Sony Xperia Devices Claimed to Be Misrepresented as ‘Waterproof’ in New Lawsuit

A US federal court in New York on Friday preliminarily approved a nationwide class action settlement against Sony regarding waterproof capabilities offered by certain Xperia smartphones and tablets. The class action lawsuit against the Japanese company alleges that it sold mobile devices that were “deceptively advertised” as waterproof.

Firstly, we need to clarify that the settlement is meant only for customers in the US and not several countries. The lawsuit against Sony claims that the mobile devices from the company have been misrepresented as “waterproof” but are not designed for or capable of ordinary underwater use. It also mentions that “Sony exploited certain international water resistance ratings in order to launch a deceptive marketing campaign promoting the Devices.”

The settlement essentially provides for a warranty extension; changes to packaging, labelling and advertising; and a claim process relating to prior water-related warranty claim rejections, as per the class action lawsuit website. Sony has denied these allegations of false advertising and will be settling with the court again on December 1 for final terms, as pointed out in a report by The Verge.

Sony Xperia Devices Claimed to Be Misrepresented as 'Waterproof' in New LawsuitTo recall, in 2014, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in South Africa asked Sony to stop using the term ‘waterproof’ to describe its Xperia Z1 smartphone in South Africa after a complaint was received regarding the handset. Further, just one year later, the Japanese company updated its website with a warning that asked users to not use Xperia devices under water (even those that were advertised as waterproof) as it will void the device’s warranty. While the aforementioned lawsuit is only limited to the US customers, the company might face similar issues elsewhere if these claims are found to be true.

It is not a new thing for a tech company to make exaggerated claims about their products but its seems like Sony might have to pay heavily if the lawsuit claims are found to be true and the court rules against the company. The list of Xperia devices under consideration include Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3 Tablet, Compact Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia M2 Aqua, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia ZR Xperia Z Ultra Xperia Z1, Z1s, Z1 Compact Xperia Z2 Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3+ Dual, Xperia Z5, and the Xperia Z5 Compact.

LG K8 (2017) With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

After the LG Q6, the company has decided to launch yet another smartphone in India – the LG K8 (2017). The mid-ranger has been quietly listed on its online store, and is priced at Rs. 11,000. While there has been no official announcement from LG, the website mentions that the smartphone is available in offline stores. Separately, an established Mumbai retailer claims the smartphone is already retailing offline at a price of Rs. 9,999.

The LG K8 (2017) is the successor of the LG K8 launched last year in March. This year’s variant sees a better camera, fingerprint scanning support, 4G VoLTE support, and a different design aesthetic as well. The LG K8 (2017) sports a fingerprint scanner at the back below the camera sensor. The LG logo sits at the front and the back, while the speaker is seen at the rear end as well. The front panel has sufficient bezels with on screen navigation buttons. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on top, and the volume keys sit on the left edge.

LG K8 (2017) With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, SpecificationsThe LG K8 (2017) runs on the dated Android Marshmallow, and supports dual-SIM (Nano +Nano) slots. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by the 1.25GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 16GB with the option to expand further using a microSD card (up to 200GB).

As for optics, the LG K8 (2017) offers a 13-megapixel rear sensor with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies and video chats. The smartphone packs a 2500mAh battery and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi Direct, and AGPS. Sensors on board include proximity and accelerometer. The smartphone has been made available in Gold and Blue colour variants.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 64GB Variant Now Available in Open Sale on Amazon and Mi.com

Xiaomi Redmi 4 was launched in India in May this year, and has since then been available on Amazon India and Mi.com through flash sales. However, in a new development, Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain has announced that one of the variants – 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage – will now be available at all times on the two websites mentioned above. There won’t be any registrations or requirement to participate in flash sales necessary for this variant any more, and you can just head to Amazon India or Mi.com to buy the smartphone right away.

The Redmi 4 (4GB RAM/64GB storage) is available on Amazon India in Black and Gold colour options for Rs. 10,999. The e-commerce portal has listed a bunch of offers that can be availed on purchasing the smartphone. Notably, Reliance Jio is offering 30GB additional 4G data, free subscription of Hungama Music, Rs. 200 promotional credit for purchasing from the Kindle app, and 70 percent off on select cases and covers for the Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review).

