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Samsung Galaxy Fold to Open New Innovation Chapter in India

The expected price (upwards of Rs 1.5 lakh) clearly states that Galaxy Fold is not for the ordinary as of now but a perfect style statement for the creme de la creme

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Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Fold include WiFi, GPS, and USB Type-C. Flickr

By Nishant Arora

Touted as the innovation of the year, foldable smartphones took a bit long to arrive on the scene and Samsung, which was way ahead in this niche segment, finally unveiled “Galaxy Fold” globally earlier this month which will be available for purchase via pre-booking mode before Diwali in India.

After tackling initial hinge design issues, the South Korean giant has ironed out those issues and the hinge mechanism now holds up well.

With any Gen 1 innovation, hardware and software issues do crop up but as the time progresses — and R&D gets refined — it not only becomes a disruptor but also prepares the market for the next big revenue generator — at a time when smartphone users have reached a threshold for new technology and applications.

In its standard form, Galaxy Fold gives you a 4.6-inch screen experience for normal day-to-day task but as you unfold it — the cross-screen functionalities are seamless on a bigger, 7.3-inch form factor as the plastic OLED (P-OLED) display can bend like a book.

“Samsung can surely leverage this as the real innovator of the form factor, since this will be the only device in the market for the next few months,” Navkendar Singh, Research Director, IDC India, told IANS.

However, considering that the expected price for Galaxy Fold will be upwards of Rs 1.5 lakh along with novelty of the form factor, Samsung will not be expecting huge volumes out of this, Singh added.

The smartphone-cum-tablet (12GB RAM and 512GB ROM) that offers split-screen multi-tasking, houses six cameras (three for selfies and 3 at the rear), Android 9 with One UI on top and Snapdragon 855 chipset.

According to Gartner, foldable phones will account for 5 per cent of high-end phones by 2023 — nearly 30 million units.

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

It means that whosoever leads in this innovation arena will reap the benefits as the foldable screen technology is not easy to master owing to several manufacturing challenges.

Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research said that Samsung has set a high bar for smartphone vendors, especially at a time when innovation is perceived to have reached its peak.

“With the upgrade cycle getting longer, smartphones with curved displays have potential to become popular with early adopters. This will also have implications on supply chain and developers,” Pathak told IANS.

“Galaxy Fold” in India will come with exclusive access to specialized customer care services — including one-on-one access to Samsung experts, and a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone. It will be sold through select retail outlets and will be available only via pre-book mode.

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“It is surely a novel device and a real innovation in the smartphone form factor, which the market has not seen in a long time,” said Singh.

Cheaper Gen 2 and 3 foldable devices would make foldable phones mainstream but till then, Galaxy Fold can be crowned as the world’s first foldable device that will reach consumers’ hands in India before Diwali.

The expected price (upwards of Rs 1.5 lakh) clearly states that Galaxy Fold is not for the ordinary as of now but a perfect style statement for the creme de la creme. (IANS)

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5G Carries Potential to Contribute to India’s GDP Growth by the Year 2025

AR, VR and AI will all come together to form ‘extended reality', it added

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"5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs," he said. VOA

A KPMG report on Monday said that 5G technology has the potential to add 0.35-0.5 per cent to India’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.

The report further said that India Inc has the potential to unlock $48.69 billion (Rs 3,408 billion) in four years through the deployment of 5G.

The government has set a target of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25. In 2018-19, the Indian economy stood at $2.72 trillion.

“We estimate that the 5G contribution to annual GDP will likely be in the range of 0.35-0.5 per cent by 2025. The absolute value unlocked is expected to be highest in the retail sector, followed by finance and then the technology sector,” said the report released at the India Mobile Congress 2019.

It further said that IT will be the “most immersive, intelligent and inventive of all technologies”.

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Top Intel Executive said that India needs to roll out 5G faster in order to take advantage of the economic benefits it can bring to the nation. Pixabay

“Blockchain is a technology trend that has seen wide implementation during 2019 and its applications will continue to expand beyond cryptocurrency, it said.

The survey ranked artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), cognitive computing and machine learning as the top technologies that will have the highest potential to generate immersive experiences, but noted that they are nascent in terms of their evolution and adoption.

AR, VR and AI will all come together to form ‘extended reality’, it added.

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Commenting on the report, Purushothaman K.G., Partner and Sector Lead for telecom at KPMG in India, said: “The future value that will be delivered through telecom operators is not by being the provider of ‘connectivity’ but as being a trusted partner and platform provider offering value and services and experiences to customers.

“We are living in exciting times where new technologies like 5G, IoT, AI and AR/VR promise to revolutionise connectivity and unlock value by creating better, more secure and personalised experiences for everyone.” (IANS)