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Motorola Launches Moto E5 Plus & Moto E5 in India, with Only Big Batteries to Boast!

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Motorola today launched the latest E-series  budget smartphones Moto E5 and its bigger variant Moto E5 Plus in India .They were  previosuly launched in Brazil in April this year. The launch was live stream with Moto India’s Head of Marketing Rachna Lather taking on the stage.

The Lenovo owned company is promoting its bigger battery and focused on data consumption, social media and video which has seen a steep rise since the inception of Reliance Jio. The company also revealed that India accounted for the biggest share of sales for the Moto E series all around the world.

The  Moto E5 Plus is build of 3D polymer glass and features a 6 inch Max Vision IPS display with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD card upto 128GB.

In the optics department, it sports a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, PDAF and laser autofocus while offering an 5MP in the front with f/2.2 aperture. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is backed by a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 15W TurboPower charging that claims to offer 6 hours of backup in 15 minutes of charging. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5 mm jack, hybrid dual SIM (nano+nano). It measures 160.9 x 75.3 x 9.35 mm and weighs 197 grams. It is available in Black and Gold colour variants.

As for the Moto E5, features a 5.7 inch Max Vision IPS display with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a Quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/427 chipset coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD card upto 128GB.

It offers a 13MP in the rear and a 5MP camera sensor in the front. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with 10W Rapid Charger. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5 mm jack and a micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, ,proximity sensor and a fingerprint sensor at the rear. Unlike the Moto E5 Plus, it sports a plastic body. It is available in Fine Gold and Flash Grey color variants.

The Moto E5 Plus comes at a price tag of Rs 11,999 and will be exclusively available on Amazon India and Moto Hub stores from July 11. There are certain launch offers applicable only on July 11 and July 12. They include a Rs 800 discount for using a SBI card, 130 GB data from Jio, no-cost EMI upto 9 months and Rs 1000 off on exchange. Customers using Paytm Mall app will get Rs 1,200 cashback on mobile bill payments, recharges or utility payments.

The Moto E5 costs Rs 9,999 and will be available in Moto Hub stores and offline retail stores. Its launch offers include 130 GB additional data from Jio and the same Paytm Mall app offer.

In case you want to watch the launch event, you can watch a recording of the same here:

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Moto E5 Plus specifications

  • 6 inch Max Vision IPS HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 430
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 12MP rear
  • 5MP front
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5,000 mAh battery

Moto E5 specifications

  • 5.7 inch Max Vision IPS HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 427
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 13MP rear
  • 5MP front
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 4,000 mAh battery

 

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OPPO Showcases 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom & a Bigger UD Fingerprint Scanner

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OPPO in an event today showcased a 10X camera setup implementing three sensors along with a bigger in-screen fingerprint scanner area. The event didn’t include any smartphone launch or demo of some sort but the Chinese manufacturer promised more in the MWC 2019 event next month.

The 10X hybrid optical zoom technology works by combining its 5X optical zoom with a wide- angle lens that combines to give a 10 times zoom. There is a third camera sensor in the middle for regular snaps but it doesn’t affect the zoom range. The company representatives’ reveals that the module covers the 35mm equivalent of 15.9-159mm focal length. To give you an idea, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera boasts 16mm to 80mm in 25mm terms.

The new OPPO camera module includes Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for the main camera and telephoto lens. To build this camera setup, 100+ R&D patients were used and was drop tested 28,000 times. The first samples will be made available in the MWC event in Barcelona. The company promised that this tech will ship to manufacturers this year.

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OPPO has also made developments in its display technology with the announcement of a bigger under-display fingerprint scanner similar to the one Lin Bin of Xiaomi introduced earlier today. The new sensor boasts an area 15 times larger than the current one in OPPO R17 and can detect two fingers at same time. Though there was a similar technology with the Vivo APEX concept last year it was not market ready.

A senior OPPO executive calls the technology the new “biometric experience” and is expected to hit the markets and smartphones by the end of this year meaning the company might showcase an early OPPO R19 at MWC 2019 to be held from February 25 to February 28.

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Vivo Y91 Launched in India. Dew Drop Notch, Helio P22 & Dual Cameras!

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Vivo today silently launched its Vivo Y91 smartphone in the Indian market. The Chinese manufacturer launched the budget smartphone in the Philippines last year in November and in Pakistan last month. It is also just a downgraded Vivo Y93, which launched earlier last year (just the difference in RAM!).

Coming to the specifications, the Vivo Y91 features a 6.22 inch Halo FullView display with a waterdrop notch, a resolution of HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) and an 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It is available in 2GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage variant that can be further expanded up to 256GB.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup in the rear of a 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering an 8MP on the front for selfies and video calling. The front camera supports Portrait mode and Face Unlock though there is a rear fingerprint sensor. The dual SIM handset runs on Fun Touch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery supported by a smart power management feature. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GOS and GLONAS and a micro-USB 2.0 port.

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The Vivo Y91 comes at a price tag of Rs 10,999 ($155 approx) for the single variant but it might be a introductory pricing and may sell at a Rs 11,990 ($169 approx) later on. It is currently available for purchase through the official Vivo online store in Ocean Blue and Starry Black color options. It comes bundled with a free pair of Bluetooth earphones.

Jio is offering benifits worth Rs. 4,000 along with 3TB data while Airtel subscribers on the other hand will get instant cashback of Rs 2,000 and 240GB of data. There is also an exchange offer but only for old Vivo smartphones, no-cost EMI and 15 days replacement with the purchase of the phone.

Vivo Y91 specifications

  • 6.22 inch HD+ Halo FullView 19:9 display
  • MediaTek Helio P22 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 2MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • 4,030 mAh battery
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ITel A44 Air Launched in India. Comes with Android Go & Dual Rear Cameras!

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Itel Mobile, one of the youngest player in the Indian smartphone market today unveiled a new entry level smartphone in the sub Rs 5,000 category, Dubbed as iTel A44 Air, it offers features that are offered in the Rs 10,000 price segment and above. And it is an addition to the A44 lineup from iTel (iTel A44, A44 Pro & A44 Power was launched last year in India).

As for the specifications, iTel A44 Air features a 5.45 inch full-screen display with a resolution of 480×960 pixels and 81% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood it is powered by a 1.4GHz chipset and is coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 32GB via a microSD card.

In the optics department, the iTel A44 Air sports an entry-level dual camera setup of 5MP camera paired with a 0.08MP camera for depth sensing. The company claims that the cameras use AI to enhance the final output. On the front, it offers a 2MP camera with Face Beauty mode that analyses different lightning conditions for improved camera output.

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Additional cameras include AI Super Night Shot mode, AI HD video recording and portrait bokeh effect. The handset runs on Android 8.1 Android Go edition and is backed by a 2,400 mAh battery. There is support for dual SIM 4G VoLTE across all the operators in the country.

ITel A44 Air comes at a price tag of Rs 4,999 and will be available in Blusher Gold, Elegant Blue and Slate Grey across offline stores across India. The smartphone offers features like Face Unlock and AI dual cameras seen on the higher priced smartphones making it a viable option for the price conscious consumers. ITel is also offering a 100 days replacement warranty on the smartphone.

ITel A44 Air specifications

  • 5.45 inch full-screen display
  • 1.4GHz chipset
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5MP + 0.08MP rear AI cameras
  • 2MP front with Face beauty mode
  • Android 8.1 Android Go edition
  • 2,400 mAh battery
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