Intex has launched a new smartphone – the Cloud Q11 – priced at Rs. 4,699. The smartphone is now exclusively available to buy via Amazon India.
The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Q11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. The company touts that the screen to body ratio on the handset is almost 70 percent. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Intex Cloud Q11 also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
It bears 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Measuring 154×77.2×10.5mm, the Intex Cloud Q11 is backed by a 2800mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 350 hours of standby time, and up to 8 hours of talk-time. It weighs 170 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The official listing confirms that the Intex Cloud Q11 will be available in Blue and White colour variants.
The domestic handset maker had previously unveiled the Aqua HD 5.5 smartphone priced at Rs. 5,637. The dual-SIM Intex Aqua HD 5.5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and feature a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. Intex touted that the Aqua HD 5.5’s large display is ideal for gaming, movies, and online streaming.
At an event in Beijing event on Tuesday, Xiaomi launched the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus feature a metal unibody design, with the bigger Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus packing a dual rear camera setup, a strategy adopted by Apple with the latest iPhone models. The new Xiaomi smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC.
The Xiaomi Mi 5s 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000), while the 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,900). The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant on the other hand has been priced at CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,900), while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 26,000). Both smartphones will be available in four colour variants – Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White. Both the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will go on sale from Thursday via flash sales on JD.com and Mi.com.
The Xiaomi Mi 5s features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with NTSC 95 percent colour gamut and a brightness of 600 nits. The company claims the display bears 16 ultra-bright LED lights to help further boost brightness. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand features a 5.7-inch display with the same resolution, but a brightness of 550 nits, and a NTSC 94 percent colour gamut.
The Mi 5s Plus (seen below) bears a dual rear camera setup, with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for colour, and the other for black and white. The Mi 5s on the other hand bears a single 12-megapixel rear camera, with Sony IMX 378 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. Both smartphones support PDAF autofocus, and both bear a 4-megapixel front-facing camera with 2-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. Other differences between the smartphones include the clock speed of the processor. While the Mi 5s bears a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC, the Mi 5s Plus bears a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC.
The Mi 5s bears an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on its home button. Placed under glass, the sensor will not get damaged with use, however, Xiaomi claims it offers the same level of accuracy and speed as regular planar fingerprint sensors. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand has a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.
Connectivity options on board include 4G LTE connectivity with 3x carrier aggregation support, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, and magnetometer.
Motorola back in June unveiled its flagship Moto Z smartphone with Moto Mods. The company alongside had also unveiled the Module Development Kit (MDK), which is now being referred to as Moto Mods Development Kit and was promised to be available by summer to third-party developers. The company after some delay has finally made the development kit available to wider audience and is also pushing for users to create new Mods.
Initially available in the US, the MDK comes with tools that are being used by the company to develop Moto Mods. The MDK is now available in more regions including China, Europe, and South America. The MDK will be available in Canada from October 5.
Motorola says MDK will enable developers to come up with new prototypes for Mods with the help of a reference Moto Mod that will feature all core computing functions; a perforated board with 364 solder points, and rear housing to carry the prototype around. Lenovo had previously confessed to establish an ecosystem for the Moto Mods.
Lenovo has so far showcased limited Moto Mods including the JBL SoundBoost for enhancing audio through speakers; the Moto Insta-Share Projector, which is meant to deliver a 70-inch projector experience, and the Power Pack, which is said to provide up to 22 hours of additional battery life.
To recall, Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones at its Tech World 2016 in San Francisco in June. The Chinese company also unveiled the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango smartphone developed in collaboration with Google, at the same event.
Apple is spending more to manufacture its iPhone 7 smartphone than predecessor iPhone 6s due to features such as a bigger battery and larger storage capacity, according to a teardown by IHS Markit Ltd.
Including $5 in basic manufacturing costs, total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 mobile rises to $224.80 (roughly Rs. 15,000), $36.89 higher than the business research provider’s estimates for the iPhone 6s.
Apple retails an unsubsidised 32GB iPhone 7 at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500).
