Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera launched.

Nokia on Thursday launched new smartphone Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera, saying it will strengthen the company's leadership in imaging. While unveiling the new device in New York, Nokia said its Lumia 1020 smartphone "is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera."

The Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel camera comes with Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video. It has ZEISS optics' 6 physical lenses. It also has 1.2 MP front camera that can be used for making video calls.
Using a feature called dual capture, the phone 1020 simultaneously takes a high-resolution 38-megapixel image for editing opportunities, and a five-megapixel picture that is easy to share on social networks, Nokia said.
Nokia Lumia 1020 can also handle sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. 

"We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives," said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive.
The phone is built on Microsoft Windows 8 platform and has 1.5 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm. It has 32 gigabyte internal memory, 2GB RAM, and 7GB of cloud storage that can be accessed by mobile Internet. Nokia will start selling Lumia 1020 in the US exclusively with AT&T from around July 26, at a price of USD 299.99 (₹ 17,890) on a two-year contract.

Lumia 1020 pre-orders begin July 16th, and the phone will become available online and in stores on July 26th. The Lumia 1020 will also be available globally. Earlier, Nokia launched a Pureview 808 model which had similar sensor. The phone was launched in India at ₹ 34,999. "The Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia's leadership in imaging," Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop said.

Gionee Elife E6 spotted, with 5-inch retina display.

Chinese company Gionee is getting ready to launch it’s next flagship, Gionee Elife E6. It is expected that the Gionee Elife E6 will come with a MediaTek turbo processor running at 1.5 GHz. Though this company really isn’t a top contenders in the android phone market, their products pack in pretty good hardware and are very famous among people who believe in value for money.

Gionee Elife E6  specifications: 

  • MediaTek MT6589T processor running at 1.5Ghz Quad-core
  • 13MP rear facing camera with BSI sensors, video recording at Full HD@30fps
  • Front camera is not yet disclosed so could be a 2MP or 5MP
  • 5″ Screen retina display and Full HD resolution
  • Storage 4/8GB internal
  • GPU will be SGX 544 MP clocked at a higher frequency
  • Battery 2000mAh ensuring a good battery life
  • OS is Android 4.2 and will be supported by OTA updates.

Spice launched Pinnacle smartphone with full-HD screen at ₹ 16,990.

The smartphone has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display.It also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and comes equipped with a Proximity sensor, G-sensor, and Light sensor. The smartphone supports 3G connectivity and is a dual-SIM device.

The Spice Pinnacle FHD will be available in retail stores from 20 July. Deliveries for pre-booking start from 20 July.

Thanks to the dual-core processor, we could easily browse the web and download apps from the Play Store. It smoothly handled heavy graphic games like Shadowgun. The onscreen keyboard is superb, but there is a slight lag when many apps are running in the background. The Stellar Pinnacle packs in an 8MP rear camera loaded with settings such as HDR and other regular modes you would find in a point and shoot. But don't expect outstanding results as we noticed noise in almost all images captured with this camera. For video calling Spice has added a 5MP front camera with HDR setting.

Compared to the newly launched Canvas 4, the Pinnacle does have a processor that is clocked faster ( Canvas 4 is clocked at 1.2Ghz ) and a better screen resolution. The Canvas 4 on the other hand has a better resolution camera (13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front) and more memory space (16GB).

Spice Pinnacle smartphone Specs: 
  • Android 4.0
  • 5.3 inch capacitive display
  • 1.2GHz dual core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB + microSD
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 196 grams
  • 2100mAh battery

Motorola MOTO X– Leaked Specifications and Image.

Motorola X, which is expected to release on 1st August 2013 in New York city, is the most awaited smartphone. There are many rumors arises about Motorola X around the internet. Some may be true and some may be fake. I am going to share some leaked specifications and a press leaked image.

The front look is very similar to Nexus 4 or the Galaxy Nexus. For the back of Motorola X more radical material is used such as Kevlar. The back has Motorola logo, Camera. Lens and a loud speaker.
Motorola X may have a Qualcomm Snapdragon, with 1.7GHz Dual-Core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, 4.7 inch display with 1280x720 resolution, 10.5 Megapixel rear Camera, 2.1 Megapixel front Camera and Android 4.2.2.

