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European Citizenship & Residency by Investment Summit- Middle East 2017

Mahandru Events, in partnership with Aristo Developers and _____________ Legal Services, returns to Dubai, UAE for the first annual Investment Migration Summit which takes place on 21st January, 2017 at the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai.

The half day conference provides one of the most up to date and comprehensive view on the world’s immigrant investor programs putting special emphasis on the Cyprus Residency and Citizenship program through Real Estate Investment.

This year’s event is expected to bring together 150+ industry professionals such as immigration lawyers, migration advisory firms, property developers, tax firms and Government representatives, migration agents, wealth managers, family offices, and potential investor clients.

 

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Aristo Developers and ______________ for this year’s Summit in Dubai. With our extensive on the ground experience and understanding of the Middle East investor market together with the reputation of the participating partners, we believe year’s Summit will meet and exceed expectations.” said Raheel Sheikh, Managing Director of Mahandru Group.

Potential investors and industry professionals who wish to take part in this year’s Summit in Dubai can register for the event to get a complimentary conference pass

 

For more information contact 800 Mahandru 

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Nokia Android phones are coming, but it is not the same Nokia we knew and loved

“The upcoming Nokia Android smartphones are being made by HMD Global and Foxconn”

Ever since Android became the de facto mobile operating system for most smartphone manufacturers, we’ve always wanted to see a Nokia smartphone running Android. While we did get to see a stilted fork of Android on the Nokia X (review) and XL, the dream of a true-blue Nokia Android phone for many fans never really came to life. But wait… for the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about Nokia-branded Android smartphones coming in 2017. In fact, the latest news at the time of writing this article is that Nokia smartphones will be announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – arguably the most popular trade show in the world for smartphones – in 2017.

While all this sounds great, there is a catch and you might not like the sound of it. The Nokia Android phones of the future are not being made by the same Finnish company we knew and loved in the past. Allow us to explain.

Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile and services division in late 2013 for $7.5 billion — just for comparison Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19.7 billion — to bolster the manufacturing of smartphones running its proprietary Windows Phone operating system. The Lumia-branded smartphones were conceptualised and made mostly in Nokia’s Finland plant. However, it is widely believed that acquiring Nokia was a bad business decision for Microsoft. Which is precisely why Microsoft ended up writing off the entire purchase by paying a $7.6 billion impairment charge in July 2015. The company also cut close to 7,500 jobs, catastrophic to say the least. The situation was so bad that Finland actually criticised Microsoft for breaking promises and wanted the Redmond tech major to find jobs for the laid off employees.

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If you are wondering what happens to Lumia smartphones… it is being reported widely that Microsoft is consolidating the entire smartphone division to make a Surface phone: one for the loyalists, and, of course, to realise its ‘Windows on every device’ strategy.

Furthermore, it would be safe to assume that the Nokia that made some iconic phones – like the Nokia 3310, Nokia N95, Nokia E63, and more – has moved on. The company’s realigned strategy now aims at manufacturing equipment for mobile networks and broadband infrastructure. In America, Nokia makes infrastructure for major networks like AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and in India Nokia networks was pivotal for setting up Airtel’s 4G network in Maharashtra.

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Now, where does that leave Nokia-branded Android smartphones? This is where the confusing part begins and you might want to concentrate hard on each and every word.

(Also read: 10 Nokia phones we wouldn’t mind buying even today)

Firstly, you need to know that Foxconn has a subsidiary called FIH that offers product development and after sales services for phones. Also, a new private-equity-backed Finnish group was formed recently by former Microsoft and Nokia employees called HMD Global Oy. Coming to the most important point, Foxconn and HMD paid Microsoft $350 million for its feature phone division. Yes ‘feature phone division’, you read that right.

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However, this begs the question – who is making these Nokia-branded Android smartphones, slated for launch next year at MWC, if Foxconn and HMD purchased only the feature phone division? So essentially, the duo of Foxconn and HMD has also inked a separate agreement with Nokia itself — the company that is now more concerned about network equipment than anything else. According to this agreement, Foxconn and HMD will work together to make new smartphones and tablets running Android, and use the Nokia brand name to sell it across the world. In return for using the brand name, Nokia gets a seat in the board of HMD in spite of the fact that the Finnish brand hasn’t invested a single penny in the private-equity backed company. Furthermore, Nokia will be paid a per-device licensing fee for using its brand name. This deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year, which is possibly why we are taking an educated guess that HMD’s presence at MWC 2017 indicates the company will showcase new Android smartphones in Barcelona.

To sum it all up, Nokia-branded Android smartphones are coming next year but those will not be made entirely by Nokia but by Foxconn and therefore it might not share the same DNA of Nokia devices from the past. What you might get is a Nokia Android phone that could be just like any other Android phone from any manufacturer because Foxconn makes most of them anyway. Augmenting this theory is the fact that a large chunk of the money to buy Microsoft’s feature phone division was actually put in by Foxconn.

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Having said that, there is still a strong Nokia connection in the new entity HMD because the CEO of HMD is Arto Numella, head of Microsoft’s Mobile Devices business for Greater Asia, Middle East and Africa, and an ex-Nokia employee. And, the President of HMD is Florian Seiche, who served as the Senior Vice President for Europe Sales and Marketing at Microsoft Mobile, and has worked with Nokia before. This does give us some hope that Nokia’s Android smartphones will have their own unique character. Let’s wait and watch until MWC 2017.

