ZTE has expanded its smartphone series and announced three new smartphones, the ZTE Blade Q, ZTE Blade Q Mini and ZTE Blade Q Maxi under company's Blade Q range. The three Blade Q series smartphones have been launched in Europe and the company is yet to reveal prices. There is also no word on the release and availability of the Blade Q, Blade Q Mini and Blade Q Maxi smartphones in India.
All the three ZTE Blade Q smartphones run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box, are powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor along with 1GB of RAM, and sport dual cameras, a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The ZTE Blade Q series smartphones, the Blade Q, Blade Q Mini and Blade Q Maxi, all come preloaded with apps like Evernote and Dropbox.

The ZTE Blade Q features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display. There is 4GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It packs an 1800mAh battery and measures 135x67x9.5mm. Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and 3G.

The ZTE Blade Q Mini measures 125.5x63.9x8.9mm and features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) IPS display. Much like the ZTE Blade Q, the Blade Q Mini also comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The smartphone packs 1500mAh battery and comes with connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS/AGPS.

The ZTE Blade Q Maxi features a 5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display and comes with dimensions 143x72x9.1mm. It packs a 2000mAh battery and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with the help of microSD card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS and 3G.

Commenting on the launch, AO Wen, General Manager, ZTE handset European operation office, said, "At ZTE we believe that smartphone technology should be accessible for everyone. The popularity of the Blade series across Europe proves that there is real consumer appetite for high performance smartphones at a great price. The features available across the Blade handsets redefine 'value for money' in the smartphone market, and we're confident that the ZTE Blade Q range will continue to grow ZTE's position in Europe."

ZTE Blade Q key specifications
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTeK processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1800mAh battery
ZTE Blade Q Mini key specifications
  • 4-inch WVGA (480x800) IPS display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTeK processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1500mAh battery
ZTE Blade Q Maxi key specifications
  • 5-inch FWVGA (480X854) IPS display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTeK processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2000mAh battery

There's no doubt that the Google Nexus 5 has become one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year, as leaks related to the device just keep coming in, even as the expected launch nears.
A new leaked hands-on video of the alleged Nexus 5 has been spotted on YouTube. The video has been posted by Kari Bena and appears to show a pre-production unit of the next Nexus smartphone, as the device is seen running 'Key Lime Pie'. The hands-on video shows the Nexus 5 in its full glory and reveals overall design of the device. In addition, the leaked video also shows some of the popular Google apps on the device such as Chrome, YouTube, Camera app, Calendar, Keep app, and Google Earth.

The leaked video also shows four home-screens on the Nexus 5 which houses apps and folders. The video has been shot in mute mode and not much could be deciphered. The Nexus 5 seen in the leaked video matches the leaks we have seen as of late. The new leaked video of the device match the leaks we have seen as of late.

Google and LG have been tight-lipped about the launch of the upcoming Nexus smartphone, however, a recent leak suggested the device will be announced on November 1. Till now however, no official event has been scheduled for the unveiling.

Recently, a Nexus 5 pre-registration page went live in Canada via a carrier, Wind Mobile, which also confirmed the specifications. The leaked specifications were in-line with the earlier leaks, and suggest that the Nexus 5 will come with a 4.95-inch full-HD (1080p) IPS LCD display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with OIS and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options expected on the smartphone are Wi-Fi, NFC (Android Beam), and Bluetooth 4.0, while the device is likely to come in two storage variants - 16GB and 32GB. The alleged device has also been expected to include a host of sensors like ambient light, proximity, pressure as well as accelerometer, compass, notification LED and gyroscope.

Pricing for the 16GB Nexus 5 was revealed when the phone was accidentally listed on the Google Play store - $349. It is expected that the next Nexus smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet would run Android 4.4 KitKat, and that all three (including the new OS) are due to be launched at the same event.

The much-anticipated first Tizen smartphone from Samsung, thought to be called the Redwood Z9005, has been purportedly revealed thanks to a hands-on video that surfaced online.
Tizen Experts has posted a hands-on video showing Samsung's rumoured Tizen smartphone, the Redwood Z9005, which quite obviously appears to be a pre-production unit. The hands-on video reveals does reveal the phone's overall design however. The smartphone is seen running Tizen OS version 2.2 with build number Z9005XXMI3, which according to the site is still under development.

The reviewer also claims that the Samsung Redwood Tizen smartphone was recently sent to developers in India. The 10 minute long hands-on video shows the smartphone in action and reveals different features such as how the toggle of the smartphone features a scrollable status bar with icon animations, looking quite similar to Android and even Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

The notifications toggle of Redwood also shows a clear all button, which is again similar to the Android smartphones. Other interface similarities with Samsung's TouchWiz UI are further showcased in the video. Finally, the hands-on also shows the device coming with 12.15GB of inbuilt storage (user-accessible).

There were rumours about the delay in the rollout of Tizen based devices, but it seems Samsung might release its first Tizen smartphone soon.

Previously a report suggested that Samsung's SM-Z9005 Tizen smartphone would come with an HD display, Snapdragon chipset. However, the screen size was not revealed and it was also not clear if it would be a dual-core or a quad=core processor.

A pre-release version of 'Tizen 3.0' was also leaked in September this year, running on the Samsung Galaxy S4, which gave a look at the alleged user-interface of the Tizen OS.

Earlier this month, Systena unveiled the Tizen tablet build kits, which was the first Tizen-based tablet to be available in the market; however, it was specifically aimed at developers in Japan.

Sony has confirmed that a new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Sony Xperia L is now rolling out. This news comes from @SonyMobileNews, which is the company's PR team's official twitter handle.
The tweet reads, "Rolling from now: JB 4.2 for #XperiaL - custom ops, small apps, latest Sony's media apps & improved camera functions." The update for Xperia L is available via over-the-air (OTA), and also through the PC Companion desktop app.


