Samsung ‘Neuro Game Booster’ Trademark Spotted, May Take on Huawei’s ‘GPU Turbo’ to Enhance Performance


Samsung 'Neuro Game Booster' Trademark Spotted, May Take on Huawei's 'GPU Turbo' to Enhance Performance

Samsung’s Neuro Game Booster looks set rival Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology

With mobile gaming catching on at a rapid pace, smartphone makers are shifting their attention to providing the best gaming experience with powerful hardware and software optimisations. Samsung is gearing up to make a big splash in the domain with an AI-assisted GPU acceleration technology to provide a superior gaming performance. Samsung’s gaming performance acceleration solution might end up being called “Neuro Game Booster”, if the trademark filing is anything to go by, and will likely debut on the Galaxy S10 flagship which is set to be announced next month. 

Samsung has filed a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (UIPO) in the EU for a technology called  ‘Neuro Game Booster’ that is described in the application with words such as “Electronic game software for smartphones” and “computer programmes for playing games.” The trademark application, which was first spotted by GalaxyClub, was filed for rights over the name in the European Union. The filing also defines the technology as “artificial intelligence software”, suggesting that Samsung’s Neuro Game Booster will employ AI to intelligently allocate system resources and boost the gaming performance.

However, Neuro Game Booster is not an entirely new concept as Huawei already offers a similar solution called ‘GPU Turbo’ on smartphones such as the Huawei P20 Pro and the Honor Play. Samsung’s trademark filing does not reveal any details as to how Neuro Game Booster will achieve its objective, but if Huawei’s implementation is anything to go by, Samsung’s game performance acceleration technology will rely on a synergy of hardware prowess and AI-enabled software optimisation. 

Additionally, the “Downloadable computer game software” description indicates that Samsung might bring the technology to older smartphones as well through updates or as a separate download package. There is no word when Samsung will announce the Neuro Game Booster technology, but at this moment, the upcoming Galaxy S10 appears to be the prime candidate for the debut of Samsung’s game performance acceleration technology. The Exynos 9820 SoC, which was launched in November last year and is most likely to power the Galaxy S10, certainly has the firepower in the form of a powerful Mali-G76 MP12 GPU and an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to bring Neural Game Booster to life. 



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DxOMark Starts Testing Selfie Cameras; Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Share Top Spot (For Now)


DxOMark, the camera testing portal that is popular for publishing camera results of different flagship smartphones, has now started testing selfie cameras on phones. The DxOMark Selfie test protocol that is designed specifically for the front camera sensors takes more than 1,500 self-portraits and two hours of video to determine selfie results. The DxOMark team uses the same procedures and methodologies that it considers for testing the main camera performance of smartphones. However, there are important modifications “to reflect the way front cameras are used”. The models that are currently leading on the selfie camera scale of DxOMark are the Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with overall scores of 92. These are early days yet however, with only 10 phones as yet tested.

To test selfie results, DxOMark considers factors such as skin tones, colour rendering, white balance accuracy and repeatability, and colour uniformity. The team also has a dedicated portrait test equipment understand the performance of the front camera. Moreover, image scientists at DxOMark take over-beautification of selfie cameras into account while giving results.

DxOMark has kicked off its selfie camera testing protocol by picking up 10 phones. The list includes the Apple iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, Google Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. However, the top spot is shared by the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9 that both scored 92. The Mi Mix 3 and the iPhone XS Max, on the other hand, reached the third and fourth spots, respectively.

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Interestingly, the DxOMark team has given an overall score of 81 to the Galaxy S9+, though the flagship shares the same hardware of the Galaxy Note 9. It seems that the handset was taken for the testing before the latest update that improved its selfie performance.

Elaborating the performance, DxOMark mentions in its blog post that the Pixel 3 has an edge over the Galaxy Note 9 in terms of focus system. The Galaxy Note 9 is said to have better results for exposure and colour, though. Selfies on the Pixel 3 are claimed to have slightly stronger contrast and a cooler white balance.

Distinctly, the Galaxy Note 9 is found to offer better exposing for faces alongside applying less contrast to faces to make selfies look slightly more natural than what on the Pixel 3. The Samsung model is also found to deliver good colour rendering and stabilisation on the part of selfie videos.



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Samsung Galaxy S10’s In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Tipped, Ceramic and Storage Details Leak Again


Samsung Galaxy S10’s In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Tipped, Ceramic and Storage Details Leak Again

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Only the Galaxy S10+ will feature a ceramic back that will reportedly have a metallic lustre

Samsung Galaxy S10 has long been rumoured to come equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor, but the code of the Samsung Pay app has now seemingly confirmed it. Additionally, more details about Samsung’s upcoming flagship have surfaced about which indicate that the ceramic variant of the Galaxy S10+ will come in black and white color options. Also, the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 will have 256GB of internal storage on the base variant that will reportedly go all the way up to 1TB coupled with 12GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been tipped to feature an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor in multiple leaks and rumors, but the Samsung Pay app’s code has now seemingly confirmed it. In a teardown of the Samsung Pay app by XDA Developers, references for making UI adjustments for an in-display fingerprint sensor were spotted, alongside the ‘Beyond’ codename associated with the Galaxy S10 series. The code suggests that the Galaxy Pay app will identify whether the smartphone it is running on has an-display fingerprint sensor or not, so that the layout of the payment flow window can be adjusted accordingly to make room for the area where the sensor is located.

