on eBay. Refurbished 32GB model is on sale now for $160 (54% off) with free shipping for U.S., although it is available all around. If you’re interested in getting one of these you might want to hurry, we don’t know how long will this last. You can pick one up by following the source link below.

Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 sized up next to the original Samsung Galaxy Note

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In past few weeks, we have seen the Sony Xperia Z3 a few times, and according to the information we have so far, it looks like a worthy successor to the Sony Z series. Xperia Z3 will be running a Snapdragon 801 chip with the latest version of Android. However, folks over at XperiaBlog managed to get their hands on some new pictures of the Xperia Z3, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The picture above gives us an idea about the dimensions of the Z3, it’s almost equal to the original Galaxy Note, but a little less wider. Also, another picture is shared below which shows that Xperia Z3 will have slightly round edges unlike the predecessors.

[DEALS & STEALS] Get the Moto X for $299 ($100 off) until July 16 on Net 10

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Moto X might not be the newest device but it is still quite powerful. Not only that but it is one of the first devices (after Nexus ones) to get the newest Android updates and it still packs some awesome features no other device has.

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t need to have the newest and the shiniest devices all the time you might want to get this offer. You can now get the Moto X for $100 off by visiting Motorola’s official website and selecting Net 10 as your carrier, after which you’ll of course proceed with the remaining steps (customizing it via Moto Maker to your pleasing) and get it shipped your way.

Asus Zenfone 4 launched in India for Rs. 5999

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Along with the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 6, Asus also launched the Zenfone 4 in India today. It comes in two variants. The Asus Zenfone 4 (A400CG) has a 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive multi touch display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Zen UI that is upgradable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG) has a 4.5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive multi touch display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Asus Zenfone 4 (A400CG) specifications

  • 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive multi touch display with Corning gorilla glass protection
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Dual SIM with dual standby (micro SIMs)
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Zen UI,  upgradable to Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 12.3mm thick and weighs 120g
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB via microSD
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 1600 mAh battery

Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG) specifications

  • 4.5-inch (850 x 480 pixels) capacitive multi touch display with Corning gorilla glass protection
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Dual SIM with dual standby (micro SIMs)
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Zen UI
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 11.3mm thick and weighs 134g
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB via microSD
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 1750 mAh battery

The Asus Zenfone 4 comes in Charcoal Black, Pearl White and Cherry Red colors and is priced at Rs. 5,999 (MOP) for A400CG and the Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG) costs Rs. 7,499 (MRP), but the MOP is not available yet. Check out the Zenfone 4 hands-on.

Micromax Canvas Fire A093 with 4-inch display, dual front speakers reportedly launching for Rs. 6299

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Micromax is all set to launch the Canvas Fire A093 in its new Canvas Fire series. Manish Khatri from Mahesh Telecom reports that the phone would be priced at Rs. 6,299. It would come with a 4-inch WVGA screen. Even though the retailer doesn’t reveal any other details about the smartphone, Russian website hi-tech.mail.ru reveals that the smartphones would come with dual front-facing speakers.

Micromax Canvas Fire A093 specifications

  • 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) IPS display
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby
  • 5MP fixed focus rear camera with LED Flash
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage (1.5GB mass storage, 650MB for apps),Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 1750 mAh battery

According to the Russian website, Micromax also plans to launch the Canvas Fire A104 with a 4.5-inch display, dual front-facing stereo speakers, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash, front-facing camera, Dual SIM support, microSD expansion slot and a 1900 mAh battery. It also reveals that the Micromax A190 that was leaked recently would be called Canvas HD Plus.

Micromax Canvas Fire A093 would be available in Black with Gold, White with Gold, Black with Silver and White with Silver colors. Stocks are expected arrive, according to the retailer. It is not clear when Micromax plans to launch the Canvas Fire A104 and the Canvas HD Plus A190.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Review

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Asus announced three devices under the Zenfone series at the CES in January this year. These phones come in screen sizes ranging from 4 to 6 inches. Asus launched Zenfone 5 in 8GB and 16GB variants today in India that starts at Rs. 9,999. We got a chance to experience the ZenFone 5 before the launch today. Our review unit is 8GB gold colour variant.

