A major hook to people buying Xiaomi phones, other than extremely competitive pricing and fantastic specifications was the fact that their phones always were up to date with the latest and greatest features as well as Android versions. This was very much true till about Android Kitkat release, post which it has been almost a year that Xiaomi has not updated its product line with a newer Android version. We have seen all the major OEMs embrace the Android l update at least on their flagship products if not on the entire line which means that Xiaomi has lagged behind in the version game.
To their justification, Xiaomi has always maintained that most of the lollipop features are already a part of MIUI 6 so they have taken their own sweet time with the update rolling. However, with Android M already official and set for a public release in the coming months, the pressure has been fairly intense on the team of Mi to release Android l for their devices.
The wish is just about set to be granted with MIUI 7 just around the corner. The latest iteration to MIUI is set to be built upon Android Lollipop 5.1 which would bring some of the missing features like colored status bars, animations and general smoothness of Android 5.1. According to a report in MyDrivers it has been reported that on August 16th will be the date when the update will be announced. There is no clear indication on whether the update will start rolling out on the same day, but in most likely circumstances that will not happen. It is also interesting to note that it was on August 16th 2014 when Xiaomi had announced the MIUI 6 update which pretty much points out towards an annual release cycle for software updates.
It is not clear what will be the features of MIUI 7 or whether it will indeed be that big an update, as barely any screenshots of the same have made it online yet. It is not clear whether the update will be rolled out for all the devices in the current lineup or not. Guess, we will have to wait till the middle of August to find that out.
OnePlus has been teasing their upcoming flagship device, the OnePlus 2 for a while now. It is clear that the device is set to launch on July 27th via a unique VR concept which would require the fans to purchase the VR cardboards to be able to be a part of the launch itself. While the cardboards themselves will not cost anything, the users will have to ay for the shipping costs. While we wait for the launch of the device, OnePlus has taken up to their forum as well as their Social Media pages to tease the features of the device as well as give us a peek in to what are the things that we can expect from the upcoming phone.
After pretty much confirming the CPU of the device as well as the screen, OnePlus has now confirmed that the phone is indeed coming with a finger print scanner, that works better than even the Touch ID on iPhones.
OnePlus posted on their forum:
With the OnePlus 2, the fingerprint sensor is done right. It’s refined and lightning quick, unlocking your device faster than TouchID. The average person checks their phone over 200 times per day. If you spend just three seconds inputting a PIN number or pattern, that’s over an hour of your time gone each week.
The scanner will be able to store up to 5 finger prints though it is not clear where the scanner will be placed, whether on the front or back of the device. OnePlus 2 is expected to also come with an upgraded Oxygen OS under Android 5.1, and is expected to be priced in the region of $322.
If you are looking to pick up the next flagship device for yourself, this is not a bad time at all. While there are great options in the market with the likes of the Galaxy S6, LG G4 and the HTC M9+ as the next generation flagships, the devices from last year are getting some very tasty price points. In fact, if you look at it objectively, there is not a lot that is different between the flagship killers of last year and the flagship devices of this year other than a 2K display and a slightly better processor. If you can look beyond that 2K panel and be okay with what is a legitimately awesome 1080 P panel, you are in for some good news.
After the Motorola Moto X Second generation was dropped to Rs 22,000 on Flipkart last week, two of the other competing killers have been given a price cut. For today, the OnePlus One on Amazon has seen the 64 GB version dropped to 19,998, which is Rs 2,000 lower than its official price. There has been no price drop on the 16 GB variant though, which still is retailing for the old price of Rs 18,998.
Xiaomi’s Mi4 too has been given a hefty price cut with the 16 GB model retailing for Rs 14,999 now on the official Mi website in a celebration for 10 million Mi 4 devices being sold. The 64 GB variant of the device will continue to retail on Flipkart at the price point of Rs 19,999. While, both OnePlus One and Mi4 come with very similar sets of configurations and problems such as lack for expandable storage, you would believe that eventually it will come down to the fact which screen size do you prefer and if you want to go the route of MiUI or remain with largely stock Android experience.
