Next Apple iPhone will boast a 12MP camera

The anticipated next iPhone, although itself still not fully emigrated from rumorland, is expected to feature an improved camera sensor compared to the one found on the current Apple flagship.

The iPhone 5 features an 8MP camera sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, hybrid IR filter, and backside illumination. A source working for Wonderful Saigon Electrics, the manufacturer that makes Apple’s camera modules, alleges that the next iPhone (which is referred to as iPhone 5S) will come with an updated 12MP camera, complete with improved shooting under low-light conditions and HDR support.

Apple is under increased pressure as of late with recent Android flagships like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 expected to quickly steal marketshare from its iOS platform. The Cupertino giant needs to produce a device that will really raise some eyebrows, and an updated camera sensor may be one of the ingredients it needs.

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How to get the Google Nexus 4 in India?

Still waiting for Google to release Nexus 4 in India? Well, there is a bad news, Google has no recent plans for bringing the device in Indian markets any-time soon. Yep, Nexus 7 was launched a few days back here in India, not to forget the fact that Nexus 7 was first unveiled at the Google I/O last year. As it can be seen, sadly India is a dumping ground for Google. They have dumped the Nexus 7 here as they are working on the newer version of Nexus & which is expected at Google I/O this year.

Google Nexus 4 is a 4.7′ Snap Dragon S4 Pro beast which is very much similar to LG Optimus G (Which is available at around 29K in the market now), however the Nexus device is a Nexus device which gives the purest of android experience and has top-of-the-line updates and a huge developer support. The Nexus 4 continues being a heavenly device for Flash’Oholics who like to play around with boot-loaders and custom ROMs.

Here are some of the major Nexus 4 reviews-

CNET

TechCrunch

TechRadar

TheVerge

EnGadget

GSMArena

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Nexus 4

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Nexus 4

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Nexus 4

Nexus 4

The other options available for Indians are the Galaxy S3, Optimus G, One X+ and Lumia 920, but let me tell you one thing, the Nexus 4 smokes all the other devices in all terms. It looks better, feels better, you’ll be standing apart in the crowd, you’ll hardly see anybody using a Nexus device around you. There are some points which an Indian must keep in mind, firstly there is no warranty for a Nexus device because it hasn’t been officially launched in India, if you brick your device, spill coffee over it or drop while reading a news-paper on your toilet seat in the morning, you’ll loose it permanently. There are only a few places in whole of India where the device can be repaired, the LG service centre won’t even touch your device. Well, for people from Mumbai there are a few places like Manish Market and Heera Panna where the device can be repaired. And many people on different forums around the world have reported faulty devices being shipped where they face problems pertaining ti Wi-Fi, Over Heating  Touch-Screen sensitivity etc. I recently got a Nexus 4 and I haven’t faced any such problem. And moreover all these above problems are software related and Google has solved them in JDQ39 4.2.2 update, or you can just head-over to XDA and get a custom ROM like ParanoidAndroid or CM 10.1 , but if your device was faulty then either you can blame your shipping company or your luck (But faulty device being shipped, one in million may-be).

So, here are some ways in which you can get a Nexus 4 if you are from India –
1]  This is the simplest, most reliable and easiest way to get a Nexus 4 sitting at home. I have personally tested this way, I got my Nexus 4 16GB a few days back, completely sealed and in working condition. Just head-over to ManiacStore.com, place an order, use Cash-On-Delivery option, test the device and then pay for it. I ordered my device on April 1, 2013 and I received it on April 4, 2013. The total price for 16GB was 28,540 Rs. (50 Rs. for the delivery man :P).
It was working, sealed and the package was good and safe. So, a thumbs-up for the ManiacStore.com

  • Quick delivery.
  • Excellent support for tracking the status of device.
  • Cash-On- Delivery option.
  • Worth spending a bit-more than getting into the complex procedure of ordering it from USA.
  • Sealed box and you pay only after you test the device.
  • Six Months Seller warranty (Yep. SIX MONTHS).

