Top 5 Tech Gifts Under ₹5,000 (2014)

‘Tis the season as Google tells us through its doodles and I would like to help you guys make last-minute gift purchases for that geeky friend/ relative, this festive season.

This is a list of tech gifts that I’m sure that geeky friend of yours would like while you are on a budget of ₹5,000 only.

5. A 1TB External Hard Disk

Anyone who owns a computer with an SSD will have at most a 256GB internal storage. These people will appreciate an external storage solution. These days you can pick up a 1 TB external hard disk from any online portal for under ₹5000. Two of the top contenders are Seagate’s Backup Plus Slim 1 TB hard disk and competitor Western Digital’s My Passport Ultra 1TB hard disk. I have seen and used products by both of these firms and can say that their products are worth the money. You can grab both of these products from Amazon at a great discounted prices — the Backup Plus can be had for ₹4247 while the My Passport  Ultra is available for ₹4271. Since, the price difference is barely a hundred bucks I say go for the thinner and more portable Seagate Backup Plus Slim.

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4. ASUS Zenfone 4 A400CXG

ASUS Zenfone 4 is a great smartphone and is currently available for just ₹ 5000. The phone runs on Android 4.3 (upgradeable to 4.4), is powered by a dual core 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor. It also features a 5MP rear camera, a 0.3MP secondary camera in the front, 1GB of RAM and a 1600 mAh battery. The phone also sports a 4-inch WVGA display with a decent display resolution of 233 pixels per inch. It has 8GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded via microSd card. You can gift this smartphone to your mom or dad or pretty much anyone you know who is looking to move up from a feature phone to a smartphone. It is perfect for someone who is looking for a cheap Dual SIM smartphone! It can be grabbed from Flipkart for just under ₹5000 though I would recommend paying another hundred bucks and getting your loved ones the Gorilla Glass version.

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3. Over-the-head Audio Technica Headphones

For just under ₹5000 you can get a nice set of headphones from Audio Technica, JBL and a host of other audio giants, this festive season. Among these all of these brands, I’d recommend getting the Audio Technica  ATH PRO5MK2CM and the ATH-AD500X. While both of these headphones cost above ₹5000, you can grab both of them for just aback under at Flipkart.com. They are both very comfortable and provide a little bit of too much bass but that can be forgotten given the price at which you are getting these awesome pair of headphones. All-in-all your music-loving friends/relatives won’t hate you for getting them anyone of these sets.

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2. A fitness band

For just ₹3500, you can get a lesser version of the Misfit Shine, called the Misfit Flash and Sleep monitor fitness band. This band features a plain dial with red dot LEDs at the edge of the face. It can help your fitness freak of a friend to get up and follow his daily step goal to fitness and also help him/her monitor their sleep. Check it out at Flipkart.

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1. Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is a USB device which connects directly into your ordinary TV and allows it to connect with all of your WiFi-enabled devices as well as the internet. You can use any Android 4.3+ phone, iOS device, Mac or Windows computer to control your television and even mirror your device’s display onto the TV. You can also use it as a photo frame  when not using it view other media. At just a buck under ₹3000, the Chromecast is a great gift for your loved ones! Since, it is officially only available at Snapdeal.com, I recommend you get it from there as there are other offers also applicable on it. You get 20GB of extra data every month from Airtel every month for 3 months and 2 months of free usage of EROS Now Premium to stream movies and audio produced under the production label.

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That’s it for the Under ₹5000 list of tech gifts. I will be posting other lists for under ₹1000, ₹10000, ₹25000 and ₹50000 soon. Till then, Happy Holidays people!

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Micromax launches first Cyanogen OS 11 featuring smartphone — Yureka

Micromax, yesterday, launched the Yureka smartphone under the new YU Televentures brand. This smartphone comes after Micromax announced a deal with Cyanogen, giving it the exclusive rights to sell smartphones with the Cyanogen OS 11. The phone is the first under the new Yu series of smartphones which are covered under the above collaboration.

The phone will be sold exclusively on Amazon India for ₹8,999 (US$143) in flash sales. Seems like Micromax is looking to building hype about its new smartphone just like Xiaomi.

