Ten top gadgets launched in 2014
A gift for all the readers, Amazon has launched its Kindle PaperWhite e-reader in India. The WiFi-only version of the device is available at a price of Rs 10,999, while the 3G+WiFi version is priced at Rs 13,999.
The e-reader also boasts of some new features such as Kindle Page Flip in-line footnotes, Freetime and Vocabulary Builder. The ereader now also offers Facebook and Twitter integration for sharing recommendations, highlighted sections and quotes. We are already in love with this new Kindle.
#9 Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8
We know Dell for its varied range of laptops But this is Laptops. Dell has launched a pair of Android tablets in India. The Venue 7 costs Rs 10,999 and Venue 8 is priced at Rs 17,499. Venue 7 sports a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, while the Venue 8 sports an 8-inch display with the same resolution.
And this is not it. Venue 7 comes with 16GB internal storage while Venue 8 comes with the option of 16 or 32GB storage. Both tablets come with a microSD card slot. The company has launched Wi-Fi version of the tablet.
#8 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Yoga is good for health, it keeps our body fit and Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ keeps our social life fit. A small update to Yoga Tablet 10, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ sports 10.1-inch (1920x1200p) display and wide viewing angles. It is a multi-mode tablet featuring hold, tilt and stand modes. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. It comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP HD front-facing camera. The tablet will be available in April at a starting price of $349.
#7 Nokia 220 and Asha 230
Along with its first Android-based phones, Nokia also announced two feature phones, the Nokia 220 and Asha 230. Nokia 220 features a 2.4-inch colour screen, a 2MP rear camera and supports microSD cards of up to 32GB capacity. But it does not offer 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity either, only Bluetooth 3.0. The phone sports a 1.3MP rear camera. It is based on Nokia Asha software platform 1.1.1 and features the Fastlane interface.
#6 Intex Aqua Octa, Aqua Curve
This has proved to be a season of smartphones. Intex launched two new smartphones in India-one with an eight-core processor and one with a curved screen. While the eight-core processor handset is available at Rs 19,999, the curved-screen smartphone is priced at Rs 12,490. Talking about iys configuration, It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and has 4GB internal storage and offers 32GB microSD support. Powered by a 2000mAh battery, Intex Aqua Curve has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.
Aqua Octa holds the distinction of being the first smartphone in the world to have 'true octa-core processor', since all eight processing cores in the chip can work simultaneously. Other key specifications of the handset include 6-inch screen, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, Android 4.2 operating system and 2,300mAh battery. So we've got many reasons to cheerish this smartphones.
#5 Mozilla's $25 Firefox phone
Ever dreamed of a budget phone? If yes, then you must read this. Browser major Mozilla showcased a prototype of a $25 (approximately Rs 1250 with simple conversion) Firefox OS phone in partnership with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum. It is not the phone's features, but the price which can make it a killer if Mozilla gets things right.
#4 Nokia Lumia 1320
Nokia's lumia series is already a hit, to add on this, Nokia has launched its mid-range phablet Lumia 1320 in India at Rs 23,999. The handset's highlights are its 6-inch ClearBlack (720p) display and 3,400mAh battery. The phablet's internal storage is 8GB and it supports microSD card up to 64GB. Connectivity suite of the phablet includes 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. Definately a decent buy.
#3 LG G Pro 2
This is certainly a very big launch. LG unveiled G Pro 2, its large-screen successor to the flagship smartphone G Pro. It boasts of a 5.9-inch full-HD screen. It also has a 1-watt speaker system and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat. LG G Pro 2 sports a 13MP rear camera with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabiliser Plus) and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. Users can unlock the phone with over 86,000 different patterns. The phone has officially been launched in South Korea. Now lets wait for its launch in our respective countries.
#2 Moto G
Motorola is finally back in the market after a gap of two years with the launch of Moto G smartphone. The dual-sim phone comes in two variants- 8GB at Rs 12,499 and 16GB at Rs 13,999. It has a 4.5-inch 720p screen and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest version of the software.
Talking more technical, On the back, Moto G sports a 5MP camera, while a 1.3MP camera is in front. The device runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, backed by 1GB RAM. Powered by a 2,070mAh battery, this smartphone has connectivity options like 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.
#1 Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy series is probably the biggest thing in the mobile market after iPhone. Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an Apple iPhone 5S-like biometric fingerprint sensor button. The phone is dust and water-resistant, sports a faster camera and offers fitness-related features including a heart rate sensor. Also,Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED (1080 X 1920p) display. It is IP67 certified dust and water-resistant.
It sports a 16MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The rear camera is capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second.The smartphone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and will be available globally starting April. Have you ever waited for any April more then this?
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