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HTC launches One E9s Dual Sim at Rs 23500 !!

Thursday, 8 October 2015 / No Comments

According to an established Mumbai-based retailer, HTC's new mid-range One E9s Dual SIM smartphone has been launched in India.
Priced at Rs. 21,900 (best buy), the smartphone comes with an MRP of Rs. 23,500 and stocks for theHTC One E9s Dual SIM is said to be available in a few days.
Notably, HTC's One E9s Dual SIM was recently officially listed on the company's India site, and was also available to buy via an Indian e-commerce site at Rs. 21,142. HTC so far has not made any announcement regarding the launch of the One E9s Dual SIM.
The smartphone features dual-SIM support with dual Nano-SIM cards and runs Android Lollipop with Sense UI on top. Under the hood, the One E9s Dual SIM is powered by an octa-core MediaTek (MT6752M) processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The One E9s Dual SIM features a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display offering a pixel density of 267ppi. The handset packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor, autofocus, and LED flash on board, apart from a 4-megapixel UltraPixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor. Both front and rear cameras support 1080p video recording.
The new One E9s Dual SIM comes with 4G LTE and supports Indian LTE bands. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, Micro-USB, and 3G. The HTC One E9s Dual SIM, much like other One-series smartphones, features BoomSound with Dolby Audio Surround technology. The smartphone is backed by a 2600mAh battery. It measures 157.7x79.7x7.64mm and weighs 165 grams. It will be available in White Luxury, Meteor Grey, and Roast Chestnut colours.

Apple Reveals The Price Of iPhone 6S and 6S+ in India !! Are You Willing To Buy It?

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Iphone 6s Price In india

Apple distributor Ingram Micro has informed its retail partners the launch price of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in India. According to the communication - a copy of which has been seen by Gadgets 360 - the iPhone 6s will start at Rs. 62,000 for the 16GB variant. The iPhone 6s Plus will start at Rs. 72,000 for the same storage capacity.

The 64GB and 128GB variant of the iPhone 6s will be priced at Rs. 72,000 and Rs. 82,000 respectively, while the iPhone 6s Plus will cost Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 for the same storage capacities.

The communication also confirms the repricing of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s that Gadgets 360 had exclusively reported last month. To recall, the iPhone 6 is now priced at Rs. 52,000 for the 16GB model and Rs. 62,000 for the 64GB variant. The iPhone 6 Plus is now priced in India at Rs. 62,000 and Rs. 72,000 for 16GB and 64GB models respectively.

The older iPhone 5s now starts at Rs. 35,000 for the 16GB variant, with the 32GB model now priced at Rs. 40,000. Of course these are all MRPs, and the effective market price online as well as offline is actually lower.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come in four colours: Silver, Gold, Space Grey, and a new Rose Gold Aluminium finish.

The phones will go on sale in India on Friday, October 16. The phones saw record 13 million sales and pre-orders during the opening weekend.

What do you think of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch price in India? Let us know by voting in the poll and via the comments.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 Is Here And It's Stunning !!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 / No Comments

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft’s Surface Book is the most exciting Windows laptop in years. Actually, aside from a few hot-rod gaming rigs, it may be the only exciting Windows laptop in years. That’s great news for people who’ve longed to long for a PC again. And it could be a nightmare for every other PC manufacturer.

If you missed the Surface Book announcement, you’ll want to get acquainted. It’s a 13.5-inch laptop with a killer display, maxed-out guts, a funky cool hinge, and a display that detaches, like the saucer of the USS Enterprise, to become a thick, powerful tablet. Reattach the display face-up, and the Surface Book enters “draw mode,” which brings the full power of a discrete Nvidia GPU to bear on stylus-based sketches and similar applications. It’s a beauty, it’s a beast, and at $1,500 it’s expensive but not ludicrously so.

Sound good? It should. In fact, it’s hard to name another high-end hybrid laptop that’s quite so enticing. That puts everyone who makes Windows laptops—known as original equipment manufacturers, in trade lingo—in a curious position: What do you do when the partner that supplies your product’s brains releases a superior body?
“It is a shot across the bow of Microsoft’s OEM partners,” says Forrester Research principal analyst J.P. Gownder. The message is clear. If the Dells and HPs of the world won’t innovate, Microsoft will.

Surface Tension

A collision like this was, if not inevitable, then at least highly likely ever since Redmond announced the first Surface Pro in 2012. After all, that definitely was a case of Microsoft making its own hardware, giving customers a home-grown alternative to its longtime hardware allies.

