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Showing posts with label Gadgets. Show all posts

Whats New on the Asus Zenfone Marshmallow Update???

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Android v6.0 Marshmallow
 is one of the best Android version releases yet, cramming in new features for the next-gen experiences. It brings the smartphone experience to a whole new level. Visually it still might look the same as the outgoing Android 5.0 Lollipop, but, whats under the hood is what really matters!!!


And now, with ASUS Zenfones recieving the exciting and much awaited update, lets look at the essential features that come with the Android 6.0 update on a Zenfone.

1) New Volume Control Panel:

The Volume control has a got an visual as well as a function overhaul. The controls are much more minimalised with just the notification volume shown on volume key-press. And unlike lollipop, the 'Volumes' and 'Do Not Disturb' tab are done away with.


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On tapping the slider icon, you furthur get the app and alarm volumes (no change there though)!!!!

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2) Do Not Disturb Mode:


The feature is very much present and carried over from the last version. Except that you wont find the persistent tab under the volume control (on key-press) like lollipop. Instead its moved to quick settings panel under the pull-down menu.


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Tapping on it shows you an expanded peek menugiving you primary fuctions of Total Silence, Alarms only and Priority Only, along with a timer option as to how long you wish to keep the settings. Tapping on 'More settings'takes you to the dedicated 'Do not disturb' page.


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This page now gives you a more refined options rather than Lollipops messy screen that seems confusing at first. With the ability to set 'Disturb Rules', you can customise how your phone should react to notifications and alarms.




3) App Intent:

On Android Lollipop, whenever you received a mail with a link to youtube, the system asks you which app to open with each time. Now on Android 6.0, if you have the correct app already installed, then on clicking the link, it now will take you straight to the Youtube app at the first time itself, without any prompts.

Essentially it lets you narrow down to a more linear and refined cross-app experiences.

4) Automated Backup:

Android previously always missed out on thinking big about how back ups should work. And with the new backup options, Google has beefed it up definately. For eg. now it can save upto  25MB of Appdata  (for each app) on the cloud. The App data is reinstated once the app has been re-installed. Also the the app data saved does not consume your Google Drive space!!!


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5) Network Setting Reset:

Under the 'Backup and reset' option, there is a new setting for 'reseting the Network'. This is a pretty good option if you wish to reset your data connections and bluetooth to begin reconnecting with new devices and or troubleshooting networks issues.


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Resetting will return the device to an unconfigured state.


6) Cut-Copy-Paste:
The CUT-COPY-PASTE was a much desired function on phones about a decade ago, and with android it really has become a neccessity, and we tend to use it on a daily basis. On Lollipop when a text is highlighted, the Cut-copy-paste context bar on the upper side of the active page.


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Well all that gets more organic, you now get an floating option like you see in the image above. This option makes working with the cut-copy-paste functions easier, without having to reach the upper side of the screen for options.

7) Chrome works inside other apps:

Earlier on Android 5.0 and previously, if you clicked on a weblink inside an app, it usually took you to chrome tab or any other default browser. And if you stayed browsing long enough, you probably were kicked out of the app. Now though with 6.0, Chrome now lets the app preload some data before you can access itinside the app itself, without leaving it. This gives you a more seamless app-to-webpage experience


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Although this is available on lollipops, its way better on Marshmallow


8) USB Plug-in options:

Connecting your Android 6.0 upgraded Zenfone to a computer will now prompt you asking if you wanted to Allow file transfers. The prompt is persistent every time you connect your phone to a computer. The following are the options you get:

  • Charging only: To be used when all you want to do is top off your battery.
  • Transfer files (MTP)Lets you copy files back and forth between your phone and computer using the Media Transfer Protocol. This is likely the option you'll want if you need to copy some files.
  • Transfer files (PTP): Lets you copy files (usually only photos or video) using the Picture Transfer Protocol. This modes makes your computer think you have a digital camera attached, so programs that were designed to connect to a camera can grab photos and video directly from your phone and import them automatically.
  • MIDI: An option you can use if you want to connect a MIDI device — something like a MIDI keyboard — to your phone or tablet and use a synthesizer app to create music on the GO!


