Samsung expected to launch Galaxy A80, A70, A40 today

Samsung is all set to launch a bunch of smartphones today under a freshly updated A series lineup. The company is expected to launch three new smartphones namely A80, A70, and A40 during the ‘A Galaxy Event’ in Bangkok, Milan, and Sao Paulo. The company is hosting a live-stream of the event on its official website which starts at 5.30 pm IST.

Out of the three smartphones, Samsung recently had a quiet launch of the Galaxy A70 on its website. However, the company did not reveal the price and availability of the smartphone. The Galaxy A40 was also released in some regions last month, and it is expected that the company would make the smartphone globally available starting today.

Galaxy A80/A90

The most anticipated smartphone, however, is the Galaxy A80. The smartphone was speculated to be launched as the A90, but recent rumours suggest that Samsung would launch the A80 with similar specifications as the A90. The A80/A90 is expected to feature a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080*2400. The smartphone would not have a notch and instead would go all-screen with a truly Infinity display.
The new design makes way for a pop-up rotary camera in the A80/A90. A render video explains that the device would have a slider design with a dual-facing camera. The camera is capable of turning and becoming the front camera as well. The primary sensor would house a 48MP f/2.0 lens coupled with an 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide sensor and a Time of Flight sensor.

For a powerful performance, the Snapdragon 7150 is slated to debut with the device paired with 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 7150 is said to be a successor of Qualcomm’s current mid-range chipset Snapdragon 710. The high-end device is rumoured to house a smaller battery of 3,700 mAh compared to the already-launched Galaxy A10, A30, A50 and Galaxy A20 with slightly bigger capacity batteries. The A80/A90 will have fast charging support of 25W and run on Android 9.0 based One UI.

Galaxy A70

The Galaxy A70 sports a massive 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U display with a resolution of 1080*2400 pixels and a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. It also has an ‘On-screen fingerprint’ scanner which is assumed to be an optical scanner. At the heart of the smartphone is an Octa-core processor (Dual 2.0GHz + Hexa 1.7GHz). Samsung has not mentioned the chipset used, but it is assumed to be a high-end Exynos processor.

The SoC would be paired with 6GB and 8GB RAM options and have 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 512GB via microSD. Three cameras handle the camera department at the back and a single 32MP f/2.0 front sensor at the front for selfies. The triple camera setup includes a primary 32MP f1.7 lens along with a 123-degree ultra wide 8MP f/2.2 secondary sensor. The third sensor is a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor.

The phone packs a massive 4,500 mAh battery and supports 25W fast-charging. The phone runs on One UI and has been launched in four colour options: Black, Blue, Coral, White. It is expected that Samsung would unveil the pricing and availability details of the Galaxy A70 today at the event.

Galaxy A40

The Galaxy A40 features a smaller 5.9-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U display with a resolution of 1080*2280 pixels. Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7885 SoC which is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, further expandable up to 512GB via microSD. For optics, it gets a dual-camera setup with a 16MP F/2.0 primary sensor and a secondary 5MP ultra-wide sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. The notch on the display houses a 25MP camera for selfies. It has a 3,100 mAh battery and runs on Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie. The phone has been priced at EUR 249 (roughly Rs 19,500) and launched in four colours – Black, Blue, Coral, and White.

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GST rate cut: Refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen appliances to be cheaper from today

GST rate cut: Refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen appliances to be cheaper from today

Consumer appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, small screen TVs, vacuum cleaners and sundry kitchen essentials will now cost 7-8 per cent less, as companies prepare to pass on the benefits of the recent GST revisions. Last week the Modi government had announced the biggest GST rate cut since last November and slashed the levy on several white goods and commonly used kitchen appliances like mixer-grinders and juicers by 10 per cent – from the highest tax bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent. The new rate comes into effect today.

According to The Economic Times, with this development, the total taxation amount on several consumer electronic products is now lower than what it was during the earlier VAT regime, when it stood at around 26.5 per cent. Better still, industry insiders claim that prices will come down to nearly a two-year low.

“With the revision of GST rate on refrigerators and washing machines, there will be a reduction of price to the tune of 7-8 per cent for the end consumer. Godrej will pass on the entire benefit of GST reduction to the consumers,” said Godrej Appliances Business Head and Executive Vice President Kamal Nandi, adding that the rate cut will provide relief to the appliances industry.

“The revision will make refrigerators and washing machines more affordable which will accelerate the penetration of these appliances across India. This, in turn, will lead to a spur in demand which will lead to increase in production and, hence, have a positive impact on the GDP,” he explained.

Korean consumer durable majors LG has likewise committed to pass on the full benefit of the GST rate cut to the consumers. Citing sources in the know the daily added that the company has dropped prices by 8-9 per cent, while Samsung and Godrej will be reducing prices by more than 7.81 per cent across all products that got a tax cut. Panasonic’s net price cut is between 7-8 per cent.

The price cuts vary because some companies have passed on the complete benefit of the tax cut while keeping dealer prices intact but some brands have also reduced the dealer price, thus increasing the net price cut. The tax component is calculated on dealer price to arrive at the product’s maximum retail prices.