The company unveiled the iPhone 7 with high-resolution cameras and no headphone jack at its annual launch on September 7.
IHS Markit also said on Tuesday the iPhone 7’s Bill Of Materials (BOM), a financial estimate of the raw materials used, was “in line” with flagship smartphones made by rival Samsung but Apple ekes out better margins.
“All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS Markit.
IHS Markit has not yet performed a teardown analysis on the larger iPhone 7 Plus.
Supplies of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black colour, the company said last week.
Yet, in some markets, such as China, interest in the new phone has been muted, as cheaper local brands amp up their design and marketing.
Samsung is facing one of its most turbulent times in recent history because of the safety issues with Galaxy Note 7, related to a battery flaw that could result in an explosion. However, the company is trying to control damage to its reputation. We’ve already highlighted how to check if the Galaxy Note 7 unit you’ve bought (or received as a replacement) is safe, via the company’s online tool, the green battery indicator, and, the retail box label with an ‘S’ mark and black square on it. However, there are some changes since then which deserve to be highlighted, such as different regions featuring different labels. There are also reports of troubles with exchange programs.
The South Korean consumer electronics giant on Monday published a press release that reveals the various methods to check if the Galaxy Note 7 unit in the user’s possession is safe. The company details that the green-coloured battery indicator can be found on the Status Bar, on the Always On Display screen, as well as the Power Off prompt screen.
Samsung had earlier revealed the new and replacement units in Australia would carry a white label on the retail box along with an ‘S’ written in blue, with a black square within the label. Now however, it is detailing that the white retail box label will carry a black square inside in other regions.
Other users have also complained that the replacement units are not coming with the green-coloured battery indicator and have the same old white battery indicator as the faulty models. The company does not however that the green indicator will only be visible after a software update.
The replacement programme has further landed in trouble as the Note 7 units that have been bought from Samsung’s US website are allegedly not being replaced and are only eligible for refund. According to a Reddit user, on being contacted, Samsung said shipping companies are not ready to transport the phones.
However, the company did say that it has found a private company which is ready to ship the smartphones.
Further, a report from Phone Arena claims that users are facing various kinds of troubles when they are trying to get their phones replaced. The company has strictly advised all carriers that any customers that come in the stores to get their Note 7 units replaced should be allowed to do so with ease. However, various users have complained that they are being denied on several grounds.
Apple has begun the sale of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and few users have reported their first experiences with the device. As user reviews pour in, statistics on the selling count is also surfacing online. While the number of units sold so far is not known, latest figures reveal that the iPhone 7 Plus is more in demand than the iPhone 7.
Slice Intelligence has posted data that claims that the selling ratio of the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 is at 55 percent to 45 percent . The larger variant outshines the smaller variant by a relatively large margin. This is also the first time the larger variant is more dominant in sales than the base variant, since its first introduction in 2014. The firm has published data of previous generation phones as well.
In 2014, when the larger variant was first introduced, the iPhone 6 outsold the iPhone 6 Plus by 65 percent to 35 percent. The very next year, the margin was reduced, but the iPhone 6s still remained dominant with 59 percent of sales, while the iPhone 6s Plus contributed to 41 percent of sales.
However this year, apparently because of the introduction of new camera hardware, the Plus variant is more in demand. The iPhone 7 Plus sports a dual camera setup for better photography. There are two 12-megapixel lenses – one wide-angle and one telephoto for more zoom. It also features optical image stabilisation.
This year, Apple has introduced new storage variants – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB – and has removed the 3.5mm audio jack. The Home Button gets Force Touch, and is capacitive responding to pressure. Early users have reported a hissing sound in the iPhone 7 Plus when put the heavy usage, and many are blaming the powerful A10 Fusion chipset for the noise.
As expected, Lenovo on Monday launched the Moto E3 Power in India. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 7,999, and will be exclusively available to buy via Flipkart from Monday midnight. It is eligible for the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer.