Top 5 Graphics Cards you can wish to buy.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 670:

Almost identical in performance to the AMD Radeon HD 7970, despite costing £30 less, the nVidia GTX 670 is a fantastic deal. And the best news is that this is only the card running at its default settings. It's also much lighter on power – around 55 watt – and quieter. It's still not cheap, but it's clearly the card to buy if you want excellent game framerates without a £400+ price tag.

nVidia GeForce GTX 680:

AMD's 7000 series relies on a graphics architecture that is drastically different from previous AMD chips, so we may still see much better performance with driver improvements, but right now, if you have £400 to spend on a graphics card, the GeForce GTX 680 is the clear winner.

Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti:

The Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a nice card that offers decent performance, and just about gets the nod ahead of the now rather old-fashioned 7870 cards. However, the loss of a memory controller is a significant setback, and given that the price difference between this and the GTX 670s is only around £20, it's really not recommend this over its more expensive sibling. Once the price falls another £20, it may start to become a very interesting product.

HIS 7970 3GB:

The new architecture marks quite a change for AMD, although this hasn't yet turned into a card that'll blow away gamers. The 7970 is a nice card, but not one that's ground-breaking in terms of performance, and we suspect there is potential for nVidia.

Asus Radeon HD 7870:

Overall the Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II looks like a pretty good graphics card. The problem is that it finds itself up against the brand new nVidia GTX 670. And on that score it's a loser. The latter card may be more expensive, but for an extra £50 it gives you far more performance, and a slight improvement in power consumption too. Unless you really can't go up the extra, the 7870 remains, without a price drop, the second choice in its category.

Samsung Ativ Q, a hybrid tablet with dual OS.

One of Samsung's new device is the Ativ Q, a hybrid tablet and laptop running both Windows 8 and Android.
Yes, you heard it right, it's dual OS device. The convertible PC can flip, fold and transform into different modes. Samsung calls them 'tablet', 'typing', 'stand' and 'floating'. The first two are self-explanatory while the others mean you can have the screen flipped right over to face the other way or at various different angles between this and being docked with the keyboard.
There's not enough room for a trackpad but a touchscreen pretty much negates the need for this anyway.

The Ativ Q is reasonably thin at 13.6mm but is a lot heavier than a typical tablet at 1.29kg – usual for a hybrid, though.
Specs are pretty impressive with an Intel fourth-generation Haswell Core i5 processor and a dazzling 13.3in screen with a huge 3200x1800 resolution – that’s a pixel density of 275ppi.
Furthermore, the Ativ Q comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus with 1024 levels of sensitivity and SideSync software which means you can use a smartphone or tablet as a second screen or have it mirrored on the larger display.
The Ativ Q really comes into its own because of its dual-OS setup – Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean come pre-loaded. You can switch quickly and easily between the two with appropriate buttons and even share files such as the photo gallery.

This is a real benefit as you can use Windows 8 in laptop mode to get all your work done which requires full-blown software then switch to Android and use all the apps and games you love on your phone. With Windows 8 Snap View you can even use Windows 8 side-by-side with Android.
Ativ Q will be released 'later this year' according to Samsung.

Ativ Q Specs:

  • Size:13.3”
  • Resolution:3200x1800, 275ppi
  • OS:Windows8, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Processor:Intel Core i5
  • Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory:4GB DDR3L
  • Hard Disk Drive:128GB SSD
  • Camera:720p HD
  • Battery Life:Up to 9 hours
  • Dimensions:327.0x217.8x13.9mm
  • Weight:1.29kg
  • Colour:Ash Black
  • USB Ports:1xUSB3.0, 1xUSB2.0, micro HDMI,RJ45 (dongle), HP/Mic combo, micro SD

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nokia criticizes Microsoft for lack of Windows Phone updates and apps.

It looks like Nokia has finally come out in the open against Microsoft's slow pace of pushing updates to Windows Phone 8.

