Asus ZenFone 3 Max India Launch Expected Today

Asus ZenFone 3 Max India Launch Expected TodayAsus is hosting an event in New Delhi on Wednesday, where the company is anticipated to launch the ZenFone 3 Max in the country. To recall, Asus had launched the other smartphones in the new ZenFone 3 series in India back in August – the ZenFone 3 Max is the only one remaining. The event is set to begin at 2pm IST.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max is expected to be launched in two variants in India, the 5.2-inch display version (ZC520TL) with a MediaTek processor, and the 5.5-inch display version (ZC553KL) with a Qualcomm processor. For now, price and availability details in India are not known.

The highlight of the ZenFone 3 Max is its large 4100mAh battery, which is present in both variants of the smartphone. The battery also helps the smartphone double up as a power bank. On the 5.5-inch variant, the battery is rated to deliver up to 38 days of 4G standby time, and up to 17 hours of 3G talk time, while the 5.2-inch variant will see the same battery deliver up to 30 days of 4G standby time, and 20 hours of 3G talk time.

Getting to the specifications, let’s start with the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL). The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI 3.0 skin on top, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. As far as the cameras are concerned, the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) packs a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.

It bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) measures 151.4×76.24×8.3mm and weighs 175.00 grams. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.

As for the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL), the smartphone has similar specifications in most cases. A dual-SIM smartphone with the same version of Android, the smartphone bears a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It sports 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, and 4G. It comes with accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 149.5×73.7×8.55mm and weighs 148 grams.

OnePlus 3T Launch Set for November 15

OnePlus 3T Launch Set for November 15OnePlus was rumoured to be working on a refined variant of the OnePlus 3, and was expected to launch it on November 14. Following Qualcomm’s revelation that OnePlus will be launching a Snapdragon 821-based product soon, OnePlus has officially announced that it is launching a Snapdragon 821-based product on November 15 at 1pm EST (11.30pm IST), and the event will be live streamed from its official Facebook page.

While the company didn’t explicitly announce that it is calling the upgraded variant OnePlus 3T, it did leave hints in the teaser video released on its social media channels. Apart from the prominent ‘T’ logo, the video also confirms the arrival of Snapdragon 821 chipset in the new variant, with a maximum clock speed of 2.35GHz. Earlier, Qualcomm had also tweeted that OnePlus’ upcoming smartphone will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor.

The OnePlus 3T has been rumoured a lot in the past, and apart from the processor upgrade, the new variant will also have the latest Sony IMX398 sensor onboard. It is expected to run on Android 7.0 Nougat-based Oxygen OS, and sport an Optic AMOLED display.

The Snapdragon 821 processor is expected to be paired with 6GB of RAM. It may offer two storage options – 64GB and 128GB. The OnePlus 3T is pegged to pack a slightly larger 3300mAh battery as well. The smartphone is expected to be priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,100) – $80 more than the OnePlus 3, which is priced at Rs. 27,999 in India.

In any case, all the speculations will be put to rest on November 15, where OnePlus is expected to unveil the OnePlus 3T smartphone. Till then, treat all rumours with caution.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Launch Confirmed for October 25

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Launch Confirmed for October 25

  • The Mi Note 2 is one of the company’s most leaked smartphones this year
  • It is tipped to sport a dual edge display as well as dual rear camera set
  • The smartphone will be launched at an event in Beijing on Tuesday

Xiaomi on Friday confirmed it will be launching the Mi Note 2 flagship smartphone at a Beijing event on Tuesday, kicking off at 11:30am IST. The long rumoured phone has been leaked several times in the past few weeks, and, the company has now confirmed one of the biggest expectations – it will sport a curved or dual edge display.

In a tweet on Friday, Xiaomi said the Mi Note has been “curved to impress”. While this itself may leave some room for speculation, the company has very specifically added that the smartphone will feature “two-sided dual curves”. This all but confirms a dual edge curved display like the ones Samsung employs on the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge.

The Mi Note 2 launch confirmation by Xiaomi follows a major leak from earlier this week that tipped pricing and specifications, all in the form of leaked presentation slides. The leak also tipped another much-rumoured feature – the presence of a dual rear camera setup similar to the one launched with the Mi 5s Plus last month. Also tipped is an iris scanner.

