Monthly Archives: October 2013

Best Smartphone To Buy This Diwali up to Rs 10,000

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With the festival of Diwali around the corner retailers and manufacturers are offering special offers and freebies to boost up sales. Yes there are deals in the market to buy smartphones from the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 but which one should you buy? So, here i am with an article with a list of top 5 best phones to buy under Rs 10,000:

Note: The list is in no particular order.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Price Rs 9,099

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The Samsung Galaxy S Duos has grown old but is still one of the best buy smartphone in this range. Featuring a 4 inch display the Samsung Galaxy S duos is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A5 processor with 768 MB RAM. There’s a 5 megapixel rear camera in the device along with a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. It supports WiFi Connectivity so that you can always stay connected from home or from the office. The phone also comes with an FM Radio. The Duos comes with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating system and also supports an expandable memory of 32 GB with compatible memory cards.

Nokia Lumia 520, Price Rs 8,110

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Lumia 520 is the smartphone which brought back to life the struggling Nokia Lumia series. Great mid range options for customer the Lumia 520 runs on the Windows OS and features a 4 inch capacitive touch display. The phone is powered by a powerful 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Processor. The phone supports WiFi connectivity so that you can always stay connected to the internet wherever there is an active connection available. The Nokia Lumia 520 has an expandable storage of 64 GB and comes with free 7GB of SkyDrive storage.

Xolo Q800, Price Rs 9,850

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Xolo smartphones are well known to offer great specifications at budget prices. The Xolo Q800 is a powerful Dual SIM phone that comes with a 8 megapixel camera in a 4.5 inch capacitive touchscreen.The device comes with a powerful enough 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor.The phone ships with the latest Android v4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System which has been tweaked with Google’s Project Butter update. The phone comes with an expandable memory capacity of 32 GB with the help of a compatible microSD card. The internet can be accessed with the WiFi enabled device wherever you find a compatible connection.

Karbonn S5 Titanium, Price Rs 9,999

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Another smartphone in our list from an emerging brand, the Karbonn S5 features a 5 Inch qHD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen which is capable of rendering HD images and video as well. The phone runs on the latest Android v4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. It supports Dual SIM functionality and offers expandable storage up to 32 GB.

Micromax Canvas 2, Price Rs 9,499

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Micromax Canvas 2 is the smartphone which changed the fortune of the company making it an tough competitor to Samsung in the domestic Indian smartphone market. It also sports a huge 5 inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen and comes with a powerful and fast 1 GHz Dual Core Processor. The phones supports Dual SIM and has a 8 megapixel rear camera along with a secondary camera. It comes with an inbuilt storage of 4GB that can be expanded using a microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android v4.0.

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Vodafone Cuts 2G Data Rates Up to 80% For Prepaid and Postpaid Customers

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Vodafone has announced a massive 80 percent price cut in data charges for prepaid and postpaid customers on 2G on a ‘pay as you go’ (PAYG) basis. Vodafone had earlier launched this scheme in circles Karnataka, UP West and Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, and now is rolling out in rest of the country. The new rates will be applicable from November 1, 2013.

After the discount, 2G data charges (on PAYG) have been reduced to 2p/10KB from 10p/10KB. These new PAYG rates are now same for both 2G and 3G customers. It may be recalled Vodafone had slashed 3G tariffs by 80 percent last year, bringing down data rates to 2p/10 KB from earlier 10p/per 10KB.

Moreover, Vodafone will charge a mobile internet customers at home rates when on roaming in the country.

Vodafone has been focussing on mobile Internet and educating current and potential users about the Internet usages. The company is also building content partnerships, simplifying pricing, educating retailers and offering choice to customer basis their interests and consumption patterns.

Vivek Mathur, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India says, “This 80% reduction in Mobile Internet charges for customers using 2G is an important step in our strategy to drive mobile internet and we are confident that this move will facilitate in faster adoption and better usage.”

Lenovo Announced Two New Android Yoga Tablets

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Lenovo has officially announced two new Android tablets earlier today. Part of the new Android-powered Yoga tablet line-up (the company although has been using the same branding for notebooks), the tablets will go on sale starting later today in the US.

