Asus Zenfone 3 Max Launched In India Starting At Rs. 12,999

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Today Asus South Asia and country manager, Peter Chang launched Asus Zenfone 3 Max in India, expanding their Zenfone 3 series launched in 2016. Unlike previous generations of Zenfone Max, Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes in 2 variants, a 5.5 inch Variant ZC553KL priced at Rs. 17,999 and 5.2 inches variant ZC520TL priced at Rs 12,999. The 5.2-inch variant is on sale now in Flipkart and offline stores. The 5.5-inch variant will be sold from November 16.

Both the Asus Zenfone 3 Max variants flaunt similar elegant metallic design with 2.5D rounded edges and come with a large powerful battery of 4100 mAh. Like previous generations of Zenfone Max, this one has got Reverse Charging Capability to charge other devices using OTG cable.zenfone-3-max-zc553kl-1

Asus Zenfone 3 Max Specifications:

Key SpecsAsus Zenfone 3 Max
Display5.2 inch
5.5 inch
Screen ResolutionHD, 1280 x 720
Full HD, 1920 x 1080
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
ProcessorQuad-core 1.25 GHz
Octa-core 1.4 GHz
ChipsetMediatek MT6737M
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Memory3 GB
Inbuilt Storage32 GB
microSD cardYes, up to 128 GB
Primary Camera13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED Flash
16MP, f/2.0, autofocus, Dual LED Flash
Video recording[email protected]
Secondary Camera5 MP with f/2.0 aperture
8 MP with f/2.2 aperture
Battery4100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
4G readyYes
VoLTEYes
Weight148 g 
175 g
SIM card typeDual SIM
Price5.2 inch : Rs. 12,999
5.5 inch : Rs. 17,999

 

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 inch (ZC520TL) is powered by 1.25 GHz MediaTek MT6737T SOC and has 13-megapixel rear shot and 5 MP selfie snapper. Along with 32Gb of storage, ZC520TL can support 32GB external SD card.

On the other hand, Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 inch (ZC553KL) is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8MP selfie camera with 84-degree wide-angle lens. It supports external storage up to 128Gb along with onboard 32Gb internal memory.

Both smartphones will be available in Glacier Silver, Sand Gold, and Titanium Gray color variants.

Samsung Galaxy X – The first foldable smartphone spotted

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Samsung Galaxy X foldable phone
Samsung, the brand known for its innovative design concepts in their gadgets, came up with yet another interesting design concept. This time, the South Korean giant is planning to launch Galaxy X, the very first foldable smartphone ever made.
This is not the first time that Samsung showed Innovation, as it was the first company to launch a curved display mobile – Galaxy Note Edge, and then a double curved display smartphone – Galaxy S6 Double Edge. Though the previous flagship – Galaxy Note 7 was a huge hit, but the battery explosion killed it. This not only brought a bad name to the brand but also made a severe depreciation in its quarterly earnings. While everyone’s eyes were on the next flagship – Galaxy S8, from nowhere this interesting patent of Samsung’s foldable smartphone was spotted.
Samsung galaxy x foldable phone
From the past few months, there were many rumours about a new smartphone from Samsung named Project Valley and many patents were revealed, but there weren’t any renders in the patent. But, for the first time, we now know how the Galaxy X will look like, as the patent registered by Samsung revealed everything about the foldable design smartphone.
If you take a closer look at the patent images of Galaxy X, you can see some resemblance with Microsoft surface book. Don’t get it? Look at the hinges.
Samsung galaxy x foldable phone
There you go :p , the folding of Galaxy X is same as of the surface book, so you will surely have the cavity when it’s folded. Well, this might be the initial step towards a better smartphone design and everyone knows this is not the first time Samsung is inspired from other brands.
As per previous leaks, Galaxy X is supposed to launch by the end of this year, but as we are getting near to the end, it seems the launch date of this first foldable smartphone will be moved to next year.
Except the design of Galaxy X, there weren’t any confirmed leaks on the phone specifications and hence once we know about it, we will update this article. Also, let us know if you have anything to add to this story.

