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Following their listing on the India site, Samsung now appears set to launch the Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7 in China. The company has listed the smartphones on its Samsung China site, though the Galaxy On5 doesn’t have a complete product page.

To recall, the listing of the Galaxy On smartphones in India had provided little details on the Galaxy On7, and the China listing finally fills out the specifications. Pricing or availability details are still not known.

Both the Samsung Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7 smartphones come with a lot of similar specifications with the biggest difference being the screen size. While the Galaxy On5 features a 5-inch display; the Galaxy On7 comes with 5.5-inch display. Both the handsets come with TFT touchscreens and sport HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution. They are powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM.

Both pack 8GB of inbuilt storage and can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). As with the Galaxy On5, the Samsung China listing does not mention the exact Android version of the Galaxy On7.

The Galaxy On7 sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The rear camera is accompanied by an LED flash and supports full-HD (1080p) video recording.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, Micro-USB, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The dual Micro-SIM Galaxy On7 supports 4G LTE; though no word whether it supports Indian LTE bands similar to Galaxy On5. It is listed in White and Gold colours.

The Galaxy On7 packs 3000mAh removable battery, which is larger than the 2600mAh battery seen on the Galaxy On5. It measures 151.8×77.5×8.2mm and weighs 172 grams. The listing shows that the Galaxy On7 also features a metal-styled side frame and sports a leather-feel rear cover.

source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 smartphone has started receiving an OTA firmware update that primarily brings improvements for call stability and battery life, apart from security policy updates.

The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based OTA update is currently rolling out to the Galaxy Note 5 users in Singapore and comes with build number LMY47X.N920IDVU2AOJ4. It is about 145MB in size. There is still no word as to when the update will be released for other markets including India.

The OTA update for the Galaxy Note 5 brings improved stability of call; battery usage optimisation, and other security enhancements. The update notification screenshot posted by an XDA Forum member shows that once updated; it won’t allow users to downgrade due to changes in the security policy. Despite the Galaxy Note 5 being one of Samsung’s top-of-the-line handsets, there is no official word on Android 6.0 Marshmallow update rollout for the handset - though it is reportedly part of the company’s first wave of Marshmallow rollouts.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 reached Indian shores last month and was priced at Rs. 53,900 for the 32GB variant, and Rs. 59,900 for the 64GB variant. It was initially unveiled alongside Galaxy S6 Edge+ in August.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super Amoled display with a pixel density of 515ppi, and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, apart from 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Galaxy Note 5 features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilisation, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera app can be opened with a double press on the home button, which also bears the fingerprint sensor. A Live Broadcast feature is also being touted. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has no microSD card slot, and features a 3000mAh non-removable battery. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 4G LTE Cat. 6 modem and support for India’s 4G LTE bands.

source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com

Samsung has once again collaborated with Montblanc and Swarowski luxury brands to create accessories for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5. The brands have previously made accessories for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The South Korean tech giant has also launched two new colour variants for its Galaxy Note 5 as well.

The Montblanc-made accessories for the smartphones include two leather covers - Soft Grain and Extreme. Flip-cover variants of the same materials will be available as well. Also introduced are couple of hard covers with tattoo designs made by artist Mo Coppolettta.

The Swarovski lineup for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ introduces a new cover - Crystal Silver. The cover has over 1,300 crystals embedded. The luxury brand would also be bringing a second cover in its Edelweiss collection, that would include crystals on a transparent cover and would only be available for Galaxy S6 Edge+. The second cover is set to arrive next month.

Samsung, besides introducing the premium covers, has introduced a new colour for its Galaxy Note 5 phablet in Korea - Pink Gold. The handset was launched earlier this year in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium colour variants. Notably, the new colour variant comes right after Apple introduced the colour for its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The smartphone with new colour variants would come with matching S Pen stylus as well. The specifications of the handset remain the same.

source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com

South Korean electronics major Samsung is looking to tap the booming e-commerce market in India for its consumer electronics division and has set up a team at its headquarters to plan online sales strategy for the country.

According to company sources, the company is mulling having its own e-commerce channels like its rivals, although it is at an early stage. “The company is looking at online sales in India very closely. It has even formed a team at the headquarters to plan for the online sales strategy in India,” a source said.

When asked about the company’s plans for tapping online channel, Samsung India Director-Product Marketing Consumer Electronics Rishi Suri told PTI: “For us the consumer is the key. Where the consumer would want us, we would be there and would be offering right kind of products at right price.”

