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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Infinix Hot S Smartphone

Infinix is on point with this one I must confess. The lineup for Infinix smartphones this year have been nothing short of awesome. From the Note series to the Hot Series and today we discuss the Hot S Infinix smartphone aka X521.
Infinix Hot S is one of the newest addition of smartphones to the Hot line up. This is a very well-built and designed smartphone. First, the Hot Series are supposed to be medium end phones, with slightly less specs  and less pricey than the Zero series and it's still so. But with this Hot S, the specs is now at part with the last Infinix Zero but still affordable.

Form Factor
The Hot S is a dual SIM 4G LTE smartphone with awesome design. It's so sleek you won't believe it. Unlike the Zero 3 smartphone, the Hot S comes with a full metal body design for that premium feel. It has round edges and flushes to a flat surface. It has dimensions similar to the Zero 2 152 x 75.8  x 7.83. One thing we like about the X521 is that the bezel is not as huge as the Zero 3. Hence operating this phone with one hand is a breeze. 

The camera is located at the top middle of the phone, the dual LED flash light is located immediately below the camera, and followed by the Fingerprint scanner. At one side, power, memory card, and volume keys are situated while the other side has the slots for SIM card. 
Resolution and Screen size 
Infinix HOT S spots a 5.2 full HD IPS screen. Colors are vivid and stunning, thanks to the resolution which stands at almost 350PPI. Images look colorful, videos appear crisp and during outdoor conditions you won't have to strain your eyes to see images on screen. 
Operating System and Processor
Out of the box Infinix Hot S comes with Android 6.0 marshmallow OS with Infinix's own XUI interface on it together called the XOS. So yes, you get the marshmallow experience plus the subtle cool XUI experience Infinix is currently using on all their smartphones. The OS is fluid, works, and it is not a resource hog. To Processor further make sure that the device performs well, infinix threw in an octa-core processor in the phone. This will help reduce power consumption by switching tasks between different cores. The Hello X10 chip has a 64bit octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and a Mali T860 GPU for graphics intensive processes. While this may appear small, the X10 processor is capable of performing great tasks while minimizing battery usage. 

Fingerprint Sensor
The highlight of this Hot S smartphone is the fingerprint sensor. It is the talk of the town. You will note that when we covered the Helix X1o MediaTek chip, we said it has capability for fingerprint authentication. Well, infinix didn't waste time in making full use of the chip's capabilities by incorporating a fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone.

With the fingerprint scanner, your data privacy and  security just got upped. Sometimes passwords and pins isn't adequate but with the fingerprint scanner, you can be sure of better data and device security. The fingerprint scanner works flawlessly when we tried it.
RAM and Storage
Gone are the days of 1GB RAM for the Infinix Hot Series. Now we are in the era of 2GB RAM and will be in 3GB RAM soon but that is talk for another day. Hot S comes with 2GB RAM so you won't have to worry about performance of apps especially  when multitasking. With better memory comes better and faster access to files. Talking about memory, the device comes with 16GB/32GB internal memory and memory card slot that supports up to 128GB memory card.
Infinix Hot S comes with a 13MP front camera and a 8MP front camera. Image capture is quick and crisp. The auto focus works pretty well. It can focus from far to near object within 2 seconds. Image cam be as high 6mb. Front facing camera for video calls and selfies are equally great. Talking about video, rear camera video recording is now better. It records 720p video at 60fps.
Connectivity and Battery
Again Infinix HOT S is a dual SIM card smartphone with 4G LTE, 3G and 2G network technology for connectivity. As usual, you get the 850,900,1800,and 2100 MHz network bands. The device comes with a 802.11 b/g/n WiFi chip for accessing wireless broadcast networks. In addition, Hot S now comes with Bluetooth 4.1 for connecting to low power Bluetooth devices. With B4.1, connecting  to Android Wear Smartwatches and the likes gets better with minimal power consumption. Finally, the device has a micro USB 2.0 slot for connecting to computers and other compatible devices thanks to the OTG capability of the USB.

As far as battery goes, Infinix HOT S comes with a 3000mAh battery. This is okay for the basic user and for those power users a double charge will be enough to get them through the day. The battery is non-renewable though but batteries for high end smartphones are becoming less and less non-removable. 
This article won't be complete without mentioning the price of the device. Currently, Infinix HOT S is retailing for N47500 and can be purchased from ADOL-LILLY Phones located at 10 Adepele street off medical road Ikeja, computer village, VK plaza. As usual you can drop your thoughts and comments here.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New $5 Smartphone Released To The Market

A $5 (INR 334) Smartphone???? How in the world did they do that???  Is this for real?? Am sure that is the question going on in most people's mind. Of course the reason isn't far fetch.  In the world today, the price of a smartphone will put a dent in most people's pocket. An example is Apple iPhone or even Samsung Galaxy series that cost a whole month's paycheck - or even 2 months in some cases. This huge price on smartphone have made a lot of people, especially low income earners, to stick with their feature phone. However, that trend is about to change. Someone is about to own a smartphone that cost only $5 (INR 334)

Ringing Bells,  an Indian based smartphone company is ready to sell a smartphone to anyone that need one for just $5. Yes, just $5
India currently has emerged as a major smartphone market. Big players like Gionee, Miramax, Huawei, BlackBerry, Samsung etc have entered the Indian market to sell smartphones however, the prices these phones are offered are still on the high side and does not sit well with low and middle income earners of Indian.  This is why Ringing Bells have decided to sell their smartphones for just $5.

Currently there is no full spec data for this smartphone but we do know that it's going to run Android OS 5.1 and will have 3.2 MP back camera, 0.2 MP front camera, 1GB RAM, 1485 mAh battery, 1GHz processor, 8 GB internal memory and memory card slot that supports up to 32GB microSD card.   Of course no one expects an entry level, low end smartphone of this price to have eye popping specs. All that matters is that the smartphone will do what it is designed to do and achieve the go for which it was underpriced. 

