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Pioneer Officially Enters The DJ Segment in India

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Pioneer India Ltd., which has been a key market player in the car audio segment has now shifted their focus from “In-Car” to “In-Club”. Since its launch into the car audio market way back in 2009, Pioneer has captured the market really well. Their headunits found their way in almost every other car. Along with headunits, Pioneer also sold speakers and amplifiers in India to enhance the overall car audio experience. Home Audio was another segment that they had ventured into.

After home and car, today, Pioneer officially entered the DJ segment in India. Pioneer DJ consoles have already been available in India via grey market channels. The company saw this as a opportunity and seeing the growing trend of DJs, they’ve launched a line-up of DJ products. The products include professional DJ Multi-Player like the CDJ-2000NXS to the amateur oriented DJJ-WeGo2.

Their newly launched product range comprises of mixers, controllers, a turntable, active speakers, headphones and accessories. The prices of these products have not been disclosed, but Pioneer intends to display prices on its official website soon.

The Pioneer DJ product range will be available through Pioneer’s distributor Rivera International. They have also tied up with an undisclosed retail chain to demonstrate and sell its affordable range of amateur DJ products starting from next month.

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5 Most Awaited Phones of 2014

Planning to buy a new phone? If your old phone has conked off and you need one desperately then go ahead. But know that a lot of phones are expected to launch in the next few months. Below we have listed the ones that are most awaited –

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This is probably one of the most awaited smartphones. It is expected to be announced in September. Seeing the demand for a larger screen from the existing iPhone users, the new iPhone may sport a bigger 4.7-inch Display (1704×960 pixels). There might also be a 5.5-inch display model, dubbed as iPhone Air or iPhone 6L. But the bigger version is expected to be launched some time after the 4.7-inch model is out. As far as design is concerned, iPhone 6 may sport a bezel free display and boast of being one of the slimmest smartphone ever with a thickness of 5.5mm. The 64-Bit Architecture and Touch ID sensor of the previous version will be retained. Like clockwork, Apple is expected to introduce the A8 chip which is rumoured to clock at 2 GHz, resulting in better performance. The smartphone may have a meagre 1GB RAM, like the earlier iPhones, which is insufficient to use the 64-Bit architecture efficiently.

For photography, Apple may stick to its 8MP Camera resolution in the 4.7-inch iPhone but may use better sensors which will capture better shots than predecessors. In the 5.5-inch iPhone, one can expect a higher resolution camera sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Rumours also suggest that these iPhones may be NFC (Near-Field Communication) enabled. Apple will continue producing phones without expandable memory, but it may bump up the maximum storage to 128GB in the 5.5-inch model. It would be running on iOS 8 and will be interesting to see if the new iPhone has some unique software features than the ones we’ve seen at the WWDC 2014.

Coming to the main question that how much is it going to cost? Obviously it is not going to be cheap. If Apple decides to use Sapphire Crystal Glass, which would make the device shatter-proof, then the cost of the phone will bump up. Apple may charge INR 55,000-58000 for 16GB 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model may cost around INR 70,000. (more…)

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Sony Launches Xperia C3 Dual, a Selfie Smartphone With a 5MP Front Camera

Sony’s ‘PROselfie’ smartphone offering — Xperia C3 Dual, originally got announced back in July. Today, the company has officially launched it for the Indian market. It’ll be available starting next week, that is, 1st September for a steep price tag of Rs. 23,990.

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As far as the selfie needs go, Sony’s incorporated a 5 megapixel front shooter. It’s a 25mm wide-angle lens camera with 80 degrees field of view and 720p video recording support. It has a Superior Auto mode which Sony claims will make your selfie portraits look professional. Wait there’s more, Sony’s added an app named ‘Portrait retouch’ which allows the user to choose from 10 different beauty styles, add make-up effects, choose decorative frames, or add a bit of eye sparkle. You can even retouch two people in the same shot, all in real-time and then snap your selfie. And don’t worry if you’re stuck in that dark corner of the bar trying to take a picture in low-light, because Sony’s also giving an LED flash sitting besides the front camera. Of course, there’s also an 8 megapixel camera on the back with a similar flash. (more…)

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Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 is India’s First Firefox OS Smartphone Priced at Rs. 2,299

Mozilla’s Firefox OS will finally see the light of the day in India. Today, Spice has announced India’s first Firefox OS running smartphone, vaguely named ‘Fire One Mi – FX 1’. It will be available exclusively on snapdeal.com for now at a super-affordable cost of Rs. 2,299 and on August 29th it’ll be officially launched and made available in other retail outlets.

