Intex Aqua 4.0, Aqua Crystal, Aqua Supreme+ 4G VoLTE Smartphones Launched in India

Intex on Tuesday launched three new smartphones in India – the Aqua 4.0, Aqua Crystal, and Aqua Supreme+. The smartphones have been priced at Rs. 4,199, Rs. 6,990, and Rs. 9,490 respectively, and will be available from retail stores. All three Intex smartphones are 4G VoLTE-enabled.

The dual-SIM (Micro + Micro) Intex Aqua 4.0 smartphone (seen above), the cheapest of the lot, runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sports a 4-inch OLED display with a resolution of 360×640 pixels and Asahi Glass protection. It’s powered by a quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A SoC coupled with 512MB of RAM. Optics include a 2-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a VGA (0.3-megapixel) front camera.

The Intex Aqua 4.0 comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE (with support for FDD-LTE Band 3 and Band 5) apart from Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. It’s powered by a 1500mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 6 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby time. It measures 124.7×61.6×10.4mm and weighs 122 grams. It will be available in Black, Blue, and Champagne colour variants.

Coming to the Intex Aqua Crystal (seen below), the dual-SIM (Micro + Nano) smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It’s powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. Optics include an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera.

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The Intex Aqua Crystal bears 8GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE (with support for FDD-LTE Band 3, Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, and Micro-USB. It’s powered by a 2000mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 6 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. It measures 140×71.2×8.3mm and weighs 139.4 grams. It will be available in Black and White colour variants. The Aqua Crystal smartphone comes preloaded with LFTY, Tap & Buy, MiFon Security, and Vistoso apps.

Finally, coming to the last smartphone in the lineup launched on Tuesday – the Intex Aqua Supreme+ (seen below). The dual-SIM (Micro + Micro) smartphone runs Indus OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Sodalime Glass protection. It’s powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. Optics include a 13-megapixel camera with flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front camera.

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The Intex Aqua Supreme+ bears 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE (with support for FDD-LTE Band 3, Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, and Micro-USB. It’s powered by a 3000mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 6 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of standby time. It measures 143×72.3×7.95mm and weighs 133 grams. It will be available in Black and Champagne colour variants. The Indus OS implementation offers support for 9 regional languages as well as the new Recharge 2.0 feature on the Indus Dialler. The smartphone comes preloaded with Tap & Buy, MiFon Security, and Vistoso apps.

Coolpad Mega 3, Note 3S to launch in India on November 30

Image result for Coolpad Mega 3, Note 3S to launch in India on November 30Coolpad is all set to launch two new smartphones – Mega 3 and Note 3S, in India. The company has sent out media invites for an event scheduled for November 30, where it will unveil the new handsets.

The invite, however, does not reveal anything in terms of the specifications of the two devices. While the Note 3S is a successor to the Note 3 released a while back, the Mega 3 will succeed the Mega 2.5D, which was launched only earlier this year.

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Competitor Chinese smartphone and technology company LeEco recently became the majority shareholder in Coolpad. The duo launched their Cool 1 dual smartphone a while back. The smartphone runs LeEco’s eUI skin layer on top of Android.

According to a report by PhoneRadar website, both Mega 3 and Note 3S are expected to be priced under Rs 10,000. The devices will most likely be 4G VoLTE-compliant. The report further adds that the two smartphones are expected to go on sale through Amazon, as has been the case with all Coolpad smartphones launched in the country so far.

 

Coolpad shares dip to four-year low amid stiff competition

 

Last week, Coolpad’s shares slid to a four-year low after it flagged a drop in full-year profit amid stiff competition.

 

This is just weeks after Chinese conglomerate LeEco, which has invested in high-tech products from electric cars to smartphones, said it was grappling with a shortage of cash and suffering from expanding too fast.

 

LeEco’s billionaire founder and chief executive, Jia Yueting, said that the firm was facing “big company disease” after having expanded at an “unprecedented rate”.

Netflix relaunches Windows 10 app for PCs, tablets

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Netflix has released a new edition of its Windows 10 app designed to work across an array of Windows 10 devices.

Added to Microsoft’s Windows Store on Wednesday, the updated app supports both Windows 10 PCs and tablets from the get-go and will support Windows 10 smartphones in the “near future,” Netflix said in a blog post. The Netflix app will also take advantage of features specific to Windows 10, such as voice activation via Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant,Microsoft said in its own blog post.

The new Netflix app taps into Microsoft’s Universal App concept, which it hopes will boost both the apps in and traffic to its marketplace of apps for Windows devices. For consumers, it means that apps will offer a similar look and feel whether you run them on a PC, tablet or mobile phone. For developers, it means less work up front since they don’t need to design apps from scratch for each type of device.

After you log into Netflix, you can browse the app vertically via mouse or finger to view categories and then scroll horizontally to view the titles in a specific category.

Clicking or tapping a specific title brings up a Details page that displays a large photo highlighting the TV show or movie along with a summary of your selection and the main cast members. For TV shows, the Details page links you to all the episodes of a specific season and lets you quickly switch to a different season. For movies, the page suggests related titles that may interest you.

If you pin the Netflix app to the Windows 10 Start menu or screen, it turns into a live tile. This means the app will display artwork showing the titles in your Continue Watching list, allowing you to pick up where you left off without having to open the full app.

The Netflix app can also take cues from Cortana. You can open Netflix by telling Cortana to “Launch Netflix.” You can search for a specific title such as “House of Cards” by saying to Cortana, “Netflix find House of Cards.” The app should launch automatically and bring up your search result.

Since it’s designed for different devices, Netflix’s new app automatically adjusts its layout based on the display size of your device and the scale of the open window. You won’t have to manually adjust the app if you decide to change the size of the window.