Xiaomi Mi Max landing in India on June 30
The Xiaomi Mi Max, which sports a mammoth 6.44-inch display, will land in India in a couple of weeks from now - June 30 to be precise.
Cyanogen OS 13.1 update for OnePlus One
Cyanogen Inc. has started rolling out the Cyanogen OS 13.1 update to OnePlus One devices. The update includes support for mods, which are applications integrated into the operating system.
OnePlus 3 pre-launch auction: Here's how to participate
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus are auctioning the first five units of its flagship device OnePlus 3 in India on online marketplace Droom. This first-of-its-kind smartphone auction would give people a chance to bid and win OnePlus 3 smartphones even before it goes on sale on June 15.
Sirin Solarin: The world's 'most secure' smartphone, and one of the most expensive.
Sirin Labs, a startup that's amassed $72 million (£49m) in venture funding, has launched the Solarin, a luxury smartphone with an emphasis on "military-grade" security.
New and Upcoming Smartphones 2016: Nextbit Robin

Nextbit, the makers of the cloud-based smartphone Robin, has started sending media invites for a launch event on May 25 in India. To recall, the company earlier this month had announced that it received regulatory approval to sell Nextbit Robin smartphones in India.

Android Wear 2.0: All You Need to Know

Called just Android Wear 2.0 - and lacking the name convention that follows its smartphone parent - Google announced the changes coming to smartwatches and wearables in the new version at its developer conference, Google I/O 2016, on Wednesday night.

Moto G4 & G4 Plus - All you need to know
Goodbye Motorola, Hello Moto! The first two phones under the "Lenovo Moto" have been unveiled and they are the successors to the Moto G (3rd gen). Yes, successors, plural.
Leaks and Rumors - OnePlus 3
It’s now time for the OnePlus 3 to get the leaked press render treatment. This is once again happening courtesy of @evleaks, who has obtained the image you can see below, showing the OnePlus 3 in all its glory.
New and upcoming smartphones 2016: #4 - Meizu M3 Note
Meizu launched its m3 note smartphone in April. The smartphone has been launched in two variants, with the 2GB of RAM/ 16GB of inbuilt storage version and the 3GB of RAM/ 32GB storage version.
New and upcoming smartphones 2016: #3 - Moto G4 & G4 Plus
The Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus are just a few hours away from their official unveiling, but looks like there's no stopping the leaks related to the devices. Moto G4 series is set to launch in India today, and based on the press leaks we’ve seen so far, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are two versions of the smartphone that the company is expected to showcase, though we’ll have to see if both are launched in India today.
New and upcoming smartphones 2016: #1 - Yu Yunicorn
A couple of days ago YU started teasing its next smartphone, that was said to launch later this month. Well, it hasn't been long and its name has been revealed, along with the date of the official announcement.
New and upcoming smartphones 2016: #2 - Coolpad Note 3+

Coolpad Note 3+ was launched a few days back. The newest smartphone from Coolpad, it sports a 5.5” touchscreen display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution at 401 PPI.

Motorola rolls out Marshmallow update for Moto G3
Following the rollouts for the Moto X Style, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Play, and Moto X (2nd gen), Motorola has started pushing out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Moto G (3rd gen).
Xiaomi Mi Max announced, and it’s huge

Xiaomi just announced Mi Max, the company’s first phablet at an event in China. It has a 6.44-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by an Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650 or Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 SoCs, runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

How cheap can a good smartphone really be?

There’s a reason good smartphones are costly (well, not iPhone-costly) - with decent hardware, specifications and features comes a greater price, which is fair and understandable.Though smartphone companies are trying to bring the prices of their models down as competition gets more and more fierce, there is a limit beyond which the prices just cannot be dropped...

