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  • ZTE launches Grand X Quad Lite in India at Rs 14,999, 5 other phones

    ZTE has taken its first step in India, and the company has kicked this off with six smartphone launches. These smartphones are the Grand X Quad Lite, the Blade L, the Kis Flex, the Blade E, the Blade G2 and the Blade C. The Android-based smartphones cover a wide spectrum of prices: the Grand X is priced at Rs 14,999, the G2 at Rs 11,599, the Blade C at Rs 7,599, the Blade L at Rs 12,599, the Kis Flex at Rs 5,799 and the Blade E at Rs 11,999.

    All of these smartphones have a few things in common, namely, they all run on Android and 512MB of RAM. While most of these run on recent version of Android, namely Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, the lowest end of the lot—the Kis Flex—runs on the very old Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

    The Grand X Quad Lite is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It has 1GB of internal storage and support for a microSD card up to 32GB. It has a 5-inch display and a qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. This gives it a pixel density of 220 ppi. It is a dual-SIM handset that supports a 3G SIM and a 2G (GSM) SIM. Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 5 megapixel camera on the back, along with a VGA front-facing camera. All of this is kept alive by a 2500 mAh battery.

    The Blade L has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has 4GB of internal storage along with support for a microSD card of up to 32GB. It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 186 ppi. It is a dual-SIM handset. Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 5 megapixel camera, along with a VGA front-facing camera. All of this is kept alive by a 2000 mAh battery.

    The Kis Flex is the cheapest of the lot and runs on a 1GHz processor on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This is also the exception among ZTE's line-up with just 256 MB of RAM. It has 512MB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. Its 3.5-inch display has a resolution of 480 x 320, giving it a pixel density of 164 ppi. It is a dual-SIM handset. Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera. It is kept alive by a 1200 mAh battery.

    The Blade E runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It has 4GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. It has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 217 ppi. The dual-SIM phone's connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter on this is a 5 megapixel camera, along with a VGA front-facing camera. The smartphone is kept alive by a 1600 mAh battery.
    The Blade G2 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. It has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, giving it the same pixel density as the Blade E—217 ppi. The dual-SIM phone's connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter on this is a 5 megapixel camera, along with a VGA front-facing camera. It is equipped with a 2000 mAh battery.

    The Blade C is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has 4GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. Its 4-inch display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 233 ppi. The dual-SIM phone's connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 3 megapixel camera with fixed-focus. The handset is kept alive by a 1600 mAh battery.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch: A specifications review

    Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab range also includes an 8-inch tablet, the second time we have seen the company go with this display size for a tablet. Unlike the Galaxy Note 510, though, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has no stylus and is also a tad underpowered. There are two variants of this tablet, with the Tab 3 311 being the Wi-Fi and 3G model and the Tab 3 310 being the Wi-Fi-only model. These are priced at Rs 25,725 and Rs 21,945. With these two tablets, Samsung has made an interesting proposition to those looking to buy a small tablet. Here’s a look at the specs of the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3.

    OS – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
    The Galaxy Tab 3 will naturally get the TouchWiz treatment and that means users will get Samsung staples like Multi Window, Popup Play, Smart Stay etc. This being a Jelly Bean tablet, we expect performance will be smooth, although we don’t know how much of a toll Samsung’s customisations will take on the user experience

    Cellular connectivity – 3G (optional)
    Those looking for round-the-clock connectivity should most definitely opt for the 3G version, the Tab 3 311. Users will be able to enjoy 21Mbps downlink speed and 5.76Mbps uplink speed on 3G. 

    Display – 8-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
    We would have ideally liked to see Samsung push the limits on the display resolution of this tablet, but even so the WXGA display is not the worst option. As we have seen in the Galaxy Note 510, this display is definitely good enough for daily use. The 8-inch display is a TFT LCD panel and has a pixel density of 189 ppi. The 8-inch display will obviously be better for media consumption and reading, a point Samsung made during the launch.

