Gionee announced its latest ultra smartphone Elife S7 at this year's Mobile World Congress. Developed under the 'making slim to perfection' product development philosophy, the device focuses on performance and user experience more than just ultra slim design.

Gionee Elife S7

"We believe ELIFE S7 will bring the future of slim smartphones to the next level. To make ever-slimmer phones, compromising on performance and function is pointless. Manufacturers should offer more features benefiting user experience other than just slimness,"
 said William Lu, President of Gionee.

Arvind R. Vohra, country CEO & MD, Gionee Smartphones India said,
"We have had a rapid growth since our launch 2 years ago. We are at a threshold of achieving the targets we set for ourselves having sold over 4 million+ devices in India already. Gionee is aiming to be among the top 5 mobile players in India by the end of next fiscal year. Elife S5.5 & S5.1 witnessed huge acceptance amongst Indian consumers and we are certain that the S7 will create its own benchmark. Consumers will continue to witness exciting offerings this year under the E & S series which are LTE ready matching up to the next level of 4G connectivity option that the country will witness this year."

Inspired by the U-shape design of railway tracks, this device features iconic frame design, beautifully merging a high glossy finish and metal effect with two parallel metal light lines. The unique ergonomic side profile provides an extremely comfortable grip for one-handed use.

The metal used on this smartphone is aviation level aluminum magnesium alloy, making the skeleton solid and durable with no worry of bending in pockets like competitors' slim products.

Despite the durable metal, both the back and front have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches - ultimately creating a combination of hardness and softness to bring maximum protection to the device.

High power consumption has always been a big problem for ultra slim phones. To enable the battery to last for a whole day, this device is equipped with a 595 density 2,700 mAh battery. In addition, Gionee has optimized both the hardware and software performance to lower battery consumption, bringing energy efficiency to users' fingertips.

Gionee Elife S7 White

With industry leading Synchronous heartbeat technology and the intelligent control background, the background can reduce the number of times the system wakes up by tracking energy use over time and killing unauthorized apps.

In terms of the user interface, according to the illumination feature of AMOLED screen, the user interface has been optimized. The smartphone features a unique extreme mode, which automatically enables 10% of remaining battery power to potentially last for 33 hours 45 minutes standby time by freezing functions except calling and text messages to ensure basic communications.

With the MTK 6752 octa-core 64-bit 1.7 GHz processor, the HPM technology enables the processors to run at a high speed and remain at an ultra-low power consumption level.

A flat 13 MP camera embedded in the device looks more natural. Gionee's own 'Image+' image processing system enables users to shoot stunningly high quality images with easier user experience. Powered by the night mode engine of Image+, the device can capture 6 pictures in a second, and compose them to a single picture by adjusting the brightness and image noise.

Gionee Elife S7 rear

As one of the fastest cameras with zero delay in the market, the device can capture a picture with only 500 milliseconds, and its focus time is only 300 milliseconds. The 8 MP front camera incorporates intelligent Face beauty 3.0 technology - the device can estimate peoples' gender and age, and recommend the best over the face beauty effects for more natural selfie photos.

The smartphone will include a Hi-Fi level headphone and offer superior sound quality with instinctive Hi-Fi standard sound system that features sound restorations. With the built-in tailor-made speaker and Smart PA, users can enjoy music accompanied by louder and richer sounds, bringing a home theater system experience to an ultra slim phone.

It is the first ultra-slim phone that supports dual SIM, multi-band and multi-mode such as 4G FDD/TDD LTE and 3G WCDMA/TDSCDMA.

At the launch, Gionee also unveiled the 3rd generation of Android 5.0 Lollipop based Amigo OS; this smartphone will be the first product running Amigo 3.0, which is more faster.

Gionee Elife S7 front

The smartphone stands at 5.5 mm thin and will come in Black, White, and Blue.

