Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rated the most innovative and high performance smartphone display by DisplayMate


DisplayMate Technologies which is known for their accurate and in-depth evaluation of smartphone displays has completed its comprehensive evaluation of the Galaxy Note 9’s Infinity Display and said that the Galaxy Note 9 has raised the bar significantly higher.”

It said that “the level of display performance and excellence has been increasing each year, and the Galaxy Note9 has raised the bar.”  According to them the Galaxy Note 9 features “the most innovative and high-performance smartphone display that they have ever tested in lab.”  The Note 9 established several display performance records during DisplayMate’s in-depth analysis, ultimately earning the firm’s highest-ever A+ grade.

The Galaxy Note9’s 6.4-inch, 3K (2960×1440) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display matched or set records for a number of important measurements, including screen reflectance, absolute color accuracy, peak brightness, native color gamut, contrast ratio and screen resolution.


The smartphone’s enhanced High Brightness Mode produces vibrant visuals when users need them, such as when they’re under direct sunlight or in environments with lots of ambient light. DisplayMate’s evaluators tested the feature by displaying an all-white full screen, which is the most challenging image for an OLED display to produce, as it requires all the pixels to shine at full power.

The Galaxy Note 9 set a new record for this brightness measurement that was 27 percent brighter than last year’s Galaxy Note 8. The device also featured contrast rating for high ambient light that was 32 percent higher than that of its predecessor.

In addition to featuring enhanced brightness and accuracy, the Galaxy Note9’s display offers improved power efficiency. DisplayMate’s evaluation also included measurement of the display’s average power consumption when portraying a wide range of content. The Galaxy Note9 consumed just 1.10 watts of power, which makes it 8 percent more power efficient than the Galaxy Note 8.

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Portronics Harmonics 200 Retractable Bluetooth water-resistant headphones launched for INR 2,999


Portronics has launched Harmonics 200 Retractable Bluetooth Stereo headphones. It lets you pull out and insert the earbud into your ear for listening music and answering calls. It has ergonomically designed ear hooks and durable Silicon Material neckband and a lightweight 67 grams body makes it comfortable to wear all day long.

Easy Control Buttons allows you to play music and take calls effortlessly by just simply pressing them. It has Hydrophobic nano coating and IPX5 rating.


Features of Portronics Harmonics 200 :

  • Bluetooth 4.1, advanced CSR chipset, and CVC background noise reduction technology
  •  Retractable earbuds that can easily be extended to both of your ears.
  • Easy Controls Buttons allows you to control music and calls effortlessly and accurately with one-touch controls located intuitively on the neckband.
  •  Compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones including Android, Smart phones and iPhones.
  • Weights 67 grams
  • Hydrophobic nano coating and IPX5 rating ensure effortless performance in practically any environment
  • 3 pairs of ear tips of L/M/S sizes
  • Talk time / Playback of 18 hours and 300 hours of standby time

The Portronics Harmonics 200 comes in Black, Grey and White colors. It is priced at INR 2,999, but you can buy it for as low as INR 1,969 from

Airtel offers Amazon Pay Gift Card to its pre-paid and post-paid customers for free


Airtel today announced to offer Amazon Pay digital Gift Card worth INR 51 to its pre-paid and post-paid customers for free, as a part of its 23rd anniversary celebrations. Company also offering one year data theft protection for free, is powered by Norton security.

To claim the offer follow the step (Amazon Gift Voucher) :

  • If you are on pre-paid bundled pack of INR 100 or higher or post-paid Infinity plan you are eligible for this special Amazon Pay Gift Card
  • To check if you are applicable, go to My Airtel app on Android or iOS
  • Enter your number and verify the OTP your receive
  • On the App’s HomePage click the Airtel Thanks banner on the top and follow the step to claim your Free gift card
  • You get a 15-digit Voucher Code which you can copy and claim it using your Amazon app or website (The code needs to be claimed within 31st October 2018)

To claim the offer follow the step (Data Theft protection) :

  • If you are on pre-paid bundled pack of INR 100 or higher or post-paid Infinity plan you are eligible for this special Amazon Pay Gift Card
  • To check if you are applicable, go to My Airtel app on Android or iOS
  • Enter your number and verify the OTP your receive
  • On the App’s HomePage click the Airtel Thanks banner on the top and follow the step to claim your Data theft Protection plan


Vani Venkatesh, chief marketing officer – Bharti Airtel, said:

Our heartfelt thanks to our customers for partnering with us in this 23 year journey to make us India’s leading smartphone network. We are delighted to partner with Amazon Pay in this celebration with our customers. Online shopping is very popular among customers with smartphones. With great data experience on India’s fastest network, our customers can now enjoy added value of recharges and bill payments along with shopping on a wide range of offerings/deals from Amazon.

