Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was launched in India on Tuesday at an event in Bengaluru. The productivity-focused tablet was first unveiled at MWC 2017 in Wi-Fi and LTE variants. It will be made available in India via offline retail stores and the Samsung India site from Tuesday itself.

The highlight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the inclusion of the S Pen stylus (featuring a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels), as well as an all-new glass design. The tablet also offers HDR video playback capabilities, and a quad-speaker system that has been tuned by AKG.

Other Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features being touted by the company include the Galaxy Game Launcher (with Power Saver, Mute Games, and Ongoing Calls modes). The tablet also supports a Keyboard Cover that’s sold separately. Finally, the company is touting the up to 12-hour battery life, powered by the 6000mAh battery onboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India and launch offers
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India is Rs. 47,990 for the LTE variant. The company has not brought the Wi-Fi only variant to the country. The tablet will be available in Black and Silver colour variants. The Book Cover has been priced at Rs. 2,999, while the Keyboard Cover has been priced at Rs. 8,499. The S Pen is bundled in box.

As for launch offers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets a double data offer for Reliance Jio users, providing 28GB + 28GB per month at Rs. 309 – this offer is valid till December 31. The company is also offering a one-time screen replacement at Rs. 990 for tablets bought before July 31, for 12 months from purchase.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications include a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) Super AMOLED display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz), 4GB of RAM; a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture, and LED flash; a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and 32GB of storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

Moving along, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C (3.1) port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 battery is rated at 6000mAh. It measures 237.3x169x6mm, and weighs 429 grams for the Wi-Fi only variant, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. The latter variant supports Nano-SIM cards. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button. The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

 

OnePlus 5 Launched in India, Price Starts at Rs. 32,999: Launch Offers, Release Date, Specifications, and More

OnePlus 5 (Review) has been launched in India, just two days after its global unveiling. The new smartphone has been launched at starting price of Rs. 32,999, and will be available on Amazon India for now, and will head to the OnePlus retail channels next week. However, fans who want to get their hands on the smartphone offline can get it at the pop-up events being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai over the next two days. There are several OnePlus 5 India launch offers the company has announced for those who purchase the smartphone from Amazon.

OnePlus 5 Launched in India, Price Starts at Rs. 32,999: Launch Offers, Release Date, Specifications, and More

OnePlus 5 price in India, and availability

The OnePlus 5 price in India is Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while those who want to purchase the model with 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage will have to shell out Rs. 37,999. The former will only be available in the Slate Grey colour variant, while the latter will only be available in Midnight Black. These OnePlus 5 prices are slightly more expensive than in the US, but cheaper than in Europe.

OnePlus 5 sale in India starts from Thursday itself, via Amazon India. The first Early Access Sale opens at 4:30pm IST for users that registered for notification. The OnePlus 5 will then be made available for open sale from Amazon India, OnePlus Store, and OnePlus Experience Stores (in Delhi and Bengaluru) from 12am IST, Tuesday, June 27.

OnePlus 5 India launch offers
Both 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage OnePlus 5 variants will be made available during the sale. Vodafone prepaid users will get 10GB of data per month at the price of 1GB for 5 months on buying the smartphone between June 22 and September 30. Similarly, postpaid subscribers of the operator will get 9GB of additional data free for 5 billing cycles if they are on plans with 1GB or more data; on top of this, Vodafone Red users wit 4G SIM will get 10GB of extra free data per month for 3 months through by logging into the MyVodafone app.

SBI credit and debit card holders will get flat Rs. 1.500 cashback on the OnePlus 5 price, on top of the up to Rs. 1,000 exchange offer the company is running (valid till June 28 across all authorised retail channels). Kindle users who purchase the handset between June 22 and July 31 will get promotional e-book credit worth Rs. 500 when logging into the app from the smartphone. Sign in on the Amazon Prime Video app on the phone to get Rs. 250 cashback in Amazon Pay balance. All OnePlus 5 users will be eligible for 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it with an initial deposit of Rs. 1,000.

