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Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.

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Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

              This week, Huawei Honor announced their latest smartphone in the mid-range smartphone segment, the Honor 9 Lite. This device marks their 3rd following announcement in the past couple of weeks, devouring and hitting the right spot in the mobile industry. The launch of the honor 9 lite confirmed us that the users are about to get astonished, & no that's not intended due to the likes of Xiaomi who has been ruling the mid-range space quite consistently. The fact that Honor thought of releasing a new device after the recent launch of their new Honor 7X, Users, might have a tough time choosing between the honor 9 lite and the honor 7X. Whereas many would even think to why the Honor 9 Lite was priced so competitively and that too less than the honor 7X? Well, that contradiction is quite hard to answer as of now since I've spent limited time with the device. However, i'll try my best to provide a quantitative judgement on that topic. As usual, let's get down to the specifications of the device first,


Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X

Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

Honor 9 Lite Specifications: 

  • It has a Kirin 659 Octacore Kirin 659 chipset, which gets backed by the 3GB RAM/4GB RAM depending upon your variant. The Kirin 659 processor is a 16NM chipset which is clocked up to 2.93 GHz, while has a dedicated i3 co-processor unit which helps out the main chipset in low power consumption and performing complex tasks. Lastly, it has the T830 MP2 GPU for handling the graphics. 
  • It has a 5.65-inch FHD+(1080 x 2160) panel which instantly translates it to be a device with 18:9 aspect ratio making it familiar to its siblings. It also has a 75.5% screen to body ratio which gives it a pixel density of 428 PPI. 
  • It comes with 32GB/64GB of onboard storage while expansion is available up to 256GB, although the MicroSD card slot fits in the Hybrid SIM Slot. It translates that for more storage, you might have to sacrifice your secondary SIM card.  
  • The primary camera setup consists of a dual lens; it has been made with the combination of 13MP + 2MP camera sensors. It has support for PDAF, while has a decent aperture mode. Unlike the Monochrome lens built on it's superior siblings, here the 2MP sensor is used for sensing the depth information. You have the controls to adjust the bokeh both before and after the shot has been taken. Videos can be shot at 1080p HD @30fps at maximum. The photos were not as good as the ones shot by the Honor 7x. 
  • The secondary camera setup also consists of dual lens just like the Honor 9i and unlike the Honor 7x. It has a combination of 13MP + 2MP camera sensors, while it supports almost the same features present on the back. However compared to Honor 7X, the front camera on the Honor 9 Lite had a more accurate color reproduction. Just like the rear, it can shoot at 1080p HD @30fps at maximum. 
  • Powering it up is a non-removable 3000mAh battery, besides as it has a Micro-USB 2.0 port it's charging speeds won't be at your sweet spot.
  • On connectivity forefront, you get WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 4.2, Gyroscope sensor, VoLTE, 3.5mm audio jack & A-GPS support. The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear side. 
  • It runs on EMUI 8.0 which is built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo, which is the first for the company. While using the device at the event gave me reliable feedback about it's UI.
  • Lastly, just like the fancy color naming skills of any company, Honor has made the Honor 9 Lite available in 3 color variants, the Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey and the Midnight Black. 


Design & Aesthetics: 
Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7


             I'll start off with this: "My first interaction with the Honor 9 Lite and I'm instantly a fan". Never has a mid-range device felt this good, when it comes to reliable aesthetics & regarding providing flashy retributes for the dime you've spent. The Honor 9 Lite features a Glass Sandwich design meaning there's Glass both on the back and as usual on the front, while to be precise it's 2.5D curved on both sides engraved with thin aluminum shampers on edge. You will also find the Honor Logo residing on the chin area after you've done with the 18:9 aspect ratio. In numbers, it's about 7.6 mm thick in size. Whereas unlike it's elder siblings the Honor 7X and Honor V10, the Honor 9 Lite feels quite compact & stunningly lightweight, I entirely couldn't digest that fact.

Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

              Switching sides on to the rear, the first thing you would notice would be that glossy back. The second thing you would say, "Man, this is going to be a fingerprint magnet." Now quite frankly most of us would be annoyed by this fact, but me unlikely has a different take on it. Looking at the pricing that it's offered, I wouldn't be annoyed by the smudges and would be willing to sacrifice this over that gorgeous design. Here the camera bump is noticeably quite less than that of the Honor 7X and Honor V10.  Also, I might be nitpicking but I like the fact that the Honor 9 Lite has a uniform camera module protruding outside the body, inside of two different lens which looks quite ugly on the Honor 7X. Another thing about the rear is that Fingerprint sensor which would be the last thing which hasn't been wrapped in that glass shell. The glass shell is so reflective that it can be used as a mirror. Well, fashion bloggers, that's your cue, destroy the tech community. Nonetheless, I was instantly a fan of the Sapphire Blue color; however, I took my judgement down after I noticed smudges within mere 10-15mins of usage. Next thing I knew, I was a fan of Glacier Grey variant, as it was something new and it didn't take that much of fingerprints than the rest. Speaking of the prints, you might see me boiling up in my upcoming Honor 7X longterm review.

              Lastly not incorporating the USB Type-C standard in 2018 is utterly weird. Why are we heading back Honor? Similarly, there is thin black border which separates the side bezels and display; this is quite noticeable in the Sapphire Blue variant. But that trade-off can be considered looking at the pricing of this device.

Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

               Rest about the UI, Performance; Cameras is quite hard to determine without using the Honor 9 Lite for an extensive period. However, there's one exciting contradiction about the cameras found on the Honor 7X and the Honor 9 Lite. The rear camera is better on the 7X, whereas the front camera produces better images on the Honor 9 Lite which is possibly due to that extra lens. Then again, why is it priced less than that of the Honor 7X? I'm pretty sure this would be the first thing that might've arisen in your mind after listening to the price of Honor 9 Lite. Compared to Honor 9 Lite, the Honor 7X has a better rear camera, the 18:9 display is also more immersive since it's more substantial than the Honor 9 Lite(even though it has less Pixel Density, but that's due to the large screen). The battery also is slightly big & still it manages to be slimmer. But if I were you I would prefer the Honor 9 Lite; it's just that design which has appealed me to my core. However, if specifications matter to your taste, Honor 7X is the right choice for you. But even if I'm nitpicky, I don't think also I would go for the Honor 7x looking at the solid aesthetics of the 9 Lite. However, since Honor 7x is Honor's legacy mid-range device, it'll also be among the first ones to receive software updates as compared to the Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

              Although while closing the event, Honor did mention that the 9 Lite will be among their first devices to get the Ride Mode feature and PayTM integration, while both of these new features would be getting separate OTA updates on a priority basis. They also mentioned that the front camera on the 9 Lite could enhance the beauty mode and make subtle adjustments depending upon the subject, ie. Male/Female.


Pricing & Availability: 

Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

  • The device will be exclusively available on Flipkart and Honor's exclusive online store. 
  • The flash sales will start at 12 AM and 12 PM from 21st January 2018. It'll be followed by 12 PM sales on 22nd and 23rd Jan.
  • The 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant would be available for Rs. 11,999, while the 4GB RAM/64 ROM variant would cost Rs. 14,999. 
  • The company is currently offering a Rs.1000 off discount on the base variant of the device. Meaning, it'll be available for Rs. 10,999 as an introductory launch offer. Although it is not clear, until when this offer would be live.
Links to purchase:Honor 9 Lite [3GB RAM]
Honor 9 Lite [4GB RAM]


Honor 9 Lite Launch, ft. Honor 7X:
Event Verdict. 


Honor 9 Lite Launched: Yes, it has a Gyroscope sensor and gets priced less than the Honor 7X.
Image source: @patilpratik7

   Even though the company is on the horse race announcing a spree of smartphones, there isn't a shadow of a doubt that the company hasn't failed to bring out a fierce competitor in the mid-range market. A compelling design, a large build, good enough specifications, quad cameras, the sweet release of Android 8.0 Oreo and the fact that it's so affordable has me drooling all over it. So nonetheless it's a great buy, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. However just like I've said earlier, giving a final verdict is impossible based upon a mere 1 hour of usage. The Honor 9 Lite is a fabulous potential contender for affordable price segment. We would be shortly coming up with a detailed, dedicated review on both our blog and youtube channel, so make sure you follow us and subscribe to us. Lastly, if you've any queries, punch them in the comments box below.

