Lenovo Vibe K4 Note: Top 5 New Features

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note: Top 5 New Features

Lenovo on Tuesday launched the Vibe K4 Note in India, the successor to last year’s sleeper hit the K3 Note. For the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has updated the hardware specifications while also adding some features that we usually find on high-priced premium handsets.

(Also see: Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Full Specifications)

But that’s not all. Lenovo has made all the inclusions while maintaining an affordable price tag range, a factor that ushered Lenovo K3 Note’s popularity in the country. The company told Gadgets 360 last month that it sold over 1.2 million units in less than six months since the launch. Here are some of the best features of the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.

1. TheaterMax
The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note comes with a feature called TheaterMax which, as per company’s claim, can convert regular content to its immersive VR counterpart. Powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology, the idea is to give users a virtually large screen cinematic experience. It should work with any virtual reality headset. At the event, the company assured that popular head-mount VRs such as the AntVR for Lenovo, Google Cardboard, and Oculus will work with Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.

2. Front-facing stereo speakers
The Lenovo K4 Note also comes equipped with two front-facing speakers (1.5W each) alongside Dolby Atmos audio. Thanks to the addition of stereo speakers, the handset now offers a significantly better and louder sound output.

Stereo speakers setup is a feature more common in high-end handsets such as the Google Nexus 6, and many of HTC’s high-end handsets that offer BoomSound speakers. It’s nice to see Lenovo bring this feature to an affordable smartphone like the Vibe K4 Note.

lenovo_k4_note_official_speakers.jpg3. 3GB of RAM
The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also has more memory than the K3 Note. Compared to the 2GB of RAM the K3 Note shipped with, the Lenovo K4 Note has 3GB of RAM. Again, it’s a nice addition and will help the device handle resource intensive games and apps more efficiently, especially with the 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 SoC on board.

(Also see: Lenovo Vibe K4 Note vs Lenovo K3 Note)

4. Fingerprint scanner
The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also houses a fingerprint scanner. Placed below the camera module on the back panel, the scanner lets you unlock your smartphone and facilitate purchases on the phone. The fingerprint scanner, a feature that largely became popular after Apple put Touch ID on its iPhone, has made its way on a number of Android smartphones in the past year. Though, the hardware capability is still mostly available on high-end handsets.

5. NFC
The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also supports NFC sensors. The near field communication protocol allows two electronic devices to communicate when they are within 10cm of each other. The feature can be used to transfer files, contact information, or play multiplayer games, among others use cases.

lenovo_vibe_k4_note_metal_body.jpgNoteworthy mentions
The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also comes with a larger battery, going up from the 2900mAh as seen on the Lenovo K3 Note, to 3300mAh in the K4 Note. The handset also has a metal frame that gives it a premium look.

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Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

DISPLAY

5.50-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

5-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

16GB

REAR CAMERA

13-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

3300mAh

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Does Your Battery Life Stink? Try Some High-Tech Workarounds

Does Your Battery Life Stink? Try Some High-Tech Workarounds

It’s enough to make you want to drop everything and race for the nearest power outlet: Your workday isn’t even done, and your smartphone or laptop battery is already in the red zone.

If you’re hoping that techno-progress will dispel that depleted feeling, you may be in for a long wait. Battery life is constrained by limitations in chemistry, and improvements aren’t keeping pace with demands from modern gadgets.

We’re still dependent on the venerable lithium-ion cell, first commercialized by Sony in 1991; it’s light, safe and holds a lot of charge relative to most alternatives, but it isn’t getting better fast enough to keep up with our growing electronic demands.

So instead, manufacturers are doing their best to “cheat” their way around lithium-ion’s limitations. The CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week featured plenty of workarounds that aim to keep your screen lit longer.

Proceed with caution, though: Manufacturer claims of battery life improvement can fall short of real-world experience.

