Weekly Wrap-Up #16 : HTC 10, Zenfone Max, LYF Flame 3, Flame 4, Xperia X & More….

by Teja Chedalla 0

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The latest wrap-up covering all the announcements and updates from the mobile industry is here. We have seen some super affordable 4G smartphones launched by LYF. Few of the devices that are already available in the international  markets are brought to India last week. We will be seeing some more device launches in India in the next seven days, so stay tuned on Phoneradar for up-to-date information. Below are the recently launched devices with pricing and specifications details.

  • Sony India started the pre-registrations for their new Xperia X lineup of devices in India. The pricing and the availability of the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance can be expected to announce tomorrow. All the three devices come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Xperia UI overlaid. They come with an all metal body and might be priced on the higher side when compared to the other devices with the same specifications.
  • As announced earlier, Nextbit debuted the Indian smartphone market by launching the Nextbit Robin. It is priced at Rs. 19,999 and will be exclusively sold through Flipkart starting 30th May. It comes with 5.2-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) and is powered by Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor. It has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 100GB of cloud storage. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with single SIM that supports 4G LTE.
  • ZTE Axon 7 is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE. The Aluminum build device comes with 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. It comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM and   64GB/128GB of storage. There is also ZTE VR headset for viewing VR content. It has a 20MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a  3,140mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The high-end variant priced at 4099 Yuan also comes with 3D Touch support.
  • Sony is rumored to launch a new smartphone with the model number F3311, now the company officially posted the images of Xperia E5, which is expected to be the same device. The Geekbench listing revealed the specifications of the device and is expected to be launched soon. It sports an HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution display and is powered by MediaTek MT6735 processor. It has 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage that can be expanded via MicroSD card slot. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with customized UI.

Zenfone Max

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ASUS relaunched the Zenfone Max with few upgraded specifications here in India. While the earlier launched variant came with just 2GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, the newly launched device comes in two variants with 2GB and 3GB of RAM. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The 16GB of internal storage is now doubled up to 32GB. It is available exclusively on Flipkart and is priced at Rs. 9,999 & Rs. 12,999 for 2GB RAM & 3GB RAM variants respectively.

The device sports a 5.5-inch display and still settles for HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Zen UI out of the box. On the camera front. The new Zenfone Max comes with a 13MP rear camera with Laser Autofocus and a 5MP front camera for selfies. This dual SIM device offers 4G LTE along with other basic connectivity features. The USP of the device is its 5,000mAh battery that is rated to deliver 38 hours of talk time and lasts upto 914 hours on standby.

HTC 10 & HTC 10 Lifestyle

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A month after unveiling the flagship HTC 10, the company has launched both the HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle here in India. Both the devices look similar from outside and even most of the specifications remains same. The changes are only made to the processor and RAM. The HTC 10 is powered by flagship Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and packs 4GB of RAM, while the HTC 10 Lifestyle comes with Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor and includes 3GB of RAM.

Both the device sports a 5.15-inch Super LCD 5 display with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution and has 32GB of internal storage. It also has a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion upto 2TB. Talking about the camera, the devices features a 12MP rear camera with laser autofocus and OIS. For selfies, there is a 5MP front camera which also includes OIS. The devices are backed by a 3,000mAh battery and also supports Quick Charge 3.0 that give 50% charging in just 30 minutes.

Panasonic Eluga A2

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Panasonic had launched yet another 4G LTE smartphone called Eluga A2 priced at Rs. 9,490. The device comes with dual SIM support and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based FitHome UI. It sports a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display and is powered by an unknown quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz. Interestingly the device offers 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage that can be expanded additionally upto 128GB. The Eluga A2 comes with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front.

It comes only in Gold and Silver color options, and the company is also offering Rs. 399 worth protective screen guard for free. The 4,000mAh battery on this device can easily last more than a day of usage. Connectivity options on this dual SIM device are 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. It measures 143.8 x 72 x 8.9 mm and weighs 167 grams. Recently the company also launched the Eluga I2 with 3GB RAM at Rs. 8,990 which also offers 4G LTE.

LYF Flame 3 & Flame 4

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Reliance’s smartphone brand LYF had launched two new most affordable 4G LTE smartphones Flame 3 and Flame 4 priced at just at Rs. 3,999. These are also the most affordable devices to offers 4G LTE with VoLTE support. Both the devices come with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Under the hood is the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor along with just 512MB of RAM. The devices run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual SIM dual standby.

The Flame 3 comes with 4GB of storage while the Flame 4 has 8GB of onboard storage, there is also a MicroSD card slot for expanding upto 32GB. While the Flame 3 comes with a 1,700mAh battery, the Flame 4 is backed by a 1,400mAh battery. The Flame 3 comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, but the Flame 4 offers only a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE & VoWiFi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a MicroUSB port.

Lava A59 & Lava A79

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The Indian smartphone manufacturer Lava launched two new entry-level smartphones Lava A59 and Lava A79. Both the devices run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and come with dual SIM support but lacks the 4G LTE connectivity. The Lava A59 is priced at Rs. 4,199 while the A79 is priced on a slightly higher side at Rs. 5,699. The display on these devices is limited to just WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution. While the Lava A59 comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage, the Lava A79 includes 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Both the devices come with a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, but the A59 features a VGA front camera and A79 packs a 2MP sensor. The front camera on both the devices is assisted by an LED flash. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. A 1,750mAh battery keeps the Lava A59 powered on while the Lava A79 packs a 2,200mAh battery. Even with a smaller battery and just 4.5-inch display, the lava A59 weighs 140 grams.

Intex Cloud String HD

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The Cloud String HD from Intex is one more Flipkart exclusive device launched last week. The device is priced at Rs. 5,599 and offers dual SIM dual standby with 4G LTE and VoLTE support on both the SIMs. This is also most affordable device in the Indian market to offer fingerprint sensor. It comes with a 5-inch HD display and is powered by Spreadtrum SC9832A quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The device packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.

On the camera front, the Intex Cloud String HD offers an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,200mAh battery that can give upto 7 hours of talk time and lasts upto 190 hours on standby. Connectivity options offered are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, MicroUSB port along with 4G LTE. Just last week, the company one more affordable device Intex Aqua Secure with Fingerprint sensor and 4G LTE support for Rs. 6,499.

Alcatel Pop Star

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Alcatel is a Chinese owned brand that has some recognizable market share in the Western markets. Last week, the company had launched a new entry-level smartphone called Alcatel Pop Star priced at Rs. 6,999 in India. It comes with a polycarbonate shell and features a 5-inch HD IPS display on the front. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and includes dual SIM slots. It is powered by an unknown quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz along with 1GB of RAM.

It has 8GB of onboard storage that can be expandable upto 32GB via provided MicroSD card slot. On the camera front, the device comes with an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash on the rear and a 5MP front camera for selfies. The 2,000mAh battery is what keeps the device powered on. The connectivity options on this device are 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a MicroUSB port. It measures 142.5 x 71.5 x 8.6 mm and weighs 145 grams.

Micromax Bolt Selfie

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After announcing the Bolt Selfie along with other 15 devices at Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro launch event, last week the device was officially launched in the market. It comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,999 and offers decent specifications that justify its price. As the name suggests, the device offers 5MP camera on front and back of the device, where the rear camera is assisted by LED flash. The Bolt Selfie is one of those smartphones that are announced to offers 4G LTE.

The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual SIM card slots. It sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display and comes powered by MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz. The Bolt Selfie offers 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded upto 32GB. It is backed by a 1,750 maAh battery that can last upto 260 hours on standby. Apart from 4G LTE, the device comes with other basic connectivity features.

Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is passionate about traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @t4teja.