Additionally, the Galaxy S10 smartphones will reportedly come with a nifty gesture that will allow users to touch the front camera to launch the camera app. The feature, which is already present on the recently launched Galaxy A8s, will reportedly make its way to the Galaxy S10 lineup too. Tipster @UniverseIce has revealed via a video that the area above the camera sensor on the Infinity-O display is also touch-sensitive and can be swiped to launch the camera app. It appears that this feature will be a mainstay on smartphones featuring Samsung’s Infinity-O display, which includes the Galaxy S10 as well. 

The tipster also tweeted that the top variant of the Galaxy S10+ will flaunt a ceramic back which has been created using a special process to make it resistant to scratches and drops. The ceramic back panel will allegedly have a metallic lustre, however, the material will add some weight to the smartphone. Another report from SamMobile adds that the ceramic variant of the Galaxy S10+, which reportedly carries the model no. SM-G975FC, will be available in black and white shades. However, reports about Samsung launching a ceramic version of the upcoming flagship emerged for the first time back in November last year. 

It was also reported in the same month that the Galaxy S10’s 5G version will feature a whopping 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. A new report from SamMobile suggests that the base variant of the 5G Galaxy S10 will feature 256GB of internal storage, lending support to a previous report claiming that the 5G-enabled model of Samsung’s upcoming flagship will be available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage variants.





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Redmi Note 7 Pro Price, Samsung Galaxy M-Series Launch Date, WhatsApp Android Update, and More News This Week


Redmi Note 7 Pro price leak, WhatsApp for Android update, and the reveal of Galaxy M-series India launch date were some of the biggest tech news items that dominated this week. Starting with Xiaomi and its sub-brand Redmi, the Chinese manufacturer is getting ready to introduce the international variant of its Redmi Note 7 smartphone in the form the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Although the company is yet to officially announce the same, the company’s Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 6 Pro are pretty good indicators of the fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro is coming to India and several other global markets where Xiaomi currently operates.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro was briefly mentioned at the Redmi Note 7 launch event last week, but the company failed to share many details apart from revealing that phone will come with Sony IMX586 primary sensor instead of Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor present in the Redmi Note 7.

Earlier this week, the alleged pricing of the Redmi Note 7 Pro phone made its way to Chinese social network Weibo. A Weibo tipster suggested that the smartphone will retail at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,800). It is unclear whether it is the starting price of the phone or of a specific storage variant. The tipster also noted that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC.

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Despite the slowing down smartphone market, Redmi by Xiaomi is quite bullish about the Redmi Note 7. A company executive on Tuesday stated that Redmi is hopeful of selling one million units of the Redmi Note 7 in January alone. Since the company’s first Redmi Note 7 flash sale lasted just over eight minutes, it looks very likely that the company will achieve the milestone.

In more Xiaomi/ Redmi news, the MIUI team recently shared that Android 9 Pie update for Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi S2 will go into internal testing in the first quarter of this year. The Mi 6X Android Pie update will also enter testing during the same time. However, it is unclear whether the team was just talking about the Chinese phones or their global variants as well.

On the India front, Xiaomi’s new Mi TV models – Mi TV 4X Pro 55 and Mi TV 4A Pro 43went on sale for the first time this week. These smart TVs are being offered via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country. While the Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch model price in India is Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch is retailing at Rs. 22,999. Additionally, the company also held the first sale for Mi Soundbar, the company’s first home audio product in the country. The Mi Soundbar carries a price-tag of Rs. 4,999.

Talking about sales, both Amazon and Flipkart have kicked off their first big sales of the year — check out the top deals on offer right now during the Amazon Great Indian sale and Flipkart Republic Day sale.

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung finally announced this week that it plans to unveil the new Galaxy M-series of phones on January 28 in the country. The phones will go on sale beginning February 5 via Samsung’s own online store and Amazon India. The South Korean company and its retail partner Amazon have been very aggressive with the marketing of these upcoming phones. The companies have been actively teasing the Galaxy M-series phones on Twitter and other social media platforms.

As per online reports, Samsung is planning to introduce three phones in the Galaxy M-series – Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30 – however, only the first two are likely to be released initially, with the Galaxy M30 following later. A recent report from IANS also claimed to divulge the prices of Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20. According to the news agency, Samsung will sell the Galaxy M10 starting Rs. 7,990, whereas the Galaxy M20 will be offered beginning Rs. 10,990. The company is yet to officially confirm these prices.

The massively popular messaging app WhatsApp earlier this week released an update for its Android version in the Google Play store. The update adds a group call shortcut to make it easier for the consumers to place a group video or voice call. The same shortcut is already available in the iPhone version of the app. Additionally, the company included a fix for GIF bug in the latest update for the Android app. The update carries the version number 2.19.2.

