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The smartphone industry has become too popular these ultra-modern days that the companies like Samsung, Apple, HMD Global, Motorola, Google, Asus, Panasonic, Xiaomi, Vivo, Huawei, and some domestic smartphone makers like Micromax, Lava, Intex have completely updated their catalogue of high and budget smartphones. They are now launching their latest offerings on a regular basis. Every week, we see new smartphones and other smart devices getting launched in the Indian market as well as the global market. There are several new smartphones those were launched this week and the smartphone industry has witnessed the launch of some of the much-awaited launches. As we mentioned above, not only the global market but also the Indian smartphone market has witnessed some of the notable product launches.

After a series of many leaks and revelations, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones were unveiled at an event in San Francisco this week. Alongside, the company also announced the launch of its latest productive devices including Google PixelBook convertible laptop, new Daydream View VR headset, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max smart speaker, Google Pixel Buds and Google Clips AI-powered hands-free camera. Huawei’s sub-brand Honor launched Holly 4, Honor 9i and two new tablets in the country, Domestic handset maker Lava launched four new budget smartphones, a new contender in the Indian smartphone market Comio launched their new “C2” budget smartphone. Today, we have come up with a list of latest offerings including smartphones, laptops and other smart devices, which were launched last week. Scroll down to discover more.

Google Pixel 2:

  • 5-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1920x 1080 pixels and a scratch resistance 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with Adreno 540 GPU.
  • In terms of memory, the Google Pixel 2 is backed up by a 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.
  • Google Pixel 2 runs on Google’s latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box.
  • In terms of optics, the Google Pixel 2 features a 12.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), EIS, an f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, dual pixel phase detection, laser autofocus, LED flash, and 4K video recording support.
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.4 aperture

  • The smartphone also features IP67 rating for water and dust resistant, fingerprint sensor for biometric security, Always-on Display tech, and stereo speakers
  • Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO tech, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C (3.1), NFC, GPS/ A-GPS
  • Sensors on the smartphone include an Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Active Edge sensor, and a Fingerprint sensor.
  • On the battery front, the Google Pixel 2 is powered by a 2,700mAh battery with fast charging support.
  • Dimensionally, the Google Pixel 2 measures 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm and weighs 143 grams
  • Colours: It will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White colour options
  • Availability and Price: Google Pixel 2 with 64GB storage variant is priced at $649 and $749 for the Google Pixel 2 with 128GB storage variant. The Google Pixel 2 will be first available in Australia, Germany, Canada, India, UK and U.S. and will be released in Italy, Singapore and Spain later this year. In the Indian market, the smartphone will be available for pre-order from e-commerce website Flipkart.com and offline retail stores starting October 26 (Thursday) and will be going on sale in India from November 1st. The company has confirmed that the Google Pixel 2 64GB storage variant price in India will be Rs. 61,000, and Rs. 70,000 for the high-end variant with 128GB internal storage.

Google Pixel 2 XL:

  • 6-inch Quad HD+ pOLED display with a screen resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and a scratch resistance 3D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with Adreno 540 GPU.
  • In terms of memory, the Google Pixel 2 XL is backed up by a 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.
  • Google Pixel 2 XL also runs on Google’s latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box.
  • In terms of optics, the Google Pixel 2 XL features a 12.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), EIS, an f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, dual pixel phase detection, laser autofocus, LED flash, and 4K video recording support.
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.4 aperture