Sony has also released a changelog for the update (build number 15.3.A.0.26) that reveals the Xperia L will be getting a revamped home screen for handling widgets, apps and shortcuts, and would also get seven desktop panes. Other new features include a new app tray sorting interface that makes it easier to move, add, and create folders for apps; a new search function within the app tray to locate local apps; a UI update; added functionality in the Sony Media apps, and finally, new camera functionalities such as Burst mode.

The Japanese manufacturer has not mentioned a specific timeline for the Sony Xperia L update, though it does mention the timing and availability may vary by market and carrier.

The update will bring the Sony Xperia L up to version Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which means that users hoping for the upgrade to Android 4.3 will be disappointed, as Google is all set to roll out Android 4.4 KitKat.

Lately, Sony has been on a spree when it comes to rolling out updates for some recently, and not so recently, launched Xperia smartphones. The Sony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra received firmware updates recently which claimed to improve battery life. Sony also rolled out an Android 4.2.2 update for the Xperia Tablet Z.

The Sony Xperia L was launched in March this year and ran Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. Other specifications on the Xperia L include a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core processor, 8GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card, 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 480x854 pixels, and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera that supports 720p HD video recording along with a VGA front-facing shooter. The phone supports NFC functionality and comes with a 1750mAh battery.


ZTE has expanded its smartphone series and announced three new smartphones, the ZTE Blade Q, ZTE Blade Q Mini and ZTE Blade Q Maxi under company's Blade Q range. The three Blade Q series smartphones have been launched in Europe and the company is yet to reveal prices. There is also no word on the release and availability of the Blade Q, Blade Q Mini and Blade Q Maxi smartphones in India.
All the three ZTE Blade Q smartphones run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box, are powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor along with 1GB of RAM, and sport dual cameras, a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The ZTE Blade Q series smartphones, the Blade Q, Blade Q Mini and Blade Q Maxi, all come preloaded with apps like Evernote and Dropbox.

The ZTE Blade Q features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display. There is 4GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It packs an 1800mAh battery and measures 135x67x9.5mm. Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and 3G.

The ZTE Blade Q Mini measures 125.5x63.9x8.9mm and features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) IPS display. Much like the ZTE Blade Q, the Blade Q Mini also comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The smartphone packs 1500mAh battery and comes with connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS/AGPS.

The ZTE Blade Q Maxi features a 5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display and comes with dimensions 143x72x9.1mm. It packs a 2000mAh battery and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with the help of microSD card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS and 3G.

Commenting on the launch, AO Wen, General Manager, ZTE handset European operation office, said, "At ZTE we believe that smartphone technology should be accessible for everyone. The popularity of the Blade series across Europe proves that there is real consumer appetite for high performance smartphones at a great price. The features available across the Blade handsets redefine 'value for money' in the smartphone market, and we're confident that the ZTE Blade Q range will continue to grow ZTE's position in Europe."

ZTE Blade Q key specifications
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTeK processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1800mAh battery
ZTE Blade Q Mini key specifications
  • 4-inch WVGA (480x800) IPS display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTeK processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1500mAh battery
ZTE Blade Q Maxi key specifications
  • 5-inch FWVGA (480X854) IPS display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTeK processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2000mAh battery

Idea has expanded its smartphone portfolio with the launch of the Ultra at Rs. 10,500 for the Indian market. The telecom operator is offering a bundled offer of 3GB free mobile data (3G) and free Idea TV subscription for 3 months with the Idea Ultra smartphone, meant solely for Idea subscribers across 3G regions.
As per Idea, the Ultra is the 12th smartphone from the company and is now the first smartphone with 5-inch display. Other Idea smartphones include Idea Aurus II, Idea Aurus III, Idea Blade, Idea ID280 and Idea ID918.

The Idea Ultra features a 5-inch IPS display with 480x854 pixels resolution. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor along with 512MB of RAM. There is 4GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The Ultra sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and also includes a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It is a dual-SIM device (GSM+GSM) and will be available in White colour. The device packs a 2000mAh battery which can deliver up to 5 hours of talktime and up to 200 hours of standby time.

Commenting on the launch, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said, "Idea has been actively focused at offering affordable 3G smartphones with high-end features, in addition to rapidly growing 3G network and product portfolio, to ensure that Idea users enjoy the best 3G experience. This has helped us convert every 4th Idea subscriber into a data user. We are now encouraged to venture into the 12.7cm (5") category Smartphone with ULTRA, which is targeted at the evolving and experimental, young Indian consumers, for whom the smartphone is increasingly becoming an integral part of their lives."

Idea Ultra key specifications
  • 5-inch IPS display with 480x854 pixels resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Android 4.1
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM device (GSM+GSM)
  • 2000mAh battery

LG G Pro Lite, a low-cost, dual-SIM variant of the company's Optimus G Pro smartphone, has been launched for the Indian market at Rs. 22,990.
The LG G Pro Lite was first unveiled earlier this month, with announced availability for Latin America, followed by markets in Asia, Russia, China, India and the Middle East. The G Pro Lite was recently also listed in India at Snapdeal at a discounted price of Rs. 18,300, which has now been revised to Rs. 19,990.

The newly launched LG G Pro Lite comes with dual-SIM support with dedicated hot key and also comes bundled with stylus pen. It features with 5.5-inch IPS display with a qHD resolution of 540x960 pixels. The G Pro Lite is powered by a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek 6577 processor along with 1GB of RAM.

The new LG phablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and packs a 3,140mAh removable battery. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI and also houses a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The G Pro Lite includes 8GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card support. It is 9.4mm thick, and weighs 161 grams.

LG G Pro Lite comes with some preloaded apps that have been seen on devices like LG Optimus G Pro and the flagship, the G2. Some of the popular preloaded features included in the new phablet are KnockON, Pause and Resume Recording, QSlide, QuickMemo and QTranslator.

Commenting on the launch, Soon Kwon, M.D, LG India said, "The LG G Pro Lite is a feature and experience rich smartphone specifically designed to provide communication flexibility to our growing customer base. We are strengthening our mobile portfolio by continuously adding-in feature and experience rich devices so as to provide our customers with competitive devices. The market for smartphones with displays over five inches will continue to grow and LG is in a great position to capture these new customers when they're ready to move up from their current phones".

