iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 6: Price in India, Specifications Compared


Apple earlier this week unveiled the iPhone XS as the successor to its last year’s iPhone X. The new iPhone XS has the all-new surgical-grade stainless steel build that is IP68-certified water and dust resistance. There is also the latest Apple A12 Bionic SoC that is touted to be the industry’s first 7nm chip. Additionally, Apple has provided improved optics over what was featured on the iPhone X with an upgraded dual rear camera setup and an enhanced TrueDepth camera system at the front. The frontal system also enables an improved Face ID functionality. Premium features such as wireless charging support, Dolby Vision and HDR 10-compatible OLED display, and wider stereo sound are among the key inputs on the iPhone XS. For the first time in the history of the iPhone, the Apple phone also brings dual-SIM support, with the secondary SIM being a digital eSIM that can store multiple numbers.

All these offerings make the iPhone XS a strong contender against the army of top-end Android devices that largely includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 2 XL, and OnePlus 6. Here, we are comparing the India price, specifications, and features of the iPhone XS with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 2 XL, and OnePlus 6 to help you understand the major differences.

iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 6 price in India

The iPhone XS price in India has been set at Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB storage variant, while the 256GB and 512GB variants are priced at Rs. 1,14,900 and Rs. 1,34,900, respectively. All three storage variants will be available in India from September 28 in Silver, Space Grey, and Gold colour options.

Unlike the iPhone XS, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price in India starts at Rs. 67,900 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, while its 8GB RAM and 512GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 84,900. The Galaxy Note 9 comes in Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper, Midnight Black, and Ocean Blue colour options.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

The Google Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, was launched with a price tag of Rs. 73,000 for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB model comes at Rs. 82,000. Both Pixel 2 XL variants come in Black and White colour options.

Google Pixel 2 XL Review

The OnePlus 6 price in India starts at Rs. 34,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, while its 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 39,999 and the 256GB storage variant at Rs. 43,999. There are four colour options, including Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Red, and Silk White. It should be noted that both the Google Pixel 2 XL and OnePlus 6 will get their respective successors in October, if the rumour mill is to be believed.

OnePlus 6 Review

iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 6 specifications

The dual-SIM, dual-standby iPhone XS runs iOS 12 out-of-the-box and features 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina (1125×2234 pixels) display. Under the hood, there is an Apple A12 Bionic SoC, coupled with a four-core GPU and an improved Neural Engine. There is a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor along with an f/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor along with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup also includes dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a quad-LED True Tone flash. Apple has additionally provided features such as Slow Sync, an enhanced Portrait mode along with an advanced bokeh and Depth Control integration, and Smart HDR. The rear camera setup also supports 4K video recording. On the front, there is a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera system that carries an f/2.2 aperture. The camera system also supports an improved Face ID functionality to unlock the device by recognising your facial features.

 

The iPhone XS has 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of onboard storage options. In terms of connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, and a Lightning port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, proximity sensor, and three-axis gyroscope. Apple hasn’t revealed the battery capacity, though it claims that on a single charge, the iPhone XS can deliver up to 20 hours of talk time, 12 hours of Internet usage, and 14 hours of video playback. There is fast charging support that enables 50 percent of battery power within 30 minutes. Also, there is Qi standard-based wireless charging support. The iPhone XS measures 143.6×70.9×7.7mm and weighs 177 grams.

On the other side, the dual-SIM (Nano) Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display. The display panel by default has full-HD+ resolution, though there is an option in the Settings menu to boost the resolution to Quad HD+ (WQHD+). The global version of the Galaxy Note 9 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC, while its US variant comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. Both SoC versions are paired with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup that has a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor along with an autofocus lens sporting an f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel sensor along with an f/1.7 aperture, autofocus lens.

 

The Galaxy Note 9 has 128GB and 512GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, hall sensor, and proximity sensor. The smartphone comes with an upgraded S Pen stylus that has Bluetooth so]support. There is a 4,000mAh battery that supports fast charging and wireless charging technologies. Besides, the Galaxy Note 9 measures 161.9×76.4×8.8mm and weighs 201 grams.

Coming towards the Google Pixel 2 XL, it was launched with Android 8.1 Oreo but now runs Android 9.0 Pie and features a 6-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) pOLED display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is a single, 12.2-megapixel rear camera setup that has an f/1.8 aperture and optical as well as electronic image stabilisation. Also, the smartphone has an 8-megapixel sensor at the front.

