You Won’t Believe How Easy it Is to Break the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

“The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is our easiest to break mobile device.”

OK, so that’s not how the company is advertising the Note 5, except for maybe in the Bizzaro world.

But Samsung is admitting its new product has a pretty serious design flaw. The Note 5’s stylus can be inserted into its silo in both directions, but one of those directions can cause permanent damage to the phone’s functionality and disable the stylus detection feature.

The Verge reports:

“The flaw is particularly annoying because of the ease with which the S Pen can be inserted into the Note 5 the wrong way. With previous versions of the Note, it was impossible (or simply very difficult) to put the stylus in blunt end first, but the Note 5’s redesigned S Pen means it’s the same shape all the way down its length, and can be pushed into the phone just as easily the right way as the wrong way round.”

Samsung issued a statement recently advising users to carefully read the Note’s user manual. The company advises: “We highly recommend our Galaxy Note5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S pen in the other way around.”

However, Android Police says Samsung was “aware of this issue when it shipped the Note 5 and still did not seek to actively address it — the official manual for the phone very clearly states that the S Pen should not be placed in the device backward, lest damage occur to the phone or pen.”

They also include a video in their report showing the breakage in action.

The Note 5 was introduced earlier this month. Its upgrades from the previous Note include a more comfortable ergonomic design featuring a curved back and narrower bezel.

Another new feature allows users to write down ideas or quick notes when the screen is off even if it is locked. Samsung says PDF files can now be annotated with the S Pen and users can use ‘Scroll capture’ to capture Web articles or images even if they are long. That assumes, of course, the pen doesn’t break.

Meanwhile, Wired gives the Note 5 and its sister phone the S6 Edge an 8 out 10, saying they’re both “great phones.”

The publication adds:

“With about 10 minutes of customization — downloading the right theme and hiding the right apps — they’re exceptional phones.”

The Note 5 is available now from all major U.S. carriers, and sells for between $700 and $750.

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Xiaomi Says Shrinking Smartphone Sales Won’t Hit the Company

Xiaomi Says Shrinking Smartphone Sales Won't Hit the Company

Sharp drops in smartphone sales for China’s Xiaomi Inc will not have a major impact on the company as profit growth will be driven by sales from smart home devices as well as revenue from its software eco-system, a senior executive said.

Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion (roughly Rs. 3,14,938 crores) in its last fund-raising in 2014 – making it briefly the world’s most valuable start-up at a time when it was China’s best-selling smartphone maker and looked set to make a splash worldwide.

But last year it missed its global smartphone targets by 12 percent, while its third-quarter China smartphone sales have tumbled 45 percent, according to research firm IDC – raising doubts that the valuation is still warranted.

Xiaomi’s global vice-president Hugo Barra said the company’s business model was not based on money made from handset sales per se and that it did not need to raise more funds or see any point in doing so at a valuation of less than $46 billion.

“Basically we’re giving [handsets] to you without making any money… we care about the recurring revenue streams over many years,” he told Reuters in an interview.”We could sell 10 billion smartphones and we wouldn’t make a single dime in profits,” he added.

Xiaomi, which discloses little of its profit and revenue figures, has increasingly emphasised its range of home appliances such as air and water purifiers, and rice cookers as key earnings drivers.

In April, Xiaomi Vice President Liu De said the firm expects sales of smart home devices to double to 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) this year.

The company has invested heavily in India and Southeast Asia and is making its first forays into the US market – launching next month its first device capable of roaming on the country’s 4G networks.

Barra said they are first targeting Chinese users travelling in the US, but are laying the groundwork for direct sales to US consumers.

In January, Xiaomi will also make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, launching a new product during the event, he said.

Xiaomi’s tentative first steps in the US smartphone market come as cash-strapped rival LeEco faces a crippling shortage of funds, which were revealed in a public letter by CEO Jia Yueting months after the company launched its first flagship phones in the United States.

“There’s no pressing need to do an IPO or even a private round,” said Barra brushing off concerns that Xiaomi could face a similar funding shortage. “We are not a flash in someone’s PR pan.”

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Huawei Hints at 2 Phone Launches at Thursday Event; Won’t Be Part of Mate Series

Huawei Hints at 2 Phone Launches at Thursday Event; Won't Be Part of Mate Series

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Huawei’s Richard Yu teased two smartphone launches at the IFA event
  • Company’s executive clarifies new smartphones are not from Mate series
  • Evan Blass says Huawei to launch smartphones Nova and Nova Plus

Huawei’s Device CEO Richard Yu has reportedly posted teasers regarding two smartphone launches at its event on Thursday, just ahead of the start of IFA 2016 on Friday. However, the company executive has also clarified that these smartphones will not be Mate S2 and Mate 9 as suggested in some earlier leaks.

The teasers posted on Chinese social networking website Weibo were spotted by Android Pure, and don’t reveal much about the upcoming smartphones but do suggest that one of them will be sporting a square camera panel at the back while the other will be sporting a circular rear camera setup.

On Monday, popular tipster Evan Blass suggested that Huawei will be launching two smartphones under its Nova series, named Nova and Nova Plus, along with MediaPad M3 tablet at IFA.

The Nova series by the company will reportedly be aimed at its female users.

One of company’s executives has also confirmed that the smartphones that will be launched ahead of IFA will not be from Huawei’s ‘Mate’ series and said that they will be from an entirely new series of smartphones, as reported by Android Headlines. According to the report, new smartphones from Mate series will be launched in two months and the company will also introduce a new version of their Android-based Emotion UI.

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It will be interesting to see what the upcoming smartphones from Huawei have to offer but for any confirmation regarding their features, we will have to wait for official announcement by the company on Thursday.

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Tom Clancy’s The department won’t Have Microtransactions, Says creative Director

Tom Clancy's The Division Won't Have Microtransactions, Says Creative Director

Ubisoft big‘s creative director Magnus Jansen has stated that there’ll no presence of microtransactionswithin the studio’s upcoming put up-pandemic open world thirdcharacter RPG – Tom Clancy’s Thedivision.

In an interview with British video gaming weblog VG247, Jansen said: “[Microtransactions are] one of thethings that we looked at because if people like the game and need to purchase more matters I do notmind that. however microtransactions, because it‘s defined, we do now not have them. You can not spenda touch bit of money and rapidtune to get higher equipment or pay to win or vanity gadgets. We do nothave that. the fast solution isn’t any, we don’t have microtransactions, duration.”

This goes to in addition cement one side of the story. On Thursday, in direct assessment to Jansen’s claims, The division‘s page listing at the playstation store was spotted with the phrases ‘In-recreationpurchases electiveinside the description phase. however in an interview with Gamespot on Friday, Jansensaid that microtransactions “were underneath attention, however [pay-to-win] in no way made it into the sport“.

It still does not explain why the game page continues to carry that identical description, or if it’s a misprint ready to be corrected. Jansen went directly to clarify that they do have planned downloadablecontent material (DLC): “we are able to have DLC. We don’t have it but due to the fact we’re just barelycompleting the sport. I simply do not want everyone to say that after we announce the DLC, ‘you said[no microtransactions]’.”

The department will have a closed beta – for Xbox One, playstation four, and home windows pctowardthe quit of the month. it will likely be available publicly for buy over a month later, on March eight.

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