Samsung Postpones Galaxy Fold Media Events In Hong Kong, Shanghai

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has postponed media events for its Galaxy Fold which was planned for this week in Hong Kong and Shanghai, said a company official. 

However, resons or rescheduling were not informed. 

Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the United States, the South Korean conglomerate has been blighted by technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after using their samples for as little as a day.

Samsung said it received “a few” reports of damage to the displays of samples of the $1,980 handset, raising the spectre of the combustible Galaxy Note 7 three years ago which the firm ultimately pulled from shelves at massive cost.

The reviewers’ reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.

Samsung has hailed the folding design as the future in a field that has seen few surprises since Apple Inc’s iPhone in 2007. Chinese rival HuaweiTechnologies Co Ltd has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X.

The Samsung official on Monday said it had no change to its previously announced release date in the United States.

It plans to begin South Korean and European sales in May, and Chinese sales from an undisclosed date.

Samsung Galaxy S10: New Update Separates Bright Night Into Its Own Mode

The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones’ cameras utilize one of the widest apertures (for the primary camera) in the flagship segment making it beneficial for low-light photography. Despite this, users have had to settle without a dedicated night mode and rely on the “Bright Night” feature which would automatically switch on upon sensing lack of adequate light. 

This lack was discomforting since the feature would require extremely low ambiances to turn on. But now, the latest software update is enabling more control for users and introducing a standalone Night mode which they can toggle at will.

For now, the feature appears to simply be a manual control for the erstwhile Bright Night mode and not anything new. While the quality of the images is pretty much the same as the previous mode but it now gives Galaxy S10 users the liberty to toggle it whenever they want to. The Night mode is accessible by swiping across the camera UI similar to other modes like Instagram, Panorama, Pro modes etc.

Having a dedicated on the Galaxy S10 is also handy since the Bright Night feature would only be triggered in extremely dark conditions, as per SamMobile, which first reported on the update. However, the images are still reportedly clouded with noise and lack the kind of sharpness which cameras on smartphones like the Google Pixel 3 or the Huawei P30 Pro produce in low light. So, we can expect Samsung to make some software changes and enhance how the camera app leverages the f/1.5 aperture on the primary lens. Meanwhile, you can try making use of Google Camera’s computation photography prowess by downloading the GCam mod for the Galaxy S10 devices.

The new Night Mode has only been spotted in Switzerland as of now, but we can expect it to soon be available in other parts of the world as well. Along with the feature, the Google Security patch from April 2019 is also rolling out to the Galaxy S10 devices. If you still want to keep checking for the update in your country, you can go to Settings>Software Update, but don’t worry we’ll have you covered when the feature starts getting seen in other regions.

Samsung Galaxy S10: New Update Separates Bright Night Into Its Own Mode

The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones’ cameras utilize one of the widest apertures (for the primary camera) in the flagship segment making it beneficial for low-light photography. Despite this, users have had to settle without a dedicated night mode and rely on the “Bright Night” feature which would automatically switch on upon sensing lack of adequate light. 

This lack was discomforting since the feature would require extremely low ambiances to turn on. But now, the latest software update is enabling more control for users and introducing a standalone Night mode which they can toggle at will.

For now, the feature appears to simply be a manual control for the erstwhile Bright Night mode and not anything new. While the quality of the images is pretty much the same as the previous mode but it now gives Galaxy S10 users the liberty to toggle it whenever they want to. The Night mode is accessible by swiping across the camera UI similar to other modes like Instagram, Panorama, Pro modes etc.

Having a dedicated on the Galaxy S10 is also handy since the Bright Night feature would only be triggered in extremely dark conditions, as per SamMobile, which first reported on the update. However, the images are still reportedly clouded with noise and lack the kind of sharpness which cameras on smartphones like the Google Pixel 3 or the Huawei P30 Pro produce in low light. So, we can expect Samsung to make some software changes and enhance how the camera app leverages the f/1.5 aperture on the primary lens. Meanwhile, you can try making use of Google Camera’s computation photography prowess by downloading the GCam mod for the Galaxy S10 devices.

The new Night Mode has only been spotted in Switzerland as of now, but we can expect it to soon be available in other parts of the world as well. Along with the feature, the Google Security patch from April 2019 is also rolling out to the Galaxy S10 devices. If you still want to keep checking for the update in your country, you can go to Settings>Software Update, but don’t worry we’ll have you covered when the feature starts getting seen in other regions.

