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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Launched Globally! Comes with New S-Pen & Large Battery.

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The most anticipated device of this year i.e. the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally launched after tons of leaks and rumours. The device is unveiled today on August 9, as per the schedule at an event held in New York.

The Note 9 is on par with what we saw in previously leaked specifications, images and videos. It comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display having a resolution of QuadHD+(2960 x 1440 pixel), in an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, protected with Gorilla Glass 5. Moreover, the display has a pixel density of 514ppi and supports HDR10 content & Always On feature.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, limited to the US region, whereas the global variants will ship with Exynos 9810 SoC at the core. Furthermore, it comes in 6/128GB and 8/512GB RAM and Storage Configurations. The dual sim variants will get a hybrid sim solution for further storage expansion up to 512GB via MicroSD card.

In the optics, the Galaxy Note 9 gets an optically stabilized dual camera set up at the back, featuring a 12-megapixel primary shooter with a variable aperture from f/1.5 to f/2.4 and 1.4-micron pixel size, coupled with a secondary 12-megapixel telephoto lens that offers lossless 2X optical zoom and bears an aperture of f/2.4. For selfies, we have an 8-megapixel with f/1.7 aperture shooter. This time, Samsung has packed certain AI features in the camera app including smart scene recognition.

The bundled S Pen is one of the major highlights of the device. As rumoured earlier, it comes with Bluetooth LE support and allows the users to take photos remotely in addition to performing other tasks like playing/ pausing YouTube videos or music and unlocking the phone without actually touching it. It takes just a minute to charge fully when docked in the phone and delivers a battery life of 30mins for the Bluetooth functions to work, however, the regular S Pen functions won’t utilize any charge. 

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The fingerprint scanner is now shifted below the Camera module that houses the Heart Rate sensor as well, like the one on the Note 8. We also have the Iris Scanner and Face Unlock system onboard. Additionally, the popular game Fortnite Battle Royale has made its debut on Android with the Note 9 as an exclusive.

On the software front, it runs on Samsung’s Experience UX based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone draws its juice from a large 4,000mAh battery with the support for Wireless Charging in addition to the Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging.

Connectivity features include DeX, ANT+, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, Wifi, GPS, NFC (which aids the Samsung Pay), and more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available in four colours including Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple options. The 6GB/128GB variant is priced at $999 (roughly Rs 69,000) whereas the top-end 8GB/512GB version is set for $1,250 (roughly Rs 86,000). It will be available for sale starting from August 24.

Also, if you missed the Unpacked event, you can watch it again here:

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications

  • 6.4-inch QuadHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/512GB Internal Storage
  • 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 +12MP f/2.4 Dual Rear Camera
  • 8MP f/1.7 Front Camera
  • 4,000mAh Battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
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Coolpad Mega 5A Launched in India, Comes with 18:9 Display & will be Offline only.

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Coolpad has launched its latest budget smartphone in India. Dubbed Coolpad Mega 5A, it is the successor to the Coolpad Mega 4A launched this year in April. Compared to other Chinese manufacturers, the company has taken a complete opposite way by making the device offline-exclusive.

Syed Tajuddin, CEO of  Coolpad India says on the launch

Coolpad is committed to offer best in class products, feature rich products that are priced right. Running on 8.1 Android Oreo, with a great screen display and a powerful battery life, Coolpad Mega 5A will set another industry benchmark which is tough to match. We have adopted an aggressive channel expansion strategy with offline channel as our primary focus area. India is a key market for Coolpad, and we will be launching a range of products that will cater to wider audience base.

The Coolpad Mega 5A features a 5.45 inch IPS InCell display with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Spreadtrum SC9850k chipset clocked at 1.3GHz and coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with further expandable option with a microSD card up to 128GB.

In a optics department, it sports a dual camera setup on the rear consisting a 8MP primary sensor and a 0.3MP VGA sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and LED flash. On the front it offers a 5MP camera sensor with selfie flash.

The device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 2,500 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, Micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. For security there is a circular fingerprint sensor at the back placed below the camera.

The Coolpad Mega 5A will be available in Gold color options at a price tag of Rs 6,999 from today onwards in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi NCR, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. At this price range, it will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 5A and  Nokia 2.1 which are available through both online and offline channels.

