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Huawei Honor 6

Huawei is among the present day entrants within the tremendously aggressive Indian smartphone market. It launched Honor, which is virtually a sub-brand and its smartphones are exclusively sold online. the first mobile to launch is the honour 6, and listed here are six key aspects that make it among the many quality worth for cash smartphones.

The glory 6 entails a 5-inch screen with narrow bezels. It features an IPS display with full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution and a density of 445ppi. Huawei has also supplied a characteristic called “display saving mode,” which very nearly scales down the show resolution from 1080p to 720p. The corporation claims that enabling this feature can raise battery existence by way of just about 20 percent. moreover, there’s a display temperature surroundings, which lets customers control the intensity of colors.

The smartphone is powered by using Huawei’s Kirin 920 octa-core processor (1.7GHz Cortex-A15 quad-core + 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core). The processor is paired with Mali-T628 MP4 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. Such processing chops ensure that each one apps, video games and offerings are dealt with easily.

On the photography front, the respect 6 elements a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel snapper at the front. Of be aware is the selfie digicam, which offers first rate efficiency for its fee range. furthermore to beginning a timer at the same time clicking selfies, the digital camera app also opens a “selfie window,” which ensures that you’re looking instantly on the lens. The entrance camera also has a huge lens that clicks pics at 16:9 ratio guaranteeing your whole buddies fit into the groupies.

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat on the smartphone is wrapped beneath Emotion UI 2.three, which offers a bunch of nifty aspects. The lock screen scrolls by means of a number of pre-hooked up wallpapers at any time when you get up the display, and there’s also a speedy-entry menu with shortcuts to foremost points.

The Notification core has two panels — one for notifications, and the other for settings. the former involves typically visited options like Wi-Fi, Sound, plane mode, Bluetooth, GPS, flashlight, and the brightness bar amongst others.

A different feature incorporated is the IR Blaster with a partner app referred to as intelligent Controller. As you may count on, that you may manipulate your television, set-high-box, DVD participant, and ACs with the far flung. In our checking out the app labored simply first-class.

The honor 6 entails a 3,100mAh battery. In day-to-day utilization, the battery is conveniently in a position to survive a day, so you won’t have got to elevate around a charger with you. Even with heavy utilization, the battery continues to be equipped to outlive for around 7-8 hours.

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Gionee Marathon M5 Lite Review

Gionee’s mission in the budget smartphone segment has been all about delivering the best battery life possible. Its Marathon series really took off after the company launched the Marathon M4 (Review | Pictures) and more recently, the Marathon M5 (Review | Pictures).

Following up on the success of the latter, we now have the Marathon M5 Lite, which was launched last month. The specifications and features of the newer phone bear a striking resemblance to those of the older M4, only with a newer version of Android and slightly beefed up internals. Although the M4 is still being sold for around the same amount as the M5 Lite, it could replace the older model going ahead.

So which one should you pick right now? Is newer always better? Let’s find out.

Look and feel
The Marathon M5 Lite definitely scores more points when it comes to aesthetics. It’s slimmer with a more premium look thanks to the new colour and the chrome accents running along its edges. It’s slightly heavier though and that heft is noticeable when it’s in your pocket.

The display is a crisp 5-inch HD IPS panel, and it uses Dragontrail glass for added strength. The pixel density of the display is nearly 300ppi, so images and text are fairly sharp with no visible colour banding or pixelated icons. Brightness levels and viewing angles are good and so is sunlight legibility. We’re disappointed that Gionee has once again skimped on a notification LED and backlighting for the capacitive buttons.


The power and volume buttons are ergonomically placed on the right side which makes it easy for single handed use. The sides don’t offer as much grip as the rear cover, so you’ll find it a bit slippery if you just hold the sides. The rear cover is removable but the battery isn’t. Here, we have the two Micro-SIM slots that support 4G, along with a microSD card slot that you can use to add up to 128GB of storage.


In the box, you get a charger, USB cable, screen guard, case, and some instruction manuals. The accessories look and feel quite cheap and aren’t of the same calibre as the ones that come with the Marathon M4 and M5. The phone doesn’t support any form of fast charging and the bundled charger is a standard 5W unit, which isn’t ideal for such topping up such a large battery.

Specifications and software
Gionee has used the same internals as the Marathon M5, which consist of a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. This is good considering the price difference between the two phones. Other features are similar as well, including Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, FM radio, Miracast and GPS. There’s a slightly smaller 4000mAh battery, though it still promises multiple days’ worth of usage.


