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

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  • 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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Volvo XC40 Unveiled; Will Launch In India In 2018

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Volvo has showcased the much anticipated XC40 and well, it’s as close to the concept that was showcased before. The XC40 is the smallest and the most affordable XC model in the Swedish carmaker’s line-up and will go on sale in the international markets later this year or latest by early 2018. India, however, will get the new XC40 SUV sooner than expected and the car will launched in the first half of 2018.

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“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up.

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(The 2018 Volvo XC40 previews more 40 series models that will come from the company)

The XC40 sits below the recently introduced new-gen Volvo XC60 in the company’s model line-up and will share a host of styling cues and features with its older sibling. However, it’s based on a completely different platform than its elder cousins. Unlike the XC90 and XC60 which are based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the all-new Volvo XC40 is built on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which the company shares with its Chinese parent company Geely.
Though not on the same platform, the XC40 will borrow a host of features from both the XC60 and the XC90. Some of the safety features on offer in the Volvo XC40 will be run-off protection and mitigation, cross-traffic alert, auto-brakes, 360 degree camera and a semi-autonomous pilot assist system as well. It comes with a 5-seater cabin layout which has been designed in line with the current Volvo models. So, you’ll get Volvo’s signature vertical touchscreen infotainment system on the dashboard, three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, comfortable upholstery wrapped in premium leather and more.

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(The 2018 XC40’s interior is inspired from the Volvo’s bigger models)

From the start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo’s new 3-cylinder engine.

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(The new Volvo XC40 is based on the new modular CMA platform)

Volvo claims that the XC40 offers a clutter-free cabin designed with multiple smart and functional storage compartments. For instance, the car’s door pockets have been designed so that they can even hold an average size laptop, tablet, and a couple of bottles. Volvo has moving speakers from the door and developing a world-first, air-ventilated dashboard-mounted subwoofer. The centre console will also feature a smartphone holder, a trash bin, compartment for tissues and more. The XC40 will go up against the likes of the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1.

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SoftBank founder’s brother Taizo Son launches agri-food tech accelerator in India

SoftBank Group’s founder Masayoshi Son’s younger brother Taizo Son has launched an agri-food tech accelerator in India in partnership with Gurgaon-based GSF Accelerator and Indo-Japan business consultancy Infobridge.

Taizo Son’s Japan-based incubator Mistletoe, GSF and Infobridge floated the joint venture accelerator christened as ‘Gastrotope’ in Bangalore on Thursday.

Taizo Son is a tech entrepreneur and a prolific investor in his own right, while his brother Masayoshi Son has earned more fame, money and influence through his aggressive investments across the globe. Since its launch in 2013, Taizo Son’s Mistletoe has made over 90 investments globally that are worth around $160 million. Mistletoe has made three investments in India in startups such as Innerchef, Ninjacart and Kisan Network. Innerchef was started by GSF’s founder Rajesh Sawhney.

Taizo Son founded Mistletoe in 2013. He is also founder of Japan-based mobile gaming company GungHo, in which SoftBank acquired a 51% share in 2013 for $1.53 billion. GungHo bought back most of its shares from SoftBank last year.

The newly launched accelerator Gastrotope will focus on sustainable ideas and models in the ‘farm-to-fork’ value chain. It plans to create an agriculture and food-tech enabled industry ecosystem throughout this value chain and invest in startups that can add value at various stages, starting with farmers and moving to food transportation, processing and delivery to consumption.

“I have always believed that innovation comes from the connecting of diverse dots, and this time, with the bridge between India and Japan, unique solutions to the questions of food and agriculture will arise,” Taizo Son said. “We hope, while working with our partners here, we will become a catalyst for this new movement of farm-to-fork permaculture,” he said.

Sawhney said he will be working on creating a leadership team for Gastrotope. Other details such as the duration, number of startups, launch of the first batch and investment amount are yet to be finalised.

“Gastrotope is borne out of a vision of democratising healthy gastronomy experiences for millions. The food consumption habits are changing globally with a focus on nutrition and wellness and instead of food industrialization, the new goal is all about ‘what we grow’. Gastrotope seeks to play a vital role in catalysing India’s adoption of these trends through the birth of a new agriculture and food-tech ecosystem,” he said.

Besides Innerchef, Sawhney founded GSF that runs three programmes such as an accelerator, an angel network and tech conferences. The GSF accelerator programme has incubated over 40 startups in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Among these, investors have exited five startups, about 40% have raised venture rounds and over 80% have gone on to raise angel funding.

Infobridge has more than 10 years of experience in India, creating a bridge between India and Japanese businesses. It provides consulting and business development services to Japanese in India. The company has brought several Japanese startups to India.

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Money likely to move from India markets to China: Marc Faber

Money likely to move from India markets to China: Marc Faber

Equity markets across the world have performed very well as most markets in Asia have given a return of 20 to 25 percent in dollar terms. India is up 30 percent in dollar terms.

“I am positive on emerging markets for about a year relative to the US,” Marc Faber, the editor and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“If I look back, after 2014, emerging markets grossly underperformed the S&P 500. If we look at major markets in Asia, India rose 30% in USD and Chin hasn’t gone up that much which bring me to conclude that some money will move from India to Chinese markets,” he said.

Why will the money move from Indian markets to China? “Sentiments around China were very negative in the past six months to a year but that is now turning positive,” added Faber.

Commenting on the dollar, Faber said that the U.S. dollar could “easily rebound” by 4 to 5 percent from current levels, but President Donald Trump and his administration stand in the way of the currency’s long-term strength.

The greenback has had a tough year, with the dollar index tumbling nearly 10 percent since the start of 2017. At the same time, gains among currencies such as euro and peso also added to the dollar’s pain, said a CNBC report.

Commenting on Gold, Faber said it is an under-appreciated asset. Data suggest that from December lows in 2015, the GDX, the Gold ETF is up more than 100% and this year the GDX is up more than 25 percent.

If we compare the performance of the S&P, it is a fabulous performance and some gold shares have even done very well, he said.

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