New details emerge about HTC One M10 smartphone

HTC has struggled to maintain its edge as Samsung, Apple and strong Chinese brands like Huawei expand their market share.HTC has struggled to maintain its edge as Samsung, Apple and strong Chinese brands like Huawei expand their market share.
More details have surfaced about HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone M10. As per latest leaks, the company is not changing the name of its One series. Some previous leaks had suggested that the company may go for a new moniker other than HTC One M10 for the flagship.

According to reports, HTC One M10 name has been spotted on HTC’s website, in a drop down menu for a customer services satisfaction survey. The leak also reveals that the One M10’s camera will sport an f/1.9 aperture.

Other rumored specifications of HTC One M10 include a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and three storage options – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The smartphone is also expected to sport a fingerprint scanner and chamfered edges.

Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come pre-installed on the device, along with the company’s Sense UI, as per reports.

The Taiwanese company recently sent an email to a some media persons hinting at the launch of HTC M10 which is rumpured to launch on May 9.

The struggling smartphone maker has reported a third straight quarterly loss for October-December, although losses narrowed due to holiday season demand and the launch of a new phone.

The homegrown Taiwanese brand, once a star of the intensely competitive smartphone sector, has struggled to maintain its edge as Samsung, Apple and strong Chinese brands like Huawei expand their market share.

In a bid to boost its flagging fortunes, HTC unveiled a new flagship model — the One A9 — in October to take on Apple’s dominance, which the company said was well received across Asia, the US and Europe.

75% of smartphones sold in India made locally: Xiaomi

75% of smartphones sold in India made locally: Xiaomi
Seven months since it launched assembly unit in Vishakhapatnam, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has said about 75% of its phones sold in the country are now ‘Made in India.’

In August last year, Xiaomi had partnered Taiwanese firm Foxconnto set up local assembly of its phones to cater to one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets globally.

“Within months, we have seen the unit being ramped up and now 75% of phones are Made in India. It is a herculean feat that we have been able to do,” Xiaomi Global vice president Hugo Barra told PTI.

He, however, declined to disclose details on sales and production numbers.

India is one of the largest markets for Xiaomi globally. The company assembles devices like Redmi 2 and Redmi Note in India.

Xiaomi also launched its latest device — Redmi Note 3 here, priced at Rs 9,999 onwards. The device had made a global debut in November last year.

The company has already sold one million units of Redmi Note that was launched in 2014.

The Redmi Note 3 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 chipset and will come in two variants – 16 GB (with 2 GB of RAM) and 32 GB (with 3 GB of RAM) for Rs 11,999.

With its price tag, the handset will compete with the likes of Lenovo’s Vibe K4 Note and LeEco’s Le 1s.

The device will go on sale on March 9 on Mi.com and Amazon.in.

Barra said Xiaomi will launch its Mi5 handset in the next one month. It also unveiled a Bluetooth speaker for Rs 1,999.

With a 5.5-inch display, the 4G dual sim handset runs Android-based OS MIUI 7 and includes a fingerprint sensor. It also has a 4,050mAh battery and measures just 8.65 mm at its thickest point. It also has a reading mode to help prevent eye fatigue.

Armed with a 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, users can click selfies with the rear camera using the fingerprint sensor to shoot the image.

“The device also supports LTE band 5 (as well as 3, 40 and 41) to ensure customers can have the best Voice over LTE quality, an innovation that was done only for the Indian market,” Barra said.

It also comes equipped with Infrared capabilities which can be used to control household devices like TVs, ACs and DSLR cameras.
According to research firm IDC, shipments in India grew 28.8% in 2015 Y-o-Y to 103.6 million units compared to 10.1% growth for the global market.

Smartphone market is getting insanely competitive

Xiaomi launched a new device Redmi Note 3 at Rs 9,999.Chinese mobile major Xiaomi has said that business in India is getting “insanely competitive” at a time when compatriots such as Vivo, Lenovo,Huawei, Gionee and Oppo are expanding rapidly n the market. The chase for buyers has further heightened with top-seller Samsung rolling out an expanded portfolio and local heavyweights like Micromax, Intex and Lavalaunching lower-priced smart devices.