  • Google Pixel 2 XL also features IP67 rating for water and dust resistant, fingerprint sensor for biometric security, Always-on Display tech, and stereo speakers.
  • Connectivity options offered by the Google Pixel 2 XL include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO tech, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C (3.1), NFC, GPS/ A-GPS.
  • Sensors on the smartphone include an Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Active Edge sensor, and a Fingerprint sensor.
  • On the battery front, the Google Pixel 2 XL is powered by a 3,520mAh battery with fast charging support.
  • Dimensionally, the Google Pixel 2 XL measures 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm and weighs 175 grams.
  • Colours: It will be available in Just Black and Black & White colour options.
  • Availability and Price: Google Pixel 2 XL with 64GB storage variant is priced at $849 and $949 for the Google Pixel 2 XL with 128GB storage variant. The Google Pixel 2 XL will also be first available in Australia, Germany, Canada, India, UK and U.S. and will be released in Italy, Singapore and Spain later this year. In the Indian market, the smartphone will be available for pre-order from e-commerce website Flipkart.com and offline retail stores starting October 26 (Thursday) and will be going on sale in India from November 15th. The company has confirmed that the Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB storage variant price in India will be Rs. 73,000, and Rs. 82,000 for the high-end variant with 128GB internal storage.

Google PixelBook:

  • Google PixelBook convertible laptop comes with a 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 2400×1600 pixels. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass and offers 400 nits brightness and 72 percent of NTSC colour gamut.
  • The notebook is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 / i7 processor coupled with integrated Intel HD Graphics, up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.
  • The search engine giant’s latest convertible laptop runs on Chrome OS and support for Google Assistant with a dedicated Assistant key on the keyboard.
  • The convertible laptop also features an HD webcam, dual speakers, 4 mics for noise cancellation, a thin backlit keyboard with 0.8 mm travel and soft-touch keys.

  • Connectivity offered by the notebook include Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac with 2×2 MIMO technology, two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 4K display output.
  • Sensors on the laptop include 3-axis Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Hall Effect Sensor and Ambient Light Sensor.
  • The PixelBook also supports an optional Pixelbook Pen that allows users to take notes, drawing and designing.
  • The Google PixelBook packs a 41Wh battery that is rated to deliver up to 10 hours of battery life on normal usage. The battery also supports fast charging by using a 45W fast charger.
  • Dimensionally, the notebook measures 290.4x 220.8 x 10.3mm and weighs 1.1 kgs.
  • Availability and Price: Google Pixelbook comes in three variant based on its processing unit, RAM and internal storage configurations: Google Pixelbook with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage variant has been priced at $999; The Google Pixelbook with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD version has been priced at $1199; The Google Pixelbook with Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD storage variant has been priced at $1649; The Pixelbook Pen comes with a price tag of $99 (all prices are mentioned in US market price). All these variants and models will be available for purchase in the US, Canada and the UK via Google Store and all major retailers including Best Buy starting October 31st.

Google Home Mini and Home Max:

Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini and Google Home Max are the company’s latest smart speakers with Google Assistant support. You can easily operate them by throwing voice command. The Mini version of Google Home smart speaker allows users to stream music from the web, control the device, check the calendar, make hands-free calls, and search the internet with the help of Google Assistant. The Google Home Mini comes equipped with a fabric-covered speaker grill at the top, a plastic-like base at the bottom and four micro-LED lights on the very top edge of the device. Priced at $49, the Google Home Mini smart speaker is now available for pre-order in the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, France, and Germany and will be going on sale in the said regions starting from October 19 in Chalk, Coral, and Charcoal colour variants.

Google Home Max

On the other hand, the Google Home Max is the bigger version of the Google Home smart speaker, which features dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers and custom-made 0.7-inch tweeters. The Google Home Max also supports Google’s AI to deliver a smart sound experience. The Google Home Max supports Bluetooth and auxiliary port and works with a wide range of music services. The smart speaker automatically adjusts its sound or tune within seconds according to its position in a room. The smart speaker also comes with a 12-month subscription of ad-free YouTube Music. The Google Home Max has been priced at $399 and will be available in Chalk and Charcoal colour options. It will be available for pre-order in the US starting November 13 from the Google Store, Best Buy and other retailers and the same will be going on sale in the US starting December, before being made available in other regions.

Google Daydream View VR:

The new Daydream View VR headset’s exterior cover is made of light and soft two-tone micro-fibre cloth, making it breathable and comfortable. The Daydream View is designed to fit over eyeglasses also. The upgraded VR headset features high-performance lenses for improved viewing clarity and a wider field of view. The Daydream View also comes with a Bluetooth controller or smart remote which allows users to interact with VR simulations using their body movements and hand gestures. This small and powerful motion-controller lets users interact with the virtual world the same way as they interact with the real world surrounding them.

