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Sony Xperia Z2 review – A worth upgrade

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Last month we tested out Sony Xperia Z1 compact, now we got hands-on with Sony’s flagship device Xperia Z2 for review. The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises – on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it’s perfect, right? Well, let’s check it out.

BOX CONTENT

  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Earphones
  • Charger
  • User manual

DESIGN & BUILD

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Without looking closely, it’s hard to distinguish the Xperia Z2 from the Xperia Z1. Both phones use a distinctive rectangular slate design with smooth glass (or glass-like plastic) on both sides and a series of flaps around the edges. There’s a camera in the top-left corner of the back panel, flanked by branding, and the display sits in the middle of the front. The dock connector also can be seen on the left side of both.

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In Sony’s tradition, the Z2 is still IP certified, dust and waterproof. That’s why the glass surfaces are still covered by a thin plastic film out of the box, but one that’s hardly intrusive. And that’s why the main ports are still protected by plastic caps, which feel somewhat better made than on the Z1 though.

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Here is a short waterproof test video.

There’s no doubting the Xperia Z2 is a well-constructed, strong device that uses high quality materials. It still sits behind the aluminium-clad HTC One M8 in terms of overall look and feel, but the premium aesthetics are present, as they should be for an expensive high-end smartphone.

A dedicated camera button down below the volume rocker is also welcome, allowing you to use the smartphone’s camera as you would a point-and-shoot.

HARDWARE

Sony Xperia Z2 packs with Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It’s a top of the range processor which offers a fluid interface experience with no noticeable lag. At moments I had dozens of apps open at once with no problem at all.

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There’s also 3GB of RAM inside here to help the processor out, which is a noticeable upgrade compared to the Xperia Z1′s 2GB.

You get 16GB of storage onboard(11.6GB of space usable) and then there’s microSD support all the way up to 128GB. Not all the manufacturers offer microSD support that high but ofcourse it’s an extra expense on what you’ve already spent on the handset itself.

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Connectivity wise you’ve got your standard microUSB cable to charge and connect to your desktop computer when necessary. All the usual options are here including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11. The Sony Xperia Z2 is a quad-band 3G and 2G device but sadly, the model sold in India does not support 4G.

Sony packed 3,200mAh battery inside Xperia Z2.

CAMERA

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Sony prides the Xperia range on one seriously impressive camera. It featured on the Xperia Z1 and has returned for the Z2 after rave reviews; a 20.7MP shooter.

It’s a seriously impressive set up when compared to a number of the other flagship phones and can only really be beaten by Nokia’s Lumia range. The camera is much the same as what was seen on the Xperia Z1 with the same Exmor RS sensor, an f/2.0 aperture and sensor size at 1/2.3″.

This time around some improvements have been made to the video including some beautiful 4K recording. It’s a shame that the screen isn’t in 4K so you won’t experience the full benefit unless you rig it up to a 4K TV, but it’s useful to start filming your home movies in 4K ready to play on a 4K screen at home.

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The Z2 has an an easy-to-use camera app, smooth HD video skills and plenty of settings and effects to play with. I quite liked the dedicated shutter button, being used to one on my Windows Phone, but the button is slightly awkward and ironically induced a shake sometimes while clicking photos.

The front camera is 2.2MP and the selfies come out fine.

SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE

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Once you take the Sony Xperia Z2 out of the box and set it all up you’ll be running on Android 4.4.2 straight away. On top of that you’ll also get Sony’s own special user interface overlay. The launcher supports theming and even allows changing icons, accent colours, and navigation buttons. The optimizations that Android 4.4.2 introduced and the internals of Xperia Z2 translate into a fast and snappy user experience and performance that matches most flagships. Sony’s mini apps – they float on the top of the open app in a small window – such as note app and calculator are available on Z2. These apps are useful.

Here is a short hands-on video

We did not notice any user interface lag on this phone. The device handled web browsing, social media use and multi-tasking with ease. GPS in the phone works well. The device also played most of our 1080P videos with ease. Some video formats that could not be played with default player were handled fine by third-party apps like MX Player.

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By default Sony has installed a lot of apps. This is both good and bad. Good because you get apps like Facebook, Twitter and File Commander preinstalled. Bad because if you want, you cannot uninstall them. Though, you can disable them. Then there are apps like BigFlix, Sony Jive (a rather limited music store for streaming songs), Sony Select (an app store) and WisePilot (a navigation app). We didn’t find these apps useful. They just add to the clutter and are unnecessary.