Gionee Elife S7 specifications

Operating System: Amigo OS 3.0 (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop)

Processor: 1.7 GHz octa-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB internal

Display: 5.2 inch Super AMOLED full HD

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 8 megapixel

Battery: 2,700 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 67.4x139.8x5.5 mm
Samsung Electronics today announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, these devices seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Black Sapphire

"With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what's next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,"
said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. He further added,

"By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options."

Carefully crafted from metal and glass, both these smartphones blend purposeful design with powerful features. The Galaxy S6 edge, particularly, shows unique and outstanding beauty while also providing a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world's first curved display on both sides. Its glass body, made from the toughest glass to date, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, is available in an array of colorful jewel tones, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which elicit a unique visual texture as it reflects natural light. This timeless design required first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology and unmatched quality control, setting these devices apart from every other mobile device on the market. The premium device aesthetics deliver true value and are complemented by a totally new and lighter interface that greatly enhances usability and functionality. A refined and fully optimized user experience simplifies applications and offers features and settings in a more intuitive way.

These smartphones are equipped with an incredibly vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera. The F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5 MP) and rear (16 MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. Furthermore, a new "Quick Launch" feature give users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds by simply double clicking the home key button. These advanced camera functions enable users to capture their most precious and personal moments in uncompromising quality, however and wherever they want.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Gold Platinum

With fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology, both these devices are setting a new industry standard for universal wireless charging. The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. They also sport incredibly fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Samsung Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.

The thin (6.8 mm/7.0 mm Edge) and lightweight (138g /132g Edge) Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge integrate the most advanced, cutting-edge, Samsung core technology available today. The world's first 14 nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory provides higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption. Moreover, the world's first 1440P/VP9 hardware based codec enables users to enjoy high resolution streaming video while also using less power. In addition, the 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offers users the highest pixel density of 577 ppi. Enhanced outdoor visibility with a brighter display (600 cd/mm) lets consumers experience content without compromise – anywhere, at any time.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Gold Platinum

Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on these devices in the United States during the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.

These smartphones are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end-to-end secure mobile platform, offering defense-grade features for real-time protection from potential malicious attacks. Both of these new devices are also ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements enabled at launch to simplify and improve mobile device management. Additionally, the Find My Mobile feature secures lost devices and protects personal information through a number of services, including the all new remotely controlled "Reactivation lock". With an enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner, it also provides quick authentication and saves encrypted data in secure device storage.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Green Emerald

These devices will be available globally starting from April 10, 2015 with 32/64/128 GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 Edge only).

Samsung Galaxy S6 specifications

Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 2.1 GHz + 1.5 GHz octa-core

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 32/64/128 GB internal

Display: 5.1 inch quad HD Super AMOLED

Resolution (pixels): 2560x1440


Primary camera: 16 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Interface: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, IR

Battery: 2,550 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 70.5x143.4x6.8 mm

Weight: 138 g

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge specifications

Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 2.1 GHz + 1.5 GHz octa-core

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 32/64/128 GB internal

Display: 5.1 inch quad HD Super AMOLED dual edge

Resolution (pixels): 2560x1440


Primary camera: 16 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Interface: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, IR

Battery: 2,600 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 70.1x142.1x7.0 mm

Weight: 132 g
To help capture and share more of life's moments on-the-go, Lenovo today at Mobile World Congress 2015 introduced three new exciting devices to the smartphone portfolio - the new VIBE Shot, A7000 smartphone, and the Lenovo Pocket Projector.

Lenovo VIBE Shot

Lenovo VIBE Shot

The Lenovo VIBE Shot is designed to help people capture every moment of their life. Lenovo's first two-in-one camera smartphone, it is developed to be a true crossover device. Firstly, it has a fabulous camera that shutterbugs will love, and secondly, it is a performance-laden, standalone smartphone.

When looking for a solidly capable digital camera, shutterbugs will gravitate to this device for its exceptional camera quality and incredible responsiveness. Now users can have the best of both worlds with its strong stand alone smartphone technologies.

