Weekly Roundup: OPPO A57, ZTE Blade A2 Plus, Sony PS4 Pro, Honor 8 Lite and more


This week  Swipe launched Elite Power with 4000mAh battery, OPPO launched the A57 selfie-focused smartphone, ZTE launched Blade A2 Plus with 5000mAh battery, Sony announced PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation VR in India, Huawei introduced Honor 8 Lite smartphone and more that happened this week in our weekly roundup.


OPPO launched A57 selfie-focused smartphone with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12um pixel size in in India, as it had promised. It packs a 5.2-inch HD display, Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 processor, Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with ColorOS 3.0 and a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF).

It comes with dedicated dual nano SIM slots along with a microSD card slot in India. It also has 4G VoLTE support and packs a 2900mAh battery. It also has a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button with hydrophobic zirconium surface, so it works even when your fingers are moist. It comes in Gold color, is priced at Rs. 14990 and is available from offline stores as well as online retailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal.


ZTE launched Blade A2 Plus that packs a 5000mAh battery and support for fast charging. It hasa 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750T processor, runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), has a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash,  phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with screen flash.

It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back and comes with unibody metal design. It comes with 4G VoLTE support, comes in Gold and Silver colors in India, is priced at Rs. 11,999 and will be available exclusively from Flipkart starting from February 6th. Check out our first impressions here.

Swipe Elite Power

Swipe Technologies launched Elite Power, a budget smartphone with 4G VoLTE and a 4000mAh battery. It packs a 5.5-inch HD screen, is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), has an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

It has a unibody metal design and comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back. It comes in Space Grey and Champagne Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 6999 and is available exclusively on Flipkart.

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation VR

Sony, this week finally introduced its most expected PlayStation 4 Pro console with 4K resolution gameplay and HDR capability.  Uncharted 4, The Last of Us, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare and several other titles already utilize these new features of the PS4 Pro. Sony also introduced the Playstation VR, a virtual reality system that makes use of PlayStation 4 (PS4). It is compatible with all the PS4 versions.

Sony PlayStation VR

The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro and the PlayStation 4 Pro Slim cost Rs. 38,990 and Rs. 27,990, respectively, and will be available mid-February. The Sony PlayStation VR costs Rs. Rs. 37,990 and Rs. 41,990 with PS4 camera. It wil lbe available in March.

Sony cybershot

Earlier this week Sony launched Cyber-Shot HX350 camera with 50x optical zoom and 100x Clear Image Zoom with Carl ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T. It features a back-illuminated 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor. It is a cheaper version of Sony HX400.

It is priced at Rs. 28,990 and will be available exclusively on Amazon.in from today.

iBall Slide Brisk 4G2

iBall launched Slide Brisk 4G2  tablet with 4G VoLTE support. It packs a 7-inch HD display, is powered by a quad-core 64-bit processor, has 3GB of RAM and runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It has a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with a single LED flash and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs a 3500mAh battery. It comes in Cobalt Blue colors and is priced at Rs. 8999.

Intex Aqua Amaze plus

Intex launched three new phones with VoLTE support Aqua Amaze+, Aqua 4.0 4G and Aqua Young 4G.  The Aqua Amaze+ packs a 4.7-inch HD screen, is powered quad-core Spreadtrum processor, runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that also has LED flash. It has a 2000mAh battery. It comes in Black, Blue and Grey colors and is priced at Rs. 6,290.

Intex Aqua Young 4G

The Aqua 4.0 4G comes with a 4-inch AMOLED screen, which is the main highlight of the smartphone. Both the Aqua 4.0 4G and Aqua Young 4G run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and are powered by quad-core SoCs.  The Intex Aqua 4.0 4G comes in Black, Blue and Champagne Gold colors and is priced at Rs. 4199 and the Intex Aqua Young 4G comes in Blue and Champagne Gold colors and is priced at Rs. 5849.

Honor 8 Lite

Huawei Honor brand introduced Honor 8 Lite that features a single 12-megapixel rear camera instead of dual 12-megapixel rear cameras on the Honor 8. It also comes with a less powerful Kirin 655 processor compared to Honor 8’s Kirin 950 SoC, but this runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.0 out of the box. It packs a 5.2-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display, fingerprint sensor on the glass back, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, slim body with metal frame and a 3000mAh battery.

It comes in Gold, Blue, Black and White colors and is priced at 269 Euros (US$ 290 / Rs. 19,590 approx.) in Finland.

samsung curved monitor

Samsung launched curved gaming monitors LC24FG70 and LC27FG70 in India. These sport a radius of 1800mm, come with quantum dot technology, which according to the company enables more vibrant and natural colors.

They also feature a 144 Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and come integrated with AMD FreeSync Technology over HDMI functionality to synchronize the screen’s 144 Hz refresh rate with users’ AMD graphics cards. The Samsung  LC24FG70 and LC27FG70 are priced at Rs. 35,000 and Rs 42,000 respectively.

Asus GL5533

Asus launched the ROG Strix GL553 gaming laptop. It is made of black aluminum body and has an illuminated ROG logo on top, sports a 15.6 inch display and can be configured by seventh generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ and Core i7-7700HQ processors along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti/1050 graphics. It comes with 16GB of RAM that is expandable to 32GB, and a 1TB HDD.

It features Cooling Overdrive system which Asus claims, offers customized fan speeds for better user-centric thermal management. Other gaming features include ROG’s latest Game Center, Audio Wizard and GameFirst IV networking technologies. It starts at Rs. 94,990.

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram