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Monday, 20 February 2017

Decoding OPPO's upcoming Breakthrough smartphone photography technology '5X'

OPPO Mobiles is now one of the leading handset maker company in China as well as India, its world's 4th largest selling brand. OPPO has established itself as a global player and its innovations have surely grabbed the attention of users and critics alike. 

True to its campaign 'OPPO Camera Phones' spirit, OPPO is set to unveil its next breakthrough in smartphone photography code named project '5X'. 

OPPO 5X project
Speaking about the technology, Mr. Sky Li, VP, OPPO, MD of International Mobile Business & President of OPPO India, said, “OPPO’s relentless pursuit of perfection without compromise has given birth to a remarkable technological breakthrough that will change how the world perceives smartphone photography.”

Sky added, “This remarkable achievement is the result of an extensive, year-long R&D process, combined with OPPO’s unparalleled expertise in smartphone imaging technology. We chose MWC to unveil the ‘5x’ technology with the belief that we can inspire the industry to aim higher, and continue to create pioneering products that give amazing experiences to consumers.”  

OPPO is well known for its premium build smartphones with a strong emphasis on Camera of the phone, the name '5X' suggests that it can be related to the optical zoom capability of a phone. We have seen ASUS Zenfone Zoom with '3X' optical zoom. Extending that to '5X' will be interesting to see. Our speculations seems to be in right direction as the image for the event which is part of the official press release states 'So close you can feel it'. This further confirms that OPPO's next breakthrough project has something to do with the zoom capability of the smartphone.

Going by example ASUS Zenfone Zoom we now know that its pretty difficult to fit a complex lens mechanism in smartphones of today's era. On the other hand OPPO is well known for its well built slim profile smartphones. Now Is OPPO working on a better zoom enabled smartphone? May be that's what we can infer from whatever information we have as of now, but it would be interesting to see if they compromise on the form factor of the phone to that and if yes upto what extent. So if you are nearby you can experience it first hand on Feb 27, 2017 in OPPO’s booth at MWC is D31 in Hall 3, if not than don't be disappointed we are here to bring all the news to you just keep watching this space. 

[GiveAway]: Participate to Win Fitbit Flex 2 Wireless Activity Tracker and Sleep Wristband

We are happy to announce that we are hosting our first ever giveaway on Tech Siddhi. We have just completed 4 years in journey and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your support. To mark a wonderful start for the 5th year in progress we are hosting a giveaway of Fitbit Flex 2 Wireless Activity and Sleep wristband.

If you are a fitness enthusiast you must be aware of Fitbit as a brand, even if you are not currently into fitness routine Fitbit Devices have proved to be great motivator with their intuitive app and dashboards. The Fitbit Flex 2 is a wonderful Tracking device that monitors it all for you while you do the hardwork or even when you fall asleep. The automatic tracker doesn't need much attention of yours while you work or sleep it just calculates everything you need silently.

Fitbit Flex 2 Features

Specifications of Fitbit Flex 2:
  • Track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes

  • Ultra-thin, removable tracker hides in bands, pendants and bangles

  • Swim-proof for tracking swimming, life-proof for wear in the ocean, shower, pool and beyond

  • Smart track automatically recognizes select workouts and records them to your Fitbit app

  • Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and set a silent alarm to wake with a small vibration

  • Get call and text notifications on your wrist with unique vibration patterns and color-coded LED lights

  • LED display lights up to show progress toward your daily goal
So convinced you want it? Then what's the wait for, head right towards the giveaway widget at the end of the post to participate and leave the rest on us. 

  1. The contest starts on 21st Feb, 2017 and  closes on May 21st, 2017.
  2. The contest is managed by Rafflecopter, and the winner would be picked randomly by the same. The result provided by Rafflecopter would be final and binding.
  3. Each entry of the winner would be checked manually, to confirm if he has completed the steps correctly. In the case of any irregularity with the entry, another winner would be picked up. No gaming the system, no cheating! We’ll be monitoring the entries.
  4. The winner would be notified by eMail.
  5. The contest is open to all geographic locations , we will do the shipping anywhere in India however shipping outside India has to be born by the winner.
  6. You can complete few entries daily to earn more points, keep a check on them.
  7. Each point you earn will be counted as a unique entry, the more points you earn, the better your chances are to win. In short, try to complete as many steps as you can in the widget below; but it is not necessary to complete all steps.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Samsung launches World’s first Solar-powered Refrigerators with Digital inverter & World’s first 8-Pole Digital Inverter AC

Samsung India has recently introduced smart convertible frost-free and direct cool refrigerators which run on solar power, and a new range of air conditioners with digital inverter technology that cools 43% faster.

2 Door Rose Mallow Blue

The new refrigerator and air conditioner range with advanced technologies enables faster cooling, power conservation, durability and great design. They combine innovation with advanced technology to deliver optimal performance. A key feature in the new line of refrigerators is solar power compatibility, which will go a long way in energy conservation in line with the Indian government’s efforts to promote solar power.

