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Samsung has today launched their latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J1 4G, under the J series of devices. It is their most affordable smartphone to come with a Super AMOLED display. Another economical phone, the Galaxy J2 Ace, has also been launched.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G

The smartphone comes with the proprietary Ultra Data Saving mode, the S bike mode, and the S Power Planning feature.

As the name suggests, the device supports 4G and VoLTE. It comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The battery capacity is 2,050 mAh.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G sports a 5 MP f/2.2 primary camera with flash. The secondary camera is a 2 MP f/2.2 shooter.

The smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and 1 GB RAM. The internal memory is 8 GB, which is expandable up to 128 GB via micro SD card. The rear cover has a faux leather finish.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G comes in black, gold, and white color variants. It is priced at ₹6,890 ($100 approx.).

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G specifications

Operating System: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Storage: 8 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED
Resolution (pixels): 800x480
Primary camera: 5 megapixel
Secondary camera: 2 megapixel
Battery: 2,050 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.3x132.6x8.9 mm
Weight: 131 g
Price: ₹6,890 ($100 approx.)
Samsung has today launched their latest smartphone under the J series of devices, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace. It is the company's most economical phone to come with front camera flash. Another affordable device, the Galaxy J1 4G, has also been launched.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace

The smartphone comes with the proprietary Ultra Data Saving mode, the S bike mode, and the S Power Planning feature. S Secure and Turbo Speed technology are also available. All these features are custom-built for the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace features a 5-inch qHD (Quarter High Definition) display, with a resolution of 960x540 pixels. It supports 4G LTE and VoLTE. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The battery capacity is 2,600 mAh.

The primary camera is a 8 MP f/2.2 lens with LED flash. The secondary camera is a 5 MP f/2.2 shooter and comes with selfie flash.

The smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and 1.5 GB RAM. The internal memory is 8 GB, which is expandable up to 256 GB via micro SD card. The rear panel has a unique anti-scratch pattern.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace comes in black, gold, and silver color options. It is priced at ₹8,490 ($125 approx.) and will be available January 16 onwards.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.4 GHz quad-core
Memory: 1.5 GB RAM
Storage: 8 GB internal  (expandable up to 256 GB)
Display: 5-inch qHD
Resolution (pixels): 960x540
Primary camera: 8 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 2,600 mAh
Price: ₹8,490 ($125 approx.)
Lenovo has today launched their latest smartphone under the P series, the Lenovo P2, in India.

Lenovo P2

The device features a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. It comes with the proprietary TheaterMax technology that promises a rich multimedia experience.

Lenovo P2 boasts of a massive 5,100 mAh battery. It supports fast charging. There is a dedicated physical key on the side to switch the phone to power saver mode.

The device comes with a fingerprint sensor built-in the physical Home button on the front. It comes with dual-app functionality, which allows two instances of the same app to run at a time. Needless to say, it is a dual SIM smartphone. It supports 4G and VoLTE.

Lenovo P2 is powered by 64-bit 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. The device comes in two variants - one with 3 GB RAM, while the other with 4 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB across both the models. It is expandable up to 128 GB via a micro SD card.

The smartphone features a 13 MP primary camera with Sony Exmor IMX258 sensor. The secondary camera is a 5 MP shooter.

Lenovo P2 comes in gold and gray color variants. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart midnight onwards. The 3 GB model is priced at ₹16,999 ($250 approx.), and the 4 GB variant is priced at ₹17,999 ($265 approx.).

Lenovo P2 specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 2 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3/4 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 5,100 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.0x153.0x8.3 mm
Weight: 177 g
Price: ₹16,999 ($250 approx.) for 3 GB; ₹17,999 ($265 approx.) for 4 GB
Polaroid has announced the latest camera in their instant digital photography lineup, the Polaroid Pop, at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Polaroid Pop

The body of the camera is black in color. The shutter button stands out due to its red color.

Polaroid Pop features a 3.97-inch touchscreen LCD, a 20 MP CMOS sensor with dual LED flash. It also supports image stabilization and can record 1080p videos. On the storage front, a micro SD card slot with a maximum storage capacity of 128 GB is included. One can shoot in color, black-and-white, or vintage sepia modes. On the connectivity front, the camera can be communicated with via WiFi or Bluetooth.

The device comes with an integrated printer which uses the ZINK Zero Ink printing technology that aids in automatically printing color snaps. It uses heat to activate cyan, magenta, and yellow dye crystals embedded in the paper, thus giving a cartridge-free experience.