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HTC 10 evo first impressions: a decent package with some premium elements

“The HTC 10 Evo is a full metal body smartphone resistant to dust and splashes”

Recently launched exclusively for the American market, the HTC Bolt was showcased in India at an event with a new moniker, viz. the HTC 10 evo. The smartphone seems like a mix of some jaw-dropping features and other standard bits. While the 10 evo will only be available in India next month, we tried our hands on it and here’s what we think.

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Crafted out of metal, the 10 evo is IP57 certified for protection against dust and water. That isn’t the only assurance of durability we got, since the build of the device felt pretty solid. It did feel chunky in the hands and slightly heavy as well, but the weight only added to the grip, as did the matte finish and chamfered edges on the phone. The HTC 10 evo looks understated yet stylish. The only qualm we had with the design was smudges and the fingerprints that the phone kept collecting.

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While most of the ports and buttons placement remains standard, the HTC 10 evo omits the 3.5mm headphone jack and instead uses the USB type-C port for both charging and connecting the earphones.

The reason why the brand has gone for a Type-C audio port is to make the smartphone compatible with Hi-Res BoomSound Adaptive Audio. The company claims that the bundled earphones map the reflected sound waves from the user’s ears like a SONAR, and creates a personalised audio experience.

The HTC 10 evo gets a 5.5-inch 2K display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display looked really sharp, and the screen brightness was more than you can ever ask for… we’d think the sunlight legibility should be great on the smartphone. Under the hood, the evo is powered by a Snapdragon 810 chip and there’s 3GB of RAM to go alongside. While the processor configuration sounds decent enough for smooth everyday use, we will wait till we can try it out properly before commenting on performance.

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Software-wise, the smartphone runs Android Nougat out of the box and is one of the few smartphones to do so. The interface is mostly stock and the phone does not come with much bloatware. That said, you will find a few preloaded apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and more.

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There’s only 32 gigs of built in storage which is a little disappointing. What’s more disappointing is just 20GB of available storage.

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The HTC 10 evo gets a 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and a BSI sensor. Up front, it utilises an 8MP BSI camera.

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The default camera app has a few useful shooting modes, while the overall UI looks minimal. The phone is capable of shooting 4K videos as well. We tried to click a few pictures and found the shutter speed to be impressive. The camera captured good details as well, for the lighting we were in. However, we’ll be able to put out our final verdict on the shooting prowess of the 10 evo in our full review.

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The phone is backed by a 3,200mAh battery, and considering that the phone ships with a 2K display, we wonder if it can drive the phone through a full day. However, there were a few power saving modes that we saw which will be of use in situations of power crisis.

Since there’s no word on the pricing of the smartphone, and the specs are a mixed bag, we can’t say what rivalry the HTC 10 evo will face when it comes to the Indian market. However, we will have more on the device as soon as the details are announced… so make sure you keep watching this space.

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Top smartphones with 6-inch or larger displays

In 2011, when the first Samsung Galaxy Note was announced, we expected it to be another one of those devices which just come and go without creating much excitement. With a screen size of 5.3-inches, the device was deemed too big to be carried comfortably.

But then, something interesting happened – the flagship kickstarted something revolutionary – the phablet phenomemon. Come 2016, and even a 5.5-inch screen is considered to be normal. With our phones becoming the primary means of media consumption, the need for even larger displays has grown immensely. In case you want a media powerhouse in the palm of your hands without burning your pocket, here are some amazing smartphones with 6-inch+ displays

Xiaomi Mi Max

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Xiaomi’s Mi Max (review) is arguably the best available smartphone in the 6-inch+ smartphone segment. The device flaunts a 6.44-inch full HD display with an equally massive 4,850mAh battery to back it up. Not to forget the beautiful metal unibody design and the fingerprint scanner. In addition to this, the Xiaomi Mi Max comes with a Snapdragon 650 or 652 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. For the optics, the device gets a 16MP/5MP camera combo (camera review). The phone runs MIUI 8 built on top of Android Marshmallow. The Snapdragon 650 variant of the device (with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage) is priced at Rs 14,999, while the Snapdragon 652 variant (with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage).

Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus

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Lenovo has recently launched the PHAB 2 Plus phablet in India. Priced at Rs 14,999, the 6.4-incher features full HD resolution and a metal unibody design with a rear fingerprint scanner. The key features of the device include its dual 13MP rear cameras which come with laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus, as well as an augmented reality mode which lets you create photos and videos with superimposed effects such as virtual backgrounds. Other specs of the device include a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT8783 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable stage. The phone is available exclusively via Amazon India.

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The ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL flaunts a 6-inch full HD canvas that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Under the hood, it is powered by the Snapdragon 616 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. The phone runs the slightly old Android 5.0 Lollipop with the company’s ZenUI on top. For shooting, the ZenFone 2 Laser includes a 13MP rear camera, along with a 5MP selfie shooter. The smartphone is available at a price of Rs 17,999 across various e-commerce platforms.

