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What your mobile phone data indicators mean and how fast is the internet on your phone?

You can connect your smartphone to the internet via a variety of modes over a mobile network. There is an indicator at the top of the screen of your phone which not only shows you the signal strength but also tells you the type of connection you are using. This indicator gives you an idea of how fast you can expect the data services of your smartphone to perform.
If you have a faster connection type, you will be able to download or upload the information more quickly. With a faster internet connection, it becomes quite easy to perform the tasks such as online gaming and browsing the internet. On the other hand, the speed of a data connection does not affect the amount of data used.

Airplane Mode:
The airplane mode comes to work when the radios of your phone such as mobile, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth radios are switched off. In this mode, no connectivity is active but you can still use the apps and services which don’t require any kind of data connection to function properly.Airplane-mode

No Signal:
This is a greyed out satellite icon which donates that your phone’s radio is active but it has no discernible signal. This is preventing you from making or receiving the calls, texts or using any data services.

GPRS:
gprs-logo-minThis is often marked by letter “G” on the phone’s display. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is the slowest form of data connectivity and is generally used only if the phone is unable to find any of the faster service due to the location or interference circumstances. This kind of mobile data connection was available in the original iPhone from 2007.

EDGE:
It is usually denoted with “E” and is also known as eGPRS. This connectivity option fills up the gap between 2G and 3G, having theoretical speed of 400 kbps. If your device is not able to find a 3G or faster connection then you should surely opt for EDGE.

3G Connectivity:
This stands for 3rd generation and is seen quite often on the top of your smartphone display. Previously, it was the standard for top mobile data speeds in the countries like UK. The 3G offers the users with the data speed i.e. double that of EDGE with upto 384 kbps. Apple’s iPhone 3G is often called as iPhone 3GS to boast its improved data speed.

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HSPA+:
This is the latest form of 3G mobile data technology and “H” on the modern smartphones stands for Evolved High Speed Packed Access. On the basis of different network and devices, the speeds accessible for HSPA+ can be both 14.4 Mbps and 21 Mbps, while 42 Mbps is also possible on some networks.

4G Connectivity:
The 4G service also known as LTE or Long Term Evolution is recently launched in UK and is the fastest connection type available. However, the US users are already benefiting from 4G speeds for some time now that offer them theoretical values upto 10 times i.e. of HSPA+ speeds with upto 160 Mbps. Presently, the 4G plans in UK are more expensive than the 3G plans available currently.

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Lenovo K4 Note up for flash sale on Amazon

Lenovo’s K4 Note is a recently announced phone, which is now available for purchase on Amazon India via flash sale from today onwards. The phone can be availed from the retailer for INR 11,998, the price also brings along VR bundle, ANT VR headset. Amazon will start the sales for this upcoming phone of the Chinese giant at 2pm IST.

This smartphone will be made available for purchase from Amazon starting 2pm IST, this will also be a flash sale. Lenovo has revealed that currently it has received 480,566 number of registrations for flash sale. Also, those who have registered themselves successfully today will also be eligible for tomorrow’s sale. However, on the other hand the Chinese manufacturer has not revealed the number of units that will be available for sale today and tomorrow.
Currently, the official site of Amazon India is reading Registrations closed for 20th Jan sale, but those who missed it today should not get disappointed. You can now register for the next week’s sale by heading to the source link below and hit the Register Now button.

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Lenovo is expected to provide its Vibe K4 note phone with a 5.5 inch full HD display which is an IPS with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. The display has a wide view display, 16M colors, 1000:1 aspect ratio and 403 ppi density. This smartphone measures 153.6 x 76.5 x 9.1 mm dimensionally and has a weight of 160 grams. It is provided by a 64 bit MediaTek MT6753 octa core processor and Mali T720 MP3 GPU along with 3G DDR3 RAM.

This handset will run on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop and an internal storage of 16GB which can be further expanded to 128GB using microSD card. It has a 3,300 mAh battery with 265 hours standby and 22 hours of talk time. There is a 13MP rear snapper and a 5 MP front facing camera for clicking better quality images even in low light conditions with the LED flash support.

The display of this smartphone is provided by a scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch and dust proofing. For connectivity, there is GPRS, EDGE, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS support and dual micro SIM. Lenovo’s phone also has a fingerprint scanner and NFC for easy transfers and payment capability. The K4 Note makes downloads, data transfer and browsing a breeze experience with the 4G LTE connectivity for super-fast internet speed.

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Oppo F1 can now be pre-ordered in Europe for €229

Oppo made its F1 smartphone official a few days back and the phone is already available in Vietnam. Now, there are reports that the Chinese manufacturer is already preparing European tour in five countries to advertise its new F1 handset. The aim is also to meet the fans, vloggers and bloggers.

