Google Unveils Pixel and Pixel XL

   Google today unveiled its latest smartphone: the Pixel and Pixel XL. The handsets are the successor to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P from last year, but mark the beginning of Google’s own unified hardware initiative. With its latest smartphones, Google is taking a deep dive into the smartphone market and compete with not only Apple but other Android OEMs as well.

   The Pixel and Pixel XL have been manufactured by HTC and sport many of the company’s design traits, but the devices lack any HTC branding. Instead, the Pixel and Pixel XL feature Google’s logo at the rear. The handsets share a similar design language and only set themselves apart from their different display sizes. The Pixel features a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, while the Pixel XL comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Both phones feature a unibody aluminum design but again set themselves apart from other phones in the market by having a large glass back panel at the rear. The bottom part of the rear of the phone is still made of aluminum though. The fingerprint scanner on both devices is also located at the rear. This time around, you can quickly swipe the fingerprint scanner to open the notification shade.

   Unlike the Nexus 6P, the Pixel and Pixel XL do not feature stereo speakers. Instead, the mono speaker is located at the bottom of the device.


   Google has also upgraded its camera app to take better advantage of the camera hardware. Similar to Motorola phones, one can launch the camera app by simply twisting the phone in mid-air. Google has also made the photo taking experience faster and better. Google boasted during the launch event that the Pixel smartphones received a rating of 89 from DxOMark, which is the highest rating a smartphone camera has ever received. Google’s renowned HDR+ mode is also present on the new Pixel phones. The handsets also feature Smart Burst that takes multiple photos and automatically selects the best photo from the bunch.

   Other specs of the devices include Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, LTE (Up to 600Mbps), NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C port with fast charging, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Pixel features a 2770mAh battery while the Pixel XL comes with a 3450mAh battery.

Nougat and Assistant

   The specs are not the only highlight of the Pixel and Pixel XL. The handsets run on Android 7.1 Nougat and are the first devices that will launch with Google Assistant onboard. Successor to Google Now, Assistant is smarter and efficient than its predecessor in every way. Assistant will be available everywhere and anywhere when you need it. It will be more conversational and show relevant information by keeping your original question in mind. You can trigger Google Assistant quickly by long pressing the home button on the new Pixel devices.

   Google has also tightly integrated Google Photos with its new Pixel devices. The handsets will automatically upload all the photos shot from them to Google Photos in full resolution that will not count against your storage quota. Once uploaded, you will automatically be prompted to delete the photos to free up storage on your device.

   Most importantly, Pixel and Pixel XL will come with a new exclusive Pixel launcher that comes with a brand new look and circular icons. One can also quickly access the app drawer via a simple swipe-up gesture. The handsets will also come with Google Duo for video calling pre-installed.


   Surprisingly, Google will be offering the Pixel and Pixel XL exclusively through Verizon in the United States, though you can also purchase the handset unlocked from Google Store. The unlocked 5-inch Pixel has been priced at $649 for the 32GB variant, while the 5.5-inch Pixel XL is priced at $769 .The handsets will go on sale from October 20th in most of the key markets of the world including the United States and Europe. The Pixel and Pixel will be available in Quite Black, Very Silver, and an exclusive Really Blue color. Pre-orders for the phone starts from today in United States, Australia, Canada, UK, and Germany. In India, pre-orders for the handset start from October 13th on Flipkart, Croma, and Reliance Digital.

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Huawei unveils Nova, Nova Plus and MediaPad M3

   IFA 2016 is in full swing and Huawei has unveiled its Nova series of smartphones with two offerings: Huawei Nova and Nova Plus. Huawei has also unveiled the MediaPad M3.      The company is known for its quality smartphones. Let’s have a close look at its features:

Huawei Nova

   Nova comes with a 5-inch, 1080p display and looks like a little like the Huawei P9 and a little like the Huawei Mate S or Huawei G9 Plus. The full HD display comes with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC along with 3GB of RAM. This hybrid dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EMUI 4.1 skip atop. The smartphone has 32GB of inbuilt storage which can be expandable via microSD card up to 128GB.
   The smartphone comes with a 12MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. As far as the connectivity options are concerned, it includes 4G LTE, a USB Type-CT port and more. It is backed by 3020 mAh battery.
   It will be available in Europe this month for €400.

