Thursday, 5 July 2018

Asus Zenfone 5Z with Snapdragon 845, AI Dual Rear Cameras Launched in India

Asus has launched its flagship smartphone Zenfone 5Z in India. It is available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colours. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version, the 128GB storage version costs Rs. 32,999 and the 8GB RAM with 256GB storage version cost Rs. 36,999. It will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart from July 9th.

The smartphone comes with launch offers and it includes flat Rs. 3,000 discount on ICICI credit and debit cards, Flipkart's 'Complete Mobile Protection' at Rs. 499 (down from Rs. 2,299), no-cost EMIs starting from Rs. 3,333 a month, Jio offer with Rs. 2,200 cashback and 100GB additional data. The company is also touting that ZenFone 5Z buyers will be able to enjoy service benefits like invoice free walk-in, free pick-up and drop, and device swap at service centres.

Asus Zenfone 5Z features 6.2-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass Super IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU. It comes with 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage, 8GB RAM with 256GB storage which is expandable via microSD up to 2TB. It sports 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, Secondary 8MP camera and 8MP front-facing camera. It runs on Android 8.0 with ZenUI 5.0 which is upgradable to Android P and has 3300mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging and AI charging.

Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus Zenfone 5Z
Key Features:

  • 6.2-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass Super IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage
  • 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 256GB storage
  • Expandable via microSD up to 2TB
  • 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, Secondary 8MP camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Android 8.0 with ZenUI 5.0, Upgradable to Android P
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) with Dual VoLTE
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C (2.0)
  • 3300mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging and AI charging

Friday, 20 April 2018

Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6 Play With 18:9 Displays Launched

Motorola has announced Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play in Brazil. The smartphones will become available to purchase in Brazil today, and next week in Mexico; various countries in Asia Pacific - including India - Europe, Latin America and North America markets will get the handsets in the next couple of months. The Moto G6 price (MSRP) has been set as $249 (roughly Rs. 16,500), while the Moto G6 Play will cost the buyers $199 (approximately Rs. 13,000). As for the Moto G6 Plus price, it has been set as EUR 299 (about Rs. 24,350). There is no word yet on the Moto G6 series’ price in India or release date yet, though given the Moto G series’ popularity in the country, e can expect that to change soon.

Moto G6 features 5.7-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display powered by 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU. It comes in two variant with 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD up to 128GB. It sports a dual rear camera with 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5MP secondary rear camera and 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and has 3000mAh battery with Turbo charging.

Moto G6
Moto G6
Moto G6 features

  • 5.7-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage
  • 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage
  • Expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5MP secondary rear camera
  • 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Single / Dual SIM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • P2i water-repellent nano coating
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C
  • 3000mAh battery with Turbo charging

Moto G6 Plus features 5.93-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display powered by 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 508 GPU and 4GB / 6GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage and is expandable via microSD up to 256GB. It sports a dual rear camera with 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5MP secondary rear camera and 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and has 3200mAh battery with Turbo charging.

Moto G6 Plus
Moto G6 Plus
Moto G6 Plus features

  • 5.93-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display
  • 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 508 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage, Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5MP secondary rear camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Single / Dual SIM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • P2i water-repellent nano coating
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3200mAh battery with Turbo charging

Moto G6 Play features 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 IPS display powered by 1.4GHz Octa-Core 64-bit Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU. It comes in two variant with 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD up to 128GB. It sports a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and has 4000mAh battery with Turbo charging.

Moto G6 Play
Moto G6 Play
Moto G6 Play features

  • 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 IPS display
  • 1.4GHz Octa-Core 64-bit Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU
  • 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage
  • Expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Single / Dual SIM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
  • 4000mAh battery with Turbo charging

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Nokia 8 Sirocco with Curved Glass Design, Dual Rear Cameras Launched in India

HMD Global has launched Nokia 8 Sirocco smartphone in India. It will be available in Black color and is priced at 49,999. The smartphone will be available from 30th April, Pre-bookings from April 20th on Flipkart online, offline and Nokia mobile shop online