Image source: @patilpratik7

Amazon Brings Web Browsing to Fire TV

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With TV makers charging huge sums for a Smart TV with non-upgradable feature set, media players such as Amazon Fire TV managed to create a market of its own. Fire TV, which has support for bucket load of apps, is actually a cheap alternative to change a non-Smart TV to a Smart TV. Google was about to take YouTube off from the list of supported apps, so this new announcement comes as a big relief for Fire TV users.


Amazon Brings Web Browsing to Fire TV

Amazon has finally brought web browsing support to all Fire TV customers. Fire TV already provided access to tons of applications, movies, TV shows, etc. but web browsers were not supported. With Firefox and Silk browsers, Fire TV users can access World Wide Web including sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other streaming services. This effectively nullifies Google's move to take down YouTube app from Fire TV.

With full web browsers on Fire TV, our customers’ entertainment and information options are greatly expanded. We want to make it easy for customers to access the Web from the comfort of their couch,” said Marc Whitten, vice president, Amazon Fire TV and Appstore. “We’re excited to bring web browsing to customers on every Fire TV device in every country where they’re sold.” 



Bringing Firefox to Fire TV is an exciting new way to reach our users and serve up more of the full web to everyone,” said Mark Mayo, Sr. Vice President of Firefox. “Firefox has always been about bringing the web directly to people no matter what device they’re using. Starting today, we will be able to expand the already great Fire TV experience by enabling viewers to surface a multitude of web content -- including videos -- through Firefox.

Though accessing websites through browsers may not be as smooth as an app experience, a dedicated browser has its own convenience such as bookmarks and dedicated homepage. Firefox and Silk browsers are available in more than 100 countries and customers can easily download the browser to their Fire TV immediately.

Samsung announces Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) | Dual Front Cameras | Infinity Display

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Samsung Mobile had a great year in 2017, with the flagship S and Note line-ups doing well commercially. There was a change in the company's approach towards mid-range and budget-oriented devices, with the OEM providing regular updates for almost all the smartphones. It was required to win back the trust of Samsung fans, especially after the Note7 fiasco. While the flagships for 2018 will be revealed later in the year, Samsung has went ahead with announcements regarding the A series.

  Samsung announces Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) | Dual Front Cameras | Infinity Display



Samsung revealed their latest smartphones, the A8(2018) and A8+(2018) earlier today. These are essentially the successors of the 2017 variants of A5 and A7 respectively. These are also the first non-flagship Samsung smartphones to feature Infinity display.

“With the release of the Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018), we’re bringing our customers’ favorite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series, which is already known for its premium design,” said Junho Park, Vice President of Global Product Planning, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) exemplify our continued dedication to meeting the needs of our consumers by providing them with greater choice and convenience.”



Specifications and Features

Both the smartphones have exact same hardware except the battery capacity, RAM and display size. Th smaller A8 sports a 5.6 inch display while A8+ has a 6 inch one. The Super AMOLED displays have a resolution of 2220 x 1920 pixels with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. These are the first A series smartphones which will be compatible with Samsung Gear VR. The build quality is similar to the Samsung flagships with glass to the front and back, and it also has IP68 rating, which means it is as water and dust resistant as the current flagships.

A8 will have 4 GB RAM while the A8+ will have an optional 6 GB RAM variant. Internal storage options are 32 and 64 GB which can be expanded by up to 256 GB via external microSD card. The octa core Exynos 7885 chipset has a combination of 2.2 GHz dual core and 1.6 GHz hexa core. One disappointing factor is that despite being a 2018 smartphone, it will be coming out with Android Nougat 7.1.1.

