Google Pixel 3 Referral Program Launched With Rs. 7,000 Instant Discount and Other Benefits

Google Pixel 3 Referral Program Launched With Rs. 7,000 Instant Discount and Other Benefits

In order to boost sales, Google has launched a new Pixel 3 ₹ 63,155 referral offer for Pixel and Nexus users this holiday season. As part of this new program, Google is offering Rs. 7,000 instant discount to the referee, and a Rs. 2,000 e-gift voucher to the referrer. This offer has been launched on Flipkart, and will be live till December 20. The referral codes that will be generated during this period will only be valid till December 24, after which they will no longer hold any value.

As part of this program, a Pixel or Nexus user will need to go into their Flipkart app, and click on a targeted banner highlighting this offer. The banner leads to a page that lists offer details and asks for an email ID. Flipkart will then mail the generated code and a unique link within 48 hours. This link can be used by the user themselves, or share it with another user to avail the benefits while purchasing the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL ₹ 77,842. As mentioned, this link will be valid only till December 24, after which it cannot be used to get the instant Rs. 7,000 discount. Once the referee opens the unique link and validates the code, the offer will get tagged to the buyer’s Flipkart account until expiry. Before December 24, the referee can then buy the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL anytime on Flipkart and get Rs. 7,000 off on the purchase. This is exclusive of any other offer running at that time, applying which, will entail the buyer to more discount on the Pixel 3 series.

Currently, Flipkart is offering up to Rs. 14,900 on exchange of old phones, and Rs. 4,500 off on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL all variants due to the Big Shopping Days sale. It is also offering No Cost EMI options, 10 percent off on HDFC debit and credit cards, and 40 percent buyback value for Rs. 199. The Pixel 3 64GB is currently available for Rs. 66,500, and 128GB variant is available for Rs. 75,500. Similarly, the Pixel 3 XL 64GB is priced at Rs. 78,500 and 128GB variant is available for Rs. 87,500 during the Flipkart sale period.

Originally, the Google Pixel 3 price in India has been set at Rs. 71,000 for the base 64GB storage variant and Rs. 80,000 for the 128GB storage model. On the other hand, Google Pixel 3 ₹ 63,155 XL64GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 83,000, while the 128GB storage model comes in at Rs. 92,000 in the Indian market.

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Samsung, Huawei and Apple shipped the most phones in Q3

At the beginning of the month, we showed you Counterpoint Research’s numbers for the global Q3 market and today we have a further breakdown, including a cool infographic.

To rehash, in the months July through September Samsung captured the most market share (19%), fending off Huawei (14%), which in turn beat Apple (12%). Oppo and Xiaomi ended on par at 9% each, beating vivo’s share by a single percentage point. HMD didn’t ship that many phones, but its shipments grew 73% over the same three months in 2017.

The third quarter of 2018 saw 5% less phones shipped, compared to Q3 of 2017 – totaling 380m units.

Now the breakdown – Oppo took the Asian market with 16% total, followed closely by Huawei (15%), vivo (15%) and Xiaomi (14%). Samsung was relegated to just 10%.

Unsurprisingly, Apple took the biggest portion of the North American market (39%), followed by Samsung (26%).

Samsung’s strongest market was Europe with 31% market share, followed by Huawei’s 22% and Apple’s 19% – no other makers were close.

Overall it was a profitable Q3 for some, despite the declining shipments. Samsung posted record profits, while Xiaomi offset a declining Chinese market with a strong showing in India. Apple’s shipments were flat but its skyrocketing average sales price helped Cupertino bring in the profits.

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Samsung Galaxy F may be exclusive to EE in the UK

With a rumored price of £1,500, there was little danger that the foldable Samsung Galaxy F would be a mass market device. Rumor has it that UK carrier EE is in talks with Samsung for an exclusivity deal, which will help spread out the cost by splitting it into monthly installments.

SIM-free units will be available from EE and also from Samsung stores, the exclusivity is only for phones on contract. However, with no contract you’ll have to pay the full price up front and the top-specced version of the Galaxy F is said to reach £2,000.