While the Finnish handset giant has been churning out new handset models and updated versions of its own services and apps, Microsoft has often been criticized for not playing a very conducive role when it comes to bringing its mobile OS on par with Android and iOS.

Till now, tech evangelists and Nokia fans had been panning Microsoft for ignoring the Windows Phone 8 platform, however, it now seems that Nokia also wants Microsoft to get out of its slumber.

In a recent interview with International Business Times, Bryan Biniak, Vice President - App Development at Nokia, has fired salvos at Microsoft, subtly conveying the message that smartphone sales are suffering due to lack of updates.

He said, "We are trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at Microsoft] to say 'time is of the essence.' Waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn't do us any good when I have phones to sell today."

Biniak also talked about the problem related to lack of apps, and how it's affecting the consumer's perception against Nokia's Lumia smartphones.

"To give you a reason to switch, I need to make sure the apps that you care about on your device are not only on our phones, but are better. I also need to provide you unique experiences that you can't get on your other devices."

While the Windows Phone platforms boasts of 165,000 apps, a number of major apps including Instagram are missing form the platform. New releases and variants of popular games like Angry Birds and Temple Run also arrive on Windows Phone, months or sometimes years after they release their iOS and Android versions.

A lot of software development on the Windows Phone platform is being supported by Nokia, with the company developing its own imaging software for its camera-focused offerings. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

LG Optimus G Pro phablet.

The LG Optimus G Pro another phablet in the market. At 5.5", it's big even when compared to today's giant smartphones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z. That's the same screen size as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which was previously the only 5.5" smartphone on the market. But LG got smart with the LG Optimus Vu, an extra wide-body super-sized smartphone offered on Verizon in the US.

The Optimus G Pro is actually phone-shaped and not quite as wide as the Note II, and it's much narrower than the 4:3 aspect ratio Optimus Vu. That means though it's large, and still not particularly well suited to those with small hands, it's a bit more phone-like and easier to hold and use with one hand than the Note II. The LG Optimus G Pro is an Android smartphone with a full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, quad core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

LG Optimus G Pro phablet's specs:
  • HSPA + LTE connectivity
  • 5.5-inch full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) True HD-IPS+ LCD screen that works even with gloves on
  • Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 SoC with quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 CPU and Andreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 13-megapixel rear-camera with backlit sensor, HDR, touch-focus, face detection, LED flash, etc.
  • 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/b, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio
  • 3140 mAh battery
  • TV out with MHL-enabled microUSB port and Miracast
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG's Optimus UI running on top
  • Dimensions: 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm
  • 160 grams

Nokia Lumia 625 with 4.7-inch Display Leaks.

Nokia is preparing to release its biggest Lumia smartphone ever. Images of the 4.7-inch Nokia Lumia 625 were leaked by China’s official radio communication device regulator after passing certification for the region.

The Lumia 625 is expected to come equipped with a 4.7-inch 800 x 480-pixel display, a dual-core 1.2GHz S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and LTE connectivity. The budget-friendly handset is clearly meant to target emerging markets, though the device was also recently spotted in an FCC document, suggesting it could arrive in the U.S. as an AT&T exclusive.

Nokia continues to struggle in its efforts to gain a foothold in the premium handset market, with Windows Phone claiming less than 10 percent of the U.S market, but the company has seen success targeting emerging markets with its line of low-cost smartphones. The budget-friendly Lumia 520 (that’s the 521 in the U.S.) is the most popular Windows Phone around with 13.3 percent of the market share worldwide and over 30 percent of the market in India. So it’s no surprise that Nokia is rolling out another low-cost Lumia with one hand even while it continues to push the Huge Lumia 1020 with the other.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ZTE Android phones launced in India.

Chinese mobile phone giant ZTE that is the world's fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer has introduced six new smartphones and four new data card devices in India. The phones are priced between ₹ 5,000 and ₹ 15,000.

