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Asus ZenFone 2 – The 3 Variants Launched in India

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus at its Thursday event launched the three variants of the ZenFone 2 lineup in India (four including storage variants), priced from Rs. 12,999 to Rs. 22,999. The Taiwanese company, as reported by NDTV Gadgets prior to launch, only made the 5.5-inch screen variants of the smartphone lineup available in India.

The ZenFone 2 variants announced on Thursday are the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML(with 4GB of RAM, 64GB ROM or inbuilt storage, and a 5.5-inch full-HD display) which is the top-end variant of the smartphone series and will be available at Rs. 22,999; the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (with 4GB of RAM, 32GB ROM, and a 5.5-inch full-HD display) which is identical to the top-end variant but with half the inbuilt storage, priced at Rs. 19,999; the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (with 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM, and 5.5-inch full-HD display) at Rs. 14,999, while the basic model of the series is the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML (with 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and 5.5-inch HD display), priced at Rs. 12,999.

Asus, as it had with the first-generation ZenFone series, has tied up with Flipkart as online retailer of the ZenFone 2 series. All the Asus ZenFone 2 series models are available to pre-order on Flipkart starting Thursday; though the top-end variant of the ZenFone 2 featuring 64GB inbuilt storage and 4GB of RAM is yet not listed on Flipkart. We contacted Asus India and were told the timeline for release has not yet been decided, and more details will be made available shortly.

 

According to the Flipkart listing, the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (with 4GB of RAM, 32GB ROM, and a 5.5-inch full-HD display) comes with a tentative release date of May 13 while the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (with 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM, and 5.5-inch full-HD display) comes with a tentative release date of May 4. The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML (with 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and 5.5-inch HD display) also comes with a tentative release date of May 4.

 

 

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

All variants of the Asus ZenFone 2 run the company’s new ZenUI based on Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop, and feature Intel Atom SoCs. The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB RAM) features a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, while the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML 2GB RAM model features a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560. The ZenFone 2 ZE550ML is also powered by the same Intel Atom Z3560 chipset. All the versions support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB).

The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML features a 5.5-inch full-HD display in both the 2GB and 4GB RAM variants, while the Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML features a 5.5-inch HD display. All the models are dual-SIM (Micro-SIMs) smartphones, and feature 4G connectivity support for Indian LTE bands (Band 3 and Band 40).

The Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB and 2GB RAM models) and the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML sport 13-megapixel rear PixelMaster camera while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on board as well. Both the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML models feature dual-tone flash. A 3000mAh battery backs all four ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (4GB and 2GB RAM models) and the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML smartphones.

Asus on Thursday, apart from launching the new ZenFone 2 series in India, also announced various accessories including the ZenFlash, LolliFlash, View Flip Cover Deluxe, ZenPower, and ZenEar.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The Gamble Pays Off

It’s been a tumultuous year for Samsung. Buoyant and complacent with being the world’s most successful Android smartphone vendor for ages, the Korean giant was perhaps not prepared for its Galaxy S5 flagship last year to be so roundly criticised for not breaking any new ground. The heart rate sensor was pretty much mostly a gimmick, and the glossy plastic body did it no favours when seen next to its competition. Chinese brands have started having an impact on its low-end and mid-range sales, and Lollipop updates for older devices have been coming too slowly, if at all.

Samsung’s image has lost a lot of its former sheen; even more so when it comes to the top-end Galaxy S range. Under more pressure than ever before, the company is betting on a major reinvention. Gone is the cheap plastic, in favour of slick aluminium. Gone is the heavy TouchWiz skin with dozens of settings and features that no one ever used – the software is more restrained than ever.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

It’s been a tumultuous year for Samsung. Buoyant and complacent with being the world’s most successful Android smartphone vendor for ages, the Korean giant was perhaps not prepared for its Galaxy S5 flagship last year to be so roundly criticised for not breaking any new ground. The heart rate sensor was pretty much mostly a gimmick, and the glossy plastic body did it no favours when seen next to its competition. Chinese brands have started having an impact on its low-end and mid-range sales, and Lollipop updates for older devices have been coming too slowly, if at all.Samsung’s image has lost a lot of its former sheen; even more so when it comes to the top-end Galaxy S range. Under more pressure than ever before, the company is betting on a major reinvention. Gone is the cheap plastic, in favour of slick aluminium. Gone is the heavy TouchWiz skin with dozens of settings and features that no one ever used – the software is more restrained than ever.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
We first saw the new Samsung Galaxy S6 (and its eclectic curved-glass twin, theGalaxy S6 Edge) shortly after its launch at the 2015 Mobile World Congress show, but now we’ve had enough time to conduct a full, thorough review. The device is launching in India just over a month after its global debut, making it the first of this year’s flagship models to make it here. Should you rush out and buy one?Look and feel

