Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Amongst Smartphones That Received A Price Cut Recently

The year has started with a number of smartphone companies coming up with their plans for the whole year while there are others who have announced a permanent price cut to make the sales rise even higher. A few amongst these are Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro who have reduced their prices in India recently. 

Here we are going the list some of the most popular smartphones which have recently received a permanent price in India and have become more affordable for the buyers. In this list, you will find smartphones across segments ranging from premium to budget segments.

Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and more popular smartphone which recently received a price cut

  1. Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB RAM variant received a price cut worth Rs. 7,000, and its price in India is Rs. 57,900 after the price cut.
  2. Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB RAM+256GB storage) received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000, and its price in India is Rs. 27,999 after the price cut.
  3. Realme U1 has received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000 for both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options which are now priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 13,499, respectively.
  4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM+64GB storage) received a price cut worth Rs. 1,000 and its price in India is Rs. 13,999 after the price cut.
  5. The Nokia 6.1 has received a price cut worth Rs. 1,500 for both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options which are now priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 13,999, respectively.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi has just announced a limited-period price drop for three of its popular budget smartphones which include Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Xiaomi Redmi 6A while there is also an additional exchange discount on the Redmi 6. Buyers can avail up to Rs. 1000 off on these smartphones between February 6 to February 8.

Android Pie to Accolade More Updates

Samsung added that the schedule and the models that will get the update may change with time if the company discovers any issues while working on the update. The company may also halt an update after the official rollout has started in case there is a need for an emergency fix. The company goes on to add that it will keep the users updated about the changes and the situation through the Samsung Members app. The company also noted that it has taken in a lot of user feedback and it is currently working on improving the user experience.

Samsung has just revealed a number of changes to its Android Pie update timeline for its devices. The company shared the new timeline as a new notice on its Samsung Members app. Taking a look at the list, we can see some of the devices getting the update earlier than what the company initially promised. The company also highlighted all the changes that the update will bring along with One UI and Android 9 Pie in the notice. According to the list, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus devices will get the Android 9 Pie update by the end of this month.

Moving forward, users with Galaxy Note 8 will get the update in February while Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users will get the update in March 2019. The month of April will be significant as a number of Samsung devices will get the Pie update in this month. These devices include Galaxy Tab S4 10.5-inches, Galaxy A6, A6 Plus, A7, A8 Plus, A8 Star, A9, J2, J2 Core, J4, J6 Plus, and Galaxy On7 (2018). Galaxy J4 Plus, J6, and J8 devices will get the update in May while Galaxy J7 (2017), J7 Duo, and J7 Neo devices will get the update in July.

The last batch of devices to get the update include Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-inch model that will get the update in August and Galaxy Tab A (2017) and Tab A 10.5 will get the update in October. The company emphasized on providing a “continued great experience” rather than rolling out the update as fast as possible. This is quite evident as by the time Samsung ends the rollout of the update, Google is most likely to already have launched the next major version of Android, the Android 10 Q.

Taking a look at the changes that the new update will bring, Samsung added that it will bring its new and upcoming One UI for Android 9 Pie with a new look and a set of new features. The highlight of the new interface is that the context, settings and other things have been reorganized to increase the focus on the task that user wants to go along with shifting the UI elements towards the bottom of the screen to make navigation easier. Samsung has also added Night mode to ensure that it is easier to use the device at night.

Other changes include improvements in notifications where users can reply to messages from the notification panel, seeing the image thumbnails directly from the notifications and more. The company has also made improvements to its in-house Samsung Keyboard with new adaptive themes, gloating keyboard with new sizes and transparency options, and custom touch and hold delays. The company has removed the Edge panel while improving the performance modes along with the power saving modes.

Samsung has also added new clock styles in its Always On Display feature along with charging information along with granular settings on how long do you want the feature to be visible or if you only want it to be visible when you tap on the screen. Major improvements are coming to Samsung DeX where you can continue to use your device when it is connected to a TV or a monitor in the DeX mode and it also will support HDMI adapters.

The company claims to have improved Bixby along with allowing users to control the behavior of the Bixby button. Other changes are focused on improving the Phone, Contacts, Camera, Gallery, My Files, Samsung Health, and more.

FCC Published its Certification Document For Samsung’s Galaxy M20

The Galaxy M20 will sport a 6.13-inch display with a water drop notch (which might hold an 8 MP selfie cam), Bluetooth 5.0, and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. Its dimensions are 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm. It employs the Li-Po battery EB-BG580ABN, which is expected to be a beefy 5,000 mAh cell according to past reveals.