Indian Smartphone Shipments Q3 2016 | Micromax Down & Lenovo Up

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Micromax has been facing a decrease in sales from few years, but still managed to be in the second spot of Indian smartphone shipments until Q2 2016, but for the first time, it lost the second position for Lenovo. The South Korean based Samsung is still leading, but what’s really alarming is the Indian mobile manufacturers like Intex, Lava, and Karbonn have already lost their control over Indian mobile market.

As per the Canalys research, Indian smartphone shipments Q3 2016 has grown 20% comparing to previous year [same quarter]. Though the global smartphone shipments are decreasing YOY, but Indian smartphone shipments are growing. This is because the mobile brands launching affordable 4G smartphones for Indian consumers. According to a Canalys analyst,

“Indian consumers are increasingly looking past local players’ smartphones in favor of international brands. There is ongoing portfolio consolidation as local players change their product strategies, emphasizing the 4G-enabled models that are now becoming mainstream. Besides having a strong LTE portfolio, channel strategy is increasingly important for smartphone success.”

Xiaomi, the leading Chinese mobile brand released many affordable smartphones like Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3S & 3S Prime which ultimately led to increasing in sales. Now the company has grown to 4th position beating Lava & Intex and is giving a big competition to Micromax. It may soon become the third largest mobile brand in India and there’s no doubt in it.

On the bright side, after the acquisition of Motorola, the Chinese brand Lenovo has grown to become a mobile giant in Indian mobile market and it will become a monopoly in no time, and it is for sure as it is growing aggressively. Lenovo K series phablets are a huge hit, and so the Moto G series. These combined together helping the brand to grow in the Indian mobile market. The recent flagship Lenovo ZUK Z2 is also a huge hit, and the sales may reflect in the next year shipments. Just like the Lenovo, the other Chinese brand Xiaomi will soon rule the Indian mobile market.

There were times local Indian brands used to dominate with their not so- high-end mobiles or mid-range smartphones, but except Micromax, other smartphone brands like Karbonn, Lava, Intex etc is not even in the top 5 positions in the Indian smartphones shipments Q3 2016. After the Xiaomi, the final place is occupied the popular Reliance Jio brand’s Lyf smartphone. Offering a free 4G service made everyone buy the smartphone and recently the brand came with a mid-end flagship with good specifications. For the next 2 quarters, the sales of Lyf smartphones will continue to grow and it may go down as other Chinese mobile brands like Oppo, Leagoo, Coolpad are growing.

As a matter of fact, Oppo and Vivo outperformed in Chinese mobile market and beat Xiaomi to reach the first & second position in Chinese smartphone shipments this quarter. This is because of offering iPhone-like smartphones for an affordable price. Even in India, we may see the same scenario soon, and I believe Chinese brands will dominate instead our local Indian players’. The new initiation Make in India also helping the Chinese mobile brands to launch Indian specific devices.

Considering all these events, it is expected that in the coming 2 quarters, all the rankings of Indian smartphone shipments will change, giving a chance to Chinese mobile brands to grow up.

Let us know what’s your opinion on this in the comment section.

Nokia D1C Now Spotted On Antutu, More Specs Revealed

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Exactly a week ago, we had received a piece of news that a new device from Nokia codenamed Nokia D1C has been spotted on GeekBench. GeekBench revealed that the device will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and will have 3GB of RAM. Now, today the Nokia D1C has been spotted again on Antutu, one of the most popular mobile benchmarking tools and more specs have been revealed.

Antutu has confirmed what we saw on GeekBench last week and also, revealed a bit more. The Nokia D1C will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor and Adreno 505 GPU, coupled with 3GB of RAM as depicted earlier.

