The new HP 15-AC152TX is a 15.6-inch HD display laptop that comes without any pre-loaded operating system, so you have to buy/install/get-installed OS by yourself before start using the laptop. It is a powerful performance laptop and is powered by the latest 6th generation Intel core i5 processor, 2GB AMD Radeon R5 M330 graphics and 8GB RAM.
HP 15-AC152TX laptop key specs:
15.6-inch HD display
Intel Core i5 (6th Gen)
AMD Radeon R5 M330 (2GB) graphics
8 GB DDR3 RAM
1 TB HDD
DVD RW slot
HP 15-AC152TX Price in India : Rs.48,014. It is almost similar to the HP 15-AC178TX laptop except the difference in the OS as HP 15-AC178TX comes with Windows 10 OS and this one comes without any OS (DOS).
Technical Specifications for HP 15-AC152TX
Intel Core i5 (6th Gen)
2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 2.8 GHz
1366 x 768 pixel
HD LED Backlit Widescreen BrightView Display
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB DDR3
2 SODIMM Slots
Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi):
1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
Yes, HDMI v1.4
Media Card Reader Slot:
3-in-1 Card Reader
Single Digital Microphone
DTS Studio Sound, Dual Speakers
384.3 x 254.5 x 24.3 mm
Body Color options:
Turbo SIlver Color With Diamond & Cross Brush Pattern
Full Size Textured Island Style Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
The new Asus Zenfone Go 4.5 is an affordable price 4.5-inch FWVGA display smartphone loaded with Android 5.1 OS. It is powered by a quad core processor and 1GB RAM. It sports a 5MP AF rear camera with LED flash and a basic front camera. It is a dual SIM phone with 3G/2G network support. It is launched in stylish bold colors.
Asus Zenfone Go 4.5 key specs:
Android v5.1 (Lollipop) OS
5 MP AF Primary Camera, 0.3 MP front Camera
Dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA)
4.5-inch FWVGA display
Bluetooth Support, Wi-Fi Enabled
8GB in-built storage, Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
Multiple colors are available to match the multi-colored ASUS ZenUI options, allowing you to personalize your phone so it reflects your mood and personality, including Flash Blue, Rouge Pink, Charcoal Black and Pearl White.
Gorgeous Photos with 5MP Clarity
ZenFone Go’s 5MP rear camera shoots beautiful, high-quality photos with a professional look. And as it’s with you all the time, you’ll capture every moment!
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
ZenFone Go features two SIM card slots in one device, allowing you to use a single device both your personal life and work. ZenFone Go’s advanced antenna design provides fantastic performance, even in areas with poor signal — so you’ll won’t lose your call on the metro or in built-up areas. It’s also obsessive about conserving power when searching for a signal, significantly increasing standby time.
A Simpler, Smarter, More Personalized ZenUI Experience
Freedom, connection, and expression form the foundation for ASUS ZenUI, our sublime mobile user interface. An exquisite visual design with exciting new features — including ZenMotion, Trend Micro™ Dr. Safety and ZenUI Instant Updates — enhance usability, ensure security and privacy, and deliver a seamless user experience.
After a long time Karbonn mobiles have launched a new smartphone Karbonn Quattro L50 in the new Karbonn Quattro series. It sports a 5-inch HD display and is loaded with the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. It is powered by a quad core processor and 2GB RAM.
It is a dual SIM smartphone with 4G/3G/2G network support. It sports a 13 MP rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. The front camera is of 5MP and is fixed-focus.
Karbonn Quattro L50 smartphone key specs:
5-inch HD display, full lamination
Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, Karbonn Kandy UI
1.3GHz quad core processor, 2GB RAM
Dual SIM 4G/3G/2G, GPS, WiFi
13 MP PDAF rear camera with LED flash, 5MP fixed-focus front
16GB in-built storage, expandable via micro SD card
Microsoft has finally launched first Surface tablet officially in India – Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Although as the name suggests, it is the 4th iteration of Microsoft’s popular tablet but yes first one to be launched in India.