OnePlus 5 features
Before we get to the OnePlus 5 specifications, let us first take a look at the OnePlus 5 features that deserve to be highlighted. The first, is the dual rear camera setup. OnePlus claims the setup is the “highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone”, comprising a 16-megapixel main camera and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. The two cameras together provide effects like Bokeh and lossless zoom up to 2x. The company has also increased the size of the aperture of the main camera compared to the OnePlus 3T, enabling better low-light performance and image stabilisation. OnePlus has chosen include only EIS on the smartphone, forgoing OIS. Also added is a Pro Mode for manual adjustments. More details about the OnePlus camera can be found in the specifications section of this article.

Other features about the OnePlus 5 that are worth highlighting include support for 34 GSM network bands (making it a “true world phone”, according to OnePlus), OxygenOS additions (App Priority, Expanded Screenshots, Reading Mode, Translucent App Drawer, Auto Night Mode, Off-Screen Gestures, Customisable Vibrations, Gaming DND Mode, and Secure Box), as well as the hardware capacitive keys and the Alert Slider.

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The OnePlus 5 features a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, said the unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.2 seconds. It supports Paytm Quick Pay, which is a fingerprint reader shortcut to open the Paytm app’s payment page. Users will need to long press the Home Button with their registered finger to open the Paytm payment page.

OnePlus specifications
We finally get to the OnePlus 5 specifications. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) dual-standby smartphone runs OxygenOS, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401ppi (pixels per inch) and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The display supports both sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards.

The OnePlus 5 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.45GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz), coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU.

As for the camera, the OnePlus 5’s dual rear camera setup supports EIS and bears a 16-megapixel main camera with a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor and an f/1.7 aperture. This is clubbed with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera featuring a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor and an f/2.6 aperture. The OnePlus 5 front camera on the other hand bears a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with 1-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

OnePlus has used UFS 2.1 storage on the OnePlus 5, and as we mentioned, the smartphone will be available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. OnePlus has not included a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

As for OnePlus 5 connectivity options, the company has included 4G VoLTE (Cat. 12, up to 600Mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads), dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C (v2.0). The OnePlus 5 bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm, and weighs in at 153 grams.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T, Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re interested in how the smartphone compares against rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, and Xiaomi Mi 6 in terms of price, specifications, and features, read our comparison piece. If you’re wondering just what the differences are between the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T, refer to our ‘What’s New and Different’ piece.

 

 

OnePlus 5 With 8GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

The much-awaited OnePlus 5 finally launched on Tuesday, putting an end to months of speculation surrounding the handset. The smartphone, according to OnePlus, is “more than just specifications,” and there’s equal emphasis on the design, performance, camera, and battery life as well. Of course, the Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB RAM option, 3.5mm earphone jack, and iPhone 7 Plus-like design have all made it through to the OnePlus 5, just as the leaks suggested. The smartphone is already up for pre-order in select markets, with limited-period launch offers, and will be available for wider sales on June 27.

OnePlus 5 With 8GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

OnePlus 5 price, release date
OnePlus 5 prices in the US and select European regions for the variant with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Slate Gray colour are $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900), respectively. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Midnight Black paintjob costs $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively. The smartphone is already up for pre-orders in those regions, with an Early Drop system that will see shipments begin on Wednesday, June 21, a full six days ahead of general sales that begin on June 27. Early Drop pre-order buyers will get special launch offers as well.

OnePlus 5 price in India
There was no word on the OnePlus 5 price in India, as expected, so everyone will have to wait till Thursday’s India launch event to find it. However, previous leaks have suggested the OnePlus 5 price in India will be Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while the model with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage is said to cost Rs. 37,999. The company will host the launch event in Mumbai on Thursday, followed by pop-up events – where fans can purchase the smartphone offline – in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru the following two days. Amazon India has confirmed that sales of the smartphone will begin from 4:30pm IST on Thursday, June 22 itself.

OnePlus 5 camera
Let’s start with the dual rear camera setup. The OnePlus 5 is claimed to sport what OnePlus calls the “highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today”. This is made up of a 16-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX398 sensor, 1.12-micron pixels) with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T (which had an aperture of f/2.0), coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera (Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels) with an f/2.6 aperture.

The company is also boasting of Fast AF, which gives the OnePlus 5 faster autofocus, said to be 40 percent speedier than the OnePlus 3T. The rear camera setup features a dual-LED flash module and boasts of 4K video recording with EIS. The dual camera setup, apart from Bokeh effects, also delivers optical zoom up to 2x, and bumped up to 8x using a multi-frame software algorithm. The rear camera setup also supports the new Pro Mode, with options like ISO, shutter-speed, white balance, a histogram, gyroscope-based reference line, and RAW image editing. OnePlus also announced an improved HDR algorithm, and brought forward its Smart Capture feature for auto adjustments.