The new ZTE Android phones launched in India are:
  • ZTE Grand X Quad Lite priced at ₹ 14,999
  • ZTE Blade G2 priced at ₹ 11,599
  • ZTE Blade C priced at ₹ 7,599
  • ZTE Blade L priced at ₹ 12,599
  • ZTE Kis Flex priced at ₹ 5,799
  • ZTE Blade E priced at ₹ 11,999
The ZTE Grand X Quad Lite has a 5 inch display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and has 4 GB of internal memory. The storage can be upgraded to 32 GB with the use of memory cards. The 5-inch display of Grand X has a resolution of 550 x960. The phone has a 5 megapixel rear and a 0.3 megapixels from camera.

ZTE also launched its Swift series of 3G datacards in four variants comprising of Swift (7.2Mbps with Voice Call) priced at ₹ 1799, Swift Plus (14.4Mbps) priced at ₹ 1999, Swift WPlus (14.4Mbps with Wifi) priced at ₹ 2250 and Swift Speed (21.6Mbps with Voice Call) priced at ₹ 2499.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Windows Phone 8 GDR2 Update Rolling Out.

Microsoft's first major update to their Windows Phone 8 platform in a while, the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update, is now rolling out to a range of devices, and brings a host of new features to all Windows Phone 8 powered devices currently in the market. Changelog are as follows:

Data Sense - Helps keep track of your data consumption over 3G and WiFi
FM Radio on supported handsets
Set your own camera app of choice as the default
Improvements in HTML5 performance
Improved VoIP app performance and stability (Skype, Lync)

*GDR2 - General Distribution Release 2

On the other hand, the GDR3 update, scheduled for later this year (or perhaps early 2014) will bring significant changes under the hood such as support for quad-core processors and 1080p displays.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Samsung launches 7-inch and 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablets in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – Tab 3 211 and Tab 3 311 – have been introduced in India.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and is packed by a 4000 mAh battery. This Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)-running tablet comes with 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded by up to 32GB more memory. The tablet sports a 1.3MP rear and front camera. 

In addition to these, this Samsung tablet comes pre-loaded with services like My Education, My Offers, My Games, My Music and My Movies. The My Education feature gives consumers access to 2,000 e-books, 1,000 learning videos, educational content for school children and preparatory material for entrance exams to professional  courses. My Offers makes best local offers from 350+ brands and 25,000+ merchants in India available at the click of the button. 25 edutainment Games and 20 HD games are available for the users to download on the Tab 3 Series. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 311 sports an 8-inch WXGA display (189 ppi) and comes with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is 7.4 mm thin and runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean OS). The Galaxy Tab 3 311 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB RAM. 

The Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch will be available in two variants – Galaxy Tab 3 311 has 3G (Voice and Data) capabilities, while the Galaxy Tab 3 310 is a Wi-Fi version only.

The tablet sports a 5MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera. In addition to that, the tablet comes with 16GB internal memory that can be expanded by up to 64GB with a microSD card. The device is packed by a 4450 mAh battery.

The Multi Window feature on the tablet allows users to work on two apps simultaneously by splitting the screen into two (like watching a movie and chatting at the same time). Another feature, Pop up Video, allows a small video window to be played over any part of the tab’s menu, while the Smart Stay feature follows the user’s eyes to keep the screen on as long as it is being watched.

The S Translator feature on the tablet offers translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message and ChatON. This translation is possible both from speech-to-text and text-to-speech, ensuring that you can communicate with ease while travelling internationally. Also, with the preloaded TripAdvisor app, users can get information and make reservation of the places classified in various categories such as places, hotels, food, forum, et al. In addition to these, the tablet comes with intuitive features such as Story Album and Group Play that allow users more ways to instantly share and enjoy music, photos, documents and games with those around them.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3's prices:
Tab 3 211 (7-inch) - ₹ 17,745
Tab 3 311 (8-inch) - ₹ 25,725
Tab 3 310 (8-inch Wi-Fi only) - ₹ 21,945

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Display and Configuration:
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels along with a pixel density of 256 ppi. The device is  powered with a 1.7GHz Dual-Core processor and 1.5GB RAM.  It runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.

