Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first smartphone to feature Samsung Display’s backplane display technology that has a variable refresh rate, the company announced on Wednesday. The new display panel is touted to deliver 22 percent better power efficiency over conventional displays. Samsung claims that it automatically adjusts the refresh rate to minimise overall power consumption. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is the second in the company’s lineup to offer that high refresh rate — after the Galaxy S20 series.
Samsung claimed that the backplane display technology it has developed can seamlessly switch from 30Hz refresh rate for general text viewing to 60Hz for video streaming and 120Hz for mobile gaming experiences. Also, the display panel could down even to 10Hz for still images and other static content.
Samsung said that by using the refresh rate of 10Hz in case of still images and other similar content, devices will be able to reduce power consumption by up to 60 percent. This will be useful especially in the case of 5G-supporting hardware as the next-generation network requires quite a lot of power over 4G and previous cellular network generations.
A rumour also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would include Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) backplane display technology. However, while Samsung hasn’t provided any further details about the architecture, it did confirm that the new smartphone is the first to feature the latest technology.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra allows users to switch between the default 60Hz and an auto refresh rate. The latter seems to enable the variable refresh rate experience. This is notably unlike the Galaxy S20 series that has 60Hz and 120Hz as the two separate refresh rate options.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4 Colours, RAM, Storage Options Tipped; Live Images Leaked
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are expected to go official on August 10. Ahead of the official confirmation, a fresh leak has tipped the colour options as well as RAM and storage details of the new Samsung foldable smartphones. Both Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are tipped to come in three different colours and two RAM and storage configurations. Separately, live images of the devices have surfaced online suggesting the possible design. The renders suggest a triple rear camera setup on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
A report by 91Mobiles has claimed the colour variants and RAM + storage configurations of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. As per the leak, the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 will come in three colour options — Beige, Grey-green, and Phantom Black. The Galaxy Z Flip 4, on other hand, is said to be offered in Bora Purple, Graphite, and Pink Gold shades in India.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is said to come in two configurations — 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, 12GB RAM + 512GB storage. The Galaxy Z Flip 4, in contrast, is said to arrive in 8GB RAM +128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage options. The information is in line with past leaks. Both the phones could go on sale in India starting August 26. However, there is no official word from Samsung on it.
Separately, tipster Noh (@noh_tech) has shared leaked live images of Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 on Twitter, tipping the design from all angles in unfolded mode. The leaked live shots show the handsets in a blue shade with a design similar to previous generation foldable phones.
The renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 show a triple rear camera unit arranged in the upper left corner at the back along with an LED flash. The live shots also suggest an under-display camera. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is seen with flat edges. In unfolded mode, the horizontal crease on the clamshell folding display is visible.
Both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are expected to be launched on August 10 at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The company has recently started pre-bookings for the “Next Galaxy smartphones” in India without revealing the exact moniker and price details.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G India Launch Date Set for August 10, Specifications Teased
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G India launch date has been set for August 10, the Chinese company confirmed on Sunday through its official social media channel. It is teased to come with a triple rear camera unit, headlined by a 64-megapixel camera sensor. The company unveiled the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G in select global markets in June alongside the Tecno Camon 19 Pro. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM. Other key highlights of the phone include a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 16-megapixel selfie camera and a 5,000mAh battery.
The launch of the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G in India will take place on August 10, Tecno announced via a post on Twitter. Ahead of the launch, the Chinese vendor is actively teasing key specifications of the phone via social media channels. It is confirmed to offer a 64-megapixel camera sensor and 0.98mm thin bezels. However, the time of the launch event and India pricing details of the smartphone are yet to be announced.
To recall, the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G was unveiled in select global markets in June with a price tag of $320 (roughly Rs. 25,000) for the 8GB + 256GB storage model. The Indian variant can be expected to be priced in the same range.
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G specifications (expected)
The Indian variant of the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G is likely to carry similar specifications as the global model. The handset launched earlier this year runs on Android 12 and features a 6.8-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,460 pixels) display with 120Hz refresh rate. The display also has a hole-punch design. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC, along with 8GB of RAM.
As mentioned, the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G is equipped with a triple rear camera setup led by a 64-megapixel sensor paired with RGBW+G+P 1/1.6 aperture lens. The camera unit also includes two 2-megapixel cameras for macro shots and bokeh photos. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G offers up to 256GB of inbuilt storage and is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Flash Charge support.
Realme C33 Colour Options, Storage Tipped; India Launch Expected Soon: All Details
Realme C33 is reportedly going to launch in India soon. The smartphone has been tipped to launch in three colour options and in three storage configurations. The Realme C33 is expected to feature a water-drop style notch, as per the report. It could sport an IPS LCD display. It is said to be either a 6.5-ich or a 6.6-inch display. The report added that the phone could be powered by a Unisoc SoC. It is said to feature a triple rear camera setup as well.
Realme C33 price in India (rumoured)
Tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore (@Sudhanshu1414) has shared, in collaboration with Appuals, that the Realme C33 smartphone could launch in India soon. The tipster has also shared the colour options and storage configuration of the rumoured phone. As per the report, the Realme C33 is expected to launch in Sandy Gold, Aqua Blue, and Night Sea colour options. It is said to feature 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variants.
The base variant of the Realme C33 with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage could be priced between Rs. 9,500 and Rs. 10,500, as per the report. Although, Realme is yet to announce the details regarding the rumoured phone, the company is said to release teasers in the company days.
Realme C33 specifications (expected)
The Realme C33 has been tipped to feature either a 6.5-inch or a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with a water-drop style notch. As per the report, it could be powered by a Unisoc SoC. The smartphone could sport a triple rear camera setup with a primary, a macro, and a depth sensor. Realme C33 is reportedly expected to run on Realme UI R Edition, and is said to pack a 5,000mAh battery.
To recall, the Realme C30 was launched in India in June. The smartphone features a 6.5-inch display with HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the octa-core Unisoc T612 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel single rear camera setup with an LED flash. It packs a 5,000mAh battery.
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