 

The Pixel 2 XL has 64GB and 128GB of internal storage options. On the connectivity front, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, an eSIM module for Project Fi users, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. At last, there is a 3520mAh battery, and the handset measures 157.90×76.70×7.90mm.

In contrast, the dual-SIM (Nano) OnePlus 6 runs OxygenOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is upgradable to Android Pie. The handset features a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. For capturing images and recording videos, there is a dual rear camera setup that has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 primary sensor and a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K secondary sensor alongside Slow Motion video recording and dual-LED flash. The rear camera setup comes along with a dual-LED flash module, optical and electronic image stabilisation, and an f/1.7 aperture. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor that supports Face Unlock and a Portrait Mode.

 

The OnePlus 6 has 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of onboard storage options. On the connectivity part, the smartphone has 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. There is an array of sensors that includes an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Lastly, there is a 3,300mAh battery along with Dash Charge fast charging technology and measures 155.7×75.4×7.75mm.


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Apple iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs OnePlus 6 vs Google Pixel 2 XL comparison

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Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date September 2018 August 2018 May 2018 November 2017
Dimensions (mm) 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70 161.90 x 76.40 x 8.80 155.70 x 75.40 x 7.75 157.90 x 76.70 x 7.90
Weight (g) 177.00 201.00 177.00 175.00
IP rating IP68
Removable battery No No No
Wireless charging Yes
Colours Space Grey, Silver, Gold Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White Just Black, Black and White
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000 3300 3520
SAR value 0.98
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.80 6.40 6.28 6.00
Resolution 1125×2436 pixels 1440×2960 pixels 1080×2280 pixels 1440×2880 pixels
Protection type Other
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458 538
HARDWARE
Processor hexa-core 1.7GHz octa-core 2.8GHz octa-core 1.9GHz octa-core
Processor make Apple A12 Bionic Samsung Exynos 9810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Internal storage 64GB 128GB 128GB 64GB
Expandable storage No Yes No No
RAM 6GB 8GB 4GB
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 512
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) 12-megapixel 16-megapixel 12.2-megapixel
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes Dual LED
Front camera 7-megapixel (f/2.2) 8-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel
Rear Flash Dual LED
Front flash No
SOFTWARE
Operating system iOS 12 Android 8.1 Android 8.0.0
Skin Samsung Experience UX OxygenOS 5.1
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lightning Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 1
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
USB OTG Yes Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type eSIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Temperature sensor No



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Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime Starts Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Update: Report


Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime has reportedly started receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The mobile software market saw the release of the final build of Android Pie last month, but availability is currently limited to only Google’s Pixel range of smartphones and tablets, as well as the Essential Phone. While partnered OEMs have announced the rollout of the latest Android version for their devices, Samsung is managing to roll out Android Oreo for many of its smartphones.

Earlier this month, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt and the Galaxy J5 Prime will receive the update this month and the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) will get Android Oreo update later in December. Upholding the promise, Samsung has now started to roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime users in some regions after releasing the Android 8.1 Oreo update to Galaxy J7 Nxt.

As per a SamMobile report, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to Galaxy J5 Prime users. The rollout has reportedly begun only in UAE, but it is expected to reach in other countries, including India, in a phased manner. The update is reaching users over-the-air (OTA), so be sure to check for an update manually in Settings, if you already haven’t received a notification. Also, the update is said to be arriving with the latest September 2018 security patch.

As mentioned, the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy J5 Prime is rolling out as an over-the-air (OTA) package. You can check its availability on your device by going to Settings > Software updates. It is recommended to back up your data before proceeding with the update. You are also advised to use a high-speed data or Wi-Fi connectivity to download the update.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime was initially launched back in 2016, and a new 32GB storage variant was announced earlier this year. The smartphone, launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow had received the Android 7.0 Nougat update October last.

In terms of specifications, the dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7870 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB). The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display. In terms of optics, there is a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash. Additionally, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset is fuelled by a 2,400mAh battery.



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Samsung Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J6+ Spotted on Bluetooth Certification Site, New Galaxy A Series Handset Listed in Spain


Samsung Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4+ seem all set for an official unveiling soon. The two upcoming smartphones have been spotted on Bluetooth SIG’s portal, and are expected to be launched by Samsung soon, with no information around whether India would be among the first markets to get them. The two phones have been spotted with model numbers SM-J610 and SM-J415, respectively. Yet another Samsung phone, this time from the Galaxy A series, has been spotted on the tech giant’s Spanish website and may be launched in the coming weeks.

