Motorola’s flagship, the Moto X Force just went under the axe to get a massive price drop. Moto has slashed the price by Rs 15,000 on the 32GB version and by Rs. 16,000 on the 64GB one. This has been a steep drop for the product considering it is just a couple of months old.
Huawei had a wonderful ending to the year 2015, thanks to the success of the Huawei Nexus 6P. This thrust the brand into the limelight like never before putting enormous pressure on Huawei to follow up with a good product range. The spotlight currently shines brightest on the Huawei P9, which is expected to be the upcoming flagship device. According to @Evleaks on Twitter, the device will be launched on April 6th, which means the anticipation will last another good month or some.
If you are planning to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge, then we have some rather disappointing news for you. The device that is rocking the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset will not be coming with the latest QuickCharge 3.0 technology. Instead, Samsung has decided to only go with QuickCharge 2.0 technology, something that we have already seen on the devices that are using Snapdragon 810, like the Nexus 6P.
LG has definitely done very well when it comes to flagship segment. The likes of LG G2, G3, Nexus 5, Nexus 5X and the LG G4 have pretty much, been runaway hits in their category irrespective of the launch time. However, what LG has struggled is with the sub Rs 20,000 category or the budget category where none of their devices have really competed against the established Chinese brands like Lenovo, OnePlus or even Oppo in the said segment. LG took the bold step of making their presence more prominent in the budget category when it announced the LG K7 and K10, in an all new K series at CES.
For the old timers, this is going to be a really sad news. After Nokia’s name was erased away from smartphones and replaced by Microsoft, looks like another ex-giant is going to fall to the prey of time. It has been reported by CNET that Lenovo, who now own Motorola after purchasing it from Google, will be phasing out the brand name Motorola completely. What will remain is the Moto moniker, that Lenovo will be calling its high-end smartphone series, while sticking to the Vibe series for the low end or budget phones.
Gionee India is finally bringing the much awaited Gionee Marathon M5 to the country. After launching the device in China, back in June, the Gionee Marathon M5 has been one of the most discussed smartphones when it comes to the topic of phones with gigantic battery sizes. The device packs in it a non-removable 6020 mAh battery making it the perfect smartphone for those who crave long battery life. Not just this, the phone packs exteriors that are pretty premium and fills the void of the perfect Android phone if you want something reliable and lasting without compromising on the looks given its metallic unibody construction.
The phone packs two cells, each of 3010 mAh, which ensures that your phone is capable of having 62 hours of standby time, even when it has just 5% battery. In terms of specifications, the M5 comes with a 5.5 inch 720P Super AMOLED panel. It is powered by a MediaTek MTK6735 SoC and has 2 GB of RAM. You get 16 GB internal memory on board and an expansion slot with MicroSD card support. The rear camera is 13 MP while the front snapper is 5 MP. Gionee Marathon M5 supports Dual SIM cards and has LTE connectivity. Due to that mammoth battery size, the device is slightly bulky and weighs 214 grams. The expected price of the device at launch is around Rs 28,000.
If you live in the United States of America and have a problem of letting slip your smartphone very often which leads to a display issue, then the news of the Droid Turbo 2 launch would make you jump with joy. The Droid Turbo 2 is a variant of the recently announced Motorola Moto X Style, and takes several design cues from it. However, without a doubt the phone brings the goodness of the Turbo moniker too as it has a slightly shorter display as compared to the Moto X Style and packs a fairly sizeable 3750 mAh battery. It also comes with Moto Maker so users can customise the device according to their personal taste.
In terms of the specifications, the phone comes with a no compromise 5.4-inch display with a 2K resolution. The USP of the display is the fact that it comes with a Moto Shattershield which basically guarantees that at least for four years, your display would not scratch, crack or shatter. There is Snapdragon 810 SoC on board with 3 GB of RAM and an option of choosing between 32 or 64 GB internal memory. The phone comes with a 21 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera and has LTE connectivity. It will come with Android 5.1.1 out of the box, though Motorola has promised the update to Android Marshmallow. In terms of weight, the phone weighs 169 grams and also has support for wireless charging out of the box.