Currently, the Daydream VR headset is now compatible with newly launched Pixel duo, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, ASUS ZenFone AR, ZTE Axon 7, Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Moto Z and Z2. The new Google Daydream View VR headset measures 6.6 x 4.6 x 3.9 inches and weighs around 260 grams. Carried a sticker price of $99, the VR headset is now available for pre-order on the Google Store and will be going sale in the US starting October 17 (Tuesday) in Fog, Charcoal and Coral colour options. In the Indian market, the new Google Daydream View headset will go on sale starting November 1 for Rs. 7999 via e-commerce website Flipkart.com and Google India store.

Google Pixel Buds:

The Google Pixel Buds are also powered by the company’s virtual assistant, Google Assistant that allows users to ask the Google Pixel Buds any question via voice command without typing a word on the phone. Google Pixel Buds don’t have any buttons, but they support gestures for interface and control. You can swipe forward or backward to control volume up-down and tap to play or pause your music. The earphones support various music format including AAC codec for High-res Audio. The biggest advantage of Google Pixel Buds is its language translation. It has a capability to translate between languages (up to 40 languages) in real time using Google Translate on Pixel.

The Pixel Buds is backed up by an onboard 120mAh battery that is rated to offer up to 5 hours of listening time. The Google Pixel Buds also comes with a case that contains a 620mAh battery pack, which offers up to 24 hours of listening time. The Google Pixel Buds come with a price tag of $159 and is now already available for pre-orders in the United States and will be going on sale starting November in Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue colour options. Sadly, the India availability and pricing of the Google Pixel Buds have not been revealed by the company yet. It will also be available in Canada, U.K., Australia, Germany, and Singapore starting from November.

Google Clips:

At the Pixel duo event, Google also announced the launch of its latest tiny camera, called the “Google Clips”. The Google Clips comes equipped with a 12-megapixel imaging sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, 1.55 µm pixel size and 130-degree wide-angle lens and a scratch resistance Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. In terms of memory, the Google Clips comes loaded with a 16GB internal storage that is rated to capture up to 3 hours of soundless video clips on a single charge. The Google Clips is a 12-megapixel compact camera, that features a physical shutter button and comes with a physical clip at the back which can be attached to various surfaces like shirt, table and chair to keep it steady.

The Google Clips has intelligent AI-based algorithms that automatically captures a seven-second video without giving anyone’s involvement. Using its Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, the smart camera syncs data with the Google Clips app (available on Android and iOS platform). All the captured video moments are synced wirelessly to the Google Clips application. The compact camera weighs just 60.5 grams. Priced at $249, the Google Clips is compatible with a wide range of smartphones including the freshly launched Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, Samsung S8+, and also newly launched iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Honor 9i

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor launched their latest mid-range smartphone, Honor 9i with dual front and rear cameras in India. The same smartphone was first introduced as Maimang 6 in China and as Nova 2i in Malaysia. Carried a price tag of Rs. 17,999, the Honor 9i will be made available for purchase in India starting October 14 (Saturday) exclusively via e-commerce website Flipkart.com in Prestige Gold, Aurora Blue, and Graphite Black colour options. The Honor 9i flaunts a gigantic 5.9-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) display and a scratch resistance 2.5D curved glass coating on top. The full-view display has an 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels and offers a stunning 83 percent screen to body ratio. The Honor 9i is powered by a 2.36GHz Kirin 659 octa-core processor, which comes paired with Mali T830-MP2 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB). Talking about its software fronts, the Honor 9i runs company’s own EMUI 5.1 custom UI skin, based on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The smartphone also features a rear-mounted fingerprint recognition button for biometric security.