New chips
Not that long ago, computer-chip makers competed to make their chips ever faster and more capable, with power consumption a secondary consideration. But the boom in energy hungry smartphones and laptops means that companies like Intel need to put much more emphasis on power efficiency these days.

new_chip_laptop_ap.jpgIntel says its sixth-generation Core chips, known as Skylake, add a little more than an hour to battery life to laptops compared with the previous generation, according to spokesman Scott Massey. The chips utilize a more compact design, hard-wired functions that used to be run via software and fine-tuning how they ramp power use up and down.

Better-designed laptops
Laptop manufacturers are smartly sipping power, too.

HP says the Spectre x360 notebook it introduced in March gains up to 72 minutes of battery life, for a total of up to 13 hours, thanks in part to Intel’s new chip. Among other tricks, the PC doesn’t refresh the screen as often if the image isn’t moving. “If we can solve a bunch of small problems, they can add up,” HP vice president Mike Nash said.

Similarly, Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Yoga tablet turns off its touch screen and keyboard backlight if it senses its owner is walking and has the screen folded back like an open book. Vaio, the computer maker formerly owned by Sony, says its Z Canvas launched in the U.S. in October benefits from shrinking components and efficiently distributing heat to make more room for a bigger battery.

And Dell says it has worked with manufacturers to squeeze more battery capacity into the same space. It says its efforts recently boosted the energy storage of its XPS 13 laptop by 7.7 percent compared to an earlier version of the same model .

New chargers
Maybe it’s your phone that’s not keeping up. If so, you might check out new accessories designed to make it easier and faster to charge back up.

Kickstarter-funded Ampy uses your body’s kinetic energy to charge up a pager-sized device. Strap it to your arm or a belt and it can recharge a smartphone in real time; an hour of jogging or similar exercise yields about an hour of use. You could also just throw it in your bag and get the same extra hour of gadget life after a week of walking around – not an awesome trade off, maybe, but possibly better than nothing.

ampy_ap.jpgThe wireless-charging technology Qi makes it possible to charge a phone without plugging it in. Instead, you lay it down on a special pad and let electromagnetic field coupling do the work. Wireless charging has always been much slower than wired, although Qi’s backers say it’s speeding up. But wired charging is getting faster, too, at least for phones with the latest hardware- and with Qi, you still have to line up your device just right on the sometimes fussy pads.

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There’s a Serious Problem With Voice Control That We’re All Ignoring

There's a Serious Problem With Voice Control That We're All Ignoring

The other day, I received a text message that made me realize something big about modern etiquette and voice control and just how rude I’ve been without even thinking about it. I’d just flown a red-eye in from Las Vegas, my hands were full of luggage and I was not in the mood to drop everything to answer the text. So, I did what I tend to do at home when my hands are covered in soapy water or flour.

I said, in a clear and somewhat stern tone, “Hey Siri . . . . ”

Immediately, the woman in front of me turned around and started to open her mouth almost as if to reply, but then stopped. She looked both puzzled and almost offended. Was I talking to her? Was I, in fact, issuing an order to a complete stranger?

This got me thinking. As we look at new ways of controlling our gadgets, it’s becoming clear that some of them are more suited to being used in public and others are best left to more private use. To me, voice control which is becoming a big feature in many, many gadgets — falls firmly into this second category, because it’s something best done when you’re one-on-one with your phone.

After all, if you hate it when your dinner companion is bent over a screen, how much worse is it for them to be carrying on an entirely different conversation without you? Have you ever had a half-conversation with someone who turns out to be talking on the phone using a Bluetooth headset or headphones? Getting caught up in someone’s conversation with their inanimate assistant is just like that, only worse.

I’m not alone in thinking this way.

“I do think that there are places where having that speaker out loud isn’t appropriate: out on the street, in the subway, the elevator, in a car, standing in line to get a sandwich or coffee. Those are places I wouldn’t use it,” said Lizzie Post, the great-great-grandaughter of etiquette extraodinaire Emily Post and writer and podcaster on etiquette in the modern age for the Post Institute.