He further said: “In case of (consumer) electronics, the clear understanding with the management is where the consumer would want us, we would be there.”

When asked how the company would balance interests of its offline retailers and address demand from online consumers, Suri said: “The channel is not that critical for us. We are more focussed and more centric towards the consumers. For us, where the consumer would move, we would move accordingly.”

He, however, declined to share how much sales come from the online channel.

Commenting on the company’s strategy to push overall sales, he said Samsung India is also focusing on ‘Made for India’ products, which are designed and manufactured to address needs of Indian consumers.

“The ‘Made for India’ concept has right kind of features and right kind of price, which brings the best value for the consumers. We are getting good response and using that, we are growing continuously and we are also supporting our channel as well as consumers,” Suri said.

The company has two manufacturing units at Noida and Chennai and is also exporting some products to global markets. Besides, the company is also focusing on the upcountry markets to increase in sales by launching affordable entry-level products.

“Rural markets have contributed significantly towards our growth. In Q2/Q3, our growth in rural markets was higher than the metro markets,” Suri said.

source:http://gadgets.ndtv.com

The unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7, which recently entered the rumour mills, is now being said to sport a magnesium alloy frame. The glass back panel would stay the same as seen with Galaxy S6 earlier this year, said a Weibo. The build is said to make the smartphone sturdier than before and carry a more premium feel.

The upcoming flagship handset would include the Sabre 9018AQ2M audio chip by ESS Technology, letting users listen to hi-fi grade audio. The chip is said to feature 129 dB signal-to-noise ratio and support PCM up to 32-bit and 384 KHz along with DSD 11.2 MHz sampling. The chip will take up 1mW in standby mode and not more than 40mW even in heavy usage. Samsung however, is yet to confirm any of the aforementioned features or the existence of the Galaxy S7 itself.

In addition, Samsung had been granted a patent for a pressure sensitive touch display technology, similar to Apple’s 3D Touch feature. The patent revealed by Korean Intellectual Property Office describes how the device would throw different software results based on how hard the display is pressed. The pressure is said to be measured via different voltage levels. For instance, if users presses the key ‘a’, they would get a lowercase letter. However, pressing the key further would make the letter uppercase. The patent comes at the time when Samsung is said to use Synaptics’ ClearForce pressure-sensitive touch solution for its next Galaxy smartphones, specifically, the Galaxy S7.

Earlier this week, a report said that Samsung would be unveiling the rumoured Galaxy S7 smartphone as soon as January next year. This however, contradicts the South Korean tech giant’s traditional launch of flagship smartphones during the Mobile World Congress trade show, which usually takes place between late February and early March.

source:http://gadgets.ndtv.com

Samsung has quietly listed the new Galaxy On5 smartphone on its India website. Additionally, the company has also listed details of the Galaxy On7.

The South Korean company is touting its all-new Galaxy On5 smartphone to feature “sleek design” alongside a camera that can “click brighter, more detailed images, and superb selfies.” Unfortunately, there is no word on the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy On5 smartphone or details og when the handset will go on sale. We can expect the smartphone to go on sale soon.

For specifications, the Samsung Galaxy On5 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The handset packs 8GB of inbuilt storage and can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. The company listing does not mention the exact Android version of the Galaxy On5.

The dual-SIM based Galaxy On5 supports two Micro-SIM cards and 4G LTE bands in India. The Galaxy On5 sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The rear camera is accompanied by an LED flash and supports full-HD (1080p) video recording.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, Micro-USB, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The handset is expected to go on sale in Black and Gold colours. It packs accelerometer and proximity sensor. The Galaxy On5 packs 2600mAh removable battery. The listing also confirms that the Galaxy On5 will be compatible with Gear Circle wearable. It measures 142.3×72.1×8.5mm and weighs 149 grams. The listing shows that the Galaxy On5 features a metal-styled side frame and sports a leather-feel rear cover.

The Samsung Galaxy On7, on the other hand, is listed on the company’s support sites with no details about the innards. The handset is listed with model name SM-G600FY.

Both the handsets were first reported by PhoneRadar and it claims that the Galaxy On7 packs a 5.5-inch screen with 720×1280 pixels. It adds that the handset sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and packs a 3000mAh battery.

