Monthly Archives: October 2017

HTC 10 evo smartphone

The Desire 10 Pro wasn’t the only smartphone that HTC launched at its Delhi event. In addition, the company launched the HTC 10 evo, the price of which will be revealed by mid-December of this year. However, going by the specifications, it’s quite likely that HTC 10 evo will be priced higher than the HTC Desire 10 Pro.
We played around with the smartphone for a little while, and here are our initial impressions.

Design
HTC 10 evo has an all-metallic unibody design. An IP57 rating means that the smartphone is water, dust and splash resistant. The front panel has a 5.5-inch display with a layer of curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top.
While the nanoSIM tray is located on the left, the volume rocker and power button are on the right. Above the display lie a notification LED, an 8MP selfie-camera, an earpiece and a proximity sensor.
As for the rear, it’s where the 16MP primary camera with dual LED flash is located. The bottom edge has a speaker and a USB Type-C port. However, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack on the HTC 10 evo.Overall, we were quite impressed with the look and feel of the HTC 10 evo. It resembles the company’s current flagship smartphone – HTC 10 quite a lot, and that’s a good thing. At about 8.09mm in thickness and weighing around 174g, it’s manageable with one hand.

Display
HTC 10 evo has a 5.5-inch Quad HD display of 1440×2560 pixel resolution. In the limited we used it, we found the display to be fairly good. Viewing angles are good and so is the colour reproduction. Due to the high pixel density, everything from images to text appears impressively crisp.

Hardware and software
HTC 10 evo is powered by a 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is expandable via microSD cards of up to 2TB in size. The smartphone has a 3,200mAh battery, which the company claims provides a talktime of about 23 hours while on 3G/4G. However, this is something we’ll only be able to test out once we review the smartphone.
In our limited usage of the HTC 10 evo, we did not experience any heating issues or lag with the device. Apps open up quickly and multi-tasking works really good too.

Camera
HTC 10 evo comes with a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and dual LED flash. The camera can record 4K video with high resolution audio. As for the selfie camera, the phone has an 8MP snapper with a BSI sensor. The front camera can record Full HD video.

Huawei Honor 8

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has gained quite some fame in the Indian smartphone market, thanks to its well-specced yet affordable smartphones. But it seems that Honor now wants to come out of the shadows and compete in other segments as well.
Case in point is the recently launched Honor 8 , a smartphone that’s likely going to compete in the upper mid-range segment. It’s the first Honor smartphone to come with a dual rear-camera setup, similar to the one on Huawei’s P9 flagship.Priced at Rs 29,999 and having most specifications identical to the P9, the Honor 8 can be considered as a cheaper alternative of the P9. We played around with the device for a little while, and here are our first impressions

Design and build quality
The design of the Honor 8 is definitely something that Huawei could boast about. It has a slim profile and is available in refreshing colour variants. Honor 8 has a glass body with a metallic frame, which looks pretty great. However, it’s quite susceptible to fingerprints. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right, while the SIM tray is on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C charging port and speaker grille are at the bottom.During our short time with the device, we found the Honor 8’s overall build quality to be great. The Sapphire Blue variant looks extremely good. The phone does heat up a little, but this is something we’ll only be able test out more in our detailed review.

Specifications
The Honor 8 uses Huawei ‘s home-grown Kirin 950 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded using microSD cards. It has a 5.2 inch Full HD display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, powered with the company’s own Emotion UI layer. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging support.
In the camera department, Huawei Honor 8 boasts dual 12MP cameras at the rear with dual-tone LED flash. Interestingly, this dual-camera setup lacks the Leica branding that adorns the company’s primary flagship – P9. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies.

What we think about it
Glancing at raw specifications, the Honor 8 doesn’t seem to be very different from Huawei’s P9 flagship. It appears to be a promising mid-range device, and will likely compete against the likes of OnePlus 3 . But how well it performs in real-world usage conditions, is something we’ll only be able to find out in our detailed review of the device. Don’t forget to check back for the same.