Today, Oppo has made an announcement that it is launching the pre-order campaign for its F1 smartphone in Europe. As per reports, this smartphone will set you back at €229 and also brings along a free Selfie Stick with each purchase of the Oppo’s handset.

Also, Oppo is charging €5 for each pre-order of this handset and is giving you a €5 discount coupon code which can be used during the final purchase of this device. Keep in mind that there is only a limited stock of the Oppo Selfie Sticks available, so if want to grab a freebie for yourself then you should just hurry up to pre-order this smartphone.

Oppo’s F1 comes to you with a 5 inch IPS display with 720 pixels resolution. It is powered by a Snapdragon 616 SoC chip and an octa core processor with 3GB RAM and LTE connectivity. There is an internal storage of 16GB which can also be expanded further using a micro SD card. This smartphone is built using the attractive aluminum unibody which is painted in golden and has been provided by a 2,500 mAh battery backup. There is a 2.5D Gorilla Glass screen protection which make this phone scratch and dust free.

It is embedded by a 13MP rear snapper with LED flash for better quality pictures even in low light conditions. There is a front facing snapper with 8 MP count and various software tweaks available for selfie fans. This screen can even be used as a flash in low light conditions as it lights up at maximum in white for a second.

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Lenovo phone passes through TENAA might be K5 Note

Lenovo is working hard to expand its product lineup by bringing some new offers such as the metal Lemon 3, which has just been rolled out and the K4 Note which is already available. Now, there are reports that the OEM is working hard over the successor of this handset. It is understood because the K4 Note is already achieving great success.

According to the reports, a new member is coming to this lineup Lenovo K5 Note which has just been spotted at TENAA with the model number K52t38. However, there is one major problem with this handset which can’t be ignored i.e. this smartphone looks almost similar to some recent phones from Xiaomi and Meizu.

For instance, if we take the Redmi Note 3 from Xiaomi then the resemblance is in its camera size and the position along with the LED flash, round fingerprint scanner and the speaker grill. Even the curve and clean front look is also almost identical.

TENAA confirmed a few specifications of this handset; it will come with a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display. Lenovo has powered its upcoming K4 Note with an octa core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz speed. This phone measures 152 x 75.5 x 8.49 mm dimensionally and is provided by LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. The K4 Note has two variant one with an internal storage of 16GB and 2GB RAM. While the second variant will get 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM.

It has a 13MP rear snapper and an 8MP front facing camera for clicking quality pictures in low light conditions with the LED Flash available. The phone is packed with 3,500 mAh battery backup which is capable of lasting for long hours.

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Microsoft Lumia 650 leaked via live image, confirming specs and design

Microsoft Lumia 650 in under rumors since past few months and recently got nearly official confirmation from a senior executive from the company. The upcoming Lumia 650 is a mid-range phone from the manufacturer and has already got some leaked renders last month also. Now, the reports reveal that a new live photo for this handset has appeared online which has confirmed the design that we got to see in the previous renders as well as has the Intel logo on the specs.

These leaks have appeared as the courtesy of a person who accessed the prototype unit of the device referred by codenames Saana or Sansa. Looking at the specifications, this upcoming phone doesn’t show much upgrade to the last years Lumia 640 or much of a step up from the lower end smartphone, Lumia 550.

Microsoft has provided the Lumia 650 phone with a 5 inch LCD display with 1280X720 pixels resolution. So far, we were receiving rumors that the phone will get Snapdragon 212 chip but now the sources reveal that it will come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip, which is also used in Lumia 550.

However, there is not much difference but only that the Snapdragon 212 has higher clock speed at 1.3 GHz while on the other hand the Snapdragon 210 will be clocked at 1.1 GHz clock speed. The processor will have quad cores and the phone will also be provided by a 1GB RAM.

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There is a 2,000 mAh battery backup, alleged capacity is less than the previous versions Lumia 640 and 550 respectively. Microsoft Lumia 640 was powered by a 2,500 mAh battery while the Lumia 550 was packed with 2,100 mAh with more stand by in comparison to the upcoming Lumia phone.

Microsoft’s upcoming Lumia phone looks even more luxurious in hand than the latest flagship, Lumia 950 but it’s entry level processor and lack of LTE makes it less attractive for the potential customers.

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Alcatel OneTouch announced a new Windows 10 phone, the Fierce XL

According to the reports, Alcatel OneTouch has unveiled a new smartphone based on the Windows 10 OS, the Fierce XL. However, this operating system might be something over stated for a device that gets processing power from a Snapdragon 210 chipset but it’s true.

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL comes with a 5.5 inch display and 720 pixels resolution which is again protected by Dragontrail Glass. This Snapdragon chip packs a quad core processor with Cortex A7 architecture clocked at 1.1 GHz speed. It has been provided by 2GB RAM and an internal storage of 16GB which can be expanded further with micro SD card.