The rear camera has a 16 MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and PDAF. Video capabilities are enhanced with support for VDIS and hyper-lapse feature. Secondary camera is a dual lens setup with a 16 MP FF sensor residing with an 8 MP sensor, both having slightly narrower aperture of f/1.9. The additional lens helps in depth sensing and the Live Focus feature is present.



In terms of looks, these new smartphones are very similar to this year's S and Note series, barring two minor changes. The speaker grill which was usually found at the bottom besides the USB port has been moved to the right side above the power button. The next difference is one of the most awaited one - the placement of fingerprint scanner. The sensor was next to the rear camera lens, but with the A series phones, it has been moved to below the lens, making it a lot more convenient to reach out for.

Other included sensors are Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor and RGB Light Sensor. Connectivity features include dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, GPS, GLONASS, NFC and MST. The inclusion of MST means that the full version of Samsung Pay will be available and it will work with older swipe machines as well.



All these are powered by a 3000 mAh battery and 3500 mAh battery in A8 and A8+ respectively, with support for fast charging. The smartphones will be available in four colors - Black, Orchid Grey, Gold and Blue. The pricing and availability details were not revealed, but we will most certainly be seeing these at the CES 2018.

OnePlus 3 and 3T get Android 8.0 Oreo update

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Android 8.0 Oreo has been out for a couple of months now and it's time for major OEMs to release the first batch of upgrades. OnePlus is doing exactly the same, but it's not for their latest flagship, the 5 or 5T! Well, if you're a OnePlus 5 user, the company is giving you the second reason in a week to be annoyed with them.

OnePlus 3 and 3T get Android 8.0 Oreo update


The company's last generation smartphones, 3 and 3T, have started receiving OxygenOS 5.0 updates which brings Android 8.0 Oreo. Since both the phones had Marshmallow out of the box, this is the second major upgrade and OnePlus had already confirmed that it will be the last Android version update.

OnePlus announced the update through its forums and mentioned that only a certain percentage of users will receive it immediately, and a broader roll-out will be carried out in a few days. Eager users can check for the update manually, but there's no reason to panic if you don't get the update for the next few days. 


The 1490 MB (size may change depending on region) update brings in quite a few changes and obvious Oreo goodies with it. The security patch will be upgraded to 1 September 2017. The changes mentioned by the company are -

System

  • Update to Android O (8.0)
  • Added Parallel Apps
  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-fill
  • Added Smart text selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • Updated security patch to September

Launcher

  • Added notification dots
  • New app folder design
  • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus






The sketchy record of OnePlus with regards to Android version upgrades gets a boost with this. In our recent article about this topic, we had pointed out that OnePlus One remains the only device from the company to receive two upgrades. This makes the OnePlus 3 and 3T the first OxygenOS running devices for which OnePlus has provided two major upgrades, since the OnePlus One had Cyanogenmod OS.

The fact that no other major flagships, even from Samsung and LG, have received Oreo yet gives an advantage to OnePlus users. Although technically, OnePlus 5 and 5T should have been the first in line to receive updates, users can rest assured that the roll-out will begin soon. OnePlus had confirmed that all the eligible devices will get the update by the year-end.

Are you a OnePlus 3/3T user? Please let us know in the comments if you have received the updates.

OnePlus 5T launched | 18:9 display | Specs, Price and Availability

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OnePlus followed a great strategy of launching one flagship a year and providing good software support. When Snapdragon 821 was launched immediately after the launch of OnePlus 3, the third generation flagship from OnePlus looked like it was missing out on something while competing with other high-end smartphones. This prompted OnePlus to launch the OnePlus 3T, thus making up for the lack in power. This year, with OnePlus 5 having a Snapdragon 835 under the hood, it was safe to assume that there won't be a 5T. But the company has proven us wrong!



OnePlus 5T launched | 18:9 display | Specs, Price and Availability

Last year, it was the lack of internals which made OnePlus release the 3T. This time around, it is due to the externals - an 18:9 display - which is the trend of the year. There are no other noticeable changes, except an obvious change in the position of fingerprint sensor.

