Redmi Note 9 Pro will go on sale in India today at 12 noon. The sale of the smartphone will take place on both Amazon and Xiaomi India site. The phone was launched in March and boasts impressive specifications, like a quad rear camera setup and octa-core processor. The phone comes in three colour options namely, Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black. The Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available on the Xiaomi India website (mi.com) and Amazon in two RAM and storage configurations. As for deliveries, the government has allowed delivery of non-essential items in Orange and Green zones throughout the country. To recall, Xiaomi had also put the phone on sale yesterday but it was quickly sold out.
Redmi Note 9 Pro price in India, offers
Redmi Note 9 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option while the 6GB + 128GB storage variant costs Rs. 16,999. Both the models of the phone are offered in Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black colour options and they are available to purchase via Amazon India and Xiaomi India site.
Customers planning to buy the Redmi Note 9 Pro through Amazon can avail no-cost EMI as well as standard EMI options. Prime members can also enjoy flat 5 percent off by using Amazon Pay ICICI Bank Credit card. Whereas, customers with Airtel prepaid number can enjoy Airtel double data benefits with Rs. 298 and Rs. 398 unlimited packs by purchasing the smartphone via Xiaomi India site.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Specifications
Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch fullHD+ IPS LCD display with a punch-hole design. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor paired with the Adreno 618 GPU. It packs in up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The phone packs a 5,020 mAh battery capacity with 18W fast-charging support.
On the camera front, the Redmi Note 9 Pro sports a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Upfront, there is a 16-megapixel selfie snapper.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Mobile Phone Information
|Item Weight||209 g|
|Product Dimensions||16.6 x 0.9 x 7.7 cm|
|Batteries:||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Item model number||Redmi Note 9 Pro|
|Wireless communication technologies||Bluetooth, WiFi Hotspot|
|Connectivity technologies||Bluetooth v5.0 wireless technology, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wifi, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NavIC, USB 2.0 OTG, IR blaster|
|Special features||Dual SIM, GPS, Music Player, Video Player, Gyroscope, Infrared, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor|
|Display technology||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 PPI density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 450 nits typ. brightness|
|Device interface – primary||Touchscreen|
|Resolution||2400 x 1080|
|Other camera features||8MP|
|Form factor||Touchscreen Phone|
|Battery Power Rating||5020|
|Phone Talk Time||29 Hours|
|Phone Standby Time (with data)||492 Hours|
|Whats in the box||Handset, Power adapter, USB cable, SIM eject tool, Warranty card, User guide, Clear soft case, Screen protector pre-applied on the phone|
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Samsung Says Q1 Profit Likely Rose 44 Percent Due to Sales Surge in Smartphone and TVs, Matching Expectations
By Reuters | Updated: 8 April 2021
Samsung Electronics on Wednesday said first-quarter profit likely rose 44 percent, with analysts attributing the surge to brisk sales of smartphones and TVs, albeit tempered by a likely fall in chip earnings after a storm halted US output.
The South Korean technology giant forecast January-March operating profit of SKW 9.3 trillion (roughly Rs. 61,940 crores), matching a weighted average analyst forecast from Refinitiv SmartEstimate.
Analysts said Samsung’s mobile division likely saw operating profit soar more than SKW 1 trillion (roughly Rs. 6,660 crores) to about SKW 4.15 trillion (roughly Rs. 27,630 crores) after its flagship Galaxy S21 ₹ 69,900 smartphone series outsold the previous version by a two-to-one margin in the six weeks since its January launch, according to research provider Counterpoint.
A lower starting price for the flagship helped sales for the world’s largest smartphone maker during the quarter, with the S21 priced $200 (roughly Rs. 14,900) lower than the S20, Counterpoint said.
Profit in Samsung’s television set and home appliance business also likely more than doubled to around SKW 1 trillion (roughly Rs. 6,660 crores), analysts said, due to continued stay-at-home demand.
Cross-town TV and home appliance rival LG Electronics on Wednesday announced its largest-ever preliminary quarterly operating profit of SKW 1.5 trillion (roughly Rs. ,990 crores) for January-March.