VERDIT

So at the end of the day, the Xperia Z2 is no-doubt the best Smartphone Sony has delivered to-date. It’s a solid upgrade on an already great handset. Making it thinner, lighter and with an even bigger and better display than before, making it an even better experience. Sony Xperia Z2 cost Rs.44,000 and if you’ve got the money right now though, it is a worthy upgrade to the Z1 and worth investing in just for the few minor changes.

Sony has crafted itself an amazing handset that deserves to be fighting against the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S, LG’s G3 and HTC’s One M8.

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Time to start worrying for Apple and Samsung.

The Top smartphone manufacturer probably the best brands in this category Samsung and Apple must be worried after reading this news that Both this brands faces lose in Global Market shares According to reports of IDC who quarterly tracks Mobile phone.

According to same reports the Chinese vendors Lenovo and Huawei gaining market share at amazing pace.

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From the above image it clearly mentioned how these two top Smartphone manufacturer facing a problem so is this worry sign for Samsung and Apple, or both will remain in their spots.

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Samsung’s global market share slipped from 32.3 percent during the second quarter of last year to 25.2 percent in Q2 2014. Apple’s share also dropped, from 13 percent in Q2 2013 to 11.9 percent in Q2 2014. Meanwhile, Huawei’s market share jumped from 4.3 percent to 6.9 percent in the same time period, while Lenovo’s market share increased from 4.7 percent to 5.4 percent. LG’s share remained relatively flat, and “other brands” increased from a 40.6 percent share to 45.8 percent.

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Xiaomi finally revealed Mi3 goes on sale 22nd of july

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Flipkart a e-commerce website again a witness of launched a new smartphone for Indian Market now with launching Xiaomi mi3 it shows the brightest future of Online retail store.

To remind you the specification This smartphone stand outside from Row with 2 GB of RAM and 2.3Ghz Qualcomm snapdragon 800 quad core processor. A 13 MP camera at back and 2 MP camera will work for bring smile in your face.

The 5 inch display offers a HD and 441 ppi. 16 GB inbuilt storage so no option for expandable storage. Adreno 330 GPU for Gamers.

Well customised Android 4.3 due to MIUI.

Design wise it’s look like “Nokia N9″ and on the connectivity front it has almost anything which you want that is 3G,Bluetooth V4,NFC

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It will go on sale on July 22nd at price of 13,999 not 14,999 INR

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Oppo Joy review: Budget friendly smartphone

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Oppo is only just beginning to make their presence in India starting with Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 was really well received in India, primarily because it was an innovative phone that did not really play the price game which most new entrants try to cash in on in this budget conscious market. The latest from Oppo Mobiles, the Oppo Joy, is the company’s first step into the budget segment in India.

The Oppo Joy is the company’s cheapest offering yet with a 4-inch display and dual core processor. Named as the Oppo Joy, it also comes with 3G connectivity and dual SIM support. Like the Oppo Neo, the Oppo Joy is powered by Color OS, an Android-based operating system that features a gesture panel. Its display is also quite sensitive to the touch that it can even detect input from a gloved hand. The camera comes with a few features, such as face detection and burst shoot.

TECH SPECS

  • 4-inch capacitive screen (480×800 WVGA) ~233ppi
  • 1.3GHz dual core MediaTek processor & Mali 400 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage with microSD support
  • 3-megapixel main camera, with LED flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front camera
  • 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Di
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (ColorOS)
  • GPS
  • Dimensions: 124 x 63 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 125g
  • Li-Ion 1700mAh battery

DESIGN & BUILD

The smartphone is built with entirely plastic body which is sturdy. The pearl white body is scratch and smudge resistant and looks very trendy.The phone has a certain premium feeling to it and is put together very well. The chrome trim running along the front saves it from looking dull. It’s a 4-inch device that can be carried easily in the pocket. The phone has only 125 gram of weight, means a decent lightweight device.

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We have three capacitive buttons at the bottom which aren’t backlit sadly. You do however, get a front facing camera along with the necessary sensors like proximity and ambient light sensor.

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Button placement is same as most of the Android device we saw and the headphone and charging ports take their respective places at the top and bottom. The rear cover comes off very easily to reveal the two SIM slots and a microSD card slot.

