Best gadgets coming in 2017

Best gadgets coming in 2017

New Delhi: 2017 is going to unveil more new gadgets upping the convenience factor. Some of the launches expected are of the following:

Apple iPhone 8

As per media reports, Apple may sneak in major changes in its next flagship to mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary in 2017. What s being speculated that the liquid-crystal LCD display may get swapped by OLED display (organic light-emitting diodes) OLED displays are known to be thinner, lighter, and more flexible than LCDs. Samsung’s Galaxy Edge phones sport a similar design and have been called gimmicky; Apple is also making the phone sensitive to touch on any of its sids instead of just one.

Samsung Galaxy S8

The next flagship from Samsung will have a tough job to p[lease all those who were disillusion by the notorious Galaxy Note 7. Leaked photo reveals curved gold handset – and no home button

The upcoming Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona from February 27-March 2. The phone will feature a new virtual personal assistant based on technology from an AI and assistant system Viv, which it acquired in October. Viv was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham — who created Siri, which was acquired by Apple in 2010. The S8 is also expected to be powerpacked with an extremely high-resolution “4K” display, a second rear camera, and possibly an iris scanner for an added layer of security.

Foldable Samsung phone

Samsung is expected to release its most awaited foldable smartphone, which it is working on for years.  Dubbed the Galaxy X for now, the foldable device would let you read and view content on a tablet-sized screen that could convert to a smartphone-like size for convenient transport. Though other companies like Lenovo, Oppo have also created dual-screen and foldable smartphones, but none have released the device commercially.

Microsoft Surface phone

CEO Satya Nadella’s the “ultimate mobile device” could be the first of a Surface series phone, which is expected in 2017. The device is expected to offer the latest and most innovative use of the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. As per leaked pics, it has a metal body to match Microsoft’s other Surface devices and run the Windows 10 OS through an emulator, if connected to an external keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

Android Wear 2.0 smart watches

Smart watches based on Android Wear 2.0, an updated version of Google’s Android operating system are expected to be launched in mid-2017. The watches are expected to allow users download and run apps on their watches via Bluetooth, cellular connection, or Wi-Fi, without relying on tethered connections from their smartphones, iPhone owners could use Android Wear devices.



China not to license Pokemon Go, similar games as it weighs security risks

China not to license Pokemon Go, similar games as it weighs security risks

Hong Kong: Nintendo`s hit smartphone app, Pokemon Go, and other augmented reality games are unlikely to be rolled out in China any time soon, after the state censor said it would not license them until potential security risks had been evaluated.

Although not yet available in China, the world`s biggest smartphone and online gaming market, the location-based game developed by U.S-based Niantic took the world by storm when it was released last year.

In the game, players must walk around real-life neighborhoods to hunt and capture virtual cartoon characters on their smartphone screens.

But Pokemon Go has been blamed for road accidents, some of them fatal, involving distracted players, while data privacy concerns over the geolocation app have also stirred controversy.

Prompted by “a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people`s lives and property,” the censor, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, is coordinating with other government departments to evaluate the game`s risks, an industry body said.

These risks include the “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers”, a games panel of the China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association, which is governed by the censor body, said in a posting on its website.

Some Chinese companies have been developing similar games based on augmented reality and location-based services, prompting the panel to seek advice from the top licensing body, it said.

The game relies on Google services such as the company`s Maps application, which are blocked in China.

Representatives of Niantic did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment outside their working hours.





Huawei Mate 9 with 5.9 inch screen: Key features

Huawei Mate 9 with 5.9 inch screen: Key features

New Delhi: The is available to buy in the US from Friday. The key Mate 9 talking is the fact that Huawei’s Mate 9 ships with Alexa functionality pre-installed.

Key features

Display: 5.9 inch FHD Display

Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080), 373ppi

CPU: HUAWEI Kirin 960, Octa-core CPU (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i6 co-processor, Mali-G71 MP8

Operation System: Android 7.0


64GB memory, expandable upto 256GB using microSD card

Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, IR

Camera: 20MP Monochrome+12MP RGB, F2.2 (Primary)

Front camera: 8MP AF, F1.9

Battery: 4000mAh

Dual SIM Support



ASUS unveils ”R558UQ” notebook with i7 models, i5 models in India

ASUS unveils ''R558UQ'' notebook with i7 models, i5 models in India

New Delhi: Taiwanese multinational ASUS on Tuesday announced the launch of its R558UQ notebook in two models, the i7 models and i5 models priced at Rs. 59,990 Rs. 48,990 respectively.