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As expected at such a low price, the device sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display. While it won’t support 3G connectivity, thankfully dual-SIM feature is present alongside Wi-Fi, EDGE and Bluetooth. It’s powered by a 1GHz single core processor which as Mozilla says is the bare minimum requirement to run the OS. The camera is 2MP on the rear and a 1.3MP on the front.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS only runs Web-based apps, written in HTML5 and JavaScript. In comparison, Mozilla will have to compete with the current breed of affordable Android phones which offer good performance, decent cameras and an excellent app ecosystem with native apps and games.

The Fire One Mi – FX 1 will support several Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil and Bangla. It comes with special software features like Adaptive App Search which allows a user to discover apps based on what they search for and even some apps can make use of location info to customize the content they display. The phone also comes preloaded with apps like Facebook, Twitter and Connect A2.

Apart from India, Firefox OS running phones are now available in 17 countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America. If you’re planning on buying the Spice Fire One, then let me inform you that Intex is also set to launch its first Firefox OS powered smartphone, called Cloud FX, on August 25. We’re anxious to find out if users will adopt to the whole Firefox ecosystem and are comfortable buying this instead of a typical candy-bar Nokia handset.

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Moto Event – What to Expect?

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Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 4th september 2014 held in Chicago. The invites which were in a Cootie Catcher format revealed a phone with a G, another one with an X, a watch and a bluetooth headset. So basically Moto has teased the public with very obvious hints.

Moto G2 — The Moto G which was priced at Rs. 12,499 became one of the most sold phones in that price range. If the Moto E was too average and the X too costly, the G was your best bet. With reasonable specs and good build quality, it was worth the money. Its successor which will mostly be named the G2, is rumoured to have a larger 5 inch display as compared to the 4.5 inches one the Moto G (albeit with the same 720p resolution, reportedly). It will also spot a better 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing one — a welcome improvement since the camera on the original was weak, to say the least. The phone will be powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and is likely to be shipped with Android 4.4 KitKat. Bottom line — not that big a change, but the improved camera will certainly help it compete better to the ASUS Zenfone 5 and the like. (more…)

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Idea Launches Two New Smartphones to Boost 3G Adoption

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With 3G plans getting cheaper, many people are switching from 3G to 2G. To make most of this trend, Idea has introduced two new smartphones – Idea Ultra+ and Idea Fab.

The Idea Ultra+ is a dual-SIM, feature packed, premium looking smartphone with a Leather back finish. It has a 1.3 GHz Quad core processor and comes with 1GB RAM which offers a good experience along with video streaming, browsing, social networking and downloading. The 12.7 cms (5″) screen allows users to enjoy watching videos, pictures and claims to offer an enhanced gaming experience. The 8MP camera helps users capture good images, and the 2000mAh battery seems powerful. The phone is priced at Rs. 8300.

The Idea Fab is launched to target first time smartphone users. This too is a dual-SIM phone which runs on Android Jelly Bean v4.2 OS and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The 3.2MP camera seems primitive and may not produce great quality images. But the phone is priced at just Rs. 4999, so one shouldn’t expect much.  (more…)

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How to Protect your Smartphone This Season

The gruelling summer is now over and the rains are finally here. Though the rains are a relief for us they can be fatal for our mobile handsets. Consumer electronics and water don’t go well together and any kind of contact with water can cause a short circuit in the gadget, damaging it.

Since smartphones are electronic devices you carry with you almost everywhere, it not only will stand to harm the device but also puts the data in it at risk. We give you some tips to protect your beloved smartphone in the rain.

