Audiophiles in India are embracing high-resolution audio, says JBL by Harman – Tech2

Over the last decade, India has witnessed a revolution in the way music is heard. With a growing tribe of audiophiles who won’t settle for anything less when it comes to experiencing music, high-resolution audio (HRA) is emerging as the first choice for them, a top executive from US-based audio electronics company JBL by Harman has said. As we shift from records, cassettes, CDs/DVDs and MP3 to live streaming where convenience takes precedence over fidelity, the content as envisaged by the artiste is diluted, nuances are lost and the overall experience is mediocre.

Here is where HRA comes as a saviour. It is an audio format that has a sampling rate of 96 KHz/24 bit and can reproduce very close to original sound as recorded in a studio or a concert hall. “Quality and durability drives the Indian audio market. Audiophiles who are passionate about the quality of sound will go an extra mile and spend an extra penny on a good quality audio product. This audience understands the technology behind audio products and equipments,” Prashant Govindan, Senior Director, Harman Professional, India Operations, Engineering/R&D, told IANS in an email interview.

As a key player in Harman’s extensive portfolio of legendary brands, JBL contributed to an overall sales increase of 18 percent in India for the entire lifestyle audio division in the 2016 fiscal year. For Harman’s lifestyle audio division, the fiscal 2016 operating income increased 36 per cent to $267 million from $196 million (On a GAAP basis) in the country as compared to 2015. According to Govindan, it is essential for consumers to understand how the difference in fidelity and overall quality is immediately discernable when the same content is played back in high-resolution audio equipment.

“The consumers who have been exposed to the difference in quality immediately appreciate the better quality,” Govindan told IANS. With high-resolution audio, listeners can experience fine details of audio like subtlety and depth. Better frequency sampling rate and high bit rate makes the playback audio very close to the original audio track — which a CD recording cannot capture. Popular formats for storing high-resolution audio are FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF and DSD.

Sampling rate means the number of times samples are taken per second during the conversion of analog sound waves to digital. Thus, a precise audio signal can be produced with more bits like 24-bit in high-resolution audio. “We have observed mass-market heavyweights bring HRA to a larger audience so that people are able to understand what high-resolution audio is and the benefits it can bring to music. The future of HRA certainly looks bright and promising and is fast becoming a hot and trending topic in India as well,” Govindan stressed.

While most streaming providers have a paid premium ‘high-resolution’ option, the content is still lacking in terms of overall fidelity and tonal quality. For a more accurate and fulfilling experience, music needs to be recorded at the highest sampling rate possible (preferably 96KHz and above) and stored in a lossless format that does not compress and take away the fidelity (WAV, ALAC or FLAC).

High-resolution audio tends to reveal every music nuance with fine integrity — from deep sub-bass lows to crystalline highs — bringing listeners closer to the original performance. “We will continue to push audio boundaries through innovative, connected and personalised sound technology to the benefit of consumers worldwide,” Govindan added.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 5:01 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 5:39 pm

Tags: audiophiles, Fidelity, Harman, high-resolution audio, HRA, India, JBL, JBL by Harman, Music, studio

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The Aadhaar data breaches are the result of an irresponsible govt., but we pay the price for them – Tech2

How many times is IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad going to reiterate that Aadhaar is safe? When will he, or the government, take responsibility for the shortcomings of Aadhaar and actually do something about it?

By now you’re all aware of the massive Aadhaar data leak courtesy of the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security (JDSS). Granted, the actual biometric database itself still hasn’t been breached, and maybe it never will, but breaches of government and private Aadhaar databases are occurring with alarming regularity and almost always due to ignorance or negligence.

What’s being done about it? Nothing.

Every time a breach like this happens, someone issues a statement that the “database is safe” and imposes a ban on the entity that leaked the data. The most recent breach saw a 10-year ban being imposed on an entity for “accidentally” tweeting out cricketer MS Dhoni’s personal information.

