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The Gionee S5.1 succeeds the S5.5 as the world’s thinnest phone. Like the S5.5, the S5.1 is beautiful. This phone has shed a few millimetres and is super sleek at 5.1mm.

The design seems to be inspired by the iPhone 5S, with the metallic rim on the sides. The 4.8inch HD display is sharp and offers good sunlight legibility. The power and volumen keys are on the left side, while the charging port and the 3.5mm jack are at the bottom.

Gionee has added a wet-hand mode where the touch responds even when operated with wet hands. The S5.1 runs on Android KitKat and has Amigo UI. Gionee has added a bunch of pre-loaded apps. For those who aren’t comfortable with the Amigo UI (like yours truly), downloading the Nova launcher works.

The device isn’t a powerhouse as it has a 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor by MediaTek and is paired with only 1GB of RAM. Even with no app running in the background, only 305MB of RAM is free.

There isn’t any lag in terms of the performance while watching multimedia content and playing basic games. But heavy graphic apps and games show signs of lag. Surprisingly, the phone didn’t heat up even once during our one week of testing.

The S55.1 packs in an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. While the results appeared good on the phone’s display, the edges were not very sharp when zoomed in. But considering that most images are captured for sharing on social networking sites and not for taking larger prints, the camera does a decent job.

The 2,050mAh battery is good enough to last a day on a single charge. The phone comes with a flip cover, a silicon back cover and four screen guards.

Price: Rs 18,999

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Xiaomi has slashed the prices of its flagship smartphone, Mi4, by Rs 2,000 in India.
The Mi4 16 GB model will now be available for Rs 17,999, as against Rs 19,999 priced earlier.

On the other hand, the Mi4 64 GB version will now be available for Rs 21,999, as against Rs 23,999 priced earlier.

The new prices will be effective from Thursday noon onwards and will be available at Flipkart as well as The Mobile Store.

“Mi India offered a special price for Mi 4 during Mi Fan Festival, and it was very well received. We have thus decided to make this price drop permanent,” the Economic Times reported quoting a release by the company.

The Mi 4 sports s stainless steel body and features a 5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution at 441 ppi. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection display.

The smartphone runs on a 2.5-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and has 3 GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.4.3 KitKat operating system and is loaded with the MIUI 6 user interface. Connectivity options onboard include 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The phone has a 13-MP rear camera and an 80-degree, wide-angle, 8-MP front facing camera. It can also record 4k videos. It packs in a 3080 mAh battery and quick charge 2.0.

Wacom announces new 2.5K tablet

With its 27-inch screen, the Cintiq 27QHD is the biggest pen display Wacom has made, and boasts a higher 2.5K resolution at 2,560×1,440. However it actually has the same footprint as its predecessor, the Cintiq 24HD, and is much lighter, at just 9kg.

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In terms of specification, the 27QHD is improved across the board, capable of displaying 97% AdobeRGB with 1.07 billion colours and conforming to the REC 709 HDTV standard. It also features five USB 3.0 ports, plus DisplayPort and HDMI outputs.

To help save screen space, the tablet’s ExpressKeys have been moved to a separate remote control, which is bundled in with the display and has a three-mode touch ring plus 16 user-definable buttons. There’s also a dinky little keyboard available separately for £45/$50, if you prefer using your favourite shortcuts. CintiqCompanion2.jpg

For the ultimate in tactile creativity, the 27QHD is also available in its ‘Touch’ form, which enables you to use gestures to pan, zoom and rotate your canvas. You can even work in apps like ZBrush, Mudbox or Maya and mould the digital clay with the pen or your fingers.

The 27QHD plugs into your Mac or PC but can work also as a standalone Window 8 device, should you want it to. For model makers, animators and textures artists, these new pen displays look like a wonderful way of interacting directly with your artwork, if you can afford the price tag; the 27QHD is £1,800/$2,300 and the 27QHD Touch is £2,100/$2,800. The adjustable Ergo stand will set you back an additional £320/$399.

Wacom’s second new release is the Cintiq Companion 2, a direct sequel to its namesake. This 13.3-inch tablet provides the same 2.5K resolution of its big brother, and is available in four standard configurations, depending on the spec of the processor. The range kicks of with the ‘Value’ model which for £1,200/$1,300 has an Intel Core i3 1.7GHz CPU and a 64GB SSD, and tops off with the ‘Enhanced’ model, which costs £2,000/$2,500 and includes an Intel Core i7 3.1GHz CPU and a 512GB SSD.

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The update features six customisable ExpressKeys, with three USB ports, plus an SD and Micro SD slot. And the major addition is that while the original Companion was only useable as standalone Windows 8 tablet, the Companion 2 now plugs into a Mac or PC providing full pen and touch screen access when you’re at your desk.

