Lenovo K8 Note Review

Lenovo K8 Note Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lenovo’s K8 Note is an Amazon India exclusive
  • The phone fares well in terms of overall performance
  • Gadgets 360 rates the phone 8 out of 10

There has been a sudden increase in the number of powerfully-specced smartphones in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market, and the new Lenovo K8 Note is the latest to join them. The new Lenovo device is targeted at buyers who love entertainment on the go and don’t want to compromise with performance or camera quality. The Lenovo K8 Note sports dual cameras at the back, a feature that has become very popular among Android manufacturers after the launch iPhone 7 Plus (Review) last year. There are already quite a few Android smartphones with dual cameras in the Indian market including the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual (Review), OnePlus 5 (Review), and Honor 6X (Review). We’ll find out how well K8 Note fares against its competitors.

Ever since completing its acquisition of the Moto brand, Lenovo has been on a roll in terms of smartphone shipments. Industry reports show that Lenovo has managed to become one of the top five smartphone vendors in India thanks to its vast portfolio of products. At the India launch of the K8 Note, Lenovo claimed that it has managed to sell 8.5 million K-series devices in the country so far.

With the Lenovo K8 Note, the company is also switching to a stock Android experience, ditching the Vibe Pure UI entirely, which is big move. On paper, the Lenovo K8 Note has some decent specs and features, but competition is stiff. Does it manage to strike a good balance between pricing and features? We find out.

Lenovo K8 Note look and feel
The Lenovo K8 Note’s metal body feels sturdy when you hold the phone for the first time. The Aluminium 6000 material offers a premium feel and a soft touch. While there’s no doubt that the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, the design is far from original, and strongly reminds us of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges, which looks neat. Lenovo has used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn’t have to bother cleaning it very often.

The Lenovo K8 Note has capacitive navigation buttons at the front, which aren’t backlit. We often had trouble using them in the dark. The front camera has its own LED flash which has been a popular demand lately, according to Lenovo. The rear has the dual cameras which are placed one above the other, accompanied by a dual LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is right below the cameras, and was easily accessible at any point. The overall size and placement of physical buttons makes them easy to use. We liked the fact that power and volume buttons have been slightly low to easily fall under a thumb or forefinger depending on which hand you’re holding the phone in.

There are the familiar antenna bands on the top and bottom of the handset’s rear. The bands will match the phone’s colour, making them blend in. The Lenovo K8 Note will be available in Fine Gold and Venom Black, which we received for our review. Lenovo has gone with minimalistic branding on the K8 Note, which is good. You can find a logo at the back.

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The left panel has a dedicated “Music key” which is customisable for any purpose. Users can customise it via Settings > Music Key for playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app. The Music Key has a red colour accent to make it stand out, with play and pause icons above it. There are also dedicated slots for two SIMs and a microSD card, which Lenovo stressed is one of the most demanded features in this segment. There’s a Micro-USB port at the bottom, with a speaker grille on either side. Unfortunately, there’s only one functional speaker, but this phone does support Dolby Atmos Audio enhancement. The other grille is just for show, much like on many other budget phones. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack.

We had no trouble using the K8 Note with just one hand. It measures 154.5×75.9×8.5mm and its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm. At 180g, this phone is a bit heavy compared to the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (175 grams) which should be seen as direct competition. Additionally, the Lenovo K8 Note has a water repellent design which help it survive light splashes, but don’t consider it to be equivalent to actual water resistance. Lenovo clearly points out that liquid damage will not be covered under the warranty.

When compared to the Lenovo K6 Note, the Lenovo K8 Note has a lot of improvements in terms of design that make it feel more premium for its price. In the box, you get a transparent plastic case, a USB cable, a 15W rapid charger, a SIM ejector, and instruction manuals. The Lenovo K8 Note is the company’s first smartphone to ship with a rapid charger. However, there are now no bundled earphones which might be a bit of disappointment for some buyers.

Lenovo K8 Note specifications and software
The Lenovo K8 Note features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Under the hood, it is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 (MT6797) SoC with four cores clocked at 1.4GHz, another four cores at 1.85GHz, and two cores at 2.3GHz. The K8 Note has been launched in India in two storage and RAM variants: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. We received the latter for our review. Storage expansion using a microSD card (up to 128GB) is supported.