Camera and storage:
The device packs an 8MP Autofocus camera with dual LED Flash and every authentic Galaxy camera feature along with a front camera of 1.9MP for video calling. Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes in 8GB storage variant which can be expanded upto 64 GB via MicroSD card.  

Battery and connectivity:
The new device in Galaxy family poses a 2100mAh battery for uninterrupted entertainment. It also poses 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, infrared and microUSB 2.0 etc.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini specs:
  • 4.3-inch super AMOLED Display
  • Android 4.2.2 OS
  • 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor with 1.5GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera
  • 8GB inbuilt storage expandable up to 64GB
  • 3G, Wifi, GPS
  • 2100mAh battery
Expected price is ₹ 24,900.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

HTC One Mini Spotted In Leaked Photos.

It has been quite some time already that we have seen and heard about the HTC One mini, a smaller version of the flagship HTC One not only in terms of size, but it will also come with lesser hardware specifications to boot. Actually, there has been no official announcement of the smartphone to date, but we do know that this smaller sized model of the HTC One smartphone will arrive with a 4.3″ 720p display and powered by a dual-core Snapdragon chipset.

Other than having a different view at the upcoming HTC One mini, no new details concerning what has already been revealed are available. HTC One mini will come with – 2GB RAM, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, 16GB of internal memory as well as Beats Audio enhancement, all running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 as the main user interface.

Panasonic ready to introduce P11 and T11 smartphones.

Panasonic is getting ready to launch two more Android phones in the Indian market soon. These upcoming smartphones will join the company’s already Available P51 smartphone, which was released back in May.

Panasonic P11 features a 5-inch 720p HD display, Android 4.1, and 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The phone will also come with 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera and dual-SIM support.

In addition, P11 packs 3G support, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and 2000 mAh battery and the usual connectivity options. It will be priced at ₹ 16,890. Panasonic seems to be aiming at the budget phablets by the Indian mobile makers with the release of P11, and it certainly seems more value for money than the company’s P51.

Meanwhile Panasonic T11, will come with 4-inch WVGA IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and Android 4.1. The phone also packs 3G, dual-SIM support, 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front shooter.

In addition, Panasonic has included 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 1500 mAh battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in T11. The pricing in unclear at this moment but if Panasonic prices at under ₹ 10,000, it might turn out to be pretty popular among budget smartphone buyers.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lenovo Overtakes HP to Become World's Top Computer Vendor.

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has overtaken the US firm Hewlett Packard (HP) to become the world's leading PC maker, according to the research firm Gartner.

In a release, Gartner says that Lenovo has risen to the top for the first time in its history with a worldwide share of 15.7 percent, above HP which has a 15.5 percent share.

US tech company Dell has been placed third with a 10.5 percent share.

"In addition to acquiring other vendors, Lenovo has also taken an aggressive position on pricing, especially in the professional market," the research firm notes. As a result, Lenovo has achieved significant market share gains over the last two years, exceeding regional average growth rates across all regions.

Data from the firm also shows that Lenovo, which makes the ThinkPad, is the only computer manufacturer which has seen a year on year third quarter increase in shipments to the US.

Lenovo's second quarter profits increased 30 percent from the previous year to $144m (£92m) despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy due to falling global demand.

5 recently launched budget smartphones below ₹ 15,000.

Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus
Price: ₹ 12,999

An update to Micromax's Canvas 2, the phone gets a faster 1.2Ghz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM and the latest Android 4.2. It has a 5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash and 2MP front camera. 
Other features remain the same as the Canvas 2: 4GB internal storage with microSD slot, dual SIM support, 3G connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 2,000mAh battery.

Lava Iris 458q
Price: ₹ 8,999

This new smartphone is the cheapest quad core Android smartphone available today. It has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and sports dual cameras — 8MP rear and VGA front.
Along with the 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, it has 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage (expandable) and a 2,000mAh battery. The phone comes pre-loaded with the latest Android 4.2 OS.
Other features include 3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth connectivity along with proximity, light sensor & accelerometer.

