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Micromax Canvas 6 Pro Full Technical Review: Worth Buying?

Micromax has released the swag smartphone out into the market with a lot of attitude era hash tags and taglines. Canvas 6 Pro as it is named tags a line “Enough RAM to kick boredom's ass” right on the homepage highlighting the 4GB RAM and 2.0 GHz Helio processor. This phone is neither metallic built or glossy finished. it isn’t even have premium looks but looks to be having a powerful configuration as boasted by the company.

 

Let’s walkthrough the technical features of the phone and see if it is also a real swag out nature rather than just on paper.

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Design

Micromax manufactured Canvas 6 Pro with rubberized polycarbonate panel purely unlike metallic Canvas 6. The device is a 5.5 inch device, so have those big boy looks. The rubberized panel gives a better grip compared to the metallic Canvas 6. The phone is built strong and the build quality is very good. This looks a bit thicker than the phones of this season but yet looks powerful with its on–paper specs.

 

Impressions: No special looks in the design. Build quality is very good.

 

Display

The Canvas 6 Pro have 5.5 inch IPS Full HD 1080p display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 16M colors rendering capacity. The display quality is good have good viewing angles. The color reproduction is good but it struggles in the sunlight.

 

Impressions: No special display. Weak sunlight view-ability.

 

Performance

Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is powered by 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio processor supported by 4GB DDR3 RAM. The larger amount of RAM will definitely give lag-free performance while multi-tasking.

 

Canvas 6 Pro runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. The possibility of the Marshmallow upgrade is still unknown. The unofficial internet sources expect the Android 6.0 on this device in future.

 

Impressions: Good at multi-tasking.

 

Storage

Canvas 6 Pro comes with 16GB internal storage in which almost 6GB is preoccupied by the operating system itself. Finally, the user gets 9.23GB of memory left on the device.

 

The memory can be expanded up to 64GB through microSD card which is a bit disappointing.

 

Impressions: Minimum storage expandability limit of 128GB is expected from this ass-kicker.

 

Camera

Canvas 6 Pro comes with 13MP AF primary camera and 5MP front camera with with FF lens. The rear camera is accompanied by the LED flash and can take pictures of 3120x4160 resolution. The front camera on the other hand can take 1920x2560 resolution pictures.

 

Impressions: The pictures taken with both the cameras are decent but not yet very good. The colors looks somewhat faded out. The good thing about the camera is the shutter speed. It can take photos in a snap. Hope that the camera performance is upgraded with any software update.

 

Connectivity

The Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is a dual SIM device with Micro and Nano slots combined. It has micro USB slot (also charging port) and 3.5mm headphone jack. This is a 4G enabled phone which has the HSPA specification of WCDMA at DL-42Mbps/UL-11Mbps and LTE at DL-150Mbps/UL-50Mbps.

 

It supports the GSM/GPRS/WCDMA/LTE networks with supported frequency bands of GSM: 900/1800/1900/850MHz WCDMA: 2100/900MHz LTE TDD: Band 40(2300MHz) LTE FDD: Band 850/1800/2100 MHz.

 

It has Wi-Fi with 802.11 b/g/n standards and Bluetooth 4.1 too along with GPS.

 

Impressions: There is not quite new connectivity features on the device. My impressions remain neutral in this case.

 

Battery

Micromax Canvas 6 Pro comes with 3,000mAh removable Li-ion battery with 337 hours standby time and 9 hours talktime. I can come all day from morning to evening if used moderately.

 

Impressions: Satisfied with the battery specification. However, the power use performance is yet to be tested.

 

 

Pros

+ Tough design

+ 1080p display

+ 4G RAM

+ Dual SIM 4G

+ 3,000mAh battery

 

Cons

+ Weak sunlight display

+ Poor camera

+ Memory can only be expanded to 64GB

 

 

Verdict

Micromax gloats on the 4GB RAM in the device and forgets about the rest it seems. The 4GB RAM is a great deal and will allow better multi-tasking. But, the overall performance of the device including the camera is not so impressive.

 

If you are looking for a touch phone for power usage, Micromax might be your cup of tea. You can buy Canvas 6 Pro on Flipkart right from here.

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Coolpad Note 3 Plus Review: Specifications, Pros and Cons

We know Coolpad for its budget friendly smartphones with very good hardware specifications. Coolpad Note 3 was the first budget smartphone to release with fingerprint sensor. For consumers like Indians, having a smartphone with fingerprint sensor and 3GB RAM under Rs.10,000 is a great deal.

Coolpad has released the new version of the Note 3, Coolpad Note 3 Plus at the same price the previous Note 3 was released. It is known that the Coolpad Note 3 now is available for Rs.8,499 on Amazon.

Coolpad Note 3 Plus is as same as the Note 3 but got some few upgrades. Let's discuss about the upgrades one by one and see how better they are and see if they are worth spending another Rs.500 on the device.

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Gold Variant

The gold variant is also ruling the budget market now. The recent craze for Redmi Note 3 Gold variant proves the same. This phone is for those who wanted a 3GB phone in gold variant.

Better Screen Resolution

Coolpad Note 3 was released with 720p display but the Note 3 Plus comes with 1080p display which delivers better sharpness of the graphics and on-screen experience.

Heavier and Thicker

The new Coolpad Note 3 Plus gains another 10gms weight and adds 1.6mm thickness to the whole device. 

Conclusion

This might be my shortest gadget review as there is nothing new to speak about Coolpad Note 3 Plus. Everything is as same as Coolpad Note 3 except the Gold variant and 1080p screen. It's now up to you to buy it or not as the colour choice always goes personal. 

You may buy the device from Amazon from this link.
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Creo Mark 1 Full Technical Review: Made In India

The smartphone market has changed a lot in the recent times. Buyers have become liberal in choosing a device that has no brand value in the native place. Since the Xiaomi Mi3 to the Creo Mark 1, the new branded phones are set to make histories proving the peoples decision right.

 

Creo, the Indian based company has launched its first smartphone into the market with quite interesting specifications at the price point of ₹19,999. I insist you take a have a look at this device before you make any choices.

 

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Design

Creo Mark 1 looks more like an older Sony Xperia Z3 in the terms of design. It even reminds me of One Plus X. The phone is bigger than it looks if you are comparing with the Sony Xperia Z3 compact and One Plus X. It has 5.5 inch screen and is equipped with powerful hardware.

