Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM: First Impressions

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM: First Impressions

Microsoft, on Wednesday, pulled the wraps off its first Lumia device sans ‘Nokia’ branding, the Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM, thus signalling the end of the Nokia era. The phone will be available from November 28. We got to play with it for some time at the launch event in Mumbai. Here are our first impressions of its various features for you. The Lumia 535 Dual SIM feels slim at

Lenovo Vibe S1: First Impressions

Lenovo Vibe S1: First Impressions

People go crazy lengths to take a great selfie, and the Lenovo Vibe S1 is an ode to the selfie generation. It comes with a dual front camera setup – 8-megapixel primary shooter, and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth information. This setup, of course, is not dissimilar to what we’ve seen on the likes of the HTC One M8, but that was on the rear camera. Lenovo Vibe S1 brings the same technology to the front shooter.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: First Impressions

Almost six months after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the company has launched a bigger, upgraded version, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. The announcement, which comes within a week of the device’s global launch indicates that Samsung considers India an important market for its high-end smartphones. Interestingly, Samsung did not launch the Galaxy Note 5 along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ in India. The Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy A7: First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A7: First Impressions

Samsung launched the Galaxy A7, its slimmest smartphone yet, in India over the weekend, and we had a chance to get our hands on it during the launch event in Bangkok on Monday. The Samsung Galaxy A7 belongs to the new Galaxy A-series of smartphones, which, with their metal unibodies, are part of the South Korean consumer electronics giant’s attempt to distance itself from the all-plastic designs it has

Sony Xperia Z3+: First Impressions

Sony Xperia Z3+: First Impressions

The tech industry is often accused of driving forced obsolescence and it’s pretty much expected that smartphones – especially high-end ones – are phased out on a yearly basis. Even if there isn’t anything wrong with a device, manufacturers are under pressure to push something new out just to tempt buyers and drum up new sales. Sony might be one of the worst offenders in this regard, pushing out new flagships on a

HTC One M9: Does the Evolution

HTC One M9: Does the Evolution

In 2013, HTC took a decision that helped the company’s flagship smartphone stand out in a market where it’s often difficult to differentiate one offering from another. Instead of competing with other Android phones on specifications or price, HTC made an attempt to introduce a premium design language of its own, a look that’s ‘distinctly HTC’. While the HTC One won rave reviews thanks largely

Huawei Honor Holly: First Impressions

Huawei Honor Holly: First Impressions

Huawei on Tuesday announced a 5-inch budget Android 4.4.2 KitKat smartphone, the Honor Holly along with the 7-inch Honor X1 tablet. The new smartphone is exclusive to Flipkart, just like the Honor 6, and will be available from Thursday, October 16. “The Huawei Honor series has been very well received by our customers since its launch last month. Now we are adding two more

Gionee Elife S7: Slim Yet Sturdy

Gionee Elife S7: Slim Yet Sturdy

A Chinese company that has always stretched the boundaries of how thin a smartphone can be, Gionee showed off its first big ‘thin’ smartphone of 2015 – Gionee Elife S7 – at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona. Unlike its earlier phones that were as thin as their monikers suggested – the Gionee Elife S5.5 and Gionee Elife S5.1 – the Elife S7 does not have a thickness of 7mm. In fact, the phone is 5.5mm thin and

Xiaomi Mi Note: First Impressions

Xiaomi Mi Note: First Impressions

Xiaomi put out a number of teasers about release of a new flagship device earlier this month. Obviously, the Internet went into a frenzy and started speculating that the company was going to show off the Mi5. There were also other rumours floating around that two devices were going to be launched. The first rumour turned out to be false even before the launch event, when Xiaomi refuted it publicly, whereas the second

ZTE Grand S3: Ordinary Android With One Neat Trick

ZTE Grand S3: Ordinary Android With One Neat Trick

ZTE has a fairly large booth at the ongoing Mobile World Congress trade show this year. The Chinese manufacturer is one of the players launching affordable Android devices and offering serious competition to established brands in markets all around the world. One of the models grabbing attention here is the ZTE Grand S3, mainly because of a unique biometric security feature. While other devices

Karbonn Titanium Mach One Plus: First Impressions

Karbonn Titanium Mach One Plus: First Impressions

Six months after the launch of the Karbonn Mach One Titanium S310, the company has launched its successor, the Karbonn Titanium Mach One Plus. The smartphone features strong integration with the Swiftkey keyboard, which allows users to type in different Indian languages. According to SwiftKey’s Country Head, India, all the 22 languages mentioned in the Indian constitution are supported by the keyboard. At the

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL First Impressions

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL First Impressions

It hasn’t been very long since Microsoft took over Nokia’s smartphone division, but the software giant hasn’t been standing still. Two of the latest devices to launch are the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. Four versions of each will be produced – single-SIM 3G, single-SIM LTE, dual-SIM 3G and dual-SIM LTE – but availability will depend on regions and carriers. We were able to spend a little time

ZTE Grand S II: First Impressions

ZTE Grand S II: First Impressions

Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment, the Chinese multinational better known as ZTE Corporation, has launched more than 25 handsets in India so far. It expanded its smartphone portfolio by introducing two new handsets on Tuesday: the ZTE Grand S II and ZTE Nubia N7 Mini. While the ZTE Nubia N7 Mini will enter the Indian market in or around December or January, the Grand S II is set to launch on November

Xolo Q2100: First Impressions

Xolo Q2100: First Impressions

Xolo is an Indian manufacturer that’s not afraid of trying something different. Recently, the company experimented with launching Hive UI, its radical skinning on top of Android. We quite liked the new approach, though fans of stock Android may not understand what the fuss is all about. Earlier this week, we learnt that the company is planning to launch the Xolo 2100 and shared the information with our readers.

Honor 4C: First Impressions

Honor 4C: First Impressions

  At a glitzy launch event in Mumbai on Friday, Huawei unveiled a new phone in its Honor range of smartphones: the Honor 4C. The new phone, which could be considered the younger sibling of the more expensive Honor 4X, is now available exclusively on Flipkart for Rs. 8,999. As was the case with the Honor 4X and the Honor 6 Plus, Huawei claims that the design of the Honor 4C was conceived in Europe by design experts. The phone does look strikingly handsome, especially from the rear. It is available in two colours, and the white variant of the phone looks…