Source : http://gadgets.ndtv.com

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

General
Release date
October 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm)
151.90
x
78.40
x
8.10
Weight (g) 165.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3340
Removable battery Yes
SAR value 0.00

Display
Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560
pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 518

Hardware
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 200

Camera
Rear camera 20-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel

Software
Operating System Windows 10 Mobile 

Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE No

Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

Microsoft Lumia 550

General
Release date
October 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm)
136.10
x
67.80
x
9.90
Battery capacity (mAh) 2100
Removable battery Yes
Colours White, Black
SAR value 0.00

Display
Screen size (inches) 4.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1280
pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 315

Hardware
Processor 1.1GHz 
quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 210
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 200

Camera
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2-megapixel

Software
Operating System Windows 10 Mobile 

Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
NFC No
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6

General
Release date
October 2015
Dimensions (mm)
241.80
x
150.00
x
9.70
Weight (g) 547.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 5000
Removable battery No
SAR value 0.00

Display
Screen size (inches) 9.60
Resolution 1280×800
pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 157

Hardware
Processor 1.2GHz 
quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm APQ8016
RAM 1.5GB
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128

Camera
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Flash No
Front camera 2-megapixel

Software
Operating System Android 5.1.1

Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
3G No
4G/ LTE No
Voice Calling No

Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Micromax Canvas Laptab LT777

 

  General

Release date
October 2015
Weight (g) 1500.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 9000
Removable battery No
Colours Black
SAR value 0.00

 

  Display

Screen size (inches) 11.60
Resolution 1366×768
pixels

 

  Hardware

Processor 1.33GHz
quad-core
Processor make Intel Atom Z3735F
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64

 

  Camera

Rear camera 2-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2-megapixel

 

  Software

Operating System Windows 10

 

  Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
NFC No
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
SIM Type Regular
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE No
Voice Calling No

 

  Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Coolpad Note 3

Coolpad Note 3 smartphone with 5.50-inch 720×1280 display powered by 1.3GHz processor alongside 3GB RAM and 13-megapixel rear camera

Coolpad Note 3 detailed specifications
General
Release date - October 2015
Form factor - Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) - 151.00 x 77.00 x 9.30
Weight (g) - 155.00
Battery capacity (mAh) - 3000
Removable battery - No
Colours - White, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green
SAR value - 0.00
Display
Screen size (inches) - 5.50
Touchscreen - Yes
Resolution - 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) - 267
Hardware
Processor - 1.3GHz octa-core
Processor make - MediaTek 6753
RAM - 3GB
Internal storage - 16GB
Expandable storage - Yes
Expandable storage type - microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) - 64
Camera
Rear camera - 13-megapixel
Flash - Yes
Front camera - 5-megapixel
Software
Operating System - Android 5.1
Skin Cool - 6.0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi - Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported - 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS - Yes
Bluetooth - Yes, v 4.00
NFC - No
Infrared - No
Wi-Fi Direct - Yes
MHL Out - No
HDMI - No
Headphones - 3.5mm
FM - Yes
Number of SIMs - 2
SIM - 1
SIM Type - Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA - GSM
3G - Yes
4G/ LTE - Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) - Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA - GSM
3G - Yes
4G/ LTE - Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) - Yes
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer - Yes
Proximity sensor - Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor - Yes
Gyroscope - Yes
Barometer - No
Temperature sensor - No

Asus Partners Foxconn to Make Smartphones in India

Asus Thursday said it has partnered with Foxconn to begin local manufacturing of smartphones in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, a move that will help the Taiwanese tech major bolster its presence in the burgeoning Indian handset market.

The company, which will kickstart manufacturing operations with Zenfone 2 Laser followed by ZenFone Go, aims to manufacture 1.5 lakh smartphones a month by the end of the current financial year.

This will account for almost 80 percent of sales in India.

No financial details were, however, disclosed.

“India offers us a huge opportunity as smartphone penetration is just 10 per cent. We are excited to announce our local manufacturing facility that will cater to the growing demands of the market,” Asus India Country Manager (System Business Group) Peter Chang told PTI.

India, one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally, is poised to overtake the US as the second-largest market in next few years. Shipments in India grew 44 percent to 26.5 million units in April-June, says the data by research firm IDC.

Also, over the past few months, global smartphone makers like Xiaomi, Motorola and Gionee have commenced assembling their handsets in India, where the government is pushing local manufacturing through its ‘Make in India’ initiative.

