TecQ: Samsung S7 Edge, iPhone SE, Mi 5, WhatsApp Encryption & More

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The 5.5 Inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Display on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

1. Apple’s iPhone SE in Reality Costs Just Rs 10,700

Apple iPhone SE. (Photo: Apple)
Apple iPhone SE. (Photo: Apple)

According to a research firm IHS, the manufacturing cost of Apple iPhone SE is just $160. This translates to just Rs 10,700. Research suggests the US version of an entry-level iPhone SE (16GB) carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when manufacturing costs are added.

The retail price of the iPhone SE 16GB model is $399 in the US; that’s more than double. When it comes to India, the entry level iPhone SE is priced at Rs 39,000 and the 64GB version will be available for Rs 49,000

Click here to know more.

2. Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Is New Wine in an Old Bottle

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. (Photo: The Quint)
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. (Photo: The Quint)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the latest flagship smartphone from the Korean giant in India and is priced at Rs 56,900.

Sales of Galaxy S7 devices are off to a good start, and Samsung expects $5.7 billion quarterly operating profit with revenue projected to rise 4%. That’s all good for the company. But, what makes them charge the consumer that amount of money for a flagship smartphone?

We tell you whether the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is worth your hard-earned money or not. Read our review here here.

3. WhatsApp Encryption: What Does It Mean for Users?

 WhatsApp has over 800 million monthly active users. (Photo: Reuters)
WhatsApp has over 800 million monthly active users. (Photo: Reuters)

Popular social messaging platform WhatsApp has strengthened its backend with a tighter encryption setting which is now available to over one billion users across the globe.

BlackBerry was renowned for its secure channels provided via BBM and its e-mail service. And now this technology will be available to all WhatsApp users. This means that all messages sent or received by the user will only be accessible to people who are involved in the conversation.

Here’s what you need to know about the feature and how it can help you from getting hacked.

4. Review: Lenovo Yoga 900 Is Rich in Style and Price as Well

Lenovo Yoga 900 offers a 13.3-inch Quad-HD display. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Lenovo Yoga 900 offers a 13.3-inch Quad-HD display. (Photo: The Quint)

Lenovo has been a reliable force with its notebooks across segments. The company has experimented with its regular range of products and added devices like the Lenovo Yoga 900, that go the extra mile.

The Yoga 900 is a direct competitor to the Dell XPS 13. Priced at Rs 1,22,090 the laptop bends, flexes and does a little bit of yoga too.

Click here for the complete review.

5. Why We Love to Hate Both Apple iPhone SE and Xiaomi Mi 5!

We think that both Xiaomi Mi 5 and Apple iPhone SE are expensive. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
We think that both Xiaomi Mi 5 and Apple iPhone SE are expensive. (Photo: The Quint)

Apple is in a downward spiral when it comes to product innovation. The biggest example of this is the Apple iPhone SE.

To start with, Apple said they would be giving an opportunity to tech lovers to buy an affordable smartphone. But at Rs 39,000 for 16GB and Rs 49,000 for 64GB, they are getting greedier and greedier. Recently, Xiaomi has broken its Rs 20,000 barrier and launched the Xiaomi Mi 5 in India at Rs 24,999.

So does it really make sense for one to buy the iPhone SE or go for the Xiaomi Mi 5? We try here to answer some of the questions here.

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