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Lenovo is heavily marketing the dual camera feature on the K8 Note, which is the company’s first phone to offer this feature. There’s a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for creating a bokeh effect. For selfie lovers, the K8 Note has a 13-megapixel sensor at the front with its own LED flash. There’s a 4000mAh non-removable battery, and this phone does support rapid charging. The K8 Note features 4G with VoLTE (voice over LTE). LTE Cat 6 speed means that you can get up to 300Mbps download speeds and up to 50Mbps upload speeds if your carrier offers that kind of performance. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

One of the big changes Lenovo is making with its all-new K8 Note is in terms of software. The Chinese company shared the news first with Gadgets 360, and confirmed that all future Lenovo phones will run stock Android out-of-the-box. The Lenovo K8 Note runs on the recent Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This means Lenovo has entirely ditched its Vibe Pure UI. Running Android 7.1.1, the Lenovo K8 Note comes has the 3D Touch-like app shortcuts feature, which was rolled out in December last year. K8 Note users can perform contextual actions using any optimised app by simply long-pressing its icon. Our unit had already received the latest July security patch, and Lenovo promises that users can expect timely updates from now on. Some of the other notable Android 7.1.1 features on the K8 Note include GIF support directly in the keyboard, a wide variety of new emojis, split-screen multitasking, and Google Assistant.

You get all the standard Google apps including Duo, Play Movies and Play Music but the phone also comes with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which are removable. The interface is fluid, and you won’t feel the device stuttering even when many apps are running. Google’s Photos app becomes the default gallery which in our opinion is good, since you can sync all your photos and videos to the cloud.

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There are still some minor tweaks to the software. You can find the Dolby Atmos app preloaded on the handset for tweaking audio settings. There’s also TheaterMax VR support which was initially introduced with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. This time around, however, Lenovo doesn’t have an exclusive partnership with any headset maker. The company feels that there are enough VR headsets in the Indian market, and the Lenovo K8 Note with TheaterMax tech will support most of them.

We tried the TheaterMax mode on the K8 Note with a VR headset in our lab, and found that it worked flawlessly. The VR mode can be enabled by long-pressing the power button and tapping the TheaterMax option. This lets you enjoy media on a virtual large screen, with a 100-degree field of view. We had fun watching videos and TV shows using the K8 Note and a headset as it offered a cinema-like feel. We hope that Lenovo partners with content providers and does even more with its VR push.

Interestingly, Lenovo has already promised that the K8 Note will be receiving an update to Android O before end of this year which makes it an even sweeter deal at this price.

Lenovo K8 Note performance and camera
We had a good time using the Lenovo K8 Note, and found that stock Android was very welcome. We didn’t have any issues despite running up to 12 apps in the background, which can be credited to Android’s memory management. The K8 Note is being launched in 3GB and 4GB RAM options, and our suggestion would be to go with the 4GB version for a better overall experience if you can.

The only thing we noticed was that this phone got warm very quickly. You will start feeling heat if the camera app has been open for a few minutes or if you use GPS navigation even briefly. The same thing happened when gaming. A 20-minute session made the phone warm though not too uncomfortable to use.

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Gaming on the Lenovo K8 Note was smooth, and it was able to handle heavy graphics in Need for Speed: No Limits without any hassle. Call quality was also decent, and we were able to make calls over the Jio network thanks to VoLTE support. The phone also does a good job of holding on to its signal in congested locations. The single speaker at the bottom right is loud enough but don’t expect it to match the performance of stereo speakers. The Dolby Atmos app can be used to tweak audio options but still has its limits. Considering that Lenovo is heavily marketing the K8 Note as a multimedia device, we wish the company had gone with stereo speakers. There’s no headset in the box which means that you will have to use your own.

As expected, the deca-core processor resulted in some pretty high test scores. AnTuTu returned 86,340 while Quadrant came up with 54,014, both of which are more than what we have seen on any phones we have reviewed in this price range. The K8 Note also managed 33fps in GFXBench and 11,151 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme. The 5.5-inch screen has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, and is adequately crisp and bright. Viewing angles are fine and sunlight legibility is not an issue. The display on the Lenovo K8 Note, in our opinion, was the best we have seen on a Lenovo device at this price level. We had a good time watching videos and playing games on the K8 Note.

Compared to the K6 Note (Review), the K8 Note has received a major bump in the camera department. It sports a 13-megapixel Purecel sensor and a 5-megapixel Samsung BSI sensor at the back. While the main 13-megapixel sensor is used to capture images, the 5-megapixel one captures depth of field information. The Camera app on the K8 Note is pretty stock which means you won’t get a lot of tweaking options. Users can take images either in Normal mode or in Depth-enabled mode for a bokeh effect. Images taken in normal mode have good details and natural colours with low noise. The camera is quick to lock focus on a subject, and landscapes and macros are decent too. In our opinion, a lot more detail was visible in outdoor shots compared to most smartphone cameras in this category.