For budding photographers, the device's camera is saturated with purposeful technologies, starting with its 16 MP rear camera featuring a six-piece modular lens. The camera has a full-frame 16:9 low-light sensor for shooting images in dark interiors, or at night. Thanks to the camera's tricolor flash, photo luminosity adjusts automatically based on the ambient light conditions, and optical image stabilization reduces blur and keeps photos sharp. Life doesn't always wait for the perfect shot, but this device is ready to keep up with infrared focus that's twice as fast as normal autofocus, and a physical shutter button, which means no more fumbling to find the right spot on the screen to click. Equipped with both Smart preset settings and advanced Pro settings, users can use the camera how they want by easily toggling between the two settings with the flick of a switch.

When it's time to talk or stay connected, the smartphone steps up to the plate with a gorgeous 5-inch FHD display, and equally powerful performance. Running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the smartphone offers a generous 32 GB of storage with a microSD option to store an additional 128 GB of music, movies and photos. Upload and download data quickly with LTE or connect via Wi-Fi hotspot and even manage separate data plans with dual SIM capabilities. The device makes it easy to change from photographer to subject with its 8 MP selfie camera. All this functionality comes in a sleek, thin and light aluminum frame – available in red, white or grey.

Lenovo A7000

Lenovo A7000

Recognizing the trend that many people prefer larger smartphone screens, Lenovo unveiled the new A7000 smartphone. It's primed for entertainment with a 5.5 inch screen, and is the industry's first smartphone with Dolby Atmos technology. 

The smartphone features a brilliant 5.5 inch HD display with ultra-wide viewing angles and moving audio technology from Dolby. Users will immediately hear the Dolby Atmos difference using headphones - sounds of people, places, things, and music become more vivid and move from all directions, including overhead, with astonishing clarity, richness and depth. Voices and noises have a broader range from highs to lows, with the greatest subtlety. The technology also makes playback volume more consistent across all types of content.

In addition to its impressive audio and visual technologies, this multimedia smartphone comes packed with several features that today's mobile consumers desire. Running Android 5.0 on a MediaTek True8Core processor with 4G LTE, it handles voice and data quickly, and even has a dual SIM card slot for assigning two telephone numbers or a separate data plan, along with dual cameras. Highly portable, the device is 7.9 mm thin and just 140 grams light, making it easy to fit in a bag or pocket. The smartphone comes in two colors - Onyx Black or Pearl White.

Lenovo Pocket Projector

Lenovo Pocket Projector

To give people the power to go big on entertainment whenever the moment strikes, Lenovo unveiled the new Lenovo Pocket Projector.

It is built to surprise and delight media lovers who are limited by their small screen mobile devices, or who just want a larger-than-life entertainment experience. The device adds a new dimension to watching and sharing content.

Simply snap on the projector to a compatible Android device, and it immediately super-sizes movies, photos or even business presentations by projecting them up to 110 inch on any wall or surface in low-light conditions. With a 50-lumen high contrast optical engine, the projector displays colorful, vivid and bright images, and it automatically corrects for distortion while allowing users to rotate up to 90 degrees for the best views. This portable projector casts powerful sound too, with its dual speakers.

It takes just a few seconds to set up the device, and it can project content from a smartphone wirelessly via DLNA or Miracast. When going cordless, users can project a full length movie on a single charge, with more than two hours of battery life. The projector supports the most common multimedia file formats and offers up to 32 GB of microSD storage to support large digital libraries.

Best of all, the compact and lightweight device fits in nearly any pocket, making it a must-have accessory any time someone feels like enjoying their digital content.