On Thursday, Xiaomi launched a new device Redmi Note 3 at Rs 9,999. “Xiaomi is planning to rapidly expand in India as this is the second-biggest market for the phone maker after home market China,” Hugo Barra, global VP for the company, told TOI. Xiaomi had in August last year partnered Taiwanese contract-maker Foxconn as it began local assembly of phones at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, and at present, about 75% of phones it sells are being sourced locally .

Barra has an opinion on the proposed launch of the budget smartphone Freedom 251(for Rs 251) by Noida-based Ringing Bells. “It seems unlikely… the business model does not appear to be viable,” he said, adding that a definitive comment cannot be made as he is not privy to the Indian company’s business plans.

The company, which made its debut in India around middle of 2014, has been finding going to be tough at a time when it has also been upstaged by Huawei in China. Industry analysts say Xiaomi, founded by Lei Jun, has been slow in introducing newer products in a business where rivals constantly upgrade their devices and rapidly bring in new devices.

Barra, however, counters the argument. “Why should we discontinue a product when it’s doing well? Also, it impacts our supply chain.”

However, competition is something that worries Barra. “The smartphone market is getting insanely competitive. But we know it too well. These are the same players we have seen in China. As far as Xiaomi is concerned, our strategy in any market is to focus on building incredible products.” Barra said Xiaomi will launch its Mi5 handset in India in the next one month.

Delhi tops in smartphone sales, Mumbai follows

Twenty five major tier II and III cities of India make up around 21.3% of the Indian smartphone market.Top 30 cities of the country made up for 51% of the entire smartphone market in the fourth quarter last year with New Delhi generating the maximum demand, closely followed by Mumbai, research firm IDC said today.

However, with increasing appeal and penetration of smartphones in smaller cities and towns, tier II and III cities and beyond are expected to constitute a significant portion of the market in the near future, IDC said in a statement.

Twenty five major tier II and III cities of India make up around 21.3% of the Indian smartphone market.

“With increasing data penetration and enhanced reach of eCommerce, the smartphone consumers in Tier II and III cities are becoming more aware and demanding,” IDC South Asia Managing Director Jaideep Mehta said.

He added that the 4G revolution promises to trigger the next wave of smartphone growth with 4G-enabled devices already overtaking 3G devices as the largest smartphone category.

The top 5 cities of India made up about 60% of the online smartphone sales in India. 4G devices made up around 45% of the market in these cities.
In the top 30 cities, Samsung led the market with 29.4% share, followed by Micromax (14.7%), Lenovo (and Motorola) (10.1%), Intex (8.2%), Lava (7.1%), Apple (4.6%) and Xiaomi (3.5%).

Global vendors like Apple, Samsung and others held more than 40.7% of the market in these cities.

Xiaomi Mi 5 coming to India in a month

The three Xiaomi Mi 5 variants are priced at 1,999, 2,299 and 2,699 yuan, respectively. This translates to approximately Rs 21,000, Rs 24,000 and Rs 28,000 in India by currency conversion.Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra has said that the company will release its new Mi 5 smartphone in the Indian market within a month.
The announcement was made at the sidelines of the launch of Redmi Note 3 budget phablet, which the company released today.

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes in three variants:

  • 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 32GB storage, 3GB RAM, 3D curved glass body
  • 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, 3D curved glass body
  • 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 128GB storage, 4GB RAM, 3D ceramic body

The three Xiaomi Mi 5 variants are priced at 1,999, 2,299 and 2,699 yuan, respectively. This translates to approximately Rs 21,000, Rs 24,000 and Rs 28,000 in India by currency conversion.

Xiaomi Mi 5 has a 5.15-inch screen that is 30% brighter. The smartphone is powered by the Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7 custom software; there was no official word on the Android Marshmallow update for Mi 5 at the event. Xiaomi is using UFS flash memory in the new model, which is 87% faster in read-write operations.

