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Infinix Hot 3 – Hands on Review

Infinix Hot 3 – Hands on Review

Infinix has done an exceptional job in bringing great devices for more than reasonable prices. Most of which do not require you to burn a hole in your pocket to get. The latest in their range of extremely budget friendly devices is the Infinix Hot 3, which costs less than $100 (PKR 9,999) which is great considering the specs. We got our hands on a test unit and took it out for a swirl. Starting things off, the Infinix Hot 3 comes with a 5.5 inch 720p HD display (267 ppi), which is quite sharp, and the colors pop out really well especially the blacks. Watching videos on YouTube on the big display is a lot of fun as well. The screen is bright enough to be used in strong sunlight, but in order to do so the brightness level has to be put on max. The device feels quite premium, even though it has a full plastic body. The curved back sure does help this cause. Despite the size of the device, one handed use is fairly easy, though a back cover would be recommended for better grip.   Under the hood lies a MediaTek MT6580 1.3GHz Quad-core processor with a Mali400-MP2 GPU which is powerful enough to handle everyday apps. Multi-tasking (max 5 apps) is not too bad either, though there are times when the 1GB RAM does fall short, especially when playing graphic intensive games such as Angry Birds Action or Mortal Kombat X. The games work well enough, it is the occasion lag which gets to you. (Well it does to me at least), Games like candy crush work very smoothly though (Yes candy crush fans out there rejoice!). While sticking with hardware for the time being the Infinix Hot 3 comes with 16GB in built storage, with microSD card support (up to 32GB) which is great considering the price of the device. Now lets talk about the cameras, the Infinix Hot 3 comes with a 8MP shooter at the back with phase detection and HDR support and a 2MP wide angle camera in the front.  The great thing about this device is that, the front camera also has flash, which is great news for selfies lovers. The pictures come out quite sharp during the day, even the night shots are decent enough. Beauty Mode, Panorama and Night Mode are the other features you get in the camera software. Voice Capture, Smile Recognition and Gesture Recognition help you in taking group selfies. The Infinix Hot 3 runs on a 3000mAh battery, which I must say gives a pretty good backup. The device easily lasts a whole day with light to moderate...

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Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Google surprised everyone when they launched the preview build for their next Android operating system, “Android N” two days back. So, we grabbed our Nexus 6P and gave it a whirl. Android N has brought with it a number of cool new features, including a visual overall of the notification panel and the systems settings. Even though the OS is in beta, it is very snappy, which to be honest I’m surprised, but really happy about. So rather than you guys reading what’s new, watch the hands on video below: Android N Developers Preview from Talk Android Phones on Vimeo. So, guys what do you think about Google’s next Android OS? Any guesses on what the “N” stands for? If you think I missed anything in the review. Do let me know in the comments below....

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The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

We are just a month away from Google showing off its new Android 6.0 operating system code named Marshmallow.  They will do so, with the launch of the two new Nexus devices. One is made by LG (Nexus 5 2015) and its brother will be bigger like the Nexus 6 but built by Huawei. Google had kept a lot of people guessing what their next Android OS will be named, when early this year, Android M as introduced. If the preview builds are to be considered. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings with it a number of changes, visual and internal. The first thing you will notice when you turn on an Android 6.0 running device is the new boot animation, next you can see that the app launcher  has changed, it now comes with a search option which could turn out to be very handy, if you have many app screens. Home screen rotation is finally here (though some app launchers have done this job for us in the past). Also, Quick settings tab can now be arranged. Now talking about internal changes, Android 6.0 will let users give the power to choose which permission you want which app to have. So, if you do not allow an app to use your mic, it wont be allowed to use it. Finger print scanning is also built in the OS’s architecture, which means improved finger print scanning in supported devices. Lastly there is a cool new function which lets you decide what notifications to show on the status bar. For example if you always have your bluetooth on, and do not want the icon to take the space then simply remove it.  This means a much cleaner looking status bar. Now it is just a matter of waiting until Google shows off the final build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the world in...

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Unveiling the Slimmer, Lighter and Tougher Infinix Zero 2

Unveiling the Slimmer, Lighter and Tougher Infinix Zero 2

So folks, the Infinix Zero 2 has finally launched in Pakistan. We already gave you a sneak peak of the Zero 2 device and our first impression but now its time to remove the curtains. The Infinix Zero 2 is built keeping in mind 3 things, a slim design, a lighter body and a tough shell. Display and Design   The Infinix Zero 2 comes with a 5 inch Samsung Super AMOLED HD display (1280×720), which shows vibrant colors with very less picture saturation. The contrast ratio is 30000:1 which you can actually tell when watching HD videos. The display is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. The dimensions of the body are pretty slim (145*71.5*6.5 mm) and weighing just 118 grams, fits in the palm of your hand very well. The back of the device is its main attraction, the Zero 2 comes with a non-removable Kevlar back panel. According to the Infinix team, the material is 5 times stronger and lighter than steel, making the device pretty solid.  As the back panel does not open, the dual sim card tray is on the side of the device. While the other side houses the power button, volume buttons and microSD card tray slot. Under the Hood   The Infinix Zero 2 is no slouch when it comes to performance and power, this is due to the Media Tek 6592T 2.0 GHz Octa – Core processor with Mali 450 700 MHz GPU and 2GB DDR3 RAM. The specs seems capable enough to run even the most graphic hungry games. (Will test it out for our selves a bit later). On the memory front the device has 32GB of internal memory which has now become a standard in flagship devices. The device also houses a microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB. So, lots of memory there, which is a good thing, considering how good the cameras on the device are. Camera   The device houses a 13 Megapixel Samsung S5K3M2 CMOS sensor with f/2.0. This means the lens can take in 18% more light in, when taking pictures in dark places. Another impressive feature is the auto focus time. It is only 0.5 seconds, so the chances of a blurry image go down quite a bit.  The front of the device lies a 5 Megapixel 85 degrees wide angle camera, which when we tested was quite impressive. There are some fun features as well, one being if you think taking pictures by pressing a button or touching the screen is too main stream, then just wave or shout at the camera and it will take the picture. Cool right? Software...