LG G Pro Lite key specifications
  • 5.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) IPS display
  • 1GHz dual core MediaTek 6577 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Stylus Pen support



Spice has launched its latest budget Android smartphone for the Indian market, the Smart Flo Edge, at Rs. 3,299. The Spice Smart Flo Edge was listed at an online retailer earlier on Tuesday for Rs. 3,099.
The Spice Smart Flo Edge (Mi-349) features a 3.5-inch TFT LCD display with 320x480 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz processor (unspecified chipset) and comes with 256MB of RAM. The Smart Flo Edge is also a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with dual standby support. Sadly, the smartphone runs the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread version. It sports a 1.3-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, apart from a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone packs a 1500mAh battery which can deliver up to 6 hours of talktime and up to 120 hours of standby time. It also includes 512MB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card. Connectivity options on the Spice Smart Flo Edge include EDGE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Micro-USB.

Commenting on the launch, T.M Ramakrishnan, CEO Mobility Ltd - Devices, said, "We have witnessed massive growth in the smartphones segment and have been delivering the best android experience without sacrificing on performance or features. As the demand for Android powered phones in India continues to grow significantly, we remain committed to enhance our portfolio of smartphones to deliver wider choices across affordable price points to our customers."

Another budget Android smartphone from Spice, the Smart Flo Ivory 2 (Mi-423) was also listed at an online retailer for Rs. 4,099, however, is yet to be officially launched.

Spice Smart Flo Edge (Mi-349) key specifications
  • 3.5-inch TFT LCD display with 320x480 pixels resolution
  • 1GHz processor (unspecified chipset)
  • 256MB RAM
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby support
  • 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 512MB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card


Celkon Mobiles has launched its third AR Rahman-themed smartphone, the AR40 for Rs. 5,999, under the RahmanIshq series. The smartphone will be available in physical stores and at online retailers across the country in coming days, as per the company.
The Celkon RahmanIshq AR40 is being promoted as a music smartphone by the company and is targeted to music lovers, much like the AR45 and AR50. The Celkon RahmanIshq AR40 comes with a 4-inch display (unspecified resolution) and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The AR40 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and supports FOTA (firmware-over-the-air). The smartphones comes with 512MB of RAM and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage, further expandable up to 32GB with microSD card.

The AR40 sports 3.2-megapixel rear autofocus camera and also houses a VGA front-facing camera. Connectivity features on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ AGPS and 3G. It packs a 1500mAh battery, though no word on talktime and standby time. It is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with support for dual standby.

The Celkon RahmanIshq AR40, much like the AR50 and AR45, features special ringtones composed by music director AR Rahman.

Commenting on the launch, Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director, Celkon Mobiles said "We are committed to our promise of extending unparalleled services to millions of consumers across the country. We are proud to share that our customers can enjoy the special tune composed for Celkon RahmanIshq series that will be used extensively for the Celkon smartphones. Affordable innovation is the genesis of RahmanIshq."

Earlier this month, Celkon launched two smartphones, the AR45 and AR50 under RahmanIshq series.

The Celkon RahmanIshq AR45 features 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 MediaTek processor. The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and supports dual-SIM with dual standby.

On the other hand, the Celkon RahmanIshq AR50 comes with 5-inch display (unspecified resolution) and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor. The AR50 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and supports dual-SIM with dual standby.

Celkon RahmanIshq AR40 key specifications
  • 4-inch display (unspecified resolution)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 3.2-megapixel rear autofocus camera
  • VGA front-facing camera


Xolo has unveiled the latest Q series smartphone, the Q900 at Rs. 12,999.
The new Xolo smartphone expands the company's Q smartphone series which already includes phones such as Xolo Q700, Xolo Q600, Xolo Q1000, Xolo Q1000S, and Xolo Q800, all of which are powered by quad-core processors.

The Xolo Q900 features a 4.7-inch HD (720x1280 pixel) TFT display which boasts a pixel density of 312ppi. The smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) functionality. It sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with BSI sensor and also houses a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Xolo Q900 continues the Q range tradition and equips a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589 processor with a 286MHz PowerVR SGX544 GPU. The smartphone sports 1GB of RAM, and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The smartphone packs a 1800mAh battery which the company claims delivers up to 13 hours of talktime and up to 384 hours of standby time. Connectivity options on the Xolo Q900 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ AGPS and 3G.

In addition, the Xolo A600 has also been listed on the Xolo's site without any pricing. The Xolo A600 features a 4.5-inch qHD (540x960) display and a pixel density of 245ppi. The smartphone is powered by 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek 6572W processor with Mali 400 GPU. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) functionality. The Xolo A600 sports 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and also houses a VGA front-facing camera. It comes with 512MB of RAM and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The Xolo A600 packs a 1900mAh battery which according to the listing can deliver up to 22 hours of talktime and 650 hours of standby time. Unfortunately, there is no word on the possible pricing and availability of the device.

Xolo Q900 key specifications
  • 4.7-inch HD (720x1280) TFT display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589 processor with 286 MHz PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with BSI sensor
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Xolo A600 key specifications
  • 4.5-inch qHD (540x960) display
  • 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek 6572W processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1900mAh battery


Two new budget Android smartphones from Spice, the Smart Flo Ivory 2 and Spice Smart Flo Edge, have been listed at an online retailer. The Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 and Spice Smart Flo Edge are available at Saholic for Rs. 4,099 and Rs. 3,099 respectively. Both the phones are yet to be officially launched.
The Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 (Mi-423) comes with a 4-inch TFT LCD display with 320x480 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor (unspecified chipset) along with 256MB of RAM. The Smart Flo Ivory 2 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone with dual standby support. It sports a 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also houses a 1.3-megapixel front camera. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and includes 512MB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card. The Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 packs a 1400mAh battery and includes connectivity options such as EDGE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Micro-USB.

