Samsung Expects Q3 Profit Jump as Chip Surge Eases Galaxy Note 7 Recall Blues

Samsung Expects Q3 Profit Jump as Chip Surge Eases Galaxy Note 7 Recall BluesSouth Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co expects third-quarter profit grew 5.6 percent, beating estimates, as a pickup in chip and display earnings likely offset the impact of a global smartphone recall that has roiled the tech giant.

The world’s biggest smartphone maker said in a brief filing on Friday its operating profit for July-September was likely KRW 7.8 trillion ($7 billion), compared with the KRW 7.4 trillion tipped by a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate of analysts’ forecasts. A year earlier operating profit was KRW 7.4 trillion.

The firm won’t issue full results until late October and gave no details on the cost of recalling about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones after batteries caught fire. Analysts have said the Galaxy Note 7 woes – rumbling on with Wednesday reports of a smoking battery in a replacement device – could have undercut mobile earnings by at least KRW 1 trillion (roughly Rs. 5,986 crores).

 

Revenue for the quarter likely fell 5.2 percent to KRW 49 trillion (roughly Rs. 2,93,352 crores), the South Korean firm said, less than the Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate of KRW 51.1 trillion.

“Obviously the Galaxy Note 7 recall costs were reflected but (business) segments such as memory and Oled (organic light-emitting diode) displays did well and will probably continue to do so until at least next year,” said IBK Asset Management fund manager Kim Hyun-su.

Samsung’s semiconductor business – the world’s top memory chip maker – is thriving as Apple and peers boost the global market, seeking chips for new iPhones and other products launched ahead of the peak year-end sales season. Germany’s Dialog Semiconductor Plc, an iPhone chip supplier, said on Thursday its revenue beat expectations.

Galaxy Note 7 Chip Boost?
Ironically, the Galaxy Note 7 problems could also boost Samsung’s chip business. Industry executives say the sudden need for chips in 2.5 million replacement phones is exacerbating already tight memory market conditions, which could push prices higher.

Paul Romano, chief operating officer at US-based electronic component distributor Fusion Worldwide, said the firm’s clients, which include Samsung, are currently having a harder time procuring memory chips. Some smartphone makers are also trying to secure more of the chips as they see an opportunity capitalise on Samsung’s mis-steps and boost handset sales, Romano said.

“Sometimes this creates a seize mentality – everyone tries to manage the risk,” said Romano. “Often the response is to procure new product, trying to grab what’s left of a shrinking pile of supply.”

 

Researcher TrendForce says contract prices for DRAM chips – used in temporary data usage – will rise by more than 10 percent in October-December. Demand is outpacing supply in the market for NAND chips used for long-term data storage during the third quarter, the researcher added, tipping prices to continue rising.

Samsung shares were up 0.5 percent at KRW 1.7 million at 0220 GMT (7:50am IST), compared with 0.3 percent fall for the broader market.

The stock touched a record high of KRW 1.716 million on Thursday after Samsung said it was “carefully reviewing” the proposals by activist investor Elliott Management for a radical corporate makeover that would split Samsung Electronics into a holding vehicle for ownership purposes and a separate operating company.

Samsung didn’t comment on Friday on how it plans to respond to the Elliott proposals.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

iBall Andi Wink 4G With VoLTE Support, 5-Megapixel Camera Launched

iBall Andi Wink 4G With VoLTE Support, 5-Megapixel Camera Launched at Rs. 5,999iBall on Friday launched its budget-friendly 4G smartphone – iBall Andi Wink 4G – to its Andi smartphones portfolio. The major highlight of the iBall smartphone is the VoLTE feature at a budgeted price of just Rs. 5,999. The smartphone comes in a Grey colour and is available in India starting Friday.

The dual-SIM supporting iBall Andi Wink 4G runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and is powered by a quad-core processor (chipmaker unspecified) coupled with 2GB of RAM. It packs a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixel) display that the company claims to give ‘soothing graphics and tender transitions effortlessly’.

The iBall Andi Wink 4G bears a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras have flash modules for low-light photography and video capturing. The company claims that the front camera along with the flash module is especially designed for ‘video chatting’.
The Andi Wink 4G sports a 2300mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to a day of battery life, claimed the company. The smartphone is VoLTE-enabled, allowing users to make voice calls over a 4G network – especially relevant in the wake of the recent launch of Reliance Jio 4G services.