Packed in a magazine inspired design, the new Yoga tablets come with 8-inch and 10-inch displays, which feature 1280x800p resolution. The tablets are powered by 1.2GHz MT8125 quad-core processor (MT8389 quad-core processors for 3G models), and include 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2, kickstand and 16/ 32GB of internal storage. In addition, the tablets sport huge batteries, which can last 16-18 hours, claims Lenovo.

“Watching and discovering that people frequently use tablets in three main ways allowed us to break the mold on the current ‘sea of sameness’ designs, giving them a better way to read, browse, watch and interact with content,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo.

The company has also roped in Ashton Kutcher as their brand ambassador cum product engineer, who reportedly will work with Lenovo’s engineering teams around the world to develop and market the Yoga line of tablets by providing input and decision-making into design, specifications, software and usage scenarios.

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“As consumers’ continue to demand innovative multimode designs we’re thrilled to have Ashton Kutcher on board with us to help further develop the immersive and complementary hardware and rich content

experience,” Jun added.

Lenovo Yoga tablet features

Android 4.2.2

8-inch 1280x800p display/ 10-inch 1280x800p IPS display

1.2GHz MT8125 Cortex-A7 quad-core processor (MT8389 quad-core processors for 3G models)

1GB RAM

16GB/ 32GB, micro SD expansion slot, allowing up to 64 GB of total storage

Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G in select countries

5 MP auto focus rear camera plus an additional front camera

Optional Bluetooth keyboard for the 10-inch model (costs $69)

Pricing for US: 8-inch version has been priced at $249 while 10-inch version will go for $299

There is no word on release in other markets but it is said to be launching in Australia next week.

Asus Launched FonePad 7 Tablet priced at ₹ 17499

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Asus today announced the launch of a new Android tablet in the Indian market. Part of the company’s FonePad series, Asus FonePad 7 has been priced at INR 17,499 and will be available in the coming days.

Originally introduced in September this year, Asus FonePad 7 features Android 4.2, dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3G and 7-inch 1280x800p display. This tablet also comes with voice-calling support, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 3950 mAh battery.

In addition, Asus FonePad 7 packs 16GB of internal storage with microSD card slot and dual -front speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology on the device.

The tablet will be competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 3G and Nexus 7 3G tablets in the country.

Asus FonePad 7 key specifications

Android 4.2

7-inch 1280x800p IPS display

Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz

1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, microSD card slot

HSPA+ UL: 5.76 Mbps/ DL: 42 Mbps

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V3.0, AGPS & GLONASS

1.2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera

Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology

1 x Micro USB, 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), 1 x Micro SIM*4

G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor

Dimensions: 196.6 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH)

Weight: 328 g

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Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423 and Smart Flo Edge Mi-349 two Android Smartphone

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Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423 and Smart Flo Edge Mi-349, two new Android smartphones from the Smart Flo series is now available in India from online retailer Saholic. The Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423 is the successor of the Smart Flo Ivory Mi-450 that was launched back in May. It has a 4-inch (480 x 320 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The Smart Flo Edge Mi-349 has a 3.5-inch (480 x 320 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1 GHz processor and runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Both these smartphones have 2G (EDGE) and have dual SIM support with dual standby.

Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423 specifications

4-inch (480 x 320 pixels) capacitive touch screen display

1 GHz dual-core processor

Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

3.2 MP camera with LED flash

1.3MP front-facing camera

3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

2G (EDGE), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB

256MB RAM, 512MB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD (up to 32GB)

1400 mAh battery

Spice Smart Flo Edge Mi-349 specifications

3.5-inch (480 x 320 pixels) capacitive touch screen display

1 GHz processor

Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS

1.3 MP camera with LED flash

0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera

3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

2G (EDGE), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB

256MB RAM, 512MB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD (up to 32GB)

1500 mAh battery

The Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423 and the Smart Flo Edge Mi-349 are priced at Rs. 4099 and Rs. 3099 respectively.

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