As for Mi.com, it is currently showing the Redmi 4 (4GB RAM/64GB storage option) as out of stock. Mi.com has listed 12 months of Hungama Music subscription for free with the purchase of the smartphone.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is also available in two other variants – Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, and Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant – and presumably these variants will still be made available through flash sales only. Next sale for the Redmi 4 is on August 29 at 12pm IST on Amazon India.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 64GB Variant Now Available in Open Sale on Amazon and Mi.comXiaomi Redmi 4 specifications

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The smartphone bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 435 SoC, with up to 4GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it packs a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Xiaomi Redmi 4’s inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm and weighs 150 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Nokia 6 First Sale Over in Seconds on Amazon India, Next Sale on August 30

Nokia 6 (Review) went on sale for the first time in India on Wednesday, and went out of stock within a few seconds of becoming available at the designated time of 12pm IST. This isn’t very surprising, however, considering over a million people registered for the first Nokia 6 sale on Amazon India, HMD Global’s exclusive online partner in the country. These 1 million registrations were by August 10 itself, and the company allowed registrations for the first sale till August 21, a full 11 days more. To buy the Nokia 6 in India, registering online with Amazon is necessary. The next sale will be a week from now, on Wednesday, August 30, and registrations are currently open. To recall, the Nokia 6 was launched in India back in June, alongside the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.

Nokia 6 price in India, launch offers

The Nokia 6 price in India is Rs. 14,999. Launch offers on Amazon India include Rs. 1,000 Amazon Pay balance for Amazon Prime members, 80 percent off Kindle ebooks up to Rs. 300, Rs. 2,500 discount on MakeMyTrip (Rs. 1,800 on hotels and Rs. 700 on flights), as well as 45GB of free data from Vodafone across a five month period.

Nokia 6 First Sale Over in Seconds on Amazon India, Next Sale on August 30Nokia 6 specifications, features

The Nokia 6 features an aluminium unibody design, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, and a fingerprint sensor. As for specifications, the dual-SIM Nokia 6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone features a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, a 1-micron pixel sensor, and dual-tone LED flash. The Nokia 6 has an 8-megapixel autofocus front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.

The smartphone bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on the Nokia 6 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, NFC, Micro-USB with OTG, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors on board the smartphone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. The Nokia 6 measures 154×75.8×7.85mm, is powered by a 3000mAh battery, and is available in Matte Black, Silver, and Tempered Blue colour variants.

HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, HTC 10 Confirmed to Get Android Oreo Update

Google revealed earlier this week that the upcoming version of its Android platform will be called ‘Android Oreo’ and HTC has already confirmed some of its handsets that will be getting the update. Unsurprisingly, the company’s current flagship model – the U11 – makes the list but other than that, HTC has confirmed that HTC U Ultra and HTC 10 will also be getting the Oreo treatment.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday, HTC USA replied to a user query by saying, “We’re excited to bring Android Oreo to HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 owners worldwide! Details & additional devices to be announced soon.” While it seems like a positive move from the company to already announce that it will be providing the Android Oreo update to its smartphones, we will have to wait and see how long it actually takes to deliver on its promise after the upcoming version of Android is officially launched.

HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, HTC 10 Confirmed to Get Android Oreo UpdateRecently, the company also added ability to record 1080p resolution at 60fps and support for Bluetooth 5.0 with latest update to the HTC U11 smartphone.

To recall, HTC launched its U11 smartphone in India at a price of Rs. 51,990 (MOP). The variant launched in India comes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The highlight feature on the U11 is the Edge Sense feature that allows users to perform various functions with the handset by simply squeezing it from the sides. While the company recently added the Amazon Alexa Assistant support to HTC U11 in the US, as Amazon Alexa has not been launched in India yet, the functionality is not supported on Indian models of the handset.

Coolpad Says Aspirational Smartphone Users Its Key Priority in India

Even as Coolpad rolled out a power-packed mid-budget Cool Play 6 smartphone targeting gamers over the last weekend, the Chinese smartphone maker would not stop catering to the needs of those transitioning from feature phones to smartphones in India, Coolpad Global CEO James Du has said.

With a base of 150 million 4G feature phone users, India is currently placed behind China and the US. With an estimated installed base of 340 million 4G devices, India will displace the US as the second-largest market by next year, predicts Counterpoint Research. India currently has over 300 million smartphone users.

“The Indian smartphone market has now become larger than the feature phone market. It will grow even bigger as a large section of feature phone users is still transitioning to smartphones. We are calling them changing users,” Du told IANS on the sidelines of an event in Dubai.

“These users want value-for-money products. So for Coolpad, our strategy is to continue satisfying the demands coming from those looking for economy products,” Du added.

“Since Coolpad has strong R&D capability and has the capacity to manufacture high-end products, we have also started launching high-end products. ‘Cool Play 6’ has already been launched and we will roll out more high-end products for the Indian market soon,” the top company executive said.

