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 Kawasaki is secretly working on a new motorcycle, which might feature a 200cc engine.

This new motorcycle is believed to fall under the sport bike category, making us believe that when launched, it will get the Ninja moniker. This project has been codenamed K210 and we guess the ‘210’ in that name could be the engine displacement. While there is hardly any information on this new Japanese motorcycle, we believe that it is in early stage of the development.

Last year, there were rumours about a quarter-litre motorcycle from Kawasaki that will sport a four-cylinder engine. These rumours were never negated by the manufacturer and at the same time, they were never acknowledged. There could be a slight chance of this K210 project being the same one .

Upcoming Diesel Cars in India

Here’s a list of the upcoming sub-compact sedans in India:

1. Chevrolet Beat-Based Sedan

Given the pace at which the sub-compact sedan segment in India is growing, it comes as no surprise Chevrolet India is also readying its own entrant. Codenamed MCM, this Beat-based sedan will be underpinned by the new-generation Beat’s M300 platform. It will receive significant changes, especially at the front fascia which will allow the new compact sedan to look more aggressive than the Beat.
Chevrolet Beat-Based Sub-Compact Sedan

Chevrolet is likely to offer it with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. While the petrol motor will deliver 82bhp with 108Nm, the diesel promises 74bhp and 190Nm. In will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

One must know, it is being said that GM might position this sub-four meter sedan below the new Sail.

Expected Price: Rs. 4.5 lakh - Rs. 6.5 lakh

2. Volkswagen Polo-based Sedan

The German carmaker’s much-awaited sub-compact sedan - New Compact Sedan (NCS) - will be fully manufactured here at Volkswagen’s Chakan plant. It will be based on the Polo and will essentially be the Polo sedan that sits under 4-meters in length.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Though the NCS will compete with the likes of Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire, expect it to be slightly larger. Also, VW will create a separation between the NCS and the Vento sedan, with the former being priced closer to the Polo.

Reports claim the upcoming Polo-based sedan will get 2 engine options: a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. Both motors will develop 105bhp, and 158Nm and 255Nm of maximum torque, respectively.

3. Ford Figo Aspire

Despite the competition posed by products from companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda and Tata, Ford is convinced the Figo Aspire has the ‘young appeal’ that no other product in the segment offers.

Ford Figo Aspire

The Ford Figo Aspire will be offered with 2 engine options - a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and a 1.2-litre TiVCT petrol. While the diesel unit is the same as the one that also powers the EcoSport and Fiesta, the 1.2-litre petrol unit is all-new. Ford’s upcoming sub-compact sedan will also get a choice of 2 transmissions: - a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed dual clutch automatic. However, the automatic transmission will only be offered with the petrol model.

It is expected to go into by mid-2015 soon followed by its launch in India.

4. Tata Kite Sedan

The Tata Kite sub-compact sedan is expected to arrive in India after the hatchback with the same name. The new Tata car will sport an all-new design, unlike the Zest sedan - which is a clearly redesigned version of the Manza.

Tata Sedan Generic

In terms of engines, the upcoming Tata Kite sedan will get a 1.05-litre diesel engine and the 1.2-litre petrol unit aka the Revotron. Interestingly, the diesel engine is a re-engineered version of the 1.4-litre DiCOR motor; apparently it will develop about 70bhp. The Revotron, on the other hand, currently puts out 90bhp.

As far as transmission options go, the sedan’s options will include a 5-speed manual and an optional automated manual transmission (AMT).

 

BMW has announced that the 6 Series Gran Coupe facelift will be launched in India on May 29. First unveiled in December last year, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a four door sedan, which rivals the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

At the front, the new 6 Series features new LED headlamps and foglights, just like the new M6 Gran Coupe. The kidney grille now sports nine horizontal slats instead of 10, which is aimed at improving the cooling of the engine, while the bumper has also been slightly altered to accommodate a full-width air-vent. The rear profile has been updated with more chrome on the boot and bigger exhaust pipes. The car also gets redesigned mirrors to improve the airflow around the car, new designs for the alloy wheels and new paint schemes.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe is available only in the 640d trim, which is powered by a 3.0-litre flat-six engine. This engine delivers 313bhp and 630Nm of torque to the rear wheels, through an eight-speed ZF gearbox. Inside, the new cars get more LEDs and leather bits for the dashboard. A sport exhaust system comes as standard, which produces a throatier exhaust note. BMW claims that the efficiency in the new 6 Series is more efficient than the outgoing model, which can be attributed to better aerodynamics.

