Samsung seems pretty confused with how it wants to carry forward its mid-range Galaxy A series. On one hand, the company has been introducing some very innovating features such as the triple-camera system on the Galaxy A7 (2018) and quad-camera on the Galaxy A9 (2018). On the other hand, the company may downgrade some features in the near future like using LCD displays instead of OLEDs, as per a new report of South Korea.
ETNews reported this week that Samsung may go with LCD panels for some Galaxy A phones in 2019. Some of these phones include the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A60. It won’t be the case for all Galaxy A phones, though, as the Galaxy A30, A40, A70 and A80 will reportedly come with OLED panels. Over the past few years, Samsung has been applying its OLED Infinity Displays to mid-range and low-end phones to make them look more premium and set them apart from other phones using LCD panels. But this also came at a cost as it forced the company to sell these devices at a higher price.
There is only one reason that could push Samsung to go with LCD panels and that is sales. The company wants to improve its sales after feeling the pressure from Chinese competitors in markets like India and other South Asian countries. With these LCD Galaxy A phones, Samsung will aim to keep the prices under 300,000 won (approx Rs 20,000).
The report adds that the upcoming Galaxy M series will also largely see phones with LCD displays. You may recall a report a few weeks ago that suggested Samsung is planning to introduce the Galaxy M series that is a merger between the Galaxy J, On and C lines. The affordable mid-range segment is seeing some stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Oppo, which is forcing Samsung to rethink its strategy. Whether the upcoming LCD phones will offer the same kind of punch as Samsung’s OLED displays are know to give will remain to be seen.
Samsung will continue to test out new innovative features on the Galaxy A series before it bring them to its flagship line. So, we may see the Galaxy A9’s quad-camera feature appear on a Galaxy S or Note phone in the future, but as of now details are still slim.
OnePlus TV Might Launch Soon In India
After making a major uproar in the market with the launch of its new smartphone series, OnePlus might soon announce the OnePlus TV soon in India,
Serial tipster Ishan Agarwal mentioned on Twitter, “Have some good news for you all: The OnePlus TV is not very far away, at least according to one source. The launch might be soon, so stay tuned. I have very high expectations from it, what about you.”.
Given that OnePlus is known to offer affordable yet premium-feel smartphones, its television sets are also expected to be the same: Premium, yet affordable by all.
OnePlus hasn’t revealed any details regarding the TV or its launch. However, it is believed that the TVs display might not be OLED, as it is available in other premium TV sets. Other smart features that the TV reportedly might sport includes a 4K HDR display, an AI voice assistant, ability to integrate with other devices, and will run on OxygenOS.
The news of OnePlus branching out and working on its TVs first came to light, last year. Pete Lau mentioned an interview that OnePlus might launch TVs in 2020 and India would be the first nation to get the OnePlus TV.
This is because OnePlus wants to take its time creating a software that can truly offer an immersive and unique experience to the users.
Now, although the TV isn’t out yet, we can’t wait to see how OnePlus would bring a premium touch to affordable TVs and how it would fair against major rivals in a saturated Indian smart TV market.
Vivo Z1 Pro live shots seem to disclose entire design
The Vivo Z1 Pro is hpoefully debut soon in India as an international version of the Vivo Z5x smartphone that was recently launched in China. In comparison with the Vivo Z5x, the Z1 Pro will be arriving with some improvements in departments like processor and front-facing camera. Vivo has not confirmed the launch date of the Vivo Z1 Pro in India till now. Couple of live shots of the smartphone have been shared by Indian tipster Mukul Sharma today to reveal its entire design.
The Vivo Z1 Pro images show that the rear shell of the phone is fitted with a vertical triple camera setup at its top-left corner. A fingerprint scanner is available on its rear. The back panel of the phone seems to be made out of glass.
The Vivo Z1 Pro will be one of the first mid-range category smartphones to arrive with punch-hole display design. On June 20, Motorola will be launching the Motorola One Vision smartphone in India with the same display design. Coming back to the Z1 Pro, except for its thicker chin, the display is surrounded by slimmer bezels on all three sides.
Vivo India has confirmed many features of the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone through its official page. It will be arriving as India first phone fueled by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. The Vivo Z5x features the Snapdragon 710. In comparison, the SD712 offers faster clocking speed than the SD710 chip.
The Vivo Z1 Pro will feature a front-facing camera of 32-megapixel. This feature is being dubbed as in-display camera technology.
The Z1 pro will be backed 5,000mAh battery and it will carry support for 18W fast charging. However, it is yet to be confirmed whether it will be featuring a microUSB or USB-C port. The bottom edge of the phone features a 3.5mm audio jack, microphones and an external speaker apart from the charging port.
There is no information available on the pricing of the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone till now. Probably, the company may announce it by the end of this month.
Huawei files for trademark registration of its own mobile OS after US ban
Chinese communications giant Huawei now wants to register and launch its one operating system “Hongmeng” that can replace the Android OS on their smartphones and other devices. This follows the ban imposed by the US government on Huawei that prevents the Chinese company from dealing with American companies. The ban means that millions of Huawei phones around the world cannot receive the Android OS updates and it will directly impact the company’s business. Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and that position too could be in jeopardy.