Android Pie Updates Cancelled For Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi had introduced Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A almost a year back with Android Oreo on board. 

These later appeared on the MIUI forums with a promise to get a Pie update. However, the company shifted to “Change of Plan, Suspension of Recruitment”, which means the phones will miss out the new Android OS.   

The discontinuation of OS updates is sad news for Xiaomi fans, but it’s not all bad. While the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are unlikely to get Android Pie, they will most certainly keep getting software updates and eventually MIUI 10 and hopefully even MIUI 11.

The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are among the cheapest Xiaomi smartphones available on the market, mostly sold in India. We reviewed the phones back in November and found them to strike a good balance between affordability and usability, but they do pack plenty of bloatware. Currently, the Redmi 6A starts from INR6,490 ($93/€82), while the Redmi 6 costs around INR7,999 ($115/€100).

Samsung Takes On Xiaomi, Sells 2 Million Units In Just 40 Days In India

Moving ahead of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, the South Korean giant Samsung sold two million phones in the mid- price segment Galaxy A- series in India in just 40 days. The sale counts from March 1 and has earned a total revenue of $500 million. Samsung is targeting $4 billion (roughly Rs. 27,700 crores) in revenues from its Galaxy A series of phones this year.

Earlier this month, it announced Galaxy A20, its fourth smartphone in the Galaxy A series this year. Galaxy A20 is available in India at Rs. 12,490.

In March, Samsung lqunched the Galaxy A10 at Rs 8,490, the Galaxy A30 at Rs.16,990 and the Galaxy A50 in two variants – one at Rs. 19,990 and the other at Rs. 22,990.

“In the first 40 days starting March 1, we have sold a total of two million units of three Galaxy A models in India – A50, A30, and A10. The revenue turnover from these three phones in 40 days is $500 million,” Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Samsung India, told IANS on Monday.

“I think this a record for any brand in the industry,” Singh added.

“When the rest of the portfolio in A series becomes available, we are sure of not only achieving but exceeding our target,” the Samsung executive said, adding that the Galaxy A-series phones will continue to be available across the channels – both online and offline.

Samsung India is now gearing up to launch the Galaxy A70 smartphone with triple camera system next week and the Galaxy A80 with rotating camera in May.

“We will launch the Galaxy A70 in India next week in Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 bracket and the Galaxy A80 in the Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 50,000 bracket in May,” Singh said.

Samsung earlier announced that it would launch at least one phone every month from March to June this year.

After Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9 Gets An Update With April 2019 Security Patch

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was the first smartphone to get the April 2019 security patch amongst the company’s expansive smartphone lineup. This is now being pushed to the Note 8’s successor. 

Samsung has released an update with the latest security patch for the Galaxy Note 9 in Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia. The software version accompanying the update is N960FXXS2CSD2 and it’s available both over the air and through our firmware database.

It’s unclear at this point if the update brings anything other than the security enhancements. The March update for the Galaxy S9 introduced a narrower field of view as the default setting for the selfie camera feature that debuted on the Galaxy S10, and we can expect the same change to come to the Galaxy Note 9 as well. Perhaps it will also finally bring a schedule option for one UI’s night mode which continues to be absent from the Note 9 but was added to the Galaxy S9 with the February update. 

You can check if the April update is available for your Galaxy Note 9 by going into the Software update menu of the phone’s settings and tapping Download updates manually.

Samsung Lists Replacement Costs For Key Parts Of Its Smartphones

Any new flagship smartphone to stand firm in today’s market, it needs to have all the latest features. From having dual frequency GNSS to every feature added in Bluetooth 5. This availability of features can make smartphones difficult to repair as the number of parts increases. 

More parts mean more potential for breakage. In a move to possibly counter this, Samsung has listed replacement costs for key parts of its smartphones on its website.

The parts – which include the display, motherboard, battery, and back glass – are listed on Samsung India’s website, meaning the prices are in Indian rupees. The company has listed prices for virtually its entire smartphone range, from the flagship Galaxy S-series all the way down to the most basic Galaxy On-series. Prices range from a staggering ₹34,182 (~$494) for a new Galaxy S10+ motherboard to ₹968 (~$14) for new back glass on a Galaxy On7. 