Naturally, EE has made no official comments on the potential exclusivity deal while Samsung only reiterated its expectation to build “at least” 1 million units.

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Samsung’s foldable phone could end up costing over $2,500

Let’s be frank here, we all knew this was coming. Foldable display tech, arguably the biggest smartphone revolution in years finally reaching end-user viable market status was bound to demand a premium. Especially in its first iteration and from a top dog, name-brand the likes of Samsung. Even so, $1925 – $2565 is beyond eye-watering. It is exuberant to say the leas

It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy F/Flex or whatever naming the Korean giant lands on will be a concept device, not really meant for the general consumer. Much like the Note Edge was back in the day when curved was the futuristic trend. That’s probably for the better too, since there were plenty of issues with that device and we can only imagine foldable panel implementations will be an order of magnitudes harder to perfect and really make viable. But, we digress.

Back to the mentioned figures. These come from a fairly reputable source. However, little extra info is offered. The biggest question in our mind is why the two price tags are so far apart. The only thing that springs to mind is at least a couple of models and storage tiers. Potentially size difference, although the foldable design could turn that concept on its head altogether. Apple’s current lineup has the entry-level 64GB iPhone XS at $999 and the top-tier XS Max at a $500 premium, so the variance is not unheard of.

We also can’t help but wonder why the quoted figures are so precise. Dare we even consider the possibility that these are actual production and parts cost calculations and not retail prices? We probably won’t get any sort of additional info prior to the first Flex Display actually hitting the market in at least some shape or form, which is said to happen some time in March 2019. The source of that particular release time frame also mentioned a price of about $1,770 (KRW 2 million in its homeland), while another carrier leak has also previously mentioned a GBP 2,000 figure for the top end model. In any case, no matter which source you decide to trust, you are still looking at prohibitively expensive price points.

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Week 47 in review: Samsung dominated the headlines with its S10 and A8s

https://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/news/17/02/week-6-in-review/-728x314/gsmarena_002.jpgIt was another week of Samsung-themed conversations in the tech world. Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S10 was again a regular in our news section.

This week the Galaxy S10 talk is that Samsung will bring back the “flat” display for the entry-level model (quotation marks because the screen will likely still taper off to a 2.5D curve) while retaining the prominent edge curve for the higher-end Galaxy S10 models.

Those same higher-end Galaxy S10 models could swap out the rear glass for ceramic, which will provide added scratch resistance to the phones while retaining the wireless charging capabilities.

The Galaxy S10 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series (well, technically 9th anniversary, 10th device) and it’s clear that Samsung is betting big on its success. With sales slowing down and rivals such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo bringing aggressive competition, Samsung could be facing a crisis otherwise.

That makes 2019 a big year for Samsung. And the market leader looks poised to take it head on. According to the rumor mill it’s prepping a 6.7-inch smartphone with 5G – perhaps the Galaxy Note10.

The rest of the Samsung-related topics this week round off with the Galaxy A8s and the new Infinity-O screen, which was sighted in the wild.

The display has a circular cutout in the upper left corner of the screen and there’s a good chance we’re going to see it premiered with the upcoming Galaxy A8s, which we saw for the first time this week.

In other news, analysts report that Apple will be forced to scale down iPhone XR, XS and XS Max production due to lower than predicted sales. Apple is still coming out on top, financially, thanks to its higher average selling price, though.

Meanwhile Realme teased that the U1 will go on sale on November 28 while Asus teased the Zenfone Max Pro (M2) – a device with “next-generation gaming”.

The Honor 10 Lite made its debut this week, packing great value-for-money and Xiaomi set a Guinness World Record for the most stores opened simultaneously – 500.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 to take after Galaxy A8s design

Samsung doesn’t exactly hide the fact that the upcoming Galaxy A8s smartphone will feature company’s first Infinity-O display, but the latest contains clues to the Galaxy S10 design according to latest rumors.

The render shows a full-screen display with a small cutout on the left for the front-facing camera and according to the source, it’s 6.7mm wide while next year’s Galaxy S10 would incorporate similar design but with a much smaller hole – around 2-3mm narrower.

