Lenovo emerges as the favorite smartphone brand of 2015

Lenovo emerges as the favorite smartphone brand of 2015: Flipkart

E-commerce website Flipkart has announced that this year has been big in the affordable 4G smartphone segment and Lenovo, has emerged as the favourite smartphone brand of the year. The popularity of 4G smartphones this year clearly shows how digital customers are making a shift to the 4G segment, along with the desire to opt for affordable smartphones.

According to #FlipTrends, a year ender report by Flipkart, Lenovo A6000 Plus and Lenovo K3 Note were the top two most sought after smartphones in 2015. Motorola closely followed with two smartphones, Moto G 3rd Gen and Moto E 2nd Gen featuring at the third and sixth position respectively. Xiaomi Mi 4i and Redmi Note 4G took fourth and fifth spots followed by Samsung Galaxy On7, Samsung Galaxy J7, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 and Asus Zenfone 5 respectively.

Lenovo, also the owner of Motorola, is also among the top five smartphone brands in India. In the bid to climb the ladder further, the company aims to double local production as well.

According to a report by The Economic Times, Lenovo aims to take the second spot in India and is looking to almost double the local production to 10 million units annually by this year. The report also adds that Lenovo plans to export from its Chennai facility and will make more models in India.

Intex Cloud Champ launched with 4.5-inch display, Android KitKat

Intex Cloud Champ launched with 4.5-inch display, Android KitKat at Rs 3,999

Intex expands its budget lineup with the all new Cloud Champ. It is being listed on the company website at Rs 3,999.

The Cloud Champ features dual-SIM and runs on a rather older Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The smartphone sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with 480 x 854 pixels of resolution. Under the hood, it comes powered by a 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572X processor coupled with 512MB of RAM.

On the camera front, one can expect a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front facing snapper. The 4GB onboard storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot.

The device measures 136×67.5×8.7mm and the connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB and GPS. Finally, a 1700mAh battery completes the package, promising up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 298 hours of standby time.

Earlier this month, the company had announced Cloud Flash in India for Rs 9999. Coming down to the specs, the Intex Cloud Flash packs in a 5 inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) Super AMOLED display. Hiding behind it is a 1.3 GHz octa-core processor that comes paired with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which is expandable via micro SD card slot.

Lava launches Ivory M4 flagship tablet with 8-inch IPS display and 3G

Lava launches Ivory M4 flagship tablet with 8-inch IPS display and 3G at Rs 9,299

Mobile handset-maker Lava International Limited has launched Ivory M4, a ‘flagship device’ to strengthen its tablet portfolio. It is priced at Rs. 9,299 and will be available across all national retail stores, multi-brand outlets and online platforms, the company said.

“We see a tremendous potential in the tablet category and Lava has aggressive plans to expand its portfolio in this space. We will launch multiple devices in the next three months to meet the demand and our latest offering Ivory M4 will redefine the benchmarks in terms of features available in less than 10k price segment,” said Raman Sharma, Lava’s Vice President and Business Head – Tablets.

Lava Ivory M4 features an 8-inch HD IPS display with 1280×800 resolution and is 7.9mm thick. It comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor as well as 16GB of internal storage. The device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with and supports single-SIM 3G. it packs a 4000mAh Li-Po battery.

In terms of camera, it sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear shooter with HD recording. In the front is a 3.2-megapixel camera that offers video calling experience. Other camera modes include Panorama, macro, Live Photo, Motion track and Face beauty. On the connectivity front, the tablet offers 3G, USB, WCDMA, GSM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth support.

Huawei P9 with 6GB RAM tipped to launch on 5 January

CES 2016: Huawei P9 with 6GB RAM tipped to launch on 5 January

Huawei is rumoured to launch the P9 smartphone which will be made official during the company’s pre-CES event that will take place on January 5. According to a tipster onWeibo, one of the main attractions of the device is its expected 6GB RAM and a parallel dual-lens camera. The phone was earlier rumoured to launch March this year. Along with this smartphone, Huawei might also unveil the Honor X3 phablet with a 6.2-inch display respectively.

Other rumoured specifications for the smartphone include a 5.2-inch display and the all-new octa-core Kirin 950 chipset. While the chipset recently made its first appearance in the Huawei Mate 8 smartphone, it now seems like the next likely contender to sport it could be the Huawei P9. The Kirin 950 SoC made by Huawei’s HiSilicon is indeed a unique one.

It packs in eight cores in all with the usual 4+4 set up. It has the 4 x Cortex A72 cores for heavy tasks, while the lighter duties are handled by the lower-powered 4 x Cortex A52 cores. But there’s more. Huawei’s HiSilicon team also managed to squeeze in an ‘i5’ co-processor which according to the company is present to support speech recognition, low-power consumption MP3, and many more low-powered tasks.

