Not only does this week mark the end of MWC, but also kickstarts a regional battle for supremacy in India. This week, we’ve witnessed the launch of Galaxy M30, Redmi Note 7, and Redmi Note 7 Pro. Samsung isn’t done though, it has further announced the availability of Galaxy A10, A30, and A50 in India.
While the M-series carries aggressive pricing, the new A-series intends to offer a more premium experience at a budget price. The phones are priced close to each other in an effort to cover every possible segment. This strategy offers consumers more options to choose from, as well as allowing them to handpick features relevant to their use.
The three phones come with a water-drop style notch (called Infinity-V by Samsung) and run on Android Pie-based One UI. They also feature an AMOLED display and expandable storage, plus support for fast charging via USB-C.
The Galaxy A10 has a 6.2-inch HD+ display and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The rear has a single 13-megapixel camera and the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with facial recognition. It is priced at INR 8,490 (US$ 120) and will be available via all major dealers in Red, Blue, and Black color from March 20.
The Galaxy A30 gets a 6.4-inch HD+ display and a new reflective design. It is powered by an Exynos 7904 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The same chipset powers the M20 and M30, as well. On the rear is a 16- and 2-megapixel dual-camera setup while the front gets a 16-megapixel camera. It is priced at INR 16,990 (US$ 240) and will be available from March 2.
Lastly, the Galaxy A50 comes with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display and shares the same design language of the A30. It has a better processor and comes in two configurations: 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM. Both get 64GB internal storage and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The rear has a triple-camera setup consisting of a 25-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the front has a 25-megapixel camera. The 4GB option costs INR 19,990 (US$ 280) and the 6GB version retails for INR 22,990 (US$ 325). It will also be available for purchase from March 2.
Netflix is testing a new mobile-only subscription in Asia
Might cost less than PhP 200
By now, subscription services have slowly taken over our monthly budgets. Cable hookups, premium Spotify accounts, Netflix subscriptions, gym memberships — it never stops. Unfortunately, the world is moving from single-purchase models into monthly renewals. Don’t you just wish for a better bang for your buck?
Netflix is currently testing a more flexible pricing scheme in select territories. In India, the streaming company has introduced a mobile-only subscription plan worth half the price of the basic plan. India’s basic plan — one screen, standard definition — costs INR 500 (around US$ 7.23). Meanwhile, the mobile-only plan costs only INR 250 (around US$ 3.61).
In an interview with Variety, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed the possible options “where members can, for example, watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time.”
Currently, all of Netflix plans are measured in months. Based on the statement, Netflix is potentially exploring weekly plans, besides a medium-oriented plan.
In terms of location, Netflix has trialed this new pricing scheme in Malaysia and India. Unfortunately, the company has not confirmed other territories for the future. However, given the location of the first two tests, the company will likely implement the scheme in mobile-centric countries in the Asian region. Currently, India is one of Asia’s hotspots for smartphone technology.
Given the trend, the Philippines will likely join India and Malaysia in the future. The country is also a developing hotspot for smartphones. As such, a Netflix mobile-only plan will likely find a lot of supporters in the country. For reference, the mobile-only plan will probably cost PhP 185 (half of the basic PhP 370 plan).
Of course, the only remaining problem will be the country’s abysmal data coverage.
You may not be able to play PUBG for more than 6 hours in a day
Still better than banning the game completely
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds mobile edition needs no introduction. It has been the most trending multiplayer game for the last year and the trend shows no sign of cooling down. The game has been a hit in countries like India and players are hooked on it for hours.
Though, the game has received intense scrutiny from authorities because of its addictive stance. There have been multiple reports of addiction death and authorities have been scrambling to ban the game. Parents are worried about their children not being able to concentrate on studies and educational institutes have reported lower attendance as well as poor academic performance.
To counter bans and indirectly help players avoid addiction, PUBG is testing a six-hour per day gameplay limit. According to SportsKeeda, the app is sending a health reminder to players after six hours of gameplay and asking them to take a break. The game also has an age verification request now, which asks players if they are over the age of 18.
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The new limit isn’t active for all users right now and is currently in a testing phase. While some users are reporting seeing the message after two to four hours of gaming, some are being locked out after six hours of usage. It seems only players in India are seeing this at the moment and other regions haven’t been affected.
This restriction comes after the game was banned in Gujarat and multiple arrests were made by the police. The Chinese government recently banned PUBG Mobile for players under the age of 13.
There is no official word from PUBG Mobile on this health reminder-based daily gameplay limit yet. The addition may irk some users, but it’s the first step towards ensuring the game isn’t outright banned.
Play on the go with these new Alienware gaming laptops
PC-like gaming on a laptop
Updating its gaming portfolio in India, Dell and its sub-brand Alienware launched three new laptops aimed at three distinct categories of gamers in the country. The market is witnessing rapid growth and brands are increasing their focus exponentially. The three laptops intend to bring a PC-like gaming experience to laptops and the brand is confident about its new design language.
The Alienware Area-51m comes with a 17-inch narrow display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The brand is calling its design “Legend” and the laptop features a fully upgradable desktop-class processor and GPU. It is the only laptop to house an octa-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor along with support for up to 64GB RAM.
Other options include an Intel i7 processor, but all of them feature NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20 series GPU that enables support for native in-game ray tracing.
For the best experience, it has a TactX keyboard featuring 2.2mm of travel and customizable lighting that extends to the power button, display cover, and vents. Alienware has also included Cryo-Tech 2.0 cooling technology for the mighty processor. It is available in Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon color options and starts at INR 2,99,590 (US$ 4,340)
The Alienware m15, on the other hand, features an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or 2070 graphics card. It also incorporates customizable lighting ranging from the keyboard to exterior elements like the thermal vents. It even shares the cooling technology from its elder sibling.
It’s available in Epic Silver and Nebula Red color options with a starting price of INR 1,78,399 (US$ 2,585).
Lastly, the Dell G7 15 gets a 15-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The laptop is powered by Intel’s 8th-generation processors and NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series.
It is equipped with a Killer Gigabit Ethernet Controller that is designed to offer superior output and lower latency gameplay, reducing lagging and jitters while playing. It is just 19.9mm thin and built keeping portability in mind.
The Dell G7 15 is available in Abyss Grey and starts at INR 1,57,399 (US$ 2,280).
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