Lenovo S5000 quad core Android tablet outed in India at Rs 10999

It took over a year, but the Lenovo S5000 has finally been launched in India and it carries an affordable price tag of Rs 10999. The slate originally made its debut at the IFA expo in Berlin back in 2013 and was revealed as an attractive Android slate.

Well, even after such a long time, the Lenovo S5000 is still an alluring tablet as it features a metallic finish on the rear with chrome-painted trimmings. The company also notes that the device has a laser-engraved fabric feel and a lightweight design of 246 grams. The slate is pretty slim as well, since it measures just 8mm thick.

For the said price, it’s quite surprising to see HSPA+ 3G connectivity onboard, but there’s no voice calling support. The Lenovo S5000 will have to go up against the Dell Venue 7, the Asus Fonepad 7 and a couple of iBall tablets which offer similar specs and slightly cheaper prices.

It ships with a 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel display and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with an update to version 4.4 KitKat promised in the future. The slate is powered by a 1.2GHz MediaTek quad core processor that’s accompanied by 1GB RAM and 16GB of flash storage. There’s also a 3500mAh battery which can deliver up to 6 hours of continuous HD video playback.

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Overview of the Lenovo S5000 tablet’s specs:

– 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel display
– Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (update to KitKat planned)
– 1GB RAM, 16GB storage
– 1.2GHz quad core processor
– Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+, USB OTG
– 3500mAh battery
– 246 grams weight

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini launched at Rs 26,499

NEW DELHI: More than two months after its initial unveiling, Samsung has launched Galaxy S5 Mini smartphone in India at Rs 26,499. It will be available on ecommerce marketplace Flipkart in charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold colours, starting September 10.

The phone brings features of the company’s flagship smartphone in a compact size.

The main differences between Galaxy S5 and S5 Mini are in display, camera and processor. Galaxy S5 Mini has a 4.5-inch HD (720p) Super AMOLED screen, which is smaller than the 5.1-inch Full HD (1080p) display of Galaxy S5. The camera resolution has gone down from 16MP in the S5 to 8MP in the new smartphone.

While the India version of Galaxy S5 comes with an eight-core Exynos processor, the new Galaxy S5 Mini is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor. Th phone comes with 1.5GB RAM.

Despite the downgrades, Samsung has retained the fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor, which debuted with Galaxy S5, in Galaxy S5 Mini. The smartphone is IP67 certified, meaning that it is water and dust resistant to an extent, and has Galaxy S5’s Ultra Power Saving mode.

Other key hardware specifications of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini are 16GB internal storage, 64GB microSD card support, LED flash on the back, 2.1MP front camera and 2,100mAh battery. Connectivity features of the smartphone include 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

This smartphone runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) and comes with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI on top. Interestingly,

Uninor announces Project Sampark to increase Women access to use mobile phones

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Uninor, on Monday announced that it  will be awarded a grant by the GSMA’s Mobile For Development Foundation, Inc. via its Connected Women programme, which provides seed funding to telecom operators for the design and launch of economically sustainable products and services, with the aim to bridge the mobile gender gap.

Under this first of its kind commercial initiative, the Project Sampark will aim to increase women’s access to the use of mobile phones and to promote solutions towards women’s barriers to mobile usage. GSMA has agreed to partner in this joint initiative to create awareness that the mobile is a tool of facilitation for women and their ownership of a mobile phone needs to be encouraged by the society.

“Mobile technology has the ability to change the way we communicate, but its effects are not evenly distributed. Gender disparity is also echoed in mobile usage. This is a significant area of concern and what better way than using mobile connectivity to help deal with this developmental challenge. The launch of ‘Project Sampark’ is a first step in this direction and we are encouraged by the support from GSMA to endorse this initiative”, said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor.

“Uninor is committed to ensure the benefits of mobile services reach not just a few but to the many. This project will be truly path-breaking in its intent as it will be self sustainable, scalable and will continue to provide livelihood opportunity for women while building awareness on the benefits of mobile connectivity,” Morten Karlsen Sorby added.