Huawei Nova Plus

   It is the international variant of the Huawei G9 Plus. It comes with nearly identical specifications as Nova with some significant differences. It has a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It comes with a 16MP rear camera complete with OIS and an 8MP front shooter for selfies. It has a 4000mAh non-removable battery.    The sensors on the phone cover proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer.
   Both smartphones are built out of aircraft-grade aluminum and feature fingerprint sensors on the rear panel. They come in several color options such as titanium gray, mystic silver and prestige gold variants.
   It will be available in Europe this month for €430.

Huawei MediaPad M3

   Talking about the Huawei MediaPad M3, it is an aluminum body tablet that runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 skin atop. It comes with an 8.4 QHD display having resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC with four cores at 2.3GHz and four cores at 1.8GHz. It comes with 4GB of RAM and will be available in 64GB variant and an LTE variant. The storage of the tablet is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. In terms of camera, it has an 8MP front and 8MP rear camera.
   The MediaPad M3 starts at €350 for 32GB storage. Doubling the storage is €50 on top, adding LTE connectivity is another €50.

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Review

   Tablets with 8-inch screens hit the sweet spot. They are more portable than full-sized models while offering more screen real estate than 7-inch devices. Perhaps this is why Asus picked this size for its new flagship tablet, the ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA).
   This Android model has a very high-resolution display, a speedy Intel Atom processor, 64GB of built-in storage, and an 8-megapixel camera, but sells for only $299.
Build and Design

Asus put considerable effort into making the ZenPad S 8.0 look professional. A majority of the back is aluminum that has had hair-thin lines etched in a diamond pattern. Along the bottom edge is a section of plastic that has been made to feel like leather. There’s a chrome border around the front outside edge.
   The bezels to the left and right of the screen are relatively slim, and the edges are rounded, so the device can be easily and comfortably held in one hand.
   Overall, this tablet is 8.0 x 5.3 x 0.26 inches (203.2 x 134.5 x 6.6 mm) and 0.66 lbs. (298 g), making it thin and lightweight. Nevertheless, it feels solid and well made.


   Asus put a 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 (QXGA) display in this tablet, giving it a very high pixel density: 324 pixels per inch. IPS technology and no air gap between the touchscreen and the LCD means that the ZenPad S 8.0 offers very wide viewing angles. The backlight is easily bright enough for outdoor use, as long as the device is used in the shade.
   In short, this a beautiful screen. Its pixels are so small and tightly packed that everything looks smooth, with no sign of pixelation anywhere. Colors are bright and vivid, making photos and video look great.
   For comparison, this is very close to the same screen used in the Apple iPad mini 3, with the same size and resolution, and these two have some of the best displays of any mid-size tablet. Even so, they are narrowly beat out by the Dell Venue 8 7840.
   As a mid-size tablet, this display is considerably bigger and easier to see than the ones in even the largest smartphones, making it a better option for gaming or watching video.      Of course, it’s also smaller than the ones in full-size models, so it’s not the best choice to be someone’s sole computer.
   The LCD is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a layer of protection that makes the screen much less likely to break if the tablet is ever dropped, and it also resists scratching.

Buttons, Ports, and Speakers

   This model has a minimal number of physical buttons, as the standard Back, Home, and Open Apps buttons appear only on screen. Still, there’s a volume rocker on the right side of the device, with the power button located below it. This isn’t an ideal location, as it’s easy to accidentally press this button when picking up the device.

   The ZenPad S 8.0 is essentially unique among tablets for having a USB Type-C port, rather than a microUSB one. This is very forward thinking of Asus, as USB-C is going to become nearly ubiquitous on laptops, tablets, and phones in the next few years, but right now this model is ahead of the curve. Travelers will either need to carry a separate cable to charge it and their cell phone, or buy an adapter that will enable this device to be charged with a microUSB cable. To help balance against that bit of hassle, unlike all previous versions, there’s no wrong way to plug a USB-C jack into its port: it’s reversible so there’s no top and bottom.

   A microSD memory card slot is located on the left side, and covered with a door to protect the card and prevent it from being accidentally ejected. Asus says cards up to 128GB are supported.

   Too many tablets have their speakers on their sides, which tends to muffle the sound, so the front-facing speakers on this model are quite welcome. Audio is clear,and loud enough to make it easy to watch a movie or TV show in even a moderately noisy area.    Asus included an app to adjust the speakers for a number of uses, including movies, music, gaming, and vocal.