WhatsApp is also said to be working on integrating support for stickers offered by the keyboard apps like GBoard. The Google-owned keyboard is reportedly first in line to support direct sharing of stickers in WhatsApp, with other keyboard apps following later. At this point, it is believed that Google is testing the integration on its end, whereas WhatsApp has already included the integration. As soon a Google is done testing, the feature will be rolled out to the Android users. There is no word if the same will be released for the iPhone users.

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A report from App Annie revealed this week that WhatsApp crossed Facebook to become most popular Facebook-owned application. The WhatsApp Messenger surpassed Facebook in September and has maintained the lead since. App Annie’s The State of Mobile 2019 report also notes that WhatsApp was the most used social app in 2018 by average monthly sessions per user. The app claimed the top spot in markets like India, Canada, Germany, Brazil, and UK, whereas Snapchat dominated the US and France markets.

With the Mobile World Congress quickly approaching, the smartphone makers were largely silent this week. Although there were a few India-specific launches, Vivo was the only company to introduce a brand-new device – Vivo Z3i Standard Edition. It is a variant of the company’s previously launched Vivo Z3i. The phone is currently only available in China and carries a price-tag of CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 20,900).

The dual-SIM Vivo Z3i Standard Edition features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Among other specifications, Vivo has included a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Coming to India, Honor launched its Honor 10 Lite smartphone in the country this week. The phone is now available via Flipkart and HiHonor store starting Rs. 13,999. The Honor 10 Lite runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Honor 10 Lite comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. There is a 24-megapixel camera on the front as well. The phone is now on sale in India.

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Huawei, the parent company of Honor, was also hogging the headlines this week with the release of its Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone. The phone was launched last week but went on sale on in the country on December 17. It is a mid-range smartphone and has been priced at Rs. 15,990. The price-tag includes a bundled Boat ROCKERZ 255 SPORTS Bluetooth headset.

In terms of the specifications, the Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) FullView display. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can further be expanded using a microSD card (up to 256GB). For the imaging need, Huawei has packed a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Vivo’s new Z3i Standard Edition may not be gracing the Indian stores just yet, but the Chinese smartphone maker unveiled the Vivo Y91 phone in the country this week. The phone is already on sale via Vivo’s own e-store, Amazon India, and PayTM Mall. The company plans to release it via offline retail partners as well.

The Vivo Y91 features a 6.22-inch FullView display with HD+ resolution (720×1520) with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and include 2GB of RAM as well as 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is a microSD card slot as well in the phone for further storage expansion. For the photography enthusiast, the Vivo Y91 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Transsion Holdings’ mobile brand Itel too joined the launch action the past Monday with the introduction of its Itel A44 Air phone. It is based on Android Go platform and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Other features of the phone include a 5.45-inch FWVGA (480×960 pixels) display Unisoc (formerly Spreadtrum) SC9832E processor, and 1GB of RAM.

The phone also packs a dual rear camera set-up with a 5-megapixel primary sensor and a 0.08-megapixel secondary sensor. According to Itel, the A44 Air has been priced at Rs. 4,999 and can now be purchased from major retail stores across the country.

Among the non-smartphone launches, Amazon introduced its Echo Input device in the country with a price-tag of Rs. 2,999. The device essentially can bring Alexa support to any of existing speakers, either through an audio cable or via a Bluetooth connection. The device’s pricing hasn’t gotten much love from the netizens as it is almost double of what the company charges from US consumers.

To make the device more enticing to the Indian consumers, Amazon has partnered with speaker brand to bundle Echo Dot with their speakers at a discounted price. The JBL Go 2 speaker bundle gets you a flat Rs. 1,499 discount, whereas you can get the Echo Input for free if you buy the newly launched Ultimate Ears Boom 3 or the Bose SoundLink Revolve.

Xiaomi-Backed Huami also released its Amazfit Verge Smartwatch in the country. It carries a price-tag of Rs. 11,999 and is now on sale via Amazon.in. The smartwatch sports a 1.3-inch AMOLED display and packs a heart rate monitor and GPS. It is said to have a 5-day battery life. The Huawei Amazfit can show notifications for incoming calls, messages, and other applications. It is also comes with 11 sports modes and can track distance, time, pace, calories, speed, elevation and more.

While the likes of Vivo and Huawei introduced new phones this week in the country, HMD Global reduced the prices of two of the Nokia phones – Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 3.1 Plus, which used to earlier retail at Rs. 11,499, can now be purchased at just Rs. 9,999. The new pricing is already in effect on Flipkart and Amazon. On the other hand, Nokia 5 Plus has received a price-cut of just Rs. 400. The phone was launched at Rs. 10,999 but can now be bought at Rs. 10,599. It is also no longer online-exclusive and can be grabbed from brick-and-mortar retailers as well.