The Spice Smart Flo Edge (Mi-349) features a 3.5-inch TFT LCD display with 320x480 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz processor (unspecified chipset) and comes with 256MB of RAM. The Smart Flo Edge is also a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with dual standby support. Sadly, the smartphone runs the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread version. It sports a 1.3-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, apart from a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone packs a 1500mAh battery and includes 512MB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card. Connectivity options on the Spice Smart Flo Edge include EDGE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Micro-USB.

Spice has been aggressively launching smartphones across all price segments recently, which include devices under its Stellar and Smart series. Following the strategy, the company launched Spice Smart Flo Pace 3 phablet with Android 4.2 for Rs. 7,499 and Spice Pinnacle Stylus with 5.5-inch HD display for Rs. 15,999.

Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 (Mi-423) key specifications
  • 4-inch TFT LCD display with 320x480 pixels resolution
  • 1GHz dual core processor (unspecified chipset)
  • 256MB RAM
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby support
  • 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 512MB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card
Spice Smart Flo Edge (Mi-349) key specifications
  • 3.5-inch TFT LCD display with 320x480 pixels resolution
  • 1GHz processor (unspecified chipset)
  • 256MB RAM
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby support
  • 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 512MB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card


It seems Google isn't the only one accidentally listing its upcoming Nexus smartphone online, as a new report reveals that a Canadian mobile carrier put up a page on Facebook for pre-registering the Nexus 5.
As per Android Police Wind Mobile, a Canadian carrier made the Nexus 5 pre-registration page live on Facebook for users to get notified when the device is available, ahead of the official launch, though the pre-registration page did not suggest any details of availability and pricing of the Nexus 5. However, the page has been reportedly taken down after initial reports which say it did reveal a complete specifications list.

We have already seen a number of purported specifications revealed of the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone, and the latest leak does not add anything new. New leaked specifications are in-line with the earlier leaks and suggest that the Nexus 5 will come with a 4.95-inch full-HD (1080p) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with OIS and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options expected in the smartphone are Wi-Fi, NFC (Android Beam), and Bluetooth 4.0, while the device is likely to come in two storage variants 16GB and 32GB. The alleged device has also been expected to include a host of sensors like ambient light, proximity, pressure as well as accelerometer, compass, notification LED and gyroscope

In addition, the report has published some images that purportedly reveal piles of Nexus 5 boxed ready to ship in Canada. The Android Police received the images from a user on Neogaf and claims it to be from a LG distribution centre in Canada.

It is expected that the next Nexus smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet would run Android 4.4 KitKat, and that all three are due to be launched at the same event.

After unveiling the 'Gold' version of HTC's flagship smartphone, the HTC One, Goldgenie has now launched the HTC One mini in Gold avatar.
The gold-plated HTC One Mini 16GB storage variant comes at price of 1247.50 British Pounds, which roughly translates to Rs. 1,23,812, and is available via Goldgenie's site.

The HTC One mini Gold edition is premium variant of the smartphone with a new colour addition of 24-carat gold on the design of the device. The HTC One mini Gold edition is custom manufactured by Goldgenie, which has been previously associated with gold plating devices. The One mini is also available in Platinum and Rose Gold finish.

The Taiwanese handset maker announced the One mini, a compact version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, in July this year. It features the same design as its elder sibling, and comes with a 4.3-inch S-LCD3 display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels and pixel density of 341ppi. It is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and has 1GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage but doesn't feature any external expansion options. The smartphone runs Android 4.2 with HTC's Sense 5 UI layer on top, and includes HTC BlinkFeed, that delivers social updates, news updates and photos directly to the home screen of the phone.

The HTC One mini sports the same UltraPixel Camera (with a 4-megapixel lens) that the HTC One boasts of. It also features HTC Zoe and Video Highlights imaging features. The phone offers a 1.6-megapixel front facing camera for video calls and self-clicks. It's powered by an 1800mAh non-removable battery.

The gold-plated HTC One mini was leaked ahead of the launch and NDTV Gadgets had received exclusive images of the unannounced HTC One mini Gold colour variant from an anonymous tipster. The leaked images had revealed the rear panel of the HTC One mini in its full glory.

When Apple first detailed iOS 7, it briefly hinted at support for gaming controllers. It also later discussed it with developers in documentation. It now appears that one of the first iPhone gamepad controllers is being developed by Logitech, and would be available under the product name, Powershell.

A render featuring the front and back of the Logitech gamepad, complete with an iPhone 5, was posted online by the notorious @evleaks through his Twitter account. This was followed up by another tweet, just a few days back, that said the device would be named Powershell.

Now, a trademark listing page on trademark and patent filing database Legalforce, for the same Logitech Powershell gaming controller has been spotted online.

The listing describes the device as an 'integrated game control device and battery pack for use with computers and digital electronic devices.' It was filed on 18 September by Logitech. The name Powershell definitely hints at the presence of a battery pack.

The render of the Logitech gamepad revealed a controller that allows the iPhone to fit inside it. In line with the controller diagrams that appeared in Apple's documentation, the controller includes shoulder buttons, a d-pad direction controller on the left and action buttons and a pause key on the right. The back has an opening to allow users to take pictures with the iPhone's camera, and a stylised 'G' branding.

Apple did not talk about game controllers when it unveiled the new iPhones and the new iPads, at its special events. It would be interesting to see how games developed keeping in mind these controllers drive forward the iPhone as a gaming device.

It was previously reported that according to Apple's guidelines for MFi game controllers (MFi is a licensing program to get the hardware components, tools, documentation, technical support, and certification logos needed to create electronic accessories that connect to iPod, iPhone, and iPad), game developers who offer support for game controllers would need to ensure that their games also work without them and that there's going to be a "Made for iPhone" branding for these controllers

New rumours have indicated that Alcatel is set to launch a new 7-inch tablet, the One Touch Pop, based on a leaked image.
The leaked image claims to reveal the upcoming tablet from Alcatel, and has been leaked by prolific tipster, @evleaks on Google+ feed. The leaked images show the alleged One Touch Pop tablet in different colour variants in dual-tone, with a white front panel and differently-hued rear panels. The leaked image suggests that the rumoured One Touch Pop would feature a sleek form-factor, and would be running an unidentifiable version of Android OS. The display of the alleged One Touch Pop tablet is seen with Alcatel's smartphone UI which also houses Google Play store. As of now, except the device's name, nothing else about the tablet (such as availability, pricing and specifications) has been revealed by the tipster.

