Samsung Galaxy Fold, the first foldable smartphone from the South Korean electronics giant, was launched in India this week. The Galaxy Fold also went up for pre-bookings in the country. Samsung also launched the Galaxy A20s budget smartphone in India, while Xiaomi began teasing the launch date and other details about the Redmi 8. Activision and Tencent Games’ Call of Duty: Mobile also released this week to take on PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, while Microsoft at its hardware event in New York released a bunch of new products including a dual screen phone and tablet. Read on for all the top news stories of the week, with a focus on India.
Samsung Galaxy Fold, Galaxy A20s India launch
The Samsung Galaxy Fold got off to a rocky start after its showing at MWC 2019. Early adopters and reviewers began noting issues ahead of its availability, prompting Samsung to keep the foldable smartphone off the shelves and get back to the design board. After months of revision and testing, the company last month re-released the Galaxy Fold smartphone, and India received it this week. Only one variant of the smartphone has been launched in the country, with a single colour variant.
Samsung has priced the 12GB RAM + 512GB storage variant of the Galaxy Fold at Rs. 1,64,999. The smartphone will be available in a Premium Cosmos Black colour option. It went up for pre-bookings on October 4, and deliveries start from October 20. Samsung is bundling the Galaxy Fold with Galaxy Buds, and users will also get the Galaxy Fold Premier Service with a dedicated helpline for 24×7 customer care. Finally, buyers also get one-year Infinity Flex Display Protection at a discounted price.
Standout features of the Samsung Galaxy Fold include the presence of two displays (one conventional display on the outside, and one foldable Infinity Flex display on the inside). It sports a triple rear camera setup, a dual front camera setup, and a single camera on its covering panel. It bears two batteries with a combined capacity of 4,380mAh. It weighs 276 grams.
This week Samsung also launched the Samsung Galaxy A20s, the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A20 that was launched in April. To recall, the smartphone had first been launched in Malaysia in September, and made its way to the country this week. It has been priced at Rs. 11,999 for its base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage, while its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model will be available at Rs. 13,999. Highlights include a triple rear camera setup and 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support.
Redmi 8 India launch date announced
Xiaomi announced it would be launching the Redmi 8 in India next week, on October 9. To recall, the smartphone was first teased at the Redmi 8A launch event last month, at which point, a dual rear camera setup was shown off. The model has been the subject of numerous leaks in the recent past well. In the meanwhile, the first proper teasers for the Redmi 8’s arrival began to emerge this week. The latest in…