Bingo T30 Smartwatch With Calling, SMS Launched at Rs. 1,099

Bingo T30 Smartwatch With Calling, SMS Launched at Rs. 1,099

HIGHLIGHTS
Bingo T30 is a smartwatch that supports SIM cards
It is priced at Rs. 1,099
The smartwatch can be purchased on e-commerce platforms
Consumer electronics company Bingo Technologies on Monday launched the Bingo T30 smartwatch at Rs. 1,099. The new Bingo T30 supports calling and SMS, though the company does not mention cellular data support in its release. The smartwatch is available in Silver, Black, and Rose Gold colours via e-commerce platforms such as Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm, and Snapdeal.

Bingo T30 sports a 1.56-inch square, LCD display with 240×240-pixel resolution and NANO toughened glass to protect from scratches. Packing a MediaTek MTK6260 chipset (with 128MB RAM and 64MB ROM), the smartwatch supports microSD cards of up to 16GB capacity, 2-megapixel camera, and weighs 75 grams. Its 380mAh battery offers 3 hours of talk time and 180 hours of standby time. It can pair with the users’ phones via Bluetooth 3.0 and direct SIM-enabling.

As for features, the Bingo T30 smartwatch has an integrated pedometer that allows users to count steps, and monitor sleep. It can deliver notifications from the users’ phones to their wrists, store contacts (up to 500), play MP3 or MP4 files via Bluetooth, power saver, thermometer, and has an e-reader functionality. There’s also a world clock, weather alerts, calculator,

 

“The all new Bingo T30 smartwatch is power-packed with features and its trendy design makes its a must have fashion accessory,” said Abhinaya Pratap Singh, Marketing Manager, Bingo Technologies, in a statement.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Abhinaya Pratap Singh, Marketing Manager, Bingo Technologies Pvt Ltd, said, The all-new Bingo T30 smart watch is power packed with features and its trendy design makes it’s a must have fashion accessory. Backed with Bingo’s quality assurance, the T30 will certainly be welcomed by our customers.”

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Govt to infuse Rs 10,000 cr in BharatNet for for rural broadband

Strengthen the government’s Digital India push, the government on Wednesday said it will pump Rs 10,000 crore in 2017-18 in its BharatNet project to lay optical fibre cables (OFC).

“Under the BharatNet Project, OFC has been laid in 1,55,000 km. I have stepped up the allocation for BharatNet Project to Rs 10,000 crore in 2017-18,” Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget for 2017-18.

“By the end of 2017-18, high speed broadband connectivity on optical fibre will be available in more than 150,000 gram panchayats, with Wi-Fi hot spots and access to digital services at low tariffs,” he added.

Saying the telecom sector is an important component of the country’s infrastructure eco system, Jaitley said the recent spectrum auctions have removed spectrum scarcity in the country.

“This will give a major fillip to mobile broadband and Digital India for the benefit of people living in rural and remote areas.”

The Minister said the government will launch a DigiGaon initiative, which will provide tele-medicine, education and skills through digital technology.

 
[Source:- Techrader]

 

MSI Launches Powerful Intel Kaby Lake-Powered Laptops Starting at Rs. 1,29,000

MSI Launches Powerful Intel Kaby Lake-Powered Laptops Starting at Rs. 1,29,000

MSI, the company behind the gaming PCs and laptops, has announced a refreshed lineup of its gaming laptops in India that are powered by Intel’s newly launched Kaby Lake processors. The new 7th-generation Intel Core i7-powered laptops also pack Nvidia’s latest GTX 10 series GPUs that bring 4K support and an improved virtual reality performance. MSI’s 7th-generation laptop lineup includes MSI GT83VR 7RE Titan SLI, GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro 4K, GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro, GE62 7RE Apache Pro, and GP62 7RD Leopard.

Talking about the specifications, MSI GT83VR 7RE Titan SLI is the company’s first VR-optimised laptop with an IPS level screen. With VR optimisation, gamers will be able to experience games inside the VR headsets. This gaming laptop is powered by Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7820HK+CM238 CPU and Nvidia’s dual GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X GPU for graphics performance.

It runs Windows 10 on Super Raid 4-512GB NVMe SSD drive with 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. It is said to be the only laptop that features Cherry MX Speed Sliver RGB Switches and an ergonomic keyboard for best tactile feedback of 1.2mm mechanical actuation, light 45g key switches, and Gold contacts. The GT83VR 7RE Titan SLI comes with multi-color RGB backlighting and will be available at a price of Rs. 3,49,990.

Coming to the second laptop, the GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro 4K, as the name suggests, sports a 4K LCD built-in display with a resolution of up to 3840×2160 pixels and support for 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut. The laptop runs Windows 10 on Super Raid 4-512GB NVMe SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm hard disk drive. It is powered by Intel’s Core i7-7820HK that gives it power not only to run 4K games, but to edit 4K videos as well. The GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro 4K is priced at Rs. 3,34,990.