The smartphone has 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Other connectivity options in the iBall Andi Wink 4G include GPRS/EDGE, GPS, A-GPS, FM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB On-The-Go. The smartphone also comes with call-recording feature. Bundled with a free protective cover, the iBall Andi Wink 4G will enter the market to compete with smartphones like Intex Cloud 4G Smart in the budget segment.

iBall Andi Wink 4G iBall Andi Wink 4G
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NEWS
Display
5.00-inch
Processor
quad-core
Front Camera
2-megapixel
Resolution
854×480 pixels
RAM
2GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
16GB
Rear Camera
5-megapixel
Battery capacity
2300mAh

Several iPhone 7 Users Facing Issues Pairing Android Wear Smartwatches

Several iPhone 7 Users Complain About Pairing Issues With Android Wear SmartwatchesMultiple iPhone 7 users are complaining that their Android Wear smartwatches are not pairing with their smartphones. Google has acknowledged the issue and has confirmed that the “Android Wear team is actively working to fix” it. Several iPhone 7 users took to Google’s product forum page to post their frustration about the issue.

The pairing issue primarily affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 Gen 2, Asus ZenWatch, Fossil, and Mk watch users who are unable to pair their iPhone 7.

Google employee Ernest has acknowledged the issue on a product forum page, saying, “It has come to our attention that there is a serious pairing issue that affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 v2, Asus Zenwatch, Fossil and MK Android Wear watches which are unable to pair with the new iPhone 7. We would need more information from you, so please “Send us feedback” through the Android Wear app: Gear icon> Feedback > Send Feedback,” said Ernest. He also added that Google has reported the issue to Apple.
One of the users wrote on the Google product forum post, “I’ve got a Tag Heuer connected that was working fine with my iPhone 6 even after I upgraded to iOS 10, but then since I unpaired to connect to my new iPhone 7. I haven’t been able to pass the pairing screen. I’ve tried with both phones, even tried to after downgrading the iPhone 6 to 9.3. I’ve also tried to a factory reset through the ‘Android dead robot’ as advised by Tag, but didn’t help, none of the phones get the code from the watch. Thanks!”

Another user reported, “Can’t get my Moto360 Gen 2 to pair with my iPhone7 (iPhone 6 and 6s with iOS10 was no problem). My iPhone7 sees my Moto360 in the Android Wear App and in the Bluetooth list when trying to pair but I never get the “accept message” on my Wear App when trying to pair so the pairing keeps failing.”

Sony Xperia XZ With 23-Megapixel Camera, USB Type-C Launched in India

Sony Xperia XZ Launched in India: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and MoreAt a media event in Udaipur on Thursday, Sony India unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ. Pre-bookings for the Sony Xperia XZ open on October 1 via Amazon.in, and in retail stores across the country. The smartphone will be available in India starting October 10, carrying an MRP of Rs. 51,990 and a best buy price of Rs. 49,990. Customers who pre-book the smartphone will get a free Sony SWR30 SmartBand worth Rs. 8,990 with their Xperia XZ unit.

According to Sony, the highlight of the Xperia XZ is its camera, which packs in three rear camera sensors – the CMOS sensor can track and predict movement of objects in frame, reducing the chances of blurred shots; the laser autofocus sensor makes the camera better at locking focus on objects, especially in low-light conditions; and the RGBC-IR sensor aims to provide accurate colour reproduction.

All this is backed by the 6-element f/2.0 Sony G lens, and a 23-megapixel Exmor RS sensor as well as Sony’s own ‘Bionz for mobile’ image processor. You now also get manual control over focusing and shutter speed.

Sony claims the 13-megapixel wide-angle front camera packs an Exmor RS sensor that’s 2.6 times bigger than the selfie camera seen on “regular flagship phones”. As we’ve come to expect from Sony phones, the phone is IP68 certified, making it dust and water resistant. The 5.2-inch full-HD display features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
The Sony Xperia XZ variant launching in India is a hybrid dual-SIM unit, with support for 4G VoLTE on both SIMs. Additionally, this model comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, compared to 32GB seen on the single-SIM variant. The Snapdragon 820-powered Sony Xperia XZ packs in 3GB of RAM, features USB Type-C connectivity, and is powered by a 2900mAh battery.

 

Bundled in the package is the Sony UCH12W quick charger, and the Xperia XZ is rated to deliver 5.5 hours of talk time on 10 minutes of charge. The phone also packs in Qnovo adaptive charging and a mechanism that Sony calls ‘intelligent battery charge’, which we will explore in detail in our first impressions piece soon and report on its performance in our detailed review at a later date.

Disclosure: The correspondent’s flights and hotel for the trip to Udaipur were sponsored by Sony.

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KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.20-inch
Processor
quad-core
Front Camera
13-megapixel
Resolution
1080×1920 pixels
RAM
3GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
23-megapixel
Battery capacity
2900mAh

Intex Cloud Q11 With 5.5-Inch HD Display Launched at Rs. 4,699

Intex Cloud Q11 Launched: Price, Specifications, and More
Cloud Q11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow
It is powered by quad-core processor
It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
Intex has launched a new smartphone – the Cloud Q11 – priced at Rs. 4,699. The smartphone is now exclusively available to buy via Amazon India.

