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The new image for the rumoured HTC One (M9) shows a larger variant of the smartphone alongside, with both sporting a much slimmer design than predecessors.

Phonearena speculates the home key will come with added security features and act like a fingerprint sensor. While HTC is yet to confirm any of the leaks and rumours, it has been suggested that the smaller handset will be the flagship HTC One (M9), while the larger variant will be called as HTC One (M9) Plus or Max, based on the past models released by the Taiwanese firm.

The new HTC One(M9) has  HTC Desire Eye-like front-facing camera. The front-facing speakers that should come with the company’s BoomSound are integrated in the handsets, this time in a more subdued manner.

It is yet be seen what HTC has got in store for its fans at its upcoming MWC 2015 event scheduled for March 1 in Barcelona, and the successor to the HTC One (M8) is expected.

As for the specifications, the HTC One (M9) or HTC Hima might include a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor; Adreno 430 GPU; 3GB of RAM; 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and a 13-megapixel front camera. The specifications were tipped in an alleged AnTuTu benchmark test of the handset last month.

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Release date September 2014
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 151.30 x 82.40 x 8.30
Weight (g) 174.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
SAR value NA


Screen size (inches) 5.60
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels
Colours 16M


Processor 2.7GHz  quad-core
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64


Rear camera 16-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 3.7-megapixel
Operating System Android 4.4
Java support Yes
Browser supports Flash Yes


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
Infrared Yes
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
Charging via Micro-USB Yes
Proprietary charging connector No
Proprietary data connector No
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

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Buoyed by the market response to its Tizen OS-based smartphone in India, tech giant Samsung plans to manufacture the Samsung Z1 at its Noida facility soon.
The South Korean firm, which is the world’s largest smartphone player, had launched the Samsung Z1 earlier this month in India.

“The compelling proposition of an easy to use and clutter free interface [of Z1], along with premium design has met wide consumer acceptance… The Z1 will be manufactured in company’s Noida plant in UP,” Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi told PTI.

The Noida facility has a capacity of producing over four million mobile phones a month and manufactures both affordable and high-end devices.

India is the first market globally where the Z1 was launched, priced at Rs 5,700, targeted at first-time smartphone buyers.

“The phone will soon be launched in Bangladesh,” Warsi said.

According to industry sources, Samsung has sold about 50,000-55,000 units of the Z1 since the launch on January 14.

Currently, only a few devices, including Samsung’s smartwatch products run on the Tizen platform. A majority of Samsung’s mobile phones are Android-based, which is also the dominant OS on most smartphones across the globe.

Samsung developed Tizen with Huawei Technologies and Intel Corp to challenge the Android software that powers most of the world’s mobile devices.

It had, on several occasions last year, tried to launch a Tizen smartphone in Japan, France, Russia and India but every time balked at the last minute citing a lack of support from carriers and app developers.

One of its most affordable smartphones, the Z1, has Samsung offering localised entertainment apps and a simple user interface with the Tizen OS.

The dual SIM device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). It features a 4-inch display, a 3.1-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, and a 1500 mAh battery.

The device was showcased at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco last year.

Previously, Samsung ran bada OS, which did not see much success. It has since been working on merging the platform with Tizen, which is backed by chipmaker Intel.

The other popular operating systems include Apple iOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and the BlackBerry platform.


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New Delhi : This sure comes as good news for all Moto G users in India as Motorola is rolling out updates of the latest Android operating system, Lollipop for its Moto G 1st and 2nd Generation smartphones.

As per reports, the upgrade will be available over the air where users will get notifications on their phones. Moreover, users can go to Settings-About Phone-Software Update and then update it.

Earlier, Motorola had said that it would give Android Lollipop updates for its Moto E, Moto G (all variants) and Moto X (all variants) by end of 2014. However, it appears that the updates will begin within a short period from now.

Android Lollipop comes with a whole lot of new designs and settings including better battery life. Besides, Moto G users can customise the settings under the new Android update

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World’s leading software manufacturer, Microsoft Corporation, has finally announced its new operating system, Windows 10.

The startup menu is back and the most recent versions of the OS, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 will get free upgrades.

Windows 10 is expected to hit the market this autumn and will be available for one year as a free upgrade to users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft`s operating systems group said.

