Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ Officially Launched in India

After showcasing the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ at its UNpacked event earlier this month, Samsung has brought the duo to India. Both the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus feature similar camera setups on the front and rear, and come with a near-full screen display.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is priced at Rs 69,999 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, is priced at Rs 79,999 for the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, while the 512GB storage option is priced at Rs 89,999. Both the phones will be available in Aura Black, Aura Glow, and Aura White colour options. There is also an Aura Red colour variant which will be available only on the Galaxy Note 10.

If you have pre-booked your new Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ by paying with your HDFC credit or debit card on the Samsung website or at the retail outlets, you will be eligible for a cashback of Rs 6,000. If you pay with an ICICI Bank credit or debit card on Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm and Tata CLiQ , you will also get a cashback of Rs 6,000. Also, anyone pre-booking a Galaxy Note10 and Note 10+ would also have the option to buy a Galaxy Watch Active for Rs 9,999 which otherwise is priced at Rs 19,990 or the Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds at a discounted price of Rs 4,999.

The handsets will be available for purchase in India starting August 23 while customers who have pre-ordered the Galaxy Note phones will get their shipments on August 22.

The Galaxy Note 10 smartphones are powered by the new Exynos 9825, which is fabricated using the new 7nm extreme ultraviolet lithography process to pack in more transistors for more performance firepower. This is in comparison to the 8nm-built Exynos 9820, which fell behind its competitors such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Apple A12 and the HiSilicon Kirin 980. The processor gets an integrated neural processing unit (NPU), and graphics duties are taken care of ARM’s semi-flagship, 12-core G76 MP12 GPU. As for variants, the Galaxy Note 10 features 8GB RAM and 256GB storage in the 4G storage, and 12GB RAM and 256GB storage in the 5G variant. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, meanwhile, features 12GB RAM as standard, with storage options of 256GB and 512GB. Both the notes also feature an improved Samsung S-Pen, now with enhanced functionalities.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a dynamic AMOLED panel and 19:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus, meanwhile, features a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ dynamic AMOLED display. Both the panels are HDR10+ certified, and feature punch-hole modules for accommodating the front-facing camera. In a rather surprising development given how flagships work, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus both feature a single front camera module, placed at the centre of the display, near the thin top bezel. At the rear, the Galaxy Note 10 features a triple camera module, featuring a 12-megapixel dual-phase detection camera with optical stabilisation and variable aperture of f/1.5-2.4 as the primary camera module. This is combined with a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.1 telephoto lens aided by OIS. In addition, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus gets a 0.3-megapixel DepthVision camera to assist augmented reality features.

OnePlus 7 Pro Price in India Tipped to Start at Rs 49,999

The OnePlus 7 Pro price in India is expected to start at Rs 49,999, according to a tip on Twitter. According to the report, the OnePlus 7 launch will see unveil three OnePlus 7 Pro variants in India — a 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant priced at Rs 49,999, an 8GB/256GB variant priced at Rs 52,999, and the range-topping 12GB/256GB variant going all the way up to Rs 57,999. The OnePlus 7 Pro pre-orders are already open, which can be booked for Rs 1,000 on Amazon India.

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This marks a number of firsts for OnePlus, marking a deviation from the initial philosophy and outlook that the company started with. The OnePlus 7 launch event will be the first time that the company is expected to unveil two devices simultaneously with the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro — a similar strategy as Apple. More importantly, however, at price points of Rs 50,000, it will be debatable to see if the company would still manage to command the tagline of being a ‘Flagship Killer’. OnePlus’ initial philosophy of providing a smartphone with flagship specifications and mid-range pricing is what gained the company a commendable following and critical appreciation.

Now, at the premium pricing, the general consensus across the internet is that the OnePlus 7 Pro camera in particular would really need to provide stellar performance if it is to steal the eyeballs off the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the upcoming Google Pixel. While the latter devices are typically priced even higher, the general brand perception may be a thorn in OnePlus’ path towards success with the device.

However, in defense of the company, the OnePlus 7 Pro now appears to be a very premium product — the leaked and concept renders of the device suggest premium build quality, a razor-sharp display with high refresh rate to improve viewing quality, and everything you would expect of a flagship. It remains to be seen if OnePlus 7 sales live up to the hype generated around the product, and whether it manages to live up to the lofty expectations of the big league of smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy A20 With Super AMOLED Display, Dual Cameras

Samsung has announced the Galaxy A20 for the Indian market. The new member of the Galaxy A-series will be available starting next week and is said to compete with budget smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 and Realme U1.

