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Samsung sets up world’s largest mobile phone factory

It can produce more than 120 million handsets every year

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China is widely known as the king of mass production thanks to its humungous industrial complex that houses both factories and research facilities. For decades, mobile phones have been manufactured and assembled in China thanks to lower production costs and availability of logistics.

In the past few years, India has been racing along a similar path and has already positioned itself as the world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer. On July 9th, Samsung inaugurated the “largest” mobile factory in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The opening ceremony was attended by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and South Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in.

The manufacturing facility is spread across 129,000 square meters and will export 30 percent of the handsets made to other markets. The facility is capable of manufacturing 120 million handsets every year and will employ 70,000 people in the complete supply chain.

South Korean President, Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurate the facility

All Samsung mobile phones, including the flagships Galaxy S9, S9+, and Galaxy Note 8, are being manufactured at the Noida plant. The company already has five local research and development facilities that focus on making specialized solutions for the Indian market.

“Our Noida factory, the world’s largest mobile factory, is a symbol of Samsung’s strong commitment to India, and a shining example of the success of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ program,” Mr. HC Hong, Chief Executive Officer of Samsung India, said.

Almost every mobile company operating in India is looking forward to expanding local manufacturing in the country. Xiaomi has set up three new plants in India, Apple is expanding production in association with Wistron, while OPPO and Vivo already have local sourcing facilities.

Currently, India is the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market, where shipments grew by 14 percent with 125 million units in 2017, as per IDC. It overtook the US last year to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market after China. Samsung is also neck and neck in a battle with Xiaomi to take over as much market share as possible.

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Redmi Note 10 with Snapdragon 678, 48MP camera now official

Continuing the legacy

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Alongside the Redmi Note 10 Pro series, Xiaomi also unveiled the Redmi Note 10 — the classic. The family has given Xiaomi the number one spot in India for the last few years. Despite competition from Samsung, realme, and many others, the “Redmi Note” craze is only rising.

The Redmi Note 10 follows the same EVOL design language we’ve seen in the other beefed-up options. It retains a Gorilla Glass 3 body that’s IP52 rated for protection against dust and water ingress. It also gets stereo speakers, an IR blaster, and the infamous headphone jack. Even the fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side.

The front sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with 1100 nits of peak brightness and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The front camera is housed in a punch-hole cut-out.

Powering the Redmi Note 10 is a Snapdragon 678 processor with 8x Kryo 460 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. It’s coupled along with Adreno 612 graphics chipset and up to 6GB RAM.

The back has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera. The front has a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.

The phone is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The charger is provided in-box. Xiaomi also boasts that the phone is comparatively thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The base variant with 4GB+64GB configuration goes for INR 11,999, while the 6GB+128GB option goes for INR 13,999. The sale starts on March 16 via Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores. It’ll be available in Frost White, Aqua Green, and Shadow Black color options.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max launches with Snapdragon 732G, 108MP camera

The price is unbelievable!

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After a long wait, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India today, alongside the Redmi Note 10. Together called the Redmi Note 10 series, it plays a critical role for the company since it’s one of the most awaited launches of the year.

The phone features a new design language that’s called EVOL by the company. It consists of a back panel with a dual-tone premium matte frosted glass back, which is a first for the Note series. It has an IP52 rating coupled with rubberized ports ensures protection against dust and water ingress.

On the front is a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1200 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 while the back consists of toughened glass.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 732G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The processor is made on an 8nm process and designed on Kryo 470 architecture, which clocks up to 2.3GHz. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max offers 15 percent faster graphics performance than the predecessor.

The back consists of a quad-camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary camera. The Samsung HM2 sensor is the thinnest ever designed and leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology to capture maximum details in low-light. Complimenting the primary sensor is an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Xiaomi’s MIUI brings in a few extra features, namely Night mode 2.0, VLOG mode, Dual video, Pro Video mode, Magic Clone, and Long exposure mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.

Backing these internals is a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. Xiaomi has provided a 33W charging brick with the phone and it can charge from 0 to 59 percent in just 30 minutes. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max ships with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. For authentication, a fingerprint sensor is located on the side.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts with the 6GB+64GB option at INR 18,999 (US$ 260), followed by 6GB+128GB for INR 19,999 (US$ 275), and lastly, the 8GB+128GB for INR 21,999 (US$ 302). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 18, 2021. Color options include Dark Night, Vintage Bronze, and Glacial Blue.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro

It gets everything from the elder sibling, except for the camera setup. Instead, it sports a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GW3 primary sensor.

The 6GB+64GB option costs INR 15,999 (US$ 220), 6GB+128GB costs INR 16,999 (US$ 233), and the 8GB+128GB options will go for INR 18,999 (US$ 261). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 17, 2021. Color options include Frost White, Aqua Green and Shadow Black.

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realme shows off the realme 8’s 108MP camera

It has a lot of “firsts”

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The race for megapixels is on and realme in no mood of missing out. The phone maker has showed-off its 108-megapixel camera setup, which will be found on the upcoming realme 8 Pro.

The massive sensor not only produces a sharper image, but also brings the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video, and new portrait filters. realme is confident the camera will be able to outmatch the competition. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Mi 10T series have a 108-megapixel camera, but the two sensors are different.

realme has opted for Samsung’s HM2 sensor for the primary camera and it features a larger sensor with a size of 1/1.52″. The larger pixel size ensures better image quality and it supports 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. The brand has shown off a few images that were clicked with the sensor.

For zooming, it supports 3x in-sensor zoom, which processes a 12-megapixel image in the end. Essentially, the sensor will compress the image but retain details that are necessary for the picture. In turn, the algorithm improves accuracy, colors, as well as contrast.

A Starry Mode is also showed-off and it can shoot a video timelapse, using a time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. The camera clicks 30 pictures in 480 seconds and compiles that into a one-second video.

There’s also a tilt-shift mode that’ll let you adjust the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. Along with this, there are three portrait filters — Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait.

The company hasn’t announced the launch date of the realme 8 series. But we know it’ll be coming first to India in March 2021. Finally, realme has reiterated that its “realme number series” naming format for smartphones shall continue focusing on camera-centric innovations.

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