{Special Note- All the links below are for 16 GB Nexus 4, well because 8 GB Nexus 4 is of no use, you’ll hardly get 6 GB which in my view is too less for such a device, it is like you are buying a Ferrari with with a fuel capacity of 2 Ltr. just to save a few bucks, it is really advisable to buy 16 GB by paying 3K more}

Link to ManiacStore.com- Here

The other options are-

NaapTol.com- Here

EBay.in- Here [You can even check out other listings here, beware of second hand hand-sets, if in doubt you can contact me  :P]

GrabMore.in- Here

Rediff- Here

iBhejo.com- Here

2] The second way is to get it from the Grey Market. Head over to one of the grey markets around Mumbai and get it from there.

Alfa at Vile-Parle, Manish Market or Heera Panna, just get there and buy the device like any other device. Heera Panna is always stocked up with Nexus devices. FOr people uotside Mumbai, just google your city name with ‘Grey Market’. The prices vary from 32K to 40K. Learn the art of bargaining and you can get at least 3K off and also demand a free case or screen protector  😀

3] This way is for someone who wants to get Nexus 4 16 Gb at a really cheap price, you can get into this complex procedure of getting the device from USA, it will cost you around 23K for Nexus 4 16 GB. It will take time to be deliverred, 20-25 days in some cases. There are high chances of your order being cancelled, you oosing your money, or receiving device in a poor state because it is actually being shipped from The States  😀

How to Import


1) Register on any of the sites like Hopshopgo / comgateway / PPOBOX / borderlinx etc. that provide reliable shipping services.

(Some sites may have some registration fee, some may not.)

2) Note down your U.S address which they provide.

Example :

Quote:
Your Name
17146 NE Sandy Blvd
c/o INX-XXX
Portland, OREGON 97230
Tel: 503-914-6317


3) Go to the Play Store via your VPN and get your Phone shipped to your U.S Address.

Quote:
For this, Please use VPN services like us.newfreevpn.com or justfreevpn or any free and reliable free VPN sites.
Add your Indian credit card with the same U.S address you received. The both the shipping and billing address must be the same.


4) Once the shipment is received on the U.S address, the company will usually notify you within 1-2 Days along with the estimated cost for shipping to India based on the type of shipping you want.(standard or expedited).(This can be without duty for some sites)

5) You pay the amount to the company online.

6) They will usually provide an airway bill/tracking number.

7) Wait for your Nexus 4.

8) Pay any customs in cash if not paid before to the delivery boy.

9) Enjoy your Nexus 4.

Or optionally,I suggest you to head over to saptakmohanta.blogspot.in for a more detailed info about importing and the steps with a short and sweet review for dessert. 

Here is the round-up of everything-

1} PPOBox

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for NY (their warehouse is in NY): 32
Registration on ppobox – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by ppobox: Rs 1600-Rs 2000 (USD 30 – 35)
So the total comes out to be: USD 425 – 430 (inclusive of everything)

(The customs officials will open the box just for checking.)

2} HopShopGO

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for Portland (their warehouse is in Portland): 0
Registration on HopShopGo – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by HopShopGo: Rs 2000-Rs 2500 (USD 40 – 45)

So the total comes out to be: USD 403 – 415 (inclusive of everything)

Micromax A115 Canvas 3D with a real 3D display!

The Micromax A110 Canvas 2 and the Micromax A116 Canvas HD enjoyed quite good reception and it looks like the Indian firm is all set to introduce the 3D version of its phablet. The images of Micromax A115 Canvas 3D have surfaced online.

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The 3D version of the popular phablet is said to come out with a 5″ WVGA display and the device will be powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor. Furthermore, the Micromax A115 Canvas 3D is rumored to feature a 8-megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and 3D imaging with playback.