“BSNL to offer 20GB 3G data for Rs.50” – yet another hoax.
There were widespread reports that BSNL were to offer 20GB data for just Rs.50, and thanks to thousands of shares within minutes, it spread like wildfire. But as Digit reports, the story turns out to be yet another hoax that managed to fool anybody and prove once again that people would share anything and everything without checking the facts.
A bicycle with 4GB of RAM and lasers!
LeEco is one of a growing number of young Chinese companies vying for global attention, and one of its most fun (and extravagant) products is called Le Syvrac. Equal parts mountain bike and smartphone, this fiendish invention runs a version of Google's Android software on a 4-inch display nestled in between the handlebars. It's powered by a quad-core processor with 4GB of RAM, and also has laser pointers, a heart rate sensor, and a built-in speaker and camera. LeEco has built lasers into Le Syvrac, which beam out red lines on either side of the bike to give nearby car drivers an indication of the safe distance to keep away from the bicycle. It's all very techie in the best possible way, including the integrated alarm system and smartphone app compatibility that will let you offload your tracking data from LeEco's bike.
How long are iPhones actually built to last?

Having an iPhone is so much more than having a smartphone these days; it’s a statement, a symbol of ‘status’. We’ve seen people saving for years to buy their dream phone

New Launch: Videocon Krypton V50DA and Krypton V50DC smartphones

Videocon has added to its product portfolio with two new launches- the Krypton V50DA and Krypton V50DC smartphones. The smartphones are priced at Rs 5,999 (Krypton V50DA) and Rs 6,099 (Krypton V50DC).

Videocon Krypton V50DA features and specifications:

  • 5-inch FWVGA display with 854x480 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6580 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded further up to 32GB using a microSD card
  • Dual sim functionality
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system
  • 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera for selfies
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
Prices of 4G smartphones expected to drop to as low as Rs.3,000 by year-end
Prices of 4G smartphones are likely to drop to as low as Rs 3,000 by the year end, making high-speed broadband accessible to more consumers on their handsets and providing the backdrop for the next battle among India's biggest telecom operators. The rapid reduction in handset prices is being accompanied by speedy 4G rollouts by market leader Bharti AirtelBSE 0.64 %, followed by rivals Vodafone India and Idea CellularBSE 1.15 %, in anticipation of a commercial launch of similar services by Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm. Little-known Chinese handset player Phicomm, this week, became the first handset maker to offer a 4G smartphone for Rs 3,999, including discounts. And that could be bettered shortly, with Micromax Informatics, India's No. 2 smartphone brand, saying it will launch entry-level 4G phones over the next few months. "Last year this time, cheapest 4G smartphone was available for $120 (Rs 8,000), within a year it's down to around $55 (Rs 3,650)," said Tarun Pathak, senior analyst at Counterpoint "Prices can drop to $40 (Rs 2,700) by end of 2016."
Custom Live Cases for Nexus Smartphones launched
Google on Thursday introduced custom Live Cases for Nexus smartphones. From now on, LG Google Nexus 5X, Motorola Google Nexus 6, and Huawei Google Nexus 6P users can customise their own cases via the Google Store. The custom Live case has been priced at $35 (approximately Rs. 2,300). Google Store will offer users various personalisation options to users for phone cases to either choose a favourite photo or a special place marked on Google Maps. The company has classified the new custom Live Cases in two categories - Photo Live Case, which can include an image, and Places Live Case, which will include a specific place on Google Maps. Users can also download the Live Case app to turn the home screen into a personal slideshow of photos or to extend the Maps design to the screen. For Places Live Cases, users can also opt to offer live wallpapers of a map showing users whereabouts as they go.
You won't believe what Xiaomi's latest product is- An Optimus Prime!
Soon after the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the Mi 5 in India, Xiaomi has launched the Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 toy that turns into a Transformer-like robot. Cool right? Xiaomi has collaborated with Hasbro, a US-based toy and board game company and launched the toy as a crowdfunding project. . The Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 features Lego-like pieces that one can detach from the assembly. "There's more to Mi than meets the eye. Teamed up w/ Hasbro for Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 that turns into a Transformer," tweeted the company with images on Tuesday. There’s...
Xiaomi Mi4i @9,499/- on ValueCart.in | Pre-booking open
Pre-bookings for the #HotterThanApril sales have begun on ValueCart.in and first in line is the compact and massively popular Xiaomi Mi4i. The unboxed 16 GB variant of the device will be available and would cost Rs.9,599/- . Pre-bookings close on April 11 and sales are set to begin from April 12. Customers can register at http://www.valuecart.in/pages/xiaomi-mi4i-prebooking to avail the extra discount and also get updates leading up to the sale. The sale will be unlocked once 500 pre-bookings are received. Like all the other products sold on ValueCart.in, the devices will go through ValueCart’s exclusive quality checks to ensure the quality, value...
All you need to know about the 'selfie-expert' Oppo F1 Plus
Oppo launched its F1 Plus smartphone for the Indian market today in an event held at New Delhi. The F1 Plus, which comes as an improved version of the current F1 smartphone, features several upgrades over its predecessor. The event also saw Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh being announced as the company’s first sports ambassador. The all-new F1 Plus is an international variant of the company's R9 smartphone, which was launched in China last month. Here are some of the key specs of the F1 Plus: Display: 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, Gorilla...
Google's next Android OS version might be months away from the release but a new screenshot may have offered the first look at the Marshmallow successor. Android's official Developer site now lists a screenshot for showing Day-Night theme in system setting. Notably, the page for turning-on/ off Bluetooth includes a hamburger setting on the top left which has been so far unavailable in any of Android OS versions - indicating that it may have offered the first look at the next version. The screenshot was first spotted by Android Police. The addition of hamburger...
Oneplus co-founder Carl Pei has revealed that the company might launch its third flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3, in the second quarter of this year. He said that OnePlus is very excited for the OnePlus 3, as it will have an all new design. According to Pei, the company wants to capture the customers' attention, like it did when it launched the OnePlus One. He also hinted that the company may drop the invitation system, at least in the US. "We are looking into traditional marketing methods," said Pei. OnePlus has launched three phones till now, including...
Although HTC did not launch its upcoming flagship, believed to be the HTC One M10, at MWC 2016, not wanting to be left behind, the company has tweeted a teaser for its HTC M10 smartphone. The image in the tweet made on Wednesday shows nothing more than the chamfered edges from one corner of the device along with the hashtag #powerof10. Looking at the image and the history of the 'One M' series, the smartphone in question is likely to feature a metal body. The release date of the HTC One M10 handset remains a mystery. ... Read more →