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 sports a 12.3-inch PixelSense full HD display and is loaded with the Windows 10 Pro OS. It is powered by the latest 6th generation Intel core i5/i7 processors and 4GB/8GB RAM. It comes with in-built SSD flash storage with option of 128GB and 256GB. A stylus called ‘Surface Pen’ is bundled with the tablet and you can buy separately the popular & stylish type cover keyboard to use the tablet as a laptop.
It sports a 5MP front-facing camera and a 8.0MP autofocus rear camera without any flash. It is a premium built, light-weight tablet that comes with a multi-position kickstand. Only the US variant comes with Fingerprint sensor/ IR sensor/ and Windows Hello feature.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet key specs:
12.3-inch PixelSense full HD, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
‘Surface Pen’ stylus, optional type cover keyboard
Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.0, Full size USB 3.0 port
Long battery backup, up to 9 hours usage
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Price in India : Rs.73,990for 4GB RAM/ Intel core i5/ 128GB SSD variant. Available exclusively at Amazon for the first six months and will ship from 14 January 2016. The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover keyboard is available at additional Rs 12,490 andis available in blue and black color variants – Buy the type cover here.
Rs.1,20,990 for 8GB RAM/ Intel core i5/ 256GB SSD variant.
Rs.1,44,990 for 8GB RAM/ Intel core i7/ 256GB SSD variant.
Netflix, online video streaming service, has launched its services in India. Now you can watch the video content produced by Netflix, like the recent TV series Jessica Jones, Sense8, etc or local Indian movies, online. The broadband connection speed required and the data usage will depend on your playback settings, starting from minimum 512 Kbps speed and minimum 0.3GB data usage per hour of video.
Please be aware that it is totally uncensored content with videos shown “as it is” and not like the content viewed via Set-top box where the videos/words are censored for Indian viewers. So either use parental control if watching with kids/family or be aware who else is watching video with you. You can also check “parental guide” of all the shows before watching them. Many shows like Sense8, Black Mirror, etc. contains many full nudity scenes.
Also be aware of the data usage as mentioned at the end of this article.
It supports following 6 devices, that is Netflix videos can be watched on following devices:
Tablet/smartphone – Android , iOS, Windows
Streaming devices like Chromecast/Apple TV
Gaming consoles – PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Blu-ray player or Home Theater System
Netflix Tariff Plans in India
The first month is free and after that the monthly plans starts from Rs.500 and are as follows:
How to Start:
On computer – In the browser just go to the http://www.netflix.com/ and you will be directed to its local web page.
On TV/Tablet/Smartphone – Download Netflix App.
Once you choose the “Start your free month” option, you have to select the monthly plan. Choose any of the three listed Plans of Basic (No HD content, watch on 1 device at a time), Standard (only HD, no UltraHD, 2 devices at a time), and Premium (HD/UltraHD content option, 4 devices at a time). The first month subscription is free.
After selecting the monthly Plan you will be directed to payment page where you have to enter your credit card details. Please make sure that your credit card is active for international transactions. Rs.70 (US$ 1) might be deducted from your credit card to test the transaction.
After that you can custom name the devices/account which might be playing Netflix. You can also use parental control in any of these devices/account if kids will be watching on them.
Internet Connection Speed Recommendations
Below are the Internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing movies and TV shows through Netflix.
0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality
HD Video Quality
Movies and TV shows that are available in high definition will play in 720p or better with a fast enough Internet connection. To watch Netflix in HD, ensure you have an HD plan, then set your video quality setting to High in the Playback Settings for your account.
Netflix Bandwidth Usage
Higher quality video uses more bandwidth than lower quality video. If your service provider applies a bandwidth or data cap to your Internet service, you can Manage Bandwidth Usage by changing the video quality settings to Low or Medium to consume less data.
How can I control how much data Netflix uses?
Watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. This can create headaches for Netflix members who have a monthly bandwidth or data cap on their Internet service. Below, you’ll find a few ways to reduce the amount of data Netflix uses, without having to resort to drastic measures (like actually watching less Netflix).
