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Apple To Unveil Smart Speaker “HomePod” in India For Rs 19,900

Pair it with a second HomePod to create an unmatched stereo experience. And bring multi-room audio to your whole home with AirPlay

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"HomePod combines custom Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver precision sound that fills the room. At less than 18 centimetres tall, HomePod fits anywhere in your home," said Apple. IANS

Apple smart speaker HomePod will be available in India for Rs 19,900, which is actually cheaper than the $299 price in the US.

HomePod was first launched in the US, the UK and Australia in January 2019 and then went on sale in several countries, before coming to India.

The sale date is yet to be revealed by the company. The device has support for Indian English Siri voices that adapts to its location and delivers high-fidelity audio wherever it’s playing. The users will have access to Apple Music and over 60 million songs.

“HomePod combines custom Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver precision sound that fills the room. At less than 18 centimetres tall, HomePod fits anywhere in your home,” said Apple.

The Apple-designed high-excursion woofer is positioned at the top of the speaker facing upwards, creating a wide range of deep bass that surpasses any traditional speaker. A six-microphone array, along with an internal bass-EQ microphone, analyses and compensates for the effect of the room on the bass response, providing rich, consistent sound.

An Apple-designed A8 chip orchestrates all the audio innovations inside HomePod. HomePod is available in white and space grey colours. Setting up HomePod is quick. Simply plug it in and your iOS or iPadOS device will detect it. Equipped with spatial awareness, HomePod automatically tunes itself to give you optimal sound.

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Apple smart speaker HomePod will be available in India for Rs 19,900, which is actually cheaper than the $299 price in the US. Pixabay

Pair it with a second HomePod to create an unmatched stereo experience. And bring multi-room audio to your whole home with AirPlay.

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“When you add HomePod to multiple rooms, the speakers communicate with each other through AirPlay. So you can ask Siri to play jazz in the living room and the Moana soundtrack in the kids’ room a” or to play the same song everywhere in the house a” all from where you’re standing,” the company informed. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Samsung Expected To Sell 32mn Units of Latest Smartphone “Galaxy S20”

S20 and S20+ have a triple camera system at the rear with main 64MP camera and a 10MP selfie shooter while S20 Ultra has main 108MP camera and 40MP front camera

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Samsung sold around 36-38 million Galaxy S10 models last year. Wikimedia Commons

Reputed TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Samsung to sell around 32 million units of the recently launched Galaxy S20 in 2020, which compared to the previous-generation models is not much.

According to Kuo, Samsung sold around 36-38 million Galaxy S10 models last year, news portal GizmoChina reported on Monday.

Interestingly, the report from Kuo contradicts what Counterpoint Research firm which said that the newly launched Galaxy S20 will outsell its predecessor.

Galaxy S20 smartphone price in India is set at Rs 66,999, while S20+ price is set at Rs 73,999 and the Galaxy S20 Ultra will cost Rs 92,999.

In terms of specifications, Galaxy S20 comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink colours; Galaxy S20+ comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black and Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black colours.

The Galaxy S20 series comes with a 25W fast charger (S20 Ultra supports 45W superfast charging). S20 houses 4000mAh battery, S20+ has 4,500mAh battery while Ultra has a huge 5,000mAh battery.

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Reputed TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Samsung to sell around 32 million units of the recently launched Galaxy S20 in 2020, which compared to the previous-generation models is not much. IANS

The entire series is equipped with massive storage as standard — S20 in 128GB variant LTE version with 8GB variant while S20+ and S20 Ultra in in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants.

S20 and S20+ have a triple camera system at the rear with main 64MP camera and a 10MP selfie shooter while S20 Ultra has main 108MP camera and 40MP front camera.

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The S20 Ultra takes things a step further with the option to shift dynamically between a high resolution 108MP mode and a 12MP mode, thanks to “nona-binning” technology which combines nine pixels into one at the sensor level. (IANS)