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Chinese mobile startup OnePlus is now releasing an update to its OnePlus 2 smartphones, which will bring the new OxygenOS version 3.5.5 to OnePlus 2 devices. As a significant update, OxygenOS 3.5.5 finally offers the VoLTE support for select carriers, however forgoing the anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade. OnePlus says that the OxygenOS 3.5.5 rollout is occurring in a phased manner, and will reach only a small proportion of users initially, although a broader rollout is expected in coming days.

With OxygenOS 3.5.5, OnePlus 2 users will be able to make VoLTE calls for some carriers only. The company, however, doesn’t list the carrier names – notably though, the VoLTE enabling update for the OnePlus 2 was announced by OnePlus India in September, with specific reference to enabling the feature for Reliance Jio networks.

Apart from the VoLTE support, the update brings minor updates and redesign to the interface. New features includes App Lock, Battery Saving Mode, Gaming Mode, new Alert Slider options, and a new Volume Adjustment Bar. There are also some bug fixes and shelf optimisations that have been addressed with this update. This OxygenOS 3.5.5 update doesn’t bring the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat to OnePlus 2 devices. The Android security patch level has been updated to December 1 with this build.

If you’re going to update your OnePlus 2, you need to keep in mind that this update will replace your Clock, Calculator and Messages app to the stock OnePlus apps if you never updated their corresponding Google apps. You can choose to download them later if you like Google’s stock apps. Apart from that, a lot of configurations will be reset after the update like the device name, ringtones, accent colours, and the battery bar indicator.

Besides, OnePlus is also gathering feedback from OnePlus 2 users after they update their smartphones to OxygenOS 3.5.5. On its forum, OnePlus has given some useful links as well if you somehow want to downgrade your OnePlus 2 firmware to OxygenOS 3.10. As we mentioned that the update is rolling out in a phased manner, so OnePlus 2 users who have not received any update notifications yet, should receive the OTA update notification in a next few days.

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Just like every other year, Asus has announced that it will be organising an event at CES 2017. The company’s ‘Zennovation’ event has been scheduled for January 4 and the latest teaser video by the company suggests that it has at least two new smartphones lined up for unveil. The CES 2017 trade show is set to begin on January 4, with several companies due to make announcements at pre-CES events on January 3 and January 4.

Even though the video teaser doesn’t share much information regarding the two smartphones or even their names, towards the end of the video, you can see one phone’s display showing an inverted ‘V’ while the other one’s shows an infinity symbol. There is a very good chance that these symbols might have something to do with the phones’ names.

Last month, a report suggested that Asus is planning to launch a Google Tango-ready smartphone named ‘ZenFone AR’ at its CES 2017 event. The report cited company’s CEO Jerry Shen as saying that the phone will be launched at CES 2017. “ZenFone AR will come with advanced functionality and performance at a competitive price,” Shen was quoted as saying. Even though the report claimed that ZenFone 4 range of smartphones will be launched in second quarter of 2017, there is a thin chance that the company might reveal them at its CES 2017 event as well. Another smartphone anticipated to launch is a recently certified device thought to be the ZenFone 3 Zoom, said to sport a Snapdragon 625 SoC, a dual-rear camera setup, a 13-megapixel front camera, and a large 4850mAh battery. If like previous generations, the smartphone would offer an optical zoom feature, perhaps tying into the infinity symbol the company has teased for CES.

Asus recently announced the availability of its ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) model in India. The phone has been priced at Rs. 17,999 and will be available via the company’s preferred partner’s retail outlets as well as e-tailer websites. It will be available in colour options of Titanium Gary, Glacier Silver, and Sand Gold.

Joining the list of carmaker’s who have announced price revisions this month Mercedes-Benz India has announced its plan to increase car prices in the country by up to 2 per cent, varying across the model range. The price hike will be for the carmaker’s entire model range and will be effective from 1st of January 2017.

In a statement released by the company, the Stuttgart-based carmaker says that the rising input costs and increasing Forex rates coupled with the rising inflation are the key reason behind the price hike. These factors have been exerting significant pressure on the bottom-line thus prompting Mercedes-Benz India to revise car prices in the country.

Commenting on the same, Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “A steady rise in input costs against the backdrop of an increasing forex rates and high inflationary cost together have eroded our bottom-line. We were left with fewer options but to make some necessary price adjustments to our product range in order to protect the investment of our customers. We hence decided to absorb a higher impact of these adversary factors on our prices, and pass a lesser part of it to the customers, considering the current negative customer sentiment. We want to maintain a sustainable business in this dynamic market and want to retain our premium brand positioning in the market.”

Mercedes-AMG C43 is the 13th Products Launched By the Company This Year

Folger did try to soften the blow by talking about the company’s various finance schemes and the company’s service package – “However, despite this moderate price revision, the innovative and tailor-made financial offerings from Mercedes-Benz like STAR Agility, STAR Finance, STAR Lease, Corporate STAR Lease etc. are specially designed for our discerning customers to drive home their dream Mercedes,” he added.