For photography, the Honor 9i features a dual rear-facing camera setup that comes combined with a 16MP primary sensor with an LED flash module and a 2MP secondary sensor. On the front, the smartphone also houses dual front-facing camera setup that includes a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor for capturing selfies and making video chats. On the connectivity front, the Honor 9i supports dual-SIM dual standby, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. On the battery front, the Honor 9i is fuelled by a high-density 3,340mAh battery. Dimension wise, the smartphone measures 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm and weighs 164 grams.

Honor MediaPad T3:

At the Honor 9i launch event, the Chinese vendor also announced its two budget tablets in India, namely, the Honor MediaPad T3 and Honor MediaPad T3 10. Both the tablets support 4G VoLTE and run Android Nougat out of the box.

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Starting with the Honor MediaPad T3, the tablet sports an 8-inch HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. The MediaPad T3 runs Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with company’s latest EMUI 5.1 custom UI skin running on top of the device. In terms of photography, the MediaPad T3 comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for making video calls and capturing selfies. On the connectivity front, the MediaPad T3 supports various connectivity options including 4G LTE with voice calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer. On the battery front, the tablet is fuelled by a high-density 4800mAh Li-ion Polymer battery.

Honor MediaPad T3 10:

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The Honor MediaPad T3 10 flaunts a 9.6-inch HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels. The digital slate sips its power from a 1.4GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled with dedicated GPU to handle the graphics. In terms of memory storage, the tablet is backed by a 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. On the software front, the device also runs company’s own EMUI 5.1 custom UI skin, based on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The Honor MediaPad T3 10 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. Connectivity options offered by the tablet include 4G LTE with voice calling facility, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a Micro-USB 2.0 port for charging and other connectivity. On the battery front, the Honor MediaPad T3 10 also comes packed with a decent 4,800mAh non-removable battery.

Honor Holly 4

Honor brand also launched their latest mid-range smartphone and also the successor of last year’s Honor Holly 3, called the Honor Holly 4 in the Indian market at Rs. 11,999. Carried a such an attractive price tag, the new Honor Holly 4 will be made available for purchase in India starting today via all leading offline retail stores across the country in Grey, Gold and Silver colour options. Honor Holly 4 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The dual-SIM Honor Holly 4 runs company’s proprietary EMUI 5.1 custom UI skin, based on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The smartphone comes with a premium metal unibody design and features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for the biometric authentication process. In terms of optics, the Honor Holly 4 comes equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), and an LED flash. On the front, the smartphone features a 5MP front-facing snapper. On the Connectivity front, the device supports dual SIM dual standby, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth v4.1, USB OTG, and a microUSB v2.0 port for charging and other connectivity. On the battery front, the Honor Holly 4 is fuelled by a decent 3,020mAh battery.

Alcatel U5 HD

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Chinese electronics company TCL-owned mobile device brand Alcatel launched a new budget-oriented smartphone, dubbed as the “Alcatel U5 HD” in India with a price tag of Rs. 5,999. It is now already made available for purchase in India exclusively via e-commerce website Flipkart.com in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold colour options. The Alcatel U5 HD sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 Pixels. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.25GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor coupled with Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. Talking about its software front, the Alcatel U5 HD runs on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out-of-the-box. In terms of optics, the Alcatel U5 HD features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and an LED flash module. On the front, the handset sports an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with an LED flash for capturing bright selfies and making video calls even in low light situations. Connectivity options offered by the Alcatel U5 HD include dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5mm Audio port, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer. On the battery front, the Alcatel U5 HD comes loaded with a decent 2,200mAh battery which claims to deliver up to 4 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours of standby time.

Lenovo ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25

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As part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad lineup, the Chinese PC and tablet manufacturer Lenovo last week introduced a limited-edition, called the “ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25” in the US market. Carried a price tag of $1899, the Lenovo ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 will be available for purchase in select countries in limited quantities. If you don’t remember, the original ThinkPad 700C was first announced on October 5, 1992 and the new ThinkPad T470 comes equipped with an array of smart and updated features including a 14-inch full-HD touchscreen display, Intel Core i7-7500U processor with discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics.