The company has promised special cashback offers for the Nokia 7 Plus-
  • Airtel prepaid customers get 20GB additional data on each of the first 6 recharges of Rs 199 or Rs 349, postpaid customers can avail the additional 20GB per month on the Rs 399 or Rs 499 plan for 6 months.
  • Free subscription to the Airtel TV app till December 31, 2018
  • 25% instant discount on domestic hotels at MakeMyTrip.
  • Complimentary 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it.
  • Zero cost EMI on credit cards and through Bajaj FinServ and Home Credit.
  • ICICI bank offers 5% cashback till May 31, 2018.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia 8 Sirocco features 5.5-inch (2560×1440 pixels) pOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU GPU and 6GB DDR4X RAM. It has an internal storage of 128GB. It sports 12MP wide-angle sensor with an f/1.75 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels and a secondary 13MP telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom with an f/2.6 aperture and 1-micron pixels and 5MP front-facing camera. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and has 3260mAh battery with fast charging,  Qi Wireless Charging.

Key Features:
  • 5.5-inch (2560×1440 pixels) pOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB DDR4X RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 12MP wide-angle sensor with an f/1.75 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels and a secondary 13MP telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom with an f/2.6 aperture and 1-micron pixels
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Water and Dust Resistant (IP67 )
  • USB Type-C audio, 3 microphones
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, NFC
  • 3260mAh battery with fast charging,  Qi Wireless Charging

Nokia 7 Plus with Dual Rear Cameras Launched in India

HMD Global has launched Nokia 7 Plus smartphone in India. It will be available in Black / Copper and White / Copper colour and is priced at 25,999. The smartphone will be available from 30th April, Pre-bookings from April 20th on Amazon.in online, offline and Nokia mobile shop online.

The company has promised special cashback offers for the Nokia 7 Plus-
  • Customers on Airtel get a cashback of Rs 2000
  • Free subscription to the Airtel TV app till December 31, 2018
  • 25% instant discount on domestic hotels at MakeMyTrip.
  • Complimentary 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it.
  • Zero cost EMI on credit cards and through Bajaj FinServ and Home Credit.
  • ICICI bank offers 5% cashback till May 31, 2018.
Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus features 6-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla glass 3 powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU and 4GB RAM. It has an internal storage of 64GB and can be expanded via microSD up to 256GB. It sports 12MP rear camera with f/1.75 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size with ZEISS optics, 13 MP secondary camera with 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.6 aperture with ZEISS optics, dual-tone LED flash and 16MP front-facing camera with ZEISS optics. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo which can be upgraded to Android 8.1 and has 3800mAh battery with fast charging.

Key Features:
  • 6-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla glass 3
  • Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4  RAM
  • 64GB internal storage, Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera with f/1.75 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size with ZEISS optics, 13 MP secondary camera with 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.6 aperture with ZEISS optics, dual-tone LED flash
  • 16MP front-facing camera with ZEISS optics
  • Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradable to Android 8.1
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Three microphones with Nokia OZO Audio
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
  • 3800mAh battery with fast charging

Nokia 6 (2018) with 16MP Zeiss Optics Camera Launched in India

HMD Global has launched Nokia 6 (2018) smartphone in India. It will be available in Black/ Copper, White/ Iron, and Blue/ Gold colour and is priced at 16,999. The smartphone will be available from April 6th offline and Nokia mobile shop online.

The company has promised special cashback offers for the Nokia 6 (2018) -

  • Customers on Airtel get a cashback of Rs 2000
  • Free subscription to the Airtel TV app till December 31, 2018
  • 25% instant discount on domestic hotels at MakeMyTrip.
  • Complimentary 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it.
  • Zero cost EMI on credit cards and through Bajaj FinServ and Home Credit.
  • ICICI bank offers 5% cashback till May 31, 2018.
Nokia 6 (2018)
Nokia 6 (2018)
Nokia 6 features 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 powered by 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 508 GPU and 3GB RAM. It has an internal storage of 32GB and can be expanded via microSD up to 128GB. It sports 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and 8MP front-facing camera. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and has 3000mAh built-in battery with fast charging.


Key Features:

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 508 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, Expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C (2.0)
  • 3000mAh built-in battery with fast charging

Monday, 2 April 2018

Here’s How to Claim Your Free Jio Prime Membership for One More Year

Jio Prime subscription for all users has already expired, but as the operator has announced, it will remain free for one more year for all customers who have paid for the service once. Of course, you need to apply for the Jio Prime free renewal as it is not automatically credited to the users.


