Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Finally XIAOMI in "OFFLINE" Market

While all of Xiaomi’s smartphones are sold online, the company is reportedly getting ready to unveil a new smartphone called Redmi 3s Plus, which will be the first offline-only retail smartphone.
First reported by Gadgets 360, the smartphone is expected to be identical to the Redmi 3s Prime in terms of design. However, it will have 2GB of RAM, compared to 3GB on the Redmi 3s Prime. The smartphone will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS out-of-the-box and could retail at Rs 8,799.
The report also states that retailers across India have already started getting the Redmi 3S Plus units and the sale is expected to commence from Saturday,October 1. There's no official word about Xiaomi’s plans to launch an offline-only smartphone, however, the announcement could be made after October 1.
The Redmi 3s Plus is expected to flaunt a 5-inch HD (720p) display, just like the Redmi 3s and Redmi 3s Prime. At the heart of the smartphone, Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor (eight Cortex A53 cores) paired with Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM is expected.
In the camera department, a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie camera is expected. While the Redmi 3s Prime is equipped with 4,100mAh battery, there is no word on the battery capacity of the Redmi 3s Plus.
The Xiaomi smartphone is also expected to come with a fingerprint scanner at the back for biometric authentication. 4G LTE and VoLTE voice calling support could also be expected on the smartphone.


Xiaomi ROIDMI 

It looks like Xiaomi is working on another new and innovative product called the Roidmi which combines an FM transmitter and car charger into one and adds Bluetooth connectivity.The Roidmi features a simple design made from stainless steel and two USB posts for charging that light up with blue LEDs.
The charging ports are powered by AnaNaviTek Paragon Technology high-performance DC-DC main chip that features an input voltage of 12/24V and gives the two USB charging ports a combined output of up to 5V@3.1A (15.5W) or a single-port output of up to 2.1A.
The ports also feature intelligent recognition making it compatible with both Apple and Android devices. To make charging devices with the Roidmi secure, Xiaomi has included a total of eight different safety features including short circuit protection, overcurrent protection, and more.

As for the Roidmi’s FM transmitter and Bluetooth functions, users can connect to the Roidmi via Bluetooth and use the downloadable app to adjust its FM transmitter frequency from 87.5-108MHz.
Once the car stereo system and the FM transmitter are synced, the user can then open their phone’s music app and start playing music through the Roidmi.
This design eliminates the need for a wire to connect your phone to the FM transmitter and removes the need for Xiaomi to add a display and controls to the Roidmi because of the app.
The Roidmi is expected to be officially released sometime in October at a surprisingly low price rag of only 59 Yuan.
Source : CNBeta (translated)

Finally NOKIA Plans to back in Market With Model number "D1C"

A Nokia smartphone with the model number D1C has appeared on the Geekbench benchmark site. Not much is known about the device except that it is powered by the Snapdragon 430 SoC featuring an octa-core 1.4GHz CPU, and the Adreno 505 GPU.
3GB of RAM is inside and Android 7.0 is pre-installed on what appears to be a low to mid-range model.
When the deal between Microsoft and Nokia closed in April 2014 sending Nokia Devices and Services to Redmond for more than $7 billion, a non-compete clause prevented Nokia from using its name on a newphone until today. Today happens to mark the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016.
We could see three to four new Android phones or tablets from Nokia during the current three month period that ends in December. Two of the handsets are rumored to be powered by the high-end Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The phone spotted on Geekbench is a little more downscale than those two rumored models. With the Snapdragon 430 chipset inside, the Nokia D1C was run through Geekbench five times. The highest single-core score was 682 (twice) while the highest multi-core score was 3229.