Alcatel has been a low-profile competitor in the tablet segment and mainly targets the budget Android tablet market. Alcatel unveiled its first tablet, the One Touch Evo 8 HD at IFA in September this year.

The Alcatel One Touch Evo 8 HD tablet comes with an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels. The tablet measures 152.5x222x9mm and weighs around 415 grams. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device is powered by dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz along with 1GB of RAM. There is 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. It comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 64GB with the help of microSD card. The tablet comes 3G and 4G connectivity options as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Micro-USB. Alcatel One Touch Evo 8 HD comes with a 4160mAh battery that can deliver up to 200 hours of standby time with a charging time of 3.5 hours

It seems nothing is going Google's way - after unintentionally listing the Nexus 5 smartphone on the Play Store ahead of its expected release, the search giant has now reportedly listed the yet-to-be-announced next-generation Nexus 10 tablet.
The listing has since been pulled down, as per Phonearena, but it apparently confirmed the complete specifications of the new Nexus 10 tablet. The leaked screenshots of the Google Play store listing published by Phonearena reveal much about Google's upcoming tablet; however, there was no word about the possible pricing and availability of the device.

As per the leaked screenshot, the rumoured Nexus 10 tablet is said to come with 10.05-inch display with 2560x1600 pixels resolution and would boast a pixel density of 300ppi. Internally, the tablet is said to come powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, much like the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, along with 3GB of RAM. It is also said to sport an 8-megapixel rear camera alongside a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.

Further the listing also revealed that the tablet would pack a huge 9000mAh battery and weigh about 584 grams with a thickness of 7.9mm. The alleged Nexus 10 tablet is expected to run Android 4.4 KitKat.

The official product shots of the Nexus 10 tablet were also included in the leaked screenshot, which were in-line with earlier leaked render.

It is expected that the next Nexus smartphone and tablets would run Android 4.4 KitKat, and that the smartphone would be the platform lead device for the operating system, with all three due to be launched at the same event.

Samsung has finally launched the much-awaited flip phone in the Indian market, the Galaxy Golden, pricing it at Rs. 51,900. The device doesn't seem to have it store shelves yet however, and Samsung has not announced precise availability.

Flipkart is taking pre-orders for the smartphone however, at a price of Rs. 49,900. The South Korean giant first introduced the flip phone for the Korean market in August this year and said then it would be released in other markets soon after.

The Samsung Galaxy Golden sports two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED displays, on the inside and the outside of the top-half. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor (unspecified chipset) along with 1.5GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone also includes FM radio and will come in Champagne Gold colour. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS / A-GPS and Bluetooth.

For now, there is no official word on 3G connectivity, though third-party sites do list it, and at the price, we can assume. The Galaxy Golden comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and also includes a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. It includes 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. It packs 1820mAh battery, with no word on talktime and standby time.

The Samsung Galaxy Golden also comes with features such as Easy Mode, which features large fonts and icons that enables the users to access and search apps, and Hidden Receiver, which allows users to take calls without opening the flip phone.

Commenting on the launch, Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobiles and IT said, "At Samsung, we are committed to making lives easier and smarter for our customers and GALAXY Golden does exactly that. With its innovative dual display and premium golden finish, GALAXY Golden brings together the best of touch and type experience on a smartphone. This specially crafted device is aimed at consumers seeking seamless integration of stunning classic design and functionality to make their lives more efficient."

Samsung Galaxy Golden key specifications


2 x 3.7-inch Super AMOLED displays
1.7GHz dual-core processor
1.5GB RAM
8-megapixel camera
1.9-megapixel front camera
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)


Zen Mobile has launched the successor to the Ultrafone 701HD, the Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD, at Rs. 17,999. The Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD is the first smartphone from the company sporting a full-HD display.
The Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD features a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixel) IPS OGS display and boasts of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Turbo processor (presumably the MediaTek MT6589T chipset) along with 1GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby. The Ultrafone Amaze 701FHD features a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash with full-HD recording abilities. It also houses an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable up to 64GB with microSD card, and packs a 2050mAh battery. Connectivity options on the Ultrafone Amaze include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS/AGPS and 3G.

Commenting on the launch, Deepesh Gupta, Managing Director Zen Mobile, said, "With the Zen Ultrafone 701 FHD, we continue with our promise to bring something aspirational to this very competitive segment of smartphone market of our country. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, Amaze is the ideal device available at the most affordable price".

Earlier this month, Zen Mobile introduced another new Android smartphone under the Ultrafone series, dubbed Ultrafone 502.

The Zen Ultrafone 502 comes with 4.5-inch qHD (540x960) IPS display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (unspecified chipset). The new Ultrafone smartphone from Zen runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM). It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also houses a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. On board the Ultrafone 502, there is 4GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The Zen Ultrafone 502 includes 512MB of RAM, and such connectivity options as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ AGPS and 3G. It packs a 1700mAh battery and features a host of sensors like ambient light, G-sensor and proximity sensor

Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD key specifications


5-inch full-HD (1080x1920) IPS OGS display
1.5GHz quad-core processor
1GB RAM
Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash
8-megapixel front-facing camera
16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 64GB with microSD card
Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby


South Korea's LG Electronics Inc unveiled a curved smartphone G Flex on Monday in a move to catch up bigger rival Samsung Electronics Co.
Curved displays and flexible screens are the new battleground for phone makers as the screens open up possibilities that could eventually transform the high-end smartphone market.
Curved smartphones provide a more comfortable grip than flat-screen models, but the lack of must-have features means they are unlikely to be big consumer hits anytime soon, analysts have said. Manufacturing costs also remain relatively high.
Both Samsung and LG's curved phones are only available in the South Korean market as they seek to gauge consumer appetite.
Samsung launched a variant of the popular Galaxy Note earlier this month as the world's first smartphone with a display slightly curved side to side.
The model launched on Monday by LG Electronics has a vertically curved six-inch display. The company said the phone will be available from next month through South Korea's three mobile carriers.
Its vertically curved display offers more immersive video watching experience and the phone uses a curved battery to support its form factor, LG said.
Changing form factors of the battery as well as phone's chip board and other components remain a challenge in achieving flexible devices.
LG is among a slew of smaller companies struggling to compete against Samsung and Apple Inc, the smartphone leaders that account for almost all the industry's profits.
LG reported last week an 80 billion won operating loss from its handset division for the third-quarter due to marketing costs surrounding a smartphone launch in August.
The company plans to increase marketing investment in the current quarter to raise brand awareness in the high-end market, which it hopes will help expand sales later in the mid to lower-end segments.
Technology analysts and media reports say Apple is also working on a smartwatch, potentially with a curved screen, but there has been no word from the Cupertino California-based company about its plans.



We have already seen a number of purported images of the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone, but this time the infamous phone tipster, @evleaks has revealed the device in its alleged White colour variant. However, there is no word whether the leaked image is an official render, but smartphone it looks a lot like the device seen in leaks in the past, as well as the smartphone seen in the 'official' accidental listing of the $349 16GB Nexus 5 on the Google Play store. Importantly, the leak also indicates a November 1 launch date, though till now, no official event has been scheduled for the unveiling.
The tipster has posted the press render on Twitter and reveals a two-tone White colour variant with a black front panel and a white rear panel. Further, the render shows a homescreen which houses apps for camera, Chrome, hangout, dialer, Play Store and Google's Hub that houses usual Google apps like Gmail, Google Photos, Google+ among others. The tweet reads, "In white. 11/1.".

Rumoured specifications of the Nexus 5 include a 4.95-inch full-HD (1080p) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with OIS and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The alleged device has also been expected to include a host of sensors like ambient light, proximity, pressure as well as accelerometer, compass, notification LED and gyroscope.

It is expected that the next Nexus smartphone would run Android 4.4 KitKat, and that the smartphone would be the platform lead device for the operating system, with both due to be launched at the same event alongside next-generation Nexus 10 tablet.

Systena has unveiled the Tizen build kit tablet, which becomes the first Tizen based tablet to be available in the market, however, specifically aimed at developers in Japan. The development kit is meant to help developers create tablet optimised apps in time for the upcoming launch of Tizen tablets.
The Tizen tablet comes with a 10-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) display. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor (unspecified chipset) along with 2GB of RAM. The tablet comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded with microSD card. It runs on Tizen's latest OS iteration, the Tizen 2.1. The tablet sports a 2-megapixel rear camera and also houses a VGA front-facing camera. It will come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, and be available in two colour variants, Red and White.

As of now, not many details have been shared about the availability and pricing of the Tizen tablet. In addition, Sammobile reports that Samsung can unveil its Tizen-based smartphone on October 26.

Previously, a pre-release version of Tizen 3.0 was leaked running on the Samsung Galaxy S4, giving us a first look at the alleged user-interface of the OS.

The leaked Tizen OS images revealed the lockscreen, which looked quite similar to Samsung's Touch UI. The images leaked also gave a glimpse of UI which looked a bit familiar to Windows Phone UI. The notifications appeared on the lockscreen along with some app controls. Other UI features revealed by the leaked image included a dial-pad interface which was similar to that of Android and the Music player which looked quiet colourful. The Tizen 3.0 mobile operating system has been expected to bring new features such as a secure app development environment and framework for social services and context, claims the site.

Tizen build kit tablet key specifications


10-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) display
1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor (unspecified chipset)
2GB RAM
32GB inbuilt storage, microSD card support
Tizen 2.1 OS
2-megapixel rear camera
VGA front-facing camera
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Yash Raj Films Licensing Monday announced a multi-title tie-up with 99Games Online Pvt. Ltd. to create games around the popular Bollywood franchise, "Dhoom".

The first game in this series will be marketed along with the release of the much anticipated "Dhoom:3", which opens worldwide December 20.

"99Games Online is the perfect company to create mobile games based on 'Dhoom' franchise. The company's ability to produce high quality exciting games with true-to-life graphics will plunge players into the centre of the film's action," Rohit Sobti, vice president, YRF Licensing, said in a statement.

The launch of the "Dhoom" game will help the Indian gaming space, according to Rohith Bhat, CEO of 99Games Online.

"The 'Dhoom' franchise has set high standards of production quality and entertainment quotient and we intend to deliver the same through a series of games which will be released globally," he added.

The "Dhoom" franchise has been high on bikes, stunts and action.

YRF Licensing is charged with the licensing and merchandising of YRF's movies. In addition to a license with 99Games Online Pvt. Ltd., the "Dhoom:3" licensing program also includes toys, apparel, phone, tablet, accessories, bike autographics, helmets, paper products and cards.

"Dhoom:3" stars Aamir Khan with Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra.

BlackBerry has launched the Z30 for the Indian market at Rs. 39,990. The smartphone will be available on retail shelves starting next week.
The BlackBerry Z30 is the biggest smartphone in BlackBerry's portfolio and can be called the first phablet from the Canadian manufacturer. It comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixel resolution, translating to a pixel density of 294ppi. It is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 320 GPU.

BlackBerry has included 2GB of RAM onboard the Z30, apart from 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB). The BlackBerry Z30 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The new phablet runs BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, which includes refinements and new features when compared to the BlackBerry Z10 that was launched earlier this year. The Z30 includes a 2880mAh battery, which the company claims can deliver up to 25 hours of talktime - there is no word on standby time.