The third laptop of the company’s GS series is GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro. It packs a 15.6-inch screen that has full-HD resolution, along with the anti-glare feature and 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut. The laptop is powered by a 7th gen Intel Core-i7 7700HQ+HM175 CPU, paired with a full desktop class Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and 6GB of GDDR5 graphics RAM. For storage, it houses a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD that can give a speed up to 2,200MBps. MSI’s GS63VR 7RF Stealth Proia will be available at Rs. 1,77,990.

The final members of the refreshed laptop lineup are GE62 7RE Apache Pro and GP62 7RD Leopard. Both the laptops share similar specifications like the Intel Kaby Lake Core-i7 7700HQ+HM175 processor. The GE62 7RE Apache Pro is powered by the Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM while the GP62 7RD Leopard utilises the GTX 1050 with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GE62 7RE Apache Pro is priced at Rs. 1,29,990, and the price of GP62 7RD Leopard has not been revealed yet.

 

[Source:- Gadgets360]

 

Asus ZenFone 3 series is official in India: Four models priced from Rs 18,999 to Rs 62,999

Asus ZenFone 3 series is official in India: Four models priced from Rs 18,999 to Rs 62,999

Taiwanese computer and smartphone hardware and electronics company Asus has finally brought its new ZenFone 3 series to India. It announced a bunch of new smartphones today in the country which were first unveiled at Computex 2016 earlier this year. The company announced four new models including the the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Laser.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe (Rs 49,999-62,999)

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the new flagship by the company which features an aluminum alloy unibody, 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display and 100% NTSC colour space. The device has ultra-thin bezels and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPS with 6GB RAM. There is also a second variant powered by a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.4GHz and 256GB UFS 2.0 storage with all other features remaining the same at Rs 62,999.

The device has a 23MP rear shooter with a Sony IMX318 image sensor with a large f/2.0 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization for image, and 3-axis electronic stabilization for 4K UHD videos. The camera is pegged to take smartphone photography to the next level with a combined laser AF and phase-detection AF system. The phase-detection will work in well-lit situations while the laser AF system will work in low-light situations.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe supports QuickCharge 3.0, has a built-in fingerprint sensor on the rear and sports a reversible USB 3.0 Type-C port.

ZenFone 3 (Rs 21,999-27,999)

Next up is the ZenFone 3 which is a feature-packed, budget-friendly offering. It comes with a 5.2 inch Full HD Super IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-processor (with 14nm FinFET process technology), with 32GB storage running on 3GB RAM. It has a 16MP rear camera based on Sony MX 298 sensor with the same autofocus technology as used in ZenFone 3 Deluxe. It also packs in a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device. The Zenfone 3 features a glass and metal finish with 2.5D Gorilla Glass both on the front and rear. There is another variant for the same equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, 4GB RAM  and 64GB storage with all other features remaining the same at Rs 27,999.

ZenFone 3 Ultra (Rs 49,999)

ZenFone 3 Ultra targets multimedia lovers a with 6.8-inch Full HD with 95 percent NTSC color gamut and ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ Video technology for a “high-end 4K UHD TV-grade” experience. The device sports Hi-Res Audio (HRA) along with new powerful speakers. The speakers are claimed to use a 5-magnet, Dolby-certified design. You only get stereo speakers, however. The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor along with an Adreno 510 GPU, 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM. It has the same 23MP rear camera as the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and sports a high-capacity, 4,600mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 Technology. The phone also works as a power bank with 1.5A output for charging other devices.

ZenFone 3 Laser (Rs 18,999)

This is the most affordable option available but yet again comes with a premium metal finish. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-processor with an Adreno 505 GPU, 32GB storage and 2GB RAM. It has a 13MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX214 sensor, second generation AF, a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device and a 3,000mAh battery.

 

 

[Source: T2]

Huawei P9 first impressions: Leica-branded dual-lens 12MP camera at Rs 39,999

Huawei P9 first impressions: Leica-branded dual-lens 12MP camera at Rs 39,999

Huawei has finally launched its P-series smartphone in India – the Huawei P9 – which will compete with the high end flagships from LG, HTC, Samsung, Apple and more. The Huawei P9’s piece de resistance is its dual camera setup on the rear side, for which it has partnered with camera and lens maker Leica. The Huawei P9 is priced at Rs 39,999 and is clearly the most expensive Huawei phone (if you excuse the Nexus 6P that is) on the market considering that the Honor series caters to the more mainstream and budget oriented buyers.

Post the launch we got to spend some time with the device and here are our first impressions.

Build and Design

Huawei P9 Silver (11)

The Huawei P9 looks quite stunning at first glance. The all-metal body, the dual cameras flush with the rear side and chamfered edges give it an elegant look. Thanks to its 5.2 inch display, one-handed use is not much of an issue. The phone measures just 6.95mm thick and weighs a mere 144 grams. The finish on the metal ensures that the grip isn’t too slippery.