Here are some of the major improvements and features of Windows 10 : 

1.  Windows 10 demoed, will be a free upgrade for Windows 8.1 & 7 users

2.  A Feature called continuum brings hardware detection to switch between laptop and tablet mode 

3.  There’s a new startup menu, which is now brought back compared to Windows 8 where it was removed 

4.  Windows 10 for phones is a work in progress, but will be here soon 

5.  Voice-based digital Assistant Cortana in the OS and browser as well 

6. One app store with universal apps across devices 

7.  New web browser Spartan to replace Internet Explorer 

8.  Crossplay between Xbox One and PC; can stream Xbox exclusive games to PC as well; social aspect to new Xbox app for Windows 

9.  New DirectX 12 cuts power consumption of gaming on mobile devices in half 

10.  Giant collaborative touch screen device called Microsoft Surface hub announced 

11.  ”Windows Holographic” augmented reality with HoloLens headset works with Windows 10 to place virtual objects into a real view; the headset is stand-alone (doesn’t require to be connected to the computer); has voice & gesture controlled with sensors and transparent lens display

Microsoft debuts hologram goggles

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Microsoft unveiled headgear on Wednesday that overlays holograms on the real world, in what it touted as the next generation of computing.

The US technology titan debuted its HoloLens capabilities built into its coming Windows 10 operating system and showed off goggles that let wearers use their hands to interact with virtual objects.

“Until now, we`ve immersed ourselves in the world of technology,” Microsoft`s Alex Kipman said introducing HoloLens at a press event at the firm`s Washington state headquarters. 

“But, what if we could take technology and immerse it in our world?”

Windows Holographic creates three-dimensional images in the real world, then lets people wearing the headgear reach out and manipulate virtual objects.

Kipman said he invited virtual reality innovators, including Facebook-owned Oculus VR, to explore adapting different applications for the goggles.

“Holograms can become part of our everyday life,” he said.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella touted HoloLens and Windows 10 as a “mind-blowing” experience that will open a new type of computing.

“Today is a big day for Windows,” Nadella said as Microsoft provided a look at its latest operating system at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

“We want to move from people needing Windows, to choosing Windows, to loving Windows; that is our bold goal for Windows.”

Industry tracker Forrester predicts that what it refers to as mixed-reality computing will catch on by the year 2020, and include Internet giants Apple and Google weighing in with holographic offerings.

Millions of people will likely buy HoloLens by the end of next year, especially if Microsoft targets entertainment and particularly games who are proven early-adapters of technology, according to Forrester.

“If successful, HoloLens will ultimately expand the way people interact with machines just as the mouse-based interface did in the 1990s, and touch interfaces did after the introduction of the iPhone in 2007,” said Forrester analyst James McQuivey.

HoloLens also has the potential to radically improve how firm`s operate when it comes to collaborating from afar, training employees, and tending to work outside offices, according to Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder.


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The HTC Desire Eye is also the first modern device in HTC’s Desire lineup with flagship-level specifications.

Look and feel

The Desire Eye is a looker with its two-tone matte plastic unibody. ?the accent colours are painted on to the frame of the phone. The phone supports HTC’s funky Dot View cover and there is also a special app to configure its functions.

The Desire Eye is IPX7 certified which means that it can be submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. HTC has managed this without adding a flap to cover the Micro-USB port on the bottom - an achievement in itself. A 3.5mm jack sits on the top. The right edge is crowded with the camera button, power button and ?volume rocker which are almost flush with the edge.The left edge houses two trays - one for the microSD card and one for the Nano-SIM card.

A fairly large 5.2-inch screen takes up most of the front of the device. The BoomSound speakers are hidden from plain sight this time. The huge front camera lens sits above the display, with a dual-LED flash and the sensors next to it. The Desire Eye has a row of on-screen buttons for navigating through the OS.

The 5.2-inch screen has a 1080p resolution and uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. As usual, the display is of top-notch quality with great viewing angles and good legibility under direct sunlight.?

Specifications and software

HTC doesn’t skim on the hardware inside the Desire Eye. It has a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with an Adreno 330 GPU. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The Desire Eye accepts microSD cards up to 128GB in capacity.

