This week we saw one more device from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus dubbed the OnePlus X – company’s first mid-range device, second device launched this year, and the third in its portfolio overall. After the two flagship smartphones – the OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2, firm had plans to launch mid-range device which Co-Founder Carl Pei had confirmed in August.
Following several leaks and benchmark listings, the OnePlus X finally launched this Thursday at simultaneous events worldwide. The smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display, is powered by a 32-bit quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, and runs on Oxygen OS 2.1 based on Android 5.1 (Lollipop). It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) and a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a brushed anodized metal frame and comes in Onyx version with glass back and limited edition Ceramic variant. Read our first impressions of the OnePlus X here and watch video below.
Oppo launched the Neo 7, as we had first reported about the launch date with exclusive images last week. It packs a 5-inch qHD display, is powered by an quad-core Snapdragon 410 64-bit SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM, runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS with Color OS 2.1 on top, has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Oppo Neo 7 comes in Black and White colors and is priced at Rs. 9,990 in India.
Lenovo’s last week launched the K3 Note Music smartphone finally went on sale. It is now available from the official Lenovo online store in India. It is the same K3 Note smartphone that comes with a ceramic speaker on the back that lets you enjoy superior sound with Sound Box or any other hollow box. It also comes with Smart PA audio chip and Waves MaxxAudio technology that amplifies the sound and improves the audio. Lenovo says that it is a limited edition smartphone.
Xolo launched its second BLACK series smartphone- the BLACK 1X. It packs a 5-inch 1080p display with Asahi Dragon trail Glass protection, is powered by an Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 SoC and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with HIVE Atlas UI on top. Xolo has promised that it will be upgradable to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in future, but no details about the time frame yet. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) that lets you focus in just 0.15 seconds, LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash.
The Xolo BLACK 1X comes in black colour and is priced at Rs. 9,999. It will be exclusively available from Snapdeal through flash sale starting from November 6th.Check our unboxing, first impressions and photo gallery here.
HP launched six new Windows 10 computing machines this week – the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook, thinnest and lightest 13-inch notebook in Envy series dubbed the HP Envy 13, a 13-inch convertible the HP Pavilion 13 x360, a notebook HP ProBook 430 G3, an All-in-One HP ProOne 400 G2, and the HP ProDesk 400 G2 desktop.
The HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD display and 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor. There is also optional touchscreen available. The notebook is priced at Rs. 73,000 and will be available from next month November 20th. Check full details here.
The list also includes the thinnest and lightest 13-inch notebook in Envy series dubbed the HP Envy 13, and a 13-inch convertible the HP Pavilion 13 x360. Both the devices come with latest 6th generation Intel Core-i processors and Windows 10
The other three new commercial devices include a notebook HP ProBook 430 G3, an All-in-One HP ProOne 400 G2, and the HP ProDesk 400 G2 desktop. Check pricing and specifications here.
Karbonn launched four new Android smartphones – Alfa 112, Alfa A91 Power, Alfa A93 Pop, Titanium S205 Plus – and two feature phones K18 Jumbo and M105 this week. Karbonn also said that it will be offering discounts of up to 50% on Titanium Mach Five, Titanium Mach Two and Titanium S201 smartphone on e-commerce platforms.
The Karbonn Alfa 112, Alfa A91 Power, Alfa A93 Pop and Titanium S205 Plus are priced at Rs. 2,890, Rs 3,290, Rs. 3,490 and Rs 6,790, respectively. The K18 Jumbo and M105 feature phones are priced at Rs. 990 and Rs. 940, respectively. Check complete specifications here.
Swipe launched its first 4G smartphone in the online-only Elite sub-brand dubbed the ELITE 2. It packs a 4.5-inch qHD display, is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core 64-bit MediaTek processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Swipe’s own Freedom OS. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It also has dual SIM support, similar to most other Swipe smartphones.
The Swipe ELITE 2 comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 4,666. It will be exclusively available from Flipkart starting from November 8th.
Intex launched its latest budget 3G smartphone running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) dubbed the Intex Aqua Play at Rs. 3,249. It has a 4-inch WVGA IPS display, is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, has a VGA rear camera with LED flash and also has a VGA front-facing camera. It also has dual-SIM support, similar to most other Intex smartphone and comes pre-loaded with Clean Master, NewsHunt, Quikr, Opera Mini and more apps.
Jaybird finally launched its bluetooth headphones X2 in India through an exclusive partnership with Indian distributor Ferrari Video and its retail brand Headphone Zone (headphonezone.in). The Jaybird X2 uses Bluetooth 2.1 to connect to other devices and promises 8 hours of play time on a single charge. It has a built-in microphone for calls and a three-button remote.