The company was earlier anticipated to launch the Moto E3 smartphone in the country, however, it has launched its battery-focused smartphone instead – the Moto E3 Power. The company at the event also revealed that there are over 3 million Moto E users in India.
The Moto E3 Power bears a bigger battery compared to the Moto E3 (3500mAh compared to 2800mAh), however, that’s not the only difference. It sports twice the memory – 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB – and twice the inbuilt storage – 16GB instead of 8GB. Both smartphones support storage expansion via microSD card (up to 32GB). The E3 Power also bears 4G LTE connectivity, with VoLTE support, apart from water repellent nano-coating. It comes with a 10W charger in the box, and the company is claiming the battery can rapidly charge, delivering 5 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Moto E3 Power is a dual-SIM (4G+3G) smartphone that bears a smudge 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 64-bit 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, which offers features like 720p HD video capture and burst mode. It also bears a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a beautification mode.
Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, 3G, and 4G LTE (Cat. 4). Sensors include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer. It weighs in at 153.5 grams, and measures 71.6×143.8×9.55mm. The company is also touting 2 years of free photo storage on Google Photos.
The company is also introducing launch offers that are valid till midnight on Tuesday. An exchange offer of up to Rs. 7,000 has been announced, as well as a no cost EMI plan of Rs. 1,334 per month for 8 months. Buyers will get a free 32GB microSD card bundled, and there is a Rs. 800 cashback offer on SBI debit and credit cards. Buyers will also be able to purchase the Moto Pulse headset for a reduced price of Rs. 499 alongside.
Samsung alongside the launch of the Galaxy J7 Prime in India on Monday also launched the Galaxy J5 Prime in the country. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 14,790, and it will become available in the country by the end of September.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is an upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), and features a fingerprint sensor on the home button. Other differences are minor – the Galaxy J5 Prime supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB), whereas the Galaxy J5 (2016) supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Notably, the Prime variant sports a significantly smaller battery, at 2400mAh, compared to the 3100mAh battery on the Galaxy J5 (2016)
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Galaxy J5 Prime is a dual-SIM phone with Nano-SIM card support. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core SoC that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
The Galaxy J5 Prime comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, and 4G. As we mentioned, the smartphone is powered by a 2400mAh battery. It measures 142.8×69.5×8.1mm, and weighs in at 143 grams.
Tthe company is touting features like S Power Planning (a reserve battery technology for when the battery is running low) and S Secure (allowing users to lock/ hide apps, and more). The company has also detailed a Vodafone bundled data offer for Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime customers, wherein they pay for 1GB of data and get 9GB of data free over three months.
Samsung on Monday as expected launched the Galaxy J7 Prime in India. The company also launched the Galaxy J5 Prime in the country. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 18,790 and Rs. 14,790 respectively. While the Galaxy J7 Prime is officially available from Monday, the Galaxy J5 Prime will go on sale from September-end.
For both the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime, the company is touting features like S Power Planning (a reserve battery technology for when the battery is running low) and S Secure (allowing users to lock/ hide apps, and more). The company has also detailed a Vodafone bundled data offer for Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime customers, wherein they pay for 1GB of data and get 9GB of data free over three months.
To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is the upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016), and features a fingerprint sensor on the home button in addition. Other differences include the presence of a full-HD display instead of an HD display, more memory (3GB RAM instead of 2GB), and a higher resolution front camera (8-megapixel instead of 5-megapixel).
The other specifications of the Galaxy J7 Prime almost completely match the Galaxy J7 (2016). The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) Galaxy J7 Prime ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The smartphone bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and runs on a 1.6GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.
The Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash, while there is an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture also on board. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) – to note, the Galaxy J7 (2016) only supports microSD cards up to 128GB in capacity.
The latest Samsung J-Series smartphone offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and 3.5mm audio jack in terms of connectivity options. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery, and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime on the other hand is a brand new offering, and more details are still forthcoming.
The frayed scrap of paper taped to the sidewalk outside Apple’s flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square had a simple message: $5 for photographs.
