Samsung Galaxy Fold Relaunch to Happen Soon as Folding Phone Passes Final Round

After a long delay, August might be a happy month for all Samsung lovers as the tech giant may be preparing the re-launch of Galaxy Fold, along with the launch of its Galaxy Note 10.

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With the launch of Galaxy Fold, Samsung will be making a debut in the market of foldable phones. While the initial launch, scheduled on April 26 in the United States, was delayed due to issues with the phone’s flexible display and hinge design, the revised phones will be hitting the markets after much improvement.

However, after the needed update, the smartphone-tablet-hybrid is “ready for launch,” as reported by Korean news outlet The Elec on Wednesday, quoting an anonymous industry source. The source also revealed that Samsung is determined to beat Huawei’s Mate X to market, which CNBC reported would be released in September.

While Samsung has not confirmed any possible dates for the relaunch, it is expected that the Korean mobile company may set the launch date in late July or August to beat its competitor to the punch. The company may come up with an announcement about the Galaxy Fold on August 7 during the Galaxy Note 10 event.

According to the reports, Samsung has tweaked the design of the hinge and screen of the Galaxy fold to make sure it does not face the same issues again that it faced in April. Samsung also confirmed recently that the Galaxy Fold will not be manufactured in India, but will be hitting the Indian markets for sale.

Talking about the phone’s features, the Galaxy Fold features a 7.3-inch primary flexible AMOLED display and a secondary 4.6-inch screen on the outside of the phone. It is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset equipped with a 5G modem.

Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL Specifications Leaked; Could Run The Qualcomm Snapdrago

The Google Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL are on the way, and the inevitable specification leaks have already started. Take these with a pinch of salt though because the launch is still a few months away. But what we now know is that these phones will retain the same size and form factor as before, but will get better displays, a newer design and of course, more powerful innards.Image result for Google Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 will benefit from a 2280 x 1080p display while the Pixel 4 XL will feature a 3040 x 1440p panel, according to the leaks reported by BGR. This is more than the displays in the current-generation Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which is 2160 x 1080p and 2960 x 1440p OLEDs respectively. The new leaks further suggest that the Pixel 4 series will feature 6GB of RAM as standard, while Google is reportedly planning to double the entry-spec internal storage to 128GB. Furthermore, there will also be a new processor, which could either be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 or the Snapdragon 855 Plus. In all probability, performance should be on par with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 series.

The leak further hints at two upgraded selfie cameras, an ambient light sensor for a True Tone Display-like feature, and new Project Soli radar for gesture detection. Apart from these, both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will feature large, square-shaped camera modules on the rear that’ll house three sensors and an LED flash. There is supposed to be an upgraded primary camera and a new 16-megapixel sensor that’s fitted with a telephoto zoom lens as well. There could be a third ‘spectral sensor’ as well.

While the remaining Pixel 4 features and specs are yet to be confirmed but, but with three months still left to go for the launch date, we could expect some more leaks along the way. Notably, Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to launch in mid-October with a possible retail price of $899 and $999 respectively.

Oppo K3 With AMOLED Display and Snapdragon 710 SoC

Oppo has launched a new mid-range handset for the Indian market. Launched back in China back in May the new Oppo K3 features a full-screen AMOLED display, a pop-up selfie camera, and an in-display fingerprint scanner.Oppo K3 with pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 710 SoC launched in India: Check price, specifications, launch offers

The handset features a 6.5-inch Full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels) AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC, similar to the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X. There is also up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In the camera department, you get a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera while at the back there is a dual-camera setup with a 16-megapixel and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone also features a 3,765mAh battery along with support for Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Oppo also claims that the in-display fingerprint sensor is backed by projection technology which promises fast unlock speed.

The Oppo K3 is priced at Rs 16,990 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, and the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model is priced at Rs 19,990. The handset will be available starting July 23 via Amazon India and will be available Aurora Blue and Jade Black colour options.

There is a Rs 1,000 cashback as Amazon Pay balance for customers and if you are using Axis Bank credit or debit cards you also get an instant discount of Rs 1,000. There are special benefits worth Rs 7,050 from Jio, Lenskart, and Oyo. There is also a no-cost EMI option.