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All This prevents direct unauthorised direct access a computer, after directly connecting the USB cable. 
9) Doze:

By far one of the biggest features of Android Marshmallow, Doze is the system integrated app on Android M. It essentially can put the device to a lower power-sleep state on a 'per app' basis. Like temporary hibernation, apps come back alive once phone is back on. The phone is able to sense itself if its at complete rest at a place, it checks on sensors like Gyro sensor and the Accelerometers, for movement detection. If laying idle, the phone will automatically enter 'Doze' mode. 


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'Doze' on our Zenfone is called Battery optimisation, you can find it under Settings >>> Battery >>> Battery options(denoted by 3 dots) >>> Battery optimisations. Although you have to note a few things about this new mode :

  • Network access is suspended.
  • The system ignores wake locks.
  • The system does not perform Wi-Fi scans.
  • The system does not allow sync adapters to run.
  • The system does not allow Job Scheduler to run.


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10) Dedicated Google preferences:

What if we wanted a concise list of all things 'Google'? Well, on Marshmallow we get lucky. Under 'Settings', you get a dedicated Google page which lists options from 'Sign-in & Security' and 'Account Preferences', 'Google Fit', '' to 'Google Services'. Under 'Google Services' is an exciting new features called, 'Google Nearby' and 'Nearby Discoveries'. These are next-generation connectivity options that dont require the device to be connected to the same network. It uses the device sensors like Bluetooth, WiFi, and Sound (Uses mic to pickup inaudible sounds) to connect with another device around you. With 'Nearby Discoveries' It can pick up on advertising BLE beacons to push content by App developers to your phone without installing any dedicated app.



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'Nearby' is yet to pick up in India, least ensured, you are now ready for the future!!! Similarly, 'SmartLock for Passwords' is another exciting feature that lets you sign into apps and websites that are connected to your Google Account without any prompts. Similary you can choose which app you trust before enabling this feature.

11) RAM Manager:

With todays apps reaching as much capacity as it's computer counterparts, they hog on the same kind of memory too. With RAM manager on Marshmallow, it makes hunting down memory hog apps with ease. It's under the 'Settings' page in an option called 'Memory'. Once in, it shows an overview of the RAM occupied from 3 hours to a day.


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It gives you detailed memory usage information of each app, and also shows what kind of sub-processes the app might call on.
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Plus, There are tons more features to look foward to like, the enhanced Gesture Control, a Faster WiFi Tethering, better SIM options....and Many More!!!

Note- Article is provided by Zen_Ro from Asus ZenTalk.

The Psychology of Wearables and Wearable Technology

Article is Provided by Toptal

In recent years we’ve seen new, disruptive innovations in the world of wearable technology; advances that will potentially transform life, business, and the global economy. Products like Google GlassApple Watch, and Oculus Rift promise not only to change the way we approach information, but also our long established patterns of social interaction.
Indeed, we are witnessing the advent of entirely new genre of interface mechanisms that brings with it a fundamental paradigm shift in how we view and interact with technology. Recognizing, understanding, and effectively leveraging today’s growing landscape of wearables is likely to be increasingly essential to the success of a wide array of businesses.
In this article, we discuss the ways in which effective interface design will need to adapt, in some ways dramatically, to address the new psychology of wearable technology.

Enter the Neuroscientific Approach

Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology. Cognitive neuroscience relies upon theories in cognitive science coupled with evidence from neuropsychology and computational modeling.
In the context of interface design, a neuroscientific approach is one which takes into account – or more precisely, is centered upon – the way in which users process information.
Wearables and wearable technology
The way people interact with new, not-seen-before technologies is more bounded to their cognitive processes than it is to your designer’s ability to create stunning UI. New, often unpredictable, patterns emerge any time a person is presented with a tool, a software or an action that he has never seen before.
Accordingly, rather than employing more traditional approaches (such as wireframing and so on), you will instead focus on the sole goal of your product, the end result you want the user to achieve. You will then work your way back from there, creating a journey for the user by evaluating the how to best align the user’s intuitive perception of your product and his or her interaction with the technology used. By creating mental images, you won’t need to design every step the user has to take to accomplish an action, nor you will have to evaluate every possible feature you could or couldn’t include in the product.