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Samsung has been experimenting with metal bodies up and down its product lineup, so it’s no surprise that the new flagship model comes in full aluminium trim. Samsung’s phones have been difficult to tell apart in the past because of the company’s very set template, and the Galaxy S6 feels like something of a missed opportunity in terms of a breakout design. With new materials and new priorities, Samsung could have gone in exciting directions but the Galaxy S6 not only carries forward most of its predecessors’ style, it somehow simultaneously manages to look like it has borrowed cues from Sony and Apple.While the influence of the iPhone 6 (Review | Pictures) and its predecessors is apparent in details such as the machined speaker grille and chamfered rim edges, we find that the overall shape and style feel more derivative of the Sony Xperia Z3 (Review| Pictures). Other touches, such as the silver-rimmed physical Home button are pure Samsung.

Software
Samsung has famously reduced a lot of the software clutter that defined its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 devices. TouchWiz has tried to mimic some of Google’s Lollipop-era Material Design aesthetic and it is a marked improvement over previous Samsung attempts at UI design. Responsiveness isn’t a problem, and we never got the feeling that any of the customisations were a step backwards from stock Android.

There are some things that you might never use, but are fairly unobtrusive and can be disabled, such as the Fliboard-style news reader to the left of the primary home screen, and the ability to run two apps simultaneously in a split-screen mode. The quick settings and notifications shade is handy – for example, grabbing the brightness slider makes all other controls temporarily disappear from the screen, letting you see how your adjustment will affect the underlying app or content.

EA Sports UFC Fighting Game Now Available for Android and iOS

 Last year saw Electronic Arts (EA) release a game based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), succinctly called EA Sports UFC. It was for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4).

This year, the franchise makes its way to portable devices, namely those running Android or iOS. With over 70 fighters in four divisions to choose from, and a host of in-game rewards to unlock (or buy as it is a free-to-play game), it seems to be one of the more robust games for mobile gamers.

 

EA Sports UFC

EA Sports UFC

 

“We are really excited about the early fan feedback and support we’ve received, and now even more people around the world can experience the best in class visuals and immersive gameplay that set a new bar for mobile and tablet fighting games,” said Dean Richards, GM, EA Sports in a prepared statement. “Combined with intuitive touch controls, this is the ultimate vehicle to transport players of all skill levels into the heart of the action, bringing all the emotion and intensity of a fight to life wherever they are.”

The game had a soft launch a couple of months ago in Canada, South Korea, Singapore, and Russia. EA claims it was downloaded over two million times with gamers playing for an average of 36 minutes every day. Furthermore, the developers at EA’s Canada studio worked closely with the team behind the console release. The end result is almost console-like graphics.

“After the success of their first UFC videovigilancia game, EA is now giving fans another amazing way to play EA Sports UFC, no matter where they are in the world,” UFC President Dana White said. “EA continues to deliver quality gaming experiences and with the mobile game, not only are we going to reach a broader fan base, but we’re making the sport accessible on a global platform.”

Skullcandy PLYR1

Skullcandy PLYR1

Skullcandy PLYR1

So, i made a decisionit had been time to shop for a vicereceiver I might use with my consoles. I’ve ne’er used one with my PS3 / PS4, until now. I even haveassociate degree ancient inventive Fatal1ty H-1000 that i have beenvictimization for years for my laptop, that has performed properly in stereo sound, however I requiredone thing….more.I researched heavily and locateda reallybig variety of opinions and set ups, from earphone / mixamp combos to easy USB connections and that iall over up going with the favored Skullcandy PLYR1. Reviews from gamers United Nations agency have expertise with high finish and middle tier headsets claim its on par with a number of the dearer setups in sound and overall useablity.Starting with the worthI purchased mine from Bestbuy.com for $129.99 in black. they’reconjointlyobtainable in white, thatsquare measure equally awfultrying. Retail worth is $179.99, essentiallyall over, howeveryou ought to check all over for an acquisitionjust like the one I snagged.

Pictured here is that the headphones resting on the stand / wireless transmitter. Everything is extremely low profile and takes up littlehouse. The stand is matte black on the edgesand will resist dirtas good as. The forward facing edge is shiny plastic, therefore if you do not like dirt on your stuff, you willgot to wipe it each once in an exceedinglywhereas. to this pointthereforesensible.
Skullcandy PLYR1

Skullcandy PLYR1

This is a read of the rear of the stand / transmitter. From prime to bottom:earpiece button: Used for pairing to headphones, virtually like BluetoothPower Button: Turns the unit on or off.

Auxiliary Jack: this is often for three.5mm cables to insert from your phone, iPod, iPhone and transmit to telephone receiver. CABLE NOT INCLUDED!!!!! They enclosedAN XBOX Live cable thatappearance similar howeverwon’tmatch. you would like a male to male three.5mm Aux cable.