The smartphone’s 16MP rear camera has 4-axis optical image stabilization for blur-free photo & videos as well as sapphire glass lens and two-tone, dual-LED flash; it can capture 4K as well as 120fps slo-mo videos. The front camera has 5MP resolution and pixel size of 2 micron.
For connectivity, Xiaomi Mi 5 supports 4G+ (also called LTE-Advanced) networks for faster downloads (up to Cat12), NFC, and USB Type C. The battery capacity of the smartphone is 3,000mAh and features QuickCharge 3.0 technology that provides 4 hours of battery life on charge of 10 minutes.
On the design side, Xiaomi is offering Mi 5 in two finishes: metal and ceramic. The smartphone is based on the company’s ‘3D’ design language, which has been previously seen in the company’s Mi Note. Mi 5 is the first smartphone in Xiaomi portfolio having the fingerprint sensor in front.

Mi 5 went on sale in Xiaomi’ home market, China, on March 1 and amassed 16 million registrations for the first flash sale. India is likely to be the first foreign market getting the smartphone.

Lenovo to launch Vibe K5 Plus in India on March 15

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus was first unveiled at MWC 2016Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo has sent out media invites for the launch of Vibe K5 Plus in India. The smartphone was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016. The company will be introducing the device on March 15.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus consists of a 5-inch Full HD display with 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The internal storage of the smartphone stands at 16GB which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The dual sim smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

It comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing snapper to facilitate video calling. The connectivity attributes of the device include 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and it houses a 2,750 mAh battery.

The company has also incorporated stereo speakers in the smartphones powered by Dolby audio for better audio experience.

The Chinese giant also showcased the Lenovo Vibe K5 along with the K5 Plus at MWC. The handset features a 5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and offers dual sim fucntionlity. Powering the handset is a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 processor paired with 2GB of RAM

Lyf Flame 1, Lyf Wind 6 Dual-SIM 4G Smartphones Launched in India

Lyf Flame 1, Lyf Wind 6 Dual-SIM 4G Smartphones Launched in India

Reliance Digital earlier this month listed its entry-level Lyf-branded smartphone, the Flame 1, on its website. The company on Sunday officially launched the smartphone along with a new Lyf Wind 6 (seen above) smartphone as well. While the Lyf Flame 1 is priced at Rs. 6,490, the Lyf Wind 6 costs Rs. 7,090 at the Reliance Digital website. The handsets can be purchased from the company’s physical Reliance Digital outlets.

Similar to other Lyf-branded phones, the Lyf Flame 1 and Lyf Wind 6 support 4G LTE bands in India – FDD Band 3 (1800MHz) and TDD Band 40 (2300MHz).

The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Micro-SIM) supporting Lyf Flame 1 (seen below) smartphone features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display with a pixel density of 218ppi and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The handset is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 304 GPU (at 400MHz). It packs 8GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

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The Lyf Flame 1 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. This can be considered the highlight of the handset at this price point. Some of the camera features on the Lyf Flame 1 include face detection, blink detection, and smile detection modes. Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB.

Measuring 132.6×66.2×9.3mm, the Lyf Flame 1 weighs 138 grams. It packs a 2000mAh Li-Po battery rated to deliver up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours of standby time. It is available in White, Black, Dark Blue, and Dark Red colour variants.

The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Micro-SIM) Lyf Wind 6 sports a bigger 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) resolution IPS display and also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. The processor, RAM, inbuilt storage, expandable storage limit, front and rear facing cameras stay the same as the Lyf Flame 1. Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB. The handset measures 143.5x72x8.7mm and weighs 156 grams.

The Lyf Wind 6 is backed by a 2250mAh Li-Po battery, which is rated to deliver up to 6 hours of HD video playback and up to 32 hours of audio playback. Both the handsets feature VoLTE connectivity and VoWi-Fi as well. It is available in White, Black, and Gold colour variants.

Asus Details Which Smartphones Will Get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

Asus Details Which Smartphones Will Get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

Fret not, Asus hasn’t forgotten about the software version on your smartphone. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer promises that it will release Android 6.0 Marshmallow to a range of smartphones in its lineup starting April.

