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Review: Oppo Neo 5s a Mid-Range Smartphone

Oppo is a Chinese base electronics manufacturer, which has got recognition as a high-end Smartphone manufacturer too – since last few years.  Oppo has now expanded its retail distributor’s network in number of countries and also launched itself in Pakistani mobile market last year. Oppo adopted massive retail outlets branding for its promotion across the country – to get the attention of end users. Although, the initially launched premium quality Oppo Smartphone’s were touch expensive for a budget market like Pakistan witnessed through Oppo N1 priced over 40 thousand and Oppo Find 7 cost was over 30 thousand PKR.

Now anticipating the need of affordable, but at the same time equipped with good enough specs Smartphone’s Company has launched – Oppo Neo 5s.

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Oppo has given the tagline “A Modern Shine” to this newly launched affordable Oppo Neo 5s. It’s primarily a mid-range Smartphone garlanded with moderate specs to provide satisfactory performance to budget users. It was also the need of the moment for Oppo to make some sort of penetration in local Smartphone market while other brands are launching persuading models like the most recent Haier’s Esteem I70.

Display/Screen:

The making of the phone is designed with a rock-solid metallic structure formulating the phone more compact, thin, and premium while holding in hand. This Neo 5s by Oppo has a 4.5-inch IPS TFT screen offering the resolution of 854 × 480 pixels, obviously it’s not an amazing display – but as it’s a budget Smartphone you have to live with it. Nevertheless, there are some premium features offered in this phone like multi-touch support and user can also utilize the touch screen even wearing the gloves. Moreover, feature that is mostly found in high-end Smartphone’s known as gorilla glass screen protection is also made available on Oppo Neo 5s. Overall, the viewing angel is also good because it has high contrast IPS display.

Hardware:

Foremost thing to keep in mind that this new Neo 5s Smartphone is build with 64-bit architecture for more efficient working. As far as the decked hardware is concern it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor Quad-core1.2GHz with Adreno 306 GPU. And 1GB of RAM is adorned alongside, these specs is insuring that users get stable high-end game and video content playing.

The built-in memory is 8GB out of the box but it can be extended up to 128 through SD Card for hefty data storage.

OS/UI:

Smartphone is operated via 4.4 KitKat underneath Oppo’s own customized android ColorOS 2.0 making the phones functioning more smooth and pleasurable for its users. The exclusive customization feature provided by ColorOS 2.0 include double tap to awake the phone and many gestures with preferences alter options.

Camera:

The primary camera is of 8MP offering many photo capturing customization to user, making it a proficient shooter for users with the habit of clicking images regularly. The secondary front facing camera of this Oppo Neo 5s has 2MP proficiency, but will be capable enough to handle occasional selfies and video calling.

Other Noteworthy Features:

Phone offers dual SIM support for keeping two mobile networks numbers active at the same time. The decked battery in this freshly revealed Neo 5s is of non-removable Li-Po, 2000 mAh, which can easily profile 10 to 12 hours back upon normal use. Lastly it merits mentioning here is that Oppo Neo 5s supports 4G LTE on both SIM’s, so users can enjoy blistering fast internet on-the-go on this affordable Smartphone.

Price:

Retail Price of Oppo Neo 5s is Rs. 19,990

QMobile Introduces Power3 Feature Phone with Marathon 45 Days Battery Backup

QMobile the Pakistan’s most favorite local mobile phone brand has come up with another exiting mobile phone introduction. This time it’s a feature phone called Power3, which is decked with a 2500 mAh battery that can last for 45 days on standby. It merits mentioning here that Qmobile has also recently launched Noir M90 with massive 4200 mAh battery Smartphone.

Qmobile Power3

The home grown mobile phone brand that has brought innovation with affordability for the local budget conscious market is on the wining voyage. QMobile has always anticipated the need of something unique for the local mobile phone user for furnishing something whooping for them. So, nowadays when every other mobile phone users looks pensive regarding their dying battery due to extensive power shortage in the county, QMobile has presented Power3 feature phone as its remedy.

Power3 Feature Phone Specs

The most obvious selling point of the phone would definitely be its massive 2500 mAh battery that is enormous for a feature phone. For the reason that feature phones does not offer feature what a Smartphone offers like big bright screen, Wi-Fi, high graphics video games and HD video playback option – all these feature consumes extensive battery.

Other imperative features of this standard looking feature phones includes Dual SIM support, for running two networks mobile number simultaneously for its user. The display size of the Power3 is 2.4″ QVGA making sure that user come across satisfactory content viewing.

Additionally, the connectivity options provided for the phone consist of Bluetooth, USB and GPRS proficiencies. Furthermore, user can also access the most renowned social networking and communication sites like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter with it also. Not to forget a part from its few MBs internal memory the expandable option with micro SD Card up to 16 GB is supported for its prospective customers.

