Month: September 2013

LG G2 launched in India at Rs. 41,500

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LG has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the G2, in India, pricing it at Rs. 41,500 for the 16GB version, and Rs. 43,500 for the 32GB version. The smartphone is available on shelves from Monday, September 30, 2013.

The LG G2 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display, with a pixel density of 423 pixels-per-inch (ppi). It is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s clocked at 2.26GHz. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and offers 16GB and 32GB storage options. 

The LG G2 sports a 13.0-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 2.1-megapixel front shooter. LG’s latest flagship runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. The LG G2 sports dimensions of 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, weighs 143 grams, and will be available in Black and White colour options.

The LG G2 comes with a unique design that features the power buttons and the volume rocker at the back of the phone, below the rear camera, instead of the sides of the phone, as is usually the case. It also comes with bezels as thin as 2.65mm.

The G2 also comes with some software features like Answer Me – that automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear; Plug and Pop – which recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected; and Text Link – which allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the Internet. Also included is QuickRemote that can remotely control popular home entertainment device.

Rumoured Nokia Asha 502 featured in leaked image, expected in Q4

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We have been hearing for a while that Nokia is working on a successor to the popular Nokia Asha 501, the Asha 502. Now it seems like the first image of the rumoured feature phone has been leaked.

A tweet from infamous phone tipster, @evleaks has revealed the Nokia Asha 502 and has also hinted that the phone will likely be announced this year. While the exact availability is not revealed yet, it is likely that the Nokia Asha 502 will be unveiled sometime in the fourth quarter.

The leaked image reveals the yet-to-be-announced feature phone in its full glory and confirms that the Asha 502’s design is in line with the design language of the recently launched Nokia Asha 501. It’s worth pointing that the leaked image of the alleged Asha 502 also shows an LED flash accompanying the rear camera, a feature that was missing in its predecessor. The phone appears to come preloaded with Line instant messaging app, as per the leaked image. Moreover, the image shows the device in a glass casing which we assume would come bundled with the device.

Specifications of the alleged Nokia Asha 502 have been leaked in past and reveals it would feature a polycarbonate design with a 3.2 to 3.5-inch scratch resistant display which was said to feature a higher resolution than that of the Asha 501. It is likely to be slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. The RAM could be in the range of 128 to 512MB while the processor is expected to be clocked at 1-1.2GHz. The Asha 502 is said to support 3G connectivity, the feature that was widely missed on the Asha 501. It could sport a 5-megapixel rear camera with the new Nokia Camera app for Asha devices. The phone is also expected to come with dual-SIM functionality.

Further it was also revealed that the Asha 502 would feature Nokia SLAM Bluetooth transfer for faster sharing of files, pictures and even videos. However, there is no official word from Nokia about the availability and pricing of the Asha phone, yet.

HTC Desire 500 with Android 4.2, Sense 5.0 listed online in India

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HTC Desire 500 is now available for ‘pre-order’ via Snapdeal, for a booking amount of Rs. 999. The remaining payment is due after the device is released in India. The ecommerce site also notes that the device will be released in the first week of October. The HTC Desire 500 has also been listed on Flipkart with a coming soon tag.

It’s worth pointing out that the Taiwanese handset maker has not listed the device on its official India website, yet. The company unveiled the HTC Desire 500 in Taiwan back in July.

The HTC Desire 500 is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The phone measures 131.8×66.9×9.9mm and weighs 123 grams. It features a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) display. There is 4GB inbuilt storage that can be further expandable up to 64GB with the help of microSD card. An 8-megapixel rear camera can be found at the back accompanied by an LED flash and a 1.6-megapixel front camera. The device can record videos at 720p and also features Beats Audio.

The Desire 500 comes with a 1,800mAh battery that the company claims will deliver up to 17.8 hours of talk time and 401 hours of standby time. The HTC Desire 500 runs on Android 4.2 with Sense 5.0 on top, bringing such features like BlinkFeed. However, the HTC Desire 500 does not include BoomSound, a part of HTC One series, though it does feature the dual front speakers on the front panel.

HTC has been aggressively launching smartphones all around the globe, which include devices under its One and Desire series. Following the strategy, the company is also expected to release the HTC One mini, a compact version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One in India soon

HTC One X update rolling out in India, brings Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.0

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The HTC One X’s Android 4.2.2 update is ready to hit devices in India, via over-the-air update, according to the company.

HTC India has announced that the 2012 flagship smartphone, One X is getting the firmware update along with the updated HTC Sense 5.0 UI, which most notably brings the BlinkFeed homescreen, first seen on the HTC One. The company confirmed the news on its official Facebook page, saying, “Have you updated your HTC One X to Sense 5? Please check for updates on your device like this: Go to Settings > About > Software Updates > Check now.”

The company also mentions that, “Do remember to check that box for “Update over Wi-Fi only” to help conserve your data usage”, which hints that the HTC One X update may be large.

The HTC One X update will add some new goodies like BlinkFeed homescreen, new gallery, camera apps, automatic video highlights and improved battery endurance. Recently, HTC Butterfly received Android 4.2.2 update in India, via over-the-air update.