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Micromax’s sub-brand YU Televentures also released a 6-inch phablet, dubbed the YU Yureka Note. Featuring a full HD panel, the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek SoC, offering 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded further. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the smartphone features a Smart PA technology to amplify sound output. There’s a 13MP rear camera supported by an 8MP snapper in the front. The smartphone packs in a 4,000mAh battery and is available at Rs 12,980 on Amazon India.

Gionee Marathon M5 Plus

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The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus (review) has received its share of price cuts in the country, making it eligible for our round up. The device flaunts a 6-inch full HD display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 SoC, mated to 3GB of RAM. The highlight of the device is its massive 5,020mAh battery that supports fast charging and promises long battery life for power-hungry users. What’s more is that it features a USB Type-C port that is slowly and steadily becoming the norm for smartphones. For the optics, the Marathon M5 Plus comes with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front shooter.

Worthy Mentions

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Lenovo also offers the PHAB Plus smartphone, which comes with a 6.8-inch full HD display and a 3,500mAh battery. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 615 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM.

Another power-packed option is the Qiku Q Terra 808 (review) that is available on Snapdeal for as low as Rs 13,999. The 6-incher features a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM as well as dual 13MP rear cameras.

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Goodbye selfie sticks. Here comes AirSelfie

AirSelfie is the only portable flying camera integrated into your mobile phone cover.

 

 

About this project

AirSelfie is the world’s smallest portable flying camera. Who said selfies were confined to sticks? With this ground-breaking device you’ll be able to snap aerial photos directly from your phone. Sky’s the limit.

AirSelfie is a registered trademark and all its components are protected by filed and grantend patents.

Let’s fly it!

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 Check out our demo with Time Warner Cable News
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Take AirSelfie out of its cover and launch it from your phone using the AirSelfie app available foriOS and Android.

Fly AirSelfie and control it directly through 3 different flight functions:

  • Selfie mode, the easiest one, with just two directional buttons to make AirSelfie move far or close to you.
  • Selfie Motion Control mode, control AirSelfie in real time with the virtual joystick provided by App.
  • Flying mode, where the device is held horizontally and replaces a classic controller. Once you’ve found the perfect positioning for the shot, AirSelfie stays still, thanks to the hovering function.

 

Land AirSelfie onto your open hand and place it back in its case where it will be recharged.

The pics will be immediately downloaded to your mobile device via wifi, ready to be sharedthrough your favourite social media platform.

How many times have you found yourself trying to fit twenty people or more in that group selfie? How many times have you tried squeezing in that beautiful sunset in your couple selfie? And how many times have you had to cut out that landmark while snapping one simple selfie?

Say goodbye to your selfie stick or stretching your arm out till it hurts.

You can place AirSelfie in its designated phone cover (which acts as a charger too) and unchain it whenever you want to take an aerial picture or video.

Imagine being able to revolutionize perspective completely.

Fly AirSelfie – micro-device HD camera – comfortably from your phone, by using the AirSelfie App and take the most amazing selfies. AirSelfie is compatible with all iOS and Android Operative Systems.

You’ll be able to build unforgettable memories through a new perspective.

There are no limits to when and where you can use AirSelfie.

Outdoors or indoors, its avant-garde portable technology makes it easy to use whenever and wherever you feel the need to catch your lifesize emotions.

Outdoor Events: Live the moment from new heights.

Outdoor Events: Live the moment from new heights.

Don't miss any detail of your fun day at the beach.

Don’t miss any detail of your fun day at the beach.

Explore new worlds from above!

Explore new worlds from above!

Ladies nights: Capturing the whole picture.

Ladies nights: Capturing the whole picture.

Hang mid-air and get the full picture!

Hang mid-air and get the full picture!

Aluminum Housing with anodize process.

Aluminum Housing with anodize process.

5MP Camera.

5MP Camera.

Gyro/Barometer/Geomagnetic sensor & 2.4 GHz Wifi.

Gyro/Barometer/Geomagnetic sensor & 2.4 GHz Wifi.

Brushless motor.

Brushless motor.

Built-in Micro SD card 4GB.

Built-in Micro SD card 4GB.

240mAh 7.4v Built-in Battery.

240mAh 7.4v Built-in Battery.

USB Connection.

USB Connection.

Size: 3.72*2.65*0.42in 52g weight.

Size: 3.72*2.65*0.42in 52g weight.

Power Bank smartphone case.

Power Bank smartphone case.

Altitude Sonar & Stability Camera.

Altitude Sonar & Stability Camera.

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Make your video accessible in other languages and to deaf and hard-of-hearing backers.

Post straight to social media! You can post photos and videos taken with AirSelfie immediately on social media. All photos and videos are automatically sent to the smartphone via WiFi and appear on the app. From there, you can choose which ones to save in the smartphone gallery and then upload to your social networks to start generating likes and shares from your friends and followers.

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Recharge it easily! The cover contains a battery that can recharge AirSelfie in just 30 minutes when put back inside of it. Alternatively, AirSelfie is also rechargeable directly with the cable.

Make it fly up to 1 hour with the portable Power Bank! The AirSelfie Power Bank is designed to be perfectly integrated with the flying camera. It gives you the possibility to charge it up to 20 times before running out of charge, thus allowing AirSelfie a flight autonomy of 1 hour overall. You can pledge it alone or in combination with AirSelfie.

