Gionee launches Marathon M5 Plus with massive 5020 mAh battery for ₹26,999

 

 

Gionee Mobile’s Marathon series has a new addition in the form of Marathon M5 Plus. It is priced at ₹26,999, and is available online exclusively through Flipkart and a host of physical retail outlets. The M5 Plus comes with a massive 5020 mAh battery that promises 21 hours of talk time and up to 619 hours of standby time.

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The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus has a 6″ wide AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass and is powered by a 1.2 Ghz octa core processor accompanied with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB in-built memory. The phone also comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera along with a fingerprint scanner. All standard connectivity options would be offered by the Marathon M5 Plus including 4G, and it will also come with VoLTE fast charging feature.

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The Marathon M5 Plus runs Amigo 3.1 OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and would be available in Champagne Gold and Polar Gold colour variants. Chinese smartphone maker, Gionee, had recently launched the entry-level smartphone P5 Mini for the price of $80 ( approx ₹ 5349). The Android 5.0 Lollipop based P5 Mini comes with a very attractive design and allows for cascaded functioning of apps. Gionee had also introduced its flagship S8 model at the MWC which came with u iq use 3D Touch sensitive screen.

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones launched for starting price of ₹13,499

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones have been launched at a gala event in New Delhi. Both the The Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus come with 5.5″ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Protection. The phones would be powered by Snapdragon 617 processor consisting of eight A-53 cores, and it would also be accompanied by an Adreno 505 GPU. The phones would also make use of Quick Charge 3.0 allowing fast charging capabilities.

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The Moto G4 will have a 13 megapixel rear camera while the G4 Plus will have the larger 16 mega-pixel rear camera. The front selfie camera will be 5 mega pixel with LED flash on both the phones. According to an image analysis company, DxOMark, the camera quality on the Moto G4 is touted to better the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The Moto G4 will pack in 2 GB of RAM with users having the option to go for two storage variants-8GB and 16 GB. A 32 GB storage variant with 3 GB RAM would also be made available. Both phones would run on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. A non-removable 3000 mAh battery will be attached to both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones.

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The phones would be available in India and Europe from June onwards.

iPhone 7 may come with a full metal unibody

 

Latest iPhone rumours seem to suggest that the iPhone 7 will have a metal unibody design. A radically different iPhone may not be in the offing, after all, as the iPhone 7 would incorporate most of existing design features. The only major difference would be with respect to how the antenna lines run at the back of the phone-running vertically from top to bottom as opposed to running sideways in a horizontal fashion. The iPhone 7 may also sport an additional hole between the camera module and the dual LED flash, albeit we don’t know yet as to what purpose it will serve.

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We had earlier reported that the existing camera lens on current iPhone models may give way to a dual camera system in the new iPhone 7. Further reports indicate that there would be no radical overhaul as far as the appearance of the camera is concerned-the camera module will jut out from the back in the usual fashion though experts had speculated that Apple would go in for a ‘flat’ camera. The most popular rumour doing the rounds has been as regards Apple dropping the 3.5 mm headphone jack, but there have been equal (if not more) number of reports suggesting that that they are here to stay.

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Apple has been under some pressure in the backdrop of falling sales of iPhones, so a great new iPhone will augur well for the company’s fortunes. Unfortunately we will have to wait until fall before getting to know the exact features and specifications of the new iPhone 7. Till then, I guess, we are just going to have to allow the rumours to float about!

Smartwatches might soon allow forearms to be used as display

 

 

One common complaint of most smartwatch users today is the diminutive screens that these tiny devices come with. Peering into the tiny screens and navigating your way through can get quite cumbersome. While this is definitely poses a major hindrance in smartwatch usage,a new technology that makes use of a projector will likely be a boon to the smartwatch industry.

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A projector smartwatch makes use of an image projector and a camera that captures interactions; a processor acts as a intermediary, controlling interactions between the two. The projector smartwatch would allow the forearm or the back of the hand to be used as a screen. Thus user will have larger space to write, and will be afforded the luxury of being treated to a large-sized screen. With a larger screen, users will also be better able to navigate the various applications on the smartwatch. Consider, for instance, how the Apple smartwatch allows users to reply only through dictation or through a list of pre-defined templates. With a larger screen, things might change, and so would user perception about smartwatch usage.

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The projector technology would cover not just Smartwatches but may also include headsets and other virtual reality devices in the future. In a market where consumer obsession for large-sized displays as evidenced by the preference for phablet-like devices continues, this new technology will be heartening news.

