Lenovo Phab and Phab Plus First Impressions

Lenovo Phab and Phab Plus First Impressions

Lenovo announced four new smartphones at IFA in Berlin last week – the Lenovo Vibe S1, Lenovo Vibe P1, Lenovo P1m, and Lenovo Phab. We spotted the Lenovo Phab and the Phab Plus looking confused between the smartphones and tablet section of the Lenovo pavilion at IFA in Berlin. It seems someone in the Lenovo marketing department read about slowing tablet sales and decided they can shave 0.02-inches of a display’s

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: First Impressions

Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung’s flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, up from 4 inches before. Still, that’s smaller than the 5.1 inches on the Galaxy S5 and the 5.7 inches on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy

Lenovo A6000: A Budget Smartphone With Impressive Battery Life

Lenovo A6000: A Budget Smartphone With Impressive Battery Life

Even before major telecom players such as Reliance Jio and Vodafone roll out their 4G networks on a nation-wide scale, brands including Xiaomi, Micromax (Yu Televentures) and Lenovo are looking to introduce budget 4G-enabled smartphones in the Indian market. Looking at the enthusiasm of these companies we can be assured of one thing – at least someone is optimistic that 4G will be adopted rapidly. China-based

Oppo R7 Plus

Oppo R7 Plus

Introduction and features Ever since we first went hands-on with the Oppo R7 Plus in China, I’ve been waiting to put it through its paces more thoroughly. Back then we were impressed with the flagship-level specs, performance and features, but most of all with the apparent price, which would have put it firmly in the mid-range price band. Now the Oppo R7 Plus has arrived, and it’s a little more expensive than we anticipated

Samsung Galaxy Note 5: First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Note 5: First Impressions

Samsung’s first oversized smartphone, the original Samsung Galaxy Note, was launched back in 2011 at the IFA exhibition in Berlin. The South Korean company has launched a new Note model at the same show every year until last year. This year, Samsung unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at its own Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York where it also revealed the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. The company hasn’t given any

10 best laptops 2015 2-in-1: top hybrid laptops

10 best laptops 2015 2-in-1: top hybrid laptops

Best 2-in-1 laptops Hybrid laptops, or 2-in-1s, are devices that are able to serve as both a laptop and a tablet, either in a detachable design that sees the touchscreen doubling as a tablet, or a convertible approach in which the notebook’s hinge rotates 360 degrees for a similar effect. Hybrid laptops are generally priced in a range between $700 (about £450, AU$800) and $2,000 (around £1,169, AU$2,131). However,

New charging tech will refuel your phone in half an hour

New charging tech will refuel your phone in half an hour

Qualcomm has launched its new charging technology for mobile devices, Quick Charge 3.0, and it’s coming to a smartphone near you very soon. Quick Charge 3.0 is built into the firm’s Snapdragon processors, and the latest incarnation will be able to charge your smartphone from zero to 80% in just 35 minutes. It’s 38% more efficient than the previous entry, Quick Charge 2.0, and twice as fast at charging

Micromax Unite 3: Crossing Language Barriers

Micromax Unite 3: Crossing Language Barriers

When we reviewed the Micromax Unite 2 last year, we called it the “master of languages”. The phone didn’t have exceptional hardware performance but the software incorporated support for 21 languages in its keyboard and in a third-party phonebook app called Reverie. In that respect, it served one purpose well – local language support right out of the box. Exactly a year later, we have

Lava Iris Fuel 60: Great Battery, Good Value

Lava Iris Fuel 60: Great Battery, Good Value

It looks like all brands are now slowly waking up to the reality of battery-life issues with Android smartphones. We saw how Sony managed to squeeze life out of the batteries inside the Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3. And, by the virtue of its colossal 5000mAh battery, the Gionee Marathon M3 also managed to last longer than a lot of other smartphones in its price range. There was