The company, which claims to produce 34 million smartphones every year, is set to go offline in a big way, Du revealed.

“In the Indian market, we are looking to stably ranked among the top three smartphone brands on Amazon in terms of market share. As far as the offline target is concerned, we are planning to expand our stores to more than 5,000 by end of this year,” Du told IANS.

“We already have offline presence in eight states with a reach in 3,000 multi-brand outlets and have plans to expand it to a total number of 18 states in next one year,” added Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India.

Going ahead, Coolpad is even open to rolling out Cool Play 6 in the offline market.

“We are here to disrupt the market, or rather, correct the market,” Tajuddin told IANS, adding that the lean period that Coolpad have had for the past three months was now over.

Coolpad Says Aspirational Smartphone Users Its Key Priority in India“Coolpad smartphones have a 25 percent market share on Amazon in the sub-Rs. 8,000 category. With this launch, we not only plan to lead the online space but also to make a bigger impact in the offline market in India,” Tajuddin said, while revealing plans to launch Cool S1 Changer and probably one more device before Diwali.

“We are ready to take on the big boys,” he said.

Coolpad is also set to open exclusive services centres in India.

“We plan to have these in at least five cities in next six months,” Du said, noting that India and the US have now become two of the largest markets for Coolpad overseas.

The company has carved out a niche for itself by drastically pulling down the price bar for phones with sophisticated features, offering other Chinese competitors like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo a tough competition.

Nuu Mobile Enters India With X5, M3, Q626 and Q500 4G VoLTE Smartphones

If you haven’t heard of Nuu Mobile yet it’s probably because the brand hasn’t been seen in India, until today that is. The US-based company at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday officially marked its entry into the country with the launch of four new smartphones. Nuu Mobile is known for making affordable Android handsets and the Q500, Q626, M3, and X5 look to offer just that.

Nuu Mobile has been present in markets like the US, the UK, Indonesia, and others for a while. The company is now looking to get a piece of the Indian market that is currently dominated by the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo to name a few in the budget to mid-range category. The first batch of phones from the company will look to offer affordable Android handsets in a variety of designs to target consumers of all kinds.

Nuu Q500, Q626, M3, and X5 price in India, availability

The 4G VoLTE-enabled Q500, Q626, M3, and X5 range between Rs. 9,999 to Rs. 15,999 with the Q500 being the cheapest of the lot and the X5 on the other end of the price tag. The M3 and Q626 fall in between being priced at Rs. 12,499 and Rs. 12,999, respectively. The smartphones will be available through offline channels and will go on sale some time in September. The company plans to invest $5 million in marketing in India to spread the awareness of the new brand.

Nuu X5 specifications

The X5 from Nuu Mobile is the company’s flagship offering in the mid-range category. The smartphone features a zinc-aluminium alloy casing and features a fingerprint sensor on the back. The handset sports a 5.5-inch (1080×1920) full-HD display and features what the company calls SmartWake technology and air gestures for smart controls. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128GB).

Optics on the Nuu X5 include a 13-megapixel camera on the back with flash, autofocus, panorama, burst, and live photo. A 5-megapixel wide-angle lens is present on the front with autofocus for better group selfies. The dual-SIM smartphone houses a 2950mAh battery, and features connectivity options that include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, FM, GPS, among others.

Nuu M3 specifications

The M3 is dual-SIM smartphone that runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is wrapped in a metal body for a smooth finish. It features a 5.5-inch HD display with smart gesture features similar to the X5. The dual-SIM handset is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6737 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Nuu M3 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash, autofocus, live photo, and more. The front sees a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus. The handset houses a 3200mAh battery and includes connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, FM, and GPS, among others.

Nuu Mobile Enters India With X5, M3, Q626 and Q500 4G VoLTE SmartphonesNuu Q626 specifications

The Q626 features a glass front and back for a premium look at a budget price point. It is offered in Sapphire Blue and Jet Black colour options. It sports a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone.

The Q626 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash, autofocus, live photo and more. The front sees a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, FM, GPS, among others.

Nuu Q500 specifications

The Q500 is the cheapest of the lot and features a metal body that comes in Matte Black and Silver colours. The handset is 6.9mm thin and sports a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display. Like the other Nuu smartphones, this one too is powered by a MediaTek processor. It features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128GB).

Much like the M3 and Q626, the Q500 also features an 8-megapixel rear camera with and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, FM, GPS, among others.

