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SanDisk, the flash storage company now owned by WD, has launched two new products for mobile users in India: the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card, and the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 pen drive with both USB and Micro-USB connectors.

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is aimed at mainstream users in need of a high-capacity storage expansion option for an Android smartphone or other portable device. Users can record up to 24 hours of full-HD video or store loads of high-quality music and other files. Transfer speeds are rated at up to 95MBps, and the card is also touted to be waterproof, shockproof, temperature proof and x-ray proof.

First announced globally in June, the new microSD card will be available in India starting from December 2016 as an Amazon.in exclusive, priced at Rs. 13,390. It will later be available more widely online as well as offline.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is also aimed at Android smartphone users. It features two physical connectors; standard USB 3.0 Type-A as well as Micro-USB which is commonly found on smartphones. The designs allows for USB-OTG functionality with compatible Android devices as well as easy sharing and transfers between the device and any PC.

The drive features a sliding body which covers either connector at any time, and will fit on a keychain. It will be available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. Transfer speeds are as high as 150MBps when using the USB 3.0 connector.

Availability will be exclusive to Flipkart at first, with prices starting at Rs. 650 for the 16GB model and going up to Rs. 3,600 for 128GB. Other online and offline channels will sell the device at a later date. All sales are covered by a five-year warranty.

Both products can be used with SanDisk’s free Memory Zone app for Android, which lets users browse through their stored content and back up their data.

WD has also released the results of a study relating to the storage needs of Indian smartphone users, commisioned by it and conducted by Access Media International. 1458 users across 14 cities contributed to the report. 84 percent of respondents said they spend more than four hours on their smartphones each day, and 90 percent expect to spend increasing amounts of time on their smartphones over the next year.

Lack of adequate storage was the second biggest challenge that users reported as affecting smartphone performance, behind bandwidth but ahead of battery drain. 88 percent have more than 10 apps on their phones. Social media apps are their highest priority, followed by music and video download apps, utilities, camera-related apps and then music and video streaming apps.

Around 65 percent of respondents had less than 16GB of storage on their smartphones, and 90 percent share content primarily via the Internet. When running out of space, the first thing that most users do is delete apps and even data, rather than moving it to another device.


Oppo India on Thursday launched the Oppo F1s Diwali Limited Edition smartphone. Sporting the same Rs. 17,990 price tag as the original, the smartphone will go up for pre-orders from Oppo Concept Stores from October 8 to October 13, and will go up for sale on October 14 via Snapdeal.

The Oppo F1s Diwali Limited Edition smartphone is identical in terms of specifications with the original Oppo F1s smartphone that was launched in India in August. However, it features a redesigned rear panel with a ‘gilded Diwali pattern’ or a flame, alongside signatures from brand ambassadors Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor. The limited edition smartphone comes with Diwali Elements theme that bears special icons amongst other changes.

The Oppo F1s sports a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture, certainly the highlight of the smartphone. Other selfie-focused features on the smartphone include its Beautify 4.0 app for selfie editing, the Selfie Panorama feature that stitches together three selfies, and the Screen Flash feature.

The smartphone also sports a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and Oppo claims it unlocks the F1s in as little as 0.22 seconds. The company is also touting the fingerprint sensor based shortcuts on the Oppo F1s for making voice calls and launching apps.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM card) Oppo F1s runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection apart from support for gloved and wet touch input. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC, coupled with the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

The Oppo F1s bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF autofocus, an f/2.2 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB OTG, GPS, and Bluetooth v4.0. The smartphone is powered by a 3075mAh battery, measures 154.5x76x7.38mm, and weighs 160 grams. Sensors on board include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and digital compass.


Maruti Suzuki Swift DLX Edition

Maruti Suzuki India has recently launched a new special edition Swift based on the entry level LXI and LDI variants. Christened as the Swift DLX edition, these particular models come with few additional offerings over the feature list of the aforementioned base variants. Launched at a starting price of 4.54 lakh for the petrol variant and 5.95 lakh for the diesel trim (ex-showroom, Delhi) both the models will only be available in Delhi for now.