A Rocket Launcher Camera A01

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Announced last month, the A01 is a super stripped down camera that’s basically just a 16 megapixel micro four thirds image sensor plus a MFT lens mount and a Wi-Fi radio. It’s a very similar concept to the more widely known Sony QX1. Both cameras eschew traditional design, ditching display and built-in controls. Instead, the cameras connect wirelessly to your phone where you can view the photo you’re taking and adjust shooting settings.

Though most people will probably use the A01 with a small lens, the tiny module lends itself to some ridiculous pairings. Rather than use something reasonable, like say a 24mm lens, DC Watch stuck 300mm of glass on there, plus the Olympus EC-20 teleconverter, which doubles that focal length to 600mm. And remember, because this is a micro four thirds format, that’s actually 1200mm converted to a standard 35mm full-frame sensor size-that’s about 35x magnification.

Garmin VIRB X And XE

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The Garmin Virb Elite was one of the favorite action cams a year ago, which was a big surprise from a company known more for navigation and sports watches. It had some unique features and impressively sharp optics. It was big and bulky, though, and it topped out at 1080p/30fps. The second generation of this camera is coming.

For starters, it’s a totally different form-factor. Last year’s Virb was kind of an oblong bullet shape. It’s been completely redesigned and now sports a GoPro-ish rectangular shape. It seems like it might be a bit on the wide side-which wouldn’t be great for aero or hydrodynamics-but it’s a bit hard to tell from these first images. It’s waterproof to 164 feet (50 meters). That’s more than 30 feet deeper than the Hero4 in its standard case.

The shooting modes have gotten better, too. The Virb XE (which is the higher-end of the two new Virbs) can now go up to 1080p/60fps and 1440p/30fps. Yes, that’s far cry from the current high-end cams, the Hero4 Black and Sony’s 4K Action Cam which can shoot at 4K/30fps and 1080p/120fps, but it’s an improvement over last year, for sure. The lower-end Virb X is still limited to 1080p/30fps. The XE has a “pro mode” with more manual adjustments over white-balance, color, sharpness, etc. There is mention of image stabilization on the XE, but its assumed that’s digital stabilization, rather than optical. Still, that’s a feature a lot of people like.

Both new Virbs have newly designed microphones, which is a place the first gen was definitely lacking. It’s also ready for Bluetooth audio, so you could use a Bluetooth mic if you so desired, which is a nice feature. Actually, accessories are one of the coolest components of the Virb. Using Bluetooth, ANT+, and Wi-Fi, it can pair with tons of different accessories, including heart rate monitors, multi-sport watches (like the Fenix 3), and even OBD tools from various vehicles which capture things like speed, RPM, and throttle position. Why do this? Because you can overlay this data on top of your videos. It’s not always easy to see how fast you’re going in POV video, but if you can show your speed, vertical drop, and sure why not heart rate while you’re snowboarding, it adds a whole different dimension.

The Virb X and Virb XE are both coming this summer. Basically, that’s puts the XE right in the same price range as the Hero4 Silver, which is our current recommended action camera for most people.

New Delhi: Chinese tech giant Lenovo has launched its dual-sim affordable phone –the Lenovo A7000 in India on Tuesday.

The Lenovo A7000, a successor to the company’s A6000, has been affordably priced at Rs 8,999.

The phone will be available exclusively on e-commerce site Flipkart, registration for which has already begun today.

The Lenovo A7000 was unveiled at MWC 2015 in March. It features 5.5-in HD display with ultra-wide viewing angles and moving audio technology from Dolby. The company says that it is the world’s first smartphone to feature Dolby Atmos technology. The technology also makes playback volume more consistent across all types of content.

The multimedia smartphone runs Android 5.0 on a MediaTek MT6752m 1.5GHz True8Core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 4G LTE. The A7000 is 7.9mm thin and just 140 grams light. It comes in two colors –Onyx Black or Pearl White.

The phone has 8-megapixel rear camera with with auto-focus and LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It has 8GB storage expandable up to 32GB with battery capacity of 2900 mAh. 

New Delhi: Chinese tech major Lenovo on Tuesday said almost three-fourth of its smartphone sales is coming from devices priced below Rs 10,000.

The company offers smartphones priced in the range of Rs 4,000 to Rs 30,000.

“The industry itself sees about 75 per cent of the sales coming from smartphones priced under Rs 10,000 and we have more or less a similar split,” Lenovo India Director Smartphones Sudhin Mathur told PTI.
The company started as a premium player but now have devices across entry, mid and premium segments, he added.

