Nubia Z11 mini S With 23-Megapixel Camera, Snapdragon 625 SoC Launched in India

ZTE brand Nubia has brought a new smartphone to India. Following its launch in China back in October, the Nubia Z11 mini S was on Monday launched in India. The smartphone is exclusive to Amazon India, and has been launched only in a single variant in the country – 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. The Nubia Z11 mini S price in India is Rs. 16,999, and it will become available from 4pm IST on Tuesday in Khaki Grey and Moon Gold colour variants.

The biggest highlight of the Nubia Z11 mini S – the fourth model in the Nubia Z11 series – is its rear camera. Nubia has decided to use a 23-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX318 Exmor RS sensor and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) that is coupled with contrast autofocus and said to focus on objects in as little as 0.1 seconds. Other rear camera specifications include an f/2.0 aperture and a sapphire protective lens. On the front, it bears a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 CMOS sensor with PDAF and contrast autofocus, an f/2.0 aperture, and an 80-degree wide-angle lens.
Related imageThe Nubia Z11 mini S sports an aircraft-grade aluminium body with a unibody design, and sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the nubia UI 4.0 on top. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) screen with 2.5D curved glass display design, Gorilla Glass protection, 450 nits brightness, and 85 percent NTSC colour gamut.

Under the hood is the 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM. The 64GB of inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB), however, the smartphone uses a hybrid dual-SIM setup – with the second SIM card slot doubling up as the microSD card slot.

On the connectivity front, the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, and USB Type-C. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer. It measures 146.06×72.14×7.6mm, and weighs 158 grams.

The company is touting NeoSafe 2.0 technology to make NFC-based payments secure. The Nubia Z11 mini S comes supports the FiT 2.0 technology as well, which allows to activate certain preset functions when the user swipes on the left or right edge of the screen. The 3000mAh non-removable battery comes with NeoPower 2.0 power management functionality.

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform to Bring 4G VoLTE Support to Feature Phones

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, it newest offering aimed for the emerging markets. The new Qualcomm chip is targeted towards feature phones, and comes with LTE support – including 4G VoLTE. The main aim for Qualcomm here is to aim for the sub-$50 (roughly Rs. 3,500) feature phones that are popular in emerging markets like India, Latin America, and South East Asia.

The biggest highlight of the Qualcomm 205 SoC is support LTE Cat. 4 modem with up to 150Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds. It is designed to support consumers, micro-enterprises, and others, to economically communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi). This is significant as most feature phones these days don’t have VoLTE support, and run on old 2G and 3G frequencies. The Nokia 3310 (2017) reboot was met with much fervour, but one big pain point noticed was that it only supports old frequencies, rendering it useless in many western countries (it won’t support Reliance Jio network in India as well). The need for feature phones to get onto modern networks has become paramount, in order for increase in 4G VoLTE penetration.

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform to Bring 4G VoLTE Support to Feature PhonesThere is still a significant demand for feature phones, case in point being the Nokia 3310 reboot. In all, 396 million feature phones were shipped in 2016, refuting all myths that the market for feature phone is extinct. Nokia alone managed to sell 35 million feature phones in 2016. Qualcomm has also realised this potential and has begun the 200-series chipset to cater for the same.

In a blog post announcing the launch, the company said, “The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed for OEMs and ODMs that service consumers who may otherwise be unable to gain access to high quality, affordable, reliable mobile devices.”
Indian smartphone company Lava launched the Lava 4G Connect M1 last month, and touted it to be “the very first 4G-enabled smart feature phone in India”. To enable this, Lava embedded a Spreadtrum chipset inside the phone, and was able to price it at Rs. 3,333.

Apart from 4G VoLTE support, Qualcomm 205 SoC connectivity options also include 3G and 2G networks, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio, dual-SIM, and ANT+. The Qualcomm 205 SoC sports a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.1GHz. It can support up to 3-megapixel rear and selfie camera, and can boast of a VGA display at 480p. It also brings support for HD video streaming and Linux-based OS. The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is available for OEMs and ODMs, and devices are expected to reach consumers as soon as second quarter of 2017. It also supports Linux-based OSes, and is pin-compatible with the Snapdragon 210/ 212, allowing OEMs and ODMs to quickly migrate their designs

This news comes soon after Qualcomm announced restructuring of its product offering, and renamed its Snapdragon 200-tier chips to Qualcomm Mobile. The company also stressed that it will start labelling processor to “platforms.” The chipset maker further revealed that only premium mobile platforms will retain the Snapdragon branding.