So LG has revised the price of its 335-litre frost-free refrigerator price from Rs 46,490 to Rs 42,840 – a price drop of 8.5 per cent – and a 6.2 kg top load washing machine is now 8.7 per cent cheaper at Rs 18,390. On the other hand, a Godrej 190-litre direct cool refrigerator is now priced 7.8 per cent lower at Rs 15,257, against Rs 16,550 earlier.

Godrej Appliances business head Kamal Nandi told the daily that for the stock already in trade, the manufacturers will supply new pricing labels to the retailers mentioning the new MRP, which they will stick on the product packaging. So if you are going shopping for one of the products that recently enjoyed a tax cut, check for reduced prices before you pay up.

The industry is optimistic that the tax cut will fuel demand and provide a new impetus for growth, especially ahead of the upcoming festive season. The Indian consumer, after all, has largely been holding back on discretionary spending since demonetisation in November 2016.

“The goods to benefit the most will be washing machines and refrigerators, where we expect growth to pick up substantially. The reduced taxes in television sets of up to 26 inches will ensure increased penetration and affordability in smaller parts of the country. We plan to pass on the complete benefits translating to around 7-8 per cent,” said Manish Sharma, president and CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia and President, CEAMA.

However, if you are planning to buy a larger-sized LED TV – 32 inches or more – you’d best do so in a hurry. Because the buzz is that their prices will go up next month.
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After high decibel campaign, Rajasthan, Telangana vote today: All you need to know

Police personnel march in front of the Hawa Mahal ahead of Rajasthan Assembly elections, in Jaipur. (Photo: PTI)

After a high-voltage campaign that saw a fierce war of words among the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and other regional parties, voting in two of the most crucial states, Telangana and Rajasthan, has started Friday.

What is likely to throw some light on how the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would turn out, these state elections will set the stage for the mega battle next year.

As soon as polling ends on Friday, media outlets, including India Today TV, will announce their respective exit poll results.

TELANGANA

In Telangana, more than 1.50 lakh polling officials, including reserve staff were seen giving final touches on Thursday to make the election to the 119-member House a smooth affair.

Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the state, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations for the 119 stations.

High pitched campaigns by political heavyweights across party lines ended at 5 pm on Wednesday.

Additional DG (law and order) Jitender told PTI on Thursday that about one lakh police personnel, including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are engaged in poll duties.

A senior police official said security has been beefed up at bordering areas for the polling on Friday, which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions.

On Wednesday, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and several others criss-crossed the entire state to give that final push to the campaign before the state votes on Friday.

While KCR was without doubt the star campaigner for TRS, the Congress and the BJP fielded their bigwigs for campaigning which turned out to be a shrill one.

A massive TRS rally in Telangana’s Vemulawada on Wednesday. (Image: TRSParty/Twitter)

The BJP relied on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party president Amit Shah.

The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet.

It is to be seen if KCR’s gamble to opt for early elections pays off while the BJP and Congress have alleged that KCR feared loss if the elections were held simultaneously with the 2019 general elections.

The Congress has stitched the ‘Prajakutami’ (People’s Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI to take on the ruling TRS, led by KCR.

The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.

The BJP, which won five seats in alliance with the TDP in the last elections in 2014, said it ensured that there is a triangular fight in Telangana this time.

Polling will start at 7 am and end at 5 pm, while in 13 constituencies which were classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends one hour before (4 pm).

For the first time, Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.

As many as 1,821 candidates, including a transgender, are in the fray in the election.

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Honor 8X India launch today: How to watch livestream, specifications, expected price and more

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Honor 8X is all set to launch in India on October 16, which is today. The new Honor smartphone will be unveiled at an event in New Delhi at 11:30 AM. The successor to Honor 7X, the new Honor 8X was originally introduced in China last month. The phone features a tall 6.5-inch full HD+ 19.5:9 notch-style display. Honor 8X will be available for purchase exclusively on the e-retail platform, Amazon India.

Honor 8X event will be livestreamed via the company’s official YouTube channel. In addition, users can check Honor India official Twitter handle for live updates. Here are the details on how to watch livestream of Honor 8X launch event, India launch timings, expected price, specifications and more.

Honor 8X launch in India: How to watch livestream, timings

Honor will be hosting a livestream of the Honor 8X launch event on their official YouTube channel. The Chinese handset maker is expected to post live updates on its official Honor India Twitter handle as well. Honor 8X launch event will commence at 11:30 AM IST.

Honor 8X launch in India: Expected price, specifications

Honor 8X could be priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 in India. The phone marked its debut in China last month. The new Honor smartphone will be Amazon exclusive in India and the ‘Notify Me’ page is live on the e-commerce platform.

Also Read: Honor 8C with Snapdragon 632 processor, 4000mAh battery launched: Price, specifications

The new Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch full HD+ 19.5:9 display with a notch on top. It is powered by Huawei’s latest HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. In terms of camera, Honor 8X sports dual camera setup comprising of a 20MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. The cameras on the phone offer AI mode. Up front, it has a 16MP camera sensor that supports bokeh mode. Honor 8X runs Android Oreo and packs a 3,750mAh battery.

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