Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launch Set for August 23 Unpacked Event

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launch Set for August 23 Unpacked Event

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galaxy Note 8 is expected to pack 6GB of RAM
  • Samsung has used tagline “Do bigger things” on invite
  • The smartphone is expected to feature dual cameras at back

Samsung is all set to launch the next smartphone in its Galaxy Note series of phablets, the Galaxy Note 8. The company has started sending invites for Unpacked launch event on August 23. While an earlier report had pointed to the same date for launch, we now have the official confirmation from the South Korean company. While the company doesn’t say much on its launch teaser, it has used the tagline “Do bigger things” to indicate a larger display and more features over current flagships.

In the invite image, shared by Samsung Mobile through a tweet on Thursday, the company has displayed the outline of a smartphone with an Infinity Display, just like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Notably, the signature S Pen can also be seen right alongside the outline in the invite image, all but confirming the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Samsung said, “Find out what it means to do bigger things on 08.23.2017,” in its tweet.

As we mentioned, “bigger things” is likely an indication of more features over current flagships as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to feature only a slightly bigger 6.3-inch display compared with 6.2-inch on Galaxy S8+.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 SoC (depending on the market). The smartphone has been tipped to pack 6GB of RAM. The dual camera setup on the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with two 12-megapixel sensors and independent OIS (optical image stabilisation) for each lens. The camera setup on the smartphone have been said to be in a horizontal orientation and the sensors are believed to be separated from the fingerprint sensor by the LED flash and heart rate monitor in the middle. Rumours of an in-screen fingerprint sensor also continue to spread – though of course, it depends on if the company is able to successfully implement it in time for the launch.

As per leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery. There have been several leaks about the design of the smartphone and some of the recently leaked cases have even shown similarity. As Samsung had heating and explosion issues with Galaxy Note 7, which recently even made a comeback as Galaxy Note Fan edition in Korea, the company would definitely want to revive the series with a bang (no pun intended).

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

6.30-inch

Processor

1.6GHz octa-core

RAM

6GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3300mAh

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Trian to Launch Proxy Fight Against P&G

Investor Nelson Peltz

Investor Nelson Peltz plans to launch a fight for a board seat at Procter & Gamble Co.PG 0.46% , in an effort to jolt the consumer-products giant whose sales and profit growth stalled, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move would make P&G , PG 0.46% with a market value of $222 billion, the largest company ever to face a proxy fight. Should Mr. Peltz’s Trian Fund Management LP win, which is far from guaranteed given how much support it must gain from other shareholders, it would mark a new milestone for a shareholder-activism movement that has shaken up some of the biggest U.S. companies in recent years.

Trian, which owns roughly $3.3 billion of P&G stock, will seek a single seat for Mr. Peltz in a shareholder vote at the company’s annual meeting, likely in October, the people said. It is expected to disclose the campaign Monday, they added.

After nearly five months of discussions, P&G last week rejected a demand from Trian to name Mr. Peltz a director, the people said, setting the stage for what could be months of public debate over how to get the maker of everything from Tide detergent and Gillette razors to Pampers diapers on a stronger growth trajectory.

In a statement, P&G said: “The Board is confident that the changes being made are producing results, and expresses complete support for the Company’s strategy, plans, and management.”

P&G’s sales growth has been lackluster amid a sluggish global economy, pricing pressure and competition from well-funded startups. It faced an earlier activist approach from William Ackman and has cycled through leaders as the stock price has lagged.

P&G shares have underperformed the S&P 500 and the consumer-staples group for the past 10 years. They have returned about 4% to investors over the past 12 months, including dividends, compared with a 16% return for the S&P 500.

Trian and P&G agree on some steps the company needs to take, such as cutting costs and restructuring management, and the investor supports Chief Executive David Taylor and the company’s 11-person board. It isn’t seeking a breakup as some analysts have speculated since the investment was disclosed in February.

Trian has told P&G if it were to win a seat at the annual meeting, it would seek to renominate whoever lost, the people said, expanding the board by the one seat.

Still, Trian believes P&G has failed to move fast enough to arrest its market-share losses and convert cost cuts into profit, questioning the credibility of the company when it comes to carrying out promises.