The BlackBerry Z30 features four stereo speakers to provide 'BlackBerry Natural Sound' and also comes with BlackBerry Paratek Antennae that is claimed to deliver faster data transfers.

The BlackBerry Z30 was unveiled globally in September, when BlackBerry also announced a price cut for company's former flagship, the Z10, which was said to be a limited period festival offer.

Previously, BlackBerry Z30's Canada pricing was revealed to be $699 without contract which translated to Rs. 43,000 approximately.

BlackBerry Z30 key specifications
  • 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixels resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 320
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2880mAh

Micromax has finally unveiled its first smartphone with full-HD display, the Canvas Turbo at Rs. 19,990. The smartphone will be available in retail outlets starting Saturday and will be come in two colour variants, Blue and White.
The Micromax Canvas Turbo features a 5-inch full-HD CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) IPS display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T (Turbo) processor along with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and comes with FOTA support. It features 16GB of inbuilt storage, though there is no word on expandable storage.The Canvas Turbo sports 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera and also houses a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The company mentions in a press note that the Canvas Turbo's camera includes a number of features like Panorama, Cinemagraph and Object Eraser.

The Canvas Turbo packs a 2000mAh battery. On the app front the Canvas Turbo includes BBM, hike, Spuul, Kingsoft Office, M!Security, M!Unlock, M!Live and Game-hub. Interestingly, Micromax's dedicated site for Canvas Turbo notes that the smartphone supports dual-SIM with one regular SIM and other micro-SIM.

Commenting on the launch, Rahul Sharma, Co-founder, Micromax said, "At Micromax, our focus has always been to keep innovating to democratize technology for masses by offering seamless experience through a combination of great hardware and enhanced software capabilities. Canvas Turbo further builds on our promise to constantly empower our users with superior technology. This is complemented by a refreshed ecosystem of applications enabling users to multitask offering great value to them."

Shubhodip Pal, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax, said at the announcement, "The launch of Canvas Turbo would be accompanied with our association with Hugh Jackman, one of the biggest names in world entertainment industry as the new brand ambassador of Micromax Canvas series of smartphones. The overwhelming response to the Canvas series has clearly established us as the leader in the phablet category, and the Canvas turbo will further reinforce our aim to be the number one smartphone player in India."

Micromax Canvas Turbo key specifications
  • 5-inch full-HD CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with FOTA support
  • 16GB of inbuilt storage
  • 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2000mAh battery

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy smartphone in its line-up, the Galaxy Express 2. The South Korean major's latest Galaxy device will be heading to Vodafone UK. However, the company has not announced the pricing of the device, and neither has it revealed whether the device will be headed to other countries or carriers.
The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 comes with 4.5-inch qHD display with a 540x960 pixels resolution. The new Galaxy smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is powered by 1.7GHz dual-core processor (unspecified chipset) along with 1.5GB of RAM. The smartphone measures 132.4x65.7x9.8mm and comes with NFC and LTE support. It includes 8GB of inbuilt storage and also comes with microSD card support. The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 will be available in two colour variants - Ceramic White and Rigel Blue.

The Galaxy Express 2 also comes with host of Samsung apps such as Smart Stay, that uses facial recognition to detect when the phone is in use, as well as Group Play which allows you to share music, documents and photos with other compatible Samsung devices. In addition, the new handset also features S Travel, Story Album and S Translator making Samsung's latest device the perfect travel companion.

Commenting on the launch, Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said, "Our latest addition to the Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy Express 2 has been designed to provide a faster and smoother user experience. As with all smartphones in our Galaxy range, the Galaxy Express 2 is packed full of intuitive features and smart functions, offering customers superior performance."

Samsung Galaxy Express 2 key specifications
  • 4.5-inch qHD display with a 540x960 pixels resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual core processor (unspecified chipset)
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of inbuilt storage, comes with microSD card support
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • NFC and LTE support

More details appear to have been leaked regarding LG's first curved display smartphone, rumoured to be called the 'G Flex'. This time, it comes in the form of live images and a hands-on video posted by technology journalist Frederico Ini of Telefe Noticias, who seems to have received a prototype unit. The Verge spotted the images first and claims that it received some information about LG's upcoming curved display smartphone from Frederico as well.
As per the site, the yet to be officially announced LG 'G Flex' smartphone is curved from top to bottom, unlike Samsung's Galaxy Round which bends from sides and is being said to come with 6-inch curved OLED display. Further the device sports LG's signature design which means it comes with rear-mounted physical buttons for power and volume controls, much like company's flagship smartphone, the LG G2. The site suggests that the smartphone is likely to sport a 13-megapixel rear camera, again similar to the LG G2. The video reveals that the LG 'G Flex' would come with similar features as found in other LG's high-end smartphones.

The latest leaked images and video suggest that the launch of the LG 'G Flex' is not far and LG might soon join Samsung with the launch of its first curved display smartphone.

Last week, a report revealed that LG, in an attempt to gain both technological and market leadership, will launch its first smartphone mounted with curved display next month. The report claimed that the curved display smartphones are being developed according to their release schedules.

Previously, LG 'G Flex' curved display smartphone was spotted in leaked press renders.
Intex has launched its latest Aqua smartphone for the Indian market, the Aqua N2 at Rs. 6,990.
The Intex Aqua N2 features a 4-inch display with a 480x800 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek (MTK6572) processor alongside 512MB of RAM. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with dual standby support. The phone measures 124x62.7x9mm and weighs 121.6 grams.

The Aqua N2 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and also houses a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with a meagre 850MB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expandable up to 32GB with microSD card. Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS and 3G. It packs a 1400mAh battery, which according to the company can deliver up to 5 hours of talktime and a standby time of up to 220 hours.

The company mentions that the Intex Aqua N2 comes with 5GB of free cloud storage with Intex Cloud app for backing-up content. It also come preloaded with Matrabhasha app, which supports 22 regional languages.

Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head for mobile business, Intex said, "Intex has devised Aqua N2 keeping in mind the need for users to have access to a variety of content without any speed or connectivity constraints. The phone provides best of features at a reasonable pricing without compromising on superlative mobility experience demanded by the users." 