We spoke to Pavan Duggal, a lawyer who is considered to be a leading expert on Cyberlaw in India, and he told us that, “1.4 million pensioners can do nothing about the breach. They have no legal recourse. Section 47 of the Aadhaar Act states that any criminal complaint can only be filed by the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), and the UIDAI is not going to go and file 1.4 million FIRs over this issue.”

Without mincing his words, Duggal states, “Section 47 shows the inadequacy and gross short-sightedness of the act.” He explains that the Act was never intended to cover an all-encompassing digital ecosystem that Aadhaar is today. The service was meant to be voluntary and the act looked at Aadhaar from the perspective of a centralised identification database.

Now that the data has leaked, there is literally nothing that anyone can do unless the UIDAI chooses to take action. Judging by the past, the UIDAI will simply issue a statement saying that the database is secure, though I’m not sure if they’ll go so far as to ban the JDSS.

As Duggal points out, the legislation is defective to begin with. The act essentially makes any Aadhaar holder a spectator, one with his hands chopped off, adds Duggal.

Clearly, the problem isn’t the fact that the data leaked out.

No, the real problem is willful ignorance of facts, that and the government’s refusal to take responsibility for Aadhaar.

As Duggal says, “The fears pertaining to misuse of Aadhaar data are real, because the concerns have not been adequately addressed.”

“You can’t take an ostrich approach to Aadhaar and hope the problems will go away. They’re very real, and they affect everyone,” he adds.

Banning an entity for leaking Aadhaar information is not a solution. It doesn’t address the underlying issues. “The collective legal and legislative issues need to be addressed first,” says Duggal. For example, the Act never even considers the fact that a database would need to be shared or that it could leak out.

Even now, India doesn’t have adequate privacy laws. In fact, when lawyers were arguing for Aadhaar, they very clearly stated that, “The right of privacy is not a guaranteed right under our Constitution”. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is quoted as saying, “The question of violation of right to privacy does not arise when it does not exist.” As horrifying as that statement is, it’s perfectly true.

The Hindustan Times, which reported the Jharkhand data breach, noted that, “In Jharkhand, officials were surprisingly sanguine about the breach, suggesting that they had been aware of the situation for several days.”

Why should this attitude come as a surprise from a government that is pushing to make Aadhaar mandatory for a number of services, including the filing of income tax returns, in direct contravention to a Supreme Court order barring the same?

The same government has also gone out of its way to collect biometric data from its citizens and implement Aadhaar-based digital payment and authentication systems with inadequate testing.

Despite these issues, there’s no escaping Aadhaar. Over a billion Indians are already registered on the service and their private lives are at stake. The system needs to be made more robust, and that can only happen when the problems are first acknowledged.

The National Payments Council of India (NPCI) and the UIDAI, the two government entities that should be responsible for Aadhaar, are refusing to even take responsibility for the platform.

And why will they? The Aadhaar Act grants the UIDAI complete immunity from prosecution of any kind. If anything goes wrong, there’s no legal recourse for anyone.

By relying on inadequate laws and collecting private, biometric data, Duggal says that India is sitting atop a volcano that’s just waiting to erupt. When it erupts, the UIDAI will essentially be immune from any prosecution and the country as a whole will suffer. “Such a situation will irreparably impact the lives and identities of the people,” claims Duggal.

The problem with the Act is that it was designed for a different Aadhaar than we know of today. It has no provisions for cybersecurity, it doesn’t define roles and responsibilities and makes no mention of legal recourse for the average citizen.

Ideally, a government body like UIDAI should be held accountable for everything Aadhaar. It’s functioning also needs to be more transparent to begin with.

As Duggal suggests, when we’re building an entire ecosystem on a fragile framework, our first duty is to strengthen that framework.

There are no checks and balances, there is no transparency and it’s still not clear if Aadhaar even complies with the IT Act, states Duggal.

To start with, the IT Act and Aadhaar Act both need to be amended, suggests Duggal. He believes that the focus should be on cybersecurity and the privacy of the individual. The roles and responsibilities of the organisations involved needs to be clearly defined. Remedies need to be specified.

Only then will there be accountability in the system, and only then can we start trusting it.

Aadhaar has potential, but it’s not perfect. There’s still a lot of work to be done towards implementing the service, and that will take time.