 

To be precise about the design, Mark 1 has power and volume buttons on the right side which look like buttons of Apple iPhone 5S. People who wanted iPhone 5S with Android operating system will enjoy these buttons shape and touch. On the left it has the SIM slot and micro SD card slot side-by-side. The top side have a 3.5mm audio jack and on the bottom side it has the micro USB slot and speakers.

 

On the front, the phone has a 5.5 inch screen with a 8MP camera on the top along with the call speaker and at the bottom, it has the capacitive touch buttons. The gun metal black back panel has a 21MP camera with dual tone flash and the Creo logo in the center.

 

The phone is 8.7mm thinner and weighs 190gms. You can feel some weight with this phone in hand.

 

Verdict:

The whole design looks good and stylish.

 

Display

Mark 1 features a 5.5 inch QHD LTPS-LCD display that has pixel density of 534ppi and can render graphics of 1440x2560px resolution. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.0 giving it an added protection from scratches.

 

A phone with 534ppi and 2K display will give you beyond the HD experience. It is good to see an Android phone in mid-range category with 2K display. The first device I know with 2K display was Microsoft Lumia 950.

 

Verdict:

The display is great. If you wanted a phone with sharper and super HD display, you must look at the Creo Mark 1.

 

Performance

Powered with MediaTek Helio X10 A53 Octa-core processor that runs at 1.95GHz, supported by 3GB LPDDR3 RAM and PowerVR G6200 GPU, Creo Mark 1 is impressively good with the chipset configuration.

 

Mark1 runs on Android 5.1.1 based custom operating system called ‘Fuel OS’. This Lollipop version is a stable one compared to its previous 5.0. So, it should deliver seamless experience with that hardware configuration. Though it is a custom OS, the UI looks close to stock Android.

 

As the company promised, the performance is going to get update by May 13th in terms of system software.

 

Verdict:

Gaming and multitasking would be great with HelioX10 processor supported by 3GB RAM and G6200 GPU. But, when compared with the Le1S with the same chipset at better clocking speed, the price tag of Rs.19,999 seems too much.

 

Camera

Creo Mark 1 sports a 21MP rear camera that is powered with Sony IMX230 sensor. It can capture 4K video @30fps and slow motion @120fps in full HD with f/2.0 aperture. The camera has Dual Tone LED flash, Phase Detection Autofocus and Advanced Noise Reduction features.

 

The front camera is a 8MP shooter with the wide angle coverage ability of 86 degrees. It can also take pictures at f/2.0 and record videos of 1080p @30fps.

 

Creosense has announced the future updates of this phone’s camera. It is likely to get the screen flash for front camera and a photo editor by May 13th 2016.

 

Verdict:

Camera module is great on this phone. The specification should give the best picture quality and super slow motion video that Apple iPhones would have at 120fps.

 

You won’t get an mid-range Android phone with 120fps (iPhone like) slow motion. Get Creo Mark 1 from Flipkart now.

 

Storage

Creo Mark 1 comes with 32GB internal memory and can be expanded up to 128GB through a micro SD card.

 

The future update will bring automatic background data manager for Fuel OS by May 13th 2016.

 

Verdict:

32GB ROM is not a flagship killer memory at this price point nor even the worst. The expandability up to 128GB is good. It’s an ‘YES’ in terms of memory for me.

 

Connectivity

This is a dual SIM phone that supports LTE bands in both the slots. It supports 4G and 3G networks of all Indian bands. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB and OTG connectivity. You can see the wireless and GPS specifications as shown below:

 

WIFI - 802.11 n/ac/b/g Wireless Display (Miracast) Support

Bluetooth - BT4.0 (BLE supported)

GPS - Supports GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU

GSM(2G) - Band 8 (900MHz), Band 3 (1800Mhz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz)

WCDMA(3G) - Band 8 (900MHz), Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 5 (850MHz)

TD-LTE(4G) - Band 40 (2300MHz)

FDD-LTE(4G) - Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 8 (900MHz)

 

Verdict:

Creo Mark 1 has all the connectivity features that are needed. In terms of connectivity, Creo Mark 1 is good to go with.

 

Sensors & Input

Mark 1 has all the basic sensor that a smartphone of today would need. It also has FM radio, fast charging and OTG support.

 

Configuration

  • G-sensor (accelerometer)
  • L-sensor (Light sensor)
  • P-sensor (proximity sensor)
  • HALL sensor
  • Indicator light
  • Gyroscope
  • Ecompass
  • FM receiver
  • OTG
  • Aux
  • 3 Capacitive buttons
  • High Voltage Fast Charging
  • USB2.0

Accessories

  • Travel adaptor
  • USB Data Cable
  • Ejector Pin

Verdict:

Good input and connectivity

 

Battery

Mark 1 sports a 3,100mAh Li-ion battery with that can long last a day on low usage. The 2K resolution screen can suck up the battery life quicker than estimated.

 

Verdict:

The battery won’t disappoint you but yet could have been much better for 2K screen and Helio X10 Octa-Core processor.

 

Pros

+ Good design

+ Very good display

+ Powerful chipset

+ Good camera with slow motion @120fps

+ Fast charging

 

Buy Creo Mark 1 from Flipkart before it goes out of stock

 

Cons

- Thicker & heavier

- Looks over priced when compared with other handsets

 

Final Verdict

Creo Mark 1 has a great hardware configuration, sharpest display and nice camera with the people’s favorite 120fps slow motion capturing. Though the battery isn’t that bigger, the phone puts on weight and looks bulky compared to other heavy battery phones. Le1S, with the same chipset configuration is available for Rs.10,999 but Creo Mark 1 tags the price of Rs.19,999.

 

In fact Creo Mark 1 has better camera and display compared to Le1S. Yet, it could have been priced in the range of Rs.15,000-18,000.

 

Buy Creo Mark 1 from Flipkart Now

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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Review: Specifications, Pros & Cons

Lenovo seems like trying to make budget friendly phones under 10K INR with the success of K3 Note in the market. The release of Vibe K5 Plus proves so after P1M. The K4 Note which was released to be a biggie under 15K INR hadn’t go much into the public as expected. The only phone that rocked is the Vibe X3 which is worth buying for its price. 

The game of phones is calculated with the phone under 10K INR budget. Users don’t think much to buy the middle range phones because some models will be specifically benefitted over other models. There are a lot of budget phones under 10K at the same or similar price tags. It is a bit tough decision for an average mobile phone buyer to choose one among such phones.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is available in the market at the price of Rs.8,499. It gives a touch competition to those devices of same or near-same price tag. Let us see if this smartphone is to be considered into the competition and is worth buying for that price.

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What’s in the box?

We get the handset, screen guard, quick start guide, battery, USB cable and power adapter.