Lenovo VIBE Shot specifications

Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 1.7 GHz octa-core

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 32 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)

Display: 5-inch FHD

Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080

Primary camera: 16 megapixel

Secondary camera: 8 megapixel

Battery: 2900 mAh lithium-polymer

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 70.0x142.0x7.3 mm

Weight: 145 g

Lenovo A7000 specifications

Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 1.5 GHz

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB internal

Display: 5.5 inch HD IPS

Resolution (pixels): 1280x720

Primary camera: 8 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Battery: 2900 mAh lithium-polymer

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.2x152.6x7.99 mm

Weight: 140 g

Lenovo Pocket Projector specifications

Operating System: Compatible with Android 4.3 (JellyBean) and above, Windows 8.1, ans iOS devices equipped with Miracast or DLNA

Display: Up to 110 inch

Resolution (pixels): 854x480

Storage: microSD card with up to 32 GB external

Sound: 2x speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack

Sensors: G-sensor

Battery: Up to 2.5 hrs

Weight: 170 g

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 100x104x25 mm
Salora International Ltd. has strengthened its smartphones series Arya unveiling the latest Arya Z3 exclusively on Amazon India. Designed for the new age consumer, this octa-core device with blazing speed is not just a performance power horse, but is a very well rounded offering with equal emphasis on ergonomics and form factor.

Arya Z3

It is an exceptional high-end smartphone, which continues to push the bar in terms of design, performance and imaging capabilities. With this exclusive association, consumers will be able to purchase it on Amazon India starting from 26th February.

With key focus to offer new age technology which blends in every customer's day-to-day life seamlessly, the smartphone comes with several innovative features like Hotknot and Gesture Control. Its Hotknot feature allows two phones to exchange photos and videos instantly as long as the two screens are put together, while its Gesture Control allows one to open apps, unlock the smartphone or even answer a phone call directly from the lock screen. The phone also boasts of a proficient Ultra Power Saving mode to enhance battery life.

Overall, the device combines great looks with high end specifications. Undoubtedly, with its stylish rich looks, chambered metallic finish edges and a textured rear panel for better grip, it qualifies as one of the best smartphones which shall enhance your life.

The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD IPS OGS full lamination display (1280x720) and supports dual SIM functionality, with 3G supported on both SIMs. Powered by 1.4 GHz Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor, it runs on Android Kitkat operating system. The phone comes with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, expandable upto 32 GB and a 2200 mAh battery. Furthermore, the internal memory allows over 6 GB for data, media and applications.

The smartphone sports a 8 MP rear camera with Ultra high flash for night photography, and several other nestling features like Panorama shot, smile shot and face detection. The LED flash is further paired with a 2 MP front-facing camera for selfie lovers.

Specifically on connectivity, the phone offers Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0 ensuring full time connectivity for the social media buffs. The phone also packs in smart gestures that include Gravity, Proximity sensor and Light sensor and OTG which allows extended connectivity and enhanced data transfer capability.

Commenting on the exclusive launch, Mr. Gopal Jiwarajka, CMD, Salora international says,

"We are excited to partner once again with Amazon for Arya Series. The superlative customer and technical reviews on previous Arya phones has been a great inspiration to expand the Arya Range of products and bring out even more consumer centric devices such as the Z3. The launch of Arya Z3 with Amazon shall help us reach the untouched Indian consumers and the emerging markets of affordable technology. We aim to leverage the expertise of Amazon Online Retail and are looking forward to build the new wave in technology. Arya Z3 is the riposte to our continuous effort to make technology available easily and at affordable prices to the greater masses of India."

Arya Z3 rear

Adding further on the association, Mr. Samir Kumar, Director Category Management, Amazon India said,

"We are excited to offer our customers in India an easy, convenient & exclusive access to the next-gen Arya device, the Arya Z3. Smartphones with latest specs available at affordable price points continue to attract significant customer traction on from all across the country. We see this as a great opportunity to offer customers another promising product to experience and enjoy."

Arya Z3 specifications

Operating System: Android 4.4 (Kitkat)

Processor: 1.4 GHz octa-core

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB internal (expandable up to 32 GB)

Display: 5 inch HD IPS

Resolution (pixels): 1280x720

Primary camera: 8 megapixel

Secondary camera: 2 megapixel

Battery: 2200 mAh

Weight: 154 g

Price: Get a price on the Arya Z3.
A few days ago, I shared the first impressions I had of the Xiaomi Mi 4. In this post, I am going to share the detailed review of this awesome smartphone by a Chinese OEM.

