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Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8 to get Android 10?

The claims are sketchy though

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If Samsung customer representatives are to have their way, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will get Android 10.

As spotted by SamMobile, Samsung customer representatives are claiming another major update to the company’s 2017 flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. This comes after users asked for clarification regarding the flagships’ eligibility for Android 10.

Both devices launched with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Their latest update, Android 9.0 Pie, came last March 2019. This is par for the course for Samsung who’s promise is to send software updates for up to two years only. However, a customer’s recent interaction shows the company might go beyond that.

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These claims from Samsung representatives should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, claims from representatives are prone to error since they are usually the last to receive critical information. Plus, the latest Android 10 update roadmap didn’t even include the Galaxy S8 nor the Note 8.

Even if the 2017 flagships do not receive Android 10, users can still expect security updates for their devices.

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Apple will open its first store in India next year

Online store to launch this year

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Apple is planning to open its first retail store in India next year, CEO Tim Cook confirmed during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California. The electronics giant will also open an online store in India this year, he added.

“We needed to get approval from the government to go in there ourselves,” said Cook on Wednesday, answering a question from a shareholder. He added that the company doesn’t want “somebody else to run the brand” for it.

“We wouldn’t be a very good partner in retail,” Cook added. “We like to do things our way.”

India’s laws prohibit Apple from directly selling, hence it has to rely on a range of “resellers”. This means the company isn’t directly selling to the end-user and relying on a third party. Not only does this affect the overall experience but it also makes the product more expensive.

The move comes just over six months after the Indian government relaxed local sourcing norms for single-brand retailers in the country. With demand for Apple products slowing in China — even before the outbreak of Coronavirus — the firm is hoping it can spur growth in other developing markets like India.

Experts have often accused Apple of neglecting India as a serious market. But, the tides are changing. The iPhone SE was a monumental success in developing markets and Apple is expected to launch a successor soon. Even the iPhone XR has received a phenomenal response in the country.

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This is the best time to buy the Galaxy S20

Good things come to those who wait

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When is the best time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20? Most might say that it’s right after its release. Whether we admit it or not, being one of the first to own the latest tech is always a good feeling. But there’s also a benefit to waiting it out a little longer.

A new product insight from iPrice indicates being patient could help you net the Galaxy S20 for less. Partnering with Samsung Philippines, iPrice researched the best time to buy the Galaxy S20. The research took into account the price drop of Galaxy flagships over the year, starting from the S8 up until the recent S10. They looked into two different time periods after a flagship’s release to determine its price.

Six-month outlook

If you can’t wait any longer than a year, then you should wait for six months to pass after the Galaxy S20 has been released. The research from iPrice found that the price of Galaxy flagships may drop by 21% after six months. As such, you may get a better deal buying the S20 six months from now than on March 6.

How will a 21% price drop compare across S20 variants?

  • Galaxy S20 — from PhP 49,990 to PhP 39,492
  • Galaxy S20+ — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 44,232
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra — from PhP 69,990 to PhP 55,292

One-year outlook

Here’s where it gets interesting. Galaxy S10’s price dropped by 45% after a year, while Galaxy S8 and S9’s price dropped by 30%. The research estimates that the price drop of Galaxy S20 may fall between 30-45%.

Even when you factor in the much conservative 30% price drop, you still get big savings with PhP 34,993 than today’s price of PhP 49,990 for S20. For S20+, you get PhP 39,193. Finally, for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the price drops to PhP 48,993.

If you’re looking to save, it is best to wait some months before buying a brand-new Galaxy S20. Prices do fluctuate, so the final price after a few months maybe higher or lower than the estimates. As a general advice, it is better for you to wait before buying a brand-new device to weather out the demand and any issues that may appear after release.

See also: Galaxy S20 price and availability in the Philippines

 

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Honor announces Honor 9X Pro and View 30 Pro globally

MWC cancellation couldn’t hinder Honor’s plan

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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor, through a virtual conference in Barcelona, expanded its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio and announced the Honor 9X Pro and Honor View 30 Pro. Due to the U.S. ban, Honor is also relying on Huawei Mobile Services to replace Google apps.

Honor 9X Pro

The Honor 9X Pro has a 6.59-inch Honor FullView display. Powering the phone is a Kirin 810 chipset and a Mali G52 GPU. For extended gaming, the phone also houses a liquid cooling system. On the rear is a 48-megapixel primary camera, followed an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Backing the phone is a 4000mAh battery.

It will be available in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, starting March 2020, with a starting price of EUR 249.

Honor View 30 Pro

The Honor View 30 Pro is the first 5G phone from Honor and features a Matrix camera for improved photography. Among the main features of the phone is the device’s Kirin 990 chipset which Honor claims will help the phone deliver an industry-leading 5G experience.

The phone comes with a triple camera setup on the rear that consists of a 40-megapixel Sony IMX600 primary camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor. It has a 4100mAh battery that supports 40W fast charging. The company hasn’t confirmed market availability, price, or release date yet.

Through the Huawei AppGallery, the phones have access to a number of new features including a new app store. The company is actively trying to reduce its dependence on Google’s services and is also working on its own operating system — Harmony OS.

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