Design

K5 Plus is not fully metallic but on the back. It feels lighter weighing 142gms on the whole. It has dual speakers on the bottom back of the phone and the top left of the back panel has a camera with LED flash. At the center, it has Lenovo logo and do not expect a finger print scanner at the price range it is available for. The whole back panel reminds me of the LeEco Le1S design.

On the top it has 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB port for charging and USB connections. It has the volume buttons and power button. On the bottom, it has microphone and the left side is left clean. The front side has a camera on the top along with the speaker and touch capacitive buttons on the bottom of it.

The device is built 8.2mm thin and fits good in hand. The metallic matte material on the back might slip the grip sometimes and it can be avoided by adding any back cover to it.

The phone is available in 3 colors, gold, black and silver which adds an option to choose one as per the taste.

Verdict: Design wise, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is well built and looks good. If you are looking to buy a device with good design under Rs.9,000, this is it.


Display

Lenovo packed a Full HD 1080p IPS display for K5 Plus. It can render graphics and display multimedia content beautifully. The Full HD display adds flair to the processing and GPU configuration while playing HD games.

The display is 450 nits 178 degree viewing angle display that can render 16M colors on the screen perfectly.

Verdict: Display is good and you don’t give a second thought if you are looking to buy a phone for a full HD display to run multimedia content like videos and games in this price point.


Processing

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor supported by 2GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The heating issue with the processor will be fixed with an software update that pops up right after the first boot of the device.

The 2GB RAM and 405 GPU are pretty decent at this price point. It can even play heavy games like dead trigger and mortal combat very well with a minor lags during the level loading time no frame drops while playing. It exhibits minor frame drops while playing games like Asphalt 8 with high graphics settings. That’s impressive being a budget device under 10K INR.

Verdict: Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus seems like don’t compromise in terms of performance and gaming. If you are looking out for a phone that performs well in multi-tasking and gaming, this is it.


Operating system

The K5 Plus runs on Android 5.1.1  based Vibe UI and might get an Marshmallow update in future (which is not yet promised by the company).

Verdict: This is better than many other budget handsets which are not able to provide the Lollipop 5.1 update so far.


Storage

Lenovo K5 Plus comes with 16GB internal memory on board and it can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD card. The memory expandability is a bit disappointing but yet good enough.

Verdict: This phone is not for those who want more than 32GB expandable memory. Everything else is fair and beautiful.

Camera

K5 Plus comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and has the auto focus, HDR, Omnivision OV13850, 5 Piece Lens. The front camera is a 5MP shooter with f/2.8 aperture and is good enough to take selfies.

Verdict: Both the cameras are good enough to take photos according the to on-paper specifications. The hands on tests are yet to be done.

Connectivity

Vibe K5 Plus is a dual SIM phone that supports 4G in one slot and 3G in another. It has the Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Tethering and micro USB and OTG connectivity options.

Verdict: The craving for the more memory than 32GB will be satisfied with the OTG support. It is not dual 4G and is little disappointing.

Sensors

K5 Plus has the al basic sensors. They include Light Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gravitation Sensor and eCompass.

SAR

The SAR values as mentioned in the quick start guide for the Indian version are as follows,

At head – 0.884 W/Kg
At body – 0.994 W/Kg

Verdict: The SAR values are little bit higher for Indian version of the phones. Compared to the last year’s A6000 Plus and A7000, it is low.

Battery

Lenovo K5 Plus comes with removable Li-ion 2,750 mAh battery. The battery can last long a day if data and Wi-Fi are not used. The 1080p screen might drain the battery quickly while playing videos and gaming.

Verdict: The battery might not not perform as it looks like. Better note this point if you are expecting more from battery on this device.

Pros

+ Good design
+ Good display
+ Good processing capability
+ Good graphics rendering capability

Cons

- No new design
- No dual 4G
- No NFC
- Little high SAR values
- Above average battery

Final verdict

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is one the best budget devices under 10K INR and is the best device in 8K and 8.5K INR category. If you don’t want to spend a rupee more on Rs.8,500 on a smartphone and still need a powerful phone at that price, you can go or Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus without any second thought.

Better buy Lenovo K5 Plus(gold) on Flipkart before it goes out of stock.
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Obi Worldphone SF1 Review: Can You Buy It in India?

Obi Worldphone SF1 is a different feather in the smartphones wing in looks and functionality. Though based on the Android, the custom OS looks far different than the other smartphone custom OS editions. The variety comes along with the packing itself. The Obi Worldphone comes packed in a wrist watch box like case which is larger than a normal phone’s package.

The former CEO of Apple Joh Sculley founded this company and looks to be implementing all the design aesthetics and usage principles that Apple is following in manufacturing its devices.

This US based mobile company have recently entered the Indian market with its budget version of phones having the moderate configurations that an average budget phone is having these days.

Let’s take a look Obi Worldphone SF1 specifications, pros and cons and see if India is a right place for its existence and if so what factors are helping and hindering this company in the country to survive.

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Design

Obi Worldphone has totally a new design. The company looks like focused to make this product a stunning gizmo in hand. With the matte black finish, and floating screen and rounded edges, the handset looks completely different and you may get reminded of the Xiaomi Mi3 from some perspectives. I got a picture of old Nokia Lumia’s with such designs when I saw this device for the first time.

The technicalities of the design bare 146x74x8mm measurements in which the popped up floating display alone takes 0.2mm from the 8mm thickness. This handset is a unibody metallic device weighing just 147gms. The built quality is very good and looks premium.

If you are looking out for a phone with whole new design and looks to standout in the crowd, Obi Worldphone SF1 can be your digital and style companion.


Display

Obi Worldphone SF1 comes with 5 inch JDI In-Cell IPS Full HD display with 1080x1090 pixel resolution at 443ppi density. The display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and Oleophobic coating and is fully-laminated One Glass Solution (OGS). The touch is 5-point multi-touch display for better interaction with the handset.

1080p resolution with 443ppi is a great deal on 5 display. Multimedia and gaming would be a great fun on this display.

Processor, RAM & Graphics

Obi SF1 is powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit Octa-core processor that runs at 1.5GHz clock speed. It is supported by 2GB and 3GB DDR3 RAM (versions based on price) which are great in handling smooth multitasking. The whole chipset is added with Adreno 405 GPU which is good enough to run high graphic games on the device to give better experience on 443ppi 1080p display display.

Memory

The phone comes in two internal eMMC memory variants, 16GB (with 2GB RAM) and 32 GB (with 3GB RAM). The both versions can be expanded up to 64GB through a micro SD card.

