Xiaomi dips its toes in offline retail in India, ties up with The Mobile Store to sell smartphones

By on March 27, 2015 at 7:46 PM.

Xiaomi dips its toes in offline retail in India, ties up with The Mobile Store to sell smartphones

Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi is finally going to sell its wares in brick and mortar stores in India. The company has tied up with The Mobile Store, where it will sell limited numbers of Mi 4 and Redmi Note 4G smartphones. The first run will include 55 stores in Delhi and NCR and the sales will begin from tomorrow, Economic Times reports. More →

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Amazon Kindle Voyage launched in India; Wi-Fi-only variant priced at Rs 16,499, 3G at Rs 20,499

By on March 25, 2015 at 1:54 AM.

Amazon Kindle Voyage launched in India; Wi-Fi-only variant priced at Rs 16,499, 3G at Rs 20,499

Amazon has finally launched the Kindle Voyage in India. The e-book reader is now available on Amazon India's online store priced at Rs 16,499 for the Wi-Fi only version and Rs 20,499 for the 3G variant. With this launch, Amazon now offers five variants of the Kindle starting from Rs 5,999 for the basic All New Kindle, Rs 10,999 for the Kindle Paperwhite and Rs 13,999 for the Kindle Paperwhite 3G. More →
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LIVE

Live Blog: Honor 6 Plus, Honor 4X India launch

By , on March 24, 2015 at 10:35 AM.

Live Blog: Honor 6 Plus, Honor 4X India launch

After launching the Honor Holly and the Honor 6 in India last year, Honor, the sub-brand under Huawei, is today launching two new smartphones in the country - Honor 4X and the Honor 6 Plus. The two smartphones have already been launched in certain countries, which gives us a fair idea of what the smartphones are all about. As for specifications, the Honor 4X flaunts a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 3,000mAh battery, and on the software front, it runs on Android KitKat wrapped under EMUI 3.0. The Honor 6 Plus, on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, HiSilicon Kirin 925 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, dual-8-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 3,600mAh battery, and Android KitKat wrapped under EMUI 3.0. Hit the break to enjoy our live coverage! More →
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Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge to be manufactured in India

By on March 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge to be manufactured in India

Samsung will start manufacturing its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in India, Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung India revealed at the launch event today. Samsung has two manufacturing facilities in India apart from three R&D centers. More →

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Reviews

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review: The perfect sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone?

By on March 23, 2015 at 4:22 AM.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review: The perfect sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone?

It hasn't even been a year since Xiaomi launched its smartphones in India and it has already had a significant impact on the industry and consumers. In these few months, the Chinese smartphone maker had made us realize two things - you don't have to pay through your nose to get the best hardware specifications and smartphones below Rs 10,000 can be usable too. The Redmi 1S is a great testament to the latter and its success led other smartphone brands to do a better job than throwing left-overs and run down products in the entry-level segment. However, that's not to say the Redmi 1S didn't come with its share of flaws, as you can read in my review. To address those concerns and to set new benchmarks, Xiaomi is bringing the Redmi 2 to India tomorrow. I have been using it as my primary smartphone for the last one week. The Redmi 1S had failed to dazzle me, can the Redmi 2 do any better? Let's find out. More →
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WhatsApp crosses 1 billion downloads on Android

By on March 12, 2015 at 2:00 AM.

WhatsApp crosses 1 billion downloads on Android

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has crossed a billion downloads for Android smartphones on Google Play Store. The milestone was announced by WhatsApp founder and CEO, Jan Koum, who also took the opportunity to stress that the company had a team of just four people working on Android. This is Koum's way of saying the team's DNA hasn't changed even after being acquired by Facebook in a deal valued at a staggering $22 billion. More →
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Opinion

Apple’s new MacBook is a notebook for the iPad generation

By on March 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

Apple’s new MacBook is a notebook for the iPad generation

Apple's new Rs 99,900 MacBook has everyone perplexed. The lightest and thinnest ever MacBook has just one port that can be used to charge it or to connect it with other things like displays, external drives or even to charge your iPhone. It is not extremely powerful enough either, with an Intel Core M processor. So who exactly is the target audience for the new MacBook? Why would one choose the 12-inch MacBook over the more capable MacBook Air? More →
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Opinion

Why Apple’s $10,000 Watch makes sense

By on March 10, 2015 at 6:41 PM.

Why Apple’s $10,000 Watch makes sense

Last night Apple finally answered one of the biggest questions on everyone's mind - what would its luxury Apple Watch Edition cost. Early estimates ranged between $2,000 and $20,000 but the general expectation was it would be priced around $5,000. Apple blew everyone's mind by announcing that the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition would start from $10,000 and go up to $17,000. But one question Apple didn't answer was how it would service customers once the Watch becomes obsolete a year or two down the line. More →
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Opinion

Apple’s MacBook has just one port for everything and that’s the future of notebooks

By on March 10, 2015 at 2:15 AM.

Apple’s MacBook has just one port for everything and that’s the future of notebooks

"We challenged ourselves to reinvent the notebook. And we did it!" said Apple CEO Tim Cook while introducing the new MacBook. Apple's vision of notebooks of the future is that of ultraportability. During his presentation, Cook pointed out how they took everything they learnt from the iPhone and iPad and put that into designing the new MacBook. More →
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The most expensive Apple Watch will cost Rs 10.65 lakhs before taxes!

By on March 10, 2015 at 12:49 AM.

The most expensive Apple Watch will cost Rs 10.65 lakhs before taxes!

Oh dear! We knew the Apple Watch Edition collection would be expensive but little did we know it would be this expensive! The prices of the top-end limited edition of the Apple Watch start at $10,000 (approximately Rs 6.27 lakhs before taxes) but the most expensive one is priced at $17,000 or Rs 10.65 lakh before taxes! If we add taxes and the usual markup Apple charges, this variant could easily top Rs 15 lakhs in India! This for a piece of technology encased in 18k gold that is likely to be outdated within two years. More →
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