PlayStation 4 Features and Price in India

Sony  launched the PlayStation 4, its fourth generation gaming console in USA a month ago and now Sony has announced that they launching it in the Indian market for Rs 39,990. The gaming beast will be available in stores starting January 6, 2014.

PlayStation 4 India
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Sony also said that the PlayStation camera will be retailed at Rs 4,990, The PS4 controller is been priced at a whooping Rs 4,990 in India. PS4 exclusive titles Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall shall be available at a cost of Rs 3,999.

The PlayStation 4 is powered by an eight-core AMD jaguar Processor, and gets a 500GB disk drive, 8GB of unified memory, integral Blu Ray drive and also the new DualShock 4 controller. The PlayStation 4 additionally features 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity choice, ana port, Bluetooth 2.1, and 2 USB two.0 ports.

The PlayStation 4 was initially launched in November for USD 399 within the US vice market. The most-awaited gaming console, the PlayStation 4 sold-out over twenty one lakh units within 2 weeks, i.e. fifteen days on the market, after its Nov 15 debut in North America and Sony declared that it had been on aim to hit a worldwide target of fifty lakh units by March.

Sony has streamlined the PS4’s on-screen interface, and also the menu features large app and game icons in an exceedingly gymnastic apparatus with another line of smaller icons on top of it that allow users to connect with different gamers, mess around with system settings and access the PlayStation Store, to transfer new games and purchase or rent multimedia content.

The launch lineup includes twenty two games to draw in fans of almost any genre, from military shooters to sports simulations to family-friendly adventures together with “Killzone: Shadow Fall,” and “Drive Club”. It additionally offers media apps, together with Hulu and Netflix.

The PlayStation 4 competes strongly with the Xbox One, Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console, that has been priced a $100 higher then Sony’s PlayStation 4. Microsoft conjointly claimed it sold-out 10 lakh units in in twenty four hours following its November 22 unleash.

Are you the one to get your hands on PlayStation 4? Is it worth the price in India or Xbox one is something that might make give a second thought on this gaming beast? Lets discuss in the comments below.

LG Flex: Features, Review and Cost in India

LG Flex is literally flexible. Instead of being rigid and built with glass and hard plastic, like any other smartphone you know about, it is made up of curved components. This means that it may literally be bent and even pressed.

It is possible to stand on this phone and not break it (be careful in testing that theory). It is a very slim phone that is flexible but still stiff. The images of it bending over which are available online are a bit of an exaggeration.

It is very light and very slim and it is built with plastic substrates that make it flexible. In other words, it is curved and hard, but flexible (it is hard to describe without having a play with it yourself).

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LG Flex
Credit: Wikipedia Commons

There are exceptions in bending, the camera, battery or the processors, so look at it as a smartphone that is simply more durable (or less breakable) than other devices.

And, a phone that has a bit of a curve to it. The battery is placed within the curving flex phone by the use of stack and folding technology.

It reduces the pressure that is put on the battery when some one tries to bend it or tries to sit on it by mistake. It makes it harder to damage the battery with bending forces.

Features and Review

The LG Flex has the Android 4.2.2 operating system. Its dimensions are 6.32″ x 3.21″ x 0.31″, that is 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9  mm. It weighs 6.24 Oz which is 177 gm.

Display

It has a 6″ display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The pixel density is 245 pixels per inch which is pretty standard but not good enough compared to iPhone 5S and Google Nexus 7. It uses P-OLED multi touch display. Except for the curved and flexible screen, nothing else is really impressive.

The LG Flex Sensor

It comes with a proximity  and  light sensor. I wish they had inculcated a new type of sensor that can take the advantage of curved display and made it more interesting.

Battery

It has a battery that is 3500 mAh, which is a HUGE battery capacity for a phone. It is far bigger than most which is going to guarantee you a nice long standby time as well as very good talk time.. The battery is one of the most inflexible things on a phone.
You can create bendy and squash-able components for many types of phone internals. But, the battery is where they have really done well to make sure it does not split or burst when compressed or bent.

Processor

It powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor. The processor is a quad core which means it has four processors. It has a clock speed  of 2260 MHz. Its graphics processor (GPU) is the Adreno 330.

RAM

It is 2048 MB (2 GB) RAM. It can handle most of the tasks that you do at it. It also comes with a gigantic 32 GB of storage, which is less compared to a 64 GB iPhone model.