The memory expandability is not so bad but when compared with the other 128GB expandable phones in the same price segment, the question to have it or not raises. The better thing about OB SF1 is that it did not restrict the users with memory expandability like as the Apple admirer, Xiaomi did for their phones.

Operating System

Obi Worldphone SF1 runs on Android Lollipop v5.0.2 based custom OS with a different home screen apps alignment. It have no dedicated navigation buttons on the display but only have onscreen buttons. Air gestures are supported and it supports almost all the Indian regional languages.

Camera

Obi SF1 comes with 13MP AF rear camera with LED flash and Sony Exmor IMX214 Sensor; f/2.0 Aperture. The front camera is a 5MP shooter and also have the LED flash. Taking selfies in low lights would be better on this phone.

Though, the camera performance is found to be average according to the feedback on the internet. Even the other gadget reviewers also not satisfied with its camera performance.

Connectivity

  • Dual SIM (1 Micro + 1 Nano / MicroSD™ card expandable up to 64 GB)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
  • A-GPS, GLONASS**
  • MicroUSB v2.0

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
  • Magnetic
  • Gyro
  • ALS (Ambient Light Sensor)

Battery

Obi Worldphone SF1 is embedded with 3000mAh Li-Po battery with quick charge 1.0. The battery usage is maintained well on this Obi phone and you can get a full day charge on moderate usage.

Pros

+ Different and good design
+ Good built quality
+ Good color reproductive screen
+ Good battery
+ Dolby 7.1 surround sound

Cons

- Average camera
- Minor lags while gaming
- Floating screen vulnerable to break (though it is Gorilla Glass 4 protected)
- Snapdragon 615 processor heating issues

Reasons to buy Obi Worldphone SF1 in India

The Obi Worldphone SF1 is a totally out of jar version of budget android smartphones by its looks and design. If you are planning to buy a phone that stands out in the crowd with its looks and design, Obi is the one for you. Because the price it is available for is a worth buying to show off.


Reasons to not to buy Obi Worldphone SF1 in India

The Obi is new to India and it is not that it has no more enough service points available across the country but it might take little longer time to get the spares delivered and service done. If you live in major cities, the servicing might be done quicker. Go for it if you live in a major city in India.
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Apple iPhone SE Overview: Specifications, Price & Availability

The long waited and most buzzed gadget of the year, iPhone SE was unveiled by Apple most recently for stunning price. The 4-inch model look like iPhone 5S and has no iPhone 6’s design aesthetics applied unless the rose gold model. Apple also unveiled 9.7 inch iPad Pro and reduced the price of Apple Watch. We’ll see more about these two unveils separately later. Let’s get back to the 4-inch newbie.

iPhone SE is inspired by the amazing response that iPhone 5S has got than any iPhone so far. The large screen phones are still not fitting into the lifestyle of the many users and it is pretty hard to use one with one single hand. The necessity is observed by Apple and brought the new iPhone SE rather to the iPhone 6C.

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Is it the end of ‘C’ series phones from Apple?

The ‘C’ series phones were the first budget venture of the Apple which failed to attract the large audience but the Apple fan boys and fan girls. The iPhone 5C probably was the first and last iPhone of Apple’s ‘C’ series smartphone history. The new release of iPhone SE says it so.

iPhone SE Specifications

The new budget iPhone is a 4-inch smartphone probably is the most powerful budget phone ever released. It has the same design of iPhone 5S and is available in 4 colors, space gray, silver, gold and rose gold.

SE comes with the same chipset that iPhone 6S had. The A9 is equipped inside this little awesomeness thereby improving the performance literally twice than the iPhone 5S comparatively. The GPU is also improved to deliver 3X faster performance than 5S. Performance wise, iPhone SE is definitely a big deal.

This little beast has 12MP iSight camera that iPhone 6S had which can record 4K videos like magic. The specifications are almost as same as iPhone 6S except a few iconic features like 3D touch. The features like Live Photos, Retina Flash, iCloud Photo Library are included in this budget edition. The most interesting addition is the ‘Hey Siri’ feature to access the voice assistant of Apple family.

The Price and Availability

The Apple announced the iPhone SE in two memory variants, 16GB and 64GB pricing $399 and $499 respectively. The orders will be taken from 24th of March of this year and it is going to be available in stores by March 31st.

The pricing of $399 is not a big deal compared to the price of iPhone 5S three months ago. iPhone SE performs much better than the iPhone 5S and the specifications prove so. If you are planning to buy a budget friendly small iPhone, this is the time. Go for it.

How to buy/order iPhone SE?

Go to Apple Shop, select the color, memory variant, the network carrier, choose the subscription and pay it to own it.

What do you say? Is iPhone SE a big deal for iPhone lovers who can’t afford those expensive models? Share you thoughts about it in comments below.
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GWAT Session 2: Fan Fight Over Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Hello friends, welcome to the 2nd GWAT session, the second episode of blogger combo review series. We have Gadget-Woman Debshikha Banerjee with us (hope she won’t play sarcastic jokes on me this time). We are going to talk about Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 this time.

 

Read our GWAT Session 1 on LeTV LeEco Le1S

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a total next version of the Xiaomi phones with a new line of specifications to deliver outstanding performance under in budget phone category. Deb is a fan girl of Xiaomi smartphones and I expect more from Deb in this session.

 

I wonder if you have read her article on MIUI7 features.

 

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Me: Hi deb! Good to see ya! I see that you have reviewed Redmi Note 3 on Gadget Woman. I don’t think we had any major differences mentioned if you check my review. Guess why?

 

Deb: Hello Sasi! It is great to be here again. And even greater to know that you stalk GW *wickedly smiling*. Speaking about similar views on the phone, I'd like to say "Great minds think ALIKE".

 

Me (inside): There she started again!

 

Me: Deb, your favorite Xiaomi handset is out in the market. I see a lot of metal on the phone. What do you think?

 

Deb: Yes. Extremely metallic. But look at the weight, only 165 gram. WOW!

 

Metallic body gives a really classy and elite look. On the other hand, if you happen to drop the device, the metal might come off in bits which will look really nasty. (I'll PM you my OnePlus 2 Broken Edition pic). And, speaking of dropping, no GORILLA GLASS (Why you do this Xiaomi!!)

 

Me: It is a way thinner and lighter though having such a huge battery, wow! What flair would you add up to this beautiful ergonomic design?