Optical Out: Used as a passthrough, just in case your optical jack is being employed by one thing. Wont want it if your PS3/PS4’s optical jack within the back isn’tbeing employed.

Optical IN: Run optical cable from this jack to the rear of your Playstation. Optical cable is enclosed.

USB Port: This USB is employed to charge your telephone receiver. Run this enclosed USB cable (shorter one) to the telephone receiver to charge.

Power Connector: Use the longer USB cable and plug it from this port to your Playstion to offer the transmitter power. i feel chat audio additionally goes through this affiliation, therefore it ought to be necessary.

Connections took a pair of minutes, then five minutes of checking for mistakes!

Here is that this control board of the receiverThe power button glows white once on, and is unlit once off. Theres atiny low orange lightweight to the correct of the ability lightweight that glows once charging.The volume controls area unit taking a minute to urge accustomed. you’ll management Voice chat and game volume on it joystick, therefore typically you may end up lowering voice chat rather than game chat. you have got to play with it to urge it right while not trying.Behind the correct earcup you’ll see slightly slider button. this can be accustomed switch between three Audio Presets.

Skullcandy PLYR1

Position one (Bass Mode) very helps with sure music, like serious rock, rap, and pop. For country and classical, I found Position a pair of higher counting on live concert or cd quality. you may presumably be shift it back and forth to visualize for yourself, however its not a lot of of a pain to try and do therefore and also the modification is instant.

Position a pair of (Supreme Mode) may be a usually flat equalizer, therefore the power isnt irresistible however still thumps and also the highs are available nice and clear.

Position three (Precison) may be a low bass, crisp highs mode, largely used for hearing sounds you may not hear if an excessive amount of bass is pumping. it’s useful for independent agency and hearing footsteps and stuff, however i prefer the more bass from position one and a pair of to form the sport sound feel full. Either way, it provides you a transparent advantage, and makes it very exhausting to urge snuck au courant and knifed!

Skullcandy PLYR1

Lastly, on the rear off the correct earcup area unit 2 further ports. One auxilary for plugging into I assume associate iPhone or alternative sensible device or probably the transmitter. i have not tested it, however it feels like one or this alternative is what its used for. provides you some choices i suppose, if you cant be close to your transmitter. the opposite port is usng for charging, mistreatment the opposite USB cable from the transmitter. Orange lightweight can glow once charging.

Game Test

So far, I actually have tested game sounds for decision of Duty Ghosts, pinball game Arcade, Knack, Resogun, pedestrian (demo) and it performed fabulously all told games. Gun sounds feel authentic, sounds from behind area unit terribly clearly bestowed, despite being virtual surround sound. The earphone uses electrical engineer Prologic decoder to gift seven.1 surround sound and you’ll simply pinpoint a sound in relevancy wherever you hear it from. It truly pretty frickin amazing!

Movies

So far I actually have solely tried this with Black Hawk Down and Star Trek in Blu-ray format. Black Hawk down was attractive. you’ll hear belongings you had no plan were aforesaid or exploded. There area unit higher war movies to do out, that i will be able to do terribly shortly. Star Trek was good. The phaser fireplace and explosions measured nice however there wasn’t a lot of within the manner of the “surround” feeling. I dont recognize if it absolutely was the audio mastering of the blu-ray or the receiver, however I ne’er very felt within the middle of it all. a lot of testing required within the flick department.

Music

I’ve solely tested music through Youtube on the PS4 since i am unable to use my very own MP3’s nevertheless and it created Maine happy. Went through a bunch of playlists from serious metal to classical and it performed with bass serious songs and instrumental kind music. I usually unbroken it on Bass mode, since I hear largely rock-and-roll and bass drums very thump with this receiver! i used to be distressed this headset would not have the boom to feed my basshead wants, however it’s Maine sitting pretty right away.

Range

While taking note of music, I went into my room (15 feet away, one wall), I went outside (25 feet, two walls), my space (40ish feet), and into my basement to try and do laundry, all while not skipping a beat, no static or crackle. The vary looks to be strong and consistent all over. Results could terribly however walking round the house whereas keeping the beat going felt liberating.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a play receiver for underneath $150, this is it. easy setup, simple to use, absolutely wireless, superb sound quality and electrical engineer seven.1 surround sound. This receiver has very done the trick on behalf of me and i am excited to do out past and future games with it. I do have a five.1 surround electronic equipment that i will be able to perpetually use for movies except for late night or simply concealed listening, this may be my go-to.

