Samsung Carnival on Amazon India Starts Tuesday With Discounts on Smartphones, Tablets, and More

Samsung from Tuesday is offering discounts on select products from its range of smartphones, tablets, SD cards, and televisions and more as part of the Samsung Carnival on Amazon India. Lasting from Tuesday to Thursday, users can also avail discounts on the company’s refrigerators as well as air conditioners as part of the limited-time sale on the online marketplace.

Coming first to offers on smartphones, Samsung is offering a discount of Rs. 2,000 on Galaxy On8, which was earlier priced at Rs. 15,900 and is now available for Rs. 13,900. The South Korean company is offering a Rs. 1,700 discount on its Galaxy On7 Pro and Galaxy On5 Pro smartphones, which are now available at Rs. 9,490 and Rs. 7,490 respectively, down from Rs. 11,190 and Rs. 9,190.

The company is currently also offering discounts on its Galaxy Tab E, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy J Max tablets that are available at Rs. 15,500 (earlier available at Rs. 16,900), Rs. 16,500 (earlier available at Rs. 17,900), and Rs. 13,400 (earlier available at Rs. 13,990) respectively. Here’s the entire list of Samsung tablets that are available at discounted prices.

Samsung Carnival on Amazon India Starts Tuesday With Discounts on Smartphones, Tablets, and MoreAs part of Samsung Carnival sale, the company is offering a discount of Rs. 5,500 on its 32-inch HD Ready LED TV (FH4003), which is now available at a price of Rs. 18,390. If you prefer smaller screen television, Samsung’s 24-inch HD Ready LED TV (UA24K4100ARLXL) is available at a price of Rs. 11,990 (discount of Rs. 4,500). If you are looking for a monitor, you can opt to buy the company’s 21.5-inch full-HD LED monitor (LS22E360HS/XL) at a price of Rs. 8,499 (discount of Rs. 4,500).

Samsung is offering its EVO+ 32GB Class 10 microSDHC card with up to 80Mbps read speed and EVO 32GB Class 10 microSDHC card (with read speed up to 48Mbps) at Rs. 725 (earlier available for Rs. 999) and Rs. 699 (earlier available for Rs. 989) through Lightning deals on the website.

To check out other deals available as part of the sale, you can head to the Samsung Carnival page on

Samsung Gear VR Gets Refreshed at MWC 2017; Comes With Touch Controller

Samsung has launched the latest version of its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset at MWC 2017 and for the first time around, the South Korean company has introduced a VR controller that goes along with the headset. The new controller is aimed at providing users with convenience while interacting with the user interface in VR apps and games with the help of the headset.

The South Korean conglomerate says that the curved design of the newly introduced Gear VR controller offers users with convenient one-hand control and provides better motion interaction with minimised head movement. The touchpad on the motion controller provides quicker selection and interaction within VR apps. With the controller, users get the ability to “point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences,” the company said. The Home, Volume and Back keys located on the controller help users to navigate easily within the interface.

Samsung Gear VR Gets Refreshed at MWC 2017; Comes With Touch Controller“At Samsung, we are focused on setting and exceeding the standard for VR experiences, making them even more accessible and delivering the highest in quality,” Younghee Lee, executive vice president of mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, was quoted as saying in company’s blog post. “The Gear VR with Controller expands our VR ecosystem to help consumers get more engaged and immersed in VR content – whether it’s games or videos,” Lee said.

The Gear VR with controller offers 42mm lenses with 101-degree FOV (Field of View) and “advanced distortion correction technology” to minimize users’ motion sickness. The Samsung Gear VR with Controller will support both Micro-USB and USB Type-C port with a converter in-box. Further, the new Gear VR comes with a strap on the headset that allows it to hold the controller when it is not being used.

The new Gear VR with controller is compatible with Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. You can find the full specifications of the new Gear VR over here.