 

Deb: Not a biggie Sasi. I'm used to expecting the unexpected from Xiaomi, are you not? I'll stay 'comfortably numb' in this regard ;)

 

Me: Sunlight display is great on Mi4i and they are saying that it has been improved. This auto-brightness feature of Xiaomi’s amazes me. Do you think it would suck up more battery on Redmi Note 3?

 

Deb: You HAD to find a loophole, haan?

 

I have personally never used auto-brightness feature ‘cause they do suck up a lot of battery. What I do is slightly increase the brightness level just before stepping out. But if Xiaomi says that the Sunlight display has been 'improved' you can be pretty sure they have taken care to keep your battery from draining.

 

Me: Night display? Seriously? Is that what I heard in the new iOS update for iPhones? Xiaomi has always been a copier of Apple’s iPhone business. Stop giving me that look and agree with me.

 

Deb: NO! NO! NO! The term is ‘inspired’. Get it?

 

Xiaomi is bringing to us what Apple would bring to us at a costlier price. What can you Apple lover simple make peace with this and move on. *duh*

 

Me (inside): Whatever! Xiaomi is a copier...Xiaomi is a copier!

 

Me: Performance is great with Snapdragon 650. No heating up but still Android 5.1.1 based MIUI? It disappoints me a bit.

 

Deb: Xiaomi is giving you NO-HEAT and still you are shamelessly asking for latest Android. You can't have your own sweet will all the time. But if you still insist on being updated with technology, make sure you let me know so that I can pave the way with my affiliate links. Next question please.

 

Me (inside): Eh!

 

Me: The storage concept is purely unfair. If you want a second SIM, micro SD card won’t fit. Hybrid SIM slots are not that impressive. Xiaomi hitting back with no memory card concept is a great drawback. Don’t you think?

 

Deb: If you look at it from any average Indian customer's point of view, then yes this thing will definitely hamper the sales of the 16 GB variant. But for those who want to experience the Redmi Note 3 would go for the cheaper variant. On the other hand, the 32 GB variant isn't out-of-the-league. It is just ₹2,000 more, so the loss in sale for the 16 GB variant can be made up by the other variant.

 

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Me: So, the two RAM versions are the trend now. Redmi Note 3 come in two versions, 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB with a price variance of ₹2,000. Is it fair? If I buy a 16GB version with 2GB RAM at ₹9,999 and buy a 16GB memory card for ₹500 (at an average), wouldn’t that save me ₹1,500? Does 1GB RAM alone costs that much? C’mon say something seriously.

 

Deb: Stop crying! What would you say about S7 and S7 edge then :D Or the variants of iPhones.

 

Me (inside): Somebody drag her out please. She’s comparing the beasts like S7 and iPhone with budget phone.

 

Me: The camera specification calms me down when I heard about Redmi Note 3. 16MP PDAF camera can do better but I’ve heard that it is underperforming in low lights. Is it?

 

Deb: I checked a couple of videos on the camera review, looks pretty decent to me. *facepalm*

 

Me (inside): Hehehe!

 

Me: What’s the actual screen protection that Xiaomi used on Redmi Note 3? I haven’t got a clue when I was writing a review.

 

Deb: It has no screen protection. But I read a comment in a famous blog where a guy says the phone was scratch tested and it passed successfully. Even I'm kind of confused in this regard.

 

Me (inside): Even my little niece would not like a phone without screen protection.

 

Me: The fingerprint scanner is very responsive. It is you right who told me first that it even takes the lip pattern as input. Later I watched a video Hugo Barra kissing the fingerprint sensor during demonstration. So what do we call it? Fingerprint sensor or lip-print sensor?

 

Deb: Yes <3 You name it, while I drool over it. Xiaomi have expanded the usage of a fingerprint scanner to a huge extent. Maybe (your) Apple can learn from it. (Ha Ha Ha... Funny Right?!?!)

 

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Me (inside): I wish Apple come up with tongue pattern next time. Then I will show her what Apple means to people.

 

Me: Wait a second! You think something is missing in Redmi Note 3 right? What was that? Why do you think so? Is it worth missing?

 

Deb: NFC, Gorilla Glass, rough back and OIS. There are alternatives to these. So you can chill. And dude, stop stalking :D

 

Me (inside): Holy potato. She knew it!

 

Me: How about giving a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 to Donald Trump? What face would he make?

 

(Deb looking at me with her Chinese eyes)

 

Or else you could give it to me. That would be an official bribe to not pull your legs publicly :P

 

Me: Chinese face! That’s exactly what I was thinking. LOL!!

 

(Deb still watching at me with her Chinese eyes)

 

Me (inside): She will kill me if I drag this anymore. I better skip to another question.

 

Me: Okay! (hehehe) Let’s conclude this session. What’s your verdict? Should I buy it or go for another budget handset?

 

Deb: Go ahead, buy it if you like. And if you don't like it then also buy it and give it to me.

 

It was great to be over at Amfas Tech again. Be hospitable and make arrangement for snacks next time ;) Love GW (Deb)

 

Me (inside): Who gives snacks to such a sarcastic answers. I’ll eat her snacks while answering the questions next time also.

 

It seems like Deb invaded on me another time. That’s what we think about Xiaomi’s new feat, Redmi Note 3. See you in next GWAT session with another gadget. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

 

Thank you for bearing us! (Please share it and leave your comments under this post or else she would play another sarcastic joke on me about this session).

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Get All the Stunning Details About the Honor 5X

The smartphone industry and market is one that is facing one of the toughest battles in terms of price wars, market share and customer acquisition. With a host of players in the market each ready to outdo the other, companies keep coming up with newer offerings to lure more customers by offering smarter, faster and better phones. Entering the league is the Honor 5X which surely packs a punch and comes with some seriously stunning specifications.
 
Check out all the details you need to know about the Honor 5X:
 

Design and Built

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The phone has a smart and futuristic feel with a metallic design that is made of a stunning aluminum alloy rendering it strength with a perfect polished finish worth showing off. The phone feels smooth to hold and feel and looks extremely elegant and stylish which is one of the major plus points of this budget friendly phone. The phone has a matte side finish with chamfer edges that give it the ultimate sophisticated and elegant look. Huawei surely has gone out of its way to make the phone a hit in terms of design.
 

Display

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The phone has a spectacular display giving you a 5.5 inch Full HD vivid screen with every color bubbling to life that will surely make you thrilled. The phone has 1980x1080 resolution along with 16.7 million colors that makes every activity on the phone highly addictive and visually engaging be it playing games, watching videos or reading. The phone has a well-balanced screen to body ratio and a 10 point touch responsive screen. The phone also has a good viewing angle and can handle a good amount of glare making it a great screen even under harsh sunlight.
 