Lenovo India has launched Moto Z and Z Play

Lenovo India has launched Moto Z and Z Play, the company’s latest smartphones in the Moto Z series with support for Moto Mods.
Moto Z specifications:
*.5.5-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD AMOLEDCorning Gorilla Glass display, 535ppi
*.2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU
*.4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
*.Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
*.Dual SIM
*.13MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash, OIS, Laser Autofocus, 1.12um pixel, f/1.8 aperture
*.5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle lens
*.Fingerprint sensor
*.Dimensions: 153.3 × 75.3 × 5.19mm; Weight: 136g
*.Moto Mods connector, Water repellent nano-coating, USB-C port for headphones, charging and data
*.Front-ported loud speaker, 4-Mics
*.4G LTE (Cat 9), WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)with MIMO, NFC
*.2600mAh battery with Turbo charging
Moto Z Play specifications:
*.5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 403ppi
*.2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor withAdreno 506 GPU
*.3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
*.Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
*.Single Nano-SIM / Dual SIM
*.16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Laser Autofocus, PDAF, 1.3um pixel, f/2.0 aperture
*.5MP front-facing camera, Wide-Angle lens, LEDflash
*.Fingerprint sensor
*.Front-ported loudspeaker,3-microphones
*.Dimensions: 156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm; Weight: 165g
*.Moto Mods connector, Water repellent nano-coating, 3.5mm audio jack
*.4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz),Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, USB Type-C port
*.3510mAh battery with Turbo charging
The Moto Z is priced at Rs. 39,999. It will be available exclusively available from Amazon.in and Flipkart starting from midnight of 17th October 2016. Moto Mods will also be available for sale separately and as a bundle starting at Rs. 899.
The Moto Z Play comes in Black and White colorsand is priced at Rs. 24,999. It will be available exclusively available from Amazon.in and Flipkart starting from midnight of 17th October 2016.
Lenovo also launched several Mods for these smartphones that includes Wooden, Ballistic nylon and Leather style shells, Incipio offGRID Power Pack, JBL Soundboost speaker, Insta-share Projector and Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod. These will also be available as bundles with the Moto Z and Moto Z Play on Flipkart and Amazon.in from October 17th midnight.
Moto Insta-Share Projector:
*.Image size Up to 70″ diagonal projection in 16:9 ratio
*.Projector technology: DLP
*.Resolution: 854×480 WVGA (480p)
*.Dimensions: 153 x 74 x 11mm; Weight: 125g
*.Brightness: 50 lumens nominal, Contrast ratio 400:1, Throw ratio: 1.2
*.Lamp life rating 10,000 hours
*.Keystone correction -40o to 40o
*.Battery size: 1100mAh (Watch more before using your phone’s battery)
*.External charging: USB Type C
*.Audio output Speaker, Bluetooth or USB-C from Moto Z phone
*.Display Input: Moto Z phone
*.Wireless: Moto Z phone, cellular and wifi data
JBL SoundBoost:
*.2 x 3W speakers at 27mm diameter for stereo sound
*.Frequency response range: 200Hz – 20kHz; Loudness: 80dBSPL at 0.5m
*.Built-in kickstand
*.Dimensions: 152 x 73 x 13mm; Weight: 145g*.up to 10 hours of battery life using phone’s battery, 1000mAh built-in battery for additional 1 hour battery
*.External charging using USB Type-C
Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod specifications:
*.12MP BSI CMOS 1/2.3-inch sensor, 1.55 um pixel size
*.1080p Full HD at 30fps
*.Aperture: f3.5-6.5, Focal Length: 4.5-45 mm (25-250mm 35mm equivalent), Macro 5cm at 1x – 1.5m at 10x
*.2 microphones
*.Xenon Flash, Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off
*.Zoom: 10x Optical / 4x Digital
*.Dimensions 152.3 x 72.9 x 9.0 – 15.1 mm; Weight 145g
*.Image Stabilization Still: OIS; Video: EIS
*.ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
*.Capture Modes Photo, Panorama, Video, Professional
*.Focus Modes Manual Focus: select focus ROI Focus Lock
*.File format Still: JPG, DNG (RAW);Video: MPEG4
Incipio offGRID Power Pack:
*.2220mAh battery for 20 hours of extra battery life
*.Dimensions: 152.7 x 73.5 x 6.2mm; Weight: 79g
*.Charge rate to phone 4-6W, varies based on phone battery level
*.Charge rate from phone via wall charger 2.2A, 11W

Google has unveiled its Pixel/Pixel XL smartphones in the new ‘Pixel series’