Post also noted that, even when you’re in a more private setting, there are still times when it feels odd to bring your technology into the conversation. She said that she’d once been brainstorming a project with someone who pulled out his phone and asked it to find an item for him online. It was off-putting, Post said.

“There was no reason not to type it in he had no reason to be hands-free,” she said. “It starts to sound like you’re dictating to a secretary when you don’t need to be.”

I’m not saying voice control technology is bad. In the car, it can be a literal life-saver if it keeps you from fumbling with a touchscreen behind the wheel. I’m as excited as anyone about reports that Apple’s working on wireless earbuds that let you control Siri, or that Amazon is working on a more portable version of its voice-controlled Echo. In your home, with your family, it feels kind of neat to speak to your gadgets to set timers or reminders.

But those are all situations when you’re either alone, or where it’s acceptable for you to pull your attention to the side for a moment. In other social settings many people tend to pitch their voices as if they’re issuing orders when talking to their technology, as I did at the airport. That makes people sit up and take notice, even if you think you’re being discreet. “Remind me to buy deodorant” is not something you want to bark into your phone on the bus. Ditto to dictating emails within earshot of your co-workers. (Bonus rudeness points if the emails are about your co-workers.)

Even if you’re saying something totally harmless “Hi sweetie, running a little late” saying it out loud in public still drops people into discussions in which they never asked to be participants. That can be uncomfortable, particularly if it comes out of the blue and makes those around you feel as if they’ve wrongly stumbled into a private conversation. And making the people around you uneasy is pretty much the definition of rude.

Which gets back to the notion of public technology versus private technology. I’ve come up with a basic way to categorize this: If it’s something you’d feel goofy doing at your cubicle, it’s probably a private technology. To define it even more clearly, here are some examples. Eye-tracking screens, for instance, are fine to use in public because they’re unobtrusive. Virtual reality is private, because you are literally cutting off all sensory inputs to the outside world. Augmented reality, which blends the digital and virtual worlds, walks a fine line but is arguably more public because you still interact with the world (and people) around you. Gesture control depends on the situation. If you’re having to make big arm-waving motions, that’s best done at home. If it’s more subtle, like a hand swipe to get to the next presentation slide, you’re probably fine.

This isn’t to say that either of these is more useful than the others, or even more social using VR with another person is surprisingly wonderful for conversation. The same is true of voice control: Using your voice to dictate messages can save you time or let you be more coherent than you could be in a fast, thumb-typed message. But those are situations when you’re using your phone to facilitate communication, not to step away from it.

So, yes, talk to Siri or Cortana or Google or Alexa, but think about the context. “The blanket tip we offer for all technology is to think about the people you’re with first,” Post said.

That’s good advice for using voice control, and for whatever other crazy and wonderful technologies may come down the pike.

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Amazon and Snapdeal Sales: The Best Deals on Offer

Amazon and Snapdeal Sales: The Best Deals on Offer

E-commerce giants Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal are running Republic Day promotional sales this week, and we’ve picked the best deals for you. Before we get started, here are a few pro tips to help you make the most out of these sales:

  1. Always compare prices before buying. Paytm is currently running some pretty decent cashback offers on electronics. Some of those are run as flash sales. Before you buy anything on this week’s sale, make sure you compare the effective prices (price after cashback) on Paytm and other rival sites.
  2. Make sure you bundle your purchases with the right cards. Amazon is offering cashback offers to Citibank card users while Snapdeal is running promotions for American Express and Yes Bank users. Bundling these cashback offers will make the deals even sweeter.
  3. If you spot a deal that’s lower than the minimum amount required to get free shipping, add a small book to your cart (ideally less than the shipping fees) to get free shipping on your order. This is presently valid on both Amazon and Snapdeal.