MIUI 10 v9.5.1 Beta — Xiaomi Brings Layout, Gestures and Child Mode in New Update

MIUI 10 has been a mostly liked firmware among users of Xiaomi’s phones. Over time, the company has tried to justify its usage of the custom interface by adding features that are not readily available in stock Android, although this has also meant delayed MIUI updates, and Xiaomi’s early days were particularly unpredictable when it came to updates. The latest MIUI 10 v9.5.1 developer beta, however, has been a part of Xiaomi’s improved update cycles, and while it is only available in China right now, it is expected to roll out globally first, and subsequently as a stable build, soon enough.

According to reports across the internet, the new MIUI 10 update will bring with itself a few interesting additions to the Xiaomi ecosystem. For one, notifications on the lock screen will get a useful little addition where details about a received notification will only be shown once the face data is verified. Right now, in stable builds, notifications on MIUI can either be completely hidden, or simply put in view mode. The new notification feature would help users simply check the overview of a notification, without having to read through an update if it is deemed unimportant.

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Furthermore, MIUI 10 v9.5.1 will also bring with itself lock screen interface customisation for the placement and design of the digital clock. Choosing its placement from centre, left or right will also diversify its layout, making things a bit more interesting on this front. Also available are gestures, which will enable MIUI users to take definitive actions such as switching off displays or expanding notifications through finger gestures. Xiaomi is also said to be bringing back its Child Mode to MIUI soon, which would allow users to add parental app control to smartphones — an increasingly important feature.

It is not clear when these updates would make it to stable builds, the MIUI 10 v9.5.1 beta has been rolled out in China to developers, and will soon be rolled out globally. With any luck, users of Xiaomi smartphones should be able to get them on their devices, soon enough.

Apple iPhone Shipment Numbers’ Disparity Tells a Far More Alarming Story

the disclosure of Apple’s iPhone revenue figure appears to have caused some confusion. As the earnings calls started raining in, so did the smartphone shipment figures and estimates from market research firms. The most notable updates came from IDC, Strategy Analytics and Counterpoint Research, all of which have disclosed global smartphone shipment numbers in light of the recent earnings call. While the overall market trend and OEM rankings remain constant in all of the three reports, the numbers for Apple’s iPhone shipments appear to vary by a fair margin.

According to IDC, Apple has shipped a total of 36.4 million smartphones in the first three months of 2019, down by a staggering 30.2 percent from the 52.2 million units (company-disclosed figure) that it sold in Q1 2018. Strategy Analytics, meanwhile, states that Apple shipped 43.1 million phones in Q1 2019, down 17.4 percent YoY. At the same time, Counterpoint data suggests Apple shipped 42 million units, down 19.5 percent YoY. On this note, Strategy Analytics and Counterpoint’s data happen to be close enough, and within the typically acceptable range of variation.

Why this matters
While a difference of 3-5 percent in data between market research firms is typically acceptable, a staggering difference of 18.4 percent in the number of iPhones shipped in Q1 2019 is well beyond normal, and worth investigating. The reason is that it also hints at a problem that can be Apple’s biggest long-term problem — the inability to sell its latest flagships. During its latest earnings call, Apple announced that its iPhone-generated revenue was down by 17 percent, to $31.1 billion. If IDC’s data is to be considered, then the average price of every iPhone sold across the world in Q1 2019 stands at $855 (~Rs 59,300). However, if Strategy Analytics happens to be more accurate with the data, the average selling price of an iPhone in the same period stands at $720 (~Rs 49,900).

IDC phone shipments Q1 2019

This median price difference is of great significance. Apple has always been known for pushing the barrier in terms of how expensive a smartphone can be. For instance, the very first generation iPhone, launched in 2007, cost $499 — outrageous for a mobile phone back then. Today, the latest, least expensive, 64GB iPhone XR starts selling at $749 (Rs 58,500 in India, a premium of ~Rs 6,500 over forex rate). The most expensive one, a 512GB iPhone XS Max, sells at a staggering $1,449 (Rs 1,44,900 in India, a massive premium of ~Rs 44,500 over forex rate).

Strategy Analytics phone shipments Q1 2019

While falling number of devices sold is one thing, the market data suggests that Apple may no longer be adept at moving the market and pushing the barrier for price points, which in turn chips away at the significance of the iPhone in today’s industry. If IDC’s data is more accurate, Apple’s median iPhone selling price of $855 across the world still falls north of the iPhone XR by at least $100. This would still mean that at least one of Apple’s latest iPhones are being picked up by many users, thereby keeping the iPhone relevant even today.

