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South Korean Tech Major Samsung Brings Improvements to Galaxy Fold Smartphone

The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India

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The foldable phone, which is a tablet when it's fully opened and a phone when it's closed

Weeks after Samsung postponed the launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone and recalled review units, the company has reportedly solved both of the main issues that plagued the devices. Earlier, the South Korean tech major said it was delaying the release of the Galaxy Fold to fix its design issues, it didn’t really say how it would address the flaws.

“You might have a clearer idea after today, though. Yonhap News claims Samsung will tuck the protective display layer into the body, preventing users from peeling it off under the mistaken belief that it’s an everyday screen protector.

“It will also block the gaps at the top and bottom of the hinge to prevent debris from wrecking the foldable display,” the Engadget reported on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Samsung Electronics said it cannot confirm the shipping date for “Galaxy Fold” smartphone, tendering an apology to its pre-order customers in the US for the delay.

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Arvin Baalu, vice president of product management at Harman International, talks about the Samsung Digital Cockpit during a Samsung news conference at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

The super-premium phone that took almost a decade in the making opens like a book when unfolded.

The units given to international tech reviewers encountered display distortion and screen flickering issues, forcing the South Korean giant to postpone its launch in Hong Kong and Shanghai on April 23 and 24 respectively, and issue a recall of review units.

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Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson had assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units.

The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India. (IANS)

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OPPO, Samsung, Apple Most Preferred Brands by Gen Z

However, few consumers are looking to replace their existing brands because of recurring problems

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Gen Z users are looking for smartphones that deliver superior consumer experience with premium tech innovations at entry-level prices, and OPPO, Samsung and Apple are the top three brands that find favour with consumers, a new survey said on Friday.

At least 78 per cent Gen Z consumers see smartphones as a symbol of their lifestyle while 75 per cent feel the devices make them feel powerful in life whereas 72 per cent said they offer them “superior experience through the latest tech innovations”, CyberMedia Research (CMR) has said.

The survey was conducted on smartphone consumers in the premium smartphone segment (from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000).

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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

“Smartphone brands that provide a compelling consumer experience, backed by industry-leading innovations, and a premium experience at good price-points, will find favour with demanding consumers.

“The Gen Z clearly identifies with OPPO as an innovation trailblazer whether it be in camera or battery charging,” Prabhu Ram, head of Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, said in a statement.

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The survey said that smartphone upgrades are driving the market, with 55 per cent of the consumers indicating that they upgrade their smartphone every year.

However, few consumers are looking to replace their existing brands because of recurring problems. (IANS)