The 6 Series is a part of a unique segment, which caters to an enthusiast audience looking for a performance car with stylish looks. The 6 Series Gran Coupe is sold in India as a completely built unit (CBU) and is expected to be priced around the Rs 1.2 crore.

Renault Kwid Unveiled in India

Renault India’s much-awaited small car (XBA), the Kwid, finally made its global debut in India today. The launch, however, will take place sometime during the festive season (September - November). To be launched at a starting price of Rs. 3 lakh, the Renault Kwid will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, and others in the league.

The Renault Kwid is built on an all-new small platform - the CMF-A - jointly developed by the Nissan-Renault Alliance. The same platform will also underpin Datsun India’s upcoming small car. The new 800cc, 3-cylinder, petrol engine too has been jointly developed by Renault and Nissan. The smallest engine in the family, it is also claimed to be quite frugal. The company says that the Kwid will return the best-in-class mileage, though it didn’t reveal the exact fuel-efficiency figure.

Also Read: 10 Things You Must Know About the Renault Kwid

Renault will launch the Kwid outside India as well, though the company’s Chennai-based plant will have its major focus on fulfilling the domestic demand and that of countries surrounding India. Talking about the design, the Renault Kwid seems to have taken its inspiration from several concepts and existing Renault cars. That said, one must note the vehicle looks more like a crossover than a hatchback, thanks to its aggressive styling.

Since it’s a global product, Renault undertook its testing across different parts of the world with chassis been tested in Japan, body equipment test in Korea, endurance test in France and assembly testing in India. Developed at Renault-Nissan’s Chennai plant, the company has used almost 98 per cent local content to manufacture the car. This will help the company to price the Renault Kwid quite competitively.

Key features

- Optional driver-side airbag

- Navigation system

- Digital instrument cluster with chrome accents on the air-vents

- 800cc, 3-cylinder, petrol engine

- Crossover-like design

Google launches new Chromebooks

 Google India has launched XOLO and Nexian Air Chromebook. Made in partnership with Indian OEM Xolo and Nexian, the new Chromebooks are priced at Rs 12,999 and will be available on Snapdeal and Amazon India. 

This makes the new Chromebooks the cheapest option on the market after the Intel Celeron powered C720 Chromebook from Acer.

The Nexian Air Chromebook sports an 11.6-inch TFT display. Powered by a 1.8GHz Cortex A17 Rockchip quad core processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the laptop comes with 16GB internal storage (up to 9.6GB available to user) and an SD card slot for expansion. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a 1MP web camera and comes with Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop has a 4200mAh battery and offers a backup of 8 hours. 

The Xolo Chromebook sports an 11.6-inch TFT display. Powered by a 1.8GHz Cortex A17 Rockchip quad core processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the laptop comes with 16GB internal storage and an SD card slot for expansion. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a 1MP web camera and comes with Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop has a 4200mAh battery and offers a backup of 10 hours. 

Both devices run the latest version of Google’s Chrome operating system.

Sales of 4G handsets in India is expected to increase to 7 percent of total smartphone sales in the country this year, according to international market research firm GfK.

“In first quarter of 2015, 4G share in both (India and Indonesia) was well below the global average, at 4 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

4G unit share within smartphones is expected to reach 7 percent in India and 10 percent in Indonesia in 2015,” the latest GfK report on global smartphone market said.

The report did not provide India specific smartphone sales number but as per Cybermedia Research, smartphone sales in India dipped 7 percent in the first quarter this year to 19.5 million units, impacted by change in duty structure and restricted supplies from China.

Smartphone sales increased by 7 percent to 309.7 million in the reported quarter from 290.1 million a year ago.

The growth of smartphone sales in India and Indonesia is also expected to be helped by an expanding 4G network.