The Jaybird X2 is priced at Rs. 15,999. It comes in six colours – Alpha, Charge, Fire, Ice, Midnight and Storm, and with Premium Sport Memory Foam Ear Tips, Patented Secure-Fit Ear Fins, Friction-Fit Silicone Sport Carrying Case, Silicone Ear Tips, Charging Cable and Cord Management Clips.
Lastly, Milagrow Humantech launched a robotic floor vacuum cleaner – the Aguabot 4.0 – in India this week, which according to company is world’s first full wet floor cleaning robot. It is priced at Rs. 29,990 and is available through Milagrow Humantech’s website.
The Milagrow Aguabot 4.0 robotic vacuum cleaner comes with an advanced full wet mopping system along with a small water reservoir. It can clean 3000 square feet on a single charge and has a battery backup of 120 minutes when fully charged. It features automated charging when the battery falls below 15%, and the convenience of a robotic scheduling through remote control. Check more details here.
Letv, one of the popular video network operators in China this week introduced the Le 1s, successor of the Le 1 smartphone that was introduced earlier this year. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display with slim bezel. It is just 74.2mm wide, slimmer than last year’s Le 1Pro. It is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio X10 SoC and runs on Android Lollipop based on EUI 5.5. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) that can focus an object in just 0.09 seconds.
Check our hands on of the Letv Le 1s from China.
The firm also introduced its first ever massive 120-inch screen 3D 4K Android TV the Letv uMax120 at its event in China, along with the Le 1s smartphone. The display panel has 680nit ~ 800nit screen brightness, has 120Hz refresh rate and supports H.265 hardware decoding. It runs on EUI TV UI based on Android 5.0 (Lollipop).
The Letv uMax120 3D 4K TV is priced at 499,900 Chinese Yuan ( US$ 78,663 / Rs. 51,09,440 approx.). This is cheaper than the $130,000 Vizio 120-inch Reference Series 4K TV with HDR that was introduced earlier this month. Letv has started taking registrations for the TV through the official lemall in China.
Motorola introduced the DROID Turbo 2 with Moto ShatterShield, the world’s first shatterproof display earlier this week for Verizon, which it later announced it as the Moto X Force globally. Apart from the name, other specifications are similar to the DROID Turbo 2, including 5.4-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 810 processor, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) and a 3760mAh battery. It has 4G LTE connectivity with support for range of LTE Bands (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40).
The Motorola Moto X Force is priced at £499 (US$ 764 / Rs. 49,932 approx.) for the 32GB version and £534 ( US$ 818 / Rs. 53,434 approx.) for the 64GB model, and it will be launched in UK in mid-November.
Google this week in partnership with Asus added a new member in its OnHub router family. Dubbed the ASUS OnHub is company’s second smart Wi-Fi router device in the OnHub series. The first OnHub router with TP-Link was launched couple of months back in August.
The cylindrical-designed Asus OnHub looks very similar to the original TP-Link OnHub, except it has a slightly bigger or wider base instead. Apart from being the “fast, secure and easy to use” smart Wi-Fi router, the Asus OnHub boasts of an interesting new Wave Control feature as well which lets you boost the Wi-Fi speed for a particular device by simply waving your hand over the top of the router.
Priced at $219.99, the Asus OnHub is up for pre-order in the U.S. by select retailers via Google’s website.
The LG G Vista 2 comes accompanied with a Stylus that will let you take notes, draw artwork and more. It sports a 5.7 inch screen with full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor. The LG G Vista 2 comes exclusively to AT&T on November 6 for $450.
HTC introduced a version of the One M9 in China dubbed HTC One M9e. It got certified last month and packs a 5-inch 1080p display, is powered by an 2.2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) octa-core 64-bit processor and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense UI on top. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, optical image stabilization (OIS) and an UltraPixel front-facing camera. It has dual front-facing BoomSound speakers and Dolby Audio.
The HTC One M9e comes in Gold, Gunmetal Grey and Silver colors, is priced at 2699 Yuan ( U$ 425 / Rs. 27,660 approx.) and is available for purchase in China.
Lastly, Samsung officially announced Galaxy View, the company’s large screen tablet with a 18.4-inch 1080p display, as it promised at the IFA last month. Even though it has a pixel density of just 119 PPI, Samsung says that the screen is optimized for media consumption and the tablet has been designed with a video-centric interface in mind. It has a dedicated home screen for videos showcases from various content services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, all in one place. It also has powerful 4-watt stereo speakers and has nano SIM support offering 4G LTE connectivity on-the-go.
The Samsung Galaxy View will be available in the U.S. from November 6th for $599 (approximately Rs. 39,000) for the WiFi version. LTE version will also be available soon.