Windows Smartphones below 10k

Buying a mobile phone can be quite a task. Looking at the details, seeing the various prices, specifications etc. can be tedious. However, it is important to compare mobiles before buying them to ensure that they meet all your needs. Given below is a list of some of the best Smartphones running on Windows OS priced below 10k:-

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  • Microsoft Lumia 540

The phone is priced at around Rs.9, 000. It runs on the latest Windows 8.1 platform. The phone sports an 8 Mp primary camera along with a 5 MP secondary camera. The dual SIM phone sports a 12.7 cm screen. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor and 1 GB of RAM. It has 8GB of internal space which can be expanded up to 128 GB using the microSD card slot. It has a decent 2200 mAh battery. The phone is 3G enabled.

  • Lava Iris Win1

The 4” phone is priced at around Rs. 4, 000.It has a 5MP rear camera with autofocus. It has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor with 1 GB of RAM. The phone runs on Windows 8.1. It comes with 8GB of internal space and external space capacity of 32GB. It is a dual SIM phone with 1950 mAh battery.

  • Nokia Lumia 630

The Lumia 630 is priced at around Rs. 9, 000. The 11.43 cm LCD Capacitive Touchscreen phone runs on Windows 8.1. It is a dual SIM phone with a 5 MP rear camera. Its tech specs include 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core Processor and 512 MB of RAM. It has 8 GB of internal memory storage and 128 GB of expandable storage. It has 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth for connectivity.

  • XOLO Win Q900s

For about Rs. 5,500, this dual SIM can be yours. It too runs on Windows 8.1. It has a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor with 1 GB of RAM for fluid multitasking. It has 8 GB of internal and 32 GB of expandable storage. It sports a Li-Polymer, 1800 mAh battery. It comes with an 8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera that is great for taking selfies and video calling. It comes with MS Office out-of-the-box. The 11.94 cm phone has sensors like proximity sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, ambient light sensor.

  • Microsoft Lumia 535 DS

This is a very popular phone priced at around Rs. 7, 000. The OS of choice is Windows 8.1. It sports a good 5 MP rear as well as a 5 MP front camera. It is dual SIM phone. The 12.7 cm screen has a display resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It supports Cortana, the Windows voice assist. It has 8GB of internal space and 128 GB of expandable external storage. It also gives the user 15 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor and has 1 GB of RAM.

Choose from one of the most popular OS and experience a user- friendly interface with great apps and features without burning a hole in your pocket.

Smartphone Microscope Helps Detect Blood Parasite Levels

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Using an Apple iPhone, a team of US scientists has developed a mobile phone microscope that rapidly detects parasite levels in blood.The team from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health and University of California, Berkeley developed the device to measure blood levels of the parasitic filarial worm Loa.

To rapidly screen for Loa infections in community settings, the scientists developed CellScope Loa, a video microscope integrating an Apple iPhone 5s.

With the help of a custom iPhone app, the device automatically captures and analyses videos of the characteristic “wriggling” motion of microfilariae, enabling quantification of microfilariae in blood from a finger prick in less than two minutes.

“No special preparation of the blood is required, limiting potential error and sample loss, and healthcare workers need minimal training to use the automated device,” the authors noted.

The point-of-care device may enable safe resumption of mass drug administration campaigns to eradicate the parasitic diseases onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

Efforts to eliminate these diseases in Central Africa through community-wide administration of antiparasitic drugs have been suspended due to potentially fatal drug-associated side effects in people with high blood levels of Loa microfilariae, the filarial worm’s larval form.

A potential solution is to identify and exclude such people from mass drug administration.

“However, standard methods for measuring microfilariae are time-consuming and must be performed by trained personnel with laboratory equipment,” the team wrote.

Screening of blood samples from potentially Loa-infected people showed that CellScope Loa results correspond well to those obtained by standard methods, correctly identifying people with microfilarial levels over a certain threshold.

Although additional work is needed to prepare the technology for broad use, the researchers predict that a team of three workers could screen up to 200 people during the four-hour midday window when Loa circulates at its peak in the blood.

The work is detailed in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Samsung announces pricing for a bunch of recently announced budget Galaxy smartphones

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Samsung introduced 4 new Galaxy budget devices yesterday. These devices are running KitKat OS with a TouchWiz Essence UI on top, which is a lightweight version of TouchWiz. They’ll probably target emerging markets.

