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Samsung W2019 Flip Phone Launch Set for November 9: Report

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Samsung is set to unveil a new flip phone model in China on November 9. The South Korean giant has sent invites to a launch event scheduled in Wuxi, a city near Shanghai, where it will unveil the SM-W2019 as the successor to the W2018 that was launched in December last year. The W2018 featured two 4.2-inch AMOLED display panels and included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM. Recently, a report detailing the W2019 speculated that the smartphone could come with a Snapdragon 845 SoC. It is also claimed to be codenamed “Lykan”.

As per the alleged invite shared by tipster Zyad Atef, Samsung has confirmed that it is launching the W2019 flip phone in China on November 9. This new model will be the successor to the W2018 that debuted last year with two 4.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display panels and a Snapdragon 835 SoC. The last year model also had 6GB of RAM, 64GB/ 256GB storage options along with microSD card support, 12-megapixel rear camera sensor along with an f/1.5 aperture, 5-megapixel sensor at the front, and a 2,300mAh battery.

Folks at SamMobile speculate the Samsung W2019 will continue the legacy of having high-end specifications, including a pair of full-HD AMOLED displays and the top-end, Snapdragon 845 SoC. The device could have a dual rear camera setup along with artificial intelligence (AI) backed features including a Scene Optimiser. Further, there could be Android 8.1 Oreo at the initial stage, though the handset is likely to receive Android 9 Pie in the future.

 

If we believe what was spotted through the kernel source code of the Galaxy S9’s Snapdragon variant earlier this year, the W2019 flip phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC. The smartphone is also said to be internally known as “Lykan” and could have a metal body.

It’s been two years that Samsung has been launching its flip phones in China. The first flip phone was launched by the company in November 2016 with a Snapdragon 820 SoC, while it brought the W2018 as its new clamshell design smartphone in November last year. This suggests that the new phone is launching on the date specified in the invite along with a Snapdragon 845 SoC.

Details such as the price and availability of the Samsung W2019 are yet to be revealed. We may get some information at the time of the official launch next week.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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