 

This week was also exciting for smartphone camera enthusiasts as Oppo teased its 10x hybrid optical zoom camera for smartphones. The new camera module expands on the company’s previously showcased 5x hybrid optical zoom technology and now packs a triple camera setup. The new setup includes an ultrawide-angle camera, a primary camera, and a third camera with periscope style setup for the telephoto action. The Chinese smartphone maker has promised to reveal more details at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

The company also talked about a new in-display fingerprint sensor that has a 15-times bigger active area than the competing sensor. Oppo wasn’t the only one talking about new in-display fingerprint sensor, Xiaomi also teased a new sensor, which has an expanded sensor active area. The company, however, didn’t reveal when we can actually see it in a smartphone.

Several important entertainment-related developments also made headlines this week, leading with the Game of Thrones season eight premier date. Late last-Sunday HBO released the first teaser for the final season of the Game of Thrones (GoT) and announced that the season will premiere on April 15. The Indian fans of the series will be able to watch it on Hotstar or Star World. There are only six episodes in the last season, but they are most likely going to be feature-length.

GoT has become a pop culture juggernaut over the last several years with audience size increasing with every passing season. HBO is already working on several spin-offs of the TV series, which is based on A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series by George R. R. Martin.

Spider-Man may have turned to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War but that didn’t stop the Web Slinger from appearing in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. This Sony-produced sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit the cinema halls on July 5, over a month after Avengers: Endgame graces the screen on April 26. The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer may have “spoiled” the fate of Spider-Man, but the same remains unclear for other Avengers, who were turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.

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In a surprise move, Netflix, Hotstar, Jio, and six other streaming services came together earlier this week to sign a voluntary self-regulation code. This code will define what kind of content is not allowed on these streaming platforms, including anything that disrespects the national flag or emblem, has children engaged in real or simulated sex, offends religious sentiments, and promotes or encourages terrorism. Amazon Prime Video as well as smaller players like Hungama and Viu were missing from the signatories of this code of conduct.

Moving to gaming, PUBG continued to make news, whether it was for an update to the mobile version of the game or a student body’s call to ban it or for the release of a clone from Xiaomi. First, the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update was released this week and brings the “classic” voice option, Royale Pass Season 5, and more. The Jammu & Kashmir Students Association on Thursday asked the state’s governor Satya Pal Naik to ban the game Immediately. The student body blamed the game for poor results and dubbed it as a “future spoiler.” Lastly, Xiaomi released its PUBG-like Survival Game in Mi Apps store on January 17.

 

Fortnite on Tuesday introduced a new update with version number 7.20, which is available on all platforms. The update adds a new One Shot Limited Time Mode, an arctic island to the game’s Creative Mode, as well as a new weapon in the scoped revolver. There are some platform-specific fixes on-board as well.

Among other key developments from the week, PayTM partnered with Zomato to offer online food ordering on its platform, taking on the likes of Swiggy and Foodpanda. Elsewhere, Myntra and Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan stepped down to pursue external opportunities.

Spotify seems to finally have an India launch date. It is still unofficial, but the company’s terms and conditions indicate that we could see Spotify in the country on January 31. The music streaming giant recently partnered with T-Series for its massive content library.

On a concerning note, a massive data breach was discovered this week. According to researcher Troy Hunt, the Collection #1 data dump includes 773 Million Email IDs and 21 Million Passwords.

Also, Google bought some tech from Fossil and Samsung’s upcoming 5G phone maybe called Samsung Galaxy S10 X. The Galaxy S10 X, along with Galaxy F, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10E, and Galaxy S10+, is expected to unveiled on February 20. 

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Redmi Note 7 Pro Price, Samsung Galaxy M-Series Launch Date, WhatsApp Android Update, and More News This Week


Redmi Note 7 Pro price leak, WhatsApp for Android update, and the reveal of Galaxy M-series India launch date were some of the biggest tech news items that dominated this week. Starting with Xiaomi and its sub-brand Redmi, the Chinese manufacturer is getting ready to introduce the international variant of its Redmi Note 7 smartphone in the form the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Although the company is yet to officially announce the same, the company’s Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 6 Pro are pretty good indicators of the fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro is coming to India and several other global markets where Xiaomi currently operates.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro was briefly mentioned at the Redmi Note 7 launch event last week, but the company failed to share many details apart from revealing that phone will come with Sony IMX586 primary sensor instead of Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor present in the Redmi Note 7.

Earlier this week, the alleged pricing of the Redmi Note 7 Pro phone made its way to Chinese social network Weibo. A Weibo tipster suggested that the smartphone will retail at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,800). It is unclear whether it is the starting price of the phone or of a specific storage variant. The tipster also noted that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC.

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Despite the slowing down smartphone market, Redmi by Xiaomi is quite bullish about the Redmi Note 7. A company executive on Tuesday stated that Redmi is hopeful of selling one million units of the Redmi Note 7 in January alone. Since the company’s first Redmi Note 7 flash sale lasted just over eight minutes, it looks very likely that the company will achieve the milestone.