In October-December 2014 quarter, Korean giant Samsung maintained its leadership in India with 22 per cent market share, followed by homegrown vendors, Micromax (18 per cent), Intex (8 per cent) and Lava (7 per cent) and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi with 4 per cent share, according to research firm IDC.

Lenovo today launched A7000 smartphone in India, featuring Dolby Atmos audio technology, priced at Rs 8,999. The 4G-enabled handset will be available on Flipkart.

Mathur said about company sold about 300,000 units of A6000, predecessor to A7000, in the last two months.

The A7000 sports 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 5.5-inch display, Android Lollipop operating system, 8MP rear and 5MP front camera and 2,900 mAh battery. 

source:http://zeenews.india.com/

A Creativity Tablet, pre-loaded with several activities, apps and videos designed to nurture creativity in children, has been launched by children’ tablet maker Eddy in partnership with Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE).

Eddy and CNE also announced the launch of Ben 10 tablets in India, designed to provide hours of learning and entertainment to children. Ben 10 is an animated action series that has become a global licensing phenomenon and has been one of the network’s biggest franchises since its launch in 2005.

The tablets are powered by the Intel Atom Processor and are pre-loaded with award winning content from Cartoon Network and POGO.

They also come pre-loaded with books and learning games. Both tablets are targeted at children aged 3 and above.

The two tablets run on Android 4.2.2 created specifically keeping a child’s learning needs in mind.

The Ben 10 tablet and Creativity Tablet are priced at Rs.9,999 and Rs.8,999, respectively, with limited period launch offers and discounts worth Rs.4,000. They will be exclusively available at Amazon.in and eddytablet.com

“Our tablets provide excellent and fun content to bring out and nurture the superstar that lies in every child. Instead of spending thousands of rupees on toys, video games and other merchandise, parents can gift their kids one of these tablets that not only provide unlimited learning and entertainment, but are also much safer compared to any other tablet,” Bharat Gulia, co-founder of Eddy, said in a statement.

Siddharth Jain, managing director, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt Ltd, added: “Through Cartoon Network Enterprises, we have always aimed to extend the traditional notions of licensing and merchandising.

“The Creativity and Ben 10 tablets will not only entertain kids with games and videos but will also provide an impetus to learning new skills and garner knowledge in a fun and familiar tech-based environment.”

 Homegrown smartphone maker Micromax, will roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Unite 2 smartphone.

Micromax will start rolling out over-the-air (OTA) from Tuesday wherein users will directly get a notification on their phone. However, users can also manually download the update by going to phone Setting –About phone –Software update. 

Unite 2, the first ever phone which supports 21 Indian languages, was lauched last year bearing the price tag of Rs 6,999.

The phone comes with 4.7 inch IPS display, 5MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera. The camera also offers a number of features such as beauty mode, live photo mode and panorama.

Micromax Unite 2 is powered by 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (expandable upto 32GB).

The languages supported by the phones include: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, kannada, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Nepali, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Kashmiri, Maithili, Manipuri, Sanskrit, Sindhi.

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Google and Taiwan’s Asus will launching a “computer on a stick” which can plug into a display to turn it into a PC.

Chromebit is an under $100 HDMI-enabled device that plugs directly into your TV. The dongle is of the same size as a USB thumb drive and can turn any display with an HDMI port into a Chrome OS computer.

Google has produced Chrome devices with other manufacturers including Acer, Lenovo, Dell and LG. The device also has Bluetooth capabilities. 

 Ford India is set to launch a new compact sedan — Figo Aspire — by this year, according to various media reports.

Figo Aspire is based on the Ford Figo sedan concept shown by the auto company during the 2014 Auto Expo. To be manufactured at the newly inaugurated manufacturing facility at Sanand (Gujarat), the compact sedan will be made on a new platform and will come with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines.

It is being anticipated that the 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine would produce 75bhp and 102Nm, while the 1.5-litre diesel variant should deliver 89bhp and 204Nm. The safety features include driver and passenger airbags, and for the first time in a compact car in India, side and curtain airbags. 

The Figo Aspire, Ford’s first sub-4 meter sedan, will compete with Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest and is expected to be priced between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. Reports state that three engine options will be available on the new Ford

Amazon Kindle Voyage e-reader has been launched in India at Rs 16,499. It was was unveiled in September last year.

The buyers can choose from two variants of the e-reader, the Wi-Fi model that is available for Rs 16499 and the other variant featuring WiFi and 3G support costs Rs 20,499. 

Kindle Voyage will only be available for purchase on Amazon. It features 300ppi display. The thickness measures only 7.6mm, making it the company’s slimmest e-reader so far. The screen on the Kindle Voyage has been provided with a layer of micro-etched glass that has been crafted with an aim of eliminating glare. 