“We need a game-changing attitude at P&G,” Mr. Peltz said in an interview. “We just can’t keep going along the same path,” he said, adding that he sees the board as well-intentioned.

Since Mr. Taylor took over in November 2015, P&G has moved to restructure management responsibilities, bring in outside talent, drop brands and cut some $10 billion in annual expenses by 2021. That’s on top of the $10 billion the company says it already eliminated since 2012—by cutting 24,000 jobs globally, shedding 14 factories and more than 100 brands to refocus on its most lucrative businesses.

Yet sales and profit growth have remained elusive. The company reported earnings of $13.4 billion for its fiscal 2016, slightly less than the $13.8 billion it notched five years earlier. Organic sales growth, a closely watched metric that excludes acquisitions or divestments as well as currency swings, has been stuck between 1% and 3% in recent years, well below prerecession levels. In the March-ended quarter, organic sales rose just 1%.

Mr. Taylor has said the company was failing to deliver and “we need to bring our standards up.”

Trian will need to garner widespread investor support to succeed. Even though the investment is its largest ever and the fifth-biggest P&G holding overall, it still amounts to only about 1.5% of the company’s market value.

Trian will have to convince investors that Mr. Peltz’s experience—and stock gains—at consumer giants like Mondelez International Inc. and H.J. Heinz Co. —recommend him for a board stacked with well-known business leaders.

Those arguments didn’t persuade P&G’s board in private discussions. Over roughly half-a-dozen meetings and conversations, Trian laid out its concerns while P&G detailed its own views, but the sides didn’t come to an agreement, the people said.

Last Tuesday, in a meeting with several directors and Mr. Peltz, P&G said it wouldn’t give him a seat and that it wanted time to prove management could boost results, the people said. The board also refused to commit publicly to adding Mr. Peltz if the company missed its targets this year, they said.

The activist is focused on the structure of P&G’s leadership. Historically, there have been executives who run business units and others who are in control of sales and marketing, which Trian argues clouds who has ultimate responsibility for profits.

Mr. Taylor has looked to address this concern already. Regional units have been handed more autonomy in bringing their products to market and executives say profit-and-loss responsibility now lies at the feet of category leaders.

Trian also zeroed in on P&G’s costs, questioning how a market powerhouse that commands prices far exceeding those of rivals, on average, doesn’t have the best profit margins.

P&G has increased operating profit margins, to 20.6% last year from 19.1% in 2011, and says it ranks third in the industry—behind competitors that also charge high premiums. It has said the $10 billion it will cut by 2021 will come from reducing billions in spending on packaging, supply-chain costs and marketing.

Trian says the previous $10 billion in cost cuts didn’t translate into profit growth even after taking into account surging foreign-currency costs and it wants to ensure the current plan increases the bottom line.

“We can’t have what happened last time happen again,” Trian co-founder and Chief Investment Officer Ed Garden said in an interview.

Xiaomi 5X could be the first smartphone to launch under the Lanmi brand, may launch on July 26

Image result for Xiaomi 5X could be the first smartphone to launch under the Lanmi brand, may launch on July 26Picture Courtesy: Mydrivers.com

Xiaomi is working to bring its third sub-brand after Redmi and Mi, which will reportedly be called – Lanmi, confirmed a Chinese micro blogging site – Weibo. As reported earlier, Xiaomi is said to be have already started working on a smartphone which the company is expected to launch under the Lanmi brand. The smartphone could most probably be the – Xiaomi X1. But, a new report making rounds on the web hints that the first smartphone under the Lanmi brand could be – Xiaomi 5X.

Reports suggest that Xiaomi could launch the smartphone on July 26. But there’s no official confirmation by the company as of now. Xiaomi 5X aka Xiaomi X1 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours already and hints that the device may come with dual-camera setup, antenna lines, and LED flash, which will be placed right next to the dual cameras at the back.

The new leak comes in the form of a poster, which shows the device itself. The poster also reveals a lot about the device, starting from its complete specs, and even the price. It is said that the upcoming Xiaomi 5X could be a mid-ranged smartphone. On the pricing front, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X is likely to be priced at CNY 1,999, which is approximately Rs 19,000. This is a tentative pricing detail, and may be revised at the time of launch.