Google Cardboard Overview: VR On The Cheap

Provided BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC - TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL

Imagine if you will, standing on the surface of the moon, overlooking a crater from your lunar rover, listening to mission control chatter. Or don’t. Instead of imagining it, just order a cheap Google Cardboard VR set instead, stick your phone in it, and start exploring the solar system, museums, tourist spots, coral reefs and much more. Let the Imagination Technologies GPU in your phone live up to its name and do your imagining for you.

Also Read : How to Enjoy Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard
Google Cardboard is hardly a new concept. It was unleashed on the unsuspecting geekosphere at Google I/O 2014, roughly 18 months ago. Since then, Google has tweaked the Cardboard reference design, but the concept hasn’t changed; Google Cardboard was envisioned as the cheapest Virtual Reality (VR) solution on the planet, and at this point, nothing else comes close in terms of pricing.
Google Cardboard is significantly cheaper than competing VR platforms, so why is adoption so slow?
If you keep track of tech news, you are probably aware that Oculus Rift started shipping a few days ago. The news even made it to mainstream media, and CNN interviewed a few Oculus execs, who discussed the future of Oculus and VR in general. Demand for the Rift appears to be high because the pre-order website crashed hours into the launch, which coincided with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas. The Oculus Rift is priced at $599, and you also need a $1,000-plus computer to use it properly, but the high price obviously didn’t faze the loads of consumers who pre-ordered one.
I could try to explain what makes Oculus different and why it costs so much, but that’s beside the point. It’s a product for enthusiasts and connoisseurs, people who don’t mind spending a lot of money for a great gaming user experience or for some niche professional applications. Compared to Google’s VR platform, Oculus Rift is a technological tour de force, but for the price of a single Oculus headset, you can get more than 50 prefabricated Google Cardboard headsets. Mind you, I am not talking about cardboard DIY sets, but proper headsets made out of plastic, with soft padding and a few straps to keep the contraption on your head.
Considering that you can get a Google Cardboard compatible set for $10 to $20, you’d expect that loads of people are buying them, but that’s not the case. Let’s take a closer look at Google’s platform and try to figure out what’s going on.

What's Next in Apple iPhone 7 - What we Except



It is really exciting to see what's new is implemented every year in iPhone by Apple and now rumors are started for new iPhone 7 which is expected to launch this year in September. By the way what's new is coming this year and what changes are made into iPhone 7 are only known by Apple till now, but we can except some of listed here and also we are eagerly waiting for exact release date of iPhone 7. Here we discussing about iPhone 7 specs rumors which are provided by PC Advisor UK.

~ According to PC Advisor UK, it is not sure what is the name of next iPhone, is revealed by Apple, is it iPhone 6S as previous generations of iPhones because firstly Apple released iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and now iPhone 6 (alongside the iPhone 6 Plus), so chances for next iPhone's name are as iPhone 6S but Apple can surprise us by releasing iPhone 7 this year.  
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~ It is also in news that this year biggest difference in iPhone 6 and next iPhone is that new iPhone is thicker then previous, just opposite from previous strategies of Apple because every year we get thinner iPhone but because of Force Touch Display, iPhone 7 is thicker from previous. Apple currently uses Force Touch in the Apple Watch and its new MacBook, New reports have suggested that the new iPhone will need to be slightly redesigned to accommodate the Force Touch display.

~ iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have big design changes, although Apple keeps approximately same design for it's iPhones but  we can expect the big changes in design this year, iPhone 7 to have a 4.7in screen (and the iPhone 7 Plus should Apple decide to launch one to have a 5.5in display), a rounded, aluminium chassis and a very slim profile. It's also likely that it'll be available in Silver, Gold and Slate Grey.
Apple could make the iPhone 7 lighter, though and stronger with use of sapphire glass and more durable liquid-metal materials.

~ In terms of specs, The iPhone 7 will have a faster processor, probably names the A9, joined by an M9 co-processor. It could boost camera improvements, as well as better battery life and new features such as wireless charging.
Interestingly, it's rumoured that Apple will finally up the iPhones RAM complement, with 2GB LPDDR4 memory.