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The new Galaxy A20 that comes with a 6.4-inch HD+ (1560×720 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch with the company’s Infinity-V Display notch design. it is powered by the octa-core Exynos 7884 SoC, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card (up to 512GB).

There’s a dual rear camera setup at the back with a 13-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 lens and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens. On the front is an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 lens with fixed focus.

There’s also a fingerprint sensor at the back and a large 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support over the USB Type-C port. The handset runs on Android 9 Pie with the company’s One UI. The Samsung Galaxy A20 will be available for Rs 12,490 in three colour options – Black, Blue, and Red. The handset will be going on sale starting April 8 via Samsung Online Shop, Samsung Opera House, major online retailers, and brick-and-mortar stores.

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Xiaomi Mi 9X With 48-Megapixel

Chinese smartphone, manufacturer Xioami is expected to launch its new smartphone Mi 9X next month. According to a post on Weibo, the Xiaomi Mi 9X is in the developing stage. The Weibo post not only revealed the existence of the Mi 9X but also revealed specs and pricing details of the smartphone. The leak suggested that the upcoming smartphone will come with a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

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If the tipster is to be believed, the Mi 9X could feature a 6.4 inch AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 1080p resolution. The handset is expected to feature a water-drop notch design and an in-display fingerprint-sensor. With regards to the processor, a Snapdragon 675 SoC has been mentioned paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The leak also mentions that the Xiaomi Mi 9X will run on Android 9 Pie OS based with MIUI 10.

In terms of optics, the handset is tipped to feature a 32MP Samsung (GD1) selfie shooter, while the rear camera is expected to be a triple setup, featuring a 48MP (Sony IMX586) sensor, an 8MP + 13MP (super wide-angle) lens. Now, this is indeed interesting as this would be the first Xiaomi phone with a triple camera set up in the budget segment if this turns out to be true. Other features of the Xiaomi Mi 9X might include 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM, a 3300mAh battery and 18W Quick Charge 4.0+ support. The smartphone is expected to be priced in the sub-Rs. 30,000 price segment.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e

After announcing the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones at its first Unpacked event for 2019, Samsung has now brought the handsets to India. All three handsets, including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10e have been launched for the Indian market along with the Galaxy Buds, which are the company’s latest wireless earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 features a 6.1-inch QHD+ Infinity-O Display which has a 19:9 aspect ratio. This year Samsung is called its display tech as ‘Dynamic AMOLED’ which supports HDR10+ and the entire front is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The handset will be powered by an Exynos 9820 processor and will be offered with 8GB RAM in two storage variants including 128GB and 512GB, both of which offer the option to expand it further.

In the camera department, you get three of them at the back aligned horizontally. There’s a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens camera. At the front, the S10 features a 10-megapixel selfie camera as well. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, wireless charging with support for reverse charging, a 3,400mAh battery, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone will come with Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI out of the box.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ The Samsung Galaxy S10+comes as a larger version of the S10 with a bigger 6.4-inch display, with 19:9 aspect ratio and HDR10+ support. It is powered by the same processor options as the Galaxy S10 including the Exynos 9820 This one also comes with two memory configurations including 8GB RAM and a top-end 12GB RAM variant while storage options include 128GB, 512GB, and 1TB all of which are again expandable. The Galaxy S10+ features the same camera setup at the back as the S10 but at the front, you get a dual-camera setup. It also gets a larger a 4,100mAh battery, while rest of the features including wireless charging, the in-display fingerprint sensor, are all here. There is also going to be a special ceramic-finish version available only with the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage configuration.