Intex Aqua N2 key specifications
  • 4-inch display with 480x800 pixels resolution
  • 1.2GHz dual core MediaTek (MTK6572) processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby support

Apple has released the iOS 7.0.3 update for users running iOS 7, 7.0.1 or 7.0.2 on their iPhone 4 (or later), iPad 2 (or later), iPad mini (or later), and the iPod touch (fifth-generation) devices.

The iOS 7.0.3  update brings a number of new features including support for iCloud Keychain, which Apple had initially announced when it first showcased the OS at the WWDC event in June.

The new iOS 7 update is a 67.7MB download on an iPhone 5, and can be downloaded over the air on devices or via iTunes on computers. 

As we mentioned, the iOS 7.0.3 update adds iCloud Keychain that allows users to save and sync account user names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all their approved iOS and Mac (the ones that run OS X Mavericks) devices in the Safari web browser.

It also brings the Password Generator through which Safari suggests unique, hard-to-guess passwords for users' online accounts. The update also brings back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia through Spotlight search, allowing users to search for keywords directly via iOS' universal search feature.

These two features were not introduced with the initial release of iOS 7, as they need users to run OS X Mavericks on their Macs if they want to benefit from the sync feature. Mavericks was made available only on Tuesday.

A number of users complained about iOS 7's motion graphics and animations and to address these issues, Apple has enhanced the Reduce Motion setting to minimise both motion and animation in the OS UI. It also updates the Bold Text setting to change dial pad text.

The 7.0.3 update also delays the display of "slide to unlock" when Touch ID is in use, for iPhone 5s users.

In addition to new features, the iOS 7.0.3 update also brings a number of fixes to the OS. It fixes iMessages issues that were being reported by a number of users including message sending failures and activation problems.

The update also fixes an accelerometer calibration issue. It's worth pointing out that it was reported that the iPhone 5s motion sensors were not giving accurate readings. The update might be able to fix the issue.

The 7.0.3 update addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice and one that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive. It also improves system stability when using iWork apps, following reports of the iPhone 5s crashing while using the apps.

Interestingly, there's also a security fix as Apple mentions that the update fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode.

Apple had previously released the iOS 7.0.2 update in September to fix the lock screen vulnerabilities that were discovered after the public release of iOS 7.

Nokia took the wraps off its much-awaited phablet, the Nokia Lumia 1520, at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. It also launched a more affordable version, called Lumia 1320, apart from three new Asha phones, and a new Windows RT tablet (Lumia 2520).

The Nokia Lumia 1520, as rumoured comes with 6-inch full-HD (1080x1920) LCD display, the biggest seen on a Nokia phone yet and sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera accompanied by dual-LED flash. The Nokia Lumia 1520 will come at $749 (excluding taxes and subsidies), which roughly translates to Rs. 46,300, and will be rolled out later this year. The company announced that the Lumia 1520 will be first available in Hong Kong, Singapore, US and European markets in Q4 2013, and will be rolled out in other markets later this year.

As expected, the Lumia 1520 features an onslaught of new hardware and software features, which was introduced with third Windows Phone update. It runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black and comes with the third Live Tile column in the Start menu.


The newly launched Nokia Lumia 1520 also becomes the first Windows Phone to feature the new quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and also includes 2GB of RAM. It packs a 3400mAh battery, with built-in wireless charging functionality. The Lumia 1520 also features a front-facing 2-megapixel HD camera.

The Lumia 1520 packs new preloaded app like Nokia Storyteller app which integrates clicked images and recorded videos with HERE maps; a new Nokia Camera app with Pro Camera UI. The phone will come in four colour variants - Black, Red, White and Yellow. The company noted that the Nokia Lumia 1520 Black colour variant is made of recyclable materials.  The new Lumia 1520 also comes preloaded with Microsoft Office and 7GB of Skydrive cloud storage space.

All the new features of Windows Phone 8's third update and Nokia's own updated UI will be available as a single upgrade for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 users, called the Lumia Black update, and will ship early next year.

Along with the Nokia Lumia 1520, the company also debuted the more affordable phablet, the Lumia 1320, and new Asha phones, the Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503.

Nokia Lumia 1520 key specifications

  • 6-inch full-HD (1080x1920) LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 20-megapixel PureView camera
  • Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black
  • 3400mAh battery

Another phablet like the Nokia Lumia 1520, the Finnish mobile manufacturer also launched its second 6-inch device, the Nokia Lumia 1320, which is being termed as an affordable phablet. The company also launched three new Asha phones, the Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503.

The company states that the Lumia 1320 will be available in four colour variants such as Black, Orange, White and Yellow. Further the Finnish major notes that Lumia 1320 will start shipping in the first quarter of 2014 with an expected price of $339 before taxes and subsidies and will be first available in China and Vietnam, followed by other markets in Asia including India, apart from Europe.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 features a 6-inch IPS LCD display with 720x1280 pixels resolution and boasts Nokia's ClearBlack technology. The display has a pixel density of 245ppi (pixels per inch). It is powered by 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor along with 1GB of RAM.

The Lumia 1320 comes with 8GB inbuilt storage, which can be further expandable up to 64GB with microSD card and in addition Nokia is also offering 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and features Nokia Camera app. The Nokia Lumia 1320 runs Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black and also features third Live Tile in Start menu.

Commenting on the launch Stephen Elop, Executive Vice President, Devices & Services at Nokia said, "Now more than ever, mobile devices are at the center of consumers' lives as they look to capture, curate and share experiences on the go. The quality and value that Nokia products deliver continues to grow as we partner with developers to introduce app experiences that are unique to Lumia and Windows Phone. And clearly, with Lumia and Asha smartphones enjoying quarter-on-quarter volume growth in Q3 2013, that quality and value is resonating with consumers around the world."

Nokia Lumia 1320 key specifications
  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 720x1280 pixels resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB inbuilt storage, further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black