Huawei G8

Huawei G8

A quick skip down the spec sheet of the newly announced Huawei G8 and it’s not immediately obvious how it differs from the equally new Huawei Mate S. Launched subltely alongside the Mate S, the G8 only got the briefest of mentions at Huawei’s IFA 2015 press conference – there was, after all, a fashion show it needed to start. Seriously. The catwalk got more time at the show than the G8. Questionable presentation

Wiio Wi Star 3G: Big Screen Android at a Very Low Price

Wiio Wi Star 3G: Big Screen Android at a Very Low Price

Wiio is a company that started out as an Ebay seller. This Jaipur-based upstart claims to have sold 10,000 units of its first phone, the Wiio WI5, in around two months. The WI5 is moderately priced but serves as Wiio’s top-end device. Now, the company has decided to sell an Android phone at a bargain basement price. Looking past its tongue-twisting moniker, the Wiio Wi Star 3G does have some decent specs

Samsung UE48JS8500

Samsung UE48JS8500

Introduction and features If the spectre of ‘another curved TV’ isn’t welcome, the appearance of this, the most affordable TV from Samsung’s SUHD line-up, certainly is. For the UE48JS8500 – available in the US and UK selling for $1,499 and £1,649 respectively – represents the latest and greatest LCD tech, pointless curve not withstanding. I don’t hate curved TVs. They actually work really well in the corners

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium First Impressions

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium First Impressions

Sony unveiled its flagship smartphone lineup for 2015, and instead of the two variants that most were expecting, we got three – the Sony Xperia Z5, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. At the pre-IFA launch event in Berlin on Wednesday, the Xperia Z5 Premium was mentioned almost as an afterthought as Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai took time to walk through the features of the Sony

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G: The Other Brother

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G: The Other Brother

It really hasn’t been that long since the Xiaomi Redmi Note was launched, and in our review we found it to be a fantastic device for the price. Just like the Chinese giant’s previous launches, the Redmi Note set a new bar for the sort of features and performance one can expect in its market category. Xiaomi announced a 4G version of the Redmi Note alongside the original, priced Rs. 1,000 higher, though

Philips 65PUS8901 AmbiLux

Philips 65PUS8901 AmbiLux

Philips might just have made the greatest console gaming TV that’s ever been built. There may only be around six prototypes of these new AmbiLux TVs in existence, but I’m desperate to get one plugged into my PS4 when they launch at the end of this year. The rear-projection tech was first shown around a year ago, with the pico-projection technology only expected to find its way into product – possibly – in a couple

Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL, Surface Pro 4 to be outed on October 6

Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL, Surface Pro 4 to be outed on October 6

Today Microsoft has started sending out media invites for an event it’s holding on October 6 in New York City. The invite itself only says that we’re going to see new Windows 10 devices, as you can gather from the image below. However, past leaks have talked about the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL high-end flagship duo becoming official at an October event, and now we know when that will take place. Alongside the

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro: A Great Phablet With One Major Flaw

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro: A Great Phablet With One Major Flaw

Lenovo as a brand has been growing its customer base by creating unique devices with quirky innovations (most notably the Yoga series) at fairly affordable prices. Despite being based out of China, its reputation in India is really good. Last year the company promoted its metal-bodied K900 heavily all over India. The newly launched Vibe Z2 Pro is the spiritual successor to the K900 and Lenovo has really upped the

Sony Project Morpheus has a new name

Sony Project Morpheus has a new name

Sony has been unveiling more and more about its virtual reality device but so far it has been known by its pet name, Project Morpheus. Until now. At the Tokyo Games Show, Sony revealed that it is now called… PlayStation VR. So there you have it, Sony has decided not to go crazy with its nomenclature but stick to the basics – this is a VR headset for PlayStation after all. PlayStation VR still doesn’t

BlackBerry Leap: For Some, a Leap of Faith

BlackBerry Leap: For Some, a Leap of Faith

It seemed for a long time as though this day might never come, but we’re finally able to write about BlackBerry’s recovery. After years of battling irrelevance, making bad decisions and watching its market evaporate, the company seems to have found a stable path. It has pivoted from being primarily a handset maker to a provider of services for all platforms, and the strategy seems to be working. In terms of hardware