Samsung Galaxy A80 Up For Purchase In Indian Markets

Samsung Galaxy A80 has come in the Indian market. The phone is prices at ₹47,990 ($695/€630) and has a single 8GB/128GB variant.

It’s offered in Phantom Black, Angel Gold and Ghost White colors, and is sold through Amazon.in, Flipkart and Samsung India’s online store.

The Galaxy A80 is powered by the Snapdragon 730 SoC and flaunts a 6.7″ FHD+ Super AMOLED notch-less display having a fingerprint reader embedded to it.

The smartphone sports a triple camera setup at the back comprising of a 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 3D ToF units. And, as there’s no front camera on the phone, this camera module rises and flips forward to let you take selfies and make video calls.

The Galaxy A80 boots to Android Pie with One UI atop and packs a 3,700 mAh battery having 25W fast charging support.

Samsung Bets Big On 5G Market, Likely To Work Closely With Indian Telcos

Samsung has said that it is betting big on India’s 5G market and is hopeful of working in close aide with telecom operators in India when they decide to roll out their 5G networks.

“We have worked closely with carriers from the beginning and make sure that everything operates smoothly….we have partners in the US, Korea and some parts of Europe and hopefully, we will work with carriers in India as well when they decide to roll out their 5G networks,” Samsung Senior Vice President Head of Technology Strategy Team (Mobile Communications Business) Junehee said.

Samsung is the sole 4G gear provider for Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s pan-India 4G network.

ET last month reported that Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel initiated separate exploratory talks with Samsung for supplying equipment for their respective 4G and futuristic 5G networks even as uncertainty looms over the future of Huawei in India.

As per reports, Samsung’s key executives from network business division recently visited India to carry out discussions with Indian telecom operators, including Reliance Jio Infocomm, about the supply of 5G network equipment.

Samsung’s rival Huawei was in limelight following the US ban which restricted hardware as well as software supplies to it over security concerns.

Huawei was thrown a lifeline on Saturday when US president Donald Trump said at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, that he would allow U.S. companies to sell high-tech equipment to the company.

The Indian government is yet to take a call on allowing Huawei to participate in the 5G trials. The government has received six proposals for 5G trials, including those from China’s Huawei and ZTE, but Chinese vendor participation would hinge on the recommendations of a panel looking into 5G security issues.

Lee, however, declined to comment on the issue.

Samsung makes 5G telecom equipment for telecom operators and smartphones. It recently launched 5G variant of S 10 in the US Australia and South Korea.

Samsung currently holds just 3% of the global telecom infrastructure market compared with 28% for Huawei, according to market tracker Dell’Oro Group.

Globally, Samsung’s major clients include all three US telcos firms AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Sprint Corp for 5G technology. It also provides network technologies and equipment to South Korean and Japanese telcos.

The executive said that Samsung will support 5G in both midband mmwave bands as various countries adopt different frequency bands for 5G.

India is expected to auction airwaves in fifth generation or 5G and other bands in the current calendar year. Trials for 5G technology are also expected to begin in the coming months in India.

Lee said that 5G will enable various use cases right from entertainment to virtual reality/augmented reality experiences and autonomous vehicles besides providing high-speed internet.

While explaining the company’s 5G product line, Lee said the company continues to focus on innovation and security. “Security has always been an important factor for us. We want the user to be assured that his experience is secure and safe.”

Lee said that India has a good potential to help enable bring the fifth generation or 5G technology to the world. “Samsung will have to think about how to further utilise India capabilities in bringing 5G to the world.”

Samsung’s India research band development (R&D) centre is already working with its headquarters on the development of 5G products.

Samsung India Banking Big Time On A- Series

Samsung India after selling five million Galaxy A smartphones within 70 days is working largely this time on A- series. This comes as an attempt to outshine the Chinese rivals that have carved out a niche in the Indian smartphone market with competitively-priced devices.

The launch of the Galaxy A70, which comes with 6.7-inch display and a massive 4,500mAh battery for Rs 28,990, signals the South Korean giant’s intention to go aggressive in the country with a neatly laid out strategy.

The A70 comes packed with several premium features such as in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple rear camera system and the FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display.

Although facing tough fight from devices like POCO F1 from Xiaomi and Vivo V15 Pro, the Galaxy A70 is well equipped to offer users decent performance across the departments, without making them pay through their nose. (IANS)

Samsung Galaxy Fold‘s New Release Date Yet To Be Confirmed

Samsung likely to bring in its first foldable smartphone has had to delay it as it is working to address few design issues which can cause problems for the display. The release date for this phone was April 26 but the company has now delayed the launch. A new date for release has not yet been confirmed.

The company has sent out emails to customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy Fold. It mentions in the emails that a new Galaxy Fold release date can’t be confirmed at this point in time. Customers who pre-ordered a unit will by refunded any amounts they have been charged in full.

No new Galaxy Fold release date yet

Samsung says that it’s “making progress in enhancing the Galaxy Fold” to ensure that it lives up to the high standards that customers expect from it. This suggests that whatever is being reworked on the device isn’t proving to be too difficult to fix.

It does caution that a new Galaxy Fold release date can’t be confirmed right now. Samsung says that it will have more specific shipping information to share in the coming weeks. It’s a vague timeframe but that’s what Samsung is willing to provide right now.

Customers who pre-ordered the device will have priority once the device ships. Their order guarantees them a place in the queue. However, if they change their mind, they can cancel their order at anytime before the device ships via Samsung. com. Any and all amounts charged will be refunded in full. If a customer takes no action and Samsung is unable to ship the Galaxy Fold by May 31, it will automatically cancel the pre-orders and refund all amounts.

Those who want to retain their place even after May 31 can notify Samsung of the same. The email it is sending out to pre-order customers details the steps to be followed. They will continue to have the option to cancel their pre-order at any point before the device ships.

As a pre-order customer, would you be retaining your place or cancelling the order? Let us know in the comments below.

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.