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.


Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology Desk review: Healthy air ..

Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology Desk review: Healthy air comes at a cost


Many of you may not have heard much about Dyson. It’s a British tech firm that entered India, one of the most competitive tech markets in the world, this year. For some of you who may have heard about it, it is probably because of its home appliances. The firm, ever since its entry in India in February, has been slowly gaining traction for its products that are often appreciated by critics for their performance and also for modern yet simplistic looks. In India, the tech firm has air purifiers, vacuums and hair dryers as three major line of appliances.

Out of these, the firm weeks ago, expanded its air purifier segment with new ‘Pure Cool Advanced’ air purifiers, just in time before Diwali when pollution levels go through the roof.

We got a chance to use the Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology Desk air purifier, which comes in White/Silver and Iron/Blue colours. The purifier also has a ‘tower’ version that is capable to handle a bigger room. Priced at Rs 37,900, the purifier might make you think thrice before buying it, specially for someone who is in India and has more options for lesser price tag. So what makes Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology Desk worth the price tag? Here’s our review.


If there’s one factor that makes Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology Desk purifier different from others in the market, it is the design and the build quality. The Iron/Blue model we used really stands out in terms of looks if you compare it with competitive air purifiers. It doesn’t look bulky and is actually lightweight. Also, the footprint is lesser and the appliance just blends in the room.

Weighing 4.6kgs, the purifier is easier to carry around and set up in different rooms. What’s appreciable here is that with the given design, Dyson air purifier retains features such as 350-degree oscillation, easy access to filters, a small circular display to show the readings and easy overall setup. It has a height of 27-inches and an 8.7-inch base diameter so placing it in areas where there’s a space crunch might be possible most of the times.

The cord length is 1.8 metres, which should be enough if you look at the average room size in a house in India. Although some may want a longer cable, Dyson’s idea here is to keep the appliance at the corner (which is usually near plug points) so it’s not a distraction but still does the work as it should.

Unlike what you see in typical air purifiers, the Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology Desk makes a clever use of the design that keeps you wondering where the fan is exactly placed. While the ‘Tower’ model has a bladeless loop design with a cylindrical unit at the bottom, the ‘Desk’ version has the same bottom but with a circular design, which doesn’t look bad at all. Thumbs up on that front.