If you own devices that claim to be waterproof skip to the last point directly; others read on.  (more…)

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Asus Chromebox now in India

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Asus has launched the Chromebox in India today. The Chromebox is a small device measuring 12cm x 12cm and runs Google Chrome OS. It’s powered by 4th generation Intel processors and supports 4K ultra high definition video playback on the higher models. It comes with in built virus protection and the OS will be updated to the latest Chrome OS free of cost. There are options when it comes to processors — you can choose between a Celeron, Core i3 and Core i7. The device can be connected to the television or a monitor via the HDMI port. It can run a dual display setup via the HDMI and DisplayPort on the device but you might need adapters for monitors with older ports like VGA or DVI.  (more…)

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LG unveils G3 and G watch

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LG launched their new flagship phone – G3 with much fanfare at Mehboob studio, Mumbai. The biggest standout of the event was none other than bollywood legend, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. After all, not everyday do you get to see him Mr. Amitabh Bachchan launch a phone and talk about pixel density. Going back to the “supposed” star of the event, the G3is a upgrade to the LG G2. LG claims that 3 biggest changes in the phone are – Display, Camera and Design.

 

LG has always been a pioneer when it comes to display and is the world’s largest LCD panel maker. The G3 has a 5.5 inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display with 538ppi which is almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display. The phone comes with a 13MP OIS+ camera with Laser Auto Focus that can shoot images in a fraction of the time required by most phones. With regards to design, the phone is anchored with Rear Key which includes newly designed power and volume buttons with premium quality materials and finish. It is available in three colours – metallic black, silk white and shine gold.

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The G3 is complemented by three Core UX Features, the Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice and Smart Security. The Smart Keyboard functions on adaptive technology that learns as you type for faster input and reduced errors. Smart notice is a personal assistant that offers suggestions and recommendations based on user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location based information. To secure confidential data, the G3 presents Smart Security like the Knock Code, LG’s patent feature. LG also unveiled the G Watch running Android Wear at this gala launch. The G3 is priced at Rs. 47,990 and Rs. 50,990 for the 16GB and 32GB, respectively.

 

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Android, Price Wars And The Race To The Bottom

Apple sketched the future of smartphones in 2007 with the iPhone. But they did best for the US market. As device & services converge, Android has stolen the canvas and taken it global. Today, it makes far more sense to hold an Android in India than iPhone. You get a working maps with traffic details, apps that you want, mostly free apps (so what if they are ad supported), customizations and overall a variety in terms of hardware and price that Apple would never offer.

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Tim Cook may call a Motorola E a non smartphone, but fact remains that for my mom a smartphone is something that does WhatsApp for her. For my operations executives at PriceBaba, it is something that can do basic maps, camera, browser and of course Facebook + Whatsapp. Moto E works well for these, and it costs Rs 7000 vs Rs 28500 a 8GB iPhone 5c would cost. If you want a little more power than that, the Moto G comes into play. No wonder Flipkart has sold a million Motorola phones in India, that too by only selling them online.  (more…)

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How I Landed With The Nexus 5: A Quest For The Latest Android OS

 

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“When is my phone getting an Android update” is the most frequently asked questions by most Android users I know. My journey with Android started back in 2010 with a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 which was bought after a lot of research. The device ran Android 1.6 (Donut) and Sony had pushed an Android 2.1 (Eclair) update right before I bought it. The new features that the update introduced were amazing, I was happy with my purchase. After a couple of months, Google had announced Android Froyo 2.2. I impatiently waited for Sony to push an update. Time passed and Android 2.3 was launched and still no there was no word from Sony about my Xperia X8. After a while Sony announced that they have stopped support for the Xperia X8 and the phone will be stuck on Android 2.1 Eclair. I was heartbroken, my first Android phone was now stuck with an outdated OS.  (more…)

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Lenovo Launches a Slew of Computers at Various Price Points

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Lenovo held an event in Mumbai for the launch of new sleek laptops under  their Thin and Light campaign. The Yoga and the Flex series now have a new additions in the form of the Yoga 2 and the Flex 2 while the All In One (AIO) segment got an entry level entrant, the C260. Everyday and the mainstream laptops saw the introduction of the G40/50 and the Z50 with the Y 50 in the gaming series. The new mantra for Lenovo is “ Slim, Light and  Affordable” and all these devices reflect their philosophy. These are the following products that were showcased: (more…)

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‘Heard That?’ — Judging Five Earphones People Are Talking About

Typically, we tend to use the earphones that comes along the purchase of a new phone. But, more often than not – they are of mediocre quality. Most recent example being the Sony Xperia Z2 (in India). Below are short reviews of a few popular earphones -

Apple EarPods - Apple gave their earbuds an all new design and launched it alongside the iPhone 5. These earphones claim to be designed such a way that its fits more securely into your ear. The design is good, fits in quite comfortably and sound is pretty decent — Apple hasn’t really been associated with exceptional sound. But noise isolation is really bad for the price.