Nokia D1C Benchmarks [Antutu]

nokia-d1c-antutuThe phone will sport a 13MP rear camera, and a 8 MP front-facing camera. In terms of display, Nokia will be doing a fair judgment by providing a full HD display (1920×1080). In the case of storage as well, there will be an ample 32GB of storage, and hopefully, there will be the option for memory expansion via microSD card.

Some sources are also pitching us some sort of updates like the device will come with a 3500mAh battery and will be priced at around $199 or Rs. 13,000 (approx.). However, these are not confirmed news yet so better to wait a bit.

Nokia phones have always been appreciated for good camera and kickass battery backup and I’m literally excited about this new phone and just hope that this time, Nokia doesn’t come up with something like the Nokia X series. Till then, wait a bit and keep checking us for more updates, leaks, rumors and a lot more.

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Launched: Nexus Just Got Replaced

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Nexus is dead! Finally, Google has put an end to their exclusive flagship lineup Nexus. Two new smartphones have been launched – Google Pixel and the Pixel XL. Google has tried to brand these as Google made phones with the #madebygoogle.

The Google Pixel and  the Pixel XL are the first phones to feature Google Assistant out of the box. Both the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL are manufactured by HTC. The Google Pixel looks beautiful with an all metal body and yes, there is a bigger variant- the Pixel XL, which sports a 5.5-inch display unlike the 5-inch display on the Pixel. Here’s the first look of the Google Pixel.

Some recent leaks have revealed almost everything even before the launch. The Google Pixel comes with a fullHD display, whereas its big bro, the Pixel XL comes with a Quad HD AMOLED display. Both the phones are powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset, with four custom Kyro cores clocked at 2.15 GHz, coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB LPDDR4 RAM.

On the back of the device, there is a fingerprint sensor placed at the center and the Google’s ‘G’ logo at the bottom. The Google Pixel is juiced by a 2770mAh battery, whereas the Pixel XL packs a larger 3450mAh battery. There are just two storage options- 32GB and 128GB, which is kinda creepy move!google-pixel-and-pixel-xl_specs

In terms of camera, there has been a huge improvement as per Google and both the phones sport 12.3 MP primary camera with large f/2.0 aperture. Google claimed that the phones have scored 89 at DXOMark, which is the highest for any smartphone till now. The camera also features always on HDR+ mode. There is an 8 MP front facing camera.

Also, Google’s AI will help you choose the best photo from a lot of shots captured using SmartBurst. That’s not all! all Pixel and Pixel XL owners will now get unlimited cloud storage for storing their photos and videos at full resolution. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, BlueTooth 4.2, USB-C and all traditional connectivity options including LTE. There are three color variants available for both the phones- Quite Black, Very Silver and a limited edition Really Blue. It will go on sale from today for a starting price of $649 and in India, it will be available soon via Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma.

You Can Use A Galaxy Note 7 As Sticky Bomb!

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I’m not mad or anything like that. But now you can literally use the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a sticky bomb! I guess now it’s better to buy a Note 7 than buying a handgun, coz you don’t even need a license or anything! Just kidding! Some folks have come up with a brilliant mod for GTA V- yes, it is the Galaxy Note 7 sticky bomb mod.

And this video uploaded by DoctorGTA is just hilarious. He goes to ammunition store to buy some explosive, buys the damn Note 7 and tries to use it as a phone, which doesn’t work out at all. And finally, he goes on the street to create the ultimate chaos with his Galaxy Note 7! At first, he tries it with some cars and then goes around throwing the phone to people walking! All these happened due to the recent explosions that were reported across the globe after many people purchased the Note 7. However, all these happened due to the faulty SDI battery and now, the internet is flooded with Galaxy Note 7 trolls. And this is the latest addition to the trolls. If you are a GTA V lover, go get this mod here.

Well, that Note 7 Explosion was a really big thing and it’s still haunting Samsung and its customers. For just like this kind of awesome and hilarious tech and gaming world news, keep visiting us. Happy Explosions! 😛