Xiaomi Mi 4

Xiaomi Mi 4 box contents

The box contains the handset (with a
 3000 mAh non-removable battery) with its display covered, a travel adapter, a USB cable for charging and data syncing, a user guide, a pin (to insert the SIM card), and a warranty card. There are no earphones in the box. (I do not understand why OEMs opt not to go for a pair of earpiece. Remember that Xiaomi Redmi Note (Review) was also deprived of earphones. Strategy or company policy?)

Xiaomi Mi 4 build and design

The rear panel of the Xiaomi Mi 4 is made of plastic and has a glossy finish

Before I go into the details, I would like to re-iterate that this smartphone largely resembles iPhone (Note that I first mentioned it in the first impressions article).

The device features a metal chassis, which is quite uncommon in Android devices (except HTC's all-metal devices). The frame around the sides is made up of stainless steel. Also, there are white plastic inserts in the frame (similar to iPhone) at the top and bottom of the device. In short, the build quality of this smartphone is remarkable, and is worth boasting about.

The design is attractive. The metal edging gives this smartphone a premium look-and-feel. There is also a convex plastic panel at the rear. The back panel is glossy, and possesses a diamond-like texture, giving it an attractive finish.

The back cover is removable, but only via a suction cup. The battery, though, is still non-removable. The microSIM card slot is to be accessed via a pin available in the box. There is no microSD slot, the device has a fixed memory size (comes in two variants - 16 GB and 64 GB).

Xiaomi Mi 4 features

In terms of specifications, the device features an IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is powered by 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal flash memory (non-expandable). It comes with a 5-inch screen, protected by Gorilla Glass. The internal storage is 16 GB (there is also a 64 GB variant available). It runs on Android 4.4 with Xiaomi's skin, The MIUI, and packs 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery. It also features a 13 MP camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera which is damn good at taking selfies/groupfies.

The smartphone supports direction, gravity, acceleration, light, e-compass, proximity, gyro, 
temperature, pressure, ambient temperature, linear acceleration, and rotation vector sensors. It does not support relative humidity sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 4 software

The device runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Xiaomi's skin - the MIUI. It is the latest version of this UI, the MIUI v6. Most of the pre-installed applications and their features are same as that of the previous version as explained in the Xiaomi Redmi Note review article. However, the following two things need to be noticed.

Firstly, Google sign-in on the device wasn't working as expected. It appeared more like a trial-and-error approach, with only a single successful attempt out of ten! However, this was fixed later, thanks to the software update.

Secondly, WhatsApp is not working for me when connected to the internet via 2G/3G. On WiFi, it is working as expected. Till date, I haven't figured out the reason. I tried contacting them via Twitter, but all in vain. Few of my blogger friends suggested stuff, but all of that appeared to be alright. Find below a trail of corresponding tweets.

Like me, you might have to live with it! Interestingly weird!

Xiaomi Mi 4 performance and benchmarks

This smartphone is a swift piece of technology. Gaming on this device is a joyful experience,
 many thanks to its 2.5 GHz processor backed by 3 GB RAM. No sluggishness was observed at my end, even while multitasking frequently.

Xiaomi Mi 4 stability result

AnTuTu rating: 27357

General performance: Superior, tough, can spike current market flagship devices.
Game performance: Strong, the game screen effects limit is reached.
Battery performance: Average (surpasses 50% other devices)

Xiaomi Mi 4 supports 10 finger multi-touch

The device supports 10 finger multi-touch, i.e., the touchscreen can detect (and act at) ten touches at any instance in time.

Xiaomi Mi 4 display

The device features an IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It comes with a 5-inch screen, protected by Gorilla Glass. The display is bright, attractive, punchy and sharp. The viewing angles are rock solid, making it easy to view at any angle. Due to the less reflective glass, the device has good outdoor visibility, making the display easy to see even in direct sunlight. Not to 
forget, the colors on the display look lively and vibrant.