In more Xiaomi/ Redmi news, the MIUI team recently shared that Android 9 Pie update for Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi S2 will go into internal testing in the first quarter of this year. The Mi 6X Android Pie update will also enter testing during the same time. However, it is unclear whether the team was just talking about the Chinese phones or their global variants as well.

On the India front, Xiaomi’s new Mi TV models – Mi TV 4X Pro 55 and Mi TV 4A Pro 43went on sale for the first time this week. These smart TVs are being offered via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country. While the Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch model price in India is Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch is retailing at Rs. 22,999. Additionally, the company also held the first sale for Mi Soundbar, the company’s first home audio product in the country. The Mi Soundbar carries a price-tag of Rs. 4,999.

Talking about sales, both Amazon and Flipkart have kicked off their first big sales of the year — check out the top deals on offer right now during the Amazon Great Indian sale and Flipkart Republic Day sale.

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung finally announced this week that it plans to unveil the new Galaxy M-series of phones on January 28 in the country. The phones will go on sale beginning February 5 via Samsung’s own online store and Amazon India. The South Korean company and its retail partner Amazon have been very aggressive with the marketing of these upcoming phones. The companies have been actively teasing the Galaxy M-series phones on Twitter and other social media platforms.

As per online reports, Samsung is planning to introduce three phones in the Galaxy M-series – Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30 – however, only the first two are likely to be released initially, with the Galaxy M30 following later. A recent report from IANS also claimed to divulge the prices of Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M10. According to the news agency, Samsung will sell the Galaxy M10 starting Rs. 7,990, whereas the Galaxy M20 will be offered beginning Rs. 10,990. The company is yet to officially confirm these prices.

The massively popular messaging app WhatsApp earlier this week released an update for its Android version in the Google Play store. The update adds a group call shortcut to make it easier for the consumers to place a group video or voice call. The same shortcut is already available in the iPhone version of the app. Additionally, the company included a fix for GIF bug in the latest update for the Android app. The update carries the version number 2.19.2.

WhatsApp is also said to be working on integrating support for stickers offered by the keyboard apps like GBoard. The Google-owned keyboard is reportedly first in line to support direct sharing of stickers in WhatsApp, with other keyboard apps following later. At this point, it is believed that Google is testing the integration on its end, whereas WhatsApp has already included the integration. As soon a Google is done testing, the feature will be rolled out to the Android users. There is no word if the same will be released for the iPhone users.

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A report from App Annie revealed this week that WhatsApp crossed Facebook to become most popular Facebook-owned application. The WhatsApp Messenger surpassed Facebook in September and has maintained the lead since. App Annie’s The State of Mobile 2019 report also notes that WhatsApp was the most used social app in 2018 by average monthly sessions per user. The app claimed the top spot in markets like India, Canada, Germany, Brazil, and UK, whereas Snapchat dominated the US and France markets.

With the Mobile World Congress quickly approaching, the smartphone makers were largely silent this week. Although there were a few India-specific launches, Vivo was the only company to introduce a brand-new device – Vivo Z3i Standard Edition. It is a variant of the company’s previously launched Vivo Z3i. The phone is currently only available in China and carries a price-tag of CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 20,900).

The dual-SIM Vivo Z3i Standard Edition features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Among other specifications, Vivo has included a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Coming to India, Honor launched its Honor 10 Lite smartphone in the country this week. The phone is now available via Flipkart and HiHonor store starting Rs. 13,999. The Honor 10 Lite runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Honor 10 Lite comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. There is a 24-megapixel camera on the front as well. The phone is now on sale in India.

Honor 10 Lite Review

 

Huawei, the parent company of Honor, was also hogging the headlines this week with the release of its Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone. The phone was launched last week but went on sale on in the country on December 17. It is a mid-range smartphone and has been priced at Rs. 15,990. The price-tag includes a bundled Boat ROCKERZ 255 SPORTS Bluetooth headset.

In terms of the specifications, the Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) FullView display. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can further be expanded using a microSD card (up to 256GB). For the imaging need, Huawei has packed a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Vivo’s new Z3i Standard Edition may not be gracing the Indian stores just yet, but the Chinese smartphone maker unveiled the Vivo Y91 phone in the country this week. The phone is already on sale via Vivo’s own e-store, Amazon India, and PayTM Mall. The company plans to release it via offline retail partners as well.

The Vivo Y91 features a 6.22-inch FullView display with HD+ resolution (720×1520) with a dewdrop notch. It is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and include 2GB of RAM as well as 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is a microSD card slot as well in the phone for further storage expansion. For the photography enthusiast, the Vivo Y91 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor.

Transsion Holdings’ mobile brand Itel too joined the launch action the past Monday with the introduction of its Itel A44 Air phone. It is based on Android Go platform and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Other features of the phone include a 5.45-inch FWVGA (480×960 pixels) display Unisoc (formerly Spreadtrum) SC9832E processor, and 1GB of RAM.

The phone also packs a dual rear camera set-up with a 5-megapixel primary sensor and a 0.08-megapixel secondary sensor. According to Itel, the A44 Air has been priced at Rs. 4,999 and can now be purchased from major retail stores across the country.