The leaked presentation slides reveal two models will be launched – 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 27,800), and 6GB of RAM/ 128GB of storage at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 29,800).

Other leaked specifications include a 5.7-inch Super Amoled (1440×2560 pixels) display with pressure sensitive technology – similar to the Xiaomi Mi 5s. It is said to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 SoC, while the dual rear camera sensor is said to bear a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 sensor and a 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor. On the front is said to be an 8-megapixel sensor.

The Xiaomi Mi Note is also tipped to sport a 4100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded under glass, as well as 4G VoLTE , Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz) MU-MIMO, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C connectivity options. The smartphone is said to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, and support dual-SIM slots (Nano + Nano).


Solar Chargeable 6000mAh Power Bank With Water Proofing Launched

Solar Chargeable 6000mAh Power Bank With Water Proofing Launched at Rs. 799
It will be available via all popular e-commerce websites
It supports both solar and electricity charging
UIMI U3 Power Bank is water and dust proof
Delhi-based UIMI Technologies has unveiled its 6000mAh UIMI U3 Power Bank in India. Priced at Rs. 799, the new power bank is the company’s first ‘Make in India’ power bank and will be available via various e-commerce websites including Amazon India, Snapdeal, Flipkart, ShopClues, and Paytm among others. It will be available in Deep Sky Blue and Lime Green. The company is targeting the festive season with its all-new UIMI U3 Power Bank.

The biggest highlight of the new 6000mAh power bank is it supports solar charging apart from regular charging via AC power sockets. The power bank comes with a single input port and dual output USB port for charging 2 devices simultaneously. The device sports a 2.4 W LED panel light and is water and dust proof. The power bank features a rubber finish.

Commenting on the launch, Abhinaya Pratap Singh, Marketing Manager, Bingo Technologies Pvt Ltd, said, “The new U3 is designed to address the needs of the modern user. From a powerful 6000mAh li-on battery which helps charge your smartphone multiple times, to a LED torch light , water and dustproof features and a rubber finish design, the UIMI U3 is built for heavy duty use. Priced affordably, we are certain it will be a treat for our customers this Diwali.”
The new UIMI U3 Power Bank will be taking on the likes of popular power banks from Xiaomi India, OnePlus, and Asus among others.

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro ‘World’s First Tango Smartphone’ Now Set to Launch in November

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro 'World's First Tango Smartphone' Now Set to Launch in NovemberThe first Tango smartphone in the world was made by Lenovo, and was due to launch in September. That didn’t happen, and Lenovo quietly delayed the release “to this fall”. Now, a Google representative has confirmed that the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is coming to markets next month.

For those unaware, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World event in June this year. The smartphone has been made in collaboration with Google, and is the first smartphone that uses AR and VR to sense and map surroundings. The smartphone will make “AR and VR as pervasive as the GPS”, and will be intelligent enough to understand the size of the room you’re in, and even sense the presence of people in it. Project Tango (now renamed as just ‘Tango’) is expected to transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.

During the launch, the company claimed that the smartphone would hit the market in September, but that didn’t happen, and Lenovo quietly pushed the release to fall. Now, Clay Bavor, head of VR at Google, has told CNET that the phone will go on sale this November.

Around the same time Google’s two Pixel smartphones will hit the market as well. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro’s abilities are based on machine vision, with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. This can enable augmented reality applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming. With depth sensing, it can be used for gesture tracking in virtual reality as well.
And for all of this to work, Lenovo has introduced four cameras inside the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. It bears an 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. The smartphone is huge with a 6.4-inch QHD display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor paired with a 4GB of RAM.

It is expected to be priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,300) on launch. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro also packs a 4050mAh battery and promises 15 hours of battery life.

Moto Z India Launch Set for Today

Moto Z India Launch Set for TodayLenovo is all set to launch the Moto Z modular smartphone in India today. The New Delhi launch event starts at 11:30am IST. To recall, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force were unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 event in June. The most affordable variant, the Moto Z Play, was announced at IFA 2016.

While the company’s latest invite for the event does indicate only the Moto Z will be launched in the country on Tuesday, it’s possible the company may also announced the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z Play as well, which are both part of the modular Moto Z series. We’ll have to wait and see.