The Huawei P9 is expected to show up with an improved bionic parallel dual-lens camera that first appeared on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. The smartphone’s camera saw somepositive reviews so it will indeed be great to see what the smartphone can do when paired with one of the most powerful processors currently available.

Lenovo K4 Note to launch in India today; to feature ‘killer display’, 3GB RAM and more

Lenovo K4 Note to launch in India today; to feature ‘killer display’, 3GB RAM and more

Lenovo will unveil the new K4 Note smartphone today in New Delhi. After hinting at a ‘killer display’ along with a 3GB RAM, the company also stated that the device will include front-facing speakers as well.

The company had shared a video on Twitter along with the tag line, ‘Killer sound, Killer phone’ and also states, “When is audio more than just a sum of its decibel levels? Take centre-stage with the K4 Note.”

In a recent teaser, Lenovo also revealed that the smartphone will pack in 3 GB of RAM. This is said to be accompanied by a MediaTek Helio X10 processor and pack in 32 GB of internal storage. A teaser image released earlier also provided speculation regarding the construction of the handset, which is expected to sport a metal frame. The current K3 Note sports an all-plastic body. In terms of features one can also expect the Lenovo K4 Note to pack in a fingerprint scanner and an NFC chip as well.

Recently, Flipkart also announced that 2015 has been big in the affordable 4G smartphone segment and Lenovo, has emerged as the favourite smartphone brand of the year. The popularity of 4G smartphones this year clearly shows how digital customers are making a shift to the 4G segment, along with the desire to opt for affordable smartphones.

Asus ZenFone Max with 5000mAh battery, 5.5-inch HD display launched in India

Asus ZenFone Max with 5000mAh battery, 5.5-inch HD display launched in India at Rs 9,999

Asus has introduced the ZenFone Max smartphone to its new ZenFone-series at a price of Rs 9,999. The device is now available for pre-order from Flipkart and Amazon starting today. The main USP of the device is its huge 5000mAh battery which can deliver up to 914 hours of standby time and up to 38 hours of talk time, in addition to working as a power bank to other devices.

The device was unveiled during IFA 2015 in Berlin and was rumoured to launch in October.

In terms of specifications, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor paired with 2GB RAM. The smartphone also packs in an internal storage of 16GB which can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card.

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The Asus ZenFone Max runs on ZenUI 2.0 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash along with 5MP front facing camera. In terms of connectivity, the device includes 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 tablet, CareTime children’s watch unveiled

CES 2016: Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 tablet, CareTime children’s watch unveiled

Ahead of CES, Alcatel OneTouch unveiled the entry-level Pixi 3 tablet which runs Windows 10 out-of-the-box. Exact details regarding the tablet haven’t surfaced but the device is said to sport an 8-inch display and promises GPS, TV remote control, front and rear cameras and voice call support as well.

In addition, the company also unveiled a CareTime children’s watch, with which parents can call or send voice messages to their children, and children can as well, reply or make calls to pre-set contacts.

The GPS locator lets parents know where their kids are, and also includes an app that notifies parents when their children enter or leave a predetermined safe zone. The company also took the wraps off a brand-new Pixi 4 family which includes 3.5-inch and 4-inch smartphones, a 6-inch phablet and a 7-inch tablet, which are said to be premium entry-level devices offering a comprehensive user experience in design, audio, camera and battery life.

“From concerned parents to first-time smartphone users, we have a device to fit every need,” said Dan Dery, Chief Marketing Officer at Alcatel OneTouch. “Our new line will be showcased at our booth at CES. We invite everyone for a hands-on trial of the devices to experience the excellent value we offer our consumers.”

Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite announced; packs in an 8MP front-facing camera

CES 2016: Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite announced; packs in an 8MP front-facing camera

Lenovo has announced its all new Vibe S1 Lite smartphone ahead of CES 2016. The smartphone as the name suggests is a ‘lite’ version of the Lenovo Vibe S1 that was launched in 2015 in India. The S1 Lite is priced at $199 (approximately Rs 13,300) and is expected to go on sale by early 2016.

The Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite sports a design that is similar to the original Vibe S1 and when released in markets will also be available in similar colours like blue and white. The design sports a sandwiched metal frame with glass on the front and plastic on the back, which means Lenovo has gone easy with the specs as compared to its elder sibling, the Vibe S1.

Coming to the Vibe S1 Lite’s features, we get a 5-inch Full HD display up front, while a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek SoC hides right behind it. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 128GB.

