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Apple’s partners and Samsung apply for India’s $6.6 billion local smartphone production program – TechCrunch


South Korean giant Samsung, Apple’s contract manufacturing partners Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, and Indian smartphone vendors Micromax and Lava among others have applied for India’s $6.6 billion incentive program aimed at boosting the local smartphone manufacturing, New Delhi said on Saturday.

The scheme, called Production-Linked Incentive Scheme, will offer a range of incentives to companies including a 6% financial incentive on additional sales of goods produced locally over five years, with 2019-2020 set as the base year, India’s IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a press conference. Read More

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5 things the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 still needs to show us


The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is almost certainly going to be unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked virtual product launch event on August 5, but there are still several things we don’t know about the Android phone.

Samsung has traditionally releases its stylus-packing phones in August, and it always seems to incorporate the features introduced in that year’s S-series phones from six months prior. But there’s still plenty to wonder about the Note 20.

Will the Note 20 pack all of the Samsung Galaxy S20‘s cameras and specs? Will it be as big, or bigger, than the Galaxy S20 Plus? Will there be a top-specced Note 20 Ultra model? Read More

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The latest Samsung Galaxy S20 deals at Best Buy offer $400 price cuts


If you’re on the hunt for that flagship 5G upgrade, consider the latest round of Samsung Galaxy S20 deals from Best Buy, which can help you save up to $400 on a brand new phone.

Available on the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20 Plus 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G models, this promotion runs until Sunday and is available on all big networks. The overall cost will depend on your carrier of choice but once you activate you’ll either get your saving instantly rebated into your account over the first few billing cycles or applied as an overall saving on your monthly phone lease.  Read More

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Mashable

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G is available for preorder


Just a few days before Samsung’s event on Aug. 5, the company has listed its Galaxy Z Flip 5G for preorder.

Revealed in a leaked video on July 10, then officially confirmed by Samsung on July 22, the 5G version of the company’s is now available to order from Samsung’s website. Prices start at $1,499.99 (a little more expensive than the standard model at $1,380), and you can pick between two new colours of Mystic Bronze or Mystic Gray, shipping from Aug. 7.

MYSTIC.

MYSTIC.

Samsung’s original version of its flip phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, was launched in February with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, and the main difference between that and the 5G version is that it comes complete with the new Snapdragon 856 Plus 5G chipset, which enables super-fast 5G speeds on the device. There’s plenty more detail about the 5G version and its specs in this article from Mashable’s Brenda Stolyar. Read More

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Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 high-res leak shows a more advanced hinge


Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold2 has leaked out in full, high-resolution glory with a more sophisticated design and robust-looking hinge. The renders, found by MySmartPrice (via Android Police) show that Z Fold2 has completely lost the original Fold’s cutout selfie camera notch on the interior screen, replaced by a hole-punch. The exterior LCD screen now takes up most of the front space, as well — rather than having big gaps above and below like the Fold.

However, the biggest improvement appears to be in the hinge. Where the Fold (after the redesign) had some janky seals to close off gaps that allowed dust and other particles to get in, the Fold2 sides appear to enclose the hinge structure more completely. The inside corners are also square instead of rounded, so there’s no longer a small gap at the top and bottom when it’s opened. Finally, the hinge appears to be a bit larger and fits more tightly to the sides of the phone. Read More

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Samsung offers ‘Shop 20K Advantage’ for online shoppers

Keeping in mind the current pandemic situation and future prospects of online shopping, Samsung has launched three new initiatives to offer more incentives to online buyers. These include Samsung’s Referral, Student and Shop programs on its website. Samsung’s official online website Samsung.com is getting a lot of attention lately and according to them, it is expected to gain a total of 400 million visitors by 2020.

In a press release, Samsung says the unique Referral program will get discounts up to 8% for friends and family on purchasing premium mobile and consumer electronics via the referral link in the website. While the exact list of premium products is not mentioned it says the offer is applicable to 15+ products including smartphones, tablets and wearables. Read More

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20’s chipset might not be that bad after all


With the Galaxy Note 20 launch just a week away, all eyes will be on what upgrades Samsung brings to the table. While the chipset might remain unchanged, there might be a silver lining.

While Samsung flagship like the Note series and the S series are powered by Snapdragon chipsets in the US and European markets, they come with Exynos chipset in Asian markets such as India. It often tends to lose out on the performance front against Qualcomm Snapdragon counterparts. However, a new leak suggests some good news in this regard. Read More

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The Verge

Huawei overtakes Samsung as world’s biggest smartphone vendor, says report


For the first time ever, Huawei has shipped more smartphones worldwide over a quarter than any other company, according to a new report from analyst firm Canalys. Huawei has long harbored ambitions to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone seller, and going by the numbers from Canalys, that’s just what happened during the April-June period this year.

That doesn’t mean Huawei will hold onto the top spot for long, as the results were clearly influenced by the ongoing pandemic. Canalys’ figure of 55.8 million Huawei smartphones shipped is actually down 5 percent year-on-year, while Samsung slid 30 percent to 53.7 million. More than 70 percent of Huawei’s devices are now sold in China, which hasn’t been hit as hard by COVID-19 as many of Samsung’s major markets. Samsung, meanwhile, is a tiny player in China. Read More

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Engadget

Samsung looks forward to quantum dot TVs, new game systems and phones


The rest of the year is also looking surprisingly positive from Samsung’s perspective, as the launch of new game consoles will push sales of RAM chips for their GPUs. It’s also preparing to launch several mobile devices of its own during the Unpacked event next week, including a new Galaxy Note, Galaxy Fold and more.

While we’ve heard a lot about its upcoming mobile plans, Samsung was less specific about its new TV technology. The company is investing billions to build a new plant to produce quantum dot-based TV screens that rival LG’s OLEDs, and will end LCD production entirely by the end of this year. In the release it confirmed that plan, saying “Samsung will continue to meet demand from its LCD customers until the end of the year and accelerate product development based on new technologies such as QD Displays.” Read More

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Engadget

Google reportedly offers Samsung a lucrative deal to prioritize Assistant and Play Store


It’s still unclear whether the agreement would force Samsung to drop Bixby and its app store entirely or, as Bloomberg says, whether it simply has to make those services less integrated on its own devices. Neither company confirmed the negotiations when the publication asked for a statement.

A Google spokesperson said:

“Like all Android device makers, Samsung is free to create its own app store and digital assistant. That’s one of the great features of the Android platform. And while we regularly talk with partners about ways to improve the user experience, we have no plans to change that.” Read More