AirSelfie was born from the gritty intuition of Co-Founder Edorardo Stroppiana, combined with the love of passionate individuals for technology. We are a vibrant International team who decided to go beyond standard perspectives and the usual rules. With offices in Hong Kong and London, high tech originating In Shanghai and exquisite Italian design, we are truly an international cooperative.Through research, careful planning, skilled tech development and slick design we decided to CHANGE THE RULES by developing a unique product: AirSelfie. We are so enthusiastic to finally launch AirSelfie into the market. We want to share the excitement of finally catching lifesize emotions from up in the air with EVERYONE. People don’t usually fly camera drones because they’re hard to operate, the cost is high and they’re bulky, but with AirSelfie we’re starting a creative revolution, where all these issues vanish into beautiful aerial pictures and videos!

Hi Backers! We have worked for 2 years on getting the final version of AirSelfie into the air, testing different prototypes, working side by side with different engineers and finally getting AirSelfie to the point where we can proudly say we are ready for production! We just need your help to get the product out there on a bigger scale in order to get AirSelfie to you as soon as possible! By pre-ordering you will help us manufacture bigger AirSelfie volumes and in return you’ll become the first to catch simple and beautiful life moments from above. We thank you in advance for taking the time to see what we are all about.

 

The AirSelfie package contains, based on the pledge you select:

  • 1 AirSelfie.
  • 1 AirSelfie case, which serves as smartphone cover.
  • 1 micro USB cable.

OR

  • 1 AirSelfie.
  • 1 AirSelfie Power Bank.
  • 1 micro USB cable.

OR

  • 1 AirSelfie.
  • 1 AirSelfie case, which serves as smartphone cover.
  • 1 AirSelfie Power Bank.
  • 1 micro USB cable.

Risks and challenges

All tech projects may run into unexpected issues somewhere along the lengthy winding road which goes from designing a prototype to the actual final product creation.

This is why we have tested AirSelfie over and over. We wanted to be 100% satisfied with the final product. We can now proudly say that it is READY.

Our manufacturers are ready too. Ready to assemble AirSelfie on a greater scale and we can’t wait to have you try it out.

When we get the minimum funding we need to begin the large scale production process, we promise solemnly we will not exceed the shipping time shown on our Kickstarter campaign.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

AirSelfie Kickstarter Project Page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1733117980/airselfie
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HTC Desire 10 pro first impressions: seemingly a good proposition for shutterbugs

HTC has just added another mid-ranger to its Desire series smartphones, dubbed the Desire 10 pro. With specs that sound tempting on paper, the Desire 10 Pro has been launched in India for Rs 26,490… a price segment dominated by the third iteration of the “flagship killer”, the OnePlus 3 (review). We got some time to play with HTC’s latest offering at the launch event and here are our first impressions.

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The Desire 10 Pro looks a lot like the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (review) which was launched recently. The only difference you will find is the dual tone LED flash module on the back that gets a laser autofocus module placed adjacent to it. The defined trims and accents in the colour gold, in our opinion, complement the Polar White and the Royal Blue variant only. The Valentine Lux, which is a powder blue-hued Desire 10 Pro, does not harmonise that well with the gold, and the accents stand out way too much on the Stone Black variant. We missed metal. For the price, we expected a more premium build and feel. That said, the Desire 10 Pro does not feel cheap to hold. It fits in the hands well, and for the most part, you will be able to use it with a single hand.

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You will find all the ports and the buttons in their usual places. The phone also sports a fingerprint reader at the back. Flipping the phone over, you’ll be greeted by a 5.5-inch touchscreen panel which gets full HD resolution. Colours, viewing angles, touch response… everything was good. The screen brightness was great. On top of that, a non-reflective display should ensure that using the Desire 10 Pro under the bright sun is a breeze.

Moving on from the exteriors to the innards. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 chip coupled with 4 gigs of RAM. Sure, while the Oneplus 3 has 6GB of RAM in comparison, even 4 gigs should be enough to handle every day use smoothly. About the processor, the chip delivered impressive performance on the OPPO F1 Plus, so the performance on the new Desire should be decent too.

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The device ships with Android Marshmallow and might get the Android Nougat update soon. Tweaks in the icons, HTC’s Blinkfeed along with the good old app drawer collectively sum up the user interface on the Desire 10 pro. Nothing fancy here. We saw some preloaded applications… Facebook, Messenger, Instagram to name a few.

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Out of the 64GB of built-in storage, you will be able to use around 52 gigs.

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Now about the highlight. The Desire 10 Pro packs in a 20MP primary shooter equipped with a BSI sensor. On the front, it gets a 13MP BSI snapper with a 150-degree field of view. In a nutshell, it indicates great low light images. And there’s auto HDR as well, so the users can create the best output that can be created in all lighting conditions. However, that is what the statements and the numbers claim. We’d like to reserve our final comments until we review the Desire 10 Pro.

A 3,000mAh battery is there to keep the smartphone running. Considering the specs, the phone should be able to deliver around a day of use. In terms of connectivity, the offers usual features like support for 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, micro-USB, and A-GPS.

