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OPPO Coming to Pakistan!

OPPO is one of the biggest and among the most reputed brands of smartphones from China. It has been a key player in the Android smartphone market in China, but now, it has also started spreading its footprint to the entire world. There are indications that OPPO has landed in Pakistan and will be launching commercially soon!

OPPO is aiming to go global and compete with the big boys; it needed a different strategy, an ingredient which makes it different and unique from the competition. They have managed to do just that! One of the notable features of OPPO smartphones is it ships with its ColorOS, which is a modified version of Android OS. The best thing? Users can easily install CyanogenMod as well on theses phones!

Techies and enthusiasts love the ability to customize their smartphones; after-all, that’s what the ‘smart’ should do in a ‘smartphone’. 😉

High-end OPPO phones pack a good punch as well, they’re not short on any sort of processing power. For example, the OPPO Find N7 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip with an integrated Adreno 330 GPU. The much-hyped OnePlus One smartphone is also launched by OPPO’s ex-employees. However, it does not come under the company umbrella.

What all of this means for Pakistan? More options for smartphone users and benefits to the national economy! We welcome such technological giants to Pakistan. There is immense growth potential for the still unsaturated smartphone market in Pakistan. The benefits can be reaped by both–smartphone manufacturers as well as Pakistanis. :)

Best Android Phones Under Rs. 20,000 / $200

Written By: Hafsa Wajeeh

With a lot of features and interesting advanced options, Android phones have become the first choice for everyone. More and more people are opting for an Android phone. A problem that many people find in buying an Android phone is its high rates. Most of the high-end smartphones are expensive, but still there are many that are available at reasonable prices. Here we are going to tell you five dual core Android phones that you can buy for under Rs. 20,000. Here we go:

 Sony Xperia Sola:

Sony Xperia Sola is available in the market with dual core 1 GHz cortex A-9 processor, and Android v 2.3 (Gingerbread). Update is available for Android up to v4.0. The touch screen is 3.7 inches with 480*854 pixels display. The RAM is 512 MB, and internal memory is 8GB and supports micro SD card up to 32 GB.  You can take photos with 5 MP camera that is supported by Auto focus and LED flash. Android NFC Smart tag, available in Sony Xperia Sola, can make your life easy, as it can perform simple daily tasks with a single touch. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS, 3G, and other options are available for connectivity. Get your Sony Xperia Sola for just 20,990.

 Sony Xperia U:

This Android phone runs on a dual core, 1GHz cortex A-9 processor. The internal memory of Sony Xperia U is 8 GB, with a RAM of 512 MB. No sdcard support available. The OS is Android v2.3 (Gingerbread), but you have an option to upgrade it up to v4.0. You can capture your memorable moments with the help of 5MP camera, auto-focus, and LED flash. You can also capture 3D panorama using Xperia U. 3G technology is also present in it. With high resolution, and good picture quality, any movie or video can be enjoyed on this phone. You can get Sony Xperia U for Rs. 18,500.

 QMobile Noir A11:

The new Noir series of QMobile consists of smartphones with some really awesome features. Noir A11 is powered by 1 GHz dual core processor. It has a built-in memory of 4GB, but if you want more, you can add a micro SD card of up to 32 GB. The RAM is 512 MB. Q mobile has launched Noir A11 with 5 inches touch screen. You can upgrade Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to v4.1 (Update date not announced). In addition to the 5MP HD camera with LED flash, Noir A11 has a front camera that you can use for video calling. For connectivity, Noir A11 offers GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It is available in the market for only Rs. 18,000.

 Gfive A78 Ferrari:

This smartphone is launched with a 4.3 inches touch screen. You can download stuff, run apps, and browse the web faster with dual core 1 GHz processor. It uses Android v 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Only 512 MB built-in memory is available in Gfive A78, but you have an option to add a micro SD card of up to 32 GB. This smartphone comes with 8MP camera, and Auto focus to capture HD images and make videos. A front camera is also included in it to make video calls. The price of this smartphone is only Rs. 16,800.

 QMobile Noir A10:

This is another release of QMobile. It is launched with a wide 5 inches touch screen. Dual core 1 GHz processor has enhanced the overall performance of Noir A 10, with Android v 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The built-in memory of this smartphone is 1.48 GB, you can add up to 32 GB more by using a micro SD card. RAM is same as in others, that is 512 MB. It is a good phone for those who love to take photos as it has 8MP camera with Auto focus and LED flash, front camera helps you to make video calls. Noir A 10 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, and Bluetooth for connectivity. You can buy a QMobile Noir A10 for just Rs. 16,950.

So, these were the 5 Android smartphones that are available in the market for Rs. 20,000 or less. All these smartphones feature a dual core processor with minimum 512MB RAM. I hope that you have found one for you that best suits your needs. Please share this article with your friends, so they can also get benefit. And don’t forget to give us your feedback. Have a good day!

About author: This is a guest post written by Hafsa Wajeeh. She is an enthusiast blogger and writes about latest gadgets on her blog,

Lab Android Booting Up

Today w’ere officially launching the Android Laboratory — This website will currently aim to unite the Pakistani Android development community so that we can also leave a solid footprint in the Android world.

With the recent launch of low-cost, mid-range Android phones (like the Noir A8), smartphones have become more accessible to the Pakistani public. Although the masses still don’t have the luxury of smartphones, still the Android buzz has infiltrated into the Pakistani youth. The big brands get enough coverage and dev support but other capable platforms like MediaTek chipsets don’t have much support.

What we do lack is a dedicated support and development community of Pakistani coders/modders/enthusiasts. Sure there is xda-developers forum, but even there they have dedicated forums for U.S. only version of Android phones and the local brands (let’s say QMobile) or other Chinese brands don’t get much attention.

We aim to fill the gap. We need your help. We ourselves are students and other students, professional coders are more than welcome to contribute.

Although the aim will be OS development/modding, app development will also get covered.

Wish us luck! :)

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