The Asus Zenfone 5 is encompassed in a plastic body with but has a metal-coloured matte finish to it. Like other Asus trademark devices, the phone has brushed metal that are a bit thick at edges. It has a metallic band below the capacitive buttons at the bottom with some texture that gives a premium look to the phone. Also present at the front of the phone is the LED notification light next to front facing camera. It is 10.3mm thick and weighs 145 grams.

It has 3.5 mm audio jack at the top and a micro USB charging port at the bottom. While the power button and the volume rockers are situated on the right hand side edge of the phone. I personally felt that the volume rocker buttons are not accessed easily as the phone is quite thick sideways and the buttons are very flat and a bit hard.

Although the phone has a removable back cover, the phone’s 2050mAh battery is inbuilt. Being a dual SIM phone, it has two micro SIM card slots that are facing each other and a microSD card. Finally, the back has a 8MP camera and a loudspeaker. The overall design of the phone is attractive and has a tinge of elegant look despite the entire plastic body. However, we think that the phone is bit taller and does not fit comfortably in one hand and will not be easy to handle for those with smaller hands. The phone can be easily handled with one hand as it offers a firm grip. The Zenfone 5 is available in four colours – Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, and Champagne Gold.

The phone has a 5 inch HD display with 720p resolution that comes with Asus TruVivid technology for better color reproduction. In order to protect from scratches the screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is decent and has natural colours and acceptable brightness. Viewing angles on the phone are also good.We found the phone good for reading and the text is clear and sharp. There is also a reading mode in the device that adjusts the backlight and makes its suitable for reading a book or a digital magazine. This mode can be toggled from the notification panel.

This is one of the best features of the phone that sets it apart from the lot. The UI of the Asus Zenfone 5 is different from the standard stock Android. A new Zen UI that is certainly the most unique and strong point of the phone. It gives the Android a refreshed and stylish look. The lock screen is good and showcases most of the info on the screen itself before you dive in. Asus has also made some major changes to the lock screen which now gives you shortcuts to launch apps like the camera, dialer and messaging.

The notification panel has got various apps that are encompassed in a bubble resembling the chat heads from Facebook Messenger. The bubble like circular tabs can be found in dialer app as well. While you swipe downwards to open the Notifications Bar, a swipe from the left side of the screen opens your notifications whereas the swipe from the right opens all the toggles, just like it happens in tablets nowadays. Flashlight, Memory Booster, Calculator and Quick Memo are permanent in the toggles menu, but you can choose the remaining toggles that show up in Notifications from Settings.

Apps like camera, music, gallery have also received an overhaul. The lockscreen now gets camera, dialer and message shortcuts. It also gives you calendar events, weather and time on the lock screen. Overall the UI is colourful and makes navigation interesting and smooth. The dialer app UI is also attractive and offers built-in feature to record telephone conversations which is not found in most of the Android phones. Moreover, it has PenTouch and GloveTouch tech, which ramps up the screen’s sensitivity, so you can use the smartphone’s screen through a gloved hand or with any stylus, according to Asus.

The Asus Zenfone 5 is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6 GHz with PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU and includes 1GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean along with the Zen UI that we will discuss later. Asus has confirmed that the handset will get the new Android Kit Kat update.

The phone does have some cool built-in apps like Omlet Chat app which is yet another Whatsapp and Mirror which like the name suggests converts the front camera to mirror, but the Indian variant might not come with this app. Also, during our testing period we were unable to download the Facebook App after multiple attempts. Every time we tried to launch the app it crashed. In addition, images and videos that were received on WhatsApp were downloaded only via WiFi and no mobile data connection.

The device has dual-SIM support. Both the SIM slots support 3G, unlike most other phones however, only one SIM can use 3G at any point of time. The phone’s 8GB of internal storage offers 5GB of actual storage space to users. Users can, however, expand its memory as it supports a microSD card of up to 64 GB.