Xiaomi had teased us a week or so ago that it is planning to bring across a super-slim smartphone, which most of us had guessed would be either the Mi5 or the Mi4s. Given that Xiaomi follows an annual cycle, it was pretty confusing why a launch was scheduled in January and neither a Mi5 or a Mi4s made any sense. Everything was put in place yesterday when in an event held in Beijing Xiaomi announced the Mi Note Pro which is in all honesty a direct competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus. The device is the first true high-end phablet to come out from Xiaomi’s labs after experimenting with the likes of RedMi Note which was a budget conscious device.
The Mi Note Pro brings a 5.7 inch Quad HD display which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The device is powered by a 64 bit Snapdragon 810 SoCwith 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The device has a 13 MP rear camera with OIS and an LED flash. The front facing camera for selfies and video calling is a 4 MP unit.
Interestingly the Mi Note Pro is a Dual SIM smartphone seeing the popularity of the same in the Asian markets. The battery here is a 3090 mAh and the device runs Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI on top of it. It goes on sale in China in late March and will sell for about $522.
After rousing success in South Eastern Asia thanks to its high specifications low pricing model, Xiaomi has a new baby to show off. The new device from Xiaomi comes in the RedMi category which so far only showcased the RedMi 1s. The RedMi 1s had recently gone on sale in India and it was only when Xiaomi decided to bring in the RedMi Note that the device was phased out (brought back again after the injunction on RedMi Note) thanks to the strategy which sees only one Mi device going on sale at once in India.
The RedMi 2 is a successor to the RedMi 1s despite bringing in only minor improvements, both in terms of specifications and design alterations. The RedMi 2 brings a Snapdragon 410 SoC which is built on 64 bit architecture with a 720 P display measuring 4.7 inches diagonally.
There is 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage with an option to expand it with a Micro SD card. The battery here is a 2,200 mAh and the device supports dual active SIM cards and is LTE compatible. The RedMi 2 is expected in China on January 9th and will set you back by about 699 Yuan, which approximately comes to Rs 6,700 which incidentally is really close to what the RedMi 1s was selling for in India. It would be interesting to see when and at what price would the phone reach India.
4G seems to be the next big thing to hit the telecom markets. We have had screens, batteries as well as the build and construction materials as the major differentiators, and looks like despite there being barely any 4G LTE connectivity even in metros in India, 4G is set to become a major differentiator in the market. And since bringing devices at an affordable price is already an ongoing war, combining 4G LTE with low cost in a handset seems to be an intelligent trick. We have seen the likes of RedMi Note from Xiaomi as well as the Yu Yureka device launched with LTE at affordable prices. Lenovo is set to challenge both of them with a device that is set to cost less than both the aforementioned devices.
According to BGR India, Lenovo has confirmed its plans of a Snapdragon powered device, which will be showcased at CES and then released in India a week later. The quote reads, “Lenovo to launch a Snapdragon based 410 LTE device to India with an aggressive price point. The device will be launched in India soon after it is showcased at CES 2015.”
No clear indication of the specifications or pricing of the device have been given yet, but the report on BGR says that the phone will be launched at a price closer to the RedMi 1S which is around the Rs 7,000 mark. If the report is indeed true and Lenovo does make a device available at the 7K mark with LTE, it would open a very interesting segment in the market.
via: BGR India
The Android One line up which so far consists of the three devices from Micromax, Spice and Karbonn is set to hit other parts of the sub-continent post a reasonably warm reception in India. Google has reportedly said the program will be expanded to three new countries in the coming week. There is not a lot of information available about the carrier partners or the OEMs that will be involved with Android One when it is launched in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
It is stated though that Banglalink will be the official partner in Bangladesh and there are wide variety of partners who are willing to join the program. Symphony, a phone manufacturer in Bangladesh will be the first official OEM partner and the likes of Spice, Micromax and Karbonn will continue to supply the hardware with more partners coming in.