The Yureka sports a 5.5-inch, 1280×720 resolution IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 and is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC with 1.5GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM. It has a 32GB internal memory with microSD card slot. The phone features a 13 megapixel Sony IMX135 rear camera with 24fps burst mode and f2.2 aperture and 5 megapixel front camera, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 2,500mAh battery and runs on Cyanogen OS 11.

The main reason for the controversy involving OnePlus One and the Delhi High Court order preventing OnePlus from selling phones in India with Cyanogen OS.

As can be seen above, the features and specifications of the Yureka seem quite impressive for the price. We will have to wait and see how the phone performs in real life.

Registrations for the first flash sale, which will happen in the second week of January, begin at 2PM today, only at Amazon.in.

Xiaomi to gives a Diwali surprise by bringing the Mi3 back to India

Seems like Xiaomi was looking for a way to one up its Chinese rival Huawei when it decided to bring the leftover stock of its super popular and much in-demand smartphone the Mi3 to the Indian market on the same day of launch of the Huawei Honor 6.

Xiaomi is bringing the Mi3 back but this time, after it’s gone, the smartphone won’t return back. This is the final sale of this amazing product.

The company is offering 25,000 consumers who tried to purchase the device in the previous flash sales, but were unsuccessful, one last chance to do the same, again. These customers will be picked by Xiaomi and Flipkart, and they were intimated of their selection on October 5. However, unlike last times, there will be no flash sale, and the chosen customers won’t have to hit the ‘buy now’ button or wait for hours for the sale to begin.

The smartphone will be added in the cart of the aforementioned customers today. However, unlike earlier, there will be no flash sale, and the chosen customers won’t have to hit the ‘buy now’ button or wait for hours for the sale to begin.

This initiative is a part of Flipkart’s Big Billion Day sale today where the e-commerce site has conducted various sales to mark its inception by the two founders from Room number 610.

Xiaomi has sold about 300,000 Mi phone till date, including the Mi3 and its recently released little brother the RedMi 1S. Both the phones were sold on Flipkart through the flash sale model, and were sold out in seconds.

Huawei to kick off sales of its latest Honor 6 smartphone in India on October 6

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is set to kick off the sales of its latest smartphone in the Honor series, the Huawei Honor 6, in India on October 6. The smartphone will be sold exclusively on Flipkart.com. Announced all the way back in June, the smartphone was recently launched in China and is now set to be released in the Indian market. It will be available in black and white flavours and is priced at ₹19,999 (US$325).

Huawei-Honor-61The Honor 6 runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with the company’s Emotion UI 2.3 on top. It has aluminium alloy frame and a diamond-style texture on the back. It also packs a 3100mAh battery with Huawei’s Patented Power Saving Technology that promises 30% more battery life compared to other smartphones.

While the phone doesn’t have TDD-LTE on 2300 MHz (Band 40) for India, but has FDD-LTE on 1800 MHz that is expected to launch in India in future.

The smartphone also features the company’s Kirin 920 chipset with an octa-core processor. In case you need a refresh, check out rest of the phone’s specifications after the break…

Continue reading Huawei to kick off sales of its latest Honor 6 smartphone in India on October 6

Motorola sending invites to September 4th Launch event for the Moto 360, smartphones and accessories

Since yesterday, Motorola has been sending out invitations to a media event in Chicago which will be held on the 4th of September. The not so subtle invite displays a picture of a watch (Moto 360), a smartphone with an X (maybe the Moto X+1?), a smartphone with a G ( probably the Moto G2) and a headset that’s likely some type of new wireless accessory(maybe  Whisper Successor).

We’ve also heard about new devices rumoured to be coming out of Motorola for several months now and the latest claim has been that the company is working on a new Nexus device for Google. While we do have a good idea what we might see in a few short weeks in Chi-Town, we’ll try our best to keep an open mind.

Meet the Blackberry Passport: a square phablet with a hardware keyboard!

BlackBerry previously gave us a sneak peek at a device that’s as category-busting as the revolutionary ASUS Padfone, called the Passport.

