Sony HX90V: Introduction and features

Sony HX90V: Introduction and features

Smartphones are getting so capable at taking pictures that you need a good reason to take an actual camera with you when you travel these days – and one compelling reason is that you’ll generally get a more powerful zoom lens. But why stick at the paltry 5x zoom range you get with a typical point-and-shoot camera when you can get a whopping 30x zoom instead? That’s the thinking

MSI Z170A Gaming M7: The Step Up to Skylake

MSI Z170A Gaming M7: The Step Up to Skylake

June, July and August in 2015 have all been a roller coaster of desktop and processor news. Intel officially launched the Broadwell processors at Computex, with NVIDIA also entering the GTX 980 Ti graphics card into the market for 4K gaming. AMD soon followed with the Fury X and Fury graphics cards featuring high bandwidth memory, and then Intel’s Skylake processors burst through the door, along

Panasonic GX8: a rewarding camera to use

Panasonic GX8: a rewarding camera to use

Introduction and features With G, GM, GF, GH and GX lines, Panasonic’s G series of compact system cameras can get a little confusing. The GX models have a flatter, more rectangular shape than the SLR-like G and GH ranges, and they’re more advanced than the GF and GM cameras. The latest introduction, the GX8, is an upgrade from the very successful GX7, which continues in the line for the foreseeable future. Naturally,

Lava Iris X1: Going Up Against Stiff Competition

Lava Iris X1: Going Up Against Stiff Competition

Trying to slide its way into the pack of extraordinary budget smartphones that have been hitting the market of late is the Lava Iris X1. It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat but its hardware specs look outdated when compared to the competition. One factor that might work in favour of the Iris X1 is that it looks quite similar to its elder brothers, the Lava Iris Pro 20 and Lava Iris Pro 30, which in turn are similar to the

Samsung 950 Pro SSD: incredibly fast

Samsung 950 Pro SSD: incredibly fast

Samsung has introduced a new SSD today. It’s called 950 Pro, and it’s insanely fast. The drive is the first one to bring vertical NAND technology to the consumer space. It’s a Non-Volatile Memory Express M.2 SSD, in the M.2 2280 size. It will be offered in two capacities – 256GB for $199.99 and 512GB for $349.99. Thanks to its support for the PCIe Gen.3 x4 interface, it delivers speeds that SATA-using drives can only dream of.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The Smartphone With an Extra Dimension

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The Smartphone With an Extra Dimension

Who would have thought a phone would come along that could make even the mighty Samsung Galaxy Note 4 seem boring? For all its top-notch features, the Note 4 lacks the one big thing that its new sibling brings to the market – a curved screen. It’s instantly iconic: the gentle glass that seems to flow right off the edge of what should be the front of this phone. The seamless continuation of pixels is truly remarkable,

Meizu Pro 5: Photos of the surface and it is running vanilla Android

Meizu Pro 5: Photos of the surface and it is running vanilla Android

The Pro 5 is shaping up to be Meizu’s next big announcement. We first saw a glimpse of the alleged device last week, along with some specs and a possible explanation for the lack of any apparent Meizu logos on the package. Apparently, the Chinese OEM is trying to launch a new premium sub-brand, named simply “Pro” in an attempt to differentiate it from the existing MX models. The Pro 5 is said to be the ambassador to this new effort and from

Sony A7S II: important updates to an important camera

Sony A7S II: important updates to an important camera

Introduction and features Sony has three full-frame compact system cameras – the jack-of-all trades A7 II, the high resolution A7R II and the high-sensitivity A7S. The A7S is the last to be updated, and it’s probably the most specialized of all. It sacrifices outright resolution with just 12 million pixels, but makes up for it with ultra-high sensitivity (up to ISO 409,600) and top-quality 4K video. The original

Huawei Honor Holly: A Decent Offering

Huawei Honor Holly: A Decent Offering

The Huawei Honor Holly would easily win a prize in a tongue-twister competition, but its alliterative name aside, this phone is the Chinese company’s attempt to enter the highly contested budget smartphone segment. The Honor Holly is packed to the gills with impressive hardware, but it takes on heavyweights such as the Motorola Moto E, Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Asus Zenfone

Android Marshmallow release date, news and features

Android Marshmallow release date, news and features

Android Marshmallow release date, news and features Update: Android Marshmallow is the official name of Google’s next operating system update. Expect it at the end of the month. The sugar rush is on at Google in preparation for the Android Marshmallow release date in a few days. Now that we know the sweet-treat name, we’re one step closer to downloading it. Say goodbye to Android 5.0 Lollipop and, soon, hello to Android

Moto X Play: Boringly Good

Moto X Play: Boringly Good

The Moto X name has been associated with Motorola’s flagship smartphones ever since the original X was launched over two years ago. The Moto X was a good phone that was let down by its poor camera and battery life, though its successor fixed the battery problem to a large extent. 2015 represents a dilution of the Moto X brand, first with the launch of the ‘super flagship’ Moto Turbo, and more recently, the

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Redefining Value Again

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Redefining Value Again

It’s safe to say that Xiaomi is the most talked-about new brand on the Indian tech scene today. The Chinese company has not spent any money on advertising and in fact seems pretty laid back about all the fuss it has caused by selling good phones at shockingly low prices. Although its unique strategy of using online flash sales has aggravated quite a few customers, we must remember that Xiaomi is still a startup

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 gets certified in China

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 gets certified in China

Despite its competitively priced and quite successful smartphone line of late, Xiaomi has also been trying its hand at a number of other gadgets and tech. Routers, battery packs, smart wearables and night lights, you name it and Xiaomi probably has it, wrapper up in its signature Apple-like viral design. Tablets also have a place on the list, albeit with only one model to date the Xiaomi Mi Pad. Now, more than a year into its lifespan,

Intex Aqua Power: It’s All About the Battery

Intex Aqua Power: It’s All About the Battery

We’ve seen a spate of low-cost phones with large batteries launching in the past few weeks, and it’s a trend we’re very happy about. For too long, the emphasis has been on cutting phones down to make them as slim as possible, which has meant major compromises in terms of battery life. At least customers can now choose utility over style. The Intex Aqua Power is a surprisingly affordable phone which boasts of not

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Introduction and features Mirrorless cameras promise DSLR quality, features and controls in a smaller package, and the OM-D E-M10 is one of the smallest cameras to still deliver that DSLR feel. I’m a fan of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and I’ve used it on a frequent basis since its launch in January 2014 because, as well as being very compact, it has a durable feeling body, offers lots of control and produces high quality