All three smartphones run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and connect to Moto Mods (seen below) via the 16-dot connector setup on the rear panels. At launch, Lenovo had unveiled the JBL SoundBoost, the Moto Insta-Share Projector, and the Power Pack. Style Shells were also announced, with finishes like real wood, leather, and fabric. Later, at IFA, Lenovo also announced the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod.

All three smartphones also sport a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and also bear a USB Type-C port. While the Moto Z and Moto Z Force also do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack (and ship with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter), the Moto Z Play retains it.
The Moto Z is being called the thinnest premium smartphone in the world, at 5.2mm, and is said to be ultra light as well. It features a 5.5-inch QHD Amoled display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and laser autofocus, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a front flash. The Moto Z also sports a water-repellent coating. The company says the smartphone’s 2600mAh battery can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life, with TurboPower charging to give 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.

The Moto Z Force, like the Moto X Force, comes with Moto ShatterShield technology for its display, which the company says will not crack or shatter. It is nearly identical to the Moto Z otherwise, except for the the larger 3500mAh battery, which is rated to provide up to 40 hours of battery life. With TurboPower charging, it is said to provide 15 hours of battery life in just a 15-minute charge. It also bears a 21-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and laser autofocus.

The Moto Z Play features a 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled screen, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also has a 3510mAh battery, a 16-megapixel primary camera, and a 5-megapixel secondary camera.

Moto Z Family and Moto G4 to Receive Android 7.0 Nougat Update in Q4 2016

Moto Z Family and Moto G4 to Receive Android 7.0 Nougat Update in Q4 2016Almost all of the Nexus devices have already received the newly launched Android 7.0 Nougat by now. While the non-Nexus devices are still waiting for the Android 7.0 Nougat rollout, Lenovo has plans to release the update to its Moto devices as early as the Q4. Lenovo has confirmed that customers can “expect to see Android N on the Moto Z family and Moto G4 beginning in Q4.”

DroidLife cites a Motorola spokesperson for the rollout timeline. Thus, users of the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and the recently launched Moto Z Play can expect to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update sometime in the next quarter. While the spokesperson only mentioned the Moto G4, we can expect the Moto G4 Play and the Moto G4 Plus to receive the update in roughly the same timeline as yet.

You should keep checking your Moto phone’s notifications to see if there is an OTA update. Meanwhile, you can also head to the Motorola’s software update page to know about the upgrade for your phone.
To note, the Moto Z family has yet not hit Indian shelves, and Lenovo has announced to launch it on October 4 in India. There is no clarity yet which Moto Z smartphone company is planning to launch – the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, or the Moto Z Play – or possibly all of the them.

Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Introduces Loyalty Card Programme

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Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Introduces Loyalty Card Programme
  • There are 3 loyalty cards each valid for 1 year
  • The denominations are Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 2,000 respectively
  • Users will also receive Freedom 251 units as free gifts under it

Noida-based Ringing Bells that introduced the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 on Tuesday launched a loyalty card programme for its products on its first anniversary.

With silver, gold and platinum loyalty cards, customers will get discounts on purchase of every Ringing Bells product, along with a Freedom 251 smartphone as free gift.

“The loyalty cards will be valid for one year and customers will get 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent discount on buying Ringing Bells products with cards on denomination of Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000, and Rs. 2,000,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The silver and gold cards are entitled to one free unit of Freedom 251 and the platinum card is entitled to two free units of Freedom 251,” the company added.

The booking for the loyalty cards will begin on its website from Thursday.

In the meanwhile, yet another unknown company has come forth to announce the launch of a budget smartphone at an incredible price – Rs. 501. Called the ChampOne C1, the smartphone actually features a price of Rs. 7,999, but the Jodhpur-based firm behind the device is selling it at Rs. 501 in its first flash sale on Friday. The smartphone’s highlight feature at the price is the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor.

The ChampOne C1 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports dual-SIM. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage. Optics include an 8-megapixel back camera, and a 5-megapixel front snapper. There’s a 2500mAh battery packed inside, and connectivity options include 4G LTE support. It will be made available in White, Silver, and Gold colour options.