The Marathon M5 Lite uses Android 5.1 Lollipop with Gionee’s Amigo 3.1 skin running on top. The experience is very similar to that of any other Gionee phone and since we’ve covered all the features in great detail in past reviews, we’ll only skim through them here.

The stock launcher is a single-layered interface with options to customise the transition effects of icons on the home screen. We wished there was a quick way to change the wallpaper from the home screen instead of having to go into the settings. Quick settings and toggles are all in the Control Centre, which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom, while the drop down shade is reserved for notifications. The Settings app also has Smart Gestures feature, which enables touchless controls for media and Web browsing by waving your palm over the phone.


Most of the pre-installed apps can be removed, except for some like Chameleon, which lets you change the theme by picking complementary colours from anything you capture with the camera; GStore, an app store for games; Theme Park, which lets you browse through multiple themes; and Mood Card, for picture message templates that can be edited with a personalised message and shared. Apps that can be uninstalled include WPS Office, TouchPal 2015, DU speed Booster, Gionee Xender, UC Browser, and some trial games.

Considering the specifications of this phone, it’s no surprise that the M5 Lite handles most tasks with ease. General app performance and multitasking is smooth as you always have about 1.6GB of free RAM at your disposal. 4G also works well and the phone rarely heats up during normal usage.


3D games such as Dead Trigger 2 and Ski Safari 2 didn’t have trouble running smoothly. The phone also fared decently in benchmarks, with AnTuTu delivering a score of 33,022 and 3DMark Ice Storm giving us 5749 points.

Multimedia support is also good as the stock video player handles high bit-rate video files with ease and also comes with DTS audio enhancement. With it enabled, the rear mono speaker delivers decently loud audio for music and videos. The music app offers DTS audio as well as a customisable equaliser setting. The audio quality from the bundled headset is below average, and it doesn’t have a good fit when worn.


We had a slight issue with light metering from the rear camera. Bright areas tended to burn out and the colours of close up shots were exaggerated. The pictures look passable on the phone’s display but lack good detail and sharpness when you zoom in and look on a bigger screen. The camera app lets you play with multiple shooting modes, including a Pro mode. Low-light shots were pretty average as well, with the level of detail and autofocus speed dipping greatly.


Video recording maxes out at 1080p which is not so bad thanks to the software stabilisation. The rear flash does its job as long as the subject is not too far away. The front 5-megapixel camera takes decent selfies under good light.


Battery life
This is of course the main highlight of the Marathon series, and although the M5 Lite delivers, it isn’t as great as we had hoped it would be. In our video loop test, we managed to get 11 hours and 47 minutes of continuous video playback. With everyday usage, it was more like a day and a half of battery life. While this is good, it isn’t ground-breaking like we’ve come to expect from the Marathon series. For instance, something like the Oppo R7 Lite (Review | Pictures) delivered better battery life in our video loop test with a mere 2320mAh battery.

One pain point is getting the massive battery to charge fully, which takes nearly four hours with the bundled charger.

With a street price of Rs 12,999, the Gionee Marathon M5 Lite misses the mark as it feels expensive when you consider the overall package. If battery life is what you’re after in this price range, then you’re better off with the older Marathon M4, since apart from the aesthetics, you’ll barely notice the other changes.

We appreciate the slimmer, better-looking body and the all-day battery life of the M5 Lite, but apart from this, everything else leaves you wanting more. The quality of the bundled accessories is also pretty poor when compared to previous Marathon offerings.

Gionee might be compromising a bit too much with the Marathon series as it also recently added the M5 Mini to its range, which is also similar to the M5 Lite. Rather than milking the success of one phone by flooding the market with Marathon M5 variants, we feel the company needs to take a step back and evaluate what’s really needed.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 800: First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Note 800

After launching Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in UK and USA, the company has now introduced it in India as the Samsung Galaxy Note 800. On the specs side, this tablet packs in the new 1.4GHz quad-core Exnyos processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal flash storage, and one can expand the memory via microSD cards of up to 32GB.

The 10.1-inch display comes with 1280x800p resolution, and there is a 7000 mAh battery on board. Just like the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 800 is also S-Pen optimised. It will retail at Rs. 39,990.

We were very excited when we saw the specifications of the tablet, and really looking forward to laying our hands on it. We have been playing around this tablet for a few hours now since Samsung had provided a unit pre-launch. However, the actual experience with the tablet has been bit of a disappointment.