New S-Inverter Air Conditioner
Based on India specific customer insights, a new S Inverter air conditioner range is introduced in the affordable luxury segment with new technology, durability and design.

The new Samsung S-Inverter Air Conditioner series is engineered to consume less power and produce exceptional cooling comfort. Equipped with advanced and world’s first new 8-pole motor in its Digital Inverter range, they ensure faster cooling performance of up to 43% and consume much lesser energy as compared to conventional air conditioners. The entire New S-Inverter range will come with BEE ISEER rating.

AC Max Copper Mild Blue Strip

For increased durability, it comes with DuraFin™ condenser which is corrosion resistant as compared to conventional condensers. DuraFin™ components are made of materials that are more resistant to corrosion with 34% more thickness. Its larger condenser and optimized refrigerant flow enables to endure extremely hot outdoor temperatures of up to 52°C.

Samsung air conditioner range comes with a new Voltage Protector feature which enables consumers to enjoy cool fresh air without having to worry about product damage due to power fluctuations. Best suited for India, these air conditioners with Voltage Protector can handle voltage fluctuations from 146V to 290V ensuring worry-free operation. In addition, they also improve the look of homes as there is no need to install an external stabilizer for managing voltage fluctuations.

All 1.5T and onwards Samsung air conditioners models comes with highly efficient twin BLDC (Brushless DC electric motor). Twin BLDC compressor optimises and enhances cooling by 40% when compared to the conventional compressor. Not only that, Twin BLDC compressor increased reliability, reduced noise and hence provided longer product life.

Samsung AC range comes with the trend-setting new Magnolia floral pattern following Samsung’s tradition of introducing new floral patterns as per Indian taste.

Smart Convertible Refrigerators
Taking further the benefits of digital inverter technology, Samsung smart convertible refrigerator is the first of its kind in frost-free category, which runs on solar power as well as on home inverter, giving convenience of cooling and freshness to the consumer during power cuts.

The smart convertible range also comes with features like Power Cooling Mode and Power Freeze Mode that help reach the target temperature in 31% shorter time. Maintaining health and hygiene has been a key feature of smart convertible refrigerator. Its twin cooling system avoids mixing of odours inside the compartment. Vegetables and fruits are stored at optimal humidity level by releasing moisture cyclically.

The digital inverter compressor optimizes usage by minimal wear-and-tear and extends the life of a refrigerator by over ten years. With low noise level, the smart direct cool refrigerator can withstand voltage fluctuations ranging from 100 volts to 300 volts. The new range of refrigerators comes with two new floral patterns: Rose Mallow and Magnolia. Star Flower and Tender Lily are the other shades available in the market.

Direct Cool Refrigerators
Samsung smart refrigerator has advanced compressor of digital inverter technology which can run on solar panel and home inverter to provide uninterrupted cooling. It can also operate on home inverters to provide uninterrupted service during power cuts with a cooling retention of nine hours.

The fridge automatically adjusts its speed in response to cooling demand and is equipped with up to 7 compressor RPM that makes precise adjustments to cooling performance and maximises freshness of food.

The digital inverter compressor optimizes usage by minimal wear-and-tear and extends the life of a refrigerator by over 10 years. With low noise level, the smart direct cool refrigerator can withstand voltage fluctuations ranging from 100 to 300 volts.

The premium range of direct cool refrigerators come with clutter-breaking designs of door and handle. The three handle designs are Island, Bar and Bar Chrome. For the door, Elegant Crown and Grande enhance the aesthetics.

Price and Availability
Smart Convertible Refrigerator: Priced at INR 27,250/-, the mid-segment range begins from 253L and has multiple sizes up to 670L.

Smart Digital Inverter Direct Cool Refrigerator: Starting at INR 14,900, the products range from 192L to 230L and will be available across key markets.

S-Inverter, Digital Inverter Technology Based Air Conditioners: INR 35,900 to INR 66,600

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Swipe Elite Power 4G vs Coolpad Mega 2.5 D

Swipe Technologies has launched their new phone “Swipe Elite Power 4G” for just Rs.6999. This android 6.0 phone is considered as one of the best smartphones under 7000.
The launching of this device is seen as a strong competition to the Coolpad Mega 2.5 D. It was one of the best selling phones of 2016 under 7000 INR.
It is necessary for smartphone buyers to compare both devices before making a purchase.To make your task simpler, we are doing a comparison between Swipe Elite Power 4G and Coolpad Mega 2.5 D based on key specs.

 Let us explore the comparison between Swipe Elite Power 4G and Coolpad Mega 2.5 D: -

Swipe Elite Power 4G and Coolpad Mega 2.5 D both runs on Android version 6.0 Marshmallow. It results into a tie between them.