The FCC published its certification documents for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M10, and today the regulatory agency has done the same for the M20. These two will be among the first in the newly minted M series of devices.

The phone is apparently going to ship with 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage, in blue and dark grey. According to a benchmark database listing, the M20 will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7885 chipset, however it’s possible that it could employ the newer Exynos 7904 instead. Anyway, it will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo on board. The rear camera system is rumored to consist of a 13 MP main shooter and a 5 MP depth sensor.

Samsung, Verizon to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

US telecom carrier Verizon and Samsung have announced to jointly launch one of the first commercial 5G smartphones in the US in the first half of 2019.

The two companies are set to unveil a proof of concept, powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, this week.

“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, Vice President, Wireless Device and Product Marketing at Verizon.

“Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we are partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand,” he added.

5G mobility service will provide massive bandwidth, greater opportunities for connectivity and improved network reliability.

When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speed many times faster than today’s 4G LTE network. Along with network latency that is faster than the blink of an eye.

“We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play,” said Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Samsung, which is set to launch world’s first foldable smartphone early 2019, has partnered with Verizon on its 5G Home offering since the beginning of 2018.

South Korea sued 11 people for Leaking Samsung’s OLED secrets to China

It’s no secret that Samsung makes the best OLEDs for smartphones these days – its class-leading panels feature on Apple’s new iPhone XS, XS Max and the company’s own Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9. As a result, the company holds about 95% of the markets share for small and mid-sized OLED panels. So the latest news about 11 employees working for a vendor on contract with Samsung disclosing technology secrets to a Chinese firm don’t sound all too well.

South Korea is now looking into a case where 11 employees have sold Samsung’s OLED manufacturing secrets to a Chinese company for about $14 million. Three of them are now arrested and await trial while the list includes the company’s CEO too. They’ve set up a shell company to which they’ve sent all the insights.

The vendor’s job was to produce automated equipment for Samsung’s OLED panels, so it has plenty of information regarding the technology process. They sent over drawings and schematics of the panels. It appears to be all about the 3D Lamination technology for curved OLEDs.

It’s a clear violation of a non-disclosure agreement and Samsung says it won’t be letting this go. It took them about six years and millions of dollars worth of development and the company is keen to protect its secrets.

Samsung Apologises for Factory cancer cases

Samsung Electronics apologised Friday to workers who developed cancer after working at its semiconductor factories, finally ending a decade-long dispute at the world’s top chipmaker. “We sincerely apologise to the workers who suffered from illness and their families,” said the firm’s co-president Kim Ki-nam. “We have failed to properly manage health risks at our semiconductor and LCD factories.”

Samsung Electronics is the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer and chipmaker and the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group, by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate the South Korea’s economy. It has played a key part in the South’s rise to become the world’s 11th-largest economy, but has also faced accusations of murky political connections.

Its de facto leader Lee Jae-yong was found guilty of bribing former president Park Geun-hye as part of the corruption scandal that brought her down and spent almost a year in prison before most of his convictions were overturned on appeal and he was released.

Campaign groups say that about 240 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after working at Samsung semiconductor and display factories, with around 80 of them dying.

Under a deal announced earlier this month, Samsung Electronics will pay the group’s employees compensation of up to 150 million won ( USD 133,000) per case. It covers 16 types of cancer, some other rare illnesses, miscarriages and congenital diseases suffered by the workers’ children. Claimants can have worked at plants as far back as 1984.

The scandal emerged in 2007 when former workers at its semiconductor and display factories in Suwon, south of Seoul, and their families said that staff had been diagnosed or died of various forms of cancer. A series of rulings and decisions by courts, Seoul’s state labour welfare agency and a mediation committee followed over more than 10 years, culminating in Friday’s announcement.

Relatives’ leader Hwang Sang-gi, whose 22-year-old daughter died of leukaemia in 2007, told reporters he was glad he could now keep the promises he made her. But he went on: “The apology honestly was not enough for the families of the victims but we will accept it.

“No amount of apology will be enough to heal all the insults, the pain of industrial injuries and the suffering of losing one’s family. “I cannot forget the pain she and our family went through. Too many people have suffered the same fate.”

Samsung Acquires Zhilabs; Network Analytics startup to ease transition into 5G

Samsung Electronics is betting that acquiring Zhilabs, a real-time networks analytics startup based in Barcelona, will ease its transition from 4G to 5G technologies. Financial details of the deal, which was announced today, have not been disclosed. Zhilabs will be fully owned by Samsung, but it will continue to operate independently under its own management.