In terms of feature additions, the new Maruti Suzuki Swift DLX edition comes with an extended equipment list that includes – Bluetooth and USB connectivity with speakers, all four power windows, central locking, fog lamps, and blackened pillars among others. These are features that customers do not get as standard in the base variants of the Swift. In addition, the car continues to offer the same features that you get in the base variants like – 60:40 split seats, electrical power steering, tilt adjustable steering wheel, optional ABS with EBD and airbags and more.

Mechanically the car remains unchanged and continues to be powered the same 1.2-litre K-Series VVT petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDiS motor. While the petrol mill is capable of producing 83bhp and develops 115Nm of peak torque, the oil burner is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.

While Maruti Suzuki has been trying to keep the numbers high by introducing special editions models and discount offers, sales have been seeing a considerable drop since last few months. That said the popularity of Maruti Suzuki Swift is still intact, which has enabled it to safeguard its top position in the segment. Moreover Suzuki is currently working on the next generation Swift and Swift Sport as well, which are slated to arrive in 2017. Although, initially in India, we might only get the former.


Lenovo India on Thursday unveiled the Wooden Edition of the Vibe K4 Note smartphone. Priced at Rs. 11,499, the new Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Wooden Edition is now available to buy via Amazon India. The Chinese company in a press statement also announced that it has sold 750,000 units of the Vibe K4 Note in India so far.

The number of Vibe K4 Note units sold is interesting considering that the company in April announced that it sold 500,000 units of the Vibe K4 Note in India since January. This means that the company sold 250,000 units of the K4 Note in less than 3 months in the country. To recall, the Vibe K4 Note bundle with Ant VR virtual reality headset at launch in January was priced at Rs. 13,299.

The biggest highlight of the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is it comes with a feature called TheaterMax which can convert regular content to its immersive VR counterpart. Powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology, the idea is to give users a virtual large screen cinematic experience.Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a light-version of the company’s Vibe UI skin on top, the dual-SIM dual-4G Lenovo K4 Note bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 401ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, coupled with 3GB of DDR3 RAM. The Vibe K4 Note bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF autofocus, an f/2.2 aperture and dual-tone LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Vibe K4 Note comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The 9.1-mm thick Lenovo Vibe K4 Note weighs 158 grams, and sports a 3300mAh battery with fast charging support.


chinese language handset maker Coolpad has introduced that it bought 500,000 units of the be aware 3 Lite telephone in India. The organization on Tuesday also revealed the confined Gold version of the Coolpad note three Lite in India.

the new restrained Gold version of the Coolpad word three Lite cellphone will go on sale exclusively thru Amazon India from Thursday at Rs. 7,499. To recall, the unique Coolpad notice three Lite was launched in January with a price tag of Rs. 6,999.

Commenting at the release of the new restricted Gold version, Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India said, “To mark the occasion of promoting wiwireless lakh gadgets in much less than 6 months, we unveiled the limited gold edition of note three Lite. This new variation is our way of thanking our esteemed clients for the sizeable support.”

To refresh at the specswireless, the dual-SIM dual-4G Coolpad be aware three Lite runs on Android wi-five.1 Lollipop skinned with Cool UI 6.0, and functions a wi-five-inch IPS display with an HD (720×1280) decision. it’s miles powered by using a 1.3GHz quad-middle MediaTek MT6735 SoC, coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It additionally sports activities a wi-fingerprint sensor, placed at the returned panel underneath the digicam module. The Coolpad note 3 Lite bears a 13-megapixel rear digital camera with and f/2.zero aperture and LED flash, aside from a 5wireless-megapixel the front-going through digicam. The phone comes with 16GB of in-built storage this is expandable thru microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity alternatives encompass 4G (with aid for Indian LTE bands), Bluetooth four.zero, c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a, and Micro-USB (with OTG). The observe 3 Lite runs on a 2500mAh non-removable battery.