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InFocus has unveiled a new series of smartphones called Epic with the launch of the InFocus Epic 1 in India. The smartphone is priced at 12,999 and will be sold exclusively via Amazon India. The company has started taking registrations, and the sale is scheduled to begin from October 25.

The talking points of the InFocus Epic 1 are its metal body, fingerprint sensor at the back, and the 16-megapixel object tracking camera. The smartphone comes with a USB Type-C port, and supports fast charging as well.

As for specifications, the InFocus Epic 1 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) On-Cell display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6797M deca-core processor paired with Mali T720 MP2 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded further using a microSD card.

The InFocus Epic 1 smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the InLife 2 UI skin on top. Optics include a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS, PDAF, and object tracking technology. There’s also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies with f/1.8 aperture.

The InFocus Epic 1 packs a 3,000mAh battery, which claims to last up to 10 hours of talk time and 500 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB Type-C port.

InFocus has been teasing the smartphone on its social channels, and the company claims that the fingerprint sensor at the back reads prints in less than a second. On social media, the company has been showing off a Rose Gold colour variant.

 
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While Flipkart still hasn’t fulfilled its promise of revealing the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt, which was scheduled to happen at 8pm on Thursday, someone at Samsung India seems to have jumped the gun by listing the smartphone on the company’s website.

According to the listing, which was still live at the time of publishing this post, the smartphone will be priced at Rs. 18,490 and be available in Gold and Black colours. The Galaxy On Nxt was earlier confirmed to be Flipkart exclusive, and we’ll have to wait for details from the e-commerce major for details on when the phone will go up for purchase.

The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt looks identical on paper to the Galaxy On7 (2016), down to the physical dimensions, which makes us believe it’s nothing but a rebranding of the smartphone that launched in China last month. The phone features a full metal unibody design and it comes with 5.5-inch full-HD display protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass.

The Galaxy On Nxt is powered by an octa-core SoC clocked at 1.6GHz alongside 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD slot The dual-Nano-SIM Samsung Galaxy On Nxt is backed by a 3300mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 21 hours of 3G talk time and up to 15 hours of Internet usage over LTE.

The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt packs a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front camera, both with f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera is backed by a flash and it is capable of recording full-HD video. Connectivity options include GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct, but there’s no NFC. A fingerprint sensor is thrown into the home button for good measure.

At this price point, the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt will compete with the likes of Lenovo Z2 Plus that launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 17,999.

 
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In a bid to entice photo enthusiasts, camera company Kodak has launched the photo-focused Ektra smartphone. The smartphone has a unique design with a huge camera lens at the back, and it boasts of DSLR-like modes and features. The smartphone has been launched in Europe at €499 (roughly Rs. 36,800).

The Kodak Ektra smartphone is manufactured by a UK-based company called Bullitt Group. The firm has licensed Kodak’s intellectual property and brand to make this smartphone. It has a huge 21-megapixel fast-focus camera rear sensor with OIS, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED Flash. There’s an additional 13-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF for selfies.

Furthermore, the camera app comes with quintessential DSLR modes like Smart Auto, Portrait, Manual, Sports, Bokeh, Night-time, HDR, Panorama, Macro, Landscape, and 4K Video Capture. There’s also an Advanced Manual mode that allows users to adjust exposure, ISO, focal length (Manual/Auto), white balance, shutter speed, and aperture (fixed f2.0 main camera). It comes with a pre-loaded app called Print that lets you order physical copies of the pictures as well. The Kodak Ektra smartphone also has a widget that recommends many photo-editing apps like Prisma and Adobe Lightroom, but the one installed by defauly is Snapseed.

The smartphone’s large rear sensor protrudes out of the smartphone significantly, but a slight curve design at the bottom looks to balance things out at surface level. Furthermore, the lens has a metal ring to protect it from wear and tear.

As for the other specifications, the Kodak Ektra features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 441 ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.3GHz Helio X20 deca-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot. Furthermore, it packs a 3000mAh battery, supports USB Type-C charging, and measures 147.8mmx73.35mmx9.69mm.