For existing prime members, Here is how you renew your subscription for one more year

  • Download MyJio
  • Express your interest to get a complimentary membership for next 12 months by clicking the banner on the app’s home page
  • Verify your number and the linked accounts and click proceed
  • Your request to the available free JioPrime membership for a year has been registered
  • You will get a confirmation by the end of the day or tomorrow
  • Enjoy Jio Prime benefits
For new prime members
  • Pay Rs. 99 during onboarding, for Jio Prime membership for the annual subscription.

With 175 million users across the country on the network, it is likely some Jio subscribers will face some glitches while trying to renew Prime for free. Well, if that's the case with you as well, then there's a simple solution you can try out.

You are probably not seeing the message to extend Prime as you are not an active Jio user despite purchasing the Rs. 99 subscription. If you don’t see the banner asking you to get service for another year, force quit the app and stream videos for 15 minutes or so using - and this is important - Jio 4G data of the number whose membership you are trying to review. Once you’ve done that, start the MyJio app once again, and log in using the same number — you should now be able to see the banner message prompting you to apply for Jio Prime membership renewal.

Once you see the message, you just need to follow the standard renewal process. Tap on the Get Now button in the banner, and you will see a message saying the operator is extending the subscription for one full year, and the numbers registered to you below it. Simply select the number whose Prime subscription you want to extend from the list, and hit Proceed. Your subscription will get renewed in a couple of hours.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Jio Prime to Remain Free for Existing Users for 1 More Year

Reliance Jio launched Reliance Jio Prime membership at a one-time payment of Rs. 99 for a year back in March last year, which was supposed to end today, 31st March 2018. The company has officially announced that all Jio Prime members who have subscribed to the exclusive membership benefits till 31st March 2018 will get another year of complimentary Prime benefits at no additional fee, which it calls a limited period offer.


However, those who join the Jio network and opt for Prime after April 1 will have to pay Rs. 99 as the membership cost. As before, the Prime benefits will be provided to customers for a period of 12 months, i.e. March 2019. However, existing users will have to go through an opt-in process to avail the free service for another year.

Jio said in a statement, “The continued availability of the Jio Prime membership to new subscribers reiterates Jio’s commitment to deliver a differentiated Digital Life experience to Indians, and will propel this into the world’s largest loyalty programme.”

Jio Prime subscription is essential if you want to benefit from the offers the company provides from time to time, such as the Rs. 50 discounts on recharge packs with daily data allocations. Similarly, the Jio promise to offer data tariffs 20 percent lower than the nearest competitor works out for Prime users only. Moreover, the access to content apps, which the operator values at Rs. 10,000 for the whole year, comes only with plans for which Prime subscription is a pre-requisite. Jio's suite of apps includes Jio TV, Jio Music, Jio News, etc. However, despite the membership, customers are still required to purchase separate recharge packs with validities to use the network.

Monday, 12 February 2018

WhatsApp UPI Payment Feature Now Available in India: Here’s How to Send, Receive Money

WhatsApp Payments feature which is based on UPI has started rolling out in India which will mean that you will be able to send money to your friends and family right from WhatsApp. The most widely used messaging service across the globe started rolling out the UPI-based Payments feature in India to select users last week. The app is already popular with Indian users across different age groups who love to send "good morning" texts to kick start the day and adding the Payments feature just makes more sense for the messaging app.


The rollout of WhatsApp Payments has started from India which means that the company is looking to end the dominance of apps like Paytm, Google Tez, and other digital wallet apps that have been around for a long time. Also read: 10 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn't know about

With over 200 million monthly active users in India, WhatsApp shouldn't face any trouble bringing its large user base to get a taste of Payments feature. Facebook's move to bring Payments feature to India first on WhatsApp clearly seems a way to cash in on the digital payment in its early days. The WhatsApp Payments feature was being tested as a beta feature with select users but now more users have started receiving the feature. Also read: WhatsApp UPI-based payments feature rolling out in India

It was no secret as WhatsApp was reportedly in talks with top Indian banks for months to integrate Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Unlike previously believed, the WhatsApp Payments feature is being rolled out to both Android as well as iOS users simultaneously.

How to send money using WhatsApp payments

The WhatsApp Payments will be limited to peer-to-peer payment and does not offer merchant payment, as of now.

