First Phones Under the New Microsoft Lumia Brand Arrive

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The first two phones under the new Microsoft Lumia have arrived — Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM.

Microsoft recently announced that it was replacing the former Nokia Lumia brand with its own Microsoft Lumia beginning with the company’s next Lumia phone release.

The name change follows Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division — the phone and tablet part of the Finnish company’s business.That acquisition was announced in late 2013.

The devices come out this month and will be available in bright green, bright orange, white, dark grey, cyan and black.

But perhaps more important are the price and features:

    • Both phones will run Windows 8.1
    • Both will integrate apps for Skype, Office, OneDrive, OneNote, and Cortana — Microsoft digital online assistant
    • Both will feature a wide angle 5 megapixel front facing camera
    • Both will feature a large (960 x 540) 5-inch qHD display
    • Both will run on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and have 1GB of RAM, the Verge reports.

In fact the only real difference between the two devices is the addition of a second SIM card so personal and word data can be kept separate, an increasing trend these days.

Microsoft had been playing things close to the vest with its latest devices under the Microsoft Lumia brand.

Just prior to the release, the company teased consumers with a partial photo and the briefest information about the upcoming release date on its Nokia Conversations website.

The company was also promoting the hashtag #MoreLumia on social media to encourage chatter on the new smartphones.

Finally, the company released a video promoting the new smartphone but it reveals even less about the new devices. Get a glimpse below:

Cost of the new phones is expected to be between $130 and $137. And the devices are expected to be out sometime this month.

Microsoft has already re-branded many of the existing Nokia apps and is in the process of re-branding global and local Nokia websites and social channels.

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Goodbye Nokia Phones, Hello Microsoft Lumia

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We’ve seen the last of the Nokia Lumia line of smartphones, at least in terms of the brand name, it seems. The phones will still be available but under a new name.

So it’s goodbye Nokia phones, hello Microsoft Lumia.

Microsoft announced the brand name change recently for future Nokia mobile devices.

The name change follows Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division announced in late 2013. The deal means Microsoft is taking over the manufacture and marketing of Nokia’s smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft is planning to slowly phase-in the transition to the new brand name replacing Nokia with Microsoft Lumia for most of the devices.

Writing about the changeover, Tiina Jaatinen, editor-in-chief of Nokia’s official Conversations blog explains:

“When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points.

In the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing even more brand experience come to life across different channels as we transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.”

The company has already made changes in the branding on some of its apps and is in the process of changing the branding global and local company websites, the official blog reports.

And changes in the branding of the company’s social channels is expected.

So when can we expect to see a Windows Lumia phone on the market?

Windows Central quotes one company representative saying it will be “soon.” In fact, there are even reports that the Nokia Lumia 830 set to debut on Nov. 7 could still be re-branded as Microsoft Lumia 830 by that release date.

The Nokia brand will continue to exist beyond the name change of its phone and other mobile devices. Microsoft purchased only the Finnish company’s phone and mobile business. But Nokia will continue operating the part of its business focusing on mapping and network infrastructure independent of Microsoft.

Nokia debuted the Lumia line of smartphones back in 2011. And the company has aggressively continued to introduce new Lumia smartphones since the acquisition by Microsoft.

Lumia smartphones range from low-end, budget-friendly versions to higher-end devices sporting impressive cameras and internal specs.

Four Lumia phones have been introduced since the beginning of 2014. Each operates on Windows Phone 8.1. They include the Lumia 930 at the top and the introductory smartphone, the Lumia 530.

Besides the Nokia Lumia brand, Microsoft may be making another change in its mobile phone division. This one may involve changing the branding of its Windows Phone mobile operating system to just Windows, The Verge reports.

The name change may signal Microsoft’s intentions to market its mobile and desktop operating systems in a unified way in the future.

Image: Microsoft/Lumia

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IRS Ups Deduction vs. Depreciation to $2,500 for Computers, Phones

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The Internal Revenue Service has increased the amount small businesses can expense versus depreciate on their taxes each year. It’s a change that should simplify record keeping and increase the amount of a capital investment you can write off in a year.

Specifically, the federal agency has boosted the so-called “IRS safe harbor” limit businesses can deduct on a capital investment within a single year from $500 to $2,500.