Micromax is allegedly working on the successor of its A116 Canvas HD phablet and the upcoming device is said to be named as A120 Canvas 3. The third generation Canvas is rumored to feature a 5″ Super AMOLED display and is expected to be powered by a Quad-core processor. Micromax A120 Canvas 3 will also feature a 13-megapixel rear camera and the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Unfortunately, there is no official confirmation on the release date and the pricing of either upcoming device.

Source | Via

HTC One arrives at Rs. 42,990 in India

HTC OneHTC has launched their latest Android flagship device, the HTC One, in India for ₹42,990, which is approximately $789, unlocked. The phone is expected to go on sale towards the end of this month. HTC has tied up with Reliance Communications to offer 1GB of free 3G data for three months to those who purchase the One.

he pricing of the HTC One in India is still fairly high but reasonable compared to some of their previous devices. The HTC Butterfly, for example, was priced at ₹45,990 ($845) at launch and continues to be priced about the same since then. It’s interesting to see the new flagship being priced lower than the existing one, although a price drop for Butterfly before the One hits the shelves cannot be ruled out.

The older One X and One X+, meanwhile, has seen a price drop in India, although the final price will vary by retailer.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with a 6.3″ HD display

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will pack a 6.3″ PLS display of HD resolution and is going to be powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU and feature 1.5GB of RAM. That could be the Exynost 5250 chipset powering the company’s 11.6″ Chromebook offering or, more likely, the Snapdragon 400 with dual Krait 300.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy Mega

At the back of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will reside an 8MP snapper with LED flash, while a 2MP one at the front will reportedly take care of video chatting. Connectivity is covered by Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 80211 a/b/g/n and A-GPS.

The device measures 167.6 x 88 x 7.9mm (same thickness as the Galaxy S4) and features a 3200mAh battery (100mAh more than the Galaxy Note II). At this point, it’s still unclear whether the Galaxy Mega 6.3 would run Android 4.1.2 or 4.2.2 .

Samsung plans to launch both LTE and non-LTE versions of Galaxy Mega 6.3 in 2 colors – black and white. The black variation of the phone will become available mid-May, while the white one will launch later.

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Apple iPhone 5S prototype pictured

While the pictures aren’t of the best quality or taken in studio conditions they do reveal a lot about the pictured smartphone. For one it sheds off the iconic home button and replaces it with a real edge-to-edge display (although we can’t see the actual screen underneath).

Apple iPhone 5S prototype

Apple iPhone 5S prototype

Apple iPhone 5S prototype

Apple iPhone 5S prototype

Apple iPhone 5S prototype

Apple iPhone 5S prototype

Then there’s the design – it’s sloped towards the edges, which coincides with a patent application from the Cupertino company that was approved last week.

However, we have to note that this kind of design isn’t typical of Apple. The company tends to favor more squarish designs, which allow it to make full use of the space within the smartphone’s chassis and create more compact devices.

We urge you to take these photos with several pinches of salt as the device pictured above could either be photoshopped or even digitally rendered altogether. Even the guy who sent them in couldn’t swear by their authenticity.

There’s one scenario that might make sense here – what you are seeing could be a prototype on which Apple is working. All major manufacturers consider and test a number of different designs before settling on the final version. It might also be a case specially designed to conceal the look of the Apple iPhone 5S, but that seems too much effort – these dev units are usually simple plastic rectangles.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini live photos

With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now official, it’s time for the rest of the new generation Galaxy devices to start making an appearance. It turns out the first one to break ground is the Galaxy S4 mini.

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SamMobile has got hold of some live photos of the smartphone, which reveals a design quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The photos below confirm that the S4 mini will even feature the back cover design of its bigger brother.

The Galaxy S4 mini (GT-I9190) will be available in a dual-SIM version as well (probably carrying the Galaxy S4 mini duos moniker and GT-I9192 model number).

Despite its name and resemblance to Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S4 mini allegedly won’t pack a monster of a CPU, but rather a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display of qHD resolution (960×540 pixels, 256ppi).