Of late, there have been quite a few ivory white tablets in entry and high end tablet segments and Galaxy Note 800 is the latest to join the bandwagon. At just 0.35 inch thick, Samsung Galaxy Note 800 is slim and feels light. However, on the down side we found that it is a little too ‘plasticy’ for our taste. In fact some of the entry level tablets have a better casing than this one. This plasticky feel of the tablet in a way also makes the tablet look fragile.

To illustrate the same, when you try to hold the Galaxy Note 10.1 firmly, one can see the rear casing start to bend from the place that the pressure is being applied on it! This is something that one will not expect from even an entry level tablet, leave alone a premium one from the house of Samsung.

Moving on to the screen, from the makers of Super AMOLED one expects a cracker of a display especially for its tablet device. Even on this front, Galaxy Note 10.1 underwhelms with 1280 x 800 LCD screen. On the up side, we are very happy with the performance of the tablet (at least so far). It is able to multi-task like a pro and browsing, too, feels breezy.

What about the battery-life, camera and the bundled apps? Stay tuned for a detailed review coming soon. Meanwhile, check out our gallery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 800 a.k.a. Samsung

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Vivo Xplay 5 to Launch March 1 With 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820

Vivo Xplay 5 to Launch March 1 With 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820

Vivo, the Chinese tech company better known for its slimvsmartphone – the Vivo Max, has uvconfirmed it will include massive 6GB LPDDR4 RAM in its upcoming smartphone – the Xplay 5.

The confirmation comes from Vivo's Weibo account post made on Monday (via Phonearena). The post features a teaser image mentioning 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and Snapdragon 820 processor for the Vivo Xplay 5. The smartphone will be launched on March 1 this year. Some of the previous teasers have indicated the handset to sport a QHD (1440×2560 pixels) resolution display.

The inclusion of 6GB RAM should not come as a surprise to as Samsung in September last year already started producing 6GB LPDDR4 RAM for smartphones and tablets. Until now, the most we have seen in a smartphone or a phablet is 4GB RAM. Asus was the first in line to pack 4GB RAM in its Zenfone 2 handset, which was followed by Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Egde+.

We are yet to see how Vivo plans to make complete use of the 6GB RAM inside the Xplay 5. It is being assumed that the company might have found a way to dedicate some of the memory to its graphic unit.

Vivo at CES 2016 unveiled two Android smartphones, the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL. The Vivo XL sports a liquid metal finish while the Vivo 5 features a full metal design. Both the new Blu phones come with a lot of identical innards such as 5.5-inch Super Amoled HD display, octa-core MediaTek (MT6753) processor and more. One of the biggest differences between the two handsets is that the Vivo 5 features 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, while the Vivo XL packs 2GB of RAM and includes 16GB of inbuilt storage.

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Intex Aqua Ace Review: Specifications Aren’t Everything

Intex Aqua Ace Review: Specifications Aren't Everything

Just a short while after reviewing the Intex Aqua Trend (Review | Pictures), we have another model from the same company in our hands for review. The Aqua Trend underwhelmed us, especially considering how many strong alternatives are available at or even below the same price. Intex is well known for selling low-cost products, especially PC peripherals. However, a lot of companies have managed to drive prices down in the smartphone industry without compromising on features or materials, and so Intex's classic formula might not do it any good here.

Today, we have a slightly more premium model, the Intex Aqua Ace, in for review. Priced at Rs. 12,999, this phone will find itself going up against some very polished, premium products. We're hoping Intex can impress us and show that it's able to compete in a market very different to the one it has thrived in so far.


Look and feel
Immediately upon opening its box, we're struck by how derivative the design of the Intex Aqua Ace is. The metallic rim running around the sides is highly reminiscent of Sony's product lineup (with hints of Apple thrown in) and has been used by multiple manufacturers over the years. Picking it up for the first time, we were struck by how light this phone felt – it's all plastic, including the rim. While some phones manage to feel reassuring even though they're light, this one feels quite insubstantial.

Our white and gold review unit looks okay, but it won't turn heads. The front is quite plain, except for the earpiece and black patches where the front camera and sensors are. The screen has narrow borders on the sides, and the area below it is blank because of the use of on-screen buttons. The rear is quite minimalist; thankfully devoid of garish branding.


The Micro-USB port for data and charging is up on top, next to the standard 3.5mm audio socket. There appear to be two speaker grilles on the bottom, though only one of them is actually a speaker – the other is only for symmetry. The power and volume buttons are on the right, placed slightly lower than we'd have liked. Also on the right is a tray for a microSD card. Mirroring it on the left is another tray which can hold two Micro-SIM cards. At least you don't have to sacrifice one SIM for additional storage, or vice versa.