Sony Xperia L1 With 5.5-inch Display, 13-Megapixel Rear Camera Launched

Sony on Monday announced a new entry-level smartphone, called the Xperia L1. The company highlights a sharp display on a near edge-to-edge screen. The new device is being offered in Black, White, and Pink colour options.

The smartphone follows Sony’s design language of near bezel-less displays. The Xperia L1 features an almost edge to edge display. However, bezels on the top and bottom remain thick as was the case with the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphones that were launched at MWC last month. The smartphone features smooth rounded edges for ease of hold.

Sony Xperia L1 With 5.5-inch Display, 13-Megapixel Rear Camera LaunchedThe Xperia L1 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280) LCD display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.45GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T SoC and Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The handset comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card.
Optics on the Xperia L1 include a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera with 24mm wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C.

The dual-SIM Xperia L1 packs a 2620mAh battery with Sony’s STAMINA mode for battery saving. The smartphone measures 151x74x8.7mm and weighs 180 grams. Sony has also added Xperia Actions to the budget smartphone which adapts the device to your time and surrounding.

As of now, there has been no mention regarding the price of the Xperia L1, but according to AndroidHeadlines, the smartphone is expected to launch in select markets including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America in April.

LG G4, V10 Users File Class Action Lawsuit Over Boot Loop Issue

LG is facing a class-action lawsuit from four disgruntled users over the LG G4 and LG V10 boot loop issue. Apparently, users who got defective pieces were refused a replacement as their devices were out of warranty, or in some cases, LG replaced them with faulty ones.

In January last year, LG even addressed the boot loop mishap after much prodding, and claimed that it was the result of “loose contact between components”, and started offering replacements and fixes officially. To recap, this issue caused the phones to reboot repeatedly, rendering them useless. The lawsuit highlights that LG undertook a rather meek recall by offering faulty replacements, or denying replacement altogether for out of warranty devices.

LG G4, V10 Users File Class Action Lawsuit Over Boot Loop IssueArs Technica got hold of the lawsuit that claims, “Despite this admission, LG did not undertake a recall or offer an adequate remedy to consumers who purchased the LG G4 phone. LG instead replaced LG G4s that failed within the one-year warranty period with phones that had the same defect. And LG refused to provide any remedy to purchasers of LG G4s that failed outside the warranty period because of the boot loop defect.”
Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that “LG continued to manufacture LG phones with the boot loop defect” even after admission of a hardware defect. The lawsuit also claims that several V10 users also faced the same issue as its “hardware closely resembles the LG G4 with only a few adjustments, such as expanded storage and an additional camera.”

One of the plaintiffs complained in the lawsuit that LG replaced his defective G4 unit twice with faulty units, and his third one also constantly freezes. The suit demands “damages in an amount to be determined at trial” and hopes that the federal judge order a “comprehensive program to repair all LG phones containing the boot loop defect” in addition to some compensation for harassing the customer. LG is yet to respond to this lawsuit.

Coolpad Note 5 Lite to Go on Sale in India Today

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad last week launched the Coolpad Note 5 Lite in India, and revealed a Tuesday, March 21 availability. The smartphone will go on sale via amazon India at 12pm IST. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite price is Rs. 8,199, and it will be available in Gold and Grey colour variants.

A more basic version of the Coolpad Note 5, which was launched in India back in September, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs Cool UI 8.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a pixel density of 294ppi and a 70.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Image result for Coolpad Note 5 Lite to Go on Sale in India TodayThe Coolpad Note 5 Lite is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735CP SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and a Mali 720 GPU. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the back panel.

The Note 5 Lite has 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB), and also features USB OTG support. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. It is powered by a 2500mAh battery that as per Coolpad is rated to deliver up to 200 hours of standby time. The smartphone weighs 148 grams, and measures 145.3×72.3×8.7mm.

HTC U Ultra Limited Edition With Sapphire Glass Display, 128GB Storage Launched

Last week, HTC announced that it is launching an ‘unexpected surprise’ on Monday, and the speculations were rife that the company would launch the HTC One X10 or HTC 11. However, HTC has just announced a Limited Edition of the HTC U Ultra smartphone that was launched a while ago. This edition brings a really strong sapphire glass display with amped up inbuilt storage at 128GB.