Samsung didn’t announce pricing for these devices yesterday, but Samsung Netherlands has revealed how much will they cost in the region:

  • Galaxy Ace 4: €219
  • Galaxy Core 2: €179
  • Galaxy Young 2: €99
  • Galaxy Star 2: still unknown, probably something similar to Galaxy Young 2

These prices seem rather hefty. There are better alternatives for less money in our opinion (shout-out to Moto G), at least for some of these devices. What do you think?

Does RAM matter? Here’s the top RAM-packed Android smartphones

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As device functionality develops and you begin using your smartphone for more resource intensive tasks, the age old question is beginning to rear its head as to if RAM in your smartphone really affects performance that much, and should it play a part in your purchasing decision.

That’s why we’ve listed the RAM installed in the latest Android smartphones to give you an idea of the most common RAM capacity on this years flagships.

Whilst the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is out in front with 3GB of RAM, clearly the market is currently opting for installing 2GB of RAM into most of the flagship devices. So does a smartphone really need more than 2GB of RAM.

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is a place where data is held temporarily to present to the CPU and is constantly reading and writing to memory blocks at extremely fast rates. Resources running in RAM can be called at a far quicker rate than just from your internal or external storage. Running apps use RAM to performs their tasks so theoretically the more RAM you have the more apps you can have open right? Well, kind of. Android is a lot better at managing applications and allocated memory than it used to be but in the same breath applications are becoming significantly more resource hungry.

So despite only a few devices having 3GB of RAM, the smartphone market have opted for 2GB of RAM as the optimal memory to have installed in a smartphone given the current architecture in devices. Couple this with how well Android manages available memory and 2GB is more than sufficient for current resource requirements – go ahead and check out how much RAM memory your device has available.

Whilst 2GB of RAM is sufficient now, the whole story will be different when 64-bit Android is officially rolled out. So back to the original question of if RAM matters in your purchasing decision? The answer is to an extend; it’s not so much of a case of the maximum amount of RAM matters, but more of a case of the minimum, and you should be thinking very carefully before purchasing a device with anything less than 1GB of RAM in 2014.

Compare the best Android smartphones on the market today

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Deciding which Android smartphone to buy can often be a difficult decision, with many different manufacturers offering varying specs, hardware combinations, and screen sizes.

If you’re undecided about just which Android smartphone you would like to purchase, then check out our handy comparison chart below. We’ve ranked the latest and greatest Android smartphones from ratings calculated by you to reveal just which devices are topping the charts.

ZTE to roll out six smartphones including 4G handsets in India in 2014

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ZTE has announced its plans to expand operations in India by launching six new smartphones this year. The Chinese telecom maker made its debut in India last year in July by launching smartphones and 3G data cards.

The company said that the smartphones will be 3G and 4G enabled and bear a price tag in range of Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. Hence, it looks like the devices will fall in entry level, mid and high-end segments. ZTE will also tie-up with some of the telecom service providers to ramp up its sales in the Indian market.

“ZTE is particularly gung-ho about the business potential of 4G LTE deployments in India and we will shortly finalise specific 4G models that will be launched”

said Adam Zeng, executive VP and worldwide head of ZTE’s handsets business, in an ET report.

Along with smartphone launches, ZTE will boost its handset business by opening R&D center in India on the lines of its Shanghai facility.The company would also double its marketing and branding expenditure this year .”ZTE sees huge potential of handset business growth in India and is thinking long-term in terms of dedicated handset R&D centre for India,” Zeng said in a PTI report. The company which has 18 R&D centres across China, US and Europe, spends 10 per cent of its revenue from handsets on R&D.

ZTE also plans to team up with online retailers such as Amazon, eBay and Flipkart to sell its premium devices. Moreover, the company is in talks to join hands with five regional distributors for its handsets business across India, as per the ET report.

Broadcom introduces BCM59350 multi-standard wireless charging chipset for smartphones

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Broadcom has announced BCM59350, a high performance wireless charging power management unit (PMU) with support for all three leading standards organizations including the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). This has a unique Broadcom design that enables multiple devices with different power requirements such as tablets, smartphones or a smartwatch charge at the same time, without the trouble of accurate positioning or alignment.