In Samsung’s chip division, analysts said profit likely fell 20 percent to SKW 3.6 trillion (roughly Rs. 24,000 crores) due to the cost of ramping up domestic production as well as losses at its Texas plant following a mid-February stoppage, blunting the benefits of strong demand.
US memory chip peer Micron last month forecast third-quarter revenue above analyst estimates due to rising demand brought about by a global shift to remote work.
The price of DRAM chips widely used in laptops and other computing devices rose 5.3 percent in January-March from the previous three months, showed data from TrendForce. Analysts expect that trend to continue as a global chip shortage spurs on buyers to snap up supplies.
“Prices are likely to rise further in the current quarter due to solid demand for servers,” said analyst Park Sung-soon at Cape Investment & Securities.
When Samsung announces detailed earnings later this month, “there will be interest in finding out how much Samsung is struggling in terms of low yields in its non-memory business, in addition to the extent of the losses in Texas and the US pressure to increase chip investment,” Park said, referring to the number of non-memory chips that pass quality tests.
Analysts have estimated that Samsung will invest about SKW 10 trillion (roughly Rs. 66,560 crores) in its chip contract manufacturing business this year, compared to about SKW 6 trillion (roughly Rs. 39,970 crores) last year.
Two top White House aides are set to host a meeting on April 12 with chipmakers and automakers in attendance on the state of the US supply chain, Reuters previously reported. Samsung is considering a new $17 billion (roughly Rs. 126,450 crores) chip plant in the United States.
Samsung also said, in a preliminary earnings release without offering any breakdown of the figures, that revenue likely rose 17 percent from the same period a year prior to SKW 65 trillion (roughly Rs. 4,32,990 crores).
Its share price traded down 0.2 percent after the release versus a 0.2 percent rise in the benchmark KOSPI. The stock has risen about 6.2 percent so far this year versus the KOSPI’s 8.8 percent.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
Apple to Pay $3.4 Million Over Programmed iPhone Obsolescence in Chile
By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 8 April 2021
Apple has agreed to pay Chilean consumers $3.4 million (roughly Rs. 25 crores) in a lawsuit over programmed obsolescence of iPhone handsets, their lawyer said, the first such settlement in Latin America.
Apple is accused of having programmed a limited lifespan into some products to force users to replace their phones sooner than necessary, and has previously settled similar cases in the United States and Europe.
In Chile, some 150,000 users of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE sued the US company, claiming their smartphones started underperforming after software updates programmed by Apple before December 21, 2017.
The agreement provides for a registration period for affected clients, who will have to provide proof of their devices’ reduced performance, a lawyer for the Odecu consumer body, Juan Sebastian Reyes, told a virtual press conference.
Each client stands to get maximum compensation of $50 (roughly Rs. 3,700), which is to be shared if there are more than one claim per serial number, as in the case of second-hand phones.
In December 2017, Apple admitted iOS software was tweaked to slow performance of older iPhone models whose battery life was deteriorating.
An outcry forced Apple to upgrade its software and offer steep discounts on battery replacements.
In March 2020, Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,700 crores) to settle a class-action lawsuit over slowed iPhone devices in the United States, followed in November by another $113 million (roughly Rs. 840 crores) to settle litigation with more than 30 US states over the same issue.
The company has also settled a case with France’s consumer watchdog for EUR 25 million (roughly Rs. 220 crores) for failing to tell iPhone users that software updates could slow older devices.
Italy, for its part, has fined Apple and Samsung EUR 10 million (roughly Rs. 90 crores) and EUR five million (roughly Rs. 40 crores) respectively for planned smartphone obsolescence.
Google Backed Over Oracle by US Supreme Court in Major Copyright Case
By Reuters | Updated: 6 April 2021
The US Supreme Court handed Alphabet Inc’s Google a major victory on Monday, ruling that its use of Oracle’s software code to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones did not violate federal copyright law.
In a 6-2 decision, the justices overturned a lower court’s ruling that Google’s inclusion of Oracle’s software code in Android did not constitute a fair use under US copyright law.
Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the majority, said that allowing Oracle to enforce a copyright on its code would harm the public by making it a “lock limiting the future creativity of new programmes. Oracle alone would hold the key.”