Passing the buck around at a time like this will not help.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 5:06 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 5:14 pm

Tags: Aadhaar, Aadhaar Act, Aadhaar Act security, Aadhaar authentication, Aadhaar breach, Aadhaar data breach, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, NPCI, Ravi Shankar Prasad, UiDAI

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Waterloo researchers develop tech to evade govt censorship, named after aliens from Doctor Who – Tech2

Researchers from the University of Waterloo have developed a system that allows citizens of a country to get past government restrictions to access content on the Internet. The tool is named Slitheen, after aliens from the BBC television series, Doctor Who. The Slitheen avoid detection by disguising themselves as human. The Slitheen censorship resistance system disguises a connection to a restricted website, as that of another website, access to which is allowed.

If access to Wikipedia is banned, the user will be able to browse the web site while making it appear that the connection is being used to access dank memes. The technology protects and hides the fact that the user is getting past government censorship, apart from allowing access to the blocked content. However, the researchers admit that the technologies used for avoiding government censorship has to commonly evolve to respond to new methods of enforcing restrictions.

Ian Goldberg, a professor in the David R Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo, and the founding member of the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research group at Waterloo said, “There’s always an arms race where the defender makes a better system, then the attacker makes a better system. This is what makes the research fun and interesting but also very challenging.”

The system is still in development, and is expected to be available to the public by the end of the year.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 5:16 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 5:19 pm

Tags: Censorship, Doctor Who, government, Slitheen, Waterloo

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Shareholders have approved Reliance Communications and Aircel merger – Tech2

Reliance Communications (RCOM) has received 99.99 percent shareholders approval for merger of its wireless business with Aircel, a company statement said here on Monday. “The shareholders of Reliance Communications at their meeting convened pursuant to the order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), have today approved with 99.99 percent majority for the Scheme of Arrangement for demerger of the wireless division of the company and Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, into Aircel Limited and Dishnet Wireless Limited (the Scheme),” the company statement said.

It was also approved by shareholders of RTL at their meeting held on Monday pursuant to the order of the NCLT, the statement added. The shareholders of Aircel have also approved the said scheme at their meeting held on April 22, 2017, convened under the order of the NCLT. The company has already received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India, BSE, National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Competition Commission of India for the proposed Scheme of Arrangement.

The RCOM-Aircel merger will create a strong operator clearly ranked amongst India’s top four telecom companies by customer base and revenues, also ranking amongst the top three operators by revenues in 12 important circles. The statement said, the merged entity will have the second-largest spectrum holding amongst all operators, aggregating 448 MHz across the 850, 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands, and will enjoy enhanced business continuity through extended validity of spectrum holdings till 2033-36.

“It will be one of India’s largest private sector companies, with an asset base of over Rs 65,000 crore ($10 billion) and net worth of Rs 35,000 crore ($5.38 billion),” the statement said. RCOM’s overall debt including the deferred spectrum payment liability will be reduced by Rs 20,000 crore ($3.07 billion) and Aircel’s debt will reduce by Rs 4,000 crore ($615 million), upon completion of the transaction.

A petition is being filed with the NCLT, Mumbai Bench, for approval of the said scheme. The proposed transaction is subject to other necessary approvals. Post closing, RCOM and the present shareholders of Aircel will hold 50 percent stake each in Aircel Limited. RCOM shares were trading at Rs 34.45 per share, up 1.62 percent in the BSE at 2.26 p.m.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 5:18 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 5:18 pm

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Uber says it does not track users who have deleted their app – Tech2

A day after a media report claimed that Apple in 2015 threatened to kick Uber out of App Store for flouting the rules, the ride-hailing company replied on Monday, saying that it does not track users if they have deleted the app from their iPhones.

A New York Times report said on Sunday that Apple CEO Tim Cook convened a meeting with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in 2015 when he found Uber was directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers.

Cook reportedly warned Kalanick,” So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules. Stop the trickery or Uber’s app would be kicked out of Apple’s App Store.”