As we mentioned earlier, the HTC Desire 10 pro competes directly with the OnePlus 3 which is a critically acclaimed smartphone. The Moto Z Play (review) which is in a league of its own, being the most affordable modular smartphone. Whether or not does the HTC Desire 10 pro deserve your pennies, we’ll be telling you in our full review which will be out soon.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus Test: Ein Medien-Tablet mit Soundproblemen

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus is the newest tablet from the yoga series that differs by a built-in kickstand and an extra large battery of most competitors. Lenovo offers us a high-resolution display and solid mid-class hardware.How good is the Yoga Tab 3 Plus? This is what we want to find with this test.

Incidentally, Lenovo offers the last year seem Yoga Tab 3 Pro continues to. The hardware has received an update and there is still a built-in projector. The Yoga Tab 3 Plus is a cheaper version without beamer. Prices start at 299 euros.

Design and processing

Due to the innovative design, I have already used the first generations of yoga tablets. We get the same design with the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. At the bottom there is a handle, with which one can hold it simply. In this handle is a large battery, but also a kickstand, which can be pushed out at the push of a button.Through the kickstand you can place the tablet at any angle.

The design is great because of the built-in kickstand. You can simply set it up without extra accessories – sounds simple, but with almost all competitors you have to drag an extra stand, for example, to watch a movie on the train or plane. If you want, you can even hang it somewhere thanks to a hole in the stand.

Both the kickstand and the frame are made of aluminum. On the back there is a cover of a kind of artificial leather, which looks quite chic. Overall, the workmanship is very good and solid, since most of it is made of metal. I also noticed two weaknesses.

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With my model, the kickstand can only be quite difficult. This is different for the predecessors and also at the IFA I noticed that with the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. Maybe this is an error in my model. Not quite as cleanly processed is also the transition from the frame to the display. With a little pressure you can push the frame away from the display – this does not seem to be bad, but a little more glue would have been good.

Under the display is a loudspeaker bar with 4 JBL speakers, which are quite good for a tablet. A webcam is installed on the side and a 13 megapixel camera is integrated into the handle. On the left is a volume rocker and a USB type C connector. On the other side is a headset port. The power button is integrated into the handle. Under the kickstand is also a map for MicroSD memory cards.

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Display: Many pixels

The 10.1 inch IPS display of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus is excellent. With 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution is pretty high, slightly higher than the ASUS zenPad 3S 10 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 . Also the remaining properties are good. It is comparatively bright, the viewing angles are very wide and colors are beautifully reproduced.

Because of the high resolution see texts very sharp and synonymous videos can be viewed in 4K resolution wonderful. Lenovo has not saved on the display, I have not criticism here.

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Hardware & Performance

In the Yoga Tab 3 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 OctaCore processor, of which four cores with 1.8GHz and four economical with 1.2GHz clocks. In addition, there is a 3GB large memory and the internal flash memory has a capacity of 32GB. In addition to WLAN and Bluetooth, GPS is also supported and optionally an LTE model can be obtained.

The Snapdragon 652 is a solid medium-class chip, which also reflects the benchmarks. For example, in Geekbench 4, 1322 points are scored in the single core test and 3288 points in the multi-core test. At AnTuTu it is 78726 points. As you can see in the benchmark comparison, the results of AnTuTu are comparatively good.

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The performance is quite good in the benchmark and that is also my game test again. Both Dead Trigger 2, Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8: Airborne can be played very well. It can occasionally come to smaller ruckers, but overall the performance for the price is good.

Also, I have nothing to complain about the performance. Both the operating system, as well as apps such as YouTube, Lightroom or the Chrome browser run smoothly. This is even if you open many tabs one after the other.

Marshmallow & Software

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In the operating system, Lenovo relies on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the interface is somewhat adapted. So the Quick Settings and notification bar look different, but otherwise there is hardly any difference compared to standard Android. That is a good thing.

Lenovo has not integrated quite as many additional features as some other vendors do. So there is no MultiWindow feature that allows you to open two apps side by side. For this, however, you can use a gesture to pull out a bar to adjust the brightness, adjust the tone and add effects.

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On sound, Lenovo generally attaches great importance to the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. In addition to the four JBL speakers, you can customize the sound on the softwaresided side with the Dolby app. If you are concerned with sound, it will certainly be useful. I however always noticed once again that the soundtrack with a video was not synonymous – whether that is related? Possibly and possibly by software update is easy to fix. Sometimes everything seemed to run as usual, but now and then the mouth movements of a video do not fit perfectly to the soundtrack.

In the video for the test you see an example that I recorded during the playback of a YouTube video.The mouth movements do not fit perfectly to the soundtrack – the difference is very small, but quite noticeable. Occasionally, the distance from the sound to the video was even greater. On other devices, the video from the example sound and video track were perfectly synchronized.

Lenovo now knows of the problem, the support forum there to a discussion . A correct solution, however, is not yet available. The problem is solved by disabling hardware acceleration for each app.But this can hardly be expected of a normal user, especially with a device that is positioned as an entertainment tablet.

Battery life

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The recharge time has always been one of the strengths of the Yoga Tablet series and so it is also with the Tab 3 Plus. According to Lenovo is the 9300mAh unusually large battery for a duration of up to 18 hours. In my test I came up with an accumulator time of just 16 hours. Even if the 18 hours in my test were not reached, 16 hours are a comparatively very good value.