Gionee ELife E3
Price: ₹ 14,999 

Gionee claims that their new ELife series of smartphones is for youth who want a combination of style and performance. The first in the series is the E3 — a 7.9mm slim phone available in vibrant red and blue hues. 
It has dual SIM support, a 4.7-inch display (1280 x 720 pixels) and runs the latest Android 4.2 OS. Inside is a 1.2Ghz quadcore processor, 1GB RAM, 1,800mAh battery and 16GB internal storage that can be expanded with an additional 32GB using a microSD card. 
It also features an 8MP rear camera with a BSI sensor and a front 2MP camera. Another notable feature is the built in DTS 3D surround sound for music and movies.

Intex Aqua I-5
Price: ₹ 11,690 

This 5-inch phablet has a display resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and runs the latest Android 4.2. It is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage (expandable) and a 2,000mAh battery. 
For camera lovers, the smartphone has a 12MP rear autofocus camera with BSI Sensor and LED flash as well as a 2MP front camera. It offers dual SIM support, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM, ambient light sensor, motion sensor, G sensor and a proximity sensor. Intex claims that built in power saving features reduce power consumption by 30% compared to other similar devices.

Konka Tuxedo 990
Price: ₹ 14,999 

This phablet comes with a Smart Stay feature (similar to Samsung's Galaxy series) that uses the front camera to track the user's face. As long as the you are looking at the display, the backlight will not turn off. 
It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and runs Android 4.0. Hardware includes a dual core 1Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage (expandable) along with a 2,400mAh battery. 
The dual SIM (dual standby) phone has a 5MP autofocus rear camera that is capable of recording 720p HD videos. Other features include a VGA front camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth & FM Radio.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Karbonn Titanium S9 IPS launched at ₹ 19,990.

Karbonn mobiles announced their new flagship smartphone running Jelly Bean 4.2. The device is powered by a quad core processor and Karbonn has gone for the 5.5” display in the device. Karbonn Titanium S9 is what it’s known and its going to definitely attract the customers. Though there is nothing new in the design but its good on specifications which is what people care while going for the Android smartphones.

Karbonn mobile has used HD IPS capacitive panel in this device and the display measures 5.5” diagonally. The display supports 720p resolution which is really good and its going to support multi touch feature. Karbonn is going to advertise the device with a tag of having 16 million colors on the display but in reality it’s not a new thing. This shows what type of customers Karbonn mobile going to target; definitely it’s not the tech geeks.

The Karbonn Titanium S9 is going to be powered by a Mediatek chipset on which a quad core processor with clock speed 1.2GHz has been added. The CPU is not new in the market as every budget priced smartphone have Mediatek chipset. It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and can be expanded further to 32GB using microSD card. It features a 5MP front camera not rear. Yes, you reading right, the front camera is 5MP while the rear camera is 13MP. The rear camera is set to autofocus and got few more camera features. The front camera is capable of recording HD quality videos so video calling and chatting is going to be really good on the device.

The OS is  Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There are G sensor, proximity and ambient light sensors in the device which is again a plus point to look at.
Karbonn Titanium S9 supports dual SIM cards and also the 3G cellular network. There is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless data connectivity and device also got one microUSB port. It is powered by a 2600mAh battery that will make the device to run for at least one day.

You can get Karbonn Titanium S9 very soon in your nearest shop at ₹ 19,990 and Karbonn is also providing a cool flip cover with the device.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sony Xperia Z phablet with 6.4-inch screen.

Sony has officially announced the Xperia Z Ultra, a smartphone/ phablet that features a 6.4-inch display. The phone's design is based on Sony's OmniBalance philosophy in line with the design of the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z. The phone sports a slim profile with a thickness of 6.5mm and weighs 212 grams. Sony says that the width of the phone is comparable to that of a Passport. It comes in Black, White and Purple colours. The Xperia Z Ultra is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and has 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The phone sports an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. It has a 3000 mAh battery. The phone includes 4G LTE, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options.