Oracle and Google, two California-based technology giants with combined annual revenues of more than $175 billion (roughly Rs. 12,83,400 crore), have been feuding since Oracle sued for copyright infringement in 2010 in San Francisco federal court. Google had appealed a 2018 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington reviving the suit.
The ruling spares Google of a potentially massive damages verdict. Oracle had been seeking more than $8 billion (roughly Rs. 58,680 crore), but renewed estimates went as high as $20 billion (roughly Rs. 1,46,700 crore) to $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,20,060 crore), according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
“The decision gives legal certainty to the next generation of developers whose new products and services will benefit consumers,” said Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs.
Oracle’s lawsuit accused Google of plagiarising its Java software by copying 11,330 lines of computer code, as well as the way it is organized, to create Android and reap billions of dollars in revenue. Android, for which developers have created millions of applications, now powers more than 70 percent of the world’s mobile devices.
Google has said it did not copy a computer programme but rather used elements of Java’s software code needed to operate a computer program or platform. Federal copyright law does not protect mere “methods of operation.” The companies also disputed whether Google made fair use of Oracle’s software code, making it permissible under the 1976 Copyright Act.
Dorian Daley, Oracle’s executive vice president and general counsel, said that with the ruling “the Google platform just got bigger and market power greater” and “the barriers to entry higher and the ability to compete lower.”
“They stole Java and spent a decade litigating as only a monopolist can. This behavior is exactly why regulatory authorities around the world and in the United States are examining Google’s business practices,” Daley said.
Technology industry trade groups cheered the ruling, saying an Oracle victory in the case would have inhibited competition by making it harder to use programming elements to ensure computer interoperability.
“The high court’s decision that fair use extends to the functional principles of computer code means companies can offer competing, interoperable products,” said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association.
Shares in Oracle rose nearly 4 percent and Alphabet gained 4.4 percent in mid-afternoon trading.
In Monday’s ruling, Breyer wrote, “Google’s copying was transformative,” adding that the company repurposed Oracle’s code in a way that helps developers create programmes.
The ruling sidestepped the question over whether Oracle’s code was entitled to copyright protection in the first place.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, said the court should have found that Oracle’s work deserved a copyright and Google’s use was “anything but fair.” Noting that Apple and Microsoft did not resort to copying like Google to create mobile operating systems, Thomas said the ruling will harm competition.
If “companies may now freely copy libraries of declaring code whenever it is more convenient than writing their own, others will likely hesitate to spend the resources Oracle did to create intuitive, well-organized libraries that attract programmers and could compete with Android,” Thomas wrote.
Google twice lost at the Federal Circuit, in 2014 and 2018. A jury cleared Google in 2016. The Federal Circuit overturned that decision in 2018, finding that Google’s incorporation of elements of Oracle’s “application programming interfaces” was not permitted under the fair use doctrine, rejecting Google’s argument that by adapting them to a mobile platform it transformed them into something new.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the ruling. She had not yet joined the court when arguments were held on October 7.
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LG Becomes First Major Smartphone Brand to Withdraw From Market Due to Losses
By Reuters | Updated: 5 April 2021
South Korea’s LG Electronics said on Monday it will wind down its loss-making mobile division – a move that is set to make it the first major smartphone brand to completely withdraw from the market.
Its decision to pull out will leave its 10 percent share in North America, where it is the No. 3 brand, to be gobbled up by smartphone titans Apple and Samsung Electronics.
The division has logged nearly six years of losses totalling some $4.5 billion (roughly Rs. 33,010 crore), and dropping out of the fiercely competitive sector would allow LG to focus on growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices and smart homes, it said in a statement.
In better times, LG was early to market with a number of cell phone innovations including ultra-wide angle cameras and was once in 2013 the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer behind Samsung and Apple.
But later, its flagship models suffered from both software and hardware mishaps which combined with slower software updates saw the brand steadily slip in favour. Analysts have also criticised the company for lack of expertise in marketing compared to Chinese rivals.
Currently its global share is only about 2 percent. It shipped 23 million phones last year which compares with 256 million for Samsung, according to research provider Counterpoint.
