Telecom operators are busy preparing for the nationwide 4G LTE rollout and smartphone manufacturers are busy launching budget 4G LTE handsets. Spice Mobiles has joined the list too by launching the 4G LTE enabled Stellar 519 in the country for Rs. 8,499. The smartphone also happens to be the first handset from its stable which has a 64-bit chipset.
The Stellar 519 comes shod with a 5-inch FWVGA display. A 720p display would have been welcome instead of this. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat (we would have liked it better had it been Android 5.0 Lollipop). There’s an 8-megapixel camera at the rear coupled with a LED flash and a 3.2-megapixel front camera.
Spice Stellar 519 Specifications
5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels
Android 4.4 KitKat
Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB RAM
8GB of internal storage which can be expanded by another 32GB
8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 3.2-megapixel front camera
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+,Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, dual SIM and FM Radio
2,500 mAh battery
Slate grey and Steel blue colour options
The smartphone would have put forth a strong case for itself had it been launched about six months ago but the things have changed now. You can istead go in for a Lenovo A6000 Plus, Lenovo A7000 or YU YUREKA which come across as much better devices at the same price point. The smartphone will be available across all leading retail stores, Saholic.com and Spice’s own Hotspot retail outlets.
Intex Launched Aqua Speed HD with 4.7-inch Display 1.3Ghz Quadcore Processor 2GB RAM Android4.4 Smartphone At Rs 8,999
Intex Technologies has launched Aqua Speed HD, the latest budget smartphone in the Aqua series and the successor of Aqua Speed that was launched a 4.7-inch HD display, is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has 3G connectivity and dual SIM support.
It has 2GB RAM, has 16GB of internal storage with expansion slot and a 1700mAh battery. Apart from the display, all the specifications are similar to the Aqua Speed. It comes pre-loaded with Sashakt Women Safety app and OneDrive with 50 GB of free storage for two years. It also has Smart Awake , Hot Knot, Air Shuffle and more features.
Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobiles, Intex Technologies said,
The Aqua Speed HD is another effort of ours towards, inventing and improvising our offerings. We believe in providing our customers with products that satisfy their needs and are easy on their pocket. This new product comes across as a package of smart designing, tactical pricing and youthful colors all packaged for our target consumer.
Intex Aqua Speed HD specifications
4.7-inch HD (1280 × 720 pixels) IPS Fully laminated display with Asahi Dragon trial glass
1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU
2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS
8MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash
5MP front-facing camera
8.95mm thick and weighs 120 grams
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and GPS
1700 mAh battery
The Intex Aqua Speed HD now available on Snapdeal comes in White, Silver and Sea Blue colors and is priced at Rs. 8,999
Infocus Launched M2 with 4.2-inch Display 1.3Ghz Quadcore Processor 8MP Front Camera 3G Android 4.4 At Rs 4,999
Infocus has launched Infocus M2 smartphones in India exclusively on Snapdeal, as expected. It has a 4.2-inch (1280 × 768 pixels) 355PPI display, is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). The main highlight front-facing camera with LED flash. It also has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. It comes with dual SIM support and 3G connectivity. It is designed in the US and is manufactured by Foxconn.
Infocus M2 specifications
4.2-inch (1280 × 768 pixels) 355PPI LTPS display
1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor
1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 64GB with micro SD
8MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 5P lenses
8MP auto-focus front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture
Dual micro SIMs
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
Dimensions: 135×64.5x 11.1mm; Weight: 145 grams
3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 + BLE and GPS
2010 mAh non-removable battery
The Infocus M2 comes in Black and White colors and is priced at just Rs. 4,999. It is available exclusively on Snapdeal.
At the launch, Sachin Thapar, Country Head, InFocus Mobiles said,
With InFocus, we are going to change the rules of the game in the Indian smartphone industry. The kind of superlative features InFocus M2 offers are often unheard of in smartphones priced at even double its cost. It also comes with the indelible stamp of superior quality that all Foxconn-manufactured handsets sport. Our vision is to make products keeping our customers’ life in focus and to make user-friendly and highly advanced features accessible to the masses.
In order to fulfill our overall objective of being a customer-first brand, the M2 will be available exclusively through Snapdeal.com for customers across India. Through this partnership, Snapdeal.com and InFocus will offer best-in-class mobile phones at unbeatable prices.
Tony Navin, Senior Vice-President, Electronics and Home, Snapdeal.com said,
The affordable smartphone market in India is emerging as an important avenue for smartphone manufacturers to reach a large customer base. National and international brands entering the segment have had to juggle for balance between features and price. This is why we are excited to partner with InFocus and launch the feature-laden InFocus M2 in India at market defining price. The device sets new benchmarks in terms of build quality and the specifications with brilliant display; superior front and rear camera and the software that comes pre-loaded with the device. We strongly believe that our customers will find a lot of value in purchasing the device exclusively available on Snapdeal.com.
Samsung has started rolling out Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) smartphone in India. It rolled out Android 4.4 (KitKat) update for the smartphone back in January last year. Samsung started rolling out KitKat update for Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 users in some regions last month. The Galaxy S4 got the Android 5.0.1Lollipop update in India last month.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update brings all-new material design, quick notifications on the lock screen, enhanced performance and more. After the update the available memory will be decreased by minimum 950MB, says Samsung.
The Android 5.0 update for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) is 837.27MB and is available Over-the-Air (OTA) in India. It should also be available via Kies soon. The company has not rolled out the Lollipop update for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 users in India yet.
Micromax Launched Canvas Fire 4 with 4.5-inch Display 1.3Ghz Quadcore Processer 1GB RAM Android 4.4 At Rs 6,999
Micromax has launched an entry-level smartphone called the Canvas Fire 4. The smartphone runs on latest Android Lollipop out-of-the-box, and is priced at Rs 6,999. It goes on sale across major online and offline outlets from today onwards.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Micromax Canvas Fire 4 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB RAM. The smartphone offers 8GB internal storage, which is expandable using a microSD card.
The smartphone also features an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,000mAh battery, which the company claims gives up to 300 hours of back up on standby. Since it is a part of the Canvas Fire series, it flaunts dual front-firing speakers and Cirrus Logic Wolfsan Stereo DAC (WM8918) digital analogue converter offering the best audio.
As mentioned above, the smartphone’s USP is that it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It comes pre-loaded with Clean Master, App Center, Dr. safety, Snapdeal, Saavn, Ask me, Chaatz, Newshunt, Paytm, Quickr, MAD and more.