With a focus on offering smooth on-the-go connectivity to the next gen smartphone users, Videocon Mobile Phones Division launches the rich-featured smartphone Z45 Nova+. Powered by robust 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and Android KitKat 4.4, it offers smooth multi-tasking and powerful performance, providing the best in class Android experience to users.

Videocon Z45 Nova+ front


The device is power packed by 1,800 mAh battery that ensures longer usage and keeps the entertainment going on for longer durations. Making user experience a delight for consumers, the smartphone features a 5 MP BSI auto-focus rear camera to capture clear photos and HD videos. While the stunning 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS capacitive screen offers the best display experience, the 2 MP front camera makes the device appropriate for clicking brilliant selfies.

The supercool device comes equipped with an 8 GB internal memory for apps, along with up to 32 GB external memory support; and has a 
1 GB RAM to handle multi-tasking with absolute ease.

Videocon Z45 Nova+ rear


A range of network and utility features like 3G network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual SIM, GPS and FM Radio make this device a perfect choice for today's hyperactive mobile phone users. The smartphone is available at a striking price of INR 4,900.

The device also comes pre-loaded with the revolutionary V-Safe app, a safety tool designed for women, elderly people & children for security purpose in any emergency; along with V-Secure mobile security app to protect the device against malware and malicious apps.

Mr. Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones said,

"The launch of Z45 Nova+ brings a new addition to our portfolio of consumer-focused and affordable smartphones. By introducing such portfolios of smartphones, we aim to bring top smartphone features at a highly affordable pricing and creating a niche in budget smartphone market. With communication getting more hyper, consumers demands for devices, which can provide instant and smooth on-the-go connectivity. In line up to the same, the Z45 Nova+ comes with a combination all these requirements at cost-effective pricing." 

Videocon Z45 Nova+ specifications


Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4

Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB internal, expandable up to 32 GB

Display: 4.5-inch IPS

Primary camera: 5 megapixel

Secondary camera: 2 megapixel

Battery: 1,800 mAh

Price: INR 4,900
iBall (very recently ranked the best in the Tablet Market in India) yet again takes the market by storm with its latest innovation, being the world's most economical Windows tablet packed under INR 5,000 price. Launched in association with Intel and Microsoft, iBall Slide i701 promises to astonish its users with superior performance and manifold features.

iBall Slide i701


Sleek and lightweight, yet incredibly powerful with standout entertainment, smart productivity features, and also combined with multiple freebies for the user, the device delivers all the portable terrific performance you need for an entertaining and busy lifestyle.

Running on Windows 8.1 operating system and powerful Intel processor, it comes with an array of upgrades for enhancements, which incorporates Windows 8.1 (freely upgradable to Windows 10 when launched) and also several 'free licenses', including a one-year MS Office subscription, 1 TB of free OneDrive cloud storage and access to all the popular apps on the Windows Store.

The tablet features a 7-inch HD IPS display, and is powered by quad-core Intel Atom processor with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage that is expandable with micro SD card (up to 32 GB). It also features a 2 MP rear camera with flash, and a VGA front. It has big 3,200 mAh battery that offers reasonable usage, making it the perfect travel device to play games and have fun.

Making the connectivity simpler to other devices is the HDMI port which allows the consumer to connect the tablet to PC, projector or even TV for the larger viewing experience. It also supports USB on-the-go, Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, 3G on dongle.

Swaying towards it is the best package of the perks which includes Signature Collection by iBall brand endorsor Kareena Kapoor, her autograph in the back cover, Free HDMI Cable worth INR 699, and also three interchangeable vibrant protective covers worth INR 599 to boost your enriching experience.

Even at this appealing price of INR 4,999, the user has the additional benefit of freebies worth INR 1,199, giving humongous value to the users.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director iBall says, 

"We are extremely elated to announce our latest tablet iBall Slide i701 with the industry giants Intel and Microsoft. It's the world's most economical Windows Tablet ever with price tag of INR 4,999 only. We are sure every customer will be delighted with this offering!"