Just like shooter on the front, the rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and a dual-LED flash. Both have BSI sensors but the front camera has a f/2.2 aperture and 22mm wide angle lens, while the primary camera has a much better f/2.0 aperture and lesser 28mm wide angle lens. The Desire Eye has a ton of connectivity options including Bluetooth v4.0, NFC and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. It can connect to 4G networks on the bands used by Indian telcos.?

HTC ships the phone with Android 4.4.4 and its Sense UI 6.0 skin on top. The skin is light and unobtrusive. The BlinkFeed news reader continues to be a polished affair compared to other copycats. Even HTC’s Zoe video clip app has received updates that make it it slightly more fun to use than before. HTC adds a few third-party applications such as Twitter, Scribble and Polaris Office 5 .


HTC decided to go with a physical shutter button for the camera - a rarity these days. Unfortunately, using the camera shutter locks the autofocus. The default camera app by itself is rather easy to use and has quite a few nifty features, from 360-degree panoramas to a Split Capture mode. There is no Depth-of-Field mode.

There is an HDR mode which works with both the front and the rear cameras. ?HDR makes the camera slow down but it is worth the tradeoff.C olours looked vibrant and HTC’s software algorithms reduce blemishes from your face. HTC provides a slider which you can use to scale from natural selfie shots to dramatically “beautified” ones that make you look like a caricature. Selfie lovers will definitely find this camera great under good lighting conditions, it falters in low light.?

On the other hand, the rear camera takes undersaturated shots. The amount of preserved detail is good, but overall image quality is average at best.?


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Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon DX format; focal length in 35 mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view
Effective pixels 24.1 million
Image sensor 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 24.69 million
Dust-reduction System Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels) DX (24 x 16) image area 6000 x 4000 (L), 4496 x 3000 (M), 2992 x 2000 (S) 1.3x (18 x 12) image area 4800 x 3200 (L), 3600 x 2400 (M), 2400 x 1600 (S) Photographs with image area of DX (24 x 16) taken in movie live view 6000 x 3368 (L), 4494 x 2528 (M), 2992 x 1860 (S) Photographs with image area of 1.3x (18 x 12) taken in movie live view 4800 x 2696 (L), 3600 x 2024 (M), 2400 x 1344 (S)
File format NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Double slot Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards.
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.94x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -2 - +1 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (A and M modes only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 1 focus point with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/8000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
Release mode Single frame (S), continuous low speed (CL), continuous high speed (CH), quiet shutter-release (Q), self-timer, mirror up (MUP); interval timer photography supported
Approximate frame advance rate JPEG and 12-bit NEF (RAW) images recorded with DX (24 x 16) selected for Image area CL: 1 - 6 fps, CH: 6 fps JPEG and 12-bit NEF (RAW) images recorded with 1.3x (18 x 12) selected for Image area CL: 1 - 6 fps, CH: 7 fps 14-bit NEF (RAW) images recorded with DX (24 x 16) selected for Image area CL: 1 - 5 fps, CH: 5 fps 14-bit NEF (RAW) images recorded with 1.3x (18 x 12) selected for Image area CL: 1 - 6 fps, CH: 6 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 - 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Remote control modes (ML-L3) Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up
Metering mode TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 8-mm circle) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 - 20 EV Spot metering: 2 - 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU and AI
Mode Auto modes (auto; auto (flash off)); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; color sketch; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key); U1 (user settings 1); U2 (user settings 2)
Exposure compensation Can be adjusted by -5 - +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, and M modes
Exposure bracketing 2 - 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Flash bracketing 2 - 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
White balance bracketing 2 - 5 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
ADL bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100 - 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off
Autofocus Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; the center 1 focus point is available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 or at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 - 3m/1 ft 8 in. - 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -2 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF; 9-, 21-, or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, color sketch: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash compensation -3 - +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with: - SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander - Built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K - 10000 K), all with fine-tuning
Modes Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1920 x 1080; 60i (59.94 fields/s)/ 50i (50 fields/s) * 1920 x 1080; 30 p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality * Available only when 1.3x (18 x 12) is selected for Image area. Sensor output is about 60 or 50 fps.
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1229 k-dot (VGA; 640 x 4 x 480 = 1,228,800 dots), TFT monitor with approx. 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, GPS data display, and auto image rotation
USB Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Accessory terminal Wireless remote controller: WR-1 and WR-R10 (available separately) Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately) GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D15 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 135.5 x 106.5 x 76 mm (5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0 in.)
Weight Approx. 765 g (1 lb 11.0 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 675 g (1 lb 7.8 oz; camera body only)
Temperature 0°C - 40°C (+32°F - 104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-25 battery charger, DK-5 eyepiece cap, AN-DC1 strap, UC-E6 USB cable, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-23 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD, User’s Manual