The information regarding Huawei filing for trademark registration of its “Hongmeng” OS in many non-US geographies has come from a UN body. The countries being mentioned are Cambodia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, besides Peru and the European Union.
The US administration, however, does not appear to be in any mood to relax their ban and some senior state department officials have been quoted as saying that the Chinese company won’t be able to carry on without the support of the US companies. US may try and influence some of the friendly nations, including the European Union not to deal with Huawei.
The accusation against the Chinese company may have some connections to the Chinese government and that its software may be used for spying. The company has been denying that it has anything to do with spying for the Chinese government.
It is not as if Huawei has been very successful in obtaining the trademark registration for the “Hongmeng” OS. In the case of Peru, for example, Indecopi, the country’s antitrust agency has disclosed that it had asked for additional information on the OS from Huawei and no response has come forth for nine months.
It may well be some time before the “Hongmeng” OS gets the clearances required and their phones can be updated with the proprietary OS.
OnePlus 7 Pro launch: ‘Experience Pop-Up’ event in Delhi on May 17
On May 17, don’t get surprised to see scores of people line up at Delhi’s Select City Walk. OnePlus will host its ‘OnePlus Experience Pop-Up’ event to celebrate the launch of the OnePlus 7 series in India. At the event, customers and also those part of the OnePlus community will get their hands on their latest flagship – the OnePlus 7 Pro.
From next month, there will also be special workshops for community members and exciting events including gaming leagues, content creation and photography workshops.
And this madness is not really new. Pop-up stores have been a part of the OnePlus launch culture since the company’s early days in India. This is when the company gives its fans a chance to try out devices for the first time
Earlier, people have waited in queues for a long time in order to test out the new OnePlus devices. Going with this tradition, the company will be hosting limited stock pop-up stores in seven major cities – Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and Ahmedabad, starting at 7 pm on May 15.
The OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone will be available to buy at the Experience Pop-Up as well as other pop-ups, the company said.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected feature a 6.67-inch display with a QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. It will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor along with an Adreno 640 GPU. It will have Google’s Android 9 Pie operating system. This will be backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
The device will have a triple camera setup (48MP +16MP + 8MP) on the back. On the front, it will sport a 16MP pop-up sensor for taking selfies. OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will launch in India on May 14. The company is having an event in Bengaluru to mark the launch of its OnePlus 7 series.
HUAWEI TO LAUNCH WORLD’S FIRST 5G-ENABLED 8K TV This Year
Huawei Technologies is deciding to branch out of its smartphones, wearable devices and PC business into high-end consumer electronics according to a new report by Nikkei Asian Review. The company is reportedly aiming towards launching a 5G-enabled 8K television as early as this year. The TV will be enabled with a 5G modem, possibly made in-house, a source close to the development told Nokkei Asian Review.
If the report is to be believed, this will be Huawei’s first project into the television hardware industry and the 8K 5G connected TV will be the first of its kind in the world. At present, most smart TVs are Wi-Fi equipped for internet access, but a 5G-capable television will make sure that Huawei’s TV supports the next generation of network technology.
It is believed that Huawei could source 8K panels from Chinese display-makers like BOE or China Star Optoelectronics, however, Samsung is still the largest vendor of 8K OLED displays.
With its potential to connect to 5G networks, The Huawei TV could provide ultra-fast video downloads, quality streaming experience and 360 degree views of content like sports. At MWC 2019, we saw how 5G will enable 360 degree sports-watching experiences, allowing users switch camera angles while they watch content like cricket matches. The Huawei 5G TV could also allow virtual reality experiences.
While the Huawei 5G 8K TV would not require fiber connectivity or broadband, it will need telecom operators to back the network infrastructure. Huawei does make 5G network equipment also and that will work in the company’s support of closing off the ecosystem loop. The company is also the 2nd -largest TV ship supplier in the world, so it already has experience in that area of the business. Huawei already has its own 5G-enable chipset called balong 5000, which also powers its foldable phone Huawei Mate X.
Samsung Galaxy A70 with 32MP triple rear camera goes on sale in India
Samsung launched the Galaxy A70 at its ‘A Galaxy’ event on April 10, 2019. The mid-range smartphone is now available to buy in India on Flipkart from May 1, 2019. The phone is also available on Samsung India website and it will also be sold via Samsung Opera House, and retail stores today onwards.
Prebooking of the device started on April 20 while ended on April 30. The important features of the smartphone include its FHD+ Super AMOLED display and the triple camera setup at the back with a 32MP sensor and 4,5000mAh battery with 25W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy A70 price and offers
Samsung Galaxy A70 is priced at Rs 28,990 for the sole storage variant of 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device is available in two colour variants White and Black.
The Galaxy A70 launch offers on Flipkart include Rs 2,000 cashback on transactions made through ICICI Bank Credit Cards. The website also offers no-cost EMI options. On the Samsung India website, customers are eligible to get Rs 2,000 cashback on HDFC Credit Cards EMI.