Speaking on the occasion, Rajiv Ahlawat, Devices Lead, Microsoft India said, 

"We are pleased to partner with iBall for the launch of the most affordable Windows tablet till date. Increasingly users want devices that are lightweight, affordable and easy to use while on-the-go, with no compromise in experience. The tablet iBall Slide i701 allows multiple user accounts and comes with in-built anti-virus software. With this, we are literally re-imagining the personal computing segment and expect that consumer will find value in this product."

"We would like to congratulate iBall on the launch of its latest Intel processor powered tablet. This tablet will offer consumers the optimal balance of performance, mobility and battery life along with a great value for money proposition",
said Amit Gupta, Director Business Development, Intel South Asia. 

The trailblazer device delivers a vision of performance and features, making it the most desirable tablet to buy under INR 5000. The device shall be available across leading retail stores and leading e-commerce portals from May 21st, 2015.

iBall Slide i701 specifications


Operating System: Windows 8.1, upgradable to Windows 10

Processor: Intel Atom quad-core

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB internal, expandable up to 32 GB

Display: 7 inch HD IPS

Primary camera: VGA

Secondary camera: 2 megapixel

Battery: 3,200 mAh

Price: INR 4,999
Meizu Technology has today announced the launch of Meizu M1 Note in India and it will be available on Amazon. Read our hands-on experience.
Meizu M1 Note




The device indicates the leap into a new era, not only for Meizu products, but also in the complete company strategy as well. The smartphone, which focuses on "Quality for the Young" is derived from the Meizu theory of pursuing the ultimate, to make products that feature "better quality, better experience and cheaper price".

"We see India as a huge opportunity and are very excited to bring the much awaited M1 Note to the country. We are committed to bring high-quality technology at a very attractive price and deliver a great user experience. The Meizu M1 Note will come at an incredibly affordable price point of INR 11,999. The superior quality and performance at a very competitive price will ensure providing the best experience to mobile users. We are also thrilled to partner with Amazon India and leverage their breadth of expertise to give the best customer experience when ordering for a device,"
said Li Nan, the Vice president of Meizu.

On the collaboration with Amazon, one of the India's largest e-commerce sites, Mr Samir Kumar, Director, Category Management, Amazon India said,
"We are excited to be the partner of choice for Meizu in India and offer our customers the opportunity to own Meizu M1 Note smartphone. This aligns with our vision of offering customers in India the widest selection at low prices, fast and reliable delivery and a trustworthy shopping experience."

With a screen size of 5.5-inch and width of 75.2 mm only, the body-to-screen ratio of 76% allows for an easy one-handed use of the phablet. The 1080p Full-HD display which has 403 PPI ensure high resolution images. The whole surfaces of the device is engraved by lightly CNC machine to remove any imperfections and reveal a perfect, high-precision body. The magnesium alloy chassis holds the battery, camera, processor and other internal modules, so it has to be solid and reliable. To make the panel structurally strong, the phone undergoes 19 delicate procedures, including rough and fine peening, washing, polishing, forming and shaping. Despite the heightened difficulty in the production process, this has substantially boosted the structural reliability of the entire handset. The polycarbonate unibody design, introduced for the first time in a budget phone with pre-colored polycarbonate makes the phone uniform and light with vivid, durable and a natural cover.

The 64-bit MT6752 octa-core processor ensures a powerful and efficient performance. The processor that has 8 advanced 1.7 GHz A53 cores and Mali-T760 MP2 GPU ensures enhanced video and gaming experience.

The 13 megapixel camera with the CMOS from Samsung, shoots colorful and sharp photos. The dual LED flash makes the picture bright even under low light.

The device has dual SIM support for different needs, one SIM for 4G high speed network and another for 2G phone call network. It has been fitted with a 3,140 mAh Sony/ATL battery and a sophisticated power management processor, ensuring a long run time. It will be available in two color versions - blue and white.