Comprehensive review: Micromax Canvas 6/ Canvas 6 Pro

 

With an amazing feat of excellent past performance in the mid and low-range smartphones category in India, Micromax managed to earn a reputation of a most consistent brand in the segment that is until a while back. Micromax did get a lot of heat from new and existing competition which forced it to re-look at some of its strategic moves to woo the customers back. With its brand-new logo, a not-so-humble Ad campaign, and a host of new launches across smartphone categories up its sleeve, Micromax aims at a larger pie-share with a wide-spread consumer base. But one will have to just wait and see if it really manages to change the order of the business.

Out of the most recent launches includes the addition to its mid-range franchisee of Canvas models – i.e, Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro. They can almost be called ‘Twins’ except for few minor differences here and there that are all too easy to remember. But we aren’t really sure if those are strategic decisions or deliberate actions taken to roll out more models out of dumb compulsion. Both the models were featured together at the launch to counter the stalwart competitors crowding the market including Xiaomi, LeEco, OnePlus among others. Today we are reviewing the latest addition to the family – the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro. We will also compare this ambitious Micromax model to others in the peer group as well as it’s ‘sibling’ – Canvas 6.

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Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is a Dual SIM (one Nano-SIM and one micro-SIM), GSM Smartphone supporting 4G/LTE Band 40 introduced recently at a launch price of 13,999/- It boasts of a wide 5.5’ inch IPS LCD Touchscreen with 1080X1920 pixels which works out to a sharp 401 pixels per inch. It is no different compared to the twin-model Canvas 6, but there are other features that can help distinguish between the two. Here are the specifications, features and performance details to dive into.

1) Design and Display:

The common thing one should do while taking on its competition is to know and try-to-match-up the competitors strengths before anything else. This is precisely what Micromax attempts to do with the renewed look and body. The cheap materials of previous predecessors are replaced with a slightly better quality body, yet the all-plastic theme prevails which probably doesn’t deter much, atleast look-wise for this mid-range smartphone. The phone is kept big enough to enjoy a good screen-time and comfortable enough to allow a proper hold. The design is carved in ebony-black and doesn’t attempt to stand-out in any way from the rest of the competition.

The screen spans out till edges giving an illusions of a wider screen. The top and bottom borders are relatively normal heighted in the front to allow for a better screen-to-body ratio. The display is guarded with Corning Gorilla glass making it quite sturdy. The edges of the front glass are bevelled on corners giving it a dash of premium feel but that’s about it. Barring that there is nothing imaginative or creative about the display or appearance. The 3.5mm audio jack and USB port is put at the top. The power and volume-rockers reside on the right-side, keeping the ergonomics in mind. A micro-USB port sits at the bottom for charging or connecting the device. The front camera, LED notification and the earpiece is housed at its usual places. Although unimaginative, the design pretty much does what it offers in most other smartphones in the category.
Compared to Canvas 6 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 too comes in the similar screen configuration but bears a slightly better looking metal uni-body and a Full HD 1080p IPS display. Plus Redmi Note 3 is also available in other colour options. Lenovo K4 Note too has a premium looking metallic frame with a plastic body that sports the same touchscreen and pixel density as Canvas 6 Pro.

2) Software and Performance

Canvas 6 Pro is powered by a 2GHz Octa-core Cortex-A53 and a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset. It runs on Andriod Lollipop 5.1 with a Power VR G6200 GPU. The most interesting offering of this model is the inbuilt 4GB RAM which is completely surreal in the under-15000 smartphone club. The internal storage of 16 GB is available which can be expanded to 64 GB with a micro-SD card.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 on the other hand is powered with the amazing 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 with both 2 GB and 3 GB RAM option and 16 GB / 32 GB internal storage. Lenovo K4 Note runs a 1.5 GHz Mediatek MT6753 running on Android Lollipop 5.1 with a 3 GB RAM and an option of 16 GB / 32 GB internal storage that can be further expanded to 128 GB through a microSD card.
The RAM is quite literally the highlight of the Canvas 6 Pro. But only memory in itself doesn’t make a cut for the model. The chipset seems marginal in comparison to others in the category. The normal phone features doesn’t quite show the drag even while multi-tasking. But you may have to kill the background applications for serious fast-paced gaming.

3) Battery Life

Micromax Canvas Pro 6 has a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with the reported standby time of 337 hours on 3G. It sounds a decent configuration on paper, but the practical use suggests the lack of decent battery life. It tends to drain pretty faster within hours even with playing normal videos, which is not favourable to the on-the-move life-style. A fully charged battery will last a day only if you manage to use it for basic calls and messaging. The model does heat up easily with playing just a few Apps or videos.