“We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they’ve deleted the app. As the New York Times story notes towards the very end, this is a typical way to prevent fraudsters from loading Uber onto a stolen phone, putting in a stolen credit card, taking an expensive ride and then wiping the phone-over and over again,” Uber told technology website Engadget in a statement on Monday.

According to the NYT report, the reason behind Uber’s move was to keep Apple from finding out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app was deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple’s privacy guidelines.

“Similar techniques are also used for detecting and blocking suspicious logins to protect our users’ accounts. Being able to recognize known bad actors when they try to get back onto our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users,” Uber said in its statement.

Had Uber’s app been kicked out of App Store, the ride-hailing company would have lost access to millions of iPhone customers, destroying its business.

According to the NYT report, to build Uber into the world’s dominant ride-hailing entity, Kalanick has disregarded many rules and norms, backing down only when caught or cornered.

“He has flouted transportation and safety regulations, bucked against entrenched competitors and capitalised on legal loopholes and grey areas to gain a business advantage,” the report pointed out.

However, in the process, Kalanick has helped create a new transportation industry, with Uber spreading to more than 70 countries and gaining a valuation of nearly $70 billion.

IANS

Publish date: April 24, 2017 6:19 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 6:19 pm

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Gionee has launched M6S Plus with 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage and 6,020 mAh battery – Tech2

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has launched the latest smartphone, Gionee M6S Plus in China. The smartphone packs a 6-inch FHD Amoled display panel with 2.5D curved glass protecting the display. The company has packed an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 clocked at 2 GHz along with 6 GB RAM.

Gionee M6S Plus comes with 64 GB internal storage and a microSD card to expand the storage up to 128 GB. The company has also launched a 256 GB internal storage variant for users who would want to cram Full HD movies, their entire music collection and hundreds of apps in their smartphone. Gionee has priced the M6S Plus 64 GB variant for CNY 3,499 (approx Rs 35,000) and the 256 GB variant for CNY 4,299 (approx Rs 43,000).

The device runs Amigo OS, a heavily skinned version of Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box. The smartphone sports a 12 MP camera module on the back along with a dual-tone LED flash and an 8 MP camera module on the front for selfies. However, one of the most interesting features of the smartphone is the inclusion of a 6,020 mAh battery in the device as reported by The Mobile Indian. The massive battery also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

The company has added 4G-enabled Dual SIM slot, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/a/b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, and microUSB port in terms of connectivity options. The device also sports a fingerprint sensor along with gravity and light sensors. The company has not announced any details about India launch at the time of writing.

The company has added 4G-enabled Dual SIM slot, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/a/b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, and microUSB port in terms of connectivity options.

The device also sports a fingerprint sensor along with gravity and light sensors. The company has not announced any details about India launch at the time of writing.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 6:34 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 6:34 pm

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Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft beams back image of Earth between the rings of Saturn – Tech2

The Cassini spacecraft has captured an image of the Earth, that appears as a point of light, from between the A and F rings of Saturn. A cropped, zoomed in version of the photograph also shows the Moon, accompanying the Earth as a fainter point of light. Although not visible from the image, the part of the Earth facing the spacecraft when the image was captured, is the Atlantic ocean. The spacecraft was 1.4 billion kilometers away from the Earth when the image was captured.

Image: Nasa.

The image is actually a mosaic of a number of photographs, all taken when the Sun was blocked by the rings of Saturn. The rings appear brighter than usual as they are backlit by the Sun. The image was captured using the Imaging Science subsystem on board the spacecraft, which has previously been used to capture images of the tiny moon Daphnis creating ripples in the ring system, as well as the hexagonal jet streams in the north pole of Saturn.

Plumes on Enceladus captured by Cassini. Image: Nasa

Plumes of water on Enceladus captured by Cassini. Image: Nasa

The Cassini-Hyugens mission is in its final days, and is expected to execute a number of ring grazing orbits that will take the spacecraft around Saturn and then into a dive within the innermost reaches of the ring system. The spacecraft is then to crash land into Saturn, to prevent potential contamination of the moons of Saturn, a few of which have conditions suitable for life as we know it on planet Earth.