It is little coincidence that maximum information so far has been made available about Bangladesh given their large user base of Android devices. The timeline for the release is not specified, with Google saying that the line will be available in the coming weeks.
The post reads:
Now we’re taking another step toward reaching the next five billion people: in the coming weeks, the Android One devices will start to go on sale in India’s neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
In these countries — with a combined population of over 200 million people — a wide range of manufacturers and network partners such as Banglalink will begin to sell Android One smartphones. In addition to Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, Bangladesh’s own Symphony will launch their first Android One phone with the Symphony Roar A50. All these devices will give people a high quality mobile experience for an affordable price, running stock-Android with updates from Google.
While smartphones have come leaps and bounds in terms of technology at the heart of them and actually left behind a lot of desktops or laptops, one aspect has not really seen the rapid advancements that we have come to expect. Yes, we are alluding to the poor battery life of smartphones today. Other than a few exceptions, such as the iPhone 6 Plus or the Motorola Droid Maxx in the years gone by, most of the devices have been classified to have a decent battery backup if they can last 24 hours.
While that may not be enough of a backup, it is the recharging that takes up to anywhere between two to five hours, from zero to full that can be frustrating. But, what if you could charge your phone fully within 30 seconds? This is exactly what is the idea of a Tel-Aviv based company called StoreDot. They have developed a battery that is capable of charging fully within 30 seconds of being connected to a charger. A prototype of the charger is being used, but the battery is too thick to be used in the slim modern day smartphones. This feat of charging within 30 seconds has been achieved using NanoDots which basically are bio-organic peptide molecules.
If things go to plan, it is possible that the first smartphone with these batteries could start shipping as early as 2016, given the entire project is in fact sponsored by a leading phone manufacturer. StoreDot also believes, it can bring a similar technology to car batteries, where it would just take two to three minutes for a full charge.
Micromax has entered the Windows Phone market as it was announced at the BUILD COnference earlier this year. Micromax has thus become the first Indian OEM to bring Windows Phone to the market with the likes of Lava and the rest expected to join in soon this year. Interestingly, the two devices announced by Micromax today were both budget devices, marked at prices below Rs 10,000.
Micromax announced the Canvas Win W092 and Canvas Win W121 as it’s first two Windows Phone devices. The two devices will be available starting in July in India at the leading retail stores. The devices will be a part of the Canvas family that so far only had Android devices. The W092 is the smaller of the two devices and features a 4 inch IPS WVGA display with 5 MP rear camera with LED Flash. The Win W121 is slightly larger, and boasts a 5 inch display with HD resolution and 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front shooter. The Win W121 will also feature a leather like back panel which will be removable.
Both the devices have 8 GB of internal memory with expansion possible via Micro SD slot and 1 GB of RAM. The similarities do not end just yet as both the devices are powered by the same Snapdragon 200 SoC. The Micromax Canvas Win W092 will be available for Rs 6,500 while the Win W121 will go on sale for Rs 9,500.
After almost a month of speculation and teasing wit leaks, LG has finally taken the wraps off their highly anticipated LG G Flex which they claim is the very first self healing smartphone in the world. We have seen flexible phones before, when Samsung announced the Round, but LG has definitely taken a step ahead with a rapid healing of the back of the device a bit like wolverine which would ensure that the device remains scratch-less and neat even after a few rough rounds of usage.
The device comes in a very ergonomic style with a flexible display that is certainly interesting. The LG Flex is between 7.9 and 8.7mm thick at several points, it weighs only 177 grams, and has a 6-inch 720p display. Inside there’s a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery to keep the device running all day long. There is also “Real RGB” pixel configuration to make the display of the device really vivid and clear.
Though, it is pretty much impossible to know how well the whole self healing mechanism works, as we have not had the device in the hand, but dead sure if it works, it is going to be one thing that we would all love about the device. The phone is slated to release on all the three major US networks
Via: The Verge
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