As I saw my friend walking towards me happily, I had no clue why he was smirking. As soon as he reached near me, without even greeting me, he smugly handed me his new smartphone. I was astonished as to what would have made this pinchpenny spend a fortune on something that “he would rather die than spend so much money on”. While I was silently looking at the phone, obviously in envy, he broke the silence. “It has 3 GB RAM, full HD screen, dual-sim support and the camera is pretty awesome. And dude,... Read more →
Xiaomi officially announced the Mi 5, its latest flagship device, at events in Beijing and Barcelona. The Mi 5 follows the Mi 4 launched 18 months ago. It is a 5.15-inch smartphone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a 3,000mAh battery, and what Xiaomi is calling a "3D ceramic" body. It has a similar design language to last year's Mi Note and comes with a metal frame, front and rear glass panels, and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. The Mi 5's camera is a 16-megapixel unit with four-axis...
Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled the new Mi 4S smartphone at an event in Beijing, China. The Xiaomi Mi 4S will go on sale in homeland China starting March 1 and has been priced at CNY 1699 (approximately Rs. 18,000). It will be available in Black, Gold, Purple, and White colours. The Xiaomi Mi 4S packs fingerprint scanner at the back panel and runs MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 5-inch (1080x1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display and offers a pixel density of 441ppi. It is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 paired with...
This week at Mobile World Congress 2016, Sony has introduced their new high-end Xperia X series smartphones. The new smartphones feature similar designs across the entire series and all sport 5” displays, but each is based on a different SoC and offers slightly different functionality. The new Sony Xperia X lineup consists of three models — the Xperia XA, the Xperia X and the Xperia X Performance — which are aimed at the entry-level, mid-range, and (quasi) high-end markets respectively. In keeping with a consistent family, all three smartphones look very similar and have a lot in...
Chinese phone maker Oppo has announced world’s fastest charging technology that can charge your smartphone from zero to 100 percent in flat 15 minutes. Unveiling the technology at Mobile World Congress here on Tuesday, Oppo said that its its new “SuperVOOC” quick-charging technology will charge a dead 2,500mAh battery to 100 percent and the technology will work over traditional micro-USB and USB Type-C cables, Engadget reported. The technology uses a low-voltage algorithm to keep the charge at low temperatures. According to the company, only five minutes’ charging time will give up to 10 hours of talk time....
A new app developed by U.S. scientists can turn your smartphone into an earthquake sensor and potentially save lives.Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Deutsche Telekom AG have built an app that uses a smartphone's motion sensor to feel earthquakes. The app, called MyShake, records the time and amplitude of a tremor and sends its data and the phone's location to Berkeley's seismological lab for analysis.The more people use the app, the better the system will work. The goal is to create a global seismic network -- a collective seismograph if you will --...
Domestic handset maker Ringing Bells will launch India's most affordable smartphone 'Freedom 251' priced at under Rs 500 later this week, a move that is set to disrupt the booming handset market in the country. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar will launch the smartphone 'Freedom 251' on February 17. The Ringing Bells ‘Freedom 251’ launch is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for “empowering India to the last person, transforming India’s growth story”, the Noida-based company said. “The phone will be popularly priced at under Rs 500… this event and launch stands as a true...
Lenovo will be launching a new smartphone at the upcoming MWC 2016 trade show, according to a recently posted teaser by the company. The Chinese giant teased the handset in an image via its Twitter account last week. "A gorgeous new device has been engineered from scratch to deliver the #Knockout punch. Brace yourselves," tweeted Lenovo India along with an image captioned "Coming Soon. MWC'2016". The teaser image shows the upper half of the handset's back panel, appearing similar to the Lenovo Lemon 3 smartphone - tipping the global launch of the China-only phone at the...
The Motorola Moto X Force (sold as the Droid Turbo 2 in the US), which is claimed to be the first smartphone in the world to come with a shatterproof display, will be launched in India on February 1 - today. The announcement was made by the company in a tweet yesterday. The event is set for 3PM (IST) today. The launch comes nearly a couple of weeks after Motorola India started teasing the phone on Twitter. There is currently no official information on its India price though. DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT: It measures 3.07... Read more →
The Snapdragon 820 chipset has been in the news for quite some time and at CES 2016, we saw the launch of the Letv Le Max Pro, the first smartphone running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. So here is a list of all the smartphones that we expect will be powered by Qualcomms Snapdragon 820 SoC. Some of these devices have been rumoured for a while and others we think will house the SoC to be the next flagship in their respective line-up. 1. OnePlus 3 OnePlus has been rather quiet after the launch of the OnePlus X...
All Moto smartphones that will be launched this year will come with a fingerprint scanner, Lenovo has confirmed. While fingerprint scanners have become a hygienic feature in most mid-end and flagship smartphones, Mototola had refrained from using them in its portfolio. The revelation was made by Chen Xudong, SVP of Lenovo and president for Lenovo China and Asia Pacific. According to reports, Motorola had failed to find an adequate supplier for fingerprint sensors. It’s worth pointing out here that Motorola was one of the first ones to embrace the technology with its Atrix 4G back in 2011. ...
Earlier this month Lenovo launched the vibe K4 Note and today on Lenovo has launched a phablet called the A7000 Turbo priced at Rs 10,999 that will go on sale via offline channels and Lenovo’s online store from today. The Lenovo A7000 Turbo is effectively the same as K3 Note, but priced Rs 1,000 extra. In addition, unlike the Lenovo K3 Note, the Lenovo A7000 Turbo will be available offline. Except for the price tag, both the phablets are very much alike. Lenovo A7000 Turbo specifications and features: 5.5 inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with One Glass... Read more →