Internals

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The phone has some seriously amazing specs under the hood too which makes it an all-round achiever. It runs on a Qualcomm 64-bit Octa Core Processor that surely can handle any task thrown at it with ease giving smooth and a powerful output. With a 2GB RAM pairing, play games and multitask nonstop without a worry as you get seamless and lag free performance. It supports 16GB worth internal memory which can be expanded to a whopping 128GB for you to easily carry your data and media files wherever you go. The internals of the phone are quite powerful for the price.
 

Camera

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The phone also harbors a beautifully constructed camera giving you a 13MP primary shooter with a 28mm wide lens to capture the perfect photograph every time. With a f/2.0 aperture, the lighting is easily adjusted and even dim lit photos come out with extreme clarity. The phone is equipped with a SmartImage Processor technology to make sure every photo is clear and crisp in high detail. You can also take slow motion videos, have fun with the time lapse mode and explore around its highly equipped technology. As for selfie lovers, the phone offers a 5MP front facing camera as well for the perfect shot every time.
 

Performance

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The phone surely delivers in terms of performance and runs on a 3000mAh battery that surely gives the phone good juice. It offers a high tech fingerprint sensor as well for higher accuracy, privacy and protection. The phone also supports a 2A charger which helps it charge quicker giving you unending performance in a short span of time. The phone supports both a Nano SIM and a micro SIM for increased acceptability.
 
Be sure to get your hands on the stunning Honor 5X which is packed with highly engaging specs that will make you want to own it immediately!
 

Author Bio:

Riddhi Gupta has a penchant for writing and is also a tech expert. Gupta covers issues relating to technology and business and has created a reputation for writing articles and new about the latest technological trends and developments happening around the world.
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Get Nexus 5X for $199 with Project Fi Activation (Full Details)

Google’s Project Fi is catching more eye balls and ears from hour to hour since it was announced, not because of the latest technology that it adapts but for the discount it gives on the best of Google smartphones, Nexus 5X.

Project Fi is an wonderful carrier network coverage technology that comes with a simple hardware, a SIM card and an Android application for intelligent network switching. These two hardware-software combo only work when both are installed on the device. For now, the only devices that are compatible with project Fi technology are the Nexus beasts, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

To encourage the use of Fi network, Google is offering amazing discount of $150 on Nexus 5X, summing the final price to $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB if only bought through their Project Fi website with activation. If you are looking forward to buy a Nexus device, it is recommended to go with Project Fi network activated device with such a huge discount.

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Before you add it to your cart, you might want to read these following facts about Nexus 5X with Project Fi activation:
  1. The offer will be active for limited time only, i.e., from March 7th 2016 to April 7th 2016.
  2. Discount price will be automatically be applied during the checkout process if Nexus 5X is bought from fi.google.com.
  3. Payment should be made through Google Payments.
  4. You must activate the Fi network on the same account within the 30-days of the device shipment.
  5. If Fi network is not activated within 30-days of receiving, the extra $150 will be charged from Google Payments to match the full price of the device.
  6. You can also buy Nexus 5X with the same $150 discount from the Google Store also.
  7. If you buy Nexus 5X from Google Store, then signup to the Project Fi from the same account to get discount price refunded within two weeks of Fi network activation.
  8. This offer is only available for residents of U.S. of age 18 and older with Google Payments account until the supplies last.
  9. Only 1 discounted Nexus 5X can be brought from one Google Payments account. Any violations of this limitation found voids the offer.
  10. Nexus devices brought with Project Fi comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty. If any manufacturer defects are detected, Project Fi replaces the device with a new one without any cost.
Read Nexus 5X full technical review to know about the device specifications, pros and cons.

All the facts are derived from the FAQ section of the fi.google.com website. I recommend you to go though it for more detailed information about the Project Fi and supported devices.

The good thing is that you can activate Project Fi on your already-brought Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices but with no discount offer applicable.

The reason why Google limited the Fi network’s compatibility with these Nexus devices is that these devices support (receiving and responding) all type of radio frequencies of carrier networks all around the world which other devices lack.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Full Technical Review: Specs, Pros & Cons

Xiaomi, with the drop in the sales for their products in the second half of the year 2015, seems like have come up with a new resolution and releases the new Redmi Note, named as Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with full metal sleek body, powerful battery, better display and more. The previous Mi phones like Mi4i and Redmi’s have sacked some profits in the first half of the year 2015 but the sales graph declined drastically in the second half.

Hoping for a good start for the 2 months old new year, Xiaomi revealed Mi5 with interesting specs in China recently. The company might have been expecting to hold the torch for this year’s budget market too and so released Redmi Note 3 in Indian market under ₹10,000 and ₹12,000 in two physical memory-storage variants. Does these two phones have that X-factor to consider to buy? Or should you wait for Mi5 to come to India? Let’s see.

What’s in the box?

Xiaomi packed no new Christmas goodies inside the box of Redmi Note 3. It comes with the handset, power adapter (no fast charger), USB cable, warranty card and guides. You will miss headphones in the package.

Design

The design of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is what I would like to discuss about this phone. The whole design of the Redmi Note devices has been replaced with full metallic body with fine ergonomics except the top an bottom of the back cover for transceivers. Redmi Note 3 measures 150mmx76mmx8.65mm and weighs 165gms. The phone might look heavy with that 4050mAh battery but feels lighter than the phones of its kind, for e.g., Lenovo Vibe X3.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster and secondary noise cancellation microphone on the top, micro USB port along with the main microphone on the bottom, hybrid SIM slot (supports both micro SIM, Nano SIM & micro SD slot) on the left and power button along with volume rocker buttons on the right edge.

On the back the phone comes with 16MP camera with dual tone LED flash and fingerprint scanner under it. The bottom of the back has a loud speaker outlet with the ‘Mi’ logo just above it. On the front, it has 5MP front facing camera with the proximity sensor.

Display

With 5.5 inch full HD 1080p IPS display and pixel density of 401ppi, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with better sunlight display technology than its predecessor versions. It also have a ‘Night Display’ mode like the Apple introduced for iPhones recently, that switches the phone to dark mode while browsing the newsfeed after the sun goes own.

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The picture can be viewed clean and same at 178 degree viewing angle. The display is protected but not surely by Gorilla Glass technology.

Processor, RAM & GPU

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is released in two variants, 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB versions. Both the handsets come with same chipset and GPU but differ only in RAM and internal memory with corresponding prices.

