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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

HTC Butterfly comes to India with 5-inch, full-HD display for Rs. 45,990

  • Wednesday, 30 January 2013
  • PRABH KARAN SINGH

  • HTC Butterfly comes to India with 5-inch, full-HD display for Rs. 45,990

    htc_butterfly.jpgHTC has launched its flagship smartphone , the HTC Butterfly in India. The smartphone sports a 5-inch Super LCD 3 1920x1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch. This is the first full-HD smartphone to debut in India and carries a retail tag of Rs. 45,990 (MRP Rs. 49,900).

    Other features of the HTC Butterfly include 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor along with 2GB RAM. There is 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB. The smartphone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and comes with a layer of HTC Sense 4+. The smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. HTC Butterfly has a 2,020mAh battery. Connectivity options include HDMI out, Micro-USB, Infrared, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.
    The smartphone will be available in the market later this month.
    The smartphone was unveiled in October 2012 and is started retailing in markets like Australia and Europe earlier in the month. It is retailing in US as HTC Droid DNA (with some modifications) through Verizon. HTC is said to be working on another flagship smartphone, the HTC M7 that has been leaked extensively over the past few months. This smartphone is expected to be launched at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) or even earlier at a separate event in London.
    Key specifications of HTC Butterfly
    • 5-inch Super LCD 3 1920x1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (441 ppi)
    • 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage (expandable by another 32GB)
    • 8-megapixel rear camera
    • 2-megapixel front camera
    • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+
    • 2, 020mAh battery
    • HDMI out, Micro-USB, Infrared
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
    • 143 x 70.5 x 9.08 mm
    • 140 grams with battery

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    Thursday, 24 January 2013

    Intex Released Intex Aqua 5.0, an Android 4.0 based phone with a 5 inch screen.

  • Thursday, 24 January 2013
  • Harmeet Saini
  • Intex Released Intex Aqua 5.0, an Android 4.0 based phone with a 5 inch screen. 


    Intex Aqua 5.0 Specifications
    • 5-inch (800 x 480 Pixels) Capacitive multi-touch Touch display
    • 1GHz dual-core processor
    • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
    • 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera
    • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS
    • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, up to 32GB expandable memory with microSD
    • 3.5mm Audio Jack, FM Radio
    • 2000 mAh battery
    Price :--Rs. 9999 . approximately
    availability:- Yes (You can also purchase online)



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    Microsoft Arc Mouse

  • Harmeet Saini

  • The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is another innovative


    Designed for Comfort; Folds for Portability

    Experience comfort and elegant design in a portable mouse. Accurate and precise laser tracking helps you navigate fluidly by using the scroll wheel or four customizable buttons. Cut the cumbersome cord of a traditional mouse, and take advantage of the tiny USB transceiver that lets you roam up to 30 feet away from your computer and scroll, point, and click. Fold the mouse and it fits in your pocket or bag as easily as a cell phone.


    The Arc Touch Mouse attempts to take style and function to a new level in the modern mouse world by combining a wireless portable mouse with touch-sensitive features and the BlueTrack sense system.
     a flexible rear section that doubles as the main wrist support and also folds flat turning the mouse off and leaving it perfect for carrying.

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    Monday, 21 January 2013

    Micromax A116 Canvas HD with 5-inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 announced

  • Monday, 21 January 2013
  • PRABH KARAN SINGH
  • Micromax A116 Canvas HD with 5-inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 announced

     

     

    Micromax has announced the A116 Canvas HD, their new Flagship device. It has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has a 8MP rear camera with LED Flash and a VGA front-facing camera. It also comes with Hookup Instant messaging app. Micromax launched the A110 Superfone Canvas 2 and the A90S Superfone Pixel powered by dual-core processor last year.
    Micromax A116 Canvas HD Specifications 
    • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS 16.7 million color display
    • 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
    • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
    • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, VGA front-facing camera
    • 3.5mm audio jack
    • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
    • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS
    • 2100 mAh battery
    The Micromax A116 Canvas HD would go on sale in the first week of February 2013. It is expected at Sub-Rs. 15,000 price range. Micromax plans to introduce 30 new smartphones in 2013.
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    Thursday, 10 January 2013

    Ubuntu going to launch Mobile OS Soon........

