Samsung Galaxy Note 8 India Pre-Orders Start Shipping, Goes on Sale on Friday

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 India Pre-Orders Start Shipping, Goes on Sale on Friday

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at Rs. 67,900
  • It is up for pre-order on Amazon India, and Samsung online store
  • Early shipment of pre-orders has now begun in India

After the global rollout in 42 countries, shipping of pre-orders in India has now begun for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The smartphone was up for pre-orders since September 12, and early pre-order customers will start to see the smartphone arrive at their doorsteps starting Thursday. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at Rs. 67,900 across India, and will be sold online via Amazon India, Samsung’s online store, as well as select offline Samsung stores.

On Amazon India, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still up for pre-order, and the release date is set for September 22. The e-commerce portal has listed special pre-order offers like Rs. 4,000 cash back if you purchase the smartphone with HDFC bank credit cards. You also get a free wireless charger alongside, and Reliance Jio is offering up to 448GB of extra 4G data alongside free Jio Prime membership. By paying Rs. 990 more alongside the pre-order, you also get eligible for a one-time screen replacement as well. No Cost EMI options are also available on many cards, and an exchange offer up to Rs. 10,400 is also listed on the e-commerce site. You can check all the deals here.Similar offers are listed on the Samsung online store for pre-ordering the smartphone as well. The exchange offer value may vary depending upon the smartphone you exchange it with.

Two weeks ago, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 registrations crossed 1.5 lakh while the pre-orders reportedly hit the 72,000 mark in India. In its home market, Samsung said that the Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders were 2.5 times that of all the pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea.

For the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 packs a huge 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 screen ratio, the same as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship. Apart from this, Galaxy Note 8 comes with features such as iris scanner that can be used as an authentication method for certain functionalities, S Pen as a stylus to jot, scribble, magnify things in addition to some advanced operations like real-time translation of texts and pictures.

Other specifications include a Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.7GHz) (Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in US) coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a dual rear camera setup, with Dual OIS (optical image stabilisation), wherein there is one 12-megapixel sensor coupled with a wide-angle lens, Dual Pixel autofocus, an f/1.7 aperture, and optical image stabilisation, while the other sensor is also a 12-megapixel, paired with a telephoto lens, an f/2.4 aperture, and optical image stabilisation. The dual camera setup gives the Galaxy Note 8 the capability to offer depth-of-field (Bokeh) effects with real-time and after the fact adjustment, 2x optical zoom, as well as the ability to capture photos simultaneously with each camera. On the front end, there’s an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an aperture of f/1.7.

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SpaceX’s successful Friday launch opens weekend doubleheader

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying a communications lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday. Photo: AP

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying a communications lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday. Photo: AP

San Francisco: The year’s not half over, and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is about to launch more missions than it completed in all of 2016.

SpaceX successfully fired up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year on Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year. Its next launch is scheduled just two days later, with the ramped-up cadence putting the company on track to achieve the 20 to 24 total missions it’s targeting for the year.

The quickening pace of launches illustrates how SpaceX has bounced back after one of its rockets and a customer’s satellite blew up on a Florida launch pad in September. The company was grounded for four months in the midst of an investigation into the incident before returning to flight in January. By racking up more successful launches, the closely held company has positioned itself again as a driving force in the new-age space race.

“SpaceX is coming back gangbusters,” Luigi Peluso, an aerospace analyst with AlixPartners, said in an interview. “You’re seeing a public proclamation that they are totally back from the September 2016 accident. And Elon has demonstrated that the concept of re-using rockets is feasible.”

Next launch

The rocket that took off Friday carried BulgariaSat-1, a communications satellite destined for geostationary orbit. It launched from the historic 39A pad at NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, where Neil Armstrong left from before landing on the moon in 1969.

The launch used a “flight proven” Falcon 9 rocket booster, which means it’s flown to space previously and been returned and refurbished. SpaceX chief executive officer Musk has championed reusability—once derided as a crazy idea—to drive down launch costs and win a growing roster of customers, including the US military. Friday marked the second time it’s used a pre-flown booster.

“It’s starting to feel kinda normal to reuse rockets. Good. That’s how it is for cars and airplanes and how it should be for rockets,” Musk tweeted earlier this month.

Rocket reuse

SpaceX successfully recovered the booster from this mission on an unmanned drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, though it had been bracing for a less favourable outcome.