HP Spectre 13

Last week, American information technology company HP announced the launch of its two new notebooks — HP Spectre 13 and HP Spectre x360 13 – in the US tech market. HP’s new range of laptops are powered by up to Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 processors and offer a range of new features such as premium design, HP Active Pen stylus support for Windows Ink, upgraded storage options, edge-to-edge backlit keyboard, Bang and Olufsen Audio, improved battery life and Corning Gorilla Glass-protected 4K resolution touchscreen display with micro-edge bezels.

Starting with the HP Spectre 13, the laptop comes equipped with a 13-inch 4K touchscreen display with micro-edge bezels and a scratch resistance Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. Under the hood, the HP Spectre 13 is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors coupled with up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe-based solid-state drive (SSD) storage for faster data access speeds and boot-up times. On the battery front, the second-generation HP Spectre 13 comes loaded with an improved battery that is rated to deliver up to 11.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. Ports on the device include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 connector, and a headphone jack. The premium notebook is built from CNC aluminium and carbon fibre. The other features on the laptop include Windows Hello-capable HP Wide Vision HR camera and edge-to-edge keyboard with perfect 1.3 mm key travel.

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The HP Spectre 13 will be available at a price tag of US$1,299.99 (approximately Rs. 84,700) for the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Full-HD touchscreen display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage variant. The top-spec Spectre 13 variant with 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 4K touchscreen display, 16GB LPDDR3 RAM, 1TB PCIe-based SSD storage has been priced at US$1399.99 (approximately Rs. 91,200). The HP Spectre 13 will be available from October 29 in Ceramic White with Pale Gold polished accents and Dark Ash Silver with Copper polished accents.

HP Spectre x360

On the other hand, the lightest and premium device, the HP Spectre x360 laptop sports a CNC machined aluminium chassis with 360-degree stainless steel hinge that allows users to use their notebook in a variety of different positions. The laptop can be used as a tablet, a traditional laptop, positioned as a tent or propped up like a stand. The HP Spectre x360 features a 13-inch micro-edge display with up to 4K resolution and a scratch resistance Corning Gorilla Glass coating on top. The device is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe-based SSD storage. The HP Spectre x360 also packs a denser battery with HP fast charging support. Ports on the HP Spectre x360 include one full-sized USB 3.1 port, two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and a microSD card slot. Apart from this, the HP Spectre x360 13 also features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, HP Sure View integrated privacy screen, and an HP Wide Vision FHD IR camera to login with facial recognition.

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The HP Spectre x360 will be available at a price tag of US$1149.99 (approximately Rs. 75,000) for the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Full-HD touchscreen display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage variant. The high-spec Spectre x360 variant with 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 4K touchscreen display, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe-based SSD storage has been priced at US$1599.99 (approximately Rs. 1,04,200). The HP Spectre x360 will be available starting from October 29 in Natural Silver and Dark Ash Silver with Copper accents.

Lava Z60, Z70, Z80 and Z90

Last week, home-grown handset manufacturer Lava also added four new 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphones – Lava Z60, Z70, Z80 and Z90 — to its “Z” series. As for pricing, the Lava Z60 has been launched in the country with a price tag of Rs. 5,500, the Lava Z70 has been priced at Rs. 8,000, the Lava Z80 is priced at Rs. 9,000, while for the top-spec model — Lava Z90, you have to pay Rs. 10,750. All these newly launched smartphones come with 4G VoLTE support for accessing faster data speeds, pre-loaded Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard app, Android 7.0 Nougat OS and company’s special Money Back offer.

Under the company’s Money Back offer, customers can return any Lava phone within 30 days of the date of purchase if they don’t like the handset. To get back the refund amount on-the-spot, customers will have to visit their nearest Lava service centre within 30 days of purchase the handset. This Money Back offer is applicable for those smartphones, which have been bought between the period of October 1 to December 31, 2017. For more details, please click here. However, all these aforementioned Lava Z series smartphones will be made available for purchase in India via all leading e-commerce websites as well as all major offline retail stores across the country in various colour choice options.