Available across all leading online and offline retail outlets from January 09, 2017, the R558UQ has updated its mainstream line up by adding latest features and performance updates.Both i7 and i5 models showcase the next gen USB type C connectivity and advanced graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX (N16S-GTR) with a performance, almost two times if compared with its competitors.

Available in glossy dark brown IMR, i7 comes with SATA 1TB 5400RPM 2.5` HDD storage, VGA web camera (Fixed type), a chiclet keyboard coupled with ASUS Smart Gesture and ASUS Splendid software.

Also, the i5 model, which is available in matt golden, glossy dark brown, red and dark blue hues, boasts of a full HD display with resolution 1920×1080, anti-glare, higher pixel density and a memory of DDR4 8GB.

“The demand for the mainstream notebooks has been steadily increasing over the years and hence this segment will be one of our key focus areas this year,” said Regional Head South Asia and Country Manager ASUS India, Peter Chang.


AppleFest on Flipkart: Great deals on iPhone7, iPhone 6, other Apple products start today

AppleFest on Flipkart: Great deals on iPhone7, iPhone 6, other Apple products start today

New Delhi: AppleFest opened on Flipkart on Tuesday, January 10, which will last up to January 13. The AppleFest is offering deals on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, Apple Watch.

Discounts will be also be available on Apple accessories, like back cover, lightning cable, also on Apple keyboards and mouse. Flipkart is offering additional 5 percent discount on going cashless on iPhone 6 purchases through credit and debit cards.

Here’s a look at the top deals from the AppleFest on Flipkart:

Apple iPhone 7

The online marketplace is offering Apple iPhone 7 (128GB) Jet Black at 7 percent off for Rs 65,000 on Flipkart. One can even buy the device at no cost EMI and users will get Rs 5,000 off + extra 3,000 off on exchange. A buyer of Apple iPhone 7 (128GB) Jet Black is eligible for exchange discount up to Rs 23,000.

Similar offers are available on sale of iPhone 7 (32GB) Rose Gold, Apple iPhone 7 (128GB) Rose Gold. Users purchasing via Axis Bank Buzz credit cards will get an extra 5 per cent off.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus (128GB) Jet Black option can be bought at Rs 82,000.  An exchange discount up to Rs 23,000 and additional Rs 3,000 off on regular exchange value is available.

Similar offers are available on Apple iPhone 7 Plus (128GB) Rose Gold option, Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB) Jet Black variant, Apple iPhone 6 (16GB) Space Grey

Apple iPhone 6s Plus (32GB) Silver, Gold and Rose Gold colour options can be bought at Rs 56,999 respectively. Users will get Rs 23,000 off on exchange and additional Rs 3,000 off on regular exchange value. Axis Bank Buzz credit card users will get an extra 5 per cent off.

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s (16GB) Space Gray variant can be bought at Rs 19,999. The iPhone 5s (16GB) Silver colour variant is also available for the same price. There’s exchange discount of up to Rs 15,000.

Some of Apple smartwatches have up to Rs 10,000 off, Apple accessories like mouse and keyboard are on up to 25 percent off and cases and charges are selling on up to 50 percent sale.





7 gadgets that become almost redundant if you have a smartphone

7 gadgets that become almost redundant if you have a smartphone

New Delhi: Smartphones have really made our lives smart. The modern-day smartphones have become so efficient that they can take care of a number of utilities.

Let’s have a look at seven gadgets that becomes almost redundant if you have a smartphone.


When was the last time that you took out your calculator to do some heavy calculation? If you are not into high level equations, the smartphone calculator is more than enough to do your work.


Well this gadget has a debatable use. But the foray of smartphones has really lessened the use of traditional watches. If it is just about checking the time, your smartphone is good to go. Though, it must be pointed that smartwatches are doing the reverse. But then they are not just watches, are they?