Since the last couple of years Mercedes-Benz has been aggressively targeting the Indian car markets to with a wide range of products. In 2015 Mercedes-Benz launched 15 new products in India taking the top position in the luxury car segment. In fact for 2016 the carmaker announced to launch 12 new products and ended up launching 13, with the latest one being the Mercedes-AMG C43. That said, despite launching several strong and successful products this year, the carmaker feels that grown will be pretty stagnant. And demonetisation of � and ₹ 1000 notes also has a major hand in that.

As for other auto manufacturers, home-grown carmaker Tata Motors has announced its plan to increase prices from ₹ 5,000 upto ₹ 25,000. Nissan, on the other hand, has said that their car prices will go up by up to ₹ 30,000. Fellow Japanese auto major Toyota and German auto giant Volkswagen both will increase prices of their model range by up to 3 per cent. South Korean carmaker Hyundai will hike car prices by up to ₹ 1 Lakh.

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The latest OS sales data figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that iOS adoption has seen a boost in three months ending October, all thanks to the sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Japan currently holds the top spot where iOS holds the greatest share at 51.7 percent of smartphone sales, followed by 44 percent in Great Britain, and 40.5 percent in the US.

In the US, iOS share saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase, with the share being at 33.5 percent last year in the three months ending October. Calling Apple the ‘most desirable brand in the world’, the report says that this is the strongest rate of growth for the OS in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8 percent).

Even though Android still holds the dominant share of sales at 57.9 percent in the US, the report says the quarter saw the fifth consecutive year-on-year decline in Android share. This strong growth rate of iOS is attributed to the popularity of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the US market. “The lack of the headphone jack has proved to be a non-issue for US iPhone consumers, as iPhone 7 was the top selling device in the three months ending October 2016, achieving 10.6 percent of smartphone sales, despite not being available for the full three month period. iPhone 7 Plus was the 4th best-selling device at 5.3 percent, behind the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7,” said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The iPhone also did well in other parts of the world. In Europe – France, Italy, Spain, and the UK saw in increase in iOS share, while Germany saw a decline in iOS share. In Great Britain, the iPhone 7 was the top selling device. iPhone 7 was the second best-selling phone in Urban China in the three months ending October 2016, capturing 3.8 percent of smartphone sales.

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As part of its year-end offers, Chinese technology conglomerate LeEco on Wednesday announced a two-day offer of 10 percent discount on its LeEco Le 2 and LeEco Le 1s Eco Superphones purchased on Axis Bank debit and credit cards.

“Customers can also avail an exchange offer up to Rs. 10,000 while purchasing Le 2 and up to Rs. 8,000 on Le 1s Eco,” the company said in a statement.

The Le 2 offer and Le 1s Eco offer are available only on Flipkart on Wednesday and Thursday. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 9,999 respectively.

The LeEco Le 2 comes in 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant and is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC. Both smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with EUI 5.6.01 skin on top, and offer phase detection autofocus (PDAF) on their rear cameras. The Le 2, the smartphone houses a 5.5-inch bezel-less HD display, and sports a 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera. It packs a 3000mAh battery, and supports 4G LTE in India, apart from VoLTE support. Featuring a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) In-cell IPS LCD display with 500-nit brightness and a pixel density of 403ppi, the Android 5.0 Lollipop-based LeEco Le 1s Eco runs the company’s EUI interface, and is powered by an 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 SoC clocked at 1.85GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The LeEco Le 1s Eco comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage, and also sports a mirror-surfaced fingerprint sensor with a 99.3 percent precision rate. It bears a 3000mAh battery. The company claims a SuperCharge feature that in 5 minutes of charging can provide up to 3.5 hours of talk time. It uses the USB Type-C port on the Le 1s Eco to charge the battery.

 
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Micromax on Wednesday launched a new series of smartphones that it claims are designed to popularise video calling among Indians. Micromax has launched Vdeo 1 and Vdeo 2 smartphone with Google Duo preloaded, and also boast of 4G VoLTE support. The Vdeo 1 and Vdeo 2 are priced at Rs. 4,440 and Rs. 4,990 respectively, and come bundled with Reliance Jio SIMs. The company is also touting that the smartphone sport a ‘metal back cover’.

The Micromax Vdeo 1 and Micromax Vdeo 2 come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow running out-of-the-box. Both the smartphones bear 4G VoLTE capable dual SIM card slots, and are powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Vdeo 1 houses a 4-inch WVGA display, while the Vdeo 2 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA display.

For photography, the Vdeo 1 and Vdeo 2 have 5-megapixel cameras on the rear side while they have a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The front-facing cameras can be used for video calling using Google Duo. Both the smartphones have 8GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card. The Micromax Vdeo 1 houses a 1600mAh battery inside while the Vdeo 2 packs a 1800mAh battery under the hood. Both the devices come bundled with Reliance Jio SIM cards with its ‘Happy New Year Offer’ that gives unlimited data, call and SMS usage till March 2017.

