Spice Mobiles has announced the launch of two new Android KitKat powered smartphones in the country, Smart Flo Mi-359 and Stellar Mi-451. Both the smartphones come with quad core processors.
Spice Smart Flo Mi-359 is a dual SIM smartphone with a 3.2 inch HVGA display. It has a 1.3GHz quad core processor, 256MB RAM along with 512MB internal storage expandable via micro SD slot.
Mi-359 packs a 2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera and a 1400mAh battery. This quad core KitKat smartphone Mi-359 has been aptly priced at INR 3,599 and is available INR 2,899 on Spice online store, Saholic.com
Spice Stellar Mi-451 is a 3G enabled dual SIM smartphone with a 4.5 inch FWVGA display. It also comes with a 1.3GHz quad core processor. Mi-451 has got 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage with micro SD slot.
Spice Mi-451 packs a 3.2MP rear camera, 2MP fron camera and a 1450mAh battery. Spice Mi-451 has been priced at INR 6,299 and is available for INR 5,499 on Saholic.com.
Acer has launched a budget voice calling tablet in India, Acer Iconia Tab 7 A1-713. The 7 inch tablet has got a resolution of 1024×600, 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8382 quad core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage.
Iconia Tab 7 A1-713 runs Android 4.2 Jelly bean (KitKat promised by Acer). It packs a 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front facing and a 2400mAh battery. The tablet supports micro SD, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and is voice calling enabled.
Acer has priced Iconia Tab 7 A1-713 at Rs.12,999 in India and is available at online and offline stores.
Micromax Canvas L, company’s latest budget phablet is now available online. Priced at INR 10,499 Canvas L can be grabbed from Infibeam.com. The phablet is available in Black and White colour variants. Micromax Canvas L is a dual SIM 3G smartphone
Micromax Canvas L has got a 5.5 inch qHD display. The device is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. It runs Android 4.4.2 on 1GB RAM. Canvas L packs an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 8GB internal storage expandable via micro SD slot and a 2350mAh battery.
Micromax Canvas L will come pre-loaded with apps like Bounce Ball, Bubble X Slice, BMS, Clean Master, Games club, Getit, Hike, Miskin, Mi Games, Mi Insurance, Milive, Mi security, MAD, Opera Mini, Swift key, True Caller and Zombie Smasher.
Panasonic has launched Eluga U in India. Priced at INR 18,990, the smartphone is available for sale.
Panasonic Eluga U comes with a 5 inch 720p HD IPS display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, micro SD slot. Eluga U runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The phone packs a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front facing.
Eluga U supports 3G, dual SIM, HD voice, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio. The device is fueled by a 2500mAh battery.
Panasonic Eluga U comes pre-installed with Fit Home UI, Pop-i-player, Kwik Lock for double tap to wake and Gesture Play.
Celkon Millennium Vogue Q455 comes with a 4.5 inch IPS OGS display, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. Q455 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has got 16GB of internal storage. Q455 is offered for Rs.7,999.
In The Box : Celkon Q455 box contains the handset, battery, charger, USB cable, user manual, warranty card, in-ear type headphones. The headphones are not so good but you can use your headphones and get better sound quality.
Design : Q455 is pretty slim at 7.9mm throughout. Sides and back have a soft rubbery touch. The 3.5mm jack is at the top, volume rockers and power button are at the right, micro USB and mic are at the bottom. This phone has single mic. There is absolutely nothing on the left side. It has three touch buttons : Home, back and the menu button. They are not backlit. Buttons are white and are not visible under dark light conditions. The handset weighs 130 grams with battery. The handset can be easily handled with one hand.
Display and Sound : The qHD IPS OGS display on the Q455 supports resolution of 540 x 960 pixels giving a pixel density of ~245ppi. It supports Full HD (1080p) playback. The IPS display is bright and is easily readable under bright sunlight. The speaker is clear but not loud.
Processor and OS : It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat on a Quad Core Broadcom BCM23550 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with VideoCore IV GPU. The UI is very close to Stock.
Camera : It has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. Rear camera comes with Auto Focus and single LED flash. The rear camera is capable of recording in 1080p. You can capture an image while recording by tapping on the screen. The front camera works poorly in low light.
Camera Samples coming soon….
Q455 has got 16GB of internal storage out of which 1.94GB is reserved for apps and 11.44GB for data, and 1GB of RAM.
This much amount of internal storage is hard to find on devices in this price range. Q455 also supports USB OTG functionality. I had no difficulty transferring data from phone to pen drive and the reverse using a 32GB sony pen drive formatted with FAT32.
Celkon Q455 comes pre-installed with a number of apps including Truecaller. Most of these apps can be disable but cannot be uninstalled. Celkon should allow for their removal to clear up space and RAM.
Benchmark Scores :
Quadrant Benchmark : 2593
Antutu Benchmark : 14887
Nenamark2 : 42.9 fps
Linpack : single 35.433 , multiple 112.972
Multi Touch : 5 point
The device needs some optimisation. If we are able to uninstall bloatware, the device is expected to perform better.
Connectivity : It supports 3G, 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB and a 3.5mm earphones jack. It allows USB, Bluetooth tethering and WiFi hotspot. It has a dual SIM slot. It supports one micro SIM and one regular sized SIM (mini SIM). It supports 3G on both the SIMs and dual standby.
I was able to play most games without any lag like Temple Run 2, Smash Hit, Angry Birds but the device showed lag on high-end games like Asphalt 8.
Celkon Q455 comes with Proximity, Light and G sensors. The light sensor is quick in action.
Q455 is fueled by a 2000mAh battery. Celkon claims 8 hours of talktime on this phone. I was able to get through the day with moderate usage on single SIM.
At this price point, Celkon Q455 offers much more internal storage (16GB vs 4GB on others). The thin design and light weight make this device easy to handle and operate even though it is longer than other phones with the same screen size.
Availability and Price : Celkon Millennium Vogue Q455 is available online for Rs.7,999. You can buy fromhere.
Micromax has announced the launch of a new Music Focused smartphone in India. Dubbed Canvas Beat, the phone has been priced at Rs.9,999 and will be exclusively through telecom operator Aircel.
Micromax Canvas Beat features a 5 inch IPS display. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz Broadcom Quad Core processor and 1GB RAM. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has got 4GB of internal storage expandable via micro SD slot.
Canvas Beat packs an 3D inbuilt surround speakers, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 1900mAh battery. The phone supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth.
Aircel is offering full talk time on Rs.118 recharge, free 1GB data, music headset and 1000 free songs with the Aircel music app.