Redmi Note 3 is powered with 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor clocking at 1.8GHz speed. It is added with Adreno 510 GPU along with 2GB/3GB LPDDR3 RAM combination.
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Gaming is amazing on the device with Adreno 510 GPU. There are no frame drops, clean graphics on 1080p display and no over heating.

The processor amazingly doesn’t over heat up even after hours of GPS usage and gaming which is a great compared to Mi4i. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is your cup of tea if you are a sort of gamer or heavy GPS user.

Storage

Redmi Note 3 comes with 16GB and 32GB internal flash memories. Unfortunately, The expandability of the storage has been limited extended to 32GB 128GB only, through micro SD card in the hybrid SIM/SD card slot which is an upset feature from Xiaomi.

It is not new to see the issues with storage capacity for Xiaomi budget versions in the past also.

Operating System

Redmi Note 3 has Android 5.1.1 based MIUI 7 (see full features of MIUI 7) on board which is customized to have no app tray and clean display.

Camera

Redmi Note 3 shoots pictures with 16MP PDAF rear camera with aperture f/2.0 and 0.1 second auto-focus time. The dual tone LED flash helps taking night shots and in low light photography. You can take selfies with 5MP front camera with aperture f/2.0. It also comes with face detection and 36 smart beauty profiles that enhance the skin tone, smoothness and looks.

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Rare camera is just improved with the increasing of few megapixels but the performance is constant. A lot of layers, filters and modes are available for the camera for better and quick photography. However, Xiaomi had a good track record of camera modules in their phones.

Connectivity

Network/Bands:

4G FDD-LTE, TD-LTE –  B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8, B38 / B39 / B40 / B41,
3G TD-SCDMA, WCDMA –  1900 / 2000MHz, 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz
2G GSM – 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz

Wireless connectivity:

Bluetooth® 4.1
Bluetooth® HID
Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz
Wi-Fi Display
Wi-Fi Direct

Sensors

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has Electronic compass, Gravity sensor, Light sensor, Gyroscope, IR, Hall sensor and Proximity sensor.
 

GPS Navigation

Redmi Note 3 has GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou positioning navigation systems.
 

Battery

Battery is a beast in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. It comes with 4050mAh Li-Po battery with the screen on time of 8+ hours. You can use the phone at fullest all the day without having a thought of searching for a charger.
 

Pros

+ Full metallic premium design
+ Better processor & GPU
+ No over heating
+ Better display technology
+ Better camera
+ Powerful battery
+ Wi-Fi supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band

 

Cons

- No specific screen protection
- No/low memory expandability
- Still Android 5.1.1 based MIUI7

- Heating issues
 

Who can buy it?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a good package in the price point of view. The 2GB + 16GB version is available at ₹9,999 and 3GB + 32GB version at ₹11,999. The price variation for 1GB extra RAM and 16GB extra memory seems a bit high for me but, it is not an issue considering the performance into consideration.

If you need a phone under ₹10,000/₹12,000 that won’t heat up like molten iron while delivering the performance even during GPS usage and gaming, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is for you.

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Lenovo Vibe X3 Review: Specifications, Pros and Cons

Lenovo has changed the course of making smartphones. The old brittle A7000, K3 Note are replaced with the good builds. If you had seen their K4 Note, you would have realized the way it evolved. With the addition of VR technology to the performance, Lenovo seems like has focused much on theatre like experience and stressed much on sound.

Vibe X3 has got unexpected response in the market. The phones have disappeared quickly than expected in the stores. Lenovo, itself has admitted the fact that they have not expected this much of response from the customers. So, what might have increased the Lenovo sales? What does this Vibe X3 has got enough to grab the attention? Let’s take a look.

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In the box

The package comes with the handset along with pre-installed plastic transparent bumper case. It also includes screen guard (not tamper glass), power adapter, SIM/SD card ejector pin, USB cable, standard earphones and manuals.

Design

The Lenovo Vibe X3 is a dual SIM phone with HD speakers to enhance the theatre experience. Designed with 154mm x 76.5mm x 9.3mm (overall thinness) to 3.4mm(thinnest point) and weighing 175gms, Vibe X3 looks stunning in design and more better than Lenovo’s an year old smartphones.

Sporting 5.5 inch screen and HD speakers on the front side, the phone looks to be giving promising sound when kept on a soft surfaces like pillow or bed. Vibe X3 has a metallic bezel around the plastic case which is not new in smartphones design though yet looks good.

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On the front side, it also have 8MP camera and proximity sensor.

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On the right thumb side it has volume rockers on the top and power button in reach to the thumb. On the top, it has 3.5mm audio jack and IR emitter. On the bottom side, it has the micro USB (not type-C) port. The left side contains the slot for Nano SIM cards.

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The back is made of clean and non-glossy material. It has 21MP camera with dual tone flash, NFC, fingerprint scanner with ‘Lenovo’ logo that looks decent.

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Display

Lenovo Vibe X3 has 5.5 inch full HD 1080p display with the pixel density of 401ppi and 1780 wide angle lens. The display is 10-point touch display with 100% NTSC color optimization (which is very rare to find on the phone displays these days) and 1500:1 contrast ratio. Multimedia and gaming is a real deal on 1080 displays.

The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and along with that an extra screen guard is given in the package.

Processor, RAM & GPU

Lenovo Vibe X3 is powered with Premium 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with the support of 3GB LP DDR3 RAM and Adreno 418 GPU that can accelerate 3D graphics up to 600MHz. The chipset is powerful enough to do multi-tasking, heavy gaming and day-to-day usage.

Memory

Lenovo Vibe X3 comes with 32GB eMMC internal storage with an expandability up to 128GB through a microSD card. 32GB is so mainstream these days for the mid-range devices. Having the price of ₹19,999 on its head, Vibe X3’s internal memory is satisfying.

Operating System

Vibe X3 comes with Android Lollipop 5.1 on board with the expected possibility of Android Marshmallow 6.0 upgrade.

Camera

The camera is an interesting module in Lenovo Vibe X3. This device comes with 21MP PDAF rear focus camera with 6piece composite Sony IMX230 sensor and allows 4K Ultra-HD video recording. It has 8MP front camera for high quality selfies.

Sensors

Vibe X3 is equipped with Gravitational, Proximity, Light and E-Compass sensors for better handling of related applications and games.