The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Q11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. The company touts that the screen to body ratio on the handset is almost 70 percent. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Intex Cloud Q11 also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

It bears 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Measuring 154×77.2×10.5mm, the Intex Cloud Q11 is backed by a 2800mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 350 hours of standby time, and up to 8 hours of talk-time. It weighs 170 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The official listing confirms that the Intex Cloud Q11 will be available in Blue and White colour variants.

The domestic handset maker had previously unveiled the Aqua HD 5.5 smartphone priced at Rs. 5,637. The dual-SIM Intex Aqua HD 5.5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and feature a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. Intex touted that the Aqua HD 5.5’s large display is ideal for gaming, movies, and online streaming.

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Intex Cloud Q11 Intex Cloud Q11
Rs. 4,699
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NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
1.3GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
720×1280 pixels
RAM
1GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
8GB
Rear Camera
8-megapixel
Battery capacity
2800mAh

Xiaomi Reveals Dual Rear Camera Setup for Next Smartphone

Xiaomi Reveals Dual Rear Camera Setup for Next Smartphone

After teasing fans with a benchmark score for its upcoming ‘S’ handset, Xiaomi has released another teaser, this time focusing on the camera. From the looks of it, the smartphone expected to be launched on September 27 – thought to be the Mi 5s or Mi Note S – is likely to come with a dual rear camera setup. This is in line with reports from July that leaked alleged renders of the Mi 5s with a dual camera setup.

However, while earlier renders showed the dual rear camera module horizontally placed on the top left corner, Xiaomi’s teaser shows that the dual camera setup is placed vertically and most likely around the centre of the handset.

Since the Mi 5s is touted as a beefed up version of the Mi 5, a dual camera module was expected from the Chinese manufacturer. Meanwhile, recent rumours tipped a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera for the Mi 5s.

Along with the dual camera setup, the Mi 5s is expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.

Xiaomi’s latest teaser, however, raises more questions than answers. Latest rumour going around is that the company will not unveil a Mi 5s, but rather a Mi Note S. This begs to to question whether the latest teaser from Xiaomi is related to the Mi 5s or the Mi Note S, or some other device entirely.

Xiaomi is expected to unveil a slew of devices which include a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s, a Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2 on September 27. We’ll know in a few days which of the devices become a reality.

 

Micromax to Soon Launch Four 4G Smartphones With Google Duo Preloaded

Micromax to Soon Launch Four 4G Smartphones With Google Duo Preloaded

Ahead of the festive season, handset maker Micromax will launch four 4G smartphones, priced under $100 (about Rs. 5,700), to cash in on the booming demand for LTE devices.

Micromax has partnered Google to preload the latter’s video calling app, Duo, on all the 4 smartphones.

“Video calling is perceived to be a very urban phenomenon and niche but at Micromax, we believe that there is a huge potential to massify the service by taking it beyond the tier 1 markets where Micromax has an unmatched edge,” Micromax co-founder Vikas Jain told PTI.

The ‘video series’ will help millions of users discover the Duo app and will be a volume driver for Micromax in the festive season, he added.

Sales of 4G handsets have grown significantly in India as operators expand their high-speed Internet services (4G LTE) networks in the country. According to analysts, the trend will gain further momentum with the launch of Reliance Jio’s service that is offering free voice calling and cheap data rates to consumers.

According to research firm IDC, 4G smartphones shipments stood at 15.4 million units in January-March 2016 quarter, registering a growth of more than 6 times over the same period last year.

“The collaboration with Google Duo is extremely important.

Users will find Duo easy to latch on to Duo’s simple interface…all the 4 phones will be sub-USD 100,” he said. Last month, Google launched Duo for Android and iOS users that competes with apps likeFaceTime and Skype.

The video calling app, first announced by Google at its I/O developer conference earlier this year, aims to take the “complexity out of video calling”.

“In the first month alone we have seen over 10 million downloads, with US and India being among the top countries,” Google Group Product Manager Amit Fulay said.

Duo allows users to connect using their phone number without a separate username/account. Google also introduced a new feature ‘Knock Knock’ that allows people to see live video of the caller before they answer, helping users connect with the person even before they pick up.

“Duo has been built to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks, something that we think is relevant for the Indian market,” Fulay said.

 

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Users Complain of ‘No Service’ Bug After Disabling Airplane Mode

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Users Complain of 'No Service' Bug After Disabling Airplane Mode

Complaints of loss of cellular service have emerged after iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus (and in some cases iPhone 6s) users disable Airplane Mode.