    Slim and compact design for easy handling

    Slim and compact design for easy handling

     


    Form factor – Same old Samsung design
    Samsung better get some new design inputs because all of its devices have become homogenous in terms of looks. The tablet gets a physical button with two capacitive keys flanking it. Someone has to tell Samsung that the days of tablets with physical buttons are long gone with Gingerbread. The device itself has a narrow but tall display, making it easier to carry and (sometimes) use with one hand. The edges have the same metallic look that we saw on the Galaxy S4, while the patterned back panel is polycarbonate and has a glossy look. 

    Wi-Fi – Standard fare
    As is expected, the tablet comes with dual-band support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi channel bonding and Wi-Fi direct. In addition, you can use the Tab 3 as a Wi-Fi hotspot as well. 

    SoC – Samsung Exynos 4 Dual 1.5GHz 
    Samsung has gone with a homegrown Exynos 4 dual chipset for the Tab 3. The SoC has a dual-core Cortex A-9 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU. With 1.5 GB of RAM in tow, this combination should deliver smooth performance ideally. Don’t expect it to set benchmark records, although most apps and games should run just fine without hiccups. 

    Cameras – 5 megapixel and 1.3 megapixel
    The Tab 3 has dual cameras, but neither seem to be outstanding performers on paper. While the 5 megapixel camera seems almost like an afterthought, the front-facing camera will be good for basic video calls and not much else. The back camera can record 720p videos, which is bitterly disappointing as nowadays some 5 megapixel modules are capable of 1080p video. 

    Storage and GPS
    The Tab 3 comes with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot which can take in cards up to 64GB in capacity. For location pinpointing, the tablet has a GPS chip that comes with A-GPS support and GLONASS. 

    Battery – 4450 mAh
    Considering the non-demanding hardware and not-so-high resolution display, we are pleased to see the large capacity battery of the Tab 3. While real world performance may vary based on usage, we reckon this should be good enough for about 10-12 hours of usage.

    5 megapixel camera on the back can only shoot 720p videos


    The bottom line
    By aligning its smartphone and tablet design, Samsung is hoping that the homogeneity will make the buying decision easier for the consumer. However, we feel some areas of the tablet, such as the processor, display and the back camera, are a tad underwhelming. Considering the price tags of the two variants, we are very sceptical about their chances in the market, especially after the entry of Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7. Having said that, those who are used to and are happy with Samsung’s software offering will have little to complain about.

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  • HP Slate 7 Android tablet coming to India soon

    HP unveiled a series of devices yesterday at an event held in Delhi – Slatebook 10 X2, Split X2, Envy Rove 20, Pavillion 11 TouchSmart and Envy TouchSmart 14. These devices come with screens ranging from 10 inches to 21 inches. This doesn’t mean the company has given the sought after 7-inch tablet segment a miss in India. It will soon launch its Slate 7 for the Indian market. Ketan Patel, Director Consumer Product Category, HP PPS India, said that the 7-inch tablet, which is launched worldwide, has been included in HP roadmap for India as well. He further added that the device will be reaching the Indian audiences very soon.

     HP's first Android device – Slate 7

     

    With a series of devices, HP plans to target various Indian price segments with different needs pertaining to computing and portability. HP will enter the 7-inch tablet segment, which is dominated by budget Android tablets and the iPad mini. However, he hasn't mentioned any exact launch date and there is no word on the price either. Recently, the price of the HP Slate was slashed to $140 in the US, which amounts to approximately Rs 8,340. But the question is: at what price will the device be made available in India? With the likes of the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211, the price of the device could play a crucial role.

    The Slatebook 10 X2 is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 with 1GB RAM and runs on Android OS v4.1. The screen features 170 ppi pixel density, which is slightly higher than the iPad mini.
    Take a quick look at the specifications:

    • 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 600 x 1024 pixels
    • Wi-Fi, DLNA
    • Bluetooth v2.0
    • 3.15MP rear camera, front-facing VGA camera
    • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB

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