Both the other peer models offer better battery options and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 wins hands down as it boasts of a 4000 mAh battery. Lenovo K4 Note is backed with a 3300 mAh battery.

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4) Camera

Apart from robust RAM, Micromax also added a 13MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The back camera specs are pretty comparable to what peer-models offer is also loaded with a 5P Largan Lens. The model supports Phase Detection autofocus and is said to lock the focus in 0.10 seconds. The model also allows Exposure settings, ISO control, HDR, Auto Flash, Face Detection, Touch focus, GeoTagging and more for better and professional shots. But somehow the actual performance of the rear camera is lacklustre and the day shots gives out blurry images with objects out of focus even at higher resolution. The night shots too seem grainy and unclear. The front 5 MP camera is good for close selfies but it does not allow Autofocus or Flash. Good luck with clicking impromptu group selfies at night pubs.

Redmi Note 3 offers a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP secondary camera. Lenovo K4 Note too has a 13MP camera with a better aperture of f/2.2 and a 5 MP front snapper.

5) Value:

The whole aim of Micromax introducing new smartphone models in the market is countering competition. On a stand-alone, you may find Canvas 6 Pro as a pretty good candy bar phone, powered with all the frilly features like a decent Processor, better RAM capacity, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and so on. But when it is compared against the competition, Canvas 6 Pro grossly falls short to impress much.
Micromax may have hoped that Canvas 6 Pro will be recognised as the first-ever phone with a 4GB RAM under 15000 and it will be precisely be the case. This also supports multi-tasking pretty well. The disappointment is that the brand fails to offer any other major features that can be more alluring to the consumer compared to the competition. To think that the RAM memory can be a big distinguishing feature in a volatile over-crowding smartphone market seems pretty short-sighted for the well-established brand like Micromax. We hoped for more.

Two variants of Moto X-Vector Thin and Vertex-to be launched this year

 

 

American telecommunication giant, Motorola is expected to launch two variants of the Moto X this year-Vector Thin and Vertex. The leaked images of the phone models reveal 16 pins in the rear panel. Easy to be mistaken as speaker grilles, the pins are actually connectors for modular accessories referred to as amps. These modular backplates would provide enhanced functionality to the new phones. There are reportedly six amps that Lenovo plans to bring out at the time of the phone’s launch, that would include a pico projector, stereo speakers, a battery pack, a cover fitted with wide angle lens and camera gear incorporating flash module and optical zoom.



The inclusion of modular backplates are part of Lenovo’s strategy of building an ecosystem around its new phones; it is in likeness to LeEco’s strategy involving collaboration with content providers to allow users access to personalised content on their mobile phones.



The Vector Thin will be a 5.5″ phone with full HD display and a Snapdragon 820 processor powering it, while the Vertex will have the same display but a Snapdragon 625 SoC powering it. Vertex comes with 2 GB RAM, while Vector Thin comes in 3GB and 4GB variants. The phones are expected to be launched in August to coincide with major phone launches including the iPhone 7. There is no word yet on the pricing and availability of these phones yet from Lenovo.

Opera VPN iOS app guarantees complete privacy to users for free

 

Norwegian software major, Opera has released a virtual private network app on iOS. The new iOS app called the Opera VPN brings in free VPN to iPhones and iPads. Users can conveniently go through content without risking their privacy. The app will bring in content to users eliminating all kinds of prying software like spyware, malware and cookies. Only three virtual regions were initially available to users-US, Canada and Germany. Now, even Netherlands and Singapore have been added to the list; more regions will be added soon.




Opera is targeting campuses and workplaces with the new Opera VPN app. The VPN app will allow you unhindered access to content by bypassing firewalls, and even ones that will be geo- blocked. Opera plans to make this service available completely free to customers. This is in contrast to SurfEasy and TunnelBear’s standalone VPN app which charges users upon the end of the trial period.

The big question is how Opera would be able to sustain itself without in-app advertising especially if it doesn’t charge from users. Opera will have to take recourse to some kind of revenue-generating technique in the near future; VPN majors like SurfEasy contend that Opera will make money by making available user data to third part agencies that may be interested in the same. (Mainly for analysis purposes for studying user habits and mapping evolving trends).




Opera had recently announced a built in ad blocker for it Android users. The Opera VPN will be made available to Android users as well in coming days.

