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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Coolpad launches 'Cool Play 6' smartphone at Rs 14999

Coolpad launches 'Cool Play 6' smartphone at Rs 14999Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad on Sunday launched its flagship gaming smartphone Coolpad Cool Play 6 at Rs 14,999 in the Indian market. The phone unveiled here at an event comes in a metal body and sports a bezels display. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1980 pixels screen resolution. The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is powered by 1.4GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor and packs 6GB of RAM, making it the most affordable 6GB RAM smartphone in India. It also has a fingerprint sensor.

"India and US have now become two of the largest markets for Coolpad overseas. We have always believed in launching products that start a trend in the market and Cool Play 6 is yet another winner from Coolpad," James Du, Global CEO, Coolpad Group, told reporters.

"We are also coming with exclusive Coolpad services centres in India with plan to have these in at least five cities in the next six months." The phone will be available exclusively on from September 4, in two colour variants -- gold and black, Coolpad announced. The phone offers 64GB of internal storage and packs 13 MP + 13 MP dual primary camera and a 8 MP front shooter for selfies.

It has 4000 mAh, non-removable Li-Po battery with a standby time up to 300 hours, with support for USB Type-C reversible connector and Dual SIM (Nano), the company said. The phone runs on Android 7.1.1. The Android 8.0 OTA update will be provided by December 2017, Coolpad said. "In the last couple of years Coolpad has done well and we have beaten even our own estimates. Year 2017 has been a game changer for Coolpad in India and we continue to put our resources in the country with a plan to achieve 50 per cent growth to extend our market share to six per cent of the total market in India," Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, said.

"We already have offline presence in eight states with a reach in 3,000 multi-brand outlets and have plans to expand it to a total number of 18 states in the next one year," Tajuddin said. "Coolpad smartphones have a 25 per cent market share on Amazon in the sub Rs 8,000 category," he added.(Source: Economic Times)

Nokia is going to increase the prices for upcoming Nokia 3310

Nokia is going to increase the prices for upcoming Nokia 3310Nokia is the brand which was founded in 1865 in Finland and also Nokia is one of the top brands that are much more familiar in India than its birthplace. Nokia is also the most trusted mobile phones brand in India. It had given many mobile phones to the world which were having a special quality that was that those were having rock solid build quality. Also when Nokia launched its first camera phone, so that phone also has a better class in terms of camera quality than any other mobile phone brands. And we all know that Nokia had been disappearing for some time that made its users very disappointed and for this Nokia comes back with its new smartphones that are Nokia 6 but apart from that Nokia is also going to launch its rock solid mobile phone from 20th century that is the Nokia 3310 which was the flagship model of its time.

Most of the people are already aware of the comeback of Nokia 3310 with a new design. So today we are gonna talk about the reports and news we got for the Nokia 3310.

First of all, nokia has confirmed that this device will be launched in India in the month of June and the price of this smartphone is becoming a big issue now as there are some humor that Nokia will increase the price of this upcoming model. As we all know Nokia had announced that this device will be costing around Rs. 4,000 and for now there can be an increase in the prices of this device. Is may be possible that these price raise for the new Nokia 3310 will be because of the high tax imposed in the countries like Europe in which Nokia is going to start the sale for this device from next week.

There is some specification also that are enclosed by Nokia that this device will be having a 2.4-inch display and 2MP rear camera and also this handset will support micro SD card and for the lovers of the snake game in the old Nokia 3310, there will be an upgraded version of that game too. (Source: Hi Tech wiki)

Gionee A1 review: A delight for selfie-lovers

Gionee A1 review: A delight for selfie-loversAt a time when margins are razor-thin in the fast-growing domestic smartphone market, any new device faces the challenge of not only meeting consumer expectations but also offering that something extra to stay in the race for at least one quarter. Keeping this in mind, China-based Gionee -- known for delivering camera-driven smartphones in the past -- has launched the selfie-focused, mid-segment A1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 19,999, the main highlight is its 16MP selfie camera and 13MP rear camera.