Samsung JS9000

Samsung JS9000

Straight out of the box, the fifty five-inch JS9000 is tremendously spectacular. It’s light sufficient for a single human to elevate without support, and fashionable sufficient to reassure you that the three grand you simply dropped was cash good spent.
resolution 3840 x 2160
screen lcd with quantum dots
size fifty five-inch (additionally is available in 48-inch and 65-inch)
wise television platform Tizen
Connectivity Wi-Fi, four USB, four HDMI Tuners Aerial, satellite, cable.

You’ll be pleased to hear that atmosphere it up doesn’t take lengthy. First you screw the stand collectively, then you definately connect the tv, and that’s it. There are most effective two connections on the television itself: one is for vigour and the opposite is a weird proprietary factor that connects to a circuitry device known as the One connect field. Having an outside field is fundamental considering the fact that the television is thin and curved, and including sockets would damage that relatively.

We’ve seen these external boxes before, so this one comes as no great surprise, but you will need to find a home for it. The cable isn’t very long, so you can’t position it far away from the TV either. There are four HDMI sockets, a trio of USBs – including a USB 3.0 port – and dedicated inputs for cable, satellite and aerial feeds.

We confirmed the tv with a satellite tv for pc feed, and that is the place Samsung sets itself aside from LG. The JS9000 does a significantly better job of tuning in the Freesat channels, and areas them in roughly the correct order. It did make some errors along the best way, but LG’s WebOS platform makes a proper mess of the entire thing.

This TV is best suited to being given great material to start with. We don’t have a problem with that, because at this price it’s very much aimed at enthusiasts who care greatly about picture quality. While the quantum nanoparticles ensure that the TV can produce an intensely vivid picture, that’s only part of the story. The other part is the signal it receives. For quite some time, broadcasters have been recording HD on cameras that capture a lot more colour than our TVs could show. Thanks to the quantum nanoparticles, though, we can now display this extra colour information and boost the overall picture quality.

We also need to speak about HDR, which Netflix and Amazon have both introduced that they’ll be supporting. it will also be part of the legit UHD broadcast specification, and the new extremely HD Blu-ray format. HDR allows for for element to show up in vibrant areas as well as darkish ones. that is primary in producing photographs that have much more on display at anyone time than was once suggestion possible earlier than.

Samsung’s new TVs run on its Tizen working procedure. Tizen was once developed often for telephones instead to Google’s Android. utilizing it right here is similar to LG’s use of WebOS, which was once additionally a telephone OS and used on palm instruments. It’s definitely a fantastic method. on the other hand, there are times when it feels a bit of slow. There are a variety of button presses wanted to get to precise settings, and many times the tv can think a tad slow. There are lots of apps, though, and that’s a real promoting point.

As with a phone, apps are the cornerstone of this TV. Catch-up TV services including All 4 and BBC iPlayer sit happily alongside Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. There are also games, Skype (transforming your TV into a 55-inch phone), and you can Tweet and use Facebook, too. Samsung has hit a home run with its apps, so much so that its ecosystem almost sells the TV on its own.

To be fair, this TV is amazing right now. What isn’t so brilliant is the real lack of 4K video content to play on it. There are a few places you can get Ultra HD video – think Netflix, Amazon and even YouTube – but these are all highly compressed online sources, and, with the best will in the world, streaming is a poor relation to downloads and disc-based video.

The good news is that the new UHD Blu-ray format will arrive towards the end of this year. This will give you pristine quality from an upgraded Blu-ray disc with 100GB of storage space. You’ll get all of the extra features this TV supports, like HDR video and wider colour reproduction. All of this together will represent the most significant change to TV in a long time. It might even be more significant than the introduction of HD.

Because it stands now, the JS9000 is capable of intellect-blowing best. observing the outlet sequence of condo Of playing cards on Netflix is one clear example of simply how breathtaking ultra HD can particularly be. Even higher for these with a satellite tv for pc dish, tune in the Astra UHD experiment channel and be all set to look why ultra HD is this type of gigantic deal.

In case you watch a lot of typical-def Freeview channels, the JS9000 shall be wasted on you. Even some HD fabric from Freesat lacks the punch you’d need. We must say that this isn’t Samsung’s fault – it’s quite simply that some broadcasters are on a quest to curb their transmission great to be able to keep space and money.
excessive-def video is where the Samsung JS9000 really shines. Feed it a 1080p Blu-ray and watch because the UHD panel extracts each final fragment of element and hurls it toward your eyes.

When given extremely HD material, the television turns into much more spectacular. seem at Netflix or Amazon streaming video and you’ll be amazed by what’s viable. When the ultra HD Blu-ray format arrives, we’ll see this television explode with a lot detail, you’ll think you’re looking out of a window. We checked out each of those services and Amazon’s 4K seemed a contact crisper, but it surely’s rough to guage as the identical titles aren’t on each services.

The promise of high-dynamic-range video is also amazing; the big problem here is that there’s even less of this than there is UHD footage. Ultimately, its potential is perhaps greater than the increased resolution.