Samsung Launches Portable Speakers and Headsets in India, Expands Audio Portfolio

Samsung on Friday launched a range of audio products in India to expand its product portfolio in the country. The South Korean company launched three portable speakers, Level Box Slim, the Bottle and the Scoop, along with Level Active and the Rectangle headsets. The Samsung Level Box Slim has been priced by the company at Rs. 6,699, while the Bottle speaker comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,999. The Scoop speaker is available for Rs. 2,799. The Level Active headset has been priced by Samsung at Rs. 4,999 while the Rectangle Headset is available at Rs. 1,899.

“Samsung is synonymous with innovation and our new Audio range reinforces us as pioneers in the Mobile entertainment space. Each of these audio devices, with their balance of aesthetics and acoustics, should be a definite delight for our consumers,” Asim Warsi, senior vice president at Samsung India Mobile Business, was quoted as saying in the release.

Talking about the portable speakers first, Samsung Level Box Slim works as both an audio speaker as well as a power bank. The speaker comes with a 2600mAh battery that is rated to provide up to 30 hours of music playback and as we mentioned earlier, it also functions as a portable charger. This means that users can charge their smartphone or tablet while listening to the music from the speaker as well. Notably, with the help of Samsung Level app, users will be able to check the status of their speaker’s battery and adjust the volume settings as well.

The Level Box Slim comes with IPX7 water resistance, which means you can take it around swimming pool or lake and not be worried about occasional splashes. The speaker comes with a compact design and can fit into user’s palm or back pocket, as per the company’s claims.

Next in line is the Samsung Bottle speaker. The portable speaker supports wireless charging and offers 360-degree surround sound as well. The speaker interestingly supports motion-controls as well. The built-in LED panel on the speaker is responsive to motion and can be customised by the users with the Lux Manager app.

Finally coming to the Scoop wireless speaker, the new portable comes with a strap that makes it easier to carry around. “Intuitive controls allow users to effortlessly find their favourite tunes, while the built-in microphone with noise-reduction and echo-cancellation technologies help users to field calls without reaching for their phone,” the company said in its release.

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Moving on to the headphones, the Bluetooth-enabled Level Active headset headset comes with silicon earhooks as well as wingtips and in-ear earbuds, making it comfortable for people on the move. The headset is also splash resistant, which allows users to work out without worrying about sweat. “Using the Active key function, users can control their Level Active headphones to monitor their workout. Users can connect to S Health using Active key and record workout information for walking, running, cycling or hiking,” the company said in its release.

Lastly, there is Rectangle headset that comes with a tangle-free flat fabric cable and DLM (double-layered motion) structured speakers for top-notch sound, the company said.

Samsung May Not Be Working on a Bixby-Powered Amazon Echo Competitor After All

Earlier this month, Samsung was reported to be making an Amazon Echo competitor, but a fresh report seems to refute those claims. A new report now claims that Samsung feels that competitors in the market like Amazon Echo are way ahead in the game, and the tech giant wants to still indulge in the waiting game before launching a product in the smart speaker space. Korean site The Korea Herald reports that Samsung is not so enthusiastic about the smart speaker market as of now, and is not looking to launch one anytime soon.

“Samsung currently does not view Al speakers as marketable, as the global market is already dominated by unbeatable Amazon and the Korean market is too small to make profits. More importantly, Samsung cannot afford to focus on the uncertain market, as most of its AI specialists — whose number is much less than that of the US tech giants — are currently going all out to develop the Bixby version in English,” an anonymous source told the publication.

Samsung May Not Be Working on a Bixby-Powered Amazon Echo Competitor After AllAmazon Echo currently enjoys 70 percent of the market share in smart speakers, with Google Home market share on the rise. The Korean market, where Samsung has dominance, also has SK Telecom’s NUGU which is quite famous already. Samsung, presumably, prefers to wait it out and see how the market for smart speakers shapes up before taking the plunge.

Also, its Bixby AI’s English version, which was delayed for months due to several technical glitches, has finally been released for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in the US. It still needs to be rolled out in other markets where the smartphones have been made available. All of this suggests that Samsung would be making a smart move by not venturing into smart speakers for now, given how advanced Alexa and Google Assistant are.

In any case, Samsung has confirmed that Bixby is arriving on the Family Hub 2.0 smart fridge, indicating that it’s not completely ruling out the AI assistant’s integration in its smart products line after all.