Longer battery life is something every smartphone user craves. Whether you're stuck in the middle of nowhere or your phone battery has been slowly getting too short, there is a range of ways to ensure that your phone lasts a little bit longer. Here are a few tweaks to add hours to your battery life. Airplane mode Airplane mode will stop the phone connecting to the internet, which is perhaps an obvious way of keeping the battery going longer. That’s extra important when signal is either non-existent or patchy. If the phone can’t connect, it’ll keep trying...
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 may finally address an issue that iPhone users have been clamoring about for years – mediocre battery life. According to a new report from the Chinese-language website MyDrivers, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus model may feature a 3100 mAh battery, a marked increase from the company’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models which come with 1715 mAh and 2750 mAh batteries, respectively. On another front, the report adds that the iPhone 7 Plus may be available with a 256GB storage option. Notably, the report doesn’t address whether or not Apple’s lineup of next-gen... Read more →
Google Now is partly a portal to the main Google search engine, so you can ask the digital assistant anything that you would query Google for: the height of the Eiffel Tower, what six inches is in centimeters or even what’s on your agenda. But the app also integrates with specific features on your phone—here are 9 commands you can use with your mobile. 1. Turn wifi and Bluetooth on or off Google Now can toggle some of the key settings on your phone, including wifi and Bluetooth. If you say “turn wifi off” or “turn wifi on” then...
Letv, the Chinese smartphone brand is expected to launch its smartphones in India on January 5. The company had entered smartphone manufacturing just half a year ago. Letv’s smartphone portfolio includes devices like Le 1, Le 1s, Le 1 Pro, Le Max and Le Max Sapphire Edition. Letv also manufactures televisions and other peripherals like routers and audio devices. Like many other Chinese smartphone vendors, Letv also claims its smartphones to be flagship killers. Letv smartphones run EUI based on Android Lollipop. Letv’s smartphones have been about bezelless design and extensive detailsof metal. Letv also makes internet connected devices,...
The Xiaomi Mi5 has been leaked, again. According to leaked renders from China, unofficial renders of the design, which are apparently based on the real device. The images show a thin strip like home button, which is supposedly the fingerprint scanner. Reports have said that the Mi5 will sport the fastest and the smallest fingerprint sensor in the world. In addition, the images also show 2.5D glass on top, while the back will reportedly have 3G glass. There will also be an USB-Type C port on the smartphone. When it will be launched though is still unclear.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has hinted that the company could launch a second Android phone in 2016. While he said that the focus would be more towards the high-end, he didn't exactly rule out the possibility of the device being a mid-ranger. According to Chen, BlackBerry is still on the line whether to actually manufacture and launch this new non-premium handset. Apparently, the existence of this second Android powered BlackBerry device is highly dependent on whether the company's first Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, will turn out to be a success or not. In the interview,...
Revolutionary 'Transparent metal' displays could reduce smartphone prices
A new type of metal has been developed by researchers in the US that’s both highly transparent and electrically conductive, and at less than 5 percent the cost of current displays, it could see far cheaper smartphones in our pockets and enormous 'smart windows' in our homes. The problem with current displays is that they’re based on indium tin oxide (ITO), with more than 90 percent of the display market being wholly dependent on this material. And it’s by no means cheap, with the cost of ITO has jumped all over the place over the past decade....
Once again, Apple's annual renewal of the iPhone pretty well outperformed all rivals inside 2015, even in the few short months since its launch in the tail-end of the year. By all accounts, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are two fantastic devices and are proving very popular with smartphone fans across the world. The successor may be another 12 months away, but because of the way Apple (and indeed, the entire smartphone industry) works, you can bet your bottom dollar that it is already well underway in its development of the iPhone 7. And, while Apple likes...
The new K10000 smartphone from Chinese tech company Oukitel, crams in a gigantic 10,000 mAh (milliampere-hour) battery that's billed to last between 10 and 15 days in regular use. Compared to the ho-hum daily/nightly charge routine most of us are used to with our current phones, the K10000's sensational longevity gives it quite the unique selling point. But just how big is a 10,000 mAh battery anyway? Oukitel claims its smartphone could charge the iPhone 6s Plus three times over and still have 10 percent juice left in the tank. Although it sports a massive battery, the K10000 actually...
Ahead of its scheduled launch event today, Micromax's Yu Televentures has confirmed that the much-anticipated Yutopia smartphone will be accompanied by another device. The company tweeted, "The beast just got a company to make things more interesting. Get ready to find out soon." The tweet was accompanied by an image showing two devices, which was captioned "Beast Is Not Coming Alone." But there’s no hint as of now to what the second device is due to launch on Thursday. In another teaser, Yu also hin
Meizu may be working on a compact alternative to its 5.5-inch m1 metal, judging by an entry into the GFXBench database. Sadly though, the metal mini won't be packing the same punch as its big-screened brother. The Meizu M57AC Blue Charm Metal, as it's called in the benchmark result, is in fact the name of the proper Meizu m1 metal, and if it wasn't for the different chipset, it’s not very different. This apparently new device comes with a Mediatek MT6753 chip, while the large model enjoys the more powerful Helio X10 (MT6795).