Karbonn Quattro L50 HD With 5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 7,990

Karbonn Quattro L50 HD With 5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 7,990

Karbonn has launched a new budget smartphone in India, the Quattro L50 HD, priced at Rs. 7,990. The handset, which will be available via e-commerce sites and retail stores, also marks the debut of the company’s new ‘Quattro’ series in the market.

The dual-SIM supporting Karbonn Quattro L50 HD runs Kandy UI v1.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution IPS display and packs a quad-core SoC (unspecified) clocked at 1.3GHz, clubbed with 2GB RAM.

The Karbonn Quattro L50 HD features a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), Blue Glass filter, and LED flash. Also housed on board is a 5-megapixel fixed focus front-facing camera for clicking selfie shots. The smartphone bears 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB).

The budget handset is backed by a 2600mAh Li-Po battery, which is rated to deliver up to 200 hours of standby time, 8 hours of 2G/ 3G talk time, and 4 hours of 4G talk time. As for the connectivity, the Karbonn Quattro L50 HD supports 4G LTE networks (Indian bands supported), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (dual band), GPS, and Micro-USB. Measuring 141x71x8.8mm, the smartphone weighs 134 grams and is available in Coffee, Blue, and Grey colour variants from Amazon India.

Karbonn earlier this month launched its K9 Smart entry-level smartphone priced at Rs. 3,990. The dual-SIM based Karbonn K9 Smart comes with support for 21 Indian languages, which can be considered the highlight of the device. The company says that the handset supports 12 Indian languages at system level, while phone contacts can be accessed in 11 Indian languages, and that users can choose from 21 Indian languages for typing input.


Microsoft to Launch Its ‘Last Lumia’ on February 1: Report

Microsoft to Launch Its 'Last Lumia' on February 1: Report

Microsoft is reportedly gearing to launch its next and what is believed to be the “last Lumia” smartphone, the Lumia 650 on February 1.

After the launch of the Lumia 650 smartphone, the Redmond giant is said to concentrate on its Windows 10 Mobile-based Surface Phone range and will no longer launch smartphones under the Lumia moniker. Windows Central reports that it has heard “multiple times” that the Lumia 650 may be the last Lumia.

This is not the first time we have heard about the Surface Phone series from Microsoft. Last month, Chris Capossela, Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft, tipped that the company may reveal the ‘Surface’ branded smartphone in the second-half of 2016. The new phone range is said to be powered by Intel processors instead of the Qualcomm chipsets.

If this comes out to be true then this will be an end of era for Microsoft that launched its Lumia range of smartphone to compete other brands and platforms.

The report also said that the Microsoft Lumia 650 smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile will be revealed via an official blog post entry. The company will announce the availability and pricing of the Lumia 650 as well.

All these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Microsoft has not mentioned anything about its last Lumia phone and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.

According to the preliminary leaks, the Lumia 650 smartphone is said to run Windows 10 Mobile and feature a 5-inch HD display; powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 or 212 processor; 1GB of RAM; 8GB of inbuilt storage; expandable storage via microSD card; 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2000mAh battery. The handset is said to come in White and Black colours. Some of the other features hinted for the smartphone are Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, dual-SIM configurations, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, HD Voice, and Wi-Fi calling.

Recently, the Lumia 650 was also leaked via a listing by a smartphone distributed in the Czech Republic. According to the distributor, the Lumia 650 will be priced at CZK 5,491 (approximately Rs. 15,000) in the Czech Republic for the unlocked version.


Moto G Turbo Edition Now Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update in India

Moto G Turbo Edition Now Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update in India

The Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition smartphone, which launched in India last month at Rs. 14,499, has started receiving the an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the country, several users report. The smartphone until now was powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box.

The Lenovo-owned company started rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its Moto X Playand Moto G (Gen 3) earlier this month. It has already seeded the update to the Moto X Style and Moto X (Gen 2) in November last year.

The OTA update v24.11.22 for the smartphone weighs 445.5MB and also features the Android December security update, report users (via Fonearena). Users can manually check for the update viaSettings> About Phone> System Update.