Samsung U Flex Headphones With Bendable Neckband, Bixby Button Unveiled

Samsung has announced its U Flex premium headphones, with a bendable design and dedicated Bixby button for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users. The headphones will come in Black, Blue, and Ivory trims. The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability details but we suspect that should arrive along with the Galaxy Note 8 that’s set to launch on August 23.

The Samsung U Flex headphones are designed to be rugged and are said to be able to withstand harsh conditions. The neckband is designed to be flexible by up to 100 degrees, which means you can contour it to easily fit in your pants pocket or a small hand bag. The controls and ports are placed on both ends of the neckband. On the left, we have buttons to control music playback, a power button and a Micro-USB port. On the right, there’s a dedicated button called Active Key, which can be customised to access various functions like the clock, timer, Samsung Health, favourites or voice assistants like Bixby. If you don’t have a Bixby-capable smartphone, then you’ll be able to summon S Voice on other Samsung phones. All this can be controlled via the Samsung Level app on Android.

Samsung U Flex Headphones With Bendable Neckband, Bixby Button UnveiledThe headphones also have a dual driver setup. Each earbud houses a 11mm woofer and a 8mm tweeter, which is said to deliver powerful bass response and clear highs. The Samsung U Flex also support Samsung’s Scalable Codec technology which analyses ambient interference from Wi-Fi signals for better range and a more stable Bluetooth connection. However, this technology will only work with a compatible Samsung smartphone. Other features include P2i nano coating which can protect it from light splashes of water; 10 hours of battery life; and built-in vibration alert for incoming calls.

We should get more details once Samsung commercially launches the U Flex. These premium headphones have many features in common with existing neckband-style headphones like the LG Tone Active+ and the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless, so it will be interesting to see how Samsung’s offering will stack up in terms of performance and pricing.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications Leak, 6GB of RAM Expected

Samsung has already announced that the company will launch the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone on August 23 and several leaked renders have given a fairly good idea about the handset’s design. Now, the final specifications that will be offered by the smartphone have also been leaked and suggest that the upcoming Galaxy Note series flagship will pack an impressive 6GB of RAM.

After leaking the renders of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 earlier, Venture Beat’s Evan Blass aka @evleaks has now leaked the alleged final specifications of the smartphone. As per the report, Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3-inch QHD (1440×2960 pixels) Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18:5:9. It is expected to be powered by Exynos 8895 SoC globally, but use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US, just like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications Leak, 6GB of RAM ExpectedThe highlight feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, apart from its S Pen stylus, is expected to be its camera. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a dual camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors. The primary wide-angle lens comes with an f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus, while the secondary telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture and enables a 2x optical zoom, as per the report. Both the lenses are also said to offer optical image stabilisation as well.

As mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be packing 6GB of RAM, an improvement over Galaxy S8 models that were launched with 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to come with 64GB of built-in storage, which will be further expandable via microSD card. The handset is expected to measure 162.5×74.6×8.5mm. Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery that can be charged either wirelessly or through USB Type-C. The handset is expected to come with a a fingerprint scanner at back.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has also been tipped to be offered in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colours initially but is expected to be launched in Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue colours later. To recall, Blass recently shared the renders of the smartphone in these colours recently. As per the report, the Galaxy Note 8 will cost around EUR 1,000 (roughly Rs. 75,400) in Europe when it will start to ship in September.

Samsung Flip Phone SM-G9298 With Dual Displays Launched in China

Samsung launched its W2017 flip phone in China last year and now the South Korean company has introduced its successor – Samsung SM-G9298 – for the same market. Notably, the Samsung G-9298, aka Leader 8 aka Leadership 8 (translated from Chinese), comes with a more powerful processor and improved optics over the W2017 and has been made available only in Black colour for purchase.

The new dual-SIM (hybrid) Samsung SM-G9298 comes with two 4.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED displays – with one on the inside and one on the outside. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two clocked at 1.6GHz. The Samsung SM-G9298 packs 4GB of RAM.