Micromax Canvas XP 4G launched for ₹7499

 

MicroMax Canvas XP 4G has been launched for the price of ₹7499. The phone can be purchased exclusively from the e-commerce website, SnapDeal.

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The MicroMax Canvas XP 4G sports a 5″ display with a resolution of 720 X 1080 pixels. It is powered by a 1 Ghz processor and is accompanied by 3 GB RAM. The Android 5.1 Lollipop based phone comes with 16 GB in-built memory that is expandable using microSD cards. It has a 8 megapixel rear camera which comes with autofocus and LED flash, whereas the front selfie camera is 2 mega pixel fixed focus. All the standard connectivity options are offered by the MicroMax Canvas XP 4G including Bluetooth and Wifi. A 2000 mAh battery powers the phone.

MicroMax officials claim to have a 11% marketshare in online smartphone sales in 2015. MicroMax’s online partner is SnapDeal, and they will continue to sell their 4G enabled phones this year as well through SnapDeal.

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Micromax had recently launched the Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro smartphones at a grand launch event held recently, which also saw the unveiling of other smartphones such as Bolt Q381, Canvas Spark 2+, Canvas Mega 2, Bolt Supreme, Canvas Unite 4 and Bolt Supreme 2. Micromax’s gala launch event witnessed the unveiling of nineteen products in total including 16 smartphones, 2 tablets and 1 smart TV!

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) & Galaxy J7 (2016) set to be launched on May 9th

 

The 2016 editions of Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 which were made available in South Korea recently, is now slated for launch in the Indian market on the 9th of May. They would succeed the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 that were launched last year. The two models are expected to be priced at ₹17,000 and ₹21,000 respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 is a 5.2″ phone with AMOLED display and powered by a 1.2 aGhz quad core processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16 GB in-built memory. Memory is expandable to 128 GB using microSD cards. The Galaxy J5 weighs 158 grams and is 4G compatible as well. Based on Android 6.0 Marshamllow the phone comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera.

The Samsung Galaxy J7, on the other hand, comes with a 5.5″ display and is powered by a 1.6 Ghz octa core processor with same RAM, inbuilt storage and camera specifications as the Galaxy J5. Up until now, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 together have accounted for almost 20% of the revenue that Samsung has earned through overall sales of phones in the Indian market. Samsung had also recently reported rise in first quarter earnings on the back of high sales of its recently launched Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models

 

Top 5 Databases of lost, stolen & found gadgets & its importance in common man’s life.

We rely so much on today’s smart gadget, including Laptops, Tablets and even mobile phones, that it is difficult to imagine a life without it. With growing technology these gadgets have not only taken over most of our tasks like solving complex problems and crunching huge data which is humanly impossible  but they have increasingly made it more comfortable and fun with the ability to easily connect or entertain us on-the-move.

Today’s gadgets are the first thing you lay hands on while getting up in the morning. So much so, that our affair with them can probably be defined as just a little short of addiction. And all comes to a standstill if you just happen to lose them. With all the data and information stored today on the compact devices and laptops, no one can fathom the unimaginable havoc it wrecks if they are stolen.  There were days when losing a gadget would mean a total loss with no chance of recovering it, especially for the common man who isn’t too tech-savvy to know what to do beyond registering an FIR, as most are quickly sold in the grey market to second-hand gadget buyers. Fortunately, things have evolved for better. These are online avenues where you can register your gadgets, mostly for free, and it allows you to track them in case of theft or loss, which can be a big help in recovering them. These databases are helpful in not only getting the gadgets back but also safeguarding against shady sales of stolen mobiles which may prompt issues later to the buyer.



Here are the Top 5 databases of lost, stolen and found gadgets that are easily accessible to find your lost gadget

With just few years in the domain, 3 Gadgets already boasts of more than 80,000 + lost and stolen devices registered or reported online through the portal. The site is easily accessible to anyone. All you need to do is register the device or gadget online with IMEI/MAC ID number and the site records all the detailed gadget information that will be maintained throughout its life-cycle. If the device is lost or stolen, just logon to the website, select the registered device and tag it as Lost/Stolen. Any purchaser coming across your stolen or lost device can check the authenticity or verify the gadget by just logging on to the website and entering the IMEI / MAC ID. Once he spots the lost/stolen tag, the person can directly get in touch with you from within the website.

Even if you haven’t registered the device before, you can report it as lost and stolen with the IMEI and other details online with the website. Doing so alerts the network of used gadget buyers, enforcement agencies and other parties involved who can contact you once the gadget is found. The entire process is automated and online supported with many additional features like user verification via Email, Auto tracking of IP address of each visitor and IMEI Digit Authentication to avoid falling prey to spoofing or duplication.