A capital investment is one used by a business to acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. It might range from investment in a new building to investment in a new piece of equipment or other new technology.

The IRS says the change is the result of feedback on a request put out to businesses asking for ways to make paperwork easier. The agency says it received more than 150 letters from businesses pointing out that a $500 threshold didn’t cover the cost of many expensed items such as tablet computers and machinery.

For example, purchasing tablets for $2,000 would have to be amortized for four years at $500 each year. Raising the IRS safe harbor threshold for capitalization from $500 to $2,500 would allow for the deduction to come in one year.

Safe Harbor is a term for an amount that the IRS won’t question. As a part of this new rule, the IRS has said it won’t question $2,500 deductions in years previous to the official 2016 start.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says in an agency announcement, “We received many thoughtful comments from taxpayers, their representatives and the professional tax community. This important step simplifies taxes for small businesses, easing the record keeping and paperwork burden on small business owners and their tax preparers.”

Capitalization has traditionally taken place over years as a deduction on the depreciation of property that’s intended to last years. But now businesses can deduct a larger expense for technology in a single year leaving depreciation for much bigger ticket items. The IRS safe harbor change affects businesses that do not maintain an applicable financial statement (audited financial statement).

And, as always, deductions can be taken on repair and maintenance costs which are not counted under the $2,500 limit. For taxpayers with an applicable financial statement, the small-dollar threshold remains $5,000.

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Union ministers asked not to carry mobile phones during cabinet meetings

The move assumes significance as security agencies have raised doubts over the security of mobile phones which are prone to hacking. Photo: BloombergThe move assumes significance as security agencies have raised doubts over the security of mobile phones which are prone to hacking. Photo: Bloomberg

New Delhi: In a move aimed at checking any possibility of leakage of information through hacking of communication devices, Union ministers have been asked not to carry mobile phones in cabinet meetings.

The cabinet secretariat has recently issued a directive to private secretaries of the concerned ministers in this regard.

“It has been decided that smartphones/mobile phones will henceforth not be permitted inside the meeting venues of cabinet/cabinet committees,” it said.

The private secretaries have been asked to appropriately brief the ministers on this. The move assumes significance as security agencies have raised doubts over the security of mobile phones which are prone to hacking.

Official sources said the measure will ensure that the discussion, which is mostly sensitive, during cabinet meetings remains secret. Such an instruction has been issued from the government for the first time.

Earlier, ministers were allowed to bring mobile phones with them which would be kept either on silent mode or preferably switched off.

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Pokemon Go Bug Reportedly Affecting GPS Performance on Android Phones

Pokemon Go Bug Reportedly Affecting GPS Performance on Android Phones

Pokemon Go Bug Reportedly Affecting GPS Performance on Android Phones
HIGHLIGHTS
Game supposedly disrupts GPS even when running in background
Issue was spotted on the dated Nexus 5 smartphone
Reddit user says couldn’t find similar issue on newer devices
Pokemon Go created tremendous amount of interest and excitement at its launch and the game is one of the most talked about things of the year already. However, that popularity has begun waning. Now a Redditor has suggested that a bug associated with the game reportedly distorts the accuracy of your smartphone’s GPS.

A Reddit user who goes by the name ‘Cameocoder’ has said that a bug associated with Pokemon Go distorts the accuracy of your Android smartphone’s GPS and even prevents other apps from accurately gathering the location when the game in running in background.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Fever Is Fading in the US: Report)

Cameocoder was able to find out the issue with the game while using fitness tracking app Map My Run. “On the first walk without Pokémon Go my device was able to lock on to GPS satellites and track my location fairly accurately. The second walk, which was immediately after the first, I had Pokémon Go in the foreground and my device almost never acquired a GPS lock,” the user said in the Reddit post.

However, it should be noted that the user was using a Nexus 5 smartphone when he discovered the bug, and did not find the same issue on newer devices. It is not yet know if a similar bug is affecting the iOS version of the game.
(Also see: Pokemon Go Eggs Hurting Religious Sentiments’, PIL Filed)

Considering the issues regarding the game, it will be interesting to see how the development of the game moves forward as it is yet to be officially released in many countries including India.