Here is what works for the device:

Taking a cue from the flat design of its earlier devices, A1 features a metal body which feels sturdy in hand and has a polished look. The overall look is clean but uninspiring.

The 5.5-inch full-HD display worked well indoors, delivering sharp colour reproduction and contrast with good viewing angles.

The rounded-off edges allow it to sit comfortably in the hand and offers plenty of grip. Armed with 2GHz octa-core P10 Helios processor and 4GB RAM, A1 ran smoothly with whatever we threw at it -- be it movies, games or browsing.

The 16MP front camera produced brighter pictures. It packs an LED flashlight to light up the images in case of low-light conditions. The images captured had rich colour tones with an appreciable amount of detailing.

The 13MP rear camera is good, fast and the shots captured had bright colours, fine details and delivered good depth of field when clicking in bright-light conditions (sunny days are here and so this will work even better now).

The 4,010mAh battery did a better job in this price segment, solving the issue of poor battery life faced by smartphone consumers. The device with full charge ran for approximately over a day. Packing 64GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 256GB, storage is another key feature on the A1, allowing you ample amount of space to create and store moments, apps and music, etc.

What does not work:

As with some other smartphones, the rear camera fails to impress in low-light conditions as noise becomes apparent. Watching videos and surfing outdoors was also a bit of struggle and we had to top the brightness to max levels for comfortable viewing.

Weighing 183 grams, the smartphone is slightly heavy to use with one hand.

Conclusion: Gionee A1 looks like a straight-forward phone with standard features and is again built for selfie-lovers. (Source: Economic Times)

iPhone SE at Rs. 19,999: What You Need to Know About the Cash Back Offer

iPhone SE at Rs. 19,999: What You Need to Know About the Cash Back OfferApple authorised offline retailers are selling the 4-inch iPhone SE at an effective price of Rs. 19,999 for the 16GB model, with the 64GB variant available at a net price of Rs. 25,999. These prices are part of an ongoing offer where customers are being offered Rs. 5,000 cash back on purchase of the iPhone SE using a credit or debit card.
While no official price cut has been announce by Apple for the iPhone SE - the 16GB variant still has a MRP of Rs. 39,000, and the 64GB variant of Rs.

44,000 - Gadgets 360 understands Apple distributors have been aggressively discounting the iPhone SE recently, and the latest offer is part of a push to clock in additional revenue before the close of the financial year. The 16GB iPhone SE had been going for between Rs. 27,000 and Rs. 29,000 recently, and now retailers are offering it for as low as Rs. 24,999, with the Rs. 5,000 cash back dropping the effective price to Rs. 19,999

The iPhone SE cash back offer, which kicked off on Friday, will be available till March 31, according to offer documents seen by Gadgets 360. Credit cards issued by following banks are eligible for the iPhone SE cash back offer: Axis Bank, Citibank, HDFC Bank, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Indusind Bank, Kotak, RBL Bank, SBI, Standard Chartered, UBI, and Yes Bank. Debit cards issued by these banks will qualify for the Rs. 5,000 cash back: Axis Bank, Citibank, HDFC Bank, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Indusind Bank, Kotak, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, and Yes Bank.

Cash back will be posted back to the card "within 90 days", and Gadgets 360 understands only one iPhone can be purchased per card under this offer. The iPhone SE cash back offer is not open to American Express customers. The cash back is not available if you wish to buy the iPhone SE on EMI using your credit or debit card.

Interestingly, sources tell Gadgets 360 that customers might seen even lower prices for the iPhone SE before this financial year is over. Expect offers on other iPhone models as well. So if you’ve been looking forward to purchasing the iPhone SE, head over to your local Apple dealer and see what they have to offer. Apple announced the iPhone SE launched almost exactly a year ago, with the India launch happening in early April. The iPhone SE packs the internals of the iPhone 6s in a 4-inch body, with a few features missing. (Source: NDTV)

Nokia 3310 With Month-Long Battery Life, Snake Game Launched at MWC 2017

Nokia 3310 With Month-Long Battery Life, Snake Game Launched at MWC 2017The iconic Nokia 3310 feature phone made a comeback on Sunday on the sidelines of MWC 2017. HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 3310 (2017) with what it calls with a "modern twist." The Nokia 3310 is the Nokia brand's one of the best-selling feature phones of all time, and it has been priced at EUR 49 (roughly Rs. 3,500).
Nokia 3310 (2017) India sales will begin in Q2 2017, HMD Global has confirmed. Nokia at its Sunday launch event in Barcelona also revealed the new Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 Android smartphones in Barcelona at the side-lines of MWC 2017 trade show.