The HTC U Ultra Limited Edition is up for pre-orders in Taiwan for TWD 28,900 (roughly Rs. 62,000). The 64GB variant is selling in India for Rs. 59,990. The Limited Edition variant is available in all four colour variants the original was launched in – Blue, Black, Pink, and White. Customers who pre-order the 128GB variant will also receive a leather flip case, a key ring, and a Quick Charge 3.0 power bank. There is no word on if this variant will be made available in other international markets or not.
HTC U Ultra Limited Edition With Sapphire Glass Display, 128GB Storage LaunchedApart from the sapphire glass and amped up storage, all else remains the same on the smartphone. To recap, the HTC U Ultra sports hybrid dual-SIM (Nano), and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense UI customisation on top. The smartphone sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, apart from a secondary 2-inch display with 1040×160 pixels resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). As for optics, the HTC U Ultra comes with a 12-UltraPixel rear camera, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera with an UltraPixel mode, and a BSI sensor. Other specifications on the HTC U Ultra include 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity options. The HTC U Ultra bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, and packs a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

Micromax Expected to Launch Dual Rear Camera Smartphone on March 29

Micromax on Tuesday dropped a teaser for an upcoming event. The cryptic teaser simply shows a mathematical calculation for 13-cubed, which results in 2197. Shuffle the numbers and it reveals a possible date for the upcoming event, which is March 29, 2017. The company has largely been hush about what it plans to unveil at the event, but some past teasers suggest a new smartphone will likely be announced. Interestingly, the launch date also coincides with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch.

The company has over the past few weeks sent out teasers of what one can expect at the coming event. A tweet last week showed a GIF image wherein two circles were lit up with a tagline ‘Cannot Overlook’. This could possibly hint at a dual rear-camera smartphone. This is further substantiated by a leak on Weibo last month that showed live images of an unknown Micromax smartphone. Notably, the leaked smartphone features dual rear camera with a flash module in between, apart from a curved metallic build. If this hold true, the smartphone will be Micromax’s first smartphone with dual rear camera.

Micromax Expected to Launch Dual Rear Camera Smartphone on March 29The 13-cubed teaser could also hint that the smartphone will sport two 13-megapixel rear cameras, and one 13-megapixel front camera.
Earlier this month, Micromax tweeted a couple of jumbled word puzzles for fans to guess some of the features that can be expected with the upcoming smartphone. Based on the teasers, the smartphone will likely feature support for 4G VoLTE, Google Duo video calling, and 12 regional languages, to name a few.

Micromax in the past year has lost out to Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo who have dominated the Indian smartphone market. For the company to make a comeback, it will look to change its game and introduce some premium features to its budget to mid-range lineup, and perhaps a dual rear camera setup is one way to do that.

Flipkart Electronics Sale Best Deals: Discounts, Exchange Offers on iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and More

Flipkart Electronics Sale has kicked off, bringing lucrative across categories such as smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and others. Among the best deals on the Flipkart sale is on devices such as iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Moto Z, Moto Z Play, Google Chromecast, TVs, and smartwatches.

As part of the Flipkart Electronics Sale, India’s leading e-commerce player is giving an instant discount of 10 percent to SBI credit card holders on minimum purchase of Rs. 5,999, with the maximum discount being Rs. 1,500. The SBI instant discount offer will be provided till Friday, the last of the sale.

Flipkart Electronics Sale Best Deals: Discounts, Exchange Offers on iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and MoreFlipkart discounts and exchange offers on iPhones
In the ongoing Flipkart Electronics Sale, iPhone 7 all variants see a 20 percent discount on purchase, and the buyer can avail an exchange offer as well for a further price cut of up to Rs. 13,500. The iPhone 7 Plus also sees the same price discount and exchange offer on its 32GB, 128GB variant and 256GB variants. The iPhone 6s 32GB variant gets a flat Rs. 7,000 off, and the same exchange offer can be applied on this variant as well. The iPhone 6 16GB variant gets a price cut of Rs. 10, 500, with further discount applicable through exchange offer.
Flipkart deals on Google Pixel, Moto Z, Samsung smartphones
The Google Pixel has up to Rs 20,000 off on exchange on Flipkart Electronics Sale, and the Google Pixel XL has up to Rs. 13,500. Moto Z and Moto Z Play offer exchange discount of up to Rs. 15,500. The Samsung A9 Pro gets a discount of Rs. 6,950, and also has an exchange offer of up to Rs. 13,500 applicable in this Flipkart sale. Samsung C9 Pro, Honor 8, Huawei P9, Sony Xperia XA Ultra are all applicable for exchange offer discounts as well. Many other mid-range smartphones are also on discount, and you can see all of them on the Flipkart page.