This growth was over 19 percent in first quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period of 2013.

The sales value of smartphones increased 8 percent to USD 96.2 billion during the quarter on year-on-year basis from USD 89.2 billion.

“In first quarter 2015, 4G unit share surpassed 50 percent of global smartphone demand for the first time. China saw the greatest 4G share increase in the quarter, up 16 percentage points to 73 percent, from 57 percent last quarter,” the report said.

GfK forecasts global smartphone unit demand to grow over 10 percent y-o-y in 2015, a slowdown from the over 23 percent growth experienced last year.

“Emerging Asia is forecast to be the fastest growing region, driven by India and Indonesia, where low smartphone penetration leaves plenty of room for growth,” Director of trends and forecasting at GfK, Kevin Walsh said.

In India, Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications have the capability to start pan-India 4G service.

Airtel has started providing 4G service in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Amritsar at 3G mobile Internet rates.

Besides, Aircel, which holds 4G spectrum in eight out of 22 telecom circles, has also launched 4G in select area.

Videocon Telecom has announced its plan to launch 4G services in UP and Bihar by December at rates at par with 2G and 3G Internet services. 

source:  http://zeenews.india.com/

Mobile phone company Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10,000mAh Power Bank in China. 

The Mi 10,000mAh Power Bank, which is a slimmer version of the10,400mAh Power Bank is available in three colours – silver, Champagne and red.

There is no official word on the launch of the product in India however the gadget market is abuzz with speculations that it will hit Indian stores soon.

The 10,000mAh Mi power bank is 21.4 percent slimmer and 30 percent more energy dense which implies that the power bank can fully charge a Mi Note over two times and iPad one time.

“Meet the latest 10000mAh #MiPowerBank! It’s 21.4% slimmer & 30% more energy dense than the 10400mAh PB. Slim, no?,” the company has tweeeted.

The power bank is 60.4mm-wide and weighs 207 grams.

Solid-state drives outclass hard drives as a storage medium in almost every way: they’re faster, less fragile, and can store more data per square inch. But according to some experts, SSDs suck at long-term storage of information, thanks to one particular problem: temperature.

Under optimal conditions, consumer-grade SSDs - the ones you’d find in most laptops - retain data for two years when not powered up. For enterprise SSDs, that drops to four months. Those numbers alone aren’t a problem - anyone cold-storing data for months on end is probably using tape drives anyway.

But what is a problem is SSDs stored under less-than-optimal conditions. For every rise of 9 degrees Farenheit in the ambient temperature, the data retention period is cut in half. So, that SSD that retains information for two years at 77 degrees will only keep it for a year if the thermometer hits 85.

More problematically, that means enterprise-grade drives stored in a hot environment - say, for example, a server farm - can have a retention period of days, if the temperature is high enough. So until that problem is sorted out - or the planet goes into another ice age - good old-fashioned tape drives are going to have to stick around.

 Soaring Chinese smartphone maker Huwaei is gearing up to compete in the India’s affordable pricing segment smartphone category. 

As per reports, Huwaei has extend its Honor Series by launching budget friendly smartphones viz, Honor 4C and Honor Bee in India on 8th May.

Even Flipkart, Huawei’s exclusive e-commerce partner, which sells Honor series smartphones exclusively has listed both the devices, Honor 4C and Honor Bee .

Huawei Honor 4C sports a 5.0-inch HD display and runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS backed by the company’s proprietary Hisilicon Kirin 620 series Octa-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory and a 2550 mAh battery that can power the phone for close to 600 hours under standby mode. 

Honor Bee features 4.5-inch FWVGA screen and ship with Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, and 1750 mAh battery. 

Looking at the specs of Honor 4C and Honor Bee, they are expected to be priced around 9,000 and 6,000, respectively. 

Micromax Canavs Spark

Micromax has begun the next round of flash sale online at snapdeal for their new cheapest Android Lollipop smartphone Micromax Canvas Spark.

The next round of flash sales does not require registration if customers have already registered for the smartphone in the earlier phases. The flash sale of the smartphone started at 12 PM on May 1.