The front and back are apparently made of Gorilla Glass 3, and we found that the Aqua Ace, much like some of Sony's models, slid around way too easily when lying flat on a table. We were disappointed to see that the plastic rim around the edges started picking up scuffs and scratches within a day of perfectly ordinary usage.


We'd recommend using the bundled snap-on flip cover if it had been a little more attractive. Interestingly, the flip cover has a huge transparent panel which lets you use the touchscreen through it. It's not very smooth, but good enough for picking up calls or quickly checking notifications. It also stays shut with a magnet, and the phone can turn the screen on or off automatically when you flip it open or closed.

Intex has gone with a relatively modern quad-core, 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 processor. One of the phone's most loudly touted features is that it comes with 3GB of RAM, which is not common at this price level. There's also 16GB of storage (of which just over 10GB is user accessible), and thankfully microSD card support goes all the way up to 128GB. There's also USB-OTG support.


While 3GB of RAM might be impressive on paper, we're disappointed to see the tradeoffs. Intex has for some reason chosen a 720×1280-pixel Amoled panel, which is now quite unimpressive for a 5-inch screen at this price level. The screen is grainy and dull, with reasonable viewing angles but poor sunlight visibility. You can immediately feel that this screen is below par.

LTE is supported on Band 40 for use on current Indian networks. Everything else is fairly standard: there's Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and even FM radio. The rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and the one in front has a 5-megapixel sensor. The battery is of course sealed in, and its relatively low capacity of 2300mAh has us a little wary.

The Aqua Ace comes with Android 5.1 with minimal cosmetic customisation, mostly for the worse. The default icon set is quite ugly. There's also a custom keyboard which we found troublesome to use, and we disabled it almost immediately. There's an option to hide any app of your choosing, but not with a password or PIN – you just have to hope no one discovers the feature themselves.

There are a few preloaded apps including Auto Call Record, which is pretty self-explanatory; Information, a listing of some of the phone's specifications; Intex Service, which helps you locate a service centre; and one called Tethering & Portable Hotspot which is nothing but a shortcut to that page in the Settings app. Otherwise, there's only the usual Google apps.


As already stated, the Intex Aqua Ace's screen did not impress us much. It's good enough for most purposes but we've seen a lot better at this price level. We had an issue with the phone heating up, even when nothing particularly stressful was going on. It actually became a little uncomfortable to hold at times. Another odd finding was that the phone didn't seem to be able to pick up 4G service in places that other phones have consistently worked fine. The SAR rating of 1.070W/kg is a little higher than average.

We were surprised to detect slight stutter in our 720p video files which otherwise play perfectly on pretty much every phone these days. At least one 1080p test video had abnormal artefacts and could not play without tearing. The inbuilt speaker delivered muddy, distorted sound even at low volume levels. The bundled headset is absolutely dreadful for music but okay for voice calls.

Benchmark tests were pretty good all around. We scored 13,683 overall in Quadrant and 28,397 in AnTuTu. Graphics tests were also reasonably good, with 3,211 points in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme and 15fps in GFXbench, though the latter is easily explained by the low-res screen.

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The cameras turned out to be major disappointments as well. Shots taken in daylight had a high risk of coming out poorly focused. Details were lost and there was a generally artificial quality to the way everything looked. Even extreme close-ups couldn't make up for the camera's shortcomings. Shots taken indoors were far worse, and we soon gave up on trying to take any decent photos at night. The flash was overpowering enough to ruin shots.

On the other hand, we had a very pleasant surprise when our video loop battery test kept going for 10 hours, 14 minutes. We had been expecting much less considering the relatively low battery capacity.


Intex is trying to push this phone with the angle that 3GB of RAM is path-breaking at this price range, but to be honest, it doesn't make any difference. We'd much rather have had a better display and build quality. We had our doubts about how long this phone could possible run, but battery life turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

All things considered, it seems that Intex has still not managed to perfect its formula. There are better phones to be had at this price point and even below it, such as the slightly larger Lenovo K3 Note (Review | Pictures), the Xiaomi Mi 4i (Review), and the Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) (Review).

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Intex Aqua Ace

Intex Aqua Ace

R 12999 3.0

  • Review
  • Key Specs
  • News
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • 4G on both SIMs
  • Very light
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Poor screen quality
  • Mediocre camera
  • Average performance

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Battery capacity

2300mAh See full Intex Aqua Ace specifications

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