Bonus Read: Meizu M1 Note hands-on


Meizu M1 Note specifications



Operating System: Flyme OS 4.2 (based on Android 4.4 KitKat)

Processor: 1.7 GHz octa-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16/32 GB internal

Display: 5.5 inch full HD

Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Battery: 3,140 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 75.2x150.7x8.9 mm

Weight: 145 g

Price: INR 11,999. Buy on Amazon.
Lenovo today has launched its new elegantly designed smartphone, the new mid-range smartphone from its widely acclaimed S-Series family - the Lenovo S60. An ergonomic design enclosed in a smooth rounded poly-carbonate shell, it has an impressive 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera with wide-angle for the selfie-lovers. Equipped with 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage which is expandable up to another 32 GB, this device gives you enough space for a large photo library and lets you store all your favorite videos and music.

Lenovo S60


The smartphone sports a 64-bit 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and is an ideal combination of style and substance that offers great aesthetic appeal and responsive performance. The smartphone features a crisp 5 inch HD screen, which allows you to watch videos in vibrant high definition. Its stylish high gloss ergonomically advanced rear cover and bright yellow color makes it a perfect choice for the fun young crowd. It comes with a battery of 2150 mAh with a talk time up to 30 hours and standby time of up to 14 days. The phone runs the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (upgradable to 5.0).

The device has connectivity options which include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and it also has Lenovo's P2P sharing app SHAREit, that provides the fastest way of sharing your content with a friend without Wi-Fi, Data or Bluetooth. It also comes preloaded with Lenovo's super camera software that offers multiple photo filters along with selfie enhancements and gesture controls for taking photographs.

The smartphone will be priced at 12,999 INR and will be available in all leading retail outlets soon. It goes on sale at Amazon and Flipkart, starting 1200 hrs on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Lenovo S60 specifications


Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat, upgradable to 5.0

Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB internal, expandable up to 32 GB

Display: 5.0 inch HD

Resolution (pixels):

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Battery: 2150 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 72.0x143.3x7.7 mm

Weight: 128 g

Price: 12,999 INR. Buy at Amazon or Flipkart.
After successfully launching Elife S7 in India, Gionee announced its latest smartphone the Gionee Pioneer P4S. The Pioneer series brings in yet another smartphone that is daring and enjoyable. Developed with the philosophy of providing flagship features in entry level smartphones, this device promises to deliver a whole new level of customer experience and flip fun. 

Gionee Pioneer P4S with black flip cover

The smartphone is driven with the tagline "Flip. Enjoy." All you need to do is just flip the phone to transfer files, get the perfect photo, listen to surround music, stay secured in the cyber world and definitely flip to discover a sexy phone. The phone comes in with a window flip cover which makes it easy to see the time, date, weather and contacts during a phone call.

Arvind. R. Vohra, Country CEO & MD, Gionee India said, 
"The Pioneer series has been receiving favorable response from the consumers in India. All the models have been appreciated and the P4S takes the standards a level higher by packing superior features in a good looking smartphone. Gionee has been setting high standards in various aspects and believes in giving the consumers better than the best. Having sold over 4 million devices in India, our smartphones are a manifest of our in-depth R&D, design expertise and manufacturing ability."

The device comes in a crystal skin semi-transparent shell with every piece of hardware closely connected to show a tight shape body. The phone comes in with an upgraded HotKnot function, enabling the transfer of any file besides photos and videos. The 1.3 GHz quad core processor and 8 GB memory will ensure faster transfer speed and bigger storage space.


Gionee Pioneer P4S wth white flip cover


Capture the fun moments with the 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera, as your camera shoots 99 images in 21 seconds. The device also offers security features packed with NQ Mobile Security, keeping itself safe on the go!