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It has an 8MP camera at the back of the phone with an LED flash to enable it to click high quality pictures even in low light conditions. This camera can capture videos at 720 pixels resolution. The front facing camera of this handset is 2MP. Alcatel’s phone measures 151.9 x 77.8 x 9.4 mm and weighs about 174 grams.

The manufacturer has built this smartphone using plastic and has provided it with 2,500 mAh battery. It is really good for 14 hours call and takes just 3 hour charging time. Alcatel’s Fierce XL has all basic connectivity needs covered such as 2G quad band, triple band 3G, Cat.4 LTE over three bands. This phone also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth 4.1. As per reports, this handset will be available in Light Blue color only starting later this month.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge to get waterproofing, larger battery and microSD

As we are getting closer to 21st February, which is the unveiling date for the upcoming flagships from Samsung, more and more details about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phone are being leaked. Today, as the courtesy of Evan Blass also known as @evleaks, we got an information that the S7 and S7 Edge smartphones from the Korean giant will be waterproof.

As we know, this feature was also present in the Samsung’s flagship device from 2014, the Galaxy S5. However, this is not where the Korean giant stops it also adhere to the IP67 standard which confirms that the upcoming phones will also be dustproof.

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Further, both these handsets will have larger batteries in comparison to their predecessors which will improve their running time on one charge. Samsung S7 will sport a 3,000 mAh battery, while on the other hand the S7 Edge phone will get a 3,600 mAh battery (the predecessor had 2,550 mAh and 2,600 mAh respectively in the S6 and S6 Edge). However, the sources reveal that the new batteries on the upcoming flagship devices will be non-replaceable.

Also, there are reports that the upcoming Galaxy S7 will get fully recharged wirelessly in just 2 hours while on the other hand the S7 Edge will be recharged in just 2.2 hours. Samsung S7 will get a 5.1 inch QHD touchscreen while the Edge variant of this device will come with 5.5 inch display. Both these smartphones will get a feature named “Always On Display” functionality, with important information on the screen at all the times. However, this is already done by Nokia with its Windows Phone in the past.

The Korean giant has made this possible because the AMOLED displays don’t consume any extra energy to show black pixels. Thus, if the screen is mostly black we can assume that the power impact for such a feature is almost next to negligible. Both these handsets will be packed by a microSD card, this is another feature which was present in the S5 phone but then suddenly disappeared from the last year’s flagship device, Galaxy S6.

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The rumors also predict that atleast one version of S7 will be powered by an Exynos 8890 SoC chip, which will come with an in-built LTE Cat.9 modem. There will be 4GB RAM and an internal storage of 32 GB or 64GB in both these handsets. The front camera will get 5MP resolution while the primary cameras will have 12MP and 16MP in their predecessors.

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LG announces K series smartphones, currently only K10 and K7 announced

LG unveiled is new K line of smartphone for its customers and the K7 & K10 phones become the first one to get official from this lineup. According to the reports, this newly released series is the successor of the L series and features the more affordable devices with some premium specifications from the maker.

The K10 is packed with a 5.3 inch Touchscreen display with 720 pixels resolution and better viewing angles. It runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop and sports a 2,300 mAh battery backup. This handset will be available to the consumers in three color options namely, white, gold and indigo. The rest of the specifications include LTE capacities or a version of this phone with 3G only.

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According to the reports, the LTE enabled model of K10 smartphone will get a 13MP rear snapper while on the other hand the variant with 3G only will get 8MP primary camera. The front facing camera could be either an 8MP one or with 5MP resolution. There will be a 1GB, 1.5GB or 2GB RAM while this smartphone is provided with an internal storage capacity of either 8GB or 16GB.

There are four CPU options, three out of which found on the LTE version of this handset include the one with clock speeds at 1.2 GHz or 1.3 GHz with quad cores, and the one with 1.14 GHz with octa cores. On the other hand, the 3G variant of the K10 smartphone will get a 1.3 GHz quad core processor.

Another phone which was announced by LG at the occasion is K7 that comes with a 5 inch touchscreen display having 854 x 480 pixels resolution. There is a 5MP selfie camera, 2,125 mAh battery, Android 5.1 Lollipop and other options being different on the LTE and 3G choice of the customers.

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The K7 LTE version will bring you 1.1 GHz quad core processor while on the other hand the 3G version of this handset will sport a quad core processor with 1.3 GHz clock speed. The primary camera of this handset is an 8MP or 5MP depending on the market.

We can expect it to be powered by either 1.5GB or 1GB RAM and an internal storage of 8GB or 16GB. Also, the K7 LTE will only be available in “Titan” hue, while on the other hand the 3G version of this handset will be offered in white, black or gold.

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