INR 112,950 (with AF-S 16-85mm VR Kit Lens)
INR 97,950 (with AF-S 18-140mm VR Kit Lens)
INR 79,450 (Body only) (Maximum Retail Price)
Includes 8GB SD CARD + D-SLR Bag

New Nikon DSLR D7100

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The Nikon D7100 brings you high-end D-SLR performance and advanced functions in a compact and lightweight body. Capture awe-inspiring photos with its large 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS and precise 51-point autofocus system.

Heavyweight performance. Lightweight body

The D7100 combines high-end performance and a range of advanced functions with the versatility of a lightweight and compact body. Its large 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS and precise 51-point autofocus system let you capture photos that will inspire envy.

Designed to dazzle

The D7100 offers the incredible image quality found in our top D-SLR cameras. At its core is the newly developed DX-format 24.1-megapixel CMOS and legendary EXPEED 3 engine. Capture stills and videos in all lighting conditions with its low-noise performance and high ISO sensitivity range. For maximum sharpness when capturing highly detailed subjects, the D7100 does not employ a low-pass filter - making it ideal for landscape photography.

A portable performer

The D7100 combines high performance with the agility of a compact and lightweight body. Its advanced high-speed continuous shooting allows for approximately 7 fps. The D7100 features a versatile 51-point autofocus that ensures your subjects are always in sharp focus. Furthermore, a 1.3x crop of DX function offers on-demand telephoto effects to your stills and videos, letting you bring the action closer when needed.

Clearly superior

Shooting through the D7100’s glass pentaprism viewfinder is a true joy. This unique viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage at 0.94x magnification - letting you precisely compose your shots. Setting information is clearly presented in the viewfinder’s organic EL display - a technology that is sharper and more energy-efficient.

Quality you can see

For those times when you prefer to frame your shots through the monitor, you will appreciate the extreme clarity and wide viewing angle of the D7100’s 3.2-inch 1,229k-dot resolution TFT LCD monitor. This newly developed screen features RGBW alignment technology, offering improved brightness and resolution compared to RGB screens.

Precise control made simple

The high-performance D7100 is incredibly easy to control. A press of the enhanced button provides quick access to the camera’s current settings and retouch menu. In Live View mode, an innovative Spot White Balance function automatically sets the white balance using the colour of a selected area. This eliminates the need for grey cards and can even be done while using a telephoto lens.


D7100 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm VR Kit

Readily capture a variety of scenarios when you attach the NIKKOR 16-85mm VR lens to your D7100.

This portable lens sports high-quality optics with a 5.3x zoom. Equipped with Nikon?s second-generation Vibration Reduction (VRII) system and Silent Wave Motor (SWM), it delivers sharp images in high action and lowlight situations, bringing the most out of your high-resolution DX DSLR.

Included Accessories

  • Rubber Eyecup DK-23
  • Rubber Eyecup DK-23
  • Quick charger MH-25
  • Quick charger MH-25
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1
  • Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1
  • ViewNX 2
  • ViewNX 2
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL15
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL15
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Eyepiece DK-5
  • Eyepiece DK-5

Optional Accessories

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller
  • WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Wireless Remote Control ML-L3
  • Wireless Remote Control ML-L3
  • Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a
  • Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a
  • Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D15
  • Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D15
  • Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1
  • Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1
  • Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M
  • Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M

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    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said it could sell more models in Indian stores while pursuing its primarily online-only strategy if it succeeds in selling enough Redmi Note 4G handsets through shops of carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd.

    Xiaomi entered India with online retailer in July, selling phones through flash sales whereby availability is limited to short time frames. The online strategy cuts down on marketing and distribution costs, allowing Xiaomi to sell feature-rich phones at low prices.

     But last week, Bharti Airtel said it would sell Redmi Note 4G handsets in six cities through 133 stores of India’s biggest fourth-generation (4G) mobile network provider. In-store handset prices in India are comparable to online models because neither are sold with network chips or subsidised through pricing plans.