Gionee Pioneer P4S specifications


Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat

Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core

Memory: 1 GB RAM 

Storage: 8 GB internal

Display: 4.5 inch WVGA

Primary camera: 5 megapixel

Secondary camera: 2 megapixel

Battery: 1800 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 67.7x134.5x8.7 mm

Price: INR 7,799
After being highly successful in the home market, Chinese OEM Meizu has finally decided to enter the lucrative Indian market to take the home competitors head-on. In the company's very first press meet in the country, Meizu M1 Note was unveiled, which is likely to hit the market very soon. In terms of specifications, this smartphone features a full HD display, powered by 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752 Cortex A53 octa-core processor with 2 GB RAM. It comes with a 5.5 inch screen. The internal storage is 16 GB. There also exists a 32 GB variant. There is no expandable memory though. It runs on Android 4.4 with Meizu's skin, the Flyme OS, and packs 3,140 mAh battery.


Meizu M1 Note


Meizu M1 Note front

Meizu M1 Note secondary camera

The smartphone features a IGZO display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has a round button, just like the Apple iPhone, but a little smaller in size. Additionally, there is a 5 MP front facing camera lens located above the display, to the very right, just opposite to the side where the button is located.


Meizu M1 Note rear

Meizu M1 Note primary camera

The smartphone has high-end hardware that includes 1.7 GHz MediaTeK MT6752 64-bit octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal flash memory (non-expandable), a 13 MP rear camera with dual LED flash located just below the camera lens. At the bottom part on the rear, in the center, is the Meizu branding. The device has a non-removable back.

Meizu M1 Note right

The smartphone supports dual micro SIM, which can be inserted by opening the SIM tray present on the right side of the device. The box contains a pin to ease this process. Both the SIM support 4G as well as 2G.

Meizu M1 Note top

The 3.5 mm headset jack is at the top left. Just next to it is the secondary microphone. The power key is present at the top right, just like the iPhone, again. (I do not understand the obsession of these Chinese OEMs with Apple devices. Remember that Xiaomi Mi 4 (review) closely resembles iPhone).


Meizu M1 Note bottom

The micro USB port is at the bottom center. The speakers are located just beside the micro USB port on its right, while the primary microphone is located on its left.

Meizu M1 Note left

The left side of the device features the volume rocker keys. I say keys because there are two keys for volume control, unlike other Android devices, but very much like the iPhone. Huh! Not again!

Coming in at 145 g and 8.9 mm depth, the body of the phone is made up of plastic. This gives the device a cheap look.

Meizu M1 Note box contents

All images are clicked via Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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Meizu M1 Note specifications



Operating System: Flyme OS 4.2 (based on Android 4.4 KitKat)

Processor: 1.7 GHz octa-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16/32 GB internal

Display: 5.5 inch full HD

Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Battery: 3,140 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 75.2x150.7x8.9 mm

Weight: 145 g

Price: Yet to be announced.
After the huge success of Gionee Elife S5.5, the sexiest phone in the world, the Chinese OEM has launched another fabulous smartphone - the Gionee Elife S7. In terms of specifications, this smartphone features a Super AMOLED full HD display, powered by 1.7 GHz MediaTeK 6752 octa-core processor with 2 GB RAM. It comes with a 5.2 inch screen. The internal storage is 16 GB. There is no expandable memory though. It runs on Android 5.0 with Gionee's skin, the Amigo OS, and packs 2,700 mAh battery.


Gionee Elife S7 front


Gionee Elife S7 secondary camera

The smartphone features a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has three capacitive buttons for Menu, Home and Back. Unlike other phones, all of these buttons are placed on the display, and not on the bezel. This makes the device a bit awkward to use due to our habit of using these buttons on the bezel. Additionally, there is a 8 MP front facing camera lens located above the display just to the right of the earpiece, just opposite to the side where buttons are located.


Gionee Elife S7 rear


Gionee Elife S7 primary camera

The smartphone has high-end hardware that includes 1.7 GHz MediaTeK 6752 64-bit octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal flash memory (non-expandable), a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash located on the right of the camera lens. The USP of this device is that the camera does not protrude out of the body. Only Gionee slim phones have cameras with no protrusion, making them really slim. At the top part on the rear, in the center, is the Gionee branding.