Samsung Flip Phone SM-G9298 With Dual Displays Launched in ChinaIn terms of optics, the Samsung SM-G9298 packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.9 aperture for taking selfies. It comes with 64GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card up to 256GB.

The connectivity options offered by the Samsung SM-G9298 include 4G connectivity, micro USB, USB 2.0, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and GPS. It houses a 2300mAh battery that is rated to provide standby time of 68 hours. The Samsung G-9298 measures 130.2×62.6×15.9mm and weighs 235 grams. Other features offered by the smartphone include Samsung Pay, S Voice, and Secure Folder.

The onboard sensors on the Samsung SM-G9298 include accelerometer, barometer, a fingerprint sensor, and gyroscope. While Samsung has not announced the pricing of the smartphone, it will be made available with China Mobile in the country.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Android 7.1 Nougat Update Tipped to Arrive Soon by Vodafone

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet flagship is due to launch this month, but that hasn’t stopped the South Korean consumer electronics giant from moving ahead with plans to bring the Android 7.1 Nougat update to its other flagships of 2017 – the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Ever since they shipped in April this year, both the smartphones have received minor updates including security patches but users have been waiting for the latest Android update. Vodafone Australia has now hinted at an imminent release of Android 7.1 Nougat in its Software Update Weekly Wrap.

Vodafone has issued a list of upcoming software updates coming to various smartphones in Australia, including the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for which the telco has ‘submitted’ the Android 7.1 Nougat version along with stability and bug fixes.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Android 7.1 Nougat Update Tipped to Arrive Soon by VodafoneThe Vodafone list is particularly about Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ software updates arriving in Australia, but despite that, the updates are likely to roll out widely to other regions as well soon. Of course, it’s still unclear just when the Android 7.1 Nougat update will roll out in Australia itself.

In April this year, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ running on Android 7.0 Nougat started shipping. The smartphones have sporadically received a few updates with security patches and some bug fixes. Both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have been so far acclaimed for their design and features, specifically the 18.5:9 aspect ratio Infinity Display. Samsung is now gearing up to present its anticipated flagship phablet, Galaxy Note 8, towards the end of this month. It will be interesting to see whether the successor to the unfortunate Galaxy Note 7 will make a successful mark in the market.

Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Sales, Exchange Over Safety Concerns

Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Sales, Exchange Over Safety Concerns
Samsung told customers worldwide Tuesday to stop using their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as it struggled to contain a snowballing safety crisis that threatens to derail the powerhouse global brand.

The South Korean conglomerate also called a halt to worldwide sales and exchanges of the troubled handset, as the federal US consumer regulator issued an alarming warning of the possible dangers the device posed to its owners, their families and homes.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Production Schedule Adjusted to ‘Ensure Quality and Safety’)

The news slammed Samsung’s share price, which plunged as much as seven percent in afternoon trade.

Tuesday’s announcement came a little over a month after the world’s largest smartphone maker announced a recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s in 10 markets following complaints that its lithium-ion battery exploded while charging.

The unprecedented move has turned into a PR disaster for the company, which prides itself on innovation and quality, and the situation only worsened when reports emerged a week ago of replacement phones also catching fire.

“If it’s once, it could be taken as a mistake but for Samsung, the same thing happened twice with the same model so there’s going to be a considerable loss of consumer faith,” said Greg Roh at HMC Investment Securities.

‘Brand damage’
“The reason consumers prefer brands like Samsung and Apple is because of product reliability … so in this case brand damage is inevitable and it will be costly for Samsung to turn that around again,” Roh said.

Samsung’s statement on Tuesday was the first formal acknowledgement of continued safety concerns with the replacement Galaxy Note 7s and came a day after it acknowledged it was easing production of the flagship smartphone.

“Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while an investigation is taking place,” the statement said.

A number of major distributors – US telecom firm AT&T and German rival T-Mobile – had unilaterally suspended sales and exchanges of the model on Sunday.

Samsung also advised all customers with an original or replacement Galaxy Note 7 to “power down and stop using the device” immediately – a warning echoed by the head of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Elliot Kaye.