     “If this works out fine, we’ll expand the partnership to other cities and other devices,” Manu Jain, head of Xiaomi in India, told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to form any concrete plans yet.

     Making models available in stores - as Xiaomi does in China - could help the fast-growing startup reach more users in the world’s third-largest smartphone market as Bharti promotes the handsets to attract subscribers to its 4G service.


     Offline channels

    Due to online sales, Xiaomi’s Indian customers span 1,000 cities just six months after entering the market, Jain said.

     But “offline” channels are important for prospective customers to see and feel the phones on offer. In China, about 30 percent of Xiaomi’s sales come from “offline” channels and the company is aiming for a similar split in India, Jain said.

     Xiaomi’s store push comes as the maker plans new model launches, including its pricier Mi4 by the end of this month or early next, Jain said without elaborating.

     In India, Xiaomi is just one of 280 brands in a smartphone market led by South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd followed by local maker Micromax Informatics Ltd. Standing out from the crowd could necessitate a more tangible presence in a range of locations.

     Rival Google launched its Android One range of affordable smartphones last year on e-commerce sites in India, and has since extended to in-store sales.

     “If Xiaomi has to reach out to rural areas and smaller cities (which have lower online populations), they have to have tie-ups with brick-and-mortar stores,” said Neil Shah, a Mumbai-based research director for devices at Counterpoint Research.


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    Release date August 2014
    Form factor Touchscreen
    Dimensions (mm) 132.40 x 65.50 x 6.70
    Weight (g) 115.00
    Battery capacity (mAh) 1860
    Removable battery No
    Colours White, blue, brown, black
    SAR value 0.56000000238418579
    Screen size (inches) 4.70
    Touchscreen Yes
    Touchscreen type Capacitive
    Resolution 720×1280 pixels
    Pixels per inch (PPI) 312
    Colours 16M


    Processor 1.8GHz  octa-core
    Processor make eXYNOS 5 5430
    RAM 2GB
    Internal storage 32GB


    Rear camera 12-megapixel
    Flash Yes
    Front camera 2.1-megapixel
    Operating System Android 4.4
    Java support Yes
    Browser supports Flash Yes


    Wi-Fi Yes
    Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
    GPS Yes
    Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
    NFC Yes
    Infrared No
    DLNA No
    Wi-Fi Direct No
    MHL Out No
    HDMI No
    Headphones 3.5mm
    FM No
    USB Micro-USB
    Charging via Micro-USB Yes
    Proprietary charging connector No
    Proprietary data connector No
    SIM Type Nano-SIM
    3G Yes


    Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
    Proximity sensor Yes
    Accelerometer Yes
    Ambient light sensor Yes
    Gyroscope Yes
    Barometer No
    Temperature sensor No

    Apple Launches iOS 8

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    iOS 8 is the eighth major release of the iOS mobile operating system designed by Apple Inc. as the successor to iOS 7. It was announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 on June 2, 2014, and was released on September 17, 2014.Billed as “The biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the App Store”, iOS 8 builds on the major redesign that iOS 7 introduced, while including many enhancements and interface improvements. As of December 9, 2014, iOS 8 has been installed on 63% of compatible Apple devices. 


    iOS 8 Beta 1 was introduced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, it was released to developers later that day. From then until September, new Beta versions were seeded to developers typically every two weeks. Each new Beta version contained bug fixes and improvements over the last.

    On September 9, 2014, at their ‘Wish We Could Say More’ event, Apple introduced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, a new mobile payment service called Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. At their event, Apple also announced that iOS 8 would see a public release on September 17. The Golden Master version was seeded to developers shortly after.

    On October 16th at their “It’s been way too long” event, Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, new Mac miniand the iMac with Retina 5K display. At the event, Apple also announced that iOS 8.1 would see a release of October 20th. iOS 8.1 saw the return of the camera roll, the introduction of Apple Pay and bug fixes.

    On November 17, 2014, at the release of iOS 8.1.1, Apple updated the iOS App Store so that all apps for which there is no charge to download are labeled “GET” instead of “FREE”. This was changed due to in-app purchases by children who downloaded “free” apps in the App Store without asking their parents for consent to download.