The Surface Pro, though, didn’t compete as directly with the OEMs, if only because it was so odd. It was a tablet, an ultrabook, and most of all, a source of great confusion. Microsoft was competing against the laptops of 2030, maybe, not the Lenovos of 2013.Surface Book carries no such amibguities.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

“It’s positioned as a laptop, very squarely against the MacBook Pro as an example. But that could also be extended to a Dell XPS 13, or an HP x360,” says Patrick Moorhead, president and founder of Moor Insights & Strategy. Further cementing the different tenor of Surface Pro and Surface Book, Gownder notes, Microsoft announced just a few weeks ago that HP and Dell would begin reselling Surface Prodevices for enterprise. The Surface Book quite explicitly wasn’t mentioned as part of that arrangement.

And why would it be? While Microsoft obviously risks alienating its partners, it’s doing so with a much bigger fight in mind.

“Right now Microsoft really believes that it has to have a combined hardware, software, and services play to go up against the likes of Apple” Moorhead says. “That’s why it’s doing this. That’s why it’s taking such an aggressive stance now, moving to laptops.”

Besides—it’s not as if the PC makers can do much about this, even if they are burning with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns.

Nowhere to Runtime

That lack of repercussions may have further emboldened Microsoft. PC makers have nowhere else to go, at least as far as laptops are concerned.

Before you shout “Chrome OS,” remember that almost all of these manufacturers already churn out Chromebooks to varied success, and that Chromebooks still aren’t replacements for full-fledged PCs. In terms of a position of relative weakness, you’re also merely trading the Surface Book for the Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C. And before you shout “Linux,” please skip to the bottom to leave an angry comment about how dismissive this piece is of Linux while the rest of us proceed.

The only other option would be to pursue an entirely new operating system. That’s not as crazy at it might sound on mobile; when Google flirted with producing its own smartphones through its ill-fated Motorola purchase, Samsung coughed “Tizen” loudly enough to make Google sell its potential conflict of interest to Lenovo. There’s no Tizen for desktops that aren’t designed in Cupertino. There’s just Windows.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

“Look what Dell is doing. They’re diversifying strongly out of the PC business.” Gownder says, citing that company’s recent entrenchments in IT services and security. “Some OEMs may have to diversify to other areas, or some of them may have to take on the wearables category, or something different.”

That may also help explain Dell’s relatively sanguine response to the Surface Book. In an emailed statement, a company spokesman said, “Microsoft is a great partner. We cooperate in many areas and compete in others. It’s part of the modern way of doing business today. Look, it’s a Windows 10 World and greater awareness of the benefits of Windows 10 is good for our customers, Microsoft, and for us.”

Those with less diverse interests may not be quite as copacetic. In fact, now that Microsoft has a full head of Surface steam, those with less diverse interests may not even be around much longer.

“Maybe some of the secondary companies won’t survive,” says Gownder. “This is a time of great change, Microsoft has to do what it’s doing, which is to compete and to innovate.”

A Rising Book Lifts All PCs

The best-case scenario for PC makers, the ones that survive, is that they respond to the challenge of the Surface Book rather than shrink from it. There’s finally proof that a laptop PC can elicit an emotional response, can make a room full of hardened tech journalists find themselves murmuring I want that. All you have to do is make sure that the next time that happens, it’s your laptop they’re murmuring about.

That’s easier said than done, obviously. But not impossible. Not everyone wants a $1,500 laptop, no matter how powerful and pretty it is. Not everyone likes a hinge that doesn’t let the lid close all the way. Not everyone wants to lug around three and a half pounds of computer (OK, that’s actually pretty light).

Still, now is the time to act. Not only are all eyes on a Windows device for the first time in years, the immediate impact of that device on Redmond’s competitors will be fairly muted. “There will be one product, all things equal, that needs to be taken off the shelf to make room for the Surface Book,” says Moorhead.

That leaves plenty of room on the rack for eye-catching competitors. Microsoft, meanwhile, wins no matter whose laptop customers buy, as long as it doesn’t have a glowing white apple on the lid.

The Surface Book will affect Microsoft’s relationship with its hardware partners, sure. It may even push a few of them out of the PC business altogether. But the ones that stay have a new standard to aspire to. If they rise to it, we all win. If they don’t, well, preorders start today.

Big Billion Days On Flipkart Is Back | Offers To Look Forward To

Monday, 5 October 2015 / No Comments

The festive season around Diwali accounts for a majority of sales reported across offline and online channels. It is only natural for e-commerce companies like Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal to make the most out of it. Last year, Flipkart launched an enormous campaign, called the Big Billion Day sale, targeted at consumers looking to grab discounts during the festive season. The aim was to target more first-time buyers who would be more likely to buy online if given an incentive in the form of a discount.