~ There are some rumours to suggest that the iPhone 7 could have some new design features Curve Display like Samsung Galaxy Edge but it is likely to provided with another varients.
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~ One of the biggest areas of improvement for the iPhone 7 could be the camera. Rumours suggested that the camera will represent the biggest camera jump in the history of the iPhone, with a two-lens system that could capture "DSLR-quality imagery," according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber.
Rumour has it the iPhone 7 camera could be up to 21-megapixels but more likely is a jump to 12MP.

~ The iPhone 7 to ship with iOS 9 installed. Apple unveiled iOS 9 at its WWDC 2015 event.  

New Best Budget Laptops Around 40,000 Rs.

When you have a budget around Rs.40,000 for purchasing a new Laptop then definitely mind confusing about which laptop to buy? There are many competitor brands have their different-different models of Laptops in the market which comes with almost all the latest features and it's create the competition and also confusing us. But don't worry because here we are sharing the Top 5 new and best budget laptops around 40,000 Rs. with their specifications and price. One should keep in mind that nowadays online shopping have advantages to buy new laptops at best price so here we also sharing the link to shop them online.

1. HP Pavilion 15-P001TX :


Processor - 5th Gen Intel Core i5 (1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 2.7 GHz), 3 MB Cache
RAM - 4 GB DDR3 (You can expend it using one unused slot)
Hard Disk Space - 1 TB SATA
Graphics - 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 830M
USB Ports - 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
OS - Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit (Upgradable to Windows 10)
Price - Flipkart- Rs. 44,900
Amazon-
HP Pavilion 15 P001TX 15.6-Inch (Silver) Rs.42,867

2. Dell Inspiron 15 3542 :


Processor - 4th Gen Intel Core i5 (1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 2.7 GHz), 3 MB Cache
RAM - 4 GB DDR3 (You can expend it using one unused slot)
Hard Disk Space - 1 TB SATA
Graphics - Intel HD Graphics 4400
USB Ports - 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
OS - Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit (Upgradable to Windows 10)
Price - Flipkart- Rs. 41,990
Amazon- Rs.40,990 Dell Inspiron 3542 15.6-inch

3. Lenovo G50-80 :

Processor
- 5th Gen Intel Core i5 (2.2 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 2.7 GHz), 3 MB Cache
RAM - 4 GB DDR3 (You can expend it using one unused slot)
Hard Disk Space - 1 TB
Graphics - 2 GB AMD ATI JET LE R5 M230
USB Ports - 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
OS - Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit (Upgradable to Windows 10)
Price - Flipkart- Rs. 41,990

Amazon- Lenovo 80E501LRIN 15.6-inch, Black


4. Asus X555LJ-XX130D :


Processor - 5th Gen Intel Core i5 (2.2 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 2.7 GHz), 3 MB Cache
RAM - 4 GB DDR3
Hard Disk Space - 1 TB SATA
Graphics - 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce 920M
USB Ports - 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
OS - DOS 64-bit
Price - Flipkart- Rs. 39,999



5. HP 15-ac047TU :

Processor
- 5th Gen Intel Core i3 (2.10 GHz), 3 MB Cache
RAM - 4 GB DDR3 (You can expend it using one unused slot)
Hard Disk Space - 1 TB SATA
Graphics - Intel HD Graphics 5500
USB Ports - 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
OS - Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit (Upgradable to Windows 10)
Price - Flipkart- Rs. 34,496

   

Alienware 15 Gaming Laptop - Features with Specs



Alienware gaming laptops are known for the powerful and superb gaming experience on a laptop for the gamers around the world. Alienware series made by Dell, is a popular gaming laptops series available in screen sizes of 13, 14, 15 and 17. At the CES 2015, Dell announces its new Alienware 15 and 17 with some new technologies and design.
Lets talk about Alienware 15, its is power packed with 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz) , 8 GB/16 GB of RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M/980M with 3GB/4GB GDDR5 graphic cards, 1TB HDD and 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Panel Anti-Glare 300-nits Display which gives you awesome gaming experience.
Over the years Alienware has earned a reputation for flashy design, producing machines with big fan grills and sharp angles, all lit up like the cockpit of a spaceship with colored LEDs and Still, the company pays attention to detail, and as a result the Alienware 15 feels sturdy to hold, the lid opens and closes smoothly. For wireless connections the Alienware 15 has the typical pair of 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.1. The left side of the system sports a charger plug, two USB 3.0 ports, one of which has PowerShare, and two 3.5mm ports, one for input, one for output. On the right side, an SD slot and Ethernet port flank another pair of USB 3.0 ports. In the center of the machine, on the back, is Alienware’s proprietary graphics port for the Graphics Amplifier, as well as a full-sized HDMI port and a Mini-DisplayPort are available. So the Alienware 15 gaming laptop is really a best pick if you have fully passionate about gaming.