There are some caveats, though. The service seems to be only available to consumers in India at the moment, with no clear indication as to how soon – if at all – the service will become available in other countries. The prices listed are purely the cost of the part itself and do not include the inevitable labor and GST charges. However, the prices listed are the prices for premium color and for maximum internal storage capacity, so people whose devices have less than maximum storage may see a drop in price.

Clearly, the intention here is to give consumers a general idea of the cost of the repair, as opposed to an exact value. It’s a nice idea from Samsung and one that will likely help them out as people will be less likely to turn up to a repair center and be turned away by the cost of the repair, thus shortening queue times.

Galaxy A80 Official Unveiling Takes Place With Samsung’s First Rotating Camera

The rumored device expected to be revealed as the Galaxy A90 has actually come up as the Galaxy A80 on Wednesday. This is going to be Samsung’s first smartphone with a ‘revolutionary’ rotating camera. This allows for a display that requires no notches and no hole punch.

It doesn’t have separate cameras on the front and back. The rear camera system can rotate and double as the selfie camera as and when required. It’s mounted on a slider which opens when you switch to the front-facing camera. You can thus take advantage of the powerful multi-lens camera setup for selfies and videos.

Galaxy A80 features Samsung’s first rotating camera

The Galaxy A80 features a 6.7-inch FHD+ 1080×2400 pixel resolution “New Infinity Display.” That’s what Samsung is calling this iteration of the Infinity Display, one without any notches or holes. One has to admit that it does look quite good. The device comes with a 2.2GHz octa-core processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It does not feature a microSD card slot.

This handset isn’t made from the 3D Glasstic material that Samsung has been using for other handsets in the new Galaxy A lineup. It has been fashioned from a more traditional marriage of glass and metal. The Galaxy A80 gets a 3,700mAh battery with 25W Super Fast Charging, as expected. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy A80 ships with Android 9 Pie with additional features such as Samsung Pay, full Bixby Voice support and Bixby Routines.

The camera is obviously what sets it apart from the entire Galaxy A lineup. There’s a 48-megapixel f/2.0 primary sensor with an ultra-wide 8-megapixel f/2.2 camera that has a 123-degree field of view. There’s also a 3D Depth camera for Live Focus videos. When the selfie mode is selected in the camera app, or any app that uses the front camera for that matter, the camera system automatically pops up from the back and rotates. This provides users with the same high-resolution lens on both the front and back. The Galaxy A80 also gets software features such as Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection.

Samsung will sell the Galaxy A80 in Phantom Black, Angle Gold and Ghost White colors. Samsung has improved the gradient effects so these colors will look different depending on the light reflection. Pricing and availability will vary by market.

Samsung To Launch New Smartphone Under Galaxy A Series This Week; Rumored To Be Galaxy A90

Samsung will be launching a new high-end smartphone this week under the Galaxy A series. However, there is no official announcement, the upcoming device is expected to be Galaxy A90. 

In the last couple of week, Samsung has unveiled a few Galaxy A smartphones including the Galaxy A20, Galaxy A40, and Galaxy A70. Apart from the Galaxy A90, the company might also launch the Galaxy A20e and Galaxy A60 smartphones.

We are also seeing the leaks about the second-gen Android Go smartphone. The Galaxy A2 Core will be launched as the successor to last year’s Galaxy J2 Core. Talking about the Galaxy A90, the device is rumored to offer flagship-grade hardware at competitive pricing. The Galaxy A90 will be competing with the affordable flagship devices from Chinese brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus. There are leaks that the device will come with a pop-up selfie camera.

Now, the recently posted teaser image of upcoming Galaxy A smartphone hints it to sport a bigger battery capacity. The newly launched Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones are powered by a 5000mAh battery. Both the devices also support 15W fast charging via USB Type-C port. The upcoming Galaxy A90 might also come with the same 5,000mAh battery. However, we expect it to offer 25W fast charging.

Take these details with a pinch of salt and wait for the official specifications which will be revealed on April 10th. Just like the other Galaxy A devices, this new device should also run on the latest Android 9.0 Pie-based One UI out of the box. Also, expect it come with a glossy finish body with gradient color options. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details about the upcoming Galaxy A smartphones!