Adjust your data usage settings
Adjusting the data usage settings for your account is the easiest way to reduce the amount of bandwidth used while watching Netflix. There are four data usage settings to choose from. Each estimate below is per stream:
Low (0.3 GB per hour)
Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
Auto (Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed)
To select a setting that works best for your Internet plan, navigate to the Your Account page and select Playback settings in the Your Profile section. It can take up to 8 hours for these changes to take effect. Restricting data usage may effect video quality while watching Netflix.
Data usage settings only apply to the Netflix profile you are in when you set them, meaning you can have different data usage settings for each profile. If you are concerned about the total amount of data that Netflix uses, make sure to change this setting for each profile.
TP-Link has announced TP-LINK Talon AD7200 – world’s first 802.11ad router. It will work in the un-utilized 57-66GHz bandwidth range (varies with the country standard) along with the current 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. This a new Wi-Fi standard replacing the IEEE 802.11 ac as the fastest Wi-Fi standard. The 5GHz band has a limit of 1733Mbps, but the new 60GHz band can achieve wireless transfer speeds of up to 4600Mbps alone and can also effectively combine the 60GHz, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz bands for a total throughput speed of 7Gbps.
It comes with 8 separate adjustable antennas with powered amplifiers which also helps in implementing beamforming for improving the connection to individual wifi devices. It’s range will be short-distance , for example line of sight inside a room but will provide ultimate high speeds. So forget using cables even when streaming 4K videos from your laptop to your 4K TV.
According to TP-Link, it will let you download an entire 4K movie in about four minutes or transfer a thousand photos to a storage device in just about five seconds. It comes with gigabit ethernet RJ45 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It also sports multi-user MU-MIMO technology which helps reduce bottlenecks when multiple devices are actively talking to it.
TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Price is not revealed yet and the device will come to market in Q1 2016.
Samung has launched the new Samsung Notebook 9 series 2016 laptops. The new laptops are of 15-inch & 13.3-inch display and loaded with theWindows 10 OS. They are powered by the latest Intel 6th Generation processors and 4GB/8GB RAM.
The USPs of the new laptops are their ultra-light weight with the 13.3-inch one weighing merely 0.84kg and the 15.6-inch one weighing 1.29kg. Both the laptops comes with 128GB/256GB SSD storage for quick boot-up and fast read/write operations. The 15-inch laptop also comes with the latest USB Type-C port and supports quick-charging battery. Both laptops provides long battery backup with up 12 hours (15.6-inch) and up to 10 hours (13.3-inch) backup time.
Samsung Notebook 9 13.3-inch key specs:
Display : 13.3inch FHD (1920×1080), PLS
OS : Windows 10
Processor : Up to Intel Core i7
Graphics : Shared
Memory : 4/ 8GB LPDDR3 (On board)
Storage : 128GB/ 256GB SSD
Camera : 720p
Dimension : 313.8 x 218.5 x 13.4mm
Weight : 1.85lb (0.84kg)
Color : Iron Silver, Modern Pink
I/O Ports : 2xUSB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini Ethernet, mini VGA, 3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC), HP/Mic
Samsung Notebook 9 2016 Price in India : To be disclosed (TBD). No launch date for India yet.
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Samsung Introduces New Notebook 9 Series for 2016 – Samsung’s incredibly slim and lightweight laptops provide a premium ultraportable experience
LAS VEGAS – Jan 5 , 2016—Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today unveiled two new additions to its Samsung Notebook 9 series for 2016 – a 15-inch and 13.3-inch laptops – that are extremely portable and lightweight. With its sleek yet durable design, vibrant display and seamless functionality, the new Notebook 9 series is ideal for professional and ultra-productive users who are often on-the-go.
Ultra-light: Samsung Notebook 9 series offers ultra-portability, with the world lightest 13.3-inch Notebook 9 weighing less than 1 kilogram, offering ultimate ease and convenience when on-the-go.
Vivid and Bright Display: The full-HD display provides superior brightness with a wide angle and low- reflective screen for a comfortable viewing experience from a variety of positions.
Extended Battery Life: The 15-inch Notebook 9 provides battery life for up to 12 hours, and the Quick Charging feature enables users to fully charge in just 90 minutes. The 13.3-inch Notebook 9 offers up to 10 hours of battery life on one charge.
