Intex Aqua i6


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Intex has launched the Aqua i6, the company’s latest smartphone in the Aqua series. It had already launched the Aqua i4 back in September, this one has a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) display similar to the i4, but this is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor.It also has Intex Cloud with 5GB of storage.

The 1.3GHz dual core handsets have already flooded the market and within few weeks we could find more of the new low cost 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad core chipset that also comes powered by Mali 400 MP2 GPU.

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Intex Aqua i6 specifications:-

  • 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400MP2 GPU
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 8MP Auto Focus rear Camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS
  • 1900 mAh battery

The Intex Aqua i6 comes in Black and White colors and is priced at Rs. 8990.

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Micromax may move their manufacturing away from China to India


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India’s largest smartphone maker, Micromax, is planning to shift manufacturing away from China and in to India as early as next year.

The company currently buys in OEM phone from China and rebrands them as their own models where they are sold, to great success in India. However, with increased import taxes and duties on Chinese phones in India it has forced the company to set up it’s own factory on a trial basis.

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Co-founder of Micromax, Rahul Sharman says that production could begin shifting from China to India as the first quarter of next year!

Next CEO of Microsoft


Microsoft Corp.’s board placed Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner,Satya Nadella & Tony Bates  on a 5person list of internal candidates to replace departing Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer.

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While recent reports suggest the company has shortlisted Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as external candidates. Mulally has stated he has no intentions to leave Ford, but a Bloomberg report claims that Elop has big plans if he’s made CEO. Already on the shortlist for the position, Elop is said to consider selling off the Xbox business and axing Bing.

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Microsoft is yet to choose its next CEO to replace Steve Ballmer, who plans to retire within the next 10 months. Reports suggest that a decision might be made before the end of the year.

Sony to unveil the Xperia Z1S,Tianchi on November 12


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If rumours are to be believed then Sony to unveil the Xperia Z1S,Tianchi on November 12

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So, the Tianchi first. It’s rumoured to come at a wallet-friendly price, but to pack in a ridiculous eight-core processor, the likes of which are usually reserved for high-end handsets. So how will Sony keep the price down? It’s apparently opting for MediaTek over Qualcomm for the processor, and MediaTek charges a lot less. Its 2GHz MT6592 is expected to be inside, which it describes as its first “true octa-core” chip. It lets all eight Cortex-A7 cores to be used at the same time, so should chomp through whatever tasks you can throw at it.The Tianchi is also rumoured to have a 6-inch screen with a 1,280×720-pixel resolution.

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Now, the Xperia Z1S. It’s rumoured to have 4.3″  a shrunken down version of the flagship Xperia Z1, keeps almost the same powerful guts as Sony’s flagship Z1 – the same powerful Snapdragon 800 system chip, the impressive 20-megapixel camera with a larger than usual 1/2.3” camera sensor and the same sleek water and dust resistant body.Since it is smaller, the Xperia Z1S had to change a bit. The smaller size mandated a lower screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, down from 1080 x 1920 on the Z1. Still, that works out to the very sharp pixel density of 340ppi.

The event on 12 November is rumoured to be held in Shanghai, so both of these handsets could be exclusive to China.

Antutu benchmark score of Xiaomi Mi3


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Today 2 lots of Antutu benchmarks from the Xiaomi Mi3 been published, both of them from the still unreleased Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 model. More interestingly both of these machines are running MIUI based on Android 4.3!

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Xiaomi fans have been quick to point out that the Snapdragon 800 Antutu benchmarks are lower than expected, the first test resulted in a score of 32,666  while the second score was a more respectable 36,294.

Network license for 64GB Xiaomi Mi3


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Xiaomi officially unveiled the Xiaomi Mi3, available in 16GB or 64GB versions, all the way back in September but it has taken until now for the 64GB to receive its network license.Xiaomi fans have been patiently waiting for the day when the 64GB version of the Xiaomi Mi3 would finally appear. 

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But before you get too excited just remember that although Xiaomi are now approved to sell the 64GB Mi3 it doesn’t mean they are going to be launching it any time soon and the model which approved is still a Nvidia Tegra 4 model which supports China Mobiles TD-SCDMA 3G!

Nokia Lumia sales hit record 8.8 million in Q3


Nokia has once again managed to improve its Lumia sales figures worldwide. The latest Q3 earnings show another quarterly improvement, up to 8.8 million in the latest quarter. That’s an increase on the record high of 7.4 million in the last quarter, and up over 200 percent from just 2.9 million in the same quarter last year. Up to September 30th, Nokia has sold 36.1 million Lumias in total since shipping its first Windows Phone device, the Lumia 800, in November 2011.

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Looking ahead, Nokia’s phone business will soon be owned by Microsoft providing a deal is approved in early 2014. The Finnish smartphone maker just introduced a new 6-inch Lumia 1520 Windows Phone alongside a low-cost Lumia 1320 with a 6-inch display. Both devices are expected to go on sale in mid-November so they’ll impact next quarter’s earnings slightly. Nokia is also expected to launch a Lumia 929 on Verizon shortly with an aluminum frame and 20-megapixel camera. Rumors suggest that Nokia is also preparing to launch a Lumia 525 that may replace the popular Lumia 520 handset at the low-end.