Huawei P9 Silver (2)

The right side makes place for the volume rocker button and a textured power/standby button, whereas the left side gets the hybrid dual SIM card slot. There are no physical buttons on the front and the side bezels are extremely slim.

On the rear side the dual-camera setup occupies the top portion and just below it you have the rounded square shaped fingerprint scanner.

The fingerprint scanner is ergonomically placed at the spot where your index finger would normally rest while holding a smartphone.

The bottom edge has the 3.5mm audio jack, a USB type C port and the speaker grille. The top edge is clean.

Display

We have been seeing a lot of flagship smartphones with 5.5-inch display sizes and above. The Huawei P9 sticks to a more conservative 5.2-inch Full HD configuration. The P9 employs an IPS NEO LCD panel which offers great viewing angles and things do appear sharp. The black levels look quite good for smartphone display with an IPS panel. The display can get a bit reflective though. We still need to use the device outdoors to get an idea of the sunlight legibility of the display.

Chipset, RAM, Storage

Over the years we have been seeing Huawei using its own home made chipset for its flagship phones, whereas the budget devices from the Honor lineup get Qualcomm/MediaTek chipsets. The Huawei P9 continues that tradition and houses a HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset which has an octa-core processor featuring a quad-core Cortex A72 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and a quad-core Cortex A53 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. On the graphics side, you get a Mali T880 GPU.

Globally there are two storage and RAM variants with the Huawei P9 – a 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant and a 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM variant. But the one launched for the Indian market has the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant. Out of the 32GB, around 25GB is user available space. You also get the option to add in a microSD card of up to 128GB capacity in case you want to expand the storage.

OS and Software

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has become pretty much a standard on most flagship devices. The Huawei P9 also comes with Marshmallow but along with its custom Emotion UI 4.1 skin atop it. Just like most Chinese handset makers, the Huawei Emotion UI skin also eschews the app drawer and you only get multiple home screens.

While the user interface isn’t much different from the one we have seen on Honor devices, we noticed a bit too much of bloatware out of the box. Apart from the system apps all other unwanted apps can be uninstalled. Among the system apps we noticed apps such as HiCare (for customer care), Health (fitness tracker), Themes and more.

Camera

This is the USP of the Huawei P9. Now the presence of dual cameras on the rear side of a smartphone isn’t something new. The first time we had seen this implementation was in the QiKU Q Terra. Huawei P9 also uses two 12MP camera sensors on the rear side, of which one sensor only captures the RGB colour data whereas the other sensor only captures the monochromatic data including edge sharpness and depth. Working together these two sensors deliver images that take care of both aspects.

The cameras support phase detect AF (PDAF), have an f/2.2 maximum aperture, and come with a dual tone flash. The pixel size on the sensors is 1.25 micron. Due to the dual sensors, optical image stabilisation (OIS) is missing on the P9. There is an 8MP front-facing camera which has an f/2.4 aperture.

The camera interface is also been improved in the P9. The Pro mode for instance lets you select ISO, shutter speed, exposure, auto focus and White Balance. Swiping to the left brings up general settings where you can select resolution, film mode, object tracking and so on. The video camera is capable of shooting Full HD at 60fps. Swiping to the right brings up different modes such as monochrome, HDR, Beauty video, panorama and more. There is lots to explore in the camera department which can only be done with some thorough testing.

Coming to the Leica branding that will see many enthusiasts flocking to check out the smartphone. Huawei made it clear that it has been deeply involved in the development of the device. This would include “technological collaboration between Huawei and Leica around many aspects of the camera, including optical design, imaging quality, image data processing, optimization, and the mechanical construction of the camera module to the graphic user interface.” So yes, Leica was involved in the process but the extent of its involvement is unclear.

Battery and Connectivity

The Huawei P9 comes with a 3000 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery.  The Kirin 955 chipset supports quick charging and Huawei claims that you can get 1.15 days of heavy use on a single charge. We will of course have to see that for ourselves.

In terms of connectivity you get a single nano SIM card slot. You also get Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and so on. The Huawei P9 does not support FM radio though.

Conclusion

After officially entering the Indian market with its budget offerings in the form of the Honor series of smartphones, Huawei has finally launched its premium handset series with the Huawei P9. Priced at Rs 39,999, the P9 will compete in the high end segment with the likes of established players such as Samsung, LG, Apple, Sony, HTC among others. Unlike the other players, Huawei P9’s launch price seems quite competitive considering most of the other brands mentioned above have their flagship phones priced much higher.

Huawei has an elegant looking smartphone and is offering a Leica-branded dual camera setup along with Leica film modes. It also houses Huawei’s flagship Kirin 955 chipset with enough horsepower for a high end device. There will be nitpicking in terms of choices such as sticking to a Full HD panel, lack of OIS, bloatware and so on. But will the good aspects of the phone make these flaws irrelevant? We can only tell after thoroughly reviewing the Huawei P9. Do check back for a full review of the P9.

[Source: T2]