For those unaware, some of the new features of the core Android 6.0 Marshmallow update include revamped app permissions; Google Now on Tap feature; new Chrome feature that will change the Web experience for Android users; new ways to handle Web links; the Android Pay mobile payment system; new fingerprint APIs for developers to add into their apps,;New Silent feature for sound and vibrate mode as well as a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to block all sounds or only alarms and notifications, and battery saver features called Doze that will make Android devices smarter about managing power.

Apart from regular Marshmallow features, Motorola will be also pushing some Moto-specific changesthat users will see after updating to the new Android OS version. Some changes to Moto enhancements include removal of Moto Assist feature as part of upgrade to Android M. The company explains that the latest OS includes an option for ‘Do Not Disturb’ under the ‘Sound and notification’ settings that performs similar function what Moto Assist does.


Sony Announces February 22 Event at MWC 2016

Sony Announces February 22 Event at MWC 2016

After LG, Sony has also sent press invites for its MWC 2016 event. The MWC event is scheduled for February 22 at 7.30am GMT (8.30am CET or 1pm IST). The Japanese tech firm has not yet revealed what device or service it will introduce in the invite, which simply contains the hashtag #SonyMWC.

It is worth mentioning that Sony at last year’s MWC trade show launched its Xperia M4 Aquasmartphone alongside the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. Since the company launched its Z5 smartphone series during IFA 2015 in September, it might not introduce the successor just yet. The company might also refresh its wearable lineup at the trade show.

LG has its MWC 2016 keynote event scheduled for February 21. The invite image shows a jack-in-the-box behind the text “Play begins”, leaving us guessing at what the device might be.

Sony earlier this month at the CES 2016 trade show launched a new range of multi-room capable home entertainment products, a colourful Walkman A26, and other personal audio products.

The company announced two new speakers the Sony SRS-ZR7 and Sony SRS-ZR5. The former is a four-speaker system, while the latter is a smaller option that can be paired with the SRS-ZR7 for stereo sound. Also announced was a new soundbar and sub-woofer combination, the HT-NT5 and HT-CT790. Portable speakers dubbed the Sony SRS-XB2, Sony SRS-XB3, and the Sony GTK-XB7. We re also introduced.

Besides the Walkman A26, Sony unveiled a range of wireless active noise-cancelling headphones as part of its h.ear lineup. In the personal audio products line up, the Japanese tech giant launched the all-in-one Walkman audio players, the WS413 and WS414, along with the h.ear in and h.ear on wireless headphones, and h.ear go portable wireless speaker. A wireless on-ear headset, the MDR-XB650BT, also saw the light of the day at the tradeshow.


Samsung Fixes Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen Design Flaw

Samsung Fixes Galaxy Note 5's S Pen Design Flaw

Samsung has fixed the design flaw that was getting its otherwise impressive Samsung Galaxy Note 5smartphone bad press and furious letters from customers. The new model of the company’s top-of-the-line smartphone is said to circumvent the “pen-gate” issue.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant confirmed to The Verge on Tuesday that it had made changes in the mechanism. “Samsung can confirm that the Note 5 internal S Pen mechanism has been changed to avoid the issue caused by inserting the S Pen incorrectly. As always, we recommend following proper instructions for storing the S Pen,” the company said.

Samsung has introduced a greyish white “switch” that allows the S Pen to eject when it is inserted backwards, reports Phandroid. The cap is seemingly attached to the motherboard with a piece of adhesive tape. It is not clear how reliable this solution is though the report claims that the mechanism does it job well.

Last year, several users complained that the S Pen (the digital stylus) that ships with Galaxy Note 5 is getting stuck inside the handset when inserted backwards. Trying to pull it forcefully, they added, destroyed the stylus detection mechanism, making certain functions useless.

Samsung was quick to address the issue, at the time only advising users to read the manual to avoid it. The problem, as many users noted, was that the top and bottom of the S Pen look almost identical in thickness, making them easy to mistake. Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 5 didn’t offer any warning or resistance when the pen was inserted the wrong way.