Are you facing a similar GPS bug on your Android smartphone once Pokemon Go is running? What about your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Best Phones Under Rs. 10000 [September 2016]

Best Phones Under Rs. 10000 [September 2016]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Xiaomi Redmi 3s is the top-rated phone under Rs. 10,000
  • The Asus ZenFone Max has great battery life
  • The LeEco Le 1s Eco is a good value for money buy

If you’re looking to buy a new phone, and don’t want to spend more than Rs. 10,000, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of our top picks among phones priced under Rs. 10,000, which have released within the last six months.

While last year’s Rs. 50,000 flagship phone will still have a good user experience a year later, in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, the phones use lower-end hardware and therefore get dated more quickly, especially thanks to how quickly the price of components tends to come down. While there were some good phones that launched more than six months ago, if you’re buying a phone in August, we’d suggest sticking to devices that released in this time frame.

Another point worth noting is that the list only looks at phones that have been reviewed by Gadgets 360, so some of Samsung’s offerings in this price segment that look good on paper have not made it to this list. Also note that we’re looking at the overall performance of a phone, not just one specific category, so there’s a bit of variation in what’s available. Read on to know what the best phones you can buy for under Rs. 10,000 are, presented in no specific order.

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  1. Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    One of the more recent launches on the list, the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime is easily one of the top performers in its price range right now. We were particularly impressed with its battery life and performance, especially for the price.

    Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    Rs. 8,999

    • Design

    • Display

    • Software

    • Performance

    • Battery life

    • Camera

    • Value for money

    • Good
    • Good design
    • Easy to operate with one hand
    • Impressive battery life
    • Quick fingerprint recognition
    • Bad
    • Hybrid SIM slot
    • Gets a bit warm with camera use
    Read detailed Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime review
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      Rs. 8,999
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      Rs. 8,999
  2. Asus ZenFone Max (2016)
    The Asus ZenFone Max (2016) has excellent battery life and a pretty good camera as well. The phone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor though, something that is now becoming the norm. The screen resolution is also pretty low for the size, but despite this, it’s a good value for money buy.

    Asus ZenFone Max (2016)

    Rs. 9999

    • Design

    • Display

    • Software

    • Performance

    • Battery life

    • Camera

    • Value for money

    • Good
    • Great battery life
    • Decent performance
    • Android 6.0 preinstalled
    • Good camera
    • Bad
    • Low-resolution screen
    • No fingerprint sensor
    • ZenUI can be intrusive
    Read detailed Asus ZenFone Max (2016) review
  3. LeEco Le 1s Eco
    The LeEco Le 1s Eco is appealing for its design and performance, along with all the expected features such as a fingerprint reader and quick charging. On the flip side, the battery life is disappointing and the phone heats up. However, it also comes with free access to LeEco’s content services and 5TB storage, which tips the value scale in its favour.

    LeEco Le 1s Eco

    Rs. 10899

    • Design

    • Display

    • Software

    • Performance

    • Battery life

    • Camera

    • Value for money

    • Good
    • Free content services and 5TB storage for a year
    • Metal body and good looks
    • Good performance
    • Fingerprint reader and quick charging
    • Bad
    • Heats up when in use
    • No microSD slot
    • Poor camera quality
    • Underwhelming battery life
    Read detailed LeEco Le 1s Eco review
  4. Coolpad Note 3 Plus
    Launched in May, the Coolpad Note 3 Plus has a good display and fingerprint sensor though one issue that you might face is the software of the phone – it can be a little confusing. If you’re willing to put up with that for good hardware though, this is a pretty good buy.

    Coolpad Note 3 Plus

    Rs. 8999

    • Design

    • Display

    • Software

    • Performance

    • Battery life

    • Camera

    • Value for money

    • Good
    • Decent fingerprint sensor
    • Good screen
    • Good value for money
    • Bad
    • Poorly designed software
    • Slightly dull camera performance
    Read detailed Coolpad Note 3 Plus review
  5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus heats up and the battery life is disappointing, but it has a good display and Dolby Atmos sound enhancement, so if you’re planning on watching a lot of movies on your phone, this will be a good pick if you don’t stray too far from a power bank.

    Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    Rs. 7,999

    • Design

    • Display

    • Software

    • Performance

    • Battery life

    • Camera

    • Value for money

    • Good
    • Looks good
    • Good display
    • Dolby Atmos sound enhancement
    • Bad
    • Gets hot when in use
    • Poor battery life
    Read detailed Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review
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(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime vs. Asus Zenfone Max (2016) vs. Coolpad Note 3 Plus vs. Leeco Le 1s Eco)

Best phone under 10000

Phone Price in India Gadgets 360 rating
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Rs. 8,999 8/ 10
Asus ZenFone Max (2016) Rs. 8,999 7/ 10
LeEco Le 1s Eco Rs. 9,999 7/ 10
Coolpad Note 3 Plus Rs. 8,999 7/ 10
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Rs. 7,999 7/ 10

 

These are our picks for the best phones under Rs. 10,000. If you use any of these phones, please tell us about your experience via the comments. If not, what other phones under Rs. 10,000 would you recommend?

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2016 Nexus Phones Tipped to Get Animated Home Button, Night Light, and More

2016 Nexus Phones Tipped to Get Animated Home Button, Night Light, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New animation tipped to be associated with Google Assistant
  • The home button turns into four coloured dots in animation
  • Animation reported to stop working when Google Now is turned off

According to leaks, Google will be introducing a ‘flowery’ new animation to the home button on the onscreen navigation keys with the rumoured new launcher it will ship with the 2016 Nexus phones – something that may make its way to other Android 7.0 Nougat phones as a launcher.
As per the leaked gif image when you long press the home button, it turns into four small dots with the same colours that are associated with Google’s Assistant with a swift animation (seen below), reports Android Police. To further clear any doubts, the site says that its source has confirmed that when the Google Now feature is turned off for the smartphone, the animation goes away.googleassistant_homeanimation_1.gif

Currently the animation makes Google Now on Tap launch, but with Google Assistant still in development and only expected to be launched alongside the new Nexus phones, it remains possible the animation will give you options that tap into Google Assistant instead.

(Also see: Sundar Pichai Says Google Will Be More Opinionated With Nexus Device)

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The reports of customisations for the Nexus series (in this case, via the launcher) is in line with Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s statement that the company was planning on getting more opinionated with is Nexus offerings.

There remains the possibility that these changes will make their way to Android 7.0 Nougat, or, that the launcher will work on non-Nexus smartphones. As with any other Nougat 7.0 leak, we can’t say for sure whether this will make Google’s final cut or not but if the company has indeed gone ahead with the development of this animation and wants to promote its Google Assistant feature further.

In other leaks, the search giant is tipped to have changed the colour theme for its ‘settings’ menu to a UI that is dark grey, blue, and white in colour. The night mode has also been suggested to come under the name ‘Night Light’.

The settings tab is suggested to be divided into two sections ‘All’ and ‘Support’ in the latest leaks. This particular change has been suggested to be exclusive to the upcoming Nexus devices.

Another feature “Quick Screen Check”, that has surfaced, will allow the users to check their notifications without waking the phone up fully.

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Pokemon Go Is Installed on More Android Phones Than Tinder: Report

Pokemon Go Is Installed on More Android Phones Than Tinder: Report

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As per SimilarWeb, Pokemon Go will have more daily users than Twitter
  • The game is used more than WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger
  • It is yet to release outside Australia, New Zealand, and the US

It’s no surprise that Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm even though it is only available officially in three countries. According to analytics firm SimilarWeb, the game has found itself on more devices than some of the most popular apps around.

“On July 8th, only 2 days after the app’s release, it was already installed on 5.16 percent of all Android devices in the US. If that doesn’t seem like much, consider that by Thursday, July 7th, Pokemon Go was already installed on more US Android phones than Tinder,” a post from the company claims.

(Also see: How to Download, Install, and Play Pokemon Go Right Now)

Furthermore, the user engagement on Pokemon Go has been extremely high as well.