End of Samsung’s smartphone reign

Samsung killed Note 7. But the demise may have put massive dent on its chances of continued dominance in the smartphone universe.
Following weeks of reports of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets, concerned parents are asking their kids, “You have a Samsung phone na? Please be careful, beta .
They’re exploding!” As if every Samsung mobile device has turned into a highly unstable nuclear warhead with a fast degenerating plutonium core. Some people are seeing phantom smoke come out of Samsung washing machines even. Airlines and pilots are asking passengers to turn off Note 7 devices, calling out the brand by name in a never-seen-before move.
Last week, TechCrunch’s John Biggs wondered, “Could this be the end of Samsung’s smartphone reign?” It can’t get worse, right? And yet, over at Cnet, Chris Matyszczyk made the unkindest comparison of all: “Samsung or Trump: Which brand is in bigger trouble?” He wrote, “When the mighty fall, they don’t always know how to react. After all, they’re mighty. Falling is for lesser sorts. Yet the last couple of weeks have seen two famous brands fall into disrepute by their own hands. Careless hands, small hands.”
Samsung’s Note 7 debacle is being billed as one of the worst disasters in tech history.
Analysts have calculated the total cost of a permanent end to its “combustible” flagship product’s sales and it doesn’t look pretty. A cost of $17 billion never does.
An unintentional roast
Before the first Note 7 turned into an explosive device, though, it was hailed as the ultimate victory for the South Korean electronics giant. At launch, in Samsung’s home market, over 200,000 units were pre-ordered in 2 days. Every Note 7 review was a slap in the face of Apple fanboys and gals everywhere. Even now, despite a steady stream of reports and pictures of cooked phablets, and Samsung officially killing the Note category, some users and loyalists refuse to give up their devices. Reasons vary from its superior capabilities to replacement hassles. Sample this from Josh Dickey, entertainment editor at Mashable (@JLDlite): “I am keeping my Samsung Galazy (sic) Note 7. The ORIGINAL one.
“Dickey’s piece on why he won’t abandon the “ticking time-bomb”- ‘My Galaxy Note7 is still safer than my car. I ‘m keeping it’ – comes with this disclaimer though; “Mashable does not condone keeping your Galaxy Note 7, and in fact has recommended strongly against it. This viewpoint is the author’s alone, and his judgment is obviously questionable”.’Next is what’?
“Clearly this is an unprecedented (and unanticipated) incident,” says Manu Sharma, vice president, mobile business, Samsung India . “Despite that across the world teams have worked together fast and efficiently to announce to the world and take the bold decision to have this kind of recall worldwide and not launch product in India.
The main thing that we did was tell consumers that we care about them and we don’t want them to have a device that undermines their safety.

Apps and gadgets for kids

There’s no doubting the fact that children today are much more tech-savvy than ever. They know all about the latest trends in technology and want to get their hands on the newest gadgets as soon as they hit the market. And that makes sense, as kids are (and have always been) inquisitive in nature and can’t wait to try out new things.
So here are some really good apps and gadgets that you can introduce your kids to on this Children’s Day.

YouTube Kids
Google recently launched the children-centric version of its YouTube app in India. Aptly named YouTube Kids, it’s a family-friendly app that allows children to easily find videos related to various topics.
The app’s UI consists of large images and easy navigation options to help kids. It also has voice search functionality so children can find videos by spelling their names out.Already available in 20 countries, YouTube Kids also offers some parental control features so that parents can monitor what their kids are watching.

CG Slate
Lenovo, along with educational technology company Convegenius, launched its CG Slate tablet earlier this year. According to the company, the CG Slate is ‘an NCERT curriculum -mapped, self-learning tablet for kids’. The tablet is centred on a ‘gamified’ approach to learning. As kids play and learn more they receive points, which can be redeemed to watch cartoons, play games and more.
The Lenovo -made CG Slate tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box and features a 7-inch IPS display of 1024×600 pixel resolution. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor clubbed with 1GB RAM. Also included is 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD cards.

Cartoon Network Anything
Launched by its namesake Cartoon Network channel, the Cartoon Network Anything app is a new platform designed to engage and entertain children.
The app serves up an array of micro 10-15 second content specifically created for mobile phones. These can be watched by children anytime and anywhere, on-the-go. The content ranges from games and videos to memes and quizzes. Trivia and animated gifts are also included. Cartoon Network Anything is available on both iOS and Android .

KUBE
A 3D educational game box for children, KUBE is powered by virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D. It also has a Brain Booster series and Skill reports to develop scholastic and co-scholastic skills of children through brain training.KUBE works on building 20 different skill-sets of children such as logic, creative thinking and curiosity. It also helps in developing 6 distinct facets of growth and exploration such as intelligence, logical thinking, language proficiency and creativity enhancement. KUBE is aimed at children of 3 to 12 years of age.