Gionee Elife S7 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 bottom right. The micro USB port is at the bottom center. The speakers are located just beside the micro USB port on its right, while the microphone is located on its left. The device has a non-removable back. The smartphone supports dual SIM, which can be inserted by opening the SIM tray present on the left side of the device. Both the SIM support 4G as well as 3G. This is the first ultra slim phone to do so.

Gionee Elife S7 top


Coming in with 5.5 mm depth, the phone feels outstanding in the hand with its U-shape design. The unique ergonomic side profile provides an extremely comfortable grip for one-handed use, even though the screen size is big.


Gionee Elife S7 bottom

Gionee Elife S7 left

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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

Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 8 megapixel

Battery: 2,700 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 67.4x139.8x5.5 mm

Price: Rs. 24,999
iBall adds another smartphone to its growing Andi series of smartphones, the Andi Xotic. The phone dazzles its users with the 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB in-built memory.

iBall Andi Xotic


The alluring beauty comes with compact yet generous 5-inch IPS qHD display, giving brilliant picture quality with superior graphics & sharp images. It also delivers an overall astonishing experience without putting strain to the eyes. The unique and attractive 3D user interface adds more fun! At its core is the blazing 1.3 GHz quad-core processor which allows multiple apps without lags, building smoother user interface. Also backed by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of in-built storage. This smartphone warrants a superior user experience with its full lamination display, giving the phone that high class look and feel!

iBall Andi Xotic rear


The device has an 8 MP AF camera with BSI sensor and LED flash, which delivers clearer and brighter pictures even in low lightning conditions. At its front is a 3.2 MP camera for picture perfect selfies and enhanced video calling. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, which is upgradable to 5.0 Lollipop.

At the launch of this device, Director Mr. Sandeep Parasrampuria says,
"We are very pleased to announce the launch of Andi 5M Xotic 2 GB. The users are now desiring 2 GB RAM with good display and alluring design. Our iBall Xotic fulfills this desire!"

Making the device more potent is the supersonic 2000 mAh battery for all day non-stop entertainment, backed by the 3G dual SIM supporting device. Adding to the list of entertainment basket is the built-in FM radio with recording, Bluetooth, GPS & AGPS, leaving never a dull moment!

For user convenience and instantaneous need, the device is also packed in with several other user-friendly features such as USB tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot and USB internet, that truly enables work on-the-go! Simplifying the usage of the device is the Smart feature that enables the user to just flip the device to mute it, when in midst of a meeting. Also, not to forget is that the smartphone is bundled with the protective cover.

iBall Andi Xotic


The smartphone shall be available at all leading retail outlets and showrooms all over India. 
Priced at a best buy of just Rs. 8,199 this device carries forward the iBall legacy of presenting users with high value for money products.

iBall Andi Xotic specifications


Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB internal, expandable up to 32 GB (micro SD)

Display: 5.0 inch IPS qHD

Resolution (pixels):

Primary camera: 8 megapixel

Secondary camera: 3.2 megapixel

Battery: 2000 mAh

Price: Rs. 8,199
Lenovo launched the much-anticipated A7000 in India exclusively with Flipkart. Last month, it was announced at the Mobile World Congress held at Barcelona, Spain. The 4G/LTE smartphone sports a 64-bit 1.5 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB DDR3 RAM for smooth gaming, a great multimedia experience and lag-free multitasking. Featuring a brilliant 5.5 inch HD display with ultra-wide viewing angles, the smartphone ensures clarity and accurate color reproduction. It is also the world's first smartphone featuring all-new Dolby Atmos technology, providing moving audio technology for an unparalleled acoustic experience.

Lenovo A7000 front


In addition to its impressive audio and visual technologies, this multimedia smartphone provides an enhanced user experience with a powerful battery life required for all-day connectivity. It is powered by a 2900 mAh battery, along with enhanced battery optimization features that provides enough power to the processor. While having a large battery, it is surprisingly thin at 7.9 mm, and light at 140 g, making it highly portable.