Do you like Asus ZenPad S 8.0 tablet? you can get it now for the best price from gearbest.com using the following link ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA Tablet PC.

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NO.1 D5 Review

Here’s No. 1 D5 Smartwatch

No. 1 D5 Smartwatch is one step close to being phone independent. It comes with features like built-in 3G, Wi-Fi and is based on Android OS. Though there are many smartwatches but most of them rely on being connected to phone or tablet for connecting to internet, but No. 1 D5 smartwatch removes that dependency on your phone. The built-in 3G support implies that the smartwatch can be connected to web directly and gives you the ability to make phone calls as well. Let’s have a close look at it.


D5 comes with a sleek aluminum metal alloy body with a circular watch. It features leather wristband and the back is made of stainless steel. On the left, there’s a dialer. The device comes with an IP-65 rating for water and dust resistance. Talking about the display, it comes with smooth IPS screen with 360 x 360 resolution display with 16 million colors.


D5 is a 28nm-based dual-core Cortex A7 chipset at 1.2 Ghz along with ARM’s Mali-400 GPU. It is capable of encoding and decoding 720HD videos and comes with support for most media playback formats. It runs on 64-bit, Octa-core MediaTek MTK6572 processor with 512MB of RAM. The internal storage is 4GB. It is based on Android KitKat v4.4 OS.

Activity Tracking

No.1 D5 smartwatch comes with many sensors to offer useful functions like heart rate monitoring, barometer and pedometer functions. The pedometer counts how many steps you have walked, how much calories you have burnt and more. It is also capable of monitoring your sleep. The custom heart rate sensor of the smartwatch allows you to improve overall calorie tracking.

Battery and Connectivity

The smartwatch is powered by a Li-ion battery of 450mAh which you can charge via USB charger. As far as the connectivity options are concerned, it includes GPRS, 2G: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 850/2100, Wi-Fi, BT2.1 + BLE 4.0, and embedded GPS Module. The smartwatch comes with a SIM slot and supports 3G network as well.

A quick look at No. 1 D5 Smartwatch:

Screen Size1.3”
Resolution360 x 360 pixels
Size46 x 55 x 12 mm
Compatible OSAndroid 4.3 and up
iOS 7.3 and up
Waterproof RatingIP65
SensorsGPS, Heart rate monitor,pedometer, touch
What’s IncludedNo. 1 D5 smartwatch, USB charging cable, user manual
Do you like No. 1 D5 smartwatch? you can get it now for the best price from gearbest.com using the following link NO.1 D5 Android 4.4 Smart Watch WIFI GPS Smartwatch.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Review

Here is our review of the Samsung’s latest mid-range iteration, Galaxy J7. The device is carefully constructed to fill in the market share, abruptly snatched away by Xiaomi, Lenovo and other companies selling great specifications at razor-thin margins, and a flash-sale model.

Display & Build Quality

Device boosts a 5.5 inch HD SUPERAMOLED panel which seems capable of producing exact natural-like colors, with accurate depiction. Even at 267PPI, device radiates superior display with great viewing angles, coupled up with S5-like sturdy design.
The display had a great brightness range when compared to other in the same bracket, this is something that you must really look forward to, it is the range of brightness from low to high. What this actually tells us, is that the display would not be too hard on eyes with a really subtle brightness intensity in dark ( night usage ) , and that it will still be visible in the broad daylight.
The phone also has a nifty feature called “Outdoor mode” that is a simple check mark that increases your brightness quotient by over 20%, so if you are out in the day, check that.
Though the sides and display itself were too glossy at moments, the overall design quotient still remained premium from the all over feel.
The built was plastic, but that association didn’t make it cheap or fragile, Rim was a bit too shiny and glossy, and that is something to be worried about in the long run, the ‘RIM’ is constructed with a silver material that necessarily won’t stay for long– you’ll lose that over time with marks and scratches which will degrade its look- definitely not a deal breaker but is worth considering.
And also, LED-Notification light is missing from the smartphone and looking at the fact that it is one of these days most imperative need to sort notifications without turning the screen on, is going to be deal breaker for some.