    Features :

    Photos and Camera

    The Photos app contains more options to edit photos. The cropping feature now enables rotating images both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Furthermore, users can set the desired brightness and colors for photos. In iOS 8.0, the Camera Roll and My Photo Stream albums were removed; they were brought back in iOS 8.1. The Camera app now features a shot timer for the front camera, which can be set to 3 or 10 seconds.

    Notification Center

    Notification Center is much changed from iOS 7. In the iOS 8 Notification Center, there are only two tabs, “Today” and “Notifications”, compared to the Notification center in iOS 7, which had 3 tabs (Today, All, and Missed). Users can now add and remove widgets in Notification Center with the “Edit” button. This also allows the rearrangement of notification widgets. The “clear” button, used to clear notifications, is more visible. Users are now able to reply to text messages directly from the notification center.


    In the Messages app, users can send audio and video messages by holding down the record button. In group conversations, users can add or remove someone from a thread, name a thread, share their location in a thread, view all attachments, and turn on Do Not Disturb to not receive notifications from a specific thread. Users can also set messages to auto delete after 30 days or a year.


    iOS 8 includes a new predictive typing feature called QuickType. It displays word selections above the keyboard as one types. The feature can be turned off in Settings, or hidden using a swipe gesture. Additionally, iOS 8 allows users to install third-party keyboards. Many developers have ported their keyboards to iOS, including Minuum, Swype, SwiftKey, Fleksy and Adaptxt.

    Family Sharing

    New to iOS 8, a user can add five others as family members. Family members can share purchased apps, music, and books using the same credit card. iOS 8 can also automatically set up photo streams for all family members. Calendars may be synced between all members. You can send iTunes download requests to another accounts for approval through Ask to Buy as long as you are signed up as a child.

    iCloud Drive

    iCloud Drive is Apple’s file hosting service for devices running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite. This feature allows users to save photos, videos, documents (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers), and music, and other apps’ data to iCloud. Users can start their work on one device and continue on another device. By default, users will get 5 gigabytes of storage for free, but this space will be expandable via subscription.


    HealthKit is a service that allows developers to make software that integrates with the new Health application. This application allows users to track their steps, oxygen, sleep levels, and other health related data. Additionally, users can enter their medical history, so that the application can help serve them better.  In a commercial for the iPhone 5S, the exercise song Chicken Fat is used to promote the new service.


    HomeKit is a framework that allows developers to make software that discovers, configures, communicates with and controls devices for home automation. Actions can be grouped together and can be initiated using Siri.


    A set of tools that were present across OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 were named Continuity. The most popular one of them all is named Handoff.

    Handoff allows users to share documents, e-mails, and websites over Wi-Fi or personal hotspot between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite devices. Handoff also allows all text messages to be read and replied on their Mac and iPad. This also is extended to the uses of the voice function to make and receive call on their Mac and iPad if their iPhone is connected with iCloud.

    This feature is supported only by compatible Macs with Bluetooth LE running OS X Yosemite, and by compatible devices running iOS 8. The following devices running iOS 8 will be supported: iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPod touch (5th generation).


    In iOS 8, Spotlight is integrated with a number of web services so that users can search using Wikipedia, Bing, or Google. Other services include: news, nearby places, suggested websites, movie showtimes, and content that is not already on the device from the iTunes Store. Moreover, the enhanced spotlight search is also available in safari browser, so you can have now your own search engine that will find your desired stuff on services linked to spotlight search.

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    The iPhone 6 and 6 plus are both bigger than the iPhone 5S.


    When it comes to comparing the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, there are only a few differences between the two. For instance, both models include the 64-bit Apple A8 system-on-chip, an update of the 64-bit Apple A7 used in the iPhone 5S, and an M8 motion co-processor—an update of the M7 chip from the iPhone 5S. The main difference between the M8 and the original M7 coprocessor is that the M8 also includes a barometer to measure altitude changes; iPhone 6 users can track the number of stairs they have climbed, in addition to steps taken. Phil Schiller touted that the A8 chip would provide, in comparison to the 5S, a 25% increase in CPU performance, a 50% increase in graphics performance, and less heat output. The A8’s GPU performance scores a 21204.26 in Basemark X compared to 20253.80, 10973.36 and 5034.75 on respectively the 5S, 5 and 4S.