Sound

It has notifications such as haptic feedback and it has musical MP3 ringtones and  polyphonic ringtones. It has vibration mode, flight mode and silent mode as well as speakerphone which you will find in all other smartphones too. It comes with digital compass and an accelerometer sensors.

Camera

The camera featuring on LG Flex is a 13 mega pixel camera. It is very impressive and is currently the biggest mega pixel that any smartphone has. Samsung were the first to install one on a popular flagship phone, and it is now the highest mega pixel you are going to find on latest device.
It has a 1.2 MP front facing camera and Flash LED  along with the rear camera.

Network and communications

It uses GSM: 900, 850, 1900, 1800 MHz and has LTE (Long Term Evolution) and HSPA compatibility. It also has EDGE and GPRS compatibility and uses GPS and A-GPS. It includes Bluetooth 4.0 and has Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac. It also has USB 3.0 and microUSB support. It has a mass storage device and USB charging port at its bottom.

LG Flex Self Healing Demo:

LG Flex Cost and Availability in India

The keynote event of LG was held specifically to announce the LG G Flex in India but the launch is expected in February, 2014.

There is no clear comment on what price consumers should expect but as per our sources, it would be priced around Rs. 60,000 – Rs. 65,000 and it will also depend on the Dollar rate at the time of launch.

But the question to ask is, people in India already think iPhone is a costly smartphone, will LG Flex make through the consumer market in India? An official from LG said they are planning to launch just 500 units of LG Flex in the first quarter.

This device is pretty unique and different from existing devices, having a curved screen and self healing back, but the Android operating system isn’t quite modified for the hardware and taken its full advantage.

We should see an update on that soon. What do you think about this device? Is it as seducting as the iPhone 5S’s finger print sensor was?

World’s First Pendrive for Smartphones by Sony

Sony today launched the world’s first pen drives that are compatible with smartphones and tablet devices aiming at a market that is new for data storage devices.

The new USB flash drives are “2-in-1 devices” having USB 2.0 and microUSB connectors on either side of the stick, allowing consumers to use them in not only laptops and desktops but also smartphones and tablets.

Viviano Cantu, the director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics, has a word on it:

“These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking.”

The new pendrive for smartphones are compatible with Android (Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean) operating systems and provides USB on-the-go (OTG) functionality. Sony says that it is working on making them compatible with Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.

Apart from transferring data between devices, these flash drives can be used to as additional or temporary storage for smartphones and tablets. There are quite a few products available in the market that offer storage for iPhones, but fail in their size and compatibility.

Their locking caps will protect the connecting ports from damage and dust, says Sony. Sony also claims that the metal enclosure of these flash drives are ample durable to withstand everyday rough mobile use.

The cap of this flash drive are available in three different colours, namely, White, Black and Purple.

Sony has said that the new flash drives will be available to consumers in of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities, priced at $19.99, $29.99 and $62.99 respectively.

The Japanese giant has not commented on the dates of its release in India, we are expecting these new flash drives, that are compatible with smartphones and tablets to launch globally by January of next year, i.e. January 2014.

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Sony Xperia ZU with Android 4.2.2, New User Interface – Rumors

The rumoured announcement of the Sony Xperia ZU Togari phablet is just around and there have been more and more details coming in.

It is going to be announced on 25th June, and it is expected that the Xperia ZU would be coming with the Android 4.2.2 and the new TimeScape UI, which is not much laggy as it was previously.

Sony Xperia Zu Togari

You would be seeing more than the normal UI that has been recently available for most of the Sony high-end smartphones, especially the Sony Xperia Z, the addition of Android 4.2.2 would be a good one along with more exciting stuff. The new lock screen, SocialLife, STAMINA Mode and new Small Apps are a few things that would attract the users.

Sony Xperia Zu Togari

It’s going to be named the Togari Phablet, and the name Phablet would easily make you guess how big the screen size would be.

What’s included on the front side is the 6.44-inch 1080p Triluminos colour display, and on the back there’s an 8-megapixel camera.

The Xperia ZU is going to come with the X-Reality Engine, an upgrade to the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and additionally it would come with the IP58 certification and hence will be water-resistant (1m for up to 30 minutes).

Check out for more details soon.

How to Solve HTC One Capacitive Buttons Problem

The HTC One smartphone although looks very classy and contends well to be one of the best smartphones in the current smartphone market, it has got quite a lot of problems in itself.

One of the very common issue that several users have reported about, is the capacitive touch buttons which were not responding well. For most of them, it was until a several hits that the phone responded once.