Tap to see full-sized Lenovo K8 Note camera samples

Coming to the depth-enabled shots, we found that the K8 Note handled this well but achieving a natural bokeh effect did take some effort. There will be times where you can get it right without making several attempts, but most often, you will get blurred-out shots the first time. You need to set the aperture value between f/1.2 to f/2.8 to blur out the background. We felt that the K8 Note camera was a bit harsh, and we ended up with some shots with unnatural-looking edges. Sometimes the subject wasn’t adequately separated from the background and was partially blurred itself. We hope that this is something Lenovo can improve with software updates especially considering that the Lenovo K8 Note is the company’s first smartphone with dual cameras.

Low-light shots tended to have a lot of noise especially when there was very little light around. We tried using the camera for landscape shots at night and ended up with results that looked washed out. Some indoor samples had visible color shading with poor detail.

The 13-megapixel front camera does a good job with selfies and the LED flash adds to its usefulness. There is a beauty mode to tweak shots slightly. The front camera was able to capture colour tones and details well enough compared to the competition in the segment.

Lenovo K8 Note battery life
The 4000mAh battery in the K8 Note lasted for roughly for 20 hours with heavy usage. During our review period, we had WhatsApp, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, Google Maps, Telegram, and Twitter running at the background the entire time. We used the dual cameras extensively and also played games a lot. With lighter usage, our unit easily lasted over a day before switching to battery saving mode. However, the K8 Note still falls short of what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 delivers in terms of battery performance.

In our standard video loop test, the K8 Note lasted for 14 hours and 20 minutes, which is good enough for a battery of this size. The Lenovo K8 Note ships with a rapid charger which means you can top it up quickly. We found that a mere 20-minute charge took us up to roughly 40 percent which should be enough juice to last for few hours. If you need a full charge, it will take nearly two hours.


Lenovo K8 Note in pictures

Verdict
The Lenovo K8 Note starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM /32GB storage model while our unit with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage has been priced at Rs. 13,999. At these prices, the Lenovo K8 Note is a great overall package, and brings a lot to the table including stock Android, dual cameras, TheaterMax, and solid build quality. That said, there are few negatives. Battery life isn’t the best in the segment, and the heating issue may concern you. The low-light camera results leave a lot to be desired as well. Thankfully, the highly marketed dual camera feature works well.

For Lenovo fans, the Lenovo K8 Note is a big upgrade from its predecessor, the Lenovo K6 Note, and is definitely worth the money. We can expect the K8 Note to go head-to-head with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review) which has been very popular in this price range. However, with Xiaomi teasing a new dual-camera smartphone launching soon, we can expect to have fresh competition.

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Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo K8 Note

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Android Nougat
  • Solid build quality
  • Dedicated slots for SIM and MicroSD cards
  • Customisable Music Key
  • TheaterMax VR support
  • Bad
  • Gets warm quickly
  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Average battery life

More investment needed in railways, roads

The Survey has urged the Railways to tap non-fare sources for revenues

The Survey has urged the Railways to tap non-fare sources for revenues

Need for better quality infrastructure vital

You and I come by road or Rail, but Economists Travel by Infrastructure: Margaret Thatcher.

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian quoted the late Margaret Thatcher, who spearheaded privatisation in the UK.

While it is not clear whether the Economic Survey is batting for privatisation in these sectors by quoting Thatcher, the Survey surely calls for more investment in these sectors. It also takes note of the fact that private investment is drying up, while calling for better quality infrastructure.

On the power sector, the Survey has argued for higher power tariffs, but noted that operational improvement is not visible despite higher tariffs.

To maintain the momentum of higher growth and to satisfy the stakeholders, it is indispensable to invest more on infrastructure.

The government is committed to invest more on qualitative infrastructure with an aim to make India an advanced, inclusive and a just economy, the Survey said.

The government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to address issues faced by the infrastructure sector. This includes regional air connectivity schemes (UDAN) and Bharatmala, the CEA said.

Though India’s per capita income is low, it is far ahead of many emerging economies in terms of providing qualitative transportation related infrastructure, said the Survey.

It has taken note of the fact that the share of two-wheelers and passenger cars, jeep and taxis has increased while the share of public transport like buses and trucks has contracted.

Revenue generation

For generating revenue, the Railways should look towards non-fare sources.

These include redeveloping stations, commercially exploiting vacant buildings at stations, monetising land along the tracks by leasing out to promote horticulture, stated the Survey.

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LG V30 Plus might come along with the LG V30

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It’s a matter of few weeks before LG takes the veil off from its brand new device(s) but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mills from churning. According to a report on Android Police, the company might launch the all-new LG V30 Plus along the expected V30 at the pre-IFA 2017 event in Berlin, Germany.