Xiaomi Mi 4 camera

One of the best things of this device is its camera. It features a 13 MP rear Sony Exmor camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera which is good enough for taking selfies/groupfies. "The camera is impressive", to quote a friend. It has a variety of features, including HDR, burst mode, and not to forget the panoramic capabilities. It delivers an appreciable quality during video calls. The picture quality is excellent, while the shutter is snappy. The focus time is fast.

Find below a few sample images clicked using this device's camera: (to be uploaded soon).

Xiaomi Mi 4 battery life

The device packs 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which is long lasting. It easily lasts for a whole day. One noticeable thing is that the battery gets heated up on a longer usage, and the same can be felt on the rear side of the smartphone just beneath the camera and the flash.

Why you should buy it?

1. Amazing build quality.

2. Great camera.

3. Good looks at a low price.

4. Smart design.

Why you shouldn't buy it?

1. No microSD card slot.

2. Design copy of the iPhone.

3. The box doesn't contain earphones.

4. Absence of 4G support.

Xiaomi Mi 4 verdict

This smartphone offers almost everything you expect from a high-end flagship device. It has a beautiful design, which you just can't ignore. But given the unexpected behavior of useful applications like WhatsApp, it is a risk to buy it without trying (since it is available only via Flipkart).

Xiaomi Mi 4 specifications

Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Processor: 2.5 GHz quad- core

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 16/64 GB internal (non-expandable)

Display: 5-inch IPS

Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 8 megapixel

Interface: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WiFi, microUSB, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack

Battery: 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 68.5x139.2x8.9 mm

Weight: 149 g

Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Price: Get a price on the Xiaomi Mi 4.

Xiaomi Mi 4 recommended accessories

Mi 10400 mAh power bank

Mi in-ear headphones
Xiaomi Mi 4
Reviewed by Garg Ankit Rating: 4.1
Oppo India today announced the exclusive availability of the Oppo R5 Gilded Limited Edition, which comes with a luxurious gold frame and will be available in the market from 20th February onwards, at a price of Rs. 29,990 till stocks last. There are 10,000 units of the smartphone available globally.

OPPO R5 Gilded Limited Edition front

This device defines luxury. The uber stylish gold frame adds a unique look to the smartphone, and is sure to turn heads for its chic look. The smartphone is available across India only through pre-booking, making it a special gift for special occasions.

According to Mr. Tom Lu, CEO, Oppo India,

"This phone has been developed with the end user in mind. We used cutting edge manufacturing techniques to create a phone that fits perfectly into the users' hands, and that feels incredible. The gold frame has been forged nine times and then finished by hand to give a perfect sheen and feel. It has a quality that is not available anywhere else in the industry. The R5, like the rest of the R series delivers a truly stylish, exquisite and distinctive design and will continue to delight our customers with its innovative yet practical functions."

Measuring 4.85 mm in width and weighing 155 g, this 4G enabled smartphone is equipped with exceptional technology including an octa-core Qualcomm MSM8939, and comes with a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen giving the highest brightness and color rendition, the lowest reflection ratio, and highest ambient light contrast ratio available. It also includes Oppo's VOOC Mini 1.1, through which a 30-minute charge will provide 75% battery life and a five-minute charge will allow for a two-hour call. Built with first-grade real gold material and designed with a beautiful micro-arc frame to make the entire device smooth and strong with elegancy, it is manufactured to fit your hand like a glove. In addition to its user-friendly functionalities, it is a good balance between solid feel and portability.

OPPO R5 Gilded Limited Edition rear

Oppo's R5 is the world's first smartphone that uses phase-change material, keeping it at a constant cool temperature whilst maintaining superior functionality. Its patented heat dissipation technology "Cool Element" protects its octa-core CPU, in turn prolonging the life of the phone. It comes with a 13 MP rear camera. With the latest PI 2.0 Plus Flash Shot technology, this device lets you take the shot with an imperceptible focus time – it has a maximum focus time of 0.18 seconds and delivers 50 MP high-definition picture clarity.