Bragi Says It Has a ‘Big Announcement’ to Make Next Week in Cupertino; Apple Deal Expected

Bragi Says It Has a 'Big Announcement' to Make Next Week in Cupertino; Apple Deal Expected

  • Bragi is best known for its Dash wireless earbuds
  • An Apple-Bragi deal may be announced on Monday
  • Apple is anticipated to launch wireless earbuds as well

It’s official – Apple has started sending invites for its September 7 event in San Francisco where it is highly-anticipated to launch the next iPhone models. Recent speculation also points to the unveiling of the Apple Watch successor alongside. Now though, German audio firmBragi has revealed it has a major announcement to make next week, from Cupertino.

To recall, Bragi burst into the tech scene last year with the launch of its Dash wireless earbuds. With the location for the announcement the same city as Apple’s headquarters, and with Apple anticipated to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack on its next iPhone models, speculation is rife that Apple has bought the German startup for its wireless earbud technology that it will use for its own offering; that Apple partnered with Bragi for the same purpose, or, that Bragi will announce iPhone-centric wireless earbuds.

Until the announcement on Monday however, all we have is the speculation. Bragi CEO Nikolaj revealed the upcoming announcement in a Facebook post this week, saying, “I have a BIG announcement on Monday September 5th at 10AM Cupertino / 7pm Munich time. Tune in on our Facebook page for the live announcement.”

Apple is rumoured to be doing away with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone models for three reasons – the removal will help make the phone much slimmer; the removal will help ensure the smartphone is more water resistant (with fewer, easier-to-protect ports), and to provide better audio quality to users via the Lightning port. Another advantage would be with active noise cancellation headsets, which can now be powered by the smartphone itself via the Lightning port, instead of bearing their own power source.

The Cupertino-based company is separately rumoured to either include a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapterin the box, or bundle Lightning-power EarPods instead. The removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack may see the addition of dual-speaker grilles as well.


Cyanogen OS thirteen.1 With Mod assist begins Rolling Out to OnePlus One

Cyanogen OS 13.1 has begun rolling out to eligible devices, starting with the OnePlus One. maximum significantly, the replace brings guide for the Mod platform that Cyanogen had brought lower back in February. The update is rolling out slowly throughout the globe, but we’ve got already acquired it on our OnePlus One in India.

Cyanogen OS 13.1 With Mod Support Starts Rolling Out to OnePlus One

To don’t forget, Cyanogen’s Mod platform is meant to enable deep integration of apps and services into Android, making them nearly ‘native experiences’. this system is open to builders, as well as hardware partners who need to make their devices ‘Mod geared up’.

At launch with Cyanogen OS 13.1, Microsoft’s apps and services dominate the Mods to be had, further extending the partnership the 2 organizations entered into ultimate year. The update weighs in at 396.3MB, and bears construct wide variety 13.1-ZNH2KAS1KN. it’s based totally on Android Marshmallow.

Cortana changed into added to Cyanogen OS 12.1.1 earlier this yr, and it has received an improve to Mod status with Cyanogen OS 13.1. users can now inform Cortana to take a selfie, and it has additionally been extended to the lock screen (as a Lock display screen Mod, which desires to be enabled separately) – users can now awaken their device, swipe left, and engage with the voice-primarily based virtual assistant. As before, Cortana capability for Cyanogen OS (and different Android platforms) is presently only available within the US.

As we noted, for the sake of privateness and safety, Lock screen Mods want to be enabled separately from Settings > Lock display > Lock screen Mods. The Static Wallpaper choice is chosen as default, basically your lock screen wallpaper, and customers can pick out from other Mods already installed, including going on on Twitter – which indicates famous tweets from money owed you follow.


different new mods, which do now not need to be enabled, include the Skype Mod for the dialler. users can now locate all their Skype contacts and call history inside the present day dialler, and location a Skype voice or video name from there, apart from buying Skype credit. users can also improve to a video call right from a voice name by way of pressing a button.


The OneNote Mod is to be had within the telephone and email apps (now not available in all areas), and enables easily take notes whilst in a call or writing an email. it could additionally be pulled down at any time from quick Settings.

The Microsoft Hyperlapse Mod has been added to the digicam app, letting customers shoot stabilised time-lapse movies, or convert any video in their Gallery app into a time-lapse one.