While the LG V30 has already been up for discussion for quite a while now, the LG V30 Plus is expected to come with more features and advantages. As reported by ET News (Korea), the devices will have some differences, like the LG V30 will come with 64GB of internal storage as opposed to LG V30 Plus’ 128GB internal storage. Either of the devices might also be missing the Hi-Fi audio or wireless charging. It’s possible that both devices might have one these features each or just one device might be getting both the features

As speculated, the LG V30 is expected to launch with 6-inch OLED display with a Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM inside. A dual camera setup is also expected with 16MP (standard angle) and 13MP (optical angle) lenses and a 3,200mAh battery. Just a few days ago, LG also confirmed the camera V30 is going to sport. In a blog post, the company confirmed that the V30 will house a F1.6 aperture camera, technically making it the fastest smartphone camera in the market today.

“LG Electronics (LG) will incorporate an F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens in the dual camera of its upcoming V30 flagship smartphone, introducing industry-leading innovations that bring a new level of photographic innovation to the mobile industry,” said the blog.
According to ET News (Korea), the company is officially going to release both the devices to mobile networks on September 15, which is also the release date for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. The representative of the mobile network providers also mentioned that the V30 would come in a sleeker body and minimized bezels, which only lead us to guessing the price of both the devices. If rumours are to be believed, the LG V30 might be around 700 USD while the LG V30 Plus might be around 850 USD. However, there is still no confirmation whether the V30 Plus will be available worldwide or if it is only going to be available in South Korea.

Curtain’s up: Fall decor takes the style stage

Fall Homes Autumn Trends

Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colors. Compelling patterns. This fall, we’re seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story’s got something for everyone.

“It’s like midcentury modern has met Sophia Loren,” laughs New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, describing some of the season’s hottest styles. “French and Italian Art Deco influences abound in decor that’s soulful, shapely and voluptuous.”

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TEXTURES AND LAYERS

At Manhattan’s Kip’s Bay Show House in late spring, Joan Dineen combined luxe textural platinum, honey and mink tones with flashes of mineral hues. She played with scale, placing a hefty, cream-colored sofa laden with pillows and faux fur next to an iceberg-shaped metallic coffee table and a delicate rattan bistro chair. (www.dineenarchitecture.com )

Other designers, like Richard Mishaan and Kirsten Kelli, layered their rooms with a melange of pattern, texture and color. (www.richardmishaan.com; www.kirstenkelli.com )

Hammered metals, glossy lacquers and polished glass shared space with plush wools and interesting woods, all punctuated by eye-catching wall art or coverings, and statement lighting.

The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to this new “maximalist” style characterized by layers of pattern, color and texture. In its more casual iteration, it exudes a boho vibe that’s welcoming and lived-in — piles of books; patterned throws; curated accessory collections and gallery walls.

“Say hello to homes that are full of life,” says Claire Bingham about the look she explores in her new book “A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism” (teNeues, 2017).

Christian Lacroix’s Au Theatre Ce Soir wallpaper collection includes a dream-like collage of fanciful creatures and flora, and another pattern features a digital rendering of decoupaged vintage Aztec prints. (www.designersguild.com )

Griffin notes that “the simpler silhouettes become, the more details become important.”

“Look for dense textures like heavy velvets,” she says, “and modern elements like channel and square tufting. Extravagant combinations of materials and finishes within one piece, and an emphasis on the circle and curve.”

“Moroccan and Moroccan-inspired rugs are becoming part of the rug vernacular, inspiring sleeker versions in streamlined flat weaves and overdyed patchworks,” Griffin says. (www.elainegriffin.com )

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GLOBAL TO GLAM

Asian, African and Middle Eastern motifs remain popular, evoking the well-traveled lifestyle. But you’ll see lots of glamour, too. Facets, highly-polished metals, tropical motifs, faux fur, velvet and Deco patterning bring sophistication into a space, especially when color is used thoughtfully.

Modern Scandinavian and farmhouse styles still have sturdy legs, with their focus on comfort and easy living. Layla Faye’s ’60s-era wallpaper and fabric prints are fresh and fun. Target’s Modern by Dwell Magazine collection includes a round, blond-wood coffee table with white metal trim, and several mod rugs. IKEA’s new Veberod storage collection features pieces made of steel, plywood and canvas. (www.laylafaye.com ; www.target.com ; www.ikea.com )

Traditionalists will be pleased to see the return of small florals as an alternative to contemporary oversize blooms. Pottery Barn’s got a dinnerware and glassware collection in vintage prints, and Morris & Co. has introduced updated versions of William Morris’ iconic patterns. (www.william-morris.co.uk )

Warm woods like walnut and oak are main players in virtually every furniture collection, and are also being used as paneling. Look for trims in warm metals, especially brass.