Oppo R5 Gilded Limited Edition specifications

Processor: Qualcomm quad-core

Display: 5.2 inch AMOLED

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Weight: 155 g

Price: Rs. 29,990
Snapdeal has entered into a strategic tie-up with Samsung Electronics to exclusively launch the much anticipated smartphone Samsung Galaxy Grand Max in India. This is the latest device from the popular 'Galaxy Grand' family of smartphones, and will be available at ₹15,990 only on Snapdeal from February 18, 2015.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Max launched exclusively on Snapdeal

In an industry first, Snapdeal will offer every buyer, partner vouchers worth ₹15,990, making this an unbeatable and must-buy mobile device. Also, with this launch, Snapdeal becomes the sole destination for people looking to buy this smartphone in India.

Tony Navin, Senior Vice-President, Electronics and Home, Snapdeal, said,

"Samsung is a leading brand for introducing revolutionary smartphones globally and in India and we are thrilled to be partnering Samsung in launching their highly anticipated Galaxy Grand Max exclusively. As India's largest online marketplace, is a pacesetter in the e-commerce industry with access to over 40 million users and provides Samsung an unmatched platform to launch Galaxy Grand Max in India. The device is designed for high performance and most competitively priced that will be a trendsetter in the market and we are excited about this partnership."

Samsung Galaxy Grand Max grey

This ultra-slim device comes with a 5.25-inch HD 280 ppi display for a grand viewing experience, and runs on Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 410 quad-core chipset with 1.5 GB RAM for a superior all round performance.

The phone is optimized for selfies with a 120° wide-angle 5 MP front camera that can also click pictures through voice and gesture recognition. The phone also comes with a 13 MP rear camera to capture the beautiful moments of life.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Max white

It is available in White and Grey color options.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Max specifications

Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core

Memory: 1.5 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB (expandable up to 64 GB)

Display: 5.25 inch HD TFT

Resolution (pixels): 1280x720

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Interface: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WiFi, USB, Bluetooth

Battery: 2,500 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 74.8x146x7.9 mm

Weight: 161 g

Price: Get a price on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Max.
After the huge success of Redmi Note 4G, Xiaomi has launched another smartphone with impressive specifications. The Xiaomi Mi4 was announced earlier this year on the 29th of January. In terms of specifications, the device features an IPS display, powered by 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with a 3 GB RAM. It comes with a 5-inch screen. The internal storage is 16 GB. A 64 GB variant is also expected to arrive in the market by the end of February. It runs on Android 4.4 with Xiaomi's skin, the MIUI, and packs 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery.

Xiaomi Mi 4 front

The smartphone features an IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has three capacitive buttons for Menu, Home and Back. All of these buttons are placed just below the display. Additionally, there is a 8 MP front-facing camera lens located above the display on the right hand side, just opposite to the side where buttons are located. On the left hand side is the Mi branding. Just next to it is the slit for the proximity sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 4 rear

The smartphone has high-end hardware that includes 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal flash memory (non-expandable), a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash located just beneath the camera lens. On the rear, at the bottom part, in the center, is another Mi branding.

Xiaomi Mi 4 right

The right side of the device features the power key and the volume rocker key. The 3.5 mm headset jack is at the top left. The infrared remote control is at the top right. The micro USB port is at the bottom left, and the speakers are located at the bottom right. The smartphone supports a single micro SIM, which can be inserted using the pin attached to the user guide. The smartphone has a non-removable back, and the micro SIM slot can be found on the left side of the device.

Xiaomi Mi 4 top

Coming in at 149 g and 8.9 mm depth, the phone feels outstanding in the hand with its curved edges. It sure appears to be an iPhone rip-off in terms of looks. Almost everyone I met was surprised thinking that I bought an Apple device!

Xiaomi Mi 4 bottom

The box contains the smartphone with its display covered, along with a travel adaptor, a data cable, a user manual (with a pin attached) and a warranty card. There are no headphones in the box. The printed price on the box is Rs. 19,999. It is being sold via Flipkart at the same price.