HTC One Capacitive Buttons
Credit: ThinkDigit

The HTC One Issue

The capacitive touch buttons not responding to the touch. The issue worsens when a screen guard is used, and the touch response gets far lesser then.

Solve the HTC One Capacitive button issue

Solution 1

According to a few users who confirmed, the company HTC was sending out a software update which could help resolve the issue, but again this won’t work for everyone because the root cause doesn’t remain the same for everyone. The update that would arrive would be a 1.29.xxx.12 one with the xxx being your region code. We aren’t sure how widespread this update is as of now.

For example, 1.29.709.12(214.04MB) was an update sent to a user in Taiwan, which had the update notes including – “virtual button sensitivity adjusted”.

Solution 2

This one is just a trial to see if it really works and if the issue gets resolved quite a bit if the first one didn’t work out for you. You need to get a factory reset done on your HTC One. Here’s how you can do it.

1. Slide the Notifications panel open, and then tap Settings.
2. Tap Backup & reset.
3. Tap Reset phone.
4. If you also want to delete media and other data on HTC One, select Erase all data.
5. Tap OK

If at all these don’t work, the final option you would have to do is to take the advantage of your warranty, given through your seller or the carrier and get the device replaced or repaired.

iPad mini with Retina Display : Features and Prices in India

The Cupertino company Apple launched its second iteration of iPad mini, the iPad mini with Retina display, also called as iPad mini 2 along with the 5th generation iPad Air.

iPad mini retina display
Credit: Apple

iPad mini with Retina Display Features

The iPad mini 2 is the latest addition to its smaller display iPad coming with a whole new set of features and the pitching feature being the Retina display.

Design

The physical appearance of iPad mini with Retina display is the same as its older generation with 5.3 inches in width and 7.87 inches in height.

The iPad mini with retina display is same as that of iPad Air with 7.5 mm and weighs just over 300 grams. The new iPad mini features a Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch.

iPad mini retina display features
Credit: Apple

Processor

The iPad mini 2 is also powered with the Apple’s brand new A7 chip which is also on the iPad Air along with the M7 coprocessor.

The 64 bit desktop class architecture built in the A7 processor is double in CPU as well as graphics then the first generation of iPad mini.

The M7 motion coprocessor helps the A7 chip by sourcing the data from the gyroscope, accelerometer and compass and brings in a new delight in the iPad mini without losing battery life.

Battery Life

Despite having a horse powered processor and coprocessor, iPad mini with retina display gives up to 10 hours of  battery life, same as the previous model. Nothing much improvement over battery life here is a little disappointment.

Network

The iPad mini 2 powers the ultra fast Wifi giving speed up to 300mbps. iPad mini also has the highest supported network bands all over the world and is 4G ready.

Camera and Mic

There are no changes in the Camera features, having the same megapixels and aperture as that of original iPad mini. We noticed only a single change in Camera is that iPad mini 2 allows 3x zooming possible which was earlier missing in the old model.

iPad mini 2 also has 2 microphones situated at the top and back of the device, similar to the iPad Air.

iPad Air Mic
Credit: Apple

Operating System

Undoubtedly, iPad mini with Retina display runs on the latest and completely redesigned operating system, the iOS 7. The device looks much sleeker, clean and flat which gives you a sense of enduring simplicity.

iPad mini retina display features
Credit: Apple

Storage Capacity

iPad mini with Retina display now comes with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and the highest model with 128GB both in White and Space grey models.

Overview of iPad mini with Retina Display

iPad mini retina display price
Credit: Apple

iPad mini with Retina Display Price in India

Wifi only models

16GB – Rs. 28,900

32GB – Rs. 35,900

64GB – Rs. 42,900

128GB – Rs. 49,900

Wifi + Cellular models

16GB – Rs. 37,900

32GB – Rs. 44,900

64GB – Rs. 51,900

128GB – Rs. 58,900

It is also said that Apple might  start the buyback program with the new iPad mini just like it did for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. We recommend you get your hands on in any of the Apple store near you before buying.

Concluding

This would be the best buy if you are looking for an iPad model to buy or generally any other tablet. It’s small, its packed with the brand new powerful A7 and M7 chip and does pretty much an iPad Air can do at an extra cost.

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iPad Air : Features and Price in India

The California tech giant Apple’s latest addition to its iPad line up, the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display hit Indian stores today officially bringing in all the new features, raising the bar in tablet industry.

iPad Air Features and Price in India
Credit: Apple

iPad Air Features

The iPad Air is the most advanced iPad Apple has ever made and it destroys the competition like Nexus 7 tablets with its multi core processor benchmark.