Neal Beckstedt clad his space at Kip’s Bay in oak veneer, bringing it to within about a foot of the ceiling. Then he applied a thick band of teal lacquer the rest of the way, to show-stopping effect. (www.nbeckstedtstudio.com )

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Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Pro With Dual Front Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Pro With Dual Front Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Both smartphones come with front-facing dual cameras
  • The smartphones are expected to be announced on August 17
  • Asus recently started sending out invites for launch of ZenFone 4

Asus recently started sending out press invites for the launch event of its ZenFone 4 smartphone on August 17 but the company’s online store has already listed two models of the handset on its website. Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL and Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie ZD553KL have now been listed on the online retail store of the Asus France site and all the specifications as well as images of the smartphone are now available for customers to see. There’s no information of when the products will go on sale however.

While the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has been priced by the company at EUR 399.99 (roughly Rs. 30,050), the ZenFone 4 Selfie will be available for purchase at EUR 299.99 (roughly Rs. 22,550). As the names suggest, both smartphones are focused on selfies and come with dual cameras at front. The Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bears a front-facing dual camera setup with a 24-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor. The ZenFone 4 Selfie on the other hand comes with a 20-megapixel sensor and another 8-megapixel sensor at the front of the handset. At rear end, both new Asus smartphones feature 16-megapixel primary cameras.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

Moving to the other specifications, both the dual-SIM (Nano+Micro) Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and the ZenFone 4 Selfie run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport 5.5-inch displays but the former packs a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display while the latter settles for an HD (720×1280 pixels) LCD display. The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The regular ZenFone 4 Selfie is slightly underpowered and is kept running by a Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Both the new handsets come with 64GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB) with a dedicated slot. The Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and the ZenFone 4 Selfie both house batteries with 3000mAh capacity but minutely vary in measurements and weight. The Pro variant measures 154.02×74.83x7mm and weighs 145 grams while the regular variant measures 155.66×75.9×7.85mm and weighs slightly less at 144 grams.

The connectivity options offered by the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and the ZenFone 4 Selfie include 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.1. Both smartphones come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button at front and will be offered with warranty of 2 years by the company.

As of now, there is no option to purchase the smartphones from the Asus France’s online store but interested customers can sign up to receive updates regarding the availability.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

24-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A450CG (Red, 8GB) – SOLD OUT – OFFER
    Rs.4,199
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG (Yellow, 8GB) – SOLD OUT – OFFER
    Rs.4,499
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG (Black, 8GB) – SOLD OUT – OFFER
    Rs.4,499
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.4GHz octa-core

Front Camera

20-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A450CG (Red, 8GB) – SOLD OUT – OFFER
    Rs.4,199
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG (Yellow, 8GB) – SOLD OUT – OFFER
    Rs.4,499
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG (Black, 8GB) – SOLD OUT – OFFER
    Rs.4,499

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Best Phone Under Rs. 20,000? These are the Best Mobiles Under Rs. 20,000

Best Phone Under Rs. 20,000? These are the Best Mobiles Under Rs. 20,000

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Huawei Honor 8 is a great pick under Rs. 20,000
  • If size isn’t an issue, consider the Xiaomi Mi Max 2
  • The Samsung Galaxy On Max delivers an excellent camera on a budget

The top selling category of smartphones is under Rs. 10,000, but if you’ve got a bigger budget, you can end up with some pretty amazing phones. Our list covers the seven best phones you can get for under Rs. 20,000, with as few compromises as possible. As usual, the list is made up of top phones that we’ve reviewed ourselves. We do look around the Web to see what others – including actual users – are saying, but our detailed testing process makes it possible to directly compare phones more accurately and pick what we believe are the best phones.

If you are on a tighter budget, you should also check out our list of best mobiles under Rs. 10,000 and best phones under Rs. 15,000.

Here are our top picks for best phone under Rs. 20,000 in no particular order.

Mobile under Rs. 20,000 Gadgets 360 rating
Honor 8 9/10
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 8/10
Samsung Galaxy On Max 8/10
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 8/10

1. Honor 8
Coming in at just under the Rs. 20,000 cutoff, the Honor 8 is the top rated phone on this list. It is a single-SIM phone however, with could be a deal-breaker for some. Beyond that, it’s a strong contender for your money at this budget, as we noted in our review of the phone.

There’s a 5.2-inch display running at full-HD resolution, backed up by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. The phone has a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, and 8-megapixels on the front. The battery is 3000mAh.

Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor 8

Rs.19,500
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Excellent display
  • Striking aesthetics
  • Powerful performance
  • Very good cameras
  • Good software features
  • Bad
  • No FM radio
  • Single SIM functionality
BUY AT
  • Huawei Honor 8 (Sunrise Gold, 32GB)
    Rs.19,500
  • Huawei Honor 8 (Sakura Pink, 32GB, 4GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs.19,990
  • Huawei Honor 8 (Blue, 32GB)
    Rs.27,999

2. Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has been described as a battery pack with a phone attached, but it’s actually a pretty sleek and good looking phone, despite the enormous 6.44-inch display. As we note in our review, the camera is a little disappointing, but its battery life is predictably great, and has a good display and performance, making it a nice choice for media consumption, and one of the picks for the best phone under Rs. 20,000.

The phone has a 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, along with a 5-megapixel front camera. There’s 64GB storage, and a whopping 5300mAh battery as well.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Rs.16,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Premium looks and solid build quality
  • Battery life is impressive
  • Overall performance is decent
  • Quick charging support
  • Bad
  • Too bulky for any pocket
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot
  • Camera could have been better
BUY AT
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.16,999
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs.16,999
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.16,999

3. Samsung Galaxy On Max
The newest phone on this list, the Samsung Galaxy On Max is a solid all-rounder with good design and a nice display. In our review, we pointed out its camera as a highlight – possibly the best camera phone under Rs. 20,000 – but the battery life is only okay.

The cameras on the front and rear both have 13-megapixel sensors, and the phone, which is powered by a 1.69GHz octa-core processor and 4GB RAM, has a 5.7-inch display with full-HD resolution. The 3300mAh battery sounds good on paper, but we found that the real world results could have been better.

Samsung Galaxy On Max

Samsung Galaxy On Max

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Face recognition
  • Decent cameras
  • Dedicated SIM and microSD slots
  • Neat software enhancements
  • Bad
  • Slippery rear panel
  • No notification LED
  • Average battery life

4. Motorola G5 Plus
You can’t have a budget friendly list without a Motorola phone, and that’s true here as well. The Moto G5 Plus is a good all-rounder that doesn’t blow you away on many fronts, but won’t let you down either, thus finding a spot in our list of best mobiles under Rs. 20,000.

Packing a 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage, the phone has a 5.2-inch display, running at full-HD resolution. There’s a 12-megapixel camera at the back, and a 5-megapixel front camera, backed up by a 3000mAh battery.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Decent build quality
  • Turbo charging support
  • Near-stock Android Nougat experience
  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • Bad
  • Heating issues
  • No LED indicator
  • Loudspeaker not very good
  • Low-light camera performance could be better

Budget friendly options
If these picks don’t have your fancy, you can save some money with these three budget friendly options. The Lenovo Z2 Plus has seen its price drop a lot since launch, but it’s still a solid option. The camera is one area where the phone could certainly improve, but battery life and performance are both excellent.

The Redmi Note 4 is another well-priced phone with great features. In our review, the only black mark against it is the camera, so if you’re looking for a value for money phone with great battery life and design, do consider this one.

There’s also the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is a great all-rounder. In our review, one issue that came up with the low light camera performance, but it has a superb screen, great battery life, and good performance too.

Additional options
These phones make up our top picks for phones under Rs. 20,000. If you’re on a tighter budget, here’s a list of all the best phones under Rs. 15,000, and under Rs. 10,000. In the under-Rs. 20,000 category, the Huawei Honor 8 Lite and the Asus ZenFone 3 Max also both hold a lower overall rating, but do well in different areas, and are worth your consideration, and there’s also the Oppo F3 which is a worthy contender.

So, between all of these phones, which ones caught your eye? If you’re planning on buying one of these, or are using another phone under Rs. 20,000, share your thoughts and experiences with us and the other readers, via the comments below.

[“Source-gadgets.ndtv”]

3 Secrets of Sales Automation to Promote Small Business Growth

How to Scale Your Small Business With Sales Automation 

“By increasing efficiencies through better qualifying leads and increasing effectiveness by ensuring sales efforts are more personalized and relevant, marketing automation enables sales teams to do what they do best – SELL.” – Kristen Hambelton, Chief Marketing Officer at ServiceChannel

Marketing automation has become an integral part of many organization’s strategic mix as the toolset provides businesses with enhanced opportunities to transform raw leads into sales-qualified prospects.

This is done by continually nurturing leads with various forms of informative content and personalized communications as they move through the sales funnel.

But marketing automation, just like everything else in technology, is evolving at light speed. As marketing automation becomes commonplace, sales automation – often called sales force automation (SFA) – is becoming the new cutting edge focus.

After all, you can engage in all kinds of effective marketing tactics, but if you can’t get a sale out of it, your efforts are wasted.

As automation makes its leap into the realm of sales, businesses unlock new opportunities to gain heightened levels of revenue and success.

How to Scale Your Small Business With Sales Automation

If you are interested in understanding how sales automation software can help elevate your business to the next level, check out these 3 steps SMBs can take to leverage sales automation for higher revenues and brand awareness.