The Droid turbo 2 is available with Verizon Wireless in the United States for $624 off contract, or $26 for a 24 month contract.
HTC has announced its much awaited HTC One A9. The smartphone that was codenamed Aero A9, has been in the news for a while now and looked upon as a bit of a saviour of grace for HTC who failed pretty miserably with the one M9 and its variants this time around. First look at the phone and you would be tempted to call it an iPhone 6 ripoff, more so than any of the Chinese players you would have seen in the past year or so. In fact, just move the camera module towards the center and rebrand the iPhone 6 from the back, and you pretty much get the HTC One A9. A major difference between the iPhone 6 and HTC One A9 is that the HTC product comes with an oval sensor in front against the round one on the iPhone 6.
Specifications wise, the HTC One A9 comes with a 5 inch True HD 1080 P AMOLED display. It is powered by Snapdragon 617 SoC with 3 GB or 2 GB RAM. Internal memory on the device is 32 GB on the 3 GB RAM variant and 16 GB on the 2 GB RAM version. The rear camera is 13 MP while the front-facing snapper is 4 MP. The battery is 2150 mAh unit. HTC One A9 comes with Android 6.0 out of the box with Sense skin on the top.
The phone comes with a metallic body which on the front houses the speaker grille on the top. It is available for $400 in four color variants: Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, Deep Garnet.
After announcing it globally in June, Gionee has decided to bring their flagship device, the Elife E8 to India on October 8th. It has been a good four months since the phone was announced globally, so it is no doubt a little strange that it has taken Gionee four months to bring the phone to India; especially after reiterating so often that India is an important market for them.
Anyway, the block your date was issued to the media for October 8th, which with little coincidence also coincides with the E8 moniker. The event is set to take place in new Delhi and looks like the phone is not the only thing that Gionee plans to unveil on the 8th. The BYD also mentions a grand entry into the world of E-Commerce from Gionee, who has so far maintained that they do not want to be a part of the e-com push in order to keep their retailers and resellers happy. However, it is suspected that Gionee could either well be tying up with an E-Com partner exclusively or have a complete product range that would be an exclusive range for the online world rather than going the usual route and making all their products available online.
In terms of specifications, the Gionee Elife E8 comes with 6 inch Quad HD panel, Mediatek Helio X10 SoC, 3 GB of RAM with 64 GB internal memory. The phone will run Android 5.1 out of the box with Amigo UI 3.1. There is a 23.7 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front facing camera on board. The phone supports dual SIM and has a finger print scanner too. There is a 3520 mAh battery in built. The cost of the phone in China is RMB 3999 which roughly comes to about Rs 41,000.
Google announced the Nexus 6P at the fag end of September. For the Nexus 6P, Google has tied up with Huawei for the first time in the history to come up with the Nexus smartphone. This partnership has brought with it several firsts for a Nexus smartphone in the Nexus 6P. The Nexus 6P is the first all metal body Nexus smartphone, it also is the first Nexus phone to come with Dual Tone flash as well as Laser Auto Focus. It also is the first Nexus phone to come with a QHD display and fingerprint sensor alongside the Nexus 5X.
It is because of these features that the interest in Nexus 6P is a popular phone and one that is generating a lot of interest which is why people who are interested in picking the phone are already buying the accessories for the phone in anticipation. If you are looking to pick up a cover for your Nexus 6P, you may want to be a little careful and wait as plenty of the covers produced have been from the mock ups and details leaked online rather than with the actual product itself. The problem that is coming is that there is a hidden circle to the right of the flash on the back of the device which is the auto focus sensor.
Most of the case manufacturers are not aware of this and are covering this sensor with the less than exact case design. This basically renders your phone useless when trying to take pictures as it does not let you focus on the scene that you wish to click. Therefore, if you are looking to pick up a case for the Nexus 6P, it is best that you go ahead and pick only the original ones that Google has designed and put up on their Devices page rather than a third party source to avoid this problem.