In addition to North America, it does have a sizeable presence in Latin America, where it ranks as the No. 5 brand.
“In South America, Samsung and Chinese companies such as Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are expected to benefit in the low to mid-end segment,” said Park Sung-soon, an analyst at Cape Investment & Securities.
While other well-known mobile brands such as Nokia, HTC, and Blackberry have also fallen from lofty heights, they have yet to disappear completely.
LG’s smartphone division – the smallest of its five divisions, accounting for about 7 percent of revenue – is expected to be wound down by July 31.
In South Korea, the division’s employees will be moved to other LG Electronics businesses and affiliates while elsewhere decisions on employment will be made at the local level.
LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region, it added.
Talks to sell part of the business to Vietnam’s Vingroup fell through due to differences about terms, sources with knowledge of the matter have said.
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Sony Plans to Announce Its Next Xperia Phone on April 14
By ANI | Updated: 3 April 2021
The Japanese multinational conglomerate company, Sony Corporation is planning to launch its latest model of Xperia phone on April 14, this year.
According to The Verge, Sony has, in a very low-key way, just announced that its upcoming Xperia event will be on April 14 (via Droid-Life). The news has been obtained from the Xperia YouTube channel’s banner, where it lays out that there will be a new product announcement happening at 4:30pm Japan Standard Time that”s 3:30am EST, or 12:30am PT (or 1pm IST).
The standard gives no genuine clues with regards to what will be declared, yet there have been a couple of bits of gossip gliding around one about another model, the Xperia 1 III, and one about the arrival of the Xperia Compact, which could wind up being an Android answer to the iPhone 12 Mini.
The Verge reported that there are different rumours that notice new forms of the Xperia 5 and 10, leaving out the Compact completely. In any case, practically every rumour shows that the users will see another section in the lead Xperia 1 series.
Reports demonstrate that the 1 III will have a periscope zoom lens, and Techradar recently published what could be the full specs. It”s for the most part what”s normal from a leader Android telephone: Snapdragon 888, 12GB of memory, 5G, and a 4K 120Hz screen.
The rumours also indicate that the new model will have a 5.5-inch display, which is only a tiny bit bigger than the screen on an iPhone Mini.
Global Chip Supply Chain Increasingly Vulnerable to Massive Disruption: Study
By Reuters | Updated: 2 April 2021
A new study from a US industry group found that the global semiconductor supply chain has become increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters and geopolitical disruptions because suppliers have become more concentrated in distinct regions.
The report comes amid a global chip shortage that started with overbooked factories in Taiwan late last year, but has since been exacerbated by a fire at a plant in Japan, a freeze that knocked out electricity in the US state of Texas, and a worsening drought in Taiwan this year. The shortage has idled some production lines at automobile factories in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Modern chipmaking involves more than a thousand steps and requires complex intellectual property, tools and chemicals from around the world. But the Semiconductor Industry Association, representing most US chipmakers, on Thursday said it found more than 50 places in the supply chain where a single region has more than 65 percent market share.
Intellectual property and software to design cutting-edge chips, for example, is dominated by the United States, while special gases key to fabricating chips come from Europe. And the manufacturing of the most advanced chips is completely located in Asia — 92 percent of it in Taiwan.
If Taiwan were unable to make chips for a year, it would cost the global electronics industry almost half a trillion dollars in revenue, the report found: “The global electronics supply chain would come to a halt.”
Still, the study warned, a go-it-alone approach in which governments try to replicate the supply chain domestically is infeasible because it would cost $1.2 trillion (roughly Rs. 87 lakh crores) globally – with up to $450 billion (roughly Rs. 32 lakh crores) of that cost in the US alone — causing the price of chips to skyrocket.
In some cases, though, it called for incentives to create “minimum viable capacity” in regions that lack any part of the supply chain.
In the case of the US and Europe, that would mean new advanced chip factories to balance concentration in Taiwan and South Korea.
“We don’t have enough semiconductor manufacturing in the United States… And it’s got to be fixed with the assistance of the US government,” John Neuffer, chief executive officer of the association, told Reuters.
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