"At Lenovo we are committed to providing cutting edge technology to our consumers",
said, Sudhin Mathur, Director- Smartphones, Lenovo India.
"The A7000 brings in flagship worthy features and performance at an incredible price making it a perfect choice for consumers looking for a trendy and powerful phone loaded with future-proof features", 
he added.

Amitesh Jha, Vice President – Retail, Flipkart, said,
"The Lenovo A series has been very well received by our customers since its launch in January this year. We are happy to partner with Lenovo again to launch Lenovo A7000 – the latest addition to this series. Dedicated towards providing world class products at great value to our consumers, we are positive that this new-age smartphone will cater to every customer's requirement."

This device, with its smooth and highly responsive performance, also supports USB-OTG that lets you connect a USB drive or even charge other phones. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the dual SIM smartphone comes well-equipped with an 8 MP auto-focus rear camera with dual-tone flash and 5 MP fixed-focus front camera.



Lenovo A7000 rear

All images are clicked via Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

This smartphone is an ideal choice for people who want to experience un-matchable performance and multimedia excellence while on-the-go at a stunning price!

It is priced at Rs. 8,999 and will be available exclusively on FlipKart.

Lenovo A7000 specifications


Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB internal, expandable up to 32 GB (micro SD)

Display: 5.5 inch HD IPS

Resolution (pixels): 1280x720

Primary camera: 8 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Battery: 2900 mAh, lithium ion

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.2x152.6x7.9 mm

Weight: 140 g

Price: Get a price on the Lenovo A7000.
After the huge success of Redmi 1S, Xiaomi has launched another smartphone which is a successor. In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 features an IPS display, powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor with a 1 GB RAM. It comes with a 4.7 inch screen. The internal storage is 8 GB. It runs on Android 4.4 with Xiaomi's skin, the MIUI, and packs 2,200 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 front


The smartphone features an IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720 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 2 MP front-facing camera lens located above the display on the left hand side, just opposite to the side where buttons are located.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 rear


The smartphone has high-end hardware that includes 1.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal flash memory (expandable up to 32 GB), a 8 MP rear camera with LED flash located on the left of the camera lens. On the rear, the speakers are located on the right of the camera lens. At the bottom part, in the center, is the Mi branding.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 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 right. The micro USB port is at the bottom right. The device has a removable back. The smartphone supports dual micro SIM, which can be inserted by opening the back and removing the battery. The micro SD slot can also be accessed only after un-mounting the battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 top


Coming in at 133 g and 9.4 mm depth, the phone feels outstanding in the hand with its curved edges. The small-screen size definitely makes it handy.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 bottom


The box contains the smartphone with its display covered, along with a travel adaptor, a data cable, a user manual and a warranty card. There are no headphones in the box. The printed price on the box is Rs. 6,999. It is being sold via Flipkart at the same price.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 left

All images are clicked via Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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Oppo has launched the Oppo N3 in India. With a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display, it has a pixel density of 403 ppi. The uber stylish device has a motorized swivel camera with PI 2.0+ technology that can track objects as they move, and can rotate up to 206 degrees. The smartphone is equipped with a multi-frame synthesis super-sampling technique that can combine multiple low resolution RAW images into an ultra-high resolution picture with greater details.

Oppo N3


This flagship device is set apart with incredible specs, and is sure to entice the envy of its competitors. A 16 MP Schneider-Kreuznach certified lens offers a maximum resolution of 64 MP; a pixel size of 1.34 micron and integration of 5 optical lenses which makes it the perfect device for photography enthusiasts.

The device meets the growing consumer demand by offering ample features that makes your life easy. The users can seamlessly multitask and go beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone. The double exposure function provides transparency in the images both in first and second photo that will be layered over the first. After you have taken the pictures, PI 2.0+ will automatically merge the two images into one.