Announced and conceived as a mid-range device from Samsung, you cannot hope it to rule the antutu leaderboard, but suffice to say, the device won’t lag or anything in the distant future. There are two chips variants available in the market now, one with Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 and another boosting Samsung Exynos 7580.
Qualcomm variant 4 Cortex A-53 performance CPU cores clocked at 1.4GHz and 4 Cortex A-53 power saving cores clocked at 1.0GHz, While the Exynos variant possess true 8 core structure with 8 cores running at 1.5GHz.
Couple that up with Adreno 405 or Mali T720MP2 GPU t get you going on the graphic side. The phone comes with 1.5GB RAM which is a tad less of what we would have expected, but on our review, we noticed little or no lag and that holds true even when playing most of the games.
Antutu score was 38000 points, losing to Lenovo K3 Note and Vivo X5 Pro, but to mention that these devices lagged far behind in terms of build quality and brand reliability.


The device has a 13MP rear sensor with f/1.9 aperture, 28mm lens, LED flash, autofocus, face detection and 1080p video recording. The front has a 5MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture, 23mm lens and LED Flash.
The quality was overall nice but we hoped it to be a tad better with noise reduction. Slow motion video was a feature that was missed, even Meizu M2 (6999INR) has slow motion video.
For Camera samples, watch the Review Video below. It has both Still Pictures + Video Samples from the smartphone. 


this Device comes with 16GB Internal Storage with 11.2GB memory available to the user. There is an expansion MicroSD slot that can bump your storage up to 128GB, which is practically enough even if you plan to record an insane amount of FHD videos.
Also, the device supports OTG, so you can connect your external storages -USB Thumb drives and External Hard Drives.


Samsung has dropped old-heavy Touchwiz for something more light and appealing, this device carries the latest version of TouchWiz on top of Android 5.1.1.
Future Marshmallow Update? Looking at Samsung’s past update experience, we can’t say if the device is going to get it or not.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Review

Yes, not a tablet but now and then I do review interesting mobiles from China. I’ll admit I’ve taken a liking to Xiaomi’s recent products, this company is really setting the standard for price-performance ratio with it comes to mobile phones. And their Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is the latest mobile to do so yet again. It features the new 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexacore, which can turbo up to 1.8 Ghz, GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. Unlike the Redmi Note 3 MediaTek Helio X10 I reviewed, this one now support microSD cards and has an improved Samsung S5K3P3 ISOCELL 16 Megapixel sensor over the 13MP one.

You get some great specs for the $215 starting price:
  • Premium metal build
  • Bright 1080p 403 PPI screen
  • Large 4000mAh battery good for 9 hours of screen on time. (depending on the task)
  • Dual Band 4G/LTE
  • FM Radio
  • 5MP front facing camera with 1080p video
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 six core CPU max turbo 1.8Ghz
  • Adreno 510 GPU up to 600Mhz
  • 2/3GB of Ram
  • Fast eMMC internal storage of up to 150mb/s reads and 50 mb/s writes.
  • 16MP (S5K3P3) camera with hardware 4k video support (using Google Camera)

  • Amazing performance for the price
  • Great battery life over 9 hours on screen time and a PCMark work result of over 10 hours.
  • Bright and vivid 1080p panel looks sharp and has good viewing angles
  • GPS works well
  • Audio quality is very decent. Calls, loudspeaker and 3.5mm headphone jack output
  • 78,000 Antutu score is a new record for this price range
  • 1500 single core score in Geekbench 3 is impressive, beats the Snapdragon 810 and my Exynos 7420 (Note 5)
  • Premium build and specs at a non-premium price.
  • Camera performance in low light is very poor
  • 1080p video quality is average. (But still one of the better ones at this price point)
  • No NFC
  • No faster quick charge 3 support, but the chipset supports it.
  • Stock camera app doesn’t support 4k but the hardware does.
  • MIUI is full of Chinese, Needs a Global ROM Asap without Chinese.
Overall this is an impressive phone with amazing performance for the price tag. Its performance beats many 2015 model flagship mobiles that cost a good three times the price. The only negatives of the mobile I can find are it has no NFC support and the camera is rubbish in low light conditions. But in good lighting takes a very decent picture. This is going to be one hard mobile to beat for the price, things are only getting better in the low-end category in 2016.
I’ve very interested in seeing what the new snapdragon 820 will be capable of if this 650 is anything to go by…
16MP Camera samples:

Redmi Note 3 Pro video sample:

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