As far as the entertainment corner is concern, QMobile Power3 contains FM Radio, 3.5mm Audio Jack for attaching headphones, Mp3 player for music playback, Video Player to run 3GP and mp4 files, games and also offer a smart camera located on the back side to capture pictures.

Price:

The announced price of this promising looking Qmobile Power3 is Rs. 2600 only and it is available in black color only in the market.

Verdict:

As QMobile holds the local market strongly even after the penetration of some other local and international mobile phone brands in recent years. At present QMobile considering the need of high-end Smartphone’s is continuously striving to offer its flagship models like Noir Z8 a apart from also offering affordable QMobile Linq Series. But, as Pakistan comprises of hefty population that only requires a basic feature phone for accomplishing calls and SMS only. Therefore, this latest QMobile Power3 is certainly a good option for masses to get massive battery phone – with all other standard features also available in it.

Samsung Launches Affordable Galaxy Tab E with 9.6-inch Display

Samsung in unquestionably a market leader, when it comes to Smartphone sales across the globe and its last flagship devices release was much awaited Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Samsung in renowned for its premium quality durable and equipped with potent specs devices for many years now, this attribute has made the company – where it is now. At present Samsung is manufacturing and selling most number of Smartphone’s worldwide. According to official stats Samsung sold 83.2 million Smartphone’s in Q1 of current year 2015 and encompasses 24.6% market share in global Smartphone’s sales – during this period.

Galaxy Tab E

Now the company has anticipated the need of affordable devices for hefty budget conscious markets around the world, which mostly exists in the developing countries. Samsung has freshly launched an affordable but at the same time decked with competitive specs tablet called – Galaxy Tab E having 9.6-inch Display.

Check out what’s Under the Hood of Galaxy Tab E:

This budget tablet is offering expectable 9.6-inch large display having 1280×800 pixels WXGA TFT screen. Keep that in mind that it does not have amoled display like most Samsung devices contains, because it’s an affordable tab – so does not expect something extravagant from its display quality.

As far as the hardware specs are concern this tablet is equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor supported by moderate 1.5GB of RAM. This hardware specs will be able to provide satisfactory performance to users to enjoy HD video playing and high graphics games as well. As this is all a common tablet users wants from a budget tablet.

The internal storage space of Samsung Galaxay Tab E is 8GB built-in memory; nevertheless users can expand it up to 128GB via external SD Card. And the device is running on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and having Samsung’s trade mark Touchwiz on top of it.

Talking about its camera, tab is adorned with a 5MP autofocus main camera and a 2MP front-facing secondary camera. The main camera is potent enough to record 720p videos at 30fps for user. But on the whole the camera offered in this tablet can be said miserable, when at least 8MP camera is being offered nowadays – even by cheap Chinese brands in their Smartphone and tablets.

Furthermore, the wireless connectivity features of this tab comprises of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Tab also supports OTG and mini USB for bartering data among other devices. It’s important to mention that currently Samsung Galaxay Tab E is a WIFI only model and does not support cellular SIM card.

Lastly, take in consideration of its battery tablet is decked with a 5000mAh battery that can easily provide backup of up to 4 to 5hours upon continuous usage with Wi-Fi.

Conclusion:

At present this affordable and filled with good enough specs Galaxay Tab E is being launched in Taiwan only officially – at the price of $225. But it’s expected that Samsung will soon launched it in other countries as well with modern age data services 3G and 4G supports too, for users to enjoy blazing fast mobile internet connectivity on-the-go on this Samsung Galaxay Tab E.

Punjab Government Backs Out from Imposing Internet Taxes

As few days back the news become instantly viral that Govt of Punjab has issued an SRO on 28th May, 2015 and has imposed hefty 19.5% tax on internet services in the province. This tax was supposed to be charged on all above 2Mbps internet subscribers and also on bills greater than Rs. 1,500 per month – that too with immediate effect from 29th of May, 2015.

Don't Tax Internet in Pakistan

But now this ICT and next-generation mobile broadband services killing intent has been withdrawn finally. This breaking news came to knowledge through the budget speech delivered by Dr Ayesha Ghaus, Finance Minister of Punjab on the 12th of June, 2015 in Punjab Assembly. This was the obligatory announcement that brought sigh of relief for the industry experts, general internet users of Punjab province – as well for other stake holders including Telco’s.

Dr Ayesha Ghaus categorically said that the Punjab government has decided not to tax internet in the province.

Industry Reactions on this Tax:

As soon as this news surfaced two weeks before regarding the Punjab Govt issued SRO for taxing the internet services involving DSL, 3G, 4G, EVDO, WiMAX, FTTH under 19.5% – all the people concern with internet service – became pensive. Furthermore, there was strong reactions came from the general internet users, local websites and also from local bloggers. This reaction was natural and was expected to pounder, because if this tax would have been imposed the internet penetration, which has grown 500% in last one year – would have been shackled.

