12th Nov 2016
A lot can happen in a week, and we have witnessed it every time. This week also, we came across a couple of interesting announcements, launches, and rumours.
This week we saw a number of new launches including Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch (in South Korea), HTC 10 Bolt (in the US), Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset, Two Asus ZenFone 3 Max variants, Nikon D5600 DSLR, budget smartphones by Lava, Piston 3 Pro Earphones by Xiaomi and Have Pryme smartphone.
Also, we came across new Samsung flip phone design renderings recently, and CyanogenMod 14.1 Nightly Build was rolled out for the public. As a special feature, we even published a video review of the high resolution music player Fiio X1.
While a top 10 listicle would definitely not be enough to sum up this week, here's our try as we put in 10 best stories we have covered this week in consumer technology.
Fiio X1 2nd Gen Review [Video]
Fiio X1 is a high resolution audio player from China based music company, Fiio. The HiRes Music Player comes with support for lossless music formats like WAV, APE, WMA, ALAC, and FLAC. The music player comes at a price tag of INR 7,499 and can be purchased via e-commerce portals including the company's official online store.
BlackBerry Launches Two New Smartphones In India
BlackBerry has today announced the launch of its two new smartphones that run on Android in India, dubbed as the DTEK50 and DTEK60 with price tags of INR 21,990 and INR 46,990 respectively.
iPhone 7 To Come In ‘Jet White’ Color Option?
So far, all speculations about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, ditching of the headphone jack, and MacBook’s new OLED touch bar have turned out true. But, it looks like the rumour mill doesn’t stop though!
HTC 10 Gets A Waterproof Sibling 'Bolt' In The US
HTC has just unveiled its latest Android smartphone in the US. As far as the aesthetics are concerned, the phone look almost exactly like the HTC 10. It does improve upon it in terms of features though. For starters, you get a fancy metal unibody with water-resistant body. With IP 57 rating, the handset offers limited protection against dust and can withstand temporary liquid immersion at 1 metre depth.
CyanogenMod 14.1 Nightly Build Now Available For Select Devices
CyanogenMod community has recently announced the release of its new nightly build of CM 14.1 which is based on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat. The update has been rolled out for select devices like Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi 4, LG G3, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus 3, Asus ZenFone 2, and all variants of Moto G smartphone.
Samsung Flip Phone Designs Render Online
It looks like the phrase ‘History Repeats’ pretty much suits the current smartphone industry. Yes, companies are already working foldable phones once again, including the iPhone, if we can completely trust the recent patented design.
How To: Survive Sans Cash After Recent Currency Demonetisation
As it turns out, the year 2016 is not favourable to notes. Earlier, Samsung had to recall its Note 7 due to security issues. Now the Indian Government demonetised the existing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. Reserve Bank of India has given a 50-day window to get your money exchanged with the brand new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 bills. So unless you have black money, you are not going to lose anything.
Asus Launches Two ZenFone 3 Max Variants In India
Asus has unveiled two Max variant of its ZenFone 3 in India. Both these handsets feature a metal unibody design. First up, the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) features a 5.2-inch HD screen. It is powered by MediaTek's MT6737T chipset. It has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. In the photography department, you get a 13-megapixel rear camera. For selfies, there's a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Other features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) is priced at Rs 13,000.
Vine May Get A New Lease Of Life
Vine is one of the most popular video snippet sharing networks on the web. At its peak, Vine had over 200 million monthly active users. Despite its popularity though, its parent company Twitter couldn't figure out a way to monetise this platform. According to TechCrunch, Twitter spends around $10 million on employee salaries and infrastructure. Since Twitter is already cash-strapped, the company decided to pull the plug on Vine. However, the unprecedented support from Vine's active community has prompted many bidders to step in and attempt to save the 6-seconds video sharing site.
Google Play Store Allows Indian Users To Pay Through Net Banking
It looks like Android users in India can now purchase apps from the Google Play Store even if they do not have a debit/credit card. Yes, Google has recently rolled out Net-banking as a payment method in India, which was first spotted by Android Police.
Top 10 Consumer Tech Stories Of The Week - Nov 5 to Nov 11
Here’s the roundup of the Top 10 Stories of the week...
- Best Phones Under Rs 10,000 (January, 2017)
- Best Phones Under Rs 20,000 (December, 2016)
- Best Phones Under Rs 30,000 (December, 2016)
- Five Android Apps To Make Your Insta Pop
- 9 Hot Android Smartphones Expected To Hit The Shelves Soon
- 3 Fitness Bands For The Budget Users
- 5 Best Screens From Android Based Smartphones
- The 5 Browser Add-Ons That Everyone Must Have
- Top 5 Pocket Friendly Virtual Reality Headsets
- Top 5 Premium Smartphones Above Rs 30,000