CAMERA

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The Oppo Joy is fitted with a 3MP fixed focus camera in the back and a 0.3MP camera in the front. You even get modes like Face Detection and Burst mode. Using the flash in low light or for indoor shooting attracts noise. It has VGA camera at the front for video calling. If you are looking for entry-level smartphone with rich camera feature phone then it’s not made for you.

PERFORMANCE

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The 4-inch WVGA touch screen display comes with “Gloves Mode” that enables easy operation even with gloves. It is equipped with 1.3 GHz dual core processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory with expandable upto 32 GB and runs over Android 4.2. The device runs smoothly with normal usage including playing games, watching videos etc. The phone doesn’t come with lots of pre-loaded apps but after adding some more apps/ games, the less RAM capability become an obstacle. Camera is an average, you can shoot videos and capture images without any lag. Speaker is loud and1700 mAh battery lasts for about one day with normal usage.

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OPPO JOY scores 11615 in AnTuTu benchmark test.

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Google Maps now available in Hindi‏

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As a part of its global initiative to make maps more useful for users locally, Google is launching Google Maps in Hindi. Starting today, people will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads, as well as popular points of interest such as public parks and schools, on the new Google Maps and on Google Maps on Android.

To view Hindi name labels on Google Maps, users must enable Hindi as their preferred language on their device. From a computer, they can change the language preference to Hindi on their Google account settings or by selecting the “Hindi” option at the bottom of the page on the google.co.in home page. On Android, users simply need to select the Hindi option within the “Language and input” menu found in their phone’s ‘settings menu’.

Once Hindi has been chosen as the preferred language, you will be able to see Hindi names directly on the map. These new labels that are visible on Google Maps today have been created by transliterating English names to Hindi, or, translating the English names to Hindi and ensuring the text resonated with local dialects.

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Commenting on the launch, Suren Ruhela, Director Product and Program Management, Google said,

“Google is committed to making its products more useful for people in India, and creating comprehensive maps is a crucial part of helping Indian users access information about parts of the country that are unfamiliar to them. By launching Google Maps in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their way around day-to-day or Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time.”

Google Maps is constantly looking for new ways to help improve people’s engagement with the world, whether it’s helping them find what they need or get to where they need to go as quickly as possible. The new Google Maps were rebuilt from the ground up, with the new design aimed at helping people make quicker decisions by easily surfacing places of interest, local search results, and rich layers of imagery where available.

To find out more about Google Maps, continue reading here: https://www.google.com/maps/about/

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Unlockar Reaches 20,000 Users within Eight Weeks of its beta launch

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Unlockar, a lock screen app for android based phones has crossed the first 20,000 users mark within eight weeks of its beta launch. Unlockar features a concept named as the uScreen, an intelligent lock screen which entertains users with its various channels and at the same time rewards them with reward points called uCoins.

Pulkit Ahuja, Director – Technology and Operations at Unlockar, attributes growth to the

increasing word of mouth from satisfied and happy users and the various exciting innovations that unlockar has introduced for the Indian mobile user. For the first time, users are now able to earn reward points by using their phone and use them to bid at auctions or redeem them on e-commerce portal on the unlockar website “, he adds.

Unlockar as a concept has struck the right chord between marketing, technology and innovation. With the target audience for mobile based platforms increasing and on the rise, Unlockar has managed to position itself conveniently to be a forerunner in this land grab.

Regarding specific partnerships made, Gopal Yadav, Director Corporate Relations, mentions

Unlockar has created a more efficient eco-system which enables maximum engagement of users for its partnering brands, which in turn has brought a paradigm shift when it comes to users involvement in mobiles.”

The uScreen, a media rich lock screen displays user preferred content including trends, quotes, news, scores, weather updates, beautiful wallpapers, health and fashion tips, among others on the phone’s lock screen. Every time users unlock their phone by swiping on the uScreen, unlockar rewards them with either real money or uCoins (unlockar credits) which the users can later use at the shopping portal – the uShop.

Download Unlockar app for Android

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Sony India launched Xperia T3 in India

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Sony India today introduced Xperia T3, the stunning new quad-core smartphone created exclusively for those looking to stand out from the crowd. Beautifully crafted in a stainless steel frame, the Xperia T3 is a light and ultra-slim sensation that’s just as pleasing to hold.

Despite being crafted with high-end materials, the super-slim Xperia T3 remains light at a mere 148 grams. The gorgeous, stainless steel frame ‘mirrors’.  T3 comes in three colours: white, black and purple.