Actual phone released 

According to SmartCritique, "Ringing Bells is a Noida-based company and has named this smartphone Freedom 251, which will be launched and unveiled by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,while the Member of Parliament Murali Manohar Joshi is expected to preside over the event on the 17th of February, 2016". Needless to say, "If this initiative goes well, it could bring in hundreds of millions of poor people into the Internet fold to access information and, therefore, enhance their capacity to get to the truth on all issues concerning their lives. Freedom 251 has the potential to provide true freedom from the media houses representing one interest or the other, besides giving poor people access to opportunities that could improve their living conditions".

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Source: SmartCritique

Monday, February 15, 2016

Huawei G-Power Smartphone Specifications

For the past couple of weeks, the Nigerian public has been speculating and trying to guess what #ThePowerOfSharing! Nigerians can heave a sigh of relief as Huawei is launching the Huawei G-Power #ThePowerOfSharing exclusively on Jumia in Nigeria today, Monday, 15th of February, 2016.

Huawei is currently one of the top suppliers of the android smartphones all over the world and their epic antecedents in world Technology leaves much to be anticipated and desired even among those who are not tech enthusiasts. The features of the Huawei G-Power is a tech touché to every Nigerian smartphone user who are in dire need of the phones power sharing formula, long battery life,  a large memory and captivating camera quality. The medium-end, 5 inch, 1280 x 720 IPS  screen smartphone is equipped with a dual SIM 4G LTE technology for fast browsing, android lollipop 5.1 OS, 13 mega pixel back camera and 5 mega pixel front camera. It also has 16 GB internal memory and a microsSD slot for increasing the memory to 128GB if you so please. The device comes with 2GB RAM to manage multitasking considerable well thanks to the 1.3GHz processor speed and a 4000 mAh battery in-phone to keep it going through the day. Huawei G Power has the usual Bluetooth, WiFi, WiFi hotspot and sensors like proximity and ALS. 

Like every new smartphone is the market, Huawei G Power supports fast charging and USB OTG and powered  by a 64bit quad core chipset.

Huawei, has made the device exclusive to Africa’s online largest e-retailer, Jumia. The high-end mobile phone is under-priced at N46,500 along with a FREE Bluetooth swan speaker worth N15,000 in the market. 
Huawei G-Power has raised the bar in the African mobile landscape with unique ability to charge other devices. Huawei G-Power is primed to give Nigerians the satisfaction they have always craved for. If there was anything synonymous to profit on investment it is definitely the Huawei G-Power.’

This is a medium end smartphone in every aspect with great specifications but with a not so pocket friendly price if the Bluetooth speaker wasn't included. Get yours from jumia website here.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

How to Upgrade Infinix Hot 2 to Android 6.0 Marshmallows

Infinix is not resting in making sure her customers gets the best and latest as far as product design and operating system go. Recently, the French based smartphone company started rolling out Android Marshmallows 6.0 to those using the Infinix Hot 2 smartphone. This is very laudable because only a handful of high end smartphones are receiving the 6.0 update at the moment. This shows that Infinix and Google partnership is yielding great results. 

If you are in possession of Infinix Hot 2 then you can go ahead and update your phone to latest Android 6.0. However you should do the following before you update to avoid bricking your phone - I called these the Don'ts
1. Make sure the Infinix Hot 2 is not rooted. If you already rooted the smartphone you should unroot before going on with the update.
2. Stock recovery only must be installed on the device. If you have a custom recovery on the device, remove it completely else, you will brick the phone after the update. 

Now that we have the don'ts out of the way, you should go to your Software Update app or navigate to Settings/About Phone/Software Update to download the new 600+ MB file. This mean a WiFi connection is better suited to downloading the OS update. Once update is downloaded, you can either install the update by restarting the phone or you can just click on Restart & Install. My advice is to wait of couple of days before installing this new 6.0 marshamallow update. This is because bugs mught be present and immediate fixes may not be available until after sometime.

Once the update is installed, you can check the OS version from settings to be sure you installed the right thing. Of course phone will likely brick if it wasn't  the right thing. Because Infinix is slightly rolling this update out in phases, some may not get the update request. If you do not see the official OTA update and cannot wait, you can still download the zipped 6.0 file and flash on the Hot 2. 

Word on the street
Word on the street is that the new 6.0 marshmallows update is stable and works well for most and not too good for some. Furthermore, we notice that there is some visible difference to the Android One. The app drawer has a new look and the settings menu has some new set of menus. The difference you will notice more are system performances and UI easthetics. One last thing, this is the first version of the 6.0 update and that means some bugs will exist but in the course of coming weeks, bug fixes will be delivered as small system update files. 

Have you updated Infinix Hot 2 to Marshmallows 6.0? Give us your opinion and what you think. 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Run Android On Windows Computer With USB

Android is one of the leading operating system for mobile devices however, it is about to be a competing OS for PCs with the release of the Remix OS for PCs.

Remix OS is an Android OS designed specifically to be installed on PC to give a whole new exciting experience of Android on PCs. Remix OS which you can download here can be installed on a flash drive and run on any screen with a USB slot however the company is also selling the OS along with their hardware as kit for $69 or if you are in for a Android powered tablet you can grab one for $299.

The Remix Android-powered PC has both  1 GB and 2 GB RAM variant and buyers can opt for either the 8GB eMMC  or 16GB eMMC and 1.2 GHz. Like most computers, it has a Ethernet ports, USB ports, HDMI ports, SD card slot and 3.5 mm earphone port. Currently, the Remi device is available in select countries with plans to expand to other countries in the near future.

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