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As for the front camera, the OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel front camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS. It can shoot full-HD (1080p) video. The front camera can also activate screen flash, with three modes to choose from – On, Off, and Auto. There’s also an Auto HDR mode.

OnePlus 5 features
Getting to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC used on the OnePlus 5, the company reveals the octa-core processor has a maximum clock speed of 2.45GHz, and claims that the coupled Adreno 540 GPU offers up to 25 percent more graphical performance.

With the launch of the OnePlus 5, the company has joined the elite ranks of manufacturers offering smartphone with 8GB of RAM. Till date, only the Asus ZenFone AR holds that distinction. OnePlus is offering the smartphone in two memory and storage variants – 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage.

The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering. Also being touted alongside is a feature called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Another performance improvement is the use of UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM, which together are said to double bandwidth.

The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds. The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. The company is also calling the OnePlus 5 a “true world phone”, with support for 34 GSM network bands.

Finally, OxygenOS on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots, and a semi-transparent app drawer.

OnePlus 5 design
Let’s now get to the design aspect of the OnePlus 5. The smartphone is built out of anodised aluminium and does indeed look like the iPhone 7 Plus, with the primary difference being the shape of the Home Button. OnePlus has even mimicked the antenna lines of the iPhone 7 Plus. The company is boasting of the slimness of the OnePlus 5, calling it the “slimmest OnePlus flagship ever” at 7.25mm.

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During the announcement, OnePlus elaborated on the design of the OnePlus 5. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei showed off a new “continuous hard line around the edge of the phone”, called the Horizon Line. The smartphone also sports more rounded corners compared to previous offerings, and also features the iPhone 7 Plus-like crescent-shaped antenna lines on the top and bottom.

OnePlus 5 will be available in two colour variants – Midnight Black and Slate Grey. It retains the single speaker as well as the 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom panel. Other features carried on from previous generations of OnePlus smartphones include hardware capacitive keys (with the option of onscreen navigation) and the Alert Slider.

OnePlus 5 specifications
Now let us take a closer look at the rest of the OnePlus 5 specifications. The OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is a dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone with support for Nano-SIM cards. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display supporting sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards, and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5. We’ve already detailed the SoC, memory, storage, and camera above.

OnePlus 5 connectivity options include 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). Sensors on board the OnePlus 5 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. It weighs 153 grams, and measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Mi 6, and the rest
OnePlus 5 comes with several upgrades over its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T. These include, of course, the dual camera setup on the back, 8GB RAM option, and updated design. There are a number of small changes that won’t be apparent to users when they get their hands on the new smartphone, so you can head over to our in-depth OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T comparison for a look at the differences between the two.

But it’s not just OnePlus 3T that the new flagship competes against, as the smartphone’s primary competition is with the the top models in the stables of Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung. You can check out our detailed OnePlus 5 vs Mi 6, iPhone 7, and Samsung Galaxy S8 comparison to find out which model is right for you.

 

Intex Aqua S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Indian domestic handset maker Intex on Tuesday unveiled a new entry-level smartphone, the Aqua S3. Priced at Rs. 5,777, the new Intex Aqua S3 is now available to buy via offline channels. The new smartphone from Intex will be competing against Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A which also comes at around the same price.

The new Intex phone supports 4G with VoLTE (voice over LTE) which means that it will support Reliance Jio’s network. Intex is also touting that the new Aqua S3 ships with a high capacity charger (2A) which is claimed to reduce charging time by around 35 percent. One of the biggest highlights of the smartphone is it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Intex Aqua S3 supports Nougat-specific features like split-screen multitasking, support for quick reply, and Doze power saving mode to name a few.

Intex Aqua S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

For specifications, the Intex Aqua S3 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB). The dual-SIM phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, and an f/2.0 aperture. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash at the front. It measures 146.6x73x9.8mm and weighs 164 grams. The Intex Aqua S3 is backed by a 2450mAh battery and will be going on sale in Champagne colour.