“Over 60 percent of those who have downloaded the app in the US are using it daily, meaning around 3 percent of the entire US Android population are users of the app,” the company’s post continues. It’s reaching a point where it could rival the likes of Twitter. So much so that SimilarWeb believes that Pokemon Go is “neck and neck with Twitter, and in a few more days, Pokémon Go will likely have more users Daily Active Users than the well-established social network.”

Another reason for this is the traffic towards third party file sites like APKMirror. SimilarWeb claims that since Pokemon Go’s release traffic spiked for the site tremendously. It increased from 600,000 visits on July 5 to over four million on July 6 with 30.5 percent of all desktop search traffic over a 28 day period having the term “pokemon” in it.

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And it’s this high volume of search and installs that has resulted in an equally large amount of usage time. Pokemon Go was being used for an average of 43 minutes and 23 seconds a day as of July 8, putting it higher than Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Messenger.

(Also see: Playing Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

While a large chunk of this activity around Pokemon Go has been driven by curiosity for the franchise’s first proper mobile outing, it will be interesting to see if Niantic and the Pokemon Company can sustain its popularity in the weeks to come. If you want to see what the fuss is about, check out our guide onhow to download the game for Android.

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Freedom 251 Delivery Update and 6 New Phones

Freedom 251 Delivery Update and 6 New Phones

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5000 ‘lucky’ customers will start getting their Freedom 251 units
  • Ringing Bells Elegance and Elegant are new Android phones
  • The company has also announced 4 new feature phones

Freedom 251 units will finally start shipping on Friday, the controversial manufacturer of the Rs. 251 smartphone said in New Delhi on Thursday. At the event, Ringing Bells also announced two new budget Android smartphones – Ringing Bells Elegance and Ringing Bells Elegant – as well as four new feature phones, three power banks, and a HD TV.

The company reiterated that Freedom 251 deliveries will begin on Friday with 5,000 units that will ship out to customers chosen by lucky draws. ‘Based on feedback from these customers’, Ringing Bells will decide the fate of the millions of others who’d pre-ordered the Rs. 251 smartphone, the company said.

As for Elegance and Elegant, the two new phones announced by Ringing Bells, they come with a 5-inch 720p display and are powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, expandable by another 32GB via a microSD slot. Both smartphones run Android 6.0 out of the box, and come with an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 3.2-megapixel front shooter. Connectivity options on the two phones include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM.

While the Rs. 4,499 Ringing Bells Elegance comes with 4G connectivity (with VoLTE support) and a 2800mAh battery, the Ringing Bells Elegance, carrying a price tag of Rs. 3,999, is a 3G phone powered by a 2500mAh battery.

(Also see: Ringing Bells Freedom 251 vs. Elegant vs. Elegance)

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Both phones are listed on Ringing Bells’ website but there’s no word yet on how and when they will become available.

At the event, the company also announced four new feature phones: Ringing Bells Hit (Rs. 699), Ringing Bells King (Rs. 899), Ringing Bells Boss (Rs. 999), and Ringing Bells Raja (Rs. 1,099). Three power banks – RB Power (4000mAh, Rs. 399), RB Power Plus (5500mAh, Rs. 499), RB Smart (8000mAh, Rs. 699) – are now listed on the company’s website as well.

Ringing Bells has also announced a 31.5-inch HD LED TV priced at Rs. 9,900 that will be launched on August 15. Pre-order and other details will be shared at a later date.

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Ringing Bells Elegance

Ringing Bells Elegance

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

3.2-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2800mAh

See full Ringing Bells Elegance specifications
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    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Elegant

Ringing Bells Elegant

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

3.2-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2500mAh

See full Ringing Bells Elegant specifications
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    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Hit

Ringing Bells Hit

Display

1.40-inch

Processor

Front Camera

No

Resolution

RAM

OS

Storage

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery capacity

1250mAh

See full Ringing Bells Hit specifications
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    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells King

Ringing Bells King

Display

2.40-inch

Processor

Front Camera

No

Resolution

RAM

OS

Storage

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery capacity

1800mAh

See full Ringing Bells King specifications
Also See
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    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Boss

Ringing Bells Boss

Display

2.40-inch

Processor

Front Camera

No

Resolution

RAM

OS

Storage

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

See full Ringing Bells Boss specifications
Also See
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    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Raja