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The 2016 Flagship Killer – One Plus 2 is Official!

The 2016 Flagship Killer – One Plus 2 is Official!

Hey folks the people at One Plus have finally launched their next flagship killer, the One Plus 2. The device as expected has crazy specs tucked in a metallic body. The One Plus 2 picks on the momentum of its predecessor with the looks, specs and pricing that reeled in so many customers. Enough said, let dive in! Design and Body The One Plus 2 is wrapped in an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and stainless steel accents which are supposed to be jewelry-grade. The device itself comes in only one color black with dark grey sides, but has a number of removable back covers. The device originally comes with a Sandstone Black back cover. Other covers include, Rosewood, Bamboo, Kevlar and Black Apricot, priced at $27 each.  The One Plus 2 comes with a finger printer scanner and USB Type C slot, which is pretty cool. On the side of the device their is an “Alert Slider” something like that on an iPhone, but this slider has 3 options (Sound, Silent, Priority Notifications). Display and other Specs The One Plus 2 has 5.5 inch IPS FULL HD 1080p LCD Display, similar to that found on Nexus devices. The real power lies under the hood, housing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM for the 64GB version and 3GB LPDDR4 RAM with the 16GB version. Yes people there are two versions! On the battery front they have not disappointed either with a 3300 mAh non removable battery, though no wireless or Quick Charge 2.0 options. Another bad news for some maybe that it does not house a microSD card slot and NFC. This might put off some buyers but other than that it is a solid device. The One Plus 2 comes with a 13MP back camera with six layer lens for less distortion, Dual LED Flash, OIS and  Laser Auto focus. The camera is able to record 4K videos as well as slow motion videos in 720p at 120 fps. On the front is a now standard 5MP camera for those selfie lovers out there. Also, the device like its predecessor is dual sim compatible and has two nano sim card slots at the back. Software The One Plus 2 is the first device which comes with Oxygen OS 2.0 out of the box. The OS is a mixture between stock Android and Cyanogen Mod. So silky smoothness of the stock Android with some nifty features on top of it. Some of them include, gestures, dark theme with the option of choosing color accents. App permissions (which is going to come out with Android M) and an option to use it capacitive keys...

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Huawei P8 Lite First Impressions and Review [Hands On]

Huawei P8 Lite First Impressions and Review [Hands On]

We already looked at Huawei’s 2015 flagship device the Huawei P8 a few days back. Now, its time to check out its younger brother, the Huawei P8 Lite.  The P8 Lite comes with a 5 inch display but its resolution has been dialed down to 720p. The coloring of the display is not as vibrant as found in other devices with similar displays. The display has a slightly green hue to it, which might annoy some users. Huawei P8 Lite (left) and Huawei P8 (right) The body of the device looks premium, but the key word here is “looks”. If you take a closer look at the device, the body is made of plastic, but the back of the device is made from a hand-crafted satin layer, which gives that metallic look to it. This is a plus point for those who want their device to stand out, well just a bit. Under the hood lies a 1.2 GHz Octa Core processor which is meant to run almost all apps, which require high power, coupled with 2GB of RAM, these are some really decent specs. The device comes in only one storage variant that is 16GB of internal memory, 6GB is taken by the OS itself, so you are left with 10GB of usable memory. The option of a microSD card is also available.  It is to be noted that, as this is a Dual – sim device, the memory card goes into the second sin card slot. So, there is a choice either use it for extra storage or a second sim. The Huawei P8 Lite comes with a 13 MP back camera with dual flash, the software of the camera is quite similar to that of the original P8 packed with features. The device sports a 5 MP front facing camera which is more than enough for selfie enthusiasts. On the software front, the device runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei’s own EMUI 3.1 on top of it. The UI might not appeal to many, if they have not used previous Huawei devices, as there is no app drawer (something Apple users are all too familiar with). The company has not officially mentioned the price of the device, but if the price is right, then this is definitely a good deal of a phone to buy. Huawei P8 Lite Tech Specs 5 inch 720p HD display (294 ppi) 1.2 GHz Octa Core Processor 2 GB RAM 16 GB internal memory 13 MP back and 5MP front camera Android 5.0 Lollipop Non-removable Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) Black, White and...

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