Google has unveiled its Pixel/Pixel XL 

All you need to know about the Google event held at San Francisco last evening
Google has unveiled its Pixel/Pixel XL smartphones in the new ‘Pixel series’ at its event in San Fransico.
Google Pixel specifications:
*.5-inch (1920x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
*.2.15 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU
*.4GB LPDDR RAM, 32GB / 128GB internal storage
*.Android 7.1 (Nougat)
*.12.3MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX378 sensor, 1.55um pixel, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, LDAF
*.8MP front camera
*.Fingerprint sensor*.Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm; Weight: 143g
*.3 microphones, 3.5mm audio jack
*.4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C
*.2,770mAh battery
Google Pixel XL specifications:
*.5.5-inch (2560×1440 pixels) AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection
*.2.15 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU
*.4GB RAM, 32GB / 128GB internal storage
*.Android 7.1 (Nougat)
*.Fngerprint sensor
*.12.3MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX378 sensor, 1.55umpixel, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, LDAF
*.8MP front camera
*.3 microphones, 3.5mm audio jack
*.Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm; Weight: 168g
*.4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C
*.3450mAh battery
The Google Pixel comes in Quite Black, Very Silver and limited edition U.S. only Really Blue colors and starts at $649 (Rs. 43,190 approx.) for 32GB and $749 (Rs. 49,900 approx.) for the 128GB version whereas Pixel XL is priced at $769 (Rs. 51,240 approx.) for the 32GB version, while the 128GB version costs $869 (Rs. 57,880 approx.) .
Both phones will be available for pre-order in the US, Australia, Canada and Germany starting today. It will be available for pre-order in India on Flipkart online on October 13th starting at Rs.57,000. It will also be available from Reliance Digital, Croma and other stores offline.
Daydream View:
Google has officially announced Daydream View VR headset . The VR headset is compatible with Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The Daydream platform was announced in May at I/O conference.
The Daydream View VR headset is powered by Android 7.0 Nougat. It is made out of soft micro fiber and Google says it had worked with clothing designers for the design. It is 30% lighter than similar devices and is designed to fit over eyeglasses.
The VR headset is soft and lightweight. Google has already partnered with Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel for readying smartphones with Daydream. In addition, the company will teamup with over 50 partners for apps and games later this year.The phone and headset have an auto-alignment system.
The VR headset comes with the Daydream controller and it slides right inside the headset when not in use. It supports apps like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies and Google Photos.The Daydream View VR headset along with the controller is priced at $69 and will be available starting November. It will come in three colors – slate, snow and crimson.
Google WiFi Home Router:
Google has introduced Google WiFi home router. Google WiFi is an expandable system that lets you add Google WiFi points in a large room thanks to the mesh WiFi technology.
Thanks to mesh WiFi technology, each Google WiFi point creates a high-powered connection and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data. This results in fast WiFi everywhere in the house and not just right next to the router.Google says the Google WiFi, built on the strengths of OnHub that was launched last year.
Google Wifi comes with Network Assist technology that works in the background and automatically places you on the clearest channel and optimal Wi-Fi band for your device.
And as you roam around your house, Network Assist will seamlessly transition your device between the Google WiFi system points in real time, so you avoid dead spots or delays.Moving on, Google WiFi works with a companion app that is available on Android or iOS.
The app lets you pause WiFi on kids’ devices and shows you which devices are connected and how much bandwidth they are using and lets you prioritize devices within your network.
Google Wifi will be available for pre-order in the U.S. in November. It will retail for $129 for a single pack, and $299 for a three-pack at the Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Google Assistant:
Google has officially announced Google home voice activated device that comes with Google Assistant. The device was introduced at Google I/O conference earlier in May.
Google Home lets you enjoy music, manage everyday tasks and ask Google questions via voice commands. You can use “Ok Google” command to play music using Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and YouTube Music.
If you just want to stream audio directly from your phone, you can cast music to Google Home from 100+ Chromecast-enabled apps on your Android or iOS device. The built in search feature on Google Home learns from your habitsand patterns and knows you overtime.
Moving on it offers real-time answers to things from an array of domains like cooking, news, sports and even basic day-to-day tasks like knowing the weather, stock markets and so on. Google Home lets you control devices around thehouse such as Chromecast and support apps like Netflix ,
Google Photos and so on.Similar to Google’s OnHub router, it is also quite customizable thanks to the modular base that can be set to match your room’s decor. Google Home will be available in stores starting in November or you can pre-order yours for $129 from the Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
Google Chromecast Ultra:
Google has officially announced the Chromecast Ultra, the first Chromecast device with support for 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. It is also faster than the earlier Chromecasts and has better dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac support.
Google says that it is the fastest Chromecast yet.You can stream 4K content from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu. Google Play Movies & TV will be getting 4K content later this year says Google and also says Chromecast Ultra automatically optimizes your TV’s picture even if your TV isn’t 4K-ready.
Other features are similar to earlier Chromecast devices including, casting content from apps using your phone, tablet or laptop, mirroring content from Android device or from a browser tab on your laptop (using Chrome) to the TV and more.
Google Chromecast Ultra Specifications:
*.Up to 4K Ultra HD resolution
*.Connectors: HDMI, Micro-USB, Ethernet
*.Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) 1×2 SIMO
*.Power adaptor with Ethernet port
Google Chromecast Ultra will be available in November for $69 (Rs. 4595 approx.) from the BestBuy, Google Store, Target, and Walmart in the U.S., as well as from international retailers in 15 more countries.

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2

Xiaomi, the Chinese brand, is now offering a connected indoor air purifier Wouldn’t it be great if you could switch on your home air purifier before you get back in the evening? Xiaomi’s first smarthome product in India, the Mi Air Purifier 2, allows the user to do just that—connect with your home Wi-Fi and monitor as well as control functions from anywhere (the Mi Home app; free for Android and iOS).

  • The Mi Air Purifier 2 has a high 310m3/h CADR (clean air delivery rate). After 30 minutes of running in a 32.5 sq. m living room, the air quality improved from an unhealthy 123g/m3 of particulate matter (PM), to a much healthier 21 g/m3 PM. In a smaller 19 sq. m room, the air quality improved within 30 minutes, from 91g/m3 to 11g/m3. While cooking, the indoor air quality becomes really bad—our air quality monitor (Forbix Semicon; aroundRs.7,000 on Amazon.in) registered 370 g/m3, and the Mi Air Purifier 2 improved that to just 36μg/m3 in a mere 22 minutes.
Excellent air purification capabilities, well thought-out features and smart connectivity options, the Mi Air Purifier 2 offers all this—though what stands out most perhaps is the price.
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2: Rs 9,999