Among the non-smartphone launches, Amazon introduced its Echo Input device in the country with a price-tag of Rs. 2,999. The device essentially can bring Alexa support to any of existing speakers, either through an audio cable or via a Bluetooth connection. The device’s pricing hasn’t gotten much love from the netizens as it is almost double of what the company charges from US consumers.

To make the device more enticing to the Indian consumers, Amazon has partnered with speaker brand to bundle Echo Dot with their speakers at a discounted price. The JBL Go 2 speaker bundle gets you a flat Rs. 1,499 discount, whereas you can get the Echo Input for free if you buy the newly launched Ultimate Ears Boom 3 or the Bose SoundLink Revolve.

Xiaomi-Backed Huami also released its Amazfit Verge Smartwatch in the country. It carries a price-tag of Rs. 11,999 and is now on sale via Amazon.in. The smartwatch sports a 1.3-inch AMOLED display and packs a heart rate monitor and GPS. It is said to have a 5-day battery life. The Huawei Amazfit can show notifications for incoming calls, messages, and other applications. It is also comes with 11 sports modes and can track distance, time, pace, calories, speed, elevation and more.

While the likes of Vivo and Huawei introduced new phones this week in the country, HMD Global reduced the prices of two of the Nokia phones – Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 3.1 Plus, which used to earlier retail at Rs. 11,499, can now be purchased at just Rs. 9,999. The new pricing is already in effect on Flipkart and Amazon. On the other hand, Nokia 5 Plus has received a price-cut of just Rs. 400. The phone was launched at Rs. 10,999 but can now be bought at Rs. 10,599. It is also no longer online-exclusive and can be grabbed from brick-and-mortar retailers as well.

 

This week was also exciting for smartphone camera enthusiasts as Oppo teased its 10x hybrid optical zoom camera for smartphones. The new camera module expands on the company’s previously showcased 5x hybrid optical zoom technology and now packs a triple camera setup. The new setup includes an ultrawide-angle camera, a primary camera, and a third camera with periscope style setup for the telephoto action. The Chinese smartphone maker has promised to reveal more details at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

The company also talked about a new in-display fingerprint sensor that has a 15-times bigger active area than the competing sensor. Oppo wasn’t the only one talking about new in-display fingerprint sensor, Xiaomi also teased a new sensor, which has an expanded sensor active area. The company, however, didn’t reveal when we can actually see it in a smartphone.

Several important entertainment-related developments also made headlines this week, leading with the Game of Thrones season eight premier date. Late last-Sunday HBO released the first teaser for the final season of the Game of Thrones (GoT) and announced that the season will premiere on April 15. The Indian fans of the series will be able to watch it on Hotstar or Star World. There are only six episodes in the last season, but they are most likely going to be feature-length.

GoT has become a pop culture juggernaut over the last several years with audience size increasing with every passing season. HBO is already working on several spin-offs of the TV series, which is based on A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series by George R. R. Martin.

Spider-Man may have turned to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War but that didn’t stop the Web Slinger from appearing in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. This Sony-produced sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit the cinema halls on July 5, over a month after Avengers: Endgame graces the screen on April 26. The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer may have “spoiled” the fate of Spider-Man, but the same remains unclear for other Avengers, who were turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.

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In a surprise move, Netflix, Hotstar, Jio, and six other streaming services came together earlier this week to sign a voluntary self-regulation code. This code will define what kind of content is not allowed on these streaming platforms, including anything that disrespects the national flag or emblem, has children engaged in real or simulated sex, offends religious sentiments, and promotes or encourages terrorism. Amazon Prime Video as well as smaller players like Hungama and Viu were missing from the signatories of this code of conduct.

Moving to gaming, PUBG continued to make news, whether it was for an update to the mobile version of the game or a student body’s call to ban it or for the release of a clone from Xiaomi. First, the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update was released this week and brings the “classic” voice option, Royale Pass Season 5, and more. The Jammu & Kashmir Students Association on Thursday asked the state’s governor Satya Pal Naik to ban the game Immediately. The student body blamed the game for poor results and dubbed it as a “future spoiler.” Lastly, Xiaomi released its PUBG-like Survival Game in Mi Apps store on January 17.

 

Fortnite on Tuesday introduced a new update with version number 7.20, which is available on all platforms. The update adds a new One Shot Limited Time Mode, an arctic island to the game’s Creative Mode, as well as a new weapon in the scoped revolver. There are some platform-specific fixes on-board as well.

Among other key developments from the week, PayTM partnered with Zomato to offer online food ordering on its platform, taking on the likes of Swiggy and Foodpanda. Elsewhere, Myntra and Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan stepped down to pursue external opportunities.

Spotify seems to finally have an India launch date. It is still unofficial, but the company’s terms and conditions indicate that we could see Spotify in the country on January 31. The music streaming giant recently partnered with T-Series for its massive content library.