The surface has been built in way that touching it gives you the feeling of touching paper, bringing you closer to the allusion of reading an actual book. It comes with 4GB of in-built storage which is enough to hold more than a thousand e-books at a time. The battery inside the Kindle Voyage gets fully charged in around 3 hours. 

New Delhi: Huawei has recieved immense order for the first flash sale of its flagship smartphone - Honor 4X. 

The registration that started at 4 PM on March 24, 2015 has so far recieved 1,00,000 interested customers.

Registration for the handset will last till midnight of March 29, 2015

The Honor 4X will officially go on sale through Flipkart.Com on Monday, 30th March at 2 PM and can only be purchased by consumers who have successfully completed registrations.

Honor 4X, the world’s best dual-sim 4G camera phone, is powered by a 64 bit Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU with A53 architecture. The phone is equipped with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera and is backed by a powerful 3000mAh battery that lasts for approximately 72 hours. Honor 4X offers a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen. 

With IPS fit-to-screen and OTP single-screen calibration, the phone can achieve high-definition image colour rendering facilitating practical 3D game switching and stable HD movie viewing. It runs on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) with EMUI 3.0 on top, and this system offers a more intuitive, simple, clear and stylish design. The phone supports 150Mbps superfast connection of 4G network and is more than 7 times faster than the speed in 3G network. 

Other than this, the phone has 12bit ADC high-precision gravity sensor, Bluetooth 4.0, light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, FM radio and WiFi Direct Connect, making it one of the most powerful smartphones in this price segment. 

source:http://zeenews.india.com/ 

Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models this year - the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone 6C. the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be the incremental updates from last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it adds the iPhone 6C will be cheaper variant of the handset that the Cupertino-based giant will launch to tap the emerging markets, which also includes India. All three are due in the second half of 2015.

No reasoning was given as to why the ‘S’ in the model names will be upper-case. Digitimes suggests that the new iPhone models will pack LTPS panels supplied by various companies including Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display, and will also feature Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The report adds that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will use the A9 chips while the iPhone 6C will be backed by A8 chips. Other highlight features such as NFC and fingerprint scanner will be present on all three iPhone expected to launch later this year.

The rumoured 4-inch iPhone has been in news for some time and was claimed to betargeted at “female users”. The handset, tentatively called iPhone 6C, is said to replace the iPhone 5c, which was priced in an entry-level to mid-range smartphone segment for Apple, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. The report stresses that Apple will work on the iPhone 6C’s design, pricing and timing of the launch.Apple is working on a Pink variant of the handset as the successor the iPhone 5c.

source:  gadgets . ndtv .com/

Denon, which started out as ‘Nippon Chikuonki Shokai’ making gramophones and single-sided disc records, is today a household name in its native Japan. The Denon brand name originated in 1947, when the company merged with Japan Denki Onkyo. It’s now a part of the Denon & Marantz group, which is one of the largest audio conglomerates in the world. Denon is known for its high-end AV receivers, headphones, Blu-Ray players, and now, wireless speakers.

Denon has tried its hand at Bluetooth speakers before, but the new Envaya range is a serious foray into the segment. The smaller (and less expensive) of the two new Envayas is the Rs. 12,500 DSB-100, also known as the Envaya Mini. This slim and compact wireless speaker competes with similar models from JBL and Bose.

Design, specifications and features
The Denon Envaya Mini DSB-100 features two 40mm full-range drivers and a passive radiator, which help the device get loud. Audio input is either via a 3.5mm stereo cable or Bluetooth, which also supports A2DP and AptX. The device also NFC for quick pairing, and allows up to eight devices to be paired at any time. The DSB-100 weighs 508g, which is surprisingly heavy for something this small and slim. The box includes a charging cable and carrying case.

Straight out of the box, we’re taken by how beautifully designed the Denon Envaya Mini is. It’s encased in a dotted metal grille over a fabric coating. There are two colour options - black metal with blue fabric, and white metal with orange fabric.

The sides of the device are rubber-coated, with the power, volume and play/pause controls on the right and the battery indicator and ports on the left. The button labels are a little tricky to read, but the majority are recessed and easy to find with your fingers. Only the volume up key sticks out, which is a neat touch that helps your fingers differentiate the buttons from each other.

The ports are hidden behind a flap when not in use, and there’s an LED battery level indicator that lights up with a single touch of a button. The NFC contact is on the top left, and it worked flawlessly when paired the Denon Envaya Mini DSB-100.

Price (MRP): Rs. 12,500

Pros

  • Looks great
  • Warm, punchy and exciting sound
  • Capable of loud volumes
  • Easy to pair and use

Cons

  • Could be more open, occasionally sounds two-dimensional
  • Average battery life
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