The total investment over the seven-month duration of the project is estimated at USD 183,654. Uninor will be contributing USD 113,654 while GSMA will be granting USD 70,000 to support the project.

Project Sampark is being launched as a pilot project to assess the barriers that women face in accessing mobile services such as affordability, mental block or social stigma attached with women to own a handset. The project will aim to enhance tele-density among women especially in the rural pockets of India.

“Uninor has always looked at avenues to reach out to similar sections of society across the socio-economic landscape and has tried its best to make a difference, big or small. Realizing the need to provide mobile benefits to women living in the rural areas, we have developed a product, which will be a value proposition for women subscribers who still haven’t experienced the mobile services. Uninor spurs the first ever product that will be made available to the target audience at the customer door step through women promoters who have been exclusively trained to sell this,” said Rajeev Sethi, CMO, Uninor.

In the pilot phase, 87 villages of Aligarh district of Western UP, have been identified to pilot the project by testing business case of a commercial offering that helps reduce a multitude of barriers women face in accessing mobile services. For the roll out of the pilot, 40 women and four supervisors will participate including influential women in the region who are Anganwadi and ASHA supporters who can persuasively spread the message.

Uninor will also train women entrepreneurs to make a livelihood by offering them an opportunity to sell mobile prepaid connections and recharge vouchers.

“The GSMA’s Connected Women Programme aims to increase women’s access to and use of mobile phones and life-enhancing mobile services. Generally, in developing markets the decision makers for women are the male members in the family and the Connected Women programme works to minimize this gender gap between men and women in accessing mobiles technology. We are pleased to be working with Uninor in India and are excited to see the results of this project in the coming year,” said Zouhair Khaliq, Managing Director, GSMA Mobile For Development.

Huawei unveils Ascend 7- sapphire glass phone just ahead of Apple’s iphone 6 launch

Huawei Technologies unveiled on Friday a slate of new devices meant to showcase the Chinese company’s hardware technology, just days before Apple releases its highly-anticipated iPhone 6 on Sept 9.
Huawei, which began as a telecom equipment company in 1987, has rapidly transformed itself in recent years into the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung Electronics and Apple.
Today it markets its devices as comparable to Samsung and Apple products, which are often viewed by consumers as the technological cutting edge.
Huawei said on Friday it would release a limited edition of its high-end Ascend P7 phone with a sapphire glass display – the costly but durable material that’s been the subject of industry chatter following reports this year that Apple would begin mass producing devices with sapphire.
Huawei also said at an electronics trade show in Berlin that its Ascend Matenew Ascend P7 phone7 “phablet” would become the first Android smartphone on the market with a finger-print sensor, a technology that was first seen on Apple’s iPhone 5s, announced last September.
In a statement, the company’s smartphone division chief Richard Yu said the sapphire glass phone demonstrated Huawei’s “advanced craftsmanship” and its ability to “deliver the most advanced technology into the hands of consumers”.
Shenzhen-based Huawei claimed 6.9 per cent smartphone market share in the second quarter according to analyst IDC, behind Samsung’s 25.2 per cent and Apple’s 11.9 per cent.