Micromax has tweeted saying , “The second phase of registrations for the all new #MicromaxCanvasSpark is now OPEN!” 

During the first phase of sale micromax canvas spark received a blockbuster response, crossing the sale of 20,000 units mark. 

Earlier, this week the online partner Snapdeal also expressed its joy by tweeting, “The #MicromaxCanvasSpark is all sold out!!! Thank you for the brilliant response!” 

To recall the specs, the Canvas Spark comes with a 4.7-inch qHD screen (960×540 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is powered by a 1.3-Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with 1GB of RAM. It operates on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

Priced at Rs 4,999 the phone comes with an internal memory of 8GB of which 4.10GB is said to be available for user. It can also be expanded upto 32GB via a microSD card.

It comes with a 8MP back camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. It is is powered by a 2000 mAh battery. 

Myntra to Go App-Only

India’s biggest fashion retailer Myntra is planning to shut down its website and become an app-only platform in near future. However, the fashion e-tailer refused to give any timeline.

After the announcement by Myntra to go app-only, speculations have been rife about whether other e-tailers would also follow a similar path.

The big three of India’s e-commerce sector - Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon - said they don’t have immediate plans to go app-only but conceded that they follow a mobile-first approach.

“We are constantly experimenting with various aspects of our service to create the best shopping options for our users,” Flipkart said in a statement.

Explaining its rationale of going app-only in the future, Myntra said, “The mobile-centered approach helps in personalising the shopping experience.” Also, Myntra gets about 70 per cent of its revenue comes from mobile apps, accounting for about 90 per cent of the e-tailer’s traffic.

Another e-tailer Amazon India said it draws about 50 per cent of its traffic from its mobile app.

A recent report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) suggests that the focus on mobile platform is going to accelerate in the future as more and more first-time users access the internet from smartphones rather than personal computers in India.

“India has skipped the PC phase and moved on to mobile phones. Interestingly, both rural and urban customers are looking for the same things on the internet,” pointed out Nimisha Jain, partner and director at BCG.

Around 70 per cent of rural users access the internet from their mobile handsets, the report said.

Asus AiO

Asus has come out with its own form of AiO, which unlike most of the others is an affordable option but also manages to deliver power without actually needing it. Confused? This AiO runs on power but can be charged without power as well. This is one technology that Intel has been touting about for a while but Asus has made rapid strides to offer something which has been mostly part of lab tests or available at a really high price point so far. 

What is it? 
This is an AiO that manages to fit on your table without taking up too much space and with all the power embedded onto the system itself. In addition to that, this PC is capable of running on battery via power charging and for some time without any wires. This one is an affordable, power-saving option.

Who is it for? 
PCs are meant for anyone and that’s all we have to say about this AiO as well. Students will prefer them for basic PC uses i.e. watching movies, surfing the Web and everything without worrying about space.

Design 
The AiOs design may not suit your style and that’s probably fine; for this price you really can’t expect the sleekness and elegance of a high-end machine. At 3.5 kgs this AiO doesn’t come across as the heaviest in this segment either. You have to understand that in this age of thin smartphones, an AiO isn’t meant to be anything but lean and trim and for all its hardware (underneath the panel) you won’t need to have a cabinet in place.

Hardware 
In this AiO you would get a 19.5-inch PC standard 1366×768p resolution display with internal graphics. It comes powered by Intel Pentium J2900 processor, which is clocked at 2.4 GHz with 2GB on board memory in place. On the storage front, you get 500GB space and for imaging there’s a HD camera on the front of the display unit as well. The PC is running on Windows 8.1 version; however, the unit doesn’t get the benefit of touch-display support. Connectivity wise, you can make good use of the multiple USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports and couple of these will get you to use the wireless mouse and keyboard that comes bundled out-of-the-box. It’s a simple AiO that is less clunky than your regular PC and makes up for a decent wireless, portable PC option for home use or even small businesses for that matter.

The good 
Affordable all-in-one PC
Less clunky than PCs
Storage and connectivity options
Charge and use

The bad 
Standard hardware
HD display only 

 Apple ranks highest in overall satisfaction among wireless customers of T-Mobile (844) and Verizon Wireless (837) in the U.S., according to a study.