For what it’s worth, Samsung also started to put a plastic wrapper on new Galaxy Note 5 that made people aware of the issue. “Be sure to insert your S Pen with the nip pointed inward. Inserting the S Pen the wrong way can cause it to become stuck and can damage the pen and your phone,” the message read.

It’s comforting to know that the company has finally done something substantial to prevent users from breaking their S Pen.


OnePlus Sandstone Case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Launched at Rs. 1,499

OnePlus Sandstone Case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Launched at Rs. 1,499

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus last month launched its Sandstone smartphone case for iPhone 6and iPhone 6s handsets. The case have now reached the Indian shores at a price tag of Rs. 1,499.

The Rs. 1,499 price tag is more than the Rs. 1,199 the company promised for India during the global launch of the case. It had also said the Sandstone smartphone case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s would be reaching India in second half of December. Interested users can buy the case via Amazon India.

The Sandstone case is made of the same rough Sandstone PET material found on the OnePlus One andOnePlus 2 Sandstone Black variants. OnePlus said the polycarbonate construction offers protection and better grip for the slim and slippery iPhone models.

Notably, the OnePlus Sandstone completely covers the Apple company logo on the rear panel of the smartphone and instead sports an OnePlus logo, which most iPhone users may not like to flaunt. The case does not cover the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s from all sides. It leaves the bottom speaker grille and port, power button at right, volume+mute buttons on the left and the top bezel exposed. It has a rear camera cut-out that keeps the iPhone camera bump protected. The OnePlus Sandstone Case measures 138.7×70.2×10.5mm and weighs 20 grams.

The company last month also made its first leather case for the OnePlus 2 smartphone available in India at Rs. 7,499. The Hard Graft Wild Phone Case for OnePlus 2 has been designed by Hard Graft with Tuscan leather. It packs two pockets tucked inside where one could be used for storing up to four cards.


Asus ZenFone 2 Receiving Firmware Update, Brings Android for Work Support

Asus has started rolling out a firmware update for the ZenFone 2 smartphone which brings several improvements apart from adding Android for Work support. The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML users will start getting an over-the-air notification about firmware update with version V2.20.40.164. The Taiwanese maker announced the update for the ZenFone 2 smartphone via its official ZenTalk forum.

The firmware update for the ZenFone 2 smartphone fixes video sound issue; Google Play stop service; microSD card issue, and fixes phone hang-up issue in Russia.

Some of the other fixes that the ZenFone 2 brings include PosteMobile NFC issue (for ZE551ML models only); improves Asus ZenUI launcher stability; improve cell broadcast stability, and fixes the failure to share Photo Collage picture via email. Additionally, the firmware update fixes volume control issue of YouTube when using Miracast as well as the issue of displaying wrong operator name when roaming and searching network. It also includes several app updates and also improves power usage of email app.

One of the biggest additions that the new update brings for Asus ZenFone 2 users is adding Android for Work support. To recall, Google’s Android for Work initiative was announced last year and is aimed to provide an integrated Android solution for management, productivity, and security to corporations. The platform lets users keep their personal data and apps separately from their work data and apps on a single Android device.

Last week, Asus started selling the ZenFone Max, the company’s latest ZenFone series smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 9,999, the smartphone will be going on sale via online as well as offline retailers.


HTC to Launch 2 Google Nexus Smartphones in 2016: Report

HTC to Launch 2 Google Nexus Smartphones in 2016: Report

Google may have plans to side with HTC for this year’s Nexus smartphones. According to a media report, the Mountain View has partnered with the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer to produce two Nexus-branded smartphones this year.

A report coming out of China claims that Google again has plans to launch two Nexus smartphones in 2016, and both will be produced by HTC. The company also launched two Nexus smartphones – theNexus 5X and the Nexus 6P – last year. The report says that one of the HTC-made Nexus smartphones will have a 5-inch display while the other will carry a 5.5-inch screen.