The all-new will come with a 22 hour talk-time, and the company claims that it features month long stand-by time. With the iconic Nokia 3310, the company also brought back the Snake game. The Nokia 3310 will be available in Warm Red and Yellow with a gloss finish while will also come in Dark Blue and Grey colour with a matte finish. The new Nokia 3310, much like its original sibling, features a massive standby time of up to a month, a highlight of the device. The new Nokia 3310 also includes the regular Micro-USB port and ditches the pin charger.

With the Nokia 3310 refresh, HMD Global also bringing the legendary Snake game. The company however touts that the new Snake game has been optimised for the new colour screen. The company also confirmed that the Snake game will be available to users via Messenger app. The Nokia 3310 sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. It features a 2.4-inch QVGA display. The handset comes with 2G connectivity and runs on Nokia Series 30+ OS. It comes with 16MB storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It packs a removable 1200mAh battery. (Source:NDTV)

Moto M Grey Colour Variant to Go on Sale in India Today

Moto M Grey Colour Variant to Go on Sale in India TodayThe Moto M smartphone will be available in its Grey colour variant in the country via Flipkart on Monday, with the sale starting at 12pm IST. To recall, Lenovo made the announcement on Friday, and the smartphone was originally launched by the company back in December in Gold and Silver colour variants. The highlight of the Moto M is that it's the first smartphone from the brand with an all-metal body. As before, it will be available in at Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 17,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variants respectively. The company is also detailing a Flipkart exchange offer with a discount up to Rs. 15,000.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-powered Moto M has a 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D curved glass and full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) resolution. The new Moto packs the 2.2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor under the hood. For storage expansion, Moto M users can slip microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity in the secondary SIM card slot.

On the imaging front, Moto M has a 16-megapixel rear camera with Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF), and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The Moto M connectivity suite includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 4G VoLTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), USB Type-C (USB 3.1), and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Moto M's battery is rated at 3050mAh and supports fast-charging; the smartphone measures 151.35x75.35x7.85mm and weighs 163 grams. Other key features of the new Moto M smartphone are fingerprint sensor and Dolby Atmos support. (Source:NDTV)

Samsung probe finds battery was main cause of Note 7 fires

Samsung probe finds battery was main cause of Note 7 firesSamsung probe finds battery was main cause of Note 7 fires
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's investigation into what caused some Galaxy Note 7s to catch fire has concluded that the battery was the main reason, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The world's biggest smartphone maker will likely announce the results of the investigation on January 23, a day before it announces detailed fourth-quarter earnings results, said the person who was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter and declined to be identified. The firm will also announce new measures it is taking to avoid a repeat of the product safety failures in its future devices, the person said.

A Samsung spokesman declined to comment. After the one of the biggest product safety failures in tech history, the company is keen to reassure that its devices are safe ahead of the launch of flagship Galaxy S8 smartphones expected sometime in the first half of this year.

Investors and analysts say it is critical for Samsung to provide a detailed, convincing explanation on what went wrong with the Note 7 phones and how it will prevent such problems from recurring.

The source told Reuters that Samsung was able to replicate the fires during its investigation and that the cause for the fires could not be explained by hardware design or software-related matters. Samsung was forced to scrap the Note 7 smartphones in October after failing to fix the problems following an initial recall, dealing a 6.1 trillion won ($5.2 billion) blow to its operating profit over three quarters. (Source: ET Telecom)

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreThe first Nokia-branded Android phone - yes, we like to pretend the half-baked Nokia X series never happened - has finally launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 was introduced on Sunday by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand. Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers' for louder sound.