Highlights of Broadcom BCM59350 multi-standard wireless charging SoC

  • Efficient – Up to 88 percent AC to DC efficiency
  • High Performance – Supports up to 7.5W for faster charge time than standard USB and wall chargers
  • Boost Mode – Broadcom ensures charging performance with 50 percent less voltage
  • Support for automatic selection between standards and single mode operation
  • NFC Coexistence – Broadcom’s wireless charging design ensures acceptable NFC performance
  • Implementation Flexibility – Can be designed in a smartphone motherboard or battery cover
  • Small PCB Footprint – Broadcom’s design supports multi-standards in the same size as a single standard solution
  • Low Cost – Broadcom’s solution has a minimum bill of materials cost with no external active components, excluding WICED Smart

The Broadcom BCM59350 wireless charging smartphone power management unit is now in sampling stage with select OEMs. It is not clear when we can expect smartphones with this new wireless charging chipset.

FreedomPop calls up trio of LTE-equipped Samsung smartphones Read more: http://www.androidguys.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-calls-trio-lte-equipped-samsung-smartphones/#ixzz32XNKbumT Follow us: @androidguys on Twitter | AndroidGuys on Facebook

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FreedomPop on Thursday announced that it has added three new Samsung smartphones with 4G LTE capabilities. Available today, customers can now also choose from the Samsung Galaxy Victory, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S III to pull down LTE speeds.

Pricing breaks down as so:

  • Samsung Galaxy Victory – $119
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 – $349
  • Samsung Galaxy S III – $189

FreedomPop, an MVNO which piggybacks off of Sprint’s network, is also kicking off a new $20 rate plan. For your money you’ll get unlimited text and voice as well as 1GB of 4G LTE data (throttled to 3G after).

Lastly, FreedomPop has debuted a FreedomPop Free Voice and Text app for Android-powered devices.

Checkout in OLX using your smartphones

People are now changing their regular mobile phones to that of the android based operating systems. The usage of computers and laptops has been reduced in the recent days. To serve all people with smart phones effectively, OLX Classifieds Mobile Apps is available. It can be downloaded through it. With this smart phone application, people who want to sell their product through the site can just post their product and hence they can effectively do it with the help of a smart phone. Currently the smart phone application is made available for android phones. Sooner this app is to be extended to a number of versions of mobile phone operating system. It helps to track the viewers of the post and hence it helps to stay connected with the interested viewers who are more likely to buy the products. Thus finding buyers is no longer difficult with this mobile application.

In the world of smart phones, there are many variants available that are providing different types of services to people. One of the early comers of the smart phone is apple. Through OLX Classifieds for iOS, people can find various apple products for sale. Carious classifieds from the website can be viewed in an effective manner. Hence people can find a range of products available for sale in an effective manner. This will empower buyers to choose the best in all categories and also those products that are working in a good condition. All people who are using iOS operating system from apple can make best use of the itunes facility from the site. All updates to the iOS and itunes will be provided in a periodic manner from the website. Hence buyers need not struggle for getting details about the posts and products in the site.

Apple offers minimum Rs. 7500 discount on iPhone 5c in exchange for old smartphones

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Apple introduced Cash back offers for iPad mini last year. Today Apple’s premium reseller Imagine has sent us an email regarding new Buy Back offer for the iPhone 5c. Under this buy back offer you will get Rs. 7,500 discount on iPhone 5c 16GB in exchange for old smartphone. It says, “All leading smartphones qualify for this offer” and the unit should be in working condition along with the charger. You can get more details from your nearest Apple Premium Reseller across India. 

Apple also offers additional Rs. 2,100 cash back for Standard Chartered credit card holders, so the final amount would be Rs. 30,200 based on monthly EMI transaction for 9 months, instead of Rs. 32,300 for other credit card holders. For customers with credit cards with other banks (Axis, Citibank, HDFC, HSBC, ICICI, InusInd and Kotak Credit Card), the effective price would be Rs. 32,300 based on monthly EMI. This EMI could vary from Bank to Bank.

This limited period buy back offer runs from 1st to 30th May, 2014. Apple also offers similar buyback offer for iPhone 4S (8GB). You can get maximum Cash Back on 2 transactions per card under this offer. Cash Back will be credited to the customer card account for all eligible transactions within 90 days.