It’s slightly bigger than the ongoing Galaxy S III mini, which features a 4″ display of WVGA resolution. Unfortunately, the S4 mini’s CPU type isn’t known at this point, but what’s known from the photos above is that the smartphone will run what’s currently the latest version of Android -4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

According to the source the Galaxy S4 mini is expected to make its debut in June or July this year.

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RUMOR: The next iPhone will likely be a marginal update

Sources from the Apple supply chain are at it again. This time the rumors circulate around the end of May arrival of components, which would point to an arrival of the next iPhone in the the third quarter of this year.

According to said sources the next iPhone will allegedly be a marginal upgrade of the iPhone 5 (perhaps called the iPhone 5S). The next-gen iPhone should come with an improved processor, perhaps a higher-megapixel camera with new module or even a redesigned flash (“Smart Flash”) with white and yellow LEDs in order to improve color reproduction.

The Next iPhone

Foxconn Electronics chairman Terry Guo has noted that he expects company performance to start picking up after April or May, which could coincide with the beginning of the production of the latest iPhone.

According to the sources if the components supply goes smoothly the next-gen iDevice could be delivered to retail channels in 1 to 2 weeks time, which would mean a realistic Q3 launch (Apple needs to gather up stock as the production rate is far lower than initial demand).

Finally reports are mentioning a cheaper, plastic-made iPhone too, but as we are getting the “cheaper iPhone” each year we take those rumors with an extra pinch of salt. Besides, every time the new iPhone comes out last-year’s model gets discounted, technically making it the “cheaper iPhone”.

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Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Tab 3 reportedly coming at IFA 2013

A new report reveals that Samsung could unveil more Galaxy-branded products at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany, this September, including the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 3.

The info comes from Sam Mobile, whose insider had access to such details, although he wasn’t able to share any details about the Galaxy Tab 3’s hardware.

The first Galaxy Tab model was also officially unveiled at IFA, back in 2010, while the second-generation tablet versions were announced at MWC 2012. The report also notes that these devices will apparently stop receiving support from Samsung, with the Galaxy Tab 2 set to stop at Android 4.2.2.

The Galaxy Note 3, which recently appeared in another rumor claiming that AT&T execs will have access to a 5.9-inch mockup unit this week, will also be announced at IFA. Even if not confirmed, such a move would make plenty of sense considering that the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 were also unveiled at the same German trade show, in previous years.

Galaxy Note 2

Galaxy Note 2

Note 3

Note 3

Note 3

Probably a 5.9' or 6' device with Exynos 5 Octa

Probably a 5.9′ or 6′ device with Exynos 5 Octa

We’ll be back with more Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 3 details in the following months, as more rumors detailing these devices will surely get leaked.

Meizu MX3 is rumored to feature an Exynos 5 Octa processor

Exynos 5 Octa

 

Looking for a sexy and unique smartphone without paying a fortune? You might want to forget all the shiny new handsets coming out of Korea, Japan and the United States, and instead turn your attention to China. There are plenty of great brands to be found in China, including Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Meizu. The later of these is actually preparing for its successor, the Meizu MX3.

We can’t say for sure if the Meizu MX3 will live up to the aesthetically pleasing design seen with the MX2 (pictured above), but its specs certainly will make your mouth water.

The phone is expected to feature a 5.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 display and an impressive Exynos 5 Octa processor. Yes, that’s the same processor as you’ll find in theSamsung Galaxy S4. The phone is also believed to have a bezel that is ultra-thin on both sides to make it easier to handle with one hand, similar to what was seen with the recently leaked picture of what is believed to be the Xiaomi MI-3.

Not much else is known about what the next-gen Meizu phone will bring to the table, nor do we have any idea when it will hit or how much it will cost. There is also the possibility that this is nothing more than a rumor. Still, if you are a fan of high-end Chinese handsets, the Meizu MX3 is probably going to be worth keeping an eye out for.