The Xperia Z Ultra's screen has a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and is the first smartphone display that integrates Sony's Triluminos technology, which the company introduced at CES with its Bravia televisions. Sony claims that through the technology the display reproduces a greater range of rich, natural colours to deliver true, natural shades. The technology also includes X-Reality for mobile, Sony's intelligent super resolution display technology which as per the company, analyses each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimise quality for the sharpest videos.

An interesting feature of the Xperia Z Ultra is its handwriting recognition functionality. The phone's screen is compatible with any pencil and selected stylus or pen with tip diameter over 1mm. The Xperia Z Ultra comes with new and updated Sony Media Applications including new apps for Walkman, Movies and Album. Just like the Xperia Z, the Xperia Z ultra is also dust and water proof and comes with IP55 and IP58 certification. It even allows users to take photos underwater. The phone will launch globally from Q3 2013, but the exact timing of availability will vary depending on the market. Pricing has not been disclosed, yet.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra key specs.
  • 6.4-inch TFT Triluminos display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass.
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
  • 4G LTE/ NFC/ Bluetooth 4.0/ Wi-Fi
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS sensor
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 16GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • 3000mAh battery

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review - Futuristic 2007.

A game released in 2013 with a tagline 'The year is 2007. It is the future,' is really going to be crazy, absurd and insane. That's exactly what Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has absolutely no relation to the game Ubisoft released last year. Instead, it takes the mechanics of the game but wraps them in something completely different. It's worth pointing out that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a standalone downloadable game and doesn't require Far Cry 3 to play.

In Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, you take on the role of Sargent Rex Power Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who is voiced by Michael Biehn, best known for playing the roles of Kyle Reese in the first Terminator film and Dwayne Hicks in Aliens. In the game, Rex is tasked with stopping Colonel Sloan and his Omega Force from launching missiles fueled with the blood of the Blood Dragons. Blood Dragons are creatures in the game which mysteriously appeared after the world was ravaged by nuclear war at the end of the 20th century. 

Like Far Cry 3, the game is a first person shooter and set on an island. Only this time the island is infested with mutated animals and cyborg soldiers, as well as the Blood Dragons. The game is open-world in that you can explore the island at your leisure. You can find collectibles in the form of VHS tapes, TV Sets, and diary entries while you explore the land. The collectibles unlock different weapon attachments that you can use to upgrade your weapons, while the weapons themselves are great to use as they have an excellent feel to them. The shooting in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is one of the most enjoyable games in recent times in terms of shooting.

There aren't many weapons though, but each one is unique and has their use. A number of the weapons are references to late 80s/early 90s sci-fi movies. For example, the AJM 9 pistol is a reference to Robocop, as the initials of AJM stand for Alex J. Murphy, who was Robocop himself and the gun looks identical to the one he uses in the movie. The description of the gun in the game mentions a fallen cop in Detroit as well. Another example is the Galleria 1991 shotgun, which is a reference to Terminator 2, as Galleria is named after the arcade in the movie, 1991 is the year the movie was released and the look of the shotgun and reload animation where Rex spins it is the same as when the Terminator does when riding the motorcycle. 

Moving around in FC3: BD is faster than in most FPS games as Rex can run pretty fast and he never stops to catch his breath; it's the same when swimming as well, unless you end up being attacked by a cyber shark. Oh yeah, those exist. There are also vehicles in the game, all of which appear to have come over from Far Cry 3; boats, jeeps and jet skis make an appearance, along with a hang glider, which feels out of place as it doesn't really fit with the sci-fi theme. They can be useful but aren't that necessary thanks to Rex and the speed he can move at. Also in the game is a mini-map as well as a full blown map. On the map you can place Waypoints on certain things, namely objectives or Garrisons, which are bases which can be taken over. To take over a Garrison, you simply have to kill all of the Omega Force cyborgs who reside in it. You can also press up on the d-pad to scan the area for enemies or animals, which are then marked on the mini-map. This is handy for going stealth in the game.

  • The excellent shooting mechanics and weapons
  • Great soundtrack
  • The constant nods to 80s TV and movies

  • The lack of variety in the side missions
  • Too few enemy types
  • End of game too easy