Polaroid Pop will be available sometime in the last quarter of 2017. Pricing details are yet to be revealed.

Succeeding the GH4, Panasonic Lumix GH5 is the latest DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera from the brand. It is announced at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What is noteworthy is that the camera is capable of capturing 4K videos at 50 or 60 fps (the first mirrorless device to do so), and 6K photos and 30 fps.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The 4K video at 60 frames-per-second is shot in 8-bit 4:2:0 color ratio. Increased color depth of 10-bit 4:2:2 can be achieved at 24 frames-per-second. 1080p slow-motion videos can be captured at 180 fps.

As far as 6K pictures are concerned, the camera shoots burst images at 30 fps and saves them as high-resolution shots equivalent to an 18 MP one. For the 4K variant, the speed is 60 fps, and the output is like an 8-megapixel image.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 is formed of a lightweight die-cast magnesium alloy body. The joints, buttons, and the dial are sealed to make the device splashproof and dustproof. On the storage front, the camera comes with a dual SD card slot.

The electronic viewfinder boasts of 3,686K pixels. The 3.2-inch OLED screen has 1,620K pixels. The shutter unit can withstand approximately 200K releases.

The low-pass filter available in the GH4 is withdrawn from the GH5. The micro 4/3rds Live MOS sensor boasts of a pixel count of 20.3 megapixels. One can use MOV, MP4, AVCHD and AVCHD Progressive formats at various frame rates. Also, there is no time limit for recording FHD and 4K videos.

For improved image processing, a new Venus Engine is deployed. It makes sure to use nine times larger pixel area for detailed reproduction of the captured data. It characterizes every pixel depending on its location on the image and optimizes accordingly.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 boasts of a combination of 2-axis optical image stabilizer along with a 5-axis body image stabilizer. The noise reduction mechanism is upgraded to high precision, thus improving it four times than that of its predecessor.

Depth calculation and contrast autofocus have also been enhanced. The number of focus areas has been increased to 225 for precise focusing. There is also a possibility to modify the focus point after the image has been clicked. One can also utilize Focus Stacking to click many snaps of the same frame with different focus points, and combine them later for a perfectly focused shot.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 will be available in late March this year at a price of $2,000 (body only).

Panasonic Lumix GH5 specifications

Image sensor: Live MOS
Effective pixels: 20.3 million
Metering: Center-weighted average, Multiple and Spot
Lens: Micro 4/3rds
Shutter: Electronic and mechanical
Shutter speed: 60-1/8,000 second (elecronic and mechanical); 1-1/16000 second (electronic)
Continuous shooting: 12 fps (at 20.3 MP); 30 fps (at 18 MP); 60 fps (at 8 MP)
Viewfinder: Electronic (3,686,000 dots)
Screen: 3.2 inch OLED (1,620,000 dots)
File formats: RAW, JPEG, MOV, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD Progressive
ISO sensitivity: 200-25,600 (auto mode); 100-25,600 (extended mode)
Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion 1,860 mAh battery
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 138.5x98.1x87.4 mm
Weight: 725 g (with battery and memory card)
Price: $2,000
Asus has launched their latest smartphone, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Another device, the Asus ZenFone AR, is also announced.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

The smartphone features a full metal body along with a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 provides the required layer of protection. The battery capacity is 5,000 mAh. It boasts of a thickness of just 7.9 mm. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the rear.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor (clocked at 2 GHz) powers the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom. It is coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The maximum RAM supported is 4 GB. The internal memory options are 32/64/128 GB, which can be expanded up to 2 TB via a micro SD card. Exact variants are yet to be revealed.

The device comes with a dual-camera setup. Each lens is a 12 MP shooter. The first one is a 25 mm wide-angle and comes with f/1.7 aperture. The other one is a 59 mm lens that supports a 2.3x optical zoom. The combined zoom (digital and optical) is 12x. There are three autofocus systems in place - dual pixel PDAF, subject tracking autofocus, and laser focus. The TriTech+ autofocus system automatically chooses the one most apt to a situation. The secondary camera is a 13 MP Sony IMX214 lens and comes with screen flash feature.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom comes in three color variants

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom comes in black, gold and silver color options. Details regarding variants, pricing, and availability are not revealed yet.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 2 GHz octa-core
Memory: Up to 4 GB RAM
Storage: 32/64/128 GB internal  (expandable up to 2 TB)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 12 + 12 megapixel
Secondary camera: 13 megapixel
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 77.0x154.3x7.99 mm
Weight: 170 g
Price: TBA