Samsung Galaxy S10e
Yes, there is a slightly compact version of the S10 as well which is going to be pitted against the iPhone XR. Called Galaxy S10e this one features a 5.8-inch Infinity-O Display and will be offered with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The smartphone will be offered with an Exynos 9820 processor. You don’t get the triple camera setup here insteada 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor paired with a 16-megapixel fixed focus sensor on the back. On the front, you get the same 10-megapixel camera as the Galaxy S10. This Galaxy S10e will be offered in two storage variants including 128GB and 512GB both of which will offer expansions using a microSD card. This one comes with a regular capacitive fingerprint sensor unlike the in-display fingerprint sensor seen on the other two S10 smartphones. It also comes with a smaller 3,100mAh battery while the rest of the features remain the same.
Galaxy Buds
The latest wireless earbuds and Samsung’s answer to the Apple AirPods, the new Galaxy Buds are said to offer a comfortable form factor, easy controls, clear and smart sound, and compact size. They have been tuned by AKG and with the Enhanced Ambient Sound, one can hear their surroundings clearly even while the buds are in their ear. The offer up to six hours of Bluetooth streaming, and up to five hours of calls. The compact charging case holds a charge for up to seven hours, and gives the Galaxy Buds 1.7 hours of juice on a 15-minute quick charge. The case also supports wireless charging so you charge the earbuds on the go using a Galaxy S10 device itself.
Pricing and Offers
The Galaxy S10+ will be available in 1TB, 512GB and 128GB storage variants and will be offered at Rs 1,17,900, Rs 91,900 and Rs 73,900 respectively. The 1TB and 512GB variants are being offered in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black colours respectively, while the 128GB variant will come in premium Prism Black, Prism White and Prism Blue colours.

The Galaxy S10 512GB variant is priced at Rs 84,900 and will be available in Prism White colour, whereas the 128GB variant, at Rs 66,900 will be available in Prism Black, Prism White and Prism Blue colours. The Galaxy S10e comes with only 128GB storage variant in Prism Black and Prism White colours. It will be priced at Rs 55,900.

As a part of the launch offer, Galaxy Buds will be offered to consumers at Rs 4,999 along with HDFC cashback offer of up to Rs 6,000 or upgrade offer of up to Rs 15,000 on Galaxy S10.

There are also a bunch of mobile operator offers. Airtel customers upgrading to Samsung Galaxy S10 range can get a cashback of up to Rs 3,600 (across 24 recharges or 24 months, whichever is earlier) on recharge pack of Rs 349 using the My Airtel App. Samsung Galaxy S10 range is also available on the Airtel Online Store with a down payment starting Rs 7,499 and EMI of Rs 2,599, which comes built-in with a post-paid plan.

Galaxy S10 users on the Jio network will get an additional one-year of unlimited services free-of-cost. Users will get double data benefits when recharging with the Jio Rs 4,999 annual plan. That is, get 350 + 350 GB high speed data without any daily capping plus another year of unlimited voice and 700 GB data. This amounts to a saving of Rs 14,997.

Vodafone users will get a one-year Netflix subscription worth Rs 6,000 to existing and new users of Red Postpaid plans starting Rs 499, on purchase of Galaxy S10 line of smartphones through its website.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e India

Samsung has officially shown off its Galaxy S10 lineup, which includes the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e. These smartphones will be available for pre-orders on Flipkart beginning tomorrow, revealed the e-retailer today on its website. The page also allows users to sign up for notifications about the handsets by clicking on the ‘Notify Me’ button when logged in. It is believed that Samsung India will start selling the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e around March 8, if not on the same day. The company has already revealed that select markets will be getting the phones on March 8.

In the US, the Galaxy S10 carries a starting price of USD 899 (approx Rs 63,000), while the S10+ starts at USD 999 (approx Rs 70,000). The S10e is the cheapest of the lot with a starting price of USD 749 (approx Rs 53,000).

Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 features a 6.1-inch QHD+ Infinity-O Display which has a 19:9 aspect ratio. This year Samsung is called its display tech as ‘Dynamic AMOLED’ which supports HDR10+ and the entire front is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The handset will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, but of course in India, we will be getting the Exynos 9820 processor which should be equally fast. The handset will be offered with 8GB RAM in two storage variants including 128GB and 512GB, both of which offer expandable storage.

In the camera department, you get three of them at the back aligned horizontally. There’s a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens camera. At the front, the S10 features a 10-megapixel selfie camera as well. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, wireless charging with support for reverse charging, a 3,400mAh battery, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone will come with Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI out of the box. As for the price, the Galaxy S10 will start at $899.99 which should roughly translate to Rs 64,200 in India. A 5G variant of the S10 was also announced, which is expected to launch later this year.