However, the report doesn’t specify which Galaxy S10 version will adopt the Infinity-O design – it could be the budget variant with a flat screen or all three

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Samsung Galaxy A8s to have LCD Infinity-O display, made by BOE

According to an unconfirmed industry report, Samsung could turn to Chinese display maker BOE to produce the Infinity-O panel for the upcoming Galaxy A8s.

What’s more interesting is that the panel could be of the LCD variety, instead of OLED, as a cost-saving measure.

BOE is currently tasked with making the 6.39-inch OLED display on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Speaking of Huawei, we know it will try and beat Samsung to the first smartphone with a hole in the display, so can we guess that its smartphone will also use a BOE-made LCD.

Producing an LCD with a hole is no doubt harder than producing an OLED with one. The camera cutout in the Galaxy A8s’ display will reportedly be 6.7mm and it’s speculated that the Galaxy S10 will have a smaller 2-3mm cutout.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s will house a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s bound for announcement in January, but some rumors suggest it will be out before the year’s end.

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Samsung Galaxy A and M-series details emerge: storage and color options

The upcoming shake up of Samsung’s product lines is slowly being revealed through rumors. The latest is a summary of storage options and colors for the entry level Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones.

Samsung is reportedly seriously thinking about bringing White back as a launch day color option. But it seems that is reserved for the A-series, the cheaper M models will have a more limited palette. It’s not clear if any of these are gradient colors or not.

The naming will change as well, moving to with double-digit numbers – so SM-M205F will be Galaxy M20 not M2.

Interestingly, storage is quite generous, even something like the Samsung Galaxy M30 will come with 64GB as standard and offer a roomier 128GB option. That matches the Galaxy A50, which will be a more premium device.

Device Storage options Colors Additional model numbers
SM-A305F 32/64GB Blue, black, red, white SM-A305FN, SM-A305G, SM-A305GN, SM-A305GT
SM-A505F 64/128GB Blue, pink, black, silver, white SM-A505FN, SM-A505G, SM-A505GN, SM-A505GT
SM-M105F 16/32GB Blue and Dark Grey
SM-M205F 32/64GB Blue and Dark Grey SM-M205FN, SM-M205G
SM-M305F 64/128GB Blue and Dark Grey

It seems that all of these will be dual SIM phones, whether or not this means a hybrid slot (as in, one that also supports a microSD card) remains to be seen.

The Galaxy M-series will reportedly target emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia while the revamped A-series will be available in Europe. Note that Samsung is yet to start mass production on any of these models, so details may change.

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Samsung Galaxy M10 shows Exynos 7870 and 3GB of RAM on Geekbench

The entry-level smartphone in Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy M series has made its first public appearance. The Galaxy M10, model number SM-M105F, was briefly spotted (and subsequently removed) on Geekbench.

Touting an Exynos 7870 with 3GB of RAM and running on Android 8.1 Oreo, the Galaxy M10 looks like a decent entry-level package.

Samsung’s Galaxy M series is set to take over from the Galaxy On series. Just yesterday we got our first informative details about the Galaxy M lineup.

The lineup will consist of the Galaxy M10 (SM-M105), the Galaxy M20 (SM-M205) and the Galaxy M30 (SM-M305). The M10 will come in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations, the M20 in 32GB and 64GB and the M30 in 64GB and 128GB – all three will launch in Blue and Dark Gray colors.

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Samsung seeds second Android Pie beta update for the Galaxy S9/S9+

Since the official stable version of the Android Pie with Samsung’s brand new One UI on top is coming in January, the company’s developers are working hard on the beta release to squash all the bugs. Today the second update to the Android Pie beta is being pushed to a number of Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices with some improvements to the front shooter.

The changelog says that since the last update, Samsung has been working on improving the front camera experience, especially when it comes to faces in backlit conditions and overall software stability improvements. However, the patch is pretty hefty at around 700MB so we assume there’s more to it than meets the eye. Oh, and Google’s November security patch is in there as well.

Galaxy Note9 owners should expect an open beta program launched pretty soon and rumor has it, the Galaxy S8-series and the Note8 are next on the list.

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