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Videocon has launched its latest device in the Indian market, the Videocon Ultra50.

Videocon Ultra50

The smartphone features a curved bezel design with Asahi Glass finish on either side. The fingerprint sensor is placed beneath the physical Home button below the display.

Videocon Ultra50 comes with a 5-inch HD (1280x720 pixels) IPS display further supported by MiraVision. It supports a 13 MP primary camera with dual LED flash and phase detection autofocus. The secondary camera is a 5 MP shooter with LED flash.

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is supported by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz. The device comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 64 GB. The battery capacity is 3,000 mAh.

The device comes with a host of pre-installed applications, including emergency response, ErosNow, and Gameloft. It also supports two Whatsapp accounts at the same time.

Videocon Ultra50 comes in two color variants, viz. gold and gray. It also comes with 18-months warranty along with a 15-day replacement warranty. It will be available from the first week of next month at a price of ₹8,990 ($135 approx.).

Videocon Ultra50 specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: MediaTek MT6735 quad-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal  (expandable up to 64 GB)
Display: 5.0-inch HD
Resolution (pixels): 1280x720
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 72.8x148.1x11.27 mm
Price: ₹8,990 ($135 approx.)
Meizu has launched the Meizu M3S in the Indian market just before the festival of Diwali.

Meizu M3S

The device features a full metal body with 2.5D glass design. The 13 MP primary camera supports autofocus. The secondary camera is a 5 MP f/2.0 shooter.

Meizu M3S runs on MediaTek MT6750 octa-core chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. The proprietary mTouch 2.1 offers security via fingerprint mechanism. It features a 3,020 mAh battery.

The smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD display. It runs on Flyme 5 operating system, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It comes in two RAM and storage options - one with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, while the other with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

Meizu M3S is available in three color options, viz. gold, gray, and silver. It will be sold exclusively on Snapdeal. The 2 GB/16 GB variant costs ₹7,999 ($120 approx.), while the 3 GB/32 GB model is priced at ₹9,299 ($140 approx.).

Meizu M3S specifications

Operating System: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Processor: MediaTek MT6750 octa-core
Memory: 2/3 GB RAM
Storage: 16/32 GB internal
Display: 5.0-inch HD
Resolution (pixels): 1280x720
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 3,020 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.9x141.9x8.3 mm
Weight: 138 g
Price: ₹7,999 ($120 approx.) for the 2 GB/16 GB model; ₹9,299 ($140 approx.) for the 3 GB/32 GB variant
We already compared Google Pixel XL with Huawei Nexus 6P. In this post, Korean giant's flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is pitted against Google's latest offering.

Google Pixel XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Battery capacity

Google Pixel XL has a 3,450 mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a 3,600 mAh battery. Thus, the S7 Edge has around 4% larger battery capacity.

Charging interface

Pixel XL comes with the reversible USB Type-C port, while the S7 Edge sticks to the good old micro USB port.

Color options

Black and silver are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a new blue variant, while the S7 Edge also comes in gold.

Curved display

Pixel XL does not come with a curved display, but the S7 Edge boasts a curved screen at the front edges of the device, thus giving it a unique look.


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is 150.9 mm in height, 72.6 mm in width and 7.7 mm in depth. Thus, Pixel XL is around 3% taller and 4% wider in comparison.

External storage

Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. S7 Edge, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 256 gigs via a micro SD card.

Home button

Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the S7 Edge has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options

Pixel XL has only 32 and 128 GB models. S7 Edge offers an additional 64 GB variant.

Mobile payments support

Pixel XL is Android Pay ready via NFC (Near Field Communication), while the S7 Edge is Samsung Pay compatible via both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission).

Operating System

Pixel XL comes with Android 7 Nougat out-of-the-box. S7 Edge currently runs on TouchWiz UI based on Android 6 Marshmallow. The Korean giant already promises an update to Nougat, but the exact dates are not known.

Optical image stabilization

Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has this feature.

Primary camera aperture

Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the S7 Edge's primary camera has f/1.7 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the Galaxy S7 Edge.


Pixel XL boasts of 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz. S7 Edge runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz. In markets other than China, Japan, and the US, Galaxy S7 Edge has an octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset.

Secondary camera

Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5 MP front shooter. Thus, Pixel XL has 60% more megapixels in its secondary camera.

Virtual Assistant

Pixel XL comes with the new Google Assistant. S7 Edge features the junior Google Now assistant as well as the proprietary S-Voice.

Virtual Reality support

Pixel XL is Google Daydream ready out-of-the-box, while the S7 Edge is Samsung Gear VR compatible.