  • Track IMEI:

TrackIMEI provides a comprehensive solution to gadget owners to safeguard their devices from possible threat of physical theft. The site lays down step by step process on how to effectively secure your mobile using IMEI number. It not only shares the importance of IMEI code but also tells you how to effectively use it to track your mobile back. For eg: The site tells you step-by-step process on 1) How to trace and find the IMEI number? 2) How to track the mobile through Telecom operator using just the IMEI number? 3) How to effectively use the pre-installed IMEI trackers in-built in the gadgets? And finally 4) How to track your lost phone through a database of lost/stolen and found mobiles and other gadgets?

Hence the site works out a multi-faceted strategy that probably has better chance of retrieving your lost gadget.  The last step will re-route you to a site which holds a huge database of lost and stolen devices. You just need to add details about when and how you lost your mobile. Interestingly the website also allows you to declare reward as an incentive for someone to quickly report your lost/stolen gadget, in case they find it. Add the IMEI Code, Make and Model of the gadget along with your personal details and click submit. This will shoot a confirmatory mail to your Email ID which needs to be activated. The details are then available to public and other authorities who will report it back once the device is found.

 

  • IMEI Detective(35 to 40K registered users)

The site works more like a detective or reporter which highlights or alerts the stolen or lost status of the mobile to genuine second-hand device buyers. The site has about a little over 36000 stolen mobile reported online with them. The site also shows incremental number of hand-held devices registered in the month so far.




In case your mobile has been recently misplaced, lost or stolen than the first thing you ought to do is report it to the operator (in case of mobile and Phablet) followed by launching an FIR. But most often the stolen gadgets form a low priority among the crime authorities as they struggle with other important issues. You can register the lost/stolen phone online with other details online along with the reward offer if any and someone will contact you once the device is found. In case you are second hand phone buyer  who wants to investigate if the mobile sale is genuine or even if you found the mobile lying somewhere without its owner in sight, just find the IMEI number of the mobile and search its status online at www.IMEIdetective.com. The database will prompt its stolen or lost status with the reward and he can directly get in touch with the original owner to avoid the unwanted interaction with the police.

  • Zipnet.in

A Delhi police initiative, Zipnet was launched in 2004 to fight theft and overall crime. The initiative was collaboration between Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan Police, which was later joined by Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The website has varied modules that cover domains like Missing and Unidentified Child, Missing and Unidentified Person, Stolen Vehicles, Unclaimed and Seized Vehicles. A separate domain has been added for Missing Mobiles that can effectively help track the stolen and lost devices in the area. There are three distinct features available under the Missing Mobile section.

  1. Browse All: This allows you to scan through a complete list of missing and stolen mobile phones presented in a list form in a descending order. The list runs in pages and has around more than 1.7 lakh reported stolen or lost mobiles so far.
  2. Filter: This feature bestows some respite in scanning through endless pages to trace one mobile. It allows you to select the records pertaining to a particular State, District or even a Police Station Jurisdiction.
  3. Search: It puts an icing on the cake by allowing you the flexibility of extracting information from central database by sharing the details of your stolen/lost mobile device. You just need to add an IMEI number to track your mobile.

 

  • TrackmyLaptop

Just as there are dedicated sites for tracing stolen or lost mobile, this website as the name suggests, helps in tracking the lost or stolen Laptops. Since Laptops are a major investment, we would certainly like to get the stolen laptop back. TrackmyLaptop too works on a similar premise of registering your laptop online. The website can work in multiple ways. For e.g:

  • Quick Heal Users: They need to register the laptop with the Quick Heal Product Key and other details. The Laptop will be traced basis the serial number or MAC ID directly since the Quick Heal Product Code already has the corresponding Laptop ID. If the laptop is stolen then Quick Heal provides the live tracking report to the users whenever it is online.
  • Other Users: They can directly register with the Laptops with unique Serial IDs or MAC IDs which will be compared to the internal records of stolen laptop details. The user is notified accordingly if the laptop is found. Additionally the users who have purchased the second hand laptops can confirm their genuineness by checking the Laptop Serial ID or MAC ID online.

The site is also accessible to law authorities to trace the actual owner by cross-checking the database in case they find any stolen Laptops




There are so many online resources today that allow real-time tracking of the lost or stolen mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets. They not only work to make the whole reporting process easy but also increase the chance of the original user getting them back as well as safeguards the genuine second-hand gadget buyers from possible shady and fraud deal.