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Infinix Hot Note Hands-On Review

Infinix Hot Note Hands-On Review

There comes a time when not so well known OEM’s tend to bring devices that wow us. They are sometimes notoriously difficult to get in all parts of the world but we are really lucky that it arrived at our shores and we were lucky enough to get our hands on one. The device we are talking about is the Infinix Hot Note (X551)!  So enough said, lets get straight to the hands on below! Design and Body The Infinix Hot Note (X551) has a plastic body, weighing in around 172 g and is 8.9mm thick which makes the device feel pretty light considering the size of the display.  Even though the body is made of plastic (durability might be a question) the device feels pretty sturdy in the hand and have yet to find any finger smudges on the back of the device. Three capacitive touch keys (home, back and recent apps) are housed just below the display, so no hard home key on this one, with the power and the volume keys on the right side of the device for easy one hand usage. The plastic back panel does open, but only for the dual-sim card and microSD card slot. The device comes in four fashionable color schemes, the front of the device is always black, the back of the device is a whole another story. The Hot Note comes in Copper Brown, Champagne Gold and Mint Green and my personal favorite Anthracite Grey. The Mint Green version is not available yet, but we assume it might be in the near future. Performance Now, this is the part which surprised quite a few of us. Under the hood, the Infinix Hot Note packs a 1.4 Ghz  MediaTek MT6592 Octa- Core processor, which is a beast of a processor. The RAM on the other hand is just 1GB. That being said, the Octa-Core processor easily makes up for the lack of RAM in the device, making high graphics games such as Mortal Kombat X and Modern Combat 5 (multiplayer online and offline) run smoothly without any lag or frame rate drop, which is quite impressive. Display and Screen Size Talking about the size of the screen, the Infinix Hot Note has a 5.5 inch High Definition IPS display having 720×1280 resolution (267 PPI). The 720p HD display makes the colors really pop, making playing games and watching pictures or videos even more fun. Though the display cannot be considered the best out there, it still is able to hold its own against a number of competitors in the market currently. The size of the display puts the device in the Phablet category (anything above...

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Android M gets unveiled at Google IO 2015

Android M gets unveiled at Google IO 2015

Google IO is the biggest Google event of the year, where Google comes up with some extraordinary stuff year after year. This time was no different. Google L a.k.a Lollipop was unveiled last year and now its turn for Google’s next OS version Android M. Android M is not a visual overhaul like Lollipop but is a more an internal change which some pretty neat new functions. App Permissions gets real   Whenever an app is installed on Android, you get to see a list of permissions which tell you what functions of the device the app will use like accessing location or using the mic or camera and so on. Now with Android M you will no longer be seeing that list during installation. Instead, you can choose which permissions to allow and which to reject when the app demands it, for example you can choose which apps will be allowed to use the microphone in your phone. Chrome integration in every app   Google announced a feature called Chrome Custom Tabs, what it basically does is, making loading pages faster by pre-loading some data such as passwords. This will help in a way that whenever you might click on a link through an app say twitter, currently you would see a stripped down web view of the site. Now, once you click on the link it will open as if it were open in Chrome itself. Well, it is Chrome just automatically customized according to the app you are using. USB-C and Improved Battery Usage   It was announced that Android M will support devices with USB-C. Now, what is USB-C you may ask? Well, the basic idea is that you do not have to worry what the right side of the USB cable is, because there is NO WRONG side any more. You can insert the USB-C cable upside down or right side up doesn’t matter. Another feature which comes with Android M is called “Doze”. This uses the stand by mode more effectively, so you get a longer battery life. According to Google, they tested it on the Nexus 9 and Android M running devices lasted 2 times longer than the ones running Android Lollipop. Google Now on Tap   This is one of the best new features that comes with Android M. Google Now on Tap is a program that has made Google Now much much smarter. How it works it that when you are in an app, just hold the home button and Google cards pop up with relevant information according to the app or data on the screen at that time. Rather than giving you an example...

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Huawei launches two new flagships – Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max

Huawei launches two new flagships – Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max

All major OEM’s have started to roll out their flagship devices for 2015, now its time for the Chinese Giant Huawei to do the same. Huawei officially launched the Huwaei P8 and P8 Max, successors to last years Ascend P7 in an event in London. They have seemed to drop the “Ascend” branding with the new device. Huawei P8 The Huawei P8 is a sleek looking rectangular device with a metallic body and rounded edges. The device is pretty slim only 6.4mm and Huawei have managed to fit a rear camera which does not bulge out even the slightest. The 5.2 inch IPS LCD Full HD 1080p display  with 424 ppi is quite impressive, not the best considering the QHD displays on flagships these days. Powering the device is Huawei’s own Kirin 930 Octa Core 64-bit processor, which includes four 2GHx Cortex A53 processors and four A53 1.5Ghz processors. The Huawei P8 comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory. The battery was one of the low points of the P7, but they have manged to bump it up as well to 2680 mAh. On the camera front, the Huawei P8 has a 13MP shooter at the back with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a Dual-LED flash. The front on the other hand is again quite impressive housing an 8MP camera, which is more than enough for single as well as group selfies. Huawei had also talked about their world’s first four color 13MP image sensor, which can rival some DSLR camera’s. Some nifty camera modes include, light painting, movie director, time lapse and some beauty modes specially keeping in mind girls and their selfie perfections. On the Software front the Huawei P8 runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with their own EMUI 3.1 skin on top. The smartphone will come in two colors, Mystic Champagne and Titanium Grey. Huawei P8 Max The Huawei P8 Max is the older brother of the P8 with a massive 6.8 inch 1080p display with 320ppi. It is a phablet and will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G4 Note, iPhone 6 Plus and so on. Other than the display the Huawei P8 Max comes with a 4360 mAh battery, which according to Huawei will last 2 days after a full charge. The P8 Max also comes in an exclusive Luxurious Gold color apart from the Champagne and Grey . The phablet has a 5MP front camera compared to the 8MP found in its smaller counterpart. On the memory front the Huawei P8 Max comes with 64GB built in storage with a memory card slot as well. The Huawei P8 will cost...