Flipkart's Big Billion Days sale last year met with mixed responses from all across. A lot of prospective customers were unable to access the website for some amount of time, and those who were able to login faced other problems like cancellation of orders. On the other hand the company was somewhat proud of the numbers it managed to flaunt during the sale. This year, the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale returns with even more to offer.

Flipkart's Big Billion Days sale is scheduled to be held from October 13 to October 17 this year. The online marketplace has promised a much better user experience this year. Flipkart has been working on making the required changes in its infrastructure to organise a sale of this scale during Diwali. It has held app-only sales regularly over the last one year to prepare well in advance for the Diwali rush. The company has invested in several new fulfilment centres to cater to the surge in orders during the sale period. To ensure products reach your quickly, Flipkart will also deploy a record number of delivery boys this year.

This year's Big Billion Days sale will be app-only. While customers have voiced their opinion through several social platforms about the need to keep the website alive, Flipkart is keen on moving ahead with its app based strategy. Flipkart is also promising a lot more products will be available on Big Billion Days sale this year, rather than keeping a limit inventory on extremely discounted prices. If you were hoping for those "steal deals" this year, don't expect much. All the Flipkart Big Billion Days deals are valid for a limited period only.

The Big Billion Days sale will be applicable across almost all product categories on Flipkart. The company's recent purchase, Myntra, will also be joining the Big Billion Days sale this year. Flipkart has also tied up with banks like State Bank of India, Standard Chartered, and Citibank to offer cash back and additional discounts. The most popular product categories during the Billion Days sale are electronics, computers and accessories, and smartphones

Here's what you can expect from the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale this year:

(a) Flipkart is promising an "almost glitch-free user experience", a larger inventory going on sale rather than a small number of products going at dirt cheap prices, and a better and quicker delivery experience.

(b) In terms of deals, expect the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale to offer great deals on select smartphones, big-screen TVs, large appliances, wireless speakers, external hard drives, memory cards, books, computers and laptops, tablets, and other gadgets.

Here are some tips to help you sail through the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale:

1) As we mentioned, the sale this year is going to be available only on Flipkart's apps on smartphones and tablets. Keep your apps updated to ensure a smooth user experience. Make sure you are on a reliable connection while making a purchase. The biggest deals usually go live on the first day of the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale so make sure you don't miss out on those.

2) Make a list of products that you're keen on buying. Browsing promotional sales isn't a great user experience unless you know what you want. Going through a sale on an app could be painful too. Make sure you don't miss out a deal on the products you need the most. Search for them on the app before you start browsing all items on sale. Keep a wishlist ready on the app to help you out.

3) Keep your contact information like delivery addresses and payment information saved. You want minimum friction while checking out to ensure a deal doesn't go out of stock by the time you're done paying. As always, saving your payment information is always secure on sites like Flipkart. Keep in mind that e-commerce companies tend to block payment methods like cash on delivery during promotional sales like the Flipkart Big Billion Days.

4) Compare before you make a decision. If you come across a deal that's absolutely worth it, don't waste time thinking. But if you're having second thoughts, don't make a purchase without quickly comparing the prices on other major online retailers like Amazon, Snapdeal and Paytm. The other online stores are also expected to run promotional sales close to the same time frame as Flipkart Big Billion Days sale and you might get a better deal there.

5) Use credit or debit cards issued by State Bank of India, Citibank and Standard Chartered to get even more discounts and cash back during Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. There will be a predefined minimum transaction value and a maximum discount or cash back value when these offers go live, make sure you go through those a night before the sale goes live.

Xiaomi Mi4i Vs Moto G 3rd Generation | The Midrange Smartphone Battle

Sunday, 4 October 2015 / No Comments

Every since we published our Moto G 3rd gen review, several users have written to us asking which smartphone should they buy - Motorola's latest offering in India or the Xiaomi Mi 4i. The 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage variants of the two smartphones cost an identical Rs. 12,999, so comparisons between the two are understandable. We put the Xiaomi Mi 4i and Motorola's Moto G 3rd gen head
Design :
In terms of build quality, there are no major issues with either phone. We personally like the grip that the Moto G 3rd gen offers compared to the Mi 4i, but you may prefer the clean design of the Xiaomi. Both phones come with a non-removable battery. The Xiaomi Mi 4i is noticeably lighter and sleeker than the Moto G 3rd gen, so if that's important to you, you know which one to pick.

Display :

Xiaomi Mi 4i wins this one comfortably. Though both phones have 5-inch screens, the Mi 4i packs in a full-HD display, compared to the 720p panel seen on the Moto G 3rd gen. We noted our love for the display of the Mi 4i as part of our review and even though we've seen several budget phones pack a 1080p screen since, the one on the Mi 4i remains one of our favourites. While the Moto G 3rd gen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the Mi 4i features a custom solution from the same company that supposedly offers the same level of protection.