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Can The Google I/O This Year Top Apple’s Satisfying WWDC 2014?

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June has started and so has the countdown for the upcoming Google I/O; after a highly satisfying Apple WWDC where they opened iOS 8 to do things that were previously only limited to Android, the spotlight is now on Google to match or exceed the expectations of its users. The event is scheduled for 25 June 2014 and will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco, and for those who can’t attend Google will livestream on YouTube. The I/O is something to look forward to and we list the top 5 things we feel should take center-stage at the conference.

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Five Things The Internet Has Ruined for Telecom Operators

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Back in 2008, when I joined college after completing my Std X, SMS packs were very common. In fact, everyone boasted to have a larger pack (they ended up spamming actually). As far as I can recollect, Vodafone used to have plans like Rs. 20 for 100 SMSs to Rs. 50 for 2000 of them. Today, 6 years later, the only texts I receive are from brands to inform me about the upcoming sale or from builders offering “affordable” flats in Mumbai. And I don’t even remember when was the last time I sent a text to someone. So what has changed so drastically? Below are some product offerings of telecom operators that have been ruined by this one now ubiquitous thing called the Internet.  (more…)

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WWDC 2014 Roundup

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So its that time of the year again where everyone from hardcore bloggers to opinion-passing tweeters get Apple-ified (if I may say so). The WWDC held on 2nd June was live streamed across the world on all Apple devices. Apple has been criticised for being a laggard by not making their software as extensible as Android. So, did they deliver ? Lets find out.

At the event, the main topics of discussion were Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS8.

Yosemite (the final choice after dismissing many options including ‘Weed’) is the all new OS 10.10. One look at it and all you can think of is iOS 7. Yes, all the icons have been modified, translucency has been added and the whole look is flat. Notification center gets neater and more interactive thanks to the ability to add widgets. Spotlight has got smarter and has the ability to search for people, mail, events, etc. Apple has also introduced a Dark Mode for those who detest the default bright appearance. AirDrop works between the iPhone and Mac now, finally. The other feature is the new cloud storage service from Apple for iOS, OS X, Windows and web which is called — iCloud Drive (competition to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc). Many of the built-in apps are getting a couple of feature updates. For example, Mail has got a new inline image editing feature. Besides that, most of the basics remain unchanged. But all-in-all, this is the biggest visual refresh after probably OS X Leopard. (more…)

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The Nokia Lumia 630: One Step Forward, One Step Backward

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The Lumia 630 is being marketed by Microsoft as an “Affordable” smartphone. The company formerly known as Nokia is expecting that this device will get them the momentum which is much needed at the moment, especially after the huge success of inexpensive, feature-packed handsets like the Moto G. Nokia has tried its level best to live up to the expectations of the people. It has included Dual-SIM support and a Quad-core processor in this budget smartphone.

Going by the specs, it has a 4.5 inch FWVGA (854x480p) screen with a low pixel density of 218PPI. The display sharpness is just bearable and doesn’t seem bad since the flat-design live tiles interface and big fonts don’t seem that bad even with low pixel density. Under the hood, there is a 1.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 512MB RAM. The RAM may be insufficient to run high-end games and apps smoothly, but is sufficient for typical usage. There is an internal storage of 8GB which can be expanded upto 128GB by using a microSD card. This is highest expandable storage offered by smartphones so far. The smartphone runs on Windows Phone 8.1, which has added many new features to the operating system, now making it truly competitive to Android and iOS. Although some Google services are not available in its full form (Maps, YouTube, Hangouts etc) on the this device, alternative services are provided by Microsoft/Nokia.