Cassini has already made its final approaches, and bid farewell to Mimas and Titan.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 6:35 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 6:35 pm

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Tata Power announces that it uses only digital transactions for making all its payments – Tech2

Supporting the call from the Government to increase the adoption of cashless transactions in the country, Tata Power has announced that 100 percent of its payables are carried through with cashless transactions. The company no longer uses any cash for making payments.

All the vendors and employees of the company are paid through bank accounts or cheques. Contractors and associates are also paid without the use of hard cash.

Anil Sardana, CEO and MD, Tata Power, stated, “Tata Power is committed to strengthening the Digital India programme. Being a pioneer in technology, we have implemented various mechanisms to ensure all vendors and employees are paid digitally and on time. We are happy to announce that we are 100 percent cashless on the payments front and are working relentlessly towards achieving the same on the customers’ collection side as well. We hope to receive regulatory support in this endeavour”.

Tata Power has indicated that it is now working on reducing the number of cash transactions when collecting payments from customers, but only with regulatory support.

The various measures being taken to reduce cash intake includes setting up of automatic payment machines, Bharat bill payment system (BBPS), and the Unified Payment Interface (UPI).

Publish date: April 24, 2017 6:37 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 6:37 pm

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Getting back to the right form, at a Rs 51,999 price point – Tech2

After facing a tough time selling its modular smartphone concept with the G5 last year, LG dropped the idea of making another modular flagship smartphone. Instead it chose to look at what the consumers want, or at least that’s what the company says. The new LG G6 is a complete redesign and more on the lines of the V20 from last year. It offers a glossy unibody design, a large display and super thin bezels.

The G6 is officially here in India and I got my hands on the new flagship. Here is what I think.

Build and design

Like most flagship smartphones, LG has gone with a glass and metal combination for the G6. Notably the smartphone offers Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and a Gorilla Glass 4 covering the camera. The handset is also IP68 certified and according to LG it has gone through 14 military grade tests. I have to admit, it does feel really solid. But that doesn’t guarantee the fact that the handset can’t shatter if you drop it on a hard surface.

The most prominent design feature of the LG G6 is how the company has implemented the display. LG has cut corners (bezels) to accommodate a 5.7-inch display on a body that feels as big as a 5.2-incher. The overall design is appealing, but the handset is a bit thick at 7.9 mm and is not the lightest flagship either. The finish is glossy but even with my sweaty hands I could use the handset comfortably without having it slip through my fingers.

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There is a fingerprint scanner at the back which doubles up as the power button, which I somehow like. The USB Type-C port, the loudspeaker and the microphone sit at the bottom edge. The headphone jack sits on the top while the volume rocker keys are on the left. A hybrid SIM tray has been placed on the right side.

The LG G6 offers a solid design and way better than its predecessor. Even though every other smartphone maker is implementing a glass and metal construction, the G6 seems to stand out with its super slim bezels and that tall display.

Display

Measuring at 5.7-inches, the display panel is an IPS LCD with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels. This isn’t a conventional QHD resolution thus you get a screen ratio of 18:9 and a high pixel density of 561 ppi. Like I mentioned above, the bezels are really thin and according to LG the display covers almost 80 percent of the front. Even with that size, it is somewhat possible to use the handset with just one hand. Also, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, it allows for better use of real estate especially when using the split screen mode.

Image Credit: LG

Image Credit: LG

The always-on display feature makes a comeback and LG has incorporated Dolby Vision technology making it the first handset to come with this feature. Basically the overall contrast and color gamut are boosted for a more vivid and sharper picture. It is also HDR10 compliant so content from Amazon Prime, Netflix and others is expected to arrive soon.

Colours and brightness on the display felt pretty good and honestly, the implementation of that display gets a thumbs up from my side.

Chipset, Storage and RAM

The G6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with a quad-core processor (two 2.35 GHz and two 1.6 GHz Kryo cores). This is a flagship SoC from last year, which means either LG didn’t get their hands on the new Snapdragon 835 or just couldn’t wait for Samsung to launch the Galaxy S8. The chipset also features an Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM.