On the back we have a 13MP camera with a dual-tone LED flash, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a BSI sensor to complete the package. On the front, above the display, sits an 8MP camera that is also accompanied by an LED flash for better looking selfies.

The device packs in the usual connectivity options including 4G bands, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and a micro USB connector for charging and data transfers. The smartphone boots to Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by a 2700mAh battery.

Indeed, this is the first of many announcements to come so keep checking tech2 for more updates. Lenovo on 4 January also announced a ThinkCentre X1 AIOdesktop and ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabooks.

Oppo to introduce new mid-range, photo-focused F Series smartphones

Oppo to introduce new mid-range, photo-focused F Series smartphones

Oppo has announced its plan to introduce a new product series that will make photography its central focus. The company states that the F series is “rooted in a growing global demand for premium-quality mobile photography experiences,” and that research indicates that it has a strong consumer recognition as camera-centric smartphone maker. The F series will be a core product series for the company this year. 

According to Sky Li, Oppo Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business, the F series will inherit the excellent camera performance and exquisite design tradition that have earned accolades for Oppo’s flagship series. The series will bring devices with impressive specs, eye-catching style and amazing prices that will have consumers doing double takes on the excellent specs and build quality. “We are very excited to introduce the F series, which will allow an even wider range of users from all around the world to experience Oppo’s outstanding photography technology,” said Li.

Unlike other phone makers that have driven the markets with ‘value for money’ or uber-budget devices, Oppo has tried to position itself as a slightly premium brand. “India is very price conscious market and people look at spec-to-spec comparison. The price is very important factor, but it is not the only factor. We have a newer approach to the market and this is just the beginning,” Li added according to the report.

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note launched: A closer look at the specs

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note launched at Rs 11,999: A closer look at the specs

Lenovo grabbed eyeballs with the K3 Note and that’s the reason why expectations from the Vibe K4 Note have increased by manifolds. Adding to the hype, Lenovo has also been teasing its killer display all along, adding to the curiosity about what’s on offer. With the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note finally launched in India at Rs 11,999, let’s take a close look at the specs to see what it holds within.

Design

The Vibe K4 Note has a curvy design to ensure better ergonomics. The K4 Note ups the ante by deploying a metal body and will be available in a Tuxedo Black color variant. The company has ensured to bring the latest fad of fingerprint scanners, which are slowly becoming a standard feature among phones. Another highlight of the device is the front dual speaker designed by Dolby Atmos. Lenovo has gone ahead and spruced up the audio experience with the TheatreMax technology.

Display

Lenovo has bumped up the display in size as well as pixels, compared to the K3 Note. The K4 Note features a 5.5-inch curved display and 1080p Full HD resolution, which means a pixel density of 401ppi. Lenovo’s ‘killer display’ also includes 1000: 1 contrast ratio, 450 Nits brightness, user controlled colour balance and Gorilla Glass 3.

OS

The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note will run rather older Android 5.1 Lollipop with a layer of the Vibe UI on top. The Vibe UI is Lenovo’s custom made user interface that overlays Android.

Lenovo K4 Note Front Back

Processor and RAM

It comes powered by an octa-core MediaTek 6753, which shouldn’t disappoint. Lenovo has bumped up the RAM from 2GB to 3GB, which should be more than enough to handle a plethora of apps and we also hope a slick UI experience.

Camera

The K4 Note sports a 13MP rear snapper and a 5MP front-facing camera. The rear snapper features PDAF technology for improved focus and ISOCELL technology for clearer images.

Storage

Lenovo could disappoint some as it maintains 16GB onboard storage. However, on the brighter side, it support microSD card slot that lets you expand the storage up to 128GB.

Connectivity

On the connectivity front, the dual SIM K4 Note supports all usual suspects such as 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC.

Battery

A 3,300mAh battery and support for faster charging is promised by the company for the K4 Note. The battery is slightly improved, however, we can comment on the battery life, only once we have taken the device for a spin in our labs.

Price and availability

Lenovo’s latest Vibe K4 Note is priced at Rs 11,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon via flash sales starting 19 January. The registrations for the sale begin today at 3PM. The company has also teamed up with Skullcandy for the Ando headphones priced at Rs 1299. The K4 Note bundled with the ANTVR headset (costs Rs 1299) will cost Rs 12,499.

Bottom line

The K4 Note is exactly what K3 users were looking for. It’s a nifty upgrade over its predecessor with improved curved display, RAM, 128GB expandable storage and a fingerprint scanner. The company continues to make it harder to grab the device with flash sales, which seems the only disappointing part for now. At Rs 11,999, the K4 Note looks a great deal, at least on paper. However, we will reserve our comments about its performance until we get the device for a complete review.