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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced that his government would soon begin the ‘Samajwadi Smartphone Scheme’ “for benefit of all sections of the society”.

He also added that by rolling out world’s largest free laptop distribution scheme, the Samajwadi Party government had ushered in “Digital Democracy” in the state and express hope that the new and ambitious scheme will enable two-way communication between the people and the state government.

The chief minister stated said that this would be helpful in spreading awareness among the people of various policies and schemes and that people’s feedback would also reach the state government.

According to an official, the Samajwadi smartphone would be equipped with latest modern technology and would have all facilities of a smartphone, a detailed unified application, which would have audio, video and textual information about the state government.

The phone’s app would also have features for rural people, frames about latest rates of agro products, details of best practices and weather related data as well. Similar information would be available for milk producers, along with job and vacancy information, reading material for students, entrance and results, loan and other financial assistance details for small-time businessmen.

Akhilesh Yadav underlined that the selection of beneficiaries for the phone would be completely transparent and the applicants would not have to go to any government officer for this. The system also has a facility where in after online selection of the beneficiary, smart phones would be straight away dispatched to the beneficiaries’ addresses.
This will keep away possibility of any corruption. The registration process would be initiated within one month.

He also said that applicants have to be minimum high school pass, should be bona fide residents of UP, and of 18 years of age as on January 1, 2017. Applicants whose parents work wth the state government will not be eligible as well as those working with the government.

In the same manner, people applying for the smartphone, if working in private sector, can only apply if their annual income is less that Rs. 2 lakh. During online registration, a scanned copy of the high school certificate has to be uploaded and no other paper would be required.

The smartphone would be distributed in the second half of 2017 on first come/registration first basis. Applicants will have to self-attest information provided by them at the time of registration and they would be getting information through SMS alerts, at every step.

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Samsung, as expected, has started officially selling refurbished Galaxy smartphones in the US. The South Korean company is currently selling refurbished units of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from its official site.

Listed under a page titled “Samsung Certified Pre-Owned Phones and Refurbished Products,” the Galaxy smartphones now available to buy in the US are carrier locked. Samsung is offering up to $200 discount on the purchase of the Galaxy S6 Edge (32GB), Galaxy S6 (32GB), and Galaxy Note 4 refurbished smartphones. On other models, the company is offering up to $150 discount on the purchase of the Galaxy S5, up to $130 on the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and up to $250 on the purchase of the Galaxy Note 3. It’s worth noting that consumers will have to pay the entire amount upfront.

Samsung touts that the phones selling under “pre-owned” category have been completely refurbished by Samsung engineers, include new headphones and charger, and will come with one year warranty.

Last month, Samsung was said to launch the programme to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones to “sustain earnings momentum.” It’s however unclear as of now whether Samsung will sell refurbished smartphones in other markets outside the US.

Samsung’s move to sell refurbished phones is not unique as Apple already sells refurbished iPhone models at a discount in some countries including the US.

Earlier, Apple’s plan to sell refurbished iPhone models in India was reportedly rejected by the government.

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Apart from launching the K6, K6 Power, and K6 Note smartphones, Lenovo at IFA 2016 in Berlin also revealed the new A Plus and P2 smartphones.

The Lenovo P2 has been priced at EUR 249 (approximately Rs. 18,500) while the Lenovo A Plus will be available at EUR 69 (approximately Rs. 5,200). Both the handsets will be initially available in the European markets. The Lenovo P2 will start shipping in November while the A Plus will go on sale from this month.

For specifications, the Lenovo A Plus features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6580 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM and packs 8GB of on-board storage which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also houses a 2-megapixel front camera. There is 2000mAh battery and the handset comes with dual-SIM support. Much like other A-series handsets, the biggest highlight of the Lenovo A Plus will be 4G with VoLTE support.

The Lenovo P2, on the other hand, is the successor to the battery-centric Lenovo P1 smartphone and packs a large 5100mAh battery. It also supports fast-charging. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of storage which is further expandable via microSD card. Lenovo has announced that it will launch the 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage model of the Lenovo P2 in China.

There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, Sony sensor and also packs a 5-megapixel front camera.

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TP-Link, a popular networking product manufacturer, has unveiled two new smartphones – the Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max – at IFA 2016.

The Neffos X1 has been priced at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 15,000) while the Neffos X1 Max has been priced at EUR 249 (roughly Rs. 18,650). Both the smartphones will come in Cloud Grey and Sunrise Gold colours. Both the new Neffos smartphones are expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter.