    LTE support is expanded on the iPhone 6 line, with support for over 20 LTE bands (7 more than the iPhone 5S), and up to 150 Mbit/s download speed. The devices also include support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) which allows users to make higher-quality phone calls over LTE. In addition to cellular improvements, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus are the first of Apple’s iOS devices to offer support for802.11ac Wi-Fi; offering 3 times faster connectivity. Finally, the iPhone 6 supports calls over Wi-Fi, thus if cellular connection is low or non-existent, users can now have access to call and even greater quality phone calls. Wi-Fi performance has been improved with support for 802.11ac specifications, providing speeds up to 433 Mbit/s—which is up to 3 times faster than 802.11n, along with Wi-Fi Calling support where available. The iPhone 6 line adds support for near-field communications (NFC), which Apple uses exclusively for Apple Pay—another mobile payments system which will allow users to store their credit cards in Passbookfor use with online payments and retail purchases over NFC.[37] NFC support is restricted to Apple Pay only, and cannot be used for any other purposes (such as sharing content with other iPhone users).


    The iPhone 6 line ships pre-loaded with iOS 8, while the iPhone 5S shipped pre-loaded with iOS 7. Apps are able to take advantage of the increased screen size in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to display more information on-screen; for example, the Mail app uses a dual-pane layout similar to its iPad version when the device is inlandscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus. As it uses an identical aspect ratio, apps designed for the iPhone 5, 5C, and 5S can be upscaled for use on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. To improve the usability of the devices’ larger screens, an additional “Reachability” gesture was added; double-touching the Home button will slide the top half of the screen’s contents down to the bottom half of the screen. This function allows users to reach buttons located near the top of the screen, such as a “Back” button in the top-left corner.

    Apple iPhone 6 - Bigger than bigger

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    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are smartphones running iOS developed by Apple Inc. The devices are part of the iPhone series and were released on September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jointly serve as successors to the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include a number of changes over its predecessor, including models with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for a near-field communications-based mobile payments offering.

    iPhone 6


    The design of the iPhone 6 line is influenced by that of the iPad Air, with a glass front that is curved around the edges of the display, and an aluminum rear that contains two plastic strips for the antenna; both models come in gold, silver, and space gray finishes. They also used the new volume buttons used on the iPad Air, unlike the circular volume buttons with the “+” and “-” symbols used on the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5S. (The iPhone 5C used the same volume buttons as the iPad mini.). No longer true, the new iPhone had been declared the thinnest phone in the world with a larger display; reducing its size from 7.6 mm to 6.9 mm and upgrading the screen size from 4 to 4.7 inches. Even though the phone has slimmed down, it is actually heavier. The most significant changes to the iPhone 6 line are its displays; both are branded as “Retina HD” and “ion-strengthened”. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first iPhones to use a multiple-domain LCD panel, dubbed “dual-domain pixels”, and use a modified polarizer that makes the screen easier to see when wearing polarized sunglasses. To accommodate the larger physical size of the iPhone 6 line, the power button was moved to the side of the phone instead of the top to improve its accessibility. Finally, the design of the iPhone 6 discontinued the use of squared-sides seen on the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S and adopted a curved design like the one on the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 3GS.

    Improved Camera

    The FaceTime camera has a new sensor that allows in 81% more light, which helps and is essential for face detection. A supplement element to the new sensor is the new burst effect, capable of taking up to 10 photos per second. Another feature is the focus pixels “designed to speed up autofocusing by providing the sensor with more information about an image, while improved auto image stabilization will compensate for slight amounts of motion blur and hand shakiness”.Additionally, the new ability to control exposure will enable users to improve picture quality.

    While still 8 megapixels in size, the iPhone 6’s rear-facing camera includes a new sensor which, like the camera in the iPhone 5S, has 1.5 micron pixels, an f/2.2 aperture lens, and the ability to shoot 1080p video at either 30 or 60 frames per second. The camera also includes phase detection autofocus.  It can also record slow-motion video at either 120 or 240 frames per second. The iPhone 6 Plus camera is nearly identical, but also includes optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera was also updated with a new sensor and f/2.2 aperture, along with support for burst and HDR modes.