I always carry the same battery test, so also with this one here. Thus, a 720p video runs in an endless loop until the battery is empty. WLAN is switched on, the sound is switched off and the brightness is set to 50 percent. Every now and then, Gmail, Facebook, and other social networks are not enabled.

Conclusion

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus Media Tablet

I consider the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus for a perfectly well-implemented tablet. The concept with handle, extra large battery and built-in kickstand I find great. My Akkutest has shown that the tablet on this point is indeed exemplary. Also the rest can be seen at a price of 299 euros – display and speakers are great, the performance is good and also Marshmallow is a solid operating system.

However, some features are missing, which one gets for a bit more money in the competition. This primarily includes a fingerprint reader, the example, the ASUS zenPad 3S 10, Huawei MediaPad M3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 offer. Also a housing completely made of metal would have been nice.

As mentioned in my test, at least my model also has two very big weak points. Thus, the hinge of the kickstand is somewhat difficult and the sound is partially synonymous with videos not synchronous. I could not try a second model, so I do not know how far this is. Other users also report asynchronous sound. These are two points, which you should look at the dealer of your choice if possible before the purchase. Before the problem with the asynchronous sound is solved, I advise not to buy – very bad.

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Ecommerce Is Growing, But Customers Still Prefer Shopping in Stores

Even with the rise of ecommerce, nothing beats an in-store shopping experience. Aside from books, electronics and office supplies, a majority of people still prefer to shop in a physical store, according to the Walker Sands Future of Retail 2016 report.

The report, which surveyed more than 1,400 U.S. consumers, revealed surprising predictions about the growing importance of supply chains and future of retail.

Related: Is the Death of Brick-and-Mortar Retail a Myth?

Although people might prefer to shop in stores, there’s been a year-over-year increase in the frequency of online purchases since 2014. Today, nearly a third of consumers say they shop online at least once a week — a 41 percent increase from two years ago.

Improvements in the supply chain are helping fuel this growth, as consumers demand fast and reliable ways to purchase and receive items. With Amazon and third-party logistics providers improving inventory management practices and fulfillment and delivery procedures, frequent online shoppers expect a variety of shipping options such as same-day and overnight delivery.

The main incentives to shop online today are free shipping, one-day shipping and free returns. Nine in 10 consumers admit that free shipping make them more likely to shop online.

Related: 12 Ways to Increase Online Sales

This holiday season, most shoppers (76 percent) plan to do their shipping through their smartphones or tablets because of convenience. Websites such as Amazon and eBay will be the most popular sites, according to a report by AMEX. On average, shoppers — online and in stores — are predicted to spend $908 on gifts alone this year, a $69 increase from last year.

As amazing and fast ecommerce and the supply chain have become, more consumers purchase items in-store rather than online. Ninety-two percent of groceries are purchased in stores, followed by 77 percent of consumer packaged goods and 76 percent of clothing and apparel. That doesn’t mean people won’t purchase these items online, however. More than half of polled consumers say they would be willing to do their grocery shopping online. More than a quarter of respondents say they would buy online all other categories, from books to clothing to electronics.

Related: Why the Future of Retail Will Blow Your Mind

Walker Sands predicts that the physical and online shopping worlds will eventually collide. Brick-and-mortar stores are beginning to incorporate mobile technology to improve in-store experiences by offering discounts, coupons and loyalty rewards programs. The agency also predicts virtual reality technology will provide “in-store” ecommerce experiences.

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Laptop Buying Guide: 8 Essential Tips

Compact enough to carry with you, yet versatile enough to run demanding applications, a laptop is the best tool for doing serious work or play at home and on the road. While standalone tablets and smartphones are always popular, most people realize that everything from typing a research paper to crunching video to gaming works better on a laptop. So what type of laptop should you get?

There’s a wide variety of sizes, features and prices, which makes choosing the right laptop a challenge. That’s why you need to figure out what your needs are. To make the right call, just follow these steps.

1. Pick a Platform: Mac, Windows or Chrome OS?

This is not an easy question to answer, especially if you’re not familiar with both Macs and PCs. But this quick overview of each platform’s strengths and weaknesses should help.

Most laptops come with one of three operating systems: Windows, Chrome OS or Mac OS X (for MacBooks only). Choosing the right one is a personal preference, but here’s a quick summary of what each offers.

Windows 10

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The most flexible operating system, Windows appears on many more makes and models than Chrome OS or Mac OS X. Windows notebooks range in price from under $150 to several thousand dollars and offer a wide array of features from touch screens to fingerprint readers to dual graphics chips. Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, provides a number of improvements over Windows 7 and 8, including the ability to switch between tablet and desktop modes, a revamped Start menu with live tiles and the powerful Cortana digital assistant. Since its launch in July 2015, Windows 10 has also added a host of improvements, including the ability to use follow-up questions with Cortana, search your email using natural language and use your stylus to scribble almost anywhere.

Apple macOS Sierra

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All MacBooks come with Apple’s latest desktop operating system, macOS Sierra. Overall, the operating system offers similar functionality to Windows 10, but with a different take on the interface that substitutes an apps dock at the bottom of the screen for Microsoft’s Start menu and taskbar. Instead of the Cortana digital assistant, Mac users get Siri. They can also perform transactions with Apple Pay, take calls or texts from their phones and unlock their laptops with an Apple Watch. However, macOS isn’t made for touch, because no MacBook comes with a touch screen.