The acquisition of Zhilabs is part of Samsung’s initiative, announced in August, to invest 25 trillion won (about $22 billion) in businesses working on AI, 5G, components for self-driving vehicles, and biopharmaceutical technologies.

In a statement, Youngky Kim, Samsung Electronic’s president and head of networks business, said “5G will enable unprecedented services attributed to the generation of exponential data traffic, for which automated and intelligent network analytics tools are vital. The acquisition of Zhilabs will help Samsung meet these demands to assure each subscriber receives the best possible service.”

Founded in 2008, Zhilabs’ products are used by customers including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Vodafone, and Telefonica to analyze and test network performance in real-time. Because its solutions allow service issues to be automatically detected and fixed, Zhilabs’ AI-based automation will help Samsung launch new services related to the industrial Internet of Things and smart cars.

Samsung To Come Up With First Ever 8K Television

Samsung will be announcing its first-ever 8K television for commercial release, the Q900R, at IFA 2018 this week, according to a press release. It’s a QLED device that comes in four big screen sizes (65”, 75”, 82” and 85”).

Samsung wrote that the Q900R has a very impressive 4,000 nit peak brightness and supports a real 8K resolution as well as the HDR10+ standard. Since there’s virtually no 8K content on the market worth watching right now, the primary selling point of the TV appears to be upscaling 4K content—which Samsung said relies on tech involving artificial intelligence and dedicated processors. As the Verge noted, Samsung’s promise of how good this upscaling will be “sounds somewhat optimistic,” but the quality difference may well be hard to perceive for any but the most discerning.

Unless you’re sitting very close to a very large TV, more pixels does not necessarily translate to better image quality, especially given that pesky lack of native content. That said, the 8K resolution should allow for even more vibrant HDR.

This is a clear sign that the age of the 8K TV is upon us, even if in the short term they’re mostly fascinating set pieces for those rich enough to afford them. Samsung didn’t say in its press release how much the Q900R will run consumers when it debuts in late September, but its primary demographic will likely be people who don’t bat an eyebrow on dropping top dollar for everything.

Samsung wrote that the Q900R has a very impressive 4,000 nit peak brightness and supports a real 8K resolution as well as the HDR10+ standard. Since there’s virtually no 8K content on the market worth watching right now, the primary selling point of the TV appears to be upscaling 4K content—which Samsung said relies on tech involving artificial intelligence and dedicated processors. As the Verge noted, Samsung’s promise of how good this upscaling will be “sounds somewhat optimistic,” but the quality difference may well be hard to perceive for any but the most discerning.

Unless you’re sitting very close to a very large TV, more pixels does not necessarily translate to better image quality, especially given that pesky lack of native content. That said, the 8K resolution should allow for even more vibrant HDR.

This is a clear sign that the age of the 8K TV is upon us, even if in the short term they’re mostly fascinating set pieces for those rich enough to afford them. Samsung didn’t say in its press release how much the Q900R will run consumers when it debuts in late September, but its primary demographic will likely be people who don’t bat an eyebrow on dropping top dollar for everything.

 

 

Samsung Bluetooth VR Headset To Launch Soon

After the success of the previous virtual reality headset, Samsung is preparing to unveil a new VR headset that will be Bluetooth-enabled. The upcoming models have made an appearance on a Bluetooth certification website with similar numbers — XE800ZBA and XQ800ZBA. Apart from this, the listing doesn’t reveal much but it does indicate that Samsung will be launching two versions of the headset.

Previously, XE800ZBA made an appearance on FCC and some of the specifications had been detailed. A report by Variety states that the new headset goes by the model name HMD Odessey+ and it is largely based off the original Odessey headset that was launched last October. This headset is believed to run on the Microsoft Mixed Reality software and will make use of inside-out positional tracking “which allows users to lean into VR experiences without the need for any external tracking hardware.”

The Odessey+ will include dual 3.5-inch screens that feature a resolution of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye. It will also have integrated audio from AKG. The sensor found here will include a WMR camera, IPD sensor, G-sensor, gyroscope and proximity sensor. Connectivity options are said to be HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth. The Odessey+ will also feature a dual array mic.

The report adds that the specifications have also mentioned a wider eye box and a redesigned nose part that will aim to reduce fogging of the lenses.

Since it has already popped up on the FCC and at a Bluetooth certification website, the launch should be imminent and we expect it to be unveiled at IFA Berlin 2018.