Enhanced Security: The new security feature Security CAM allows users to take and send photos through an equipped camera to a pre-registered email in case of theft. The Pattern Log-in, Secret Screen, and Record Block features help users protect private files and information.
Seamless Productivity: Samsung Link 2.0 and SideSync 4.0 let users access shareable content more easily and efficiently. Also, the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certified ergonomic keyboard provides enhanced comfort and accuracy.
The New Samsung Notebook 9 series will be available in two colors, Iron Silver and Modern Pink, in select markets starting in early 2016.
Samsung has launched new upgraded variant of its external SSD – Samsung Portable SSD T3. The new SSD now comes with option of higher capacity of 2TB and features the latest USB 3.1 Type C connection with read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s. It is launched in 250GB / 500GB / 1TB / 2TB capacities.
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It is quite compact, lightweight & durable. Its size is smaller than an average business card and weighs a mere 50 grams, and can be easily carried inside a small pocket. Unlike an external HDD, the SSDs do not have moving parts and so the T3 is inherently better protected from damage or data loss due to bumps or drops. Featuring a new shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, the T3 can withstand up to 1500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two meters. The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard prevents overheating in extreme temperatures, and the T3 comes with a three-year limited warranty.
Samsung Portable SSD T3 features:
Quick on its feet – Reduce downtime with blazing-fast, 450 MB/s read/write speeds, up to 4X faster than traditional external hard drives.
Tough to crack – The T3 is outfitted with optional AES 256-bit hardware encryption that doesn’t affect performance and an Android mobile app to conveniently manage and access content.Connects with ease – The T3 is compatible across multiple operating systems; so you can conveniently connect to PC’s, Android devices and more*. Plus, the new Samsung Portable SSD app for Android, makes it even easier to manage and access content.
Small, compact and light – A strong, shock-resistant metal case and internal support frame handles the daily wear of professional life, yet weighs just 51 grams* (2TB) and is roughly the size of a business card.
Holds its own – Up to 2TB capacity means you’ve got everything you need in the palm of your hand.
Samsung Portable SSD T3 specifications :
Category – Samsung Portable SSD T3
Capacity – 250GB/500GB/1TB/2TB
Interface – Compatible with USB 3.1, USB 2.0
Dimensions (LxWxH) – 74 x 58 x 10.5 mm
Weight – 51 grams
Transfer Speed – Sequential: Up to 450MB/sec
UASP Mode – Support
Encryption – AES 256-bit hardware encryption
Security – Password setting (optional)
OS support – Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS 10.7 or higher and Android KitKat (version 4.4) or higher.
Samsung Portable SSD T3 Price in India : Around Rs.60,000 for 2TB. Coming after Feb 2016.
SEOUL, Korea – January 5, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced the Samsung Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external solid state drive (SSD) that offers multi-terabyte (TB) storage capacity. Equipped with Samsung’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology, the T3 drive provides advanced performance, enabling consumers, content creators, business and IT professionals, to quickly and easily store and transfer large multimedia content across a variety of devices.
“Following the successful worldwide launch of the Portable SSD T1 in 2015, we made several significant upgrades to the T3 based on the feedback and needs of our customers, which included content creators and business professionals in particular,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “As such, the T3 delivers the outstanding performance, storage capacity and durability needed from an external storage device for today’s mobile lifestyle, without compromising on style or security. It’s the new portable external storage drive users can depend on in any situation or environment.”
Representing a major step forward for external, mobile storage, SSDs offer a truly dependable and versatile solution. Samsung is leading the market by offering a new 2TB T3 SSD, along with a wide range of capacity options including 250 gigabyte (GB), 500GB, and 1TB. Recently chosen as an honoree for the 2016 CES Innovation Awards, in the Wireless Handset Accessories category, the new T3 drive will be on display at Samsung Electronics’ booth (#11906) during CES 2016. The booth will be in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, from January 6 to 9.
