Launchpad: Sony RX 10

Nandagopal Rajan/ Pranay Parab

Compact, high-res

After the stupendous success of its RX100 premium compact camera in India, Sony has now launched a 'bridge-style' Cyber-shot RX10 promising great picture quality in a compact body. The Cyber-shot RX10 will have a fixed Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 lens which will cover almost all the needs of the average user from macro to the telephoto. The F2.8 maximum aperture means the camera will do well in low light, but not as good as the F1.8 lens on the RX100 series. Plus, on-board Wi-Fi allows easy one-touch connection with a NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. It can also connect to an iOS device over the air. The camera will be available by the end of December.

Photon max wifi

Many urban households now several devices that connect to WiFi. Not all of these devices are used at the same time, so having a separate internet connection for each one may not be practical or affordable. For those who travel with several devices, Tata Docomo Photon has launched Photon Max WiFi. This is a USB WiFi hub, which means that up to five devices can connect to it and browse the web. Photon Max WiFi promises speeds of up to 6.2 Mbps. The device costs Rs 1,999 and the plans start from Rs 650 per month for 3 GB (after which speeds are throttled). The top tier plan offers 15 GB data for Rs 1,500 per month. The dongle works across the country. There are no data roaming charges.


Free talktime

State-owned BSNL has stepped into the smartphone segment with two new devices PS501 and PS650. BSNL is offering free talktime to lure buyers. The PS501 is a 5-inch smartphone that costs Rs 6,999. It comes with 3 GB of 3G data and 300 minutes of talktime. It has a 1.2-GHz A7 dual-core CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, a 5-MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. The PS650 is a 6.5-inch smartphone with the same data and talktime bundle. For Rs 7,999, users get a phone with a 1.2-GHz A7 dual-core CPU, a Mali MP400 graphics chip, 512MB RAM and 4 GB internal storage. It runs Android 4.2.2

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