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Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties! Material Design Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid. Notifications Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing. Project Volta It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins. New Quick Settings The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no? Device Sharing Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content...

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Samsung Gear S – The First Curved Standalone Sim Enabled Smart watch

Samsung Gear S – The First Curved Standalone Sim Enabled Smart watch

Samsung at the IFA 2014 in Berlin was on quite a role, unveiling two smart phones (Galaxy Note 4 and  Note Edge), a Virtual Reality headset and a smart watch. The smart watch in particular is what we going to talk about today.  The new member of the Gear family is called the Gear S. What sets this smart watch apart from the rest is that it is a “standalone” smart watch, meaning it can house a sim card and use data to work its wonders. It does not need to be paired with a smart phone via Bluetooth or WiFi, though you have the option to do that too. The Gear S is a curved smart watch, which fits comfortably on your wrist. The display on the watch is a 2 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360×480 pixels (300PPI). The front face of the watch houses a home button, similar to those found in other Gear watches. The OS running the Gear S is Samsung’s very own Tizen software, which has been improved quite a bit compared to its predecessors. Now as this particular smart watch has a sim card, you will surely be getting many texts, so the watch has its very own little keyboard, which you can use to reply back, Autocorrect really helps when typing. If, you find it hard to type on such a small screen then no worries, you can always use the Speech-to-text feature to reply back to your text messages. Now using the device is not all that hard either, when you swipe left from the clock face screen, a notification center appears where all the notifications of your various apps can be found. Now, if you swipe to the right a home screen comes up where it shows your recently used apps. Finally when you swipe up your app drawer open us, where you can use the numerous apps available at your disposal to really bring out the full potential of the smart watch. On the hard ware front, it has the industry par 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. At the heart of the device lies a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is powered by a 300mAh battery which lasts for 2 days on a single charge. The smart watch also comes with your usual connectivity options which include WiFi 802.11n, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0. The watch is also IP67 certified making it resistant to mostly all weather conditions.  The Gear S also comes with a ton of sensors, an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV and Barometer. The watch will be available for around 399 Euros...

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ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

  The IFA 2014 Trade Show in Berlin seems to be the talk of the town, with various OEM’s coming with new devices. Samsung came up with their new flagship the Galaxy Note 4 and a first of its kind Galaxy Note Edge. Also in the smart watch department they unveiled their new Galaxy S smart watch. Now talking about smart watches, ASUS finally lifted the curtains on its very own smart watch the ASUS ZenWatch.  On the looks front, you can already tell from the picture above, its a classy looking watch. The body of the watch is metal and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it for extra protection. The straps are leather, giving it a very premium and sophisticated look. The 1.63 inch display on the watch is AMOLED having a resolution of 320×320, 278ppi. The smart watch is a new member of the Android wear family, so it basically has all the features, of a standard Android wear device. On top of that the ASUS ZenWatch has a couple of neat little features as well, for example you can unlock your phone straight from the watch. When a call is incoming you can just put your hand on the watch to silence the call (pretty helpful in most situations).  How many times have you put your phone in a place you cannot find, well now you can easily track your phone down with Tap Tap and Find my phone options in the watch. ASUS Remote Camera app lets you use, your watch’s display to control your smart phone’s camera, some pretty spy stuff there!! Lastly, the presentation controls in the watch act as a remote during your presentations or lecture. The ASUS ZenWatch also doubles up as a health monitor companion. A feature call Wellness Manager measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level. So you wont have to wear a separate sport ever band again. Asus ZenWatch Tech Specs Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU OS System: Android Wear Memory: 512MB RAM Storage: 4GB EMMC Display: AMOLED1.63″, 320×320, 278ppi touch display Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Sensor: 9 Axis Sensor , ,Bio sensor Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 USB Port: Micro USB on Charging Cradle Audio: Built-in microphone Battery: Polymer 1.4Wh Water Resistance: IP55 Colors: Silver and rose gold color layering, Brown leather strap Size: 50.6 x 39.8 x 7.9-9.4mm Body Weight: 50g Strap Weight: 25g The device will be available for most markets by October and will be around 199 euro. Though the dollar conversion is yet to be seen, we’ll have to wait for it to release in...

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