The steel used in the frame ensures its slim design feels sturdy and durable, while at the same time functioning as an antenna, combining form with function. The back cover is designed with matte material, which helps Xperia T3 feel slim and light in your hand, despite its robust build.

Built with Sony’s BRAVIA technologies, the Xperia T3 has an impressive screen with a high-resolution 5.3″ HD TRILUMINOS display for mobile with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The Xperia T3 is packed with an 8MP camera featuring Exmor RS™ for mobile.

Xperia T3 supports super-fast 3G networks, allowing you to share every highlight of your day, anytime and anywhere. It’s comes with 1.4 GHz Quad-core CPU.  In addition to its long-lasting 2500 mAh battery, the Battery STAMINA Mode also helps you enjoy your entertainment experience for longer.

Interesting Features:

  • Xperia T3 is a light, exquisite smartphone designed from premium materials including stainless steel that stands out
  • Industry-leading Sony technology is packed into the world’s slimmest 5.3’’ smartphone
  • Featuring an impressive HD TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, the Xperia T3 is ideal for enjoying your photos and videos

The Xperia T3 exclusive features camera apps designed to enhance and share images socially:

  • Social live – lets you broadcast every precious moment as it happens live via Facebook and lets you see and share comments in real time on the phone’s screen
  • AR effect – switch your camera to AR effect mode to add new sound effects and fun animations to your photos and videos. Ranging from dinosaurs to ocean-life, these fully customisable themes can be easily edited as you go.
  • Timeshift burst – if you’re afraid you’re going to be too late on the shutter, don’t be. Timeshift burst takes 31 frames within just two seconds. Starting even before you press the shutter, Timeshift burst can make sure you capture the perfect picture.
  • Creative effects – to give your pictures an artistic edge apply a wide selection of looks to your photos and videos with creative effects; change colours, add image trails or apply mirror effects. Available in real-time for video, these adjustment enhance your clips and open up a world of possibilities.
  • Portrait Retouch – style your close-ups.  Portrait Retouch makes sure you’re always captured looking your best with features including real-time makeup, deco frame and other options. You can also see changes in real time, before capturing the shot to ensure a photogenic finish.

Sony is committed to continuously improve its selection of camera apps, with more apps constantly available to download and new ones continuously released.

The Sony Xperia T3 will be available starting from 27th July costing Rs. 27,990/-

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Google Maps now available in Hindi‏

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As a part of its global initiative to make maps more useful for users locally, Google is launching Google Maps in Hindi. Starting today, people will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads, as well as popular points of interest such as public parks and schools, on the new Google Maps and on Google Maps on Android.

To view Hindi name labels on Google Maps, users must enable Hindi as their preferred language on their device. From a computer, they can change the language preference to Hindi on their Google account settings or by selecting the “Hindi” option at the bottom of the page on the google.co.in home page. On Android, users simply need to select the Hindi option within the “Language and input” menu found in their phone’s ‘settings menu’.

Once Hindi has been chosen as the preferred language, you will be able to see Hindi names directly on the map. These new labels that are visible on Google Maps today have been created by transliterating English names to Hindi, or, translating the English names to Hindi and ensuring the text resonated with local dialects.

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Commenting on the launch, Suren Ruhela, Director Product and Program Management, Google said,

“Google is committed to making its products more useful for people in India, and creating comprehensive maps is a crucial part of helping Indian users access information about parts of the country that are unfamiliar to them. By launching Google Maps in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their way around day-to-day or Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time.”

Google Maps is constantly looking for new ways to help improve people’s engagement with the world, whether it’s helping them find what they need or get to where they need to go as quickly as possible. The new Google Maps were rebuilt from the ground up, with the new design aimed at helping people make quicker decisions by easily surfacing places of interest, local search results, and rich layers of imagery where available.

To find out more about Google Maps, continue reading here: https://www.google.com/maps/about/

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Network performance shapes smartphone behaviour: Ericsson

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Ericsson Consumer Lab releases a report on smartphone behavior in India that reveals how growth in smartphones and app usage are creating new user habits and expectations – app usage is increased by 63% and 20% increase in time spent by smartphone users on average, over the past 2 years.

  • Indoor coverage, speed and network availability are the leading factors influencing the smartphone mobile data experience for Indian consumers.
  • Consumers are spending more time on their smartphones than watching TV. They also show a preference for viewing videos shared through chat and social media.
  • Network performance shapes smartphone behavior with satisfied users experiencing three times better web page load times, spending more time streaming videos via  apps and using mobile broadband for a longer period of time.