MORE: MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: What Should You Buy?

Chrome OS

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Found on inexpensive “Chromebooks” such as the Lenovo 100S Chromebook, Google’s OS is simple and secure, but limited. The user interface looks a lot like Windows with an application menu, a desktop and the ability to drag windows around, but the main app you use is the Chrome browser. The downside is that many of the “web apps” you use don’t work particularly well offline.

However, the operating if you need a device to surf the Web and check email, navigate social networks and chat online, Chromebooks are inexpensive and highly portable, and they offer good battery life. Google is also slowly adding support for Android apps , with a handful of Chromebooks able to run Google Play today.

MORE: Best Chromebooks Available Now

2. Decide If You Want a 2-in-1

These days, many PC laptops fall into the category of “2-in-1s,” devices that can switch between traditional clamshell mode, tablet mode and other positions in between such as tent or stand modes. The 2-in-1s generally come in two different styles: detachables with screens that come off the keyboard entirely and flexible laptops with hinges that bend back 360 degrees to change modes. Most of these systems are much better at serving one purpose than the other, with bend-backs being laptops first and detachables offering a superior tablet experience. However, if you don’t see the need to use your notebook as a slate, you’ll usually get more performance for your money and a better productivity experience with a traditional clamshell laptop.

If you decide you want a 2-in-1, note that bendables usually have far better battery life than their detachable brethren.

MORE: Windows Detachables Have Big Battery Life Problem

3. Choose the Right Size

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Before you look at specs or pricing, you need to figure out just how portable you need your laptop to be. Laptops are usually categorized by their display sizes:

  • 11 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inch screens and typically weigh 2.5 to 3.5 pounds,
  • 13 to 14 inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability, particularly if you get a laptop that weighs under 4 pounds.
  • 15 inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops usually weigh 4.5 to 6.5 pounds. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you’re not planning to carry your notebook around often.
  • 17 to 18 inches: If your laptop stays on your desk all day every day, a 17- or 18-inch system could provide you with the kind of processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.

4. Check That Keyboard and Touchpad

The most impressive specs in the world don’t mean diddly if the laptop you’re shopping for doesn’t have good ergonomics. If you plan to do a lot of work on your computer, make sure the keyboard offers solid tactile feedback, plenty of vertical travel (distance the key goes down when pressed, usually 1 to 2mm) and enough space between the keys.

LaptopBuying_Guide_keyboard_sLook for an accurate touchpad that doesn’t give you a jumpy cursor and responds consistently to multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. If you’re buying a business laptop, consider getting one with a pointing stick (aka nub) between the G and H keys so you can navigate around the desktop without lifting your fingers off the keyboard’s home row.

5. Pick Your Specs

Laptop Buying Guide 2014: 9 Essential Tips

Notebook components such as processor, hard drive, RAM and graphics chip can confuse even notebook aficionados, so don’t feel bad if spec sheets look like alphabet soup to you.

Here are the main components to keep an eye on.

  • CPU: The “brains” of your computer, the processor has a huge influence on performance, but depending on what you want to do, even the least-expensive model may be good enough. Here’s a rundown.
    • Intel Core i5: If you’re looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get one with an Intel Core i5 CPU. Models that end in U (ex: Core i5-7200U) are the most common.  Those with the a Y in the name are low power and have worse performance while models with an HQ offer four cores.
    • Intel Core i7: High-end performance for gaming rigs and workstations. Models with numbers that end in HQ or K use higher wattage and have four cores, allowing for even faster gaming and productivity. There are also Core i7 Y series chips that have lower power and performance.
    • Intel Core i3: Performance is just a step below Core i5 and so is the price. If you can possibly step up to a Core i5, we recommend it.
    • AMD A, FX or E Series: Found on low-cost laptops, AMD’s processors — the company calls them APUs rather than CPUs —  provide decent performance for the money that’s good enough for web surfing, media viewing and productivity.
    • Intel Atom: Found on very low-cost laptops — think $250 and under  — Atom offers basic performance but more battery life than Celeron/Pentium.
    • Intel Pentium / Celeron: Common in sub $400 laptops, these chips are a little faster than Atom, but offer worse battery life. If you can pay more to get a Core i3 or i5, you’d be better off.
    • Intel Core m / Core i5 / i7 “Y Series” — Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below regular Core i5 U series.
  • RAM: Some sub-$250 laptops come with only 2GB of RAM, but ideally you want at least 4GB on even a budget system and 8GB if you can spend just a little more. For most users, 16GB or more is overkill.
  • Storage Drive (aka Hard Drive): Even more important than the speed of your CPU is the performance of your storage drive. If you can afford it and don’t need a ton of internal storage, get a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) rather than a hard drive, because you’ll see at least three times the speed and a much faster laptop overall.Among SSDs, the newer PCIe x4 (aka NVME) units offer triple the speed of traditional SATA drives. Sub-$250 laptops use eMMC memory, which is technically solid-state but not faster than a mechanical hard drive.
  • Display: The more pixels you have, the more content you can fit on-screen, and the sharper it will look. Most budget and mainstream laptops have 1366 x 768 displays, but if you can afford it, we recommend paying extra for a panel that runs at 1920 x 1080, also known as full HD or 1080p. Some higher-end laptops have screens that are 2560 x 1600, 3200 x 1800 or even 3840 x 2160, which all look sharp but consume more power, lowering your battery life.MORE: Why 78 Percent of Laptop Screens Suck
  • Touch Screen: If you’re buying a regular clamshell laptop, rather than a 2-in-1, you won’t get much benefit from a touch screen and you will get 1 to 3 hours less battery life. On 2-in-1s, touch screens come standard.
  • Graphics Chip: If you’re not playing PC games, creating 3D objects or doing high-res video editing, an integrated graphics chip (one that shares system memory) will be fine. If you have any of the above needs, though, a discrete graphics processor from AMD or Nvidia is essential. As with CPUs, there are both high- and low-end graphics chips. Nvidia maintains a list of its graphics chips from low to high end, as does AMD.
  • DVD/Blu-ray Drives. Few laptops come with optical drives, because all software and movies are downloadable. However, if you really need to read / write discs and your laptop of choice doesn’t come with a built-in DVD drive, you can always buy an external one that connects via USB for under $20.