(Also see: Flipkart Republic Day Sale: What’s on Offer)

1. Sony PlayStation 4 1TB
If you’ve waited all this while, now is probably the right time to grab the PlayStation 4 1TB Ultimate Player Edition. Amazon’s Great Indian Sale has Sony’s gaming console down to Rs. 33,900 (MRP Rs. 37,690). The console bundles games like God of War and Infamous Second Son. The 1TB space is perfect if you prefer digital editions of games, and have enough bandwidth bundled with your Internet plans, though it’s relatively easy to upgrade your PS4’s hard disk. The PlayStation 4 comes with Sony’s new DualShock 4 wireless controller, mono headset, HDMI cable, USB cable, and a power cable. You’ll receive complete 1-year manufacturer warranty with the purchase.

sony_playstation_4_1_tb_ultimate_player_amazon.jpgPrice: Rs. 33,900 (MRP Rs. 37,690)

Link: Amazon

2. LG Nexus 5X 16GB
The Nexus 5X is finally down to the Rs. 20,000 price point. Amazon is selling it for Rs. 20,990 (MRP Rs. 31,990) on its Great Indian Sale this week. Even though the Nexus 5X did receive its due share of price cuts after launch, this is the lowest we’ve seen so far. If you are in the market for an Android device and prefer the 5-5.2-inch screen sizes, the Nexus 5X is a pretty strong contender at this price. It features a 12.3MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 4K, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC which includes a hexa-core processor, supported by 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box.
Price: Rs. 20,990 (MRP Rs. 31,990)

Link: Amazon

3. JBL SB250 soundbar
The JBL SB250 soundbar is now down to Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 39,990) on Snapdeal’s Republic of Savings promotional offers this week. The soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer, and includes support for Bluetooth connectivity. You can use the soundbar with your computer, laptop, mobile phone, or even your big-screen TV. The JBL SB250 also ships with a remote control that allows you to enable/disable the speaker and control volume. The soundbar also ships with a 3.5mm analog cable and an optical cable.

JBL_Cinema_SB250_Wireless_Bluetooth_snapdeal.jpgPrice: Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 39,990)

Link: Snapdeal

4. LG 43-inch ultra HD TV
Looking for a 4K smart TV that fits your budget? The LG 43-inch 4K smart TV is down to Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 79,900) as part of Amazon offers. The TV normally retails at the Rs. 60,000 price point on all major online stores. It includes two USB and two HDMI ports. LG’s Ultra HD TV supports 4K resolution on an IPS display panel that promises a high quality viewing experience. The TV can also upscale existing content to 4K quality, even though that’s not entirely true 4K resolution. The smart TV runs webOS 2.0 which allows you to run several apps like YouTube, Gaana, etc. At this price point, it makes quite an enticing option if you are in the market for a big-screen TV from a reputed brand.

lg_4k_ultra_hd_tv_amazon.jpgPrice: Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 79,900)

Link: Amazon

5. Sony ILCE-3500J with SEL 18-50 lens
Looking for a great camera at the Rs. 20,000 price point? The Sony ILCE-3500J is now down to Rs. 21,280 (MRP Rs. 25,990) as part of Snapdeal’s Republic Day deals. The digital camera ships with SEL 18-50 lens kit and includes Sony’s 2-year standard warranty. The Sony ILCE-3500J is powered by the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and is capable of capturing videos in full HD. The BIONZ image processor promises to reduce the amount of time it takes to view a photo you’ve just clicked on the camera’s display. The camera also features built-in special effects, if that’s your thing. The built-in flash will allow you to capture photos in the dark.

sony_digital_e_mount_alpha_3500_snapdeal.jpgPrice: Rs. 21,280 (MRP Rs. 25,990)

Link: Snapdeal

6. Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime 16GB
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note Prime 16GB is down to Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 8,999) as part of Amazon Great Indian sale. Combine it with Citibank’s 10% cashback offer on the website or the 15% cashback offer on the app to get an additional discount on the smartphone. The Redmi Note Prime 16GB features a 5.5-inch HD display and a 13MP primary camera at the back. It runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box, and is powered by Snapdragon 410 SoC which includes a quad-core processor and an Adreno 306 GPU. The smartphone supports dual SIM (4G+4G).

xiaomi_redmi_note_prime_sides.jpgPrice: Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 8,999)

Link: Amazon

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