Highly satisfied owners spend on average, $6 more per month on wireless services than owners with lower satisfaction, the study found.

Additionally, brand repurchase intent among highly satisfied owners is 20pct higher than among owners with low smartphone satisfaction (ratings of 7 or lower).

Although smartphone owners continue to cite features as the primary reason for selecting a device, the rate has declined significantly to 32pct from 38pct in the 2013 study.

The study measures customer satisfaction with wireless OEMs across Tier 11 wireless carriers. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

The study found that a brand’s ranking is closely related to the performance satisfaction with its latest smartphone models, which often feature the newest technology and features and services.

“When launching a new smartphone device, carriers should be mindful how they position the device features and services.

When the smartphone performs well, it increases the likelihood of model loyalty and customer satisfaction with the brand, the study said.

For example, advance performance and technology such as facial recognition, finger print security identification and latest OS platforms have helped drive satisfaction up with the latest device launches for the Apple iPhone 6 series, HTC One Max series and Samsung Galaxy 5 and Note 4 series.

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The Hong Kong-based maker has been around for a while though, and if you haven’t noticed, it has during this stint launched some attention-worthy devices. The latest — iberry Auxus Beast — happens to be just one of them, and as any Internet savvy Indian would tell you, the phone borrows more than just inspiration (design wise) from a recent sensation we know as the Xiaomi Redmi Note.

The Auxus Beast comes with the grunty MediaTek MT6752 64-bit octa-core processor, which is also seen on phones such as the Gionee Elife S7, Lenovo P70, among other recent launches. MediaTek have played the octa-core game before, but never have they been as good as they are with the MT6752 this time. In fact, according to gurus, the SoC beats the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 hands-down!

The rest of the specifications of the Auxus Beast include a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720p display (the only downer on the features list, as far as I’m concerned), 3GB of RAM, 16GB storage out of the box, a 3050mAh battery, and a camera combo consisting a 13 mega-pixel rear sensor and an 8 mega-pixel front. MediaTek-powered phones aren’t known for their software upgradeability, but the Auxus Beast impresses with Android 5.0 Lollipop on-board.

But the best is yet to come — the phone is priced at an aggressive Rs 13,990, which makes it arguably the most affordable 3GB RAM phone in the Indian market! Also, unlike the Redmi Note, there are no separate 3G and 4G versions of the Auxus Beast — they all do 4G.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note, on the other hand, is more of a proven horse. It comes in two flavours — 3G and 4G, each with a different processor. Either way, the Redmi Note is more affordable than the Auxus Beast; the 3G-only version of the Redmi Note goes for Rs 8,999 while the 4G-enabled variant can be had for Rs 1,000 more.

The Redmi Note doesn’t really give the Auxus Beast much of a fight specifications-wise. It has the same 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 2GB RAM (down from Auxus Beast’s 3GB), 3100mAh battery, and a 13 mega-pixel / 5 mega-pixel camera compartment. 3G-only Redmi Note phones are powered by the (almost outdated) octa-core MediaTek MT6592, while the 4G version gets the quad-core Snapdragon 400.

Quite clearly, the Auxus Beast is the one to go with among the two if you’re looking for pure grunt. However, the first Xiaomi phablet does have a couple of things going for it, including (i) market presence (ii) cameras and lastly, the (iii) software — MiUi vs vanilla Android. Point (iii) can certainly be subjective, but I’m speaking from the general consensus.

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 Adding a smartphone in its Andi-series iBall has launched the Andi 5F Infinito in the affordable smartphone section.

The dual SIM phone has been priced at Rs 7,999.
The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat while the company has said that it is upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The phone has a 5-inch (540×960 pixels) qHD IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM.

The phone packs an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It has 8GB storage, expandable up to 32GB using via microSD card .


Key Specs

Display: 5.00-inch
Processor: 1.3GHz
Rear Camera: 8-megapixel
Front Camera: 3.2-megapixel
Resolution: 540×960 pixels
RAM: 1GB
OS: Android 4.4
Storage: 8GB
Battery capacity: 4000mAh

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