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CEO John Chen with the Passport in his left hand

The company, it seems, wants to change the shape of the smartphones/ phablets/ tablets from rectangle to square, according to a blog on their website by BlackBerry blogger Matt Young. In the post, he has avoided calling it either a phone or a tablet by using the term “device.”

The blog post itself asks “Why?” (Yes, in Italics), so this shows that BlackBerry knows a lot of people, like me, are thinking what is this … thing and what is its purpose? A square 4.5-inch screen on a device which is as wide as two iPhones placed side-by-side.

The answer to the above question(s) begins with something academic typology, the number of “optimum” characters that should appear in a line on a screen, which isn’t exactly a great feature to design a device around, in my opinion at least. But this means that the display size is optimum for all the tasks that Business people perform like reading e-books, going through documents or reading text-heavy pages on the web.

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BlackBerry blogger Matt Young goes on to mention a few other different scenarios where the Passport’s unique display might come into use as the ideal handheld display like architects and real estate professionals switching between blueprints and contract docs; doctors checking X-rays and patient info forms; financiers watching the stock market bob up and down; and writers looking for the joys only a real physical keyboard can bring.

The fact that BlackBerry is trying to be different and still trying to bring out a game changer does lower my skepticism of the fact that this seems like a very narrow user base which they have targeted. The average customer though, in my opinion, will not leave his/her current mobile device be it a phone or a tablet for this thing (phablet?). But that’s what they said about the iPad, right? Though, at this moment, the only innovation coming is in the form of curved display, which didn’t quite be hit, maybe a Square is all we need in our lives ?

HTC launches the polycarbonate One(E8) (Dual-SIM) and Desire 616 (Dual-SIM) smartphones in India

Taiwanese smartphone giant, HTC has launched two new smartphones — the HTC One (E8) and the Desire 616 in the Indian market. Only the Dual SIM variants of each phone has been released here with the One (E8) priced at ₹34,990 and the Desire 616 priced at ₹16,900.

The One (E8) will be available by the end of the month whereas the Desire 616 will be available starting tomorrow.

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The HTC One (E8)

The One (E8) was launched in June, in the West, with a single SIM variant, sports a design similar to the One (M7) released last year, though much curvier and is made of polycarbonate instead of metal. HTC refers to this design as ‘Dual Curve’ and claims that it fits naturally in the user’s hand in virtually any position. For those unaware, the One (E8) is the same phone which the company claimed to have sold 50,000 units of in just 15 minutes in China.

The One (E8), runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6 UI running on top, sports a 5-inch SLCD 3 display with a full-HD (1080p) resolution, translating to a pixel density of 441ppi. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8975AC) processor, alongside 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU, under the hood.

It supports ‘Motion Launch’ gestures that were seen in the  HTC One (M8). Unlike the One(M8) though, this phone only features a 13MP rear autofocus camera instead of the One(M8)’s dual camera setup consisting of a 4 Ultra-pixel camera and a depth-sensing camera. The phone does, however, have a 5MP front camera for enhanced selfies. Both the cameras can shoot video in Full-HD.

It comes with 16 GB of in-built storage, which is expandable via microSD card unto 128GB. In terms of connectivity options, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Direct and DLNA functionality; 4G LTE; 3G; GPRS/ EDGE; GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass; Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP; Micro-USB; and a 3.5mm audio jack.

It is powered by a 2600mAh non-removable battery, measures at 146.4×70.7×9.9mm, and weighs in at 145 grams. The One (E8) comes in four colours: Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Grey.


The Desire 616 Dual SIM (see below) was announced recently as an Asia-specific smartphone running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense UI and BlinkFeed. It is a budget handset weighing 150gram and measuring 142×71.9×9.15mm.

It sports a 5-inch HD(720p) display translating into a resolution of roughly 294ppi. The Dual SIM smartphone (regular SIM+Micro-SIM) is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek octal-core processor and 1GB RAM under the hood. It comes with 4GB of  internal storage which is expandable up to 32 GB, via microSD card.

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The HTC Desire 616 (Pearl White)

It features an 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash that supports full-HD video recording and a 2MP front-facing camera. It has a 2000mAh battery.