Samsung Galaxy A70 specifications
The Galaxy A70 sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with 2400×1080 pixels resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SM6150 processor. It features 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and runs on Android 9 Pie
Samsung Galaxy A70 has a triple rear camera setup of a 32MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture along with a secondary 5MP (f/2.2) depth sensor and an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide lens. The rear camera is capable of up to 8x digital zoom, and 240fps FHD slow motion video. The front camera on the phone is a 32MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
The Galaxy A70 houses a 4,500mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging via USB Type-C. The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack
Vivo Y17 launched at Rs 17,990
Vivo Y17, the company’s latest Y-series smartphone has been launched in India at a price of Rs 17,990. The device houses a 5,000mAh battery and features triple rear cameras.
The smartphone will be available across Flipkart, Paytm, Amazon India and Vivo India e-store along with its offline partner outlets. As part of launch offers, people who purchase the device from online stores will receive an extra discount of Rs 1,000 on exchanging their old phone.
They can also take benefit of no-cost EMI for up to 9 months. Reliance Jio customers can take benefits worth Rs 4,000 along with 3TB data.
Vivo Y17 specifications
Vivo Y17 features a 6.35-inch Halo FullView display with an aspect ratio of 19.3:9 and an 89% screen-to-body ratio. The phone has a mirror finished back design and it will be available in two colour variants– Mineral Blue and Mystic Purple. On the front, the device has a 20MP camera.
Powered by MediaTek Helio P35 processor, which is an octa-core chipset with a 12nm design, the device has 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
Vivo Y17 runs on Funtouch OS 9 based on the Android 9 Pie. It is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with support for Vivo’s 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging technology
Realme 3 Goes on Open Sale in India Just Before Realme 3 Pro Sale
Realme 3 is now available through an open sale in the country. The Realme phone that was launched in India in March was available through limited-period sale rounds till now.
Realme 3 Pro Launched To Counter Redmi Note 7 Pro
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has announced the open sale. The new action comes just days after the Realme 3 Pro launched in India to counter the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro is set to go on sale in the country next week.
Sale Is Live Through Flipkart/Realme Website
Sheth through his tweet has mentioned that the Realme 3 in all colours/ variants had now been available 24×7 in India. The sale is on via Flipkart and Realme website also.
The Realme 3 price in India starts at Rs. 8,999 for the base model with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, while its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999. Both models come in Black, Dynamic Black, and Radiant Blue colour options
Realme 3 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 3 runs Android Pie with ColorOS 6.0 on top. The device features a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, along with 3GB and 4GB RAM options.
The Realme 3 has a dual rear camera framework. This includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/1.8 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, there is a 13-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 lens.
The Realme 3 has 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable through microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB with OTG support.
There are also sensors including an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, digital compass and proximity sensor. The smartphone houses a 4,230mAh battery and measures 156.1×75.6×8.3mm.
Huawei P30 Lite Goes On Sale In India
Huawei P30 Lite has gone on sale in the country, starting 12am (midnight) today. To remember, the smartphone was launched alongside the company’s flagship offering, the Huawei P30 Pro, earlier this month. Features of the Huawei P30 Lite include its 32-megapixel front camera, triple rear camera framework, and 6.15-inch full-HD+ display. The smartphone is now available to purchase through Amazon India.
Huawei P30 Lite price in India
The device’s price in India starts at Rs. 19,990 for the 4GB/ 128GB model, going up to Rs. 22,990 for the 6GB/ 128GB variant.
Huawei P30 Lite Sale Offers
It’s available through Amazon India in Midnight Black and Peacock Blue colour options. In an updated statement before the sale, the company said the Huawei P30 Lite launch offers include no-cost EMIs and Jio cashback up to Rs. 2,200 and 2.2TB additional data (on the Rs. 198/ Rs. 299 plan).
Huawei P30 Lite specifications
OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro to Reveal in India on May 14
OnePlus is all set to launch the OnePlus 7 series next month. The company has confirmed that OnePlus is launching two new handsets on May 14 in the event that would be hosted in 4 cities together.
OnePlus’s official Twitter account uploaded a video affirming the launch of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The India launch event would take place in Bangalore at 8.15 PM.
Features & Specifications
Reportedly, OnePlus 7 Pro would have a 90Hz display. The Pro variant is said to have a curved, edge-to-edge screen.
Other rumoured specifications are, a huge 6.64-inch QHD+ curved screen with no notch. A disclosed image of the device revealed that it would have a Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. A leak by tipster Max J states that the OnePlus 7 Pro would be available in a 12GB + 256GB variant also.
The Pro variant would have a triple camera setup at the rear consisting 48MP + 16MP + 8MP lenses. The front camera would have a pop-up mechanism. The OnePlus 7 Pro would house a 4,000 mAh battery and support WARP charge at 30W. It would have USB 3.1 and dual speakers at the bottom.
On the other hand, The standard OnePlus 7, would have a water-drop notch on a slightly smaller 6.4-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080*2340 pixels. The camera domain would be handled by a 48MP f/1.7 primary sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. It could come in two models of 6GB + 128GB storage and 8GB + 256GB storage, both with Snapdragon 855 SoC. OnePlus 7 would have a 3,700 mAh battery and support 20W fast charging.
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