Apple quietly updates the iMac with Haswell processors

The updated iMac range starts at Rs 99,900 for the 21.5-inch version, while the 27-inch version starts at Rs 139,900.

Apple quietly updates the iMac with Haswell processors

Apple quietly updates the iMac with Haswell processors

In a rather quiet update announcement, Apple has made it official that the iMac desktop range has now received the Intel Haswell refresh. The upgrade has been done to both the 21.5-inch version and the 27-inch version. Like the 2013 MacBook Air, the iMac also supports Wireless 802.11ac standard. The entry level version will now feature 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, and customers can upgrade that to 32GB RAM and up to 3TB hard drive.

“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminium enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

Apple has shared the India pricing of the new iMac desktops.

The entry level 21.5-inch iMac (2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 up to 3.2 GHz and Intel Iris Pro) is priced at INR 99,900 while the the slightly more powerful 21.5-inch iMac (2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M ) will retail at Rs 114,900.

 

 

The 27-inch iMac is available with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a suggested retail price of INR 139,900, while the 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M for a suggested retail price of INR 154,900.

 

Dual-SIM HTC One available online for Rs 46,495

Dual-SIM HTC One available online for Rs 46,495

New Delhi: While the dual-SIM version of the HTC One is still listed as “Coming Soon on the HTC India website, the phone has made its way to an online store. The dual-SIM HTC One is available on the e-commerce site Flipkart.com for Rs 46,495. Flipkart says, the dual-SIM HTC One, which is available in silver colour, will be delivered in 9-10 business days.

The dual-SIM version of the HTC One is similar to the original model. But unlike the original model, the dual SIM version has a microSD card slot to expand its memory. It supports a microSD card up to 64GB.

The phone has a 4.7-inch full HD display. The phone is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM. It is packed with a 2300 mAh battery.

Key Features of HTC One (Dual SIM)

– Dual SIM:

SIM1:- Up to HSPA (900/2100 MHz) and up to EVDO REV. B (800 MHz)

SIM2:- Up to EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz)

– UltraPixel Primary Camera

– 4.6-inch Full HD Capacitive Touchscreen

– Full HD Recording

– Android Jelly Bean OS

– Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB

– HTC UltraPixel Camera

– 2.1 MP Secondary Camera

– 1.7 GHz quad-core Processor

Micromax Canvas 4: Benchmark and Camera Performance

Today, we have with us the recently launched Micromax Canvas 4. We give you a look at the benchmarks scores and the performance of the smartphone‘s camera.

Micromax Canvas 4: Benchmark and Camera Performance

Today, at the Digit Labs, we have with us the Micromax Canvas 4.

At the launch event, we had some time to take a look at the features and specifications the smartphone brings to the table, but we didn’t have the time or the resources to see how it performs in the benchmark tests.

If you are interested in going through the features of the smartphone, you can do so in our Canvas 4 first impressions.

The Canvas 4’s specifications remain close to its predecessor, theCanvas HD, and the new smartphone will see some serious competition from a wide range of quad-core smartphones in the Rs. 13,000 to Rs. 20,000 price range.

Here is a quick look at the specifications of these smartphones.

Models
Micromax Canvas HD
Micromax Canvas 4
Karbonn Titanium S9
iberry Auxus Nuclea N1
Xolo X1000
Xolo Play
Lava Iris 504Q
Xolo Q1000
Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro
Zen Ultrafone HD
OS
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.0
Android 4.1.1
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
5-inch
5.5-inch
5-inch
4.7-inch
4.7-inch
5-inch
5-inch
5.3-inch
5.3-inch
Display Type
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
TFT LCD
NA
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Display Resolution
1280×720
1280×720
1280×720
1920×1080
1280×720
1280×720
1280×720
1280×720
960×540
1280×720
Built-in storage
4GB
16GB
16GB
16GB
8GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
16GB
4GB
Expandable storage
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
Processor
1.2GHz quad-core
1.2GHz quad-core
1.2GHz quad-core
1.5GHz quad-core
2GHz single-core with multi threading
1.5 GHz (4+1 core) NVIDIA Tegra 3
1.2GHz quad-core
1.2GHz quad-core
1.2GHz quad-core
1.2GHz quad-core
RAM
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
Rear Camera
8MP
13MP
13MP
13MP
8MP
8MP
8MP
8MP
8MP
8MP
Front Camera
2MP
5MP
5MP
8MP
1.3MP
2MP
2MP
1.2MP
5MP
3.2MP
Dual-SIM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Battery
2000mAh
2000mAh
2600mAh
2800mAh
1900mAh
2000mAh
2000mAh
2100mAh
2550mAh
2000mAh
Price
Rs. 13,850
Rs. 17,999
Rs. 19,990
Rs. 18,000
Rs. 17,899
Rs. 15,999
Rs. 13,499
Rs. 14,999
Rs. 14,990
Rs.11,999

Coming to the performance of the Canvas 4, the smartphone booted up quite quickly and its interface feels quite smooth as well. The “blow to unlock” feature worked well, but we don’t see you using it too much. When the “blow to unlock” feature is enabled, you can’t use the traditional swipe to unlock feature on the smartphone. You will have to disable the blow feature to use the traditional unlocking method on the smartphone.

Since the hardware under the hood of the Canvas 4 is at par with a lot of the budget quad-core smartphones available in the market, we take a look at how it performs in the benchmark scores when compared to the likes of the Lava Iris 504Q, Xolo Q1000, Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro, the A116 Canvas HD and the Zen UltraFone HD.

As you can see from the above benchmarks, the performance of the Canvas 4 isn’t groundbreaking when compared to what the competition has to offer. There are some benchmarks where the Canvas 4 has the highest scores, but the margin isn’t great. In other benchmarks it scores in the middle of what the competition has to offer.

Coming to the camera of the Canvas 4, we see it has a 13MP rear shooter. We are happy to say that the performance of the camera on the Canvas 4 is really good. Put simply, it scores a 3.5 out of 5. The detail in the images is really good. If you have a foreground which is dull, and a background which is bright, the images aren’t that great when clicked from your average budget smartphone. Here, the images are good. You will notice a bit of noise if you view the image at 100%, but that is acceptable.

On the downside, the camera of the Canvas 4 is a tad slow. Auto focusing takes time and if you whip out the phone and instantly click a picture, it might be blurry. You also need to be still when clicking the images, as they will turn out shaky if your hands are shaky.

Nevertheless, we are quite impressed with the performance of the camera of the Canvas 4. You can use this camera to take pictures of the kids birthdays and special occasions and be happy with the results. The quality of images is good to click and share on social networking websites.

Even though the hardware of the Canvas 4 hasn’t produced groundbreaking results, the camera is something that we are really impressed with. We would like to put the phone through its paces and see how it performs when it comes to real world usage before giving our final verdict.