Lava Z60:

Starting with the cheapest model, the Lava Z60 features a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display with a screen resolution of 854 pixels by 480 pixels. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor (unspecified) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be further expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. The dual-SIM Lava Z60 runs on Star OS customized UI skin, based on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

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In terms of photography, the Lava Z60 features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, and a LED flash module. On the front, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, which comes accompanied by a LED flash unit for capturing bright selfies even in low-light conditions. Connectivity options offered by the Lava Z60 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, FM radio, a 3.5mm audio port, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer. On the battery front, the Lava Z60 houses a 2,500mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 12 hours of talktime on 3G network and up to 264 hours of standby time. The Lava Z60 will be available in Gold and Black colour options.

Lava Z70:

The Lava Z70 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. The device is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Talking about its software fronts, the Lava Z70 also runs Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with company’s Star OS 4.1 user interface running on top. For photography, the Lava Z70 features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash module. On the front, the handset bears a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with autofocus and a selfie flash for capturing bright selfies even in low-light situations.

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The smartphone also features a multi-functional fingerprint recognition button (rear-mounted) for biometric security. On the battery front, the Lava Z70 comes packed with a 2,500mAh battery. On the connectivity front, the dual-SIM Lava Z70 offers various connectivity options including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM Radio, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for charging and other connectivity. The Lava Z70 will be available in White Gold and Black colour options.

Lava Z80:

The Lava Z80 flaunts a 5-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels and a scratch resistance 2.5D curved glass coating on top. The Lava Z80 draws its power from a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, which comes coupled with a 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a dedicated microSD card slot for memory expansion. The device also features a rear-mounted fingerprint recognition button for biometric security. On the software front, the Lava Z80 also runs on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with company’s Star OS 4.1 interface on top.

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In terms of optics, the Lava Z80 comes equipped with an 8-megapixel with autofocus and an LED flash module. On the front, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with selfie flash for capturing bright selfies. Connectivity options on the Lava Z80 include Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, FM Radio, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer. On the battery front, the Lava Z80 is also fuelled by a 2,500mAh battery. The Lava Z80 will be available in two body colour options including Gold and Black.

Lava Z90:

The Lava Z90 features a 5.2-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card. For photography enthusiasts, the Lava Z90 sports a dual rear-facing camera setup that comes combined with one 8-megapixel primary sensor and one 2-megapixel secondary sensor with LED flash for excellent low-light photography. On the front, the phone bears an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with an LED flash for capturing brighter selfies and video chats. The Lava Z90 also features a multi-functional fingerprint sensor, that is housed in the middle of the back panel.

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On the battery front, the Lava Z90 comes packed with a decent 2,750mAh non-removable battery. On the software front, the Lava Z90 also runs company’s Star OS 4.1 custom UI skin, based on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. On the connectivity front, the Lava Z90 supports dual-SIM dual standby, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, FM Radio, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer. The Lava Z90 will be available in Gold and Blue colour options.

Comio C2

Chinese handset manufacturer and also a new contender in the Indian smartphone industry Comio Mobiles last week also launched a new budget-friendly smartphone, dubbed as the ‘Comio C2’ in the Indian market. Carried a price tag of Rs. 7,199, the new Comio C2 will be available for purchase in India via all leading offline retail stores across North and West India as well as all e-commerce website including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, ShopClues and Paytm in Royal Black and Royal Blue colour options.

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The Comio C2 comes equipped with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor, which comes paired with a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. On the software front, the Comio C2 runs on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with Comio custom UI skin running on top.

In terms of optics, the Comio C2 houses an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and a single LED flashlight. On the front, the device features an another 8-megapixel fixed focus front-facing camera with an LED flash module for capturing bright selfies even in low-light situations. On the connectivity front, the dual-SIM Comio C2 supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for charging and other connectivity. On the battery front, the Comio C2 comes packed with a high-density 4,000mAh battery. Apart from these specifications, the Comio C2 also comes preloaded with some security solutions including Antivirus, Anti-theft, and Clone applications.