The Samsung Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4+ have been spotted on Bluetooth SIG, as first reported by Dutch blog Galaxy Club. With model number SM-J610F, the Galaxy J6+ has been listed to arrive in single- and dual-SIM variants. This phone was previously reported to get the Samsung Galaxy J6 Prime moniker. Even the Galaxy J4+ was expected to get the Galaxy J4 Prime name tag. As per reports, the two phones are expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo, and will be powered by Qualcomm’s range of SoCs, instead of Samsung’s in-house Exynos lineup. Both of the phones are reported to be made available first in The Netherlands and Vietnam.

Another report from Galaxy Club gives us a look at an upcoming Samsung Galaxy A series smartphones, with model number SM-A750N, which has been listed on Samsung Spain’s website. Apart from the fact that this phone will have dual-SIM support, there are no other details on this handset including specifications, pricing, and design elements. It could be the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2019) or the Galaxy A7 (2018).

A recent report had Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh stating that the company would soon look to rethink its mid-range smartphone segment strategy by adding new features at an affordable price point. These would be the next few offerings from the South Korean giant ever since that announcement and it would be interesting to see what differentiation these handsets offer compared to the Galaxy J4 and Galaxy J6.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt Starts Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Update: Report


Google has already announced Android 9 Pie, and partnered OEMs have also announced the rollout of the latest Android version for their devices, Samsung is still struggling to roll out Android Oreo for many of its phones. Just a while ago, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) will get Android Oreo update by December, while the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt and the Galaxy J5 Prime will receive the update this month. Staying true to its promise, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt users in some regions.

According to GetDroidTips, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to Galaxy J7 Nxt users. The rollout has reportedly begun only in a few countries like Philippines, Cambodia, and Thailand, and is said to reach other countries in a phased manner. The update is reaching users over-the-air (OTA), so be sure to check for an update manually in Settings, if you already haven’t received a notification.

The update arrives with the build number J701FXXU6BRH9, and it comes inclusive of the August 2018 security patch. The new update brings along improved battery life, PiP mode, notification dots, and more. The Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top brings the dual messenger feature as well, enabling two accounts on one messaging app.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt smartphone was launched in July last year with a price tag of Rs. 11,490, and a 3GB RAM variant was later launched in December 2017, priced at Rs. 12,990. Samsung is infamous for taking several months in pushing Android updates, and it recently even announced delays in Android Oreo update rollout for several Galaxy smartphones and tablets till 2019.



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Samsung Galaxy J4 Prime, Galaxy J6 Prime Budget Phones Spotted on Official Vietnam Site


Samsung Galaxy J4 Prime and Galaxy J6 Prime are all set to be the South Korean manufacturer’s upcoming smartphones, if support pages on the company’s Vietnamese portal are to be believed. Two new smartphones with model numbers SM-J415F/DS and SM-J610F/DS have been spotted on the website, which point towards the impending launch of the Galaxy J4 Prime and Galaxy J6 Prime. These two smartphones are expected to be from the budget segment, and sit alongside the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy J4 and Galaxy J6.

Both smartphones are expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and be powered by Qualcomm’s range of Snapdragon processors, as per a report by Dutch blog GalaxyClub.nl. These are the Vietnamese support pages for the Galaxy J4 Prime and Galaxy J6 Prime. The report suggests that the two phones will be first made available in The Netherlands and Vietnam.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a quad-core Samsung Exynos 7570 SoC, paired with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM and 16GB/ 32GB of onboard storage. The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera sensor on the back and a 5-megapixel sensor on the front. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood, with a claimed battery life of up to 20 hours.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy J6 sports a 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED panel with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and Infinity Display design. The phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 SoC, coupled with 3GB/ 4GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage. Storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). As for optics, the handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor and an 8-megapixel selfie sensor.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Units Said to Be Leaking Light Off the Display Edges


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Units Said to Be Leaking Light Off the Display Edges

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Samsung had launched its latest flagship – Galaxy Note 9earlier in August, with a not insignificant price tag. While some people are thinking about buying the handset, some who already have got their hands on it have spotted a major issue with their units. Some users who have spent a few days with the smartphone are reporting a weird problem that might make you think before buying the handset. They claim that light from the display panel of the Galaxy Note 9 is visibly leaking via the gaps in the chassis. Some users say that the issue is not easy to ignore. However, it is worth noting that not all users are facing this issue. Only some of the Galaxy Note 9 units seem to be having the problem.