Design

iPad Air’s design has been changed by its predecessors making it lighter, slimmer and easy to handle in one hand.

The iPad Air is 7.5mm thin, with the weight, less then half a kilo. Of course, it features a retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It is thinner then the pencil you use.

The bezel around the iPad Air is smaller then the previous generation iPads. It makes much easier to handle it with one hand without affecting the working of iPad due to thumb touching on the screen.

iPad Air India
Credit: Apple

Processor

The iPad Air is powered by the A7 processor and a new chip called M7 co processor. The A7 chip powers a desktop class 64 bit architecture which is twice as fast in CPU as well as graphics then the previous gen iPads.

The M7 motion coprocessor assists the A7 chip by collecting data from the gyroscope, accelerometer and compass and brings in a new delight in your iPad Air without losing battery life.

Battery Life

Despite having a horse powered processor and coprocessor, iPad Air gives up to 10 hours of incredible battery life, increased by 1 hours from its previous generation.

Network

The iPad Air has an increased connectivity. The twice as fast Wifi with dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n Wi‑Fi and MIMO, download speeds can reach up to 300 Mbps.

iPad Air with Wi‑Fi + Cellular lets you connect to the Internet even if you’re away from a Wi‑Fi signal. iPad Air also supports the most number of mobile networks then any other mobile device in the world.

Camera and Mic

The new iteration of iPad, the iPad Air has the same 5 megapixel iSight camera as on iPad 4, allowing you to shoot 1080p videos. No changes are made to the FaceTime camera.

iPad Air has dual microphone placed at the top and back of the device giving much accurate voice during FaceTime by compressing the background noise much efficiently.

iPad Air Mic
Credit: Apple

Operating System

Undoubtedly, iPad Air runs on the latest and completely redesigned operating system, the iOS 7. The device looks much sleeker, clean and flat which gives you a sense of simplicity.

iPad Air with iOS 7
Credit: Apple

Storage Capacity

iPad Air now comes with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and the highest model with 128GB both in White and Space grey models.

Overview of iPad Air

iPad Air Features
Credit: Apple

iPad Air Price in India

The iPad Air price in India starts from Rs. 35,900 for the starting model.

Wifi only models

16GB Wifi only – Rs. 35,900

32GB Wifi only – Rs. 42,900

64GB Wifi only – Rs. 49,900

128Gb Wifi only – Rs. 56,900

Wifi + Cellular models

16GB Wifi + Cellular – Rs. 44,900

32GB Wifi + Cellular – Rs. 51,900

64GB Wifi + Cellular – Rs. 58,900

128Gb Wifi + Cellular – Rs. 65,900

Apple might also start the buyback program with the new iPad just like it did for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. We recommend you get your hands on in any of the Apple store near you before buying.

If you do not own an iPad, this is the time you buy, and if you own an iPad 3 or iPad 4, we don’t think you should be so early to get your new iPad and wait for the prices to go down in a few months.

Let us know what you think about the new iPad air and what are the factors that would make you buy one in the comments below.

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Micromax Bolt A61: Specs, Features and Price

Micromax has just launched the newest model in its Bolt series, the Bolt A61. Micromax pitches the device as a metallic bodied smartphone that is stylish and enduring.

Micromax Bolt A61
Credit: Micromax Gallery

Bolt A61 has an intuitive navigation featuring on 10.1 cm Full Capacitive Touch Screen powered by a 1 GHz processor. The device is powered by Jelly Bean 4.1 having a built-in 3G connectivity.

Although Micromax has failed to keep up to the mark with the promised battery life in earlier models, lets see what does this new device has it in the stores.

Full Specifications:-

 Design: 

Screen Size : 10.1 cm (4)
Screen Type : TFT Full Touch Screen
Colour Depth : 16M
Screen Resolution : WVGA, 480*800

Multimedia:

Video Formats Supported : H.263,H.264,MPEG4,MP4,M4V,3GPP
Video Frame Rate : 30fps
Audio Formats Supported : MP3,WAV,AMR,AAC,MID.
FM : Yes

Battery:

Standby Time : 160 Hours
Battery Capacity : 1500mAh
Talktime : 3:55 Hours

Processor:

Processor : 1GHz
Type : Spreadtrum SC7710

Operating System:

OS Version : Android 4.1
OS Name : Android Jellybean

Camera:

Front Camera : VGA
Flash : Yes
Autofocus : No
Resolution, Recording & Playback : 640*480
Rear Camera Resolution : 2 MP

Network:

Frequency Band : GSM 2G(900/1800) WCDMA 3G(2100)
Network : 3G
HSPA : 5.76Mbps(uplink) , 7.2Mbps (uplink)
Wi-Fi : Yes
Connectivity Options : Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/USB
Location : GPS : No
Bluetooth : BT 2.1 +E=DR

Storage:

RAM : 256 MB
ROM : 512 MB
Expandable Memory : 16GB
Sensors : G sensor
Internal Memory : 135 MB (For apps installation)

In the Box

You will get your Bolt A61, USB cable, Manual, Charger, Warranty card, handsfree.

Price Point

The all new Micromax Bolt A61 is priced at INR 4999/- (Prices may vary according to states and taxes)

 

How to Remotely Flash Files into your Android Device

Flashing files into your android device has become a common task in the new era of modification. People like to flash files for purposes like applying different desirable themes, and unofficially updating their Android OS to initiate change into their lives.

All this is very time consuming and also requires many accessories (Data cables), that if lost; can create quiet a difficult situation as the whole plan rests on the connection of the android device with the PC.

Remotely flash files on Android
Credit: XDA

Furthermore, flashing files via a data cable can be very irritating; both devices have to be at the same place to be connected to each other, both devices have to be fully charged for flashing without interruption, and the devices must be compatible with each other. All these requirements are sometimes very hard to meet. Luckily, a recognised member of XDA, has devised a fairly easy and fast method to flash files.

This will need no data cables, no close interaction between the PC and the android device, and no need to lose battery by switching places. Okay now, you must be wondering what the remoteflash is now.

Remoteflash will flash the required files from the PC to the android device over Wifi. This process requires the downloading of two files, one on your android device, and one on your PC (that stores the files you want to flash). A simple java application can be downloaded to act as a client on the PC, and an APK file will be downloaded on the android device.

Requirements:
1. You will need the Java application that is to be run on your PC
2. You will need the Remoteflash APK that is to be run on your android device
3. You will need Wifi
4. Disconnecting of all the other devices from the WiFi that are not to be involved in flashing.
5. Charged battery (90% should be taken as standard)
6. Open recovery script is recommended to recover by the developer.

How to flash files to Android Phone

When you download the APK file onto your android device, you must reboot the device so APK can start running. Now, you run the java application and hit ‘Auto Scan’.

Now, this is the important part; you must make sure that both the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi, or else this won’t work. The scanning time can vary, but mostly it hooks up within 2 minutes tops.

After connecting, you will be given an option to connect with the device you want; choose the android device you want to flash your files on.

Now, check the Wipe Data/Cache option and hit ‘Go’. After this you will be asked what files to flash, you must select the files you want to flash from the directory and Bingo! After the flash is complete, it’s the usual protocol.

Just reboot and the flashed files will be present. Further details can be seen at the original thread of XDA developers if problems are encountered.

Apple and China Mobile finally Sign the iPhone Deal

Following a number of speculations and reviews over the past several weeks, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the Cupertino Tech Giant Apple and China Mobile have finally agreed on signing an iPhone deal. The company says it is planned to schedule the launch later this month.

The deal goes into positive node for Apple after nearly 6 years of on-and-off arguments and negotiations, and will give Apple access to China Mobile’s 700 million+ subscriber base. Thats a whooping user base for any company to get through profits.

The WSJ’s Lorraine Luk  has a say on it:

“China Mobile Ltd. 0941.HK +1.01% has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple Inc.AAPL -0.23% to offer iPhones on its network, a person familiar with the situation said, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world’s largest mobile market. 

The rollout of iPhones on the world’s largest mobile carrier by users, with over 700 million subscribers, is expected to start later this month, around the time of a Dec. 18 China Mobile conference in Guangzhou, according to two people familiar with the carrier’s plans. China Mobile is one of the world’s last major carriers that doesn’t offer the iPhone.”

Apple and China Mobile have been in arguments for several years now, and CEO Tim Cook has visited to Beijing several times to for a high profile meet  with the carrier’s Chairman on multiple occasions. His most recent visit was in July, where it’s believed that the two made significant striking of the deal.

China Mobile and Apple
Photo Credit: WSJ

News of the strike of deal has been expected since September, when the iPhone 5s and 5c were launched to the public. The two smartphones are Apple’s first handsets to support China Mobile’s TD-LTE network, which is also rumoured to launch on the 18th of this month.