Ringing Bells Raja

Display

2.80-inch

Processor

Front Camera

No

Resolution

RAM

OS

Storage

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery capacity

1800mAh

See full Ringing Bells Raja specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
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Best 4G Mobile Phones Under Rs. 10,000

Best 4G Mobile Phones Under Rs. 10,000

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4G is quickly gaining ground in India
  • 4G rates are the same as 3G at the moment
  • Many 4G phones cost less than Rs. 10,000

Most new smartphones support 4G in India, but there are so many options in the market that it can be hard to zero in on any one of them. You could spend several hours poring over specification sheets and still be unable to decide which phone you should buy. That is where this article will help.

We’ve reviewed several of the best 4G smartphones in the market, some of which cost less than Rs. 10,000. Here are our top picks from this budget segment. Remember that we’ve only considered smartphones we have reviewed. As you would expect, all of the phones run Google’s Android operating system. We have restricted ourselves to smartphones released in 2016 so you aren’t picking up an old model.

1. Asus Zenfone Max (2016)
If you’re looking for a phone with 4G, you’re most probably going to rely on cellular data. That means you need a phone with great battery life, which is where the Asus Zenfone Max (2016) excels. Its 5000mAh battery means that it’ll easily last through the day and more. Its performance is decent, and the camera is good, though you’ll have to live with a sub-par display.

Asus ZenFone Max (2016)

Rs. 9999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Great battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Android 6.0 preinstalled
  • Good camera
  • Bad
  • Low-resolution screen
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • ZenUI can be intrusive
Read detailed Asus ZenFone Max (2016) review

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a pretty solid performer overall. We were pleased most notably with its display and felt it has everything that a good smartphone needs. Only the base variant (2GB RAM and 16GB storage) is available under Rs. 10,000. If you can spare the cash you definitely should buy the 3GB/ 32GB variant, but the base variant will suffice for most people – if you can get your hands on one.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Rs. 9999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Great looks and build quality
  • Vivid display
  • Strong CPU performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Offers good value
  • Bad
  • Expandable storage limited to 32GB
  • Camera could have been better
Read detailed Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review

3. Coolpad Note 3 Plus
Coolpad Note 3 Plus has a pretty good display, decent cameras and comes with a pretty fast and accurate fingerprint sensor too. We noted in our review that this is more than what most phones that cost under Rs. 10,000 will offer you. Our only quibble is that its software is a bit annoying, but if you can get used to that this is a good 4G smartphone.

Coolpad Note 3 Plus

Rs. 8,999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Decent fingerprint sensor
  • Good screen
  • Good value for money
  • Bad
  • Poorly designed software
  • Slightly dull camera performance
Read detailed Coolpad Note 3 Plus review
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  • Amazon
    Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 8,999
  • Amazon
    Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Champagne White, 16GB)
    Rs. 8,999

4. LeEco Le 1s Eco
LeEco Le 1s Eco’s focus is more on its bundled services, such as free 5TB cloud storage for a year, than the phone itself. Still, we found it to be a pretty good phone that offers excellent value for money. We weren’t too happy with its battery life or camera quality, but the phone performed well in all other aspects.

Le 1s Eco

Rs. 10899

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Free content services and 5TB storage for a year
  • Metal body and good looks
  • Good performance
  • Fingerprint reader and quick charging
  • Bad
  • Heats up when in use
  • No microSD slot
  • Poor camera quality
  • Underwhelming battery life
Read detailed Le 1s Eco review

5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is the most affordable among the 4G phones listed here, which could make it appealing to many people with a tight budget. In our review, we said the smartphone looks great and performs well. We did face some heating issues and weren’t fully satisfied with the battery life, but if you can live with that, the phone is great for its price.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Looks good
  • Good display
  • Dolby Atmos sound enhancement
  • Bad
  • Gets hot when in use
  • Poor battery life
Read detailed Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review
Also See
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Silver, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Grey, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999

These are the best 4G phones under Rs. 10,000. You could also consider the Xolo Era 4K (Review),InFocus Bingo 50 (Review), and Coolpad Note 3 Lite (Review) as they are decent alternatives to the above.

Which phone will you buy?

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