Xiaomi Mi 4 left

All images are clicked via Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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As the Cricket World Cup fever catches on, and everyone waits for the curtains to lift on the most awaited sporting event, Mitashi just added more glitter to the occasion, by launching a brand new 58" (146 cms) LED Television that is sure to light up the matches. Knowing that everyone is going to be glued to their television screens for cricket's most awaited tournament, there's never been a better time to get yourself a new Mitashi LED.

Mitashi 58-inch LED TV for the cricket World Cup

Known for their High Quality & Fully Featured LED TV's, Mitashi is steadily expanding its LED TV portfolio. Their expertise in Flat panel business in India and a strong commitment in the Consumer Electronics space has led them to one of the topmost positions in this segment today.

The new 58" LED Television comes with a super slim panel, giving it a sleek and smart look. With Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, the screen will bring that match to life like nothing else. Viewing the World Cup on the massive 58 inches screen is sure to make you feel that - sitting right there in the stadium! The USB plug ports, three HDMI inputs and PC inputs are in-line with every advanced television, and add to the seamless connectivity to other electronic devices. The contrast ratio of 500,000:1 and aspect ratio of 16:9 is sure to enhance the viewing experience. What's more, this fully loaded television comes with a 3-year warranty!

Mitashi 58-inch LED TV

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rakesh Dugar, CMD – Mitashi Edutainment Ltd. said,
"In India, cricket is more than just a game and the World Cup is undoubtedly the most prestigious even that every cricket enthusiast looks forward to for years. Mitashi's brand new TV is designed keeping the need for a thrilling large-screen experience in mind. The sound, picture and design – everything serves the specific purpose of simulating the cricket stadium atmosphere in your living room. You are sure to feel every moment of the excitement on your large screen. The TV comes at a very affordable price so that more and more people can experience its enormity. A great TV for a great sporting event – it's the best time to upgrade!"

As you make plans to gather your friends and family for the big league matches, spare a few moments on that TV. Every eye is going to be glued to it for hours. You surely don't want to stress your eyes to see whether that was an LBW or not! You want to see every detail, hear every chant and feel every moment as India fights to retain cricket's most prestigious cup. Upgrade to the Mitashi today! And cheer on as India screams, "We won't give it back!"

The TV will be available for Rs. 84,990.
Valentine's Day is just round the corner. Have you decided the gift you want to buy this year? Or are you still confused? Well, below we present five awesome options for you to (re)consider. Go and get 'romantech'!

Playbulb LED Candle Light

Playbulb LED candle light

Get in the romantic mood this Valentine's Day by using this app-controlled Playbulb LED Candle Light. The color and flicker of the emitted light can be controlled via the application running on your smartphone. If you have more, you can sync all of them to change colors at the same time, thus creating a romantic setting across your bedroom.

Chillsner Beer Chiller

Chillsner Beer Chiller

Cold beer is a magical thing. It brings people together, and what more do you want this Valentine's day? Just buy this Beer Chiller, freeze it, insert into the bottle, and drink-through. Don't worry, it is made up of stainless steel. Can it be any cooler than this?

I-music pillow

I-music pillow

Does your love drive you mad with music? Fear not, the I-music pillow is here! With this gadget, one can listen to music in bed without disturbing anyone around! Using adapted headphone technology, the sound transmits through the pillow at comfortable listening level. This device is compatible with any audio source that uses a 3.5 mm audio cable.

Lomography instant camera

Lomography instant camera

Does your love hates to wait for the photographic films to be processed? If you answered yes, look no further, because the Lomography instant camera is what you must gift this Valentine's Day. This device lets you capture soft-focused photos in no time.

Beats Pill portable speaker

Beats Pill portable speaker

If your love also loves music, apart from loving you, of course ;) you might consider gifting this awesome Beats Pill portable speaker, which delivers powerful sound. The plus point is that it is light weight, and hence, portable. And yes, it comes in red, the color of love!

If you are still not convinced enough on the gift to buy for your love, you might consider anything from the list of five gifts for geeks.

In the end, happy Valentine's Day. Go live!