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The week that just went by witnessed some interesting launches and announcements. Chinese phonemaker Letv launched the loaded Le 1s at a competitive price point, while the sub- Rs 10,000 segment launches like the Honor Play 5X which boasts a fingerprint scanner, and the XOLO BLACK 1X which ships with 3GB of RAM. The long anticipated OnePlus X was announced as well. Let’s take you through all of this and more in detail.
The Letv Le 1s (first impressions) is the second generation of the smartphone from the brand. The phone comes with a mirror fingerprint scanner, which also doubles up as a camera shutter button. There’s a 5.5-inch display which bears full HD resolution. The Letv Le 1s comes powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo SoC, which is 64-bit compatible and is clocked at 2.2GHz. Additionally, there’s a PowerVR G6200 GPU, and the processing is assisted by 3GB of RAM. Onboard storage is rated at 32GB and the phone runs Android v5.0 with eui v5.5 on top. The camera department includes a 13MP sensor with phase detection autofocus technology and LED flash. A 5MP front camera takes care of selfies and video calling. Connectivity options include dual-SIM slots, one of which accepts a micro-SIM while the other supports a nano SIM. The phone supports 4G on band 40 band, along with other standard connectivity settings like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. A 3,000mAh battery provides the juice.
There’s no word about when the device will be available in India, however, the brand has made its intentions clear about surely doing so soon.
The Honor Play 5X is likely to be released as the successor to the Honor 4X in India, however, for now, the brand launched the device in China. The Play 5X sports a fingerprint scanner and comes with support for global 4G LTE networks. With a 5.5-inch full HD display, the smartphone comes powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset, which runs a four-core cluster at 1.7GHz, while the other cluster is clocked at 1.2GHz. In terms of RAM, there are two variants – 2GB and 3GB. The phone offers 16GB of built-in memory, which can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card. There’s a 13MP primary camera assisted by a dual-LED flash, along with a 5MP front-facing camera. The dual-SIM smartphone comes backed by a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Other connectivity options are standard. The phone has been priced at around Rs 10,300.
The Moto Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 were launched exclusively for the telecom operator Verizon in the US. The Droid Turbo 2 is the successor to the Moto Turbo (review). The smartphone features a 5.4-inch shatterproof QHD screen with Moto ShatterShield technology. A 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor powers the phone and works harmoniously with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 430 GPU. There are 2 variants in terms of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card. The Droid Turbo 2 comes equipped with a 21MP primary shooter complemented by a dual-tone LED flash, and a 5MP front camera. There’s 4G LTE support along with other connectivity options like NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi. The phone runs Android 5.1.1 and sips juice from a 3,760mAh battery. The phone’s international variant is dubbed Moto X Force, 32GB version of which is priced at around Rs 49,000, while the 64GB one will cost about Rs 53,000. The smartphone is expected to be available in Asia Pacific regions by November.
The Droid Maxx 2 comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB flash memory (expandable up to 128GB), and a 3,630mAh battery. The phone shares other specifications with the Droid Turbo 2. The Droid Maxx 2 is priced at $384 (~ Rs 24,990).
The long-awaited OnePlus X (first impressions) was finally launched last week. The smartphone is available in two finishes – Onyx and Ceramic, with the latter being limited edition. It sports a 5-inch AMOLED display with full HD resolution, protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz powering the device. The phone comes with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. Internal storage, which is 16GB, can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The primary camera configuration in the OnePlus X is same as its predecessors, with a 13MP sensor and an LED flash, however, the front cam can shoot at 8 megapixels. The OnePlus X is a dual-SIM device, however, one of the slots is a hybrid slot. Connectivity options include 4G, Bluetooth, A-GPS and USB OTG. The phone runs the latest version of OxygenOS which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. A 2,525mAh battery rounds up the specs.
The Onyx variant costs Rs 16,999 and will be available from November 5th, while the limited edition Ceramic variant is priced at Rs 22,999 and will go on sale from November 24.
From XOLO’s online only brand BLACK, arrived a new smartphone with 3GB of RAM. The phone is powered by 1.3GHz octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor and a Mali-T270 GPU. There’s a 5-inch full HD IPS display which comes protected by a layer of Dragontrail Glass. The BLACK 1X runs Android Lollipop v5.1 and comes with 32GB flash memory, which can be expanded further using a microSD card. The primary camera can click pictures at 13MP using phase detection autofocus and LED flash. There’s a 5MP from facing shooter as well. On the connectivity front, the dual-SIM phone comes with 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG and GPS. A 2,400mAh battery backs the BLACK 1X. The phone will be available exclusively via Snapdeal through flash sales, the first one being on November 6th.
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