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BlackBerry Storm2 Launched in India

by on Mar.23, 2010, under Gadgets, Mobile, Technology

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of the next version of its Storm range “The BlackBerry Storm2″ smartphone with BlackBerry OS 5 in India today. It came after almost two year when the original Storm was released in India.

BlackBerry Storm2

According to RIM, “the second generation of RIM’s innovative and award-winning touch-screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone significantly improves the BlackBerry touch-screen platform with enhanced technology and new features”. The Storm2 introduces a new SurePress technology based on an electronic system that provides the user with tactile feedback when the touch-screen is pressed and comes laden with BlackBerry OS 5, the latest version of the BlackBerry smartphone operating system. According to RIM, SurePress makes typing on the smartphone’s virtual keyboards is easier, more comfortable and more accurate.

BlackBerry Storm2

Features include:

  • Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate
  • Large 3.25”, high resolution 360 x 480 display at 184 ppi
  • Capacitive touch-screen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu, Escape) and new SurePress technology that makes clicking the display practically effortless
  • Global connectivity support: UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) networks
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • 2 GB of onboard memory storage and a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB
  • Background noise suppression technology
  • Loud distortion-free speakerphone
  • Face detection (proximity sensor)
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music
  • BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs
  • BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
  • Bluetooth (2.1) with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging
  • Access to BlackBerry App World
  • BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server support
  • Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery
  • BlackBerry Browser improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets

The BlackBerry Storm2 will be available in the Indian market for Rs. 31,990.

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Cheaper Google Nexus One for India

by on Mar.08, 2010, under Gadgets, Mobile, Technology

Soon Google’s Nexus one will be launched in India but it will be a stripped down version not the one we get in U.S. It will also be cheaper than the regular one.

it will be slimmer than the current Nexus One (which is already quite thin!) and will pack in lesser features when compared with its better endowed variant (as it is cheaper). But one could always go for the usual one, getting it import from outside

Google Nexus One

Nexus Hardware features include:

  • Display: 3.7" AMOLED 480×800 WVGA display
  • Thinness: 11.5mm; Weight: 130g
  • Processor/Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz
  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus with flash and geo tagging
  • Onboard memory: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM
  • Expandable memory: 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB)
  • Noise Suppression: Dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc.
  • Ports: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control
  • Battery: Removable 1400 mAh
  • Personalized laser engraving: Up to 50 characters on the back of the phone
  • Trackball: Tri-color notification LED, alerts when new emails, chats, text messages arrive

In addition, the Nexus features:

  • Enter text without typing.
  • Use a voice-enabled keyboard for all text fields: speak a text message, instant message, tweet, Facebook update, or complete an email.
  • Tell your phone what you want it to do.
  • Search Google, call contacts, or get driving directions by just speaking into your phone.
  • Take personalization to the next level.
  • Dynamic, interactive, live wallpapers react to the touch of a finger.
  • More widgets and five home screen panels allow for further device customization.
  • Capture camera-quality pictures and video with your device.
  • 5 megapixel camera includes LED flash, auto focus, zoom, white balance and color effects.
  • View pictures and Picasa Web Albums in the new 3D Gallery.
  • Record Hi-Res MPEG4 video, and then upload to YouTube with one click.
  • Read your voicemail messages.
  • Get transcribed voicemail with Google Voice integration, without changing your number.

We are unsure that will this Nexus One would be a completely new phone or just a stripped down barebones version of the original with a few chips gone. We think they might compromise with camera and internal memory. Let’s wait and watch what this “Indian Nexus One” comes up with.

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Intex Launches First Triple SIM Phone

by on Feb.22, 2010, under Mobile, Technology

You might be thinking dual SIM handsets were crazy enough, stand back as INTEX has come up with its first triple SIM handset. The Intex IN 5030 marks the debut of the brand in the Triple SIM (GSM + GSM + CDMA) mobile segment. The phone can take two GSM cards and a CDMA SIM and thereby offers you seamless connectivity over three different networks.

INTEX 5030

The phone comes with a 2-inch TFT screen capable of displaying 65k colors. It has a Mobile Tracker software and an auto call record facility. Other features include a dual LED torch light, a very usable 1.3 MP camera, webcam option, Bluetooth with A2DP, wireless FM radio, audio and video player. There is full GPRS and WAP support. The IN 5030 also comes loaded with an Indian calendar. The internal memory can be expanded upto 4 GB.

While receiving/making a call on one of the GSM connections, the CDMA connection remains active (and vice versa), allowing the user to easily make a shift between the two numbers. The Java enabled handset comes with two batteries (in nos) each providing a talk time and stand-by of up to four and 120 hrs respectively.

For those who don’t want to carry three phones with them at once this one is a great deal and that to with a very basic entry level price tag of Rs. 4,700. With this price this one is sure to make a mark.

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