Alarm Clock

From getting up for the early morning to going office everyday – it was the alarm clock that took care of your schedule. But the humble alarm clock is more or less getting replaced by the smartphone.

Digital Dairy

We don’t think anyone keeps a digital dairy to maintain the record of phone numbers now a days. The smartphone not only takes care of phone numbers, it syncronises a lot of digital details like mail and even social media address of your contacts.


The portable music players are becoming lesser in usage due to smartphones. Now a days smartphones come with such heavy storage that you can save hundreds of songs on it.

Portable Gaming Console

Online gaming has become so much easier due to smartphones. The portable gaming consoles are more becoming like thing of the past. Infact several gaming companies are now coming up with games especially customised for smartphones.

Digital camera

Well this might not be true for professional photographer, but if you a photography enthusiast, you can do a lot with smartphones. They come with a lot of functions that are available on a simple digital camera.






Lenovo P2 goes on sale, available exclusively on Flipkart

Lenovo P2 goes on sale, available exclusively on Flipkart

New Delhi: Lenovo P2 goes on sale from Thursday. The smartphone is available exclusively on e-commerce site Flipkart.


DISPLAY: 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass and PPI of 401 pixels per inch

PROCESSOR: 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor

OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

RAM: 3GB and 4GB

MEMORY: 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB

CAMERA: 13MP rear camera with a Sony IMX258 sensor and a 5MP front camera


CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G


The Lenovo P2 comes in two variants of RAM – 3GB RAM and the 4GB RAM.

While the 3GB RAM has been priced at Rs 16,999, the 4GB RAM has been priced at Rs 17,999.


The Lenovo P2 is available in two colour variants of Champagne Gold and Graphite Grey.






Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 set to launch in India on January 19

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 set to launch in India on January 19

New Delhi: Xiaomi is going to launch the next generation of its one of the most popular Redmi series, that is Redmi Note 4 in New Delhi on January 19.

Mi India tweeted on Tuesday:


Mi India


Can’t wait for it! Anyone here looking forward to the launch? 



The Redmi Note 4 was launched in China in August 2016 in two variants – 2GB of RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage model and  3GB of RAM/ 64GB storage model.

In Indian currency, the 2GB of RAM/ 16GB model priced around Rs 9000, while the 3GB of RAM/ 64GB model priced at around Rs 12,000.

The smartphone was launched in Gold, Grey, and Silver colours and bears a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel.

Features of Redmi Note 4:

The phone has dual-SIM (Micro+Nano), runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel density of 401ppi

Powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.

The device sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. The 5-megapixel front camera sports an 85-degree wide angle lens. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration.

The Redmi note 4 sports a fingerprint scanner and an infrared sensor.

Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and Glonass.

Redmi Note 4 is powered by a 4100mAh battery, measures 151x76x8.35mm, and weighs 175 grams.







Asus Zenfone 3 receives Android 7.0 Nougat update

Asus Zenfone 3 receives Android 7.0 Nougat update

New Delhi: Asus has rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its Zenfone 3 smartphones, as per reports.

Till now, the update has been rolled out to two versions of the Zenfone 3, namely ZE520KL and ZE552KL.

As of now, the update is available for Zenfone 3 users in the Philippines only but the company has assured that the global roll out will take place soon.

Android 7.0 Nougat for the Asus Zenfone 3 smartphones will add features like the Multi-window support.which allows support for launching two apps at the same time.





HTC event on Jan 12: Key things to watch out for

HTC event on Jan 12: Key things to watch out for 

New Delhi: HTC is all geared up for its event on January and is expected to unveil three new smartphones, as per reports.

The Taiwanese smartphone maker is ready to unveil its ‘U’ series with HTC U Ultra (codenamed Ocean Note), HTC U Play (Alpine) and One X10 smartphones at the event.

Key highlights:

HTC will unveil three new smartphones at the Jan 12 event.

The HTC U Ultra is expected to have a 6-inch display.

The HTC U Play is expected to boast a 5.2-inch display.

Both the phones to be devoid of the 3.5mm audio jack.

HTC U Play and HTC One X10 are expected to be shipped in the first quarter.

HTC has also hinted at a new ‘Vive’ branded series, that might be unveiled at the same event.