Gionee Elife S5.1 Slim redefined
Smartphones keep getting slimmer and one company that has been redefining the thickness of these devices is Chinese manufacturer Gionee. The company had stunned the world with a phone that was a mere 5.5 mm thin earlier this year and now it has come out with the Elife S5.1, which is even thinner at 5.1 mm. It comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720
pixel resolution, runs on Android 4.4.2. KitKat operating system and is powered by 1.7 GHz MediaTek octa-core processor. Also on board are 1 GB RAM, 16 GB non-expandable
internal memory, and 8.0 megapixel rear camera and a 5.0 megapixel front facing camera, as well as a 2,100 mAh battery to ensure that all this works for a while. For connectivity, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, micro USB, Wi-Fi, and OTG. And just like the Elife S5.5, it is competitively priced at Rs. 18,999.
Acer Liquid Jade Acer comes calling…again
The incredible growth in the Indian smartphone market has spurred a number of new players to arrive in the market. As well as a few old ones to return. And one of the latter is noted PC
manufacturer, Acer. The company is back in the market with a couple of phones, the most notable of which is the Liquid Jade. Endowed with sleek looks and targeted at the style conscious, it comes with a 5.0-inch 720p display, 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor, and a 2,100 mAh battery. The presence of a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2.0-megapixel front facing camera give a lot of shooting muscles to the device. It runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and boasts of 2G, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity. It is available exclusively on Snapdeal.com at Rs. 16,993
OPPO R5 – Amazingly thin
Chinese manufacturer Oppo had surprised the mobile world a few weeks ago when it released what it claimed was the world’s slimmest phone, the Oppo R5. The phone was an incredible 4.85 mm thin, making it thinner than the 5.1 mm ELife S5.5 from Gionee. It features a 5.2 inch AMOLED display, runs on Android 4.4.4. (KitKat) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm
Snapdragon 615 processor. The device also comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. Oppo has been known for its cameras and the R5 does not disappoint in this department – it comes with a 13.0 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5.0 megapixel front facing camera for selfie lovers. For connectivity, the device has a 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a GPS. What, however, it does not have is a 3.5 mm audio jack – the sacrifice made for that slim figure. The Oppo R5 is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000, and is expected in the
Indian market in late December 2014 or early January 2015.
Apple Watch – The smartwatch’s time has come?
Apple had wowed the world when it unveiled the Apple Watch a few months ago. However, unlike the new iPhones and iPads, it was not released in the market in 2014, and is expected to hit the stores this year. Like all Apple products, this one too is expected to not just redefine the market, but actually make the smartwatch segment a credible one. And it certainly has the looks to do so. It comes with a flexible retina display and is coated with single sapphire crystal which protects the screen from scratches. It will come in Stainless Steel, 18 carat Gold and Aluminum body variants for the dial with large variety of straps, which will attach magnetically to it. The watch will be available in two different height sizes- 38 mm and 42 mm. Of course, what will make it special are
the large number of apps, ranging from calendars to simple games to health monitors that are expected to be released with it. It will only be compatible with iOS devices and will not come cheap – we expect it to hit the market in early 2015 with a price tag in the vicinity of Rs. 22,000