The smartphone is being offered with 64 GB of inbuilt storage which can be further expanded using the hybrid SIM card tray allowing to add microSD card of up to 2 TB.

OS and Software

The handset runs on Android 7.0 Nougat layered with LG’s UX 6.0 UI. This is a bump up from last year’s user interface although it looks typical LG. You get colorful icons, a customised settings menu and a lot more. LG didn’t say much about the UI during the launch event and I only managed to skim through it for a few minutes. It felt stable and smooth. The OS also comes with Google Assistant on-board making it one of the few handsets apart from the Pixel and Pixel XL to get the new virtual assistant.

Camera

LG boarded the dual-camera bandwagon last year with its G5 and then improved that on the V20. The LG G6 yet again uses the same camera implementation. At the back there are two 13 MP cameras, one with an f/1.8 aperture, OIS, phase detection auto focus and the other with 13 MP f/2.4 aperture. One of the lenses is wide angled offering a 125-degree field of view. There is also a dual-LED flash. On the front there is a 5 MP sensor again with a 100-degree field of view.

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The cameras are quite good especially when it comes to area coverage. As for the quality, it didn’t feel as good as a Pixel or the iPhone 7 Plus, but it is definitely has the flagship potential. LG has also added a variety of features in the camera app which needs thorough testing to see if they are actually any good.

Battery and connectivity

To juice up the G6, there is a 3,300 mAh battery inside and with support for Quick Charge 3.0, one can charge the battery from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. LG hasn’t mentioned the battery backup, but there is something called a game battery saver feature. LG also claims that the Dolby Vision mode saves up to 15 percent more battery.

As for connectivity, you get support for 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA and hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, USB Type-C with OTG support, and of course a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Conclusion

The G6 seems to be a promising handset. LG has taken the right step by going for a conventional design. The display with those slim bezels is gorgeous, maybe not as slick as the Galaxy S8, but certainly one of the best ‘flat’ display on a smartphone. There are updates in the camera department as well especially the software, which could attract photography enthusiasts.

As for the performance and overall experience, I need more than just a couple of hours with the handset. However LG has managed to impress me. The smartphone is priced at Rs 51,999 and is being offered with some really interesting offers including a cashback of Rs 10,000 on Amazon.in.

Stay tuned for our full review.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 6:47 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 6:51 pm

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Maruti showcases the all new Dzire in India, to go on sale next month – Tech2

Maruti Suzuki today unveiled the new third generation Swift Dzire in India today but is just calling it Dzire. While the pricing is not yet confirmed, the new subcompact sedan will be officially launched on 16 May and bookings will begin from first week of May.

The new Dzire comes with Suzuki’s B platform which is also called ‘Heartect’. This is the same platform that was seen on the Baleno. It is said to be lighter than the previous version and now uses high tensile steel in its construction as well as brings new safety standards.

Just like previous generations, the Dzire is a sedan version of the Swift. All the styling is pretty much similar as the next generation Swift hatchback. So you get the new LED projector headlights, the large hexagonal grille and a lot of chrome treatment.The boot has been redesigned giving the car a more sedan like look. Wheel sizes include 14-inch as standard and 15-inch on the higher Zxi/Zdi trims. There is also a two-tone alloy wheel for the top version.

On the inside the cabin gets a light beige and black dual-tone finish There is also an optional faux burl wood inserts available on the dash, door and steering wheel on the top trim. There are also rear AC vents, ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD, dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat restraints as standard. There is a touchscreen system with navigation including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link.

The engines will remain the same from last year so there will be an option for a 1.2 litre VVT petrol and a 1.3 DDiS diesel engine. Maruti will also offer an Auto Gear Shift (AMT) variant on both the engine types. As for the trims, the car will be available in Lxi/Ldi, Vxi/Vdi, Zxi/Zdi and Zxi+/Zdi+. The base variant will have a  5-speed manual and the rest will get 5-speed AMT as an option. Pricing will be announced around the launch period.

Publish date: April 24, 2017 7:10 pm| Modified date: April 24, 2017 7:10 pm

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