Weekly Roundup: Letv Le 1S, Le Max, Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, Gear VR headset and more


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Letv, now re-branded as LeEco, this week launched its budget Le 1s and flagship Le Max smartphones in India.

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The LeEco Le 1s was first announced back in October last year. The smartphone has a metal unibody design, features a 5.5-inch 1080p display with slim bezel, which is just 74.2mm wide, 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. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, USB Type-C connector and packs a 3000mAh with support for fast charging.

The LeEco Le 1s  comes in Gold color and is priced at Rs. 10,999. It will be available exclusively from Flipkart through flash sales starting from February 2nd. We went hands-on with the smartphone at the announcement last year.

Coming to Le Max, the phone packs a 6.33-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD display with 0.8mm narrow border, is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 SoC, has 4GB of RAM, runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with EUI on top, has a 21-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a 4-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The LeEco Le Max is priced at Rs. 32,999 for 64GB Silver variant and Rs. 36,999 for the 128GB Gold variant. There is a premium 128GB Sapphire variant in Pink color with a Sapphire display that is priced at Rs. 69,999. It will be available exclusively from Flipkart through flash sales starting from February 16. Checkout unboxing below.

Samsung this week launched its Tizen-powered smartwatch Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic in India, alongside the launch of its final consumer version of the Gear VR headset powered by Oculus.

The two smartwatches – Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic have a 1.2-inch ( 360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED displays, rotating bezel and run on Tizen based wearable platform. These also have Home and Back buttons to access notifications and applications easily.

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The Gear S2 has a silicone band offering a minimal and modern design, whereas the Gear S2 classic has a Black finish with a matching genuine leather band for a premium look. These have IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, connects to the devices using Bluetooth 4.1 LE and have NFC support.

The Samsung Gear S2 comes in Dark Grey color with Silver case and sporty band and Gear S2 classic comes with Black case with leather band, and are priced at Rs. 24,300 and Rs. 25,800, respectively. These smartwatches will be available from Samsung retail channels and exclusively from Flipkart.

We went hands-on with the Gear S2 at the IFA last year, unboxed it and checked out the 18K Rose Gold and Titanium variants at the CES 2016 earlier this month.

The consumer version of the Gear VR is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, is 22% lighter than previous Gear VR Innovator Edition and has an improved touchpad that provides easier control to access films, gaming, 360 degree video and experiential content available for Gear VR. It also comes with a new foam cushioning to make the device more comfortable to wear, according to Samsung.

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The new Samsung Gear VR comes in Frost White color, is priced at Rs. 8,200. It is exclusively available from Flipkart online and also from select offline stores including Croma and Reliance Digital.

Other than that, Samsung launched dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 5 in India. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Dual SIM (SM-N9208) was first launched in Taiwan and later in Asian countries like Malaysia and Philippines. It has two nano-SIM card slots, but these are not hybrid SIM card slots like the Galaxy A series, so you can’t use the secondary SIM slot as a microSD expansion slot. The phone doesn’t support microSD card otherwise too.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Dual SIM comes in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium colors and is priced at Rs. 51,400 in India for the 32GB variant, which is already available for purchase from the official Samsung India eStore in the country. The 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 57,400 and will be available soon.

Asus after one year of the ZenFone Zoom announcement, finally launched the smartphone at an event in India. The highlight of the smartphone is its 13-megapixel rear camera with 3X optical zoom, Laser auto focus, optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual-LED Real Tone flash. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, is powered by a Quad Core Intel Z3590 processor, 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with Zen UI and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The ASUS Zenfone Zoom comes in Pure Black and  Ceramic White colors with leather back and is priced at Rs. 37,999 for the 128GB variant. The Zenfone Zoom, Zenflash and Tripod bundle is priced at Rs. 39,999. It will be available through Flipkart from February 2016.

The firm also launched its latest smartphone in Pegasus series – ASUS Pegasus 5000 – in China. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, is powered by a 1.3GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6753 processor, runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Zen UI, has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has 4G LTE connectivity and dual SIM support.

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The ASUS Pegasus 5000 comes in Blue and Golden colors and is reportedly priced at Rs. 1,299 yuan ($197 / Rs. 13,390 approx.) for the 2GB RAM variant and 1,799 yuan ($273 / Rs. 18,545 approx.) for the 3GB RAM variant. It will be available soon through China Telecom.

LG launched G4 Stylus 3G (H540D), 3G variant of the G4 Stylus that was launched in India last year. The G4 Stylus with 4G support was launched in India for Rs. 24,990 back in July and got a price cut to Rs. 21,000 in August. The 3G variant of the smartphone has a 5.7-inch HD display, runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, similar to the 4G variant, but this is powered by a 1.4GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592M processor, instead of Snapdragon 410 SoC and has an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.

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The LG G4 Stylus 3G comes in Metallic Silver and Floral White colors and is priced at Rs. 19,000.

OnePlus surprisingly introduced a Sandstone case for the Apple iPhone 6/6s last month. It is priced at Rs. 1,199 and is exclusively available from Amazon.in.

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It covers the SIM card slot, but you can access the power button and volume rockers on the sides and the ports on the bottom, since there are gaps for them.

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech has launched UE ROLL, its latest portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker in India. It promises 360-degree sound that is loud and crisp with deep bass. Through the UE ROLL app for iOS and Android, you can wake up to your favorite music, remotely turn the speaker on and even double the sound by pairing it with any other Ultimate Ears speaker. New updates are sent to UE speakers wirelessly through the app, so you can easily continue to expand the features.

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The Ultimate Ears UE ROLL comes in Volcano Grey, Atmosphere Blue, Sugarplum Pink and Sriracha Orange colors and is priced at Rs. 8,495. It will be available across retail channels in India.

Popular watch maker Titan launched its first smartwatch in India in partnership with HP dubbed JUXT. The smartwatch has a three-piece stainless steel case, comes with genuine natural leather strap, has a OLED display with toughened mineral glass crystal and a jet black dial with subtle honeycomb pattern at the centre with 3D indices.It offers notifications for both personal messages and your favorite apps, alerts when you get a call, can track your steps, lets you set daily activity goals and check the time in the cities around the world. It promises battery life of up to 5 days for smart functions.

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The Titan JUXT is priced at Rs. 15,995 for the Stainless Steel case with Brown leather strap, Rs. 17,995 for the Rose Gold Stainless Steel case with Black leather strap and Rs. 19,995 for Titanium case with Black leather strap. It is now available for order through the official Titan website.

Lava launched P7, the company’s latest smartphone. It has a 5-inch FWVGA display, is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop), which will be upgradable to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in the future. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel front-facing camera that also has an LED flash.

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The Lava P7 comes in White, Blue and Gold colors and is priced at Rs. 5,499. It will be available through all the leading online and retail stores across the country.

Karbonn launched a new 4G smartphone Karbonn Quattro L50 for Rs. 7,990. It has a 5-inch HD display, is powered by a quad-core processor, runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop), has 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity with support for both FDD 1800 MHz and TDD 2300 MHz 4G LTE bands for India.

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The Karbonn Quattro L50 comes in Blue, Grey and Coffee colors, is priced at Rs. 7,990 and is available from Amazon.in.

Swipe launched Virtue, the company’s latest smartphone exclusively on Snapdeal. It packs a 5-inch HD display with 2mm narrow bezel, is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual SIM support and 3G connectivity.

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The Swipe Virtue comes in White with Silver color, is priced at Rs. 5,999 and is exclusively available from Snapdeal.


Author: Hitesh Arora

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