On a concerning note, a massive data breach was discovered this week. According to researcher Troy Hunt, the Collection #1 data dump includes 773 Million Email IDs and 21 Million Passwords.

Also, Google bought some tech from Fossil and Samsung’s upcoming 5G phone maybe called Samsung Galaxy S10 X. The Galaxy S10 X, along with Galaxy F, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10E, and Galaxy S10+, is expected to unveiled on February 20. 

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Family Wrapped in Transparent Cases Leaked Online; Exynos-Variant Listed on Geekbench


With just over a month remaining for the official unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy S10 family has been revealed in a purported leaked render, which shows off the smartphones wrapped in transparent cases. The latest leak details most of the aspects of the Samsung phones that we are anticipating at the Galaxy Unpacked event, scheduled for February 20. The render essentially shows the regular Galaxy S10 model, alongside the Galaxy S10E aka Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy S10+. In a related development, the regular Galaxy S10 with model number SM-G973N has been sighted on the Geekbench website. The model in question seems to be powered by an Exynos 9820 SoC, instead of the Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is likely to be reserved for North America-bound variants.

In the progression of the Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks and rumours, tipster Evan Blass on Saturday posted a press render on his Twitter account @evleaks. The render shows the Galaxy S10 family encased in transparent cases. Blass suggested that the models showcased in the render are the Galaxy S10E aka Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+.

The Galaxy S10E, or what was initially rumoured to be called the Galaxy S10 Lite, in the render appears to have a dual rear camera setup along with an LED flash and a heart-rate sensor. However, the regular Galaxy S10 model and the Galaxy S10+ seem to have a triple rear camera setup along with the same LED flash and heart-rate sensor modules.

One of the notable differences from the existing Galaxy S9-series models is the lack of a rear fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ models. It is likely that Samsung will opt for an in-display fingerprint sensor instead of a traditional fingerprint sensor on the rear. The Galaxy S10E, however, seems to have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The leaked render also shows the presence of the punch-hole display panel that Samsung calls the Infinity-O Display. While the Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10 appear to sport a single front shooter, the Plus variant is seen with a dual selfie camera. There is also a cutout that could be in relation to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

All this corroborates the previous rumours about the Galaxy S10 family. Separately, the Galaxy S10 variant with model number SM-G973N has been listed on Geekbench. The benchmark site shows that the new model carries an Exynos 9820 SoC, which will be the successor to the existing Exynos 9810 SoC.

The Geekbench listing also shows the presence of 8GB of RAM on the listed Galaxy S10 variant. Furthermore, it highlights a single-core score of 4,382 and a multi-core score of 9,570.

Earlier this week, a Geekbench listing of the Galaxy S10+ surfaced on the Web. That was mainly of the handset with model number SM-G975U that has a Snapdragon 855 SoC. It showed that the smartphone received 3,413 in single-core performance and 10,256 in multi-core performance.

Notably, it isn’t fair to judge the actual performance merely from the unconfirmed benchmark scores available on the Geekbench database since these may be coming from the early prototypes. Samsung could add software-side optimisations before the formal launch to boost the performance of the Galaxy S10 models.

Having said that, the latest revelations come just weeks ahead of the official Galaxy S10 launch that is set for February 20 in San Francisco, California. It is believed that Samsung will showcase its first foldable phone – Galaxy F – and the first 5G phone – Galaxy S10 X – at the event.





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Samsung Seeks Patent for a 3D Display With Image Recognition


Samsung has filed a new patent application at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for 3D displays that users may connect to their smartphones and tablets, media reported.

These displays could exist as TV sets or monitors and show content varying from photographs and videos to 3D games. The illustrations included with the patent also show that users may forward the information presented on their smartphones to the 3D screens.

“For example, if the user is on a call, the screen can show the person that they are currently speaking to at the moment and the display can also be used to control the playback of music files that the user forwarded from their handsets,” Android Headlines reported on Friday.

The 3D display also features a 3D user interface (UI) that would allow users to interact with the device either through touch or by stylus pens.

These displays could also be sport sensors that detect user-contact with virtual objects presented by the device using infrared radiation or ultrasound waves to track how the person interacts with the content, the report added.

While patents do not always result in a commercialised product, it hints towards how the South Korean giant may market 3D displays in the future.

There has been no statement from the company as of now regarding the newly-filed patent.

The Seoul-based company launched a 3D TV set in 2010 which did not reach commercial success due to the inconveniences associated with using the products.

In November 2018, Samsung filed patents related to holographic technology that uses existing display apparatus for showing high-resolution images that the company might include in future foldable handsets.



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Samsung Galaxy A-Series to Add Nine New Models in First Half of 2019: Report


Samsung is currently busy preparing the launch of its Galaxy M series in India. But a new report has emerged on the Web that claims the South Korean company is set to bring almost 10 new Galaxy A-series smartphones in the first half of 2019. These new Galaxy A-series phones are likely to join the upcoming Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30 models to take on the likes of Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, who have captured a large part of the smartphone markets in China and India over the last couple of years.