Six Sony Models To Get Android 9 Pie, roll out expected to start in September


On August 7th, Android released its latest version dubbed Android 9 Pie. As of now, only the Essential Phone has got the Android 9.0 Pie Apart from the Pixels. Xiaomi MIX 2S also started receiving the beta version of the latest Andriod 9 from August 9th. Now Sony has confirmed the next major Android release to six of its smartphones.

List of the first batch to get the Android 9.0 update : 

  • Xperia XZ2
  • Xperia XZ2 Compact
  • Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • Xperia XZ1
  • Xperia XZ1 Compact
  • Xperia XZ Premium

These six models will be updated from September and finishes the roll out by November 2018.

Huawei has also commenced internal testing of Android 9 for four of its devices includes Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20, Honor 10, and Honor V10. Other OEMs were involved in the Android Beta project, such as HMD, OPPO, vivo, and OnePlus will soon join the list of manufacturers with this new version.

Xiaomi’s POCO F1 with Snapdragon 845 launching in India on August 22nd


Last week Xiaomi teased  POCO sub-brand in India and said that it will be POCOPHONE globally. Today company has sent out invite for the launch on August 22nd at an event in Delhi. The invite has the tagline ‘Master of Speed’. The company already confirmed that the phone will be powered by Snapdragon SoC, which might be the Snapdragon 845 SoC.

Earlier this week, Xiaomi POCOPHONE  F1 surfaced in an online listing in Romania. Now the unboxing video of the smartphone has surfaced online. It shows a display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch and Snapdragon 845 SoC with support for liquid cooling. It also reveal to have 6GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage.

It reveals a AI dual rear camera setup along with a 20MP front camera along and IR face unlock, similar to the Mi 8. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and is powered by a 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging along with a charger in the box.

We get to know the price of the smartphone when it will launch next Wednesday and the global launch of the smartphone is also expected later this month.


HTC confirms Android 9.0 Pie update for range of smartphones


On August 7th, Android released its latest version dubbed Android 9 Pie. As of now, only the Essential Phone has got the Android 9.0 Pie Apart from the Pixels. Google also said that it is working with several OEMs to roll out the update.

Now HTC has confirmed Pie update for its flagship smartphones, including the HTC U11 that was introduced running on Android 7.1. It is also the first company to confirm the update for several devices.


  • HTC U12+
  • HTC U11+
  • HTC U11
  • HTC U11 life (Android One)

The company updated HTC 10 to Android Oreo, even though it was launched running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), looks like it is not getting the Android Pie update. HTC is expected to add more devices to this list in future and it will reveal time frame for the roll out soon.


Motorola P30, P30 Note with 6GB RAM and P30 Play surfaced in official listing ahead of Launch on August 15th


Motorola smartphones with model numbers XT1943 and XT1942 got certified by TENAA last month. Both the samrtphones were expected to be announced as Motorola One and One Power with Android One branding for global markets. Now the Motorola P30, P30 Note and P30 Play have surfaced on official Motorola website in China and are expected to be announced along with Moto Z3 in China on August 15th.

We are expected that the model number XT1943 could announce as P30 and the XT1942 could as P30 Note.


The P30 is expected to come in 6GB RAM + 64GB storage or 6GB + 128GB storage variants in White, Black and Aurora Blue colors.


The P30 Note is expected to come in 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage or 6GB RAM +  64GB storage variants, just in Black color.


The P30 Play is expected to come in 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant in Black and White colors.