Counterpoint phone shipments Q1 2019

If, however, Strategy Analytics happens to be closer to the actual figure, it is a bigger concern for Apple, since its quarterly median selling price is below the minimum price of the iPhone XR. This essentially signifies that even among the iPhone units that still sell, more people are picking up the older iPhones, and the new iPhones no longer have the same attraction that allowed Apple to steadily command higher prices (which its buyers happily paid).

This may be because of increased competition, in which case Apple’s solution can be more straightforward. However, this can also be because Apple’s latest flagships do not offer a feature set that is significant enough to pay a huge premium for. Worst of all, it may also be because the product perception of the iPhone is starting to fade, and a once-elusive premium gadget has started losing a bit of its glamour. Apple would dearly hope that it is not the latter.

Grave implications
Apple has never been one to bend to industry norms, and has in fact been a trendsetter for the larger part of recent history. However, it is a bit concerning that the most prominent trend that Apple has managed to set is of the notch on phone displays — something we may have gotten used to, but do not necessarily like.

If Apple’s median price of the iPhone is indeed lesser than its cheapest new generation iPhone, Apple stands at risk of making its smartphone innovation redundant, and thereby inviting rivals to thrive in its own backyard. Was this the odd, weak quarter of sales? Maybe. But, if the iPhones can no longer command its extra edge that urged people to spend more, Apple may have a bigger problem to solve — the problem of building something that urges people to spend $1,500 on a phone, and still be happy about it.

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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Huawei P30 Pro Goes Official With Quad-Cameras, 5x Optical Zoom, 4,200mAh Battery And More

Huawei has unleashed its next big smartphone under the P-series which has been focusing on offering high-quality camera experience. The new P30 Pro was announced yesterday which offers a unique quad camera setup with the company’s SuperSpectrum 40-megapixel sensor, an optical zoom lens offering 5x zoom, and a time-of-flight (ToF) camera to capture depth.

The Huawei P30 Pro features a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels) OLED panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio which is curved around the edges. The company has also included an in-display fingerprint sensor and Acoustic Display Technology that makes the display into a speaker using in-screen maglev speaker. This has been done by Xiaomi on the first-gen Mi Mix and LG on the G8 ThinQ.

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The handset is powered by Huawei’s 7nm octa-core Kirin 980 SoC with Mali-G76 GPU. There is also 8GB of RAM with the option of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of inbuilt storage. The camera is the main attraction here and the P30 Pro includes four cameras at the back including a 40-megapixel 1/1.7-inch SuperSpectrum Sensor with f/1.6 aperture (27mm) lens, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture (16mm) lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with an f/3.4 aperture (125mm) lens, and a Time-of-Flight (TOF) camera that can capture depth information for improved edge detection. The 40-megapixel camera includes a Sony IMX600 sensor with custom RYYB color filter for better low-light performance. Other features include dual OIS (optical image stabilisation), colour temperature settings and a flicker sensor. According to Huawei the camera setup allows you to shoot 5x optical, 10x hybrid, and 50x digital zoom. The new SuperSpectrum Sensor also gives a massive boost to the ISO which can go up to 409,600.

At the front, the P30 Pro features a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens along with AI HDR+ to optimise selfies in different light conditions.

Rest of the features include a 4,200mAh battery with the company’s 40W super charge technology, wireless charging with reverse wireless charging just like the Mate 20 Pro and IP68 certification. There is also a graphene film cooling system for heat management. The smartphone will come with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 on top.

The company also launched the P30, which is a slimmed-down version of the P30 Pro. This one gets a smaller 6.1-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution, but is completely flat. You get the same processing power, a lower 6GB RAM variant with 128GB storage apart from the 8GB RAM variants, and instead of the four cameras at the back, there are only three. The cameras on the P30 include the same 40-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 17mm ultra-wide unit. This one also has a smaller 3,650mAh battery and 22.5W fast charge support. Surprisingly you get a 3.5mm audio jack, something that is missing on the P30 Pro.

Pricing for the Huawei P30 Pro starts at EUR 999 (Rs 78,000 approx) going all the way to EUR 1,249 (Rs 97,500 approx). As for the P30, the pricing will start at EUR 799 (Rs 63,000 approx).

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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.

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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.