The Neffos X1 features a 5-inch HD display with a pixel density of 294ppi. It is powered by a Helio P10 octa-core MT6755M processor (four cores at 1.8GHz and four cores at 1GHz). The smartphone will be available in 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage as well as 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage models. Unfortunately, the company has not revealed pricing details of the later model. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and a 5-megapixel front camera. It packs a 2250mAh battery. The Neffos X1 supports dual-SIM and both the SIMs support 4G connectivity. It measures 142x71x7.95mm.

The Neffos X1 Max, on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch full-HD display with a pixel density of 403ppi. Much like the Neffos X1, the Neffos X1 Max is powered by a Helio P10 (MT6755) octa-core processor (four cores at 2GHz and four cores at 1.2GHz). It will be also available in two models featuring 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage and another with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). It sports the same camera module as the Neffos X1. The X1 Max is backed by a 3000mAh battery. It measures 153x76x7.7mm.

Google last month was reported to be dropping the Nexus-branding, and launch the Android 7.0 Nougat platform lead devices under its own brand. Gadgets 360 had also learnt that Google may release the new smartphones “in a handful of countries including India” in September. Now, a new report claims that the new Nexus smartphone successors will be re-branded as Pixel and Pixel XL. A separate report claims that Google is prepping for an event on October 4 where it will showcase the new hardware products.

Android Police reports, corroborating our earlier report, that the Pixel smartphone will be the 5-inch Sailfish device which was making rounds in rumours while the Pixel XL will be the 5.5-inch Marlin smartphone. The report adds that both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be touted as the “first phones built by Google.” An earlier report claimed that the upcoming Google smartphones will be priced higher than the current Nexus devices at launch, pegging the 5-inch ‘Sailfish’ smartphone to be priced at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000), and the 5.5-inch ‘Marlin’ smartphone to be priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 40,100)

The anticipated Google-branded smartphones will also come with features over and above vanilla Android, which fits well with Sundar Pichai’s statement that Google is looking to be more opinionated with its own lineup. This may see a revamped launcher, and Google Assistant features.
Apart from the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google is expected to launch a brand new 4K Chromecast that can stream content in 4K and might be dubbed Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra. Another device rumoured to make its way at the October 4 event is the company’s in-house Daydream VR viewer device. It is rumoured to be called Daydream View. Android Police cites reliable sources confirming the October 4 Google launch event.

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Google last month was reported to be dropping the Nexus-branding, and launch the Android 7.0 Nougat platform lead devices under its own brand. Gadgets 360 had also learnt that Google may release the new smartphones “in a handful of countries including India” in September. Now, a new report claims that the new Nexus smartphone successors will be re-branded as Pixel and Pixel XL. A separate report claims that Google is prepping for an event on October 4 where it will showcase the new hardware products.

Android Police reports, corroborating our earlier report, that the Pixel smartphone will be the 5-inch Sailfish device which was making rounds in rumours while the Pixel XL will be the 5.5-inch Marlin smartphone. The report adds that both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be touted as the “first phones built by Google.” An earlier report claimed that the upcoming Google smartphones will be priced higher than the current Nexus devices at launch, pegging the 5-inch ‘Sailfish’ smartphone to be priced at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000), and the 5.5-inch ‘Marlin’ smartphone to be priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 40,100)

The anticipated Google-branded smartphones will also come with features over and above vanilla Android, which fits well with Sundar Pichai’s statement that Google is looking to be more opinionated with its own lineup. This may see a revamped launcher, and Google Assistant features.
Apart from the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google is expected to launch a brand new 4K Chromecast that can stream content in 4K and might be dubbed Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra. Another device rumoured to make its way at the October 4 event is the company’s in-house Daydream VR viewer device. It is rumoured to be called Daydream View. Android Police cites reliable sources confirming the October 4 Google launch event.

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After launching the One A9s, HTC has released a teaser on Twitter confirming the grand unveil on September 20. The teaser hints that the rumoured Desire 10 series smartphones, the Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro, could be launched on this date.

The teaser shows glimpses of a metal bodied smartphone resembling the renders of the Desire 10 Pro that leaked earlier this month. Alongside the Desire 10 Pro, the Desire 10 Lifestyle was also leaked indicating that HTC may unveil both the Desire 10 smartphones on September 20.

