It could very well pass on as a smoking pipe or an inhaler or like I imagine a pipe from where Mario could emerge any moment. But spend some time with HTC's first stand-alone camera contraption and it is hard not to crave for it. Called RE, HTC is hoping to capture an untapped market - one that consists of users who want a handy camera that can fit into their pockets, take pictures and shoot videos hasslefree, and probably even accompany them to a day at the beach or the swimming pool. With RE, HTC just doesn't want you to reimagine the company but also how you use your camera. I have been playing around with the HTC RE for the past few hours and here are my first impressions.
It didn t exactly come as a surprise when Samsung unveiled its first ever virtual reality headset during a press conference on Wednesday, but I m not sure anyone expected the Gear VR to come out the way it did. Unlike the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets we ve seen in the recent past, the Gear VR is not a standalone device. Instead, Samsung s new Galaxy Note 4 docks in the headset and the phone s 5.7-inch quad HD display serves as the screen for all the action.
Samsung wasn t the first handset vendor to launch a smartphone with an oversized display, but there s no question that Samsung single-handedly popularized the new phablet category. The company laughed in the face of neighsayers myself included and proved that consumers were indeed looking for phones with supersized screens. In fact, devices that would have been considered phablets back when Samsung helped pioneer the category are now the norm, and top rival Apple has been forced to finally increase the display size on its iPhone lineup.
Samsung has proven time and time again that it is not afraid at all to experiment with new ideas. Sometimes, those ideas lead to huge new product segments imagine Samsung hadn t pushed so hard with supersized smartphone screens. Other times, the company falls flat on its face. Of course, Samsung has enough money in the bank that it can afford to fall down while it searches for the next big thing.
This year we have already seen HTC launch its flagship One (M8) as well as a bunch of Desire series smartphones, but that doesn t mean it has forgotten its Butterfly series. Today, the Taiwanese company announced the HTC Butterfly 2 at an event in Tokyo, which is essentially an international version of the Japanese model called "J butterfly HTL23". The premium smartphone is set to arrive in select markets including India in the coming weeks. We spent some time with the smartphone at the event, and here is what we think of the device.
LG today launched the G3 in India, a couple of months after globally unveiling the flagship device. The smartphone is priced at Rs 47,990 for the 16GB and Rs 50, 990 for the 32GB variant. Last year s flagship LG G2 was a device that had impressed us and the G3 has a lot to live up to. We spent some time with the device at the launch event and here are our first impressions.
Those waiting for the LG G3, will be happy to know that the flagship device isn t too far off. While the company is yet to launch the device in India, it is up for pre-orders on Indian e-commerce site Infibeam, priced at Rs 46,990. The 32GB variant is priced at Rs 54,990 and according to the online retailer shipping is set to begin on July 25. The time frame is consistent with the roadmap LG revealed last month.
Back in April, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom was unveiled at an event in Singapore. The successor to last year s Galaxy S4 zoom is set to arrive in India and it will be exclusively available on Amazon India.
After a couple of generations of its FonePads - 7-inch tablets that could make calls - Asus is finally launching its first smartphones in India on July 9. The Zenfone series was unveiled at CES earlier this year, where Asus surprised everyone by launching smartphones starting from $99 for the Zenfone 4, $149 for the Zenfone 5 and $199 for the Zenfone 6. The numerical signifies the display size. All three of them run on Intel chipsets, which makes Asus one of those rare brands that still go for Intel's silicon for smartphones instead of Qualcomm and Snapdragon. We have spent a couple of days with the Zenfone 5, which would compete with the Moto G and other smartphones in the sub-Rs 15,000 price segment. While our detailed review will come closer to the launch day, here are our first impressions.
Last month, LG unveiled the G3 and subsequently launched the flagship device in South Korea. Today, the company announced that it will start global rollout later this week starting with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Other countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East will get the smartphone sometime in July.
Just a few short months after the release of the G2, LG is back with a brand-new flagship device. The G3 has been leaked more extensively than any other phone in recent memory, but the leaks don t distract from what might be the best oversized Android smartphone ever made.
Samsung has been rumored to be working on a number of Galaxy S5 variants, including the Galaxy S5 Active which has ones again been spotted online, this time in a hands-on video posted on YouTube. TK Tech News claims that the phone in the video is the Galaxy S5 Active with AT&T. The video reveals the design of the phone as well as shows off features like heart rate monitor which is also present on the Galaxy S5.
After leaving the Indian market in 2011, Motorola made a comeback last year with the Moto G, and how. Its first smartphone post the comeback shook the Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 segment in the country. Motorola s retail model, where it only sells phone via Flipkart, may seem restricting to many, but that didn t stop the Moto G to become the best selling smartphone in the company s history. The Moto G was followed by the flagship Moto X, which was in fact launched much before in August last year. The device priced in the Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000 range took a different path to its competitors putting user experience ahead of the specification race. While its success may not have touched the dizzying heights of the Moto G, it nonetheless managed to impress many. Now, Motorola is back with another device, which too seems like a contender to shakeup the entry-level segment. Let s have a detailed look at the Motorola Moto E.
The Lumia 630 is the last of the smartphones built by Nokia, before the company s smartphone business became a part of Microsoft. It is one of the three Windows Phone 8.1 devices unveiled at Microsoft s BUILD conference 2014, and has been built specifically with price-conscious markets in mind. The talking points on the device are the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and the dual-SIM card slots.
After unveiling it at the BUILD 2014 Conference last month, the Nokia Lumia 630 has been launched in India today. The single-SIM variant is priced at Rs 10,500 and the dual-SIM variant is priced at Rs 11,500 and they will be available from May 14.
In an age when mobile photography is more popular than it ever has been before, the quality of photos taken on leading mobile devices like the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 continues to impress. At the same time, however, there is still a huge disparity between photos taken by smartphones and images captured by dedicated compact cameras. Or is there?
Last week an alleged iPhone 6 case for the 4.7-inch variant surfaced online, courtesy of leakster Sonny Dickson. Now, Unbox Therapy has given the case a hands-on treatment, where it also compares it against the iPhone 5S, Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Note 3, to give an idea of its size.
HTC today launched the One (M8), the Desire 816 and the Desire 210 in India, each catering to different price segments in the market. Among these, the Desire 816 has been introduced as the company s flagship in its Desire range of mid-range smartphones. This is the company s 5.5-inch mid-range phablet offering, which was unveiled at MWC in February. To give a recap, it comes with a 720p display resolution, runs on a 1.6GHz Snapdragon S400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, and adorns a 13-megapixel rear camera. In addition to that, the phone supports dual SIMs as well. With all of these along with a beautiful chassis, HTC has ensured to make the Desire 816 look even more lucrative to consumers by tagging it at Rs 23,990, which is quite an impressive price for such a device. Now the question is whether the phone is really worth its price, or is just another device touting a good set of features, but lags behind in terms of action? We used the device at its launch event in Delhi, and here is our take on it.
Apart from the One (M8) and Desire 816, HTC today made the global launch of its cheapest-ever smartphone, the Desire 210 in India. Priced at Rs 8,700, the Desire 210 marks HTC's entry in the highly competitive sub-Rs 10,000 price segment. While local players offer many more features, HTC is hoping that its premium image will help it capture a sliver of this market. HTC isn't alone as Samsung too has its Galaxy S Duos 2 in the same price point with similar features. We spent some time with the Desire 210 and here are our first impressions.
Last night, Nokia unveiled three new Lumia smartphones at the BUILD 2014 conference in San Francisco Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and the Lumia 930. To help give us a better understanding of how these Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones work, Nokia has put up two hands-on videos.