Additionally, the smartphone also comes with QR code scanner that can scan codes automatically and shows the tagged information. Another feature is miFon security which is claimed to be a ‘9 in 1 security suite’ offering features like lost phone tracker, missing phone siren, antivirus, and data backup. The Aqua S3 will also come preloaded with the Gaana music app.

Commenting on the launch of Aqua S3, Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head, Intex Technologies said, “With Aqua S3 model having high capacity charger, we have ensured that your smart phone doesn’t go Off and provides endless entertainment, the biggest advantage otherwise found in feature phones. The Aqua S3 is also powered with latest Android Nougat and front LED flash for the ubiquitous users to enjoy seamless experience and become a customer’s delight.”

 

Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Chinese handset manufacturer on Tuesday announced a special Virat Kohli Signature Edition of the Gionee A1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 19,999, the new Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition is now up for pre-orders via Amazon India, and will be going on sale from June 27 at 12pm IST.

Customers who prebook the Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition will get a Sennheiser headphone for free. Other launch offers on the new limited edition Gionee A1 include up to Rs. 1,280 as Amazon Pay balance on the purchase; additional Rs. 2,000 off on product exchange, and up to 45GB data free for five months on Vodafone. Gionee says that the limited edition Gionee A1 is targeted for all fans of the Indian cricket team captain.

Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Priced at Rs. 19,999, Gionee A1’s biggest USP is its big 4010mAh battery and, selfie photo quality. The Gionee A1 sports a 16-megapixel front-facing fixed focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture, a 1/3.06-inch sensor, a 5P lens, and a selfie flash. The dual-SIM Gionee A1 smartphone runs Amigo 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is a dual-SIM smartphone. It bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) SoC. As for the rear camera, the Gionee A1 bears a 13-megapixel camera with a 1/3.06-inch Sony IMX258 sensor, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone was launched in India back in March.

Commenting on the launch of new limited edition, Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO and MD, Gionee India said, “The Signature Edition Gionee A1 is inspired by greatness and crafted with perfection, just like captain Kohli’s masterstrokes. With the launch of this exclusive edition that comes with Virat’s signature, we are extremely elated to reinforce our commitment of keeping our customers happy with a masterpiece beyond compare.”

 

Yota 3 Dual-Screen Smartphone With $350 Price Tag Announced, Specifications and Release Date Leaked

YotaPhone, the smartphone which is popular for its dual-display feature, is all set to get the third iteration later this year. Reports out from Russia have claimed that the third smartphone from Yota Devices, dubbed Yota 3, will launch later this year, and will start at $350 (roughly Rs. 22,500) for 64GB model and $450 (roughly Rs. 29,000) for the variant with 128GB storage.

Engadget reports that the third phone is being manufactured by Baoli Yota, which is joint venture of investor Baoli (formerly known as Rex) and manufacturer Coolpad. The publication has also received details about the specifications that hint that the Yota 3 will feature the popular mid-range SoC, Snapdragon 625. Other specifications of the Yota 3 could include 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display at the front, and a 5.2-inch HD E-ink touchscreen at the back. There will be a fingerprint scanner at the front, and Yota 3 is said to run on Android Nougat. Other rumoured specifications of the Yota 3 include dual-SIM support, 4GB RAM, 12-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 13-megapixel front camera, 3200mAh battery, and a USB Type-C port. The leak also hints that the Yota 3 will miss out the 3.5mm audio jack as well, and the USB Type-C will handle the audio output.

Yota 3 Dual-Screen Smartphone With $350 Price Tag Announced, Specifications and Release Date Leaked

A Russian report adds that the Yota 3 will start shipping in China from September.

The company has launched two smartphones thus far. The first generation YotaPhone was unveiled back in the beginning of 2013 though it started shipping only by December that year. The company upgraded its original dual-screen smartphone at MWC 2014 with the next-generation YotaPhone aka YotaPhone 2.

 

 

Moto C Plus With 4000mAh Battery Launched in India at Rs. 6,999: Specifications, Release Date, and More

The Moto C Plus has been launched in India just a month after it was unveiled globally; with this launch, both smartphones in the all-new Moto C series have made their way to India. The highlights of the entry-level Moto C Plus are the Android 7.0 Nougat software and its 4000mAh battery. As promised earlier, the smartphone will be available via Flipkart from Tuesday. As part of Moto C Plus launch day offers, if you buy the smartphone, you will have the option to get the Motor Pulse Max headset at Rs. 749, while Reliance Jio customers who subscribe to Jio Prime will get up to 30GB of additional data without any extra charge. Additionally, users will get an extra 20 percent off during the upcoming Flipkart Fashion sale from June 24 to 26.