"The feedback on the OnePlus 5 has been very positive, but there were some areas where we saw room for improvement to create an even better user experience," said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. "We love nothing more than offering our community the latest and greatest technology and a user experience to beat expectations. Once again, we’ve worked hard to refine every last detail.

Commenting on the launch, Manish Tiwary, Vice President, Category Management, Amazon India, said “Amazon.in has successfully brought the flagship OnePlus smartphone devices to Indian customers, reiterating our long-term exclusive partnership with the brand since 2014, we are thrilled to offer our customers exclusive access to yet another impressive smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. This smartphone comes with Full Optic AMOLED display & an enhance camera performance in low-light. Smartphones are one of the fastest growing product lines and have repeatedly been a top selling category on Amazon.in.



Build and Design


The build and design remains untouched compared to OnePlus 5. The use of metal all around with curved corners all remain same. The one major change in the design is the position of fingerprint scanner, which gets relocated to the rear. It's almost a replica of the Oppo R11s, which was what the tech community had already predicted. OnePlus 5 looked like a twin of Oppo R11, and the 5T looks like a twin of R11s.

The anodized aluminium exterior measures 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm, and there's a Dash Charge capable USB Type-C at the bottom and fortunately, a 3.5mm jack!



Display


The 5.5 inch display, which has remained the same size since the OnePlus One, finally makes way for a 6.01 inch one. The Full Optic AMOLED panel has a 2160x1080p resolution (18:9 ratio) resulting in a pixel density of 402 ppi. It comes with a feature called Sunlight display which adapts to harsh lighting and makes everything on the screen viewable by tweaking its contrast and color temperature. The adjustments happen in 4 different scenarios, when you access the gallery, take a picture, record a video or start a game.


Camera


A 16 MP + 20 MP dual camera setup resides at the back of the 5T. Though the megapixel count remains same, there's a slight change in the secondary camera. The 20 MP lens now has an aperture of f/1.7, which ensures that under low light the images from the secondary camera can be used. OnePlus 5 switched to the primary lens in low light since the aperture of its secondary camera was narrower and hence couldn't gather enough light. But here's the catch - it no longer supports 2x optical zoom. The focal length is the same as the primary camera, meaning the second lens will come in handy only for depth sensing and the zoom obtained is digital, not optical. There's support for 4K at 30 fps and slow motion 720p videos at 120 fps.

The front shooter remains the same at 16 MP with an aperture of f/2.0. Assisting this camera under low light will be an on screen flash and Intelligent Pixel technology - which debuted with OnePlus 3T's front camera - by which the secondary camera merges four pixels into one, reducing noise under low-light.



Processor, Software and Memory

The OnePlus 5T comes with 2.45 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 GPU. There are two variants with 6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM. Storage options are 64 GB and 128 GB, which are non-expandable. The 5T will be running on OxygenOS which is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which will be upgraded to Android Oreo soon.




Others

OnePlus 5T has a 3300 mAh battery with support for Dash Charge. Wireless charging is not supported. Type-C USB (audio supported), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo are the other connectivity features present. The sensors included are - fingerprint, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light, RGB sensor.



Pricing and Availability

The 64/6 GB variant will be priced at Rs. 32,999 and 128/8 GB will be available for Rs. 37,999. OnePlus 5T will be available via early access sale on November 21, 2017 at 4.30 PM on Amazon.in, oneplusstore.in and OnePls experience store in Bengaluru. The open sale will begin from November 28, 2017. 

Additional offers include - 12 month accidental damage insurance by Servify, 1008 GB data from Idea, Rs.1500 off on HDFC debit and credit cards on amazon.in till December 2, 2017 and free Zomato-Gold membership. To avail the insurance from Servify, users will have to download Kotak 811 Savings account and activate it by depositing Rs. 1000.

Tecno i7 Review

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India is one of the fastest growing market for smartphones, and companies all over the world are trying to cash in on the upward surge in sales in the country. Transsion Holdings with its mobile subsidiary brand Tecno launched two budget oriented smartphones - i3 and i7. Let's have a closer look at the elder sibling, the i7, and find out whether it has enough firepower to bite into the share of established brands like Xiaomi and Lenovo.