Samsung Galaxy S10+
The Samsung Galaxy S10+comes as a larger version of the S10 with a bigger 6.4-inch display, with 19:9 aspect ratio and HDR10+ support. It is powered by the same processor options as the Galaxy S10 including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and the Exynos 9820 This one also comes with two memory configurations including 8GB RAM and a top-end 12GB RAM variant while storage options include 128GB, 512GB, and 1TB all of which are again expandable. The Galaxy S10+ features the same camera setup at the back as the S10 but at the front, you get a dual-camera setup. It also gets a larger a 4,100mAh battery, while rest of the features including wireless charging, the in-display fingerprint sensor, are all here. There is also going to be a special ceramic-finish version available only with the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage configuration. Pricing for the Galaxy S10+ starts at $999.99 which is roughly around Rs 72,000 in India.

Samsung Galaxy S10e
Yes, there is a slightly compact version of the S10 as well which is going to be pitted against the iPhone XR. Called Galaxy S10e this one features a 5.8-inch Infinity-O Display and will be offered with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The smartphone will be offered with a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820 processor. You don’t get the triple camera setup here insteada 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor paired with a 16-megapixel fixed focus sensor on the back. On the front, you get the same 10-megapixel camera as the Galaxy S10. This Galaxy S10e will be offered in two storage variants including 128GB and 512GB both of which will offer expansions using a microSD card. This one comes with a regular capacitive fingerprint sensor unlike the in-display fingerprint sensor seen on the other two S10 smartphones. It also comes with a smaller 3,100mAh battery while the rest of the features remain the same. Pricing for the Galaxy S10e starts at $749.99 which is about Rs 53,500.

The Galaxy S10 5G, which is due later this year will be coming with the same processing power but will get a larger 6.7-inch display, a bigger 4,500mAh battery and an extra ToF (Time of Flight) camera at the back.

Spotify India Review

After a really long struggle, Spotify has managed to launch its services in India. The app was enabled yesterday for most users and is offered with multiple plans to suit their needs. In case you have been living under a rock, Spotify is a Sweden-based music streaming platform which was originally launched in October 2008. It has been the top music service provider globally when it comes to subscriber base. In fact, As of February 2019, it had 207 million total monthly active users, including 96 million paying subscribers.

Spotify is definitely late to the party and could have a hard time to compete against existing services like Apple Music, Google Music and Amazon Music as well as domestic player like JioSaavn and Gaana. The reason for Spotify’s delayed arrival is that the company took its time to sign deals with various labels that control the music industry in India. Mind you, unlike most countries, India has a massive music industry. There are independent artists, regional music and of course Bollywood. The company hasn’t had a very pleasant experience as it reportedly had concerns with T-Series and is currently still in talks with Warner Music to finalise content.

So what can you expect if you are a keen Spotify user in India? Let’s find out… Content and Experience
The app is available for all Android and iOS devices as well as Windows 10 PCs, macOS devices, Android TV, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and of course on all web browsers. Spotify claims that the app is also available on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however, I tested the app and couldn’t use the service on the latter. Hopefully, a quick update will enable the feature. Also, if you own an Android TV, make sure you download the app as it just looks majestic on a large screen.

(Update: Fired up Spotify and connected it to my car stereo, and voila it started working.)

Considering I have used the global version of Spotify, the Indian version is pretty much the same. You get access to all features including the highly praised ‘Discover’ curation which you can find under the Search option. Specifically for India, you get curated playlists based on what users are listening in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. There is also a tab customised for you, which suggests songs based on what you have been listening. Then there are Editor’s picks, best of artists, and a variety of auto-generated playlists which keep improving as you use the app.

As for the content itself, there is a wide range of music including Bollywood, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, apart from a variety of international genres, podcasts, radio, and more. Notably, some international content is missing from Spotify. I was surprised to see music from legendary bands like Led Zeppelin and Metallica unavailable on the app. Now it’s not like everything is missing, but one expects to find a song immediately under the search results. You will notice that while all artists are present, some of them have no music while some have only a few singles or albums. The reason for that is presumably the ongoing tussle with Warner Music.

Spotify had confirmed that Warner revoked a previously agreed publishing license for reasons completely unrelated to Spotify’s launch in India. Just a day back, Warner sued to stop Spotify’s use of its catalog, which Spotify had tried to obtain rights to through a controversial amendment to the Indian copyright act that allows for broadcasters to obtain licenses without the copyright owner’s consent. So don’t be surprised if your favorite Ed Sheeran track is missing, but hopefully, Spotify will eventually get content from Warner.