“Falcon 9 will experience its highest ever re-entry force and heat in today’s launch. Good chance rocket booster doesn’t make it back,” Musk tweeted an hour before the scheduled launch.

After the BulgariaSat-1 mission, the next in line is a 25 June launch of 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s central coast.

“Could be a weekend doubleheader,” SpaceX tweeted last weekend, referring to the Friday and Sunday launch plans. It would be the first time the company launched two rockets the same weekend—though they’d be taking off from opposite coasts.

SpaceX has several other flights listed on its manifest, but firm dates have not yet been announced.

Space customers

In addition to its commercial customers, SpaceX has a $1.6 billion contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and a second pact valued at as much as $2.6 billion to eventually transport crews to the orbiting lab. SpaceX is also competing for contracts to fly missions for the US Air Force and plans to send two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year.

The Hawthorne, California-based company builds the Falcon 9 as well as the rocket’s Merlin engines in-house, taking a Silicon Valley approach to constant improvements and a tight collaboration between design and manufacturing. Musk has brought in executives from other industries to promote innovation including Andy Lambert, SpaceX’s vice-president of production, who previously spent more than a decade at BMW AG.

In March, SpaceX hit a significant milestone when it launched a reused rocket for the first time, a leap forward in Musk’s quest to drive down launch costs. SpaceX is now regularly recovering the 14-story-tall-boosters. Bloomberg

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Theatre, fine arts, music: Co-curricular quota admissions to Ambedkar University from Friday

AUD

Students who have excelled in co-curricular activities (CCA) such as sports, theatre, fine arts, debating, creative writing, music or dance may find a special place at Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD).

The university offers a few supernumerary (extra) seats for those who have great skill in these activities. The applications to these categories will open on Friday.

The online and offline applications to all undergraduate programmes at AUD will close on Friday, after which the students who have already applied can choose these CCA categories.

Applicants can download the CCA application from the website and submit a hard copy of the completed forms with relevant certificates of achievements and portfolio (if any) to the Dean of student services, AUD, by July 1.

Officials confirmed that admissions under this category will be open only to candidates who have already applied to AUD and whose names are not present in the first and second lists of the course/s they have opted for.

The first cut-off list is expected on July 5. The second cut-off list is expected to be released on July 10. Auditions for these seats will begin on July 11.

Candidates applying to the PG programmes under CCA should obtain the minimum eligibility scores in the written test and interview to be considered for admission.

For both PG and UG applicants, a weightage of 30% will be given for interviews conducted by the CCA/sports panel and the remaining 70% will be accredited to the trial result.

Public relations officer Anshu Singh said, “CCA seats are supernumerary. The BA (Honours) programme in Economics, English, Psychology and Social Sciences and Humanities have two seats in each programme under the CCA/sports category. The BA (Honours) programme in History, Mathematics and Sociology have one seat in each programme under the CCA/sports category as these programmes are offered only at the Kashmere Gate campus.”

MA programmes except performance studies, film studies, visual art and literary art have one seat per programme under the CCA/sports category, she said.

These provisions are, however, not available for students of the School of Vocational Studies, School of Culture and Creative Expressions and the School of Business, Public Policy & Social Entrepreneurship.

 

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Snapdeal’s Shopo Marketplace to Shut Down on Friday

Snapdeal's Shopo Marketplace to Shut Down on Friday

Snapdeal’s Shopo Marketplace to Shut Down on Friday
Snapdeal-owned marketplace Shopo will close down from February 10, after a year and a half of operations.

The move comes at a time when Snapdeal is aggressively looking at optimising costs amid intense battle with Flipkart and Amazon.

“We started, a year and a half ago, from a small conference room with our mission to enable small and individual sellers across India to sell online. In this short time, we have together discovered the dynamism and vibrance in the C2C space in India,” Shopo said in a blog post.

It added that its team has helped more than 2 lakh sellers start and grow their online shops.
“However, we realise that it will take some more years for a broader ecosystem to develop around the C2C segment,” the blog said.

The SoftBank backed Snapdeal said that it has absorbed all Shopo employees.

In 2013, Snapdeal had acquired Shopo. The platform allows small and medium-sized businesses to chat, buy and sell on the platform on a zero-commission model.

In 2015, Snapdeal had also announced an investment of $100 million in the marketplace over the next two years.

Tags: Snapdeal, Shopo, Apps, Internet, Online Marketplace

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