Furthermore, because this order was supposed to tax the newly born 3G/4G next-generation mobile data services too in Punjab, which is the most populated province of the country mounting subscriber base would also been retrained – that has just crossed 14 million 3G users. Also the cellular operators of the country, who spent millions of dollars for acquiring the 3G and 4G spectrums last year, would have been heartbroken. Moreover, the expansion of the 3G and 4G coverage in more cities of the country might also have been congested by all operators – due to this tax implication.

Also all the internet providers also considered this move as a nail in their coffin because Punjab encompasses 56% of the total internet users in Pakistan.

The mass campaign for this internet tax withdrawal was also run by the local digital publishing fraternity of Pakistan – with the campaign called black-out. During these last few days, all the significant local websites were kept under black-out theme in the protest of this tax by Punjab Govt.

Furthermore, a specially crafted satirical image against this tax was also published by most of the famous websites of the country.

 Wrapping-Up:

Nevertheless, finally the struggle of the concerned people with the internet services of the country has immerged triumph. This massive criticism campaign from all stakeholders, including PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) and ICT3, a telecom think tank role was also important – for convincing the Punjab Govt to withdraw this internet tax.

So, now it’s also expected that after this development of not imposing tax on internet services in Punjab, federal Govt and other provinces will also follow countries largest province’s resolve and – do not tax the internet in future.

Warid & Zong Introduced 4G MiFi Monthly Plans [Pricing/Bandwidth Details]

As few months back the countries two 4G enabled telecom networks Warid and Zong launched their next-generation mobile broadband services in Pakistan. Those offer comprised 4G Mifi devices by Warid and 4G Wingle, Super 3G Wingle and Super 3G Mifi shared internet plans for their subscriber – to enjoy blazing fast internet on-the-go.

Now both these Telco’s of the country has once again introduced updated mobile broadband data plans, which seems much more lucrative than before. Through, this current promotion Warid who encompasses the most number of 4G LTE users in the country has revealed its super fast 4G LTE Wingle devices and Zong also introduced its 4G Mifi device.

Warid 4G LTE Wingle Details:

Warid 4G LTE Wingle can provide internet connectivity to 10 multiple devices at the same time with the internet speed of up to 150Mbps. As the Warid 4G LTE coverage is available in all major big cities of Pakistan, so exiting Warid and even new customer can avail these Warid 4G LTE Wingle and enjoy super fast internet by simply plugging it in their – Laptop or desktop PCs USB ports.

Price Plan:

Warid Wingle One time Price = PKR. 2500

Monthly Tariff Plans:

The monthly price plan for packages offered by Warid varies from Rs.1500 to Rs.3000. Furthermore, there is a special promotion available in which, users can get Warid Wingle device for FREE with 60GB data month for 3 months – in just Rs.5, 999.

(It’s a limited Time Offer)

Warid 4G LTE Wingle 2015

Zong 4G MiFi Device Details:

Zong is the Pakistan’s only 3G plus 4G LTE network is also trying to offer lucrative mobile broadband to its prospective customers. This presently introduced Zong 4G Mifi if offering up to 200GB monthly data volume to users. But, the device and this offer is presently only available in Karachi only, nevertheless the company is trying to soon offer this offer in other major 4G converge cities of the country.

The Zong 4G Mifi device range is 10 meter and can connect up to 10 devices at the same time for its users to enjoy internet up to 150Mbps.

Device Price:

Zong 4G Mifi Device price is Rs 2500

Monthly Tariff Plans:

Bundle: Bundle Price: Validity:
Monthly 10GB Rs. 800 1 Month
Monthly 24GB Rs. 1,500 1 Month
Monthly 50GB Rs. 2,000 1 Month
Monthly 100GB Rs.3,800 1 Month
Monthly 150GB Rs. 5,000 1 Month
Monthly 200GB Rs. 6000 1 Month

 

Three Months Package Detail:

Bundle: Bundle Price: Validity:
10GB/Month Rs. 2,300 3 Months
24GB/Month Rs. 4000 3 Months

Zong 4G MiFi Device

Conclusion:

These newly introduced mobile broadband offering brought to you by Warid and Zong is presenting absolutely alluring internet for local users. Furthermore, as it’s not a network bound offer, so any other telecom company subscriber can also acquire these mobile broadband devices and enjoy blazing fast internet on-the-go. The offers are such an alluring one that all the conventional DSL users can also opt to start using these affordable at the same time reliable, fast internet connectivity – by utilizing 4G Mifi devices offering from Warid and Zong.