HTC is no stranger to Nexus devices. The company released the Nexus 9, a 9-inch tablet in partnership with Google in 2014. To recall, the two companies partnered to launch the Nexus One, the first Nexus device, in January 2010. The handset was shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo.

Over the years, Google has partnered with a number of manufacturers for its Nexus smartphones and tablets. It has partnered with Samsung to launch the Nexus S and the Google Nexus and the Nexus 10, with LG to launch the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, and the Nexus 5X. The company partnered with Huaweilast year to launch the Nexus 6P, and with Motorola to launch the Nexus 6 in 2014.

If the rumours are indeed true, the Nexus smartphones lineup will bring HTC back to the spotlight. The Taiwanese company has been struggling to sell its smartphones, losing money quarter after quarter.


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Spotted in Benchmark With Specifications

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Spotted in Benchmark With Specifications

Samsung, besides working on Galaxy J1 (2016) smartphone, also appears to be working on the Galaxy J5 (2016). The smartphone with model name SM-J510x has gone through GFXBench benchmark tests, revealing majority of the specifications.

The unannounced Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) as per the GFXBench listing runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution display with at least 5-finger gesture support. The smartphone packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, clubbed with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) houses 16GB inbuilt storage, out of which users will get 11GB. Also featured is a 12-megapixel autofocus rear camera, 4.7-megapixel front-facing camera, which can record videos in full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. The smartphone also bears an accelerometer, Bluetooth, GPS, light sensor, NFC, proximity sensor, and Wi-Fi under connectivity and sensors department.

samsung_galaxy_j5_2016_gfxbench_results_screenshot.jpgFor reference, the original Galaxy J5 smartphone that was launched in India in July last year features a 5-inch Super Amoled display with a HD screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels. It is backed by a same processor but with lesser 1.5GB RAM. The model houses 8GB of built-in storage and is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). A 2600mAh battery along with a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/1.9 aperture and 5-megapixel front camera is also included.

Although Samsung has not yet publically announced its Galaxy J1 (2016), the smartphone was seen up for sale in Dubai for AED 499 (roughly Rs. 9,000) at a Jumbo Electronics showroom. The smartphone is seen running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and featuring a 4.5-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) resolution Super Amoled display; a quad-core 1.3GHz processor; 1GB RAM; 8GB inbuilt storage; a 5-megapixel rear camera; a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2050mAh battery.


LG G5 Design Tipped in New Leaked Schematics

LG G5 Design Tipped in New Leaked Schematics

More details about LG’s next flagship G5 smartphone design have been tipped in a new leak. The latest leaked schematics once again show the LG G5 to feature a refreshed design from its predecessor.

In the new leaked schematics, LG’s next flagship is seen featuring a fingerprint scanner at the back panel just below the camera. One of the biggest design changes noticeable in the new leaked schematics show the company opting to keep the volume rocker keys on the sides. The power key is however on the back panel and is likely to serve dual purpose as it may integrate the fingerprint scanner.

The new leaked schematics corroborate with an earlier report that also claimed the LG G5 will feature amodular design where the battery could be accessed from the bottom part of the phone through a slide-in and out scheme.

According to the new details, the LG G5 is said to measure 149.4×73.9×8.2mm. If true, it would make the smartphone thinner than the LG G4 – which came with 148.9×76.1×9.8mm dimensions.

Some of the other details tipped claims that the LG G5 will sport an all-metal build and may pack a 5.6-inch QHD display. To refresh, the LG G4 features a 5.5-inch QHD IPS LCD display.

The leaked schematics were first picked up by Android Authority and were originally tipped by Shai Mizrachi.

Another highlight feature of the G5 that is being rumoured for long is the “ticker display” which is likely to sport a screen resolution of 160×1040 pixels, again same as the one found on the V10 smartphone. Some of the rumoured specifications of the G5 include a 5.3-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display; Snapdragon 820 processor; 16-megapixel rear camera, and a fingerprint scanner.

LG has already confirmed its presence at the upcoming MWC 2016 show which is scheduled to start from February 22-25 in Barcelona.