Before getting started with WhatsApp Payments, users will have to note few things like:

  • For WhatsApp Payments to work, both sender and receiver should be running the latest WhatsApp version as well as have WhatsApp Payments option enabled.
  • Another important fact is WhatsApp number should be same as your mobile number linked to your bank account with UPI option support as well. 

WhatsApp users who have already received the feature can head to Settings > Payments to start setting up the Payments option. As of now, WhatsApp Payments is working on an invite basis which means those who have received the Payments feature can activate for others by choosing the option from chat.

On tapping the option, users will be welcomed by a new message saying "Send and receive money securely with UPI" and users need to tap on "Accept and Continue" to start accepting the WhatsApp Payments. The users will be also offered the Terms and Privacy policy and the payment provider's terms and privacy policy which they can read or just skip to the next option.

Users then will have to verify their phone numbers by choosing "Verify via SMS" and that can be done by tapping on the green coloured send button on the next screen to send a verification SMS from your phone. It's worth noting that the SMS charges will be applicable.

Once the WhatsApp number has been configured then add your bank from a vast list of over 70 banks. WhatsApp has managed to get all major banks for its new WhatsApp Payments feature on-board which include Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Yes Bank, Airtel Payments Bank, Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, and more.

If you already have UPI option enabled with your bank then you will need to verify with SMS.

New users need not to worry as WhatsApp Payments offers an option to create a UPI account with a pin (much like your ATM pin) for authenticating the payments. This can be done in less than 10 minutes by just following the instructions.

Users need to remember that the WhatsApp number and the mobile number registered with your bank should be same or else you need to get it linked with your bank before proceeding with WhatsApp Payments.


Now, how to send money to a friend using Payments feature on WhatsApp. To start sending money, tap on the menu in any chat to access Payment option apart from other options like send a photo, video, file, contact, or location.

Choose a WhatsApp contact you want to send your first payment, select the bank account and amount > Enter the UPI Pin > Money sent. One of the biggest highlights of the WhatsApp Payment is it uses UPI to send money in no time.

Once the transaction is complete, WhatsApp also notifies the user about the money sent to a contact. You can also keep a track of Payments from within the app, by using the Payment history option in WhatsApp.

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Friday, 19 January 2018

WhatsApp Business App Launched for Small Businesses; Only Available on Android for Now

The WhatsApp Business standalone app was announced by Facebook on Wednesday in an effort to make business communication with customers more streamlined for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) on the popular messaging platform. A part of its WhatsApp for Business initiative that was first officially announced back in September last year and tested with businesses like BookMyShow and MakeMyTrip in India since, the new app for SMEs is now available to download via Google Play in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the UK, and the US. The WhatsApp Business app is free, and will be rolled out across the world in the coming weeks, which is when it can be expected in India. It will be only available for Android phones at launch, but the company will eventually have a version for iPhones too.


The WhatsApp Business app is aimed at making it easier to for small companies to connect with their customers, and more convenient for the 1.3 billion WhatsApp users to chat with businesses that matter to them. The app will help customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses and website.

It will also save time with smart messaging tools - quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you're busy.

"People will know that they're talking to a business because you will be listed as a Business Account. Over time, some businesses will have Confirmed Accounts once it's been confirmed that the account phone number matches the business phone number," WhatsApp said in a statement.

Regular users can continue using WhatsApp as usual as there's no need to download anything new. "People will continue to have full control over the messages they receive, with the ability to block any number, including businesses, as well as report spam," the company added.

The statement claimed WhatsApp helps over 80 percent of small businesses in India and Brazil communicate with customers and grow their business, citing a Morning Consult study. WhatsApp also claimed that 84 percent of SMBs think that WhatsApp helps them communicate with customers, andA80 percent of SMBs think that WhatsApp helps them grow their business.

The new business accounts are aimed at firms that receive a high volume of WhatsApp messages and need help keeping up, WhatsApp Chief Operating Officer Matt Idema said. "What we saw was a need for businesses to have more efficient tools," Idema said in an interview with Reuters.

Idema, who was a Facebook executive before he joined WhatsApp last year, said WhatsApp intends to charge businesses in some form in the future, but he said it was too soon to discuss when that would happen or what the future business services would look like.

WhatsApp competes in a crowded market that also includes Facebook's Messenger application, Tencent Holdings's WeChat and numerous other messaging services.

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