Amid concerns from users, Asus said that it will be rolling out the latest and greatest version of Google’s mobile operating system to a range of its ZenFone handsets including ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML, ZE551ML), ZenFone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML), ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition (ZE551ML), ZenFone 2 Laser(ZE500KG, ZE500KL, ZE550KL, ZE551KL, ZE600KL, ZE601KL), ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL), ZenFone Max(ZC550KL), and ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) in the second quarter of 2016. Also included in the list isPadFone S smartphone.

On the sidelines, Asus also announced that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will replace three of the company’s home-grown apps: Asus Messenger, Asus Mail, and Asus Calendar. They will be replaced by Google Messenger, Gmail, Calendar, and apps respectively. These apps will also not serve as the default apps for messaging, emails, and calendar “if you restore to factory settings after the update.” For those who prefer Asus’ offering, these apps are not going anywhere and can be found on theGoogle Play.

Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for OEMs and select Nexus devices including Nexus 6P andNexus 5 last year. Unlike Android 5.0 Lollipop, which brought along a new design language to the mobile operating system, the Android Marshmallow was largely aimed at performance enhancements and stability with some headline features such as Now on Tap.

Only recently Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge began receiving the aforementioned update. Sony Xperia Z5 is also now receiving the update, according to a report. The adoption rate for Android 6.0 only recently hit 1 percent.

Micromax Canvas Tab P702 Available Online

Micromax Canvas Tab P702 Available Online at Rs. 7,999

Micromax has launched a new tablet in India, the Canvas Tab P702. Listed for sale on an e-commerce website at Rs. 7,999, the tablet is also listed on the company’s own website. Micromax however, is yet to officially announce the launch of the device.

The dual-SIM supporting Micromax Canvas Tab P702 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and features a 7-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) resolution IPS display. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor, clocked at 1.3GHz, clubbed with 2GB RAM.

The tablet sports 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB). In the camera department, the Canvas Tab P702 bears a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash along with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

On the connectivity front, the Canvas Tab P702 supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB connectivity. Available on Snapdeal in Bold Black and Classy White, the tablet comes with OTG cable, headphones and 7 Kindle e-books worth Rs. 1,500 for free. The device is backed by a 3000mAh battery rated to deliver up to 250 hours of standby time and up to 3 hours of playtime. Also included are dual speakers powered by DTS audio tech.

Micromax last week launched its Canvas Amaze 4G smartphone. The dual-SIM Canvas Amaze 4G runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The new Micromax smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor, coupled with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera along with a 2-megapixel front-facing fixed-focus camera. Other features included are 8GB of expandable storage and 2230mAh battery.

OnePlus X Gets ‘Hotfix’ Update for Camera Corruption Issue

OnePlus X Gets 'Hotfix' Update for Camera Corruption Issue

OnePlus last month rolled out OxygenOS 2.2.0 for its latest smartphone, the OnePlus X. However, after the OTA update some users reported image corruption issues with the handset. To resolve the issue the Chinese tech company on Friday started rolling out a hotfix for the OnePlus X camera.

The announcement comes from a OnePlus forum administrator. “We are pushing out a hotfix for the image corruption issue some of you have been seeing with the OnePlus Camera after the last update. Sorry for the inconvenience this has caused, we expect to see this issue fully resolved with this update,” the admin posted on the company forum.

It has been added that since the update is incremental, it will take some time to reach all the OnePlus Xsmartphones. It is worth mentioning that the OTA update will keep the handset at OxygenOS 2.2.0 and will weigh 9.5MB.

OnePlus X earlier this month went invite-free in India. The move follows company’s decision from last week to make available OnePlus X in many other regions sans invite. Users in India can purchase the OnePlus X handset from Amazon India without the trouble of obtaining an invite – which again required participation in different online promotions or a seemingly endless waiting list. As part of the move, users will be able to purchase any of the OnePlus X variant – Onyx Black, Champagne Gold, and limited edition Ceramic. The OnePlus X smartphone was launched in India at a price point of Rs. 16,999 for the Onyx variant, and Rs. 22,999 for the limited edition Ceramic variant.