The sight of Apple fans clamoring to get the latest phone was replaced Friday by people looking to make a few bucks from their lead spot in the line. For the first time, being first through Apple store doors around the world is no guarantee of securing the top-of-the-line new iPhone. A combination of limited supply and Apple’s push toward online pre-orders meant walk-in customers were unable to buy the larger iPhone 7 Plus version.
The result: smaller, less-enthusiastic lines. That’s a big change from the retail frenzy that has long been a ritual of the company’s marketing for a product that still accounts for at least 57 percent of revenue.
“My iPhone 5 died two days ago, the screen became detached,” said David Nelson, a 51-year-old attorney from Oakland, California, who waited toward the back of a line of several hundred people outside the San Francisco store Friday morning. “If my phone had survived, I wouldn’t be here.”
It was subdued outside the London Apple shop in Covent Garden. A well-organized line of a few hundred people cycled through, mainly consisting of people with receipts to pick up pre-ordered devices.
The line outside Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York was the smallest since the launch of the iPhone 3GS in 2009, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. His research team counted 400 customers lining up there Friday, down from a peak of 1,880 for the iPhone 6 debut in September 2014. Apple said earlier this week that all models of the 5.5-inch screen iPhone 7 Plus were sold out in advance, as were all other new handsets with the glossy jet black finish.
“Consumers continue to trend toward pre-ordering new devices to specifically avoid long launch day lines,” Munster wrote in a Friday note to investors. “Pre-orders and early inventory issues will continue to impact future launch day lines, thus would not be surprised to continue seeing smaller lines across the world on future launch days.”
This year, Apple extended its iPhone Upgrade program, in which customers pay a monthly fee in return for a new handset every year. This may help Apple stabilize iPhone sales in years without new blockbuster models, but it also reduces the need for people to gather for hours outside stores on launch day. After being introduced in the US a year ago, iPhone Upgrade was rolled out to the UK and China this year.
Several Apple retail employees in Europe said their stores had no stock for customers walking in without a pre-order reservation, despite Apple’s statement that there would be iPhone 7s available in all colors besides jet black. At European stores where stock for walk-ins was available, quantities were scarce and customers seeking a particular color and capacity configuration ended up with a model they didn’t want or left empty-handed, the employees said. Some big Apple stores in California received fewer than 100 units for walk-in customers, other employees said. They didn’t want to be identified sharing descriptions of early sales. Apple won’t disclose initial weekend sales numbers for the new models, breaking with the tradition of past years.
The lack of sizable crowds this year is a far cry from previous product launches. The first iPhone in 2007 introduced the world to customers camping outside stores to buy a new technology product. Greg Packer, a former government maintenance worker, started the line at Apple’s Fifth Avenue store five days before the original iPhone became available, while a group of organic farmers sat in line for more than a week before the iPhone 3G’s launch in 2008.
Lines at some malls were so long that security guards made crowds wait at nearby locations and escorted customers in small groups to the store to buy their phones. Apple employees provided waiting customers with bottled water, coffee and donuts.
The large crowds were not only made up of shoppers. Some people paid others to line up for them and re-selling new iPhones purchased early from stores became a thriving side business.
Piper Jaffray’s Munster said this year’s line outside the Fifth Avenue store had “little to no representation from overseas re-sellers.” Last year, these entrepreneurs accounted for about 20 percent of the line, he noted.
Still, smaller lines do not necessarily mean fewer sales, because online pre-ordering has picked up, the analyst said. “We remain comfortable with our thinking for slight growth in the iPhone 7 cycle compared to the iPhone 6 cycle,” he wrote.
Back in San Francisco on Friday, some customers were still waiting to get phones for other people. Matic Skok, a 23-year-old from Slovenia, was buying an iPhone 7 for his uncle back home.
“My uncle is addicted to his iPhone,” Skok said, adding that he didn’t plan to buy a new handset for himself. “I have a 5S but it’s too expensive for me to get a new one.”