Tecno i7 Review 



Full Specifications

Display - 5.5 inch LTPS LCD
Dimensions - 151.5x75.2x7.75 mm
Processor - 1.5 GHz Mediatek 6750T
Memory -  4 GB RAM; 32 GB internal storage, expandable by up to 128 GB (hybrid slot)
OS - Android Nougat with HiOS UI
Cameras - 13 MP rear with quad LED flash; 16 MP front with LED flash
Battery - 4000 mAh with Rocket Charging
Price - Rs 14,999



Design and Build

The Tecno i7 has a metallic finish and the design is pretty good. The smartphone is sleek at just 7.75 mm thickness and it gives a premium feel the first time you hold it. The home button below the screen is flanked by capacitive back and recent apps key. One minor feedback about build quality is the mushy nature of the home button which houses a fingerprint reader in it. The scanner is a passive one as well, which means you have to press it to wake the phone.



Display

The i7 comes with a 5.5 inch LTPS LCD display with a 1920x1080p resolution. The quality of the display is very good, with good sharpness and wide viewing angles.



Camera

The rear camera sports a 13 MP sensor with a quad LED flash to enahnce low light performance. It produces good images in natural light, but the quality falls in low lighting. Overall the camera is pretty decent for a mid range device. Selfies produced by the front facing 16 MP cameras are quite good as well. The front camera features screen flash as well as LED flash.


Performance

The phone sports a Mediatek 6750T processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It had no noticeable issues with regular tasks or while gaming. The performance is pretty smooth overall, but sometimes feels a bit on the slower side thanks to the extra bloat it carries. Tecno i7 has its own HiOS, based on Android Nougat. The similarity with iOS doesn't end with the rhyming name. Much like iOS, this phone also has a search page when you swipe right, and even supports a 3D touch like feature. There's a gimmicky WhatsApp only mode, which restricts data usage by all the apps except WhatsApp.


Battery

The battery capacity is pretty high at 4000 mAh. The high capacity may give an illusion of awesome battery life, but that's not the case here. It's not bad by any means, but with 4000 mAh, other smartphones usually last a lot longer than Tecno i7. Battery life is pretty decent with the smartphone lasting a typical working day without running out of charge. And if you manage to drain it out, there's Rocket charging, which is the company's version of fast charging. It fully charges the smartphone in less than 100 minutes, and half an hour of charge gives approximately 50 percent battery.

Final Verdict

With a price tag of Rs. 14,999, the Tecno i7 faces a tough competition against the likes of Moto G5 series and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Both these smartphones are currently ruling this price segment, but the Tecno i7 manages to hold its own while it can possibly be a upcoming contender.

Infinix Note 4 Review

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Gone are the days when you had to shell out a fortune to get smartphones with good features and performance. With the entry of Chinese players, the sub-10k segment has become pretty saturated. Infinix aims to capture this market with their Note 4, and with capable devices like Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K6 Power to compete with, the company has its task cut out. Let's find out how the device fares in real world usage and if it has enough firepower to be at par with the likes of Xiaomi and Lenovo.



Infinix Note 4 Review

Before getting to the in-depth analysis, let's have a look at the specifications of Infinix Note 4. 
Display- 5.7 inch FHD IPS LCD
Processor - 1.3 GHz Mediatek 6753 Oct Core
GPU - Mali T720
Memory - 3 GB RAM; 32 GB internal storage, expandable by up to 128 GB
Camera - 13 MP rear; 8 MP front
Battery - 4300 mAh
Others - VoLTE support, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Android Nougat, Fingerprint scanner.
Price - Rs. 8,999

Design and Build

The Infinix Note 4 sports a great modern design with curves at the right places. The back panel curves at the edges and looks a lot like Samsung smartphones. The placement of camera and LED flash resembles the Samsung Galaxy S4. The front looks like any other mid-range smartphone from the past year, with a 5.7 inch display and a home button below which acts as the fingerprint scanner, which unlocks the smartphone in 0.15s.  

