New Stuff: HTC One priced at Rs 42,900 & LG Announces L-series II Smartphones

HTC One Priced at Rs 42,900

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HTC has announced that the HTC One will be available in the Indian market at an MOP (Best Buy) of Rs 42,900/- from the end of this month.

The phone which was supposed to launch at the beginning of the month has seen major delays across the world as HTC tries to ramp up production and deal with shortage of components especially dealing with its ultra pixel camera.

The HTC One has several unique features including a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody, HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound and a new HTC Sense.

HTC has also tied up with Reliance Communications to offer 1GB of 3G data free for 3 months along with free sharing of unlimited text, music, pictures and videos through WhatsApp and Facebook for 3 months. Reliance 3G users will also get a free BigFlix subscription for 3 months that will enable them to watch the latest movies on the go without having to worry about any additional data charges.

It looks like all high-end smartphones are being launched at above Rs 40,000 these days. The HTC One will go up against the iPhone 5, the BlackBerry Z10 and also the Sony Xperia Z. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be launched in the first week of May and will also most likely be priced above Rs 40k.

When we took a look at the HTC One, we were impressed but were hoping that the price would be under Rs 40k, to really gain attention from consumers.

LG Announces L-series II Smartphones

LG Electronics today launched the Optimus L-series II smartphones – LG L7 II Dual and L3 II dual in India. LG clains to have sold more than 10 million Optimus L Series phones sold in the first 10 months, and are hoping to continue the momentum with the L-series smartphones.

Both the gadgets are in the mid-range price bracket and sport a True IPS display, support dual SIM and run on the Android Jelly Bean.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual

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The LG Optimus L7 II Dual features a 1 GHz dual- core processor, 4 GB of internal memory, 2,460 mAh battery and a 4.3-inch IPS display with 400 x 800 pixel resolution. It has a 8MP camera with an LED Flash and is capable of taking pictures via Voice Commands with CheeseShutter. The L7 II smartphone comes with some apps that are typical of LG phones, like the QuickTranslator, which can recognize a foreign language and translate it into a language of your choice, QSlide, which promotes multi-tasking by allowing you run two functions simultaneously and Live LG Mobile TV which allow you to watch 50+ live channels on the go. The LG Optimus L7 II Dual costs Rs 18,650.

LG Optimus L3 II

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The Optimus L3II Dual sports a 3.2-inch IPS display and functions on a single-core 1 GHz processor. It packs a 1,540 mAh battery. It has a 3MP rear camera and 4GB of internal storage. The smartphone comes loaded with features like- Smart Forwarding, which helps manage calls between both the SIMs, Safety Care feature which can make quick contact to selected persons in urgent situation through Emergency Call Forwarding and My Location Notice, and LG’s QuickMemo app for an easy way to jot down notes. The LG Optimus L3 II Dual is priced at MRP of Rs 8,800.

Samsung Galaxy Y Plus and Galaxy Young Available Online

Adding to the flood of devices in the low-cost segment, Samsung’s Galaxy Y Plus and Galaxy Young are now available online.

Samsung Galaxy Y Plus

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The successor to the highly popular Galaxy Y, the Samsung Galaxy Y featuresa 2.8-inch capactive TFT screen with 240 x 320 pixel dimensions. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream and is powered by a 850 MHz processor. It features a 2MP camera with dual-SIM support and has 4GB internal memory which can expandable up to 32 GB with a  microSD card. It also has Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, Wi-Fi and micro-USB connectivity. It is available online for Rs 6,290.

Samsung Galaxy Young

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Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Young features a 3.-2 inch TFT display with 320 x 480 pixel dimensions. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A5 processor. This dual-SIM phone features a 3MP camera. It has 4GB internal memory which can be expanded up to 64 GB with a microSD card. It has 3G and all the usual connectivity options and is available online for Rs 8,290.

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