Flipkart offers on tablets and smartwatches
Tablets like the Apple iPad and Lenovo Yoga 3, apart from the large-screened Lenovo Phab 2 Pro phablet, have got a price cut and other bundled deals in Flipkart Electronics Sale, and you can check them all out here. Flipkart has also put up offers on smartwatches like Apple Watch, Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch 3, and all the deals can be found here. In the Flipkart sale, there are numerous deals on TVs, laptops, cameras and accessories, and computer peripherals as well, and head here to see everything that’s on offer. For example, the Google Chromecast 2 is available for Rs. 2,999, at a Rs. 400 discount.

It’s worth noting that the Flipkart Electronics Sale exchange offer discount will vary depending on the device you exchange it with. We recommend that you register and fill in your address and card details beforehand to ensure smooth checkout. Also compare prices, see detailed specifications, check retailer, and warranty details before purchasing a product.

Nubia M2, M2 Lite, N2 Smartphones With 16-Megapixel Front Cameras Launched

ZTE brand Nubia on Tuesday launched three new smartphones in its home market, China, namely – Nubia M2, Nubia M2 Lite, and Nubia N2. All three smartphones will be available in Black and Gold colour variants. The M2 and M2 Lite, which have been priced starting at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 27,000) and CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,000) respectively will be available soon, while the Nubia N2, which has been priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,000), will be available from April 8.

All three new Nubia smartphones sport 5.5-inch displays, but with differing resolutions, and all three also support dual-SIM cards in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The smartphones all run Nubia UI 4.0, but based on different versions of Android. Let’s start with the Nubia M2, which is the first smartphone from the company’s stables to sport a dual rear camera setup.

The Nubia M2 (seen above) runs Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC that’s coupled with 4GB of RAM. Coming to the cameras, as we mentioned, the Nubia M2 bears a dual rear camera setup with dual-LED flash. It features 13-megapixel sensors, with one capturing colour information and the other capturing monochrome information, both with sapphire glass protection and an f/2.2 aperture. On the front, it has a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 80-degree wide-angle lens.

Other Nubia M2 specifications include 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage (latter model is priced at CNY 29,999 – which is roughly Rs. ) that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB), and 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, USB Type-C, and GPS connectivity options. It runs on a 3630mAh battery with NeoPower fast charging support. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button and support for Dolby Sound 7.1 and Hi-Fi audio.
zte nubia m2 lite black zteThe Nubia M2 Lite (seen above) has several similarities to the Nubia M2, but there are notable differences. It bears a lower resolution (HD – 720×1280 pixels), IPS display, is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, and comes in 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variants with storage expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). It foregoes the dual rear camera setup, and uses a single 13-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash. It also bears a smaller 3000mAh battery with fast charging support, and supports Hi-Fi audio with DTS 7.1 sound. It measures 155.73×76.7×7.5mm and weighs 164 grams. It runs Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Finally, we come to the Nubia N2 (seen below). The smartphone runs Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display. It is powered by a MediaTek octa-core SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. As for optics, it bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED flash, apart from a 16-megapixel front camera. It offers 64GB of inbuilt storage, and standard connectivity options including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack. It is powered by a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support that’s rated to deliver up to 60 hours of talk time.

The China launch of the Nubia M2, Nubia M2 Lite, and Nubia N2 was reported by PhoneRadar.

Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G Budget Smartphone With VoLTE Support Launched

Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G Budget Smartphone With VoLTE Support LaunchedKarbonn recently expanded its 4G lineup with a new budget smartphone. The Aura Sleek 4G promises to delivers powerful, high-speed 4G performance at low cost, being priced at Rs. 5,290. As of now there is no information regarding the availability of the smartphone.

The Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display, powered by a 1.25GHz quad core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone is offered with 8GB of built-in storage with support for expandability via microSD (up to 32GB).

The 4G VoLTE smartphone packs 5-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and LED flash while the front sees a 2-megapixel camera. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB. The Aura Sleek 4G comes with a 2000mAh battery that promises up to 4 hours of talktime on 4G. The handset measures 145.6×71.5×8.8mm and weighs 174 grams. It will be available in Grey, Champagne White, and Black colour options.
To recall, back in December, Karbonn launched for new 4G smartphones, including the Karbonn Aura Note 4G. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280) display and is powered by a 1.25GHz quad core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is offered with 16GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD (up to 32GB).

The smartphone sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front and the back. Connectivity options are similar to the Aura Sleek 4G. A 2800mAh battery is fitted inside the Aura Note 4G. The smartphone measures 154.2×79.8×10.5mm and weighs 174 grams. The handset comes in Matte Black and Metallic Champagne colours. Both the smartphones feature accelerometer, proximity and light sensors.