The new Samsung Galaxy A-series smartphones that are set to debut in the first half of this year will come with model numbers SM-A105, SM-A202, SM-A205, SM-A260, SM-A305, SM-A405, SM-A505, SM-A705, and SM-A905, reports SamMobile. The company isn’t likely to bring these models to all its markets globally. It is said that the availability of the new Galaxy A-series family will be “largely concentrated” in Asian markets. We can safely expect their arrival in the markets such as China and India, where the company faces tough competition from Chinese players such as Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi.

The new report comes just days after Samsung’s Galaxy A60 was revealed to be launching as the Galaxy A8s Lite in some markets in April this year. The new phone could be priced at roughly Rs. 25,000 and released as an inferior model of the Galaxy A8s that was launched last December with an Infinity-O Display panel.

Samsung is rumoured to be considering in-display fingerprint sensors, a ToF 3D sensor, dual or triple rear camera setups, and Infinity-O display panels for its new Galaxy A models. The company could also shift from single-digit titles to double-digit monikers such as the Galaxy A60.

In the meantime, Samsung is set to launch its Galaxy M range of phones in India that could replace the Galaxy J and Galaxy On series. The online-exclusive lineup is expected to initially include the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 models.

Samsung is hosting the launch of the Galaxy M series in India on January 28, while the new models will go on sale in the country starting February 5. The new Galaxy M-series phones will sport Infinity-V Display panels and come with at least dual rear camera setups, as confirmed by a formal teaser earlier this week.



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Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 Price in India Said to Start From Rs. 7,990


Samsung will launch two industry-first Galaxy M smartphones in India on January 28, with one in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, and another in the sub Rs. 15,000 segment, industry sources told IANS. The smartphones will be available on Amazon.in and Samsung Online Shop from February 5, the company confirmed to Gadgets 360. The Galaxy M-series phones are said to be the South Korean company’s answer to the Chinese smartphone makers. These are expected to be the company’s first phones with an Infinity-V display.   

The Samsung Galaxy M10 will start at Rs. 7,990, and the Samsung Galaxy M20 from Rs 10,990, reliable industry sources told IANS on Friday.

India will be the first country to launch the new series smartphones. The ‘Galaxy M’ series will also be available on Samsung’s online store.

The first-ever ‘M’ series smartphones with features like Infinity V display and massive battery power are being manufactured for the millennials at Samsung’s facility in Noida – the world’s largest mobile phone factory.

The new range comes with powerful displays, cameras, batteries, and processors, Samsung claimed when announcing the January 28 launch date, and February 5 availability.

The Samsung Galaxy M20 will house a massive 5,000mAh battery while the Galaxy M10 will house a 3,500mAh battery, industry sources told IANS.

This last bit contradicts a recent leak, which claimed the Galaxy M10 will sport a 3,400mAh battery. Other leaked specifications include a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display. The phone is said to be powered by 14nm octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC, coupled with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. On the imaging front,

Samsung is reportedly planning to include a dual-camera setup on the back of Galaxy M10 with 13-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The Samsung Galaxy M10 will reportedly run on Android 8.1 Oreo, be 7.7mm thick, and weigh 160 grams.

Written with inputs from IANS



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Samsung Galaxy S10 Spotted in Leaked Image, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Reportedly Won’t Work With Screen Protector


Samsung Galaxy S10 Spotted in Leaked Image, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Reportedly Won’t Work With Screen Protector

Samsung Galaxy S10’s display hole will be pill-shaped to house the dual front cameras

Samsung Galaxy S10 series is expected to flaunt an attractive design and will come with a host of innovative features. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has allegedly been leaked in a live image, showing an elongated pill-shaped display hole that leads us to believe it may be the Samsung Galaxy S10+ that’s been leaked instead. Also, it appears that the upcoming flagship’s ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor might not work when a screen protector is applied. 

An image alleged to be that of the Samsung Galaxy S10 surfaced on Reddit courtesy of a person with the username ‘hissick27′. The leaked image shows the Galaxy S10’s front panel with minimal bezels and a pill-shaped hole at the top to accommodate the sensors, a design we have already seen previously in leaked renders of the upcoming smartphones. Even though the image was captioned as the Galaxy S10, we suspect the smartphone to be the Galaxy S10+ model given the cut out’s shape because the Galaxy S10+ is rumoured to come equipped with dual front-facing cameras

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Leaked image of the alleged Galaxy S10 shows an elongated hole for the front cameras.
Photo Credit: Reddit / hissick2

A let-down for prospective Galaxy S10 buyers might be the limited functionality of the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor that will come equipped with the upcoming smartphones. ArmadilloTek, a Texas-based company which manufactures protective accessories for smartphones, recently tested the Galaxy S10 and found that the in-display fingerprint sensor does not work when a screen protector is applied. ArmadilloTek tweeted the finding and further added that the company’s Vanguard series of military-grade protective cases for the Galaxy S10 duo will not come with a built-in screen protector. But on the brighter side, all the Galaxy S10 variants might feature support for reverse wireless charging which might be called ‘Powershare’.





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