The Galaxy Note 9 packs a Quad HD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 516 pixels per inch. At 6.4 inches, it’s the biggest display we’ve seen in a Galaxy Note series smartphone to date. However, several users via Android Central forum posts, claim that the light from the Galaxy Note 9 display leaks through the gap between the aluminium frame and the glass. Some of the images shared in the posts showcase the issue in more detail.

However, the Galaxy Note 9 ‘light leak’ issue may not be as grave as it seems. A few Galaxy Note 9 users also claimed the light leak could be an illusion that appears because of the light reflections via the curved display. Apparently, several Galaxy Note 9 units do not seem to be suffering from the problem because of the way they are painted during manufacturing.

To provide the iconic rounded shape, Samsung paints the edge of the glass panel. However, the amount of paint applied varies with each unit, which may lead to a slight reflection in some handsets. However, these are just reports and rumours and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Meanwhile, Samsung is yet to respond to the issue.



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Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Android Go Smartphone Launched in India: Price, Specifications


Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has now been launched in India. Announced last week, the Galaxy J2 Core is Samsung’s first Android Go handset. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) that is designed to optimise the experience on low-end devices. Further, the Galaxy J2 Core includes preloaded features such as Optimised Data Control and Ultra Data Saving. The handset also s a dedicated Beauty Mode that is touted to enhance selfies. Samsung has set the price of the Galaxy J2 Core at above Rs. 6,000, which is higher than the price of the Micromax Bharat Go and Lava Z61 that both were among the first batch of Android Go handsets.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core price in India

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core price in India has been set at Rs. 6,190. The smartphone comes in Gold, Blue, and Black colour options and will go on sale starting today through all retail stores and Samsung eShop in the country.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Samsung Galaxy J2 Core runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) along with a bunch of preloaded features, including Optimised Data Control and Ultra Data Saving. The smartphone sports a 5-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by a quad-core Exynos 7570 SoC, coupled with 1GB of RAM. On the optics part, there is an 8-megapixel sensor at the back along with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash. The Galaxy J2 Core also has a 5-megapixel sensor at the front. Further, it includes a Beauty Mode that is touted to offer users better portraits and selfies.

Samsung has provided 8GB of onboard storage on the Galaxy J2 Core that is expandable via microSD card. On the connectivity front, the handset has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer and a proximity sensor. Notably, there isn’t any fingerprint sensor to help you quickly unlock the screen using your finger. The handset neither has a Face Unlock functionality. There is a 2,600mAh battery that is rated to offer an all-day experience on a single charge. Besides, the smartphone measures 143.4×72.1×8.9mm and weighs 154 grams.

“Galaxy J2 Core reiterates Samsung’s commitment towards meaningful innovations that delight our customers. We are pleased to integrate industry-first smart memory management solutions that allow apps or content on the memory card. We are also pleased to partner with Google in bringing the latest Android experience for entry-level smartphones with Oreo (Go edition) on Galaxy J2 Core. This approach eradicates current consumer pain points by opening apps 15 percent faster, delivering 2X storage out of the box, and allowing consumers to stream content for up to 11 hours on YouTube Go. This is indicative of Samsung’s commitment to a digitally enabled India by allowing our customers to Go Faster & Go Longer,” said Sumit Walia, Director, Mobile business, Samsung India, in a press statement.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Star to Go on Sale in India Today for the First Time


Samsung Galaxy A8 Star was launched in India last week, and went on sale via Amazon India today. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is the global variant of the Galaxy A9 Star, which was launched launched in China a couple of months ago. A premium mid-range smartphone from the South Korean consumer electronics giant, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star offers 6GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED Infinity Display, and dual rear cameras with the company’s ‘Dual Rear IntelliCam’ tech. The company is also touting features such as Pro Lighting and Smart Beauty for the front camera, as well as Bixby virtual assistant integration.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star price in India, launch offers

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star price in India has been set at Rs. 34,990. Launch offers include a free 1-year screen protection plan, no-cost EMIs from Bajaj Finserv and all major credit cards, and 5 percent instant discount using an HDFC Bank Credit card.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Samsung Galaxy A8 Star runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UX on top and features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display panel along with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D and 3D glass protection that sits alongside the metal frame. There is an Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC that includes quad-core 2.2GHz Kryo 260 and quad-core 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs, coupled with 6GB of RAM. As we mentioned, the smartphone has a Dual Rear IntelliCam setup at the back that includes 16-megapixel and 24-megapixel sensors, both featuring f/1.7 aperture lenses on top. Samsung has also provided a 24-megapixel sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera works with Smart Beauty and Pro Lighting features and supports AR Stickers. Furthermore, there is a Face Unlock feature that lets you unlock the screen using your face.