On the wireless connectivity front, the smartphone offers Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE and 3G. In India, the phone comes in dark fray and pearl white colours only.

Amazon to finally launch a new 3D head-tracking smartphone on June 18th

Amazon will be launching what is the company’s first handset, which has been long rumoured and occasionally leaked, but now the company seems ready to make it official: Jeff Bezos is hosting a hitherto unannounced “launch event” later this month.

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The company’s page for the event is little more than an invitation request form, but an attached teaser video meshes well with the purported phone’s rumored head-tracking capabilities. “It moved with me!” exclaims an unnamed tester, staring at an object just out of frame. Sounds neat.

In the video at 0:41, the unnamed device peeks out from behind the video’s bottom edge, revealing what appears to be a blurry power button and a headphone jack. It’s definitely a phone.

Also, the reactions it in the above video are consistent with the prototype BGR uncovered back in April. That handset had a 4.7-inch screen and a staggering five front-facing cameras , which were said to be used for tracking the user’s face as they combed their way through an interactive 3D interface. It was also rumoured to be running a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and 2GB of RAM, but what Amazon’s going to show on June 18th is still anybody’s guess.

Still, the teaser page revealed one more thing: the product will have a sleek black bevel and an Amazon logo (pictured above). Well, we can’t say we’re surprised. We’ll let you know all the details when Bezos makes this thing official later this month.

SOURCE: Amazon

The 5 Best Ultra-Budget Smartphones for Under ₹ 10,000

On the basis of Operating System (OS), smartphones these days are divided into three types.

iOS is developed by Apple Inc. only for Apple’s devices like the iPhone and the iPad.The iPhone typically starts at ₹37,500 for an 8GB iPhone 5c which does not fit into this budget of ours so don’t expect to see an iPhone in the list below.

Next is the ubiquitous Android which can be seen in pretty much every smartphone in the world. It’s latest version 4.4 is made to run on low-specced phones with just 512MB RAM and a 1 GHz Processor. And since Android is free, there are many budget phones which can be seen running on the Android OS. Android as you may know is developed by Google Inc..

Third, is Windows Phone which is , of course, developed by Microsoft. The latest version in the market is Windows Phone 8.1. Nokia is the only smartphone company in the world who is currently primarily focussed on the WP platform and expect more to come from their stable as Microsoft just bought it out. Currently, there aren’t a lot of Windows Phones out there due to Microsoft’s high OEM charge, as a result of which most of the smartphone companies have shifted base to Google’s free Android.Now, all of this might change in a few months as Microsoft just bought Nokia’s Devices Division but that’s in the future and you need a good smartphone like, NOW!

So, here goes… Continue reading The 5 Best Ultra-Budget Smartphones for Under ₹ 10,000

Motorola sends out invites for a May 13 smartphone (Moto E ?) launch in London & New Delhi

Tech major Motorola today said it will launch a new smartphone on May 13 simultaneously in India and the UK. Motorola will host press events in New Delhi and London to launch the new smartphone, which could be the previously leaked Moto E.
As you can see below, the invite does not divulge details about the smartphone.

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The Press invite reads:

 “Connect more people to the world’s information and each other, and they can do great things. Introducing the next Smartphone from Motorola to make these connections happen.”
It further said the device is “Made to Last. Priced for all.”

According to previous leaks, the Moto E is said to have a 4.3-inch screen and may include 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera and 1,900mAh battery — pretty much the same as the much acclaimed Moto G but much thinner. This will be Motorola’s first phone after its sale to Lenovo by Google, though the deal is yet to complete.
It is expected that Motorola could price the device similar to its Moto G, which is retailing in India at about Rs 12,500 (8GB).

The UK version of the event will be held in London, invite for which can be seen below:

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Smartphone sales in the country grew almost 3-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by a strong uptake of affordable devices made by local firms such as Micromax and Karbonn, according to research firm IDC.
While Samsung led the category with 38 per cent share, Micromax had 16 per cent,Karbonn 10 per cent, Sony 5 per cent and Lava 4.7 per cent in Q4, 2013. India was one of the fastest-growing countries worldwide in terms of smartphone adoption in 2013, as per IDC data.

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