Kodak’s foray into the smartphone market last year with the Kodak IM5 was largely unsuccessful. It remains to be seen whether the Kodak Ektra fares any better.
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After launching the ZTE Blade V6 (Review) in India, the company has now announced that it is bringing the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini to the country. The smartphone supports VoLTE, has a full-HD display, fingerprint sensor, and is powered by an octa-core processor. The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini is priced at Rs. 12,999 and will be available exclusively via Amazon India from October 21 in Black and White colour variants.

The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini was first unveiled in China in April this year, and was priced at CNY 1,499 (approximately Rs. 15,000). The smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner at the back, and it can be used for multiple functions like as a camera shutter button or for taking screenshots.

The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 6P lens, autofocus, and LED flash. There is an 8-megapixel front camera also on board. The company also claims that the smartphone carries ZTE’s new phone professional photography system called “NeoVision 5.8”.

As for other specifications, the smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. Under the hood, the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini is powered by an octa-core (4~CHECK~1.5GHz Cortex A53+ 4~CHECK~1.2GHz Cortex A53) Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952) processor paired with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).

The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini sports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Nano + Nano), which means the second SIM card slot also doubles up as the microSD card slot. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Nubia UI 3.9.6 skin on top. The handset is backed by a 2800mAh non-removable battery.

Connectivity options on the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB v2.0 (with USB OTG), GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and Glonass connectivity. It measures 141.4x70x8mm, and weighs 138 grams.

 
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After the Xolo Era 1X launch last month, the company has launched yet another smartphone in India. The Xolo Era 2 supports 4G VoLTE, which means it will work on the Reliance Jio network. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 4,499, and Xolo will sell the device exclusively via Snapdeal.

The Xolo Era 2 will be sold via the flash sale model, the registrations for which have begun. The first sale will begin at 10am on October 27 and it will be made available in Black, Nile Blue, and Pyramid Gold colour variants . It is a dual-SIM device (4G + 4G), and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

The Xolo Era 2 features a 5-inch HD display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The CPU is paired with a 1GBDDR3 RAM. Furthermore, it offers 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB).

Optics include a 5-megapixel rear camera with 4P Largan lens, f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 micron pixels, and LED flash support. At the front, there is an additional 5-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash as well. Some of the features included in the camera app are Live Photos, Beauty Mode, Burst Mode, Time-Lapse and Slow-Motion.

The Xolo Era 2 packs a 2350mAh battery, which is removable in nature. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi; and the smartphone comes with the Jio 4G Preview Offer of unlimited 4G data. Additional features on the smartphone include Audio Note, Smart Screenshot, Smart Awake, Assistant Cast screen, LED flash for call, and Flip to mute for alarms and calls. Additionally, the smartphone has a quick action feature called Quick Camera. Essentially, double tapping the Home Button activates the camera instantly.

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As expected, Chinese mobile manufacturer Oppo has launched the R9s and R9s Plus smartphones. The Oppo R9s and Oppo R9s Plus will be available in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants in China, and are priced at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 27,700) and CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 34,700) respectively. The devices are up for pre-order, and the shipping will begin on October 28 in the country.

As the name suggests, the Oppo R9s Plus is the larger variant of the two. It sports a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor paired with 6GB RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. It offers 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via the hybrid microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

There’s a 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 camera sensor with f/1.7 aperture, dual-core focus, OIS, and LED flash. An additional 16-megapixel sensor is also housed in the front for selfies. The Oppo R9s Plus runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with the ColorOS 3.0 skin on top, and sports a hybrid dual-SIM dual-standby card slot.

It packs a 4000mAh battery with VOOC flash charging technology. The company claims that the smartphone can give up to 2 hours of talk time after just 5 minutes of charge. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. The Oppo R9s Plus measures at 163.63×80.8×7.35mm and weighs 185 grams.

Coming to the smaller variant, the Oppo R9s features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. It packs a smaller 3010mAh battery with VOOC fast charging tech, and the optics lack OIS. The Oppo R9s measures at 153×74.3×6.58mm and weighs 145 grams.

The fingerprint sensor is located below the display inside the Home Button. Oppo further mentions that the smartphones come with three antenna lines with just 0.3mm width, while traditional metal smartphones sport 1.5mm to 2mm width antenna lines. There’s no word on India availability the Oppo R9s and Oppo R9s Plus.

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LeEco’s Le Pro 3 and Le S3 smartphones were front and centre as LeEco on Wednesday announced its entry into the lucrative US market. At an event in San Francisco, the backyard of Google and Apple, the Chinese company unveiled the new product line-up, which also includes the LeEc uMax85 4K  television, a week after it accidentally let slip some of its upcoming products.

The LeEco Le Pro 3 is priced at $399 (approximately Rs. 26,700), while the LeEco Le S3 costs $249 (approximately Rs. 16,700). The uMax85 4K television, unsurprisingly, is the most expensive of the lot at $4,999 (approximately Rs. 3,34,000).

However, more than the devices, LeEco wants users to use the hardware to adopt its suite of streaming services and value-added features which it calls EcoPass. Customers who buy the phones will get a three month free subscription while the TV comes with a year’s subscription to EcoPass. This entails you to a two year warranty for phones and three years for TVs; 5TB LeCloud storage space; unlimited movies on Fandor; exclusive sale on LeMall; and discounted prices for add-on content partners in LeApp. The devices will be available via a flash sale system on LeMall.com, beginning on 2nd November.

The Le Pro 3 is the same smartphone that was launched in China last month. It features a 5.5-inch, full-HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 4070mAh battery, and will be available in gray and gold trims. The cameras include a 16-megapixel shooter on the back and a 8-megapixel sensor on the front.

The Le S3 is very similar to the Le 2 and features a 5.5-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 652 SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and comes with 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras for the rear and front. It will be available in gray, gold, and rose gold.

LeEco’s Super4 X series televisions will also go on sale around the same time and will include the Super4 X43 Pro for $649 (approximately Rs. 43,500); Super4 X55 for $899 (approximately Rs. 60,300); and the Super4 X65 for $1,399 (approximately Rs. 93,700). The full range of LeEco’s TVs in the US runs on EUI with the LIVE and Le apps along with support for Harman Kardon speakers (except the Super4 X43 Pro), Android TV and Google Cast technology. LeEco’s mammoth 85-incher supports 4K with HDR 10 and Dolby Vision support, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and according to the company, an ‘industry leading’ dimming zones for better contrast.

Like we mentioned earlier, the devices are a platform to leverage LeEco’s big content push in the US market. The company is also tying up with a host of content partners, right from MGM to Cosmopolitan, with many more jumping onboard in the weeks to come.

In order to build a better ecosystem, the company also announced a User Planning to User (or UP2U), an early access system program where your participation can yield monetary rewards in terms of instant rebates on LeEco’s products.

“We developed the UP2U model to let users directly influence how our products and services evolve. We have a dynamic process for gathering and implementing the feedback into every aspect of our business from design, R&D and software, to pricing and even the content we deliver,” said Rob Chandhok, Chief R&D Officer for LeEco North America.

The company also showcased the Super Bike, which runs on Android and offers connectivity and security features like laser lane markers, fingerprint locking system, and more. The bike will only be available as part of the UP2U program in the US and won’t be going on sale in the country anytime soon. The same goes LeEco’s VR headset called ExploreVR, which is currently only available as a developer kit.

Last but not least, we got a glimpse at the LeSEE Pro, LeEco’s successor to the LeSEE concept electric car. Unfortunately, LeEco didn’t share many details associated with the car, which isn’t surprising considering the first version itself is still far from being production ready.

Alongside the launch of Honor 8 smartphone launch, Huawei has also launched the Honor 8 Smart in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 19,999, and will be available on Amazon India, Flipkart and Honor Stores online, and major retail stores across the country. For now however, availability details have not been revealed. It will be available in Black, White, and Gold colour variants.

The Honor 8 Smart is different from the Honor 8 in camera, processor, memory, and storage departments. The aluminium-magnesium alloy frame smartphone features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-Cell Touch display with a pixel density of 424ppi, and sports a metal design. It is powered by a 64-bit 2.0GHz octa-core Kirin 650 SoC paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture. It also sports a 24-bit DAC HI6402 chipset.

It packs a 3000mAh battery which is claimed to last for 1.4 days, and has a fingerprint sensor at the rear just like the Honor 8. The Honor 8 Smart supports single-SIM (Nano-SIM) slot, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top. It does not support FM radio, but comes with connectivity options like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and an infrared scanner.