“Globally, Nuu Mobile has gained very high trust of its customers through its groundbreaking innovation and high-quality services. We believe in protecting our customers’ interests with extended warranties, timely updates and we are committed to deliver this,” Michael Sit, Chairman of Nuu Mobile.

Meizu M6 Note With Dual Rear Cameras, Snapdragon 625 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications

Meizu on Wednesday launched its M6 Note smartphone in China and it seems like the industry-wide trend of dual camera setups has caught up with Meizu’s mid-range smartphones as well. Apart from the dual rear cameras, the Meizu M6 Note smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 625 SoC and will be made available in Black, Blue, and Gold colours.

The Meizu M6 Note has been launched by the company in three RAM/ storage variants, i.e., 3GB RAM/ 16GB storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. The handset models will be made available by the company at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 10,600), CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,500), and CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,350).

Talking about the highlight feature on the Meizu M6 Note, the dual camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor (6P lens) with f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture size. At front, the handset comes with a 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 5P lens.

Meizu M6 Note With Dual Rear Cameras, Snapdragon 625 SoC Launched: Price, SpecificationsThe dual-SIM (hybrid)(Nano+Nano) Meizu M6 Note runs Flyme OS 6 UI based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. As mentioned earlier, the handset is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC. The Meizu M6 Note comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button at front of the handset.

The smartphone houses a 4000mAh battery, measures 154.6×75.2×8.35mm, and weighs 173 grams. The connectivity options offered by the Meizu M6 Note include 4G VoLTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and GPS.

Swipe Neo Power With 4G VoLTE Support, 2500mAh Battery Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Swipe Technologies on Wednesday launched a brand new entry-level smartphone, the Neo Power, making it the fourth launch for the company this month following the Swipe Konnect Power, Elite VR, Konnect Star 2017, and Elite 4G. The Swipe Neo Power price in India is Rs. 2,999 and will be offered Black, Grey and Gold colour options across e-commerce channels. The company is calling it the “most affordable 4G VoLTE phone with a 2500mAh battery” in India.

The dual-SIM Swipe Neo Power runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 4-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display with Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor along with 512MB of RAM. The handset is offered with an inbuilt storage of 4GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Swipe Neo Power With 4G VoLTE Support, 2500mAh Battery Launched in India: Price, SpecificationsOn the camera front, the Swipe Neo Power sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers. The handset is backed by a 2500mAh battery and includes connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3.5mm port, Micro-USB 2.0, 3G and 4G support, among other things.

“Swipe Neo Power is a budget phone specifically designed to cater the needs of common man of our country. Every citizen in India should be able to avail the benefit of Digital India in true sense. Neo Power comes with all the amazing features that every man needs in his phone these days. Our ambition is to empower individuals with 4G technology at the grass root levels at most competitive rates,” Shripal Gandhi, founder & CEO of Swipe said.

Lamborghini Alpha-One Is a $2,450 Smartphone That Lives in the Past

It’s getting easier to afford smartphones today that feature top-of-the-line specifications. Manufacturers have tried to bring near premium design and specs to budget smartphones. But once in a while you come across a smartphone with a ridiculous price tag that makes you wonder why anyone would buy it. Of course, if you’re into luxury supercars, then you may just consider Tonino Lamborghini’s new Alpha-One Android smartphone that’s priced at a cool $2,450 (roughly Rs. 1.57 lakhs).

A smartphone from a Luxury carmaker such as Lamborghini will undoubtedly come with a premium price tag. The luxury aspect of the Alpha-One is its Italian handmade black leather back that also sports the company’s ‘Raging Bull’ logo alongside a custom Italian leather phone case that comes with the box. Everything else about the phone, however, is largely disappointing considering how much one will have to shell out to get one of these.

Lamborghini Alpha-One Is a $2,450 Smartphone That Lives in the PastThe Alpha-One sports a 5.5-inch WQHD (1440×2560) display and is powered by a now two-year-old Snapdragon 820 SoC. The luxury handset runs on Android Nougat and features 4GB of RAM with 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) smartphone features a fingerprint sensor on the back and houses a 3250mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0.

The smartphone features a 20-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording, OIS, and EIS. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera as well. The Alpha-One comes with dual front-facing speakers that feature Dolby Atmos Digital Surround for an immersive audio experience.

Apart from the leather finish, the rest of the specs don’t scream out luxury or premium in any sense of the word. It is available in the UK exclusively at Harrod and the UAE across multiple retailers. It’s hard to see this phone being a favourite for even those who own a Lamborghini, but the leather coating may just be enough for the elite few to flaunt it around town.