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ZTE has finally decided to jump on the bandwagon of B2C in the Indian market and has thus unveiled its entry-level smartphone, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus front

The device comes with a 5.5-inch FHD (1920x1080 pixels) display, with a pixel density of 404 ppi. It has a metal unibody design, with curved 2.5D glass on front and edges.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus is powered by MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, coupled with Mali T860 GPU. It comes with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The memory is expandable up to 128 GB via hybrid SIM/microSD card slot.

The rear camera comes with 13 MP PDAF sensor with dual LED flash. It is paired with an 8 MP front facing lens. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the rear.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus rear and sides

The smartphone is packed with 5,000 mAh battery; the company promises talk time of up to 22 hours. It supports reverse charging, thus doubling up as a powerbank when needed. The device runs on Mi-Favor operating system, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes in gold and silver color variants. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart 6th February onwards. The device is priced at ₹11,999 ($180 approx.).

ZTE Blade A2 Plus specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 32 internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.2x155x9.8 mm
Weight: 189 g
Price: ₹11,999 ($180 approx.)
Oppo has today launched their latest smartphone in India, the Oppo A57. It is being dubbed as the selfie-centric device. As a result, it is equipped with a 16 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, screen flash, and bokeh effect.

Oppo A57 front

The rear camera of the smartphone is a 13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF).

The device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, with Adreno 505 GPU and 3 GB RAM.

The internal memory on the Oppo A57 is 32 GB, which is expandable up to 256 GB. The device supports two SIM cards (both nano).

Oppo A57 rear

The smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch HD IPS screen protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The battery capacity is 2,900 mAh. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based custom skin ColorOS 3.0.

Oppo A57 comes in gold color. It is priced at ₹14,990 ($220 approx.) and will be available on the 3rd of next month.

Oppo A57 specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.4 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (expandable up to 256 GB)
Display: 5.2-inch HD
Resolution (pixels): 1280x720
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 16 megapixel
Battery: 2,900 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 72.9x149.1x7.65 mm
Weight: 147 g
Price: ₹14,990 ($220 approx.)
Swipe has launched their latest entry-level smartphone under the Elite series of devices, the Swipe Elite Power. As can be guessed from its name, the smartphone boasts of a big battery (4,000 mAh to be exact).

Swipe Elite Power

The device supports dual SIM along with 4G LTE and VoLTE. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 1.1 GHz.

Swipe Elite Power comes with a fingerprint sensor at the rear. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The primary camera is a 8 MP shooter. The secondary camera is equipped with a 5 MP lens.

The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display. It is powered by 2 GB RAM. It comes with an internal memory of 16 GB, which is expandable up to 32 GB.

Swipe Elite Power will be available exclusively on Flipkart tomorrow onwards. It is priced at ₹6,999 ($105 approx.).

Swipe Elite Power specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.1 GHz quad-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal (expandable up to 32 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch HD
Resolution (pixels): 1280x720
Primary camera: 8megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 77.0x156.5x8.8 mm
Price: ₹6,999 ($105 approx.)

Finally, after lots of teasers, Huawei has launched their latest smartphone, the Huawei Honor 6X, in India. It features a dual camera set-up at the rear for phone photography enthusiasts.

Huawei Honor 6X front

The device comes with a 5.5 inch full HD (1920x1080 pixels) display. It has a metal unibody design, with curved 2.5D glass on front and edges.

Huawei Honor 6X is powered by Kirin 655 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. There are two models - 3 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM packed with 64 gigs memory. The memory is expandable up to 128 GB, thanks to the hybrid SIM/microSD card slot.

The rear camera is a dual lens set-up (12 MP + 2 MP), along with a wide aperture (f/0.95 - f/16). The second lens is aimed to get the depth of field information to create the bokeh effect. The front camera is an 8 MP shooter.

The smartphone is packed with 3,340 mAh battery. The device runs on EMUI operating system, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Updates to Android 7.0 Nougat are promised.

Huawei Honor 6X rear

Huawei Honor 6X will be available exclusively on Amazon via the flash sale model. The first sale is scheduled for 2nd next month, registrations for which have already begun. The base variant is priced at ₹12,999 ($190 approx.), while the high-end model costs ₹15,999 ($235 approx.).

Huawei Honor 6X specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.7 GHz quad-core
Memory: 3/4 GB RAM
Storage: 32/64 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 12 + 2 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,340 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.2x150.9x8.2 mm
Price: ₹12,999 ($190 approx.) for 3/32 GB variant; ₹15,999 ($235 approx.) for 4/64 gigs version
itel has today launched their latest smartphone under the Selfie Pro series, the itel it1518 in India. I keep wondering why do they give such tough-to-remember names to their products.

itel it1518

The smartphone hosts a 8 MP primary camera with autofocus. The secondary camera is a 5 MP shooter. Flash is available with both these lenses. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G and VoLTE. It comes with 2 GB RAM.

itel it1518 is powered by MediaTek quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz. It is paired with Mali T720 GPU. The internal memory capacity is 8 GB, which is expandable up to 128 GB via a micro SD card.

The body of the device is textured. It features a 5-inch HD IPS display, with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 pixels-per-inch. The battery capacity is 2,500 mAh. It is a dual SIM (both micro) device.

itel it1518 comes in black, gold, and white color variants. It is priced at ₹7,550 ($110 approx.)

itel it1518 specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 8 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5-inch HD IPS
Resolution (pixels): 1280x720
Primary camera: 8 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 2,500 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 71.3x143.5x8.5 mm
Price: ₹7,550 ($110 approx.)
Fujifilm has launched their latest interchangeable lens camera under the X-series, the Fujifilm X-T20. Another camera, the Fujifilm X100F, has also been launched.

Fujifilm X-T20 front

The camera features a 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, along with X-Processor Pro image processing engine.

The body of the camera is compact and light in weight. It is made from magnesium alloy. The three dials on the top are made from aluminum. The drive dial has a Video option to switch between photo and video modes instantly. The exposure compensation dial has the C position for up to 5 stops (on either side of zero).

Fujifilm X-T20 rear

Fujifilm X-T20 features a 3-inch tilting TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1,040K dots.

The number of focusing points has gone up to 91 (from 49 in the previous model). The phase detection autofocus points cover a larger area of the frame for a fast and precise focus.

Fujifilm X-T20 top

Fujifilm X-T20 comes in black and silver color options. It will be available next month onwards, for a price of $900.

Fujifilm X-T20 specifications

Image sensor: X-Trans CMOS III APS-C
Effective pixels: 24.3 million
Metering: Center-weighted, Average, Multiple and Spot
Lens: Fujifilm X mount
Shutter: Electronic and mechanical
Shutter speed: 30-1/32,000 second (elecronic and mechanical); 1-1/32,000 second (electronic); 30-1/4,000 (mechanical)
Continuous shooting: 14 fps
Viewfinder: 0.39-inch OLED (2,360,000 dots)
Screen: 3-inch TFT LCD (1,040,000 dots)
File formats: RAW, JPEG, MOV
ISO sensitivity: 200-12,800 (auto mode); 100-51,200 (extended mode)
Power: Lithium-ion battery
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 118.4x82.8.1x41.4 mm
Weight: 383 g (with battery and memory card)
Price: $900