Commenting on the smartphones launch, Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics said, “2016 has seen a marked slowdown in the long term trend of Feature Phones users shifting to smartphones. Two barriers we identified were perceived high cost of data and a lack of a differentiated mass-use case. With the launch of the Vdeo range we have focused on these issues. We believe Video calling that is as simple as making a voice call, in a stable environment, will be a strong use case especially in smaller towns. This feature, coupled with free internet connectivity with the pre-bundled Reliance Jio SIM is a compelling proposition that will accelerate the switch from feature phones to smartphones.”

 
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Lenovo Phab 2, featuring a 6.4-inch display and 4050mAh battery, has been launched in India at Rs. 11,999. The new Lenovo Phab 2 smartphone will be available in the Indian market starting Friday and will be come in Gunmetal Grey and Champagne Gold colours. As teased earlier, the Lenovo Phab 2 will be available via Flipkart.

The upgraded version of Lenovo Phab 2, named the Phab 2 Plus, was unveiled in India last month at Rs. 14,999. On the other hand, there is no still official word on when the company will bring the Tango-ready Phab 2 Pro smartphone in the country.

While the Lenovo Phab 2 has an HD (720×1280 pixel) screen, the Phab 2 Plus has a full-HD (1920×1080 pixel) display. Additionally, the Lenovo Phab 2 does not have a fingerprint sensor, which the Phab 2 Plus has.

Along with the 6.4-inch HD display and 4050mAh battery, the new Lenovo Phab 2 has a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Phab 2 packs 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB). For imaging, Lenovo Phab 2 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and PDAF while there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens. Lenovo has also claimed that the Phab 2 comes with augmented reality (AR) effects in camera app. The handset comes with 3 mics to record audio and also supports noise cancellation.

Lenovo Phab 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (both Micro-SIMs). The Phab 2 smartphone measures 175×88.5×9.6mm, and weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options of Lenovo Phab 2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

 
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Lenovo will be launching the Phab 2 smartphone in India on Tuesday. The Chinese company is sending media invites for a webinar that begins at 11am IST. As teased earlier, the new Lenovo Phab 2 smartphone will be exclusive to Flipkart.

The company already unveiled the Phab 2 Plus in India last month, though there is still no word when it plans to launch the Phab 2 Pro, the Tango-ready phone, in India.

To refresh, the Lenovo Phab 2 is a Phab 2 Plus variant with some downgrades. The Phab 2 sports a lower resolution screen, camera is also downgraded, and there is no fingerprint scanner on the handset. Considering that Lenovo launched the Phab 2 Plus in India at Rs. 14,999, we expect the Phab 2 to be priced reasonably.

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The Phab 2 was launched at the company’s Tech World Event in June and priced at $199 (roughly Rs. 13,500). However, upon checking the company’s US site, the company is selling the Phab 2 at $169 (roughly Rs. 11,500) – so we can expect pricing to be closer to this price point at launch in India.

For specifications, the Lenovo Phab 2 features a 6.4-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It packs 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and PDAF while there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens.

It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (both Micro-SIMs). It measures 175×88.5×9.6mm, and weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

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The Lenovo Phab 2 and Lenovo Phab 2 Plus were launched at the company’s Tech World Event back in June this year. The Phab 2 Plus arrived in India in November, and now looks like the Phab 2 is making its way into the market as well. Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has listed the smartphone on its site, and has announced that it is arriving soon.

There’s no word on exact availability or pricing, but we should see it launch exclusively on Flipkart before the arrival of 2017. The Lenovo Phab 2 is not that different from the Phab 2 Plus, except for a few downgrades in the display resolution and camera department, and also the lack of a fingerprint sensor at the front or the back. The Phab 2 Plus was launched in India for Rs. 14,999, and we expect the Phab 2 to be priced even more reasonably.

To recap, the Lenovo Phab 2 was launched for $199 (roughly Rs. 13,500) in June. It features a 6.4-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8735 SoC quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilty storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Phab 2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Ffash and PDAF. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Micro + Micro). The dimensions measure at 88.5x175x9.6mm, and the smartphone weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

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After the Intex Aqua E4 E4, the Indian smartphone company has launched yet another device in the Aqua series, expanding its portfolio. The Intex Aqua Classic 2 is priced at Rs. 4,600, and is available for purchase across major retail outlets in India.

The successor of the Intex Aqua Classic has a sleek design with rounded edges, and is available only in Champagne colour variant. The volume and power buttons are housed on the right edge of the smartphone, while the speakers are situated at the back. The dimensions of the Intex Aqua Classic 2 measure at 145.2×72.6×10.9mm.

Just to recap, the predecessor was launched in June this year with a price tag of Rs. 4,444. The only difference between the two smartphones is the introduction of 4G LTE support, a slightly better front camera and battery, and the fact that it runs on Marshmallow out-of-the-box. The Intex Aqua Classic 2 features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display with 196ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 8GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 32GB). Consumer usable storage is at 5GB.

As for the optics, the Intex Aqua Classic 2 sports an 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video chats. It packs a 2200mAh battery that claims to last for up to 6 hours of talktime and up to 200 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and Micro-USB. There’s no VoLTE support in the Intex Aqua Classic 2, as per the manufacturer page. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports dual-SIM slots (both Micro-SIM).

 
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