Nokia plans to bring 4G, 3G phones at lower prices in India

Nokia, the former market leader, has indicated it may enter into a price war for 4G and 3G mobile phones as it struggles to regain the top position which it lost in 2012 to South Korea’s Samsung, presently the largest selling brand in India.
“We want to continue to push price points lower and lower than anything we have today. That’s the statement for both 3G and LTE (4G) because that is the thing which gives us scale of the ecosystem,” Microsoft’s Mobile Device Sales, Corporate Vice President Chris Weber told PTI in an interview.
US IT giant Microsoft now owns Nokia’s mobile phone business. The company leadership position was adversely impacted mainly due to abundant flow of cheap Chinese phones.
Nokia’s cheapest 4G phone Lumia 635 is priced around Rs 11,300 before taxes but it is not available in India.
“We are also trying to push price point even lower on LTE devices like 635 to take advantage of that (Indian telecom operators plan to launch 4G services) opportunity. The goal is to make sure that we have a full portfolio that plays in to that opportunity,” Weber said.
The company has plans to launch its latest 4G-enabled phone Lumia 830 priced at around Rs 26,000 before taxes by October, as per sources.
Microsoft Devices also unveiled another 4G-enabled handset Lumia 735 priced at around Rs 17,500 but sources were not sure about the company’s plan to launch this model in India.
Shortage of affordable devices to access 4G services has been identified as one of the main reason for many telecom operators not rolling out 4G network in the country.
Consumers may get about 10-12 times more Internet speed on mobile phones in 4G compared to the average speed they get using 3G services.
Reliance Jio Infocomm holds pan India broadband wireless spectrum, which can be used for 4G services, since mid 2010.
The company has announced its plan to launch the latest telecom service in 2015. As per rules, 2015 is the last year for all companies who won BWA spectrum to roll out services in at least 90 per cent of the service areas, failing which the Department of Telecom will have the right to withdraw the radio waves.
Other holders of this spectrum include Tikona Digital and Augere, who are yet to start their services. Aircel has announced launch of its 4G service in 6 service areas against eight circles where it holds BWA spectrum.
Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio, Aircel, Reliance Communications and Telewings (Uninor) in February won spectrum in 1800 Mhz band cumulatively for Rs 37,572.60 crore.
Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea have plans to provide 4G services in the 1800 Mhz band, which has been used so far for providing 2G services.
Weber said that Microsoft Devices has been discussing with Indian telecom operators for partnerships.
“We have lot of conversations going on with operators but specifically we are very bullish on LTE opportunity in India.
Our conversation had been quite productive,” Weber said.
As per market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Nokia was the third largest player in the second quarter of 2014 in the Indian mobile phone market with a 10 per cent market share. Samsung topped the chart with 17 per cent, closely followed by Indian brand Micromax with 14 per cent share.

Uninor launches ‘Project Sampark’ to bridge mobile gender gap

Telecom service provider Uninor has launched ‘Project Sampark’ to bridge the mobile gender gap in the country by increasing the number of women users, an official announced here Monday.

“Mobile technology has the ability to change the way we communicate, but its effects are not evenly distributed. Gender disparity is also echoed in mobile usage. This is a significant area of concern and what better way than using mobile connectivity to help deal with this developmental challenge. The launch of ‘Project Sampark’ is a first step in this direction,” Morten Karlsen Sorby, chief executive officer, Uninor said.

The project aims to increase the number of women users by introducing schemes like the “Jodi” pack, which is a set of two SIM card, where one SIM card goes to the male member of the family and the other to the female member.

A grant of $70,000 is being provided by the GSMA’s Connected Women programme. “The total investment over the seven-month duration of the project is estimated at $183,654. Uninor will be contributing $113,654 while GSMA will be granting $70,000 to support the project,” Rajeev Sethi, Uninor chief marketing officer, said.

The pilot project was done in 87 villages of Aligarh district in western Uttar Pradesh, he said adding that the company will work in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for the same project.

“We are targeting 6,000 connections every month from this project. That means half of it, 3,000 new connections for women every month,” Sethi added.

The project will complete seven months in February 2015.

Galaxy Note 4 Officially Announced, Mystery of the Most Awaited Phablet of 2014 Revealed

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been introduced to the world. The pre-IFA event which was held today at Berlin, Germany has revealed the all new Galaxy Note 4. The South Korean tech giant surprised the whole world by launching two variants of the new phablet, the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 4 Edge. More on the Edge edition in our next post.

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Galaxy Note 4’s Design

All the previous versions of Galaxy Note 4 sported plastic exterior. Some of the rival flagship models have switched to metal components which made the tech world feel that Samsung would surely offer something different this time; and the South Korean tech giant has lived up to the expectations. In appearance, the Galaxy Note 4 looks like the new sibling of Galaxy Note 3.

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As anticipated, it is decked with a thin and sleek metal band on the edges. The corners are curved elegantly. The metal band has a matte finish. The textured faux leather rear gives good grip and appears highly durable. The rear cover is replaceable and you can choose from color options like black and white.