“It is an opportune time to make the announcement as it will enable us to bring our cutting edge products to consumers who are looking for features and design sensibilities of a high-end smartphone at an economic price,” he said.

Chang added: “We are aggressively targeting the Indian market. We aim to achieve five per cent market share in the country by next year.”

LG Says Smartphone Sales to Improve Starting in Q4

South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics Inc expects sales at its mobile division to improve starting from the fourth quarter as the firm launches new devices, a senior executive said on Thursday.

Speaking at a launch event for the new V10 smartphone, LG mobile division chief Juno Cho told reporters the firm will use the high-end device as well as new mid-to-low tier products to boost market share.

He declined to give any specific targets.

LG will start selling the V10 smartphone in South Korea on October 8.

The device, which features two front cameras and a small secondary screen that works independently from the main 5.7-inch display, is priced at SKW 799,700 Korean (roughly Rs. 44,100) locally - 11 percent lower than domestic rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s cheapest Galaxy Note 5 phablet model that was launched in August.

The firm also said it is preparing its own mobile payments service but declined to elaborate further.

The highlight of the LG V10 smartphone is its Second Screen which is located as an inset display just above the main 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS Quantum display. Meanwhile, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which was also launched at the event, is being touted as the “first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity” that can work with or without a smartphone. The new Watch Urbane comes with 4G, 3G, and Wi-Fi alongside Bluetooth connectivity options.

LG announced that following its October 8 launch in Korea, it will come to the United States, China and other markets including Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, on the other hand, will be available first in the United States and Korea. This will be followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East.

Micromax Bolt Q339 With 4.5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 3,499

Micromax has launched its new Bolt-series smartphone, the Bolt Q339. Priced at Rs. 3,499, the Micromax Bolt Q339 is a Flipkart exclusive smartphone and can now be purchased via the e-commerce website.

Apart from the Flipkart partnership, the domestic handset maker has also tied up with Vodafone to offer Bolt Q339 users up to 500 MB of 3G data free for 2 months. The company with its latest Bolt-series smartphone is targeting 3G phone users in India.

The Bolt Q339 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone which runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It comes with a 4.5-inch (480×854 pixels) FWVGA IPS display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum (SC7731) processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. It bears 4GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

It sports a 5-megapixel rear fixed-focus camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 2-megapixel front-facing fixed-focus camera also on board.

On the connectivity front, the Bolt Q339 offers 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth options. The smartphone packs a 1650mAh battery, which according to the official listing is rated to deliver up to 5.5 hours of talk time, and up to 280 hours of standby time. The Bolt Q339 measures 123×63.8×9.7mm and is listed in Black colour.

Commenting on the launch, Vineet Taneja, CEO, Micromax said, “Created for the discerning Indian consumer, the Bolt Q339 has been launched, this festive season, to empower a wider consumer base with the experience of best-in-class mobile technologies and richer on-the-go internet experience at an affordable price. Bolt Q339 is one of the most affordable 4.5-inch, 3G quad-core devices in the Indian market. We believe that the new offering being available through Flipkart that has a reach across the length and breadth of the country, coupled with Micromax’s trusted product quality and after-sales service track record, creates a compelling proposition to delight the Indian consumer.”

source:ndtv.com

Lava Flair E2 With 3G Support, 3.5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 2,999

Lava has introduced its new Flair E2 smartphone, which is now listed on the company’s site. Priced at Rs. 2,999, the smartphone can be expected to be soon available via Lava’s retail channels.

The Lava Flair E2 features 3G support, which is a highlight of the device at this price point. It is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone that runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 3.5-inch (320×480 pixels) HVGA display. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz single-core processor coupled with 256MB of RAM. It comes with 512MB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 16GB).

The smartphone sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera also on board. The Lava Flair E2 bears sensors such as accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

The smartphone packs a 1400mAh battery, which according to the official listing is rated to deliver up to 14 hours of talk time, and up to 128 hours of standby time. It measures 113×61x12mm and weighs 256 grams. The new Lava smartphone has been listed in Black and White colour variants.

Last week, Lava launched the Iris Fuel F1 Mini priced at Rs. 4,399. The dual-SIM based handset runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and features a 4-inch (480×800 pixels) WVGA display. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz single-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM.

It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera also on board. The Lava Flair E2’s rear camera features face recognition, Panorama, geo tagging, and HDR options. The smartphone packs a 2000mAh battery.

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