  • Thursday, 10 January 2013
  • Harmeet Saini

  • Ubuntu now fits your phone

    Introducing the superphone that’s
    also a full PC

    Designed to make all your phone content easier to access and your apps more immersive – every edge has a specific purpose, making all your apps, content and controls instantly accessible, without navigating back to the home screen every time. And the Ubuntu phone fits perfectly into the wider family of Ubuntu interfaces, alongside the PC and TV. It's a uniquely, beautifully converged experience

    Everything at your fingertips

    Ubuntu uses simple natural swiping gestures from the edges of the screen to make it easier than ever to access your content and switch between apps. Every edge of the phone is used, letting you move faster between apps, settings and content.


    Favourite apps

    A short swipe from the left edge of the screen is all it takes to reveal your favourite apps. There’s room for everything you use daily, available instantly from the welcome screen or any application. Ubuntu lets you switch faster between running and favourite apps than any other phone.



    Page either left or right from the home screen to see the content you use most. A full left-to-right swipe reveals a screen showing all your open apps, while a swipe from the right brings you instantly to the last app you were using. Switching between running applications has never been quicker or easier.

    Going back

    A swipe from the right edge takes you back to the last app you were using; another swipe takes you back to the app you used before that. It’s natural to keep many apps open at once, which is why Ubuntu was designed for multi-tasking. No other smartphone lets you switch between applications this quickly.


    Content, not controls

    Swiping up from the bottom edge of the phone reveals app controls. You can hide or reveal them instantly, which means they don’t take up room on the screen, leaving you free to focus on the stuff
    that matters. Immerse yourself in your photos, web pages, music, messages and apps.





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    Tuesday, 8 January 2013

    Sony unveils Xperia Z, ZL; will launch globally in Q1

  • Tuesday, 8 January 2013
  • PRABH KARAN SINGH
  • Sony unveils Xperia Z, ZL; will launch globally in Q1


    After being rumoured and leaked multiple times in the last few weeks, Sony’s Xperia Z is finally official. Announced minutes ago at a Sony press conference, Sony’s Xperia Z packs 5-inch Full HD 1080p Reality display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 MP rear camera and 4G LTE.
    The smartphone also comes with 2GB RAM, front camera, NFC and Android 4.1. Company has promised an upgrade to Android 4.2 soon.xperia-z-final
    According to Sony, Xperia Z features a unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides. It is also quite rough and tough with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back as well as dust and water resistance.
    Sony has also revealed that it will be launching Xperia ZL in some markets instead of Xperia Z and ZL comes with same features as Z, but in a smaller form factor.
    Company seems to have worked quite a lot in making NFC more useful and One Touch functions are a showcase of that.
    “One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, headphones and now TVs,” Sony noted in a press release.
    On the battery front too, Xperia Z includes Battery STAMINA Mode that can improve the standby time by four times.
    “With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. “With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

     

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    Micromax Superfone Canvas 2 A110

  • PRABH KARAN SINGH
  • Micromax Superfone Canvas 2 A110 

    With the huge success of the Superfone Canvas A100, Micromax has decided to do raise the bar once again for what a sub-10K Android smartphone should look like. With the same massive 5-inch screen making a comeback, they’ve managed to fit in a dual-core CPU this time – all for the same price as the previous one. Too good to be true? 

     Design and Build
    The Canvas 2 A110 once again borrows many design cues from the Galaxy Nexus. The chrome trim along the side is shaped in such a way so as to create an illusion of a curved glass. You get a nice chunky volume rocker on one side along with a power/sleep button on the other side. The phone appears larger than it actually is due to thick bezels on either side. There is a row of sensors beside the chrome plated earpiece and the back cover is quite sturdy and doesn’t scratch easily. The matt finish helps keep fingerprints away. The 8MP shooter produces quite a bulge at the back so you need to be careful as the lens cover will scratch easily.



    A decent camera





    The 5-inch LCD display has quite a low resolution of 854 x 480 which makes images, icons, etc. lose their sharpness. The screen doesn’t appear to be of a very good quality either as the viewing angles are pretty poor and there’s terrible banding throughout.  We now know where Micromax has cut corners in order to offer this phone at the same price point.


    could have had a larger battery





    Overall, the Canvas 2 is built well but is too bulky and quite heavy as well. We could have done without the chrome trim along the edges which quite frankly, gives the phone a cheap look. But then again, it is a cheap phone so there’s that. Unfortunately, the placement of the microSD card does not allow for hot-swap as the battery gets in the way.