Connectivity

Data: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE

Speed: LTE (4G) 300Mbps (DL) / 50Mbps (UL) CAT6

4G Network: LTE TDD Band38 40,41NW (2555MHz—2655MHz); FDD Band 1,3,5,7,8,20

3G Network: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

2G Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

WLAN: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot

Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 4.1 LE

A-GPS Support: Yes

Battery

Lenovo Vibe X3 comes with 3,500mAh Li-Polymer battery that can standby 2 days at fullest on average usage with 4G SIMs in the slot. However, the battery standby can differ from person to person according to his/her usage type.

SAR Values

Lenovo has taken pretty much taken care of SAR values since the past few models. The SAR values of Lenovo Vibe X3 as noted on the package are 0.55/head and 0.767/body.

Pros

+ Good design
+ Excellent processing capability
+ HD sound front speakers (featured)
+ Gorilla glass protection
+ Batter camera
+ Fingerprint scanner
+ NFC
+ Powerful battery
+ 3-microphone noise cancellation system.
+ Supports VR TheatreMax headset.
+ Comes with plastic back case along with the package.

Buy Lenovo Vibe X3 (32GB) from Amazon before it goes unavailable.

Cons

- Only one color (pearl white) is available
- Camera is not that good in taking some kind of photos (as per the web feedback)
- Operating system could have been Android Marshmallow 6.0.
- No type-c port

Should you buy it?

Lenovo, this time has brought a good device for the price it is tagged for. The company has not expected bigger response on this device in India and so made it available on Amazon for just ₹19,999 which is ₹5,000 less than the actual price ₹24,999 on the box.

If you are planning to buy a phone with the best multimedia experience and powerful processing power below 20K INR, Lenovo Vibe X3 is the one you should go for.

Buy Lenovo Vibe X3 (32GB) from Amazon before it goes off the stock again.

An excellent phone for excellent price, what else could have driven sales to this device? Share your thoughts in comments below.
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Samsung Releases Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge: What’s New and What’s Improved?

Samsung has released the next version of their best product in smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. We know that the previous versions, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and their Plus versions are the most successful smartphones of the company so far and most loved ones too. It increased the expectations and hype over Galaxy S7. Pulling the curtains off for the anxiety of the people, Samsung has launched these two versions with some new features and improvements compared to its predecessor versions.
 
Let’s see what these two flagship phones have got in new and what have been improved?
 
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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge looks more like its previous versions but with minor changes in design. The back is a little bit curved to enhance the grip of the devices. The two phones come in two different sizes, S7 with 5.1 inch screen and S7 Edge with 5.5 inch screens respectively. The super-premium looking metal body give an elite look to the devices overall.
 
Compared to S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung has put some more time on ergonomics to make it look more beautiful and comfortable in hand.
 
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge comes water resistant IP68 certification (survives 5 feet depth in water up to 30 minutes) which means the new Galaxy brothers are now officially water resistant unlike Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
 
The processing capability is an upgrade in S7 and S7 Edge. These devices are powered with the new custom Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with increased RAM to 4GB and much speeder GPU. Officially, the processor is said to be 30% faster and GPU 64% compared to Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Plus versions.
 
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Samsung sports 5.1 inch and 5.5 inch qHD Super AMOLED displays for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with the pixel density of 577ppi respectively.
 
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The new Galaxy brothers gets a ‘Dual Pixel’ camera technology to 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera with an aperture of f/1.7 and smart OIS feature. The dual pixel technology with two photodiode sensors will capture the images in any lightening conditions perfectly.
 
The S7 and S7 Edge run on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system which is known to be the best android version so far. It is also known to us that Samsung has already started rolling out the Marshmallow update to S6 devices recently.
 
S7 and S7 Edge comes with 32GB internal memory on board with an expandability up to 200GB through micro SD card which is lacked in Galaxy S6 family of devices.
The battery is an improvement in Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. S7 is powered with 3000mAh battery and S7 Edge comes with 3,600mAh extending more usage time for it.
 
 

Special Features:

S7 Edge has the edge notification feature which is very handy to access the information and apps quickly. You can even create 10 custom folder shortcuts to the edge for quick access. You can change the size, transparency and position settings on the edge notification panel from settings anytime you wanted.
 
You can create shortcuts to the specific functions of your favorite apps on the edge that be accessible with just one swipe.
 
The edge can transform itself into a ruler, flashlight and compass when needed. The Always On Display (AOD) feature keeps the display always on unless you put it in a bag or pocket. The display will automatically be disabled if the screen is facing down or the battery is low. You can choose the kind of display that you wanted to display on the screen.
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S7 and S7 Edge comes with the special themes that can be downloaded for free and set on the wake up screen instead of displaying the information from apps.
 

New Accessories:

Samsung also released some new accessories for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. It includes the variety of cases and power accessories. Let’s take a look at them too.
 

LED View Cover:

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Unlike the other cases and covers, LED view cover will cover the screen completely and will animate the glowing LEDs to show the notifications and take user response.
 
 
 

Clear View Cover:

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This case comes with translucent cover on the screen that will only allow light to display through and allows the user to respond to the notifications and a variety of actions.
 
 
 

S View Cover:

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This is a regular flip cover with an opening on the screen side to see the notifications access apps through the cut down window.
 
 
 
 

Leather Cover:

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It enhances the grip and add an extra protection to the phone fitting the shape and size of the device perfectly into it.
 
 
 
 

Flip Wallet:

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This flip cover will have a vent to save the important cards inside turning the phone into a wallet.
 
 

Clear Cover:

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Tailoring a sleek silhouette, this case extends an extra dependable layer of protection to the phone.
 
 
 
 

Keyboard Cover:

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It comes with an physical QWERTY keyboard thus by adjusting the display size accordingly. It is very helpful to those QWERTY adductors who are reluctant to switch over to touch keyboards.
 
 
 
 

Wireless Charger:

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This is not a new one. We’ve seen this with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices. Charging the device quickly and allowing you to use the phone even when it is charging, wireless charging integrates the revolution technology in galaxy smartphones.
 
 

Battery Pack (Power Bank):

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Samsung’s power banks come in two capacities 10,200mAh and 5,100mAh helping the new galaxies stay on while travelling.
 
 
 
 

Backpack:

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This is one like Apple’s iPhone battery case. The ‘Backpack’ of Samsung helps the phone gain some extra juice while taking photographs and listening to music. Just install the case and increase the battery power of S7 and S7 Edge.
 

Impressions:

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may not have surprised many of the Samsung fans with the same design and few upgrades but, it is definitely a new flagship of Galaxy devices. The new software, new processor, extended RAM and GPU are quite exciting. The camera with new technology would give a bang to the other market competitors for sure.
 
What’s you take on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge? Share your thoughts in comments below.
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