Apple released the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to pre-order customers and retail stores in select countries on Friday, and the first round of bugs have already popped up. Complaints of loss of cellular service have now emerged after users turn off Airplane Mode on the device.

 

Apple has reportedly acknowledged the matter and is investigating the issue, according to MacRumors.

Meanwhile, service providers have reportedly been told by the Cupertino-based giant to inform users to restart their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus if their devices have been affected by the bug. Apple has also advised affected users to remove and re-insert the device’s SIM card if the issue persists. As a last case scenario, Apple is reportedly also willing to replace the device, though the conditions for a replacement are not known.

An iPhone 7 user named Yasser El-Haggan posted a video on YouTube which shows his device unable to receive a signal after disabling Airplane Mode. The iPhone 7 is kept alongside an iPhone 6s device which shows two bars of LTE. Both the devices are said to be AT&T models, which means the iPhone 7 has an Intel modem.

Yasser El-Haggan received a new unit from the Apple Store after the video was posted online. The employee at the store had allegedly seen the issue prior to Yasser El-Haggan and immediately replaced the device as per Apple’s policy.

While most of the cases have been related to the new iPhone 7, some users have experienced the problem on their iPhone 6s. If the rumours are true then it would likely mean that the glitch is related to the new iOS 10 update – and not the new iPhone hardware.

 

You can expect Apple to address the issue and release a patch in the coming days.

 

LG V20 Spotted in the Wild Ahead of September 6 Launch

LG V20 Spotted in the Wild Ahead of September 6 Launch

  • The live image shows the front of the LG V20
  • The smartphone will not sport the modular chin
  • LG is unveiling the smartphone on September 6

The LG V20 is all set to be unveiled on September 6, and Google has confirmed that the smartphone will be the first new smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Running up to the launch event, we’ve seen several render leaks, and now a live image of the LG V20 has surfaced online.

The LG V20 was snapped in the wild by Twitter user@TechMan72, and shows the front of the smartphone only. Even though the image is grainy, the LG branding at the bottom cannot be missed. There seems to be very thin bezel around the edges, and the front camera is where it was seen in past renders – on the top left of the smartphone.

This image was a response tweet to Evan Blass’s LG V20 render leak yesterday. Techman72 replied to Blass’s leak tweet, “Here’s a real pic of the V20, not some render.” Blass’s render image also showed the smartphone front. The render image shows the buttons forged into the display, and the second screen is seen on top. Renders of the LG V20 have been leaked by OnLeaks in the past as well, and they show the smartphone from all angles. There’s a dual camera setup expected at the back, with the fingerprint sensor sitting right below it. The USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the speaker grill are all seen situated at the bottom of the device.

 While there were earlier rumours of LG introducing the LG G5-like modular design on the LG V20, the latest renders show no release button hinting at a regular unibodied smartphone. The company has been boasting of the smartphone’s audio and sound capabilities, claiming that it will be the first in the world to sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback.

LG is placing its bet on the V20 to revive its smartphone business, after the dismal performance of the LG G5. The flagship smartphone had weaker-than-expected sales following production difficulties, and LG reported a total operating loss of roughly $132 million in the second quarter of 2016.

 

Moto E3 Power With 3500mAh Battery Goes on Sale

Moto E3 Power With 3500mAh Battery Goes on Sale

  • It is priced at roughly Rs. 9,500
  • The Motorola E3 Power offers 16GB of inbuilt storage
  • It support dual-SIM slots

Motorola unveiled the Moto E3 smartphone in July, revealing a few specifications, a price tag of GBP 99 (roughly Rs. 8,800), and early September availability in the UK. Now, a variant called the Moto E3 Power has gone on sale via a third-party retail site in Hong Kong – with no official announcement for it yet. As the name suggests, the smartphone comes with a better battery, and it also bears a few upgrades to other specifications, and sells at a price tag of HKD 1,098 (roughly Rs. 9,500).

There has been no official announcement by Motorola, so there is no clarity on whether the smartphone will be launched in international markets or not. As for the specifications, the Moto E3 Power offers more memory, more inbuilt storage, and of course the above mentioned larger battery, when compared to the Moto E3.

The Moto E3 Power features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 64-bit 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P quad-core SoC paired with 2GB RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus. A 5-megapixel selfie camera also sits in the front. The Moto E3 Power runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and supports dual-SIM slots (Micro). It packs a 3500mAh battery, and offers connectivity options like 4G LTE, GPS, Buetooth, and Wi-Fi. The online availability in Hong Kong was first reported by Playfuldroid.

With respect to the Indian market, Motorola hasn’t even introduced the Moto E3 yet. The company launched the Moto G4 in June for Rs. 12,499, and is selling it exclusively on Amazon India. The smartphone has been made available in Black and White colour variants.