What will amaze you is that the new Galaxy Note 4 is thicker than the Note 3. The front features a 2.5D glass profile which protrudes out slightly and makes the screen appear like floating when viewed from top. The Note 4 phablet is available in four color variants like the frosted white, charcoal black, bronze gold and blossom pink. Samsung is expected to roll out a blue colored version of the new phablet in the near future.

 

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The chassis of the Note 4 is not resistant to water. Well, Note fans were really expecting the Note 4 would be resistant to dust and water. Samsung claims otherwise and said that the device is mainly designed for using productivity features and is targeted towards who are involved in creative works. Users who are looking dust and water resistant feature should contend with Galaxy S5.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

Display

The display does not surprise us as numerous leaks had already revealed that Galaxy Note 4 would come with a 5.7inch Super AMOLED displays screen which supports quadHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.

As we had mentioned before it supports 515ppi. The display definitely appears rich and bright but the quad HD resolution does not seem to be the only major reason to go for Note 4.

Processor and Graphics

Galaxy Note 4 with SM-N910S is powered up with Snapdragon 805 quad-core Krait 450 processor which produces a speed of 2.7GHz along with Adreno 420 graphics

Galaxy Note 4 with SM-N910C edition gets its horsepower from the Exynos octa-core processor. The Cortex A53’s four cores and the Cortex A57’s four cores produce 1.3GHz speeds individually.

RAM and Storage

Tech enthusiasts had hoped that Samsung would supply  4GB RAM with the Note 4. However, it comes with the same number of 3GB RAM that is present on the Galaxy Note 3.

Samsung has kept it pretty simple this time around when it comes to storage variant options. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be only available in 32GB inbuilt storage option.

The microSD slot can be accessed by simply uncovering the back cover. It is placed alongside the micro SIM card slot. Samsung fans really hoped that the Note 4’s external storage would support up to 128GB microSD but the South Korean giant is not offering that feature this time around.

Sensors and S-Pen

The S-Pen stylus is enhanced like never before. It now comes with high level of pressure sensitivity which means with less pressure you will be able to use the stylus seamlessly. It is like the stylus that comes with a professional drawing tablet.

The tip of the S-Pen is detachable and users can choose from two options, rubber tip for gaming and multimedia related usage whereas the plastic tip is suitable for writing. The new improved S-Pen can be used from different angles too.

The S-Pen comes with a new software feature called the Smart Select which allows you to copy certain portions of any website using the stylus and store it online to view or read them later. The S-Pen can be used like a mouse on a computer to drag and select text or pictures in a gallery. The Snap Mode allows user to take a snapshot of something with text on it and then access the very same text on S Note.

The Galaxy Note 4 is packed with plenty of sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, barometer, fingerprint scanner, ultraviolet sensor, hall sensor and heart rate sensor.

Galaxy Note 4’s Camera

As expected the Galaxy Note 4 will be shipped with a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization. It does not feature the rumored dual LED flash but a single LED flash. The OIS feature springs into action while shooting videos to prevent shakiness. It can record up to 2160p quality videos at 30fps.

The front facing camera is of 3.7MP. It has been designed to take selfie photos. It comes with f/1.9 aperture which makes it possible to snap bright photos in dim lighting conditions. It is even capable of recording good quality 1080p videos. It can snap selfies with an angle of 90 degrees.

The Wide Selfie allows you to compose a selfie which allows you to do more by reaching up to 120 degrees wide angle. The heart rate monitor which sits on the rear side of the phablet can be tapped to shoot a selfie.

 

Software

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes preloaded with Android v4.4.4 KitKat. The multi-window feature is one of the exclusive features offered by this phablet. This feature can be accessed from Recent Apps. The Galaxy Note 4 will let you open multiple apps in separate windows which can be resized and dragged around the screen as you please. The OS is overlaid with the proprietary launcher, the TouchWiz UI.