Though the design looks great, the back panel is still plastic and the shiny nature makes it a smudge magnet. To the front, the fingerprint scanner is flanked by capacitive back and recent apps buttons. Above the 5.7 inch screen resides the earpiece, sandwiched between camera, LED flash and other sensors. The power button and volume rockers are to the right side. The downward facing grill has speaker on one side and mic on the other, with a USB port in between them. Overall, the design is pretty good yet a bit conventional, and the build quality seems pretty decent.



Display

The 5.7 inch IPS LCD panel has a 1920x1080 (FHD) resolution. The display gets moderately bright and has good viewing angles, with the ability to produce good colors. 



Camera

The rear camera has a 13 MP sensor while the front facing camera is 8 MP. Both the cameras are accompanied by LED flash for better low light performances. The rear camera produces good pictures in well lit conditions. In low light, the camera is not up to the mark with greater levels of noise. There's no support for 4K video. The front camera is above average, but tends to soften the images. Though there is a front facing flash, it doesn't improve the low light performance too much. The cameras are not bad by any means if you consider the price of the smartphone, but one shouldn't expect remarkable results from these.



Performance and UI

Though the performance is fairly good with lighter tasks, there are slight stutters when the 1.3 GHz Meditake 6753 is pushed. Even with 3 GB RAM, it becomes noticeable when you have loads of apps open or you games heavily. Heavy games drop frames at higher graphic settings, but it is usable with light to medium level gaming titles. 

The UI form the company is called Chameleon X OS 2.2, which runs on top of Android Nougat. There are a host of pre-installed apps and the UI is a simple and straight forward one with very few extra features.


Battery Life

The Infinix Note 4 comes with a 4300 mAh battery, and with such high capacity one will expect great battery life. The Note 4 doesn't disappoint in this aspect, with the device lasting a full working day easily even with moderately heavy usage. With light usage, it may even last for almost two days. 

Final Verdict

This price segment is a fiercely fought territory, and the Infinix Note 4 punches above its weight. There are a couple of cons but it is pretty decent in many aspects and provides good value for money. Though there are many options in this segment, the Infinix Note 4 is definitely a worthy contender.

Intex launches shatterproof smartphones Aqua Lions X1 and X1+

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The smartphones from Intex were always budget oriented devices, catering to users on a tight budget. Today the company has launched two more devices, with pretty good hardware and shatterproof screen.



Intex launches shatterproof smartphones Aqua Lions X1 and X1+


Intex Technologies, one of the leading brands in India, has launched two new smartphones, the Aqua Lions X1 and Lions X1+. The USP of this new series is the shatterproof screen, which can survive any kind of rough usage, and the company will also be providing a one-time screen replacement for one year.

Commenting on the launch of the shatterproof smartphone series, Ms. Nidhi Markanday, Director, Intex Technologies, said, "The shatter-proof series, Aqua Lions X1 and Aqua Lions X1+, is our latest tech marvel, a symbol of style, strength and performance for the ubiquitous users and the market. For this Diwali, we have brought out a complete package having all the right features - 3GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, big battery and latest OS for the tech savvy consumers. We are sure the shatterproof series will give consumers stress free handling of their smart phone and will be a delight for all."



The devices come with a 5.2 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280x720 (HD), which is protected with shatter-proof glass. The smartphones measure 9 mm at the thickest point and have removable back panels, under which there are two nano SIM slots, with support for 4G and VoLTE, a microSD card slot and a removable battery. The only differences between the two smartphones are the RAM and interal storage capacity - while the X1 has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, the X1+ comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Both the devices will be running Android Nougat 7.0 and are powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core Mediatek 6737 processor.

The rear camera has a 13 MP sensor with AF and LED flash, while the selfie camera is a 5 MP one with FF and LED flash. The fingerprint sensor, located at the back of the smartphone, also responds to gestures and can be used for clicking pictures and answering calls. Speaking about gestures, users can take a screenshot by simply swiping down with three fingers. The smartphones will also have pre-installed MiFon Security, Databack, which lowers data usage and SwiftKey keyboard. All these are backed up by a removable 2800 mAh battery.