Some recent reports have also pointed out that the HTC One is also getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in selective regions. However, HTC has not confirmed the official release of the software update for the 2013 flagship device.

The Taiwanese giant had announced that it will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months. It had mentioned the software update won’t include all of Sense 5.0 UI features, as some are dependent on HTC One hardware.

Prior to this, HTC had claimed that an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for HTC One X+ will be rolled out soon. However, we are yet to see the update rolling out in India.

Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II due by Q4: Report

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The Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II will be upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by year-end, if a report is to be believed.

Sammobile has revealed that Samsung is planning to roll out Android 4.3 update for its top of the line smartphones soon. The site mentions that the company has plans to roll out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4 in October while the 2012 flagship device, the Galaxy S III can be expected to get the new Android update by October end or even November.

The site further states that the Galaxy Note 2 predecessor would also be getting the taste of the new Jelly Bean iteration, but that would only be by the end of November, or early December. All three smartphones are also likely to receive a revamped TouchWiz interface with some added functions, claims the report.

Further the report affirms that Samsung is also testing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Mega phablets. However, Sammobile has not revealed details on what new exclusive features to expect in the rumoured Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the three devices, the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II. But given that Galaxy Note3 runs Android 4.3 with new features, we are hopeful that the three devices will be receiving some features of the latest phablet.

Samsung has made no secret of its plans to launch Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its leading Galaxy smartphones, but so far the South Korean major has offered nothing in the way of release dates as well. But now it looks like the company is getting closer to having its latest software update finalized for its three smartphones. As of now, we would take this with a pinch of salt until the company confirms updates rolling out to the Galaxy smartphones.

Next-generation iPad mini spotted in Gold variant in alleged leaked images

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It looks like Apple may also change the iPad mini colour variants to keep them consistent with the iPhone 5s.

A few days back, we were treated to images of a new ‘Space Gray’ iPad mini rear shell and now for the first time, alleged images of a Gold (Champagne) variant of the iPad mini have appeared online courtesy Sonny Dickson, who had previously shared accurate pictures of the new iPhone devices and their components, before the devices were launched.

The images were first posted on Chinese micro-blog Weibo, and offer a glimpse of the back-casing and the front of the alleged next-generation iPad mini Gold variant. The back casing looks similar to that of the current generation iPad mini, complete with the speaker grill and lightning connector port, except that it’s champagne gold in colour and features a similarly coloured Apple logo. The Gold colour was introduced with the new iPhone 5s.

Interestingly, the front features a silver ring that surrounds the Home button indicating that the next generation iPad mini may feature the much talked about Touch ID fingerprint recognition feature which comes with the iPhone 5s. The front also features chamfered edges like the iPhone.

The Touch ID can be used to unlock the device, by simply placing a finger on the Home button. It can also be used to confirm purchases made on the App Store, iBookstore or the iTunes Store.

We wonder if Apple will also extend the Touch ID and the Gold colour to the next-generation iPad (iPad 5).

Dickson had also tweeted that the iPad Mini 2 will come in Space Gray, Gold and Silver colour variants.

Just a few days back, Dickson had posted a number of photos of the alleged next-generation iPad in the new ‘Space Gray’ and Silver colour.

It’s worth noting that the first purported image of the next-generation iPad and the next-generation iPad mini featured a back that sported a Black and Slate finish similar to the one sported by the current-generation iPad mini. So it’s possible that the decision to offer a ‘Space Gray’ and Gold version is a recent one. Apple could have taken the decision to maintain consistency with the new iPhone 5s colour variants.

Apple is expected to unveil new iPad tablets at an event in October, however, there’s no official word from the company on the same.

Rumoured HTC One Max phablet to launch on October 17: Report

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Supporting earlier rumours of an October launch for the HTC One Max, a new rumour suggests the company would hold an event on October 17, dedicated to the alleged new phablet.

According to Eprice, a Chinese technology site, the Taiwanese-based handset maker will launch the rumoured HTC One Max phablet next month and will likely be priced at 23,900 New Taiwan Dollars, which translates to about Rs. 50,300 approximately.

The HTC One Max has not been officially unveiled yet, but we have tons of details about the rumoured device thanks to multiple leaks. The HTC One Max will be a bigger version of the HTC’s 2013 flagship smartphone, the One.

Rumours have suggested that the alleged phablet will come with a fingerprint scanner, which could be the highlight of the device and could be found usage for authentication process to unlock the phone or for mobile payment authorisations.

Rumoured specifications of the HTC One Max include a 5.9-inch Super LCD full-HD (1080×1920) display, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, Ultra Pixel camera, Fingerprint Scanner and would run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

According to recent claims, the Taiwanese giant would adopt the old Qualcomm processor for the production of company’s first phablet. The reason for going with an old chipset is the insufficient supply of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors as the same chipset has been used by a number of handset makers.

With the HTC One having been comfortably established in the market for a good while now, the launch of HTC’s first phablet is expected to strengthen the portfolio of the Taiwanese handset maker. With the launch of the HTC One Max, the company will also join the phablet race with Samsung and Sony which already offer the Galaxy Mega 6.3 featuring a 6.3-inch display and Xperia Z Ultra sporting a 6.4-inch display, respectively.