Connectivity and Battery

The Galaxy Note 4 phablet is fully loaded with numerous connectivity options. 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac, microUSB v2.0 (MHL to use as TV-out, aGPS and GLONASS are the connectivity features present on the Note 4. The Snapdragon is slightly lower in LTE connectivity has it comes with Category 4 LTE modem whereas the Exynos device offers faster LTE connectivity as it houses a Category 6 LTE modem.

Samsung was expected to pack the Galaxy Note 4 with a higher capacity battery compared to Galaxy Note 3’s 3200mAh battery. Samsung is not talking much about the capacity of the battery but they are certainly highlighting the performance it can offer. The South Korean tech giant is offering a battery of 3220mAh inside the Galaxy Note 4. If you thought it is disappointing, let us inform you what Samsung revealed about the Note 4’s battery at the launch event.

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Samsung’s spokesperson stated that the 3220mAh battery can be charged very quickly. It takes only 99 minutes to fully charge the Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 charges 40 minutes faster than the predecessor. Moreover, it is packed with an ultra power saving mode. When this feature is activated, the battery life can be extended by up to 15.2 days.

Carriers and Pricing

During the launch event, the Galaxy Note 4 release date was not discussed but now speculations are indicating that the phablet will arrive in the first week of October.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will arrive on major US carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular. It is rumored to come with on-contract price of $300. The off-contract is expected to be around $600. In UK, the only carrier that is confirmed to offer the Galaxy Note 4 is O2 and it is expected to sell the new phablet by late September.

Epson unveils world’s smallest commercial A4 inkjet printer

Japanese printer maker Epson has launched what it claims is the smallest and lightest A4 inkjet printer in the world, the Workforce WF-100W.

Japanese printer maker Epson has launched what it claims is the smallest and lightest A4 inkjet printer in the world, the Workforce WF-100W.

The printer is aimed at mobile workers looking to print low quantity invoices, designs or other documents on the move.

The device has an integrated Li-Ion battery that can be recharged via a USB port or a bundled AC adaptor.

It is slightly thicker than an A4 reach and is about two-thirds the size; weighing 1.6Kg, it can be comfortably transported as Epson has judiciously chosen for a “brick” form factor.

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It has a tiny LCD display that shows the essential characteristics of a printing job and the printer’s status.

The printer uses two ink cartridges and pigment ink while the paper tray can hold about 50 pages; in a test print out, I noticed that some minor banding.

You can connect to it directly, via Wi-Fi or as a networked printer; printing can be done via an Epson app and it also boosts Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint compatibility.

The printer will go on sale in Europe for $390.

Airtel sells 3,500 telecom towers in Africa to Eaton Towers

Airtel sells 3,500 telecom towers in Africa to Eaton Towers
Airtel will sell and lease back over 3,500 towers to Eaton in six countries across its African operations under a 10-year contract.

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has sold over 3,500 telecom towers in Africa to Eaton Towers.

As part of the deal, Airtel will sell and lease back over 3,500 towers to Eaton in six countries across its African operations under a 10-year contract.

The company said this agreement will allow Airtel to focus on its core business and customers, enable it to deleverage through debt reduction, and will significantly reduce its on-going capital expenditure on passive infrastructure.

The financial details of the deal, however, were not disclosed.

“The agreement with Eaton Towers is an extension of this philosophy and will lead to far superior utilisation of passive infrastructure and help drive the proliferation of affordable mobile services across Africa,” Bharti Airtel International Netherlands BV chairman Manoj Kohli said in a statement.

The deal follows Airtel’s and Eaton Towers’ strategies to drive cost efficiencies throughout the industry via the use of shared passive infrastructure.

For Eaton Towers, the acquisition is a step towards the scale needed to provide shared telecom infrastructure solutions, with its customers benefiting from lower operating costs, expanded network coverage and capacity and improved quality of service.

The agreements are subject to statutory and regulatory approvals in the respective countries, the statement added.

“This is a transformational deal which gives Eaton Towers the most diversified tower portfolio across Africa. We are proud to be chosen by Airtel as their key partner in these six countries,” Eaton Towers CEO Alan Harper said.