External Storage with a New Level of Performance
With the rise of rich 4K content, consumers are increasingly relying on external storage solutions, while seeking faster data transfer speeds and large capacity on multiple devices. The T3 solves these concerns by enabling blazing-fast file transfers based on sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface, which is up to four times faster than alternative external HDD solutions*.
Mobility and Durability Suited for an On-the-Go Lifestyle
Designed specifically for today’s mobile lifestyle, the Portable SSD T3 is compact, lightweight and durable. The drive is smaller than an average business card and weighs a mere 50 grams approximately (less than two ounces), allowing users to easily carry large amounts of data with them anywhere.
Unlike an external HDD, the SSDs do not have moving parts and so the T3 is inherently better protected from damage or data loss due to bumps or drops. Featuring a new shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, the T3 can withstand up to 1500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two meters. The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard prevents overheating in extreme temperatures, and the T3 comes with a three-year limited warranty.
Increased Compatibility and Data Security
Featuring an adopted USB 3.1 Type C connection, the T3 is compatible with a wide range of USB supported devices, including the latest Android smartphones and tablets, and computers with Windows or Mac OS. Users can send data from the T3 to a PC and vice versa, access content on the T3 through mobile devices, and view the drive’s multimedia content on large-screen devices such as TVs. The T3 uses exFAT, a widely adopted file system, as its default file recognition format to create a seamless user experience. The T3 also works with a brand-new complementary Samsung Portable SSD Android mobile app which supports password changes and remaining capacity checks.
The drive has a simple set-up process for users, with one user-set password. The drive is equipped with AES 256-bit hardware encryption for the high level of security and protection across Windows, Mac and Android OS based devices. Even if the drive should fall into the wrong hands, the data stored on it would be inaccessible.
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 will be first launched in February, 2016 in countries including the United States, China, Korea and select European countries and will subsequently become available worldwide.
Samsung has announced a new soundbar – Samsung HW-K950. It is the first soundbar from Samsung sporting the Dolby Atmos technology. It is also the first soundbar package launched by any company to include two Dolby Atmos-enabled wireless rear speakers. The best thing about soundbars is they take minimal space below the TV, looks stylish, and feature some of the best new technologies for enhanced sound experience.
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The complete Samsung HW-K950 package delivers incredible 5.1.4-channel sound. It is slim and sleek in design and is just 2.1-inch high. It has three forward-facing and two upwards-facing speakers that produce a rich, full sound that is big enough to fill the room, yet detailed enough to deliver realistic, cinematic sounds, from an arrow shooting across the room to a hummingbird flying overhead. The Soundbar also connects wirelessly to the subwoofer and rear speaker units, for a practical and seamless solution in any living room. This also means that ceiling-fitted speakers are not required for moving, 3D audio.
[pull_quote_center]“Dolby Atmos® has received overwhelming support from major studios and continues to expand into other form factors, including the new Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar, which allows more consumers to bring an unrivaled sound experience into their homes. Consumers can experience sound that comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill their home theaters with astonishing clarity, power, detail and depth.” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories.[/pull_quote_center]
Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar price, specifications, and availability details will be announced at the upcoming CES 2016 event.
Micromax has launched a feature phone Micromax Astra X910A and has bundled a unique/weird device with it – a USB mosquito repellent machine! It is a basic feature phone sporting a large 2.8-inch display and huge 4000 mAh battery which can also be used as a powerbank to charge other devices.
It is almost similar to the Micromax Flash X910 except that phone comes with free LED USB light and this one comes with a USB mosquito repellent machine. You can connect that machine with the microUSB port of the phone and you will need Mosquito repellent mats like this one from Goodnight available here.
Micromax Astra X910A key features:
Large 2.8-inch display
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
4000 mAh battery
Use as a powerbank
Free USB mosquito repellent machine
microSD card slot, up to 8GB
Voice call recording support
Micromax Astra X910A Price in India : Rs.2,051
Technical Specifications for Micromax Astra X910A
Yes, Alpha-numeric keypad
320 x 480 Pixels
Main (Rear) Camera :
FM Radio :
3.5mm audio jack:
up to 8GB
4000 mAh, use as a powerbank
Alpha-numeric keypad, call start/end keys, navigational pad