Price, Availability, Colors and Launch Offers

The Aqua Lions X1 is priced at Rs. 7,499 and X1+ is priced at Rs. 8,499. Both the smartphones will be available in offline as well as online markets, though there were no clarifications regarding exclusive partnerships with e-commerce sites. There are three color options - Black, Champagne and Blue. Additional offers include extra 25 GB data on Jio over a period of six months.

Jio beats Airtel in overall coverage | Delivers best mobile data experience

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OpenSignal, a company which specializes in analysis of wireless network mapping, has come up with their second report on State of Mobile Networks. The report is prepared on the basis of more than 7 billion tests obtained from 708,504 mobile devices across India. The tests were conducted over a 3 month period from June 1 to August 31 this year.



Jio beats Airtel in overall coverage | Delivers best mobile data experience


Reliance Jio being the only company with a pan-India LTE license, scores highly in overall coverage. Jio's growth rate has been on the higher side since its launch last year, and with improved speeds, the telecom operator bags the overall speed award. The speeds were not the best, but the huge presence in the country helped it win the top prize.


Jio averaged a respectable 5.8 Mbps speed, which is a significant improvement over the last OpenSignal report. The number has gone up by 49% compared to previous results, which recorded an average speed of 3.9 Mbps. The already incredible reach of Jio improved further in the last six months. The testers were able to connect to an LTE signal more than 95.6% of time, which is almost 32 points higher than its next competitor.



Talking about network availability, the numbers of other operators lags behind due to their limited reach in the country. Jio is one and half times better than the second placed operator, which is a hug lead. Jio topped overall speed in all the major states of India. Though Airtel recorded higher network speeds and got the award for both 3G and 4G, the number actually went down from 11.5 Mbps to 9.1 Mbps on 4G.



Jio takes a hefty lead in two of the four parameters in which it was counted. Since Jio doesn't have 3G network, it was not counted in download speed and latency for 3G. While the download speed increased significantly, it was still the last placed network in download speeds and latency, but scored outright wins in availability and overall speeds.

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Jio offers worth Rs 2300 will be bundled with LYF C459 and C451

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Jio has always succeeded in bringing massive changes related to data connectivity in India, starting it off with cheap data recharge offers. They even provided complimentary offers including free subscription to various services, thereby increasing the effective value of each offer. Now Jio has come up with offers that work with two LYF smartphones, effectively reducing its price to under Rs. 2500.


Jio offers worth Rs 2300 will be bundled with LYF C459 and C451


Jio will be offering special benefits on two models of its C series LYF smartphones. The smartphones, C459 and C451 are priced at Rs. 4699 and Rs. 4999 respectively. The new Jio benefits have a total value of Rs. 2307, thus bringing down the effective costs to Rs. 2392 and Rs. 2692.


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The additional Jio Benefits include the following things -
  • A complimentary Jio Prime Membership worth Rs. 99
  • First recharge of Rs 399 which provides 1 GB/day data for 84 days and unlimited calls and SMS.
  • Additional 5GB/month worth Rs. 201 for next 9 months - a total value of Rs. 1809.

The total value of the entire package is Rs. 2307, which means the effective costs for C459 and C451 will be Rs. 2392 and Rs. 2692 respectively. This makes them the most affordable VoLTE enabled smartphones. The offer is valid only till October 22, 2017.



LYF C459 and C451


 Both the smartphones have pretty basic set of features. The IPS LCD display measures 4.5 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 480x854. Powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core Snapdragon processor, the smartphones come with 8 GB internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 128 GB, and 1 GB RAM. The rear camera is a 5 MP one with Auto Focus, while the selfie camera has a 2 MP sensor. The only noticeable difference is in the battery capacity, the C459 has a 2000 mAh battery while the C451 has a 2800 mAh one. Both the phones will be running Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box.

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