    Features
    Interface

    The Canvas 2 A110 sticks to the stock interface of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for the most part, except for some changes to the notification bar, where we now have side-scrollable toggle switches. The UI is far from smooth though, which is a bit strange when you consider the fact that it’s powered by a dual-core CPU. It all makes sense when you take a closer look at the type of SoC used. Instead of a Qualcomm or TI OMAP, Micromax has used the MT6577 SoC from MediaTek. This comprises of a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and PowerVR GPU. This SoC is specifically designed for the sub-$200 smartphone segment and has the potential to support up to 720p displays and record videos at 1080p. Unfortunately, Micromax has not exploited its full potential, which is why we have to live with lag in the UI. Another important feature that’s missing is an ambient light sensor.



    UI is not the smoothest





    Other than the stock UI and apps, Micromax has added a SIM management option to set the default card for call, messages, Internet, etc. Both SIMs can be active at the same time if needed. Another feature added is a scheduled power off option, which lets you switch the phone on or off at a designated time and day of the week. 

    Media
    Audio is handled by the stock music player of ICS. The quality of audio is strictly average even with a good pair of earphones. The rear speaker is quite loud so you won’t miss any of the alerts even in a noisy place. You get 4GB of internal memory and a slot for expanding it up to 32GB. Video playback leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the Canvas 2 can only handle up to 720p video playback smoothly. MP4 files play well in the stock player but AVI, MKV, etc. have trouble playing back even in MX Player. The colour reproduction is good but the viewing angles are weak so you have to hold the phone just right for a decent experience.


    Decent audio playback



    Connectivity and Misc. apps

     
    The Micromax Canvas 2 only supports two bands for 2G and just one for 3G, which means you won’t be able to use this on all networks around the world. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth v3.0 and USB plug-and-play support. Other than the Play Store, Micromax also bundles their M! Store and M!Zone for added content. The bundled apps include some games like Cricket Fever, Fruit Devil along with some productivity apps like File Manager, M! Buddy and HookUp.


    Good number of bundled apps




    Camera
    The upgraded 8MP shooter manages to capture decent outdoor images with pretty accurate colours and good amounts of detail. Touch-to-focus and face detection is also present along with many scene modes. Indoor picture quality is not the best and the dual-LED flash isn’t very powerful in illuminating a dark area. Macro shots fare pretty well with a decent amount of detail and depth of field.



    Macro mode is pretty good

    Video recording maxes out at 720p but the quality is not very good since the recorded file is not an MP4 video but 3gp. It’s a little strange that Micromax would limit the video recording capabilities to just 720p when clearly, the 8MP sensor and dual-core CPU could easily handle more.

    Battery Life

    The Canvas 2 come fitted with a 2000mAh battery pack, which is clearly not enough to power such a huge screen for the entire day. We got  just about 7-hours in our video drain test. We expected a bigger battery given the size of the phone. The phone lasted about 6-hours and 15-minutes in our loop tests which included an hour of calls, two hours of music, two hours of music and the rest was taken up by audio streaming over Wi-Fi.

    Verdict and Price in India 
    Micromax has priced the Superfone Canvas 2 at Rs 9,990, which is the same price as the first Canvas. However, in order to achieve this, they’ve seem to have compromised a bit too much on performance. The type of panel used is quite poor, the dual-core CPU doesn’t seem to be put to good use as the UI is very laggy and the phone cannot handle video beyond 720p. Crucial features like an ambient light sensor and quad-band functionality also seem to be missing. Overall, the A110 turned out to be a bit of a disappointment and we’d advice you give this a pass.


    Manufacturer: Micromax

    Type: Smartphone

    OS: Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4

    Price Category: Rs. 5,000-10,000

    Announced: Oct 2012

    Released: Nov 2012

    Price: Rs. 9990, US $ 179

    Hype: 5/5

    Alternatives: Karbon A9+, Spice Mi500, Micromax A90s

    Chipset: Mediatek

    Processor: 1 GHz dual core

    GPU: PowerVR Graphics

    Battery: 2000 mAh

    Primary Camera: 8 MP Autofocus, Tap to Focus

    Secondary Camera: 0.3 MP

    Dimensions: 147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm

    Main Display: 5.0 inch FWVGA 480 x 854 pixels, 196 ppi

    In-Built Storage: 500 MB + 2.5 GB

    RAM: 512 MB

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    Tuesday, 1 January 2013

    Mercedes-Benz to hike car prices by up to 3% in this month (January 2013)

  • Tuesday, 1 January 2013
  • Harmeet Saini
  • Eberhard Kern MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz India said,"We will increase prices of our vehicles to the tune of 1-3 per cent effective January 14"

    Because of the volatility of the rupee-euro, high interest rates .



    The price of the B-class will be increased by one per cent, for the C-class and E-class sedans it will be 1.5 per cent while the S-class sedan price will go up by three per cent, the company said.


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