In my opinion, if you have been using a streaming service say Apple Music or Google Music, then there isn’t a huge reason for you to jump boat. On top of that, a chunk of international music isn’t available as of yet. Having said that, Spotify is highly capable and intuitive and the existing services can’t match up when it comes to playlist curations and suggestions. Personally I also think that the app lets you discover new artists that are aligned with your music tastes. Audio experience has been impeccable and one can seamlessly switch between devices.

Why should I get Premium?
The good thing is, if you don’t get the premium plan, you still get access to the entire music library offered by Spotify. But if you want to enjoy the full potential of Spotify, we suggest you go for the premium plan. Apart from an ad-free experience, the premium tier offers 320Kbps audio files to stream and download (for offline playback) under the very high-quality music option. This makes for an enhanced audio experience, especially for the ones who prioritise quality over size.

The premium tier also unlocks the ability to skip tracks and you can also download tracks for offline listening making albums and playlists accessible to you all the time. The premium tier also offers Spotify Connect, which controls Spotify music across multiple devices. You can control what’s playing on your laptop using your smartphone, or pair Spotify with dedicated hardware, like speakers or a console.

Plans
As for the subscription, just like the global version, Spotify in India is being offered as an ad-supported free tier, as well as premium tier options. The premium plans are ad-free and include a 30-day free trial. After the free trial ends, you need to pay Rs 119 per month to get full access to all the music and premium features. You only get the complimentary one month access if you pay for your monthly plan via Visa or Mastercard.

Spotify Premium starts for Rs 13 a day while a week-long subscription is priced at Rs 39. If you are a more serious user, then you can go for the monthly subscription which priced at Rs 129, Rs 389 for 3 months, Rs 719 for 6 months and Rs 1,189 for one year. Notably, while this is only slightly cheaper than Apple Music, there are no sharing or family packs, which give Apple an advantage here.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 With Triple Rear Cameras

  Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) – the company’s first smartphone with triple rear cameras

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) – the company’s first smartphone with triple rear cameras ,will be launched in India at an event the company is hosting in New Delhi today.

The smartphone was unveiled globally last week and sports three camera sensors on the back – one depth of field lens, one wide-angle lens, and one autofocus lens. Other key features of the smartphone include AR Emojis, a full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Dolby Atmos audio technology, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

As a successor to the Galaxy A7 (2017) that arrived in the country in March last year, the new Galaxy A7 (2018) also features a 24-megapixel sensor in the front that also features Selfie Focus and Pro Lighting Mode.

  • Processor

                    Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) runs Android 8.0 Oreo along with Samsung Experience UX on top . It is                           powered by an octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, paired with 4GB and 6GB RAM options. The

  • Display

    The Super AMOLED Infinity Display delivers stunning colour reproduction & deep contrasts. Enjoy True FHD+ streaming experience on popular content platforms. (15.36cm (6.0”) FHD+)

  • Camera

    Rear

    The Triple Camera intelligently detects 19 different scenarios & optimises each shot to give perfect picture composition.The Galaxy A7 Super Pixel camera captures more light by combining 4 pixels into 1 to make your pictures vivid even in low light conditions.Capture brilliant selfies with a 24MP front camera, adjustable LED flash. Enhance each photo with pro lighting, just like a studio photoshoot.

    The triple rear camera setup of the Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 24-megapixel autofocus sensor with f/1.7 aperture. an 8-megapixel ultra wide sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture.

    Front

    For selfies, there is a single 24-megapixel fixed-focus camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash.

  • Memory

    the Galaxy A7 (2018) has 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).

  • Battery

    the smartphone packs a 3,300mAh battery and measures 159.8×76.8×7.5mm.

  • Operating System

    Android 8.0 Oreo

  • Others

    2 SIMs + Micro SD

    Connectivity

    Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, ANT+, NFC (subject to region) with Samsung Pay support, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    Side Finerprint

    Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

    Sound

    Dolby Atmos is engineered to create and play back multichannel soundtracks for a fully immersive and ultimate home cinema sound experience. Now, make your favourite music and movies come to life with a greater three-dimensional effect.