Screen size and display:
Both the devices have same screen size 5.5 Inch while have same screen resolution around 1280x720 pixels. You will get almost equivalent real estate.

RAM, ROM, and Processor unit:
Swipe Elite Power has 2 GB RAM while 16 GB internal memory unit. On the other hand, Coolpad Mega 2.5 D dominates Swipe Elite Power by 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. In short, Coolpad Mega 2.5 D offers enhanced speed and performance than Swipe Elite Power 4G.
If we discuss about Processor Unit then Swipe Elite Power is leading the race with a slighter margin. Swipe Elite Power 4G has 1.1 GHz quad-core processor unit while Coolpad mega 2.5 D has 1.0 GHz quad-core processor unit.

If you are a selfie lover, then you should go with Coolpad Mega 2.5 D, it has 8 MP front camera for capturing quality Images and videos. On the other side, Swipe Elite power is offering 5.0 MP camera.
Both devices have 8.0 MP Rear cameras. So, on paper you will get almost same camera quality with both the phone.

Battery is a key feature to look for while buying a smartphone. Swipe Elite Power 4G has beaten Coolpad Mega 2.5 D with a greater difference. It has 4000 mAh battery; you can enjoy 12 h 3G talktime and 7+ hours’ online movie watching activities.
Battery is a weak factor of Coolpad Mega 2.5 D, it comes with 2500 mAh battery that offers less 3G talktime and standby  time than Swipe Elite Power 4G.

Connectivity plays a key role in smartphone decision making. Both devices have almost same connectivity features. You can enjoy 3G, 4G, VOLTE, WiFi, hotspot etc services in both devices. Both devices have hybrid SIM slots, you can either enjoy Dual SIM feature or expand memory space.             
In short, Swipe Elite Power 4G is a best buy phone to geeks who needs reliable battery while if you are looking for performance and camera then 3 GB RAM Coolpad Mega 2.5 D is a best buy device.    

Note: This is a guest article and is not authored by Tech Siddhi team.                      

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

ASUS launches Zenfone 3S Max in India for Rs 14,999/-, runs on Android Nougat out of the box

Strengthening its presence in Longer Battery Life Smartphones ASUS has today announced the Zenfone 3S Max in India for a price of Rs 14,999/-. ASUS Zenfone 3S Max will be available both offline as well as online from today itself in Sand Gold and Black colour variants.

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max
ASUS Zenfone 3S Max
It is worth noting that in second half of last year ASUS launched Zenfone 3 Max phone with two variants with 5.2 inch and 5.5 inch display and other slight differences. The Zenfone 3 Max were priced at Rs 17,999/- and 12,999/-. Its courageous on ASUS's part to launch the successor device within a short span and intelligent to price it with atleast a 2K difference in price.

As you might already know the Zenfone Max series is known for its longer battery life, the last launched Zenfone 3 Max had 4100 mAh battery power to get you max from your phone while the latest Zenfone 3S Max comes with a massive 5000 mAh battery which is claimed to give 38 days of 4G standby time, 28 hours of 3G talktime, and 25 hours of Web browsing. As with the other Zenfone 3 models Zenfone 3S Max comes in all metal unibody design however the finger print sensor is placed on front this time and is claimed to unlock the phone in less than 0.5 seconds. The Zenfone 3S Max also comes with the familiar reverse charging feature using which you can also charge another phone from Zenfone 3S. 

Zenfone 3S Max comes with a 5.2 inch HD display which is claimed to have a brightness over 400 nits, the Display is covered with a 2.5D curved glass. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC and Mali T860 GPU coupled with 3 GB RAM. Zenfone 3S Max comes with 32 GB inbuilt storage which can be further expanded upto a whopping 2 TB via micro SD card. As for camera, the Zenfone 3S Max comes with a 13 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, 5P Largan lens, PDAF and dual LED real tone flash. The rear camera comes with familiar features such as super resolution, panorama, low-light, backlit HDR mode etc. On Front there is a 8MP camera with 85 degree wide angle lens and has beautification mode along with HDR and low light mode.

On connectivity front the device comes with a hybrid dual SIM (dual standby) and has connectivity options such as 4G LTE (CAT 4), VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS. Asus also claims that the ICEPower enhanced mono 5-magnet loudspeaker produces high quality loud sound while the dual microphone setup ensures noise cancellation. 

ASUS Zenfone 3S Max runs ZenUI 3.0 based on latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. ZenMotion Touch Gesture helps users swiftly launch apps by writing a letter on the Zenfone 3S Max’s blank screen. Multi-window mode, provided by Android 7.0 Nougat, allows users to multitask by working on a split-window or effortlessly switching between apps. GameGenie helps enhance the gaming experience with its search function offering tips and the option to record and live broadcast gameplay via YouTube and Twitch