    The new Apple A8 chip uses an M8 coprocessor indicating motion and continuously measuring data from the following applications: the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and a barometer. The barometer senses air pressure to determine your relative elevation. It is used in the iPhone 6 to “measure stairs climbed or hills conquered”.The accelerometer is able to measure distance gained by walking and running, with the use of GPS locating the user’s movements. In addition to distinguishing whether the individual is stationary or on the move, M8 works with the gyroscope to detect when a vehicle is in motion and will commence when the panoramic application is in use.

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    Last-minute holiday shopping bringing you down? The good news is that there’s plenty of gadgets out there to suit every personality type, from the health nut to the foodie and the outdoor enthusiast. If you want something new, something cool, and something techie, then look no further.

    1. Health nut


    Price: $70

    This simple home-monitoring device connects to your iPhone or iPad over the short-range Apple iBeacon signal that uses Bluetooth 4.0. You use it to monitor temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity in an immediate area. It?s a smart gift idea for anyone who is interested in better health, because variables like high or low humidity in the home can contribute to poor health (especially the flu). You can see historical data for up to 30 days.

    2. Fitness guru

    SMS Audio BioSport

    Price: $150

    Heart rate monitors are great for the first few weeks of using them. Then, you might get tired of having to fasten it around your chest or keep it synced with a phone. Intel, working with SMS Audio, figured out how to embed a heart rate monitor into this earbud set. You wear it normally, sync with an app like RunKeeper, and off you go. It?s one less gadget to (ahem) monitor.

    3. Movie maven

    VIZIO 50-inch P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV

    Price: $999

    2015 will be the year when 4K finally becomes widely available. There are rumors the Super Bowl will use this high-resolution format that shows 4,000 pixels on the screen. And Amazon recently announced a slew of shows are available in 4K. It?s just a matter of time before Dish Network and DirecTV jump on the bandwagon. At $999, this high-end model from Vizio is a good future-proof investment. Apps like Netflix and Hulu are built-in as well.

    4. Audiophile

    Polk Hampden Computer Speakers

    Price: $399

    Most of us don?t hear the subtle differences between one set of speakers and another. With this trendy-looking brown and tan Polk Audio Hampden set, audiophiles will notice the superior quality right away. There?s more bass and more distinct playback when you listen to bands like Radiohead or Alt-J. A bonus is that you can play music from a laptop using a 3.5mm cable or connect over Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet.

    5. Outdoor enthusiast

    Kodak Pixpro SP360

    Price: $399

    The wide-angle lens on the GoPro action camera is cool, but Kodak has gone even further. The 360-degree lens can shoot 1080p video in a dome view, panorama, front-and-back 180-degree views, or just about anything you can think of to add a wider perspective. The camera also shoots 16-megapixel photos at regular intervals and comes with several mounts. A bonus is that the camera syncs to a smartphone using Wi-Fi and NFC (or near-field communication, a way to create a secure link) so you can control the camera remotely.

    6. Office dweller

    HP Pavilion X2

    Price: $330

    HP is on a roll with several new Windows 8 laptops and tablets, but this is the best one of the bunch. First, the Pavilion X2, at just $330, is priced well below the expensive Microsoft Surface Pro 3, at $800. Yet both tablets work fine as laptop replacements and run normal desktop apps like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. The X2 also comes with a keyboard that folds over the tablet for protection, lasts about 11 hours, and has a bright and sharp 10-inch screen.

    7. Foodie

    Keurig 2.0

    Price: $150

    This high-tech coffeemaker, redesigned this year, makes coffee with the push of a button. The good news: the larger K-Carafe flavor packs can now brew four cups in an included carafe. There?s a larger 80-ounce water reservoir, a new color touchscreen display, and even a night light. The best reason to use the Keurig these days, other than the immediate brewing, is the wide selection of flavors like Mocha Nut Fudge and rich Green Mountain Kona blend.

    8. Gamer

    Sony PlayStation TV

    Price: $99

    Sony has made whole-house video gaming a little less expensive. Instead of buying an extra console for the family room, this low-cost device, about the size of one card deck, connects to an HDTV and lets you play classic and casual games like Limbo or PlayStation Vita games like Murasaki Baby. You can also stream any game you own from your PlayStation 3 or 4. (For that, make sure you use a wired Ethernet connection through a route; it?s a bit slow on Wi-Fi).

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