Samsung has provided 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy A8 Star has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Besides, the handset packs a 3,700mAh battery and measures 162.4x77x7.5mm.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Android 8.1 Oreo Update Starts Rolling Out: Report


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is the latest smartphone in the South Korean giant’s portfolio that is receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo update. To recall, the Galaxy J5 (2017) was launched back in 2017 alongside the Galaxy J3 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017), and it arrived with Android 7.0 Marshmallow, which was the popular Android version at that time. The key highlights of the handset are its metal design, fingerprint sensor, and VoLTE support. As per latest information, the Android 8.1 Oreo update is rolling out for users in Poland. It is also expected to come with the Android August 2018 security patch.

As per a Sammobile report, the Android 8.1 Oreo update comes with version number J530FXXU2BRH5. Interested Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) users can check for the update by going into Settings > Software update. As mentioned, the new software is currently rolling out in Poland. As per the report, Galaxy J3 (2017) had already received the Android 8.0 Oreo a few weeks before. It remains to be seen when Samsung will also update the Galaxy J7 (2017) that was also launched alongside the other two handsets.

To recall, reports in July had suggested that handsets such as Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J5 Pro, and Galaxy J7 Pro will receive the Android Oreo update roughly around September this year. There are still many smartphones manufactured by the South Korean giant that have not got the latest Android operating system, despite being compatible. For instance, the Galaxy J5 (2017) is among the few older handsets in the Galaxy J-series to have received the update.

In terms of specifications, the dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by the 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor with Mali T830 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage offered is at 16GB that is further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB). In terms of optics, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear and front camera with LED flash on both sides. The rear sensor offers f/1.7 aperture while the front sensor offers f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, Micro USB port, and GPS. When it comes to dimensions, the smartphone measures 146.3×71.3×7.9mm.



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Samsung Galaxy A8 Star With Infinity Display, Snapdragon 660 SoC Launched in India: Price, Specifications


Samsung Galaxy A8 Star With Infinity Display, Snapdragon 660 SoC Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star will go on sale in India starting August 27.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star has been launched in India just few days after its teaser emerged on the Amazon India site. Originally launched in China in June as the Galaxy A9 Star, the Galaxy A8 Star comes with a price tag of Rs. 34,990. It features Samsung’s Dual Rear IntelliCam camera setup as well as a selfie camera supporting proprietary features such as Pro Lighting and Smart Beauty. The Galaxy A8 Star also sports a full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display panel that has thin bezels. Further, the smartphone includes a Face Unlock feature and the ability to secure your personal data through a pre-installed Secure Folder functionality. Samsung has provided Bixby integration to deliver an enhanced virtual assistance. The Galaxy A8 Star notably debuted in the Philippines as the global variant of the Galaxy A9 Star earlier this year.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star price in India

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star price in India has been set at Rs. 34,990. The sale of the smartphone will begin through Amazon India on August 27. The online marketplace has revealed that it will offer easy EMI options to attract customers. Presently, there is an option to sign up for updates about the handset and availability.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Samsung Galaxy A8 Star runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UX on top and features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display panel along with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D and 3D glass protection that sits alongside the metal frame. There is an Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC that includes quad-core 2.2GHz Kryo 260 and quad-core 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs, coupled with 6GB of RAM. As we mentioned, the smartphone has a Dual Rear IntelliCam setup at the back that includes 16-megapixel and 24-megapixel sensors, both featuring f/1.7 aperture lenses on top. Samsung has also provided a 24-megapixel sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera works with Smart Beauty and Pro Lighting features and supports AR Stickers. Furthermore, there is a Face Unlock feature that lets you unlock the screen using your face.

Samsung has provided 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy A8 Star has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Besides, the handset packs a 3,700mAh battery and measures 162.4x77x7.5mm.

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