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Review: The Nomad ChargeKey for iPhone

Thanks to the standardisation of the microUSB port among almost all the mobile phone manufacturers, many of us can be care-free when we don’t have our phone charger handy, as we can borrow any other microUSB charger to get the job done. But the same can’t be said about us iPhone users — because of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port, we have to be extra careful and always remember to carry our charger/cables in case our iOS devices’ juice is running out. And I don’t need to tell you how often a smartphone keeps running out of battery now, do I?

The Nomad ChargeKey is a safety net to this ubiquitous problem. Carrying a long cable on you at all times might not be feasible, so the ChargeKey is a tiny object the size of a typical house key. There’s a Apple Lightning port on one side, and a full-size USB port on the other. So, the next time when you’re wanting to charge or sync your iOS device and you don’t have the cable handy, just connect the source and the device on either ends of the ChargeKey and you’re good to go!

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The ChargeKey is made out of rubber and is flexible at the centre. Their website suggests that the product is tough enough to bear the brunt of every day wear and tear, as it’s going to be attached to your keychain. They also say its designed to be flexible and it can even bear the iPhone’s weight if you keep it hanging.

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That’s about it. The ChargeKey isn’t a revolutionary product — it’s a teeny-tiny data/charging cable. But having it as part of your keychain can come in really handy. Nomad also makes the ChargeCard, which is a credit-card shaped device that serves the same purpose, but one that you can keep in your wallet. Finally, Chargekey also comes in microUSB flavours for other devices. For $25, it’s not too far from the $19 official Lightning Cable that Apple sells.

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German Blog Leaks Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Pricing Details

Samsung’s large screened phablet, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo was announced a few days ago. What was not known then was its expected price tag – which Samsung decided against revealing. That was then. The latest news is that a German Online retailer “Notebooksbilliger” (don’t ask us to pronounce that) has inadvertently released the official price of the device just before it is scheduled to go on sale this month.

In its listing, Notebooksbilliger, has pegged the price of LTE+ model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo at at 529 Euros (Rs. 44,600). The 3G version on the other hand can be had for 499 Euros (Rs. 42,000). As of now, there is no detail of the availability of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo from Samsung. The listing was first spotted by GSMArena.

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The Galaxy Note 3 Neo like mentioned earlier comes in two variants with the 3G model getting a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The LTE version on the other hand gets a Hexa Core chipset. There is 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory which can of course be expanded further using Micro SD cards. The phone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

The display on the the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo measures 5.5-inches across and has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The camera is an 8-megapixel unit with LED flash and a BSI sensor. For selfie freaks, the 2 megapixel front camera should be enough. There is a 3100 Mah battery under the hood to power the device. Expect tho see this one to be officially released soon.

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Oppo N1 Officially Comes to India; Hrithik Roshan, Sonam Kapoor to Be Brand Ambassadors

Chinese handset maker Oppo has made its grand entry into the India market earlier today with the launch of its flagship handset, the Oppo N1. The entry of Oppo marks the arrival of yet another big Chinese brand in India after Gionee made a huge splash in the market with its recent launches – the Elife E6 and the Elife E7.

The Oppo N1 gets a 5.9 inch full HD 1920×1080 IPS LCD display and weighs in at a buxom 213 grams. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, the phone gets a 1.7 GHz processor doing the number crunching. The phone comes in 16 and 32 GB versions with no memory expansion slot support. The 2GB of RAM seems fine for most applications as of now – albeit 3 B would have been welcome.

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The most unique feature of the phone is its camera module at the top which can be rotated up to 260 degrees – making it useful for selfies and landscape photography – both. The 13 megapixel unit is Sony made CMOS sensor with f2.0 aperture. The phone gets dual LED flash for low light imaging as well. Videos can be recorded in full HD. The camera also supports long exposure photography as seen on higher end Lumia handsets from Nokia.

On the software front, the N1 officially comes with an unlocked Bootloader and runs a customized version of Android 4.2 known as the Color ROM. There is a 3610 Mah battery powering the handset that sounds good enough – but then unless we get a review unit we would not be commenting on how god/bad the battery life is.The Oppo N1 has been priced at Rs.39,999 in India – which if I may add is a tad expensive. Why? Because the likes of the LG G2 and the Nexus 5 with better, faster chips are already available for much cheaper. Oppo however hopes to make inroads into India with the help of its celebrity brand ambassadors – Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor. How successful it would be in doing that is something that is yet to be seen.

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