Ericsson ConsumerLab has studied how usage of apps and smartphones is leading to changes in Indian consumer’s smartphone habits and expectations about mobile broadband performance. The Ericsson ConsumerLab study carried out in April2014 to June 2014 among 4000 smartphone users across 18 urban cities in India is based on a combination of a consumer perception survey with on-device measurements, which helps understand mobile broadband performance in terms of user satisfaction and needs, changes in behavior, app usage, data consumption and key metrics that drive network performance.

Over the last two years, there has been a 63% increase in app usage and 20% increase in terms of time spent by users on smartphones. On an average, Indian consumers spend over 3 hours a day on their smartphones and 25% consumers check their phones over 100 times a day. Around one-third of the time spent on smartphones is for using apps and this trend is expected to continue.

Social and chat apps are the reason why most new users buy a smartphone. However, 40% mature smartphone users say their usage is no longer limited to social purposes. 24% of smartphone owners use mobile apps such as WhatsApp and WeChat for business purposes to sell products and services, expanding their reach to new customers. Without the availability of Wi-Fi or fixed broadband at home, 8 in 10 smartphone users will continue to access mobile internet using mobile broadband.

Maturity is an important dimension in mobile broadband behavior. Mature users consume almost twice as much data as new users. As consumers explore more apps and services relevant to their interests and needs, mobile broadband usage is set to grow. states Mr. Ajay Gupta, VP-Strategy and Marketing, Ericsson India.

Mobile video usage is evolving, with mobile broadband users spending 61% more time on video apps compared to non-users. For one-third of consumers, smartphones are the only screen they use to view online mobile videos. The most popular way of consuming mobile videos is through chat apps – 1 in 3 watches videos shared by friends. Consumers prefer to stream videos rather than download, but 4 out of 10 mobile videos are interrupted by buffering or stalling. Indian smartphone users now spend 191 minutes per day on smartphones, compared to 128 minutes watching TV.

Network performance shapes smartphone behavior with satisfied users experiencing three times better web page load times, spending more time streaming videos via  apps and staying connected using mobile broadband for a longer period of time. Network performance is being redefined by consumer perceptions. Indian smartphone users often build perceptions based on how often the internet connection drops, how quickly web pages load, and time taken for apps to download. Other top perception drivers include indoor coverage and time taken to transfer files on chat apps. The study revealed that there is a discrepancy between smartphone user’s expectations and their actual experiences. Consumers indicate that indoor coverage, speed and network availability are very important, but half of all issues encountered today in dense urban centers by mobile broadband users are faced indoors and 44% of the time a mobile broadband smartphone user does not have access to the network.

Interestingly, smartphone users prioritized the service provider’s ability to solve mobile data issues as and when they arise over cheap mobile data tariffs or plans, adds Mr. Gupta.

The Ericsson ConsumerLab Report states that 76% of consumers are willing to pay more for a guaranteed better mobile data experience. In the future, as consumers increase their smartphone usage, their expectations and demands from networks around app coverage and network speeds will continue to grow.

“Network performance and app coverage are the critical areas of focus for mobile operators. Ericsson brings its solutions and global experience from leading markets to operators in India to deliver optimal consumer experience in sync with the growing needs of consumers,” states Mr. Nishant Batra, VP- Engagement Practices at Ericsson India.

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Xiaomi Mi4 launched in China- show off the skills

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As today the day when most of Indian customer try to buy Mi3 for their pockets that results “out of stock” but on same time Xiaomi launched Mi4 at China which termed as fastest Xiaomi Phone ever.

Although the specs is not as same as found on Oppomart which give specification like Quad HD display,5.5 inch screen and Qualcomm snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.5 GHz and will comes with 538ppi and in camera department it will come with 16MP rear and 5MP front all at US $ 499 as predicted by Oppomart but all this is to attract toward this but the real news is different from it.

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The Xiaomi Mi4 is officially announced with 5-inch 1080p Sharp / JDI OGS full lamination display and the Mi4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor and 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM. There are two variants, with the 16GB and 64GB eMMC storage. Camera wise, there is a 13MP rear and 8MP front Sony stacked CMOS camera. The Xiaomi Mi4 has a 3080 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery.

will come with the MIUI v6 which is going to be launched on August 16th. For now, the pricing of the Xiaomi Mi4 is not known.

This will directly takes on all latest flagship devices such as LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2

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