New York, Aug 8 (AP/UNB) — Samsung executives have long poked fun at rivals for ditching the headphone jack in smartphones. With the new Galaxy Note 10, the company will now be doing exactly the same thing.
The Note 10, announced Wednesday, squeezes in more battery power and other goodies, but at the cost of the familiar old jack. So now the company is doing an about-face and declaring that many people use wireless headphones anyway.
Samsung, which for years has pushed bigger and bigger displays, is also introducing a smaller version of the Note for those who think phones have just gotten too big.
The new Note models will come out Aug. 23. The main model is being called the Note 10 Plus and will have a display measuring 6.8 inches diagonally. Though the display is bigger, the overall size is about the same as last year's 6.4-inch Note 9. To accomplish that, Samsung shrank down even more of the bezel surrounding the display.
The smaller, 6.3-inch version will be called the Note 10 and will sell for almost $950, or $150 less than the Plus. It's designed for those who want the Note's signature stylus without its once-signature size.
"You hit a certain point where you can't get much bigger without being physically too large to hold," Technalysis Research analyst Bob O'Donnell said. "That's the challenge they are running into."
Hardware innovation in mobile devices has been slowing for years. Samsung is addressing that with a foldable model, with twice the display when unfolded. The Samsung Fold is coming in September after Samsung made a few design changes to address problems with reviewers' phones breaking.
Apple is expected to release new iPhones next month. A version that works with next-generation 5G cellular networks isn't expected. Samsung will have a 5G version of the Note 10 Plus starting at almost $1300.
The Note 10 Plus will have a 7.5% boost in battery capacity over the Note 9, though Samsung's high-end phones have already been promising all-day battery life. Samsung made no references to the headphone jack during its 70-minute announcement event in New York.
Samsung officials told reporters separately that while the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack might seem small, every smidgeon of saved space can help extend battery life. Samsung is including wired headphones that plug into the phone's USB-C data and charging port. An adapter for other wired headphones is sold separately for $10. Apple and Google also have ditched the standard headphone jack.
But O'Donnell noted the irony: "If you guys gave everybody else grief for doing it, why are you doing it?"
Beyond that, the Note 10 phones introduce new stylus features, including the ability to flip through music and photo libraries by gesturing with the stylus in the air. The phones bring a wider-angle lens already found in the S10 and use software to make audio appear louder — and thus closer — in video recordings when zooming in. And by connecting a Note 10 to a Windows or Mac computer with a USB cable, users can interact with phone apps there and drag and drop files between devices.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appeared briefly to expand on a partnership with Samsung. The collaboration includes giving Note users the ability to receive and respond to text messages and take phone calls from a Windows computer. Apple has long offered similar features, but only for its own devices such as the iPhone and Mac.
Beijing, Aug. 4 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Apple Inc. continued to lead the global tablet sector, with its market share reaching 38.1 percent in the second quarter of the year, said a report.
Shipments of iPads reached 12.3 million units, surging 6.1 percent from a year ago, according to a report published by the International Data Corporation (IDC).
Samsung ranked second in terms of shipments, accounting for 15.2 percent of the total, followed by Huawei with 10.3 percent of the market share.
Amazon.com, which has been focusing on the low end of the market, enjoyed a rapid year-on-year growth of 46.3 percent in shipments in the second quarter, as it geared up for Prime Day in July. It ranked fourth with a market share of 7.4 percent.
Lenovo rounded out the top five with a 5.8 percent share, although its shipments fell 6.9 percent year on year. It did however manage reasonable growth in mature markets such as the United States, Western Europe and Japan.
The IDC, founded in 1964, is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services and events in information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.
Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB)- Bangladeshi handset maker Walton has launched its first triple camera phone with notch display in local market. The new 4G network supported smartphone ‘Primo S7’ comes in two different colors of Blue and Sea Green and available for purchase at all Walton Plaza, brand and retail outlets across the country,
Asifur Rahman Khan, Chief of Walton Cellular Phone sales department, said that the phone will be available at Tk 14,999 and open for pre-book. Customers who will place their orders will get cashback.
Runs on Android 9.0 Pie operating system, the device features a 6.26-inch 19:9 U-Notch HD+ display with 1520X720 pixel screen resolutions. It sports a 64 bit 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, PowerVR Rogue GE8320 GPU, 3GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable up to 256 GB) with 3900 mAh battery.
The new device has 12MP+13MP+2MP PDAF AI powered triple camera with LED flash and a set of attractive features along with another 16MP front camera.
Customers will also enjoy instant replacement warranty for 30 days for the phone along with one-year regular service warranty.
Kiev, Aug 3 (Xinhua/UNB)-- Chinese tech giant Huawei announced Friday that it has won the tender to build 4G network for the metro in Ukraine's capital city Kiev.
It will be Huawei's largest subway telecom system project among the 27 Central, Eastern European and Scandinavian countries, reads the company's statement.
Currently, there is only 2G coverage in Kiev subway, except for the Teremki station whose data is not available.
"Huawei has experience in implementing mobile communication system projects subways such as those in Paris and Hong Kong," said Alexander Serbin, Huawei Ukraine's business development director.
"I hope that residents and visitors of the capital will soon be able to enjoy all the benefits of modern mobile technologies," he said.
The tender for the 4G network construction in the Kiev metro was launched in October 2018 and completed in late July.
Dhaka, Jul 31 (UNB)- Local electronics brand Walton brought a new large screen smartphone Primo NH4 in three attractive colors of Dark Blue, Red and Black.
The smartphone will be available at only Tk 4,999, said a press release.
Asifur Rahman Khan, Head of Walton Cellular Phone Sales, said the new smartphone bears a 5.7-inch full-view display with 2.5D curved glass which will give users pleasant experiences of viewing or reading whether they want to browse online, read, play games, watch movies or have video chat.
It sports a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor, 1 GB DDR3 RAM with 8 GB ROM (expandable up to 64 GB), Mali-400 graphicsand 2400 mAh li-ion battery, he said.
Runs on Android Oreo 8.1 (Go Edition), the smartphone features 5MP rear and front cameras with LED flashes on both sides.
The customers will enjoy 30 days instant replacement guaranty and regular one-year warranty on purchase.