Without any tedious post-editing, the smartphone enables you to appear in multiple locations in the same picture easily. The camera will rotate automatically while using the auto panorama mode. Before using the feature, choose 3 to 4 segments within the 206° view of the camera. After the camera has finished scanning the first segment, you can move out of the focus area and into the next segment before the camera takes the remaining shots in sequential order.

Oppo N3 has a motorized swivel camera


The PI 2.0+ image platform enables this device to handle a multitude of different photography settings. Oppo has analyzed thousands of common photography settings to construct a matching library which features more than a hundred unique functions. When you activate the camera, the PI engine will start by performing a smart analysis of the environment and will identify its unique characteristics; the engine will then provide the most appropriate color optimization solution. With an improved optimization algorithm, the PI 2.0+ is able to complete this complicated matching process in an instant.

More importantly, the camera modes of the PI 2.0+ image platform can be fully personalized, turning your smartphone's camera into your very own private photography editing suite. With its smart image plugin feature, the device allows you to fully realize your creative talent.

The smart image plugin feature of PI 2.0+ helps to create a series of sophisticated and unique photography experiences. Offering options similar to that of professional cameras along with flexible and customizable settings, you can take fantastic pictures anytime, anywhere.


Professional photography has never sounded more fun than it does with this device. The key lies in the PI 2.0+ professional camera plugin. Professional cameras have powerful features that exceed the image quality and effects of ordinary cameras. However, they require significant investments and are often bulky in build; for this reason, they are often not embraced by users. Understanding that professional cameras were not for everyone, Oppo has released a professional camera plugin with features such as white balance, ISO, exposure compensation and manual focus, matching closely that of a real compact camera system.

The device is available in various stores across India and is priced at 42990 INR through pre-booking.


Oppo N3 specifications


Operating system: Color OS (based on Android 4.4)

Processor: 2.3 GHz quad-core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 32 GB internal, expandable up to 128 GB

Display: 5.5 inch FHD

Resolution (pixels): 1080x1920

Primary camera: 16 megapixel

Battery: 3000 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 77.0x161.2x8.7 mm

Weight: 192 g

Price: Get a price on the Oppo N3.
Photography is a burgeoning field of interest these days, and if you look around, you will see that almost everyone owns a camera these days and that too, a high-end one. Unlike old times, the digital revolution has made photography an affordable hobby for all. However, getting an expensive camera and supporting gear does not mean that your pictures will look amazing. Beautiful pictures require a creative aptitude, quite a deal of thought and clear concepts about what do you want your picture to look like. I am, hereby, sharing few simple techniques which may help you click awesome pictures when shooting birds.


Be patient



Greater flamingo
                                       Device            : Nikon D7000 
                                       Lens               : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                       Focal Length    :185mm
                                       Aperture         : f/8
                                       Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                       ISO                :250

Yes, I am saying patience first and most important part of bird photography. Always remember you, as a photographer, are an intruder to their world. They don't expect you to be here. They fear from you. They believe you are outsider to their world who has potential to destroy their little precious sweet world. So, you have to work hard to make yourself as a part of their little world. You need to become a part of their environment. You should not look like an outsider, but like an integral part of their environment. Don't chase them; instead wait for them patiently to come close to you. Yes, they will allow you to come too close to them once they start believing in you; once they start feeling you as part of their little sweet world.


Try to be a part of their Environment




Eurasian SpoonBill
                                         Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                         Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                         Focal Length   :185mm
                                         Aperture         : f/5.6
                                         Shutter Speed : 1/3200
                                         ISO                :200


I am talking about to be a part of their environment, but how that can be achieved. What does it mean to be a part of environment? Is it really too hard to understand? Nope, it is not, but yes patience plays the most important part here. At first, try to understand your environment, feel its color, its sound, its music. Look around you, what's the color of soil, what's the color of trees and plants. Dress according to your surroundings. Don't dress with bright color, It attracts too much attention. Always try to wear light color, preferably light green.