1. Fill the Top of the Funnel

The top of the sales funnel is the foundation of your entire process. Without a means to steadily generate awareness and attract leads, the entire funnel collapses and your company runs the risk of doing the same.

As the digital realm becomes an increasingly competitive, dog-eat-dog world, keeping your sales funnel full has become a job unto itself. Therefore, businesses arm themselves with savvy and skilled sales teams that know how to bring in new prospects to guide through the funnel.

Unfortunately, only about 27% of the leads the end up in a company’s funnel are actually “sales ready.” What’s worse is that only about 44% of salespeople remain persistent after the first follow up. Most estimate that it takes somewhere between 5 and 10 follow ups to make a sale.

This means that a lot of potential customers and cash are slipping through the cracks. It also clearly illustrates why sales automation software is a necessity for many smaller organizations.

Using AI-powered services like Growbots, intelligent algorithms match a company’s customer profile against more than 200 million contacts to create an ideal list of high-quality prospects who are more likely to be “sales ready.”

The terrible loss that comes as a result of failed follow ups, however, also means that brands have ample opportunity to collect those lost leads and enter them into a highly personalized nurturing campaign with automation services.

But humans, cannot be expected to sift through these leads to establish which need to be cycled back through the funnel as this would be incredibly tedious and many would likely still slip through the cracks.

By implementing a sales automation tool that begins to track leads the moment they enter the funnel, however, prospects can be sorted into appropriate nurture campaigns that tout personalized outreach based on the lead’s demographic information and actions taken.

This allows businesses to better manage its leads and convert more potential customers into dedicated patrons.

This is not the end of sales force automation’s ability to help SMBs makes sales, though; it’s only the beginning.

2. Accelerate Productivity

No matter if a prospect enters a brand’s funnel sales-ready or if they are nurtured into it, it is vital to get those individuals over to sales representatives as quickly as possible. The fastest way to accomplish this is through automation.

The urgency of passing prospects over to sales teams in a timely fashion cannot be overstated; with each passing minute, potential customers become less included to buy.

This was proven by a 2015 Velocify study, which analyzed 3.5 million leads. The study uncovered that placing a phone call to a new lead within the first minute increases the chances of gaining a conversion by a staggering 391%. Waiting a mere 30 minutes reduces the odds all the way down to 62%.

If your brand employs a sales automation software that incorporates robust lead scoring attributes and processes, businesses can leverage quantifiable data to determine when a prospect is ready (or enters the funnel ready) so that they can be transferred to a sales team member immediately.

3. Enhanced Relationship Management

Purchase decisions are ultimately contingent on a variety of factors; and customer support is a huge factor.

Sometimes consumers opt to enter an agreement with a brand not because of superior products or services but because of remarkable relationship management; customers often break off deals for the exact same reason.

On this front, chatbots are becoming an increasingly popular option as these AI-driven assistants can manage customer service questions, leaving your sales reps to handle more complex and in-depth service issues.

This has made services like ChattyPeople extremely popular. Platforms like these enable enterprise-level companies to hand off a large portion of customer relations as it can be integrated with other online portals like Facebook and Shopify.

If chatbots are not an appealing option for your brand, however, CRMs have been the next best thing – until now. And while a CRM tool might be equipped to handle such customer-facing situations, the job should not solely be delegated to that sector; if a sales agent cannot answer a customer’s question because it is another department’s concern, there’s a chance your company could be losing an account.

By leveraging sales force automation software, however, businesses large and small can provide customers with better relationship management as they will often have transaction records and other vital account details at the ready.

Some of the more robust platforms enable sales reps to access this info from mobile devices as well to ensure they have all the data they need, even when outside of the office.

Using sales force automation software, SMBs stand the chance to significantly increase their number of leads and conversions by filling the top of their funnel with an abundance of leads, understanding more intimately where a prospect is on the buyer’s journey, and managing relationships with their customers in a more favorable manner.

In today’s day and age, sales automation is a tool that SMBs can’t afford not to add into their marketing mix. Combined with a savvy human touch, automation can be the exact edge a business needs to blow away the competition and achieve its loftiest goals.

[“Source-smallbiztrends”]

UWC scientist takes science and technology to the township

Cape Town – After completing her science degree, Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi is using her expertise to highlight the importance of science and technology in Khayelitsha – her home suburb.Ngece-Ajayi supported her domestic worker mother financially by braiding hair on weekends, so she could make it through school.

Now the physical chemistry senior lecturer at UWC has established a non-profit organisation, AmaQawe ngeMfundo, in the hope of changing negative stereotypes about townships – starting in schools and instilling confidence in pupils to study maths and science.