6. Don’t Skimp on Battery Life

LaptopBuying_Guide_batteryIf you’re buying large, bulky notebook that you’ll use only on a desk near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you plan to use the laptop on your lap, even if it’s at home and or work, you’ll want at least 6 hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal. To determine a notebook’s expected battery life, don’t take the manufacturer’s word for it. Instead, read third-party results from objective sources, such as our reviews.

MORE: Laptops with the Longest Battery Life

7. Plan Based on Your Budget

These days, you can buy a usable laptop for under $200, but if you can budget more, you’ll get a system with better build quality, stronger performance and a better display. Here’s what you can get for each price range.

  • $150 to $250: The least-expensive notebooks are either Chromebooks, which run Google’s browser-centric OS, or low-end Windows systems with minimal storage and slower processors, such as the HP Stream 11 and the Lenovo Ideapad 100S. Use these as secondary computers only or give them to the kids.
  • $350 to $600: For well under $600, you can get a notebook with an Intel Core i5 or AMD A8 CPU, 4 to 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, all respectable specs. However, at this price, most notebooks don’t have an SSD, a full-HD display or long battery life. There are a few noteable exceptions, such as the Asus VivoBook E403Sa and Lenovo ThinkPad 13.
  • $600 to $900: As you get above $600, you’ll start to see more premium designs, such as metal finishes. Manufacturers also start to add in other features as you climb the price ladder, including higher-resolution displays and SSDs.
  • Above $900: At this price range, expect notebooks that are more portable, more powerful or both. Expect higher-resolution screens, faster processors and possibly discrete graphics. The lightest, longest-lasting ultraportables, like the Apple MacBook and the Dell XPS 13, tend to cost more than $1,000 (although you can get the Dell for less if you don’t opt for a touch screen). High-end gaming systems and mobile workstations usually cost upward of $1,500 or even as much as $2,500 or $3,000.

MORE: Best Laptops Under $500

8.Mind the Brand

Your laptop is only as good as the company that stands behind it. Accurate and timely technical support is paramount, which is why Laptop Mag evaluates every major brand in our annual Tech Support Showdown. This past year Apple came in first place, followed by HP and Samsung.This past year Apple came in first place, followed by Microsoft and Samsung.

Support is only part of what makes a notebook brand worth your money. You also have to consider how the manufacturer stacks up to the competition in terms of design, value and selection, review performance and other criteria. In our 2015 Best and Worst Laptop Brands report, Apple placed first, followed by Dell and HP

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: First indications of launch early 2017

There are already many months always rumors that Samsung a Galaxy Tab S3 brings out, the successor to the Galaxy Tab S2 . While it was often assumed that the IFA should already be available, it was unlikely. After all, a revised version of the S2 was released in the summer.But so slowly is for a Galaxy Tab S3 time. According Sam Mobile it should be ready early 2017th Several references confirm this.

So in the Indian’s Export / Import database Zauba a so-called Samsung SM-T825 has emerged. This is supposed to be the LTE version of the new tablet, while the WLAN model seems to bear the designation SM-T820. In early November, a SM-T825 also in a surfaced benchmark database , albeit without results or specifications. Such a tablet seems to really exist.

The first version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was released in 2015 and even then the processor was not the newest. Nevertheless, I liked the tablet very much. It is still with only 5.6mm one of the thinnest devices out there. The workmanship is good, the frame is made of metal, but the back is still plastic.

Meanwhile, the S2 is still good, but in my opinion no longer the best high-end tablet out there. Thus, in the 9.7-inch tablet offers the ASUS zenPad 3S 10 with a metal case better processing, it also has a fingerprint reader and in the benchmarks, it is faster than the S2. The 8-inch device is Huawei MediaPad M3 a powerful alternative – also with fingerprint reader, metal housing and snappier performance.

What will the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 offer us? So far we do not know. However, it could be among the first tablets to appear directly with Android 7.0 nougat. Except for Google’s own devices has currently no nougat. In addition, it is also for Samsung so slowly at the time a tablet with a complete metal housing to bring out. The competition also creates it.

 


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