Specifications Of Motorola P30 Note / Moto One Power (XT1942) (Rumored) :

  • 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Chipset with Adreno 509 GPU
  • 6GB / 4GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB / 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • 16MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS
  • 4850mAh battery with fast charging

Specifications of Motorola P30 (XT1943) / Moto One (Rumored) :

  • 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio
  • 1.6GHz / 1.8GHz Octa-Core Chipset
  • 6GB / 4GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB / 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • 16MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera
  • 12MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions:  155.8×75.9×8.9mm; Weight: 170g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS
  • 2820mAh battery with fast charging

We should know more details when it goes official next week.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now available for pre-order in India starting at INR 67,900


Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone at an event held in New York. Now the company has started taking pre-orders for the smartphone in India from yesterday on its online store. Consumers who pre-book the Galaxy Note 9 will get a chance to own a Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch at INR 4,999, which Originally costs INR 22,990. Today company has started taking pre-orders online via Flipkart and


Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 :

  • 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 516ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with Adreno 630 GPU / Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor with Mali G72MP18 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB storage / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 512GB storage (UFS 2.1), expandable up to 512GB
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Single / Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • 12MP primary rear camera with f/2.4-f/1.5 variable aperture, LED Flash, 960fps super slo-mo, 12MP secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 8MP auto focus front-facing camera with wide-angle lens, f/1.7 aperture
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm; Weight: 201g
  • BLE S Pen: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37mm; Weight: 3.1g
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC, MST
  • 4000mAh battery with fast charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging

The Galaxy Note9 comes in Midnight Black and Metallic Copper with matching S-pen and Ocean Blue with Yellow S Pen. Galaxy Note9 is priced at INR 67,900 for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage variant and INR 84,900 for the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage variant. You can pre-order the phone on Samsung online Shop till 21st August 2018 along with the Flipkart and The company says that the shipments will begin 20th August.

Launch offers

  • Buy from Paytm Mall to get a cashback of INR 6,000.
  • HDFC Bank credit or debit cards or HDFC Consumer Durable loans (CD Loans) lets you avail a cashback ofINR 6,000.
  • Under the Samsung Upgrade Program, you can get upgrade bonus of INR 6,000 on exchange of old device for the Galaxy Note 9. The upgrade bonus is over and above the exchange value.

Samsung announced Wireless Charger Duo- lets you charge two devices at a time


Samsung announced the Wireless Charger Duo along with the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch at an event held in New York, yesterday. The Wireless Charger Duo comes with two charging docks; a flat area for the Galaxy smartwatch and a propped up area for the smartphone.


Both charging pad comes with 12W of charging capacity for fast charging. In fact, it is the first dual wireless charger that lets you watch videos or check texts while charging your phone.

The Samsung Wireless charger Duo is priced at $119.99 (INR 8,275 approx). The shipping starts from August 24th, along with the Galaxy Note9.

Samsung Galaxy Watch announced with Super AMOLED display, military-level durability and LTE


Samsung-Galaxy-Watch-1024x646.jpgSamsung announced Galaxy Watch at an event in New York yesterday. It comes in 46mm and 42mm options with 1.3-inch and 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On Display. It comes with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection and has rotating bezel. It runs on Tizen- Based Wearable Platform 4.0. It has 5ATM + IP68 ratings for water resistance and is certified for military-level durability.

It comes with NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission support for mobile payments using Samsung Pay. It also has built-in speaker for activate voice messaging and listning music along with GPS. The 46mm model has 472mAh battery with battery life of 80+ hours with typical usage and up to 168 hours with low usage. The Galaxy Watch 42mm comes with a 270mAh battery promises 45+ hours with typical and up to 120 hours with low usage.

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It has a new stress management tracker, that automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to keep users focused. It has a new advanced sleep tracker that monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. New Watch added 21 new indoor exercises, now can track total of  39 workouts. It also offers intuitive calorie tracking and personalized alerts.

 Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Watch :

  • 1.2-inch / 1.3-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On display,Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection
  • 1.15GHz Dual-Core Exynos 9110 processor
  • 768MB RAM (Bluetooth) / 1.5GB RAM (LTE), 4GB internal memory
  • Tizen Based Wearable OS 4.0 (Compatible with Android 5.0 or later and iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above)
  • 5ATM + IP68 water resistance, MIL STD 810G
  • Dimensions (46mm): 446 x 49 x 13; Weight: 63g (without strap)
  • Dimensions (42mm) 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7; Weight: 49g (without strap)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer
  • 3G/LTE (Optional), Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass
  • 472mAh  (46mm) /  270mAh (42mm) Li-ion battery with wireless charging (WPC Inductive), up to 4 days of battery life

The  Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm version comes in Silver color and priced at $349.99 (INR 24,000 approx) in the US while the 42mm watch comes in Midnight Black and  Rose Gold color options priced at $329.99 (INR 22,700 approx). It will go on sale from August 24th with pre-orders starting on August 10th. The Samsung Galaxy Watch LTE version will be available later in 2018.