Motorola Moto X Force: Price, Specs and Features

Motorola’s Moto X Force shatterproof phone is now up for sale at more than 400 retail stores across India. The Moto X Force was available exclusively through e-commerce sites till now. Motorola has announced that it will continue selling the phone through e-commerce partners i.e. Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. Now, the phone will also be up for grabs at general trade and large format chains like Croma, Spice Hotspot, Vijay Sales & Poorvika.


Moto X Force is priced at Rs. 49999. It is the world’s first smartphone which comes with a shatterproof screen. The phone was launched in India in February.

The Moto X Force features a 5.4 inch QuadHD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and 544ppi. The phone is powered by a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The internal storage can be expanded to 2 TB using microSD card.


The phone boasts a 21-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone supports 4G LTE and runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The OS can be further upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshamallow.

The phone is powered by a 3760 mAh battery which supports TurboCharging technology. The battery can be charged using the provided TurboCharger in 15 minutes to provide a backup of 15 hours.

The Motorola Moto X Force is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

Moto X Force Specs:


5.40-inch QuadHD


2560×1440 pixels and 544ppi


2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810


3 GB


32 GB

Primary camera


Secondary camera


Operating system

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop


3760 mAh

Archos Diamond 2 Note, Diamond 2 Plus: Price, Specs and Review

Archos has launched two new smartphones days ahead of MWC 2016. The phones are Archos Diamon 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus. Archos will showcase the new phones at the tradeshow. It will also unveil new tablets.

The Diamond 2 Note is priced at $279 (about Rs. 19000) while the Diamond 2 Plus is priced at $229 (about Rs. 15500). Both these phones will be available for sale in May this year.


The Diamond 2 Note features a 6-inch 2.5D curved QHD IPS display @1440×2560 pixel resolution. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has a pixel density of 490ppi. The phone is powered by the 64-bit octa-core Mediatek X10 MT6795 processor running at 2 GHz paired with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM. Graphics are handled by the PowerVR G6200 GPU.

The phone has a hybrid dual SIM slot which can accommodate either two SIM cards (micro+nano) or a single SIM with microSD card. The phone comes with 32 GB storage which can further be expanded to 128 GB using the microSD slot.

On the camera front, the Diamond 2 Note sports 1 16-megapixel shooter with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) accompanied by dual LED flash modules. On the front there is an 8-megapixel camera with 84-degree wide angle BSI sensor.

Other features of the phone include support for 4G LTE (Cat. 40, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, IR Sensor, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM Radio. A 3610 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging technology powers the phone.

The second phone i.e. the Archos Diamond 2 Plus comes with a smaller screen: a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS wth 2.5D with DragonTrail front and Full Black Lamination and 400 ppi pixel density. It is powered by the 64-bit octa-core Mediatek P10 MT6755 processor paired with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and Mali-T860MP2 (700MHz) GPU.


The Archos Diamond 2 Plus sports a 20 megapixel camera with Sony sensor and laser focus accompanied by dual LED flash on the back. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with wide-angle sensor and flash.

Connectivity features include 4G LTE (Cat. 6), Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS and FM Radio. The Diamond 2 Plus is powered by a 3000 mAh Li-ion battery with fast charging technology. Additionally, it also features a fingerprint sensor.

Both phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Freedom 251 May Not Live up to the Hype

Unless you have not been following the news, you know that Freedom 251 is a smartphone that is being sold for an earth shattering Rs. 251 by a little-known company called ‘Ringing Bells’. Despite all the hype, it is not yet clear if the company will be able to deliver what it is claiming to provide. Bookings for the phone have started and the onslaught of traffic has crippled the website.

As with every new offering, there are doubts if the company is genuine or not. What if the company fails to deliver the phones after taking the payment? However, there are two reasons why this is not likely a scam.

Firstly, reputable political leaders have launched this product. Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi launched the phone in New Delhi. Defense Minister of India Manohar Parrikar was also expected to attend the launch function. However he was not able to attend it. It is in the interest of the company to live up to its promises.


Secondly, the owners of the company are listed and readily accessible. All the founders of the company have come out in the open in the advertisements posted in the newspapers.

However, there are many more reasons why the whole thing looks suspicious.

The sample phone sent to Hindustan Times turned out to be a shabby rebranded phone from a company called Adcom with the logo masked using whitener. Adcom is a Delhi based company which imports Chinese electronics. Strangely, when the newspaper contacted the marketing manager of Adcom, he denied that their brand is being used on Freedom 251. The original phone was launched two years back. There is a possibility that Ringing Bells is now selling old stocks.

Ringing Bells has announced that the phone will carry apps such as Swatch Bharat, Women Safety App, etc. However, the phone sent for review did not carry any of these apps. In fact the phone received by Hindustan Times didn’t look anything like the pictures shown in the advertisements.

The icons of the phone look exactly like those of the iPhone. Since most of Apple’s stuff is protected by patents and copyright, there may also be intellectual property issues with the phone. When the company was contacted about this, the newspaper did not receive any response.

The most suspicious thing about the phone is its pricing. It is not understood how the company can sell smart phones for this price and still stay profitable. Further, it is also not known if the government is subsidizing the phone. Even individual components of the phone cannot be manufactured for this price.

It is also not clear how the phone complies with the ‘Make in India’ initiative. No information has been provided about the location of the factory where the phone is been manufactured or assembled.

Whether or not the phone and the company are genuine – this only time will tell. We will have to wait until June 30 when the the first batch of the phones.