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Samsung announces the world’s first holed smartphone

Named the Galaxy A8s

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When Stephen Curry starts banking impossible threes, you’re in for an absolute show. Likewise, when a technology company starts hammering home tons of new developments, you’re in for a wave of hype. Whatever your choice of playmaker is, it shouldn’t get in the way of an outstanding game.

Like Curry, Samsung has found its rhythm as of late. Despite winding down the year, the company has jumpstarted the hype train early for next year. Already, they are reportedly developing multiple new form factors. These include a foldable smartphone, fully integrated screen, and all-screen fingerprint reader.


As of today, add another one to that growing list. After officially announcing the Galaxy A6s and A9s, Samsung teased an entirely new form factor for the future. Named the Galaxy A8s, the new smartphone will tout a hole on the display, rather than an unsightly notch.

More specifically, the smartphone’s display will sport a tiny hole on the upper-left corner. The hole will house the phone’s front-facing camera. Presumably, the sensors will sit around this area. Regardless, the new design will minimize, if not eliminate, the phone’s bezels.

Of course, with today’s current designs, the phone might still have a tiny top chin for sensors. However, Samsung is concurrently developing a solution for this. According to other reports, the company is creating a fully integrated screen that buries the sensors underneath the screen.

With the announcement, Samsung overtakes Huawei in formally announcing a holed phone. Previously, Huawei was reportedly building a phone with the same form factor. Sadly, the company hasn’t announced anything regarding this development.

For now, the future Samsung Galaxy A8s brings this form factor into reality. Unfortunately, Samsung has not added any more details about the phone. As of now, Samsung’s holed phone remains a distant (but assured) point in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases its foldable smartphone’s launch date

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Second Apple store in Singapore opens at the Jewel Changi Airport

Take a photo walk around the rain vortex

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If you ever find yourself on a layover in Singapore, the newly-opened Jewel Changi Airport is probably already on your list of things to check out. If you have more time to spare, Apple just gave you a reason to not leave the airport premises: Singapore’s second Apple store is now open at the Jewel.

Apart from shopping, you can sign up for a free Today at Apple session to make your layover productive, like Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait, which teaches you how to rethink your subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shot to create unexpected portraits.


Apple is also offering an exclusive new PhotoWalk: The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport session, where the staff will share tips on how to capture the majestic rain vortex and indoor gardens as you take a short 500-meter walk. Do note that this new session fills up fast, so sign up as soon as possible.

READ: Smartphone photography 101: Foreground element

 

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Realme X launches with pop-up selfie cam, better processor

Should Xiaomi be worried?

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Realme has been aggressive in launching new phones since its inception last year and is directly competing against Xiaomi. The brand has been teasing the launch of Realme X for quite some time and has finally launched it in India.

The phone has a premium design with curved edges and a glass-like plastic back panel. On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and the notch has been replaced by a pop-up camera. The brand says it has a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent and features Gorilla Glass protection.


Powering the Realme X is an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant. Expandable storage isn’t available, but the headphone jack has been retained. It runs on ColorOS 6 out of the box and features Dolby Atmos enhancement for better music output.

The rear sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The front gets a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and Realme claims the pop-up takes just 0.74 seconds to completely slide out. The camera software comes with Chroma Boost, Nightscape, and a redesigned portrait mode to optimize pictures perfectly. Other standard features include beauty mode and AI-based picture improvement.

Backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology for faster charging.

The phone was first unveiled in China a couple of months back and shall be going up against Xiaomi’s soon-to-launch Redmi K20 Pro. Realme has also announced a special Spider-Man: Far From Home limited edition phone that features a unique design and user-interface, it’ll cost INR 20,999.

Lastly, the company will also be offering the Naoto Fukasawa collection with Garlic and Onion finishes that come in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration at a price tag of INR 19,999.

The standard 4GB+128GB configuration costs INR 16,999 and the 8GB+128GB option is priced at INR 19,999. Sale starts from July via Flipkart and Realme online store.

 

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Xiaomi launches affordable Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones

20 hours of non-stop playback

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Xiaomi is known for its feature-packed smartphones, but the brand has a massive presence in the lifestyle segment. For now, a lot of these products are limited to Mainland China, but the brand is slowly releasing them in its core markets like India.

Today, the Chinese company launched the Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones in India and they’re priced quite aggressively. This week is going to be even more exciting because the Redmi K20 Pro is scheduled to launch on July 17.


The headphones come with a 400mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In simpler words, it is sufficient to listen to 300 songs in one go. Equipped with 40mm drivers, they are tuned to deliver high bass and pressure-less earmuffs provide a comfortable listening experience over extended periods. The head beam is adjustable and has elastic shafts to rotate the ear muffs.

Lastly, they connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0, offering wider range and capability to connect two headphones simultaneously to one phone. They can also be used along with a wire if you want truly acoustic output. Operations can be handled via voice commands thanks to an in-built mic and support for virtual assistants.

They’re priced at INR 2,199 (US$ 32) and can be purchased via Amazon.in. Prime Day sale is going on and they can be grabbed for just INR 1,799 (US$26). Color options include Black and Red, as well as Black and Gold.

Previously, Xiaomi has launched its range of smart TVs, air purifiers, and light bulb in India. A couple of weeks back, they also unveiled a trimmer. We expect the brand to launch more of these in the coming future as it slowly scales up operations.

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