                   


Full Specifications of Alienware 15 : 

Processor
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)

Operating System
Windows 8.1 Single Language (64Bit) English

Memory
8GB DDR3L at 1600MHz (2 x 4G)

Hard Drive
1TB 2.5inch SATA (5,400 Rpm) Hard Drive

Video Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5

Display
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Panel Anti-Glare 300-nits Display

Wireless
Killer 1525 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1

Keyboard
Internal Eng/Int (Qwerty) Keyboard

Primary Battery
8 Cell 92W Hour Battery

Camera
FullHD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones

Audio and Speakers
Internal High-Definition Audio with Creative Soundblaster X-Fi MB3 Software (Standard)
2.0 Speaker configuration
Audio Powered by Klipsch®
7.1 Digtial Audio out using HDMI out connection

Battery Details
8-cell Lithium Ion (92 wHr)

A/C Adapters
180W

System Dimensions
Height:
Front: 34.0 mm. (1.339 in.)
Rear: 34.0 mm. (1.339 in.)
Depth: 270.2 mm. (10.64 in.)
Width: 385.8 mm. (15.19 in.)
Average weight: 3.207 Kg. (7.07 Lbs.)

External Chassis Connections
(1x) Power/DC-in Jack
Killer™ E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
(3x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port
(1x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare Technology
(1x) Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
(1x) Mini-Display Port
(1x) HDMI 1.4 Output
(1x) 9-in-1 Media Card Reader
(1x) Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
(1x) Line In Microphone 1/8" Port
(1x) Noble Lock port (cable and lock sold separately)

Keyboard
4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls
5 user-programmable keys providing up to 15 distinct functions per application or game

Touchpad Details
Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)

Memory Slots
2x 204-Pin DDR3L SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots

Software
Alienware Command Center
AlienFX™
AlienFusion
AlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator
Alienware TactX™
Dimensions
Height: 34.0mm (1.339) x Width: 385.8mm (15.19) x Depth: 270.2mm (10.64)
Weight: 3.207kg (7.07lbs)

Online Price Rs.1,27,990.00 and also available some other models:

Best Smartphones Under 10000 Rs.

Nowadays the Budget smartphone range goes to a higher competition in the market, there are many smartphones available in the low budget range, many popular brands are now considering to launch their smartphones with low budget. Many smartphones are available under 10000 Rs. but only some of them are worth using. Here are a list of some Best smartphones under 10000 Rs. budget range with their specifications :

NEW #1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 - Register Redmi Note 3  

Processor: Hexa-core Snapdragon 650
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 16GB
Display: 5.5-inch full-HD 1080x1920
Battery: 4050mAh
Camera: 16MP+5MP
OS: Android Lollipop+MiUI7



#2. Asus ZenFone MAX 

Processor: Quad-Core Snapdragon 410
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 16GB
Display: 5.5-inch HD 1280x720
Battery: 5000mAh
Camera: 13MP+5MP
OS: Android Lollipop(Upgradable to M6.0)+ZenUI



#3. Asus ZenFone 2 Laser ZE550KL :

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Display Size: 5.5 inches (~70.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
OS:            Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Chipset:    Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz Quad Core
MEMORY: Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal:    16 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA: Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features:   Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video:       1080p@30fps
Secondary: 5 MP, autofocus

#4. Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 


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#5. Lenovo K3 Note


Processor: Octa-Core MediaTek Cortex A-53
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 16GB
Display: 5.5-inch Full-HD 1920x1080
Battery: 2900mAh
Camera: 13MP+5MP
OS: Android Lollipop

                              

#6. Lenovo A6000 Plus: 

                                                            

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7. Micromax Yu Yuphoria:

                            

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8. Huawei Honor 4C: 

                            

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Other Options:

Moto E (2nd Gen 4G)- Buy Moto E

Honor Bee - Buy Honor Bee from Flipkart.com