We tried the phone with single sim and did basic activities like music, camera and games along with standard messaging apps and no social media like Facebook and Instagram. This got us through about 7.5 hours without charging. But gaming and music from medium to heavy did result into battery loss and in that case it lasted for about 5 hours.

One of the drawbacks of the Asus Zenfone 5 is its call quality which is poor. The phone’s microphone does not deliver a clear voice call and the sound breaks almost time during call conversations. Although, we did not have any call drop issues, it certainly is not clear and up to the mark. The speaker on the phone is pretty good while on calls.

The Asus Zenfone 5 is great phone considering its for a price tag of Rs 9,999. It scores points when it comes to display and UI, but these are glitches when its comes to performance in case of certain apps. That aside considering the phone specifications and offering, we feel it is a decent mid segment phone with a good price tag.

Videocon VPhone Grande feature phone with premium design launched for Rs. 1950

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Videocon Mobiles has launched VPhone Grande, the company’s latest feature phone with premium sleek design to match its smartphone lineup. It has rubberized back for better grip and comes with two inter-changeable back panels. It has a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, comes with support for 6 regional languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and more, has a range of features such as Movie Juke Box Application, Security Inbox, Smart Auto Call Recording and Smart Call Divert.

Features of Videocon VPhone Grande

  • 2.8-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Dual Sim support
  • 1.3MP Camera with LED flash
  • Support for 6 regional languages
  • Audio and Video Player
  • WAP/GPRS, Bluetooth with A2DP
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio with Recording
  •  Local Search, Security Inbox, Smart Call Divert
  • Expandable Memory up to 32GB
  • 1100mAh Battery

The VPhone Grande is priced at Rs. 1950 and comes with two additional back covers.

Karbonn Smart A50S, A52+, A12 Star and A11 Star launched on Flipkart starting at Rs. 2699

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Karbonn has teamed up with Flipkart to launch Karbonn Smart A50SA52+A12 Star and A11 Starsmartphones on Flipkart. The Karbonn Smart A50S and the A52 Plus have 3.5-inch (480 x 320 Pixels) HVGA displays, run on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), features a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. Both these have dual SIM support and comes with 2G (EDGE) connectivity.

The Karbonn Smart A12 Star and A11 Star have a 4-inch and 4.3-inch WVGA displays, respectively. These run on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), features a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. Both these have dual SIM support and comes with 3G connectivity.

All these smartphones are powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and comes with microSD expansion slot. The A50S has 256MB RAM and 2GB of internal storage. All the other smartphones have 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

The Karbonn Smart A50S went on sale recently priced at Rs. 2699 . The Karbonn A52 Plus, A12 Star and A11 Star are priced at Rs. 3099, Rs. 4099 and Rs. 4499, respectively and would go on sale soon. All these smartphones would be available in Black and White colors.

Best smartphone under Rs. 10000 – Motorola Moto E vs Micromax Unite 2 vs Xolo Q600s vs Lava Iris X1

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Motorola Moto E, Micromax Unite 2, Xolo Q600s and Lava Iris X1 are part of the affordable value for money series of smartphones under the Rs.8,000 price tag and today, we put all of them against each other to help you make a better choice when you are about to purchase a budget smartphone. In this small comparison, we consider the display, performance, the camera, gaming and battery life of the smartphones to help you get a better perspective about these smartphones.

All these smartphones have dual-SIM capability and come with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box.

Display

The specification of the displays is as follows –

Motorola Moto E – 4.3inch qHD (540×960 pixels) display 256ppi
Micromax Unite 2 – 4.7inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) display 199ppi
Lava Iris X1 – 4.5inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display 218ppi
Xolo Q600s – 4.5inch qHD (540×960 pixels) display 245ppi

Moto E is the sharpest display in terms of pixel density, but it is also the smallest and is the only in the lot to have on-screen buttons. So it has a comparatively very small display. Unite 2 has the biggest display amongst the lot, but also has the least dense display with just a WVGA display and a pixel density less than 200ppi. Lava Iris X1 has a reasonable 218ppi 4.5inch display while the Xolo Q600s has the second sharpest display.