Coolpad Mega 5A specifications

 

  • 5.45 inch 18:9 FHD IPS InCell display
  • 1.3GHz  Spreadtrum SC9850k chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP + VGA rear
  • 5MP front with selfie flash
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 2,500 mAh battery
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Oppo F9 Launched in Vietnam & Philippines, Features a Tiny Notch!

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Oppo recently listed the Oppo R17 on its official website and now the Chinese manufacturer has made the Oppo F9 official in Vietnam and Philippines. The handset will be eventually launched in other South Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. In India, the device is expected to be renamed as Oppo F9 Pro.

The Oppo F9 comes with glass material on its front and back side. The textured rear back contains a fingerprint sensor for security.There is a small “water-drop” notch on the front similar to the R17 which takes the screen-to-body ratio up to 90.8 %. It features a 6.3 inch LTPS IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Helio P60 chipset couple clocked at 2.0 GHz and  coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with further expandable memory options. A higher variant with 6GB RAM which was spotted in GeekBench may be launched in some specific markets.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup of 16MP + 2MP configuration in the rear while offering a AI powered 25MP camera on the front which can shoot good images in any type of condition with its HDR hardware and AI algorithms. It runs on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery with support for VOOC charging technology which claims to give 2 hours of battery life for just 5 minutes of charging.

In Vietnam, the Oppo F9 is already up for pre-orders at a price tag of VND 7,990,000 (Rs 23,500 approx) and will go on sale from August 24. In Philippines, the handset is priced PHP 17,990 (Rs 21,775) while the pre-orders and official sale will go from August 24 and August 29 respectively. It will be available in Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple color options. In India, the teaser campaign has already started and is expected to be launched in the August 21 launch event.

Oppo F9 Specifications

  • 6.3 inch LTPS IPS LCD display
  • Helio P60 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 16MP + 2MP rear camera
  • AI powered 25MP front
  • 3,500 mAh battery
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iPhone X Lookalike Motorola P30 launched in China. Also Launched Z3 & E5 Plus.

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As scheduled, Motorola has finally unveiled the Motorola P30 in China, today on August 15. Additionally, the Lenovo-backed Motorola has also launched the flagship Motorola Z3 and the budget E5 Plus devices (already launched earlier). As leaked earlier, the device is the first Moto smartphone to debut with a notch and seems to be heavily inspired by the likes of iPhone X.

 

The all new Moto P30 matches the iPhone X with a Notch above the display which is wide enough, and the vertically stacked dual rear camera setup on the back. It comes with a ceramic glass sandwich design with rounded corners in white and black colour options. We also have an option to choose the gradient blue-purple colour which appears to be heavily influenced by the twilight version of the Huawei P20. The only thing that is evidently original to Motorola is its logo at the back which also doubles up as a fingerprint reader.

The Moto P30 comes with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ (2246×1080 pixels) notched display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a 2.5D glass layered on top.

The phone packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM at its core, with options of 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage. Moreover, Motorola claims to utilise AI-powered graphics acceleration to render smooth gaming experience in the P30.

In the Optics department, the Moto P30 gets a 16 megapixel (f/1.8)+ 5-megapixel (f/2.2) dual camera set up at the rear with AI-based scene recognition and portrait mode, AR mode along with an LED flash. While a 12-megapixel selfie shooter with an LED flash and facial recognition sensors sits at the notch upfront.

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On the software front, instead of Stock Android, the P30 boots Lenovo’s ZUI 4.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. Powering the phone is a 3,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The phone also retains the 3.5mm jack which Motorola forgot to remove while copying the iPhone X.

Jokes apart, the Moto P30 will go on sale in China starting September 15, at a price of CNY 2,099 (roughly Rs 21,300) for the base variant and CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs 25,400) for the top end variant. As of now, we don’t have any info regarding the global launch. Stay tuned for more updates.

Moto P30

Moto P30 Specifications

  • 6.2″ FHD+ 19:9 display
  • Snapdragon 636
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB Internal Storage
  • 16+5MP Rear Camera
  • 12MP Front Camera
  • Android 8.0
  • 3000mAh

Motorola has also launched their Motorola Z3 & Motorola E5 Plus alongside P30 in China, both of which were launched earlier in US & Brazil respectively and E5 Plus in India.

In China, Z3 is priced at 3999 Yuan or 41.5K INR (approx) and E5 Plus costs 1299 Yuan or 13.5K INR (approx) for the 3/32GB variant and 1699 Yuan or 17.5K INR (approx) for the 4/64GB variant,

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