At the event, Huawei also launched the Honor Holly 3 budgeted smartphone priced at Rs. 9,999, and even announced that it will be the first ‘Made in India’ smartphone from the company. The Honor 8 (Review), however, took the big spotlight, and was priced at Rs. 29,999. The Honor 8 smartphone comes with a dual camera setup, 2.5D glass protection on the front and back, and a fingerprint scanner with Smart Key at the back.

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At the Honor 8 (Review) launch event, Huawei also launched the budget Honor Holly 3 smartphone in India. The smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera for selfies, and sports an octa-core processor as well. The Honor Holly 3 will be available for purchase at Rs. 9,999 in the country.

At the event, the company announced that the Honor Holly 3 is the first ‘Made in India’ smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. As for specifications, the Honor Holly 3 features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EMUI 4.1 on top. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz Kirin 620 octa-core CPU paired with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage with the option to further expand via the microSD slot (up to 128GB).

Coming to the camera, the Honor Holly 3 has a 13-megapixel rear BSI CMOS sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Additionally, there is also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies with f/2.0 aperture. The Honor Holly 3 packs a 3100mAh battery, and has bundled in sensors like accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, and G-sensor.

Connectivity options include 4G support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Driect, Wi-Fi hotspot, Micro USB, and Bluetooth v4.0. The Honor Holly 3 measures at 154×77.1×8.45mm and weighs 168grams. The smartphone will be made available in Black, White, and Gold colour options.

Apart from the Honor Holly 3, Huawei also launched the Honor 8 and Honor 8 Smart in India for Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 19,999 respectively.

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As expected, Huawei Terminal’s Honor brand on Wednesday launched its flagship smartphone in India – the Honor 8. The smartphone is a significant upgrade from its predecessor, and comes with a dual rear camera setup, a premium metal build, and a fingerprint scanner at the back. The Honor 8 (Review) smartphone is priced at Rs. 29,999, and will be available via Amazon India, Flipkart, and the Honor Online store from Wednesday itself, starting at 3pm IST. The smartphone will be made available in Sunrise Gold, Pearl White, and Sapphire Blue colour options.

The Honor 8 will come with 24 months extended warranty, 3-month screen damage replacement warranty, 3-month replacement service for any manufacturing defects, and ‘postal repair’ – for a pan-Indi pick and drop service. The smartphone sports 2.5D glass protection on the front and back and has rounded metal edges. The smartphone has buttons on the display, and the volume and power buttons are housed on the right. It has a fingerprint scanner at the back which also comes with a physical press. Apart from unlocking the smartphone, it can be used to perform multiple functions such as opening apps, calling up Google Now, and scrolling through photos while viewing them in the Gallery.

As mentioned, the Honor 8’s big highlight is the dual camera setup at the back. The two 12-megapixel sensors do not protrude out of the smartphone, and sit neatly within the frame. The company claims that one sensor records colour information, while the other records in monochrome with higher contrast. The two images are then processed and merged together to give the best photo output to the user. The cameras feature f/2.2 aperture, laser autofocus and dual tone dual-LED flash.

Other features include screen-lock snapshot, virtual aperture shooting, night shot, professional mode, beauty mode, food mode, panorama, HDR, watermark, light painting, time-lapse, slow-motion, audio note, document scan, capture smiles, touch to capture, Sound Snap, delayed shooting, and face detection. There’s also an additional 8-megapixel camera at the front, and its supports panoramic shots for selfies. The front camera has f/2.4 aperture, and supports 1080p video recording.

As for other specifications, the Honor 8 supports single-SIM (Nano-SIM) slots, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with 96 percent NTSC and pixel density of 423ppi. The variant launched in India is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 950 processor paired with Mali-T880 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable further via the microSD card (up to 128GB).

It is powered by a 3000mAh battery, which claims to offer up to 9-hours of online video streaming, and 24 hours for online music streaming. It also supports fast charging and claims to takes about 100 minutes to fully charge, and 30 minutes to charge up to 47 percent.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and an infrared scanner. The Honor 8 does not support FM Radio. The smartphone measures in at 145.5x71x7.45mm, and weighs 153 grams. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a gyroscope, and a proximity sensor.

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