Moto C Plus price in India, release date
The Moto C Plus price in India has been set as Rs. 6,999, which places it between the Moto C and Moto E3 Power in the Moto portfolio. The smartphone will be up for purchase in the Indian market starting Tuesday, June 20 at 12pm. At this price point, the Moto C Plus competes with the Xiaomi Redmi 4’s entry-level variant.

Moto C Plus With 4000mAh Battery Launched in India at Rs. 6,999: Specifications, Release Date, and More

Moto C Plus specifications
Available in Black, White and Gold colour options, the Moto C Plus runs on Android Nougat and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. You also get 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot (up to 128GB).

The Moto C Plus comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash f/2.2 aperture, 1.12 micron pixels, autofocus, 71-degree field of view and an LED flash. It also gets a 2-megapixel front-facing camera similar to the Moto C. The smartphone houses a rapid-charging 4000mAh battery that is much larger than the 2350mAh battery inside the Moto C. The Moto C Plus measures 144×72.3×10 mm and weighs 162 grams. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM, Dual-SIM, and 4G VoLTE.

 

 

 

CBSE to release NEET answer keys for students

Two days after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets along with students’ marked answers for the he National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the board will release answer keys for students. Students will be allowed to challenge any answer from June 15 to 5pm on June 16.

The board announced these dates on Monday, after the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed any plans of re-conducting the NEET. A number of petitions were filed across the country as students were unhappy with CBSE’s decision of setting different question papers for those who appeared for NEET in English language and those who gave the paper in other vernacular languages. The exam was held on May 7.

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“The answer key for NEET-UG 2017 will be displayed for challenges only for two days instead of three days this time,” said a statement released by CBSE, late on Monday evening.

While the result for NEET 2017 was originally supposed to be announced on June 8, the SC has now asked CBSE to announce results before June 26. “Since CBSE is cutting down on time given to students to send in their challenges, it seems like there’s a possibility that results will be announced before June 26,” said Sudha Shenoy, a parent.

While CBSE is open to challenges, parents and students are upset about the system followed for NEET exams when it comes to accepting challenges, if any. “In other national or state exams, if a challenge is accepted, the marks are awarded to all students who appeared for the exam. However, for NEET, the board gives marks only to those students who have challenged the questions, which is unfair,” said Amruta Rege, a medical aspirant. Students have to pay Rs 1,000 for every challenge made, and if the challenge is not accepted, then there is no refund offered either.

For further information, students can log on to www.cbseneet.nic.in.

 

5 Effective Shoulder Stretches to Flex Your Muscles and Release Stress

The human shoulder is one of the more bio-mechanically complex joints since it has the greatest range of motion in the body. Though there are numerous muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments and blood vessels surrounding the shoulder, which provide flexibility and support, it also makes the area susceptible to injury. Practicing shoulder stretches on a daily basis, particularly before and after strenuous exercise involving the upper body, may help eliminate the risk of muscle strain and other injuries.

Shoulder stretches are also extremely effective for alleviating pain. Some easy shoulder stretches for pain include arm circles, arm crossovers, arm extensions, and the hanging shoulder stretch. Before starting any new exercise routine always consult with your doctor. This is especially if you suffer from severe shoulder pain as sometimes working out this area can cause more injury and aggravate pain.

5 Effective Shoulder Stretches to Flex Your Muscles and Release Stress

 

Various Kinds of Shoulder Stretches

 

1. Standing Shoulder Stretch

 

Stand or sit straight and bring your right arm across your chest. Hold this arm at the elbow with your left arm and relax your shoulders, keep your elbow straight but not locked, and hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat on the left side. Do not bounce and overstretch with this pose.

2. Rotation Shoulder Stretches

 

Lie on your back with your legs straight out in front and a pillow under your head. Place your arms at right angles to your sides and bend them at the elbow so that they now point at the ceiling. Roll your arms backwards from the elbow pointing at your head till your feel the stretch on your shoulders. Now raise your arms forward all while still bent at the elbow to point at your hips. Alternate in this way and keep your shoulder flat on the floor through the entire exercise.