Also Read: Xiaomi’s new sub-brand could be called Lanmi

As per the specifications, the leak hints that the Xiaomi 5X may come with a 5.5-inch display and may run on the latest Android Nougat operating system. However, the new leak reveals no details about the resolution of the display, but a previous leak claimed that it will most likely end up being 1080p, much like many other mid-range phones from Xiaomi.

The smartphone is further expected to be powered by Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor and may be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, a previous leak suggested that the smartphone – Xiaomi 5X may come with Snapdragon 660. So, we aren’t sure about the authencity of the newly leaked poster, and chances are that the specs might change in the final product.

Furthermore, Xiaomi 5X is expected to come with dual cameras (as tipped by another rumour earlier) at the back and include a 5-megapixel sensor on the front. On the design front, the upcoming Xiaomi phone is expected to feature an all-metal body that looks fairly premium, despite being a mid-ranged smartphone.

Meanwhile, the Chinese smartphone maker is also planning to launch the successors of Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A. In the last couple of days, there have been several rumours about the Redmi 5, Redmi 5A and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and all of them suggest that all the three handsets will although boast a full-metal body design much like its successors, but, the camera and hardware may see a major refresh.

A report by a Chinese news website – MyDrivers leaked two weeks ago reveals that the new brand as highlighted earlier is supposed to focus on offline sale strategy mainly, unlike Redmi and Mi that aims at online sales. The company is further said to compete with companies like Oppo and Vivo, which are majorly dependent of offline sale.

[“Source-indiatoday.”]

Why every big car launch has a woman next to the vehicle

Why every big car launch has a woman next to the vehicle

The power and drive of owning an A class car can only be more gratifying than the power and drive of possessing an A-class woman. At least that’s what modern day advertising would lead us to believe – the launch of every second vehicle is accompanied by sexily dressed women seated on the bonnets with their toned pins on display.

Last week Malaika Arora was one of the ladies behind the launch of a major car brand, where she was certainly the object of much attention.

She wore a black dress by Lebanese designer Rayane Bacha, with lace trimmings on the torso and the skirt. In the past, actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Katrina Kaif have attended car launches looking equally dolled-up for a night out while they stood near the extravagantly-priced vehicles.

Here’s a look at the reason behind to seduce potential buyers. What the connection is between a car and a hot woman is not exactly obvious, but it is evident that it appears to be a big hit. No wonder, then, that every major player from Audi to BMW, Volkswagen, Tata Motors and Nissan have turned to pretty models and actresses to get the message across.

Magda Kay at Psychologyformarketers. com explains, “Cars have been associated with sex for better sales for many years now. It is one of the products that easily link to erotic messages. Producers want their cars to be perceived as sexy, fast, daring, and so most of the advertising using sex, will work perfectly for cars.”

In case you’re wondering why it ticks, the answer lies in your brain – more specifically, in what’s known as the ‘old’ or the ‘lizard brain’.

This reptilian part of the brain developed over 100 million years ago and its chief goal is to ensure survival, and among other things, sexual behaviour. In an article called ‘Triggers of the Reptilian Brain’, Alex from Feedtherightwolf.org explains, “The reptilian brain is motivated by visual images, sounds, touch, smell, and taste… The visual stimulation is the strongest, since we process about 80 per cent of our daily informational intake through our eyes.”

What that really means is that when a product is linked with anything sexual, advertisers target the instinctive part of the mind to convey it as a desirable product. However, with the rulebook of censorship around, the game becomes to push the limit and keep it as risque without getting caught.

That is why when an attractive lady poses with a car – or a deodorant or even a glass of mango juice – the overly sexualised image with the fitted dresses, deep necks and pouty lips plays an important role in the overall message. The trick isn’t new at all, though – over a century ago, Pearl Tobacco placed the painting of a naked woman on the cover of the cigarillo boxes in 1871.

Needless to say, there has been no looking back ever since. In fact, just last month Scottish football club Ayr United decided to launch their away kit with the shoot of a model wearing the yellow and white jersey painted onto her body.

The sponsor’s founder Calvin Ayre has said, “We hope the pictures will give The Honest Men the boost they need for promotion and a good Cup run too. Mon Ayr! ” True, this is just the boost they would need to win. After all, who needs training, talent or even a half-thinking mind when you’ve got other assets on display?

[“Source-businesstoday”]