“No one should have to be concerned their phone will endanger them, their family or their property,” Kaye said in a press release.
Samsung’s decision to halt sales and exchanges was “the right move” Kaye said, adding that his commission was actively investigating reports of phones overheating and burning in multiple US states.

The US Federal Aviation Administration issued a guidance update, urging all passengers to power off, and not use, charge, or stow in checked baggage, all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices – originals or replacements.


Management woes
Analysts have suggested that Samsung, battling ever-fiercer competition in the saturated smartphone market, may have rushed production of the Galaxy Note 7 with bitter rival Apple’s recently released iPhone 7 in mind.

The top-of-the-line Note 7 was crucial to Samsung’s growth plans this year, with the company struggling to boost sales, squeezed by Apple in the high-end sector and Chinese rivals in the low-end market, as profit has stagnated.

Linda Sui, wireless smartphone strategies director at Strategy Analytics, estimated that Samsung could lose “$10 billion or more” over the recall.

“And the impact on brand image and consumer confidence will be even worse,” Sui said, adding that Samsung might be forced to consider junking the Galaxy Note 7 completely.

The crisis has shone a spotlight on Samsung’s management at a time when it is navigating a tricky generational power transfer within its founding Lee family.

And Samsung is also under pressure from one of its shareholders, the activist US hedge fund Elliott Management run by billionaire Paul Singer.

In a detailed proposal unveiled last week, Elliott laid out a strategy for streamlining Samsung, splitting the company in two, dual-listing the resulting operating company on a US exchange and paying shareholders a special dividend of KRW 30 trillion ($27 billion or roughly Rs. 1,80,130 crores).

Elliott argued that Samsung, currently a maze of listed and unlisted companies with a notoriously opaque ownership and management structure, had suffered from a long-term undervaluation in the equity market.

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Samsung’s subsequent Galaxy notice Tipped to recreation Iris Scanner

Samsung is likely to unveil its next Galaxy notice phablet within the coming months. As with in advance models, the Galaxy word 6 has began making rounds at the hearsay mill. certainly one of the biggest modifications Samsung is expected to deliver with its new word phablet is release it as the Galaxy be aware 7, skipping the observe 6 naming in an try and match the notice series naming with the Galaxy S collection – Galaxy S7.

Samsung's Next Galaxy Note Tipped to Sport Iris Scanner

The ultra-modern leak round the new word phablet says that the smartphone will game an iris scanner, which if true will make it the primary cellphone with the characteristic in Samsung’s lineup. To bear in mind, the South Korean employer had currently launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris in India proposing an iris scanner for biometric authentication.

rate Raja reviews that Samsung these days unveiled a Galaxy Beta program which has an iris scanner characteristic listed within the settings. The presence of iris scanner on the Galaxy observe 7 (or notice 6) is similarly corroborated through a Zauba import/ export listing that suggests Samsung shipped two hundred devices of iris scanners to India currently. It claims that Samsung may be already checking out the feature internally in advance of the legit release.

thinking about Samsung has no longer showed any details about the imminent be aware phablet, some of these leaks have to be desirous about a pinch of salt as their legitimacy remains questionable.


A separate record claims that Samsung’s subsequent flagship telephone, believed to launch as the Galaxy S8, might also recreation a 4K UHD show. Korea usher in reviews that Samsung may additionally ship the alleged Galaxy S8 with a five.five-inch display proposing an impressive 4K UHD decision.

The record cites an authentic from UBI research who stated, “Samsung show showcased a 5.five ultra-excessive definition 4K show with a pixel density of 806 ppi for virtual reality gadgets at the Society for facts display, a display change display, in California in March. considering various factors including the manufacturing yield charge for the subsequent-generation display predicted to enhance inside the coming months, the 5.five-inch AMOLED will be deployed inside the next Galaxy phone, probably, named the S8.

another Zauba list suggestions that Samsung might release the successor to the Galaxy Folder turn telephone quickly. GSM Dome first said that the handset codenamed SM-G1600 has regarded at the Zauba list. No different details about the alleged Galaxy Folder 2 might be deciphered from the import/ export list of Zauba.