Software and performance :

The Xiaomi Mi 4i is powered by an octa-core processor, while the Snapdragon 410 inside the Moto G 3rd gen has "just" four cores. As we've said before, more cores doesn't necessarily mean better performance, and that's certainly the case when you have phones running as different software as these two. While the Motorola runs near stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, like other Xiaomi phones, the Mi 4i runs MIUI, a highly customised version of Android that's a resource hog.
Though both variants being compared here sport 2GB of RAM, the amount of memory available to users' applications on the Moto G 3rd gen is much greater than what's on offer on the Xiaomi Mi 4i. We also experienced random crashes on the Xiaomi Mi 4i, something that wasn't a problem at all with Motorola. The MIUI does offer some advantages like app permissions manager. Both smartphones come with 4G support and there's nothing to choose between them as far as call quality is concerned.
Several users and reviewers have complained about heating issues with the Mi 4i, though we did not experience the same with our review unit.

Camera and battery life :

Moto G 3rd Genration camera quality

Xiaomi Mi4i Camera Quality

In terms of specifications, the two smartphones have identical 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, but both have different strengths in terms of image quality. While the Moto G seems to outshine the Xiaomi when clicking pictures outdoors, the Mi 4i captures a bit more details indoors and in low light, though the low-light performance of both cameras isn't exactly worth celebrating.

While the Xiaomi Mi 4i has a much bigger battery, in terms of real world usage there isn't much to choose between the two smartphones. When we reviewed the Xiaomi Mi 4i, 4G networks weren't available in our city yet, but on a mix of 3G + 4G networks, both the Moto G 3rd gen and the Xiaomi Mi 4i manage to last about a day.


As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi Mi 4i has some extra software features like the app Permissions Manager, which lets users control what resources each app has access to. Android M aka Android 6.0 Marshmallow is expected to bring this feature to other Android smartphones as well, but until then, the Mi 4i and the MIUI have an advantage. The Mi 4i also comes with Sunlight Display - read details about the feature in our Xiaomi Mi 4i review - but the way it works is too subtle for most users to notice or care.

The Mi 4i ships with support for faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but you will likely upgrade your phone before you have a router that supports that standard, so it's not something you should worry too much about. That's not even considering the questionable benefits of 802.11ac of having your smartphone, since you are unlikely to be transferring huge files to/ from your phone on the local network.

The Moto G 3rd generation, on the other hand, has some extras that are more likely to have wider appeal. It comes with expandable storage, though disappointingly cards of only up to 32GB capacity are supported. The phone also comes with IPX7 water resistance, which means it's protected from everyday spills.

The Xiaomi Mi 4i scores high in terms of design and display, but the Moto G 3rd generation manages to outperform the Xiaomi in most everyday tasks, thanks largely to the sluggishness of MIUI. There's not much to choose between the two smartphones in terms of real world battery and camera performance.
The Moto G 3rd gen also comes with water resistance and expandable storage. Combine that with Motorola's stellar recent record in terms of shipping timely Android updates to its smartphones, and the budget Moto would be our pick over the Xiaomi Mi 4i.

Apple soon to launch the Apple iRing. | The Apple Ring

Saturday, 3 October 2015 / No Comments

The Apple iRing

According to an Apple patent just published by The United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Cupertino tech giant might be working on a device smaller than the Apple Watch, a possible "Apple Ring" that would allow users to control other electronic devices using a touchscreen mounted on a ring.

"A user controls an external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source," as described in the "Apple Ring" patent.

The patent goes on to detail the components used to build such a device, a processor, a touchscreen, a wireless transceiver and a rechargeable power source being just some of them.

Moreover, the "Devices and Methods for a Ring Computing Device" patent discloses that a future "Apple Ring" might also include a microphone that would allow the user to control using voice commands, a diminutive Siri possibly being involved.

Another way to use an "Apple Ring" would be to write using gestures with the help of a built-in motion sensor and a wireless transceiver that would transmit the characters to a paired device.

The Apple iRing

The ring-sized device incorporates most of the components of a full-scale computer

On the whole, the patent describes a ring-sized full-blown computer with its own processor and a multitude of sensors, ranging from biometric sensors for monitoring the user's pulse and heart-rate, to pressure and perspiration sensors, as well as a fingerprint reader which would make controlling Apple Pay one flick of a finger away.

Furthermore, Apple might use all sorts of materials for its ring computer's case, from plastic to gold or platinum, with some embodiments being built from expandable or stretchable material such as silicone.

The "Devices and Methods for a Ring Computing Device" patent was filed in April 2015, Marcel van Os and Marcos Regis Vescovi being listed as the device's inventors, and Apple Inc. as the patent's applicant.