“We visit schools with our makeshift mobile laboratory and give learners access to interactive demonstrations and experiments to help make learning more practical,” Ngece-Ajayi said.

“Then there are times we take them on outings – to the Science Centre, for instance. One of the learners inspired by that trip would like to become a forensic biologist.”

Ngece-Ajayi said her organisation was currently limited to Khayelitsha, due to a lack of funding and resources.

“In future, I’m excited about seeing these youngsters interested in solving the current water crisis, as well as finding solutions to the health issues in South Africa.

“I want them to see that it is possible to be part of this country’s teams leading projects of this magnitude.

“Lecturing at UWC showed me that students from the townships and rural-based schools struggle financially, and sometimes quit their studies due to a lack of a proper foundation in science and a lack of exposure in the field, and I’d like to change that.”

Ngece-Ajayi said she was able to stop work and focus on her studies after getting a government bursary.

“The most disheartening thing is to see bright kids from my area pass matric and sit at home aimlessly.

“It makes a difference, going out to communities which don’t have wifi access, and teaching them how to go about doing an online application. When you’re there in the community, it makes it easier for learners to run back home quickly to get the necessary documents, instead of travelling.

“I’m doing what I would have liked done for me.”

Meanwhile pupils from around Khayelitsha have been treated to a “science feast” at the National Science Week, being held at the Oliver Tambo Community Hall.

The annual event will come to an end Saturday.

Dr Rejoyce Molefe-Gavhi, the Project Leader of the AIMS South Africa, that was part of the event said it is important to inspire pupils to take part in the fields of Maths, Science, Technology and Engineering.

“With pupils from areas like Khayelitsha you find that they have no role models in the community and there is also a lack of resources and you find that they don’t take it further. It is important to have resources they can have more interest. We want them to have the experience of doing the experiments.”

Source:-.iol.c

Best Phone Under Rs. 20,000? These are the Best Mobiles Under Rs. 20,000

Best Phone Under Rs. 20,000? These are the Best Mobiles Under Rs. 20,000

The top selling category of smartphones is under Rs. 10,000, but if you’ve got a bigger budget, you can end up with some pretty amazing phones. Our list covers the seven best phones you can get for under Rs. 20,000, with as few compromises as possible. As usual, the list is made up of top phones that we’ve reviewed ourselves. We do look around the Web to see what others – including actual users – are saying, but our detailed testing process makes it possible to directly compare phones more accurately and pick what we believe are the best phones.

If you are on a tighter budget, you should also check out our list of best mobiles under Rs. 10,000 and best phones under Rs. 15,000.

Here are our top picks for best phone under Rs. 20,000 in no particular order.

Mobile under Rs. 20,000 Gadgets 360 rating
Honor 8 9/10
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 8/10
Samsung Galaxy On Max 8/10
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 8/10

1. Honor 8
Coming in at just under the Rs. 20,000 cutoff, the Honor 8 is the top rated phone on this list. It is a single-SIM phone however, with could be a deal-breaker for some. Beyond that, it’s a strong contender for your money at this budget, as we noted in our review of the phone.

There’s a 5.2-inch display running at full-HD resolution, backed up by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. The phone has a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, and 8-megapixels on the front. The battery is 3000mAh.

Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor 8

Rs.18,490
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Excellent display
  • Striking aesthetics
  • Powerful performance
  • Very good cameras
  • Good software features
  • Bad
  • No FM radio
  • Single SIM functionality
BUY AT
  • Huawei Honor 8 (Sakura Pink, 32GB, 4GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs.18,490
  • Huawei Honor 8 (Sunrise Gold, 32GB) – 
    Rs.19,378
  • Huawei Honor 8 (Blue, 32GB)
    Rs.27,999

2. Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has been described as a battery pack with a phone attached, but it’s actually a pretty sleek and good looking phone, despite the enormous 6.44-inch display. As we note in our review, the camera is a little disappointing, but its battery life is predictably great, and has a good display and performance, making it a nice choice for media consumption, and one of the picks for the best phone under Rs. 20,000.

The phone has a 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, along with a 5-megapixel front camera. There’s 64GB storage, and a whopping 5300mAh battery as well.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Rs.16,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Premium looks and solid build quality
  • Battery life is impressive
  • Overall performance is decent
  • Quick charging support
  • Bad
  • Too bulky for any pocket
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot
  • Camera could have been better
BUY AT
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.16,999

3. Samsung Galaxy On Max
The newest phone on this list, the Samsung Galaxy On Max is a solid all-rounder with good design and a nice display. In our review, we pointed out its camera as a highlight – possibly the best camera phone under Rs. 20,000 – but the battery life is only okay.

Source:-NDTV