Weekly Roundup: YU Yuphoria, YuFit, HealthYU, Google Chromebooks, Microsoft Lumia 540, OnePlus Power Bank and more

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Biggest announcement this week came from Micromax’s YU Televentures. The company launched three devices in India – Yu Yuphoria smartphone, YuFit fitness tracker, and HealthYU cassette. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: YU Yuphoria, YuFit, HealthYU, Google Chromebooks, Microsoft Lumia 540, OnePlus Power Bank and more”

Weekly Roundup: 12 smartphones, 2 tablets, 2 fitness trackers, power bank and more

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First up is the highlight of the week from Huawei. The company launched three products in its Honor portfolio – the Honor Bee, the Honor 4C smartphones and Honor AP007 power bank. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: 12 smartphones, 2 tablets, 2 fitness trackers, power bank and more”

Weekly Roundup: LG G4, G Flex2, Magna, Microsoft Lumia 430, Lenovo A5000, and more

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This time in our weekly roundup of major announcements and launches, we have three devices from South Korean major LG, a convertible tablet-cum-laptop device and a smartphone from Micromax, cheapest Lumia smartphone till date from Microsoft, another addition in Lenovo’s popular ‘A’ series and more here. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: LG G4, G Flex2, Magna, Microsoft Lumia 430, Lenovo A5000, and more”

Spice Dream UNO Mi-498 Photo Gallery

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Earlier this week, Google launched Android One smartphones in India. One of the phones from this ambitious initiative is Spice Dream UNO. Priced at Rs 6,299, it is the first Android One smartphone from the company. We have already brought you the unboxing and first impression of the phone and the benchmarks, now here is a photo gallery. Continue reading “Spice Dream UNO Mi-498 Photo Gallery”

Spice teases its Android One smartphone for September 15

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After Karbonn, Spice has teased what could be its first Android One smartphone. Just like Karbonn, the Spice smartphone would also be revealed on September 15th at 3:30 PM. Unlike Karbonn who have partnered with Snapdeal, Spice has partnered with Flipkart to sell the smartphone exclusively. Continue reading “Spice teases its Android One smartphone for September 15”

Spice Smart Pulse review: A not so smart watch

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The market for wearables is clearly divided. Smartwatches have lined the upper end of the spectrum with Samsung’s Gear line of devices and now Android Wear based watches being the most prominent ones. The other end of the spectrum includes the standalone fitness focussed wearables. These wearables are then focussed on tracking your fitness related activities and include basic time keeping functionality. Due to the price, functionality divide between the categories, neither of them really have the potential to democratize wearables. And so step in indigenous manufacturers that try to bridge that gap by introducing a device that cherry picks features from higher end smartwatches and makes them available at a very accessible price point. Today we take a look at the Spice Smart Pulse, a device pegged as a smartwatch for the masses by the company. Worth it? Read on to find out. Continue reading “Spice Smart Pulse review: A not so smart watch”

Here’s why Android One is great for the budget smartphone market

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One of the many significant announcements at the recent Google I/O developers conference was Android One. The program was formally unveiled with one central goal in mind, reaching the next 5 billion people in the world. These are the ones without a smartphone, mostly in emerging markets like India, China and so on. Google will be partnering with companies in the supply chain to provide a turnkey solution for many OEMs that are currently driving the budget smartphone segment in emerging markets. Android One involves a combination of affordable reference hardware, handpicked by Google, and stock Android software, with updates directly from Mountain View. The first three OEMs to sign up for this program are from India, which has familiar, but rather important, implications for the budget smartphone market.

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Micromax, Karbonn and Spice are the first Android One program members

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Google just unveiled its new program called “Android One” at their I/O developer event today, in San Francisco. This program, which involved creating attractive low cost Android smartphones using reference hardware and stock software, already has three members. The three OEMs who are the first companies to sign up for Android One are Karbonn, Micromax and Spice, all Indian smartphone manufacturers well versed in making budget smartphones running Android.

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Spice Stellar 360 Review

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In a world of touchscreen phones, choices in form factors are few, but Spice, one of the many Indian smartphone manufacturers, is offering one, with a keyboard. Spice’s Stellar 360, a budget Android touchscreen smartphone with a full sized qwerty keyboard, wants to appeal to a crowd that still likes its messages typed, on a real keyboard. Selling at a very low price of Rs. 4,799, can the phone be the bridging gap between lower end keypad based phones and a full touch screen device? Lets find out in our review.

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Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5x Mi-504 Review

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Spice has been at the forefront of India’s budget Android market almost since its inception. With some compelling releases over the past few years and months, it has been able to carve a niche for itself while facing stiff competition from Micromax, Karbonn and competition at large. Throwing its latest device into the budget Android device ring with the Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5x, the company aims to gain a foothold amongst the first time smartphone buyers. Will it succeed? We find out in our review. Continue reading “Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5x Mi-504 Review”

Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5x Mi-504 Benchmarks

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The Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5x is a budget device that brings a large screen experience at a very attractive price point. The phone is powered by a 1.3Ghz Dual Core MT6572 processor paired with 512MB of RAM. You get a 5 inch display with a resolution of  480 x 854. We weren’t too impressed by the day to day performance of the device and noticed more than a few lags. For those who’re interested in synthetic benchmarks, we put the Smart Flo Mettle 5x from our standard benchmark suite and here are the results.  Continue reading “Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5x Mi-504 Benchmarks”

Spice Pinnacle FHD Mi-525 Review

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Spice is known for making quality hardware at affordable prices. With the Pinnacle FHD, the company is aiming for the upper reaches of the mid range device market. The specifications line up well enough for the handset but is it enough to earn our recommendation? Read on to find out. Continue reading “Spice Pinnacle FHD Mi-525 Review”

Spice Pinnacle Stylus Mi-550 Unboxing

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Spice might have concentrated more on the retail side recently, but the phones do keep coming. Among the newer ones that released recently is the Spice Pinnacle Stylus Mi-550 that comes with a 5.5 inch screen and more importantly, a stylus. Priced at Rs. 15,999, this is easily a direct competitor to the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 that comes with similar specifications. So, how does the Pinnacle stylus look and what does it have in its retail box? Watch our unboxing video and find out –

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Spice Coolpad Mi-515 review

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Coolpad is one of the most popular smartphone brands in China and is the 9th largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Spice has partnered with the Chinese giant to introduce their range of Android running phones in India. The first of these is the Spice Coolpad Mi-515. Read on to find out what we think about the handset. Continue reading “Spice Coolpad Mi-515 review”