Launchpad: More power, less weight

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SummaryThe new tablet has Apple’s A7 processor, twice as fast as the older A6.

More power, less weight

Apple iPad Air

Price: Rs 35,900

Apple’s obsession with sleek and light devices continues with its latest tablet, dubbed iPad Air. It packs all the great features of its predecessor, including a high-resolution 9.7-inch Retina display, in a much lighter package at just 469 grams. The new tablet has Apple’s A7 processor, twice as fast as the older A6. Apple promises 10 hours of battery life on the tablet, and the starting price for the16 GB WiFi is Rs 35,900. Apple also announced the availability of iPad Mini with Retina display. This tablet ships with the latest A7 processor, upgraded from the two-year-old A5 on the iPad Mini. It has a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The price is Rs 28,900 onwards.

Flagship Android tablet

Google Nexus 7

Price: Rs 20,999

Nexus 7 is now available in retail outlets in India. This year’s iteration of Google’s Android tablet features a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels at 323 pixels per inch. Made by Asus, it packs a

1.5-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB RAM and up to 32 GB storage. It runs Android 4.3 and weighs 290 grams, lighter than the iPad Mini with Retina display. Asus says the battery life is 10 hours. The device has a 5-MP rear camera and a 1.2-MP front camera. The 3G model of the tablet (32 GB) costs Rs 27,999 and the WiFi-only variant (16 GB) costs Rs 20,999.

HD screen

Karbonn Titanium X

Price: Rs 18,490

Karbonn launched Titanium X as part of its premium range of smartphones. It runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. The display resolution is 1920×1080 pixels. This phone supports USB on-the-go, which means you can plug in pen drives up to 32 GB to watch films etc. This phone has a 13-MP rear camera and a 5-MP front camera. It comes with a proximity sensor, accelerometer, magnetic sensor, gyro sensor and an ambient light sensor. It lets you answer calls by taking the phone to your ear.

Wire-free audio

Creative T4

Price: Rs 29,999

It is a sign of changing times, an increasing number of wireless speakers are entering the market. While earlier most wireless speakers were portable, there has been a recent influx of full-size wireless speakers in the market. The Creative T4 is one such speaker, which supports Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) for wireless playback. This

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