Water resistance

Pixel XL is not water resistant, while the S7 Edge comes with an IP68 rating. This means that the Galaxy S7 Edge can stay in up to 1.5 meters of water for a maximum of 30 minutes.


Pixel XL weighs 168 grams, while S7 Edge weighs 157 grams. Thus, Pixel XL is almost 7% heavier.

Wireless charging

Google Pixel XL does not support wireless charging, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge does.

Other common features

  • 5.5-inch display size
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • Pixel density of 534 pixels-per-inch
  • Pressure insensitive AMOLED display
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Fast charging supported
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensors available


Both the devices give neck-to-neck competition to each other in most of the cases. Google Pixel XL seems to be leading regarding operating system, camera, and virtual assistant. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has an edge in external storage, water resistance, and a whole lot of content for the Gear VR. However, now that even the Galaxy S7 Edge seems to be following the blasting spree of its Note sibling, we expect our readers to make a wise decision.
InFocus has today launched their latest smartphone under the new Epic series of devices, the InFocus Epic 1, in India.

InFocus Epic 1

The smartphone features the MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 deca-core processor (two Cortex A-72 clocked at 2.1 GHz, four Cortex A53 running at 1.85 GHz and four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.4 GHz) with tri-cluster architecture, coupled with Mali T880 MP4 GPU.

InFocus Epic 1 supports 4G LTE and VoLTE. It comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 128 GB.

The device features a 8 MP f/1.8 secondary camera with wide-angle lens. The rear camera is a 16 MP f/2.0 shooter with dual-tone LED flash, phase detection autofocus and auto image stabilization, and is capable of recording 4K videos.

InFocus Epic 1 comes with a full metal body design with a brushed-metal finish. It features a 5.5-inch FHD (1920x1080 pixels) display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

The smartphone boasts of a fingerprint sensor at the rear. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with USB Type-C port with fast charging support.

InFocus Epic 1 will be available on Amazon starting tomorrow, at a price of ₹12,999 ($195 approx.).

InFocus Epic 1 specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.0x153.0x8.4 mm
Weight: 160 g
Price: ₹12,999 ($195 approx.)

October 23, 2016:

Nintendo has released a video showing the looks of the much awaited Nintendo Switch, aka the Nintendo NX.

April 27, 2016:

We have a good and a bad news for avid gamers. The bad news is that the mysterious gaming console from the house of Nintendo (yes, we are talking about the NX) is not going to launch anytime this year. Instead, it will launch, wait for it, in March next year. That's the good news.

Nintendo NX

After a lot of speculations, Nintendo has finally confirmed the NX launch date via a tweet posted by them. After a lot of fake leaks regarding the console's controller, we are happy to have an official statement. A lot of rumors over time have also hinted towards the NX being a hybrid of console and handheld form, but sadly there is no official information that can clear the air around the matter.

Additionally, according to another tweet, the upcoming Legend of Zelda game will simultaneously launch on Wii U and NX in 2017. In fact, it will be the focus of the next press event by Nintendo, which is scheduled for June this year. Unfortunately, this means that the gaming community will have to wait almost an year to get their hands on the new game. Better late than never.

Miitomo, the smartphone game by Nintendo which was launched earlier this year has now been played by more than 10 million people. As a result, the company has decided to bring more apps to smartphones, and this list includes the famous Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing.

And now we wait.
Lithium-ion batteries are the ones used in consumer electronic items. Their potential to retain the charge for a longer duration has made them the industry-wide standard. In recent years, lithium-oxygen batteries have surfaced as a possible successor. However, due to several limitations, their practical usage in commercial products is not possible yet.

Heme molecule could be the reason for better rechargeable batteries

One such obstacle is the formation of lithium peroxide. For the unaware, it is a solid precipitate that is chemically formed during the process and covers the surface of the electrodes, thus slowing (and ultimately halting) the flow of ions. The idea is to find and use a catalyst that will result in the decomposition of those harmful peroxide molecules into lithium ions and oxygen gas.

The researchers at Yale laboratory have identified a molecule named Heme to act as the catalyst in the process in an environment-friendly manner. It is the same molecule that makes one of the two parts of hemoglobin, the protein molecule responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. Since Heme has a good binding with oxygen, it is a perfect candidate for the job.

It has been successfully demonstrated that when used as the catalyst, the Heme molecule improved the lithium-oxygen cell's function by reducing the energy needed to improve the charge/discharge cycle time of the battery.

Moreover, this will result in the reduction of animal waste disposal since this biomolecule is traditionally just a waste product in the animal products industry.