Noted tipster Evan Blass had earlier indicated that HTC will announce the Desire 10 smartphones in the third quarter. Later he narrowed it down to the end of September, and the display screen of the leaked renders had further hinted the launch date to be September 20.

The Desire 10 will launch in two variants – HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle and HTC Desire 10 Pro. Blass shed light on the specification details of the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, and claims that it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is expected to feature a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core SoC, and come in two memory/ inbuilt storage bundles – 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM/ 16GB of storage. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor and a single-LED flash. It also offers a 5-megapixel selfie camera with 1080p video recording. It will be launched in many solid matte colour options, and reportedly support Boomsound Hi-Fi Edition stereo speakers with 24-bit system audio..
The HTC Desire 10 Pro is said to be the premium version of the two, and will come with better specifications. The pricing details remain unknown, however both smartphones are expected to compete in the mid-range segment.

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Global Internet and technology conglomerate LeEco on Friday announced the extension of its membership programme from one year to three years for buyers of both its ‘Superphones’ and Super TVs.

LeEco currently bundles one year of LeEco Membership with every handset, starting with the Le 1s in Eco in May. With the launch of its Super TVs, LeEco offered two years of membership.

Superphone users can now extend their membership to three years with the purchase of a Super TV.

LeEco at the beginning of August launched its Super3 series of televisions in India. Three models of the series are being made available in the country, the 55-inch Super3 X55, the 65-inch Super3 X65, and the 65-inch flagship model – the Super3 Max65. All three offer 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) resolutions, while only the flagship model supports FPR 3D and comes with bundled glasses.

The LeEco Super3 X55 has been priced at Rs. 59,790, while the LeEco Super3 X65 has been priced at Rs. 99,790, and the LeEco Super3 Max65 has been priced at Rs. 1,49,790.
The LeEco televisions launched in India come preloaded with the company’s own content-viewing apps, such as Le Vidi, Le Live, LeView along with other tailor-made apps like Panosearch. LeEco says this will users access to roughly 2,000 films from Hollywood and Bollywood, more than 100 satellite TV channels, 3.5 million songs (which will come soon via software upgrade), and more than 50 live concerts.

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Nokia’s much-anticipated return to smartphones is anticipated to happen later this year. Nokia had in May signed a deal with newly-formed Finnish manufacturer HMD Global to make Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets for the next 10 years. Since then, leaks of some top-end Nokia smartphones have made their way to the Web. And now, the two smartphones have surfaced on Geekbench revealing some questionable specification details.

The first Nokia-branded Android smartphone is named the Nokia 5320 on Geekbench, and it is powered by a quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Also, it seems to be running on a very old Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system.

The other one is called the Nokia RM-1490 and it is listed to be powered by a 500MHz AMD A8-5545M processor paired with 2GB RAM. This one runs on an even older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

These specifications are contradictory to past leaks. If true, these specifications are hardly anything to be excited about, and Nokia really needs to do some rethinking if it wants to recapture its lost charm. However, in all probability, these specs are just a test run, and the final spec sheet should look very different.

Previous leaks suggest that the two anticipated Nokia-branded Android smartphones will feature 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch displays with 2K resolution (QHD), and will come with IP68 certification. The smartphones are rumoured to be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset and will come with Z-Launcher System UI based on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Meizu has announced two new smartphones in its U series, the U10 and U20 smartphones. The smartphones will come in Black, White, Champagne Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants, and are priced starting CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,000).

The smartphones comes in two memory/ storage bundles, and the Meizu U10 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage bundle is priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,000), while the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage bundle is priced at CNY 1,119 (roughly Rs. 11,300). The Meizu U20 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage bundle is priced at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 11,100), while the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage bundle is priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,100). The Meizu U10 will be available in China starting September 18, while the Meizu U20 will be released earlier on August 28.

As for specifications, the Meizu U10 runs on an Android-based YunOS with Flyme UI and features a hybrid dual-SIM card slot (Nano + Nano/microSD). It features a 5-inch (unspecified resolution) IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It runs on an octa-core processor, and also offers an option to expand storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, and an adjacent 5-megapixel selfie camera as well. The Meizu U10 packs a 2760mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS.

Apart from a larger display and bigger battery, all the other specifications on the Meizu U20 remain the same. It features a bigger 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and packs a 3260mAh battery. Both the smartphones come with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the mTouch 2.1 home button. There is no word on whether these smartphones will launch in international markets or not.