There's no word yet on what software features, if any, the Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the Android crowd, though HMD Global had previously hinted its Nokia-branded Android phones will offer a near stock experience.

Nokia 6 price in India and release date

Unfortunately for Nokia fans in India, the Nokia 6 is a China-exclusive smartphone that will be available only via at 1699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) in "in early 2017".

The company says it has no plans to launch the Nokia 6 in other markets though it confirmed that the "Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017."

For the latest coverage from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, visit our CES 2017 hub. (Source: NDTV)

Meizu M3 scores best for those concerned about battery life and value for money

Meizu M3 scores best for those concerned about battery life and value for moneyIf battery life and value-for-money are among your chief concerns, the Meizu M3s is a good buy
Chinese smartphone maker Meizu recently launched M3s, a small-screen variant of the M3 Note, in India. The Meizu M3s is a decent mix of the latest specs and Android software, and it checks off beautiful display, fingerprint sensor, large battery, and places itself in sub-10K smartphone bracket. It comes in two variants —2 GB RAM with 16 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM with 32 GB ROM priced at R7,999 and R9,299, respectively. The smartphone is available in three colours—grey, silver and gold. We reviewed the silver 2 GB+16 GB variant; here’s what we liked and what we did not.

The smartphone comes with 13-megapixel rear camera, 5.0 megapixel front camera, octa-core A53 processor, and 3020 mAh battery along with 24 GHz dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, digital compass, digital ruler, amongst others. A dual SIM phone with hybrid SIM slot, it means you can use two SIM slots or one SIM slot and microSD card at a time and it supports all 4G networks.

Inside the box, Meizu packs the M3s right on top, which looks like a iPhone from the front. Beneath the phone lies a paper manual and two small boxes—one contains the USB cable and the other wall adapter. The first impression of the device is favourable, owing to its sleek appearance with a sophisticated metal body. The metal unibody construction with nice chamfered edges make it look like a premium smartphone, some may even confuse the phone with Apple iPhone 6. The device is non-slippery, which is a rare quality in metallic phones.

The metallic smartphone tends to get colder when not in use, and hotter when in use. It heated up very mildly during the review period. The heating issue, however, can worsen in hot climates. The phone comes with Asahi Dragontrail glass, instead of the popular Corning Gorilla glass. However, when we accident-ally dropped it, the screen did not shatter or crack. The top edge of M3s has 3.5mm audio and the bottom edge has charging/data transfer port and the speakers. The speakers of the phone are good enough, if not great.
In terms of battery, the inbuilt 3020 mAh battery in the smartphone lasted for a day and a half after one full recharge, and the usage involved calls, moderate YouTube streaming, messaging, social media, and games like Candy Crush and Subway Surfers. The long battery life can let Meizu survive longer in the competitive smartphone market in India. The M3s allows you to download trending apps such as Candy Crush, Facebook, WhatsApp, Shareit and many others in one touch without accessing or logging in Google Play Store.
Camera is another feature which sets this phone apart. The Chinese brand has managed to offer a fantastic camera, which captures a great amount of details in each click. For media lovers, the camera offers various features like panorama, HDR, smart scene, slow motion, time lapse, professi-onal mode and also allows you to capture six-second GIF images. It also has inbuilt photo filters and advanced photo editing tools. The device manages to keep its performance quite satisfactory and packs a 5-inch Full HD display which offers soft yet bright display colours and sharp texts.

However, one of the major disappointments from this phone is its FlyMe OS 5.1 operating system (runs above Android Lollipop). The OS, or hardware of the phone, does not have keys for navigation, or to go back to the previous screen, which forces an user to rely on the home button for switching the apps or closing it. The device has only a single navigation button called mBack, which acts as home button, fingerprint scanner and back button. The fingerprint scanner is too weak and often failed to read the fingerprint.

If you need a smartphone right away and Redmi 3s Prime is out of stock, then Meizu M3s can be an option. Also, if you spend most of your time clicking pictures or editing it or creating GIFs, then you can consider buying it. The phone is not best in the segment, but it is not bad either in this price range.(Source : The Financial Express)

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