In terms of brightness, the Xolo Q600s is the brightest with the Unite 2 coming in second, followed by Iris X1 and Moto E is the least bright. Xolo Q600s emerges as the strongest in terms of viewing angles with the Unite 2 again coming in second. The Moto E ’s display does better in terms of viewing angles than the one on the Lava Iris X1. Color accuracy is maintained well in the Xolo Q600s and to some extent in the Unite 2. The displays of Moto E and Iris X1 appear relatively cooler than usual.

Overall, in terms of display quality, the Xolo Q600s is the clear winner and Unite 2 comes in next. The displays of Moto E and Iris X1 come in next. If you are a fan of bigger displays, then you would be picking the X1 over Moto E as Moto E’s screen estate is shrunk down by on screen buttons.

Performance

In terms of general performance, the Snapdragon powered Moto E is better than the other three. The Unite 2 comes in next thanks to its quad-core MediaTek chip and the Broadcom quad-core chip powered X1 and Q600s take the last place. Both these phones are laggy and that shows in their general user interface. Opening the apps is much quicker on Moto E and Unite 2, while the Broadcom powered X1 and Q600s severely fall behind in this aspect. Web browsing on Chrome is pretty much the same on all these phones with pinch to zoom taking a few seconds to load and that is expected in a budget offering.

Camera

Coming to the camera, here is a quick look at the specifications of the various camera units.

Moto E – 5MP fixed focus – NO LED Flash – No front camera – 854x480pixels video
Unite 2 – 5MP Auto focus – LED Flash – 2MP front camera – 720p video
Q600s – 5MP Auto focus – LED Flash – VGA front camera – 720p video
Iris X1 – 8MP Auto focus – LED Flash – 2MP front camera – 1080p video

Among the four phones, Moto E takes the crown mainly because of its Adreno GPU while the others are stuck with VideoCore GPU or Mali GPU which aren’t quite capable. Most of the games we tried included – Subway Surfer, Riptide GP2, Temple Run 2, Dead Trigger 2 and Shadow gun. Moto E was able to run the casual games well, but just started lagging on the big ones like Shadow gun. The next best is the Unite 2 and that is because of the Mali400 GPU. The VideoCore GPU powered Iris X1 and Q600s performed less than the Moto E and Unite 2. Both these phones could run the game, but that isn’t their strongest suit.

Moto E is the winner here again. Moto E has striped down specifications of the Moto G, but Motorola have kept almost all of its battery juice intact. Moto G had a great battery life and the Moto E does even better. The other phones aren’t that good when compared to the Moto E, but all the three will last at least one day of normal usage. Moto E will definitely last a day and half of normal usage.

As you can see from the comparison above, no phone is perfect and at this price range, almost all of them are far from perfect. But the choice of the perfect phone for you rests with you. If you want an excellent display, but can do with average performance, then you can get the Xolo Q600s. If the phone needs to be fast, compact and have a long battery life, then the Motorola Moto E should be your choice. If you are a fan of big displays, the Micromax Unite 2 should be the one for you. If you want a premium looking device at a bargain price, then the Lava Iris X1 should be your choice with its iPhone like looks. All the phones have their pros and cons and we try to summarize it below.

Motorola Moto E

Pros

  • Excellent Battery life
  • Very compact and feels solid
  • Cheapest among the four

Cons

  • Horrible camera
  • The screen is very small(comparatively) and you have to use only on-screen buttons
  • Feels heavy and bulky

Micromax Unite 2

Pros

  • Big display which is relatively better than others
  • Good battery life
  • Reasonable camera

Cons

  • Low resolution display (less than 200ppi)
  • Probably the least good looking device among the four
  • Feels big and bulky

Xolo Q600s

Pros

  • Excellent display(considering the four phones)
  • Good solid build quality

Cons

  • Performance is bad – UI is slow and sluggish
  • Camera isn’t great

Lava Iris X1

Pros

  • Premium looks and very good design(although seems copied from the iPhone)
  • Camera is better than the others

Cons

  • Poor performance
  • Battery life could have been better
  • Display performs poorly when compared to the others