 

3. Anterior Shoulder Stretch

 

Stand up straight and clasp your hands behind your lower back. Lift your arms away from your body, keeping palms together and elbows straight. If you find this difficult to do, you can use a small rolled up towel or band as well. Keeping your back straight, lift your arms as far back as you feel comfortable.

 

4. Internal Rotation Stretch

Lie on your back with your arm at a ninety-degree angle at your elbow. Get a partner to rotate your shoulder and push your fist gently down towards the floor. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

5. External Rotation Stretch

Lie on your back with your arm at a ninety-degree angle at your elbow. Get a partner to rotate your shoulder and push your fist gently back towards the floor. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Shoulder Stretches Precaution

As with any other types of stretches, shoulder stretch precautions are the same –

  • Warming up adequately before stretching to make your muscles loose and pliable and get the maximum benefits from the stretches
  • Stretching should be slow
  • Stretching only to the point of mild discomfort
  • Do not hold your breath while stretching as this can cause more tension in the muscles
  • Deep breathing through your nose promotes circulation and reduces the build of lactic acid in the muscles
  • In case you have suffered from any sort of injury or are experiencing shoulder pain, please consult with a doctor before starting any stretching routine.

HTC U11 ‘Squeezable Smartphone’ Launched in India at Rs. 51,990: Release Date, Specifications, and More

Following its international unveiling exactly one month ago, HTC has now launched the HTC U11 in India at a price of Rs. 51,990 (MOP). The variant launched in India comes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and it will be available via Amazon India and through offline retailers from last week of June. Pre-orders for the HTC U11 will start from June 17, and customers availing the pre-orders via HTC’s online store will receive an HTC flip cover worth Rs. 1,999 for free. HTC U11 highlights a new design language, and more notably the Edge Sense feature which brings a unique way to interact with the phone by ‘squeezing’ the sides. It will be available in Amazing Silver and Brilliant Black colours in India. For a limited time (starting June 26), customers purchasing a HTC U11 using a Standard Chartered Debit/ Credit card will have an option to avail 10 percent cashback on the MOP value.

HTC U11 'Squeezable Smartphone' Launched in India at Rs. 51,990: Release Date, Specifications, and More

HTC U11 specifications
HTC latest flagship smartphone gets most of the high-end specs you would expect in 2017. The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s HTC Sense skin on top. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Powering the HTC U11 is a 2.45GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and, as mentioned earlier, the India variant gets 6GB of RAM. It is offered with 128GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

The HTC U11 features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.4-micron pixel, ultra spread autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, slow-motion, and 4K video recording. Over on the front, you get a 16-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full-HD recording. Some of the camera features include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. Additionally, the front camera gets live make-up, auto selfie, voice selfie, HDR Boost, and Selfie Panorama options. The company claims that the HTC U11 achieved that highest ever rating for a smartphone camera by independent metric DxOMark1 with a score of 90.

The HTC U11 packs a 3000mAh battery that promises to deliver up to 24.5 hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time. It also comes with an extreme power saving mode, and Quick Charge 3.0 support. Connectivity options for the HTC U11 include GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), NFC and support for 4G VoLTE. The handset measures 153.9×75.9×7.9mm and weighs 169 grams.

HTC U11 design and features
The HTC U11 sees a shift in design and features compared to the company’s previous flagships. Most notably, the smartphone made up of a metal and glass body with a glossy back. But it’s in the edges of this smartphone where the fun really begins. HTC has introduced a new Edge Sense feature that lets you launch apps like camera and send texts by simply squeezing the smartphones on the sides. You can customise the squeeze gesture to launch the apps or games important to you. You can also use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for more functionality by activating the advanced touch mode. The company said at the launch that it will introduce new Edge Sense features in the coming days.

Other notable features of the HTC U11 include an IP67 rating that will protect the smartphone from water and dust, HTC Sense Companion and Google Assistant, 3D audio recording with four microphones, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, and a fingerprint sensor housed inside the home button, to name a few. The smartphone does not come with 3.5mm audio jack, but the company will bundle a 3.5mm audio jack to USB Type-C adapter.