Lenovo launches mid-range S60 Android phone in India

Lenovo India has launched a new S-series smartphone, the S60, priced at Rs. 12,999. The Lenovo S60 smartphone will be available via the company's brand store, thedostore.com alongside Flipkart and Amazon starting Monday. This mid-range smartphone joins the S-series family bearing striking resemblance with iPhone models. The dual-SIM based Lenovo S60 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Vibe 2.0 UI on top. The company in a press statement confirms that the handset is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop; though no time-frame for the release of the update has been announced.

Last month, the Lenovo S60 was quietly launched in Russia for $290. The S60 sports a 5” 720p IPS display offering great viewing angles and is powered by a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 mobile chipset, 2GB of RAM, 8GB on-board storage, and memory slot to add up to 32GB microSD card. At the back, it has a 13MP camera with autofocus and LED flash while 5MP front camera is decent enough to take selfies. By default, the S60 runs the Android 4.4 Kitkat based Lenovo Vibe 2.0 UI and is expected to be upgraded to Vibe 3.0 UI based on Android 5.0 Lollipop in the near future.

Much like other Lenovo handsets, the Lenovo S60 also comes pre-installed with some proprietary DOit apps, such as SECUREit which will help users track, analyse and optimise their data usage; the SHAREit app for fast phone-to-phone data transfer capability without the need for Wi-Fi or mobile network; and SYNCit to that will give users a permanent backup of all their data and whilst making it accessible on any device.

Oppo announces midrange Neo 5s with dual 4G support

Oppo has silently introduced the Neo 5s smartphone, which is now listed on the company's global website. So far there is no official word yet about the availability and price of the Oppo Neo 5s, which is the successor to the Neo 5. But the handset is already available in some markets for about €160/$182.

The Neo 5s features a 4.5” IPS display with a resolution of 854x480 pixels. The display is sensitive enough to be used even with gloves on or wet fingers. Oppo has powered it with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 306 GPU for graphics. Packing 1GB of RAM, it offers 8GB of on-board storage and a memory slot to hold up to 128GB microSD cards.

Oppo Neo 5s price is $180

The new Oppo smartphone also features 4G LTE connectivity, supported by both SIMs card slots. The dual-SIM based smartphone supports one Micro-SIM and another Nano-SIM. The smartphone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based Color OS 2.0.1 on top. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It features scene detection, Panaroma, geo-tagging, double exposure, smile shot, and HDR options.

LG G4 international sales starts this week

LG has announced the shipping of the flagship G4 smartphone in key markets across the world and will continue it through June. The pricing details, which will vary depending on the carriers and markets, will be announced locally when the device becomes available. The G4 shipping starts with Hong Kong and then followed by Turkey, Russia and Singapore then followed by Europe, North America, CIS, South Asia, Middle East/Afria, and South/Central America. The Korean company has brought over 180 different carriers on board for the G4 sale. LG announced G4 at the end of April 2015.

The LG G4 this week will begin shipping in initial markets

LG’s new G4 is the flagship sporting a 5.5” IPS LCD display with QHD resolution and packs the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM to easily run the new LG UX 4.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Do read our LG G4 preview if you’re considering to purchasing LG's latest and greatest.

Micromax releases Canvas Nitro 2 in India for 10,990rs

The successor to the Micromax Canvas Nitro A311, which went on sale back in December last year, has been launched in India. Dubbed Canvas Nitro 2, is available on e-commerce website Infibeam as well as leading retail stores across the country. Priced at INR 10,990 ($173), it will go head to head against Moto G (2nd gen), Asus Zenfone 2 and Xiaomi Mi 4i.

As far as specifications are concerned, the Canvas Nitro 2 flaunts a 5-inch HD IPS display with 720p resolution protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek octa-core processor paired with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

Micromax Canvas Nitro 2 launched in India, priced at Rs 10,990: Specifications and features

On the camera front, the Canvas Nitro 2 sports a 13-megapixel rear sensor with auto-focus and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. It packs a 2,400mAh battery that the company claims gives up to 9 hours of talktime and 250 hours of standby time. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and connectivity options include dual-SIM, 3G support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition goes on sale for ¥1,799

For all of last year, those running the AnTuTu benchmark test on their Android handset had to see the Meizu MX4 teasing them with the top listing. Now, a version of the flagship handset with the Ubuntu Touch OS is available. Meizu began offering the MX4 Ubuntu Edition in China. The Linux-powered high-end smartphone is available in white or gold color scheme for ¥1,799 (about $290). Meizu is one of the most popular high-end smartphone brands in China, recognized for its innovative and elegant product design and for pioneering the user centric distribution model that has become the standard for several Chinese manufacturers.

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is available for ¥1,799

The specs include a 5.36-inch screen with a resolution of 1152 x 1920. That works out to a 418ppi pixel density. The MediaTek MT6595 chipset is under the hood featuring an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU and the PowerVR G6200MP4 GPU. 2GB of RAM is onboard along with 16GB of non-expandable memory. A 20.7MP rear camera is included along with a 2MP snapper for selfies. A 3100mAh battery keeps the fan blades turning.

The phone is available from Meizu's website which you can access by clicking on this link.

For now it's available only in China, but there is a solid promise that it will be also available in Europe as well. There is no indication that US will get this device, but nothing is really set in stone.

You can now buy Lumia 640 in US from Cricket

Cricket Wireless has become the first carrier in the US to start offering the Microsoft Lumia 640. Announced back in March, at the same time with the Lumia 640 XL, the 640 is a mid-range Windows Phone handset that sports a 5-inch 720p display.

The AT&T subsidiary is selling the device (only the cyan version is available) for $130 sans contract, which is a bit steeper than the $89 price tag it was spotted carrying when it made a brief appearance on the US Microsoft Store website last month.

Microsoft 640 price in USA

If you purchase the Lumia 640 before June 30, you'll get a 1-year Office 365 Personal bundle (usually worth $70) for free. It's also worth mentioning that currently running Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 640 will be among the first handsets to be officially updated to Windows 10.

The Lumia 640 is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, which is complemented by 1 GB of RAM. It's got an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 0.9 MP camera on the front. Other features include LTE connectivity, HERE Maps & Drive, Cortana, 8 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2500 mAh battery.


T-Mobile US may start offering LG G4 from June 2nd

While we already have an idea about the carrier retail price of the LG G4 in the US, looks like now we have some information on its release date, too. According to T-Mobile's promotional Twitter account for the device, the flagship will be available for purchase starting June 2.

This comes from the company's promotional account, and not an official channel, so there is always the chance that this information is not correct. T-Mobile has been on a nationwide tour promoting the LG G4, which explains the name of the Twitter account. While no U.S. carrier has announced a price or launch date for the handset, both Sprint and U.S. Cellular said that they would have the phone in stores next month. As we told you earlier today, U.S. buyers of the phone will receive a second spare battery, an extra wall charger, and a 32GB microSD card.

T-Mobile may begin carrying the LG G4 as early as June 2

The LG G4 will carry a 5.5-inch LCD screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. That works out to a pixel desity of 538ppi. The Snapdragon 808 SoC is under the hood with a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU, and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside and there is 32GB of expandable memory. The 16MP rear camera has an aperture of f/1.8 allowing for quality photos to be snapped under low-light conditions. It also comes with OIS. The 8MP front-facing camera is perfect for selfies and video chat. A 3000mAh removable battery powers the handset, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed.


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