Wait for your bird to come near you 


Black headed gull
                                        Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                        Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                        Focal Length   :185mm
                                        Aperture         : f/5.6
                                        Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                        ISO                :125


Yes, you read it correctly. Wait for your bird to come near you. Believe me it is the hardest part of bird photography, but not impossible one. Never chase your bird, the more you chase the more it will run away and it will alert others also. Listen to their voice, observe their movement, try to find out their frequent visiting places. Go to that place, stay low. Better lie down on the grass and wait for them to come near you. 


Always be ready with your camera  



River tern
                                        Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                        Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                        Focal Length   :80mm
                                        Aperture         : f/7.1
                                        Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                        ISO                :100

Remember you are not shooting some portrait or fashion photography where your subject will give you poses according to your choice and time. Here, you are doing bird photography where your object doesn't want to get clicked. They just want to live their live peacefully. They will come to you or give some action pose, that too unintentionally for a fraction of time, hardly for 3 to 4 seconds. If you want to get the best pic then better utilize these 3 to 4 seconds beautifully. You may not get these 3 to 4 seconds for whole day. Keep your setting ready.



Visualize your frame  



Black headed ibis flock
                                         Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                         Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                         Focal Length   :270mm
                                         Aperture         : f/5.6
                                         Shutter Speed : 1/1250
                                         ISO                :200

Visualize your frame through naked eye. Camera is just a tool to capture your thought, your story. You are the one who sees the beauty, the story, the uniqueness. Camera just reflects it to the frame. So feel the beauty and see it through your eye.

Bonus Read: Still photography tips for newbies


Customize camera setting



Spotted billed pelican
                                Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G    
                                Focal Length   :145mm
                                Aperture         : f/4.8
                                Shutter Speed : 1/3200
                                ISO                :200

I purposefully delayed this topic as I truly believe camera setting is something which can be learnt too quickly by reading few blogs (like this one), and by watching YouTube videos, but the first three points which I mentioned are really hard ones to master the essential part of bird photography.

It's totally up to you, what you want to capture. If you want to capture motion, then keep your shutter speed low and move your camera with your object so that your object becomes stationary with respect to the camera, but background will become blurred with a trail in one direction, giving your object a motion.

If you want a sharp image, keep your shutter speed high which makes your object sharp, and also it makes everything stationary.



Always shoot in Continuous Focus Mode


Black-headed ibis
                                Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                Focal Length   :300mm
                                Aperture         : f/5.6
                                Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                ISO                :200

Your object (bird in this case) moves very fast, and its path is also very random. It is very hard to focus manually to their flying path. So, keep your camera on continuous mode. It resets the focus point according to flying path.



Keep your ISO as low as possible


Painted stork
                                Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G    
                                Focal Length   :300mm
                                Aperture         : f/5.6
                                Shutter Speed : 1/3200
                                ISO                :200

High ISO makes the camera more sensitive to light, but it also introduces unnecessary noise to your photo, which reduces the beauty of your photograph. Mostly bird photography is done at day time, where you get sufficient amount of light. So it's better keep your ISO below 400 and adjust your light using shutter speed and exposure.


Use proper lens


Purple sun bird
                                  Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                  Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                  Focal Length   :300mm
                                  Aperture         : f/7.1
                                  Shutter Speed : 1/500
                                  ISO                :100

I am mentioning this in the later part, because it is achievable at any point of time according to your purchasing capacity. Lens' price vary from $400 to $2000 according to your choice. Always use VR (Vibration reduction) lens. I personally found Nikon 70-300mm VR lens good with sunlight.


Always shoot in Raw mode



Black-headed gull
                            Device           : Nikon D7000 
                            Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                            Focal Length   :300mm
                            Aperture         : f/5.6
                            Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                            ISO                :100

Raw mode gives you independence for post processing. It captures maximum color, and you can adjust them according to your choice in post processing.
 

Hope you understood the points I made. Now it's time to pick up your gear and start shooting (not with the gun, of course).